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[Blog Tour] ANN, NOT ANNIE by Sage Steadman @XpressoTours #UBReview

28 February 2017

[Feature] SULEYMAN

The Sultan of New Orleans
A French Quarter Massacre


       The year is 1936. A Wealthy Plantation owner by the name of Jean Baptiste LaPretre built a Luxurious Greek Style home on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans Avenue, right in the heart of the French Quarter. 

       LaPretre found himself falling on some hard times, this being during Civil War, was forced to rent his mansion in the Quarter. Shortly after, a tenant appears claiming to be a Turkish Sultan. Prince Suleyman was his name. He had many wives and children, and they came with their own set of servants. The mansion was the perfect size to accommodate them all.

      Immediately upon acquiring the residence, Prince Suleyman ordered that chains and locks be placed on all the doors and gates. He hung heavy drapes over the windows and stationed guards at all the entrances. 

      The Mansion, turned mighty fortress, began to throw loud lavish parties that went on at all hours of the night and day. The parties were full to the excess of booze, loud music, incense, and sex. The Prince kept a Harem with many women and young boys. Neighbors speculated, and rumors flew around about Prince Suleyman. Rumors claimed that the Turkish prince and his party guests were abducting local girls and boys and forcing them to serve as sex slaves. The Prince was, also, said to be completly insane and addicted to opiates. As time moved on the “Sultan’s Palace” was a mystery to all of those who found themselves on the outside.

      One morning, a neighbor was out for a stroll. Noticing the unusually quiet state of Suleyman’s home, they looked up at the palace, and noticed blood dripping down from the second floor terrace. There was blood seeping down the walls and steps, and splattered all over the sidewalk. Upon seeing this, the neighbor ran off  to find the police. The police rushed to the residence to investigate the neighbor’s claims. They were no where near ready for what they found when they got there.

      Upon entering the mansion, the police discovered that everyone in the residence had been brutally murdered . In fact, it was the most vicious massacre any of them had ever experienced up until that point. All the victims had been decapitated, and there were body parts strewn all over the place. Every man, woman, and child had been dismembered. No mercy was shown to these people. It was a total bloodbath.

      They ventured further out into the courtyard to find an arm sticking out of the ground, like it had tried, and failed, to dig itself to safety. The arm was attached to Prince Suleyman. He was dressed in the traditional Muslim burial clothing, and it was evident that he had been buried alive.

Pirates were blamed for the murders, and the case was closed.

      It was later discovered that Prince Suleyman was a complete fraud. He was not a Turkish Sultan, but the brother of one. He was said to have escaped his country to avoid being arrested and executed for stealing women, money, and possessions that belonged to his brother, the real Sultan.

      It is more likely that the Sultan’s assassins, having finally caught up to the naughty prince, were the real reason behind the massacre.

      The “Sultan’s Palace” still stands today at 716 Dauphine Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was turned into an apartment residence. Over the years, residents have claimed smelling incense, hearing body parts hitting the walls and floors, and to have spotted Prince Suleyman’s ghost roaming the property, as well as the ghosts of the other murdered men, women, and children.

     One hundred years after the massacre, a bar dedicated to the story of Prince Suleyman and his pleasure palace massacre opened its doors located on Bourbon and Toulouse. I was not able find a website to this place, but I have experienced it first hand. I would suggest this spot to anyone that visits the area. It was an experience I truly enjoyed. So, if you ever find yourself in New Orleans, definatley check this place out!

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**Every storyteller has their sources, and I had three! Well, four, but I am choosing not to quote my dad. I have provided links to all the articles that I used to investigate this story.**

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27 February 2017

[New Release] FROM A DISTANCE by LM Carr @LM_Carr @SweetSpotSister

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**This is a Romantic Suspense**

Synopsis
After an intense whirlwind romance, Karrie Parker thought she had it all: a sexy husband, a loving family, a great career and a beautiful home.
Together they lived a life fit for royalty.
But when tragedy strikes, Karrie is devastated and left to face the consequences of her husband’s deepest, darkest secrets. Discovering the strength to carry on while making important, life-changing decisions, she finds herself desperate for answers. And holding the key to the puzzle is the one man she loathes immensely.
For up and coming motorcycle drag racer Tyler Strong, keeping painful secrets was never part of the plan. Racing motorcycles and winning was all he ever wanted to do. But when his best friend’s lies begin to unravel, Tyler is sent into a tailspin when he’s forced to come face to face with the one woman he vowed to stay away from. The woman he refuses to speak to, the woman he avoids, the woman he watches…from a distance.
As the truth becomes clear, will destiny bring these two unlikely souls together or tear them apart forever?





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09 February 2017

[New Release] A THOUSAND LETTERS by Stacy Hart @imaquirkybird @SweetSpotSister

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**This is a Contemporary Romance**

Synopsis
Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.
I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.
But now he’s back.
I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.
Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.
One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*



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07 February 2017

[New Release]THIS IS ME, BABY by K Webster @KristiWebster @SweetSpotSister

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**This is a Dark Romance**

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**This is the fifth book in the series. First four books must be read first in order to understand this story line.**

The game was over and they stole the victory away from ME.
Cheating. Lies. Corruption. Death.
This pawn never stood a chance.
But then he came for ME.
He plucked ME from my nightmare and kept me safe.

My heart was in tatters and my soul was lost.
Until the beast in ME woke up.
She was hungry and furious and didn’t play by the rules of their game.
We were a vicious team. And we changed the game altogether. I took what was theirs because they took what was mine.
ME against them.

That is…until I had someone else with ME.
Someone who vowed to fight alongside ME until the very end.
I don’t want the love he has for ME.
But the beast in ME still craves to take everything she deserves.
He should run far away from ME.
Instead, he runs straight for ME.

This is ME, baby and I am going to ruin them all.


WARNING:
This is Me, Baby is a dark romance. Strong sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to dark themes, then this story is not for you.




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05 February 2017

[Book Journal] JANUARY 17

Each month I will share with all of you, the books that I read the month before. 
Here is what my book journals will feature: 

     The synopsis of each book! 

  Clickable book covers to purchase the book on Amazon! 

  Clickable Star ratings so you can read my reviews on Goodreads! 

 Clickable Author names so you can check out their websites! 

Enjoy…



Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden… 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Erika
I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession. 
His name is Michael Crist. 
My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me. 
But I noticed him.
I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away. 
Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore. 
Because he’s finally noticed me. 


Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.
My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway. 
Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.
In my city. 
Unprotected. 
The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out. 
We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

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What's the recipe to the ultimate disaster week?
Three unruly friends.
A wedding we shouldn't have been invited to.
Two unexpected romances.
A scoop of sexy.
And a double scoop of chaos.
Lydia is a good girl who is above revenge. Good thing she has us. No one cheats on our best friend and rides off into the sunset with his new bride.
What was supposed to happen? Unleash hell like two badasses. It was a simple plan, but we failed to anticipate a few things. A rogue prosthetic, an accidental exorcism, and dominatrix strippers willing to take things way too far, just to name a few.
What actually happened? As usual, nothing went as planned, especially when two sexy distractions popped into the mix. We were there to avenge our friend, not to get entangled with two cocky, arrogant men, who don’t like to hear the word no. I was sure we could resist.
I mean, it was only a week, right? What could happen in a week?
Not intrigued enough? There's totally a duck in this story.
Ah yeah. Now we have your undivided attention. Enjoy our chaos.
#WorthIt

My Rating: 


Things I'd love to say to Ryder Covington...

I hate you more than a hole in my favorite pair of leggings
Your smirk makes me want to yell in all shouty caps. 
You're really gorgeous...until you open your mouth. 
Stop looking at me like that. You're not ripping my panties off.

Saying those things to him would be the whipped cream on top of my rocky road ice cream, but I can't, because he's my client. And I'm up for a promotion. Oh, and the little fact that my boss told me to give Mr. Covington everything he wants. But the only thing he wants is me. And he can't have that.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



I’ve never been afraid of the dark...but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.

Number One...is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.
Number Two...is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.
Number Three...is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.

It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.
I just didn’t expect to like them.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



There are many rules a priest can't break. 
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I've always been good at following rules. 
Until she came. 
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again. 

I am a priest and this is my confession.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Fall Away Series 


My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back. 

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.
Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.
Except Tatum.
I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.
So I hurt her. I pushed her away.
But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.
But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.
Now, when I push, she pushes back.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.
K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....

K.C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
Everyone wants to be me.
Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.
I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?
But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.
Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Quinn Caruthers has several problems.
Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.
Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.
But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.
But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.
As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Next to Never is a 60,000 word novella from Quinn's point-of-view. It is not her love story. That will be a full-length novel eventually. This story covers some family history, introduces the new generation, and catches up with the original couples.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✮

Faders Trilogy 


Arena Clash lives in a world where death isn't the worst consequence, being forgotten is. After her father's fade, her heart was hardened, she turned bitter, and she became too strong for her own good. Kaceton Brice just happens to be the right amount of fire to melt her glacial exterior. But with the threat of a fade always lurking, love is a dangerous journey to embark on. 
They find themselves in the middle of an ages-old conflict, and the thing Arena hates the most becomes her best ally.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Just when everything proves to be perfect, old grudges come to rest in the lives of Kace and Arena. Though Kace has never seemed like the type to make enemies, some things are often beyond one’s control. His secretive past comes to light, and Arena struggles to adjust with some of the things she learns. 
Arena finds she has enemies of her own - some she foolishly chose to overlook. Though many love her, more find her to be an appealing choice they are willing to use force in order to take. In the dark, unforgiving world they live in, it’s a struggle just to stay free. 
With the viewer gone, nothing stands in the way of years of festering grudges. With war breaking out like a dark plague, the walls of the Shaylan call to those without protection. Just as they become a safe harbor, Arena learns of her mother’s accidental capture, sending her and the other warriors on a mission to bring her home. 
Burning resentments from years of feeling inferior to the Shaylan teems in so many outside the walls, and Arena learns her life has been far more sheltered than she could have ever imagined as they travel into a new, awakening reality. 
Foes become friends, ghosts become enemies, and dark soldiers loom around every twisted corner they turn. With time not showing them any favors, Arena and Kace rush to save Meredith from the hands of the depraved while facing struggles of their own - both physically and emotionally. 
Get your questions answered, and follow Kace and Arena’s journey.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Secrets are revealed, lies are exposed, and a daunting fate comes to life... It's all been adding up to this. 

They know the fight isn't over. Misel is still out there, plotting and waiting. But they aren't prepared for what else they'll find. And they learn just how cunning, ruthless, and calculated he really is. 

Arena and Kace would die for each other, but will that be tested? 

Legacies are formed, destinies are changed, and fate is tempted. And it all blows up in a way they never expected to be possible.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Curse Trilogy 


Vampires, sex, and blood... oh my. Araya Crush is a hybrid who constantly finds herself torn between her hybrid lover and her full blood vampire lover. With her dark secrets emerging, her life becomes all the more complicated, driving her back and forth between the men she loves. A world with blood addiction, rigid rules, and horrific consequences, they are all forced to fight for their love as much as their lives.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Araya Crush has suffered another broken heart after falling for Hale again, and she has started all over once more. But fate is meddling in her will to stay away this time, making it almost impossible to push her feelings aside. Her full blood hasn't given up his rights to her either, and she finds herself constantly falling into his consoling arms. Seeking closure from one, finding love from the other, her heart struggles with the twisted, relentless game of tug of war, while a war is promising to be eminent.


My Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Hale and Brazen are relentless, and it's time for Araya to choose, and even with the new hybrid threat still at large, love keeps finding a way to reign dominant. Each day is full of more threat and more promise at the same time. Old wounds, old faces, and new enemies emerge to make the struggle all the more severe. When the newest bomb is dropped, and one lover finds the hope he thought he lost. But the time for sacrifice comes, and Araya is ready to lose it all to save the ones she loves.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gifts Trilogy 


All grown up and ready to take on life, Aria Banner is facing the world her parents desperately sought to shelter her from. Centuries of oppression caused by the hands of her well-intended but smothering parents has left her with a hunger to prove herself. Just as badly as she wishes to move up in the United, she also wants to find that connection she grew up watching between her mother and father. 
Being at war with the Unaligned makes it a little difficult to worry about her romantic life, but sometimes fate has a way of forcing you to pay attention. 

Jase Ericson didn't intend to stumble upon the beauty he had only ever heard whispers of. When Aria locks eyes on the secretive full blood, she's instantly entranced - much to her surprise. The only problem is, she doesn't want to go through the same thing her mother once did. 
Jase's secretive air makes him mysterious, intriguing, and exciting... until she learns the secrets he holds.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Broken and lost, Aria slowly starts picking up the pieces after the mess Jase left behind. It's hard to forgive someone when you know you're not meant to be together. Perhaps she just needed an excuse to get out. 
Jase isn't one to go down without a fight, and he'll be damned if he loses Aria now. Not now. He loves her too much, and there's still so much he needs to tell her. But he wasn't expecting the masked man and what he represents. 
In the end, Aria will have new secrets to keep, new lies to tell, and new truths to face. 
Though this book is not a stand alone novel, this book does not have a cliffhanger ending.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


If they want my blood, they're going to have to walk through hell to get it. And I'll be the devil waiting to collect their souls... 

Betrayal escalates, hearts are entangled in fate's mistakes, and life as they know it shifts into a whirlwind of controversy. Blood becomes a weapon of war, a means to an end. And the life Aria has threatens to vanish before her eyes the second she finally starts to live. 

The war within herself is only overshadowed by the war going on around her. It all closes in. All hell breaks loose. And everything they thought they knew is shattered by the truth.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Coveted Saga


Her blood paints her a target, whereas his marks him the enemy, but together they could be the key to changing it all… 

Aria Weislen fought hard to stay in her rainforest home deep in the heart of South America, but she was forced to go back to the states to join the rest of her family. Grayford, Massachusetts is almost the polar opposite of her sweet jungle escape, but it does have one thing her old home never offered… Tallis Verdan. The sight of him leaves her unbalanced and almost incoherent. 
Stolen glances and accidental grazes leave her with a fever almost every time. But his mixed signals get her high one second before leaving her to plummet the very next. In a world full of secrets, looks can be deceiving. Even her own reflection has been hiding the truth of what’s to come.
It doesn’t take long to realize why Tallis sends her on such highs and lows. His blood, his ties, and his secrets rival hers. And when the reality Aria has known shatters to make way for the fantasy she never believed, it all spirals out of control. 

It’s her they want, but he’ll stand in the way…

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✮


Everything in the magical world is changing around them faster than they can keep up. Years of ingrained knowledge becomes a bigger handicap than helpful. Secrets shock the families, traitors emerge, and death becomes a whispered promise almost daily. Aria is tested with each new dawn, and each time she gets closer to failing when it all becomes too much. And the only one who can hold her together is the only one she can't have.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✮


She's finally immortal, and Tallis is hers. Nothing can stop them, weaken them, or slow them down. Nothing but the twisted world they live in, that is. 

Aria learns that things can happen too fast, even good things. Struggling with being a new immortal, she tries to balance life and reality, two things that don't necessarily work so well in her world. But she isn't as good at separating it as everyone else seems to be. 
Magic comes with a heavy price, and the debt seems to only grow. Aria learns that magic also comes with a burden when you are gifted too much. It's seductive to feel the powerful draw, to know you hold lives in the palm of your hand, but is she strong enough to withstand the temptations? 

The darkness calls. The paradigm shifts. And nightmares come true.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✮


Nothing was as it was supposed to be, and I was sick of everyone saying I'd die. My heart had been ripped out; I'd been stepped on; and I'd been underestimated for much too long. It was time to prove to everyone I was stronger than I looked. 
It was time to fight. 
I just didn't know if I could survive Tallis and the future that kept being promised to me.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✮


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