Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Feature, Excerpt, and Giveaway: DV BeRkom's "Serial Date"



Kindle File Size: 375 KB
Print Length: 203 pages
Words: 64741 (approximate)
ASIN: B0076RXI1S

Serial Date
By DV BeRkom

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A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.

A politician with a fondness for free-range livestock.

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.

Santiago Jensen, a homicide detective with a playboy reputation is assigned to the reality show murder case. There's instant attraction when he meets Leine Basso, but until they catch the murderer, he has to keep his distance.

When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him and rescue her daughter.

EXCERPT:

SERIAL DATE 
Chapter 1 

Peter Bronkowski peeled himself away from the prop closet. He needed air. The onlookers parted to give him space.

Oh my God, oh my God, they're going to shut us down. When this gets out the motherfuckers are going to crucify me. All the hard work, the hustling, the endless lunches listening to that blowhard Senator Runyon, all of it would be for nothing. Peter shook his head to clear it. His breath came out in fast gasps, threatening to hyperventilate.

At first, Peter thought it was a grotesque looking mannequin with fake blood stains down the front and side of its torso. The moment reality clicked, a jolt of shock split him, pooled behind his eyes and slid to his gut. With dawning comprehension, Peter realized the blood was real. And it was no mannequin.

It was Mandy.

Peter turned back to the prop closet. Everyone stared at him, as if he had the slightest idea what to do now. Fuck. He couldn't see a way out of this. Too many people had seen the body. He thought of his brother, Edward, but brushed the idea away.

Mandy was dead. Murdered. Sweet, small-town-sexy Mandy. Who would want to kill her? Now Tina, yeah, he could sort of see that, she could be quite the bitch. But Mandy? And which one of the cons did it? No getting around it, he'd have to call LAPD. They'd be swarming all over the place. Better find another home for Edward. He wasn't going to like that one bit. Edward didn't do well with change.

Gene Dorfenberger walked toward him, pushing people out of his way.

"Give him some room! The man can't think with you crowding him like that." Reluctantly, the small crowd began to disperse, a few stealing one last look at the gruesome sight.

Gene glanced at Mandy's body and shook his head. "Now why would somebody go and cut off her arm?" He edged closer, squatting to take a better look. "And an ear? What kind of sick fuck would do that?"

Peter froze. "Her ear's missing?"

"Yeah."

Peter shook his head to clear it. It can't be. He took a deep breath to try to stop the dizziness. Everything was spiraling out of control.

Originally slated as low-cost filler for summer, Serial Date had turned into the most watched reality show on television. Less than a year and a half ago he couldn’t get the mailroom clerks to return his calls much less the now regular invitations to private parties and dinners with the network brass. They all wanted a piece and Peter had happily parlayed the lust for the extraordinary profits generated by the show into extra bargaining power.

This is it. It's over. We'll never recover.

"It's going to be rough. You're going to have to do some major damage control." Gene's sharp gaze traveled from the massive amount of blood soaked into the costumes scattered around Mandy back to Peter.

Peter nodded, his expression grim. "We've got to get somebody legit in here so the cops'll think we're taking steps to keep the contestants safe."

If Gene took offense at the comment, he didn't show it. "I think I know just the person. It'll take some doing, but I hear she's strapped for cash."

Peter looked at Gene with disbelief. "She? Gene, we need somebody who'll keep the fucking cops at bay, not another broad on the set."

Gene shook his head. "Oh, this one ain't just another broad, believe me."

Chapter 2 

Leine Basso dropped her purse on the floor, kicked off her shoes and stalked across her apartment to the kitchen. She opened the refrigerator door and grabbed a beer. The old appliance clanked in protest.

Holding the cool bottle to her forehead, she walked over to the couch and dropped onto it, sighing with relief. Three down, two to go. God, she hated looking for a job. Especially when it seemed like everyone and their brother was out there doing the same thing.

Leine set the bottle on the thrift-store maple coffee table, leaned back and hiked up her skirt, struggling to peel off her pantyhose. It wasn't easy. The oppressive heat and the high humidity was fairly unusual for Seattle, even if it was the middle of August. Didn't matter if she took a shower or not; once she stepped outside, she was as damp as if she had.

Why didn't I just stay at the last job? Leine paused for a moment in her battle for freedom from the polyester and nylon blend. Oh yeah. Because you didn't like the creep masquerading as your boss and he ended up on the floor with a broken collar bone when he tried to grope you. A real player. Not only that, but he was a few heads shorter than Leine's five-foot-ten inches and she knew from experience that the guy would continue to be on her ass, one way or another, in order to prove himself the alpha dog. A lot of short guys had a chip on their shoulder. Except her husband, Frank.

Correction: her ex-husband.

The marriage hadn't exactly worked out. She made it four years.

Giving up on her stockings for the moment, she crab-walked back into the kitchen, opened the freezer and stuck her head in. Too bad her whole body didn't fit. Between the sound of her breathing and the death rattle of the fridge, she barely heard her cell phone go off.

She backed out and shut the freezer door, stuck her hand in her purse and grabbed her phone.

"Leine Basso."

"Leine? It's Gene Dorfenberger."

That was a blast from the past. Why would Gene be calling her?

"Hey, Gene. It's been a while."

"Yeah. Hey I got a line on a sweet job that you'd be perfect for. The only thing is, it starts right away and it's in L.A. You available?"

L.A. Not her first choice. Too many memories and they weren't happy.

"Depends on the job, Gene. I'm not freelancing anymore."

"No, no, nothing like that. See, I work for this guy named Peter Bronkowski. He's got a small problem and I was thinking you could fix it for him. He needs some special protection for his TV show. Ever heard of Serial Date?"

"I never watch television." Leine walked back to the freezer and stuck her head inside again.

Crappy airless one bedroom apartment.

"Oh. Well, it's this gigantic hit reality show that uses ex-cons as dates for really hot looking women, only the guys are billed as serial killers."

"This is a hit show?" Last time she had a TV, she emptied her clip into it after watching a sitcom. Apparently, she hadn't missed much.

"Yeah, the biggest. Anyway, one of the contestants was killed and …"

Leine brought her head up, barely missing the edge of the old Hotpoint. "How do you know she was killed?"

"Pretty obvious. I don't know of anybody who'd cut off their own arm and ear before killing themselves. Van Gogh she ain't."

"Any ideas who might've done it? I mean, you've got how many ex-cons on the set? Did you check their records to see which ones did time for violent crimes?" Had the world gone crazy while she wasn't looking? Employing ex-cons wasn't usually a big deal, but putting them in close proximity to a bunch of beautiful women and having them act like serial killers made no sense at all.

"Not yet. Peter's delaying the call to the police until I talk to you. What do you think? Interesting?"

Interesting wasn't the word.

"Why me? Why not some off-duty cop or something?"

"Because I trust you. I don't trust anybody else when it comes to family."

"What do you mean?"

"You remember my sister, Ella?"

Leine remembered that Gene was holy-shit-scared of Ella, with good cause. A fierce lady, she didn't take kindly to Gene's bullshit. He had the scars to prove it.

"Ella's kid's working on set as a gopher and I can't keep an eye on her all the time. I figured with the two of us we'd be able to make sure she stayed safe."

"So you think the killer's still hanging out on the set?"

"I don't know. Nobody has a clue, but obviously there are a lot of suspects. I'd feel better if you were here to back me up."

"How much and how long?"

"Peter said to offer you two large a week if you could start right away. It runs until they find who did it, maybe longer."

Two-thousand a week was a hell of a lot better than what she made now, which was nothing. And it's not like it would be a tough gig. She could probably get used to L.A. again. Mainly, she didn't like the people and she knew how to avoid people.

"I'll take it."

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About the Author:

DV Berkom grew up in the Midwest, received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now lives outside of Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and writes whenever she gets a chance. You're welcome to email her at dvb @ dvberkom.com or chat with her on Facebook and Twitter- she loves to hear from readers as well as other writers.

For more information, you can visit her website at www.dvberkom.com.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Promotion and Excerpt: Gabriella Hewitt's "Shadow Visions" (Shadow Warriors, Book #2)

Kindle File Size: 301 KB
Print Length: 106 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 20, 2012)
ASIN: B007L4T0MW
Presented By: Innovative Online Book Tours http://innovativeonlinebooktours.com/

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SHADOW VISIONS (c) 2012 Samhain Publishing

Manuel has been tracking down a demon bent on sacrificing women with hummingbird tattoos. He is in danger of losing his humanity to his eagle spirit until he comes across Ixa Reyes, a beautiful San Diego Detective working on the same case, who also bears the mark of Huitzilopochtli. She is his salvation and redemption from a past filled with failure. Only she wants nothing to do with him or her heritage.
When a demon kidnaps her grandfather, the wind god, they must work together to save him and all mankind. He has twenty-four hours to help her control her elemental power over wind, that is if he can control his own desires to claim her body and soul. Because if he should fail, then the god of war will bring in a new era filled with blood and destruction.

When the last Shadow Warrior falls, so will humanity.

EXCERPT:

“Don’t come any closer or I’ll shoot.” Her gun shook in her hands as if she were a damn rookie. She fought to control her emotions but they swirled inside her. If she didn’t pull it together another tornado would manifest, and that frightened her more than the half-naked man with the eagle eyes in front of her.

“Not another step,” she ordered, but he continued to stalk towards her.

She held her stance. Her finger trembled on the trigger.

He reached her. His chest pressed to the muzzle. He easily towered over her. She stared up into his golden eyes. No fear. Instead, she read another emotion in his eyes.

Desire.

She should have felt threatened, and she did, but not because she believed he meant to hurt her—it was much more fundamental than that. Her whole body seemed to come alive in his presence. Her breath shortened and she felt a flush stealing up underneath her tanned cheeks. She lowered her gaze and let her weapon fall to her side. Keeping her fingers tightly wrapped around the grip reminded her to remain grounded. Her reaction to him was so totally unlike her.

Up close, she found herself staring at a broad chest covered with a mantle of feathers. The man was made of solid muscle. Without volition, her gaze traveled upward, noting the powerful shoulders, the hard jaw, the firm lips and the stern expression he wore.

“You’re very brave, but your gun won’t help you against the tzitzimime.”

Ixa swallowed, searching for her voice. “Who are you? What are you?”

His hand came up. Gently, he traced the image of the hummingbird tattooed on her right bicep. Her muscle quivered under his touch. “Just as I thought. You bear the mark,” he murmured.

In the distance she heard the confused shouts of her fellow officers. “They’ll be here soon.” They would have heard the shots. They’d be searching for her.

“I distorted the sound so they check in a different area. They will not be upon us yet.”

“You can do that?” It didn’t seem possible, except she didn’t have an explanation for anything that had happened. Her brain seemed to be functioning in first gear, unable to catch up to anything that required substantial thought.

“I can do many things, you will find.”

He cupped her chin and tilted her head. His golden eyes came closer until his head blotted out the sky and everything around her. Helpless, she waited for his lips to touch hers.

His lips brushed hers, once, twice. She let out a sigh. He pressed down a third time and she leaned into him, but before she could deepen the kiss, he released her and stepped back.

Her entire body zinged with energy. She stared up at him, bemused.

He chuckled, which snapped her out of her daze. Had she lost her mind?

“Don’t ever do that again.”

He smiled, an incredibly sexy smile that made her nerve endings sing with need. Before she could lash out at him again, he raised his arms up. A breeze passed around them, ruffling the feathers adorning his chest. His image wavered and bent. She heard bones cracking, reshaping. Wave after wave of feathers burst forth in a soft, rippled covering. Where a warrior once stood, now a large eagle spread its wings and gave a loud cry. The eagle flapped its wings and took to the skies.

Ixa gasped. The gods will find a way to convince you. Her abuelo’s words echoed in her mind.

About the author:

Gabriella Hewitt is the pen name of creative writing talents Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi. Together they weave tales of romantic suspense and dangerously sensual paranormals. Check out the website www.GabriellaHewitt.com to find out about upcoming releases and events on her blog.

Website http://www.gabriellahewitt.com/blog
Twitter @GabriellaHewitt
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Promotion: Margarita Felices' "Judgement of Souls: The Kiss At Dawn"


Kindle File Size: 4016 KB
Print Length: 173 pages
Publisher: Books to Go Now (December 26, 2011)
ASIN: B006QFPHJC

Judgement of Souls 
By Margarita Felices 

If you have to find a sacred book in order to redeem your parents, find and kill Max, the person responsible for their punishment. The same man that broke your heart and turned your perfect world upside down and try to keep the mortal man you now love safe from this vindictive Vampire’s sword, then you should read Rachel’s story.

JUDGMENT OF SOULS is a Gothic horror in which a na├»ve pureblood Vampire is tossed into the mortal world. Rachel meets Daniel, a nightclub owner and his group of friends and after Daniel’s best friend is murdered by Max, becomes embroiled in the search for an ancient Vampire artefact. Rachel tries to fight off her feelings for Daniel, even siding with her Vampire friend Arun to think again about Daniel’s involvement, but he’s her love and she’s going to protect him, no matter what.

About the Author:

I live in Cardiff with my partner and three little mad dogs and I work for a well-known TV broadcasting company. I love living in Cardiff because, for all its modernisation, there are still remnants of an old Victorian city. I love writing and base my stories in Cardiff because it has such character. When I can, I go out to the coast and take photographs, mind you, we have a lovely castle in the city centre and a fairytale one just on the outskirts, so when I feel I can’t write anything, I take a ramble to those locations and it clears my head.

I suppose it was inevitable that someday I would write a novel. My teachers at school used to limit me to no more than ten pages. When I left school, I wrote short stories for magazines, and it paid my way through college. I am Gothic; I love the fashion, the architecture and the music. The club in my novel is real. When I was writing book one, I got all my club material and clientele from here, I wouldn’t have finished that section without it.

My first full length novel is called Judgement of Souls: The Kiss at Dawn. It’s the last story in a trilogy. I am currently writing story two, the prequel, and after that will be the very first book in the series. I’ve written short stories for magazines, one about a fake psychic, one about a woman who after an accident is given blood and then starts to see grisly murders in her dreams. And I have a TV script, it’s a romantic story that needs a re-write, it needs to be much longer and it needs to be made into a novel. It’s on my to-do list.


Monday, May 21, 2012

COVER REVEAL and Giveaway: Kinley Baker's "Denied" (A Shadowed Love Novel, Book #2)

It's cover reveal day for "Denied" by Kinley Baker!!

Wait for it.........







DENIED  
SHADOWED LOVE, BOOK TWO 
By Kinley Baker
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

When invaders brutally massacred the women and children of the Varner, Caleb witnessed loss and destruction on a scale few can comprehend. As the leader of a race on the brink of extinction, his only hope for survival is gaining acceptance into the Shadow Shifter Kingdom. Struggling with new customs, he meets Tabitha, a woman who challenges his limits. 

Refused the right to join the king’s guard because of her gender, Tabitha must be stronger than the men to prove she deserves to be the first accepted female Warrior in the kingdom. She believes Caleb will help improve her abilities, until she learns her goals conflict with the foundation of his culture. 

When the realm is attacked, Tabitha and Caleb must come together not only to fight, but to find the strength to win against an evil with the potential to destroy everything they revere most--including each other. 

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Information about Book #1 "Ruined"


RUINED: Shadowed Love Book One
By Kinley Baker
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

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Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court's Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient's.

Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he's given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family's hold on the land--and his deceiving advisors aren't afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.

But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.

Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.

About the Author:

Kinley Baker is the author of the fantasy romance novel, Ruined. She read her first romance at the age of thirteen and immediately fell in love with the hero and the genre. She lives with her husband and her dog, Joker, in the Pacific Northwest. As a firm supporter of all supernatural lifestyles, she writes fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy.

You can find Kinley at www.kinleybaker.com

http://authorkinleybaker.blogspot.com

www.twitter.com/kinleybaker

www.facebook.com/kinleybaker

http://www.goodreads.com/kinleybaker

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kinley-Baker/196649877015210

Book 1 Buy Links:

 

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Review: Katie MacAlister's "Sparks Fly" (A Novel Of The Light Dragons, #3)


Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 045123653X
ISBN-13: 978-0451236531
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Bookshelf

Synopsis From Back Cover:

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A TICKED -OFF DRAGON....

Ysolde de Bouchier has a lot on her plate, which isn't unusual, considering her light dragon mate, Baltic, is still at odds with just about everyone, including his former guard, Thala and her outlaw posse, as well his dragon god father.  Ysolde herself fairs no better, since the First Dragon has her in his sights too and is demanding that she right past wrongs--but her time to do that is quickly running out.

With the help of some familiar friends, Ysolde sets in motion an elaborate plan that will have repercussions throughout the mortal and immortal worlds.  But when a member of her family is held hostage, no one is safe from the fire of her rage.

Saph's Review:

Just for the record...All of the Dragon books written by Katie Mac are wonderful.  They are full of snark, sarcasm, wit, humor, seriousness, and love. 

Here is the link to my basic review of the Aisling Grey series.

Here is the link to my basic review of the Silver Dragon series.

Ysolde is still trying to awaken her inner dragon as well as doing what the First Dragon expects her to do.  Her visions are helpful in a "let's look into the past in short clips and see if you can guess where I'm going with this" sort of way. Humor abounds in this installment, as with all of Katie Mac's books, and had me cracking up - My husband has officially deemed me to be crazy! Lol.

The entire book is fabulous, however, my absolute favorite scene involves Ysolde, Constantine, a blow-up sheep, and the First Dragon,  in a sex paraphernalia shop.  I loved it so much I've read those pages again 3 times...they just make me giggle.  Example:  "Constantine muttered to himself as he beat the vibrating, baaing blow-up doll against the wall in an attempt to shut it up" (K. MacAlister, 2012, pg. 38).  Of course, you may not find this particular passage humorous but when read in the scene's entirety, it has a whole different level of fun.

Another silly passage: "I wasn't normally the sort of woman who went around flinging her nostrils willy-nilly at people..." (K. MacAlister, 2012, pg. 64).

If you enjoy abstract humor, criss-crossing plot lines and a mixture of characters from the entire dragon series' (like Jim the demon) then you'll love this book.

Rating:





Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review: Katie MacAlister's "The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons" (Light Dragons, Book #2)


Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (May 3, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0451233441
ISBN-13: 978-0451233448
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Bookshelf

Synopsis Via Back Cover:

Even an ancient dragon can learn how to multitask…

Ysolde de Bouchier is a woman beset with trials. The dragon part of her buried deep for centuries is still making itself known, but in ways that just don’t make sense. She’s continuing to have visions, but now they involve events she wasn’t present to witness.

As if that isn’t enough, she’s caught up in a tangled web of plans that seem to grow more complex each day. Not only does she have to work out peace between her Light Dragon mate Baltic and the weyr, she also has to free his friend, convince an archimage to lift the spell controlling her magic, figure out what it is that the First Dragon expects her to do, rescue a half-dragon damsel in over her head, and once and for all clear Baltic’s name of murder charges that continue to plague him.

No one told Ysolde that dragon love would be so hard…

Saph's Short and Basic Review:

Just for the record...All of the Dragon books written by Katie Mac are wonderful.  They are full of snark, sarcasm, wit, humor, seriousness, and love. 

Here is the link to my basic review of the Aisling Grey series.

Here is the link to my basic review of the Silver Dragon series.

All of the dragon books are connected by the same characters, much like her Dark Ones vampire series. 

Ysolde's (Tully Sullivan's original name from her dragon days) dormant inner dragon isn't remaining as such and she keeps getting thrust into visions that are from a time that she doesn't remember.   Plus she has to deal with the cryptic First Dragon who expects her to complete the impossible, all while figuring out a way to exonerate Baltic.

Rating:


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review: Katie MacAlister's "Love In The Time Of Dragons" (Light Dragons, Book #1)


Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (May 4, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0451229711
ISBN-13: 978-0451229717
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
Review Copy Courtesy Of: My Bookshelf

Synopsis Via Back Cover:

If you found out you were a famous fire-breather, you’d be freaked out too.

Tully Sullivan is just like any other suburban mom—unless you count the days every year that she zones out and turns base metals in to gold. Those are weird.

And now she’s woken up in a strange place surrounded by strange people who keep insisting they’re dragons—and that she’s one too. But not just any dragon. She’s Ysolde de Bouchier, a famed figure from dragon history.

Tully can’t shape-shift or breathe fire, and she’s definitely not happy being sentenced to death for the misdeeds of a dragon mate she can’t remember. All Tully knows is that she wants her son back. So she’ll have to find a way to solve the crimes of a past she has no memory of living…

Saph's Short and Basic Review:

Just for the record...All of the Dragon books written by Katie Mac are wonderful.  They are full of snark, sarcasm, wit, humor, seriousness, and love. 

Here is the link to my basic review of the Aisling Grey series.

Here is the link to my basic review of the Silver Dragon series.

All of the dragon books are connected by the same characters, much like her Dark Ones vampire series. 

When Tully discovers that she's actually a dragon (who is dormant at the present time) she also discovers that she's about to be forced to pay for her mate's crimes....a mate she doesn't know.  What ensues is a strong heroine fighting for herself, her child, and eventually for the mate she can't remember.  

Rating:






Friday, May 11, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Review and Excerpt: Kay Dee Royal's "Staring Into The Eyes Of Chance" (LIIA - A Lycan International Investigation Agency, Book #1)


Staring Into the Eyes of Chance
by Kay Dee Royal
Featuring Werewolves, Paranormal Abilities, Explicit Love Scenes

Muse It Hot Publishing
Releasing March 2012
Book one in the LIIA Series (Lycan International Investigation Agency)
File Size: 340 KB
Print Length: 167 pages
ASIN: B007G4HDKS
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Bewitching Book Tours (In exchange for an honest review).
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Tagline:

Olivia swears off men until she meets Chance, a Lycan alpha. He ignites an undeniable hunger they can only sate together.

Blurb:

Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.

Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.

A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.

Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?

Excerpt:

Olivia closed her eyes, calling up her animal sensitivity ability, while shoving down her own panic. After years of psychically working with animals, she knew they sensed panic and fear. Her breathing needed regulating.

Olivia relaxed as best she could and opened her mind. She sensed the wolf; masculine. He came across with an urgent need to protect, more like helping her feel safe. Another howl, with a deep and sinister timbre, shattered her concentration. A stab of electricity zipped through her, pumping adrenaline and tightening every muscle. This howl came from farther inside the forest than the first one. She sensed aggression in the wolves within the forest, ready for battle. Her heart drummed against her ribs in anticipation of an answering call, and she couldn’t stop the tremors running rampant in her belly.

Instead she saw the lights go out through her closed eyelids. She opened her eyes and saw nothing but blackness.

Nine o’clock on a September evening, what did she expect? Damn power company! Hopefully Lacey sat in the Jacuzzi and wouldn’t come running out.

She lay listening for any sound. Her own breath, the loudest panting she’d ever heard, came in at a close second to her heart banging against the walls of her chest. Slowly, she sat up. The back of her head throbbed, her spine hurt, and the front of her body ached, especially her breasts. She bent her legs to stand and in that same moment a jet of hot mist coated her face.

Wolf breath.

Olivia froze, tamping down the run-for-your-life urge. Her mind reached toward the beast beside her, searching his energy markers, his emotions, urges. She read him as curious, stimulated. Maybe a misread of…sexually stimulated? She sat back on her haunches, figuring if she stretched at least four feet of her five-foot ten frame, maybe she’d appear larger. His breath assailed her from above, she remained squatted.

Damn, this thing is huge!

He sniffed the top of her head, down by her ear, licked the length of her neck and up the side of her face. Another howl close by, echoing near the tree-line, got the wolf’s attention. He raised his head from her and shoved her body back with his own. She went down on her butt, folding her legs sideways. Fur from his backside pressed into the front of her, including her face. Olivia turned her head away and took a breath. A shiver began in her belly and inched through her arms, legs, and up her neck. She sensed his urgency, he must move and his need…again, to keep her safe and again something else, another misread?

He moved back, his head next to hers. A growl vibrated, harsh and deep, beside her ear. Olivia jumped when he yipped instead of howled. He circled her, stopping behind her. A sudden scratch of claws and pebbles from rain washout near the barn pelted her. Air swirled around her as the wolf leaped over her head in the direction of the woods.

Olivia’s breath whooshed out like a balloon being released. Tears welled and trickled down her face. The wolf’s size was about as abnormal as it got. She’d never heard of any wolf being that large. She’d done plenty of research on the species, brushing up for the wolf pup she rehabilitated and released back into the wild years ago when Ray and she first opened the refuge, before they owned the preserve property.

Olivia pushed herself up onto wobbly legs, her stomach lurched, and before she could blink, vomit spewed. She retched hard, falling onto her hands and knees, weak and crying, something she hadn’t done since Ray’s funeral. As if on cue, all the lights popped on, illuminating her shadow against the barn wall.

Oh, that’s lovely. Damn power company.

A howl, and then another and another, echoed from different locations in the forest. Her forest, her wildlife preserve, not a place for a beast like her visitor, and most definitely not a place for the aggressive lot in the forest. She swiped her face with the bottom of her shirt and looked toward the woods.

About thirty yards away in the mowed meadow, her wolf circled with another, close-in-size, milky-eyed wolf with a deformed face, both spot-lighted in the yard light. They flashed razor sharp teeth and glowing eyes, with the exception of the one’s coated eye. Their vicious growls and snapping jaws filled the air. Olivia found her tranq gun on the ground and grabbed it. By the time she turned for a shot, she saw the tail end of both wolves leaping into the woods, her wolf chasing the other.

Olivia leaned against the barn, adjusting her position in accordance with her pain. She thought of the curious readings she sensed from her wolf, not sure of their meaning. She never questioned first impressions from readings anymore. Years of experiences proved first intuitive readings rang as authentic truth in almost every case.

She closed her eyes and pictured her wolf looking at her for the first time, the way his head snapped in her direction and how their gazes met and connected. She touched her neck, sliding fingertips up her cheek where his tongue touched her skin.

Her breath caught, heart raced, and her eyes opened wide. She laughed out loud, maybe in relief, maybe in a small fit of hysteria, or maybe because she consider that wolf as “her” wolf. Her “stimulation” readings from him threw her off, knowing it wasn’t a possibility. 

Saph's Review:

"Staring Into The Eyes Of Chance" takes place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Olivia Bentley is the owner/operator of Nature's Friends Wildlife Refuge and Preserve.  She has a sort-of sixth sense when it comes to animals; being able to "read" them and connect with them.  When she has an encounter with a black wolf on her property the connection she has is different.  When Chance Grayton, a forester with the U.P National Parks and Forestry shows up to the Preserve, Olivia senses the same connection she had with the wolf the previous night.

Chance is tracking a rogue wolf, Smoke, when he walks into the yard of a beautiful woman.  Chance's encounter with Olivia, while he was in wolf form, has his head spinning.  He's determined to catch his query but finding his mate is a complication that he can't seem to ignore.

I enjoyed this novel very much.  Both Olivia and Chance have had less than stellar love lives and neither was looking for anything...and that's exactly when you find the person you're meant to be with.  The passion between Olivia and Chance, once they stop fighting, is well written.  I love a book with erotic tendencies that actually has a plot and likeable characters.  The story isn't just about 2 hot lovers; there is a mystery threaded through the story with bad guys.

There is a cat and mouse game between Chance and Smoke and that is one aspect that helps keep the book active and exciting.  The novel leaves its readers with several loose ends and we anticipate the next installment.

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Author Bio:

Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal and fantasy erotic romance—maybe because it's also her favorite genre to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She'll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun. She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dogs, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea) You can reach her at her blog and find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot.


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A FALL OF WATER
Coming June 5, 2012
“No secret stays hidden forever.”
Still grieving from their loss in the far East, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, and rivalries churn beneath the glittering facade of the old Roman court. They quickly realize that allies might be enemies, and ancient rivals could hold the key to a deadly secret.
Giovanni and Beatrice will be forced to call on old alliances, ancient power, and fierce cunning to survive for the eternity they both desire. Sometimes, finding the end means going back to the beginning. Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water finally meet with devastating results in the conclusion of the Elemental Mysteries.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Review and Excerpt: Betty Petite's "A Scoundrel's Match" (Door Of Dimensions Series)



A Scoundrel's Match (Door of Dimensions, Story 2)
by Betty Petite
Action/Adventure Comedy Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Kindle File Size: 269 KB
Print Length: 123 pages
ASIN: B006X9ZEE4

Blurb:


The dark time once resided in Kalas. Now, dawn had begun. An infamous womanizer, Richard Bradley had never wanted to tie himself in a serious relationship. Until he was caught in embarrassing circumstances by her. Marguerite Bennett learned her lesson of lover-boy from her ex. Their fates were now crossed and danger from dark time also followed them. Could true love triumph intact?

Excerpt: 

Marguerite went around the counter and sat across from him. “So how did you come here?”

He seemed relieved that she broke the silence. “For vacation.”

“Oh, for how long?”

“A month.”

“I heard about how Brig and Dave got out. I mean, isn’t there a funeral at Kalas?”

“Yes, but the old king was not my family so I don’t have to be there for the whole month.”

“A whole month for one funeral?”

“Two exactly but they were royal so Gille wanted a proper ceremony.”

“It must be hard for Gille.”

“Not really. They’re not like real father and son.”

Marge didn’t want to get personal. She changed the topic. “Have you been here before?’

“No, this is the first time.”

“What do you think of here?”

“It’s beautiful and peaceful.”

“Where did you go?”

“Uhm, I haven’t traveled much.”

No doubt, you were busy looking for women. He averted his eyes. What else to ask him? What did people talk about when they first met?

She smelled like citrus, fresh and relaxing. Richard felt himself stirred. No, he had to control himself; he was in a towel for God’s sake. She seemed to run out of topic. Well, now was his turn to ask about her. “So, how long do you know Brigitte?”

“Since middle school. She, Natalie, Alex and I were in the same class.”

“You must be very close to keep a fantastic friendship like that.”

“We get along great. We have kinda similar background.”

“Background?”

“Family matter.” She said vaguely.

Clue for him not to ask any further. “So, you’re the manager here?”

“Yes, I like working in a hotel.”

“Why?”

“I like working in traveling field. You know, like guiding tourists or working for traveling company. But I don’t like to move around too much, so I work in hotel. It’s good; it’s what I want to do.”

“That’s good. A lot of people get the wrong job; they don’t enjoy their job but they have to, you’re one of the lucky ones.”

“But you changed your job, right?”

“Yes. I’m sure it’s much better, way better than a prison guard.”

“That was how you met Brig.” Marge giggled.

“Yes, who know my job could help sometime. And it was all in the plan.”

“And you really enjoyed that plan.” A male voice chimed in. They both turned to see Dave and Brig hand in hand walked in. Dave held up a bag, indicating clothes.

“Uhm, let go to my room, Dave.” Richard pointed upstairs.

“So, lover boy, where are all your clothes?” David laughed low in his throat.

“Shut up! Just an accident!” Rick snapped. Dave was going to tell Gille, and Rick would never hear the end of this.

They got in Rick’s room. Rick took out the clothes. A gray sweat pants and a pink T-shirt. “A pink T-shirt?” Rick scolded.

“You didn’t give us time to go shopping.” Dave shrugged innocently.

“And you just had in your closet a pink T-shirt? How convenient! You’re sure Brig weren’t mistaken you for a girl?”

“She bought it for Valentine. If you don’t like it, just go bare ass!”

“Valentine is months away. You guys are running out of romantic ideas!” Rick complained but put on the clothes. Even he looked girly; he figured it was still better than going bare.

Dave laughed out loud. “Man, you need to let me take a picture. You look gorgeous!”

“Shut up! This is your pink shirt!” The man just needed to get back at him.

“You can keep it. I hope Brig has a camera with her.”

Rick reached under his bed to retrieve his sword. He had to resist the urge to strike the laughing man. Dave raised an eyebrow. “You bring a sword to worship woman? Nice, no wonder she stole all your stuffs.”

“Just in case. What if something happens in Kalas, I can come back with my sword ready.” He stomped out of the hotel room.

“Yeah, I can’t wait to see you holding the sword in a towel.” He laughed like a maniac.

“Cut it out, man. It’s not that funny.” Rick irritated.

“That’s because you didn’t look in the mirror.”

And he was not going to. The pink T-shirt was stupid, a tight one was worse.

Saph's Review:

Neither Rick nor Marge were looking for anything but that fateful moment at the hotel cinched their fate.  Making excuses to spend time with Marge, Rick goes out of his way to be in her company.  But trouble shows up on their doorstep when civilians start disappearing and it's up the Richard, Gil, and Dave to rescue them from the The Black Leaf.

This was an enjoyable little novel.  It wasn't a long and cumbersome novel but a shorter one that was a quick and easy read.  The interaction between Marguerite and Richard is great.  Their initial meeting in the hotel after one of his trollop's took all of his possessions from his hotel room in payment for the evening they spent together had me chuckling.  It kind of served him right being that he's a womanizer and all.  

It is apparent that English is not the author's first language and I don't think it was the first language of the editor either but if you can get beyond that minute language barrier then give this novel a try.  I didn't have any problem picking up what the author was saying, conveying, and writing about.

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About The Author:


Hello, I’m Betty Petite. I’m not a writer; I’m only a voice-person for the characters in the Door of Dimensions series.

I was born and raised outside of the United States; hence, English is my second language. My personal life is just like any other busy ordinary woman. I have a job and school load to advance my education. Neither English nor writing is my major; science is. I have never thought that I would write a story. The series came as a surprise and I knew I would regret if I didn’t write them down. Hence, my style of story-telling involves a lot of dialogues and characters’ interactions.

The characters came to me and befriended me during hardship. They gave me laughter, hope and a little joyful escape from painful reality. I hope they can do the same for you. Happy reading!


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: Katie MacAlister's Novels of the Silver Dragons (Playing With Fire, Up In Smoke, & Me and My Shadow)


Synopses of the following books are courtesy of Katie MacAlister's Website: http://katiemacalister.com/books)
Review Copies Courtesy Of: My Own Bookshelf

Playing With Fire

Fire and water don’t mix—or do they?

Gabriel Tauhou, the leader of the silver dragons, can’t take his eyes off May Northcott. Not even when May, who has the unique talent of being able to hide in the shadows, has slipped from everyone else’s sight.

May, however, has little time for Gabriel—not when she’s hiding from the Otherworld law, hunting down a blackmailer, and trying to avoid a demon lord’s demands. But her ability to withstand Gabriel’s fire marks her as his mate, and he has no intention of letting her disappear into the darkness she seems to prefer.

Then May is ordered to steal one of Gabriel’s treasures—an immensely important relic of all dragonkin—and he must decide which to protect: his love or his dragons…

Up In Smoke

Though May Northcott’s heart belongs to Gabriel Tauhou, leader of the silver dragons, being stuck in Abaddon has significantly cooled down her love life—especially since a demon lord is trying to woo her. So far, May has resisted his efforts, but it’s getting increasingly harder to thwart disaster.

So May is shocked when Gabriel encourages her to give in to the demon prince. But her fire-breathing boyfriend has an ulterior motive. Since May was created in the mortal world, her surrender would give her master access to that world, where he would lose most of his powers.

It looks as though May will have to barter to gain her freedom and fulfill her destiny by Gabriel’s side. But will a deal with the devil make life heaven or hell?

Me & My Shadow

May Northcott is a woman at the end of her rope. She’d almost gotten used to her employer, the ex-demon lord Magoth, spending his days hanging around her home and interrupting her private moments with her dragon lover Gabriel. Then trouble appears in the form of a nearly dead man on her doorstep.

With May fighting to control the dragon shard, Magoth wrangling to regain his position and powers, and a mysterious and deadly dragon bent on their destruction, Gabriel has his work cut out for him. Now, he’ll have to claw his way through all the distractions and convince May that their love is strong enough to conquer all of their enemies.

Gabriel and May are great combination.  Gabriel was cursed long ago by Baltic to never have a mate be born for him.  May just happens to be the perfect solution.  May is a doppelganger; created not born.  Together they deal with demon lords, theft, and the fact that theirs hearts belong together.

These books will keep you interested from cover to cover and keep you wanting more...including a svelte and sexy dragon of your very own.

These 3 novels are a spin off from the Aisling Gray novels and although deal primarily with Gabriel, the silver dragon, and May, the doppelganger, they include a familiar cast of characters that are definitely entertaining.
They are a must read. For more info on all of the dragon sects go to Katie MacAlister's website and read the Dragon Handbook.

These books contain "adult scenes" and are not appropriate for children or teens.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Review and Giveaway: Katie Salidas' "Soulstone" (Immortalis, Book #4)



Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Rising Sign Books (April 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0985127783
ISBN-13: 978-0985127787
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches

Amazon Kindle File Size: 377 KB
Print Length: 268 pages
Publisher: Rising Sign Books (March 26, 2012)
ASIN: B007OZDJCU

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(In exchange for an honest review).
Paperback copy won in a contest.

Soulstone

Book 4 Immortalis Series

By Katie Salidas

It’s a desperate time for rookie vampire Alyssa, and her sanity is hanging by a slender thread. Her clan is still reeling from the monumental battle with Aniketos; a battle that claimed the body of Lysander, her sire and lover, and trapped his spirit in a mysterious crystal. A Soulstone.

Unfortunately, no amount of magic has been able to release Lysander’s spirit, and the stone is starting to fade. Weeks of effort have proved futile. Her clan, the Peregrinus, have all but given up hope. Only Alyssa still believes her lover can be released. In despair, Alyssa begs the help of the local witch coven, and unwittingly exposes the supernaturals of Boston to unwanted attention from the Acta Sanctorum.

The Saints converge on the city and begin their cleansing crusade to rid the world of all things “Unnatural.” In the middle of an all-out war, but no closer to a solution to the dying stone, Alyssa is left with an unenviable choice: save her mate, or save her clan.

Saph's Review:

Here are the review links for the first 3 books in the series:

Book 1: "Immortalis: Carpe Noctem"

Book 2: "Hunters and Prey"

Book 3: "Pandora's Box"

This is your one and only warning--Book 3 spoilers will be included in my review of Book 4.
Please skip this review if you haven't read the series yet.

"Soulstone" is book 4 in Katie Salidas' Immortalis series. We begin very near the end of where Book 3, "Pandora's Box" left off. In order to protect pretty much the entire world, Lysander attempts to be the sacrifice needed in order to put the released, murderous spirit of Aniketos back into the Pandora's Box. Upon doing so, Lysander's soul is accidentally encapsulated inside a crystal talisman. The Pandora's Box has been resealed and buried beneath layers and layers of concrete on the wolf pack reserve and now it's Alyssa's main goal to find a way to release her mate from the crystal.

The journey to save Lysander involves a local coven of witches that have agreed to help find a way to release him. Unfortunately, the Acta Sanctorum is aware of the entire situation and finds a way to destroy the ritual, while attempting to wipe out the vampires, and they ultimately steal Lysander's soulstone.

Now no one is safe; Not the vampires, the witches, nor the werewolves. The Acta Sanctorum will stop at nothing to retrieve the Pandora's Box and annihilate everything they come across they deem as being unnatural. Will anyone survive this assault and if they do will it be in time to release Lysander from the soulstone?

Katie Salidas has written another exciting page turner. I was very impatient with this book (I didn't skip ahead though) because I wanted to know what happened to Lysander. He and Alyssa are one the most perfect vampire couples. They compliment each other well. He's strong, well versed in the world due to his vampiric age, a terrific clan leader, yet patient and loving, dealing with Alyssa's acting-before-thinking behavior with toleration and acceptance. It was hard for me to go through this book without feelings of sorrow for Alyssa, since her mate is now nothing more than a charred up, inanimate body, and a red glowing crystal.

The lengths that the clan goes to in order to save their fearless leader from a life of hanging around in a crystal were admirable. They may have unintentionally lead the Acta Sanctorum to the werewolves' doorstep but, as Alyssa states to the wolves: "If they hadn't found you today, they'd have found you tomorrow or the next day. Don't blame me because they finally showed up on your doorstep." (K.Salidas, 2012, pg. 115).

I highly recommend this series to any adult that loves vampires, weres, and the world in which they live.

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About The Author:

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman!

Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.
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