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Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Review: Blood Lust (Thirst Series Book One) by L.M. Mountford

Blood Lust (Thirst Series Book One)
by L.M. Mountford
March 24, 2018
Genre: PNR
ISBN: 9780463624593
Number of pages: 45
Word Count: 12,000
Cover Artist: The Author
The Thirst always wins…

Sooner or later, the thirst always wins…

After a thousand years, Lucian had given up any interest in the world. His only concern that night was finding his next drink, preferably from a flavoursome twenty-something with loose morals and no expectations. Then he saw her…

Kate is just a girl from the country, who came to the city with her brother to find a life away from their parents’ car crash. That is until the police came knocking on her door one morning and ripped her new life apart. Now she has nothing and no one, with only one on her mind. Revenge.

When these worlds collide, and the things that go bump in the night come calling, can these two mend the rifts in each other and give them what they need?

L.M. Mountford is the proclaimed “Lord of Lust,” a writer of short erotica. His newest release, Blood Lust, is vampire erotica with an edgy twist. The story has a slim plotline and centres on the sexual adventure of vampire Lucian and his human partner Kate. It is a literary porno with a plot. 

Readers may enjoy Blood Lust. It is a quick read and seriously sexy. It can be easily read in a single sitting. Mountford does not, however, treat readers to fully developed characters or an original story. Kate’s fire and passion are ultimately negated by her subservience to and reliance upon Lucian. This story relies on many generic conventions and is not well crafted enough to set it apart. 

I appreciate Mountford’s dark touches and his attempts to shock readers by marrying the seedy with the sensual. Blood Lust was sexy, but not wholly satisfying

2 ½ Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
A self-confessed tiger fanatic, L.M. Mountford was born and raised in England, first in the town of Bridgwater, Somerset, before later moving to the city of Gloucester where he currently resides. A fully qualified and experienced scuba diver, he has travelled across Europe and Africa diving wrecks and seeing the wonders of the world.

He started writing when he was 14. Under the pseudonym Dark Inferno, he has written more than thirty fan fiction stories. When he was 21, he started publishing independently through KDP and Smashwords, continuing Erotica, before switching to dark and contemporary romance.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Book Review: A Timely Revolution: (Book One) by Tempie W. Wade

A Timely Revolution: (The Timely Revolution Series Book One)
by Tempie W. Wade
December 9, 2018

ISBN: 9780960025701
Waking up in the year 1765, next to a mysterious black horse, Maggie Bishop has no idea what cosmic force shook her up and spit her back out 253 years in the past, and she certainly has no clue on how to get back to her life in 2018. What she does know is that she needs to find a way to survive in the not-so-modern and very dangerous world that she has been unexpectedly thrust into.

With the American Revolutionary War on the horizon, Maggie uses her knowledge of the future to create a new life with the sole intent of steering clear of trouble while keeping her loved ones safe from the devastation of war. However, when a simple twist of fate intervenes, Maggie finds herself not only owed a debt by General George Washington, but also caught up in the early stages of the Culper Spy Ring. Torn between protecting the man that she loves, but knows she can never have, and saving the life of her best friend, both on opposite sides of the conflict, Maggie must find a way to walk a fine line between the two opposing armies, or risk changing everything that history says is meant to be.

Take a stroll down the streets of the past while being introduced to a few of its real-life citizens during the time of the American Revolution in a tale where fantasy and history are intertwined into a story that you will not soon forget.

Maggie Bishop sits out on the beach in North Carolina thinking about her new engagement to Brad, and if she really wants to get married. She goes to the water’s edge and finds an ornate bottle, that has a strange Scottish poem inside. Clutching the bottle, she heads back to the room she is sharing with Brad. Dizziness and pain overcome her until she blacks out. Maggie wakes up next to a mysterious black horse. She was on the beach with no familiar buildings around, just beach and sea. She soon learns it is no longer in 2018, it is 1765.

If you enjoyed Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, then readers will enjoy this novel (first in a series), A Timely Revolution, which like Outlander, has a heroine from the future who magically ends up in the past, during the time a historical war happens. Real historical figures mesh with fictional, plus romance. Ms. Wade handles historical facts and figures well, adding her spin in this book. I cannot wait for the second novel in the series and what happens to Maggie next.

I give A Timely Revolution 5 Revolutionary sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Tempie W. Wade is a lifelong resident of Virginia and currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has a love of history, old architecture, and travel. The author likes to incorporate historically accurate events with a touch of fantasy, in hopes that her readers will become interested enough to do their own research into the past.

The Timely Revolution Book Series is continuous work of historical fantasy/fiction, that includes actual people and events during the American Revolutionary War in and around Colonial Williamsburg.

Book One- A Timely Revolution
Book Two-More

Saturday, March 16, 2019

“Oh, you sexy beast…” Linda Thomas-Sundstrom talks PNR and New Releases + Giveaway

“Oh, you sexy beast…” 
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, author of over 35 books and novellas in the supernatural world. 

Hello Sheepters. I’m very excited to be here today with a post about my newly-released work, and I’m waving to all of the folks who still love reading and writing about paranormal worlds and just can’t get enough of romancing book pages about sexy werewolves and immortals.

Is that you? 

If so, you’re in the right place today.

I have a few books coming out this year, with just a real brief overview here in honor of that wildly hectic schedule, and in order to let everyone know what’s up.

First, I’m hopping back to my Wolf Moons series, and then my gorgeous Immortals will make a comeback with the Blood Knight Chronicles. Really, I savor every moment I’m with the characters that star in my books, and get excited when they are released into the world. 

In a time when straight up contemporary romances stuff bookstore shelves, having a werewolf or two show up to add some intrigue to a story makes me happy. When I see a full moon, I howl and appreciate that paranormal worlds exist in the shadows of our own. I mean, don’t you? My characters do love a good growl on occasion.

So… First up this year is the current release of Red Wolf
A paranormal suspense story where some seriously hot Weres gather in Miami to solve the case of a missing detective, the action here led by a rare female Lycan. (Yay, femmes!)

Also released just this week is Wolf Trap
Another paranormal suspense story that highlights a few of the Weres from Red Wolf, and adds a new couple to the mix, with both characters having been freshly bitten by some very bad wolves. Imagine their surprise when the next full moon rolls around! And well… let’s just say there will be a whole lot of trouble in Miami, and some serious howling going on.

After these two current releases, the Blood Knights will return.
Stories about seven knights from the Round Table who have carried their quest into our modern world, and the women they meet that might help to change their destinies. One Knight per book is the way this goes. Seven books in all. Some of them have already been published by the HarperCollins/Harlequin Nocturne line.

Haven’t read any of my work? (Wait! What?) 

Well… I can offer a quick fix to that. If you’d like to howl with us, and see what’s going on with my sexy werewolves and unearthly gorgeous Blood Knights, how about this… 

Another new release – this week… 

Tease Me Please is a collection of supernatural first chapters that came out yesterday for just 99 cents on Amazon. The Red Wolf and Wolf Trap first chapters (one chapter for each) are there, along with a Blood Knight sample, some urban fantasy, and a straight fantasy romance sample (can we say Dragon-shifter?) 

I do love a good mystery, and action is my middle name. I stand by the paranormal romance genre with both feet firmly planted and my claws extended. So if like me, you still have an urge to see what exists in the shadows, and love the pace of a wicked suspense novel – not to mention the steamy relationships that sometimes exist between humans and others – my books might be the ticket to your wildest dreams.

I sure hope so, anyway.

That’s it for now. What a quickie…

I’m signing off, but will be around today to answer questions, or heck, just to wave back at whoever waves at me. So please say hello. Check out my books and pages. Enter the giveaway. And go ahead… just be happy.

Cheers, wildlings…


About the Authors:
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is the author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels and novellas, both dark and light, for HarperCollins/Harlequin Nocturne and GothicScapes, with more than 30 stories that trespass into the supernatural realm.

Linda is the author of contemporary, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy books for Kensington, Amazon Montlake, GothicScapes, Harlequin Nocturne, and Harlequin Desire. She currently has 30 stories that trespass into the supernatural realm, with ton of ideas for more.

One lucky person reading this post can win a copy of the Tease Me Please sampler. 
  All you have to do to enter this giveaway is to leave a comment here
Winner will be chosen by Randomizer on March 20th. 

Bonus! The wonderful mistress of this I Smell Sheep blog will also receive a copy of that book, care of you and me. ‘Cuz giveaways rock. Right? And so do readers. 

Sharon: Who me!? Thank you! Rawr!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Meet Trigger from Barbara Russell's The Heart Collector (Auckland Steampunk #1) + excerpt

Guest Blog- Trigger
Auckland, New Zealand 1884

Hullo. Name’s Trigger. I’m ten, or eleven. Not sure. I grew up in the rookery, never met me parents.

Dunno my real name. Sure I had a Christian name. But I ain’t remember mine no more. They call me friend Frog because the coal lasses near our home say he can French-kiss you senseless. But I ain’t sure what that means. Sounds painful. And they call me Trigger because they say me father was good with a gun, but some say it ain’t a real gun, if you know what it means.

I’m also a cat pursuer, no wait, it’s cut pusher . . . ? I’m a thief. Cutpurse, that’s the word. Lady Isabel took Murk, Frog, and I in, gave me a room all for I too. Told me she’ll teach me to read books. I hope she does. She said destruction in important to have a job. No, it ain’t destruction. Something else that ends in ‘struction.’

Anyway, if I get struction, I ain’t have to pursue cats no more.

The Heart Collector (Auckland Steampunk Book One)
by Barbara Russell
February 6, 2019
Genre: Steampunk/Romantic Suspense/
Steamy Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
ISBN: 978-168291-838-8
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 87,000
Cover Artist: Anna L. Spies
She can read people’s feelings, except for the man who has collected her heart

Auckland, 1884. The Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their chests open and removes their hearts.

While other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing, Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best way to help catch the killer.

Isabel senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the team.

Eager to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk, a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7 desperately tried to recruit him and failed.

She believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be ready.

What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will collect her heart.

Chapter 1
Auckland, 1884
One of the perks of being a duchess and the lady of Hastings Manor was that I could make my own decisions.

Most of the time.

I bunched a corner of my long brocade skirt and climbed the sweeping stairs toward Victor’s office. The bustle, heavy with satin ribbons, bounced lightly, tapping on the small of my back.

On the landing, one of the little cleaning machines that roamed the house trotted around, buzzing as its brushes dusted the white marble floor. A puff of steam trailed behind it while its wheels and pistons whirred. I strode on, the star-bright tiles sparkling under my velvet slippers.

The butler bowed stiffly, carrying a tray with tea and cakes that smelled of cinnamon. “Your Grace.” He stepped aside to let me pass.

“Hollom.” My heels’ click-clacking noise died down on the blue rug covering the entrance in front of Victor’s office.

I raised my fist to knock but stopped inches away from the gleaming, polished oak wood, needing a moment to collect myself. Victor had to see reason. Convincing him that my role in the investigation was vital wouldn’t be easy, but I was nineteen and properly trained in combat. More or less. The point was, I could face danger.

My resolve wavered, and I bit the inside of my cheek. On light feet, I turned and slid inside my late father’s personal library. Victor’s supernatural hearing wouldn’t catch me in the room protected by thick walls, and the old leather-bound volumes calmed my nerves.

I cleared my throat before rehashing my speech. “Victor, you’re the leader of Military Intelligence Seven, but as Duchess of Sussex, I have the right to . . .” I shook my head. This sounded patronizing. I took a deep breath to slow my pounding heart, glad that I wasn’t wearing a corset. Another perk of being a duchess.

I squared my shoulders. A wrong word and Victor would dismiss me. “Victor, I kindly request… would you… I would appreciate if you assign me to the ongoing investigation on the Heart Collector, since I believe my skills can be an asset.” There. Simple, polite, and to the point.

I jutted out my chin and smoothed my bodice. I should’ve worn my dark green dress. It made me look taller and older. This blue gown gave me a childish air with its velvet ribbons and budding roses.

Too late.

After another deep inhalation, I marched toward Victor’s office again and knocked on the door.

“Come in.” The thick door muffled his deep voice.

I wiped my sweaty hand on my skirt before turning the handle and stepping into the office that had once belonged to my father. Victor and his younger brother Jamie stood up from their stuffed chairs and bowed.

“Good morning, Victor, Jamie.”

After the dimly lit corridor, the sunlight streaming from the floor-to-ceiling window blinded me, and I squinted, closing the door behind me.

I walked to the desk that occupied almost half of the room, keeping my eyes on Victor’s frowning face. “I need to talk to you.”

Victor stretched out an arm, indicating the empty chairs. His serious expression added wisdom to his five and twenty years. “Of course, Isabel. Please, sit.”

I perched on the very edge of the chair and set my back straight to not crush my bustle. Victor sat at his desk while Jamie settled himself next to the fireplace.

“Is something the matter?” Jamie leaned forward, his blond hair swishing about his cheeks. “You are pale.”

I faced him. “Well, I—” A dark blue bruise marked his chin, his bottom lip was split, and a fresh cut marred his forehead. “What happened to you?”

Jamie clenched and unclenched his fists. “My encounter with one of the Supernaturals we’re trying to recruit didn’t end well.”

I focused on Jamie, unleashed my power, and reached out for his feelings. A rush of energy flooded me, and heat warmed my chest. His anger, annoyance, and humiliation washed over me. Physical pain stabbed him as well. I gently prodded his body with my mental strength. His ribs hurt, and a cut on his back throbbed. His feelings left the sour taste of unripe grapes in my mouth.

I swallowed. “This Supernatural must be particularly strong to hurt you.”

Jamie stroked his bruised skin. A new wave of mortification surged from him. “He is moderately strong.”

Moderately strong? Jamie could bend iron bars with two fingers and lift twenty times his weight. How strong was this Supernatural?

Victor shifted his gaze to me. “What did you want to talk to me about?”

“Exactly about this.” I nodded toward Jamie. “This Supernatural you want to recruit for the investigation on the Heart Collector.”

Victor knitted his blond eyebrows in the same way Jamie would. “You don’t have to concern yourself with that. Jamie will soon make another attempt to meet this Supernatural.”

“But.” I paused to read Victor’s feelings. His determination and mild exasperation reached me. It wasn’t a good start, but maybe my speech would convince him. “I would like you to allow me . . . I mean, to assign me to this mission since I request, kindly, I request kindly, that it would be me, myself, to do it.” Damn. So much for rehashing. I clasped my hands in my lap not to show how much they trembled. “I’d like it to be me.” I swallowed. If I weren’t so eager to get the job, I’d laugh at Victor’s scrunched face.

I searched his feelings again. Even without my supernatural empathetic power, the hard set of his jaw and his narrowed icy blue eyes told me he wasn’t pleased. I cleared my throat. “I want to meet this Supernatural.”

“You want what?” Jamie asked, propping an elbow on the mantelpiece.

I ignored him. “What did you say his name was?”

“I didn’t.” Victor straightened the pile of documents on his desk, arranged quills and inkbottles, and loosened his bow tie.

About the Author: 
I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring and fell in love with fantasy novels.

When I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.

PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spotlight: Mer Chronicles Books by Tobie Easton + giveaway

Emerge (Mer Chronicles Book One)
by Tobie Easton
April 19th, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month9Books
ISBN: 978-1-944816-32-2
Number of pages: 312
Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.

So Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right?

That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay than ever. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with Clay, the harder it is for Lia to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Teaser Excerpt Book 1: 
As I swim back up, I angle my face just right. When I hit the surface, I flick my head back so my hair flips in a perfect cascade, sparkling with thousands of water droplets that catch the sunlight at every angle. Maybe it’s unfair to use a classic Mermaid move against Clay.

Submerge (Mer Chronicles Book Two)
by Tobie Easton
September 12th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month9Books
ISBN: 978-1-945107-84-9
Number of pages: 392
Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers
Lia and Clay's love has broken the Little Mermaid's curse, but their ever after may not be as happy as they planned. Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year despite her family's opportunity to move to the new, sparkling capital city below the waves. Before any decision about the future can be made, her family must endure Melusine and her father's trial, where new revelations will have far-reaching consequences that threaten what Lia holds most dear.

The verdict will shake Lia's whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders whom to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she's lost or embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey where only she can define her fate.

About the Author:
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens (so she’s lucky enough to spend her days gabbing about books). She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. 

Tour Giveaway 
Starbucks or amazon gift card (winner choice) plus one eBook of reader choice