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Book Review: The Everlast by Jack Kavanagh

Title: The Everlast (The Everlast Series Book One)

Published: 29th January 2017

Author: Jack Kavanugh

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Author-Jack-Kavanagh

 

Synopsis:

“You may act for yourself, do as you please, but listen well; act on behalf of others—attempt this and I shall make you pay dearly for it”.

Karakia hears a voice in her head calling her down to the shore. An eight foot angel is waiting for her by the rocks. The angel tells her that the world is about to be overcome by the Mastery—a group of people who have allied themselves with a dark spirit and wish to bring the world into a permanent state of war. Karakia has a difficult decision to make; stay at home with her family or set out against the very people behind this attack. Karakia knows that by confronting the Mastery she is putting her own life in danger, a risk she is willing to take— but will her family be safe? After the fog lifts on the day of the attack, it becomes clear that nothing has changed in the world, except for the people themselves; they can no longer communicate with their angels, they can no longer fly, and there are others coming forward, speaking of a vengeful God and chastisements from heaven.

A thrilling fantasy adventure, full of mystery and suspense—enter the world of angels and dark spirits, where the smallest choice could bring peace or war, life or death.

 

Review:

Interesting world of angels and evil dark spirits you are thrown into with this one. Throughout the book you have a presence of this overall evil and what the angels want to do about it. They seem to guide everyone but evil has a plan to get more to turn away from the light into the darkness. A plan that was set in motion years before and the journey to stop it has only just begun.

We follow Karakia who has recently been told – though she sort of already knew – that she is to become an Aurora. An Aurora is someone who is blessed to see, and then take, the pain and darkness from those around her. Guided always it seems by angels, specifically her Guardian Angel Jophel. Becoming an Aurora means leaving her family behind and going on a journey to help others. It might just be when her family need her most though as darkness is coming and peoples’ souls are on the line. She may have been able to help a friend before leaving (seriously though how are people so old here?) by pulling the darkness out but can she keep it at bay? Dangers follow her on her path but it is the one she must take.

Its clear that this is setting the ground work for a series to follow on from as a lot of people are mentioned that will take the story on different paths. You will have a focus on Tober with his dark deeds back where Karakia was from. He has a lot of darkness within him – of his choosing – and it seems he is following a Master of sorts but its never quite clear how many there are or whether there is a head Master of sorts. A soul the angels want Karakia to help belongs to Herrodile but his would be a tricky one to get to as he has had darkness fill his soul for years. Healing it would help slow down – but I’m thinking not stop – the Mastery from gaining more darkness.

It’s never really explained though how people can some how fly, live a lot longer or have the abilities to heal others. Who or what is the weasel that is causing trouble in the upstairs of house. A wolf that has darkness all around it could soon be knocking at your door so make sure you don’t open. Felt a bit more back-story could have helped with this but it was still an interesting fantasy read. Lots going on from multiple characters and you just have to hold onto the ride to see where it might take you next. Did think we would be gearing up for a bigger battle of sorts near the end but maybe its just sowing the seeds for what’s to come next. The biggest battle for darkness and light has only just begun.

Side note: Definitely could have done with another proof read as found a few grammar and spelling mistakes that didn’t make sense. Also switched a few times from first person to third.

3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Monarchy’ by Laura Pritchard

About the Book:

In the times after the reformation, the leaders of the new world have created the perfect society. There is no exaggerated wealth or famishing poverty. There is no starvation or crime or disease. The citizens of the sectors are secure and well nourished, forever protected by the life the Monarchy have so gracefully afforded.

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UKUS

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My name is Laura Pritchard and I am from a small town in the South Wales Valleys in the United Kingdom. I am a teacher by day and an author by night! I currently teach music to children who have been expelled from school. I have written for as long as I can remember! I have distinct memories of filling notebooks with stories from a very young age. The passion came from my love of reading but unfortunately, life got in the way, as it tends to do. I came up with the initial story for my novel about 2 years ago and have put all of my time and effort into perfecting it since then. Being a mum to 2 young children and a secondary school English teacher alongside means I have become a professional life juggler and I try to fit as much writing time as I can!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I tend to write in the evenings as my days are normally pretty full up. I love to sit at my desk and lose myself in writing and sometimes find myself sitting in the dark as I have been writing for so long without realizing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My main inspiration comes from my love of reading. I love losing myself in a book and using that as a reality escape allows me to lose myself in writing in a similar way. There are authors that inspire me which normally get the creative cogs rolling and my stories stem from there. I often have trouble coming up with an initial idea but once the seed has been planted I can churn out hundreds of linking ideas.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I have a basic structure but I have ideas of scenes in my head and fill those out as opposed to having fixed chapters defined. Some of the best ideas stem from me creatively moving on from a scene and I find that works better for me.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My first novel, Monarchy, is a young adult dystopia and is part of a trilogy that I plan to release next year and in 2019. I have always read young adult fiction as I found myself unable to move on from that genre. My favorite authors like John Marsden and JK Rowling are still firm additions to my bookshelves. Reading so much YA meant that my novels naturally fell into that genre.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

What an amazing question! I can imagine Constance being played by a soft, willowy actress but with a firm mind. Someone like Emma Watson or Amanda Seyfried. For Calloway, someone quite self-assured who would be able to throw some power into the role. If we are talking ideal world then it would have to Ryan Gosling!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Since becoming a mum, I have had less and less time to read but I am one of those people who would rather settle down and read than watch television. I still have a soft spot in my heart for YA authors, my favorites being John Marsden and JK Rowling as mentioned above. An author that has definitely inspired me is Lesley Lokko, a Ghanaian/Scottish writer whose work I have followed since I read her first book almost 10 years ago. I love her ability to weave so many different plot lines together whilst throwing in political and world views. Her intricacy and depth makes for some beautiful stories and I find I could read each of her books over and over again.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am currently reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson. It is one of those books that has been on my TBR list for a while and I was recently bought 3 of his books as a gift. His writing is very detailed and I like the imagery he is creating. He really manages to suck his readers into the story.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

What a difficult question. I would have to say The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Attwood. I was assigned this book for the reading section of my English Literature A Level and read it so many times during that time but always managed to find something different after each read. It is what introduced me to the idea of dystopia and how worlds can be controlled in so many ways and also taught me about the theme of rebellion. It is definitely something that has featured as a huge inspiration for Monarchy, my first novel.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Stay positive no matter what. This is such a tough industry to break into and you will be knocked down time and time again. The main thing is to have belief in what you are doing and to keep going as there will be so many points when everything seems worthless. Have passion in what you write and use that passion to drive you onward with your ideas.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Monarchy is now available to buy on worldwide amazon sites.

I am in the process of setting up my social media so keep an eye out for me soon!

Blog: www.laurajayne15.wixsite.com/laurapritchardbooks

 

 

About the Author:

Laura Pritchard was born and raised in a small town in the South Wales Valleys in the United Kingdom. She is a teacher by day and an author by night! She currently teaches music to children who have been expelled from mainstream school.

“I have written for as long as I can remember! I have distinct memories of filling notebooks with stories from a very young age. The passion for writing came from a love of reading!”

“I came up with the initial story for my novel, Monarchy, about 2 years ago and have put all of my time and effort into perfecting it since then. Being a mum to 2 young children and a secondary school Music teacher alongside means I have become a professional life juggler and I try to fit as much writing time as I can! I am currently penning the follow up to my first novel, Anarchy, to be released in 2018.”

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Book Review: ‘Rescued by the Captain’ by Laura A. Barnes

Title: Rescued by the Captain

Published: 10th January 2017

Publisher: Lulu.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=author%20laura%20a.%20barnes

 

Synopsis:

Abandoned at sea.

When Ivy Mallory awakens; she finds herself on the ship of the man who rejected her love years earlier. While he was away working for the Crown, she embraced the London Seasons trying to forget him. Caught in the middle of a treason plot; she must help save her brother. To do so she needs to put her trust in the one man who can protect her. But can she protect her heart from loving him again?

Found at sea.

Captain Marcus Thornhill never imagined he would find a lady floating unconscious in a lifeboat out in the middle of the open sea. But it wasn’t any lady, it was Ivy. Seven years earlier he rejected her love for a life at sea. As he rescues her he gets involved in a treason plot that will bring the war to their beloved shores of England. As he unravels the plot he is unable to deny his desire for her. Is he too late in saving her and the love he has for her?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in an era you would love to travel to. Love a good period historical romance read and this one had a sexy captain of the high seas in it too. Adventure, romance, danger and intrigue – what’s not to love!

We follow Marcus and Ivy – his Hedera and name of his ship – on one hell of a crazy journey. Love when we find out what Hedera really stands for. He might be a Captain and love the life of the sea but there is someone from back home he loves more, Ivy. Fate has intertwined their paths and this time nothing is going to tear them apart again. Well let’s hope so anyway.

We start out at sea where Captain Marcus Thornhill gets a bit of a shock when his ship comes across a lifeboat floating out at sea. More so when it becomes clear that the passenger – unconscious passenger mind you – is none other than Ivy Mallory. The girl turned women he left behind seven years ago before he started his life at sea. Right from the start you know there is going to be quite a story as to how she got left out at sea in the first place but for the moment all Marcus can think about is trying to make sure she doesn’t die from her ordeal. Its almost like his heart stopped the moment he saw her, fearing she was already lost to him, and that it won’t start again until she opens her eyes. She gets a bit of a shock when she does open her eyes as she fears she is dreaming. It’s the only reason she can come up with as to how Marcus – love of her life – could be before her. Dream becomes reality very fast though when she realizes the position she has found herself in. Namely being alone in a cabin with Marcus being her sole carer. I think you may be able to guess where that situation might lead. Seems distance has made the heart grow fonder and passions soon come into play. Land is far away so they have time to reconnect but danger is never far behind. Sometimes said danger comes from them when they just won’t listen. These two are the king and queen of misunderstandings I feel. Just talk to each other and stop jumping to conclusions! Rant over but they do need to listen because once they do start talking they get the answers and love they have both been missing all these years spent apart.

Seems Ivy has found herself in the middle of some kind of treason plot that could mean war for her land. Her brother Charles is missing and all she can think of is finding him. Doing so only leads her to more danger and there are only so many times Marcus can save her. The reason for her being found out at sea soon becomes linked to the plot as well after she caught the eye of a pirate; one that seems to be connected to more than first appears. A plot is afoot and you are never quite sure what angle people are playing. Zane – friend or foe, whose side is he on? More to his story than meets the eye. The same goes for who has Charles. Missing, hiding out or kidnapped? You are never quite sure. Sammy was a sweet character, always looking out for his Captain and Ivy soon after meeting/rescuing her.

There are a few grammar issues throughout but not enough to take away from enjoying the story itself. Action packed romance adventure read. You know it’s just the start of what’s to come for Marcus and Ivy. Nothing will ever be smooth sailing, fun at times, danger at others, but as long as they are together they will get through.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘The Witches of Ravencrest’ by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross

About the Book:

The Witches of RavencrestBook #2 in The Ravencrest Saga

Dark and Unnatural Powers

In a remote part of California just above the coastal town of Devilswood, Ravencrest Manor, imported stone-by-stone from England more than two centuries ago, looms tall and terrifying, gathering its dark and unnatural powers, and drawing those it wants as its own.

Murder Lurks in the Shadows

Governess Belinda Moorland has settled into life at Ravencrest and, as summer gives way to autumn, romance is in the air. She and multi-millionaire Eric Manning are falling in love … but powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart. And as the annual Harvest Ball is set to begin, evil abounds at Ravencrest. Murder lurks in the shadows, evil spirits freely roam the halls, a phantom baby cries, signaling a death in the mansion, and in the notoriously haunted east wing, three blood-soaked nuns, Sisters Faith, Hope, and Charity, tend to the demented needs of a maid gone mad.

Vengeful Spirits

Ravencrest has come to life. In the gardens below, granite statues dance by moonlight, and a scarecrow goes on a killing rampage, collecting a gruesome assortment of body parts from unwilling donors … But Belinda’s greatest danger is the vengeful spirit of Rebecca Dane. Once the mistress of Ravencrest, Rebecca Dane has a centuries-old ax to grind with the powerful witch, Cordelia Heller – and Belinda becomes her weapon of choice.

What people are saying:

Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage
“The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”

Andrew Neiderman, author of The Devil’s Advocate and the V.C. Andrews novels
“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”

Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author
“While “binge-reading” the clever, shocking, deliciously creepy MOTHER by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross (amid gasps, laughing out loud and muttering “Oh, my God, no…”), it dawned on me that these two should be writing for AMERICAN HORROR STORY. The authors offer up a fun, juicy, gripping thriller that’s nearly impossible to put down. As I kept turning the pages, I was reminded of MISERY, ROSEMARY’S BABY, PEYTON PLACE, PSYCHO and several other classics. But this is an original—as is the main character, Priscilla “Prissy” Martin, the mother of them all. Her perfect, poised façade masks an ugly, twisted, utterly evil woman—a character you’ll never forget. I think we found a spouse for Hannibal Lecter! And I think you’ll find MOTHER a fast-paced, delirious, heart-pounding thrill-ride.”

A Reader’s Review Blog
“I was open-mouthed as the plot unfolded. This deeply psychological novel contains truly appalling revelations, and is certainly not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for an unforgettable and heart-stopping read that explores the depths of human depravity then this is the book for you.”

Sylvia Shults, author of Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural
“Ghostly secrets abound. Tortured spirits wander the hallways. Star-crossed lovers walk the paths of time. Servants connive, and the heroine faces an uncertain future …Run, do not walk, to get The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross take the reader on a delicious journey of twisted family secrets, troubled dreams, and barely-concealed passions. Wrap yourself in the silken robe of this story and escape to Ravencrest.”

Mark Hein, critic and editor at theaterghost.com
“Thorne & Cross keep the surprises coming as swiftly as a master magician …The characters quickly become people we know, but then wish perhaps we didn’t … The laughter of recognition rides like bubbles on the surface of a deep-flowing darkness …There’s something cold in here.”

Q.L. Pearce, bestselling author of Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs
“Mother is a thriller in the truest sense of the word. What begins with a walk through a nice neighborhood in a nice town quickly becomes a chilling and unnerving descent into madness that is harder and harder to escape. Because I wear a fitness tracker I have scientific proof that the finale is a wild ride. Although I was curled up on the couch reading, Mother caused my heart rate to go up ten points! I’ll never look at a neighborhood block party the same way.”

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

Authors Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

We were both bitten by the writing bug around second grade and spent our childhoods scaring other children by telling tales about creepy neighbors who ate children, local haunted houses that ate children, and of course, the spot where the hook-handed killer decapitated the hitchhiking ghost (and ate children).

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

We write from about ten a.m., to six or seven, p.m., Monday through Friday, and occasional Saturdays. We each work in home offices surrounded by felines.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

They come from life, from things we see, things we read about, things we investigate. They turn into fictional ideas as we brainstorm and mold them into our own version of the truth.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

We both like to have an idea of where we’re going and, to that end, we have a very brief outline that serves as a roadmap for the book. You need a map if you’re going to go off the main highway and explore; it keeps you from getting lost. But we both live for the side roads. Sometimes, our books end the way we first imagine, but more often, the characters tell us about better routes.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Ostensibly, horror, though we don’t really consider ourselves horror writers. Horror is in every genre and whether we write a thriller like Mother or a ghost-laden gothic like The Witches of Ravencrest, we always have a certain spooky sensibility to our work. To us, though, horror is only horror if it uses tropes like vampires. Our next collaboration, due out late this year, is Darling Girls, which is a vampire novel that serves as a sequel to both our vampiric solos, Candle Bay and The Crimson Corset. We’re having lots of fun with it.

What drew us both to spookiness is a love of the fantastic, of darkness, the taboo, and the weird. We both like to get away from the real world and there’s no better way to do that than to write.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

After we finished The Ghosts of Ravencrest, the first novel in the Ravencrest Saga, Tamara tuned into the Gilmore Girls for the first time and was gobsmacked. The actress who plays the Rory Gilmore, Alexis Bledel, is a ringer for our governess, Belinda Moorland. That said, we don’t usually know what most of our characters look like beyond the basics, so we were amazed. Daniel Craig might play the mysterious and wise butler, Grant Phister, and Jessica Lange would make a badass Cordelia Heller. If Shelly Winters were alive, she would be a perfect Momma Moorland. Mostly, though, we just kind of like readers to be able to make up their own minds. For instance, Eric Manning would be whatever your idea of a handsome millionaire is (assuming he has dark hair and stormy-blue eyes).

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

We are both chronic readers. Tamara’s favorite authors are Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. Alistair’s favorites are Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Alistair is currently re-reading Stephen King’s Rose Madder, and Tamara is reading James Blaylock’s Land of Dreams.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Alistair’s all time favorite is Anne Rice’s Violin because it has such a profound emotional impact, and Tamara’s is The Haunting of Hill House, because she read it as a child and it set her course as a writer.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write what you love and the money will follow. Oh, and train yourself early on to pay no mind to the critics. Critics are everywhere and they all have one thing in common: an opinion that can affect you only as much as you give it permission to.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

The best place to find us and all of our links is at our websites, tamarathorne.com and alistaircross.com

 

Excerpt:

As summer waned, the days passed quietly at Ravencrest Manor. Gardeners trimmed and pruned, planting great masses of marigolds, monkshood, and Chinese lanterns, like divine offerings, at the feet of the Greek statues dotting the landscape. At Ravencrest, the gods, too, celebrated autumn’s fiery approach.

The indoor pool was locked away, but sometimes faint screams sounded from within – screams that not only spoke of the ancient terrors that haunted the beautiful gold-and-cobalt rooms, but of the loss, the great sadness, of past inhabitants. It was a melancholy so deeply ingrained into the pool’s very depths that if you listened closely, you might hear weeping – weeping that could break your heart … and fracture your soul.

Dozens upon dozens of orange and yellow pumpkins lay sunning themselves among their dying vines and the stands of calico corn had ripened, as had masses of decorative gourds that ran down the hillside behind the Farm. They were being dried now to serve as October decor for the house – and for the coming Harvest Ball.

Gray strands of fog, gauzy chiffon scarves, curled around the manor, hugging the great stone walls like an old friend. But the fog at Ravencrest was no one’s friend. Thick patches of it crept across the great lawns to hover in the gardens like looming ghosts, overseeing the ancient statues and shrouding the property as if keeping the manor – and all of its mysteries – hidden from view.

In daylight hours – during the spring and summer months especially – the gardens were a utopia – so lush and thriving and full of beauty that you might expect to see Adam step from the foliage, persimmon in hand, or Eve bathing in the roses, her skin and hair redolent of their sweet perfume.

But at night, when the shadows rose to their full height and darkness came to lay claim over the manor and its vast grounds, that same beauty turned poisonous and those gardens became a dark carnival of unseen dangers, a bottomless sea of unspeakable grotesqueries. It was at night, always at night, that the serpent came to Eden.

About the Authors:

Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since written several more books. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, a vampiric tale of terror and seduction, was an immediate bestseller which earned praise from veteran vampire-lit author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and New York Times bestseller, Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series. In 2012, Alistair joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write, among other things, the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their debut collaboration, The Cliffhouse Haunting, reached the bestseller’s list in its first week of release. Learn more about Alistair at: http://alistaircross.com

Books by Alistair Cross

The Angel Alejandro

The Crimson Corset

The Book of Strange Persuasions

Sleep, Savannah, Sleep (Release Date 9/25/17)

Social Media Links:

Website: www.alistaircross.com

Blog: www.alistaircross.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/crossalistair

Twitter: @CrossAlistair

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Alistair-Cross/e/B00N446AZS

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6517308.Alistair_Cross

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/alistaircross

 

Tamara Thorne

Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published in 1991. Since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, and The Sorority. Tamara’s interest in writing is lifelong, as is her fascination with the paranormal, occult, mythology and folklore. She’s been an avid ghost story collector and writer all her life. Tamara’s novels range from straight-out ghost stories to tales of witchcraft, conspiracies, UFOs, elemental forces, and vampires. No matter what topic she chooses, chances are you’ll find a ghost or two lurking in the background. Today, she and her frequent collaborator, Alistair Cross, share their worlds and continue to write about ghosts and other mysterious forces. Whether collaborating or writing solo, there is no shortage of humor, sex, blood, and spookiness. Learn more about her at: http://tamarathorne.com

Books by Tamara Thorne

Candle Bay

Eternity

Haunted

Moonfall

The Sorority

Bad Things

The Forgotten

Thunder Road

Social Media Links:

Website: www.tamarathorne.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tamara.thorne

Twitter: @tamarathorne

Blog: www.tamarathorne.wordpress.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Tamara-Thorne/e/B000APIVGK

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/13726.Tamara_Thorne

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/tamarathorne

Google Plus: www.plus.google.com/u/0/100216245073375890510

 

Thorne & Cross

In collaboration, Thorne & Cross have written The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, as well as the ongoing Ravencrest Saga, a serialization with new installments appearing every four to six weeks. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project, and whether writing individually or as a team, neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Peter Atkins, author and screenwriter of HELLRAISER 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, and New York Times best sellers Preston and Child, Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Books by Thorne & Cross

Mother

The Cliffhouse Haunting

The Ghosts of Ravencrest

The Witches of Ravencrest

Darling Girls (Release Date November, 2017)

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin (Non-Fiction)

Social Media Links:

Blog: www.thorneandcross.wordpress.com

Twitter: @thornecross

Facebook – Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!: www.facebook.com/Thorne-Cross-Haunted-Nights-LIVE

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16798781.Thorne_and_Cross

Amazon: www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Thorne+and+Cross&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Thorne+and+Cross

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Book Review: ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Savannah Kade

Title: Wildest Dreams (Hollywood Nights Book 1)

Published: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Griffyn Ink Publishing

Author: Savannah Kade

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReadSavannahKade

Twitter: @SavannahKade

 

Synopsis:

~~ Sexy, emotional, often funny, always messy, true love romance ~~

Jenn Lesley isn’t finding the man of her dreams, so a friends-with-benefits situation suits her just fine in the meantime. She’s a smart woman—a lawyer—with her feet solidly on the ground. She’s pretty sure she knows what she needs, and Walker isn’t it.

Walker Booth knows that he and Jenn have simply hooked up, not fallen in love or anything like that. He’s committed to chasing his dream, and he’s carved out a great, if unconventional, life for himself. So why do his paintings all start to have Jenn’s face?

When fate throws them a curve, Jenn may be too busy trying to right the trouble of her past to see that Walker is full of surprises.

Follow Jenn, Bree, Zoe and Jessica as they navigate the glitz and shine of Hollywood. Can be read as a standalone. This series has real emotion, hard won happy endings, and smoking hot romance.

 

Review:

A romance with a bit of a difference when you get to this one as it has two people who at first had no intention of making anything of what they had. A friends-with-benefits thing was all they wanted but that’s about to change when a certain test result comes back positive.

Jenn is clearly one of those people who loved to jump to conclusions right from get go with whomever she’s meeting. She had her mind set with how she thought things would go or how certain people should act and a good 9 times out of 10 she was wrong. Seems the dream guy and life she thought she wanted was nothing more than a fantasy. Reality turned out to be a whole lot better. A few times how she acts and thinks annoyed me but you have to go through those parts to get through to the real her. The one Walker is slowly helping her find.

Loved Walker from the start with his calmer carefree outlook on life. He is always trying to look out for Jenn even when she insists she doesn’t need him to. There’s more to him than meets the eye, which I liked. It just takes Jenn a while longer to see it but you know she will get there in the end. Seems she gets under his skin more than he would like to begin with and soon turns into a muse for his work. One he hopes to turn into reality though is yet to be seen. Loved his neighbours thought they were a good example of what real life looked like. A life Jenn soon starts to crave.

Thought her ‘friend’ Lissa was a right selfish bitch that definitely owed Jenn an apology for the ice queen she turned into. Melt the bitch I say. The friend she thought she had turned out to be one she’s better off without and the others she thought of as more acquaintances turned into the true friends she really needed.

Clark ‘dream guy’ was a tool of epic proportions and you really hope karma comes back to teach him a lesson. Lissa too really with how she acts. He was such a plank and how he acts after his major faux par is just laughable. Hello stalker in training, he’s getting close to it. Let’s just say when you are looking for ‘wife’ material it shouldn’t just be a job role to fill. Having your cake and eating will not just fly with our Jenn.

The dream man you think you are looking for can turn into a nightmare and that’s when the real thing sneaks up on you. The things Jenn might have put on her perfect partner list soon become obsolete. She gets what and whom she really wants when she starts looking with her heart not her lawyer business mind. Jenn may not have looked in Walkers direction for her future but it seems fate had other plans. She soon becomes the painting he longs her to be and he turns into the man of her wildest dreams.

Side note: A few times I spotted a name swap where Clark was used and it should have been Walker but nothing else that major.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Griffyn Ink Publishing for my honest review.

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