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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Singer of Death: Court of the Banished book 2 (Court of Annwyn 5) by Shona Husk

Singer of Death: Court of the Banished book 2 (Court of Annwyn 5)
by Shona Husk
Published June 23rd 2015
Seductive…

An acid attack left Bronwyn scarred, but when she sings she is beautiful again. Her voice is hypnotic and powerful. For those moments she has control, no one can hurt her and no one is immune. Or so she thought.

Dangerous…

Jonah Sheppard is a thief on the run. When he meets Bronwyn his life begins to make sense. He isn’t human. He is a changeling like her. Their fairy blood has given them magic and he thinks they should use it. It’s a game she wants to play.

Intoxicating…

Bronwyn knows he only wants her for her voice, but she doesn’t care. And he knows that she could do so much better than a career criminal. A fragile trust grows but when they draw the attention of human and fairy authorities everything they know is torn away.

I’ve been reading this series since the beginning. The first three books are about the fairy side of the veil called Annwyn. Starting with book #4 the series, now called The Court of the Banished, the stories are about fairies who were forced to live on the human side of the veil, and the aftermath the war in Annwyn had in the human realm. The world is recovering from an apocalyptic disease epidemic. There is a strong series arc, but the books are definitely paranormal romances. I find most straight-forward PNR silly, but these books push enough of my fae and forbidden love buttons I am willing to go with the PNR troupes.

This book is about two changelings born on the human side of the veil. Jonah doesn’t know he is a changeling and has had a hard life because people thought he was crazy for seeing “monsters.” To survive he turned to thieving. Bronwyn knows she is a changeling and all about fairies, but was encourage to never use her gift. She doesn’t even know what her gift truly is and the power she holds. She had one side of her face disfigured when an ex-boyfriend threw acid on her. When Jonah and Bronwyn meet they have serious trust issues to work through. He learns what he is and she learns what she can do, but this attracts the attention of Annwyn and using certain fae talents on the human side carries a penalty of death.

Unlike all the other books in this series, I didn’t connect with this couple. It was mainly Bronwyn I had trouble with. I think they were so wrapped up in their own internal struggles that the passion between them wasn’t as intense. The main story arc moved forward so it was worth the read for me from that perspective. And I have my fingers crossed that the next book is about Kaid, the Kelpie with a dark side, RAWR.Review: To Love a King (Court of Annwyn #3)
Review: The Darkling Lord: Court of the Banished book 1 (Annwyn Series 4)

3 “let me sing you a song” Sheep




SharonS

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Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn't looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren't afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. She is represented by the Ruben Agency.



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hog Island Sheep in American History!

A little American history involving sheep! Happy 4th of July from I Smell Sheep.
*Remember, wool and fireworks don't mix

The Hog Island Sheep in Red White and Ewe
Written by Eastern Shore resident Andrew Barbour and illustrated by artist Cameron Waff. 

The second book in the Hog Island Sheep series of children's books produced by the Barrier Islands Center, Red, White and Ewe highlights the annual 4th of July picnic and baseball game on Hog Island, while also introducing the Lyle Gun used by the Life-Saving Service to rescue victims of stranded ships. The Hog Island sheep once again serve as humorous protagonists. The original paintings used to illustrate both books masterfully capture the playful mood of the story as well as the beauty of the island.
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American History lesson:
Hog Island sheep are a breed of sheep descended from animals first brought to Virginia's Hog Island in the 1700s. During the 1930s and 1940s, storm conditions forced the island's residents to evacuate, leaving some sheep behind. These sheep adapted to the environment free of human intervention, becoming feral.

The breed is preserved by various organizations because of its relevance to American history and its resemblance to historical American sheep. It also possesses some traits that have been somewhat lost in more modern breeds.-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog_Island_sheep


Hog Island is a barrier island located in Northampton County, Virginia.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Spotlight: Voices by Clarissa Johal (excerpt) + giveaway

 VOICES
by Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Cover Art: David Walker
Published by Permuted Press May 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
ASIN: B00WAH55JW
Pages: 264
Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.

Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.



Excerpt from VOICES:

“Moira?” Dr. Cassano called from the end of the hall.

She bolted for the stair exit, slipping behind the door. It closed with a quiet hiss and she leaned against it, listening. Moira’s heart pounded in her chest with a force that made her head hurt.

“He’s going to drag you back into his office,” Jack whispered in her ear.

She nudged his presence away with her shoulder.

“You’ll never make it down all those stairs before he catches up with you.”

They were on the concrete landing of the fourth floor. Jack was right. Dr. Cassano would reach her before she made it down the first flight of stairs.

“I don’t like it when you talk to him about me,” Isabella whined.

“Of course you don’t,” Jack soothed. “Moira was being mean, wasn’t she?”

Isabella nodded, looking injured.

“Let’s play a game,” he said.

“A game, a game!” She clapped her hands, her previous mood dissolved. “Let’s play tag!” She grabbed Moira’s arm with an icy hand. “If he tags you, you’ll be it.”

“Tag, that’s perfect, Isabella,” Jack said. “I think Moira should jump. It’s the only way she’s going to get away.”

Isabella looked over the railing. An uncertain frown crossed her face.

“It’s not that far,” he said.

“It is so!” she argued.

“No. It isn’t.” Jack pressed himself against Moira. “I want to see her try and get away.”

“It’s a long way down.”

“Shut up, Isabella” he growled.

Isabella shrunk back for a second and then cocked her head, listening. “He’s coming!”

“If he drags her back to his office, no telling what he’ll do,” Jack said. “This is tag, Isabella. Moira has to get away or she’ll be it.”

Excited, Isabella ran back and forth between them and the door. “He’s coming, Moira! Jump!”

Jack backed Moira up to the railing. She glanced over her shoulder at the dizzying height of the stairwell. The railing dug into her back. The coldness of Jack’s presence seeped through her body. She could hear Dr. Cassano calling her name. Moira opened her mouth to answer him.

“Don’t,” Jack murmured.

Panicked, she tried to push past him and couldn’t.

“I can feel how scared you are.” Something bordering on hunger crept into his voice. “How scared would you be if you fell?” His presence pressed against her and she cringed. “Your heart is beating so hard, Moira. And your breath…it’s coming faster too.”

A wave of dizziness threatened to overcome her. In a fit of desperation, she pushed through Jack’s presence and stumbled. She grabbed the railing with both hands and fled down the stairs, grasping it tightly all the way down. Icy tremors reverberated throughout her core like aftershocks.


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Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.
*Member of the Horror Writers Association

THE ISLAND
Coming August 5, 2015 from Booktrope
VOICES
(May 2015) Permuted Press

STRUCK

(2014) Musa Publishing, LLC
(2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014
*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

BETWEEN
(2012) Musa Publishing, LLC
(2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

PRADEE
(2010) Clarissa Johal
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories:

PIGEONS
THE ROPE
Susurrus Literary Journal
Non-Fiction:
A WAY OF LIFE
The Sacramento Bee newspaper


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review:Angel Lover (Angel Assassins #2) by Tricia Skinner + giveaway

Angel Lover (Angel Assassins #2)
by Tricia Skinner

Release Date: 6/30/15
Genre: Paranormal Romance
268 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

There's no danger greater than falling for your enemy...
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven's tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.

Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades--enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.

For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn't just seduction. It's destruction.


Heavens assassins are not actually full angels. They are half-angels called Nephilim with powers that are bound. They feel pain when they use their power which makes no sense. Their duty is to serve heaven and take down bad guys that are fallen angels, aka renegades. You would think they would be able to use their powers to fight the bad guy’s right? Well the Nephilim are not very liked in heaven and in fact looked down upon, which is why they bind their powers to keep control of them.

Half-angel Kasdeja can’t resist when he meets Mariel who dangles freedom over his head trying to convince him that his greatest enemy has the power to free them. Does he believe her, why did she contact him what do the renegades want in return. Kasdeja would do anything for freedom, but at what price? Can he leave his brothers, his adoptive father? The only family he has ever known. The bond between his family is so strong that he is left with no choice to go into enemy territory alone. This could be his only chance to get the enemy from the inside and the possible freedom for him and his family.

Mariel is a double agent undercover in the heart of enemy territory as Heavens spy working for the renegades. Her assignment is to seduce half-breed Kasdeja to get him to join them. The problem is the assignment is turning out to be more than just seduction; she is actually falling for Kasdeja.

Mariel and Kasdeje’s attraction was instant, and a wallop to both of them. It certainly was not expected. The more they met the more the attraction grew into something either of them could no longer resist. This attraction could cause them to end up dead.

The Angel Assassin series is turning into one of my favorites. I like that the focus is not on the Angels but the half-breeds, the under dogs, the bound ones that everyone hates and who should have been killed many years prior when Heaven was wiping out all the half breeds. I was drawn in from the beginning. It was nonstop action and my favorite thus far.

I highly recommend picking up the series.

Review: Angel Kin (Angel Assassins #1)

5 Half-Angel Sheep




Tammy K

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Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy. She is a features writer for Fresh Fiction and a project manager for Short Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle.

Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated with a BA degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a Masters of Liberal Studies – Creative Writing degree from Southern Methodist University and will obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017.

Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. She is represented by Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency.

When not writing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is Team Vader. Her family includes three Great Danes (so far).




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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: Crossover (The Chosen One Trilogy: book one) by Mireille Chester

by Mireille Chester 
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: June 8, 2015
Twenty-three-year-old Hayden Carlson never led an exciting life, but that was how she preferred it. She never expected that an innocent trail ride in the woods would change her life forever.

Suddenly Hayden is pulled into a world she never knew existed and discovers a future awaits her there she isn't prepared to accept...until she meets the mysterious Jasper. Drawn to his quiet, conflicted spirit and entranced by his blue eyes, Hayden finds herself experiencing feelings she has never felt before and wondering where all this might lead.

Hayden's presence in Quelondain creates tension. Amidst constant danger, she finds true love and through it all determines where she will take her stand in the conflict her arrival ignites between good and evil.

If you love fantasy, action, and romance, Crossover-Book One in a debut Fantasy Romance trilogy by Mireille Chester-is for you.

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I’ve always loved horses and felt more comfortable around them than anybody else. I was out riding Dodge one day when I found a trail I had never seen before. I didn’t have time to explore but figured I’d go back soon. I could have sworn I saw the most gorgeous guy ever when I was there but he was gone when I blinked. I couldn’t wait to go back. When I returned my world was changed forever. 

Good debut book by Mireille Chester. Imaginative story line with many different types of characters that I haven’t seen in this fashion before which really held my interest. Some of the characters and story line could have had a bit more depth to them but all and all a good read. I will be reading the next book in the trilogy.

Getting 4 sheep






Denise B

Excerpt: 

Prologue

It’s hard to believe that at one point life had seemed dull, boring, average and uneventful. That was the way I liked it. My life was routine--one day at a time with no extra fuss. Everything I did was so uneventful that, for the most part, I didn’t even dream, or at least I didn’t have any dreams that I could remember. My days followed a simple rhythm. I got up every Monday morning, took a shower, ate breakfast, and headed to school. There, I sat and suffered for eight hours. I was in my first year of classes for veterinary medicine. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved my coursework. The reason I felt like I was suffering was because those eight hours stood between me and Dodge.


Dodge was my thirteenth birthday present. He’d been a goofy looking weanling with long legs and soft eyes. He’d stood looking up at me from his stall with a big green bow tied around his neck. He was perfect.

You see, I’d been riding since I was eight and begging for a horse since I could talk. Before he’d given me my horse, my dad had told me I had to prove to him that I was going to stick with it. That hadn’t been hard to do. I can’t begin to count the arguments we’ve had about the fact that I spend most of my free time with Dodge.

Dodge is now ten and I’m twenty-three. He has grown into a beautiful, muscular horse and I’m, well, I’m happy with life as it is. Just me and Dodge. It’s not that I’m not interested in men. I’ve had one fairly serious relationship that lasted a year and a half. At least I thought it was serious. When I think back on it now, it’s hard to believe I’d thought he was the most amazing guy. Well, he was, until I loaned him my truck for a weekend and found a very nice pair of lacy underwear that didn’t belong to me under the seat the next day. They say Canadians are sweet, polite, and will forgive anything and everything. Yeah. Apparently, I didn’t get the memo.

I’ve had a few other boyfriends, but most of them didn’t understand why I’d rather go to the barn on a Friday night instead of going to the bar. The thought of going out and being paraded around just isn’t my thing, and I’ll admit that some of it probably has to do with my personal image of myself. I don’t put myself in the “beautiful people” category.

My slightly wavy dark brown hair that falls to the middle of my back is never done. I prefer ponytails and baseball hats. I also don’t have the greatest body. At five-foot-four, I’m kind of thin and seriously lacking curves. Of course, I don’t really dress to flatter, either. My wardrobe consists of Wranglers, t- shirts, and tank tops, though I do own one dress. My dad made me buy it for my cousin’s wedding when I was seventeen. It’s been worn as little as possible since then. I think my best feature is my eyes. They’re a deep green with gold and grey specs and long eyelashes. No mascara for me. Well, no makeup, period. I always end up smearing it because I forget I’m wearing it.

You’re probably getting tired of hearing about me, but I need you to understand one thing before I get on with this story. I’ve always been a loner, that person who is never comfortable around people. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like most people, but I’ve always felt like I didn’t belong. You know, like there was something very important missing.
Then one day everything changed. It was a Friday...

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Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Mireille now resides in the beautiful prairies of Saskatchewan. Wife and mother, she spends most of her time with her three children and husband. When she is not writing stories or grooming dogs, you can find her on the lake fishing with her family.