New Release: Sadie Hawkins by Juli Valenti

One of my favorite authors has a new book out. It’s different from what I normally read, but I’m still excited to read it. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but be on the lookout for my review soon!


Sadie Hawkins

By: Juli Valenti
Genres: romantic suspense
Pages: 190
Published on: August 3, 2018
New Release: Sadie Hawkins by Juli Valenti

My story isn’t a fairy tale.

It isn’t filled with princes and castles and happily ever afters.

My story is real — the truth as I know it. It’s fueled by drugs and debauchery and bad decisions. In my world, there are no happy endings, only darkness and rabbit holes.

My name is Sadie Hawkins... will you come dance with me?


Also by this author: Poet


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About Juli Valenti

Juli Valenti grew up in a small town in Arkansas, known for Wal-mart, which is no longer small but is still known for the grocery store. Lucky for her, she didn’t retain an accent, despite her overuse of ya’ll when talking. She currently resides in sunny Florida with her husband and two young boys. If her world wasn’t crazy enough, she also works a full time day job, as well as owns her own editing company (Juli’s Elite Editing).


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Pandemonium by J.C. Michael


By: J.C. Michael
Genres: Horror
Pages: 326
Published on: August 4, 2018
Pandemonium by J.C. Michael

As the year draws to a close, a mysterious stranger makes a proposition to club owner Warren Charlton. It’s a deal involving a brand new drug.

The good news: the drug is free. The bad news: it comes at a heavy price... promising much but delivering far more. Euphoria and ecstasy. Death and depravity.

One big night. One new pill. It all awaits those who try Pandemonium.

***Contains bonus short story 'Reasons to Kill'***

Also by this author: Collected Easter Horror Shorts, You Only Get One Shot



Pandemonium took me by complete surprise. I absolutely loved every minute of it and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. There was just so much meat to it, I couldn’t wait to see what it was building up to.


Normally, I stick to obviously paranormal based books. it’s just what I like. Occasionally I’ll read something different or out of my comfort zone, just to break things up a little bit, and that is exactly what I was doing with this book. It is not marketed as a paranormal book. I think it’s classified as a Thriller. Well, trying to classify this book into just one genre is definitely a waste of time. There is a bit of paranormal, but it’s not your typical vampire, werewolf, or witch type book.  It’s something else completely.


For much of the book, we follow several people as they prepare for the night of their lives. Starting a bit before the event, we learn about their personalities and what their backgrounds are. We are given a peek inside their everyday lives. What their home lives are like, what drugs they like, what music they prefer, that sort of thing. There was a lot of stuff that I could relate to in this book because when I was younger, in the mid and late 90’s I went to a lot of raves. You can stop laughing at me now. There were things said and referred to in this book that would have totally been said and overheard by me when I was 18 and 19 years old. It made me somewhat nostalgic, but not enough that I want to relive those days lol.


There is a big rave coming up in a castle in the middle of nowhere that has been built for the sole purpose of hosting 4 raves a year. The builder has encountered tragedy in his life and building the castle seems to have been the release of his pain. He put everything he could into it, and in all honesty, it sounded really badass.


When Warren receives a call from a mysterious stranger, he feels compelled to meet with him to see what he has to offer. This mysterious creepy old man has had a new drug developed. It is supposed to be better than ecstasy. Without the nasty come down. In exchange for a rather large sum of money, Warren will allow the dealers to distribute this new drug-free of charge to the ravers. Some things really are too good to be true.


It seems that Warren has the night planned out perfectly. Everything is going as planned until just after the clock strikes midnight and rings in the new year. What happens next is something you will have to read for yourself because I really don’t have the words for what happens that I can use to properly describe the mayhem and extent of holy crapness that goes on. There are some extremely violent scenes and activities. There is a rape scene that is quite disturbing but is fairly short.


This book gave me a serious book hangover. I still haven’t been able to start another book, and this is not a good thing for a reviewer lol. When I finished this book, the only word that came to mind was, “Whoa”.


I’m not sure exactly who I would recommend this book to. I think it could be something of a specialized audience. The main themes are techno music, drugs, raves, and violence. I definitely would not recommend it to anyone under 18 or who has issues with reading about violence.


Despite the violence and total insanity of this book, I really did love it. It kept me excited and interested and just really couldn’t wait to find out what happens. There was a pretty disgusting scene about a penis and one of those fish that swims up your pee hole that sticks out its barbs when you try to pull it out, but the author does a much better job of describing it than I do!


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About J.C. Michael

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A Kiss to Build a Dream on by Jolie St. Amant

A Kiss to Build a Dream On

By: Jolie St. Amant
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 83
Series: That Voodoo That You Do #3
Published on: July 3, 2018
A Kiss to Build a Dream on by Jolie St. Amant

Stuck in a loveless relationship, Chloe spends her days bored and lonely. She can’t help but wonder what her life would be like if she had lived in an enchanting city like New Orleans.

So when she’s offered a job at the Chateau Rouge Hotel, she doesn’t hesitate for a second before leaving her old life behind.

The magic and mystery of the town enthralls her, and soon sends her on an adventure leading her to former high school classmate, Jared Peterson.

Their connection is undeniable, a blooming romance inevitable. Chloe is finally experiencing the excitement of a life worth living…until her past catches up to her, threatening to ruin the happiness she has found.

Will Chloe lose her one chance at true love, or will the Chateau Rouge once again work its magic?

Also by this author: Dream a Little Dream of Me, Hard Hearted Hannah

A Kiss to Build a Dream On is the third book in the Voodoo That You Do series by Jolie St. Amant. So far, I’ve enjoyed each and every book. I’m really hoping there are more in the series because the characters at the Chateau Rouge are so interesting I’m constantly wanting to know more about them.


Chloe is a relatable character because many people enter into marriages when they are younger and eventually come to feel lost in the relationships. I think she is very brave for taking a new job and starting over. She is taking the time for herself that she didn’t get when she was younger.


Each book in this series follows something of a pattern, but since the characters are so intriguing, it doesn’t feel repetitive. You kind of know what to expect, but it’s the little details that surprise you in each story.


Overall, I really love this series. You could probably read them individually out of order, but if you read them in order, it gives you more of the backstories of the characters around the hotel. I also adore the covers in this series. Covers aren’t something I normally comment on, but in this case, I think it’s deserved.



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About Jolie St. Amant

Jolie St. Amant fell in love with all things New Orleans after reading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Now, a frequent visitor to the Crescent City, she can often be found getting inspiration from ghost tours, or sipping cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde. Dream a Little Dream of Me is the first in the Chateau Rouge Series.

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