20 February 2017

Chameleon - Book Blitz


Chameleon
by Zoe Kalo





Genre: YA Gothic/Multicultural
Release date: February 15th 2017



An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…

Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?





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Short Q&A with Zoe Kalo:

What was your inspiration for Chameleon?

Like Paloma, I was partly educated in a convent school run by Catholic nuns. The convent was also an orphanage for girls, and actually some of the girls—Ramona and Sylvy—were based on real people. Adelita and Rubia were pure creations of my imagination. I did attempt to do a séance in one of the classrooms once, an act that made me end up in Madre Superiora’s office…but I didn’t get kicked out…nor experience a ghost. J

Some of the scenes in the book depict the nuns in a very negative way. Can you comment on that?

Some of the nuns are nice, others…not so nice. That’s just the way it was. Except for Madre Superiora, all of the nuns in my book are based on real nuns. Madre Estela, Madre Julia, Madre Margarita were all real. Yes, Madre Julia with her giant wooden spoon, real. It may seem hard to believe, and certainly it would be tough to believe nuns can behave like that nowadays. But remember the story takes place in 1970s Puerto Rico. Catholic nuns were very strict back then, their disciplining methods cruel, but this was considered normal.

How long did it take you to complete the book?

On and off, about two years. But the story and characters simmered in my mind for years before then.

Did you have to do a lot of research?

I did a tremendous amount of research on psychopaths and psychopathy, and a fair amount on natural drugs found in tropical forests, though I ended up using only a tiny fraction of the material. I also consulted a police officer for the parts about police procedural and interrogation.

You like to use mimic writing, don’t you?

Yes, I do! I used it in Daughter of the Sun when the protagonist was drugged, and also in this book in the climax with Paloma. The writing becomes erratic and stream of consciousness because it reflects and mimics the altered mind of the character. No commas, no punctuation, one run-on sentence after another. I love using this literary technique but sometimes it can be confusing for the reader, so trying to find a balance can be very challenging.

Did you listen to any particular kind of music while working on the book?

I sure did! I can get quite obsessed about that, listening to the same compositions again and again. 

This was my music list for Chameleon… all of them haunting, mysterious and dark!

Beethoven’s Figlio Perduto (Performed by Sarah Brightman)
Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor
Revenge Series soundtrack



Author Spotlight:

A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery. She lives amongst cats and books in Belgium, and is the author of the Cult of the Cat young adult fantasy series and the Retribution novella series for adults. 


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19 February 2017

Preston's Honor - Review

Preston's Honor (Sign of Love - Gemini)
by Mia Sheridan






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What they say: There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


Buy links:

Amazon US * Amazon UK




I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: Oh the feels!!! I'm honestly not sure how Mia Sheridan does it, but with every single Sign of Love novel she manages to pack it full of raw emotion, heartbreak and a real sense of hope.

I'm not sure if any book will ever be able to hit me right in the gut like Archer's Voice but Preston's Honor comes really close. Mia Sheridan manages to include all the drama of first love, the devastating heartbreak of betrayal and the impact one event can have on the lives of many.

I always think it's difficult to comment on certain issues such as immigration unless you've experienced it yourself. Personally I don't have firsthand knowledge of immigration, but I often find it difficult to understand why in the society we currently live in people would offer anything but support for immigrants and refugees - But I'm often accused of being naive. I'm not sure if Mia Sheridan has experienced life as an immigrant but she does a wonderful job portraying the daily trials and tribulations Lia faces as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Lia never feels truly accepted and is often bullied and belittled, especially by the twins mother. She often tries to operate in the background rather than draw attention. One of my favourite parts is when Lia is told to not be afraid, to stand up for herself and to make a fuss.

I loved the twin Gemini element demonstrated in Preston and Cole. It's always interesting to see how different twins can be yet still be drawn to the same people and qualities.

I was expecting to find the flashback elements slightly grating at times but I really didn't. To be honest I would have liked more of them to fill in certain gaps in Lia and Preston's shared past but the story worked really well without it.

I made the mistake of starting Preston's Honor before bed. This was a twofold problem because not only was I unable to put it down, I also couldn't sleep after ugly crying my way through some of the more upsetting parts. BUT I flipping loved it.

4.5 emotional Stars in my Sky!



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18 February 2017

Wardrobe Malfunction - Release Day Blitz & Review


Woo hoo! It's live baby!!!

Wardrobe Malfunction
by Samantha Towle

Release Day Blitz






From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new standalone romantic comedy.

Vaughn West, Hollywood heartthrob, has been at the top of his game for years. He thinks he’s untouchable—until a betrayal brings him spiraling down. Now, everyone pities him, and if there’s one thing Vaughn hates, it’s pity.

After a few months of working his way through every available actress, pop star, model, and waitress in California, Vaughn needs to get his life back on track and focus on what he does best—making hit movies.

Charlotte Michaels is in love. Just not with one person.
Louis Vuitton…
Christian Dior…
Valentino…
Gucci…
And the list goes on.

Sadly, Charly’s limited bank account doesn’t allow her those luxuries, and the closest she gets are lucky finds in charity shops and working closely with some of those names in her job as a wardrobe assistant.

Now, Charly has landed the mother of all jobs—working on the new Vaughn West movie. Excited doesn’t even cut it.

Only things don’t go as planned, and it turns out that Vaughn is actually a jerk. A hot jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.

So, why do their clothes keep falling off whenever they’re around each other? And why can’t Charly keep her mind in the closet and off Vaughn?

Getting mixed up with a smart-mouthed, fashion-obsessed wardrobe assistant is the last thing Vaughn needs.

Getting mixed up with an arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, jumped-up actor who has a lack of respect for fashion is the last thing Charly needs.

Things are about to get hot, dirty, and messy in Hollywood. Very messy. Especially if Charly’s closely guarded secret falls out of her closet.

Purchase links:

Unsuitable is available on Amazon only. Free on Kindle Unlimited.







I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: Samantha Towle always writes sexy BBFs. It's a fact. What she's also great at is creating super sassy heroines, Charly is no exception.

Charly, aka wardrobe assistant extraordinaire and wannabe designer, meets A-List Hollywood star Vaughn West on set and makes one heck of an impression! 

Vaughn is quite the charmer, but his ego has taken a massive hit recently. A series of incidents have put his career in jeopardy so he has to be on his best behaviour and focus solely on his acting. 

I loved Charly. She made me laugh from beginning to end. The combination of her quirky style and sense of humour resulted in a fab heroine. I liked how she stood her ground, going toe-to-toe with Vaughn.

Vaughn is instantly drawn to Charly and enjoys sparring with her - pins and all! I have to admit even when he was being a jerk I still loved him. I was totally won over by this charmer and wanted them to get their big Hollywood HEA.

Without turning into a complete fangirl (even though I am a massive ST fangirl), I know I can always count on Samantha Towle to create amazing secondary characters. Vaughn's family and Nick are particularly good additions to the story - I loved seeing the interaction between all the characters.

As you can probably tell I really enjoyed Wardrobe Malfunction and am hoping Nick gets his own story one day...

4.5 Walk of Fame Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:



Samantha Towle is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.





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