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Book Review: Pale Demon January 30, 2011

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Pre-order your hardback copy of Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9) now!!! Available February 22, 2011!!

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Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after…forever after.

Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passenger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for more the 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail.

A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

My Review:

I have read so many book series that start out amazing, with so much promise, but then the light starts to dim as more books are added and the series starts to flat line…but Kim Harrison’s newest book, Pale Demon, is an exception. Book nine of The Hollows series, Pale Demon is just as edgy, spellbinding, and captivating as ever! Rachel Morgan has to pull out all the tricks…even ones that she is not sure she has…to help clear her name, remain free from the demonic ever after, and finally come to terms with what she really is. And what better way to learn who she is then to subject herself to a long car ride across the country with a sexy vampire, an irritatingly handsome elf, a carefree pixy, and a couple coven members, all while trying to dodge assassins. If you have not had the pleasure to read Rachel Morgan’s story, do yourself a favor and pick up the first book in The Hollows series, Dead Witch Walking, and continue straight through until you have finished Pale Demon. You will instantly see why The Hollows series is one of my favorite series and I’m sure it will quickly become one of your favorites as well. I can’t wait for more from the amazingly talented Kim Harrison!

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Being Light January 29, 2011

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Get your paperback copy of Being Light or get your Kindle copy!!

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Roy Travers is swept away by a freak gust of wind while trying to install a bouncy castle in Brockwell Park, south London. Sheila, his wife, can’t understand why he hasn’t found his way back home. She begins to suspect that Roy has been abducted by aliens and enlists the help of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation to find him. Sheila travels to Kent with Alison, a private detective. Together they build a missing persons advertisement out of pebbles on a beach, hoping it will be seen by the aliens who have taken Roy. But Roy was not taken by aliens. The truth is far stranger.

My Review:

If you have had the pleasure of reading other works from Helen Smith, such as Alison Wonderland, then you will love reading Being Light. Since I enjoyed Ms. Smith’s writing style in Alison Wonderland, I was excited to begin reading Being Light to see if it had the same quirkiness that I had grown fond of in Alison Wonderland. Helen Smith’s Being Light does not disappoint! We start off by meeting Roy, who is abruptly carried away in a bouncy toy in strong winds. When it crashes, Roy believes his first thought and that is that he is dead and has woken up in heaven, as he finds himself in an angel’s embrace. We follow his wife Sheila throughout the story who is dedicated to finding her lost husband even though her sanity may have been impacted a bit in the process. Being Light does involve other characters as well and even though their stories may make them seem unrelated at certain times, in the end it all comes together and we realize just how small the world really is. If you want a quick and easy read that is full of comedic quirkiness, then I suggest you give Being Light a read. I’m looking forward to reading more of Helen Smith’s works!

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Demonspawn January 25, 2011

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Get your copy of Demonspawn on Kindle!

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Alex Teague tried to live a normal life. He was a normal high school senior . . . until he talked to his first ghost, exorcised his first demon, and cleansed his first haunted house.

If only it ended there.

Now a young man in his twenties, Alex makes a horrifying discovery.

He is part demon. And the supernatural world won’t leave him alone.

My Review:

Ghosts, demons, and vampires all intertwined with sexual tension…what more can you ask for in a book? Demonspawn by Glenn Bullion has all of those things and so much more. Once I started reading, I literally could not stop until I had finished it. With just the right amounts of action, suspense, and intrigue, the reader is taken on a wild ride with Alex who is seemingly an ordinary guy just trying to find his place in the world. Until he discovers that he can see and talk to ghosts and that demons fear and bow down to him. Alex struggles on his journey of self discovery and finding out just who he is and what he is capable of. If you like supernatural books that have just the right amounts of horror mixed with love and friendship, then I’m certain you will love Demonspawn. I can not wait to read more from Mr. Bullion.

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Best Friends January 24, 2011

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Get your copy of Best Friends on Kindle!

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It was unlikely they would ever meet. Yet fate brought them together first as naïve schoolgirls . . . then as complicated women facing events that would alter the shape of their lives forever.

NATALIE– betrayed by her first love and consoling herself with the richest husband in America who is both powerful and dangerous.

SARA – buried her ambitions until a blazing passion reminds her of all she has given up. Her suburban security is about to be shattered by a new job and a passionate affair.

MIRANDA – exotically beautiful, dangerously trusting and driven by her own sexuality. She is in love with a famous screenwriter whose scenario doesn’t include a wife.

Three women with little in common . . . except a pledge made when they were children when they knew nothing about what life would bring . . . a pledge they will be called upon to keep.

My Review:

Best Friends by Consuelo Saah Baehr is the story of three girls who meet while attending St. Mildred’s academy for girls. As most young girls do, they make a promise to each other to remain best friends no matter what, until things suddenly change when Sara unexpectedly has to leave the school because of her father’s passing. The book jumps ahead to tell the separate stories of the three women who did not keep in touch as promised and how they have grown on their own as strong women. Even though all three women have certainly had their share of heartache, their lives are still intertwined even though they may not realize it at the time. Best Friends is written in such a way that you are pulled in and can relate to the circumstances in at least one of the women’s stories, if not all three. This book reminds us about the value of friendship and how even though friends may spend years apart, they are still willing to sacrifice everything to help a friend. You will experience friendship, love, pain, and loss along with Natalie, Sara, and Miranda from the beginning to the heart wrenching end! Best Friends does contain adult material best suited for mature audiences that are ages 18 and over.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: The Longed Tales January 19, 2011

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Get your copy of The Longed Tales: The Chained King and The Castle of Mystery on Amazon!

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A shape-shifting witch…a dethroned king…a storytelling dwarf…and a young man with too much imagination for his own good!

Steven Risd is your everyday college kid-likes to have fun…doesn’t enjoy school that much…likes hanging with friends…doesn’t trust authority figures, including his parents. But Steven is different in his own way, too…

Young Steven absolutely loves stories of fantasy, magic, and adventure-but even crazier, he soon finds himself in the middle of a tale that blows even his imaginative mind. Waking up in a strange land, he quickly discovers that he’s sharing a room at an inn with a stalwart dwarf named Grimdin, whose love of epic tales may rival even Steven’s.

To find his way back home, Steven will have to join forces with Grimdin to free a dethroned king from his chains-all the while fighting against a crafty witch who has been blinded by her own desires. Along the way, Steven and Grimdin will have to look deep within to find the courage, love, and even fear that will be the keys to their successful quest-and to finding out who they really are!

Fall headlong into excitement, adventure, intrigue, and action in The Chained King and the Castle of Mystery, the first volume of The Longed Tales!

My Review:

The Longed Tales: The Chained King and the Castle of Mystery by Mohamed AR was a pleasant and entertaining read for me. We start off meeting Steven, who is just the normal teenager who is looking for more in life then the mundane activities of day-to-day life. He is creative and imaginative, but lets his anger get the best of him most of the time. He decides to go see ‘The Lady of the Woods’, a magical witch who helps locals with their problems, to see if she can give him something to help him sleep. Steven then finds himself in a mysterious world that you believes to be a dream. Reality finally strikes Steven and he must face his greatest love and fear in order to save a King and the friends that he has made along the way. Even though there are a few parts that start kind of slow or that drag on just a little bit, this book is written in such a way that it is easy for the reader to be wrapped up in the story with the characters. At first I was a little irritated by Steven and his attitude, but just like with all good books, the character goes through a transformation for the better. I was instantly in love with the cover of this book because not only does it look amazing, it has a great satin like finish that is soft to the touch. This book is suitable for all ages and would even be a good book to read to younger children.

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Beautify Your Blog January 1, 2011

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Want to spruce up your blog for the new year but don’t have the time or money to spend? Or maybe you just know of a blog that could use a makeover? Either way, here is a great opportunity to nominate a blog for a makeover! I know my own blog could use a brand new makeover to go along with a brand new year!

What’s up for grabs you might ask?

3 Ultimate Custom Blog Makeovers (WP or Blogger)

(Disclaimer: This does not include istock images/design kits.)

Who can Win?

1 Dream Team Winner

2 Winners from ANYWHERE

and there may be more, but you will just have to wait and see!

Here is what we are asking YOU to do!

Starting TODAY, January 1st, at 9 am EST – January 14th at 11:59 am EST

YOU get to nominate a blog that you believe deserves and needs a makeover!

Maybe that blog is YOURS or MAYBE it isn’t! We will have to wait and find out!

NOMINATE A BLOG HERE!

On January 17th thru the 28th you can cast your votes for the Top 10 Finalist with Winners being announced on the 31st!  There are several promotions going on throughout the entire month of January (view calendars for details), and to get your name on the list you better act quick!

Please help spread the word about this contest, and remember to come back daily to cast your vote!

~Jaidis