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The Demands of his Heart | Duty Bound by Christina Bauer

Duty Bound
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins 0.5)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
An Angelbound Prequel Novella by Christina Bauer
As the High Prince of the demon-fighting thrax, Lincoln knows he must marry for political gain. Not that he minds. For all of his eighteen years, Lincoln’s been bound to his duty. Fighting demons is his life, and he’s never given romance a second thought. Instead, the High Prince lives for the days when he leaves his hidden realm to fight demons on Earth.
Then, everything changes.
Lincoln and his nobles become forced to visit Purgatory, the home of quasi-demons (who are mostly human with a bit of demonic DNA). Here Lincoln spies Myla Lewis, a lady warrior who enflames his heart, ignites his interest, and inspires his respect. Trouble is, Myla’s also a quasi. By thrax law, Lincoln must kill anything demonic—not date them. For the first time in his life, Lincoln wonders if he’ll fol…

Macaroni | Kelly and Cauliflower Chapter 1

Kelly and Cauliflower
Chapter One
The pineapple smelled amazing. To bad it wasn't in season and the price was horrendous. Kelly might have purchased it if she wasn't picking up extra groceries that Cauliflower said she was going to buy but didn't. The pineapple would have to wait, disappointing as it was.  
One more isle to go. The toilet paper was calling. That soft sheet of paper, used to clean ones self after a morning poop. Strangely enough, it was absent from the bathroom counter that morning and upon frantic searching, Kelly had found two half-used rolls hidden in the bottom drawer of the cabinet next to the toilet. Apparently, Cauliflower thought she needed to horde the toilet paper, since it was her turn to purchase more and she didn't.
After Kelly threw a large pack of the Charmen Ultra Strong into her cart with more force than was necessary due to her bad mood, she headed to the checkout to pay for her weeks worth of groceries before heading home.
The …

Cajun is Amajun... | #WeeklyMenu Week #238

Monday, Monday! We are back and its another glorious day. I finished up my Cutthroat Book Club yesterday. eight weeks of back stabbing, sabotage throwing, book slamming fun. Read 107 books! I'm going to be recapping my book fun later on in the week, so stay tuned.

Now back to the good stuff. Today's Menu!

Monday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Tuesday - Cajun Chicken
Wednesday - Sheet Pan Sliders
Thursday - Instant Pot Stroganoff
Friday - Kids night - Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Saturday - Instant Pot Taco Soup
Sunday - Leftovers Night

Blood Will Have Blood | The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Title: The Queens of Innis Lear By: Tessa Gratton Genre: Fantasy Pages: 576 Release Date: March 27th, 2018 Publisher: Tor
Summary from Goodreads: The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood…

Make it out Alive | Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks

Fire and Bone
Rachel A. Marks
(Otherborn #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.
As loyalties shif…

Favorite Villains Guest Post by Mercury Rises Author Scarlett Kol

I am excited to have Scarlett Kol on the blog today talking about her favorite villains in literature. Read on for the good stuff...
Ah book villains, where would we be without them? They push our heroes to their limits, test their minds, test their mettle, and if written well, make for one great read. 
My debut novel, MERCURY RISES, is a re-imagining of Robin Hood so it definitely has its share of villains, but who is a hero and who is a villain gets blurred depending on what side of the story you are on. The true villains in the story don’t even know they’re the bad guys until they are pushed to the point of no return, but I’ll let you read the story to discover their identity for yourself.
So, who are some of my favorite book villains? Unfortunately, some of my favorites are villains who stage huge betrayals and we don’t see them coming, so to stay spoiler-free they will have to stay off my list. However, if you get a chance check out Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike and Rapture by …

There will be Blood | Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Title: Grey Sister By: Mark Lawrence Genre: Fantasy Pages: 400 Release Date: April 19th, 2018 Publisher: Ace
Summary from Goodreads: In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.
All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord.

As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she has sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pull of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain.
There will be blood.

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Darkest Magic of the Witchborn | Burn Bright by Patrica Briggs

Title: Burn Bright By: Patricia Briggs Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 336 Release Date: March 16th, 2018 Publisher: Ace
Summary from Goodreads: Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other--one that lurks too close to home...
They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok's pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf--but can't stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills--his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker--to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn...

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I got an Instant Pot! | #WeeklyMenu Week #237

Holly cow! It snowed. Its February and it snowed. That is unheard of here in the Portland area. We were driving home from my in-laws last night when the worst of it hit. It was white out conditions. We could only go about 20 miles per hour, and the snow was so heavy that we had white out conditions. We lost the road, it was white. The only thing keeping us in a straight line was the groves in the middle of the lane telling you that you were crossing over the middle line. It was terrifying. I'm so glad we made it home safe.
In other news, I got an Instant Pot. Its a pressure cooker. I can't wait to try it out tonight. I'm supposed to be able to cook an entire dinner in about 12 minutes... We shall see... 
Well, enjoy this weeks menu!
Monday - Chicken Taco Bowls
Tuesday - Swedish Meatballs
Wednesday - Beef and Broccoli
Thursday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Friday - Frozen Pizza
Saturday - Italian Chopped Salad
- Leftovers Night

Mother! | Movie Review

Title: Mother! Genre: Psychological Thriller Release Date: September 15th, 2017 Rating: 6.7/10 Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem 
Summary from IMDB: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
IMDB Trailer

Review: Creepy, confusing and down right strange. This movie started off with a real creep factor. Strangers come into their home and won't leave. They start taking over and then a murder happens. After that, the movie takes a weird turn and just falls apart. All of a sudden, she was pregnant, then she had the baby the next day and then a mob broke in, and the swat team came, and all hell broke lose. It was weird. I kept watching just to see how it ended, but it was really disappointing. Not Jennifer's best work.

American Ultra | Movie Review

Title:  American Ultra Genre: Action Release Date: August 21st, 2015  Rating: 6.1/10 Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton
Summary from IMDB: A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.
IMDB Trailer

Review: Sometimes I come across a hidden gem of a movie that I am so surprised that no one else knows about that it just blows my mind. American Ultra was crazy intense. The main character is a sleeper agent that is triggered because he is going to be killed by the people who created him. Of course, he has no idea that he has been trained to be an assassin, but that's what makes it fun. You have to see this movie. Its full of action, humor and an all around good time.

I’ve been waiting for you | Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol

Welcome to the Release Day Blitz for Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol! Celebrate the release by checking out the excerpt,and be sure to enter the giveaway!
A girl looking for a way out. Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk. A boy looking to be a hero. Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to d…