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Review of Becoming His by Mariah Dietz

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Genre: romance

*Disclaimer – I received a free copy. It was not in exchange for a review.


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Sometimes life’s unforeseen paths lead us to discovering sides of ourselves we never knew existed.

Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college she builds an unexpected relationship with the reckless Max Miller.

Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.

Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.

But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?

Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.

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My Review:

Becoming His by Mariah Dietz is the first of a trilogy, and fair warning, it definitely ends on a cliffhanger, one that had me in a book hangover for days. I will be purchasing the second book soon! Ace is a young woman who is unsure of what she wants for the future. This uncertainty sparks the problems that she encounters throughout the book. I had no trouble identifying with Ace, but there were times I found myself growling at her too, which made her a character I enjoyed even more because she seemed so real. Max is a fantastic character who is swoon-worthy. He’s sweet, mature, and intelligent, not to mention he’s tattooed! This is a great read, and I definitely recommend it.



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Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.


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P.A.W.S Reboot!

M.A. Ray’s interview with author Debbie Manber Kupfer.

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Today I’m celebrating, with Debbie Manber Kupfer, the release of a new edition of her book P.A.W.S. This exciting story chronicles the adventures of Miri Katz, a girl with a fascinating family heritage and a necklace that’s more than it seems.

I sat down with Debbie to ask her a few questions about the book.

What books were you reading that gave you the idea for P.A.W.S.? What lack did you see in the book world that you wanted to fill?

Great question.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and my favorite book has always been book 3 when the idea of the animagus was first introduced, but I felt it didn’t go far enough. I wanted to know how – what did Professor McGonagal and Sirius and James and the others actually do to learn to turn themselves into animals. What was the process like? Did you choose…

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Review of Dying For A Living by Kory Shrum

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Genre: Urban Fantasy


*This is book one, and it is currently Free on Amazon*


Jessie Sullivan has a job that would make most people shudder. She dies for a living. As one of the world’s small percentage of Necronites (not zombie, that term is not politically correct), Jessie is able to survive dying. The government has a death replacement program, so Jessie is given a client who will die, and she dies in his or her stead. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks Necronites should have the same rights as regular people, and someone wants Necronites out of the picture. After being murdered, Jessie must unravel the secrets of her past if she is to keep those she loves safe and keep herself from permanent death.


Dying For A Living by Kory Shrum was a fantastic reimagining of zombies. The story is set in the modern world with some very specific differences, and I was instantly sucked into the world of Necronites and AMPs. Jessie is a humorous character with a sarcastic attitude that I loved immediately. I loved the idea of Jessie being a death replacement agent, and what Jessie deals with by dying so frequently makes the story fun and kept me guessing about what was really happening. Jessie’s past is full of secrets that kept me turning the pages because I needed to know what would happen next. Because this is the first of a series (book 2 is out and book 3 is available for pre-order), the end does not wrap everything up, and it does end on a cliffhanger. This book was a lot of fun to read, and I definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to read the next one.



You can purchase Dying For A Living here:

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About the author:


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Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. This award-winning author specializes in dark fantasy and supernatural suspense, which includes the popular Jesse Sullivan series.

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P.A.W.S. Reboot Blog Tour and Review


P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer has been re-released with a brand new cover and a bonus story!

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Author: Debbie Manber Kupfer

Cover: Rachel Bostwick





Today was Celia’s tenth birthday. This was not how she imagined celebrating it. She was with her family – her mama, Miriam; her papa, David; her elder brother, Issel; and her baby sister, Sara. They were huddled together in the back room of their tiny two-room apartment in Grosse Spielgasse, in the dark, barely breathing.

Outside the building, the boot steps got nearer and nearer. Celia heard shouting, screaming, gunshots. She crouched down even closer to the ground, wishing that somehow they could all melt away into the shadows. Celia clutched her cat, Max, tightly in her arms, feeling his warmth, his soft tabby fur close to her skin, willing him to stay quiet.

Her mama cradled little Sara at her breast, nursing her so she would not cry out. Outside, the pounding footsteps were getting closer, closer: “Juden, Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell!” Now they were at the door of the neighbors – the Wassersteins. She heard crying and a single gunshot.

Miriam beckoned to her. “Celia, mein Katzerl, come here,” she whispered. “I have something for you, for your birthday.”

Celia approached Miriam cautiously, still clutching Max to her. “What is it, Mama?” she asked, gazing into Miriam’s blue, blue eyes. She studied her prematurely wrinkled face, memorizing every crease. Mama, my mama, she thought.

Still holding baby Sara with her left hand, Miriam reached around the back of her neck with her right and unclasped the chain that she always wore beneath her clothes, close to her heart. It was a silver chain with a cat charm on it. “Take this, Celia, mein Katzerl. Wear it always, and remember I love you. Ich liebe dich.”

“I love you, Mama,” Celia whispered as she fastened the chain around her neck just as the doors burst open. Six Gestapo soldiers rushed into their home – “Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell…” Celia watched as her family was herded out of the door.



Here is my review from P.A.W.S that I posted in May 2014:


Young Miri has had a wonderful life. Until one day when tragedy strikes, and she is sent off to boarding school where she doesn’t fit in. Her only solace lies in reading, writing, and sitting under her favorite oak tree. When being bullied, Miri discovers a startling secret that changes her life. Soon, Miri finds herself on a journey to discover who she really is and finds new friends at P.A.W.S. (Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters). But, there’s a powerful man with secrets of his own, and he’s determined to destroy Miri.


P.A.W.S. had me hooked from the first page of the prologue! I did not want it to end. Debbie Manber Kupfer is a talented writer who drew me into the lives of the characters. The detailed description of Miri’s happy life before the tragedy struck made me feel even worse for Miri. The author did this for other characters in the book as well, and the contrast of their pleasant lives against their tragedies created an emotional bond for me with the characters. The sensory descriptions in this book transported me into the story. I could feel the characters’ pain and joy. The story was full of action and magic and kept me turning the page to find out what would happen next. I highly recommend this story, and I can’t wait for the sequel!



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The Great Bobbert

This is a cute short story that had me chuckling. Bobbert the clown loses his weasel and finds him hanging out with a kangaroo, an animal that’s definitely not native to the area. When the kangaroo disappears, poor Bobbert questions his sanity.


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About the author:


Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. Her first novel, P.A.W.S., was published originally in June 2013 and her second book in the series, Argentum, was released in October 2014. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Darkly Never After, and Sins of The Past. In February 2015 she published a book of logic puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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Cover Reveal for Dragon Warriors by Amanda Kay

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Dragon Warriors

– A F/F Paranormal Fantasy Romance –

Release Date: 11/3/15



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Venia didn’t know what to do but she knew she couldn’t stay where she was. She packed up her room in the only home she ever knew and RAN.

She ran far away.

Her dreams were becoming reality and she couldn’t take her life anymore. Gary was pushing for marriage but in her dreams there was only HER.

Kalin knew she was coming and she wasn’t planning on letting her escape when she got there. She would convince her the dragon world was her calling, but more than that she’d convince Venia that she belonged in her arms and her arms alone.