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For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beastwithin him.
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Ava Green has made a name for herself in the real estate world by reconditioning old, historical homes with her partner and friend Jeff. But her newest project, a three-story Victorian in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, promises to be her biggest moneymaker yet. And one she’s undertaking on her own. During her first walk-through of the house, however, she discovers a locked door, and a skeleton key that seems to appear out of nowhere. Unlocking the door, she is transported to a mystical world of fae and mythickal creatures and meets the King of the Morna. The sovereign of the dark elves.
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Bent on revenge, Native American Shadow Hunter Tombi Silver could turn to only one woman, the “witch” Annie Matthews, for help. Her ability to hear auras had allowed her to discover Tombi’s friend mystically trapped by forces that could destroy them all. The accompanying message of a traitor in their midst meant Tombi could trust no one. Dare he bring Annie along on his quest to fight shadow spirits? Putting his faith in someone outside his tribe, especially one who pulled at his tightly controlled desires, could prove just as dangerous as his mission…
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Coven Enforcers!
Dark, Dangerous, Magical Men–And The Women Who Love Them

Blood and Magic and Blood and Sorcery are available now! Blood and Illusion releases on the 17th.

Witches and mages take on demons and pure, unadulterated evil in one of my favorite time periods: The Old West.  There’s a splash of steampunk, but no airships or goggles! Promise.

Here’s part two of my parenting discussion. For those of you who missed part one, you can pick it up in the last newsletter right here.
Parenting, continued: 

Lead by example. Do what you need to enforce compliance. If the threat was no car if your daughter didn’t manage a 3.0 GPA, don’t buy her one anyway just because she cries, whines, and blames everyone and their dog for her lackluster performance.  After all, she has another opportunity to bring her grades up the next semester. And you could open what might be a productive dialog to help determine what she needs to succeed in school. Is it tutoring in a particular class? An earlier bedtime? Fewer social events? Less screen time? Perhaps a combination of all of the above? Last time I checked there weren’t any shortcuts to success. The sooner our kids not only learn that, but incorporate it into their everyday lives, the happier they’ll be growing into adulthood.

When we over-indulge our children and don’t allow them to earn privileges through appropriate behavior, we don’t do them any favors. Once they leave our homes, universities and employers won’t let them slide because they feel sorry for them. Hold your children accountable. And yeah, that’s not easy since it requires huge outlays of parental effort. It would be far easier to let things slide and just be their friend.

You owe it to your kids to help shape them into responsible adults. They don’t need another buddy. They need someone they can look up to. Someone to create and enforce rules. Homes are a microcosm for society. Don’t be afraid to have high standards and enforce them. If you can do that, your children, who may have screamed at you as teenagers, will turn out just fine. If I had a nickel for every time one of mine ran screaming down the hall, yelling that I was the worst mother in the world—just before they slammed their door—I might’ve been able to retire sooner.

Seriously, though, believe in your kids. Let them know you believe in their ability to make the right choices and treat others with courtesy, dignity, and respect. If you can do that, it will go a long way toward them being able to believe in themselves. It’s a tough world out there. Harder than when you and I were growing up. Our children have never needed a versatile skillset more than they do today.

If you enjoyed reading this and the last article I did about relationships, write and let me know what you’d like to hear more about. I can do more about parenting. More about relationships. How to survive hellish work environments, and many other topics.
Let me leave you with a couple photos. The upper one is in the Canadian Rockies. The lower one is from Death Valley. Aren’t the colors in the rocks amazing?

review

I have long been a fan of books that cross genres and of those that put a new spin on history. The Coven Enforcer Series by Ann Gimpel does a fantastic job of feeding those two hungers of mine, and then some. The series has been well-crafted so that magic doesn’t seem like an add-on, as it can be in books that attempt to weave magic into history. The series is set in the United States in the mid-1800s and Ann Gimple has obviously studied American History because she includes facts about what is going on at that time and what life was like in the western part of the country. Aside from the attention to detail regarding history, which some authors writing historical fiction don’t bother with, Ms. Gimpel has gifted her readers with excellent storytelling. The characters in this story are very believable in their flawed humanness (even if most of them aren’t exactly what you’d call “human”), even if some of the situations require some major suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader. I simply strapped in and enjoyed the ride.

This first outing in the series, Blood and Magic, tells Luke and Abigail’s story. It sets the scene for the rest of the series quite nicely while not giving the romance between Coven Enforcer and Coven witch short shrift. As with most novels in the Romance genre, the hero and heroine are pretty quick to fall into lust, at least. However, because magic is also involved, particularly Black Magic, chaos ensues and complications arise. Because I knew this book was but the first in a series, I was afraid that I’d be hit with the more and more common cliffhanger ending, and I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t.

The second outing in the series, Blood and Illusion, picks up not long after the first book ended, this time telling the story of Joshua and Breana, both of whom we met in the first book. Breana has just lost her husband and child to the clutches of Black Magic and is grieving the loss. Joshua has loved Breana from afar, respecting her marriage by not revealing his affections to anyone. Regardless of how well Joshua feels he has hidden his feelings, those closest to him already know. Despite defeating the leader of the Alchemical Council, the Coven and its Enforcers know that they have not defeated evil. What they do not realize is that the Dark Angel has his eyes set on Breana, and will do everything in his power to make her his. I was very happy to see that the middle book of the trilogy did not suffer from the “middle book slump” where the reader feels that it’s only purpose is to get from book one to book three. It was an excellent story in its own right.

Blood and Sorcery, the conclusion of the series, finds our intrepid band of Coven Enforcers riding to the rescue of a group of witches who have ties to Abigail’s grandmother, Hester. There is no love lost between this bedraggled group of women and the Coven, as one of their own has been exiled from the Coven for doing what she believed to be right many years earlier. As a result, the relationship between the hero and heroine of this book, Sam and Isla, is volatile at best, at least in the beginning. However, because these books are definitely Happily Ever Afters, Sam and Isla eventually settle into a rhythm that works for them both.
The entire series is fast-paced and exciting, with a lot of fight scenes between good and evil. Even some gods appear to enjoy the show! There are numerous, explicit sex scenes so the series as a whole should be reserved for readers 18+ who enjoy blended genres as much as I do. The only complaint that I had about the series, really, was trying to read the Scottish accent. I appreciate that it had a definite part in the story, but it got a little tedious for me after a while and it became somewhat difficult to differentiate between Isla and Hester’s voices in my head. However, if that is the only picking of nits I can find, I’d say this series is a hit.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed the series and will definitely be looking for more by this author.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

Until next time! Get out and enjoy August!
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