Review: ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt

If you love a well-written, high-emotion contemporary romance

then this is one for you!

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whenItsrealWhen It’s Real takes a relatively well-worn theme – ‘normal’ girl agrees to pretend-date famous pop-star – but handles it so well it doesn’t matter that you know what is going to happen. You can settle back to live this adventure with Vaughn and Oakley, experience the ups and downs of their relationship, and see the highs and lows of life as a mega-star.

Oakley develops gradually from spoilt star to genuine person, and Vaughn grows from shy sister to confident individual. The transitions are well-handled and believable.

Watt gives us great descriptions of the California high life, and contrasts them with Vaughn’s ordinary but loving home-life. Everything is perhaps a little exagerated, but that works in a feel-good romance such as this. The conversations are great, as are the exerts from fans’ blogs and Twitter feeds.

A fast, fun, accomplished read from Watt (who I found out is not one person but actually the pen-name of duo Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick).

Review by Gill-Marie Stewart


Gill-Marie writes YA mystery/romances as Gill-Marie Stewart. As Gilly Stewart she also writes women’s contemporary fiction. The first book in her YA series about George and Finn is Music and Lies (try the first chapter here).

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Shattered Worlds exclusive: AG Henley’s The Scourge

Shattered Worlds features A. G. Henley’s THE SCOURGE!

 

 

The Scourge
Book One of the Brilliant Darkness Series


Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.

A tale of star-crossed lovers, strange creatures, and secretive, feuding factions, The Scourge introduces readers to a rich and exciting new world where nothing is as it seems.
 

Exclusive Excerpt!

My heart is a desperate animal, smashing against my rib cage. My shivering now has nothing to do with the cold. I sing—another trick Aloe taught me—but the closer I get to the mouth of the cave, the slower I walk and the softer I sing. Then I stop walking and singing altogether, trying to work up the courage to take the last few steps necessary to reach the sunlight.
 
Something’s thrashing through the forest, coming closer. I hear shrieking, like the dying people of my imagination. I tuck the rabbit’s foot into my pocket and tug a scarf Aloe gave me up over my mouth and nose, preparing for the stench.
 
For a moment I wonder if my protection will hold, but I push the thought away. It’s the gift of our Sightlessness, as I’ve always been told.
I think of Eland huddled in the gloom of the caves, eating the salty dried meat, waiting for his water ration. That does it. I take a deep breath and step outside.
 
The creatures surge around me. Their howls pierce me. Even through the barrier of the scarf, I can smell their putrid breath. Something brushes my sleeve and I cry out, wrapping my arms tightly around my body like a shroud.
 
What if I’m not protected? What if everything I’ve been told about my Sightlessness—everything I’ve believed about myself—isn’t true? The Scourge will consume me, as they have so many others. Or worse, I’ll become like one of them, only knowing hunger, thirst, and the yearning for flesh. I yank the scarf down; it’s suffocating. I wait, shuddering, for biting mouths and tearing hands to find me.

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A.G. Henley is a contributor to Wicked Ink Books’ anthologies, OFF BEAT: Nine Spins on Song and TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time, and the author of the Brilliant Darkness series. The first book in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a Library Journal Self-e Selection and a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. A.G. is also a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She promises not to analyze you… much. Learn more at aghenley.com






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Cover Reveal: SeQuence Entangled by Lorraine MLM

The Paisley Piranhas are delighted to be involved in the cover reveal for SeQuence Entangled, Book 3 of The Heart of the Ocean Series.
SeQuence Entangled releases on Thursday 6 July 2017 – check out the gorgeous cover!

 

Cover of SeQuence Entangled

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About the book:
Politics or Love? Prophecy or Truth? Dreams or Reality?
What happens when the Sequences get entangled?
Back in her home realm of Tuscania, Alessia’s powers are stronger than ever. Not only that, she and Dante make it official and get engaged, but their bliss is short-lived when Alessia wakes from a nightmare screaming a prophecy.
Her words, “Protect the womb—safeguard the seed,” make no sense. Despite her surreal glow, she certainly isn’t pregnant. As the dreams increase and a strange voice breaches her personal shield, Alessia fears she’s losing her mind. What if her people declare her insane just like her family did back on Earth? Alessia keeps her growing turmoil a secret, even from Dante. She can’t distract him just as he’s stepped up to be the leader he was born to be.
Dante quickly discovers being a leader isn’t easy. Tuscania desperately needs the help of the dreamers of house Regai-Rallias, but they will only offer aid if Dante honours an agreement he made seven moon-years ago to marry Lavia.
Torn between politics and love, prophecy and truth, dreams and reality, Alessia and Dante’s Sequence of Hearts will be tested like never before as they struggle to save their kingdom and themselves.
SeQuence Entangled Amazon Pre-order: http://bit.ly/booksequenceentangled
The Heart of the Ocean Series Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/jZHXmQ6ORUQ
Series Note from the author:
SeQuence Entangled is the third instalment in the enchanting Young Adult Fantasy/Romance Series; The Heart of the Ocean. This series will appeal to fans of fairytale romance, sword and sorcery, folktales, undersea worlds, parallel fantasy lands, new worlds, and female protagonists with unique powers.
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About the Author:
Lorraine M.L.M grew up in the Heart of Africa among a rich storytelling tradition. This is where her love for fantasy was born. She writes heartfelt young adult romantic fiction across various genres. Her love for reading prompted her passion for writing. She loves all genres of romance but has a special and inherent interest in fantasy/romance, in particular uplifting and thought provoking fiction.
She relishes the dual role of being an author and a creator of new worlds. She loves stretching her imagination to the ends of the world, but her utmost goal is to bring characters to life. She craves to find the magic in the ordinary, the enchantment in the plain, and the dreams in the reality.
Lorraine lives with her family in the charming Norfolk city of Norwich in England. Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and she’s truly honoured to be part of this community.
Find out more: www.lorrainemlm.com.
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Review: Who Runs the World by Virginia Bergin

About the book:

Welcome to the Matriarchy.

Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good – if you’re a girl. It’s not so great if you’re a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn’t know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were extinct.

Cover of Who Runs the World

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Review by Katy Haye:

I love Virginia Bergin’s books. When I spotted Who Runs the World? I snatched up a copy to take home immediately.

We have more of the brilliance that brought us The Rain and The Storm. There’s nothing glib about the end of the world here, it’s difficult and messy, but it’s rapidly become life as usual. Much of the book was quite gentle. In many, many ways the world is better without men: animals on the brink of extinction are flourishing, the earth is nurtured, no one goes hungry.

And then things got much darker. Because a survival situation requires difficult choices. And women are just as capable as men of making the wrong ones.

As River knows, instinctively and with absolute clarity, no one should ever feel grateful for being treated like a human being. Entertaining, thought-provoking and a little bit heart-breaking, I loved it.

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Check back next week for her “X” review, of Xoe by Sara C. Roethle

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Rising Tides has just been shortlisted for the 2017 RONE Awards.

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Shattered Worlds Exclusive: Sea so Blue by Nichole Giles

Shattered Worlds features Nichole Giles’s SEA SO BLUE!

 

Sea So Blue
NA Romantic Fantasy by Nichole Giles

Caspian is looking for his mother. Snatched from the beach as a child and raised as a half-breed Mer-Prince in the long-lost city of Atlantis, his turn to rule is coming fast. Caspian learns that the Mer in Oceania have found a method to visit land—a practice forbidden in Atlantis—and later return to the sea. Unfortunately, the “magic” method involves poison so potent that only half-breeds with undamaged lungs can survive it. When his Sea King father forces Caspian’s engagement to a mermaid he can’t stand, Caspian decides it’s time to go in search of his human roots, and the woman who gave him life.
Elise has nothing left to lose, except the house she grew up in and a beat-up classic car her father had intended to restore. While her friends leave home for college and abroad, she’s stuck waitressing at The Sea Turtle, begging for enough hours to pay her power bill, and using her lunch breaks to place flowers on her parents’ graves. Not only is she not looking for love—she’s not even looking for friendship. Loss is something she knows too much of, and she can’t survive any more. But when she finds a mysterious stranger wandering the cemetery, she takes pity on the pathetic soul and brings him to her work where she can feed him a solid meal.
The innocent meeting turns into an unbreakable bond, and sets off a chain of events that leaves them both questioning their place in the world—be it land or sea—and discovering just how essential love and family can be.

Exclusive Teaser!

“Caspian, I’ve brought you some clean pajamas to sleep in. I’m just going to leave them outside the door.” She couldn’t hear the water running, so when he didn’t reply, she kept talking. “I’d be  happy to run your clothes through the wash, if you want. You can get them to me when you’re finished showering.”
She laid the pajamas on the floor, and the bathroom door swung open, revealing a strapping body—carved from curve upon curve of taut muscle, covered in skin so white that the reflection of the bathroom lights flashed from every glistening bend—all six feet of bare skin. Elise’s mouth fell open as she dragged her eyes up to his face, compelling herself to keep them there.
“Hi.” Her voice squeaked, though she couldn’t decide if it was from shock or nerves or all-out lust.
He’d wadded his clothes into a tight ball and held them in his hand, which he extended to her. “I thank you for assisting me with my coverings. They had begun to feel stiff and unnatural.”
Elise stumbled backward, breath quickening as she accepted the crunchy bundle. “I…you didn’t have to…I could have waited until you were finished and,” her eyes flicked down his body, then back up again, “dressed.”
“Dressed? But did you not request to clean my clothes?”
“Yes. I suppose I did.” While Elise fumbled for footing, for words, for breath, Caspian tilted his head, glorified in his humble masculinity, and unfazed about standing naked in the presence of a virtual stranger. When she backed into the wall, he leapt forward and lifted her by the elbows, as if to save her from crashing to the ground, and replaced her on her feet. “Are you all right?”
With his bare chest mere inches from her face, and his other parts far too close for her to ignore, she nodded a mute yes and tucked his clothes beneath her arm.
Noticing the pajamas she’d set on the ground, he picked them up, his face illuminating with pleasure as he ran his fingers over the soft cotton and flannel. “When you see me next, Elise of the land, I shall be cleaned and dressed, awaiting our next adventure together.”
Elise blinked, at a complete loss for words as Caspian closed himself in the bathroom with a soft click.

 

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Nichole Giles, the author of The DESCENDANT series, and The WATER SO DEEP series, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She is a fan of all things paranormal and magical, and her dreams include owning a garden full of fairies, riding a unicorn, and taming the pet dragon she adopted at a recent local ComiCon. She loves to spend time with her family, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.

 

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Review: When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

About the book:

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Cover of Sandhya Menon's When Dimple met Rishi

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Review by Katy Haye:

I picked up When Dimple met Rishi after seeing it LOADS on Instagram. It sounded fun and I needed a “W” book so it hit the spot perfectly.

Let me tell you, fabulous reader, Instagram was spot on. When Dimple met Rishi is a glorious book. You might guess from the names that it’s about a couple of Indian characters – in fact they are both Indian-Americans; their parents were first generation immigrants. It’s about family and expectations and culture and being yourself and finding your path in life, and it’s funny and touching and wry and I loved it.

Dimple and Rishi make a gorgeous couple who bring out the best in each other and I fell entirely in love with both of them. The secondary characters were well-constructed so I was happy to cheer or boo for them as appropriate (as an aside, I loved the descriptor Aberzombies). The social commentary was spot-on without being heavy-handed. It was very, very real and vital.

The narrative does lose a little bit of pace towards the end when the couple are separated for a while, but it’s so entirely excellent overall I’ll forgive that.

It doesn’t happen often, but I can confidently say When Dimple met Rishi is absolutely worth the hype. Get a copy!

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Check back next week – there should be an “X” review, but since Katy has her nose stuck firmly in another “W” book right now, that might not be the case!

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Rising Tides has just been shortlisted for the 2017 RONE Awards.

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Shattered Worlds Giveaway

Shattered Worlds is Piranha Katy Haye’s next project. A fabulous collection of 23 YA/NA fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi novels, it’s available for pre-order now for just 99c. But the problem with pre-orders is that you can’t get your hands on the book NOW. Well, the Shattered Worlds authors have solved that problem with a fabulous giveaway.

Pre-order Shattered Worlds today and you can download a library of 17 YA fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi novels for FREE to keep you reading from now to release day on the 8th August.

Check out the giveaway on the Shattered Worlds website for more details – and get reading!

 

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