New Release & #giveaway – The Destined by E J Mellow @ej_mellow @xpressotours


Book & Author Details:

The Destined by E.J. Mellow
(Dreamland #3)
Publication date: October 17th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult


I searched for you in the stars tonight.
But I found none
that burned as bright as you.

—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly

With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.

Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?

From Award Winning author, E.J. Mellow, comes the breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series. A story that will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.


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About the author

EJMellowE.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Review – Never Tap Out by Victoria Prince

Book & Author Details:

Never Tap Out #1 by Victoria Prince
Published by: Two Princes Books and Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Never Tap Out 1.jpgKate has been through a lot in the last two years. She narrowly survives a tragic car accident that claims the life of her mother. Her father ran out on her and her younger brother years ago, leaving them with their grandmother as the only remaining family; and Kate with pain she didn’t know existed. Her mother was everything and now she’s gone. Kate has survived rape, abuse, abandonment, and tragedy, but can she live through this too? How much can one nineteen year old woman endure before she breaks?

For the next couple of years, Kate battles serious depression, reclusion, and regret. When she’s convinced her life couldn’t be anymore miserable, she meets a wrestling coach who knew her mother. In exchange for learning more about the woman who was her whole world, Kate begins a brand new life to lift her out of the mountain of despair she’s been living under.
Slowly but surely, Kate makes a big impact in the world of women’s wrestling, her own life, and makes numerous attempts to right the sorrow of her mother’s death on her younger brother Charles, who suffered more than she knew. Kate follows her mother’s advice to “never tap out”, no matter what life throws at you.

Between her circle of family heartache, a handsome fighter named James tries to shake up Kate’s emotions even more. He’s determined to prove his worth to her and give her a reason to smile again. The only thing Kate has found solace in since the wreck is her family and watching the innocence of the sunset that never gives up. Can she trust a pair of sexy brown eyes while trying to save her brother from a constant downward spiral and carry on her mother’s legacy?

Love, loss, lust, perseverance, and tears will ravage all of your emotions in this heartfelt story about beating all odds and destroying the demons that haunt us.




I’m a little split about this book.  I can’t decide  whether, in the telling of this tale, the author’s inexperience is coming through and she is simply trying a bit too hard, or if the narrative voice is intentionally self indulgent.  I suspect that it is the former.

The language used is very formal and the lack of use of common contractions make the character interactions very stilted. And the characters themselves bounce about a bit, jostling my train of thought as I was reading.

I think that ultimately, there is the basis of a good story here, but that it was lost in the manner of the telling.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.



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About the author

Victoria Prince is a contemporary romance author from New York, now residing in Palm Springs, CA with her husband and sons. She is an obsessive lover of the ocean, tropical locations, dolphins, the NFL, and Peyton Manning. In her very limited spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her growing family under the sun in Southern California by the beach.

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Review – Matowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler @cluculzwriter

Book & Author Details:

Matowak: Woman Who Cries by Joylene Nowell Butler
Published by: Dancing Lemur Press
Publication date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Crime, Suspense

ma--towak.jpgThe follow-up to Broken But Not Dead, an IPPY Award Silver Medalist

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder.

The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.

Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…


I am very firmly lodged on the horns of a dilemma.  You may ask why (or you may simply decide you have better things to do and stop reading at this point). The answer is that I couldn’t finish this book, so it is a DNF, but my conflict arises with the fact that I genuinely don’t think that this was badly written.

Let me try and explain.  I scheduled this book for review by a certain date.  That is the expectation from the author in return for a review.  I started reading well in advance, so that I would have time to think about the story.  But, the story just never grabbed me.  The pacing of the narrative didn’t assist, although I can see how this was an effective tool for maintaining the uncertainty.

The characters have depth, and there is a clearly intriguing mystery to be solved, as well as some significant personal issues to be dealt with.  The connection with me, as a reader, simply wasn’t there.

And this is the crux of the issue.  I expect, had I significantly more time, that I would have returned to this book and finished it.  However, as I don’t, I’m afraid I didn’t.

This book is, however, garnering good reviews, so I am likely to be a blip in an otherwise enthusiastic landscape.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.



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About the author

I am Métis and have been writing my entire life. I began my first novel in 1983 to honour the passing of my dad. Today my husband and I live in the home we built with our own hands on Cluculz Lake.

My first novel Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. My suspense thriller Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal for Canada West. My newest novel Break Time, the steampunk anthology is now available on Kindle and in print.

I’m retired, sort of. I teach T’chi in my spare time and am currently applying final touches on two suspense thrillers. I provide editing services to young and older writers alike. I spend my winters in Bucerias, Nayarit. If you want to talk writing or about life in general, contact me at cluculzwriter at yahoo dot ca. I’m always here.
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