Saturday, August 4, 2018

SPOTLIGHT AUDIO - YA SCI-FI - Uncanny Valley by C.A. Gray Narrator: Melissa Williams


UNCANNY VALLEY
by C.A. Gray 
Narrator: Melissa Williams 
Length: 8 hours and 45 minutes 
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing 
Released: March 27th 2018 
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


Have you ever sensed that something isn't quite right, even if you can't explain why?

Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.

But Rebecca's mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca's father Quentin was obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father. Liam is convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was… until she learns that her father’s death might not have been due to mere happenstance.

With Liam’s help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While Liam attempts to stop Halpert’s challenge if he can, Rebecca tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe, and only seems to want to drive her out of harm’s way? And if Halpert’s challenge is answered, will it usher in a brave new chapter in humanity’s history… or were Quentin Cordeaux’s dire predictions right all along?


READ MORE . . . Uncanny Valley  . . .

Friday, August 3, 2018

BOOK BLITZ w/EXCERPT - NA FANTASY - Paralucidity by Stephen H. Provost

Paralucidity
by Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: July 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance



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Somebody wanted Minerva Rus dead. They succeeded. But Minerva isn’t letting a little thing like death stop her.

After the dangerous adventure that killed her in Memortality, Minerva Rus has reconciled herself to being dead. She and her also-dead boyfriend Raven share an amazing gift that allows them to bring the dead back to life―including each other. Now that Jules, their most dangerous enemy, has been banished from reality and trapped inside her own mind, Minerva and Raven plan on enjoying the eternity of their unnatural lives.

But immortality isn’t safe. Minerva and Raven’s life-giving powers mysteriously fade, forcing them to take refuge in The Between, a shadowy realm of memories that lies between life and death. What’s more, their old adversary Jules is on the loose, partnered with a resurrected Nazi scientist planning a monstrous experiment that will change the destiny of the human race. And now it’s up to a 21-year-old dead girl to save the world―again.

READ MORE . . . Paralucidity . . .

Saturday, July 28, 2018

SPOTLIGHT - Frenchman Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #6) by Suzanne Johnson

THE FINAL BOOK OF THE SENTINELS OF NEW ORLEANS SERIES

Frenchman Street
Sentinels of New Orleans, #6
by Suzanne Johnson
Date of Publication:  July 24th 2018
Publisher: Suzanne Johnson
Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte is the mayor’s newest consultant, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters with a new leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.

READ MORE . . . FRENCH STREET (Sentinels of New Orleans, #6) . . . 

SPOTLIGHT - A Taste of Your Own Magic (Agents of A.S.S.E.T., #2) by Katie Salidas

A Taste of Your Own Magic
Agents of A.S.S.E.T., #2
by Katie Salidas
Date of Publication:  July 17th 2018
Publisher: Rising Sign Books
Cover Artist: Molly Phipps  
We Got You Covered.
Genre: Urban Fantasy – humorous

Tagline: Everything You Know about Magic is Wrong!

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Just when newly minted ASSET agent Sage Cynwrig thought she was getting the hang of this whole magic thing, a smooth-talking Djinn moves in next door. And he's got more on his mind than making her wishes come true.

He'll have to take a number. Between her sharp-tongued, machete wielding partner Grey, and Zack the flirtatious vampire-for-hire, Sage has enough magical men making her life hell. 

And then there's the new job. It's all hands on deck at ASSET. Magical creatures are disappearing from the Las Vegas Strip. Rumor has it, the missing creatures are ingredients in a forbidden magical recipe. Someone's attempting to recreate the lost Amulet of Emmuri, and gain power to rival the gods.

Because of course Sage's first official assignment as an agent would require her to, you know, save the world!

To accomplish that, however, she'll have to cross enemy lines and break the very magical laws she just swore to uphold.

READ MORE . . . A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MAGIC (Agents of A.S.S.E.T., #2) . . .

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BOOK BLITZ - YA FANTASY - Searching (The Fading Series, #2) by Cindy Cipriano

Searching
(The Fading Series, #2)
by Cindy Cipriano
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 20th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult



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A fast-paced fantasy romance with rich characters and immersive storytelling,Searching is the second book in theFading series by award-winning author Cindy Cipriano.

To say Leath is traveling light is an understatement. She’s only bringing three things on her trip. One is a silver heart locket—a gift from her longtime best-friend-turned-boyfriend Victor Santana. Next is a wedding token in the shape of a J, from James Turner. And of course, she’s packing her pistol. That’s it. She knows that when she leaves Woodvine, even her own mother may not remember her in the shifted reality that will be left behind. Bringing anything else would be pointless. But she’s driven now, by something that eclipses everything else, something she just got back: her memories. And now that she remembers James—she won’t stop searching until she finds him.

READ MORE . . . SEARCHING (The Fading, #2) . . .

BOOK BLITZ - Reclaimed By The Pack (Broken Ladder Wolf-Shfiters, #3) by Dizzy Hooper

Reclaimed By The Pack
Broken Ladder Wolf-Shfiters, #3
by Dizzy Hooper
Publication date: July 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance



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When my father cast me out of our pack, I left everything and everyone I ever loved behind. Lucky for me, I was taken in by three red hot shifter males. They’ve made me their mate, and now I’m pregnant with their babies.

My mates see to my every need, pampering me and loving me. They make sure I never want for anything—especially in the bedroom. I should be blissfully happy.

So why can’t I shake the feeling that something is missing?

With our family ready to grow, it’s time to trust these males with my grief as well as my bliss. At their insistence, we journey back to my ancestral home to confront my father.

But his cruel new mate is more formidable of an enemy than I anticipated. She’s poisoned my father against me, and she’ll stop at nothing to cement her position at his side.

When she threatens everything I hold dear, I hit a breaking point. My mates and I didn’t come here for a fight, but we won’t hesitate to finish one.

With these protective males at my side and my family on the line, I make a desperate gamble to reclaim my history, my pack…and my life.

READ MORE . . . RECLAIMED BY THE PACK (Broken Ladder Wolf-Shifters, #3) . . .

Saturday, July 21, 2018

BOOK BLITZ - YA CONTEMPORARY - Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder

Letting Go of Gravity
by Meg Leder 
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult



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“The anticipation and slow burn of Parker and Finn’s relationship is electric…[an] absorbing novel that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell.” —Booklist

Parker struggles to reconnect with her twin brother, Charlie—who’s recovering from cancer—as she tries to deal with her anxiety about the future in this powerful new novel.

Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.

Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.

Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.

Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.

And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got cancer. Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.

READ MORE . . . LETTING GO OF GRAVITY . . . 

BOOK BLITZ - Enticed & Seduced (House of the Cat, #7) by Shelley Munro


Enticed & Seduced
House of the Cat, #7 
by Shelley Munro 
Publication date: July 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


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Some days, getting out of bed is a mistake…

Kaya Ignatius loves her job, working as part of the Indefatigable crew. But this isn’t a normal morning. Gryffnn Drake, a hunky dragon shifter, has a problem with another clan and wants her to act as his betrothed. It’s a chance to smash a dry spell and help the man who has become a good friend. After all, what’s not to like about steamy sexual encounters?

But everything after that is downhill.

She’s slimed by a stinky plant, her brother arrives with bad news and dumps a huge, scary responsibility in her lap. Suddenly, her life is full of drama and nasty surprises.

Gryffnn has always lusted after Kaya, but she only saw his older brother. Now things have changed, and he has a plan to capture the sassy Kaya and woo her to his way of thinking. A move by an opposition clan forces him to escalate his romantic plan. Things proceed well until the past struts in to say hello and creates havoc with his love life and his dragon clan.

Never mind bed, Gryffnn and Kaya are too busy putting out dangerous fires and trying to stay alive to worry about the future…

READ MORE . . . ENTICED & SEDUCED (House of the Cat, #7) . . .

SPOTLIGHT - Melissa's Quest (Finding Magic, #1) by Blair Drake

Melissa's Quest
Finding Magic, #1
by Blair Drake
Date of Publication: June 7th 2018
Publisher: Magic Quest Books
Cover Artist: Jennifer Zemanek/Seedlings LLC
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: What would you do to find your magic?





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Lost and bewildered after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Melissa wants nothing more than to curl up with her pain. But then she’s summoned by the headmaster of Gray Cliffs Academy and finds herself on the roof in the middle of a wild and tumultuous storm. Before she realizes what is happening, a vicious wind sends her flying through the darkness and she lands in the frozen north. It is then she discovers the true meaning of feeling lost. Though full of mystery and magic, there is something sinister about this strange new world…

All Melissa wants is to return home, but first she must learn the rules of this strange new reality and how they will help her in her quest before it’s too late and she’s stuck in this place forever…

READ MORE . . . MELISSA'S QUEST (Finding Magic, #1) . . .

BOOK BLITZ - Shopping for a CEO’s Honeymoon (Shopping for a Billionaire, #14) by Julia Kent

Shopping for a CEO’s Honeymoon
(Shopping for a Billionaire, #14)
by Julia Kent 
Publication date: July 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance




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He says we never had a proper honeymoon.

So, instead, he’s giving me… a prepper honeymoon?

Who knew billionaire preppers were a thing?

I guess I’m about to find out.



Julia Kent’s New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series continues in Shopping for a CEO’s Honeymoon as Andrew and Amanda settle in to married life… and so much more.

READ MORE . . . SHOPPING FOR A CEOs HONEYMOON (Shopping for a Billionaire, #14) . . .

SPOTLIGHT Audio - YA SCI-FI - Girl Vs by Xela Culletto Narrator: Tonia Blake


Girl Vs
by Xela Culletto
Narrator: Tonia Blake
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes
Released: May 21st 2018
Publisher: Xela Culletto
Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult









Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan's biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed. Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extent she'll go to in order to survive.

READ MORE . . . GIRL VS . . . 

BOOK BLITZ - The Gathering (The Uprising, #1) by Bernadette Giacomazzo

The Gathering
(The Uprising, #1)
by Bernadette Giacomazzo
Publication date: March 31st 2018 
Genres: Adult, Dystopian




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The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved.

In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

READ MOE . . . THE GATHERING (The Uperising, #1) . . . 

BOOK BLITZ - The Exiled Prince (Royal Secrets, #1) by Jeana E. Mann

The Exiled Prince
(Royal Secrets, #1)
by Jeana E. Mann
Publication date: June 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance




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A secret masquerade hookup leads to complications with Rourke’s new boss.

Rourke: As a celebrity personal assistant, I pride myself on professionalism. When a mysterious stranger offers to show me the wonders of a clandestine sex club at the masked ball, I jump at the chance. Because no one will know me, right? One night. No names. No faces. It should have ended there. I had no idea that the handsome, enigmatic man would turn out to be my new employer.

Roman: After the masquerade, I searched for the girl who’d crashed my party, only to find her in my office a few months later. I can’t fire her because she’s the best assistant I’ve ever had, but I can’t stop wanting her in my bed either.

If you like tension, angst, and a good dose of sexy, then this book is for you.

One-click today.


***This book was formerly released as Sex, Lies, & Lipstick in the Bad Boy Billionaire Bachelors Boxset and can be read as a standalone.

READ MORE . . . THE EXILED PRINCE (Royal Secrets, #1) . . . 

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Victorian Town by Nancy Thorne

Victorian Town
by Nancy Thorne
Date of Publication: March 28th, 2018
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Genre: Paranormal Romance: with time travel and mystery elements
Tagline: Abby Parker has a modern life. Too bad someone in the 19th century needs it.


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Abby Parker planned out her whole life: complete her final year of high school, go to college, get a job, move away from her insane family, stay best friends with Jessica.

But, that was before she broke into the nearby tourist attraction and unwittingly answered a call from a centuries-old spirit who dragged her into the 19th century.

Now she must solve a Victorian mystery without getting herself killed, or worse, spend a lifetime trapped in the past, leaving behind everyone she loves and altering their lives forever.

When she meets gorgeous Benjamin, the future looks a lot like wreckage.

READ MORE . . . VICTORIAN TOWN . . . 

SPOTLIGHT Audio - YA SCI-FI - Girl Vs by Xela Culletto Narrator: Tonia Blake


Girl Vs
by Xela Culletto
Narrator: Tonia Blake
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes
Released: May 21st 2018
Publisher: Xela Culletto
Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult






Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan's biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed. Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extent she'll go to in order to survive.

READ MORE . . . GIRL VS . . . 

SPOTLIGHT Audio - THE CULLING by Ramona Finn Narrator: Stacey Glemboski

THE CULLING
by Ramona FinnNarrator: Stacey GlemboskiLength: 8 hours 39 minutesPublisher: Relay PublishingReleased: March 21st 2018Genre: Science Fiction




In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them. Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt. Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out.

READ MORE . . . THE CULLING . . . 

BOOK BLITZ - NA ROM-COM - Deal Takers (Dealing with Love, #2) by Laura Lee

Deal Takers
by Laura Lee 
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance



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MY DICK CAN BE A REAL BASTARD SOMETIMES.

When he takes charge, I’ve been known to do a lot of stupid shit, despite the fact that I have a genius IQ. Case in point: How I met the woman of my dreams.

Now, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I don’t regret that moment of idiocy one bit. It may have been one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, but you know what they say about first impressions, right? Well, I can guarantee that I made quite the impression that evening. (Don’t worry; I’ll tell you all the gory details later.)

Most days, she acts like she hates me—probably because I behave like an ass— but we both know the truth: Rainey O’Neil wants me just as much as I want her—she just doesn’t want to admit it.

Good thing I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge.

*Deal Takers is the second installment in the Dealing with Love world but can be read as a standalone.

READ MORE . . . DEAL TAKERS (Dealing with Love, #2) . . . 

SPOTLIGHT Audio - THE CULLING by Ramona Finn Narrator: Stacey Glemboski


THE CULLING
by Ramona Finn
Narrator: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Released: March 21st 2018
Genre: Science Fiction








In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them. Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt. Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out.

READ MORE . . . THE CULLING . . . 

SPOTLIGHT Audiobook - YA Sci-Fi - The Eden Conspiracy (The Liberty Box series, #2) by C.A. Gray Narrator: Melissa Williams

The Eden Conspiracy
The Liberty Box series, #2
by C.A. Gray
Narrator: Melissa Williams
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis's fiancé, hacker Will Anderson - and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago. They can't get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate's fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate's plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process, or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.  

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government's lies?

READ MORE . . . THE EDEN CONSPIRACY (The Liberty Box series, #2) . . . 

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Crimson (Moroi Society, #1) by T.L. Christianson

Crimson
Moroi Society, #1
by T.L. Christianson
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018
Cover Artist: London Montgomery Covers
Genre: Paranormal Romance and Fantasy
Tagline: Secrets and Lies of a Living Vampire




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Vampire Elizabeth was looking for a distraction when she took a job on the isolated estate of scientist Dr. Owen Bennett. Expecting him to be an eccentric old man, the Doctor, turns out to be a lot younger than expected and sparks fly. As Liz struggles with her past and a possible future with Owen, she realizes that things around the Bennett compound aren’t quite adding up.

Suspecting that Dr. Bennett might be a vampire, she begins to search for evidence. However, the more she learns, the more questions she has. To add to the mystery, the doctor’s wife has seemingly vanished, he’s tight-lipped about who they work for, and his research is kept under lock and key.

When the pieces finally come together, Elizabeth is faced with a secret that could have serious repercussions for all Moroi vampires. Could she be on the wrong side?

Now that she’s found the second life she's been searching for, can Elizabeth find her way through this web of secrets and lies or will they be the downfall of it all?

READ MORE . . . CRIMSON (Moroi Society, #1) . . .