Archive | January 2016

Books I Read In January 2016

BloodLoss: A Fraktioneer Novella

by Lu J. Whitley

This short prequel to BloodMarked, is another quick and easy, fast-paced page-turner.
The authors’ descriptive writing, once again, pulled me into the story and kept me captivated.

I enjoyed finding out more about Jaromir and Stein, how they met and the reason behind their close relationship.

I hope I don’t have too long to wait, for another book from Lu J Whitley.

Join your favorite Book Boyfriends, Jaromir Ragnarsson & the ever-wonderful Stein, nearly 400 years before the events of BloodMarked (The Fraktioneers #1) in this all new prequel novella!

Cursed to live in the shadows, Jaromir Ragnarsson wanders the world, searching for a sign. What he finds wasn’t exactly what he had in mind.

Nearly four hundred-fifty years after a fateful meeting with a Wyrd woman changes his life, Jaromir is no longer alone. His adoptive son is the light of his long life, and he believes he will do anything to keep him safe.

When that belief is tested, will he have the strength to do what is necessary?

Even if, no matter what he chooses, he loses?

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View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale

by Elizabeth Horton-Newton

A fascinating and unique take on an unforgettable event in American history.
The book is as much a romance as it is a thriller. It’s well-written and the story ticks along at a steady pace.
The main characters of the story, Olivia and Bill, are believable and make a great couple. It was refreshing to read a book in which the protagonists were older than I am!
The book is written in the first person and after a page or two, I felt like Olivia was telling her story to me personally and from that moment on I was hooked on this interesting and enjoyable read!

This romantic thriller takes a fictional “what if” look at the JFK assassination. Suppose accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had lived to defend himself. Imagine if 50 years after the assassination someone stepped forward to reveal the truth of what happened that day. What if the assassination was a conspiracy and the impact of those revelations reached into the 21st century? This is the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. You’ll never look at your neighbors the same way.

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Love, Vampire Style: A COLONY Series Paranormal Romance Collection

by Regina Morris

These books have a nice twist on vampires, romance and the Secret Service.
Each book focuses on a different couple, but involves all the other members of The Colony, as well as solving a crime or two.
We get to know the couple as individuals as well as how they fit together.

The books a well-written and enjoyable to read, they aren’t fluffy and sparkly, but they aren’t gore-filled either. The author does a great job of grabbing your interest and keeping it right up to the last page and beyond.

The characters are dimensional and they all have their own voice and personality. I enjoyed the ‘family’ life of the Colony and feel as though I have made some good friends while reading the first three books of the series and I’m looking forward to continuing with the rest of the books.

A covert team of sexy vampires protect the President of the United States. This sensual paranormal romance collection contains the first three novels of the COLONY Series by author Regina Morris. The novels are: “Eternal Service”, “United Service”, and “Enduring Service.”

The COLONY Series is a suspenseful and sensual vampire fiction series that has earned five star reviews from fans of some of the best paranormal romance series like “Love at Stake”, the Argeneau series, and the “Black Dagger Brotherhood.”

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The Weight of Light: Book 1 of the Grigori Celestials

by A. J. James

The Weight of Light is an interesting and thought-provoking read. It is, in equal measures, sensual and spiritual
A.J. James has a way of writing that is both lyrical and informative.
The vivid descriptions and the depth of emotion of the characters brought the story to life and kept me involved from start to finish.

The carnal appetites of the disgraced warrior Watcher Angels devastated the world many millennia ago – inviting a deadly chaos into our world and carving a bloody, brutal stain into human history. And an extraordinary love that dares to transcend the boundaries of time.

Arma’ros is one of the first Watcher Angels to fall at the dawn of the human race. His fierce, unsanctioned love for one human woman leaves him tormented by his separation from Divine grace. Determined to repair the damage he and others like him have wrought upon our Earth, he vows to protect those affected by their actions – even if it means defying Divine Law.

Zoe is a cursed woman. She has a talent no other being on Earth possesses – the ability to sense and track down the feared Nephilim, the dangerous and typically diabolical offspring of the Watchers. Her dubious gift has made her a vulnerable target, attracting the deadly attentions of the Dark Celestials.

An agonizing past must be retraced to expose startling revelations – joy, pain, loss, and secret, twisted agendas of Celestials and humans, concealed since the beginning of time. Together, Zoe and Arma’ros must locate both the Watchers and Nephilim still left and the last Enochian Key to prevent them from falling into the enemy’s grasp. . . a Key that will either unlock the Song of limitless Divine Creation for humans – or unleash the complete and utter annihilation of our Earth.
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Charley’s Christmas Wolf: A Macconwood Pack Novella

by C.D. Gorri

This quick and easy read grabbed my attention on page one and kept it to the end.
C.D. Gorri packed a lot into this short introduction to her new book series.
Her main characters were well-developed and complex, and I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens next.

I received an ARC of Charley’s Christmas Wolf from C.D. Gorri in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Rafe Maccon is the Alpha of the Macconwood Pack, for now. His rule is being questioned by a rogue Wolf who wants him ousted for breaking an ancient law that states the Alpha must be mated!

He must find a mate in order to keep his position. Seeing their Alpha in trouble, Rafe’s Wolf Guard take it upon themselves to find one for him.
Charley Palmieri works a dead end job and lives alone with her cat until one night when her world is changed forever.

Instant attraction sparks between them. Can Rafe convince Charley to be his before the meeting of Pack elders on Christmas Eve? Will she be his one true mate, for life?

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What Once Went Wrong

by T.E. Hodden

Written from the point of view of a man with six months to live this is a bittersweet and emotional read.
It’s wonderfully written, and despite the subject matter, or maybe because of it, it’s a ‘feel good book’ and I enjoyed the moving story of love and friendship.
There is a wonderful cast of multi-faceted characters all of whom add something to George’s life and the story.

George has just six months to live, and no chance of a happy ever after. At least not for himself. When he is advised to make his time count, George makes it his mission to offer others their own Happy Ever After. Three ex girlfriends, and the best friend he has never met, are about to have their lives changed forever.

He has one hundred and eighty two days to die.

He has one life left to live.
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The Human Condition

by Mark Taylor

A great collection of disturbing and well written short stories.
Each story is different, but they are all dark and foreboding.
The author describes perfectly the horrific and unique, but plausible, lengths that each character will go to, to achieve their goals.

Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself what you are truly capable of. Don’t lie…your reflection will know. The Human Condition is about the deepest, darkest part of the human mind-that part of us we suppress. But what if…just for a moment…we let the maladjusted you out to play? Would you be capable of the demented? Of maniacal, deranged violence? This collection of macabre short stories will have you on the edge of your seat as you come to realize you are not that different from the monsters in these tales…the ones hiding in polite society…the one in the mirror.

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Awethology Light

by The #Awethors

This is the second anthology I’ve read from the #Awethors, and once again, all the stories are well-written and kept me interested.

I find most anthologies are a great way to find new authors, and this book is no exception.
Keanan Brand and Amelia Mapstone are just two of the authors that I will be looking to read more books by.

Although hard to pick just a few out of this book of awesome stories, my favourites, in no particular order were:
Enchantments by Claire Plaisted
Seven Years by Amelia Mapstone
and
Kristen – Witch Hunter by K S Marsden

Because one voice in your head isn’t enough, here are so many more, as the Awethors chime together with our vast collection of stories and poetry to make you laugh, make you cry and make you feel alive.
We are the Awethors and these are our words to you.
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Beyond the Storm

by Adam Jones

I enjoyed this dark and suspenseful post-apocalyptic/horror.
The multiple storylines were easy to follow, and merged at different points through the books. The main characters were, for the most part, dimensional and interesting.
The plot was believable and well thought out.
The graphic descriptions mean the book is not for the faint-hearted.

I received an ecopy of Beyond the Storm from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Man tries to remember his past while Jude tries to forget hers.

Years after the nuclear holocaust decimated Britain, Man wakes up, naked and alone but for the murdered corpses whch surround him. Struggling with amnesia, Man travels the wastes trying to piece together his past.

Across the crumbling remains of the city, Jude flees a depraved fiend, running for her life. Beyond the Storm is a journey of horror and suspense which paints a broken future world and the events that made it that way.

 

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The Pharaoh’s Cat

by Maria Luisa Lang

This unusual, quirky and light-hearted tale is told from the point of view of Wrappa-Hamen, a cat and is set mostly in ancient Egypt.
It’s a quick and easy read, with some humourous scenes, though I followed the story as a bystander rather than feeling involved.
The characters weren’t particularly complex and would have benefitted from some fleshing out, the exception to this was Wrappa_Hamen, who’s personality developed over the course of the story.

I received a copy/an eCopy of The Pharaoh’s Cat from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The Pharaoh’s Cat, narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, is the story of a free-spirited, quick-witted stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly finds himself with human powers joined to his feline nature.

The cat immediately captures the attention of the seventeen-year-old Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents’ death, and is brought to live with him at the royal palace.

The cat also becomes friends with the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that later plague him. He has an enemy in the Vizier—the Pharaoh’s uncle and the second most powerful man in Egypt. The Vizier hates him for himself and even more for his relationship with the Pharaoh.

The cat participates in festivities at the royal palace, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. He later accompanies the Pharaoh on a trip through his kingdom, all the while renewing the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspiring him to become a stronger leader.
Between the cat and the Pharaoh a bond of love gradually forms which will determine Egypt’s destiny.

The Pharaoh’s Cat imaginatively blends Egyptology with comedy, drama, and even time travel–the cat and the High Priest will meet Elena, a resident of the twenty-first century and the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist.
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Who Killed Randy Ratphink?: The Postmortem Adventures of a Fried-Brain Hippie!

by Jerry Flu

Written in the first person, by the late Randy Ratphink, this book takes a light-hearted look back through his life, as well as his time in the after-life.

The book was well-written, detailed and descriptive, and we meet a variety of weird and unpredictable characters as Randy tries to discover his murderer.

Although it was an interesting and, at times, humorous read, I found it to be more of a fictional autobiography than a murder mystery.

JA paranormal cozy mystery. Randy Ratphink, baby boomer cum geezer boomer, flower-power fossil, way-past-never-trust-anyone-over-thirty sexagenarian suddenly finds himself dead—murdered—and his spirit won’t rest until he discovers whodunit!

From his postmortem perch in the astral plain Randy’s life flashes before him like a Piggly Wiggly surveillance video. Determined to seek out his killer and avenge his murder before he moves into the shining white light, Randy Googles his memories for clues and suspects from his hippie days in the Haight to his present predicament.

But it’s only when he discovers that the identity of his murderer is none other than … well it wouldn’t be much of a mystery if you found out whodunit just yet, would it? So why not begin reading now, and find out for yourself Who Killed Randy Ratphink?

Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas

12644771_10153436198704226_7713468030062507956_nMulti-talented author, Karina Kantas, reveals the cover for her long awaited New-Adult romantic fantasy ILLUSIONAL REALITY.

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Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie.

Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.

Becky will soon learn none of this was an accident, and the council of Tsinia are certain her union with Darthorn’s son, Kovon, will create peace. And although her future has been planned out, she gives her heart to another.

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“This cover was designed by the fabulous Sharon Lipman Fantasia designs. We worked together until she achieved perfection.”
~Karina

 

 

The film Lord of the Rings inspired me to write Illusional Reality. In fact, I came out of the cinema and by the time I arrived home (40 minutes) later, book one was completed in my head, the synopsis on paper, and explain with OTT excitement to my husband.

It didn’t take long to write the novel but many things changed before I was happy with the final MS. You see, once you start writing a book, and you’re in the “Zone” the characters take over and tell you where​ they want to go. And if you need to sleep, you have to do what they say. Many authors will agree with me on that.

At the time I wrote Illusional Reality there were no e-books, so I submitted the MS to agents and publishers hoping for the big break and I knew it was the right time to get my book/s
out. Fantasy films were hitting the big screen and people were either Potter mad or buying their own copies of L.O.T.R trilogy. But I was rejected. Then life got in the way and I put the book/s in a folder and then in the office cabinet and it stayed there for TEN years.

I promised my readers a new book maybe my last, and I have three projects on the go, but no interest to continue writing them at the time. So Illusional Reality was dusted off and here we are. 🙂

Illusional Reality is available to pre-order, so please do. You will love the characters, the plot, the twists, and the emotional ending… Shhhh.
~Karina

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“Illusional Reality was definitely one huge ride. The story is very unique; you won’t find any stereotypical fantasy ploys in this novel! Karina Kantas has managed to do the almost impossible by weaving a thrilling story with romantic twists that will have you turning pages all night, and most probably give you quite a large book hangover.”
~S.H

 

“Illusional Reality is filled with intrigue, deception, and danger. The story holds your attention as the events play out. I identified with the characters, loving the facets of their personalities. Well done. I loved the book.”
~B.C

 

41F52cStKUL._UX250_Karina Kantas is the author of the popular OUTLAW series. Thrillers involving outlaw motorcycle clubs.

She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working over time, she writes thought-provoking dark flash fiction. There are many layers to Karina’s writing style and talent. As you will see in her flash fiction collections. And in UNDRESSED, she opens up more to her fans. Giving them another glimpse of her warped mind. When Karina isn’t busy working on her next best seller, she’s designing teasers, book trailers, recording audio or videoing small readings and then working on Twitter and FB posts.

Karina writes in the genres of fantasy, romance, sci-fi, horror, thrillers and comedy.

Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band, Iron Maiden.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, where she loves hanging out with her readers.

Timeshaft by Stewart Bint

Booktrope are shortly publishing a revised edition of Stewart Bint’s time travel novel, Timeshaft… and here’s a sneak preview of the dazzling new cover created by Booktrope designer Troy Johnson.

Originally published on Smashwords in 2013, the new edition features a new beginning and ending, along with a number of new scenes.

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By the twenty-seventh century, mankind has finally mastered time travel—and is driving recklessly towards wiping itself out. The guerilla environmentalist group WorldSave, with its chief operative Ashday’s Child, uses the Timeshaft to correct mistakes of the past in an effort to extend the life of the planet.

But the enigmatic Ashday’s Child has his own destiny to accomplish, and will do whatever it takes within a complicated web of paradoxes to do so. While his destiny—and very existence—is challenged from the beginning to the end of time, he must collect the key players through the ages to create the very Timeshaft itself.

“Do our actions as time travellers change what would otherwise have happened, or is everything already laid down in a predetermined plan?” he asks. Stewart Bint’s Timeshaft is an expertly synchronized saga of time travel, the irresistible force of destiny, and the responsibility of mankind as rulers of the world.

 

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Stewart Bint barefoot hikeStewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Leicestershire, in the UK, and has two grown-up children, Christopher and Charlotte.

He is a former radio presenter, newsreader and phone-in show host, but always wanted to become a fiction writer — a dream that came true when his first novel was published in 2012 at the age of 56. Now the author of five novels, a collection of short stories and a compilation of his early magazine columns, he was signed by Booktrope in 2015, who published a revised edition of his paranormal novel, In Shadows Waiting, in August.

They are publishing a revised and re-edited edition of Timeshaft shortly.

As a member of a local barefoot hiking group, when not writing he can often be found hiking in bare feet on woodland trails and urban streets.

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The Real Estate of Things by Nitin Deckha

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Title: The Real Estate of Things
Author: Nitin Deckha
Genre: Literary Fiction

Picture2The Real Estate of Things is a comedic story about real estate, spirituality and politics in the sprawling, multicultural suburb of West York.

Fifty-‐something Shaku Sehgal is looking for a new lease of life. With two grown kids and a supportive accountant husband who gardens, she’s followed her best friend, Neelam, into the exciting world of real estate. While she dreams of becoming the premier realtor of West York City, a position currently held by the much envied, Ruth Leslie, Shaku’s languishing at her current brokerage, SuperStar Realty.

To jumpstart her career, Shaku sneaks into a real estate conference and learns about a new redevelopment contest for a local derelict site. Part of the prize is to be an exclusive broker for the chosen new development. Shaku successfully pitches it to her brokerage, teams up with the young up-‐and-‐coming realtor, Jason Sevende, and they throw their hat into the contest.

Soon, Shaku and Jason find themselves competing against teams across the city, including Shaku’s friend, Neelam and the doyenne of luxury realty, Ruth Leslie. Not only that, the contest draws the attention of global spiritual guru, Chakra Sahib, and the ire of a seemingly anonymous movement protesting and threatening to derail the whole redevelopment.

Join Shaku, Jason and the band of realtors as they confront obstacles and reflect on the meanings of success, love and friendship in this epic race amongst realtors, The Real Estate of Things.

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Author Bio

Picture3Nitin Deckha is the author of a collection of short stories, Shopping for Sabzi (2008). His fiction has been published in magazines, edited collections, and chapbooks and he has read his work across Canada, the US and India. In 2010, he was featured as part of the Canadian Writers in Person lecture series at York University, Toronto. Nitin holds a PhD in Anthropology and has taught social sciences for over a decade. More recently, he completed certification in Adult Training and Development (MCATD, CTDP) and crafts and leads learning and organizational change.

He lives in Toronto. Contact him at @RealEstateofThi

 

 

Snowed by Veronica Forand

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Can he keep his cover and save her life? Find out in SNOWED by Veronica Forand.

Don’t let the snow and cold get you down…and don’t let the title fool you. SNOWED by Veronica Forand will keep you on your toes and your adrenaline pumping taking you on a journey through lies, deception…and more.

SNOWED is on sale, for a limited time only, for only #99cents!
Make sure to grab your copy today!

Synopsis:

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Lorena Rubio lived a safe, simple life until she’s kidnapped by Andres “Con” Conesa, right hand man for the drug lord who murdered her sister. Con must keep her at a cabin in the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains until his boss can confirm or deny the rumor that she’d provided specifics about his drug cartel to the police. Their attraction ignites in the middle of this winter wonderland, but he’s in deep cover for the FBI and has to remain there, and she refuses to attach herself to someone in the criminal world. When the boss arrives a few days and wants Lorena put on ice, Con’s willing to blow his cover to save the woman he craves beyond reason, but he may be too late.

Available at: Amazon

Add SNOWED to your Goodreads TBR list!

Other Romantic Suspense by Veronica Forand:
Untrue Colors, True Deceptions and, coming soon, True Peril.

 

About Veronica Forand:

authorphoto_VeronicaForandA Bostonian by birth, Veronica Forand regrettably lost her Boston accent while moving from state to state and country to country. Cleveland probably had the most profound effect on her ability to pronounce the “r” in the word “park.”
She does try to return now and then to visit family and eat long neck clams and lobster. Summers on Cape Cod are also high on the priority list.
Her experience in crime involves time as a court appointed attorney. Eventually, she switched fields to where bigger crimes take place, corporate tax. The allure of spending mornings in her pajamas homeschooling her children and writing fascinating fiction caused her to change careers again. Now that the kids are out of the house (in school), she writes romantic thrillers by day and is the perfect wife and mother at night.

Her experience in romance is limited to one man. Luckily, he’s still finding ways to charm her by taking her on vacations to the south of France, Fiji, and the Green Mountains when time is short. Avid travelers, they love to roam with their kids across continents in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and the perfect piece of chocolate.
She’s lived in London, Paris, Geneva, Washington D.C., and the accent destroying city of Cleveland. She currently resides near Philadelphia.

Connect with Veronica:
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Blast from Two Pasts by Kristel S. Villar

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Book Description:

IMG_2463Fate’s been playing tricks on Cara Nicolas lately. She agrees to go on a blind date with her best friend’s fiancé’s cousin, only to discover that the guy is her first love from high school, Lucas Lobregat. Now that would have been a charming story, except that the date turns out to be one of the worst ever. And they can’t even pretend it never happened, because they’re both suddenly part of the wedding preparations.

Just as she is starting to get to know more about the boy she used to love, Oliver Sta. Maria, an old flame who owes her some closure, surprisingly shows up. With two pasts resurfacing, which will Cara choose to rekindle? Or can she have the chance to choose at all?

 

 

 

 

Buy Links:
paperback — From the author, or at the Uniqube (3/F, University Mall, Vito Cruz, Manila)
ebook —  Amazon &  Smashwords

 

EXCERPT…

“Now on my signal, I want you to do as we do,” the instructor bellowed, turning to her partner. “Now one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four…”
I took up ballroom dancing so I was already familiar with the steps. I glanced at Ayen and Chad, who were laughing at how awful they were doing.
One, two, three, four. One, two three, four…
“You’re good at this,” Lucas said.
I was surprised that he’s finally talking. I felt my cheeks getting hotter with embarrassment.
“I spent one semester in college doing this,” I explained.
“Good for you. I spent three summers dancing like this when I was younger.”
Stunned that he actually shared something about himself, I forced a smile as we glided on the dance floor, matching our steps gracefully. Lucas pulled me closer until I could feel his heart beating faster. Our eyes met as we got carried away by the rhythm. His eyes were so warm and just as captivating as the first time I saw them when we were teenagers. I instinctively gazed at his strawberry-red lips and I suddenly remembered how, back then, I wished he’d be my first kiss.
“I’m so sorry for how I had acted, Cara,” he said. The way he said my name lingered in my mind for a bit.
“I didn’t mean to hurt or disrespect you,” he went on, guilt showing on his face. “I was arrogant, tactless and too angry with Chad for setting me up on a blind date at the last minute. I didn’t consider your feelings.”
“Ayen forced me to go on that date, too, but I tried to be nice,” I said as Lucas guided me through a turn before I spun back in his arms.
“I realize what a jerk I was. It wasn’t in my nature to act like that, to tell you honestly.”
I didn’t respond as I looked down on my toes while we repeated the steps.
“Will you forgive me?” he asked.
I glanced up at him and studied his face. How could I say no to those eyes?
“Now, here is your model couple!” the beaming instructor said. I quickly pulled away from Lucas, looked around and realized all the other couples had already stopped dancing. I saw Ayen smiling wickedly as she whispered to Chad, making me blush on the spot.
“I love the energy that both of you have,” the instructor added as she wrapped her arms around me and Lucas. “You both are oozing with so much passion! You’ll take the dance floor by storm on your wedding day.”
Before I could protest, the instructor started clapping her hands and told us to practice for a few more minutes before she taught us a new sequence.
Lucas took my hand again. We didn’t say a word for a moment, until I couldn’t hold my laughter any longer.
“What’s funny?” he asked, smiling.
“That was embarrassing,” I said in between fits of laughter.
“I was busy apologizing.”
“I got caught up in the moment.”
His eyes sparkled with interest and asked, “Does that mean you’ve forgiven me?”
I just gave him a big smile.
“You’re not so bad, after all,” I said.
He chuckled with relief as he spun me around again and took me back in his arms. He stared at me for a minute, grinning.
“You’re far from what I expected either.”

(The first six chapters of the book can be read at bit.ly/blastwattpad)

 

About the Author:

IMG_2462KRISTEL S. VILLAR covers sporting events for a national broadsheet by day and tries to write fiction by night. She has also penned “The Rumor About Me”, a short story for the young adult book anthology, Kids These Days: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1 published by Anvil. Her second short story for Luna East Arts Academy, “One on One”, is currently featured in Clara, a romance online journal (www.clararomance.com). She graduated Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas.

 

 

Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake

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Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the devoted dogs that always have their backs. EXTREME HONOR is the first book in a high adrenaline contemporary suspense series from Piper J. Drake published by Forever Romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis’s Animal Attraction series and Cindy Gerard’s One Eyed Jacks, will love this brand new action-packed romantic suspense series.

Title: Extreme Honor
Author: Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing- Forever

Synopsis:

ExtremeHonor5_RGB300David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing kennel can break through the animal’s grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas’s heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde’s mesmerizing effect isn’t limited to canines. But when Lyn’s work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David’s own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he’s gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else—and he’s willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn’t want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .

 

 

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Book two in the True Heroes series- Ultimate Courage
Available July 26, 2016

Book_2_UltimateCourageElisa Hall is good at starting from scratch. Leaving an abusive relationship in her rearview, she packs everything she owns into the trunk of her car and heads for refuge with her friend in Hope’s Crossing, Pennsylvania.
Alex Rojas returned from his second deployment as a Navy SEAL to find his condo empty and divorce papers on the breakfast table. Now he’s building a life for himself and his daughter at Hope’s Crossing kennels training younger dogs and handlers to search and rescue, struggling to adjust to life back in the States and as a single father.
When Elisa shows up at the kennels, it’s obvious she’s running from something. Luckily, the dogs and trainers at Hope’s Crossing are more than capable of warding off trouble. And with every minute he spends with Elisa, Alex becomes even more and more determined to protect the woman he’s certain he won’t be able to live without…

 

 

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Excerpt:

David Cruz studied the woman standing in the front waiting area with equal parts irritation and interest. The room had an open design to accommodate dozens of owners and their dogs comfortably with enough space to prevent tussles the humans might not be able to break up without a trainer’s help. Of course, the area was empty of other people and dogs at the moment and this little bit of trouble filled the room just fine on her own. Her neat dress suit had to have been tailored to a fit so exact, it might as well have been a military dress uniform. And she wore it as if she was ready for inspection, her posture perfect with her shoulders straight, her chin up, and her hands easy at her sides. If her thumbs lined up with the side seams on her skirt, he’d have wondered if a cadet had gotten lost from the nearby military academy.

The severe grey fabric didn’t leach color from her face though, instead the contrast set off her peaches and cream complexion. Made him think of a dish of ice cream on a hot day. And even standing still, she radiated energy. Charisma. Like she could burst into motion at a moment’s notice and heaven help the man who got in her way. He had an urge to step right up and see if she could run him over.

Not likely, but it’d be fun to let her give it a try.

“Look, Miss…”

“Jones. Evelyn Jones.” Her sharp tone cut across his attempt to address the current issue with any semblance of calm. “Any and all documentation you might need is right there in the folder I handed you. If you’ll verify it instead of wasting both of our time trying to send me away, I’ll be able to get to what I’ve been sent here to do instead of standing around engaging in a pissing contest.”

Well, she’d come in ready for a fight.

Head held high and standing as tall as she could, her hackles would’ve been raised if she’d been a dog. The mental image was entertaining, to be honest, especially since her blonde hair was pulled back in a no-nonsense ponytail combined with the stylish poofed up effect. No idea why women did that but hell, she looked good.

And he did take a minute to appreciate her as she was: compact, curvy, and hot enough to catch the attention of every male on two legs walking the property. But her impact on the four-legged variety remained to be seen.

He could do without her glaring attempt at intimidation though and he wondered whether he shouldn’t send her sweet ass right on back out the door. If she crossed her arms over her admittedly impressive chest or otherwise altered her body language to increase her aggressive stance, he would. If her attitude was enough to scratch his temper, the dog she was here to see would rip her to shreds.

“Your credentials aren’t in question, Miss Jones.” He raised his hand to forestall another interruption. He’d had plenty of experience with her kind of sprint-out-the-gate, establish credibility immediately personality. It didn’t intimidate him one bit but he also wouldn’t be rushed. “As I was about to say, you could wait here and be run over by the incoming class of two-year-olds or you can come on in to the office area and have a cup of coffee while I make a few calls.”

She blinked and her cheeks flushed. “I…of course. A cup of coffee would be appreciated.”

Somehow, he doubted that considering the sour tone of her voice. It took some effort not to grin at her discomfort. “Glad you decided to come along. The two-year-olds aren’t a bad batch but their handlers are in some serious need of training. Go figure. ”

The corner of her very kissable mouth quirked. “Isn’t it always the human side of the pair in need of the real training?”

Now, they had some common ground after all. At least when it came to civilians.

But if he wanted to be fair—and hell, who did?—Military dog handlers needed heavy training at the beginning too. Especially if they wanted to reach the level of excellence required of a special forces working team.

He led her past the receiving desk and down a short hallway to a smaller area with chairs arranged for easy conversation. They had one of those little one cup coffee makers and she seemed fine fixing up her own mug. He preferred his coffee brewed in a real pot and none of those handy automated gadgets managed a strong enough brew.

The whole host and good manners thing dispensed, he headed for his office. “If you’ll just wait here…”

“It would save time if you showed me Atlas. I could introduce myself to him while you’re making your call.”

He halted, his temper simmered back up to the surface. “With all due respect, Miss Jones, you’re not meeting Atlas until I’ve straightened out exactly what is going on here.”

“It’s fairly straight forward. I’ve been brought in at the request of the Pentagon to work with the dog you refuse to introduce me to.” At the edge of his peripheral vision, her movement caught his attention. A slight raise of the chin. “It would save you time if you would take my suggestion before I make a call of my own.”

He studied her for the few seconds it took for his irritation to cool enough for polite conversation again. All bravado and possibly some real bite behind her threat. It depended on exactly who at the Pentagon had contracted her.

“You could save us even more time and leave now.” He turned to face her, calling her bluff. Lesser men backed down immediately under his glare. Took her a full five seconds to drop her eyes. “As far as the United States Air Force is concerned, Atlas was placed under the care of Hope’s Crossing Kennels with me as his official trainer. Currently, I’m willing to go through due diligence and consider a joint effort if your consulting credentials are confirmed. But if you truly did your homework on Atlas and this facility, you would know you either work with us or you are escorted off the property. This is not a general kennel where consultants are allowed to stroll in and work independently.”

After all, Hope’s Crossing Kennels wasn’t just a training facility for domestic pets. And the trainers who lived here weren’t civilians.

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About Piper J. Drake:

Piper_THPiper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has recently received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
Now, PJ is exploring the complexity of romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing.

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