Blog Tour & #giveaway – The Longing and the Lack by C M Spivey @CalSpivey @xpressotours

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The Longing and the Lack
by C.M. Spivey
(The Unliving #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

LongingSynopsis:

“Gothic curses, deadly love affairs, and vengeful ghosts combine to make this paranormal mystery a compelling page-turner.” — Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin

Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.

Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone’s imminent demise—except Lucinda’s friends and family are still breathing.

The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father’s hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.

It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.

They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit’s rage to rest.

A dark romance for fans of Diane Setterfield and the TV show Supernatural, The Longing and the Lack is a Gothic story for the modern age.

excerpt

The campus was silent, damp with fog. Lucinda took a leisurely pace from the dormitory, past some of the lecture halls, the administrative offices, the president’s house. Rosmoy was an obscure private institution, but despite its small size, it carried in its atmosphere a presumption of permanence. It had been established soon after the town itself, in the sixteenth century, reached its apex sometime in the nineteenth, and had hovered comfortably there ever since.

The library was its heart—as it should be. It drew her eye the moment she entered the school’s central courtyard: large, red-bricked, with a broad white patio and columns framing three double-door entrances. Lucinda smiled and strode toward the center door. All was dark inside. She laid a hand on the wood of the door and leaned forward to peer through the slightly rippled pane.

“It’s not open yet.”

Lucinda turned around. A tall girl with brown skin and black hair was standing at the edge of the patio, half turned from Lucinda as though she had been walking past when she noticed someone was at the library door. She was beautiful; the corners of her mouth were upturned with amusement. Though Lucinda couldn’t surmise a reason for the amusement, except at her own expense, it seemed to her that the expression was fond rather than malicious. This feeling was inexplicable, and therefore suspicious.

“That’s all right,” she replied. “I’m just exploring.”

The girl’s smile widened. “You’re new to Rosmoy, then?”

“Yes.”

Her dark eyes looked Lucinda up and down in a slow and thoughtful fashion; her lips parted during the assessment, a softening which made Lucinda suddenly self-conscious. Her cheeks grew warm under the scrutiny, and her own gaze danced from the girl’s mouth to her eyes to her figure as her embarrassment grew.

“I think you belong here,” the girl said finally. She approached, and offered Lucinda her hand. “I’m Sri Whelan.”

Lucinda accepted the gesture; they squeezed, rather than shook, which felt both too intimate and, at the same time, perfect. “Lucinda Hightower.”

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About the author

 

C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the paranormal series, “The Unliving”. His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he’s committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo) and watches too much Netflix. Anything left over is devoted to his tireless quest to make America read more. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his darling husband Matt and adorable dog Jay.

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Review – Reasonable Doubts by Kyra Lennon @klennonwrites

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Reasonable Doubts by Kyra Lennon
Publication date: August 9th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense

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Darcy Ryan is a woman on a mission.

A mission to take down the corrupt cops who ensured her best friend, Matteo Torres, went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit – the murder of his wife, Rebecca.
Darcy is willing to do just about anything to prove his innocence, including getting up close and personal with lead detective, Finn Drake.

She knows she’s playing a dangerous game, but it gets more dangerous than she could have ever imagined when she discovers everything she thought she knew about Rebecca Torres was wrong, and Finn Drake isn’t the man she thought he was either.

Darcy’s life and her best friend’s freedom are on the line. With her entire world turned on its head and time running out, she has to decide. Should she take a chance on Drake and go against her gut instincts, or go it alone and pray she can find the killer before he finds her?

review

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – novellas can be tricky things to get right.  It can be difficult to condense all the necessary details and still allow the story to flow properly, for the character connections to develop organically.

However, I think that the author has done a decent job with this one.  Told in dual POV, the back story is released in increments without being intrusive.  The character connection is tangible and the narrative is fast paced and engaging.

An enjoyable, quick diversion.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November.

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New Release & Review – The Game by Sylvie Stewart @sylvie_stewart_

The Game
by Sylvie Stewart
(Carolina Connections #4)
Publication date: September 2nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

**STEAMY STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY**

When life throws you a curveball, do you have what it takes to get back in the game?

Gavin:
All I ever wanted was to play ball. When an act of sheer stupidity took that dream away, I didn’t know if I would ever bounce back. But now I’ve got the opportunity to coach an up-and-coming phenom, and I’m going to give it all I’ve got. The fact that I’ve been lusting after his smoking hot sister only sweetens the deal. She’s got that whole sexy librarian thing going on—all buttoned up and prim. I can’t stop thinking about undoing every one of those buttons.
The only problem? She thinks I’m just a kid. But I’ll show her I’m not only a man…I’m the man for her.

Emerson:
Never underestimate the importance of a well-thought-out plan. My life is a series of carefully calculated decisions, all aimed at ensuring a successful future that includes a partnership at a prestigious law firm. I didn’t expect to find myself suddenly acting as guardian for my younger brother, Jay, but I can adjust for his sake. I’m not about to let one change make me lose sight of my goals. Unfortunately, my brother’s very hot and very young baseball coach doesn’t care too much about my plans. He has a plan of his own–one that includes making me fall for him.
I just need to keep my eye on the ball and remember my priorities, because this is one game I can’t afford to lose.

The Game is Book 4 in Sylvie Stewart’s Carolina Connections series. The Fix (Book 1), The Spark (Book 2), and The Lucky One (Book 3) are currently available in ebook and paperback. Each book can be read as a standalone with a big, fat HEA.

This book contains language and sexual content inappropriate for readers under 18.

review

Once again, I find myself greedily devouring another book from this talented author.

I really think that each book I have read has been stronger than the last.  And, although the cast of side characters and their intertwining relationships may have your head spinning a little, Gavin and Emerson work really well as a couple.

And yet, in some ways, it’s the interactions with Jay that really adds the extra depth to the story.  Throw in the completely opposite parents and it just all works really well.

A one sitting read, and so very nearly 5*.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Sylvie Stewart is an author of Romance and Romantic Comedy. Like the characters in her books, North Carolina is where Sylvie calls home these days, and she can’t get enough of the great weather and fun adventures NC offers. She and her husband love arguing over which of them is the funniest. Sometimes, she lets him win because she’s cool like that. When she’s not writing, she is hanging out with her husband and kids or reading, Romance being her favorite genre, of course. And she knows that life wouldn’t be worth living without a lot of laughter, friends, and wine!

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