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Christmas Spark by Ciara Knight

Title: A Christmas Spark

 

Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb:
Sara Foster blames herself for her failed marriage. On Christmas Eve, she hides away in the family cabin, the same place her father abandoned her twenty years ago. Dalton Scot is unable to face the family holiday after his divorce and discovering he can never have children of his own, so he chooses Christmas Eve to fix his buddy’s cabin. Both search for a secluded spot to mourn their Christmas pasts, but instead are snowed in at the cabin for the holiday where they discover the power of the Christmas spark.




Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.
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Patronus Series by Sarah M. Ross

Title: Patronus Series

 

Author: Sarah M. Ross
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Blurb:
Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy’s mortal life. 
Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don’t want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can’t bear to lose. 

Further complicating her confusing life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued. 

Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy’s death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life.

Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her. 

She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught eighth graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers’ Nation, but couldn’t take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her husband, daughter, and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!
Sarah’s debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, INHALE EXHALE, and NEVER GONNA TELL (Releasing March, 2015).

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Healing Fire by Sean Michael *Review and Giveaway

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Healing Fire

Sean Michael

Genre: Gay Fantasy, Dragon Shifter

Publisher: ARe Books

Date of Publication: August 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-943576-18-0

Word Count: 41,000

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron Hill

Book Description:

 

What will it take for a dragon prince to defy his father and fly on his own?

 

Prince Jules, the least favorite of the Dragon King’s children, lives simply, banished to his rooms and the amazing adventures found in his books. He has never left the palace or shifted into his dragon form…he’s never done anything.

 

Dragon shifter Lem is assigned to Jules as the prince’s new bodyguard, and is determined to keep Jules safe from the Graithen, who killed the prince’s previous guardian. Lem grows to hate how the King hides Jules away, and longs to show him how to fly. His love for Jules also grows but it is forbidden, like so much in Jules’ life.

 

When the Graithen attack again, though, everything changes.

 

 

Available at ARe

 

Excerpt:

 

Lem was worried about the prince. Jules didn’t sleep. He didn’t eat. He didn’t do anything but lie in his bed. Lem knew how to defend Jules from outside threats. He did not know how to defend the prince from himself.

The little prince was never cruel. He barely spoke, he barely moved. Lem had been told that Jules used to spend most of his time reading, staying in his suite with his bodyguard Mabon.

Lem, of course, knew Mabon—all the bodyguards knew each other by sight—but not very well. The strong dragon had been older and had had more training than Lem currently did when he’d been called to the prince’s side almost two hundred years ago.

Lem knew they were very big wings indeed that he had to fill. He also knew, without question, that the blame would fall upon him should Jules die. And rightly so. He was the prince’s protector. He just wasn’t sure how he could protect Jules from himself, for surely that was what the danger was at this time. It made Lem think. What would Mabon have done?

There was a private courtyard off of Jules’ rooms, meant solely for the prince’s pleasure. Lem knew that no one else was allowed back there, not even gardeners. The area was completely cut off from the rest of the castle by high, windowless walls, and the only entrance was through the door in Jules’ quarters. Perhaps a little air, a change of scenery would be good. Decided, Lem went to Jules, the prince still curled up in his nest as he had been earlier this morning. And yesterday, and the day before that, and the week before that, since Lem had been here.

“Your Highness, let’s go out to the courtyard. I can hear the fountain, but have never seen it.”

Jules looked at him for a moment, the green eyes beautiful, if so sad. One slender hand waved as if to say, “go.”

Grunting, Lem girded his loins against his own training, which said he didn’t do this, that he was never to touch the prince if he could avoid it. He bent, picking Jules right up out of his nest.

“What?” Jules sputtered.

Dragons needed sustenance, sunlight. They needed it. Lem clung to that thought and stayed the course.

“We are going to the courtyard.”

He didn’t put Jules down. The prince would probably curl back up in his nest, or possibly find a nook or cranny to hide in, and Lem was not having that. He was taking his prince into the sunlight, even if it meant he was disobeying his prince’s wishes. His job was to protect and defend.

When Lem pushed through the door into the courtyard, he gasped as the sunshine touched his skin. It had been days. Days. He could feel it, energizing him, warming him. He had been so busy worrying about the prince, he’d forgotten his own need for the warm touch.

He wanted to close his eyes and bask, but he didn’t. As private as this space was, that didn’t mean impenetrable. There was still the air, and he was no longer guarding the door from Jules’ quarters. So he kept his eyes open, stayed aware, and walked toward the lovely fountain that had pride of place in the center of the surprisingly roomy courtyard.

“Can you feel the sunshine in your bones?” he asked even though he knew Jules could, the dull sheen on Jules’ skin already beginning to warm, to take on a hint of vitality.

It was obvious to Lem that he had done the right thing. Master Anselle had always told him to follow his gut. Worried as it had made him, he had. He sent a silent prayer of thanks and love to his teacher. Every lesson, no matter how strange or hard or simple, was proving to be useful in the guardianship of his charge.

Prince Jules lifted his face to the sun, the motion simple, instinctual. It gave Lem his first real look at the prince’s face.

Unlike the thickset, heavy dragons that made up Lem’s caste, Jules had the delicate, gentle features of the ruling class. Perhaps the most beautiful features Lem had ever seen. The sadness in them did not dim Jules’ beauty in the least.

Lem let himself memorize the fine cheekbones, the long, slender nose. He imagined Jules’ dragon would be quite small, but perfectly formed. He’d never seen a royal in dragon form, but had heard that their scales were impossibly beautiful.

Moving to the fountain, he took in the form of the tree that was in the center of it, water pouring from its boughs. Such wonderful magic!

“My mother formed this for me.” Words, actual words, offered freely. This was indeed a magical spot.

“It’s beautiful. Is the water healing?” Lem asked as he sat on the bench that wound its way around the fountain.

Jules nodded. “But it cannot heal me.”

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I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this book for an honest Review.
I found it a bit slow and boring at the beginning but got into it after the second chapter and must say I have enjoyed reading it. I am still not sure I like the M/M to read but the story line is really quite good.
I have felt for the Jules and Lem the whole way through the book. And of course I like Dragons, which probably made the story for me. It’s a nice book to read if you never read a M/M.
I’m going to give it 3.5 stars
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.

About the Author:

 

Sean Michael, often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the Kama Sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

 

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

For more information on other books by Sean, visit his official website: www.SeanMichaelWrites.com

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/452671.Sean_Michael

 

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Feast of Dreams by Christian A. Brown *Review

 

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Feast of Dreams

Four Feasts Till Darkness

Book Two

Christian A. Brown

 

Genre: Fantasy Romance

 

Book Description:

 

As King Brutus licks his wounds and gathers new strength, two rival queens vow to destroy each other’s nations.

 

Lila of Eod, sliding into madness, risks everything in the search for a powerful relic, while Queen Gloriatrix threatens Eod with military might—including three monstrous technomagikal warships.

 

Far from this clash of queens, Morigan and the Wolf scour Alabion, hunting for the mad king’s hidden weakness. Their quest brings them face to face with their own pasts, their dark futures…and the Sisters Three themselves.

 

Unbeknownst to all, a third thread in Geadhain’s tapestry begins to move in the wastes of Mor’Khul. There, a father and son scavenge to survive as they travel south toward a new chapter in Geadhain history.

 

 

Available at Amazon Kindle and Paperback

 

 

 

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I give this book 5 fangs
A fantastic fantasy novel that continues where feast of fates leaves off. Although I’m not a huge reader of this type of book I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.
With the two queens trying to find a way to bring about each other’s destruction and yet they both struggle to act quickly while the king is at a disadvantage and before his army can come into full power.
Morigan and the wolf as well as the rest of the group have to travel down  dangerous paths and through the darkness they each must face their own skeletons some are very dark and surviving will change them all.
So much happens, and their are some unexpected surprises you will have to read to discover. The characters are in depth and the fantasy work reminiscent of lord of the rings,  the flow is very good and from the beginning I was enraptured and couldn’t stop reading.
I can’t wait to see what will come to pass in book three!
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About the Author

Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering.

 

 

 

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Uncontrollable by C.A. Harms

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Author: CA Harms

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: The Key West Series #3

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: September 15, 2015

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Avery Nolan’s father has never been a part of her life.

As a result, she finds herself becoming a caretaker. Always trying to please other people, willing to tuck her own concerns aside for the happiness of others.

She is selfless.

She is a nurturer.

On the outside, it appears Kade Thomas has it all, but no one can understand the guilt and ache he feels daily.

He is haunted by his past.

Every time he closes his eyes, he finds himself reliving the same nightmare, over and over again.

He blames himself for the loss of Jenna.

He pushed her too far and she paid the price.

Avery saw something special in Kade, from the first day she met him—she could feel it.

But the darkness that consumes him is…

Uncontrollable.

Will she finally be the one to break down the walls he’s built around his heart and soul?

Or will she find some walls are just Indestructible…

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C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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Conner by Miranda Stork *Review and Giveaway

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Conner

The Athol Trilogy

Book 1

Miranda Stork

 

Genre: Paranormal

 

Publisher: Isara Press

Date of Publication: April 19th, 2012

 

ISBN: 978-1482795585

ASIN: B007VZO792

 

Number of pages: 297

Word Count: 80,924

 

Cover Artist: Miranda Stork

 

Book Description:

 

Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate…

 

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together…

 

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that pursues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin’s lost memories.

 

As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed…?

 

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Reviewers Love Conner

 

“5 stars! One of the best novels I have read all year!” –Nicole Hill, Author of Legacy Forgotten, 5 Stars

 

“You are hooked whether you like it or not! A great read.” –Maxi Shelton, Author of Sold Into Marriage, 5 Stars

 

“‘Conner’ took me on a wild, fantastic and exciting ride!” –Trish Marie Dawson, Author of ‘The Station’ Series, 5 Stars

 

“Conner is a must read for all werewolf fans. It has a fresh spin on wolves, and I thought it was great.” –Fictional Candy, 4 Stars

 

Excerpt:

Erin tossed and turned. Her bed sheets were tussled up, one pillow lying on the floor as she shifted her limbs in anguish. She was not sleeping well tonight.

…Something raced towards her, crashing through the branches and leaves. She was sobbing and running as fast as she could, but she was cold and wet, and her feet were cut and bleeding. Her clothes hung off her, soaked until they became dead weights.

A small clearing lit with brilliant sunshine danced in front of her, teasing her with the sight. She ran towards it, trying to scream for help, but her mouth was full of cotton wool, and no sound came out.

Behind her, the breathing and snarling became louder and louder until it filled and echoed in her ears. Frantic, she looked around for somewhere to hide, but all she could see were trees—no, wait! There was a small hut!

Crying with happiness, Erin sprinted towards it, but she was knocked flying by something large and dark.

She turned to stare, and backed away in panic. An eight-foot black creature with burning amber eyes glared at her.

“You must never go inside! NEVER!”

 

Erin shot bolt upright, cold sweat dripping from her forehead and running into her eyes. She took a deep breath shakily, and snapped her bedside light on, the reassuring light flooding her bedroom.

“Oh, Erin,” she murmured to herself, wiping the sweat from her brow with a shaking hand. Glancing around her warm, safe bedroom, she relaxed and breathed in deeply. She felt stupid for taking in Conner’s stories so much. She glanced over at the clock and groaned at the early hour.

Still trembling, she slid out of bed and reached for her pink silk dressing gown. She pulled it on with a wide yawn, shaking her head to wake herself up before making her way downstairs. Her wool carpet felt rough and very real beneath her bare feet, the perfect antidote to help bring her back into the real world. Traipsing through the silent house, she pattered through into her kitchen.

Snapping the fluorescent above on, Erin waited as its humming light came to life, allowing her to see the small kitchen, blinking at the brightness. Its tiled floors and white walls stung her sleep-deprived eyes for a moment, but Erin shuffled across the tiles to open one of her maple cupboard doors, feeling her way around the kitchen table in the centre. The door squeaked in protest on its hinges as she reached inside to take out a glass. Her eyelids heavy, she paced over to her kitchen sink, and ran water into the glass. The cool water filled up with a gurgle that only made her thirstier.

A quick movement in the shadows outside of her kitchen window caught her eye, and she darted her head up for a look, scanning the blackness of her small garden. Her heart thudded into life, hammering against her ribs in a warning staccato. Squinting harder, she leaned against the glass, her breath steaming the reflective surface up. Nothing moved, not even a wind danced across the stalks of grass outside.

“It must have been a cat or something,” Erin muttered to herself. She turned away from the window, scooping up her glass once more to take a sip, when she thought she heard a thump from outside again. It was quiet, so quiet she wondered if it had simply been the pipes all along. Her skin prickled as she listened intently, so intently that the next thump against her kitchen wall brought a sharp gasp from her.

“Alright, what the hell is that?” Erin said aloud, more bravely than she felt. She slammed her glass down on her kitchen table, the clanging noise serving only to heighten the tension. Stories about women who lived alone and ended up as a victim raced through her brain. Shaking those thoughts from her head, she slowly made her way towards the back door. Her head ached with the pressure of her pulse against her temples as she took a deep breath and unlocked her back door, flinging it wide open. As she gazed out, her eyes adjusting to the meagre light from behind, her throat dried with panic. She didn’t expect to see anything. Maybe teenagers messing around. But not this.

Standing less than six feet away from her door was a large, black wolf-like creature. It stood on four paws, but two glaring eyes focussed on Erin, very human and aware. It rose up slowly onto its back feet as it continued to stare at Erin, daring her to defy it standing there and dismiss it as shadows.

Erin froze for a second, the blood draining from her body in an icy rush. The wind blew between her and the creature chillingly, echoing the dream-like state she felt. Her tongue was dry and swollen—even if she had tried to call for help, her throat would never have formed the words. The creature moved a fraction forwards, and her sense of self-preservation snapped back into life as she moved, swiftly slamming the door shut. She fumbled hurriedly with her lock, and stepped backwards towards the hallway, switching the fluorescent off by accident as her hand slid along the wall. She tripped over a chair leg, unable to see in the dark, and cried out as she hit the hard floor.

Shaking and winded, she crawled backwards to the hallway, hitting the far kitchen wall instead. Sobbing noiselessly, she reached up onto the top next to her. She moved her fingers gingerly until she touched one of her kitchen knives, left on the top from when she had made her dinner. There is no way on Earth this is real. I’m still in my nightmare. I’m still in my nightmare. I’m going to wake up in a moment. Clutching the knife to her chest, she swallowed back a cry, glancing back towards the kitchen window. What if there are more of them?

Outside, she heard the creature breathing heavily, snarling and snuffling at her doorstep. Erin yanked her knees up until she was in a foetal position, tirelessly glancing between the door and the uncovered window. Hours passed, until eventually she heard the creature padding off, her head swimming with fatigue. Erin stayed up for what felt like hours, listening for the creature coming back, eventually falling into an uneasy sleep.

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Erin is a 26 year old psychologist whose life is nothing but normal. She has a great job at a university, work sometimes with Dr Whitfield, and oh btw has no memories of her child hood. Yep she woke up from a coma only remembering her name. Hmm. Well after a lecture Dr Whitfield drops in asking Erin to work with a patient who thinks he’s a werewolf. Weird but intrigued Erin excepts. She show up to work with Conner Wood, the werewolf patient. He seems lucid and truly believes he’s a werewolf. Weeks go by and a wolf who is too big to be normal shows up and scares Erin. Is it a nightmare, did she hallucinate it? She continues her work with Conner who catches on that Erin saw a werewolf and now he’s determined to prove to Erin he’s real. Erin convinces Dr Whitfield that Conner will not improve until he gets out of the institution. She explains that Conner needs to be free to open up and has a trail run of him being an outpatient in her home. He comes with 4 guard’s and a nurse who is there to make sure no harm comes to the patient and doctors. It starts out great. Conner opens up, but it doesn’t last. Erin goes up to check on her patient and find the wolf tearing out the nurses organs and proves werewolves are real. Conner rushes in to save the day but is he a good guy or not.
If this caught your eye then you should probably find out what happens with Conner and see if Erin gets her memories back!
I was hooked from the beginning. Conner has a great vibe around him that draws the reader into the book. Erin is so fun and I loved following her story and memories. Well written and very detailed. My favorite scene was when the showed up to forest hall. Finally realized why Erin was assigned to Conner.
Fantasy/paranormal romance. 18+ sex and violence
Reviewer for paranormal romance and authors that rock.

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About the Author:

 

I’m Miranda Stork, and I’m addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that’s another issue – no interventions, please.

 

I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire, spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven’t got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I’ve wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.

 

Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, “Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE.” So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there’s some nasty paranormal creatures where we’re going), eat the cookie with ‘eat me’ tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork…

 

Blog: http://mirandastork.com

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authormirandastork

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mirandastork

 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/writerofshadows/

 

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Running Away by Jen Andrews

Title: Running Away
Series: Just Say Yes, #4
Author: Jen Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2015
Nearing age thirty, Jeremy James is cruising along in life, doing as he pleases. No girlfriend, no wife, no drama. Women go as easily as they come, but inside, he feels something’s missing. After the birth of his niece, Hannah, and a not so gentle nudge from his sister, Zoey, Jeremy decides to make a change in his life and settle down. 

Then he meets Teagan Donnelly.
And she wants nothing to do with him.

Teagan has recently come out of a three year relationship with a man who cheated, shamed her, and berated her for her weight and life choices. The once secure yet spirited woman cannot figure out what Jeremy wants with her.

For Jeremy, it’s plain and simple. He wants Teagan to stop running away and give him a chance. But for Teagan, taking a chance with Jeremy means she could lose herself all over again.
Now, I was taking her wishes seriously and moving on, quitting my “path of self-destruction” as Teagan had called it. Well, if I was on a path of self-destruction, Teagan was the fucking tour guide. Yes, I was angry with her, but I’d finally accepted that we were over.

 


I was tired of being miserable. Tired of not sleeping, and tired of being in my house alone. As soon as I’d gotten home from the funeral, I’d packed all of my clothes and personal shit I used every day, and had gone to stay at the apartment above the shop.

Since the apartment was fully furnished I hadn’t needed to bring anything from my house. All the furniture and everything else could stay there for all I cared. Which, in turn, made me feel extremely guilty after all the work my sister put in to making my home perfect.

With the apartment being quiet and containing nothing familiar to me, I’d finally started to relax for the first time in months. The place held no reminders of Teagan, no reminders of Cammie, and no reminders of the house that I loved so much but which I knew I wouldn’t be going back to.

I had tried to live a normal life. I had tried to make a home. I had tried falling in love and making a life with someone.

I had fucking failed.

Miserably.

Jen Andrews was raised in a small town in Northern California, and still lives in the same county where she was born. She is a self-proclaimed music and lyric addict. She grew up in a ‘car family’ so her life has been spent around old hot rods. She and her husband, Jake, even have a few of their own. In her spare time, Jen loves to travel wherever she can. She finally lived her dream of traveling to New Zealand to see her favorite rugby team, the All Blacks, play. Jen loves to do photography as a hobby and continues to write.

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Ceci Giltenan, Tarah Scott, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Victoria Barbour, Natasha Blackthorne, Ria Cantrell, Stephanie Joyce Cole, Kimberly K. Comeau, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Ted Grosch, Brenda Margriet, Mary McCall, Kate Robbins, John Robin, HD Smith, KyAnn Waters, and Victoria Zak

 

 

Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary, Literary, Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical, Women’s Fiction, Highland Romance, Humor, Erotica

 

Publisher: Cridhe Works LLC

 

Date of Publication:  July 17, 2015

 

ISBN: 978-0-9909513-2-2

ASIN: B011YLKTWM

 

Number of pages: 411

Word Count: 163,205

 

Cover Artist: Zak James Design

 

Book Description:

 

A collection of short stories written by bestselling authors, representing an eclectic mix of styles and genres. In a word, this book is a smorgasbord; an opportunity to try a bit of everything.

 

In the spirit of the smorgasbord, the collection is presented as a menu and authors have shared recipes which accompany each story—some fitting, some funny, some simply old favorites.

 

Ranging from ultra-short but spine tingling, to meatier tales that are nearly novellas there is a little something for every appetite including comedy, tragedy, fantasy, werewolves, at least one ghost, life, death, and of course love.

 

Dig in. We hope you find at least one tidbit you enjoy.

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This is an anthology arranged as a menu.  The 21 stories are separated into ‘Appetizers’, ‘Main Courses’, and ‘Desserts’.

 

‘Appetizers’ – The stories in this section are very short, with no discernible connection, other than length.  A recipe for an appetizer is included after each story.  The whole menu idea would work better if the recipes had something to do with the story it follows.

‘Main Courses’ – These stories all had a Scottish theme.  The stories included in this section are supposed to be longer and they are, but still not long enough to develop them into anything to hold your attention.  The stories didn’t really create characters readers would want to care about.

‘Desserts’ – Shorter stories with no relationship to one another.one story is just a teaser to an upcoming book.  Dessert recipes are included at the end of each story, but once again, seem random.

The book is appropriate for an adult audience.  Readers who don’t want to invest a lot of time each day reading may like this anthology.

 I am a reviewer for Paranormal Authors and Romance that Rocks.

I am giving this book 3 fangs.

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Appetizers

 

Savory fare for smaller appetites – short stories from a wide range of styles and genres.

 

The Motorcycle

by Tarah Scott

Paranormal fiction

3074 words

 

No man can ever fully master memory. But maybe, just maybe, he can learn to live with it. Even be glad for it. Even if that means reaching across space, time…and the grave.

 

Ida and the Nor’easter

by Victoria Barbour

Contemporary fiction

8014 words

 

Is there such a thing as a curse? With a storm looming on the horizon, 98-year-old Ida Walsh fears a repeat of the terrible events of her childhood. Will her indomitable wit and resilience be enough to save the day?

 

Gardens

by Stephanie Joyce Cole

Literary fiction

4225 words

 

Anne begins to question the rigid limitations of her new marriage as she spies on a mysterious neighbor.

 

One Who Waits

by John Robin

Epic Fantasy

6538 words

Contains moderate violence

 

Al’a will die at his father’s hands, unless he can master a forbidden magic.

Al’a Solaris, born into the Sun Priesthood, only wanted to prove his worth to his father when he delved into forbidden magic. Now, he must die at his father’s hands, to restore honor to his bloodline. But the blade his father wields is also his final hope — if only Al’a can discover its secret and master the fire within.

 

The Hole

by Ted Grosch

Literary fiction

 

Just exactly why is Bernie digging that hole?

 

The Spirit Bottle

by Ted Grosch

Literary fiction

 

A bushman’s duty is his legacy for the tribe.

 

The Summons

by Ria Cantrell

Paranormal romance

5477 words

 

Contains mildly explicit sexual scenes

 

A magical journey where love knows no boundaries, the Summons combines romantic and ethereal love in a mystical setting.

 

 

Main Courses

 

Hearty fare to satisfy larger literary appetites.

 

The Seventh Sister

by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Paranormal romance

12,439 words

 

A story of love, legend, and magic

Down-on-her-luck American artist Maggie Gleason returns to Ireland, hoping to put old hurts behind her. Instead, revisiting the fishing village that enchanted her twelve years before only reopens wounds – until the unexpected appearance of roguish pub owner Conall Flanagan proves that the Ancient Isle is a magical place where anything can happen and true love always stands the test of time.

 

Falling in Time

by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Time travel romance/11,090 words

 

When love calls across the ages…

 

Aspiring writer Lindy Lovejoy knows all about happy endings. But when she travels to Scotland to research Celtic myth and lore, she never expected a chance to live her own storybook romance, until a stop at mystical Smoo Cave whisks her back in time and into the arms of Rogan MacGraith, a Highland hero who’d burn up the pages of the steamiest Scottish romance novel.

 

Clouds Across the Moon

by Kathryn Lynn Davis

Historical Women’s Fiction

17,151 words

 

In the 19th century Scottish Highlands, young Morna struggles with new motherhood, her child’s illness, and her inability to compete with her husband’s idealized vision of her. Will she have faith in the magic of her dreams, and thus find the strength to save her child’s life–and her own–as she begins to recognize the truth and depth of the woman she really is?”

 

The Lady’s Portrait

by Kate Robbins

Contemporary Romance

17,332 words

 

Contains mild to moderate sexually explicit scenes

 

When Gillian Beaton meets the captivating Ciaran MacLeod, she’s immediately attracted, but is she ready to trust again? Have her demons followed her to Scotland and can new love grow out of old heartbreak?

 

His Harlot

by Natasha Blackthorne

Historical Erotic Romance

23,018 words

 

*Contains extremely explicit sexual scenes that some readers may find offensive*

 

Late one night, in the midst of a summer’s hot spell, Thomas spies Rosalind in the woods, clad only in her shift, dancing in the moonlight. It’s really more than a man celibate for three years can bear. Thomas is in danger of falling into a sin so powerful it threatens to challenge everything he thinks he knows about himself and life…

 

Sneak Peek at Highland Legacy: King Arthur Strikes Back

by Mary McCall

Medieval Highland Romance

12,494 word

 

Michael wed Christina when he was nine and she was three, then promptly went about his life and tried to forget about her. Now the pair must unite to thwart the Beast, return the Power of God that was stolen by their ancestors, and save the world in an epic battle between the forces of good and evil.

*Please note, this is NOT a short story, it is an extended preview of Mary’s next novel, book III in her Sisters by Choice series due for release soon. It is a taste of things to come and while it does not end on a cliff-hanger, it is not a complete story.*

 

 

Desserts

 

Looking for something lighter or perhaps a happy ending? The stories in this section won’t disappoint you. They are shorter and mostly romantic, or funny, or both.

 

Onyx

by H.D. Smith

Paranormal fiction

7099 words

 

Contains mild violence and a frustrating lack of S’mores

 

For those that like it short and sweet

 

Madison Monroe thinks she has everything in life figured out, until one ill-fated camping trip has her running for her life through the woods being chased by two wolves—both eager to claim her.

 

The Life She Had Before

by Brenda Margriet

 

Contemporary Romance

5429 words

 

A woman is torn between bitter revenge and the sweetness of a second chance.

 

Hi. My Name is Harold

by Kimberly K. Comeau

Humor

3778 words

 

Is there light at the bottom of an empty peanut butter jar?

 

For Harold, giving up peanuts for medical reasons means the end of life’s greatest pleasure…until his wife introduces him to all-natural peanut butter. But his addictive personality isn’t satisfied with an occasional indulgence.

 

The Jewel of Grim Fortress

by Victoria Zak

Paranormal historical romance

7105 words

 

Eradicating wayward supernaturals has its consequences.

The hereafter may be closer than Carson Kincaid thinks when he is charged to discover what ails Laird Maclean’s mind. Can Kincaid conquer his inner demons while battling the armies of evil?

Paisley Shaw, a powerful druid, has endured her share of hardened times starting the moment Laird Maclean stormed into her life. Now, she must find a way to stop him from taking her powers before it’s too late.

 

Beautiful Storm,

by KyAnn Waters

Erotic romance

7073 words

                                                                                                

*Contains extremely explicit sexual scenes that some readers may find offensive*

 

Adrian Beck lost everything, including his passion for designing beautiful buildings, after 9/11.

Isabelle Clemet, of Clemet Hotels, is ready to rebuild after Katrina. She wants the Adrian.

Can an erotic late-night encounter on a secluded beach help a lonely architect rediscover his lost passion?

 

When a Rose Blooms,

by Tarah Scott

Historical romance

4353 words

 

On the anniversary eve of his wife’s death, Nathaniel kneels at her grave asking questions he fears were answered the night she died. Despite cold solitude, desire flares when he learns the woman who now haunts his dreams awaits him in the great hall. By morning’s light, she will meet him on the battlefield he has built around himself, and force him to choose between the living and the dead

 

Sorry for Your Trouble

by Ceci Giltenan

Vignette

1913 words

 

Ceci shares poignant but sometimes funny memories of the first funeral she attended in Ireland.

 

The Personal Ad

by Ceci Giltenan

Contemporary sweet romance

4211 words

 

Always the best friend and never the leading lady, will Nina find love when she answers a quirky, sweet personal ad?

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Never Say Never by Nicole Edwards *Review

Never Say Never by Nicole Edwards

A Sniper 1 Security Novel, Book 2. M/M Romance

 

Ryan Trexler has devoted his entire life to his family’s security business. And now that he’s slated to take over the reins for the company, RT knows that his life is only going to get more complicated. Add in the fact that he’s lusting over one of the men who works for him and RT knows that there are some serious tough times ahead. 

 

Zachariah Tavoularis—nicknamed Z—has been employed by Sniper 1 Security for a decade. Despite being known as the most loyal enforcer outside of family, Z also has a reputation of being quite the playboy, though that was based more on rumor than fact. When an assignment comes up that forces the two of them to work together, Z knows it’s time to show RT he’s not the man he thinks he is. 

 

Can they complete the mission, despite the fact that it puts them in a tenuous situation, bringing them closer than either of them ever expected? And will Z allow RT to convince him that they can never be together, no matter how much they both want it? 

 

m/m romance

Never

Say Never (Sniper 1 Security, #2)

 

(unedited excerpt – subject may change prior to publication)

“How’s the business goin’?” Travis asked as he steered Ryan toward a booth near

the front of the bar.

“Busy,” Ryan answered.

“That’s a good thing, right?”

“Of course.” Ryan smiled as they approached Travis’s wife Kylie and their

husband Gage. “Good to see y’all again.”

“Same here. Have a seat.” Gage motioned toward the opposite side of the table

as he slid his other arm over Kylie’s shoulders and pulled her close while

Travis grabbed a chair.

Flipping it around backward, Travis straddled the seat, placing his elbow on

the table. Ryan didn’t miss that Travis’s other hand disappeared under the

table, likely resting on Kylie’s leg if he had to guess.

“We weren’t sure you’d be able to make it,” Travis said.

Ryan knew he could always be called back to work at any time, depending on the

case, but he didn’t need to tell Travis as much. The man ran a multi-million

dollar resort, so he understood. “I’m glad I could.”

“How’s Z doin’?” Kylie asked, peering toward the back of the room where Z had

been pulled away by his friends a few minutes before.

“You know Z. Nothing gets him down.”

Gage smiled. “Seems he’s quite interested in you.”

Knowing better, Ryan still turned to glance in Z’s direction. He thought for

sure he’d be busted stealing a look, but Z was paying him no attention.

“And you’re quite interested in him,” Kylie noted.

Ryan’s head snapped back around to face her. He was about to fire off a

rebuttal, but her smile silenced him.

“Leave the poor man alone,” Travis injected. “He’s in denial.”

Ryan snorted.

“I concur,” Gage added.

“Why’s everybody gangin’ up on me?” Ryan questioned, unable to hide the smile.

“Seemed like the thing to do.” Travis took a sip of his beer.

 

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Never Say Never is book two in the Sniper 1 Security series. Never Say Never is about Ryan Trexlers. The book starts out with a prologue where Ryan has to deal with Kevin Fisher. Kevin works for Ryan, also known as RT, at Sniper 1 Security, but has botched his job and endangered fellow agents who had been undercover. They were injured but not killed, and it was all because Kevin was jealous of one of them, Zac, and thought he was going to get in the way of Ryan and Kevin’s relationship. Anyway Ryan has to break everything off with Kevin and fire him as well to keep him from endangering anyone else again. The book then takes up three years later. Zac Tavoularis, sometimes called Z, still works for RT and has been called into the office. RT is the boss and he tries to be professional at all times but thinks of Z in inappropriate ways. RT is trying to resist his attraction to Z but how long can that last? I will leave it to you to read the rest of their adventures and relationship. Otherwise I might give out spoilers. 

This book was good. This was an action packed story that will be great for anyone who enjoys reading M/M stories. This is also a great story for anyone who enjoys private security and rescues that will keep you reading while everyone one is in danger. 

I’m giving this book 4 fangs. 

Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.

 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Edwards lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, their three kids, and four rambunctious dogs. When she’s not writing about sexy alpha males, Nicole can often be found with her Kindle in hand or making an attempt to keep the dogs happy. You can find her hanging out on Facebook and interacting with her readers – even when she’s supposed to be writing.

Nicole also writes contemporary/new adult romance as Timberlyn Scott.

Nicole would love to hear from you!

Witch of Death by Chrys Fey *Review

witchDetective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

 

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Liberty is a detective with special skills. Her “witchery” comes in very handy in her job. She is paired up with Reid on this new case. She has studied him from afar but this will be their first one together. Will she find the witch scum that has been killing other witches? How will she fair with Reid, a non-believer in the paranorm?

This is a short little read that will hold your attention for the whole 30 minutes it takes you to read it. The story is well developed despite being so short. I give this one four fangs.

Chrys Fey

Biography

Chrys Fey’s debut is Hurricane Crimes. Although she doesn’t restrict herself to a single genre, she mostly enjoys writing suspense stories whether they are romances or supernatural. She is currently working on a new romance-suspense and has a second that’ll be coming out next year. She lives in Florida where she is ready to battle the next hurricane that comes her way.

When Chrys Fey is not writing one of the many stories that magically and mysteriously pops into her head, she is penning lyrics to songs or drawing fashion designs. During the odd occasions that a pen or pencil is not in her hand, a book is in its place. She loves to read thrillers of any kind, and is fascinated by criminology, psychology, ancient history, and mythology. Music is her second love. Without the music of 30 Seconds to Mars, Lady Gaga, and Within Temptation she would be utterly lost.

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