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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!

 

 

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


Arrested by Love-rev

 

Title Arrested by Love, Unexpected Consequences, Book 1

 

Author Kathryn R. Blake

 

Genre Spanking/Erotic Romance

 

Publisher Blushing Books

 

 

Book Blurb

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Excerpt

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Author Biography

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

 

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

 

Social Media Links

You can find Kathryn lurking in the following locations:

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

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

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

 

 A Doms Dilemma-rev

 

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

 

Author Kathryn R. Blake

 

Genre Erotic Romance/BDSM

 

Publisher Blushing Books

 

 

Book Blurb

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Excerpt

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

 

Learning to be Little-rev

 

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

 

Author Kathryn R. Blake

 

Genre Erotic Romance/BDSM/Age Play

 

Publisher Blushing Books

 

 

Book Blurb

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Excerpt

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Will they ever?”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“No.”

 

“Then, why are you so tense?”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Buy Links:

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

 

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

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




 

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

 

He conquered an Empire – and she’s next.

 

The Alpha Emperor

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Omega Spy

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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EXCERPT:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Something snapped in Drocco.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

http://bit.ly/owep2l85mN

 

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!

 

http://www.amzn.com/B00WARV1R2

 

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

 

 

‘Tis the season for second chances… All I Want For Christmas by @LiviaQuinn #romance #IARTG


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Title All I Want for Christmas: Contemporary Romance, Military (Men of Honor Book 4)

Author Livia Quinn

Genre Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

 

Book Blurb

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.

 

Excerpt

Movement from the bed startled her, and she turned to find Beau lying on his back, his hand pushing through his hair, those gorgeous emerald eyes blinking the sleep away. Propping himself up on his elbows, he squinted, whether from curiosity or adjusting to the dark. “Maddie?”

 

His scent nearly overwhelmed her. It was a mixture of his signature cologne, body heat and maybe testosterone, a gene all his own. He was so male. So big and strong with an elegance of movement that belied his size. It had made him a star without even trying. It was just… Beau.

 

Maddie. No one called her that but him, and mostly during their lovemaking. He seemed… vulnerable somehow, his expression open. She eased down onto the bed next to him. Her hand disobeyed and she reached out to stroke his hair back from his eyes. She wanted to look at them, at him. God, she was so hungry for him, it was a wonder her stomach didn’t growl. And yet, she steeled herself for his rejection.

 

His head angled and he pressed his cheek into her palm. His eyes closed. He was hot. Vic had said he’d picked up a bug. She knew he would not take kindly to coddling so she didn’t mention it. Those eyes so like the color of gems sparkled, lowered to her mouth. She licked her lips. When he didn’t move and didn’t quit staring, she leaned forward.

 

She couldn’t not.

 

Her eyes met his as their lips touched and he groaned from somewhere deep in his chest. He took the kiss deeper immediately, angling his head and scooting closer to put his weight on one arm and place his other behind her to pull her into him.

 

His chest pressed tight against hers, his tongue pushed into her mouth, commanding she open and give as much as she received. Always. He never did anything halfway and demanded the same. She gave herself up to the feel of him; he was so close, and it had been so long.

 

His hand left her neck and she almost cried out, No, but then it was slipping up under her sweater, beneath her bra to take her breast in his palm. She kissed him harder, sucked his tongue into her mouth, needing to be closer. His hand stilled suddenly and her mind cried out, No, don’t stop!

 

Buy Links

Universal Link to all Retailers: https://books2read.com/alliwant

 

Livia Quinn

 

Author Biography

As a teenager in DC, Livia tagged along with her Daddy to Redskins games and explored the rich history of our country, then she moved to the bayous of Louisiana where the weather and culture of this region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest and her military heroes. Livia’s many jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer are the conduit her characters have used to relate their stories to her. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! Down by the bayou she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty. Sign up for her quarterly newsletter to get news and prizes at http://eepurl.com/W94bb

 

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Why Don’t They Publish Original #Books Anymore? N. N. Light Investigates! #FridayReads


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. I’ve been thinking a lot about books and books I’ve read in my lifetime lately and I wonder where all the original books have gone. The bestseller lists are littered with the same old stories. It seems like every book I’ve read is similar to another I’ve read. Where is the creativity? Where is the originality? I really wish, as a reader, I could discover a book that gave me all sorts of feelings (both happy and sad) and the aha moment.

 

So here’s my top five books that are the most creative, most original books I’ve had the pleasure to read. I’d love to hear the books that did the same for you so please share in the comments below.

 

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the Mass Market by J.R.R. Tolkien  (Author)

Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien’s classic masterpiece, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring. When they were first published, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world. This new boxed set, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien’s remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ part in the epic quest for the Ring – beginning with Bilbo’s fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom and Bilbo’s departure to the Grey Havens.

 

My Reaction – When I first read these immortal classics, I was blown away by the action, adventure, magic and characters. I loved how real the characters and Middle Earth were to me as a reader and while many have tried to imitate Tolkien, a few have come close but nothing as original as this.

 

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux  (Author)

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with signature classic novel, a time-travel romance featuring a present-day heroine and a dashing hero from the sixteenth century!

 

Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely Dougless Montgomery lies weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, the most extraordinary man appears. It is Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck…and according to his tombstone he died in 1564.

 

Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadows reason, Dougless knows that Nicholas is nothing less than a miracle: a man who does not seek to change her, who finds her perfect, fascinating, just as she is. What Dougless never imagined was how strong the chains are that tie them to the past…or the grand adventure that lay before them.

 

Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, A Knight in Shining Armor is “a glorious love story that spans centuries, worlds, and souls. It is the epitome of every woman’s fantasy” (Chicago Daily Herald).

 

My Reaction – I know it’s hard to not run into familiar tropes when it comes to romance but none of the time travel romances rival what I felt when I first read this book. Vivid descriptive narration with a sweeping romance spanning centuries make this an original.

 

Tell No One: A Novel by Harlan Coben  (Author)

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

 

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible—that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

 

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

 

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret—and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

 

My Reaction – Suspense books are tricky to rate its originality because they all go by a certain formula. What makes this book stand out is the way the author slowly draws out the plot. He creates panic in the reader and you have to keep reading to see what happens. Beck is one of the greatest characters ever written and even with Coben’s future work, he wasn’t able to capture the magic of this book.

 

Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage by Noel Streatfeild  (Author)

Pauline, was rescued from a shipwreck as a baby. She longs to be an actress.

 

Petrova, is a Russian orphan. She is happiest when playing with cars and engines.

 

Polly was handed over with just a pair of ballet shoes to her name. If she could, she would dance all day!

 

But one thing they DO have in common is, that with money running out at home and Great Uncle Matthew missing, the sisters want to stay together. Whatever it takes.

 

As they prepare for a dazzling life on stage, the dreams and fears of the fossil girls are about to come true…

 

My Reaction – Children’s books today are rife with angst and strife and I long for the days of original children’s fiction made to illicit dreams of little girls everywhere. I so wanted to be a dancer when I was little and I got to live out my dream when reading this book. More books need to inspire kids through unique characters and a little conflict (not tons of conflict).

 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain  (Author)

Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”

 

Last summer, The New Yorker published Chef Bourdain’s shocking, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Bourdain spared no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain’s first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain’s tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You’ll beg the chef for more, please.

 

My Reaction – When this first came out, the world was shocked. Someone telling the truth about what happens in the restaurant industry? Scandalous and oh so irresistible to read!  I want to read original stories about real life happening to real people. No need to add extra intrigue, conflict and drama because I want an unvarnished account. It’s why I love reading blogs nowadays. Bloggers tell it like it is without a filter and that’s what I crave.

 

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

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

Twelfth Night – The Lost Holiday: A Guest Post by Hannah Meredith #historicalromance #books


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Twelfth Night – The Lost Holiday: A Guest Post by Hannah Meredith

 

Long before there was Father Christmas or Santa Claus…

 

Long before we dragged evergreen trees into the house and decorated them…

 

And long, long before merchants hung bells and bows and began playing holiday music in October…

 

There was Twelfth Night—the biggest bash of all!

 

Twelfth Night has its roots in the ancient Roman mid-winter festival of Saturnalia. With the rise of Christianity, portions of this pagan celebration were incorporated into the Christmas Season. One idea that persisted involved a reversal of the social order for a night—the world turned upside down. This tradition initially appeared in The Feast of Fools in early January and finally morphed into the King of the Twelfth Night celebration being chosen by lot instead of by status. This king, sometimes called the Lord of Misrule, had brief but unlimited power to demand that others do ridiculous things.

 

By the Middle Ages, Christmastide had been firmly established as the period between Christmas Day and Epiphany—December 25th to January 6th. This was the original Twelve Days of Christmas, which we’re familiar with today primarily because of the song. People enjoyed being with family and friends during this season, as we still do, but since travel was so slow and difficult, they made their trip worthwhile and usually stayed for all twelve days. Twelfth Night took place on the night before the guests departed, and everyone for miles around was invited. The knights and their ladies of medieval England and France would have been well-acquainted with this often-raucous party.

 

All dressed in their best. A huge feast was served, which concluded with the Twelfth Cake, also called the King Cake. A bean or coin or small medallion of the baby Jesus was hidden in this giant, elaborate cake, and the person who found this token was named the Lord of Misrule or King for the night. Wassail, a potent, ale-based punch, was generously served. There was dancing and singing, frequently spilling out into the streets of nearby towns.

 

Plays were performed. By the Elizabethan period, these customs were so well-ingrained that Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night to be performed on this night.

 

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With minor variations, this Christmastide tradition continued for hundreds of years. In the 1600’s, the diarist Samuel Pepys complained about the cost of the meal he provided at Twelfth Night. The custom was transferred across the Atlantic, and a hundred years later, Martha Washington recorded the recipe for a giant Twelfth Cake that required forty eggs, four pounds of sugar, five pounds of dried fruit, and an untold amount of flour. Jane Austen discussed Twelfth Night in her novels and letters.

 

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By the 19th century, a greater number of people wanted to be involved in the mischief and instead of finding one or two tokens hidden in the cake, people drew slips of paper—and later printed cards provided by enterprising stationers—to “become” a stereotypical character for the night. The feasting, drinking, dancing, and general hilarity remained intact.

 

 

And then, in 1870, Queen Victoria proclaimed Twelfth Night un-Christian and had it removed from the list of recognized British holidays. I don’t doubt that this now “unofficial” holiday hung on for a while, but it had become socially unacccetable and slowly disappeared. The last day of the Christmas Season and its attendent party devolved to New Year’s Eve. Different Christmas traditions like Santa Claus and the Christmas Tree came to the fore.

 

Over time, commercialism pushed the start of the Christmas season earlier and earlier. Many of the large, big-box stores now have their holiday displays up before the end of October. Brainwashed by the apparent need to rush the season, most people in my area begin putting up their Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. No wonder everything starts coming down on December 26th. All of the greenery has turned into brownery.

 

Sadly, the tradtions of the Twelve Days of Christmas and Twelfth Night seem to have been lost…

 

But no! I contend they are simply hiding.

 

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In 1870, the same year Victoria sought to eliminate Twelfth Night, the Twelfth Night Revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana, formalized the start of Carnival on January 6th. The King Cake and its attendent tradtions became part of this festival. In some ways, therefore, the Twelfth Night celebrations have been extended to cover the entire time until Mardi Gras.

 

A vast number of people either in or from Spanish Speaking countries exuberantly celebrate “El Dia de los Reyes” (Three Kings’ Day) on Janurary 6th.  The day begins with parades and performances and ends with a feast, after which a special desert is served—Kings’ Bread, in which is hidden a figurine of the baby Jesus.

 

Hmm, this is sounding pretty familiar. If Twelfth Night is hiding, it is doing so in plain sight.

 

And I’m doing my part.

 

If you were to drive by my house on the night of Janurary 6th, you’d notice it is fully decorated and the house is alight, a large number of people are arriving to partake of a feast, and all are enjoying Twelfth Night, the last day of Christmas and one of the biggest bashes of all.

 

 

Title – Christmas Revels IV : Four Regency Novellas

Author – Hannah Meredith, Anna D. Allen, Kate Parker, Louisa Cornell

Genre – Historical Romance

Publisher– Singing Spring Press

 

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The Revels Continue…

 

The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride – Sergeant Jacob Burrows just wants a place to bed down for the night. He never expects to be confronted by a lady with a gun. Elizabeth FitzWalter intends to drive the stranger off her land, until she realizes he meets her most pressing need.

 

Home for Christmas – When Charity Fletcher receives a mysterious bequest—a house by the sea—she hopes to rebuild her life. Lord Gilbert Narron leases a seaside house to hide from his memories of war. Charity’s refuge is Gil’s bolt-hole… but what both are seeking is a home for their hearts.

 

 

A Memorable Christmas Season –The last thing Lady Roekirk expects at her Christmas party is a dead traitor in her parlor… or the Crown’s Spymaster helping her hide the body. Thirty years earlier, she’d been forced to wed another and Lord Keyminster became a spy. After this long, does their love stand a chance?

 

A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas – Every day, Lucien Rollinsby endures a memory of Christmas Eve. Not even his lovely new neighbor can make him forget that horrible night five years ago. Caroline McAlasdair remembers that Christmas Eve, too. But if Lucien recalls her presence there, it will destroy their only chance at happiness forever.

 

Buy Links –

Amazon – http://a.co/h2H98jd

 

Apple iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/christmas-revels-iv-four-regency-novellas/id1289152547?mt=11

 

Barns and Nobles – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-revels-iv-hannah-meredith/1127145055?ean=2940154556139

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christmas-revels-iv-four-regency-novellas

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36302269-christmas-revels-iv

 

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Author Biography –

Hannah Meredith’s father wanted her to be a doctor, so she dutifully trekked off to Southern Methodist University with this in mind—but somehow ended up with a Master’s Degree in English and minors in history and religion. Along the way, she’d discovered she was not really fascinated by the actual “insides” of people, but rather by the people themselves and the stories they made of their lives.

 

The story of her life has been a happy one. She married her high school sweetheart and they have recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have one wonderful son and four clever grandchildren. They moved around the mid-South as her husband’s career advanced but are now permanently located in a charming North Carolina town. She’s taught at the high school and college level and sold real estate, always staying very busy.

 

Then life slowed down… and she had the opportunity to write some of the stories she’d been imagining for years. Under another name, she sold over a dozen speculative fiction short stories to major Science Fiction and Fantasy magazines. She now concentrates on historical romance. She currently has five romances available: Kestrel, Indentured Hearts, Kaleidoscope, A Dangerous Indiscretion, and the newest, Song of the Nightpiper, which is a fantasy romance with a medieval setting.  Hannah’s novellas have also appeared in all four of the Christmas Revels anthologies

 

 

Social Media Links –

Website – http://www.hannahmeredith.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/HannahMeredithAuthor

#AuthorInterview: Meet @PeterPerrin44 and His Upcoming Release #romance #FridayReads #books


Author Interview

 

I love meeting authors, especially from all over the world. I met Peter through a friend and when he told me about his upcoming release, Grace’s Turmoil, I knew I had to interview him. He’s lived such a fascinating life and now can add published author to his many accomplishments. Sit down and join us for a chat. Take it away, Peter:

 

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

The names, especially of the main characters, are highly important. Firstly, I research names appropriate to the year/period the book is set in and the nationality of the character. Then I look at the character profile and character interview I have created and try to visualise the character. And, then I derive a shortlist of names and from that road test a final name on my wife.

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Beyond any shadow of doubt it is writing my debut novel, Grace’s Turmoil, and getting it published. This is because I have never done any serious writing before or read even one romance novel. Oh, and not to mention that I’m getting my very first novel accepted at the age of seventy-three having only submitted this one book to a single publisher.

 

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

There’s no doubt in my mind that I am by nature a pantster. I started Grace’s Turmoil with only the vaguest concept and no plot. The manuscript came together initially as little more than a series of conversations, linked by a small amount of narrative. Sadly, as the book developed, I found I had to delete or seriously rewrite a huge amount of the content as it ran into dead ends or failed to make sense. Because of all this, the book probably took at least twice as long to write as it should have done. Although I’m sure I’ll never be a fully- fledged planner I intend to do things differently in subsequent books.

 

 

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

That’s easy. It would be Erotica. I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing about graphic sex, let alone having to discuss it with others who critique my work.

 

Do you have a favorite spot to write? What is it?

Yes, but technically I have two, for different reasons. For uninterrupted peace and quiet and access to the internet, my files for research, and my laptop, it must be my home office. But, for scribbling notes and conceiving ideas I can’t beat sitting by a lake while fishing for carp. If I’m having a quiet day fishing I can get my creative juices going without being distracted by such things as an overwhelming desire to play my online multiplayer game or pretend I am Lara Croft on my PlayStation 4.

 

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

Yes. Sex scenes are hard for me to write. Maybe I’m not emotive enough or perhaps I’m too old-fashioned and prudish. Given that for the foreseeable future my main characters (and most minor characters) will be over sixty it would be hard for me to feel comfortable or credible writing strong sex scenes. So, much of the sex written about in my books will be hinted at or described minimally and as tastefully as possible.

 

 

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Yes. ‘Grace’s Turmoil’ is my debut novel, but it is being published as Book 1 of a series entitled ‘Not Too Old for Love’. The plan being to write primarily about the characters who share The Grange Retirement Village with Grace and Alfred in this novel.

 

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

I’m not great at multi-tasking so I’ve not done much formal writing over the past few months while editing and proofing has been going on. But I have scribbled quite a few snatches of dialogue, fragments of scenes, and random ideas in a notebook. So, I have at least got something to kickstart Book Two of the planned series. And I know who will be the main characters for Book Three, and have had requests for certain characters in this book to get their own books. It’s conceivable that what started off as a one-off book, to see if I could write one at my age, has the potential to stretch to between three and five books.

 

Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I’ve never been much of a drinker, even in my days in the Royal Air Force (RAF). And nowadays I’m pretty much teetotal, and my hero in ‘Grace’s Turmoil’ has a real bee in his bonnet about heavy drinking.

I’ve smoked a little over the years, mostly in my days in the RAF. But even there I was more of a social smoker than a serious one, even in the social clubs or sergeants mess. Sadly, despite the small amount of smoking I ever did the effects of passive smoking caught up with me a few years ago. And, although I managed to avoid lung cancer, I now have a lung condition called COPD that I have to cope with.

 

What is your biggest fear?

It used to be getting cancer. But as I’ve got older and I’ve seen friends succumb to Alzheimer’s disease so that has become my fear. Ironically, I suspect it wouldn’t be too bad for me personally if I succumbed to full blown Alzheimer’s as I’d be oblivious to the condition. But my family would be the one’s to feel it most, especially my wife of almost forty years, my beloved Ann. The worst thing would be being at the stage where I had moments of lucidity and knew they would get shorter and less frequent until they disappeared forever.

 

What do you want your tombstone to say?

My favourite expression is “Youth passes, but with luck immaturity can last a lifetime.” So, I guess it would have to be something like “He was still waiting to grow up, but he ran out of time.”

 

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

I would love to visit the International Space Station, some two-hundred-and-twenty miles above the earth. To gaze down at our own planet and see it spread out like a giant atlas would be awesome.

 

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

It would have to be an elephant. My memory has never been good, and it has got a lot worse as I’ve aged. It has been established that elephants have remarkable memories for some things. For example, two elephants met at an animal sanctuary and got excited about seeing each other. Investigations proved they had last met while working at a circus, twenty-three years before. I would settle for a memory a fraction as good as that, and my wife would be a lot happier as well.

If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?

Pierre le Grande. Not because of its piracy connection, or even because my family is apparently of French decent. But, because I love the ring of it. And as a Peter myself being Peter the Great would be cool.

 

What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

I rarely recall more than fragments of my dreams. But from what bits I do remember, and my wife’s description of my actions, it would seem they are always violent, and action filled. I love Tomb Raider on my PlayStation 4, and World of Warcraft on my laptop. So, maybe I’m just acting out the games. It would be nice if my dreams helped me play the games better.

 

 Graces Turmoil (4)

 

Title. Grace’s Turmoil: Not Too Old for Love, Book One.

Author. Peter Perrin

Genre. Contemporary Romance. (Seasoned Romance).

Publisher. Devine Destinies.

 

Book Blurb.

Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.

 

 

But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.

 

 

Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?

 

 

Excerpt

Chapter One

 

Grace jabbed at the volume button on the remote control, turning up the sound on the television. She was trying to drown out the chatter which filled the palatial residents’ lounge. It had been like that for days, and she’d grown tired of it. Who would have thought the imminent arrival of one man could affect mature ladies like that?

 

One of the things which had appealed to her when she moved to The Grange retirement village was the lack of men. Yet a man who aroused feelings in her she didn’t want was going to add to their number.

 

Grace had caught a glimpse of him across The Lounge a few months ago, taking the standard tour of the seventeenth century mansion that now housed The Grange. He’d towered over the young woman he’d been with, and she’d guessed he was at least six-foot-five. Built like a tank, with a mass of wavy white hair and a snow-white beard, he’d reminded her of a polar bear. His presence had been overpowering and almost menacing. An image of him defending the old mansion in days gone by had jumped into her mind.

 

Looking at him had sent a spontaneous burst of attraction rippling through her. It had caught her by surprise. Becoming attracted to anybody was the last thing she’d needed right then. Her divorce had been too recent and too painful. All she wanted was to focus on her painting to block out the pain. Although she hadn’t come there to look for a man, there was no denying how she’d reacted to the sight of him. She wondered how she would cope when they met. And she couldn’t help feeling he was going to have quite an impact on her life. Whether it would be a good impact or not was the million-dollar question. He might be the greatest thing since sliced bread! Or he could turn out to be a snake in the grass like her ex-husband.

 

It wasn’t only the divorce which caused her to temper her excitement at his arrival with caution. Being a Pisces, her emotions were her weak spot, and she’d tended to fantasise about her love life. Her relationships had always been traumatic until she had married, at the age of forty. Then, for the first time in her life, she experienced stability and calmness. She’d thought she had a good marriage. Then everything had fallen apart. She was in no rush to risk such heartache again—in no hurry to get involved once more.

 

Grace stared at her watch for the umpteenth time and fidgeted in her over-padded chair. She peeked around a heavy curtain and glanced out of the massive sash window yet again. But she couldn’t see any sign of him. Frustrated, she tried to put him out of her mind and focus on watching Bargain Hunt. It was one of her favourite programmes, and she always tried to guess which of the teams would win. The persistent buzz of women’s voices filled her head. And she had to concentrate hard to follow the programme. But even then, she had to turn the volume up high to be able to hear it. In a fit of pique, she slammed the remote down onto the arm of her chair.

 

Grace became aware of movement out of the corner of one eye. When she turned around, she saw the General Manager, Sara Novak, and the man she’d been thinking about. The sight of him made her cheeks grow hot, and she turned away to look at the screen. As she did so, she realised Tim Wonnacott was about to announce the winning team. Then she felt something brush past her arm and the screen went blank. She spun around and saw Sara holding the remote.

 

“What did you do that for?” Grace snapped.

 

Sara blushed. “I’m sorry, Grace…and anybody else who was watching that programme. But we don’t often get so many residents in one place at the same time. So I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce our newest resident. This is Air Commodore Alfred Nobel.”

 

Alfred smiled and threw the residents a mock salute, by way of greeting.

 

“Alfred is a widower and a senior ex-Royal Air Force officer,” Sara continued. “I’m sure he’ll make a welcome addition to our small group of gentlemen residents. He’s an accomplished ballroom dancer—a talent some of our ladies will appreciate.”

 

Sara’s announcement created quite a buzz among the ladies. “I’ll bring Alfred around to meet as many of you as possible before lunch,” she said in conclusion.

 

Grace rose to her feet and faced Sara and Alfred.

 

 

Buy Links

Publisher’s Book Page http://www.devinedestinies.com/coming-soon/grace-s-turmoil/

(Links coming in late December)

 

Author Biography

Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behaviour. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them acting like hormonal teenagers.

 

Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather.

 

He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.

 

After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.

 

Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.

 

His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”

 

Social Media Links

Website: https://peterperrin.blog

Blog:  https://peterperrin.blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterperrin44

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterPerrin44/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/peterperrin/

 

We Salute #Veterans and Spotlight #Books for #VeteransDay and #RemembranceDay


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s a day to dedicated to remember and honor brave men and women who fought for our country’s freedoms. I thought it would be appropriate to share some books about veterans and this special day. These books range from kids to adult, but all have the same message: thank the military. Without further ado, here they are:

 

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein (Author), Aaron Anderson (Illustrator)

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood is an engaging rhyming picture book for readers of all ages that fosters mindfulness of and appreciation for the brave service men and women who are also our family, friends, and neighbors.  These are the men and women who bravely served our great country and now humbly serve in our communities.

 

The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Walsh (Author), Layne Johnson (Illustrator)

When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina’s great-nieces to better understand Moina’s determination to honor the war veterans.

 

A portion of the book’s proceeds will support the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.

 

101+ Resources for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide by Jennifer Hammond (Author), A Hero Foundation (Author)

From the onset of 101] Resources for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide project, it has been our goal to create and provide a resource that will dramatically simplify the process veterans and their family members go through to identify and engage the resources they need to make the transition to life after service.

The book covers:

Entrepreneurship

  • Clickable Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship
  • and Digital Marketing
  • Veterans Business Services
  • Accion Lending
  • American Corporate Partners
  • & more…

Wellness

  • Hope For The Warriors
  • Allied Forces Foundation
  • Freedom Service Dogs of America
  • Puppies Behind Bars
  • Higher Ground Sun Valley
  • David Lynch Foundation
  • & more…

Employment

  • Hire a Hero
  • Hire Heroes USA
  • American Corporate Partners
  • American Dream U
  • Joining Forces
  • Transition Assistance Program
  • & more…

Transition Services

  • Hope For The Warriors
  • The Mission Continues
  • Operation Homefront
  • Veterans Healing Farm
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
  • & more…

Education

  • Student Veterans of America
  • Tech Qualled
  • American Dream U
  • Allied Forces Foundation
  • American Corporate Partners
  • AMVETS National Service Foundation
  • & more…

Community & Housing

  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Veterans Support Foundation
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation
  • Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Air Force Enlisted Village
  • & more…

 

Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul: Stories to Stir the Pride and Honor the Courage of Our Veterans by Jack Canfield (Author), Mark Victor Hansen (Author)

Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul will inspire and touch any veterans and their families, and allow others to appreciate the freedom for which they fought.

 

The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life. Their penetrating gaze captures the ethos of the endeavor of war. Intimate memories offer glimpses into the horrifying, and at times awe-inspiring, reality of war. The faces of these veterans, from all branches, are juxtaposed with images of their youthful selves and serve as a visual representation of the expanse of their life experiences. Appealing to the families of soldiers, academics, history buffs, and veterans of other wars, this collection is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and strength of a collective American effort.

 

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (Author)

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, Finkel shadowed the men of the US 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad as they carried out the grueling fifteen-month “surge” that changed them all forever. Now Finkel has followed many of the same men as they’ve returned home and struggled to reintegrate – both into their family lives and into society at large.

 

In the ironically titled Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it reasonable, or even possible, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who can soldiers turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16.

 

More than a work of journalism, Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding — shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, it takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the realities of war.

 

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler (Author)

They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. Since the start of the war in Iraq, Marines like Major Steve Beck found themselves charged with a mission they never asked for and one for which there can be no training: casualty notification. In Final Salute, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler weaves together the stories of the fallen, the broken homes they have left behind, and one man’s effort to help heal the wounds of those left grieving. But it is not a book about war, politics, or liberal vs. conservative. Achingly beautiful and honest, it is a book that every American-every human-can embrace.

 

MRS N: This is one of the best books we’ve ever read and every American/Canadian should read it so they can understand what it means to honor veterans and their families.

 

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

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

Christmas Revels IV Sweeps You Away to England at Christmas! #romance #bookreview #Regency


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Title: Christmas Revels IV: Four Regency Novellas

Author: Hannah Meredith, Anna D. Allen, Kate Parker, Louisa Cornell

Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance, Regency

 

Book Blurb:

The Revels Continue…

The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride – Sergeant Jacob Burrows just wants a place to bed down for the night. He never expects to be confronted by a lady with a gun. Elizabeth FitzWalter intends to drive the stranger off her land, until she realizes he meets her most pressing need.

 

Home for Christmas – When Charity Fletcher receives a mysterious bequest—a house by the sea—she hopes to rebuild her life. Lord Gilbert Narron leases a seaside house to hide from his memories of war. Charity’s refuge is Gil’s bolt-hole… but what both are seeking is a home for their hearts.

 

 

A Memorable Christmas Season –The last thing Lady Roekirk expects at her Christmas party is a dead traitor in her parlor… or the Crown’s Spymaster helping her hide the body. Thirty years earlier, she’d been forced to wed another and Lord Keyminster became a spy. After this long, does their love stand a chance?

 

A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas – Every day, Lucien Rollinsby endures a memory of Christmas Eve. Not even his lovely new neighbor can make him forget that horrible night five years ago. Caroline McAlasdair remembers that Christmas Eve, too. But if Lucien recalls her presence there, it will destroy their only chance at happiness forever.

 

My Review:

The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride:

What a lovely story to kick off this anthology. Both Jacob and Elizabeth are strong-willed characters, each flawed and hiding secrets, which I loved. It’s not everyday that you read a Regency pregnant lady wielding a gun proposing marriage to a soldier. Jacob is tender with her and does what he can to break down her walls, so she’ll trust him. A touching romance that’s my favorite of this set.

 

Home for Christmas:

With a premise like this one, I knew I was in for a treat. I loved the hijinx that ensued when a single woman with a maid and a colonel lord with his sergeant reside in the same cottage due to a mix-up. Neither party wants to leave so they figure out a way to live together without rousing a scandal. There’s a fun mystery and a treasure map, too. The real treasure, though, is how two unhappy people find love in an unlikely circumstance.

 

 

A Memorable Christmas Season: A murder mystery second-chance romance that even Dame Agatha would love. Lady Roekirk has made some mistakes in her life but when a hated traitor winds up dead in her parlor right before a Christmas party the whole ton is attending, she must act quickly and with the help of the Earl of Keyminster, the young man who left her in her youth to seek glory as a spy. Sparks fly between the two and each must speak the truth before there can be a future that doesn’t include hanging. Loved this story although there were times when Lady Roekirk aka Susanna got on my nerves. Great ending, though.

 

A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas – Every day, Lucien Rollinsby endures a memory of Christmas Eve. Not even his lovely new neighbor can make him forget that horrible night five years ago. Caroline McAlasdair remembers that Christmas Eve, too. But if Lucien recalls her presence there, it will destroy their only chance at happiness forever.

 

The truth, no matter how hard it is to swallow, will set you free. Both Lucien and Caroline met once before but only Caroline knows the circumstances. Lucien is a shell of the man he was and would love nothing better than to drown his sorrows in brandy. But one little girl turns his life upside down and shows him what love is. A tragic, heart-wrenching story with plenty of drama and intrigue. The romance between Caroline and Lucien (I love that name, by the way) is swift and passionate. There were times when I cried but the ending was spot-on.

 

Favorite Novella: The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride by Anna D. Allen

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon – http://a.co/h2H98jd

 

Apple iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/christmas-revels-iv-four-regency-novellas/id1289152547?mt=11

 

Barns and Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-revels-iv-hannah-meredith/1127145055?ean=2940154556139

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christmas-revels-iv-four-regency-novellas

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36302269-christmas-revels-iv

 

Revellers 4

 

Author Biography:

Hannah Meredith is, above all, a storyteller. She’s long been fascinated by the dreams that haunt the human heart and has an abiding interest in English history. This combination led her to write historical romance. Hannah is a member of RWA, the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and SFWA.

 

Anna D. Allen lives deep in the woods with too many books and not enough dogs. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Language and Literature. Her future plans include growing tomatoes and cleaning out the freezer. When not writing or reading, she can be found in the kitchen.

 

Kate Parker grew up reading her mother’s collection of mystery books by Christie, Sayers, and others. Now she can’t write a story without someone being murdered, and everyday items are studied for their lethal potential. It’s taken her years to convince her husband that she hasn’t poisoned dinner; that funny taste is because she just can’t cook.

 

Louisa Cornell is a retired opera singer living in LA (Lower Alabama) who cannot remember a time she wasn’t writing or telling stories. Anglophile, student of Regency England, historical romance writer— she escaped Walmart to write historical romance and hasn’t looked back. She is a member of RWA, Southern Magic RWA, and the Beau Monde Chapter of RWA.

 

Social Media Links:

Hannah – http://www.hannahmeredith.com

https://www.facebook.com/HannahMeredithAuthor

 

Anna – http://beket1.wix.com/annadallen

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-D-Allen/366546213501993

 

Kate – http://www.KateParkerbooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/

 

Louisa – http://onelondonone.blogspot.com/

http://www.louisacornell.com/

https://twitter.com/LouisaCornell

https://www.facebook.com/RegencyWriterLouisaCornell

https://www.facebook.com/louisa.cornell

https://www.pinterest.com/louisacornell/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

A #VeteransDay Message From @LiviaQuinn + a #Kobo sale! #FridayReads #RomanticSuspense #IARTG


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Happy Veterans Day to our service men and women past and present.

 

 

I can’t express what the sacrifices our military and their families make when they make the extreme commitment to enter the service mean to me and my family. Two or three days a year is not enough to properly show our support.

 

 

My Men of Honor series celebrates men and women who value integrity, honor, and duty through service to their country and communities. The heroes are former and current military, law enforcement and emergency responders and heroines are their equals in love and more.

 

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Nick, book 3 in the series is on sale this weekend, from the 9th – 13th on Kobo

 

 

Blurb:

His lost memories might get her killed…

 

 

You’ve killed him, Bad Brenna taunted. Brenna looked down the steps at the man lying motionless in the tropical downpour. I told you that silly phobia would get you in trouble if you didn’t get a grip.

 

 

Brenna knew she was right, knew it was exactly why Bad Brenna existed, to help her cope with the trauma that had turned her into a scared rabbit whenever lightning was in the forecast. But her anxiety over the approaching storm had been magnified by another premonition. Usually, it meant someone was about to die. Had she been the means, this time, of fulfilling her own prophecy? As always there were no clear answers. She needed to start trusting her sixth sense if she was ever going to get rid of Bad Brenna. First step— rescue her victim from the storm.

 

 

What happened? He’d been dodging the lightning, fighting the wind and rain, looking for a place to hide…when he’d seen the faint glow in the distance. There was no answer at the door so he’d broken in, entered… and there she was, a beautiful Valkyrie. Wielding her sword, she screamed as she struck him—for no good reason—and then everything went black. Everything.

 

 

Excerpt:

 

The next rumble of thunder surprised her with its strength. Her fingers moved faster with nervous energy as she kept her eyes glued to the monitor. Anxiety traveled along her nerves like the electrical conduits in the Electron Molecule Deformulator. The memories wouldn’t be far behind.

 

In that instant, a magnesium-white light turned her living room into an overexposed movie negative and she found herself on the floor, hands pressed to her eyes for agonizing seconds as a mighty trunk split, striking other trees and sending chips and limbs like missiles against the side of the house. A picture tumbled off the shelf by the fireplace and hit the floor as the house shook.

 

The crashing seemed to go on forever, followed by lingering thunder. Throughout the clamor and chaos, Brenna held her breath, as if merely breathing would bring calamity down on her. As if not breathing could keep the beast from finding her.

 

When silence reigned, she raised her head.

 

To black velvet darkness. “Crap.”

 

In the dark, the storm’s power was more terrifying, a constant barrage of light that bounced off every surface, attacking her senses and her already precarious sanity. She pushed herself off the floor and stumbled to the bedroom. With her eyes half covered with her fingers, she retrieved the one flickering candle in the ruby glass holder from the bedside table that had been her grandmother’s.

 

By its meager light she hurried to the kitchen, shielding the flame with her other palm. She sat the holder on the counter and rummaged through the drawers, finding garbage bag ties, wayward screws, and bottle caps, but no candles.

 

A loud boom coincided with another flash of light. She counted, “One thousand one, one thous… uhnn.” With the next flash and simultaneous crack of thunder she hit her elbow on the kitchen counter. “Brenna. If anyone knows this is merely a thunderstorm, you do.” Even if it was a bad one.

 

Right. When was the last time a thunderstorm was a mere anything to her? Brenna knew the answer. To the year, the season, the minute. The memories came at her like leaves in a microburst and she pressed her hands against her head as if to still them.

 

Something hit the porch and Brenna froze. With her back to the kitchen wall, she took a deep breath, repeating her therapist’s rant, er, chant. Empty your mind as you inhale. Or was it exhale? He’d given up on her after the meditation class.

 

 

The front door rattled again and her litany continued. “Nothing to fear. It’s just the wind. No sane person would be out in this weather—unless—” Her mind flashed to a horror movie commercial, and her breathing stopped.

 

“Quit that!” She shook her head and did a mental reset, peering around the opening to the front door. Nothing.

 

“See?” Feeling silly, she wiped her palms on her jeans, spread her hands out in front of her, “Steady…” but flinched at another deafening boom. The ruby glass holder hit the floor and extinguished the light. She squeezed her eyes shut and felt the wetness of hysteria on her cheeks. Once again she attempted to reset, dashed the tears away and let the other Brenna, Fearless Brenna who’d peeked her head out recently, give the fearful one a pep talk. The damn lightning’s outside. Stop this craziness and get the candles.

 

Nodding, she edged toward the old trunk, just as something brushed the front door. She whirled. The apparition on the other side of her front door froze her in place.

 

Starkly backlit by the storm’s intermittent light, was the dark shadow of a man. A menacing form, it moved back and forth like a shadow boxer. Her scream was absorbed by a loud blast of thunder as she dove to the floor, her eyes locked on the cabin’s entrance. In the flickering light the phantom’s raised arm looked like a coiled snake about to strike.

 

Crab-walking backwards toward the couch, she glanced around for a weapon. Her eyes locked on the fireplace implements. She seized the iron shovel and scurried toward the door, sliding down against the wall under the front window. She was close to hyperventilating. Had he seen her?

 

Her lungs were gripped by an invisible fist. Calm. She had to calm down or he’d be able to hear her heart pounding against her chest. Even with the storm outside, her blood thumped in her ears. Her breath came in noisy pants.

 

Broken glass spilled from the door’s window pane near her feet and her fingernails dug into to her palms as she gripped the iron tighter in a batter’s grip. Sliding up the wall behind the door, she flattened her body against it as more jagged pieces of glass fell to the floor. All her attention was on the hand reaching through the opening.

 

Unlocking the door.

 

Turning the handle.

 

Like a seasoned batter aiming for the strike zone, Brenna timed her attack. As the large figure stepped across the threshold she swung, the shovel connecting with a sickening thwack against his forehead. With a grunt, he staggered out the door and down the porch steps to lie still in the heavy downpour.

 

 

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 Livia Quinn

 

Author Bio:

As a teenager in DC, Livia tagged along with her Daddy to Redskins games and explored the rich history of our country, then she moved to the bayous of Louisiana where the weather and culture of this region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest and her military heroes. Livia’s many jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer are the conduit her characters have used to relate their stories to her. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! Down by the bayou she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty.

 

Tagline: Stumble into love… when you least expect it.

 

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We Need Your Help: Vote Now for A Hand of Magic by @DianeMoatAuthor #KindleScout #IARTG


Kindle Scout Nomination

 

Title A Hand of Magic

Author Diane Moat

Genre Romance, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb

Madison Knowles had barely learned she was a Healer before she was kidnapped by Weresnakes, and forced to heal them during their battles. After years of torture, she kills one of the Snakes so she can escape. Now Madison finds herself doing what no Healer should ever have to do – running for her life! While in hiding, she heals a Werepuppy and is suddenly surrounded by grateful Werewolves. The sexy Alpha of this Hand promises she will be protected if she stays with them. Can she trust him?

 

A Note from the Author:

My latest book is up for nomination on Kindle Scout. Please take a minute to check out the link and vote for “A Hand of Magic”. Authors with the most votes have a chance at Kindle picking up their book, which would be fantastic! Thank you all for your never-ending support of Indie authors.

 

Click to vote and if it’s selected, you’ll get a free copy when it’s published by Kindle Publishing:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/25CFH25LC3T2R

 

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Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Social Media Links:

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Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

 

I’m Unstoppable… Are You? Nothing Can Stop You! #inspiration #FridayFeeling


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Choose to be unstoppable!

 

When I was little, I was told that I could do anything, the world was my oyster, etc. As a ten year old, I was filled with big dreams and aspirations.

 

When I became an adult and entered the “real world”, my dreams were replaced by working hard and making money. I shoved my dreams in the back of the closet and was, in fact, miserable.

 

It wasn’t until I started this blog did my dreams come back to the forefront of my mind. Through hard work and persistence, I made my dream come true of being a published author.

 

I’m unstoppable.

 

Don’t bury your dreams or replace your aspirations with reality. Your dreams can be your reality. You have the capability of being anything, just like when you were young.

 

Are you ready?

 

Write down your dreams and remember to dream big. Every day (or several times a day), meditate over your dreams and create a plan to make them reality. Then do it!

 

Let this be your daily meditation:

 

I choose to be unstoppable. I am bigger than my concerns and worries. The strength of others inspires me daily. I focus on my goal. I trust my intuition and live a courageous life.

 

Look at you; you’re unstoppable!!

 

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Note: For today’s Friday Book Round-Up, take a look at our 3rd Annual N. N. Light Holiday Gift Guide. There’s so many fantastic books, organized by genre, you’re sure to  find a new book to read: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/holiday-gift-guide/

 

MRS N

The Revels Continue… Christmas Revels IV is a #historicalromance Must-Read! #FridayReads


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Title – Christmas Revels IV: Four Regency Novellas

Author – Hannah Meredith, Anna D. Allen, Kate Parker, Louisa Cornell

Genre – Historical Romance

Publisher – Singing Spring Press

 

Book Blurb

The Revels Continue…

The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride – Sergeant Jacob Burrows just wants a place to bed down for the night. He never expects to be confronted by a lady with a gun. Elizabeth FitzWalter intends to drive the stranger off her land, until she realizes he meets her most pressing need.

 

Home for Christmas – When Charity Fletcher receives a mysterious bequest—a house by the sea—she hopes to rebuild her life. Lord Gilbert Narron leases a seaside house to hide from his memories of war. Charity’s refuge is Gil’s bolt-hole… but what both are seeking is a home for their hearts.

 

 

A Memorable Christmas Season –The last thing Lady Roekirk expects at her Christmas party is a dead traitor in her parlor… or the Crown’s Spymaster helping her hide the body. Thirty years earlier, she’d been forced to wed another and Lord Keyminster became a spy. After this long, does their love stand a chance?

 

A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas – Every day, Lucien Rollinsby endures a memory of Christmas Eve. Not even his lovely new neighbor can make him forget that horrible night five years ago. Caroline McAlasdair remembers that Christmas Eve, too. But if Lucien recalls her presence there, it will destroy their only chance at happiness forever.

 

Buy Links

Amazon – http://a.co/h2H98jd

 

Apple iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/christmas-revels-iv-four-regency-novellas/id1289152547?mt=11

 

Barns and Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-revels-iv-hannah-meredith/1127145055?ean=2940154556139

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christmas-revels-iv-four-regency-novellas

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36302269-christmas-revels-iv

 

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Author Biography

 

Hannah Meredith is, above all, a storyteller. She’s long been fascinated by the dreams that haunt the human heart and has an abiding interest in English history. This combination led her to write historical romance. Hannah is a member of RWA, the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and SFWA.

 

Anna D. Allen lives deep in the woods with too many books and not enough dogs. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Language and Literature. Her future plans include growing tomatoes and cleaning out the freezer. When not writing or reading, she can be found in the kitchen.

 

Kate Parker grew up reading her mother’s collection of mystery books by Christie, Sayers, and others. Now she can’t write a story without someone being murdered, and everyday items are studied for their lethal potential. It’s taken her years to convince her husband that she hasn’t poisoned dinner; that funny taste is because she just can’t cook.

 

Louisa Cornell is a retired opera singer living in LA (Lower Alabama) who cannot remember a time she wasn’t writing or telling stories. Anglophile, student of Regency England, historical romance writer— she escaped Walmart to write historical romance and hasn’t looked back. She is a member of RWA, Southern Magic RWA, and the Beau Monde Chapter of RWA.

 

 

Social Media Links

 

Hannah – http://www.hannahmeredith.com

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Anna – http://beket1.wix.com/annadallen

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-D-Allen/366546213501993

 

Kate – http://www.KateParkerbooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/

 

Louisa – http://onelondonone.blogspot.com/

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Bartholomew Buggins (Our Favorite Zombie) is our Special Guest! #kidlit #IARTG #FridayReads


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Today, we have a special treat for you. Our favorite zombie (kid-friendly, of course) is here as our special guest. He wants to be your friend. Welcome, Bartholomew to the POTL Blog.

Hello, thank you very much for inviting me to be interviewed. I am very excited that you would want to meet me. I even wore my best suit and dusted myself off as much as I could.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Well, perfect happiness today would be if we could go to the park after this interview to sit under a tree and read a good book. Afterwards, we could discuss it over a picnic tea. Doesn’t that sound nice?

 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish that I could speed read. Then, I could read more books.

 

Where would you most like to live?

I like where I live now, the town is full of interesting people and I haven’t had the chance to meet them all yet and I would like nothing more than to do that.

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My book of poetry that I have written. I sometimes read them aloud at poetry nights. I enjoy sharing my thoughts.

 

What is your most marked characteristic?

I’d have to say that I get frequent compliment on my eyes. How big and round and cute they are. Can you tell I am blushing?

 

Aww, you’re cute! What do you most value in your friends?

I believe I value loyalty the most. It’s important to have friends who will stand by you and support you. I will always do the same for my friends.

 

What is your current state of mind?

I am currently very happy because I have gotten to meet you and made another friend.

 

What is your motto?

Being yourself is key to you being you and me being me.

 

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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings

Author: Crystal Marcos

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing

 

Book Blurb:

A humorous rhyming picture book for ages 4 and up by award-winning author Crystal Marcos features a distinguished little zombie who just wants to be your friend.

Dive head-first into the infectiously charming pages, oozing with whimsical verse and stricken with colorful and amusing illustrations. Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings is a unique, fun book that will have kids and adults shrieking with delight.

 

Excerpt:

 

Book Trailer:

 

Buy Links:

Amazon:

Kindle edition: http://viewbook.at/BartholomewBugginseBook

Paperback edition: http://viewbook.at/AmazonBBuggins

 

Barnes and Noble:

Paperback edition: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bartholomew-buggins-crystal-marcos/1126383569

 

Signed copies: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/bb/buggins.html

 

Crystal Marcos

 

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. Crystal is the author of two children’s books, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. She recently wrote her first Young Adult novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1). Bartholomew Buggins is her first picture book. She lives in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and son Jaxon.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrystalMarcos

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

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/crystal-marcos/2a/979/b9b

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/CrystalMarcos

Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Marcos/e/B003TGP4EO/

 

 

Mr. N’s Top 10 #Horror #Books of all Time! #FridayReads #paranormal #Halloween


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Halloween is only four days away, so I convinced MR N to create his top ten best horror books of all time list. He’s been a horror reader since the late 1970’s and a true aficionado. He created this list from his own personal library. Many of these books are out of print but I found them all on Amazon. What’s your favorite horror book? We’d love to hear so share in the comment box below.

 

Top 10 Horror Books of All Time

 

1 – World War Z (Max Brooks) – The best horror book ever written. Sad the movie destroyed what is a horror masterpiece.  Just READ this book.

 

2- Death Coach (JN Williamson) – The cover creeps you out; the thundering hooves of the horses pulling the death coach through the town will chill your spine.  A superb book by the best horror writer ever.

 

3- Salem’s Lot (Stephen King) – If you only read one vampire book, you can’t go wrong with this.  King at his finest and a book that will put the scariness back into those who think vampires sparkle.

 

4- The Flip (Michael Phillip Cash) – A ghost story that resonates with the modern obsession with house flipping.  If this happened in real life, the real estate business would slow down.

 

5 –Death Angel (JN Williamson) – The best vampire ever penned – Lamia Zacharius is the Death Angel and it is just a pity no one ever made this into a film.

 

6 –The Mammoth Book of Dracula (various authors)  – A superb compilation that has some of the best vampire short stories ever written and many are too scary to read at night.

 

7 – Dead and Buried (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) – A chilling book that has murders which are bad but when new people come to town who look like the dead and buried victims… eeek.

 

8 –Queen of Hell (JN Williamson) – Let the blurb suffice – A terrifying tale of mystical power and bizarre sexual rituals – she may be evil incarnate but what a way to go!

 

9 –Ghost House (Clare McNally) – If Amityville Horror scared you, wait ‘til you read what happens to the family who moves into this house.  Read on Halloween night, if you dare.

 

10 – Ghost Story (Peter Straub) – Read this the first time in the 80’s and it was the scariest book I had ever read.  It still holds a top 10 spot.  It can (and will) scare the crap out of you.

 

 

Have a horror book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading and Happy Halloween!

 

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

Award-Winning #Fantasy Saga: The Rienfield Chronicles by @Mtmagee1013M #romance #Celtic


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Title: The Treasure of Gwenlais: The Rienfield Chronicles Book 1

Author: M. T. Magee

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Celtic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Multi Award Winning International Amazon Bestseller #1 Best Fantasy Romance (not urban) On Listopia “An enchanting love story wrapped in an epic fantasy” -Amazon Reviewer

 

Can a reluctant Princess fulfill her destiny to heal the torn Kingdoms and the heart of a battle-hardened warrior Prince? Join Laurel on an extraordinary journey of discovery, danger, wonder, and finding a love she only dared dream of. Come with her to find the truth of who she is, and those who will do anything to stop her from making the words of the Olden Scribes a reality. A love story that will leave you breathless and believing in the wonder of Scottish and Irish folklore and fairy tales.

 

Come and experience the beauty, danger, and romance of an epic historical medieval fantasy that whispers of Celtic legend.

 

Book Trailer:

 

Excerpt:

Suddenly she heard the deafening roar of the Scimitar and desperate cries from Caleb as the predator continued its tireless pursuit of her. Laurel moaned in fear and exhaustion, as she realized what she had to do. She would not let the ferocious animal tear her apart. She looked up quickly and saw Caleb running desperately to reach her, but almost upon her was the vicious Scimitar.

 

Forgive me my Prince, she thought to herself, as tears streamed from her eyes.

 

She turned and closing her eyes, jumped off the high steep rock face, into the terrifying nothingness, feeling her body fall downward.  She heard another roar and then felt the icy shock of the water as she fell into the river, feeling it engulf and consume her.  The Scimitar nearly had her in its grasp as Laurel jumped forward, it blindly following her. Caleb cried out in terror and anguish as he saw his beloved and the Scimitar both leap off the cliff into the river below. Caleb ran forward watching her fall beneath the dark swirling water, the Scimitar hitting the water only seconds behind. It surfaced instantly as Aiden and Aaron unleashed their arrows into the beast. Caleb then went to jump forward as he screamed out Laurel’s name, only to be grabbed by Aiden.

 

“You cannot help her if you are injured yourself!” he shouted, trying to reason with him. “The trail to the bottom is right here! Hurry! This way!” Aiden directed Caleb to follow him.

 

They ran down the steep path as quickly as they could, not even noticing that Gawain had taken one of the horses and rode down another path to the river’s edge, as he knew were the forest would lead them. Even though it had only taken moments to reach the bottom of the trail, to Caleb it seemed an agonizing eternity.  He tore off his coat and boots as he frantically scanned the river for any signs of Laurel. Suddenly his prayers were answered as she surfaced and raising up her arms and gasping for breath, only to sink below the water’s surface once again. Caleb ran forward and dove into the water, as he sank below the inky blackness. Aiden, Aaron and Gawain, stood breathless for a moment waiting for Caleb to reappear. Caleb then burst out of the water’s surface with Laurel in his arms.  Aiden and Aaron ran forward to assist him. Grabbing on to Caleb to help him get back to shore.

 

“She is not breathing!” Caleb said frantically, as he put Laurel on the ground and turned her over.

 

He hit her back firmly with the flat of his hand several times, his efforts rewarded, with Laurel suddenly coughing and gasping for air, as she spit out water.  Turning her back over quickly as she looked at him with a wide eyed frantic expression, still trying to catch her breath. Caleb held her tightly in his arms pushing her hair out of her face, as Aiden and the two Sentinels knelt down next to them, sighing loudly in relief.

 

“Breath my love, just breathe. I have you…I have you. It is over, just breathe,” Caleb said breathlessly, as she held her close, his lips against her forehead.

 

Laurel coughed a few more times before exhaling deeply, as she was finally able to catch her breath.  Caleb looked into her face, to see if she was aware. She smiled at him weakly, raising her hand to touch his cheek, before losing consciousness. Caleb held her to him, for a moment burying his face into the side of her face and neck, his shoulders shaking from silent sobs of relief.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Gwenlais-Rienfield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B015IQ0LW2/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Treasure-Gwenlais-Rienfield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B015IQ0LW2/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Treasure-Gwenlais-Rienfield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B015IQ0LW2/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34939837-the-treasure-of-gwenlais-the-rienfield-chronicles-book-1

 

MT Magee

 

Author Biography:

I am M.T. Magee, the author of the award-winning, #1 Amazon international, bestselling series, The Rinefield Chronicles. Book #1 is entitled The Treasure of Gwenlais. Book #2 is Child of the Kindred. Book #3 is now in production.
On Mar. 31st The Treasure of Gwenlais received the 2015 Silver Medal Winner of Ireland’s Drunken Druid Award Finalist for IAN Book of the Year Award 2016 for First Novel on Aug. 31st. On Sept.1st 2016 I received the Finalist Award for Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Voted #1 On Listopia’s Best Fantasy Romance (not urban).
I live in New England on our small farm with my husband and son. We raise an assortment of silly goats, quiet rabbits, far too many ducks and chickens, and a high-strung Border Collie cross named Gronk. I have always loved fantasy and fell in love with Tolkien at age eleven. I read all of his works by age twelve. I have been writing stories since I was ten years old and have always wanted to be an author.

 

After fulfilling my dream of becoming a nurse, marrying the love of my life and having two wonderful sons, I have finally been able to fulfill my first dream of publishing my first book. My youngest son is severely disabled and I am his full-time caregiver. The long winter months here in New England make it virtually impossible to go out very often, so I used this time to begin my story, The Treasure of Gwenlais. Eighteen months and 1144 pages later I am very happy to present my story to all of you. I love strong female characters, who are still able to convey a sense of vulnerability and be very relatable. I also love strong male leads who are not afraid to show their soft side. Love of family is important to me as I am sure it is to everyone and I convey this in my story.
So welcome to the world I have created and I hope you enjoy visiting often.
The world I have created, comes from the inspiration of both my Scottish heritage and my husband’s Irish descent, with pride and respect for both cultures. The beauty of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the lush rolling meadows of Ireland, serve as a backdrop for the mythical realm of Rienfield. Many of the names of villages and towns that are used are actual names of towns and villages of Scotland and Ireland. They are used in direct correlation for what their rich past made them known for and is applied with loving respect for their history in the story. Many of the names of the characters are Irish, Scottish, or Gaelic, again showing my love and admiration for our heritages.

 

The characters also speak Old Irish, from time to time, referring to it as ‘old speak.’ I hope you will find this as fascinating and beautiful as I did. You will find the Kingdoms of Gwenlais and Heathwin filled with wonder, danger, adventure, romance, love of family as well as betrayal.
The people, races, and beings, will beckon you to return and visit, over and again, sharing in their joys, sorrows, tragedies and triumphs. The photos I have added our my inspirations for the backdrop of my story.
The picture of Richard Armitage, physical inspiration for my male lead Caleb, is actually a funny story. My husband and oldest son were watching BBC’s Robin Hood. I looked up from my computer and said,
“Oh my gosh that’s Caleb!” Both son and husband look at each other and then me in total confusion.
“No hon, this is Guy of Gisborne,” my husband informed me.
I then proceeded to explain, that the character Caleb in my book looks just like that. Both husband and son look at each other again smirking, then turn back to watch the show. That is when I started paying more attention to Richard Armitage.
My muse for my female lead Laurel, is the lovely British actress Holliday Grainger.
So, find your comfortable reading place, and immerse yourself in the lives of the warm, courageous, humorous, and sometimes frightening characters, which make up the world of Rienfield.

 

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/therienfieldchronicles/

https://therienfieldchronicles.com/

https://twitter.com/Mtmagee1013M

https://www.pinterest.com/frumpyfarmer/the-treasure-of-gwenlais-the-rienfield-chronicles-/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14389603.M_T_Magee

 

Child of the Kindred

 

Title: Child of the Kindred: The Rinefield Chronicles: Book 2

Author: M. T. Magee

Genre: Heroic Fantasy, Fantasy, Medieval Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

ATTENTION All Lovers of Gaelic Historical Fantasy and Romance
BOOK 2 IN THE SERIES The award winning epic historical fantasy saga continues.

 

Enter the realm of Rinefield, where love, danger, adventure and romance awaits you. Their world is changing and a new era has begun. Princess Laurel finds her kingdom of Gwenlais, torn and shattered from a bloody siege. Her people now looking to her, to help them rise above the ruin and misery inflicted upon their once peaceful and sheltered realm. Laurel and her beloved Prince Caleb, must find a way to unite their kingdoms, as never before. The enemy from a distant land makes a bold and savage attempt, to thwart the unity of the two kingdoms of Gwenlais and Heathwin. The odds have never been greater against the realms or the two lovers that hold the kingdoms together. Will their people and their love survive all they have lost? Will new life rise from above the ruins?

 

Book Trailer:

 

Excerpt:

Laurel opened her eyes slowly, her mind not fully believing what she was seeing in front of her.

 

“Hello mo chailin milis,” the deep voice whispered to her softly.

 

Laurel’s eyes widened in surprise, her breath catching, as she looked back at the face she knew so well gazing back lovingly at her. She sat up and looked about, seeing that they were both back in Heathwin lying in their bed, as the two moons’ soft light glowed through the windows. Laurel looked back down at Caleb lying in bed, reaching up and touching her face, brushing a tear from her cheek.

 

“Caleb. Am I dreaming?” she whispered in a trembling voice.

 

“Yes, mo stor. We are both dreaming. Shh, lie back down my love, for I will only be with you a few moments more,” Caleb answered as he drew her back into his arms.

 

“How is this happening?” Laurel asked, her voice shaking with emotion, feeling both joy and heartbreak that this was only a sweet dream they were both sharing.

 

“I will explain at another time my darling. Shh, just relax and let me comfort you. I do not know how much longer this will be. I am here to tell you that I am coming for you, and very soon we shall be together, not just in our dreams,” Caleb answered in the same soft deep voice, as he leant closer and kissed her deeply with a quiet passion.

 

Laurel closed her eyes in response to his kiss, feeling warm and as real as if they were truly in each other’s arms. When the kiss ended, Laurel smiled sadly back at Caleb’s sincere and loving expression.

 

“I…I am afraid my Prince. Warrick has threatened he will kill Jamison in the morning if I do not renounce my vow to you, and my loyalty to Heathwin,” Laurel whispered, her voice choking back tears.

 

“That will not happen my love. The children have been moved to safety. I want you to know that you are being looked after and protected. The Guard Logan is there for youand will take care of you until I am with you,” Caleb explained, smiling warmly as he tenderly kissed her forehead.

 

“Yes, he told me this,” Laurel answered beginning to calm down.

 

“Very soon my sweet girl, very soon. Ta ghra agam ort,” Caleb whispered, as he kissed her once again.

 

Laurel could no longer feel Caleb kissing her. She opened her eyes to find herself back in the tower, lying on the straw, the blanket drawn tightly around her. Laurel touched her trembling lips as she felt tears softly rolling down her cheeks.

 

“Very soon,” she whispered to the empty darkness.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Child-Kindred-Rinefield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07286SYTR/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Child-Kindred-Rinefield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07286SYTR/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Child-Kindred-Rinefield-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07286SYTR/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35125631-child-of-the-kindred

 

 

World of Shadows Series by Award-Winning Author @LincolnJCole is a Must-Read! #supernatural


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Title – The Everett Exorcism

Author – Lincoln Cole

Genre – Occult Thriller/Urban Fantasy

Publisher – Lincoln Cole Publishing

 

Book Blurb –

Something strange is happening in the city of Everett, Washington and Father Niccolo Paladina is tasked with investigating possible demonic activity. Nothing is as it seems, however, and things quickly begin spiraling out of his control.

When his path crosses with that of an old rival, they discover that things are worse in Everett than either of them could ever have imagined. As his world collapses around him, Niccolo will be left with one terrible question: what is my faith worth?

 

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Excerpt  –

 

“Come out, come out, wherever you are!”

 

Father Paladina knelt in his uncomfortable position beneath the staircase, eyes closed and struggling to control his breathing. Each gasp sounded like the cracking of a tree branch, and he couldn’t fight down an occasional sob of terror. His heart beat in his ears, and his veins seemed about to burst open.

 

“I can smell you, Priest. I know you didn’t run far. Where are you?”

 

The voice came from upstairs in the local priest’s office. Niccolo couldn’t remember a time in his life when he had been so on edge and afraid. It felt like a sickness in his stomach, as all of his muscles tensed simultaneously. It made his body shake, and he worried that he might throw up at any moment.

 

“We both know how this will end. If you come out now, I’ll do it quick. If you make me come and find you, though …”

 

Niccolo struggled to control his breathing as hot tears ran down his cheeks. He reached into his front-right pocket for the single item he kept there. His rosary, which he held between his fingers and pressed against his lips, praying as hard as he could for the strength to deal with whatever was happening to him.

 

Not to overcome it, though. Part of him—if he were honest, a large part—knew he was about to die alone in this church, and the only thing he prayed for was the strength to die well.

 

After all, right now, not only his life hung in the balance: so did his everlasting soul.

 

“This basement has no exits. I know this church. This is my church. Not yours,” the man—if still a man—said from just upstairs. “I never thought I would actually get to kill a priest here. This is delightful!”

 

What is he waiting for? Niccolo wondered, in fear. Tim Spencer—or whatever controlled him—seemed to enjoy taking his time. Every muscle in Niccolo’s body ached, and he had to fight to keep from sobbing. Why is he doing this? Why is he waiting up there?

 

It felt like he’d been hiding under the stairs forever, but it had probably lasted for less than a minute.

 

“We’re having fun, aren’t we, Priest?” Tim asked.

 

Niccolo couldn’t contain a shudder, and the movement caused his shoulder to bump against one of the boxes behind him. The noise it made wasn’t that loud, but to Niccolo, it rumbled like an explosion in the stillness of the basement.

 

If his pursuer heard, though, he didn’t let on. Tim hummed to himself as he took his first step down the staircase. It creaked heavily underfoot, and Father Paladina winced when dust fell on his head.

 

Another step; the sound of the boot on the stairs sounded like a nail in the priest’s coffin. Tim kept on coming, humming a tuneless tone, until the father could see muddy boots in front of his face.

 

“Priest? You know I’ll find you. You can’t hide from me.”

 

Niccolo’s whole body trembled, and the man had called it true. His hiding place seemed weak and pathetic now. As soon as Tim reached the bottom of the staircase, he would spy Niccolo. The priest had backed himself into a corner and had nowhere to go.

 

He shouldn’t have stayed here at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral alone. Should have gone with Father Reynolds to his home; splitting up had turned into a terrible idea, and one that might well cost him his life.

 

Buy Links –

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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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The-Vatican-Children---kindle-cover

 

Title – The Vatican Children

Author – Lincoln Cole

Genre – Occult Thriller/Urban Fantasy

Publisher – Lincoln Cole Publishing

 

Book Blurb –

After the events of in Everett Washington, Father Niccolo Paladina decides to assist Arthur in hunting down the Bishop and bringing him to justice for the crimes he has committed. He knows that the Bishop has something big planned against the Church.

 

Arthur, on the other hand, is hoping to find some redemption for his actions against The Ninth Circle and atone for his mistakes. Atonement, however, can be difficult to come by…

 

Especially when the stakes are so high.

 

Buy Links –

https://www.lincolncole.net/world-of-shadows#the-vatican-children

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The Bishops Legacy - kindle cover

 

Title – The Bishop’s Legacy

Author – Lincoln Cole

Genre – Occult Thriller/Urban Fantasy

Publisher – Lincoln Cole Publishing

 

Book Blurb –

 

Everything is falling apart for Niccolo Paladina as his mistakes come back to haunt him. He’s been reminded once more that the shadowy world in which Arthur inhabits is not his own.

 

He is ready to face the consequences for his actions, but not until he has dealt with the threat he’s helped to create. Things are getting desperate, though, and they are worried that more people will be hurt before they can bring things to an end.

 

 

Buy Links –

https://www.lincolncole.net/world-of-shadows#the-bishops-legacy

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Friday Book Round-Up Scares Up 7 Kid-Friendly #Halloween #Books! #FridayReads #kidlit


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Halloween is eleven days away and I thought it would be fun to highlight some great Halloween books for kids ages four and up. Nothing scary here; just good clean fun! I’ve read them all and they’re all fantastic!

 

Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by Crystal Marcos

A humorous Children’s rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

 

Dive head-first into the infectiously charming pages, oozing with whimsical verse and stricken with colorful and amusing illustrations. Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings is a unique, fun book that will have kids and adults shrieking with delight.

 

Ghosties: A Silly Rhyming Spooky Picture Book for Kids by Gerald Hawksley

Halloween is in the air.
You’d like to see a ghost – but where?
At night when the sun’s gone down,
Come with me to Ghostie Town . . .
Where you will find the most colorful and cheerful collection of ghosties you could ever hope to meet.
Another silly rhyming kindle picture book from Gerald Hawksley.

 

The Roll-Away Pumpkin: A Fun, Whimsical Children’s Picture Book for Early & Beginner Readers by Junia Wonders  (Author), Daniela Volpari (Illustrator)

On a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill, yelling, “Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping! Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?”

A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. It’s the perfect autumn bedtime story to read with your little pumpkin.

The author uses repeating sentence structures to capture young listeners’ attention and give early readers confidence.

This children’s picture book is exquisitely illustrated by award-winning Italian illustrator, Daniela Volpari. Every page is a beautiful work of art and is one of those picture books whose images will linger long after you’ve turned the page.

 

Harry’s Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3) by N K  (Author), Janelle Dimmett (Illustrator)

The third book in the best selling ‘Harry The Happy Mouse’ series!

Harry’s Spooky Surprise is set around Halloween. Harry needs to visit his friends at night time to collect items from them for a very special reason! Harry learns that there is no reason to be afraid of the dark, and the importance of saying ‘Thank You!’.

Harry The Happy Mouse (Book 1 in the series) is an Amazon #1 bestseller, teaching children the value of kindness. Harry The Christmas Mouse (Book 2), which was a #1 bestseller in both the UK and USA, teaches children the value of team work.

Pre-release reviews for Harry’s Spooky Surprise:

5 Stars – “A charming story that kids will love” – thedadwebsite.com

5 Stars – “Charming! Conveys the importance of friendship and gratitude” – letsplayparents.com

5 Stars – “Sweet character. Sweet story. Sweet surprise!” – Author Katharine E. Hamilton

5 Stars – “Fun and spooky – A must have!” – http://www.justbuttonsblog.co.uk

5 Stars – “Sure to be a bedtime favourite” – utterlynovel

5 Stars – “Love the book – sweet, funny and rhyming poems” theelysiangeek.com

 

Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat  (Author), Marc Simont (Illustrator)

Perfect for beginning readers looking for a Halloween chapter book! Kids can problem-solve with Nate, the world’s greatest detective, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

It is Halloween night, and all the kids are dressed up to go trick-or-treating. But Nate’s friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat Little Hex is missing. Is he hiding, or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog, Sludge, are on the case!

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book!

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“All the regulars are back in Nate’s latest mystery, and as fresh as ever. Sharmat makes beginning reading a pleasure.”–School Library Journal

 

The Halloween Hoax (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Book 9) by Carolyn Keene  (Author), Macky Pamintuan  (Illustrator)

Boo! The Clue Crew is in for a fright!

It’s Halloween in River Heights! The girls can’t wait to go trick-or- treating and are busy getting their costumes ready. They also can’t wait for the Halloween special of their favorite TV show. They even get the chance to visit the TV studio while the show is being taped! But soon after they arrive, Nancy is spooked. With all the scary noises the Clue Crew keeps hearing and the creepy shadows that seem to be lurking, it seems like the studio is haunted! Is it just Halloween jitters…or are there really such things as ghosts?

 

Have a kid-friendly Halloween book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

Announcement: Come back next Friday (10/27) for MR N’s Top 10 Greatest Horror Books of all time!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

 

 

When My Dad Came Home From Korea by @paulinebjones #FridayReads #scifirom #guestpost


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When my dad came home from the war in Korea, my mom says words spilled out of him, stories she—a young wife of barely 20—had a hard time processing. She says she listened to him talk for days and then it was over. When I was young, my dad never talked about the horrors of war to us.

 

A natural storyteller, he made it sound like they spent the time playing jokes on each other and exploring the countryside and just every now and again getting shot at.

 

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While helping my dad to prepare to participate in the dedication of a Korean War Memorial in his hometown, my brother found this in his papers:

 

“Distinguished Unit Citation…

 

As authorized by Executive Order 9396, the following units are cited… in the name of the President of the United States as public evidence of deserved honor and distinction. The citation reads as follows:

 

“The Second Infantry Division and the following attached units ******* 300th ARMORED FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION (less Battery “B”) ******* are cited for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against the armed enemy in the vicinity of Hongchon, Korea, during the period of 16 to 22 May 1951.

 

Defending the critical sector of the Eighth Army battle front, the Second Division and attached units faced a hostile force of 12 Chinese Communist divisions with an estimated strength of 120,000 troops. The Third Chinese Army Group drove the full force of its savage assault against the Second Division with the specific mission of annihilation of the units.

 

The right flank of the Unit was completely exposed when enemy pressure broke through adjacent United Nations elements. Pressure increased and each night enemy forces bypassed staunch defenders and occupied positions to their rear. Tactical units of the Second Division launched fierce counterattacks which destroyed enemy penetrations, successfully extricating themselves, and through readjustment of positions, stopped the onslaught of the Chinese Communist forces.

 

Executing planned withdrawals and extending their flank eastward over extremely rugged, mountainous terrain, the Second Division and attached units provided critically required time for other Eighth Army units to regroup and block the attempted enemy envelopment.

 

Without thought of defeat, this heroic Unit demonstrated superb battlefield courage, knowledge, and discipline and esprit de corps in accomplishing this extremely difficult and hazardous mission as to set it apart and above other units participating in similar operations.

 

Its sustained brilliance in battle, resolution, and extraordinary heroism reflect unsurpassed credit on those courageous soldiers who participated and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Army, the United Nations Forces, and their own homelands.”

 

History records this about the 300th:

 

“In all, the 300th fired 514,036 105mm howitzer rounds in 805 days of combat. The soldiers of the 300th earned 12 Silver Stars, 63 Bronze Stars, and numerous other medals. In addition to two Presidential Unit Citations, the battalion also earned a Meritorious Unit Citation and two Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations. Eight soldiers from the 300th were killed-in-action and another 175 wounded.”

 

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And yes, I cry each time I read it.

 

Back then, people knew about PTSD, though they I believe they called it shell shock. My dad was one of the lucky ones. He was able to get it all out and move forward with his life—though looking back I suspect he hid more than we realized.

 

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He passed away last year and his buddies from his unit showed up to honor him one last time—just as he had for the buddies that went before.

 

For my dad—for all who have been in harm’s way, for those who came home and for those who didn’t—Veronica Scott and I wanted to find a charity that was about pets and veterans.

 

This is why we are honored to donate 10% of all preorders and the first month’s sales to Hero Dogs (hero-dogs.org). We hope you’ll join us in supporting a wonderful organization. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence. And while you’re supporting Hero-Dogs.org, you’ll get to read some amazing stories.

 

Pets in Space 2

 

Title Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

Author Pauline Baird Jones + 11 other bestselling/award-winning authors

Genre Science Fiction Romance

Publisher Cats, Dogs and Other Worldly Creatures

 

Book Blurb

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

 

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

 

Twelve Original Never Released Stories in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

 

PEARL’S DRAGON

 

A Novella in the Dragon Lords of Valdier Series

 

By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

 

Asim Kemark has lived a long, lonely life. It is only his pledge to his former king and to Mandra Reykill that keeps him, his dragon, and his symbiot from going crazy. He has given up on ever finding his true mate and devotes himself to caring for the wide assortment of creatures on Mandra and Ariel’s mountain retreat. The last thing he expects when he visits the palace is to lose control of his dragon and his symbiot when they sense their true mate. Before he knows it, he has kidnapped her!

 

Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure – learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her – only to discover she really hasn’t experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.

 

Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the spirited human woman who has enchanted him, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection – including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth – he will do everything he can to protect them. Can one dragon keep the most precious creatures under his care safe, or will he lose the biggest battle of his life?

 

A GRIM PET

 

A Novella in the Tornian Series

 

By M.K. Eidem (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

 

The Great Raptor is a fearsome and deadly creature; and while the raptor is no one’s pet, he is fiercely protective and loving of his family…

 

Carly and Miki have never forgotten the story that Grim told them of the Great Raptor, the symbol of their new home world Luda. Yet, it is the comparison their mother once told them of the Great Raptor to Grim that gives them the courage to help the injured bird they find in the garden.

 

Find out what happens when their single act of love, faith, and kindness creates far-reaching consequences that no one, including their mother and Grim, could ever have predicted.

 

The Prince, the Pilot, and the Puppy

 

A Novella in The Star Series

 

By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)

 

Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her. At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh had learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class – it led to heartache.

 

Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passion both in the air and on the ground. He decides being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages – it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. What he doesn’t expect is to find a woman there who not only competes with him – she completes him!

 

Everything Rornn tries appears to push Trysh further away – that is until they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup on the surface of an alien world. It turns out that “Puppy” is as good at sniffing out terrorists as she is at helping her two clueless humans figure out that they need each other as much as they do her.

 

Can Rornn convince Trysh that he is nothing like her father and that she is just the right woman for him before the terrorists discover their furry little companion?

 

Wired for Love

 

By Michelle Howard

 

Hunter Gils has put his past in the military behind him. Now his focus is on his bar and the less than savory clientele. Life is perfect – except for a gray-eyed beauty who refuses his advances.

 

Narelle Bindu wasn’t immune to the tall, dark stranger working at The Zone. He wanted her – and she wanted him. The only drawback was she didn’t have room in her life for a man, not even one as tempting as Hunter.

 

When a deadly attack creates the perfect opening for an old enemy, the two lovers must work together to survive. What they never expect is to find an ally willing to help them – even if that help has four legs. Can their four-legged friend keep Hunter and Narelle alive long enough to find out that one night would never be enough?

 

Rescued by the Cyborg

 

A Novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series

 

By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

 

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

 

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

 

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

 

Star Cruise: Songbird

 

A Novella in The Sectors SF Romance Series

 

By Veronica Scott

 

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he is also dealing with a recent inheritance – of the feathered kind! The alien bird that his great-grandfather so kindly left him was now sharing his quarters and making his life miserable. It wasn’t helping that his assignment wasn’t making his job any easier either – at least until he had to save her life.

 

Karissa is on her way up the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

 

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes. When a deranged fan issues a death threat, Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what is going on before he loses Karissa, or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

 

Time Trap

 

A Novella in the Project Enterprise Series

 

By Pauline Baird Jones

 

Hiding in time is not as easy as you’d think…

 

Madison lives by the rules of a time travel rebel – never tell anyone your real name, not if you want to remain alive. On the track of a traitor, Madison and her parrot partner, Sir Rupert, time travel into a trap. Their only way out sends them back in time and into the arms of a man that ignites a fire inside her.

 

USAF Master Sergeant Briggs is in trouble – not the kind he’d like to be, but still in trouble. He is bored out of his mind! Ordered to recuperate on a quiet bay away from the Garradian outpost, he’s ready to mutiny and go back to his beloved engines. When his friends send him a gift from Area 51, he figures it will relieve his boredom for an hour or so – until he turns it on and he gets his second present of the day.

 

Madison would love to get to know Briggs better, but it is just too dangerous. Unfortunately, she might not have much choice. With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and discover a happy-ever-after forged through time?

 

Courting Disaster: StarDog 2

 

A Novella in the Inherited Stars Universe Series

 

By Laurie A. Green

 

From monk to married…

 

Captain Navene Jagger’s certainty he will be promoted to command a new battleship is doused when the admiral instead assigns him on what appears to be a suicide mission. If that wasn’t bad enough, he finds his self-imposed decision to be a military monk is thrown to the far reaches of the galaxy when he is ordered to escort Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog through the treacherous, rogue-infested Bradley’s Rift in a battered derelict of a vessel – a task that also makes him have to confront his painful past.

 

Ketsia’s past had taught her a lot. The universe was not only a very dangerous place, it turns out that it is also a lot smaller than she would have liked! Ketsia is rattled when she discovers that she and her StarDog are to be escorted by the man she formerly had a crush on. She swears life couldn’t get any more complicated until they are thrown into jeopardy and have to pretend they are married!

 

Jag soon realizes there is more at stake than his pride when dangerous rogues threaten their spaceship. After he learns the ship, the mission, and the StarDog are all much more than they seem will he be able to save Ketsia, his career, and the day? Or will self-sacrifice be the only way to save those under his protection?

 

Sensate

 

A Novella in the Alien Attachments Series

 

By Sabine Priestley

 

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

 

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

 

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

 

Gib and the Tibbar

 

A Novella in the Galactic Defenders Series

 

By Jessica E. Subject

 

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

 

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

 

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?

 

Pet Trade

 

A Novella in the Central Galactic Concordance Series

 

By Carol Van Natta

 

The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Unfortunately, animals are not included in those regulations…

 

Veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin has made a home for herself on a frontier planet in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared.

 

“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escapes the project and steals a freighter, but ship damage forces him to crash-land in the northern mountains of a frontier planet. He’s surprised to discover the freighter’s cargo contains a secret shipment of designer pets. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.

 

They will need all the help they can get from their unusual pets to save the day when ruthless mercenaries pose a threat. Can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, or will they lose everything they have vowed to protect – including each other?

 

Mascot

 

A Novella in the Aeon’s Legacy Series

 

By Alexis Glynn Latner

 

Daya Tattujayan is the manager of a remote and nearly derelict space mining station. She has plenty of problems to deal with even before the interstellar syndicate that owns the station sends an auditor to check up on her work.

 

Rik Gole is a nomadic interstellar auditor with no roots to tie him down. He is ruthless when he has to be and very good at what he does, but Rik would be the first to admit that a woman like Daya and a place like this station are way outside of his previous experience.

 

Before Daya and Rik can decide whether they are antagonists, allies, or something more, an unexpected enemy attacks the station. To save their lives, they must dare to trust each other. And they need help from a very unconventional defender—Daya’s mysterious alien pet, the mascot of Star Corner Station.

 

 

Excerpt from Time Trap by Pauline Baird Jones

This time something happened.

 

There was a low hum that slowly built to just shy of annoying. He heard the moveable parts inside start to move. First one of the dots turned faintly red, then red flowed across the top of the disc. More humming and moving parts sounds, and the circles turned from red to green all at the same time, sending beams of green light toward the sky at least six feet in the air.

 

Interesting. Still not sure what it did.

 

He was tempted to stick a finger into one of the beams, but he knew better. Funny how knowing didn’t stop the wanting.

 

Oh, the human condition.

 

He looked around, found a stick, and carried it back to the beams. He poked it into one of the green lights. The stick glowed green, but nothing happened for a count of three, maybe four, then the end of the stick vanished.

 

Okay. Birthday present number three. Got to keep all his fingers. And he now knew this thing did something. Wasn’t sure what, but something. He went and shut off the video, then turned back to do the same to the disc, but right then the hum increased in intensity and the green lights began to pulse.

 

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Author Biography

Pauline doesn’t love reality so she writes books. She tends to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla (they were born the same year) through her characters lives, mixing peril and humor into her romance, but she always delivers a happy ending.

 

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The Maxilla Trilogy by Rick Haynes Blends #Fantasy with #Mythology and #Action! #FridayReads


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Title Evil Never Dies – 1st novel in the Maxilla trilogy

Author Rick Haynes

Genre Fantasy

 

Book Blurb

If you like David Gemmell and Game of Thrones, you’ll love Evil Never Dies.
Here’s what reviewers have posted.

 
‘In style, it’s very reminiscent of David Gemmel with an easy to slip into world and plenty of excitement, balanced with some reflection.’

 
‘Haynes has also created a world of good and evil, darkness and light and is very Gemmell-like in the way it functions, there is no grey here, we, as the reader, know whose side we are on.’

 
‘Readers of David Gemmell’s works will really enjoy this novel, the flow of action and story is very similar and does not stop to take a breath. The pace is frenetic and leads the reader to more battles and action fuelled scenes.’

 

 

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Excerpt  

Such was the easy living that even the talk of distant unrest had failed to worry any of the inhabitants of Lakeside. Good crops gave a plentiful supply of food, local water and strong beer the necessary liquid refreshments, whilst all combined to provide a relatively carefree existence after the hellish war. Lakeside’s population needed to forget the past even though the horror still visited the minds of many. A few newcomers had been welcomed. Having lost everything in the battle, Lord Bokin had provided them with the tools for a resettlement programme. There was more than enough land to satisfy the needs of thirty-five people from seven families without upsetting the survivors.

 

With all his heart, Tarn wished for a quiet and peaceful life for his family and friends; sometimes he even believed it would be possible.

 

The door crashed open and Wynne made his usual entrance, remembering at the last moment to duck his head under the wooden beam. Long braided hair dangled over his shoulders and a locket hung around his wide neck. Scratching his thick beard and dressed in a soft leather jacket, linen trousers and long boots, he looked like a pirate from the southern oceans that Tarn had once met on his travels. Only the wide-brimmed hat was missing. Tarn tried to imagine Wynne on a ship but no matter how hard he tried the two did not seem compatible.

 

Wynne ignored the finger on lips and sleeping child.

 

“Get up. War is coming!”

 

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Rick Haynes

 

Author Biography

Hi, my name is Rick Haynes. I am an author and award winning Drabblist.
My passion is epic fantasy but I also write short stories and Drabbles in many different genres.
This is my world.
Ever upwards, never stopping, the staircase to the heavens awaits all those wishing to dream.
And all you have to do is place one foot on the first step.
Consider the endless possibilities, as you climb higher and higher.
Boredom is unknown in my time and space. Can you not see the stars sparkling bright, ready to enlighten you?
Is your mind ready to absorb the endless possibilities of a million words?
And are you ready to join me on a magical journey?
I will embrace you with open arms.
And welcome you into the world of my imagination.
Thank you.
RICK.

 

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Heroes Never Fade

 

Title Heroes Never Fade – 2nd novel in the Maxilla trilogy

Author Rick Haynes

Genre Fantasy

 

Book Blurb

Shadows are spreading across the vast land of Cpin, as once more the gods are playing with the lives of man. Only a tidal wave of heroes’ blood stands in the way of the Tormented King, but will that be enough to prevent the slaughter?

 

If you like fantasy in the style of Game of Thrones, you’ll really love, Heroes Never Fade, the follow up to Evil Never Dies.

 

Take a peek at this from an Amazon top 500 reviewer.

 

‘I may be shot down by some of the great David Gemmell’s fans, but many times Heroes Never Fade reminded me of him as you can feel the influence. Though Mr. Haynes has his own style, I hasten to add.’
‘In my humble opinion, Rick Haynes is a fantastic epic fantasy writer (pun intended). It is not easy to create new worlds, new plots without encroaching on the established big names like JRR Tolkien, Gemmell and Brooks.’

 

And read this from another reviewer.

 

‘Prepare for a nerve-tingling ride through a fantasy world of medieval warfare, a world that springs to life under the skilled pen of an author who has thoroughly researched his subject. The characters are full-blooded, their relationships to each other clearly drawn. The warriors leap off the page, wielding their weapons with skill and courage as their battle of right against might is mirrored by a power struggle between their gods.’

 

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Excerpt

Sword battles raged inside the gate, initially in the small area between the burnt wood and the mound of rocks. Tarn wanted to pick his father up and hug him for suggesting the idea, for the Grey Wyots were making slow headway as they scrambled over the debris. The archers had licked their lips as the first volley flew, punching the Grey Wyots off their feet, blocking the way for those following. Notch, loose and swoosh, the last of the arrows had found their targets. The bowmen stepped back to stand behind the swordsmen for now it would be knife work at close quarters.

 

Tarn and Grona fought alongside each other, their blades running red with gore. Grona constantly blinked to keep out the blood from the gash above his left eye. Tarn fought like one possessed, charging forward against the Wyots trying desperately to avoid his mighty broadsword. Yet weight of numbers began to push them back. A Wyot fell heavily, losing his sword. Seeing Tarn’s exposed back, he slashed out with his dagger and scored through the leather jacket. Wynne cursed, rushed in and ferociously cut through the tendons and bone on the Wyot’s arm. Tarn nodded to his friend; the gash was not a mortal wound but he realised that already his strength was on the wane.

 

Individual battles broke out inside the fort. Hallvard and Svanna fought side my side, their sabres ringing the dance of death but sheer numbers bore them down. Tarn wanted to come to their aid but many fighters pushed him back. His men were fighting like demons, yet he could see the insidious malaise of despair creeping over them. Will any of us live to see our homes again? he pondered.

 

Those following the Grey Wyots had to pull bodies from under the gate to join the fight in and around the courtyard, eager to earn the bounty promised by King Jarl. For the man who brought the head of Tarn or Grona to the mad king would receive a chest of gold.

 

Now surrounded, Tarn and his men awaited the final onslaught.

 

“Good job the lunatic forgot his archers. I might live longer,” Terryn said.

 

“Another joke like that and I’ll kill you myself,” Grona retorted.

 

A Grey Wyot officer stepped forward, his expression grim. “Do you surrender?”

 

“Bollocks!” came Grona’s reply.

 

The men from Marathi licked their lips in anticipation and advanced.

 

King Jarl’s war horn blew.

 

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Put a Spell on Me: 10 Fabulous #Books Featuring Witches! #FridayReads #amreading


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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. Halloween is eighteen days away and I feel magick in the air. Oh wait, that’s just my Kindle overflowing with  paranormal romance, urban fantasy and magical realism books begging to be read. From the time I first saw the television show, Bewitched, I’ve loved stories that feature witches. So here are ten of my favorite magical books featuring witches:

 

Conjuring Quantico (The Federal Witch Book 1) by T S Paul

How do you cope with magic that goes its own way?

 

As a second year FBI academy witch, Agatha Blackmore has a curtain reputation. After nearly blowing up the school, an untended mid-air incident involving the FBI Director, and declaring war with the US Marines, she has to wonder if she will even see graduation.

 

But when a rash of mysterious disappearances catches the attention of local authorities Agatha finds herself asked to lend a hand to the investigation. Determined to offer protection where it is needed the most, Agatha and her quirky roommate Cat along with her mini- unicorn familiar Fergus, attempt to unravel the mysteries of the four distinctly magical disappearances before time runs out.

 

Does Agatha have what it takes to be an agent? Or will everyone that crosses her end up eating chicken feed for the rest of their lives?

 

Conjuring Quantico is the first book in a brand new Urban Fantasy by T. S. Paul.

As a direct sequel to Born a Witch… Drafted by the FBI, T. S. Paul returns with the first book of the Federal Witch Series!

 

Spellbound: A magical sequel to Bewitched by Daisy Prescott

If you don’t carve a pumpkin, it will appear ripe and perfect for months while it slowly rots from the inside out before imploding. The act of transforming a simple, ordinary gourd into something magical accelerates its downfall.

 

The same could be said for my life.

 

For twenty-one years I’ve lived quietly in the shadows, avoiding attention, and escaping notice.

 

I hide in plain sight.

 

With glasses and average brown eyes below the same dark hair sported by the majority of humans on the planet, there’s nothing extraordinary about me.

 

Except nothing about me is ordinary.

 

Not with the last name Wildes in Salem, Massachusetts.

 

My mother believed she could escape my fate by marrying a normal man.

 

My father thought he could change me by removing me from Salem and my mother’s history.

 

Both of them are wrong.

 

My fate has been sealed since the first time I laid eyes on Madison Bradbury.

 

She thinks she’s average, but she’s extraordinary to me.

 

A new love. A curse. Everything can go wrong.

 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

 

The author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel The Witch’s Boy has written an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic.

 

Witch’s Bell Book One by Odette. C. Bell

Can this witch survive in a world of magic, possibilities, danger, and love?

 

Ebony Bell owns a cantankerous magical bookstore with a personality like a battering ram. Her best friend is a detective who drives like a bat out of hell. And a tall, dark, handsome, but seriously irritating stranger by the name of Nathan Wall has just walked into her life.

 

Oh, and she’s a witch. A consultant witch, to be precise. She spends her mornings selling books and her evenings investigating magical crimes for the local police department.

 

While her life is messy, she manages, until one investigation ends in a costly mistake. She reveals her powers to a normal human, and in punishment is severed from her magic for one lunar cycle. If that was her only problem, she would cope, but very soon darkness surrounds her.

 

Something is after Ebony Bell. A curse. She must fight it, or die. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to rely on the help, and kisses, of that darn Nathan Wall.

 

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How to Date Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook Book 1) by Ann M. Noser

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

 

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one.

 

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand… at first.

 

More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

 

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Sarah Addison Allen’s First Frost and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

 

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…

 

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

 

A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.

 

When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.

 

Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….

 

The Cupcake Witch (The Chancellor Fairy Tales Book 2) by Poppy Lawless

They say the course of true love never runs smooth.

That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

 

Julie

 

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

 

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

 

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

 

Horatio

I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

 

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

 

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.

 

The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.

 

Broommates: Two Witches are Better Than One! (Kentucky Witches Book 2) by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Kudzu Valley was just starting to adjust to having one witch…what’s it going to do with TWO?

 

When Bryar Rose, Liza Jane’s feisty sister, has a breakdown in front of millions of people on live TV, she decides she needs a break from the glamorous life. Moving in with her sister to the small mountain town in Eastern Kentucky will hopefully give her some time to meditate, reflect on the past, and drown her embarrassment in copious amounts of bourbon.

 

Life in the ‘Kudz isn’t as uneventful as she’d hoped, though.

 

As the sisters struggle to coordinate the deep-fried food vendors and knock-off designer purse booths for the annual Mushroom Festival, they soon find themselves at the center of an investigation–half the town has been poisoned and Bryar Rose is the accused!

 

Of course, that’s not stopping the townspeople from continuing to come to Liza for everything from love spells to money charms (everyone needs a bigger tax refund).

 

Can Liza Jane Higginbotham clear her sister, put on a fabulous festival, and take care of everyone before the sisters are chased out of town with pitchforks?

 

A Little Night Magic by Angie Fox

New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox is back with an enchanting collection of six sweet, quirky, laugh-out-loud tales of paranormal mischief. Enter a world of magic with the ever-popular and always rowdy biker witches; take off on a spine tingling adventure with a Southern good girl turned reluctant ghost hunter; and sizzle in the sultry heat of New Orleans as a voodoo mambo makes one very big mistake when casting a love spell. These charming tales of love, friendship, and laughter are a pure delight.

 

Features six short stories (also available individually on Kindle):

A Ghostly Gift

Ghost of a Chance

Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo

I Brake for Biker Witches

Date with a Demon Slayer

Some Like It Hexed

 

“Fabulously fun”

—The Chicago Tribune

 

“Angie Fox has a genuine gift for creating dangerously hilarious drama.”

—RT Book Reviews

 

“A funny paranormal romp with a little heat and lots of action.”

—Fresh Fiction

 

Cursed (The Thorne Trilogy Book 1) by R.K. Ryals

The Thorne Trilogy Book 1

 

He is cocky, evil, and dangerous with one motto: sometimes being bad is better …

 

Ellie Elizabeth Jacobs, often known as Monroe due to her fascination with vintage attire and old movies, is an 18 year-old witch and a darned good one! But there is also something very wrong with her. Demonic energy makes her powers stronger, she has the ability to ward off Demons, and Lucifer wants her.

 

The hybrid Demon son of the cursed Cain and the Demon Lilith, Luther “Thorne” Craig is reluctantly sent to New Orleans, Louisiana by his brother, the hybrid Demon ruler of the Outer Levels of Hell, to protect Monroe from Lucifer’s searching Hellhounds.

 

But what happens when things go wrong?

 

In this riveting spin off from R.K. Ryals’ Redemption series, Monroe is faced with an old grimoire, an ancient curse, a magnetic Demon, and a journey to discover a family secret that may surprise them all.

 

What witch books do you love? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

The Du Lac Princess by Award-Winning Author @MaryAnneYarde #bookreview #FridayReads #Arthurian


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Title: The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 Of The Du Lac Chronicles)

Author: Mary Anne Yarde

Genre: Historical Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

War is coming…

 

The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant. Her crime? She is a du Lac.

 

All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.

 

Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.

 

My Review:

War is coming and nothing can stop the man orchestrating everyone and everything to exterminate the du Lacs from the face of Earth. But the Keeper of the Blade has just emerged and he is flesh and blood, not just a myth. He will need the help of the du Lac brothers, that is if they don’t kill him first.

 

Amandine is rescued from certain death by Alan and kept alive. She is forced into captivity while Alan is away and tortured by monks all in the name of the Roman Church. “The Devil must be purged from her body and soul.” Alan returns (along with King Philippe and Mordred) who delivers swift punishment for Amandine’s mistreatment. King Philippe makes her his ward and she is safe, for now. For surely, her death will come, as all who are du Lacs.

 

Merton aka Galahad, believing his beloved Amandine is dead, vows revenge. Even though he is a crippled, one-armed man, he won’t rest until her killer is dead. He runs away from Brother Sampson and heads back to his brother, Alden. Along the way, he gets lost and an old Celtic woman finds him. She restores him back to health and teaches him many things, things Merton never knew about his father (Lancelot), Arthur and even Guinevere (yes, Arthur’s Guinevere).

 

Alden is at his wits end trying to run his kingdom, look after Merton, determine who is his enemy and who is his ally all while trying to keep war from crossing his borders. When he sends out a search party to find Merton, shock and remorse shake Alden to the core when they return. The Keeper of the Blade seeks his council and assistance as does a woman all of Briton thought long dead. Will the du Lac brothers unite under the same banner or will they kill each other with Mordred watching from the shadows?

 

I’ve been waiting months to read this book and when it finally came out, my expectations were high. The Du Lac Princess has a lot going on, between twice as many characters as in previous books and the multiple storylines, and I found myself re-reading passages to keep everything straight. I found it a little jarring to go from one storyline to the next, especially in the middle of a scene. This pulled me out of the story on several occasions, which I don’t believe was the author’s intention.

 

The dramatic tension was well done, though. While I didn’t care for the compounding obstacles Merton had to continually face, it all tied together by the end of the book. The dramatic tension between Alden and his brothers, especially leading up to the climatic conclusion, was spot-on. Lessons learned, betrayals revealed, grace and love unite to combat evil deeds all make this a must-read. Yarde breathes life into Arthurian legends and makes history come alive.

 

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially 6th century Briton, this is a must-read! Fans of Game of Thrones and The Vikings will love this book and will want to read the whole series.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Amandine. What a brave woman she is. She’s lost the one man she’s ever truly loved and King Philippe is the man responsible. She’s tortured in the name of God by the Church and yet still maintains her dignity. She’s a du Lac, after all.

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Du-Lac-Princess-Book-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B075XS4NZ1/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307275-the-du-lac-princess

 

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Author Biography:

Mary Anne Yarde is an award-winning author of the International Bestselling series — The Du Lac Chronicles.

 

Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

 

Social Media Links:

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Facebook

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Twitter

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Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15018472.Mary_Anne_Yarde

 

Amazon Author Page

https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Yarde/e/B01C1WFATA

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

#99cents Alert: Saving Grace by @Aubreywynne51 #FridayReads #supernatural #books


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Title  Saving Grace

Author  Aubrey Wynne

Genre  Romantic Suspense

Publisher  Plato Publishing

 

Book Blurb

The ghost of the Pungo Witch meets a shattered heart.

 

Chloe Hicks’ life consisted of an egocentric ex-husband, a pile of bills, and an equine business in foreclosure until a fire destroys the stable and her beloved ranch horse. What little hope she has left is smashed after the marshal suspects arson. She escapes the accusing eyes of her hometown, but not the memories and melancholy.

 

Jackson Hahn, Virginia Beach’s local historian, has his eyes on the mysterious new woman in town. When she enters his office, he is struck by her haunting beauty and the raw pain in her eyes. Her descriptions of the odd events happening in her bungalow pique his curiosity.

 

The sexy historian distracts Chloe with the legend of a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. She is drawn to the story and the similarities of events that plagued their lives. Perhaps the past can help heal the present. But danger lurks in the shadows…

 

The legend of the Witch of Pungo is based on a historical figure.

 

Excerpt

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” 

 

Late February 2006


Four Seasons Ranch Shawneetown, Southern Illinois

 

Martha Graham 

 

Chloe bolted up, willing the fog in her head to dissipate. The bed sheets were twisted around her ankles. Sweat trickled down her back. The terror froze her limbs while she struggled to calm her thudding heart and listen for the sound all horse owners dread. But it was the smell that made her realize this was not a terrible dream.

 

Smoke.

 

Instinct took over and she scrambled from the four-poster, making a beeline for the back door and the barn. Her toe smacked against the corner of a wall as her eyes adjusted to the darkness. Oh god, not my babies. Not Bunny. Panic weighed down her legs as her bare feet hit the gravel. Everything seemed to move in slow motion. She tried to run down the long driveway, her eyes riveted to the red-orange flames shooting up into the black sky. Paul, her trainer, emerged from the darkness, his signature white hat on his head, his face colored yellow from the fiery glow. He signaled for her to take the front of the building as he disappeared around the back.

 

The frigid night air slapped her awake, but a horrifying screech from a panicked horse kicked in her adrenaline. Chloe reached the big, sliding doors and tugged them open. Heat smacked her face, and the smoke assaulted her lungs. Coughing, tears running down her cheeks, she slid back the bolts and opened the stall doors. On the other side, Paul’s voice faintly reached her over the crackle that filled her ears.

 

“Hiya! Move it, move it.”

 

The fire had consumed the other half of the barn where the arena was located. Above her was the loft, filled with winter hay and the last of her savings, now adding fuel to the already intense blaze. She pushed the thought from her mind as the flames shot through the center of the alleyway and the arena caved in.

 

Grabbing one of the lead ropes that hung at each door, she smacked the first horse on the rump and sent him flying out of the barn. The first three horses on each side followed their stable mates into safety with little persuasion. But Duchess, her mother’s old mare, wouldn’t budge. Chloe threw the lead rope over her neck and forced a calm tone. “Easy, girl. That’s my girl. Walk on, now. Walk on.”

 

The old horse snorted and pranced but followed her out of the stall. When they neared the opening, she withdrew the rope and whacked Duchess’ hindquarters. With a leap, the horse disappeared into the gray haze. The acrid odor of scorched hair and burnt wood filled her nostrils. Embers popped. She felt her cheek blister and wiped at it with her shoulder, while leading two more horses out by hand. She could hear BW’s shrill bark and knew he was herding the animals into a paddock as she sent them out.

 

Crack! 

 

Above her, a beam gave way and formed a fiery V. The horses must have sensed it also because they lunged ahead, snapping Chloe’s shoulders forward. She struggled to maintain her balance but fell to the matted floor, her knees striking the hard rubber. A boom behind her sent a spray of sparks, and pain shot along her backside. From the corner of her eye, she saw a strand of her hair spark. She beat at her neck frantically, putting it out with her bare hand. The heat was sweltering now. Images wavered in the flames that licked at the dry timbers of the remaining stalls and the heavy beams above.

 

Scrambling to her feet, Chloe ran outside into the frigid night and stumbled down the drive to help Paul. As she reached the other side of the barn, she doubled over as a coughing spasm racked her body. Hands on her knees, gasping to pull air into her tight chest, she heard him yelling over the crackle and whinnies.

 

“Bunny won’t leave the stall, and won’t let me near her foal.”
“What about Jack?”
“He’s good. C’mon, the roof is gonna give.” His hand tightened around her arm and pulled with such force her feet almost left the ground. Plunging back into the smoking hell, they entered Bunny’s stall and found the foal in the corner.

 

“Paul, I’ll get the foal then Bunny will follow.”

 

Another loud snap from above. She grabbed the lead rope dangling from the horse’s halter and handed it to the trainer. Running a palm down her mare’s neck, she spoke soothingly, “Atta girl, Bunny. There’s my girl. Let’s get your baby out of here.” The mare’s ears perked at her voice and words. Chloe tossed a rope around the foal’s neck and pulled. The baby gave in to the pressure and followed Chloe out.

 

Behind her, a loud, splintering crash was followed by a shrill squeal. Her stomach twisted as she turned to see Paul pulling on the lead rope. A fiery beam pinned Bunny as she thrashed, her legs flying in the air. One hoof caught the man in the head, and he crumpled to the ground.

 

Fighting for air, her chest a tight ball of agony, Chloe stumbled back in and grabbed Paul under his arms. BW appeared at her side. Together, they dragged him out of danger. With the last of her strength, she shuffled backwards until her feet tripped on something solid. She fell, his body tangled in her legs as they both landed with a thud.

 

A sob ripped at her raw throat at the sound of a muffled shriek. Tears spilled down her burning cheeks as she shook the lifeless body on top of her. BW licked at his master’s face. Chloe collapsed, her hand still on Paul’s chest, finding hope in the slight rise and fall of his shallow breathing. In the back of her brain, the sound of sirens wailed faintly. Above her, a shadow loomed. Mike? How did he get here so fast? And then her world went black.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Friday Book Round-Up Shares 7 #Healing/ #Grief #Books to Heal Us All! #FridayReads #health


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Everywhere you look, there’s violence in the streets, people warring with each other and ideologies spewing hatred while terrorizing us all. After the past week, my heart hurts and my spirit is in need of an uplift. I went searching online for inspirational/healing books on Amazon. I know we’re all hurting, none more than those who lost loved ones, and we need healing. Here’s seven books I recommend and have helped me in my time of need:

 

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert  (Author), Chuck DeKlyen  (Author), Taylor Bills (Illustrator)

If you are going to buy only one book on grief, this is the one to get! It will validate your grief experience, and you can share it with your children. You can leave it on the coffee table so others will pick it up, read it, and then better appreciate your grieving time. Grand’s Cooking Tips section at the back of the book is rich with wisdom and concrete recommendations. Better than a casserole!

 

Hardbound; 56 full-color pages. Affirms the bereaved. Educates the un-bereaved. A building-block for children….. WINNER! of the 2001 Theologos Book Award, presented by the Association of Theological Booksellers.

 

Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma by Susan Farber Straus  (Author), Susan Farber Strauss (Author), Maria Bogade  (Illustrator)

Healing Days is a book designed to be used in therapy for young children and functions as an excellent resource for those who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, or other trauma. Readers will follow four children as they learn ways to cope with their own trauma. Sensitive, empowering, and beautifully illustrated, the book models therapeutic coping responses and provides children with tools they may use to deal with their own trauma. A Dear Reader introduction is included for the child reader. Also available is an online Note to Parents and Caregivers.

 

Healing from Trauma: A Survivor’s Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life by Jasmin Lee Cori  (Author), Robert Scaer (Foreword)

While there are many different approaches to healing trauma, few offer a wide range of perspectives and options. With innovative insight into trauma-related difficulties, Jasmin Lee Cori helps you: Understand trauma and its devastating impacts Identify symptoms of trauma (dissociation, numbing, etc.) and common mental health problems that stem from trauma Manage traumatic reactions and memories Create a more balanced life that supports your recovery Choose appropriate interventions (therapies, self-help groups, medications and alternatives) Recognize how far you’ve come in your healing and what you need to keep growing Complete with exercises, healing stories, points to remember, and resources, this is a perfect companion for anyone seeking to reclaim their life from the devastating impacts of trauma.

 

The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind’s Capacity for Joy by Susyn Reeve  (Author), Katherine Woodward Thomas (Preface)

Imagine being connected to an infinite source of loving energy. Imagine finally being whole, happy and content. Imagine experiencing life as a source of limitless creative possibility. With Susyn Reeve and Joan Breiner’s new guide to upgrading the software of your mind, you can have an inspired life with unlimited joy. Through definitions, quotes, life stories, exercises, and meditations you create your own inspired life vision, and nourish it day-by-day with proven Inspired Life Actions. This book is directed to those of us who need a push to open our minds and hearts to the vast creative potential and possibility alive in each moment. Are you ready to live an inspired life rooted in the sacred union of your heart and intellect and reflected in your thoughts, words, and actions? It all begins with making a choice, with saying: “Yes, I choose an inspired life.”

 

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel  (Author), Pamela D Blair  (Author)

Now there is a hand to hold…

Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for thse who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold, written by two women who have experienced sudden loss. This updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. explore sudden death and offers a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.

Featured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. New material covers the unique circumstances of loss, men and women’s grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief.

These pages have offered solace to over eighty thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.

Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D, explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

PRAISE FOR I WASN’T READY TO SAY GOODBYE

“I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to friends and counselors as well.”
Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen

“This book, by women who have done their homework on grief… can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief ‘s wilderness. Oustanding references of where to see other help.”
George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist

“Finally, you have found a friend who can not only explain what has just occurred, but can take you by the hand and lead you to a place of healing and personal growth. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a family member, a close personal associate or a friend, this guide can help you survive and cope, but even more importantly… heal.”
The Rebecca Review

“For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, or for those who want to help someone who is, this is a highly recommended read.”
Midwest Book Review

 

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross  (Author), David Kessler  (Author)

Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book. On Grief and Grieving is a fitting completion to her work. Thirty-six years and sixteen books ago, Kübler-Ross’s groundbreaking On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Now On Grief and Grieving will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief.
On Death and Dying began as a theoretical book, an interdisciplinary study of our fear of death and our inevitable acceptance of it. It introduced the world to the now-famous five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the process of grieving and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, all based on Kübler-Ross’s and Kessler’s professional and personal experiences, and is filled with brief, topic-driven stories. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief.
“I know death is close,” Kübler-Ross says at the end of the book, “but not quite yet. I lie here like so many people over the years, in a bed surrounded by flowers and looking out a big window….I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages….It is not just about the life lost but also the life lived.”
In one of their final writing sessions, Kübler-Ross told Kessler, “The last nine years have taught me patience, and the weaker and more bed-bound I become, the more I’m learning about receiving love.”
On Grief and Grieving is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s final legacy, one that brings her life’s work profoundly full circle.

 

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine  (Author), Mark Nepo (Foreword)

Challenging conventional wisdom on grief, a pioneering therapist offers a new resource for those experiencing loss

When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief. “Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.”

So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible?

In It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides—as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner—Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, “happy” life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it. In this compelling and heartful book, you’ll learn:

• Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief
• How challenging the myths of grief—doing away with stages, timetables, and unrealistic ideals about how grief should unfold—allows us to accept grief as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve
• Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to “fix” your pain
• How to help the people you love—with essays to teach us the best skills, checklists, and suggestions for supporting and comforting others through the grieving process

Many people who have suffered a loss feel judged, dismissed, and misunderstood by a culture that wants to “solve” grief. Megan writes, “Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution.” Through stories, research, life tips, and creative and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience we all must face—in our personal lives, in the lives of those we love, and in the wider world.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves—and each other—better.

 

 

 

Have an inspirational/healing book to share? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict