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text 2017-07-13 14:04
Cover Reveal - Her Warrior Dragon



Her Warrior Dragon

By Ariel Marie

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Trauma nurse Faye Adams thought she’d seen it all… until a mysterious shifter is rolled into her unit, body broken and half dead. After she’s done picking her jaw up off the floor Faye immediately gets to work saving this shifter’s life. When he awakens, Faye finds there is an instant attraction between them… and it is undeniable.


Vander Kelmeyer was battling his mortal enemy before he crash-landed under Faye’s care. From the moment their eyes meet he knows that she is his mate. After his wounds have healed Vander tracks Faye down and pursues her, his dragon desperately seeking her soft touch.


Yet Vander’s enemies are searching for a weakness, and he’s just given them one. Faye and Vander’s romance ignites into a fire, one that quickly becomes deadly. Dragon shifters are legendary, considered a myth, yet here is one demanding that Faye become his. Despite the danger Faye cannot resist his smoldering stare… or the heat of his passion.


Will Faye survive being a mate to a dragon shifter? Or will their happily-ever-after go up in smoke?


Her Warrior Dragon is a steamy, action-packed love story that will leave readers fanning themselves with desire and holding their breath in suspense. This HOT paranormal romance featuring sexy dragon shifters, a strong, smart heroine, and thrilling villains is an exciting fantasy romp by author Ariel Marie.


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About Ariel Marie:


Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She loves a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!


She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children. Want to know more about her and her books?

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review 2017-05-01 22:17
Release Day ARC Review: Stage Two by Ariel Tachna
Stage Two (Dreamspun Desires Book 33) - Ariel Tachna

This is the 3rd book in the Lexington Lovers series, as well as an installment of the Dreamspun Desires titles.

I liked this a lot. A whole lot. It's about family, second chances, learning to trust, and learning how to stand up for what you believe, even if it hurts you. It's about how sometimes teenagers are smarter than you are, and maybe you ought to listen to them.

Blake Barnes is a high school assistant principal and charged with the sophomores. Two of his newest students, two brothers who've recently lost their mother after losing their father when they were much younger, are being harassed by their classmates. When the bullying escalates and the two boys, Kit and Phillip, end up in his office, he comes face to face with Thane Dalton, the boys' guardian/uncle and Blake's teenage crush.

Thane is every bit the badass Blake remembers, but the attraction still burns brightly. Once he unravels his tied tongue after seeing Thane again, Blake goes full assistant principal mode and lays out his plan.

What follows is at once a humorous and poignant romance between two men who are trying to build a relationship against the odds and against many obstacles in their way, the least of which are the two teenage boys Thane has inherited from his late sister.

The book touches on important topics, such as high school bullying, homophobia, bad assumptions, and making rash judgments without having all the information. Yes, Thane - I'm definitely looking at you with that last one. And good for Blake for having a backbone.

As with all the books in the Dreamspun Desires series, there's little steam, but there's plenty of UST, and one mustn't forget that it's kind of difficult to get it on when you have two teenagers living in the same house. The romance between the two men was totally believable and relatable. Neither has had any kind of long-term relationship before meeting again (which is something only Blake really remembers since he didn't actually interact with Thane back in his high school days), but they're both all in pretty much right away, especially Thane. Which made it so very painful when he did that stupid thing he did. Sure, I could to some extent understand his rash reaction, but to not even give the guy he professed to want to keep a chance to explain - yeah, you were dumb, Thane. And your boys suffered for it just the same as you did.

Speaking of Kit and Phillip - I really liked those two. They were grieving their mother, of course, but they stuck by each other and were fiercely loyal to their uncle and Mr. B. I loved seeing the relationships between the boys and Mr. B. develop through the course of the book and watch him go from Mr. B. to Uncle Blake. In fact, the boys really rounded out the plot in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it whenever they were on page.

This was a really sweet read, and it met all my expectations, and surpassed them in some instances. For example, Blake's idea of giving the boys a place on the theater stage crew was brilliant, with sound reasoning, even if Thane doesn't buy it at first. The boys plotting to get Blake and Thane into the same room at the end - hahaha, that was fun, and it worked!

I very much enjoyed reading this book, and I think you will too. Recommended.

** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-03-20 21:52
I have to say if you loved this book...
Talking in Code - Ariel Tachna

mine is probably not the review you'll want to read. I was really looking forward to this one I like Ariel Tachna and still do for that matter. It's just that this was not the book for me. It sounded good but once I got into it things just didn't work.


We have an established relationship here Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport have been together for nearly 20 years and 4 years ago they added a third to their relationship, Eric Newton. Initially it was Tim who wanted this young man but Eric quickly attracted Richards attention as well and neither Dav (as Tim is often called) nor Richard have looked back since. Unfortunately, Eric is a little less secure. Eric's not had an easy life and it's left him with a few issues add to that the fact that his exit from the military was less than amicable in spite of the fact that he's a top notch weapons expert and probably the best sniper that anyone's come across in a while and it's a recipe for PTSD and Eric's got it in spades. Unfortunately there are times when Peaches (yep, that's Eric's nickname) feels like more of a needy, whiny child than anything else.


This book opens up with a lot of things going on. When we first meet these characters Richard and Dav are in the middle of executing two missions one to be led by Dav, who nearly doesn't make it back from his mission alive. While at the same time a covert op is taking place to rescue Eric, who's been held hostage for the past 4 months by some pretty sadistic terrorist.


So here I was dropped into the middle of one pretty epic clusterf*ck. this all happened before the 20% mark (16% to be more accurate) and judging by the other reviews that I've seen out there I will freely admit I seem to be in the minority when I say 'I didn't really enjoy this.' It wasn't so much the fast pace as the fact that I just never felt a connection between any of these men. Initially Richard and Eric are left trying to muddle through things because Dav's always been the one to look after Eric when he comes back from a mission so Richard has no idea what he needs at this point and 4 months in a hostage situation with people who enjoyed torturing him, you can be pretty certain that Eric's going a little more screwed up than usual. Meantime Dav's no help because he's in the hospital in a medical induced coma recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.


Now I know it seems like I've given up the ghost here on this one but if you read the blurb I haven't really told you anything that isn't already out there. So while the first part of this story steamrollered right on over me the remainder floated past at a far more sedate pace and was taken up with Richard and Eric  basically getting to know each other and finding their way in a menage relationship that effectively has been reduced to a couple and while some of this was good,  I was a little hard pressed to buy into Eric's issues post-crisis being basically resolved by a bowl of stew, getting shaved by one his partners (Richard in this case) and some pretty good sex...yep, that was it a new twist on the 3 S's...Stew, Shave & Sex. Apparently it's a PTSD cure-all...no, I'm sorry. I couldn't suspend my belief enough to buy that if Eric was as tortured and abused as we are to understand that he was, this was all he needed to restore his balance...really?


What the hell are doctor's learning in medical school these days if they couldn't figure this one out sooner? I guess what bothers me is the idea that thousands of men and women are out there suffering from this condition and basically this story is saying 'suck it up buttercup, you just need a good shave, some stew and you're ass nailed to the mattress and you'll be fine.' I realize that these things are suppose to be symbolic of love and acceptance and home and safety, comfort and security all those good and positive things but realistically if that was all it took, don't you think we'd have fewer people suffering from PTSD than we do? Not every person who experiences this is without a loving support system and yet, many still suffer from it. Needless to say I was a little disappointed in how PTSD was dealt with in this story and that took a bit of the shine away from things for me. 


Overall I found that if anything these characters were flat. There was a lot of stuff going on and yet somehow for these guys it always came back to sex. Eric's been held hostage for 4 months and comes home to find that Dav who really is his anchor is has been seriously injured and is an induced coma and it seems like his most prevalent thought is getting Richard to have sex with him, Dav's barely out of his coma and he's talking about how it's going to be a while before sex is possible for him but he's handing out directions like it's the set of a porn movie. I don't have a problem with sex in my stories and I do believe that a healthy sex life is very often indicative of a healthy relationship but I also believe in balance and with these guys it just felt more like the sex life was the relationship and not just a part of it. Maybe if I'd felt like any of the other stuff going on in their lives had even the same amount of relevance as the sex and there was some pretty life altering stuff happening, I wouldn't have felt like these characters were quite so flat. I have to admit I knew this wasn't going to end well when I realized that I was actually relieved that some of the sex scenes were off-page and/or fade to black which is what I feel like I need to do now as well...fade to black...


I loved this author's Lang Downs series, Overdrive was the first book that I read by her and I still think it's awesome, I've been enjoying her series 'At Your Service' as well, but this one just didn't work for me...hopefully I'll enjoy whatever comes next.



An ARC of 'Talking In Code' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-03-06 20:47
4.5 stars
Talking in Code - Ariel Tachna
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. I'm jumping straight, because this book was NOT what I was expecting. The blurb led me to believe I would be reading about how Tim, Richard and Eric came together, and what happens after Eric is rescued from hostage. HOWEVER We get how they came together only in dribs and drabs through out the story. And for about 80% of the book, Tim is unconscious, on a ventilator. So there is very little of the three of them together, and a lot of just Richard and Eric. BUT!!! Once I pulled my toys back into the pram and got over my strop, I really REALLY enjoyed this one! Richard and Tim were already in a long term, committed relationship when they came across Eric. They each watched him from afar for several years and its not until Eric makes a pass at Tim, and Richard walks in on them, that they all decide to make a go of it. Fast forward 4 years and an op goes wrong, Eric is captured and held hostage for months. Richard and Tim set about to rescue him, but Tim is gravely injured and its up to Richard to get Eric back up and running. But both Richard and Eric have relied heavily on Tim in the past, and Tim can't help now. Not when Eric's demons rear their ugly head. Like I said, once I got over my "this is not what I wanted to read" strop, the book is quite gripping. Both Richard and Eric are struggling, with Eric's return, with Tim being so poorly, with each other. It makes for painful reading in places because we get all of Eric's panic attacks in their gory detail. I can't for the man, I really did. And I cheered when Richard and Eric were both made to see that what they were doing was making them both worse. OH! I loved when they delivered the line that made the title make total and utter sense! I loved that the first thing Tim sees on waking is Richard and Eric kissing. I would still like to have read more of the beginning of their relationship. I think, though, it would have been too much HERE, if I'm honest. That is a whole nother story! I wrote 3.5 stars at the top of the page when I sat down to write this review. I've upgraded it to 4.5, rounded down to 4 stars for Amazon and Goodreads. Its not often I changed that initial gut feeling, but some books, once I start to write their review, push and push and just make it known that actually, Debbie, we deserve a higher rating. This book pushed HARD! First I can see that I've read of this author, I'd love to read more. I'd love to catch up with these guys too. When building this post, I noticed the Dreamspinner search billed this as the Talking In Code series. I hope I get the chance to read them! So, because its a pushy book, and the review ran into 3 sides of file paper.. 4.5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2017-01-19 16:58
zu konfus, zu wirr, zu "tiefgründig"
Mr. Sapien träumt vom Menschsein: Roman - Ariel S. Winter,Oliver Plaschka
Mr. Sapien steht kurz vor der Abschaltung und so macht er sich auf nach Barren Cove, um dort der Hektik der Stadt zu entfliehen. An der englischen Küste angekommen, stößt er auf seine Vermieter und ihre ungewöhnliche Art des Zusammenlebens. Die Asimovs haben ein Geheimnis. Unter ihnen soll der letzte Mensch leben. Für Mr. Sapien, einen bekennenden Menschenfreund, natürlich ein Ansporn, sich näher mit der Familie zu beschäftigten.
Als ich den Klappentext las, dachte ich, dass mich ein Roman darüber erwartet, dass ein Roboter den Sinn des Lebens sucht und ihn dadurch findet, dass er mit einem der letzten Menschen der Erde darüber sinniert.
So verstehe ich zumindest die Zusammenfassung des Klappentextes. Doch schon von den ersten Seiten an befand ich mich in einer Geschichte, die ich nicht so recht verstand. 
Droemer Knaur

Es hat lang gebraucht, bis ich gemerkt habe, dass es sich gar nicht um die Geschichte von Mr. Sapien dreht, sondern das Buch gespickt ist mit Rückblicken auf die Geschichte der Vermieter der Hütte, in der sich Mr. Sapien eingemietet hat. 
Wir lernen Mary kennen, eine Roboterfrau, die zusammen mit ihrem (Roboter)Vater und ihrem (Roboter)Bruder am Strand in Barren Cove leben. Ihr Vater hat einen kleinen Menschenjungen bei sich aufgenommen. Beachstone. Mary fühlt sich gleich zu dem Jungen hingezogen und kümmert sich rührend um ihn.
Sie kauft in der Stadt bei einem Menschen Lebensmittel ein, hält das Haus sauber, versucht Beachstone ein gutes Leben zu bieten und - da der Junge sehr oft krank ist - pflegt ihn gesund.

Marys Bruder Kent ist jedoch eifersüchtig auf den Menschenjungen und fängt an, seine Schwester und auch den Jungen zu schikanieren, jedoch immer wieder gebremst von Marys Vater. Als dieser "stirbt" und abgeschaltet wird, zeigt Kent sein wahres Gesicht. 

© Sina Frambach

So weit, so gut. Doch dann wird es total verworren. Abwechselnd gibt es Szenen aus der Vergangenheit und der Gegenwart, jedoch erst erkennbar, wenn man schon einige Zeilen oder gar Absätze gelesen hat. Dabei wird aus Mr. Sapien, der ja laut Titel anscheinend eine Hauptfigur ist, immer mehr an den Rand gedrängt. Er ist eigentlich gar nicht wichtig für die Geschichte.

Außerdem verwirrten mich die Aussagen der einzelnen Charaktere. Mary zum Beispiel kümmert sich rührend um Beachstone und beschützt ihn, ist aber zeitgleich so naiv, nicht zu sehen, dass ihr Bruder Kent etwas im Schilde führt, obwohl er keinen Hehl daraus macht, dass er Beachstone nicht mag.
Dann ist mir auch der Sinn der ganzen Geschichte nicht so klar. Es gab viele Ungereimtheiten und auch meist keine Erklärungen. Ich konnte mir nicht vorstellen, wie die Roboter aussehen. Die Beschreibung des Dörfchens Barren Cove war auch sehr spärlich. Außer dem Strand und einer Straße mit Geschäften im Dorf sowie einer "Kneipe" für Roboter erfuhr man fast gar nichts.

Außerdem ergaben manche Szenen für mich einfach keinen Sinn. So lernt Mr. Sapien eine Roboter-Clique kennen, die ihn dazu verleitet, "Drogen" zu nehmen (Drogen in Form von Chips bzw. Sims, die in den dafür vorgesehen Slot eingeführt werden und Halluzinationen verursachen). Warum ist das für die Geschichte wichtig? Welche Aussage steckt dahinter?

© Sina Frambach
Ich kam einfach mit der Erzählweise des Autors nicht klar. Ständige Zeitenwechsel, ungenaue Erklärungen, konfuse Szenen. Es war einfach nicht meins.
Im Grunde wird eine Familiengeschichte erzählt, eine tragische Geschichte voll Eifersucht, Liebe, Zuneigung, Neid, Intrigen. Und doch wird wiederum gar nichts erzählt, da einfach nicht richtig etwas passiert. Zusammenhanglose Szenen werden aneinandergereiht. Es entsteht der Eindruck, als hätte der Autor vergessen, den roten Faden einzubauen. 
Die Grundidee fand ich sehr ansprechend, die Umsetzung konnte mich nicht überzeugen
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