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text 2017-11-10 20:23
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Cosmic Cabaret: Science Fiction Romance Anthology
Cosmic Cabaret: Science Fiction Romance Anthology - Alicia Kat Vancil,Athena Grayson,Dena Garson,Kerry Adrienne,Selene Grace Silver,Cailin Briste,Blaire Edens,Rosalie Redd,Jayne Fury,Diana Rivis,SFR Shooting Stars,Cathryn Cade (CJ Cade),Tessa McFionn,Jenna Lincoln

Where Hearts Collide in the Greatest Show in Space

Join us aboard Blue Star Line’s crown jewel, the LS Quantum. Thirteen USA Today, Amazon best-selling, award-winning speculative fiction romance authors deliver their twists on tales set in the dance halls and clubs of this luxury starship as it travels through space and time.

Follow princes, sultans, rock stars, scientists, cirque artists, and dancers as they solve murders, track thieves, fight bullies, plan heists and fall in love.

Catch a Falling Star by CJ Cade
Chaz Jaguari, inter-galactic singing star, hides out until a sexy Tygress wanders into his lair and brings the jaded star roaring back to life. 

Starlight by Kerry Adrienne
Astronomer Dr. Andrew Mann becomes enthralled with a performing particle shifter. Stella wants to trust the scientist, but she has a secret, and she’s scared. 

Midnight at Andromeda’s by Tessa McFionn
Reluctant groom, Prince Marqaz, moonlights as a common bartender...until the surprising arrival of his like-minded affianced, Karyna.

Stars Shining Bright Above by Jayne Fury
Astra Faraday ran from a life of piracy. Dr. Zane Jones signed on to the ship to escape a former life—one that was killing him. When her mentor is murdered their pasts collide as they solve the crime and fall in love.

Star-Studded Love by Rosalie Redd
Caleb hides his disability behind his job as an exotic dancer, keeping women at arm’s length. Then he meets Adara. How much will they risk to find their dreams together? 

Forbidden Alliance by Athena Grayson
It’s going to take brain surgery and rocket science to reunite a pair of long-lost, star-crossed lovers. 

Razer’s Edge by Selene Grace Silver
Erotic dancer Ayanna headlines at the cabaret until a psychic thief named Razer uses her identity to pull off the plunder of a lifetime, jeopardizing everything.

A Dance of Fallen Stars by Kat Vancil
Notorious playboy Kealan Corkoran’s been branded an illegal stowaway light-years from home. His one chance to get out of this mess: working under the impassioned daemon choreographer who got him into it. 

Vordol’s Vow by Dena Garson
Bodyguard Vordol Silveira vows to be the best, keeping his heart disengaged. Pitannah Lorento dreams of winning the intergalactic burlesque competition. When she’s threatened, Vordol’s vow is put to the test.

Hide and Peek by Blaire Edens
Religious zealots storm the burlesque club where Suzy headlines, forcing her run, leaving behind a precious possession. Davell hooks up with Suzy to catch the perps, her actions set off a chain of dangerous events. 

Educated by the Master by Cailin Briste
Take one talkative novice to kink. Combine with a master who prefers the silence of meditation. Bake on high heat at the Cosmic Cabaret. Luscious.

Comets and Caviar by Jenna Lincoln
Smooth undercover agent Malachi Cartier’s lavish tastes include fine spirits and ladies. 

 

#Science_Fiction, #Romance, #Anthology, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/cosmiccabaretsciencefictionromanceanthology
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review 2017-11-03 16:53
Dark, disturbing, and finally, hopeful
Shatter Me (The Jaded Series Book 1) - Alex Grayson,TOJ Publishing,Hot Tree Editing

Shatter Me is dark, disturbing, and hopeful. That sounds like a strange combination, but those most accurately describe the overall feel of the story for me. Bailey's story starts when she's on the run from a truly vile man, one who is also her husband. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks, mostly in the form of nightmares, of the horrendous abuse and torture that she suffered at Steven's hand. Add to that the abuse she endured during her childhood, and many parts of this one are absolutely heart-wrenching. The hope comes in when she lands in Jaded Hollow, Ohio and quickly becomes enmeshed in the lives of the people there.

There were a few things that require a certain suspension of belief, like how she so easily trusts Jaxon and how no one ever questioned Steven's actions, but this is fiction, after all, and some liberties can be allowed to keep a story moving along. 

Shatter Me is very emotional and those emotions do come across vividly. The characters are interesting and well-written, stirring feelings that make you want to root for them or see them get their just desserts, depending on the character. 

Overall, the author has painted a picture of small-town, America, with people that are willing to help others. Jaxon and his friends and family give Bailey that hope that she so desperately needs in her life and I will be checking out the next book in the series - I'm dying to know what's up with Mia and Mack. 

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review 2017-10-13 20:53
Gruselkrimi in Cold-Case-Manier
Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor - Cheryl Bradshaw

Addison Lockhart wird seit frühester Kindheit von grausamen Visionen und düsteren Ahnungen gequält. Meistens ist der Tod darin zu Gast und sie haben sich häufig als Wahrheit entpuppt. Nichtsdestotrotz wird sie von ihren Eltern zum Psychiater geschleppt und lernt, diesen Teil von ihr zu unterdrücken. Bis zu dem Tag, an dem sie „Grayson Manor“ von ihrer Mutter erbt und in das verwunschene Haus zieht. 

Ich hatte mir bei „Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor“ eine atomsphärische, gruselige Horror-Haus-Geschichte gewünscht. Schon allein die vielversprechende ‚Heimsuchung‘ und der dunkel klingende Name ‚Grayson Manor‘ laden zu schaurigsten Vorstellungen ein. Bekommen habe ich einen sanften Gruselkrimi, dem es zumeist am richtigen Schauerambiente fehlt.

Addison Lockhart ist Anfang 30 und hat von ihrer Mutter „Grayson Manor“ geerbt. In diesem Haus hat sie ihre Kindheit verbracht, ihrer Tochter allerdings nie etwas davon erzählt. Außerdem kündigen sich weitere Familiengeheimnisse an, denen das letzte Quäntchen Spannung fehlt.

Die Handlung entspricht einem Krimi in Cold-Case-Manier. Addison stößt auf eine alte und somit kalte Spur und versucht, den Ereignissen von damals auf den Grund zu gehen. Das ist alles andere als einfach, weil die meisten Beteiligten verzogen oder längst verstorbenen sind. Hier ist es natürlich hilfreich, wenn man eine Seherin ist … 

Es geht quer durch die 50er-Jahre mit einem Blick auf alte Hollywood-Legenden. Intrigen, Affären und unbequemer Geltungsdrang erhalten ebenso Raum wie Addisons Gabe, die sie auf längst vergessene Spuren bringt.

Der Schreibstil ist meiner Meinung nach ok und angenehm zu lesen. Die Übersetzung wurde von anderen Lesern bemängelt, was ich nur teilweise unterschreiben kann. Mir sind zwar auch manch holprige Sätze aufgefallen, allerdings war ich meistens so in der Handlung drin, dass ich sie nicht als störend empfunden habe.

Gefehlt hat es mir dafür eindeutig am gruseligen Grundton und der angemessenen Horrorstimmung, die Cover, Klappentext und Protagonistin versprechen. Wenn die Protagonistin um die 30 ist, hatte ich mir schon intensiveren Horror erwartet, der mir die Zehennägel hebt. Leider sind mir diesbezüglich die Füße aber eingeschlafen. Es gibt zwar einige schaurige Stellen, aber nichts davon hat bei mir für Gänsehaut gesorgt.

Den Cold-Case-Stil hingegen finde ich sehr nett, weil ich gerne in alte Zeiten eintauche und gleichzeitig den Bezug zur Gegenwart sehen kann. Wie schon gesagt, verschlägt es Addison vor allem in die 50er, wo sie sich mit der Geschichte ihrer Familie auseinandersetzt.

Untermalt wird das Ganze von einer sanften Liebesgeschichte, Addisons Selbstfindung und die Wiederentdeckung ihrer Fähigkeit. 

Mit dem Ende hat mich Cheryl Bradshaw in zweierlei Hinsicht überrascht. Erstens hatte ich das Gefühl, dass es sehr abrupt gekommen ist. Denn die Handlung ist mehr oder weniger gleichmäßig vorangegangen und plötzlich war ich am Ende angekommen. Zweitens hatte ich mit diesem Ausgang nicht gerechnet, was mir doch gefallen hat.

Insgesamt ist „Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor“ ein Gruselkrimi in Cold-Case-Manier, der bestimmt weniger anspruchsvollen und jüngeren Horrorlesern gefallen wird. Bei den erfahrenen, alten Hasen im Horrorgenre werden wohl die Füße kalt bleiben, obwohl die Handlung durch den Unterhaltungswert punkten kann. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-09-15 22:02
Mind blowing read
Pitch Dark - Alex Grayson,A.M. Wilson Author

I can't think of the last time a book held me so completely riveted. Parts of this story were very graphic that they were truly hard to read and both terrifying and heart wrenching, particularly when the abuse is detailed, but at the same time, I couldn't stop reading. I had to know who Doe was and if Niko found the resolution he sought. The book is wonderfully written and so well done that it was easy to see myself, right there, watching it all play out. With its whiplash inducing twists and horrifying acts of a madman that is so much scarier than any of the things that go bump in the night. This is one tale that will stick with me and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre. Wilson and Grayson make a great team and are certainly authors to watch. 

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review 2017-09-15 12:32
RELEASE/REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Pitch Dark by A. M. Wilson and Alex Grayson
Pitch Dark - Alex Grayson,A.M. Wilson Author
Pitch Dark is exactly that... dark! It comes with trigger warnings, and the authors even say to contact them before you read if you have any questions. Don't take this lightly!
 
Niko was best friends with Aislin, and was the only one who didn't believe she had run away. At only fifteen-years-old though, Niko had a hard time getting anyone to believe him, and so Aislin was never found. He never stopped looking for his North though, and even became a police officer so he could carry on. What happens next is twisted and full of red herrings, guaranteed to keep you guessing until the end.
 
This book is written from different perspectives - Niko's, Lelu's, and sometimes, the big bad. Trust me when I say that it doesn't matter which perspective it is from, it's got some very grim parts in it. Niko is a bit over the top with his anger issues, although you have to see that to appreciate how he softens towards Doe. There was one particular point when my fingers curled, due to how well written a scene was. It turned my stomach, but it was excellent.
 
Like I said before, there are twists and turns, plus red herrings all thrown at you. You will think that you know who it is, and then you will doubt yourself. I had it right all along, and yet I was still surprised by the ending. At one point, I even convinced myself that a different character hadn't been shot and killed, and it was him doing it - all because the authors said that he wasn't identified due to him not having a face!
 
Pitch Dark is excellently written and is seamless between the two authors. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disturbed my reading flow. This story was dark and horrible, but it also had hope, and a glimmer of light. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with o requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/09/releasereview-giveaway-pitch-dark-by-m.html
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