Spotlight: Tangled Sin – Fallen Guardians’ World #5 by Georgia Lyn Hunter

I’m so psyched to spotlight the latest release in Georgia Lyn Hunter’s Fallen Guardians’ World! Love tormented heroes, kick-ass heroines, and lots of action, both in and out of the bedroom (or wherever)? Right here, these books. Aren’t the covers delicious?

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In a world of encroaching darkness and carnal hunger, a deadly sin awakens…

Bound to a legacy he cannot escape, Riley is a demon unlike any other. With each passing century, his soul grows darker until the seductive trouble-magnet, Saia Sen-Grayson, stumbles into his path and throws his entire world off kilter. But danger has a way of finding him and destroying anything worthwhile in his life.

The biggest challenge in Saia’s life is evading her matchmaking socialite mother. Then she crashes into the sexiest man in her aunt’s building. One look into his striking green eyes and her fleeing days skid to a halt, except she gets more than she bargains in the sexy, tattooed bartender.

And neither can deny the burning attraction between them.

When his tainted past closes in on him, Riley’s forced to make the toughest decision ever to keep her safe. Then Saia is hauled by a deadly adversary into his dark and treacherous world of Stygia—a place of old betrayals. Now Riley must face his past and accept his future in order to save the woman who belongs to him. And nothing will stop him from claiming her, least of all Saia herself.

But danger comes in many forms and the one least expected might be the sin that seals their fates once and for all…

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Excerpt

A HEAD’S UP TO THOSE FAINT OF HEART…THIS EXCERPT IS RATED R, FOR READERS 18+…YOU’VE BEEN WARNED! 🙂

Saia pushed back her damp hair and tried to comb through the tangles with her fingers when boot steps sounded in the other room.

Her gaze darted to the entrance.

With a quick smile, Ikaria hurried off, abandoning her. Of course, she’d see this as exciting.

A tall, dark figure filled the doorway of the bathroom. Then he stepped into the light.

Christ, she still had to get used to Riley looking this way.

Too big, too handsome. Too…dangerous.

He didn’t say a word. Or look at her.

So he was still mad? That made two of them.

Scowling, Saia watched as Riley undressed. He yanked off his boots, and they dropped with a dull thud on the floor, followed by his socks. His hands lowered to his waist. He unzipped and stripped off his pants, tossing them aside.

Saia stared, unable to tear her gaze away. Naked, he looked incredible. No longer lean. But more muscular. Bigger. Tougher. Hard ropes of corded muscle delineated his abs and flowed to lean hips…and his semi-erect sex.

She swallowed hard. Her gaze rushed to his face, but he didn’t look her way. He stepped into the enormous pool of water she’d just bathed in, sat down, and soaped himself. Hypnotized, she watched his hand slide over his battered skin, across his wide shoulders, thick biceps, down his pecs and below the waterline to his…groin.

She dragged in a raspy breath.

Hair lathered, he disappeared beneath the undulating surface, reappeared, water sluicing over him. He pressed a black stone near his arm. The low ceiling above the bath opened up, and through the millions of holes, the rustling shower fell over him like rain, while the pool drained.

Finally, his gaze shifted to her. The edge of danger she’d always sensed in him was now out in spades. It honed and redefined the angles of his face, his entire bearing.

He leaned back in the bath, his arms braced on the ledge as he studied her with an assessing and very, very sensual stare.

If he thought she was just going to walk over and let him have his way…

His gaze slid from her face to linger on her breasts then moved slowly down her body. She lost her train of thought. How did he do that? With just a look, he left a trail of fire in his perusal.

“Come here, Saia.” The quiet demand had her pulse quickening.

Her fingers bunched the fabric of her dress, her feet trying to find purchase on the marble floor.

When she didn’t move, he rose from the bath, a tower of bronze skin and rippling muscles, water flowing down his mouth-watering body past his erect sex.

She stopped breathing.

He strode over and swept her into his arms. Her breath escaped in a harsh rush, she clutched him around his neck. He walked down the black steps again and stepped into the inch of water remaining at the bottom of the marble bath. From the massive ceiling, the shower splattered down, drenching her within seconds. She blinked the drops from her eyes and scowled. “I’m wet.”

“And I plan to make you even wetter, before I lick every inch off you.” He regarded her with such primal hunger, heat spread through her veins like a runaway fire. He let her slide down his naked body, every hard ridge of him making her senses spin.

He ran his knuckles along her jaw. His gaze softened. “I can fuck you ten ways, Saia. But I far prefer to make love to you.”

AND IN CASE YOU’VE MISSED ANY OF THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES…
ASAn immortal Guardian of the mortal realm, Aethan has walked alone for millennia, trapped in a hell of his own. Until a feisty mortal crosses his path. A female he shouldn’t even look at, one who shakes the precarious foundations of all that he is, and one who’s determined to walk the edge of danger.

All her life, Echo Carter wanted “normal”, an impossible feat given that she can see demons. Drawn back to the alleys of New York, she’s determined to hunt down the one responsible for the death of her friend. And no man, no matter how sexy, will stop her. Until she discovers a horrifying truth about herself, forcing her to turn to the one man she should avoid. Aethan.
But when two stubborn wills collide, a dangerous passion ignites…

As evil closes in, Aethan has to overcome his darkest fears and claim Echo as his. If he doesn’t, he just could lose her to a far more sinister fate…

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A Fallen Guardian Novella–companion book to Absolute Surrender

After a horrifying incident that left her in a coma for several long months, Echo now has to get used to a different life. As a descendant of a powerful angel, her days waver between training as the new Healer and convincing her mate she’s strong enough to match him in life and in bed.
A surprise date night gives her the perfect opportunity to do both. But plans have a way of coming unraveled. One disaster leads to another, and Echo accepts that nothing in their lives will ever be normal.

But the biggest revelation of the night comes after she kills a dangerous demonii. Sparks fly between her and her mate, proving that normal is most definitely overrated…

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An immortal without a soul is bad enough. But when his only tether to remaining honorable is his addiction to bone-crushing pain, it makes Blaéz a dangerously loose cannon.

A Guardian sworn to protect mortals from supernatural evil, Blaéz straddles the edge of darkness as his needs grow. When a good deed brings him to the doorstep of a female unlike any other, one whose touch ignites emotions long lost in the hellish pits of Tartarus, he’s determined not to lose her. She belongs to him. But she’s human. Forbidden. And bringing her into his life may just destroy them both.

Darci Callahan has given up on love.
When a lethally handsome stranger suddenly appears late one night, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the captivating man with the pale, empty eyes—a man who awakens in her a desire she never believed possible. Except Blaéz brings more than unexpected passion to her life, he brings danger.

In this treacherous new world of gods and demons, Darci soon discovers a heart-shattering truth and the twisted games the gods play. Caught in the crosshairs, she’s forced to accept that, sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, you have to love them enough to let them go…

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A fading realm, a warrior bound, and the woman who will save them both…

Bound to a vengeful goddess, immortal warrior, Reynner, has little time for the fairer sex. The last thing he wants is to be aligned with another female, even if she is the key to finding an artifact and saving his realm. But his stone-cold resistance is tested, his attraction undeniable for the feisty mortal, until she demands the one thing he cannot give her…his trust.

Eve Leighton keeps away from intimacy of any sort after an accident in her teens left her with a painful ability to see into another’s mind through physical contact. When an ice-cold warrior claims she is his world’s savior, she’s intrigued, until she dares a look into his soul and sees a man who’s been cruelly betrayed. She agrees to help him and loses her heart. But the man is an unassailable fortress. With quiet determination, she chips away his barriers and a passion darker than night pulls them under.

As his enemies close in on the hunt for the artifact, Reynner must overcome his own personal demons as battles are fought to claim the woman he loves or lose her forever. And Eve has to face her own mortality and fight for a love of a lifetime.

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Georgia

I’ve been creating stories from the moment I could string two words together. No matter the tale, it always has romance woven through them. Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic.

When I’m not writing or plotting new books, I like to read, travel, painting, or troll flea markets where I usually buy things I might never actually use because they’re so pretty.

After working in a few jobs all art related, a chosen career as a fashion designer, then an art teacher, I finally found my passion four years ago: writing. There really is no other job I’d rather do.

Oh, and I hail from the beautiful country of South Africa, and currently live in the Middle East.

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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So, you know when you come across one of those rare books you don’t want to put down, and when you finally finish it, you wish it was still going? The kind of book you wish you could give ten stars to, not five? That was A Court of Mist and Fury. I liked the first book in the series (A Court of Thorns and Roses), but there was something missing, something not quite perfect, and I now have the answer.

Rhysand.

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The second Rhysand showed up in book one, I was hooked…and now I have to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses to see all the little hints Rhysand dropped and I missed. Sure, I’m always a sucker for the antihero, and I love some snarky banter, but since he wasn’t Feyre’s love interest…it was a bummer. And I have to admit I was psyched when he finagled his bargain with her so she’d have to visit the Night Court once a month. That, my friends, is what had me super-stoked for book 2. And if you want to avoid any mild spoilers, stop here!! If you haven’t read this series, go. Get. Read. And come back later to gush with me.

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Rhysand. My new book boyfriend…not that I don’t have little crushes on the guys in his inner circle too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. One of my all-time favorite authors is Anne Bishop, and A Court of Mist and Fury had a definite Anne Bishop Black Jewels taste to it (more must read books for you. You’re welcome). It’s romantic fantasy at it’s finest, people. There are fey and ancient magic. Politics and betrayal. Secrets and super-villains. Tortured characters and true love. It does start out a little meh with Feyre moping for a couple more chapters than necessary (and that might because I was anxiously awaiting Rhysand), and then BAM! Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Eyes burning. Work tomorrow. Don’t care. Must finish. And now I have to wait for the next one…GAH!

Rhysand and Feyre together are just so much stinkin’ fun, even when the banter is a little on the vicious or heartbreaking side. I love how Rhysand knows exactly how to push Feyre into overcoming her obstacles when she needs it, and I love how Feyre matures into her powers, conquers her guilt, figures out what she’s worth, and goes after what she wants. And Rhysand with all the emotional scars he tries to hide from everyone…sigh. I love everything about him. Everything. He has wings, power, weapons, wit, good looks, and a secret sweet side. What’s not to love? On top of all that, there’s a ton of heart-pounding action, lots of twists, amazing world-building…a long, happy sigh pretty much sums it up. Other than the first couple chapters of moping, it’s perfection. Sarah J. Maas just made my tiny list of must buy authors.

Five Stars

 

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New to Me Review: Awakened by the Wolf by Kristal Hollis

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Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure.

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

 

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Awakened by the Wolf – so much fun! I loved Cassidy right from the beginning. She’s not afraid to fight back, even when it’s against a werewolf…or, to be more politically correct, Wahyas. Cassidy doesn’t know most of the people surrounding her are wolf shifters, and it comes at a great shock when the future alpha of Walker’s Run sneaks home to his grandmother’s after a long absence and shows up in Cassidy’s–his–bedroom. She’s less than pleased to be woken up by a large, naked man, and the fight is on.

Cassidy’s life hasn’t been the easiest. Her alcoholic mom basically traded her body for the basics, and Cassidy is determined not to be like her mother, even if she has to handle everything on her own. She refuses handouts almost to the point of being unable to accept kindness, which is so sad, and yet I really admired her fierce independence. But her fear of relying on anyone else, needing anyone else, is a huge hindrance to her relationship with Brice and others. Still, she has a soft heart and I really liked her.

And then there’s Brice, Alpha-heir to the pack. He’s been through a lot too and has some serious soul wounds and long-term misunderstandings to overcome, but he’s not afraid to go after what he wants: Cassidy, of course. The banter between the two as they grow to know each other and while Cassidy comes to terms with the whole existence of Wahyas brought a lot of smiles.  And the push-pull romance is swoon worthy. If you like shifters, sassy heroines, and alpha heroes, Awakened by the Wolf doesn’t disappoint.

Four-Stars

KristalSouthern born and bred, Kristal Hollis grew up amid cane fields and orange groves. Books fed her imagination, providing adventurous portals to ancient civilizations, medieval fiefdoms, alternate realities and futuristic worlds. Then, a friend gave her Johanna Lindsey’s FIRES OF WINTER, a historical romance which ignited a life-long love affair with romantic fiction.

After earning a degree in psychology, Kristal has enjoyed career and volunteer endeavors that have included sales, banking, social services, and animal rescue. When a family medical situation required her to take a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances as an escape from the real-life drama. Even though the crisis passed, her passion for writing continues.

A 2015 Golden Heart® finalist, she sold her qualifying manuscript to Harlequin Nocturne. Her debut novel, AWAKENED BY THE WOLF, is scheduled for a June 2016 release.

Currently, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

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New to Me Review: The Timeweaver’s Wager by Axel Blackwell

Since I’m doing my own blogging thing now, I’m going to have a monthly (or every other month, depending on my reading time) feature sharing a new-to-me author. Today’s my first – huzzah!

TWWWould you give your life for a second chance?

Glen McClay sits on a fallen log by the railroad trestle, watching for his girlfriend’s ghost. Eight years ago, Connie Salvatore was savagely murdered here. Glen has spent his life seeking redemption, haunted by the knowledge that he might have been able save her. The time has come to let go of his past and move on with his life. But as he prepares to do so, an old friend offers Glen the redemption he has always sought – a chance to relive that horrible night and change the past. All he has to do… is die.

 

 

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I won The Timeweaver’s Wager in a blog giveaway, and the blurb included some of my favorite elements to drag me in. Haunted main character? Check. Ghost? Check. Redemption? Always love that. So I was super-excited to read.

Glen lost his girlfriend when he was just a teenager, and blames himself for her murder. He’s spent his years building community awareness of the need for women to protect themselves, to learn self-defense moves, and being a martial arts girl who also loves her guns, I absolutely loved that about him. While he remained steeped in his sorrows, he still devoted his life to help prevent others from being murdered like his childhood love. But he can’t let go of the past, he can’t forgive himself, and the first half of the story is mired in Glen and his despair. For me, that dragged on too long, and I almost set the story aside.

Right about the fifty-percent mark, the story got interesting. Glen is faced with the opportunity to travel back in time, to go back to a point before his girlfriend was murdered, and to try to change his own actions to prevent her death. The downfall? He has to sacrifice his life. That one moment really made me think. How many people would take that chance, not knowing if changing the future was even possible? Would you throw your current life away to try to help someone, not having any guarantees? From that point on, the story kicked into gear.

I liked Glen and his relationship with his sister. While the story question was thought-provoking and the writing excellent, just beware that the slow first half is hard to get through. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it, and the ending is definitely satisfying.

Three Stars

 

 

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Adventures in April

So I took a month off from blogging, and it was…nice. Really nice. I definitely needed a blog vacation, and while I still haven’t decided how often I’m going to blog, I wanted to assure you I didn’t spend April sitting around on my laurels. I had some adventures, both good and not so fun.

First, a good. I spent April writing a new story, and it was exactly what I needed.

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I’d been editing and revising another story for so long, and while that story is near and dear to my heart (not to mention now finally DONE!), I’d forgotten the pure joy of writing. The characters coming to life. The thrill of writing a perfect paragraph. The satisfaction of evoking an emotion. The excitement of budding romance between characters. Writing makes me happy, and in the drudgery of all the other stuff that’s involved with publishing, I’d forgotten. I vow never to forget again! BTW, I’ll be posting a Pinterest board soon on this story (and my Dreamcaster series too), so feel free to follow me here. My muse for the newest story is amazing. Sure, he’s easy on the eyes, but his violin skills are beyond unbelievable. You must check him out. Must.

Since we have to balance the good with the bad…I also spent a fine 2+ weeks recovering from my annual bout of poison oak exposure.

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Every. Freakin’. Year. I was being so careful. As soon as I came in from gardening, I washed up with Tecnu (this stuff is made in Oregon, probably inspired by a fellow PO sensitive-sufferer), but alas. Later that day, I scooped up one of my indoor/outdoor kitties, smothered him with kisses, and BAM! Poison oak all over my lips and neck, and of course it spread to all sorts of interesting places. Bad kitty, kitty.

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The stuff is pure misery, people. Pure misery. I’ve never found anything that prevents the unbearable itchiness for very long, and believe me, I’ve tried everything. Tecnu comes the closest to easing the torment, with the exception of just sitting in cold water. I’m pretty sure I’m being punished for some misdeed.

But, the horrors of poison oak departed, and April ended with a bang. Bungee jumping is something I’ve always wanted to do, but no one I knew expressed an interest in doing it, so I never seriously pursued it…until I learned one of our friends wanted to do it too. His wife set up a surprise birthday group road trip for him. Score! I’m terrified of heights, but I love roller-coasters and amusement park rides, so I admit while I was excited, my palms were sweating. The guys at Bungee Masters in Amboy, Washington were awesome, so if you’re in the area and looking for something to do, look no more. They have a privately owned 20-story bungee bridge over a river, all enclosed by forestland. And lemme tell ya, that bridge is *gulp* high.

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And if you jump off twice (once forward and once backward), you get a Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Can’t beat that, huh? A couple of jumpers before our group got out onto the teeny-tiny ledge over the bridge railing and chickened out. Really, you can’t blame them. What sort of person climbs over the railing of a bridge nearly 200 feet high and doesn’t get the jitters? Don’t answer that. 🙂 But no way was I going to wimp out on this. The backward jump was scary-awesome. I’m smiling all the way down…

And yeah, I got the T-shirt too.

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So that’s my April doings. Have any adventures to share?

 

 

 

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Happy Pack Winner

Since it’s Monday, I figured I’d at least make one person’s day a little brighter by announcing the winner of C.J.’s Happy Pack.

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Lucky Lori H.! An email’s been sent, so check your inbox so I can send you stuff.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in The Little Things Blog Hop. It was so much fun to connect with new people and talk about a few things that add rays of sunshine into our worlds. Have a great week!

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Book Blast: Edge a YA/NA Paranormal Collection

Happy Wednesday! When there’s a great book deal with some paranormal stories by awesome authors, you know I’ve got to pass it along. Check it out: 20 tales for 99 pennies – can’t beat that! But if you want it, move fast because the pre-order deal is almost done. Cherry on top is a $50 giveaway. You’re welcome. 🙂

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But reader beware: These novels take everything to the edge–and not just the edge of your seat. With authors who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries, you get stories that take everything to limit, creating whimsical reads that teens can actually relate to and that adults can enjoy, too.

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Riley J Ford, INTO YOU – What if you could know exactly what your friends are thinking? High school student Winter Reynolds can, but there’s a catch… She can only read people’s thoughts when she’s kissing them.

USA Today Bestselling Authors

Rebecca Hamilton, THE FOREVER GIRL – When a spell Sophia casts goes wrong, her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.
JC Andrijeski, THE CULLING – Jet grew up free, hiding out on Earth after it was conquered by an alien species, but now she might learn about her alien overlords the hard way.
Apryl Baker, THE PROMISE – Armed with kick-ass shoes, can CJ save the town from a maniacal coven leader, still get Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous, and somehow survive the darkness?
Angela Fristoe, WAKEN – If Janie hopes to survive the people of Everod, she’ll need to confront who and what she really is.
April Aasheim, THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO BECOMING A DEMON – What’s a nice girl to do when she develops horns…and a hunger?
Angel Lawson, WRAITH – Classmates think Jane Watt’s is a freak, but she knows her best friend, Evan is real and needs her, even if he’s dead.
Katie Salidas, PRETTY LITTLE WEREWOLF – This little werewolf is looking for her fur-ever home.

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Sarah Dalton, MARY HADES – Mary has a special relationship with the spirit world — a connection that brings her face to face with her worst nightmares…
Debbie Herbert, CHANGELING – A wannabe witch who sucks at spells must find her inner magic to nab a pixie serial killer.
Shalini Boland, HIDDEN – When Maddy inherits a mansion, she also inherits something sinister in the basement. Falling in love has never been so dangerous.
Eva Chase, CAUGHT IN THE GLOW – Assigned to protect a hot indie rocker from demons, the secret he’s keeping puts Avery’s heart and his soul on the line.
Rachel McClellan, FRACTURED LIGHT – Discovering the strength of her power may cost Llona her life.
Kimberly Loth, KISSED – Three Boys. Two Kisses. One Devastating Choice.
Shannon Eckrich, OTHER SIDE OF FOREVER – Forever is only a portal away.
H.D. Gordon, SHOOTING STARS – A tale of star-crossed lovers and magic.
Stacy Claflin, SAVED BY A VAMPIRE – A new vampire must face something more ancient, powerful, and deadly than she ever imagined…
Marissa Farrar, TWISTED DREAMS – Upon starting college, half-vampire Elizabeth hadn’t expected to happen upon a travelling carnival, or sexy, dare-devil biker.
Cindy Thomas, BECKON ME – Her heart…and her soul are on the line.

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Laxmi Hariharan, THE MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER – To become herself, Ruby must turn her back on everything she ever knew.

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Book Spotlight and Author Interview: Magnetic Shift by Lucy D. Briand

The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.

Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.

When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m so excited to have my agency sister, Lucy Briand, here today, talking about comic book heroes, racing, and her new release, Magnetic Shift. Lucy was kind enough to answer some of my nosy questions, and since she’s a fellow geek all the way, she fits in just fine. And here we go!

CJ:  I love the concept of Magnetic Shift. Paranormal racing romance? Hello! Is it your fondness for NASCAR that inspired you to write this story, or something else?

Lucy:  Definitely my love of NASCAR mixed in with my fascination with paranormal abilities. I always love reading stories with paranormal elements in the real world. I’m a big X-MEN fan and anything Marvel related therefore why not mash up the two.

CJ:  I want the lowdown on Lexi – was she born with her super-power of magnetizing and manipulating metal, or was it some sort of garage grease accident gone bad?

Lucy: She was actually born with the ability to detect metals, sense them like you and I can sense a change in temperature or that something isn’t right. An unexplained abnormality with her blood iron levels just like her father before her. Only, when she was struck by lightning the day of her mother’s funeral her ability morphed into what it is now. The ability to move the objects she can sense which also wreaks havoc on her blood iron levels.

CJ:  What makes Colton Tayler so special?

Lucy: He’s hot…? Lol

Lexi struggled with controlling her ability for a few years, but managed to maintain her secret while secluded at the scrap yard where she lived and worked for her step dad. She was somewhat confident that she could keep it together when she was sent away to work with Colton’s team, but she completely underestimated her ability and its links to her emotions. And for a girl who’s never experienced the intense feelings of falling for someone or meeting anyone worthy of gushing over, well that was a disaster waiting to manifest. What makes Colton so special? He unleashes all those new emotions in her for the first time and all hell brakes lose…

CJ:  If Lexi was a comic book heroine, what name would you give her?

Lucy:  This is a tough one since Magneto, Magneta, and Polaris are already taken…lol

So maybe “Lodestone” That would be a cool name. Lodestone is one of only two minerals that is found naturally magnetized. Sounds accurate.

CJ:  Ooh, yeah. Lodestone. Perfect.

CJ:  What’s your next writing venture?

Lucy:  I am currently revising an untitled “Fast and the Furious” style paranormal story about a girl who is unbeatable on the quarter mile, but when an apparition starts appearing to her at the finish line all wheels break loose.

I’m also planning a MAGNETIC SHIFT spin off but haven’t worked out all the creative kinks yet.

Favorites flash round:

Walt Disney World ride: Epcot’s Test Track… duh!!

Board game: Shadow Hunters made by Z-Man Games. I like games that keep me guessing who is who and who to watch out for.

X-men hero(ine): Rogue for sure.

Drink: Vanilla Coke, more specifically American Vanilla Coke. The Canadian version they had here a few years ago was gross.

Book boyfriend: Other than Colton…? Lol I’d have to say Daniel from the Fallen Series. Yum! Can’t wait for the movie.

Food: The French Canadian thing to say would be Poutine (fries, cheese curds drenched in gravy), but I’ll have to say an OCCO Kitchen cheese burger with candied bacon. OCCO Kitchen is a local catering place where I live that makes the best gourmet burgers from scratch. They even make their own buns and sauces. And come on…Candied bacon!! SO GOOD!

CJ: How could candied bacon possibly be wrong?

Star Wars character: old school Star Wars – definitely Darth Vader. New School Force Awakens Star Wars – love me some BB8

Movie: Days of Thunder, no wait… Star Wars, no wait… Guardians of the Galaxy, no wait… The Sorcerer’s Apprentice… okay what are you trying to do to me here? lol

Comic book villain: Magneto and Mystique, also Darth Vader if you count the Star Wars Comics

TV show boyfriend: Oliver Queen from Arrow. Met this incredible Canadian Actor once. He’s just as yummy in person as he is on the show. And… he held my hand **Squee**.

CJ: He freakin’ touched you? *Swoon*

Costume you’ve worn to ComiCon: last one I did was a genderbend cosplay of Arrow.

CJ:  That’s one awesome costume, Lucy! Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Lucy D. Briand lives in Ottawa, Canada with her comic book fanatic husband and her nonchalant Siamese cat. By day she works full time as a public servant for the Government of Canada, but by night her creative mind takes over and conjures up young adult gear-head romance stories with supernatural twists.

When not working, reading, writing, or watching way too much TV, Lucy likes to cosplay, attend ComicCons, go on road trips to Walt Disney World, and play ridiculous amounts of board games. She’s a geek to the core but is also a huge NASCAR Cup fan.

Lucy is represented by Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency.

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Hey, everyone – welcome to my stop on the Little Things Blog Hop! I’m C.J. Burright and I write NA paranormal and fantasy romance. Besides the fabulous goodies offered in the grand prize and fun stuff from the gaggles of other authors and bloggers (there’s over a hundred – whew!), I’ve got a little somethin’ somethin’ too. You’ll have to scroll to the end to see what it is…you guessed it. I like torturing people. 🙂 There’s also a Facebook party going on right here, and jump along to the next blog right here. In case you get lost along the way, here’s the link to all the stops. Winners will be randomly chosen by April 6, but I may choose my lucky winner earlier, ’cause that’s how I roll.

There are so many little things that make life rock, it’s impossible to focus on one. Right? My list includes the first few that popped to mind right away, and I bet at least one of these little nuggets of goodness affect you too.

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Besides being fun, laughter has oodles of benefits. it boosts your immune system, triggers endorphins, lowers stress, and makes you more attractive. Plus, it’s totally free. So yuck it up, people!

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My cat herd minions bring me so much joy. And fur all over my black clothes, paws in my papers, and an occasional wet nose in the middle of the night. They make every day brighter. They look like a wild bunch, don’t they? 🙂

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Hubby would undoubtedly agree that existence is much improved with coffee. Especially when married to an anti-morning zombie who can only speak in growls and grumbles until that first sip of life-giving elixir.

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You know I’m right. What’s great about book boyfriends is the opportunity to watch them, gush all over them, fantasize…all without worry of a stalking order. 🙂 I have too many to count, but some of my all-time faves are Jericho Barrons, Reyes Farrow, Eric Northman, and my newest crush–Rhysand from A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah Maas.

So that’s a few of my favorite little things that make life shiny. What are some of yours? Or give me the name of your number 1 book boyfriend – maybe I can find a new one to add to the list!

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Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter contest exclusive to my blog for C.J.’s Happy Pack – a little bit of everything above…humor (no, that’s not really a porn book), a cat flash drive (useful AND cute), $5 Starbucks card (slurp), and a limited-edition cover copy of Wonderfully Wicked, so you can add sexy assassin (or dream vampire, depending on your viewpoint) Lydon to your book boyfriend list. Cat photobombing in background not included.

Good luck and stay happy, people!

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Review: Lions in the Garden by Chelsea Luna

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’ve got some historical romance goodies for you…a quick excerpt, my review, and don’t miss out on the giveaway at the end – you can nab your own print copy of Lions in the Garden!

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Lions in the Garden
by Chelsea Luna
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Lyrical Press (Kensington)

Prague, 1610

Ludmila Novakova–Mila–has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia’s uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, she’s taken what she can carry and fled.

Escape won’t be easy. Even Mila has heard the rumors of a rebellion coming against the court. The peasants are hungry. The king hasn’t been seen in months. Mila’s father, the High Chancellor, is well known and well hated.

But Mila can’t sit behind a stone wall and let fear force her into a life of silk gowns and certain misery. Her mother’s death has taught her that much. She has one ally: Marc, the son of the blacksmith. A commoner, a Protestant–and perhaps a traitor, too. But the farther she gets from the castle, the more lies she uncovers, unraveling everything she thought she knew. And the harder it is to tell friend from enemy–and wrong from right . . .

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I helped Marc sneak out of the castle as the sky turned pink with the morning sunrise.  He lithely climbed over the towering fence.  When he landed on the other side, he reached for my hand through the bars and kissed it.  “I’ll see you at the ball, Mila.”

“Goodnight, Marc.”  Our secret encounter sent butterflies though my stomach, but as I watched him through the bars, I couldn’t help but think he looked like he was in a prison cell.

Review

One of my favorite aspects of Lions in the Garden was the setting. I’m no history buff, and I don’t know much about Prague and Budapest, so the historical tidbits Chelsea sprinkled in were really interesting, especially with the religious war brewing and the king’s precarious hold on the realm.

I love stories with castles, swords, and romance, so of course this book caught my eye…even without any magic. 🙂 Mila is a likeable character, and while she’s in the hopeless situation of being a noble forced into an undesirable, loveless marriage, she doesn’t just roll over and accept it. She tries to do something about it, which drives her right into Marc, a commoner. Forbidden romance, anyone? But while Marc may be a peasant and a *gasp* Protestant as well, he’s honorable and refuses to let Mila head into danger on her own. So, he takes her back to her prison, the castle. Not exactly what Mila had in mind when she snuck out in her quest for freedom.

Marc is not only honorable and likeable, he’s in a tight spot too. He sees every day the poverty of the people and how they’re oppressed by the nobility. Some members of his family feel the only way to force change is through less-than-noble methods, and he gets stuck between what’s right, what’s wrong, and what to do about it.

While the romance is slow moving, there’s tension and a definite attraction between Mila and Marc. They’re both respectable characters who are restrained by their circumstances, so that’s understandable. I love how Marc reveals to Mila the world outside the castle, the terrible problems citizens face, the danger and injustice.  And what I enjoyed best about them both together is how they don’t sit back and let others deal with it—they tackle the problems head on, no matter their station.

Lions in the Garden doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger, but the story is nowhere near complete and will leave you ready for the rest. Nice historical romance.

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Chelsea Luna is the author of the bestselling NEW ENGLAND WITCH CHRONICLES, a young adult paranormal romance series comprising of four novels. Chelsea’s latest novel, LIONS IN THE GARDEN (Book 1, The Uprising Series) will be released on March 1, 2016. Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. She lives in Tennessee.

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