Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teen Writers?

Hey all,

Currently have a lull in my writing and while I have a shelf full of books to be read I'm interested in hearing from some of you guys out there! Any indie authors check this blog who write teen fiction, preferably of the paranormal genre? I'll read sci-fi, contemporary, and horror as well, but I'm currently in the mood for something paranormal, so if you've got something and you're looking for reviews I might be interested! My next project has to do with werewolves, so while I'm not really working on it right now, I'm definitely interested in checking out more books that have to do with lycans and whatnot!

If interested, please refer to the submission guidelines in the tab above! You can email me about this or contact me through my Goodreads.com page! :)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Update!

Hey guys,

This is Tempest! It's been a few months since I posted a review (and a million years since Jacey has) so just wanted to stop in and let you guys know that I'm still reading! Most of the small reviews I've managed to fit in have been posted to my goodreads.com account, so if you're ever curious and want to check out my reviews there, you can do so by following this link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5171960.Tempest_C_Avery

I try to get on here as often as possible to add my reviews, but as you've probably noticed, that hasn't really happened as of late. I've just been really busy with my own work, and promoting and what not. Because of this, we are looking for someone to help us co run this review blog!!!! If interested, please let me know through private message on my Goodreads account. I'd really love to keep reviewing, I just don't have the time like I used to to post after every book I read. :/

In other news, I have another book out that can be read for FREE on the site Swoonreads.com! Please check it out because books with high ratings/comments here are chosen for possible publication! Every read really counts, and you can all help me get closer to being traditionally published, which has always been my goal! Here's the blurb, cover, and a link to where it can be read, again, for FREE. If any of you have trouble reading with their eReader, please let me know! I've got a few traditional eBook copies I can hand out in exchange for an honest review/rating on the site!

If anyone had ever asked Delaney Grace what her plans were after high school, she certainly wouldn't have answered, "getting kidnapped". Unfortunately, that's exactly what happens. As if that wasn't enough, turns out the man kidnapping her isn't a local. He's from another planet. In a twisted case of mistaken identity, Delaney is taken to a foreign planet where she's forced to pretend to be an alien princess. If she can pull it off long enough for the real princess to be found, she'll get to go home, if she doesn't, she risks enslaving the entire human race. Tricking the princess's betrothed, Trystan, isn't going to be easy, but not falling for Ruckus, her accidental kidnapper, might be an even bigger feat. Especially when the three of them get caught up in a deadly game of truth or dare.

https://swoonreads.com/m/prisoner-of-glass/

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Massive Giveaway News!

 
Hi all! Just wanted to pop in and let you guys know there's a HUGE giveaway going on over at my personal blog which can be found here: http://tempestchani.blogspot.com/2015/09/huge-giveaway.html

This is a chance to win paperback copies of pretty much every one of my books, as well as other cool prizes like jewelry, notebooks, stickers, etc. There are six different prize packs, so six chances of winning, and the giveaway doesn't end until December! Some of the ways to enter allow you to do it more than once, so there are lots of ways to stay active and better your odds!

If you check out the link, then you'll see it's a fairly long post with rules and descriptions about the prize packs, but the most important one is to leave a comment letting me know which prize you'd want if you won! People who don't do this will unfortunately be disqualified, because I don't want to end up giving someone something they don't really want. That wouldn't be fair to the person who won (it's less exciting to win something you're not interested in!) or to the person who really wanted to win it!

So, if you want to enter that way here, feel free. You can leave the comment below (because I've included the giveaway) or you can follow the link provided above which will lead you straight to my blog and the original giveaway. This option might be easier because a lot of the other ways to win involve interaction with my author blog, such as answering a poll or leaving a question for one of my characters in the Ask Away section.

Another way of winning is by answering a one or more questions about my teen paranormal book, Unhinged. To make this easier for everyone (and more fun) just for reading this post you can already win something because the book is currently being offered for FREE here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/303574

Also, the release date for my other book, Bone Deep, has finally been set so head on over to my blog to check out the details on that as well! :) There's going to be a giveaway for that too, currently starting here before making its way over to my blog so that you can sign up for here below!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Forbidden Surrender (Forever, #1) by Priscila West

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in. Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury.

I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.


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I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I got it off of NetGalley and was honestly expecting another Fifty Shades wannabe. While this genre/concept has been done many times now, I felt Forbidden Surrender was a fresh twist on what could have been a stale story. I really liked both lead characters, which doesn't happen often for me in these types of books, and found myself more and more interested in their pasts. Vincent was....wow. Those three letters pretty much sum it up. I'm the type of girl who's into tattoos, which we can get a lot of in books, but the added nipple piercings were a fantastic touch. I also really enjoyed the tiny explanation of how/why got them. Instead of it just being one of those details where the author's like, "he has them cause they're hot!" she actually took the time to work it in there so that it actually acted as character building. From that single (probably only two line) explanation, we see and understand a lot about who Julian is as a person. I loved how independent Kristen was. It's totally believable why she doesn't want to cross that line with him, and why she eventually does. This was a fun, quick and light read with tons of romance and plot. I was expecting smut, smut, smut, and don't get me wrong, there are a few sex scenes, but for the most part, the author really takes the time to draw you in and get you to care about these characters and their situation. The only remotely bad thing I can say is that it ended in a way that made me feel this was more the first part to a serial than the first book of a series. HOWEVER, that's more a personal opinion than anything, and in no way detracts from how great the story is. Highly recommend, and started on the second already!




Don't forget to check out the huge giveaway going on over at my author's blog!!! The link can be found on the left sidebar! ;)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Twist Me (Twist Me, #1) by Anna Zaires


Review by Tempest.

Side note: I read a different book by this author last week titled, Close Liaison's, and only gave it 2 stars. There were a lot of things that I didn't like about it (like the implication that a vegan diet is hands down the healthiest, and the female lead being an idiot) BUT there were parts about it I liked enough that I decided to give another of this authors books a try, albeit from a different series (though I may eventually revisit the second book of the Krinar Chronicles which I did buy). This book was GREAT. I probably won't be reviewing Close Liaison's, which is why I just wanted to give a heads up for anyone who checked and saw I'd read it and gave it 2 where as I'm giving this book by the same author 5. :) Ok, now to why you're really here!




Blurb:


***New Adult Dark Erotic Novel***
Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.
I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.
Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.
My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.
My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.
WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.


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To be perfectly honest, I didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did. I was expecting a whinny, annoying, insta-love female character who gets kidnapped but then falls for the guy over night. More than half the time with these types of stories that's what happens, am I right? Not so with this. Sure, there's a jump, so there are a few months between point "I totally hate him" to point "I totally...don't know anymore" but surprisingly it worked, and helped keep things believable. I'll admit I'm into these kinds of stories (obviously) but more often than not I find myself extremely disappointed by how implausible the addiction and love aspect plays in. I'm a seriously independent woman, so reading about other woman being abusing and then over night deciding they're ok with it because the guys just has the most amazing sex moves on the planet...pretty much makes me want to yack. The only reason I'm rambling on and bringing this up is because there isn't any of that in this book. I kept reading, waiting until that moment where I could hate Nora (yes, I expected that to happen that much) and it just never came. There was an incident with a vase I thought was pretty stupid, but in retrospect, hey, can't blame a girl for trying. The details were rich in this book, just enough to set the scene yet still not beating us over the head. And while Beth annoyed me, and actually even her friendship with Beth, that whole storyline tied up nicely. And Julian....I love that he was honest about who and what he was. He's not a good guy, he's not the worst guy, but he's pretty bad. He doesn't try to hide that, which is great. Nora was the same way, she dealt with things in a believable manner, and I loved how she was able to admit to herself that she knew her feelings were messed up. Because of that, I was able to jump on board with her. I found myself nodding my head along to her inner monologue being like, "Yes, you're right. This is messed up. You have been mind fucked into feeling this way. But I am right there with you." You're sort of torn between wanting to be able to say this is screwy and wrong, but you find yourself being drawn into Julian as well. It's understandable, given she's been there for fifteen months with only him to rely on. It was the perfect mix of psychological and erotic. And it was erotic. Really erotic. One thing I really appreciate about this author, (because I read the first of the Krinar Chronicles, too) which might seem weird, is that she's honest about the whole losing ones virginity thing. Another pet peeve of mine is when it get sugar coated over. The girl is being forced to have sex for the first time, with someone who is way above average size, and ends up...being totally fine? Yeah right. There's none of that fantasy land bullshit here. Losing her v-card sucks for Nora, like it would for pretty much everyone in her situation. The book starting out honestly like that was helped keep me reading. I ended up liking this book more than Close Liaisons even, I just feel Nora is a much better lead character. Her choices are smart ones, even when they're desperate where as I felt the lead in Krinar just acted on desperation and didn't really think. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I loved this. Will definitely be reading the second one asap!



Be sure to check out the huge giveaway going on over at my author blog! The link can be found on the left sidebar! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Captured Miracle (Captured Miracle, #1) by Alannah Carbonneau

Review by Tempest.

Be sure to check out the giveaway for Unbound in the post below which ends tonight!!!

Blurb:

Sometimes the darkest of hearts are the most blinding. Not because of their light, but because of their suffocating endlessness. The dark abyss of their possession claims you before you’re even aware of the capture.

Love is not linear. There is no timeline in which the emotion blooms. Sometimes it is a slow succession of events where one soul learns another and sometimes it’s quick. Sometimes it’s like lightning. Possessive.

That’s what Calix was to me. He infused himself within my life – my mind – my body – and my heart. Until he possessed my soul. And then he shattered it all.

The worst part of it all was that he owned me. Completely. And it only took him four days.

What started out as an act of revenge quickly becomes so much more. After years of plotting and two years of watching Nova, Calix takes her. In the dead of the night, three strange men in her room, tugging her from her bed, wake Nova. Terrified of forcing the men to act on their threats to harm her mother and sisters, Nova agrees to allow them to cart her from the safety of her home.

She never expected they would lead her to Calix. A dark and captivating man determined to have her as his wife – and every other way. As Nova tries to keep Calix from pushing his way past her barriers, his determination to capture her heart in the same way he captured her body grows. In his quest for her heart, Calix pushes her past her barriers and tests her every limit.

When her heart softens, the reason for the game of revenge turns very real and Calix is forced to tell Nova just why he took her. Only, the truth will harden the heart that had softened against him.

But Calix still won’t let Nova go.

Until the end of time, she is his.


*** This is an erotic romance. Captured Miracle is the first novel in what will be a three book series. This novel does end in a cliffhanger.
  

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Honestly, the insta-love was a bit much, and it started to really ruin it for me there towards the late middle/end, HOWEVER, for some reason I still really liked the story. It was a quick read, and while there were a ton of grammatical errors (such as commas instead of periods) it didn't detract from the story as much as one would think. I found I could easily enough look past them.

Nova was a bit whiney, and then annoying. Given her circumstances, the crying I totally understood, but she was guilty over ridiculous things, like being snappy with the grandmother of her kidnapper. Hello? The woman knows you were kidnapped, and she's doing nothing. You deserve to be a little rude at the very least. She was also a bit too naïve. If she really reads as many romance novels as she claims, then she'd be able to figure out half of Calix's "vague" (not really) suggestions. Instead, she almost never gets it. It's pretty frustration, and it makes it hard to relate to her, or feel sorry for her. Not to mention, four days is just way to fast for her to fall in love and brush under the rug what he's done. I would have preferred a time jump to that at least, where we're told in the next chapter a week has passed or whatever. Anything would have been better. I don't care how hot he is, he kidnapped her, threatened to KILL her family, and has forced her into doing things that embarrass the crap out of her. Even with Stockholm syndrome being taken into consideration, that's way too quick.

Still, three stars, because like I said, I kept reading anyway, and there was never a moment, even as frustrated and eye roll worthy as Nova became, where I wanted to put the book down and walk away. As a quick read that's honest about what it is in the blurb, I'd say worth it to anyone wanting to check it out.

Reading Updates:

59.0% "That's idiotic. Why be ashamed? The kidnapped you"
             
62.0%
"That happened waaaaay too quickly. Technically it hasn't even been a few days."             
             
 
64.0%
"This is ridiculous...."

 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Unbound Release/Giveaway!!!

Post by Tempest:

My book, Unbound, is finally being released! It's the third book of my Underworld saga (after this there's only one more to go!) is coming out the 16th! In honor of it, there's a giveaway currently being offered where you can win either copies of all three books in the series so far, or a copy of the new book when it comes out! There are a bunch of ways to enter, including leaving a comment below here or heading over to my personal blog (the link of which can be found on the left) to take part in my Ask Away page, a place where you can ask specific characters questions. :) Here's the blurb for the book for any of you who don't know about it!

Add it to your Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25807738-unbound

Blurb:

It's been six months since Spencer made the deal with the god of the Underworld: a year of spending nights below. Now that she's finally given into her feelings for Hadrian, she hopes her second life will start getting less complicated. Of course, considering her new world is filled with Reapers, demons, and malicious spirits, that doesn't seem likely. What does surprise her is the way her ex-soul mate Micah St. James is treating her. Ever since they broke up he's been giving her the cold shoulder, and the more she worries about where they stand, the more she ends up putting a wedge between her and Hadrian. She chose the god for a reason, now she just has to keep that in mind while they fight off the attacks of an evil Persephone hell bent on tearing them apart. By any means necessary. She's already lost Micah. She'd die--again--if the original Gravewalker got her way and managed to steal Hadrian as well.

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