Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week in Review: 10/16-10/22

Books Received for Review

Dauntless by Shannon Mayer

Books I've Read

Bound by Magic by Jasmine Walt
Hunted by Magic by Jasmine Walt
Marked by Magic by Jasmine Walt
Betrayed by Magic by Jasmine Walt
Dragon Heartstring by Juliette Cross

Reviews Posted

 Nemesis by Anna Banks
Beast of All by J.C. McKenzie


* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Monday- Interview + Giveaway for Blood Bound by Traci Douglass

* Tuesday- Release Day Blitz + Giveaway for Of Flame And Light by Cecy Robson

* Wednesday- Guest Blog + Giveaway for Rendezvous With Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

* Thursday- Promo + Giveaway for Soul Keeper Series by L.A. Starkey – Box Set Sale!

* Friday- Interview + Giveaway for Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Interview + Giveaway: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

UFI welcomes Author Faith Hunter. Thanks for Joining us!!

Faith answers questions from the Beast Claws, her Street Team.
Q – How did Occam get from spending 20 years in a cage with a carny show to being a PsyLed officer? 
Faith – That is the subject of a short story someday. Shhh. Spoilers.

Q – Is it Occam, as in Razor? And is the name some kind of hint?
Faith – Yes, except he pronounces it with a long O at the front. Because he’s Texan and was uneducated when he chose the name.

Q – How old is Occam?
Faith – Somewhere between 28 and 38. He hasn’t told me yet.

Q – Will we see more (ahem) of Occam with Nell?
Faith – This is a very delicate question. For Nell, sex is something you do because you have to. Pleasure and passion have never been part of it. Sex was a bargain she kept, nothing more. So to Nell, it is unromantic, and purely physical and probably uncomfortable. Occam would want more. He would want the thrill of the chase and the build of passion and fireworks. Nell would as soon shoot a potential lover who chased her. Been there, killed that. So the short answer is, I don’t know. I hope so. 

Q – What is the nature of the relationship of the weres with their inner animal? Is it different in weres born human, and weres born animal?
Faith – Last one first: yes the nature of the creatures are very different. The born animal is much more feral, untamable, a predator in the purest respect. As to the first question, that is something that I may need to reveal in the future so I have to keep that one close to the vest for now. 

Q – Will Rick ever be able to transform into his cat form?
Faith – I think if I gave that away, it would be a huge spoiler for the rest of the trilogy. So … You’ll have to wait and see!


Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Find Faith online at her website, her blog, on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.

Curse on the Land
Soulwood #2
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Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth...

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own...
After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more...


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Review: Nemesis by Anna Banks

Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Nemesis Book #1
ISBN:   1250070171
ISBN13: 9781250070173
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?

NEMESIS kept my attention from front to back and when it was over, I wanted to read more.

I have seen a few other reviews mention that they didn't like the cover from NEMESIS, I am the opposite. It intrigued me from the moment I saw it and was the reason I read the blurb. After reading NEMESIS it makes complete sense as it really represents Princess Sepora. Speaking of Sepora, I LOVED her. She's strong, opinionated, feisty, willing to do the hard things to get what she wants out of life and to help those that need it. She was the whole package in my book.

There is a romance in NEMESIS and thankfully no love triangle. Tarik and Sepora have a great connection. They are both frustrated by and highly attracted to the other throughout the book and their banter brings out a lot of laughs. It wasn't easy for either to trust the other, but I really enjoyed watching their connection grow.

The world was highly thought-out and built. There are a lot of differences between the 5 kingdoms that make up the world and I was able to get a feel for them with the descriptions that were given. I really enjoyed the moments when Sepora and Tarik where out exploring Theoria. I felt like I was walking—or flying—with them. 

I have no complaints with NEMESIS. I had no problem staying in the story and was really interested in reading more when the last line was read. Sadly NEMESIS is only part of a duology so hopefully ALLY, book two, will leave me feeling like I read enough.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: Beast of All by J.C. McKenzie

Beast of All
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Carus Book #5
ISBN13:  9781509210046
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author

“Two months ago my world collapsed and the beast reigned.
Seven weeks ago the SRD captured me.
Nine days ago, they injected me with something vile.
Today, I break free.
And tomorrow?
I’ll make them pay.”

Badass Shifter Andy McNeilly wakes up from a horrible nightmare, only to discover it wasn’t a dream, and she’s no longer quite so badass. Chemically curbed, Andy has lost touch with her feras and beast when she needs them most. Can she regain control of her supernatural abilities in time to reap retribution from her enemies, or will she fall as fodder in a power play for control of Vancouver’s seedy underworld?

What an ending! I'm glad J.C. reached out to me a few years ago to review SHIFT HAPPENS and continued to reach out to me with each release after that.

I was EXTREMELY confused when I started reading BEAST OF ALL. I felt like I missed a lot and had to go back to SHIFT WORK and make sure it ended like I thought it did. It did, but the author skipped over a major event when starting BEAST OF ALL and it takes a while to grasp the emotions that Andy is feeling because we are kinda just dumped into them. Having said that, BEAST OF ALL was pretty emotional. There is heartache, happy endings and every emotion in-between and not only on Andy's side. Even with a lot of the emotions being heavy, Andy was able to work through what she needed to to get things done and never gives up.

BEAST OF ALL had a lot of action and was heavy on the drama. There is a lot of things going on in BEAST OF ALL, but the flow is great and there wasn't one moment where I didn't want to keep reading instead of doing laundry or maybe feed my kids lol.  Another great thing about BEAST OF ALL is that it wrapped up everything. We get a lot of final answers and I can honestly say that I don't have any questions left over.

I would love to say that I wasn't surprised at how things ended for the Carus series, but in its own way, it all makes perfect sense. I'm glad I was able to follow Andy's journey and I look forward to seeing what J.C. McKenzie comes up with next!

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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L.A. Starkey
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This boxed set includes all three full-length novels from Starkey's beloved Soul Keeper Series. That's over 800 pages of intense twists and emotional turns, heart-breaking romance and soul-shattering deception - all in one series.

In a battle of wills,
of the gods of old.
For each his revenge,
will he forfeit his soul.

On the chessboard of blood,
will their narrative play.
Aged, innocent lives,
revenge claims her way.

Out of hate will come love,
and love will come hate.
For immortal and man,
have entwined their damned fate.

The battle between the Titans and the gods of old did not end with them. The demand for revenge has dripped down into the next generation.

Twins, Marcus and Nicolas, heirs to the throne of the gods and sons of the last remaining Titan, learn that the purpose of their existence is to fulfill a prophecy born of hate and despair. They must battle for Pandora's daughter's heart, a girl lost to the human world and unaware of her hidden heritage. For four hundred years Marcus and Nicolas have only been allowed to touch the edge of their soul mate's dreams, but the time of the prophecy has come.

For Samantha, life has been nothing more than a series of misfortunes and heartbreaks. For years, she has kept her heart locked away, but change is rolling in like a tidal wave. She is now forced to discern the thin line between love and lie, myth and reality, and it would seem that time is running out...

 "You have to read this book!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!! It's the best book I have read in a while. I love the characters, ALL of them even Hades." ~ Amazon Reader

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"The first two books end in major emotionally charged cliffhangers so having the full box set is incredibly convenient." ~ Amazon Reader


L.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.

She is a fulltime writer, and loves spending time with her family and reading a good book. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

She writes under the following pen name:
Kate Thomas - NA/Adult Paranormal (

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Guest Blog + Giveaway: Rendezvous With Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

Hello!  Thank you for joining me.  Today I’m celebrating the release of my time travel romance RENDEZVOUS WITH YESTERDAY, The Gifted Ones Book 2.  It’s always a pleasure to be here at Urban Fantasy Investigations, where today I have been asked the fun question:

What are the Top Five items that you wish you would have saved from your childhood?

The first things that came to mind when I saw this are items that are currently either on display in my home or tucked safely away in my closet.  ☺  I’ve actually managed to save quite a few treasures from my childhood.  Photographs.  Home movies.  A clay bust my dad, who—among other things—was a very talented artist, made of me when I was five years old.  When I pondered what I had not managed to save, though, I was surprised by the things that came to mind, most (if not all) of which I suspect will give off a nerdy vibe.  ☺

  1. Books.  One of my earliest memories from elementary school was of waiting for the Book Bus to arrive on Friday.  I can’t remember how often it came.  I only remember that my teacher would pass out thin catalogues for us to take home.  I’d tell my parents which books I wanted.  They’d fill out the form and give me a check to include when I turned it in to my teacher.  Then two weeks later the Book Bus would return and a cellophane wrapped collection of books would be waiting on my desk when I got to school.  I was always so excited.  And many of those books are now sadly out of print.

  1. My globe.  Almost every child I knew had a globe in his/her bedroom, and I was no different.  I wish I would’ve saved mine.  It always feels odd to me when I think this, but the world map has changed since I was a child.  And it continues to change as wars are fought, borders shift, and new countries form.  I would love to have that globe from my childhood so I could show it to future grandchildren and note the differences.

  1. Rocks, rusty nails, and fool’s gold.  Weird, right?  Well, every summer when the excruciating heat would kick in, my parents would load up the car and we’d head out of the city for a vacation up in the mountains.  Once there, we’d pile into our sturdy four-wheel-drive jeep, head up pretty much any barely discernible trail we could find and explore whatever we found at the end of it.  Sometimes it was just wilderness.  Other times it was abandoned 19th century mines and ghost towns.  Not the kind that give visitors tours and have gift shops.  The kind that are way off the beaten path and are only populated by mice or other critters.  And sometimes I would find rocks, large rusty railway nails, and other gems there.  I wish I would’ve saved those.  They had such a history.  

  1. A Papier-mâché Viking boat.  I had actually forgotten about this until I watched Game of Thrones.  ☺  But I remember making a papier-mâché Viking boat when I was in elementary school that turned out really well.  It had a dragon head on it and everything.  My dad helped me with it, so—in addition to looking cool—it had great sentimental value.  
  2. The earliest stories I wrote.  I actually wrote my first novel when I was twelve or thirteen years old.  That’s one of the treasures I have tucked away in my closet.  But that was not my first foray into fiction writing.  I remember writing short stories before that.  Alas, I didn’t keep them, so most are now forgotten.

What about you?  Are there any items from your childhood you wish you would’ve saved?


We're so excited to share with you the much-anticipated sequel to Dianne Duvall's A Sorceress of His Own! Rendezvous with Yesterday is newest Gifted Ones novel (a prequel to the best-selling Immortal Guardians series) and is available October 17th, 2016 at all major e-retailers! Find out more about this fall must-read below! 

The Gifted Ones Book 2
By Dianne Duvall
Publishing Date: October 17, 2016
Special Pre-Order Discounted Price—$4.99
Modern-day bounty hunter Bethany Bennett helps her brother track two fugitives to a forest outside of Houston, Texas. But what should have been a routine apprehension of two bail skippers spirals out of control and ends in violence. After Beth and her brother are both seriously injured, a mysterious figure suddenly looms over her. And, when the smoke clears, Beth finds herself not only in another place, but in another time.   As Lord Robert, Earl of Fosterly, attempts to identify and track down the nameless enemy who has been plaguing his lands and people with violence, the most peculiar woman stumbles into his path. Small, vulnerable, yet possessed of a bold, fiery spirit and wicked sense of humor, she persists in dubbing Robert and his men members of something called a medieval reenactment group . . . until she sees his castle and labels herself mad. It seems bounty hunter Bethany Bennett has come to him from the future, bringing with her laughter and chaos, swiftly winning the hearts of his people and inspiring within him a love he thought he would never experience again. But when Robert discovers a way for her to return to her time, will the love they share be enough to keep them together?

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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews).   Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she has created in her books.   For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit  You can also find Dianne online . . . 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Of Flame And Light by Cecy Robson


Of Flame and Light
Weird Girls #7

Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart. Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative. The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered. Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .

About the Book

Of Flame and Light
by Cecy Robson
Weird Girls
Paranormal Romance
Cecy Robson, LLC
Publication Date
October 18, 2016


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Of Flame And Light Excerpt

 “You guys ready?” I ask, forcing myself to stand slightly ahead of Bren.
     Shayna fumbles through her backpack and pulls out a box of toothpicks before passing the heavy pack to Emme. Emme doesn’t need her hands free to kick ass, but Shayna does.
     “So what’s the plan, dudes?” Shayna asks. “Onward and upward?”
     “Yeah,” I answer, shrugging when Bren looks at me. “This isn’t the good kind of magic, Bren. With all the evil set to rise, and the bad guys needing dark witches to make it happen, you know our motto: no stone left unturned, and no scaries left to chew on our insides.”
     He snags my elbow when I start to head for the dense brush. “If we can, I’ll let you make the capture. It’s the only way to keep Genevieve from sinking her teeth into you. But that thing in there—if it’s as bad as I think it is—there’s no bringing her home alive, got me? I’ll make the kill if it comes down to it.”
     He doesn’t think I can take her, much less kill her. And maybe he’s right. But that doesn’t mean we can turn our backs and pretend she’s not here.
     I kick at the dirt at my feet. I don’t like to kill, despite what people think and despite that it’s something I’m freakishly good at. I’ve had plenty of practice, believe me. My first kill occurred when I was just a teen, the second, moments after. It was the right thing to do given what happened. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t sick to my gut. I burned them with enough heat to smoke their chests, allowing them to feel every ounce of pain they caused me and my sisters. Too many followed after that, enough that I’ve lost count. But as much as the dead mark my bones, and stay a part of me, I’ll do it again if I have to.
     I meet Bren’s face. “Dead or alive, we have to take care of Savana and whoever else might be helping her.”
     “Even if it means you get stuck serving Genevieve?” he presses.
     He’s not asking. He knows taking out Savana is the right thing to do. He’s just making sure we’re all on the same page. “Yes,” I answer. 

The Weird Girls Series

Weird Girls 0.4 - A Curse Awakened  Weird Girls 0.5 - The Weird Girls  Weird Girls 1.0 - Sealed With a Curse  Weird Girls 2.0 - A Curse Embraced  Weird Girls 2.5 - A Cursed Moon  Weird Girls 3.0 - Cursed By Destiny  Weird Girls 4.0 - A Cursed Bloodline  Weird Girls 5.0 - A Curse Unbroken  Weird Girls 6.0 - Of Flame And Promise  Of Flame And Light - Cecy Robson

About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and new Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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