Saturday, March 30, 2013

Destiny's Shadow by Ann Gimpel



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Destiny’s Shadow
By Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
ISBN: 978-1-93176-135-2

Genre: Paranormal Romance

A ranger for the U.S. Park Service, strong, competent Moira Shaughnessy is in serious trouble. Fleeing from her cheating husband, a Native American shaman, she stumbles into the arms of a man she never thought she’d see again. He hurt her once by choosing his druid heritage over her. Can she take a chance on him now?

Pursuing very different motives, both men follow her deep into the backcountry. Moira is caught in the crossfire between Celtic magic and Native American shamanism. A freak blizzard compounds her problems, taxing her survival skills to the max. Against the specter of almost-certain death, the sweetest, purest love she’s ever known rises to the fore, engulfing her in unbelievable passion.

Excerpt:
Moira Shaughnessy’s booted feet hit the ground in front of the Family Medicine Clinic. Slamming the door of the dusty white Park Service pickup, she considered ignoring her boss’s orders, peeling out of the parking lot, and heading for the Baxter Pass trailhead. She had a crew to oversee, goddammit. And a work project to complete. But her boss, John, had been painstakingly clear, both yesterday at Park Headquarters in Three Rivers, and just ten minutes ago on the sat phone. Granted, he’d been far more pointed on the phone.
“It’s not a suggestion, Moira,” he’d growled. “This is a directive—from me. I want to hear from someone with MD after his name before I authorize you to head up that work detail. Do not set one foot on that trail before you receive my orders, e-sign them, and e-mail them back to me.”
“But that’s usually a formality—”
“Not this time. No buts. I made you an appointment at the clinic in Bishop that clears some of our crews. They’re open until six. I already lost two rangers this summer in the Pinecrest fire. That was two too many in my book, so get your butt into that clinic.”
Moira had thought she could avoid dealing with the whole mess by leaving the office early yesterday and taking one of the northern passes over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but John had tracked her down.
Phooey. I ran, but guess I couldn’t hide…
It was downright annoying that her boss needed a doctor to reassure him she wouldn’t collapse or something in the backcountry. For the briefest of moments, she felt like pounding her fist into the nearest tree—then she pulled herself together. Nothing was wrong with her, except her slimy, cheating husband. Sure, she’d lost a few pounds since she’d moved out, but she hadn’t been all that hungry.
Problem was John remembered similar struggles from years ago when she’d first started working as a park ranger. She hadn’t eaten enough then, either, and had gotten far too thin. Just her luck, he’d been overseeing a backcountry work detail when she’d gotten woozy and fallen off one of the mules.
Understanding surfaced. Her boss cared about her. That wasn’t a bad thing. The anger bled out of her with a whoosh.
“May as well get this over with,” she muttered. Moira walked briskly to the clinic, pushed the door open, and went to the counter.
“Yes?” A young woman with dyed red hair looked up from her computer screen with eyes so green she had to be wearing colored contact lenses.
“Moira Shaughnessy. I think you’re expecting me. My boss called from Kings Canyon-Sequoia Park Headquarters.”
The receptionist clicked a few keys. “Your insurance card, please.”
Moira blew out an impatient breath. She dug through her fanny pack for her wallet, extracted the plasticized Blue Cross card, and handed it over. “I’m really in a bit of a hurry—”
“Here’s your card back.” The clerk gestured at the nearly full waiting room. “The doctor will be with you as soon as he can. He had a full schedule before he agreed to work you in.”
“Is it okay if I go outside for a few minutes? I need to lock my truck. I, uh, didn’t think I’d be in here for very long.”
“Sure. So long as we know where to find you.” The phone trilled. The woman picked it up, Moira obviously forgotten. “Family Medicine, how may I help you?”
Moira paced up and down the parking lot. Fall had turned the aspen trees lining Bishop’s streets to shades of red and gold that were really quite striking, but all she could think about were the minutes ticking by. It was twelve miles from the trailhead to the top of the pass, and a couple more to where her trail crew was. Leaving today would be foolhardy at this point. She’d never even make the pass before night fell.
“Damn it!” She glanced at her watch. How long was this going to take anyway?
“Ms. Shaughnessy?” A man’s voice sounded from behind her.
She spun, surprised out of her funk. And stopped dead. “Tim?” Moira stared at the tall, rangy man with long, white-blond hair and ice-blue eyes. He was dressed in teal scrubs and sandals with a stethoscope draped around his neck. A broad grin split the clean planes of his face. She’d forgotten how heartbreakingly beautiful he was.
“I saw the name and hoped it was you.” He held out a hand, but she felt frozen in place. “After all, how many Moira Shaughnessys could there be?”
She just stood there, flabbergasted. What were the odds? She hadn’t seen Tim O’Malley since they’d both graduated from U.C. Davis. When she realized her mouth was hanging open, she shut it with a snap.
“Is that any way to greet an old friend?” One corner of his mouth turned down in an expression she remembered all too well.
“It’s just … I mean I never expected…” She felt warmth rise from the open neck of her buff-colored uniform shirt. Heat suffused her face until she was certain every freckle was outlined in bright, living color.
“Hey, mo ghrá. I know we didn’t split up under the best of circumstances…”
“No shit. And you can skip the beloved part.” A familiar anger stirred, but she batted it aside.
“Moira, I’m sorry. I was sorry then, and I still am.” He sounded so sincere, it tugged at her heartstrings. Part of her wanted to believe him, and part of her was afraid to.


About the Author

Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Three novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, Psyche’s Search, and Psyche's Promise are small press publications available in e-format and paperback. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.



www.anngimpel.com

http://anngimpel.blogspot.com

http://www.amazon.com/author/anngimpel

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@AnnGimpel (for Twitter)

REVIEW:

4.5 / 5

I loved the beginning of the book, it hooked me right away and wouldn't let me stop until I was finished.  Ann did a wonderful job putting so many intriguing PNR elements into the book, that I can't wait to read more from this author. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth



Bad Apple
Book One
Barbara Morgenroth

Genre: Mature YA
Publisher: DashingBooks

ASIN: B0045JK2XW

Word Count: 39,000

Cover Artist: Photo by Aleshyn Andrei. Cover design by Barbara Morgenroth


Book Description:

“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”

Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.

She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.

Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.

About the Author:

Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. By now, she thinks of herself as a country girl and knows more about gardening and animals than how to ride the subway.

Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, (and did the cover photography for her first two books published by Atheneum so continuing to do the covers to her ebooks is predictable), she was actually aiming at the small screen. Television seemed like the perfect place for her even if she had no clue how to get there. Life is funny and often presents opportunities. Advice--Grab Them! Through a neighbor, Barbara wound up getting an introduction to a lower honcho at ABC and an audition to write for them. Her hopes were more than dashed, they were disintegrated, evaporated, demolished when ABC couldn't find a place for Barbara on General Hospital. (No Luke and Laura in her future!) To ease the crushing disappointment, Barbara wrote “In Real Life I'm Just Kate” about a 17 year old girl who becomes a star on a soap opera. That became an open sesame moment and shortly thereafter Barbara became the last headwriter for NBC's daytime serial, The Doctors, where she was ordered by the network to kill Alec Baldwin, shooting him not once but twice. With two different guns. From different directions.

Ah, good times.

You can read the book that started Barbara’s television career as the Kindle YA ebook, “Just Kate”, now with a substantial tweak because living life made her smarter.

You can also read about some could-be-hers-could-be-rumors experiences gleaned during Barbara’s stint in daytime television in the Kindle romantic comedy, In Under My Head. Barbara is a recipient of a Writers Guild of America Best Writing Award for her work on One Life To Live.

Whether you're looking for a Mature YA or a romantic comedy, Barbara has a book for you!

www.barbaramorgenroth.blogspot.com

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Amazon Author Page


REVIEW

4.5 / 5

The characters come to life with the writing style of Barbara Morgenroth, it's like watching it on a screen inside your head.  The realism of the story struck me almost immediately.  A wonderful read for YA and adults alike.  I hope to read more by this author soon.  Well done!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner


Saved by the angel sent to kill them, four half-angel boys are trained and employed as Heaven’s assassins. Jarrid and his nephilim brothers are raised as members of The Eternal Order, and must enforce Heaven’s laws by hunting down those who defy the Directorate.

His only shot at freedom is Ascension, but his employers won’t permit the ancient ritual. Then Jarrid learns a Renegade angel is in Detroit. Such a high-level take¬down is the answer to his prayers—all the leverage he needs to Ascend.

For freedom, Jarrid is willing to do anything to lure his elusive enemy out of hiding.

Even use an innocent woman as bait.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an angel outlaw wants her dead. She agrees to help Jarrid, the enigmatic nephilim with penetrating silver eyes and a worship-worthy body, but only because he accepts her terms. He’s her all-access pass into the city’s supernatural underworld where she hopes to locate her mother’s killer.

Blind¬sided by Ionie’s beauty and tenacity, Jarrid soon finds the eternity-old glacier around his heart thawing. With duty and desire at war within him, he’s forced to make a choice—either save Ionie from the trap he snared and stay chained to Heaven, or allow her to become collateral damage.

AMAZON

CRIMSON ROMANCE

Author Bio:

Tri­cia Skin­ner writes Urban Fan­tasy and Para­nor­mal Romance. Her read­ing tastes are all over the place, but she's drawn to fan­tasy (and its sub­gen­res), para­nor­mal, sci-fi, and history. When she's not writ­ing, Tri­cia is a new­bie "green" prac­ti­tioner, fit­ness pro­cras­ti­na­tor, and a tech­nol­ogy geek. She is a mother and a wife. Her fam­ily includes two Great Danes. She's also a videogamer. Tricia's debut novel, ANGEL BAIT, was pub­lished Feb­ru­ary 2013 by Crim­son Romance (F+W Media). She is represented by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.

http://www.triciaskinner.com/


REVIEW:

5 / 5

As a debut book, Tricia Skinner should be proud.  Personally I can't wait for the next installment in the Angel Assassins series and can only hope it is being written at this moment, faster if possible.
The characters grabbed my attention immediately and I'm pretty sure I held my breath while reading the entire book.  If you like action, romance and humor then Angel Bait is a must read!

~Rahna~

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Chronicles of Kerrigan by W.J. May



How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?

As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.


Nothing is as it seems anymore. 

Leery from the horrifying incident at the end of her first year at Guilder Boarding School, Rae Kerrigan is determined to learn more about her new tattoo. Her expectations are high, an easy senior year and a happy reunion with Devon, the boy she’s not supposed to date. All hopes of happiness turn into shattered dreams the moment she steps back on campus.

Lies and secrets are everywhere, and a betrayal cuts Rae deeply. Among her conflicts and enemies, it appears as if her father is reaching out from beyond the grave to ruin her life. With no one to trust, Rae doesn’t know where or who to turn to for help.

Has her destiny been written? Or will she become the one thing she hates the most—her father’s prodigy.

REVIEWS:

4.5 / 5 stars

I breezed through the first book, Rae of Hope. I seriously couldn't wait to see what would happen next. All of the elements of this story and the characters were from my favorite books/movies all rolled into one exciting read!


4 / 5 stars

I didn't even pause between the last page in the first book and Dark Nebula.  I found a few things repeated, but the story didn't disappoint me.  I really hope there is a third book in the works for the Chronicles of Kerrigan. 


~Rissa~


Saturday, March 16, 2013

The release of Winter Mist by Jacqueline Paige

Available today!


Book V in the Magic Seasons series
Step into a world of magic and passions....

Take a dash of spice, heat it
Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Toss in a killer 


Patrick is a man that has lived a violent life undercover in all the wrong places, for too long.  His light charm carefully keeps others from seeing the dangerous man that lies inside.  He is the first for justice and will go out of his way to keep the innocent safe.  He finds himself falling for the woman that was a victim of a sick and vile person and is caught between keeping her out of harm’s way and completing the job he needs to finish.

Rhonda is a woman that becomes a victim to the vicious attack of a killer.  Even though she survives, she will have to learn to live with the scars for the rest of her life.  In hiding she has to rebuild the strength to get through it. She is forced to spend her days and nights in the company of a detective, that seems to have no other plan in life than to constantly aggravate her and make her want things she may never have again.

When Patrick’s cover is blown and he is badly injured, the group of friends pull together to keep him and the recovering victim of a killer safe.  As a result, the group of twelve become targets of the criminals after Patrick and have to live together in a safe house for Yule. 

Can twelve witches follow orders or will they take matters into their own hands?


Excerpt One:
Walt looked around at the three women, then to the giant in front of him. “Who the hell are you and where’s Blaine?”
Dexter shrugged. “He’s not here.”
Walt backed toward the door a bit, pulling Bob with him for cover. He pointed the gun at the large man. “We’ll be going then.”
Dexter shook his head. “I don’t think so.” 
Walt shoved Bob as hard as he could toward the other man and reached for the door at the same time. He pulled it open only to have it jerked from his hand and close with a loud bang. “What the...” He spun around and pointed the gun at the man again. Bob was lying in a heap on the floor as if he’d fainted. Idiot.
He pointed the gun at the long-haired woman and grinned. “Walk over here real slowly.” Her eyebrows went up in a look of shock.
“I don’t think so,” she said softly.
The short blonde flung an arm up and growled. “I don’t like you pointing a gun at my friends.” The gun jerked out of his hand and floated toward the big man, who reached out and plucked it out of midair.
He flipped the safety on and tucked it into the waist of his jeans. “You should listen to her friend.”
“What are you people?” Walt looked from the longhaired one back to the short blonde.
“Sexy.” The black haired woman said softly as she stepped from around the man holding his gun. “And slightly irritated because you barged in here.”
Walt stared at her for a second then turned back toward the door.
“Leaving so soon?” She purred. His back was against the wall, his feet not touching the ground. His shocked expression looked down at Rachel, as his heart tried to climb into his throat.
                                             


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The swag bags will consist of a handful of goodies from Jacqueline. The grandprize will include a prize package and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Swag bags draws will take place on March 31st and April 25th. Grandprize will be drawn on April 30th.

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Author Bio



Jacqueline Paige lives in Ontario in a small town that’s part of the popular Georgian Triangle area. No one has ever heard of Stayner, so she usually tells people she lives “near Collingwood” and no, she doesn’t ski at Blue Mountain or at all, in fact she’s not even fond of snow. If you’ve ever been through the small town, you’ve probably met her at a busy local café she manages.

She began her writing career in 2006 and since her first published works in 2009 she hasn’t stopped. Jacqueline describes her writing as “all things paranormal”, which she has proven is her niche with stories of witches, ghosts, physics and shifters now on the shelves.

When Jacqueline isn’t working at her ‘reality job’ or lost in her writing she spends time with her five children, most of whom are finally able to look after her instead of the other way around. Together they do random road trips, that usually end up with them lost, shopping trips where they push every button in the toy aisle, hiking when there’s enough time to escape and bizarre things like creating new daring recipes in the kitchen. She’s a grandmother to four (so far) and looks forward to corrupting many more in the years to come.


Jacqueline loves to hear from her readers, you can find her at www.jacqpaige.webs.com , www.jacqpaige.blogspot.ca or http://magicseasonsbooks.blogspot.ca


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Savage Angel by Stacy Gail

Oh, The Agony And Ecstasy Of…Research

Before we begin, I’d like to thank everyone at Let’s Get Booked. :)  Without the support of this site and others like it, it would be that much harder for us authors to get the word out about new releases.  And that’s what I’m here to gab about—specifically, my latest release, SAVAGE ANGEL, Book 2 in The Earth Angels series from Carina Press!

When I sat down and plotted out The Earth Angels series, I had a germ of a story idea—a concept about mostly human people who had angelic DNA floating around in their makeup.  This would make them the 21st-century remnants of an ancient race found in biblical mythology known as the Nephilim. 
The problem—I didn’t know a ton about angels other than halos, harps and that they liked to wear Victoria’s Secret lingerie. So my first stop was an encyclopedia of angels (yes, there really is such a thing :P ).

OH…MY…GOD. 

Why didn’t someone tell me there were bazillions of angels who take care of everything that happens in heaven and on earth???  And their abilities?  Holy cats. There’s an angel for EVERYTHING.  If there’s a supernatural ability out there in the modern world of fiction, an angel’s probably already displayed that power thousands of years ago.  There were so many angels/abilities to choose from, I became overwhelmed and had to take a step back from all the research I’d done (translation: I took a nap :D ).
Eventually though, as my poor brain twitched at all the info I’d crammed into it, some pretty fascinating characters began to emerge from the chaos.

The first book in The Earth Angels series is NOBODY’S ANGEL, and its Nephilim hero, Zeke Reece, is a descendant of an angel of death. Naturally, Zeke’s powers pertain specifically to an angel that deals with spiritual beings.  But while Zeke kicked off the series (and my concept of modern-day Nephilim), he wasn’t the first character who appeared in my mind’s eye.  That pushy character who insisted on introducing herself before anyone else was Sara Savitch, the heroine of SAVAGE ANGEL.

Sara’s descended from the Seraphim, known poetically as the Burning Ones.  The Seraphim are the six-winged angels created to do one thing—protect the throne of God, so basically they’re the Secret Service bad-asses of heaven.  They’re hard-wired to protect at all costs and be the perfect soldiers when it comes to defeating the rebels (demons).  Before I knew it, I had a character named Sarafinah “Sara” Savitch standing at parade-rest in my mind, a private bodyguard hired to protect the father of her one-night stand, Gideon Mandeville.  The reason why she has to stand guard over this older man?  There’s something threatening him that may or may not be demonic, and it was this hint of demon that kicked off all the other stories in the series.

In a single day, I wrote out the entire Earth Angels outline, and it was all thanks to Sara.  And while she’s the perfect soldier, this is the only area in which she excels.  When it comes to the social skills most of us take for granted, Sara’s utterly lost.  The poor dear is self-conscious and awkward, and whenever she’s in the presence of Gideon, she gets a terrible case of the blush-covered stutters.  But this is what makes her human, which is what she and the other Nephilim are—they see themselves as humans, who have an obligation to use what little angelic DNA they have to fight evil when and where they find it.
Though ultimately, they don’t have to go looking for this evil.  In SAVAGE ANGEL, it becomes apparent that it’s coming to look for them. Big time.
Question: Generally speaking, is accurate research important to you when reading any genre of book, or are you not picky about things being absolutely factual?




Book two in The Earth Angels

Feel nothing. Sara Savitch's personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven's soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she's an amateur when it comes to relationships.

Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity—and in himself. Instead he's walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer's hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguard—the very woman who has haunted Gideon's dreams for a year.

As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon's heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in…

Excerpt:

Marking the sun so she wouldn’t throw a shadow over the intruder to warn him of her presence, Sara rounded the bush and snuck up behind him in a fluid movement no ordinary human could ever hope to beat. She pressed her front to his back, hooking her left arm under his to lock her hand behind his nape, while the hand holding the knife went right for the throat, laying the flat of the blade against the jugular. He jumped and struggled, then hissed when a flick of her wrist stood the deadly edge of the blade against his skin to slice it like butter.

“Hey, soldier boy.” Once again pressing the flat of the blade to the wound to show him just how much in charge of the situation she was, Sara spoke into the ear closest to her. “If you’re looking for somebody to play war with, I’m available. Wanna have some fun?”

A disdainful grunt was the intruder’s answer before he threw his head back, butting it against her cheekbone. Stars bloomed like fireworks before her eyes even as the world went end over end.

Crap.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

Stacy Gail –Website:  http://stacygail.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/stacy.gailauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Stacy_Gail_



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Monday, March 4, 2013

Memories of Murder by Lara Nance


When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.
     
As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients.
     
Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself.

EXCERPT:

“No, stop. Don’t jump!” Maeve McKenna yelled at the man poised on the roof three stories above her. Her heart pounded as he took a step that left his toes hanging over the edge. A wave of cold that had nothing to do with fear pressed about her as though a frigid hand gripped her soul. She frowned at the eerie presence and pressed her hands to her head.

“Damn.” She swirled around looking for help. Across the parking lot and among the small villas scattered about the manicured landscape, elderly couples strolled or walked their dogs. But they were too far away to do more than stare in her direction. The urge to use her powers was pointless, she no longer had them.

“Hey,” she called trying to get the man’s attention as he looked back over his shoulder, eyes wide as he flinched away from something she couldn’t see. If only he would talk to her, she might be able to keep him safe until someone got to him. He had on pajamas, so he must be a patient. She held up her hands. “Hey, back up, stop.”

“Oh, no! Mr. Baker, no!” A woman with short black hair ran from the main entrance of the retirement community, waving her arms.

Both Maeve and the woman screamed as the unfortunate Mr. Baker took a step into the air and hurtled to the ground. He landed in a heap of tangled limbs and bloody splatter on the sidewalk in front of them. The cold presence surrounding Maeve seeped away, leaving her rubbing her arms and puzzled at the sensation.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres within the scope of women’s fiction. But the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, Lara’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

WEBSITE:  www.laranance.com

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Lara_Nance




REVIEW

4.5 / 5

The excerpt above was the opening of the book and needless to say it got my attention from the get go. This story is filled mystery, romance, murder and magic, it will keep you turning the pages until the last one.  The characters are well written and heartfelt throughout the story.   Memories of Murder is volume 1 in the GEM paranormal mysteries and I can't wait to see what Lara Nance brings to the readers with the next one.  Great read!


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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sophie's Run by Nicky Wells


Contemporary Romance
Title: Sophie's Run
2nd Book in the Rockstar Romance Trilogy
Author: Nicky Wells

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing

Synopsis:

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even? Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.

So she has finally found the man of her dreams! Well… she knows who he is, even though she hasn’t actually quite met him yet. But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy. Rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.

Sophie has had enough. Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for radical change. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey eventually gets her life back on track.


Author Bio



Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door. She recently signed her work with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.

Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln
with her husband and their two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and
project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington,
D.C.

Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an
ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy.
You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook. Nicky is a featured author on the
innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’
Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing and, of course, Goodreads.


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REVIEW

5/5

A completely entertaining read!  The characters in this story will take you along on their journey and more often then not make you laugh. The dialogue, including the internal thoughts are what did it for me, I just had to keep reading to find out what they were going to say next.  I can't wait to read the next book in the Rock Star Romance series.  Well done.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Books, Books, the Magical Fruit: Author Guest Blog: Heart Book I in Animal Trilogy ...

There have been some awesome reviews regarding Heart and I couldn't be happier - it makes what I went through writing it to be so worth it!  Check out how many different ways I rewrote that story.


Books, Books, the Magical Fruit: Author Guest Blog: Heart Book I in Animal Trilogy ...: Rewrites! I’ve had to do my share of rewrites since stumbling my way into becoming a published author. A chapter here and there, a slight...

The Odor of Violet by Ju Ephraime


STEP INTO THE SIGHTLESS WORLD OF DAMIEN FALCONER, AS HE STRUGGLES TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE BLISTERING ATTRACTION HE FEELS FOR HIS NEW PERSONAL ASSISTANT, LISA ANDREWS.

Full of self-doubt as he struggled to regain his independence, the last thing Damien was looking for when he hired his new assistant, was to fall in love. So, he fought it for as long as he could, until the feelings he had for Lisa kept chipping away at him. Exposing a heart he had thought encased in stone, never to love again.

Lisa, a gentle, caring individual, a professional nurse, and inexperienced in matters of the heart, was ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and physical attraction she felt for her boss, Damien Falconer. Fully cognizant of the pitfalls that exist in such a relationship, Lisa fought equally hard to resist the powerful lure of Damien.

The blistering attraction between Damien and Lisa was searing in its intensity. Both were trying desperately to do the right thing, but the fates had other plans for them. Can two hearts that were broken be made whole again?…..


Excerpt: 


Ms. Andrews walked into the room, and Damien felt the air leave his lungs. He could not see her, but he
felt Jake’s reaction also. He was not certain if he was mirroring Jake’s reaction to the candidate or his
own overactive imagination. Whatever the reason, he had a physical reaction to whomever it was that
walked into his library. She was polite and calm, and he sensed she had a smile on her face because Jake
had an answering smile in his voice when he greeted her. Poor Damien, he couldn’t see a thing, but boy,
was he aware of her. He could smell the fragrance she was wearing, and it was doing strange things to
his body.

There was a hint of jasmine, mixed with a bit of musk, but the overwhelming scent was of violet. He
recognized the scent because of the perfusion of violet plants that grew in the garden surrounding his
house.

It was his favorite flower. He was never tired of sitting on the porch just inhaling its heady fragrance.

On Ms. Andrews, the fragrance was positively intoxicating. The mixture of violet with her unique scent
was overpowering. Damien was almost in pain from the strength of his physical reaction to her. He was
uncomfortable in his seat and kept fidgeting and moving to get a more comfortable position. He did not
want either Jake or the young woman to notice his discomfort. He desperately wanted to see the
woman who was in his library, but he had to be content with just listening to her responses to Jake’s
questions.

She sounded a bit flustered because she would begin each response with a slight nervous laugh, and
Jake would respond in kind. This exchange between the two infuriated Damien, who wanted to
participate in the conversation. He interrupted one of Jake’s questions to her with one of his own.

“Tell me, Ms. Andrews, how long have you been out of school?” 

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t writing. I know I started a long, long, time ago. I began writing short stories for the local radio station in my home  town, which were read on the air at story time. After I had my children, I went back to school to further my education. I have since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of my schooling, I wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, as well as, other literary works. A couple years ago, I revisited my first love, writing for fun and enjoyment.

I live in a small town in Connecticut, where the closest thing to a mall is a shopping strip, so nothing exciting happens there. I’m a mother of three and a grandmother of five. My dog Bondine is my favorite companion when I take up pen and paper to write.

Many of my stories are set in the places I've visited. The children I encounter during my travels determine the theme of the book.  I love to write stories about talented, inquisitive, and curious children who are thirsty for knowledge.


When I’m not writing my children books, I write romance novels under a pen name. Oftentimes, I take the time to visit the places in which my stories are set, which is the icing on the cake. My second love is traveling, and those times when I can combine writing with traveling, I’m usually in writers' heaven because I’m doing my two most favorite things...




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REVIEW:

4.5 / 5

The book immediately sucks you in and tugs at your heart and then it draws you in even further as it develops into a sensual story that will have you reading until you reach the end.  The characters are well written and make you feel for their lessor moments.  It's been a while since I've read a real love story and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.