Navy SEAL Six Pack (SEAL of My Own) by @ElleJamesAuthor #bookreview #romanticsuspense



Title: Navy SEAL Six Pack (SEAL of My Own)

Author: Elle James

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

For a SEAL undercover on a top conspiracy, attraction could be dangerous…


Raised on a ranch and trained as a Navy SEAL, Benjamin “Montana” Raines has a work ethic that’s unshakable—even in the midst of a beautiful and jaded CIA operative. A dangerous conspiracy threatens the United States, and Benjamin has a new case. And a new partner.


Kate McKenzie has been burned before. And now she is paired with someone she’s supposed to trust against her deeper instincts. In the cutthroat world of millionaires and politicians in Washington, DC, Kate and Benjamin must go undercover to prevent an attack. But as the risks to their safety heighten, so does their undeniable attraction to one another…


My Review:

Navy SEAL Benjamin Raines is on a deep undercover mission and is paired with a sexy CIA operative Kate McKenzie. Together, they must put aside their heated rivalry and mutual attraction in order to stop a deadly U. S. attack. As the threats intensify and fireworks fly between Kate and Benjamin, all hands are on deck to catch the enemy. Will the SEAL six-pack (another term for a SEAL team) stop their evil plot in time or is it too late?


From the first page, I was hooked. Cue shower scene. Benjamin and Kate sizzle and Elle James ratchets up the suspense. I loved the accuracy of the SEAL and CIA operations. It added to the authenticity of the story. I honestly gasped aloud when the enemy was revealed. I never saw it coming. Well done, James! Gripping, suspenseful, romantic edge-of-your-seat thriller ripped from current headlines. A must read!


Favorite Character/Quote:

Kate. She’s a tough woman working in a male-dominant industry so her exterior is as solid as a Tiger tank. Yet, she has a soft side that I adore. An honest-to-goodness real woman, which I love reading, since I am one, too. Benjamin gets under her skin and her reactions were realistic. I want to read more about Kate.


My Rating:  5 stars


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Author Biography:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Elle James, spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new adventures in stories.


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Wedding Season is Almost Here and Love #Poetry is in Bloom! #poems #ASMSG #IARTG

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The wedding season is almost upon us and love is in the air. The bride and groom (bride/bride or groom/groom) are tending to last minute details while the guests are scrambling to find the perfect gift. I love this time of the year not for the wedding event per se but for the celebration of lifelong love. The marriage vows, not the wedding, are what matters.

What do the vows have to do with it? The vows a couple makes in front of friends, family, complete strangers and the Universe bind their love, devotion and commitment. The vows are the expression of their love, in poetry form.

On our wedding day, MR N and I agreed to write out our own vows. We wanted to express to our guests that we were committed to each other and that our unconditional love would last. This is the vow MR N recited:

On my wedding day, I’m honored to be here

In front of friends, family and God, with my soul mate by my side.


I often thought I’d walk the long road of life alone.

I was ready to give up on love, then the miracle happened, you came back to me.

Joelle, you’re my beautiful angel.

I’m so lucky and blessed this day, I’m marrying the girl of my dreams.


My heart’s beating so fast, I’m so full of love for you.

You’re my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner, for now and eternity.

I just want to thank you for being mine.

And thank God for letting me have this, my perfect dream come true.

You, Joelle, as my wife.

I love you.

© 2016 N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Heart-felt words straight from one groom’s soul to his beloved bride. I’m sure many brides are emotional at their wedding but hearing those words come from the man I love, yup, I totally cried. But that’s okay, for they were tears of overflowing love; I just couldn’t hold it in.

Poetry, especially love poetry, is nothing more than emotions on a page. Poems don’t have to follow certain rules or format, just honest. So, go ahead and write down a poem to the one you love.

A toast to all the wedding couples:

May your love bind you, protect you, strengthen you

All the days of your lives.

Be your beloved’s partner in everything you do.

Love them with respect and honor.

Never go to bed angry.

Talk out everything and be honest yet caring.

Use your words to uplift but never tear down.

Accept your lover’s quirks and see the beauty within.

Walk this life together, holding hands, and nothing can separate you.

© 2017 N. N. Light, All rights reserved.

Need a wedding gift? Consider our collection of love poetry. It’s a modern-day courtship and 100% true.


Title: Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Poetry, Love Poetry

Book Blurb:

Amazon #1 Best-Seller and Hot New Release


I had been searching for love my whole life. It took the opening up of the world via technology for me to find my soulmate. Once I laid eyes on her, at the arrivals gate, I knew I was never going to let her go. The following is a collection of poems I wrote to my angel, from our first meeting up until our wedding day. I was working crazy hours as a chef and I had a long commute. I chose my commuting time to pen her a poem each day. These poems speak of our life, our challenges and our growth together…in every aspect they speak of our love.

May this book give someone the courage to let their special someone know how much they care for them and how much they mean to them. Saying I love you is a gift you can give many times a day.

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Author Biography: N. N. Light is the bestselling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

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Remember Our Fallen Heroes. They’re the Reason That We Are Free! #MemorialDay #MondayBlogs

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Today is Memorial Day in America. We remember those brave men and women who’ve fought and died for our freedoms.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that stood up to the King of England in the 1700’s that we’re a free country.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that fought off the French that we’re a sovereign country and don’t speak french.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to fight for freedom in Europe in 1914 – 1919.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that fought in Europe and Asia during the 1940’s that we’re free men and women.

It’s thanks to these soldiers that fought in Korea, Japan and the Middle East that democracy and freedom is not just an American government but across the globe.

So, while you’re having a party and lighting up your barbecue, raise a glass to those heroes who strapped the American flag across their bodies and fought for the freedoms you enjoy. Their dying breaths allows you to breathe freely today.

We remember.


So Come With Me… to Never Never Land! #inspiration #dreams #FridayFeeling

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Tinker Bell wants to know if you’re ready for an adventure.

I woke up thinking about Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell this morning. One of my favorite stories, Peter Pan, ignites my imagination.

Life gets stressful and sometimes I wish I could fly off to Never Never Land (with MR N of course). All I’d have to do is think of happy thoughts and fly high in the sky.

What are some of your happy thoughts?

Go on, think hard.

Here’s a few of mine:


A bunny hopping along the grass, stopping every now and again to nibble.

Listening to Pink Floyd with my dad.

Reading a good book.

Walking/Shopping at our local Farmer’s Market with MR N.

A lavender-scented bubble bath.

The sound of birds chirping.

Life can be a grand adventure and you can create your own little version of Never Never Land. All you need is a child-like belief and happy thoughts. Soar above the toil and trouble of your day.

Tinker Bell is waiting for you.


Friday Book Round-Up’s Summer Reading List #books #FridayReads #amreading #beachreads

Friday Book Round-Up'sSummer Reading List


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Summer is almost here and this week, my inbox has been flooded with Summer Reading lists. So, I thought I’d contribute my very own Summer Reading List. These are the top books I’m most excited to read this summer. I haven’t had the chance to read them yet but judging by their blurbs and covers, it’s going to be fun reading!



Fat Girl Begone! by D.E. Haggerty (99 cents)

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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McCallister’s Paradise – Complete Series: Books 1 through 5 by Chantel Rhondeau (99cents)

Fall in love with the strong men and smart women of McCallister’s Paradise!

At their tropical island resort, the McCallister family works hard. Life in Paradise should be perfect. After all, the place is great for a romantic getaway. Unfortunately, the five McCallister siblings are still searching for their happily ever afters… and romance always seems just out of reach.

But determined hearts won’t be denied. And when love is on the line, a McCallister doesn’t fall halfway!

Happy Endings
Handsome, wealthy Quinn McCallister is the most eligible bachelor on McCallister’s Paradise. Making his family’s island resort a success is all that matters to this workaholic. Everything changes when he meets the beautiful new massage therapist…

Diving Into Love
This playboy never gets burned, at least not by love, but the flames grow hot when he meets a fiery redhead at his paradise home.

For Love or Charity
A threatening message leads Sydney McCallister to Matt Coleson’s door. They never expected to find they had so much in common or that they would have so much to fight for.

Love’s Ride
Loving the island therapist from afar seems like the right thing to Brad McCallister. His meddling sister lands him a date, but there is only one thing Chelsea will agree to do. Survival takes on a whole new meaning on a hiking date gone wrong.

Cooking Up Love
A single mother gives everything to raise her daughter in a loving, safe environment—falling for a handsome playboy was not part of the plan.



The Summer House: A gorgeous feel good romance that will have you hooked by Jenny Hale

Some summers will stay with you forever…

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.



The Weekenders: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.


So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.


Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.



The Cornish Escape: The perfect summer romance full of sunshine and secrets by Lily Graham

Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.

Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary.

In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

An unputdownable and gorgeously romantic read about lost love and new beginnings set in the green hills and rocky cliffs of the breath-taking Cornish coast. Perfect for fans of Phillipa Ashley, Emma Burstall and Liz Fenwick.



Grill Me, Baby (Summer Beach Book 1) by Sophia Knightly

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Sophia Knightly brings you Summer Beach Books – the perfect summertime escape. Fun, sexy and lighthearted, each book is a standalone novel.

The heat is on…
Raised among women who taught him to cook at his family’s Buenos Aires restaurant, master chef Paolo Santos deftly works his culinary wiles–and his gypsy charm–on post Flamingo Island’s female clientele. The tastiest tidbit on the island, though, is cool, elegant Michaela Willoughby. The redhead’s slender curves are as enticing as her rabbit-food menus are maddening. And she’s his main competition for the chance of a lifetime.

Michaela overcame her own weight issues to become Flamingo Island’s premiere spa chef. Now she has a chance to share her innovative recipes for healthy living on a new cooking show–if she can somehow outshine Paolo. His sizzling Latin-lover looks are more heart stopping than his decadent cooking. And she’d love nothing more than to stick a fork in his outsized ego.

When the stage lights ignite, so does the sexual chemistry no one–least of all Paolo and Michaela–saw coming. Suddenly, separating business from pleasure is as impossible as separating a scrambled egg. And the big question isn’t whose knife cuts fastest…it’s whose heart can take the most heat.

Warning: Contains two hot chefs duking it out in a lively showdown of sexy rivalry. Mix in family drama, luscious recipes and spicy mischief, and there’s more than just steam rising out of the kitchen. May cause lusty cravings for midnight indulgences.



The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel by Danielle Ganek

When two estranged sisters inherit a Hamptons beach house, they search for fortune but find love instead.

Cassie and Peck are half sisters with little in common beyond a shared last name–that is, until their beloved aunt Lydia bequeaths them equal shares of her ramshackle old cottage in the Hamptons with instructions to “seek the thing of utmost value” within it. Cassie and Peck fantasize about discovering a lost Jackson Pollock, or a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, as they revel in one last summer of fabulous parties and nostalgia.

From the author of Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, Danielle Ganek’s The Summer We Read Gatsby, a perfect beach read, captures the spirit of New York’s most glamorous resort town, and will captivate readers with its spellbinding blend of romance, mystery, and charmingly eccentric characters.



All the Missing Girls: A Novel by Megan Miranda

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.



The Secret of Seaside (Paige Comber Mystery Book 1) by Agatha Ball

Welcome to Seaside! A sleepy, island village filled with sandy beaches, colorful characters… AND MURDER!

Paige Comber dreams of running off to Paris to train at the Cordon Bleu, but fresh out of college, she is stuck running her granny’s coffee shop in the small town of Seaside. It looks like a lousy summer until a handsome stranger named Nate arrives.

He’s here to help his Uncle Byron with his affairs, but when his uncle’s body washes up on the beach and Nate is thrown into prison, it is up to Paige to find out who might have been crazy enough to do it.




Romance Island Resort Rock Star Box Set (Romance Island Resort Box Set Series Book 1) by Demelza Carlton

A hot Aussie rock star looking for love in paradise. Why did he have to pick HER hotel?
Welcome to Romance Island Resort, where the romance is as hot as the weather and the tides aren’t all that’s surging beneath the surface.

Three bargain priced bestsellers in one box!

This box set includes:
•Maid for the Rock Star (Romance Island Resort #1)
•The Rock Star’s Email Order Bride (Romance Island Resort #2)
•The Rock Star’s Virginity (Romance Island Resort #3)

Maid for the Rock Star:

A maid at the exclusive Romance Island Resort, Audra knows how to handle rock stars, billionaires and celebrities. She keeps their secrets, cleans up their mess and makes sure their holiday is a memorable one. There’s just one rule: no relationships with guests. And Audra never breaks the rules.

Jay Felix is rock royalty and he knows it. When one of his bandmates threatens to break up the band, he goes into hiding at the Romance Island Resort. Looking for a distraction, he sets his sights on the unattainable Audra. But what’s a rock star to do when the girl he wants is the one woman he can’t have?

The Rock Star’s Email Order Bride:

In the final year of her business degree, Phuong has her future all mapped out. Finish studying, then go home and save her family’s business. Until her father dies and it all falls apart. Broke and jobless, she stumbles on a solution: find herself an Australian husband. Fast.

She’s not looking for love – Phuong doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Her marriage will be a business deal, pure and simple. But when she meets her husband-to-be and discovers he’s a reclusive rock star living at Romance Island Resort, maybe it’s time to believe a girl can live happily ever after.

The Rock Star’s Virginity:

Flavia’s life seemed perfect… until her fiancé cheated on her. In the spirit of revenge, she auctions her virginity to the highest bidder. One night and the rules are simple: no names, no kissing and definitely no romance.

Until Flavia arrives at Romance Island Resort, and meets the rock star who makes her want to break all the rules.

He’s already won her virginity, but can he win her heart?




***New York Times Bestselling author PATRICE WILTON, is delighted to offer you a three book boxset at a discount price!
Cardiac surgeon Sean Flannigan lost his daughter to a rare form of leukemia, he can mend broken hearts, but his is beyond repair. Kayla Holmes, along with her sisters, inherited guest cottages in the Keys after their stepfather died. Their high spirits and positive energy are a beacon of light that directs Sean’s sailboat into Paradise Cove.
Can Kayla’s compassion find a crack in Sean’s armor? Sometimes love isn’t enough to heal a wounded heart.

This riveting romance is the second book in the Paradise Cove series set in the Florida Keys. Three high-spirited sisters inherit Paradise Cove Cottages, and each story is a stand alone. Taylor Holmes has a lot on her plate–running a family owned resort, planning a wedding for her sister, and now the added worry as she opens her dream cafe. Throw in a hurricane and a sexy boat captain who doesn’t take no for an answer, and this book will keep you glued to your Kindle. Romance, passion, danger, and hot, hot nights guarantee reading pleasure.

Brittany Holmes, heartbroken and pregnant, leaves the touring dance troupe and the glamorous life she led in Miami for home in Paradise Cove. Her mother and sisters are like a beacon at the end of the road, and their unconditional love and support is what her bruised heart craves.
Ashley Jordon Chase, New York advertising exec, is in Paradise Cove to pursue his lifetime dream of being a playwright. Family circumstances thwarted his earlier writing ambitions and his lucrative career doesn’t satisfy him.
When Brittany loses her baby, Chase offers comfort. Having experienced the same tragedy in his first marriage he knows how devastating a miscarriage can be. Brittany hides her insecurities behind a wall, but Chase breaks past it to see her most vulnerable side. Their friendship becomes more, and she trusts that he won’t let her down. Yet a family emergency pulls him away, leaving her alone. Again. Was she a fool to let him into her heart? Or can they turn their brief affair into a lifetime of love?



Tempt Me (Sunset Bay Book 2) by Christine Kingsley

Welcome to Sunset Bay, where the days are hot and the nights even hotter…

Katrina Caldwell is finally making her own way living and working at tropical Sunset Bay Beach Resort. Her independence was hard won, and she’s determined to make the most of every day. But she has a little problem. Her boss Brandon Jacobs is hotter than hot, and lately she can’t seem to focus when he’s around. It’s a mistake to fall for him — he’s made it clear that he’s all business. Besides, she’s all about that laid back, easy beach life. Who needs a man? But she can’t deny that every time she’s near him, the temptation gets a little bit harder to resist.

Brandon doesn’t have time for dating. Every bit of energy he has goes into the resort he’s working hard to keep afloat, and Kat is a temptation he just can’t indulge — even if he can’t get her off his mind. For one, she’s his employee. She might as well wear a flashing sign that screams off limits. Two, he can’t afford any distractions — and a sexy little yoga instructor is about as distracting as it gets.

When Kat presents Brandon with a deal — she’ll help him get his resort on track if he’ll let her show him there’s more to life than work — hard days in the office turn into late nights on the town. Can they fight the temptation that keeps pulling them back together? Or will they see how good it can be to be oh-so-bad?


Have a summer reading book to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict


Humans Inferior to #Werewolves? Hungry Like the Wolf by @CadenceDenton #paranormal #FridayReads

Hungry Like A Wolf


Title: Hungry Like the Wolf (Wicked Palate Book 2)

Author: Cadence Denton

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Paranormal, Werewolves


Book Blurb:

With her racist rant going viral, Foodie Network star, Marla Sheen aka America’s favorite grandmother, was having a bad week. Marla didn’t know what the fuss was about. She’d only spoken the truth—humans are inferior to lupo manaren. The problem is the human world knows nothing about werewolves, red drinkers, or any of the other Shadowlands citizens. When her attempts at damage control blow up in her face, she decides that appearing on the Dr. Bill show may not have been the best move, but hey, what else can possibly go wrong?


A whole lot as it happens.


The Captain, her mate and co-Alpha, is challenged for pack leadership by a much younger male and winds up in the hospital. A prickly wizard is sent in by the Shadowlands Congress to make certain Marla doesn’t out the supernatural community, and a man-stealing Jezebel of an ex-best friend shows up at her door. And that’s just the beginning.


When Marla turns to her friend, Contessa, for help, she discovers the Contessa is a continent away and has troubles of her own.


Hungry Like the Wolf is Book 2 in the Wicked Palate series.


Midnight Delight is Book 1.


Extra Virgin, Book 3 Coming Soon


Extended Excerpt:



“Ready, Marla? In three, two…” the young man mouthed one and the Taping in Progress light came on.

I folded my hands on my lap, taking a moment to admire my fresh Pucker Up Pink manicure before I looked up, gazing into the camera’s lens. Pinching the tender web of flesh between my thumb and forefinger, my vision blurred with tears right on cue. Take note you show biz wannabes, this little trick works every time.

“I’m sorry, y’all,” I drawled, tears making my voice rough. Normally, America hears me laugh. To hear me cry would be something totally different. Hopefully it would tug on their heart strings.

I pinched harder, blinked, and felt a tear roll down my cheek. “Using…uh…language…that is…I mean…inappropriate language is…er…hurtful to…um…”

Dang it all, the tears were flowing but I’d forgotten my lines. Not what one would expect from a professional of my caliber, but it wasn’t really my fault. You might say my heart wasn’t in it. After all, I’d done nothing wrong.

“Cut! Cut!” my grandson called. At twenty-two, Eugene is my son Samuel and his mate, Hannah’s oldest and my self-appointed assistant.

He’s slender (like his mother) and tall (like his father), with shoulder length brown hair that swings with every twitch of his head. His chin is covered in a dark fuzz that he calls a beard and I call lint. Today he wore black skinny jeans, white Converse sneaks, and a gray cashmere sweater pulled over a black striped button down. Black horn rimmed glasses framed his bright cornflower blue eyes (a gift from yours truly).

“What is it now, Eugene?” I snapped, the tears vanishing like a Death Valley mirage.

“Did you even read the script, Nana?” He asked tugging off his glasses.

“Gosh darn-it, Eugene! Yes, I read the danged script but with all this…” I swung an arm wide and gave my head a toss encompassing the cameraman, sound man, and the other hangers on, “foolishness I’ve been a little distracted. I mean, what did I do that was so wrong? I didn’t fire a handicapped person. I didn’t bad mouth the President. Please tell me, what did I do that warrants me giving a world-wide apology?”

“Really, Nana? You were caught in the middle of a racist rant. Even worse, the video of your rant was leaked to TMZ and Radar Online and is playing non-stop on CNN and MSNBC.”

“Poo!” I said rolling my eyes. “I only spoke the truth. Compared to the lupo manaren, humans are an inferior race. Their senses of smell, sight, hearing, and taste are equal to a slug’s. Don’t frown. You know it’s true!”

He cast a glance over his shoulder, and said, “I know Nana, but the humans…”

“Are a nasty, smelly race,” I finished in my because I said so tone.

Eugene plowed both hands through his hair as though he wanted to rip it out and said through gritted teeth, “You’re angry because a human chef won the Culinary Arts Outstanding Chef Award.”

I growled—an involuntary reflex in a lupo manaro when threatened or sassed by a young pup that needed his pants dusted. He knew that was a sore subject for me. He also knew we were in mixed company and was thus safe from said dusting of pants.

Sniffing, I smoothed a wrinkle from my skirt. “The award should have been mine—Stuart Poser stole it from me. He bribed the judges.”

Eugene clapped a hand to his mouth. “He did?” He gasped.

“Well, he must have,” I hedged casting him a sullen gaze from beneath my lashes. “It was the only way he could possibly win.”

Stuart Poser was a human chef on the Cooking Today channel, a rival network. His shows, Stuart’s Sumptuous Sundries and Poser’s Pork, were in the same time slot as my own on the Foodie Culinary Channel. I consistently beat him in the ratings, but that was before my political correctness went off the reservation.

Eugene sighed, and in a tone that said he’d heard this more than once and that he was trying to reason with someone to who reason is an alien concept, said, “Yes. I know, Nana, but you must have proof to back up your accusation. The problem is that when you called Poser’s race filthy, talentless, and inferior the human press thought you meant his race-race.”

“Well, I did!” I exclaimed throwing my hands wide. “He’s a member of the human race, an inferior race. Mind you, he can’t help that he was born human and not lupo manaro, but… ” I shrugged. “…you can’t alter the facts.”

Another sigh. “That’s not… You don’t understand. Dammit, Nana!”

“You watch your mouth, boy,” I snapped, my slow, southern, cane syrup speech becoming weaponized, a rigid billy club to flatten any and all impertinence.

Once more, Eugene plowed his hands through his hair and spun around to face me. “Nana, they think you meant his ethnicity.” Ethnicity? What in the hell was the young pup talking about now?

At my blank gaze he continued. “You know, the color of his coat, er—his skin, not that he is of the human race.”

I frowned. “What the blazes does his skin color have to do with it? That makes no sense, Eugene!”

My grandson removed the horn-rimmed glasses with one hand and pinched the bridge of his nose with the other, as though massaging away a headache. “Can you please concentrate on why we’re here? It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand, Nana. We’re trying to put out the fire you started. You know, do damage control.”

I rolled my eyes. “Fine,” I sighed, drumming my Pucker up Pink nails on my lap. “Who cares what the humans think,” I grumbled.

“Not humans, Nana, the Congress. Remember them? The ruling body of the Shadowlands. Does that ring a bell?”

The Shadowlands Congress is the governing branch of the paranormal world and its citizens. Made up of red drinkers, lupo manaren, the fae, giants, wee folk, mer people, and others, the Shadowlands is the world hidden in shadows. It had to be. Every time humanity got a peek behind the veil, Shadowland citizens suffered. There was one unbreakable law that every Shadowlander learned from birth: Don’t expose the Shadowlands to humanity. To do so would result in anything from a slap on the wrist (which was always, always much more intense than the human version) to the ultimate punishment— death in some species, banishment in others.

I was balancing on the edge, just shy of crossing the line of exposure. The Shadowland Congress had taken an interest in my poor choice of words which seemed like overkill.

I’ve been told that when I get angry, my blue eyes become spooky, frightening even. It’s said that they look as though they’re not eyes at all, but living gas blue flames dancing in my eye sockets. Whatever. All I know is that when I settled my gaze on my grandson in one breath, possibly two, he was biting his bottom lip and nervously scrubbing the lens of his glasses with the hem of his cardigan sweater.

“If you think I won’t come over there and tan your bottom for you, just keep it up, Eugene!” I gave my head an angry toss then turned to Killer, a lupo manaro cameraman and said, “Who, in their right mind, would hang a name like ‘Eugene’ on a child, for the moon’s sake?”

Killer just smiled and shrugged. “My daughter-in-law wouldn’t budge, and believe me, we went round and round on that one,” I finished in a loud aside before turning back to my red-faced grandson.

“Dammit, Nana! You know I had no say in what I was named.”

“Why Hannah insisted on saddling you with that…” I paused waving my hand in a small circle as though to encompass the enormity of this injustice. “travesty is beyond me. I did not approve, but of course my son would back his mate,” I finished with a sniff.

With his face an interesting blend of red and white, Eugene stiffly set the glasses back on the bridge of his nose. “It’s a family name,” he insisted.

“It’s ridiculous,” I snapped putting my hands on my hips almost daring him to say anything else on the matter. What was it with young people nowadays? No respect. No manners. Full of sass and a bunch of know nothing know-it-alls. Well, I wasn’t taking it from any of the pack’s pups—not as long as Marla Sheen and the Captain were the Alpha’s of the Southeastern Lupo Manaren Conglomerate.

With ears standing out of his limp dark hair like a pair of red stop signs, my grandson squeaked, “Why don’t we take a short break?”

I looked skyward, like I could find the answers drifting around with the ceiling fan. I gave my head one solemn shake then snatched up a glass of iced sweet tea.

“Ms. Sheen?”

I glanced up over the rim of the glass and raised a quizzical brow to mask the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not her again. “You gotta problem with your hearin’, sugar? I told you no.”

The woman was slender to the point of emaciation. Her sleek, white suit clung to her like a second skin. Straight blond hair cut in a reverse bob, swung around high cheekbones, a wide jawline, and almond shaped hazel eyes. It was obvious to even the least observant that the woman was a Dr. Bill sycophant. She certainly espoused the good “doctor’s” dietary maxims. She was obviously human. No lupo manaro would look this frail unless she was ill.

The woman shrugged. “Surely you know Dr. Bill is a Texas cattleman. No isn’t in his vocabulary.”

I snorted. “I know he’s full of the bull he raises,” I muttered and took a sip of tea.

The woman backed up a step and positioned her hands on slender hips. “The Dr. Bill Show is the number one talk show in the United States. His goal is to reach out and aid those in need. He believes in keeping it real, and that being honest, if only to yourself, is best for maintaining healthy relationships and a healthy life. Naturally, he feels his show would be the perfect platform for you to get your side of the story out.”

“The perfect platform to put me on the grill and barbeque me like a side of ribs, you mean,” I said and grabbed a dish of banana pudding from a sideboard. Okay, so I’m a stress eater. I can’t help it and besides, my pudding is a blue ribbon winner.

“You misunderstand the doctor’s intent, Ms. Sheen,” the woman said her eyes narrowed as she tried to come at me from a different angle. “He wants to help you. It’s what he does.”

“Honey,” I said around a mouth full of bananas, vanilla wafers, and whipped cream. “Don’t bullshit an old bullshitter. Bill’s goal is to keep his ratings high, that’s ‘what he does’.” I made finger quotations before dipping up another spoonful of pudding and popping it in my mouth.

The woman scowled at me for a moment and then her face smoothed. “I understand how you must feel, how much stress you must be under, and can only assure you that the doctor truly has your best interests at heart.”

Oh, brother. I rolled my eyes and made a rude noise.

“Really!” she huffed.

I flashed her my million dollar smile (more like fifty grand, but that’s on a need to know basis) and said, “Now, let’s put on our listening ears. I am not interested today, tomorrow, or ever of being on the Dr. Bill show. So, why don’t you just toddle on back to that snake oil salesman and tell him…”


Eugene seemed to spring out of thin air, one arm spinning like an airplane propeller. We both turned to him, surprise covering the face of the young woman, while I was filled with a mixture of relief and consternation.

“For the moon’s sake, boy, what has crawled up your shorts and bit your as—er—behind?”

“It’s an emergency!”

“I can see that. What happened, the store run out of your special shampoo?” I asked eyeing his long hair with an air of disapproval. I think a man should look like a man with a decent haircut and a clean shaved face.

“No. Not that. It’s Gramps…I mean the Captain. He’s been challenged…” He cast a quick look at Dr. Bill’s assistant who was listening in obvious interest then back at me with a guilty grimace. “I mean, there’s an emergency at the compound!” He finally finished, almost flinging the cell phone at my nose.

My face lost all feeling. Seriously, it felt like my body had been freeze dried and suddenly I felt every minute, every damn second, of my one hundred sixty-seven years. I was embarrassed to discover that I was trembling. Hey, I’m a tough old broad, but hearing that my husband was facing a fight to the death showdown would freak anyone out.

I grabbed the phone as though it was a live grenade and gingerly held it to my ear. Listening, my gaze skated over my idiot grandson and the silent crew, assistants, and friends to briefly land on Dr. Bill’s producer who, I couldn’t help but notice, watched me intently through slit eyes, a small flip notebook and pen in her hands.

“Stall them. I’m on my way,” I ordered and dropped the phone into Eugene’s waiting palm. I’m the co-Alpha of the freaking South Eastern Lupo Maneren Conglomerate. I’m accustomed to having my orders obeyed. They had better, by the Moon, be obeyed.

Thrusting the bowl at the nosy woman, I called for someone, anyone to help me find my damn purse and when it materialized like a David Copperfield magic trick, I sprinted for the door like Usain Bolt.

Somehow, Dr. Bill’s Stepford wife beat me to it and then positioned herself in front of the door, blocking my escape. I could think of nothing but getting to my vehicle and racing home.

Challenge. The word sent an electric spark down my spine that branched into questions I could not answer. Who challenged? Who effing dared to challenge? And, why now? More immediate, why was this human standing between me and my pack?

“I see you have a family emergency,” she said, her tone of concern offset by her calculating expression. “Perhaps we could book you for next Thursday’s taping instead?”

“What?” I asked, blinking in confusion. What was the fool woman talking about? Couldn’t she see I had to leave? Why was she blocking the door?

“Can I tell Dr. Bill that taping the show next week is better for you?” she purred.

“Show,” I repeated, uncomprehending.

“You probably should do the show,” Eugene said slowly. “It might help to clear up this mess.”

I sighed. I couldn’t care less about the humans and their prickly sensibilities. They could do with a little more tough love and a whole lot less molly coddling, but still, it might be better for the pack if I made an appearance on the good doctor’s show. I exhaled, and fearing it was a mistake said, “Fine. I’ll do it.”

I was desperate to get home to my mate’s side. The thought of my gruff, roly-poly mate facing a challenger for pack leadership was shocking. Only blood members could challenge and I knew of no one who wanted the headache of taking up the pack’s reins.

Besides, my husband wasn’t in any shape to face a challenge. The pack’s doctor had been warning the Captain about his diet and the need to put down the knife and fork and get on a treadmill, but the man loves my cooking and, God help me, I love to cook for him. What scared the be-Jesus out of me was the niggling thought that maybe my cooking would impact his fighting skills. You know, slow his reaction time, hinder his movements. Maybe my cooking would really kill my mate.



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Have You Got Your #RedNose On? Today is #RedNoseDay and You Can Change the World! #inspiration

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Happy Red Nose Day!

Today in the UK and the United States, it’s Red Nose Day, a collaborative fundraising event. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help the kids who need us most, both at home and around the world.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar raised through Facebook up to $1 Million.  

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Both MR N and I support this day, made a donation and are wearing red! Why? We strongly believe that no child (no matter where they live in the world) should be hungry. Let’s pool our resources and end childhood hunger.

If you can’t support #RedNoseDay financially, please help the cause by sharing our post across your social media platforms. Together, we’ll spread the word and bring awareness to childhood hunger.


Scoundrel of Dunborough by @MargMooreAuthor #bookreview #historicalromance

Scoundrel of Dunborough


Title: Scoundrel of Dunborough (The Knights’ Prizes)

Author: Margaret Moore

Genre: Historical Romance


Book Blurb:

She swore to resist temptation!


Journeying to Dunborough to learn the truth about her sister’s murder, novice Celeste D’Orleau dons a nun’s habit for safety. But seeing her childhood hero Gerrard of Dunborough makes her dream of pleasures that will be forbidden once she takes her final vows.


Gerrard wrestles with his desire for the innocent beauty. After striving to redeem his wicked reputation, he won’t seduce a nun. Yet as Celeste’s mission draws them closer together, it soon becomes clear their passion is stronger than any vow!


My Review:

Hearing of her sister’s murder, Celeste D’Orleau leaves her cloister and returns to Dunborough. She reunites with her childhood friend, handsomely wicked Gerrard and all her sinful feelings for him returns. She’s on a mission to uncover the identity of her sister’s murderer, even if it means sacrificing herself and her vows of chastity.


Gerrard’s trying to clean up his image and the last person he’d expect to see is beautiful Celeste. She brings out the best and worst in him yet no matter how much he wants her, he won’t seduce a nun. But when Celeste entraps the real murderer, he’ll do whatever it takes to save her.


A juicy, intriguing historical romance. I loved Celeste and her viper tongue. Celeste and Gerrard ignite between the pages and I swooned more than once. Both have been hurt in the past and the time has come to bury the hatchet. But is Celeste running away from love or is it her calling to be a nun? A twist on the classic Harlequin historical romance. A must read!


Disclaimer: I received a paperback for Christmas.


Favorite Character/Quote: Gerrard. I really loved him because he knows what he wants and yet his weakness is Celeste. She makes him angry with her wicked tongue but she also speaks the truth, which is rare. He’s a good man and the historical version of sex-on-a-stick.


My Rating:  5 stars


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Award-winning author Margaret Moore actually began her career at the age of eight, when she and a friend concocted stories featuring a lovely, spirited damsel and a handsome, misunderstood thief nicknamed “The Red Sheik.”


Unknowingly pursuing her destiny, Margaret graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. During that time, she also became a Leading Wren with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, where she learned to use a variety of weapons and had the weepy experience of being tear-gassed.


In addition to being a wife and mother of two, she’s also been an award-winning public speaker, synchronized swimmer, an archer, and studied fencing and ballroom dancing.


Margaret sold her first historical romance and the premiere book of her Warrior series, A WARRIOR’S HEART, to Harlequin Historicals® in 1991. Since that time, she’s written over 25 historical romance novels and novellas. She has also written for Avon Books, as well as a young adult historical romance for HarperCollins Children’s Books. She now writes for Harlequin’s new single title imprint, HQN.


Her books have been published in France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, etc.


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Unholy Alliance by @RowlandKathleen is a Heart-Pounding #Thriller! #bookreview



Title: Unholy Alliance

Author: Kathleen Rowland

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.


Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin’s kidnapper.


When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.


And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.


Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.


My Review:

Victoria Morningstar has spent the last ten years in prison, innocent of the brutal murder she was convicted of. Now, thanks to attorney Grady Fletcher, she’s a free woman. Free from prison, yes, but not from the Irish mob or the man who framed her for murder, Seamus McGinn.


By day, she runs a food truck out of a less than stellar neighborhood and by night, she’s scouring every lead she can to try to find her cousin, Vivienne. Tori’s convinced Seamus has kidnapped her cousin, doing unspeakable torture to her. Tori’s drive propels her into danger but instead of being cautious, she plows ahead.


Grady agrees to defend a new client and the more he investigates, the more he realizes McGinn is back and on the hunt for Tori. Corruption, political intrigue and attempts on Tori’s life throws Grady into the middle of a feud he can’t stop and his heart might be the next victim. Will he throw his son in the crosshairs of the mob to save Tori or is it all too much for him?


I loved this heart-pounding thriller and while the publisher states it’s romantic suspense, I’d classify it more as a thriller. There’s tons of action scenes, a suspenseful plot and the romance really takes a back-seat. A tad disappointing to this romantic suspense fan, thus the four-star rating.


Tori is an amazingly tough and strong heroine. I don’t know if I’d throw myself into the clutches of the one man who framed me for murder. I’d disappear, trekking to Antarctica and living with a colony of penguins.


This is my first book by Kathleen Rowland and I must admit that Unholy Alliance scared me a few times. She’s got an incredible ability to build suspense with detailed narration and characters’ high stakes. I could visualize each scene and it played out like a movie. The secondary characters were well-developed and intriguing. Even McGinn piqued my interest. Highly recommend this thriller!



Favorite Character/Quote:

“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.”


My Rating: 4 stars


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Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance with a release date of March 29, 2017.  Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.


Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.


Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, and neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.  If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter at


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“They’ll come for me again…” Amnesia by @cambriahebert #CoverReveal! #RomanticSuspense


Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


I washed ashore in a little lake town.

A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…

No one knows me.

I don’t know me.

If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?

I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.

I am invisible.

To everyone, to everything, even to myself.

Except to him.

I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.

I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.

His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.

I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.

They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.

I don’t even know mine.

I am amnesia.


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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.


Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).


Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.


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Opportunity is Always Knocking so Turn Down Your Self-Doubt! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom



Is your self-doubt preventing you from achieving your dreams?

Five years ago, I had the opportunity to write my first manuscript. MR N had just received a raise at his work and I could resign from my position and write. My self-doubt cranked up and all I could think is that I couldn’t possibly do it. I was too old, too inexperienced and wouldn’t possibly finish it. I’d start strong, like I always do when I start something new, and eventually drop it for something else.

This was a dream of mine and I was determined to see it through. This time, self-doubt wouldn’t win because I had a secret weapon: an accountability partner. I named MR N my partner and he helped me stay on track. He supported me in every way and soon my self-doubt shrunk to a whisper.

Opportunities are knocking. Tap, tap, tap. Can you hear it? No, then you have to turn down your self-doubt. Take control of the volume and you’ll be on your way to achieving your dreams.


Meet Jack and Darci From A SEAL’s Song by Jennifer Lowery + a #FREE book! #romance #books

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Hi N. N. Light’s POTL Blog and all you fabulous readers out there * waves * Thank you so much for having me today! I’m super excited to be here! I have a couple giveaways and a free book to offer you so read on to find out how to take advantage of fun, free books!


Ever since I picked up my first Suzanne Brockmann Navy SEAL book I’ve been in love with these tough, incredibly intelligent men. I knew I had to write my own series with my own SEAL team. A SEAL’s Song is the first book in my SEAL Team Alpha series and what an incredible journey it was for both me and my characters! Today, I’m bringing you a special interview with the hero and heroine from A SEAL’s Song. I hope you enjoy meeting Jack and Darci as much as I enjoyed writing them. 


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Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Jack: Hell, no.

Darci: No, but it’s flattering.


What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

Darci: * smiles * The romance. I already know what Jack is going to say.

Jack: * grins * Sorry, hun. The action. And the sex.

* Darci rolls her eyes *


What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Jack: Take my sailboat out deep-sea fishing.

Darci: I’m not much for fishing, that’s Jack’s thing. I’m usually in my studio writing and composing songs. But, when he gets home… * she smiles at Jack who grins back *


Do you like the way the book ended?

Jack and Darci in unison: Yes.


Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?

Jack: Not if it means putting Darci in more danger.

Darci: Agreed. Although, with Jack at my side, I wouldn’t be as afraid of what Jennifer threw at us. * leans in and whispers * She likes to torment us.


What do you do for a living?

Darci: * laces her fingers through Jacks * Jack is a Navy SEAL and the bravest, strongest man I know. I’m a singer.


What is your most prized possession?

Darci: A Celtic necklace given to me by my grandmother. Had it not been for that necklace, I never would have met Jack.


What do you like most about where you live?

Jack: Darci approved of my house. That’s all that matters to me.

Darci: He lives in this cute gingerbread house on the ocean. I adore it.


What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?

Jack: * grins * Stay in bed.

Darci: * nods * Definitely.


What is your least favorite word?

Darci: Classified.


What sound or noise do you love?

Jack: Sorry, that’s between me and my wife. * an intimate look passes between Jack and Darci *


What other profession would you like to try?

Darci: I’ve considered becoming a music teacher. Jack, he’s right where he was meant to be.

Jack: * nods *



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NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


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“Is it too late for second chances?” The Rebel’s Redemption by @JacqBiggar #romanticsuspense



Title: The Rebel’s Redemption (Book 2 Wounded Hearts Series)

Author: Jacquie Biggar

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

Is it too late for second chances?


Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth. Eight years in the military has turned him into a cynical, disillusioned man.


Then he returns home to find out he’s a father.


When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew?


Or is it be too late for them to have a second chance?



Jared’s world narrowed down to the little black barrel of the gun pointed at his chest. Funny, in all the years of being in the SEAL teams he’d never been in this situation. Not to say he hadn’t dodged his share of bullets. It’s just they’d always erupted like a hailstorm, out of nowhere. This was somewhere. The back alley of his mother’s freaking café in freaking America to be exact. What the hell?


If he wasn’t so pissed off at himself for getting into this situation, he might have laughed. Eight years overseas off and on, and he was going to get shot in his own backyard. How’s that for ironic?


“Look man, why don’t we talk about this?” Jared forced his gaze to focus on Sergei’s steely gaze instead of the muzzle of the semi-automatic.


“The time for talk is past,” the Russian said. “You ignored my advice and instead made a fool out of me with that stupid trick you performed.”


“Advice? You call beating the livin’ shit out of me, advice?” Jared ground his teeth together, and fought to keep a level tone. “You can’t blame a guy for wanting to retaliate.” A crash by the garbage caused both men to crouch into a fight stance. A tabby cat raced away. Jared straightened, his heart knocking against his ribcage, as desperate to escape this mess as the animal. He needed to defuse the situation before someone came upon them; please God not his mom.


“Okay, you’re right. I shouldn’t have set off alarms or caused those slots to pay out. But seriously dude, you can’t go around acting all KGB, we’re in the good old USA now.” Jared kept a careful eye on the guy’s trigger finger and cursed his loose tongue. What part of defuse couldn’t he figure out?


Sergei tipped his felt hat back on his bald head like an old time gunslinger. His hand holding the gun never wavered. “You have big mouth.”


Yeah, I’ve heard that a time or ten.


“Why don’t we handle this like two adults? I’ll call your boss, tell him I screwed up and it’ll never happen again…” There was no doubt on that, if he ever went near a casino again he’d kick his own ass. “And then you can go back to ruling your little kingdom far, far, away.”




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Charlie’s Family Secret Omnibus Edition by @CharJGordon #books #womensfiction

Charlie's Family Secret


Title: Charlie’s Family Secret Omnibus Edition

Author: Charmaine Gordon

Genre: Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Vanilla Heart


Book Blurb:

3 Charmaine Gordon Novels in 1 Volume!

Reconstructing Charlie
Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

Sin of Omission
A twist of fate intervenes when Shelley keeps a secret that threatens to break apart the Costigans and her future. A mysterious client, Deanna Rose, enters Haven, victim of a savage beating under strange circumstances. Shelley investigates and finds Ms. Rose has an unsavory past. With the reputation and safety of Haven at stake, Shelley is at risk to lose everything and everyone she cares about.

The Catch
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this time.



“I need you, Jimmy Costigan”

Words he’d heard since childhood chilled him. Not again. Oh please, not again.

Strong hands gripped the tall cowboy and spun him around and he wasn’t an easy man to spin. In high heels, Shelley Jackson faced him eye to eye,

“Just when I was makin’ a clean getaway,” he said. “Whatcha need now?”

“You. I’m alone with hostage survivors and no one to help me.”


“Didn’t your sister tell you or maybe you weren’t listening.”

“Whoa.” He held up a calloused hand. “What happened?”

“How are you with small children?”

A profound pain hit him in the gut. “The best,” he said.

“Great. see if they’ll confide in you.”



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I write books about women who Survive and thrive. My motto is take one step forward and leave your past behind to begin again; a lesson learned from the loss of my first love.

While working as an actor for many years, I didn’t realize I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and direction from Mike Nichols, Harrison For, Anthony Hopkins and more of the best. I even had one day on Saturday Night Live with Robin Williams. When the sweet time ended because I lost my voice, creative juices flowed and I began to write.


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“Plant Love, Grow Peace.” — @ArianaGrande #inspiration #TuesdayThoughts

love and peace AG


Last night, after Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, a suicide bomber detonated himself just outside. At last count, 22 children died, over 50 injured and several still missing.

This terrorist scumbag murdered children and stripped innocence from all of us who love music. I’m not a fan of Ariana Grande but I love music. Both MR N and I have gone to our fair share of concerts. It’s a great time, no matter what kind of music it is. In one act, fear and chaos erupted at a concert.

When I first heard about it, I was shocked. It tore me apart with first grief then righteous anger. Ariana Grande is not to blame and neither are the concert go-ers. The blame is solely on the loser who built and detonated the bomb.

So, while I’m still seething with anger and my heart goes out to all those who died and were injured, I am inspired by something Ariana Grande once said.

“Plant love. Grow peace.”

Every human life is precious, no matter what race, religion, creed, sex, etc. I have a love for every life. I may not agree with their beliefs or values but I respect their right to exist.

Imagine if everyone felt the same way as me. Hatred wouldn’t exist and neither would war.

In this world of chaos, be the Light. Spread kindness. Plant love. Watch your love’s roots grow deep and peace will surely blossom.


Viable Threat by @JulieRoweAuthor #romanticsuspense #books #newrelease #TuesdayBookBlog


Title: Viable Threat

Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Book Blurb:

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he’s protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who’ve unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he’ll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.

CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can’t afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they’ll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.


She rested her head against the back of the seat and gave him a strange sort of sad smile. “You know what I’d like to do right now?”

He grunted and wagged his index finger. “That is a trick question.”

She laughed. “Yeah, I guess it is.”

He liked seeing the smile on her face. He liked seeing her face, period. “Tell me, Mouse, what would you like to do right now?”

She waved him closer, and he leaned toward her. She did it again, then put a hand on his shoulder and pulled herself up so she could whisper in his ear, “I’d like to take that respirator off you and kiss you, silly.”

She let go of him and resumed her previous position on the seat. He sat perfectly still. It took just about everything in him to not rip the mask off and grant her wish.

“I’m sorry,” she said, with as close to soundless as a voice could get. “I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable.”

He looked at her and realized she thought he was embarrassed or some shit like that.

“I’m uncomfortable,” he murmured. “Because I’ve had a damned hard-on since I bandaged you up.” Her pupils widened, and her mouth dropped open. “When this is over, you can kiss any part of me you want for as long as you like, just as long as I can return the favor.”

“Oh,” she breathed out. When her tongue licked over her lips, he had to chain his hands to his sides to keep from grabbing her.

Though a blush heated her cheeks, tears filled her eyes until they spilled over and tracked down her face. “Chances are, that’s just a dream.”

It just about killed him to see her so sad. “Hey.” He couldn’t keep the growl out of his voice. “No Negative Nancys allowed on this trip.”

“I’ve got a headache, River. A fever can’t be far behind.”

“That happy bastard Henry is going to come up with some kind of magic potion that will kick this bug’s ass.”

“If that were possible, we’d know.”

“We’ve been so busy blowing sh*t up, we might not have been told.”

She slanted a disbelieving glance at him. “You just spoke with our boss. I think she would have mentioned any magic potions, if they’d been available.”

He ran his hands through his hair. “Could you work with me, Mouse? We’ve got a mass murderer to catch, and I need you ready and able to help reel in the son-of-a-bitch.”

“Ah, I see what you’re doing. Trying to put me in a good mood.”

“Jesus f**k, woman, you think I’d tell you how much I want you just to put you in a good mood?” He leaned down, grabbing the top of the seat on either side of her head. “Do I look like a motivational speaker?”

She studied him, her gaze flicking across his face and uniform. Covered in dirt, debris, and blood, he looked like a walking nightmare. “You look like a soldier on a mission.”

“That’s true, but not all of it.” He whispered, “I’ve got another mission. A personal one. You.”

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Conspiracy Theories Unveiled: Confessions of an Ex-Government Agent by Gabriel Bacopa #books

Conspiracy Theories


Title: Conspiracy Theories Unveiled: Confessions of an Ex-Government Agent

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Short Stories, Satire, Fiction


Book Blurb:

The truth about your favorite conspiracy theories are unveiled in these powerful letters from whistleblower John Dover, Ex -Government worker.


Roswell Unveiled: Midgets are disappearing and no one knows why.
The Moon Landing Unveiled: The truth about NASA
The C.I.A. Drug Wars Unveiled
H.A.A.R.P. Unveiled: The truth about the government’s alleged Weather-control program.
The Illuminati unveiled: The sinister truth of the Illuminati is brought to light.
The Jewish Conspiracy Unveiled


My Review:

This is a pretty simple book – my favorite author takes a light-hearted look at the conspiracy theories that are rampant on the internet and on podcasts, tv and radio.  At times, it seems one can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a flat earther or an anti-vaxxer or some insane kook like that.  A fun book to read.  One anyone would enjoy.  There are some hard truths hidden in the laughter.  A good solid book.


Moon Landing – 4/5

Cute but lacks the punch and depth I have come to expect from this author.


Roswell – 5+

The ‘midget’ conspiracy is a fine example of how today people marginalize others and how some people in society would actually condone eugenics.  We do live in a sick world today.


CIA War on Drugs – 5+

Hilarious!!!!  I personally do believe that crack was used to destroy African American Musical ability and rap was the result.  Duke Ellington and Satchmo and Billie Holliday’s ability is rarely if ever heard in musicians in the 21st century.


Illuminati – 5+

Best line: ‘Most of the Illuminati Elite Freemasons were really stupid’ lol.  Just brilliantly sublime.  A laugher that makes you guffaw!


Jewish Conspiracy – 5+

Excellent definition of a politician.  Some truths here like people are good at what they do because they are predestined to be good at certain things that others aren’t as good at.  Superb.


HAARP – 4 stars

Was a little too surreal but funny.  I would have rated it 5 stars if somehow they could have worked Harpo Marx and the grouchy harp lady from Gilmore Girls into it.



My Rating:  4.75 stars


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Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.


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Top 10 Most Read and Raved About Young Adult Historical #Books #FridayReads #YA #YALit #hisfict

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. So, if you haven’t heard, Amazon has created a bestseller list called Amazon Charts: The Top 20 Most Sold & Most Read Books of the Week. It lists the fiction and nonfiction most sold and most read. It got me thinking about a genre I’m totally in love with: young adult historical. Over the years, I’ve read some incredible books and so, here’s my Top 10 Most Read and Raved About Young Adult Historical books:


The Du Lac Chronicles: Book 1 by Mary Anne Yarde

Winner — N. N. Light Award for Best Romance 2016.


Bronze Medal Winner — Circle Of Books Ring of Honor Award 2016


Finalist — The Golden Box Book Publishing Golden Book Award 2017


A generation after Arthur Pendragon ruled, Briton lies fragmented into warring kingdoms and principalities.


Eighteen-year-old Alden du Lac ruled the tiny kingdom of Cerniw. Now he half-hangs from a wooden pole, his back lashed into a mass of bloody welts exposed to the cold of a cruel winter night. He’s to be executed come daybreak—should he survive that long.


When Alden notices the shadowy figure approaching, he assumes death has come to end his pain. Instead, the daughter of his enemy, Cerdic of Wessex, frees and hides him, her motives unclear.


Annis has loved Alden since his ill-fated marriage to her Saxon cousin—a marriage that ended in blood and guilt—and she would give anything to protect him. Annis’s rescue of Alden traps them between a brutal Saxon king and Alden’s remaining allies. Meanwhile, unknown forces are carefully manipulating the ruins of Arthur’s legacy.


The Du Lac Chronicles has a recommend reading age of 16+


Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

Two girls struggle with their dark family heritage in this fantasy perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Kendare Blake.

As debutantes in 1890s New York City, cousins Dacia and Lou knew little about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. Now, upon turning seventeen, the girls must journey to Romania–a journey that seems to be both reward and punishment–to meet their cousins and their tyrant of a grandmother and to learn the secrets of their family. Secrets spoken of in whispers. Dangerous secrets known as the Claw, the Wing, and the Smoke.

But as dangerous as those family secrets might be, even more dangerous is the centuries-old bond between the Florescus and the royal Dracula family, and it seems that it’s time for Dacia and Lou to give up their life in New York society and take their place among the servants of the Draculas. When the devilish heir, Mihai Dracula, sets his sights on Dacia as part of his evil, power-hungry plan, the girls must accept or fight against this cruel inheritance. Do they have the courage to break the shackles of their upbringing and set the course of their own destiny?


A School for Unusual Girls: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin

A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure “completely original and totally engrossing.”


It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.


After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts….


At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Spindle’s End by Robin Mckinley

The evil fairy Pernicia has set a curse on Princess Briar-Rose: she is fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an endless, poisoned sleep. Katriona, a young fairy, kidnaps the princess in order to save her; she and her aunt raise the child in their small village, where no one knows her true identity. But Pernicia is looking for her, intent on revenge for a defeat four hundred years old. Robin McKinley’s masterful version of Sleeping Beauty is, like all of her work, a remarkable literary feat.


Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes

Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was fifty years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, the Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by American artist Michael McCurdy, bring to life Esther Forbes’ quintessential novel of the American Revolution.


Robyn Hood: A Girl’s Tale by K. M. Shea

The ballads lie. Robin Hood, the Bold and Brave Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, is cowardly, spineless, and a girl.


Robyn unwittingly starts the Robin Hood farce when she is mistaken for a male while saving her friend, Marian, from two foresters. Forced into hiding, Robyn unwillingly collects “Merry Men” while grudgingly robbing from the rich fools that wander through Sherwood. What starts as small scale robbery blows up into complex heists when Little John and Will Scarlet join her team, and the idiotic Prince John and his legion of soldiers comes to town. However, Robyn can’t stop the theft—not when King Richard is being held ransom.


Cowardly Robyn’s best chance to raise money for King Richard’s release is to rob his brother, Prince John. Will she survive the heist, or swing in the gallows?


Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers by Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen introduces readers to Charley Goddard in his latest novel, Soldier’s Heart.  Charley goes to war a boy, and returns a changed man, crippled by what he has seen.  In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy’s eyes and one boy’s heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.


Rebel Mechanics: All Is Fair in Love and Revolution by Shanna Swendson

It’s 1888, and seventeen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.


The Coffin Quilt: The Feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys by Ann Rinaldi

Fanny McCoy has lived in fear and anger ever since that day in 1878 when a dispute with the Hatfields over the ownership of a few pigs set her family on a path of hatred and revenge. From that day forward, along the ragged ridges of the West Virginia-Kentucky line, the Hatfields and the McCoys have operated not withing the law but within mountain codes of their own making. In 1882, when Fanny’s sister Roseanna runs off with young Johnse Hatfield, the hatred between the two clans explodes.


As the killings, abductions, raids, and heartbreak escalate bitterly and senselessly, Fanny, the sole voice of reason, realizes that she is powerless to stop the fighting and must learn to rise above the petty natures of her family and neighbors to find her own way out of the hatred.


Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire Book 1) by Sherry Ficklin

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?


Special Mention: I love this book and while it’s technically middle grade, I couldn’t help adding it to this list. – Mrs. N

The Callender Papers by Cynthia Voigt (Author), Suzanne Duranceau (Illustrator)

Think carefully. That’s the advice Jean Wainwright always gets from her beloved Aunt Constance, Jean’s guardian and headmistress at the boarding school where she lives. It’s advice that proves valuable when Jean finds herself spending the summer far from home, sorting out family papers for the reclusive Mr. Thiel, a trustee of Aunt Constance’s school and the widower of her childhood friend Irene Callender.


At Mr. Thiel’s isolated country estate, Jean is surrounded by bewildering questions from the past. Why is there such hatred between Mr. Thiel and his late wife’s brother? Was her death an accident? And what happened to their child, who disappeared after Irene Thiel’s death? Do the answers lie in the Callender papers? And will searching for the answers put Jean’s own life in jeopardy?



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MRS N, Book Addict


Today’s a Fresh Start, a Blank Page so Make the Most of Today! #inspiration #FridayFeeling

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What’s your daily outlook?

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s we’re talking about changing your outlook.

When you wake up in the morning, do you greet the day with a smile or a frown?

Even when I’m tired and feeling exhausted, sleeping through the alarm, there’s a little tingle of delight that courses through my veins as I get out of bed.

It’s a brand new day and I wonder what’s going to happen.

No matter what transpired yesterday or what will happen tomorrow, today’s a fresh start. Every sunrise signals a brand new day and you should remember that, especially today.

Don’t wallow in the past or pine for the future; grab today by the shirttails and take advantage of every opportunity!


Note: This weekend is a long weekend for us. Up here in Canada, it’s Victoria Day Weekend and we’re taking the next three days off. We’ll be back online on Tuesday.

Shy Girls Write It Better (Some Girls Do It Book 1) by @MaySageAuthor #romance #FridayReads

Shy Girls


Title: Shy Girls Write It Better (Some Girls Do It Book 1)

Author: May Sage

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Book Blurb:

Cassie Franklin trips over nothing on perfectly flat surfaces every day, and she cannot seem to be able to simultaneously speak and look into her audience’s eyes.
Cassandra Frank is the ultimate tease; her words have aroused, intrigued and captured the heart of thousands…
And somehow, they are the same person.

Hiding the fact that she writes erotica isn’t much of a challenge – no one would ever think that a plain, boring little accountant like Cassie could so much as read anything so scandalous…
But one day, she makes a huge mistake.

Carter Harris employs so many people he can’t exactly recall all their names, but strangely, he knows her. She isn’t an executive, she isn’t sexy, or otherwise noticeable, but the girl is cute – in a helpless, unique sort of way.
He can’t pretend to say she ever crosses his mind, though… Until the day he finds the manuscript she worked on during her lunch hour.

Shy girls write it better is an adult romance with explicit content. Standalone novella ending on a happily for now note.


My Review:

Disclaimer: This book is rated 18+ due to adult language (lots of swearing) and adult situations (sex scenes).


Cassie Franklin is a shy, introverted accountant at Harris Toys who’s hiding a deep secret. Accountant by day and bestselling erotic romance author by night. It all started when she had extra time at work and decided to write a romance to kill time. Flash forward and she’s got three bestsellers under her belt. Her shyness kills her social life but that doesn’t stop her from having a serious crush with the CEO of Harris Toys, Carter Harris.


Carter Harris is a busy man and when he first met Cassie, he thinks she’s cute and helpless. Her awkwardness makes him smile yet he never asks her out because for one, she’s an employee and for two, she’s not his type. But when a chance meeting in the breakroom between him and Cassie allows him a hidden glimpse into her alter ego, he can’t resist the temptation. They become friends and he even helps her with her brand new BDSM romance. Carter’s about to discover some girls (especially shy ones) do it better.


I loved this romance by May Sage! I’ve read her fairy tale retellings but with Shy Girls, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting. Addictive to read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. The chemistry between Cassie and Carter sizzles on the page. Witty, humorous banter makes the dialogue sing and I could totally envision each scene.


Favorite Character/Quote: Cassie. She’s a shy, slightly clumsy girl who’s been in love with the head of Harris Toys for years. She’s smart and a successful erotic romance author, too. I loved the way she blossoms into an outgoing sexy woman in this book.


My Rating:  5+ stars


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Author Biography:

May is a USA Today Bestselling Author based in the middle of nowhere, Cornwall, England.


When she isn’t writing about sassy women and alpha males, she can generally be found playing with her cat and her puppy, eating cake, or reading about sassy women and alpha males. Yep, she’s that kinda recluse.


Her first love is paranormal romance but she’s not that faithful, so expect to find anything from shifters, princes and kings, to aliens and billionaires in her bibliography!


Please note that May writes novels and novellas. Some of her books end on cliffhanger. Read the description to know what you’re signing up for. Also: note that none of her books are suitable for those who like clean romance.


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Traveller Inceptio by @RobShackleford Delves Into #History Via the Transporter! #bookreview



Title: Traveller Inceptio

Author: Rob Shackleford

Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Action


Book Blurb:

If you were sent a thousand years into the past, would you survive?


With the accidental development of the Transporter, university researchers determine that the device sends any subject one thousand years into the past.


Or is it to a possible past?


The enigmatic Transporter soon becomes known as a Time Machine, but with limitations.


An audacious research project is devised to use the Transporter to investigate Medieval Saxon England, when a crack international team of Special Services soldiers undergo intensive training for their role as historical researchers.


The special researchers, called Travellers, are to be sent into what is a very dangerous period in England’s turbulent past.


From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers soon learn that they need more than combat skills and modern technology to survive the trails of early 11th Century life.


My Review:

Imagine you’re one of a group of university researchers who, while trying to create technology for a security business, built a time machine instead. Would you be prepared if you transported back in time to 11th century Saxon England? Meet the Travellers, a group of modern-day elite soldiers, scientists, historians, and researchers, who use the Transporter (time machine) to go back in time. What will they discover? Will they be prepared for what’s to come and what will happen to history if they use modern technology to defeat the Vikings?


I have to be honest, it took a long time for me to figure out what was going on in this book. In alternating chapters, we get the research team and a mysterious man named Michael lost in the forest. Was Michael in the past or the present? What was his relationship to the research team? Honestly, it didn’t make sense to me until much later.


The action scenes were full of adrenaline and suspense. Well written and described, they were the catalyst to keeping the plot moving. The science fiction, while intriguing in theory, came across as unbelievable at times. I really had to suspend my belief in order to stay inside the story. The characters were lush, well-developed beings, each with his/her own voice. The time travel and the historical sub-plots were well-conceived, well-researched and were the highlight of the book.


If you like science fiction, time travel historical fiction with plenty of action and a killer ending, you’ll love this book.



Favorite Character/Quote: Tatae. She’s the most intriguing character and I felt an instant connection with her. Strong, beautiful, complex is only a few of her characteristics and yet, I find myself unable to describe why I love her so much. I guess her aura, her sense of right and wrong are what makes her unique.


My Rating:  4 stars


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Author Biography:

An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and management roles in too many places.

With degrees in the Arts and Business, he is mad keen on travel, Scuba diving, Family History, martial arts, astronomy, and playing Djembe and Congas.

Rob is father of two and lives on the Gold Coast.


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


Patience is Nothing More Than Having a Good Attitude While Waiting! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts



Do you hate waiting as much as I do?

I’ve never been good at waiting, especially for something I’ve been wanting to do/see/experience. I remember when I was an early teenager and I got the opportunity to meet my crush, Kirk Cameron. This was the high point of my life, up until then, and I was the biggest Growing Pains fan in my town. My grandmother and I stood in line for what seemed like an eternity, but was only probably three hours. When it was my turn, I nearly fainted.

“What’s your name?” Kirk asked with a smile.

I told him and handed him a picture of him to sign.

He did a double-take. I had an unusual spelling.

“With a N?” he asked.

I felt my cheeks burning. I couldn’t believe I was talking to Kirk Cameron, the boy I had been dreaming about for years. All I could do is nod.

“Wow, what a beautiful name.” He bent down and autographed the Teen Beat picture. When he handed it back to me, he spoke softly, “A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.”

I giggled and lowered my eyes. I was shy and didn’t know what to say. When my grandmother nudged me, I blurted out, “T-t-thank you. You’re my dream…”

He chuckled and I giggled harder.

We left after that and I’ll never forget his kindness. He was a celebrity yet took the time to make a shy teenage girl’s year. His framed autographed picture sat in my room until I graduated high school. It was one of my most prized possessions and it wouldn’t have been possible without patience.

Patience is hard, especially when it’s something you really want. I struggle with patience on a daily basis. It takes a lot of effort for me to silence the inner critic and focus on keeping a positive attitude.  The ironic thing is when you focus on your attitude rather than the waiting, patience becomes a little easier.

What do you do when waiting? Are you patient? Any tips on patience?

Share in the comments below and let’s help each other be more patient.


The Girl Who Cried Murder by Paula Graves @HarlequinBooks #romanticsuspense #bookreview

The Girl Who Cried Murder


Title: The Girl Who Cried Murder (Campbell Cove Academy)

Author: Paula Graves

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

A cold case is reopened, placing a witness in the crosshairs—and a bodyguard by her side…


Charlie Winters has caught security expert Mike Strong’s attention. A member of his self-defense class, she seems to need to know more than just how to protect herself. After a little digging, Mike discovers that the cute redhead has a reason to worry—she may have witnessed a murder. Using all of his connections, Mike tries to solve the cold case. But as Charlie’s memories from the past begin to resurface, her future seems marked for death. Offering up his skills as a bodyguard, Mike promises not to leave her side. And Charlie’s obvious relief at not having to fight alone convinces him there’s much more to this mystery he has yet to uncover.


My Review:

Ten years ago, Charlie’s best friend is killed in a hit and run accident. Memories are haunting Charlie and she starts asking questions. Someone is following Charlie and everything points to murder. Charlie signs up for a self-defense class just in case and piques the interest of ex-Marine Mike Strong. Mike offers to be her bodyguard and help her solve her friend’s murder after a few attempts are made on Charlie’s life.

Mike has never met anyone like Charlie and the more he’s around her, the more he craves her company. But someone is out to get her and Mike’s instincts kick in. Just when things are heating up between he and Charlie, the murderer gets reckless and goes after Mike. Will they survive this killer or is Charlie just The Girl Who Cried Murder?

I really loved this romantic suspense. Filled with twists and turns, Graves does a magnificent job weaving in romance with suspense. I loved that Charlie is independent and from the wrong side of the tracks. Charlie and Mike are a fantastic couple, feeding off each other’s strengths and nurturing each other’s weaknesses. A superb read and can’t wait to read more!

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy for Christmas.


My Rating:  5+ stars


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Author Biography:

Born in the American South, Paula Graves draws from her experiences with the culture and geography of the region, especially the Appalachian Mountains, to add authentic flavor and unique characters to her tales of romance and mystery.


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Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon III: The Manic Episode by Gabriel Bacopa #bookreview #satire

Eating Ice Cream III


Title: Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon III: The Manic Episode

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Satire, Short Stories, Dystopian


Book Blurb:

Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon III: The Manic Episode

A.K.A. Global Warming Kicks in

Due to the Unbelievable success of Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon Part II, Gabriel Bacopa continues the series where Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon II left off:

After the war, the Ice Cream shop reopens, yet Michael is not welcome there anymore. Michael divorces Pakiza in a Manic Episode; climate change kicks in;. Michael decides to become a politician to win back Halima.

(Due to Unforeseen circumstances, Pakiza, Halima, and Sue will not be Michael’s epic sidekicks in this finale.)

“Women are like a sailboat. A man might steer them in one direction, but the wind, which is the world, pulls them another way.”
– Michael Mahrouq

Also includes:

Affirmative Action: A white social justice cashier lets Black people cut in line.

A Pilgrim’s Defense of the Disabled: Unveiled for the first time, the leader of the Pilgrim community in America made a decision as to how people with different disabilities should be treated.

Comatose: There is something Eerie about America these days.


My Review:

Another powerful work from the most prescient novelist of the 21st century.  The stories are well woven but carry much more than just the words… they are helping to define our current world, the current state of the United States and the current thoughts that prevail in far too many minds.  A great book and one that makes you cringe at how truthful the ‘fiction’ is.


Eating Ice Cream Part III – 5 stars

What a concise recap – brilliantly conveys part I and II in but a couple of sentences.  Not the story I expected.  This is 5 stars.  At first, I wasn’t 100% sure what the story was really about.  Then it came to me – this is a triumphant championing of the rights of the mentally ill.  Those who are so often cast aside or murdered in the streets are defended beautifully here in this story.  The pace of the story with the quick changes also harpoons the 21st century approach to the second by second attention span.  Society today bounces from story to story at breakneck speed and forgets one crisis for the next one.  This is perfectly illustrated in the writing.


Affirmative Action – 5+ stars

Justin is saying and doing what many good minding people wish they could say every day.  I laughed out loud so hard I disturbed other people with me at that time!  Every single white person in North America should be forced to read this story.  So realistic, a great take on the prevalent racism that plagues us all in the 21st century.


Comatose – 5++ stars

A telling commentary on the political climate in 2017 America.  The allusion to all being the same is not as farfetched as you would think.  The online supporters of a certain current President are in lockstep with that man and they appear to be as much him as he is they.  Makes one long for the 80’s when every home town had people like that but they were only found if you ran into them in a bar or at a city park.  Those with rabid beliefs now have the world at their fingertips and they unite and make the rest of the majority very uneasy.


My Rating:  5++ stars


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Author Biography:

Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N

Struggles Are Nothing More Than Strength-Training Classes! #wednesdaywisdom #inspiration



Are you struggling with something right now?

Good. Welcome to today’s Universe Strength-Training Class. You won’t need to wear work-out clothing and shoes; come as you are.

We all deal with struggles. It can be a work deadline, school project, disease/illness, loss of someone, etc. Struggles aren’t meant to punish you for something you did; struggles test your mettle and prepare you for what’s coming next.

A few months ago, as you may remember, I went through a struggle. Our tax bill was more than we expected and in the matter of two months we had to come up with $800. Anxiety filled me while MR N was calm. MR N created a plan and we followed it. My stomach churned every day but I persevered. At the eleventh hour, we received a bonus and it was exactly the amount we needed.

Going through that experience taught me a lot. I channeled every ounce of strength I had (and borrowed the rest from MR N) and came out the other side. It wasn’t pretty, let me tell you, but I got through.

Struggles force us to look inward and gather strength, sometimes strength we didn’t know we had in the first place. It prepares us for the future and purifies us. Purifies us? Yes, like gold or silver, the fire of struggles burns away the impurities surrounding our soul, leaving a clean, fresh spirit.

Welcome to the Universe’s strength-training series of classes. I’m ready to get started. Who’s with me?