Audiobooks to listen to: Forever Mine

Hello and welcome!

I was the lucky receiver of an ALC of this audiobook and I am glad I accepted the offer. My friend told me that I will not be able to stop listening once I start and she was right.

Thrown back to the year 1897, Victoria Ashton is mistaken for, and forced to impersonate, the spiteful, unfaithful Countess of Guildford, who’s been missing for three weeks. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her double’s infidelity and lies make it difficult, especially when Victoria falls in love with a man who loathes her.

Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is plagued with rumors he murdered his missing wife. When she unexpectedly reappears, he scoffs at her latest in a long string of lies. But the changes in Victoria make him alter his opinion as he forges a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

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My review

Story – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars

I thought that I read/listened to all the types of time travel stories… well… Monica Burns proved me wrong.

This is my first book from the author and the narrators, Stephanie Németh-Parker and Zachary Johnson, are new to me too. I fell in love with their voices and have to add them to my eargasm list.

I loved listening as they bring this story to life duet style, it is different from what I listened to before, the story is gripping switching between present and future, has a little of everything… suspense, intrigue, romance, steam.

The story elicited many emotions, I laughed, I cried, I shouted out loud that it made me mad. A rocky but exciting journey to the HEA they both deserve.

I received an ALC for an honest review.

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About the author

Monica Burns is a bestselling author of spicy historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. She is also the winner of the 2015 Gold Medal International Book Award, 2016 IPPY Bronze for FOREVER MINE. At the age of nine, Monica displayed an aptitude for psychic abilities. It was then she wrote her first romance and signed it with the pseudonym she uses today—Monica Burns. She’s bought four houses based on her dreams and been within $500 of all sale/purchase prices. No she hasn’t been able to predict lottery numbers, although she sure wishes she could.

Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She is also the recipient of the prestigious paranormal romance award, the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica is a survivor who believes every hero and heroine deserves a HEA (Happily Ever After), especially if she’s writing the story.

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

About the narrators

Stephanie Németh-Parker

Professional voiceover for audiobooks, commercials, corporate, medical and eLearning
An award-winning SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator, voiceover artist and actress with 20+ years acting experience. Her voice has been described as warm and strong, with an underlying vulnerability that can easily turn snarky when needed.

Her versatility and adeptness with accents has enabled her to work in many different areas of the voiceover community – from commercials to corporate narration, animation to audiobooks.

She was the voice of Omega Watches for over 5 years and have done over a hundred voiceovers with clients including IKEA, Audi, Novartis, Roche, and Swiss Airlines to name a few.

She narrate Romance, Fantasy, YA, Thrillers, Cozy Mysteries, Non-Fiction, Horror, Memoirs and LGBTQ+.

Accents include: US – Southern, Midwest, California; British, Irish, French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish and various Latin American accents.

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

Zachary Johnson

Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he’s not doing math for business or fun, he’s devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you’ll be read-iculously pleased!

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

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I am so looking forward to listen to more audiobooks from the author and the narrators.

Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Earth is My Body – Kickstarter Project

Hello and welcome!

As you probably know, I love helping new authors get the exposure through my little corner of the blogging world.

A Bright Light Out of a Dark Pandemic

9-year-old boy co-writes YA Fantasy book series

with his Auntie, USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Shannyn Leah

Kickstarter Campaign launches today, May 3rd, 2022.

Here’s a heartwarming story about a 9-year-old boy and his dream to co-write with his Auntie. 

While the world pandemic closed many doors, it opened one for C.S. Cowell, a 9-year-old boy, to co-write and get lost in building a fictional world with his Auntie, a USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Shannyn Leah. Having a love of superheroes and storytelling at a young age, C.S. guided his Auntie into a world full of superheroes, superpowers, magic, and a clever black sidekick cat – inspired by C.S.’s own pet Ollie. When a real pandemic kept C.S. from being in contact with his everyday friends, he created a fictional world and friends to make him laugh.

In their fun journey together, C.S. and his Auntie developed a series of YA Fantasy books which they are thrilled to offer to both kids and young adults alike; where they too, can lose themselves in the world of Top Secret Superheroes. Just as C.S. and Shannyn did during the global stay-at-home mandates.

While originally planning to publish mainstream, they discovered an opportunity in launching a Kickstarter Campaign. For many reasons, not everyone can read books. A Kickstarter offers the prospect of hitting enough funds to be able to produce audiobooks for the first four books, which C.S. is thrilled to offer! 

In exchange for pledging on this project, backers can access a variety of rewards including the first four eBooks for $40, an autographed paperback copy of the first four books for $120, or a year of Imperium-themed swag with the books starting at $365. Backers can also pledge an autographed copy to be donated to one of two local Christmas Toy Organizations (London Salvation Army Center of Hope or St. Thomas Christmas Care) for $30.

For more information, please visit our Kickstarter page here.

Every Imperium must accept whatever fate the Crystal Sorting Stones bestow upon them, but I didn’t ask for it. I’m not interested. I don’t want it.

Yesterday I was an ordinary foster teen living my best-boring-broke life on the edge of freedom, running from the law and stealing to survive. Today, I have superpowers and am being shipped off to a top secret world, enrolled in the Imperium Hero Academy, where they expect me to train and master my powers. All while being hunted by the darkest of all villains.

I didn’t ask for any of this.

Did I mention everyone flies in Imperium and I’m afraid of heights? Or the first time I used my powers I nearly killed an entire street of civilians?

An attack on the school reveals the headmaster and teachers aren’t telling me everything. As pieces of my past are revealed, more questions arise and I’m forced to wonder if I wasn’t brought to the academy for the sole purpose of becoming the next Hero Team.

I’ve made a goal: a year of my life to train and master my powers to help people from the human world I call home. What’s the worst that can happen?

The unthinkable.

Can I survive my year term and return to the human world I call home? Or will this world be the death of me?

The series sound promising and I hope you will support this budding author and make his dream come true. I know I am.

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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 Tyndal!

Hello and welcome!

I was surprised by today’s guest and I can’t wait for you to meet her. Read on!

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Special delivery, a muffled woman’s voice sounds through the door.

A moment later there is a knock that sounds like it was done with the toe of a shoe. Does it make sense? No. But I am beginning to get used to things like this, it comes from being associated with M.A.

I open the door and a gorgeous blonde shoves a huge bouquet of fragrant yellow roses into my arms as she breezes through the doorway.

So glad I didn’t have to do that twice. You have any idea how bulky a could dozen roses are? Not to mention the other gifts that were sent to you from those who know you at home.

Gifts? Others? Who? What? I don’t understand.

I don’t need to say a thing.

I am Tyndal, and I know you haven’t met me yet, but I have heard a lot about you.

Actually, I grin as I bury my nose in the flowers. I have heard quite a lot about you in the past, and I expect to hear more about you in the future.

Which is why I came to see you. I want to clear this up before any of it begins to take place. To have that happen, we have to light a fire under M.A.’s butt or she will never get anything done. Any ideas?

I watch, as Tyndal seems to have taken possession of my home. She reaches into the cupboard and pulls out the largest vase I possess, even as she motions for me to bring the flowers to her. It only takes her a few moments to prep them to go into the water. As she puts the finishing touches on the placement of the blooms, she adds,

Rhys picked these from our garden only this morning. It is why they smell so good and look so fresh. He said they would fit the theme and you would love that.

Theme? Theme for what? I still haven’t found my voice. It doesn’t seem to matter.

I thought you would like these.

Tyndal hands me a box that has to weigh no less than five pounds. I open the top and a golden sheet of film floats into the air. Inside the bottom is layer after layer of truffles nestled in golden wrappers. Have I ever mentioned how much I like truffles?

I look up at Tyndal as she places the vase on my cluttered table, and as she turns to pick up a stack of white boxes that are tied in tiered fashion together.

Without missing a beat, Tyndal continues to talk as she pulls the bow that keeps the packages in place. She then pulls several plates out of the cupboard, and places each of the contents of the boxes onto their own platters.

Lemon meringue tarts. Lemon slices, Lemon chiffon cake, and not to be outdone, Lemon cheesecake with a blueberry garnish. The girls thought you would like a few treats. And yes, they can be frozen if there are too many.

I finally gather my wits enough to speak, I am overwhelmed. To be honest, I thought that now that the Daughters of the Valley Trilogy is over that I wouldn’t be hearing anything more from the other side.

Who said anything is over?

Tyndal asked.

Well, I assumed, since it’d been forever! I exclaim.

As Tyndal helped herself to a bottle of cold water, she waves a forefinger at me and replies,

Never assume. Nothing is over. In fact, now that the boys are home, things are just beginning to warm up. I have to admit, they are some of the most broody men I have had the misfortune to hang around with. They weren’t that way when they were here. Well, maybe Lucifer was, but he has taken his frustration to a whole new level. I swear, that man needs to get laid. But there is hope for him, as you will find out when M.A. gets caught up with her backlog. You really need to ride that woman’s butt to get her motivated. The ‘Sons of the Valley’ will never get written if she continues to mope the way she does.

Tyndal looks at her watch and sighs,

I have to run, it was nice talking with you. Do you mind if I take the bottle with me? Thank you, and see you again, perhaps next year. Or, if I can’t make it, perhaps I will send Lucifer… that should be lots of fun… black roses, dark chocolate truffles, Devil’s food cake.

Tyndal laughs, and moments later she is gone. Behind her she leaves the fragrances of lemon pastry, Yellow roses, and expensive chocolate.

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Hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

Tyndal hails from ‘Tyndal’ a novella from the the ‘Daughters of the Valley’ series by M. A. Abraham.

As Angelika’s godmother and a member of an organization called “The Angels”, Tyndal has followed in her family’s footsteps in the outside world. Their place is to make the world a better place to live. Her time to continue her work has come to an end. In helping Angelika Leanne return to her home world, she has made a deadly enemy, one that will do whatever it takes to learn her secrets.

When Tyrus receives news that Tyndal has been injured, he goes to her rescue, his friend, Rhys, follows him. To Rhys’ surprise, he falls in love with the woman he is about to meet. They, however, come from different worlds. Or do they?

Read Chapter 1 here.

Daughters of the Valley series by M. A. Abraham.

If you have not read them, you should. If you missed my chats with my BBFs from the series, check them out here.

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Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

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My review: 5 stars

I was so excited when I heard that Tyndal will be getting her story as I fell in love with her character since she appeared in the ‘Daughters of the Valley’ series.
The author didn’t disappoint in giving Tyndal the take-charge-independent-fearless traits she is known for giving her heroines. I am glad she is not alone anymore, she found her mate in Rhys, but their journey to HEA is dangerous and lots of surprises, some good, some bad, are thrown their way, and the readers’ too 😉
Will also get to know more about the Angels organization that Tyndal is part of.
I sure enjoyed the read and I am looking forward to the next adventure in the Valley and hopefully will get to meet more Angels.

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So there will be another trilogy with the Sons of the Valley SQUEEEE as my guest confirmed and here is a small excerpt from her book that made me think there will be more.

“Did you think your people were the only ones with secrets? Those you will be privy to are not only going to shock you, but make you question what you thought you knew about your world. Not everything is how it seems. Keep that in mind and know there are more hands at work here than it seems.” Lucifer told Tyrus.

“Are you talking about the underground organization of people living in the world that comes from other dimensions? If so, we have known about them for a long time already,” Tyrus informed Lucifer. “We have a connection to a few and even know that there isn’t one Angel that didn’t originate from beyond one of the portals.”

Lucifer grinned as he commented, “Someone has been talking.”

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To celebrate the new release, Ms. Abraham is offering an ebook copy of ‘Tyndal’ to one of you. Sexy Mr. Random will choose a winner from the comments on Monday, March 28, 2022 after 3pm EST. GOOD LUCK!

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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!

Audiobooks to listen to: The Hunter and the Heiress

Hello and welcome!

I was so happy to be back in Claire Delacroix‘s Blood Brothers world. I just finished book 2 in the series, The Hunter and the Heiress. I hope you give it a chance, reading or listening to it.

Nothing could be further from Amaury de Vries’ expectations than joining his half-brother’s company of mercenaries, in the wilds of Scotland. A knight and a champion at the joust, he expected to inherit a holding – until the man he has known as his father revealed a terrible truth, and disavowed him. Left with nothing, Amaury rides to Kilderrick, where he loses his heart to a beautiful noblewoman in the forest. A practical man, he knows he has no right to court the lady, but when she is abducted, Amaury follows, determined to fulfill his knightly duty by aiding a damsel in distress.

Elizabeth d’Acron has been a pawn and a prize, pursued for her father’s wealthy holding, and wants only to be desired for herself. Seized again, she vows she will surrender to no man – even the handsome knight who comes to her rescue. And truly, there could be no one more vexing than this confident yet inscrutable man, so concerned with duty that he could be wrought of stone. But Elizabeth soon learns that she can trust Amaury to defend her at any cost. She does not expect the seductive fire, awakened by his touch, much less his conquest of her wary heart – but has she fallen in love with a man whose affections are already claimed?

Snared between duty and passion, Amaury finds himself beguiled by the lady who challenges his every expectation, but knows he has little to offer her. But when Elizabeth is threatened by a former suitor who will not be refused, Amaury risks his all in her defense, hoping it will be enough. But can he intervene in time? And will love alone convince Elizabeth to place her hand in his for all time?

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

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My review:

Story – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars

So happy to be back in this world. Amari really surprised me and I should have known the author will not let him be what he appeared in the first book. I loved his conviction of doing the right thing even if it is not what he planned and Elisabeth didn’t make it easy on him. At times I wanted to smack them both for not speaking out and only guessing what the other felt. Lots of twists and the author didn’t let me guess who was the real villain as usual. Loved, love, loved the ending! So happy I could burst!

Timothy Campbell is on my ‘eargasm’ list from the first book, and he really outdid the last one. Looking forward the next one, hopefully soon.

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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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In case you missed it, check out my review for the first book in the series, The Wolf and the Witch.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Together We Stand – anthology – preorder now!

Hello and welcome!

I would like to share a preorder that is for a great cause. I hope you will order and share so lots of funds are raised and the goal is met.

All proceeds from the sale of Together We Stand will be donated to the Red Cross to provide relief to the people of Ukraine.

Buy Links

The pre-order price is US$0.99, which will rise to US$4.99 on the release date of August 24, 2022.

Get ready to experience tales of horror, loss, persecution and unfair struggles, leading to new lives, new romances and, most importantly, well-deserved ‘happily-ever-after’ endings.

The project was launched with the following mission statement: “We are the ones who walk barefoot through hell, making it out the other side with nothing left except sheer will and a whole lot of grit in our pockets. By losing everything, others hailed us as beacons of hope. Our journeys were by no means glamorous. Each of us left an important part of ourselves behind so that we might start anew. We are the survivors. This is our chance to grab happiness by the horns and make it our own.”

Readers are advised that the works may contain descriptions of MM/FF relationships, as well as potentially triggering situations.

Authors contributing to the anthology –

C.A. King

JA Lafrance

A.L. Morrow

AM Cosgrove

Katia Kozar

TL Mayhew

C.L. Collier

A.N. Waugh

Ryan Grey

Rose Bak

Jordan Leger

A.M. Roark

KL Fast

MK Moore

Zorha Redwolf Edwards

Emery LeeAnn

Pandora Snow

R.G. Angel

Skye Callahan

Crystal St.Clair

M.A. Abraham

Merrie Destefano

Jodi Fahey

Sky Purington

Tricia Daniels

Cedar Rose

All proceeds from the print and digital sales of this book will be donated to organizations providing relief to the Ukraine. For more information about the Together We Stand project, visit the website.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

My Chat with Lyndy

Hello and welcome!

I am chatting with my first BGF from the Kaleidoscope Hearts Volume 4.

What is your full name?
Lyndy (Loftin) Heller

Do you have a nickname?
Lynd or Lyn

What is one word best describes you?
Honest

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Green T-shirt and jeans

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Absolutely

What makes you laugh out loud?
My sisters Scarlette and Poppy

What is your favourite dessert?
Anything sweet. I have a bit of a sweet tooth

What is your favourite drink?
Coffee

What is your greatest fear?
Loosing the ones that I love

What is your favourite colour?
Purple

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Night gown or nothing

What is the perfect romantic date?
Going to the falls behind the castle with my husband Luca.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Very and everywhere

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Outdoors by the waterfalls and it reminds me of Luca

When you look at a man what catches your interest?
His eyes

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Yes, my husband Luca

What is one word best describes him?
Buff

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Opalla was my debut book. And there are four books in the series.

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Lyndy hails from Blizzard of Love by Jennifer Daniels.

Driving home from her twelve hour shift in the ER, Hazel Thomas can not see a thing. That is until her ex, Trent Maxwell pulls up behind her. Will she ever escape the storm ranging from the weather or the one from her heart?

JENNIFER DANIELS lives in Upstate, NY with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, camping, kayaking, and being on the water. Jennifer is a former nurse and for several years was very active with her local volunteer fire and rescue department. She is a paranormal/fantasy junkie, loves to read most things in those genres and is a binge-watching Hallmark Channel fan. Writing was never on her radar until her son shared with her that he wanted to write a book. So, together they began and that was when Jennifer decided to give it a try on her own. And that was how the Opalla Series was born.

Get your copy FREE at – Amazon US – Amazon CA – D2D for a limited time.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

My review
Blizzard of Love” by Jennifer Daniels is a short, sweet 2nd chance love story. No angst, no tears and sometimes we need just that. – 4 stars

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

My Chat with Lord Grant

Hello and welcome!

Meet one of the heroes from Kaleidoscope Hearts Volume 4. Read on to find out who he is 😉

What is your full name?
Lord Grant Langston Henry Ashworth

Do you have a nickname?
I better not have

What is one word best describes you?
Oh, my dear, one word could never describe me.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
A black, high thread count, wool tuxedo, immaculately starched white silk shirt, gold cufflinks, and a smile.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
She did her best. Honestly, though, do you think any writer portrays their characters the way the characters want?

What makes you laugh out loud?
Watching children playing.

What is your favourite dessert?
Decadent chocolate cake filled with fresh raspberry jam.

What is your favourite drink?
A very dry, very aged Krug champagne.

What is your greatest fear?
Being forgotten when I die.

What is your favourite colour?
The color of my love’s hair… cinnamon with a touch of gold.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Come now, do you actually think I will reveal this?

What is the perfect romantic date?
One where I can surprise the woman I love.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I am not, but I am a good tickler!

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The forest after a good rain. Reminds me of my grandfather’s pipe tobacco.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
The way she carries herself. I guess you could say her confidence. Her smile. Her ability to put others at ease.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Yes, I most certainly do.

What is one word best describes her?
Ravishing

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
This is only the beginning of my story. Since my writer saw only a photo and formed this short story, I have so much more for her to share. It may be awhile though.

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Well what do you think? Would like to meet him? I hope you will.

He hails from They Danced All Night by Grace Augustine, a new-to-me author.

A thirtieth birthday filled with dancing and surprises.

Editor and internationally known author, GRACE AUGUSTINE, was raised in Montana. Her hobbies include music, acrylic painting, container planting, and old romantic movies. She resides in Iowa and is the mother of two adult sons and an adorable feline.

Get your copy FREE at – Amazon US – Amazon CA – D2D for a limited time.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

My review
They Danced All Night” by Grace Augustine is a short story indeed, so much potential. I am left to imagine how Grant and Annabelle managed to keep their relationship a secret. I would have liked to know a little more about them and maybe a glimpse into what comes next. – 3 stars

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

My Chat with Jesse

Hello and welcome!

You have to meet my next guest as he is my first BBF from the Kaleidoscope Hearts Volume 4.

Please welcome Jesse!

What is your full name?
Jesse Tash

Do you have a nickname?
Not something that would be appropriate to share winks

What is one word best describes you?
That’s a tough one… easygoing?

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
My typical Levis blue jeans, construction boots, white t-shirt … it’s a little snug, I accidentally shrunk it doing the laundry, and my lumber jacket. If you really wanna know everything, wooly socks, and boxer briefs… too far?

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Kali did a great job. Typically, I don’t like too much attention, or to talk about myself. She captured my love of restoration of vintage homes and carpentry, which is my biggest passion in life…Okay, well almost, since a certain landlord moved in, if you know what I’m sayin’. cups his chin to cover a mischievous grin

What makes you laugh out loud?
Funny animal videos, like on Tiktok, or Funniest Videos. They crack me up. But most of all, when I hear Hedy laugh. It just lights me up inside. Her laugh is infectious, in a good way.

What is your favourite dessert?
I absolutely love Sharon’s Strawberry Shortbread Cheesecake. It was a special recipe for Sharon and Larry, and I never expected the shortbread crust to be such a dessert home run! When I tried it that day they came in for some, I just about fell off my seat, it’s so decadent. Hedy ‘nailed it,’

…see what I did there? I’m a carpenter…nailed it?…

Never mind, people don’t usually get my humour. snickers to self

What is your favourite drink?
I love a good Corona with lime, and a chaser of tequila on the side.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing Hedy. She’s the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. Don’t tell her… motions for you to lean in as he whispers I’m kinda sweet on her…

Sits back and pouts Did you see what I did there? Bakery…dessert…sweet on her? tosses his hands up in defeat Forget it.

What is your favourite colour?
Sapphire blue. Just like Hedy’s. You know her long red hair is so perfect with those intense eyes…stares off for a moment, then shakes his head Sorry, where were we?

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Well, his cheeks brighten red Nothing, if I can help it. I mean, if Hedy’s sisters are around, I’ll wear my boxers, but I’m really just a free kinda guy. I prefer not to be restricted when I’m sleeping. Jesse adjusts his seat, seeming uncomfortable

What is the perfect romantic date?
You know, I wouldn’t call myself Don Juan or anything, but I make a mean Amaretto Chicken, with baked potatoes and lemon-garlic asparagus. After dinner, soak in the hot tub under the stars, and sipping Spanish red wine. Then finish the night off listening to music, curled up in a blanket by the fire, and maybe a little massage. Eventually leading into long, slow, deep kisses that’ll curl your toes.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Sorry, sweetheart. I’m actually not ticklish. Glances over his shoulder at Hedy who’s snorting with laughter and slapping her thigh
Okay, well, maybe, once in awhile, I’m a little ticklish on my hips…

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Oh man, my favourite smell is fresh cut wood. The smell of lumber when I’m about to do a reno or build something, it’s so grounding. It triggers my inspiration for carpentry. taps chin in deliberation I actually like the smell of wood on the fire too, wood. Definitely anything wood.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
First and foremost, her eyes. Confidence is a big thing for me, especially if she makes good eye contact. When a woman walks in a room, knowing she belongs there, there’s something so alluring about that. No makeup, makeup, hair done, or in a ponytail, dresses, sweat pants and a t-shirt, I think as long as she’s comfortable in her own skin, there is nothing sexier than that to me.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Jesse grins and tapers his eyes
Maybe winks
“Hey!” Hedy calls out from behind him.
Jesse chuckles out loud
Seriously, yeah. I met the most amazing woman. Although we ‘live together,’ technically, we’re taking it slow. We’ve been on a few dates so far. leans in and whispers I have the perfect date we mentioned earlier planned for later this evening. Wish me luck!

What is one word best describes her?
Incredible.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Actually, yes! Our story was created with a distinct plan of three stories. You see, Kali wrote this one for the Kaleidoscope Hearts Anthology, the 4th volume. Rumor has it, next year is the 5th anniversary of this series. Kali wants to give Hedy’s sisters both a chance to find love again. So, two more stories, one for Amy, one for Lizzie.

Hey, Jesse stands up and hugs me Oh, sorry about that! brushes off my shirt Got a little saw dust on you.

Thanks so much for the interview. It’s getting late and I have a tasty dinner to whip up.

Folks, if you haven’t read our story yet, be sure to grab your copy while you can. The anthology is only FREE for three months, and then it’s gone forever. To get Decadent Legacies after that, you’ll have to wait for it.

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So what do you think? Will he become your next BBF? I hope you give it a try and find out for yourself.

He is the hero in Decadent Legacies by one of my fave authors, Kali Willows! I found out who she based Jesse on and I think it fits. Lucky Hedy! Lucky Jesse! I am a sucker for HEA.

Returning to her family home after a bitter breakup, Hedy Dulce’s new life holds more than she bargained for when she finds herself nearly naked on the floor in front of a strange man.

Born and raised in Toronto, KALI WILLOWS now resides in the exquisite eastern Ontario countryside where she enjoys the serenity of nature. When she isn’t busy being the married mother of two, or a Public Relations & Communications Specialist & Event Manager, she shadows worlds of paranormal passion & intrigue. Kali strives to create emotional, compelling stories and characters you can’t help but love, hate and cheer for. Captivated by her love of dragons, gargoyles and everything paranormal, she pens these delightful creatures into epic tales of romance and adventure and often infuses her passions of martial arts, music and ironic twists even she didn’t foresee. A good cup of tea with the crackling fire gets her creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the night, when the house is quiet and she can type away to her heart’s desire.

Get your copy FREE at – Amazon US – Amazon CA – D2D for a limited time.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

My review
The Decadent Legacies” by Kali Willows is a 5-star story, she never disappoints. It is a short one but I am invested, fell in love with Jesse and how he charms Hedy to fall for him. I can’t wait for the next book as I want more of the Dulce sisters.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

NEW RELEASE! Aged to Perfection : A Magical Paranormal Women’s Fiction Romance Collection

Hello and welcome!

A new anthology just landed on February 15, 2022 and I was so excited to see a couple of my fave authors have stories included, Michelle M. Pillow and Mandy M. Roth, I had to 1-click. There are new-to-me names too that I am looking forward to read the stories.

Those aren’t gray hairs, they’re strands of glitter letting the world know you’re fabulous. So adjust your crown and join us as we celebrate women who are fabulous, over forty, and aged to perfection in this magical paranormal women’s fiction romance collection. Includes stories from some of today’s top PWF authors, NY Times and USA TODAY bestsellers, as well as new emerging voices in the genre.

Featuring 19 all new tales spotlighting women forty and over having the time of their midlife.

Mandy M. RothRunning with the Devil
When a gubernatorial candidate comes through the doors of a small magic shop, claiming he was mystically framed for murder, a witch has to decide if she can put their past behind her and help.

Michelle M. Pillow Merely Mortal
Tamara, a mere mortal, desperately enlists the help of a self-proclaimed ghost hunter when an age-old curse begins claiming the lives of her supernatural siblings.

Robyn PetermanMy Big Fat Hairy Wedding
A forty-something Shifter supermodel, five supernaturally screwed-up bridesmaids, and a demonic mother of the groom determined to ruin the wedding. This marriage is going to Hell. Literally.

Kristen PainterCode Name: Mockingbird
This story contains vampires, kissing, cats, and shape-shifting secret agents. What else do you need to know?

Yasmine GalenornWeaver’s Web
Paranormal investigator and witch January Jaxson, and her wolf-shifter boyfriend Killian O’Connell, take a vacation for Valentine’s Day and find themselves in a search for their hostess’s missing sister.

Milly TaidenSurviving Midlife
Sophie never expected to be rewarded for being the perfect wife and mom for two decades—but she also never expected to be kicked to the curb either!

Renee GeorgeThe Age of Inno-Scents (Nora BlackSeries)
A fun ’80s-themed mystery event takes a deadly turn when Nora Black’s psychic nose sniffs out a real murderous plot.

Jenna RiversSpell of a Time
You have to be a total witch to survive dating in your forties.

Reggi DupreeMidlife Collision
A newly single woman recovering from betrayal discovers no one is who they seem in Hoodoo, Texas—especially her new dog.

Shéa MacLeodDay of the Were-Jackal
Edwina Gale is used to tracking down supernatural bad guys, but when her romantic weekend is interrupted by the murder of a drag queen, can she solve the crime before an innocent person is convicted?

Christine GaelThe Bargain
When she strikes a deal with a nefarious stranger to save her granddaughter’s life, Inez Walthrop is dragged into a world of werewolves, vampires, and monster-hunters that she thought only existed in her nightmares.

Charise M. StudesvilleThe Perks of Being A Hoodoo Rose
In a small Midwestern town, one sister takes over the family hoodoo business and must break a centuries-old hex that threatens to prevent the women in their family from finding lasting love.

Christine Zane ThomasA Touch of Twilight
A second chance with a first love comes with a ghostly price.

Macy DixonMidlife Shelf Life
Life was all books and tea and frosty autumn days until Emmaline Fox had a magickal hot flash that changed her life…

Stephanie BerchiollyTrain Bound to Forty
A force of nature unto herself, Florebelle Fairfield, must face a magical destiny she was never prepared for.

Nicole RosasEternal
A last-minute whirlwind trip changes everything this forty-two-year-old thought she knew about herself and life.

Bobby Leigh Snow Hill: Hexed On A Feeling
When emotions heat, so does she.

Jade GreenbergMagic Takes Manhattan
One intoxicating New Yorker, a lifelong curse, and a splash of magic make an unforgettable midlife cocktail.

Aaron M. CabreraThe Invention of Magic
After inadvertently summoning a demon, Jinx must now stop the evil that possessed her best friend from killing her ex.

Buy Links – go get it, only 99c for a limited time!

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

NEW RELEASE! Kaleidoscope Hearts Vol. 4

Hello and welcome!

I am so happy to be celebrating the release of this anthology that has stories from some of my fave authors and new authors that I am looking forward to discover.

THANK YOU Grace Augustine, Linda Boulanger, Rochelle Bradley, Kevin Chapman, Aliya DalRae, Jennifer Daniels, Andi Lawrencovna, Catherine Marcum, Sabrina Rue, Kali Willows, SE Winters, & Mary Woldering for sharing your stories with us. It is an awesome gift that your readers will love! I hope many more readers will discover your books.

Kaleidoscope Hearts – Volume 4

Around every corner and even right in front of you, love is spinning fabulous stories.

Take a walk on the wild side and revisit that friendship from childhood ready to grow into something new. Find that place where love comes in the form of a tiny blossom with a secret hidden inside the petals.

In this spinning collection of stories, every varied shade of love is explored, from that found in the twirl of a skirt on a ballroom floor, to a ghost whose love is in question, or as a side effect of the magic from a broken heart.

Best friends and bridesmaids, nurses and their exes, you can’t escape true love, even if it is only a wish in the heart, or a prayer on a dark wintry road.

As the old phrase goes: Love doesn’t cost a thing, or maybe it does, and sometimes that cost can be one of life and death, or perhaps even a supernatural “un-death” if the fates collide.

Sometimes, love is like looking in a mirror, or wishing you could go back and live that love over again, and in these pages, twelve amazing authors will take you on a journey that will leave you longing for more.

Fans of Lynsay Sands, Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, & Kresley Cole won’t want to miss this breathless collection of romance in all its swirling colors.

Take a romp through the flowers, or wind a path through the woods. Weave your way through these adventures that are at the heart of all it means to Love!

Get your copy free at – Amazon USAmazon CAD2D

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Maureen Winters confronts her childhood demons and finds healing through a magical
and wild child who was once her friend – Now that they are both grown…

MARY R. WOLDERING is an author, artisan, art historian, madwoman, visionary and devoted wife to Dr. Jackie F. Woldering, mother of Ruth and Thom and grandmother of five. She writes Visionary Fiction with a focus on Ancient Egyptian Mythology. What if the Gods and Goddesses of mythology were really just super-talented people full of very human passions and shortcomings? When they appeared in different legends, these various archetypes were like threads woven into the tapestry of various eras and cultures. Now, she has taken this idea and created her own tapestry of the divinely human and woven it through all time and space. Mary has been known to dabble in all genres of writing and has recently ventured into the area of Romantic Fiction.

Returning to her family home after a bitter breakup, Hedy Dulce’s new life holds more than she bargained for when she finds herself nearly naked on the floor in front of a strange man.

Born and raised in Toronto, KALI WILLOWS now resides in the exquisite eastern Ontario countryside where she enjoys the serenity of nature. When she isn’t busy being the married mother of two, or a Public Relations & Communications Specialist & Event Manager, she shadows worlds of paranormal passion & intrigue. Kali strives to create emotional, compelling stories and characters you can’t help but love, hate and cheer for. Captivated by her love of dragons, gargoyles and everything paranormal, she pens these delightful creatures into epic tales of romance and adventure and often infuses her passions of martial arts, music and ironic twists even she didn’t foresee. A good cup of tea with the crackling fire gets her creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the night, when the house is quiet and she can type away to her heart’s desire.

When your best friend is marrying someone else, hoping he’ll marry you instead only happens in fairy tales, right?

LINDA BOULANGER is an award-winning author of historical romance. While her books are mostly set in the Medieval era and Ancient Worlds, you’ll often find time travel, dragons, angels, fairies, and other mystical beings mixed into her stories. Having grown up in the magical land of Alaska, her imagination was her refuge when winter days got too cold or she needed to hide away from overly large mosquitos in the summer. It was during those days that the storyteller was born, though it would take many years, and several hat changes, before she realized the voices in her head were characters screaming for their stories to be written. When not traipsing into imaginary historical lands or designing book covers, Linda can be found spending time with her family in NE Oklahoma’s Green Country.

Driving home from her twelve hour shift in the ER, Hazel Thomas can not see a thing. That is until her ex, Trent Maxwell pulls up behind her. Will she ever escape the storm ranging from the weather or the one from her heart?

JENNIFER DANIELS lives in Upstate, NY with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, camping, kayaking, and being on the water. Jennifer is a former nurse and for several years was very active with her local volunteer fire and rescue department. She is a paranormal/fantasy junkie, loves to read most things in those genres and is a binge-watching Hallmark Channel fan. Writing was never on her radar until her son shared with her that he wanted to write a book. So, together they began and that was when Jennifer decided to give it a try on her own. And that was how the Opalla Series was born.

She saved his life, then stole his heart… too bad she has to die.

What started as therapy has turned into a full time passion for ALIYA DALRAE. The fictional town of Fallen Cross, Ohio, and its cast of characters, both human and paranormal, reside in her imagination, and she brings their stories of love, loss and redemption to life in her Jessica Sweet Trilogy, and The Fallen Cross Pack and Fallen Cross Legion Series.

A thirtieth birthday filled with dancing and surprises.

Editor and internationally known author, GRACE AUGUSTINE, was raised in Montana. Her hobbies include music, acrylic painting, container planting, and old romantic movies. She resides in Iowa and is the mother of two adult sons and an adorable feline.

Meeting her granddaughters fiancé for the first time was making her see double.

CATHERINE MARCUM is the alter ego of C.J. Baty Author. While C.J.’s writing brings male/male love to light, Catherine is about women over 50 who deserve a little romance, love, and sex in their lives. Go figure. C.J. writes about men with flaws who find love and happiness in the arms of other men with a little mystery added into the stories. She was shocked when Catherine started to make an appearance in her writing. The only thing they have in common is their love of the mountains, the belief that love is love, and the need to tell the stories in their heads. You can find both CJ and Catherine at her website

While paroling for feral supernatural beasts, Ele stumbles across Micah, a not-so-average human who is being hunted by an evil force.

ROCHELLE K. BRADLEY puts an artistic spin on everything she does but there are two things she fails at miserably: 1. Cooking (seriously, she can burn water) 2. Sewing (buttons immediately fall back off) She loves baking and makes a mean BTS (Better than Sex) cake. When in observation mode she is quiet, however, her mouth is usually open with an encouraging glass-is-half-full pun or, quite possibly, her foot. She is a Bearcat, a Buckeye, an interior decorator, and fluent in sarcasm. In 2008, when her youngest entered Kindergarten, she decided to get the stories out of her head. Midway through her first novel, hurricane Ike (yes, a hurricane in Ohio) rendered the laptop useless with a nine-day power outage. She didn’t give up but continued to pursue her dream. Every November Rochelle takes on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org) where she endeavors to write 50,000 words in thirty days. You can often hear her cheering the Dayton area Wrimos (those who join her in this crazy pursuit). Rochelle shares her home with a big black cat, an itty-bitty orange tiger kitty, her daughter, her son, and her Prince. She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Facebook (search for Author Rochelle Bradley), Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit Rochelle’s website to sign up for her newsletter to keep up to date about future novels and book signings

How much does love cost on your proof-of-purchase? Follow along as four different people find themselves pondering the cost of love when one crumpled receipt exchanges hands from a wife, a mother, a friend, and a grumpy old man.

S.E. WINTERS is an author, mother, wife, and curious individual. No topic is left unexplored in her mind, and what happens, as a result, is anyone’s guess. S.E. Winters loves to dip her toes in the waters of the curious, mysterious, paranormal, possibly macabre, and even horrible. I mean, what good is having nightmares if you can’t do anything with them after you wake up?

Aspiring Heroes Wyatt and Daniel are challenged to find and help someone in the next three hours. The only problem? The person they find has been dead for forty years. Can they do it? And what does any of that have to do with love?

KEVIN CHAPMAN is a Writer, US Navy Vet and makes the best homemade chicken salad in the multiverse. He has run the Cleveland Eastside Writer’s Group for the last ten years. He lives in Mentor, Ohio with his wife Teresa who he’s managed to not tick off too much for thirty years. You can find Kevin on Facebook

Emma’s crushing trauma leaves her reeling as her memory… of him… keeps slipping away. Is he real or just a dream?

SABRINA RUE is the paranormal alter-ego of romance writer Shayne McClendon. Collectively, they’ve published more than fifty books and written over five hundred short stories (and counting). Sabrina spends the majority of her waking hours writing. Currently living in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her awesome adult kids and their menagerie of furry friends, this author takes the hermit lifestyle to a whole different level. If you’re looking for your next great read… you need Sabrina Rue in your life! Stop by her website “Always the Good Girl” for a collection of free short stories!

Noah never knew her mother, and her father lost his ability to love the day she died. She spent her life trying to take care of him, never knowing if he appreciated her sacrifices or even knew she was there… Until the day she was given a tulip, and hidden within the petals was a treasure who could offer her all the love in the world, if she was just willing to accept it…

ANDI LAWRENCOVNA lives in a small town in Northeast Ohio where she was born and raised. After finishing her education, she decided that it was time to let a little fantasy rule her life for a while. The NeverLands were born out of a frustration with happily-ever-afters, and a burning desire for the same.

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Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Join the celebrations in the antho’s FB group, WoW: Kaleidoscope Hearts.

Happy reading and make sure you share the link with your friends so they can get lost in the many wonderful worlds the authors created. I know I will.

I already read one of them, a 5-star read, “The Decadent Legacies” by Kali Willows and I have to tell you she never disappoints. The story is short but I am invested, fell in love with Jesse and how he charms Hedy to fall for him. I am already bugging her for the next book as I want more of the Dulce sisters.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

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