2018 Dayton Book Expo

2018 Dayton Book Expo

What: Dayton Book Expo

When: April 28, 2018, from 11 AM to 4 PM

Where: Sinclair Community College, David H. Ponitz Conference Center

Who: Authors and Readers of all genres

Cost: FREE to the public

For more information including table reservations or sponsorship opportunities, go to the Dayton Book Expo website HERE.

Just a few of the titles available:

DBE books promoted

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Shroud of Lies, by Nancy Straight

 

Shroud of Lies

 

Title: Shroud of Lies

Author: Nancy Straight

Publisher: Nancy Straight

Release Date: March 4, 2016

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: Ebook, Audio, Paperback

Rating: 4 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb:

Mark believes he has finally shed his destructive past. Reunited with the brother he had believed to be dead for most of his life, Mark’s life detours again when he learns of a younger sister also abandoned by their parents. Desperate to find her, Mark and Davey travel thousands of miles turning over the rocks of their past. Discovering the truth veiled behind layers of lies is daunting, but the Brewer brothers vow to leave no stone unturned. As Mark begins to peel back the layers of his past to locate his sister, he is jerked back into his criminal life and risks losing Libby and everyone he loves forever.

Old friends and enemies insert themselves in Mark’s new life; he must choose between the life luring him back and the future he desperately wants. Mark attempts to keep those he loves from being caught in the cross fire of old enemies vying for position.

Review:

Shroud of Lies is the third and final (WHAAAH!) book of The Brewer Brothers series.

I loved Davey and his quirky ways, but from the moment he was introduced, it was Mark who kept me reading.

First impression.
I was really nervous at the beginning of Shroud of Lies, and even set it aside for a long time because the Mark at the beginning of book three is NOT the same Mark I had grown to…like. A LOT.

But, I love Nancy’s books, and finally convinced myself she wouldn’t have gutted such an incredible character. I was right.

The reason I didn’t give the book five stars is because I wish the entire book had been written from Mark’s POV. At the beginning of the book, Chad stood out the most. His character felt real and strong, then sort of vanished. Though Chad’s discovery sent Mark on the right path for his own, Chad’s story feels a little like an unfinished plot point. It doesn’t diminish Mark’s story, but I think I wanted more for and from Chad.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).
From page one (literally), Felix is a slimeball. Again, well written, but he sort of fell off the map as a real character with a story. His presence or absence doesn’t take away from Mark, and he does give valuable data to start the story. *shrug* I didn’t like him. But, that’s probably the point.

So, have I mentioned Mark?

If you don’t know Mark, read Fractured Karma. That was the Mark I was expecting when I started reading. Like I said, he was so different at the beginning of the book, I almost didn’t finish, but I knew Nancy had a reason for writing him the way she did and convinced myself to trust her.

Then, it happened. What happened, you ask? THIS:

As I strolled past the clothes which had been my wardrobe for the last six months, I entered the dusty area of my closet.
Selecting a pair of dark blue jeans, and off white dress shirt without a collar, and a sports jacket – a feeling of anticipation began to take root. What was I, a girl? My body was acting like it had missed the clothing, but closer inspection told me – it was who I was when I wore the clothes.
Adrenalin coursed through my veins, strangers respectfully nodded their heads as I strode by, and no one, not one person, would confuse me for someone to be taken lightly.

****SIGH*****
From here to the end of the book, Mark is able to find the balance – after many startling revelations – between who he was, who he became, and who he needed to be going forward. And it is a beautiful thing.
After taste.
I am truly sad this is the end of the story, but the Brewer’s find their answers, and without manufacturing some other trouble, Nancy has done a fantastic job of bringing this series full circle.

Overall impression.

Clean, and much more adventure/drama than romance which is unusual for my taste.

But…Mark.

I would recommend this book to 16+ due to adult topics like drugs, mafia, and murder. All tastefully handled but situations might be emotionally intense for younger readers.

About the Author:

Straight, Nancy

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.

She has written ten novels (3 x Paranormal Romance, 4 x Mythological Romance and 3 x Suspenseful Romance). Nancy enjoys reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.

Purchase links:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Currently Reading

The Novice

 

Anyone who has ever been book shopping with me knows I am a cover hound. I carry my phone through the store and snap a photo of any cover that happens to catch my eye.

I found pictures of The Novice, by Taran Matharu in my photos at least 5 different times, so I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I am also a bit addicted to audio books, and after I sampled the audio of this one, it was an instant buy!

Blurb:

He can summon demons. But can he win a war?
Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.
Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.

Follow my progress on Goodreads!

The Conduit, by Stacey Rourke

 

The Counduit COVER

Title: The Conduit

Author: Stacey Rourke

Publisher: Anchor Group

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Ebook, Paperback, Audio

Rating: 4 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

Review

This one took me a few stops and starts to get into, mostly because of the other types of books I had been reading before picking this one up. Genre hopping is all fun and games until you jump a little farther than you intended.

First impression:

This is a fun light hearted read for a young YA audience. I am not in this target audience, but I enjoyed the story.

Celeste and her siblings are adjusting to moving in with their quirky grandmother, when a random encounter with a wooden figurine changes everything. The banter and style of writing reminded me a lot of Quinn Loftis Gray Wolves series.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

As I mentioned, it took me a minute to get into the book, but once I did, I wanted to know what the siblings would ultimately be capable of. I wanted more of Celeste’s ‘emotional control’ abilities to be more in play, but maybe that comes out in later books.

Gabe and his playfulness made me smile more than once, and the teasing between the siblings was fun.

After taste.

It’s not really my style, but that doesn’t take away from the book.

Overall impression.

I would definitely recommend this book to younger YA readers and those who are looking for a light read with a bit of the supernatural.

About the Author

Stacey Rourke

Stacey Rourke is the award winning author of works that span genres, but possess the same flare for action and snarky humor. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

  • RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012
  • Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
  • Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
  • Readers’ Favorite Fantasy Silver Medal Winner for 2015
  • Readers’ Favorite YA Fantasy Bronze Medal Winner 2017

 

Purchase links

Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble

The Vexing, by Tamara Leigh

 

The Vexing

Title: The Vexing (Age of Faith #6)

Author: Tamara Leigh

Publisher: Tamara Leigh

Release Date: May 12, 2017

Genre: Christian Medieval Romance

Format: Paperback, Audio, Kindle

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Purchase links

Amazon, AudibleiTunes

 

Blurb

A VEXING LADY
Answering her father’s summons to return home, Lady Beata Fauvel must evade capture by noblemen who seek to wed a great heiress. But when she falls into the hands of Queen Eleanor of England, she discovers her sovereign has plans of her own for the lady known France over as The Vestal Widow. Now Beata must not only escape the knight entrusted with ensuring she does not wed without permission, but survive a storm-tossed sea and revelation of a long-buried secret that could destroy her family. And what of a heart that wants what it cannot have? Will it only ever beat for the queen’s man?

A REPENTANT KNIGHT
For years, Sir Durand Marshal has faithfully served his queen as penance for betrayal of the Wulfrith family. When he rescues a woman pursued by vassals of the French king, he is charged with delivering to England the nearly scandalous lady who has only a name in common with the one he once loved. Though he never expects to feel anything beyond annoyance for the outspoken Lady Beata, he finds himself drawn to yet another woman denied him. Can he fulfill his duty to his liege? Or will he forsake his redemption and forever ruin his reputation—more, the lady’s?

 

Review

I absolutely ADORE this series and have listened to the audio version multiple times.

In the previous Age of Faith books, Durand Marshal is the man you love to hate, yet despite everything, you end up rooting for him to gain his redemption after so many bad decisions.

First impression.

LOOK AT THE COVER! It is absolutely gorgeous.

I don’t know why, but in the previous books, I didn’t visualize him to be as young as he is, so at first I had a difficult time matching his character with the story. It took getting past the LOOOOONG shipwreck scene before I really felt like I had a good connection with him.
I loved Beata from the beginning and knew immediately she was the perfect match for wayward Durand. She, like the other ladies in the Age of Faith series, was incredibly strong in spite of all that had happened to her, yet her vulnerability made her extremely relateable.

What kept me reading. (Or didn’t.)
It was wonderful to get glimpses of the Wulfrith’s and their families as the story progressed and I will confess, I cried when it appeared we may have lost one of them. Big, fat, ugly tears. Life in the middle ages was very hard, and while I trust this author as one who doesn’t often kill off major characters, it would have been very believable.

I will note that the emphasis on faith and the church was significantly less in this book than it was in the others, and I kind of missed it. It was there, but their faith did not play a huge role in either of their character arcs.

I will also shamelessly admit I have listened to the final chapter at LEAST four times. The ending is so wonderfully written it loses none of the impact even though I know word for word what will happen.

After Taste
Baron Marshal has a great ring to it.

Overall Impression

While I felt like the shipwreck scene dragged on for me, over all this book ranks second on my list of the 6 so far in the series. Garr and Annyn from “The Unveiling” will always be my favorite because…Garr.
I would recommend this book to all ages, and if you love historical romance, you do not want to miss this series. And I absolutely can NOT recommend the audio version enough. I could honestly listen to the narrator read a phone book.

About the Author

Tamara Leigh

Tamara Leigh holds a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994 and nominated for a RITA award. Continuing to write for the general market, she was published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, Tamara’s first inspirational contemporary romance, Stealing Adda, was released. In 2008, Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie and Splitting Harriet won an ACFW Book of the Year award. The following year, Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award. In 2011, Tamara wrapped up her Southern Discomfort series with the release of Restless in Carolina.

When not in the middle of being a wife and mother, Tamara dips her writer’s pen in ink and nose in a good book. In 2012, she returned to the historical romance genre with Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance, followed by the Age of Faith series, which now includes the seventh book, The Awakening. Tamara’s #1 Bestsellers—Lady at Arms, Lady Of Eve, Lady Of Conquest, and Lady Betrayed—are among her general market romances to be rewritten as clean reads. Baron Of Blackwood, the third book in the #1 bestselling series, The Feud, is now available.

Tamara lives near Nashville with her husband, a German Shepherd who has never met a squeaky toy she can’t destroy, and a feisty Morkie who keeps her company during long writing stints. And then there’s Boog, her grandpuppy…

Connect with Tamara at her website http://www.tamaraleigh.com, her blog The Kitchen Novelist, her email tamaraleightenn@gmail.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For new releases and special promotions, subscribe to Tamara Leigh’s mailing list: http://www.tamaraleigh.com

 

Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas

 

Tower of Dawn Cover

Title: Tower of Dawn, Book 5 in the Throne of Glass Series

Author: Maas, Sarah J

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Genre: Teen Fantasy

Format: Hardcover, Ebook, Audio

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Level: Espresso Roast (The back cover contains a warning noting the ‘mature content.’)

Blurb

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Review:

As with all of the books in this series, it delivered much more than was expected. This is NOT just a side plot about Chaol and his journey. This book revealed so much about the entire series plot and what is REALLY going on in Erilea!

My FIRST Impression:
I fully expected the book to give us the story of Chaol’s healing – both emotionally and physically – and possibly introduce some new characters. I absolutely LOVE and underdog story, so Chaol’s character intrigued me. Having been through the emotional and physical growth of Rowan, and Celaena’s journey to Aelin, I expected a powerful character arc for Chaol, and I was not disappointed.

What Kept Me Reading:
But – if that had been the whole point of the book, his ongoing pity party and crappy attitude might not have been enough to keep me reading. But the nuggets of revelations dropped like mini-bombshells as the book progressed, and gave a much deeper (and more sinister) meaning to his injuries.

Nesryn entered the story as an interesting side character, but honestly, she ended up being my favorite character in the whole story. She and Sartaq together immediately made my romance heart squeal, and what they discovered about those tricksy spiders tossed a huge grenade into the plot of the entire series.

Together with what Chaol and Yrene discovered, it should be a very interesting race to the end of the series. I can’t wait to find out how it will change relationships and alliances. The things revealed in Tower of Dawn will have massive implications as the series slides into the conclusion this October.

The After Taste:
This book was the caffeine jolt that will ensure I will dive into book 7 as soon as it is in my hands!

Overall Impression and Final Notes:
I truly LOVE the story and the world Ms. Maas has created. The characters are rich, individual (even though there are MANY of them), and extremely relate-able. The action and story arc are exciting and feel fresh. It is easy to visualize the settings, costumes, and mood of any given scene. She gives the exact amount of description necessary to paint the scene, then lets the action unfold.

However, as with Empire of Storms, this book contains several detailed sexual scenes. And just like the rest of the series, the language is strong at times. Also, the character ages would put this book firmly in the New Adult category. Putting all those together, I would not recommend this series for anyone under 18. I wavered about reducing the rating by a star, but with the sheet amount of story presented in 6 books, and the fact these few scenes make up less than 1% of the individual books, I couldn’t justify taking my rating down.

Instead, I recommend readers go into the series knowing that after book 5, these are NOT clean YA books, nor are they suitable for tweens or young teens.

About The Author:

Maas, Sarah J

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

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