Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Winter Witches #PNR ~ Super Stocking Stuffer #Giveaway #Bloghop

Winter is nearly here and what better way to experience the chilly weather than by curling up inside with a warm blanket, some hot cocoa and a sensual paranormal romance! I have a few that might interest if you're looking for something magical, mysterious and with a hint of gothic flair.

My Winter Witches (as I like to call them) are the first two of The Merriweather Witches Series. Lillian and Melora's stories take place during the winter season and run parallel with each other. While Lillian is struggling through a blizzard to reach a place of safety, her sister Melora is traveling in a carriage along the snow covered roads. They each stumble across their heroes in most unexpected ways and discover the men who come to their rescue are not all what they seem.

The Witch and the Wolf

Lord Jeremy North's curse is to become a werewolf during every full moon, turning into a bloodthirsty monster that kills with no remorse. When he finds a woman nearly frozen upon his doorstep, his sense of honor compels him to help her, even at the risk he might kill her himself.

Lillian Merriweather hadn't planned to get caught in a blizzard while traveling the English countryside. Nor had she planned on finding refuge in a house full of secrets. But Lillian has secrets of her own. And what she's running from is not far behind...


The Witch and the Vampire

Melora Merriweather is searching for a fellow witch to protect her from a scheming uncle with plans of marriage. When her carriage overturns on her journey, she is rescued by a mysterious man whom she learns is the very person she seeks. But, he's not the witch she thought he was...

Sebastian Collins should have left for London days ago. Now a snowstorm has trapped him with a woman who has come seeking protection, a woman who intrigues him like no other. And with each passing hour, his hunger for her grows...hunger for her kiss, her caress, and her blood.


Fall in love with the rest of the Merriweather Witches by continuing the series with The Witch's Thief and The Witch's Kiss.


If shifters are more your thing, keep a look out for Loving Boone, my shifter paranormal romance coming this January! Sign up for my newsletter where I'll post a special cover reveal and pre-order links so you won't miss it!

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Release! Fire & Ice #PNR #FantasyRomance #99cents

Fire and Ice... they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that
can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it's unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses
and make you shiver.

When put together, you'll find a force that is stronger than anything you'll ever encounter.
If you love the paranormal and can't get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you're sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.

Including stories from:
USA Today Bestselling Author Laura Greenwood
USA Today and International Bestselling Author, Nicole Morgan
USA Today Bestselling, and Award-Winning Author, Desiree Holt
Award-winning and Amazon Bestselling Author, Nikki Landis
USA Today Bestselling, and Award-Winning Author, Suzanne Jenkins
Two-time EPIC award winner, and Amazon Bestselling Author, Lesli Richardson
USA Today Bestselling Author, Author Candace Sams
USA Today Bestselling Author, Jocelyn Dex
International Bestselling Author, Laurie Treacy
International Bestselling Author, Krista Ames
International Bestselling Author, Deelylah Mullin
International Bestselling Author, Mercer Norris
Author Tricia Schneider
Author Trevann Rogers
Author Jeffrey Bardwell
Author Jessica Ripley
Author Ashlee Nicole Bye
Author Stacy-Deanne
International Bestselling & Award-Winning Author, K.L. Bone
Author Jayelle Morgan


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fire & Ice: Ice Princess Excerpt ~ Spooktacular #Giveaway #Bloghop

October is one of my favorite months of the year! This year is even better because I have a new release coming out at the end of the month. Ice Princess is included in the Fire & Ice Boxed set. Some wonderful paranormal and urban fantasy romances just in time for Halloween!

A little about Ice Princess:

Princess Lily is determined to save her kingdom from the evil influence of the sorcerer in their midst. When she makes her stand, he curses her beloved to turn into a dragon and casts a spell that seals her in a block of ice where she will sleep for all eternity.

Eternity arrives earlier than expected when Rick Stamos tears down a wall to the tavern he's renovating. He never expects to find a woman encased in ice hidden in his basement. After melting the ice, he's more surprised when the woman wakes and claims he is her beloved.

Did the spell that kept Lily frozen for so long also curse Rick? Is he really her beloved or a stranger with the same face?

Here is an excerpt I'd like to share:

The stone crumbled beneath the sledgehammer as if he sliced a knife through a loaf of fresh bread. With each swing, the hole in the wall grew larger and larger until it was wide enough and tall enough for a man to step through. As Rick suspected, there was another room hidden in the basement. If it was large enough, he could utilize this space for storing cases of alcohol. It would give the tavern he planned to open an area to store more product.
Rick paused, set the sledgehammer aside and wiped the sweat from his forehead with the back of his hand.
“How’s it going?” Pete stomped down the wooden stairs behind him.
“Hey,” Rick said. “You want to save some stairs for the rest of us?”
Pete smirked and ignored his brother’s reprimand. “Did you get it open?”
“Yeah,” Rick said, looking around the many shelves in the basement. “I thought I saw a flashlight down here.”
“It’s over there.” Pete pointed to the corner.
Rick spotted the flashlight and returned to the hole he’d just punched into the wall. He flicked the light on and leaned through the hole, peering cautiously into the dark.
“So, you were right.” Pete chuckled. “There was an empty space. I wonder why they closed it off?”
“I don’t know.” The space on the other side of the wall was filled with nothing but cobwebs and debris. The flashlight shone into the chamber, dust particles swirling in the light’s path. “It looks spacious enough. Like a whole other room. I thought it might be big enough for a closet, but this is larger than I imagined.”
“Anything in there?”
“No,” Rick said with a quick shake of his head, then paused. “Wait. There is something in here.”
The light’s ray fell upon a long box near the center of the chamber. It sat solitary on the ground covered in a thick layer of dust.
“There’s a box in here.” Rick ducked his head low and stepped into the chamber, careful to watch his step around the fallen stone he had crushed to get in here. He heard his brother’s muffled curses as he followed, hitting his head on a large stone that jutted out.
“What is it?” Pete came to stand beside Rick, one hand holding a spot on his head. “Buried treasure, do you think?”
“I highly doubt it,” Rick said, with a laugh. “I don’t think pirates sailed this far inland.”
“You never know.”
Rick stepped closer to the box. It was long and wooden. The hair on the back of his arms rose.
“It looks like a coffin.” Pete’s lowered voice echoed his thoughts.
Rick shook his head. “Why would someone hide a coffin in a secret room in the basement of a tavern?”
“Vampire?” Pete kept his voice low as if he feared waking the supposed creature hidden within the box. “Like that old TV show with the coffin hidden in a secret chamber in the family’s mausoleum. There was a vampire in there.”
Rick raised a quizzical eyebrow at his brother. Pete returned his stare, then shrugged.
“You never know,” he repeated.
“Any other theories, genius?”
“I probably could come up with a few more.”
“I’ll spare you the effort,” Rick said. “We don’t want to overtax your brain with too much thought.”
“Hey,” Pete said indignantly but chuckled all the same.
Rick knelt beside the box, noticing four locks that secured it, two on either side. “Hand me that sledgehammer.”
Pete disappeared for a moment and returned with the sledgehammer. Rick swapped items, taking the sledgehammer and handing Pete the flashlight. With Pete aiming the light at the metal locks, Rick swung the hammer down, crushing the locks with one swing each. When all three were broken and mangled, Rick set the sledgehammer aside and opened the locks.
“Ready?” Rick glanced at Pete but couldn’t see his brother’s face from the light shining in his direction.
“Yeah,” Pete said. “If it’s a vampire, I’ll grab the sledgehammer. That ought to keep it down until you can find a stake.”
“My hero.”
“I thought so.”
Rick shook his head but didn’t wait any longer to open the casket-like box. He lifted the lid which slid off easily with broken locks.
Rick blinked as soon as he gazed upon the contents of the box. The light from the flashlight bounced off the glossy surface of a block of ice, striking him in the face.
“Give me that,” Rick said, swiping the flashlight out of his brother’s hands so he could look more closely at the ice. “What the…?”
One huge, solid block of ice filled the entire area of the box as if the wooden casket had been built around it. He touched the surface with one hand, sliding his fingers along the smooth, cold hardness of the block.
“Look, Rick.” Pete leaned over Rick’s shoulder and pointed to within the ice. “There’s something frozen inside.”
Rick tilted the flashlight, angling it until he could see a flash of color within the icy depths. Shades of purple, blue and gold glimmered within the block. He scanned the flashlight from the middle to the top and sucked in a lungful of musty, dull air.
“Oh,” Pete gasped from his elbow.
A face shimmered within the ice. It was difficult to make out most of the features, but from what Rick could see it looked like a woman’s face. A delicate chin, red lips, high cheekbones surrounded by a mass of black hair.
“What is a woman doing frozen in your basement?” Pete nearly shouted, stepping back from the box.
“I don’t know,” Rick said. “I didn’t put her here.”
“Do you think she’s dead?”
“Well, let me think, genius,” Rick said. “She’s encased in a frozen block of ice and has probably been locked in here for at least a hundred or two hundred years if we go by the state of that wall.” Rick paused and leaned back to look at the entire block of ice again. “How did this stay frozen for all that time? It’s the middle of summer.”
The basement was decidedly cooler than the upper stories in the tavern, but by no means was it cold enough to keep ice frozen for any length of time. Without a refrigeration unit installed down here, any ice stored in the basement would eventually melt.
How was this block of ice still frozen at all?
“Should we call someone?” Pete shoved a hand into his brown hair, pulling at the strands as he stared wide-eyed at the woman in the ice.
“Like who?” Rick leaned back on his haunches, glancing from his brother to the ice.
“The police? The fire brigade? National Geographic? How should I know?”
Rick shook his head and shrugged. “Hell, if I know. I never bargained on finding a body buried in my basement. I only just bought this tavern a month ago. If I had known, I would have renegotiated the price.”
“This isn’t funny,” Pete said. “You’re making jokes.”
“What do you want, Pete?” Rick stood. “I don’t know what to do.”
“I think we should call someone.”
“Like who?” Rick sighed. “This will delay everything. If I call the police, there will be an investigation. We can’t afford that right now. You know that.” Rick raised an eyebrow at his brother.
Pete nodded. “Then what do we do?”
Rick sighed again, glaring at the block of ice. “We can’t just cover it up. I need this space. We’ve got to get her out of here. Maybe we can load the ice onto the truck, drive it a few miles away and dump it. Then we’ll call the cops anonymously and let them know that there’s a body there.”
“Yeah,” Pete said, his voice slightly higher pitched than usual. “Sure. Sounds like a plan.”
Rick leaned over and put the lid back onto the top of the box. Then he bent down to test the weight of the box. He pushed it, leaning his strength against it.
“We might have a problem.” He sighed. “I don’t think we’ll be able to lift it.”
“Let’s try.” Pete set the flashlight onto the box, letting the light beam upward to illuminate the chamber. “You on that side, me on this.”
“Okay.” Rick nodded. “One, two, three.”
They both lifted, grunting with effort. The box nudged to the side a fraction of an inch, knocking the flashlight over. At the same moment, they both released their grip, leaning back to stare at the box. Rick stood with hands on hips, breathing heavily from the exertion.
“What if we melt her?” Pete sat on the ground, looking up at Rick.
The idea had merit. In fact, that was a brilliant solution. Carrying a woman who weighed a buck twenty versus a casket-sized block of ice was much more reasonable.
“Yeah.” Rick nodded. “That’s good.”
“You want me to get some space heaters?”
Rick slanted a look at his brother and shook his head. “I got this.”
He stretched his right arm toward the ice, his fingers splayed wide. He forced his tense muscles to relax, closed his eyes and concentrated on the warmth deep within. A flame flickered there, light in color, hidden deep inside him. Once he located the flame, he stoked it, encouraging it to grow, expand, fueled by his desire to bring the heat to surface. The fire sparked and lengthened, grew until the warmth spread to his chest. He focused the heat to travel through his arm to his right hand where his fingers spread open.
He placed his hand on the ice, closed his eyes and concentrated on heating his hand until he felt the solid block beneath his fingers soften. The ice melted beneath his touch. He blinked his eyes to watch the solid turn to liquid.
“Hey,” Pete said, smiling. “That fire-breathing stuff comes in handy sometimes.”
“Shut up.” Rick forced his concentration back to the heat he controlled with his hands. It was a trick he had discovered when he was a teenager. He’d accidentally burned down the shed in their backyard because Rick’s temper flared when he found out that Pete had ‘borrowed’ his bike and returned it with two flat tires.
Since then, he tried to keep his power under wraps, but on occasion and when no one other than Pete or Steph was around, Rick tested it. It was like a muscle. To keep it under control, he had to use it from time to time, to maintain his discipline so it wouldn’t flare to the surface without warning one day.
It would be more than embarrassing if he burned someone’s car on the highway if they cut him off. Road rage sent to a whole new level with a guy who could spark flame from his fingertips.
It took some time to melt the ice. There was a whole casket full, but after a while the clothing on the woman’s body became visible.
She wore a long white, velvet gown trimmed with lace and satin. Her hands were folded over her chest with a single rose clasped between her bejeweled fingers. She was elegantly dressed as a woman of nobility and placed with great care before her body was in some way submerged in water and frozen.
Rick wondered if she was someone of importance. A woman lost within the pages of history and time.
The ice near her head melted away revealing a face of rare beauty. Perfect, pale skin with red-rose colored lips. Her midnight black hair cascaded in waves around her face and shoulders, dampened by the melting ice. Matching black eyelashes swept down over her cheeks.
Rick wished he’d known the color of her eyes. As he stared at the woman, a humming began in his blood, a strange sense of familiarity itched in his brain.
Had he seen this woman before?
It was obviously not possible. Perhaps he’d seen a woman with her likeness somewhere. An actress on television or a movie. Or someone in the tabloids.
Pete whistled with appreciation from his elbow.
“I have to admit,” Pete said. “She’s hot for a dead girl.”
Rick rolled his eyes.
“What?” Pete said as if seeing his brother’s reaction. “You don’t think?”
“No,” Rick said. “I admit it. She’s beautiful.”
“More than beautiful. She’s exquisite. Like a porcelain doll. And the way she’s posed in the block of ice.” Pete paused and leaned over her for a closer look. “She reminds me of someone.”
“You, too?” Relief swamped Rick. He wasn’t the only one with this nagging sense of familiarity. “She reminds me of someone, too, but I just can’t place her face.”
“Snow White.”
“You know,” Pete sighed. “The fairy tale. Snow White and those dwarfs. Or maybe Sleeping Beauty. I get those two mixed up. There’s a lot of comatose gals in fairy tales.”
“That’s not what I meant,” Rick said, shaking his head. “I meant a real person. Not some imaginary fairy tale girl.”
“Maybe she’s not so imaginary.” Pete waved his head. “Maybe one of us should kiss her.”
“Kiss her to break the spell.”
“You’re insane.”
“You never know.”
“Yeah, you’re right. You never know anything. Ever.”
Rick continued to stare at the woman as the ice melted into puddles of water on the stone floor. He folded his arms across his chest.
“I wonder who she was.”
“A princess. Maybe a queen.”
Rick glanced at Pete with a raised eyebrow.
“Well, she must be someone important. Look at the way she’s dressed.” An exact echo of Rick’s earlier thoughts.
Rick bent over the woman, taking in her beauty once more and the deep suspicion he knew her. His gaze swept over her face and form, then fell to the rose. It was a rose in full bloom. Not wilted with age, neglect or natural decay. A rose with full, blood-red petals on a stem laced with sharp thorns.
How could a flower remain in such perfect condition in these types of circumstances?
The whole situation seemed incredulous. If Rick hadn’t known better, he’d say this whole thing had been set up as some prank.
He pried the rose away from her cold fingers, taking the flower in his hands to inspect more closely.
“I guess she could be nobility,” Rick said. “But she—”
A gasp stopped him from speaking. The sound came from the woman.
Both Rick and his brother stumbled back a few feet, stopping to stare at the now breathing woman on the remaining block of cracked and melting ice.
“Did she?”
“Yeah, I think.”
Rick tilted his head, staring at the woman’s ample bosom rising and falling with each breath.
Then her black eyelashes flickered across her cheeks, sweeping up to reveal the greenest eyes Rick had ever seen on another human being. They were a deep, vibrant emerald color that appeared almost inhuman and yet so beautiful he couldn’t compare them to anything else he’d ever seen.
The woman blinked and took another deep, gasping breath.
The rose fell, forgotten from his fingertips as Rick returned to the woman’s side and knelt beside her.
As soon as her gaze met his, she smiled. Her lips curved and her face brightened with love and warmth and radiance. An electric shock zipped through his arms and legs, settling deep in his chest. Rick knew at that moment he was lost.

“Ashford.” The woman’s voice was like a song of spring. Light, full of hope, happiness and renewal. “You found me.”

Fire and Ice… they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it’s unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver.
When put together, you’ll find a force that is stronger than anything you’ll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can’t get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you’re sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.

Read this story and more in Fire & Ice

It's only available for a limited time, so be sure to grab your copy today!

Over 20 stories for only $0.99!

This is a great way to introduce yourself to new-to-you authors!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Halloween #PNR Reads ~ Howl-O-Ween #Giveaway #bloghop

Welcome to the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Bloghop

Halloween is one of my two favorite times of year! It's the time for changing leaves, cooler weather, mugs of steaming hot apple cider and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! It's also a wonderful time to read paranormal romances! Not that I wait for fall to read paranormal romance. I read it all year long! But, this is the time that I'll search for romances featuring some of my favorite monsters. Vampires, werewolves, witches, oh my!

Here are some of the books I have on my TBR list to read during October this year.


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Gardener and book-lover Milagro De Los Santos doesn't quite fit in anywhere, but still manages to have fun in her haphazard city life of temp jobs, nightclubbing, and arty boyfriends. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentios ex, she meets Oswald, a fabulous man. A mad kissing session leads to cut lips and an accidental exchange of blood.

Then for the first time in Milagro's life, she becomes sick and develops strange cravings for raw meat. When her ex-boyfriend kidnaps her, accusing her of being a vampire, Oswald's family comes to her rescue and hides her away to recover at their wine country estate.

The family thinks she's an aimless party girl. She thinks they're terrible snobs. Can they learn to tolerate one another long enough to defeat mutual enemies and make it home for cocktail hour?


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Tamara Candlewick blows a gasket when she hears the new headmaster at her daughter's school requires the students mix a love potion as part of their annual Spelling Bee.

She determines to give the young man, Carter Wells, a piece of her mind. But who knew the new principal was going to be so devilishly hot? Or that his arrival in town would have the young witches of Misty Cedars cooking up love potions of their own?

Werewolves & Zombies

Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye - and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her.

Maisie can't help but admit that she's attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She's drawn to Seth's strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she's determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn't want another person to get hurt - or die - for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time... 

But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her...

And just in time for Halloween...

Fire and Ice... they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it's unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver. When put together, you'll find a force that is stronger than anything you'll ever encounter. 

If you love the paranormal and can't get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you're sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.


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Saturday, September 28, 2019

A Few Author Updates ~ September Days

Today is my day at the Sweet 'N Sexy Divas! I'd love if you'd hop over there to check out the post where I'm revealing the book cover for newest romance, Ice Princess. Go ahead. Check it out!

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, I'm a featured author in the September issue of Uncaged Book Reviews. You can check out my interview as well as interviews with the other amazing authors included in this month's issue. Find some new books to read!

I have some exciting news about a paranormal shifter romance that I've been working on for the last several months. It's taken some time, but I've finally finished Loving Boone which will be the first book in a were-cougar shifter series. I'm working with a close friend who is walking me through the process of self-publishing.

Yes, you read that right. I've been talking about it for a while. I'm finally going to self-publish a book. I'll be honest, it's a bit nerve-wracking! And exciting! I'm taking this plunge with the hopes that I might reach some new readers and to have more creative control over the books that I write.

As I'm learning the in's and out's of indie publishing, I'm also writing book 2 and book 3 in the Cougar Shifter series. I have a strong suspicion there will probably be a book 4 or maybe a novella included in the series. I've fallen so in love with these characters, I can see the possibility of many more stories in the future. Or maybe a spin-off series. I'll have to see how readers respond to see if they want to read more. 

I'll post updates as we get closer to release day. There's no date set, yet, but I seriously couldn't wait to tell you about it!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Authors I Wish More People Knew About - Long and Short Reviews Blog Challenge

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

Today's topic: Authors I Wish More People Knew About

As an ex-bookseller at Waldenbooks, I had the opportunity to meet many readers who were eager to recommend new authors to me. There are so many great authors out there and this is a list of the ones that I think everyone should read!

Ash Krafton
USA Today best-selling author Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings... Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong. 

She's the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. Krafton has also published a New Adult historical fantasy, THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, under then pen name AJ Krafton. She also writes short fiction and poetry, for which she's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Contact Ash through her website: www.ashkrafton.com
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Gayle Wilson
Gayle Wilson is a two-time RITA Award winner and has also won both a Daphne du Maurier Award and a Dorothy Parker International Reviewer's Choice Award. Beyond those honours, her books have garnered over fifty other awards and nominations. As a former high school history and English teacher she taught everything from remedial reading to Shakespeare - and loved every minute she spent in the classroom. Gayle loves to hear from readers! 

Visit her website at: www.booksbygaylewilson.com


Deborah Simmons
USA Today bestselling author Deborah Simmons began her career as a journalist, but left nonfiction for the world of happily ever afters. She’s written historical romances originally published by Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as an indie romantic comedy. Two of her titles were finalists in Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA competition, while two other releases were up for RWA’s Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for Mystery/Suspense. She likes strong heroines, wry humor, a touch of mystery, and love that can’t be denied. Friend her at Facebook.com/AuthorDeborahSimmons or visit her at DeborahSimmons.com.

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Elizabeth Thornton
Elizabeth Thornton was born Mary Forrest in Aberdeen, Scotland on January 24, 1940. She was an elementary school teacher before establishing the St. Swithin Street Nursery School in 1967. In 1969, she and her family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, where she continued her teaching career. In 1977, she was appointed as a Pastoral Assistant of a Presbyterian Church. In 1985, she received an honors degree in Classical Greek from the University of Winnipeg. Her first book, Bluestocking Bride, was published in 1987. She wrote over 30 romance novels during her lifetime including Scarlet Angel, Strangers at Dawn, Princess Charming, The Perfect Princess, Shady Lady, The Marriage Trap, and The Bachelor Trap. She received numerous awards including the Romantic Times Trophy Award for the best New Historical Regency Author and Best Historical Regency. She died on July 12, 2010. https://www.elizabeththornton.com/

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Other authors I highly recommend: 
Also, my fellow Roses at The Wild Rose Press!
There are so many amazing authors there 
who write bestselling romances!
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Fire and Ice...they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it's unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver. When put together, you'll find a force that is stronger than anything you'll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can't get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

#BookReview ~ On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt #gothic #suspense #romance


On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For generations, Victoria Holt has dazzled and entertained millions of readers with her spine-tingling novels of romantic suspense. On the Night of the Seventh Moon is one of her most evocative, magical, and chilling. Come take a journey into a dark and shadowy forest where nothing is as it seems…

On the night of the seventh moon, according to ancient Black Forest legend, Loke, the god of mischief, is abroad in the world. It is a night for singing and dancing. And it is a night for love.

Helena Trant was enchanted by everything she found in the Black Forest—its people, its mysterious castles, its legends and lore. Especially its legends of love. Until the day she started to live one of them and the enchantment turned suddenly into a terrifying nightmare….

My Review

This was an unusual story that surprised me. The story about Helena Trant and written in her point of view. One day after getting separated from her classmates, she finds a man walking in the misty forest of Germany. The meeting is memorable and she doesn't forget him even after she travels back to England to live with her two aunts. When she's visited by some relatives on her mother's side, they invite her back to Germany to stay with them. During a festival on the night of the seventh moon, she meets the man again. His name is Maximilian. They discover since the first night they met, they've fallen in love with each other. This is insta-love at its finest. They marry and spend a few glorious days together. Eventually, Maximilian has to go back to his father to explain their situation. Helena's relatives come to get her and the next morning she awakes to fina a doctor explaining that she's been viciously attacked and has been given treatment that's basically caused her to live in a dreamworld for a few days. Her relatives and the doctor try to convince her that she was never married, there is no Maximilian and everything that she has experienced recently has all been a dream to protect her sanity from the horrible truth.

It was an unusual story. But told very well. As the reader, even I was confused as to what was real and what wasn't. Was Maximilian real or merely a figment of Helena's imagination? The story progresses, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. She goes back to live with her aunts, trying to go on with her life. There are many twists and turns that eventually lead her back to Germany to discover the truth.

It was a gripping and suspenseful tale that left me turning the pages to discover the truth of Helena's story. The mystery of those few days haunted her for several years. I was so happy when she finally discovered the truth and everything was revealed! The story was well-written and satisfying. Although it was more mystery than romance, I enjoyed every moment of it. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read gothic romantic mysteries.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Die For You by Michele Mills #BookReview

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Die For You by Michele  Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love, in a hopeless place.

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can't-believe-we're-alive post-apocolyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel's fragility, inexperience-and much younger age-hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit-strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam's world, bringing him to his knees-which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

WARNING: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m menage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.

My Review
The blurb to this novel is astounding! It totally grabbed me and I had to immediately read the first three sample chapters, which also hooked me. I bought the book with high expectations. It fell a little flat after that. I guess I was expecting the story to go in one direction and the author chose another. No big deal. It was still a really good story, just not what I was expecting.

Weirdly, I enjoyed the overuse of the bad language. It made the story more realistic with the f-bombs constantly thrown around. If a virus wiped out 75% of the population, I'm pretty sure those who were left would be cussing up a storm.

I think I would have liked this story to be more of a slow burn romance. It was basically insta-love, which works great for a lot of readers. I really enjoyed Adam and Rachel's emotional attachment to each other, but to me it felt rushed. The connection that the two characters felt for each other was passionate and well written.

The characters were believable. Adam is a Marine, an Alpha male with a past relationship that has left him wounded. He's passionate and protective of what's his. Rachel is a young girl, fresh out of high school, currently attending college until the outbreak, clearly inexperienced in the reality of life and love. Both of these characters grow throughout the book as the new world they are forced to survive in changes them forever.

The steamy sex scenes were definitely worth the price of the book. There were plenty of them and quite enjoyable.

Now that I know what I'm getting into with this author's writing style, I'm interested to read the rest of the series. There are two more books in the series, one of which is Trevor's story which I'm eager to read.

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