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Giveaway: Inner City Strength by Dwight Slaughter
Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines. He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976—a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California.
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Release Date: 2/14/2014
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Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines. He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976—a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California. As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life as well—into a childhood of abuse, betrayal…even murder.
Dwight Slaughter has long been a fixture of American Basketball history. Voted 1972’s ‘number one player in the country’ by nationally-acclaimed sports magazines and also hailed by ESPN as one of California’s ‘Top 100’ players – many people were led to believe that Slaughter’s entire life was at the top of its game.
However, as Slaughter’s new memoir exposes for the firs time, basketball was an escape from a personal life filled with abuse, neglect and exposure to a lifestyle no young person should ever witness. ‘The Unknown Story of the Last Name Slaughter’ holds no bars the author recounts his life with gripping honesty.
Protected, Ariya Adams Trilogy Book 1 by Anna Applegate
At the start of her senior year at Kingsbrook College, a small school in Northern Michigan, Ariya Adams has a perfectly normal existence. Determined to make this her best year yet, she attends her classes and hangs out with the friends she has come to love more than life.
That is until the arrival of the sexy and mysterious transfer student James Rymer, who captivates her affections almost instantly. With her emotions on the fritz for no apparent reason, and unsure if he shares her feelings, Ariya finds herself on an emotional rollercoaster in which everything she knows and loves is questioned.
When fantasy and reality mix, Ariya’s world is turned upside down and she learns that “normal” isn’t what she thought it was. Danger soon comes for her and she discovers that everyone has been keeping secrets from her. The battle between one’s duty and what feels right will have to be fought and it may be a struggle for Ariya to stay alive. When Ariya’s life and the lives of the people she cares for most are endangered, she learns to never underestimate the power of blood.
Protected is a New-Adult, Paranormal Romance. It is the first book in the Ariya Adams trilogy.
I’m going to start off by saying wow!
I just loved this book once I started I could not put it down. They story was amazing. I loved the mystery of what was going on and who everyone was.
We start off with Ariya and her bast friend coming back to collage for their senior year. Ariya and her friend Caroline head to party and that’s when Ariya finds James. Its like she can’t stop watching him and she can’t stop the overwhelming feeling in her gut that something is just off. That’s when the story starts to really develop. I the secrets you learn will just blow tour mind. I don’t want to give anything away. But know that this book was amazing. I hate cliffhangers but in his case it was perfect.
I can’t wait to read more in this series.
I would recommend this book for 16 and older. Some mild violence.
I’m going to give this 5 out of 5 fangs!!
Giveaway: Double Alchemy: Climax by Susan Mac Nicol
About Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)
- Title: Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)
- Author: Susan Mac Nicol
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
- Release Date: 22nd May, 2014
- Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
A BLINDING LIGHT
It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.
Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy.
4 fangs out of 5 fangs
We rejoin Quinn and Cade after the attack on Quinn. Quinn is a Warlock, Grand Master of the Consortium; Quinn also has a Withinner, Taliesin, an old and powerful Warlock in his own right. Cade is human, mostly, but has Sprite tendencies.
The first half of the book takes up the plot to discover where the Witchfinder General is, and killing him. they do this with the help of a book that has traces of his blood. And a witch that once held Quinn as a sex slaves for 3 days! this bit of the plot was slow and took time to develop, but once they had killed him, you are then left with half a book still to go!
We then (its almost 2 books in one!) get to the second plot line, and that is Quinn’s fight for his Grand Master title, and for Cade. Cade comes a cropper, and is immersed into…well, I’m not saying, just that all is well in the end!
We dont get so much of Taliesin in this book, and i missed him and his wittiness! i liked Valensia, and how both Quinn and Taliesin react to her, but also Daniel. (and i feel there could be another tale from those two alone!) Cade and Quinn’s relationship grows stronger, and the sex becomes hotter after Cade’s little hiccup, but again, its not all described in great detail, actually much is left to the imagination, but what IS described is well written and not too explicit. The two plot lines would have worked better if they intertwined from the beginning, rather than almost one done then starting the next. i DID like Misty, who sets the whole thing in motion, and i would like there to have been more of her, especially with what she and Quinn, and Cade now have planned. the ending did seem to petter out a little, and that is what lets it down.
Praise for Double Alchemy (Book #1)
“I love Paranormal stories & I’m a huge fan of Susan Mac Nicol’s M/M books. In this book, she brings both genres together & gives us this amazing story. With her master storytelling, she takes us into the mystical & magical world of Witches, Warlocks, Withinners & Feys. A world where danger lurks in the shadows.” – Maria Recchia
“I stayed up all night reading this story. Susan has a way of writing that is different than anyone else. She’s uniquely brilliant at weaving a tale that brings out my emotions. I have laughed in every one of her stories. That’s incredible for me. Not just a smile, but a laugh. I love that. This book needs to be read. You won’t be disappointed.” – Author Kindle Alexander
“Susan Mac Nicol has created a complex and fully realized fantasy world…. Quinn is the star of this novel, taking out the bad guy and learning how to trust in Cade’s love enough to share his unsavory past.” Library Journal
“I completely loved this beautifully and highly detailed written Paranormal story! This wasn’t a predictable story by any means. How Susan Mac Nicol takes us on a ride through this very creative and engrossing world that you will not forget, anytime soon and will be wanting more and more of it. I am a huge fan of this author and Double Alchemy, doesn’t disappoint by any means at all. I highly recommend this hot, steamy, love, paranormal and so beautifully written story!” Paul Berry
“Susan Mac Nicol brings us another sexilicious m/m romance but also takes us into a magyckal world of Warlocks, Withinners, Fae, Witchfinders and Witches… I loved the combination of the magyck and the m/m romance storyline. I am so glad Ms Mac Nicol is not keeping us waiting as the second book in the series will be released 22nd May 2014. I highly recommended this book to read and is an absolute five star rating from me.” Foxylutely Book Reviews
Praise for Susan Mac Nicol
“We have to re-iterate that this Author will always be an automatic one-click for us. Her writing is flawless and her flawed characters are completely lovable. There’s always something quirky and fun in her stories as well as drama, angst and heaps of passion! We can highly recommend!!” – Gitte & Jenny – Totally Booked Blog
“Susan has been hailed as a genius writer of male/male literature. Her Saving Alexander has been nominated for several awards and has been reviewed widely. Congrats on all your success, Susan. You have earned it.” – Gay Lit Authors
Purchase links for DOUBLE ALCHEMY (Book #1)
Boroughs Publishing Group | Amazon: US, UK, CA, AU
Purchase links for DOUBLE ALCHEMY: CLIMAX (Book #2)
Boroughs Publishing Group: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/double-alchemy-climax
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-doublealchemyclimax-1520861-143.html
About Susan Mac Nicol
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Double Alchemy: Climax is her sixth m/m romance.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself becoming a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.
Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight, Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander, Worth Keeping, Waiting for Rain and Double Alchemy.
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Places I’d love to visit
For some reason, I have a real yen to visit New England, in Maine. Stephen King is one of my favourite authors and he lives in Bangor. I fancy bumping into him in a coffee shop or something. I’ve also wanted to visit there and see the Autumn Fall tree lined avenues and the beautiful coast line with its New England architecture and wooden houses. So a pretty blue and white house on the beach here would be my ideal place to live and write. Or one that looks just like Stephen’s…it’s quite spooky looking but I love it.
Then again, I’ve also wanted to visit Venice. Ah Venice. The beautiful floating city and home of Murano glass. I can see myself sitting in this high hotel room, or a private apartment, gazing out upon the river and the inspiration of the magnificent old buildings. The muscles of the young Venetian gondoliers would make a welcome distraction, and perhaps I might indulge myself in a frothy latte and a crema croissant at the Café Del Doge…
I’ve been to quite a few places in my travels. I travelled America many years ago, to New York, New Orleans, Kentucky, and Florida. I went down the Mississippi on a steamboat, and went through the Florida Glades in a small dinghy. It was great fun. I’ve seen camels in the desert in Tunisia, wandered around Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, travelled through Bosnia to get to Dubrovnik from Croatia, spent two weeks in Southern Ireland, and drunk Guinness and eaten Irish beef (delicious by the way.) I’ve spent time in Prague, checking out the flea markets, had coffee in Gibraltar, a massage in Andalusia in Spain (at a spa hotel ,you dirty minded individuals) and been on safari in South Africa , where I lived for thirty years. So I have travelled and I’d really like to add these other places to my repertoire.
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The Dreams and Nightmares Anthology by Charlie Daye and company
My head tilted fractionally, for I wanted more, but refused to look away from his calming stare. He held me to him with his eyes. They were dark in color, yet shown brightly in the dim, bluish light surrounding us.
Confirmation. That’s what his gaze held. I showed him everything I ever felt for him, and he confirmed that I wasn’t alone in my emotions.
He was my everything, though I knew only moments ago I couldn’t even remember his name. It felt as if years had gone by since we last met, and yet it had only been one week. I had missed him so much I ached.
Andre’s blazing touch continued down my arm, easing some of the tightness in my chest, and I decided to focus on the moment, with him, and worry about the future later.
Slowly, he tugged my arm off his back. Goose bumps rose over my fair skin, and I shivered, wanting to rush him, but also longing for the night to last forever.
When his fingers finally met my wrist, he grasped my hand, bringing it to his lips for a supple kiss on my palm before rubbing his nose lightly across my inner wrist. His eyes were asking permission, and my heart skipped a beat with anticipation.
“Yes,” I whispered.
His eyes never strayed from mine as his tongue slid across my pulse, causing my stomach to clench just before he pierced the vein with his sharp teeth. *
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Spotlight: K.I. Lynn
Delilah Palmer has always maintained control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth that’s just below the surface. Using a façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood, she’s made a good life for herself. Becoming a successful lawyer, she is finally free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.Nathan Thorne has a haunted past of his own. On the surface, he is personable, extroverted, and loved by everyone; everything Delilah isn’t. However, hidden beneath his charming smile is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has the power to unveil.Forced into a small office together, they begin to see through each other’s masks, and the magnetic attraction ignites an explosive relationship. Their firm, Holloway and Holloway Law, has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. But despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan begins to teeter on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.What dark secrets does Nathan harbor that stop him from giving in, and what is it that keeps him from healing and moving forward? And more importantly, where does Delilah fit into his turmoil? Will they be able to accept love and deal with all the trials that develop as their secrets are exposed, or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?An exciting new romance, Breach will hook readers from the very beginning. With smoldering romance and captivating erotica, this enthralling story is perfect for all. Using shrouded secrets of the past and a combustible relationship that borders on taboo, this thrilling novel ramps up the tension and romance at every turn.
when a book starts talking about, in the first few paragraphs, that its going to bruise, and she loved it, you know its not going to be a fluffy romance, but by gosh, this book was a real proper page turner!!
Delilah has a past, that causes her to have a very low self opinion, (some comes out during the book, I’m not saying!) Nathan wears a mask, for he is hiding himself. they are both very broken, and together, they try to heal.
HOWEVER, that’s not so easy, when Nathan is trying to push Lila away, as Lila wants to get close. Some of each of their pain is released during the book, and the things these two have gone through is heart breaking, I cried at some of the nightmare scenes, for both of them. When Lila’s ex turns up working with them, things are pushed to a head. and when a birthday looms, Nathan loses it.
Pain is the biggest emotion I get from this book, it really is. I feel for these characters. there is sex, ALOT of sex, and its all hard and fast and up the wall type of sex BUT its right and proper that these two have that kind of sex, I’m not calling it a relationship, as it isn’t, not by a long shot.
if you like a love story, this aint for you BUT if you like them tougher, deeper, darker, grittier, damaged (physically and emotionally) with a big story to tell (and its by no means finished!) then this is for you.
written entirely from Lila’s point of view, I would like to have heard from Nathan. that’s the only reason it didn’t get 5 fangs. BUT the next instalment is the last few chapters of this book, told from Nathan’s point of view, and I’m off to read that.
Breach is the first book in the Breach Trilogy. Delilah Plamer is a lawyer at Holloway and Holloway Law Firm. She wears a mask everyday trying to hide her the scars of the past that never fully healed. New to the firm is Nathan Thorne. He is a gorgeous man, who happens to be her new partner sharing an office space with Delilah. Nathan pushes all the right buttons getting under Delilah’s skin until they finally can’t take it anymore and both of them explode. A combustible passion bursting at the seams erupts, but how long can it last. There is a strict no fraternizing policy in place making their relationship dangerous not to mention Nathan carries tortured secrets of his own.
Sparks flew right off the pages, along with clothes leaving nothing but bare, raw, dirty passion. The sexual tension between Delilah and Nathan is ever present and hot. Both characters were real and raw. They both have flaws and a tormented past. I liked how genuine they felt. I could feel their emotions as my own. I have a thing for tortured characters and I was eager to learn more about what happened.
This book is a wild ride and really defines the phrase dirty talk. There was a lot of sex and I mean a lot. It was a little too much for me so I was glad when the author finally started weaving the story in there. The story line and the motion of the story as their relationship developed made it worth it.
The ending left at a cliff hanger, leaving you holding your breath to find out what happens. I dislike cliff hangers but the peek into the next book took off the edge so it wasn’t leaving you completely guessing and yet still made you want to pick up the next book so you can find out what happens.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a steamy rough romance and is not afraid of the dark and dirty then this is the book for you. This book is definitely for a mature audience.
I would give this book 4 fangs because of the ending. It left me wanting to know what happens next.
grip, pulling me to him hard while he thrust into me even harder. The way we
both needed it.
hands found purchase, but I didn’t mind.
body, my heart, my soul. In return he gave himself to me the only way he knew
how: with bruising hands, passionate kisses, and hard thrusts.
playing my body, bending me to his will. They were a delicious torture, just as
much as his words.
eyes roll back; another mark.
from people. They were proof, a reminder of his need, his pleasure.
the perfect location to mark him as well. The spot I choose, just below his
ear, would make it visible, unable to be hidden by the collar of his dress
around to bug him the next day. I smiled at the thought of them finding out he
was breaking the rules every day with me, and not them.
the lies we told, and the feelings we hid under a mask of hate and
teeth scraped my neck. No doubt leaving small pink trails on my skin. He
growled. “You’re not paying attention to my cock, Lila.”
him, eliciting a rumble deep in his chest. He thrust hard, using long strokes,
causing me to scream out in response.
like to hear.” He was pushing me to the edge again. “Scream for me. I want
everyone to hear what I do to you.”
let go, no longer holding back. My screams echoed around the room, and that
trademark smirk of his formed on his perfect features.
and nipping. The combination of sensations from his body’s assault was too
much. His name spilled from my lips on a scream as my back arched off the bed.
My hands grabbed his arms; nails digging in as my walls constricted around him.
orgasm. He was still going. Both hands were back on my hips as he drove into
me. His stamina was unparalleled. How many times in the past had I been forced
to come multiple times before he spilled inside me?
he wanted from me.
with his cock and took him into my eager mouth. I lapped up my juices from him
as my tongue swirled around his length. His eyes were on me, watching his cock
disappear between my lips. He loved to watch me suck him after being buried in
my pussy. I sucked hard, punishing him as he had me. I was rewarded with a hiss
and a flex of his hips. My teeth grazed his skin. He moaned deep in his chest,
his panting gaining speed, muscles tensing.
thrust, fucking my mouth. He was grunting and moaning as he hit the back of my
throat. I reached up to massage his balls, adding to the sensations.
jerking. He came hard; spurt after spurt, sliding into my mouth and down my
smiled up at him and he leaned down to kiss me. The kiss was passionate, as
were all his kisses. It was also harsh; his teeth biting on my lip, scraping
it, tasting himself.
curled into one another. Tomorrow was closing in. Another day of wearing masks
and hiding what we wanted, what we were, from the world. Another day of denying
each other. Another night of punishment to look forward to.
let him do whatever he wanted to me. Punishing himself for wanting me and doing
whatever he desired to me.
He wanted her to leave him, but, in the end, he was forced to do it.Separating himself from Lila puts Nathan in a level of hell he never knew existed. The journey is a spiraling decent where the beast inside is released and havoc reigns in the arena of self-destruction.But what is he to do? It was for the best, after all.The last three chapters of Breach from Nathan’s point of view
I said in the review for Breach, I wished I had heard from Nathan. I take it back. I’m sat here, on my lunch at work, crying,actually, SOBBING is more the word.
I also said pain was the predominant emotion in that book, but this? This is utter and total agony. I know Nathan loves Lila, he does, deep down, but he just can’t admit it. When she suffers both emotionally and physically because of him, he spirals out of control, but still he can’t say the words to him self. We learn a little about his pain, his suffering and WHY he keeps pushing Lila away.
You really MUST read Breach before this short, 70 odd pages, snippet of Nathan. You need to know what Lila is going through. Make sure you have tissues ready. and try not to be at work.
4.5 fangs, because I wish we had heard more from Nathan, from the very beginning, a longer book, or a merger of this one with Breach.
everyone is telling her listen to him, let him explain, he loves her, he really does. but if Nathan’s deep dark secrets are revealed, and they are to move on, so must Lila’s. and when that deep dark secret finds her, after ten years, she fears for her life.
very different to Breach, a lot of reviewers complained Nathan is like a different person entirely, but come on! it says so in the book, a couple of times, he is a changed man. granted, its over half way through before Lila and Nathan get back to the banging-up-against-the-wall-and-that’s-gonna-bruise type sex that was in Breach, BUT Lila had a massive car accident, Nathan had a breakdown. you cant expect anyone, let alone this pair, to jump right back into it!!
I LOVED the therapy session with Darren. again, some other reviewers complained about that, but no, I loved them and they were definiately needed as part of the story. I wasn’t so happy with the Boob Squad and what they said to Lila after her attack, office bitches cant be THAT bad, surely???
all of their past comes out, Nathan’s dealing with Marconi, and what happened to his wife (didn’t see WHO she was coming, I tell ya!!) Lila’s history of abuse at her father’s hand. all painful stuff, but dealt with well, and again, PAIN features in much of the book, but about half way through, it began to change and HOPE began peaking through. 🙂
still nothing from Nathan, and that’s why it gets 4.5 fangs, because at points in this book, I NEEDED to hear what he was thinking, feeling, I really did. there is a third book, and I hope they get their happy ending, but you just know there will be problems along the way. I just hope it ISNT all hearts and flowers, cos these two are sooooooo not that 😛
Infraction is book two in the Breach series. It should be read after the first book, Breach, to have an understanding of what’s going on.
Delilah wakes up in a hospital after a car crash. It’s not just her body that is in need of healing but her heart as well. Nathan wants to be part of her life and begs for forgiveness but both of their pasts stand in the way of a healthy relationship. They have to learn to trust each other and most importantly learn to communicate with one another, that is if Delilah can open her heart once again and accept him back.
I liked this book better than the first. It was filled with real, heart-felt emotion. I was right there with the characters experiencing the ups and downs. The best part was how much Delilah’s and Nathan’s relationship grew.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the book. Sometimes it was a little slow but not enough for me to get bored. I liked the closer look we got at Nathan and his family. The new secondary characters like Erin were a great addition.
This book is a definite read for those who read Breach. You won’t want to miss what happens next. I recommend this book to those readers out there who like a little rougher and emotional romance with real and flawed characters.
I give this book 4 fangs and will be anticipating the next addition.
seemed to be keeping them shut. The morning light seeped through the windows.
My hand twitched, and I felt something between my fingers. I looked down to
find Nathan’s familiar hair beneath my palm. His head was lying on his arm, his
other hand draped on my stomach. He was asleep.
and his face was gaunt. He seemed thinner, too. I hadn’t noticed how terrible
he looked because I refused to really take a good look at him. I didn’t want
good, how healthy, he looked. I also remembered the family we had. I had
dreamed of him, dreamed of us, and what we could be.
badly. I wanted him.
been doing that in my sleep? Had I known he was there and reached out to him?
had to him. The more I thought about letting him in, the more my chest
constricted, my breathing more labored.
claimed, he would have to show me.
more hiding. He would have to let it all out before I even considered.
stared down at him. They closed again, and his head pushed up into my hand as
he let out a sigh of contentment.
blue eyes gazed up at me in reverence. “How are you feeling?” His hand rose
from my stomach and moved a strand of hair from my face.
brought me food and movies, did not mean everything was wonderful.
and broken soul. Not sure I can get more broken than that.”
all those things.”
The final installment of the Breach Trilogy!Things are finally looking up for Nathan and Lila. Though separated at work, their life together is just beginning.They’re working hard to lock up Lila’s past, when Nathan’s comes knocking at the door with a gift—a warning that happiness can, and will, be taken away.Is running away the only option to stay alive? Can they ever find the peace they deserve?The battle for survival has begun.
Gemini Risingby Jessica O’Gorek
Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity.
Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world.
Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.
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This is the story of Mother Earth fighting back. People who have been destroying her become Gemini when they die. They become warriors to kill all the humans on earth. One such warrior Onyx does the unthinkable, he falls for a human. Violette is a 16 year old orphan at a Catholic orphanage where the priests and bishop try to fight the Gemini calling them demons. Slade is a young man who is in training to fight and he is in love with Violette too. What follows is not only a fight for Violette but for the whole earth. Will Slade win or will Onyx get Violette and destroy all Slade loves? This is a decent story bit kind of drawn out and I caught myself skipping parts as it was dull. I give this 3 fangs.
Hold Me Closer by Hilary Storm
Holden Walker has put his personal life on hold to help Rebel Walking with security on tour. His ‘all work and no play’ attitude has him in trouble with some of the new female family members in his life.
Lainey Douglas couldn’t pick a good man if her life depended on it. She’s been burnt one too many times and isn’t thrilled at all when she’s tricked into a date. Her attempt to run him off almost works—until he has to save her from danger.
What happens when Holden meets the most frustrating woman in his life? Will Lainey stop pushing him away long enough to see that he’s not like all the other guys? Can she open her heart after everything she’s been through?
Hilary Storm lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Enid, Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an MBA in Accounting and has a full time job as an accountant. Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and spending time with friends and family. She is the author of the International Best Selling ‘Rebel Walking’ series. Book one: ‘In a Heartbeat’ was released June 2013, Book two: ‘Heaven Sent’ was released in September 2013. Book 2.5: ‘Banded Together’ released Jan 2014. Book 3: ‘No Strings Attached’ released March 2014. Book 4: ‘Hold Me Closer’ is due out beginning of May.
Cover Reveal: The Only One by Meg Collett
Cover Reveal for The Only One
Title: The Only One
Series: End of Days, Book 3
Author: Meg Collett
Genre: Paranormal Romance
In the final installment to the popular End of Days series, a heavenly civil war breaks out amongst the angels, and the stakes are higher than ever before. It’s the war Michaela wanted, but she’s realizing it might not be the one she’s meant to fight. What is mercy and sacrifice in the face of tyranny and madness? It’s a lesson Michaela might not live long enough to fully understand.
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About the Author
Meg Collett lives deep in the hills of Tennessee where there the cell phone service is a blessing and internet is a myth of epic proportions. She is the mother of one giant horse named Elle and two dogs named Wylla and Mandy. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her ragtag life. End of Days is her first series.
Love Will Make You Drink&Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night by Shelly Lowenkopf
Publisher: White Whisker Books (June 6, 2014)
Category: Short Stories, Literary Fiction
Tour Date: May/June, 2014
Available in: Print and ebook, 186 Pages
Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night brings a number of Shelly Lowenkopf’s previously published short stories together in a single volume. All the stories revolve around life in Santa Barbara, the oceanside city north of Los Angeles, where people go after they’ve burned out in San Francisco and L.A. Yet there’s no safe haven anywhere. Interwoven into Santa Barbara’s picturesque setting, the people in these twelve stories reveal what their hearts and souls encounter in relationships. Their misreadings, mistakes, and misadventures bare what happens to people who love another.
“Shelly Lowenkopf’s short stories breathe gusts of fresh air into the often stuffy literary atmosphere,” says poet Charles Harper Webb (Liver). “Witty, urbane, sharply observed, insightful, mordant yet poignant and absolutely entertaining, these stories touch the funny bone as well as the heart. Readers have had to wait too long for this collection. Grab it now.”
“Shelly Lowenkopf is a gifted, humane story-teller,” adds author Aram Saroyan (Rancho Mirage). “Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night is a delight.”
Other Praise for the Book:
“Shelly Lowenkopf’s collection of short stories, Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night, is a celebration of the strength, the vulnerability and the absurdity of the human heart. In their need to connect, Lowenkopf’s characters are driven to the extreme: a man falls in love with his best friend’s dog; a waitress tries to understand a hook-up with a pianist by listening to music she doesn’t understand; a professor’s thwarted but hilarious attempt to make sure he won’t die alone. Lowenkopf’s delightful stories will leave the reader nodding and smiling in recognition.”—author Melodie Johnson Howe(City of Mirrors)
“Lowenkopf unveils Santa Barbara’s passions with clever tales about men and women (and cats and dogs) that surprise and delight. Subtle humor mixes with the loneliness and desire, but we laugh with the characters, not at them, because we see ourselves in these people. In the stories of Shelly Lowenkopf, we remember that love is life—long live love.”—author Manuel Ramos (Desperado)
“Shelly Lowenkopf is a master of the art of stealth in fiction. His writing draws you in and then, ka-pow! Here comes the sucker punch that flattens you.” —author David Gillham(City of Women)
Shelly Lowenkopf draws you in from word one. This is a great little read, short and sweet. You get a bunch of quick stories that you can breeze through without being tied up for long periods of time. I give this four fangs but only because I am more of a paranormal girl!
Shelly Lowenkopf taught in the University of Southern California’s
Master of Professional Writing Program for 34 years, has taught at the annual Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference since 1980, and has been guest lecturer in many schools and conferences.
He is currently Visiting Professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, with classes in noir fiction, the modern short story, genre fiction, and developing a literary voice. Mr. Lowenkopf has served as editorial director for literary, general trade, mass market, and scholarly book publishers, seeing over 500 books through the editorial and production process. His own short fiction has appeared widely in the literary press. He is author of the popular The Fiction Writer’s Handbook.