Sunday, 14 December 2014

FIFTEEN SHARDS OF BROKEN GLASS by PHOENIX L. JAMES





TITLE: FIFTEEN SHARDS OF BROKEN GLASS
AUTHOR: PHOENIX L. JAMES
PUBLICATION DATE: 8th AUGUST 2014/9th AUGUST 2014
ISBN: 9781311660008
ASIN: B00MK84DG2
PUBLISHER: CREATE SPACE/SMASHWORDS
EDITIONS: 2




This is the story of Annie Clarke; a survivor. Her courage and determination to overcome and fight injustices done to her is truly a remarkable and encouraging story that will "touch the human heart" (Pete DeLorenzo).

Despite the fact that this book carries adult themes, it manages to weave a tender love story through the horrors of Annie's life and instill hope where hope and humanity are found to be lacking in real life stories of abuse, courage, and survival. 


Enter Detective Oliver Bradley - a New York City police officer. 

"If tall, blonde, and gorgeous with a kind heart and good with a gun is your type of alpha male, then you're sure to adore Oliver Bradley."


Oliver does not always follow the rules, despite his 'Captain America' good looks and boyish grin. He thinks for himself and when he makes a judgement call not to arrest Annie Clarke when he picks her up off the street for prostitution, little does he know how much his world is about to change. 


As a reformed hooker, Annie battles not only with her demons, but also her addictions. One addiction is her ability to turn tricks and perform sexual favors for men to thank them for the kindness shown to her. Oliver teaches Annie her true worth by rejecting her sexual advances. But a man can only withstand a pretty woman for so long...


A baptism of fire tests Annie and Oliver's relationship where they find their love challenged and their future happiness is thrown into jeopardy when world events carve a chaotic path for them to navigate. Will their love survive the change?


Read by thousands of inspired readers, Fifteen Shards of Broken Glass has raised a timely discussion topic and brought to light the ugliness of domestic violence, giving hope to survivors and victims. Contained within the back of this book is an interview with the author and important, lifesaving crisis help and contact numbers for both men and women. Domestic violence does not only effect women and children. Men can be subjects of abuse by their partners too.

While this story is based on a true story, it has been fictionalized for entertainment purposes. While some events and scenarios might be similar to things experienced by people who have survived abuse, the events depicted within this story are not related to any single specific real person and should not be interpreted as such. The characters tell their story and take the reader on their journey through this book. It is one adventure that will stay with you long after you put the book down - if you can put the book down. It is a real page turner.

With a reader average vote of 9.7/10 and a 5 star content rating, Fifteen Shards of Broken Glass is a book worth reading and sharing with your friends. 

Grab a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes today. Links below for your convenience. 



 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fifteen-shards-of-broken-glass-phoenix-l-james/1120153723?ean=2940046107425

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fifteen-shards-broken-glass/id909820393?mt=11


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Book Review - BLOODGIFTED by Tima Maria Lacoba


Title: Bloodgifted (The Dantonville Legacy - book 1)
ISBN: 9781477419205
Author: Tima Maria Lacoba
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform





"A real page turner you simply can't put down!" - Taylor Morgan



5 Stars


Tima Maria Lacoba is one of the BEST Australian authors of our time. Despite the story being set in Sydney, Australia, one would never know as she takes you on such a believable journey, weaving fact with fiction that you'd be forgiven for believing Vampires really do exist here. The interesting history and rich weave of genealogy with myth took me places I never thought were possible. I found myself falling in love with the dashing, Alec Munro while struggling to fight for Laura Dantonville's  fragile relationship with Inspector Detective Matthew Sommers. Laura's unique bloodline enables her to age slower than ordinary humans. Imagine being 50 years old and only looking half your age! Laura learns a drastic family secret on her birthday and her whole world is turned upside down when she learns that she is to have a guardian/protector - but at what price? Can Laura resist the temptation of this devilish rogue known as Alec Munro, or will he charm her away from her handsome boyfriend, Matthew Sommers? 

Find out what it means to be, Bloodgifted.





Saturday, 5 October 2013

Book Review - Love out of Lust: Parts One and Two by Ray Sostre

Title: Love out of Lust - Part One
ISBN: 9781301161423
Author: Ray Sostre
Publisher: Smashwords


This story was basically a sex story straight up. A quick read (17-18 pages).
Both characters admitted lusting after each other after hearing the other masturbating on previous occasions. During the course of their conversation, things heat up and the line between friend and lover are crossed.
The scene comes together with a bit of background story. The characters have little depth, but are believable. This fast paced story quickly moves along to a detailed sex scene that was mildly arousing.  I felt the word ‘pussy’ was slightly overused, but at least it was in context. I found I needed to weed out the head hopping between characters and what they were feeling at a given moment – that was a tad confusing and frustrating, but the story is mainly written from the male perspective. I only came across two or three occasions where the female perspective came through.
The first part of the story ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger to get you to read the next. It raises an effective question that sparks your curiosity to read the next part. An excellent ending!


I’d rate part one three and a half stars.

I reviewed a free copy, obtainable from Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319291#download


Title: Love out of Lust - Part Two
Author: Ray Sostre
ISBN: 9781301301767052
Publisher: Smashwords


I preferred reading part two because I felt the story had a little more depth as a stand-alone story than part one. To be fair, you need to look at the individual parts of this story and put them together as a whole. Part two is also only 17-18 pages in length, so another quickie read, but it digs a little deeper into the character’s background and gives them both a little more depth while still engaging the reader’s senses.
Still the occasional head hop, but it’s a definite improvement on part one.
The way the author engages the reader and unwraps the story is excellent. He uses interesting adjectives that perfectly describe a scene, giving the reader an insider’s view into the characters’ lives, feelings and thoughts. Not bad for erotic romance. Cleverly done. Again the author grabs you with a cliff-hangar, leaving you with enough of an appetite to come back for more.
The meat of this story is still based purely on the romantic connection of sex, so if you’re looking for that, you’ve found it here.

Forgiving the head-hops, I’d rate this one four stars.

A copy of this book can be found at Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/347878

Reviewed by Taylor Morgan for Twilight Fantasies & CGB Press

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Book Review - The Matriarch by Kevin A. Ranson



Title: THE MATRIARCH
ISBN: 061580344X
Author: Kevin A. Ranson
Publisher: WTF Books

This book is available on Amazon.

The Matriarch is a story about a young woman who becomes a vampire, is compelled to kill her boyfriend, then tries to piece together her foggy memory. Reading the synopsis of this book opened my eyes to the kind of vengeful, nasty and purely mean vamps in Kevin's world of The Matriarch. Evil ancient Vampires out for revenge and innocent human lives are caught in the cross fire. As with most Vampish stories, there is blood - lots of blood, gore and violence. Kevin has a way of vividly describing his scenes, so the reader becomes part of the story, and is taken along for the ride. The characters seem believable, and could pass as your neighbour living ordinary lives.

I enjoyed reading this story and hope you will too. Come check out the book trailer here:


The Matriarch is a compelling tale, filled with thrilling plots, twists and turns. I rate this book a four and a half star must read.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Get 50% off the retail price for a limited time only!

That's right folks. 

For SMASHWORDS readers only, we're giving you 50% off the retail price of The Beach House - Third Edition by Cg Brumby.




This book has sold so many copies on other platforms such as Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo, that a new edition had to be created to keep up! The Third Edition is an extended version of the original and has been re-edited to treat our audience with something a little special.

To celebrate the release of the Third Edition, we're giving you a 50% discount on the Smashwords retail price, but only up until 14th December 2013.

Simply go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/357768
 and click 'buy'. Enter this coupon code  SZ72E at the checkout to receive 50% off the sale price. 

It's that simple! Get in early to beat the x-mas rush.

This offer does not apply to other retail outlets, or for other editions/versions of this book. Soon, the Third Edition will be the only edition available for Cg Brumby's contemporary romance, The Beach House.

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