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Review: Bonds That Bind by Austin L Wiggins


3.75 stars

This little book is TWISTY, so much so that a couple of the stories I had to read twice just to double check that I actually comprehended it right. Unless your a psychic then you will never in a million years predict the ending of any of the stories in this collection.

There are six stories total, each around or under ten pages, and every single one of them poke at questions of morality. Wiggins creates relatable and understandable characters and then throws them into situations that are very much less than desirable. It’s interesting to see how the characters react to said situations. Very thought provoking!

The writing style itself is great, and the characters are surprisingly well developed given the short length of each story. I felt like some of the more dramatic scene’s were cut short, maybe rushed. I would have loved to see more detailed endings, perhaps a little bit longer per story. If Austin ever writes a full length novel then I will most definitely read it!


We all perceive ourselves as moral, and it’s easy to be so in the boredom of the day-to-day, but what about when things get ugly? Would you have the fortitude to say no if asked by a gangbanger to take part in his scheme to rob a casino? How about if someone threatened to kill your mother? Would you take them out? What would you do if your best friend slept with your wife? Would you save his life or would you let him die? Would you throw away a comfortable, if unspectacular, job as a teacher for the thrill of a big score, even if you could lose everything? Even if you could lose your life? If someone did something beyond the grounds of human decency, how much would their life be worth?
Dark and uncompromising, Bonds That Bind is the first collection of short fiction released by Writings by Ender and Beautiful / Losers Magazine founder Austin L. Wiggins. Equal parts Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy in tone, coupled with the easy, accessible prose of a Raymond Carver, Wiggins’ collection grabs readers’ attention from the start and doesn’t let go. Enjoy the ride.


Dead Over Heels, by Theresa Braun #blogtour #bookreview #5stars

Dead Over Heels

Theresa Braun

Publication Date: Nov 16, 2016

Frith Books

Genre: Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance/ Short Story

My Review:

5 of 5 stars

A short review for a short book: Wow, this tiny little 38 page bomb really sets off a BANG! Don’t be fooled by the size, because this story has everything! It’s twisty, edgy, romantic, AND creepy. The main characters are overflowing with personality. From cover to cover this story is bursting at the seems. The plot points are well defined, the picture is drawn perfectly, and even with the refreshingly unpredictable shockers Braun is still able to tie it all together to produce a nice even flow.  I really have to give Theresa props, as it is SO hard to accomplish such qualities in such a short tale.

Veronica meets Sebastian on a dating site. After much previous disappointment in the struggle for finding love Sebastian is a breath of fresh air for Veronica. Their feelings take off quickly, as does the drama and hauntings of their past.  Their very first date provides an odd encounter with a couple who never actually existed. After a full month of dating they return to the haunted restaurant. I wont give anything else away. You have to read this book!!!

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Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?

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“The problem is, I never knew that finding the one would be such a double-edged sword.”


“My brain started exercising like it had never done before. The Rubik’s Cube, the GRE, and my Master’s thesis on Jungian psychoanalysis all seemed like simple level capacity in comparison to the riddle at hand.”


“Bile rose in my throat, and I gripped Sebastian’s arm tightly. Had my dad really killed someone with his bare hands?”


“My breathing shallowed and I grew woozy. It was as if I was dying with her.”


“Now I knew the truth, but I couldn’t do a damn thing about it.”


“Suddenly I realized my feet hurt. Somehow I had managed to weather all of this while standing in my black patent leather heels. I kicked the up into my hands as if they had wronged me for the last time.”


“Last night had been spooky, and my breath had been taken away, but was it really magic? Maybe the vague intention of my candle ritual had come to fruition…after all, Sebastian had come into my life, and I knew now that my mom hadn’t abandoned me.”


“An echoing snarl became an animalistic roar, pinching e from my childhood memory. Once my eyes met the source of the sound, I saw my father barreling straight at us.”


“It was then that I screamed. The sound sliced through the night and my vocal cords felt as if they were shredding in my throat.”


About The Author:

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Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. She blogs about writing, television shows, movies, and books, and all things dark. Her short stories are published in Under the Bed Magazine, in Hindered Souls, in The Horror Zine, in Schlock! Webzine, and by Frith Books. Upcoming stories to appear in Monsters Exist and Hardened Hearts.

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Blog Tour Review Stop: Before The Tempest, by Tani Hanes. (my rate 4 of 5 stars) #blogtour #review #giveaway

Before the Tempest (UK Crush Series Book #4)

Tani Hanes

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Genre: New Adult Romance/ Contemporary Romance


Aileen Foster, poor, orphaned, musically gifted, never imagined her life could change so much, so fast, but getting a job as interpreter for boyband UK Crush pitched her headfirst into tumult and a glamorous life she never thought she’d have. Now, engaged to band member Theo Shelley, and having survived her audition to Hamilton Conservatory in Manhattan, she’s off to the Bahamas with the boys while they write their new album. Life has never been easy for her, but she’s trying.



4 of 5 stars!!

Three books in and I’m yet to be disappointed! Before the Tempest is an absolutely indispensable portion of the UK Crush tale. Moving along with the romance of Tink and Teddy is emotionally enchanting. Now engaged, and after winning a very prestige classical music scholarship, Aileen faces a whole new set of obstacles in life.

I love all the drama in this one!! In my opinion it’s neck and neck with book one, and is much better than 2 and 3. It’s rare to be able to keep the story flowing and to create such a bang three books in!! Tani executed quite the whirlwind of admiration, love, and obsession. She is able to mix up the couple’s bedroom escapades in a way that keeps you as the reader wanting more. It’s far from droll, to put it lightly! *drools*

My hat is also off to Tani with this one in terms of intense scenes of jealousy, sabotage, and rage. The fans of our favorite group of gorgeous boy/men are at an all time high in erratic action – As is the craziness of past relationships(ish)… Pushing the limits with ups and downs in a relationship, especially such a high profile relationship, is really a strong point for Tani in Before the Tempest!

Another aspect that I love about this book is the music standpoint. The entire series IS after all written around musicians. Up until this point the main focus (in terms of tunes) has been all behind the scenes with an occasional explanation of concerts and piano practice/performance. I found it very fulfilling to learn more about the back end of the music process. Especially since the band decides to make some changes.

I loved Before the Tempest, and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

About the Author:

Tani Hanes was born in Yokosuka, Japan. She spent the first few years of her life traveling back and forth between Japan and the US, making the permanent move to the Central Valley of California when she was five. She visited family in Japan on a regular basis, and attended college in Tokyo for one year at ICU before getting her degree in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She has two children, and was a substitute teacher for fifteen years. Hanes currently resides in New York City with her husband and cats, Moss and Lily.

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I’m so glad I decided to read this series!  It isn’t my usual genre, so I was honestly a little bit leery going in.. I’m happy to say that I’M SO GLAD I DID FINALLY READ THESE BOOKS!!  You can find my reviews for all three previous books here:

Review: Living in the Shallows (UK Crush #1), by Tani Hanes 4 of 5 stars

Review: Diving Deep (UK Crush #2)

Review: Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3), by Tani Hanes


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5 digital sets of the UK Crush series and 1 complete print set of the UK Crush series, signed by author



Last but not least, don’t forget to PRE-ORDER book #5!!



Review: Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3), by Tani Hanes

Tani has written a hell of a romance series here!  I’ll be joining in the blog tour for book #4 hosted by R&R!  My review of Before The Tempest will be a stop on the tour on Thursday 5/25 so stop back by and check it out!

As for now, here is my review for UK Crush #3, Learning to Fly by Tani Hanes.

Learning to Fly (UK Crush #3) by Tani Hanes

*My ratting: 3.5 of 5 stars.*


In comparison to the first two books in the UK Crush series, I found Learning to Fly to be comfortable. There’s a lot of love in this book. It also had TWO of the biggest milestones in Aileen’s life, which is awesome. To make it even better, they happen one right after the other, making one hell of an epic week at the end of the book!

I love that Aileen (Tink) was able to get everything straightened out with her classical music career, especially after the near life threatening sabotage that was put in place in book 2. Tink pulled herself back up, spent the perfect amount of time with her original professor and wound up nailing her performance in an audition of a lifetime. She and Theodore (Teddy) spent a few very romantic weeks together in NYC which was very much a dream come true for her. I love Aileen’s humble approach at life and in her travels. I also really liked that they did so many touristy things together.

Although everything about this book, including the ending, was absolutely predictable — it was still overflowing with juicy bedroom scenes and refreshingly normal relationship situations. They attend famous events together as a regular couple. As a whole, I thought this particular book was cute. Their public affection for each other is beautiful, and their private time is heart thumping hot hot hot!


Tinker Bell’s life has changed so much in the past six months. She’s gone from being a poor music student to the girlfriend of a member of one of the most successful bands in the world. In Learning to Fly, the third in the UK Crush series, she travels to New York City with Teddy to compete in the most important piano audition of her life, to prestigious Hamilton Conservatory.

Life has never been easy for her, and though knowing Gethin, Ronan, Matthew, and of course, Teddy, has been wonderful, life is still fraught with unforeseeable problems. Her relationship with Teddy continues to grow as she falls more in love with him in beautiful wintertime Manhattan, and surprises await in the magical city of her dreams.

Review: Diving Deep (UK Crush #2)


3 of 5 Stars.

Diving Deep is quite a HOT love story! I gotta say, I started out having quite the infatuation for Theo (Teddy). I even told everyone about halfway through the story that he was sure to be my book boyfriend lol.. Sadly, he let me down. His communication skills with Aileen (birdie, or even Tinker Bell) are lacking in many MANY ways. He made me so mad! Ultimately, he came to his senses thank the Lord. But, the simple fact that he handled her and life the way he did pretty much turned me completely off to him. I can’t even believe Tink puts up with his crap the way she did. I get that it’s love and that you do crazy things in the name of it, but wow.

So, now that I’m done with my short little rant and rave, let me tell you what I DID love about this book. In ways it redeemed my anger and I’m still very much looking forward to the next books in the series.

The writing is great. At times it’s a little repetitive (which normally I don’t particularly care for), but it actually works with Aileen and her story, as it really drills the emotions into your soul. I liked that even though they are stupid at communicating their problems, it’s real. Real couples in real life do often suck at communication, especially when they’re new at deep long-term relationships.

In a way this book kind of forced me to put my own voice-tress altercation tendencies aside and make an attempt to realize that not everyone is so outspoken with their problems in a relationship. More often than not people do let assumptions ruin their lives without actually talking out their problems and fixing things together. Just because I personally get irritated by it, doesn’t mean that the struggle isn’t real.

As far as diving deep goes, I liked it. I didn’t love it as much as the first book, but I do feel involved. I feel like I’m there, and now a part of Aileen’s life so I can’t wait to see what the next couple of books bring about. I have my bets!


Learning to live can be difficult. Aileen Foster, aka Tinker Bell the Bitchtastic, aka Birdie, has come to London to live with Theo Shelley, who is one quarter of UK Crush, the most popular boyband in the world, while she prepares for her piano audition to Hamilton Conservatory in New York. She’s new to England, to relationships, to love, to life, really. But she’s trying.

Review: The Girl With No Past, by Kathryn Croft. Of 5 stars I give it 2.5/Maybe 3…


I wish this book would have been a little quicker with the pace. It’s one that I had to put down several times and then pick back up weeks later. It’s actually taken me a while to review this book because I was just so indecisive on how to feel about it, like the ENTIRE way though. Some chapters I loved and some just seemed to drag on and on and on and on……

As a whole, the story line is great. It bounces around a lot in time frame, but it actually ties together nicely, and all the secrets throughout come crashing to the surface at the end (Thank God, because so many unanswered questions and all the buildup is really all that kept me coming back). I had a hard time deciding on the rating because I tried blaming my mixed emotions on a reading slump. But, after long since pulling out of that said “slump”, and looking back, I’ve decided that it wasn’t a slump at all, but in fact just a struggle with this very book.

Leah, the main character is a little depressing. She’s isolated herself for good reason, but her outlook and day to day activities really just bring you down as the reader. Also, her mother is the only person left in her life that really loves her and wants her around, yet Leah still avoids and pushes her away which drives me nuts! She makes a couple friends at her job at a library, and she talks herself into joining a dating site.

Leah is constantly in a mental state of turmoil based on one single event of her past. It’s always on her mind, as if she can’t stop mentally reminiscing the event. Yet, somehow the book avoids giving away the details on the actual event until the end…. Hence the suspense and secrets…

I’m not going to lie, it’s been months since I read this book. I’m only now reviewing it, because I’m just FINALLY making up my mind on how I felt about the whole charade.. My conclusion is this: I’m ranking it as a permanent mixed emotion and am giving it a 2.5/maybe 3…


Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

Review: Garrett’s Bones, by K. D. Dowdell 4 of 5 stars


Anna and Garrett, the main characters in Garrett’s Bones, live far from ordinary teenage lives. As best friends, they’re adventurous and in many ways completely fearless in the face of danger. Their characters are very well written and developed. Also, I’ve really got to hand it to K. D. Dowdall in her ability to draw such a beautiful picture in setting. She is able to tie such a wide variety of commendable characteristics together, and she does it seemingly effortlessly. Garrett’s Bones is overflowing with rich culture of past and present, along with absolutely gorgeous wooded areas. The scenery in this book is to die for! Beautiful! This isn’t your average haunted forest story. It’s unique and completely different from anything I’ve ever read.

When a young girl goes missing, Anna and Garrett find themselves on a quest to find her. Being familiar with the forest grounds as well as completely in tune with it’s rich Indian history and spiritual energy, they are able to find the girl. Unfortunately, what they come across is utterly heinous, and it’s clearly upset the order and spirit of the already troubled forest. What makes things worse, is that the police automatically point fingers at Anna and Garrett as their main suspects because they were caught red handed returning the missing girl’s body back to town.

From here everything escalates. Anna’s father is a drunk. It leaves her to step up and take on extra duties in caring for her younger siblings, as her mother is in a strange emotional state due to her rocky marriage. I love the way that Anna is able to be the rock and hold her family together, all-the-while sneaking out often to meet up with Garrett in their quest to prove their innocence.

Garrett is a somewhat strange and mysterious boy who is matured beyond his years just the same as Anna. Young girls flock to him, but it’s Anna who truly holds his heart. She understands the connections that he has with the spirits around them. They have a magical and unique relationship. Dowdall is able to weave their young coming of age emotions for one another into the story in a way that makes it all just fit.

The mystery provided is one of a kind, I never in a million years would have guessed who killed the young girl! Garrett’s Bones is an excellent story and I will definitely be recommending it!


Garrett’s Bones is a haunting tale of young love, mystery and murder. Anna and Garrett are ordinary teens growing up in a small farming community in Connecticut in 1960. While walking through the forest preserve in their small town of Salmon Brook, Anna and Garrett happen upon the ravaged body of a young girl and find themselves as suspects in the horrific killing of fourteen-years-old Sarah Smith. Together, Anna and Garrett search for clues to find the killer as the ghosts of the past begin to collide with the present evil. They both realize it will be up to them to fight the evil that has come to harm their families, their community, and their beloved forest, even if it means losing their own lives. Visit: (blog) or (author website for The Ghost Witch)



Book Review: A Stranger In France, by Kim Knight 4.5 stars


Talk about a wild emotional ride! I cried, I laughed, I swooned, I seethed, I even pinched my face up tight wishing I could jump in the pages to give a certain character or two a little piece of my mind.

Kate is a successful, driven English teacher who has been promoted to head of the department. Unfortunately, her husband Danny doesn’t share the excitement of her well earned success. He is nothing but a jealous, bitter, emotionally abusive alcoholic. After being let go from his own career he has allowed himself to downward spiral to a very ugly place… Eventually Kate has enough of the abuse, and of mentally and financially supporting a man who treats her like dirt.

Kate takes a trip to France to stay with a friend and make an attempt to clear her head and decide what to do about her clearly failed marriage. She winds up colliding into Nicholas, a man that is practically every women’s dream. He’s respectful, sexy, romantic, and very very successful! They are drawn to one another in an almost incomprehensible way. They spend blissful time together in Paris, only confirming what Kate already knows deep down. Her marriage to Danny will never make it.

A few things that I love about Kate is that she does what she has to for herself. She distances herself from what she needs to in order to get her thoughts together and take care of her responsibilities in life. She’s mature, and has a very strong sense of work ethic. She doesn’t just go running back to her husband and lie to him about her affair. Rather she stays away, and it only takes her a few months to file for a much needed divorce.

The only thing that I wasn’t particularly fond of about the story, and about Kate, is the fact that she insisted on distancing herself from Nicholas and withholding very HUGE information from him! Half the time I just wanted to shout at her “Come on!!! Just tell him EVERYTHING!” I don’t want to get into exactly what I wanted her to tell him because I hate spoilers, but lets just say it was more than just one thing. Aside from with holding the fact that she was married, she also refused to keep him in the loop with one thing after another once their blissful week was over. Her secrecy drove me insane…

On a different note, in regards to Kate’s secrecy, it totally worked for the story and kind of held everything together, in order to deliver an epic ending!! Yes I said EPIC!

A stranger in France is an excellent read! I will definitely be exploring more of Kim Knight’s books!


In A Stranger in France readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans across the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast. There’s enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages.

Career driven and successful thirty two year old Kate Brown travels to southern France to visit her best friend Tanya Adams, for a well deserved short break, and to forget her worries in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. As a young man, Nicholas turned himself around and built an empire of wealth, he’s now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. In a whirlwind of steamy romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love.

Kate returns to London leaving Nicholas behind and the two are still very much in love. Kate faces a few surprises of her own on her return to London. She makes a bold life changing move, to make the most of her life changing dilemma. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out, against all the odds in the name of love for a beautiful happy ever after.


Review: Mercy, by Jodi Picoult 3 of 5 stars


This is only the second Picoult book I’ve ever read. In my opinion, My Sisters Keeper was good not great (it was one of the only cases where the movie was better), BUT, since Jodi is such a well known and much loved writer I figured I would give her another chance. I’m not a big fan. To be honest, I kind of hate that I’m not a fan because I really had my hopes up. Mercy sounded like it would be an awesome read!! I mean really, how unique of a story to have a husband help his sick wife pass on. I went in prepared to bawl my eyes out, and I then I came out a little disgusted, and very much disappointed.

This book took me weeks to get through. I actually had to put it away and read other books through out just because I couldn’t force myself to read it all in one straight shot. Picoult’s wording and ability to draw a clear picture is great, and the story line is good, hence the only reason for three stars. Otherwise, my rating would have dropped even lower.

I hated the characters! Everything about them. One wife practically bends over and bows down to her crappy self centered and careless husband. She has a good heart, but she’s weak, and it drove me nuts. One of the husbands is nothing but a cheating bastard and I pretty much spent the entire story wishing that I would just slap him across his stupid face. Not only is there a seriously irritating lack of integrity, but there isn’t even anything about it that screams validation or passion in their bad decisions. Personalities are dry, and the entire pace of the book is slow.

I’ve decided to give Jodi one more chance after this, and only one. I hope it isn’t another let down.


Two cousins are driven to extremes by the power of love, as one helps his terminally ill wife commit suicide at her request, and the other becomes involved in a passionate affair with his wife’s new assistant.


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