Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Deadwood Hunter Series Blog Tour ~*~* Rachel Raithby~*~*








Please note this book will be free from 30th to 2nd due to Amazon's
Rachel wanted it to be free for the whole tour

Lexia thought she was normal, ordinary...
Lincoln thought he'd spend the rest of his life seeking revenge... HTML Code: Please check the post after you paste it into your website. Sometimes the formatting can go funny and things are shifted. Feel free to make any adjustments that might be needed. What would you do if the person you loved was your enemy? When Lexia snuck out one night to go to a party, she hardly expected to be attacked by vampires. Much less be able to kill them with her bare hands. That night triggers events Lexia can't escape and soon she struggles to keep up a facade around her friends and family. And then there's Lincoln; she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But Lexia senses he wants something more dangerous than a simple romance. Lincoln has secrets and what she learns changes her life forever. A story of love, loss and betrayal. Only one thing is certain, Lexia and Lincoln’s lives will never be the same again.



5 Book Rating!

Sky's thoughts: I absolutely love this story!  HOT HOT HOT! We are provided with an exhilarating story chock-full of action, lust, and mystery as we follow heroine Lexia on her journey as she makes a new discovery in a moment of desperate survival. She has no idea what's happening to her or what she's becoming, but she feels the certain darkness that begins to overwhelm her soul.
I am always a sucker for panther -- or any feline for that matter-- shape shifter. So I was incredibly happy with a new dangerous hero to be added on to the very prestigious list of book boyfriends we adore! He's protective, handsome, and sure knows how to make a girl sweat.
There are many hardships Lexia is forced to overcome as soon she learns more about her history, her mother, what she is. You have to feel sorry for her, everything around her is just crumbling with this new found darkness that she just cannot control. What she would give to just go back to living a normal life, giggling over mundane and other girly things with her best friend Alice, and go back to living her quiet life with her single father.
After certain events, the darkness pulls her in, and this is where I am excited to see what happens next! We will be anxiously waiting over at the Booknatics, just LOVED this story!
Rachel has a VERY promising career ahead of her as an author, and I am excited to see where this series takes us, the reader, as well!
She know's what really captures a girls heart when it comes to a book, and she writes it WELL!




Krystles thoughts: I was given this early release copy by the author for an honest review and.....I freakin loved it!!!  This is Rachel Raithby's debut book, and it really seems like she's been writing for years; it was that good!

Lexia seems like your normal/basic teenager that's about to graduate, until 3 vampires corner and attack her; she knows her life is over then from out of nowhere she realizes that she has these 'Superhuman Traits' and is able to defeat them with her bare hands. Off in the distance, a shifter-panther named Lincoln watches and can't believe what he's seeing. A Hunter.... Who's trained to kill off his kind.. He wants to kill her, but he wants to learn a little bit about her first so he starts hanging around, pretending to be passing thru town. What he wasn't expecting was for Lexia to be so alive, so to speak, you'll know what I mean when you read his meaning for her, and he falls for her.


The chemistry that these two have for each other is OHMIGOD!!! It was pretty hot! Like...Really hot! I was not expecting that at all, reading along, reading, reading....and whoa...WHOA!!! I loved it! :) I liked Lexia's Best friend Alice as well, hopefully we'll see more of her in the next book since she's now a huge part of Lex's and Linc's supernatural world.

I really loved how Ms. Raithby had Lincoln able to shift at will, and he could become part panther, instead of full on panther. For instance, his claws would rip thru his fingertips so he could climb as human form, etc... That was pretty neat and different, also loved how he would light up all over when he did shift. When Lexia would go in 'Hunter Mode' I swear, I could picture her becoming more buff, taller, faster, just deathly with her eyes blazing yellow. She described the fight scenes very well, I could picture them all fighting in my head like watching a movie.. Let's just say that I hope Lexia's evil B**** mother gets what she deserves, HA!

Rachel's writing is very fresh and fun

Book 2 Whispers of Darkness

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All Lexia ever wanted was to graduate from high school and leave Deadwood. Now she would give anything to have her quiet life back
HTML Code: Please check the post after you paste it into your website. Sometimes the formatting can go funny and things are shifted. Feel free to make any adjustments that might be needed. Her Father was murdered and her best friend, Alice kidnapped. With the help of Lincoln, the Panther Shifter she has fallen in Love with; they rescue Alice. But rescuing her wasn't as easy as first thought and Lexia and Lincoln barely make it out alive. Lexia met her Mother, the Mother she thought had left her as a baby. But Secrets unravel and Lexia learns who she really is. Her Mother created her and she was created for one purpose only... Darkness. Follow Lexia as she runs from her Mother and the fate she set for her. Can Lexia fight the Darkness within her? Can she have the 'happily ever after'" she wants? Only one thing is certain, sacrifices will be made and lives will be lost.
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5 Book Rating!


I received an ARC of Whispers of Darkness in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, it's awesome!!!

Book 2 of the 'Deadwood Hunter Series' has the same great qualities of book 1. It's action-packed with very steamy scenes between Lexia “The almighty Hunter/Wildcat” and Linc, Lexia's “Pretty Panther”. In this book, Lexia has grown stronger from her Hunter side and is more powerful than ever! And boy is she Hell-bent on stopping the one person responsible for making her this way... and that person is Lucy Hunter, aka, Mommy Dearest.

There are some returning characters from book one, as well as some new ones added in set out to help Lexia and Lincoln on their quest to stop Lexia's crazy mother Lucy. I love Caden and Caleb. Cade is a sweetheart who'll go thru hell and back to help his childhood friend Linc, and Caleb is an older shifter who was Linc's fathers second in command back when there used to be a pack... Back when Linc's parents were alive. I'm glad we got to learn more of Lincoln's back-story in this book.

I'm also intrigued by Lucy's pet Derrick, I came to really like his character and hope we see more of him in the final installment to this series.

As the book goes on, we see Lexia warring with herself, with the darkness inside of her. She knows the hunter side of Maura is trying to take over the sweet side of Lexia and ruin it with the blackness of the hunter ways. Her mother would be so proud.

I have to say, I loved how the book ended!!!

I named you Maura for the darkness you will bring to this world”

Like in Lexia, there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. I just love the things that come out of Lexias mouth, she sure is one snarky girl! Ms. Raithby does a fine job describing the scenes and the surroundings of the book, prepare to have a blanket handy while'll need it when you get to the snowy/forest scenes!! Great, unique story by a very creative mind, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all ends. Even though it will be sad and there will probably be a book hangover involved ha!

Born and raised in the UK, Rachel now lives in Australia with her husband, kids and imagination. She loves nothing more than to escape the world writing stories or reading a good book. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy and is the Author of The Deadwood Hunter Series.

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  1. Have you always had a passion for writing?

I’ve always had a passion for reading but I didn’t start writing until Lexia popped into my head, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I’ve never looked back

  1. Are any of your characters inspired by real people?

No they just appear in my head one day and I go from there, they have their own personality, I am sure my husband thinks I’m mad when I talk about my characters, like they are real people!

  1. Do you know where your stories are going from the start or do you go on the journey as much as the reader does?

Sometimes, it all depends on the character. Lexia came to me half way through the story, whereas the WIP, I’m working on now started at the beginning and I’m slowly starting to see how there story will unfold.

  1. How long did it take you to write LEXIA and WHISPERS OF DARKNESS?

I started Lexia in Nov 2012 and published it July 2103, I also planned a wedding and got married whilst writing LEXIA too! I shocked myself at how fast I finished. Whispers of Darkness I started straight after Lexia was published, there were a few months in between when I had morning sickness, I then managed to have it out before having the baby, which was very hard seeing as the more pregnant I got the less brain cells I seemed to have functioning!

  1. What are your upcoming projects? Which has you most excited and why?

I have the last installment of Lexia and Lincolns story and also a new book I started a few weeks ago, I’m really enjoying writing these characters, their story isn’t as heavy as Lex and Linc’s so it’s nice to take a break from the hard road Lex and Linc will take in HOLOCAUST.

  1. Are you strictly a Paranormal author or will we see different genres from you in the future?

I’m not sure, I have a fantasy WIP but I like Paranormal best, it all depends on the characters I guess!

  1. Does what you are reading influence your writing and what are some of your favourite authors/books?

I have trouble writing when I’m reading, when I start a book it consumes my every thought, so I tend to read a book when I don’t feel the need to write. I love all things paranormal and fantasy when it comes to reading, but I do pick up the odd contempary romance. My favorite books are the Psy-Changling Series by Nalini Singh, I can’t pick my fav out of that series they just keep getting better!

I also love Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books.

  1. What are the biggest challenges you have come across as an author?

Finding time to write in between looking after 3 kids and a husband! Sometimes I get so caught up in a story I just can’t function in real life ha ha

  1. How do you stay motivated and avoid writers block.

Sometimes when I need a break, I will just pick up a book and read or take a few weeks off, I think it’s best not to stress, the story will come to you when its ready!

  1. Do you listen to music while you write?

Not often the only song I’ve listened too is Imagine Dragons Radio Active, over and over whilst I write fighting scenes. I like silence, not that I get it very often!

Thanks so much for having me over today!

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Review by Sky: Calla Lily, by Vivian Winslow

Calla Lily, by Vivian Winslow
Book 2 of the series, Gilded Flower
72 pages
5 stars
Blurb: Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom? Things get steamy in this highly anticipated sequel to Gilded Lily.

Each book in this series just gets hotter and HOTTER! Seriously!
Not only do these installments feature, panting, hot, sex scenes, but also drool-worthy tall, dark, and handsome men.
This installment picks up right after the first book, where a call from her mother informing Lily of her ill father, she rushes back home to NYC and finds herself as CEO of Baron Media until he can recover. Lily can’t seem to catch a break! The strong woman that she is, she picks up the job naturally and feels blessed that she will at least have something to occupy her mind from that damned Brazilionaire, Gustavo.
Hot Todd from the last book, is also quite a delectable distraction, and this time, she isn't leaving him hanging. Smooth sailing and not a thought of the Brazilian is on her mind, until . . . she finds herself on the opposite side of a board meeting from none other than . . . Gustavo.
Feeling betrayed and curious all in the same moment, she has to wonder if this wasn't coincidence at all. Eventually, family drama thickens when Gustavo’s motives and reasoning’s for chasing Lily slap her in the face with the truth . . . and her mother may have played a big part in her meeting with Gustavo.  After all the lies, and deceiving, Lily spirals into a state of madness.
Right when you start to believe things will never get better for Lily, she finds herself in the path of someone who knows exactly where she’s coming from, and how she feels. Young, dark, and . . . Alejandro. ;)
They find they have a lot in common, can vent about the weight of their parents business crushing their young lives. I thought they were SO perfect for each other! I feel like Lily began to believe so as well, but not having enough to get over her sister’s and fiancĂ©'s betrayal and the over-bearing, back-stabbing Gustavo, she felt it was too soon to even consider such thoughts, that he could do so much better than her.
Like strong, female characters I adore, she doesn't dwell too hard on it and pushes romance to the side temporarily to get down to business and uncover the truth about her father’s company and what fate it holds.  At this point, I am hoping Alejandro will be the ultimate lover, the one who wins her heart! Off to book three and see if my wish comes true!

Thanks, again, Vivian, for a copy of this series, I am still panting!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blog Tour / Scavenger Hunt - Between Before and After by Amanda Dick.



Between Before and After

Blurb -

Five friends. Three days. One heart-stopping discovery.

Three years ago, Danny Morris left behind a gun, a tonne of questions and a gaping hole in the lives of those who loved him. What he didn’t leave was a suicide note.

On the anniversary of his death, his closest friends gather at his parents’ beach house in New Zealand's idyllic Marlborough Sounds. Danny’s girlfriend, Kate, holds fast to his memory by continuing to live in the house they shared. Struggling to move on with her life, her blossoming feelings for Danny’s best friend, Finn, only complicate matters. Withdrawing from his high-flying lifestyle, Max has carved out a much simpler life. Self-medicating with alcohol, fighting off nightmares he refuses to talk about, the memory of finding Danny’s body has him sailing dangerously close to the edge. While Finn is finally ready to address his feelings for Kate, trying to save Max from himself dredges up long-buried anger and frustration that threaten to overwhelm him. For Lacey and Gavin, a recent bereavement gives them a heart-wrenching insight of a different kind.

Instead of time easing the pain, the group find themselves stuck in limbo, awaiting the understanding and peace that has so far eluded them.

Three years ago a single bullet ricocheted through all their lives, but this year everything will change.

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5 Book Rating

This is a very touching story about 5 close friends, that get together once a year for the anniversary of a loved one who took his own life. Danny. He was like a brother to them, and to one, a lover, and I really don't think that this could have been written any better. I mourned right along with them, and I laughed when they told stories about how goofy Danny was like he was my friend as well.

I liked all of the character's and really enjoyed how it was told from all of their perspectives; you got to read about how each individual was either coping or not coping with the situation, and then witness as they all came together and helped each other. That is friendship in it's truest form. This made the book flow very nicely, and kept me reading from start to finish in basically one sitting. It was the perfect read for an overcast Sunday morning/afternoon. Not only was it a book about friends reminiscing and mourning the loss of their friend, it also had a little bit of romance to go along with it. Also, what I wouldn't give to spend a week where they were staying! The scenery sounded beautiful!!!

Like the author says at the end of the book, she likes to write real people that deal with real-life situations, and I really think she nailed this one on the head. This story resonated with me because I knew someone who chose to end her life too soon, and you really do feel hopeless after the fact and beat yourself up with the “what if” factor...

This book really defines the true meaning of friendship.

I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review – Loved it, thank you!!

Between Before and After by Amanda Dick

Teaser - Finn (2)

He cleared his throat quietly and walked past Max, setting both their cups down on the coffee table and sinking into the sofa again. Max didn’t move. Finn stared at his reflection, trying to read him. The moonlit night was obliterated by the lamplight inside. All he could see was Max’s face in the window, but what could Max see? What was going on inside his head?

Finn could feel his energy waning and his heart felt weary once again. It was no good. No matter how hard he tried to fight it, no matter how hard he pushed things away, he was tired. He was tired and he was angry and he wished – he wished – he understood what had happened that day. Maybe then, they could all forget about how Danny died, just for a while – just long enough to heal. Would they all be here – screwed up, feeling guilty, feeling responsible somehow – if Danny had died in a car accident, or dropped dead from a heart attack? Probably not. But because he had shot himself in the head, here they were. Danny’s decision haunted them more than any twist of fate or act of God. It seemed grossly unfair.

Wearily, he glanced over at Kate. She looked so tranquil. It was like all the worries of the world fell away from her and she was free to just be herself again. Like she had been before.

“You should tell her.”

Finn’s head snapped up. Max had turned around and was watching him, his arms folded across his chest, his face maddeningly blank.


“You heard me.”

Over the last few hours, whatever hangover Max had been heading for had disintegrated, swallowed up by the nightmare and the buckets of caffeine that followed. He wasn’t stone cold sober, but he didn’t appear to be ridiculously worse for wear either.

Finn reached for his coffee, his heart racing. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Bullshit. I’ve seen how you look at her.”

Finn was out of his depth. He was so tired, he could barely think straight - and he wasn’t ready for this conversation, not by a long shot.

He tried to shrug casually, feigning ignorance. “Mate, you’re way off – “

“It’s different now. You should tell her, before you miss your window.”

Finn stared up at him. “I don’t… what do you mean, miss my window?”

“Before we all bugger off and everything goes back to the way it was before.”

He was right. Once they all went their separate ways again, it would be harder to talk to her. If he was going to do this at all, it had to be here – and soon. He groaned softly and fell back into the sofa, staring at the ceiling.

“Was I that obvious?”

Max smiled then and Finn noticed how much younger he looked when he did that. Personally, he was feeling quite the opposite. He looked at Kate now, scared suddenly that she may have woken up and was lying there staring at him like he’d lost his mind. Luckily, she wasn’t.

“No, not really. Little things gave it away. I guess it’s what happens when you just sit back and watch the world go by.”

Max sank into the nearest armchair, reaching over to pick up his coffee mug. Most of the time, Max gave him the impression that he was walking a tightrope, stretched between reality and some corner of his mind that he went to hide from everything. Regardless, there was no doubt that his insight was staggering. Maybe there was something in that – stepping back, watching the world go by.

“You really think she’s ready for that?” he asked, afraid to hope. “I talked to her about that earlier – just in general terms, I mean – and I just don’t know. She’s bloody hard to read sometimes.”

Max rested his coffee mug on the arm of the chair, staring down at it thoughtfully. “She seems different, but in a good way. More like her old self.”

“Yeah, I kind of thought that too. At New Years, we had this – I don’t know what the hell it was. I kept putting it down to the booze, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head. It was just the way she looked at me, and we nearly...” He cleared his throat lightly, shaking his head at the memory. “And then when Kelly and I called it quits, I was kinda relieved, to be honest. She deserves a hell of a lot more than I’ve got to offer.”

“Who, Kate?”



“I don’t know, though.” He glanced over at Kate again. “It’s complicated.”

“No one said it was gonna be easy.”

“Well aren’t you just chock full of wisdom tonight?” Finn grumbled sarcastically, shaking his head. “You’ve hardly said two words in the past couple of hours, and now all of a sudden you’re Dr Phil? What’s up with that?”

Max’s face fell. He flashed a quick smile, shrugging his shoulders as the shutters came down.


A Booknatics Interview with Finn

Q: At the end of the weekend when everything about Danny was all out in the open, would you consider selling the Monaro, even though you had previously stated that you wouldn't? I think it may give you the fresh start that you need.

A: I don't think so.  I did think seriously about it after that weekend, but it just didn't feel right.  That weekend was hell in a lot of ways, but I learnt a lot, about myself and about everyone else.  Since then, Kate and I have talked - a lot - and she helped me to realise that burying all that stuff like I did was just delaying the inevitable.  I didn't want to deal with any of that - I was so angry with him, and it hurt.  Being strong is all very well, but what you're really doing is pushing your own feelings aside, for whatever reason.  Danny was like my brother.  No one understood me like he did, and I think when he killed himself, I just felt like he was shutting me out - like I wasn't good enough for him to talk to, like he didn't think I'd understand.  There's no denying how much that hurt, but I don't hate him for it.  I just miss him - I think I'll always miss him.  Thanks to Kate, I have someone to talk to now who understands.  The Monaro kind of represents all the things I loved about him.  Kate helped me to see that.

Q: What was your first thought as to why your best friend would take his own life?

A: Honestly?  I didn't have a clue then, and I still don't.  No one seems to know.  Whatever it was, he took it with him.  I sometimes wonder if the past three years would've been easier if we'd known why he did it.  But really, who cares, right?  Knowing why he did it wouldn't have stopped him.  He didn't tell any of us what he was planning, so what difference would it really have made to know, after he died?  All it would've done, I think, is give us more reasons to beat ourselves up.

Q: Were you ever concerned that Max and Kate had romantic feelings for each other?

A: Concerned?  No.  After Danny died, she needed someone and so did Max.  I didn't want to deal with any of that, to be honest.  I had enough trouble sleeping at that point.  I'm glad they had each other.  Kind of took the pressure off.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog Tour : Unexpected by Amy Marie - Hosted by Book Plug Promotions






At twenty-seven Erin Decker has the perfect life; a thriving career, a dream home she shares with her best friend Noelle, and a secure relationship with Robert, her handsome and faithful boyfriend. Or so she thinks.

When her visions of a marriage proposal are met with the ultimate betrayal, Erin finds herself in the arms of sexy and strong-willed distraction, Walker Prescott.

Her summer becomes life changing as she realizes Walker has left her with a tiny piece of himself and no way to find him…until he suddenly shows up and turns her world upside down.

Can she let go of her past to make way for a future she never saw coming?

Can Walker be exactly what Erin needs?

Will he give her the perfect life she so desperately craves in the most unexpected way?




My body isn’t used to this much alcohol. The few glasses of wine I normally drink don’t have me in the middle of a dance “orgy” without remembering how I got there. Sweat is dripping down my neck and tickling the space between my breasts. After the third round of drinks, bought by three different men just wanting to get in my pants, I feel relaxed yet out of control. Noelle is nowhere to be found and in my drunken state I’m not even the least bit concerned about it. The music has taken over my body and I can feel myself letting go of all the stress and anxiety that Robert has caused me. I don’t care who is watching because at this moment I feel like the sexiest person in here.

With my eyes closed I rub my hands along my hips all the way to my hair, pulling it off my neck into a makeshift ponytail. The beat of the music moves through me like an electric wave. When a cool puff of air passes over the back of my neck it feels like water in the Sahara. Larger hands than I’ve ever felt before unexpectedly come around my waist and pull me back into a rock hard chest. My breathing becomes more ragged as the mystery man whispers in my ear.

“Are you hot, baby?” He asks, his hot breath sending shivers down my spine.

My senses are on high alert and despite the fact that I haven’t a clue what he looks like, those four words turn me on instantly. If his voice can do that to me I’d love to see what his enormous hands are capable of. Our bodies connect and sway to the music as his mouth continues to hover just above my shoulder causing tingles to radiate through my body. I can feel his lips grazing the crease of my neck and when he nips my skin my knees go weak. My head falls back involuntarily giving him more access to continue his sensual assault. He smells delicious, and the soft suctioning kisses he places up my neck cause me to moan in anticipation. I have to see the man who is releasing all my inhibitions.

Reluctantly I turn my heated body around feeling the loss of his soft lips, but what I’m rewarded with is a vision of godliness. Standing at what appears to be well over six feet tall is the most panty-dropping specimen that I have ever laid my eyes upon. I should have turned around sooner! His plain black t-shirt hugs every single slender muscle in his sexy ass arms. The faded blue jeans he wears are snug, even more so where his zipper lies, showing me how much he is turned on. His dark brown hair is a styled mess; short on the sides but longer up top. I can’t help but wonder what it would feel like to grab hold of it and tug. Hard. A grin flashes across his face, as if he’s read my mind, and I see a hint of just one dimple on the right side of his mouth. His green eyes appear hungry as they shamelessly take me in from my toes to my own starving eyes. I swallow hard and try to catch my breath.

“I thought you looked good from behind but damn if you don’t look heavenly from this angle,” he says loudly, over the music.

He grabs both of my hands, circling them around his neck. With our height difference my forehead falls into his chest perfectly, as if we are two pieces of a puzzle. I try to control my breathing; the alcohol is coursing through my veins now. Freeing my hands from their hold, they find their way down and softly graze over his pecs and then the ripple of his abs. They falter as they come in contact with not a six pack but, a …1,2,3,… eight pack! I see his chest rising and falling rapidly. I think he must be as turned on by me as I am by him. Impossible.


Amy Marie was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Virginia Beach with her fantastically crazy husband and two kids.

As an avid reader, she never dreamed of writing her own novel until the characters started haunting her at night and in the shower.  Wanting to get it down on paper she set off on a journey that has been more than she could have ever dreamed. 

When not writing, she can be found carting her kids around, breaking up their fights, cleaning up messes, teaching Zumba, or reading. 



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