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#PROMOTIONAL_POST - Refugees (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #1) by R.A. Denny

Refugees  - R.A. Denny

"An epic journey of a lifetime." That's what three young individuals from three different corners of the world have dreamed about. They were destined for greatness since the moment they were born. But what if they don't want it? What if they're not ready? What if their desires no longer align with the prophecy?

The problem is, they have no choice. The star has appeared. Their destiny has already begun to unfold. 


It's not the send-off that they've been dreaming of. Forced out. Banished. Raided. This wasn't how it was supposed to be. Now they must discover who they really are while embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives. One star. One impossible task. One chance to save the world they love. 

 

#Coming_of_Age, #Epic, #Fantasy

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/promotionalpost-refugees-mud-rocks-and.html

REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke

The Bad Mother - Amanda Brooke
 

It's hard... when you read a book that takes you in so completely. That takes you back to a time in your life you needed therapy to get past. That is so realistic you can remember similar instances happening in your own life as you follow what is happening to the character between the pages.

That book for me was The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke. It has to be one of the hardest books I've ever read, and yet I'm glad I've done it. I'm also very glad I've finished it, and I'm sorry to say, it's not a book I will ever read again. It hit a bit too close to home for comfort. It has drained me, made me see things again I had wanted to forget.

Luckily for the main character, she has family and friends who are determined she won't go it alone, even when she doesn't believe them. You are with Lucy as she goes through her pregnancy and becomes more isolated. The author does an amazing job of keeping the reader off-balance, unsure of just what is going on or what will happen next. It will keep you on tenterhooks, needing to read more, to find out what happens next.

The Bad Mother is incredibly written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. Although, to be fair, I was that engrossed by the story, I wasn't actually looking for any either. The scenes flow from one to the next, and each scene will draw you in and keep your attention. For anyone who wants to know about gaslighting, and the effects it can have not only on the victim but on friends and family too, I would highly recommend this book.

Part of me wishes I couldn't give it 5 stars, simply because of what it reminded me of. However, that would be a disservice to the book and the author.

* 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!

 

@AmandaBrookeAB, @fictionpubteam, #Psychological, #Thriller, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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

Driving Whiskey Wild (The Whiskeys #3) by Melissa Foster

Driving Whiskey Wild - Melissa Foster
Driving Whiskey Wild is the third book in The Whiskeys series, but each book is written so it is standalone. Saying that, I would have loved to have read the first two books, simply because I'm nosy and like to see how everyone pairs up! In this book, we find out about Bullet. He is the mean and moody, belligerent and broody, alpha male - that is, until  you get to know him and then you find out he has a marshmallow centre! The woman who gets under his skin is his total opposite in every way. Finlay is sweet, so much so he calls her 'lollipop', she prefers skirts and dresses, and has that sunny, 'everything is wonderful' attitude that made my teeth hurt. However, underneath, she is trying to keep everything together just as much as the next person. These two actually make a wonderful pair, and round each other out.
 
This was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The characters are great, and you meet characters from the other books without them taking over the current story. If you are looking for a steamy, positive read, then I can definitely recommend 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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Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/drivingwhiskeywildthewhiskeys3bymelissafoster

REVIEW BY ANGI - Dreamers and Daydreams by Sheen Francis Reyes

Dreamers and Daydreams - Sheen Francis Reyes

Dreamers and Daydreams is Reyes's second poetry collection. It is nothing less than a successful attempt to gag the mouths of the distracting, overthinking, know-it-all voices in her brain, allowing her underrated heart to let loose and be so courageous and bold that it dove face first onto paper, contented.

 

@shnfrancisreyes, @AngiPlant, #Poetry, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/angi/dreamersanddaydreamsbysheenfrancisreyes

REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Once Upon A Wolf (Wayward Wolves #1) by Rhys Ford

Once Upon a Wolf - Rhys Ford

Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

 

@Rhys_Ford, @debbiereadsbook, #M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/onceuponawolfwaywardwolves1byrhysford

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Power of Sight (Mages of the Nether #4) by A.M. Halford

Power of Sight - A.M. Halford
Power of Sight is the fourth, and final, book in the Mages of the Nether series. We finish with Zachary's story. He has the sight, although he has been at great pains to hide this, knowing what he does about the future. His time is up when Titus is appointed to find the new seer. Titus is the one whom Zachary has loved for years. Titus is the one Zachary watches die over and over again, every night when he closes his eyes. It is for this reason he has pushed Titus away, making him think that Zachary hates him. When Titus gets a hint of his own future, he decides that he would sooner spend a few moments with Zachary than live a lifetime alone.
 
This was a great finale to the story, with all the previous couples playing their part to get Zachary and Titus together. I think that Zachary caved a bit quickly considering how adamant he was against Titus, and love, in all the previous books. However, it still worked. I was drawn into their story, hoping against hope that this time Zachary's vision would prove false. There is a conclusion to the writing, a finalising of the story, which helps to round off this series nicely. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and the scenes flowed nicely, with the pacing smooth.
 
I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and the series, if you are looking for a light, yet steamy in places, M/M Fantasy.
 
* 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!

 

 

@AMHalford, #M_M, #Fantasy, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/powerofsightmagesofthenether4byamhalford

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Devil's Gold (Black Rose Mystery #1) by Amanda McKinney

Devil's Gold: A Black Rose Mystery - Amanda McKinney

Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel.

While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.

After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?

Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/blog-tour-review-giveaway-devils-gold.html

Driving Whiskey Wild (The Whiskeys #3) by Melissa Foster

Driving Whiskey Wild - Melissa Foster
Driving Whiskey Wild is the third book in The Whiskeys series, but each book is written so it is standalone. Saying that, I would have loved to have read the first two books, simply because I'm nosy and like to see how everyone pairs up! In this book, we find out about Bullet. He is the mean and moody, belligerent and broody, alpha male - that is, until  you get to know him and then you find out he has a marshmallow centre! The woman who gets under his skin is his total opposite in every way. Finlay is sweet, so much so he calls her 'lollipop', she prefers skirts and dresses, and has that sunny, 'everything is wonderful' attitude that made my teeth hurt. However, underneath, she is trying to keep everything together just as much as the next person. These two actually make a wonderful pair, and round each other out.
 
This was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The characters are great, and you meet characters from the other books without them taking over the current story. If you are looking for a steamy, positive read, then I can definitely recommend 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

 

@Melissa_Foster, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/drivingwhiskeywildthewhiskeys3bymelissafoster

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Wicked Soul (Ancient Blood, #1) by Nora Ash

Wicked Soul - Nora Ash

He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his.

My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected.

Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead.

Except he didn’t kill me.

Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light.

Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil.

We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond…

Or die.

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/blog-tour-review-giveaway-wicked-soul.html

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Wrench in the Engine (Galaxia Pirates #3) by A.M. Halford

Wrench in the Engine - A.M. Halford
Wrench in the Engine is the third book in the Galaxia Pirates series, and we continue where we left off. The Galaxia is in danger from her engine exploding (or something else equally as bad!) and the only one who can help is someone called Chris, who just happened to build the thing in the first place. Stephen is the head mechanic who loves his engines, and wants nothing more but to go back to them. Unfortunately, although he hates human interaction/touch, he has to be involved if he wants his engine fixed.
 
This book was heading towards a 5-star as I loved the interaction between Chris and Stephen. The matching up of Stephen loving metal and Chris having it was perfect. Both of them loved engines and had plenty in common. The thing that stopped it from being 5-stars for me was Stephen's reaction to being around water and going back to his home planet. For such a severe reaction, not much was actually said about it. And what was said wasn't enough to garner the reaction that Stephen gave. I would have loved to heard more about his past, and why he reacted that way.
 
On the whole though, this book is written very smoothly, in A.M. Halford's style. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and the pacing was perfect for the story. Like I said, for me, just that one niggle. That was it. You may find it different, so why not give it a go for yourself? Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* 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!

 

 

@AMHalford, #Science_Fiction, #Erotic, #Romance, #M_M, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/wrenchintheenginegalaxiapirates3byamhalford

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Micah's Bride (All The King's Men #9) by Donya Lynne

Micah's Bride - Donya Lynne
Are you sure that Micah's Bride is a novella?! I mean, sure, it's not a long book - but the sheer amount that Donya Lynne has managed to package into those few pages is simply astounding! You get an update on Micah and how he is feeling about not being alone anymore. Bain and Cara. Sev and Ari (and I really, REALLY, can't wait to read more about them again!), Courdray and Trace, Sam, her parents - it's all here!!!
 
OK, so it's the ninth book in the series, so the characters are all well known, but still - you get to see them more vulnerable than you've seen them before. I defy anyone to read sections of this without their allergies playing up ;) There is angst, and there is laughter here too. I loved the Twilight references, and how wonderful Micah was with Aiden. The ring-bear about did me in though. Trust me, read it for yourself and it will all become clear.
 
I could gush about various parts of this novella for another few pages, but instead, let me get technical. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The pacing was smooth, and the scenes flowed from one to the next. This novella picks up the story and moves it forward, it is not just a filler. It is a necessary addition to the series, and definitely not one to be missed. It's not very often that I give novellas 5-stars, but there is absolutely no justification for not doing so in this case. Sheer perfection, and absolutely recommended by me.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ December 2017 *
 
Merissa
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#Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/micahsbrideallthekingsmen9bydonyalynne

VBT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - To Entice an Earl (Entangled Nobility #3) by Naomi Boom

To Entice an Earl - Naomi Boom
Miss Alexandra Farris lost her heart to her older brother's friend, Lord Maxon Collins, long, long ago. Despite her girlhood attempts to win him, he never noticed her. Now that her first season is underway, she understands why. He prefers willowy blondes, not curvaceous maidens with darker coloring like herself. Rather than wallow in self-pity, she forgets love and focuses on something more attainable—an advantageous match.
 
Lord Collins is plagued by an uncomfortable feeling whenever he goes near Miss Farris. One of annoyance. And yet, he can’t seem to stop thinking of her, touching her, kissing her...He must act in her brother’s stead, which means he has to approve her suitor and ensure her safety. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to find a worthy gentleman.
 
Wedding her off should be a simple task, but not if he can’t let her go.

 

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/vbt-guest-post-giveaway-to-entice-earl.html

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Seth & Casey by R.J. Scott

Seth & Casey (Storming Love 2 Blizzard Book 3) - R.J. Scott
Seth & Casey is a second chance romance novella. Seth and Casey are married, but they are having trouble as Seth is suffering from a work accident, but refusing any help. When a snow storm blows in and Casey and some children get stuck, Seth is the only one who can help them.
 
There is plenty of drama in this novella, but not a lot of steamy moments. This is perfectly acceptable considering most of the book they are with a group of kids! This is literally a case of the weather locking them in until they can talk about 'issues'. Casey deserves a medal for putting up with Seth, but it's amazing what you will do for love.
 
Smoothly written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading, this was the perfect book for a snowy afternoon, with a mug of hot chocolate. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/release-blitz-review-giveaway-seth.html

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Dark Wish (Starlight Gods #1) by Yumoyori Wilson

Dark Wish - Yumoyori Wilson
Dark Wish is the first book in the Starlight Gods series, and we start with Makoto. She is a young child and is being taken back to a home she can't remember, by a person she trusts instinctively, but also can't remember. What happens to her next is the stuff of nightmares, but she adjusts to the constant battles and torture the best way she can. When she is rescued many years later, she doesn't believe it is real, and deals with it by hiding under a blanket.
 
This is a well-written story that clearly shows why Mako is the way she is, and you sympathise with her. Her little foibles become something to smile about, and make her unique. Her attraction to her Knights is slow-burning, apart from Ryder who she knows from before she was kidnapped, even if she can't remember all about him.
 
Dark Wish is well paced, slowing down for important bits, but picking up again when action calls for it. The Knights all mesh well together, whilst still retaining their individual characteristics. The story itself is intriguing and gripping, keeping you turning the pages to find out more. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It does end on a low note, almost cliff-hangery, but it is worth it. Trust me! Looking forward to continuing this series, and highly recommended by me.
 
* 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
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/blog-tour-review-giveaway-dark-wish.html

BLURB BLITZ, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Jack Gregson & The Forgotten Portal by Peter Wilson

Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal - Peter Wilson

Winner of the Bronze medal in the 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the Pre-Teen Fiction-Mystery category.

 

Something has changed at Gregson Manor. An evil force from the family's past has returned to upheave their lives. Jack and his cousins explore the family secrets as they are pulled through a portal into a universe of endless worlds and possibilities. Together, they race to escape and destroy the evil Theorden and his followers who strive to unlock the power of the Forgotten Portal and wreak havoc on Gregson Manor and the World.

 

Source: http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/blurb-blitz-excerpt-giveaway-jack.html

REVIEW BY ANGI - Sons of My Fathers by Michael A Simpson

Sons of My Fathers - Michael A. Simpson
Sons of My Fathers, based on the true story of author Michael A. Simpson’s family, is a multi-generational journey that intertwines two dramatic stories set one hundred years apart—the heroic saga of 19-year-old Ulysses Simpson who, when "hell comes to Georgia," joins his father on a course of revenge, a path that will forever change the destiny of their clan. And the true tale of another young Simpson man six generations later who, despite his moral reservations, enlists in the U.S. Army, following in the footsteps of his father who was a WWII Marine Corps combat veteran and one of the legendary fighting force's elite instructors during the Korean War. 

When Ron volunteers as a "walking dead"—the term for those who fly unarmed medevac helicopters during combat because of their high mortality rate—but is instead assigned to fly a Huey gunship, he fights a personal war with himself over whether to keep a century-old family oath. As his brother Michael comes of age and experiences his first love, Ron's fateful decision forces him to confront his family's past and risk sacrificing his own future, an act that ultimately sets a landmark precedent for "soldiers of conscience" who would follow him in military service. 

Deeply personal and compellingly written by the younger brother in this story, the book is uniquely set against America's involvement in two great civil wars—our country's own conflict in the 1860s and Vietnam in the late 1960s. It is an evocative journey into the author's family history and the universal themes central to it—the bonds of family and star-crossed love, duty versus faith, the true nature of patriotism and conscience in war, and the turbulent end of innocence. Rich in emotional textures, Sons of My Fathers is a transformative and timeless coming-of-age narrative.

 

 

@AngiPlant, #Historical, #Biography, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: http://sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/angi/sonsofmyfathersbymichaelasimpson