Clean Sweep was originally published as a free serialised novel on the Ilona Andrews website, I hated the idea of having to wait between instalments so I decided to hold off until the story was complete before reading it. Anyway, to get back to my review I have to tell you that I'm a huge fan of Ilona Andrews and their Kate Daniels series, they have become an auto buy author for me and Clean Sweep just helped to confirm the reason for that. This story may have vampires and werewolves but it's far from your normal paranormal affair and you will also be treated to alien worlds and unusual races - the scope for future adventures in this world is just astounding!
I don't want to say too much about Dina's relationship with the Inn so I'm just going to say I loved it, the Inn is almost like an additional character in the story and I really enjoyed getting to see how they were able to work together against their enemies. The romance takes a back seat in this story which is a good thing because the authors spend more time focusing on their world building and introducing the characters but we are treated to a couple of alpha hotties who I'm looking forward to getting to know better. The other guy Arland is a vampire from a powerful family, he is noble and proud but very respectful when it comes to Dina. I could go on and on about the things I loved about this book but I really think you should just read it for yourself rather than have me spoil it for you.
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here. Valerius isn't a popular Dark-Hunter - he's a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilisation for superseding them.
What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires, and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons - one who's managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them. I'm going to admit that I was a bit nervous about picking up Seize the Night, having seen Valerius through both Kyrian and Zarek's eyes I went into this book feeling quite prejudiced towards him.
Valerius comes across as very high and mighty like he thinks he is better than everyone else but when you get to know him you realise that it is a self defence mechanism that he has perfected over the centuries of his life. Alongside the scorching hot romance there are some really interesting developments in the world as a whole. A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond. James is a 13 year old boy who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother. I have to admit I wasn't too sure what to expect from The Dark Inside, it's not the kind of book I would usually pick up but after hearing a reading by Rupert Wallis at a Simon & Schuster blogger event I just had to try it and I'm glad that I did.
I loved the characters in The Dark Inside, both James and Webster are both well developed and have intriguing backgrounds that make you want to spend time getting to know them but we also meet some other interesting people along the way.
To celebrate the release of Rupert Wallis's debut novel The Dark Inside I'm thrilled to welcome Rupert's editor Jane to the blog today so she can tell you about her experience editing the story.
Rupert Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television from the University of Southern California. The editorial process is different with every author, as you work out a balance between their vision for the book and your suggestions for changes that you think will help improve their work. Thanks for a fabulous guest post Jane, I've already read The Dark Inside and have to say I really enjoyed it so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Rupert comes up with next!
Prepare yourself for Sex on the Beach, a trilogy featuring BETWEEN US (Jen McLaughlin), BEYOND ME (Jennifer Probst), and BEFORE YOU (Jenna Bennett).
I'm a famous country star who's spent her life cultivating a good girl persona to avoid bad press, but I've reached my limit. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance.
I’ll always be with you, inside and out, through hard times and helpless ones, through love, through doubt. People never mean to do things that are hurtful, yet sometimes it just happens, through an intense moment, through brief rationalization, or by simply speaking words that only belong insides on head.Or simply by giving up for a second.
She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. When the authors were looking for beta readers to help edit the story before it was published I jumped at the chance of helping and I feel it's only fair to point that out even though I've tried very hard not to let that effect the way my review has been written. They really do create such fantastic and unique worlds and I adore all of their characters, the fact that they treat us to strong heroines and alpha heroes who respect women and never step over the line into a-hole territory just seals the deal. Dina is an Innkeeper, part of a magical race who offers safe haven to intergalactic travellers who are visiting foreign realms. Dina has certain abilities on her own but she is stronger by far when she is in her own territory and has the Inn's power to back her up.
Normally even a hint of a love triangle would have me running in the opposite direction but I'm glad to say that isn't the case here and I'm actually really intrigued by both of the potential love interests. He understands her abilities so knows just what she is capable of but he still wants to help keep her safe. The special edition print version contains beautiful images of the main characters (these could only be improved if they were in colour) and I believe these illustrations are included in the ebook too. To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him crazy. Although we had started to see a nicer side to him in Night Play I still wasn't expecting to like him all that much but I should have known that Sherrilyn Kenyon would completely turn my opinion on it's head.
We already knew a little about his background and the family he was born into but we get to see just how badly he was treated by his father and older brothers and it was quite heartbreaking to watch. There were times when I had my heart in my mouth and I can't tell you how shocked and horrified I was by some events that occurred - this really was quite a traumatic read and parts of it brought tears to my eyes. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he's instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man.

But there is said to be a cure and it might just be that by helping Webster, James will find some solace of his own. He doesn't have the best home life and is stuck living with a step-father who drinks too much and can become violent. Sometimes it's nice to step out of your comfort zone - especially when you find a gem like this book!
Nothing is ever completely laid out so although you are given strong hints about what happened there is enough ambiguity for the reader to be able to make up their own mind about things. I don't want to say too much about them for fear of giving spoilers so I'll just tell you that Ma was one of the creepiest old ladies I've ever come across! In the case of THE DARK INSIDE, the draft I read on submission was especially strong and whilst I had some ideas, overall it wasn’t a heavy edit as Rupert knew his story and characters inside out. In the first version of the manuscript, Webster vocalises the word werewolf, making it clear what creature he believes attacked him, but I wanted it to be more uncertain. In-house an editor is the person who drives the book and keeps the enthusiasm going by making sure that as many people know about a book internally as possible – basically you become a bit of a broken record as you enthuse and enthuse about your books! This series includes the novellas BEFORE YOU by Jenna Bennett, BETWEEN US by Jen McLaughlin, and BEYOND ME by Jennifer Probst. I'm going away for spring break with my two best friends from college, and we've vowed to spend the vacation seeking out fun in the sun—along with some hot, no-strings-attached sex. But then Mackenzie Forbes, America's Sweetheart herself, comes up to me and looks at me with those bright green eyes…and everything changes. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below, the winner will be contacted directly by the authors so they can arrange to send out your prize. 10 pages will be released after 600 adds, 15 pages after 800 adds, and 20 pages after 1000 adds! She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. He just got a great opportunity, so he is in New York, across the country from his girlfriend Ella. She can’t be with him, but she is trying to still be his friend and going to therapy to get herself together. I tell you what made me laugh was when(view spoiler)[ on Christmas Day they where saying what they all were thankful for and Ethan said red lacy bras that undo at the front OMG I laughed out loud!!! If you look closely you'll spot my name in the acknowledgements but even though I received a free ebook from the author I loved it so much that I also purchased a print copy to sit on my bookshelves.
She has an almost symbiotic relationship with the Inn she runs, the house protects her and she is able to draw from it's strength but without her keeping the Inn would wither away and die.
She really is a great main character, someone who is honourable and determined to do the right thing even if it puts her life at risk, in fact Dina is the kind of person you'd want at your back if you were in trouble. First you have Sean, an alpha werewolf who knows very little about the supernatural world and where he came from, he has his eyes opened in a big way but although it comes as quite a shock he takes most things in his stride. Both guys are protective and they can be quite growly towards each other but Dina won't accept any of their crap and she is more than capable of standing up to them. I'm excited that this is the first book in a new series and any new books will automatically go to the top of my to buy list the second they are released! It didn't even take her that long to do it and I found myself feeling sorry for him very quickly!
As much as I understand why Zarek was so angry with him seeing things from Valerius's side show that he was as much a victim as Zarek was. The two of them are complete opposites in a lot of ways, where Valerius is very buttoned up and acts like he has a stick up his ass Tabitha is much more fun loving.
This series just gets better and better with every instalment and I can't wait to continue the journey in Sins of the Night. Everything changes for James when he meets Webster, a homeless man who is staying in an abandoned house that James spends time in when he needs an escape.
If I had any fears that I wouldn't be able to relate to a 13 year old boy they were quickly proved unfounded and within the space of a couple of chapters I was fully invested in James's story. You can choose to take the paranormal events at face value or you can decide that they are the product of an incredibly over-active imagination. The story touches on some difficult subjects dealing with James's grief and his sense of loneliness and Webster's anguish about things that happened in his past but there is also plenty of action and danger from more than one direction. In fact I did the rare thing of reading practically the whole manuscript at my desk (usually looking at submissions is something I find time for when I’m at home or on my commute). But even in a strong manuscript like THE DARK INSIDE, when you start the editorial process, it soon becomes clear how even just small changes can make one element or plot thread shine.
By removing the word werewolf itself from the text, the supernatural element of the plot became much more ambivalent. Rupert then sent me a long list of alternatives he’d come up with whilst writing, and after discussions back and forth with the sales and marketing team and with Rupert and his agent we decided upon THE DARK INSIDE. Luckily with THE DARK INSIDE the whole team fell in love with the novel from the outset, making that part of my role very easy. She acts like she's just a normal girl and I'm just a normal guy, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs.

But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. Innkeepers have a duty of care to their guests and will do anything in their power to keep them safe but they are supposed to remain neutral when it comes to anything outside of their territory.
There has been tragedy in her past but that has just made her all the more determined to make a success of her Inn and to build a legacy that she can be proud of. The scenes between him and Dina had me laughing out loud on several occasions and I loved seeing her put him in his place rather than going stupid around him just because he's a sexy man.
We don't get to know Arland quite as well but there are some great scenes with him and I found myself really liking him too.
If you're looking for a new urban fantasy series that is unique and memorable then Clean Sweep is a must read, as is anything else Ilona Andrews has ever written!
Kyrian has even less reason to treat Valerius the way he does and there were times I actually found myself getting quite annoyed with him.
She likes to have fun, doesn't take life too seriously and takes great pleasure in shocking Valerius with her actions.
Webster is running from something and claims to have a dark curse hanging over him but can James help him find a cure?
He is such a sweet boy and he reminded me of my younger brother at that age, they have the same curiosity about the world and eagerness to find adventure. I'm not going to tell you my decision though - you'll just have to read the book and make up your own mind. This is the kind of book that it is easy to get lost in and the short chapters make it an incredibly quick read - I kept telling myself I'd read just one more chapter and before I knew it I was at the end of the story. Ingrid and I soon made sure that the rest of the team were reading this special manuscript, and the response was overwhelming positive: we had to have this book!
It came from a line within the book that seemed to resonate with lots of people and alluded to both the darkness of some of the characters in the book and the metaphorical void of darkness that both Webster and James feel. I just hope that readers will see how special this book is, and that it gets the response it deserves.
She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name. But with her father in and out of rehab, she's having a hard time making it through the days.
She never wanted to hurt him, but she felt like thats the only way she could get her self together.
Dina finds herself unable to sit back and do nothing when something starts attacking people in her neighbourhood though and she soon finds herself in a whole heap of trouble. They have great chemistry and I want to see them spending more time together as the series continues. I'm not going to say who I think Dina will end up with because although I have picked a team I don't think it would take a lot to make me switch sides!
After everything Valerius suffered in his human life he has gone through centuries of exile from his fellow Dark-Hunters, they don't trust him and nobody willingly spends time with him so it is no wonder that he has developed such a bad attitude. The interactions between them were absolutely hysterical, there were so many times I found myself snorting with laughter at the way she provoked him and his shocked responses. Even though James has been through a lot and has been let down by the people who should protect him he is still the kind of boy who sees the good in people, he wants to help Webster even if he isn't sure what to believe about Webster's curse.
This is a fantastic debut from a new British author and I'm looking forward to seeing what Rupert Wallis comes up with next!
It is one of the books I am most excited about on our list this year, and definitely one that I feel lucky to have been able to work on. I did what I had to do to survive, and she'd run if she learned the truth about my darkness.
When my friends challenged me with a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week, I couldn’t pass it up. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. I just loved every minute spent with the two of them and it was great to see Tabitha stand up for her man around the other Dark-Hunters. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything. Seeing how their opinions about him were slowly changed was wonderful and Tabitha played a massive role in that. No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas are sure to satisfy your need for sizzling romance and an emotion packed story.
And when he let me see the man behind the mask, I fell hard, foolishly believing there could be a future for us. But he won't ask her to leave college, just to be with him.The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. She isn’t in a good place and she doesn’t want to drag him with her, so she tries to let him go. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?

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