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text 2015-07-17 12:00
Fairy Tale Confessions Collection ~ Cover Reveal




Fairy Tale Confessions Collection 
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Publication date: October 1st 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales


Fourteen bestselling authors twist up your favorite tales. Will your favorite have a happily-every-after?

Get ready to meet some sexy, not-so-valiant princes, punk-rock princesses, villains turned heroes, and truly vile monsters, causing  havoc within our favorite happily-ever-afters.

Read about Dancing Princesses getting their groove on in a disco club, a seriously sexy Rumpelstiltskin, and one alluring Puss-in-Boots, plus many, many more captivating characters in these fourteen all new short-stories.

In association with RT 2016 come meet the twisted fairy tale girls: M. Clarke, Amy Daws, L.P. Dover, Elizabeth Montgomery, Shannon Morton, Brynn Myers, Wendy Owens, Sarah J. Pepper, Cameo Renae, Kellie Sheridan, Jessica Sorensen, Kristen Strassel, Tish Thawer, and K.R. Wilburn. If you’ll be in Vegas for RT 2016, join hosts, Sarah J. Pepper and Tish Thawer at the Fairy Tale Costume Party where you could see a traditional Snow-White, or a completely gothed-out Belle roaming the scene, win dinner with Prince Charming, and snag gift baskets from all the participating authors.

Source: www.xpressobooktours.com
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text 2015-02-01 17:23
January Wrap Up 2015
Point of Retreat - Colleen Hoover
Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound Trilogy #1) - Penelope King
Stubborn Love - Wendy Owens
Ever Shade - Alexia Purdy
Tainted Legacy - Amity Hope
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
The Iron Knight - Julie Kagawa
Forsaken (Book #1) (Daughters of the Sea) - Kristen Day,Stacy Sanford
SNOWBOUND (FireFrost Book 1) - Brenda L. Harper
  1. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
  2. Witchy, Witchy by  Penelope King
  3. Opposing Sides (University Park, #1) by  C.M. Doporto
  4. Crossing (Open Door Love Story, #1) by  Stacey Wallace Benefiel
  5. Stubborn Love (Stubborn Love, #1) by Wendy Owens 
  6. Change For Me (The Alpha's Kiss, #1) by Lynn Red 
  7. Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) by Alexia Purdy 
  8. Different (Tainted Elements, #1) by Alycia Linwood 
  9. Sinful Desires: Vol. I (Sinful Desires, #1) by M.S. Parker
  10. Confessions (Desert Secrets, #1) by Wendy Ely 
  11. Summer Sky (Blue Phoenix, #1) by Lisa Swallow
  12. Forever & Always (The Ever Trilogy, #1) by Jasinda Wilder
  13. The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1) by  Bella Andre
  14. RECKLESS - Part 1 (The RECKLESS, #1) by  Alice Ward
  15. RECKLESS - Part 2 (The RECKLESS, #2) by  Alice Ward
  16. Tainted Legacy by Hope, Amity
  17. The Pursuit: Dangerous Liaisons 1 by Taffel, Lily
  18. The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) by Kagawa, Julie
  19. Baptism by Fire by Ramsay, Keira
  20. The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) by Kagawa, Julie
  21. The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4) by Kagawa, Julie
  22. Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1) by Day, Kristen
  23. Venom (Venom Series #1) by Middleton, Kristen
  24. Snowbound (FireFrost, #1) by Harper, Brenda L.
  25. The Beckoning of Beautiful Things (Beckoning, #1) by B., Calinda
  26. Broken (Embraced Book 1) by Sky, Caelia
  27. The Cancun Trilogy, An Erotic Beach Romance by Malick, Lena
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review 2013-11-21 18:17
Stubborn Love
Stubborn Love - Wendy Owens

Being in a dysfunctional and abusive marriage, Emmie has had enough when she brushes off Ashton's desperate plea about killing himself and walks out on him. He does shoot himself and that leaves her thinking she is the one responsible and how could she be so cold that she could drive her husband to suicide. It seems stupid to blame herself for his actions but some people are stupid like that. Anyhow I think she made the right decision regardless. Abuse and alcohol addiction is nothing to be taken lightly so I'm glad she got out and I just wish she could've walked away knowing it wasn't her fault he killed himself but this is the only negative I saw to the story, other than that, it was a refreshing change.

I also loved how 'keepin it real' the characters were. Emmie goes to college in New York to further her dream of being an artist and meets up with Paige who Emmie really admires for her wit. Paige hooks Emmie up with her in a 2 bdr apartment and there she meets a gorgeous guy who happens to be her landlord. Colin Bennett owns real estate and his personal life is not without his own share of hard knocks. His brother Christian also happens to be Paige's amour. 

Their romance is real hot and their love is true. I can't wait for the next one called 'Only In Dreams' where we get to read about Paige.

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review 2013-09-20 00:00
The Guardians Crown (The Guardians #5)
The Guardians Crown (The Guardians #5) - Wendy Owens ** I WAS GIVEN THESE BOOKS BY THE PUBLISHER, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Book – The Guardian's Crown: The Guardians Book 5
Author – Wendy Owens
Star rating - ★★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes, definitely
Plot – well explored, nicely put together, easy to follow
Characters – exciting, funny, intriguing
Movie Potential - ★★★★★
Ease of reading – Very easy.

Oh. My. God! I knew this book was going to be the best by far because it wrapped everything up, but seriously? There are so many things about this that are amazingly good that I don't even know where to start.

I suppose the best place would be our fight sight of Damon. Really! And Sophie? Gosh, that girl can't keep a crush long enough to tell people about it before she's moving onto someone new. But the whole storyline with Sophie, is by far her best storyline so far. It was shocking but a devastating little twist.

The storyline with the Guardian's Crown was something that I had an incline about. The way that it was mentioned in the previous book did give me an idea about what the Guardian's Crown really was. But the way they found out was especially well done, particularly when it led to the revelation that it did. As usual with this series, I don't want to reveal spoilers so there isn't much I can say without revealing half the story or all the good points. It's also hard to give good quotes without exposing the story, so I also won't be marking any on the series until this book is released.

The strange thing I find about this book, unlike the others, is that although a lot happens, it does sort of feel with this one that it's a bit more jumpy than usual during the first half. And there's also some stagnant parts that are good but seem to slow the story down a little compared to the other books, again in the first half. But I guess that's how the story is supposed to go and it did feel that way, it just made it a little bit...different...to read than the others. That does not, however take away any of the magnificence of this book and the series as a whole.

There are, however, quite a few issues I have with my ARC copy. There are quite a few spelling/punctuation mistakes and near the middle it suddenly switches quite regularly from present tense (has, asks, says) to past tense, like the other books (had, asked, said). It made it a bit confusing to read. In the other books the only present tense were thoughts from the characters, now it's hard to tell what are thoughts and what is the story.

These niggles had me pondering, during the first half of the book, whether to give this one a 3 or 4 star rating, because of the confusion it created. But yet again, the story and plot and characters rose to the top, above all of it, and made it a top notch, made-me-cry, can't-put-down, not even to eat, sleep or drink kind of 5 star book. Because despite everything that niggled at me, this book grabbed my by the collar, took my heart out and didn't give it back until the last page had been turned. And I just can't give any book that does that, no matter its fault, anything less than 5 stars.

Wendy Owens did it again with this one. I can't tell how many times I cried through reading this series but believe me, it was a lot. The last 30% of this book really had my heartstrings in a lock down and there was no letting go until the end. These are definitely books to keep and love and read over and over again in the future. Books that warm the heart and touch the soul and reaffirm a belief in something. Whether you read his series and come out feeling more confident of yourself, or your work or your gut feelings, whether you come out feeling closer to God and more confident in your Faith, whatever happens, you will come out of reading these books a changed person. The difference with these books to others I've read, is that even though there is a happy ending, not everything is tied up in a big red bow, working out for the best. The book ends with the knowledge that there is a struggle ahead, but now they have hope. And if hope is all you have, you're already half way there.
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review 2013-09-17 00:00
The Lost Years (The Guardians, #4)

Book – The Lost Years: The Guardians Book 4
Author – Wendy Owens
Star rating - ★★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes, definitely
Plot – well explored, well put together, very easy to follow
Characters – exciting, funny, intriguing, great characterization
Movie Potential - ★★★★★
Ease of reading – Very easy.

As always, this was another great installment of the series. I can't wait for the last book to see how it all comes together. I've actually been highlighting my favourite quotes from the books as I read them, but with this one, there are so many WOW, spoiler moments that marking them as quotes would be unfair to people who haven't read it yet. I want them to discover and be shocked by those moments as I was.

First off, I have one big niggle with this book. And it's possibly considered a spoiler so you'll have to close your eyes NOW if you don't want to read it.

In this book, we're shown how Dina gets the Oracle Calysta out of her prison cell in Rampart. And then (as in Book 3) we're shown the conversation with Uri and Gabe, after they meet after 5 years. Uri tells Gabe that when Rampart was taken, the Oracle was taken prisoner and gave information to the enemy, during her captivity. The problem is, that Dina's rescue of Calysta and Michael's reaffirmation that she arrived safely back with the Clerics, means that that couldn't possibly have happened. So, colour me confused.

Onto the good stuff – the rest of the book. I absolutely loved Dina's part in the story. The whole thing with Raimie had me bawling my eyes out, literally. But I have to say I saw the whole 'consequences' thing coming. But that doesn't lower the genius of the entire thing. I'm actually hoping to see Madame Laveau again. And I have to say that after books 3 and 4, I'm firmly in agreement with Calysta; Oracles might not play fair in the way they have to work, but they don't deserve to be prisoners.

It was also quite nice to get a glimpse into the (cleaner) side of Gabe's life in the Underworld. Every time Sophie tracked him down, I was afraid it was going to be one of those awkward moments where he was 'with' someone. I still don't like Sophie any more than I did before. I love Dina and Haim and Uri even more, and Michael too. It was really important to the overall understanding of them, as characters, to get to see these moments and I'm so glad we did. I also really enjoyed the little bit at the end about Gabe and Rachel. I knew it, from Book 3's visit to Mirada but it was nice to have that little bit of frivolous joy and romance at the end to finish it off and remind us of their next quest.

Fingers crossed that Uri gets reacquainted with Seraphine in Book 5. And I also really want to know what Raimie had to do with the Guardian's Crown. I have a feeling it's going to be interesting as always. And probably another tear-jerker. But seriously, I hope they find the Guardian's Crown because if Gabe has to die to fulfill the prophecy, there will not be enough tissues int his world to cover the amount of crying I will be doing. I haven't felt this emotional about a male lead character since Ethan in the Caster Chronicles. And Gabe is so much more important to me than he was. He cannot die!
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