THE VILLAINOUS VISCOUNT by Lucinda Elliot

GENRE: Historical Gothic Spoof, Historical Regency
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About the Book

An appreciative satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, with the eponymous Villainus Viscount, a haunted castle, a family curse, and a spirited heroine.

When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Not only that, but her name featured some way down on the list of eligible heiresses he planned to court. Still,Clarinda has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation…

Yet neither did Clarinda expect to inherit the legacy of a wrongdoing from half a century before. For the wicked if beguiling Lord Venn seems to have inherited a family curse, which, having dispatched the main perpetrators of the old crime, now moves on to their heirs, who are just as wild a set of rakes as their elders. There are rumours of violent deaths preceded by appearances from an inexorable hooded spectre, of inexplicable strikes of lightning, and of haunted mirrors.

The light-hearted Harley Venn dismisses all these as conjuring tricks. He even hires a drunken charlatan of a professional magician to prove it.

Clarinda is far from sure that there is any rational explanation. Still, it would take more than an enforced marriage to an incorrigible pugilistic libertine or persecution from malevolent spectres to damage her steely nerves and sense of the ridiculous.

This lively Gothic comedy, written as a good natured satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, gives the reader a warm-hearted and courageous heroine, a rascally but beguiling anti-hero and an authentic historical background to the delightfully over-the-top adventures, a cast of wholly believable characters, an engaging love story and many chills on its way to its tumultuous conclusion.

Read an Excerpt

‘He tried his beguiling smile again, an expert blend of mischief and underlying sorrow. “You underestimate the influence you could have on me. Bad as I am, and young as you are, I know that you could be my saving angel.”

“No, Sir. But I am happy to hear of your intention to change your way of life, and I wish you all happiness with the young lady who does feel herself equal to the role you honour me by offering.”

She could sense that he was dizzy with humiliation, but refused to let her fortune slip though his fingers so easily. Now, he called on another quality necessary for a pugilist – self-control. Rising from his knees, he took her hands before she could retreat, caressing them. “Clarinda, you remember that you were the only respectable young lady who spoke kindly about poor Foyle’s death. You were not cold and implacable, then.”

Her lips thinned. “I am only so now in refusing your offer of marriage.”

He dropped her hands. “So be it, Ma’am.” Too outraged to make the normal civilities, he turned away.

A blinding flash of lightning outlined the window, where a hooded, cloaked figure stood seemingly suspended on the air. It extended one skeletal hand as if reaching towards them and vanished even as the thunderclap came.

Swearing, Harley Venn dashed to the window. As the peal of thunder died away, Clarinda came up behind him. “We saw that oddity before.” She gazed about the empty street below. “This time it has appeared at a first floor window. That is extraordinary.”’

My Review

Not your usual Regency romance. All the usual inflections are there but with a great supernatural element thrown in for good measure.

Author Lucinda Elliot does a good job with both the humor and the romance even though I was not overly taken by Harley’s character.

If you enjoy comic relief, the Regency period, and a bit of weird, you will like this book.

About the Author

Lucinda Elliot has recently become the proud honouree of the B.R.A.G medallion for outstanding fiction for her Gothic historical paranormal romance, ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’ – (available from amazon both in print and on Kindle for the very low price of 0.99 plus VAT, as the author writes to share her stories, not to make a profit).

She was born in England and loves writing Gothic stories – as she grew up living in a series of isolated rambling period houses, in Buckinghamshire, Devonshire and North Wales among other places that would make perfect settings for such stories, that may not be surprising.

After that she lived and worked in London for many years, and now lives in mid Wales with her family, and has greatly improved her Welsh, but there is some way to go.

She loves working out and weight training, and was once a Sportsfighter (long since retired). She likes body sculpting, too. She shows a geeky streak in her interests such as classic novels, history and environmental matters.

She loves creating strong female characters to provide an effective counterpoint to the gung-ho males. She can’t resist putting humour into all of her writing, dark or otherwise.

Her latest novel ‘The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse of the Venns’, another historical Gothic with undercurrents of dark humour, came out in August 2016.

At present she is working on a sequel for ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’.

When reading ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’ the author hopes the reader will laugh out loud as well as shudder at Sophie’s Gothic horrors as she becomes trapped in a great house staffed by the wicked Emile’s band of brigands.

When reading ‘Ravensdale’ she hopes to give the reader a laugh and a journey through an over-the-top romantic highwayman (and highwaywoman) adventure that sends up the tropes of traditional historical romance.

‘Aleks Sager’s Daemon’, a fantasy novel revolving around an author obsessed by the life of the tragic Russian author Alexander Pushkin, is darker, but she hopes the reader has to smile at parts, for all that.

In ‘The Villainous Viscount’ the author provides some more Gothic tropes she has always enjoyed – a haunted castle with secret passages, a family curse, and a vengeful spectre. Add to this the wicked but beguiling young pugilistic Viscount, the plain but sensuous bride he has married to get his wandering hands on her fortune, and a vivid cast of secondary characters, and the usual comedy and the reader is in for a lively read.

Authors always have worked out far more about their characters than they can possibly show in a book, even a longish one – not to mention all that clutter in their heads gleaned from historical research, etc. Lucinda Elliot’s blog fills in these sorts of details about her characters.

Lucinda Elliot hopes you will visit her BLOG if you would like to find out more about her books, the characters themselves, her other writing, her literary criticism, and reviews of both traditionally published and self-published novels.

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August 13: Mythical Books
August 13: Kimmi Love
August 20: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 20: Travel The Ages
August 27: T’s Stuff – promo
August 27: Let me tell you a story
August 27: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 3: Laura’s Interests
September 3: Locks, Hooks and Books

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Nancy

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FLIP THE BEAT by Roxanne D. Howard

GENRE:   Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
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About the Book

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.

Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn’t given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.

Read an Excerpt

“Thanks, guys.” Evan’s smooth voice came over the mic while the guitar music died. “We’re gonna take a quick break, but we’ll be back in ten, so stick around.” He hopped off the low stage to scattered applause and whistles. Molly schooled the smirk on her face as he sidled past the flirting girls and made his way toward their table.

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the Wonder Twins, TWT, Inc.”

He slid into the empty space beside Molly in the booth. She exchanged an amused look with Nell. He’d christened them with the moniker upon moving in. They were never Nell and Molly, but Fischer and Ivers, TWT. Their eye color, skin, and facial features couldn’t be more different, but they were both the same height, petite-figured, and had wide, generous mouths and lots of hair.

“So, where’s the right-wing Republican boyfriend tonight?” he asked.

He stretched his arm over the back of Molly’s seat in a casual way. His forefinger grazed the edge of her earlobe, and a pleasant shiver ran through her.

“I thought you two were attached at the hip.”

Molly went silent and looked at her drink. Great, here it came.

“They broke up,” Nell chipped in.

Molly gave her a look of mock gratitude from across the table as Evan turned to her in surprise. His sexy hazel eyes searched hers. She waited for one of his classic Evan Castle comments, but the solemnity in his expression told her he wouldn’t give any.

He whistled low. “Sorry, Ivers, that sucks. You guys were together for a while.”

She hid her cringe as she took another sip of her drink. “Yeah…” Gulp, gulp, uncomfortable silence.

The drummer in Evan’s band called over to him, and Evan told him he’d be right there. He rapped his knuckles on the table and flashed them both a flirty smile.

“Well, Ivers,” he said as he slid out of the booth. “You’ll have a lot of attention to deal with, now that you’re back in the jungle with the rest of us primates. Do me a favor, eh, and don’t forget to put a bag over your head when you go out from now on, or you’ll have every guy in the room at your feet and beating down your door. Then I’ll never be able to talk to you.” He gave her a cheeky wink and walked off.

Molly turned crimson. Nell mouthed, Wow! as she put her palm over heart, and her jaw dropped open. They watched him walk off.

“What a compliment and a half! I did wonder why you two never got together. He always looks at you like he’s about to walk you against a wall and have at you.”

“What? No, he looks at all the girls like that. He’s just sweet and being a total flirt.” Molly waved it off, but her heartbeat accelerated as she remembered when he had, indeed, taken her against a wall their third time the night they’d spent together.

About the Author

Roxanne D. Howard writes sizzling erotic romance with Boroughs Publishing Group and The Wild Rose Press. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and a Columbia College alumni. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, children, and furry companions. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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August 6: Romance Novel Giveaways
August 6: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
August 7: Christine Young
August 7: The Book Connecton
August 8: The Avid Reader
August 8: Readeropolis
August 9: Erotica For All
August 9: Jazzy Book Reviews
August 9: The Tired Buyer
August 10: Fabulous and Brunette
August 10: Sharing Links and Wisdom

August 13: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
August 13: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
August 14: Punya Reviews…
August 14: Wake Up Your Wild Side
August 15: BooksChatter
August 15: Linda Nightingale…Musings
August 16: In A Dream Beyond
August 16: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
August 17: Kimmi Love
August 17: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 17: Bri’s Book Nook – review

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Nancy

Posted in Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult | 8 Comments

CROSS DROP by Elizabeth Hartey

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
SERIES: On the Edge (Book 2)

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About the Book

Nikki

I’m not a saint. Never claimed to be. I’ve played the game and scored my fair share—both on and off the field. This is why I should have known better than to fall for a hockey player. But I did. I fell fast and hard.

Now I’m left with the painful consequences, reminded every day of how reckless I had been by giving him my heart so easily—so willingly. Dalt broke me in the cruelest of ways, and because of him I’ll never be able to love again.

Dalt

Nikki changed me. She made me want to be a better man. My days playing off the field were over because she owned every little piece of my heart…until she left, leaving behind a gnawing ache where my heart used to be.

Now she’s back, and it’s painfully clear she hates me, ignoring me, pretending like I’m nobody to her. But that’s just too damn bad. I want answers. I want a goddamn explanation.

And most of all…I want her.

Read an Excerpt

Here’s the problem. Well, not exactly a problem, more like a dilemma: an I’m-one- lucky-sonovabitch versus sometimes-I-wish-I-wasn’t-quite-so-lucky, dilemma. Nik is every guy’s fantasy come to life. She can keep up with the guys at everything. At sports? A champion at everything she tries. Soccer? She moves the ball with such speed and accuracy, she makes any guy playing against her resemble a statue. Talking teams? She can rattle off players and team stats faster than Howard Cosell ever could. She can match any guy beer for beer and then some. But even with all her badassery at keeping up with the boys, she’s a goddess of womanhood, with an angel face, and a body built to bring men to their knees. Full tits, round ass, lean muscle, platinum blonde hair down to her waist. Yup. Every man’s fantasy, and there isn’t one guy in this bar right now whose dick isn’t pointing right at her. The fact her exuberance has escalated to a this-may-be-something- she’ll-regret-in-the-morning level isn’t helping to keep the drooling dirtbags away from her.

She’s on top of one of the tables at the Thirsty Whale Pub, dancing and singing We Could Be Heroes at the top of her lungs. Which isn’t bad—Nik’s hot when she sings and dances. Except the way she’s obviously feeling the shots has things a little too torrid. Her micro-mini skirt is flashing glimpses of her lacy purple thong and tight, apple bottom cheeks to everyone in the bar as she sways. The only way I’d be enjoying this level of heated happiness is if she were doing it solely for me on top of my table at home.

My Review

The second book in the On the Edge Series, Cross Drop, is a well-written example a compelling sports romance. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Cross Stroke, first as a lot of the main characters’ history is set up in that book.

Because of the past history, the first part of Cross Drop was a bit confusing. However, as the couples’ issues came to light, the book picks up nicely.

Ordinarily I’m not a fan of books where the differences could possibly be solved by a heartfelt conversation. I was concerned this would be the case. However, with Nikki and Dalt, there were too many issues and a level of distrust that made solving their problems in one sitting next to impossible.

This is a very interesting take on sticking with a romance through thick and thin. I appreciated the hero’s determination. If you’re a fan of sports romances and, in particular, hunky hockey stars, I’m confident you will enjoy this book.

About the Author

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. The wild ride of writing books is one of the most difficult things she’s ever done in her life. But the opportunity to get her stories out of her head and down on paper and send them out into the world is also one of the most wonderful things she’s ever done. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. And having readers fall in love with her characters as much as she does is almost as exciting as giving birth (just not as painful!) When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, watching old classic movies and travelling.

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August 15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 15: Sea’s Nod
August 22: Romance Novel Giveaways
August 22: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 22: The Reading Addict
August 29: Kimmi Love
August 29: Fabulous and Brunette
September 5: Natural Bri
September 5: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
September 5: Sapphyria’s Books

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It’s been my pleasure being the kick-off stop for Elizabeth’s review tour. Please come back again on Friday and all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance | 3 Comments

THE FORTRESS by Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey

We Asked the Author …

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

Any of four, and that include men.

Either Marc or Alix, the two protagonists, two mismatched people who would have never looked at each other had the war not thrown them in a battle for survival and revenge. They meet at the edge of defeat and find in each other the strength to overcome. Marc, a complicated man who is a blend of all the men I have loved, their steely strength and emotional secrets—no masculinity is too toxic there—I have always imagined as Russell Crowe. I’m not sure who Alix is, the woman I wish I were, I guess, calm but passionate, intelligent and organic. Isn’t it why we write, to re-invent ourselves? I also love Angélique, a very emancipated woman who sees herself as an experiment for God to test man’s endurance to Evil. And finally, I could have Lovrenc, the Slovene warrior, who can be cruel and tender almost at the same time, coldly rational and as superstitious as a medieval peasant, and insanely brave. All my characters are brave.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Because it’s a Historical, part of the plot is a product of the political and historical forces that shaped WWII in France. I wanted to do justice to the conflicting truths of men, women, families, rivals, religions, collaborators, communists, nationalists and simple French patriots during the Nazi occupation of my beloved Alp mountains. The plot is simply a way to let them speak for themselves.

But there in the middle of my noble historical mission, a love story was born, and once it takes roots, it drives the narrative. Marc has pledged his life to defend the Vercors, and he is a man of his word. It is with genuine distress that he discovers his attraction to Alix, and he fights it. The tension that builds between them, driven by irrepressible attraction and conflict, is shaped not by the violence that unfolds around them, rather than superficial sexual drama. That love story made the writing almost hypnotic for me.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Never outside some very obscure recess of my consciousness. It never came it to the surface, for a ton of—obviously invalid—reasons, the main one being, writing in a foreign language is rather daunting. I didn’t think I could pull it. With college, children, and job pressures, I didn’t have the time to even consider it. And I think I did not—could not—still do not—consider myself to be a writer. I see myself as a multifaceted person, like all of us, who happen to write as one of the things a person can do. I am a wife, a mother, a teacher. I am Christian, I am a woman—but not a feminist. In fact, I am nothing that ends in ist, unless it’s individualist. My day job is teaching a wonderful bunch of non-verbal high-schoolers, a real challenge for someone who lives to share ideas. The positive side is that I won’t get in trouble with my school district for jumping on my soap box and voicing politically incorrect ideas. I like to work, it provides a wealth of details and ideas I can adapt to my stories, particularly the MS I’m working on now. Needless to say, I am happy with the release of my first book, and I hope it is read and appreciated by many.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? When I draft, it’s red wine, beer, or some Vodka with mango nectar and Perrier. Sober when I edit or plot.
  2. Music preference? My favorite question. I go from Beethoven to Finnish death metal. Everything in between seems bland. My favorite bands are Wolfheart, Insomnium, Ghost Brigade, and Swallow the sun. Wolfheart is playing a small club in Richmond end of October. Can’t wait!
  3. Favorite movie? I watch very few movies, but I can always watch Braveheart, It’s a Wonderful Life, Gladiator, or The Princess Bride for the fiftieth time. I also adore a French movie called Les Visiteurs.
  4. Dog, cat, or other? God’s gift to man, dogs. In fact the dog in my book, Mikko (the name of my favorite Finnish metal singer), is really my beloved dog, Karl. I couldn’t think of a story without him.
  5. Favorite author? Väinö Linna, a Finnish author, naturally. The work that made him famous is Under the Northern star, a story of hard work, loyalty, forgiveness, and amazing courage during the ferocious civil war in Finland. Read it. Akseli Koskela will show you what a real man looks like.

GENRE:   WWII Historical

About the Book

The war has not made much of difference in Alix’s life. Her father has seen to it that she grows up unaware, unworried, but safe in her tiny village under the cliffs of the Vercors. All around her he has built a fortress whose walls are impregnable—until the 27th of April, 1944. That day he makes a stupid mistake up on the cliff, and the walls of the Fortress start crashing down. Reality breaks into Alix’s life with unrelenting violence, unforeseen possibilities. From now on, every decision she makes will mean life or death.

Read an Excerpt

“Honey, if anybody’s looking for it up here, it means you’re already dead. So it won’t matter to you. Listen now. People will call you on the other phone, the one downstairs, and give you coded messages. As a rule it will be about movements in our direction, Germans, Militia, or even new recruits for our camps. Remember, the security of Mortval depends on you. Here is a list of codes. You must memorize all of them and get rid of the list.”

She started to read. “The strawberries are in their juice. Your walnuts were wormy. You can’t put rabbit in the cassoulet.” She looked up. “Are they all about food?”

“No. Read the next one.”

“Yvette préfère les grosses carrottes. Well?”

“Well, it’s not about food.”

“Yvette préfère… Oh. I understand now. Did you come up with that one?”

“I thought it would be memorable.”

“It’s lovely. I bet the British are impressed.”

About the Author

Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey was born in the French Alps, moved to the United States twenty-five years later, and currently lives in the mountains of Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and Mikko.

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June 4: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
June 4: B-Gina Review – promo
June 11: Christine Young
June 18: Edgar’s Books
June 25: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
July 9: The Avid Reader
July 16: Mythical Books
July 16: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
July 23: A Writer’s Life
July 23: Mixed Book Bag
July 30: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
August 6: Readeropolis
August 13: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 20: Iron Canuck – review only
August 20: Author C.A.Mlson
August 27: Beyond Romance
August 27: BooksChatter
September 3: Jazzy Book Reviews
September 10: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
September 17: T’s Stuff
September 17: Liz’s Reading Life
September 24: Fabulous and Brunette
October 1: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
October 8: Let me tell you a story
October 15: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 22: Long and Short Reviews

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Nancy

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PATH TO PASSION by Nana Prah

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance
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About the Book

Heir to his family’s global empire, branding genius Miguel Astacio turns everything into marketing gold. Only his best friend’s sister seems immune to his magic touch.

Until Tanya Carrington comes to him to save her floundering nightclub. Miguel is ready to rectify past mistakes. But will his supreme sacrifice win the heart of the woman he loves?

Read an Excerpt

Firm hands held her by the shoulders and turned her around before she could grip the handle of the door. When he pulled her in close, she pressed her hands against his chest and tried to push away. She really did, but ended up gripping the lapels of his suit jacket so she could rest her head against his broad chest.

For the first time since the night he’d destroyed her, she released the pain she’d been holding in. The sobs shook her body as he rubbed her back. She cried so hard that his words were lost on her, but the calming vibrations passing into her chest soothed. When the dam finally closed, she sniffled as the hiccups made their unfortunate appearance.

He released her and looked down into what must look like a monstrous mess of a face. Wiping the tears from her cheeks with the pads of his thumbs, her heart stilled when for the briefest of moments, he angled his head as if he was coming in for a kiss. Her captured breath burned within her lungs in anticipation, ready to relive his soft lips pressed to hers. Her nipples tightened at the prospect. Without warning, he stepped away.

Leading her to the couch, he sat her down and handed her a box of tissues. The unladylike sound that came when she blew her nose didn’t make her feel any more comfortable. He went to the refrigerator, took out a bottle of water and twisted off the cap before handing it to her.

Tanya gulped the liquid to reduce the flame of mortification heating her head while she avoided his gaze. Had she actually thought he’d kiss her? She may have lost weight and looked okay, but he could have any woman in the world. Why would he want her? She’d never forget how he’d treated her.

About the Author

Nana Prah first discovered romance in a book from her eight grade summer reading list and has been obsessed with it ever since. Her fascination with love inspired her to write in her favorite genre where happily-ever-after is the rule.

She is a published author of contemporary, multicultural romances. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s, over-indulging in chocolate, enjoying life with friends and family, and tormenting nursing students into being the best nurses the world has ever seen. Nana loves to connect with her readers.

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July 30: Fabulous and Brunette
July 30: Christine Young
July 31: Romance Novel Giveaways
July 31: Books,Dreams,Life
August 1: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
August 1: Long and Short Reviews
August 2: Edgar’s Books
August 2: T’s Stuff
August 2: B-Gina Review
August 3: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
August 3: The Avid Reader

August 6: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 6: Two Ends of the Pen
August 6: The Reading Addict
August 7: So Many Books
August 7: Lisa Book Blog
August 8: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
August 9: Rachel Brimble Romance
August 9: Kathleen’s Place to Reflect
August 9: Buried Under Romance
August 10: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 10: Linda Nightingale…Author

August 13: The Layaway Dragon
August 13: Kimmi Love
August 14: Bookaholic
August 14: The Tired Buyer – review
August 15: Books to Light Your Fire
August 15: Viviana MacKade
August 16: Harlie’s Books – review
August 16: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
August 17: Jazzy Book Reviews
August 17: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance

August 20: Hearts and Scribbles
August 20: BooksChatter
August 21: underneath the covers
August 21: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
August 22: Author C.A.Milson
August 22: wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
August 23: Mixed Book Bag
August 23: Independent Authors
August 24: Author Deborah A Bailey
August 24: Readeropolis

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Nancy

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ISLAND ON FIRE by Sophie Schiller

GENRE:   Historical Thriller
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About the Book

In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past.

At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?

Read an Excerpt

Emilie flushed with excitement. She placed her hand in Lt. Remy’s and they began to dance, absorbing the rhythm with their feet, legs, and hips. Colors blended into one, and song and laughter rang in their ears, the music almost lifting them off their feet. Remy did his best to follow the steps, which were faster and more free-flowing than what he was used to, while Emilie sang along in the local patois. As they twirled across the dance floor, the rum coursed through their veins, making their steps lighter, their laughter merrier, their closeness more apparent.

All at once they stopped dancing. Rémy pulled her close and kissed her. Emilie melted into his embrace, caressing his head and neck, forgetting all her problems and worries. It was only until this moment that she realized how much she had longed for him.

“You are lovely,” he said, caressing her face. “But I suppose many men have told you that.”

“You are the first,” she said. “The first man I’ve ever loved.”

He stared in her eyes and said nothing. She laid her head against his chest, and they continued dancing until the early-morning hours. Then, when all was quiet, they headed out into the night, the laughter and music still ringing in their ears.

My Review

Island on Fire is a well-written, historically accurate look at the island and the people of Martinique during their most vulnerable time in history.

I enjoyed the picture author Sophie Schiller painted of the lush scenery, the danger of the volcano, and the peek into the art of voodoo. I would have liked a bit more character development between Emilie and Remy, although the lack of genuine chemistry between the two did not detract from the engaging historical aspects of the story itself.

If you enjoy a book filled with enticing scenery and historical significance, with a hint of romance, I believe you will by happy with this book.

About the Author

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century, the Pompeii of the Caribbean. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY

Sophie’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Sophie Schiller will be awarding a travel size Exotic French noix de coco perfume and shower gel (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like.

July 31: The Avid Reader
July 31: The Tired Buyer
July 31: My Reading Journeys
August 7: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 7: Locks, Hooks and Books
August 7: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 14: Let me tell you a story
August 14: Kimmi Love
August 14: A Chick Who Reads
August 21: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
August 21: Bookaholic

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Sophie for this stop on her tour. Please come back again soon for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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RESCUED BY THE CAPTAIN by Laura A. Barnes

GENRE: Historical Romance
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About the Book

Abandoned at sea

When Ivy Mallory awakens; she finds herself on the ship of the man who rejected her love years earlier. While he was away working for the Crown, she embraced the London Seasons trying to forget him. Caught in the middle of a treason plot; she must help save her brother. To do so she needs to put her trust in the one man who can protect her. But can she protect her heart from loving him again?

Found at sea

Captain Marcus Thornhill never imagined he would find a lady floating unconscious in a lifeboat out in the middle of the open sea. But it wasn’t any lady, it was Ivy. Seven years earlier he rejected her love for a life at sea. As he rescues her he gets involved in a treason plot that will bring the war to their beloved shores of England. As he unravels the plot he is unable to deny his desire for her. Is he too late in saving her and the love he has for her?

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As she was digging through the trunk her hand brushed across a book. Ivy pulled it out and realized that it was a book of poems that she had lost around the time Marcus left. She opened

the first page and saw her name written across the page as she always did with her books. Flipping through the book, she noticed the pages that she had turned down at the corners of her favorite poems. The pages were worn and had been handled many times. Marcus must have read the book a lot. She came to the back cover of the book where a red rose lay resting against a poem that was handwritten in. The poem was written in Marcus’s handwriting inside the back cover. The title of the poem was:

Ivy My Love
Your love is like a vine
Forever clinging to my heart
It tangles up in between my jagged thorns
I try to break apart
To free myself from your love
But you have grown so heavy in my thoughts
I will let you go for now
For you need to grow wild and free
But I will return to you with my love
And our love will cling forever between the ivy and the
Thorns

A tear slowly slid down Ivy’s face, followed by more. Ivy glided her fingers across the words on the page, feeling the power of them down to her soul. She wanted to ask Marcus about the poem but knew that she couldn’t.

About the Author

I have always dreamed of being an aspiring author. I am making my dreams come true, one word at a time. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England and Scotland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon.

Laura’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | BookBub

A Giveaway

Laura A. Barnes will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a two-week tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like.

July 30: Independent Authors
July 30: let me tell you a story
July 31: Christine Young
July 31: Fabulous and Brunette
August 1: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 1: Author C.A. Milson
August 2: Long and Short Reviews
August 2: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
August 2: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
August 3: A Chick Who Reads
August 3: The Reading Addict
August 6: Iron Canuck
August 6: Jazzy Book Reviews
August 6: The Book Connection
August 7: Kimmi Love
August 7: The Avid Reader
August 8: Beyond Romance
August 8: Edgar’s Books
August 8: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
August 9: Punya Reviews…
August 9: Two Ends of the Pen
August 10: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
August 10: Mixed Book Bag

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It has been my pleasure hosting Laura for this stop on her tour. Please come back again soon for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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A Busy Audio Book Season Part 1: The Vessel

These past couple of months have been crazy-busy! Just since June I’ve seen four of my books turned into audio books with another three to go before September!

For those who are curious about the process, I thought I’d share exactly how it works. Note: this may differ for self-published authors’ books, but this is how it works when your publisher handles the back and forth between the narrators and the finished product.

Step 1: Once you’ve signed an audio book contract with your publisher, they use your request parameters to put out a call for auditions. Sometimes you get one or two, sometimes more.

Step 2: You listen to the audition clips and choose the one you think best suits your story. The publisher does have input here but, so far, they’ve always gone with my choice.

Step 3: You receive an audio clip of the first chapter. This is where you listen for issues with tone, accent, pace, and make suggestions. If all is well, the narrator completes the book using your suggestions/requests.

Step 4: You received the entire book, broken down by chapters in separate audio files. Using the final pdf of your book, you go through chapter by chapter looking for mistakes in the recording. There’s an audio galley form you fill out with chapter, page number, and audio recording time, to help guide the narrator to the required correction.

Step 5: Once the corrections have been made, you either get the files for the entire book one last time (depends on the publisher), or you get the files that pertain only to the requested corrections. Once this final process is complete, you sit back and wait for your book to go live on the various audio platforms.

Personally, I usually have an idea going into the project as to the type of narrator I want. For instance, my futuristic/paranormal/alien romance, The Vessel, is written entirely in the hero’s point-of-view. So, of course, my preference was for a male narrator … and boy did I get a great one in D. Paul Faulkner! Here’s a recap of the story:

A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.

Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.

Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes through both safe and hostile territory.

What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?

You can listen to a 4-minute sample at Audible.

And, of course, there’s a trailer …

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at The Vessel. I’ll preview my other summer audio books in upcoming posts.

Until then, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying cool in the heat!

Nancy

 

 

 

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THE CYCLE OF HARM by M H Snowy

GENRE: Fantasy
Amazon

About the Book

Nightmares or waking dreams? Only the keeper of the Legend knows… and it’s up to him to keep them from Harm!

By day, Jeffery is the best friend of Montague the Magician. By night, he’s the powerful warrior, Harm, The Legend, who leads a band of Berserkers—ridding the land of evil while saving villages by the score. Only Montague knows the villagers also have to cough up a hefty pouch of coin for the privilege of being rescued!

All Jeffery knows is he has no memory of any battle he fights. Under the Spirit of Lohocla, he awakens the morning after the battle barely able to think for the pain in his skull and the lethargy in his body. The more Jeffery tries to discover his lost memories, the vaguer Montague becomes until it’s too late not to tell the truth—at least part of it. But how could Jeffery ever imagine his entire life may be smoke and mirrors… just ephemeral fragments of dreams?

THE CYCLE OF HARM—enter a world of magic, mayhem, and mystery you may never be able to leave… if the Spirit of Lohocla captures you in its embrace!

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The sharp sounds of boots on the stone floor outside interrupted his lament. Two guards dragged something heavy; Harm had returned, and he couldn’t walk.

The corner in which Montague crouched lay opposite the door: a standard thick, heavy, wooden affair bolted from the outside which opened inwards. He stood so the guards would spot him when they opened the peep-hole, a politeness appropriate to receive visitors, though they wouldn’t open the door until he did. But upon standing, he felt diminished anew without his cloak, not as impressive, no different from any other person in a no-longer white shirt and brown pants belted to keep from falling.

The peep-hole banged open and the guard’s eye scowled through the opening, a satisfied grunt indicated everything was to the gaoler’s satisfaction.

“Ready to tell us what we want to know, little man?”

Montague winced inside as the gaoler’s bad breath stuck at him like a knife. He drew himself up to his full height and thrust an imposing finger at the guard. “Fool!” He kept his tone low and ominous. “Fool! I know such truths to make you gibber in the corner as the fear drove you mad. No one must know the truths I do.”

The guard quailed, before remembering on which side of the door he stood. “Er, is that a ‘no’?”

“Yes!”

The guard’s confused expression didn’t clear. “Do you mean ‘yes’ as in yes, or ‘yes’ it’s a no?”

“Inept moron!” Montague raged, his patience never the strong suit. “Yes, it’s a no!”

My Review

The Cycle of Harm is a well-written fantasy of magic and mayhem. The story starts off with a bang and just keeps going!

It’s difficult to discuss my favorite parts of the book without giving away an integral part of the plot … that’s how neatly the author has packaged her story.

Suffice it to say, I will read more by this author. If you’re a fan of beautifully created fantasy worlds where nothing is what it seems, this could very well be the next book you’ll want to read!

About the Author

Melindra Hattfield Snowy, a part-time writer and full-time dreamer, who of course prefers to be known as MH, has penned The Cycle of Harm. She is also the author of the first three adventures of The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson, which are collected in her first novel, The Nights Too Dark, described as chock-full of fun where the end of the world meets Groundhog Day.

MH has also penned several short stories including We Three Laws of Robotics Are and The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii which explains how road rage is result the result of an alien invasion.

When not writing or occupied with her dual-identity, MH walks through the mountains with her partner or tries to unravel the secrets of her great-grandmother, an adventuress who disembarked from the French steamer Laos in 1931 seeking to uncover rumours of Mayan temples deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and disappeared, never to be heard of again.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

A Giveaway

MH Snowy will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four week review tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to get to know the author, the book, and to enter the drawing.

July 18: Long and Short Reviews
July 25: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
July 25: Kimmi Love
August 1: A Chick Who Reads
August 1: Locks, Hooks and Books
August 1: Let me tell you a story
August 8: Kit ‘N Kabookle
August 8: Journey of a Bookseller
August 8: Declarations of a Fangirl

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop in MH Snowy’s tour. Please come back again soon for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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MURDER GONE MISSING by Lida Sideris

GENRE:   Mystery (light-hearted)
SERIES: The Southern California Mysteries (Book 2)

Amazon

About the Book

Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry.

They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads. Armed with attitude and romantic feelings toward Michael, Corrie dives into a school of suspects to find the slippery fugitive. Will she clear Michael’s name before he’s arrested for murder?

Read an Excerpt

I moved toward the pick-up and stopped behind Squalley’s Honda. The flat had been fixed, but the dent in the bumper hadn’t been touched. So why was the car still hitched to Ian’s truck? “Veera, keep a sharp eye out.”

“I only do sharp.” She scanned the grounds. “You think the body’s still in that trunk?”

I pulled out an extra slim screwdriver and paperclip from my purse. “No, but there should be some sign that the body was in there.” I hoped. I shoved the ends of the paperclip and screwdriver into the keyhole.

After a good amount of twisting and pumping, the trunk clicked and lifted slightly. “Bingo.” I peered inside.

“What do you see?” Veera edged toward me. She leaned in to peek in the trunk. “Oh my.”

My Review

The second book in the Southern California Mystery Series, Murder Gone Missing works well as a stand-alone book. There was some obvious crossover from the first book and it was filtered in when needed.

The dialogue is quirky and fun, the red-herrings entertaining, and the resolution satisfying. I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of secondary characters. Their presence added volume to the book but not necessarily substance.

However, if you’re in the mood for some witty fun with a twist of mystery, this is a perfect book for a lazy day read.

About the Author

Lida Sideris is the author of the Southern California Mystery series, the latest of which, MURDER GONE MISSING, was published by Level Best Books.

She writes soft-boiled mysteries and was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship award.

To learn more about Lida, please visit: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A Giveaway

Lida Sideris will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like to learn more about the author, the book, or enter the giveaway.

July 10: Sharing Links and Wisdom
July 10: Andi’s Book Reviews
July 10: Mixed Book Bag
July 17: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
July 17: Fire Dancing for Fun and Profit
July 24: Jane Reads
July 24: Kimmi Love
July 24: Bookaholic
July 31: Iron Canuck
July 31: The Book Connection

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Lida on this stop of her tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways!

Nancy

 

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