Friday, February 27, 2015

War Kids by HJ Lawson - Author Interview & Giveaway

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I'm pleased to welcome author HJ Lawson 
to Kimber Leigh Writes!
Below she tells us a bit about The War Kids series, and her experience writing.

Describe War Kids in a sentence or two.
War Kids is a post-apocalyptic current day story about kids surviving in Syria for the purpose of escaping to Jordan. The kids experience death, murder and violence and try to survive.

Tell us about your main character. Who is Jada?
Jada is thirteen year old girl, turning fourteen. She’s strong and powerful, but knows from a young age she’s different but doesn’t know why.

This novel is book one in the War Kids series. How many books do you have planned for this series? When can we expect the next book?
There are four books in the series. Book two Survive the Day and Book three Survive the 9nite are already out, the final book will be out April / May.
Jada and some of her friend move over to New York, unaware that they escaped one war and entry into another.

What inspired this series?
On 21st August I watch the BBC news, and it showed images of the chemical attack in Syria. I couldn’t get the images of the children out of the head. I kept thinking, what happened next to the child. I began researching what was happening in Syria, and to be honest it is awful what I was finding. I decide to write a story about what happened next to them, and give them the strength to fight back.

Where there any scenes that were especially difficult to write?
A lot of the scenes were difficult to write, because I spent a lot of time researching each event that was taking place in Syria.

When did you begin writing?
August 21st 2013

If you could travel anywhere in the world, cost being no object, where would you go?
Good question I love to travel! I would like to visit all the pyramids around the world.

What is the best advice you’ve received about writing? The worst?
Just keep writing, just keep writing! Cannot stop now.

Do you have any advice for new writers just entering these shark infested waters?
No everyone will like your story, and that’s okay.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you or your novel?
I hope you take a chance on this book which is currently free, many readers have enjoyed it.
Review from a reader, ‘This book pulled me in from word one. Jada and the other kid’s stories were so gut wrenching that there were times I honestly had to put the book down and walkaway. The story was intense, I found myself frightened for them, worrying about them. I wanted to cheer their victories and mourned their losses. I will definitely be reading the rest of these books.’


 Thanks for stopping by! The War Kids series sounds quite emotionally intense!

war kids 1 covergifWar Kids - War Kids # 1
by HJLawson
Audience: YA/NA - Genre: Thriller / Action - Formats: E-book and Paperback - Publisher: HJLawson - Pages: 297 – pages - ISBN: 978-0692254776 - ASIN: B00MS8QWYA = Date Published: Aug 21, 2014
blurb When Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself. Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters. With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.
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excerpt ‘My childhood was stolen, and they took it.’ ‘Their Corridor of Death is my Corridor of Freedom.’ ‘I am Alive. I am Alive. Protect Me.’ “No, let him find his chargrilled family. He can spread the word of what we great soldiers did today. Let him be our voice.” ‘Follow my Beating Heart Back Home.’ ‘God, Lord, please stop them; stop them from killing the innocent… are you going to be a spectator to slaughter, Lord? Please help!’ trailer  


war kids 2 covergif Survive The Day - War Kids # 2
  blurb Jada and her friends have been living in America for over a year now. At school she blends in with the other children, but she knows that she is different. They didn’t have to kill for their freedom. The memories of her past haunt her each time Gerard takes her to visit someone from her father’s list as they try to find out where he is being held. But what they don’t realize is they would have been safer in Syria… A hidden enemy is attacking America from the inside, and no one is safe… Annabel dreams of a happier life. One with a normal family instead of one that chooses heroin and the Wild Boar Riders biker over her. The only person she can trust is Brandon, another person living on the streets. They bond over their hatred towards Troy, a pimp and drug dealer who takes great pleasure in ruining lives. As the passion grows between Brandon and Annabel, so does the chaos in New York City as it is now under attack. They are forced to flee to an unknown hideout beneath the heart of the City. Ethan is scarred by his father’s death. He has spent his entire life planning for revenge. …And the day has finally come...
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war kids 3 covergif Survive The 9nite -  War Kids # 3
  blurb Jada and her friends are trying to escape the terrorist attack. Unfortunately their flight doesn’t get out of New York fast enough, and now all of their lives are in even more danger. And not just from the nuclear radiation, but from the even more frightening demons of Jada’s past. Annabel wakes up to find herself underground – literally underneath the city in the sewers. But she has more to worry about than just sewer rats and filth… deranged escaped convicts are hunting her down, determined to make her pay for what she did. And if she tries to escape, it will mean her certain death for above… Ethan’s greatest day takes an unlikely twist when he finds out his whole life is a lie. All these years he thought he was avenging his father. But now he knows he was a merely a puppet… and he wants revenge…
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Chapter 5
Follow my beating heart, back home
Jada escaped from the hospital were the soldiers were chasing her; entering in black abyss of night, only memories to guide her back home.
Chapter 4
Evil cowards.
Solider Heen Dara, sings the first lines in his head, as he enters the bathroom.  Where Zak, and Jacob are hiding from the sound of gun shots.
Chapter 4
Evil cowards.
Zak, leaves the bathroom to find his classmates, died in the hallway. He prays his brother is alive.
Chapter 11
Black as Liquorice.
Jada returns hope to find her mother, and brother lying on the path in front of their family home. No one saved them.
Chapter 13
Goodbye Jada.
After leaving her praying over her mother and brother all that is left are the demons in her head pleading for revenge.
Chapter 17
Beware: you do not know what you have woken.
Jada can sense a dark shadow standing at the foot of her bed; he is peering down on her like a piece of meat, but he selected the wrong girl to prey on. Kill or be killed!
The wander is die; Jada is riddled with guilt, praying to Lord to repent her sins, but she had no choice he was going to rape her.
Chapter 17
Beware: you do not know what you have woken.
Her Father was teaching her how to use a gun before he was kidnapped. Jada is ready and squeezed the trigger. The bullet flew out with lighting speed. She felt alive.
Chapter 21
God bless my beautiful daughter.
Jada’s shadow appears on the horizon as she enters soulless city, where the orphaned children are hiding.
Chapter 35
First taste of happiness.
Zak wakes Jada up, to have firing range practice, and fun in the freedom in the field behind the church as everyone is sleeping. There young love beings to blossom.
Chapter 44
Lambs to the slaughter.
Jada leads the group of orphans’ into a trap, she is betrayed by someone she cares for, and resulting in the death of someone she loved. 
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clip_image010I was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings was hard and also character building. As a young child I found a passion for drawing and continued this into adulthood. I graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA(Hons) in fashion design. At aged twenty seven, my husband and I packed up our belongings for a lifelong dream to move to California. Our America dream was complete with the birth of my daughter. A new job positioned opened up New York, we decide to relocate to Long Island, NY, which is where I currently resides.
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Tour Schedule – One Month Blog Tour for The War Kids Series by HJ Lawson from February 9 – March 6, 2015
February 9
Coffee Book & Art – Promo & Book Soundtrack
February 10
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
February 11
JeanzBookReadNReview - Author Interview, Playlist & Book Soundtrack
February 12
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
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The Avid Reader - Promo, Author Interview, Book Soundtrack & Playlist
February 16
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind – Promo & Author Interview
February 17
United Indie Book Blog - Promo
February 18
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – Promo & Top Ten
Bibliophile Mystery - Promo, Top Ten & Book Soundtrack
February 19
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February 20
Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books! - Promo
February 23
Word to Dreams - Promo
February 24
What Shall We Blog About Today? - Promo, Book Soundtrack & Playlist
February 25
2 Girls & A Book – Promo & Top Ten
February 26
Eclipse Reviews - Promo,Top Ten, Playlist & Book Soundtrack
February 27
Kimber Leigh Writes - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
March 2
Books Books Books – Promo
March 3
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo, Author Interview, Book Soundtrack & Playlist
March 4
Bookworm for Kids - Review Book #1 - War Kids
March 5
Portals to New Worlds - Promo, Author Interview, Playlist & Book Soundtrack
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Edge by Jamie Magee - Giveaway



Edge
Episode One, Season One

Jamie Magee

New Adult Paranormal
August 18, 2014

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Reveca Beauregard had long ago been dubbed the Queen of Darkness by the dead. To the living she was known as the Pentacle Daughter, the only acknowledged female member of the Pentacle Sons MC, the most lethal biker correlation known to exist. She was rumored to be a witch. That rumor, of course, was true.

New Orleans was her home, at the Beauregard Boneyard, the safe haven the Club resided within. Only those in the inner circle were as Reveca was—immortal. To be as such you had to choose the life, and the life had to choose you. For either to occur, death came first.

Those deaths came from wars the Sons fought with both the mortal and immortal worlds, as they bent the decrees of the modern lawmen and the paranormal world at large who had no hope of opposing the dark splendor of their vengeance.

Presently, the mysterious murder of a mortal coupled with the cold-blooded slaying of Reveca’s close friend has led the lawmen to place their corrupt accusations upon the Sons. A forced barter with a Lord of Death has landed the Club with a soul that is set to rock the foundation the Sons as a whole stand upon.


About the Author

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green - Review & Giveaway



Soul Crossed
Of Demons and Angels, Book One

Lisa Gail Green

YA Fantasy Romance
February 25, 2015



"A wickedly romantic story that will have you cheering for Lisa Gail Green’s addictive storytelling. SOUL CROSSED is devilishly delicious!" — Martina Boone, author of COMPULSION and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy

"Soul Crossed blurs the lines between good and evil with addictive characters and plot that will have you eagerly turning the pages." ~Kelly Hashway, author of the Touch of Death series.

One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Soul Crossed is a fast-paced, urban fantasy with fun characters and a sweet, if not impossible, romance. I'm beginning to doubt my overall worthiness, since I related much more to new demon Josh than to new angel Grace. I enjoyed the scenes from Josh's POV so much more than Grace's. Maybe Josh was just more interesting... at least that's my hope. I hate to think that my immortal soul could be in danger for siding with a demon.

Told from alternating POV between Josh and Grace, the story flowed quite well, and quickly (which I always appreciate). There were some head-scratching moments: like why new angel Grace would be assigned to someone so close to becoming the next Anti-Christ... and similarly why Lucifer would assign new demon Josh to push this potential Anti-Christ over the edge. Personally I'd send someone with more training.

Despite little issues, I found the story endearing, including the star-crossed romance. Now Cam, the potential Anti-Christ, was an intriguing character- I really enjoyed how his story unfolded. Of course, I didn't really see the potential for good in Cam as he was presented in a young pre-serial-killer light. Let's just say that Grace really had her work cut out for her. There were some intriguing plot twists which I found quite satisfying, and the romance between Josh and Grace was rather cute.

If you like angel/demon, good vs evit stories, then I think you'll enjoy Soul Crossed. One caveat- there are some violent and disturbing scenes (think young serial killer with small animals). If you can't bear to read about that, then skip this book.

About the Author

Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she's represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic. 

Lisa loves YA. She believes with all her heart that teen readers are ready and willing to experience things that some adults have closed their minds to, that books are the safest way to explore, learn, and escape, and that imagination is the key to just about everything. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Want to Support a Great Cause? Three Charity Anthologies - Giveaway


Three Anthologies to Support Three Great Causes 
Publication Date: October 4, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Charity: Exotic Feline Rescue Center

What is it about the tiger that so captivates? Or about the jaguar that enchants? Why are we so drawn to the lethal grace of the large feline predators of the world?

Get ready to purr, growl and roar along with six paranormal romance authors in this anthology of love and shapeshifting kitties. After reading these six unique tales, from the sexy to the sweet, you'll be guaranteed to be saying... Here, Kitty Kitty...

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In 'His Jaguar Princess' by A. Star, jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he's penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it...

In 'In Our Nature' by Jessica Nicholls, when Mira's privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty. Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an 'incident' on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way.

In 'Divine Passage' by Dariel Raye, Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.

In 'The Distance Between' by Mia Darien, she's traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He's brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they're looking for in each other?

In 'Hannah's Fate' by Abigail Owen, cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs's schemes?

In 'Full Moon' by B. R. Kingsolver, the full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn't for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way...

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Publication Date: May 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Charity: American Red Cross

Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you'll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

"Cross My Heart" by Abigail Owen

"A Healing Touch" by Jessica Nicholls

"Lesson Learned" by Crystel G. Smith

"Hope" by Mia Darien

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Publication Date: August 1, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Charity: Wounded Warrior Project

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that's what you'll find in this anthology.

From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you'll find many stories to suit your starship's entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern...or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!

100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.


"SARAH" by Lee Pletzers
"The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights" by Kenny Emmanuel
"Border Patrol" by BR Kingsolver
"The Twelve" by Mia Darien
"Ghosts" by Christi Rigby
"Outside the Walls" by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
"My Brother's Keeper" by Raphyel M. Jordan
"With Our Own Blood" by Jessica Nicholls
"The Connection" by Crystal G. Smith
"A Fly on the Wall" by Chantal Boudreau
"Slacker" by Doug Dandridge
"The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee" by Mason Darien


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Paranormal Picks from Lyrical Press - Review & Giveaway


Welcome, everyone! Today I'm featuring four paranormal reads from Lyrical Press.
I really wish I had the time to read all four, but I only had the time to read and review one. Below you'll find my review of Love, Lattes and Mutants. It's a fun YA paranormal full of action and some sweet romance.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.




Black Wolf’s Revenge
Silver Wolf Clan # 2

Tera Shanley

He’ll risk it all to bring her home.

Morgan Carter witnessed her sister’s murder, has been turned into a werewolf and is now raising her young niece. Then her fiance, Greyson Crawford, proves he wants to be with her for the wrong reasons, and she knows her life couldn’t be any stranger. Devastated, she retreats to her cozy house in the city with her sister’s little girl, Lana. There, they’ll have normalcy, and maybe eventually, even happiness.

But Morgan’s the only living silver wolf. Her uniqueness—the ability to produce werewolf offspring—means, without Grey’s protection, she’s unknowingly put herself and Lana in deadly danger. Other werewolves want to claim her for their pack, and she’s the easiest, most tempting prey ever.

When they strike, Grey has to find her and rescue her before it’s too late. Not so simple a task; he has only the uncontrollable beast inside him, Wolf, and an unlikely pack of allies he’s forced to rely on. Can he get to her in time? And if he does, can he convince her he’s there for the right reasons, saving them both?

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Born and raised in small town Texas, Tera Shanley grew up in books. Her cousin gifted her a signed copy of Beauty by Bill Wallace when she was young and that was it for her. So smitten was she with getting lost in a story, that while other eleven year olds her age were groaning at the accelerated reader program in school, she was racking up the points just for fun.
Balancing chronic book-wormyness is her devotion to the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping - her soul is happiest out of doors. And lucky for Tera, her family feels the same. She grew up a wild child helping her grandma ranch cattle, and has a hundred memories out in the wilderness which tend to influence her books.
When she's not eating chocolate, slinging rifles, or soaking up some sun, she's lost in a book, but these days it's more often one she's writing. From historic western romance, to paranormal romance, to apocalyptic (zombie) romance, the genre doesn't matter quite as much to her as the love story.
She currently lives with her husband and two young children, and is owned by two crazy mini-cujos. 
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Windburn

Nightwing # 2


Juliette Cross

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

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Juliette Cross calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home, where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with Gothic romance—brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own. Visit her website at www.juliettecross.com. 
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Enchanter’s Echo
Mayflower Mages # 2

Anise Rae

Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life hiding in a junkyard. Her repair shop is the last hope for gadgets and gizmos before they get tossed onto the trash towers. Fortunately, Aurora can fix almost anything, including mages, though repairing people with metal enchantments is highly illegal.

Edmund Rallis, heir to the Rallis senate seat, has spent months hunting down his errant enchantress. He’ll play every game he knows to win her back and entice her to share the secrets she hides. But he’s inadvertently put her on the frontlines of a new game, one with an opponent who’s determined to destroy Rallis Territory and drive the Republic toward war. If the new enemy isn’t stopped in time, Edmund will lose his enchantress again—and this time there won’t be another chance.

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Author Info
Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. With no turn-out and a soul deep love of chocolate, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing. After 22 years, she got the call. Or rather, she got the email. Syphon’s Song, a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, will be released March 3, 2014 from Lyrical Press.
Now transplanted to the South, Anise lives in Georgia with her family and a cast of characters that flit around in her head. A select few of those imaginary people are ever so grateful for their chance to escape into the real world of books. The remaining characters, enough to form an army, still clamor for freedom. 
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Love, Lattes and Mutants
Mutants # 1

Sandra Cox

Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story.

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Author Info
Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA fantasy, historic and paranormal romance and metaphysical nonfiction. Sandra lives with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and an occasional foster cat in sunny North Carolina. To see the brood go to her website www.sandracox1.com and click on the cat tab. 
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My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Love, Latte and Mutants was such a fun read! Perfect for a sunny afternoon on the deck. I'm not entirely sure how I'd classify it: maybe YA sci-fi meets paranormal meets romance. I loved the characters-- all of them, even the bully. The villain scientist made my skin crawl. I sure hope Ms. Cox is working on a sequel. It would be nice to know what happened to a couple of the characters. Sorry can't explain further-- spoilers.

I really liked main character Piper. Strong, loyal, sweet, she was an instant hit with me. Being born a mutant, she was forced to hide herself in glasses and baggy clothes in an attempt to remain unnoticed. I loved the scenes where she was in the ocean, and she can finally be herself. Romantic interest Tyler was really too good to be true. Perfect, well other than his insecure streak whenever Piper wanted to hide their relationship. Just a great book boyfriend.

The story was fast-paced, with a slight lull in the middle. But once I reached the 3/4 mark, I couldn't read fast enough to satisfy my curiosity. So much happened in that last 1/4 of the novel. Mainly I'm dying for more information. I felt like the entire section when she was a prisoner at the lab was a tad rushed. I found this part to be the most interesting part of the novel.On the plus side, it left me wanting more.

There's a bit of a love triangle once Joel is introduced. But since he was a resident at the secret lab, he wasn't in the story for very long. I could understand why Piper would be drawn to Joel, since he was like her and she didn't have to hide. But her instant attraction to him was somewhat annoying.


Overall I really enjoyed Love, Latte and Mutants. The characters were well-written and fun to read about, and the story will leave the reader wanting more.

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