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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: All the Wounds in Shadow (The Healing Edge Book 2) by Anise Eden

All the Wounds in Shadow (The Healing Edge Book 2)
by Anise Eden
August 23rd 2016

by Diversion Publishing
Pages: 240
Cate's enemies aren't just surrounding her—they're inside her head.

Therapist Cate Duncan has just accepted a job with the MacGregor Group, a unique collective of alternative healers. She’s excited by the prospect of honing her empathic healing techniques among others like herself—aura readers, telepaths, crystal healers, and more. The fact that Cate just started dating Ben, her magnetic new boss, is an added bonus.

Before Cate can settle into her new routine, the poisoning of a prominent neuroscientist draws the entire MacGregor Group into both a federal investigation and an even more insidious threat. Protected by Ben’s former Marine Corps unit, Cate and her colleagues must use their alternative healing methods to solve the crime as their patient clings to life. The responsibility of discovering crucial information falls to Cate and her parapsychological powers.

But for Cate, unraveling the mystery means reopening wounds that had just begun to heal—and in the environment of the Marine Corps unit, differences between Cate and Ben become clearer, straining their budding romance. When a new crisis looms, Cate must trust in her colleagues’ gifts and the strength of Ben’s love, finding the courage to confront her deepest and most terrifying demons—or her own life will be at risk.


I am so glad I continued with book 2 of this story.  Cate is still in her training program for paranormals but has officially joined the team organized to help other paranormals in need.  The story seamlessly picked up from book 1 with the same friends and cohorts as she was thrown into a tragic case in just her second week of training.  

I found myself engaged from page 1, gaining more interesting descriptions on their skill sets and how they are put to use.  Confined to a high security government installation, the team must try to get critical information from a comatose scientist regarding his attempted murder.  Wow, if this were only available in real life!  Although Cate was Plan B and was initially just along for the ride, she finds herself front and center in the solution to solve this mystery.  Still being a little headstrong and used to making her own decisions she puts herself in a couple dangerous situations that require her rescue much to the chagrin of her team and the Marines bent on keeping her safe (or corralled.....same thing right?). 

Her now official "relationship" with her boss Ben (Gee...that was quick!) has him pulling his hair to try and keep her safe.  So a little romance is included her but nothing too spicy since one rule of the training program is no intimate sexual contact!  It interferes with the psyche don't you know (well, duh).  

An inviting cast of characters and nice writing style makes me hope to see more of Cate's journey!

Review: All the Broken Places (The Healing Edge Book 1)

Getting 4 "Send me in Coach" sheep!





Jeanie G.

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Anise Eden spends most of her time tucked away in her writing nook, imagining things that aren't there. On those rare occasions when she emerges from seclusion, Anise may be spotted in coffee shops, staring at her laptop screen and silently moving her lips as she reviews bits of dialogue. She may also be found standing in the middle of grocery store aisles, jotting down plot ideas on the back of her shopping list. Although Anise claims that she's the one in charge, the characters in her head do sometimes make her laugh out loud at inappropriate moments.


Series Review: The MacLomain Series by Sky Purington + except + giveaway

The MacLomain Series Review
by Sky Purington


Plots from The MacLomain Series
This is a busy year for my medieval MacLomain chieftains. They're all busy falling in love with women scattered across the centuries. The King's Druidess, is a short story that sets the stage for the MacLomain novel series. Based in fifth century Ireland, it will paint the magical picture of how it all began. Then it's on to thirteenth century Scotland and colonial period New Hampshire in Fate's Monolith. Once you reach Destiny's Denial you'll continue on with the medieval MacLomains but travel this time to present day New Hampshire. When alas you've made it to Sylvan Mist, the grand finale, you'll travel not only to two different time periods, but three! It's time to re-visit all of those characters you've come to know and love in not only colonial and present day New Hampshire, but medieval Scotland.


Sky Purington had a new book that was getting to released called Rise of a Viking which caught my attention. The description spoke of prophesy, Vikings, Norse Mythology and dragon blood and I thought I have to check out this book! From there I found that there was a whole series to go along with it. So I started at the beginning, MacLomain Series, Early Years, which was free on Kindle Unlimited. I am so glad to say that I do not regret my decision to research the reading order and sets of books that this series offers! Each book is in some way tied to another story that you will read. You may not realize something in the story is of importance until you come across what it actually meant in another book. I love these type of stories. It gives me a way to connect to the characters, settings, time line and gives me a real visualization of what the author wrote.


The next set of books in the series following the Early Years was The MacLomain Series which is a 4 book series that is filled with time travel, magic and incredible passion and romance. I have to say I love books about Scotland and time travel, yes I am an Outlander fan, but to be fair I had read all the books and loved it long before it became a TV show. I could really envision Purington’s books becoming a TV show as well. Each set of main characters in Purington’s books are incredible. Well written with attention to detail you feel like you are a fly on the wall watching as each scene unfolds. I would highly recommend this fantastic series.


Getting 5 sheep




Denise B


Here’s a reading order:

The MacLomain Series (Books 1-4) Free on Kindle Unlimited


The MacLomain Series: Later Years. This is not in a book set on Amazon but there are 4 books (links to books 1, 2, 3, 4) and each is free on Kindle Unlimited


The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors Kin (There will be 5 books in this series). Book 1: Rise of a Viking is now out on Amazon and the second book Vengeance of a Viking is due out November 1, 2016.

Excerpt from Rise of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors Kin book 1)
Everyone said their goodnights as she climbed the stairs. Thankfully, there was a deck off her bedroom. One she utilized despite the storm. Elbows braced on the railing, she stared at the tree, her thoughts still on Heidrek. Some might say he haunted her, but she didn’t quite look at it like that. Not when he was trying to keep her away.

Not when he was somehow trying to protect her and her family.

She thought of those that might be his family. Lightning crisscrossed the sky, illuminating the choppy ocean. Kol was a relative. She closed her eyes and focused on the name and let it lead her to others. Kol’s brothers. Naðr Véurr…a king. Raknar. All the men who had ended up with Amber’s sisters. Her thoughts chased them until they focused on a young blond boy with a stutter and deep sadness. He grew, changed, became a man.

Heidrek.

Her eyes snapped open, and she focused on the tree again. He had become something unexpected. What he became changed everything. It would make him a king.

The king.

Someone so important that it drew attention. She blinked and shook her head as thunder crashed and the rain fell harder. No, he drew attention by his actions. He brought trouble to his people…to his family.

That’s what he had been trying to tell her all along.

Stay away.

Stay safe.

And she would. He needed to know that.

Cybil didn’t realize what she was doing until she was down the stairs off her deck and heading for the tree. The wind was strong, and the rain cold but nothing touched her. She needed to be beneath the ash.

She needed to understand.

Hands braced against the cool bark, she stared up but saw nothing beyond flashes of lightning. Yet she felt something. A slight vibration that had nothing to do with the endless thunder. Her eyes dropped to her feet. To the root.

The Yggdrasill glowed again.

“Stay away,” whispered close to her ear.

Her eyes shot to the right, and her breath caught.

There he was. Gorgeous. Masculine. Intense.

Yet ghostly.

At least a foot taller than her, he had dirty blond hair, stubble on his strong jaw and the same, piercing blue eyes she had seen in the photo. He wore a red tunic and brown fur over his broad shoulders.

Her eyes fell to the bear pendant hanging around his neck. “You use that to connect us and protect me. Does that mean keeping me and my family from traveling to you and yours?” she whispered as she shook her head and met his eyes again. “Because it won’t. It isn’t working.”

He started to talk but stopped, confusion in his eyes. “It should only connect us. Protect you. Nothing more…” His eyes roamed her face before they went to the house. “Please. You must stay away for the safety of your kin.”

Cybil was caught off guard by the flicker of desire in his eyes. More so, by her sharp response to it. She frowned and shook her head. “I’m trying.” She tried to tear her gaze from his but couldn’t. “Tell me what to do.”

“Run from here. Get away from this tree.” She sensed that he wanted to reach out but didn’t. “If you stay, I cannot stop this.”

“But you led me here,” she whispered, desperate to understand. “Didn’t you?”

His eyes roamed her face again or at least she thought they did as he started to fragment. “I…do not know.”

“Heidrek?”

She sensed his surprise at the use of his name. But then she was equally shocked when he whispered hers before vanishing altogether.

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Sky Purington is the best-selling author of seventeen novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Spotlight: Beautifully Burned (The Dreamcaster Series, #2) by C.J. Burright + giveaway


274 pages
Published August 23, 2016 
Grandma warned me to resist him.

I know what he is. Even if he doesn't sparkle in the sun, hiss at holy water, or go by the traditional name of vampire, I know.

He doesn't want or need my blood. He wants my dreams...more specifically, my nightmares. And I've got oodles of those, so many they leak.

He's emotionally scarred, growly, dangerous, and kindles all my senses. Love isn't on his agenda. Having him for a guardian isn't on my list of fun, either. My touch sends him into darkness.

I shouldn't want him.

I can't want him.

But I do.

If I surrender instead of escape, I'll lose everything--my sister, my will, my life. Gran forgot to tell me the most important detail of all: how am I supposed to resist him when he's everything I've ever dreamed of?

Beautifully Burned is told in dual, third person and may be read as a stand alone.




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C.J Burright is a native Oregonian and refuses to leave. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter, while she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers (for now) and instead invades the world of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or fantasy. C.J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes a story isn’t complete without at least one fight scene. Her meager spare time is spent working out, refueling with mochas, gardening, gorging on Assassin’s Creed, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners…always with music. She shares life with her husband, daughter, and a devoted cat herd.



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Book Review: Jasmine Moon (Black Hills Wolves #49) by Celia Breslin + excerpt + giveaway

Jasmine Moon (Black Hills Wolves #49) 
by Celia Breslin
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
June 3, 2016
ISBN: 9781683610458
ASIN: B01GKB9WMO
Number of pages: 108
Word Count: 36,400
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Tech mogul and workaholic Wolf Evan Luparell has little time for distractions but takes a break for his brother’s wedding in South Dakota. When asked to escort another wedding attendee from the airport to Los Lobos, he agrees. Then he meets the curvy spitfire, and she ignores him.

Designer and Wolf Mina Carver didn’t mean to be rude to the handsome, glowering man claiming to be her ride, but she was busy working. Now she must endure a ride to the Black Hills with the cranky but sexy Dominant Wolf. Unexpected mating energy sparks between them, but still—should she dismiss, or kiss him?

Kisses win and they agree upon a no-strings fling. But with each wedding activity throwing them together, and their powerful chemistry and mate compatibility complicating matters, can two workaholics truly have their fun then walk away?

$2.99


Like the description above teases, you'll want to know if this fling turns into something more. I did! That's a big part to what kept me turning the pages. This one is a short but very enjoyable read. You get your bang-bang for the buck and have some sexy times with wolves. Meoooooow! 

Alpha men are the best in my book and this shifter does a great job of being that badboy/goodguy mix. Cause we all want that badboy that will will still hold the door for us! I recommend this one to those that are looking for a quicker read or a chance to get to know this author and her characters.

Getting 4 Sheep





KD 


Excerpt: 

Evan tipped his head and eyed the ceiling. Prompt replies, punctual people. Striking deals and hitting deadlines. These items made his world tick. Not loitering around a miniscule airport pulling a Waiting for Godot moment on infinite repeat for a no-show, flakey designer from California.

God grant him patience and balls of steel when he showed up without the designer and the all-important wedding dress, because his future sister-in-law Darci would certainly be unhappy. He’d have to beg a favor from his assistant, have her snag a couture dress, and fly it ASAP to the Rapid City airport. He could afford a gown from some famous designer in Chicago or New York, something likely superior to whatever his soon-to-be sister-in-law’s no-name friend had created. Right? Shit, he hoped women’s fashion proved so easy.

He took a deep fortifying breath and froze. Airport smells assailed his senses—the sharp tang of bleach and lemon-scented cleaners, the floral perfume from Rental Car Girl who eyed him like a piece of candy. Black coffee, donuts, fried fast food, and under it all, the distinct musk of wolf.
Female wolf.

She smelled damn good. His wolf perked up, and his legs propelled him toward the empty baggage claim, where one bright-pink suitcase covered in Hello Kitty stickers sat, unclaimed, on the unmoving L-shaped conveyor belt. Her scent, stronger here, socked his gut, and his gaze shot to the corner.

The chaos around the woman stunned him silent. Large, paper coffee cup, half-eaten banana, and a quarter of a powdered doughnut perched on a brown paper bag next to her. Crumbs splattered the linoleum and the woman’s long-sleeved blue blouse in a thick layer of white, sugary dust. On her other side, two pink garment bags lay like corpses, along with a bubblegum-pink unzipped duffel as long as her outstretched, denim-clad legs. Some of the bag’s contents—pads of drawing paper and large swaths of fabric—protruded over the opening, the fabric splaying over her legs in a rainbow-colored blanket. Her feet peeked out of the mess, encased in sparkling pink UGGs. Good grief, sequins? She smacked her shiny boots together in a poor imitation of Dorothy and bobbed her head from side to side in time to some music only she seemed to hear. Her shoulder-length red hair, the color of ripe dark cherries—his favorite fruit—gleamed under the harsh airport lighting and curtained most her face from his view, save a pert nose and small chin, both speckled with a generous amount of freckles.

He’d always liked freckles.

Clearing his throat, he stepped closer, but she didn’t flinch in surprise or look up. Her attention remained on the tablet on her lap, the stylus between her pale, freckled fingers swiping without hesitation over her screen. Her extreme focus reminded him of his sister Lexi in one of her artistic frenzies. The resemblance ended there.

While his sister took after the rest of their tall, lean, and tan family, this woman seemed the polar opposite—pale, petite, curvy, and freckled. His preferred type. A flicker of interest stirred in his gut. Did she have those cute little spots on the rest of her? Speckled fur when in her wolf form? His wolf huffed his interest in finding out, but Jasmine the Oblivious Designer didn’t acknowledge his presence.

His fascination faded, replaced by renewed irritation. She damn well should have scented and noticed his wolf by now, and she should have waited at their agreed upon rendezvous point. She should not be sitting on the dirty linoleum of an airport, lost in her work. Didn’t she realize the dangers of ignoring her surroundings?

He positioned himself right in front of her wiggly, booted feet. “Excuse me, J—”

“Sh.” She raised her arm and flicked her hand in the universal get lost gesture.

He gaped at her. “Excuse me?”

Another wave of her hand while her stylus streaked across her tablet screen with the other. “Not interested.”

Nice voice. Low and husky. Her attitude, on the other hand…. “But—”

“Go away.” Her velvet voice carried a stubborn edge.

In other circumstances, he would’ve admired her strength. But he’d wasted copious amounts of time hunting for the clearly inconsiderate and irresponsible female. “Fine. Get your own damn ride to Los Lobos. Jasmine.”



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Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. Her award-winning vampire series - The Tranquilli Bloodline - is available from Champagne Books. Jasmine Moon is her third werewolf story (and a stand-alone read!) for Decadent Publishing’s multi-author, shifter line: Black Hills Wolves.

When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Comic Review: HARROW COUNTY #15 from Dark Horse Comics


HARROW COUNTY #15
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Cover Artist: Tyler Crook
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
August 10, 2016
Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 26606 1 01511
“One of 2015’s best horror comics.”—io9

Emmy has learned that she is not as alone in the world as she thought. Other beings, each possessing dark and terrifying powers, have arrived in Harrow, and they claim to be her true family. They promise to reveal the mysteries of her origin and the truth about the evil witch Hester Beck, but if she accepts their claims, she may condemn everyone she’s ever known.

* Featuring a special backup story exclusive to the single issues by Matt Kindt and Brian Hurtt!

In development for television on SyFy!

Emmy finds out that she has "family" of sorts. Beings with powers, of which, the witch Hester had been one. One of these beings, Odessa, visits her, telling her about the others and what Hester has done. That Hester broke laws, killing her teacher, Amaryllis, and that they banished her, unable themselves to kill her due to the laws that they should not kill one another. Most of all, they plan to teach Emmy about their ways, get her to accept their guidance. It’s what she must do that upsets Emmy.


In “Tales of Harrow County" they talk about how Kammi made many things, some being men. And how without her, these men made plans, to think for themselves. In doing so, there were dire consequences and because of that, those left wanted revenge on the one who began the whole mess.

Harrow County just keeps on getting better and spookier. I am never disappointed with this comic.

I give Harrow County #15 five sheep.






Pamela K. Kinney