Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review Day!



Date Published: March, 4th, 2014
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Acquired? Gifted to by Author
SciFi/Fantasy

Synopsis:
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.

Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.

As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.

One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.

The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?

My Thoughts:

I went into this book thinking that it was going to be an epic tale similar to movies like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Huge calamities happening all around the world and no one knows why. Well, the first couple instances happen right at the beginning of the book….such as the dead birds falling from the sky, huge animals beaching themselves, and all the dead fish. Jamie gains a deep connection with the whales that die on the beach in New Zealand, so much so that she decides to start getting the word out and starting a foundation. She gets roped into helping USOIL CEO Mat and she gets more that she ever expected from the voyage.

The book really takes off when Jamie gets onto the USOIL ship. The men, the ocean, the dynamic is all incredible! Immediately you love Captain Jim and his loyal dog, Fin. The Captain likes strong-minded individuals with a backbone and that is most definitely what Jamie is. The three of them together are some of my favorite scenes. For being a strong and confident women Jamie is also full of great emotion. Being a psychic she has a deeper connection to earth and its inhabitants. She has a beautiful ability to hear the voice less and that is how she becomes The Emissary.

We are given, excitement, mystery, deception, beautiful moments, and great sadness. Towards the end the story does hint at extraterrestrial beings and that fact that we are not alone….but I found the story to be more about gaining a deeper connection and being more conscious to the effect we have on the things around us. It is fore sure an enlightening tale that leaves you a tad sad but feeling that you witnesses something magical.



My Rating: 4 Bookshelves

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cover Reveal / Excerpt / GIVEAWAY!



About the Author: 
M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology. She pays the bills as a customer service representative at a major title insurance company, but writing is her true calling. She is still searching for that special someone, but isn’t worried about finding him. He’s out there somewhere. In the meantime, she finds Mr. Right in her own writing along with a variety of other authors that have inspired her. She has written in one form or another throughout the course of her life. She began the Secrets and Lies Series in January of 2013. The first book of the series, Conflicted, is now available for purchase at Amazon and Smashwords. She is currently working on the second book of the series, Complicated, which will be available for purchase by the spring of 2014.
M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels. When she has free time and isn’t writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer’s block at bay.
 
 
 
 





Genre: Romance/ New Adult

Release Date: December 19th 2013

 

 


 



Synopsis:

Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true.  Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction.  Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything.  Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer that promises to solve all her problems.  But as Mia moves forward, she’s faced with obstacles she couldn’t have foreseen.  The biggest of them lies within the mystery of Ethan Fitzgerald; a man who affects her like no other, but who she should avoid pursuing, at all costs.

On a mission himself, Ethan Fitzgerald didn’t care who he pissed off on his road to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. He relied on himself, and was closed off to the world around him – until Mia Ryan walked through his door.  Normally one to avoid messy emotions, Ethan’s world is turned upside down by Mia, and he can’t seem to get enough of her.

There are lines you can cross that will change the course of your life forever …
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY!

 
 
 
EXCERPT
 
 
“What the hell are you doing here? Are you stalking me now?” I snapped.

I attempted to remove his hand, but the effort behind it was marginal. Everything within me relished his hands all over me. My knees became weak with the heavy want coursing between my legs. My upper body constricted with my wayward needs. Ethan tightened his grip as he whirled me around so that my back was on his front. The music shifted to a slow, deliberate song that was fitting for my predicament. I cursed Usher underneath my breath for coming out with this song. Ethan had buried me into his body. It was impossible not to notice his hardness. He ran his hands down the front of my thighs until he hit bare skin.

“It's hard to stalk someone when they're in the club that you own,” he shot back.

“You own this place?” I stammered.

“I have a vested interest, so I come in on occasion. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered you were here,” he remarked.

My concentration was dwindling with every stroke he made upon my body. Ethan continued running his hands up and down my thighs, causing my heart to beat out of my chest. I bit my lip to keep from moaning from the pleasure when his fingers lingered towards the inside. My hands took on a mind of their own as they slid down his waist and thighs. His breaths trickled across my neck. It heightened the erotic dance south of me. I was in the danger zone with him. I fought to find my rational side to avoid undressing for him right then and there. My mind grasped at the few functioning brain cells to keep him talking. It was my last line of defense to keep him from kissing me.

“Why are you so upset?”

“I'm angry because you keep denying me when it's clear you want me. To top it off, you come to my club and dance with countless men right in front of me,” Ethan growled.

He ran his nose down my neck before licking away a bead of sweat. I gasped. The hand that he had moved to my waist slipped underneath my top. He caressed my belly before running his fingers further down, making every ounce of me come to a dull ache. Against my will, my body moved in ways to encourage him to travel further south to take full advantage of me. Ethan's hands settled along my waistline, lazily trailing his fingers along it. My mind screamed one last time that this was not an option for me. In a last-ditch attempt, I paused his hands so he wouldn't go any further. Ethan whipped me around to face him. The passion in his eyes was unmistakable.

“I'm trying to do the right thing,” I moaned.

His hands drifted underneath my shirt and up my sides on their way north this time. As he progressed along my rib cage to the lower line of my bra, he moved us off the dance floor. Ethan pushed me up against a pillar at the far end of it. He brought his body right into mine. He tossed in an occasional thrust of the hips as he pinned me, just to remind me how very well he knew my body. Ethan cupped my breast with tender strokes of his hand before pressing his lips on a spot underneath my ear lobe. It was enough to melt every part of me. I was throbbing all over for him.

“You want me. I want you. I don't care what's right or wrong,” Ethan hissed.

I tilted my neck as he trailed deep kisses down my collarbone and exposed shoulder. I wanted him so much that it was close to making me burst. I moaned even louder when his teeth grazed the crook of my shoulder. He sucked along my neck with eagerness, making no effort to hold back his want for me. I slanted my head to bring my lips vigorously down on his. My tongue drifted across the top of his mouth before his tongue met mine where they danced to the beat with the music around us. My hands moved down to his hips as he pumped against me. I slid them even further down to his ass. Ethan responded by grinding harder and grabbing one of my legs to raise it around his hip.

Our bodies melded together in an erotic dance as our mouths devoured each other. I lost myself in the music, in his lips, in his body, in his hands, and in the desires he brought out in me. His hands ran up and down my body while his lips and hips brought me to the point of no return


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