A Hand of Magic by @DianeMoatAuthor is Pure Magic! #paranormalromance #bookstagram #books #IARTG

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Title: A Hand of Magic

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Paranormal Romance


Book Blurb:

Even in a world of magic . . . the healer must trust in love to be healed.


Madison, a healer, is running from the venomous weresnakes when she rescues and heals a werewolf pup who was attacked by a troll. Soon she’s drawn into the pup’s werewolf pack . . . and drawn to the pack’s charismatic and alluring Alpha leader, Alex. Madison swore off love long ago, but the more time she spends with the werewolf pack, the harder it is to push Alex away.


Behind his wolfish grin, Alex Spiros’s cautious and dangerous movements mark him as a predator . . . and the killer for his pack. Something about Madison arouses the protector in him, and it’s not just because she is a healer. He worries about her, and wants her to feel safe after being forced to be the weresnakes’ healer. Wanting to protect her and his pack, Alex declares war against the weresnakes.


Time is running out for Madison and the pack unless Alex can bring the war to a victorious end. As the war rages, Madison must decide if she’s ready to bond with pack, and surrender to the even rarer bond with Alex, even if it could all be lost in the upcoming battle.



Madison had stayed in the town of Ithaca for too long. The trouble with running, was the moment she caught her breath, she wanted to be running again. Summer in Upstate New York was beautiful, and the peace of camping under the stars the past few nights had been a pleasure. She’d almost forgotten to be afraid.


As a healer, her genetic makeup told her she should stay in one place and build a family. Her genes also told her to join a Hand, but she was determined that would never happen. Neither a family nor a Hand were an option, and she could only keep running.


A Hand is a small group of magic-wielders and shape-shifters dedicated to each other. These groups are linked for life. They may belong to a larger community, but their loyalty would always be to each other. An individual Hand has five members. No one knew why the number five worked, but any other number made the Hand weaker, out of balance.


Three years ago, Madison had been forced into a Hand against her will. Comprised of four weresnakes (one of them doubling as a wizard) and herself. She escaped a few months ago after the wizard was killed, and she’d been hiding ever since.


Just the thought of the weresnakes made her look over her shoulder. Yup, it’s definitely time to move on. Rummaging through her backpack, she took stock of what supplies she needed. She’d checked out the map of New York the night before, and had already decided to head east toward the Adirondacks.


Eager to get back on the road, she walked toward the highway.




The forests next to the interstate were ten degrees cooler than the pavement of the highway, and Madison stuck to them as she followed the general direction of the road. A combined smell of pine and earth welcomed her into the trees. Mosquitoes whined through the air, but they didn’t bite her. She’d spent an easy summer traveling, but she would have to decide soon about where she wanted to be before winter set in.


An hour later, her thoughts were interrupted by a familiar pull off to her right. A vibration in her bones combined with a physical need to move west. When someone was harmed nearby, energy pulsed through her blood and would speed up or slow down depending on the need of whomever was injured. This pulse was steady as she tasted metal.


Despite not having felt it in a long time, she knew what the pull meant. No! She didn’t want someone to be injured nearby, but they were anyway.


Whatever being she felt, bleeding out farther in the woods, was not likely human or animal. From its bright energy, it seemed some sort of magical being. She tended to feel them more readily than mundane humans. As a healer she couldn’t heal everyone, and she healed magical beings more easily than humans. A type of radar ping would tell her when an injured being was nearby.  The feeling was not like a pull or an itch alone, but a combination of both.


She stayed away from heavily populated areas, not wanting to heal anyone, let alone deal with the scrutiny a miraculous recovery at the hands of a mysterious stranger would garner. Her luck had run out.


The force of the pull doubled, with no way to ignore the need to heal. The injured being was either coming closer, or injured further. Scanning the area, she found a large tree with several unusual stones on one side. Staring hard at the tree and the surrounding stones, she took off her backpack. While stuffing it between the rocks and the tree, she committed the location to memory.


Now lighter on her feet, she picked up her pace toward the injured being. The woods became thicker, and the ambient animal noises quieted. That made it all the more startling, when a child screamed.




No stranger to screams, Madison didn’t run. Instead, she crouched down, duck-walking with her body close to the ground. The screams continued, coming from the other side of several large bushes.


After carefully separating branches between two of those bushes, she took in the scene in front of her from one heartbeat to the next. The injured animal wasn’t harmed accidentally, and the aggressor continued inflicting damage as she watched. Fighting down her fear, she stepped through the bushes and into the small clearing.


Never having seen a troll before, Madison believed the figure in front of her fit her understanding of those beings. When he heard her, the young troll stopped jamming the tree branch into the small dog. The troll dropped the tree branch as his two large eyes rolled in different directions before coordinating to focus on her. It would have been cartoonish except for the whimpering, blood covered dog at his feet.


Keeping her attention on the troll, she sent a small amount of healing energy to the dog. She realized the dog was just a puppy. Her energy would take the pain away first, then work on its wounds. Her best next step would be aggression. She did her best to speak slowly. “My name is Madison, and I am a healer. The puppy is under my protection. Harm him further and you will regret it.”


The troll looked like a teenage human boy who played quarterback on the High School football team. With a body more square than a human’s, his eyes worked independently of each other, while several of his teeth jutted at an impossible angle. He was a jigsaw puzzle where several pieces had been replaced with pieces from a different puzzle.


She wondered whether the troll would hurt her. Supposedly, healers were protected from harm. There were so few of them. They were historically treated as sacred by all magical creatures. Madison had learned the hard way this rule didn’t always hold. Her memory of troll stories made her think they didn’t follow rules anyway.


The troll spoke for the first time. “I caught him, fair and square.”


The troll looked behind her, searching for her reinforcements. He’s wondering where my Hand is. She needed to cut off that line of questioning. “My Hand is on their way. They’ll be here in three minutes. You know what I am. I don’t want you hurt.”


Luckily, the troll couldn’t sense the lie in the last sentence. She wouldn’t enjoy hurting the troll, but she would do it if it meant stopping him from harming the puppy. Seeing how the troll had harmed the small animal brought out the protective instincts of her healer, and she steeled herself against the violence to come. The troll shifted his weight, clearly unsure whether to run, or to cause more havoc.


The puppy’s healing was nearly completed. He (she sensed he was a young male) kept his head down, staying still. Listening to the conversation, his eyes bounced back and forth between the healer and the troll. The way he followed whoever was speaking, made her think he wasn’t a normal young dog. He was likely a werewolf. Just the type of problem she didn’t want or need.


Unfortunately for them both, the troll must have decided to cause more havoc, as he picked up the sharp tree branch he held earlier. Typical teenage boy. The troll repeated, “I caught him fair and square.”


Here we go. She hoped the werepuppy would run when the action started. Shifting her weight to her back leg, at the same time she drew a silver stiletto blade from her back. One of the troll’s eyes grew large, while the other troll eye shrank smaller. “You’re no healer!”


Not bothering to correct him, she threw the knife as hard as she could. Healers weren’t known for their speed, but she made up for her pace with practice. Having done this move by herself so many times, the stiletto became embedded in the troll’s neck before he even took a step.


Blood oozed from the hole in the square neck, but the majority of the wound was plugged by the stiletto. Obviously never having been in battle before, the troll made the mistake of pulling out the knife. The gaping hole now gushed the troll’s lifeblood out onto the forest floor. The troll put his hand to his wound to slow the bleeding.


Wasting no time, the werepuppy ran past the troll, heading into the thickest part of the woods. Even though she could heal the troll, Madison hardened her heart against it. If she healed him, he could catch up with the werepuppy and harm him again. Having injured the troll enough to save the werepuppy, she still didn’t want the troll’s death. She caught both his eyes before she spoke. “Keep the pressure on your neck as hard as you can and go home.”


Taking the opposite direction of the werepuppy, the troll wobbled off. As she lost sight of him, a howl came from miles away. Another howl came from a different direction, followed by a third wolf. Time to leave.


Madison ran as fast as the woods would allow. She found the backpack easily. Not taking the time to put it on her back, she held it in front of her and kept running. The location of the howling moved in the direction the troll had gone.


Minutes after the howling continued its retreat, she stopped to catch her breath and put on the backpack. Clicking the waist straps together, she started toward the highway.


The tone of the howling changed, growing deeper and fiercer. Seconds later, screams came through the trees for the second time that day. These screams weren’t puppy screams – they came from a larger body. At first they sounded more masculine, but then they became shrill. The terrible sounds ended after a few seconds.


In the sudden silence, she scrambled up a ravine and burst onto the highway. Her healer sense confirmed what her heart knew – the young troll had died. Even though he would have killed her and the werepuppy, she couldn’t bring herself to be glad of his death.



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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.


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Malthus Revisited- The Cup of Wrath by @LinWilder is an Addictive Page-Turner! #bookreview #thriller #supernatural #bookstagram



Title: Malthus Revisited- The Cup of Wrath

Author: Lin Wilder

Genre: Thriller, Supernatural


Book Blurb:

Eighteen-year-old Morgan Gardner did not seem like someone who could save the world—unless you took the time to notice her eyes. And most people didn’t.


Morgan’s exceptional gifts were known only to her and to the animals she could understand better than people. For a long time, she told no one about her nightmares. Embarrassed and afraid that no one would believe her, Morgan waited until it was almost too late. Then she confided in her mom’s best friend, Dr. Lindsey McCall.


Lindsey and her husband Rich had worked hard to reestablish their lives and careers after their last harrowing escapade. Relocated in a beautiful California home and newly reunited with Lindsey’s biological daughter LJ, all seemed to be going smoothly—until an enemy from their past returned with as deadly a plan as they could imagine.


The fourth novel in Lin Wilder’s popular Lindsey McCall series is her best one yet—combining the innovative medical research her readers have come to admire with a new and terrifying threat to the world’s population: a biological timebomb. Vivid characters old and new rampage across the continents of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. to stop the contagion, picking up steam as they head toward a life-or-death climax in the remote Qinghai province of China.


Malthus Revisited adds a dystopian element to Wilder’s evolving Lindsey McCall mystery series, and is guaranteed to captivate both her loyal fans and eager newcomers to its last riveting page.


My Review:

Another addictive page-turner by Lin Wilder.  For the uninitiated reader, you won’t realize how great these books are until you start one.  This book stands alone as a fantastic story and yet still carries forth as the latest great work in the Lindsay McCall series.


The threat of global annihilation by disease is all too real and grips the reader.  The author has the gift of taking the reader and putting them headlong into a story.  You find you can’t easily stop as you are craving the knowledge of what comes next.


I loved the character of Morgan the savant almost as much as I loved the flawed character of Joe.  The ‘surprise’ near the end bodes well for another epic in the series to carry forth with a new focus.  A tight, griping tale with a terrific ending.


5+ stars.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  This exciting tale harkens back to the classic suspense and action of Grisham at his best.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Lin Wilder


Author Biography:

Lin Wilder is a former Hospital Director who has published throughout her entire adult life but made the switch from non-fiction to fiction in 2006. Her series of medical thrillers are situated on the central coast of California with many references to the Texas Medical Center in Houston where Lin worked for over 23 years. In her free time, Lin Wilder enjoys exercising, hiking, listening to beautiful music, gardening and last but certainly not least, reading. She is married to a former Marine and psychologist with 25 years of experience counseling ex- combat veterans. They reside in northern Nevada with their two dogs.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N


“You’d better call the police” Oil and Water by @NAedits #cozymystery #giveaway #bookish



Title Oil & Water

Author Nikki Andrews

Genre Cozy Mystery

Publisher The Wild Rose Press


Book Blurb

When gallery owner Ginny Brent accepts a post as judge for the prestigious Oil & Water Arts Festival in Ogunquit, Maine, she is looking forward to a weekend of pampering, good food, and camaraderie with creative people. Family feuds, business spats, a barroom brawl, and lobster pot thefts are definitely not on the menu.


Then the body of a missing artist turns up on the rocky shore—just in time for Ginny to find it. Despite her determination not to get involved, she finds herself tracing the threads between deadly rivals, non-kissing cousins, and an artist’s sketchpad.


Finally, she finds herself on a park ranger’s tiny boat, up the proverbial creek, on the track of a killer.






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It wasn’t exactly a luncheonette, but close. Three tables, with two chairs each, filled one side, while the rest held a compact kitchen, a small counter with a register, and a display case of cold bottled drinks. Racks of bagged chips, candy bars, fridge magnets and postcards covered most horizontal spaces.


“Haven’t cleaned the tables yet in heah,” Danea tossed over her shoulder. “Mack! Coffee done?”


“Two minutes!” A masculine voice replied.


“Cinnamon roll just out o’ the oven. Gimme a minute and I’ll get a slice for ya with the coffee.”


Ginny nodded agreement and strolled to the single, salt-stained rear window. The place was only about thirty feet deep and ten wide, tight quarters for any shopkeeper. That explained the tables out front.


The sun balanced on the horizon now, and the direct shafts of light nearly blinded her. The rocks rising up in the cove cast long black fingers across the water, and the damp, seaweed-covered stones of the beach reflected glints into Ginny’s eyes. She scanned the curve, from the pines she’d just passed under, across the parking lot, the restaurant, and out to the fabulously costly private homes at the tip of the neck. As her eyes adjusted, she could pick out more details–fish bones, bird droppings, a twist of netting, many shells. She puzzled over a large, shadowy lump, and her breath caught.


“Danea!” she croaked. “You’d better call the police.”


“What for?”


“There’s a body on the beach.”



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Nikki A


Author Biography

Nikki Andrews has worked as a picture framer, store clerk, and administrative assistant, but in her real life she is a writer, editor, and songmaker. She is a member of Talespinners and the New Hampshire Writers Project, and is the author of Framed.


When she’s not at her desk, she might be releasing salmon fry on the Piscataquog River, making jams or sweaters, or exploring her surroundings on foot, bike, or snowshoe. She lives near a waterfall in New Hampshire with her wonderful husband, their possessive cat, and assorted wildlife.


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Now Available in #Audio — Her General in Gray by @LNightingale #books #bookstagram



Title Her General in Gray – Audio Release

Author Linda Nightingale

Genre Paranormal Romance

Publisher  The Wild Rose Press


Book Blurb

Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.


John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.


After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?



In celebration of the audio release, Linda Nightingale is giving away a $10 Gift Card. To enter, please share on social media then comment with your name, email and where you shared it. Each share gets one entry.


Contest runs until January 23, 2018 and is open to US, Canada and UK residents.




In an age of smart phones and tablets, she stood for a moment contemplating the past.  The temptation was almost too much for her, but she’d started to fold the dress back into its resting place when a hand landed on her shoulder.


Sib’s voice was soft and tender. “The dress belonged to my mother.  She wore it at a ball before the war.  It appears to be in passable condition. Why don’t you try it on?  I’ve imagined you so attired.”


“I’m a Northerner, remember? I’m surprised you offer your mother’s gown to me.” She turned, the green frock draped over her arm. “Where have you been anyway?”


“Here. All the time. I was simply playing along with your game of asking for my disappearance.”


She stiffened. “Don’t play games with me.  My mother used to do that. It was disturbing and hurtful to a child.”


“You reveal more of yourself every moment, and I’m enjoying getting to know you.  Very well, I’ll share something about me.  My father—what do you call it today?—cheated on my mother. More than once.. I’d hear her crying at night. Thus, I would have been true to my wife.” Eyes sad, he nodded at the dress.  “I’d like to see you in that, Autumn.  We are becoming friends. She would have approved.  I’ll assist with the buttons.”


“Turn your back. I’ll have to get undressed.” She motioned at him. “I’ve no desire for a ghost to see me in my bra and panties.”


He chuckled, his big grin enticing. “Such modesty. Actually, I was anticipating that view.  Anyway, I’ve seen you in your underwear before.”


“You Peeping Tom!” She accused, shaking a fist at him.  “Will I have no privacy? Do you follow me to the bathroom, too?”


“No, Ma’am.”  He shook his head, his hair moving in soft waves.  “I was simply in my bedroom when you changed into your nightgown.”


“It’s not your bedroom. This is my house, and don’t you forget it.” She glared at him.


He snapped a smart military salute. “Yes, commander.”


“Turn around.” She slid her sweatshirt over her head and slithered out of her sweatpants.  “You are…such an annoyance.”


“Thank you.  I couldn’t be more offended.”


A strange feeling of awe washed over her as she slid the beautiful gown over her head.  “Okay. I’m ready for help with the buttons.”


The touch of his fingers filled her with an emotion she’d thought dead.  A thrill actually rippled over her.  Perhaps, because he was no threat. The General couldn’t break her heart as Chad had done.  That dreadful affair seemed as far in the past as the dress of rustling satin. He was the VP at the agency, and their brief association and parting had twisted her feelings into knots.


“You’re tense.” Sib stroked her back.  “I sense it isn’t the dress.”


“I’ll tell you later.” She spun, swirling the skirt. “What do you think?”


“I think you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”


“You’ve got to be kidding.”  A very sweet emotion seeped through her.


“Not in the least.” He offered her an old-fashioned bow.


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 Linda Nightingale


Author Biography

Born in South Carolina, Linda lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta before settling in the Houston area.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.



Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt.  She is the mother of two wonderful sons, and a retired legal assistant. In a former life, she must have had to walk everywhere because today she is into transportation: loving horses and hot cars! She likes to dress up and host formal dinner parties.



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Author Spotlight: Judy Bruce, Author of the Critically-Acclaimed Wind Series #books #suspense

Judy Bruce


Hello readers, I’m Judy Bruce, a novelist from the American Midwest, ready to chat about the stories in my Wind Series. These novels are set in contemporary western Nebraska, the rugged High Plains of the pioneer, American Indian, and cowboy. My protagonist, Megan Docket, is a young attorney who accepts a job in a law firm in this desolate and windblown land. The trouble she finds fuels the mystery, suspense, and drama for these tales. Like me, Megan is half Phoenician (Lebanese Christian) and half Celtic (well, I’m Welsh), a graduate of Creighton University School of Law, and short. For the record, I have never killed anyone.


I am the mother of two, the wife of one, the sibling of three (formerly four), and I was orphaned at age thirty-three. Subordinate to the above roles, I am a writer. My favorite after 9:00 p.m. drink is brandy, especially with dark chocolate. I rarely miss my afternoon tea and crumpets.  I love reading, watching movies and sports, and just spending time with my family. Whenever possible, I avoid multitasking–it’s just the means of doing two or more things badly. My daughter thinks I’m both silly and efficient. My autistic son helps me stay in touch with my quirky side.


It’s strange how many of us go down paths we never intended. I never planned to be a writer. I quit corporate America to stay home with my daughter and particularly my son. Has my son’s autistic brain affected mine? Oh, yeah, and for the better. He helps me to stretch my imagination and see things in different ways. Looking back, I know writing was a way to prove to myself that I wasn’t one of my son’s body parts, or vice versa. I’ve created two autistic characters in my Wind Series, the first in Alone in the Wind, the second in Fire in the Wind.


I don’t have any addictions, nor have I spent time in jail. I don’t smoke. My mother died of emphysema, so that was never happening. I drink here and there—Saturday night is movie night in the Bruce household, so that means a glass of red wine and Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins. Yeah, that’s me living on the edge. Whoo-hoo! Some great writers come from dark life experiences—mine has been mostly sunny, except for family deaths. So I rely on a vivid imagination and the persistent need to tell stories.


I’ve been asked about my writing process. It involves mulling—that’s the start. I get ideas rattling around in my noggin, but they need time to come together into something coherent. With the Wind Series, I already had my location and many of the characters, so I needed a central event—a cross burning In Fire in the Wind, and new, necessary characters.


I am definitely a plotter: I develop my central idea, write down plot events, characters, time of year, and just keep finding more ideas and writing these thoughts down on the stashes of paper I keep in easy access throughout the house.


First, I make a general outline based on a three-act structure, always remembering to put plenty of important events in the middle of the story. Meanwhile, I keep stirring my brain for more ideas as I complete outlines for each part. Part one and two will have a more complete outline, with basic ideas in part three. Dialogue gets added to each part as I think of them.


When I get the itch, I’ll start writing, and then I’ll push through to the end. I always feel a tremendous letdown when I finish, so I ease that by jumping right into my revising process. My least favorite part of this whole process is marketing. I publish with a small press, so promotion is my task. And if I’m marketing, then I’m not writing. I just wanna tell stories, ya know?


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Fire in the Wind


Title: Fire in the Wind (Book 4 of the Wind Series)

Author: Judy Bruce

Genre: Mystery-Suspense

Publisher: Merriam Press, New York


Book Blurb:

Outraged by a cross burning on her land, Megan forms the Night Posse then strikes back. Meanwhile, she is saddened by the tragic illness of her dear friend, James. After her new boyfriend is killed, she is jailed for his murder. Later she fights to the death in the darkness against an avenger. An undercover cop pursues her. When a dying James attempts to end his life, Megan is forced to act.


Fire in the Wind—Excerpt (chapter 1):

I died once, but only for a minute or so. Still, it should rank with distinction in the category of unusual circumstances. I’ve also killed four men in the last four years, which must be a record for Nebraska attorneys under the age of thirty. But I planned to stay out of trouble—I failed in the past and it cost me dearly.  Yet calamity came even faster than I expected.


Starting at dawn on Sunday, a disturbance tormented me—the sense of foreboding in my guts persisted throughout the day and into the evening. After a delicious supper I barely tasted, portent began to pulse through my arteries. So I set out for my “backyard,” as I called it. Five miles of rugged land north of my house stretched before me, pocked with peculiar land forms. I passed over a grassy mound named Rufus located half a football field from the house then weaved through the five small buttes dubbed the Seven Dwarfs, located southwest of a bluff called Big Leo. The second year of the drought kept the soil beneath the gray-green buffalo grass crusty hard.  What was bothering me?


Author Biography:

Judy Bruce is a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where she lives with her husband and two children. She has a law degree from Creighton University. Judy is the author of the Wind Series: Voices in the Wind, Alone in the Wind, Cries in the Wind and future stories in the series, as well as Death Steppe: A World War II Novel. She maintains a website at https://judybruce.com  and a blog at https://heyjoood.com .


Lies in the Wind will be published in the winter of 2018.







Best Book MRS N’s Ever Read — Gray’s Promise by @AnniFifeAuthor #bookreview #romance #books




Author: Anni Fife

Genre: Steamy Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:

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


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


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


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


My Review:

On her eighteenth birthday, Zoey’s world was ripped to shreds. Her family murdered and she herself brutally raped, she nearly went insane. The only person she could trust was Gray, the neighbor young man who she loved. But when she needed him most, he walked away, leaving her alone. It’s fourteen years later and she’s still plagued with nightmares. She can’t remember what happened or who was responsible. Her shrink thinks it’s her mind protecting her from the truth. Zoey needs to release the memories, so she can move on with her life. Her shrink suggests she find a safe haven, someone she trusts to unleash the monsters buried deep within her. Gray…


Gray’s tries hard to forget Zoey, his red butterfly, but she’s his kryptonite, the one who gets under his skin and crushes his heart again and again. Not even the military could beat her memory out of him. When she appears out of nowhere at his office, King Security, the walls around his heart crumbles. She needs his help and he’s going to do whatever’s necessary to free his fragile, red butterfly, even if it means returning to his hometown and facing his family.


What neither of them realizes is the one responsible for the murders and even Zoey’s rape is one close to them. Their lives are in danger and while Gray is too close to the situation, Gray brings in his King Security family to protect Zoey at all costs. But will he be able to save Zoey as well as himself or has the murderer entrapped them?


Have you ever read a book that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go? The story invades your every thought and you wonder what will happen next? Gray’s Promise hooked me from the first page and got inside my head. Gray and Zoey became a part of me and I found myself thinking about their plight and relationship while I worked, did chores and even slept.


In a nutshell, the best book I’ve ever read. Hands down.


Anni Fife weaves an intoxicating romantic suspense with visual narration and every scene filled with emotion. The reader plunges into the emotional tornadic war between Zoey and Gray, making it impossible to choose a side. Both characters are damaged beyond repair yet there’s a spark of hope. If they’d be honest with each other, they’d see the truth: they belong together.


This is a steamy romance with plenty of HOT sex scenes. As a woman, I found an almost poetic feel to each sex scene. Sure, it got my pulse racing and beads of sweat clung to my skin, but it was beautifully written. It wasn’t about the sex but rather about the connection building between Zoey and Gray.


I highly recommend this book to romantic suspense, steamy romance, thriller and suspense readers. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!


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


Favorite Character/Quote: “Today’s the day you take his hand and show him the way. The way to your heart.”


My Rating: 5 + stars


Buy it now:

Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KRRX15

Amazon.uk – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077KRRX15/

Nook – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grays-promise-anni-fife/1127486541?ean=2940158745911

Bookstrand – http://www.bookstrand.com/grays-promise

The Wild Rose Press – https://wildcatalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-erotic/5486-gray-s-promise.html


1-Anni on the Beach Color copy


Author Biography:

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


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


If you want to know when Anni’s next book is releasing and be first to get regular updates and BONUS TREATS, visit her website and sign up to join her POSSE.


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




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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


The Road to Armageddon by @ClabePolk is Riveting and a Must-Read! #bookreview #FridayReads

The Road to Armegeddon


Title: The Road to Armageddon

Author: Clabe Polk

Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Science Fiction, Futuristic


Book Blurb:

“THE BISHOP FAMILY: WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE FOR INSURRECTION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT” reads the poster spread far and wide by International Financial Services.

Mark Bishop is a family man with a wife, a teen-aged son and too much month left when the money runs out. He needs financial resources. International Financial Services (IFS) can offer him those resources, but there’s a catch.

Ken Clifford, IFS manager for the Americas, has a psychological obsession. It doesn’t matter what he has to do or who he has to hurt, he will control his domain. Clifford loathes people like Mark Bishop who defy his authority.

Ken Clifford’s boss, Gerhardt Schmidt (the Antichrist), known in financial circles as “The Cardinal”, is CEO of IFS. Schmidt is commanded by Satan, “The Serpent”, whose mission is control of every human being on Earth. The supply of every conceivable essential resource is rationed by IFS.

Impossible? Mark Bishop thought so.

Now, Mark and his family are prey. Homeless and hungry, they are caught in the world-wide struggle of good versus evil leading to the Battle of Armageddon. Can they, or any human, survive treachery, hostility, slavery, natural disasters, disease, and starvation?

Will Clifford successfully take the Bishop family ‘dead or alive’ to satisfy his ego and ensure obedience at any cost?


My Review:

It’s the end of the world. No, really it is. The end of the world is here, complete with the Antichrist running the International Financial Services and wreaking havoc on everyone, including Mark and his family.


Mark is like the rest of us, short on cash and it’s not even the end of the month. He needs money fast, so he decides to take an opportunity at IFS. It seems too good to be true but when he discovers who’s behind IFS suddenly his life and family’s lives are in danger. There’s a bounty on their head and they must flee with the clothes on their back. With the end of days close at hand, everything becomes a battle of good versus evil, from natural disasters to imprisonment, and Mark is left with a choice most terrifying. When all is stripped away, what truly matters and would you be willing to die for it?


Not since reading the Left Behind series, have I read such a realistic fictionalized account of the Book of Revelations. Polk has a natural ability to draw the reader into his world through descriptive narration and world building. But it’s the characters that sold me on this book. They’re the straw that stirs the drink, so to speak, and I was hooked from the beginning.


If you’re not into Christian fiction, please give this a try. You won’t find any preaching here, just an imaginative story about the end of days. There’s a lot of intrigue and action to pump any reader’s pulse. I love how events happen that I wasn’t expecting, too. Another kudos to Polk’s ability as an author. Highly recommend!


Favorite Character/Quote: Ken Clifford. I know, I know, he’s a bad guy but he’s so well-crafted and deliciously evil. I got excited every time it came to his scenes and POV.


My Rating: 5 stars


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iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-road-to-armageddon/id1222077425?mt=11

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-road-to-armageddon

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/714813

Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/343649281/The-Road-to-Armageddon

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34880217-the-road-to-armageddon


Author Biography:

CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written three novels, three novellas, several short stories, and has a couple of other novels in process. He is a Christian and a lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences that has led him to write a variety of different types of fiction.


Having an educational background in biology and natural sciences, Mr. Polk applied his knowledge and experience in professional environmental protection, retiring after nearly thirty-seven years in environmental protection program management, law enforcement, chemical emergency response and training. He grew up in and spent most of his life among the woods, waters, fields, farms and industries of Florida and Georgia. Besides reading and writing, he loves fishing, boating, sailing, gardening and anything creative.


He lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family’s Cockapoo named Annie.


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


Dr. Lindsey McCall Character Interview @LinWilder #FridayReads #Bookstagram #thriller #IARTG



Hi. I’m Lindsey McCall, the protagonist in the Dr. Lindsey McCall medical mystery series. It’s been a kick watching myself evolve throughout these 4 novels of Lin Wilder’s. I can honestly tell you that I like myself best in her latest book, Malthus Revisited-The Cup of Wrath.




There are many reasons why I say this. Uppermost among them are two: I have faced and resolved a decision made eighteen years ago. One that had been haunting me. And, of course, the fact that the population of this world has been saved by a horrific fate. That too.


Mrs. N: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Doing the work I love- pushing the boundaries of research, challenging the status quo. Working side by side with Rich Jansen, the man I plan to  be with until the day I die.


Mrs. N: What is your greatest fear?

Such an interesting question for someone who spent much of her life in interventional cardiology and CV research. Had you asked this question of me five years ago, I’d have replied that I was most afraid of failing to change the molecular structure of Digitalis. But as you most likely know, I did not fail. My new drug Digipro has radically changed the treatment of heart failure. And is providing hundreds of thousands of patients with acute heart failure an alternative to transplantation.


I realized that my greatest fear was facing my biological daughter. The young woman whose existence I refused to acknowledge- until now.


Mrs. N: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

That’s an easy one. I can be cold- more like a robot than a person. Sometimes I can be wholly oblivious to what is going on with those closest to me. Especially when I’m trying to figure something out. Or when I’m scared.


When we were kids, my best friend Julie Grayson used to love the movie, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. We watched it each Christmas from kindergarten to our senior years at Rice University. Julie would start to cry with that explanatory first statement of the narrator about the Grinch: His heart was two sizes too small. I never cried at the Grinch- he was too close. I always felt that I was just like the Grinch. Unable to care about anyone. Until Rich.


Mrs. N: What is your current state of mind?

I am grateful. But that word is nowhere huge enough to describe the awe I feel. Getting as close to death as I did has a way of making much that was once critical recede into the background. And amplify what had been just a backdrop- the beauty of this world, the love for Rich, LJ, and Morgan, the dogs being able to breathe…love…laugh… The list is endless once I begin to consider all that is good.


Mrs. N: What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Unequivocally, the greatest love of my life is my husband, Rich Jansen. I will never understand how I have merited this man’s love, respect, and loyalty. He is as good a man as was my Dad.  Never did I think I would meet someone whom I could say that about.


Mrs. N: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to be less of a perfectionist- not be so demanding of myself and others. When I tell Rich that he just laughs.


Mrs. N: Where would you most like to live?

Before we moved to the central coast of California, I’d not given much thought to the effect of geography on our lives. But Pismo Beach seems to be as close to paradise as I can imagine.


Mrs. N: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

When I was a prisoner at Huntsville and watched an inmate die from medical negligence.


Mrs. N: What is your favorite occupation?

I am a researcher. There is nothing I enjoy more than solving complex problems. Creating solutions that will help people and animals cope with cardiovascular disease.


Mrs. N: What is your greatest regret?

There are two equally great regrets in my life: Each involves a family member. The first that my drug was not created soon enough to help my mother. She lived many years as a cardiac cripple. Digipro could have changed that. My older sister Paula is a person for whom I have many regrets- I could not understand her alcoholism and never grasped the depth of her jealousy toward me until it was far too late.


To read more, check out Dr. Lindsey’s latest adventure —


Title Malthus Revisited- The Cup of Wrath

Author Lin Wilder

Genre Thriller, Supernatural

Publisher Wilder Books- A Wyatt Mackenzie Imprint


Book Blurb

Eighteen-year-old Morgan Gardner did not seem like someone who could save the world—unless you took the time to notice her eyes. And most people didn’t.


Morgan’s exceptional gifts were known only to her and to the animals she could understand better than people. For a long time, she told no one about her nightmares. Embarrassed and afraid that no one would believe her, Morgan waited until it was almost too late. Then she confided in her mom’s best friend, Dr. Lindsey McCall.


Lindsey and her husband Rich had worked hard to reestablish their lives and careers after their last harrowing escapade. Relocated in a beautiful California home and newly reunited with Lindsey’s biological daughter LJ, all seemed to be going smoothly—until an enemy from their past returned with as deadly a plan as they could imagine.


The fourth novel in Lin Wilder’s popular Lindsey McCall series is her best one yet—combining the innovative medical research her readers have come to admire with a new and terrifying threat to the world’s population: a biological timebomb. Vivid characters old and new rampage across the continents of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. to stop the contagion, picking up steam as they head toward a life-or-death climax in the remote Qinghai province of China.


Malthus Revisited adds a dystopian element to Wilder’s evolving Lindsey McCall mystery series, and is guaranteed to captivate both her loyal fans and eager newcomers to its last riveting page.





July 1995, Srebenica, Bosnia-Hercegovina


He lay motionless. Aware that any movement would give him away, he barely breathed, kept his eyes tightly closed. He tried not to think about the soldiers cutting the throats of his father and three brothers: Adin, who had just turned thirteen; Davud, only ten; and Hakem, his twelve-year-old twin. The laughter and their hideous expressions as they committed cold blooded murder. The blood everywhere, the blood…lakes of it. Or the screams of his mother and fifteen-year-old sister, Fatima. She was strong, fearless. The terror on her face when the leader slung her over his shoulder contorted her beautiful features but did nothing to extinguish the look of fear in her eyes.




He did. A family of Bosnian refugees had discovered him wandering in the woods outside his family’s burned Sarajevo home. A professor, his wife, and two small girls had taken him with them to Srebrenica, where they would all be safe. The United Nations was protecting the city. The professor had explained in precise language what the UN was, and the power that they had. Mile after mile, the small band of refugees walked toward the eastern coast of Bosnia, Srebenica, where they would find refuge. The teacher reassured them all that they would be safe once the exhausting trip was over. The United Nations had proclaimed that the small town they were headed for was safe from attacks or hostility.


In the war-ravaged debris of what was once Yugoslavia, the hope of a peaceful transition from Communism to a new form of multi-party democracy had been smashed into oblivion.


But the soldiers came again, and this time he could not run away. The professor’s blood saved him. This time they were in a hurry, using machine guns rather than knives. More efficient. The words of the kind, learned, and God-fearing man lying dead beside him rang in his ears as he lay waiting for a death that did not come. We have nothing to fear, the United Nations will protect us. There are UN soldiers who are commissioned to keep us safe.


Allahu Akbar.


To this day, the Srebrenica massacre is considered the worst genocide in post-second-World-War history. Despite the town’s protected status, it was attacked and captured by the Serbian Army. More than 8,000 Bosnian people were killed. An additional 20.000 civilians were expelled from the area in a process described by a tidily euphemistic phrase, ethnic cleansing.


A battalion of 450 Dutch soldiers charged with protecting the small town was routed by superior forces of better-armed Serbian soldiers. Dutch Commander Karremans pulled out his entire force when Serbian General Mladic assured him that his men were merely transporting the civilians to another city. The killing began as soon as the UN troops retreated.


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Lin Wilder


Author Biography

Lin Wilder is a former Hospital Director who has published throughout her entire adult life but made the switch from non-fiction to fiction in 2006. Her series of medical thrillers are situated on the central coast of California with many references to the Texas Medical Center in Houston where Lin worked for over 23 years. In her free time, Lin Wilder enjoys exercising, hiking, listening to beautiful music, gardening and last but certainly not least, reading. She is married to a former Marine and psychologist with 25 years of experience counseling ex- combat veterans. They reside in northern Nevada with their two dogs.


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Check Out Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon by Gabriel Bacopa #books #bookish #bookstagram

Eating Ice Cream


Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon by Gabriel Bacopa


Genre: Romantic, Adventure, Melancholy,


Book Blurb:

Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon features Michael, a young loner confused about his identity of being either Jewish or Arab. His father being an Israeli Jew and his mother being a Palestinian Muslim puts him at odds with himself and the world. Muslims criticize him for saying he’s Jewish, and Jews criticize him for saying he’s Muslim. Jews criticize him for saying he’s Arab, and Arabs criticize him for saying he’s Jewish. The irony of it is that the term Jewish can refer to an ethnicity, identity, or religion depending on the context it’s being used in. One day he goes to an ice cream shop in order to share his book ideas with the girls there, who happen to be Muslim. One girl, named Halima, says to him, after he mentions that he is “half-Arab half-Jewish:” “how can you be Half-Arab?” Which unleashes a rollercoaster of confusion, emotion and identity conflict, and a relentless obsession with a girl working at an ice cream shop. He goes to the ice cream shop every day in order to know her. He makes it seem as if he’s going there to eat Ice cream, when in reality he’s going there in order to see her. The girl, being 16 years old, becomes a subject of his infatuation, albeit non-sexual, and he becomes fond of her  and eventually finds himself waking up in a morning, surviving Armageddon with her… and living memories of his childhood in ways that he never could have imagined….


Book Excerpt:

They began to sail more, into the clear blue oceans and skies. Dolphins played around the boat. “Oh Look Michael! Dolphins!” Halima said, jumping up and down with her hands to her mouth. They continued sailing. The waves were large and big, and it was extremely rough and dangerous.  “This is impossible” he said.


“I hope this works.” Michael continued. Halima repeated “Michael, Im scared.” “Why?” Michael asked. She looked down in sadness and asked as the wind was blowing amidst them: “Is it really the apocalypse?” “Yeah, I think so”  Michael responded, with his hands on the wheel, looking out into the ocean,  Halima asked “What do we do?” “We have to relax and stay strong.” They continued sailing. Then, Eventually, the seas calmed.


“Michael look!” “Yes?”  “It’s a whale!” They saw a whale blowing water above the ocean. “Wow thats amazing! ” They smiled at each other. They glided further, and saw the lovely Catalina islands to the right and the sun setting behind it.


It turned night time. “This is really romantic Michael.”  “I knew you would like it.” Michael responded “How did you know?”


“I looked up your facebook.”


“ Really? How creepy…”


“I’m not creepy, I just stare a lot.”


It turned midnight, and the boat sailed peacefully into the Pacific, the stars appeared above and they looked at them. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Michael said.


“Yeah…” Halima responded.


They sat for 5 minutes, pondering the night sky above them. Halima went to sleep, with her eyes closed peacefully. Michael looked at her,  and smiled with a feeling of serenity and tranquility..A few minutes went by. Then, unexpectedly,  A U.S. boat came from the east from the shore. “We’re looking for you. You have to come back to land.” a man said with a loudspeaker. Halima woke up to the loud, irritating sound.


“Why?” Michael yelled back. “It’s frigging armageddon out there!”


“If you stay out there in the ocean,you will most certainly be attacked by the Russian invading navy.” They said with their  loudspeakers. Helicopters flew ahead, flying to the West, and fighter jets flew, apparently to fight the russians.


Michael thought carefully. He looked at Halima and said:


“Listen, Halima new plan.”


“What’s that?”


“We’re going to Palestine.”


“Sorry  Coast Guard, we will be okay on our own!” he yelled to them. The coast guard went back to shore, and they continued sailing.


The next morning, the sun rose  gloriously, and they began sailing following the border of  Mexico.  Michael said “Hey you want to play with my turntables? ” amidst the morning sun.“You have turntables?”  


“Yeah Back in the day I was the best Dj in the O.C.”


“Oh cool!” They began playing with the turntables, spinning records, on the sailboat.


“Which ones do you want to play?” he asked.


“Oh I like 2pac.”


“Me too.”


After several minutes, Filipino ships were seen riding towards them. They shot missiles towards Michael and Halima, and their boat began to sink. Michael and Halima jumped into life savers, and sat on them, rowing towards the the shore of Brazil. They landed amidst the ripples unto the blue shore before noon time.


They got off the boat, and head east. At first they found themselves in a desert, walking. Michael was thirsty for water, and Halima said “Are you okay?


“I need water.”


Author Biography

I was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the suburbs of Orange County, CA. I taught myself to read at the age of 4 and was the best student at my school in elementary and in the gifted program. When I was a child I taught myself breakdancing and did it at the talent show in fifth grade which put  everyone in awe. I learned djing and made my dad buy me turntables and spun vinyl in the local Guitar Center Spinoffs(Djing competition) when I was 12 (by far the youngest person there), in which I was nicknamed by my friend’s sister “DjMidgetMan” (for being a such young DJ.) In my teenage years I delved into different concepts, from Buddhism and Meditation, to Astral Projection and Out of Body Experiences, and lucid dreaming to studying different religions. I began praying 5 times a day according to Islam and taught myself anything I could about Islam. I read the Qur’an in English cover to cover at the age of 14 and then taught myself Arabic. I learned the rules of recitation (known as Tajweed in Arabic) for the Holy Qur’an at the local masjid.


At the age of 17 however, I began developing symptoms of severe mental illness and was eventually hospitalized at the age of 22 and was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. I was unable to do anything for the next 5 years, until one day my Aunt came from overseas and I rediscovered a story I wrote when I was 14 which won me the “Edgar Allan Poe” award in school (for it’s dark, horrifying and sadistic themes.)   My father began writing a book as well and finished it, however, it has not been published. At that point, knowing that I was unable to do anything manually or physically, or socially, because of my condition, I decided to attempt to become a writer.


The first book I attempted to write was “The Mansion.” which was a collection of Dark short stories, the first one symbolic, the second one unnecessarily and disturbingly profane and sadistic, as if written from the point of view of a Mass shooter, and the third one about a futuristic society in which people who believe in God are put in Mental hospitals. This book however I felt was too profane and dark, and myself was disturbed and mentally distraught by it’s themes and profanity, so I decided to take it down. Afterwards, I began writing Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon, about a loner with a mixed arab Jewish background confused about his identity. During all this time I was in the throes of psychosis. Everyone of my books has a touch  of my psychosis enveloped in them. Stories which are in particular reflections of my psychosis include: Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon, A Day with the Professor(which is included in Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon: With letters from the Fourth Reich), the Hypocrisy Foundation, The Drummers,(included in The Hypocrisy Foundation), Love and Paranoia, and the Pillars of Salt Collection. The Pillars of Salt Collection, The Hypocrisy Foundation, The Drummers, and Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon in particular are reflections of my psychosis. However, anyone who reads these stories can find them relevant to the world, the society at large, and to their own lives.


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First picture (me in the middle) age 12

Gabriel at book signing


Second picture me age 28 at a book signing.


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A Poignant, Beguiling Story: Stone Circle by @KateMurdoch3 #bookreview #historicalfiction



Title: Stone Circle

Author: Kate Murdoch

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy


Book Blurb:

Is the ability to read minds a blessing or a curse?

When Antonius’s father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga. Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status, and Antonius has limited opportunities.

When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance. The winner will be apprenticed to the town seer. Antonius shares first place with his employer’s son.

The two men compete for their mentor’s approval. As their knowledge of magic and alchemy grows, so does the rivalry and animosity between them. When the love of a beautiful woman is at stake, Antonius must find a way to follow his heart and navigate his future.


My Review:

In a 16th century Italian village, status and property are valued above all else. The station you’re born into is the same one you’ll pass onto your children, whether you’re deserving or not. Antonius is poor but has a special gift for reading thoughts. He’s always tried to keep it to himself but when the village’s seer holds a competition for an apprentice, Antonius jumps at the chance and secures the head apprentice position while the Comte’s son, Nichola, is the understudy apprentice. Even though Antonius’ gift is stronger, the seer appoints Nichola as an apprentice to appease his patron, Comte Valperga.


As both young men learn under the tutelage of Savinus, the seer, they vie for the affection of Giulia, his beautiful daughter. The rivalry heats up between the two apprentices. Nichola cheats, robs and sneaks his way into Giulia’s heart while Antonius loves her from afar. Savinus advises Antonius to wait to confess his true feelings until Nichola’s true nature is revealed. But jealousy and deceit rule a heart and he’ll do whatever it takes to make Giulia his. Will Giulia choose the right man, or will it end in a disastrous climax?


A poignant, beguiling story dealing with matters of the heart: family, falling in love and following your heart. This is the kind of historical fiction I love most, where the author transports me to a time and place I’ve never been. Kate Murdoch’s lyrical narration reminds me of Gabriel García Márquez. She describes the nuances of Medieval Italy without being heavy-handed. There’s almost a poetic nature to the story and its characters. I loved it!


Favorite Character/Quote: Antonius. I love how he didn’t let his station in his life and/or other people’s views dictate his life. He’s a gifted young man and through hard work and perseverance, he can have everything he’s ever wanted. He leaps off the page and he’s my favorite character.


My Rating: 5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Circle-Kate-Murdoch-ebook/dp/B075YDQPKJ


Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Stone-Circle-Kate-Murdoch-ebook/dp/B075YDQPKJ


Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stone-Circle-Kate-Murdoch-ebook/dp/B075YDQPKJ


Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35772433-stone-circle


Kate Murdoch


Author Biography:

Kate Murdoch is the author of Stone Circle. She exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally and was a finalist in a number of prize shows before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction.

Her short-form fiction is regularly published in Australia, UK, US and Canada.

Stone Circle is a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy. It will be released by Fireship Press December 1st 2017. She has also completed another novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France.


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Website https://katemurdochauthor.com/


Twitter http://www.twitter.com/KateMurdoch3


Goodreads Author Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16644188.Kate_Murdoch


Reviewed by: Mrs. N


Falling for the wrestler: A Deceptive Match by @KWilkinsauthor #romance #books #bookstagram

A Deceptive Match cover


Title: A Deceptive Match
 Kelli A. Wilkins
 Contemporary Romance

This full-length novel is set in the world of professional wrestling and blends a steamy romance with action, humor, and drama.


A Deceptive Match

Falling for the wrestler she had been assigned to interview wasn’t part of Danni’s plan, until Vinnie Valentine pinned her heart in a flash.

Disgruntled with her job as the office assistant for a national sports magazine, Danni Stone impersonates a reporter to prove herself to her boss. Her assignment? Spend thirty days on the road with Vinnie Valentine, a sexy professional wrestler.

Life isn’t going well for the Heavyweight Champ. Vinnie is struggling with a manipulative boss, prepping for the most important match of his career, and feuding with his arch-enemy, Thorn. The last thing he needs is a nosy reporter following him around—even if she is hot.

Thrown together in close quarters, Danni can’t help falling for Vinnie, and she unwittingly becomes a key player in his title match. Their mutual attraction grows, and late one night, they give in to the lustful feelings they’ve been fighting.

As their relationship deepens, Danni considers telling Vinnie her secret. But before she can confess the truth, Vinnie discovers she isn’t the reporter she claims to be. Her lie threatens to ruin everything between them. Will their relationship be destroyed by her deception or will their love win out?


Here’s a mild excerpt:

“Hey, Lois Lane. Want to oil my abs before my match?”

Danni glanced up from her notebook. Everett stood over her chair.

Was he going to hit on her for the entire month? “Not now, I’m busy.” She bent her head and continued writing. For the last hour she’d been making lists of questions and reading over her notes.

A minute later, she felt someone standing over her left shoulder. What did Everett want now? She snapped her head up. “Look I—”

The words died on her lips as she found herself staring straight into a black spandex crotch. The bulging groin had a four-inch pink heart embroidered in the center. What on Earth?

Her gaze flickered up, taking in the rock-hard abs, the tanned chest and broad shoulders, until she settled on the honey-blond hair and green eyes. Vinnie flexed his pectoral muscles one at a time and winked at her.

Her pulse quickened, and a bolt of lightning zapped through her. The words HOT AND SWEATY SEX blazed across her mind before she could stop them.

“Oh man, if I had a nickel for every time I saw that look… ” Ev laughed.

Vinnie elbowed Ev in the ribs. “Will you get lost and leave us alone?”

Danni felt her face flush. No wonder women drooled over Vinnie, he looked like a sculpted Greek god.

“How’s it going?” Vinnie asked.

She focused her attention on her notebook and tried to calm her racing heart. What was wrong with her? She had seen Vinnie wrestle on TV, so why was she so flustered at seeing him in person? Maybe because now he was real. Seeing him on TV was one thing, but now he stood less than two feet away from her, half-naked, and close enough to touch.

She dared a peek at Vinnie again. Damn, he was hot. But she had to remain detached and professional. It was the only way she could get through this. “I was writing down questions.”

“Good. I told the guys Nick approved this article. They know who you are and why you’re here. Come with me, I’ll show you around.”

“Yeah, you two have fun together. Play nice,” Everett said.

Danni picked up her tote bag and tagged along behind Vinnie. She couldn’t help but stare at him. His broad back tapered off to a trim waist and—

“Everything okay so far?”

“Yeah, except for Everett.” She walked next to Vinnie, making sure to steer clear of his elbow. He was so tall, his elbow was level with her head. “He wanted me to oil his abs.”

“Don’t get worked up over him. I told you, it means nothing. Ask him to describe his character in one sentence. It’s interesting.”

They approached the backstage area and she followed Vinnie through a red curtain. Sound equipment, dollys, carts, and wires were everywhere. “Watch yourself back here, especially when we’re live. There are cables all over.”

Vinnie waited for her near a black curtain. A dull roar came from the other side. “What’s that noise?”

“The crowd.” Vinnie disappeared behind the curtain and held it aside.

As she stepped toward Vinnie, her heel caught on a cable. She yelped and fell forward. In the blink of an eye, Vinnie spun around and caught her. His left arm coiled around her waist like a python. Her shoulder met his ribs, and she braced herself against his chest with her left hand. His muscles felt hard and warm, like a wall with skin.

For a moment, she was frozen. She could feel Vinnie’s heart thudding beneath his wide chest. He was breathing fast. Heat flared through her, and she swallowed hard. How long had it been since she had touched a man—any man—let alone a hunk like Vinnie?

She flexed her fingers and felt a patch of rough chest hair beneath them. What would Vinnie do if she slid her hand down his stomach to the edge of his tights?

“You okay?”

His deep voice woke her from her fantasy. “Huh? Yeah.” She touched Vinnie’s chest one last time before forcing herself to pull away. “Sorry about that. It’s dark back here.”

“Be careful. If you break your ankle, Nick will have a fit.” Vinnie squeezed her waist and parted the curtain for her. “Take a peek.”

Danni peered into the arena. Standing here reminded her of when she had been in a high school play. What Vinnie said about this being a performance made sense. The ring was his stage.

“Do you get nervous with all those people out there watching you? What if you freeze up?”

“I’ve been at this too long for that. Some guys puke before big pay-per-views, though. It’s their nerves. Let’s head back so I can stretch out.”

Vinnie’s warm hand eased off her waist, and she missed the heavy feel of it. Part of her wanted to trip again, to have Vinnie catch her and hold her one more time. She pushed the thought away. Why was she acting like this? It wasn’t like her. Just because Vinnie was a sex god in spandex didn’t mean she had to fall for him like every other woman. Besides, he wasn’t her type, she reminded herself.


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Friday Book Round-Up Pays Tribute to #SueGrafton! #mystery #books #FridayReads

Friday Book Round-Up 2018


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. It’s a brand-new year and that means there’s more books to read. While on vacation, I heard the news of Sue Grafton’s passing. My heart clenched as she is, no was, my favorite mystery author. I first heard about her books while I was in college. I lamented to my friend that there wasn’t any good mysteries to read anymore as I had read them all. lol! She gave me her beat-up copy of Grafton’s A is for Alibi, which I read in one sitting and I was hooked. I loved the whole alphabet theme and was an instant fan. Her writing style is gritty yet not so much that my tummy would give me fits. I truly believe even Dame Agatha would’ve read Grafton’s mysteries, had she been alive. I highly recommend each one (couldn’t pick a favorite) which I’ve listed below:


“A” is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery



Take it from the top in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton’s knockout thriller that introduced detective Kinsey Millhone—and a hot new attitude—to crime fiction…



A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.



That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.



If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.


“B” Is for Burglar

Beverly Danziger looked like an expensive, carefully wrapped package from a good but conservative shop. Only her compulsive chatter hinted at the nervousness beneath her cool surface. It was a nervousness out of all proportion to the problem she placed before Kinsey Millhone. There was an absent sister. A will to be settled–a matter of only a few thousand dollars. Mrs. Danziger did not look as if she needed a few thousand dollars. And she didn’t seem like someone longing for a family reunion.


Still, business was slow, and even a private investigator has bills to pay. Millhone took the job. It looked routine.


Elaine Boldt’s wrappings were a good deal flashier than her sister’s, but they signaled the same thing: The lady had money. A rich widow in her early forties, she owned a condo in Boca Raton and another in Santa Teresa. According to the manager of the California building, she was last seen draped in her $12,000 lynx coat heading for Boca Raton. According to the manager of the Florida building, she never got there. But someone else had and she was camping out illegally in Mrs. Boldt’s apartment. The job was beginning to seem a bit less routine.


It turned tricky when Beverly Danziger ordered Millhone to drop the case and it took on an ominous quality when Aubrey Danziger surfaced, making all kinds of wild accusations about his wife. But it only became sinister when Millhone learned that just days before Elaine Boldt went missing, her next-door neighbor and bridge partner had been murdered and the killer was still at large.


A house destroyed by arson. A brutally murdered a woman. A missing lynx coat. An apartment burgled of valueless papers, another ransacked in a melée of mindless destruction. And more murder. As Millhone digs deeper into the case, she finds herself in a nightmarish hall of mirrors in which reality is distorted by illusion and nothing–except danger–is quite what it seems.


“C” Is for Corpse

He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey’d watched him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke.


Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother’s money had seen to that. What they couldn’t fix was his mind, couldn’t restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn’t know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn’t know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He’d been to the cops, but they’d shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.


His case didn’t have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.


Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She’d been hired to stop a killing. Now she’d find the killer.


“D” Is for Deadbeat

He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried: locate a kid who’d done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he’d stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident–death by drowning. Kinsey wasn’t so sure.


Pulled into the detritus of a dead man’s life, Kinsey soon realizes that Daggett had an awful lot of enemies. There’s the daughter who grew up with a cheating drunk for a father, and the wife who’s become a religious nut in response to an intolerable marriage. There’s the lady who thought she was Mrs. Daggett–and has the bruises to prove it–only to discover the legal Mrs. D. And there are the drug dealers out $25,000. But most of all, there are the families of the five people John Daggett killed, victims of his wild, drunken driving. The D.A. called it vehicular manslaughter and put him away for two years. The families called it murder and had very good reason to want John Daggett dead.


Deft, cunning, and clever, this latest Millhone mystery also confronts some messy truths, for, as Kinsey herself says, “Some debts of the human soul are so enormous only life itself is sufficient forfeit”–but as she’d be the first to admit, murder is not a socially acceptable solution.


“E” Is for Evidence



It was the silly season and a Monday at that, and Kinsey Millhone was bogged down in a preliminary report on a fire claim. Something was nagging at her, but she couldn’t pin it. The last thing she needed in the morning mail was a letter from her bank recording an erroneous $5,000 deposit in her account. Kinsey had never believed in Santa Claus and she wasn’t about to change her mind now. Resigning herself to a morning of frustration, she phoned the bank and, assaulted by canned carols, waited on hold for an officer to clear up the snafu.


It was with something less than Christmas cheer that Kinsey faced off only minutes later with California Fidelity’s Mac Voorhies. Voorhies was smart, humorless, stingy with praise, and totally fair. He was frowning now.


“I got a phone call this morning.” he said, his frown deepening. “Somebody says you’re on the take.”


Suddenly the $5,000 deposit clicked into place. It wasn’t a mistake. It was a setup.


“E” is for evidence: evidence planted, evidence lost. “E” is for ex-lovers and evasions, enemies and endings. For Kinsey, “E” is for everything she stands to lose if she can’t exonerate herself: her license, her livelihood, her good name. And so she takes on a new client: namely, Kinsey Millhone, thirty-two and twice-divorced, ex-cop and wisecracking loner, a California private investigator with a penchant for lost causes–one of which, it is to be hoped, is not herself.


As Kinsey begins to unravel the frame-up, she finds that her future is intimately tied to one family’s past and to the explosive secret it has protected for almost twenty years. Digging deeper, she discovers that probing the past can have lethal consequences as she follows a trail of murder that leads to her own front door. And in what may well be her most challenging case, Kinsey comes up against the fact that sometimes, “E” is forever.


“F” Is for Fugitive

Floral Beach wasn’t much of a town: six streets long and three deep, its only notable feature a strip of sand fronting the Pacific. It was on that sandy beach seventeen years ago that the strangled body of Jean Timberlake had been found.


The people of floral Beach didn’t pay a whole lot of mind to past history, especially when Bailey Fowler, the self-confessed killer, had been properly processed and convicted. They weren’t even unduly concerned when, a year after the murder, Fowler walked away from the men’s prison at San Luis Obispo, never to be seen again. After all, everyone knew Jean had been a wild kid. “Like mother, like daughter,” some said–though never within hearing of Shana Timberlake, who, whatever her faults, still mourned her murdered child.


And then, by sheer fluke, the cops stumbled on Bailey Fowler. And a case seventeen years dead came murderously to life again.


For Royce Fowler, old and sick with not much time left, his son’s reappearance was the chance to heal an old wound. For Kinsey Millhone, the case was a long shot, but she agreed to take it on. She couldn’t know then it would lead her to probe the passions buried just below the surface of family relations, where old wounds fester and the most cherished emotions become warped until they fuse into deadly, soul-destroying time bombs.


“G” Is for Gumshoe



When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn’t heard from in six months, it’s not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. But a girl’s gotta pay her bills, and this should be easy money—or so she thinks. Kinsey finds Agnes in a hospital. Aside from her occasional memory lapses, the octogenarian seems fine. And frightened.




Kinsey doesn’t know what to make of Agnes’s vague fears and bizarre ramblings, but she’s got her own worries. It seems Tyrone Patty, a criminal she helped put behind bars, is looking to make a hit. First, Kinsey’s car is run off the road, and then days later, she’s almost gunned down, setting in motion a harrowing cat and mouse game…




So Kinsey decides to hire a bodyguard. With PI Robert Dietz watching her 24/7, Kinsey is feeling on edge…especially with their growing sexual tension. Then, Agnes dies of an apparent homicide, Kinsey realizes the old lady wasn’t so senile after all—and maybe she was trying to tell her something? Now Kinsey’s determined to learn the truth…even if it kills her.


“H” Is for Homicide

His name was Parnell Perkins, and until shortly after midnight, he’d been a claims adjustor for California Fidelity. Then someone came along and put paid to that line of work. And to any other. Parnell Perkins had been shot at close range and left for dead in the parking lot outside California Fidelity’s offices.


To the cops, it looked like a robbery gone sour. To Kinsey Millhone, it looked like the cops were walking away from the case. She didn’t like the idea that a colleague and sometime drinking companion had been murdered. Or the idea that his murderer was loose and on the prowl. It made her feel exposed. Vulnerable.


Bibianna Diaz was afraid for her life. If there was one thing she knew for sure, it was that you didn’t cross Raymond Maldonado and live to tell the tale. And Bibianna had well and truly crossed him, running out on his crazy wedding plans and going into hiding in Santa Teresa–light years away from the Los Angeles barrio that was home turf to Raymond and his gang. Now she needed money to buy time, to make sure she’d put enough space between them. And the quickest way she knew to get money was to work an insurance scam–just like the ones Raymond was running down in L.A. The trouble was, Bibianna picked California Fidelity as her mark. And it wasn’t long before her name surfaced in one of Parnell Perkins’s open files and Kinsey was on her case. But so, too, was her spurned suitor, Raymond Maldonado.


He had a rap sheet as long as his arm, a hair-trigger temper that was best left untested, and an inability to take no for an answer. He also had Tourette’s syndrome, which did nothing to smooth out the kinks in his erratic and often violent behavior. All in all, Raymond Maldonado was not someone to spend a lot of time hanging out with. Unfortunately for Kinsey, she didn’t have a lot of choice in the mater. Not after the love-sick Raymond kidnapped Bibianna. Like it or not, Kinsey was stuck babysitting Bibianna along with Raymond and his macho crew. You might say she was a prisoner of love.


“I” Is for Innocent

Readers of Sue Grafton’s fiction know she never writes the same book twice, and “I” Is For Innocent is no exception. Her most intricately plotted novel to date, it is layered in enough complexity to baffle even the cleverest among us.


Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He’s smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court’s statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman’s ex-husband and their child (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he’s innocent.


Patterned along the lines of a legal case, “I” Is For Innocent is seamlessly divided into thirds: one-third of the novel is devoted to the prosecution, one-third to the defense, and a final third to cross-examination and rebuttal. The result is a trial novel without a trial and a crime novel that resists solution right to the end.


When Kinsey Millhone agrees to take over Morley Shine’s investigation, she thinks it is a simple matter of tying up the loose ends. Morley might have been careless about his health, but he was an old pro at the business. So it comes as a real shock when she finds his files in disarray, his key informant less than credible, and his witnesses denying ever having spoken with him. It comes as a bigger shock when she finds that every claim David Barney has made checks out. But if Barney didn’t murder his wife, who did? It would seem the list of candidates is a long one. In life, Isabelle Barney had stepped on a lot of toes.


In “I” Is For Innocent, Sue Grafton once again demonstrates her mastery of those telling details that reveal our most intimate and conflicted relationships. As Kinsey comments on the give-and-take by which we humans deal with each other, for better and sometimes for worse, the reader is struck yet again by how acute a social observer Ms. Grafton can be. Frequently funny and sometimes caustic, she is also surprisingly compassionate– understanding how little in life is purely black and white. Except for murder.


Somewhere out there, a killer waits to see just what Kinsey will find out. Somewhere out there, someone’s been getting away with murder, and this time it just might turn out to be Kinsey’s.


“J” Is for Judgment

“J” is for Jaffe: Wendell Jaffe, dead these past five years. Or so it seemed until his former insurance agent spotted him in the bar of a dusty little resort halfway between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz.


“In truth, the facts about Wendell Jaffe had nothing to do with my family history, but murder is seldom tidy and no one ever said revelations operate in a straight line. It was my investigation into the dead man’s past that triggered the inquiry into my own, and in the end the two stories became difficult to separate.”


Five years ago, when Jaffe’s thirty-five-foot Fuji ketch was found drifting off the Baja coast, it seemed a sure thing he’d gone overboard. The note he left behind admitted he was flat broke, his business bankrupt, his real estate gambit nothing but a huge Ponzi scheme about to collapse, with criminal indictment certain to follow. When the authorities soon after descended on his banks and his books, there was nothing left: Jaffe had stripped the lot.


“Given my insatiable curiosity and my natural inclination to poke my nose in where it doesn’t belong, it was odd to realize how little attention I’d paid to my own past. I’d simply accepted what I was told, constructing my personal mythology on the flimsiest of facts.”


But Jaffe wasn’t quite without assets. There was the $500,000 life insurance policy made out to his wife and underwritten by California Fidelity. With no corpse to prove death, however, the insurance company was in no hurry to pay the claim. Dana Jaffe had to wait out the statutory five years until her missing husband could be declared legally dead. Just two months before Wendell Jaffe was sighted in that dusty resort bar, California Fidelity finally paid in full. Now they wanted the truth. And they were willing to hire Kinsey Millhone to dig it up.


As Kinsey pushes deeper into the mystery surrounding Wendell Jaffe’s pseudocide, she explores her own past, discovering that in family matters as in crime, sometimes it’s better to reserve judgment.


“J” is for judgment: the kind we’re quick to make and often quicker to regret.


“K” Is for Killer

Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn’t resist flirting with danger. Maybe that’s what killed her.


Her death had raised a host of tough questions. The cops suspected homicide, but they could find neither motive nor suspect. Even the means were mysterious: Lorna’s body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered that they couldn’t be certain she hadn’t died of natural causes. In the way of overworked cops everywhere, the case was gradually shifted to the back burner and became another unsolved file.


Only Lorna’s mother kept it alive, consumed by the certainty that somebody out there had gotten away with murder.


In the ten months since her daughter’s death, Janice Kepler had joined a support group, trying to come to terms with her loss and her anger. It wasn’t helping. And so, leaving a session one evening and noticing a light on in the offices of Millhone Investigations, she knocked on the door.


In answering that knock, Kinsey Millhone is pulled into the netherworld of unavenged murder, where only a pact with the devil will satisfy the restless ghosts of the victims and give release to the living they have left behind.


Eleven books into the series that has won her readers around the world, Sue Grafton takes a darkside turn, pitching us into a shadow land of pain and grief where killers still walk free, unaccused, unpunished, unrepentant. With “K” is for Killer she offers a tale that is dark, complex, and deeply disturbing.


“L” is for Lawless

Kinsey’s skills are about to be sorely tested. She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world-class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life.


“L” Is for Lawless: Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as bad girl– quick-witted and quicksilvery, smart-mouthed and smart-alecky– poking her nose into everyone’s dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.


America’s favorite borderline delinquent is back with her one-liners on tap and her energy level on high, romping through her fastest and funniest adventure in this, her twelfth foray into the alphabet of crime.


“M” Is for Malice

M” is for money. Lots of it. “M” is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands.


“M” is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune–four men with very different outlooks, temperaments, and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them–angry, troubled, and in trouble–went missing.


“M” is for Millhone, hired to trace that missing black sheep brother.


“M” is for memories, none of them happy. The bitter memories of an embattled family. This prodigal son will find no welcome at his family’s table. “M” is for malice.


And in brutal consequence, “M” is for murder, the all-too-common outcome of familial hatreds.


“M” is for malice . . . and malice kills.


“N” Is for Noose

Kinsey Millhone should have done something else–she should have turned the car in the direction of home. Instead, she was about to put herself in the gravest jeopardy of her career.


Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff’s office–a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the townsfolk were saddened but not surprised: Just shy of sixty-five, Newquist worked too hard, smoked too much, and exercised too little. That plus an appetite for junk food made him a poster boy for an American Heart Association campaign. Newquist’s widow didn’t doubt the coroner’s report. But what Selma couldn’t accept was not knowing what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life. What was it that had made him prowl restlessly at night, that had him brooding constantly? Selma Newquist wanted closure, and the only way she’d get it was if she found out what it was that had so bedeviled her husband. Kinsey should have dumped the case. It was vague and hopeless, like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, she set up shop in Nota Lake, where she found that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood. Very likely, her own.”N” Is for Noose: a novel in which Kinsey Millhone becomes the target and an entire town seems in for the kill.


“O” Is for Outlaw

Through fourteen books, fans have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone’s past: a morsel here, a dollop there. We know of the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one remained a blip on the screen until now.


The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last week he bought a stack. They had stuff in them–Kinsey stuff. For thirty bucks, he’ll sell her the lot. Kinsey’s never been one for personal possessions, but curiosity wins out and she hands over a twenty (she may be curious but she loves a bargain). What she finds amid childhood memorabilia is an old undelivered letter.


It will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of that first marriage, about the honor of that first husband, about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril. “O” Is for Outlaw: Kinsey’s fifteenth adventure into the dark side of human nature.


“P” Is for Peril

Kinsey Millhone never sees it coming. She is mired in the case of a doctor who disappeared, his angry ex-wife, and beautiful current one—a case that is full of unfinished business, unfinished homes, and people drifting in and out of their own lives. Then Kinsey gets a shock. A man she finds attractive is hiding a fatal secret—and now a whole lot of beauty, money, and lies are proving to be a fatal distraction from what Kinsey should have seen all along: a killer standing right before her eyes…


“Q” Is for Quarry

She was a “Jane Doe,” an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California’s Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff’s Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the case remained unsolved. That was eighteen years ago. Now, the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to do the legwork for them, and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued with the challenge and agrees to work with them. But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe’s real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.


“R” Is for Ricochet

Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn’t there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.” “It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Maybe all of a week’s work. Nothing untoward – the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good.” But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round.


“S” Is for Silence

Cases don’t get much colder than that of Violet Sullivan, who disappeared from her rural California town in 1953, leaving behind an abusive husband and a seven-year-old named Daisy. But P.I. Kinsey Millhone has promised Daisy she’ll try her best to locate Violet, dead or alive. Kinsey tries to pick up a trail by speaking to those who remember her-and perhaps were more involved in her life than they let on.


But the trail could lead her somewhere very dangerous. Because the case may have gone cold, but some peoples’ feelings about Violet Sullivan still run as hot as ever…


“T” Is for Trespass

A miser and a hoarder, Gus Vronsky is so crotchety that after he takes a bad fall, his only living relative is anxious to find him some hired help and get back home as soon as she can.

In an effort to help, Gus’s neighbor, private investigator Kinsey Millhone, runs a check on an applicant for the job, Solana Rojas. Social Security, driver’s license, nursing certification: It all checks out. And it sounds like she did a good job for her former employers. So Kinsey gives her the thumbs-up, figuring Gus will be the ideal assignment for this diligent, experienced caregiver.


And the real Solana Rojas was indeed an excellent caregiver. But the woman who has stolen her identity is not, and for her, Gus will be the ideal victim…


“U” Is for Undertow

Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Even more so when Kinsey Millhone’s only lead is a grown man dredging up a repressed childhood memory—of something that may never have happened…


Looking solemn, Michael Sutton arrives in Kinsey’s office with a story: When he was six, he wandered into the woods and saw two men digging a hole. They claimed they were pirates, looking for treasure. Now, the long-forgotten incident has come back to him—and he is convinced that he witnessed the burial of a kidnapped child.


Kinsey has little to go on. Sutton doesn’t even know where he was that day—and, she soon discovers, he has a history of what might generously be called an active imagination. Despite her doubts, Kinsey sets out to locate the so-called burial site. And what’s found there pulls her into a current of deceit stretching back more than twenty years…


“V” Is for Vengeance

Private detective Kinsey Millhone feels a bit out of place in Nordstrom’s lingerie department, but she’s entirely in her element when she puts a stop to a brazen shoplifting spree. For her trouble she nearly gets run over in the parking lot by one of the fleeing thieves—and later learns that the one who didn’t get away has been found dead in an apparent suicide. But Audrey Vance’s grieving fiancé suspects murder and hires Kinsey to investigate—in a case that will reveal a big story behind a small crime, and lead her into a web that connects a shadowy “private banker,” an angry trophy wife, a spoiled kid with a spiraling addiction, and a brutal killer without a conscience…


“W” Is for Wasted

W is for…wanderer…worthless…wronged…W is for Wasted.


Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.


The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.


Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.


But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. Not just between the two victims, but also to Kinsey’s past. And before long Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised…



X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.


X:  The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.


X:  The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.


Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.


“Y” is for Yesterday

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.


Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…


Have you read Sue Grafton? If so, which mystery is your favorite? Share in the comments below.


MRS N, Book Addict



Eugenie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac #bookreview #historicalfiction #FrenchLiterature

Eugenie Grandet


Title: Eugenie Grandet

Author: Honoré de Balzac

Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, French Literature


Book Blurb:

This is a painfully drawn portrayal of private life, but its wider subject-matter also makes it a fictional document of post-revolutionary France.

Many people (among them Henry James) have considered Balzac to be the greatest of all novelists. Eugenie Grandet, his spare, classical story of a girl whose life is blighted by her father’s hysterical greed, goes a long way to justifying that opinion. One of the most magnificent of his tales of early nineteenth-century French provincial life, this novel is the work of a writer on whom nothing was lost, and who represents most fully the ability of the human animal to understand and illuminate its own condition.


Translated By Ellen Marriage With An Introduction By Fredric R. Jameson


Fredric R. Jameson is William A. Lane, Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University in North Carolina. His publications include Sartre: The Origins of a Style, Signatures of the Visible, and Post-modernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, with Aesthetics of the Geopolitical forthcoming.


My Review:

What a brilliant piece of writing.  The detail used to describe each scene by Grandet paints a picture in your mind.  I am reminded of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.


The story of the saintly Eugenie trying to live under the thumb of her Miser father is pitiable but a solid read.  The life of Monsieur Grandet and his love of gold above all else seems painfully apt in this early part of the 21st century.


A classic that holds a place of reverence on my bookshelf.


My Rating: 5 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon http://amzn.to/2CLH694


Author Biography:

Honoré de Balzac (/ˈbɔːlzæk, ˈbæl-/; French: [ɔ.nɔ.ʁe d(ə) bal.zak], born Honoré Balzac, 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Jack Kerouac and Henry James, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed in a law office, but he turned his back on the study of law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician; he failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, Balzac married Ewelina Hańska, a Polish aristocrat and his longtime love; he died in Paris five months later.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 


Reviewed by: Mr. N


Grace’s Turmoil by @PeterPerrin44 Will Tug at Your Heart! #bookreview #FridayReads #Romance

Graces Turmoil (4)


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

Author: Peter Perrin

Genre: Contemporary Romance. (Seasoned Romance)


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?


My Review:

Think falling in love is reserved for the young and impetuous? Wrong! Love, romance and dating is for everyone, no matter how old they are.


Grace is a bitter divorcee living in a retirement village in England. Her ex-husband broke her heart and she’s trying to heal when Alfred moves into the same retirement village. A jaunty widower who reawakens feelings in her she long thought dead. She’s determined to ignore his charming eyes and alluring smile but when he looks at another woman, she’s instantly jealous. There’s something about Alfred she can’t resist. Could it be lust or something more?


Alfred’s adjusting to life at The Grange but it’s difficult when you’re the new guy. He’s attracted to Grace immediately, but she gives him the cold shoulder. He doesn’t have that problem with some of the other ladies, but he doesn’t want those women, he wants Grace. She plays hot and cold with his feelings and he can’t help it when another woman sinks her claws into him. When she threatens to expose their “affair” to Grace, Alfred panics. One disastrous event after another happens and Alfred’s life is in danger that makes Grace’s Turmoil come to fruition. Will she believe him when he bares his soul or will Grace continue to hold herself back from love?


I fell in love with Grace’s Turmoil from the first chapter. There are so many great characters besides Grace and Alfred. The Grange reminds me of a British Golden Girls, only funnier. The humor is very British but I loved it. The sweet romance that blooms between Grace and Alfred is realistic and full of emotions. Both Grace and Alfred have walls around their hearts and it takes time to unfold. My favorite parts, though, include the struggle these senior residents face growing older and dealing with life’s challenges. It’s heart-warming and I highly recommend it!


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


Favorite Character/Quote: “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.”


My Rating: 5 stars


Buy it now:

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


Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Graces-Turmoil-Not-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B078GBQY4D/


Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Graces-Turmoil-Not-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B078GBQY4D/


Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graces-Turmoil-Not-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B078GBQY4D/


Peter Perrin


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/


Reviewed by: Mrs. N


Friday Book Round-Up: #Books @NNP_W_Light’s Looking Forward to Reading in 2018 #FridayReads



Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. This is the last Friday Book Round-Up of the year and boy, has it been a fantastic year! We’ve read more than 1200 books this year, some good, some bad but all interesting. As we look forward to 2018, both MR N and I put together this little list of Books We’re Looking Forward to Reading in 2018. Have a peek and let us know the books you’re looking forward to reading in 2018. It’s going to be a very good year!


The Stronghold by Sebastian Bendix  (Author)

18-year-old Bowie is the envy of his peers; the sharpest eye with a rifle, deadly as a viper in hand-to-hand combat, and set to marry the prettiest girl around. Papa Byrne, leader of the Fort Thunder militia, has high hopes for this rising star, sees him as the heir apparent to their Pacific Northwest island stronghold.

That all changes when a plane crashes into the island. Its sole survivor is Alexis, an exotic young woman who looks nothing like the fair-skinned people back at the Fort. Bowie brings her back to the stronghold, throwing the fearful community into chaos. Even his parents worry about what this will mean…

All fears are confirmed when an impromptu mission leaves a young cadet dead and Bowie wounded. Worse still, Bowie is being blamed for the death, framed by his former mentor and banished by a hung jury. The once favored son of Fort Thunder is about to have his eyes opened to the larger world – if he can live long enough to see it.


The Adventures of Harry Morgan by Clabe Polk  (Author)

A collection of three fast-paced crime action novellas featuring an active adventurous retiree, Harry Morgan, a magnet that attracts trouble everywhere he goes. A retired businessman living in St. Petersburg, Florida, Harry owns a sailboat. His friends and long-suffering wife, Jean, have given up trying to keep him out of disasters, but invariably they are also sucked into the story and endure whatever adventure Harry is into until the end.

The three novellas are:
Collegial Conspiracy: An old friend, dying of cancer, asks Harry to help him rob a bank…like Bonnie and Clyde would do it. Against his own better judgment, Harry risks everything – his life, his liberty, even his marriage – to keep a promise to his old friend. And then things really start to get complicated when his friend’s son, Tony, gets involved.

Emilio: What drove Tony to robbery . . . or worse? A drug-addicted college girl and her boyfriend seem to have committed suicide. But did they? What if it was more than that? What if it was murder? Tony is on the hot-seat for manslaughter and blackmail. Harry finds himself playing detective, smack dab in the middle of an investigation that rubs up against the bank robbery he committed and is working so hard to forget. Can he solve the mystery and get away clean?

The Pirates of Cayo Pelau: Harry’s heard all the stories of modern-day pirates along the Florida coast, but that’s never slowed him down. As he teaches his friends to sail in his new boat, he expects mosquitoes and sand gnats . . . but he never expected to stumble onto a slave ring. Now he has to free the captives, put the slave smugglers out of business, and rescue his friends…before it’s too late.


In Deep (Emerald Mountain Book 2) by Stacy Gold  (Author)

Sophie Tremore is trying to build a career in the male-dominated world of Ski Patrol. Hard to do when her new boss is her smokin’ hot ex-lover. She hasn’t forgotten how he made her body tingle and her heart pound, although he’s making it a lot easier by treating her like she’s incompetent—when he’s not ignoring her existence altogether.

Emerald Mountain Ski Patrol Director Max Demford has been doing his best to avoid working with his feisty former flame, given his judgment is clouded by those eight mind-blowing weeks two years ago. Ski patrol is dangerous enough, and no way could he handle another person he cares about getting hurt on the mountain.

Forced to work together, their simmering attraction becomes difficult to ignore. When Sophie gets caught in a slide, an adrenaline-filled day could turn into a spectacular night they will never forget—one that could risk both their careers.


Haunted by Shari Nichols  (Author)

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

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


Searching for Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty  (Author)

While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position working at the consulate in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.


How far would you go to find the woman you love?



The Bishop’s Legacy (World of Shadows Book 3) by Lincoln Cole  (Author)

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.


What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in 2018? Share in the comments below. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!



MRS N, Book Addict



Welcome … let’s scare you to death! Monsterland by @IAmMichaelOkon #bookreview #paranormal



Title: Monsterland (Monsterland #1)

Author: Michael Okon

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Zombies


Book Blurb:

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?


My Review:

Jurassic Park meets The Walking Dead combine into a rollicking fun read!

Welcome to Monsterland… let’s scare you to death.

I’m a big fan of all things that go bump in the night and Monsterland doesn’t disappoint. Filled with classic horror creatures, strong characters and an alternative glimpse into society.

I liked the concept of a theme park where you could see and touch vampires, zombies and werewolves in captivity. A horror zoo, so to speak. I mean, what could go wrong? Everything!

While the plot is, at times predictable, the suspense is well-done. Michael Okon creates a realistic series through dramatic world-building any reader will enjoy while not overdoing it with gore.

Wyatt is a solid yet honest character, especially when you’re dealing with your run-of-the-mill teenage angst. I didn’t care for the bullying that took place but it’s commonplace in literature nowadays.

A ghoulish good tale and I recommend it to any horror/paranormal fan!


My Rating: 4 stars


Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Monsterland-Michael-Okon-ebook/dp/B0751F3B3S


Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Monsterland-Michael-Okon-ebook/dp/B0751F3B3S


Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monsterland-Michael-Okon-ebook/dp/B0751F3B3S


Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/monsterland-michael-okon/1126998959?ean=2940159003454


iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/monsterland/id1292020789?mt=11


Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/monsterland-1


Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35995948-monsterland


Michael Okon


Author Biography:

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.


Social Media Links:

Website http://www.michaelokon.com/


Twitter http://www.twitter.com/iammichaelokon


Goodreads Author Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17091819.Michael_Okon


Reviewed by: Mrs. N


Not Too Old For Love… Grace’s Turmoil by @PeterPerrin44 #romance #seasonedromance #books

Graces Turmoil (4)


Title: Grace’s Turmoil. Not Too Old for Love, Book 1


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?




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 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 a seventeenth century 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.



Buy Links:

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


Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Graces-Turmoil-Not-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B078GBQY4D/


Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Graces-Turmoil-Not-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B078GBQY4D/


Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graces-Turmoil-Not-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B078GBQY4D/
Peter Perrin

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, near London, 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/

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



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


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



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Living in Italy

Living in Italy: the Real Deal

Stef Smulders

Non-fiction, memoir, travelogue

Babelcube Inc


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



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



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



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



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


For lovers of books like

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


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

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



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


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




Author – Marlo Berliner

Genre – Paranormal

Publisher – Teddy Blue Books


Book Blurb

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




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


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


What they don’t know?


Before they can get to heaven…


they may just have to go through hell.



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


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


Or so he thought.


Until Sarah started humming the same tune along with him.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Author Biography

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


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


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

Path of the Traitors Final


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

Author: Charles E. Yallowitz

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy


Book Blurb:

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


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


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


My Review:

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


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


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


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


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


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:

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


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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



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

Author: Lincoln Cole

Genre: Occult Thriller/Urban Fantasy


Book Blurb:

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

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

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

Especially when the stakes are so high.


My Review:

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


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


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


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


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:

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


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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

Intense young man


Title: Crimson Dreams

Author: Georgiana Fields

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Gilded Dragonfly Books


Book Blurb:

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

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


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


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


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


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


“What’s that?”


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


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


“Yes. It sounded hollow to me.”


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


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


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


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


“Why, think your vampire is hiding inside?”


Hardly,” he chuckled.


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


Rose shivered as if she’d entered a tomb.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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




Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge E-Box set.



Kryssie Fortune



Contemporary Romance – Military Romance Anthology



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Book Blurb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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


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


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


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Author Biography

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


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


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


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


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

OWtWHB - Barbara White Daille


Title: One Week to Win Her Boss

Author: Barbara White Daille

Genre: Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance


Book Blurb:

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


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


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


My Review:

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


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


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


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


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


My Rating: 5 stars


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Barbara White Daille


Author Biography:

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


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


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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.




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?




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.




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.




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.




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!




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.




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?




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….




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.





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



MRS N, Book Addict