Audiobook to listen to: The Chameleon Effect

Hello and welcome!

I waited a few days after buying the audiobook to actually starting it.

Why? Not sure. Maybe because it was written by one of my fave narrators who is up there on my ‘eargasm’ list and I was afraid to start it knowing I will finish it in no time.

Lights. Camera. Action…

I’ve got everything it takes to make it in Tinseltown: confidence, charisma, and a killer chin. Now all I need is a chance.

But Los Angeles is full of hot, young hunks, and talent might not be enough to separate me from the cookie-cutter crowd.

Well, you know what they say: fake it till you make it.

So I devise a wild scheme to get noticed. Pretend I’m someone I’m not—goodbye Will O’Connell of Cincinnati and hello Liam O’Connell of Dublin.

‘Liam’ and his talent with accents is enough to get my foot in the door, but I never anticipated meeting the woman who has me more worried about keeping my foot out of my mouth.

Enter Raven Locke, the dark-haired bombshell who puts the ‘tude in tattooed.

On set, she’s the costumer tasked with fitting my pants, but all I can think about is how to get into hers.

As my — I mean, Liam’s — budding career begins to heat up, so do our feelings.

While Raven pursues her passion for fashion; I chase her heart.

Our picture-perfect screenplay seems sure to send us riding off onto Sunset Boulevard… Until Raven finds out that Comedy and Tragedy aren’t the only masks I’m wearing. Our romance might be destined for the cutting room floor, unless I can salvage our story with a plot twist she won’t see coming.

This first-person, male-POV rom-com has it all: lots of heat, plenty of heart, and a Hollywood-worthy HEA.

My review

Story – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars

I didn’t go in with any expectations, as with every new author. This book is a sweet romcom story with little angst, from the hero’s POV. He is lovable from the beginning, the way he interacted with his family and friends. The heroine is spunky, talented and a great personality. Their road to HEA is a bit bumpy but left me a smile imagining how well they match. Their chemistry is combustible, there are some steamy moments between them. Great secondary characters round out the story, especially his precocious niece, she was a hoot, and his friend and trainer Devontay (I hope I spelled his name right), I hope the author gives him a HEA too in the next book.

I listened to a lot of books narrated by Joe Arden and I loooove his voice. He is very talented, tailoring his voice to each character. He did justice to the story, switching between accents with ease. Characters’ emotions are heard which is important in an audiobook.

Maxine Mitchell’s interludes are a great addition to the aural experience offering glimpses into Raven’s mind. She brought the heroine to life with effortless charm.

The blooper reel is a great addition at the end.

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Buy LinksAmazon • Audible • Signed Special Edition Hardback • Signed Paperback

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Check out all about Joe Arden at the website.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

NEW RELEASE – The Chameleon Effect by Joe Arden

Hello and welcome!

The much anticipated debut book by one of my ‘eargasm’ voices, Joe Arden, released today!

Congrats Mr. Arden!

Lights. Camera. Action…

I’ve got everything it takes to make it in Tinseltown: confidence, charisma, and a killer chin. Now all I need is a chance.

But Los Angeles is full of hot, young hunks, and talent might not be enough to separate me from the cookie-cutter crowd.

Well, you know what they say: fake it till you make it.

So I devise a wild scheme to get noticed. Pretend I’m someone I’m not—goodbye Will O’Connell of Cincinnati and hello Liam O’Connell of Dublin.

‘Liam’ and his talent with accents is enough to get my foot in the door, but I never anticipated meeting the woman who has me more worried about keeping my foot out of my mouth.

Enter Raven Locke, the dark-haired bombshell who puts the ‘tude in tattooed.

On set, she’s the costumer tasked with fitting my pants, but all I can think about is how to get into hers.

As my — I mean, Liam’s — budding career begins to heat up, so do our feelings.

While Raven pursues her passion for fashion; I chase her heart.

Our picture-perfect screenplay seems sure to send us riding off onto Sunset Boulevard… Until Raven finds out that Comedy and Tragedy aren’t the only masks I’m wearing. Our romance might be destined for the cutting room floor, unless I can salvage our story with a plot twist she won’t see coming.

This first-person, male-POV rom-com has it all: lots of heat, plenty of heart, and a Hollywood-worthy HEA.

Cover designed by Enchanting Romance Designs

Model: Adam Perry

Photographer: Chris Carroll

Read FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Buy Links: AmazonAudibleSigned Special Edition HardbackSigned Paperback

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Check out all about Joe Arden at the website.

I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook!

Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Cover Reveal – The Chameleon Effect by Joe Arden

Hello and welcome!

I have some exciting news!!!

The Chameleon Effect is the debut solo novel from acclaimed, award-winning romance narrator, Joe Arden, coming September 13, 2022. A secret identity romance from the man with the secret identity! Pre-order yours now!

Pre-order HERE
Audio pre-order coming soon and I will do an update when I know the date.
Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Vote for The Chameleon Effect on Goodreads Most Anticipated Reads in September 2022!

You can expect the following from The Chameleon Effect:

  • RomCom
  • Hilarious banter
  • Hollywood vibes
  • Male POV
  • Strong/Sassy Heroine
  • All the feels
  • Enough heat to melt your kindle/earbuds


Lights. Camera. Action…

I’ve got everything it takes to make it in Tinseltown: confidence, charisma, and a killer chin. Now all I need is a chance.

But Los Angeles is full of hot, young hunks, and talent might not be enough to separate me from the cookie-cutter crowd.

Well, you know what they say: fake it till you make it.

So I devise a wild scheme to get noticed. Pretend I’m someone I’m not—goodbye Will O’Connell of Cincinnati and hello Liam O’Connell of Dublin.

‘Liam’ and his talent with accents is enough to get my foot in the door, but I never anticipated meeting the woman who has me more worried about keeping my foot out of my mouth.

Enter Raven Locke, the dark-haired bombshell who puts the ‘tude in tattooed.

On set, she’s the costumer tasked with fitting my pants, but all I can think about is how to get into hers.

As my — I mean, Liam’s — budding career begins to heat up, so do our feelings.

While Raven pursues her passion for fashion; I chase her heart.

Our picture-perfect screenplay seems sure to send us riding off onto Sunset Boulevard… Until Raven finds out that Comedy and Tragedy aren’t the only masks I’m wearing. Our romance might be destined for the cutting room floor, unless I can salvage our story with a plot twist she won’t see coming.

This first-person, male-POV rom-com has it all: lots of heat, plenty of heart, and a Hollywood-worthy HEA.

Cover designed by Enchanting Romance Designs

Model: Adam Perry

Photographer: Chris Carroll

Check out all about Joe Arden at the website.

I love his voice and on my ‘eargasm’ list. I can’t wait for the audiobook!

Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Cover Reveal – Blood Vows – Surprise Chat with the twins DAYUM

I hadn’t even had a chance to get out of my vehicle when a couple of men walked up to the side of the car, and boy were they easy on the eyes. I haven’t seen bodies on men like these since I met Thorn. Bite me, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to check them out. Tall, dark, and handsome… triple check. Eyes you could get lost in… check. Shoulders like a linebacker… yup, and double yup. Abs you could use as a scrub board… and then some. Narrow hips, large hands… gotta love a man with large… hands.

“Lady Enikö?” A deep rumbling voice spoke from outside of the window. Did I dare roll down the window and talk to these men? They exuded danger from every pore.

I sigh, might as well, I take one more discerning look at them and my hands begin to itch. Ahem. Right. Talk, no touching.

Anyway, I have to get out of the car anyway, so I open the door and exit as I ask, “Who wants to know?”

Both men bow as they introduce themselves.

“I am Lyon.”

“And I am his brother, Dyon.”

“We hale from the story of ‘Blood Vows’ your friend is writing at the moment and have a few questions.”

“I am not sure I can help with those, M.A. hasn’t given me much insight into the story beyond saying she is past the middle of the book.”

“And she just threw me a curve, just when I felt I had reached my objective.” Lyon grumbles.

“Yes, she tends to do things like that.”

“Could you get her to make things a little easier on my brother?” Dyon asks.

“I don’t know if that is going to help,” I admit.

“I can make it worth your while,” Dyon suggests with a purr to his voice.

Thoughts of satin sheets and sweaty bodies run through my mind and I correct myself. Down girl, remember, Athïan. “Sorry,” (boy am I sorry, and in more ways than one). I am surrounded by too much testosterone. “I am already taken.”

Lyon snickers at Dyon and I get the impression he would stick his tongue out at his brother given the chance and the right place. To me he bows and speaks, “Well, at least consider helping me. Kayla has not been an easy person to win over, and I would like to keep her to myself, not allow others to steal her from me.”

He hands me an envelope, then they leave. I check out how they look walking away from me too. Dyon looks over his shoulder, and winks.

I open the envelope and … SQUEEEE

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If your thought was ‘DAYUM’, we think alike 😜 Those two would make a gal forget her name if she lets her guard down.

Lyon and Dyon hail from the WIP of M. A. Abraham and what I told the gorgeous men is true, she didn’t tell me much and my hands are itching to get my hands on the finished story. From what I read so far, I think it will be one to rival ‘Aura’, which you might know it is my fave from the author’s standalone stories.

I am happy to show you what Lyon handed to me. It is the cover of ‘Blood Vows’ and you see it here first.

Brother and sister, they made promises and would honor their dying father’s last wish.
Kayllan
The young Prince who became King at an early age. Unknown to anyone, he made a pact with his best friend, a blood vow not even death could break.
Kayla
Born twice royal, she will become Queen, trained to rule a nation, also to become some man’s wife. She never expected to make promises to a dying brother. She would do as he decreed, and do so proudly, but she didn’t know the full extent of it all.
Lyon
First born in his lands, he rules as King, and he has vowed to protect Kayllan’s sister, to marry her and rule at her side if Kayllan dies early. He never expected her to be a beauty, she astounds him with her inner strength.
She knows nothing of his vow to her brother, but he vows she will, and then she will be his.

Isn’t it beautiful? Created by Cora Graphics, whose talents are known all over the world. I know it will fit the story well.

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Comment if you would like to know more about the story, and I might have another post soon with an excerpt from the story 😉

Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Surprise visit from 2 gods *gasp*

Hello and welcome!

As the title discloses, I did have 2 gods visit last night. Read on to find out who 😉

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I could hear the sounds of male laughter coming from the end of the hallway as I exited the elevator, and I smiled. I didn’t know where it was coming from, but I was certain someone in the building wouldn’t be happy to hear how loud it was. I could think of some neighbours and I hope they were irritated by the raucous laughter.

As I got closer to home it seemed like the noise was coming from my place. Impossible. No one was home. I hear my cellphone ring and I answer, it’s my upstairs neighbours.

“Do you think you can hold down the racket? Some of us like to rest when we get home from work.”

“Wrong neighbour, I am just getting home from work now.” I hang up.

Despite saying this, I have to admit it sounds like there’s a party happening on the north other side of the door as I insert the key and open it.

Oh. My. I am not going to complain, especially if my apartment is left in this condition. I look around at the open room concept and sigh. Good Housekeeping magazine, eat your heart out. Not only does my house look like it belongs in a photoshoot, but in the living room there’s two of the most drool worthy men I have ever seen.

They sense my appearance, turn to me, and smile. I stifle a moan. They stand and introduce themselves.

I am Sagan, and this is Riel, my brother.

I am Eniko, and… I look around, still stunned.

The smiles on their faces widen.

We hope you don’t mind our redecorating your apartment. We will put it back before we leave. Oh yes, we also brought some wine from our home planet to share with you. Unfortunately we can’t leave that behind either.

Why not? I am getting the short end of the stick here. This isn’t fair.

If the management saw this, you wouldn’t be able to afford your rent. If someone saw the bottles, you would have even worse trouble.

So, come join us, relax and enjoy this while you can.

I have a mischievous thought run through my head, Can we continue to bug the neighbours without letting them know where the noise is coming from?

Even better, they can come see this for themselves. They will then go report what they saw. By the time the powers that be come to investigate, everything will be back to normal. It will make everyone think they are on something.

I can’t help but smile, what a diabolical plan. I walk into the room to join them and the two wing chairs turn into a cozy couch. Sagan reaches out to hand me a golden goblet of wine, and the fragrance of a freshly prepared meal comes from the kitchen area. A glass centrepiece glows, lit within by a candle that smells heavenly. It is decorated with star flowers. I can hear the sounds of an Elven choir in the distance. I accept the goblet and Sagan pats the spot between him and his brother.

We will set the atmosphere, and then leave you and Athiän to enjoy your time together. Until he gets here, however, we can enjoy ourselves. So, I ask you, which of we looks the hottest?

What a hard question, and I am not willing to pick between them, they are both gorgeous. I also know certain Goddesses that will have my hide if I would even think to hit on their men. And besides Athiän is coming SQUEEEE

Wait! How do you know about Athiän?

I get twin male laughs in answer as they disappear from my living room. Then Athiän appears in their stead and takes me into his arms. Use your imagination to figure out what happens next 😉

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So? What do you think?

Sagan and Riel hail from “The Temple / The Fortress” by  M. A. Abraham released today!

CONGRATS Ms. Abraham!

“The Temple” was part of an anthology and now republished as a duet with a continuation in “The Fortress”.

cover designed by me 😉

The Temple

Ele is a powerful goddess in her own right, so she doesn’t worry about her safety as her sisters think she should. She is beautiful in ways that catches the wrong type attention. In order to keep her safe, her sisters blackmail a god from another world to take Ele into his care.
Sagan is a warrior god on his planet and every bit as powerful as Ele. He is also the epitome of what every woman thinks a god should look like. Without seeing Ele, he promises to keep her safe and keep his distance. After seeing Ele, he doubts if he can keep his word.

The Fortress

As Ele welcomes her sisters to her new home, Sagan senses a familiar disruption in the ether on his planet. It doesn’t take him long to discover the reason, or to meet the twin he never knew existed before this.
As a god of chaos, Tash, is intent on creating discord wherever he goes. Telling Riel who he is was supposed to cause a war between brothers, instead Riel bonds with Sagan. He then takes a look at one of Ele’s sisters and falls in love. This isn’t anything Tash will allow to go unchallenged. He will go to any length to get his way despite the odds.

the original covers I created for the two stories

My review for “The Temple”: 5 stars
A different type of story than what I am used to from the author, jokingly told her… Not bad for not having Elves in it  😛 All joking aside, it was engaging, and it has a HEA, very important! Sagan is a hero that grows on you, he wins Ele’s heart and she tames him, capturing his heart and soul. Their journey has twists and at times I didn’t think they will make it, but they do! YAY

My review for “The Fortress”: 5 stars
The blurb you read on this one doesn’t even cover a fraction of the happenings in this story. So much is happening and so interesting as the story unfolds, more twists that the usual from the author. There are Ele and Sagan who you meet in the first story, then we meet the sneaky Tash, I wanted to smack him many times. Then the surprise reveal of another one, the plots and schemes only deities are capable of. This story will keep you engaged even if you are not into this type of story. The end is happy in many ways, a few more surprises, and all get what they deserve.

Buy links – Amazon USAmazon CAKoboiBooksB&NSmashwords

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list. Read Chapter 1 here.

Sagan came for a visit before, in 2020, check it out here.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know who Athiän is. If not, follow this link and this link to find out more 😉

To celebrate the new release, one reader will be selected to receive an ebook copy of the “The Temple/The Fortress”. Winner will be selected from the comments, shares will receive extra entries, mention where you shared in your comment. Good Luck!

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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.

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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!

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