Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: The Hunted by Heidi Angell

The Hunted starts where The Hunters ended. Fury, the Immortal, and Havoc and Screvin, the Weres, are searching for the Were girl who turned Screvin. Fury still wants to hunt vampires, but is going along for the time being while Havoc teaches Screvin how to deal with his new status.
They finally catch up with Avie the Were girl and persuade her to join them despite Screvin's mistrust of the girl. Havoc works with the two new Weres, teaching them to meditate and get ready for the change that will happen at the next Full moon.
It becomes clear that someone else is still pursuing them, and hampered by the two newbies, Fury and Havoc decide to try and escape the hunters.
There's a lot of fighting and good battle scenes here. I liked how Screvin had to learn to deal with his growing feelings for Avie. I also like Avie and the mystery around her was intriguing. I read this as an ARC from the author so there were a lot of grammatical errors, but I'm sure they were fixed before publication. Warning: there's a cliffhanger ending which is something that annoys me, but other readers probably won't mind. I gave this 3 and 1/2 stars and I want to thank Ms. Angell for allowing me to continue the adventure from The Hunters.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Blast - Books Giveaway!

WELCOME TO THE VALENTINE'S DAY BLAST! 

We joined together with many Authors to bring you a list of Romance Books available for you to read this Valentine's Day! 

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A Crazy Homecoming - RABT Book Tours HanksJustice - RABT Book Tours Rock You - RABT Book Tours Control - RABT Book Tours
Priceless - RABT Book Tours Sunset Reads - RABT Book Tours The Trouble With Falling - RABT Book Tours Breaking Free - RABT Book Tours
The Best Seller - RABT Book Tours Love Redeemed - RABT Book Tours All That Glitters - RABT Book Tours  Beauty and the Recluse - RABT Book Tours
Coed - RABT Book Tours Sunset Reads - RABT Book Tours Destiny - RABT Book Tours Evanthia's Gift - RABT Book Tours
No Trouble At All - RABT Book Tours

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wax Wings - The Icarus Song by Sean Casey and The Eloise Mcdaniel Consortium


Icarus has been an inspiration in the arts for centuries and modern musicians are still painting pictures or writing music about his flight to the sun. I like this modern interpretation.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Promo Blitz: A Northern Rebel by John J. Schaffer


Historical Romance
Date Published:  February 2016
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Jameson Hartford and his wife, Abigail, return to their home in South Carolina to claim his inheritance, the Serenity Plantation, where he is determined to free all his workers and put an end to the evils of enslavement. He encounters hostility and hatred from family, friends, an entire community, and even his wife, as he steadfastly holds to his beliefs. Through the ordeal, he meets and falls in love with Delilah, one of his female workers, which further complicates the volatile situation.
Outnumbered and alone, he must sacrifice everything as he attempts to liberate Delilah and her people, facing confrontations, treachery, and even betrayal, culminating in a final deadly showdown between precious freedom and extreme prejudice.
A Northern Rebel is a romantic adventure that touches on human emotions and forbidden love amidst the rich backdrop of the old South at the onset of the Civil War.

Excerpt

Jameson tossed and turned until the wee small hours of the
morning, unable to fall asleep. His thoughts were filled with the
events of the day: Abigail, Bethany Sue, and especially Delilah.
He felt guilty about Abigail and shocked by Bethany Sue but
couldn’t get Delilah out of his mind. She suffered so much at the
hands of unscrupulous men. He decided to rise, get dressed, and
go down to slave row to be sure she was all right. He carefully
opened the bedroom door, and being reassured that Bethany Sue
was not there, he crept along the wall and down the stairs, finally
reaching the main door. He turned the knob and pulled the door
open, letting the hot, moist air engulf him.
He started down the path then suddenly stopped, wondering
what he would say to her. Would she think he was coming to take
advantage of her, to hurt her like his brother did? He decided this
was not such a good idea and it would be in his best interest to
go back to the house. He turned to retreat but was stopped by
a voice.
“Mista Jameson?”
He turned around to see Delilah standing there; looking
absolutely beautiful bathed in the pale moonlight.
Startled, he began to ramble. “Lilah, I couldn’t sleep. I was
concerned, I mean, worried about you. I wanted to be sure you
were all right. You were so sad. I wanted to say again how sorry
I was.”
She walked toward him.
He kept on speaking. “Abigail left me. She thought you and
I… Well, uh, I mean, she’s gone back to her mother.”
Delilah said softly, “I know. I saw her leave.”
He continued nervously, “I want you to know that you
never have to fear me. I would never hurt you or force you to do
anything you didn’t want to do.”
Delilah looked seductively into his eyes and whispered, “You
wouldn’t be forcing me.”
Jameson, confused for a second, did not know what to make
of this beautiful brown woman. He stuttered. “Are you saying, I
mean, that you… and I, that is, you would—”
She softly spoke. “You’re the first white man who ever talked
nice to me or even treated me with any kindness. You saved me
from that horrible Mista Slycott, and you care enough about me
and my people to give us our freedom, even though it puts your
life in danger. You’re the most wonderful person I ever met.”
She leaned in close to him and pressed her moist, soft lips
firmly yet gently on his. He did not hesitate and kissed her in
return. She tasted so different yet so delicious. They looked deep
into each other’s souls; she could see the desire in his eyes, he
could read the need in hers. They would never forget this moment
for the rest of their lives.
Delilah joined her hand into his and slowly led him into
the barn. They crawled onto a pile of hay and began to kiss each
other passionately. She started to unbutton his shirt. He, in turn,
removed her dress. They fell into each other’s arms and gave into
the temptation and the lust. They wanted each other badly.
He ran his hands up and down across her young body, touching
her first with his fingers and then with his lips. She returned the
affection with eager anticipation, exciting him more and more with
every touch—caressing, hugging, and kissing so deeply as they united
their two bodies in love. It was a love neither one of them understood,
but that didn’t seem to matter, as his lighter tan skin and her darker
brown skin blended together into a beautiful shade of brown. Their
state of ecstasy grew stronger and stronger, finally releasing all the
pent up fear and anxiety in the beauty of the moment.
Then they lay exhausted yet content in each other’s arms,
enjoying the forbidden love each one felt for the other. They
were lost in the moment and did not care about the time until
they heard the rooster crow. Reality was calling them back. They
hastily got dressed. He couldn’t resist a last kiss before letting her
leave, hoping this was not the end. They made no promises to
each other, for they both knew the risks and perils of their tryst.
However, he just couldn’t erase the big grin he had on his face as
he made his way back to the house. They couldn’t help turning
around, looking back at each other and smiling one more time,
wishing the moment did not have to end. He could still taste her
sweet scent in his mouth and vowed to himself to preserve the
memory for as long as possible until he could taste her once again.
Delilah was also smiling and dreaming of a love she knew
could not be. She slowly sauntered back to slave row only to find
the other slaves in turmoil.



About the Author


John J Schaffer has always enjoyed writing. He graduated college receiving a BS degree majoring in Marketing, with a minor in Psychology. Working in advertising for various major pharmaceutical and industrial corporations, he created, wrote and produced a wide range of promotional materials and literature for dissemination to physicians and sales representatives, winning several AGA awards for his works. He has a vivid imagination for creating memorable characters and situations, being able to bring an original idea to life. This is John’s first novel, and he is currently working on the equally exciting sequel to this fascinating and poignant saga. John plays guitar and also writes songs, receiving accolades for his original compositions while being a part of a rock group in the 70’s. He has also played and sang at church services during that time period. John was born and grew up in Elizabeth and currently resides in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Release and Book Review: Staying Grounded by Marianne Rice

STAYING GROUNDED by Marianne Rice
A Rocky Harbor Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Release Date: January 17, 2017

Graham Riley enjoys the laid-back freedom of a pilot’s life—until one choice puts his career in jeopardy…

Graham loves his job—it allows him to escape his troubled past and the stigma of being a murderer’s son. But after an altercation with a drunk passenger is posted on social media, he's forced to go on administrative leave until his name can be cleared. To get his wings back, he must attend anger management classes, and to avoid the media frenzy near his home base in Texas, he heads to Rocky Harbor, Maine.

Responsible therapist Maggie O’Fallon wants a stable relationship with a man who’s not going anywhere…

Maggie grew up with parents who were never around, physically or emotionally. Needing steadiness in her life and in a relationship, she only dates men with normal jobs. But when Graham walks into her office and flashes his charming steel-blue eyes at her, she's at a loss for words. Torn between her ethics and her heart, Maggie asks Graham to see a different therapist so they can explore the chemistry between them.

He has everything she’s been looking for—except stability…

Maggie touches something deep within Graham and he panics, pushing her away, too scared to face his feelings. But when a private investigator threatens to discredit not only Graham, but Maggie’s practice as well, he is faced with two choices. Fight…or take flight.

Battling a lawsuit and his heart, Graham must decide what’s more important—the life he thought he wanted…or Maggie. Maggie might be the only thing that will ever help Graham
Stay Grounded.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, cuddling with her husband, a drink in one hand, a romance book in the other.

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Review:

I was given an ARC by the author and I'm glad she did. Graham Riley is an interesting hero, a pilot who defends those weaker than himself, but who also masks his empathy with jokes and sex because of his abusive childhood. Maggie O'Fallon is a therapist in the small town of Rocky Harbor assigned to treat Graham by the airlines after an incident with a drunken passenger.
There is an instant attraction and Maggie refers Graham almost immediately to another therapist. She has her own issues from her childhood and is looking for someone who wants to settle down, which isn't Graham - or is it?
I really enjoyed this story. It goes into a lot of depth with the backgrounds of the main characters which made them all the more real. Of course, it's set right outside where I live now so it's fun to read about the Old Port, Fort Williams, and other local attractions that are interwoven into the story. I can't wait to read the stories of the other Riley siblings.

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Release: The Dragon in the Garden by author Erika Gardner






Contemporary Fantasy 


Date Published: Eformats- 2/19/16, Print 10/21/16

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing


There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. 
No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she 
could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s 
wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, 
her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.

It’s time to find out why she has this power.

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an 
ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and 
Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a
 choice that will decide humanity’s future.




Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis
and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a
scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing
full-time in 2011.

Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their
chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations,
or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World),
you can find her online at www.erikagardner.com.

Contact Information

Website: www.erikagardner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Erika-Gardner-Author-423796817705288/

Twitter: @Erika_Gardner

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14899131.Erika_Gardner


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Amazon: Kindle- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AOWGL4C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B01AOWGL4C&linkCode=as2&tag=tirgeapubli09-20&linkId=Q2DUA7M3CPXQYFIS

Print- https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Garden-Erika-Gardner/dp/1910234249/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=tirgeapubli09-20&linkId=a8d4760072a8eae0ce52637c6cf4c285

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-in-the-garden-erika-gardner/1123278539

Kobo: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dragon-in-the-garden-erika-gardner/1123278539

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-dragon-in-the-garden/id1076426217?mt=11

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Some new Irish music - Connla

Connla was named the best new Irish group of 2016. A big thanks to Charles de Lint for bringing them to my notice