Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tour! A Review of Starlet's Web by Carla J. Hanna

Starlet's Web (The Starlet #1) by Carla J. Hanna
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Self

Love. Lies. Acting. A novel about celebrity influence & teens in Hollywood. What makes a star shine? Humility empowers the spirit. Sometimes.

Discover the Starlet Series for new adult & college readers and uncover the life of a talented actress caught in Hollywood's web of lies.

I'm actress Liana Marie Michael. I won an Oscar at 17 but whatever. Celebrity is what it is: marketing a product. I'm part of a tight-knit group. I keep to myself and don't complain about my life. I've been happy until lately.

Evan dumping me leveled me. Matthew shocked me. I knew he couldn't hurt me with my bodyguard so near, but his I have trust issues. Dating super-hot Byron didn't help clear the confusion either. I'm torn between going to church on Sunday and making a living from pop culture.

But experience builds perspective. My days of shutting up needed to end. First, I told Manuel. Then I told my mom. It turned out awesome until I learned the truth.

Now I'm screwed. Totally. Let's face it: Hollywood's web entangles everyone.

Starlet's Web is the first book in the Starlet series by Carla J. Hanna. Liana is  child star who's now almost eighteen and reaching super stardom. I never felt connected to her character. She was very flighty and inconsistent. Maybe that was on purpose to show the confusion of growing up in Hollywood, but it made her hard to relate to. There wasn't a single friend/boyfriend of hers that I trust or was rooting for. I feel like they all have ulterior motives. I'm not sure there's anyone in her life that I liked, family included. It seems to be a lonely existence. The overall story was entertaining. It broke off at times to describe things in detail that I didn't need descriptions of. SAG, for example. I know what it is. If I didn't, I could Google it. I would like to know what happens next, but I'm afraid it's going to be a sad ending when the series is all said and done, so that makes me leery. Starlet's Web is a coming of age story... Hollywood style.

Starlet's Web by Carla J. Hanna was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Carla J. Hanna lived in Santa Monica, CA where her children played with the children of celebrities. She mingled with plenty of nannies and a few good celebrity moms. Her award winning books, The Starlet Series, include Starlet's Man, Starlet's Web, Starlet's Run, & Starlet's Light. Starlet's End is scheduled to release September 2015, subject to change from publisher interest.

To learn more about Carla J. Hanna and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Meet Me in the Dark Blitz!

Meet Me In The Dark (A Dark Suspense) by J.A. Huss
Genre: Adult ( Contemporary Romance, Suspense)
Date Published: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Self

He’s empty, inhuman, dishonest, and cruel.
She’s never wanted anyone more.

Sydney has lived in fear for eight years after freelance assassin, Merc, failed to rescue her from a cult-like militia group. Left in the hands of a sadistic man, she did whatever it took to survive. But Merc’s last words gave her hope. Hope he’d be back to finish the job.

Merc knows just what to do with a fearful girl like Sydney after he was betrayed by her father that night. He wields sex, drugs, lies, and love like weapons—and Sydney is his target.

He’s in control. He’s always in control. But Sydney Channing is not what she appears. And Merc’s only redeeming act, the very one that made Sydney’s life a living hell, might just be his worst mistake yet.

WARNING: Meet Me In The Dark is non-traditional DARK CAPTIVE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. It is not intended for sensitive readers.

I think this is it for me.
“What?” Case is next to me. I’m in bed with him. I can feel his bare chest up against my feverish back. His arms tighten around me as he repositions. I want to open my eyes and see if we’re in the crow’s nest room or some other room, but I can’t quite do that yet.


I hope we’re in the crow’s nest. And it’s daylight still, so maybe I only lost a few hours? I really like it up here. It feels good to be tall, looking down on things, instead of small, always looking up. It feels like a watchtower. A place where you can see the bad shit coming from a distance and prepare.

“Syd,” he says, a little softer now. “I didn’t want to drug you again, but you were hysterical. It was the only way I could calm you down. I won’t do it again, but I need you to help me out here.

OK? Can you do that?”

Help him out. I bet. I tuck my head into the soft pillow and will myself not to cry. “Just be someone else, you say?” I croak out the words. My mouth feels like it’s filled with cotton. How many times have I been drugged since he’s had me? “But all I’ve ever done is be someone else. I don’t even live in the real world anymore. I can’t imagine any more versions of myself, Case. I have tried so many times. I have lived in my head for days on end. I have refused to see the truth in hopes those memories would just fade away. I have been the good girl, the bad girl, the defiant girl, the sexy girl, the compliant girl. And it gets me nowhere.”

I turn my body so I can see his face when I open my eyes. We are in the crow’s nest, and that just makes me sad. Because no matter how nice this place is, he’s still the guy who left me to die.

And I don’t know what he’s doing right now. Or why he’s being nice. Or why I’m even still alive.

But I know none of that is because he sees me. He doesn’t see me. He says I need to change into someone else. And that’s all they’ve ever told me. Change into someone else. Split me in half, that’s what they’ve done. But maybe it’s not just half. Maybe I’ve been quartered, like an elk when we hunt it down and kill it and then have to carry it back to camp in pieces.

“I am not the rabbit.”

Check out my reviews of the books in the Rook and Ronin series by this author!

Check out my reviews of two of the spin-off books in the Rook and Ronin series!

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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To learn more about J.A. Huss and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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