BLOG TOUR|Deadly Shadow – Kim Cresswell *Review & Giveaway*

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I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Deadly Shadow by Kim Cresswell. I had the opportunity to read and review the book. There is also a giveaway, so don’t forget to enter.


Deadly Shadow
The Assassin Chronicles Book 1
by Kim Cresswell
Genre: Paranormal Suspense Thriller

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions.

Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.

When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.

Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.

But can Victory trust him?

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line–into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal–a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.

The battle between good and evil begins! Deadly Shadow is the first book in the gripping paranormal/supernatural thriller series, an action-packed blend of suspense and mystery for detective and crime book lovers.

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Review:

This was a really great paranormal suspense novel. I got a Criminal Minds vibe from Victory and the two crimes she tries to solve through the novel. Added on top of that were some pretty awesome paranormal abilities.

Victory is a great lead character. She is smart, confident and compassionate. She leads a very difficult life, dealing with loss and grief, on top of two separate and seemingly unsolvable serial killer cases. She is able to compartmentalize all of the stress so that her appearance to the outside world is confident, but she really does take her work home at night.

I liked Derrick enough, but I didn’t get a ton of information on his personality. More of his character traits are revealed toward the end of the book, but I guess he was a little difficult to like in the beginning.

The two separate cases, The Shadow and The Wrapper were seamlessly woven together. Given the extreme differences between the two, I enjoyed the fact that I was never confused, and many of the questions I had were answered without any plot holes. There is still enough mystery to make me really excited to read the next book in the series.

Wrap-Up:

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. I enjoyed the main character, the suspense, and the satisfying ending that wasn’t left on an infuriating cliff hanger but still was open enough for a ton of material for the next book!

Rating:

4/5☆


Excerpt:

Within the hour, Derrick Lynn would kill his next target, a popular radio host known as ‘Big Mouth’ Bullington. He didn’t want or need any specifics about the target, only who and when. He’d learned a long time ago to keep that distance to make his job a lot easier to deal with. Never women or children. Never a non-target—which at times took an incredible amount of self-control. More than anyone could imagine.

Like his grandfather and father, he could move about in real-time, watching people and events while his physical body remained asleep. The paranormal freaks called it Etheric travel. But his real gift was psychokinesis, a gift very few in the world had. He used his mind to move objects. It came in damn handy, turning anything and everything into a deadly weapon.

For over twenty years he’d evaded the authorities—in particular FBI Agent Victory McClane. And he was hell-bent on keeping it that way, no matter the cost.

In the large soundproof bedroom, Derrick laid on his back in his king-size bed, looking up at the ceiling with his hands clasped behind his head. Silk sheets covered his legs and, barely, his groin. The only light in the room came from the eerie glow radiating from the cell phone cradled in its charger on the nightstand next to his laptop. He glanced at the studio headshot of Eddie Bullington filling the phone’s screen as the podcast of the man’s radio show played at mid-volume.

“… and while it’s a bunch of bull that Republicans work to keep the Black man down…”

His eyes shifted to the bathroom doorway to his dinner companion, Alessandra, a thirty-something runway model with long blonde hair and voguish features. She straightened her white blouse over her black skirt then put her hoop earrings back on. Alessandra shot him a soft smile and grabbed the silver faux-fur coat laying on the end of the bed. Before leaving she bent and kissed him, her lips warm against his. Derrick closed his eyes as Bullington’s podcast droned on.

“… if you think the Dems are squeaky clean then I’ve got some prime Louisiana property for you. Those Limousine Liberals keep their boots pressed against the back of our necks, pretending to be on the side of equality and justice…”

He inhaled and exhaled slowly a dozen times and visualized his target’s bedroom. His body felt light, floating. Before losing consciousness, he jerked himself awake, then let himself go under again. Deeper into a half-sleep state, he felt as if he were bobbing in a boat. As the rocking intensified, high-pitched ringing sounded in his ears and his limbs vibrated and buzzed like a bee’s nest. He left the physical plane, his astral body flying.

✽✽✽

Eddie Bullington stood in the shower. Steaming hot water pulsated hard against the back of his shoulder blades. The “God Bless America” Muzak-like ringtone blasted from the phone sitting on the counter next to the double sink. He shut the water off, stepped out of the shower stall, and grabbed his regal-looking red and gold bathrobe from the back of the door. He quickly slipped it on and answered the call.

“Let me guess, Sid. You want to talk about last week’s show.”

“Sure do. Ratings are down five-percent from last quarter. That’s a cause for concern.”

“Just relax, okay? Anything else or are you going to keep on complaining about the same old thing?”

“Five percent is a big deal, Eddie.”

“Go to bed, Sid. I got this. I’ll be in a little earlier than usual for the show.” Eddie disconnected and shook his head.

His producer, Sid Moller, was a pain on a good day. Eddie didn’t feel like dealing with the man’s silliness. His ratings were fine. He was still the top radio host in the United States, his shows syndicated on four continents.

With the phone clutched in his hand, he strolled barefoot into the spacious antechamber located next to his bedroom and flopped down into the extra-wide recliner. After setting the phone on the end table he picked up the TV remote, along with a half bag of Cheetos. He flicked on the TV to watch the latest episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and dug into the snack bag.

✽✽✽

Derrick’s eyelids fluttered. Blackness. Then a long, dark tunnel emerged and grew wider. Sounds, natural and alien, came and went as a frantic rush of lights, faces, and places blazed toward him. He bobbed and weaved. Images, some distinct, others not, warped and flew toward him, through him, past him. The sounds and images intensified. Then they stopped. He was in Bullington’s bedroom.

✽✽✽

Derrick stood behind Eddie, his naked body blurry and silhouetted in shadow. The room was filled with over-stuffed antique furniture, gaudy gold and green patterned drapes, and a Victorian rug in various hideous shades of red and pink. A mounted rhinoceros head glared down at it all.

His eyes shifted to the end table, then to Eddie’s phone. He trembled. Sweat dripped from his forehead and ran down the sides of his face. His gaze moved to the colorful ad for gold on the TV screen while the male announcer excitedly implored viewers to act now because there has never been a better time to buy. Derrick directed his energy at the end table drawer. It quietly eased open. Inside was a Baby Glock. He concentrated harder, staring, focusing as much energy as he could at the weapon.

The gun twitched. And turned. And rose from the drawer. The barrel moved within an inch from Bullington’s right temple.

Eddie twisted his head as if sensing something was about to happen. “What the—”

An angry gunshot cracked.

Blood, bone, and brain matter splattered and sprayed across the room. Various colored fluids and small lumps ran down the TV from a splotch at the top of the screen.

Derrick grunted. The gun traveled back to the end table and the drawer slammed shut.

✽✽✽

Derrick’s physical body and astral body snapped together like strong magnets, slamming him back into the bed. His body jerked. Intermittent banging and dinging invaded his head. Then the familiar headache kicked in. Like an elastic band tight around his forehead, traveling down the base of his skull. His eyes jolted open. He stared for a long moment, disoriented, before slowly sitting up in bed. Bullington’s podcast continued to play.

“… oh, yeah. Give them freedom then lock them up in prison cages for years. That’s all I’m saying. Thanks for tuning in.”

Once he got his bearings, Derrick grabbed his laptop from the nightstand and opened the lid. The brilliant screen illuminated his tense face as it booted up.

He opened a new email and typed “task completed”, encrypted the data, then tapped the “send” button. It would only be a matter of seconds before he received confirmation that the payment had been transferred to his account at the Panama National Bank under the name, Miles McGrath. A million dollars. Not bad for less than two hours work including surveillance. A soft beep. Then a message popped up on the screen.

((0400TCHCLVGHEPUOFJJHPLJO7IAJKHBG2NDLF))

With a couple of keystrokes, he ran the special decryption software he’d been given, and within seconds the garbled message became readable.

Fee transferred. Face-to-face requested

He shut down the laptop and wondered why his contact had requested meeting in person. His face reflected on the black screen, yet his blue eyes shone.


About the Author:

Kim Cresswell is the award-winning Canadian author of the action-paxked Whitney Steel series. Kim recently signed a 3-book translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution, and Ressurect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018. Her novel, Reflection m, has won numerous awards and the book trailer was featured online at USA Today.

She has also published two Kindle Worlds novellas (Jet: Oblivion, Jet: Duplicity), featuring characters from her Whitney Steel series and JET from Russell Blake’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling JET action thriller series.

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BOOK REVIEW|Screams You Hear by James Morris

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Today, I’m reviewing Screams You Hear by James Morris.


Screams You Hear
Genre: Horror/ YA
Publication Date: January 8, 2018

Book Blurb:

Murder and madness infect a small town.

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?

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Review:

Whoa. Have you ever set down a book and felt like you were letting out a breath you’d been holding for quite a while? That’s exactly how I felt when I finished Screams You Here.

I’m a horror fan. I really enjoy reading (and watching) things that genuinely scare me. This was genuinely scary. The premise itself is pretty terrifying. Living on an island when suddenly all hell breaks loose, and you can’t find a way off. The descriptions of the horrors that are happening on this island are enough to cause nightmares.

I really love James Morris’ writing style. We jump back and forth in time, as Ruthie tells the detective what happened. I never felt confused, I always knew when we were in the story. It is well written, fast-paced, and shocking. Three things that are necessary for this type of novel.

The cast of characters are phenomenal. I really felt like I knew each person, and I grew attached to them as the story was revealed. Ruthie was a perfect narrator. She felt real, and it was very convincing.

Wrap-Up:

I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just reiterate how shocked and in awe I was upon finishing my read through. This is one novel you’ll want to fasten your seatbelts to read, because you’re in for a crazy and fantastic ride.

Rating:

5/5☆


About the Author

James Morris is a television writer who now works in digital media. He is the author of the young adult thriller What Lies Within, the dystopian love story Melophobia, the young adult suspense Feel Me Fall, and the young adult horror Screams You Hear. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles. Catch him at jamesmorriswriter.com.

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COVER REVEAL|Seraphina’s Revolution – Sheena Hutchinson

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Today, I’m bringing you the cover reveal.of Seraphina’s Revolution by Sheena Hutchinson!


Title: Seraphina’s Revolution
Author: Sheena Hutchinson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:

Seraphina Cross had always wished for the life she’d always dreamed of. One must be careful what they wish for. Unfortunately, she’s gotten all she’s ever dreamed of and more.

Seraphina has gone head to head with Lucifer and his minions. Now, she’s feeling the casualties of siding against him. All her intense power is useless against grief and remorse. Struggling to keep her emotions in check, Nate once again comes to her rescue to keep her head above water. Keeping her darkness at bay, he resumes his position as the one pillar of strength in Seraphina’s life.

But, what happens when he too disappears?

Seraphina’s life is once again thrown into a whirlwind of chaos. As the darkness within her returns, new friends appear and an old friend returns home. Seraphina must figure out who can be trusted. On top of everything, those pesky dreams return. But, what she sees cannot be unseen. Will Seraphina be strong enough to resist temptation? Can she keep her Demons under control long enough to save the world or will it define her?

The time has come. Seraphina’s Revolution is here. Alliances will be forged. Sacrifices must be made. In the fight between good and evil—there are no more rules. This is war.<

Will her dreams turn out to be her salvation or her damnation?

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Author Bio:

Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire.

Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

For more on Sheena and her books visit her website: www.SheenaHutchinson.com.

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WWW Wednesday

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I completely forgot to participate in this the last few weeks, so I’m getting back into it. 😊


WWW Wednesday: Hosted by Taking on a World of Words

What are you currently reading?
What did you finish recently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Screams You Hear by James Morris. I’ll be reviewing this one very soon. (Hopefully tomorrow!)

What did you finish recently reading?

I just finished Within the Walls by Dre Keeton. You can read my review of this amazing book, and find all the info about the author along with buy links HERE!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is Deadly Shadow by Kim Cresswell. My stop on the Blog Tour will be on the 24th. 😊


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⭐FREE BOOK ALERT⭐|The Things We Learn When We’re Dead- Charlie Laidlaw

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is about how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, but how we can sometimes get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN, because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident… or does God have a higher purpose after all?

Despite that, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is neither sci-fi nor fantasy. It is a book about memory and how, if we could remember things slightly differently, would we also be changed?

In HVN, Lorna can at first remember nothing. But as her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that, maybe, she can find a way back home.
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BLOG TOUR|Within the Walls – Dre Keeton *Review & Giveaway*

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Today is my stop on the Within the Walls blog tour. Stay tuned to hear my thoughts and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


Within the Walls
by Dre Keeton
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dystopian

Perfect opposites in a far from perfect world.

Jackson and Lenah are from two different worlds. Lenah is among the elite in Sundale City. Jackson, on the other hand, is broke, Psycho Infected and has a criminal record growing by the minute. It’s safe to say, in another life, the two would never have crossed paths.

But when Jackson is assigned to work for Lenah in an effort to use his PI abilities for something productive, things get complicated.

As their worlds collide, they realize how much they’ve both suffered and struggled with the darkness the infection brought the world.

But the closer they become, the more dangerous things get. It isn’t just that PI and human relationships are forbidden, but Lenah’s powerful fiancé has no intention of letting her go. And as people in the American Walled Cities start disappearing, Jackson and Lenah discover there’s something even more sinister at play than her pending nuptials.

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Review:

Wow! This book blew me away, and I was hooked from the moment I started reading. The world building is awesome. I can really imagine these cities, walled up. I could visualize so well, the elite Sundale; I could picture the people walking around, with their fancy outfits blindly ignoring the realities of the world. In contrast, I could see the worn down areas of Victory. I love that the author chose to call this area Victory. It’s such a contrast between what the word means and what the city truly is like.

Our two main characters are fantastically thought out. Lenah is a bit oblivious, head strong, and stubborn. She has a lot of growth through the book, but I really love her stubbornness, even when it gets her in trouble. Jackson on the other hand, comes from Victory and is much more aware of the horrors of the world. He is also stubborn and hot-headed, but he has a hero side that he tries and fails to bury. I love their relationship. It’s so perfect; They start off hating each other for how the other lives and then, slowly, growing into more.

Within The Walls has such unique concepts. I’ve read similar themes before, but I really enjoyed the PI vs. Standard concept. It really draws attention to segregation and the fact that people become complacent and ignore horrors to save themselves.

Wrap-Up:

I could really go on and on about this book. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’m definitely going to be reading more. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating:

5/5☆


About the Author

Dre Keeton is the oldest of three children, a tequila enthusiast, and fueled by plants. One of her favorite things, aside from chatting with her dog, is creating fictional worlds that seem likely. Dre is an avid promoter of diversity in literature and seeks to mirror that in her own work.

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COVER REVEAL|Into The Fire – Charles Soto

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Today I have the honor of sharing the cover of Into the Fire by Charles Soto. Enjoy!


Into the Fire
By Charles Soto
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

And the flames are getting hot…

ARLETA ROSE: Poverty, persecution and an alcoholic mother stand in the way of a young, naive girl who dreams of a better life. When she is encouraged by a childhood friend to try out and compete on a popular television talent show, the world soon discovers this peculiar girl has a powerful and gifted voice. As Arleta rises to become one of America’s most iconic recording artists, she soon discovers fame comes at a price and fortune destroys trust as she struggles with new temptations and a past that has forever changed her soul.

DAHL RICHARDS: A music mogul legend who is recognized worldwide. He is the creator of the hit show, The Vocalist, and founder of Rich Records. His gift was discovering talent, and he lived for the chase. Owning and controlling superstars is what he is known for, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A vindictive man to cross and an even harder man to beat, once Dahl set his eyes on Arleta Rose things would never be the same again.


About the Author

Charles Soto is an unconventional fiction author of four novels and the ghostwriter of the autobiography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went). Along with being a multi-genre author, he is a talented sculptor, painter, and decorator.

He was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.

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BLOG TOUR|Misteria – Cameo Renae *Review*

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I’m so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Cameo Renae’s newest novel, Misteria! I had the opportunity to read and review this one and I suggest checking it out! 😊


Title: Misteria
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
Cover Designer: Stefanie Saw
Edited by: Victoria Rae Schmitz of Crimson Tide Editorial
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
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Blurb:

Approached in the woods by a rather hideous, three-foot tall man-creature, William and Anna Archer, are given a message from their mother via a crystal ball. They are to follow the messenger through a magical portal to find her.

In this modern-day fairy tale, the twelve-year-old, telepathic twins uncover a world hidden behind an enchanted mist conjured by five sorcerers to protect all magical beings from the human world. A world that is now terrorized by a dark and destructive force sweeping across the land, threatening their very existence.

The twins embark on a perilous quest to save their mother and the grandfather they never knew existed. Fantasy has turned into reality for the Archer twins, and the safety of all magical beings now rests in their hands.

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Review:

Misteria was such a blast to read. It’s everything you could want in a fantasy. It had dragons, unicorns, fairies and more. It was beautifully written, with such descriptions that I could envision what each creature looked like – even the unfamiliar ones.

I really enjoyed the story overall. It was fast paced, and didn’t waste any time getting to the action. I found myself wishing I could read faster, to see what happened next, and then at the end, wishing there was more to read.

Anna and Will were great main characters. At 12, they were so brave, yet they acted their age as well. I think that’s really important if you’re going to write a book about young main characters. If they start acting too old, it takes away from the story. I never felt like this was an issue – the kids all spoke and acted like kids.

Wrap-Up:

Cameo Renae is a fantastic author who has created such a beautiful world called Misteria. While the book is aimed at the young, adults can thoroughly enjoy this one as well.

Rating:

5/5☆


About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author, Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Alaska.

She’s a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.

One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.

One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!

Happy Reading! Xoxo

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BLOG TOUR|The Vision Chronicles – Chariss K. Walker *Review & Giveaway*

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Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for the first book in The Vision Chronicles, Kaleidoscope. I had the opportunity to read and review this book. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. 😊


Kaleidoscope
The Vision Chronicles Book 1
by Chariss K. Walker
Genre: Thriller, Paranormal Suspense

Mike Lewis boldly narrates his fantastical story and confesses his secret: He sees horrifying visions of disturbing future events through a kaleidoscope each time he closes his eyes. He’d like to live a normal life, but an elusive threat prohibits him from doing that.Someone wants to study his mystical ability and they’ll do whatever it takes to further their strange, covert agenda.

The Vision Chronicles eight-book thriller series is a slice-of-life metaphysical/visionary story that details Mike’s changing ability as he protects himself, his family, and his friends from those who doggedly pursue him. If you love mind-boggling suspense with a dash of paranormal and a touch of romance, this is the series for you!

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I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this, but with a synopsis stating the main character “…sees horrifying visions of disturbing future events through a kaleidoscope…” I knew I had to sign up to read it.

I love our main character, Mike. His life has been put on hold because of these visions. He has always felt like the odd one, and these kaleidoscope visions have only made that feeling more real. We are gradually introduced to him, and we are given lots of time to grow with him in the story. He’s super relatable, and I just love his character progression.

The mystery of this novel is brilliant. I love how you, as the reader, are taken on a crazy ride, never really knowing who to trust. It takes a little bit to get to the action, because this is such a character driven novel, and we needed to get to know Mike. Once the action starts, it just keeps going, and doesn’t stop.

Wrap-Up:

This was a fantastic book full of unique concepts and thrills. I can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating:

5/5☆


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The Vision Chronicles Book 2
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The Vision Chronicles Book 3
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The Vision Chronicles Book 5
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Stream of Light
The Vision Chronicles Book 6
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Lamp’s Light
The Vision Chronicles Book 7
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Clear Glass
The Vision Chronicles Book 8
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About the Author:

Award-winning author, Chariss K. Walker, M.Msc., writes both fiction and nonfiction books with a metaphysical and spiritual component. Her fiction expresses a visionary/metaphysical message that illustrates growth in a character’s consciousness while utilizing a paranormal aspect. Her nonfiction books share insight, hope, and inspiration. Even though Chariss writes dark-fiction about insanely dark topics, such as sexual abuse, incest, pedophilia, sexual assault, and other inappropriate dinner conversation, there is always an essential question of the abstract nature that gives a reader increasing awareness and perception. All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook, paperback, and many are in large print.

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BLOG TOUR|Raven’s Ghost – R.L. Weeks *Review & Giveaway*

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Raven’s Sight
Raven’s Shadow Book 1
by R.L. Weeks
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

Award Winning author, R. L. Weeks, brings you Raven’s Sight – a Young Adult Victorian Paranormal Mystery. Book One can be read as a standalone and as part of the series.

Raven looks out over the small, industrial town of Cogsworth and imagines a life beyond the confines of her Grandmother’s mansion.

However, Raven holds a dark secret that prevents her from leaving. One which comes to light after her father’s untimely death. Now an orphan, Raven must do her best to hide her gifts of sight if she’s to survive the cruel Victorian society she lives in.

However, when a ghost of a child comes to her for help, Raven finds herself in the gas lit streets of London, on the trail of a female serial killer. As she tries to solve the string of murders, she realizes that the murders are almost identical to those from a case left unsolved years before she was born.

In a race against time, Raven is thrown into a world she doesn’t know. With her crush, Tom, now a ghost, her friend, Emmett, now a suspect, and an uncle who runs illicit groups and hates women, Raven will have to unravel the mysteries quickly before she becomes their next victim.

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Review:

This is a truly entertaining YA mystery, set in the Victorian era. I love the descriptions of the settings, wardrobes, carriages, etc. Every piece helped make the story believable and it really felt like I was there, seeing the action.

I am not always the biggest fan of first person, present tense POVs. I sometimes have a hard time connecting to the character. I didn’t have that issue with this book. The POV served to move the plot forward and didn’t distract me one bit.

I fell in love with Raven from the beginning. I enjoyed her bits of sarcasm even though she grew up not knowing much of anything about the world. Her lack of knowledge, however, did not hold her back. While there were a few times she was a “damsal in distress,” she quickly grew into herself and was able to courageously make decisions to solve the mystery and learn of her gift.

The mystery was fantastically written. I was taken on a real journey, full of twists and turns and I was just as shocked as the characters when the reveal came. I love these types of mysteries and I enjoyed the blend of paranormal as well.

Wrap-Up:

Raven’s Sight is mysterious and intriguing novel. I loved the setting and the characters, and of course the mystery was solid.

Rating:

5/5☆

Excerpt:

November 27th, 1861

I sit at the stool and marvel at the mahogany structure in front of me. Father converted our spare room into a music room two years ago. Father loves to play the piano. I mean, he loved to play the piano and no longer loves, for he no longer is. Like everyone else in my family, apart from Grandmother and my uncle, he is dead.

I lift the heavy lid, and a row of ivory keys greet me. Father ensured that our piano had a cast iron frame installed when it was bought. According to him, it gives a more powerful sound. Father was a very smart man.

I suck in a deep breath and dangle my legs off the stool. I tap the heels of my black, shiny shoes together. My feet can almost reach the ground now. Soon, I will be nine years old, and I will be able to play the piano much better than Lissy, who lives down the road. Although, her mother doesn’t want her playing with me anymore. Apparently, I’m weird.

Tears blur my vision as I realise for the first time that I will be turning nine without Father. I miss his sparkling blue eyes and “moments of madness,” as Grandmother called them. Father is…I mean, was, the owner of a wool factory. Father said that his factory was one of the first to recognise a union, whatever that is, and his workers were paid fairly. He was very proud of his factory which is now owned his adopted brother who I’ve never met. All the workers live in small houses in our small town of Cogsworth.

I used to sneak off and look at the factory after school. Sparks and flames would light up the sky that had been darkened by smoke from the chimneys. I used to watch the children that worked at his factory sit on the old wooden fence and eat their dinners before going back to finish their long day.

I look down at my little fingers and wonder if I will be put to work now that he is dead. Grandmother says not to worry, that father has left us more than enough money and that we have enough to last us for the rest of our lives, but I am much younger than her.

I must find a good husband when I am grown up. I just hope Grandmother lives long enough for me to marry. If not, I may end up desperate and poor, without anything in the world. I am, after all, an orphan now, and world is not kind to orphans. I know this much from the books I sneak from Grandmother’s shelves. You see, Grandmother always hides the harsh truths from me, unlike Father, who always told me the truth, even when I didn’t want to hear it. He always said that the most important gifts he had been graced with by God were his integrity and honest tongue. I look up at the door and smile at him.

“My dear,” my grandmother says crisply. She walks through Father and sits on the futon. “I know it has been hard with losing both your parents in one year, but you still have me, and I will always be here for you.”

I give her a “mmm” and hover my fingers over the keys of the piano. I don’t want to talk about my parent’s deaths right now. I don’t have time. “I am about to play a song.”

Her thin lips crack into a small smile. She nods for me to play, but the song is not for her. It is for Father. He has been standing in the doorway waiting for me to play for almost ten minutes. He is almost transparent and taps his watch, pushing me to hurry.

What if I do not play my goodbye well enough for him? How can I put all the words and memories I wished for us to have into just one small song? I elaborate when she does not leave. “I am playing a song for Father, not you. I must make sure I get it right. I want to play it only for his ears.”

Her eyes, a paler blue than mine or Father’s, widen. “Raven…” She pauses and fiddles with the cameo necklace around her neck. “Your father, my poor son, is not coming back. He is with God now. I have told you this. You must accept it.”

I shake my head and look at Father. He tilts his head slightly to the left and drops his arms to his side. “No Grandmother. Father is standing right there. He has to go soon, but he is waiting for me to play for him.”

I press down three keys and hold my breath so I do not tremble. I start the lullaby that I used to play with Father. I have decided that it is most appropriate; it will be a goodnight to him and my life with him.

Grandmother marches over to me and grabs my arm. I miss a note and look up at her furiously.

“No!” I shout and fall off the stool. I try to wriggle free, but she pulls me across the cold floorboards.

“No! Grandmother, please. I must finish!”

“Stop being ridiculous, Raven. There are no such things as ghosts.”

I pull down on her fingers and accidentally pull off her wedding ring. I grasp it in my sweaty palms. I see Father look sadly at us before turning away.

“No! Father, No!” I look at the door with desperation as he fades away. “Father!” I scream. Grandmother’s grip remains tight on my arm, and I pull with all my might. “I hate you. You made him leave.” A lump forms in my throat as despair grips me. “He’s gone.”

“Enough, child,” she says and tightens her grip.

I kick my legs and scream and scream until my screams are silent. I feel nothing but rage as I kneel on the floorboards holding Grandmother’s ring.<

Suddenly, the room twists around me, and everything fades to black. The room looks different. The walls are plastered with cream paper instead of the normal pale blue and gold.

Grandmother sits with my dead grandfather. They both look younger. A boy plays on the floor with a wooden horse. He is only four of five years old. His eyes sparkle with the same blue color as Father’s. Grandmother plays with her wedding ring. I look down at the same ring in my hand, and my eyebrows knit together.

The boy runs out of the room with a mischievous smile. Grandmother runs after him, laughing. “Jameson, get back here,” she says through her laughter. The memory fades from me as I feel the ring topple from my hand onto the floorboards.

“Raven?”

I open my eyes and look into my Grandmother’s hard expression.

“Raven, are you okay?” Tears have formed in her eyes. I can feel the pain from where her nails were digging into me.

“You seemed happier when you ran after Father in this room. When he was a boy,” I said in clarification.

Grandmother’s worried expression is replaced with one I have never seen on her: fear. “You and your imagination.”

I pick up her ring and give it back to her. I stand up and rub my arm. “I saw it. He was playing with a wooden horse. I think it was real,” I say. I am as confused by the memory as she is. “It felt real.”

The colour leaves her face. “He must have told you about the wooden horse.”

I shake my head.

“This is the last time we can let this happen.” Strands of her hair have freed themselves from her tight bun and now dangle wildly around her face. “Nora!” She calls for our maid.

I look at her as she runs in the room, looking flushed. “Yes, Ma’am.”

“Take Raven to her room and do not let anyone in the house,” Grandmother orders.

Nora Bonetta, whose skin is much darker than ours, looks at me curiously. “Is the child okay?”

Grandmother paces around in a circle. “I have seen this happen before, and it is happening again. We cannot have another Alice,” she says and stops in front of me. She pushes me over to Nora. “We must not let her out the house. If anyone finds out what she is…”

Nora nods, seeming to understand what I do not. Who is this girl—I have forgotten her name already—that we cannot have another of, and what am I?

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Raven’s Ghost
Raven’s Shadow Book 2
by R.L. Weeks
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

Award Winning author, R. L. Weeks, brings you Raven’s Ghost – Book Two in the Young Adult Victorian Paranormal Mystery Series.

Another serial killer is raising hell on the streets of London and Raven believes it’s all her fault. All the victims have blonde hair and blue eyes like her, and the killer is none other than her uncle.

His mind had been warped and twisted by heartbreak and betrayal and his hatred for women is driving him to kill more and more each week.

Raven wants to stop him at all costs. However, there is one big problem standing in her way. No one can see, hear, or feel her.

With the help of her new friend, Elizabeth, and Emmett who is desperately trying to contact Raven’s Ghost, can Raven find her way back from the other side to save the world from the notorious serial killer?

Or will the Shadow Men, drawn back to their world by darkness, fade her away before she get’s the chance?

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Review:

I love where this series is headed. It has become much more paranormal in the second book, which only helps make this story more interesting. I love the addition of some real life history mixed in, it makes this so much more believable.

Sometimes second books feel like bridge books, not adding a lot of content, just bridging the first and second book together. This isn’t the case for Raven’s Ghost. I think the addition of more paranormal aspects and real life history gave this enough content to stand on its own.

I like that we were able to learn a bit more about Tom and Emmett. We got glimpses of them in Raven’s Sight, but we learn more about them this time around.

I’m still really enjoying the first person, present tense POV. I like being inside Raven’s head in real time. It really draws you in and keeps you interested the entire time.

Wrap-Up:

This series has me hooked, and I flew through both books. My only complaint is that this time around the story felt shorter. I just wanted more. I guess that isn’t really a complaint though. I just can’t wait for the next book!

Rating:

5/5☆


About the Author:

R L Weeks is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Dead Loves Life Series, Bloodlust, The Fallen, Willow Woods Academy for Witches, Cursed, and the owner of Enchanted Anthologies, publisher of Fractured Fairytales Books 1 & 2, A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris, Things Only the Darkness Knows, and Christmas Nightmares.She lives in a small village in the UK. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling, reading (paranormal, fantasy and horror being her go to genres) and designing covers for Dark Wish Designs.

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