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, March 26, 2019

Review of The Connelly Boys Celtic Witches Book 1 by Lily Velez




Witches, magic, mystery, and adventure. The Secret Circle meets Shadowhunters in this addictive new dark fantasy you won't be able to put down!

(**Please Note: this is NOT a reverse harem series.**)



When 17-year-old Scarlet Monroe arrives to the sleepy seaport town of Rosalyn Bay, Ireland, the last thing she expects is to get tangled up in the dark and mysterious world of The Connelly Boys.

Popular, wealthy, and devastatingly beautiful, the four brothers have effortlessly cast a spell on just about everyone. Especially eldest brother Jack, the most breathtaking of the boys and the one to whom Scarlet feels inexplicably drawn.

There's just one problem: Jack is cursed. At least that's what all the local superstitions and folklore say.

But when Scarlet inadvertently banishes a demon while trying to save Jack's life, unleashing powers she didn't even know she possessed, she quickly realizes curses are the least of her worries.

Now with demons hunting her down and dormant magic awakening within her, Jack Connelly may very well be the only one equipped to help her.

Especially when she discovers the truth of who and what she really is...and how she might be all that stands between an ancient evil and the fate of everyone she loves.



Don't miss this first installment in the new bestselling fantasy series by Lily Velez, which features Irish folklore and mythology, page-turning action and adventure, and a dazzling world of witches and magic that will keep you reading long into the night! Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and J.K. Rowling won't want to miss out on this bewitching new debut!

If you love strong heroines, immersive worlds of magic, and rich folklore and mythology, you'll love this action-packed read with its fresh take on witches! Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters series as well as readers who love witch fiction like The Secret Circle, Beautiful Creatures, A Discovery of Witches, and Harry Potter.


"I was blown away by the fascinating storyline, the incredible characters, and the outstanding world building!!! The Connelly Boys is wicked good and simply amazing!!!"
-Jennifer, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★


"This book is amazing! I read without hardly stopping because I couldn't put the book down!"
-Carrie, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★


"A magical 5-star read!! I was drawn in from start to finish. I highly recommend this one...Witches, Demons & Irish lore at its core!!
-Debbie, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★


"Superbly suspenseful! Wow! This book was just full of fantasy! I loved how it really embraced the old Irish/Celtic traditions and beliefs."
-Beth, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

MY REVIEW:

THE CONNELLY BOYS CELTIC WITCHES BOOK 1 IS THE FIRST BOOK I  HAVE READ BY AUTHOR LILY VELEZ AND IT WON'T BE THE LAST ONE.  WHAT A WONDERFUL START TO A NEW SERIES.  I WAS DRAWN INTO THE STORY FROM THE VERY FIRST PAGE UNTIL THE END.  I REALLY LOVE THE STORY THE AUTHOR HAS CREATED.  I THOUGHT IT WAS ORIGINAL AND DIFFERENT FROM THE NORM.  THE CONNELLY BOYS CELTIC WITCHES BOOK 1 IS SUCH AN ENJOYABLE AND MAGICAL READ.  I LOVE HOW THE AUTHOR CREATED THIS WORLD IN IRELAND FILLED WITH WITCHES AND DEMONS AND I LOVE HOW SHE USED IRISH LORE.  THE STORY IS FAST PACE AND FILLED WITH A LOT OF SUSPENSE AND ACTION. I LOVE HOW THE BROTHERS AND SCARLET COME TOGETHER TO SAVE THE WORLD.  THE CONNELLY BOYS ARE SO VERY HOT ESPECIALLY JACK AND EACH POSSESSES A DIFFERENT GIFT OR GIFTS.  SCARLET IS ALSO SPECIAL AS SHE COMES TO LEARN AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO SHE IS.

THE CONNELLY BOYS CELTIC WITCHES BOOK 1 IS A DEFINITE MUST READ. I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS ESPECIALLY SCARLET AND JACK.  THE BROTHERS ARE VERY HOT AND THEY JUST CLICK WITH SCARLET.  THERE IS A LOT OF HEARTACHE AND LOSS AND EVEN A TOUCH A ROMANCE.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A MAGIC AND ORIGINAL READ, THEN I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU READ THIS STORY.  YOU WILL NOT WANT TO PUT IT DOWN.  I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES.  I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.  5 STARS


Biography
Visit www.lilyvelezbooks.com for exclusive content and updates on Lily's books!

Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping.

List of Lily's books:

CELTIC WICHES
The Connelly Boys (Book 1)
The Connelly Curse (Book 2) ➜ Coming early 2019

Revelations Book Tour and Giveaway


Revelations
by
Robert Sells

Genre:
Science Fiction

Aster
Worthington spearheads the First Contact Team to unravel a message
from an alien race. “The Lambdons” promise free energy if
humanity builds a few special robots and downloads their message into
a super computer to direct construction of the fusion reactor. An
excited world agrees and builds a massive structure called the Dome
to house the alien enterprise.

Seven
years later, there’s no “free energy” and strange things happen
in and around the Dome. Aster and her colleagues mount an expedition
under the protection of Army Rangers to investigate the interior.
Instead of friendly aliens, they discover hordes of deadly
intelligent humanoids with insect-like characteristics.
When
the military team is brutally murdered by the Lambdons, the
scientists scatter. It’s soon apparent that the Lambdons intend to
take over the planet using biological warfare. The only hope for
humanity lies with a two-thousand year old scroll hidden by the
church. The question is, can Aster and her team unravel the scroll's
mystery in time to save the planet?











I
attended college at Ohio Wesleyan where I struggled with physics.
Having made so many mistakes in college with physics, there weren’t
too many left to make and I did quite well at graduate school at
Purdue.
I worked for nearly
twenty years at Choate Rosemary Hall, an exclusive boarding school in
the heart of Connecticut. More often than not, students arrived in
limousines. There was a wooded area by the upper athletic fields
where I would take my children for a walk. There, under a large oak
tree, stories about the elves would be weaved into the surrounding
forest.
Returning to my home
town to help with a father struggling with Alzheimer’s, the only
job open was at a prison. There I taught an entirely different
clientele whose only interaction with limousines was stealing them. A
year later Alfred State College hired me to teach physics. I happily
taught there for over ten years. A rural, low income high school
needed a physics teacher and the superintendent, a friend, begged me
to help out. So, I am finishing my teaching career in a most
fulfilling way… helping kids who would otherwise not have access to
a qualified physics (and math) teacher.
My wife pestered me
about putting to “pen” some of the stories which I had created
for the children and other relatives. I started thinking about a
young boy and a white deer, connected, yet apart. Ideas were shuffled
together, characters created and the result was the Return of the
White Deer. This book was published by the Martin Sisters.
Years ago I gave a
lecture on evolution. What, I wondered, would be the next step? Right
away I realized that silicon ‘life’ had considerable advantages
over mortal man. Later this idea emerged as the exciting and
disturbing story called Reap the Whirlwind, my most recent novel.
I have many other
stories inside my mind, fermenting, patiently waiting for the pen to
give them breath. Perhaps someday I will even write about those elves
which still inhabit the woods in the heart of Connecticut.











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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Improbable Wonder of Moojie Littleman Book Tour and Giveaway


The
Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman
by
Robin Gregory

Genre:
Fantasy, Magical Realism


Early
1900s, Western America. A lonely, disabled boy with a nasty temper
and uncontrolled mystical powers, Moojie is taken by his father to
his grandfather's wilderness farm. There, Moojie meets an
otherworldly clan of outcasts that he wants to join. Following a
series of misadventures--magical and mystical--he is summoned by the
call to a great destiny ... if only he can survive one last
terrifying trial.


Having
won a number of awards, Robin Gregory's The Improbable Wonders of
Moojie Littleman is being lauded as a classic. A haunting, visionary
tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Gabriel Garcia
Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Madeleine L'Engle's A
Wrinkle in Time, the profoundly unique voice and heart-stirring
narrative recall great works of fiction that explore the universal
desire to belong.











ROBIN
GREGORY is a devoted wife and mother, and student of mystical
teachings. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she grew up in California,
accompanied by seven siblings, and surrounded by horses, real
cowboys, and the occasional rattlesnake. She has always been drawn to
helping others, a trait that began, to her mother’s horror, with
bringing home swallow chicks stricken from their nests. She has
worked as a journalist, lay minister, and infant massage instructor
for mothers and babies at risk. Her studies include Literature and
Creative Writing at University of California, Santa Cruz and Stanford
University’s Writer’s Workshop. She lives with her husband and
son in a Carmel cottage old enough to make you sneeze. “The
Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman” is her first published
novel.





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Expecting Ty's Baby by Empi Baryeh Blog Tour

EXPECTING TY’S BABY BY EMPI BARYEH


Author: Empi Baryeh
Series: From Ghana With Love #2
Stand-Alone: yes
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Multicultural
Heat Level: Sensual
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Release Date: March 30, 2019

#WTMOETB












Abandoned by her father at a young age, beauty therapist, Patricia Owusu, has learned the hard way that men can’t be relied on. She’s determined to make it on her own without falling into the cultural trappings of marriage. However, when she finds herself pregnant after a torrid love affair with African-American financial consultant, Ty Webber, she discovers one man’s resolve to stick around.

When Ty discovers Patricia is carrying his baby, he offers marriage; because real men take responsibility for their actions. He isn’t prepared for Patricia’s stubborn determination to make it on her own. But nothing will prevent him from claiming his child or the woman he considers his.


Can Ty convince Patricia to take a chance on him to help provide a loving home for their baby, or will Patricia’s mistrust lead her to miss out on true love and rob her child of the type of father she never had?


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EXPECTING TY'S BABY © Empi Baryeh 2019



“I don’t need taking care of, you know,” Patricia said when they stepped outside. Her voice came out low, a whisper, which nonetheless projected in the still warmth of the night.

After several seconds without a response from him, she turned sideways. He stared ahead, his profile stoic. Finally, she heard his deep intake of breath.

He looked at her, and thunder might as well have struck after the flash of…annoyance? Impatience? Incredulity?

“Are you always on the defensive?”

Aggravation. Despite the balmy, breezeless air, Patricia shivered. Perhaps she should have been scared, but she wasn’t. Somehow, Ty didn’t strike her as the kind of man whose patience wore thin as easily as wind blew away flakes of cotton. Yet, she also realized she’d pushed a button or two between yesterday and today.

She began to say something, but her response staggered as she realized she didn’t know how to answer his question. She sighed. “It’s always been just me and my mum. I guess I’m simply used to having to stick up for myself.”

His look softened. “Trish, I know you’re a strong woman. Hell, it’s one of the things I admire about you. But did it occur to you I only wanted some alone time with you?”

She couldn’t help it. She giggled. “You could have just said so.”

“In that case, how about this?”

He faced her fully, subjecting her to a powerful blast of his magnetism. Electricity jolted through her, and she realized he’d touched her; warmth infused her body where his hands bracketed her waist.

The next instant, she was plastered against him, her soft abdomen privy to the state of his desire. His heated breath wafted over her face, a mix of him and the whiskey he’d had at dinner. An avalanche of sensations, fierce and unrelenting hit her in the gut.

Then the worst thing happened. The most embarrassing moment of her life.

She threw up.

On him.

For several seconds, she could only stare in horror at her dinner, now a less than palatable concoction splattered on Ty’s clothes and shoes.

He still held her as she doubled over, one hand on her shoulder, the other rubbing her back.

“Trish, what’s going on?” He pushed back a few strands of her braids hanging loose from the confines of her up do.

“I am so sorry,” she said.

“We need to get you to a hospital.”

Crap! Her stomach lurched again, and she figured out what had triggered the emesis. Thankfully, what came out the second time was minimal. She took in a deep breath, exhaling through her mouth. It seemed to help.

Ty held up the bottle of water he’d taken with him from dinner. “Here—”

“Please stop talking,” she gasped, turning away from him. “I need a minute.”

“This could be food poisoning. You need a doctor.”

“I don’t, and it’s not food poisoning. It’s the alcohol.”

“You didn’t drink.”

“No, but you did.”

His features assumed a frown, his confusion absolute. “You’re sick because I drank?”

“I’m not sick. I’m—”

She stopped abruptly, tossing different possible explanations in her head, all of them partial truths. No matter what anyone said, keeping quiet and outright lying were not the same. She wasn’t prepared to do the latter, but she’d spoilt her chances of doing the former.

“I’m…uh.”

His eyes narrowed. “You’re what?”

“I’m…”

Shiiit.



She couldn’t believe she was going to tell him. “I’m pregnant, Ty.”








"Well written, enchanting, and heart-warming, this is one romance fans should love." - TAYLOR JONES (Reviewer)


"Poignant, charming, and full of wonderful characters, Expecting Ty’s Baby will warm your heart right down to your toes. A wonderful love story and a worthy addition to the series." REGAN MURPHY (Reviewer)














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He didn’t do short-term relationships…
American ad exec, Thane Aleksander, doesn’t date co-workers either—until business takes him to Ghana, West Africa, and he meets Naaki. Now he’s at risk of breaking all the rules. Can he stop this headlong fall before it’s too late?
Until he met her!
Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?
Two divergent cultures, two different races, two career-driven professionals, only one chance at true love—will they find the faith to take it, or will their hearts be sacrificed on the altar of financial success?

ABOUT EMPI BARYEH







Empi Baryeh is the award-winning author of Most Eligible Bachelor (Book of the year, 2017 Ufere Awards). She writes sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance, which happens to be her favourite genres of romance to read. Her interest in writing started around the age of thirteen after she stumbled upon a YA story her sister had started and abandoned. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew she had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in her mind and she's been writing ever since. 


She lives in Accra, Ghana, with her husband and their two lovely kids.


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Demon Vankil Book Tour and Giveaway


Demoni
Vankil
Hobin
Luckyfelller's Fieldguide Book 1
by
Jaime Buckley


Genre:
Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

An
ancient puzzle box.
Fourteen
letters.
A
Council of Whispers.
and
a clerk.

Discover
the 700 year old secret millions died to protect.







Goodreads
members call this book, “Surprising,” “Emotional,”
“Fantastic,” and, “…one of the best love stories I have ever
read.” With an average rating of 5 Stars, “…you've got me
hooked in a way that I can't shake.”

I
must dedicate part of this review to the author, Jaime Buckley. This
guy is a genius. The effort and heart he has obviously put into his
work, the characters and this world is mind-blowing.” -
Jennifer, UK 

The
pacing of this book was perfect! As I said, it's only a short story,
and sometimes it's difficult to get the pacing right in short
stories, however Mr. Buckley gets the pacing spot on! I
found myself wanting to know more before I had even finished the
chapter I was on!” - Heather, AU

I've
read plenty of books that have gnomes IN them, but having one for the
main character was not only new, but this was one of the most
enjoyable books I've ever read.” - Leilani, USA

This
book has all of the qualities of a great mystery and a great fantasy
molded together into a wonderful story. As a mystery and fantasy
junkie, I couldn’t be more thrilled that those genres were
combined!” - Kaitlyn, USA

I
would have thought it well worth reading just for the finale.” -
Shadowlantern, USA

I
was able to connect with the characters so well, Jaime's writings
have a way to bring out emotions ( good and bad) that make you feel
that you know and care for the people yourreading about in the
book.” - Jeremiah, USA

Experience
the wonders of this fictional world at https://wantedhero.com






















Jaime
Buckley is an Author of YA Fantasy, a Professional illustrator &
father of 12.


He's earned the
titles of Author, Illustrator, Cartoonist, Game Designer, Dragon
Lord, King Maker, Monster Hunter, Sliver Slayer, Trainer of Heroes,
Breaker of Bridges, Smoker of Meats, Sucker of Slurpees, World
Builder and Elf Friend(ish). He's also been known as Dad, Daddy,
Poppa, Papa Bear, Grandpa, ‘sweetie’ and ‘Heya Gorgeous’
(though that last title is used solely by his wife).

Jaime
currently holds Bob’s Book of World Records for sucking 42
raspberry Jell-O cubes through a straw in 90 seconds…and continues
to defend his Clockworks record for back to back arm wrestling wins
(97.8 gnomes). He's always wanted to be a member of the Green Lantern
Corps, but they rejected his application.

Apparently,
they don’t have spandex suits in 5XL (their loss).

Aside
from marrying his darling wife and being a father to 12 very cool
(and properly raised) children, Wanted Hero and Worldbuilding Inc are
his favorite projects to date.











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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Fated Mates Book Tour and Giveaway


Fated
Mates Anthology
Genre:
Paranormal Romance and RH Shifter
with
stories by:
Ivy
Quinn || Angelique Armae || Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk || Brantwijn
Serrah || Bella Andrews || USA Today bestselling author Shelique Lize
|| Julie Trettel || Khardine Gray || Valia Lind || April Canavan and
C.J. Laurence || Keira Blackwood and Liza Street || Athena Phoenix ||
JS Bright and Holly Holston || Candace Sams || Heather Young-Nichols
and J.A. Hardt || Crystal Ash || Sarah Zolton Arthur || Daniella
Clark || C. J. Beaumont || Miranda Harvey and Cate Alexander || Aria
Adams || Elena Gray and Kelli McCracken || AJ Anders and Amanda Perry
|| Erica Gerald Mason

Seductive
supernaturals. Steamy reverse harems. A collection that’s destined
to make you fall in love.







Alpha females, powerful packs, sexy
shifters, and dark immortals war for dominance in these 23 addictive,
entrancing tales.









Join USA Today bestselling authors along
with hot new talent as they bring you the Paranormal Romance and
Reverse Harem boxed set you've been waiting for.





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**23
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