Thursday, January 26, 2017

{Book Review} CROWN OF LIES ~ Pepper Winters


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CROWN OF LIESPEPPER WINTERSCOMING JANUARY 31ST 2017

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I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”

Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.

However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the boy who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.

Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the man her father believed was the perfect match. The man who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.
Including her.

Seduced and manipulated, Noelle lives two lives. The one everyone sees on the outside and the one no one sees on the inside. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she’d been and turn her into something else.

Until her past collides with her present.
And it’s her turn to lie.
To everyone…including herself.



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A Princess living in the Tallest Tower of the strongest Castle , imprisoned by the Dragon, and the Prince of True Love shall save her. 
Elle is an Heiress of Multi Billion Dollar company -Belle Elle. At 19 she's trapped and imprisoned by her stature, her wealth and her fate. Her life has been scheduled by her Father, who loves her a lot , he just wants her secure and entitled. But she's just 19, and yet she has never explored the city on her own. Because she's running a billion-dollar company and never been to a party or gossiped with girls or kissed a boy. She just wants to be normal... just for a few hours. So she does the unthinkable, acting on impulse, she just wanders out of security net and into the unknown. 
One night. One encounter. One man 

How had my night gone from alley robbery to bush-filled kisses? How had I transcended from lonely workaholic to falling for a man I’d only just met ? A man who lived on the opposite scale of me in every little thing. Wealth and poverty. Safety and danger.He looked mid-twenties with hardness only born from fighting every day of his life. I was soft where he was sharp. I knew how to fight but in boardrooms and on conference calls, not on the streets.

One night is what it takes to launch her life into a different trajectory altogether. That night has consequences reverberating through the rest of the life. So loud that the noise becomes her nightmares depriving her off her sleep and filling them with guilt!!

I hadn’t lived up to my oath. A life for a life. He’d saved me. And I haven’t saved him.

Yet she can't let go of him, her virginal body and soul is imprinted with Nameless's kiss and scent . 

“You don’t even know me.”
“I don’t have to know you. I feel you.”
I hindered him while he tried to do the right thing by keeping me safe. For the second time. He doesn’t even know me, yet he’s claimed responsibility for me.

She becomes all woman and lets Nameless claim her heart.
Alas , Cruel turn of events snatched him away and she ........just endures the painful mishap .

I had to accept that I had no time for romance, no patience for dating, and no prospects at partnership other than business expansion. I was so lucky compared to most. Love is a small price to pay.

Elle is lonely and broken hearted. Her dad is sad to see her drifting through a loveless dry life. So he tries meddling by setting her up with few prospective suitors. But her heart is barren.........
Till she meets Penn Everett . He's overpowering, all male, driven and mysterious. Everything Elle doesn't need......but wants . With every fibre of her being. !
And herein lies her conundrum
Give in and be inhaled , or give up and exhale Penn
Well, Penn is anything , if not persistent. He relentlessly pursues her , almost gate crashing her parties, bulldozing the walls of her prisoned heart, till she reluctantly grants him access. 
But Betrayal and Love are two sides of the same coin

My heart had a box with three different puzzles mixed up inside. 
The pieces were tangled, their edges able to fit together to form an incorrect Frankenstein of three scenes, but unless the three puzzles were separated, none of them were true.

As is so expertly painted by Pepper in this story. She creates masterpiece story, her characters emanate power . Penn is very Masculine, very secretive and very enveloping in his Charm
Elle is dainty yet driven, beautiful and intelligent, protected yet adventurous.  
Pepper is one of those rare breed of Natural Born Writers . She doesn't follow norms , yet creates norms - 
I don't think outside the box. I never got in it !!
 And this book is no exception. The story made me stop at multiple places , where I thought I had figured out the truth, but I hadn't!! There are twists that will make you gasp, the blind corners are never ending and the buildup to the other half is very intriguing ( though made me impatient ) 
It's an absolute delight to read her written words and I Truly, Madly , Deeply fell in love with Penn Everett 
I cannot wait for Throne of Truths now 


Crown of Lies



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Blurb


“I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”


Noelle Charlston lived a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.



However, two meetings with two men changed her happy existence forever. First, she met the boy who made her heart sing. Second, she met the man who made her blood quiver.



Noelle’s freedom was no longer hers. It belonged to the man her father believed was the perfect match. The man who pulled his lies over everyone he touched.

Including her.


Seduced and manipulated, Noelle lives two lives. The one everyone sees on the outside and the one no one sees on the inside. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he webs—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she’d been and turn her into something else.



Until her past collides with her present.

And it’s her turn to lie.
To everyone…including herself.







My Review:

5 Stars!!!

How in the world does one constantly write books that hook you from reading the blurb to turning the last page? Pepper Winters, of course has mastered this wonderful talent. Crown of Lies is one that will have you turning the pages without coming up for air. The suspense, the high's and low's, but most important of all, the story-line. Crown of Lies delivered and has left me wanting more. 

Noelle Charlston (Elle) has grown up with her father after loosing her mother. Her father made it his mission to have the world revolve around Elle. Never wanting for anything, always a daddy's girl. But how much can a young girl take of constantly being directed in the way her father deems. At some point the teenager/young adult has to experience life outside of what her father dictates. 

Turning 19, Elle decided to escape and attempt to see what 'real people' do. On her birthday evening, she heads to NYC alone. This is the turning point in her life. What happens, Elle will never be able to erase from her memory. Haunting her, Tormenting her, Searching, Wondering and most of all...the feeling of loneliness...spending years looking for 'nameless'

Penn Everett is a very mysterious man...one that will have you lusting for. What is it that he is wanting from Elle? His reasoning's for finding her and making a deal with her is a move in this chess game that leaves you wanting to say checkmate but clearly there is a pawn in the game. 

Needing more from this story is an understatement!!! Until February 28th when Throne of Truth comes out... I will be thinking of how in the world will Pepper Winters tie all of this together and end this game of Truth, Lies and Mysteries.


{Cover Reveal} DEFY by LJ Shen


Title: Defy
Series: Sinners of Saints #0.5
Author: L.J Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 3, 2017




My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.

I slept with my student, a senior in high school.

Multiple times.

I had multiple orgasms.
In multiple positions.
I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.
I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.
My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.
My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.
Here is why it was totally worth it. 
Defy is a smutty, insta-love, insta-lust short novella. Defy is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1). It is recommended, but unnecessary, to read Defy before reading Vicious.















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L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild,wild dreams 
Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)

She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.


ASCENDERS SAGA BY C.L.GABER


Title: Ascenders Saga
Author: C.L. Gaber
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Blurb: Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young. These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.  Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice.  There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24. By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next.  "Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says. * * * * * *   Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.  She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He's looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.  He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.  Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.  Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?  At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.





Blurb: In the Midst—a place for those who die young—there are no rules except one. And Walker Callaghan, dead at seventeen, just broke it. She briefly revisited her earthly life . . . and the punishment is eternal. Longing for her rebel love interest, Daniel Reid, Walker finds an ally in Cass, whose attraction to her is as alive as he is. “Life is short,” he tells her. “I’m banking on eternity. With you.” In the second book of the Ascenders Saga, a realm-jumping journey takes Walker and Daniel back to life again when they search for something buried in history. They team with students from several other schools in the middle realm including a place for teens born with oddities. It’s home to the Claires . . . beautiful, ruthless, and quite dead seventeen-year-old quads who each have a different clairvoyant gift.
Can Walker survive another adventure of an afterlife-time—or will she find herself on the downside of eternity?



CL GABER is the author of ASCENDERS, the first book in the ASCENDERS saga. She's also the co-author of the YA book JEX MALONE and the sequel due in 2016. Muggletnet.com, the world's largest Harry Potter site, did a rare review of a non-Potter book and called Ascenders, "a book we wish we could read over and over again." Book 2 in the Ascenders Saga will be published in spring, 2015. A trailer for the book series contains original music by Roger O'Donnell of the iconic rock band The Cure and was produced by Orian Williams ("Control," "Shadow of a Vampire.").  As Cindy Pearlman (her maiden name), Cindy is a well known senior entertainment journalist for the New York Times Syndicate, with stories appearing worldwide, and the Chicago Sun Times. A pop culture expert, her work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, People, TV Guide, Elle and National Geographic, and many other publications. Cindy has co-written over 40 books for actors, musicians, athletes and wellness experts including several New York Times best sellers. She is the author of her own film anthology book "You Gotta See This." A native of Chicago, Cindy lives outside of Las Vegas.  


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Excerpt from Ascenders:

INTRODUCTION
I was there. And then I was gone. My mother gave me no notice that we were relocating.
Suddenly, we had just moved without all that annoying planning and packing. Somehow my clothes were thrown into boxes with shoes that were missing mates. Someone had packed my books and CDs, and had even reached under my bed into that secret hiding place I counted on to protect my treasures; like the iPod loaded with the best and worst of everything from Nirvana to the Stones, plus my lucky green rabbit’s foot—because you just never knew when you would need a little extra luck.
My mother must have remembered the family photo album because there it was on our brand-new living room coffee table that I passed on the way to my very own bedroom and a bed I had never slept in a day in my life.
It was strange because we could barely afford to pay the rent each month, let alone buy something as nice as a hand-carved oak table imported from someplace far, far away. When I had looked, the tag didn’t say from where. It was just imported.
It was one of those times when you go from A to Z so fast that you hardly remember any of the in-between. Or as I—Walker Callaghan—senior at Kennedy High School in suburban Chicago and news editor of the school paper the Charger liked to say, “Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.”
Flopping onto my new, handsome, four-poster bed with lovely little tulips carved into the wood, I thought it was so unlike my mother, the master planner, to do something this off-the-cuff. My mother was a woman who made a battle plan to go to the local 7-Eleven for almost-expiration-date milk. Even weirder was the fact that we had moved farther away than anyone imagined. A lot farther.
“So run this by me one more time, Mom,” I shouted. “I must have been heavily medicated or feeling really sorry for myself. We moved? You pulled the trigger. Bang-bang—relocation?”
I didn’t give her time to answer.
“A new school in my senior year of high school?” I called out to her on a murky, cold winter morning on Burning Tree Court.
Even though I was letting the heat escape and Mom had always said we didn’t live to “support Commonwealth Edison,” our old electric company, I still opened my bedroom window wide and found that the air drifting in was stun-your-senses Arctic cold. It smelled green and fresh outside and those dense marshmallow patches of white fluff in the sky could only mean serious snow because they were roasted dark on the bottom.
I tried to shiver, but couldn’t. I was perfectly warm despite the window and the fact that I was wearing faded jeans and a well- washed blue cotton tank that read: Normal People Scare Me.
In true dramatic fashion, I couldn’t resist needling the one 12
person responsible for our fate, our new house, and everything in it that was unknown and strange. “Mom, new school. Senior year. I’ll have no friends here. Are you trying to kill me?”
Without knowing how or why, I was now enrolled in this elite- sounding new school called the Academy, which sounded quite upscale and serious to a girl whose educational pursuits consisted of a generic public-school education outside of a big melting-pot city, where you were either rich (if you were lucky) or you were normal (if you were like everybody else). Our family worked hard at being desperately normal.
“Great, it will be a bunch of rich, stuck-up snobs who will hate me—and cheerleaders. There are always cheerleaders.  They’re like cockroaches. You can’t get rid of them,” I concluded, yelling from my new room to hers, which was somewhere down a hallway that I had never really navigated before.
“I hear it’s quite fancy,” Mom called from her room. “A Callaghan going to a private school. Imagine.”
I didn’t have to imagine it as I was living it. Of course, I didn’t know it at the time, but when I had asked that question,  Madeleine Callaghan, my mom, the mover and shaker in my life, had cringed and then cried hard into a brand-new washcloth she didn’t recognize—the thick kind we could never afford. The weeper was the one who had given me the odd-for-a-girl first name, which was her maiden name before she married my father, steel worker Sam Callaghan. We weren’t just blue-collar, but faded blue-collar from clothes that had far too many seasons of washings. In our family, the rule was “Don’t throw it out unless it’s dead-dead.”
Running my finger along the smooth wood of my expensive new dresser with the intoxicating just-cut-tree smell, I ducked down on the ground to read the label on the bottom. Imported from R-19877. Really? Did we win the lottery? And what was with the secret spy code?
“Honey, please, I’m begging you,” Mom answered after appearing in my doorway. “For once, let’s not do the Diane Sawyer investigation act. I can’t do twenty rounds of questions. Not today.” Her voice sounded thick like she had a cold, so I closed the window.
“There is no need to insult Diane who probably doesn’t even have a dresser this nice,” I replied.
“Walker, let me make you some breakfast,” Mom said. “Everything is always better after a little oatmeal and orange juice. You’ll see.”
2.
Back home in suburban Chicago, Principal Amanda Stevens was toying with the loudspeaker at Kennedy High School. It was time to make an announcement that drifted across her desk once or twice a year (every year)—and it always pulled her heart right out of her chest. She couldn’t dwell on herself, but had to think of her students. Many of them knew this girl from her work on the school newspaper. What would she say about her? Principal Stevens went through the usual lines in her head: It was a terrible shame. A waste. A tragedy. It was all those sentiments that meant nothing really because they were just words.
a This was a heart ripper—dead at seventeen. Good night, Irene.
Ms. S knew that she better just do it. So she clicked the on button on the PA system, took a deep breath, and said what needed to be said. Nothing more. Nothing less.
“I regret to tell the student body that we lost one of our own last night. Walker Callaghan, a well-respected senior and news editor of the Charger, has died.”
She released the on button and grabbed for a bottle of extra- strength aspirin, wishing there was something stronger. Then she clicked the PA back on again. “Of course, counselors are available,” she added. 





{New Release}TEMPT by REMY BLAKE

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Tempt
By
Remy Blake

Release Date: January 26th
Genre: Erotic Romance

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Synopsis:

They say age is nothing but a number.

Lucas Rockwell isn’t just ten years younger than me, he’s my deceased husband's son.

Tainted by secrets, everything about us is wrong and forbidden.

Like fire and gasoline, we're an explosion waiting to happen.

We're tempting fate with every touch.




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EXCERPT

A hand on my arm stirs me from my deep musings. “Lucas, are you okay?”
My head turns and I find Charlotte standing beside me. The first thing I notice are her large tits and how close they are to touching my arm. If I shift a fraction of a step to the side I could feel them press against me. My eyes move up over her delicate collarbones. I want to place a kiss between them and then lick my way up her graceful neck until I reach her red mouth. Fuck me. She has the mouth of a fucking porn star. I wonder if she sucks dick like one?
“Lucas.” She rubs my arm, pulling me back to the present.
My eyes leave her enticing lips and raise up to meet her enthralling blues and I finally find my voice. “Yeah, I’m fine.” I turn to face her, our gazes never breaking contact. With her heels she stands only a few inches shorter than my six foot one inch frame and the tips of her breasts are pointing at my chest. Being this close to her has my dick hard. I’ve never had such a strong reaction to a woman before. A few seconds in her company and my cock’s ready and waiting.
“Can I get you anything?” she asks, rubbing my arm again.
That’s a loaded question if I ever heard one.
“I don’t know. Can you?”
Her hand falls from my arm. “If you want something, I’ll get it for you.”
I inch forward until her tits are touching my chest. Her eyes go wide. “I want a lot of things Charlie.” I let my hand caress over the curve of her hip down to the top of her ass as I reach behind her to pick up the refill the waitress placed there for me a few minutes ago. I take a step back, lifting the drink toward my mouth. “Right now I just want another beer.” My lips close around the bottle and I take a large gulp. Jesus. I need a cold shower after being this close to her.
Her porn star lips open in a silent oh at my reply. She flashes me a tight smile and looks down at the diamond encrusted Rolex on her wrist. “The limo will be here in twenty minutes to pick us up.”
I nod my head before tipping back the beer. If I drink this one straight down I’ll have time for one more.
Charlotte takes a dainty step back still looking at me and then pivots around to walk back into the reception room. My eyes follow her, locked on the generous curves of her ass. Fuck. I no longer need to wonder or speculate about what my father saw in her. It’s the same thing every red blooded guy sees when he looks at her. SEX. Between her large rack, her full lips and her heart shaped ass, I don’t know which I’d like to bite more. But I’d sure like to find out.

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About the Author:

Remy Blake is a male and female author duo, who paired up to have some fun writing steamy, short reads, with insta love/lust and a HEA. You can expect twice the debauchery in every novel they write.