Cover Reveal – The Ultimate Agent 2 by Derek Borne

The Ultimate Agent 2

By Derek Borne

Cover Design by: Andrei Bat
Edited by: Jewel Editing by Caitlin L. McCulloch
Release Date: July 27th, 2018

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Your Mission:

Reconvene with The Ultimate Agent, Specialist, and their team as they uncover a threat of biblical proportions.

Agent #772 – Dr. Isaiah Manning
A reclusive geneticist with ground-breaking concepts and technology is recruited to the Ultimate Agency, making it possible to create endless advancements which could change the world for the better.

Agent #125 – Spencer Raymond
A low-key yet crucial operative for the agency is thrust into a life-changing assignment. Further details are classified.

Mission Data – Confidential
Agent Devon Bertrand and Dr. Jade Hathaway take a new step in their relationship. Due to unexpected circumstances, Dr. Brett Gallagher faces new responsibilities which may hinder his ability to protect the innocent at full capacity. Agent Valeriya Yashin and her dynamic abilities are now an invaluable part of the team. Unite with agents old and new as they fight to eradicate those responsible for terrorizing the world with unfathomable creatures.


Author Bio


Derek Borne lives in Paris, Canada (thought it was going to say France, right?) with his wife and moody bearded dragon Ziggy. When he isn’t writing superhero spy novels, he’s belting out Phantom of the Opera, playing his guitar, and watching Marvel superhero movies and TV shows, playing hockey, and making movie references daily.

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Angels & Demons: The Series Sales Blitz with USA Today Bestselling Author, Megan Linski

Title: Angels & Demons: The Series
Author: Megan Linski
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Gryfyn Publishing
Two sisters.
A world of angels and demons.
Romance is destined; war has come.
Cass is in love with heaven and hell– her heart belongs to two men who aren’t exactly mortal. Cairo is the captain of the football team, all-around hero… and also part angel. Thames is a bad boy biker and has demon blood.
Both guys want Cass for themselves. With her heart torn in two, Cassia doesn’t know who she should choose.
Faline Delamore is the best demon hunter there is, but she just wants to be a normal college student. When her path crosses with Cassia’s she finds herself caught up in a similar romance, which exposes the truth about her dark past. She falls for the very thing she’s supposed to kill– a demon.
But love isn’t the worst fate has in store for the Delamore girls.
There’s an angel hell bent on gaining control of the human race. He longs to turn his idea of heaven on earth into reality, but his utopia resembles a dictatorship more than a paradise. The two sisters are the only ones who can stop him.
Judgement day is coming. Cassia and Faline are humanity’s last hope. Heaven and earth will be shaken by the depth of their power and the strength of their magic. Will true love, the meaning of family, and the bonds of sisterhood be enough to conquer evil and restore peace?
Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing. She is best known for her popular series The Shifter Prophecy, The Kingdom Saga, and The Rhodi Saga, as well as recognized for her work on the Creatures of the Lands series. In 2014, Linski published the Creatures of the Lands series in Lison’s honor.
Linski is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder.
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Angel of Night Release Blitz with LL Hunter

Title: Angel of Night (Angels of London: Book 3)
Author: L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: KILA designs
Publication Date: May 31st, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Life can’t get any worse for Gabe, and with Melody gone, it’s the perfect chance for evil to step in.
Max’s visions predict a future where darkness and old foes rise, bringing fire and pain. In its wake, Gabe and his friends must face certain death.
In the final instalment of the Angels of London series, can the Nephilim defeat this rising threat, or will darkness consume them all?
L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog –

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Review of Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

So I have been toying with whether to post this review on the blog, it’s kind of off genre but perhaps not, as mythology and fantasy tread a similar path and there is witchcraft!  I admit that I purchased this book solely on the cover which is amazing and the first edition print run has the most amazing embossing on the hard cover itself – like Helios himself the sun is luminescent when it shines upon it!

This was my first foray into ancient mythology and I had not read the Song of Achilles first, which I don’t think really matters but it’s likely there will be parity between the tales at some point. I did however, find that this book was really accessible for those who had a little knowledge.  Most people know Zeus and Athena and many will know the stories of Icarus and Deadalus, and Theseus and the Minotaur, and by having just that little bit of understanding made the book all the more joyful to read.

Circe is a tale told in retrospect, a tale of a goddess in exile. Throughout her hundreds of years she is tested and put through trials, often lonely, but not always – and taking the time to learn all that she can about what she truly is, not just a goddess but a witch with a great power. I found it it was a story which ebbed and flowed, much like her life on her island of Aiaia.  There was often a great deal to love, I enjoyed her interactions and reactions to what she learns and also the calmness about her time alone and the knowledge that she has committed wrongs that will endure as a result of her vanity.  I hate to use the Journey word but that it what this story comes down to – as an immortal however, she is a lot more stubborn and has many hundreds of years longer to learn from what has come before, but there is learning and catharsis.

However there was just a little bit too much time spent getting to the place she gets to.  I devoured the first 250 pages, I loved that it was a new genre to me and I was enjoying what I was reading, however, I found the last section lagged and it felt that it was a little repetitive.  She’s stuck on an island so I get that there wasn’t much else to do but sit and wait for people to come to her but I felt that the final section, which was the most poignant could have been wrapped up a little better and without the slight ick factor that I felt about a certain turn of events.

I give this 4* the first 250 pages were 5* all the way but I felt it just stumbled at the last section which was a shame.

Review of Blizzard (Book 2 of the Black Ice Trilogy) by Mikayla Elliot

Desperate to find her niece Neva is willing to do anything to get her back, but the path she follows unveils a dark past with volatile truths, and a present intertwined with unforgiving consequences. In a race against time and dire odds, Neva embarks on a journey that will forever change the lives of those she knows and loves, as well as her own
Blizzard by Mikayla Elliot is another fantastic display of Elliot’s talent and an absolutely awesome roller coaster of evolution. The way she weaves all of these various stories, main character Neva’s as well as all of the support characters and the history of all of the major supernatural species that exist in Auria, is an art form that is often lost in this genre. Maps at the start of the book show the transformation of Auria over centuries. Starkness and beauty, horror and romance all coalesce into a strikingly beautiful and tangible new world while the reader’s view of all of the characters from Book One, Snow, is transformed through the story. As Neva comes to know herself as Kareese, the characters from Snow begin an astonishing metamorphosis. Through visions of the past, the reader is completely reintroduced to characters from the first installment of The Black Ice Trilogy, and Zachariah, Eliza, and Xavier develop whole new emotional attachments to the reader’s heart strings. Zachariah’s is of most interest, but that secret will stay, tucked away from this review, safe in the bindings of Mikayla’s work.
Throughout the book, Neva relinquishes her timid, grief stricken life as a baker and widow to become a strong willed, combat ready female heroine. The tumultuous romantic relationship between Neva and Thedryk is a staunch contrast against the gruesome battle being waged on Reegan’s demonic forces, and it’s deliciously horrifying. The writing in Book Two mirrors the graceful writing in Book One that reminded me so much of Anne Rice – the riveting details, the sensory immersion, the vivid imagery. In Blizzard, the battle scenes played through my head like a scene from The Underworld intermingled with the garb and castles from classics like Dracula or Nosferatu. Although I’m still not completely certain what the titles are building into, why they are associated with snow aside from the series being titled The Black Ice Trilogy, I am absolutely thirsty for more, and this book receives a full five stars. *****

Review of The Bone Roses by Kathryn Lee Martin

Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave. 
But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.

First of all, I have to disagree with the description of this book. I would not classify it as either Steampunk or Western. The fact that people wear buckskins with fringe and have a horse or mule to ride does not make it a Western. And, there was only (maybe) one element of Steampunk-type technology in the whole book. To me, it should be classified as dystopian.

That being said, the story did hold my interest for the most part. But, I really never felt engaged by the characters. The world building was OK, but could have been better. I never really understood a lot of the story. The world has changed and been thrown into constant winter by the eruption of a volcano in Yellowstone. Struggles abound because of the cold temperatures and lack of food that is caused by the weather

Rags is a young woman who was born a slave and rescued by a man called Tracker. She comes to think of him, Sadie and Matthew as her family, since she never really had a family. She and Tracker are Rustlers for Rondo, going out into other settlements to steal supplies.

Hyperion, who is only talked about in the book, is the ruler of everything, demanding that all bow down and pledge allegiance to him. Rondo refuses to worship Hyperion and therefore they are cut off from supplies by the Kingdom. There are hints of Christianity, but it is never really clear in the book. If a whole settlement refuses to worship Hyperion, I think that their faith would be very strong and should be evident throughout the book.

There is a lot of action in the book, but a lot of it dragged for me too. I really wanted to love the book, but just came away liking it. It is well-written and the author does a great job in her descriptions. Not sure if I will continue the series or not. I just never really felt engaged by it that much.


The Bone Roses is currently available through Amazon via Parliament House Publishing

Unboxing of the Frost and Starlight Book and Nook box

Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, the much anticipated and sadly a little maligned bridge novella in the ACOTAR series arrived this month.  Now I have seen a few things come from this release, which I personally adored – firstly a ton of hate, because people can’t read a blurb to understand that it is a BRIDGING NOVELLA and secondly, a ton of subscription boxes making a feature from it.  Whilst I would loved to have had the disposable income for the Illumicrate box, when I saw that Book and Nook were featuring a candle box that not only was ACOFAS based but also their anniversary box, I placed my order straight away!

Now, I’ve had bad times with anniversary boxes of late following the Fairyloot disappointment in March, but I have to say that Book and Nook did an amazing job! Six candles, a mug, a bracelet, 2 quote based bookmarks and a print represented pretty good value, especially as I got shipping paid for by using a rep code. You may remember I got their January Winter Wonderland box which had a fairly snowy themed candle look – but these candles are so colourful!

The Candles: These are all absolutely stunning, glittery wonders! They all smell amazing and my room now smells fabulous from getting them open to describe them.  Solstice Night: The theme of ACOFAS is the lead up to the solstice celebration in Velaris and this candle is fragranced with Raspberry, Myrrh and Cloves and is a beautiful lilac colour with vibrant purple glitter.  Wolf’s Den is an almost suede coloured candle with the most amazing glitter which looks brown at first sight but when you hold it into the light it shines with oranges and pinks – just amazing. Void & Hope refers to one of the more heartbreaking moments in the book and is frangranced with Winter Jasmine, Neroli and Ginger, this is a stunning light blue candle decorated with darker blue glitter.  In contrast Illyrian Traditions refers to one of the more light hearted sections and as the boys play in the snow, as does this with a cream coloured candle with a dusting of almost snow like glitter with a fragrance of Snow, Cyclamen and Trees. Court of Dreams is actually one of my favourite fragrances (which is strange is normally i’m not a fan of vanilla) but the mixture of Grapefruit and Pomelo citrus with it really cuts through the vanilla which I usually find sickly.  The candle is an off white with a mixture of black and silver glitter – it will also sit quite nicely with the Winter Court candle I got in the Winter Wonderland box.  Lastly is Rainbow of Velaris which references the artistic quarter where Feyre felt most at home and is scented with Blackberry, Sweat Peas and Night, it’s a beautiful pale blue candle with light purple glitter which gives the candle an almost swirly effect.  I was disappointed not to get the actual “frost and starlight” candle they designed but it doesn’t detract from the wonderful array I received.

The bookish bits: The main item in this box was a Rhysand and Feyre mug, it’s a simple design with a purple background – it’s really lovely and whilst I’ll never likely use it as a mug, it will make a lovely display piece. A gorgeous silver bracelet with the Night Court insignia (which is all the more amazing as I know they make all the bookish items themselves) and also 2 book marks and a print.  The quotes selected for the book marks are “To the blessed darkness from which we are born and to which we return” and “I love you more than my territory, more than my crown” and one of my favourite from the book adorns the print “You were born on the longest night of the year. You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning”


So there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed my unboxing for this Book and Nook box if you want to check out their candles and candle boxes for yourself then you can find their website here Their processing time is around 2 weeks but their soy candles are hand poured and worth the wait!


Review of Captives by R.A. Denny (Mud, Rocks and Trees book 3)

Spoilers: This is book 3 in the series, please be mindful when continuing on…

“Welcome to Tzoladia!” The city on a hill in the center of the empire dazzles in the sunlight. The rich and powerful citizens live luxurious lives. But for those who arrive as slaves, refugees, or spies, it is a foreboding place. And it is on the verge of war.
“Beware the Gates of Hell!” the wise man warned. Gates will open. Some lead to the depths of the underworld. Some to the bottom of the sea. Some to the heights of power.
Caught up in forces beyond their control, can the three young deliverers break free to find each other? Or will they lose their way?

Captives starts rather ominously, a prologue in the point of view of Moshoi sets the tone that the three have reached a true point of no return on their journeys. We find Brina and the gliders are being sold into slavery, Tuka taking the reigns from Moshoi, with a new ally, and Amanki being thrust into a war. They are all so far removed from their starting point. However I still find the parity between their journeys fascinating and the way the stories are being woven together is fantastic.  You know that they are at times just touching distance from one another but circumstances conspire against them time and time again. The one thing that I am loving is that they are never alone – no matter what happens Adon is truly looking over them and making sure they are supported, even if the source of that support may be unlikely at first.

This book in the story really does convey dread at times and again the parity between them rings true, Amanki must be heart-stoppingly brave (this section is immense with tension!), Brina must endure becoming someone she has fought not to be and Tuka must learn to trust and think quickly.  It also becomes very clear in this book why Metlan has had a voice throughout and his story starts to throw up real questions about the prophecy they are all following with what could potentially be a great twist in the tale in future books.

Whilst reading the first part though, I couldn’t help but think about what baskrod must be thinking about it all. He spent so long carefully laying plans only for them to be foiled right at the start with the webbies disbelief and not packing up when they should have! Everything has just gone downhill from there with missing his connection with Brina, not being there for Moshoi and generally everyone getting in a pickle –  although he’ll probably just chalk it up to Adons plan

As I mentioned before the book feels like the darkest yet but it is also one which has an element of hope to it.  Despite the lack of opportunity to mourn loss and separation, the bad situations our 3 find themselves in do often present with silver linings.  Be it opportunities to learn and discover, or find new friendships which drive them forward – I feel that for the most part they are in a good place and I hope that book 4 gives their paths the opportunity to converge.  One of the most poignant quotes of the book is “nothing unites people like hatred” which really struck a chord and shows that a book based in fantasy actually has quite the finger on the pulse when it comes down to any societies view of people that have differing beliefs.

A solid 4*

Review of Keeper of Crows by Casey L Bond

Carmen Kennedy is a spoiled brat from Beverly Hills with a chip on her shoulder and a cocaine addiction to match. Using drugs to suppress reality, her life is more than she can stomach most days. All she wants is to disappear, and on one fateful night, her wish is granted.
There is a world that exists just beyond the fabric of our own. When Carmen is dragged there against her will, her hopelessness seems to disappear, replaced by a determination to survive. The Keeper of Crows is charged with guarding Carmen, but is safety a possibility in a world so desolate? Can love blossom when danger lies in wait? Together, they fight like hell, seeming to lose more ground than they gain with each battle against the dark enemy threatening to tear them apart. Can love keep her safe? Can it give her the strength she needs?
When the lines between life and death, reality and dream become blurred, who will save the souls trapped in the spaces between Heaven and Hell? Who will save Carmen’s only love, The Keeper of Crows?

I just loved Carmen and The Keeper they are such great and complex characters. Carmen is sassy, speaks her mind and is also lost to who she really is, while The Keeper is doing the job he was given without question even though others that meet him in his world tell him what he is doing isn’t worth it. Carmen’s arrival not only surprises The Keeper as she doesn’t react like others he whispers to but also now he is stuck with her and her mouth/mind questioning everything. They way the story unfold and how we see them both slowly reveal what their real personalities are is great and the mix of other worldly beings, wars, mysteries and a little bit of romance just adds to this fantastic read. I can not wait to read book 2 and see what happens next!


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The Clash Cover Reveal with Kindra Sowder

Title: The Clash
Author: Kindra Sowder
Genre: YA Dystopian
Editor: Edd Sowder
Cover Designer: Rue Volley
Publisher: CHBB
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Beyond enemy lines, death is close at hand.
Mila is a prisoner, captured by King and his men before they could make it to Dead End — the last remaining stronghold of the resistance. Every connection has been severed, new secrets have been unveiled, and all hope seems lost. That is until a defining moment at the Basilica in Washington D.C. where King plans to bring the country to its knees, using her as fuel for the fire.
Her power grows to destructive proportions, setting the stage for an epic final battle that will change the United States forever. Can her group of rag-tag remnants, John Baker included, help her save the country? Or will she crumble to join the ruins of the country she has scarified everything to save?
Find out in the gritty final installment of The Permutation Archives, and ask yourself — What would you sacrifice for freedom?
Kindra Sowder was born and raised in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until the age of 12, when her family moved to Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from high school in 2006 with full honors and as a member of her high school Literary Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In January 2014, she graduated with her second degree in Criminal NeuroPsychology. She married her husband Edd Sowder in May 2014 and still lives in Spartanburg, SC where she is basing Burning Willow Press. Her works have earned multiple award nominations.
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