Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review - Night of the Living Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

Night of the Living Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
Series:  Demon Slayer #7
Publication Date:  May 31, 2015
Date Read: May 31, 2015


4 Stars!

I thought this book was a whole lot of fun and really ended up enjoying the story.  This is the seventh book in the series so I was a little hesitant to read it without having read any of the previous books but I was able to follow along without any difficulty.  I am sure that if I had read the earlier books in the series I would have known the characters much better and some of their interactions would have had a greater meaning for me but I thought that this book read perfectly fine all on its own.

This book had so much going for it.  I loved the quirky cast of characters.  How can you go wrong with a talking dog, a pet dragon named Flappy, a gang of grandma biker witches, a griffin, and an alligator zombie?  I was a little surprised when the dog, Pirate, started talking but I quickly adjusted and spent a bit of time wondering what my dogs would tell me if they had the chance...I probably don't want to know.  I loved how this world was able to include so much and still feel light and fun.

The action started right away in this novel and loved that this story takes place in the heart of New Orleans.  I could totally envision that this group could blend into the festivities surrounding them.  Once things got started in this story the pace didn't let up until the very end.  I never knew where the story was going and enjoyed every twist and turn that was presented.

I found this book to be a really fun, quick read.  I would recommend this to paranormal fans.  This combination of witches, voodoo, zombies, and more is sure to entertain.  I definitely plan to read the earlier in the books in this series and have noticed that the first book, The Accidental Demon Slayer, is currently free at most retailers, so that sounds like a perfect place to start.

I received a copy of this book from Angie Fox via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review - The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott
Series: The Four Arts #1
Penguin Group Berkley / Signet Romance
Publication Date:  April 28, 2015
Date Read:  May 25, 2015

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2.5 Stars

I have to admit that I am a little disappointed with this book.  I think that this book had so much potential.  I was excited to read this book and on the surface it appeared that it had everything - magic, witches, and a royal court just to get started.  This book ended up having a lot of problems that overshadowed all of the things that I liked in the story. 

I went into this book thinking that it was a YA novel and I was very wrong.  This is NOT a book for teens.  I was actually a little shocked when a sex scene seemed to come out of nowhere near the beginning of the book.  The book is not only about sex but there was enough of it in the story that I really think that this is a book for an adult audience.  Don't get me wrong, this book is not only about sex but there are enough sex scenes to keep things interesting.

My biggest problem with this book is that I was bored for a large portion of the story.  As the story progressed it felt more like a romance novel than anything in the fantasy genre and to be honest it dragged.  Some of the things that I would have loved to see, such as Sophie learning to use her powers with the Domina, didn't get more than a mention in the story and happened completely off the page.  I think that if there had been a larger focus on the magic during the middle of the book instead of romance I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

This book had some things that I really did end up enjoying.  The last section of the book was pretty exciting.  I felt that the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger but not so much that I felt cheated.  I guess a better description would be to say the ending seemed to be setting up the next installment in the series.  I liked the sections of the book that focused on Sophie and Cameron's use of magic and liked when they worked together.  The portals that they used during the first part of the book were interesting.  The overall world building in the story was well done even though the plot dragged during a large part of the story.

Cameron was the most interesting and likeable character in this story.  He really filled the role of romantic hero quite well and seemed to really care for Sophie.  Sophie felt really flat to me for a large portion of the book.  She seemed to just be a pawn going through the motions until the last section of the story. 

This is the first book by M.J. Scott that I have had a chance to read.  I do feel really torn about this book and I am not sure whether I will continue with the series at this point.

I received a copy of this book from Penguin Group Berkley / Signet Romance via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cover Reveal - Dark Embrace / Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro - Giveaway!


 Dark Embrace


Reader favorite Angie Sandro returns to the bayou with a bewitching paranormal romance perfect for fans of Beautiful Creatures . . .


Rescued from the brink of death by her cousin Mala, Dena Acker returns to the land of the living with a terrifying gift. Still connected to the darkness that almost claimed her, she can tell when someone’s about to die—but there’s nothing she can do to save them. Desperate to rid herself of this cursed ability, Dena has only one chance at peace . . . and it comes from an otherworldly stranger. For centuries, Ashmael has seen more souls than he can count but he’s never been drawn to anyone the way he is to fragile, beautiful Dena. She fills the dark void of his days with light, and he would do anything to ease her suffering. Even if it means sacrificing his only chance at a flesh-and-blood existence to truly be with her.



Dark Paradise


Is this love affair their destiny? Or is it doomed?


Paradise, Louisiana, is far from idyllic for Mala LaCroix and Landry Prince. Haunted by strange visions, the pair are drawn together by a mystery concealed beneath the polite facades and the murky swamps of the Deep South.  Landry had a crush on Mala all through high school and was her greatest defender, but now-up close and personal-he is starting to suspect that the rumors of witchcraft and voodoo are true. But he can't let his doubts tear them apart because a day of reckoning is coming. As Mala struggles to conceal her powers and avoid the curse that has struck generations of LaCroix women, Landry will have no choice but to face his own demons. Both of them will soon be caught up in a web of deceit that reveals the dark side of Paradise.








About Angie Sandro


Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.  Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Releases - May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015  

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

Delivered Fast by Annabeth Albert


Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…

Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.

Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt.

Then again, maybe it will…
 


Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry


An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
 

 
 
Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Kowalski Family novels, a sweet, sexy new series about taking hits, making second chances, and finding love…

They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship winning football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again…

Chase Sanders’s life has taken a lot of crazy turns lately. But returning to his hometown to help his old coach keep his high school football team afloat might be the craziest thing to happen to him yet. That is, until he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter…

Kelly McDonnell learned the hard way that cocky, charming men are nothing but trouble, so she knows Chase is bad news. Still, she can’t resist his smile—or the rest of him. But when his loyalty to her father conflicts with their growing attraction, any hope for a relationship might be blocked before it can even begin…
 

 

Rules of the Game by Lori Wilde


A jilted bride meets a superstar baseball player in this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde...

Just uttering the word "wedding" makes Jodi Carlyle break out into a cold sweat. So a year after she'd been dumped at the altar, and two days after turning the big 3-0, she decides to break some rules—by dressing to the nines, hiring a limo,and crashing a swanky wedding...

...Where she catches the eye of the Dallas Gunslingers' new star hitter Jake Coronnado. He's hot. He's sexy. He sticks by her side all evening. He's the perfect fling. After a wild weekend, where they do everything and then some, Jodi thinks she'll never have to see him again...hey, she's even told him her name is Gwendolyn! But she thinks wrong.

Because guess who's the best man at Jodi's sister's wedding? And guess who's still as seductive as ever? And guess who's determined to turn their one-night fling into happily-ever-after?
 


Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates


There are lines best friends shouldn't cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much…

If practice makes perfect, Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he's concentrated exclusively on his family's ranch. Until his dear friend Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That's what friends do—and Liss is his rock. What friends don't do? Suddenly start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it…

Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. Another few weeks should be a breeze. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter, and she'll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed…
 

Blitz- Wedding Bells in Christmas by Debbie Mason - Top 5 List, Excerpt & Giveaway!


WEDDING BELLS IN CHRISTMAS 
by Debbie Mason 
(May 26, 2015; Forever Mass Market)


To have and to hold from this day forward

Wedding bells are ringing in the charming town of Christmas, but not for Vivian Westfield. She's just had her heart trampled under the cowboy boots of Chance McBride and lost her dream job at a big-city newspaper. But when she returns for a wedding, she stumbles on a story that could resurrect her career. First, though, she'll have to deal with the handsome man standing in her way . . . and a still-burning flame that's too hot to ignore.

Chance recognizes trouble when he sees it. He just didn't expect to find it in the first-class cabin on the flight home for his father's wedding. Yet there she is, as gorgeous as ever. Vivi dared Chance to want things he knew he could never have. It's why he left her. But Christmas's meddling matchmakers have them firmly in their sights. So if they want to survive the next week, they'll have to play the part of an adoring couple-an irresistible charade that may give them a second chance at the real thing . . .



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About the author:

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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Top 5 ways to be a matchmaker

If you want to be a matchmaker, spend some time with Nell McBride. 

5.   Nell's been setting up couples for decades and has a 95% success rate. So when the single residents of Christmas, Colorado are looking for their one-and-only, they go to Nell for help. And for those who don't want to be set-up, they try to stay off her radar.  Not that it does them much good.

4.   Since she's watched most of the citizens of Christmas grow up, Nell knows their likes and dislikes and what they're interested in. It makes it easier for her to find their perfect match. Whether they want her to or not.

3.   Nell knows everyone. She's a people person and thinks of herself as a part-time therapist. Traits that come in handy for a matchmaker.

2.   Being savvy on social media is another skill that comes in handy for a matchmaker. And Nell's very savvy. Much to the chagrin of the citizens of Christmas.

1.   But what makes Nell the perfect matchmaker is that she truly loves the residents of her hometown and wants to see them happy.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Blog Tour - Delivered Fast by Annabeth Albert - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

 
Delivered Fast
Portland Heat #3
By: Annabeth Albert
Releasing May 26th, 2015
Kensington


Blurb

Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…

Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.

Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt.

Then again, maybe it will…


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My Review
4 Stars!

I have to say that this novella is my favorite in the series so far.  I just loved Chris and Lances story.  I am amazed by just how much story Annabeth Albert is able to pack into these short novellas.  It is just so nice to be able to sit down and read such a fulfilling story in such a short amount of time.

This is the third story in the Portland Heat series but there is very little crossover and each story can be read as a stand alone.  This story is told from Chris's point of view.  Chris is in his mid 30s and lives in the apartment above the restaurant that he runs but still owns along with his ex.  Chris just takes life one day at a time but he can't help by notice the new delivery man, Lance.  Lance is in his early 20s.  He isn't easily intimidated and has no problems going for what he wants.  He is interested in Chris and one thing leads to another and suddenly a one night stand turns into so much more. 

I loved the chemistry between these two characters.  Some of the scenes were more than a little hot but I also loved the times when they just spent time with each other.  There was a lot of focus on the age difference between the couple but I just don't think 13 years is really that big of an age gap.  My parents had a 10 year age gap which has always seemed perfectly normal to me so what do I know. 

I did inwardly groan when this couple had their major conflict in the story.  Any time one person starts making decisions for the other person's best interest without asking what they actually want, things also seem to go wrong.

I would recommend this story to fans of M/M romance.  I thought it was a sweet and sexy quick read.  I definitely plan to read more of Annabeth Albert's work in the future. 

I received a copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Author Info
 
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blitz - Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder - Giveaway!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 May, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

Love OvercomesLove Overcomes
by Angela Schroeder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: October 21, 2014

Blurb:
Going to Hollywood was supposed to be something that would change Clara Mackenzie’s life forever.

Her younger sister, single mother Arabella, never imagined that going to California with her sister would have such a huge impact on her life. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and try to trust again or be doomed to be single forever.

Arabella Mackenzie and her son Liam have never wanted or needed anyone other than their family. When Arabella meets Jeremy Fowlis she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since before her son was born. Shy, Clara begins to fall for an actor of her own when she meets dashing Jake.

Jeremy is not use to women who do not want to date him because he is an in-demand actor let alone a woman who does not even recognize him. He finds he wants to know more about her but is not sure if he can handle the fact that she is a single mother and has a past that seems to be shrouded in mystery.

Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts, fears and past in order to find love?


You can find Love Overcomes on Goodreads

You can buy Love Overcomes here:
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Angela SchroederAbout the Author:
Angela was born and raised in Iowa, in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children her wonderful blessings.

You can find and contact Angela here:
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cover Reveal - Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid - Giveaway!

Tasty Book Tours is THRILLED to Reveal the cover for Book One in the upcoming Rescue Squad Series by Kimberly Kincaid.....RECKLESS


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Rescue Squad #1
Kimberly Kincaid
Releasing Jan 26th, 2016
Zebra, Kensington Books


SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…

Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she's saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.

Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who's not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?

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A Special Note from Publisher

Kimberly is releasing JUST ONE TASTE, A Pine Mountain Novella on May 26th, 2015. Kensington Books is offering a fun exclusive deleted scene to anyone who pre-orders the novella!  Just sign up here, http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/justonetaste/, and you will be emailed the deleted scene from JUST ONE TASTE!


A little home improvement can go a long way…

Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.

Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…

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Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to ├ęclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blitz - My Heart is Yours by Amanda Leigh - Giveaway!


My Heart is Yours
Release Date: 05/18/15
169 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Samantha Marie Ramsden has three brothers. Craig, John and Matt. When tragedy strikes their family, Craig takes on the task of becoming his siblings legal guardian. It’s hard enough being someone’s guardian, but when you’ve only recently entered adulthood yourself it’s almost impossible to know where to draw the line between sibling and ‘parent’.

This is made even harder on him when Sam starts to get close to a long time friend, Jason. It looks like their friendship could turn into something more. An idea that Craig has never been too happy with. Spanning six years, My Heart is Yours explores family, friendship, love and much more. As well as asking the question: Would you defy family for love?


About the Author
Amanda Leigh graduated with a BA in English and Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. During college, she worked on the literary magazine and loved every minute of it. She adores cats and has one named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters in Lost. Amanda enjoys reading, writing avidly in a journal, writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, cooking, listening to music, singing, swimming and art - particularly photography. Amanda is a bit of a chocoholic and is slightly obsessed with office supplies. She has many ideas for stories so keep an eye out for more work from her. 



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EXCERPT:
Prologue
            Five and a half year old Samantha slept in her white threadbare sheets. Tonight the wind was coming through particularly strong from the cracks in the wooden boards on her window. Her small body shivered.
            The door creaked open and her mother entered. Sam had the same blonde hair as her mother. Her eyes were her own though. Changing from blue, to grey, to blue-grey, to green or any combination of these colors seemingly simultaneously. Sandras hand approached her daughters shoulder and she shook her roughly awake. The clock on the wall read three o clock in the morning. Sam rubbed her eyes. Come on! Her mother said as she looked over her shoulder. Get out of bed, now! She grabbed a hammer from the toolbox they kept in Sams room, went to the boarded up window and started tearing the boards to the floor. Wood splintered through the air. Go on. She gestured to the window. Get out. Go.
            Sam hesitated for half a second then climbed through. She knew she couldnt ask questions. She got into trouble when she asked questions.
            Sandra wiggled through the window; she cursed aloud as the glass cut her shoulder.
            Dont try to run away from me! The hoarse shout came from behind them. Sams father. Sam knew what it meant when he was like this.
Sandra pushed Sam into the car, ran to the other side and jumped in. Mommy. Sam said as they went speeding past houses. Whats wrong?
            If you must know, your fathers more drunk than usual. He has a gun and he says hes gonna kill us. Satisfied? Sams eyes widened as she looked in the rearview mirror. There was a car right on their tail. Sam stretched in the front seat to see who it was; she recognized the face of her father. Mommy! She yelled. Her mother ignored her. The only reason Im taking you with me is cuz as a single parent with no job I might get some money from the government. Mommy! She yelled again. Otherwise Id just let him kill you. The car stopped, jolted forward and stopped again. Damn it. Were out of gas. Sams mom muttered. Sirens wailed in the background.
            Beside them, Sam heard the screech of tires. Blonder hair hit Sams face as she turned her head toward the noise. In the car beside them her father scooted across the front seats; his eyes wild with rage.  A flash of black came from behind him. Sandra frantically tried to get the car started. Too late. An arm shot out around her neck; holding her fast. Her husband held the shiny black gun to her head and before Sam could scream from the sound, the trigger boomed and her mothers body slumped over on the steering wheel. Deep red blood gushed out of her head forming a pool on the floor. ;
Excerpt #2     
            Hey! Johns voice echoed through the house. Damn it! Sam grinned to herself; John did the same thing every time he got home from work. Hed swing open the door, scream Hey! then stub his toe on the dark brown wooden coffee table and curse under his breathe. Hed done the same thing every weekend since Sam was fourteen. Thats when he got his part time job at the deli about four blocks away from their house. He kept half of his pay; the other half went to paying the bills.
What are you doin? Matt asked as he walked into their small kitchen/dining room.
            Craig and I are making dinner. Which means you and John get to do the dishes.
            Matts face fell into a frown, doing dishes was his least favorite chore. His baby fat hadnt all gone away yet, so his face still had that slightly round shape. Matt was a little more pale than the rest of them. His eyes were sky blue and thoughtful. The eyes of a dreamer. He had light brown hair with dirty blonde highlights; it was a little long. When their mom was still alive she would always beg him to get it cut. (He rarely did).
            Hey, baby sis! John said as his slightly tan hand messed up Sams hair. Sam grinned an amused and frustrated grin. Baby sis, thats what John always called her. Even though she constantly reminded him he was only about a year older than her. 


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