Cover Release – Standing in the Light by M. A. Abraham

Hello and welcome!

So excited to be the one to reveal the cover for the next book in the One Empire Series by M. A. Abraham.

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Cover design by Cora Graphics

Just as the yearly Celebration of Light comes to an end, the Kings of the Empire are ordered to travel to the city of Torendal by the Fates. A barely recovered Eden and Gabriel travel to the city as well, for she has been ordered to serve as the voice for the Great Guardian when the time is right.

The Kings wonder what task would take the talents of every leader in the Empire to accomplish, but they don’t hesitate to answer the call. What will their quest be this time, or will it be one? They can’t help but wonder how some of those from the Kingdoms that are in disarray will arrive in time as well. No one knows the answers to any of their questions. The only thing they can be certain of is the sense of destiny that is winding around their conscious beings and whatever awaits them, will catapult the Empire into a new era.

Release date is May 31, 2019.

I had a chance to read the ARC and it was a great read as usual. It was fun to see the next generation of younglings at work and they are even more mischievous than their parents and grandparents were. Those of you who read the Elven Chronicles will remember the good times 😉 I got a kick out of their antics and was commiserating with the now grown children who were missing the good times. It is quite a challenge the Great Guardian is giving the Elves, but I know they are up to the task and I am looking forward to see how they fare in the next books. All in all is a feel-good story, full of hope and a promise of a bright future.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

In the meantime, if you have not read the previous books, you can catch up.

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Buy links for the first 3 books in the series:

Amazon US • Amazon CA • Amazon UK • Amazon AU

Kobo • iTunes • B&N • Smashwords

Sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

Until next time, happy book reading / listening and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with Erika M. Szabo – 2019

Hello and welcome!

My guest is one of my fave authors, we chatted before and I also chatted with one of her heroine, Ilona from The Ancestors’ Secrets Trilogy. If you missed these chats, you can read them here and here. I invited her to give us an update on what is new.

Please welcome back, Erika M. Szabo!

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Thanks for inviting me back for another chat.

For those of you who don’t know my work, I write speculative alternate history fiction, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them. I also like to encourage children to use their imagination and daydream about fantasy worlds.

Why children’s books?
As a young child, I truly hated the “And they lived happily ever after” stories. The beautiful, dumb and helpless princess waited for the handsome, brave prince who rescued her, and they lived happily ever after. I asked my mom, “Why can’t the princess kick the dragon’s butt? Why is she laying there waiting for the prince? Isn’t she smart and strong enough to get away?

My mom shook her head and said, “This is the way it is. The prince rescues the princess, and that’s that.

Mom loved dressing me up in pretty dresses and kind of parade me in church. Gosh, I hated those bows she put in my hair and I could hardly wait to get home and get out of the itchy, uncomfortable dress and put my faded, ripped jeans on. My dad, maybe because he wanted a boy, encouraged me to get dirty while I helped him to fix the car, hammer nails when we fixed the fence, or dig a hole to plant trees. He also taught me how to defend myself against bullies and stand up for myself and express my opinion. “You’re a person,” he always said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a boy, you’re a person.

Later on when I was a teenager, most of the stories written for kids were about brave and smart boys who met and helped pretty girls and puppy love developed between them. I was so happy to find children’s books as an adult that were about smart girls who can stand up for themselves and don’t need a boy’s help when they’re in trouble. I also found some books that were about girls and boys as equally smart, inventive and brave. These stories told children that it’s okay for boys to cry and show compassion. It’s okay for girls to be themselves in ripped and dirty jeans playing soccer, and they don’t always have to look pretty in ruffled dresses and be quiet and submissive as society expects them to be.

Where do you get inspiration from?
From childhood memories such as when the old spinster in my neighborhood tried to drown kittens in the river and my friend and I rescued the kittens.

When a group of kids pointed and laughed at a little girl who was sitting in the wheelchair, struggling to turn onto the ramp at the museum entrance.

When I saw a sister and brother bickering, calling each other names and ready to tear each other’s hair out at the beach. But, when the little girl fell and hit her knee on a rock, all the bickering was forgotten in an instant. The boy hugged his sister and carried her to the blanket where their mother was reading.

Here are a few of my published children’s books that are close to my heart.

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Illustrated storybook for children 4-12
When Bianca, Daniel, and Peanut, the St. Bernard, are confronted by Mark and his cronies, the children stand up to the brute bullies with the help of Peanut. Their adventure continues when they see a woman throwing four tiny, meowing kittens into the river. Can the children save the drowning kittens? Find out what happens to the momma cat and her kittens.

This book is precious to me not only because it’s a true story but because little Johnny never found out what happened to the kittens.

As a young nurse, I worked in the pediatric unit for a short while. Johnny was a nine-year-old cute as a button little boy who had leukemia and loved the childhood memory I told him about. I never had a chance to tell him the end of the story. There were only a few minutes left to tell him how Daniel and I dealt with the neighborhood bullies, but when I entered little Johnny’s room the next morning, his bed was empty.

Read the story of little Johnny HERE

PREVIEW • EBOOK • AMAZON PRINT • B&N PRINT • AUDIOBOOK

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I wrote this Heroic fantasy for children 6-14 with my coauthor, Joe Bonadonna.

“Szabo and Bonadonna make a great pair. Their Creepy Hollow Adventures is a perfect starting point for young children making the leap from “kids’ books” to “novels.”
~ S E Lindberg

The ghosts of the Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped. The children offer their help, so the talking skeleton takes them on a journey to the realm of Creepy Hollow. Righteous motivations drive Jack and Nikki: to protect the weak, confront evil, conquer their fears, and gain courage. In the battle against Evila and her minions they grow into the warriors they were destined to become.

 

PREVIEW • EBOOK • B&N PRINT • COLOR PRINT
Audio book – AMAZON • AUDIBLE • ITUNES

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I wrote this bilingual book because I know first hand the struggle of learning a new language and the frustration when people don’t know enough to express themselves.

In this bilingual story for ages 4-12, Pico, the parrot, is sad and frustrated. He screeches and squawks all day but because he speaks Spanish, nobody understands him. His story teaches children acceptance, compassion, and helping others.

Sarah, Emma’s mom, promised to bird-sit Pico for two weeks but soon regrets her decision because the noisy parrot keeps screeching and squawking all day, annoying her family and the neighbors. When Pico makes a mess of Emma’s room, Emma gets very angry, but her friends help her. Charlotte notices that Pico seems sad, and Pedro finds out why Pico is shrieking so loudly all the time. The parrot is frustrated because nobody pays attention to him, and nobody understands what he wants.

PREVIEW • EBOOK • AMAZON PRINT • B&N PRINT

Find more books on my website

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GOLDEN BOX Book Publishing

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In addition to writing books, Ms. Szabo does a whole range of author services, including book cover design, formatting of ebooks, editing, illustrations, book promotions and many more.

To contact Ms. Szabo, keep up with her books, or say hello, here are some links:

website • Facebook • Twitter

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To start you on your reading journey, Ms. Szabo is giving away ebook copies of  Rainbow and Clouds. 5 winners chosen by Sexy Mr. Random will be announced after 3pm EST, on Monday, January 14, 2019. GOOD LUCK!

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

WANTED: An Outlaw Anthology

Hello and welcome!

A great anthology released today and I am glad I could be part of the celebrations.

CONGRATS to all the authors, thank you for the amazing stories and doing it for a great cause too.

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Get ready to go for a thrill ride with 20 dangerous bad boys who live on the wrong side of the law!

In this anthology, you’ll get 20 never before released stories about bikers, gangsters, and vigilantes from 20 of your favorite New York Times and Amazon bestselling authors!

Being bad has never felt so good because 100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This incredible deal is only available for a limited time, so grab your copy today!

Please note that these stories include strong sexual content and adult language that’s not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

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BUY LINKS

Amazon US • 
Amazon UK •  
Amazon CA •  
Amazon AU

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B&N • 
Kobo • iBooks

Check out this awesome trailer

Join the WANTED: AN OUTLAW ANTHOLOGY READERS’ GROUP on Facebook.

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Participating Authors and the book blurbs:

Lane Hart– Dalton – ATF Agent Bradley never suspected that the pretty, charismatic bastard was actually an unrepentant thief, born to be an outlaw.

Angela Snyder – Devious – When the moment comes to take my revenge on Victoria’s father, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means losing her forever?

Sybil Bartel – Hard Limit – I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.

Rachel Lyn Adams – Mac – The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.

Kim Bailey – Claiming Chaos – Kira was a voice in the dark and a threat to his control. A chaotic beauty who Bodhi must fight, kill for or claim as his own.

Laramie Briscoe – Creeker – As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal s**t, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.

Marissa Dobson – Road to Kaytlyn – It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?

Geri Glenn – Hood Rat – Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp.

Amanda Heartley – Flynn – Violence has followed me all my life, and it got worse the day I joined the Bad Breed MC.

Marie James – Desperate Beginnings – My dreams never contained hope. My nightmares always included brutality. For me, it was always a desperate beginning.

Keri Lake – Absolution – After one of his penitents confesses a brutal murder, Father Damon breaks canon law to mete out justice and ends up an unlikely pawn to the woman who witnesses his crime.

Daphne Loveling – Rebel Ink – Six is on the run, and she collides with Bullet. He protects what’s his, and she’s been his from the moment they met.

Liberty Parker – Walking the Crossroad – When Jasper and Knuckles started their MC, it was due to the Crossroads they found themselves crossing in life.

S.H. Richardson – Dread Masonry Ink – One hardened man looking for redemption. A broken girl looking for safety. An unlikely alliance forged in stone.

Roxy Sinclaire – SEALed to Protect – Could she believe that he was her protector? Or just her family’s traitor?

Winter Travers – Drop a Gear and Disappear – The only person I ever loved, taken by the men who wanted me dead. They may have her now, but vengeance will be mine.

Erin Trejo – Dark Savage – I’ve lowered myself to their standards to keep my club safe. One woman and more than one mistake bring my end closer.

J.M. Walker – Before Us – When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed. And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…Me.

D.B. West – King’s Road – Hold on tight for a ride down memory lane in this Savage Kings MC prequel.

Trisha Wolfe – Cellar Door – After witnessing a murder, Makenna is abducted by a vigilante and taken to his underground lair where she unravels a secret that entangles both their lives.

GIVEAWAY – 4 winners will receive a $25 Amazon GC each

I bought my own copy and what I read so far is delicious and fun too. My review will be up soon, life gets in the way sometimes and cuts into my reading time.

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

Burning for Autumn by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

So happy to be part of the release day for another great story by one of my fave authors.

Congrats Freya Barker!

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When Autumn McCoy accepted a temporary work contract in Durango, she thought it would be a safe way to add some spark to her existence. She may be getting more than she bargained for when she finds herself the target of impending danger.The outspoken forty-two-year-old isn’t prepared for that spark to ignite flames threatening to engulf every aspect of her life.

Buried under the weight of responsibilities, all interim Chief of Police, Keith Blackfoot, wants is to get back to good old-fashioned detecting. He gets his chance when an encounter with a feisty redhead seems to incite a wave of arson cases. Although a visit from friend and firefighter, Roman “Chief” Proudfit, provides some direction, he’s left to battle an invisible menace fueling fires that could leave his town—and his heart—in ashes.

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The first standalone in an exciting new series, On Call by Freya Barker is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces World!

BUY LINK – Amazon

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list

To celebrate, Ms. Barker is doing a Raflecopter giveaway, check it out!
Prize is $25 Amazon GC. GOOD LUCK!

Release Blitz organized by Buoni Amici Press.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • BookBub
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

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

My Chat with Endural… and Eöl and Askandar? o_O

Hello and welcome!

Once again the Elves do whatever they want, they show up and hijack my blog… and I LOVE IT 😀

Read on and see what happened earlier…

I look at my watch to see if I had messed up the time of the meeting, but no, everything was as it should be. Except, my guest isn’t coming like he said he would, or he is very late. Considering who it is and the beliefs of his people, I find this rather shocking. I also have to wonder if King Askandar will allow him to get away with what he has done? That, I can’t see happening.

Sure enough, about the time I decide that nothing is going to happen, I hear a knock at the door. A second one follows immediately after the first, just before I hear the sound of Eöl’s voice and … giggles? From Eöl? Can’t be… I open the door to reveal two Elves sporting grins the size of Canada. This undoubtedly means they have been up to no good.

We come bearing gifts, Eöl snickered, as he led the way into the room.

Sure enough, there is a long cylindrical package made up by a blanket is being carried into the room by Eöl and Askandar. Now what are those two up too? I can hear the muffled sounds of someone trying to talk from within the confines of the material, but I can’t make out the words. I can also tell that whoever is rolled into the center is trying to worm his way free from his bindings.

Please tell me you haven’t hogtied my guest, I tsk.

No problem, Askandar chuckled, We can keep a secret.

I thought Ancient Elves were more serious than this, I gasp at Askandar’s flippant remark.

Askandar and Eöl exchange a look of amusement, and then burst out laughing. Unfortunately for whoever is in the blanket, they lose their grip on him and he hits the floor with a thump.

A moment later, I see Endural roll out of the bedroll, as he begins to brake free from his bonds. As he rips the duct tape from over his mouth, I wince. Even as I grin, I can’t help but admire the view, he is one hot Elf.

While I check out the Elves in front of me, Endural takes a moment to look around to check on where he has been taken. It doesn’t take him long to realize that he is no longer in the Elven Empire. His first words are pretty standard, for a man that has been Elfnapped. Where are we and who do we have the pleasure of meeting? Is she a part of your asinine antics, or another innocent bystander that you two decided to involve?

Endural, Askandar grinned, as he ignored his brother’s mood, I would like to introduce you to Lady Eniko.

I stifle a sigh, as I smile and hold out my hand, Welcome to my studio, Endural.

The pleasure of meeting you goes beyond my powers to express, Endural immediately turns on the charm, as he bows and brings my hand to his lips.

Please, sit down and talk with me, I invite.

What would you like to talk about? Endural wonders. The Eagle Claw wannabee twins standing there, kidnapped me from my work and brought me to you. I have to admit, I am a little lost.

Well, you did agree to do a small interview, as I remember it, I remind him.

Not like this though, Endural waves at the materials they had used to truss him up with.

Granted, I agree, Their methods are rather unorthodox.

As to that, perhaps I can help you a little, I offer. I am not exactly sure how, but I have to admit, I feel a little sorry for the frazzled Elf before me. He has a long time to wait for his Life Mate to grow up. I look at Eöl and can’t help but begin by taking him to task over his comment.

I don’t remember Gabriel and Eden trying very had to keep Endiku away from Ennacas during her formative years, but I rather wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that he is your daughter’s future Life Mate? Are you trying to be difficult?

Probably, Eöl admitted unrepentantly.

I thought so, I smirk. Come with me Endural, I know how to fix their little red wagons.

You would do something like that? All three men chorus together.

I smile smugly and nod, first at Askandar and Eöl, and then at Endural. Askandar and Eöl look at me in disbelief and then Endural, who is wearing the most awestruck look I have ever seen on a man’s face. He tosses a wide smile at the two in front of him as he walks up to me and offers me his arm to escort me out of the room. It would have been perfect, if he wouldn’t have looked back at them and stuck out his tongue.

I didn’t say anything, but I got the impression this was going to be fun.

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We did have a good chat with Endural, lots of laughter too.

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Endural hails from Spirit of the Light, book 2 in the ONE EMPIRE series by M. A. Abraham releasing on January 7, 2019.

The main objective of the quest has been achieved, now the Fates had set the chosen Elves on the second part of the task. Now, it is time to face the journey back home and they are to bring the Kings of this long forgotten part of the Empire to meet with the others at the Counsel of Kings table.

There are hidden dangers to face, things which only the Elves they have found encased in the castle at the far end of the Empire know how to break through. To get home, it will take the combined talents of the Ancients, as well as those of the new generation to get past.

Old Kingdoms will be brought back from the brink of extinction, while Elves from different times and cultures find Life Mates and face the challenges it takes to return to where it all began. In the meantime, those in the established parts of the Elven Empire gather, to celebrate their time of Light and Life.

I love this cover so much, isn’t it gorgeous? Cora Graphics does amazing work.

Read Chapter 1 here.

I am so excited for you to read it, I loved it. Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

one of my fave parts: “As they moved apart, S’Larea spoke, even as her eyes blazed white, “The future shines bright, for the Empire has been joined. The past becomes the present. The lands are united. Peace reigns. Our peoples smile. It is truly a time of celebration. Our children know the way of it, for they are our guides and the spirits of the light.”

My review: 5 stars
A fun story where the readers joins back with the group of young Elves selected by the Fates on the journey that started in “Hidden Kingdoms”, and continues in this one. It was intense to say the least, battles, wins and losses, some good news and there are the signature shenanigans too that will bring on a chuckle or ten. I can’t wait for the next instalment.

Buy Links Smashwords (only this so far, but check the author’s website for other sites, they will be added as they come available)

Make sure you read the previous 2 books as the story arc continues throughout the series.

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Sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

To celebrate the upcoming release on Monday, January 7th. Ms. Abraham will gift one of you an ebook copy of Spirit of the Light. Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner on Monday after 3pm EST. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time, happy book reading / listening and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

New Year Wish – 2019

Hello and welcome!

First I would like to thank you for your support, the kind words, the shares for this past year and I hope you will join in next year too. I hope my posts make you smile and laugh, and that you collected a few BBF and BGF too along the way.

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Again my Father’s words come to mind. They are simple but so meaningful …
I WISH FOR YOU WHAT YOU WISH FOR ME!

My wish for you is that the new year is filled with
lots of books… and love… and joy… and health!

Happy New Year

Boldog Új Évet

Bonne année

Hauʻoli makahiki hou

Frohes neues Jahr

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Felice anno nuovo

¡Feliz año nuevo!

Gott nytt år

Gelukkig nieuwjaar

Maligayang bagong Taon

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See you next year! Until then, happy reading / listening! XOXO

Christmas Wishes

Hello and welcome!

When I saw this pic years ago, it spoke to me and my Dad came to mind. He was a lover of nature, animals loved him, even wild ones, plants grew under his care like you’ve never seen. I came across it again recently and I thought I will share with you too.

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It has been a hard year for many, including me. Christmas is a time when we feel the loss more acutely of those we lost recently or many years ago, be that to death or to parting ways.

I am hopeful that next year will be better, I am a survivor and a fighter.

Here is my Christmas Wish to you… even if you don’t celebrate it.

Hungarian is my mother tongue, so I’ll start with that 😉

Boldog Karácsonyi Ünnepeket!

which means in…

English – “Merry Christmas!”
German – “Fröhliche Weihnachten”
French – “Joyeux Noël”
Spanish – “¡Feliz Navidad!”
Hawaiian – “Mele Kalikimaka”
Irish – “Nollaig Shona Dhuit”
Welsh – “Nadolig Llawen !”
Italian – “Buone Feste Natalizie”
Swedish – “God Jul”
Danish – “Glædelig Jul”
Dutch – “Vrolijk Kerstfeest”
Croatian – “Sretan Bozic”
Greek – “Kala Christouyenna”
Portuguese – “Feliz Natal”
Russian – “Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom”
Chinese – (Mandarin) “Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan”
Thai – “Suk sarn warn Christmas”
Vietnamese – “Chuć Mưǹg Giańg Sinh”

and for us nerds 

Quenya (Lord of the Rings) – Alassë a Hristomerendë

Sindarin (Lord of the Rings) – Mereth Veren e-Doled Eruion

Klingon (Star Trek) – toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’

Este mikor kigyúlnak a karácsonyi fények, a gyermekkori álmok egy percre visszatérnek. Ekkor a szemekben a szeretet fénye lángol, s a gyertyafényénél még a csillag is táncol.

my translation…

When the Christmas lights come on in the evening, childhood dreams return for a moment. This is when love is shining in all eyes, and even the star dances in the candlelight.

After seeing again the picture above, I went in search of alternate Christmas decor ideas.

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May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

Hope this made you smile.

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

Surprise visit… Elven children invade

Hello and welcome!

My friends say that is never dull around me 😀 read on and see who is… or rather are… my newest unexpected visitors.

As I walk into my chat room I see several Elven children spread over the furniture and none of them look happy. What is this about? I can barely wait to find out what has happened?

Why so glum? I asked.

They left us behind, Valendil complained, and the other little Elves nodded then sighed.

Why? I wasn’t following the conversation and needed more input.

They think we are babies, Quillian sniffed.

I stifle a smile when she says that, they are babies, or close enough. I can’t let them think I agree with their statement though. That is horrible! I exclaim. I know, bad.

On the other hand, they were doing boring things where they were going, so I guess we shouldn’t complain too much, Andris stated.

They were doing Tratchar things, that is not boring, Marla sniffed, as she smacked Andris on the back of the head with her open hand.

Do that once more and you will be sorry, Andris warned.

Marla stuck her tongue out at Andris and dared him to follow through with his threat, You can try to tackle me, but it wouldn’t be a good idea.

I am not so sure I should let this get out of hand, after all, I don’t want there to be problems with my landlord, or their parents. Calm down, I am sure things are not as bad as you think.

You weren’t left twiddling your thumbs in the background while your elders got to go partying, Piliam sighed.

True, but I am not whimpering like tiny tots now. I engage my mouth before putting my mind into gear… oops.

A dozen sets of Elven eyes focus in on me and I can feel my eyes grow large. I am in deep trouble now. That wasn’t meant the way it sounded. I try to backpedal.

What do you think? Valendil asked the rest of the family members.

She is a dead honorary Elf, Uriel answered.

Sadly the others nod in agreement. Even worse, I think they can outrun me. How am I going to get out of this mess? I look to the side and there is a bag of candy left over from Halloween, will it work? Anything is worth a try, Anyone interested in some suckers?

I can see them wavering, even as they exchange glances. I just might stand a chance. I pick up the bag and hold it out for them to make their choices.

Lemon, cherry and orange, Quillian notes, I like those flavors.

Any blueberry or watermelon? Andris asks.

Not that I can see, Valendil answers.

Uriel sniffs as he comments, She probably already ate them, you know how the grown ups swipe all the candy around this time of the year. They think because we are children we won’t know the difference.

Hey, I speak in defense of myself, So not true. I never touched any of them, blame it on someone else.

With a sucker in their mouths and more in each hand, they all refocus their attentions onto me again… this can’t be good.

Who are you trying to shift the blame onto? Valendil asks.

Well… you know… Mary Ann was here on the weekend before Halloween, I point out.

Twelve sets of Elven eyes narrow in thought as they eat the candy. Did they buy my suggestion? Am I going to get away with this? I have to admit, they are touchier than their parents ever were. They take a couple of slow steps forward and smile, my mind bursts into action and it is thinking only one thing… run.

When I get my hands on you MA… you are going to be so dead!!!

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I hope you enjoyed the visit of the children from the Elven Empire. They are little devils I tell you, but oh so cute.

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You can visit with them in Hidden Kingdoms, book 1 in the One Empire Series, released November 6, 2018 from M. A. Abraham.

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Here is an excerpt … enjoy!

Everyone turned to see that all twelve of the toddlers had armed themselves with every weapon they could find, as well as had dressed the part.

“You are not coming,” Eden stated bluntly. “You are staying here with your Aunt Serenity and Tamarak. They will need you to guard our homes in our absence.”

Twelve sets of silver blue eyes filled with tears as they locked on Eden, even as their chins rose and their lips tightened in determination. They were not about to be left behind. This was a family matter, and they didn’t care if they were only five and six years old. They knew how to hold a sword as well as anyone.

“Tell me I am not seeing tears or receiving signals of an upcoming mutiny,” Gabriel stated, as he met the stares of his children and Grandchildren. “An Elven Warrior does not second guess an order. Need I say more?”

“No sir,” the twelve members of the various Eagle Claw families chorused. They might question their mother’s right to take command, but never Gabriel’s. He was the High Lord General and everyone looked up to him, even the Emperor Lothrariel.

To soften the blow of what was happening for the children, Serenity announced that they would be making chocolate fudge. She then stated that there were no battles happening where they parents were going. They were just headed to see to the health of an ailing tree.

This made a big difference to the younger Eagle Claw family members. It was one thing to ride into battle to guard the back of the High Lord General. It was another to tend to the well being of a tree, to them that was boring.

Now you understand why they were so frustrated LOL

Click here to read Chapter 1. Enjoy!

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Here is my review: 5-star
An exciting new adventure in the spin-off series, One Empire, that leads us Elfanatics further into the Elven Empire, following the select group chosen by the Fates from the younger generation, going beyond the borders and finding the Hidden Kingdoms. The usual twists and humorous bantering between the friends will delight you and keep you reading page after page.

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Make sure you read book 0.5, a short story available in ebook format, Rising from the Ashes, before Hidden Kingdoms.

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Christmas at the Clubhouse

Christmas at the Clubhouse

Charity MC Anthology

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Join 12 of your favorite MC authors as they bring you 11 inside look stories at how Christmas is done at their Clubhouse. ALL proceeds from this release will benefit Toys for Tots.

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Badger’s Christmas Chance by Aden Lowe

Badger considers life outside the Hell Raiders MC, but to get the woman he’s always wanted, plus pecan pie, can he stay put?

Silver Belles by Avelyn Paige

The big day has finally arrived for Raze and Darcy. Everything is finally falling into place, but just before the wedding bells can ring, disaster strikes. Now, Darcy is between a rock and a hard place. She must choose between pure wedding bliss or no wedding at all.

A Sinner’s Christmas by Colbie Kay

Bam Bam thought this Christmas would be like every other year at the clubhouse until the door opens and the woman he could never have is pushed into his arms.

Santa…Nope The Grimm Wolves by D.M. Earl

When one of their own needs help will the club be able to pull together in time or will their efforts be too late?

A Bastard for Christmas by Emily Minton and Shelley Springfield

Mistletoe, presents, and decorations, it’s Christmas time again. Let’s gather around the tree and sing some carols. Screw that. We’re doing this biker style. Whiskey, women, and weed. It’s time to celebrate like a Bastard.

A Korrupted Christmas by Geri Glenn

Tease hates the holidays, but most of all Christmas. And now, with his club dealing with yet another catastrophe, he could do without it entirely. But that isn’t going to fly with Laynie. She’s determined to give her man a festive dose of Christmas spirit, whether he likes it or not.

A Forsaken Mistlehoe by JC Emery

Tomorrow is Christmas, but I’m unwrapping my present tonight. Zander Strand is MC royalty and the love of my life. So what if he doesn’t know I exist? He doesn’t need my name to make this angel’s bells ring. I just hope he can get it in and I can get out before anybody realizes who I really am.

Savage Christmas by Kathleen Kelly

Can Dane find Kat the ‘perfect’ Christmas present? Or will all his efforts be in vain as his club, his kids and those closest to him foil all his hard work?

Steeling Christmas By K E Osborn

When a club girl vanishes, Steel and his brothers will do all they can to get her back, even delving into the life he thought he’d left behind. Can Steel keep his life in order or will he lose it all… just in time for Christmas?

Merry F’n Christmas by Kerri Ann

Christmas hasn’t been a pleasant event in my life or the club. Oubliette–the tinsel terrorist–is trying to make Christmas great here in the Broken Bows. Will it kill me?

Most Rikki-Tik by MariaLisa DeMora

Kirby Westbrook came home from overseas with a mission, to resurrect his grandfather’s MC.

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CATC Authors

ADEN LOWE

AVELYN PAIGE

COLBIE KAY

DM EARL

EMILY MINTON

GERI GLENN

JC EMERY

KATHLEEN KELLY

KE OSBORN

KERRI ANN

MARIALISA DEMORA

SHELLEY SPRINGFIELD

CATC Review

4.5 stars overall
When I saw that two of my fave authors, Geri Glen (5-star) and Kerri Ann (5-star) stories were part of this anthology, I knew I was in for a treat. Love anthologies because I get to discover new-to-me authors too. If you like reading MC stories, you will want to get these, there is quite a variety with a common theme… the members pull together when somebody is in need, especially at Christmas. Short stories, there is suspense, there is laughter, there are hot, sexy scenes *fanning face* and a few heartwarming moments where I had tears in my eyes. A great cause, Toys for Tots, is benefiting from the sales, so take a chance and I promise you will enjoy them just as I have. I will check out the other books from all the authors, especially Aden Lowe, whose style picked my interest and his story is a 5-star for me.

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My Chat with Zander

Hello and welcome!

My guest today is quite a character. I have been watching him for a while and so glad to have him here to chat for a bit.

Please welcome Zander!

What is your full name?
I have been known by a couple of names. In the heavens, I am Ruadan, the God of mystery. On Earth, I am just simply Zander Paine.

Do you have a nickname?
A nickname is an endearing name we give to someone who is close to us. It is usually a name associated with a trait, either for their personalities or physical appearance, that reminds us of them. I have stayed away from people most of my life so I’ve never been given one of those endearing names.
It is true, as a biker, I have a road name, Zee. This I gave to myself, and it is used to hide who I am. That is the nature of the criminal world. However, recently, I have let myself become a part of a community. I am with my own kind and a part of the Queen’s personal protection team. I have found lost family and discovered my soulmate, and in opening myself and my heart, I have been given many new names. Some are for who I am, brother, lover, even beast. Some are in the another language, while others are given to get under my skin. And, in all honesty, I love each and every one of them. Especially, the ones mo àilleacht likes to call me, like ollphèist olc meaning bad monster and cowboy.
Those Celtic words sound so delicious on his lips … sigh

What is one word that best describes you?
Mysterious
You can say that again, your story held quite a few surprises.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Unless I’m in my corporate office in Toronto, which is rare, I always wear a version of these jeans, t-shirt, boots and leather jacket, like I have on now.
Oh I do like what I see… a lot 

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
At first, I was surprised she even wanted to write about me at all, but Ms. Maguire did something no one else has ever tried to do. She got me to come out of the shadows and reconnect with my kind. In doing so, I have discovered so much and I am truly thankful to her for that. So, yes, I believe she represented me well.
I am glad she convinced you, I’ve been waiting for your story for a while now.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Any of the sarcastic comments that come out of Paige’s mouth. She has one hell of a sharp tongue, but some of the things she says are seriously belly busting.

What is your favourite dessert?
Silly question, my sweet Pea.

What is your favourite drink?
Beer and bourbon, of course.

What is your greatest fear?
Funny, I never had fears until recently. I mean, I have already died once and been to the burning pits in the Underworld so what is there to fear after that. But now…Now I fear for the safety of our Queen, she is always been challenged. I worry for my sister, my mother, my brothers, but I especially fear that something will happen to my mate, and the first female Alpha, Paige. It keeps me up at night, in fact.

What is your favourite colour?
Does it have to be one? I actually like a mixture of orange, gold, and red…The color of fire.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
People wear clothing when they sleep? How uncomfortable!

What is the perfect romantic date?
A burger and beer in Paige’s kitchen, just us sharing our time together.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I’m not ticklish in human form. However, if you swear not to tell Paige, I’ll let you in on a secret. he leans in and whispers… In my true form, that of my beast, if someone was to, say, pet my neck backwards, raising my scales, I’m super ticklish.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
I love the smell of nature with a slight hint of horse. It’s the natural essence of my beauty and it drives me wild.
Horse? It took me a moment to understand what he meant, then I remembered Paige has horses DUH

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Mmm, her confidence. There is nothing sexier.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Absolutely!

What is one word best describes her?
Bad-ass!
That she is! 😀

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes, my book is the fourth in the series. What does the future hold? Well, no one knows what Ms. Maguire is thinking and I doubt any of us could even try to figure her out. However, I can tell you she holds all of our secrets and our kind are the biggest myth of all… It’s bound to get darker, wilder, and crazier from here!

I know what you mean, Ms. Maguire likes to tease and she does it mercilessly 😀 Thank you for the visit to my little corner of the blogging world and looking forward to seeing more of you in the future.

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Thank you for joining us today and I hope you enjoyed our chat.

Zander hails from Blessed, book 4 of The Legacy Series by Marianne Maguire.

Secrets, lies, and betrayals are in everyone’s past. They write our histories and define our world. Zander Paine knows this more than most thanks to a second chance September Rae’s Mother blessed him with centuries ago. Zander considers this blessing a curse that left him not quite a supernatural, and not at all who he once was. Alone, he wandered in the shadows spreading the false history of the supernatural- until Queen September is finally born.

After a chance meeting with the Queen, Zander is sent on a mission to Nevada with the High Priestesses to kill a warlock who has been siphoning magical powers. He’s there to prove himself worthy, but a lost family connect has him reliving his past as he tries to help the beautiful she-wolf, Paige Sky, escape her step-father’s claim. When the Queen’s court comes to his aid to help him rescue Paige, the rest of the supernatural community decides to challenge the Queen and her court for their Kingdom.

Zander is determined to show his loyalty, to right the wrongs of his shattered past, and finally atone for his sins, but the odds are not in his favor. When the truth about his mysterious past is finally revealed and the battle begins, will the Queen, her court, and the only woman he’s ever loved, turn their back on him or will he win it all and be truly blessed?

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my review: 5 stars

It took a while to get thru the book and not because it wasn’t good. It is really good, I mean REALLY good. I was savoring it slowly like a good chocolate that melts when it hits the tongue. I knew when I met Zander in the previous stories that he was special and after reading his story I know the author did him justice. He also got a special mate in Paige, she is a kickass heroine. Their encounters are explosive, in and out of bed. Make sure you have a fan handy 🙂 The saga continues and from the beginning there is the usual grip that brings the reader in and holds prisoner to the last page. When is the next book coming, Ms. Maguire? Need more.

The series is a unique take on the paranormal erotica genre mixing vampire, wolf shifter, demon, angel, human and adding suspense, laughter and lots of hot, sexy scenes.

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If you missed my chats with characters from previous books, makes sure you check them out to get an insight into their world. First up was Sabre and then September’s hunks, followed by Lilith, my fave BGF from the series.

If you are new to the series, although the books can be read as stand-alones, I recommend you start at the beginning to understand better how the world evolves and how characters get involved.

To keep in touch with Ms. Maguire, give her pages a like. You should like her page on Facebook, she posts sexy shoes and oh-so-yummy-drool-worthy Wet Wednesdays sigh among other sexy posts. Ms. Maguire’s Pinterest is a place worth checking out, make sure you have your drool rag handy though! See Zander’s pic there too. Her website is a wealth of information on the books and the characters, check out the Genealogical Map, so cool! We chatted back in 2015 and I had the chance to meet her in person, she is such an amazing lady.

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One lucky reader will get an ebook copy of “BLESSED”, courtesy of Ms. Maguire. The winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST on Monday, December 10, 2018. Good luck!

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