Monday, October 28, 2013

The Dark Secrets Series by A.M. Hudson

One of my biggest joys in reading is finding a series that I love. A good novel is fine, but when you fall in love with characters you don't want to see the story end. This series is one of the ones I love. It has elements of all the things I like to read: romance, vampires, monarchies, and suspense. If I had to (nit) pick something that deters from the story line for me it would be this: the characters are young. That's it! If you can look past that like I did you will enjoy this series.

Dark Secrets (Book 1) - How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?

Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She's been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire--one who kills people with his teeth!

But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can't live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.

The only question now is whether her beloved vampire will find her in time, or leave her to face a destiny he triggered with their first kiss.

The Heart's Ashes (Book 2) - Death never leaves us. Once it's touched our souls, it hungers for our return--waiting for us to fall. And if it finds Ara again, she will have no way to escape.

Moving on from David was hard, forgetting the abduction and torture was almost impossible, but nothing as devastating as the thought that now, because of her, David might face the horrific punishments of the Set.

No one knows where David went after he lost Ara, but she can only hope he's the one leaving subtle clues for her to discover, and it makes her desperate to find him--desperate enough that she would risk her life, hanging out with an informant who means to kill her. What truths she is told about David's dark past, though, will threaten to change her heart and destroy the way Ara perceives everything. She must ask herself if it's right to love one monster, then hate the one who tried to destroy her.

In all her searching, the promise of immortality will finally be renewed, but sold at a price Ara's not sure she's willing to pay.

Is love enough to make her submit to this new role, or will it fail her once again and leave her reaching back for the grasp of death?

Mark of Betrayal (Book 3) - A love so strong fire and torture could not break it. A heart so pure neither death nor hate could taint it. But, left alone in a world of lies and secrets, Ara will find herself down the road of treachery, walking very dangerous ground, while those closest to her fight to keep her safe from dangers unseen.

The boundaries between friends and enemies will blur, and the return of an old friend will see Ara crossing a line she can never return from.

Lies in Blood (Book 4) - The ashes of a dark past fall away, and a new sun rises in place—bringing light to a nation once thought lost to ancient secrets. All that has been done in pursuit of vengeance will be undone for peace, and an age-old agreement will finally be met.

At last, the child who became a queen will pave the way through the blood of others’ lies, and the betrayal on her soul will mark the beginning of a new future—one even she could not have predicted.

All the lies will finally come undone. All the truths will finally be out, but with the layers of deception shifting and evolving, so spawns a new secret Ara must carry alone—one she will fight to take to her grave.

I am a little less than half way through Lies in Blood & loving it. I am anxiously (and not so patiently) waiting for a certain 'something' to happen that I KNOW is going to. So, basically I've been sucked back into David & Ara's story. Lot's of intense revelations & decisions are coming so be sure to check them out with me & let me know what you think.

#Team David

Monday, October 14, 2013

Author Stacy Green

I have a confession to make. A couple of them actually. My first one is this - I like Stacy Green, and I liked her before I ever picked up one of her books. Unfortunately, I can't remember how I came to 'know' her. I do know that in conversing with her online I just knew that if/when we ever met she & I would get along. Then I read her book, Into the Dark and went from deep like straight to 'fangirl crush'. It was amazing on so many levels.

I've been drifting further & further away from mystery/thriller books the last few years; leaning more toward contemporary romance. Into the Dark was a great break and a good reminder that I love all kinds of books. It was such a fun read for me because I had just returned from my first trip to Las Vegas and could picture the landscape from a fresh perspective. It goes without saying that this book sealed our relationship and put Stacy on my list of authors whose books you buy based on name alone.

My second confession is this: I reached out to Stacy last week and offered to help her promote her second novel in her Delta Crossroads Series. She graciously advanced me a copy of Skeleton's Key and in reading the synopsis I was a little confused. Book 2? What was book 1? In searching I discovered that the book Tin God, which I have looked at probably 50 times, had gone unread by me. Ooops! I would have sworn to you that I had read this book, but I was on a self-imposed book buying hiatus for months and only thought I read it.

What's a girl to do? Any good reader knows that to read book 2 before book 1, knowingly, is a travesty. So the book buying hiatus was lifted and I purchased and dove into Tin God. Oh-em-gee! I loved it! I am a proud Yankee transplant to the South and enjoyed reading about my new home. Once again Stacy reminds me of why I love branching out of my current comfort zone and enjoy something different.

Tin God is the story of Jaymee Ballard who had gotten pregnant as a teen and was forced to give up her daughter for adoption. She has set out on a path to find and get her daughter back, but is hindered by her economic standing. After reaching out to Lana, a childhood friend for help, almost all hope is dashed when Lana is murdered. Four years later and Jaymee finds herself reaching out to her new employer/friend for help only to find that friend murdered in her bed. "I just  murdered your wife....again" is the note that Nick, Lana's husband, receives leading him to Lana's childhood hometown of Roselea. Teaming up with Jaymee, and Deputy Sheriff Cage Foster,  he sets out to discover what or who led to his wife's death, the death of two other women, and what part the birth of Jaymee's daughter played 7 years ago.

It was such a relief to be able to finish Tin God and be able to jump immediately into Skeleton's Key. The continuation of the series finds Cage Foster as the caretaker of Ironwood Plantation; a run down Antebellum in desperate need of repair. Unfortunately the rescue of the stately mansion comes in the form of Dani Evans a historical preservationist. Dani shows up, not as a man, but an opinionated woman who has strong pre-conceived notions about what men from the South are like. Just as opinionated, Cage curses Dani as the 'Damn Yankee' who has no business moving to the South. Sparks fly from the very beginning when Cage finds skeletal remains in the basement of Ironwood and Dani arrives to keep her new purchase from falling into further disarray during the investigation. As the investigation continues Cage becomes a prime suspect and Dani is set on proving that he isn't the killer. Many suspects are on the radar, but the real killer will come out of nowhere and I promise you won't have it figured out.

Oh! Maybe I have 3 confessions. Um........yeah.......I have a 'bad' habit when I read books. I jump to the end to see who did it. I KNOW! I'm horrible! I'm just wired that way. I like to know what is going to happen so that I can be prepared. No surprises in the delivery room for me. Both times I knew what we were having and had everything planned down to the last diaper. I'm a little Type A that way. So, while I should probably steer you away from doing that, if you are like me you may not be able to stop yourself. I don't think it takes away from the story so I'm not likely to stop doing it anytime soon. Especially since I've been doing it for at least 30 years! (commence flogging)

Now, I am back to the part of reading that I hate! Waiting for the next book. Until Stacy reveals the name I will keep it to myself. It sounds as if our favorite characters will be back including the largest; the South. My new home and for a mid-western girl who has transplanted there is no better place to be!

Thanks for reading y'all  :D

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Poor Aleatha :) She's working B&N so hard today. Stick with it people; I promise it's worth it!!!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Guess What??????

Only 2 more days until the release of Convicted by Aleatha Romig!!!!!!

Non-Spoiler review from Goodreads of Convicted by Aleatha Romig

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Convicted (Consequences, #3)" border="0" src="" /></a><a href="">Convicted</a> by <a href="">Aleatha Romig</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />

Hmmmmmm.......literally just finished this book an hour ago and I usually wait to write a review & mull it over for awhile. I'm going to jump in with both feet on this one. <br><br>I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Lucky for her that's all I give!<br><br>I'll start off by saying that, I felt, this book had a different vibe than the first two. I know the reasoning is that there was a lot to clear up in this one. There is a lot of back story, 'minor' players in the other books become more of a focal point in this one and Tony & Claire.......well, I have to stop that thought in it's tracks. It would give too much away. <br><br>This is not a book that you will want to fly through. You need to take your time as there is a lot of interwoven conspiracies and plotting to keep track of. This person did this to this person while this person was doing something to someone else over here. I honestly couldn't decide if I liked it or not until about Chapter 47. The infamous (?) chapter 47. The turning point for me. Can't divulge more for 2 more days, so I'll finish with this:<br><br>If you are a fan of the first 2 books then this is a MUST read for you. If you are not a fan of Tony &/or Claire, but are curious to see how things turned out, this is a MUST read for you. If you aren't a fan of either books or characters then just keep on scrolling, but you my friend are seriously missing out on a crazy ride!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fated Truth by Tasha Gwartney SALE

On sale for .99 at Amazon

3 More days......

until I can ask all my questions that are popping up as I'm reading Convicted. For now, mums the word. This countdown pic accurately depicts my heart rate as I'm reading.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Even though I was gifted with an ARC copy of Convicted I wouldn't allow myself to start it until a quick re-read of Truth. Do you know that I had forgotten about the age difference between Tony & Claire? I don't know why, but I think once it clicked it made me read the story differently. Don't know why, but it did. I'm only 4 chapters into Convicted & cursing the fact that I have to go to work this morning. All I can tell you at this point is that you won't be disappointed!

We are down to less than one hand people!!!!!! Four more days!!!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


More days until Tony & Claire return. I'm in the midst of a quick re-read of Truth then on to Convicted!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Convicted by Aleatha Romig

Shut the front door people! I woke up to an email letting me know that Aleatha is sending me an ARC of Convicted. I am over the moon excited! Stay tuned there's only........

more days until more Tony & Claire!!!!!!