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Friday, February 15, 2019

Book Review: Stalk (Hotblooded Book 1) by Victoria Danann

Stalk (Hotblooded Book 1)
by Victoria Danann
Releasing: October 21, 2018
Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: 7th House, Imprint of Andromeda LLC
Number of pages: 388
Word Count: 82,000
Cover Artist: Victoria Danann
Every breath you take.

The first coming of chaos. Twelve thousand years ago, members of a more advanced race crossed into our dimension when the barriers temporarily collapsed.

Trapped in our world, the aliens, who were also shifters, built structures that eventually caused the great flood and the sinking of Atlantis.

Some of the alien DNA survived in progeny that carried an untraceable shifter gene, dormant until awakened by mating with a full-blooded werewolf.


Nick is a werewolf shifter part of an all-male pack. Successful and shrewd, the pack has set up a reclusive existence in the wild to protect their identity and livelihood. When Nick meets Reese, he knows she’s next-level special. Suddenly Reese is thrust into the world of the shifter pack and coming to grips with her vastly altered reality. Reese’s new life is also fraught with danger. When the pack catches the notice of ridiculously rich, unscrupulous game hunters, the whole pack is exposed to untold danger.

I’ve read some of Danann’s Knights of Black Swan, so I was anxious to delve into this new series. I found Danann’s approach to the shifter genre original and creative, particularly in the origin story of the shifters. She elegantly marries elements of sci-fi, thriller, action, and paranormal romance. This is a stellar first- installment; a definite page-turner. As a paranormal romance devotee, I was not disappointed by the romantic elements of Stalk. The multi-layered feel of the book gave the plot dimension beyond the romantic relationship of Nick and Reese.

Sadly, the book ends with a cliff-hanger; a hotly contested writing technique. I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers as I feel there are more effective ways to maintain reader interest while giving us a little more satisfaction. I think Danann skillfully set the stage for the rest of the series without the cliff-hanger. There are six other shifter males in the pack to explore, and I intend to follow up.

Four Sheep





Bianca Greenwood
Excerpt:
Shortly after the incident, the event came to be known as May Day simply because it occurred on the first of May. The term would be forever after altered to represent the pandemonium that followed the dimension overlap that left so many stranded. It worked because it was a good choice because of disassociating the incident with high emotion.

Some from other places were left here. Some that belonged here had disappeared and, even though every city had a centralized location where loved ones could post photos and leave flowers or burning votives, everybody knew somebody who had lost someone. And the world had been turned on end in the blink of an eye.

The conventional wisdom about withholding news panic-inducing news from the public was bypassed. Cover up was impossible in this case and overnight, everyone knew that we experience reality alongside many others, invisible to us. Everyone also learned conclusively that other species exist in those realities.

One of the species that had been stranded in this dimension were canine shifters, werewolves as they were sometimes called in fantasy. Being disinclined to panic, the werewolves, each individually, used their cunning to quickly assess their circumstances and determine what was required to survive. Utilizing their innate talent for strategy, and seduction, they were able to identify missing humans who were a reasonably close match to anthropoid bodies, were without families and were, basically, antisocial. Being shrewd as well as cunning, they made matches with candidates with financial assets.

New lives could be built in a new world without money, but money could go a long way toward building walls of privacy and providing the one thing they needed most, after company, of course. That thing was territory. Freedom.

The government made it almost too easy by publishing an open database of the missing and requested that corrections be made if someone listed was present and accounted for. Each shifter made his choice then notified the government that they were not missing. They were sorry for the misunderstanding, but had been sailing in the Caribbean or fishing in the Gulf or on an archeological expedition in the Amazon.

By the time the dust of the catastrophe began to settle, seven shifters had found each other through a curious intersection of tech and primeval instinct. Each of the seven, while dealing with his own personal disorientation and sense of loss, quickly identified the Pacific Northwest as the most suitable habitat on the North American continent. Millions of acres of national parks and wildlife reserves was attractive. That, and the cooler temperatures, made the locale almost ideal as shifter temperatures run a full three degrees warmer than humans.

It took only a few weeks to come across each other. Shifters in wolf form can cover great distances. In so doing they came across the scent of others who were similar to themselves if not identical, but definitely distinctive from wild wolves. And each felt immeasurable relief to find others. For social animals, abject solitude would be a sentence to hell.

That was one of the reasons why Ken Sahabe was admitted to the pack without hesitation even though he was not a canine, but a spotted hyena. The pack decided Ken’s social and hunting needs were close enough and admitted him.

The hard wiring of pack behavior hadn’t changed for millennia. However, the language used to describe certain facts of pack life was altered for modern times so that it seemed more politic. For example, rather than saying the alpha decided, which was true, the thought would be expressed as ‘the pack decided’. In Ken’s case, though the actual wolves didn’t have a real vote, they accepted him like one of their own species.


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Victoria Danann, has won the prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Award for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES the past four years in a row! Click follow to get notifications of new releases.

Knights of Black Swan – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
A Summoner’s Tale – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (2013)
Moonlight – BEST VAMPIRE/SHIFTER NOVEL (2013)
Solomon’s Sieve – BEST VAMPIRE NOVEL (2014)
Falcon – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (2016)


In addition to the brave and beautiful vampire hunting knights, Victoria writes other paranormal romances that often touch on scifi/fantasy along with contemporary bikers for those who love it when the bad boys are soooooo good.

Victoria co-hosts the popular ROMANCE BETWEEN THE PAGES podcast which can be found on itunes or at www.romancecast.com. She and co-host, Riley J. Ford, interview the biggest names in romance every week. Ever wonder about the personalities behind your favorite books? Some of them just might surprise you with their interests, wit, lifestyles, and sense of humor.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

5 Sheep Book Review: Love Potion: A Valentine’s Day Charity Anthology only $.99

Love Potion: A Valentine’s Day Charity Anthology
by Graceley Knox, D.D. Miers, Amelia Hutchins, Tate James, C.M. Stunich, G. Bailey, Annette Marie, Pippa DaCosta, Coralee June, Clara Hartley
February 9, 2019

538 pages

Publisher: Chaotic Press, LLC
A valentines day charity anthology featuring 8 exclusive stories from your favorite bestselling Paranormal and Fantasy romance authors! All proceeds will be donated to Room to Read! 

How to Capture a Demon's Heart - Graceley Knox & D.D. Miers
A Demon's Plaything (The Elite Guards) - Amelia Hutchins
Deep Blue Sea - Pippa DaCosta
The Hellhound's Legion: A Kit Davenport Novella - Tate James 
The Heart Cantrip: a Family Spells Novella - C.M. Stunich
Eternal Hearts - A Forsaken Gods Series Novella - G. Bailey & Coralee June
A Damsel and a Demigod (The Guild Codex: Spellbound) - Annette Marie
The Fox and the Wolf - Clara Hartley

Love Potion is a Valentine’s Day charity anthology featuring eight exclusive paranormal romance stories. After reading Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Romance Anthology, I was ready to dive into another collection of seasonal steaminess. I read three of the eight entries: How to Capture a Demon’s Heart by Graceley Knox and D.D. Miers, A Demon’s Plaything by Amelia Hutchins, and A Damsel and a Demigod (The Guild Codex: Spellbound) by Annette Marie. I’m totally buying into the anthology format for its teasers of favourite series and introductions to new-to-me authors. Such Violent Delights led me to one of my new favourite writers, S.L. Jennings.
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Admittedly, I chose these three stories as I’m familiar with these authors and I was short on time. I’ve recently rediscovered D.D. Miers. I enjoy her writing style both alone and paired with Knox. How to Capture a Demon’s heart is a charming, magical story that had me riveted from start to finish. I cannot resist an Amelia Hutchins release and Demon’s Plaything, a story set in the Fae Chronicles universe, checks all the boxes. Finally, A Damsel and a Demigod is another sweet story rife with action and adventure. Annette Marie’s Guild Codex series is one I’ve started to follow.

I plan to read a few more entries, at least, in this anthology. In fact, I think I just made my Valentine’s plans ;) If you’re looking for a little romance this Valentine’s Day, but aren’t ready to fully commit, try this Love Potion. You
 may find your new book boyfriend. This Love Potion is a steal at only $1 for kindle, plus, since it’s a charity anthology, you’ll be spreading the love. 

Five Sheep




Bianca Greenwood


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Excerpt: Battle of the Bulge (The OHellNO Series Book 4) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff + giveaway


Today we have the release day blitz of Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE! Check out this fun new romance and grab your copy today! 

February 14, 2019
189 pages
Genre: Romance
From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy. “Chicks can’t be bodyguards. Especially hot chicks.” MY NAME IS MITCH HOFER. I’m a world-famous swimmer from Australia, best known for three things: my gold medals, my looks, and filling out a swimsuit with my…eh-hem–bulky equipment. Let’s just say there’s a reason my nickname is “The Bulge.” But beyond the fame, sponsors, and glory, there’s more to me than people know, including one hell of a mess I’ve gotten mixed up in. Life or death stuff, so bring in the professionals. Just don’t give me a chick bodyguard. Especially a young hot one who hates my guts. MY NAME IS ABI CARTER, and I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk. Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice–guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might strangle him myself. 



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If you could pick one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

Optimist?

Extrovert?

Driven or feisty?

If you’d asked me a few years ago, I would have said shy. Seriously, turtles had nothin’ on me. I was the girl in school who always pushed her hair down around her face, sat in the back of the classroom, and rarely raised her hand. I never would’ve described myself as brave. Or deadly.

Of course, I’m all grown up now, nearly twenty-two, and I can’t afford to be that girl anymore. Especially because I need money. A lot of it. Which is why I’m standing in the slushy mud after hiking seven hours in the freezing Alaskan snow while carrying a fifty-pound pack filled with survival gear. This is the world’s toughest job interview, but if I pass, I’ll make three times what I could anywhere else.

A projectile whizzes past my ear, and I plunge headfirst into a thick pile of snow between two towering pines. Jesus! Who am I kidding? I’m no GI Abi! I’m a certified geekoid. President of the Star Trek Uhura Club, avid romance-book lover, cowbell player in my university’s beginners’ band, and the founder of Business is Sexy enthusiast group who promotes business and finance majors among the women’s clubs on campus. All these groups are new endeavors for me—my way of trying to be more social—so I can learn to love new things.

Okay. Most new things. This bodyguard bootcamp? Possibly a huge mistake.

Of course, I’m not na├»ve. I know that life rarely turns out the way people expect. When my father died of a heart attack about six years ago, I never imagined how much I’d miss him. Suddenly, this man who used to drive me crazy with his lectures about grabbing the bull by the horns became the one person no man could ever compare to. Losing him made me see how special he was and how lucky we were to have him—something my mother knew for years.

After he died, her life began falling apart. Not because she wallowed or felt sorry for herself. Not even. She is a pillar of strength, both as a human being and as the owner of an interior design company. Her misfortunes have all been a series of random events—some horrible client who spent one hundred K on custom furniture and design work then decided to sue for his money back because his new girlfriend didn’t like the style. That same week, there was a flood in her warehouse and her insurance company went under. Fabrics, curtains, pillows, and her entire house-staging inventory for the realtor clients. Gone. It’s been one disaster after another, but she still manages to keep a high chin and a wide smile.

Honestly, her can-do attitude is what inspired me to apply for a job as a bodyguard. I’m fighting for a chance to get our mortgage back to square, pay for my final semester of college, and keep her interior design business from tanking. If I’m lucky, I’ll run my own business someday, too.

I remove my dirty white parka, toss it to the snow-covered ground, and press my back to a wide tree trunk. I’m frozen to the bone, but my camo thermal shirt will blend in better with the bark.

One more kill, Abi. Just one more, and this will all be over. No, I’m not really going to kill anyone. But I do have to tag one more trainer with my airsoft rifle. Otherwise, I fail bootcamp. I’m all out of ammo, so after this last pellet, it’s game over.

“You got this, girl,” I whisper to myself, ignoring the aches in my back, legs, and arms from crouching and crawling over rocks and frozen branches.

I hear my target’s soft footsteps crunching through the freshly fallen snow. This is it. Steady. Keep calm…I wrap my frozen pink finger around the trigger and hold my breath. You got this, Abi. You got this.

Suddenly, I hear more footsteps approaching to my left. And to my right! They’ve been tracking me all day, and now I’m surrounded.

Just like I’d hoped. Because sometimes life hands you lemons. And other times it hands you grenades.

I smile, reach into my pocket, and grab my pellet bomb. Abi’s graduating today, boys!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Excerpt: The Pirate's Jewel: Pirates of Britannia Connected World by Ruth A. Casie + giveaway

The Pirate's Jewel: Pirates of Britannia Connected World
by Ruth A. Casie
February 12, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance, Pirates, Medieval Romance
Publisher: DragonMedia Publishing
Deception and family honor are at stake and her heart as well.

Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.

Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.

When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?


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Wesley got a good look. Justin. The man’s clothes were stained, his hair greasy. His sunken eyes were threaded with scarlet so densely they appeared pink.

“Look who’s here. The witch.” Justin said.

Darla didn’t move. She didn’t flinch.

Curses fell from Wesley’s lips as he raced forward.

“Come on. Leave her alone.” Justin’s friend pulled on his arm, but Justin wiggled out of his hold.

“Are you afraid of a little spell? I tell you all we need is a bit of her blood, dab it around the boat, and we’ll be protected. You can’t back down now. You hold her. Justin took out his knife and waved it at her.

“As above so below. As within so without,” Darla chanted her hands raised and fingers stretched toward them. “Let me see, how to finish the curse. I can make you into toads. No, that won’t do. You’d give the little creatures a bad name. Something more particular to you.”

The two men grew paler by the minute.

“Ah yes. I can make your ballocks fall off. Of course, I’m not proficient with this spell, so you’ll never know when it will happen, when you bathe, relieve yourself, or other more intimate moments.”

A well-practiced evil grin spread across her face that left no doubt she enjoyed the torment she inflicted. She stretched her arms and flexed her fingers reaching toward the two men.

“Yes, that will do.”

Justin’s friend took off running down the lane. Darla lowered her arms.

“Oh, what a pity he’s gone. The curse is specifically for two people.” Her brow wrinkled. “Ah, but I’m sure I can refocus it all on you.”

Darla raised her hands again. This time she pointed at Justin’s crotch. Her expression intense.

The drunk squirmed. His eyes lit with fear. Slowly, he lowered his knife.

Wesley took advantage of the man’s preoccupation and worked his way behind him. As soon as he was in place he tapped the drunk on the shoulder.

Justin gave a small yelp. When he turned, Wesley threw a right fist across his chin and laid him flat. Satisfied the man was out, he marched over to Darla and grabbed her hand.

“Where are you going? What were you thinking? And what is this nonsense about casting a spell?”

“You sound like my father. In what order do you want me to answer those questions?”

Her angry tone startled him. Did she think she could stop Justin’s attack with words?

“What I do is none of your concern.” She turned to move on.

Wesley caught her elbow and hauled her around to face him. She stared at him and said nothing. He didn’t move. He could be just as obstinate.

“He thought I was a witch so I obliged him.” She shook her hand free and stormed away.

“One minute, I’m not done.” He caught up with her.

“Ballock,” Wesley’s voice was low. “What do you know about, about ballocks?”

She stopped so abruptly he bumped into her.

“It’s a man’s most valued possession. Threatening that would make him reconsider his actions.”

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Sheep Book Review: Ensnared: An Eternal Guardians Novella by Elisabeth Naughton


by Elisabeth Naughton
February 12, 2019
125 pages
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton comes a new story in her Eternal Guardians series…

RYDER–Mysterious, powerful, every woman’s fantasy come true.
For thousands of years, Ryder has reveled in his role as an immortal messenger—a dream weaver sent to seduce and manipulate. Until he’s ordered to deceive a fantasy of his own.


Zakara, the daughter of one of the mightiest Eternal Guardians, is his perfect woman. But she’s impervious to Ryder’s advances. Each attempt to sway her to his will pushes him deeper into a dreamscape she seems to be controlling. To survive, Ryder will need to find a way to master his sexy new prey. Because if he can’t, he risks forever condemning himself and the woman he’s grown to love to a never-ending nightmare drawn straight from the twisted depths of hell.


I'm really frelin enjoying these installments of the 1001 Dark Nights. You get just enough story to taste the flavor of each authors characters and sample on the world created. Plus, you will know right away if you love or hate something. Which so far I have not hated any of these novellas. 

Ensnared is a fantastic reminder of this fun fact! Hot as Hell Ryder is one damn fine dreamboat. And I mean of that last sentence quite literally! He's yummy, just no other way around that. Add to this delicious male the electric chemistry that Zakara brings and this book was almost too hot to handle. 

Enjoyed from start to finish, I look forward to diving into this series and reading more from this very exciting author. 

Getting 4 and 1/2 Sheep





KD

   

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Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time. “Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories. “My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”


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