Book Spotlight: Seven at Sea by Erik Orton and Emily Orton

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on Seven at Sea by Erik Orton and Emily Orton to be published March 5, 2019.

 

Title:  Seven at Sea: Why  a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat
Author: Erik Orton and Emily Orton
Genre: Memoir
Released: March 5, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book DescriptionWorking the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children—the youngest with Down syndrome—but craved a life that offered more than just surviving.

Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily’s phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, they could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves.

A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story—told alternately by Erik and Emily—for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake. 

Upcoming Read Along Schedule for White Knight, Black Valentine Series By Kristen Brand

Hello readers! To celebrate the recent release of Kristen Brand’s final installment to her epic superhero series, One Book Two is hosting a read-along that’ll feature every book from start to finish, including the new Superhuman Disaster.

Since the start of my adventures here at One Book Two, I have been a huge fan of superheroes and villains alike. Comics and the new comic cinematic universes really bring out the fangirl in me, so when author Kristen Brand approached me about her first book, Hero Status, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.

I’m happy that I did because these stories, characters, and themes have become a huge part of my favorite go-to reads. There’s so much action, suspense, romance, and humor. I’ve read most of them several times each and can’t wait to read the entire series again now that it has been finished. Will there be a happy ending? Guess I will find out!

Check out the schedule we will be following below, plus descriptions of each book in the series.

Dates: April 1-7, 2019
Title: Hero Status, Book 1

Description: David Del Toro used to be a superhero. Now he’s retired and happily married—to his former nemesis, Valentina Belmonte, better known as the Black Valentine. The two have settled in sunny Miami and left the past behind them. No more masks, capes or handcuffs. At least, not outside of the bedroom.

But then the famous hero Supersonic turns up dead, and Valentina is arrested for the murder. Dave knows she’s innocent, but he has to find the real killer if he wants to prove it. Investigating on his own, dodging the law, he gets tangled in a web of conspiracy that will take more than super-strength to break. If Dave wants to save his wife, he’ll have to cross lines no hero ever should…


Dates: April 8-14, 2019
Title: Villainous, Book 2

Description: Valentina Belmonte isn’t evil anymore—honest. She’s hung up her supervillain costume, retired to Florida with her family, and hasn’t committed a crime in years. (Well, not a felony. What’s a misdemeanor here and there if you don’t get caught?) This time, she’s not the one in trouble with the law—her goody-two-shoes, former superhero of a husband is.

He saved her life two months ago but committed a spectacular amount of assault and property damage along the way. The feds plan to press charges…unless Val does something for them in exchange. Apparently, an old friend of hers is importing a deadly drug that gives people temporary psychic powers. The feds want to send in Val with a wire to get evidence to bring him down. Sounds simple enough, but things turn deadly fast, and Val finds herself up against another supervillain—one who can out-play her at her own game.

Val’s worried she’s gone soft since retirement, but if she doesn’t get the feds the evidence they need, her husband will end up rotting in one of the most hellish prisons in the country…


Dates: April 15-17, 2019
Title: Best Man, Book 2.5

Description: Harris Holt has one job: to make sure his best friend’s wedding goes smoothly. But when his friend is a retired superhero marrying a former villainess, that involves more than just remembering the rings and making a good speech at the reception. Especially when a guy with a gun turns up at the wedding venue.

Now Harris has to keep a supervillain with a grudge from offing the bride and groom—and keep it quiet, or else the cops will crash the ceremony. With his own rusty superpowers and a murderous maid of honor for help, Harris needs to stop the bad guy before the happy couple gets cold feet…on their corpses.


Dates: April 18-24, 2019
Title: Almost Invincible, Book 3

Description: A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains…

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains.

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter.


Dates: April 25- May 1, 2019
Title: Kill Them All, Book 4

DescriptionThey messed with the wrong supervillain.

Valentina Belmonte walked away from her supervillain career years ago. Having peaked at the top of the national Most Wanted List, she now lives a quiet life with her husband and daughter, enjoying the Florida sun. Sure, she has to curb her criminal instincts to stay under the radar, but her family is worth it.

Until they’re attacked. With her husband—a retired superhero and the closest thing she has to a conscience—hospitalized and on the brink of death, she’s done playing nice. She doesn’t know who attacked them or why, but she’ll wreak bloody destruction until she finds out. Nobody does revenge like a supervillain, but as her single-minded pursuit grows more violent, it threatens the only family she has left…


Dates: May 2-8, 2019
TitleSuperhuman Disaster, Book 5

DescriptionA hero awakens.

Retired superhero David Del Toro has just woken from a coma—or at least, that’s what the black-market doctor watching over him in an off-the-grid safehouse says. The doctor can’t tell him what happened, but that’s alright. Dave figures he can just ask his family. Except they’re nowhere to be found, their phone numbers are all disconnected, and when he goes home, he finds a hole the size of an elephant smashed into the front of the house and nothing inside.

A villain returns.

Frantic to find his family, Dave calls on all the contacts he made over his superhero career. He learns that his wife has apparently gone back to being a supervillain, and his former sidekick has become a rogue vigilante. Something rotten is going on in the DSA, the law enforcement agency that handles superhuman crime. What does it have to do with Dave’s family? And with such a late start, still suffering the aftereffects of the coma, does Dave have any hope of stopping it?

Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 3/10/19

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

OMG!  You have to act quickly because I don’t know how long this offer will be good.  It looks super yummy and yes, I’ve already got mine.  I’ve already read two of the seven on their own – before the set was put together but I’ve not read the others.  But seriously, free? Move, people!

Title Magic After Dark
Author: Aimee Easterling, Christine Pope, Kim Richardson, Rebecca Chastain, M.J. Scott , Gary Jonas, K. Gorman
Release date: June 20, 2017
Description: Dive into the darker side of magic

Enter the underbelly of city life, where werewolves, demons, and vampires stalk the streets. These six bestselling urban fantasy novels plus bonus novella will submerge you in a page-turning world of modern magic.

Half Wolf by Aimee Easterling: When half-werewolf Fen is cast out of her home pack, she and an unlikely ally are forced to shore up her waning power in an effort to save half-shifters everywhere.

Unquiet Souls by Christine Pope: When the hosts of the new Project Demon Hunters show investigate a demon-infested mansion, evil follows Audrey Barrett home…and she learns why her co-host is the last man she can trust.

Dark Hunt by Kim Richardson: Tasked with tracking down a demon that’s killing humans, hunter Rowyn is forced to partner with an angel-born warrior who has an ulterior motive. But Rowyn’s own dark secret could upend everything…

A Fistful of Evil by Rebecca Chastain: Madison actively avoids her soul-sight—until she witnesses ethereal monsters feasting on a stranger’s soul…and the monsters notice her. Thrust into a dangerous new world, Madison must master her atrophied abilities fast if she has any hope of survival.

The Wolf Within by M.J. Scott: Ashley Keenan just wants to be normal. But then her ex-lover, now werewolf, turns up with a lead on the vampire who murdered her family. To survive, she might just have to leave normal behind and embrace her inner monster.

Vampire Midnight by Gary Jonas: Kelly Chan agrees to kill a vampire, but finds herself under his spell. How do you kill something you’ve been commanded to protect?

Sylphide by K. Gorman: When a private investigator breaks into Allish Statia’s apartment and threatens her with a gun, she is able to use her Wind Elemental powers to subdue the man—but he is only part of something much bigger. Something that wants the destruction of her, her husband, and every single Mage in the city.

TitleBoundary Broken
Author: Melissa Olson
Series: Boundary Magic #4
Release date: March 19, 2019
DescriptionYears ago, boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther made a promise to an alpha werewolf. Now, just when the supernatural community in Colorado is enjoying a period of hard-won peace, the alpha turns up at Lex’s door to call in his marker. Two of his pack members have disappeared in the Colorado sand dunes, and he needs safe passage to hunt for them.

With her friend Simon Pellar along for backup, Lex ventures into the dunes to search for the missing couple…but what they find is only the opening move in an ambitious assault against those who hold power in the Colorado Old World. An old enemy has returned to tear their peace apart, and Lex is soon embroiled in politics she doesn’t understand, from a time before she had magic.

To save her friends and her way of life, Lex will have to cross every line she’s drawn since learning what she is—and it may still be too late.

 

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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Vlad Tepesh blindsided.   How can that even happen?  Well, it happened.  Check out Once Burned, the first in the Night Prince series.

Title: Once Burned
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Prince #1
Publish Date:  June 26, 2012
Genre:  Vampire Romance
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.


Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

His lips twisted. “No. I can give you honesty, monogamy, and more passion that you can stand, but not love. That emotion died in me long ago, as I suspect you already know.”

I read this book several years ago when I was hooked on Cat and Bones. I remember reading their first book around the 2008 time frame. When Frost released Vlad’s book I was all over it though I wasn’t confident I would like him much. He’s a warrior. He impaled thousands of prisoners which is barbaric. On the other hand, he has lived through war after war after war. Death is just another day at the office. Also, he’s born a prince and has been in charge for hundreds of years. After so much of bowing and scraping, I’m sure a person comes to expect it. The arrogance that is the key makeup of his personality is hard won after so many wins against death. I can’t fathom a 600 year old vampire with a record like that going after a 23 year old woman (yes, I know she’s 25 in this instance- it’s the principle of the thing) other than the novelty of being with the young and sexy. I can’t imagine they’d have much to talk about since she is so naïve so therein enters the sex. And she’s a virgin. That’s about as naïve as you can get. I know she isn’t portrayed as naïve because of all the death she’s seen through her gift, but I’m telling you, watching a thing and experiencing a thing is not the same. Now, I’m not bashing on Leila. She’s a character and a young one at that. She’s also silly in love and sometimes that can color a view of the person she’s in love with. She does the best she can with what she has available. I also have to remember, this is the very first adult relationship she’s ever had. Ever. She has nothing to compare it to other than what she’s seen. Not experienced, just seen. Vlad isn’t in love, or so he says. However, he is a man and a tough character at that, so of course he wouldn’t show emotion.

The story is good. I know it’s a bit predictable, but I do like the characters. The story is told in the first person (Leila’s perspective) unless she is reading the essence of an item and then it’s the perspective of the person whose essence is attached to the item. There is quite a little blood (you know…vampires?) and gore (you know…The Impaler?) but not a lot of swearing. A lot of graphic sex scenes, but if it bothers, just skip over that part. There is a lot of scheming and long game playing which vampires are really good at playing. The ending is not a HEA. Remember, there are three more books in the hopper so there has to be drama.
I enjoyed the book and I was grateful that I had the next book to hop into because of the cliffhanger-ish ending. I like Frost’s writing and I will always read her books.

Other recommendations…

 

 

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Nell’s Book Hunt 3/3/19

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

  • I really love The Protectors series by Teresa Gabelman.  I know, it’s vampire romance that isn’t really deep, mind stretching literature, but it’s a guilty pleasure.  I figure everyone needs to veer from their normal genre into a little bit of easy reading.

TitleNicole
Author:  Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Mate #1
Release date:  February 27, 2019
Description: Nicole Callahan, mate to fierce and brooding VC Warrior Damon DeMasters, has been trying to find her place in his world. Without a doubt, it’s been interesting, but she believes there’s a lot more she can offer the children she spent so much of her human life fighting for.

The Mate series delves into the kickass world of the Warriors’ mates and how united, they can make a difference—just like their badass Protectors. Follow along to see how these exceptional women’s newfound freedom affect those around them and which Warrior may or may not support their feisty independent mate’s new and exciting path.

 

  • This does not have to do with a new release.  I was excited to find a website that is dedicated to “geek” jewelry.  It’s amazing and it’s not junk jewelry.  This is high quality stuff associated with books like The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles.  There is also Zombie related jewelry or Prince Dracul a/k/a Dracula – his signet ring.  It’s fun to look at, but remember, this is quality stuff so it has a price tag that might be a little more spendy than expected.  Oh, and check out the animal section.  There are some very beautiful pieces.  The website is called  Badali Jewelry.

    I’m delinquent on the Kris Michaels front.  She has released three books and they are all from the Kings of Guardian series.  I am a rotten, rotten supporting fan.  Seriously? Who doesn’t read a new release the minute it comes out?  I should be punished.  Yes, put me in a room, all alone, with nothing but a blanket, bathroom, recliner and those three books.  Yeah…that’ll teach me.

Title:  Drake
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #11
Release date: October 30, 2018
Description: Life wasn’t fair. Drake Simmons and his identical twin, Dixon, had had that lesson beaten into them early and well. Their past had so savaged their souls no amount of “confronting their demons” could heal them, but Drake’s twin refused to acknowledge that truth. For the first time in decades, Drake watched Dixon embark on a dangerous assignment without him. So, he did the only thing he could do; he prayed hard and pushed forward. While visiting with an old mentor, Drake’s past reintroduced itself in the shapely form of one hell of a distraction. Her name was Dr. Jillian Law, and it appeared people were intent on killing her.

Of all the people in the world her father could have asked to protect her, why did it have to be him? She’d known Drake, and of course Dixon—you didn’t get one without the other—through her teens and early twenties. For years, she’d painfully adored Drake with the raw passion a young woman could only feel for her first love. He’d never viewed her as anything other than a friend, and she’d hidden her feelings behind her thick glasses and shy behavior. Since then, she’d earned her Ph.D. and had invented a solar power source that provided almost limitless, cheap, energy— a device for which someone was willing to kill her. If circumstances were determined to throw them together again, the least she could do was make Drake see her as Dr. Jillian Law. She wasn’t “Silly Jilly” anymore. The girl was gone, forever, but the woman who remained had never forgotten Drake.

Though torn and distracted by the absence of his twin, Drake grows to realize this benign shadow from his past might be the key to his future—if he can keep her alive.

Title: Christmas with the Kings
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Description: You are cordially invited to a Christmas with the Kings. I hope you enjoy this heartfelt holiday novella honoring love and joy, hosted by the King Family.

This story—all tied up in shiny paper and wrapped with a satin bow—is an offering to all those readers who have fallen in love with the characters in Kings of Guardian and the Guardian Shadow World series and made them their own.

Please note: THERE IS NO BACKSTORY INCLUDED IN THIS NOVELLA.

This novella is not for you if you haven’t read the previous books in this series. You will not understand the characters or the dynamics. If you have not read all the Kings of Guardian and Guardian Shadow World series, please consider not buying this story.

For my readers who have followed me on this journey… I hope you enjoy a glimpse into the family life of my Guardians.

Title:  Dixon
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #12
Release date: February 26, 2019
Description:   Alone, isolated from the vast resources of Guardian, Dixon Simmons reentered a world that had left him impossibly damaged as a child. He stepped back into that evil by choice. To protect all he’d come to love, he was willing to pay whatever price was demanded—even if the price was his soul.

She went by many names. Her true identity was as dead as her heart. Until him. The man was every bit as lethal as she was and deliciously sexy. Dixon Simmons piqued her interest, and what started as lust turned into another “L” word. She gave a “forever after” with him no hope. They’d have to stay alive for that to happen.

Caught in a violent abyss of ultimate malevolence and ominous threats, two damned souls find in each other a redemptive love that defies reason. However, redemption comes at a high cost. They must first save the world from a merciless force known only as Stratus.

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