Spotlight Review: The Tarczal Alliance

Addictive, delicious, and filled with characters, plot lines and hooks—you’ll die for. If J. Paulette Forshey doesn’t keep writing—it’d be a crime.

I didn’t just like it. I didn’t just care for the story or characters, or the writing style. I didn’t just connect to the story. No. I loved all of these elements. Elements that make “The Tarczal Alliance” a fantastic read and a credit to the genre. If you like vampires—you should be going to bed tonight with “The Tarczal Alliance.”

Let me tell you about my reading adventure. I made it to Chapter 6 during my first reading session. Hard to break away because there was too much going on that I really liked. It was a shame to leave the book as I was enjoying the author’s writing style – but it was a short-lived shame because I started my second reading session an hour later. As soon as I got to chapter 8, I knew it was over for me. What’s left to say, really? This book is addictive.

I’m not a betting person, but I’d bet on this outcome. You’ll become addicted to “The Tarczal Alliance” and it won’t take long. I’d bet you’ll be hooked by chapter 6—like I was.

I would recommend this highly engaging read if you want an escape. You can get lost in a world of your own—it’s a good world to get lost in. Why don’t you give it a try?

The Tarczal Alliance

J. Paulette Forshey

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Logan Kincaid was trying to find the spy in his company when she walked in, – long blond hair, longer legs, and intelligent green eyes – damn, all his weaknesses rolled into one. He’d lived for 445 yrs. believing the Blood Witches and T’yhiéls of his vampiric childhood were nothing but myths until one walked into his life and all hell broke loose.

Allyson Weston needed a scholarship to continue her career, and she wanted her abusive ex out of her life. Allyson got both and more when she found out the benefactor of the scholarship’s bite was worse than his bark and her ex was found dead in her driveway.

Spotlight Review: Lilly’s Angel (Fangs & Halos Book 1)

A scintillating, addictive vampire read set in New Orleans written by a writer who has skill, taste and the ability to weave golden words…

I decided to pick up “Lily’s Angel” the other day. It’s a fairly long book, but the author has a vivid writing style. After just a few chapters, I expected this to be the start of something pretty good.

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney does a good job describing scenes. She does a fine job of creating a storyline and keeping it consistent… but she excels with her characters. Lilly Marchantel may be one of the finest characters ever created by a novelist in this genre. Not only is she developed—her dialogue is beautifully executed and will certainly grab your attention. If you pick up this book—pick it up expecting to be wowed by Lily. Sullivan is another character who has depth and will become a reader favorite.

The author manages to both tell the story while at the same time giving a good understand of the vampire society. Lily is constantly learning about her brand-new environment and the author does a good job of letting the audience in on this. She’s a great cultural interpreter for the reader.

“Lily’s Angel” also has some of the most tastefully approached sex scenes in the genre. Chapter two is sexually explosive. This is a book you will enjoy on this level, too.

Overall I would recommend “Lily’s Angel” as a book that you are likely to enjoy. If you want something to read with edge, poise and a lot of great writing—this is the one for you.

Lily’s Angel

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

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Lilly Marchantel entertains her client—a vampire—for a night of paid passion and dies. Or does she? Her madam, the famous Lulu White of Mahogany Hall, throws a lavish funeral for the girl and buries her in St. Louis 1 Cemetery.

During the chaos in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Enforcer angel Sullivan is sent to the cemetery to verify reports of two rogue vampires. How much trouble can an angel get into in New Orleans? What could happen if Sullivan loses his powers?

“Lilly’s Angel” tells the story of Lilly’s discovery of a whole new world with her friends Baron the Cat and the skull she talks to as the pissed off and horny Sullivan struggles against the changes he is experiencing.

Spotlight Review: Vessel of Power

When a Sci-Fi author turns her hand to the paranormal… a terrific book is born! Michelle O’Leary takes a story and turns into an addiction… will she write another book like this?

It is hard to write about “Vessel of Power” by Michelle O’Leary without giving away too much. This is a book I want to rave about! I promise to keep this review short though. I don’t want to give the story away. But the author was inspired to turn out something special with this release. It shows on every page.

While I think, it is important to understand that the following opinion is purely my own… I found the author’s writing voice rather hypnotic. I found myself fighting to stop reading the book. I don’t know if other readers have become addicted to this book—but the author had me hooked from start to finish.

For even the most gifted writers, writing fiction leads to the trap of wanting to write the most mundane of daily activities. The most talented writers find themselves turning out boring chapters. There’s always a lull, right? I was expecting at least a little slowdown while reading “Vessel of Power”—but none came. The pace of the story was fast. The characters are well developed.  Prince Destin is one of the strongest characters in any novel of this genre. You are going to notice him. Believe me.

In other words, this is a book that you should read to find out what I am talking about. “Vessel” is a reminder of how one delightful book can hold your attention and keep you captive until the small hours. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of a book that will make you look at other bestsellers with a very critical eye—seriously—grab this book today.

Vessel of Power

Michelle O’Leary

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Lia must stop the elemental prince at all costs. Prince Destin is searching for the Vessel of Power, an object containing the might of the gods. His soulless father will use it to destroy their world, starting with her family. Lia will do whatever it takes to protect the Vessel, except she can’t seem to end this magnetic prince of fire.

Destin won’t let anything stand in his way, even a gorgeous changeling with mayhem on her mind. He’s determined to prove his worth as son and heir by retrieving the Vessel for his father. Lia challenges him at every turn, but he burns whenever he’s near this tantalizing changeling.

Torn between loyalty to family and desire for one another, Destin and Lia struggle to find the right path. Can they save their world and each other? Will finding the Vessel bind them together or drive them apart forever?

Spotlight Review: Tears of the Innocent

Perfect description, perfect characters, a killer storyline and one of the best new authors of today… you’re going to want to become acquainted with R.L. Seago!

“Tears of the Innocent” grabbed me with the first chapter and didn’t let go. Wonderfully descriptive, with characters perfectly fleshed out and action that kept the scenes moving along at a good pace. This is a story that will take over your life for the duration of the novel.

Lacey DeVane knows her son is alive, despite what everyone keeps telling her. That is, everyone except the dead teenage girl on her autopsy table.

Ryder Raynes and his devoted partner Joker keep themselves busy, not only with their private detective agency, but with Ryder’s quest for revenge against the Devil’s Disciples, the outlaw biker club responsible for the scar that Ryder bears.

Summer Papadopolous is stunningly gorgeous, with a body that most men would kill for, but her heart is as black as midnight. She is the head of one of the world’s largest sex trafficking rings, and God help the man who lays a finger on one of her girls.

Ryder and Lacey are on the trail of her missing son Micah, and when they meet up with Summer and her “family” all hell will break loose.

When the two women collide in the Nevada desert for the body and soul of one young boy, the dry, arid heat will be no match for the inferno that will engulf them all, as Lacey fights to rescue her son, and Ryder comes face to face with a familiar stranger from his past.

All of this from an author who has been undiscovered by most of the reading public. Why is that? As legend of this book grows—and it will—there are going to be a lot of people lining up to get their fix of stories from this author. If you can write an addictive book like this—you deserve to be on every book shelf in the world. I recommend “Tears of the Innocent” for your reading pile… today!

Tears of the Innocent

R.L. Seago

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Lacey DeVane knows her son is alive, despite what everyone keeps telling her. That is, everyone except the dead teenage girl on her autopsy table.

Ryder Raynes and his devoted partner Joker keep themselves busy, not only with their private detective agency, but with Ryder’s quest for revenge against the Devil’s Disciples, the outlaw biker club responsible for the scar that Ryder bears.

Summer Papadopolous is stunningly gorgeous, with a body that most men would kill for, but her heart is as black as midnight. She is the head of one of the worlds largest sex trafficking rings, and God help the man who lays a finger on one of her girls.

Ryder and Lacey are on the trail of her missing son Micah, and when they meet up with Summer and her “family” all hell will break loose.

When the two women collide in the Nevada desert for the body and soul of one young boy, the dry, arid heat will be no match for the inferno that will engulf them all, as Lacey fights to rescue her son, and Ryder comes face to face with a familiar stranger from his past.

Are You Wondering How To Post A Review on Amazon?

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If you’re a writer you may know how hard it is to get reviews for your books. But it’s not necessarily that readers won’t leave reviews—sometimes it’s simply that they don’t know how to do them. This blog article should be of help to those readers. I thought it might be a good idea to actually share how to post a review. It’s simple when you know how.

Before you can post a review, you need to have an Amazon account that has successfully been charged for the purchase of a physical or digital item. You don’t need to have purchased the product you’re reviewing though.

Now to submit a review you just have to do the following:

Go to the product detail page for the item on Amazon.

Click ‘write a customer review’ in the Customer Reviews section.

Rate the item and write your review.

Click submit.

That’s it. That’s how you post a review. But what if you want to post a video review? Video reviews are becoming more popular, after all.

To upload a video review you just have to do the following:

Click the link beside ‘uploading a video?’

In ‘share your opinion,’ select whether you wish to submit a video or written review.

Write or upload your review.

Click preview your review to make sure your review appears as intended.

Click publish review to submit.

That’s it. You should be able to review any book, or product, you’d like to share your opinion on. Just give it a try.

Secrets of the Amazon System

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New authors are always asking questions about Amazon, and the way Amazon works. It can be confusing to try and navigate all the intricate details of Amazon—but with this blog article I’ve tried to answer a few of the more commonly asked questions as simply as possible. Let’s learn some of the secrets of the Amazon sales machine.

Customer Power At Work

Publishers do not have any control over “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature, but you, the customer, can. This feature is another of Amazon’s logarithms, and it’s all about the shopping cart. You can encourage your readers to buy a book you want to be associated along with yours, and that can get you linked up with a heavier-hitting author. There are workarounds to a lot of Amazon’s formulas. Use them to your advantage. It can help sales.

Working With Cost Control

Amazon is effectively cost-controlling your book. If you’re a KDP author (self-published through Amazon), then you know that you get a much nicer cut (70 percent as opposed to 30 percent) of your sale price if you price your book between $2.99 and $9.99. I’ve said in previous posts that I think this is akin to price fixing. And even though countless people have made compelling cases to me about why they will never buy an e-book for over $9.99 (and I get it), it’s important to note the power of Amazon’s conditioning. We do not believe an e-book is worth more than $9.99 because Amazon has trained us to believe it’s not worth more than $9.99. Nothing to be done about it; I just feel compelled to bring this up again.

How Author Central Works…

You need to claim your book via Author Central. Many authors know this and somehow forget to do it. When you publish a new book, you must claim it. Claim books you’ve contributed to as well, if you can. Claiming books on Amazon is like collecting chips; you’re building your little empire and making your bio page more robust. Amazon Central is an extension of your author platform and should be tended to as such. Update your photo, bio, and other information as regularly as you would your website.

Sales and Information

The sales information tab inside Author Central is not an accurate measure of sales. When you go into Author Central, they give you access to Nielsen Bookscan ratings, a helpful tool. However, Bookscan is not a measure of Amazon sales, nor is it a measure of overall sales. It accounts for approximately 70 percent of through-the-register sales. It’s not something authors can or should use to compare their sales against, though it can be a good general gauge for how well your book is performing.

Spotlight Review: Street Wise By Robin Rance

A fascinating tale that will take you in its arms and drive you on a journey that will keep you up all night, and ready for more books by Robin Rance!

“Street Wise” is one of those novels that I’m still puzzling over, sometime after finishing it. The author makes some interesting choices in terms of technique. So, this review is really my reflections.

It seems convoluted to start a review with the ending of a book, but this novel is actually a rather long tale, nearly 200 pages, so before I get into the journey, allow me this one break with decorum. The ending. Oh, this ending. Whenever anyone asks me which book ending I love the most, I usually have to think before I answer, because some of the greatest books in the world I have ever read have such amazing endings—it’s hard to choose. And until now no other novel has come close to changing my answer and becoming the ultimate choice. But “Street Wise”, has won this distinction because it has such a satisfying finale, and I’ll say no more than that for fear of ruining the experience for anyone else.

A young reporter with a secret, and a deep-seated hate for men after a failed marriage, her intrepid photographer and a publisher with his own secrets. An assignment of a lifetime.

Find a homeless bum and basically make him over to look like he just walked out of the pages of GQ, is the assignment.

What starts out as just a simple make-over story ends up with many plot twists and has a serious dark side to it, as well as quite an unexpected romantic angle. I can easily say that this is 5 stars read because it is full of suspense, questions, chemistry, and heart wrenching moments. What more could I possible want? Robin Rance… you have become one of my favorite authors.

Street Wise

Robin Rance

 

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Tragedy has left her alone in the world.

Angela Howard has one more chance to find that newspaper story that will put her on top of her game again. Orphaned and working for the Seattle Sun, she’s sworn off men for life because of her ex-fiance’s betrayal. She stumbles across a story that will change the life of the homeless man she finds living under the streets of Seattle. She agrees to help him find the criminals that put him there in exchange for his story…

Betrayed and left for dead.

John Smith was betrayed by those that he trusted. He’s lied to and deceived into giving up his fortune to save his family from heartache. He’s left living in the alleys and under the highways of Seattle, after becoming ill and penniless. His last chance for survival has brought him closer to many other street people. He’s hell-bent on finding the ones responsible for ruining his life. A beautiful newspaper reporter, Angela Howard, and her photographer, Peter, offer him a chance to share his story and find those that have betrayed him…

What they all discover while working together brings them closer to finding the truth, but will it be too late to save them all, once the truth is revealed?

Follow them all as they leave the harsh world of the homeless and plunge feetfirst into the world of high finance, crime, and human trafficking. Why don’t you pick up a copy today?