Sunday, December 22, 2013

Spellbound will be closing down.

Hi All,

As you may have noticed, there have been no new posts for quite a while.  I've had one of my wrists operated on at the end of October.  Due to the surgery and other issues that have popped up, I've decided to close down Spellbound by Books for a while.

I have enjoyed running this blog over the last few years but have to admit that it has lost a little of its magic in the last couple of months.  I'm not sure how I can fix this so have decided to close it down.  I am hoping that this is only temporary and will continue to pay for the name for the time being.

I will continue reading, and checking up on all the other cool blogs but at this stage think that time away from Spellbound is the best thing for me.

I apologize to everyone who has been waiting for Spellbound to be up and running again but can't guarantee if this will happen anytime soon.

Feel free to check in from time to time.  I'm still yet to decide whether I want to take the extra step and close down Spellbound permanently.  I've met some amazing Authors and Publishers through Spellbound, as well as other very awesome bloggers!  I hope I can stay in contact with everyone still.

Take care all and have a safe Merry Chrismas


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Guest Post: Dreamcast for Spellbound Series by Shelly Soule

“Author Sherry Soule’s DREAM CAST”

Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance and suspenseful thrills. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from the charming bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, she is doing this awesome book tour to share the update with fellow booklovers.
So without further ado here are Sherry’s top actor picks...

My kickbutt heroine, Shiloh Ravenwolf is a tough one. For me it is between these lovely and brilliant actresses: Chloe Bridges and Rachel Bilson and Malese Jow. (I couldn’t find many Native American actresses in my Google search that would fit my description of Shiloh, who is half-French and half-Sioux.) 

Quirky, SHILOH (who never leaves the house without her fav hot pink Doc Martens) has a habit of engaging her brain before her mouth. She has seen shadows for as long as she can remember, and they always turn up when something bad is about to happen. Shiloh was born with an unusual mix of Native American Sioux and French Wiccan ancestry. When Shiloh meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, she realizes he might be next on the supernatural hit list. Shiloh decides it’s her duty to find out what is causing the mystical disappearances in Whispering Pines before the evil claims another innocent life. Yet even as a witch-in-training, is Shiloh worthy to combat the forces of darkness? Or is she just another teen destined to befall the town curse?

For the part of the arrogant, playboy, Trent Donovan, I think these dynamic actors would be great: Christopher Chace Crawford or Alex Pettyfer:
After seventeen years, TRENT and his father return to Whispering Pines and are instantly under speculation. Especially when construction on their mansion awakens an ancient evil, and the vanishing of a local teen has everyone murmuring about an old witch’s curse. When Trent meets Shiloh—sparks fly. Shiloh and Trent have an almost instant connection. As their friendship changes from mutual lust to real affection, they achieve an emotional closeness rarely found. He finds Shiloh’s willful determination a challenge, but he still has a hard time expressing his feelings.  Will Trent be able to survive the Whispering Pine curse in time to tell Shiloh how he feels?  

For Shiloh’s mother, Jillian Ravenwolf –Broussard, I like this amazing actress: Kelly Lee Carlson (she would be so freakin’ perfect).
Shiloh’s mother, JILLIAN BROUSSARD is an incredibly beautiful yet cryptic woman. She has never really been the “motherly” type. When she starts dabbling in Dark Magicks, she slips further away from her family. Jillian has been embracing darkness, and straying from the path of Wicca. Will the cost of her driving ambition come at a deadly price? 

For Jackson Ravenwolf (Shiloh’s father) this wonderful actor might be great: Oded Fehr.
JACKSON RAVENWOLF is Shiloh’s father, and he only wants peace within his troubled family. He is a kind-hearted man who tends to be swept up in Shiloh’s drama. He does not believe in the supernatural. Not in ghosts or hauntings or mysterious happenings as well as psychic abilities. He thinks the rumors about witches are ridiculous. Still he’s worried that Shiloh will discover his secret. Will he finally find the courage to tell Shiloh the truth about her heritage?

For Shiloh’s sassy best friend, Ariana Parsons, this remarkable actress would be great: Tiffany Thornton.
Smart and feisty, ARIANA PRESTON is Shiloh’s best friend. Her outgoing nature, along with her snarky and blunt personality are Ariana’s most endearing qualities. Upon learning that Shiloh is actually a powerful thirteenth witch, she dedicates herself to aiding her friend in the battle against evil. But after playing around with the occult, Ariana develops a taste for the dark arts. Will her interest in the Craft only cause more havoc and mayhem in a town that is already cursed by dark magick?

For Anthony Evans, Shiloh’s mentor and friend, I like these gifted actors best: Josh Lucas or Patrick Wilson.
ANTHONY EVANS is a Victorian restoration specialist and part-time paranormal investigator that grew up in Castro Valley, California, and gifted with Sight. After the death of his wife, he moves in with his brother-in-law, Maxwell Donovan and his nephew, Trent to help cleanse their haunted house. After hiring Shiloh as an assistant, he decides that it’s his duty to educate Shiloh in all things supernatural. But will teaching her magick be enough to stop the evil from killing the other teenagers in town? 


For Shiloh’s brave and loving aunt Lauren, I like these outstanding actresses, Gwyneth Paltrow or Charilze Theron:
LAUREN BROUSSARD wants to help Shiloh deal with her newfound powers. Although, continuous, heated disagreements with her sister, Jillian about Shiloh’s upbringing resulted in her being estranged from the family. But what can Lauren say when Shiloh starts asking questions about the Broussard family’s dark past?

Only one actor comes to mind that could portray the dashing and ruthless, Maxwell Donavon – Australian actor and former fashion model, Julian Dana William McMahon:
Millionaire, yuppie, MAXWELL DONOVAN finally appears in MOONLIGHT MAYHEM. He shares his son Trent’s intensity, articulacy, and conviction. Maxwell was married to Claire and stole not only her heart, but her sanity as well. Rumors abound after he is accused of murdering his wife. Is he really a heartless killer or is there more to this enigmatic man? 

For the bratty Trendies, Ashley and Kayla, I like these young, talented actresses: Victoria Justice for Ashley and Amanda Bynes for Kayla:
ASHLEY WITHERIDGE is the mayor’s daughter. She is the Queen Bee at Whispering Pines High. Always calm and poised, and perfectly coiffed. She is Shiloh’s best frenemy. Ashley is very loyal to her friends while still being independent. When an unstoppable beast invades the town, will Ashley put aside her differences to join forces with Shiloh?

KAYLA BISHOP is Ashley’s best friend and captain of the cheerleading squad. At times, she can be spontaneous or cautious—whatever the situation calls for. She’s tougher than she looks, but can a bit of an airhead. Will Kayla surprise herself with her own insightful contributions to the fight against evil?

For the Ramírez family, I like these three talented actors: Michael Trevino as Daniel, Famke Janssen as Regina, and Demián Bichir as Javier.

 Okay, so there you have it, Sherry’s fav actor picks. If you’ve read Beautifully Broken or Moonlight Mayhem, what actors would you pick for the leading roles?
Hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably mine. J
Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
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Twitter @WriterSherry:
Book Trailer/YouTube:

Thank you so much for visiting with me today. It’s been an honor to share my actor picks with all of you. If you haven’t seized your copy of MOONLIGHT MAYHEM yet, please do so. More thrilling adventures await you!

Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.
Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.
But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
ISBN: 978-0976180425
Amazon Paperback:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Guest Post: Black Widow Cover Reveal by Marlene Sanchez



Cover Photo © Kim Pace Photography
Cover Model: Coleen Breslin
Reyna Montoya, a.k.a. Black Widow, is a top assassin. She’s good at what she does and gets the job done with precision. However, the recurring nightmare of seeing her parents murdered when she was sixteen in Cuba is a constant reminder of her ultimate plan… to find the killer and avenge her parents.
Nicolas Vargas fled Cuba with her after the murder, vowing to take care of her and help keep her safe. He is a self-taught computer genius and chemist and her best friend. After more than fifteen years of working closely together, the unrequited sexual tension between them is getting harder and harder to ignore. Would it ruin their friendship or make their bond stronger? However, Reyna is torn. Viper, Black Widow’s handler, is hot as hell and the sparks between them could burn them both.
As Reyna gets closer to her parents’ killer the distraction of two men is dangerous, and the true identity of the murderer could destroy them all.


Marlene Sanchez was born in New York and raised in Miami. Her family and friends are an important part of her life, a constant inspiration, and keep her motivated to succeed in pursuing her dream. She has had a passion for writing since her ninth grade English teacher put it all into perspective for her. “Write how you speak and write what you know.” She credits her teacher every chance she gets for giving her a love of writing!
Marlene writes mystery/suspense with a sprinkle of romance. Her love of crime and legal dramas, and of course The Godfather, has opened her eyes to the wonderful world of mystery/suspense. The action and thrill is what keeps her fingers gliding across the keyboard, as her brain explodes with ideas about the next unfortunate victim.
She is a strong, independent woman because her Cuban mother raised her right. Her main characters embrace that same attitude; strong Cuban American women that take no “caca” from anyone.
Marlene has a couple of books under her belt, with several in the works to release in 2014. She hopes to someday be a household name, at least in her own home if nowhere else. She just wants her sons to be proud of her, that’s reward enough… Yeah right, she wants the fame and fortune too.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Be Back Soon

Not sure whether you all have been following but I will be off for a few weeks due to a Workplace related injury: Carpal Tunnel.  I have not been keeping up with Spellbound for quite a while and am finally booked in for surgery on my right hand.

Spellbound By Books will be down for around 3 weeks with the exception of Guest Posts which the Authors have written and placed on my blog.

Sorry everyone for the inconvenience.  I hope to be back up and running soon!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

In My Mailbox (148)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:



Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking by Jill K. Berry
Journal Fodder 365: by Eric M. Scott 

The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers
Print and Lab by Traci Bunkers

I apologize to everyone who has been following my blog about the sparse posts.  There will be some guest posts coming up soon.  At the moment, my posts won't be so frequent as I have Carpal Tunnel in both hands which is affecting my work and any hand related stuff I do at home.  I hope to get this sorted pretty soon as I will see my Surgeon about possible treatments.  Please bear with me as I hope to be back on board by Christmas!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Disharmony: Immortal Combat by Leah Giarratano

Title:  Disharmony: Immortal Combat
Author:  Leah Giarratano
Genre:  Young Adult/ Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin Australia
Publication Date:  21st August 2013
ISBN:  9780143565703
Stand Alone/Series:  Disharmony #3
Pages:  384 pages
First Lines:  No matter how desperately she dug her heels into the sun-baked clay of the Voodoo Queen's backyard, Betsy Washington closer.

A war that will end the world or save it . . .
The prophesied war is raging. Luke's destiny is unstoppable, Sam's losses and powers are unravelling her mind, and Jake's family secrets put the whole world in peril. And that's before the darkest warlock of all time makes his first move on the chessboard. A move he's planned for centuries . . . 

My Thoughts:
Immortal Combat is the last book in the Disharmony Trilogy and while I looked forward to seeing how Leah tied up the end of this series I was kind of disappointed by the ending.

I liked how she has progressed Luke, Jake and Sam's powers up to what they are and I was looking at Immortal Combat being the ultimate awesome finish but I guess it lacked the POW! that a final book should have at the final crucial moment.  It just didn't capture me.

We find out more of what each character can do in this book and seen what happens when powers emerge when each main character is not quite ready for it.  We are also introduced to the final players in the game that we have only heard snippets of in the previous two books.

I couldn't help but cheer Luke on in this novel.  He always seems to be the underdog and being the "Psychopath" doesn't always give him a good Rep!  I also loved the interactions between Luke and his sister Arabella who was a failed psychopath.  They stood out against the rest of the group but somehow I kept thinking Arabella might have played the psychopath better than Luke but I favoured him ultimately.

I would like to see more of Leah Giarratano's work as she has got some really awesome writing I just

Book received from:  Penguin Australia

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Savannah Coven Series Blog Tour Stop

October, Baby!

Three things make October my favorite: 
1) My birthday 2) The arrival of crisp cool weather 3) (and this is the biggie) Halloween!

Book 7 of the
Savannah Coven Series

Now, I’ve heard it said that people who love the feeling of being scared are just “wired differently.” Well, that’s okay with me, because I love it! There’s nothing like holding your breath and waiting to see what’s behind that creaky door. Or what’s in the bushes, circling you as it growls your death.

And don’t get me started on the candy. I have to have my husband hide the bag and ration out a few pieces a day! (I’m not kidding.)

My home turns into a scarier place than most haunted houses, and with three cats running around, the creepy scene is my version of Better Homes & Gardens.

I’m sure my love of the spooky side and all things supernatural are why I write paranormal. Losing myself in the story is almost like watching a good horror movie.

That’s probably why I went a little darker with the seventh book of the Savannah coven series, “Suffering Of a Witch.” I think the story is a fitting release for October!

But until then, what’s your favorite thing this autumn month? And if you love scary movies like I do, please comment and make a recommendation!

Prize Time!!
One commenter will be chosen at random and will receive a prize package containing two signed books.  One book will be from another romance author who signed at this year's RWA conference and one from me.  Each package will also contain swag from various authors!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (144)

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

I can't wait to get my hands on Sick by Tom Leveen which will be out the 1st of October 2013! Which happens to be today! Buy Sick on Book Depository )

Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak. 

 Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving. 

 The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

What are you waiting on?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

In My Mailbox (147)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:



More Than This by Patrick Ness

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

What did you get in your IMM?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Guest Post: Why I decided to Give My Books Away for Free by Sherry Soule

September is such a lovely month. It is part Indian summer and heralds the coming of fall, which is one of my favorite seasons. I love how the brisk air brushes my skin with the unmistakable nip of autumn. I love how the world outside is dripping in golden colors, the trees ablaze with shades of red and gold, and crisp orange leaves carpet the ground. It is also my birthday month. And to celebrate my b-day with all of you, I’d like to giveaway a present to my loyal fans. That’s right—I’m giving away gifts!
To promote BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN and SHATTERED SILENCE (with more romantic escapades and additional bonus material!) and to give fans of the Spellbound series a chance to read the newly revised versions without having to buy a new copy, I have decided to offer it as a free download from Amazon for a limited time.
Since I have the most awesome readers on the planet, I will offer the first two Spellbound novels—now in one volume, “Spellbound Volume 1: Special Edition” from Amazon FREE between September 24th through the 26th for 3 days only.
I will post reminders about this and my other book promos on my Facebook page and my Twitter: @WriterSherry so be sure that you follow me at both of these social media sites, and don’t forget to check out the Official Spellbound Site.
Please mark your calendars and download your copy of “Spellbound, Volume 1” this month and you’ll get to read the newly revised edition(s) free. 
No Kindle? No problem!
You can download a Free Kindle Reading App, for your computer or mobile device. This means if you have a smart phone, an Android Tablet, or an iPad – just grab the Kindle App – and read for free!
And guess what? I will be doing another giveaway soon from my blog, so do not despair! 
Happy reading! 
P.S. Please help me to promote this awesome eBook promo by posting it on your FB page, your blog, or by sending out a tweet with a link back to this post. ;-D

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick

Title:  Monsters
Author:  Ilsa J. Bick
Genre:  Young Adult / Dystopian / Science Fiction
Publisher:  Egmont USA
Publication Date:  10th September 2013
ISBN:  9781606841778
Stand alone or series: Ashes Trilogy #3
Pages:  688 pages
First Lines:  Alex had fallen like this only once in her life.  That happened when she was nine and took a wild leap from Blackrocks Cliff off Presque Isle into the deep sapphire-blue of Lake Superior.

Possible Spoilers if you haven't read Ashes and Shadows!

Synopsis:The Changed are on the move.
The Spared are out of time.
The now.
When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse--until the doctors found the monster in her head.
She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.
Now, with no hope of rescue--on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit--she discovers a new and horrifying truth.
The Change isn't over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And...they've had help.
 With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.
A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise.

My Thoughts:
This is by far the longest book in the Trilogy and I'm grateful for it.  It also took the longest to read but being the last book in the Trilogy I really wanted to savour the world and its characters before it was all over too soon.

I have to also point out that there is a list of Characters at the end of the book that will help freshen the memory of what's happened so far.  I thought it be a good idea to tell you it all now so that if you are like me, and take a little bit to remember what happened in the last book.  This is a big help.

The first thing I noticed with Monsters was that it wasn't as goretastic as the other two books.  Don't get me wrong, there's violence but not to the extremes(or shock value) of the first two books.  There's more backstory  for the characters than I had noticed in the first two, and this is good because it fleshes (excuse the pun) the characters out more and I guess there was a little more empathizing with the less likable characters.

I both liked and hated that there were so many viewpoints.  Alex, Ellie, Tom, Greg, Peter, Chris. You see my point.  Right when I was getting into one viewpoint Ilsa flips over to another character.  I know this is to be expected to keep you reading... and by god did I do some reading to get back to finding out about that particular character.  But then I'd be pulled into another character .. the cycle goes on.

I couldn't help but wondering all throughout the book.. when are Ellie, Alex and Tom getting back together. And, I have to say that this time reading about Ellie, I didn't want to reach in a throttle her as much as I wanted to in the first book.  She's grown up since we've last heard from her and thank god for that.  It was actually nice to see a more mature POV from her.

Tom on the other hand seemed to be slowly falling apart at one point.  His time away from Alex really plays on his mind and in doing so, starts to form cracks in his sanity.

Wolf was a curious character I'm not sure whether I really liked or whether I was turned off from such a descriptive telling of smell lol.  He shows more so than ever the protectiveness  towards Alex but it all came back to me as Why!  Why has he changed.  And that I guess is where my answer was.  Evolving.  While I wish some other characters did a little more evolving, my shock at which characters had changed had me thinking.. HOW is this going to end.  Because right now.. she aint gonna be pretty!

While I wouldn't say this is the most ideal ending I wanted to happen, I think I'm pretty happy with how it did turn out.  I'm not sure if bittersweet is the right word I'm thinking of, but it's quite close to it.

Book Received from:  Netgalley (Requested)

Monday, September 9, 2013

In My Mailbox (146)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:



So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
The Last Thirteen by James Phelan


Every Breath by Ellie Marney
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

And just to let you all know.  The commenting system is finally back to working.

It has taken me two days to get this post up so please excuse the lateness.  Due to the probs with my wrists some posts may be a little late but I am still posting so bear with me.  And please feel free to leave a comment now that the commenting system is finally back up and running

What's in your IMM?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Intense Debate Commenting System GONE!

I've finally given Intense Debate the Flick!

I've had nothing but trouble with this program since I've installed it.  The last straw was with the commenting on Giveaway Time!

I apologise for those who have left comments.  I am in the process of getting blogger comments working again so please bear with me.

If anyone else has had problems getting the standard commenting back up and running, please send me a line on how you did it. (


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Giveaway Time!

Giveaway Time!

It's been quite a while since I've done a giveaway and I thought it would be nice to surprise you all !
Ends 30th September 2013
Open to all!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

In My Mailbox (145)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
Lorien Legacies #4
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Parasite by Mira Grant

What did you get in your IMM?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (143)

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for!

I'm loving Ilsa J. Bick's writing and I can't wait to get a hold of White Space the first book in the Dark Passages series which will be out 11th February 2014.  Pre-order White Space at Book Depository!


Ilsa Bick’s WHITE SPACE, pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe, to Greg Ferguson at Egmont, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).

What are you waiting on?

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Coldest Girl in ColdTown by Holly Black Book Trailer

Just had to share this with you all.  I can't wait to get my hands on this book!  It looks awesome.  Enjoy the Trailer for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

In My Mailbox (145)

In My Mailbox is a weekly post created by The Story Siren.

For Review:



Draw the Dark by Isla J. Bick

What did you get in your IMM?


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