Unexpected visit from Tantalus

Hello and welcome!

Earlier today… as I was writing in my journal … YES! don’t judge! I still write by hand on paper, in a notebook, not as much as I used to and my handwriting suffered for sure. That story is for another day though… ok… where was I? Ah yes! Sitting in my comfy chair, writing in my notebook …

Are you busy? A soft, melodious male voice flows through my mind.

I can tell whoever is contacting me hails from Tantalus, but I have never heard this voice before. I am curious to find out what kind of surprise awaits me.

I am never too busy for my friends. I respond.

I will be brining some special people with me, if you don’t mind. The voice returns.

The more the merrier. You do realize I will be asking questions when you do. I tease.

I can hear the smile in his voice as he responds, We would be surprised if you don’t. You may be even more surprised with some of our answers. There are many changes happening on Tantalus and, although we can’t fill you in on all of the details, we can leave hints about what some of them are. The voice teases me back.

I can feel whoever contacted me leave my consciousness and I shout, You can’t tell me something like that and then leave me in limbo, get back here.

There is no response. NONE! As I pace the room, I swear I can feel my blood pressure rise and I want to hit someone. How dare he leave me hanging like this? You wonder why I hate cliffhangers so much? This is a prime example.

When I think I am about to blow a gasket, I hear a soft rap on my door. He is here, I can feel him, and boy have I got a few words to say to him.

I open my mouth with the intention of speaking my mind as I fling open the door, and then freeze. DAYUM!!!

Hello Eniko, I am Kyran.

I am Kystan, and it looks like Trysuil was right about you.

Trysuil? Right? Okay, so I sound brain dead, but DAYUM …. great mounds of Angel flesh!!! They are Kyllan’s sons, I can tell they are, they look like a younger version of him. Somehow, I find my misplaced wits and ask. What is Trysuil right about?

Your reaction to our presence. He sent us to fly you up to the ship. Would you like us to hold you in our arms? Or, would you rather ride on the platform?

I can’t help but grin or stop the words that flow unchecked from my mouth, nothing new there, right? Your arms are for me. M.A. would have chosen the platform. She is such a scaredy cat 😛

Who would you like to fly you?

Do I get to choose? I ask. Perhaps I could be the one in the middle, I think I would like that.

Interesting byplay on words, considering what you are thinking. Kyran snickers.

So bite me, right here, I don’t even think as I motion towards the spot I am thinking of with my hand. I am not even aware of the fact that I have spoken aloud, or that I am already blurting out the rest of my thoughts, Can I lick you, to see if you are real or if I am dreaming?

I thought that phrase was pinch me, to see if I am dreaming, Kystan wrinkles a brow as he considers the matter.

It is and I am willing if you are. I answer with a grin. All right, so I am flirting outrageously, but I can’t seem to stop myself.

Within moments Kystan whisks me into his arms and we are off to… who cares where… I am clinging tightly to his shoulders OH MY!!! I hope it will take long. A small opening appears ahead of us and we land inside their ship where Trysuil is waiting to greet me.

Welcome to Tantalus, Eniko.

Damn, he is hot. I allow my thoughts to flow through my mind and watch as he smiles slowly enough to make my blood heat up. He spreads his wings wide, so flames can ripple freely amongst them. I watch and give an excited squeal of delight. I can’t believe the Adjudicator has come to see me. Where is Alena, his lucky mate? I wonder if the Tantalarian Females realize how good they have it. They not only have men that are handsome enough to make a gal drool, but they are treated like precious dolls. I want one for my own.

Can I go back to Tantalus with you? I ask.

Trysuil shakes his head as he answers, You have important work to do here, but we have heard so much about you from Kyllan that we felt we should come see you for ourselves. We also have brought someone to show you, although this part of the story has yet to be told, as is Kystan and Kyran’s.

So far I am not complaining about a thing, I reply.

I would introduce you to my mate, Alena, Trysuil speaks, as he turns slightly to wind a wing around someone approaching him. There is so much love and pride in his face as he speaks that I can’t talk past the lump that forms in my throat. This is how love should be between two people!

Alena is covered by one of Trysuil’s wings as she comes forward. He unfurls it and I can see she is holding a small bundle in her arms. She is also glowing with happiness in a way that makes me glad I am wearing sunglasses. She is so beautiful. Are there Tantalarians that are not drop dead gorgeous?

We wanted you to be the first human to see our son, Alena’s voice is light and airy, and she unwraps the child from its little blanket.

My eyes grow wide, then misty as I see the perfectly formed little cherub being revealed. I reach for the baby and then stop. It is not my place to take a child from its mother. Besides, Trysuil might object and then he would fry my hide. Not a good thing.

Alena smiles wider and moves close, so she can place the baby into my arms. I feel tears running down my cheeks as I touch his soft skin and downy feathers. He smiles at me and I coo at him.

His name is Tyrell, Alena speaks while she watches her son with a tender expression. He is our miracle.

He certainly is that, as are all children, I agree, as he begins to fuss.

Alena is immediately there to reach out and hug her child to settle him. It is everything I can do to give him back to her, babies are so precious.

I look at Trysuil and ask, So what can we expect in the future?

Much! comes the answer Our world is coming into its own now and those that were hidden are almost ready to come back out into the world and out of their sanctuary. First, we must come to this world, so we can help those in need here.

When will we get to know more about the future? I want this information now, not in a couple of years from now.

Patience, Eniko. One story at a time, you have a much better idea now what to expect from us later, when People of the Phoenix releases. Until then, we will work to sever our ties with this planet.

Does that mean I will never see you again? I worry.

I give you my word, I will not forsake you, Trysuil promises wrapping his wing around his family.

I heave a great sigh as I watch him leave the room. I am already beginning to feel abandoned.

Kyran and Kystan wrap their wings around me and I am nearly smothered in wings and the heavenly scent of male Tantalarian bodies. I grin as I realize I forgot to even check to see what they were wearing. And here I am, sandwiched between Kyllan’s sons. I have to admit, I definitely don’t feel alone at this moment.

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That was bliss even though it was fleeting encounter and I didn’t get to ask many questions. We got glimpses of the distant future that I even didn’t know about, how cool is that? It was disconcerting at the beginning hearing the voices in my mind, but I like it! I would want that power too.

You get to meet Trysuil in The Phoenixes Choice, book 5 in the Tantalus series by M.A. Abraham.

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Kyllan has come home to find several surprises waiting for him, one in the form of a man he had thought dead. Trysuil is most definitely not lost to their people, and he couldn’t be happier. His daughter, Alena, is ecstatic, for her love has been returned to her.

The Phoenixes saved Trysuil from what would have been a certain death, for he had more potential than anyone could have imagined. They kept him in a state of suspended animation, until the time was right, with the knowledge that their world was about to go through many changes in the future. In his new position of power, he will be known as the Adjudicator. He only answers to the Phoenixes; he is their judge and jury.

Those who have gotten to know Kyllan respect and admire him as a good leader of uncanny foresight and abilities. As they get to know Trysuil, they find out that he is fair, just and a man of vision. He will not abuse his position. He would rather help those who have come to live on Tantalus build a future for the generations that are to follow, but he can bring down the might of the Phoenixes to bear on them, if there is a need.

Read Chapter 1 here.

Releasing on April 17, 2018. Here are the buy links:

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Did you know book 1 in the Tantalus series is out on audio too?

Book 2 is in production right now and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Brian Callanan‘s voice is perfect for the series.

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To celebrate the release of the new instalment one lucky reader will get an ebook copy of The Phoenixes’ Choice, courtesy of Miss Abraham. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a name after 3 pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

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

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My Chat with Scott Bennett

Hello and welcome!

Today’s guest has a warm voice that is just right for story telling, it keeps my attention throughout the book, animated and rumbling at times, a pleasure to listen to.

Please welcome Scott Bennett !

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Do you have a nickname?
Not since my days in high school. Between my junior and senior year, I went to a summer camp called Boys’ State, sponsored by the American Legion, where I was the coach of our group’s football team.  Other boys said I was trying to act like famous Alabama football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, so they dubbed me “Teddy Bear.”  Other than that, I’ve never really had a nickname… that I’m aware of… though I’m sure I’ve been called a few behind my back by students in the school where I teach.  Haha

What is one word best describes you?
As a person, in general, I would hope it would be something like kind, friendly, or sincere. As a narrator of audiobooks I recently had to narrow it down, upon request of my coach Sean Pratt, to four:  affable, astute, relaxed, and folksy.  And in case anyone wonders, many audiobook narrators who aspire to improve seek the advice of voice acting coaches, and Sean, who does have a nickname: the Ginger Yoda, is one of the best in the business, having narrated close to 1000 audiobooks.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Many things:  cat/dog videos, good jokes, my own audio outtakes, sometimes I can’t believe the things that come out of my mouth when I try to narrate! … my granddaughter, my students, and I could go on.  I once made the mistake of having my wife listen with me and give feedback as I was trying to edit a somewhat spicy scene in an audiobook I was recording.  She had a fit of giggles and we both got tickled. Needless to say, I only let her listen to finished product now.  LOL

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What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
I like the smell of bread baking, bacon frying, a campfire on a fall evening, honeysuckle, when I’m riding on my motor scooter I love to ride in the country for this reason alone, and hickory smoke.  When I lived in Kentucky one of the best smells in the world was farmers who were “firing” their tobacco in the barns.  It makes me quite nostalgic.

Favourite place to spend time in.
Well, one of my favourite places to spend time is in my little 4 X 4 booth where I record audiobooks.  I really do enjoy the solitude and reading there.  If you mean where – away from home – I’d have to say in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in a little cabin in the woods.  Gatlinburg is one of the places my wife and I enjoy going to on holiday.

What is your fave genre to read in your spare time? Do you have any spare time?
If I’m reading just for pleasure, not work related – and yes, I make myself carve out time for that, I most enjoy action/adventure and horror.  I’m a fan of authors like Lee Child, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, to name a few.

Audiobooks! What started them?
I enjoyed listening to audiobooks long before I ever attempted to break into narrating them.  I would read aloud to students all the time when I taught reading and English.  One summer, during break from school, I got involved with narrating books for Librivox.org which is a free service to listeners, pubic domain works.  From there, I decided to branch out into books for pay via Amazon’s ACX.

Is there a genre that you would not narrate?
I’m willing to narrate most any genre.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Audiobooks IS my other career.  If I could do it exclusively, I would probably choose it over teaching – though I have enjoyed it quite a bit. Beyond that, if I could be a full time audiobook listener… that wouldn’t be so bad.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I try to always capture the emotion or message of the author and convey it.

Who is your intended audience and why should they listen to your audiobooks?
Again, my intended audience is that of the author.  She (or he) is the one who usually has fans and followers.  I just hope I don’t get in the way of them enjoying their favorite author’s work.

What is next in your narrating work?
I am currently recording a book by author C.F. Waller titled Waypoint: A Game of Drones.  It is a thriller and I am excited to be recording it.  The book Tourists of the Apocalypse I recorded is also one of his books and it has been one of my best selling audiobooks.  As well, it was recently named a finalist in the Audiobookreviewer Listener Choice Awards for 2018 in the Sci-fi category. I have a queue of about 5 other books beyond that – most from authors I’ve worked with before.

Congrats on the nomination! Looking forward to more of your audios. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me.

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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If you hear Mr. Bennett’s voice I know you will agree with me when I say he has a great story teller’s voice. I listened to a few already, among them “Grady Judd” by Ciana Stone and “But Not Forgiven” by BJ Bourg and they all got 5 stars on the performance. Have quite a few on my TBL list: “But Not Forgotten” by BJ Bourg, “Breathe” by  Christine Grey, “The Sorcerer’s Quest” by Rain Oxford are some of them.

I NEED MORE TIME!!! I better buy tickets this weekend, quite a few mills in the jackpot tonight and tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me 😉 then I’ll become full time audio listener!

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I am confident you will find something you like to listen to in Mr. Bennett’s growing list in a wide range of genres. Here are links to find out more and keep up to date with his work.

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To start you on your journey Mr. Bennett is gifting two codes (US or UK) and winners can choose from his backlist, GOOD LUCK there are so many choices! Sexy Mr. Random will pick the names after 3pm EST on Monday, April 16, 2018.

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

Cover Reveal – Keeping 6 by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

I am excited to be part of the cover reveal event for Freya Barker‘s upcoming book.

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Keeping 6, book 1 in the Rock Point series, a romantic suspense is releasing May 2, 2018. Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

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Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

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Here is a small excerpt…

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“You?”

My head whips around at the sound of a woman’s voice.

It’s been a long-ass morning already with meetings I would’ve loved to have avoided. Since being put in charge of the Durango field office, it seems I spend more time in meetings than working in the field. I swear each week there are new task forces put together, and I can barely keep up. I stepped out of the office for a much-needed break to find that the coffee shop around the corner had a sign plastered on the door stating they were closed due to a family emergency. Desperate for my caffeine fix, I kept walking and bumped into Kerry’s Korner: Books & Brew. Something about the name is familiar. I push the door, which opens with the ring of a bell, when I hear her voice.

She’s pretty. The woman behind the counter looks like a seventies flower child, with wild, dirty blonde hair, some kind of flowy top leaving her collarbones and a goodly amount of cleavage exposed, and a pixie face. Something about her is familiar, and it appears she knows me, too. Fuck if I can’t place her.

“Got me at a disadvantage, sweets,” I tell her with a shrug.

“You’re FBI,” she says, propping her hands on her nicely rounded hips. “I remember you.”

I look at her a little closer. Not a hardship, there’s a lot to check out. Those pale gray eyes trigger a memory. “You’re Kimeo’s girl,” I say, remembering the case a few years ago when I first saw her for the briefest of moments. A case long since put to rest, but not before this woman was snatched and roughed up before we got to her. We’d been called in by Gus Flemming, a friend of mine who owns an investigation and security company in Cedar Tree. Kimeo, the wife of one of Gus’s guys, found herself in the middle of shady land deals and this woman, her best friend, had been kidnapped to ensure her silence. I may not have remembered her name until I saw her standing behind the counter of Kerry’s Korner, but I sure as hell remember her. I also remember the wedding ring on her finger, which is why I didn’t bother looking twice at the time.

The hands resting on her hips no longer sport that wedding ring, just a large knuckle ring on the middle finger of her left hand as a sort of fuck you to the world. I bet she flips that bird easily, judging by the attitude she throws off. I like it.

“Kerry,” she says, almost as a challenge.

“Right. You look better now,” I tell her, making her snort loudly.

“No shit. I’d just been used as a punching bag when you found me and shoved me into the back of a van without a word.” Yup, most definitely a challenge. She doesn’t like me much, I deduct from the slightly distasteful look on her face.

“Was a little preoccupied with my investigation. Sorry if I didn’t take the time to make nice.” Fuck me, I sound like a dick. Something about her attitude grates on me, especially when she rolls her eyes dramatically before placing her hands on the counter in front of her and leaning over.

“Damian. Right?” She doesn’t wait for my confirmation before she continues, “Well, Damian , what brings you to my bookstore?”

“Coffee. Straight up,” I tell her without blinking. She turns her back without a word and starts fiddling with the expensive-looking machine on the sideboard, and I take the opportunity to check out her backside. “Double shot?” she asks over her shoulder, catching me ogling.

“Good guess.” I smile at her, which only earns me another eye roll. Attitude in spades, this one. As much as it irritates me, it somehow turns me on, too.

She’s late thirties, maybe forty, if I had to venture a guess from the lines around her eyes. She obviously laughs a lot—something I wouldn’t mind hearing. I have a feeling with that slightly raspy voice of hers, her laugh will sound even sexier. She’s not wearing a stitch of makeup from what I can tell and seems totally at ease in her skin. Not usually the kind of woman I find myself drawn to, but this one has an appeal all her own. Most women I end up with are well put together: stacked, sweet, and sultry. Just the way I like them. This one, though? This one is like the fucking girl next door. Fresh-faced, with a hippy vibe, barely enough tit to fill my hands, but an ass that should be framed, it’s that lush. Always considered myself a boob man, until I just got an eyeful of her backside.

While she doctors the elaborate coffee machine, I take the time to check out her shop. An older building, it has an old-fashioned facade with shallow bay windows, displaying an assortment of books, framing the door. Old wood floors that have been left bare to the wear and tear of foot traffic, resulting in a well-worn look more suited to an old saloon. Rows of rugged bookcases, jutting out from the back wall, with chalkboard display signs indicating the different genres. The counter is on one side in front of the window and on the opposite side, in front of the second bay window, is a small seating arrangement with an old, brown leather couch and two club chairs around a small, round coffee table. On the counter is a large, round, glass cake stand with pastries.

“Here you go. Anything else with that? A pastry to sweeten you up a bit or perhaps a book on appropriate social behavior? I have both.” I can’t stop the smirk tugging at my mouth. This one’s a handful, for sure. Too much of one. I pull out my wallet and slap a couple of dollar bills on the counter.

“Nah,” I drawl. “Not the kind of sweet I’m looking for, and as for the book, I’ll just wait until you get done with it. You’re probably due for a reread.” I snag my coffee off the counter, and with a wink, I saunter out the door, leaving her standing with her mouth hanging open and fire shooting from those pretty gray eyes.

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

To keep in touch with Ms. Barker and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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My Chat with Lauren Blakely

Hello and welcome!

I am so excited to have this chat with one of my fave authors of contemporary romance whose books are like cookies, the more you have the more you want… wholesome, sweet with a bit of spice and melt in your mouth.

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Please welcome Lauren Blakely!

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 90 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books.

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Do you have a nickname?
I don’t 🙂

What is one word best describes you?
Dog-obsessed

What makes you laugh out loud?
Cat videos

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Like Joy, I love honeysuckle. It reminds me of gorgeous summer days.

Favourite place to spend time in.
I love wine country in California, cobblestoned streets in Paris, and beaches in Hawaii.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
I don’t care for horror.

Writing! What started it?
I needed an outlet for all the voices in my head!

If you could choose another career what would it be?
If I could sing, dance and act, I’d want to be on Broadway.

Audiobooks! What started them?
I first listened to Curse Workers by Holly Black narrated by Jesse Eisenberg and that introduced me to the awesomeness of a well-narrated audiobook.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
That’s a great question — I think each book is different, but ultimately they’re about the power of falling in love with a good person.

What is next in your writing?

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My next release is COME AS YOU ARE, coming April 16. In it you’ll find a masquerade ball, a smoldering secret rendezvous, and a sexy, billionaire hero who will sweep you off your feet in this opposite-sides-of-the-tracks romance.

Thank you so much for chatting with me, Lauren. I know you are quite busy. Looking forward to more stories and finding new book boyfriends and girlfriends in your stories.

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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The latest book from Ms. Blakely I listened to is Wanderlust, narrated beautifully by Grace Grant and Richard Armitage, it is part of the Romance Package on Audible, but I bought my own copy, so I have it in my library and can listen to it anytime…. an aural masterpiece for sure, my fave so far, as are the many stories I listened to, they were all 5-star experiences. My review is here.

I urge you to give them a try, I know you will enjoy them. A few of the ebooks are free right now for a limited time ….

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…. and there are quite a few of the audiobooks in the Audible Romance Package, narrated by some of my fave voices: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, Erin Mallon, some new-to-me voices Josh Goodman, Todd Haberkorn, Emily Durante, Samara Naeymi.

To keep in touch with Ms. Blakely and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀  Check out the videos posted on the FB author page! Some of them are quite funny… like “Show & Tell: How Big is Big” 😀

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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!

Sweet Treats & Dirty Heat Anthology

Hello and welcome!

I am excited for this anthology to be released on April 10, 2018. It is available for preorder for only 99 CENTS!

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO KULTURE CITY, AN ORGANIZATION AIMED TO RAISE AUTISM AWARENESS AND SUPPORT ACCEPTANCE.

This anthology includes 20 stories from 21 of your favorite bestselling authors, ranging from so sweet to velvety hot.

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Playing Her Body
by Julie Morgan

When shy meets wild, keys will be played.

Attending a bachelor party, Jordan wasn’t looking for anything that night, other than keeping his best friend, Blaine, safe from the paparazzi. Everything had been moving along well until she walked in.

Natalie knew of the band, Deep Ember, but never thought she’d find herself sharing her bed with the keyboard player, Jordan.

Blaine’s wedding was coming. Jordan was ready as best man…at least until he saw who was the bride’s maid.

Decadent Dreams
by Nicole Garcia

Nico
My dreams haunt me. I feel as if I am falling into a pit of impending doom, but even that has not prepared me for the roller-coaster of emotions that flood over me when I’m near Phoenix. I have to keep my distance from her. I need to. It’s the only thing I can do to keep from getting hurt again. Staying away from her proves to be a much harder task than I could have ever imagined. She’s not only my assistant, she’s half my age. She gets under my skin and irritates the shit out of me, yet, one smile, one laugh, and I’m melting into a puddle at her feet. Falling in love with her is a bad idea, a very bad idea because she just may be the one who breaks my heart for good this time.

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Nico is my boss. He’s demanding, bitter, brooding, and a downright bully at times. But, all that doesn’t deter me from him at all because I can see the kindness and compassion in his eyes. I know the secret he’s keeping from everyone and why he’s so guarded with his heart. I don’t care about his secret, nor do I care that he’s twice my age. What matters is the undeniable attraction we feel for each other. If only he can just let go of the past and see what’s right in front of him.

Runaway Heart
by Claudy Conn

Spirited Chelsea decided she’d sooner run away to London than return to her vain and selfish guardian, Aunt Augusta.
But in her wildest dreams, she never imagined her dear godmother would arrange a Season—or convince the ton’s most eligible bachelor to take her under his wing.

Lord Wainwright was a handsome rogue who was not interested in coy games and missish airs. He expected a country mouse with no polish, but instead he found a thoroughly engaging minx, and was oddly irritated by all the male attention she received.

Chelsea with her unspoiled eye saw beyond Wainwright’s pursuit of hedonism to the intriguing man underneath. But to her shock, it appeared his heart belonged to her horrid Aunt Augusta!

Painkiller
by Taryn Elliott & Cari Quinn

All it takes is one night to fall far too deep…

In the battle of wills between Johnny Cage, a wild, out of control rockstar, and Evie Pierce, a disciplined, determined female MMA fighter, who will score the first hit? Or better yet…just who will be pinning who? Check out this prequel novella to the new steamy, suspenseful rockstar series Made in Oblivion featuring the band Brooklyn Dawn.

Sex in the Crazy Zone
by Teri Riggs

Ten years into their marriage, the love Ben and Angie have for each other is stronger than ever. They’re living the dream. They have a nice house in the suburbs. Ben drives a Mercedes Benz, Angie a child-safe SUV. Ben is a busy prosecuting attorney. Angie is taking time off to focus on raising their four kids and the family’s two elephant-sized dogs. Life in general is good.
Their sex life? Not so much.
With demanding schedules and the kids always under foot, their time beneath the sheets is practically non-existent. Always up for a challenge, Ben dreams of a few creative ways to keep their sex life alive and kicking.
Will Angie go along with his ingenious plans for sex in the crazy zone, or leave Ben with a bad case of blue balls?

In the Midst of a Hurricane
C.L. Pardington

Emory University student, Remy Lockwood, led a privileged life on his family’s plantation in Savannah, GA. All he wanted was a week of fun with his best friend when he hit Miami Beach for Spring Break, and a chance to get away from his ex-girlfriend, Willow. He never thought that his decision to get away would lead to Davina Romero, a waitress struggling to put herself through school at Johnson and Wales University. Sparks fly and unavoidable attraction consume them; however, Willow isn’t about to let go and is willing to do anything to derail any chance of a future between Remy and Davina.

Time, jealousy, and mistrust are all tough foes to fight, and Remy and Davina’s fates seem determined to tear them apart.

Will tragedy and disaster brought on by Mother Nature finally bring them together?

Blondie’s Hero (Heart of Teufel Hundens 1)
by Lily-Ann Johnson

Mary-Alice Roberts (Blondie) owns one of the busiest Marine Bars on the East Coast. Getting dumped via Text Message is just the start of her problems. She also needs an experienced Bartender who can fill in right away.

Marine Staff Sergeant, Jake Peterson is medically retired he needs a job to keep his mind busy and not live in the past. The Bartending job at Teufel Hundens sounds like the perfect solution.

When Blondie’s Ex decides to blame Blondie and Jake for his misfortunes and retaliates against Blondie.

Will Jake be the Hero Blondie needs and save her? Or will revealing his actual wealth and him being the cause of her ex’s anger have Blondie doubting not only Jake but their budding love as well?

Two on One Breakaway
by Cassandra Carr

Ian and Derek are professional hockey players who work and play together both on and off the ice. They share both games of skill and of the heart, but when Ian gets traded, Derek fears those days are over. Then the men are given a second chance and both want is to recapture the magic. Success with their new teammates is coming, but they want more. Haley is the answer to their prayers, if they can convince her being part of a menage would make all her dreams come true.

Haley has never been in a menage relationship before, but these two men make a great case for trying it. Both dote on her, support her, and keep her topmost in their priorities. Never before has Haley experienced this kind of love, and she’s becoming addicted. But will this Valentine’s Day be a happy one, or will all three lose their chance at a happy-ever-after

Deidre of the Sorrows
by Cherime MacFarlane

Deirdre, deserted by her stepbrother is stuck with a stepfather who is becoming crazier with each drink, and he drinks a lot. Sylvie, his youngest child, is in as much danger as Deirdre. Left with no choice, Deirdre takes matters into her hands to protect not only Sylvie and herself but her child by the monster. Daniel had to go after graduation. His alcoholic father couldn’t deal with having another grown male in the house. Daniel did the only thing he could do and joined up. Now he is home and finds his father vanished without a trace. Deirdre has a young daughter and a relationship with his half-sister, Sylvie that makes Daniel think going home for Dee was a bad idea.

Come Undone
by A.J. Matthews

Nineteen year old film student Trini Diaz thinks she has everything: a hot boyfriend, a loyal best friend named Mac, and a mom who’s pretty cool. Over winter break, this all gets turned upside down. Her boyfriend breaks up with her. Her mom reveals Trini’s dad actually isn’t her biological father, and Mac tells Trini he’s loved her for a long time. Her life will never be the same. And maybe that’s a good thing.

Twenty year old Mac lives at home with his parents. He has no ambition to leave, or at least that’s what many people think. He has a dream to be a successful singer-songwriter, like his hero James Taylor. But fears induced by autism, anxiety, and depression keep Mac in his shell. One night he takes a chance, kissing Trini and confessing his true feelings. Even if she doesn’t feel the same, Mac knows that making that leap of faith is the only way to move ahead. Can Trini and Mac make that leap into the unknown together, even if it’s the scariest thing either will ever do?

A Different Kind of Pain
by Summer Graystone

There was just something about them, about the couple in the picture. An ad for a caregiver for a beautiful woman a woman who was dying. Though Melia’s sass and rough-around-the-edges attitude meant she couldn’t take every job out there, she should’ve been able to handle this one. There was a problem though a big one. The dying woman’s husband, Luka. Those brilliant, haunted eyes of his… did something to her. They were the kind of eyes a girl had no defense against. Maybe she could take the job but she wondered if her heart could. Falling for a man she could never have and should never have was simply wrong, no matter how right she knew it would be. Sure, she needed the pay… but there was a whole lot more at stake here than money. For Luka, life had become one thing waiting. For a cure, for a miracle, for the end. For the one that Susan was convinced would be coming, of course, he didn’t really believe it, that the plan his beloved wife had cooked up would ever really work. But if she wanted something, he’d move heaven and earth to give it to her. Even this, no matter how much it might hurt, no matter how wrong, how insane the very idea was.

Then with one look at the gorgeous Melia, he allowed himself the one thing he’d never allowed himself to feel, not since that final diagnosis. Hope. Give me this one thing, she’d told him. Give me this one last wish for my husband before I’m gone. Let me leave him a piece of me in the form of another woman, another sub to kneel for him, to obey him. To love him. It didn’t matter how much he argued it, how much he refused he knew he’d give in, even on this. For though she might have been his in all ways, bent her will to his, and obeyed him as her Master, she was the one who really held the power and always had. Could this crazy plan really work though? Would Luka be able give Susan this one last wish, something more profound, more precious than he ever deserved? The one thing that none of them were prepared for though, was that love and the selfless giving of that love could come at a terrible cost… to the heart and the soul.

Misguided Control
by Anna Edwards

What do you see Marie Easton as? The jealous secretary whose desire for her boss turns her into a lustful bimbo. Appearances can be deceiving though as new finance director Callum Ashworth is about to find out. Can he help her see the true person behind the mask she wears and how beautiful she is? Or will his attentions lead her down a path she never thought she would go?

And what about Callum? Is he the boring Accountant that you expect him to be? Or does he hide a secret that nobody ever expected, least of all Marie.

With a trip to Rome, and a journey to the dark side of London. Misguided Control with take you on a love affair born out of the fiery pains of hell.

Until the Stars Fade
by Kim Loraine

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I’ve never believed in love at first sight. Insta-lust? Definitely. But it’s impossible to fall in love in a day. So when I meet a sexy as hell Frenchman at a music festival the summer before my senior year of college, I’m determined to keep him from stealing my heart. I didn’t plan on Luc. He’s got the stars on his side and won’t let me go without a fight.

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Lola has me bewitched from the moment I see her. I know we’re destined for more than a weekend in my bed. But I have to return to France in a few short weeks and she’s afraid to let fate take control. I’ve only got a few nights under the stars with her to prove we’ve got more than desire between us. I’ll make her mine and show her love can strike without warning, just like the storm that brought us together.

Seeking Love
by J.M. Maurer

Three years after a bitter divorce, Jessica Winters isn’t sure she’s ready—or capable—to move on. The thought of another relationship terrifies her, but things quickly change when she meets the playfully witty and handsome sex therapist Matthew Moi. At first, she tries to ignore him, but something in the way he levels his sultry gaze on her awakens her soul.

Secretly in love with Jessica, Matthew has been giving her the space she needed to heal. Incapable of waiting any longer and eager to work his way into her broken heart, he seizes an opportunity to have their paths cross. But when her painful past resurfaces, revealing truths that threaten their future, Matthew must prove to Jessica that a shot at true love is worth the risk.

Liberating Mr. Gable
by Tuesday Embers

Anson Gable wasn’t looking to stay, but when he met Etta, he found he didn’t want to leave.
Etta Brossetta is nursing an injury when she decides to take Anson Gable into her Bed and Breakfast. When he makes her laugh for the first time in months, she begins to let her guard down around the handsome stranger, despite his many eccentricities. Bonds form beyond a fleeting kiss, but Etta wonders if it will be enough to overcome her past, and shed a little light on his. They face life’s challenges, and eventually have to decide if they will spend forever together or apart.

Are You Lonesome Tonight
by Jamallah Bergman

Being a parent is hard enough when you’re dealing with a teenage daughter, especially when they don’t talk much about their feelings. So, Christina Quinn takes Felicia to visit her own mother, knowing how close the two are.

When they arrive, Christina realizes what she can do to reach out to Felicia. She tells her daughter a story about herself when she was her age, during the Civil Rights era when racial tensions were high. She tells of love and loss as she reveals her relationship with a boy named Bud…A boy who would play a pivotal role in her life.

Leap
by Dylan Allen

Louis was the man of Cara’s dreams.
She thought she was his dream, too.
But when she receives the best news of her life, he reacts by walking away.
Now he’s back and asking for another chance.
The last time she fell, he wasn’t there to catch her.
Louis let Cara go once. Now, he’s determined to win her back and to show her he’s here to stay.
But Cara’s going to need to believe that, this time, the leap will be worth the fall.

From Sweet to Tart
by J.A. LaFrance

Jacinda Wannacott is a mature woman with self confidence issue. At work she is surrounded by immature little boys that make comments, but when she goes to the club she can let go and be free.
What happens when she catches the eye of one of the clubs owners and he makes it known that she is his, to everyone but Jacinda.
What will she do when the feeling of dread settles in her stomach, will she leave the club, a place that she can be free at or will whoever claimed her finally step forward?

The Other Marlowe Girl
by Beth Fred

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop-out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite hangout. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he’s her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.

Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband’s drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.

Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?

Spring Fling
by Mary Rogers

A druid’s bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover Carrie–at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?

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My Chat with Aura

Hello and welcome!

Since the book is coming out in audio format, I was thinking it would be perfect to ask one of my fave book girlfriends, Aura, to come for a chat. But how will I do that? How can I contact her? She is back in time, somewhere in the 10th century, reunited with her love, Thorn. Remember him? He was my guest here a few years back. If you missed it, check it out here.

Turns out that if wished hard enough, they do come true 😀

Read on to see what happened earlier today…

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As I walk towards my office, I can see someone knocking at my door.  She is covered in a deep, dark red, full-length cape with fur trim that is totally out of sync with our time.  It is also something I think is absolutely gorgeous.

Excuse me, I call out, as I approach the lady, can I help you?

The lady turns, looks at me enquiringly for a moment, and then smiles.  I don’t know who she is, but I smile back, mainly because the expression on her face is so filled with happiness.  I am a little surprised when she seems to know of me, calling my name.

Eniko, I am Aura, and I would like to thank you for the time you spent interviewing my husband, Thorn.  He was quite impressed with you at the time.  He says you are a real lady.  Aura spoke.

Oh Do I remember Thorn!!! 😉

I am honoured he would think so.  Please come into the studio where it is warm, I will make some tea, or would you rather have coffee?  It is cold outside.

Tea would be fine. Aura smiles wider.

I unlock the door and we enter.  The first thing I do is take her cape to hang it up… I know, but it is red, and I have to at least have an excuse to touch it.  I also find it heavy, and find that it is lined with fur, no wonder the cold wasn’t bothering her.

Aura watches me and laughs, as she admits, I did the same thing when Thorn gave it to me, it is so soft and warm.  He says he has to take care of me so I won’t try to disappear on him again, as if I would.

I want that dress! I blurt out, even as I slap my hand over my mouth to stop myself from saying the words.  Too late.

Aura is wearing a dress to match the colour of the cape.  The collar is slightly scooped from shoulder to shoulder, the sleeves are belled, there is a braided belt in black leather that winds loosely around her waist to tie in front and fall to the hem of her belled skirt.  The edges of the gown are embroidered in black thread, and it looks heavenly on her.

You have come a long way. I comment.

I can’t stay long, Thorn will miss me if I do, and he definitely won’t take kindly to my coming back to this time, but I had to at least meet you and let you know that you are thought of fondly in our home.  Aura spoke.  You would be surprised how many people take Thorn for granted amongst those that live in our time.  He is so well known for his fairness and leadership ability that he is in constant demand.  When he is gone, my world is empty, so I understand why he hates it when he arrives to find me missing, even if I am on the grounds collecting herbs for the kitchen, or teaching the children.

You are happy then? I ask, as I place a cup of tea before her.

I have never known happiness like I have with Thorn.  I would never have believed it existed before him.  He is everything I could ever want or need.  Aura admits.

What is it like to live in the time you do, after having known the luxuries of the modern world?  I wonder out loud.

You get used to it.  Sure, there are things I would like to have, but I have learned to do without. Aura states.  There are also things that I don’t miss at all, and before you think of luxuries, those I don’t miss at all.  It is a simple life, but it is ours and as long as Thorn is there for me, that is what is important to me.

There is silence for a while, and I feel the yearning building in my heart.  She looks so happy, so pleased with her lot in life.  She is also gorgeous, more than I imagined she would be, despite the callouses on her hands.  It gives me the feeling that despite the hard work, she feels she has the best of both worlds. 

As a thought runs through my mind, I grin and ask, You don’t think you could find a way to take me back with you, please?  You sound so content, so happy with your lot in life.  I think I might like to experience this too.

Aura smiles and shakes her head, even as she answers, It is not possible, nor is the life I am living for everyone.  The only thing that binds me to that time is my family, and the love of the man that prayed for it to happen to make his wish come true.  I have to admit, there are still times I have trouble with that, but I have learned to accept it.

As Aura stands to leave, I have to know one question about that gorgeous hunk of hers, Is Thorn ticklish?

Aura smiles and winks, then after donning her cape, she walks out the door.

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I wish I could have gone with her. Would you?

As I mentioned earlier, the audiobook format of Aura by M. A. Abraham was released today and I hope you will give it a chance. It is my fave standalone from Ms. Abraham’s books. Narrated by Paul Woodson, one of my fave voices I listen to with delight every chance I get, I am sure it will provide many hours of listening enjoyment. If you missed my chat with Mr. Woodson, you can check it out here.

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Aura is her mother’s love child, a living memory of the biggest mistake she ever made, and she never lets Aura forget it. Shunned by her mother, dismissed by her stepsisters, Aura drifts through life. She has little to sustain her miserable existence but her dreams. Until fate takes a hand and tosses her far into the past, a past she must learn to survive in. Alone with nothing but a couple of pets Aura learns what it is like to be on her own. She learns how to make a life for herself in a time where she does not belong. Or maybe she does.

Thorn is the right hand man of the Duke Vernon. He is a warlord, a great warrior and leader. He also has a belief that somewhere in the world his soul mate waits for him. Each day he prays for the guidance that will bring her to his attention, but when it does, will he know her? Will he accept that she is the one who is meant for him?

Aura finds a knight beaten and left for dead and she nurses him back to health. It is the first time Thorn meets her, but not the last. A year later they meet again, by then she is a favorite of the Duke Vernon because of her knowledge. Vernon wants to keep her close because of what she knows. Thorn wants to keep her closer but for other reasons. Here is the woman he has searched for, his soul mate. Can he hold on to her, or does fate have other plans?

My review of the book from 2013

5 stars loves transcends time and place

I really enjoyed M.A. Abraham’s story, Aura. It is very powerful and deep tale of a young woman, Aura, who is very unhappy due to the lack of love she craves from her mother which is never freely given. This has repercussions in her dealings with facing her soul mate. She finds him in the distant past where she is transported back in time from the cave she takes refuge from the hurt heaped on her yet again by her Mother. She adapts and grows as she did all her life, she is strong, witty, but afraid to believe that love does exist.
Thorn is a highly respected warlord, a very strong and proud warrior, also very warm and caring. He has dreamed about his soul mate for some time and those dreams come true when he meets Aura. Despite the rough beginning, their relationship blossoms into love. Makes us believe that you have to really believe in something, never let go of the hope you hold strong, and only then it will become reality.
I strongly recommend this book, it is a journey of two people who complement each other and together they are whole. A story showing that loves transcends time and place.

Here is a short clip from the audiobook

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To celebrate the release, Ms. Abraham is giving away one copy of Aura audiobook. Comment on this post if you believe in soulmates and love capable of transcending time and you are entered. Sexy Mr. Random will pick winners sometime on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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The Phoenixes’ Choice – ch 1

Hello and welcome!

Chapter 1 in the upcoming, The Phoenixes’ Choice, book 5 in the Tantalus series is live on M. A. Abraham‘s website. Click on this link to read it.

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Kyllan has come home to find several surprises waiting for him, one in the form of a man he had thought dead. Trysuil is most definitely not lost to their people, and he couldn’t be happier. His daughter, Alena, is ecstatic, for her love has been returned to her.

The Phoenixes saved Trysuil from what would have been a certain death, for he had more potential than anyone could have imagined. They kept him in a state of suspended animation, until the time was right, with the knowledge that their world was about to go through many changes in the future. In his new position of power, he will be known as the Adjudicator. He only answers to the Phoenixes; he is their judge and jury.

Those who have gotten to know Kyllan respect and admire him as a good leader of uncanny foresight and abilities. As they get to know Trysuil, they find out that he is fair, just and a man of vision. He will not abuse his position. He would rather help those who have come to live on Tantalus build a future for the generations that are to follow, but he can bring down the might of the Phoenixes to bear on them, if there is a need.

The release is scheduled for April 17, 2018.

Here are the preorder links.

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Add it to your TBR on Goodreads.

Have you caught up on the series yet? Look at these covers!!! Gorgeous, aren’t they?

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You know that First Contact was released on audiobook format too, right? It got 4.2 stars rating average from 19 listeners.

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Integration is going into production at the end of the month and can’t wait to listen to Brian Callanan narrate it.

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My Chat with Aaron Shedlock!

Hello and welcome!

I would like to introduce to you another of my  fave narrators, added recently to my list. A friend of mine recommended and she hasn’t steered me wrong… so far! Thanks M! 😉

Please welcome Aaron Shedlock!

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Do you have a nickname?
There is one, I don’t know if I’d call it a nickname. A friend of mine saw a review where a fan called me a “Panty Melter”. Unfortunately it stuck around and is a running joke among my small group of friends.

What is one word best describes you?
Intense

What makes you laugh out loud?
Comedians, physical comedy, pranks, embarrassing and awkward moments.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Coffee roasting and bookstores. Reminds me of peace and quiet and places filled with fantasy worlds I’d rather be living in.

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Favourite place to spend time in.
This will always and forever be bookstores. But I also love cabins in the country, sitting by a stream, or Castle Cavan in Ireland. I love my back patio in the fall and spring. Perfect place to sit back, read a book and drink some excellent coffee.

What is you life motto?
I have two. One that was given to me and one I found on my own. 1.) Don’t wait for something better, make it happen now. 2.) Find something that makes you truly happy and work as hard you can to pursue it.

Audiobooks! What started them?
MacLeod Andrews is my biggest inspiration and the catalyst for me getting into audiobooks. I think I’ve always wanted to be an actor but never had anyone really push me to try. I’ve got one of those quirky personalities and a huge imagination that apparently lends itself to this type of work. The internet and ACX made it accessible and from the moment I read my first audition I knew this was it for me. I found “The Thing” I was meant to do.

Is there a genre that you would not narrate?
I’d narrate within any genre, I love all types of stories. But there are certain themes and circumstances I won’t do. Mainly anything that supports and fetishizes any form of sexual behavior that is immoral, illegal, and non-consensual.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
I’ve done quite a bit career wise. I’m exactly where I want to be. Although, doing voice work for animations, movies, and video games is an area I’ll be exploring in the coming year. Maybe even acting if I can get up the nerve.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I think every good story has a message/theme and evokes emotion. I like diversity. I don’t like one specific style of story or character. I love them all and enjoy stepping into different or difficult roles and characters. I love anything where I can really sink my passion into the story and make it my own.

Who is your intended audience and why should they listen to your audiobooks?
Anyone who enjoys a good story. That’s the most wonderful part of a story. Everyone interprets the theme or message in their own way. No one can read a book and feel the same exact way about it as someone else because we identify with stories based on life experience.

What is next in your narrating work?
Several books are on the horizon. I just wrapped the third book in a series for D. Laine that is just brilliant. If you love Urban Fantasy with romance, action, and suspense I would highly suggest reading or listening to her Apocalypse Assassin series. I’m co-narrating this with the wonderful Amy Landon. It’s been a very busy year so far. I’ve done at least a book a week since New Years. Some great contemporary romances (Evolution of Us, Your Endless Love, Waiting to Breathe), a Rom-Com centered around wine and a sommelier contest (Legs by Kelly Siskind), a billionaire romance (Clandestine by Ava Harrison), and an MC biker romance (Outlaw by Nicole James). Just a few of the titles I’ve worked on recently. Lot’s of great stuff on the books for Feb, March, April and May.

Wow that is a lot of work. Thank you Aaron for spending some time with me in my corner of the blogging world. Looking forward to listening to more of your work.

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat. If you heard any of Mr. Shedlock’s work you know how wonderful is listening to him. If not, you should!

The first audiobook I listened narrated by him was in collaboration with Tracy Marks (who you probably know that I have a voice crush on) titled Savage – The Awakening of Lizzie Danton by L.A. Fiore and and oh boy he was sooo good, his Scot brogue is sexy, his voice is so versatile, that I had to have more. So I have listened to a few more since and all were 5-star audio experiences for me. I added a few more to my wish list too, at the top is Beast, A Bad Boy Marine Romance by Alana Albertson.

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I am sure you will find something you like to listen to in Mr. Shedlock’s growing list. Here are links to find out more and keep up to date with his work.

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My Chat with Chania!

Hello and welcome!

As you know I am an Elfanatic and I was the happiest when I found out that the Elven Chronicles by M. A. Abraham does not stop with the last book, Kings of the Empire, number 12 in the series released in February of 2017!

There is one spinoff that started in December with the release of Rising From the Ashes, book 1 of the One Empire series, continuing from where the Elven Chronicles left off. I hope you gave it a try, if not, check out my post with my review, I know I will change your mind 😉

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The second spinoff is the Guardians of the Empire series, and the first book, The Goddess, released on February 4, 2018.

My guest today is the heroine is THE Goddess 😀 SURPRISE!!!

Please welcome Chania!

I do a double take as one of the most gorgeous Elven females I have ever seen walk through the doorway and begins to pace in my interview room. She doesn’t look happy about something.

Chania?

Right now I am not so sure if I want to be Chania, but yes.

Is something wrong?

Nothing a good smack to the side of a lunk head won’t fix. Chania adds, even as she heaves a deep sign and carries on. Oh, I know I wouldn’t come here to vent, but sometimes I find men can be so close to being brain dead I can barely tell the difference.

Boy, do I know where you are coming from. I remark, even as I feel somewhat shocked by Chania’s words. Had she not bonded with Daeron yet? I thought that was a border that had already been crossed.

You would have thought that smack I gave him across his head with my Dragon’s tail would have kick started his brains, but maybe that is impossible. Chania continues to rant.

Alright, I remember that. I don’t say it, but I think, most men have hard heads.

You know what is even more frustrating? My Dragon has the hots for his, the hussy Chania snorts, belying the impression I always had that gorgeous women don’t act like this or have trouble with men.  I mean, lets be truthful here. The woman is drop dead gorgeous and probably deserves a man that isn’t up for twit of the year.

I thought all Life Mates loved their mates, doesn’t Daeron feel the same for you as you do for him?

Chania plops herself on to the couch as she heaves a sigh He is going to drive me crazy. First he treats me like I don’t exist. Then, when he notices me, he is like a heat seeking missile and yes, he is enough to make a girl want to permanently lose her underwear, but you have never seen anyone so clued out. Most men are like that, aren’t they?

Yes, they are. Don’t get me started!

My sister isn’t helping matters at all either. Of course, she has her own problems coming up, but that isn’t for a while yet. She told me to suck it up because it is already too late for me to change things. Worse thing is, she is right. How do you train a man to behave when all you really want is for him to jump your bones? Damn, but that man is hot, despite his hollow head. Chania huffs

So, what are you planning?

Payback. He thinks he is so great. I have news for him. I will see him grovel before I take him back. Chania decides

You think he will? I wonder.

Chania gives me a smug smile as she replies He will if he knows what is good for him and something tells me he definitely does.

So, what are your short term plans?

Chania grins as she softly purrs, It is time to start teaching that Dragon how to treat a lady and I don’t mean my Dragon, she would only jump on him, the tart.

Oooo, that sounds devious. Are you going to give us an insight about how you intend to do this?

With a devilish chuckle Chania replies, Well, there are a few ideas floating around in my head. The first one runs along the line of killing him with kindness.

And the other? I ask. Yes, I am as curious about this as a cat.

Well… I believe a Dragon can be starved for affection, especially if he sees something he wants badly enough. Chania grins evilly.

You think it will work?

If not, I will hit him on the side of the head with my tail again. Chania declares.

I thought you said your Dragon was a hussy and would jump his Dragon’s bones. I am trying to figure this out.

Yes, but I think I can handle her, probably better than him. Chania worries.

Why do you say that?

Chania sighs as she admits, Because brain dead or not, he is hotter than his Dragon.

Yeah, I can see where that could be a problem. I agree.

What is a girl to do?

Well…. good luck and many blessings! I wish her as she leaves, but she doesn’t answers. I hope they work it out, if Daeron doesn’t behave I could help with the smacks upside the head 😉

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat. As usual as with all M.A.’s characters, the chat didn’t go as planned, but I did enjoy it immensely because it is a surprise every time LOL

As I mentioned at the beginning, Chania hails from The Goddess, book 1 in the Guardians of the Empire series by M. A. Abraham. If you read the Elven Chronicles, I am sure you already know that this is going to be an awesome series. If not, I urge you to try it, you will become an Elfanatic in no time 😀 I had Daeron, her mate, pop in for a surprise visit, check it out here if you missed it. It was quite entertaining 😉

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Chania has lived most of her life in seclusion. She was placed amongst the humans that had once come to the aid of her ancestors, many millenniums before. She kept secreted by the head priestess, and revered as a Goddess by the people. She knows she is not what they think she is. She is an Elven Princess in hiding, and content to stay that way.

Daeron is an Elven/Dragon shapeshifter, who has served as second in command of the Guardians of the Elven Empire for a long time. He comes from a long line of Kings, and has proven himself worthy of his position of life. He is a proud, noble, Golden Dragon, when he is not an Elf. He is not so pleased with the sudden match making ambitions of his leader though, especially when he has been singled out to be mated with one of the leader’s daughters. He is not about to give in without a fight. He will not be used in this manner, not by anyone.

Captured by her father’s guardians and forced to his side, Chania, learns her fate. She is no happier about their upcoming nuptials than Daeron. They recognize the Life Bond they share, but under the circumstances, refuse to allow it to dictate their future. Can they fight an attraction that no Elf has ever been able to deny?

Read Chapter 1 on the author’s website.

Here is Daeron, Chania’s Life Mate. He is on the inside cover of the ebook.

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My 5-star review
Elves AND dragons? COUNT ME IN! A 5-star start to this new series that takes us into the Elven Empire in the far future. Ms. Abraham’s fans of the Elven Empire Chronicles will really enjoy this new era. Despite being a grouch, I liked Daeron, well… most of the time, he behaved really bad for a few but he got knocked-off a few pegs by his Life Mate, Chania, a feisty one that put him thru his paces and made him work for everything. Great secondary characters, I am looking forward to their stories too.

To give you a taste of what is coming, here is the cover for The Princes, book 2 in the Guardians of the Empire series, it is Chania’s sister, Serena and her Life Mate, Theiron, who is Daeron’s brother.

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Sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To keep up with the series or check out the other books by M. A. Abraham, you can also check the links below.

• website • Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Goodreads •

One lucky reader will receive an ebook copy of THE GODDESS from Ms. Abraham.  Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm on Monday, February 12, 2018. GOOD LUCK!

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 Shelton!

Hello and welcome!

I am so happy to have my next guest here with me. He reminds me a lot of my cousin who I grew up with and were close to, I reminisced a lot about those long ago days after listening to his story.

Please welcome Shelton!

OMG he is gorgeous! Marla! A little warning would have been good, girl! Where is my ice water? Where is my notebook with the questions? Oh drat! I know the questions by heart or I’ll wing it. Ahem!

What is your full name?
Shelton Morrison

Do you have a nickname?
No. Well, my cousin Fallon calls me Shell, among other things. But, otherwise no.

What one word best describes you?
Ooh. Just one word? Hm. Focused? Determined? Maybe, loyal? One of those will work. he chuckles

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Well, I had another meeting today. So, today I’m wearing my dark blue suit, with a dress shirt. he looks a little self-conscious and amused…

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and I see he wears cufflinks OH MY … men in well tailored suits are my weakness

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes! On the one hand I think she makes me sound more interesting than I really am. But, on the other hand, she also doesn’t expose all of my flaws. So, it’s a nice balance.

What makes you laugh out loud?
We’ll I’ve been in two books so far. Have you read them? If you have, you’d know that I laugh a lot. Especially when I’m around Fallon. he shakes his head
I love your relationship with Fallon, reminds me a lot of what I had with one of my cousins growing up.

Would you say you’re easy going?
Yes and no. I can be just as easy going as I can be serious and everything in between. So, I guess I would say, I can be easy going. And, maybe I am most of the time. But, I’m not one of those people that is just easy going and nothing seems to bother them. A lot bothers me.

What is your favorite dessert?
Cheese cake. I love cheese cake. I don’t allow myself to eat it often. But, I love cheese cake.
It sounds like you really do love cheese cake.

What is your favorite drink?
Well, I drink a lot of water. I have to stay in shape and keep my cousin Fallon from getting ahead of me. That’s fairly easy, since she’s a chocoholic and she’s so much shorter than me. he chuckles But, she’s always competing with me. So, I can’t slip up and give her an edge. Or, did you mean my favorite alcoholic beverage?

You can tell me that too.
Tequila. Specifically, Herradura Reposada Tequilla.

What is your greatest fear?
I don’t like being in really confined spaces. I think I’m a little claustrophobic.

What is your favorite color?
Blue

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Usually boxers or nothing.

What’s your favourite smell?
Freshly brewed medium or dark roast coffee.

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You are a coffee drinker, only then you would know the difference 😀
Good thing too because I made some for us and I only drink the good stuff.

What is the perfect romantic date?
The perfect romantic date would involve a beach, maybe several. Driving down the coast on a sunny, balmy afternoon with someone I love. And, watching the sunset disappear from the horizon.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
No. I’m not ticklish.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Appearance. And, I have a thing for stilettos. He looks thoughtful Yeah, I sort of lost it the first time I saw Savina in stilettos. I’m not sure. I like an interesting face. I don’t seem to have a specific type, except there’s something about them that is interesting.

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

What is one word that best describes her?
Charismatic

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes. It’s part of Marla JosephsReluctant series. I’m not sure what will happen next in the series. I know there will likely be other books. But, I have no idea if I will be in them. I’ve made an appearance in the other 2 so far. And, have this one that I’m a main character in. But, I really don’t know what will happen in the future.

Thank you so much Shelton for spending some time in my corner of the blogging world. I hope you to see you again soon.

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Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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As Shelton mentioned he hails from the Reluctant series by Marla Josephs, specifically Forbidden, book two in the series, is his story.

Shelton Morrison has a strict and fast rule about not getting involved with his tenants. He doesn’t do it. It’s bad for business. But, his latest tenant is definitely testing his resolve. She isn’t just living in one of his various rental properties. She’s living in his upstairs apartment just a stairway away.
Savina Savagar is tired of her overbearing, male dominated family. She’s moved out and right into the upstairs apartment of her irresistible new landlord. Only, he seems determined to resist her. The more she gets to know him, the more she wants more than the friendship he is offering.

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I listened to the audiobook and it was a 5-star experience for me, especially listening to the delicious voice of DC Cole ❤ who was my guest for a chat in December.

I looove Shelton, he is my book boyfriend in this series. He caught my attention in book 1, and the close relationship he has with Fallon reminds me of a cousin of mine. I can’t say the same of Savina. She is nice and I like how all the Alpha overprotective men in her family are scared of her, but the way she acted sometimes just irked me. It doesn’t reflect on the story though, their journey to HEA is bumpy to say the least. Got some twists too where the author threw me for a loop which made it entertaining, keeping me engaged the whole time.
Mr. Cole did an amazing job as usual bringing the story to life and the characters feel so real. His voice is addictive, looking forward to more.

To learn about all the books and keep in touch with Ms. Josephs, check out the website,  the social media links below and if you chat with her, say hello from me 😉

One lucky reader will receive a copy of FORBIDDEN, courtesy of Ms. Josephs, in ebook or audio format, winner’s choice. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm on Monday, February 5, 2018. GOOD LUCK!

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

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