BOOK REVIEW: Just a Little Nudge by Jesi Lea Ryan

Just a Little Nudge by Jesi Lea Ryan

Just a Little Nudge by Jesi Lea Ryan
Publication date: February 17th 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance


Marley Sexton never aspired to be a stripper. She even chose the stage name Misty Showers as a joke, thinking she’d make a few quick bucks and move on to greener pastures. Three years later, Marley’s still stripping. It’s the only job she can land that will put a dent in her mother’s mounting medical bills.

It’s also the only job where she feels justified parting fools from their money with a little talent she calls nudging.

As psychic powers go, nudging isn’t impressive. Marley can’t get people to do anything they’re not already inclined to do. Useful for making a seedy customer grab a larger bill from his wallet, but not strong enough to ditch a drug cartel that’s on her tail.

Marley is in over her head. She’s not big on trusting people, especially a strange man with a gun, a badge, and a story that doesn’t quite add up. JC Moreno figures out that Marley may have taken the nudge a little too far. But how? Whoever the guy actually works for, one thing’s for certain. He has a history with the cartel and an agenda of his own. Although the suspicion between Marley and JC runs both ways, maybe they can work together to both get what they want…if they don’t get killed in the process.

**** Recommended for ages 17+. Contains naughty things like f-bombs, violence and sex. ****





DISCLAIMER: The books/eBooks being reviewed were provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

This a book where I read the blurb and went ‘Are you serious? A stripper who can nudge people out of money? I’ve gotta read that!’ Totally picked it up on a whim and totally disappointed when I discovered it was only 40,000 and I had gobbled it all up and now I was left with awkward book lag.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the two main characters, Marley and JC. They are sassy and flawed and unbelievably likable. The book kind of reads like an old crime novel from the 40’s so there is almost this larger than life feel to the characters and yet I don’t think I have ever fallen so hard, so quickly for book characters.

I must admit, while reading this book, I made hardly any notes. Mostly I just read and laughed and lived in Marley and JC’s world for a while.

About the only fault I could find with this story was when the author flipped to the main characters back story. It did become a little clunky at times with the transition. But that’s it, the very worst thing about this book.

Actually there was one other scene, that I thought I would hate, it involves describing a strip tease and these are inherently embarrassing to read. But, somehow – and I still can’t work out how – the author manages to make this scene not at all weird.

Mostly though I was just laughing out loud and making notes that went something like this: “Hahaha!””So funny.” “I want to marry these people.” And, just so you know, I have already stalked the author on Twitter and this book is the first in a series she is currently writing, so you don’t need to worry about falling in love with this book and then thinking it’s a stand alone, it’s not and I am so thankful for that.

Overall, I am giving Just a Little Nudge by Jesi Lea Ryan 5 out of 5 stars!



Author Jesi Lea RyanJesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and sassy kitty.



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5 Minutes With… A. Carina Barry

5 Minutes With... A. Carina Barry

1. What is your book about?

Love at the End of All Things is a horror-romance about a married couple who are deeply devoted to each other facing a zombie-like apocalypse when the unknown “ghoul virus” starts making ordinary people go berserk. We watch them attempt to fight through each challenge as the world begins to crumble around them. The book looks at the price of loving someone and asks the question of when is one life too expensive to maintain. It’s very spicy, very dark, and shows that marriage is not the end of a story, but the beginning of a powerful partnership. People never know how far they will go for love until that bond gets tested. Seeing the challenges they face and how the roles change as the situations flip around on them gives the couple a really powerful dynamic.

2. What for the inspiration behind this novel?

Honestly, I have to thank my friend Cat Moonsong for helping me come up with the kernel for this story. I was entering a romance contest by a big name company and needed something that could stand out from the pack. She had an idea that was too dark for her but once I heard it, everything clicked for me. I could see the story unfold and got really excited about it and started writing.

3. What books changed your life?

Roger Zelazny’s The Changing Land with it’s guy in green on the black metal construct horse of a pile of purple hands on the cover was the first adult-sized novel I read.  It probably engendered my life-long love of fantasy.  Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder with all the future hinging on the life of a single butterfly stuck with me as did his The Fog Horn story.  I’m a huge monster fan.  Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Singer trilogy and Mercedes Lackey’s Magic’s Pawn trilogy both captured my imagination.  Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy showed that complex creature life cycles could enrich a world as did Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series.  Jacqueline Carey showed a very different side to love and sex, while Chelsea Quinn Yarboro showed a different side to immortality and the challenges thereof.  Jean M. Auel and Anne McCaffrey showed me what strong women were like who were still allowed to be women.  The rest brought me hours of thrills and chills with their creations.  By the way, I love talking about books, this is a terrible topic to start me on!

11. The item to the left of you right now is your zombie apocalypse weapon of choice – what is it?

A plush 10-sided die.  It’s not the only thing that is going to “die” at this rate!

12. Can you tell me about what you are writing now?

Absolutely!  I’m working on Paladin’s Honor.  It’s at the beginning of edits right now.  This is a lovely fantasy-romance and I really love the paladin Devon in it.  He and Mirabelle plan to be around for at least a trilogy so I’m happy I get to spend more time with them.  You’ll love it.  Much milder than Love at the End of All Things, but beautiful and charming.  This world has lots of stories in it.

A. Carina Barry’s book is called Love At The End Of All Things and all the details are below:

Love at the End of All Things by A. Carina Barry

Love At The End Of All Things by A. Carina Barry
Published: November 25, 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic, Horror, Romance


Can love survive the end of the world?

All we know, all we’ve built can be destroyed by something smaller than the eye can see. Thomas and Cassidy Charm are planning their fifth year anniversary when a dangerous virus comes into town, shaking up their lives. Caught in a whirlwind of events, they stand back to back against the oncoming storm as everything around them falls apart. For every emergency they tackle, several more spring up like fires, each one growing harder and more difficult to overcome and survive. Desperate situations lead to desperate acts that could crush them both and destroy that which they hold most dear–each other. A roller-coaster ride of passion and terror, can any hearts survive in the apocalypse?




A. Carina Barry is the author of romance, horror, fantasy, other fiction, poetry, and much more.



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COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Girls Can’t Be Knights by Lee French

Girls Can't Be Knights by Lee French


Girls Can’t Be Knights by Lee French
Publication Date: June 12th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, paranormal


Portland has a ghost problem.

Sixteen-year-old Claire wants her father back. His death left her only memories and an empty locket. After six difficult years in foster care, her vocabulary no longer includes “hope” and “trust.”

Everything changes when Justin rides his magical horse into her path and takes her under his wing. Like the rest of the elite men who serve as Spirit Knights, he hunts restless ghosts that devour the living.

When an evil spirit threatens Claire’s life, she’ll need Justin’s help to survive. And how could she bear the Knights’ mark on her soul? Everybody knows Girls Can’t Be Knights.



Release date is June 12, 2015, so make sure you bookmark this item to your GoodReads ‘Want to Read’ list ;-)


This giveaway is being hosted by Chapter By Chapter. By clicking on the link below, you will be taken to their website which is holding the Rafflecopter giveaway.

PRIZES — 1 x copy of Girls Can’t Be Knights AND 1 x locket as seen on the book cover.

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Author Lee FrenchLee French lives in Olympia, WA, and is the author of several books, most notably the Maze Beset Trilogy, The Greatest Sin series (co-authored with Erik Kort), and assorted tales in her fantasy setting, Ilauris. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don’t get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

She is an active member of the Northwest Independent Writer’s Association and the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, and serves as the co-ML for the Olympia region of NaNoWriMo.



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GIVEAWAY: Join Me At Raina Lorring’s Release Party To Celebrate Her New Novel ’13’

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Want to win some awesome bookish loot? Like to learn about wonderful new Indie authors? Haven’t picked up your copy of Unremembered Things yet? Why not celebrate all three by joining in on Raina Lorring’s release party for her latest book, 13? Joining Raina will be myself as well as a host of other authors ready to party with the best of them!

The 13 Release Party is happening right now and will run for five days in total but I won’t be making my official appearance until May 20 (EST).

The party has already started with the awesome Roz White. Her book is called The Sisterhood and it is a fascinating journey into the lives and times of five transgender women. You can check out her book on offer during the 13 Release Party by clicking here.

If you want to learn more about Raina’s 13 Release Party, you can do so by clicking here.

Raina has the full line up of participating authors here.

So what is Raina’s book, 13, all about? You can view all the details below:


13 by Raina LorringA collection of 13 tales from Raina Lorring. The stories range from horror to urban fantasy. This collection also includes “Enforcing Christmas,” the stand-alone prequel story to her forthcoming werewolf novel A Broken Howl.

In “Enforcing Christmas,” Liz is just trying to make it through a trip home to see her parents for the holidays without having to rip anyone’s throat out. “Pale Moon Rising” is a fairy tale that doesn’t promise the traditional happily ever after. Continuing with tales of love, Calvin meets a mysterious young woman in “The Other Fish in the Sea;” his encounter changes his life. “Cold Steel” looks at the basic human emotion of anger from an unlikely perspective. Roy’s well-meaning business venture provides him with a horrific first customer in “Dirty Money.” In “Inheritance,” Janice’s inspection of her deceased uncle’s home provides her with more than was listed in the will. “Surrender Hope” is a dark urban fantasy story. In “To Give your All” one warrior struggles in a fight to the death. “Twitch” tells the story of two EMTs as they discover patient after patient with the same strange affliction. The collection continues with a ghost story in “Bitter Sweet Darkness.” In the next tale, a flustered marriage counselor gives one couple “A Dose of Reality.” Darrell is a man on the edge in “Something to Shoot,” and he is offered a strange choice by mysterious visitor. The collection closes with “What a Waste” that tells the dark story of a man’s waste of a life.

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Author Raina LorringRaina Lorring is an English graduate student. She currently works at a community college as a writing tutor and lives in southern Texas. She has published multiple short works of non-fiction and fiction in various media. As a writer, her chosen genres vary between horror, science fiction and fantasy. In her spare time, Raina enjoys writing, reading, cooking, loud music, reconstructing clothing, and spending time with her family.

Make sure you join up now for Raina’s 13 Release Party as there are plenty of fantastic contests and giveaways on offer already – can’t wait to see you there!

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BOOK BLITZ: Regina Shen: Resilience & Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick


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Regina Shen: Resilience & Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick
Publication date: May 15th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic



Outcast Regina Shen faces a hurricane that threatens to destroy her swamp home and her family. Global fertility has collapsed. Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco of the notorious Department of Antiquities believes Regina holds the key to avoid extinction. Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for family and a way to stop Demarco.


Outcast Regina Shen is pursued by the notorious Department of Antiquities for DNA they believe can stop extinction. She jumps the Barrier Wall into the Federation to find her kidnapped sister. Stuck on a heavily guarded closed university campus, she must use her wits to escape and rescue her sister without letting either of two rival Antiquities inspectors capture her.





Author Lance ErlickLance Erlick writes science fiction, dystopian, and young adult stories, and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. He is also the author of Regina Shen: Resilience and Regina Shen: Vigilance, the first two novels in a new series that takes place after abrupt climate change has led to a Global Collapse and a new World Federation.



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