We are back again guys, and today we have an excerpt for you of the latest book Seventh Grave and No Body. Myself and Pili can't wait to read this book. Pili also has an excerpt for you so don't forget to head to her blog here. Let's just says some of these excerpts are pretty steamy!!!!! Hello Reyes Farrow! *blushes* Hope you enjoy and don't forget to enter our Giveaway that has now been extended until the end of next week!!!! But first here's a little bit about the book.

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)
by Darynda Jones
Release Date - 21st October 2014
Publisher - Piaktus
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancĂ© who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. “You would tell me if something were wrong, right?”
“What do you mean? Of course, I would.”
“So, if you knew something could happen to you, you’d let me know.”
Where was he going with this? “Yes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.”
He nodded in thought.
“Reyes, what is it?”
“I think you keep secrets from me.”
“You keep secrets from me,” I said, teasing. “Seems only fair.”
He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. “We can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesn’t later. Until then, want to do it?”
“Reyes!” I said, appalled. “You just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.” That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to “do it” was hilarious.
“We can still do it.”
I giggled. “No, we can’t.”
“I’m very creative with my mouth.”
“I am well aware of that.”
“You should sit on my face.”
A bubble of laughter escaped again. “I am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.”
“Just sit on my face. I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
“You really need to practice humility,” I said.
“Humility is overrated.”

Don't forget to see some more of the famous Son of Satan over at In Love With Handmade

As part of this special week, Darynda has very kindly allowed me to giveaway one copy of Seventh Grave and No Body, the latest in the series. 

Terms and Conditions. 
It will run for one week and will end midnight on Friday 7th November
Once it finishes I will select the winner and email you. Then I will pass your details directly to the publisher so you can receive this prize. 
Good Luck! 

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Hi Everyone, and welcome to a week of Grim Reaper awesomeness this Halloween on the blog. If you are not familiar with what I'm talking about, well, this week, myself and Pili from In Love with Handmade have teamed up and have been talking about one of our favourite UF series, Charley Davidson, by Darydna Jones, PI and Grim Reaper Extraordinaire. I have recently reviewed Second Grave on the Left and continuing to love them. Pili and I have a special week planned full of bookish tricks and treats. Also running for the week is a giveaway of her latest novel, Seventh Grave a No Body! 

So kick it off, we have the legend that is the Grim Reaper and where it all started...which if you've read the book can really see the similarities but obviously Charley doesn't have a dark cloak or scythe. Hope you enjoy! 

In the beginning, there was one universe which contained two dimensions; Hell, and Heaven. These existed long before time was even created; they were untouched and continue to be untouched by time itself.

In Hell, there was life; there were the lowly Demons and Specters, and the most evil being Lucifer. In Heaven, there existed the noble Angels and the Great Spirit.

Eventually when time was created, a new dimension was woven and was forced to abide by the laws of time; it was Ora. The first few millennia’s of Ora was full of emptiness, unlike the other two dimensions; this one had no life, until the life of man was created. When these beings where formed, one final dimension was created which was named Axiom. This dimension housed two guardians of time, the guardian of the beginning known as Life, and the guardian of the end known as Death.

As Life and Death watched time go its course, and collected lives as well as gave lives, a type of being arose in Axiom known as the blank reapers, they traveled to Ora through the Omphalos; this is place where each of the four dimension are connected, as well as the only place to travel to another one of the four dimensions, it was considered the center of the universe. However, it was restricted to Life, as well as Man when they are in their physical bodies. Since time does not flow in these dimensions, Life, a form of time could not travel through the Omphalos.

When the reaping blanks and Death traveled through the Omphalos, Life set up a trap and absorbed his brother, becoming a new being of Life and Death. The reaping blanks however would not follow Life’s orders of laws and keep death flowing in Ora. So he traveled through the Omphalos, and met a dying man named Azrael. When Life met him, he convinced Azrael to give up his mortal physical body to serve him and be free of death. But this came at a cost he would be force to carry out the duties of death and no longer live a pure life. Azrael took this chance to become immortal. He shook Life’s hand and in that moment, his skin melted, his muscle burned and fell to ash, his blood boiled and evaporated into the air, the organs inside of his body exploded with such power, that what was left of his body was whipped around and banged against the ground, the life was being pulled out of his body painfully, he screamed and cried wanting his life to end but it couldn’t, he died a thousand times and experienced the death that Death himself had to deal before being absorbed, then finally everything stopped. All that was left of his body was his decaying skeleton, anyone looking at this would have thought that this was the end for Azrael, however, Life bent over the remnants of a once honorable man and said “Awaken”, and Azrael rose.

To continue this legend... head over to the lovely Pili's blog, In Love with Handmade

As part of this special week, Darynda has very kindly allowed me to giveaway one copy of Seventh Grave and No Body, the latest in the series. 

Terms and Conditions. 
It will run for one week and will end midnight on Halloween. 
Once it finishes I will select the winner and email you. Then I will pass your details directly to the publisher so you can receive this prize. 
Good Luck! 

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It's the release day of the Paperback of Come Back to Me, the highly acclaimed New Adult book under the pen name Mila Gray but you may also know her as Sarah Alderson, author of The Sound (read my review hereLila series, Fated and Out of Control. It has also beaten Fifty Shades in the erotica listing on Amazon it’s reached #8 in the bestseller charts in WHSmith here in the UK (yay!)

I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy when it was due for release as an e-copy, which you can read my review here. Sarah/Mila is also the first author I've had the pleasure meeting as well, when myself and a few other bloggers had Afternoon Tea with her early this year. As part of the Paperback release here in the UK, it is also due for release in Australia in November and in the US till the end of 2015, which is a ridiculously long way away. Never fear, today I'm pleased to share with you a guest post as well as Mila running a giveaway to win to win a goody bag and signed copies. First, here a little bit about the novel...

Come Back to Me 
by Mila Gray
Publisher - PanMacmillan
Release Date - TODAY
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.

But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.

Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

ME - I feel that NA as a genre has definitely matured ever since your book Come Back to Me this year, before, it was very much sort of similar plotlines and character persona's but your novel saw a new dynamic to the genre and I was wondering what you thoughts were of NA are and what you did to research or prepare yourself from writing a different genre you've written previously. 


When I was asked by my publisher Pan Macmillan to write something for the 18-25 market I was thrilled. I hadn’t read any new adult books though so the first thing I did was download a few on my Kindle and read them.

I read about three and was really stunned by them and their representation of romance and relationships, to the point where I stopped reading and actually felt quite depressed. I was really disheartened by how the male characters were all alpha and aggressive, often violently so (one was actually about a sociopathic hit man), and the girls were generally damsels in distress.

A stalking, aggressive, violent, emotionally abusive man is not hot just because he has chiselled cheekbones and is ‘broken’ in some way, at least not to me. So my first thought was that I needed to get away from that trope. I wanted to build a story that was about a healthy relationship where two people who are quite different come together and complete each other, because I think in the best relationships that is what happens.

I wanted to show that a man can be ‘alpha’ and tough (Kit is a Marine) but also soft, sensitive, respectful and nurturing. The two are not mutually exclusive. In the same way a girl can be ‘feminine’ but also stand up for herself and be assertive and strong. It’s so dangerous to keep portraying young men in this way - because boys then think that’s who they have to be to get a girl.

I’ve just read this very short book by the incredible author Chimamanda Ngoza Adichie, called We Should All Be Feminists (highly recommend everyone read it). In it she says: ‘We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear, of weakness, of vulnerability…We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller…'

As a writer and a feminist I feel I have a responsibility to my readers. I want girls to read my books and feel empowered. If, as a writer, I can help just one person see themselves in a different, better light, or feel less alone, or reconsider gender expectations, then that’s a job well done in my mind.

I don’t want to portray a saccharine experience of love either. I’m fortunate that I’ve experienced some really beautiful relationships and have some incredible men in my life, not least my husband. So I know that love and healthy relationships exist and want more women to expect that as the norm.

In Come Back To Me Kit and Jessa go through a real tragedy that rips them apart. It’s an honest portrayal of loss and grief. It doesn’t pull punches. I’d like to think that’s why it’s done so well in terms of reviews (it’s currently #4 in the WHSmith bestseller list!) - and has won so much praise - because it’s real. I am so happy to think that new adult might be pulling away from its first wave - where books were built around the sex, with plot line an afterthought, because for me the ages of 18-25 were some of the most intense, amazing and uncertain of my life. I would have craved stories like this one.

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ARC REVIEW - ROWDY by Jay Crownover

Rowdy (Marked Men #5)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher - Harper
Release Date - October 23rd 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

After the only girl he had ever loved told him he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and decided he was going to do everything in his power to live up to his nickname. Life was all about a good time, good friends and never taking much too seriously. Only now he has a new coworker, a ghost from the past who’s making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in a house with too many rules – and no fun allowed. She left it all behind as soon as she could, but she never forgot the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been in love with her little sister. Now, fate and good intentions from an old friend have placed her right in Rowdy’s path and she’s determined to show him he picked the wrong sister all those years ago…
As you all know by now, Jay Crownover's Marked Men series, is one I've followed and loved from the beginning (or the middle if you count Rome, that I reviewed first) Rowdy novel is just amazing... Whilst I was buddy reading this with the lovely Donna from Book Passion for Life, we have both really enjoyed this series and it was great to share it with in the next installment.

Rowdy is an odd character, you only really get to see him from being another member of the Marked Family, I guess you can say that he is a surrogate of the family but considered an equal nonetheless, much like Nash. In the beginning Rowdy sort of reminds me of Rule, where he tends not to commit to relationships and sticks to the one-night stand, the less complicated the better. So when an old flame, and first love rocks up into the new Marked shop...Salem, his new colleague was going to be more than just trouble to mind but to the heart. Rowdy was a kid of many talents including his imaginative and artistic nature, since being chucked here, there and everywhere in the system, he didn't didn't feel like he belonged until he found his family and best friend, next door. Salem and her sister, Poppy saw him for who he really was. One day, Salem got up and left forever, with one kiss she was outta there, and that was the day that Rowdy would never love or go back again.

Salem was certainly nothing we've ever met before, her style, kick-ass persona and strong sense of self really shone through this novel. I mean how cool is her name!?! Salem obviously came here to work in the business for one reason and one reason only...Rowdy. Salem had her reasons for leaving, her family are not the easiest and forgiving to be a part of of. Her father, a vicar, was the culprit in all of it. Poppy was always the golden girl, so her father saw that Salem wasn't worthy of him or God for that matter. He was pushy and forceful and would hardly show any amount of emotion. But her mother was no better, she followed where he followed. So she left, even with the consequences so dear, her sister and her best friend, Rowdy. So when Rule, manager of the Marked shops, phoned her to offer her job, courtesy of the legend Phil, she couldn't say no. 

At times her background became a little repetitive and overly dramatic. What was frustrating for about 40% of the book, was that I really wanted them to bash there heads together, yes Salem left, yes Rowdy certainly had his moments with Poppy. The build-up was incredibly tense and made me feel a little impatient. But if they are so hell-bent on ignoring then there is more chemistry, desire and passion between them that they have ever realised. Like Rowdy says he's had plenty of firsts but he wants to only have her as his last! 

Whilst we had Rowdy's and Salem's alternate POVs, I felt that there was also more than just them in the background. We have the whole Marked family, seeing some of the old gang building up their futures together. However, what I felt and loved most of all was the presence of Phil. For me, Phil really has inspired and motivates this story, not because he grew the Marked family from scratch but it's that Crownover keeps him living after Nash's story. The Marked Men series is really Phil's written legacy. What I loved though was that there wasn't that horrible and gut-wrenching tension and break-up between them. Instead Crownover encompassed the beginning of a new relationship which we all can't wait to read, Asa. 

Rating - 4


Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)
by Darynda Jones
Publisher - Piatkus Books
Release Date - January 25th 2012
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

"If you hang around with dead people, life can deliver a whole world of trouble."

Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time P.I. and full-time Grim Reaper.The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible...

When Charley and Cookie, her best friend slash receptionist, have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally.) has left his corporeal body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven...well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.

Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?
I read First Grave on the Right a few years back and remembering how much a I really enjoyed it, but I never actually continued the series, honest to god I don't know why I didn't. With the Seventh Grave and No Body to be released later this month, the publishers have very kindly sent me novels 5,6 and 7 of the Charley Davidson series. I thought it was about time I continue where I left off and order it from my library. Reading it a little over a day and half, I really don't know why I didn't continue the series ages ago...

Charley Davidson, professional status PI - Leading Investigator of the State of Albuquerque, working alongside her father and her Uncle Bob also known as Ubie since she was 5. How and Why? you say, she also provides an invaluable service for the society, for humanity and for the world as the only Grim Reaper this side of forever. The one and only on the planet and universe to let the departed, dead people, pass over into...well we assume Heaven. Alongside her killer supernatural entity within her, described as this shining bright light that the dead are drawn too as well as Reyes. Charley takes on a dangerous game, in Second Grave on the Left, but there isn't one day that someone isn't trying to kill her, it was only last week that she nearly died, but her supernatural half lets her heal pretty quickly. It's just another day at the office. Or that is until, her receptionist, Cookie gets a call, that her friend Mimi, has been missing for a week which leads to a high school conspiracy, with a very powerful senate involved is this mix. 

Charley also is in love with the Son of Satan, also known as the part-human, Reyes Alexandra Farrow. Wanted man serving a life sentence for killing his father, but he also departs from his corporeal body to always protect and passionately seduce his 'Dutch', Charley. Reyes is all kinds of hotness, but he also key to hell and key to physically to being the beginning and end of the apocalypse if said certain demons, destroy and find his body and Charley to go with it. Reyes presence in the novel, brought all kinds of feels, leaving blushing and hot as hell at certain scenes as well as feeling pity and compelling sense to back his side throughout. 
"His gaze slid over me like a veil of fire. He could ignite my deepest desires with a single glance. I decided right then and there no more reading romance novels by candlelight.” 
Charley's character has this uncanny brilliance to make this such a humorous take to Urban Fantasy. What makes me laugh is her take to life itself, how she names things, Danger and Will Robinson, and Misery, to make her life that more interesting or for people to see who she really is and she isn't afraid to be show that. I mean if you didn't know Charley you probably think she's crazy, or needs to go to a mental institute but that's the beauty of Jones's writing, because that's the humour and laughter that just shines through Charley's character. Oh and let's not forget Cookie, what an awesome name. There were just some scenes that had me cracking up laughing, she is a real klutz but she does it with style. With a Grim Reaper as a neighbour, best friend and colleague she certainly has to put up a lot. 

When it comes to UF I haven't really read many in a very long time, and it's about time I did. Darynda Jones is only the tip of the iceberg, but with her kick-ass heroine, hot son of Satan and a page turner of a missing person's case, what could be better. If you have any recommendations to UF let me know in the comments, I'm always looking for more like this! 

Rating - 5


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As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2)
by Ann Aguirre
Publisher - Harlequin HQN
Release Date - 30th September 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever.

Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.
We first met Lauren as best friend and roommate to Angus, Max and finally Nadia in I Want It That Way. Whilst she wanted to grow up, go to college and go to university with Nadia, she knew she was just following the footsteps of her best friend, it wasn't her path to take. Clearly Lauren wasn't herself, so she took to parties and alcohol to cover the rejections and failures she was getting through uni, she knew this was effecting not only herself but also those of her roommates, and distancing from her one true friend. So she decided to go back, to Sharon, Nebraska, to back home, where not only she will find a place to stay but also place to share it with. This is where As Long As You Love Me continues. This was what I loved about this sequel, Aguirre completely transports you to where you left off and often highlights moments from the previous novel. Only this time we see new character relationships forming into the 2B family. 

Lauren focuses on forming a new life or maybe just rekindling her old life, with old relationships and new. Krista, a friend from way back in high school has also returned to Sharon only to be pregnant and her boyfriend who is out fighting for his country. Instantly they started where they left off, so life in Sharon doesn't seem so bad after all. She also befriends Rob's ex girlfriend who has way more in common than they realise and become really close friends. 

However, she also runs into Rob, Nadia's very hot big brother in the superstore. Only, Lauren has a huge crush on him for like...forever. However, Rob currently has a girlfriend and even before then he has always treated Lauren like a second sister. But that doesn't mean they can be friends now can it!? Lauren is very much a different character that we might have seen IWITW, we saw a totally unrecognisable self than we see in this novel. What I love about Lauren is that she is totally honest, bold, sweet girl who just wants to find a path for herself. She suffers from her anxiety problems, but she tries to take control of them rather than they controlled her in IWITW. 

Rob isn't your typical NA male character, he far from the badass, overly confident persona that we usually see, who just swoon into the female character's lead. However, Rob has confidence, issues, he has always believed that he wasn't the brains of the family and that he shouldn't bother with his life. His mum and dad tended to resolve around Nadia for that. But Rob is talented, he's a hard worker but he just doesn't have inspiration or enthusiasm to build on or move up of his own life. So when Lauren waltzes back into his life, he finds someone to latch onto, to support him in his future but also his happiness. You instantly fall on love with his character, his heart is laid out for you too see and all you want to do is grab it for yourself, he's kind, honest and literally has a heart of gold. In my book he has hit all the right buttons...oh and including his obvious hotness *blushes* 

Aguirre's companion novel in the 2B trilogy is far more emotional, realistic and heart-warming to read. It makes your toes curl, a dreamy sigh escapes you and a bright smile as an after effect. Like I've said before, NA truly is changing and I think this woman really has highlighted that more through her primary and secondary characters, building quite an flawlessly written New Adult novel. If your not usually into NA or haven't read this series, I really urge you too and please let me know of your thoughts. 

Rating - 5

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

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DISCUSSION & CHALLENGE - Do you still borrow from your Library?

Today I'm doing something a little different. This is my first discussion on a specific topic and today is about Libraries. As you all know I'm a Library Assistant and have been for 2 years now. I've always been a member since I was a baby and I grew to be an avid reader and visitor of my local library.  But my main question is this...


We as bloggers are very lucky to receive ARCs from publishers and digital platforms like Netgalley and Edelweiss, so is there really any point to getting books from a library now? I still do, I love when I reserve a book or even a new book in my own library and I'm the first to read, isn't that a great feeling. Right now I have 7 books out on loan as well as the many other books I have to read too, but I won't give up not borrowing them. I always have this thought 'do I have time for reading them?' or 'have I got to many to read?' Can you really have too many books though?! Hehe. 

Just being in a library is like a sanctuary that I return too even on my days off. It brings me happiness and joy, being surrounded by books, and I always want to be the one to turn and say "shhh" to the people talking. I see kids from my years of working their growing up and how they love the library but yet people my age, there is such a drop in teenagers and young adults reading and using the library which is so sad. Do all of you in the UK or anywhere else you may have had something similar, the Summer Reading Challenges? I was the first person every time and now watching from behind the challenge is so different but also inspiring to me.I hope to change that! 

Now the CHALLENGE part.... If you chose to accept it!?
I'm thinking of creating a challenge or lib-a-thon to have one/two weeks to try and read all of your borrowed books and tackle that TBR at the same time. Would you want to be a part of this? If so let me know in the comments.... If you have any borrowed books, grab and challenge yourself to finally read them. Continue the legacy of libraries through our blogs. 

Do you still use your library? So do you borrow books still? 
 I'd love to know your thoughts...

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