Good morning everyone! I’m participating in the book tour for Jessica Therrien’s release of Redemption, the last installment in the Children of the Gods series. I’ve included an excerpt for your enjoyment.


Hello All! I hope you enjoy this little peek at the final book in my CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

I traced my fingers below the gash on the right side of his chest and another on his left side. His collarbone was scraped from sliding against asphalt and his shoulder had been punctured by something.

I reached for my bracelet. “Let me—”

“Don’t.” He grabbed my wrist and stopped me before I could draw the blood. “You’ve given too much today.”

“It’s okay I—”

“I’ll be fine.” His fingers traced the skin beneath the hem of my shirt. “How about you? Any cuts or scrapes?”

“I don’t know.” I swallowed at the warm feel of his touch. “You should check.”

He smiled and our eyes stayed locked as he lifted my tank top over my head. I brushed my limp brown hair aside, and he pulled me closer. Skin on skin. Even after such a day, I could still smell the lingering hint of lime and warmth on his body. As he moved his fingertips up my back, he grazed a sore spot I didn’t know was there, making me flinch. “Just a scrape.”

His lips tickled my shoulder, and the feel of him so close was too much. My fingers curled into his hair and rested on the back of his neck.

“Shower?” I whispered in an exhale.

Without answering, he took my hand and led me to the bathroom.

The steam wrapped us in silk sheets of vapor. Warmth soaked into every pore. Clean water dripped from our eye-lashes and painted our flushed lips. It washed our wounds and rinsed away all the blood and pain. Breath and skin and bodies so close. A blissful ending to an otherwise un-worthy day. 

Redemption-TherrienLead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

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Elyse’s Story…


UPRISING (Book #2)


The Children of the Gods Series



The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom… 

About The Author

JTherrienJESSICA THERRIEN spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language. Jessica currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.


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THE NIGHT ONES – Gwen Bristol – Book Review

Hey there fellow bloggers! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, and I happened to come across The Night Ones by Gwen Bristol while browsing around my friend Charles E. Yallowitz’s blog over at Legends of Windemere. The book was at the tail end of a promotion, and me, never one to pass up a deal, flew over to Amazon and scooped it up.

About this book… Let me tell you… It was great.

The Night Ones-Artist-LaRae Monroe


by Gwen Bristol

FOUR OUT OF FIVE HEARTS      ♥♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥    

In one selfish act, twelve year-old Lily unleashes an army of Night Ones, monsters who are rumored to eat children.

She struggles to set her world right and save the empire, but not everything she’s been told about the Night Ones is true, and the emperor—the only person who can control the Night Ones—is missing.

To save her people, Lily must find a lost treasure, uncover the truth about the emperor, and foil a plot to kill an entire suppressed minority race. In the process, she discovers who she is—but can she complete her quest before thousands of innocent lives are lost?

I was truly impressed by the writing style of Ms. Bristol. Lily’s character was well fleshed out, and completely believable as a 12-year-old having to grow up well before her time because of a bad choice…(or was it?) The story pulled me in from nearly the beginning, and kept me turning the pages throughout.

Having been outcast from her village in trying to keep the Night Ones from attacking them, Lily wants to right the wrong she feels she has committed at the village temple. She wants to avoid the Night Ones’ wrath. However, she soon comes to find that all is not what it seems; she learns that traitors lied to, misinformed, and sacrificed her, her village, surrounding villages, and other innocents for centuries.

The only problem is, she doesn’t know who to trust anymore, or who to turn to for help. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say there was a great premise, good amount of action (nothing too gory), stubbornness and wilfulness that only a 12-year-old with too much on her plate could dish out, and a nice amount of plot twists.

There were some parts that I felt could’ve been drawn out slower and not so rushed (Seth/Mina) only because I would like to get to know them better. This was the only part that had me scratching my head a little.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the second one when it comes out. Great writing from who I believe, is a talented, up-and-coming author.

That’s my review for today. Definitely worth the read. Until next post, my friends…




Hope for Her Book Release – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle



Hope for Her By Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Release Date: October 1, 2014

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No one ever expected much from him.

Joshua Elijah Griffin, IV is on his last chance. A stint in rehab and a transfer to a new school has scared him into putting his life on track. He’s determined to live up to his family’s expectations, but on the first day of class, Josh meets a girl, and he knows his father won’t approve, but in Carrington, he sees a kindred spirit. He’s willing to give up everything to be with her.

No one ever thought she was special.

Carrington Olivia Butler is ready to shine. Always in the shadows of her siblings, she goes away to college to break out of her shell. All Carrington wants is to feel special. Josh’s attention is exactly what she craves, but their intense and sometimes volatile relationship is more than what she bargained for.

Josh’s demons return, and Carrington’s feelings fade, but both aren’t ready to give up hope. They give their love one last shot to survive, but hope, may not be enough.

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.

After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney has been blogging at for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.

Sydney’s self-published début New Adult Novel Another New Life was released in May 2014.

An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winner who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is now awake.

She can recite the entire script for the 80’s teen comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club” and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.

When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Cora Carmack & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.


I reached out and grabbed her, wrapping my arms around her waist. She resisted,

pushing and punching my arms and shoulders. I wanted her to fight me. To hit me and scream and show me what I did to her.

After a while, she collapsed in my arms, exhausted from fighting, but her sobs continued for several more minutes. My neck and chest dampened from her tears, and her whole body convulsed when she released an uncontrollable series of coughs. It shook us both, but I held on tight. The vibration of our bodies glued together made me hard, and I found it difficult to concentrate. I tried to push those thoughts out of my head. I wanted her to understand.

It tore me up to know I caused her an ounce of pain. I held her tight with one arm and stroked her back with the other. Each stroke, her body softened. When her last bit of energy drained, I turned us around and her back was up against my car. I placed my hands on her hips; she whimpered as I lifted her and sat her on the trunk.

Her damp hair stuck to her face, and I pushed it away. I wiped her eyes and lifted her chin.

“How could you leave me like that?” she asked. The desperation in her voice

fucked with my mind. I hated myself.

“I’m sorry,” I whispered as my lips sweep across her cheek. She tensed. I

expressed my gratitude by kissing her other cheek. She whimpered, and my heart


I kissed her forehead, dropped my hands to her waist, and her head fell forward without my support.

“Why?” she asked. Her voice sounded defeated, but defiant. She wanted an

answer. She deserved an answer.

“Since I meet you, I’ve had the time of my life.” I kissed her jawline as I placed

my hands on her thighs. “I’ve never met anyone like you before.” As my lips moved to her ear, she leaned into me. I pushed her legs apart. I wanted to hold her, get closer to her. She relaxed more with every kiss. “I want to be with you so bad.” When I reached her earlobe, I bit it, and she moaned. “But eventually you’re going to leave me.”


Book Review – The Thirteenth Floor Collection -Christine Rains

Hey bloggers! I know, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve come out and done a book review. I’ve read so many since my last one, I haven’t been able to write out them out yet. I need to get cracking; it’s a long list. :/ So I’m going to start today.

(*Note: I initially read The Marquis as a free purchase on Amazon, but it was so good, I purchased the collection.) I based my review on the collection.

This review is for: The 13th Floor Complete Collection

Wonderfully written series.  Five Stars from me. *****

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn’t exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can’t find.
And a banshee falls in love with someone who’s death she has seen in a vision.

All the stories take place at the same time
Intertwining their lives together
on the 13th Floor.

It’s a Collection I Keep Reading Over and Over. Each novella is written about a tenant who lives on the ‘non-existent’ 13th Floor 13flrof a ‘haunted’ apartment building. Although each novella could be read as a stand alone, because of the skill Ms. Rains has in connecting these stories into one phenomenal read, I HIGHLY recommend treating yourself to the collection. Each story is woven into every other story in some small way creating a bigger picture. At the end, all I could say to myself was, ‘That was amazing; I want to write like that. How did she do it?’

If you’re into stories of the supernatural, then you will love this; vampire demons seeking redemption, mix in some werewolves, dragon slayers, banshees, and ghosts, oh my!!

The characters in each story were well-developed and fleshed out. I became invested in their lives, turning the pages and needing to know what finally happens. The stories all flow well and readers stay engaged. Ms. Rains makes it a point not to use superfluous words in her work that could draw readers out. Kudos to her editors; I was hard pressed to find any grammatical or spelling errors in this work.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve become addicted to her stories…particularly The Marquis (sigh) I hope Ms. Rains releases another collection soon. I’ll be waiting.

Again, The 13th Floor Complete Collection Series – Five Stars *****

Have a great day all! I’ll post more reviews shortly.

Book Review: Embryo by J.A. Schneider

Doing another book review. I’ve always loved thrillers, always. Crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, mystery thrillers, you name it. Medical thrillers? Eh, not so much. I read  a couple a few months ago, they were OK.embryo-ja

The description for Embryo by J.A. Schneider sounded really good, and since I’m never one to pass up an e-book on sale, I took a chance and bought it. Plus, I never know when I might find another new favorite author. Great investment; This was Ms. Schneider’s first novel, published in March 2012.

Embryo by J.A. Schneider

**** Stars

Dr. Jill Raney is a medical intern at a prestigious teaching and genetic research hospital in New York City. While doing her obstetrics rotation, some very bizarre and tragic cases come through its doors. Babies born with the rarest of conditions and disabilities, never making it out of the delivery room. The mothers are dying, or disappearing.

Dr. Raney begins to dig into some of the cases, trying to find a link, anything that can connect these women and the hospital together. It seems that some of the other interns have come across similarly bizarre cases. Jill finds some small similarities initially; when she first discusses it with her supervisor-then lover, third-year resident Dr. David Levine, he doesn’t believe there’s any link.

When a pregnant woman is found murdered near the hospital and her belly drained of amniotic fluid, Jill suspects something much more sinister. The closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she finds herself in.

I found this to be a good read; The first page drew me right in. That’s hard to do with me. I suppose it’s the EMT in me; I’m surprised medical thrillers have never been at the top of my list of favorite genres. The book was fast-paced and I liked the way Jill and David’s characters were drawn out. There were several good plot twists in the story, things I didn’t even see coming.

There wasn’t much that I disliked about the book, but I did think the relationship between Jill and David would’ve started off more slowly. I did notice some minor medical procedural discrepancies, but they were not enough to take away from the thrill of the story. I did find the museum scene near the end was a bit much, but for a first novel, this book was amazing.

Overall, I give this book four stars **** and will definitely read the next book in the series. I’d love to watch the growth of the characters and Ms. Schneider as an author.

Until next post…