Sunday, March 27, 2016

My Thoughts on Batman vs Superman


I think we can safely say that I have established what a huge fan I am of this new trend of making comic books into movies.  Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is just one of the many DC Comics films on the horizon.  Man of Steel featured Henry Cavill (whom I just loved in The Tudors as the latest actor to play Superman.  I really liked this movie.  It was a little darker than what I was used to with the Marvel movies I had seen.  Why am I mentioning a movie from 2013? Well, it's necessary to mention it in order to see how Batman vs Superman came about.  The battle scenes in Man of Steel when Superman and Zod are fighting and generally destroying everything in site actually take place on Gotham.  Batman vs Superman picks up 18 months later and Batman having watched his beloved city destroyed by a metahuman.  Batman is determined to make sure Superman never has the chance to destroy anymore of the planet by defeating him.  Lex Luthor , of course , has other ideas.
I watched this in 3D and I am not entirely sure it was worth the extra fee for the glasses. Seeing this movie in 2D will be just fine.  I was not sure if I would be ok with Ben Affleck playing Batman.  To be honest, I really liked Christian Bale as the "Dark Knight".  I was pleasantly surprised by how good Ben Affleck performed.  Henry Cavill was amazing.  Jeremy Irons actually made the perfect Alfred and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is AWESOME!  Let me just take a minute and applaude Jesse Eisenberg for his very convincing role as Lex Luthor. I just can't say enough about the cast. They were all fantastic.  The movie itself was a little drawn out.  There was a lot of backstory and I feel somewhat let down by how long it took to get to the action.  The sneak peek at the other characters on the solo movie roster was cool.  SPOILER ALERT: Lex Luthor had been tracking metahumans all over the world and had files on Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman.  You only get to see a snippet of each one of them but it is enough to get you excited for their stories.  Wonder Woman is next to get her own film but this August we get introduced to The Suicide Squad.
I would give this 4 out of 5 stars because I HATED, HATED, HATED the ending to this movie. I will not say why although there are enough spoilers out there to figure it out for yourself.

My final recommendation:  Go see the movie but maybe don't spring for the extra cost of 3D.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Final Target : A Triskelion Team Novel Review


                                                             Final Target
                                            Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team #1
                                                            By: Zara Keane
                                                 Genre: Romantic Suspense

                                                           Synopsis:

His last hit turns out to be his first love.....
As a final job for his mob boss uncle, Lar Delaney agrees to eliminate one last target. Through the crosshairs of his sniper rifle, he realizes that his target is a former girlfriend-a woman who supposedly died five years previously.
Moira Collins is an intelligence agent whose cover has been shot to smithereens.  When she finds herself on the wrong side of an assassin's rifle, she's appalled to recognize the only mark she ever let herself fall in love with.


I was happy I got a spot on this book tour because I was really looking forward to an ARC of this newest book by author Zara Keane.  I have a friend who really enjoyed some of her other stuff and so I was eager to check her out myself.   This story almost reminded me of the season of Sons of Anarchy that revolved around dealings with the IRA.  I mean this in a good way. I loved SOA and that just made me fall in love with these characters even more.  I love the fact that the alpha character is actually a real bad boy!  I mean he is a hitman and a member of the Dublin Mafia.  I read books all the time where the "Bad Boy "turns out to be a big softie who was misunderstood. These are great to read also but every so often a girl wants something a little different.  I like that Moira is a tough, intelligent, and focused heroine.   The secondary characters in the story are pretty interesting themselves and I look forward to learning more abut them.  
Moira has a great background story.  She survived a family tragedy that placed her in the witness relocation program.  She grows up thinking everyone else in her family is dead and it sparks a fire in her to right the injustices dealt out by the mafia.  She ends up as a top intelligence agent and spends a lot of time under various identities while trying to infiltrate the ranks to bring them down.  While she is in Boston undercover she meets Lar and they get involved in a serious relationship until the night he belives she has died.  She never quite gets over her feelings for him or they way she had to leave him.
Lar has been able to gradually move past the pain of losing the one woman he loved more than anything and is looking to get out from underneath his Uncle Frank's choke hold and go into business with his cousin.  His uncle naturally wants something in exchange for releasing Lar from the "family business".  Frank gives Lar a folder with a remaining member of a family he thought he had taken down several years before.  He wants Lar to kill the daughter of his rival.  Imagine Lar's surprise when he gets to the end of the file and sees the picture and realizes there may be a chance that this Genevieve McEllroy may be the very same Moira Collins that he had to bury.
This book had an opening scene that had me hooked right from the start and the action, intrigue and underworld activities kept me interested.  I would recommend this book to anyone. It is actually a book I plan on giving 5 stars to on Goodreads.  You can grab a copy on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, or  Barnes and Noble.

                                                        About the Author



Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to Bellybeg, the fictitious town where she sets her Irish contemporary romances. She currently lives in Switzerland with her family.  When she's not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries ( with occasional success) to resist the call of Swiss chocolate.    http://zarakeane.com

                                                 25 Fun Facts about Zara

  1. I read my first romance novel at the age of 12 when I raided my great-aunt's secret stash of Mills & Boon.
  2. When I was 15, I wrote my first romance with a friend, complete with an anatomically incorrect sex scene.
  3. I've lived in five countries.
  4. I speak five languages, but only three well.
  5. Thanks to Madonna, I wanted to be a nun when I was little. I don't think I fully understood the lyrics to "Like a Virgin".
  6. I love roller coasters-the crazier, the better.
  7. My former jobs include ice-cream seller, baker, sex shop sales assistant, university lecturer, and English teacher.
  8. I'm a huge fan of tabletop games.
  9. I have an office supply problem.  I collect notebooks and pens like other people collect shoes and handbags.
  10. My ballet career ended at age 4 when my teacher told me I jumped like an angel and landed like an elephant.
  11. My acting career ended at age 14 when I punched my co-star. Trust me, he deserved it.
  12. I'm a huge reader. I know-big surprise. My idea of bliss is a weekend holed up with a stack of good books.
  13. I have the worst drawing skills of anyone I know, including my three-year-old daughter.
  14. I currently live in Switzerland.
  15. I used to love strong black coffee, but since my first pregnancy, I can only drink it with milk.
  16. I wasn't able to vote in any country for over a decade but caught up  by becoming a Swiss  citizen and voting more times in one year than in my entire adult life-they hold elections and referenda several times a year.
  17. I met my husband on a blind date.
  18. My Swiss husband has appeared on Irish radio more times than I have.
  19. Despite loving romance novels, I'm not a fan of romantic films.
  20. My favourite re-read authors include Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, and Georgette Heyer.
  21. My ideal date night includes a bottle of champagne.
  22. I love to travel but still haven't made it to Australia.
  23. Despite being a city girl, I keep moving to smaller and smaller places.
  24. I considered becoming an archeologist, but the Irish mud and rain drove me to opt for an advanced degree in history instead.
  25. My morning writing ritual consists of a scented candle. A cp of coffee, and a Brain FM session to help me focus.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wolf on Wheels Heritage Series Book 1- My Review

So I am proud to say that I am just one of many stops on this current blog tour for N K Author Services.  I received an ARC of this first book in a new series in exchange for my honest opinion.  




First of I love anything that has to do with werewolves. I actually enjoy shifter books and if they happen to be a bit on the smutty side....I don't mind at all.  I was very impressed with this book.  I literally could not put it down once I started reading it.  The characters were very well written. Lara Walker is a perfect mix of independence and vulnerability. Caleb is exactly what you would imagine a biker/alpha wolf should look like. ( I was very fond of the added patch of white in his hair/fur).  Layne Macadam may not have been an author I was familiar with before but she is surely one I will be reading a lot of in the future.  I was able to create a pretty vivid picture in my head as the story progressed just simply because of how immersed in this story I became. My brief synopsis:  Hot female vet meets equally hot biker "bad boy" who also happens to be alpha of a pack of local werewolves. They meet, there is serious smolder, then there is marking, and then the fireworks! Need I say more? I give this 2 paws up...just kidding. Seriously awesome read. Go buy it. I have the links listed below. I am very excited to read the next in this series. I am actually going to post a book description and some author info here just because I like to share and then you can see for yourself why this book was so damn appealing.


        
Wolf Shifter Caleb Grayson's opinion of humans is lower than a rattlesnake's belly, that is, until Lara Walker comes into his life. But can the pretty veterinarian, with her marmalade curls and flashing green eyes, be trusted with his secret?

As alpha of his pack he is duty bound to keep them safe and, with genocidal hunters closing in on them, that means maintaining anonymity.  So will sharing his secret strengthen Lara's and his relationship?  Or will it send her running in horror and announcing his heritage to the world?

When the decision to reveal all is snatched out of his hands the revelation, not only turns her world inside out but it has far-reaching repercussions neither could have imagined.

Find it at:

Amazon     The Romance Reviews     Kobo


And now a word or two about the very talented author..........



Layne lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cantankerous cat named Bob, on the mid-eastern coast of New South Wales, Australia. She has a full-time job and a degree in history.

Always an avid reader, Layne voraciously consumes all types of fiction, but she particularly loves a happy ending, so writing romance seemed a natural progression for here.  Although a little daunting at first, once she finally started tapping on the keys the words kept flowing, and what was intended as a short story turned into a full-blown novel, Desire Unleashed, the first book in her Desire Series about a team of Navy Seals.

Layne writes contemporary romance, paranormal, and sci-fi.  With her love of history and passion for travel a historical romance combining the two is not outside the realms of possibility in the future.


 When she's not writing Layne can be found tackling some craft project, walking along the beach, or you might find her in the kitchen creating some culinary delights.


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sunflower Touches by Cheryl Oblon (Review)



Genre: YA

I am a fan of YA books and series but I must admit that I have had my fill of the "end of the world" style ones that have become so popular lately.   This is such a refreshing read. Seriously it is awesome.This story is set in Cincinnati, OH. It is about a blended family of two different races from two very different economic lifestyles.  Chloe is the oldest of her sisters at 16. She has 2 little sisters, Hannah-15 and Paige-14.  It's just been the three of them and their Dad for several years since her mother's passing.  Dad met and married Nat, who also has 3 teenage daughters. Catalina is the oldest of Nat's girls at 16 and her twin sisters, Gab and Isa, are 14. The story is about how all 6 girls are learning to adjust to the new family dynamic. There are many themes running throughout this book. The author covers everything from typical sisterly drama, bullying, homosexuality, underage drinking, and the date rape drug.  These are all very delicate subjects but I thought they were handled brilliantly in this book. One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Love hits you like a bus. Hopefully, it's the right one." This is just an example of how engaging the author's writing style is.

The cover of the book was appealing in a cutesy, girly, kind of way. Almost like I had sketched it out myself for my own teenage daughter to use a maybe a journal cover.  You learn the symbolic nature of the sunflowers and the car as you are reading the book and that just makes it all the more appealing.   This book is actually the first in a series, The DIY Dolls series is actually based on Chloe's Dad and Nat encouraging each of the girls to work on creative projects together and film the whole process. Each book will be a new sister's story and I intended to read them all. My 15 year old loved this book as well and she has not been known to be an avid reader but this book spoke to her and so our next bonding experience will be over this new series.

I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts on it.  Amazon has the electronic version of this for sale at the time of this posting for $0.99.  You can also read more about this author on her website http://cheryloblon.com



Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wedding Night with the Earl- Part 2 : A Short Conversation with the Author



Interview with Amelia Grey


1)What made you choose the time period of the novel? 

I have written in the Regency time period for my last 14 books.  I love the time period because of all the romantic trappings of the time period. To me there’s just something extremely appealing and very sexy about a tall, handsome gentleman dressed in buff-colored trousers, black Hessian knee boots, and a white shirt.  A man whose honor is more important than his life.  Most of the gentlemen truly wanted to make a young lady feel beautiful, desired, and treasured.  A Regency man was not only expected to open the door for a lady, pull out her chair, and watch his language and his manners around her, he wanted to do these things. He was the epitome of class and standards dressed in perfectly tied neckcloths, cutaway coats, and boots polished to a sexy gleam, slowly sipping a glass of brandy from a fine crystal snifter. 

2) How do you figure out your character names? 

Names are very important to me.  I like to pick strong, all masculine sounding names for the heroes—for instance—in my current release Wedding Night With The Earl the hero’s name is Adam Greyhawke.   In the first two books of The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series the heroes names are Bray Drakestone and Harrison Thornwick.  I always try to give my heroines a one syllable last name.   It is just easier for the hero who will have to say her name a lot in the book. In Wedding Night With The Earl the heroine is Miss Wright.  In the first two books of The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series the heroines were Miss Prim and Miss Rule.  I like to think that all the grand ladies of the Regency were as strong and as spirited as the heroines in my books.  Clothing for the ladies was stunning and delicate.  Beaded and brocaded gowns trimmed with wispy bits of lace fell softly over fine cotton chemises, silky smooth stockings and stylish satin slippers.  A well-dressed lady was never without a fancy embroidered handkerchief peeking out of a velvet reticule, jewels or pearls lying delicately around her neck, and ribbons, flowers, or alabaster combs adorning her hair. 

3) When you are reading for pleasure, what do you like to read genre wise? 

I’m a big reader of romance books.  I read all of Mary Balogh and Amanda Quick’s books.  And too many more to mention.  I’m reading romance books right now for Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards right now, but I also enjoy reading books about historical figures.  I have Custer’s Trails by T.J. Styles on my nightstand to start after I finish the RITA books.  I also try to read from an inspirational book each night before I go to sleep.



4) Who are your literary idols?

I probably have to say Mary Balogh and Amanda Quick are my favorites but then I think of how I enjoy Jo Beverly books and then the list continues with Eloisa James and Sarah McClean in the historical genre even though to me all the ladies have a very different style, I enjoy them all.  I read Kat Martin and Joan Johnston as well.  They are friends of mine and very good authors.  And need I say I am a HUGE fan of Amelia Grey’s books!   

I love to hear from readers.  You can email me at ameliagrey@comcast.net or find me at ameliagrey.com, or  Facebook.com/AmeliaGreybooks


A big thank you to Ms. Grey for taking time from her busy schedule to answers these questions for me.




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen. She's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.

Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

With more than twenty-five books published, she is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award. She's also won the Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill Awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia's books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.

Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.

You can follow Amelia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmeliaGreyBooks or email her at AmeliaGrey@comcast.net to be added to her newsletter and contest list.

Wedding Night with the Earl- Part 1




Wedding Night with the Earl
The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels
by Amelia Grey 

Genre: Historical Romance 


HE THINKS LOVE IS MUCH ADO.
Adam Greyhawke is through with marriage. After losing his wife at a young age, he’s more interested in carousing and gambling at the Heirs’ Club than taking another trip to the altar. When his obligations as the Earl of Greyhawke thrust him into the heart of Society, he dreads the boredom that only a London ballroom can inspire in a roguish scoundrel. That is, until he meets a bewitching young woman who captures his curiosity—and reminds him just how delicious desire can be.

IS SHE READY TO SAY I DO?
Miss Katharine Wright is accustomed to men interested only in her generous dowry. Adam’s attraction is far more powerful—he tests her wits and her courage at every turn, until she finds herself longing to fulfill an everlasting passion she never imagined was possible. But the breathtakingly handsome nobleman is as stubborn as he is scandalous, and Katharine must be the one to convince him that real love is worth any risk…in Wedding Night with the Earl by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.






Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Queen of Her Heart by Lena Hart.... My Review

This review is from: Queen of His Heart (Queen Quartette Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Wow! I was simply blown away by this book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I had never heard of the author, Lena Hart, before I received a link letting me know this might be something I would enjoy reading and reviewing. Boy did I! This book had it all....romance, mystery, hot characters, and just the right amount of danger. Let me give you a quick overview.....

Judith Bell is living a quietly unobtrusive life with her feline companion Prince. She works as a Personal Assistant to the owner of The Royal Courts Casino. She has had a very troubling past involving an abusive relationship and all she wants is to just feel safe and comfortable in her new life. However, the head of security, Carlos Morena, has very different plans for her.

Carlos is an ex-Marine who takes one look at Judith and falls fast and hard for the sexy assistant. He is everything you could want in a leading man. He is sexy, tough, and shares his feelings without hesitation. He also is armed with an arsenal of cheesy pick-up lines. He comes from a very close knit Hispanic family and this theme of closeness is prominent throughout the book.

Carlos finally convinces Judith to give him a shot and then the steamy scenes that ensue were almost enough to fog up my glasses. I was laughing and rooting for this couple from beginning to end. This book did not disappoint by any means. There is a very unpleasant surprise from Judith's past that puts the newly developed relationship between her and Carlos to the test. That is all I am going to say because you need to read it for yourself.

It is important to mention that this is actually book 3 in a series. I actually didn't realize this until about halfway through the book when I glanced at the cover again. It is the Queen's Quartette Series and all 4 books are available for purchase. I am actually buying all the others this weekend and I can't wait!!!

You can purchase this book on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MR9Z05W?refRID=JTTE3HY500A5JRBDKA4Y&ref_=pd_ybh_a_1  ) for $.99 at the moment. You can also see more books by this author there. Find more information on the author at her website www.LenaHartSite.com You can also find more info on the book and author on Goodreads.