Without Light-Bearers, The World Would Be a Dark Place! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


Spreading Light Elderly

 

Are you spreading or reflecting Light?

 

As most of you, my motto for life is to spread the Light. The quote I live by is in the graphic above.

 

The world would be a dark, dismal place without Light-Bearers spreading the Light. There would be no laughter, no joy, no blissful happiness, no love. The world needs you and your Light!

 

Today, as you go about your day, spread Light through your actions, words and attitude. Look for opportunities to light up someone’s day. Show kindness, do something nice, encourage someone with a few uplifting words.

 

There are two ways of spreading Light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

 

MRS N

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Award-Winning Author Stef Smulders @italie_verhalen Talks Expat Life in Italy #travel #expat #books


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Hi, I am Stef Smulders, a Dutch expat living in Italy with husband and doggie since 2008, where we have a bed and breakfast. Even after 10 years I can still hardly believe we did it, packing up our things and … go! Well, there were some nasty surprises along the way we had never expected but we survived. And we are still happy we did it. We love the area where we live, the Oltrepò Pavese wine region, south of Milan in Lombardy. We like the people, most of them at least (exit real estate guy). The food and the wine are fantastic, the landscape still amazes us and the climate, wow, summer sunshine from May till October!

 

You can read about our expat adventure in my book and on my blog. Or come and visit us! You are always welcome.

 

 

Get a taste of Italy in Stef’s brand new English Blog: http://italiaanse-toestanden.duepadroni.it/living-italy-expat

 
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Living in Italy

 
Title
Living in Italy: the Real Deal

 
Author
Stef Smulders

 
Genre
Non-fiction, memoir, travelogue

 
Publisher
Babelcube Inc

 

Book Blurb
Would you dare to follow your dream and move or retire to Italy? Stef & Nico did, although their dog Sara had her doubts. Now from your comfortable armchair you can share in the hilarious & horrendous adventures they experienced when they moved to Italy to start a bed and breakfast.

 

 

For lovers of amusing travelogue memoirs who like a good laugh. And for those interested in practical advice on how to buy a house in Italy there is useful information along the way, pleasantly presented within the short stories.

 

 

Glossary of Italian words included! Learn the true meaning of Italian phrases and expressions like “non ci sono problemi“, “di fiducia“, “persone serie“, “tutto a norma” and many more. Learn a bit of the foreign language before going to Italy.

 

Recognition:

  • Reader Views 2016/17 Literary Awards Winner
  • Readers Favorite 2017 Award Winner Travel category
  • Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
  • 2017 ELIT Award Winner Travel category
  • IAN Book of the Year Finalist Travel & Humor/Comedy/Satire categories
  • New York & Amsterdam Book Festival Honourable Mentions

 

Reviews:

  • a comical, often downright hilarious account” Reader’s Favorite Review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
  • Smulders’ storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining” Blogcritics/Reader Views ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
  • Stef Smulders … does what a good writer does: He writes what he observes and leaves the judgement to you, the reader. No constant bellyaching from Mr. Smulders. I like that. I really like that.” James Martin, Italy expert, wanderingitaly.com
  • Fantastico! I am a tough critic and have nothing but kudos for this book. Buy this book!!” Elliana on Amazon
  • There is more of the flavor of Italy in this book than in … Frances Mayes’ ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’” Amazon review by Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100
  • Now I can add Stef Smulders to the list of my favorite expat authors” N.N. Light

 

For lovers of books like

  • Michelle Damiani’s Il Bel Centro
  • Katherine Wilson’s Only in Naples
  • Tim Parks’ Italian Ways & Italian Neighbours
  • Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun & Bella Tuscany
  • Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy
  • Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There & The Road to Little Dribbling

 

 
Excerpt
“When we bought our home nine months ago it was ready to move into. And now?

 
We are shipwrecked in the kitchen of the downstairs apartment. A single sheet of plastic between the hall and the sitting room is the only thing that protects us from the heavy dust of the building site. All day, we are assaulted by the sound of workmen shouting, drilling and hammering. A couple of hours ago the electricity cut out and it’s starting to get chilly in here. Every evening we escape upstairs via the dusty, grimy staircase, where we try to find solace by watching TV in our future living room. The living room is also separated by a sheet of plastic from the kitchen, the bedroom and the office. There are gaping holes in the walls in all of these three rooms, made weeks ago in preparation for the doors and a new window. Now they are serving as tunnels bringing in the draught and the cold. Exhausted and numbed from the endless turmoil surrounding us, we are staring out into space in silence. We are hardly aware of what’s on the screen.

 

 

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Author Biography
Stef is a Dutch expat who moved to Italy in 2008, accompanied by his husband and dog, to start their bed and breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the Oltrepo Pavese wine region, just 50 km (30 miles) south of Milan. In 2014 Stef published his first book (in Dutch) about their life in Italy. The English translation is available from November 2016 as “Living in Italy: the Real Deal – How to survive the Good Life” and has had raving reviews from editorial websites and readers alike.

 

 
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She loved him… to the brink of death: Born, Madly by @TrishWolfe #coverreveal #darkromance




 

Born, Madly
Trisha Wolfe
Publication date: January 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

 

Duet: a performance by two.

 

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

 

As a buried past is unearthed, Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially freed him. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

 

 

 

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Author Bio:

 

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

 

For more information on Trisha Wolfe and her works, please visit:

http://www.TrishaWolfe.com

 

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Dangerous as he is attractive… Baker’s Dozen by @ameyzeigler #romanticsuspense #giveaway


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Title: Baker’s Dozen

Author: Amey Zeigler

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

Blurb:

Twenty-three-year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.

 

Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.

 

Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.

 

As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.

 

Giveaway:

Enter to win an e-copy by commenting in the box below. All we need is your name and email address.

 

Open internationally and author will choose winner on Tuesday, December 19.

 

 

Excerpt:

“Okay, I concede,” she said.

 

He smiled inwardly, the rush of victory, conquering a well-matched foe. “I knew I could persuade you.”

 

Her smile warmed him, he released his body from hers. In a flash, her leg flew up and hit him square in the nads, opened the door behind her, and slipped out by saying, “Brad asked me to do this. So I will do this.”

 

Through the purple haze of pain, he called out, “Where will you go Andy Baker?” The front door opened. “They’re hunting you,” he called.

 

The door slammed shut again. He smiled despite the throbbing. He liked her.

 

 

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https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5420-baker-s-dozen.html

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bakers-dozen/id1299079591?mt=11

 

 

Amey Zeigler

 

Author Bio:

Amey Zeigler wrote her first mystery with her best friend in fourth grade. She wrote, the friend illustrated. It also had a cute boy in it with spiky hair (because that was the style back then). Not much has changed. She loves mysteries. She loves romance. She loves suspense. She loves action, adventure and comedy. But she wants it to have a happy ending.

 

Because she grew up moving all around the United States, Amey loves writing about different places.  In her books, she explores the whole world.

 

Growing up, Amey was always trying new things. She played violin, drums, flute, piano, all before she was sixteen. She also discovered she didn’t have much talent for music.

 

When people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she was afraid to tell them she wanted to be a writer because she didn’t know how to write.

 

She is so grateful for her Sophomore year Honor’s English teacher who gave her a star and five points (out of five!) for Voice on her personal essay. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have had enough courage to pursue writing.

 

In her spare time, she adopts stray furniture left on the side of the road, fixes it up and gives it a new look and home. Amey lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX.

 

 

 

Social Media:

 

www.ameyzeigler.blogspot.com blog

 

www.ameyzeigler.com Website

 

@ameyzeigler Twitter

 

https://www.facebook.com/bakersdozenromanticsuspense Facebook

 

www.amazon.com/author/ameyzeigler Amazon author page

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17290110.Amey_Zeigler Goodreads author page

 

Did You Know Your Longings are Universal? #inspiration #motivation #TuesdayThoughts


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Did you know that we are all connected? 

 

No matter where you live or what language you speak, we are connected.  Read the quote above and think about your favorite book.

 

Then ask yourself why you love that book so much.

 

One of my favorite books of all time is Time Traveler’s Wife.  I love this book because it speaks of destiny, soulmates and love.  When I first read the book, I had just gotten engaged.  MR N and I read the book out loud together.  I felt so connected to Claire and to Henry.

 

In this world we live in, there are so many people who are lonely and want desperately to belong.  I wish I could give each of them a hug and tell them that they are beautiful.  They belong and do not need to be lonely anymore.

 

Do you feel lonely?  Do you want to belong?  Grab a hold of your favorite book, my hand and let’s travel through this life together.

 

MRS N

Remembering Warriors Box Set by @libraryoferana plus 12 more authors! #books #WW1 #BookishTues


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Title:

Remembering Warriors Bundle

 

Releases January 1st 2018 but you can pre-order today!!

 

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Book #1:

Comrades in Arms by Kevin J Anderson https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/comrades-arms

 

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Outside the Walls by A.L. Butcher and Diana L. Wicker https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/outside-walls

 

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Norman Blood by Barbara G. Tarn https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/norman-blood

 

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The Rise of a Warrior by Harvey Stanbrough https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/rise-warrior

 

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Total War by Russ Crossley https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/total-war

 

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Resonant Bronze by J.M, Ney-Grimm https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/resonant-bronze

 

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Siren by Blaze Ward https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/siren

 

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The Museum of Modern Warfare by Kristine Kathryn Rusch https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/museum-modern-warfare

 

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Nothing for Nothing by Harvey Stanbrough https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/nothing-for-nothing

 

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The Rescue by Blaze Ward https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/nothing-for-nothing

 

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Soldier, Storyteller by Linda Maye Adams https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/soldier-storyteller

 

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Heroes of Old by Russ Crossley https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/heroes-old

 

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With a Broken Sword by Stefon Mears https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/with-broken-sword

 

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Genre: Mixed

 

Publisher Kydala Publishing

 

Book Blurb

In commemoration of the World War One Centenary…

 

One hundred years ago, in 1918, the Great War ended after four terrible years. Never had the world seen such a conflict. All touched by its scythe hoped we would never be thusly reaped again. Their hopes were but desperate dreams. Since that first armistice, there have been many more battles, and thousands have given their lives or their health to preserve freedom and escape from tyranny.

 

A hundred years after the first armistice we still remember and honour those brave souls. But still, the soldiers fall, for the War to End All Wars did not.

 

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10% of the royalties from the Remembering Warriors bundle will go to the http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ plus another 10% to https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ two charities that support wounded and ex-service personnel and their families, in commemoration of the World War I centenary.

 

 

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Author Biography

British-born Alexandra Butcher (a/k/a  A. L. Butcher) is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.  She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.

 

Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.

 

 

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Library of Erana Blog http://bit.ly/Blog2iAWL3o

 

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Meet Aydarr A Badari Warrior from Bestseller @vscotttheauthor’s Brand New Release! #books


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I’m Aydarr, the alpha or leader of my pack of Badari genetically engineered warriors. We were created by a race of alien scientists to be deployed as super soldiers against the humans in the Sectors. I’m in the eighth generation of Badari and I never had any hope of being able to save my people and escape the labs until I met human Jill Garrison. The new book from Veronica Scott tells our story and is the first in the series describing our tale of battle against our mutual enemies.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Time spent with Jill – we have so few chances to be together without the pressure of decisions to be made for my pack and the other kidnapped human colonists. We’re engaged in a war against the alien enemies and there’s very little downtime.

 

What is your greatest fear?

I have no fears for myself, but I’d be terrified of Jill falling into the Khagrish hands again. As you’ll find out in the book, she commits acts that make her someone they’d very much like to have revenge on.

 

What is your current state of mind?

As I mentioned above, thanks to Jill, I’m hopeful my people can defeat the Khagrish, our enemies, and live freely someday as other beings do. I’m determined to gain the ultimate victory.

 

On what occasion do you lie?

I lie to the Khagrish scientists on any occasion where I can get away with it. They’re cruel and believe my people are less than human because we were engineered in the Khagrish labs, so I owe them nothing, much less the truth. I have to protect my Badari packmates.

 

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I have talons and fangs I can deploy, which are a result of the Khagrish experiments with combining DNA from many species. They’re useful weapons of course but also visible reminders that neither I nor any of my people are ‘natural’. Jill says they fascinate her – she’s not the least bit scared of me or my men.

 

Which living person do you most despise?

Dr. Gahzhing, the chief Khagrish scientist. He had power of life or death over me, my pack and Jill, as well as all the rest of the kidnapped humans. He had no mercy and no sense of right and wrong.

 

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Jill Garrison, the human woman that the Khagrish kidnapped from her colony and brought to their laboratory planet. We met purely by accident and I bless the day she was placed in the vicinity of my pack. She’s brave, smart and loyal. And not afraid to go toe to toe with me if she disagrees about something!

 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish we Badari weren’t Khagrish creations but as Jill constantly tells me, we’re as ‘human’ as she is in all the ways that matter. We’re men, we have honor and souls and we deserve to live in peace. Someday!

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Keeping as many of my Badari packmates alive as I could, despite the never ending Khagrish experiments.

 

What is your most marked characteristic?

As the Badari alpha, I’m dominant to all the others and must be obeyed when I give an order. There is no one who can challenge me successfully, although some have thought about trying it.

 

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and honesty.

 

 

Title AYDARR (A BADARI WARRIOR SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK ONE 

Author  Veronica Scott

Genre SciFi Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

 

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

 

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway?  Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

 

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

 

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

 

Excerpt – (Jill meets the Khagrish scientists for the first time)

“Are those the Khagrish?” she asked Aydarr as she walked next to him, away from the hill and toward the waiting group.

 

“Yes. Don’t be fooled by their pretty appearance,” he said. “A more cruel and unprincipled race of beings never existed, as my people know to their cost. Stay close to me.”

 

“I consider myself duly warned.” Heart beating faster, she walked next to Aydarr.

 

The Badari came to a stop ten feet away from the waiting Khagrish, taking a position on a black line painted on the surface of the patio extending from the building. Aydarr took his place at the head of the formation, drawing Jill to stand between him and Mateer.

 

The woman appeared to be in charge. “You idiots,” she said to her two underlings, while the guards stood unmoving, their weapons now aimed at the line of Badari.

 

Jill blinked. The Khagrish scientist wasn’t speaking Basic, but her language was apparently close enough to something Jill had been hypno implanted with during her military days that the translator implant was able to make sense of the words. Lots of weird things rattling around in my brain, thanks to the Special Forces. The Sectors military liked to implant enhancements into their soldiers and nothing ever got removed. She wondered if Aydarr and his men understood Khagrish, but now wasn’t the time to ask.

 

Gesturing at Jill, the woman said, “The Sectors humans are not for this experiment. They weren’t brought here to be mixed into other, already established protocols. What the untranslatable is she doing in the Preserve? Mingling with the animals?”

 

One of the two men fidgeted. “We were bored. The animals don’t do anything new. We thought it would be amusing… um, scientifically enlightening to introduce a new factor into their playtime.”

 

“And there were so many humans delivered, we figured no one would miss one.” The other glared at Jill. She fought off the desire to take a defensive stand, keeping herself loosely at attention the way her companions stood. Was the entire population of my colony kidnapped? Her heart beat faster with dread, realizing her sisters, her friends and colleagues were held captive in the massive building, maybe already being experimented on.

 

“And you expected the Badari to do…what with her?” The female was contemptuous. And pissed, Jill concluded. “Fight over her? Tear her to bits? Assault her?”

 

The man evidently didn’t read emotions as well as Jill did. He nodded eagerly as if expecting praise for his enterprise, his ridiculous crest of hair bobbing. “Exactly. Any or all of those possibilities.”

 

“We were ready to take notes,” the other added. “We had the recorders running.”

 

Without warning the woman slapped him hard. “So you were hoping to make credits on the black market.”

 

Holding his cheek, on his knees, the tech cringed. “We’d have cut you in on the deal.”

 

“We made a huge balance on the vid of two of the animals fighting to the death, after we jacked them up on the right drugs,” the female scientist said thoughtfully. “The question is timing, you fools. Anything like this has to be done while the boss is away so the traces can be sufficiently covered up.”

 

Jill calculated her odds of reaching one of the guards and grabbing a weapon. The situation was getting worse and worse. She barely controlled her involuntary startle when Aydarr touched her hand ever so lightly with his fingers. She wished she could look at him as he linked his fingers with hers. Was he telling her to wait? To go for it? Trying to reassure her?

 

The woman paced from one side of the pavement to the other. “You’re lucky the director of the lab isn’t here right now. We can probably get away with destroying the human, as you said, there were so many delivered, losing one shouldn’t matter. We can’t put her back, since she has to be considered contaminated now for any new experiment. But we’ll have to delete all evidence of her presence. We can think about how to do this safely at a later date.”

 

“Won’t the animals talk about it?” The tech gestured at the Badari as he rose to his feet.

 

The scientist strutted right up to Aydarr, staring him in the face. Although the alpha towered over her, he lowered his gaze to meet her challenge. “Not if they’re properly incentivized.” She tapped him on the chest with one long finger. “801 here cares more about keeping his pack alive than he does about one random human.”

 

Buy Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Aydarr-Badari-Warriors-Romance-Sectors-ebook/dp/B0785JRRJ9/?tag=verscoblo-20

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Google https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Veronica_Scott_Aydarr?id=vUhBDwAAQBAJ

 

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Author Biography

USA Today Best Selling Author

 

“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog

 

Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

 

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

 

She was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

 

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Blog: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/vscotttheauthor

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Scott/177217415659637?ref=hl

What’s to fear if you’re already dead? The Ghost Chronicles 2 by @MarloBerliner #paranormal


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Title – THE GHOST CHRONICLES 2

Author – Marlo Berliner

Genre – Paranormal

Publisher – Teddy Blue Books

 

Book Blurb

What’s there to fear if you’re already dead?

 

Plenty.

 

Michael and Sarah now know for certain, there is a destination after death.

 

They also know they better find their way out of the afterlife fast, before the devil claims Michael’s soul.

 

What they don’t know?

 

Before they can get to heaven…

 

they may just have to go through hell.

 

Excerpt

Michael turned to her to say something funny, but the antique clock on the sidewalk in front of the gift shop suddenly chimed midnight. As usual, time had once again moved forward at some wickedly irrational pace.

 

The wind had picked up and snow was lightly falling again, straight through both of them. He took Sarah’s hand and let the swirling wind direct him, spinning her around the wrought-iron clock as if they were ballroom dancing to music only he could hear in his mind.

 

Or so he thought.

 

Until Sarah started humming the same tune along with him.

 

He hadn’t even realized it, but his mind must’ve been projecting the music, so he picked up the tempo now, humming louder. It took a moment before he could recall the name of the tune, but then he recognized the song as The Blue Danube, a famous waltz by Johann Strauss II. At least I remembered something from middle school music classes, he thought with amusement.

 

He twirled her around again with a big flourish then dipped her in his arms, before finally yanking her up into a tight embrace. A swirl of snowflakes danced softly around and through her wavy, red hair. Aroused by the warmth of her aura, he pulled her even closer to his chest, as spectral butterflies sprang to life in his stomach.

 

This was the kind of romantic moment any man, dead or alive, would remember forever. A thread of magic that would become stitched inside of a freeze frame of memory.

 

His fingers strayed across her cheek, relishing the softness of her ghostly skin. For a moment, her big, beautiful eyes held him spellbound. He could swear each time he looked into them they reflected an even deeper, more entrancing shade of green. “Merry Christmas, Sarah.”

 

She leaned into him and whispered tenderly, “Merry Christmas, my love.”

 

He let himself go, placing his mouth desperately over hers, losing himself in the heat and passion of her kiss. As far as he was concerned there was nothing else on this earth, nothing else in this universe, except her lips and this moment in time.

 

 

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Author Biography

Marlo Berliner is the award-winning author of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, her debut book which was released in November 2015 to critical acclaim. The book won the 2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book, was named FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction, received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and was named one of the “best indie YA books we have seen in the past year, from both self-publishers and small presses” by IPPY Magazine. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is represented by Eric Ruben of The Ruben Agency.

 

When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband, two sons, and a rambunctious puppy named Max.

 

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The Most Real Things We Can’t See so You’ve Got to Believe! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” — Conductor, The Polar Express

 

Over the weekend, we watched the movie, The Polar Express. It’s one of our favorite Christmas movies. So many amazing quotes in that movie but the one above totally uplifts me.

 

Seeing is believing but sometimes we have to scrunch up our eyes and believe.

 

Are you going through a rough time and don’t know how you’re make it through?

 

You’ve got to believe.

 

Just got dumped by someone and/or got your heart broken?

 

You’ve got to believe.

 

Didn’t get the promotion you wanted or were you just let go?

 

You’ve got to believe.

 

Believe that you’ll make it through, no matter what happens. Believe that things will get better and you’ll find someone else. Believe that something better is in store for you.

 

Let the magic of the unknown and life itself sustain you when you’re at a fork in the road. Like the little boy from The Polar Express, you’ve got to take the plunge and believe. You may not know what will happen but your beliefs and your hope will uplift you.

 

Cheers!

 

MRS N

Dare She Rely on Her Knight to Save Them Both? The Guardian Witch by @RuthACasie #romance


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Title: The Guardian’s Witch

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Dare she rely on her knight to find a way to save them both or does she trust her magic and risk exposure as a witch?

 

England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

 

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

 

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

 

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My Review:

If I could choose to live in one century in history, it would be the 13th century. I can’t tell you what it is about that era that I love so much. All I know is that historical romances written in the 13th century are some of my all-time favorites. When I heard that Ruth A. Casie had written a historical romance with magical elements in the 13th century, I jumped in with both feet.

 

Lisbeth comes from a long line of healers. Everyone in the village near Glen Kirk respects her for her compassion and special knowledge of herbs and tonics, even the King of England. When the King sends her Lord Alex as Protector of Glen Kirk, little does she know that her life will be forever altered. There’s something about Lord Alex, something she can’t place her finger on, that is, until he’s mortally wounded.

 

Lord Alex is desperate to escape court and for a land of his own. The King gives him the coveted Glen Kirk (near the border of Scotland) along with the beautiful Lady Lisbeth as his bride. Alex groans but goes ahead with the plan. But before he can tell Lisbeth they’re married by proxy, he’s attacked and almost dies.

 

Lisbeth saves Alex on more than one occasion and she begins to wonder if he’s the man for her. She certainly has intoxicating dreams about him. But she’s afraid, deeply afraid of losing him like she lost her parents and brother. Can she trust Alex enough to let him into her heart and once inside, can she share her deepest secret, or will she lose him forever?

 

A beautiful historical romance filled with intriguing characters, a complex plot with twists and turns, magical elements and a love story that made me swoon. I loved both Alex and Lisbeth (not to mention their parents) as main characters and once again, Ruth A. Casie creates a love so deep, not even death can stop it. She reveals both of them have trust issues (as well as other personality insecurities) and that just made them all the more likable.

 

The plot, with all its historical details and surprises, was a pleasure to work through. Alex and Lisbeth go through a lot (and I mean a lot) of ups and downs but it all makes sense when you get to the climax. Ruth A. Casie wove quite a bit of suspense which I loved. I couldn’t turn the pages fast-enough.

 

I read this book in two sittings and I highly recommend it! I’m hoping the author makes this a series as I would love to hear more about Alex’s parents and his six brothers. This is one of my favorite historical romances of all time!

 

Favorite Character:

My favorite character is Lisbeth and here’s why: she reminds me of myself if I was in the 13th century. She’s tormented by the death of her parents, deathly afraid of letting any man into her heart, a healer who has a gentle spirit, a passionate woman and quite independent. Even when people tell her to do something (like stay inside the castle walls), she’s a tad stubborn. Now, I’m not admitting to being a healer or a witch but the essence of Lisbeth is very similar to mine. She’s an extremely likable character and I want to learn more about her parents (hint, hint Ruth A. Casie).

 

Favorite Quote: “She’d brought many a warrior to his knees saving their lives. He would be no exception.” ~Lisbeth

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Excerpt:

The berries Lisbeth had gathered tumbled forgotten from her hands. A tremor touched her lips while the vision slammed behind her eyes. She didn’t doubt the vision’s truth. Sometimes a bright light, warm and comforting, accompanied the vision; other times the wind howled, cold and disturbing. Today, panic clearly filled the air.

 

She spun around trying to pinpoint a direction and abruptly stopped. Facing south, she licked her lips nervously and tasted the sweetness of fresh water. A rushing sound burst in her ears. The river. Her head snapped east toward the river path and she ran. As she careened down the narrow trail, the outstretched branches tugged at her dress, pulled off her shawl and clawed at her face and arms. She took no notice. The cadence of her footfalls beat out a mantra, not him, not him, not him. She rushed on faster, mumbling enchanted words under her breath.

 

She exploded out of the forest and stood on the riverbank as the bridge gave way, sending the horse and rider plunging into the angry current. Swiftly the horse surfaced and headed for shore with an empty saddle. She stood on the bank, still mumbling as she scanned the river until she glimpsed a clear red aura shining deep in its middle. Her relief was momentary when the blackness began to creep in. There wasn’t much time.

 

Quickly she pulled off her heavy dress and, wearing only her chemise, dove into the river. Save him was her only thought. Down she plunged kicking hard against the current. The usually clear water, now choked with mud, churned with debris. She screamed the words in her head and made her demands. In response, the current slowed and as the mud began to settle, a lifeless hand beckoned to her from below.

 

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Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. The Guardian’s Witch, part of the Stelton Legacy series was a Reader’s Crown Finalist. Ruth also writes contemporary romance in the Havenport series with enough action to keep you turning pages. Ruth lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she started writing time travel romance, she was a speech therapist, international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing time travel romance. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.

 

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Alien Minds: Dimention Drift by @CB_Bauer #CoverReveal! #YA #ScienceFiction @XpressoTours


Alien Minds

Christina Bauer

(Dimension Drift, #1)

Published by: Monster House Books

Publication date: November 27th 2018

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

 

Meimi Archer is living the perfect life. Too bad it isn’t hers.

 

On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.

 

So, I’m living the perfect life.

 

Then why does everything feel all wrong?

 

My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.

 

And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories.

 

Maybe it’s time to pucker up.

 

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Author Bio:

 

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

 

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

 

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Nine #Mystery, #Suspense and/or #Thriller #Books for the Picky Reader! #FridayReads


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. The holiday season is in full-swing and I know everyone has a hard-to-shop-for person on their list. Do they love reading mystery, suspense and/or thrillers? Check out these fantastic books! They’re sure to please even the pickiest reader on your list. Did I miss one? Recommend it in the comments below.

 

Dog Gone by Diane Moat

Have you ever seen a report of a terrible animal abuse case and thought, “Someone should stop that person from ever being able to harm another animal.”? Then this novel is for you.

 
Sam Holden is a young woman who comes across a dog after he has been tortured to death. This starts her down a path of learning about animal rescue. Along this path there are times where she must color outside the lines in order to stop an abuser from harming animals. In order to do this, she must enlist the help of some unexpected characters. This includes a mob family retiree, a housebound social media whiz, and a gorgeous “fence” for stolen goods. She needs the fence since she funds her illegal projects by thievery. Sam’s on again, off again boyfriend doesn’t know about her recreational projects. We join Sam as she balances her personal life, thievery and escalating quests to help animals in need.

 

Throughout all of her competing jobs, she never loses sight of her search for the man who started it all by killing the dog she found by the side of the road. Our story culminates when Sam finds the man, with all points of her life intersecting in an amazing finish.

 

Stillness by Eldon Farrell

Some secrets won’t stay buried…

When people start to succumb to a virulent strain of plague in the seemingly idyllic hamlet of Stillness, the CDC is called in to investigate. Pulled from her training with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Dr. Lynne Bosworth is tapped to head the investigation.

Many questions surround the outbreak, not the least of which is how did plague find its way to the heartland of America? Determined to find the answers and her own way out of the long shadow cast by her father, Lynne embarks for Iowa. Unable to isolate an index case of bubonic plague, patient zero is traced to Nikolai Markov; an old Russian bio warfare scientist.

Rumors of a bioterror attack are rampant.

Under examination, the bacteria present Lynne with many anomalies but few answers. The antibiotic resistance noted in the field is absent in the lab, while a synthetic gene is found that seemingly has no purpose. For her superiors it’s enough to deem the outbreak a biological attack, a conclusion that Lynne does not share. For her, something about the whole incident remains…elusive.

In search of evidence to either prove or disprove the bioterror claim, she crosses paths with FBI Special Agent Caleb Fine. Together, they come to believe that something other than a biological attack is going on in Stillness, and that the answer to what may lie in solving the fifteen year old murders of Bobby and Maggie Sullivan.

As the body count rises and the pressure mounts, they delve deeper into the shadowy past of this quiet town; in the process exposing secrets long thought forgotten until finally uncovering the shocking truth behind the cause of the outbreak.

 

Taken by Eldon Farrell

A killer is stalking the city…

FBI Special Agent Caleb Fine—along with the rest of the nation—sees the enigmatic predator known as “The Toymaker” lurking in every shadow. Always just out of reach, with each new victim he nabs; Caleb loses more of himself to the pursuit of darkness.

We have your wife…

The blinking light on his answering machine reveals these four words to Roger Whittaker as he returns home. They are destined to change the rest of his life.

Bo Lester from the Major Crimes Unit in Atlanta views the abduction of Miriam Whittaker as an inside job—someone at the CDC sold Roger out. For him the prime suspect becomes Lynne Bosworth. Her case is not helped by the animosity that has existed between her and Roger for the past six months. With few leads to follow, Bo demands that she return home from Peru—where she is stationed with the World Health Organization—to face questioning. Brought back to face the accusations she is aided in her defense by Caleb who works to free her and find out who is really behind Miriam’s abduction.

As the pressure builds a single demand is delivered—Roger is to attend the International AIDS Conference in Toronto and renounce HIV as the cause of AIDS! Stunned by this demand and fighting interests from all sides, what is Roger to do? If he refuses to comply Miriam will die. If he endorses the claim millions more could die.

Unless it’s true…

 

Realm of Shadows: by Eldon Farrell

Hope is lost.

On a small island off the coast of North Carolina the unthinkable has happened; 400 people have vanished without a trace. So far every government investigation has been stymied in their attempts to explain the sudden mass disappearance. Now as the public clamor for answers the very people tasked with finding them start to disappear as well, leaving many to wonder if what caused the vanishing is still lurking on the island?

Consumed by darkness.

Caleb Fine is a changed man. The events of Toronto have left him wracked by guilt and filled with a barely constrained rage. The search for the Toymaker is no longer about justice for him—the killer has made it deeply personal. Now nothing and no one—including the FBI—will stand in his way.

In the realm of shadows…

Following a trail of obscure riddles and scant clues, Caleb finally discovers where the Toymaker has gone to ground. With the aid of his partner, Li Ling Tran, he heads into the unknown to find that in the shadows of his soul, a promise softly spoken has become tragically true.

Nothing will ever be the same again.

 

A Dose of Danger by Kim McMahill

When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they become targets of a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?

 

A Taste of Tragedy by Kim McMahill

Morgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed…until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the cross-hairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving…

 

Idiot’s Tale: It’s always darkest just before the end by Anthony Land

Your name is John Rainwater. You’re an aging and penniless private investigator. You may have killed someone. You and your client are up to your necks in something terrifying. The female spy who is supposed to be keeping you alive may be insane. And tomorrow things could get really bad.

 

It began when the rich and beautiful Morgana Trehane burst into your low-rent office near the New Orleans docks, claiming that she has just escaped from kidnappers who grilled her about something called White Stone, which may be the realization of the ancient dream of turning base metal into gold.

 

Within 24 hours you and your client are in Miami, with ex-Mossad agent Roni Miller – the most violent woman you ever met – guiding you through a tangle of lies, greed, and deadly peril. What you are pursuing isn’t just the promise of endless wealth, but a device that could set off the most terrible war in human history.

 

You are vastly out of your depth, the body count is rising, and all you know for certain is that if this operation you’ve stumbled into fails, you, the lovely Morgana, and everyone else involved will end up in unmarked graves so that people in power can deny that it ever existed.

 

Idiot’s Tale is unlike any thriller you’ve read, careening between mordant humor and nihilistic darkness, on its way to an ending that will haunt you for a long time.

 

If you’re a fan of fast-paced, smart thrillers with a very dark edge, you should read Idiot’s Tale. Go ahead. We dare you!

 

Viable Threat by Julie Rowe

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.

 

A Price for Genius by Lin Wilder

Dr. Lindsey McCall’s worst fears are realized. Not only have both drugs been stolen but two women have been kidnapped—one maybe dead. Lindsey had known Liisa Reardon’s new drug was alchemy, only this time, the end product actually more precious than gold.

 

The desperate call from Hank Reardon in Switzerland came late at night causing too many questions. And no answers. Could Lindsey and Rich Jansen uncover who was behind the crimes? It was an inside job-could they figure out who had sold out the Reardons? All in time to save Reardon’s daughter and her chief tech Ariana? Were they risking their lives as well?

 

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

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

The World Needs You! Come Alive and Make a Difference! #inspiration #motivation #Friday


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Happy Friday, everyone! 

 

Today, my thoughts turn towards helping others and making a difference. I came across this quote and it caused me to stop and think.

 

Am I asking the wrong question when I ask myself what can I do to make a difference? Maybe what I need to do is ask myself what makes me come alive. 

 

If I was honest with myself, what makes me come alive, what makes me spring from my bed every morning is my writing. Whether it’s a blog post, a book review, a poem for MR N, an encouraging email to a friend or writing a story, writing ignites my soul and feeds my passions.

 

What makes you come alive? 

 

No matter what it is, do it! Your enthusiasm as well as your passion will shine through and you’ll be making the world a better place. The world needs passionate people who are excited about life.

 

MRS N

Unexpected Consequences Series by @KRBwrites 18+ #spanking #eroticromance #BDSM #EARTG


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Title Arrested by Love, Unexpected Consequences, Book 1

 

Author Kathryn R. Blake

 

Genre Spanking/Erotic Romance

 

Publisher Blushing Books

 

 

Book Blurb

She broke the law to catch a police officer. Only he caught her first, and then turned her over his knee.

 

Tiffany Morgan has been in love with Kyle Sinclair since she was ten years old. Now, eleven years later, Kyle, a patrol officer, is finding it much more difficult to maintain his distance from the irresistible and vivacious redhead who continues to invent ingenious ways to attract his interest. Though he dismissed her initial attraction to him as infatuation, as she grew-up, his own feelings of desire and protectiveness deepened. So, despite his constant struggle to resist the spirited little minx’s lures, Kyle has to finally admit that he is losing that battle–badly.

 

However, when Tiffany’s attention-seeking pranks escalate to the point of endangering her life, Kyle decides it is past time for him to take a much firmer hand to Miss Morgan’s deliciously rounded backside.

 

Kyle is a firm supporter of law and order, and a man’s rightful dominion over the woman he loves. So, to make sure Tiffany understands and accepts his mastery when it comes to her safety and well-being, Kyle lays down the law, and his hand, with loving firmness. Tiffany will learn to obey him, or else. Especially now that he’s decided she is going to be his wife.

 

Excerpt

He danced with both hands resting at the small of her back, and his arms encircling her waist. Not so tightly she couldn’t pull away if she wished to, and yet with enough pressure to let her know he was there and he would and could protect her if it became necessary.

 

Those same hands had severely spanked her a few days ago. She’d appreciated their firm strength then, but now she luxuriated in the way they rested against her, right above the area he’d thoroughly punished when he took her over his knee. His firm domination combined with his gentle handling had her panties so soaked, she was afraid she’d end up embarrassing herself.

 

When he’d determined their date was over, he took her home, gave her a warm and sexy kiss at the door, then, after waiting until she was safely inside, he bid her parents a good evening and left.

 

Even though Tiffany didn’t want to admit it aloud, she realized she’d fallen head over heels in love with Kyle the first time he’d spanked her, when she was ten. Once she realized he intended to paddle her, she’d been angry and outraged over his domineering stance and attitude. She wasn’t his little sister, and he had no right to spank her.

 

She’d wailed and cried, and even threatened to tell her daddy about his mistreatment of her. Except she wasn’t that badly hurt. Only her pride was. He’d cared enough to risk punishing her for having endangered her life. And even though the spanking was painful, his cuddling and reassurance afterward almost made the punishment worth it. Enough so, she’d occasionally test him to see if he’d do it again. Much to her surprise, delight, and occasional dismay over her sore backside, he’d see to it she had trouble sitting down if her actions posed a hazard to her safety or well-being.

 

He was a dominant alpha male, which annoyed her at times, especially when he found it necessary to lecture her. But those same protective traits attracted Tiffany to Kyle. Okay, not so much the lectures, perhaps, as his quiet strength and demonstrated ability to look after her. She’d felt the power beneath those muscles many times when he’d carried her out of harm’s way as if she weighed nothing.

 

True, she wasn’t exceptionally heavy, but she wasn’t a light weight by any means, either. However, it was the lengths she was willing to go to get his attention that got her into serious trouble with him.

 

Except, since they were dating now, Tiffany no longer had to sink to those extremes for Kyle’s attention. He gave it to her unstintingly. When they were together every bit of his attention was focused on her, as if she was the only other person in the world. It was a heady feeling, and a little embarrassing at times when he’d probe her with personal questions because she was acting bratty, cranky, or out of sorts.

 

In the four and half months they’d dated, he hadn’t spanked her once. Possibly because she hadn’t given him cause to. When she hurt from her period, he’d confirm with quick efficiency the reason for her snapping at him then comfort her with lots of kisses and a warm hand on her tummy to ease the cramping. It worked better than ibuprofen.

 

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Author Biography

Though Arrested by Love is Kathryn R. Blake’s first spanking romance (a romance where the spankings actually figure into the plot), it is not the first book she has written in which the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. To date, all of her heroes are Dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love. However, part of that protectiveness includes the desire for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. In fact, it is something they refuse to tolerate, and will take firm steps to ensure it never happens again.

 

Even in novels where there is an element of BDSM, the hero has no desire to cause the heroine injury, but does believe pain can be a powerful motivator. Even so, he takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart. In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats. But if the transgression is serious enough to actually endanger the heroine’s well-being or life, he will take action no matter how much it may hurt him to do so.

 

Social Media Links

You can find Kathryn lurking in the following locations:

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.page

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.profile

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kathryn-r-blake

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4058144.Kathryn_R_Blake

 

 A Doms Dilemma-rev

 

Title A Dom’s Dilemma, Unexpected Consequences, Book 2

 

Author Kathryn R. Blake

 

Genre Erotic Romance/BDSM

 

Publisher Blushing Books

 

 

Book Blurb

She needed his protection. Only he demanded her total honesty first.

 

James Evans has been a police detective for sixteen years and an active participant in the local club scene for even longer. So, at age 35, he knows what he likes, and for the last three years, he’s liked what he’s seen in Kelly Franklin. Pretty, feisty and submissive, the fact that she scurries off like a frightened rabbit every time she sees him, only intrigues him more. He would have pressed a lot harder to corner her, if she didn’t already belong to someone else. That is why, when Kyle Sinclair mentions he’s looking for a new Dom to top Kelly, Jim doesn’t hesitate to sign up for the job.

 

Taking his cues from Kelly, Jim quickly discovers she isn’t seeking pain and punishment the way Kyle thought. In fact, all of Kelly’s signals indicate she is scared of pain, which both puzzles Jim and brings his protective side to the fore.

 

As a Dom, Jim is pleased by Kelly’s open responsiveness, but as a police detective, he is determined to solve the enigma she presents. Their relationship grows even more complicated when he discovers Kelly has not only been keeping secrets from him, she has lied, and neither side of him tolerates any type of deception–ever. A point he is more than willing to make with Kelly draped butt-naked over his knee–until she finally tells him the truth.

 

Excerpt

Kelly realized her doubt-filled thoughts were more obvious than she thought when Jim’s determined smile evolved into a chuckle and he bent to give her a reassuring kiss. Except the brush of his firm lips against hers started a delicious tingle of desire stirring within her core, making her long for more as she clung to him.

 

Drawing back, he gave her a disapproving frown. “Enough of that, young lady. You’re far too tempting as it is without pressing those plump, luscious breasts of yours into my chest. Now, behave. I said we weren’t going there, and I meant it. You’re still too sore, and if you doubt my words, I’ll prove ’em to you in a way you’re not gonna like.”

 

She ducked her head back under his chin as an answer. She wouldn’t press for more tonight, but she’d reconsidered his invitation. If he could arouse her so strongly with a simple kiss, what would he be able to do if they had more time together?

 

With a hard swallow, she gathered her courage and said, “I’ve changed my mind about this weekend, Sir. I’d very much like to go home with you.”

 

The admission earned Kelly another sensual, drugging kiss, which ended with a firm swat on her blanketed butt. “You sorely test a man’s restraint, darlin’. I’d best get you dressed and home before I carry you off and have my wicked way with you.”

 

She smiled at his resolute expression as she smoothed the lines between his brow with her fingers. “I’d like that, too, Sir,” she murmured, grinning to herself when a rumbling, deep growl emanated from his throat.

 

But rather than scold or lecture her, he picked Kelly up, carried her over to where he’d insisted she strip, and pointed to her outfit.

 

“Get your clothes back on now, sub, before I decide you need another lesson in obedience. Once you’re ready, I’m seeing you home.”

 

Without thinking, Kelly shook her head. “That’s not necessary, Sir. I can take a cab.”

 

“No, Kelly. You’re mine now, and I will not have you taking public transportation when I can drive you. Especially, not this late at night.”

 

Not wanting to put him out of his way, she opened her mouth to protest, only to shut it when he raised a cautioning finger. “I’m warning you now, sugar. I’d best hear no objection coming outta those lovely lips of yours, unless you’re hankering for another session over my knee.”

 

Since she definitely didn’t want that, Kelly obediently dressed while her new Dom watched from a few feet away, his gaze openly admiring. Once she got her skirt and top on, he took her by the elbow to the entrance so she could retrieve her shoes and purse, then escorted her out to his car. A silver Lexus.

 

Even if it wasn’t the latest model, she considered it a most impressive set of wheels, considering he worked as a police detective. He opened the door for her and waited for her to settle before he reached in to make sure her seat belt was buckled properly. After getting in on the other side, he asked where she lived. When she told him, he said, “Know the area well. You lean back and relax, and I’ll get you home in two shakes.”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Doms-Dilemma-Unexpected-Consequences-Book-ebook/dp/B009OUY24W

 

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

 

Learning to be Little-rev

 

Title Learning to be Little: Kelly’s Story, Unexpected Consequences, Book 3

 

Author Kathryn R. Blake

 

Genre Erotic Romance/BDSM/Age Play

 

Publisher Blushing Books

 

 

Book Blurb

She needed a savior, he wanted a little girl. So, he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.

 

After a bleak childhood in foster care, Kelly’s growing mistrust has her running away again and again. Homeless and penniless, with no relatives to harbor her and a penchant for escaping her caretakers, Kelly is finally handed over to one of the few parish orphanages remaining in existence until she turns eighteen, when she is released.

 

Possessing only a little money, few skills, and even fewer resources, Kelly’s attempts at job hunting end up with her prowling the streets in desperation – until a wealthy stranger makes her a proposition she is too cold and hungry to refuse. Though it isn’t until he takes her home that she realizes just what she’s gotten herself into.

 

Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange, and dynamics of age-play as well as discipline. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

 

Excerpt

After they’d finished purchasing two pairs of Mary Jane’s for Kelly along with a pair of athletic shoes and patent leather pumps with straps, it was close to one thirty p.m.

 

“We’d best get going, or you’ll be late for your doctor’s appointment.”

 

Kelly tugged on Daddy’s hand. “I don’t want to go.”

 

He gave her a nod. “I’m fully aware of that, kitten, but I think it’s important we make sure you’re healthy, so, unfortunately, your wants and wishes in this matter don’t hold as much weight as mine.”

 

“Will they ever?”

 

Stopping, he cupped Kelly’s chin. “They count, Kelly, much more than you currently realize. I want you to be happy, and I intend to ensure you remain well. This is not a punishment. It’s a checkup.”

 

Kelly accepted that arguing further would only get her in trouble, so she reluctantly accompanied Daddy into a cab and then into the building where the doctor worked.

 

When they stepped into Reception, the nurse smiled at him. “Mr. White. How nice to see you again. Is this your new young miss?”

 

“Yes, this is Kelly. We have a 2:00 p.m. appointment with Dr. Kent.”

 

“Of course. Have a seat, and we’ll be with you in a moment.”

 

With his hand placed firmly at the small of Kelly’s back, Daddy led her over to the row of chairs against the wall. “Let’s take off your new winter coat, first. Then I want you to sit there.” He pointed to the chair right before her, so, after he took off her flared little girl coat, she gave a small hop and flopped into it.

 

“Behave,” he warned beneath his breath as he took the seat to her left and grabbed a magazine from the stack on the side table nearest him. “They have some coloring books over there if you want to color for a while.”

 

“Really?” she asked, not bothering to hide her distaste as she looked around. The walls were painted beige, but, spaced every few feet, were brightly colored abstracts intended to capture a child’s attention. An obvious distraction technique. See the pretty picture, honey? What do you think that is? The paintings did nothing for Kelly. Nor did the games and puzzles stacked on the round kiddie table. The overwhelming odor of alcohol and medicine reminded her of every other doctor’s office she’d visited, which only increased her unease. She wanted to leave, but it seemed that was not an option.

 

Daddy ignored her, so she sat swinging her legs, since the waiting room seat was too high for her feet to touch. All of them appeared higher than normal except those placed in the kids’ corner. “Why is everything is so much taller and larger in these places? Is it intentionally done to make the Littles feel small and insignificant?”

 

“Quiet,” he murmured. “You’re disturbing the other children.”

 

“They’re already disturbed,” she mumbled under her breath.

 

Putting the magazine down, he turned to face her. “One more comment like that, and you’ll end up over my knee.”

 

Kelly turned away so he wouldn’t know how much his words upset her.

 

He reached over and squeezed her fingers. “Are you afraid of doctors?”

 

“No.”

 

“Then, why are you so tense?”

 

She shrugged. “I don’t like them, but I don’t fear them, either.”

 

He bent his head and spoke in a soft, reassuring tone. “Dr. Kent is very gentle. He won’t hurt you.”

 

Kelly sighed as if it didn’t matter, but, if she had her choice, she’d run out of there as fast as she could.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Little-Kellys-Unexpected-Consequences-ebook/dp/B077SLMBCX/

 

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

Crave to Conquer by Zoey Ellis Cover Reveal! #FridayReads #DarkFantasy 18+ #Romance




 

Crave To Conquer
Zoey Ellis
(Myth of Omega, #1)
Publication date: January 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance

 

He conquered an Empire – and she’s next.

 

The Alpha Emperor

 

He is known as a ruthless barbarian by many. They are not wrong. His savagery has made him Emperor and now it will secure him his mate.

 

Omegas have gone missing over the past century, but that will not stop Emperor Drocco from finding his. He enlists the help of renowned historian, Cailyn, a strong-willed Beta female. She is not at all a suitable mate for an Emperor… but the longer he spends in her company, the more she stirs something within him like no one other ever has.

 

Soon, his urge to dominate the defiant female threatens his control, and he begins to wonder if perhaps she’s worth claiming as his own.

 

The Omega Spy

 

She was prepared for his arrogance and wild nature, but not for his perceptive intelligence or the effect he would have on her.

 

Knowing her life would be over if Emperor Drocco ever discovered she was an Omega, Cailyn plans to conclude her mission as a historian as soon as possible.

 

However, when she underestimates him, she is trapped in a dangerous struggle to protect her freedom, while every instinct she has tried to deny since she first saw the powerful Emperor, is unleashed.

 

Crave to Conquer is the first installment in the Myth of Omega serial, a dark, erotic, Omegaverse romance. Cliff-hanger included. For fans of dominant Alpha anti-heroes, sassy Omega heroines, epic fantasy worlds and captive romances.

 

Crave to Conquer is an explicit reading experience from sexual scenes to violence and language. Includes disturbing situations and romance of a dark nature. For readers aged 18 and over.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

As he sat down, he saw Cailyn enter. He couldn’t take his eyes from her as she threaded through the crowd toward him. He almost held his breath as he stared. The woman was utterly gorgeous. Her hair had been swept up again revealing that delicate neck, and the dress clung to every delicious curve. Finally he could see her luscious figure in detail and it had been worth the wait. With the cut of the dress revealing the tops of her shoulders, her simple elegance seemed out of place among the raucous crowd.

 

His guards let her through at his instruction and she climbed the platform and stood before him, her head low.

 

“I’m not pleased you had to be summoned, kitten,” he said, lifting his ale and keeping his eyes on her.

 

“I’m sure you can understand I wasn’t eager to attend, considering your plans to…” Her voice petered out, her head lifted and her eyes widened, an expression of horror seeping into her face.

 

Drocco frowned, confused, and then a scent hit him. A rich, luscious, sublime scent, like nothing he had smelt before. It penetrated every part of him, causing a yearning so powerful that suddenly every fiber of his being switched to high alert.

 

“No,” Cailyn whispered, taking a step back. “No. It can’t…”

 

Drocco ignored her and leaned forward, trying to decipher what he was experiencing. A fog began to swamp his mind, and the only clear thought emerging was that he needed that scent—it belonged to him. He turned his head slowly seeking it out, and then snapped back to Cailyn. It was her.

 

Cailyn glanced around wildly as she backed away, her whole body tense and poised to bolt.

 

Drocco rose slowly, every inch of him aware of every inch of her. A raw hunger developed as he took in her terrified expression, her scent blossoming into an aroma so enticing, so complex, his cock hardened to rock. At the same time, the guards behind her began to turn and look at her, their nostrils flaring.

 

Something snapped in Drocco.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Zoey Ellis writes dark-edged, speculative romances bursting with passionate, carnal steam. She loves tortured, possessive, alpha heroes and is obsessed with exploring love in its raw form, and how that can manifest in different circumstances and settings.

 

Her goal is to build a catalogue of thrilling, sexy, fantastical romances that come complete with roller-coaster experiences, unique worlds, and happy endings.

 

Zoey is a Londoner, a bookaholic and a proud collector of OTT possessive book boyfriends she won’t share.

 

If you’re interested in hearing about Zoey’s new releases, bonuses and giveaways, join her readers group, Dark Halos.

 

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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail! It’s the Only Way You Succeed! #motivation #ThursdayThoughts


Failure Lebron James

 

I am a failure.

 

I love to bake, and I tend to think I know what I am doing.  A few weeks, I was excited to make MR N’s favorite Christmas treat, Cinnamon Rolls.  I tried a new recipe geared towards breadmaker machines. It was quicker and seemed easier to make.

 

The first red flag was that they didn’t rise very much. I didn’t have time so I went with it. My mind started to swirl with self-doubt and all I kept hearing was “I am a failure”.

 

The next morning we had them for breakfast and at the first bite, I knew they were horrific. Flat, stale-tasting and hard as hockey pucks.  MR N tried to be upbeat but I knew they were bad. He told me it wasn’t my fault.  He gave me a big bear hug and I started to feel better.

 

Suddenly it hit me!  It wasn’t my fault.  It was the recipe’s fault. So the next day, I pulled out my tried and true cinnamon roll recipe and they turned out perfect! See?

 

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Have you ever had something similar happen to you?  You were doing something and then something bad happened?  You failed and beat yourself up?

 

I love this quote by LeBron James!  He is a mega basketball star with several world championships and multiple MVPs.

 

You have to fail to get better.

 

No matter who you are, we have all failed at some point.  Failure is a teacher.  It teaches us what not to do the next time.  The key to succeeding is to not do the same thing again.  You have to learn from failure.

 

Let’s all take this to heart today and every day.  Don’t feel defeated when you fail.  Instead, figure out what happened and make sure you don’t do that again.

 

MRS N

Path of the Traitors by @cyallowitz Lives Up to the Hype! #epicfantasy #bookreview #IARTG


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Title: Path of the Traitors (Legends of Windemere Book 14)

Author: Charles E. Yallowitz

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Hated and distrusted, Queen Trinity must leave the shadows and reach for redemption.

 

With their final battle on the horizon, the champions are faced with a long-lost piece of the prophecy. Unable to search for the crests that are rumored to be the key to survival, they must turn to a band of their former enemies for help. Sinister desires and hopes for redemption collide as Queen Trinity of the Chaos Elves leads the hunt and struggles to keep her companions on the path of heroism. Monsters, traps, mysteries, and their own pasts will rise up to stand in the way of these people who have spent their entire lives committing sins. Throughout it all, another old enemy is lurking in the shadows and determined to claim her own delicious prize.

 

By the end of their journey, those who survive will learn that being a hero is more than simply stepping into the light.

 

My Review:

This is the second to last book in the Legends of Windemere series and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, after the last book ended the way it did, was this installment going to be similar in its darkness and death? In a word, no. Yallowitz instead chose to focus on Queen Trinity, one of my favorite characters.

 

Baron Kernaghan is uncontainable in his rage and several of his underlings hide in stark fear. Queen Trinity is on a journey to find the missing crests and fulfill a long-lost prophesy, but little does she know that the path she’s on is one of redemption and fighting for what’s right. She’s done a lot of bad things in the name of the Baron and it’s time to own up to it. Can she step out of the shadows and be the leader she’s meant to be, or will she stick to the sidelines?

 

I really can’t say much more because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. What I can tell you is that this book is fantastic, even though the Champions are mostly absent. This is about Trinity and what lays before her. Yallowitz portrays her as a sympathetic character even though she’s been an enemy of the Champions for many, many books. I connected with Trinity and her growth was dramatic. I can’t wait for the final book and all that will transpire.

 

If you enjoy epic fantasy, I highly recommend this one! It can be read as a standalone but it’s such a better experience to read them all.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “A symbol’s real power isn’t in its form, but in its longevity. Tell their story and use it to promote peace.”

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Path-Traitors-Legends-Windemere-Book-ebook/dp/B075PDTSZM

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Path-Traitors-Legends-Windemere-Book-ebook/dp/B075PDTSZM

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Path-Traitors-Legends-Windemere-Book-ebook/dp/B075PDTSZM

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36241823-path-of-the-traitors

 

Author Biography:

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere’ is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://legendsofwindemere.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz/

Twitter https://twitter.com/cyallowitz

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Vatican Children by @LincolnJCole is Creepy, Thought-Provoking #bookreview #occult #UF


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Title: The Vatican Children (World of Shadows Book 2)

Author: Lincoln Cole

Genre: Occult Thriller/Urban Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Once the events of Everett are finally behind him, Father Niccolo Paladina reluctantly decides to assist the Occult Demon Hunter Arthur Vangeest in chasing down the enemy that narrowly escaped them back in Washington. Niccolo knows how important it is to bring the man to justice for the crimes he has committed against the Vatican as well as humanity.

Father Paladina knows that the enemy has something big planned against the Church and that it will be worse than anything he has seen before. If they can keep the man on the run, however, he won’t be able to finish his plan. That’s the plan, at least, though finding him turns out to be more dangerous than anticipated.

Arthur, on the other hand, is still hoping to earn some redemption for his actions in West Virginia nine months ago. He seeks to atone for his mistakes and become a better man. Atonement, however, can be difficult to come by…

Especially when the stakes are so high.

 

My Review:

The Vatican Children picks up right where The Everett Exorcism left off. Father Paladina teams up with Arthur Vangeest to hunt down the Bishop to make him pay for what he did back in Washington. Somehow the Bishop escaped their clutches but that could work to Paladina’s and Arthur’s advantage, that is, if they can catch him before he completes his evil plan. What they don’t anticipate is the Bishop’s use of innocent children to enact his plan. Arthur vows to never kill again and his path to redemption is within his grasp but then hell is unleashed, and he must choose: save one life or save many.

 

Wow! Another brilliant book in the World of Shadows universe. The suspense moved the plot at a frantic pace while the characters made me care what happened to them. Both Arthur and Father P. (as I affectionally call him) must dig deep to overcome both their own insecurities and what must be done to save the lives of many. The Bishop is a malicious antagonist but in a delicious way. I found myself wondering how he grew to be so wicked, so sinful, so hell-bent on destroying the Church.

 

The Vatican Children brings the reader at the heart of an eternal battle between good and evil. Creepy, thought-provoking and thrilling to read, I highly recommend this book, though please read The Everett Exorcism first. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “He had to admit, just seeing her caused his heart to race and filled him with emotion. She represented his second chance at life, a chance to try again. This time, he would get it right.”

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0777SDGCL

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0777SDGCL

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0777SDGCL

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36059707-the-vatican-children

 

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Author Biography:

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

 

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

No Matter the Intention, Small Acts of #Kindness Make a Gigantic Difference! #WednesdayWisdom


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Have you surprised someone with a small kindness that you didn’t think was a big deal but meant the world to someone else?

 

I love random acts of kindness. I’m a kind person by nature so I give away kindness as much as possible. Whether it’s a kind word, a benevolent act or a selfless attitude, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that it helps. I don’t do it for recognition or praise; I do it to help others.

 

But there are times when the tables are turned and I’m blessed with a small act of kindness. It totally surprised me and while it didn’t seem like a big deal to MR N, it meant the world to me.

 

As many of you know, MR N is a poet (read his love poems in our book, Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year) and while I’m used to getting poems from him, last night he surprised me with a special poem. It touched me deeply and made me smile. I mean, what woman doesn’t love her beloved spelling out his/her love on paper? 🙂

 

Today, let’s be kindness detectives and help each other out. If you see a situation where kindness is needed, act! It can be teeny or large, it doesn’t matter the size as long as its real and true. 

 

Spot a kindness act? Share in the comments below.

Crimson Dreams, Book One by @georgianafields #paranormalromance #books #romance


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Title: Crimson Dreams

Author: Georgiana Fields

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Gilded Dragonfly Books

 

Book Blurb:

Rose Kelley modern day Victorian restoration expert is transported back to 1900 Victorian England where she meets her true mate, a Dhampir, and becomes the target of a Jack the Ripper type killer. Can a 21st century woman survive in Victorian England? Can Vaughn Madoc protect the woman he loves in his time or hers?

Shape shifters, a serial killer, Vampires and time travel all contribute to make this an unforgettable love story. Packed with action and adventure, danger stalks Rose at every turn.

Excerpt:

The sound of rain echoed as she followed him. “Just my luck I’d be in a house with a missing room during a thunderstorm.”

 

“You’re not frightened, are you?” He stopped in front of a door. He hesitated before opening it. “The room should be in here.”

 

“I’m not afraid.” Rose walked into the room and turned around in a circle, studying her surroundings. The room stood nearly empty. The only furniture was a large oak desk that sat in the middle of the room. A wingback chair with worn, faded green baroque fabric sat near the double windows. The dirty windows provided efficient light for the small room. Dark paneling covered the walls. She faced the windows, behind her was the hallway, and to the left stood outside facade of the house. The hidden room had to be to her right. “The room should be somewhere behind this wall.” She pointed.

 

“I agree.” Vaughn leaned against the desk. He picked up an object.

 

“What’s that?”

 

He raised his tawny eyebrow. “A knife I used as a letter opener. I thought I’d lost it a long time ago.” He placed the knife back on the desk.

 

She turned and strolled over to the wall, then started tapping on it. She heard a definite thud. “Did you hear that?”

 

“Yes. It sounded hollow to me.”

 

Rose ran her hand over the paneling. “This section is loose.” She stepped back and bumped into Vaughn.

 

He used the knife to pry loose the paneling. “Let me see if I can pull this from the wall.” He handed her the knife, then grabbed hold of the edge of the paneling. He pulled it away with little effort, revealing a door. “My dear, I believe we’ve found the missing room.”

 

Rose tucked the knife into her notebook, then turned the knob. She pushed opened the door and peered into a dark, dusty, and empty room. Bookcases covered the four walls.

 

Vaughn touched her shoulder, stopping her from entering. “Do not go in there. Let me get a flashlight first.”

 

“Why, think your vampire is hiding inside?”

 

Hardly,” he chuckled.

 

Rose watched as Vaughn left. She didn’t need a flashlight, enough light filtered in through the dirty windows for her. She glanced at the doorway and started to call him back. Her curiosity got the better of her.

 

Rose shivered as if she’d entered a tomb.

 

Hundreds of years of dirt and grime coated the windows. Cobwebs hung thick as curtains from the ceiling, and spider webs draped the double windows. She breathed in the musty smell and coughed.

 

Lightning flashed. The room vibrated with the rumble of thunder. She turned and glanced back at the doorway she’d just walked through.

 

A flash of light blinded her. The room began to spin. She fell to her knees. The contents of her notebook scattered across the worn wood floor.

 

Rose held her breath as the room spun out of control. Familiar sounds assaulted her. Old radio broadcasts and music blared in her mind. Bright lights and images from history books blurred before her eyes. The chaos made her head hurt. The spinning continued. Dizziness overwhelmed her.

 

Suddenly the room stopped spinning and felt like an elevator free-falling. Seconds stretched to hours. Her screams were lost in a soundless void.

 

The falling sensation ceased. She lay on the floor and willed herself to open her eyes. She gasped. The room had changed completely.

 

 

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Dreams-Book-1-ebook/dp/B013IKWP4M

 

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Crimson-Dreams/Georgiana-Fields/9781943095100?id=7121727914473

 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crimson-dreams-georgiana-fields/1122719256?ean=9781943095100

 

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Author Biography:

 

Born in coastal North Carolina, Georgiana Fields grew up in a military family near Camp Lejeune. Spending her summers on the Atlantic Coast, she developed a love for the ocean, nature, and coastal ghost stories and legends. As a child, she used to love listening to her aunts tell and retell stories and legends surrounding New Bern, N.C. and other coastal towns.

 

After marrying her high school sweetheart, she moved to Georgia where she worked for the Red Cross as a medical technologist.

 

Georgiana currently resides in a suburb north of Atlanta with her husband, their sons, two dogs, and a very opinionated cat.

 

While she loves nature, horseback riding, and scary movies, she currently spends most of her time writing paranormal romance/suspense.

 

 

Social Media Links:

http://amazon.com/author/georgianafields

http://georgianafields.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGeorgianaFields

Follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/georgianafields

 

 

 

 

Meet the Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge and Fall in Love! #giveaway #romance #militaryromance


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Title

Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge E-Box set.

 

Author

Kryssie Fortune

 

Genre

Contemporary Romance – Military Romance Anthology

 

Publisher

Loose id

 

 

Book Blurb

Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine
Abigail Montgomery, a small-town schoolteacher with zero self-confidence, dreams of the Dickensian Christmas her family never enjoyed. Each month she attends a masked BDSM club, but her next visit will be her last. If she doesn’t marry within the next year, her brother won’t inherit Montgomery Hall. Desperate, she advertises for a husband.

Jared Armstrong, a former Marine sharpshooter and occasional Dom needs $125,000 to get his family out of a hole. His solution–to marry Abigail Montgomery for her money. His only regret is his wife won’t accept his spanking lifestyle.

Gradually, Abigail comes to dream of making their marriage real, but she promised Jared a divorce two years after their wedding. Can they share some Christmas magic as their relationship faces extortion threats, a kidnapping, and an attempted murder? Or will Jared break her heart when he walks away?

Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff
Jasmine Stewart (Jazz to her friends) falls for the blond stranger when he spanks and seduces her at a Washington soiree. Later, when she discovers her flatmate is trying to draw her into a spy ring, she goes to the authorities. The ensuing publicity costs her job, her security, and her future. Starting over in Westhorpe Ridge is her only option.

Sean Mathews, former SEAL and Westhorpe Ridge’s sheriff, can’t forget the woman he spanked when he visited Washington, but he thinks she’s a spy. When she turns up in Westhorpe Ridge, he tries everything to make her leave town. Despite their misunderstandings, though, they can’t keep their hands off each other.

As Year’s Eve looms, the spy ring resurfaces. Jazz will need all of Sean’s SEAL prowess to survive. But because his wounded leg cost him his speed in the water, will it be enough?

Desire, Deceit, and the Doctor
Twelve years ago, Mandy Devlin moved away from her friends and family–under threat. If she returned in the next ten years or told anyone who fathered her baby, her boyfriend’s great-aunt would bankrupt her family. She’s a single mom who dreams of her lost love and a good spanking. When she’s finally free to return to Westhorpe Ridge, the last person she expects to see is Adam–the man she loved and lost so long ago.

Dr. Adam Montgomery doesn’t know he has a son. Thanks to his great-aunt’s will, he has nine months to find a bride or he loses Montgomery Hall and the fifteen million dollars she left him. Although he seduces Mandy on his first night home, he still believes she betrayed him twelve years ago. No way would he marry a woman like her.

As Valentine’s Day looms, someone tries to kill Mandy. Is Adam trying to get rid of her? Or can Mandy trust him to protect them?

Note: All of the books in this set were previously released as single titles.

 

 

Giveaway

Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card and three copies of book in the series—Submission, Secrets, and the Soldier:

 

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/801c221b19/?

 

Open December 1 – 15, 2017

 

 

Excerpt

The engine stopped, and she heard a car door slam. She needed out of the trunk, but no one came for her. What if they abandon the car and leave me? I don’t want to die trussed up in a car trunk. A fresh wave of fear washed through her, along with a spike of adrenaline. Her body trembled, but time slowed and her thoughts cleared. She needed to take things one step at a time.

 

Step one—get her arms free. She wriggled around, hoping the rough ride had dislodged something she could use to cut the rope. Bingo. Her fingers touched a metal box. Maybe it held tools or a knife. She almost wept when she couldn’t open it. The hinge stuck out from the box, so she twisted some more, running the rope against the hinge. Periodically, she stopped and tensed her wrists in an attempt to pull the nylon strands apart.

 

She’d no idea how long she worked at her bonds. It seemed like hours until the rope finally gave way. Relieved tears filled her eyes. Rather than rub her wrists, she tugged off the hood and pulled the gag from her mouth. She’d never been so thirsty. She’d give anything for a cold beer right now.

 

Step two—find the release mechanism the law said every car should have in the trunk. She felt claustrophobic, so scared she could barely move, but she forced herself to concentrate. There, in the corner, a glow-in-the-dark lever beckoned. Wriggling like a maggot in a fisherman’s box, she kicked it for all she was worth, and the trunk lid popped open.

 

The air smelled wonderful, if slightly musty, but silence and utter darkness surrounded her. She listened a while, decided her captors had left, and slipped out the trunk. No lights shone through the darkness. Using her hands rather than her eyes, she found a lug wrench and flashlight alongside the spare tire beneath the space she’d just escaped. She grabbed both, quietly shut the trunk, and headed into the darkness.

 

Buy Links

Amazon UK    http://amzn.to/2pCuPwU

Amazon USA  http://amzn.to/2pRRbJR

Loose id       http://bit.ly/2oLIfIz

Kobo            http://bit.ly/2onhEPn

Barnes and Noble  http://bit.ly/2oGfGsq

 

Kryssie Fortune

 

Author Biography

Kryssie is never seen without her kindle. She reads everything and anything she can get her hands on. When she discovered hot, sexy reads, she felt like she’d found her home. The only books she hates are the ones that end with a cliff hanger or have unhappy endings.

 

Kryssie tries to set her stories in places she’s explored. Hopefully, it adds color to her writing. Anything can spark a story idea. Sometimes she takes liberties though. The North Yorkshire town of Whitby is one of her favorite places. To keep the details of her imaginary town, Westhorpe Ridge consistent, she mentally shunted Whitby over the Atlantic and renamed it Westhorpe Ridge.

 

When not writing, Kryssie loves to walk on the beach of home town, Bridlington, or potter in her garden. Popping down to London to see her family is her favorite thing to do.

 

Kryssie currently has thirteen books on general release along with a boxed e-book of the first three Westhorpe Ridge stories. All her stories are M/ F or M/M/F. All are edited by publishing houses in either the UK or the USA. While her stories sizzle with sex, plot comes before bed. Life’s always an adventure going on in Kryssie’s world.

 

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I Challenge You to Go 24 Hours Without Complaining! #TuesdayThoughts #motivation


24 hours no complaining

 

Are you a complainer?

 

I sure used to be. I would cry and moan to anyone who’d listen to me about how life sucks and how the world is against me. Yes, little miss positive was once a complainer. But then something happened. Someone tried to take my dreams away and it forced me to stop complaining and do something about my life.

 

Complaining doesn’t help whatever is going on in your life. All it does is alienate you and make you feel worse. Why? When you complain, you’re focuses on the dark instead of the light.

 

So here’s my challenge to everyone. Go 24 hours without complaining. No nagging, no woe-is-me, no complaining. Go ahead and try it. What have you got to lose?

 

You’ll be amazed by how strong your perspective shifts from negative to positive and how people react to your new attitude. 

 

MRS N

The Love and Murder series by @brendawhitesid2 is a Must Read #romanticsuspense #WRPBks #books


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Title The Art of Love and Murder, book one

Author Brenda Whiteside

Genre Romantic Suspense

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband.  A husband who wasn’t what he seemed.  Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.

 

 

Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice.  When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.  As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.

 

 

Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love.  Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?

 

 

Book Trailer Link

 

Excerpt

Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.

 

His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”

 

She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.

 

He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood.

When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.

 

He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”

 

The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”

 

He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”

 

“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.

 

He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”

 

His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

 

 

Buy Links

TWRP

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/726_brenda-whiteside

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Love-Murder-Book-ebook/dp/B014RUQ764/

 

KOBO

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-art-of-love-and-murder

 

B & N

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-art-of-love-and-murder-brenda-whiteside/1119395121?ean=2940149319657

 

brenda Whiteside

 

Author Biography

Writing is my passion, but it wasn’t always that way. Convinced my destiny was to be an artist, I never took my love of writing seriously. And then one day, sometime after college, after marrying a man doing a stint in the army, and after the birth of our son, I found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color.

 

 

FDW and I are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, we split our time between the pines of Northern Arizona, the desert of Southern Arizona, and the RV life. Wherever we roam, I spend most of my time writing stories of discovery, suspense, and the tangled relationships of life.

 

 

Social Media Links

Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com

 

Or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrendaWhitesideAuthor

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/brendawhitesid2

 

She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com

 

She blogs about life’s latest adventure on her personal blog http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003V15WF8

 

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3972045.Brenda_Whiteside

 

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Title Southwest of Love and Murder, book two

Author Brenda Whiteside

Genre Romantic Suspense

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb

Mystery writer, Phoebe Anderson, owes her success to killing her first husband on paper seventeen years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her…or murder to follow her.

 

 

Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage twenty years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions, but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.

 

 

With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery…and the next target on his list is Mason.

 

 

Book Trailer Link

 

Excerpt

Phoebe shuddered and stilled.

 

 

Like the aftershocks of an earthquake, trembling overtook her body. Her knees wobbled, but Mason caught her before she collapsed.

 

 

“What’s wrong?” He hugged her briefly then brought his face even with hers. “Phoebe, tell me. Why are you shaking? What’s happened?”

 

 

“Oh my God, Mason.” She spread her hands on his chest and glanced back at the bathroom. “Tell someone to call an ambulance. Hurry!”

 

 

He took a step toward the ladies’ room, but she grabbed his shirtfront. “No!” She peered around him and shouted. “Someone call nine one one.”

 

 

Mason touched his pocket. “My cell’s in the truck.” He grabbed the shoulder of a male customer, the closest person to them. “You got a cell on you?”

 

 

The man nodded and pulled a phone from his pocket.

 

 

“Call nine one one right now. There’s been…” His face questioned her.

 

 

“Someone’s badly hurt in the bathroom. Oh hell, hurry!” She thumped her palms against his chest.

 

 

The man pulled out his cell as he raced into the ladies’ room.

 

 

Phoebe wrapped her arms around Mason, tipped her chin upward, and found the words. “It’s that

waitress, Mason. Carla.”

 

 

His expression went blank, from concern for her to no comprehension.

 

 

“There’s so much blood.” She stifled a gag, the sweet, copper penny reek still heavy in her nostrils. “Her throat.” A shudder rippled the length of her body. “I think she’s dead.”

 

 

Buy Links

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brenda_Whiteside_Southwest_of_Love_and_Murder?id=tIpyBgAAQBAJ

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QQPMIMQ/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

The Wild Rose Press:

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/726_brenda-whiteside

 

B&N

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/southwest-of-love-and-murder-brenda-whiteside/1121003952?ean=2940149945269

 

KOBO

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/southwest-of-love-and-murder

 

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Title A Legacy of Love and Murder, book three

Author Brenda Whiteside

Genre Romantic Suspense

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb

In Austria to meet her great-grandfather and explore his castle estate filled with priceless art, August Myer arrives to find he’s died suspiciously. As one of the heirs, her life is in danger, turning this fairytale Alpine adventure into a nightmare of veiled threats, unexplained accidents, and murder.

 

 

Inspector Tobias Wolf splits his time between his profession and fighting the spread of neo-Nazism. But when the beautiful, intriguing American crosses his path during a murder investigation, ensuring her safety challenges his priorities…and his heart.

 

 

When August learns the handsome inspector is concealing a personal involvement and the death of her great-grandfather is somehow connected, she takes the investigation into her own hands. The outcome could be the death of both of them.

 

 

Book Trailer Link

 

Excerpt

Unreasonable irritation set his jaw tight, and he shot his partner a scowl. “She’s lying.”

 

“She’s convincing.” True to form, Albert spoke his mind. He’d miss him when he retired.

 

He let his ire go with the thought. “You don’t know her well enough.” They’d reached the landing and the door into the Great Hall.

 

“How well do you know Eike, Tobias?”

 

“I know her enough to know she’s not to be trusted. To know her aspirations—”

 

“I trust your gut.” His partner laid a hand on his shoulder. “It felt practiced…you’re right.” Albert opened the Great Hall door. “Let’s see if we can get the nephew to tell us something more.”

 

Tobias led the way, glanced along the table and into the shadows at each end, then made his way around and into the main room. He jerked to a halt. “Who the hell?” He trotted to a prone figure, face down in the middle of the hall.

 

Albert, huffing, drew up beside him as he squatted to get a closer look.

 

“It’s Bauer.” Tobias put fingertips to Bauer’s neck, but the pulse wasn’t there. His hand grazed a red silk scarf. The scarf, a faint scent, and confusion washed over him. August. She’d worn a red scarf the first time he’d seen her.

 

“He’s dead?”

 

“Very.”

 

 

Buy Links

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BOBX7MG/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=A%20Legacy%20of%20Love%20and%20Murder%20%28Brenda%20Whiteside%29&ac=1&acp=Brenda%20Whiteside

 

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-legacy-of-love-and-murder-brenda-whiteside/1123401152?ean=2940157886349

 

TWRP:

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/726_brenda-whiteside

 

Google Play Store

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brenda_Whiteside_A_Legacy_of_Love_and_Murder?id=UC3YCwAAQBAJ

 

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Title The Power of Love and Murder, book four

Author Brenda Whiteside

Genre Romantic Suspense

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb

For thirteen years, Penny Sparks has managed to hide from the political powers who murdered her family. When she unwittingly exposes her true identity, not only is she marked for death, but the people closest to her risk meeting the same fate.

 

 

Jake Winters is out of rehab and coming to grips with his demons. When he meets his sister’s roommate, Jake believes Penny might be that someone who can help him find life after rock star status…until her secrets blow up his world.

 

 

With a government agent turned hit man closing in on her, Penny and Jake race to expose the presidential contender behind the murders of her family. Even if they win the race with death, the murder that stands between them could end their hope for a new life.

 

 

Book Trailer Link

 

Excerpt

Jake nodded, but all he could concentrate on were Penny’s last words before the officer appeared. When they were alone again, he threw up his hands. “What do you mean, go back to Phoenix? Why the hell would I do that? My sister’s been murdered, and I want to find out why.”

 

She turned her back on him, went to the open door of the bathroom, and lifted her clothes from the hook. Beneath the thin, hospital gown her spine was straight, her movements tight, as if coiled and ready to spring.

 

“Penny, I know how much she meant to you.” How much she meant to both of them. He wanted to hold her, share their loss. “I’m not leaving you.”

 

Untying the gown, she let it drop around her feet, and sidestepped out of the heap. She pulled the dark gray sweater over her head then stepped into black velvet jeans. She wouldn’t make eye contact, wouldn’t speak as she sat on the green plastic chair.

 

This was killing him. He needed to hold her, help her with her pain—his pain. Haltingly, he made his way to her, touched her head, and waited while she zipped her boots. “Penny.” She resisted, but he tipped her chin, forcing her to look up. “Come on, baby. You don’t have to worry about me leaving you.”

 

“You will.”

 

“No—”

 

“When I tell you the truth, you will.”

 

 

Buy Links

AMAZON

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Love-Murder-Book-ebook/dp/B01M3YVO4H/

 

TWRP

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4774-the-power-of-love-and-murder.html

 

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-power-of-love-and-murder-brenda-whiteside/1125058047?ean=2940156875115

 

KOBO

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?Query=The%20Power%20of%20Love%20and%20Murder%20(Brenda%20Whiteside)&ac=1&acp=the%20power%20of%20love%20and%20mur&ac.title=The%20Power%20of%20Love%20and%20Murder&ac.author=Brenda%20Whiteside

 

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brenda_Whiteside_The_Power_of_Love_and_Murder?id=__-yDQAAQBAJ

 

Congratulations to the 2017 N. N. Light Book Awards Finalists #awards #books #TuesdayBookBlog


NNLBA 2017 Finalists

 

Last weekend, MR N called a board meeting of the N. N. Light Book Awards committee (just the two of us). We gathered all of the books we read and reviewed from December 2016 – November 2017 and spend hours discussing which books deserved the honor of an award. All five star reviewed books were eligible.  We expanded the genres and are thrilled to announce the finalists:

 

Children’s Books

Halito Gianna by Becky Villareal

The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand

Bartholomew Buggins by Crystal Marcos

 

Contemporary Romance

Fat Girl Begone! By D. E. Haggerty

Just Friends by Stacy Gold

Tempted by Mr. Wrong by Jacquie Biggar

 

Erotic Romance

Tales of the Golden Mask by Alexa Lynsey and Belle DeVer

 

Fiction

Edna and Luna by Gleah Powers

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler by Steve Shear

Curva Peligosa by Lily Iona Mackenzie

 

Historical Romance

Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas

Christmas Revels IV by Hannah Meredith et al.

A Chance at Christmas by Beppie Harrison

 

Memoir

The Road to Transition by Bree Record

 

Mystery and Suspense

The Fragrance of a Violet by Lin Wilder

A Price of Genius by Lin Wilder

Angelica by Clabe Polk

 

Nonfiction

How the Brain Connects by Dr. Robert Lavine

Living in Italy by Stef Smulders

Fukushima and the Coming Tokyo Earthquake by Tony Smyth

 

Paranormal/Supernatural/Occult

The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole

Reflections by Clifton Kenny

Blood Moon by Livia Quinn

 

Romantic Suspense

A Midnight Clear by Jeannie Hall

Missing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar

Snowbound in Havenport by Ruth A. Casie

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tales of the Faie by Diana Wicker

Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri

Merry Christmas, Henry by Aubrey Wynne

 

Short Stories

Eating Ice Cream by Gabriel Bacopa

Eating Ice Cream II by Gabriel Bacopa

To Cast a Cliché by Aubrey Wynne

 

Thriller

Viable Threat by Julie Rowe

Idiot’s Tale by Anthony Land

 

Middle Grade and Young Adult

Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief by Diane Moat

Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse by Diane Moat

Guardian of the Way by Diane Moat

 

 

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 19.

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

 

N.N. Light

 

Count Your Blessings Every Day! #inspiration #grateful #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


Count Your Blessings

 

Can’t sleep due to stress and life kicking you in the behind?

 

Count your blessings.

 

We watched White Christmas on Saturday night starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. It’s one of our favorite holiday movies and we watch it every year. One of the best songs has got to be Count Your Blessings, sung by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Here it is for your listening pleasure:

 

 

One of the easiest ways to release anxiety and stress is to count your blessings. Your life is filled with positive things and people. Look at where you were five or ten years ago and look at where you are now. Let your grateful thoughts flow through your veins and you’ll soon be fast asleep.

 

Go ahead and try it. I challenge you to try it for a week and see what happens.

 

MRS N