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Book Review Return by Charity Santiago

coverTitle: Return

Author: Charity Santiago

Genre: YA Fantasy


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For the last three years, eighteen-year-old Ashlyn Li has been running from her destiny. A free-spirited ninja, Ashlyn would rather loot an abandoned city or challenge a fiend to battle than assume leadership of Toryn, her father’s kingdom. However, when a series of attacks reunites Ashlyn with the friends who helped her save the sun three years ago, she discovers that her kingdom is at war and her father has presumed her dead.

Suddenly Ashlyn is faced with not only fulfilling her birthright, but also making sense of her feelings towards two very different men- Drake Lockhart, the enigmatic vampire who captured her heart three years ago, and Vargo, the charismatic assassin who was once Ashlyn’s sworn enemy.

Will Ashlyn ascend the pagoda and become Lady of Toryn?

I’m a fan of YA Fantasy, but what attracted me the most here was the book cover. Not because it’s that good – I like it, but it’s not the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen – but because it features an Asian girl. I’m convinced too many authors focus on Caucasian people as characters in their books, without venturing into different territory. Then, since this made me intrigued, I read the blurb. Wait a second…ninja? NINJA? I was in. Completely in.

The book doesn’t dissapoint. It has a riveting, fast-paced plot and a likeable, different heroine. Ashlyn Li is a kick-ass fighter, but she also has a softer side that appealed to me even more. I enjoyed reading Ashlyn’s story about her birthright and the fight she has to go through, about her relationship with her former enemy Vargo (I’m a sucker for enemies turned to lovers, and I think love/hate is a very thin line to walk), and her growing emotions toward Drake, a vampire.

I hear what you’re thinking. Vampires AND Ninjas? It works, and it works amazing. The combination breaths new life into the vampire myth, changing it for the better. I was mostly a fan of Vargo, because he had that sarcastic bad boy vibe going on, but I liked Drake as well. A love triangle in which you can like both guys? Another win win.

Storywise, I had a blast as well. The story moved along swiftly, but not too fast so you didn’t lose track. The writing itself was solid, but could use some polishing here and there especially at the start.

I highly recommend this book to fans of YA fantasy, vampires or ninjas. Which probably means everyone out there. What’s not to like about ninjas?

February 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

Release Day Party Awesome Me!


We’re celebrating the release day for Awesome Me! A Book of Awesome Affirmations for Little Stars. To celebrate, we’re giving away 5 Kindle Copies of Awesome Me!


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One special me

is clever and kind,

with a generous heart

and a curious mind

There’s no need to ask

for I know in my heart

I am the most awesome me,

I’m thoughtful and smart!

I can’t be held back

I’m a great bird in flight.

I can reach any goal

I have in my sight.

Awesome Me!

Awesome_me_new-187x300Awesome Me! is a book of awesome affirmations for little stars! Written to promote positive self talk to kids, Awesome Me! encourages children to believe in themselves while cultivating love for one’s self, their family, and friends. It emphasizes the importance of connection with the people we love while motivating them to go after their dreams, have fun, be creative, smart, confident, and be the best they can be. It truly is an awesome book that uplifts children in a simple, yet positive way.

Author Bio

13044_186571738314_4662890_nCherrie Dejolde Bautista is a Certified Empowerment Coach committed to help everyone reach their fullest potential and be the best they can be. Having a technical background who worked as an Analyst/Computer Programmer, she pursued and became certified as an Empowerment Coach in her quest to understand how she can become the best parent for her kids. She realized that in order to raise her kids to be healthy, responsible, confident and successful individuals with a lot of respect for themselves, their family, other people, and life, she needs to empower herself not only to be the best parent, but also to reach her own fullest potential and be the best individual she can be. Being a good role model is the most effective way of teaching, influencing, and nurturing her kids. She teaches her children how to live by letting them watch her do it.

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February 21, 2013 at 10:37 am 1 comment

Release Day Party A Slower, Lower Leap


We’re celebrating the release for contemporary romance novel “A Slower, Lower Leap”. Purchase your copy today from Amazon, ARe     or Nook

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Logan bathed Colby then dressed him is his best pair of jeans which had been washed at least a dozen times before he’d even been expected to put them on for the first time. In truth, Logan was surprised when Colby hadn’t darted to his room to sit in the corner and rock himself last night from the stress of wearing stiff jeans. Some things just did it to the poor kid and textures were one example. After slipping on his red Master Splinter shirt and brushing his hair, Logan sat him in the middle of his and Lizzy’s bed with a coloring book with strict orders not to move while Logan was showering.

Twenty minutes later, that’s where Logan found him, sitting patiently and perfectly still.

“You okay, little man?” Logan asked, tugging on his best pair of Levis. “You didn’t finish that picture for Mama yet?”

“My cwaon bwoked,” he said, holding up the blue stick of wax. “You said nod mubed. So I waded.”

Logan shook his head and took the crayon from him. “I’ll be right back.”

This happened a lot. Colby could only use one color at a time until everything requiring that color was done then he’d move on. If the crayon broke he had to have another whole one to finish. As a result there were new boxes of crayons all over the house. Logan darted down the hall and into Colby’s room, retrieved a brand new blue one, and hurried back.

“Here you go.” Logan handed him the new crayon and went back to dressing. “And thanks for staying put like I asked. Mama needs a little breathing room today.”

“I know,” he said, making tiny passes inside the lines of a teddy bears ear. “She wowwied abowd me.”

Smart kid. He might not be able to count to a hundred yet, but perception he had no problems with.

A Slower, Lower Leap

sll3 200x300Title: A Slower, Lower Leap

Author: Lila Munro

Genre: Contemporary Romance

When you’re the last man standing…

Not only was Logan Delaney the last of his siblings to remain unmarried and unsettled, his entire family believed he’d never find a wife. The baby of eight, he’s been dubbed an irresponsible player and told he’ll never amount to a hill of beans. And at one time, Logan may have been okay with those descriptions, but no more. On a quest to prove his worth, he’s spent the entire summer learning the family business, staying in at night, and saving his money. And if his family would stop meddling in his affairs and trying to dictate who he should and shouldn’t be seeing, he might just show them he’s found the one, Lizzy Jenkins.

And have a bad reputation to blame…

Elizabeth Jenkins had always known Logan Delaney existed, but he’d never so much as turned one glance her way until she handed him his butt on a silver platter in three sentences or less over the phone. After that it seemed at every turn there he was and the more she resisted the heat building between them, the bigger the fire got. Until his family interfered. And why wouldn’t they? Between Logan’s legacy and her baggage, they were a disaster in the making.

Can you be trusted with a fragile heart?

But Logan doesn’t run when he finds out about Colby. In fact, he embraces Lizzy’s special needs son and defies the advice of everyone urging him to leave Lizzy alone. But after one moment of weakness, Logan finds himself knee deep in a marriage complete with the little boy whose father bailed before his birth and Lizzy’s grandfather, who needs constant care as well.  Then there’s the man who just might be the demise of it all.

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Author Bio

Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA.


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February 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Book Review Chasing The Witch

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Author: Jessica Gibson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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After the events of Mark of the Witch, Jilly at last begins to breathe easier though her powers are still growing. But can she harness them in time to confront a new chain of events that threatens to change everything?

Caroline has finally accepted her life as a witch, but when a stranger comes into her life she’s forced to question her family loyalty.

The sisters are thrown together to protect a young girl from the enemy determined to hunt her down. Can they save her — and themselves?

I love witches. If it were up to me, witches ruled the world. Girl power, forever! Jilly and her sister Caroline, main character of this book, are witches themselves, and I loved reading about their use of herbs, their cauldrons, their magic classes, ancient books, etcetera. Those were the aspects I enjoyed the most about this book.

The author offers well-rounded, vibrant, quirky characters. I actually liked Caroline the most, because she was a bit more subdued, but I enjoyed reading about both of them. The villain was actually pretty awesome as well. His name is Patrick, and he has more secrets than I thought possible. I was surprised by how much depth the author managed to give him, as a villain.

I also liked Jilly’s new ability. It was pretty original, and I thought it was well-explained. Caroline’s dreams about a mystery man were pretty awesome as well, but reminiscent of other witch series like Charmed, where sometimes they were influenced through their dreams.

Overall, the book was a well written, enjoyable, fun read. It was suspenseful, and at times I was biting my nails from tension. The moment Sabine, a vampire, entered the book, I thought it couldn’t get any better. I enjoyed the clash of vampires and witches. Also, the humor in this book was spot-on. A delight for fans of the paranormal.

February 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment