Friday, April 25, 2014

Powerless (Borders War #3) by S.A. McAuley Release Day with Character Fact Files and Giveaway.

25th April

No secret that both Macky and myself are truly obsessed with this series… and the two main characters Merq and Armise. So I asked Sam if she could gives us the low down on these two enigmatic men. We are totally fan girling… check out their fact files and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win an eBook of any book from Sams Back list.


Colonel Merq Greyson

Merq Fact File

More Known Quotes:

Merq talking about Armise: Dominant Predator.

'He was danger—deadly—but even more he was unadulterated want.'

Merq: Dominant Predator

' A knife, a bullett, a rope. All items that could kill. The tools of my survival. My success.'

Merq: One Breath..

' Armise was the lightening strike in my storm. He appeared without warning—a violent burst, and brilliant flash, lighting up the night sky—then retreated in a cacophonous crash, leaving me dazed, unsteady and blinking back stars from my vision. He was unpredictable. Unstable. Deadly and hypnotic.'

Merq: One Breath..

' Armise and I, in another world and another time might have been inevitable, inseparable.'

Merq: One Breath...

' Armise could see right through my bullshit, but he was hard-wired to respond to the drive to survive.'

Merq: One Breath...

' darkness was the only part of myself I fully understood and accepted. That darkness gave me purpose. Without a purpose I was nothing.'

Merq: One Breath...

' Armise was my rival—by country, by the clashing colours we displayed on our uniforms, by history and by right. No matter how much I wanted things to be different, this was our reality. I couldn't trust him.'

Merq: One Breath...

'The man next to me was my nemesis, through all definitions of the word, and a serious breach of duty that I'd been ignoring for years now. Too many years.'

Merq: One Breath...

'I was almost as solid as Armise. But where I was unstoppable, he was immovable.'

Merq: One Breath..

'…if nothing else, I would survive to kill him. Whatever this was between Armise and me ended here. Now. But even in my haze I was aware of how irresolute that promise sounded.'

Merq talking about Armise: Dominant Predator...

' ...I needed to feel in control of one thing in my life. Just one piece, no matter how small. And nothing made me feel more powerful than controlling Armise Darcans body. Having him at my mercy.'


Armise Darcan

Armise fact File

More Known Quotes:

Armise talking to Merq. One Breath...

"Truth is truth to the end of reckoning. In our case, Merq, that reckoning is almost here."
Armise to Merq: One Breath…

".... Fuck my country and yours, they will continue fighting whether we live or die. But I can't, and won't, go on without you. Not anymore. How can I make that any fucking clearer?" 1Armise speaking to Merq:

"We fight together and the world has no choice but to drop to their knees and beg for mercy." 1 

Powerless (Borders War #3) by S.A. McAuley

1616748_504816559638546_10393041_n_tTitle ~ Powerless (Borders War #3)

Author ~ S.A. McAuley

Publisher ~ Totally Bound

Published ~ 25th April 2014

Rating – 5 STARS!!!



He was built to be invincible.

Merq and Armise return to the States after their mission to assassinate the remaining Committee members only to find the leadership of the Revolution isn’t as stable as they thought.

Outside forces come crashing down on a Revolution stronghold, leaving two of their soldiers gravely wounded. Merq’s history with his brothers-in-arms Simion and Neveed forces him into making decisions that will impact his future with the Revolution.

Merq has always identified as a soldier first. Always known who deserved his loyalty and who didn’t. But with the uncertainty surrounding the leadership of the Revolution, the mysterious disappearance of the jacquerie and increased activity with the PsychHAgs, Merq knows there are few people he can trust.

The only man Merq wants or needs at his side is Armise Darcan. But his reliance on his former enemy may be a miscalculation that threatens everything Merq stands for.


Monique’s Review

Oh… My… God… Sam McAuley, what an intriguing and compelling tangled web of deceit and lies you weave. As always with this series I was hooked and totally engrossed from the very first page!  Merq and Armise are my hero’s, two characters that will always have my heart!

One breath.
Hesitation is my enemy.
Solitude my ally.
Death the only real victory.

If I had to be solitary to be safe, then that was how I would stay alive.

I wouldn’t allow someone else to be my fatal flaw.

Every time I read a book from this author she totally and utterly BLOWS ME AWAY! Just when I think this series or her writing can’t possibly get any better she produces yet another piece of writing that is just incredible! …and I know that authors say the characters live inside their heads, but as a reader I can assure you Merq and Armise are firmly planted inside mine and have taken up residence for the near future… I think I may actually be a little obsessed, I LOVE them and the complex and desolate world in which they live.


For me these books are like an EPIC television series, and in all honesty that is exactly how it plays in my mind… the imagery is vivid, the characters (all of them) perfectly created to give an impact that has you so invested in them, their lives, their hopes and their dreams for a future in a world that seems beyond repair… one to which they somehow hold the key to it’s survival.  I tell you, the wait and anticipation of the next book seems unbearable.

The plot spans years, it’s stunningly executed and each piece of the puzzle is starting to bring the whole picture together… It’s gripping and fascinating, and definitely white knuckle ride worthy… but also thought provoking, with layer upon layer of camouflaged deception, tiny seeds planted to pique your interest further, threads interwoven, constantly making you ask questions, paths that lead you down one road only to take you on another. Secrets, lies, manipulations, mind fucks and revelations that shock the pants off you! The strategies and plays are constantly shifting, leaving you unsure as to who are the +-0players and the pawns. This is an all action series with two Alpha males that will leave you squirming in your seat, the chemistry between these two men, despite their lack of communication and seemingly lack of emotion, is beyond palpable, and the hotness factor??? …well my imagination runs wild with these two!!!

He tilted his head and licked his lips. “If I let you fuck me can we cuddle afterwards and talk?”

“Fuck you,” I spat at him, even as my hands ached to move away from my weapons and touch him.

There is nothing pretty about Merq and Armise, there is no fluff and puff or hearts and flowers, they are soldiers, trained fighting machines who’s endurance and commitment go beyond the level of what is required. They are fighters for a cause with no emotions to distract them from what they have been indoctrinated to all their lives. Fight and Fuck has been the story of their lives for years… Yet in this third instalment we get to see a different side to Merq and it completely shattered my heart… after years of being the machine required to get the job done, emotionally he joined humanity, unable to comprehend the feelings and emotions he was experiencing, sent him spinning out of control, laid bare and vulnerable… his focus in life gone, and abandoned and betrayed by the only person he felt an affinity with, the man he trusted with his life… it just about killed me and yes, I cried!!!

No matter how much I sought him out, those blue-silver eyes were elusive. I could no longer feel his presence, and the lack of what should have been spectral—surreal and untethered to reality, yet so real to me—was jarring. I hadn’t realized how much I’d pinned my own existence to his until he wasn’t with me anymore.

The story is told from Merq’s POV and although we do get an insight in to Armise with him being slightly more communicative than Merq, and as more of those layers are peeled away his story is beginning to unfold, but  the man still remains and enigma. I am desperate for more from him… but  I am sure Ms McAuley won’t leave us dangling too long before his past is revealed in it’s full glory. We also see more of the secondary characters coming to the fore, and I’m loving that, it seems that the core players are now in place and it is yet again set up nicely for the forth book in the Borders War Series.


It is very hard to review a book from a series, especially when you start moving away from the first book… without spoiling it for those that have not read the series yet, by giving the plot away… especially when the not knowing of the intricacies is what gives the book it’s impact. I have begged, pleaded, implored and demanded that people read this author and her books, because I know how absolutely incredible they are… I have even gifted friends this series so they too can enjoy it. So yet again I highly recommend this series and all that remains is …It’s FUCKING-BRILLIANTLY-AMAZINGLY- WONDERFUL!!! READ IT!!!  …please!!!

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Series Reading Order


Book #1 ~ One Breath, One Bullet

Book #2 ~ Dominant Predator

Book #3 ~ Powerless

Book #4 ~ Falling, One By One ~ Expected 18th July 2014 at Totally Bound, General Release date ~ 15th August 2014

Whether Armise lived or died was never supposed to matter to Merq

S.A. McAuley is KILLING ME!!!

Book #5 ~ TBC ~ Expected November 2014


About S.A. McAuley



Sam sleeps little, reads a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. Send her a picture and a song and she's bound to write a story about it. And yes, that's an invitation.





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Don’t forget we also have another giveaway on The Borders War Volume One Review from Macky… don’t forget to check it out ~ HERE


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  1. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway. Adding Powerless to my TBR list.

  2. Great review Monique, I need to read this interesting series

  3. Sounds awesome. Putting the whole series on my wishlist. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Give me a full on action story and I'll melt at your feet! And this series has all I crave. Really need to start reading these books! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  5. Looks great! Thanks for the recommendation and the giveaway.

  6. I love this much fun. I can't wait to read Powerless.

  7. you have the best reviews and pictures, LOVE your interviews also. Thanks for the great giveaways. I always find more books to one click when I check out your blog, not sure if I should thank you or not LOL

  8. Books 1 & 2 are in my tbr pile, must read them soon :)

  9. Love finding new to me authors!

  10. Read the first one only-- looking forward to the others!!

  11. Jennifer Thompson26 April 2014 at 19:32

    Your reviews bring me new authors to love! This series sounds great!

  12. Sounds like an edge-of-your-seat kind of series!


  13. That sounds so hot. Not just because of it being M/M. Its because the emotions between the two seem so believable.

  14. really want to read this series

  15. Thank you for the review and giveaway! I added the series to my TBR list.

  16. Sounds like a great series! Going on the TBR pile.

  17. Love the pics and the interview.

  18. Thanks for the giveaway. I love this series!

  19. Loved this post! Augh! So anxious to get
    Thank you for the giveaway! :3

  20. Great review! I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list!