Sunday, December 30, 2012

Best Reads of 2012

Another year ends and I would like to collect a small list of great reads from 2012. Now, because this is a sort of farewell to 2012 this list will only include works that were published during 2012. Some of them I haven’t reviewed yet, but don’t worry, those are coming. These are organized by genre and then by publication date.

So here I leave you with: The Best (of what I’ve read) of 2012!

Urban Fantasy

The Force of Wind (March 2, 2012)

by Elizabeth Hunter
My rating: ★★★★☆  
Find out more: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads

How far would you go to protect the ones you love? 

What would you sacrifice to kill the one you hate? 

Join Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China and seek the help of an ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they’ve been looking for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret will come to light.

The Force of Wind is the third book in the four-part Elemental Mysteries series. It is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers.

Crimson Midnight (March 15, 2012)

by Amos Cassidy
My rating: ★★★★★  
Find out more: Amazon | Goodreads

Rose wants excitement, bright lights and late nights, but she gets more than she bargained for when she swaps her wholesome country life for the hustle and bustle of London.

The city night is home to hungry shadows, eager to consume her.

Rose discovers there is more to this world than what the mundane eye sees, and that she herself is a part of it. Unexpected friendships are forged and unwanted, sometimes dangerous, attractions flare.

London becomes a playground for magic, danger and supernatural threat. While her life, and those of who she loves, hangs in the balance, she must endeavour to embrace her new nature and assist in identifying the hidden threat before it succeeds in its dark purpose.

An Urban Fantasy filled with moon-praising, flat-dwelling vampires, chic corporate werewolves, bar-tending warlocks, ravenous demons and much, much more.

Step inside…

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: An Enchanted Season by Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and, Jean Johnson

Title: An Enchanted Season
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Length: 341 Pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
Available Format: Kindle Edition, eBook, Paperback, Mass Paperback
Source: Bought
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Get it @: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads

Book Description: (taken from Goodreads)

It's the time of year when dreams come true, miracles happen every day, and love is the greatest gift of all. The holidays always seem to bring out the best in everyone, with heartfelt hugs for long-missed friends, sincere smiles in the spirit of the season, and a feeling of magic in the air...

This scintillating collection of paranormal romances celebrates the holidays as never before. From a shape-shifting leopardess who wants a pack-mate to be her soulmate, to a sudden snowstorm that brings a surprise gift, these four tales will stir readers' spirits in all the right places.

An anthology of Christmas stories, perfect for the holiday season. It includes four shorts: Melting Frosty by Maggie Shayne, Charlotte’s Web by Erin McCarthy, Beat the Temptation by Nalini Singh, and Gift of the Magi by Jean Johnson. Because these are short stories I can’t really tell you what they are about without risking revealing the whole thing up, but I’ll do my best to review them without spoilers.

So I read this book due to the Vet VS Newbies challenge at Goodreads’ Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick Group. The book showcases spirits, witches, werewolves, and the magi and I totally love it. I usually stray away from Christmas books unless I want to read a story from a particular author. It’s nothing against the books, just not what I normally read. Which is why I’m so glad that I was given this book as one of my alternatives, otherwise I would have missed it completely. All four stories are worth the time and can be read in one sitting.

Here is the breakdown:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to You and Your Love Ones

May this Christmas day be filled with happiness, joy, family, friends and all that special people in your life. May you be cover in health, love, kindness, and affection. Regardless of your believes, may this be a merry, merry Christmas...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Let's Talk: Book Déjà Vu

With the end of 2012 approaching lot’s of reading challenges have sprung, most of them are aimed at finishing, or rather, diminishing our eternally growing To-Be-Read (TRB) piles. If you are like me, you have read countless books on the same genres. So I wonder

What book(s) have you read that has one or more element that reminds you of a previous novel? For example, I’m currently reading How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1) by Kerrelyn Sparks [currently $0.99 at Amazon] and I’m at a part that although is not developing the same way, in its essence it reminds me of Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave. Another one was when I began Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series –I love it, but throughout the first three books I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was reading another version of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. So I ask you, which book(s) have you read that gives you a déjà vu?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Blog Tour: Wisteria by Bisi Leyton

Hey Everyone! How have you all been?

Did you read yesterday’s review? Where you intrigued to know more? Well then, I have a treat for you today, Bisi Leyton –author of Wisteria (the first novel in her YA PNR Series– has joined forces with Innovative Online Book Tours and us Bloggers to bring you a taste of the story. And today is your chance to read Wisteria’s Prologue and the complete first chapter.

But before we get to the reading I bet you are wondering who Bisy Leyton is? Well…
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.

She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.
You can find her @:
Now, unto what you want to read ^.^ Enjoy…

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: Wisteria by Bisi Leyton

Title: Wisteria
Series: Wisteria, Book 1
Author: Bisi Leyton
Publisher: Self-Published
Length: Aprox. 275 Pages, 484 KB
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Available Formats: Kindle Edition, eBook
Source: IO Book Tours
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Get it @:
Amazon | Smashwords | Goodreads

Book Description:

Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.

This book is classified as Young Adult Paranormal Romance, and although it fits the bill, the story itself pulls from a wider set of norms. In fact, the novel has many elements of the horror and the sci-fi genre. To begin with, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a scientifically created virus has turned most of humanity into flesh –and brain– eating zombies. Sprinkle the mix with a healthy dose of mostly older sexy teenage aliens and inter-dimensional traveling and you have the recipe for great entertainment.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Long Overdue, Hi Again!

Hello my amazing followers!!!! I know, I know, it's been way too long since the last time I did anything here in the blog. I had no intention to abandon you at all, but college has a way of messing with time frames immensely.

Because of this, and because I still have about one more year and a half to go before I finish my degree I'll remain on and off the blog. I'll will still blog (as well as my sister occasionally) but will not be as frequent as before.

I'll try to be more active, I have a bunch of books that I have read, but I haven't yet reviewed. I'm planning to filter those in as this trimester moves along. Also, there is a new Blog Tour on the horizon due at the end of November (check the Upcoming Tours section on the sidebar for more details).

Now, unto something else I wanted to talk about. I finally fixed the drop down menu! YES! I've been struggling (as you may know) with finding a menu scheme that works correctly. That is, that doesn't drops behind the blog's main bar and side bar. That it actually drops propertly to the sides as I want it to, and most importantly, that is multi-leveled. Yay!! I succeded!!

Please feel free to try out the menu and leave me some feedback in the comments section below. It will be greatly appretiated.

Thanks for this feat goes to Rahul Ippar from Helper Blogger and his post on how to Create Multi Level Drop Down Menu in Blogger. Thanks you so much for that wonderful post. And thank you, my great followers for sticking around all this time ~.^

Monday, September 24, 2012

Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Movie: Resident Evil: Retribution (also: Resident Evil 5)
Genres: Horror, Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Runtime: about 96 minutes
Format: 2D and 3D
Rated: R
Studio: Constantin Film
Country: USA
Language: English
Official Website:

Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Producers: Paul W. S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, Samuel Hadida, Robert Kulzer
Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Shawn Roberts, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing.

Release Date: September 14, 2012
Find it: At your local Cinema
Metacritic: 39/100 (critics); 5.6/10 (users)
Rotten Tomatoes: 27% (critics); 56% (users)
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Hey everybody, let's play "name that quote," shall we? Can you name which character said this particular line and which of the Resident Evil movies is it from?
"You are all going to die down here!"
Well, if you said "The Red Queen, Resident Evil 1," you are CORRECT!! Congratulations! You are either a fan of the movie franchise or well acquainted with your pop culture.

If your answer was "The Red Queen, Resident Evil: Retribution (or RE: 5)," you are most certainly CORRECT as well. Congratulations! You have officially been tortured at the movie theater.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

Title: A Hidden Fire
Series: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Publisher: E. Hunter
Length: 423 Pages
Publication Date: October 13, 2011
Available Formats: Paperback, Kindle Edition, eBook
Source: Bought for Free
My Rating: ★★★¾☆☆
Get it @: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Goodreads
Worth Noted: As off January 5, 2013 the book remains free in both Amazon and Smashwords.

Book Description:

"No secret stays hidden forever."

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.

A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers. It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series.

I read this novel as part of Katie's Kick'n It Free-Style at Gotta Have Paranormal with a Kick. The challenge consisted of four groups of readers, each one with a randomly assigned book (that had been previously suggested). The books had to be free eBook downloads from the major book selling sites (mostly Amazon and B&N). My team, Feisty Femme Fatales, was assigned A Hidden Fire. NOTE: The tallies are up and our book won the challenge, it was the book with the overall best rating!!

I enjoyed the story, the author managed to refresh a concept that has, lately, become a bit overdone; I tip my hat to her for achieving this. It has many memorable characters in its roaster. Beatrice (or B, as she prefers to be called) is a strong female character and a great lead to the story. Gio is, well, he is complicated... Gio begins as a strong character, but there is one particular moment after which my perspective on him changes 180°. Among the rest of the characters we have Carwyn, one of Gio's best vampire friend, -and in my honest opinion- one of the best characters of the series. Did I mention he is a priest? Yup, he is both a priest and a vampire with a particular taste for Hawaiian shirts. Other great characters include Isadora (Beatrice's grandmother) and Caspar (Gio's butler/son/human best friend/ehh... you get the picture).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Crimson Darkness

Hey there my amazing followers and lurkers. How have you all been lately? Welcome back to another wonderful blog tour. Today's authors are visiting us for the third time; this time to promote their sequel novel Crimson Darkness, which will be released as soon as September 1st, 2012.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because they also dropped by recently to give me and small group of bloggers an exclusive look at the book's Cover Real. (Psst... want to take a peek at the cover? CLICK ON THIS LINK, let that be our little secret).

So who's visiting us today you may ask? Well, not one, but two authors; the writing duo of Amos Cassidy. And for their visit they are giving you, my amazing readers, a never before published scene from their debut novel Crimson Midnight, the first book on the Crimson series. You can read my review of Crimson Midnight HERE. You can also drop by and read the author interview from the previous tour HERE.

Now, without further ado, I leave you in the hands of Amos Cassidy:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blog Tour: The Viking's Witch

Welcome back my amazing followers, today I have another author Spotlight for you. We are being visited today by Kelly A Wilkins, who’s touring the blog-o-sphere promoting her new novel, a Historical Fiction named The Viking’s Witch.

Who's the Author?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Dragon's Teeth

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Journey with Words and another great Blog Tour. Today I'm presenting you to indie author Suzanne van Rooyen and her debut novel Dragon's Teeth. Let's give her a warm welcome!!

Suzanne grew up in the urban sprawl of Johannesburg, South Africa where she studied music and penned a few angsty poems. After a brief stint in Australia, Suzanne settled in Finland where she completed a Master's degree in music and started writing in earnest.

Suzanne now works as a freelance writer, author and part-time dance teacher. Her short stories have appeared in Golden Visions Magazine, Cast of Wonders, and Earthbound Fiction among others. When not writing she strums away at her guitar and entertains her shiba inu, Lego.

She brings us a cyberpunk story as her debut novel.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cover Reveal: Crimson Darkness

Hello my amazing followers and lurkers. Lately things have been moving a bit slow here at Journey with Words; but today I have a cover reveal for you. The great due of writers Amos Cassidy has written their sequel to Crimson Midnight, so without further ado, here it is!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Quidditch through the Ages

Title: Quidditch through the Ages
Series: Harry Potter Companions Book, 2
Author: Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Length: 56 pages
Publication Date: September, 2001
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback
Source: Borrowed
My Rating: ★★★★★
Get it @: Amazon | Book Depository

Book Description:

If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through The Ages. This limited edition is a copy of the volume in Hogwarts School Library, where it is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world – work that is even more important and astonishing than the three-and-a-half-second capture of the Golden Snitch by Roderick Plumpton in 1921. – Albus Dumbledore

I confiscated this book along with many others from my sister’s collection out of boredom. xD

Quidditch Through The Ages is a must have for all fans of the sport. Whether new to this sport or a lifelong fanatic this is a valuable addition to anybody’s personal collection.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's Official, We Have a Policy!

Hello everyone, I wanted to late you know that I finally added the policy to the blog. It's a bit long, but you can use the links to jump to the various sections more quickly if you want to start out of order.

Just click any of the navigation links to reach a section:

Then, click on the arrow on the bottom right corner of your screen to come back up:

If you have any comments or questions drop them on the comments section below

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog Tour: Circe by Jessica Penot

Hello again my amazing followers, today we are welcoming another great author who's promoting her book, a psychological thriller called Circe.

What is Circe exactly? Here is the book's description:
Dr. Black is a good man with a few vices. He is willing to sacrifice his career for his wife, Pria. He takes an internship at a hick institution in Southern Alabama to make his wife happy, but once he is situated in this old hospital, he finds that old habits die-hard. He is sexually compulsive and easily seduced by his supervisor, Cassie, who takes him to the bowls of the institution and shows him its tragic history. As Dr. Black loses himself in his obsession with Cassie, he becomes convinced that she is the key to Circe's mythology and magic and a series of bizarre murders leaves him convinced that she has opened the gates to another world. Madness and sanity begin to blur for Dr. Black and he becomes entangled in the mystery at the heart of Circe. A mystery that's as old as the ancient hospital itself. A mystery that could incriminate Cassie, an old god, or Dr. Black himself.
So without further ado, please welcome Jessica Penot, who will talk to us today about...

The Characters of Circe

I have written many books at this point and I think Circe is my best novel. It wasn’t the easiest to write, but it is my best novel. As I begin to read reviews of Circe, I realize that what made it so hard to write is that it was driven by an antihero. It is driven by a man who isn’t likeable and who is utterly, tragically flawed. He struggles with his own flaws and at times, he wants to be good, but his struggle is as doomed as he is. Writing a character like this was difficult. It is hard to find the shades of gray in such a character, to trace back to the childhood tragedies and black cognitions that make such a man. It is also difficult to make a character like this readable and interesting enough to be compelling. I think I accomplished this.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Title: Touched by an Alien
Series: Katherine “Kitty” Kat, Book 1
Author: Gini Koch
Publisher: Daw Books
Length: 400 Pages
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Reviewed Format: Mass Market Paperback, Kindle Edition, eBook
Source: Bought
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Get it @: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads

Book Description:

How can a sexy marketing manager join forces with an Alpha Centauri male in Armani to save the planet-using hairspray, a Mont Blanc pen, and rock n' roll?

She's Touched by an Alien

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down.

In the middle of the chaos a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

Some background required

This book was a challenge pick thanks to the ladies at Gotta Have Paranormal with a Kick. The challenge (a sort of secret Santa) was to choose three books that you know you enjoyed and hide them under a spoiler tag. After submissions closed, every individual was assign a number, the numbers where scrambled (so that none of us had our own selections) and the number stealing began. After everyone had “stole” a different number the books where revealed. I ended up with these three selections:

Since I already plan on reading Gena Showalter’s books, and after reading all the descriptions of every first book of all three series, I went with the one that was a complete unknown to me but that it still hooked me. As per the rules, I grabbed book 1 on the series.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tour Stop: The 5 Moons of Tiiana

Welcome back my amazing followers and lurkers. Today I'm welcoming author Paul T. Harry, who's on a Blog Tour Showcasing his new novel, The 5 Moons of Tiiana.

The book is a Science Fiction with added Adventure, Mystery, and Romance, that has excitement mixed with drama and humor. The story is targeted to “young-hearted individuals with open and active imaginations—ones who are seeking an adventuresome read” as explained by the author.

You guys might want to mark your calendars. The 5 Moons of Tiiana will be available for FREE for one day only on July 31, 2012 as special promotion at Amazon. 

Who is Paul T. Harry?

Paul T. Harry attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as an English major with a theater arts minor before beginning his career as a writer and music producer. He also worked as an editor with Second Avenue Songwriter’s magazine and has spent the last 30 years writing novels, screenplays and short stories. Paul is married with four children and resides in Gold Canyon, outside Phoenix.

So what exactly is The 5 Moons of Tiiana?

The 5 Moons of Tiiana is a science fiction narration on a soldier caught in the middle of an interstellar war, faced with rescuing the princess he loves, and solving an ancient alien mystery that might bring peace to the galaxy.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chit-Chatting: Was biblical Cain the first Vampire?

*Stands in the road looking at the passersby wondering the best way to approach. The proverbial light bulb goes on and she says...*

Hello my amazing followers, I have a questions that I will love to ask you. I'm hoping that I can engage you in conversation; get to know your opinions a bit better. So...

What's your take on the whole "Cain as the original Vampire" trend that's going around?

I just began a vampire book called Grace Through Blood, and the very first thing that can be read is a Bible quote (the book only uses verses 10, 12 and 15):

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Interview with John Raab from Suspense Magazine

I want to ask you all, how many of you love a good Mystery and Suspense story? I’m not sure if it’s just curiosity or what exactly, but sometimes I love to read (or watch) a good story that scares me or that keeps me at the edge of my seat. If I get the opportunity to read it for free, well, even better. That is exactly what Green Lake it’s building up to be, a great and thrilling read. Green Lake it’s a special, ongoing project by the creators of Suspense Magazine; a website dedicated to, like the name suggests, suspense, mystery, horror and thriller fiction. And today we welcome the magazine’s own CEO and Publisher, Mr. John Raab.

Me: First of all welcome to Journey with Words and thank you for stopping by today.

John: Thank you for having me here, I’m delighted to stop by.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

John: I’m the CEO / Publisher of Suspense Magazine. Not only am I a fan of books, but also sports and music. I’m married with four children and live in Los Angeles, CA. Other than that, I’m a pretty boring person on the outside, but my brain won’t stop working and always think of new ways to scare people.

Q: For those who haven’t heard from Suspense Magazine yet, what can you tell us about it? How long have it been running?

John: Suspense Magazine is a monthly magazine that is dedicated at bringing the inside information on the suspense / mystery / thriller / horror genre. We started the magazine almost five years ago and have been fortunate to not only still be around, but grow to 17 countries. We are an all-electronic magazine, giving us the ability to spread out to the entire globe and cover the genre from many angles. The publishing world today is so crazy, keeping up with it is a difficult task in itself.

Q: There are so many great articles on the magazine, how do you narrow down and choose what goes and what stays for each issue?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Standing Up from the Crowd

Product: Kindle Touch Skin (Goth Forest & Flower of Fire)
Brand: Decalgirl
Front: 6 ½ inches long x 4 ½ inches wide
Back (main): 5 ¾ inches long x 4 ½ inches wide
Top & Speaker Strips (back): Less than ½ inch long x 4 ½ inches wide
My Rating: ★★★★★
Get them @: Amazon
Goth Forest
Flower of Fire
I bought two of these items for Xmas, one for me and one as a gift for my sister. For me I chose Decalgirl Kindle Touch Skin - Goth Forest and for my sister I bought Decalgirl Kindle Touch Skin - Flower of Fire. They both look amazing and they both fit perfectly in the kindle. The colors are very vibrant and simply beautiful. The underside of the stickers seems to be vinyl, yet the stickers I got are matte. It comes with a paper with instructions on how to apply it, but I suggest that you watch the video tutorial on the item's page; it’s far more descriptive than the three step page.

Review: Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

Title: Friday Night Bites
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 2
Author: Chloe Neill
Publisher: New American Library (NAL)
Length: 357 Pages
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
Available Formats: Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Kindle Edition, ePub, Audiobook
Source: Bought
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Get it @: Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads

Book Description:


You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us blood-sucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite —fending off paparazzi, who are only slightly less dangerous than cross-and-stake-wielding slayers. Don’t get me wrong. Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side by side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle… yet.

All that will change once they learn about the Raves, mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior –but that doesn’t make good copy for first-time reporter looking to impress his high-society family.

So now my “master” —centuries-old yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan— wants me to reconnect with my own upper-class family and act as a liaison between humans and vampires… and to keep the unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice —someone with an ancient grudge.

They say that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what happens when life unexpectedly decided to give you fangs? Well, you pack your sarcasms as close to heart as possible, you make sure your secret chocolate stash is safe, you strap on your katana and ready yourself to go straight into the lion’s den.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Products Index

Occasional reviews of everyday products. I buy them, use them and then let you know my opinions on them. This are not supplied products by anybody.

Kindle Touch
Timbuk2 Kindle Touch Envelope Sleeve
Decagirl Kindle Touch Screen

Perfect Fit!

Product: Timbuk2 Kindle and Kindle Touch Envelope Sleeve
Brand: Timbuk2
8 inches long,
5 ¾ inches wide; when closed,
8 ½ inches wide; when open,
About ¾ of an inch thick on the er... thickest part (the flap when closed).
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Get them @: Amazon (follow the links below)

The Kindle, regardless of the model, is such a fragile equipment that it is recommended to get it a good cover if you plan to tow it back and forth. And a big part of the allure of the kindle (of any reading device really) is the portability and book capacity. So when I bough me and my sister a kindle accessories where necessary.
This part review is for the Timbuk2 Kindle and Kindle Touch ENVELOPE SLEEVE, Grey/Cold Blue.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Ordered alphabetical (not counting the articles 'the', 'a', 'an') according to Series. Hyperlinked author's names will take you to said author's interview. 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Standalones

Series in Chronological Order

Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
#10 - Lover Reborn
Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa
#1 - The Immortal Rules#2 - The Eternal Cure
Cassie Palmer Series by Karen Chance
#1-4 - Cassie Palmer Bundle
Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
#1 - Some Girls Bite #2 - Friday Night Bites
The Color Guard by Susan Firtik
#1 - Evangelina Green
The Crimson Series by Amos Cassidy
#1 - Crimson Midnight
Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
#1 Divergent
Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter
#1 - A Hidden Fire
Eleven Chronicles by M.A. Abraham
# 1 - Gabriel
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
#1 - Darkfever
#2 - Bloodfever
#3 - Faefever
The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
#1 - The Giver 
Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh
#1 - Angels’ Blood
#2 - Archangel’s Kiss
#3 - Archangel’s Consort
#4 - Archangel’s Blade
Archangel’s Flight (Anthology; Novellas: 0.5, 1.5, 4.5, 4.75 ) (coming soon)
Harry Potter Companions by J.K. Rowling
#2 - Quidditch Through the Ages 
His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
#1 - Grave Mercy
House of Comarré by Kristen Painter
#1 - Blood Rights
Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
#2 - Inkspell
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
#1 - Hounded
Katherine "Kitty" Kat by Gini Koch
#1 - Touched by an Alien 
Lace by Adriane Leigh
#1 - Steel and Lace
The Last of the Kimeiji by Francisco Muñiz
#1 - The Quest for the Last Kimeiji
Lilith Straigh by Michelle Scott
#1 - Straight to Hell
Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks
#1 - How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire 
Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen
#1 - Club Monstrosity
Murphy Sisters by Erin McCarthy
#1 - Charlotte's Web (Short Story)
#2 - Christmas Bree (Short Story) (coming soon)
Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
#0.5 - Reckoning (Novella)
#6.5 - The Bite Before Christmas (Novella)
Night Prince by Jeaniene Frost
#1 - Once Burned
Persephone’s League of Immortals by Andrea Heltsley
#1 - Dreamwalker
Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh
#0.5 - Beat of Temptation (Short Story)
#1 - Slave to Sensation
The Riser Saga by Becca C. Smith
#1 - Riser
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
#1 - The Bad Beginning
#2 - The Reptile Room
#3 - The Wide Window
#4 - The Miserable Mill
Twist of Fates by Jolyn Palliata
#1 - Connected (Short Story)
An Unfortunate Fairy Tale by Chanda Hahn
#1 - UnEnchanted 
Wisteria Series by Bisi Leyton
#1 - Wisteria
Witches Knot by Lauren Dane
#1 - Triad
Standalone Books
Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson
The City of Eternal Hope by Rina Grant
Dark Light by Carl Hose
Embraced by the Shadows by Mayra Calvani
Gifts of the Magi by Jean Johnson (found in the anthology An Enchanted Season)
Melting Frosty by Maggie Shayne (found in the anthology An Enchanted Season)
The One Worth Finding by Teresa Silbestern
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
A Story Not Wished to be Read by Nicola Black
Take Me by Grace Samuels
Teddy Bears and Tea Parties by S. Boyd Taylor
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Reviews by Author

Ordered alphabetically (not counting the articles 'the', 'a', 'an') according to Authors First Name or Initial. Hyperlinked author's names will take you to said author's interview. 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Amos Cassidy
Adriane Leigh
Andrea Heltsley
  • Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals, Book 1)
Becca C. Smith
  • Riser (The Riser Saga, Book 1)
Bisi Leyton
Carl Hose
Caroline Hanson
Chanda Hahn

Chloe Neill
Cornelia Funkie

Elizabeth Hunter
Erin McCarthy
Francisco Muñiz
Giny Koch
Grace Samuels


J.K. Rowling
J.R. Ward
Jean Johnson
Jeaniene Frost
Jesse Petersen 
Jolyn Palliata
Julie Kagawa
Karen Chance
Karen Marie Moning
Kerrelyn Sparks

Kevin Hearne
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1)
Kristen Painter
Lauren Dane
  • Triad (Witches Knot, Book 1) 
Lemony Snicket
Lois Lowry
M.A. Abraham
  • Gabriel (Elven Chronicles, Book 1)
Maggie Shayne

Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Max Brooks
Mayra Calvani
Michelle Scott
Nalini Singh
Nicola Black



Rina Grant
Robin LaFevers
S. Boyd Taylor
Susan Firtik
Teresa Silberstern

Veronica Roth




Saturday, July 14, 2012

Past Giveaways

Want to know what event's have been hosted here on Journey with Words? Clicking on the images will take you to the event's post.


Past Blog Hops

Want to know what event's have been hosted here on Journey with Words? Clicking on the images will take you to the event's post.

My To-Read Pile

Anna Dressed in Blood
Hidden in the Amethyst.
Out of the Shadows
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript
The Book Thief
The 12th Year Awakening
Of Eternal Life
Love Chosen
Allesandra's Bequest
Crimson Darkness
Sweet Blood of Mine
Book of Shadows
Clockwork Prince
The Third Fate
Remedy Maker
Hunters of the Dark Omnibus 1
The Department of Magic
Shadow Visions
Bad Blood

Mel's favorite books »


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