TODAY’S GUEST~ LAURIN WHITTIG~HIGHLANDER REDEEMED~with #Rafflecopter Giveaway

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LAURIN WHITTIG!!

Why write in the Scottish Historical romance genre?? What is the appeal of this genre in today’s reading market?

I write in this genre because it is what I loved most to read when I started writing romances. I love the genre for a lot of reasons:

I have a Scottish heritage that my grandparents introduced me to when I was ten – the first time I ever heard a bagpipe. I was instantly mesmerized by the sound, and loved the grounding I felt on learning about my Scottish roots as a MacGregor, even though my ancestors left Scotland to come to America in the 1600s. This genre brought that heritage alive for me, the romance story lines making it particularly easy to connect with the Highlanders of my distant past in a personal way.

I love that the highland women were treated more as equals than in most European cultures/countries. Did you know a woman could be a clan chieftain, even back in the middle ages? This allows for truly strong heroines in my books, even if they don’t always realize how strong they are at first.

I love that the land and the weather can be as much a character in the story as any person, and that the conditions the Highlanders lived in forced them to be resiliant, creative, and self-reliant, but also dependent upon each other, in a mutually beneficial way, to survive and thrive.
As a writer I appreciate how much conflict there was in the medieval Highlands, from feuding clans, to English invasions. Lots of juicy story possibilities there.
And then there is what is often now called superstitious beliefs of the medieval Highland culture, the beliefs in magic, other beings – selkies, fairies, brownies, etc., and mystical connections to the land and the people that came before the Scots, via sacred wells, standing stones, stone circles, and other ancient markers, that harkens back to the fantasy novels I devoured in my 20s and 30s, and even now to stories like the Harry Potter series, giving me the freedom to incorporate magical and/or mystical aspects into some of my stories while staying true to the culture of the medieval Highlands.

Also harkening back to my love of high fantasy, I love that the men carry big swords, some people live in castles, and if you want to travel anywhere you have to do it on foot or by horse. Life was challenging in a life or death way, and the people had to be strong enough to thrive in it. The lack of modern technology forces me, as a writer and as a reader, to really imagine life without these lovely things like laptop computers, to figure out things as basic as taking a bath, were accomplished, and why these things we take so much for granted today, were such luxuries, or opportunities for creative problem solving. It makes me appreciate my technology so much more, too!

Oh, and last but not least, there’s nothing quite so appealing as a man in a kilt. It takes a certain amount of self-confidence to carry that off in the modern world, so in my mind anyone wearing anything that might be considered a kilt in medieval times must also have that confidence. And really, what’s sexier than confidence?
So those are the things that appeal to me about the Scottish historical genre both as a writer and a reader. I can only imagine that my readers love at least some of these same aspects as much as I do – especially the kilts!

Thank you for stopping by today! Congratulations on your newest  release! I thoroughly enjoyed HIGHLANDER REDEEMED and look forward to the next installment in this exciting series!!

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Highlander Redeemed
SERIES – Guardians of the Targe
AUTHOR – Laurin Wittig
GENRE – Historical Romance (medieval)
PUBLICATION DATE – May 12, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 272/86,500
PUBLISHER – Montlake Romance
COVER ARTIST – Regina Wamba

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Scotia MacAlpin may be only eighteen years old, but she’s no stranger to trouble. Her latest incident—which resulted in a death and forced her clan into battle—has made her an outcast among her exiled people. Scotia is tired of being ignored and trapped in the shadow of her sister, a gifted Guardian of the Targe; and she’s become hell-bent on destroying the army out to capture the ancient Highland relic for their English king.

Duncan of Dunlairig has looked out for Scotia since she started to walk. She was as restless and reckless then as she is now—only the stakes have become higher and more perilous. While the rest of Clan MacAlpin ostracizes her, he secretly helps Scotia become the warrior she yearns to be. But the real test of her skills may come when Duncan needs her help—and her long-forgotten heart—in this thrilling and romantic Guardians of the Targe tale.

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EXCERPT

Duncan braced himself for the verbal battle to come, but before he could make himself known, Scotia began to move, hesitantly and without her usual grace, but so focused on her task he could almost taste her determination. She watched her feet, letting her weapons go slack in her hands. Even so, he quickly recognized the exercise Malcolm had been teaching the lads a few days ago. She shook her head, then started the series of moves again, talking to herself just under her breath. She repeated the process over and over until, all of a sudden, she flew through the short exercise as if it were a dance she had known her entire life, thrusting, parrying, spinning, attacking the dirt clad roots of a toppled tree. The sharp sound of wood on wood reverberated through the forest like a woodpecker hammering on a hollow log.

His breath caught in his chest. She was magnificent. Beautiful. Strong.

She fought as if demons threatened her life.

And Duncan could not take his eyes off her. She was everything he would expect her to be if he did not know her so well.

AUTHOR BIO

Highlander Redeemed - Author PhotoLaurin Wittig was indoctrinated into her Scottish heritage at birth when her parents chose her oddly spelled name from a plethora of Scottish family names. At ten, Laurin attended her first MacGregor clan gathering with her grandparents, and her first ceilidh (kay-lee), a Scottish party, where she danced to the bagpipes with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, she visited Scotland for the first time and it has inhabited her imagination ever since. She writes bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances and lives in southeastern Virginia. For more information about all of Laurin’s books, visit LaurinWittig.com

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TODAY’S GUEST~ THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM~ MYA O’MALLEY…with #Excerpt and #Rafflecopter Giveaway…**Mature Content***

“The Calm Before The Storm” By Mya O’Malley

Welcome, Mya O’Malley!!
Welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!MBA&M: Why this setting?

I chose this setting during the actual aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. My family and I were without power for close to two weeks and I started to see utility workers from down south on the roads helping to restore power. A story started to take shape in my mind.MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of this genre is to today’s readers?

I feel that readers who experienced Hurricane Sandy or any other large storms might relate to this novel. Also, anyone who has experienced a long distance relationship or one after divorce would be able to relate. There is a lot of family drama involving my hero’s ex-wife. Those people who have dated or married into a relationship with step-children may also enjoy this book. Lastly, I’m hoping anyone who loves a good love story will like reading this one.MBA&M : What is your favorite genre to read for pleasure?

I read many different genres: romance, mystery, thrillers and non-fiction.MBA&M : Who was your inspiration in your writing career?

My family. My grandmother encouraged me to continue with my love of writing from the time I was a small child. My parents, husband and my daughter have all inspired me as well.MBA&M : How do you relax?

One of the ways I like to relax is with a good book at the end of the day. I also love movies and just hanging out with family and friends.MBA&M: What do you wish most for readers to find while engaged in one of your stories?

I hope that my readers find a love story that stays with them and makes them feel happy. I hope my stories reach people. I love it when I hear that my readers connect with my characters.MBA&M : Let’s play a game?

Favorite desert: Chocolate or Donut – Chocolate
Favorite color: dark colors or light colors- dark colors (to wear)
Favorite reading: Contemporary or Suspense- tough one- both!
Favorite vacation spot: Mountains or Beach- Beach
Favorite country to visit: Australia or Scotland- Australia

Thank you for stopping by today! I myself, Enjoy the beach, would love to visit Scotland, enjoy Suspense, favorite desert: Chocolate, and Love dark colors!!
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The Calm After the Storm
By Mya O’Malley


Blurb:

The storm of the century raged through the northeast, causing destruction and despair, millions were left without power and hope. Weeks later, countless people were still devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, Emma Riley among them.

Determined she didn’t need the help of a man, Emma was convinced that she could brave the aftermath of the storm on her own. That is, until Jake came into her life.

After having suffered heartbreak and embarrassment, Jake Mack, a utility foreman, volunteered to travel north from small town, Georgia to assist with the aftermath of the storm. Jake was decidedly done with women. But he didn’t count on meeting Emma or falling in love so quickly. Can he trust this woman or will his past get in the way and ruin the relationship with the one woman he truly loves?

 

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Jake and his crew had now been in the suburbs of New York for a
few days. His first thought upon entering this area was his surprise at the
devastation. Sure, he had heard about the destruction on the news and had seen
footage of the aftermath of Sandy, but it still hadn’t prepared him for the
actual sight of Sandy’s rage. Telephone poles were down, trees were snapped in
two, and houses were completed destroyed by the storm. Seeing all the
destruction only strengthened Jake’s resolve that it had been the right thing
to come. He felt proud to be able to help out and be a part of the solution to
the horrible aftermath of this disaster.
As the day was wrapping up. Jake and Chris met up with some of
their crew in the next town to finish one more area before calling it quits.
The chill in the air was something that Jake had prepared for, but was not
accustomed to. Clutching the new flannel he had purchased right before his
trip, he put it on over his thermal shirt. Thankful for his thermos filled with
hot coffee, Jake grabbed it but quickly tossed it aside.
“Come on, Chris! I asked you to stop drinking my coffee. Now
there’s none left,” he said as he shook his head, irritated at his friend.
Chris looked up at his boss sheepishly. “Sorry, man. I didn’t
sleep well last night. I needed some caffeine.”
“Well, that makes two of us.”
They rode until they approached the utility pole that needed attention.
Jake and Chris were among the first to arrive and got busy setting up for the
job. Within minutes, the rest of the assigned crew trickled in. The workers
were now familiar with the details and routine of this job, so for the most
part they worked in silence, focused on getting this last job done so that they
could grab some dinner and hit the sheets. It was cold and dark, the night
chill settling in upon them. Jake supervised and helped his crew perform their
individual duties as quickly as possible. As they were just about wrapping
things up, Jake headed over to Steve, one of the older guys directing traffic.
He looked frail and tired.
“Hey, Steve. I got this. Why don’t you call it a night, huh? We’ll
meet you at the hotel for some dinner.”
“Nah, Jake, we’re almost done here. I’m good,” Steve said as he
looked up at Jake with glaring dark circles under his eyes.
“Steve, go. I’m serious. Get in a hot shower and we’ll meet up for
dinner. Boss’ orders. Now go and take Andy with you,” Jake gestured toward
another man on the crew who looked like he was ready for bed.
Shrugging his shoulders, Steve made his way to one of the smaller
utility trucks, calling for his co-worker to join him. Jake took over the
responsibility of directing traffic, slowing people down and stopping cars when
necessary. Yawning, he waved a small SUV along, noticing that the approaching
driver was slowing down, much more than necessary. Jake squinted his eyes to
get a better look. The car came to a stop when Jake stepped up to it and its
window rolled down. Looking back at Jake was a woman who appeared pretty, even
in the diminished light. Wait, scratch that—she was stunning, with long, wavy
hair and piercing eyes. His heart faltered just a bit.
“Hi. I wanted to thank you guys for all of the hard work that
you’ve been doing. We really appreciate you guys coming up here. I think I
speak for everyone,” she said as she smiled widely. Her smile hitched his
breath ever so slightly. Jake smiled back. This was certainly a change. Since
he had been in this area, some people waved, some people smiled, others
remained with their eyes straight ahead, but nobody had yet offered any thanks
verbally. So different from the Southern hospitality way of life where he grew
up, Jake mused.
Here it was different, the pace of life was much faster. People
always seemed to be in a rush, and they minded their own business for the most
part. Sure, being so close to the big city must be nice and the landscape was
quite beautiful at times, but he didn’t think this lifestyle was something he
could ever get used to. It seemed too stressful, too impersonal. He would be
glad to be back home when his job was finished.
The woman leaned over and offered Jake a box of donuts, disposable
coffee cups, and a box of hot coffee. Jake was impressed.
“Thank you, that was very thoughtful!” Jake gushed, thrilled at
the idea of hot coffee. He thought he felt warmth spread across his cheeks
despite the chill in the air.
The woman stared back and smiled at Jake for a minute and then set
her eyes on the road ahead. She waved as she pulled away.
“Wait!” Jake called out. “Wait, what was your name?” But the words
were lost. The mysterious woman with the coffee and donuts was long gone.
“Guys!” he called out as his crew worked on cleaning up for the
night. “Guys! Our guardian angel just appeared, and she brought coffee!”

 

The coffee and donuts were gladly received, but the idea that
someone would go out of their way to show a random act of kindness truly
touched Jake. He felt the warm liquid slide down his throat and knew that he
would always remember the woman’s thoughtfulness. Who was he kidding? That
woman’s beautiful face was what he would most remember. He just wished that he
had gotten her name.

 

 

About The Author

Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters.  The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby.  Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy.   She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.
Mya currently has several releases: At First Sight, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and Where There is Love, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. Where There is Love is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press recently released her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled If You Believe. Mya’s first Young Adult book is now available. Miranda’s Choice is a young adult fantasy novel published by Solstice Publishing.  Coming soon is The Calm After the Storm, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York.
  Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child.   Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on.  She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters.   Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica.   Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.
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TODAY’S GUEST~ LILY LEE~ ADDY THE BAT AND A VISIT TO CAT…

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ADDYKINDLETitle: Addy the Bat and a Visit to Cat
Author: Lily Lee
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Length: 34 pages
Release Date: May 15, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1508661900

SYNOPSIS: This is the first in a series about Addy the Bat and her friends. In this adventure, Addy goes to visit Cat with her friend Josie and what an amazing time they have!

With whimsical painted cut-out created pictures, this book is sure to delight children of all ages and bring imagination to life!

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Lily Lee’s first children’s book is to be published this year. She is a well-socialized introvert who, when she isn’t playing with paint or bits of paper or children, is pondering two of life’s most important questions: “Who made that a rule?” and “How can we turn this into a game?”. It wasn’t easy, but she was recently persuaded to give her attention to a few other questions:

Q: Favorite cookie?

A: Anything freshly baked by someone who loves me.

Q: Three things you’d need on a desert island?

A: A good knife, a piece of string and a computer with unlimited high-speed internet access. Oh. And lip balm. Maybe a frying pan. Books! I forgot books! No, books will be on the computer…are a computer and internet access two things or one thing? Wait! I could make string out of coconut fibers! And if there are coconuts, I could make lip balm too! So, now can I take matches, and maybe books? Is a lighter better than matches? … I’m sorry, what was the question?

Q: Are there books that have changed your life?

A:Books are always changing my life, or at least changing my mind, which might be the same thing. Ravenswood is publishing “Addy the Fruit Bat and a Visit to Cat” this year- it’ll be the first of my stories to be set on a page. Does that count as life changing, or is it just really, really exciting?

Q: What children’s books do you most admire?

A: I love simple, good-humored stories that give grown-ups and children lots of fun things to talk about. There are books by Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak and Stephen Kellogg that probably haunt my adult children’s dreams . It’s not just the classics I love though- in fact, if you haven’t read, or read to a child, books by David Somar and Jacky Davis, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Mo Willems, or Laura Nuemeroff, read them as soon as you can. No, don’t. If you do that, you will have no reason at all to read any book of mine. And I would really like you to read my book.

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ADDYKINDLEADDY THE BAT AND A VISIT TO CAT by Lily Lee is an fascinating Children’s Book. What a whimsical and fun tale of Addy, the Bat and her friends. First in a new and exciting Children’s series. A must read for readers of all age, young and old.

Brilliantly written, with vivid illustrations and magical adventures! I loved this fun, inspiring tale of creatures large and small. Highly recommended for Librarians, Educators, parents, and grandparents. A whimsical and cute story of young readers!

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Rating: 5

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW~ JESSIE HART OF HEART’S DESIRE~ T. J. KLINE…with # Rafflecopter Giveaway

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW (Jessie Hart of Heart’s Desire by T.J. Kline)

1) Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jessie Hart and I run HeartFire Ranch. Growing up, it was a dude ranch owned and run by my parents and I helped them, especially when it came to the horses. My dad had just told me that I could start focusing on my real passion, rescuing and rehabilitating abused horses, and use the ranch to do it but they were killed in a car accident. Now I’m trying to run both aspects of HeartFire by myself. Well, not entirely alone, my brother, Justin, sister, Julia and cousin, Bailey help me but they are running their own businesses. I’ve been able to pair some at-risk youth with horses to benefit everyone as well.

I need to make this work. I won’t let my family’s legacy die out on my watch.

2) What is it that makes you different?

Different? I guess that depends on who you’re comparing me to. I’m different than my sister and cousin because they are the nicer women in our family. I think I inherited more than my fair share of my mother’s Latin temper but that also means I’m passionate. I’m different from other women because I don’t balk at doing a man’s job. It doesn’t matter to me what part of ranch work, I’ll do it all – bucking hay, cleaning stalls, mending fences. I don’t have the luxury to be picky about typical gender stereotypes.

3) What’s your greatest asset?

I’d like to think that passion is my greatest asset. I am single-minded when it comes to something, or someone, I feel strongly about. I can’t stomach the thought of horses being sold for slaughter, or left to die in an empty field, when I can help. I’ve seen the lives of these animals change drastically. Some with nothing more than some attention from the foster kids who visit the ranch. And the horses have been able to fill a need and help heal the kids. I’m too passionate about what I do to give up, even in the face of dire circumstances, like bankruptcy.

4) What is your biggest weakness?

Besides my stubborn streak? I have a tendency to set my feet, and my mind, on a certain path and not want to stray from it. If you happen to be on the wrong side of the battle in my eyes, you’re against me and should watch out.

5) What are you afraid of? Have you told anyone?

I’m afraid of losing the ranch, losing what my parents built. I’m afraid of not measuring up to the expectation my father had for all three of us, especially since I’m the only one who hasn’t been able to turn a profit in my business. I’m worried that I’ll have to let the rescue fall to the wayside in order to bring the ranch back into the black and return to running the dude ranch. But I don’t like talking about it. Doing that would be like admitting defeat and I’m not ready for that yet.

6) Have you ever been in love? How did that end?

I have. Eight years ago, Nathan Kerrington came to spend the summer at the ranch with my brother while they were on break from college. He was a city-boy who had no idea what he’d gotten himself into. But, there was something about him that just drew me to him. Maybe I was just young and naïve but when he promised me it wasn’t a summer fling, that he loved me, I believed him. Then he disappeared and I never heard from him again. At least, until a few days ago.

7) What is the biggest goal in your life right now?

The biggest goal is to see HeartFire Ranch as a successful rescue and rehab for abused horses. I’d like to eventually hold camps where at-risk youth can spend time but, (shrugs) a lot of things would have to fall into place for that to happen.

8) Any regrets? Would you go back and change what happened? If so, how? If not, why not?

Absolutely. I would go back to that summer, knowing what I know now, and never give Nathan Kerrington the time of day. I can admit that a piece of me broke forever when I realized he lied. I’ve never forgiven him for it and not sure I ever could. He played my entire family for fools. See, I told you I’m stubborn. (wink)

9) What is the one thing you never want to give up?

HeartFire Ranch, my family. I grew up on this ranch and love every foot of it. Losing it would devastate me. It would be like losing my parents all over again.

10) If you were stranded on the side of the road, who would you want with you and what would you do?

This has happened to me several times until recently when I got a new truck. Honestly, I’d like to be stranded with one of my horses. It might not sound particularly exciting to many people but I’d go for a ride. I’d prefer a horse to a person most days of the week. You don’t have to pretend when you’re with a horse.

Let’s play a game! Pick only one answer. (You can also chose a question from the game above.)

1) Beach or Mountains – Mountains, The Ridge on HeartFire Ranch specifically

2) Car or Truck – Truck, have you seen my new 4×4? It’s a beauty!

3) Popcorn or Candy at the movies? – Candy, I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth

4) Bedroom or Kitchen? – Barn

5) Alpha or Beta? I’m an Alpha and two Alphas don’t usually mix well.

6) Naughty or nice? Naughty

7) Sweet or Spicy? Spicy

8) Her/Him on top or you on top? Didn’t I mention I’m an Alpha…Me on top

9) Handcuffs or Scarves? (arching brow) Neither really but if I had to choose, cuffs

10) Love or Lust? I prefer lust, it’s easier and no one gets hurt.

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Heart’s Desire
Healing Harts # 1
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing April 28th, 2015
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TJ KLINE’s brand new Healing Hart’s series kicks off with HEART’S DESIRE

If you could have anything, do anything… what would it be?

Jessie Hart has a soft spot for healing the broken, especially horses and children, but her business is failing and bankruptcy is looming. The one man who can save Heart Fire Ranch is the last man she wants to take advice from – financial expert Nathan Kerrington – the same man who broke her heart eight years ago.

Nathan Kerrington has it all, except the one thing he’d wanted most – Jessie. Now that he’s finally freed himself from his corrupt family, he wants to make amends. When he’s called in to save Jessie’s ranch, he sees his chance to win her back – if only he can prove to her that she can trust him with her heart…

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TJ KLINE
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.

 

 

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BLOG TOUR~ LADY OF THE FLAMES~ BARBARA MONAJEM, Today’s guest…with #Giveaway and #Review

 

Lady of the Flames
by Barbara Monajem
Series: A Most Peculiar Season
Genre: Regency Historical Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2015

 

 

 

From the desk of….Barbara Monajem
Believing in Fairies

“Every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ another fairy dies.”

That’s a paraphrase of a quote from Peter Pan, and as a child, I found that sentiment so disturbing that it has stuck with me all my life. It’s a horrible thought and so unfair to the fairies. It is my personal policy to never, ever say I don’t believe in this paranormal being or that: fairies, vampires, shape shifters, whatever (although I have to say I would prefer to know for sure that there are no zombies—shudder). As Lord Fen in Lady of the Flames tells Andromeda, “Whether or not you see the fairies, they’re still here.”

I don’t see the point in denying something I can’t see. I mean, what’s the fun of visiting Ireland and not sensing the Little People hovering just out of sight? Why not feel the presence of a friendly brownie in an old English country house, or a buttery spirit (a gluttonous fairy) who dwells in a pretentious mansion? To me, these creatures just add to the magic of life, and there’s always the lingering hope that I *will* see one, one of these days.

And in the meantime, I’m free to bring these characters to life in my books (and hope I don’t offend the real thing). One of the secondary characters in Lady of the Flames is a hobgoblin named Cuff. I hope you enjoy reading about him as much as I did writing him.

I won’t ask if you believe in fairies, because if you don’t, I’d rather not know. But I will ask: which kind of paranormal being would you like to meet?

Magic is fraught with peril—but so is love.

Lord Fenimore Trent’s uncanny affinity for knives and other sharp blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop—an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen’s partner has been accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he may face another unpalatable choice—to resort to the violent use of his blades once again.

Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother’s death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect—and perfectly unhappy—lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night—to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help—it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.

 

 

Years ago, Andromeda had felt no need to talk when with Fen, but now it was uncomfortable, like conversing with a stranger. She took a sip of coffee and ate a sausage roll. She sipped some more coffee. She gazed around the room and finally found something to say.“Did you carve the figures on your looking-glass frame?” she said. As a boy, he had whittled constantly. “They seem so…familiar somehow.”

“They should,” he said with a sudden smile. “I carved it from my memories of the fairies and hobgoblins back home.”

“Fairies and hobgoblins?”

“At your father’s estate,” he said. “Surely you remember Cuff the bedchamber hob, and Heck the buttery spirit, and all the rest.”

“My mother told stories about them,” Andromeda said, nostalgia filling her again. “I must say, I like the way you’ve imagined them.”

Fen frowned at her, his smile fading, his eyes perplexed. “I didn’t imagine them,” he said. “I saw them.”

Andromeda rolled her eyes. “That sounds like something my mother would have said.”

“Because she saw them, too.”

Andromeda began to be annoyed. “Don’t be ridiculous, Fen. She made up stories based on tales she was told as a child.”

Fen shook his head. “You saw them when you were small. You saw Cuff and Heck and the others. We both did.”

“No,” Andromeda said. “We saw movement out of the corners of our eyes and said they were fairies, but we were just playing games.”

Fen’s expression was pained. “You really don’t remember, do you?”

“There’s nothing to remember,” she insisted, wolfing down another cream puff. “As a matter of fact, that happened to me this morning. I had the impression that one of the creatures on the looking-glass winked at me, but of course it didn’t really do so.”

“What a pity,” Fen said.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“That you’ve forgotten. That wink was Cuff’s way of saying good-day to you. He’s somewhere hereabouts. He’s the only one I didn’t have to carve from memory, because he came with me when I left home.” He glanced toward the tin cup and plate by the wall. “He ate the bread and milk I put out, and I gave him the rest of your brandy, too.”

She couldn’t stand any more of this. “Fen, stop this nonsense! We’re in danger from traitors and spies who murder people, and all you can talk about is hobgoblins.”

He went on as if she hadn’t spoken. “I wondered why he came with me when I left, but it’s because he enjoys human company.” He grimaced. “Your father and aunt aren’t his sort of humans. I thought you were, and so did your mother, but evidently you’re not.”

That struck her like a blow. “What do you mean, my mother thought I was. Was what?”

“She had a sizeable amount of fairy blood, so she thought you must have some, too—but perhaps she was wrong.” He paused. “I know I have some. It’s not uncommon for children to see fairies, but I didn’t lose that when I grew up. Not only that, it’s their magic that guides my knives and tools, and inspires me when it comes to furniture design.”

She couldn’t bear it. “Stop it! You’re as—as mad as my mother was.”

“She wasn’t mad, Andromeda.” He sighed. “And whether or not you see the fairies, they’re still here.”

She put her hands to her ears and shut her eyes. After all the chaos of yesterday, this was too much. When he said and did nothing, she opened her eyes again. “Why did she discuss me with you?”

“Who else was there to speak to? Your father and aunt, although worthy people, wouldn’t have understood. They already found her far too strange.”

This was true—but it was because Mama’s mind was unbalanced.

“She knew I cared for you,” Fen said.

His eyes were kind but dispassionate; his use of the past tense meant that he didn’t care anymore, except perhaps as an old friend. Why couldn’t she become accustomed? Every single reminder hurt.

“You believed in them at the time your mother died,” he said. “She gave you that heart-shaped locket, didn’t she?” It still hung at her breast, but she resisted the urge to clasp it in her hand.

“I was nine years old. I believed in many foolish things then,” she retorted. Such as magic, but a household run by her aunt was no longer vibrant with promise or belief in anything much at all. And then, when she was seventeen, Fen had destroyed what little belief remained. She didn’t try to keep the bitterness from her voice. “I learned soon enough what utter nonsense it all was.”

He watched her, head cocked to one side, as if she were some strange, incomprehensible creature. “As a matter of interest, when did you stop believing?”

How dare he ask such a personal question? “What business is that of yours?”

“None, I suppose.” He shrugged and stood. “Stay away from the windows. I’ll see if my valet has found you something to wear.” He took the last of the beignets, set it on a saucer, and left it on the floor by the wall.

As if prying into her business wasn’t enough, now he was mocking her. Did he seriously expect her to believe that a hobgoblin would eat the beignet? Anger stirred and grew within her. “If you must know, it was at the same time I gave up other foolishness, such as believing in love!”

Fen stared at her, his expression incredulous. He left the room, slamming the door behind him. By what right was he upset? Not content with playing stupid games with her, did he really not remember what he’d done to her five years ago?

 

 

LADY OF THE FLAMES by Barbara Monajem is a fast paced Historical Paranormal Romance. #3 in “A Most Peculiar Season”, but can be read as a stand alone. This was my first in this intriguing series, and I had no problems following the storyline.
Fast paced, quick read. Filled with romance, passion, magic, treason, and love. Intriguing and interesting. I intend to follow this series, and go back and read the previous in this series. An enjoyable read, with an interesting storyline and engaging and endearing characters. Any Historical or Paranormal fans are sure to enjoy this quick, fast paced read.

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Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

 

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Barbara Monajem grew up in western Canada. She wrote her first story, a fantasy about apple tree gnomes, when she was eight years old, and dabbled in neighborhood musicals at the age of ten. At twelve, she spent a year in Oxford, England, soaking up culture and history, grubbing around at an archaeological dig, playing twosy-ball against the school wall, and spending her pocket money on adventure novels. Thanks to her mother, she became addicted to Regency romances as well. She is the award-winning author of several Regency novellas, many of which include elements of magic, and the Bayou Gavotte series of paranormal mysteries. Apart from writing, she loves to cook (especially soups), and the only item on her bucket list is to be successful at knitting socks (which she doesn’t expect to achieve). She lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GUEST BLOGGER~ JODY THOMAS~ ONE TRUE HEART….COMING APRIL 7, 2015

 IT IS ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO WELCOME, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR….

JODY THOMAS

{ONE TRUE HEART}

{COMING APRIL 7, 2015}

Pre-order your copy at www.jodithomas.com

jodi thomasWhen I began ONE TRUE HEART I knew I wanted to write a story about a man, Drew Cunningham, who was afraid to live because he believed a terrible tragedy was he fault. One night in the Amarillo airport he meets a woman, Millanie McAllen, who has never been afraid of anything in her life.  She’s crippled up and broken and thinks the last person who can help her is a shy man who looks like he might be a professor.

Millanie has taken care of herself all her life and is touched that this guy thinks he can help her.  She decides to play the helpless role if only long enough to catch a ride to her home town, Harmony, Texas.

Though they are attracted to each other, neither believes in love.  And, like most of us in our real lives, Drew and Millanie are surrounded by friends and relatives who complicate their lives.

When you step into ONE TRUE HEART you’ll step into Harmony where the lives of the people in the town blend together.  You’ll meet Millanie McAllen and Drew Cunningham.  Both hiding out from life for different reasons.  In their love story the gentle, loving man wins out.  As they face the truth about real love they also must both face their fears.

Drew, who is always organized and calm has, what he believes, is the craziest sister on the planet.  She dances in the moonlight and tells fortunes.  In her first session with Johnny Wheeler, he’s arrested for killing his ex-wife.  Kare knows Johnny didn’t do it.  She didn’t see murder in his lifeline.  Johnny thinks she’s nuts, but she’s determined to help him even if she has to draft her big brother to help.

Another story threads its way through the book.  Beau Yates comes back to town for a few days.  He’s a successful singer in Nashville, but deep down knows that all his love songs are about one girl.  He doesn’t even know her name, he simply calls her Trouble.  She used to pick him up after work.  She’d every dream he’s ever had about love.

This story has people who will come to life as you read.  You’ll fall in love with a first love and fall in love for the last time with a forever love.  I hope my characters will walk off the pages for you as they have for me.

Now and then I get a letter or e-mail asking me where Harmony, Texas is.  It’s in my mind.  It always has been.  It’s the small town where people care about each other.  It is as alive as any town I’ve ever lived in and I hope it will come alive for you also.

Happy reading,

 

Jodi Thomas

Thank you, Jodi, for visiting with us and our readers today! It is always such a great pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers!

Congratulations on another hit, with ONE TRUE HEART!!



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Meet Jodi Thomas…

A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state.

With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

“My door is usually open to students all morning,” explains Thomas, who talks to the classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU’s Cornette Library. “They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn’t an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs. I’m hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools.”

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”

While the author toured the country speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters formed a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town engagements.

When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.

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  • Series: Harmony (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268414

 

One True Heart

Millanie McAllen is always logical. But after returning to her childhood home, she learns that some things are beyond explanation—like her undeniable passion for Drew Cunningham…

After finding success as a singer on the road, Beau Yates returns to Harmony to make peace with his dying father—only to find the woman he’s been dreaming of for years. But the secrets they discover might be too much for him to bear…

When Johnny Wheeler is charged with his wife’s murder, he turns to the only person who believes he’s innocent. Fortune teller Kare Cunningham’s life has always danced around reality—but Johnny is able to ground her like no other…

As their paths cross in new, captivating directions, the townspeople of Harmony need to learn to love and let go in order to live together in their little slice of heaven.

Available April 7, 2015

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One True Heart (Harmony, #8)

MY THOUGHTS:

ONE TRUE HEART by Jodi Thomas is another awesome Contemporary Romance set in small town of Harmony, Texas. #8 in “A Harmony” novel, but can be read as a stand alone. Please visit the author’s website for a full listing of this amazing series!

Harmony, Texas just keeps getting better and better, in my opinion. In this one we meet Captain Millanie McAllen, Drew Cunningham, Beau Yates, Johnny Wheeler, and Kare Cunningham.

Filled with secrets, hidden secrets, buried pasts, passion, and romance. Love blooms, as does the promise of secrets buried coming to life. A captivating and intriguing tale of small town life and the people who live in them.

Once again, Ms. Thomas has brought together a cast of characters that are charming, yet some are destructive, passionate, romance and love. A well thought out tale, with realistic characters who have realistic problems. I have enjoyed this series, but I believe “One True Heart” is the best yet, but than we will have to see what comes next in this fast paced, small town story filled with secrets and blooming love. Well done, once again, Ms. Thomas! Highly recommend for fans of small town life, Cozy Mystery, Romance and just a well developed story. Another keeper by Jodi Thomas!

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RATING: 5

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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GUEST POST, HOW I ALMOST KILLED MY FATHER~ NOT WITHOUT MY FATHER~ ANDRA WATKINS…

Please welcome today’s guest:
ANDRA WATKINS
WELCOME, ANDRA!!

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HOW I ALMOST KILLED MY FATHER

I never really liked my father. He was the classic 1960s dad: worked hard; came home and let everyone wait on him; let Mom handle all things kid-related; never talked to me.

When I turned thirteen, he decided to change his approach. He believed he hadn’t taught me anything. His every sentence to thirteen-year-old me started with, “Andra, you need to learn…..”

What thirteen-year-old girl would bond with that?

We shouted down my teens, harangued through my twenties and seethed away my thirties. I rolled my eyes every time I saw Dad’s number on my caller ID. I couldn’t send him to voicemail fast enough. He drove me MAD.

Then his appendix ruptured. He was seventy-seven. He died on the operating table. I only found out I almost lost him when I went to the hospital three days after they revived him. I was busy, after all. Chasing the mid-life dollar at the peak of my income potential. I didn’t have time to drive two hours and sit in a dreary hospital room, couldn’t afford to scrap a planned client trip. When I found out he almost died, I panicked.

I didn’t know my father. At all.

Still, I couldn’t imagine how we could fix our relationship. The pattern of dysfunctional communication was ingrained. Intense. Unalterable. He was almost eighty. Almost gone. I didn’t know what to do, but spending time with him didn’t change our dynamic.

When I decided to walk the 10,000-year-old Natchez Trace to launch my debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, Dad was the last person I wanted as wingman. Things between us were still off. I couldn’t imagine living with my father for five weeks. I mean, I was forty-three years old. I lived on my own for more than two decades.

Sharing a hotel room with my eighty-year-old father? For five weeks? HELL ON EARTH.

His gas was legendary. He called it ‘the paper mill.’ He scratched himself all night while a sleep apnea machine breathed for him, and he wasn’t fond of wearing clothes to cover his almost three-hundred-pound frame. Strangers loved his stories, but I plugged my ears through the five billionth telling.

For some reason, he agreed to accompany me on my journey. While I walked fifteen miles a day on the Natchez Trace, he explored tiny southern towns and regaled everyone with The Roy Show. Usually, he picked me up and dragged me to meet someone, forced me to sign books with sausage fingers and stand even longer on feet that looked like they’d been through a meat grinder. When he got so carried away with his own mystique that he forgot to pick me up, I hated him even more.

Spending five weeks with my dad was the stupidest idea I ever had.

Until it wasn’t.

I wrote Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace to encourage everyone, everywhere, to Make a Memory. We all have family members we love to hate, but we’ll still miss them when they’re gone. They’re family. They’re part of us.

That’s important.

It’s never too late to Make a Memory……..until it’s too late. Think about someone who matters to you. What have you been meaning to do with them? How long have you been putting it off? Won’t you regret it when all you can say is “I wish I had?”

Turn “I wish I had” into “I’m glad I did.” Read Not Without My Father and be inspired to Make a Memory. Right now. Today. Because the memories you make are the pieces you’ll have to cherish when that person is gone.

Thank you, Andra, for stopping by today! What an awe-inspiring adventure!!

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Not Without My Father by Andra Watkins

Not Without My Father 3Title: Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
Author: Andra Watkins
Publisher: Word Hermit Press
Pages: 240
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero?

Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.

After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim.

As Watkins trudged America’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn I wish I had into I’m glad I did.

For More Information

  • Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is available at Amazon.
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About the author…

Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T Maher.

A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University.

She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films.

Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press on March 1, 2014. To launch the novel, she became one of the only living persons to walk the 10,000-year-old Natchez Trace as the pioneers did.

Her trek and her time with her 80-year-old father became the basis of her dysfunctional family memoir Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.

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THE PERILS OF RESEARCH~ KAT MARTIN~ AGAINST THE SKY~ EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY…

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The Perils of Research–Our Road Trip to Alaska

Kat---Ventura-Star(250by175I can’t speak for other authors, but having written more than sixty books, including AGAINST THE SKY, out the end of January, I’m always looking for new story ideas. Which is why, when the opportunity arose to travel for a month to Alaska in a small pickup camper–I said yes.
With a contract for three new AGAINST novels at Kensington, I needed ideas. A trip to Alaska seemed the perfect opportunity to find new plots and develop interesting characters–though the journey wasn’t my first experience with the vast beauty and rugged conditions of Alaska.
MIDNIGHT SUN was the result of my first trip some years back. AGAINST THE WILD, Dylan Brodie’s story, was the first of my three new Alaska books.
In AGAINST THE SKY, the second book in the trilogy, out January 27th, Nick Brodie, a former Anchorage homicide detective, has a serious case of burnout.
Nick wants a new life, something that doesn’t include violence and death. Unfortunately when his neighbor, twelve-year-old Jimmy Evans, comes to him beaten and battered, claiming his father was murdered, Nick has no choice but to help him.
To make matters worse, Nick has a lady friend visiting from San Francisco. Samantha Hollis, owner of the Perfect Pup pet grooming parlor, isn’t cut out for the harsh life in Alaska. Unwillingly swept into Jimmy’s problems, she finds herself on a wild ride with Nick that leads them into passion and incredible danger.
The first kernal of an idea for AGAINST THE SKY arose when we were in Anchorage. Something about the Russian mob? I thought. And how about a woman who can’t deal with Alaska at all?
As the novel took form, we traveled to Valdez, which became the setting for Nick’s brother, Rafe’s, story, AGAINST THE TIDE, which comes out the end of May.
I love road trips, just heading out with no particular destination, simply rolling along, encountering whatever life throws your way. Dealing with flat tires and engine trouble can be exasperating, but there is the also the reward of meeting new people from all different walks of life.
If you love history, you might wind up in a place like Dawson City, way off the grid, the original destination for Klondike gold miners at the end of the nineteen century. A lot of the buildings are still there, still being used, and the streets are still paved in dirt! It’s a town right out of the wild West, a place that attracted authors like Robert Service and Jack London.
People often ask where I get the ideas for my stories and I can tell you that a five-thousand mile driving trip on a two-lane road is stuffed with fodder for books. Whether you’re an author or a reader, it wonderful to open yourself up to new adventures, new places, and new people.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll watch for Nick Brodie and Samantha Hollis in AGAINST THE SKY.
Very best wishes and happy reading, Kat

Thank you, Kat, for spending time with us and our readers!



 

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Release date: 1/27/15
BACK COVER COPY:
ALASKA. In America’s last wilderness there is no limits to what a man can do.
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both …

SHORT BLURB:
AGAINST THE SKY is a fish out of water story. Nick Brodie, an ex-Anchorage cop, is tough as nails, a true man’s man, comfortable in the hard life in Alaska. But Samantha Hollis, owner of a pet grooming parlor in San Francisco likes shopping at Sak’s and a day at the spa. Unwillingly swept into Nick’s problems, Samantha finds herself on a wild ride that leads them in to passion and terrible danger.
It was fun finding ways to make their relationship work when they seem so very far apart. This one’s very fast paced, but it has a soft heart. It turned out to be one of my favorites.

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REVIEW QUOTES
“Against the Sky by Kat Martin sizzles enough to melt a polar icecap. She allows these two polar opposite to find that elusive chemistry that the world craves, but their differences present enough of a challenge that one wonders I love can conquer all or not. Kick in the suspense and danger from the Russian mob and voila! Romantic suspense!”
“Wow, the action scenes are so exciting. I never knew what would happen next.”
“The second book in Kat Martin’s Brodie’s of Alaska series delivers an awesome punch of suspense and romance.”



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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

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Against-the-Sky-cover-(300xAGAINST THE SKY
By Kat Martin

Chapter One

Samantha had almost reached her door when she saw a man walking toward her, tall and heavyset, weaving a little. His suit was wrinkled, his brown hair mussed and falling over a wide forehead. Obviously he was drunk.
She didn’t like the leering grin that appeared on his flushed face as he spotted her and staggered in her direction. Samantha opened her purse and began digging frantically for her key card. She was still searching when the man stopped in front of her.
“Hello there, sweetheart. Aren’t you a pretty little thing?”
She ignored him, kept on digging, couldn’t find the damned card, prayed she hadn’t left it in her room.
“Not talking, huh? I’m Howard.” He stuck out a meaty hand she ignored, finally let it drop. “Want me to help you find your key?”
“No, thank you.” For once, she wished her purse wasn’t so big.
“Say, why don’t we go downstairs and have a drink? There’s a lot of great restaurants in the hotel. What do you say I buy you dinner?”
His words were thick and a faintly slurred, though Samantha didn’t think he was quite as drunk as he had first seemed.
“I have plans.” Like a soak in the tub and an early evening. “Please leave me alone.”
Pain-in-the-ass Howard’s bushy eyebrows went up. “No reason to take that attitude.” He started crowding her, forcing her back against the door. She wasn’t very big and he towered above her.
He moved closer, knocking the shoes she had taken off to soothe her aching feet out of her hand. “Come on, what do you say?”
“I told you to leave me alone.” Samantha set her palms on his thick chest and tried to push him away. “If you don’t leave, I’m going to call security.” She pushed, didn’t budge him. “Please–I’m just not interested.”
“Come on, sweetheart, it’s only a drink.”
He had her completely boxed in against the door, and though her heart was thrumming away, she was more angry than scared. There were hotel cameras everywhere. In another second, she was going to scream.
She might have done it if good ol’ Howard hadn’t suddenly been jerked away like a puppet on a string and slammed hard against the wall. In an instant, he was facing the opposite direction, spread-eagled, legs splayed, one of his beefy arms forced up behind his back.
“Time to go home, buddy. The lady has other plans.”
“What business is that of yours?”
Her rescuer, tall and broad-shouldered with wavy black hair, cranked the arm up higher, drawing a hiss of pain. “I told you the lady has plans.”
“Don’t hurt him,” Samantha said. “He’s just drunk.”
The most amazing blue eyes she had ever seen swung in her direction. “He a friend of yours?”
“Heavens, no. I was just trying to open the door to my room when he walked up and started accosting me.”
The black-haired man turned back to good ol’ Howard, who seemed to have realized the game was up. “Thanks to the lady, I’m letting you go and not calling the hotel police. If you’re smart, you’ll walk away, go back to your room and sober up.”
Howard stiffened. The arm behind his back got cranked a little higher. Howard hissed and nodded.
“Smart move.” Easing up a little, her rescuer released him and stepped away. With a last angry glance, Howard moved off at a loping stagger down the hall, heading back the way he had come.
“You okay?”
Dear God, the man was handsome. With his blue eyes, high-cheekbones, and straight nose, he was one of the best-looking men she had ever seen. The shadow of a late-afternoon beard along his jaw gave him a slightly dangerous appearance that only made him more attractive.
She managed to drag her gaze away from those arresting blue eyes and found her voice. “Thanks to you, I’m fine. Are you a policeman or something?”
“Used to be. Nick Brodie. Glad I could help.”
She smiled. “I’m Samantha Hollis. You came just in time. I really appreciate what you did. Most people would have just kept walking.”
“Not where I come from.”
“Really? Where’s that?”
“Alaska. Up there, people help each other. Sometimes it’s a matter of life and death.” He looked her up and down. “You aren’t very big. That bastard was twice your size.”
“As I said, he was mostly just drunk.”
“I guess.”
Trying to ignore the nerves she was beginning to feel, she grabbed the purse slung over her shoulder and started searching again for her key. She could feel those amazing eyes regarding her with interest.
“I hope I don’t sound like the guy who just left, but is there any chance you might like to join me for a drink?”
Surprise had her eyes flashing back to him. “Seriously? You’re here by yourself?” Impossible, she thought, for a man who looked as good as he did.
He shrugged a set of impressive shoulders. He was wearing jeans and a crisp white shirt, his hair curling slightly over the collar.
“I needed a break,” he said. “Besides, my brother bought me a plane ticket. I didn’t have much choice. How about that drink?”
She should probably say no. She wasn’t going to give him what he most likely wanted. On the other hand, a guy who looked the way he did wouldn’t have much trouble getting laid.
And she did owe him for coming to her rescue.
Samantha looked up at Nick Brodie and smiled. “You know, after my wrestling match with King Kong a drink really does sound good.”
Nick smiled broadly, all white teeth and sex appeal. The bottom dropped out of stomach. Oh, my. Maybe she was making a mistake.
“What are we waiting for?” Nick said. “Let’s go.”

Nick wasn’t sure why he’d asked her to join him. He wasn’t really looking for female companionship. Or maybe he was, but hadn’t found anyone worth the effort. He’d come to Vegas to get away, see the city that had always intrigued him, relax, maybe gamble a little–not too much.
Samantha winced as she shoved her feet back into her high heel shoes, and he remembered seeing them in the hall in front of her door where she had taken them off and dropped them.
He was afraid he’d scare her if he suggested she open the door, go in and get a different pair, but he wanted her to be comfortable.
“I got a hunch those shoes are hurting like hell. Why don’t I wait for you by the elevator? Give you time to go in and change?”
The smile she gave him was so full of gratitude he figured he’d scored another point–besides the one he’d gotten for pulling that big bastard off her.
She opened her purse, found the key she’d been searching for, flashed it in front the lock and opened the door. “Thanks, Nick. I’ll be right there.”
He frowned. The lady was way too trusting. He could have pushed her inside and done any damn thing he wanted. He thought she would have learned her lesson with the bruiser who’d been manhandling her.
His frown slowly faded, replaced by another smile. In an odd way, he found her naiveté refreshing. Still, if he got a chance, he’d talk to her, make her understand the need to be careful with strangers. Clearly, his cop instincts hadn’t faded, probably never would.
Time ticked past. Standing next to the elevator, he checked his watch. She’d been gone fifteen minutes when he spotted her coming down the hall. She’d changed out of her pale peach linen suit into a short black skirt, pink and black top, and another pair of heels, just as tall but open-toed and apparently more comfortable.
“Thanks for waiting,” she said. “I’ve been working all day. It feels good to get into something that isn’t wrinkled.”
His eyes ran over her. “You look fantastic.” Damned if she didn’t. With her heart-shaped face and warm brown eyes, he’d thought she was attractive. Now he could see she was way more than pretty, with a great figure, curves in all the right places, just a hint of cleavage above the neckline of her blouse. She had taken the clips out of her hair, letting the springy light brown curls that hung down her back tumble softly around her face. He wanted to grab a fistful, to see if it felt as silky as it looked.

 


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52 LIKES~ MEDEIA SHARIF~ Meet Valerie, from 52 Likes…with excerpt and #giveaway…**14+ due to adult situations**

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Valerie – Character Guest Post

If you asked me a year ago how I was doing, I would tell you I was miserable. I did something real stupid, something that gave everyone negative ideas. Boys in particular had the worst to say about me, but even the girls didn’t like me. I thought that this school year was going a bit better, that people were forgetting, but they weren’t. Then things got worse.

Something horrible happened to me a week ago, which only my mom, best friend, and a volunteer counselor know about in detail. Also the police, since I reported the crime. I was raped, and somehow classmates heard about it and are spreading twisted rumors about the incident. They made me look like the bad person…again.

With the help of some strange messages from I don’t know who, I’m getting closer to finding out who raped me, because I have a feeling the masked man is someone I know, someone who wants to finish the job. He didn’t just rape me, but also tried to kill me before someone stepped in. I’m fighting for my life.

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52 LIKES
Medeia Sharif
YA Paranormal/Evernight Teen/@ 47K
*Editor’s Pick*

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. Not knowing the identity of her masked rapist and dealing with the nasty rumors about that night are two things that plague her daily. 

Valerie will have to follow ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site. Why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

14+ due to adult situations

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Excerpt:

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With the girls closest to me, I see their Picomatic profile page, which is a reminder that I have a direct message on there. “Did you DM me on Picomatic?” I whisper to Cookie.
She shakes her head, briefly looking up from her notebook. I should be writing too, but can’t concentrate on the five questions Ms. Garland wrote on the board. She’s seated behind her desk as a student approaches her to ask a question. The student is blocking her face, so she can’t see me at all. During times like these, when teachers are busy, I whip out my phone.
I slide my phone out of my pocket and into my lap. It used to be a wonderful distraction that entertained me during boring lectures and educational videos. Seeing others on Picomatic, I’m now dying to know what the DM is about. Even if it’s an inappropriate or harassing one, I need to see it. If it upsets me, I’ll report it as spam. If it’s extremely bad, pertaining to that night, I have to tell someone, even though last year the school didn’t do much in the way of protecting me from the trio, which was the quartet back then since Hector would play their vicious games.
I open my Picomatic page. Selfies abound, some from a few seconds ago. Most pictures are from P.E. or some other class where teachers don’t supervise as much. Some people are taking pictures of work that has been graded, bragging about A’s or criticizing teachers who gave them F’s. I tap the corner, where the direct messages are. If it’s a graphic with THOT or some other message on it, I need to know that’s not who I am. I never was. Be brave, I urge myself.
There’s a DM from someone named 2beautiful. I can’t recall any friends who use that handle. Where the profile pic should be, there’s a close-up of an eye. The eye is lined, with heavy mascara and purple and blue eye shadow. It’s an attractive picture, although eye pics can be deceiving. Sometimes the rest of the person isn’t as pretty. I don’t recognize this eye, although anyone’s eye can be transformed like this with the right makeup.
I scroll down to see the picture message she sent me. I frown, unsure of what this is, who this is. It’s almost pornographic, but not really since it’s just a sliver of skin, although there’s a hint of the girl’s V between her legs.
The picture is of a slender, yet curvaceous naked hip. The bone protrudes slightly and I can tell the girl is pear-shaped. I’m also pear-shaped, which is especially noticeable around Christmas time when I gain five pounds from eating too much during winter break.
This photo of a girl’s hip has 52 likes. I gasp. Is it a photo of me? Did someone take a picture of me at home or in the shower? Then I think back to the rape, of the flashes of light…I thought it was lightning, but I could be wrong. He had pulled me down to the floor and knocked me around. The room was dark. Maybe I didn’t notice every single thing he had done to me. Had the rapist photographed me?

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Author Bio:

I’m a Kurdish-American author who was born in New York City, and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I’m a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I’m a middle school English teacher. My memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.

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TODAY’S GUEST AND NEW RELEASE ALERT~ JESS MICHAELS~ THE OTHER DUKE…with #giveaway

The Other Duke by Jess Michaels
MBA&M: What is the single most important thing you have ever done?
I think the most important thing anyone can do is love and be loved. And I’ve definitely done that. That’s pretty much the best legacy you ever get in this world.

MBA&M: How do prioritize your writing?
After my husband, my writing is my number one priority. I write or promote about 80 hours a week. I’m pretty much always working at this point. LOL

MBA&M: How do you great your creative juices to flowing?
Writing is such a pleasure to me that it’s actually hard to turn the juices off rather than get them flowing. I sit down and my body and mind are trained to write. Even on days when it’s harder, after I get some words going, the switch flips and I’m into the story.

MBA&M: What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
My Mom read to me from before I can even remember, so I don’t know what my first book read to me was. The first book I remembering reading that had a HUGE impact on me was Anne of Green Gables. I wanted so much to be friends with Anne Shirley. Honestly, I still would be.

MBA&M: If you could pick character,main or secondary, as your favorite. Who would it be, from which book and why are they your favorite character?
If you’re talking about from my own books, that would be impossible. I love all my characters and have learned and grown from telling their stories. From another person’s book, I’ll go back to Anne. I would totally hang out with her.

MBA&M: If you could have dinner with one person, real or fictional, who would it be, and where would you go to eat?
Right now I’m in deep introvert mode as the year comes to an end, so I think I’d most like to have dinner with my Mom, Dad, brother and husband in my house. And we’ll be doing just that for Christmas! Our first one together in 13 years!
Thank you, Jess, for stopping by today! Congratulations on your latest release..The Other Duke
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About the author…

Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.
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Jess Michaels’ other books…
WANTON CHRISTMAS WISHES (Anthology) November 18
A MEASURE OF DECEIT (Ladies Book of Pleasures 3) December 9
THE OTHER DUKE (The Notorious Flynns 1) January 13


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About the book…

The Other Duke

The Other Duke by Jess Michaels

The Notorious Flynns, Book 1

For years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement. When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free. Unfortunately, best laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended’s cousin, Raphael “Rafe” Flynn is forced to take over the engagement. But Serafina knows Rafe’s reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome.

She proposes an arrangement: she will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare. Once she has done her duty, he will let her go. Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride. Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him. However, since their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms.

But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride, but to introduce her to desire. While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they’ve made.

 

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