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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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.

 

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


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Title:

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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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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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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.

 

 

Buy Links

The first book in the series, THE GHOST CHRONICLES is currently on sale on Kindle for only 0.99 cents! And it’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

 

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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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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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Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

 

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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

 

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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Amazon USA  http://amzn.to/2pRRbJR

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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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One Week to Win Her Boss by @BarbaraWDaille and @entangledpub #holidayromance #bookreview


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Title: One Week to Win Her Boss

Author: Barbara White Daille

Genre: Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It’s a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she’s the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

 

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.

 

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she’s looking for.

 

My Review:

Amber’s one of the unlucky Barnett sisters. She’s got horrible instincts when it comes to men, especially her ex-husband. He left her high and dry with a baby on the way. She’s a single mom with an infant daughter and struggling to make ends meet. Forced out of her apartment temporarily, she decides to stay at the ski lodge she works as a housekeeper. She just wants some peace and quiet, not to mention a reprieve from her daughter’s colic. But all that changes when her boss, Michael DeFranco, walks in the front door and Penny starts to cry.

 

Tired of the nightmare that is his family, all Michael wants is the solitude of his private ski lodge. He walks in to the surprised shriek of his housekeeper and her infant baby. So much for hibernating alone. While Amber evades his questions about why she’s there, Michael’s bound and determined to get to the bottom of it. The last thing he expected to find when he came to Snowflake Valley was his very own Christmas angel. Can Amber and Penny change his feelings on family, Christmas and marriage or will he be Snowflake Valley’s own Scrooge?

 

I love holiday romances and this one is a gem. From the first scene, Amber and Michael are at odds with each other yet at the same time, drawn to one another. Their chemistry is sizzling no matter how hard they try to fight it. Barbara White Daille weaves a heart-wrenching story about two wounded hearts begging to be healed, all against the backdrop of a small town at Christmastime. There’s plenty of challenges they must overcome in order to be together. My favorite scene has to be the snowball fight. Hilarious! Highly recommend!

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “That was what he’d always found different about her. What she had brought into his life from the day he had met her. Her sparkling eyes. Her sunny smile. Her light. They kept his thoughts coming back to her no matter how hard he fought them, no matter how many times he reminded himself she was off-limits.” 

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Entangled  https://entangledpublishing.com/one-week-to-win-her-boss.html

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PJ7SNN

Amazon Australia  https://www.amazon.com.au/d/B076PJ7SNN

Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076PJ7SNN

Amazon Canada  https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B076PJ7SNN

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127274067

Apple iBooks  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-week-to-win-her-boss/id1299758237

Kobo   https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/one-week-to-win-her-boss

 

Barbara White Daille

 

Author Biography:

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

 

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life:  https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.

 

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Amazon author page  http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-White-Daille/e/B002J6B0QQ

Harlequin author page  https://www.harlequin.com/shop/authors/23759_barbara-white-daille.html

Entangled author page  http://entangledpublishing.com/category/barbara-white-daille/

Bookbub author page https://www.bookbub.com/authors/barbara-white-daille

 

Goodreads author page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/529361.Barbara_White_Daille

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

All I Want for Christmas is… A Sheikh for Christmas by @leslienorthbook #romance #giveaway


 

A Sheikh for Christmas
Leslie North
(All I Want for Christmas is…, #1)
Publication date: December 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

It may be cold outside, but the snow begins to melt when an unlikely couple comes together during the Holidays…

 

Christmas is right around the corner, but after creating a society scandal, New York heiress Melody Hascall-Ebons has nowhere to turn. Cut off by her family for running away with an actor—who turned out to be using her for publicity—Mel is penniless, homeless, and disgraced. There’s only one place to go, and that’s back to the fiancé she ditched. But instead of her ex, she finds his friend Daveed Rafik. The handsome military translator disarms Mel with his easy smile and surprising sympathy. But as she struggles to get her life on track, the last thing Mel needs is to fall into the strong arms of her ex-fiancé’s best friend.

 

Counter-terrorism expert Sheikh Daveed Rafik has spent his career dealing with delicate and dangerous situations, but none of them compares to Melody Hascall-Ebons. He’s supposed to be helping his friend Murphy find his missing sister, not consoling the spoiled rich girl who dumped their buddy Heath. But the more he learns about Melody, the more he likes. With her unexpected intelligence and distinctive beauty, Melody calls to him in powerful ways. But when the woman he is arranged to marry shows up, Daveed’s highly organized life suddenly gets very complicated.

 

The streets of New York are steeped in holiday cheer, but can Daveed and Melody thaw the ice around their hearts enough to make room for love?

 

 

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EXCERPT:

Melody watched him walk away beneath her damp lashes. She’d never really paid much attention to Daveed before. He’d been one of Heath’s friends and always hanging around the periphery of their group, but had sort of kept to himself. Now, though, he’d come to her aid in her hour of need—or more like day of desperation—and a girl couldn’t ignore such chivalry.

 

As the silence between them grew more awkward by the second, she got up and wandered over to the table, which was covered by papers and post-it notes. Daveed didn’t look up at her at all, so she finally pulled out a chair and sat, forcing a tremulous smile. “What are you doing?”

 

“Huh?” Daveed glanced up at her with a frown, as if just then remembering she was still there. “Oh, making lists. It’s how I keep track of everything I’ve got going on and my responsibilities.”

 

“Oh.” She picked up one yellow square and squinted at this illegible scrawl before he snatched it away from her.

 

“Please, don’t touch anything. These are all very important.”

 

“Right.” She’d never been big on lists or organization herself. Her mother had always had a social secretary to take care of most things for her and when that failed, then Melody preferred to “wing it.” For her life was all about spontaneity, but then again, given how this whole situation with Jefferson Hanks had turned out, maybe planning and consideration was the way to go. While Daveed said nothing more, scowling down at his notes again, she studied him more. Honestly, she really didn’t know the guy very well.

 

From what Heath had told her, Daveed Rafik had served alongside him and their other friend, Murphy Coen, in the Middle East. Melody had always thought of Daveed as a sort of an Arabic James Bond type from the way Heath had bragged about the guy. He graduated Yale at the top of his class, spoke five languages fluently, and thwarted terrorists in a single bound, all without firing a single weapon.

 

Now, however, as he wrote furiously, his dark brows knit in concentration, she took her first real look at the guy. She’s noticed when he’d first answered the door that he was tall and well-muscled. As she sat beside him at the table, his dark brown hair curled above the collar of his white button-down shirt and reflected hints of gold beneath the lights. Yep. He was gorgeous, no doubt about it. If you went for the romance-novel cover sheikh type. Which she didn’t, at least not up to this point.

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

 

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

 

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

 

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

 

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A Round-Up of Highly Recommended #HolidayRomance #Books to Warm Your Spirit! #FridayReads


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. The holiday season is in full-swing and the bookshelves are overflowing with holiday books, everything from cookbooks to surviving the holidays without going crazy to fiction. My favorite holiday books have got to be holiday romances. I’m reading a few right now that are so fantastic, I had to share them with you. Each story will fill you with the holiday spirit and you’ll believe in the magic of romance at this festive time of the year. Did I miss one? Recommend it in the comments below.

 

The House-Sitter’s Christmas: A Romantic Fairy Tale by Jean Joachim

At Christmas, Laura Fleming lived her fantasy adventure. Paid to house-sit for the fabulously wealthy financier, C.W. Banley, while he traveled, she eagerly headed for New York City. As mistress of his elegant townhouse, she baked cookies and dressed the old gent’s richly-furnished residence for the holidays.

 

As December rolled around, the lonely, lovely writer eagerly anticipated soaking up the Christmas atmosphere in the grand city. With only the cat for company, she’d turn Banley’s elegant home into a wonderland of sparkling lights, fragrant garland, and shiny tinsel.

 

Every year, she wished, in vain, for a happy ending. Will this be the year that Miss Fleming discovers her dreams can come true, even in a big city, like New York?

 

A sweet, New York City Christmas Fairy Tale novella.

 

CAUTION: As in any fairy tale, there is some violence in this story, and some cursing, as well, but no sex.

 

https://www.amazon.com/House-Sitters-Christmas-Romantic-Fairy-Tale-ebook/dp/B075ZQ7BJS

 

Champagne for Christmas by Jean Joachim

Can a craving for mint chip ice cream and a passion for the theater keep a summer romance hot through the freezing cold of winter? Clint is a high school English teacher and a budding playwright. Nina, a former actress, is now a beautiful and wealthy widow…and more than a little lonely, especially during a glorious Christmas in New York City.

 

A chance meeting brings them together. Their passion for the stage joins their minds while love blossoms, despite their age gap. The theater, that once united them, may be the one hurdle they can’t clear. An unexpected roadblock tests Clint’s love. Will he make the ultimate compromise to see his name in lights on Broadway?

 

https://www.amazon.com/Champagne-Christmas-Jean-Joachim-ebook/dp/B00PQMB2SQ

 

Winter Spice: A Spicy Winter Short Story Collection by Vanessa Liebe

What are girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice, right? With winter in full swing and Christmas fast approaching, it could be that each of them—an undisciplined twenty-something, a kiss-o-gram for hire, a student cleaning houses for extra cash, and a debutante—needs that little extra Winter Spice in their lives.

 

With a firm hand, the men in their lives add just the perfect amount of hot ginger to the vanilla and these five ladies soon receive an unexpected, but especially warming gift from the man in their lives. When it’s all said and done, they might just end up thinking, “Be careful what you wish for.”

 

Publisher’s Note: This collection of erotic short stories includes spankings, sexual scenes, elements of BDSM, and more.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Spice-Spicy-Short-Collection-ebook/dp/B01MYZ2K6K

 

One Week to Win Her Boss by Barbara White Daille

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It’s a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she’s the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

 

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.

 

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she’s looking for.

 

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Snowbound with Mr. Wrong by Barbara White Daille

Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley’s annual children’s party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.

 

The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can’t stop thinking about her. And soon, he’s fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.

 

http://bit.ly/swmw-pg

 

The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by Barbara White Daille

A husband for Christmas?

 

Mitch Weston’s back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were high school sweethearts, for heaven’s sake! Why can’t they see they’re perfect for each other?

 

Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she’s all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children’s. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed’s plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they’ll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed’s got his work cut out for him—because this match needs a Christmas miracle!

 

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All I Want for Christmas by Livia Quinn

Tis the season for second chances…

 

It’s a Christmas weekend full of love and Larue social media is atwitter at the return of their hometown movie star, Ducane Beauregard Larue at the only place to celebrate Christmas Eve—the Romanos’. Catch up with all the characters from the Men of Honor series and as a bonus get a peek into the lives of upcoming characters…

 

Beau hates Christmas. It reminds him of what he can’t have. He’s been avoiding homecomings and the biggest reason is unavoidable this Christmas – Madison Hart, who has loved Beau for most of her adult life. Whenever rumors surface about him returning home, Madison hyperventilates at the prospect of seeing him again.

 

Samantha Larue’s baby is overdue and everyone is hovering including Jed, who ended their relationship last summer because kids weren’t “in his future”.

 

Bad guys don’t scare Delilah Burke but Luc’s mother and five sisters have her stalling on setting a date to marry the man she loves.

 

Nothing could make Buffy Romano happier than delivering a few surprises and helping the people she loves find love. Luckily, a Christmas Eve miracle confirms what she already knows – that with a little nudge, all her love ones’ happily-ever-afters will happen in the not so distant future.

 

https://books2read.com/AlliWant

 

More Christmas Lovin’ by Lisa Kumar, K.S. Thomas, Melissa Keir, RaeAnne Hadley, Jenna Jaxon, Deb Julienne and D’Ann Lindun

Brighten this holiday season with seven stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Grab a cup of your favorite cocoa, coffee or tea, a holiday treat and settle in with the authors from More Christmas Lovin’ for a festive holiday read.

 

Santa for Christmas by Lisa Kumar

A sexy elf who hates everything about Christmas is forced to be Santa and must go into the seething heart of humanity—the abode of a beautiful single mother and her child in order to save them.

 

An EverAfter Christmas by K.S. Thomas

Sailor Belle is no stranger to adventure, so being stranded in a blizzard three days before her wedding, is not about to stop her from marrying the man of her dreams. But then, as the obstacles keep coming, she clings to her last hope – it’s the season for miracles, and she may need one to get her EverAfter Christmas.

 

Holiday Homecoming by Melissa Keir

Two broken hearts mend as love blossoms, but when danger comes calling, can the two loners learn to rely on each other or will they lose all they have found?

 

Mistletoe & Ashes by RaeAnne Hadley

Tiffany knew the threats of being a firefighter on the Hot Shots team. She embraced the heat and the danger but she could have never predicted that her heart and her mind would be in peril. Could a Christmas miracle save her or would she end up as ashes?

 

Seduction at the Christmas Court by Jenna Jaxon

Lord and Lady Longford have journeyed to the Christmas Court of King Edward III to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. When Geoffrey is suddenly called to war, and rumors of his death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

 

All I Want For Christmas by Deb Julienne

Who knew one little boy’s Christmas wish could change so many lives?

 

The Christmas Fantasy by D’Ann Lindun

Widower Christian Vega believes he’ll never find true love again, until an actress catches his eye. But she’s way out of this cowboy’s league. Hope Snowden swears to never date another out-of-work actor again. Then she falls for a cowboy-turned-stuntman. Is it love, or just a Christmas fantasy?

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076NMYN2G

 

Santa Claws by Kris Pearson

From dark start to delicious ending, this unusual Christmas tale is romantic and uplifting. Nothing will ever be the same again after Jeff is accused of threatening to murder his wife. Or Evie is bruised one time too many by her abusive boyfriend. Or Santa Claws the cat starts howling under the house.

 

This delightfully different novella brings eventual happiness for everyone – including added joy for Christian and Fiona who you first met in my novel THE WRONG SISTER. Come and spend a sunny summer Christmas in Wellington, New Zealand. You could even adopt a kitten….

 

http://krispearson.com/santa-claws-a-christmas-novella

 

Midwinter Masquerade by Rosemary Gemmell

Please note: this is reissued under my full name (previously Romy Gemmell)

Edinburgh, December 1816

Young widow Lady Lenora Fitzallan accepts an invitation to the Scottish country estate of Edward Montgomery, the man she once thought to marry seventeen years previously, until he left without explanation. Accompanied by her godmother, Lady Pettigrew, Lenora forms a friendship with Edward’s young niece and ward, Annabelle, who has a propensity for getting into scrapes and falling in love with the wrong man.

In the days leading up to the Masquerade Ball on the Winter Solstice, past secrets begin to unfold, Annabelle is rescued from harm, and a dashing, costumed stranger arrives at the Ball.

Once the past is revealed and the real villain unmasked, Lenora must decide where and with whom her future now lies.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076JGLZZV

 

 

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

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

Fukushima and the Coming Tokyo Earthquake by Tony Smyth #BookReview #EarthScience #Japan


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Title: Fukushima and the Coming Tokyo Earthquake: and what it will mean for a fragile world economy

Author: Tony Smyth

Genre: Earth Sciences, Earthquakes, Economics

 

Book Blurb:

This book tells the tale of two large earthquakes, one that took place in 2011, another imminent, both located in Japan. They will have a major impact on future use of nuclear energy, and also on over-indebted and increasingly fragile world economies.

 

Using Japanese sources, the book depicts the cultural patterns and assumptions, as well as absence of accountability, in the period before and after the earthquake of March 11th, 2011.

 

The following chapters ‘chunk up’, examining the economic and political consequences of using nuclear power. Further chapters detail the benefits and disadvantages of both nuclear and renewable energy in a world where greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere are increasingly harmful to the earth’s climate and ecosystems.

 

Japanese economic, bureaucratic and political power is concentrated at the head of Tōkyō Bay. Over one third of Japanese imports and exports are routed through that bay. Official complacency and a failure to adequately prepare for an earthquake there mean that such an event will have significant consequences.

 

A catastrophic earthquake near Tokyo will likely precipitate repatriation of overseas assets and loss of access to Japan’s hi-tech products, products vital to an interconnected world economy.

 

Fukushima and the coming Tokyo Earthquake looks back on recent events that have deeply affected one of world’s most advanced countries, but it also looks forward to future possibilities, where the interaction of nature’s power, changing energy sources, and human action will determine our joint futures.

 

Tony Smyth has lived in Tokyo for 37 years.

 

My Review:

This is an extraordinarily well written fact filled book.

 

The author provides excellent intense detail surrounding the Fukushima earthquake and the nuclear disaster aftermath.  I was always left wondering how homeless and down on their luck men were thrust into radioactive zones right after to do ‘clean up’.

 

This book details the quiet factor that lays under nearly every layer of Japanese Society. Organized Crime.  For any who think the ‘Mob’ is being defeated – read this book – it is alive and thriving in Japan.  The scandalous reaction of the Japanese rulers and Nuclear Energy Group to the meltdown is tied intricately to Japanese custom.

 

I found this book thought provoking, jarring and yet still an easy read.  The book details what happened in 2011 and what will yet happen when a big earthquake hits Tokyo (it’s about 25 years overdo).  The discussion as to what alternatives for energy the world has goes back over well trodden ground:  fossil Fuel/nuclear/renewable alternatives.  Not unlike the book I read on solar power a few years back, the issues with this discussion often are heavily weighed down with politics, money and big business.

 

Anyone concerned with the future of the planet in general and nuclear energy  in particular must read this great book.

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Fukushima-Coming-Tokyo-Earthquake-fragile-ebook/dp/B077KS8WNG/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Fukushima-Coming-Tokyo-Earthquake-fragile-ebook/dp/B077KS8WNG/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fukushima-Coming-Tokyo-Earthquake-fragile-ebook/dp/B077KS8WNG/

 

Author Biography:

Tony Smyth was born in the northwest of England and grew up in Ireland. After partial completion of a Commerce Degree in Dublin, he moved to the UK where he earned a Fine Arts degree at Northumbria University in 1976. After two years doing graphic design at the local transport company, he traveled and worked in the United States, before arriving in Japan in March 1980. Apart from a few years in Europe, he has lived in Tokyo since that time.

 

He initially studied Japanese language in Tokyo, before switching to shiatsu and acupuncture. He then studied acupuncture in Beijing, receiving advanced level certification in 1985. He got married to Tomoko Sakamoto the following year, and in 1988 they founded a language school in Ebisu, Tokyo, which lasted 10 years, until Japans long recession became severe.

 

In 1998 and 1999 studied Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) in Winter Park, Colorado. He has since done other NLP study in New York and the UK, as well as a hypnotherapy course in Stratford on Avon, England. He has a NLP/hypnotherapy practice in Tokyo (hypnonlp-tokyo.weebly.com).

 

Over the years, Tony has taught English at many companies in the Tokyo area, including Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Honda Motor Company, Goldman Sachs, as well as government ministries. He currently teaches English to bureaucrats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

He lives with his wife Tomoko in an apartment with splendid views of the south and west of Tokyo and Mount Fuji, plays the board game Go (badly), reads incessantly (mostly non-fiction), and, like many from Dublin, is a lifelong fan of Manchester United.

 

A second book which broadens and follows on from the themes in the final chapters of Fukushima and the coming Tokyo Earthquake is already being researched, and is intended to be a ‘companion’ book to the Fukushima/quake book.

 

Five things you may not know about me:

I have walked on fire several times.

I was in Tokyo when the sarin gas was released on the subways.

I am a wedding celebrant, conducting Christian weddings in polite Japanese.

I have seen a sky burial in Tibet.

In 1983, I smoked opium with a hill tribe in the forests of northern Thailand. Just two years earlier they saw their first Caucasian, and thought he was a ghost!

 

Social Media Links:

Website and Blog: https://fukushimatokyoquake.com

Skype: tony.smyth3

Email: Contact here

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

An Interview with Anya Drake From For Their Sins by @RTranBooks #paranormal #vampire #IARTG


For Their Sins

 

I had the opportunity to sit down with Anya Drake, the so-called villain in Alexandria Diego’s tell-all memoir For Their Sins. Anya swears she is misunderstood and asked for a chance to share her side with the world.

 

“Can you tell the audience a little about yourself?” I asked Anya urging her to open up.

 

Anya smiled and stared at me a moment considering what she would say, “My real name in Anica Golescu I was born in 1398. I died 16 years later. My maker was the first Mordere, what you would call a vampire although, he was so much more. I turned my lover, Vlad the Impaler, into a Mordere. Then we killed my maker for his infinite cruelty. It was then that I changed my name to Anya Drake to remove any reminders of the past.

 

Vlad and I longed for a world where Mordere no longer lived in fear of the Venandi. They are God’s chosen warrior’s, who hunt us for sport. To that end, we were building our numbers when they stormed our castle. Vlad was killed, and I swore vengeance.  Now one Venandi stands in my way at every turn. Alexandria Diego must die.” Anya was near shouting and tried to get out of her chair. Her eyes were glassy as she looked at me.

 

I swallowed hard worried for a moment. I put a hand on Anya’s arm to calm her, and it was ice cold. Anya looked down at it and smiled as she sank back into her chair. I tried a different type of question hoping she wouldn’t get upset again. “What is your idea of perfect happiness?”

 

Anya licked her lips before answering, “Finding a perfectly innocent human, wrapping them in my arms and biting into their neck. Their blood washes over my tongue like the nectar of the gods. It’s sweet metallic and fragrant, better than an orgasm at times.” She gave a little shiver and stared at me. I felt like lunch.

 

I quickly fired off another question hoping to distract her, “On what occasion do you lie?”

 

Anya laughed slightly making her deep brown curls bounce “Do I need an occasion? Lying is part of life. It comes as naturally as breathing.”

 

“What do you most dislike about your appearance?” I asked hoping to find some redeeming quality in her.

 

Anya snorted her displeasure, “Is there something I should dislike? I’m more attractive than any human that’s for damn sure. As a matter of fact, I think I’m rather perfect. Any flaws I had were fixed when I fed from my maker.”

 

I was beginning to wonder if I was sane when I took this interview. “If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?”

 

“I already did that stupid,” Anya was annoyed. “Vampire remember?”

 

“Right, sorry.” It was hard to believe she really was what she claimed she looked so normal. “When and where were you happiest?” I asked trying to get something real out of her.

 

“August 20, 1414, in a small inn in my hometown on my wedding night.” She smiled wistfully before looking away.

 

“Who was he? What happened to him?” I wondered if she’d tell me.

 

“Radu, my first love. I drank him dry not knowing what I was.” I saw the pain in her eyes even if she wouldn’t admit it. “I could have changed him, but he wouldn’t have been Radu, and I would have had to share him with my maker. He was best off dead.” Her voice went cold as she stared at me.

 

I got goosebumps and decided to let that matter rest. I pressed on hoping to end the interview and get out of there while I could. “Alright, Anya one more question, please. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?”

 

“I wouldn’t have accepted my maker’s offer. I wouldn’t be a Mordere.” She looked truly repentant. Her eyes were wet like she was going to cry. I got out of my chair and took a step towards her then another. She lunged at me and grabbed me by the waist. “Ah, who am I kidding, I love what I am.”

 

As a side note, I woke up in the hospital a day later. Anya was nowhere to be found, and her number was disconnected.

 

Title: For Their Sins

Author: Rebecca Tran

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/ Action&Adventure

Publisher: Hoffmann & Hoffmann

 

Book Blurb:

“You must know what I am and what I have lived through to understand what I did, why I would risk everything, including myself for one male.”

 

Alexandria Diego never wanted to be special. She was content to lay in bed with her lover forever. One decision will change everything. Suddenly, Alexandria is launched into a life of infamy, which carries a heavy burden that only she can bear. When a vicious war between her people, the Venandis, and their rivals, the Morderes, breaks out it forces Alexandria to change her tactics and be more cautious. But, when her love is captured by the enemy, Alexandria risks everything to get him back.

 

Excerpt:

Anya was waiting for me when I entered the room, lounging on a velvet sofa with silk pillows, looking rather pale. Her deep brown curls were only half pinned up the rest spilled over her breasts that were bound in a tightly laced black corset. She wore black well cut pants and low heeled boots. A gleaming sword lay within easy reach, but her feet were up on a stool, and she showed no sign of getting up as I approached. “Alexandria,” she said in greeting as if we were old friends.

 

“Anya,” I replied with contempt.

 

“You look a little out of breath perhaps you’d like a seat.”

 

“I thought that was the point of five ill-trained goons, to wear me out. Why offer a seat now?”

 

“A show of hospitality.” She shrugged.

 

“Where is he, Anya?” I nearly growled.

 

She gave a cruel smile “The Venandi you knew no longer exists.”

 

“I know you’ve tainted him I don’t care.”

 

“He’s under my control. It’s my blood he craves and my bed he wants.”

 

“Give him back you cold-hearted bitch.”

 

“Tsk tsk, Alexandria. We are matriarchs of our peoples to fight over one male seems pointless.” Anya said as if bored.

 

“You did this to draw me out. Now I’m here, so let’s get this over with.” I demanded.

 

She was on her feet with sword drawn every bit as fast as a Venandi. “As you wish.”

 

We fought endlessly back and forth neither of us gaining or losing ground. The sound of metal clashing became a metallic hum in the air that sang to me, focusing my thoughts. In the midst of it all, I found him, my love, my match. I called out to him with my thoughts and felt him approach although, the reason felt wrong and it worried me. What if it were true? What if he was lost to me?  Then he came into the room, and I knew the truth. Anya moved into my guard, and her sword cut my side. My sword fell. She grabbed me.

 

As Anya’s teeth sunk into my throat, I heard him call my name “Alexandria, NO!” My eyes slid closed as a tear slid down my cheek.

 

This was the turning point for my people and me. But, you must know what I am and what I have lived through to understand what I did, why I would risk everything, including myself for one male. I am Alexandria Diego, and this is my story.

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: (all countries) http://mybook.to/FTSins

Other Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/bxqa6D

 

Rebecca Tran

 

Author Bio: 

Rebecca Tran is a hybrid author and blogger with three award-winning novels. She started writing when she was sixteen as self-prescribed therapy after her father passed away and hasn’t stopped since. Rebecca is also a pharmacist, wife, and mother to two rambunctious girls and a Boston Terrier. If she ever has free time she likes combing resale shops to add to her teapot collection or quilting. Currently, she lives in her home state of Missouri.

 

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Can Storm Protect Her? Missing The Crown Jewels by @VClarizio #RomanticSuspense #books #win


Missing the Crown Jewels

 

Title: Missing the Crown Jewels

Author:  Valerie J. Clarizio

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: VJC Books

 

Book Blurb:

After a devastating divorce, Peyton Crown is finally surfacing from a dark hole of despair. She finds herself hoping for a new life with Mason ‘Storm’ Starr, her brother’s best friend.

 

 

Storm’s intent is simple: hide in the quiet confines of his best friend’s family horse ranch in Kentucky. The perfect place to sort out his life after walking away from the Army, and fight his internal demons. His solitude is interrupted by his buddy’s little sister. The chemistry between them is off the charts, and he willing surrenders the battle.

 

 

The Crown family begins receiving threats, just weeks before the Kentucky Derby. The overprotective men in Peyton’s life vow to keep 24/7 tabs on her and the family’s prize horse—Prince Bourbonville—a hopeful for the next Triple Crown. Circumstances arise that threaten to keep Peyton and Prince away from the derby, but Storm and her brother Coach are determined they’ll attend, no matter the sacrifice.

 

 

Giveaway:

Enter to win an ebook of Taken by Surprise.

 

Blurb:

 

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own.  No men needed! 

 

 

Unfortunately, disaster follows her.  Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past.  Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping.  With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

 

 

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

 

 

 

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Excerpt:

 

Storm paced his room. Why on earth had he let Coach talk him into being Brittiany’s date? He wasn’t fit—ready—to be with normal people and do normal things. He liked his privacy and working on the ranch with little interaction with others. All he wanted out of life right now was to keep his head down and do his job while he took the time to sort out his life. Leaving the Army hadn’t been easy for him. He hadn’t expected to feel so empty, lost, and purposeless with his return to civilian life. It was like he didn’t even know how to behave in a social setting. He’d done just fine socially, before the Army.

 

How dare Coach play the ‘she needs protection’ card. His friend knew the second he reminded him of that, of the threats to the family, he’d easily agree to go on this date with Brittiany so that he could keep an eye on Peyton.

 

It just figured that Coach and his dad were in Chicago this weekend meeting with some of their development partners or Coach could be the one going on this date with Brittiany. Not that going on a date with Brittiany was a hardship—for a normal person that is—because she seemed like a nice woman, pretty too. But Storm just wasn’t feeling it. He wasn’t ready to be among the normal.

 

Storm stood in front of the mirror and tugged at the sleeve of his suit, Coach’s suit. He wasn’t quite sure what one wore to the country club for dinner, but he guessed it was nothing he had in his closet, so he’d raided Coach’s.

 

He swallowed down the anxiety in his throat, spun, and exited his room. The thump of his dress shoes against the hardwood floor echoed less than when he wore his cowboy boots. But even with the noise, he still preferred the boots.

 

At the foot of the steps, he waited for Peyton. He glanced at his watch. They were good on time yet. They didn’t have to meet the rest of the group at the club until six. Cocktails first, then dinner.

 

The light click of heels on the stairs drew his attention. His heart slammed in his chest, and his mouth went dry. In the past year, he’d seen her dressed nicely plenty of times to go to the club, but the radiant beautiful sight he saw before him now stole his breath. He’d always thought she was pretty and liked her, but since she’d touched him the other day, she was all he could think about, day in and day out. Whether his eyes were open or closed, visions of her lovely smile, milky white skin, and dark, spellbinding eyes consumed him.

 

 

 

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Author Biography:

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 

She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

 

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Can one steamy night be the answer? One Night in Kuala Lumpur by @abbeymacmunn #EroticRomance


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Title: One Night in Kuala Lumpur

Author: Abbey MacMunn

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Genre: Erotic Romance

 

 

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Blurb:

In search of inspiration and excitement, successful artist, Ziva Clarke, takes a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her exhibitions in the UK have left her exhausted, she’s had no fun in ages and her creativity is at below zero—the exotic Far East could be just what she needs.

 

Charmer Sam Tempest is visiting Kuala Lumpur on business with his father, but behind the impeccable suit and the wicked smile, he’s not a happy man. Duty bound to join his family’s international business, Sam longs to follow his true passion—to carve wood sculptures.

 

The two lonely souls meet by chance on a crowded street, and when it turns out they might not be the strangers they first thought, so begins a night of confessions, shared dreams and hot sex.

 

Can one steamy night in Kuala Lumpur be the answer to both their dreams?

 

Excerpt:

Squinting, Ziva tried to see who’d spoken in a deep, smooth-as-silk British accent.

 

A tall man stood before her and greeted her with an alluring, lopsided smile that exuded confidence. Kind eyes crinkled at the corners.

 

His broad shoulders were clad in a navy, tailored business suit. With his thick hair, a rich, burnt umber colour, slicked back off his forehead, and an angular, clean-shaven jaw, the guy could have stepped off the set of a TV advert for men’s cologne. And his lips… oh boy, his lips. Full, well-defined, and made for sinning.

 

Her mouth dried. Kuala Lumpur grew more interesting by the second.

 

Elise filled in for her temporary inability to speak. “No, we haven’t. My sister failed to mention Pavilion or Lot 10. I’m afraid she doesn’t share my love for shopping.”

 

Surprise flashed across his face before his smile widened then hitched higher in one corner. Yep, male model material. Just my luck if he’s gay.

 

Elise shifted from one foot to the other and adjusted her hold on her dozen or so shopping bags. “Are the malls far?”
“No, not far. They’re near the Golden Triangle part of the city.”

 

Ziva stifled another groan. More malls, right near where they were staying.

 

The guy tipped his head. “I’m Sam, by the way.” Sophisticated charm oozed from every pore. “It’s lovely to meet two beautiful English roses so far from home.” Although he spoke to both of them, he directed an intense gaze at Ziva. Mischievous cobalt eyes sparkled in the bright sunlight then he winked at her. Hmm, not gay then.

 

“Hi, I’m Elise,” her sister said, sticking out her chest. “Nice to meet you, too.” She shuffled her feet again. “My feet are roasting standing here.”

 

Ziva glanced at Elise’s unsuitable choice of footwear as she stood on a drain cover. “I’m not surprised your feet are hot. It’s ninety-five degrees and you’re wearing high-heeled boots. I told you to wear your flat sandals.”

 

Elise rolled her eyes. “Flat sandals do not go with this outfit,” she said resignedly. “Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the best shopping malls in South East Asia—who cares about a little discomfort?”

 

“So, you were listening when I read out the tourist brochure and the amazing places I’d like to visit.”

 

“No, not really.” Elise gave an apologetic shrug. “I heard ‘shopping malls’ mostly.”

Sam laughed. His attention never left Ziva. “And your name is…?”

 

The crowd surged forward to cross the road. Someone jostled past Ziva, accidentally knocking her elbow. Her tatty canvas handbag and her one and only shopping bag dropped to the ground. She gasped as her new lingerie tumbled onto the dusty pavement. “Oh, crap!”

 

Stooping to her haunches, she then hastily stuffed lacy bras and matching thongs back into the paper bag. Her blonde curls tumbled over her face, helping to hide cheeks that burned hotter than the pavement. A serious contender for Miss Tiny Tits UK, she’d been spoiled for choice when she’d seen that the malls in KL catered for smaller women, so she’d treated herself to a few items of sexy underwear. Not that she had an occasion to wear it, but still, the last thing she needed was to have it displayed for all to see.

 

Sam kneeled in front of her, picked up a black bra, and swung it on his finger. “Here, I think you missed one.”

 

Head still down, she reached for the bra, but he hooked his finger around the strap and held it firm. She tugged. “Let go.”

 

“Not until you tell me your name.” He tugged back, stretching the lace and elastic across the distance between them. “And not until you look at me.”

 

 

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Abbey MacMunn writes contemporary, paranormal and erotic romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband and their four children. She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

 

 

When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies.

 

 

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Spotlight on Gray’s Promise by @AnniFifeAuthor … and a #Giveaway! #RomanticSuspense #romance


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BOOK TITLE:                        GRAY’S PROMISE (KING SECURITY BOOK 2)

                                                Note: This is a Standalone HEA

AUTHOR:                               Anni Fife

AUTHOR EMAIL:                  anni@annifife.com

GENRE:                                  Steamy Romantic Suspense (R-Sex, Language)

LENGTH:                                406 Pages

PUBLISHER:                         The Wild Rose Press

RELEASE DATE:                    December 8, 2017

 

BLURB

A jealousy that destroys everything in its path…a love that refuses to die.

 

 

Zoey Morgan seems to have it all as a successful surgeon in Boston. However, perfection lies only on the surface. Plagued by nightmares and amnesia from a tragedy that ripped her family from her fourteen years ago, she finds the courage to reach out to the only man who can make her feel safe. She’s buried the memory of their love, but her heart—and her body—responds to the ex-marine in ways that are all too familiar.

 

Grayson “Gray” Walker’s heart shattered when Zoey chose another man over him. Since then, he’s built an impenetrable wall around his emotions. But from the moment she implodes back into his life, her vulnerability breaches his defenses. His skills as an elite member of the King Security team cannot shield him from the devastation of learning he might have left Zoey high and dry when she needed him most. Now, Gray must navigate the tripwire of helping her heal while protecting himself from being hurt again.

 

As the embers of their potent love reignite, an old threat awakens, leading to greater danger than ever before.

 

EXCERPT

Gray’s hands balled into fists. He wanted to punch the walls. “Take me to her. Now!”

 

“You need to control yourself, Mr. Walker.”

 

Rage joined the sick fear churning inside him and he glared at the doctor. She didn’t flinch. Her face held no judgment, but her steady gaze also gave no quarter. Gray found it anchored him, offering him no alternative but to deal with the reality slamming into him. The rigidity in his body eased. Doctor Wells nodded slightly, and in a cool, precise voice, continued. “Given Miss Morgan’s concussion and the yet unidentified drug in her system, we would prefer not to administer any more sedatives.”

 

Ping!

 

The doors opened and they stepped out. She led them down another corridor and stopped outside a numbered ward. “Mr. Walker—”

 

“It’s Gray.”

 

“Okay, Gray.” She clasped her hands in front of her. “Zoey is extremely agitated. To calm her, you need to find the calmness within yourself.” Her probing stare insisted on a response.

 

He nodded sharply.

 

“She’s on the edge of hysteria and in danger of hurting herself. If you cannot calm her, we will be forced to sedate her for her own safety.”

 

Zoey!

 

Gray’s heart hammered wildly. He closed his eyes, and for the first time since he’d raced into the ED, let her image surface.

 

His beautiful red butterfly. Mercurial and brilliant. Her dark-copper hair alight with so many fiery streaks, he was constantly amazed it didn’t singe his skin. The curly length was unexpectedly soft, so goddamn sexy when it slipped like satin through his fingers. But as much as he loved her hair, it was her eyes that endlessly beguiled him. Tapered like a cat, they were vivid-green with a golden ring around her pupil. A fascinating combination of sex-kitten and innocent, and such an integral part of her expressive nature. There were times he thought they were too large for her heart-shaped face, but then she’d laugh and they’d turn that intense jewel-like green. Wicked. Infectious. Or she’d whimper with desire, and the golden ring would leak into the green. Hot and slumberous. Untamed.

 

“Gray?”

 

He opened his eyes, forcing Zoey’s image back into darkness. “Take me to her.” He met the doctor’s unblinking scrutiny. “Please.”

 

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Anni Fife is an exciting contemporary romance author who has already made an indelible mark in the popular genre of steamy romantic suspense. Her debut novel, Luke’s Redemption, has been acclaimed by critics and readers and was a Finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Anni says she credits Kristen Ashley as her guiding inspiration, and strives to make her characters equally as heart-wrenching and unforgettable. She is currently working on Eva’s Peace (King Security Book 3).

 

Last year, Anni closed the door on a successful career in television production to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of a month, she shut her business, packed up her city life, and moved to a small seaside village. When she’s not writing, she can be found on the beach searching for pansy shells, or drinking red wine and gabbing with her gal posse.

 

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Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA).

 

 

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Meet Author @Shari_Nich and Discover Why MRS N Can’t Wait to Read Her #Books! #amreading #PNR


Author Interview

 

As many of you know, I’m a huge paranormal romance reader. It’s one of my all-time favorite genres so when I come across a paranormal romance new-to-me author, I’m all over their books like a honey bee to flowers. I met Shari through a fellow author, M. T. Magee, and we instantly connected. I convinced her to sit down for an interview and she agreed. I can’t wait to read her brand-new release, Haunted, from Liquid Silver Press. Take it away, Shari:

 

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

There are so many fabulous authors that have inspired me over the years with their words and their characters. I absolutely love Alice Clayton! Her books are filled with humor and heart. I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Sylvia Day at an NJRW conference and got an autograph and a picture with her. She was so kind and lovely. Her writing style, voice and her ability to create off-the-charts sensuality between her characters are some of the many reasons I fell in love with her books. I admire the outrageousness and humor from the fabulous writing team of Christina Lauren. I’ve read Beautiful Bastard countless times, and still laugh hysterically. I’m always blown away by Kresley Cole’s world building. I was thrilled to meet her at RWA in NYC a few years back. She was very sweet! In my opinion, JK Rowling is an utter genius. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books three- four times and will probably read all of them again. J Kenner’s characters are relatable and quite complex. I absolutely love her Stark series Iwill get to meet her at the Liberty States Fiction conference in March, which will be a thrill.

 

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

The first thing I do when I figure out who my characters are is to look through magazines or go online for ideas. I try to find out who best resembles the characters floating around in my head and then make poster boards and refer to them as I write. In my novel, HAUNTED, my hero, Thayne is based on the gorgeous actor, Ryan Reynolds .I’ve tried my best to vividly describe him as tall with golden brown hair, whiskey colored eyes, and a physique that would  make most women weep. He’s also incredibly witty, smart, and cool, a hero in every sense of the word. My heroine would be played by a young Scarlett Johannsen, a petite blonde with big, blue eyes. She’s sexy, sincere, and lovable, not to mention there’s a certain vulnerability that I think most women can relate to on some level.

 

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Names are critical when it comes to creating believable, well developed characters. I remember my brother in law once told me about his uncle Thayne and described him as a tall, strapping man who had quite the reputation with the ladies in his youth. Immediately, an image began to form in my mind. The name sounded so masculine and unbelievably sexy, I knew I had to create this larger than life character and make him jump off the page. As for my other characters, some are based on people I might know, some are based on people from TV and film. Sometimes just hearing a name sparks my imagination and I plot who that character could be and what drives them.

 

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Don’t give up! If I can do this anyone can. Publishing is a tough business and not for the faint of heart by any means. Develop a thick skin and never take it personally when you get rejected. It’s part of the process. Get into a critique group and submit your work on a regular basis. Be accountable for your writing, even when you’re not published. Try entering contests. Go to conferences and talk to other authors. Find out what they’re doing. Take writing classes, and workshops. Read everything you can in your genre and don’t overlook those books on writing as   well.

 

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m working on a three book contemporary series that focuses on three best friends from college who are navigating careers, and love in the Big Apple. I like to think of it as a modern day Sex in the City. There’s humor, fashion, gay best friends, over the top characters, and even a Mr. Big type of sexy alpha hero. As much as I love writing paranormal, it’s nice to step away from that world and focus on something completely different.

 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Boy that’s a tough one! There’s so many! I would love to have the power to know what people are thinking. It could save a lot of time and energy. I would also love to have the power to make myself invisible so I could spy on my kids.

 

What secret talents do you have?

Sadly, not many, but I still remember how to twirl a baton. Does that count? I guess it’s one of those weird talents you never really forget. I also have a photographic memory for recalling faces. I’m still wondering when this talent will come in handy.

 

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I’ve always wanted to go to Europe like my heroine, Karly. I hope to get there someday. Greece, Italy and France are at the top of the list. Oops that’s three.

 

What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

I want to travel to as many exotic locales as possible, try the food, experience the culture, and learn about the people and the history. I’ve been talking about getting my Master’s degree for years. I’m still deciding in what. I would love to help my brother achieve his goals and participate in Special Olympics. I’ve always talked about taking a girls vacation with some really close friends and paying for the entire trip with all of my books sales.

 

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

That’s an easy one! I would be a golden retriever. My beloved, dog, Buddy is a golden and they have the sweetest and most loyal dispositions. I could only aspire to be that adorable.

 

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Title: HAUNTED

Author: Shari Nichols

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Liquid Silver Press

 

Blurb:

When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She’s can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind-blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

 

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood. If only he can convince her that, despite his bad boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?

 

Excerpt:

Karly made sure to keep her head down, wanting to avoid another run-in. Her fingers tightened around her key chain with every step. She was almost to the main street, when she bumped into a solid wall of muscle that threatened to knock her on her ass.

 

Her keys flew from her hands as she began to fall backward. Before she hit the ground, two strong hands reached out and caught her around the waist. She glanced up and into the gorgeous face of the god she’d seen earlier.

 

Up close, he was even more stunning and taller than she’d calculated. He exuded strength and masculinity, and when he focused that intense magnetism on her, all the air left her lungs, along with her ability to speak.

 

Genuine concern flashed in his whiskey colored eyes. “I’m sorry. Are you okay?” His voice was like warm chocolate, melting her insides. When he dropped his hands, Karly could still feel the imprints on her skin.

 

“Y-yes, I’m fine. I’m the one who should be apologizing. I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” Her heart pounded wildly in her chest. The man smelled incredible, like sandalwood and clean laundry.

 

“No need for apologies. Maybe you should sit down for a minute and have a drink with me.” There was elegance in the way he spoke that made her think of old money and private school.

 

For a moment Karly thought about taking him up on his offer, but she wasn’t in the frame of mind to pull off light conversation or flirty banter at this point. “Thanks, but I have to pass. This night, well, it didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped so I think it’s my cue to go.” She did her best to school her features, but inside she was feeling raw and vulnerable. The only thing she wanted to do was go home, soak in a hot bath, and lick her wounds.

 

His searing gaze swept over her and made butterflies flutter in her stomach “Stay. Perhaps I can make it better.”

 

Karly glanced at his jacket for his nametag, but like her, he wasn’t wearing one. “I’m guessing you’re in either sales or politics, and if this is all for a campaign donation, I’m sorry. I already gave at the office.” Immediately she got a vibe telling her he was his own boss, which wasn’t hard to figure out. The man exuded confidence and power.

 

The throaty sound of his laughter raised goose bumps on her flesh. “So you’re funny and beautiful that’s quite a rare combo, Miss….?”

 

His words slid over her like a warm caress. A flush spread across her cheeks. She shook her head, a little dazed by the compliment. It would be hard not to succumb to his charms. If she was honest, his scent alone was driving her crazy. No, the man spelled danger. “I’m sorry. I should go. Good night and uh, nice running into you.” She sucked in a breath, turned and took a step toward the street.

 

“I don’t think you’ll get far without these,” he said in a bone-melting voice that forced her to turn around. He held up her keys in his hand.

 

“Right. Thanks.” She’d become so dazzled by his looks, she’d completely forgotten about them flying out of her hands

 

“My pleasure.” The way he said the word pleasure conjured images of their bodies tangled together, rolling around in satin sheets. The air sizzled with sexual tension. Slowly, he closed the distance between them and placed the keys in her hands. She purposely avoided touching him, but his fingers grazed hers, sending a spark of awareness up and down her arm.

 

“Don’t go,” he whispered.

 

“Why?” Karly was curious to hear what he’d say next.

 

“I can’t let you disappear into the night without telling me your name.” The words were spoken in a commanding tone that normally would’ve irritated her, but for some reason when he said them they hit every one of her buttons. “You can give me that much can’t you? It’s not every day I meet someone that captivates me and you have, quite thoroughly I might add.”

 

The scorching heat in his gaze made her shiver. She swallowed and tried to regain her equilibrium. It’d been a long time since a man had looked at her with such blatant desire. “I’m impressed— that’s quite a pick-up line. I’m curious, does it usually work?”

 

A guy that looked like him probably had women falling all over themselves to get his attention. It didn’t take a psychic to glean the man was a player. He was too smooth to be anything else. “You’re pretty sure of yourself. Do you always get what you want?”

 

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Shari Nichols

 

Author Biography:

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

 

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. She’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. Shari’s a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.

 

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South of Main Street by Robert Gately #YA #YALit #books


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Title: South of Main Street

Author: Robert Gately

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Entrada Publishing

 

Book Blurb:

The mother dies, the dad’s emotionally challenged, and one of the two daughters is suing her father for financial control of the multi-million dollar estate. That’s the setup of South of Main Street, a heartwarming story named for the dividing line that exists between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in a fictitious town of Coalsville, Pennsylvania. The book is an uncommon mix of the child-like innocence of Forrest Gump (Henry – the hero of the story), Scrooge (mean-spirited money-grubbing sister), Chronicles of Narnia (state of believing in a secret door one steps thru into a pearly, magic-land) and even a nod to O Henri’s ‘Gift of the Magi’ all rolled into one. But as much as Henry has a wonderful effect on the people all around him, does he have the strength and fortitude to solve his own problem where it threatens to consume his family with guilt and shame if he doesn’t? Only in the end will we find out.

 

Excerpt:

DIXIE IS STANDING at the podium at the AA meeting already well into her testimony. “I really didn’t know Henry while growing up”, she begins again. “I’m told it was quite a treat if you did. But I got that privilege soon after his wife died last year. Our friendship really started right after he heard me say the word ‘turd’.”

 

Dixie pauses until the laughing subsides. “He asked me what I meant when I said ‘turd’, and I tried to explain whatever I was trying to say … I forget now … but he got me thinking about using the right words so I could be understood by other people. After a while he got me thinking what I wanted to do with my life. Oh, I was going places, all right, but it was nowhere any sane person wanted to go.

 

Dixie notices everyone is silent and paying attention to her. “Before I sit down,” Dixie says as she takes out a paper from her back pocket and unfolds it, “I’d like to read you something I wrote about Henry Wolff and this town. It’s not long, but it took me two weeks to write it.”

 

She takes a deep breath, then starts reading. “No one can measure the value Henry brought to the people of Coalsville. It would be too complicated to measure something like that. How can someone put a value on encouragement or inspiration or living life by good example? How can anyone correlate one man’s accomplishments this way? Impossible, of course.

 

“All that can really be said is that Coalsville is a better town because of Henry. People are better people because of him. They believe in themselves and have more hope that if they put their whole minds and souls into a dream they can do pretty much anything they want to. They might not be able to fly, but certainly they can become sober, be more mindful of the less fortunate, and maybe even be inspired to write a book, or inspire somebody else to write a book.

 

“The people of Coalsville believe the children who are born into this town have more opportunities to prosper than other places. Over time, the people will forget Henry. A boy or a girl might grow up and become president, and will tell stories to historians about where they came from. One of them might say, ‘I’m a native son or daughter born on the south side of Main Street in an obscure town in Pennsylvania called Coalsville.’

 

“And no one will ever know that embedded in that statement is a story of how one person made a difference to so many; of how his goodness spread far and wide like the ubiquitous wind; and how life for so many improved immeasurably, for his constituents and for all generations to come, not because this good Samaritan had money or status or political influence, but because he saw life through the eyes of a child.”

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/South-Main-Street-Robert-Gately/dp/1614334765/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34026601-south-of-main-street

 

 

Author Biography:

Robert has written 2 novels, 2 non-fiction books, 12 screenplays and 3 stage plays since retiring early from AT&T in 1998. His body of work has been recognized as finalist or better in over 170 theatre, book and screenplay competitions around the world since 1999. His screenplays and stage plays alone have won a total of 27 contests and came in 2nd place in 19 others (e.g., Breckenridge, Telluride, Fade In Magazine, Garden State Film Festival, etc.), and he is one of the most accomplished unproduced screenwriters as noted on the moviebytes.com site. His short play was produced at the BaCCA Performing Arts Center at a One Act Festival on Long Island, and his longer stage plays won a reading series at Abingdon Theatre in NYC and Ohio State University. One of his plays (GOING SOLO), which he co-wrote with Drew Keil, won the American Movie Awards, the London Film Awards and the Chicago Screenplay Contest in their respective stage play category, and was showcased at the Venus/Adonis Festival at the Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC. He taught adult education at Northampton County Community College in screenwriting, and was Temple University screenplay judge for their Senior Project class (Freese Award).

 

 

Love Sutra: Secret to Happily Ever After by @UrvashiPahwa #romance #books #bookpromo


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Title:  Love Sutra: Secret to Happily Ever After

Author: Urvashi Pahwa

Genre: Romance (Short Stories)

 

Book Blurb:

What happens AFTER falling in love? Is there a happily ever after or love fades away?

 
It is hard to find love but even harder to keep it strong. Sometimes, little things that we overlook matter a lot.

 
Through a series of short stories, uncover the secrets of happily ever after. Take a ride into the lives of these five couples and explore how easy it is to keep dating forever.

 
Casanova’s Lover – A girl falls for a Casanova. Her heart was bound to be broken but will she ever find love again?

 
The Rich Wife – She can buy whatever she likes, but all she needs is time from her husband. Is it her fault or her husband’s?

 
Love Birds – Young hearts meet in college and start living together but more they get to know each other, more they start fighting on silly things. And then they found a way to solve this forever.

 
Miss Belligerent – Her husband was an entrepreneur. As a few challenges popped up, she clutched her claws on him, making his life miserable. How would he escape the situation?

 
Mr. Always Right – He considered himself superior to his wife, and did not value her opinions, crushing her self – respect. Will she ever stand up for herself or will she keep enduring it?

 

 

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Excerpt:

Her hands were moving at a robotic speed. The antique wooden timepiece that hung leisurely on the living room wall did not seem impressive today. Its ticking was triggering nervousness in her, but she was holding her ground bravely.

 

BANG.

 

A sharp noise disrupted her attention. Her packaging machine was spewing smoke. An electric spark had damaged the machine. She quickly pulled the plug out of the socket, but the damage was done.

 

How will I complete the work now? There is no way to get a new machine at such a short notice. There are only two hours left, and so many packages are still incomplete. Her knees buckled, and she fell to the ground, hope escaping her body.

 

The lock on the door clicked, and her husband entered.

 

“Hey, baby. What happened?” Shobhit said. She looked up and did not respond; her sullen eyes were expressing her pain well enough.

 

“See, I am home early today. I was not feeling well. So, I took a day off. There is some work left, but I can manage that from home.”

 

Aparna did not respond.

 

“Aren’t you happy that I came home early?”

 

“It is not about you. What do you want? Should I jump and dance that you came home early?” she snapped.

 

He raised an eyebrow, “Why are you getting irritated?”

 

Aparna took a deep breath and told him the problem. His lips curled viciously.

 

“What? Are you this upset for a silly order? Aparna, grow up.”

 

“But it is my first big order, and now it is all ruined. I cannot finish it.”

 

Shobhit hung his expensive blazer in the closet, loosened his tie and sank into the plush couch, paying no heed to her. After a while he spoke, clearly frustrated. “Can I get some tea? I am not feeling well.”

 

Aparna looked up; a tear silently slipped from her eye. She picked up the pan and boiled aromatic tea leaves in some water. After a while, she heard her husband’s calm voice.

 

“Don’t worry, baby. It’s okay. Don’t run after these stupid orders. How much do you think you would have earned from this – a few thousand bucks? Take that from me. Now smile.”

 

She did not smile, and he continued. “Sweetheart, I am earning a fortune. It is painful to see you crying for pennies. You should be out at the mall shopping for expensive bags, just like the other ladies.”

 

She looked blankly at him and felt a strange force piercing her heart. The pain was unbearable as if blood was oozing out. Now that she had understood the importance of dreams and was following it passionately, how could she make him understand?

 

But she was decisive. She said, “I cannot give up at the last moment. If you don’t understand, that is okay.”

 

She picked up a hairdryer.

 

“This could do the job,” she murmured.

 

She wrapped the soap in shrink wrap plastic and applied the heat from the dryer. It worked. The plastic clung to the soap, and she let out a sigh of relief.

 

It was a slow process, but she had to try, at least, to finish on time. Shobhit looked at her and shrugged his shoulders in frustration. He took his cup of tea and went to his study. He was about to open his laptop when he got a call from his mother.

 

“Mom, I am busy,” he snapped.

 

“I wanted to talk to Aparna; she is not picking up the phone.”

 

“She won’t. Her mood is off because of her silly business. Let her be.” He scrunched up his face.

 

His mother listened to the rant. She was a kind and wise lady. Instead of bitching about her daughter-in-law, she said something different. “Shobhit, do you remember your first basketball match? How would you have felt If I told you that you couldn’t win because you weren’t tall? How would you have felt if I told you that your profession is useless; that you needed to become a doctor like me?”

 

Shobhit was quiet.

 

“How would you have felt if you were not promoted? It matters, right? Success matters?”

 

“Yes.”

 

“Yes, because it was your dream to achieve these things. Then how is Aparna’s dream different? Just because you are rich or because she is your wife? This should not be a reason to stop her from following her passion. Appreciate her. It is her business, even if it is small now. Respect it.”

 

Shobhit felt a lump in his throat. He quickly ran towards the kitchen. Aparna was busy struggling with the hair dryer, surrounded by a mound of unwrapped soaps. She could not complete it, even by night.

 

“I am sorry. Can I help you?” he asked.

 

“No, I have just one hair dryer. You cannot help. Thanks,” she said in a sad, frustrated tone, not even raising her gaze.

 

He quickly called up all his friends and arranged for hair dryers. Within the next thirty minutes, all the electrical plugs in his house were occupied, and everyone was busy wrapping the beautiful pieces. Within no time, they were all ready. Her first big order was successfully delivered.

 

Shobhit held her hand and said, “I am sorry. I appreciate you for whatever you do and will always support you. I am proud of you.”

 

A tear escaped her eye, but this time for a different reason.

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B077692G9Q

 

Universal link: https://myBook.to/LoveSutra

 

Urvashi

 

Author Biography:

Urvashi was born and brought up in India. After completing her graduation, she started working in an Analytics company where she fell in love with her profession. She has over seven years of experience in Banking, Insurance and Healthcare analytics.

 

She enjoys writing and likes to experiment with different genres. She keeps herself busy with either her work or her hobbies – oil painting, and preparing handmade gifts for friends and family.

 

“Love Sutra – Secret to Happily Ever After” is her debut novella.

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/UrvashiPahwa

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urvashi_pahwa

 

 

Lies, Love & Redemption by Award-Winning Author @KWilkinsauthor #historicalromance #books


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Title: Lies, Love & Redemption


Author:
 Kelli A. Wilkins


Genre:
 Historical (Western) Romance

 

Lies, Love & Redemption is a full-length novel set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877. It blends a steamy romance with mystery and danger.

 

Blurb:

Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

 

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

 

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

 

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store but find their efforts are thwarted—and their lives endangered—by the locals.

 

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth? Cassie has everything invested in the store—can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

 

Here’s an excerpt from Lies, Love & Redemption:

Cassie dusted off a can of apricots and restacked it on the shelf. “Why do I even bother?” she muttered as she picked up the next can.

 

 

Another week had come and gone, but her days were always the same. Get up at dawn, sweep out the store, dust off the cans, and . . . wait. Her few customers strolled in on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to buy odds and ends, but nearly everyone bought their bulk goods at the general store in Baxter. Townsfolk came here only when they wanted something quick—or on credit.

 

 

The bell above the door jangled, but she didn’t bother to turn around. “That you, Luke? You’re up early. I bet you haven’t seen this side of ten o’clock in—”

 

 

She glanced over her shoulder and shrieked. The can of apricots slipped from her hand and rolled across the floor.

 

 

A stranger covered in blood leaned against the doorjamb.

 

 

She rushed to his side. “Who are you? What happened?”

 

 

The man locked his blue eyes onto hers. “Help me.”

 

 

He held a battered leather satchel out to her. “Hide this,” he said, then collapsed forward.

 

 

Cassie caught him around the waist and eased him to the plank floor. Was he dead? She felt the side of his sweaty neck. His heart was beating, but he looked like hell. His clothes were coated in blood and dirt, and his face had a sickly white hue to it. He was lucky to be alive. Someone had shot him full of holes.

 

 

Where had he come from? Holloway was in the middle of nowhere with no railroad connection, and it wasn’t on the stagecoach line. She hadn’t heard a horse out front, and he couldn’t have walked here from Baxter, could he? That would be suicide.

 

 

Wild ideas raced through her mind as she stared down at him. Maybe he was a fugitive or a bank robber. Decent people didn’t get themselves shot for no reason. Whoever shot him could’ve been following him, looking to finish him off.

 

 

Her gaze settled on the satchel. What was in it? Money? Gold? The deed to a silver mine? Why did he want her to hide it?

 

 

Cassie brushed her hair away from her face and frowned. What the hell was she supposed to do with him? Why had he wandered into her store, of all places? The last thing she needed was a half-dead stranger complicating her life. His being here would only stir up trouble—and she already had more than she needed.

 

 

Maybe she could— With a start, she realized he hadn’t moved. She shook his bloodied left shoulder.  The man remained motionless. “Damn it to hell.” She yanked the satchel from his grip, then ran behind the counter and stuffed it in the bottom drawer. There wasn’t time to look inside and see what the stranger was hiding. Whoever he was, he needed help—fast.

 

 

Order your copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Love-Redemption-Kelli-Wilkins-ebook/dp/B01JMJLOU4

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-love-and-redemption-kelli-a-wilkins/1124391964?ean=9781942546665

 

Links to other platforms: http://medallionpress.com/books/lies-love-redemption/

 

Kelli Cliffs

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

 

Her paranormal-comedy, Beauty & the Bigfoot, was published in September 2017.

 

Kelli released Trust with Hearts, a contemporary romance, in July 2017. Her third gay romance, Four Days with Jack, was released in June 2017. Kelli’s trilogy of erotic romance novellas, Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night’s Delights, and Ultimate Night’s Delights was published in spring 2017.

 

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

 

Kelli’s third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption is a spicy historical western set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

 

Her horror short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. If you like to be scared, don’t miss Dead Til Dawn and Kropsy’s Curse.

 

Kelli’s writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

 

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

 

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.

 

FREE READS from all of Kelli’s romances (all genres) are now on her Manic Readers page: http://www.manicreaders.com/KelliAWilkins/

 

 

Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

 

 

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins

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A Highland Moon Enchantment by Award-Winning Author @m_morganauthor #historicalromance


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A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT by Mary Morgan

 

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

Genre: Historical, Medieval, Scottish, Paranormal, Romance, Holiday

 

 

Blurb:

** A tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights

 

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

 

 

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow.

 

 

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

 

 

 

Giveaway:

For a chance to win a digital copy of A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT, please leave a comment sharing your favorite holiday treat. I will choose one random winner on Monday, November 27th.

 

 

Excerpt:

His mind screamed to stay rooted in his chair, but his body betrayed him. Standing, he reached for her hand. “I will escort ye to your chamber.”

 

 

She eyed him with curiosity and stood. “Nae. Take me to the north wall. I hear the view of the loch is one that steals the breath from your lungs.”

 

 

“Done.” When her fingers slipped into his, Desmond fought the urge to crush her to his chest.

 

Placing her soft hand in the crook of his arm, he led her quickly out of the hall and up the stairs. Bending to the left, he took her along a corridor and up a narrow circular pathway. The torches flickered as he approached the door leading to the north wall.

 

 

A cold draft blew by them, and she shivered. Instantly, regret filled him realizing he had not considered to bring a cloak for her.

 

 

Desmond paused by the door. “Ye should not venture out into the biting cold without a cloak.”

 

 

Her eyes narrowed. “I simply wish to capture a quick look, not spend the night sleeping out there.”

 

 

Shaking his head, he pushed open the massive oak door. Brittle air slapped at his face while they made their way up along the wall.

 

  

“’Tis cold,” she muttered, but chuckled softly and hugged his arm. “But ye are

warm.”

 

 

“We shall not tarry long,” he assured her and placed a warm hand over hers.

 

 

“Oh, sweet Goddess. Look at the moon, Desmond. Her light shimmers over the water. I have now witnessed the charm of the loch in sunlight and moonlight. Though our rivers are stunning on their own, they cannae rival this view. As I have told ye, our island is shrouded in mists, so ye cannae see verra far out into the sea.”

 

 

Desmond’s focus was not on the moon, but the beauty standing beside him. To take what he dared not possess. He marveled at her delight of the striking scene.

 

 

Ailsa turned toward him. “Thank ye, Desmond, truly.”

 

 

Her nearness was overpowering, seducing him in a way he had never known. Desmond cupped her chin. Her eyes widened, and her lips parted in invitation. Moonlight and lust danced within her eyes. No longer did he battle with his mind and body, and he slowly lowered his head.

 

 

And under the silent whisper of a full moon, Desmond captured her soft lips within his own. He

could taste her sweetness mixed with the wine, and desire shot through his veins. His hands shook as he placed them securely on her waist. As he deepened the kiss, she placed her hands around his neck. Desmond groaned, crushing her body against him.

 

 

Buy Links:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767QVJBX/

 

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-highland-moon-enchantment-mary-morgan/1127176325

 

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-highland-moon-enchantment/id1294140045?mt=11

 

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Highland-Enchantment-Order-Dragon-Knights-ebook/dp/B0767QVJBX/

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highland-Enchantment-Order-Dragon-Knights-ebook/dp/B0767QVJBX/

 

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/Highland-Enchantment-Order-Dragon-Knights-ebook/B0767QVJBX/

 

The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5347-a-highland-moon-enchantment.html

 

Mary Morgan 

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He Isn’t Going Anywhere — The Queen of Paradise Valley by @CatDubie #historicalromance #books


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Title: The Queen of Paradise Valley

Author: Cat Dubie

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

Blurb:

Diana Rennie, daughter of a wealthy rancher, attempts to persuade mystery man Del Russell to leave his grievances behind and forgive her father for past mistakes. Her careful plan goes awry and results in a shotgun wedding and a prison sentence for Del.
 

 

Four years later, Del is back in her life with a vengeance—back for his rightful share of Diana’s ranch, back to prove he isn’t the criminal she thought he was, back to finish what the two of them started years ago in a passionate daze. And he isn’t going anywhere, no matter what beautiful, treacherous Diana does or says to try to get rid of him.
 
Excerpt:

“Guess Diablo’s gonna be yours, hey Boss? You tamed him good.”

 

“Like taming a woman.” Del rubbed the mustang’s flank.

 

“Yeah, sure. You strip ’em, gentle ’em with your hands, then ride the hell out of–uh–” Spying Diana on the fence, Mosquito ducked his head. “Mierda. Forgive me, Miss Diana–”

 

She didn’t speak; her cold expression was punishing enough. Muttering, “Uh-oh,” Mosquito walked the mustang away.

 

Del called after Mosquito, “I’ll be there in a few minutes to clean Diablo.” It had been an exhilarating ride, unconstrained, hell even joyful, something he hadn’t experienced in years. Hobo, his pinto cayuse and companion for the past year, didn’t have the mustang’s fierce stamina, the pumping power of its legs.

 

Soaked strands of hair clung to Del’s forehead. He swiped them away and strode to the fence, squinted up at Diana. “Looks like I earned myself a horse. Any objections?”

 

She looked over his head. “You won, didn’t you? One tough brute taming another.”

 

He untied the bandanna from his arm and held it out. “Your token, ma’am. It doesn’t smell as good as it did a few minutes ago.”

 

Her gaze flicked over the limp black cloth. “Keep the damn thing. I don’t want it now.”

 

Why did she challenge him at every turn? On impulse he reached for her waist and lifted her off the fence. She was light and lithe and fluid as she twisted to free herself, but when her feet touched the ground she stiffened like a piece of hardwood and dug with frantic force at his fingers. “Take your hands off me!”

 

Was that a note of desperation in her voice? “Doesn’t the knight get a kiss from the queen after he wins the battle?”

 

Cheeks darkening, she pushed on his chest but wasn’t quick enough to evade his mouth. He touched his lips to hers and she jerked back. “How dare you embarrass me in front of the men? You stink like a sweaty horse, like a–a–”

 

Hands in the air, he took a backward step. “Like a man? And you’re afraid of men? Is that why your lips are as cold as ice?”

 

 

Buy Links:

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Indigo   https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-queen-of-paradise-valley/9781509217557-item.html?ikwid=The+Queen+of+Paradise+Valley&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

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Cat Dubie

 

Author Biography:

My love of words began early–I’m told I was making rhymes soon after I began to talk. With a crayon in my hand I first drew stories, with a pencil I wrote them. As for reading, I was the girl who always had her nose in a book, the one who read with a flashlight under the covers or, when the moon was full, would sit by a window for hours laughing, crying, loving characters whose adventurous lives wouldn’t let her sleep.

 

The girl grew up, married one of the good guys, raised three great children, worked, laughed, lived, and never lost her need for creating stories about romance, adventure, passion, mystery, love…

 

We now live in southwestern British Columbia where I’m able to indulge that need full time, plot, plan, and now share my stories with readers.

 

 

Social Media Links:

My blog: https://catdubie.blogspot.ca

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorcat.dubie.7

 

twitter:  @CatDubie        https://twitter.com/catdubie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas, Henry by @Aubreywynne51 Will Make You Believe in Love! #bookreview #ASMSG


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Title: Merry Christmas, Henry

Author: Aubrey Wynne

Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy, Holiday Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

A holiday fantasy short story for the romantic.

 

Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream.

 

My Review:

Merry Christmas, Henry is a beautiful, heart-wrenching short story about the magic of love and Christmas.

 

Henry is a lonely artist working as a night watchman at a museum in Chicago. He’s shy, especially when it comes to women, but that doesn’t get him down. Instead of talking to a beautiful woman, he commits her image to memory and goes home to paint her in his upstairs apartment.

 

For the past twenty years, his heart yearns for a sad woman in a painting hanging in the museum. There’s something about her that captures his heart and no other woman can compare. He only wishes he could add some color to her dreary painting. Maybe then, she’s look his way and smile. That’s when an idea blossoms in his heart. Can he? Will he get arrested? It’s worth the risk to bring some beauty to the love of his life.

 

Aubrey Wynne has penned one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. It’s filled with emotion, mystery, magic and all takes place at Christmastime in a museum. Henry is someone I can relate to as he’s an artist who discovers what life is all about. Love is a core theme in this moving story. The characters are fleshed out, the plot moves quickly and Wynne grabs the reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go. The ending came too quickly because I wanted to read more. Highly recommend!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “His fingers itched to reach out and pull her from the painting and hold her, soothe her, give her comfort. Henry knew that if she could turn and face him, he would be looking at the most exquisite creature he’d ever seen. His hand shook as he reached out to touch the canvas.”

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

https://www.books2read.com/u/4EWKZg

 

Aubrey Wynne

 

Author Biography:

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas.

 

Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, first in A Chicago Christmas series, received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence awards.

 

Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served in the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” begins with Rolf’s Quest, 2016 NTRWA Great Expectations winner.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://aubreywynne.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aubrey.wynne.7

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Aubreywynne51
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17695894-aubrey-wynne

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N