10-CODE by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

So happy to be part of the release day for 10-Code, book 4 in Rock Point Series by one of my fave authors.

Congrats Freya Barker!

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As a forty-one-year-old mother of three boys, working two jobs, Marya Berger doesn’t have the time or energy to consider a relationship. Especially after a lifetime of poor choices in the romance department. But when the disappearance of a young boy strikes a little too close to home, and a younger man she’s tried to ignore offers his help, she doesn’t stand in the way.

Single father, Dylan Barnes, the junior member of the La Plata County FBI team at thirty-three, has his focus firmly on his job and his son, Max. He’s certainly not looking to complicate his life, when he finds himself at his son’s soccer game, sitting beside the spirited brunette he can’t get out of his mind. Fate, however, appears to have different plans.

When an unspeakable crime draws the attention of the FBI, Dylan finds himself torn between his job and his instinctive need to protect Marya and her boys.

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Add it to your Goodreads TBR list

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Buy links: Amazon

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Check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway, open internationally and the prize is a signed copy of 10- Code. GOOD LUCK!

Release Blitz hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

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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 •

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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!

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Tricia Daniels’ new release and a giveaway

Hello and welcome!

An author I adore, not just because of her books but as a person too, had a new release this week and I am celebrating with her. Glad you are joining us too.

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Behind The Tangerine Door, book 1 in the ‘Love In The Hills Of The Headwaters’ Series released on May 28, 2019.

‘Behind the Tangerine Door’ there was mystery, there was tragedy, and there was love. Journey home to Mono Mills with Cora Scott and uncover the secrets her grandparents kept for many years. While you’re visiting, try not to fall in love with Ben, he’s not your typical boy next door. His bossy nature and sarcastic sense of humour will challenge you at every turn. Home with family is where he belongs and he’ll never leave the hills of the headwaters. When sentimental childhood memories and international career opportunities collide, Cora is left with the difficult decision of pursuing her dreams or following her heart.

I love this …

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and this…

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Don’t these memes make you want to pick up the book and read it? It is waiting for me on my Kindle and I am looking forward to reading it.

I hope you will give it a chance, here are the buy links: Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon UKiBooksKoboSmashwords

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So in celebration, Ms. Daniels is giving away a copy of Cora and Ben’s story, a signed paperback to US and Canada, or ebook internationally. So help me congratulate her with your comments on this post, go to her Facebook page and give it a like, some of her posts are hilarious, she makes me LOL. Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner from the comments after 3pm EST on Monday, June 10, 2019.

In other news, another of Ms. Daniels’ books is ON SALE now for a limited time

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Many years after a failed marriage Tori comes to the shocking realization that all her online dating relationships seem to have a ‘best before’ date. Until she meets Roger Ford, a kind and caring man, with just enough protective alpha to make a woman feel appreciated and loved. The moment they meet and he gazes into her enchanting, green eyes, he falls hard. Everything just seems to fit. Well, almost everything. Roger may not be the perfect man, but he is no quitter, and he’s determined to prove it. ‘Refusing To Expire’ flows from serious and heartbreaking to a wistful and hilarious journey of two hearts ready to love again and the blending of families.

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Grab it now before the sale ends, here are the buy links: Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon UKiBooksKoboB&N

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Tricia Daniels lives in a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada, where she raised three kids as a single parent. Creativity and imagination are never in short supply in her home. Between her quick wit and wicked sense of humor, she found she has a passion for writing steamy romance novels. Her goal is simple: tell her story, warm a few hearts, shed a few tears, share a silent chuckle, and occasionally make people blush.

That’s the official version. But the simple truth is… I’m not an author. My friends laugh when I say that. I have never aspired to write the next great love story or take the literary world by storm. I’m just a normal woman, struggling to pay the bills and trying to raise my kids in a home where they feel empowered, supported and loved. 
Love inspires me to write. The same way you all feel when you connect with a fictional character and you feel their emotions, their angst… when your body gets all warm and squeezy at the good parts. An author experiences those things too when they’re writing. I love when the characters take over the story and plot twists develop that I hadn’t planned. I love the journey to the HEA even though sometimes that road has a lot of bends in it. I love how two imperfect characters can love each other perfectly. My reward, my inspiration is experiencing through them, a love so deep that I feel it in my own heart.

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

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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!

RTF 2019 – thoughts and a giveaway

Hello and welcome!

It’s been a while since I posted… you know… LIFE !!!

Today I would like to give you my thoughts on the latest adventure in the book world. I attended Romancing the Falls 2019 on May 18, I mentioned in my last post.

Freya Barker! Congrats on another awesome event and kudos to your team, the volunteers were exceptional.

Look at this beautiful stand-up banner that greeted the readers this year! I am jealous of my friend who won it, but I am happy for her too. I wouldn’t have the space to display it in my little place LOL

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Got to ‘boss around’ M. A. Abraham again 😛 (sorry … inside joke), help with the table and got to sneak away to get my pre-orders and get a few more of course 😉

These are the books I got… I did pretty good, right? Just a tad over my budget.

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Also got a few prezzies too.

Finally got a ‘squishy willie’ I had my heart set on for a few events now but never managed to snag one, thank you Tricia MUAH

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I adore Renea Mason and love her books, got a few BBF in her various series. I listened (a few times) to the audiobooks, narrated by the scrumptious voices of Erin Deward and Noah Michael Levine and cannot recommend them enough, if you like ménage that is.

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Received these colouring books from Christine at Sweet & Spicy Reads for blog giveaways Thank you Christine ❤ Check out their website, you might find some new books to love.

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Awesome swag too, these are a few that stand out to me

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Got to hug again authors I met at previous events, shared some laughs and of course the signature jello dicks were present too, along with some jello hearts, thank you Kerri ❤

… there were also a few authors I read, but met for the first time and a few new-to-me authors.

J.S. Scott was one of the ones I met for the first time, she donated a book for the giveaway on this post. I discovered her books not long ago and from what I read so far, I will continue for sure. Melanie Moreland donated an audiobook for a giveaway in the Aural Fixation group I am part of on Facebook. A great group for audiobook lovers, just reached 7,000 members WOOT !!! Janine Infante Bosco was so much fun and so was the duo who makes up Kindle Alexander. The upbeat energy that another duo, Morgan and Jennifer Locklear, gave off was contagious. Jen Luerssen is a new author for me, the book covers got my attention, so I bought some. Shiloh Walker is another new to me author, some titles caught my attention that will have to check out.

I wish I had time to meet them all, but missed a few because there was a lineup every time I got a change to get away from the table or the ‘shiny’ kept me busy LOL

For the first time since I’ve been going to these events, I got snubbed / ignored by a couple of authors when I approached them. It wasn’t a pleasant feeling, and believe me, I do not expect royal treatment, I am a nobody, but a hello or a ‘goawaybecausemyphoneismoreimportantnow’ would have been enough. I will not mention names, but they lost a reader/reviewer. Not a big deal in the big scheme of things, but I could have used that time to go see the others tables I missed visiting. Moving on…

Overall it was a great event, seeing my book ‘tribe’, the people I interact on FB often or see at events and consider friends, left me ‘high’ again. Such a positive feeling! THANK YOU for the hugs, laughs and your friendship. And the prezzies too XOXO

The silent auction was a resounding success, with the generous donations from authors and bloggers and proceeds going to Niagara Falls Public Library Children’s Literacy program.  I think it was over $2,500 that was collected. My contribution was this basket, it didn’t go for the cost of it all, but was a good sum nonetheless. Every penny counts, right? I bid on a few baskets myself but didn’t win any.

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Now to the best part… because you are all amazing and I love sharing my loot with you.

Giveaway contents:

  • a VIP bag

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  • swag and books

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  • a tote bag from me

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Q: Tell me who would you like to meet if you could?

Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner from the comments, after 3pm EST on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Open internationally! GOOD LUCK!

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

Romancing the Falls 2019

Hello and welcome!

Getting ready to attend Romancing the Falls again, RTF for short, the book signing event in Niagara Falls, Canada in May 2019. Freya Barker and her team are working hard behind the scene to bring this event to us. I attended the first one in 2017 and had an awesome time. If you missed my post then, you can read it here.

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An event with over 70 authors attending and hopefully many readers coming to see them. There will be a silent auction with donations from authors and bloggers. The proceeds will be going to Niagara Falls Children’s Outreach Programs. I will be bringing two baskets for sure, one from the always generous M. A. Abraham and one from my blog. There might be a third one in the works 😉

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TICKETS can be purchased here.
VIP ticket includes early entry (11:00 am), after party & dinner and swag bag.
Signing only ticket includes 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM signing.

Look at the line up (current at the time of posting). I AM SO EXCITED!!! Some of my faves and some new-to-me authors.

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Wish me luck that I can keep within my budget… stop laughing 😛

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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!

My Chat with Malachi

Hello and welcome!

Oh you will like my guest today. Met him a few months ago and he is my fave from the series. Read on and find out why 😉

Welcome! Welcome!

What is your full name?
Malachi Whitetail

Do you have a nickname?
People call me Mal, and probably plenty of other things, but those are best left unmentioned.

What is one word best describes you?
Only one? My wife would probably say broody, but I think laid-back would be more appropriate.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Seriously? I dunno—jeans, a black tee, some boots. Same thing every day.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
hmmm Overall I guess so, although there were some scenes where she left me raw and bleeding. I don’t do emotion well and she had me inside out. That was tough, but since everything ended up the way it did, I can’t really complain. She did okay.

What makes you laugh out loud?
The shit my boy, Asher, gets into.

What is your favourite dessert?
My wife, Kim. If she’s not there, apple pie, but in a pinch I’ll take a beer.

What is your favourite drink?
Beer

What is your greatest fear?
Running out of beer

What is your favourite colour?
Black

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Is that a trick question?
No, do you want me to guess? he smirks

What is the perfect romantic date?
A night at home with my wife, the kid and our Great Dane, Boo, stayin’ over at my brother’s.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
You touch me and you stand to lose a limb. That’s how ticklish.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Vanilla. It always reminds me of my wife. She has this shit she puts on her hair after she washes it, making it smell like fresh baked cookies.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Used to be tall, thin, tits and blonde. That is until I met short, lush, tits and dark. I haven’t looked since then.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Two somebodies actually: my wife Kimeo, and my boy Asher.

What is one word best describes her?
My wife? Impossible to describe all that she is in one word. In fact, I’m not sure there are enough words in existence to describe her. She’s my world.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes, the Cedar Tree series. They’re basically standalone books and everyone working for GFI got their story written. I had to wait six books for my turn, but I first appeared in the third one, Against Me. That was my brother Caleb’s story, and I wasn’t in a very good place in my life back then.

After me it’s the youngest member of the team, Neil’s turn. He may be young, but after learning about the things he endured overseas, it’s obvious why he’s mature well beyond his age. Stands to reason he’d be drawn to an older woman, and Kendra is just perfect for him.

I really enjoyed getting to know you and Kimeo. Thank you Mal for chatting with me.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the chat.

As Malachi mentioned, he hails from “Like Arrows”, book 6 in the Cedar Tree Series by one of my fave authors, Freya Barker.

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An assignment has just turned interesting for GFI investigator Malachi Whitetail. When a shy, mousy woman walks into his local diner, it takes him a minute to recognize her as an employee of the real estate office he’s been monitoring. Not a believer in coincidence, Mal decides a closer look at the short brunette might be warranted. It will be the first, but certainly not the last time, he finds himself coming to her rescue.

Kimeo Lowe leads a pretty quiet existence, which is why, when she ends up a witness to a crime, her curiosity into her boss’s suspected shady dealings gets kicked into high gear. She may not be the most sociable of people, but she’s always been independent and industrious, so when an opportunity to dig a little deeper arises, she doesn’t think twice. It would seem that this time she’s bitten off a bit more than she can chew, and when a freakishly tall Native American Adonis intervenes not just once, she decides sleuthing may be best left to professionals. But it’s a bit too late.

Just when life has settled into a comfortable routine, Kim finds herself dealing with not just one, but two threats on her life. With every turn there are new challenges to face, and Mal is not about to let her face them alone. Not even when he turns out to be no match for her most dangerous enemy.

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I listened to the audiobook and what an amazing experience it was, enjoying Tanya Eby and Noel Harrison’s voices. It was a 5-star listen for me. The story is a mix of romance, suspense, mystery, a bit of drama, some hawt sexy scenes too and makes for an interesting 10 hours. I love how Ms. Barker characters are so relatable, with real issues and hangups…. yes Mal can be a jerk at times, but Kimeo puts in his place and we get to know the real him. They do get their HEA, but the road taking them there is quite trying.

Here is a audio clip for your enjoyment

You can also read an excerpt on Ms. Barker’s website.

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If you have not read / listened to the series, I urge you to give them a try, you will not be disappointed.

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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 • Audible • Goodreads •

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

My Surprise Chat with Thieron

Hello and welcome!

I got another surprise visit, a good one I have to say. Read on and find out who popped in for a chat.

Bet you thought I wouldn’t arrive in time.

I hear a man’s voice coming from behind me as I insert the key into the lock on the door of my office. My first thought is, is he talking to me? I turn to see a tall blonde drop dead gorgeous Elf. YES! Definitely for me.

I thought M.A. told you I would be arriving at around this time, The male Elf looks slightly apologetic.

It strikes me then that there was supposed to be a conversation between M.A. and I, but I got busy with meetings, then she was busy and, next thing we knew, it was time for me to head for home before the boss thought I was looking for more things to keep me busy. Who would have thought what needed to be discussed was this pressing. She usually gives me more warning than this, the woman can’t keep a secret worth beans.

We never got to discuss much of anything lately. We have been busy, I offer as an excuse. I am having a bit of a problem keeping my mind focused on the conversation I am supposed to be having with this Elf as he is standing barely a foot in front of me wearing nothing but suede pants and a pair of boots. He smells of the deep forest and his hair is hanging in long swathes down to his hips… and what hips they are, tapering down from a very lickable chest… so shoot me… I am a living, breathing female with twenty twenty vision.

Would you like me to come back at another time? He asks.

No, we are good, come inI invite. I then realize how cold it is outside and he is standing before me without a coat on. Not that I mind, but he has to be freezing. It is the next thing I say, You must be half frozen.

This isn’t bad, you should feel what it is like where M.A. lives. That is worth putting on a shirt for. Also, as you two never got to talk about my visit, you won’t know who I am. My name is Thieron.

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I thought as muchI admit. I recognize you from your posters … which is currently hanging up over my bed, I am not about to tell him that though.

I thought about bringing Talus with me, but he is too busy panting after Britallia at the present, Thieron confided.

I read about that, I snicker, as I taken off my coat to hang it up.

When M.A. told me what you said after you read about my treatment at the hands of the Eagle Claw children and their friends, I figured I would come and collect your offer, Thieron announced with a grin.

Collect? What offer? I stop and look at Thieron in surprise. Things are moving too quickly here, I am having trouble keeping up. This has got to be M.A.’s influence, she is always throwing me curves.

Yes! You don’t remember? My hug? Thieron smiles widely as he holds out his arms.

How can I resist? Doesn’t everyone want to hug someone that smells of evergreen trees? No, the physique doesn’t really matter… much.

I wrap my arms around Thieron’s waist and lay my head on his well-defined chest and resist an urge to taste … well … maybe I did manage to sneak a quick flick of the tongue. 😉 He enfolds me in his arms and I sigh. Yes, I definitely love the smell of pine trees.

When he lets me go, he is grinning and his eyes are full of mischief while he passes on a few messages.

Cambria sends her regards.

Cambria? Why? I can’t imagine what she might send to me.

I watch Thieron turn and walk to the outside door. DAYUM he even looks good from behind. He returns with something wrapped in vines and decorated with flowers. Definitely the work of a woman. He drops whatever is tied up onto the floor and I hear a voice give a squeak of protest as it lands hard on the ground. I feel my eyes widen as I ask, Is someone in there?

Thieron chuckles and replies, Unfortunately, I have to take it back with me when I leave or the Dark King won’t be pleased. He is apt to have words with us as it is.

What have the two of you done? I gasp.

Thieron speaks a few words and a young boy picks himself off the floor and launches himself at Thieron as he goes on the attack. He stops as he gets one warning, Cambria told me what spell to use to hang you from the trees as you did to me. Now, be a gentleman and say what you should to Lady Eniko.

The young Elf turns to me, bows and speaks, I am honored to be in your home.

Don’t you feel somewhat contrite about how you and the Eagle Claw children treated poor Thieron? I ask.

The boy smiled smugly winking at me while he declares The Eagle Claws motto says it best, For the King and Elven Empire. Serena is our Princess and it is our responsibility to protect her.

So why have you brought him here? I wonder.

Just to let him know, with an impartial witness, that payback can be brutal, Thieron laughs aloud, as he waves farewell. He picks up the young Elf and walks out the door. I watch from the window, he looks around and turns into a Dragon. As the young Elf turns to run from him, Thieron catches the seat of his pants in his teeth and warns, I wouldn’t thrash about too much if I were you, material has been known to tear and then where would you be? Then took to the air.

I shake my head and chuckle. Never boring around M.A.’s Elves, that’s for sure. I didn’t get to ask him any of my usual nosy questions, maybe next time.

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I hope you enjoyed this visit too.

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Thieron hails from the just released, THE PRINCESS, book 2 in the Guardians of the Empire by M. A. Abraham.

With the help of her sister, Chania, Serena managed to escape from their father. She will not be held captive, not by someone that wants to mate her to one of his prime Dragon shifters, not even if the man is an Elven Prince. She refuses to settle for anyone but A true Life Mate.Thieron returns home from a mission, only to find he has to go out again. This is not what he had planned, and he is not happy about being sent to the Elven Empire to chase down a spoiled Elven Princess who won’t listen to reason.They are both surprised, when they meet face to face to find that they are Life Mates, but it is never that simple with a Light Elven maiden, especially when she has recruited others to help keep her safe.

My review: 5 stars
The series will be epic. “The Princess” was just as good as the previous book with the twists, the humour that the fans are accustomed to from the author. Serena really put Thieron thru his paces but in the end he does get his Life Mate he’s been waiting for and I say it was about time. Poor Thieron! I want to hug him.

Read Chapter 1 here

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Look at the beautiful print book cover, Cora Graphics did an amazing job as usual.

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Buy links: AmazonUS • AmazonCA • AmazonUK • AmazonAU • Kobo • iTunes • B&N • Smashwords

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

To celebrate the new release, Ms. Abraham will gift one of you an ebook copy of THE PRINCESS. Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner from the comments after 3pm EST on Monday, March 4, 2019. GOOD LUCK!

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

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!

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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:

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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

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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!

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