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I love reading a good romantic book series, standalone books are great but I always want more from an author who  produced a good book. A series give the author more space to develop an idea. Today I want to focus on one book series that I think all book series readers should read. When I read this book series the only question I had was, why is it over?

Today I want to focus on an author that goes by the name of J.T Geissinger and her Night Prowler series.

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I came across Shadow’s Edge through Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited is book subscription service offered by Amazon, where subscribers can pay $9.99 can get to read from a selection of over a million books. Each Kindle Unlimited subscriber can borrow ten books at a time.

At the time I was skeptical about reading this book, I was generally a romance and fantasy reader but I have always liked both genres separate. I found that good fantasy books was better when the author focused on the magic of the characters and not the romance and romantic novels was good when the author focused on the romance and not the magic of the characters. The Night Prowler series brilliantly, carefully crafted works of fiction that perfectly created a balance between romance and fantasy fiction.

As a reader of many books the one issue I usually have with some books are the lack of originality. When one author find success with an idea, it becomes “the go to” idea for  many authors. As  an avid reader, one or two renditions of an idea is fine but any more and I lose interest in a story. Sometimes I start and not finish a book not because the author did not write and produce a well written book but more because I was tired of the idea.

Shadow’s Edge takes us into a world of shape-shifters called Ikati. I know what you’re saying that shape-shifting is not an original idea and I would agree with you but the author J. T Geissinger was able to suck me into a world that had me wondering in the end was this real. The books was well researched and it used reality to make the fiction more believable. The books allowed the reader to live as Ikati to understand their customs; it explained what it felt like being in the skin of an Ikati. I experienced the world through their eyes and through the eyes of those around them.

This summer if you have a holiday or a weekend away from work and responsibilities I recommend that you read the Night Prowler series by J.T Geissinger. You will fall in love with the beautiful creature called Ikati and you will be surprised at every turn. You will be sucked in book one and before you blink you’ll be reading the last.

I love learning about new books so if you are a professional writer or blogger and you have an unbiased recommendation about a book I would love to hear about it, just click on the tab that reads Contact.

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Sandra Owens: Lost in her (review)

Before I get into my review I want to note that although Lost in her is a stand-alone novel, looking at the previous K2 Team novels enhances the experience. I highly recommend it, below is a list of all previous K2 Team novels.

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Ryan O Connor is a retired Seal Medic trying to heal from his wife’s betrayal and her abrupt death. Charlene “Charli” Morgan is sexy pilot instructor trying to escape her past by taking to the skies in her planes. This unlikely pair finds each other and they both teach each other to truly move on from their hurt and take a chance on real love.

I have read all of the previous K2 Team novels so that gives me a clear view of the story and each character. This book can be read as a standalone but reading the other books gives readers an intimate look in the previous characters and that adds value to the story.

If I had to describe this book in a sentence I would say; Lost in her is a fast paced, suspense filled, action packed love story. Ms Owens carefully crafted each character and it shows in the story. Her characters are imperfect and real; its real people dealing with real problems.

As a sucker for love and a lover of all contemporary and erotic romance novels, I hate reading predictable romance novel with the same recipe. Wealthy jealous and sexually promiscuous man seduces pure and helpless heroine and he solves all her problems. If you are looking for a book like that, this is not the  book for you. Lost in her is a tale of two people whose been let down by the people who they hold most dearly; they save each other, they learn about each other and the hope of a better future suddenly becomes a viable option.

Lost in her was an enjoyable read, I would recommend this to all lovers of romance novels. The scenes were descriptive and the book gives readers a clear picture of the surroundings and it made reading all the more enjoyable.

I have included links to Lost in her below.

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Thank you for reading,

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The Perfect Book Reviewer

Death_to_stock_photography_wild_5You have finally finished your book. After all the long hours of back numbing writing and research, your baby has finally arrived. You have been dreaming about the success of this book before it was actually written. You can see yourself selling a million copies and countless of agents are just trying to find creative ways to talk to you about representation and movie deals. Let’s just take a breath for a second, after months or maybe years of self-doubt and discipline you are finally finished with your book. For the modern author, the work has just begun. There used to be a time when all a writer had to do was concentrate on writing good material their book got published, they sat and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. That reality quickly became a fantasy  after the birth of social media, writers are expected to be more involved with the publication process.

It is very important for a writer to have a detailed marketing plan and a couple of book reviewers to get their book in front the appropriate audience. In this post I am going to focus on how I would find the right reviewer for my book.

So you need a book reviewer easy right, the modern book reviewer does not have an ad in the classifieds. The modern book reviewer can be found on reviewing sites like Goodreads, Amazon etc. Some reviewers even have their own blogs that they post reviews on; a blog equipped with their contact information. Finding a reviewer isn’t the problem, finding the right one for your work is challenging. For instance, if you’re writing a romance novel, you wouldn’t ask a reviewer who review mostly sci-fi novels to review your contemporary romance novel.

Book reviewers hang out on sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter etc. Twitter is great because many reviewers post their contact information or a link to their blog. It’s like a virtual business card, you get to see how serious the book reviewer is. For example, how often do they post and you also get to see the quality of reviews they write before reaching out to them.

 

Questions I would ask to find the perfect book reviewer.

  1. How long have you been a book critic?
  2. Can you tell me about the last five books you’ve read?
  3. Do you specialize in any skill that would be valuable in assessing my book? (For example, some book reviewers sometimes have a background in editorial and or publishing.)
  4. What are your rates?
  5.  How soon can I expect my review?
  6. Can you provide me with a few samples of your best reviews?

There are sites that allow you to upload your book for free and get feedback but if you don’t want to put your baby on display, a professional book reviewer is the answer.

Before committing to any book reviewer you could have some questions of your own. If not feel free to use mine. A good reviewer will help you prepare your book for your audience, allowing you to put your best foot forward. A good review should be constructive and it would help you shape your characters more and you will get someone’s opinion on your work, which I find to be invaluable.

Thank you for visiting until next time.

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Back to Business: Savage Urges by Suzanne Wright

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Due to the demands of school, I was forced to take some time off to get things in order. Now I am back and stronger than ever. I want to get into a book I read recently. I am Suzanne Wright fan I am a follower of The Phoenix and Mercury Pack series. I have been waiting for this book and on May 3rd I downloaded it on my kindle and was sweep back into the world of the Phoenix Pack.

 

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Savage Urges follows Makenna Wray a lone wolf shifter and Ryan Conner an Enforcer from the Phoenix Pack. Two emotionally damaged wolf- shifters find love and after years of emotional distance they learn that everyone’s happily ever after is different.

For fantasy romance lovers I suggest you read the first book from the Phoenix Pack series Feral Sins.

feral sinsEven though the book was written in a way that new readers who don’t follow the series would understand. To truly appreciate this book, it would be good to get a glimpse at past characters because they make small appearances in the book.

Savage Urges like every other Suzanne Wrights creations did not disappoint, the characters were  expertly crafted and developed allowing the readers to fully engage in the lives of each of the main characters. As an avid reader I can only connect with a character I feel like I know and in Savage Urges Ms. Wright gives you enough information about each character without taking away from the story. Savage Urges is not your typical hearts and flowers romance, it is a raw and sensual telling of two loners who shows love not with words but with actions. They are protective of the ones they care about, loyal and their passion comes across in their bodies while they try to possess the other.

The pace of the book was also great, Ms. Wright knew when to savor the moment and she craftily showed suspense, action and drama in this considerately paced book. My only con in this book would be that some scenes had me rolling my eyes at some of the corny love lines each character traded but those eye-rolling moments helps me accept that the characters find love. We all know of a couple who share their own corny inside jokes. It was a great read and I would definitely recommend it.

Here is a link to the Savage Urges from The Phoenix pack series provided below. The Phoenix pack series are kindle unlimited eligible books. Kindle Unlimited is a book subscription service where you can pick from over 40,000 books a month. You get to pick a free book every month before it’s released. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read anyone of Suzanne Wright’s book for free.

 

Savage Urges (Paperback)

Savage Urges (Kindle version)