RhiReading News

Dear readers,

*digging her way out of the snow* Hi Rhireaders! It's going to be a tiny bit quieter around here this month because 2014 was an insane year and I'm a bit worn out. I'm also crazy broke after the holidays so I can't afford any giveaways right now.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently accepting promotional invitations (blog tours, cover reveals, etc.) for late January through early March. I am fully booked for reviews for January and am booking February and later titles so please feel free to contact me for those. Please drop me an email for promotional event invites.


♥ -- Rhi


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cover Reveal: THE CITY BENEATH by Melody Johnson


Title: The City Beneath (The Night Blood Series)
Author: Melody Johnson
Publisher: Kensington Books

As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…

But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...

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  • The City Beneath is available at Amazon 

Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is her debut novel. When she isn't writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach.

You can learn more about Melody and her work at elodymay.blog.comFacebook and Twitter.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Release Day: A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd [Excerpt + giveaway!]


I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellison [+ giveaway!]


Vampire Vacation (The V V Inn #1) by C.J. Ellison
Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Ebook, Print (313 pages, RED HOT PUBLISHING)
Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.
Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?
Warning: This book contains adult content (violence, blood, and sex) and is not intended for readers under 18.

Author Site: website

Something fresh for bored UF fans! (3 stars)

I have to preface this review by noting that I have read Ellisson's contemporary erotic romances before and gave them high ratings. Ellisson is also on of a small handful of authors whom I think interacts very well with her fans and writes some amazingly sex positive stuff. But I digress... I'm not sure why I've previously not taken the time to try the V V Inn series but I'm glad I finally did.

The Urban Fantasy genre tends to be filled with young, nubile women just coming into their stride as powerful supernatural beings so it was very refreshing to find Vivian is not only well established in her power as a vampire but also very, very married and happily so. Knowing Ellisson for her hot-monagamy-centric contemporary work I have to say that this is hands-down the reason I would recommend her over and over. The world building is pretty involved and I'll admit there were times I rolled my eyes at it. But if you want the strength and complexity of Anita Blake without the orgies I think that you'll really enjoy VAMPIRE VACATION.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn't mention that I actually hated Vivian. Like many an urban fantasy heroine before her she has strong Mary Sue trappings. Everyone wants her, she's uber powerful, and can pretty much do no wrong. Again, I'd have to compare her to Anita Blake there, Viv just doesn't get it on with everyone who wants her. Because I disliked her so strongly I'm not sure I will read more of the series since she's the central character but I would still recommend the book and series to others who are looking for something different in a genre that can get really stagnant.



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Notes: Review copy receved via author.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blog Tour: HUNTER REBORN by Katie Reus [Excerpt + giveaway!]


The thrilling new Moon Shifter novel from New York Times bestselling author Katie Reus.


Losing her was the hardest thing he’d ever endured.... 

Warrior shifter Aiden’s investigation of the trafficking of vampire blood leads to a startling discovery: the beautiful vampire bondmate he thought was dead. Decades ago, they’d defied their powerful families to be together, but then Larissa disappeared without a trace. When their mating link broke, it nearly destroyed Aiden. Now she’s back with no memory of where she’s been. Even more shattering—Larissa claims she has no idea who Aiden is.

Now she’s back....

It’s a race against time to bring down an operation more evil than his pack ever suspected, and Aiden finds himself working side by side with a mate who no longer trusts him—and she wants out. But he lost her once, and he won’t let her go again. Unfortunately, Larissa’s blood is the key to a powerful monster’s dangerous plan—and he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, sparking off a war between the supernaturals and humans that no one will win.


EXCERPT:

Copyright © Katie Reus 2015

The vamp must have sensed his intent because he dropped Larissa and ran, sprinting through the club with a preternatural speed. The predator in Aiden wanted to give chase, to hunt him down, but he reined it in for the stronger impulse to protect what was his.

Using all the strength in his hind legs, he jumped from the table and landed right next to Larissa’s still form. Her chest rose and fell steadily and she appeared unharmed. But he wouldn’t be satisfied until he knew for sure.

“Aiden, look at me.” He heard Teresa’s soft voice nearby, but he couldn’t look at her. He refused. All his attention was on Larissa.

“You need to shift back,” Teresa whispered urgently.

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