Review | Touched | A.J. Aalto

Touched is the first book in A.J. Aalto’s Urban Fantasy series The Marnie Baranuik Files.

About The Book

The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by 30361246the Blue Sense–which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects–Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.

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My Thoughts

Touched was my first novel written by author AJ Aalto and what a great start to a new reading venture.

Touched is an unique twist for anyone looking to move past the overdone world of sparkly romanticized vampires.  This is not a typical paranormal romance novel where the vampire bites the heroine and they fall in love.  Touched is far more than that.  With strong sexual references and lots of steamy tension, AJ Aalto takes the reader down a wonderlandic path of pent up lust and desire.

The characters of Touched are so well contrived that you can easily have them imprinted into the walls of your mind.

I thoroughly enjoyed Marnie Baranuik’s personality in this book.  She is strong willed and determined and a bit clueless, in the most charming way.  Oh and not to mention quirky as hell.  She had me laughing more times that not.

Miss Aalto is a clever and imaginative writer.  Touched was an original and inventive read.  Witty and entertaining from the first page to the last.

The is a must read for all of you Urban Fantasy/ Paranomal readers looking for a change in pace.  I give Touched 4.5 stars and I see book 2 Death Rejoices in my very near future.

About The Author

AJ Aalto is the author of the paranormal mystery series The Marnie Baranuik Files. Aalto is an unrepentant liar and a writer of  blathering nonsense offset by factual gore. When535773_10151501733540276_821915275_23575380_201613986_n not working on her novels, you can find her singing Monty Python songs in the shower, eavesdropping on perfect strangers, stalking her eye doctor, or failing at one of her fruitless hobbies. Generally a fan of anyone with a passion for the ridiculous, she has a weak spot for smug pseudo-intellectuals and narcissistic jerks; readers will find her work littered with flawed monsters and oodles of snark.

AJ cannot say no to a Snickers bar and has been known to swallow her gum.

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Release & Review | Beauty’s Cursed Beast | Mary E. Twomey

BEAUTY'S CURSED BEAST RDB BANNERHappy Release Day to Mary E. Twomey for the release of her second book in the Cursed Beauty series, Beauty’s Cursed Beast: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling.

About The Book

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Going from being Avondale’s Sexiest Bachelor to becoming hideously deformed turns Adam Fontaine into an angry shut-in. Though he’s doomed to mutate into a growling member of the Lupine when his thirtieth birthday comes, he wants nothing to do with enjoying what’s left of his sentient life.

When his last remaining friend hires a nurse to look after him, Adam realizes there’s more to his life than just his impending curse. Soon Adam has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep the woman he loves by his side, hoping she’ll stay with him through his last days.

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My Thoughts

I received an ARC copy of Beauty’s Cursed Beast in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Mary E Twomey.  I had not yet read the first book in the Cursed Beauty series and although the character from the first book make appearances it is not necessary to have read it.

Let me start by saying that I am not really a huge fan of fairy tales but after reading the blurb about Beauty’s Cursed Beast I was very much intrigued to read it.

I was hooked right from the first few pages.  There was no lull in this story for me.  I greedily turned every page until the very last one.  Miss Twomey took this children’s tale and renewed it, making it fresh and exhilarating and making it a tale made for an adult.

She painted vivid mind art with her words, taking you right into the story alongside Adam and Belle.  Making you fall in love with a beast who was really nothing more than lost man who needed love.

” All I want is for you to stay with me – to remember the man I was to you when all that’s left if the beast”

Beauty’s Cursed Beast in the perfect book to snuggle up to when you need some feel good words and the hope of something magical.

5 stars to Mary E Twomey for making me fall in love with a fairytale.

About The Author

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Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and three adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats

 

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Day Somewhere in the middle of week 7 | The Road to 2 Chesticles

I haven’t posted in awhile about my 8 Week Challenge journey so I can’t actually remember what day I am at.

So lets see….I have sitting pretty steady at an 11 lbs lost at this point.  Also I have lost 4 inches off my waistline.  I have maintained the Challenge Friendly, cleaning eating food plan for pretty much the entire challenge.

I did however have a few cheats along the way.  The most recent was this past weekend when we went out for some Gelato.  I mean I couldn’t pass up a small bowl of that goodness.   And it was hotter than Hell outside so the cold treat was well deserved.

I am exercising more that ever and have started doing some strength training.  I honestly never thought that I would enjoy it, but I really do.  I always shied away from it, 1) because lets face it, I hate to exercise and 2) I was always worried about getting big Hulkamania muscles.  Gross!

But this challenge has changed the outlook on so many things for me.  The fact that I can do without sugar in my life.  I really don’t miss it at all.  I feel like I have more energy and my sleep has improved.  Also, overall I just feel better.  I feel like I carry myself better.  Even my palate has changed.

Right now I am addicted to spinach. Couldn’t not stand it before the challenge.  I thought the taste of it was horrible.

Now??? Now I eat it all the time.  Currently I am loving it in shakes, you know the ones that look like green sludge, yup those shakes.  Just had one for lunch….so delicious!

I am certainly looking forward to what the final stretch holds over the next week and a half.

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Review | The Last Valkyrie | Karina Espinosa

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About the Book

Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.The last Valkyrie_1

When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they’ll stop at nothing until she’s behind bars or dead.

With no choice but to delve into the supernatural underground she tried so hard to avoid, Raven seeks aid and learns what it means to be human.

The world believes her kind no longer exists, but Raven Romero is The Last Valkyrie

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My Thoughts

I was provided an ARC of The Last Valkyrie from Lady Amber’s PR for my honest thoughts.

This is was my very first read from Karina Espinosa and it has left me wondering, “Where the hell have you been all my life!” She’s a reader’s dream UF writer.

The Last Valkyrie is a fast paced, well plotted read. The female lead, Raven, is fierce, strong and independent. The book is full of twists and turns that made it very hard for me to put it down. Add in some Norse Mythology and the foreshadowing of a love triangle and you’ve one of the best first books in a series that I have read in ages.

I knew after 25% of the book that I would be giving The Last Valkyrie 5 stars, but I enjoyed it so much, I’m throwing in a glass of whiskey too.

If you are a fan of the UF genre, you do not want to miss out on reading The Last Valkyrie. I’m already on the lookout for book 2.

About the Author

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Karina EspinosaMackenzie Grey novels.  Infatuated with travel, pop culture and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online and listening to music.  With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Orphan Black.  Follow her on social media!

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Day 24 – The Road To 2 Chesticles

Soooo…. I cheated last night. Yup it happened. I broke down in a moment of weakness and said F it, I’m on vacation, I’m having ice cream.

I scoured the list of offerings, a few times. I mean if I’m going to cheat, I might as well go all in right?!?!

So after much deliberation, while warring with the voices in my head, I settled on Death By Chocolate.

Appropriate name don’t you think?

And you know what?? After 23 days without sugar, it didn’t taste all that great. Not at all like I remembered. On top of that I felt horrible afterwards. Not guilty horrible, but sick horrible.

So, the lesson, it wasn’t worth it. And today I am back on track again.