Spotlight: The Morning Star

The Morning Star (Imp series book 10) by Debra Dunbar, narrated by Angela Rysk

My undying love for the Imp Series

The last part of my favourite audiobook series of all times just came out! “The Morning Star” is part 10 in the Imp series by Debra Dunbar. Whenever someone asks me about my favourite book, I answer “The Imp Series!!!111111” with this kind of excitement, haha. Sometimes I hold back when I am 100% certain the person asking can absolutely not be won over. But give me just the slightest chance, and I’ll tell you all about how amazing this series is!

So…. let me tell you how amazing this series is 😀 No, this isn’t a review, so I’ll pace myself. Plus, a lot of what’s so awesome are kind of spoilers.
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New Audiobooks, new Deals and new News #10

New audiobook releases in December

Week 49, 2018

Hello and welcome to the first December deals post! Have you enjoyed some Christmas cookies and treats yet? To be honest, I haven’t (there isn’t a sad emoji sad enough to give back my heartbroken feelings over this). Because I’m trying to be a good girl with candy. So I need to live vicariously through you. I’m a total candy-junkie really, but health (or rather the lack of it) demands a wholesome diet. And even though I always thought sugar should make up the biggest food group, it sadly doesn’t. That means when I crave something sweet to improve my mood, I bake. Wholegrain and very little sugar. There are some surprisingly good recipe! Especially if you add dark chocolate chunks 😀 (Nobody said entirely sugar-free!!!)

 

New releases

We have two new “Read and Listen for Free” this week and a bunch of great authors and narrators offering deals on their new audiobooks!

 

Christmas Audiobooks

There are no new offers on Christmas audiobooks today, but I went and found the best choices in our bingy programs for you, my favourite frugal listeners!

The most Romantic Christmas Audiobooks in Kindle Unlimited “Read and Listen for Free”: Click here

The best Christmas Audiobooks in the Audible Romance Package: Click here

I’ve already listened to a whole bunch of these and they are really cute 🙂

 

What’s going on with Lovely Audiobooks

It’s been a busy week with the beginning of December, and all of it were highlights for me.

On Monday I posted an interview with the wonderful Effie Kammenou, author of The Gift Saga.  Effie told us about her writing, acting and her food blog. If you want to know what she did in her teens, where she spends her nights and if she prefers cheese or chocolate, read the interview!

I also did a lot of blogger things. On the 1st the new book blogger review link-up went live. I did this the first time in October and have found a lot of awesome new book blogs to follow and support. This time it’ll be even bigger and better 🙂 I’m also taking part in a Bookish Blog Hop. We have a lot of fun and odd questions to answer and I really enjoy writing and reading these posts. Maybe some of you feel like answering yesterday’s question too!

On Wednesday I posted my review of Black Swan Affair, an angsty adult Romance in the Romance Package that’s like dark chocolate for your ears, bittersweet velvet…

 

Giveaway

This is your last chance to enter the “The Gift Saga” giveaway! You can win an Amazon gift card and isn’t this an awesome time to get your hands on one? We also have audiobooks! So, if you haven’t yet, go on over, it’s quick and easy to put your name in the hat: Giveaway

 

Kindle deals can slightly differ between local Amazon websites. The lists are based on Amazon.com. If you live in Canada or the UK, you will automatically be send to your local Amazon. Please don’t be disappointed if your site has slightly different prices. Sometimes, an American free listen might cost a little elsewhere. But some of the “under $10 deals” might in turn be cheaper on your Amazon You can only get Kindle deals on your local Amazon website.

 

New “Read and Listen for Free” Audiobooks in Kindle Unlimited:

[These are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to purchase something, I receive a fee at no additional cost for you.]

Defending Chloe: Mountain Mercenaries, Book 2
Susan Stoker (Author) and Stella Bloom (Narrator)
Add it to your Audible Library**
Owen: Undercover Billionaire, Book 3
Melody Anne (Author) and Kristin Watson Heintz (Narrator)
Add it to your Audible Library**

 

Ebooks in Kindle Unlimited with Audiobook upgrades under $10:

[These are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to purchase something, I receive a fee at no additional cost for you.]

Third Time’s the Charm (A Morning Glory Novel Book 4)
Liz Talley (Author) and Brittany Pressley (Narrator)
Supercheap Whispersync Deal**
Swallow Me Whole: A Friends to Lovers Romance
Gemma James (Author), Stephanie Rose (Narrator) and Aaron Shedlock (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Something About Us: Saint & Lucky Series, Book 2
Riley Hart (Author) and Sean Crisden (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
His Cocky Valet: Undue Arrogance Series, Book 1
Cole McCade (Author) and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Wicked Games: Queen of the Damned, Book 2
Kel Carpenter (Author) and Hollie Jackson (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Grinder: Seattle Sharks Series, Book 1
Samantha Whiskey (Author), Noah Michael Levine (Narrator) and Tatiana Sokolov (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Gunner: Lords of Carnage MC Series, Book 4
Daphne Loveling (Author), Troy Duran (Narrator) and Jillian Macie (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Bashful
Lo Brynolf (Author), Vanessa Edwin (Narrator) and Teddy Hamilton (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Knox: Dead Souls MC Series, Book 1
Savannah Rylan (Author), Melissa Barr (Narrator) and Paul Brion (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Hard Pressed
Kate Canterbary (Author), Lauren Sweet (Narrator) and Blake Richard (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
This audiobook is also in the Romance Package.
Close: Ryder Brothers, Book 1
Laurelin Paige (Author), Carly Robins (Narrator) and Jacob Morgan (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**
Hunted Alpha: A Gay Transgender Romance: Transgender Mates Series, Book 2
Troy Hunter (Author), Noah Harris (Author) and Bryce Chadwell (Narrator)
Cheap Whispersync Deal**

 

FREE Ebook + Whispersync upgrade under $10 (no Kindle Unlimited):

[These are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to purchase something, I receive a fee at no additional cost for you.]

A Hero to Keep: Hawkins Family Series, Book 1
Susan Gable (Author) and Chandra Skyye (Narrator)
Free Ebook + Cheap Whispersync Deal**

 

Happy listening 🙂

 

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Holiday Hop: A fictional creature to replace Rudolph

Maybe you remember that I joined the Bookish Blog Hops in October, too. This time around it’s a wonderful way to add a bit of Christmas spirit to my lil blog again 🙂 

A fictional creature to replace Rudolph and meet on the roof…

Here’s my thought process to answer this question: Since the creature is likely supposed to pull a heavy sleigh through the air it has to be able to fly and it can’t be tiny and weak. Rudolph is also famous for his nose, so it’s gotta have a prominent nose.

Who fits all of those requirements? Falkor from the Neverending Story! That story was one of my favourites as a child and he’s the absolutely most lovable flying creature EVER <3

 

… and what does everybody else say?

 

Jo Linsdell from JoLinsdell.com

I’m a huge Percy Jackson fan and so I’m going to go with Blackjack. Blackjack is a pure black Pegasus who is introduced to us in The Sea of Monsters (book 2) when Percy saves him from the Kronos’ army ship where he is being held prisoner by Luke.

Blackjack would make a perfect replacement for Rudolph as he is loyal and brave. He’s strong too and would do everything he could to help out Father Christmas. Plus, he’s a Pegasus… that would be super cool to see. Adds ride a flying horse to Christmas wish list…

 

Brandy Potter from brandypotterbooks.com

See I didn’t even think of the animals Jo. I went with who I’d be willing to face my fear of heights and sit on the roof for. But, to replace Rudolph, they’d have to fly so that leave Vampires. Now I like the books about the sparkly ones because they show a creative twist on a mythology, but none of them are really tempting. Not a big fan of The Southern Vampire series. That leaves Ann Rice. Lestat is only yummy when Stuart Townsend plays him. Otherwise Lestat is an egocentric brat really. So I went with Marius De Romanus.

For those who aren’t familiar with Marius, here is a brief history. Marius was born in 30 BC to a Celtic slave and a member of a ruling Roman family. He was turned when he was about 40 by a druid who discovered and turned Armand. He took care of “Those who Must Be Kept” Akasha and her husband Enkil the original vampires. Marius is very wise and optimistic. He is also one of the oldest living vampires.The history he has seen would be enough to keep me on that roof!

 

Renee Guill from 2turnthepagebookreviews.blogspot.com

Another tough one, so many different ways to answer this. lol

And such great answers so far. Well if we are going with the ones who can fly let’s see….

Oh here’s one..hehe….Iron Man(hey it’s a comic book)..and he has a shiny red suit, that’s Christmassy(is that word?).lol

He can also keep the sled safe & sound when it lands on the roof. 😉

 

Sarah Nowicki from paranormalpeach.com

This holiday hop is so much fun and this was one question that I didn’t have to think too hard about.  My choice is Aiden Merrick from the Dragon’s Gift: The Huntress Series by Linsey Hall.

In paranormal romance, I do cross paths with a motley crew of mythical creatures, but Aiden popped into my mind immediately.  In this series, Aiden is our devastatingly handsome hero and the most powerful shifter in the world. As the Origin shifter, he has the power to shift into any animal but prefers one in particular, the mighty and magical Griffin.  Aiden is wealthy, loyal, and giving. He would be the perfect sexy beast to guide Santa’s sleigh.

 

Laura Morningstar Loving Life Everyday lauramorningstar.com

Oooh a tricky one as I would be quite excited to meet Rudolph! However a fictional character to replace him and who I would like to meet would be Aslan, from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. There are so many wonderful fantasy books nowadays for children and Y.A. but I always like to make sure I read some of the classics such as this series to my kids. Plus I’m a Leo and so have always adored Lions.

 

Thanks everyone for taking part in my stop of the Holiday Hop! :-)If you want to hop with us next time, join the Facebook group: Bookish Blog Hops

Follow the rest of the Holiday Hop:

1st A book you love so much you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it too. Hosted by Jo Linsdell JoLinsdell.com
2nd A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmas feel to it. Hosted by Jackie Nolan thebookwormcafeblog.wordpress.com
3rd A book you’d like to find in your Christmas stocking this year. Hosted by Jackie Nolan thebookwormcafeblog.wordpress.com
4th A fictional character you’d like to spend Christmas with. Hosted by Brandy Potter brandypotterbooks.com
5th A fictional character you’d like to kiss under the mistletoe. Hosted by Renee Guill 2turnthepagebookreviews.blogspot.com

6th A fictional creature to replace Rudolph and meet on the roof. Hosted by Eline LovelyAudiobooks.info
7th A book set at Christmas. Hosted by Sarah Nowicki paranormalpeach.com/
8th A book that left you feeling cold (DNF) Hosted by Kim Jackways writersideoflife.com
9th A fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation. Hosted by Brandy Potter brandypotterbooks.com
10th Best book(s) you read this year. Hosted by Jackie Nolan thebookwormcafeblog.wordpress.com

11th What book release(s) are you most anticipating. Hosted by Laura Morningstar lauramorningstar.com/
12th Favourite winter read. Hosted by Kim Jackways writersideoflife.com
13th A book that would make a great Christmas movie. Hosted by Erica Robyn ericarobynreads.com
14th A fictional character that you think would make a great Christmas elf. Hosted by Brandy Potter brandypotterbooks.com
15th Fictional characters you’d like to invite to your New Years Eve Party. Hosted by Laura Morningstar lauramorningstar.com/

 

Black Swan Affair: When life gives you lemons….

Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig - Book Review by Lovely Audiobooks

Review: Black Swan Affair

by K.L. Kreig
narrated by Ava Erickson and Tad Branson

Pick it up on Amazon**
“And he destroyed me the day he married my sister instead of me. So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f–king family.”

When I read the summary to Black Swan Affair I chuckled and rolled my eyes, haughty as I can be. It sounded like such a clusterfuck of drama.But it so happened that I found myself in a mood for something angsty and I went ahead and downloaded this audiobook. And let me tell you, I rolled my eyes no longer!

Angsty Romance is an art and so far I have only seen it done well in New Adult. Because it’s difficult to find a valid reason for angsty adults. They shouldn’t look immature or silly, but angst usually makes them seem just like that.

Black Swan Affair is a class of its own. The angst is thick, yet every bit of it works. And very little of it is down to someone just making stupid decisions and being immature.

After a few minutes I already noticed with surprise that Mavs is a truly likable heroine and not at all what I expected after reading the blurb. Ava Erickson’s wonderful voice helps a lot to make your heart break instantly for this woman whose heart is shattered and who got so thoroughly screwed over. She sounds so vulnerable.

The events from the blurb happen in the first 15 minutes of the audiobook and the story continues with a lot of flashbacks, unraveling the entire mess. These flashbacks are a bit of an issue in audiobook format. You can’t miss the date at the start of the chapter or you might have to go back. But the two wonderful narrators make this an absolutely fantastic pick as audiobook.

I simply love Ava Erickson’s voice. She does great intonations, has a great set of voices and is an absolute pleasure to listen to. The same goes for Tad Branson. Both of them manage to transport the emotions in this book in a way that made my heart hurt for these people. The woman who lost the love of her life to her sister and doesn’t even know why. And the man who knows that the love of his life wants someone else.

The story itself hurts so much. But after all the pain, the ending is all the much sweeter. And I was so happy for the way this turned out.

This book is an absolute must for any Romance reader!

 

Publisher’s summary
I’ve loved him as long as I can remember. The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop. Killian Shepard. Shep. We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life. He’d be back. He was always meant to be mine.

He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me the day he married my sister instead of me. So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f–king family.

 

Oooh-Factor:

5 out of 5 stars
It was so hot. So emotional. So gritty.

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook = Book
You know audiobooks usually win in my book (haha, see what I did there?). This was a tough decision because the narrators are absolutely fantastic and transport so much emotions. But since it can be hard to follow the timeline, I believe the book is a good choice, too.

 

Pick it up here:

Add Black Swan Affair** to your library now. The audiobook is in the Audible Romance package** and the ebook is free in Kindle Unlimited**.