Thursday, October 31, 2013

RELEASE DAY EVENT! Eighth Note (Fire Ballad #1) by Kimberly Stedronsky

Eighth Note Release Day Event Banner

release day eventEighthNoteKimberlyStedronskyBookCover

Book: Eighth Note (Fire Ballad One)
Author: Kimberly Stedronsky
Genre: Paranormal Horror Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2013
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions


Eva Reed saved the world.

Actually, she saved two worlds, but who’s counting?

Finding herself in the middle of present day suburbia, married and a mom at only twenty years old, she’s beyond bored. Even with her popular music blog and her handsome husband Will catering to her every impulse, she longs to use the incredible powers that she possesses.

But Earth is no place for magic.

When Cole Mathison arrives, asking for Eva’s help in solving the death of a famous pop star, she cannot resist the overwhelming pull to use her abilities again.
Eva finds that there is more to the sinister murder than what the evidence shows.

People who listencontinue to die, and she must rely on her immortality to protect her from a frequency that is shattering minds and stopping hearts.

There are forces at work that she could never have imagined...

And evil will be heard.

Meet the Author

Kimberly Stedronsky is an Ohio author who prefers an epic love story. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she uses as an excuse to be as immature as possible on a daily basis.

She is married to a stand-up comedian Marine veteran, and their three children are appropriately sarcastic.


“I’ve spent the last thirty years proving to myself that I wasn’t crazy. I’ve… helped… people with paranormal activity.”

“You’re a ghost hunter?” I snorted, listening to the monitor crackle and Perry cry out softly. Will gave a deep, amused sigh, gesturing to the house.

“I am going to bed. Ten minutes, Eva.”

I automatically scowled at his order. “I’ll be up in a little while,” I countered, using all of my self control not to tell him off for treating me like a kid.

“Yes, love.” He bent to me, practically lifting me off the ground to catch me off guard with a possessive kiss. I could only hold on to his shoulders as his mouth moved over mine, and it took me five witless seconds to realize that the display was completely for Cole.

Men, marking their territory. Please.

“I won’t keep her long,” Cole promised, and Will responded with a quick nod before heading for the house. “All happily ever after here, I take it?”

I turned to him, tucking my hands under the sleeves of my hoodie. “Obviously. Now tell me what’s going on.”

He scratched his chin. “No, I’m not a ghost hunter. I just… lend a hand. When crazy, unexplainable shit happens.”

“I hate to tell you this, but people die. Every day. I’m sure the toxicology reports will come back with some fun party results.”

He stared at me, contemplating. I returned his look, waiting impatiently. Finally, he pulled his phone out of his pocket, handing it over to me.

“The security cameras caught her death. There’s no sound. Eva honey, are you sure you can handle this?”

I accepted his iPhone, shrugging. “Um, I set my father-in-law on fire from the inside out. I think I can handle watching someone die.”

His palm covered my hand, and his fingertip swept the screen open. His nails weren’t nearly as manicured as Will’s, and his calloused skin felt rough on mine. “No sound,” he repeated, and I nodded, trying not to appear as confused as I felt.

The street lamp flickered over our heads, and I waved my hand to turn the bulb completely off, leaving us in darkness.

The video began with an aerial view of Nina, black and white, in the studio. I could hear that the sound had been wiped from the video, and the continuous, looping whisper kept time with my heartbeat as my pulse began to pound in my ears.

Nina was tall and blonde, with adorable dimples that kept her looking years younger than her actual age. She had two fingers over her earpiece as she sang, and I watched her drag the back of her other hand over her brow in mid-verse.

She stopped singing, and the rushing sound intensified.

She was coughing; I watched her reach for something, and then tip her head back and take a long drink from a bottle of water.

Cole’s hand slid around my waist, and I almost screamed. I’d been so involved in the video, waiting, holding my breath, I’d almost forgotten he was next to me.

“Eva.” He warned. I ignored him, narrowing my eyes and focusing on the iPhone screen.

Nina stilled suddenly, and the water bottle slipped from her hand.

Long seconds passed as she stood there, frozen, still, and I started to lift my finger to touch the screen, checking to see if the video paused.

Her head jerked down violently, chin to chest. All of her hair surrounded her face.

When her head snapped upward to meet the camera face-on, my hand clamped over Cole’s arm.

Her mouth was a wide, dark O, no teeth, no sound… no pupils. Blackness seeped from the corners of her eyes, and she began to bend backward, further, further still, until her entire body was folded- backwards- at the waist.

Text copyright © 2013 Kimberly Stedronsky

Social Links



Buy the Book



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Enthusiast Promotions

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fear Filled Reads

It is that time of year, Happy Halloween.

This is the time of year that I tend to read more horror, thrillers and scary stories.  What are some of your favorite scary books?  Here are some of mine...

Griffin Hayes has managed to suck me in to his twisted, delightful world.  He has easily become one of my favorite authors, and I love turning to him any time of the year, but especially this time of year.  Malice is by far one of my favorite Griffin Hayes books, and I highly recommend them and encourage you to check him out.

My review of Malice is here.

Stephen King is the spinner of many tales that craft the twisted landscape of my nightmares. The Shining is by far one of those books that gets under your skin, at least it gets under mine and I love books like that, I really, really do.  If I had some extra money, or if it was readily available at my library I would be reading Doctor Sleep, the second book in the Shining Series this Halloween.  It is one that I will definitely be adding to my collection because I'm by far a huge fan of Stephen King.

This book by Todd Russell absolutely is not a book to read in the dark.  It will definitely get under your skin and make you fear things in the dark.  I only read this in daylight hours because it got under my skin that much, and I loved each and every moment of this book.  It was fantastic! I highly recommend it, and it is still free on Smashwords if I remember correctly!

My review of Fresh Flesh can be found here.

There are several other books that I won't read in the dark, and I love them dearly.  I tend to read to them especially around this time of year, among other times when I want the spine tingling thrill that they bring.

Review: One Night with You by Toni Dare

Title: One Night with You
Author: Toni Dare
Format: E-book (Kindle)
Date Read: August 7, 2013
Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes

Summary: Cass Jones is a plus-sized fashion designer. By accident or fate she meets heart-throb Andreas Katsakis and after one night she flees in Cinderella-esque fashion, leaving behind a signature piece of her clothing line.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

In this steamy Cinderella-esque story that starts with a hotel room mix-up, an expensive suite is double booked, and originally it had been booked to millionaire Andreas Katsakis and then booked for Cass Jones for the night after she pitched her plus-sized clothing line.

The mistake was discovered when Andreas arrives and after a shower climbs into bed only to find it occupied by Miss Jones. After a steamy sexual encounter Cass flees, leaving behind a signature nightgown from her collection, and leaving many questions unanswered for Andreas.

This book easily captured my attention and sucked me into the story. Toni Dare has a flare for the erotic, and her writing style is one that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.

The only complaint I have with this story is some of the time jumps are jarring and tend to pull me briefly from the story. It isn't horrible but it is noticeable. Also, it is short! I want more of the steaminess between Cass and Andreas! They are a fantastic couple and I do hope that Toni revisits them again!  

Book of the Month: October

Book of the Month is a new series here at Confessions of a Bibliophile, and I will be sharing with you my favorite book that I'd read this month, or the favorite new release that I am lusting after and desperately want on my bookshelf. 

For the Month of October, the book is Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.  This book is perfect for any del Toro fan.  With original notes, original journal entries, notes in Spanish and English, and even includes notes from a variety of his films.  

The film notes included in this book are: 

  • Cronos
  • At the Mountains of Maddness (not yet made)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mephisto's Bridge
  • Mimic
  • The Devil's Backbone
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Blade 2
  • Hellboy
  • Hellboy 2
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Pacific Rim
I have seen most of these, and I loved this year's The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror XXIV, which the opening was done by Guillermo del Toro, and I managed to catch each and every one of the horror movie/show references in the opening.  The Pan's Labyrinth references were some of my favorites. 

This book releases October 29th and is available through for $36.  It is also available on B& for $36.72.  Both sites are offering the book for free shipping, Amazon via their Prime membership, and B&N because the order is over $25, and will be free if it ships in the US. 

Bibliophile's Wish List: 10.27.13

Lots of stuff is coming out this week! Gotta see how many will make it on to my bookshelf, physical or otherwise.

A Very Klingon Khristmas is the perfect book for any Trekkie this year! This Norman Rockwell-inspired picture book, which releases Tuesday, Oct 29th.  It recounts, in rhyming verse the the treasured children's story of the birth of revered warrior Kahless and celebrates the rich Klingon Christmas traditions originating on Qo'noS and spreading across the Star Trek universe.

Nefertiti in the Flak Tower is a book of poetry by Clive James.  I have not had the privilege of reading some of his poetry.  However, just reading about this book has me curious about his writing and I will definitely have to delve into his writing.  There are, in this book, moving elegies, a meditation on the later Yeats, a Hollywood Iliad, odes to rare orchids, wartime typewriters and sharks – as well as a poem on the fate of Queen Nefertiti in Nazi Germany.  Curious yet?

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst is something that will eventually grace my bookshelves, because I adore the things that J.J. Abrams has put out - from the new Star Trek movies to series like Lost and Alias.   Here is the blurb from Goodreads on this one.

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.
A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.
The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.
The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.
The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

The Shadowhunter's Codex is a supplemental to the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. This is an illustrated guide to all things Shadowhunter.  This is the manual given to the Shadowhunters, allows them to brush up on the demon languages, use proper stele use, and discover just what a pyxis is.

<a href="" title="Dead Set by orchid_rose_18, on Flickr"><img src="" width="316" height="475" alt="Dead Set"></a>

Dead Set by Richard Kadrey, is a young adult urban fantasy/paranormal that is heartwarming and will no doubt keep you enraptured until the very end.

After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials. Fortunately, she has an escape: her dreams. A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe's dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion — her lost brother Valentine.
Yet something is very wrong. An unfamliar — and univited — presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery. A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. Now, the shop’s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then...
How far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs? And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back?

Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions by Guillermo del Toro.  I LOVE Guillermo del Toro and cannot wait to add this book to my bookshelves.  Seriously! This book is a visual treasure trove for any del Toro fan.  With pages from his actual journals, notes on Hellboy, Chronos, Pan's Labyrinth and even 2013's Pacific Rim.   All in all, this will be a fantastic inclusion into any fan's bookshelf.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bibliophile Round Up: September 2013

Here you will find a collective of books that I've read, reviews that I've written and featured posts that have been done during the month of September.  This will now be done at the end of every month :D

Books Read

  1. Jaded (Rock Star #1) by Mercy Amare
  2. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  3. The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
  4. Dragonborn by Jade Lee
  5. Broken to Pieces by Avery Stark
  6. The Dracula Dossier: A Novel of Suspense by James Reese
  7. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
  8. Trials by M.J. Moore
  9. Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box by Brad Meltzer
  10. Pantomime (Pantomime #1) by Laura Lam
  11. Goddess of the Night (Daughters of the Moon #1) by Lynne Ewing
  12. Hiding from the Reaper and Other Horror Poems by Michael Potts


  1. Episode 12: New Acquisitions Part 2

Bibliophile's Wish List