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New Release Blood White by the Amazing Ashley Nemer

Disclaimer:  I received a free ARC of Blood White from the author, as always with my posts, the review and thoughts are 100% my own. 
When Ashley asked me to have a review and post up I told her hell yeah, I am a huge fan of her and I want you to be a fan too!  I did an author interview here, enter my giveaway and can win a  Ebook of the Blood Series!
Ashley totally understands that when I am between travels (which I am currently boo!) I enjoy being highly entertained and for one ENTIRE night I was entertained.  Those of you that have read the Blood Series know that the world she created is a crazy one.  However there were so many unanswered questions.  Blood White answers everything single one of them, with a whole lot of extras!
We get to read the thoughts of the characters we came to love, in interviews and let me just say Haydar really is a saucey vamp 😉
We learn about the creation and how this world came to be.
Overall this is a different approach to the Algula race, but that doesn’t make it any less of a fun ride!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for your chance to read the series for free!
Keep reading for my an excerpt from the book. 
The Art of Safkhet Presents – ASHLEY NEMER
BLOOD WHITE, July 14th, 2014
Blood White contains a novella, Blood Gold and deleted scenes, interviews and other extra tidbits from the blood series that could not make it into the other three print novels.
This is an Insiders Guide to the Blood World.
 
Do you wonder how the Algula race came to be? Or how Earth and everything we know have been manipulated over time and the world we think we know isn’t even close to what reality is.
 
Take a step back in time with Blood Gold, the short story inside this book to discover the truth about our existence and how we really came to be called humans.
 
Also inside this book discover what makes the main characters tick as you take a journey into their thoughts with interviews with King Zayn, Princess Nikole, Princess Leigh and Princess Haydar. As an added bonus enjoy deleted scenes from the Blood Series Trilogy.
 
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Author Bio
Ashley, also known as Niki Becker, is married and lives in Houston with her husband Tony. They have two dogs, Toto and Doogie. They have been together for over 9 years and he brings her more joy than she could ever imagine as a child. She loves to read and has been hooked on the romance genre ever since her lifelong best friend gave her “Ashes to Ashes’ by Tami Hoag to read when they were younger.
Ashley finds her strength through her family, especially her parents. They always support her in life; they push her to strive for greatness. There once was a motto that Ashley heard in her youth through her Taekwondo life ‘Reach for the Stars’ and that is what Ashley has always done. It was through her upbringing that the values Ashley has and displays come from. With her parents always cheering her on in life she was able to grow up having faith in herself and her ability to conquer the world.
Ashley enjoys writing many different genre’s of fiction. Her areas range from science fiction/ paranormal, mystery, romance, poetry and erotica (using pen name Niki Becker.)
 
EXCERPT
 
CHAPTER ONE
The beginning of the earth’s creation …
Fire and lightning flared around the mountaintops of Har ha-Elohim. The air whipped back and forth while the four Gods paced up and down the valleys. There was a storm brewing in the air. The taste of salty rain touched the four tongues of the deities who were invading this new realm.
“Isaf, it is time to make this land flourish,” Hubal commanded. He raised his arms out past his sides, over his shoulders, and then above his head. The rain began to beat down on them, growing stronger with each inch his arms moved up his body.
“Hubal, what do you want me to use as a starting point?” Isaf moved over to stand next to his leader. Each step that he took made the ground beneath him rumble.
“Take this land with you; we will make a new home on this plane called Earth. We will be Gods greater than all others. Our pantheon will not only have our realm, it will have a planet to claim as well.”
Tornadoes and water spouts started to form along the land and lakes. Na’ila came behind Isaf and stood next her bonded mate. Hubal watched her take Isaf’s hand, and then he motioned for Manad to join them in the valley.
“Sun, moon, ground, air, water, all of us joined together, we will create the greatest place in all of eternity. We will create Earth.”
The four deities held hands in a circle and began to chant low. Their voices carried over the plains and through the valley. Isaf’s ground started to move under them, and within a few hours, their reality changed. They began to watch as trees, rivers, grass, shrubbery, and sunlight became their surroundings. When they let go of their hands, a loud, cracking thunderbolt went off in the sky. They looked off to the east and knew that their enemy, Zeus, was casting them out.
He’d cast them out of the realm of other Gods, the place they had known as their own for their lifetimes. He had cut them off from their families, mates, and children alike. It was up to these four beings to bring life to this new planet, make it flourish. Hubal knew that once this was a success, they would be able to go out and claim other parts of the galaxy, and eventually the other Gods would seek out their creation as a new place for escape, peace, and freedom.
“We did it,” Manad said. He broke free of the circle and ventured off into the west. He moved across the grass, the sun following him along his journey.
“Look how the blades of grass follow the light. They move in an east to west pattern,” Na’ila noticed.
“Manad doesn’t know how powerful he is going to be here on this new planet. Everything will rise by his command and set by his slumber.” Hubal could see into the future. He could feel and taste what their paths held for them all.
“And what about you?” Isaf said. “What happens to you when your friend is off walking away?”
“I’ll follow him. Every day, when his sun sets, my moon will be there to catch him and follow the same course he took that day, cleaning up any mess that might have been left in his wake.”
“And this is the life you want for yourself?” Na’ila’s disapproving gaze wasn’t missed by the two other Gods standing there.
“No, it is my duty to protect us all. I brought is here; I will see that we all thrive.”
“Then let us begin the creation of this new realm.” Isaf kneeled on the ground. He placed his hands palm down on the fresh blades of grass. His magik was different. He balanced himself out. When in one section he created earthquakes, in another he created mountains. He brought land and water together before he was done, and a solid continent was formed, a vast and glorious creation.
Author Links
 
 
Ashley’s published works under
Ashley Nemer & Niki Becker
 
Novels
 
Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer March 25th, 2013
 
Maverick Touch: The Highway by Ashley Nemer March 24th, 2014
 
Blood Purple by Ashley Nemer September 24th, 2012
 
Blood Yellow by Ashley Nemer July 3rd, 2013
 
Blood Green by Ashley Nemer April 28th, 2014
 
Blood White by Ashley Nemer July 14th, 2014
 
Special Assignment by Niki Becker December 17th, 2013
 
Short Stories
 
Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer November 17th, 2012
 
Bud’s Christmas Miracle by Ashley Nemer November 24th, 2013
 
The Café (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker May 7th, 2013
 
Fantasy Cruise (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker July 2nd, 2013
 
The Backyard (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker August 6th, 2013
 
Sekhmet’s Revenge Volume One through Four by Ashley Nemer & Stacy A. Moran September 28, 2013
 
Soul Mates by Ashley Nemer and L.S. Broomfield October 2nd, 2013 (Through Secret Cravings Publishing)

Book Review Sunday + Giveaway!

I read three books this week.  All three of the books were fantastic.

Book 1 of the week

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Blurb:  Stephanie Plum is back in an all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich. This time Stephanie’s in deep. To get to the bottom of the mess, she’s going to have to keep things Top Secret.

My rating: 4 stars

I love the Stephanie Plum series and like a lot of people I have been very invested in the series for quite some time. However lately the books have been recycled plots and well boring.

So while I am emotionally invested in this series I was not looking forward to this book. I was expecting the same thing with different characters.

I am so glad I jumped right into this book. I could NOT stop laughing. This book was hilarious.

Sure there is still the whole should she stay with Joe (UMMM YES) or have a wild night with Ranger (uhh maybe?) don’t get me wrong I get her dilemma, but seriously stay with Joe. He is perfect (and until the Rock Chick Series my number one fictional boyfriend!)

Yes there are car bombings and yes there is a “little person” but this time the Stephanie Plum ride was a fun one. A very fun ride.

Grandma has a bucket list which includes getting even with Joe’s evil grandmother Bella & seeing Ranger naked… and oh my god I could not stop laughing at her antics, and does she see Ranger naked? well read to find out 😉

I gave this book 4 stars because I felt there was some of the original Stephanie Plum charm that has  been missing in the previous books. I still feel it is time to start wrapping the series up but at the same time I am going to miss the crazy situations Stephanie, Lula & Grandma get into.

Book 2 of the week

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Blurb: Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can’t even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina’s cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

My rating: 5 stars

God if I ever meet Kristen Ashley I don’t know if I should hug her or slap her.

Seriously. Her books have taken over my life. They are that good. Ever since I discovered the Rock Chick series I can’t stop day dreaming about the hot bunch and what they look like. Also if these very hot dudes are based on anyone real? Cause I want to be THEIR friend.

In fact, and I am pretty sure I don’t want to admit this, I even convinced one of my dear friends that she needs to go The Romance Author book convention so I can check out the book models and find the models that were used in the series.

I swear I need to see a therapist.

Anyway, when I finished the Rock Chick series I felt it was time to dive into something new, and maybe sad and depressing like the newest Dystopian novel, but I just couldn’t. So what did I do?

Started reading The Gamble.

Oh. My. God.

I am not sure if this is better that the Rock Chick or what but I am in love with Max. Seriously could I be a bigger fictional boyfriend whore? Seriously this fictional boyfriend crush is  like dude number 10 in a matter of 2 weeks.

It reminds me of a quote from Austenland (the movie) when Jane quotes & Colonel Andrews (who is gay!) agrees

Jane: I’m single because apparently the only good men are fictional.
Colonel Andrews: Touché!

Seriously that is how it feels, except I am not single and I have a fantastic man, but either way the point is these men are well yummy.

I might be slightly twisted though, cause every time Max was mentioned I pictured Joe Manganiello (who by the way is Hollywood’s Hottest Bach according to People)

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Anyway in typical Jen fashion I digress.

I am not sure why I love Kristen Ashley’s books so much maybe it is because I am able to escape in her world for a few hours or maybe it’s because I relate to her characters so I can’t help but devour the books. There is not a question I do love the books.

Either way the books do tend to have the same sort of plot girl gets in trouble hot sexy fictional boyfriend saves her. Then they ride into the sunset happily every after.

But you know what I love every moment of it and I apologize for nothing.

Book 3 this week

MYSTERY-MAN

Blurb: Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore.

My rating: 4 stars 

Again, I can’t decide if I want to hug or slap Kristen Ashley the woman can write some steamy stuff. Stuff that takes my life over.

My co-worker even asked if I was ok, cause I was so quiet. (I bought the whispersync so I could listen at work, and read when I got home! Yes I have serious issues.)

This is a spin off of the Rock Chick series so the premise is the same as the Rock Chick series, but this book was a whole lot naughtier in a very steamy way.

I had a slight small issue with the book which is why I gave it 4 instead of 5.  This circumstance REALLY wasn’t realistic to me, and it irked me but not in a way that ruined the book.

The main character Gwen has a “one night stand” with Mr. Mystery Man, and pretty much he keeps coming back for seconds, thirds… well you get it over the course of the year… AND SHE DOESN’T EVEN LEARN HIS NAME and he gets into HER HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

Don’t know about you, but that screams girl you need a restraining order. 

If this situation isn’t naughty I don’t know what is.

Still this book had me googling flights to Denver for the weekend (too bad I am broke!) cause I am really and I mean really starting to wonder about the men of Denver.

This book was a hot ride and even has an appearance or two of the hot bunch from the Rock Chick Series.

I love Kristen Ashley. I know I make jokes about her destroying my life, but she entertains the hell out of me!

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Book Review Sunday

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This book has been on my list for quite some time. I love zombie books but if I am going to be truthful here… Zombies scare the crap out of me.

This book is really no different.

The Plot: As most zombie books this book is set after the zombie apocalypse, life as we currently know it is gone. A virus outbreak that effects all mammels has pretty much made every animal over 40 pounds a zombie. Humans live in zones, and humans get their news from bloggers.

Enter Georgia and her twin brother Shaun. Our two main characters, that track the news and zombie outbreak, and get the break of a lifetime to follow a Presidential Candidate (of course our government managed to survive the apocalypse!)

What happens is a series of events, that lead to one hell of a crazy ending. I was actually very sad about the ending… but don’t fear I won’t spoil it for you.

Plus the ending was an ending I NEVER saw coming.

This book is a trilogy and I have not read books 2 or 3. I will eventually. In fact I am kinda shocked I haven’t read the books just yet.

I gave this book 5 stars because it was a fast paced page turner that totally got me in the end. I will say that as far as zombie books go, I personally think this is one of the better ones.

Book Review Sunday

I am going to start doing something new this week, I am on a huge reading binge and want to share all the books I have read with you.   So without further ado, the books I read last week…

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I gave this book 5 stars

This is a very fun book.

This book is witty, charming and a hilarious ride.

Sure there are parts of when the main character makes you slap your forehead and say REALLY????!!!! but overall this a very fun book, and exactly what I am needing to recover from all the depressing dystopia I have been reading lately.

I loved the main character and felt she was realistic. Or at least how I would imagine a teenage spy to be.

The supporting characters were also fun. They supported the main character and made the story move smoothly.

The Plot: Maggie is ordered to make friends with a boy who’s father is going to sell out her family. What could go wrong with this I wonder? You guessed it she falls for him and it makes for one hilarious fun ride and just goes to show even spies have feelings.

Can’t blame the girl though, he is pretty swoon worthy.

This book was so fun, I am starting the second book ASAP!