Sep 30, 2013

Book Blitz: Waterborn by @kmbrjames #paranormal #romance #excerpt

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Sep 29, 2013

How you doin'? What's Up Weekly #7 (Sept 29, 2013)

What's going on in the world of Diantha Jones? If you've ever wondered that, this is the perfect post for you. Even if you haven't thought that particularly, thanks for stopping by. The following is what I have been up to lately.

Book Blast: Fractured Legacy by Kaylyn Anderson (@Skye_Callahan) #paranormal #fantasy

Book Blast: The Emerald Ring by @DorineWhite

DeeJay Reviews: A Tale of Two Djinns by Mina Khan (@SpiceBites) #romance #fantasy

Blog Tour: Finding Esta by Shah Wharton (@Shahw1) Excerpt +#GIVEAWAY!

  • MondayWaterborn Book Blitz
  • TuesdayMy Sister's Reaper Blast
  • Wednesday—OFF
  • ThursdayCerberus Book Blast 
  • FridayChoosing You Book Blitz
  • Saturday—OFF

Sep 26, 2013

Sep 25, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: A Tale of Two Djinns by Mina Khan (@SpiceBites) #romance #fantasy


A Tale of Two Djinns
by Mina Khan

Publication Date: April 11, 2012
Series: Standalone
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Deejay's Rating: 
Sweet, but lacking true passion

Akshay, warrior prince of the earth djinns, earns the title of Crown Prince at a high cost when he loses his best friend in a battle against ancient enemies, the water djinns. Heartsick, he escapes to Earth to mourn.

Nothing gets the biological clock ticking (and elders lecturing) like almost dying in battle, so Maya, princess of the water djinns, travels to Earth for some no-strings-attached sex to fulfill her duty and produce an heir. But the beautiful and tough warrior gets more than she bargained for when she meets Shay.

Their not-so-simple one-night stand is interrupted by assassins and the world, as they know it, is changed forever. As Maya and Shay pull together to survive, both are determined to have their happily-ever-after and bring peace to their worlds — warring families, shadow assassins, and nosy busybodies be damned.(Goodreads)

This book was a very fast read for me. Initially, I was intrigued by the concept of elemental Djinns and how there were different types of them, water and earth mainly. They are enemies of each other and both want to wipe the other off the face of the universe.

Book Blast: The Emerald Ring by @DorineWhite

The Emerald Ring

Sep 24, 2013

Book Blast: Fractured Legacy by Kaylyn Anderson (@Skye_Callahan) #paranormal #fantasy


Fractured Legacy

Darkness Bound #1

By Kaylyn Anderson

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Kaylyn Anderson's fascination with abandoned places and dark creatures kindled her work as a paranormal investigator. But when dreams begin to distort reality, she questions what is real and pulls away from everyone she trusts. The opportunity to investigate the Teague Hotel--a long-abandoned landmark that has always piqued her curiosity--provides a chance to redeem herself. Unraveling the hotel's secrets won't be easy, but Kaylyn soon finds herself the target of a dark entity that has been trapped in the building for decades.

If Kaylyn stands any hope of defeating the spirit, she'll have to accept that her fears are real and convince fellow investigators that she hasn't lost her mind.

Excerpt from

Fractured Legacy

Kaylyn pulled the covers over her head as if they could block out the ruckus threatening her sleep. After another series of knocks on the front door, she was left in silence again. That wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

She held her breath.

Sure enough, a floorboard creaked, then her sister’s voice rang out. “Come on Kay. You can’t avoid me when I have a key. We’re going to be late.”

“Go away, Cole. I’m sick.”

“Bull shit. If anything you’re hung over.”

“I haven’t had a drink in weeks.” Although at the moment, she thought, I’d kill for one…or several. “We’ve worked for Carlisle for more than three years, he won’t—”

“We have a meeting. Mr. Edwards. Historical Society. Wooden box engraved with occult symbols. Ring a bell?”

Oh yeah. Kaylyn groaned as she flipped the covers off her head. Her younger sister stood over the side table, leaning against the inside of the doorway. A crisp pink collar peeked out from the top of her dark grey pea coat, paired with matching grey slacks.

Always overdressed, Kaylyn thought, especially for a job that often had them crawling in dank and dusty places. She pulled herself up, balancing precariously on the edge of the bed before forcing her body to move toward the closet.

“If you don’t hurry up, the cappuccinos will get cold.”

“You know I prefer it that way.” Kaylyn said as she pulled some moderately business-casual clothes out of the clean clothes pile and headed into the bathroom. “Weirdo,” Cole called after her.

Kaylyn was thankful for the brief moment of silence as she pulled on a pair of black jeans and a blue long-sleeved V-neck. She smoothed out the wrinkles in the shirt then focused on her matted hair, sweeping it up into a low ponytail.

“Come on, sis, we’re supposed to be there at 9:30,” Cole yelled, smacking the bathroom door.

Three days until the weekend, she promised her reflection. Then nothing is stopping me from sleeping as long as I want.

Nothing except the dreams.

Sep 22, 2013

2 weeks already? What's Up Weekly #6: September 22, 2013


What's going on in the world of Diantha Jones? If you've ever wondered that, this is the perfect post for you. Even if you haven't thought that particularly, thanks for stopping by. The following is what I have been up to lately.

Sep 20, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Looking for Alaska by @RealJohnGreen #YA


looking for alaska
by John Green

publication date: march 3, 2005
series: standalone
genre: young adult
source: bought

deejay's rating: 
A great study in adolescent torment

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same. (Goodreads)

If there was ever an honest interpretation of what today's youth look, talk and act like, this is it.

Sep 17, 2013

Book Blast: Darkest World—A Dystopian Anthology. All proceeds go to Girls Write Now charity.

darkest worlds

Darkest Worlds

A Dystopian Anthology 

An anthology that explores what humans are made of when society falls to its knees. Darkest Worlds includes six original novellas by award-winning authors and best sellers of Young Adult and New Adult Dystopia.

All proceeds go to Girls Write Now, a charity that promotes literacy of inner-city girls.

Sep 15, 2013

Book Blast: Sworn to Raise & Sworn to Transfer by @TEdunWrites #ya #fantasy


Sworn to Raise 

by Terah Edun 
Publication date: April 10th 2013

Genre: YA Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a  hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. 

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

Sep 12, 2013

Short N' Sweet Review: His Need, Her Desire by @MaliaMallory #romance


His Need, Her Desire
by Malia Mallory

Publication Date: March 6, 2013
Series: Dominating BDSM Billionaires #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review (Masquerade Crew)

DeeJay's Rating: 
An easy, short read

Tabitha Quinn's Hawaii vacation was anything but ordinary. Dominant billionaire Marcus Granger saved her life, swept her into his bed, and then left her heartbroken. Now she's back in New York, mourning the man she's sure she'll never see again.

Marcus may have left handprints on her skin, but Tabitha's left handprints on his heart: he tracks her down, and they resume the sizzling affair they began in the islands.

Tabitha belongs to Marcus body and soul in bed, but she worries she doesn't belong in his high-stakes world. They've already dodged a murder attempt, and now Marcus is fighting off a competitor's takeover. When the rival company obtains critical information, suspicion falls on Tabitha. She has to prove she's innocent--and worthy to wear Marcus's collar. (Goodreads)

This was a short story that I read in about an hour. It was good enough as far as short stories go, though I was a bit underwhelmed by the romantic element. For this to supposedly be "erotica", and BDSM at that, it was quite tame. The "SPICY" factor just wasn't there, and that was kind of why I picked this story to review.

The story wasn't long enough to truly develop the characters, Tabitha and Marcus, but from what I got to read of them, they were characters I could see myself wanting to follow through the series. They were a bit cheesy at times, but so what? All romance novels have a certain cheese factor. It's expected. And of course, we were hit with the dreaded "INSTA-LOVE", but what else could the author do with a story this short? I usually pitch a fit over insta-love plots, but this one was easy to overlook. Probably because the characters weren't acting like lovesick teenagers, and recognized and accepted the insta-love for what it was.

Overall, a very fast read that is FREE on Amazon. If you need a romance quick fix, then I would suggest this one.

Dominating BDSM Billionaires #2


Sep 11, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Pleasure Unbound by @LarissaIone


Pleasure Unbound
by Larissa Ione

Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Series: Demonica #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 
Who knew demons could be so sexy?

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life. 

She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life. 

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .(Goodreads)

As far as cheesy romance novels go, this one could compete against the best (or the worst) of them. Nevertheless, I liked it and am definitely continuing on in the series.

Sep 10, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Hounded by @KevinHearne #fantasy #mythology


by Kevin Hearne

Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 
Fun and hilarious!

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil. (Goodreads)

What a fun and fabulous read with adventure, mythology and a horde of laughs!

Sep 5, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Hot Redemption by K.D Penn (@DTDyllin and @KenyaWright77) #romance


Hot Redemption 
by K.D. Penn

Publication Date: Dec. 12, 2013
Genre: Romance/Cyber-Erotica
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating: 

Epic and his brothers don’t rob strip clubs for fun or fame, but to use the electronic currency to take care of their family. With androids and robots flooding the job market, it’s almost impossible for humans to find work. Besides, stealing comes easy to the gang, until Phoenix steps into their lives, snatching away their bounty and fogging up Epic’s mind with her seductive scent.

Shots blare. A chase ensues. Both sides refuse to yield. And the small compromise that comes is brought by chains and a promise for a bigger hit—on a planet far away from earth. 

Can Epic and Phoenix work together to rescue themselves from poverty? Or will they find another type of redemption, one lathered in lust and warmth, pleasure, and the type of undemanding love that no human can live without? (Goodreads)

I first saw the cover to this book months ago, and loved it immediately. So when I heard there were review copies up for grabs, I was like, YES PLEASE! They sent me a copy and I'm happy to say I really liked it! But I didn't expect anything less from K.D. Penn (D.T. Dyllin and Kenya Wright). I've read some of their work previously and enjoyed it, so I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed.

Sep 1, 2013

What a week! What's UP Weekly #4


What's going on in the world of Diantha Jones? If you've ever wondered that, this is the perfect post for you. Even if you haven't thought that particularly, thanks for stopping by. The following is what I have been up to lately.