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Taste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan, a book review by Lexi Flint


 

Taste Me Deadly, by Nikki Duncan , is book  five of the Sensory Op Series by the author. This is my first time reading a book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. This book, being part of a series, had me feeling as if  I had missed something, although each book is supposed to stand alone. I could tell the author had prior knowledge of these characters and their relationship to each other but failed to let me in on the secret.  However, the action and heat  in this book started quickly and had me holding my breath until the very end.

Taste Me Deadly is the story of Greyson Craig and FBI agent Liam Burgess. Greyson has spent the last five years in witness protection while Liam has been saving himself for his lost love. Their relationship is as passionate as it is fragile. One wrong move on either of their parts could destroy not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.  Taste Me Deadly has more than enough plot twists to keep you guessing who the real good and bad guys are.

Taste Me Deadly is a fast paced read that will leave you wanting more.  The story features a strong heroine and a sexy hero in a story I’d call romantic suspense. I do suggest that you read the Sensory Op books in order so that you have a better understanding of the supporting characters and their relationships to Greyson and Liam.  Taste Me Deadly jumps  right into the fire with scenes so hot you need to be careful you don’t get burned.  Taste Me Deadly is a a quick entertaining read . I wish it had  lasted just a few pages longer.  

 

 

Book Blurb

"Under the knife, under the gun…and under no illusion he’ll sacrifice everything for her.

Sensory Ops, Book 5

After five years in Witness Protection, Greycen Craig’s life of careful routine is upended when she learns her sister is the victim in a hit and run, hospitalized, unconscious, and needing a kidney only Grey can give.

Despite warnings that this “accident” is a ruse to draw her out into the open, Grey risks everything to race back to Miami—where she comes face to face with the one man she aches to trust.

FBI agent Liam Burgess thinks he’s prepared for the moment Grey walks into her sister’s hospital room. But the moment the woman who holds his heart appears, his tongue is almost too tied to remember to ask one burning question—why she disappeared in Las Vegas two years ago.

As Grey struggles with what to tell him—everything or nothing—the danger that drove her underground resurfaces, threatening everyone she loves. And the only safe place to run is the arms of the one man she can’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Warning: This title contains a hero who knows who he wants and isn’t afraid to fight for her and a heroine with secrets she fears hold the power to unravel all their dreams. "

You can learn more about Taste Me Deadly and Nikki Duncan on the following websites.

Twitter www.twitter.com/NDuncanWriter

Facebook  www.facebook.com/NDuncanWriter

Website : www.nikkiduncan.com

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The Children of Divinity Book One AWAKEN written by @GarthReasby a book review by Lexi Flint


AWAKEN is the first book in the Children of Divinity Series and debut novel of author Garth Reasby. This book has many pros and cons. I will start with the pros.

The Pros:

Jordan Law is the main character of this spy/suspense/superhero novel. She is intelligent, sexy and very well written. The author has written and weaved her backstory seamlessly throughout the story. Her love interest is a high ranking official in the British government. The story for the most part follows Jordan and her special forces team through some daring and death defying missions in Great Britain, Afghanistan and Russia; the success or failure of these missions have not only a global implication but a galactic one as well.  While the plot calls for the suspension of disbelief for some of the fantastical plot twists, once you  do they make for an interesting and fast paced page turner.

Reasby is masterfully skilled at writing his fight scenes and by the end of the book the author seems to have hit his stride. And while it took me a few chapters to get into the story by the end I was eager to read what happens next. Book two of the series is due out this year and I am eager to see how the story and the author’s story telling  skills grow and mature.

The Cons:

There are a multitude of characters introduced in this story. I suppose they were put in this book as an introduction for book two but I would have preferred that several characters be combined to make a stronger impression on the reader. For example several times in the story the author mentions Jordan’s five sisters but we meet only one.

It took me a while to get into the novel for several reasons, one was the use of military jargon. For example , in one passage of the book the author writes “Jordan carefully adjusted the aim of her Accuracy International L116a3 Warfare Super magnum Sniper rifle and centered the cross hairs of its Schmidt &Bender 3-12x variable scope on the center of the lead walker’s face.”  I tended to skip over any passage that contained such detail in search of more action. I found so much detailed description of weapons  a distraction which slowed the story down.

Next it seemed that for a while the story didn’t know what genre it wanted to be, suspense, thriller, science fiction, romance or all of the above.  I found the mixture of genres overwhelming at times and felt the writing would have been stronger had the author focused on only one or two, suspense/romance or scifi/thriller ect…

Overall I found AWAKEN to be entertaining and the authors writing became stronger as the story went along.  The characters were well written and I found myself invested in them. I look forward to learning more about them in book two due out later this year.

Book Blurb: 

Achilles. Perseus. Cu Chulainn. Joan of Arc. Their names ring through the millennia. They were called gods, heroes, the sons and daughters of divinity. Today we know their kind by another word: Superhero.
Jordan Law is the best sniper that the British Secret Intelligence Service has ever seen. Possessing a singular talent for slipping in and out of places that no human should be able to. She is a woman with a secret. Possessing superhuman strength, speed, and reflexes, and the ability to make herself seemingly disappear into thin air, she is the perfect operative, an unstoppable assassin.
After a successful mission to eliminate a terrorist leader, Jordan’s secret is discovered by a shadowy organization within British Intelligence. She is drawn into a secret war where superhuman soldiers struggle to keep their own kind from preying on normal humans. Faced with the greatest challenge of her life, Jordan must push herself beyond the limits of what she though she could do to protect her family, her teammates, and the world from a threat that has worked behind the scenes since the earliest days of humanity.

AWAKEN is the debut novel of author, illustrator and musician Garth Reasby. Mr. Reasby  resides in the pacific Northwest with his author wife H.L. Reasby.  AwakenCoverFinalFirstPrintKindleVersionMedium

For more information about the author please visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Guest Blog: Breaking All The Rules by Author Sherry D.Ficklin and Born of Blood book review by Lexi Flint #bookreview


Breaking all the rules

If there is one hard and fast rule in publishing it’s don’t abandon your genre. There are a handful of super amazing authors who can get away with it, but for the most part, if you’ve made a successful career of writing children’s books you don’t jump ship and start writing racy romance novels. At least not under your real name.

I recently spoke to a successful YA author who has a dozen books under her belt. She just wrote her first YA sci-fi novel and decided to use a pen name to appeal to a more diverse audience. (The thinking is that boys won’t read books written by women. So even though she’s still in YA, she had to use a new name to try to draw in the boys) Her worry was that she wouldn’t be able to bring her teen girl fans over so she’s done a lot of promotion to let her fans know that this book, while under a pen name to draw unfamiliar male readers, is still hers. And it’s very lucky for her that she can do that.

I understand this rule, I really do. As a writer whose first love and success spawned from YA novels, what was I thinking writing Born of Blood under my real name and what are the potential pitfalls? Well, let me explain.

Firstly, when some wonderful teen fan Google’s me or does an Amazon search they will find my YA books and Born of Blood on the same page. While I cringe at the potential of an unknowing 13 year old girl picking up a copy of Born of Blood, it is a possibility. My publisher and I worked very hard to design a cover that would clearly convey that this is an adult novel. And as for the book itself, I worked very hard to keep the content mostly PG13 rated, just in case. So while there are no racy sex scenes or anything, it is a mature book for older readers. Even so, I have had reviewers accidentally list it as YA just because they know my other books so well. So just to set the record straight, this is a book for adults. Not the kind you have to buy behind a beaded curtain or anything, but something not fit for the kiddies to be sure.

Secondly, I now have to find and impress a whole new audience. When you write in a specific genre people come to associate you with it. For example I was a huge fan of Anne Rice’s vampire novels. One day I saw a new book with her name on it in the store. I already knew I loved her books so without a second glance I picked it up and took it home. Three pages in I realized it was historical fiction. Not something I expected and not a genre I enjoyed. I never did read that book, and I was disappointed that she’d tricked me like that. Now here I am, doing the same sort of thing to you guys.

Sorry.

It’s never easy to launch a book, but it gets better as your name and books become better known. But the same thing that makes that part easier, makes doing this harder. It’s like launching my first book all over again, only with more expectations and preconceived notions to overcome.

But I wrote this book because I had to. From the day Sophie started talking in my head, I was in love with her, the story, and as I wrote more and more, with the world she lived in and the people around her. As any writer will tell you, when you feel that way about a story, it’s your job to tell it, no matter what.

So why didn’t I just create a pen name? A whole new writing persona whose brand I could build and market? I considered it. A lot. I even came up with a few great urban fantasy writer names like Constance St. Claire and Lydia Glass. But at the end of the day, I LOVE this book. I want to write a hundred Palmetto Moon books. And it would kill me not to have my name on them. So I made a difficult decision.

For the privilege of having my name on this book, I will do it the hard way. I will break all the rules and bulldoze any obstacle that gets in my way. As with everything else in my life, I will earn it with blood, sweat, and tears if I have to.

And for those of you who are old fans willing to take a chance on something new or new friends looking for a really excellent read, thank you from the bottom of my heart and happy reading!

Sherry D. Ficklin, Author

www.sherryficklin.com

 

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Book Review by Lexi Flint

Born of Blood is the first book in Sherry Ficklin’s Palmetto Moon Paranormal Fantasy Series. Mrs. Ficklin is a prolific writer whose writing career began, as noted above in YA Genre. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two books in the God’s of Fate Trilogy. The fluidity of the writing showed the painstaking research into Greek mythology the writer had to do. She seamlessly wove the present day with the Greek gods of the past. However, the  Palmetto Moon Series is getting off to a rough start.

The Characters : Each of the main characters in Born of Blood were well drawn and thought out. It was easy to picture them in my minds eye as I read. I could  imaging them as characters on a weekly television series. They all had a purpose and helped drive the plot forward.

The Premise:  What do you get when you put a private detective, her vampire ex-fiancée, and his new vamp girlfriend in a house together? Jealousy, hilarity and danger. Will Sophie and Caleb be able to resolve the issues of their prior relationship and solve the case without one of them dying in the process.

The story starts with a bang, there is no slow build up or unnecessary backstory. Ficklin puts her main characters and the readers in peril right from the start. This is a fast paced novel that you won’t want to put down until the very end.  Ficklin has created a “realistic” world in which vampires have come out of the closet and are demanding their undead rights.

The vampires are lead by Rayne Blackwood a sexy, powerful and complicated vamp who has his eyes on our main character Sophie. But could the pretty detective fall for Rayne when she wouldn’t give Caleb a second chance after he had been turned on their wedding day?  And is Rayne trying to win her over by  placing gift wrapped bloodless bodies on Sophie’s doorstep or is someone else trying to scare her off the case?

While some parts of the story seemed rushed, the author put enough thought into the various plot lines, characters  and setting to keep me interested in the story. I am looking forward to the second installment of the Palmetto Moon Series.  Born of Blood is definitely not another sparkly vampire story, it’s  a story you can really sink your teeth into. Lol

Enjoy,

Lexi

 

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Palmetto Moon, Book 1, Born of Blood is due for release on October 9th 2011 from Tell-Tale Publishing

Book Blurb : “A young mother has vanished without a trace and Sophie D’Angelo has been hired to solve the cold case that left police stumped. Tensions are high between the local cops and the newly ‘out of the coffin’ vampire community, landing Sophie smack in the middle of the toughest mystery she’s ever faced and in the middle of a possible civil war. Her only allies are her loud, overbearing Italian family and her ex-fiancée turned-vampire, Caleb, who shares her house, her business, and generally gets on her nerves. If he wasn’t already dead, she’d probably kill him.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie has become the fixation of a twisted killer who is leaving a trail of bodies straight to her door. Can Sophie uncover the truth behind the strange disappearance and unmask her stalker before she, or someone she loves, becomes his next victim?”

Born of Blood by Sherry D. Ficklin

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