Friday, December 18, 2015

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Miranda’s Rights (Paranormal Detectives Book Two)
by Lily Luchesi

 The dead don’t always rest easy...
Retired detective Danny Mancini is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them…especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up trying to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years.

Coming on January 8th, 2016 from Vamptasy Publishing
Cover art by Rue Volley

Catch up on the first book in the Paranormal Detectives Series, Stake-Out.


In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...

Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire!
The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.


About Lily:

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "Gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.
Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, will be released on January 8th, 2016.
She has a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which will be released in February of 2016. (page) (friend)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Doctor Who: Royal Blood (The Glamour Chronicles #1) by Una McCormack


This review was written by: B
Received: Blogging for Books
Publication Date of Book: September 2015
Pages: 240 
Stars: 4.5/5

Official Summary (Paperback Edition)
"The Grail is a story.  A myth!  It didn't exist on your world!  It can't exist here!"

The city-state of Varuz is failing.  The capital is crumbling, and his enemies are poised to invade. Duke Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle.  So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.

But all is not what it seems.  The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight.  Aurelian's wife and his trusted knight seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue . . . 

Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara's involvement in the plot be discovered? Why is the enemy's ambassador so nervous?  And who are the ancient and weary knights claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail . . . ?

My Thoughts:
Doctor Who is an amazing force that has swept into thousands of people's hearts worldwide.  To be honest, Doctor Who, in both its show and its novel mediums, is fairly new to me, but I have been curious about this adventurous, galaxy traveling man for some time.  One of my sisters has a deep love for this show and eventually convinced me to give it a try.  Now, I have seen several episodes but honestly wanted to try Doctor Who out in book form.  So . . . here I am!  Royal Blood seemed extremely fascinating because of its given premise and high-tech medieval atmosphere, and I decided to start here.  The setting and delicate details of Varuz were as breath-taking as they were despairing. Even though this majestic land was only words on a page, I felt as if I was witnessing Varuz's strange, warped city-state for myself right alongside the Doctor.  The idea alone of a decaying, ancient civilization riddled with advanced technology was enough to keep me going.

Una McCormack had a rich writing style that pleasantly surprised me.  The beginning of Royal Blood made me feel as if I was reading a poetic work, and McCormack clearly has the capability of taking on sentences as if they each have a beauty of their own.  On top of that, what really made this novel unique was the split narrative.  One moment I was reading in third person about Clara or the Doctor, and the next I was reading from the perspective of Bernhardt, a trusted friend and knight of Duke Aurelian.  I feel as though this gave the story a much needed element of diversity so that the audience was kept interested.  The length of this novel also worked as an advantage, even though it would have been nice if certain elements were slightly fleshed out in greater detail.  The short length is able to keep younger readers interested, while a slightly older audience will feel as if they still read a worthy story.   

As a newcomer to the Doctor Who world, I feel as though I have learned quite a bit.  The characters were fairly developed, and I love the relationship between Clara and the Doctor himself.  Hardcore fans of Doctor Who, especially the twelfth Doctor, are sure to devour this story while new ones will have the chance to fall in love with this crazy and clever duo for the first time.  Even if you're not a huge fan of this series, I would definitely give this book I try.  It unexpectedly exceeded all of my expectations, and left me desperately wanting to watch more of the television series!

Please note that I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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