Friday, August 1, 2014

Free for All

Free For All
All this means is that I am reviewing books I've picked up for free. They may or may not still be free, so if one takes your fancy and you run over to Amazon be sure to stop, drop and roll...wait, that's not it. Stop, verify, click. I am not responsible for itchy trigger fingers.
Erotica ~ 18+
*Book source ~ Free on Amazon
Series ~ Cuckolded and Humiliated, #1
Author ~ Dominque Paige
Publisher ~ 25 Eagles
Published ~ 16 June 2014
Pages ~ 12

My Rating ~ 2 bites

Royal couple Jorah and Elise have been trying to produce a royal heir with no success. Elise is convinced it’s Jorah’s problem, so in order to secure their claim to the throne she convinces Jorah to let her be serviced by multiple men in an out-of-the-way tavern while he watches.

Who doesn’t love a good cuckold story? I know I do. However, this one is only ok. The sex isn’t too bad, but the writing is choppy and the POVs change too abruptly and often. Some further editing would have made this story a hot little vignette instead of just eh.


Fantasy
*Book source ~ Free on Amazon
Title ~ Assassin
Series ~ Ironstone Saga, #0.5
Author ~ Keith McArdle
Publisher ~ Keith McArdle
Published ~ 22 December 2013
Pages ~ 22

My Rating ~ 4 bites

Vyder Ironstone is a big highlander, rich and successful at what he does. Did I mention he’s an assassin? Yeah. He’s not someone you want coming after you. When the Prince is abducted and the King hires Vyder to retrieve him he knows this may be the one job that is too much for him. However, he does so love a challenge.

More, more, more. I want more of Vyder Ironstone. I love the world, the writing and most of all, Vyder. He’s fascinating and I am looking forward to continuing with him on his mission. My only complaint is the ending to this short intro. It stopped abruptly, like climbing a hill and finding a 100’ drop as soon as you crest the top. Ending it right before the confrontation or after would have much more acceptable to me, but then abrupt stops are one of my biggest pet peeves. Call me old-fashioned, but every story, no matter how short, should have a beginning, middle and end. Yeah, so not a fan of cliffhangers. Other than that, I loved this tale.

Horror

*Book source ~ Free on Amazon
Author ~ Gregor Xane
Publisher ~ Gregor Xane
Published ~ 11 April 2014
Pages ~ 12

My Rating ~ 3 bites

Ben Coburn has been in many B-rated horror movies. With his large build and less than handsome face he has been regulated to playing the big baddies of the big screen. He spends his days waiting, always waiting until the day he decides he’s not going to wait any more.

First off, I’ll say that this is well-written. Just because I didn’t understand what the hell was going on does not detract from that point at all. Because I’m not typically into horror, I have the feeling I’m missing something big and that’s my fault. It’s not the first time I was lost reading this genre and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But I’ll keep trying. The ending did freak me out. Didn’t see that coming at all. Two thumbs up for that.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Sunday Post ~ 51st Edition

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  • Friday ~ Free for All ~ 3 short reviews of TBR Freebies
  • Saturday ~ Saturday Shorts ~ Two Graphic Novels
  • Sunday ~ The Sunday Post ~ 52nd Edition

AVR News Update
Hello and Happy Sunday! 

Cutie Kyleigh is coming today and we'll be babysitting, so I need to finish up this post and get some things done. First though, here's a recent pic of our sugarplum, now 5 months old. Growin' like a weed!

So, Anna's Senior portraits were this week and those weren't stressful. At all. *rolls eyes* First there was shopping then last minute shopping and an emergency bang trim before spending 2 hours at the school for said portraits. Glad I took Stargate (my Paperwhite) with me, but I was starving by the time she was done since I hadn't thought to eat that morning. Proofs will be back in 2 weeks. I think they'll be wonderful, she's not so sure. The proof will be in the pudding. 

We continue to watch Supernatural and have started Season 8 which means we have 21 more episodes before we have no more to watch since Netflix does not have Season 9 yet. I've been drafting my August posts and writing up reviews. My August calendar is coming along nicely and I should have it filled out by the end of this week. Assuming, of course, that I quit procrastinating on the review writing. I have 13 to write, down from 18, so that's progress. I also have 7 more books I need for my 99¢ September Challenge. I'm trying to fill out the month with some mystery, thriller, suspense or sci-fi, so if you have any recs please pass them along in the comments.

In other news...huh. There really isn't much other news.

That's it for me. AVR News Update signing off. May all your books enthrall you.
Shelf Additions
From the library
Nada


For RABT Tour


For Red Adept Publishing


For Review 





Added to my 
99¢ September Challenge





Amazon Freebies



Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Sunday Post ~ 50th Edition

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Hello and Happy Sunday! 

I hope this day finds everyone well. I've been enjoying my little break and have been reading and reading. However, I know find myself procrastinating with the Writing of the Reviews. I have 16 to write, more if I count the Anita Blake books I was rereading, but I may or may not write those up. I've also been trying to fix my Excel Review spreadsheet as I've gotten a tad lax with it. Ok, I've totally slacked off with it. In addition, I've been drafting posts for August, many of which now only need the review added. *wipes forehead* Whew! I will be attempting some review writing today. *fingers crossed*

In other news, I've decided to give myself a little challenge for the month of September (as if I needed any more). I have an Amazon gift card balance (now a bit depleted) and decided I would buy 30~99¢ books and post a mini review for each day of September. I have 17 books and need 13 more. If you know of a good book that's 99¢ on Amazon please be sure to recommend it in the comments. I've listed the ones I've already purchased in My Shelf Additions and I admit it's a bit heavy on the erotica. *cough* 

To wrap things up, there are now 5 weeks left of summer break. Senior pictures are this coming week and the kids have to knuckle down and do some summer projects for high school. Fun. Not. We have yet to look at colleges for Anna or practice driving so she can get her license. I guess we need to step things up. School supplies have been in the stores and I don't even want to think about that shit yet. I want to enjoy the time off, dammitall! *sigh*

That's it for me. AVR News Update signing off. May all your books enthrall you.
Shelf Additions
From the library
Yeah, stratospherically overambitious of me to get all these, but they so shiny!





Won in a Goodreads Group Anniversary Celebration
Many thanks to the EZ!



Upcoming Tour for Curiosity Quills


NetGalley invitation 


NetGalley
Had to Have!


For Review 



Amazon Purchases












Amazon Freebies
I'm afraid I went a little nuts with the freebies. 
Must have been the adrenaline from the 99¢ purchases.
Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war!
*ahem*
Anyway, there's no way to list them all, but here's a few.