Birthday Surprise :) – 2021 edition

Hello and welcome!

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As I walk out of the office, hungry, tired, and annoyed with those who surround me at work, I hear a soft voice calling to me from above and see a Tantalarian…. Wait, there are two of them. They looks so familiar, they remind me of Kyllan.

We have come to take you on a short trip.One explains.

I can’t believe I am hearing this, short trip? How short and by whose standards? Then again I have to question what I have to lose? Tantalarians, and they are dressed in their ceremonial costumes. I have no intention of making this easy on them though, even if I have nowhere better to go. I am also going to be alone in the apartment for hours before my son gets back from his outing with friends.

“I want to know your names.”

I am Kystan,one of the winged Tantalarians introduces himself.

I am Kyran,the other follows.

We are here to take you to see some of your friends,Kystan announces as he holds out a hand to me.

Past, present, or future? I tease.

Anything is possible on certain days of our lives, especially when we have friends with connections, Kyran snickers.

Oh yes, this could be interesting.

Within seconds we are all air bound and I have to stifle a scream at the speed we are traveling. I can hear Kyran speaking to me in my mind. You will be safe with us, my lady. We give you our promise. We are only taking you to the mother ship, everything is set up there. It would take too long to go to Tantalus.

My immediate thought is that Kyllan can’t be at the controls or he would show them what is too long or not, especially if Vasalon is playing the part of second in command.

The moment we arrive, I am whisked away to a large room where there are scenes set up for me to check out. The room smells of pine and starflowers, there are other exotic scents in the air that I cannot place and I wonder what they are. As the thought runs through my mind a dark haired Elf I remember meeting mere days ago walks out of a scene and smiles as he offers me his arm to escort me further into the room. It is Raven, and I am intrigued as he speaks, There are others who would like to be remembered by you awaiting you beyond.

I move forward, and it is like walking on a cloud. Raven takes me to the entrance of another scene, and I watch as a blond Elf comes to the opening and holds out his arms to me, Eniko, you remember me, your very first Elven lover? They say a woman never forgets her first.

Marious!I give a squeal and run into his arms to be embraced.You are so right, you never forget your first love, and you are still in my heart.

He moves aside and another blonde Elf takes his place, and I see my one true Emperor of love.

He holds out his arms to catch me and laughs happily then leads me further into the room where there is a fireplace that emits warmth, as well as the scent of burning pinecones. It seems you do remember me after all. Come, we will talk for a while, and then you will go on to meet others who are waiting to see you.

Are you real? I can’t help but wonder.

As real as anything in this universe,Loth answers with an enigmatic grin.

After a short time, another blond Elf walks through the doorway and smiles at me, It is time to move on. I know I was not one of your favorites, but I don’t mind. I should hope that you do remember me with some fondness though.

I smile. The silver-blue eyes are dead giveaway. Gabriel! You did manage to make me fond of you in the end though.I laugh while I wink at him.

Within moments I am standing before Kyllan and he is wearing his ceremonial garment, Hallelujah! He smiles at me and opens his wings to invite me closer for a Tantalarian hug. Before I emerge from within his embrace, there are others like him, Kystan, Kyran, Vasalon, Trysuil, and … shock of a lifetime, Mitchell! All wearing their ceremonial costumes. We barely have time to share greetings, hugs, a few memories, and I am being taken to another corner of the ship, there I am left alone.

The lights grow dim until there is only the glow of candlelight to lead me forward in the distance. The scent of starflowers saturates the air, and they line the path I follow. There in the opening to an opulent room stands a lone Elf. He smiles, holds out his arms to welcome me in, and I break into a run. “Athiän!” I cry as I am cradled in his arms and he kisses me. Happy birthday, my one and only. I have made it possible for us to spend time together on this day. For you, nothing is too much to hope for.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Surprised by visitors from Tantalus

Hello and welcome!

Read on my surprise visit I got yesterday.

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A knock on my door gives warning that I am about to have guests, and considering the time of the day, I assume it isn’t just anyone. I open the door and can’t stop the squeal of delight I give. “Kyllan!”

It has been ages.

I quickly open the door wider to allow Kyllan to come in, and note that he is being followed by an Elf, or someone I assume is an Elf. What is this about?

Kyllan opens his arms and invites me in for a hug, which I am more than glad to accept, as well as return. It has been entirely too long since we have met, Eniko. I am glad to see you again.

I agree, I reply, as I watch the man behind Kyllan. The Elf is gorgeous, but not the way Loth is. He is cheeky though, as he smiles at me before winking.

Kyllan catches the wink and frowns as he turns to make the introduction. “This is the newest member of our Tantalarian planet, or at least should I say the newest of many whom I have gotten to know about. I have come here to solicit your help. His name is Raven.

I hold out my hand to shake Raven’s and he smiles openly as he bows, takes my hand in his and presses a kiss to my knuckles. What a charming friend you have, Kyllan. You didn’t mention that we were travelling to meet such a gracious and charming lady.

I clear my throat, recognizing an act when I see one. Raven’s actions make me wonder what is going on here. I know how to play this though. Welcome to my home, Raven. Please come in, can I get you two some refreshments?

Kyllan smiles and answers with a smile that tells me he is amused and can see right through me. I frown at him and send him a thought, It isn’t polite to peek.

Kyllan replies, “You are broadcasting.In a more vocal manner, he adds, You know what I like.

I definitely do, but how about your friend, Raven? I wonder.

Raven’s eyes narrow slightly as he also smiles and answers, I prefer my water as fresh from a spring stream as I can get it.

I falter for a moment then nod, I can see what I can do, but distilled is probably as close to that as I can get.

Raven replies, I am sure it will be perfect, coming from you.

The man is up to something. He is being too obviously charming. I toss Kyllan a quick glance and send him a question, What is this all about?

Kyllan quells a grin as he answers me telepathically, I am not sure, I was hoping you could help me ferret the answer out of Raven.

As I place the bottles of cold water before Kyllan, Raven, and myself, I begin my interrogation, I am assuming that as you are with Kyllan, Raven, that M.A. had something to do with you meeting each other.

Raven gives no indication that he knows what I am talking about, M.A.?

Alright, now I know for sure I am being stonewalled. M.A. Abraham, the one who writes about Tantalus?

Ahh,Raven gives a nod of recognition, then takes a drink. I know of her, and yes, she did introduce Kyllan and I. However, she didn’t mention much about anyone from Earth. I assume we are on the planet Earth. Kyllan didn’t tell me where we were heading, but I know something about this system. The Phoenixes tell us much about the different world that surround Tantalus.

I reply, I am assuming she hasn’t done a lot of talking about you to anyone else though. Can you tell me why?

As I talk to Raven I can’t help but appreciate the view, shoot me, I am still breathing and he is stacked. He is also the polar opposite to Loth in coloring, having dark chestnut hair, bright blue eyes, and the type of physique a woman can appreciate. Oh yes, he is also dressed in leather from top to bottom.

Raven gives a shrug as he answers, The Phoenixes only tell what they want a person to know. I cannot tell you much more than that.

It looks like Raven is going to be a tough nut to crack. I ask, How long have you known about Tantalus and the Phoenixes?

Raven is open as he answers, All of my life.

I have to ask, Why is it that no one on Tantalus has mentioned you before?

Raven is vague in his response. We just met, so I assume the Phoenix didn’t tell them about us.

Would you like to fill us in on what we have been missing?I ask as I watch Raven drink the water and sigh. How do Elves make even the simplest things look sexy?

Raven finishes off the bottle and replies, You can ask, but I have no intention of telling you any more at this time than I did Kyllan. You can read about how we get to meet in ‘People of the Phoenix’ though. Perhaps the story will provide you with the answers you are seeking.Raven then shrugs as shoulder as he adds, Then again, perhaps it won’t. I do believe we have to leave now though. The mothership will be coming around again and we can’t afford to miss it. Am I right Kyllan?

Kyllan frowns and replies, Unfortunately, you are. I am sorry I can’t stay longer, but we can’t afford to leave Tantalus visible for any length of time. I am sure you understand, Eniko. I will return at a later date though.

As I stand, I answer, I will hold you to that promise.

This time Kyllan walks out onto my balcony, wraps his arms around Raven, and as he jumps into the air he spreads his great wings and takes to the sky. Kyllan and Raven are gone for now, but I can be sure they will be back, and I will be waiting to find out what this is about.

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Well? What do you think? Did it pique your interest?

If you read my posts before, you know Kyllan hails from the Tantalus series by one of my fave authors, M. A. Abraham.

Raven hails from “People of the Phoenix“, book 0.5, the intro in the new spin-off series “Tantalus United“, continuing the saga from the Tantalus series.

As Tantalus begins to come back to life from the ice age it went through, the population of Tantalus labour to create their idea of Utopia. They don’t realize there is more to this land than what they know.

Trysuil is haunted by a feeling of being excluded by the Phoenixes, something that should not be happening. He is the Adjudicator, he should be a part of what is going on in this developing world.

Under the command of The Great Phoenix, the favoured people of the Phoenix travel the girth of the planet to return to their homelands. It is time they were introduced to their new neighbours and returned to the outside world. They have lived in Sanctuary for long enough.

The ways are challenging and the tests they face, as they search for their identity to retake their place on the planet are many. Will they be able to reach their goal when so many obstacles stand in their way?

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Find the buy links here.

My review: 5 stars

My dream became true, my two favourite worlds created by Ms. Abraham combined, I actually squealed in excitement when I found out. Elves are on Tantalus! YAY

The Elves have been on Tantalus, relocating to a better region and go through many trials getting there. Being shielded by the Phoenix, they remain a mystery that frustrates the rest of the Tantalus population, The Great Phoenix is not being forthcoming which made me question it for a while.

Being the giving type, all those living on Tantalus unite and jump in to help when is needed. Went through many emotions while reading this story, it had a good ending. Left me curious how the new world of Tantalus will progress going forward.

If you like fantasy and sci-fi genres, I recommend this story with 5 stars.

CONGRATS to M. A. Abraham on the new release!

Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

To celebrate the release, Ms. Abraham will gift one of you with the ebook copy of ‘People of the Phoenix’. Tell me in the comments which one would you choose, if you had a choice, an Elf or a winged Tantalarian, for a Life Mate? Sexy Mr. Random will pick a name tomorrow after 3 pm, November 23, 2021. Good luck!

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Audiobooks to listen to: The Wolf and the Witch

Hello and welcome!

I recommend this story with 5 stars!

The Wolf and the Witch is book 1 in the Blood Brothers series by one of my fave authors, Claire Delacroix.

The three sons of a notorious mercenary should never have met…but now that they are sworn allies, the Scottish Borders will never be the same….

Denied his rightful legacy, Maximilian de Vries devised a plan to avenge himself upon his father and see his own future secured. Allied with his two forgotten half-brothers, he descends upon ancient and mysterious Kilderrick, determined to claim it at any price. A woman rumored to be a witch is the sole one bold enough to defy him but Maximilian has a solution – he will take her to wife, whether she be willing or nay, and seal his claim.

But this powerful warrior has yet to match wits with Alys Armstrong, a maiden with a thirst for vengeance and a fury that might exceed his own. Alys has no intention of capitulating to the proud and illegitimate son of the rogue who stole everything from her, and she does not share his avowed compulsion to fight fair.

Bitter enemies from the outset, Maximilian and Alys’ match is a battle of wills. When anger turns to passion, will either of them be able to resist temptation? And when Kilderrick itself is in peril, will they be able to join forces to save the unexpected love they have come to value above all else?

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My review:

Story – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars

I loved all the books by Ms. Delacroix that I listened to so far and this is no different.
The story is not what appears at the beginning, it emerges in stages, with many twists and it was a delight to be on this journey with Maximilian and Alys to their HEA. At times I didn’t think they will make it, but make it they did and then some. The characters will make you like, love or hate them, but all unforgettable. Loved the ending, left me with a happy heart.

Timothy Campbell is a new-to-me voice and oh so yummy, an ‘eargasm’ for sure, varied to reflect each character. My fave is the voice he gave Max, deep and rumbling. The voices given the female characters are equally good, without being sounding false. Looking forward to more.

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About the author

Bestselling and award-winning author Claire Delacroix has published over seventy novels and novellas. Her first book, Romance of the Rose was published in 1993. She is USA Today and nationally bestselling, and her medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

Claire Delacroix is a pseudonym used by Deborah Cooke for her historical and fantasy romances. Deborah also publishes contemporary and paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke and has written as Claire Cross.

Check out the website for more info and links to social media.

About the narrator

Tim Campbell is an award winning actor and singer who lives in Los Angeles, CA. He works primarily in audiobook narration and voice over and has narrated hundreds of titles spanning almost every genre. He has won or been nominated for almost every major award in the audiobook industry, including most recently a 2018 Audie, a 2019 Audie (nom), a 2019 Voice Arts Award, and several Independent Audiobook and Audiofile Magazine Earphones awards. Career highlights include Moby Dick (Brilliance Audio), Labarynth (Catherine Coulter), The Phantom of the Opera (Brilliance Audio), The Joe Dillard Legal Thrillers (Tim Campbell/Audible Studios), The Unhuman/Inspector Hobbes series (Findaway), The Mountain (HighBridge) and various short stories and novellas by Neil Gaiman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, Rudyard Kipling, HG Wells, Jules Verne, Ken Liu, Helen DeWitt, and many many others. He lived and trained in the UK and Germany, narrates as both an American and a Brit, and has studied performance diction in German, Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese, and Latin. He specializes in accents, dialects, and character work and holds three degrees in theater and music as well as graduating from the esteemed two year Great Books Colloquium of Pepperdine University.

In his other, musical life, Tim sings regularly with the LA Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, and in studio sessions for TV and Film. Highlights include principal ensemble in Candide at LA Opera, Courfeyrac in Les Miserables at Fresno Grand Opera, Jud in Oklahoma with Cabrillo Music Theater, and Anthony in Sweeney Todd with Pacific Opera Project and singing on the soundtrack for Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker and films such as Creed 2, Venom, and many others.

Check out the website for more info and links to social media.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Audiobooks to listen to: The Lighthouse

Hello and welcome!

I love the symbiotic relationship between authors and narrators. When you have a fave author who publishes a book in audio format and the voice ends up on your fave list, and when a narrator posts about an audiobook in the works or published and you find a new author.

One of those narrators is one who I posted about before and also chatted with me, Braden Wright. If you missed my chat with him in… 2015… WOW … 6 years ago … I would listen to anything narrated by him. His voice is like a hug, keeps you warm and safe.

I was fortunate to listen to an ARC of his latest audio which released today. The author was kind enough to send me the audiobook and let me tell you, it was a delight!

Happy release day, Mr. Parker!

Thank you, Mr. Wright, for introducing me to another world!

The Lighthouse

by Christopher Parker

Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman’s breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs.

Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town’s lighthouse – dormant for over 30 years and famously haunted – has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community.

Amy Tucker is only visiting for the night and has no plans to get caught up in the hysteria, but that changes when she meets Ryan, the loyal, hard-working son of a ranch owner who lives on the outskirts of town.

Their chance encounter turns into an unforgettable weekend, and against the backdrop of the lighthouse-obsessed town, the two of them forge a deep connection, opening their hearts, baring their souls, and revealing secrets long kept hidden.

But as they grow closer, and as the lighthouse glows ever brighter, a startling discovery about Ryan leaves Amy questioning everything she thought she knew. To uncover the truth about her new friend, Amy will need to enter Seabrook’s ominous tower, where waiting inside she will not only find the reason why fate has brought them together…but a shocking secret that will change the course of their lives forever.

Check out the map of Seabrook, as you read/listen along.

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My review:

story: 4 stars
narration: 5 stars

When I started listening to the book, I went in without any expectations, the author being new to me.

It starts on a sad note, my heart was breaking for Amy and her Dad. The story kept me in suspense for most of it, I had a feeling that not all was as it seemed and that something was missing. The twist comes almost at the end, and when all is revealed, I was left with a sad but light heart. I was like no no no, you can’t do that, it was not what I expected, but in the end I accepted it.

Good ending and I was glad that things were resolved and all involved got what they needed, be that closure or happy ending. The story elicited so many emotions, I cried, I smiled, I wondered, I sighed, and got scared too.

I am glad I took a chance on this debut novel, and congratulations to Mr. Parker for taking the leap. Looking forward to the next one.

Mr. Wright is one of my fave voices to listen to and on my ‘eargasm’ list. His voice for each character was on point and in tune with the emotions of each situation. He makes it seem so effortless, switching between the many characters in this book and at times seemed like another person is narrating. A great experience as usual.

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About the author

Christopher Parker was born in Takapuna, a seaside suburb in Auckland, New Zealand, where he currently lives with his daughter. Having loved writing stories growing up, it was a walk along Takapuna beach and a chance glimpse at a distant lighthouse that made him want to revisit his childhood passion and try his hand at producing a novel. Nearly ten years on from that fateful stroll, he is proud to finally share his story.

The Lighthouse is Christopher’s first novel.

Check out the website for more info and links to social media.

About the narrator

A lifelong performer, Braden Wright has appeared on Film & Television, on stage, on national tour, and has performed internationally as a narrator, Commercial VO artist, documentary narrator and audiobook narrator.

He has also produced a staged reading of his own two-act farce, and has worked as an instructor and also an audiobook coach. Amidst a career devoted to the Arts, he worked concurrently for 25 year in writing, producing and photo editing for Hollywood entertainment marketing.

Check out his website for more info and links to social media.

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To celebrate the release, Mr. Parker is giving away an ebook/audiobook to one of you, winner’s choice. All you have to do is comment on the post and Sexy Mr. Random will pick a name after 6pm EST, October 27, 2021.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Make sure to like Mr. Parker’s FB page, to keep up with the news.

Also like Mr. Wright’s FB page, as he will have more audiobooks coming.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Surprised by the Elven Sentinels – September edition

Hello and welcome!

This happened to me yesterday… read on!

There is music being played in the halls of my apartment building? That is a first, and oh what beautiful music. It is like nothing I have ever heard. As the doors of the elevator leading to my apartment open I hear the cadence of the song change as the instrumental is joined by the most beautiful voices. I have a hard time believing this sound comes from a human throat. I exit the elevator and look down the hall to where I live, I am right. There are 3 Elven men standing before my doorway. All 3 had light blonde hair, were lithe, but powerfully built, and the distinctive silver-blue eyes of the Eagle Claw family. I wonder who they were related to that I already new, because I don’t remember meeting these three men in the past.

As I approach them, the first of the trio steps forward and bows. When he stood once more, he presented me with two-dozen perfectly formed white roses,

These are from one whose love is true. I am Goldier.

As Goldier stepped back a second Elf takes his place, bows and presents me with two dozen red roses, as he speaks,

These are from one whose passion is only exceeded by his devotion. My name is Falcon.

Falcon takes the keys to my apartment out of my hand as he steps back and opens the door. The third Elf is the one who was playing a harp that provided the background music. Without stopping his performance, he stated,

The music I play was created to wrap the love a Life Mate felt for his love. Yours sends the melody to you. I have been asked to play it for you from yours.

I walk through the doorway and into my apartment and find it filled with starflowers. Three Elven maidens are busily setting a meal on a shiny mahogany table, there are many covered plates. There are two chairs set behind it, side-by-side. The three girls smile, then break into giggles as one steps forward to speak.

I am Jenna, these other two are Julia, and Alissa. We have brought you fruits of our labors.

Julia and Alissa present me with desserts made with Mutzu apples. My fave, I have not seen these often since leaving my homeland decades ago. On the table there is a bowl filled with them to be enjoyed at my leisure. I pick one up and smell it, its fragrance makes my mouth water. Then Jenna continued,

We grew them for you in our orchard, and your Lord asked us to bring them to you.

I look around at how my apartment has been transformed. The air is heavily fragranced with the scents of the flowers that I hold and those that surround us. And I am sure about what is yet to come. First, however, I must thank these Elves for serving as messengers.

I can’t believe you came all this way to do this for me. I presume you are the ones who were in the orchard in ‘Air Bonded’.

Julia answered,

We were, but that part of our lives is done. However, when we returned home to find Lord Athïan looking so glum, we thought we would give him a bit of help to reach out to the one he is missing so much.

Jenna explained further,

We thought it was only fair, as we are together with our Life Mates.

Goldier smiled as he added,

We will serve you and your Lord as you share a meal. As the evening progresses, we will leave the two of you some privacy. In the meantime, enjoy the music, and the company of the one you love.

A golden light glows as Athïan walked into the room through a doorway that is wreathed in hundreds of starflowers. He holds his arms out to me, and I drop the roses as I run to embrace him.

Athïan!

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I’ll leave the rest to your imagination 😉 Hope you enjoyed the part I revealed though.

They hails from book 3 of the Elven Sentinel Series by M. A. Abraham.

Jenna, Julia, and Alissa are three orphans who were taken in by an elderly couple. The land they live on has been theirs for centuries, it is where they have stood guard over one of the last few portals in existence. They can see the nimbus that marks its location from their farmhouse, and like the others of their calling, they refuse to leave it untended.

Riehl, Goldier, and Falcon know what and who they are looking for. Disguised as apple pickers, the Elven males arrive to find their Life Mates being held at gunpoint. The weapons the enemy is using is beyond their experience and they will have to handle the situation with great care and without exposing their Life Mates to even more danger.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Find the buy links here.

My review: 5 stars

A great addition to the series. As it usually happens when I enter any Ms. Abraham’s worlds, especially the Elven world, I got lost in this story and was not able to put it down. The evil is not fully defeated, but suffers a major loss and the story ended on a happy note with the Life Mates claiming each other. 3 more happy couples added to the Elven Empire 😀
I am looking forward to the next instalment when the Elves finally (hopefully?) end the evil taking root in the human world for good.

CONGRATS to M. A. Abraham!

The Elven Sentinel Series

Book 1, Earth Bonded released March 23, 2021

Book 2, Water Bonded released June 22, 2021

Book 3, Air Bonded released today September 21, 2021

Book 4, Fire Bonded will be landing on December 14, 2021.

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Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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The series is also a part of… Romantically Seasonal, a brand new multi-author, multi-book, multi-series set! Love can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in any season. It’s Romantically Seasonal… Three amazing authors have written stories based on love for each of the seasons, but with a unique voice! Each book is a standalone with a separate releases from C. A. KingM.A. Abraham and Shaunna Rodriguez .

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Secrets, Scandals and Seductions

Hello and welcome!

A very promising anthology came to my attention and wanted to share with you. I am looking forward to discover new authors and collect more book boyfriends… and girlfriends too 😉

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Desiring a Duke? Craving a Cowboy? Longing for a Laird?

This sweet and steamy collection of historical romance will transport you to a time when gentlemen were plentiful, and every scoundrel capable of seduction possessed a heart waiting to be uncovered.

Hidden identities, scandalous secrets, second chances, and happily ever afters fill this boxed set of more than 15 standalone romances, guaranteed to make you swoon.

Each unique tale in the Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction Boxed Set delivers a stand-alone story that fans of Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, and Lorraine Heath are certain to love.

How do you capture a man’s heart… A lady never tells.

Authors included in this set are Lynn Donovan, Sofie Darling, Alyssa Drake, Emily E K Murdoch, Cat Cahill, Emmanuelle de Maupassant, A.S. Fenichel, Marie Higgins, Robyn DeHart, Christine Sterling, Linda Rae Sande, Adara Luann, Sophia Smith, C.K. O’Connor, Marianne Spitzer, and Rose Pearson.

Releasing June 7, 2022 and it is up for pre-order for only 99ç

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list!

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Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

NEW RELEASE! Lost & Found by Freya Barker

 Congrats Freya Barker!

Title: Lost & Found

Pass Series, Book 4

Author: Freya Barker

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: July 12, 2021

Models: Hayley Stavenger and Charles Smith

Image: Jean Maureen WoodfinJW Photography

Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Even with a degree in psychology and a keen ability to read people, security specialist Bree Graves can’t seem to get a bead on her boss. There was a time she thought she had him figured out but she’d been wrong. Still, she loves her job with PASS and her team has become her family. However, she doesn’t realize how much she needs them until her latest assignment puts her on the radar of a dangerous stalker.

For Yanis Mazur the safety of his PASS team is paramount. Even if that means sacrificing his personal life. Not only did he spend years building his security firm, but also the shield protecting his emotions. Yet when the one person who could breach his walls goes missing during an assignment he sent her on, he’s willing to risk both his business and his heart to get her back.

A victim of obsession, betrayal, and violence, Bree has no choice but to put her faith in the man who almost broke her.

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USA Today bestselling author Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; she creates characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills in their lives.

Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We’ve Read All Year Award for “Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, and Finalist for the 2020 Kindle Book Award with “When Hope Ends”, Freya continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

 

My Chat with Jennifer Blom!

Hello and welcome!

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my recent addition to my ‘eargasm’ list and her audio work.

Welcome Jennifer Blom!

I am an audiobook narrator and actor living in New York. I have a varied background in many fields but found my passion in the creative pursuits. I have been a junior software engineer, a technical support specialist, and am involved in theater both on and offstage. I am also a singer and love playing my Ukulele. I have studied 3D animation, game design, true crime and forensic psychology, you know, for fun. I love knowing about how the world works at a deeper level.

Besides narrating I also run Reaping Audiobooks where I lead an all female crew in the task of post production on audiobooks. I also coach others in the art of using Reaper and efficiency in general. I love helping people find the magic and joy in technology again.

Do you have a nickname?

Some friends on Discord came up with the name Blomshell. So I suppose that is a pretty good one. Also, jendabom is a tag I often use for online accounts.

What is one word best describes you?

That would be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

What makes you laugh out loud?

Honestly, way too much. I tend to find obscure connections but I find the little nuggets of humor in most things. Call me the Sherlock Holmes of comedy.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?

Browning butter, it reminds me of my mom’s palatschinken Austrian version of a crepe.

Favourite place to spend time in.

Love my booth, and the places I journey from this padded room. If not that, I adore the ocean or the forest.

Share a funny memory.

A funny memory, oh boy, how much time you got. I usually only share funny stories over a tasty beverage. So buy me a drink and you will laugh your butt off. edited my own curse out

What is your fave genre to read in your spare time? Do you have any spare time?

I feel like you knew that I wouldn’t have spare time. I actually love listening to non-fiction books. Something that will let my brain ponder those deep thoughts, ya know.

Audiobooks! What started them?

A natural progression from theater and performing on stage, and just my love of telling stories.

Is there a genre that you would not narrate?

No, I am not picky about genre. I do love character growth and emotional journeys and as long as that fits and the writing is enjoyable I am game.

If you could choose another career what would it be?

I have had lots of careers. Loved working at a theme park as a ride operator. But, I would love to do music, and perform on stage more.

Who is your intended audience and why should they listen to your audiobooks?

My intended audience goes hand in hand with the books that I am narrating. I want those that love the stories that I am fortunate enough to narrate to enjoy the ride of their favorite authors. That said, I have been told my voice is like a warm hug so if you need a hug, give me a listen.

What is next in your narrating work?

Next up is Tropical Punch, book 1 in Bubbles in Space, by S.C. Jensen. It is a Sci-Fi Noir and I am very excited to be working on it.

Thank you so much Jennifer for spending some time in my little corner of the blogging world. I am looking forward to listening to more of your work.

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Thank you for joining us and hope you enjoyed the chat.

I really enjoy listening to Ms. Blom’s voice as she is telling the story, giving the voice to the characters, they come alive.

There are quite a few books on my TBL among Ms. Blom narrations. So many to choose from!

So many to choose from!

To keep up with the news and see what other work she has, follow the links…

website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Audible

To start you on your listening journey, an audiobook copy of the recently released A Vengeance Has A Daughter, book 1 of the Drakaina Series, by M. A. Abraham will be given to a lucky reader. Sexy Mr. Random will pick the name from the comments on this post after 3pm EST on Monday, June 28, 2021. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Surprised by the Elven Sentinels

I am shelving my books after receiving another box full of them from my awesome friend while listening to an audiobook when a soft knock interrupts. I frown… now what? I thought I would have the day to myself.

The chagrin I had felt at the thought of unheralded visitors turns to one of glee as I open my door to reveal two beautiful Elven men, and they have their mates beside them. Yes, I know, I mention the women second, but hey, the eye-candy is so drool worthy. Just my type, tall, good-looking, and male. Elves has such an advantage over the rest of us. So not fair.

As I smile, I tease, Hi, are you here to take me with you to the Elven Empire?

I get no answer, other than laughter, then one speaks. We came to bring some of the last Portal Sentinels home to the Empire. I am Hawk, my friend is Adriel, and we wanted you to meet our Life Mates before we left your part of the world. Please meet Caia and Thea.

I step aside and invite them in, Please, enter. Perhaps I can interest you in some tea, coffee, cake, cookies, or an adoption.

Caia cocked her head a bit as she allowed Thea to enter first and asked, Adoption?

Yes, I reply, I am an honorary Elf looking for a way home too.

Thea and Caia laugh. We understand and don’t blame you for wanting to go home. It isn’t always possible though.

Thea then holds up a bakery box and says, I was sent with a message from Gabriella. She says she will see you soon, and has sent you something you might like.

As Thea puts it down, I take a peek through the cover, Black Forest Cake.

Adriel comes up behind me, and placing an arm across my shoulders, he offers me another box. As he does, he leans over and whispers into my ear, Cherry Cheese Cakes with toasted coconut garnish around the sides, it is to die for, just as you are.

My eyes grow wide, and shoot up to him, I didn’t think male Elves spoke to others like that after they were bonded.

Caia rolled her eyes, Once a flirt, always a flirt. Don’t listen to them. They are all promise and no delivery. Well, except to us. But you know all about that.

As Caia spoke, Hawk’s expression went blank, a moment later he explains. We have to go, time is running out for us. I am sorry we couldn’t spend more time with you, leaving so fast wasn’t something we had thought to do. Perhaps we will meet again in the future.

They didn’t even leave through the door, but used a portal that suddenly appeared before them. I admit, I was tempted to jump through with them.

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So what do you think? Should I have jumped after them? Maybe I could have surprised Athïan 😉

If you don’t know who these are is because their book just released an hour ago.

CONGRATS to M. A. Abraham!

They hail from Book 2 of the Elven Sentinel Series by M. A. Abraham.

As Hawk and Adriel settle into their search for two Sentinel Guardians known to be in the coastal area, they join a game of volleyball on the beach. Little do they know they are about to meet their Life Mates. They are also the Guardians they had been sent to locate and take to the Elven Empire.

Caia and Thea guard one of the last three remaining portals that allow passage from one side of the Boundary to the other. Caia and Thea know they are being hunted by an ancient foe, but they refuse to leave their posts, not even by imperial command from the emperor.

While the Life Mates begin to get to know each other, the enemy is closing in. As this happens, new information comes to light, and the services of higher powers are called in to help.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Find the buy links here.

The Elven Sentinel Series

Book 1, Earth Bonded released March 23, 2021 and is available at your favourite e-store.

As with Earth Bonded, I enjoyed reading Water Bonded too. I recommend with 5 stars. In her usual unforgettable style, Ms. Abraham brings us into the world of her beloved Elves, but with a twist… it all happens in the human world. As the Elves get ready to leave the Empire grounds (see the Guardians of the Empire series 😉 ), they have to make sure they are not leaving anybody behind and they find some in unexpected places. I can assure you, it will be an interesting, funny, suspenseful ride as Hawk and Adriel find and help the Sentinels they go to retrieve.

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Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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The series is also a part of… Romantically Seasonal, a brand new multi-author, multi-book, multi-series set! Love can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in any season. It’s Romantically Seasonal… Three amazing authors have written stories based on love for each of the seasons, but with a unique voice! Each book is a standalone with a separate releases from C. A. King, M.A. Abraham and Shaunna Rodriguez .

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Cover Reveal – Singe by Chelle Bliss

Releasing: August 3, 2021

While everyone around Carmello Caldo found love, he was busy losing himself in pleasure and pain. But when his cousin Lily wants to help him find true love, he doesn’t hesitate to accept her offer.

Arlo King is not Carmello’s usual type. She’s a bookworm who doesn’t give herself away easy. But she’s the perfect woman to help reform the serial womanizer, even though she has commitment issues of her own.

Quickly, their fake relationship goes from slow-burn to scorching hot from the very first touch. But can they work through their trouble pasts and embrace a fairy tale future?

Singe is the eighth full-length standalone novel in the Men of Inked Heatwave series by USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss.

Pre-order your copy today!

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Meet Chelle

Chelle Bliss is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of Men of Inked Series and Misadventures of a City Girl.

She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, ex-high school history teacher, and currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. Chelle loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.

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