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I have two short reads for my spotlight this week.


As Dreams Are Made On by Maria Gibbs

51g5gh8s1nlMatty Taylor: a beautiful young woman is starting out in her new life with her husband. Plagued by visions that seem all too real she seeks advice from the Gypsy at the local fair.

Donald Taylor: cannot believe his luck when Matty agrees to marry him. A methodical, down to earth, man who requires irrefutable evidence to believe in the existence of anything.

Thomas Trevelyan: Enigmatic and exciting but with an agenda of his own.

Matty is pulled from her life in the 21st Century into a frightening dream world where Thomas Trevelyan rescues her from a crowd of angry peasants and spirits her off to his secluded house in the woods.

Frightened when he cannot wake Matty from her sleep Donald has to start challenging the way he thinks in order to get her back.

If Thomas can win her heart, he will be a step closer to obtaining the ultimate prize but he has to contend with the echoes of her real life endeavouring to lure her home.

Two men lay claim to her love but who will be the victor in this love triangle.


My Review:

A captivating fantasy story of love.

Matty (Matilda) doesn’t remember her previous life. She’s trapped in a dream world, kidnapped by Thomas.

It’s up to her husband, Donald, to try to wake her and save her from the demon in her dream

Told alternately from Matty and Donalds points of view, this is a wonderful and enjoyable read.

The Author:
me-2I started reading and writing from an early age, it has always been my passion and my escape. There are so many worlds out there to discover and to create. I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. I am predominantly a pantser, planning only when needed.

I work full-time but my dream is to be able to make a living from writing and be able to give my undivided time to releasing all the books that are floating around in my over-active brain.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, crafting, running, listening to music or riding my motorbike.

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Seal Mother by Rose English

A Selkie Tale in Verse


One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.
Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse.


My Review:

I loved this wonderful rhyming interpretation of the Selkie folklore.

The story tells the tale of a seal, trapped on land when a fisherman steals her pelt on midsummer’s eve. She marries and has a family but always misses her old way of life, until one day she finds her seal skin and returns to the sea.

The beautiful illustrations add to this entertaining and poignant story.

The Author:
11308024Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘leaning tower of paperbacks’.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time lone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with the children was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Now working in an entirely different library, in Hereford’s Wye Valley NHS Trust Hospital, Rose spends her day cleaning and issuing ‘Medical Equipment’.

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Spotlight on November Keys

by Michael and Brian Turner

November cover_KeysMichael and Brian are a father and son team which is perhaps a little unusual in the publishing world, they believe their relationship has improved and not impeded our debut novel.

Outside of writing, they are both passionate football fans with a liking for a curry and a pint.
Both have many interests, including charity work, poetry, music and quiz shows.

Whilst Brian is a published author it is Michael who has invented most of the amusing characters you are going to meet in November Keys. Both writers have spent pleasurable hours burning the midnight oil, endeavouring to portray these character’s personalities and eccentricities in a light hearted manner.

Visit Michael and Brian at novemberkeys

The Book

Genre: Comedy/Thriller mingled with fantasy
Length: 278 pages
Protagonist: Female, Bridget Bluestone
Audience: Teen to ninety-five-year-olds

Buy November Keys on Amazon more buy links @ novemberkeys

November Keys

Coupled with an original plot with more twists than a sixties band Michael and Brian hope they have created a novel that is different and humorous. One which will keep their readers, young and old alike, intrigued and entertained for many hours.

November Keys Inhabitant
“If we had known, we would not have sold the club. I admit we succumbed to greed, but we did not realise we were putting our heritage at such risk. They did take the team to great heights, but the consequences were disastrous.”

American Gangster
“They asked for what they got. Did they seriously think that we were interested in some run down hick football club?”

November Keys Inhabitant
“Our benevolent buyers turned out to be ruthless. We had never experienced a murder in our village before. Not unless you include Cheryl’s cooking.”

American Gangster
“What did you expect? They had something I wanted. Something life changing. Do you think I was going to get it by playing peek a boo?”

November Keys Inhabitant
“Although we celebrated Harvesting Leaf Day and talked about the creatures in the tree, we did not actually expect to see them.”

November Keys, a quaint village that was ready to sell its soul to the Devil for hastily promised riches. However, when the Devil buys he expects to collect.
A very funny tale of greed, gangsters and things that go bump in the night.

Some Reviews

I reviewed November Keys

An entertaining read
20 September 2015
Humour, magic, witchcraft, evil, crime, football, greed and a legendary tree mix well together in this book by Father and Son team, Michael and Brian Turner.
There’s a lot going on in this story (maybe a bit too much), with jumps back and forth in time and a lot of characters to get know.
The duo have done a good job of creating an entertaining read, but be prepared to leave your disbelief behind when you open the book.I was sent an ecopy of November Keys by the authors for an honest review.

Dii reviewed November Keys

Attn: American Gangsters-Don’t mess with the Brits and their legends!  26 August 2015
Is it a comedy, a thriller, a tale of gangsters moving in on an innocent town, or is there a touch of magic in the air around November Keys that makes it an extremely unique type of read? Seems that authors Brian and Michael Turner had a good time writing this imaginative and chaotic tale! A small and old-fashioned English town is made an offer they cannot refuse by a powerful and shady “businessman” wanting to purchase their unknown football(soccer) club, rundown, makeshift arena and the lands all around it. One by one the town falls in love with the idea, could it have been the personal visits made by this mysterious buyer? Come to think of it, why would American gangster want an English football club?

Only one man holds out, and he is key to everything, but why? He’s a farmer with a small business making a very special honey concoction that seems like some magical beer that drinkers crave. …And then there is the old oak tree, a legend in the town, it must never be cut down, so do the gangsters listen? Noooooo and the tale really begins from here when one former resident, an eccentric billionaire shows up to save the town, the tree and the legends and myths surrounding November Keys!
Quirky, a little over the top and certainly a creative piece of writing, Brian ad Michael Turner have taken a little hearted approach to deceit, danger, drugs and the preservation of an old towns legacy. With quirky characters, a chaotic timeline we continually pass across and the quaint descriptions are light and easily enjoyed; just remember to leave your disbelief at the door along with your need for order. Bring on your own sense of crazy as you follow the twists, turns and confusion as greed and glamour blind become incentives. More entertainment than grit, makes you wonder how these people have survived.
I received this copy from the authors in exchange for my honest review.

Kelly Smith Reviews reviewed November Keys

A solid, fun book! 2 July 2015
Greed. What a motivator it is! Dangle riches in front of humans and they will do anything to get them…and I do mean anything.
That’s what November Keys is about, gangsters making promises they can’t keep, knowing the inhabitants of the town desire wealth. It is a story about betrayal, lies and fighting back against injustice.
I love that this book was written by a father and son team. Usually, reading books by two authors can be difficult, because you can see a clear difference between the two individual’s styles. (Exception being The Hungry by Harry Shannon and Steven W. Booth; example being Black House and The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub.) This team does an excellent job in creating a wonderful story that is exciting, engaging and even a little humorous. You don’t know you’re reading a book written by two parties: the story flows easily.
I usually like gangster tales, but some writers make them into caricatures of old stories. Thankfully, that does not happen here. It’s written simply, realistically and is good for a few hours of entertainment. Would I recommend this book? Yes, and I also eagerly await the next book from these talented gentlemen!

Spotlight on The Guardian Novels

by Jen Winters


Author Jen Winters fell in love with paranormal romance after her daughter was born and she needed a way to escape reality for a few minutes a day. She loved it so much she decided to take her own pen to it.

She is a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling two great kids. She spends her days with the kids and her nights with her book boyfriends. She is grateful to her hubby for all his support and love, and can’t imagine this life without him.

The top-selling world of the Guardians was developed through deeply irreligious conversations with her father who likes to misinterpret scripture as often as humanly possible and a good dose of did-I-just-read-that-! when looking into ancient near eastern mythology and scripture.

Be sure to follow her Amazon author page for updates when she publishes.

The Books

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When Yuruch calls for his children to join him in Ft. Worth, it takes every ounce will will-power Alex has to stay away. He may have to go to Texas, but he would rather die than become his father’s puppet.

This novelette follows Alex in the days leading up to meeting Geneva. If you haven’t already read Kissing Demons, this is your chance to meet the MCs from Alex’s POV.

Kissing the Rain is FREE on Amazon

Reviews for Kissing the Rain

I reviewed Kissing the Rain: A Guardian Novelette (The Guardian Novels)
Impossible to put down  12 July 2015A brief but very entertaining short introduction to The Guardian Novels.
It’s a fast-paced, well-written book, with amazing characters and great attention to detail.
Jen Winters has a wonderful imagination and for a short time I was allowed to escape into her world.
I read it in one sitting, it’s impossible to put down.
I enjoyed it immensely and have already started reading the next book in the series, Kissing Demons.
Having finished Kissing Demons, I just want to add that the events in this book run alongside the events at the beginning of Kissing Demons, but from a different point of view
Robin reviewed Kissing the Rain: A Guardian Novelette (The Guardian Novels)
Worth it August 29, 2015I’m not so great with words, but I really loved this story! I loved it enough that I bought every book she has available on Amazon and have been excited to have a new author to follow and read. The summary already tells you what it’s about, but I will say that her characters are exceptionally well-written. They make you want to get to know them better and that is just what they did to me. Happy reading! I definitely recommend this book.
JSReads reviewed Kissing the Rain: A Guardian Novelette (The Guardian Novels)
Senses and Sensuality: An excellent paranormal romance! August 29, 2015Kissing the Rain: A Guardian Novelette is a beautifully written adult paranormal romance. The writing is vivid: “Air slammed back into my lungs…Rats scratched at my throat.” Alex is a half-breed who must keep his sensuous werewolf and aura-eating incubus halves in balance. He can reach sensory overload in a crowd ripe with sights, smells, auras, and emotions; the story is drenched with well-described senses and sensuality. Geneva is the dangerous guardian who attracts him. When Alex is called by his powerful, evil father he finds clever ways to resist. Jen Winters has concocted a most excellent read!

Kissing Demons

I’ve been a Guardian for 800 years, and sometimes, even us immortals need a vacation. So when my big sister calls and tells me I’m off for two weeks, I take the opportunity to visit my favorite place: The Hunter’s Moon, a bar for supernaturals only. There’s a few things I want to accomplish while I’m not working: get a grimoire, find a little temporary fun, and make a friend. I did not want to find my soul mate, nearly die, watch a sister give up this life, and see my city in the throes of mass destruction.

What am I supposed to do now? My vacations over, my soul mate’s been kidnapped by a demon I’m not powerful enough to defeat, and Fort Worth, one of the cities I love, is in pieces. If I help the city, I will lose my soul mate; if I help my Alex, I will lose the city. What kind of Guardian would I be if I didn’t do everything in my power to defeat Yuruch? Am I even sure I want to be a Guardian anymore?

kissing_demons_painted_coverfinal_full_sizeGuardian Geneva Archer might be more infamous than famous among the supernaturals in Ft. Worth, but when a sexy werewolf enters her territory, she finds herself face to face with her worst fear: save humanity or save her soulmate?

After 800 years of guarding humanity from the things that make your hair stand on end in the dead of night, Geneva Archer is given a two-week vacation to work out her feelings of loneliness and refresh her spirit. With time on her hands, she goes to her favorite club: a place for supernaturals to gather without worrying about human interference. While there, she meets Alex, a compelling werewolf with a demonic side. But instead of blasting him back to hell like her instincts would normally tell her to do, Geneva falls head over heels.

For Alex, Geneva is an answer to prayer. She can free him from the most notorious demon walking the earth—his father. Yuruch isn’t interested in his offspring’s life, just his body—the perfect body for a demon to inhabit. With Alex’s body and powers, Yuruch will become nearly invincible, able to wreak his hellish destruction on humanity from an impenetrable fortress.

In order to get his hands on Alex, Yuruch kidnaps one of Geneva’s sisters, luring both her and Alex into an ambush. After the botched rescue mission, Alex is possessed by Yuruch, leaving Geneva with a dead sister, a destroyed city and no way to get her soulmate back without giving Yuruch everything he desires.

Can Geneva figure out a way to defeat Yuruch and save Alex without sacrificing the very best of humanity in the process? Does she even want to?

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Reviews for Kissing Demons

I reviewed Kissing Demons (The Guardian Novels Book 1)
A real page-turner  13 July 2015Another fast-paced, page-turning, paranormal romance from Jen Winters.
An enchanting tale written from the POV of the heroine, a smart, tough and tender Guardian
I love the writing style, the depth and strength of the many characters, the fascinating and unique world, and the hot yet sweet romance.I am looking forward to reading the next installment.
Angie Fournier Kissing Demons (The Guardian Novels Book 1)
Captivating  August 23, 2015Absolutely one of the best stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading! If you read any paranormal genre, this book needs to be on your TBR list. It’s got everything you never knew you wanted to read.
Scott Borgman reviewed Kissing Demons (The Guardian Novels Book 1)
Add another star, I need 6 for this book!!!  August 17, 2015I was pleasantly surprised with Kissing Demons. It’s told in first person from the viewpoint of the main character, Geneva. Very quickly, I became caught up in the story, and Jen weaves a tale that is extremely well done – giving bits and pieces throughout the story that really bring the not only the main character to life, but the others as well. What becomes so captivating about the story is how intricate the overall world is (set in modern day) without being overwhelming.There is of course a struggle within the book, but it doesn’t actually come about until about halfway through. Until that point, everything before builds a solid base for that last half to stand on. The sheer amount of different aspects that come into play and how Jen weaves them all together is simply amazing. The historical pieces that are referred to throughout the story only make it better, because they blend in with the story in such a way that it’s easy to believe what happened during those occurrences and how they are explained in the story.There are some steamy spots within the book, but like everything else, they make sense when they show up and in fact are actually a necessary part of the story. And nothing is explicitly descriptive when one arrives at those scenes.There were a few places where things felt like they were a bit slower compared to the rest of the book, but nothing so dramatic or overly long that I lost interest in the story.

Overall, the characters were exceptionally well done, the story was interesting and engaging, and the references to various historical incidents had this reader thoroughly enjoying Kissing Demons from beginning to end. Definitely looking forward to coming back for the next book!!!

Falling Angels

What’s worse than losing your job? Falling_Angels_cover
How about losing your life, your home, and everything familiar? I just wanted to work. What did I get in return? A long fucking fall with a sudden stop.

Stranded on earth with little hope for survival and an eternity of banishment ahead of me, I did the only thing I knew—I worked the jobs I could. Until I realized I’d been replaced. Then I got mad.

Eleven thousand years of fighting for my destiny had me broken, bitter, and ready to just give up. And then my best friend blew up Fort Worth and screwed the entire universe in the process. Now I have to save his ass from everyone including the Guardians.

I hate Guardians—those intrusive vixens replaced me, took over my job, and left me utterly useless. But this one, Lavinia, she’s almost as old as I am and she is starting to get under my skin. I can’t concentrate when she’s around—everything about her mystifies me and why the hell do I remember her from before? She shouldn’t even exist! And certainly not in my memory.

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Reviews for Kissing the Rain

I reviewed Falling Angels (The Guardian Novels Book 2)
Wonderful imagination  2 Aug. 2015I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again because I think it’s worth repeating.
Jen Winters has a wonderful imagination!
I love escaping into her world of demons, angels, guardians, werewolves and vampires.
There’s fantastic action, wonderful romance, and plenty of twists that keep you reading and wondering what’s going to happen next.
This is a great addition to the series and I am now patiently (ok impatiently) waiting for the next book.
Dana Busenbark reviewed Falling Angels (The Guardian Novels Book 2)
A toe curling book, looking into the life of a Fallen Angel July 17, 2015This was Ambrose’s story, one of the Fallen Angels. It was a very interesting read, seeing Jen Winters take on how things were created and when and what the Angels were supposed to be doing and why the Thetas were created. How guardians came to be, how Yuruch’s children came to be. There are some pretty unexpected twists in the story arc that just curl your toes for good and curl your toes in an “OMG” fashion. Watching the transformation that Ambrose goes through in this book was fascinating. His thoughts, feelings, moods, his desire to continue working even though he was fallen. It all really made this story cohesive and helps to understand some of the things that happened in the first book that I wondered about. I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, “Raising Hell.” Yuruch’s story definitely needs to be the next one to be told. Especially after what happened in this book. Poor Demon.
Miranda Shanklin reviewed Falling Angels (The Guardian Novels Book 2)
This book grabbed my attention and I couldn’t put it down until I was done with it  July 8, 2015This book is a great continuation of the story. It can be read as a stand alone and you would not feel like you missed anything by not reading the first book.I loved seeing another side of Yuruch that gives me so much more insight into this character. I also liked seeing that even fallen angels can be bitter.This book grabbed my attention and I couldn’t put it down until I was done with it.The creation of the wolves and vampires was an interesting twist in the story. I found myself rooting for the unlikely friendship that saved both Yuruch and Ambrose. There were plenty of twists that have you guessing what will happen next. It is not predictable at all.

Thank you for joining me on my first book spotlight.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Thanks again, Rainne

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