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Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” has won writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she is a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions and her six children. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.




Q&A With the Author:

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Confidence is a major stumbling block. I always worry that my books aren’t good enough and that my latest manuscript–whatever it is–is the most ridiculous, worthless drivel that has ever had the misfortune of being put on a page. I usually overcome it by talking to a critique partner. Reading fan mail sure helps, too.
What kind of music do you listen to while you write?
I like either classical music or new age–nothing with lyrics or a drum beat. There’s a Pandora station called Regency Classical that I like to listen to while I write those first few chapters. It help me create that believable Regency feel.

 

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“Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril. Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone. Jocelyn will do anything to clear her father’s name, even if that means working with Grant. Time is running out. The future of England hangs in the balance…and so does their love.”

 

 

Snippet:
She glanced back at the doorway. He had arrived. With
hair as dark as a starless night, a tall figure clad almost entirely in black
strode toward them. Something shifted inside her and she took a step back from
his presence of power. As he neared, his air of deadliness swept ahead of him
like a giant clearing the path. Piercing gray eyes set in his fearsomely
handsome face caught and held her gaze as he drew nearer.
She chided herself. Grant Amesbury had protected her.
Why everything about him seemed so deadly tonight, she couldn’t explain, but
she surely had nothing to fear from him. Firmly wearing the role of hostess,
she moved to welcome him. He was dressed in beautifully tailored clothing, as
fashionable as the clothes he’d worn the night he’d brought home Jonathan. His
new haircut and style gave him Town polish.
“Welcome, Mr. Amesbury.” She sank into a curtsy.
He inclined his head. “You look lovely.” The words
fell awkwardly from his lips as if he’d rehearsed them. She doubted he often
paid compliments to anyone.
“How kind of you to say.”
He paused and focused on her. Something changed in his
expression. He studied her in a way that sent heat from her face clear down to
her toes. Oh heavens, if these were the kind of looks he was capable of giving,
he clearly was dangerous to ladies, but not in the way she’d thought.
Her attention zeroed in on his lips, and hers tingled
in response. Powerless under his stare, she wrenched her gaze from his and
nervously touched her brooch as if to assure herself it remained in place,
anything to restore her good sense, which had quite literally failed her for a
moment.

 

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Excerpt Tour: Christine by Marie Piper

Each Sunday for ten years, the young and prominent Maidens of Mapleton club have met in the town schoolhouse and told each other all. A town with a violent past, now-booming Mapleton dotes on its favorite daughters: Christine, a performer at the town’s beautiful music hall, Mina, the daughter of the newspaper owner, Esme, a ward of the church and Lucy and Elizabeth, daughters of the widower Mayor-one ladylike, the other a hellion.

Slowly, the truth begins to cloud. The pieces of the past don’t add up, bad dreams are haunting Esme, and familiar tales and faces fail to comfort. In this five novella series from Marie Piper, comprised of Old West adaptations of gothic/horror tales, the Maidens find their friendships tested, fall in (and out) of love, and are forced to unravel the mystery of that one terrible day. What really happened on the day of the Mapleton Massacre?

In the first installment, CHRISTINE, there’s a music hall under new management, a mysterious patron, a dancing girl turned soloist, and murder to boot. It’s a Western romance tribute to a story that has delighted for decades, this time with a mystery girl squad!

One
 
Never had Opal Hall shone as brightly as on the night of the Masquerade Ball. At the time, it was the grandest place I had ever seen. The stagehands had worked non-stop to polish every piece of ornate engraving on every staircase and doorframe, and had added plentiful fresh flowers and new pieces of art on every surface. People in elaborate costumes were already flocking to the hall when I walked up, and I was glad for it. With the whole town in attendance, I could hide in plain sight.
My angel costume, created from the old dancer’s swan outfit, fitted my form until it swelled with lush white skirts trimmed with feathers and bared my shoulders. Wearing it was bold, but knowing I’d be in a room full of people in masks had given me confidence. The costume made me feel beautiful and, what’s more, it made me feel powerful. On a night as important as this one, both were needed. I had also donned white tights and heeled boots adorned with lace. Lucy and I had figured out together how to make a set of wings from reeds and paper, so the elaborate appendages trailed behind me. I’d also attached a small gold crown like a halo to the hair I piled high. My white mask, also feathered to match the gown, completed the look.
“Miss Dale,” Rafe exclaimed when I arrived at the theater. “You’re an angel.”
“Of course I am.”
His costume was simpler: head to toe black with a long cape and a black mask. In contrast to me, he appeared a devil. Perhaps that was the point.
Two
 
Something shifted in the crowd.
Heads turned to see a red devil coming into the theater from the lobby. He cut an imposing figure, his already impressive stature topped by the addition of a grand red hat trimmed in silver, cloaked in red robes with a terrible white half-mask.
He clapped as he entered, headed directly for me.
And I knew immediately who it was.
Once he was only a foot away from me, he bowed grandly.
Mr. Flaherty cued up the band for a polka, and I stepped down to the floor. “The Masque of the Red Death,” I said with a mischievous smile, my former worries about his absence from the Ball far from my mind now that he was smiling in front of me. “Well done.”
“I hear Maidens enjoy Poe from time to time. And every devil needs an angel.”
“Well I hope you’re not allergic to chicken feathers. This cursed costume is shedding them everywhere,” I laughed, feeling relaxed for the first time that night.
“My angel, even a rattlesnake bite couldn’t keep me away from you.”
Marie Piper lives in Chicago, but writes Romance and Erotica usually set in the old west. Her short pieces are available in anthologies from LoveSlave, House of Erotica, Coming Together, and Torquere Press, as well as via NineStar Press. The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, is being released by Limitless Publishing. (HAVEN’S FLAME, Book #1, is out now. EMMA’S BLAZE, Book #2, comes out on March 15th!) When Marie isn’t writing, she’s likely out exploring the Windy City, gathering more books for her hoard, or happily drinking coffee and reading. There’s also a strong possibility she’s wasting time on Twitter.
Twitter: @mariepiperbooks
 

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I am retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

I also conduct Medieval/Short Story Writing Workshops in Elementary/Middle School classes. Contact me if you are interested in holding a workshop for students: ccarpinello@mac.com.

Q&A With the Author:

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
My biggest struggle is figuring out how to get my characters to the next pivot point in my stories. That’s when I put down pen and paper and spend time going over different scenarios in my head. Sometimes that takes a few hours, but usually it’s a few days.
What kind of music do you listen to while you write?
My favorites are Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men.

 

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history…. 

 

She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. 
For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?
However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

 

 

Snippet:
At the bottom of the stairs, Guinevere paused
and peeked out the door.  Seeing no one,
she stepped out into the bailey, thankful for the clouds that hid the
moon.  Focused on the outer door across
the courtyard, she missed seeing the figure that slid out of the shadows and
followed her.
            Guinevere
glanced once more around the bailey as she reached the outer door.  The shadow following her hugged the building
as the moon drifted out from the clouds.
She crept through the door and turned to the right.  Keeping in the shadows and close to the
stable wall, she managed to work her way to about twenty yards from the edge of
the forest.  Taking a furtive look around,
she stole across the open grass and slipped into the trees.
            As
she disappeared from view, the figure following her moved through the outer
door.  As Guinevere had done, this figure
kept close to the stable wall, staying within the shadows and watching the tree
line for any movement.  Seeing nothing,
the shadowy figure moved out into the moonlight, revealing himself to any who
happened to be watching, but there were none.
Those not in bed stayed in the hall enjoying themselves too much to
venture out into the late night.  The
moonlight bounced off his grey gown and illuminated his white hair, making it
appear ghostly.  Merlyn quickened his
pace, not wanting to fall too far behind.
            Guinevere
crept along the forest path.  The
fragrance of wet pine filled her senses.
Suddenly, the faint sound of a voice off to her right reached her ears.  She turned and moved cautiously through the
trees and brush.  The  calming quality of the voice dispelled her
fears.  As she moved closer, the voice’s
volume increased very little.  Whoever it
belonged to continued to whisper to someone, although Guinevere heard only the
one voice.
            Through
the leafy oak branches, Guinevere made out the shape of a tall, slender woman
dressed in a white hooded robe.  Edging
closer she saw that the woman stood in a small clearing.  Moonlight filtered down, descending almost
like a halo around her.  With the woman’s
hood up, Guinevere was unable to discern any other physical features.  The woman continued to talk to someone
concealed by her body.  Intrigued,
Guinevere moved closer, careful not to make any noise.  While the woman did not move, from time to
time her arms reached out in front of her, for some reason unknown to
Guinevere.
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Review: Fate’s Cry by Jalpa Williby

The guilt ate her up all these years. Maybe if she were home that night, she could have saved them. Ryan and Tori were so young…too young. They were good kids, always helping their mom. They did what Kelsey didn’t do. Where Kelsey had failed, they had shined. Now, standing on the ledge, she shuddered, not sure if it was from the chill of the night or the horrific memories. She stared down below, the ground a few hundred feet away. Instead of being afraid, a sense of peace encased her. It would be so easy to end it now. All of the pain would go away, and maybe she could find her family again.

30149962The loss of a loved one…or loved ones, can mentally and physically destroy someone from the inside out. The loss of loved ones can make someone become a monster as well. Williby takes her readers through a whole new emotional rollercoaster with this story. Fate’s Cry is a captivating tale about two unlikely individuals who fall in love over a long period of time.

Kelsey has lost her family. She has lost everyone that she has ever allowed into her heart and now…she has found something that has made her live again. She has found her true calling, the police department. Upon meeting a tall, dark and mysteriously attractive man on one of the most desperate times in her adult life, her sadness slowly dissipates when they are together. At first, feeling uncomfortable with knowing so little about this man, she knows in her heart that he is her protector. Going by the name of Damien, this is one of the only things that she knows about him, but she can’t escape the strong pull between them. After getting too close one night, the sexual tension almost unbearable, Damien leaves her in a confused haze…leaving Kelsey to fall back into her depression. During that time, Kelsey begins to learn how to forget about Damien, especially by focusing on catching a new killer in town. When this killer sets his sights on her, she knows that she can’t slip up—not even once…then Damien comes back after four painfully long years. Will Damien be able to protect her? Kelsey knows that Damien has his secrets, but can she trust him to be her protector against this killer?

Williby has wonderful character development with this novel…and an unexpected paranormal twist. Her characters have strong emotional backgrounds and the plot, while slightly predictable—is still very much creative and entertaining. This story begins slowly, but then picks up drastically and makes it easy to finish. The grammatical and spelling content are both fine, it won’t prevent the reader from enjoyment. If you are a reader of supernatural or paranormal suspense, this may be perfect for you.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

Star Rating

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Cover Reveal: The Sister Code by Haley Allison

Two sisters. Two missions. One recipe for disaster.
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Coming August 2nd, 2016

The Sister Code (D.O.R.K. Series Book Two) by Haley Allison
Published by Limitless Publishing
Cover Design by Redbird Designs
Stock Photos via Big Stock Photo
★ SYNOPSIS 
It doesn’t take
Madison Daley long to figure out Beverly Hills isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
Madison is still in a state of shock. Not only is her
favorite actress, the famous Jessica Redinger, her mother, but she also has an
identical twin, Raven Redinger. Raven is everything Madison wishes she could
be—popular, famous, and cool under pressure—so she agrees to use their twin
status as a ploy to increase their celebrity appeal.
The deal also includes Madison keeping her hands off Raven’s
ex, the charming Giovanni Abate. But after an unfortunate incident during a
family trip to London, Madison realizes just how unreliable family can be.
Giovanni is certain
he knows which twin he wants…
Madison returns to L.A., humiliated and shunned by her
mother’s side of the family, and determined to focus on building her band. Her
attention is diverted, however, when Gio is quick to admit he’s still got
Madison fever. She knows he’s off-limits, but when you combine his undeniable Italian
good looks with a heartfelt confession, Madison can’t help but fall right back
into his arms.
As their birthday
approaches, the twins’ relationship hits a breaking point…
Madison’s mother has been holding back a secret, and it
turns the entire family’s world upside down. Raven has her own plans for
Madison, though, and she isn’t about to let her back out on their deal now.
Will Madison ever be accepted as one of the famous
Redingers? Or is there a high price to pay for breaking…
The Sister Code

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★ ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

HALEY ALLISON

 

Haley Allison is a South Carolina native. She discovered
a love of writing at age fourteen and hasn’t been able to turn off the motor
fingers since then. Today she lives in a quiet country home with her husband,
son, and Boston Terrier. She is a Graphic Design major at Southern New
Hampshire University and hopes to graduate with a B.A. degree sometime in the
next couple of years. Her hobbies include composing piano music, nature
photography, and blogging about books and authors.

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Musician, author, and avid Star Trek fan, Nanette loves anything that challenges her mind and enlightens her spirit. She got the idea for her book series from her faith and love of family. Wouldn’t it be neat to travel back and forth through time to discover hidden powers and your true potential? Nanette thought so, and thus began the Doorway series. Believe is the first of seven books designed to entertain and inspire both young and seasoned readers. She is a frequent hiker at Glacier National Park, loves her dear husband and family, and when she isn’t writing, takes her dogs on long walks.



Q&A with the Author:

1.  What inspired your book?
I always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. I wondered what would happen if Harry went to Narnia, and so my Doorway series was born. It’s a combination of my faith and the fantasy worlds I love to immerse myself in, taking readers to a world they once knew, a world they long to return to. 
2. How do you spend your free time?
I serve in my church and family, conduct a symphonic band, work out, walk my dogs, and I find ways to turn a sad situation into a happy one.

 

 

 

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Every great warrior begins by taking a stand.
 
Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives. Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?
 

 

When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

 

 

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

 

 

 

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
  1. Nanette
    is a huge Star Trek Original Series fan. She and two friends took the
    train from NJ into NYC to go to one of the first Star Trek Conventions
    when she was twelve years old—they went without parental guidance,
    something you could do back in the day.
  2. Nanette’s
    dad is from Egypt. She and her family spent two summers there when she was
    a child, and she vividly remembers standing next to one of the paws of the
    Sphinx and marveling at how big it was.
  3. Nanette
    plays the trumpet and violin, became a music teacher, and still conducts a
    musical group today—the Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony, which is
    the only alumni band in existence, we think.
  4. Nanette
    loves dogs so much, she put her two dogs and her mom’s dog in her book.
  5. Nanette
    fell in love with a man so wonderful, she married him and then followed
    him to Japan for six months while he completed a job commitment. That’s
    where she found the gospel, too.
  6. Nanette
    could visit Glacier National Park every year and not get tired of hiking
    the many trails, but she lets her husband drive Going to the Sun Road.
  7. Nanette
    secretly wishes she could serve in Primary (the children’s group in
    church) for the rest of her life. Who is she kidding? It’s no secret.
  8. Nanette
    loves aviation, still entertains childhood dreams of being an astronaut,
    and picks an aviation themed piece of music to conduct in her wind
    symphony for each concert.
  9. Nanette
    is a convert to the LDS church, which she still thinks is the second best
    decision she ever made, next to marrying her wonderful husband. (He found
    her first, she found the church nine months later.)
  10. Nanette
    and her husband have black belts in karate and iaido, the Japanese art of
    drawing and cutting with a long sword. They never argue about who has to
    do the dishes when they can easily spar over it.
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Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Guelph, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She’s wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories….along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.



Q&A With the Author:

1- When did you know you wanted to write books?  From about age five. I would always narrate things in my brain—all the things around me. I used to make up stories about people I’d see all the time. I even wrote a continuing story for my dance class that the teacher would read at the beginning of class every week.

 

2- What does your writing process look like?  The past year I’ve been doing a lot of editing for other authors. But that has kept me from writing. I intend for next year to be spent, predominantly, writing. It’s very sporadic right now, whenever I can fit it in, but I want it to become more of a fixed schedule. I like to write with music on or a horror movie on in the background, and also watching my bunbabies at play.


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Could Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.
 
Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s lies—become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

Awards
 
2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery

2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook


Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!


Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
1.
I have four housebunnies, who
are spoiled to death. They have their own room, filled with toys, off the
living room. Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett.
2.
In college, I lived in a
haunted house. The ghost would turn the light on (light bulb with a chain) in
the front closet every night at 9:00 PM. No one would ever believe me until
they saw it. It moved other things around too in a non-harmful way.
3.
When I was little, I was
obsessed with Dinosaurs and used to have this little plastic set I played with
all the time.
4.
Eating gluten makes my
Rheumatoid Arthritis go crazy, so I make all my cookies, cake and pizza dough
with nut flours and can make pretty much anything you could make out of regular
flour. Believe me when I say diet is what controls disease. I laughed at my
naturopath when she first told me this, but then had to admit how wrong I was.
5.
My favorite colors are red and
black…together. I don’t have a single favorite, must be those two together. I
try to make as much of my wardrobe as possible in these colors.
6.
In college, I was in every club
the English department had and between them and studying, had no free time. But
they were nice enough my senior year to name an award after me, which they
continued to give every year.
7.
I wanted to write a book since
the age of five, but once, I wrote a story for a Star Wars competition. My
mother was so critical, I rewrote it (and the second one sucked), completely .
I was nervous after that, and it took me six years to finish my first book, in
large part because of that incident.
8.
I can be competitive,
especially when someone is mean to me. I took an idea to one of my English
clubs in college for the upcoming alcohol-free mix off. One of the girls said
it was stupid in a very snarky way, so I went to a different club. We did a
whole Death’s Angst theme and even wrote a poem about how Death felt cheated,
since no one was driving drunk that night. We had a little graveyard with names
on the stones like, “Danny Drovedrunk.” We took Best of Show with the huge
trophy, and the college kept our poem to use at future mix offs, since we’d
followed the message they were trying to get across so well.
9.
It’s my dream to move to
Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories in Canada. I moved to Ontario from
Vancouver when I met my husband and hate living here. I regret leaving the
beauty of the west behind and hope next year to be living in this place, which
is so beautiful and offers so much more opportunity. I think it would offer so
much more writing inspiration too. Northern Lights are one thing I haven’t
experienced yet that I’m dying to see in person. Plus, I love snow, so it’s a
win-win.
10.
I was a breech baby when I was
born, and almost killed both myself and my mother at birth. The doctor let me
go too far for surgery and she ended up being in labor for over 48 hours.
Perhaps it was this early brush with near death that gave me such a love of the
macabre.
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Review: Mistletoe & Murder by Laina Turner

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In this short story, Presley goes home for Christmas expecting it to be a relaxing holiday until her old boyfriend, Brian, asks for her help finding out who has been stealing from him and it turns from theft to murder. Why would anyone want to kill Tommy and what was he hiding?

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Author PhotoAs a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

 Review

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Cooper and I walked up to where Brian was standing outside his shop. I gave him a hug. He looked awful, but finding a dead body would do that to you.

Murder and Christmas?! So…not expected, except—when there is a book title like Mistletoe & Murder. Turner’s fifth installment is captivating and a wonderful continuance in The Presley Thurman Mysteries. Plot twists are always something that this author enjoys throwing into the mix; however, this book was fairly predictable. That isn’t necessarily a terrible thing—the book still holds interest and mysteries are always intriguing as far as the “hows” and “whys” in regards to the method of which the investigators come to their conclusions with the clues that are presented. It is fairly evident that readers will still be hooked to this series after reading this book, but what does the next installment hold for Presley?

Everyone is coming together back to Alkon for Christmas…Jesse and Ashley, Cooper and Presley—and another murder. That’s right! The small town of Alkon is experiencing a tragic, yet unexpected news break again. Upon everyone’s arrival at their parents’ house, a friend of Presley’s calls soon enough to ask for their help with some missing tools. Why? Because, Presley is now a seasoned pro at finding culprits…if only she would think about going into the law enforcement field—but alas, that does not interest her in the least bit. As a friend, Presley agrees to help Brian with finding the missing tools, but then the person that they suspect of theft winds up dead and now…Presley is definitely on the case. With Cooper’s help, they are not only looking for the thief, but now a cold blooded killer too!

Turner does a superb job with character development. All of her characters are continuously portrayed with accurate precision from the previous novels within this series. The writing isn’t as clean as the second or third installment, but not terribly exhausting either. The grammatical and spelling errors in this book are consistent with the first book in the series and will need a little work. This story is a fast-paced novel like the others, which makes it very easy to read. If you are a reader of mysteries within a series, you will enjoy reading this book. It is highly recommended that readers begin with the first book called Stilettos & Scoundrels because there are many events that revert back to previous book scenes and situations.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.


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Review: Shadow Born by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton

I am not even remotely ashamed to admit that I spent an hour inspecting every nook and cranny of my apartment before going to bed, or that I jumped and twitched at every creak and whisper of wind I heard for another hour as I lay in bed trying to sleep. You would too, if someone had broken into your apartment and left a gun and a note on your bed without a single trace of other evidence to indicate that they’d been there.

30247358Would you rather chase the monsters or have the monsters chase you? Sometimes, these two concepts go hand-in-hand; however, the one thing that makes both sayings hold any value is the fact that both of these, no matter how strong you are, can make you actually become the monster. Walt and Hamilton both share an enticing world that readers can find both intriguing and absolutely easy to escape in.

Brooke has just transferred to the Salem PD after her fiancé mysteriously dies in a fire. She is not only set on figuring out what happened to him, but she knows that it is going to be highly dangerous. There are quite a lot of vampires in Chicago, but after one night out—chasing someone that is suspected of being mixed up with drugs—Brooke discovers that there are a lot more supernatural entities in Salem than just vampires. After being caught spying on a conversation between her suspect and a club owner by the name of Maddock “Lord” Tremaine, her life has just become even more of a mess and much more dangerous. Maddock seems to have his own agenda; however, both Maddock and Brooke agree to work together in the hopes that they will find the people who are responsible for all of the supernatural disappearances in Salem. If Brooke helps Maddock find where his kind are disappearing to, can he help her discover what really happened to her fiancé?

Both Walt and Hamilton have a very nice beginning to a series that can quite frankly, continue forever. Supernatural and paranormal creativity seem to never exhaust and readers of both genres consume them quickly. This book is very similar to Laurel K Hamilton’s Fae series, involving the same Unseelie Court, but there is a nice spin off with new characters. The writing does have several grammar and punctuation inconsistencies (but I was provided with an advanced reader copy) as well as technological impossibilities—a gun that shoots wooden bullets just seems very impractical, but this does not hinder the story-line much because this is fiction after all and once you get hooked, you’re in for the long haul. If you are a reader of paranormal or supernatural genres, this may be your cup of tea. This is the first installment in the series; therefore, you can dive right in.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

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Spotlight Post: Unfinished Business by Ranay James

 

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unfinishedbusinessbooktwopartonebook graphicUnfinished Business Book Two Part One

FATE: The development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power.

Fate can be kind. She can also be a spiteful bitch.
That is something Connor Holden, Earl of Featherstone, has discovered through firsthand experience. But if he thinks Fate’s a witch… Just wait. He’s about to meet her sisters—Destiny and Luck.
They will make Fate’s deeds look like child’s play.

Best selling author, Ranay James presents Unfinished Business: Book 2 Part 1 of the McKinnon Legends Time Travel Series.

Just because time travel is possible does not mean time stands still. Connor doesn’t care if it stands still or not. For him time no longer holds any meaning.
Much has happened in the five years since Reagan disappeared through the curtain of time, taking Cullen McKinnon with her in the hope of saving the young knight’s life. The least of those events is Henry’s awarding Connor the titles of Duke of Featherstone and Earl of Rockport. Upon Connor’s request, the earldom was passed into his care to hold until the rightful heir can take possession. No one but Nic, Morgan, and he knew that the heir is Reagan O’Riley. He just has to keep the faith that she will eventually return.

Connor has always been a prime catch, but this latest news sends his stock soaring to new heights. The titles did not come without stipulation from the king. “You must marry, Connor, and make it soon. I, like you, have little patience these days.” Henry was quite emphatic. Conjecture is rampant and expectation is running high in the ranks of the nobility. All are anxiously awaiting the announcement. Who exactly is to become his duchess? Connor is running out of time. In this instance he prayed time would stand still.

Finding herself stranded in the twentieth century, Reagan feels lost. Grieving the loss of those she has grown to love and had to leave behind, she wonders how she will adjust. Having no job, no home, and no identification are secondary to her feelings that she just does not belong in the twentieth century. It feels so wrong, and Connor’s kiss felt so right.

Rafe McKinnon, native Texan and MD, is called in to perform the lifesaving surgery on the young knight Cullen. Realizing Reagan is adrift, he follows her into the garden just to be sure she doesn’t need medical assistance. Time travel can be hard on the human body, and this time was no exception. Realizing how distraught Reagan is, he wants to help her get home. He vows to do whatever he can, realizing that he just might be her only hope.
Fate, it seems, would agree.

Please note that this is not a stand-alone novel but part of on on-going series.

Unfinished Business Book Two Part One Buy Links

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Ranay's PicAbout The Author: Ranay James moved to a small farm in East Texas along with her husband and two dogs after walking away from the fast-paced corporate life in 2012. Ranay graduated from college majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in business management and law. Becoming a romance writer seems a most unlikely path for a woman who spent most of her career managing people and operational practices within the corporate environment. It all began in 2004 on New Year’s Day. Having made a list of things that she wanted to accomplish for the year, she added some items to that list that would push her skill set and take her out of her comfort zone. Learning to speak Spanish and write a novel were the two items that she felt would stretch her abilities the most, having no prior training in either. Later that day, Ranay sat down at her computer. Looking at that blank Word document, she simply wrote the first thing that came into her mind. “What were you thinking?” she wrote, having remembered the line from a dream she had in a hotel room in Houston, Texas in 2002. Several chapters in, Ranay found her voice as the story began to form. It poured out from a place that she never knew existed. Ranay began to write that day in 2004 and never stopped. With twelve published works to her name and nine more completed awaiting publication, Ranay has found a new passion—the love of storytelling and sharing her characters with the world.

 

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