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Available Now: Lady Of Venice ~ Author: SC Daiko writing as Siobhan Daiko ~ Genre: Historical Time-Slip Romance; Historical Mystery and Suspense

Title: Lady of Venice
Author: SC Daiko writing as Siobhan Daiko 
Genre: Historical Time-Slip Romance; Historical Mystery and Suspense
Release Date: July 22, 2019
Cover Design: Cover Kitchen
“Two women separated by time, but united by passion and art.”
 
A captivating historical romance, LADY of VENICE will transport you to Italy past and present. An incredible love story from international bestselling author SC Daiko, writing as Siobhan Daiko.
In 1504, Cecilia, a lady of Venice, joins the court of Queen Caterina Cornaro—where she catches the eye of a powerful stranger who will stop at nothing to make her his.
Summer 1989, and Fern, on vacation in Italy to deal with a personal trauma, finds herself pulled back to the sixteenth century and drawn inescapably into Cecilia’s life.
Intrigue and romance flourish at the Queen’s court as Cecilia embarks on a passionate but ill-fated affair with a penniless painter.
 
Luca, a twentieth century Italian architect, notices a resemblance between Fern and the girl in a painting by the artist, Giorgione. He helps Fern cope with her visions while falling increasingly under her spell.
Echoes of the past begin to manifest themselves in the present through a series of startling coincidences, until past and present collide—throwing both Fern and Cecilia into deathly danger.
 
Can Fern stay safe and come to terms with her own past?
This book was previously published as “Lady of Asolo”.

“The author paints a beautifully written story with intricate details of the beauty that surrounds Italy as it floats onto the canvas…” Beyond the Covers Book Blog

“Romance, love, hot scenes, drama and one hell of a gripping story line.” Michelle’s Goodreads Review

“Beautiful description and so much mystery I couldn’t put it down.” Lisa’s Goodreads Review

Siobhan Daiko, who also writes as SC Daiko, is an award-winning British author of international bestselling contemporary and historical romance and romantic suspense. Siobhan loves to swim in the sea, travel around Europe, sample different food and enjoy local wine. She has worked in the City of London and taught languages in a Welsh high school before moving to Italy, where she now lives with her husband and two cats. Nothing makes her happier than connecting with readers.
 

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Cover Reveal: Lady Of Venice by SC Daiko writing as Siobhan Daiko, Genre: Historical Time-Slip Romance; Historical Mystery and Suspense

Title: Lady of Venice
Author: SC Daiko writing as Siobhan Daiko 
Genre: Historical Time-Slip Romance; Historical Mystery and Suspense
Release Date: July 22, 2019
Cover Design: Cover Kitchen
From international bestselling author SC Daiko, writing under her name Siobhan Daiko, comes a captivating historical romance set in Venice and the Veneto region of Italy.
 
In 1504, Cecilia, a beautiful feisty young woman, joins the court of a Venetian lady where she catches the eye of a powerful stranger who will stop at nothing to make her his.
 
Nearly five centuries later, Fern, on vacation from London to deal with a personal trauma, finds herself drawn inescapably into Cecilia’s life.
 
Echoes of the past begin to manifest themselves in the present through a series of startling coincidences until past and present collide, throwing both Fern and Cecilia into deathly danger.
 
Can Fern stay safe and come to terms with her own past?
 
“Previously published as Lady of Asolo, Lady of Venice has been re-edited and re-written.”
The Court leaves for Murano, where the Queen will stay until tomorrow. As well as entertaining the Marques, she wants to buy glass. I have a day and a night ahead of me to spend as I please. Well, not quite as I please for there are servants here who’ll spy on me. Dorotea has told me I should stuff pillows under my bedcovers so that it will seem as if I am sleeping. And that’s what I do when Zorzo calls. 
 
In his studio, my fingers shake as they hold the brush. How clumsy I am today. He covers my hand with his and my confidence soars. I can feel his breath against my ear, soft and warm. Turning towards him, I run the tips of my fingers lightly down his cheek. I suck in a gasp and a quiver travels down to my core.
 
Zorzo moans, but he does not stop me when I move my hand down his body and encounter his arousal. His eyes hold mine and I feel as if I shall sink into them; liquid gold, they burn with desire. How different he is from Signor Lodovico. I don’t like to think of that man and banish him from my mind.
 
My painter reaches down and unpins my hair (for today I have dressed it properly). He entwines his hands in my tresses and pulls me against him. ‘Lady Cecilia, you will be the undoing of me.’
 
I lift my mouth to his and our lips meet. The softness makes my insides shiver. We stumble to the bed in the corner of the studio and lower ourselves onto it. Our tongues are dancing and my whole body is on fire. ‘Are you sure, dolcezza?’
 
I nod, the decision made. The step I’m taking will alter the course of my life, yet I can’t envisage any other destiny for me than to become one with this man. 
 
‘You are a horsewoman,’ he says, lifting his lips from mine. ‘Your maidenhead will have been stretched. Even so, I shall enter you slowly, so you do not feel too much pain.’
 
For a second, I am perplexed. Our gaze locks and his eyes burn with such love that I know this can’t be wrong. Whatever the church says, we aren’t sinners. There’s no need for us to speak the words. There will be time for that later. He lifts my gown and I let out a small cry as he pushes gently into me, my sex resisting only momentarily. Only a twinge and then we rock together, and I’m lost to the exquisiteness of the sensation. 
 
Too soon, it’s over. Zorzo shudders and withdraws from me, pulling a kerchief from his pocket and covering his prick. ‘You know how babes are made?’ he says. ‘I can’t spill my seed inside you or we shall have a child. The next time we make love, you will know the pleasure I’ve just experienced, my sweet. Just give me some moments to regain my strength.’
 
He gets up from the bed and goes to the sideboard where there’s a flagon of wine. We drink and nibble biscotti, then wash, then take our time over lovemaking. I had no idea that a man could make a woman writhe the way I’m doing. Have I no shame? I’m lying naked with my legs apart and my lover’s hand is doing such things to me that my whole body is trembling. 
 
On the brink of that joy, like the one I felt the other night, about to reach the end of a blissful journey that has built and built, Zorzo stops. ‘I want to be inside you when you climax. It will be stronger for you.’
 
And he is right. Pleasuring myself can’t be compared with what is happening now. He thrusts into me and I arch against him. Arching and rubbing myself against him until a spark inside me grows into a flame of such exquisiteness that I’m completely lost to it.
Siobhan Daiko, who also writes as SC Daiko, is an award-winning British author of international bestselling contemporary and historical romance and romantic suspense. Siobhan loves to swim in the sea, travel around Europe, sample different food and enjoy local wine. She has worked in the City of London and taught languages in a Welsh high school before moving to Italy, where she now lives with her husband and two cats. Nothing makes her happier than connecting with readers.
 

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📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) ~ Author: Kerri Maniscalco ~ Genre: #YA #HistoricalFiction #Horror #Mystery ~ Available Now!

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Escaping From Houdini

(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

By

Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: #YA #HistoricalFiction #Horror #Mystery

My Rating: 4

Cover: 5

Publication: September 18th, 2018

Read: December 24th, 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 436

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37946456-escaping-from-houdini

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Houdini-Stalking-Jack-Ripper/dp/0316551708/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=167PW5BO19I29&keywords=escaping+from+houdini&qid=1559228706&s=gateway&sprefix=escaping+from%2Caps%2C128&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/180612-stalking-jack-the-ripper

Synopsis:

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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📝My Review📝:

This book was a wild ride and for the first time I actually did not guess the killer!

Escaping From Houdini was such a fun installment to the Stalking Jack The Ripper series. While it was a little slow compared to the previous two it was still fun nonetheless. I loved the addition of the Moonlight Carnival and Mephistophelis totally has my heart I fell for him hard. And due to that I am once again over Thomas and his extra ass. The murders were very interesting due to their connection to tarot and cartomancy. It was also funny seeing Harry Houdini as a character.

Audrey Rose as always was her slightly frustrating self. Her decisions in this book were very questionable. She is supposed to be very smart but it always seems like she is oblivious to the obvious. But she has been that way since the first book so I wasn’t expecting much from her. Not going to lie I was really hoping she would drop Thomas and choose Mephisto but the Cressworth ship unfortunately doesn’t seem like it will sink (pun intended). Thomas was not in this book much and I am sure that is what led to my lack of enjoyment for his character. He is supposed to be able to deduce anything but he couldn’t tell when Audrey Rose was pulling one over on him? She is literally the worst liar in the world she has not one aloof bone in her body. Thomas might win me back in the last book but at this point I am too dedicated to Mephisto. SPEAKING OF…my boy. Literally loved him, every single thing about him. Even though I was suspecting him 90% of the book of being the murderer that changed nothing. I really hope we get to see him again in the last book because his character was too good to just be a one-off. I loved that Liza was back in this book. I missed her and Audrey Rose desperately needed her female partner in crime. She is so intelligent and observant that I wish she would join the Uncle/Thomas/Audrey Rose squad. I hope she is more present in the last book too.

This wasn’t the best installment in the series. It was pretty predictable and followed a pattern that was easy to figure out. There really wasn’t much suspense and anticipation for me. While there were many positive things about this book it just was not a 5 star. Hunting Prince Dracula, this book’s predecessor, was so amazing it is going to be hard to beat.

Overall I really liked this book and this series remains one that I enjoy very much. I definitely recommend this series, don’t be turned off by historical fiction! I cannot wait for the final installment in the series, Capturing The Devil.

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Available Now: Rich and Gone (Red Farlow Mysteries #1) By W.F. Ranew, #AdultMystery

Title: Rich and Gone
Series: Red Farlow Mysteries #1
Author: W.F. Ranew
Genre: Adult Mystery
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Cover Credits: Cora Graphics
PI Red Farlow goes on the hunt to find $300 million a Florida insurance executive bilks out of family and friends.
 
The exec, Woody Cunningham, stashes the cash in money havens around the world. Then he disappears. Where is Woody? Dead, done in by one of his enemies? Or did he skip town with his girlfriend to live off the ill-gotten wealth? If that’s the case, where is he?
 
Seeking answers, Farlow works with Miami legal experts who specialize in recovering cash from hidden offshore accounts. He also confronts a tough guy from his past who wants to settle a score and has links to the missing man. Cursed, shot at, and knocked out, Farlow delivers surefire punches of his own. Along the way, another executive turns up missing, and someone murders Woody’s brother-in-law.
 
Rich and Gone takes Farlow to Europe, across Georgia and north Florida, and points beyond to find the money and the man.
 
Finally, on a tip from a raven-haired Latina beauty, Red takes off on another international flight to determine if Woody Cunningham, rich and gone, is dead or alive.

 

“Chadwick Woodrow Cunningham once gave me a fine cigar. Like the man, the smoke looked classy, robust, and expensive, but it left a foul aftertaste I couldn’t shake.”

 

W.F. Ranew is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for several dailies: The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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RELEASE: Jasper (War & Piece Chronicles Book 2) by Cory Cyr

Title: Jasper
Series: War & Piece Chronicles Book 2
Author: Cory Cyr
Genre: Romance/Mystery/Comedy (stand alone)
Release Date: May 3, 2019 
Jasper Kendrick… British, brooding, and dark, he hid his past when he came to work for Virgin Islands Personal Fitness. As the face of VIP, he keeps his bad-boy image buried beneath expensive designer suits and with copious amounts of sex. But even his wealth and good looks can’t drive out the demons that haunt him.

 

He couldn’t save them, but he can save her. Even so, it just maybe her that saves him.

 

Daisy Jones… Despite being born in Sweet Birch Hollow, the backwoods of Tennessee, she is a gifted country girl with formal degrees in all aspects of accounting. After becoming an FBI informant, she has to hide from her criminal husband, who wants her dead. On the run, she takes the position as a financial executive at VIP.

 

Her first meeting with Jasper is anything but cordial. But when the cold, mysterious man offers his protection, she can’t refuse, and when he all but moves her into his home—

 

It seems there may be more than a war brewing on the horizon.

 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR ~ Title: The Vow, Author: Laura Daleo, Genre: Urban fantasy / Mystery, Available Now!

 

Title: The Vow 
Author: Laura Daleo
Genre: Urban fantasy / Mystery
 
 
Add to your TBR – Goodreads 
 
 
 

 

 
Finals are over, and twenty-year-old Claire Matthews can hardly wait to begin summer break until…she arrives home to an army of police swarming her parents’ front lawn.  Detective Reynolds delivers the dreadful news that the man and woman inside the home are dead, and Claire is forced to identify their mummified bloodless bodies.  Her world comes to a grinding halt when she learns that it is her mother and father who are the deceased, and her younger brother, JJ, is nowhere to be found.  The predator accused…a vampire.
Claire is no stranger to vampires; in fact, these days’ vamps are a dime a dozen.  One-hundred-thirty years ago a vow was made, combining the two worlds.  A vampire’s survival no longer required a human sacrifice.  Vampire Centers were created, offering human blood through transfusion; yet, why were her parents bled dry?  Why now?  What changed?  Could a rogue vampire be responsible?  Was it possible vampires, Nate and Parker, JJ’s best friends, suddenly hungered for human blood?





 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
Laura Daleo was born and raised in San Diego, California where she majored in Fine Arts at Mesa College. She is best known for her love of animals and shares her home with three humorous Basset Hounds, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter, her toughest critics. Laura has held positions in several industries, Restaurant, Telecom, Biotech, Research, and Retail. Throughout Laura’s professional career, she furthered her writing skills by taking courses and by joining writer’s critique groups and Writers Digest. She is now the owner of Story Bound Publishing, a fresh voice in the supernatural realm of ebooks and traditional print, committed to publishing unearthly tales of Aliens, Angels, Demons, Fairies, Ghosts, Shifters, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Zombies and all other creatures that go bump in the night.

 

 
 
 

 

 

📝REVIEW📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟~ Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack The Ripper #2) ~ Author: Kerri Maniscalco ~ Genre: #YA #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Romance #Mystery #Horror ~ Available Now!

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Hunting Prince Dracula

(Stalking Jack The Ripper #2)

By

Kerri Maniscalco 

Genre: #YA #Romance #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror

My Rating: 5

Cover: 5

Publication: September 19th 2017

Read: September 10th 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 434

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33784373-hunting-prince-dracula?ac=1&from_search=true

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Prince-Dracula-Stalking-Ripper/dp/031655166X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545325217&sr=8-1&keywords=hunting+prince+dracula+hardcover

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/180612-stalking-jack-the-ripper

Synopsis:

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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📝My Review📝:

I did not expect to love this book as much as I did!

Audrey Rose and Thomas are back at it again in this exciting second installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Where the first book read more like a true crime story, this one felt more like fiction. Hunting Prince Dracula was very rooted in folklore and mythology which made it more exciting to me. The writing was significantly better, there was much less repetition, and Audrey Rose was not as annoying as she was in the first book. Another thing that I really liked about this book was that it was barely predictable at all. Unlike the first one (where I guessed the killer right away) I wasn’t able to accurately guess the events of the book. I loved all the surprises and plot twists.

Thomas Cresswell really is the most extra, ridiculous, and outrageous man I have ever read about but damn do I love him. This book really made me fall for him. And then all the stuff we found out about him in this book…mind blown. I feel like he really came into his own in this book. In the last one he felt like an imitation of Will Herondale but in this book he felt like his own character. I also loved meeting his sister Daciana, she is just as crazy as he is.

The only thing that really bothered me about this book was the constant attack on Audrey Rose’s gender. She was constantly under scrutiny because she was a woman who wanted to study medicine. It was extremely annoying and as a woman myself it angered me. BUT this is historical fiction, that’s how things were back then so I’m not going to dock a star because the author was accurate to history. Audrey Rose also does a great job of sticking people in their place and defending her rights as a woman.

I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. Seeing Audrey Rose and Thomas in America is sure to be a fun adventure.

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📝REVIEW 📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟~ Stalking Jack The Ripper (Stalking Jack The Ripper #1) ~ Author: Kerri Maniscalco ~ Genre: #YA #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror #Romance ~ Available Now!

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Stalking Jack The Ripper

(Stalking Jack The Ripper #1)

By

Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: #YA #Historical #HistoricalFiction #Mystery #Horror #Romance

My Rating: 3.5

Cover: 5

Publication: September 20th 2016

Read: January 30th 2018

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 326

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962906-stalking-jack-the-ripper

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Stalking-Jack-Ripper-Kerri-Maniscalco/dp/031627349X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1545252478&sr=8-2&keywords=stalking+jack+the+ripper+by+kerri+maniscalco

Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/180612-stalking-jack-the-ripper

Synopsis:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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📝My Review📝:

3.5 Stars

This was such an enjoyable read! Kerri Maniscalco created an intriguing and believable story about the Jack the Ripper murders. Though I enjoyed this book I had some issues with it that prevented me from giving it a higher rating.

The writing was good but I felt it was quite repetitive at times. Audrey Rose told us at least a million times about how often she was blushing. It got annoying after a while. There were other instances where the same thing was just repeated over and over. Also the analogies in the book were a bit too long which caused them to lose their meaning. Other than that the author’s writing style flowed well and was easy to follow.

Audrey Rose is pretty annoying. She claims she’s hardened and fully capable of handling herself but she is always outshined by Thomas and she appears quite weak in many instances. It was hard to believe anything she claimed about herself. She was a very contradicting character. For someone who is supposed to be very smart she appeared dim and oblivious so often that she lost her appeal.

Thomas is a swoon-worthy character. He is smart, handsome, and quite silver-tongued. I did enjoy his character but I have to admit he was a bit familiar. Thomas was an imitation of Will Herondale (the ultimate YA heartthrob). It was not a bad imitation, more like a love letter to Will, but still I could not help notice how often the similarities between the two would pop up. No one can be Will Herondale, but Thomas sure does a good job of trying.

The thing about this book was that the answer to “who is Jack the Ripper” was very obvious and I guessed it from the start of the book. There really was no air of mystery surrounding the killer. That being said I am very interested to continue on in the series considering how this book ended. I wonder what awaits Thomas and Audrey Rose on their next adventure.

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