Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review ~ Arrow: The Dark Archer by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman @JohnBarrowman


Arrow:  The Dark Archer by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman

Graphic Novel Information:

Series: Arrow
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
ISBN-10: 1401263291
ISBN-13: 978-1401263294
Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2mEXOSG


About the Graphic Novel:

FROM THE HIT TV SERIES ARROW, THE MAN BEHIND MERLYN TELLS THE DARK ARCHER’S STORY FOR THE FIRST TIME!

He’s been known as Malcolm Merlyn, Arthur King, Ra’s al Ghul...but who is the Dark Archer, really?

Years ago, the man now known as Malcolm Merlyn was recruited by the secret sect known as The Hidden for a mission in the Hindu Kush mountains. Their task: to protect a mystical temple from the League of Assassins. But the mission didn’t go as planned—loyalties were questioned as ancient secrets were revealed.

Now present-day Merlyn has been captured by a figure from his past demanding answers, and Merlyn’s only hope for survival lies in the long-hidden story of his adventures as Arthur King!

Learn the full story of one of the most complex antiheroes of ARROW for the first time as John Barrowman, the actor who brings him to life on the hit TV series, and his sister, novelist Carole E. Barrowman (HOLLOW EARTH), reveal the secret past of the Green Arrow’s mysterious nemesis!

My Review:

Arrow: The Dark Archer brings readers the man behind the.....villain (you thought I was going to say "mask," didn't you?!) or should it be the villain behind the man?  Whichever way you spin it, John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn is a complex guy.  You don't even know how complex until you get comfy with a copy of this graphic novel by both John and Carole Barrowman.  

Malcolm Merlyn is just one iteration of this character.  He's been known by several names and one in the novel that is not familiar to me - Arthur King.  In this adaption we learn who Arthur King is and how he became involved in a secret organization, crossing paths with supernatural creatures and with the League of Assassins.  The history he reveals at the hands of his captors pulls pieces together, answers questions, and allows the reader to get to know the The Dark Archer.

Written in the same tone and with the same sass that John Barrowman portrays with Merlyn, you'll feel like you're in an Arrow spin-off.  I found the entire graphic novel to be written well while providing much needed backstory for our beloved antihero.  I have a love-hate relationship with Merlyn, and The Dark Archer doesn't improve that relationship..haha.  

John and Carole Barrowman did a fantastic job writing Malcolm Merlyn's history, giving fans of the character more information about him.  The artistry was also fantastic.  Each panel is clearly drawn and the speech and though balloons are easily discernible from character to character.  There is action, adventure, wit, and danger in this fast-paced look into The Dark Archer.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Into the Light by J.G. Sumner @jg_sumner


Into the Light 
J.G. Sumner
Romantic Suspense 
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

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About the Book:

Laney Pearson was shot at point blank range…

With the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan George, Josh Stone managed to save her, giving them both a new start and a second chance at love. But when Laney’s parents try to take their recovering daughter back to Missouri, Josh fears he’ll lose her...possibly forever.

A mysterious stalker and Laney’s family aren’t the only ones who want Josh and Laney apart…
Jillian Stone has struggled with her own demons, always leaning on her brother Josh for support. When she sees him doting on Laney, spending days on end by her hospital bed, Jillian grows increasingly jealous. She pictures a life where Laney is gone and she and Josh can be closer...much closer.

A familiar shadow still threatens the light…

They thought Laney’s stalker was completely erased from their lives, arrested when he tried to kill her. But they find it wasn’t Laney’s ex-boyfriend who tormented her for weeks on end, even if he was the one who pulled the trigger. They are now on the lookout for the real stalker, who becomes braver with each passing day, always in shadows, never creeping into the light...

They fear he might be back to finish what he started...sending Laney to an early grave.

Meet the Author:


JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue.  As good as she was at starting IV's, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more.  Most of the time the characters won't stop pestering her until she has them down on paper.
JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer.  When she's not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping.
JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously.  She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren't and would love to hear your opinion on her books.
JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.

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Release Blitz ~ An Accident (Andrew Sisters #2) by Lindsay Marie Miller #Romance @Lindsay_MMiller


Title: An Accident (Andrew Sisters, Book #2)
Author: Lindsay Marie Miller
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2017




About the Book:

Amy Andrews is an aspiring young artist living alone in the heart of New York City. With an acceptance letter to NYU in the mail, her dreams of opening her own Manhattan gallery one day appear within reach.

Until Austin Taylor crosses her path. A smooth talkin' country boy from Southern Missouri with a knack for the culinary arts. What starts as innocent flirtation quickly blossoms into a passionate love affair, branded by sweet temptation and burning desire. But when a heavy dose of reality drives them apart, will their whirlwind romance come to an end? Or is their love the kind that lasts a lifetime? Spin-Off of An Arrangement With Appearances by Benny & Claire Lewis

*Can be read as a Stand Alone*

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Meet the Author:


LINDSAY MARIE MILLER graduated from Florida State University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. An author of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, she enjoys writing about strong heroines and the honorable gentlemen who claim their hearts. The author resides in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL, where she is currently working on her next novel.

Cozy Mystery Book Blast & #Giveaway ~ Purr M for Murder by T.C. Lotempio @RoccoBlogger @GoddessFish


Purr M for Murder
by T.C. Lotempio


About the Book:

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat--along with Littleton's dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington--who just happens to be Sydney's old high school crush--is highly suspicious of the sisters' involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton's death--until the killer notices she's pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Read an Excerpt:

Will glanced up. “Pretty observant of you, Syd. The ME will determine the cause of death.” He tapped on his notebook with the edge of his pen. “Why don’t you walk me through what happened. How did the two of you come to be in Littleton’s shop so early?”

“We had something we wanted to discuss with Mr. Littleton, and we thought the earlier the better,” I said.

“I see. And just what was the nature of this discussion?”

I shifted my weight to my other foot. “Friendly Paws has teamed with Dayna’s Treats & Sweets for a cat café event to benefit the shelter. For a nominal fee, people can have their coffee and goodies in a room with shelter cats that are available for adoption.”

Will glanced up, and I could see a light of interest in his eyes. “I’ve heard of those cafes. They’re mostly in Europe.”

“There are a few in the States, big cities mostly. This will be the first event of its kind in North Carolina. We’re hoping to increase revenue for both the café and the shelter.”

“Let me guess. That idea didn’t sit well with Littleton?”

Kat and I both shook our heads in unison and Kat exclaimed, “I should say not! He was in the shop yesterday, and he made his feelings pretty darn clear. He thought having the cats around would be detrimental to business. Heck, he thinks-thought-the shelter in general was a detriment to the town.”

“A sentiment you two didn’t agree with,” he said slowly.

“I should say not!” Kat returned, her cheeks starting to flame. “Syd and I tried to reason with him yesterday but he didn’t want to hear it.”

“And that’s why you decided to come here this morning?”

I nodded. “Yes. I put together a pretty good argument of pros for the event. I was hoping to appeal to his sense of business acumen.”

“Why did you feel this was necessary? Had he threatened you?”

“Not in so many words,” I said carefully. “But he did say yesterday that he was determined to put a stop to the proceedings, and we hadn’t heard the last from him.”

“Um-hm.” Will murmured, scribbling some more.

“And Leila Addams – do you remember her, Will? She’s a reporter for the Deer Park Herald now,” Kat chimed in. “Leila said that she thought Littleton was inquiring about starting a petition against showing the shelter cats – and the shelter in general.”

Will made another notation in his book. “So when was the last time you saw Littleton?”

“Yesterday around one-thirty.” I cleared my throat. “If that’s all the questions you have, we need to get going.”

He snapped his notebook shut. “You’re free to go for now,” he said, “but I will probably need to talk to you some more later on.”

“That’s fine,” I said. “We’ll be here.”

The corners of Will’s lips twitched slightly. “Good to know.” 

Once we were back out on the street, Kat hauled off and punched me in the arm – hard.

“Yow!” I cried. “What was that for?”

“For thinking that you could come here and face Littleton without me, for one,” Kat said. “I knew you had your fingers crossed last night.” 

I rubbed at my arm. “Can’t put anything over on you, can I?”

She gave me a shrewd look. “So, how did it feel, seeing Will Worthington again after all these years! I heard he was back in town, but I had no idea he’d become a detective – homicide, no less.” She cut me a sidelong glance. “Funny, isn’t it, how you two came back to Deer Park almost at the same time. Like Karma, or something.”

“Well, I’d rather deal with Will than his partner, Colombo Junior,” I said. “Come on, let’s get my car and get to the shelter. I hope Maggie isn’t too worried.”

We walked through the alleyway and when we were almost at the spot where I’d parked, I suddenly stopped short. “Hey,” Kat cried as she ran full tilt into my back. “What’s wrong?”

I pointed to the empty space beside my car. “There was a white Lincoln there when I came, parked pretty badly. The license plate read TLITTLE. I thought for sure it was Littleton’s car, but if it’s gone…”

“A white Lincoln? That’s his wife Petra’s car,” Kat said. She glanced around, then pointed to the gym. “She must have parked it here instead of the gym parking lot, like she usually does. I wonder why.”

Another disturbing thought occurred to me as I slid behind the wheel. It would have been impossible for Littleton’s wife not to have seen the ambulance and police cars parked in front of her husband’s shop. Why hadn’t she come to see what was wrong? 

Unless, of course…she didn’t have to. Because she already knew.

Meet the Author:

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While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM. #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, is out this December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com 

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Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ The Truth Will Out Karen J Mossman ~ Thriller, Suspense


The Truth Will Out
Karen J Mossman

Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she's terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?
Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.
Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah's secret past be kept from Ryan?
In the end The Truth Will Out.
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Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.
Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections.
Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, "It's especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books."
Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.
"I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website."

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Release Day ~ The Black Lily by Juliette Cross ~ #Giveaway ~ @Juliette__Cross @EntangledPub


The Black Lily
by Juliette Cross

Publication Date: 
March 27, 2017 

Genres: 
Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Paranormal, Historical, Vampires, Cinderella Retelling


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About the Book: 

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger. Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

Read an Excerpt:

Stepping to the side of the door, he waited, heart in his throat. The door creaked open, but she hesitated. He heard the zing of a short blade being drawn. As soon as she crossed the threshold, he grabbed her wrist and yanked her inside, slamming the door shut. She yelped. With a swift movement, he had her by the wrists, pinned against the wall and facing him.

Upon seeing her captor, she closed her eyes and mouthed a nasty epithet before saying, “This seems familiar.”

“Drop your blade. Now.”

Marius’s canines extended the second he touched her skin. His inner beast—hungry and wanting—demanded obedience. Take her. Whispers from the animal inside swirled in his head as he fought to regain control, wanting to sink his fangs into her pretty neck, the urge driving him near mad.

Keeping her mouth shut as if she sensed he rode the edge of fury, she dropped the dagger. Her chest rose and fell swiftly.

“What now? To the dungeon?”

Breathless, she notched her chin up higher in defiance. He kicked her blade back with his heel, knocking it against the grate in the fireplace. Then he loosened his grip, sliding his hands down her bare forearms, up to her shoulders and along the side of her breasts and her ribcage, landing on her hips.

“What are you doing?” she asked, breathless.

“Checking for more weapons.”

“I have no more.”

He scoffed. “That’s where you’re wrong.” He squeezed her hips. Her eyes slid closed and she dropped her head to the wall. “You have more than one weapon.” He nuzzled her neck and whispered in her ear, the words grinding out in pain. “And it’s killing me slowly.”



Meet Juliette Cross:


Juliette is a multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. She calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab named Kona. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more books set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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Kane Moss: A Tale of Reckoning by C.D. Tuttle #Western



Kane Moss
A Tale of Reckoning
C.D. Tuttle
Western

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About the Book:

Kane Moss, a rather large, easygoing cowboy who would prefer to be left alone, finds himself leading a small posse on a bloody trail of reckoning.

Their remote Wyoming mountain village burned and pillaged by a murderous gang they are charged by their elders to find the gang and take their retribution. Little did they know that their pursuit would take them from their small mountain village to Ojinaga, Mexico. Kane Moss is no stranger to trouble. He has travelled a considerable part of the West riding shotgun on stages and participating in posses hunting for stage robbers. He has a strong code of honor learned from his upbringing and tries to do right. Sometimes naïve in trusting others he makes blunders, but always manages to come out on top. His determination is one to be reckoned with. Klatchard Bordiaz, leader of the murderous gang is a man full of hatred and contempt for anyone who has earned a decent life. He is intemperate and unrestrained having viciously killed his first man at the age of fourteen. He commands a large gang of murderers and thieves known as the Klatch Gang. On their way back to Ojinaga from a cattle drive to Montana they attack a small mountain village in the Medicine Bow Mountains of Wyoming Territory. Burning, raping and plundering the residents of this unsuspecting mountain village they stir up a hornet’s nest of angry mountain folks who are unforgiving when done wrong.

Among Kane’s posse is a young woman, Sarah Jane, who lost a brother and sister in the raid on their village. She is a determined woman and will be put down by no man. Nothing will stand in the way of her seeking revenge on the Klatch gang.

Sometimes humorous and rollicking, at other times deadly serious, their determination never fades. Through false leads, blunders and marauding Indians they manage to catch up to the raiders in the lawless village of Ojinaga. Here they find they are also up against the Mexican Rurales. The odds of success are overwhelmingly against them as Kane Moss and his small posse faces the intemperate and cold-blooded Klatchard Bordiaz, a much-feared vicious killer and gang leader.

Meet the Author:


C. D. Tuttle was born and raised in Central Oklahoma. Through learning from his great grandmother, who was in the Oklahoma land rush of 1891, and the experiences of his father, he developed a passionate interest in the old West. He spent his formative years on a farm in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. Well educated in the sciences, he spent his professional life as a geologist, zoologist and naturalist. Throughout his travels to wild places around the world, he never lost touch with his Western upbringing. He has resided on the western slope of Colorado for the past 20 years.

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Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life by Ronna Wineberg


Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life
by Ronna Wineberg

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories
In this stirring new collection, Ronna Wineberg explores our essential bonds to partners, children, parents, and friends. Intimacy, marriage, parenthood, adultery, divorce, and the legacies left by the past unfold in these beautifully written stories. Men and women search for happiness and love, yet face longing, disappointment, and loss. The characters in Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life struggle with unexpected changes in their own lives but discover the power of kindness, the joy of connection, and the ways in which we can be renewed.
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Ronna Wineberg is the author of NINE FACTS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, a collection of short stories, ON BITTERSWEET PLACE, a novel, and a debut collection, SECOND LANGUAGE, which won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, and was the runner-up for the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a scholarship in fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review.

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