INTRODUCTION

Hi everyone My name is Victoria Zumbrum, 40 years old, married 14 years with 1 son. This is my very first blog. So bear with me. I have always wanted to have my own blog. I have always loved to read. I enjoy getting lost in a good book.
I love becoming part of the story and characters. I am hoping to bring my love of books to my readers.

I love reading different genres such as paranormal, young adult, romance, romantic suspense, mystery, Christian fiction, some horror, etc. The list goes on. I started reviewing books a couple of years ago and have done reviews for different blogs and even some authors. I really have enjoyed reviewing books and I will continue to do so. If anyone is interested in me reviewing a book for them, please contact me. I still have a lot to learn regarding my own blog so bear with me. I welcome and appreciate all followers.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

All Systems Down Book Tour and Giveaway



All
Systems Down
by
Sam Boush

Genre:
Cyber Thriller

24
hours.

That's all it takes.
A new kind of war has begun.

Pak
Han-Yong's day is here. An elite hacker with Unit 101 of the North
Korean military, he's labored for years to launch 
Project
Sonnimne
:
a series of deadly viruses set to cripple Imperialist
infrastructure.

And
with one tap of his keyboard, the rewards are immediate.

Brendan
Chogan isn't a hero. He's an out-of-work parking enforcement officer
and one-time collegiate boxer trying to support his wife and
children. But now there's a foreign enemy on the shore, a blackout
that extends across America, and an unseen menace targeting
him.

Brendan
will do whatever it takes to keep his family safe.

In
the wake of the cyber attacks, electrical grids fail, satellites
crash to earth, and the destinies of nine strangers
collide.

Strangers
whose survival depends upon each other's skills and courage.

For
fans of Tom Clancy, ALL SYSTEMS DOWN is a riveting cyber war thriller
which presents a threat so credible you'll be questioning reality.








Sam
Boush is a novelist and award-winning journalist.


He
has worked as a wildland firefighter, journalist, and owner of a
mid-sized marketing agency. Though he's lived in France and Spain,
his heart belongs to Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife,
Tehra, two wonderful children, and a messy cat that keeps them from
owning anything nice.

He
is a member of the Center for Internet Security, International
Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, and Cloud
Security Alliance.

ALL
SYSTEMS DOWN is his first novel, with more to come.







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Silverblade by Bella Jeanisse


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Silverblade by Bella Jeanisse



Genre: Rockstar

BLURB:

Are you ready to dive into a new series?

Before there can be a Rockstar Romance, there has to be a band…

Shane Martin, lead vocalist of Silverblade, has given up on keeping his band together. He doesn’t know how to go on after the loss of their bassist and his best friend, Troy. When Troy’s widow insists he start the search, he does. No one was good enough until he found Zack.

Zack Bryant plays bass, but his band is going nowhere. He thinks he has no chance to have a better life. That is until Shane walks into the bar where he is playing one night. He finally has a way to show the world what he can do.

Will Zack blend with the rest of the band? Can they get ready in time to join the Reign of Fire tour? Little do they know, this is only the beginning.

Warning: For those 18 and over only. May not suitable for all readers. Bumps in the road can be fun, right?

This book has spoilers for the Gasoline and Wicked End series, as well as Triple Threat's Dual Desires.








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“Bella is an awesome author” 5 STARS ~ Lisa M Queen

“Great rock romance” 5 STARS ~ Doris

“All of Ms. Jeanisse’s books take you directly into the world of rock and roll and makes you feel as a voyeur into their lives. I cannot wait to see where the next book in the Silverblade series takes us. I highly recommend this book.” 5 STARS - Verified Purchase

“Every time I start a new book by Bella I wonder if she is going to be able to top the last one. I have read every single book she's put out and I haven't found ONE that I don't like.”  5 STARS
 -Anita

“Bella has once again has shown us her mad writing skills”. 5 STARS
 - Traci










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Bella Jeanisse lives for rock music. Addicted to concerts, Avenged Sevenfold, fictional rockers, and blasting music in the car, she can’t get enough. After her father turned her on to Queen, there was no going back. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Playing guitar became a pastime, which didn’t turn into a career… until she started to pen her fantasies and publish them.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, she grew up with access to clubs like L’Amour and CBGBs, hung out in Greenwich Village, as well as had plenty of friends in bands. No wonder rockers stayed on her mind. Bringing her ideas to life was a long time coming.

She is now living near Tampa, FL with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, as a single mom. Her family supports her writing even when it seems to take up more time than they feel is necessary. Can’t stop the muse, ya know!

Besides erotic rock star romances, Bella also writes about wild bikers, hot college men and more.



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Shadow's Hand Book Tour and Giveaway


Shadow's
Hand
The
Shadow's Creed Saga Book 1
by
Noelle Nichols
Genre:
Epic Fantasy

I
used to believe our morals were absolute.


I
no longer am certain.



Imposters
pose as our Shadow group, spreading panic and killing innocents
across the lands. These False Shadows wield a magic in its infancy, a
power they call the Skills. There’s great potential to this power,
but a menacing undertone taints those who wield it. Their intentions
are sinister, without purpose, and their morals, questionable.

I
am Kilo, a Shadow of Vaiyene, and I vow to put an end to these False
Shadows. My friends have been killed. My homeland, threatened. These
imposters know our weakness, and they seek to exploit who we are. I
fear before the end, I may forsake the very creed I’ve lived my
life by. Despite this, I must persist and find a way to return peace
to the lands. I will become the strength our people need.

---

My
parents were brave and honorable. 
I
am neither of these.

This
is no longer the world my parents knew. Peace is threatened in
Vaiyene and across the lands. The False Shadows have attacked, and
despite our Phantoms reassurance, I am not naΓ―ve enough to believe
we are safe.

I
am Shenrae, one of the next generation of Shadows. My comrades doubt
me, as I often doubt myself, but I have no other choice than to
fight. The Phantoms cannot protect us for long. Soon, I will have to
find my place, and my strength, or I will lose everything I have
left.


Shadow’s
Hand is the first book in a heroic epic fantasy, inspired by Japan’s
samurai and their warrior code Bushido. It’s a story about the
makings of a hero and the hero’s sacrifice. If you like characters
with strong morals, fast-paced epic storytelling and exploring
magic’s morality, you’ll love The Shadow's Creed Saga. Pick up a
copy today and join Kilo and Shenrae on their heart-twisting journey
to restore peace.






Hello,
I'm Noelle. A writer, a creator and most of all a dreamer.





We
have the opportunities, both as writers and readers, to experience
people who are better than ourselves. Flawed still, but people who go
against all odds, perhaps too great for us in real life to aspire to.
They speak grander, fight against magical forces and live in a place
where imagination and dreams can thrive. This is why I write Fantasy.
Within my characters I find the strength and hope for a better
tomorrow, one that can be more fantastical and beyond reality. It's
these characters that I wish to write, and these journeys I want to
take my reader's on.

I've been
writing my trilogy, The Shadows Creed Saga, for the past five years.
The original idea came to me back in high school where I had the
support of many of my English teachers to continue writing the book.
However, I realized that in order to write a good book, I needed to
have experienced life more. I needed to lose someone close. I needed
to have my heartbroken. I needed to know what it was like to really
love someone, and what it means to be loved. So, I put my book away
and came back to it eight years later. I feel that I can instill my
life experiences into my characters now and really understand
them.

I now feel I have the
discipline, experience and imagination needed to bring the books to
publication. For now, this is my records to publication and my
writing process. My only wish is to write books that take people on a
journey, and feel that perhaps they have a friend and someone to
aspire to within the pages.





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Girl with Pen Interviews Adrian Wolfe


GIRL WITH PEN GIVES A WARM WELCOME TO ADRIAN WOLFE.  I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO ANSWER SOME OF MY QUESTIONS.  MY READERS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW AUTHORS TO READ AS I AM.





About Adrian Wolfe



AUTHOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself to start?

Sure, I love to write. I’ve been reading books since I can remember so I just seemed natural to start writing


Q: How are you feeling now that your latest book is out & on tour? I feel wonderful! The response from readers has been amazing!

Q: How does your family feel about you being a published author? They think it’s pretty cool and offer tons of support.

Q: What inspires you to write? Just about everything. Real life events, great stories and fun ideas.

Q: Describe your book in 3 words? Fun, Fantasy, Romance

Q: Out of all of your books do you have a favorite character or couple? Not really, they all have a special place in my heart.

Q: Are you currently working on a new book at this time? I’ve got a first draft completed and just need to get the details worked out before its ready to publish.

Q: Do you have a routine you follow when you write? (i.e. listen to music, sit in a certain chair or at a certain desk) Not really. I have small children at home so it’s pretty much write whenever and wherever I can.

Q: How do your stories & characters develop? All different ways. I usually start with the two main characters and the story naturally develops from their personality.

Q: What was the first thing that came to your mind when your first book was published? OMG I can’t believe this is happening!

Q: Do you have favorite author whose books you love to read? Kresley Cole. She is the end all be all of PNR in my mind.

Q: What is your favorite genre to read & write? I ready everything – I mean from cookbooks and instruction manuals to romance. Pretty much anything I can get my hands on.

Q: How do you go about creating the most “Swoonworthy” character? It’s always the hot alpha male… I mean who doesn’t like hard packed muscles, a strong and compassionate personality?

Q: Can you share something with everyone that inspires you? I don’t really have one specific thing or person. There are so many inspirational people out there doing great things every day.

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be & why? Oh…that’s a hard one. Not to be cheesy, but my family. They are the most important people in the world to me.

Q: As a child what did you want to do when you grew up? Astronaut, and since I’ve developed a huge phobia of heights and flying that one didn’t work out so well.

Q: Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? Writing and reading have always been a huge part of my life, but developing the confidence to actually put pen to paper didn’t happen until recently.

Q: When did you first consider yourself a “writer”? After I published my first book.

Q: If you could go on a date with one of the male/female characters from a book who would it be (Character name, Book Title & Author's Name) and what would you do on that date? Hunter from Halfling. We would do anything he wanted!

Q: Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to when you write? Lately – The Greatest Showman playlist. It’s just amazing.

Q: Do you read all the reviews for your book(s)? Oh goodness no! I try to avoid them at all cost. Good and bad reviews are inevitable, but the bad ones still hurt

Q: Which do you prefer paperback, hardback or ebooks & why? Ebook now because if I finish reading a book at 1 am, I can go to my kindle store, one-click and have the next book ready to go.

Q: What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it in (ebook, hardback or paperback) and who is the author? I don’t have time to read right now, the kids are in soccer and softball plus tons of other activities.

Q: Of all of the books you have written do you have a favorite & why? Halfling – it was my first and Layla and Hunter are near and dear to my heart.

Q: When you aren't writing what do you do to relax and have fun? Go on the lake – water is an instant relaxer for me.

Okay now some fun ones:

Q: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why? I love the heroine who is in trouble and needs her man to save her but is sassy and kick-ass too!

Q: Can you tell us about your worst date ever? Ugh – in high school we had a foreign exchange student I dated for about a day. He laid a huge, gross kiss on me out of nowhere and that was the end of that relationship.

Q: What is your one “guilty pleasure”? Wine. Red or white I don’t care.

Q: What is or was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you have ever done? Come on you can’t hold out on everyone. LOL. Homecoming week. We had a clothes relay where you race down to the end of the court and put on as many shirts/pants as you can and then race back and take them off for the next teammate to put on … I accidentally pulled down MY pants in front of the entire school. Nothing like mooning bleachers full of high schoolers to teach you humility.

Q: Do you have a favorite love scene from a book or movie? Which book/movie & scene? It would have to be Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. My fav romantic comedy ever.

How about a little of This or That:
Coffee or Tea? coffee
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate- is that even a question?? lol
Kinky or Sweet? kinky
Tall, dark & handsome or blonde, surfer type? Tall dark and hot
Dine in or Dine out? in
Sunset or Sunrise? sunset
Steak or Chicken? steak
Cats or Dogs? dogs
Dom or Sub? Sub
Summer or Winter? Summer
Shower or Bath? Bath
Beer or Wine? Wine!
Scary or Comedy? Comedy
Biker or Billionaire? Biker
Thong or Comando? Thong
Rock or Country? Rock
Vanilla or Toys? Toys
Pink or Black? Pink

THANK YOU FOR THAT WONDERFUL INTERVIEW ADRIAN WOLFE.  IT WAS GREAT GETTING TO KNOW YOU MORE AND LEARNING SOME INTERESTING AND FUNNY FACTS. READERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ HER IMMORTALS SERIES YET YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY PICKUP BOTH BOOKS.  I REALLY ENJOY THE SERIES.  MY REVIEWS WILL BE FOLLOWING SOON.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Highland Brides of Skye Book Tour and Giveaway


Passion
Highland
Brides of Skye Book 1
by
Tarah Scott and April Holthaus


Genre:
Historical Romance

Over
the years, many lasses have found refuge in the Scottish Highland’s
Glenwood Abbey. But for three young ladies, sanctuary becomes
servitude, with master puppeteer Malcom Donald using them in his plan
to rule the Isle of Skye. 


When
a return trip home from a clan meeting ends in a bloodbath, Laird
Caeleb MacLeod begins his search for the clansman who betrayed them.
Little does he know he need look no further than his bed. 
As
the housekeeper for Laird Caeleb MacLeod, Gwendolyn is in a position
to learn many things important to her master, Malcom Donald, captain
to the Donald laird. Now she must choose between destroying the man
she loves and saving the sister being held hostage by
Malcolm. 
PREVIOUSLY
PUBLISHED AS TREASURES OF SKYE








Redemption
Highland
Brides of Skye Book 2

For
years, master thief Helena Donald has lived at Glenwood Abbey and
submitted to Malcolm Donald’s bidding. Desperate to break free of
his control, Helena agrees to steal the MacLeod Faire Flag for
Malcolm for she intends to sell the flag and start a new life far
from Malcom. When Helena is caught in a blizzard, she prefers to die
in the cold wasteland rather than return to the abbey. 

Kaden
MacLeod has chosen a solitary life in a cabin on the shore of Loch
Haven. But a woman’s scream during a raging snowstorm sends him
racing to rescue Helena from the frigid waters of the frozen loch.
When he learns that this beautiful young woman is about to commit the
same crime for which his father, Laird MacLeod, hung Kaden’s
younger brother, he’ll stop at nothing to prevent her from facing a
similar fate. 






Deception
Highland
Brides of Skye Book 3

Betrothed
to Lady Allison, the granddaughter of the dying MacKenzie laird,
Jacob MacKinnon stands ready to do his duty and unite their two
clans. But enemies watch, and plan to prevent the uniting of those
two powers. 

After
an attack on his betrothed’s carriage leaves only Lady Allison
alive, Jacob is determined to find her would-be killers. 
Linnae
Donald is a lowly serving girl. How is she supposed to tell Laird
MacKenzie that the granddaughter he’s mistaken her for died when
their carriage was attacked? 
She
can’t break a dying man’s heart. Neither can she do what Jacob
MacKinnon asks and help him prevent a war by pretending to be Lady
Alison…and marrying him. 








Best-selling
author
Tarah
Scott

cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and
Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone
With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance,
and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and
currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.






April
Holthaus

is an Award-Winning Author for her Scottish Historical Romances. For
more than ten years, she has worked full time in the direct marketing
business, but developed a passion of historical romances through her
love of reading, history and genealogy. When she is not working or
writing, April loves to spend time with her family and traveling. 






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Review of Clutch by Lisa Becker




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“LOVED. The perfect blend of sassy, smart and stylish!”
Amazon Bestsellers Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke




“This book is absolutely hilarious!”
Pretty Little Book Reviews




“I thought the comparison to men and handbags was so genius! Becker really knows how to write to her audience, and this clever novel had me giggling throughout.”
Chick Lit Plus





Clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

MY REVIEW:

I REALLY ENJOYED READING CLUTCH. IT IS VERY ENTERTAINING READ THAT WILL HAVE YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD.  IT CHRONICLES THE DATING LIFE OF CAROLINE JOHNSON  WHO IS A DESIGNER OF HANDBAGS.  CAROLINE DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY LUCK WITH DATING MEN AND ENDS UP ON SOME HILARIOUS DATES.  MIKE, HER BEST FROM COLLEGE IS A BAR OWNER WHO IS THERE TO PICKUP THE PIECES WHEN HER HEART IS BROKEN. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CAROLINE REALIZES WHAT SHE IS LOOKING FOR THE WHOLE TIME IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER THIS WHOLE TIME?   WILL IT BE TOO LATE AND WILL HE FEEL THE SAME WAY?

I REALLY LOVE CAROLINE AND MIKE'S RELATIONSHIP.  I LOVE HOW THEY MET AND HOW THEY CONNECTED BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY. CAROLINE AND MIKE BOTH ARE VERY STRONG CHARACTERS AND WEREN'T AFRAID TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS.  THEY WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER.   THEIR WAS DEFINITELY A LOT OF CHEMISTRY AND ATTRACTION BETWEEN THEM FROM THE VERY FIRST MOMENT THEY MET.  I THINK GOING FROM FRIENDS TO LOVERS ARE THE BEST WAY TO START A REAL RELATIONSHIPS.  IT BRINGS YOU SO MUCH CLOSER TOGETHER AND MEANS TO MUCH.  I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS ESPECIALLY MIMI WHO IS ONE TOUGH OLD LADY WHO KNOWS HER NIECE BETTER THAN SHE KNOWS HERSELF.

CLUTCH IS A DEFINITE MUST READ ROMANTIC LOVE STORY THAT WILL HAVE YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD.  I AM LOOKING FORWARDING TO READING MORE OF LISA BECKER'S BOOKS.  SHE HAS BECOME A FAVORITE AUTHOR OF MINE. 4 STARS







Biography
Lisa Becker is an award-winning romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money - on books and margaritas. In addition to Clutch: a novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance romance readers. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at www.lisawbecker.com.

Chasing the Wild Sparks Book Tour and Giveaway


Chasing
the Wild Sparks
Wild
Sparks Series #1
by
Ren Alexander


Genre:
Contemporary Romance

Throwing
down the marriage gauntlet has never been so wild.

Thirty-something
paralegal, Hadley Beckett and charismatic, local
sportscaster/daredevil, Finn Wilder, disagree about how they should
share their lives together. Having been together for three years,
Finn increasingly pressures Hadley to move in with him, but being
unusually traditional, she wants to be married first, adhering to her
moral beliefs, just as he clings to his own religious upbringing when
it comes to procreating with her. Each is unwilling to negotiate or
concede marriage to the other. Complicating matters is Finn’s
seemingly double life, keeping his private life hidden to the point
of convincing his viewers—Finnatics—and even his coworkers, he’s
single, amid Hadley’s objections. Yet despite their immense
disparities, they are determined to make their relationship work,
even if it means Hadley has to take their future into her own hands.
Then
again, Finn Wilder has his own story to tell.




**FREE
on all platforms!!**









Ren
Alexander was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She graduated from
West Liberty University, where she received a B.S. in criminal
justice. Although interested in that field, her true passion was
reading and writing. She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with
her husband, two daughters, and two cats. "Chasing the Wild
Sparks" is Ren's first novel.




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