Fun Facts and Excerpt: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai by R.L. Baxter

GIDEON AND THE CRIMSON SAMURAI
R.L. Baxter
Gideon and the Crimson Samurai
Series: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ricky Lee Baxter
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
A timeless tale about friendship, family and betrayal
Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the Crimson Samurai.

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Character Profile of Angela Renatus, Heroine of The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami

The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
THE GIRL WHO KNEW DA VINCI
Belle Ami
Series: Out of Time Series Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Tema N Merback
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
What she knows could kill her.
In the spirit of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami unravels an unforgettable mystery.
Three destinies, one remarkable painting.
Will her visions lead her to the truth?
Art historian Angela Renatus is haunted by dreams of Leonardo da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Giuliano Medici and his mistress Fioretta Gorini. A painting that, as far as the world knows, doesn’t exist. Compelled by her visions, Angela is determined to find out the truth.
When Angela is contacted by art detective, Alex Caine, she’s shocked to learn that he too is seeking the same painting. Alex’s client, a wealthy German financier, is determined to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerard Jaeger, an art historian, who went missing in Florence, during World War II. In letters written before his disappearance, the historian describes his love affair with a beautiful young Italian woman named Sophia Caro, and the discovery of an extraordinary painting by the great master himself—a painting depicting Giuliano and Fioretta.
Alex and Angela journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Is it a lost da Vinci, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a wild goose-chase that will only lead to a dead end? But someone else is searching for the illusive painting—Alberto Scordato is a powerful man in the art world and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even murder. Scordato knows something about Angela that even she doesn’t know, something that could threaten both Angela and Alex’s lives, forcing them into the crosshairs of fate.

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Rant on Reviews

Where to start my rant?

I read because I enjoy reading. I enjoy the escape, and it’s great entertainment. Usually. Of course, I come across a bad book every so often, but I count that as the risks of the trade.

When I was younger, I’d usually discuss the books I read with like-minded people, friends who also read romance and read voraciously. We’d trade books and recommend books to each other. With the advent of blogs like blogspot and wordpress, it made reviewing books even easier and allows us to reach a wider audience, more romance junkies oohing and aahing over the books we love.

It also allowed us to reach authors and tell them how much we love or hate their books. Well, I don’t usually send out the hate, but when it’s a mixed review, I’d tag the author on Twitter. Naively, I thought she’d appreciate knowing what I thought of her book from a reader’s perspective, that maybe she’d take it as constructive feedback.

Some authors are truly nice people. They appreciate your review (whether positive or negative), and they’d thank you nicely. It’s a rare author who can be polite in the face of a negative review.

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Check out these Fun Facts and Excerpt from Watch the Skies by Tanith Davenport

WATCH THE SKIES
Tanith Davenport
Watch the Skies
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
She wants him. He wants her. They want to watch.
Alien hunter Aster is frustrated in more ways than one. Her team hasn’t had a proper encounter in months, and her cute teammate Wade is never going to see her that way – and no other man would let a woman like Aster take charge in a relationship anyway.
Until one night, out in the woods, when the team is engulfed in a white light – and overwhelmed with desire like they’ve never known. Suddenly Aster sees a new side to Wade, one that will let her give her alpha tendencies free rein…
But as the creatures they met return again and again, Aster begins to wonder what they really want – to see her and Wade together, or something more sinister?

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Don’t Miss This! 99 cents only for The Priestesses of Levet by Victoria Lynn Osborne

The Priestesses of Levet Tour Graphic
THE PRIESTESSES OF LEVET
Victoria Lynn Osborne
The Priestesses of Levet
Series: A Jason and Mortyiene Mystery # 3
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Jason and Mortyiene investigate the deaths of several priestesses
A priestess is dead hanging in an iron maiden.
The conclave of priestesses are meeting with new instructions from the goddess Levet.
A new floor is opening and the sealed rooms are scenes of horrific crimes discovered after the room opens. Jason and Mortyiene are called to investigate. Who is killing these women? Why? Does this have anything to do with the ongoing war?
To complicate things further, the sky rangers led by general Valairia, war mistress of the Kylvar are in town to fight a rampaging dragon. There is well known animosity between the clergy and Valairia. These spats erupt into battles as the general assumes privileges not granted to her.
Don’t miss another exciting book in The Jason and Mortyiene Mysteries.

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My Misadventures with Eloisa James’s Books

I haven’t been able to post much lately or share my thoughts due to the busyness of life. However, one thing I can’t help but make time for–this book:

 

Eloisa James’ books have been a hit or miss for me. The first time was a miss. It was a Duchess book, and there was a head-hopping scene that I hated so I swore off all her books. (It was my pet peeve then, plus it threw me off the book. I tend to be more tolerant these days) Fast forward several years, and I read the book that she tailored after The Princess and the Pea (forgot the title and have no wish to search for it) and I was pleasantly surprised. So I read on… A miss with the story tailored after The Ugly Duckling, and the next one with a heroine that starts with an E.

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Character Profile of Kamal from Venomous Hunger by Mary Auclair

Venomous Hunger
VENOMOUS HUNGER
Mary Auclair
Series: Eok Warriors Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Eclipse Press
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
His lust devours their worlds. Her love will free them both.
After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.
An Eok warrior turned pirate, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his life, a life he excels at. He has no intention to allow a headstrong human female to get in his way.
As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.
When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy, thrilling sci-fi romance is the second in the Eok Warriors series, however it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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