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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Excerpt: Fire Wolf (Fire & Reign, #1) by H. Danielle Crabtree + giveaway

Fire Wolf (Fire & Reign, #1)
by H. Danielle Crabtree
May 21st 2019

308 pagesGenres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Since the fall of the royal house, the four kingdoms have been divided and at war, leaving many without necessities to survive. Lady Myah Leicht would do anything for her people, even risk herself—the future high lady of Nordlin—to join her friends to raid supply convoys and storehouses belonging to the enemy army against her uncle and his council’s wishes.

Garrett wants nothing more than to be done with the Osten Elite Guard, but his position as master keeps him close to the queen and close the secrets the resistance needs. But only one secret he keeps matters to the future of the four kingdoms.

And that secret could burn Myah’s world to the ground.


SNEAK PEEKS:
The wind picked up, howling through the unsheltered channel. It prickled every inch of Myah’s skin, blasting through her damp clothes. A chill raced up her spine when the gust died.
It was not the wind marking her end, but the cries of the wolves.
Myah would die to their song.



“I find you baffling.”
He laughed quietly. “I get that a lot.”
“If you don’t want to blackmail me, then what do you want?” she pushed.
He leaned forward as if to get a better look at her in the moonlight. “To test a theory.”
“And what is your conclusion?” She was curious now, much less afraid, although still untrusting.
“Undetermined …”



Garrett’s breaths were becoming ragged. His blood, warm and hot and sticky, dripped down his chest. He could feel the moisture on his skin. He blocked a swing aiming for his head, and then took a knife to his left side. It was shallow, but his muscles knotted. He stumbled backward, lost his footing as he slipped in the snow, and went down hard on his side.

When he looked up, the man’s arms were raised over his head, the blade angled to drive it through Garrett’s chest. His breath caught.


About the Author:
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H. Danielle Crabtree graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004 with a professional journalism degree and worked in journalism as a writer and editor in Oregon and Arizona. She started freelancing as an editor in 2011.
Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies, and she wrote with the G10 Writers group. Her first book with the group was published in 2011.
She lives in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley with her two dogs. Outside her career in health care and her passion for writing, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and dog training, and she is pursuing a master's degree in public health at Oregon State University.


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Monday, May 20, 2019

Spotlight: Art of Death (Curse Breakers, #1) by Becca Vincenza


I Smell Sheep will have a review of Art of Death coming soon!

Art of Death (Curse Breakers, #1)
by Becca Vincenza
September 4th 2018
292 pages
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
What if a single act of rebellion had the power to change your fate?

Rowan and Abel Hayes’ birth ended a centuries-old family curse, but being a curse breaker has its drawbacks. Now they live a life full of rules.

When Rowan breaks a rule, she sets a powerful chain of events into motion that she never could’ve imagined. Abel is kidnapped, and it’s up to Rowan to save her twin. Can she rely on the aid of an old friend who once betrayed her? Or will new enemies prove too strong for her to handle?

(New Adult, contains language and sexual content. 18+)


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Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has a love for Skittles, rainbows, Star Wars, and reading about hot men. When she’s not wearing her author hat, she’s working to pay off her student loans for her recently acquired English degree.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

What's coming to Action Lab Entertainment & Danger Zone in July

I love Action Lab Entertainment and Action Lab: Danger Zone comics. They have something for everyone and many LBGT inclusive series. Action Lab titles are for all ages and Danger Zone is their mature comic line.


COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #5
Writer(s): Massimo Rosi
Artist Name(s): Ludovica Ceregatti (Pencils), Renato Stevanato (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Ludovica Ceregatti
The honor of the samurai is like a stone. None seems to win the siege: the Emperor’s army is marching south to help Black-Spit destroy the Shogun fortress. Black-Spit tries something suspicious: a meeting with Swollen-Cheeks to make them surrender. But something bad is happening behind the Black-Spit's intentions.
32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
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MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR:
SEASON TWO – TEAR OF JOY

Writer(s): Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Wilfried Pain, Mélanie Duval, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Fred Lenoir, Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Cheryl Black
Cover Artist(s): Cheryl Black
Adapted for comics by: Cheryl Black, Nicole D’Andria & Bryan Seaton
The second season of MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR is collected here! This TPB features the episodes “Zombizou” and “Syren.” In “Zombizou,” Marinette creates a lovely gift for her teacher, Miss Bustier, but then Chloé goes and ruins it! Distraught, Marinette is targeted by Hawk Moth, but Miss Bustier isn’t about to let her student get akumatized! In “Syren,” Marinette’s classmate Kim is oblivious to his swim mate Ondine’s feelings for him. Hawk Moth akumatizes Ondine into Syren, who plans on making all of Paris an underwater kingdom for him. Having troubles under the sea, Ladybug and Cat Noir may just have to use brand new powers in order to beat this latest villain!
SPOTS ON, CLAWS OUT!

128 pgs./ E / FC $8.99
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PRINCELESS VOLUME 8: PRINCESSES
Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts, Newt Taber, Takeia Marie, Robin Kaplan, Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin, Brett Grunig
You’ve been there from the beginning for the story of one princess and her long quest to save her sisters, but how much do you really know about those sisters? They’re the breakout characters of each volume, but then we sweep off on our dragon to find the next one.

Now Princeless proudly presents the return of the rest of the Princesses of the Ashe family in four stories all their own. Alize tells the story of how she came to be under the care of the Sphinx and met a very special prince. Angelica learns a little something about what she loves (other than herself). Angoisse and her spooky monster pet The Grimmorax find a new calling. And Andrea and Antonia try to find a way to use their magic for good – if they can get out of each other’s way. All this and a special bonus story about politics in the goblin kingdom! Come see the world of Princeless from perspectives you’ve never seen before.

128 pgs./ E / FC $14.99
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RAVEN THE PIRATE PRINCESS BOOK SEVEN: DATE NIGHT
Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Xenia Pamfil, Christine Hipp, Lexillo
Cover Artist(s): Sorah Suhng, Eddy Swan
The defeat of Magpie and sacking of the Golden Fortress took a lot out of our crew. They’re back at sea and on their way to find Crow, Raven’s other brother, but first…they deserve a chance to treat themselves!

On a small island, hidden behind a waterfall, is a hidden neutral city where any pirate can come to enjoy themselves and leave the trouble of the sea behind. And for our crew that means one thing: Date Night. Join us as Raven and her crew leave behind action and adventure for four issues and our comic becomes a romance comic. Date Night is everything you’ve wanted and it’s finally here!

128 pgs./ T / FC $14.99
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SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON #3
Writer(s): Jeanine-Jonee
Artist Name(s): Jeanine-Jonee (Pencils, inks, color), Kyle P. Holland (Additional colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jeanine-Jonee
Seafoam follows the adventures of Madison, a spunky 9-year-old girl who is granted passage to a beach full of mystical and nautical themed creatures after helping a beached narwhal. There she befriends a stand-offish boy she calls Blue, who has a few secrets of his own. During this adventure Madison becomes the lucky charm for a jinx as she risks her own safety to save him from the ornery island natives.
32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
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VAMPLETS: THE UNDEAD PET SOCIETY TPB
Writer(s): Gayle Middleton, Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amanda Coronado, Dave Dwonch, Anna Lencioni, Penny Gaylord
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado
A collected edition of "The Undead Pet Society" stories. The Vamplets are baby vampyres always up to mischief! In "Legend of the Ghost Pony," the mysteries of the Ghost Pony are revealed, including the Ghost Pony's connection to a vampyre baby named Lily Rose Shadowlyn. In "Beware the Bitemares," the Vamplets pet Bitemares are released all over Gloomvania, causing chaos! The secret connection between the Bitemares and Cinder the Vampyre Kitten is also explored. And in "Scary Rottens," someone is capturing the different Ghost Pony’s all over Gloomvania! Who will solve the mystery?
Enjoy all these secret connections unveiled and lots of chaos
in this VAMPLETS collection.
96 pgs./ E / FC $9.99
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HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA VOL. 1: HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers, Dexter Weeks
Cover Artist(s): Jack Ciolli
While searching for Amelia Earhart, famed inventor Nikola Tesla is forced to work with reclusive horror writer H.P. Lovecraft as they race against a conspiracy of Cthulhu cultists for an extant copy of the original Necronomicon. Collects Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla #1-3.
96 pgs./ T / FC $11.99
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PRINCELESS VOLUME 1: SAVE YOURSELF
Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): M Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): M Goodwin
Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands!
128 pgs./ E / FC $11.99
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RAVEN THE PIRATE PRINCESS BOOK 1:
CAPTAIN RAVEN AND THE ALL-GIRL PIRATE CREW

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Fresh off her adventures in the pages of Princeless, Raven is ready to set out on her quest for revenge against her brothers. They've stolen everything that should be hers and now she's going to get it back. But first, she needs a crew. Share the laughs, action, and adventure as Raven assembles the fearless crew of awesome ladies who will help her get her revenge.
128 pgs./ A / FC $14.99
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VAMPLETS BOOK 1: THE NIGHTMARE NURSERY
Writer(s): Gayle Middleton, Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amanda Coronado, Bill Blankenship
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado, Bill Blankenship
Teenager Destiny Harper is at a crossroad in her life. Graduation is coming, and she has zero prospects for the future. Answering an ad for "The Night Care Nursery" seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of "The Nightmare Nursery" and return home?
48 pgs./ E / FC $15.99


ABERRANT SEASON 2 TPB
Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed first season! A U.S. Army Special Operations Commander must team with the man he hates most in this world – a wildly eccentric, usually very drunken, former superhero – to bring down the renegade General responsible for the deaths of his unit.
160 pgs./ M / FC $14.99
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BANJAX #2
Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Fábio Alves (Artist), Edson Ferreira (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Fábio Alves (Artist), Edson Ferreira (Colorist)
***Same artists for both the regular and variant covers.
CHAPTER 2: WHERE’S OUR HERO? When cancer-ridden former superhero Laird Mason launches a violent and misguided Death Wish-like campaign to purge the city of supervillains before he dies, his straight-laced protégé, Abel Raines, is tasked with bringing him in. The problem? Raines isn’t remotely up to the task. A story presented exclusively from the maniacally twisted point of view of a man who hasn’t slept in over seven days.
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99
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NULL FAERIES VOLUME 1: DUST PILOT DOWN
Writer(s): Chad Cicconi
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (pencils, inks), Federico Sioc, Jr. (colors), Adam Wollet (letters)
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi
Our tale begins with Ionantha Hesperis, a faerie felled by a cursed blade and stripped of her powers. But when the queen’s pixie dust shipment is hijacked, Ionantha is called in to solve the case of the century! This deluxe collection includes the complete first story of the Null Faeries. Featuring a mature, intelligent female protagonist, this story will resonate with fans of high fantasy, sword and sorcery, faerie tales, and action adventure.
184 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99
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SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #4
Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Cover A), Maan House (Cover B), Joe Mulvey (Cover C)
Clawing back from defeat, Spencer and Locke make their final stand against the merciless Roach Riley. Can these unlikely partners overcome their inner demons long enough to stop this reign of terror? Or will Roach have the last laugh after all? Find out in this thrilling conclusion!
24 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
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VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #4
Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover A – Winston Young Regular Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Winston Young Risqué Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Danielle Gransaull Artist Variant (limited to 1000)
Cover D – Danielle Gransaull Artist Risqué (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Brao Classic Variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Brao Classic Risqué (limited to 1500)
Now that Katie’s not only trapped in the 90s, she’s also stuck in the head of her alternate self!! Can the two Katie’s sync up enough to wield the Vampblades against the latest Glarkian space vampire threat??
Features 3 regular and risqué variants.
24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99
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VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #3
Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist Name: Jason Muhr
Cover A – Jason Muhr
Cover B – Gregery Miller
Nate Willner makes a lot of mistakes in his life, like hunting and cooking dinosaurs from another dimension. But one of the biggest blunders he’s ever made is taking his best friend, Starlee, for granted. This issue, she confronts him about that. Plus, Captain Jim makes a plan for taking down Owen.
Featuring a “Saurian Science” variant cover by Gregery Miller (The Tales of Reverie)Limited to 250 copies!

24 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
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ZOMBIE TRAMP #62
Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marco Maccagni Regular Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Marco Maccagni Risqué Cover (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Richard Garcia Artist Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Richard Garcia Artist Risqué variant (limited to 2500)
Cover E – David Harrigan Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover F – David Harrigan Risqué variant (limited to 2500)
In Norway, the forces chasing Angel collide as her powers continue to be her biggest asset, but also her greatest danger. With everyone wanting a piece of her newfound abilities, she must decide not only her next step but possibly her fate altogether--as the Necrophilia Club makes their true intentions known!
Features 3 regular and risqué variants, from fan favorite series artists!!
24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sheep Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
May 17, 2019 (USA)
Director: Chad Stahelski
Based on: Characters; by Derek Kolstad
Production company: Thunder Road Pictures
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick
After gunning down a member of the High Table -- the shadowy international assassin's guild -- legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization's protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world's most ruthless killers.


Went to see John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum with my husband and 18-year-old daughter. We've all seen the first two so going to see it was a no-brainer. If you've loved the first two then you don't want to miss this one. Each film has upped the action and violence and the pattern continues.

John Wick 3 has a crazy number of fight scenes! I mean CRAZY. Whoever choreographed the fighting deserves a flocking award. They were creative and fun.

The film has more humor then the first two. I was cringing and laughing at the same time. There were a couple of places where the movie lagged so I deducted half a sheep.

The best part, it ends with the promise of a John Wick Chapter 4!
If you enjoyed the first two then this is a must see. I suggest IMAX. There are multiple city-scape shots at night that are breathtakingly beautiful.

My whole family gives it 4.5 "consequences" Sheep






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Excerpt: Taken by the Phantom (The Phantom of the Academy, #1) by Isabella King + giveaway



Taken by the Phantom (The Phantom of the Academy, #1)
by Isabella King
May 16th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
I’ve never felt at home at Juilliard. My stage fright always makes me choke when I’m under the spotlight, to my classmates’ delight. But when I’m dragged into a new world, to a new school—where singing is more than a talent, it’s magic—I can’t hide my voice anymore. This new power is tempting, but terrifying forces swirl around the kingdom of Cantus. Missing girls, rivals at my new academy, Rebels, demons slaying people in the street—and it all leads back to him. The mysterious, powerful Phantom, who lurks beneath the opera school and demands he be my teacher—a demand which soon grows into something deeper, darker. But if I want to survive this place, or have any hope of going home, I may have no choice but to give in to him… and all he desires.

EXCERPT:
I appraise the Phantom of the Opera in shadow and light. For an eternity, he says nothing. Neither do I. There is no barrier between us, yet I can’t make myself move. I’m porcelain shot through with fissures—if he touches me I’ll shatter.

What if I want to?

Finally, he speaks. “Prima Donna.”

I stare at him. His one visible eye is dark, almost black. Set in his white face, against the pale of his mask, it is stark. Of course he is rendered in extremes. For the first time since our encounter here, he is less clothed than I am. He wears a white dress shirt, loose and open. He has a lovely body, finer even than it felt when pressed against mine. He’s more muscular than his tailored suits and sweeping cloaks would lead one to believe, with a sculpted chest, clear lines chiseled across his abdomen.

It’s then that I realize he is also young, probably only a few years older than me. If he were from my world, he might still be a student. He might go to Juilliard; an upperclassman who might tutor me or play me opposite in a musical.

Of course, in my world he probably wouldn’t wear a mask or live beneath an opera house.

He wouldn’t kill.

“I am not the Prima Donna,” I finally answer. My voice trembles, and I kick myself internally for showing even one crack in my facade. Still, neither of us have moved. I can see the hard plane of his stomach ripple when he breathes; his jaw is set, and a muscle ticks there. His hands are closed into tight fists. But he doesn’t move.

Why?

“Not yet.” At last: a step. I force myself not to retreat. “But after I am through with you…”

Through with me? Heat licks up the back of my neck. I’m grateful for the darkness. What would he make of me blushing? What do I make of me blushing? “Through with me?”

Another step. He’s framed in the doorway: a beautiful, horrifying portrait. Oils and lust and treachery all painted in broad strokes. “With my teaching.”

I bark out a laugh. “You’re not serious.”

He takes another step. We are toe to toe, and it takes everything in me not to run screaming through the Hall of Mirrors. I’m such an idiot. What was I thinking, coming down here? Staying when Charlotte left? Singing for him?

The Phantom looks down his nose at me, lips parted. “Deadly so.”

I snort. Narrow my eyes. “Oh,” I say, “so you’re funny now?”

“I have always been in possession of quite a sense of humor, Krissy Davis.”

“Even while you killed them?”

He cocks his head, eyes flaring. I’ve pissed him off. Good.

He lifts his hand, no longer gloved, but bare and plain as any man’s. Not monstrous at all. My knees shake, and I hope he doesn’t see. He touches his fingers to my jaw, tender as he might a kitten’s belly.

“Especially,” he murmurs, his eyes on my mouth, “while I killed them.”

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My short stories and articles have been traditionally published (under another name) but Amazon has given me the chance to venture into wildly different genres and my most recent titles have involved spanking and D/s relationships. My heroines are strong willed, intelligent women who battle against their need to submit to the dominant men in their lives. My stories are complex and filled with angst, turmoil and agonizing twists of fate but a̶l̶w̶a̶y̶s̶ almost always have a happy ending.

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