Monday, September 26, 2016

Reviewing The Harbinger by Keegan Kennedy

The Harbinger by Keegan Kennedy 3*
BLURB:It starts as a whisper, barely audible. 
Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge. 
Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, spreading out in all directions. When the naysayers can no longer ignore the wails and moans of the dying, the Harbinger will already have them by their throats. 
But the end is only the beginning… 
Discovered in the Alaskan permafrost, the ancient virus was reanimated and genetically-altered. The new strain showed great promise in curing many of mankind’s afflictions. When the specimen fell into the hands of the Russian theocracy, their inept scientists attempted to create a biological weapon—a weapon that outsmarted them. 
Now, the androvirus is a deadly airborne plague, conquering the world in a matter of days. With a communicability of 100% and a mortality rate of over 90%, there is no immunity. For the survivors, who can suppress the virus, there is only change. A few adapt, but most become walking, talking gray horrors with an appetite for flesh. 
Primarily set in the American city of Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. 
Alex Connelly is a wealthy, young executive, living an idyllic life with his pregnant wife, Madison. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man, desperate to hang onto his youth and sex appeal. Meredith Brinkley’s on-going war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she faces an impending double mastectomy. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock, playing for a minor league team while coming to terms with his true identity. And only together will they survive... 
This work can be read as a stand-alone novel with an ending—an ending that leaves the door open for sequels as well as an exit for anyone who wants to get off the ride. 

My Review: I was given a free copy by Divine Promotions in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book but I couldn't say it will ever feature on my top favourite apocalyptic stories. The author does a great job in the world building but constantly lost me with his characters - the constant jumping from one to another was enough to keep me from really feeling any connection to anyone and most of them were not the sort of people you could feel empathy for any way.
As a horror story it didn't scare me that much, as the virus/disease pandemic has been used so often, but the author does have a way of making it feel new. However some of the scenes were a little too disgusting for my taste. I guess if you  like TV shows like Walking Dead you will certainly like this book (I hated Walking Dead and am not ashamed to admit it).

Cover reveal for Snow & Secrets (Stanford Creek #3) by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott

Author: RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
Publisher: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC
Release Date: November 15 2016
Length: 50,000 words
Blurb
Secrets could kill him. Will trusting another keep him alive?
Garrett Campbell is a man on the run. Wounded in the line of duty he returns to a town that is the only place he feels safe. When danger threatens to follow him there he has to run; only he appears to have picked up an unwanted guest.
Tyler Hart needs some down time, with the press hounding him after a failed relationship, he is desperate for peace. It seems like Stanford Creek may well be the place to go. After all, it worked for his friend Cody. Unfortunately, his timing is off, and he finds himself on the run with the very sexy Garrett Campbell.
First comes trust, and then comes love. Now they just have to stay alive.

Author Bio: 
RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing. 
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Isobel Starling's Fall Together Book Tour.


Author: Isobel Starling
Length: 524 pages
Blurb
Two Hearts collide on a London Tube train...
Artist Emily Raven really has no choice in getting up close and personal with model Pieter Bayer when they’re pushed together in a crowded train carriage. Their close proximity kindles a conversation, which leads to them discovering they have an acquaintance in common, that of art director Darien Hollgoode. So, when Pieter invites the artist to accompany him to the photo shoot he’s heading to, Emily decides it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up with her roguish old friend Darien, and spend time with her gorgeous new friend, Pieter.
They begin a deeply erotic affair. However, not everyone is happy about their blossoming relationship. 
Pieter’s best-friend Simeon is secretly in love with him, and Emily’s manipulative old friend, Darien, holds an explosive secret to Pieter’s past... that will change everything.
Set between Berlin and London, this beautifully life affirming erotic romantic tale tells of how two damaged souls learn to trust again and in trusting each other, find that 'something more'.

This book was previously published under the title "Schonling" and was re-titled in 2016.
Please note: There are scenes of a sexual nature in this book and strong language through out. Reader discretion is advised.

Author Bio
Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times. 
Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art.  She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved it more than making art. 
Isobel’s first novel “Schonling” was a best seller in the GLBT-Bisexual genre on the ‘All Romance ebooks’ site.  She mainly writes M/M Romantic comedy thrillers and has just completed her sixth book.  Isobel has also signed French translation rights for novella “As You Wish”. 
Isobel adores the M/M genre and enjoys writing about wounded souls and the complexities of personal relationships.  Despite not having found proof yet, Isobel believes in love at first sight and endeavors to give her men a thrilling journey and a satisfying ending!
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