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ATTENTION AUTHORS!

Hello, fellow indie and self-published authors! Starting as of April the 1st, 2018 I, Ally K. (officially known as Alexandra Krainyukhova) ...

Thursday, 22 February 2018

#39 Blog Tour! Bleeding Hearts by Dana Louise Provo



Bleeding Hearts

By Dana Louise Provo

A new adult romantic suspense novel

Published by Clean Reads

Orphaned at
an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find
that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome
stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with
Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.
Red roses, a
reminder of her parents' killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as
one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes
an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not
only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.
Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments
shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring
police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must
revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant
fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police
catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37882982-better-than-this?from_search=true 


EXCERPT:
My arm trembles as I grip the cool handle of my pistol,
keeping a firm grasp to ensure it doesn’t slip out of my sweaty hand. It
usually stands sentry in my left nightstand to scare the nightmares away. But
this isn’t a dream. The room is dark and hides the face of the man whose intent
is to kill me. But I know who he is. A metallic taste fills my mouth; I want to
gag. My blood drips off the blade in his hand in slow, steady beats on the
carpet. My arms shake as I lift the barrel and point it in his direction. He
doesn't move. His heavy breaths alert me to the meager distance between us.
We’re at a stalemate.
A soft glow from the lamppost just outside my window casts a
sliver of light on his face. His dark, beady eyes that I have grown to know
rake over my body like I'm another one of his many victims. He lifts the edges
of his mouth into a smile. My heart plunges into my stomach. I know what that
sinister expression means, and I think back to all the times he had looked at
me like that before. I had been so blind.
Before I react he lunges at me, grabbing onto my waist and
twisting me to the ground. I shriek as my head slams against the bed frame.
Black spots flood my vision. I squeeze my hand only to find it empty. My gun is
gone. The sound of the knife clattering on the floor gives me slight hope. Not
much though. He climbs up my body trying to pin my arms to the floor. I thrash
my fists around, desperate to knock him off.
“Get off!” I scream, pulling on his shirt and kicking him
off balance. Wrapping his hands around my arms, my attacker cuts off the
circulation of blood. Rug burns flare across my skin as he drags me across the
carpet. He closes his hands around my neck, shutting off my air supply. I pull
at his hands but it's no use; he has always been stronger than me. My pulse
drums a frantic beat in my ears. The air slowly leaks out from my lungs,
killing any hope I may have left. I search for the gun around the room; it may
be my only savior now.
"Why are you doing this?" I struggle to get the
words out. He squints his dark eyes. I'm wondering if there might be a chance
that he will stop this madness. I am wrong.
"It'll be over soon, sweetheart." His hands again
tighten around my neck, blocking the air from entering my lungs.


About the Author



Dana Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel, Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.

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Friday, 16 February 2018

#38 Review | The Face Beneath (The Broken Series) by Amelia Legend





Here's the review of the first book (The Face You See)

The Face Beneath              ★★★★
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After years of escaping the past, Danielle Lee decides to return home where she is confronted with facing the people she left behind, including Reed Fischer. 
For four years, Reed has been trying to get over his first love, but that feat is made impossible when Dannie unexpectedly walks back into his life. Trying his best to move on, Reed ignores her existence, but she’s suddenly everywhere he is. A friendship blossoms…until feelings start to blur. Remnants of how they used to be together are still there, but Reed can’t forget how much Dannie hurt him when she left, and Dannie is still struggling with her secretive history while living with the aftermath of an assault by an obsessed stalker. With the help of her best friends, Melody and Jemma, Dannie is on the path to healing…until the past meets the present, and she comes face-to-face with the one person she hoped never to see again.
The Face Beneath shares the tale of a young woman trying to overcome a traumatic childhood while living with PTSD, but with the love and support of her friends, she finds hope and the courage to face her past, confront her fears, and live again.
I have only one thing to say - I love this so much, that I can't even believe that no publishing house found this wonderful novel and didn't publish it for mass production!

Finally I did this, I apologize for being so late, life happens and some changes do require attention and time. Without further ado, let's get right into the review! 

CHARACTERS

  • Danielle (Dannie) - a wonderful, warm, strong you woman. Even though she had it very rough she is one of the strongest characters I've seen, by this I mean real character strength. Figuring out how to get though situations like hers is really hard and Amelia Legend made a great job at writing everything just the right way. Even though this is fiction, it feel so real, that you can't hold off your own emotions and support for this girl.
  • Reed - girls, this is your definit next bookish crush, I assure you, you won't be able to withstand his charm, loyalty and sweetness. He is the most understanding and supporting fictional man you can think of. This might sound unbelievable, but he also feels like a real person, even though he seems so perfect, his flaws show that he's as human as anyone else. Because the story is viewed through three perspectives (including Reed) we see how much he is struggling throughout novel. This is what really makes me feel SO emotional when reading.
  • Nick - I have only one thing to say without spoiling you guys - he is the worst person you can think of, just an asshole without borders.
  • Jem - not much to say about her, only that she is a hell of a friend, supporting, brave and protective in her own, personal way.
  • Melody - I loved her in the first book, in the second there wasn't that much of her to see, but her empathetic and sweet nature still leaves you with smiles and "awws".

PLOT

  • Pacing - very smooth and to the point, I had no trouble getting back into Dannie's world, the author did an excellent job with the flow!
  • Twists and turns - I was shocked when I least expected it! Not only did I appreciate the plot line going crazy, but also the emotional impact of everything that happened.
  • Depth and meaning - I said it before and I will say it again, I love this book because it has so much meaning to it, it unravels so many serious topics in the most gentle way, showing us the importance of friendship, support, love and life itself. I love this story so much because it reminds you how many good things you have in life and you should appreciate them!

ALL IN ALL

I loved the first novel, I love the sequel! The Face You See and The Face Beneath are the best contemporaries I've ever read, and I loved them fully, for a person who's not a fan of contemporaries that means a lot. I recommend these two books to everyone, it has everything, it's perfect - the good AND the bad. Only one warning, this story has PTSD, OCD and rape involved in it, so if that is something you hate in books - better stay away. For everyone else - these two novels are a MUST READ!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

#36 Review | Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

     Aversion              ★★★★☆
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For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
Okay, I must say that this novel caught me off guard! I didn't expect it to be this good, I actually didn't expect it to be any good, I don't really know why exactly but that's what I thought when I received this book. But man was I mistaken!

VIDEOS

CHARACTERS

  • Gemma - at first I really disliked her and it was hard for me not to be annoyed by her, because she's so "I'm a loner" type of character in not the best way, which kinda pissed me off in the beginning, but then I got used to it and she improved throughout the book. So yeah, she's a very decent character with strong characteristics and well thought out story line.
  • Russ - probably my favourite character in this novel! I loved everything about him, he was so cute and so sweet and... ugh, girls you really wanna get to know this character, might as well be your next bookish crush!
  • Gemma's father - even though I understand his logic, I still didn't like the fact that he lied to Gemma throughout her life. It's not something a parent should do. Kinda selfish character, didn't like him as much, but still understand where his choices come from.
  • Antagonist - I do not even remember the name of the antagonist (shame on me), I blame my bad memory! The antagonist himself was quite interesting and I liked how the story unravelled with him.

Was he really asking me to go to his house and meet his mother? What teenage boy in his right mind did that?  

PLOT

  • Pacing - it was quick and easy to read, so can't say anything bad about that.
  • Twists - I must say, due to the originality of the story the twists were unexpected and remarkably well thought through.
  • Relationship line - I loved how the relationship unravelled between Gemma and Russ, it so sweet and so lovable, well done Kenechi Udogu!

WHAT I LIKED

  • I loved how loyal Russ is, it is so refreshing to see a character with so much faith in another character, it is so good, you feel the sweetness in the story.
  • Mystery behind EVERYTHING - I love how the story unfolds and when we get an answer to a mystery, a whole new set of questions appear, and that comes forth like a domino effect.
  • The plot overall - I love how original this was, so new and fresh, like a watermelon on a hot summer day.

WHAT I DISLIKED

  • Gemma at the start - quite annoying, but that's just me.
  • The side characters - that's simply because they are unmemorable, I don't even remember most of the side characters, but that doesn't really take away from the story overall.

ALL IN ALL

I am giving this novel 4.5 stars, I will definitely continue on with the series and will let you guys know what I think of it when I finish the whole series. Until then - read the book, I would recommend it to everyone, but I'm not sure that it's a read for absolutely everyone. If you like urban fantasy/paranormal, if you like VERY sweet romance, or if you like characters that grow and learn and all that - then it's a definite YES, read it please.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

ATTENTION AUTHORS!

Hello, fellow indie and self-published authors!
Starting as of April the 1st, 2018 I, Ally K. (officially known as Alexandra Krainyukhova) will be accepting requests for translation!
If you would like a carefully and well written translation of your fiction novel (English into Russian) for a decent price, then do not miss the chance to send out your request after the 1st of April.
We all know that editing and translation are a high cost service in the publishing world, and not everyone can afford it. Well, I would like to offer you, my lovely, independent author, a chance to get your story translated into the Russian language.
A little background. I have been working as a TECHNICAL translator for a year now, my work had me translating mostly documents and other, rather boring, things. I have decided to provide my services to you for a much lower cost than usual. Of course the year I have been working as a translator is only the official part. Before I had years of practice, helping out my father at work. All his work related mail was filtered by me, translated and edited.
Now, you're probably wondering, why the lower cost? Just because I understand how hard it is to get your work published, and, as strange as it might seem, I just want to help. But sadly I cannot do this for free, as it is a rather time consuming matter.
When usually the cost for this service is counted my word, I will be counting only your pages (of course only the pages that have words in them). Only because a longer book would mean more time to spend on it. For shorter books the opposite applies.
When in the end the usual price for a translation of a 200 page book would be more than 1000$, I will take into account your request and your page count.
Finally the cost for one page would be approximately 1$. Meaning the total for a 200 page translation will be 200$. I know it's still quite pricey, yet I cannot afford lowering the price myself. Time and money are time and money, you cannot change economics.
I hope this will be helpful for you, my dear authors. I will be creating a page for you to see more detailed information by the end of march. Please, remember not to send out any requests until the officially declared date. All requests sent out before this date, will be ignored.
I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year.