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18th August 2017

Man Walks Into a Room - Nicole Krauss

When will you learn that there isn't a word for everything? 

 

Nicole Krauss

 

Happy birthday, Nicole Krauss! After studying writing at Stanford and Oxford, Nicole Krauss published her first book, Man Walks Into a Room, in 2002. The novel was critically acclaimed and movie rights have since been optioned by Richard Gere. 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Bite of Darkness (Shadow Creek #2) by Leah Blake

Bite of Darkness - Leah Blake
Bite of Darkness is the second book in the Shadow Creek series. This time we focus on Vuk, who helped Devon out with a few choice words in book one. In his own story though, it's Vuk who is on the receiving end of advice as he turns into a bit of a jerk when he meets his mate. Now, to be fair, I couldn't exactly blame him. His alpha is ill, receiving a mystery transfusion, vampires are involved, the fae are involve, and no one (including Vuk) just exactly who to trust. Now, as it turns out, the vampires have their own reasons for helping out, which Vuk and Ashly get dragged into the middle of.
 
There is more mystery in this book, in my opinion. You know in book one that the fae wards are failing, but you're not 100% sure why. In this book, you find out more about that, and the politics of the paranormal world, but you are still left with questions unanswered. Apart from Vuk and Ashly, there is something going down with another wolf/vampire pair, but I'm hoping that will be a different story all of their own, and not just snippets given as the overall story arc progresses.
 
This is part of a series so I would recommend you read it in order for full enjoyment. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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@LeahBlakeAuthor, #M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/biteofdarknessshadowcreek2byleahblake

17th August 2017

The Suffrage of Elvira - V.S. Naipaul

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves. 

 

V.S. Naipaul

 

Happy birthday, V.S. Naipaul! After the publication of his novella, The Suffrage of Elvira, the Trinidad-born British writer copied out many of the reviews by hand for his mother to read. 

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Gabriel (Legacy Ranch #2) by R.J. Scott

Gabriel - R.J. Scott, RJ Scott

Gabriel is the second book in the Legacy Ranch series, and we find out a bit more about the young man who cried at the trial that happened in book one. His life hasn't been a good one so far, but he is broken enough that he thinks it is just fine. He lives with his pimp, Stefan, who controls every aspect of his life, and makes Gabriel pay for any misdemeanours that Stefan thinks has happened, or that he has just made up because he's not having a good day. Stefan has managed to get into Gabriel's mind and twist things around so that Gabriel is actually thankful for all that Stefan does for him.

Cam, on the other hand, appears to have it all. He runs a successful hotel, has plenty of money, and even has a bodyguard. Things must be good, right? Wrong! Cam's family, with the odd exception, are a bunch of BEEP, condescending, BEEP, know-it-alls, who think that just because Cam is losing his sight, he must be losing all of his faculties too. His father, well, enough said about him!

Cam and Gabriel end up together on a purely business level. Cam needs someone to pretend to be with him, Gabriel wants the money. However, feelings quickly become involved, and then it's anyone's guess. Six tries to tell Cam not to get involved, but Cam pays no attention. Their road is anything but smooth, but luckily the folks at Legacy Ranch are there to help... once Gabriel lets them in.

This is a dark book, with dark topics and it's not a HEA situation full of rainbows and glitter. This is hard, and horrible, and may be a trigger book for some readers. There is light at the end of the tunnel for Gabriel though, and I really hope that he will feature in the next book, just so I can see what progress he's made.

Gabriel is extremely well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. Like I've already said, it's not an easy book to read, but it is definitely worth it. I would also say that it isn't fully necessary to have read book one in this series, or indeed the Texas series which is where we first meet Jack and Riley. This book does stand on it's own merit, but personally I would recommend reading Kyle at the minimum, just to give you a feeling of what the Legacy Ranch series is about.

If you like your M/M Romance with angst, then I can definitely recommend this book/series. Just remember the trigger warnings!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/review-tour-giveaway-gabriel-legacy.html

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Under the Boardwalk (Landmarks #1) by Felice Stevens

Under the Boardwalk - Felice Stevens
Under the Boardwalk is the latest book by Felice Stevens, an author that I have long admired. It's starts with last summer, as our two main characters first lay eyes on each other and want more. The timing isn't right though, so a year goes by. Now we are at this summer.
 
Alexi is an American, with Russian ancestry. He works for his father at the local custard stand, and dreams of travelling the world. Cam is the busker that Alexi dreams about. He has travelled the world, and found that there was no place like home (sorry, couldn't resist!). These two finally connect, and BOOM!!! We're off.
 
I love Felice Stevens' way of writing. She wraps you up, and immerses you in the story. This is one of her 'sweeter' books, I would say, although there is some low-level angst in here. One thing I will always be grateful for, is the explanation given to Cam about what the difference is between ice-cream and custard. As someone who grew up in England, custard is a hot, sweet, liquid that goes on top of treacle tart, or jam roly-poly. Not in a cone! I was thankful when the explanation was given as I then understood what everyone was eating!
Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/blog-tour-review-under-boardwalk.html

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Clone Me a Lover (Interstellar Lovers #1) by Rosalie Redd

Clone Me a Lover - Rosalie Redd

Love is a dangerous, forbidden emotion. 

Human clone Angelo Thirteen craves something illicit—to fall in love. When a tenacious female Altonian retrieves his escape pod from the rubble of a shipwreck, he may just get his chance. Drawn to her determined spirit and mesmerizing golden eyes, he must pierce the battle thickened walls surrounding her heart to uncover what he covets most. 
  
Elle cares about two things in the universe—her ship and her brother. When her sibling is imprisoned on a savage ice world nothing will derail her from her recovery mission, that is, until she rescues a sexy human clone from the icy coldness of space. Falling for his tender, sensuous nature wasn’t part of her plan and now she must choose between saving her brother from Alta’s prison or risking her heart. 

Lose yourself in the Interstellar Lovers series with this delicious tale of sensual discovery and longing.

 

@RosalieRedd, @debbiereadsbook, #Science_Fiction, #Romance, #Novella, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/clonemealoverinterstellarlovers1byrosalieredd

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Mr. Prescott by Carlos Dash

Mr. Prescott. - Carlos Dash

I’m the Mayor of London.

I’ve come to New York purely on business. The usual boring meetings with other politicians.

I don’t expect my time here to be exciting in the slightest.

But who’s that woman I met this morning? No, girl. That would be a more accurate term for her.

She’s only twenty-one years old. A college student. Someone who shouldn’t get mixed up with a guy like me.

But I can’t get her out of my mind. Every single time I close my eyes, I see her face.

How can someone I just met do this to me? That’s the kind of stuff that happens in movies. Not real life.

I know this will be a dangerous risk for me, but I can’t help it. I want her. I need her.

And whatever it may do to my career, I won’t stop until I have her.

Mr. Prescott is a standalone New Adult Romance novel told entirely from the point of view of the male lead.

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/blog-tour-review-giveaway-mr-prescott.html

COVER REVEAL - Vivian's Ring by Lila Felix & Elle Kimberly

 

 

Vivian's Ring 
Lila Felix and Elle Kimberly
Contemporary Romance

 

Synopsis:
 
 
Vivian's Ring 
 
Vivian’s favorite word is alone. She lives in solitude, writing under a pen name and existing in a shadow of a life.

She’s got her career and her books.

Brent wanted one thing in Vegas and one thing only-to get his favorite author’s autograph on his favorite novel-a novel in which the main character could’ve been based on him.

Standing in line with a book in hand, he never suspected that the one girl who left him in that small town to pursue her dreams and crush his heart would be the same woman who wrote the novels he obsessed over.

He certainly didn’t mean to get drunk and marry her in Vegas.

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Author Bios
 
 
 
Lila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course, her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.
 
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 Born and raised in Illinois Elle Kimberly has been a day dreamer and writer since childhood. A lover of traveling and avid book nerd Elle took the leap to writing professionally in 2016. She is the author of the clean, inspirational romance series Nashua Tigers (to be published late 2017) and co-author with Lila Felix. If she isn't working on her fictional worlds and characters, she's holding tightly to her paperwhite kindle and trying to copycat Facebook cooking recipes.
 
 
 
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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/cover-reveal-vivians-ring-by-lila-felix.html

16th August 2017

Post Office - Charles Bukowski

I wanted the whole world or nothing. 

 

Charles Bukowski

 

According to city records, Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, a month after his parents had gotten married. Despite this, the poet and novelist repeatedly claimed he had been born out of wedlock. 

15th August 2017

Flowers of a Moment - Ko Un, Brother Anthony, Young-Moo Kim, Gary Gach

Body and soul, let's all go / transformed into arrows! / Piercing the air / body and soul, let's go / with no turning back. 

 

Ko Un

 

August 15, 1982: On this day, Ko Un was released from prison under a general amnesty. The former Buddhist monk, who had been given a life sentence for resisting the South Korean military dictatorship, went on to become one of the most acclaimed poets in Korea. 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Echo Falls (Echo Falls #1) by Jaime McDougall

Echo Falls - Jaime McDougall
I got this for two reasons - 1) it was free and 2) I like paranormal romance. I can quite honestly say that I'm very glad that I did and have sat down and read it in a couple of hours as I wanted to find out what happened!

I loved the storyline in it and even though I knew who the "traitor" was, it in no way diminished my enjoyment of the story as a whole. I loved how Phoebe's story was told throughout the book and how Aidan was trying to get information from her. The secondary characters in this book are also believable and funny. It also makes a very refreshing change to have the main female as scared, unsure and carrying physical scars without being a complete wuss.

Loved reading it and will definitely be keeping it!

Favourite character? Definitely Aiden! 
 
* Verified Purchase ~ February 2013
Reviewed on Goodreads ~ February 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#Archive_Review, #Adult, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/echofallsechofalls1byjaimemcdougall

The cover for Mary Billiter's Rule Breakers is now live

 
 
 
“A wonderful story”
Title: Rule Breakers
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 16th, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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What happens when the rules and the heart conflict? In Mary Billiter’s witty novel of rule breaking and delectable romance, a red-hot suit and a beautiful computer geek are linked by heartbreaking loss and a passion certain to set fire to your pages.

From parking space to cyberspace, Waterfront Point hotel valet Carmen Gonzalez uncovers computer espionage at her own workplace. The independent, computer-whiz Carmen decides that the best way to fight the system is to hack it.
 
But when Hank Hughes arrives from the Oregon Coast to the Pacific Coast to take care of family business and avenge an injustice, Carmen’s “act first, think later” approach is called into question. Carmen soon realizes you can't follow the rules and follow your heart, so one has to be broken.
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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”

Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.

14th August 2017

Irrestible Force - Danielle Steele

Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that's why they're here. You'll have that gift forever. 

 

Danielle Steel

 

Happy birthday, Danielle Steele! The world-famous novelist didn’t always want to be a writer—as a child, growing up Catholic with frequent trips to France, she dreamed of becoming a nun. 

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Clone Me a Lover (Interstellar Lovers #1) by Rosalie Redd

Clone Me a Lover - Rosalie Redd
Clone Me a Lover was originally part of the Baby, It's Cold in Space anthology, and it stood out from the others due to Angelo Thirteen's gentle demeanour, his hopeful attitude, and his willingness to help. With Elle trying to do all she can to rescue her brother before he is sent to the mines, and Angelo Thirteen really not wanting to go back to earth, you could be forgiven for thinking that they just both fall into bed. Nothing could be further from the truth though, as these two learn about each other first. Angelo Thirteen respects Elle for being a Captain and all that comes with it, whilst Elle is blown away by the difference in attitude between Angelo and the men that she knew from her own planet.
 
This is a novella, so it is quick-paced, but the story is not lacking in any way. This is novella one in the series, and I can't wait to continue it. I can only imagine just where Rosalie Redd's imagination will take us next time. With no spelling or editorial mistakes to disrupt my reading flow, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novella.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@RosalieRedd, #Science_Fiction, #Romance, #Novella, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

 

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/clonemealoverinterstellarlovers1byrosalieredd

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Blue Blood (Series of Blood #3) by Emma Hamm

Blue Blood (Series of Blood) (Volume 3) - Emma E Hamm
Blue Blood is the third book in the Series of Blood, and this time it is Jasper's story. We reunite with him after the battle that took place at the end of Red Blood (Lyra's story), and he is locked in an iron cage. This doesn't sit with well with our 6ft plus hero, and he is determined not to show any fear to his captors. Kudos to him, because I would have! He finds out that he is caged next to a lovely young woman called Ella, who houses a Unicorn. Ella helps him every way she can, but she can do nothing when Malachi shows up with a job for Jasper to do. You know things won't go according to Jasper's plan, but he has to try. He ends up rescuing Mercy, although he is not sure what sort of rescue it is when she simply gets transferred from one cage to another. Along their adventure, you meet a multitude of amazing characters that will tug at your heart strings and provide some lighthearted moments that are needed in contrast to the torment that Mercy is going through. No one ever said love was easy, but this is ridiculous!
 
I would say that this is definitely the darkest book so far, and it is certainly a HFN ending. I don't even know if Jasper will get his HEA, given the circumstances! I won't say anything else, as I don't want to spoil it, but I really can't wait to see where this story is going to go! With cameos from previous characters, plus meeting the new ones, there is plenty going on. Plus Pitch makes his usual appearance (still love this dude!) and helps in his own inimitable way.
 
With plenty of action and a storyline darker than the previous books, this was the complete page-turner. Both Jasper and Mercy are amazing characters, fully rounded and intriguing. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, the pace was smooth, the story excellent. All in all, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book, and the series.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@EmmaHammAuthor, #Urban, #Fantasy, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/bluebloodseriesofblood3byemmahamm

13th August 2017

Little Children - Tom Perrotta

Maybe that's what we look for in the people we love, the spark of unhappiness we think we know how to extinguish. 

 

Tom Perrotta

 

Happy birthday, Tom Perrotta! The author seems to have a direct line to Hollywood. Two of his novels, Election and Little Children, have been turned into Academy Award-nominated films, and HBO adapted another one of his novels, The Leftovers, into a television show last year.