Book Review & Giveaway: Stealing the Selkie’s Heart by Ella Rose

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart (The Selkie Seas, #1) by Ella Rose

Publisher:  Lightning Platypus Press, (July 19, 2022)
Category: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 979-8985603811
Available in Print and ebook, 286 pages

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart

A cursed town, a kidnapped selkie…what will happen when love is on the line? 

Powerful selkie warrior Ronan must negotiate with a group of local sirens before war breaks out. The last thing he needs is a desperate human who steals his sealskin, intent on forcing him to help her. He decides to seduce her, get his skin back, and fulfill his mission. But finding out she’s his True Mate changes everything…

Widow Una MacCallan is determined to save her small Scottish fishing town from the curse that fell over it twenty-four years ago, even if it means blackmailing the fierce selkie. Though she knows he is the key to breaking the spell, she doesn’t anticipate the attraction between them. She can’t afford the distraction, and she doesn’t trust that his interest is anything more than a manipulation, a bid for freedom. But she keeps finding herself tempted…

Together, they must race against time to break the curse. But as the two get closer, they find themselves asking: can they give up love to save those around them? What is the price for their newfound passion?

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart is an exciting enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance and the first book in The Selkie Seas series by Ella Rose. Let it steal your heart today!

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Guest Review by Sal

‘Stealing the Selkie’s Heart (The Selkie Seas, #1)’ by Ella Rose is a wild ride from start to finish! Right from the start, I could tell that this book was going to fit my interests and as I read along, I knew that I was correct.

Set in 1861 in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, the book first introduces us to Ronan, a male selkie. Now, in case you don’t know, selkies are mythical creatures that can change back and forth between a seal form and a human form at will, simply by removing their seal skin. But there is a downside to this. The selkie’s seal skin has to be kept safe and hidden at all costs. If a human were to steal the skin, the selkie would have to bend to their will until it was returned.

This is a real myth that some will be familiar with (especially those of us with Scottish ancestry), but this book takes it to a new level by having Ronan’s selkie skin be stolen by none other than a woman who turns out to be his one true mate.

Una is a young widow who only wishes to seek Ronan’s help in stopping the curse that has been put on her town. However, once she finds out exactly how she is connected to Ronan, well, let’s just say things change a little bit. The two quickly begin to fall for each other, and each moment that they grow closer was a joy to read.

This is a fantastic paranormal romance and I highly recommend it if you enjoy the genre! This is also a great book to start out on if you’ve never read a paranormal romance but would like to try your first. Ella Rose’s writing is beautiful, descriptive and entertaining, and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!

About the Author

Ella Rose is a paranormal romance author who loves kink, ink, and cake, and hopes you do too. She is a bi-sexual author writing through a Bi-Polar Disorder lens and thinks representation and mental health matter. She is the author of The Selkie Seas series, which includes Losing the Selkie’s Skin and Stealing the Selkie’s Heart.

Her latest selkie short stories will appear in Dark Rose Press’s Worlds Apart and Dragon Soul Press’s Beyond Atlantis anthologies. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Paranormal Romance Guild.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

 

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The After House by Micheal Phillip Cash

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500600369
ISBN-13: 978-1500600365

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

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MY REVIEW

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The After House has a little bit of everything: historical fiction, romance, suspense, mystery, thriller, and ghosts. It begins about 300 years ago when Eli Gaspar was a whaler and his story is told throughout the book. He ends up being a ghost in the cottage that Remy Galway rents but it’s not clear until the end of the book how things turned out for him.

When Remy and her daughter Olivia move into the cottage, Olivia immediately knows that they’re not alone. Then strange things start happening and it appears that not only is the house haunted, but someone wants Remy out of the way. There’s so much going on in this book and yet the middle of it seemed to drag to me. The ending almost made up for it though.

I liked the characters of Remy, Olivia, and Eli. Hugh seemed a bit too good although I did enjoy the Hugh/Who? conversation. I would have liked his character to be developed further. Also, I was confused about who the angel and apprentice were until close to the end.

The information about whalers and whaling was interesting and I enjoyed reading about it and Eli.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novels are best-sellers on Amazon under their genres – Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Ghost, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror.

Michael writes full-time and lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wonderful wife and screaming children. You can follow him @michaelpcash.

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Book Review: Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno

Wicked-Sense-Fabio-BuenoTitle: Wicked Sense

Author: Fabio Bueno

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: September 2012

 

Summary

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.

Wicked Sense was the winner of the 2012 Sandy Literary Contest – 1st place – YA category.

 

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Wicked Sense is a young adult romance, the first in a series about the Singularity, a witch who has unusually strong powers. Skye is a witch who is assigned to Greenwood High in Seattle to try to locate the Singularity. She meets and falls for Drake who has never had a real girlfriend but is willing to give it a try with Skye. She also finds a good friend in Priscilla and a mortal enemy in Jane, who is also a witch.

Fabio Bueno’s writing is easy to follow. I liked the different chapters being from the different points of view. It made the story seem more real and it helped me understand the feelings of the characters.

There were aspects that were unique, such as the idea of the Singularity or that each witch has two charms; however, the story itself was pretty predictable. I knew who the Singularity was pretty early. Even though there weren’t many surprises, I still enjoyed Wicked Sense and I’m look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

About the Author

6464240Award-winning author of YA paranormal WICKED SENSE, family man, gamer, “runner,” geek, kindle hugger, coffeeholic, SCBWIer, x-men hopeful, district 3 tribute, hufflepuff, daydreamer.

Fabio writes Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and kids. When not writing or reading, he geeks out with family and friends, solidifies his reputation as the world’s slowest runner, and acts very snobbish about movies. He hangs out here:
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Book Review: Alchemy by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West

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1-21-2014 9-42-59 PMTitle: Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers) 

Authors: Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West 

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 

Description:

We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

 Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

 We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This world of magic is different than any other I’ve read about before and I found it interesting. Someone is infected with magic, gets crazy for a while, and then ends up with powers. Once someone is infected, they aren’t allowed to lead a “normal” life.

I like how Alchemy is in journal form and the reader can follow what each character is thinking by reading those journals. The main characters are unique, they each bring a different point of view, and I liked all three of them.

This story is well written and full of magic, suspense and humor. It is a good book not only for young adults but adults as well. I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

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Book Review: The Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper

18395230Title: The Death of the Mad Hatter

Author: Sarah J. Pepper

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: November 29, 2013

Description:

 If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.

Heads would Roll…

Hearts would Break…

In the end, would it matter who Reigned?  

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Review:

I was given a free copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

The Death of the Mad Hatter is quite a journey. It is, as the title suggests, an adaptation of the classic, Alice in Wonderland. Sarah J. Pepper has a wild imagination and her story is disturbing yet fun.

All of the characters are strange but interesting. Alice Mae is truly unique and quite eccentric. Ryley starts out as a pretty normal teenager but, of course, this changes as the story progresses.

The story flows well although it is a bit confusing at times partly because of the language used by the Wonderland characters. I really liked the ending. Sarah J. Pepper has a wonderful sense of humor and (I can’t say it enough) a great imagination.

Death of the Mad Hatter would be a good read for both adults and young adults, especially fans of fantasy or Alice in Wonderland.

Available on Amazon.

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About the Author:

11-28-2013 1-38-56 AMSarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happily ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

LINKS: @sarahjpepper