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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12 ) by Faith Hunter

Look at this beautiful cover! The twelth book in the Jane Yellowrock series. I know what you are thinking...that looks familiar. It should...'s a color/image mirror of Cold Reign!
Release Date: May 1, 2018
384 pages
Publisher: Ace - Penguin Group
Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker, and as the chief enforcer for the Master of the city of New Orleans, she's the woman that rogue vampires fear most. But now a blood challenge has been issued to Leo by the ancient emperor of vampires, and Jane must stand and fight.
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by Faith Hunter
May 22, 2009
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...

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About the Author:
Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact (The Barons #1)
by Santino Hassell
August 15th 2017
by InterMix
The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over.

I don't read many sport romances, but this one caught my eye for two reasons. It is a gay romance and published by InterMix (Penguin Publishing Imprint). I am happy that lgbt romances are getting the recognition they deserve and published by traditional publishers. Lgbt representation has a long way to go, but this is another step in the right direction. Penguin has published many other lgbt books too.

Back to Illegal Contact. Santino Hassell is a new-to-me author. The whole jock in closet/out nerd gay romance thing has been done to death and the plots are cliché. But this one took a different route. The characters are professional adults. The jock, Gavin, is an NFL football player, kind of a jerk and bi. The nerd, Noah, is unemployed, drowning in college loans debt, living with his father who just got laid off, soft-hearted but no push-over, and openly gay.

Circumstances bring the two together. This is also and enemies to lover’s story and a boss/employee story. They are both physically attracted to each other, but refuse to act on it because they have stereotyped each other. They story's heart is in how they verbally spar and slowly learn more about each other, eventually fall in love...the author doesn't ignore the reality of Gavin's NFL career and the affect is has on this new relationship.

Near the beginning of the story I thought about putting the book down because of the cliché elements, but I really liked Noah and sympathized with Gavin's situation. Illegal Contact is written in first person POV from both characters. Once invested in them I had to know how this would work out. There is very emotional chapter that had my heart breaking for both of them.

Illegal Contact is a quick and satisfying mainstream mm romance read.

4 "tackle me" Sheep

About the Author:
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Cover Reveal: Ghost (Paranormal Dating Agency Kindle World Novella) by Grace Miller

Everyone knows monsters lurk in shadows.

Nala Drakki is a dark fairy shifter with a sinister past. After witnessing her mother’s murder, she barely escaped to earth with her own life. As the displaced queen of Icyerian, she’s committed to avoiding a repeat of family history. Wanting no part of ruling her people, she’s content with her ordinary life as a glassmaker. With a malevolent past haunting her present, she’s dubious of the matchmaker her alpha hires to aid the Phoenix pack.

Sometimes they hide in plain sight.

Kairo “Ghost” Snarl is alpha of the Grim Riders MC. Starring as the fabled monster in bedtime stories he has no regrets killing shifters who merit a death sentence. That is, no regrets until he’s put on Nala’s scent. Discovering his mate is supposed to be his next target doesn’t just surprise him, but it also means meting out justice isn’t always balanced.

Bedlam is the monster of all evils…

A corpse left on his mate’s front door and a rebellious teenager might ruin his chances of acquiring the one thing he never thought he could have… a mate. With danger lurking from the most unlikely direction, they must learn to trust one another or lose a once in a lifetime chance at happiness.
…and its influence can rarely be denied.

About the Author:
Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Author Kerry Adrienne spills the T (Taming the Lion - Shifter Wars #3) + giveaway

Here’s the Truth:

While writing the Shifter Wars series, I drew on knowledge about national parks from growing up in Asheville, NC, which is surrounded by parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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I miss the mountains (I don’t live in Asheville anymore) and writing about a national park (Deep Creek, a made-up one), I’ve been able to revisit some of the locations I enjoyed as a child. The waterfalls, trails, mountain meadow tops, and dense trees of Deep Creek are all inspired from the area around Asheville. If you’ve been to the area, you know just how beautiful it is. In twenty minutes, you can be far away from the town and deep in the back woods if you want. Or you can travel the well-known Blue Ridge Parkway and see the mountains from another vantage point.

Looking Glass Falls, Clingman’s Dome, Pisgah National Forest—all went into Deep Creek.

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And bears! I remember the first time I saw a bear in the mountains. The bears of NC are small and dark and don’t look like the big scary bears in Alaska or other places. Still, they were the starting point for characters like Griff, Derek, and Powell. I always looked for mountain lions, especially at dusk, but I only remember seeing one. Even as a child, it looked small to me. I’ve taken the animals from my childhood and made them bigger and alpha.

Caves! While NC doesn’t offer the same amount of caves (that we know of) as Kentucky or West Virginia, we do have caves. Linville Caverns made a big impression on me. Tiny bats hang from the rock and sightless fish swim in the creek that runs through the inside of the mountain. The cave was used as a hideout in the Civil War and probably used well before then. Daniel Boone might have even been inside.

The most exciting thing about the cave—well, the part that made the biggest impression—was when we were deep in the mountain and the guide turned off the light. Such darkness! So dark you could feel it and hear it and even taste it. It was uncanny. If you ever get the chance to go spelunking, do try it! It’s really an amazing experience to go inside a mountain. The cave system in Deep Creek is larger with larger rooms and even a lake. I enjoy writing caves and have used them to some extent in several books.

Thanks for having me! I enjoyed telling some truths about the real Deep Creek.

Pack bonds are tested in the Shifter Wars as the lion heir must choose between his legacy and his mate.

Taming the Lion (Shifter Wars Book 3)
by Kerry Adrienne
August 14, 2017 

Genre: Paranormal Romance
352 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
For Marco, heir to the lions' throne, seizing control of the Cave of Whispers from the bear clan is more than just a quest—it's fulfilling the legacy of his breed. But the latest crusade has left Marco gravely wounded in enemy territory and in the hands of Alicia, healer for the bears. An irresistibly sensuous adversary, Alicia presents a serious problem. She carries the scent of a mate.

Drawn to this dominant master of his den, Alicia knows her allegiance has been compromised. His brooding sexuality is testing her defenses, but falling in love with Marco means falling in league with a rival shifter. And turning her back on the bears in a time of war is a lethal move.

Two breeds united by destiny could inspire a peaceful new future for their opposing clans—or ignite the fiercest battle yet and destroy all of Deep Creek forever.

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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne is repped by Marisa Corvisiero at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Kerry writes in many sub-genres of romance including paranormal, science fiction, erotic, m/m, time travel, and many more.

She loves history, science, music, and art and is the mom to three daughters, many cats, and various other small animals. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere. In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Series Cover Reveal: The Shadows Trilogy by ClareMarie

by ClareMarie
November 10, 2016
473 pages
Imagine living in a world where there are more than humans – a society where Paranormals co-exist with us, and a corrupt government kidnaps them so they can study their immortality and powers.

Where would you go?

Imagine thinking you were human all your life, then find out you’re not, and if the government discovers you, you’ll become the most desired paranormal test subject to ever live.

Where would you hide?

In 2050, our world was divided into four species - Humans, Paranormals, Descendants, and Mutated Humans. Ava James thinks she's human, but finds out she's not… and in more danger than she ever could have realized.

Her days just got a whole lot busier.

"You need to learn to protect yourself. You need to know the dangers of what you are, but also the strength of who you are."
All set in year 3000

Into The Skies 
(The Shadows Trilogy 0.5)
by ClareMarie
Fall 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
A prequel for the Novel Into The Shadows by author ClareMarie.

You know my future daughter’s story. Now, here’s mine. My name is Ariana Dale, and I’ve been keeping a secret.

A past is revealed.

It all started when I was a sixteen-year-old student at the Paranormal Sky Academy (PSA). I got a glimpse of the year 3000, and now, I must protect my daughter from it. Luckily, I prepared for this very moment.

A truth is discovered.

A new paranormal species is to be created, thanks to be my beautiful girl. Unbeknownst to her, there are many who want to prevent that from happening. My quest to save her reveals an alarming connection.

A danger is coming.

Paths will be forged. Lines will be crossed. Destiny will be set in motion. Scroll up to read why The Skies came before The Shadows and how that will change the future.

“We are known as Paranormals to the world, but we were previously called The Gifted.”

All set in year 2065.
The complete series:

About the Author:
Website-FB-Twitter Paranormal and Contemporary Romance Author. The Author of The Shadows Trilogy & The Rockstar Alliance, & More.

Message from ClareMarie
"I love to write books and create song lyrics. I enjoy reading. I'm inspired by music, oh and I'm a Libra too.”

ClareMarie's publication of The Shadows Trilogy has just begun. This is expected to be an anticipated work as it brings in a new voice to the world of fantasy literature. The books are being presented by an exciting new figure that will entertain all sorts of people who are interested in surprising stories of all kinds.

ClareMarie released her debut novel on November 10, 2016. Her second book will soon follow. Each book is more than four hundred pages of surprising and intense romantic interludes.

ClareMarie's first novel, Into The Shadows, is a series that takes place far off in the future, specifically in the year 3000. The story is about a group of people known as Paranormals who live among other humans. These are people who are immortal and have many amazing superhuman powers. While these people want to live their lives in peace, a government has abducted them in the hopes of studying these people and reviewing more about their powers and what makes them unique.

The story focuses on Ava James, a woman who was raised to believe all her life that she is human. But soon she discovers that she is not a human but rather a Paranormal. This leads her into a tailspin as she has to find a way to survive amid the pressures that are being imposed onto her.

ClareMarie has expressed a very strong interest in writing over the years and that interest clearly shows in her work on this book. She is a native of England who currently resides in Galway, Ireland and has been writing since she was around fourteen years of age. She started out as a songwriter and eventually built more of a passion for writing.

The Shadows Trilogy is her first endeavor into the world of literature. She is excited to share her amazing voice with the world.

ClareMarie does not show any real signs of slowing down either. She will be releasing another series of books, The Rockstar Alliance Series, in the near future. Until then, people will have The Shadows Trilogy to check out when looking for entertaining paranormal and romantic stories that take them to different worlds.
ClareMarie's books can be found at most retailers and all information can be found at her website.