My Chat with DC Cole

Hello and welcome!

I am so excited to share my chat with today’s guest. He is my new eargasm crush and if you listen to his voice you will understand why.

Welcome DC!

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Sorry ladies, he is shy, so no pictures are shared at this time 😉 Who knows, maybe I’ll catch him at a future signings.

Do you have a nickname?
No, not really. Well, I guess DC is a nickname.

What is one word best describes you?
I guess the depends who you ask! But, since I am the one that is answering, I’ll go with…um…easygoing.

What makes you laugh out loud?
The thing that still gets me every time is when people fall down. I know it’s childish, but it cracks me up every single time. And the more serious the event, the more I laugh. I was at a wedding once where the bride practically face planted while walking down the aisle. Everyone gasped in shock and concern; I had to run out of the church, my hand covering my mouth, barely able to contain my snorts of laughter, tears already at the corners of my eyes. I realized after then that there might be something wrong with me…

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
That is such a hard question! I am feeling a bit nostalgic right now, so I will go with the smell of bacon in a frying pan. It reminds me of Sunday mornings as a kid. Every Sunday morning, I would wake up to that smell.
I don’t know how my mom knew what time I would wake up, or if it was the actually smell of the bacon itself that would wake me, but every single Sunday as a child that would be how I would wake up. I grew up with just me and my mom. Our Sunday routine was always the same, bacon, and other stuff, for breakfast, and then she would crank up the stereo to an obnoxiously loud level and we would clean the house together.
She died a few years ago. But, every time I smell bacon I remember Sunday mornings with mom.
I think it was the bacon waking you up. That is the way I wake up my son on Saturday mornings, the minute it starts cooking, he is there, eyes still closed and hugging me 😉

Favourite place to spend time in.
In the Ocean. Any Ocean. I’m not picky. I like to swim out, just past the point where the waves are breaking, and just float.

Audiobooks! What started them?
I was an actor in the States for a number of years. Then I decided to go on a little trip, which ended up becoming this massive adventure that had me living and owning a bar in Japan for a few years before finally moving to Brazil, where I currently live.
I started listening to audiobooks, and at the same time I was doing a little bit of voice over work, but I paid most of the bills teaching English (which is not something I enjoyed very much). And all I could think of was how much I missed acting. This went on for a year. I worked here and there with my voice, was listening to a ton of audiobooks, and the whole time complained because I couldn’t find a way to be an actor.
Then one day, while listening to Grover Gardner narrate a Lois McMaster Bujold book, it hit me: I should try this. It took me a year and half after that to move into a new home where I could actually make a little studio for myself. And then I just started auditioning.
I for one, I am really happy that you did! Brazil? Beautiful country.

Is there a genre that you would not narrate?
I don’t know… I don’t think so. I have said no to some stuff because I thought I wouldn’t give them a very good performance. I don’t know if that is genre related though.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Ah…bourbon taste tester. Is that a thing? Maybe run the quality control department for a hammock company.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I don’t think so. I try to adapt to whatever is happening in the text. The thing that I have always loved about being an actor is putting on the skin of a character. So, that is what I try to do. Of course, like all art forms, the way in which one expresses themselves says a lot about them. If you look at it that way, then I guess a lot of the choices I make are pretty telling about my inner-self. But, that is too deep for me and it’s not something I ever think about.
You do that so well, taking the characters and giving them life with passion.

Who is your intended audience and why should they listen to your audiobooks?
My intended audience is… people with ears. Or not. Haha! I have no idea. Each book has a different audience, but I almost never think about that. At least not with fiction. With fiction, I am just trying to see the story and be the characters. With non-fiction it is a little bit different, then I need to pay more attention to who the audience is. But, for me personally, my audience is whoever can stand listening to my voice for hours on end.
Oh I can stand it, believe me 😀

What is next in your narrating work?
I have a few steamy romances on the calendar coming up. I’m looking forward to jumping in the book for those! Also have a suspense book coming out that I am really excited about “Don’t Look Back” by Vicki Tharp. “Under the Shadows“, book 4 in the Alexander Ranch series by Marla Josephs, released a few days ago.

Thank you DC for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join me in my little corner of the blogging world. Good luck for the future and I am looking forward to more eargasms 😀

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Thanks for joining us today and I hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

Karev

My first listen from Mr. Cole was the Karev Brothers trilogy, by Leslie North. Check out my review here. I fell in love with the voice that should be illegal 😉 the passion for his craft really shows.

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I’ve been listening to a few more since, I can’t get enough. Among them Marla Josephs‘s “Under Suspicion“, a 5-star listen for me, my review is here and just released “Under the Shadows” for which I wish I could give more stars, see my 5-star review I just posted. You know when you love something you have that urge to prolong the experience…. well.. ya… that’s me… listen, then rewind, then listen some more…. then just that phrase hit the right way and I have to rewind 😉 or get lost in the voice and not hear the words, only emotions.

I added quite a few to my TBL list… The Reluctant Series by Marla JosephsThe Heart of a Hero by Amber Burns.

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Here are links to find out more and keep up to date with his work.
website Audible • Facebook • Twitter • ACX

You have to check out his website, there is some fun to be found there. Love his sense of humour, made me laugh out loud at 7am… and I am not a morning person AT ALL !

To start you on your listening journey, Mr. Cole is giving away the Karev Brothers trilogy audiobook. Winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments on this post after 3pm EST on Monday, December 18, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

My review for Karev Brothers trilogy – 5 stars “fun, sexy suspense”
I enjoyed listening to the series in one go. Each story had a couple that despite being different and coming from different worlds, thrown together by circumstance, they meshed really well, sparks flying. The stories are short, but fun, suspense with a dash of romance and a few steamy scenes make for an entertaining listen. In the last one the truth behind their father’s murder is revealed, what a twist. Each couple’s story ends in HFN (Happy For Now) and would have been nice to get a glimpse into the future and see where they are.

My first listen from Mr. Cole and I really enjoyed the array of voices and accents, the passion for his craft really shows. I am looking forward to discover more of his work. My fave voice was the one he gave Vlad *sigh*

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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Rising from the Ashes – NEW RELEASE

Hello and welcome!

I am so excited for this new release! CONGRATS M. A. Abraham!

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Continuing from where the Elven Chronicles left off. We bring you the ONE EMPIRE SERIES.

The Drazon is dead, and the Demons have been eradicated from the Elven Empire. Now the Elves can begin anew, and this is exactly what they are about to do. Their lands are scarred by the war, their original Kingdoms fragmented and their people are in need of healing as much as the world around them. The boundary has been raised, to separate the Elven Empire from the rest of the world, and they settle down to work.

The new era starts with the Elven Kingdoms uniting as the One Empire, Life Mates are found, relationships cemented, and peace reigns. There is no better time to rebuild their world, and raise a family. First, the men who took advantage of Gabriel and Eden’s spell must convince their Life Mates that what they did was not such a bad thing. That could take a while, especially for any Male Elf who is bonded to a Light Elven Female.

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My fave scenes in all the Elven books are the bonding scenes… Here is the one from “Rising from the Ashes” by M.A. Abraham.

“Séreméla, from the moment I saw you, I knew you were meant to be mine. You became the center of my world, the light of my soul. I reach for what my heart cannot help but yearn for and my heart cannot function without. Séreméla, I am yours.”

“Séreméla’s eyes met Åndorin’s, as he spoke, and she sought the golden thread she knew she would find, the one that would bind them forever more. It shone brightly, and the strength it revealed was astonishing. This was not something she could ignore, not that she wanted to. She held his gaze with hers, as she spoke.

“Even when we were battling the enemy, I could feel your presence, the love you felt in your heart surrounded me, and the strength of who you are held me close. I cannot deny what my soul needs anymore than my body can stop breathing the air it needs to survive. Åndorin, I am yours,” Séreméla declared.

“Séreméla, you who are the blood of my heart, and the light of my soul, I will always hold your words close within my memory, for you are mine,” Åndorin promised.

“Åndorin, forever you are mine,” Séreméla answered.

They then spoke the final words of bonding, “Together, we are one.” As they finished, they sealed their vows with a kiss.”

MY REVIEW – 5 stars

Like the many Elfanatics out there, I was so happy the stories from the much loved Elven world were not over. After so many centuries of battle and struggles, the time for peace is here. But there is so much to do to restore the Empire and as in the past, the many kingdoms come together and work side by side to make sure it gets done.

Many of the characters we came to love are making their presence known, along with many new ones. There is laughter, there is heartache but there is also hope as many of the new Life Mate pairings make their way to where they can make their mark, like Séreméla and Åndorin who start a movement that spreads like wildfire and gets everybody mobilized and eager to help with what they can.

An exciting beginning into the new era of the Elven Empire. Looking forward to more.

 

I hope you give this new series a chance. I promise, you will not be sorry.

There is a giveaway on The Reading Café blog, where you can read their review too.

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 Mike

Hello and welcome!

I met my next guest recently and he left a big impression. He is tucked away in my heart sigh… I want one…

What is your full name?
Michael Graham Rose, ma’am.

Do you have a nickname?
Just Mike, though Henri calls me Lionheart. he gives me this cheeky grins and I hope I am not drooling

What is one word best describes you?
Aside from Lionheart? That’s difficult. Hmm… let’s say protective.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Nothing fancy. Cargo pants, an old t-shirt that says “I Like Big Guns” but the lettering is a bit faded. Looks a wee bit like, “I Like Big ’uns”. he gives a toothy grin and I can’t help but laugh

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Och aye, I’d have none other than Amy Jarecki write about my uncompromising, opinionated self.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Henri in the kitchen. That woman is an ace at many things, but give her fire and food and it’s never pretty.

What is your favourite dessert?
There’s nothing better than an old fashioned Scottish bun with raspberry filling. Mmm. he licks his lips
I have to check them out, I love anything raspberry.

What is your favourite drink?
That would be a wee dram of Tulibardine Whisky. Aye, straight up ’cause anything else would spoil the taste.

What is your greatest fear?
Dunna tell Henri, but I’m a bit squeamish with heights.
Aaaah I remember the jump from the cliff, I still shudder thinking about it.

What is your favourite colour?
I’d have to say blue—the colour of Oban Bay on a sunny afternoon.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
he leans back and rubs a hand down his massive chest What do you reckon I wear, lass?
I reckon… nothing? The way he says ‘lass’… I am melting…

What is the perfect romantic date?
That would be eating takeaway Chinese in the whirlpool bath in my townhouse, overlooking Oban Bay. Candles, good wine, and…ah…you can read about it in Chapter Thirty-Four.
I did and it was very romantic … and hot 😉

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I’m a Scot. I’m a spy and an SAS officer. That means I cannot be tickled. Just dunna touch me on the flank…especially if you want to keep your nose in the middle of your face.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Jasmine, yes that’s it. Heady jasmine reminds me of Henrietta Anderson, wild and untamable.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
The woman. I’m a man. big shrug What can I say? Women are interesting. I walk into a room, the first thing I do is ensure there’s no threat. The second? Scan for females.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Och aye I do. Eagle Eyes pinned me down for life in BODY SHOT. That woman is a hellcat through and through.
And a good match for you 😀

What is one word best describes her?
Exotic. Badass. Hell, that’s two…so shoot me.
Errr… I think not. I rather not get into Eagle Eyes’ crosshairs LOL and I agree, I really like her!

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Aye, all the books in the series are stand-alone. HUNT FOR EVIL is book one and establishes ICE, the International Clandestine Enterprise located 45 meters under a glacier in Iceland. Mine is BODY SHOT, book two, but not number two. If you ask me it’s the best in the whole series. Next will be MACH ONE, releasing January 2nd, with Aussie pilot Luke Fox and the mysterious Mia with no last name. I’m anxious to discover the trouble Fox dives into when he’s sent to Mexico to destroy the evilest drug cartel on the planet.

I am looking forward to “Mach One”. Thank you Mike for chatting with me, hugs to Henri. I really, really like her, so take good care of each other.

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

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As Mike mentioned, he hails from Body Shot, book 2 in the ICE : International Clandestine Enterprise series by one of my fave authors, Amy Jarecki. Check out his picture shared by Amy 😉

She has every right to feel venomous resentment…

Convicted of a murder she didn’t commit, sniper Henri Anderson suffers two years of hard time before she’s given a choice—accept an unknown assignment offered by a seedy foreign dignitary or head for home. The decision took all of two seconds. At least that’s what she thinks, until a mysterious Scottish man shows up and offers a deal sweet enough to tempt a saint.

But has the rugged blue-eyed closer met his match?

Annoyed that ICE is wasting his time by sending him to Utah to recruit a talented soldier who has already turned them down, secret agent, Mike Rose, has no intention of failing. He’s a tough guy with more persuasion in his hard stare than most people manage with an oration. Disarmed by a woman who’s not only tenacious, she’s downright stunning, Mike tempts Henri with something even a hardened Delta Force sniper can’t refuse. And once she’s hooked, Mike thinks he’s done—can go back to covert ops working alone. But Henri isn’t a woman who’s easy to forget. And when she’s snared by the clutches of the very man who framed her for murder, the big Scot will sell his soul to save her.

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The ICE series is quite different from the Highlander stories I listened to from the author and so worth reading/listening to.

You can read my 5-star review for Hunt for Evil audiobook here.

My review for Body Shot audiobook:

“excellent”
Overall 5 stars; Performance 5 stars; Story 5 stars
The first book in the series was a 5-star listen, this one is too and so much more. Maybe because Mike picked my interest in book 1, and Mr. Froomkin brought him to life with passion, his Scot brogue is to die for *sigh* his voice is so versatile it was a pleasure to listen. Kept pressing rewind on some scenes 😀
Ms. Jarecki pairs Mike, an Alpha male with a warm heart and Henri, a fearless, determined woman and they do get their HEA, the journey is exciting, suspenseful, mixed with some hawt scenes.
This will go onto my relisten list for sure.
I can’t wait for book 3!

MACH ONE, book 3, is releasing on January 2, 2017.

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Just looking at the mysterious and stunning woman brings trouble.

But former Australian Airforce pilot Luke Fox isn’t the type to shirk away from a challenge. When ICE sends him in undercover to take down the most notorious drug cartel in Mexico, he’s not planning to encounter tempting and complex Mia. Further, Luke believes the woman to be part of the drug lord’s gang…until he uncovers the truth.

Intrigued by the cartel’s new pilot, she takes reckless risks.

Kidnapped when she was a child, Mia has lived her life in fear under the roof of a cold and heartless tyrant. Though she knows the punishment for her curiosity, she cannot help but seek to learn more about the new man who is so different from the others–and he’s the only one who’s not afraid to talk to her.

As forbidden romance sizzles, they face the most dangerous challenge of their lives.

Luke must complete his mission, but the stakes have just quadrupled. Shocked by the brutal truth, he refuses to end it without taking Mia with him. As the enemy closes in, all seems lost. Who saves whom in his fast-paced, heart-stopping struggle of good against evil?

Preorder links found here.

Ms. Jarecki loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted through her website. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. If you do chat with her, say hello from me 😀

Other links: Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Audible • Goodreads • newsletter

If you missed my chat with Ms. Jarecki check it out, and I also had a chat with a few other hunks: Hugh in September 2016, William in July 2016, Calum in July 2015
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To start you on the journey into the series, Ms. Jarecki is giving away to everyone who reads this blog a free copy of HUNT FOR EVIL, can be downloaded thru InstaFreebie by clicking on this link. HAPPY READING!

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

Dance of the Dragon Sorceress, book 3 in Tangere Tales

Hello and welcome!

If you are following my blog, you know I read books 1 and 2 in the Tangere Tales by Heather Rainier. I fell in love with that world. I just finished book 3, Dance of the Dragon Sorceress, released on December 1, 2017.

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Basile and Rainger are sworn to defend and foster the baby dragons of the Eastern Kingdom. While searching for the heir to the dragon king’s throne, they fall under the spell of a bewitching brunette. Desire takes a back seat to duty because they must find the baby dragon before it falls into the hands of the evil queen, Draconia.

Seeking shelter from a storm for herself and the odd little stray she picked up, Elaina takes refuge in the stronghold of the Knights of the Order of the Dragon. She’s discovered sound asleep with the tiny dragon king curled up beside her, and mayhem ensues when the prince, the huntsman, and the seven knights learn firsthand she’s not some damsel in distress.

When Draconia learns of the enchanting beauty has stolen the hearts of the men whom she desires for herself, she sets a plan into motion that endangers Basile and Rainger’s love for Elaina before it’s barely begun.

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5 stars
I have to say this is my fave tale so far of the Tangere series. It is Snow White’s story, but with spice AND dragons. Ms. Rainier! You had me at dragons LOL
Just as the previous two tales in the series, this story takes us from the contemporary world of Elaina’s camping trip to the fantasy world of Tangere.

I laughed out loud at the names Elaina was coming up with for the little dragon she found and the expressions she confounded the men with. With her backpack full of stuff, no wonder they thought she was a sorceress, the lightsaber scene was hilarious 😀

The Dragon Knights replace the dwarves in this adaptation and them being named with colour names in French is a great touch. The Skittles crew indeed LOL
Selena is one mischievous Fae Princess and I have to laugh how the men are scared of her. I wonder if Sir Violet will capture her heart finally.

I am glad Elaina found Rainger and Basile and they get their HEA, but their journey is quite deadly. She was able to assist in defeating Draconia, now that one is an evil power-hungry woman! shudder

The ending was so happy, loved the reunion of the friends and the banter. Zayrgrud’s future Queen, Faerhyss will be a handful for sure, especially if the Dragon Nanny will be her trainer LOL

Available now at Bookstrand.

Read an excerpt here.

And if you missed My Chat with Bestiale and Charmeur check it out. They are the princes in book 1 of the Tangere TalesBeasts in Winter. Read my 5-star review here.

Also here is the link to my review for book 2, Midnight of the Fae.

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I know this was a trilogy, but I really hope there will be a next story.

Ms. Heather? Pleeeeeze!

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 Ethan *sigh*

Hello and welcome!

I am so excited for you to meet one of my recent book boyfriends, he is warm hearted, overprotective alpha and a good sense of humour.

Please welcome Ethan!

What is your full name?
Ethan Fauchere

Do you have a nickname?
No. I don’t. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t.

What one word best describes you?
Well, I guess that would depend on who’s doing the describing. his mischievous grin is killing me But, okay. One word? I’ll just say fun.
That you are!

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Oh, man. I didn’t dress fancy. Jeans and a t-shirt doesn’t sound chic. But, they’re really nice jeans with a really soft t-shirt. Want to feel?
Is the sky blue?
Oh that is really soft!
I am shamelessly taking advantage of the opportunity 😉

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yeah, for the most part. I think she tones me down a bit. She doesn’t let me get too wild. But, otherwise, it’s pretty spot on.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Oh, man. What doesn’t? he laughs I’m a pretty easy-going guy that laughs easily. But, getting Lela, Jordan, Daisy, or any of the crew riled up is pretty funny. I do that a lot.
I know, you do like to stir things up, I enjoyed your antics.

What is your favourite dessert?
he laughs a naughty laugh You mean of the food variety? Hm, okay. I’d have to go with chocolate if I’m sharing. Sharing chocolate can get interesting. But, for me personally, I like lemon flavors. Doesn’t really matter what.

What is your favourite drink?
Well, if I go by what I drink the most, I’d have to say tea. I really like tea.

What is your greatest fear?
That’s an interesting question. I’m not really a fearful guy. I’ve been frightened before, of course. But …yeah. I don’t know. The only thing that comes to mind is driving down the street and having the front wheels of my car fall off for no reason. I actually have these thoughts sometimes while driving. Makes no sense, but I do. he laughs That sounds silly. Of course, I’m concerned about the safety of the team whenever we’re in dangerous situations. But, I don’t think I have time to actually fear anything then. I’m too busy trying to keep myself and everyone else safe.

What is your favourite colour?
Emerald. I just love that color.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Um…well. Let’s just say I don’t own any pajamas.
I bet you don’t.

What is the perfect romantic date?
The perfect romantic date is the one you create for the person you’re with. Everyone is different. But, when you really know what she likes, and she doesn’t have to tell you, she will know you planned it just for her. And, it will be the perfect date.
How can I not fall in love with him? SIGH

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I’m not that ticklish. I do have a couple of places, but I’m not telling.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
You sure are making this hard to keep PG. I grin at him Let’s see. I’d have to say maybe the smell of fresh baked pastries in the morning. You know how the streets in Paris used to smell when all of the patisseries were baking all the pastries for the day? That’s the smell I love. It reminds me of home.
Oh I love that smell! I used to work in a French restaurant and loved the opening shift because the baking was done early in the morning mmmm

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Lots of things. I think though that maybe the eyes and smile get me the most. Yeah, I think I’d better stick with the eyes and smile just to be on the safe side.
his eyes sparkle with mischief

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

What is one word that best describes her?
Wow, only one word? I’m going to have to go with perfect then.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes. Under Suspicion is actually the first book of a new spin-off series. And, it is the first one where I am one of the main characters. But, I am in all of the other books from the original series as well. I’m not one of the two main characters, but I feel like everyone on the team are all main characters. I love this gig and will be around as long as everyone wants me here.

As far as the future of the series, I don’t know specifics. But, I know there are more books coming in both series. We are working on them now. The main Alexander Ranch series will still follow Lela and Jordan as the main characters. But, my understanding is that this new series, Alexander Consulting and Investigations, will still focus on a specific case in each book, but the main characters, or the ones being focused on will change.

Thank you so much Ethan for joining me today, I am looking forward to reading on your future antics. Hugs to Sasha.

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

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As Ethan mentioned, he hails from Under Suspicion, book 1 of Alexander Security and Investigations Series by Marla Josephs, a spinoff from the Alexander Ranch Series.

Ethan’s story is finally here in this spin off series from Marla Josephs’ Alexander Ranch series. The team is still fighting crime and solving cases with a few new faces. This case has Ethan working with Sasha to find out who is harassing a teacher at the local school and trying to frame their client. Or, is their client guilty? As the letters turn from harsh accusations to hostile threats, the team must work fast to solve this one before someone gets hurt.

You can read an excerpt here. I hope you give this book a chance, I promise, you will enjoy it.

Buy links • Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon UKAudibleB&NiBooksKobo

I listened to the audiobook and I wish I could give more than 5 stars

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Overall – 5 stars
Performance – 5 star
Story – 5 stars

I want an Ethan 😉 

I am in love with Ethan, the hero of this story. It is my first book from Ms. Josephs and I know it is not the last. I am impressed by her style, the story is captivating, keeping me in suspense till the twist when we find out who is behind all the bad stuff happening and OMG you will not believe who it is. While the investigation is happening we have Ethan and Sasha meeting and let me tell you, the sparks are flying. Him, overprotective alpha with a funny side, her, spunky and independent. Good match! Love the light paranormal but realistic touch, I hope the series continues because I want more.
Told by one of my fave voices, a recent addition, Mr. Cole is perfect for the story. Loooove the voice he gave Ethan, warm with quiet strength you can’t help but notice it, just like the hero. A must listen!

After listening to this story, I had to go and check out the original series, I have to tell you, I devoured them and I am itching to listen to more!

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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 UNDER SUSPICION, 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, December 4, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

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

P.S. Mark your calendar! DC Cole is coming for a chat on December 15, 2017 SQUEEEEE

Star Keeper – NEW RELEASE!

Hello and welcome!

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Excited to be part of the release day celebrations for one of my fave authors, Kate Reedwood who joined with Chris Heinicke to create the Legacy Hunter series.

BOOK 1

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Queen Killer, book 1 was released in July 2017, and is available in ebook and print.

Stardrives.
Powerful, beautiful, bio-­‐mimetic energy in its purest form. A benevolent gift meant to launch humanity into a new age of space travel. They were the hope for the future. The key to the next stage in human discovery. But every gift has its price.

Nearly a thousand years after Earth took its place in the network of galactic commerce, the planet is depleted of resources and on the edge of collapse. Can stardrive technology bring the Earth back to life? Adventurer Axel Ryan is betting his life that it can. But there aren’t any stardrives left to be found on Earth, and ships capable of interstellar travel are hard to come by. His only choice is to enlist the aid of mercenary pirates to steal one. With the stakes high, and the future of Earth on the line, does it matter he’ll have to betray the love of his life?

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer has always been Element Cruz’s motto. And it couldn’t be more true with Axel Ryan. Drugged, abandoned, and her ship stolen, she’s more than ready to let the price on his head kill him. Except Axel holds the key to saving humanity. And if there’s one thing Ellie can’t refuse, it’s the chance to win.

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What the hell had he done? No ship was worth this.
     “Warning, hull breach imminent.”
     “Escape pod. Now!” he shouted. Built for two, the women would be protected by the automatic defense system on board, while the pod sped them to the safety of the nearby Terran colony on Europa.
     “Oh God,” Rose said, panic clear in her voice as she checked Ellie over. “I think it’s her leg.”
      “I’ll bring her. Just go!” Axel picked up Ellie, ignoring the way she winced and screamed as her left foot banged his thigh, and hurried in the direction of the escape pod.
      Smoke was seeping in around the edges of the main door, making the red light of the emergency system a hazy mist. The sound of stressed metal reverberated throughout the room. As did the resonant hum of blasters being fired.
     “This is all your fault, you bastard!” Rose screamed at him, speaking aloud what Axel already knew to be true. It was his fault. All of it. The betrayal. The hurt. All of it.
     The pod door slid open with the touch of Rose’s hand. Her expression sparked with hatred as she pressed herself into the upright harness of the cylindrical tube and reached for her daughter. Axel helped Ellie into the other tether as he counted the seconds in his mind, willing the main door to hold just a heartbeat longer. One, two, three—
     Boom!
     The stressed metal exploded, breaching the room.
     “Axel!” Ellie screamed. She reached for him, her green eyes wide.
     “Only room for two,” he said and hit the release button.
     The capsule door slammed shut, separating the two women from his view. Then it was gone, disappeared down the launch tube.
     Safe.
     Axel gasped for breath in the thinning atmosphere of the room and raised his hands into the air.
     If there was one thing in life he found impossible to mistake, it was the cold hard steel of a blaster, pressed to the back of his head.

BOOK 2

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Star Keeper, the second book in the series, is released today.

Axel Ryan is running for his life. Pursued by bounty hunters with a price on his head, he should disappear into the stars to hide and continue his search for Stardrives. But his soulmate, Element Cruz, has resurfaced and after spending the last six months searching for her with no luck, finding her again is worth gambling his life. She’s putting her own in danger by infiltrating an illegal slave auction where the Star Keeper of Endaria is being sold; a woman with empathic abilities, worth more credits then Axel can legally gather. It should be an easy mission. Crash the auction, save his girl, and fly off into the galaxy to live happily ever after together. But the universe has another destiny in store for Axel, one he’ll need to embrace to save them all, or die trying.

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 “Ellie!” Axel screamed as he raced through the door on the left of the corridor he was in. Through a meter-­‐wide window, he saw the tired face of Element Cruz. Relief collided with panic and turned to rage. She was still alive, but for how long? And why the frell did she have a fist-­‐sized welt on her cheek? The mark was dark red and stark against her skin, swollen and painful.
     He ran up and touched the window, her face on the other side. “Who the frell hit you?” he yelled, not sure if Ellie could hear. When she stared at him blankly he shook his head and added, “I will get you out of there!” He could dole out justice to whoever had harmed her once he knew she was safe.
     She gestured at her comm where it hung useless and broken from the collar on her suit and put her hand up against the window too. She mouthed the words, “It’s a trap,” clearly enough for Axel to understand the lip movements. “Get out of here!”
     He glanced around the room he was in. Some kind of observation chamber, he guessed. But for what purpose, he had no idea. Shiloh had led a peculiar existence. The room itself was divided, a couch and table on this side with a glass partition separating him from the other where Ellie and Iris and Shiznit were held captive.
     Iris had escaped her own bindings and was working on undoing Shiznit’s restraints with her fingers. Ellie banged her fists against the glass. “Leave!” she screamed.
     Axel ignored her and tried the cell’s door, first with a tug on the handle, then with his blaster, but the laser fire bounced off the glass without doing any discernable damage.
     Axel turned back to Ellie, so close to him but separated by safety glass that would take more fire power than he could muster right now to break. She may as well be on the other side of the galaxy.
     But he refused to give up and let her and the others die. Darius wasn’t going to win.
     The charges. Where were they? A blinking light caught his eye by the edge of the cell window. Rectangular and about the size of his palm, the explosive charge had been attached to the wall. One of several, in fact, he realized.
     He moved to the charges and studied them. He was no expert, but the arrangement seemed simple enough. Square casing. Couple wires. Blinking red light, the flashes increasing in speed. A countdown in progress? Shit.
     The others banged on the window. Axel glanced at them but ignored their frantic expressions and pleas for him to leave. He needed to focus on diffusing the situation.
     “Who am I kidding, I’ve never done this shit,” he said out loud. He did know the red digital display was just that, a display, but that there was some type of timer inside that was counting down to zero. The nearest charge had been placed at his height, and he knew that the first thing he should do was try to pull one of the wires out to disrupt the circuit. But which one? Black or red? And if he picked wrong, would it instantly detonate and set off the others?
      Sweat poured from his brow like a slow dripping tap, and he quickly wiped it with the back of his hand.
      He could stand here and wait, or he could take a chance and act. The others were shrieking frantically, banging on the glass. The right wire would save them. They were dead for certain if he stood here letting time run out. Fifty-­‐fifty chance. Life or death? Red or black? Which future did fortune favor?
     He chose black.
      Pulling with all his strength, he broke the wire free of the charge with a snap. The blinking stopped and became a solid red light, glaring at him with its brightness. A high-­‐pitched whine filled the room.
     “Oh shit.” I’m so sorry, he thought. “Ellie! Get back!”

Dark Horizon, book 3 is scheduled for release on March 29, 2018. Further books in the series are pending.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Kate

Kate Reedwood, also know as Felicity Kates, is a mild‐mannered manager by day. At night, she trades in her high heels for bunny slippers and lets her imagination run wild. A trained artist and writer, Kate enjoys writing stories that combine humor with strong characters who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go get it. Every story is an emotional journey where the characters must struggle to find their happily ever after. But they do always reach it in the end, no matter the time or place in the universe. She lives off of coffee and dreams and enjoys going for walks along the shores of Lake Ontario, taking pictures of whatever catches her eye. A romantic at heart, she loves to snuggle under a blanket with a good book to warm up the cold Canadian winters. When not dreaming up new worlds and books to write with Australian author Chris Heinicke, she can most often be found enjoying the quiet company of her husband and son.

Chris

Although working as a baker for many years, writing has been a passion for Chris Heinicke for some time, starting in high school and reigniting again in 2006, when he first got the inspiration to begin writing ‘The Man In Black.’ After completing that project eight years later, he took part in NaNoWriMo in November 2014, culminating into a project named 5PM. Deciding to self‐publish, 5PM came out in February 2015, and then The Man In Black in August. 2016 saw the release of 7PM, and in that same year, his writing path met with that of Canadian author Kate Reedwood. A mutual respect of each other’s work ignited an interest in working together, creating the Legacy Hunter series, the first of which to come out in July 2017. Apart from writing, Chris enjoys travelling, reading, watching movies and all things geeky. He resides in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia with his wife and three children.

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My Bday Surprise!

As I trudge down the walkway towards my workplace, I reflect on how this is supposed to be my birthday. No one should have to go to work on the anniversary of the day they were born. It should be declared a national holiday for at least one, right? No such luck. Well, there is no help for it; bills need to be paid, so in I go.

Halfway into the building it begins to sleet and I race the last few steps towards the entrance of the building before I get wet. As I close the door behind me, I lean back against it and give a sigh of relief. I made it before any harm was done. It seems this is not going to be my day. I can only imagine the workload that is waiting for me. It is then that I notice that a puddle of water surrounds the cubicle that I call my office. I want to cry. There is water raining down from the ceiling, onto my chair and the floor that surrounds it. Luckily, that does not include my computer, or the tasks that were piled up beside it for me to do. Those things are safe, which means I will be able to work, but from where?

Eniko,” my boss’ assistant waves to me from the other end of the building to catch my attention.

I frown, but say nothing, as I have found it is something safer that way. I might be feeling borderline schizoid today, but I am not quite ready to blow quite yet. I walk to where she is standing, and she smiles nervously at me, as she points to the door of an actual office that no one ever uses.

You will be working in here today because of the water problem over your work area.”

What else can go wrong is the first question I ask myself. Well, maybe out of sight will mean out of mind will play a factor with the staff and I will actually get some work done. I am about to find out. I open the door ever so slightly, poke my head into the room, and do a double take. The room is partially hidden by a screen of flowering vines that strikes a memory in me of another place and time. There is soft music flowing through the air, and the scent of pine mixed with that of the exotic flowers. I grin and wonder if anyone else knows about this. I check, looking from one side to another. No one is watching to see what I am doing, or for a reaction from me. They are more concerned with the leak in the ceiling where I would normally work.

Star-Flower

I walk up to the flowers and close my eyes in ecstasy as I take a deep breath in to catch their fragrance. It is heavily mixed with pine, but the sense that I have smelled them before lingers in my mind. Ah yes! Star Flowers! Remember where I smelled them before? Check it out here.

I stand straight, remove my coat and stop short, as someone from behind me covers my eyes with a hand. I gasp loudly, as I am pressed back against a chest that feels like marble. My coat falls from my fingers, as a soft baritone voice flows through my mind, and the touch of breath tickles my ear.

You must not peek, my lady, or you will ruin your birthday surprise.

I feel suddenly giddy, as I wonder who could have arranged this so neatly, and for some reason I am not at all frightened. I can tell this person will not hurt me. I smile as he guides me around the wall that hid the rest of the room, and I get the impression we are not alone. We come to a stop, and he once again whispers against my ear. “Brace yourself, it will seem very bright in the room at first. You will take a few moments to get used to the difference. If you feel you need extra support, know I am here for you. All you need to do is say something and I will come to your aid.

It may be for the best if you don’t go too far,” I agreed.

The man takes his hands away from my eyes and, he is right, I am momentarily blinded by the sunlight in the room as it shines brightly through the windows. There is only forest out there though; again I can only wonder how that happened. I turn to ask, but the words die on my lips as I take in the scene before me. The walls are a light blue marble, the furniture rich and so comfortable looking. There are potted plants everywhere, looking like they were place indiscriminately around, yet they belonged where they sat. I look further and there is a man reclining on a couch in an alcove, as he watches me. Then he smiles widely as if inviting me closer.

Welcome Eniko, and Happy Birthday. We were told from a reliable source that this is a very special day for you,” the man on the couch addresses me. Something tells me he isn’t what he appears to be. He has done something to disguise his body, but not by much.

His hair is blond, his eyes a greyish blue, his chest… Oh yes, his chest… it is naked to the eyes, and I feast upon it. He is wearing trousers and a cape that is clamped at his throat with a jewelled catch. His arms are decorated with golden cuffs, decorated in Elven scroll. That is what I am sensing about him, he is an Elf, but his ears are missing their points. I wonder why.

Come sit with me, my name is Alexyndhe, and I will remove the glamour I placed on my ears, so you know what is real, and what is not.” He spoke.

Within moments the points appear on his ears, and I find myself drawn to him. I sit on the couch beside him and reach out to touch the edges of his ears. “They are real,” I breathe out in awe.

I look at Alexyndhe and his eyes are closed, even as his lips are parted as if in ecstasy. He sighs softly as I remove my hand and his voice rumbles with passion as he makes his objection known. “Don’t stop, your touch is like the softest of silk. It is sweet, and my soul yearns for more of the same.

The second Elf comes laden with glasses and a carafe filled with wine, and then places it all on a small table before us. His voice is smooth and warm , “My name is Cyran. Is there anything else we can do for you on this day?

Anything?” I can hear a slight squeak in my voice, and it has a wobble to it that doesn’t belong to me. Cyran is slightly darker than the first, his eyes are green, and his dark hair flows over his shoulders in silken sheaths. I feel a need to touch it, to feel the texture run over my fingers.

As my hand reaches for him, he steps closer, and my fingers come into contact with the skin on his chest. He feels like he is made of marble, just as I thought Alexyndhe’s chest was when I saw it. I look back at the light Elf and he takes my second hand into his, to place it upon his chest, as he smiles gently and speaks in a quiet manner. “On this day, anything you want can be yours.

Anything?” My voice quivers, and it sounds breathless even to me as I repeat the word in a questing manner.

Anything,” Cyran confirms. “We are at your command, and your wish is our desire.

Am I glad I went to work today!

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Don’t ask what happened next, because I don’t kiss and tell. Besides… I know you have good imaginations and you know me 😉

My many thanks to the reliable source, you know me too well XOXO

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My Chat with Michael

Hello and welcome!

Today my guest is somebody I met recently and oh boy did he leave an impression.

Please welcome Michael!

What is your full name?
Michael Zorn. Come to think of it, my parents never gave me a middle name. he chuckles I guess I was destined from the start to appreciate efficiency.

Do you have a nickname?
My younger brothers Eli and Nick have tried to give me certain nicknames over the years.  he clears his throat Most of them have started with the word, “ass.” You know, asshole, asswipe, that sort of thing.
What are brothers for, right? LOL

What is one word best describes you?
Focused. *grins* I like to give all my projects my, um, undivided attention.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Pretty much what I wear most days. Faded jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and my favorite Timberland work boots. Does my tool belt count? My girlfriend Emily says it’s the sexiest thing in my wardrobe but I’m still trying to figure that one out.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Michael frowns I think Ms. Leo spent too much time talking about my muscles. Emily told me that’s the best part of the book. Personally, I think the author should have spent more time talking about our tile installation in Emily’s kitchen. Did you see the placement of the grout? Those lines were pristine. I would have dedicated a whole chapter to that grout.
I can barely hold my grin back I think Ms. Leo did it right, muscles are yum, grout not so much I wink

What makes you laugh out loud?
Two words: Property Brothers. I hate that show.

What is your favourite dessert?
Oh, man. Emily is known for her soups but she’s got a talent with sweets as well. She makes these Nanaimo bars that are so delicious my eyes roll back in my head just thinking of them. he has this dreamy smile… sigh One of these days, I might just ask her to wear that chocolate for me.

What is your favourite drink?
I’m a man of simple tastes. Give me a cold beer on a hot day and I’m happy.

What is your greatest fear?
A shadow crosses Michael’s face Since you read A Good Man, you know about the incident I was involved in last year. It was a bad moment in my life and it’s taken me a long time to deal with my feelings. Luckily, because of Emily, I can now. What happened that day … well, let’s just say my greatest fear would be something like that happening to Em. I don’t think I’d ever recover from that.

What is your favourite colour?
Michael’s eyebrow arches Eniko, do I look like the sort of man who has a favorite color?
I arch my eyebrow at him I have to pick one? Okay, green. Em’s eyes are green.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
And again, I ask, Eniko, do I look like the sort of man who wears anything to bed? winks
I had to ask, readers want to know this kind of stuff 😀

What is the perfect romantic date?
I’m not much of a fine dining kind of guy. The best day I ever had with Emily was a day she planned at the Toronto Islands. We went on the ferry boat, toured the islands on a tandem bike and ate burgers. It was an awesome day and it ended in the best possible way, with her in my bed.
Oh I haven’t been there in more than 20 years, I should plan a visit with my son next summer.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I’m not telling. No, seriously, Eniko. Back up. Put that finger away! Do not tickle me under my arm! Do not. manly giggles as I tickle him Stop, woman. Please, you’re killing me. Oh, my God. Do you want to see a grown man cry?
OK OK I’ll stop, just don’t cry 😛

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Emily makes this one soup that is so delicious. It’s her Spicy Thai Soup. She served it to me when we were, um, just starting to flirt with each other. It smelled so good, full of lime and lemongrass. Every time I smell it now, I think of that night and how we almost kissed.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
I know it might sound dumb but I think I fell a little bit in love with Em even before I met her. We had been trading emails about her appearance on Handymen. Her enthusiasm and warmth just made me feel so good and so happy. Don’t get me wrong. I love a curvy figure as much as the next guy but if there’s no substance behind it, I lose interest.

I know what it is since I already read the book, but can you elaborate more on Handymen for our readers?
Well, that’s the DIY TV show that I host with my two brothers on the Inspiration Network. We help families realize their home renovation dreams. Emily was one of our guests, her and her douchebag fiancé. Sorry… did I say that out loud? What I meant to say was … never mind. I meant “douchebag.”
You can say it, and yes he was… what an ass…

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Bashful smile I guess I’ve mentioned Emily a lot, huh? She’s awesome. I love her. We’re getting married, you know? She said, “yes.” I’m the luckiest man in the world.
I heard and congrats to both of you!

What is one word that best describes her?
Persistent. I love that about her. She never gave up on me, even when I pushed her away. Oh, and she has the best smile. It lights up a room.  he laughs I guess that’s way more than one word, huh?

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
You bet! My book, A Good Man, is book 1 of the Handymen series. From what I understand, Ms. Rosanna Leo has been snooping around my brother Eli lately. I hear she has some adventures in store for him. Oh, and you know we can’t leave our youngest brother Nick out of the fun. I can’t wait to see him get what’s coming to him! And I hear there might even be a surprise hero in this series. I guess you’ll all just have to read and follow Ms. Leo for details! I won’t give her secrets away … not even if you tickle me.
No more tickling, crying men are just not something I can handle LOL I am looking forward to reading their stories too and I hope we get news on you two also.

Thank you Michael for taking the time to chat with me, sending hugs to Em!

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

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As Michael mentioned, he hails from A Good Man, book 1 of Handymen series by one of my fave authors, Rosanna Leo.

Today is release day! Congrats Ms. Leo!!!

Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others. All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on. Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged. While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option. Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.

Here is a taste… and you will see why it was so easy to fall in love with him 😉

“Come with me. I want to show you something.”
“Sounds mysterious.”
“I will admit I was keeping this a secret, but I’ve made an executive decision to break with Handymen tradition.”
“What will Lacey think?”
“Let’s not go there.” He brought her upstairs, to the room that used to be the master bedroom, the one where several crew members stowed their belongings most days. Michael opened the door. At the far end of the empty room sat a large object, covered in a long tarp. “I’ve been working on something for you.”
“You mean other than renovating my house?”
He grinned. “Remember those old family photos Lacey borrowed from you?”
“Yeah. She said they wanted to include a montage of old pictures in the show introduction.”
“That might have been a slight fabrication. I just needed a way to get some photos from you. Anyway, I was saving this for the big reveal, but I think I want to show you now.” He grabbed the edge of the tarp and pulled, revealing the object hidden beneath it.

It was an old wooden ladder, one he’d found months ago at a salvage yard. He’d decided to repurpose it, turning it into a set of frames for the old photos they’d borrowed. Faces now smiled out from the six gaps between the rungs. Nonna Olivia hugging two blond children, Emily and her brother. Nonna Olivia and her husband on their wedding day. Six photos in total, all part of the heritage Emily so treasured. He hoped she’d like the rustic look of the ladder. Rather than sanding and painting it, he’d left it rough and worn, so that it looked as if it might have been sitting in Nonna Olivia’s toolshed, just waiting to be used. All Michael had done was affix the appropriate hooks and backings and had blown all the photos up to sizes that would fit the spaces.
Emily gazed upon her grandmother’s face. Her chest heaved. She blinked once, then twice. All at once, big, fat tears began to roll down her cheeks. “Michael, it’s…”
“I hope you don’t mind I used the photos. I thought it might be nice for you to have mementos of your grandmother in the finished store.”
“Oh.” Her hand covered her mouth but it shook so much she was unsuccessful at covering her open mouth.
“I hope you like it. You’ve had a shitty week and I thought you could use a pick-me-up. I was supposed to keep quiet about it, so maybe you could keep it under your hat until—”
Emily threw herself at him and wrapped her arms around his torso, cutting off his words and his breath. Only when he hugged her back did he realize how hard she was quivering.
She wasn’t just crying about the old photos.
“It’s okay, Em. Let it out, sweetheart.”
The collar of his shirt grew wet but he didn’t care. Wardrobe had tons of shirts. Besides, she felt good in his arms, all soft and warm. He rubbed her shoulders and the back of her waist, exploring and familiarizing himself with her luscious body. He breathed, drinking in her scent. His nasal cavities had never known such bliss. It was like that first clear breath after a long period of congestion. His fingers were pretty happy too, enjoying the give of her womanly body. It was all he could do not to slide them down, cup her sweet ass, and pull her up against him.
Just not while she was crying over another man.
She lingered in his arms and he did nothing to push her away. In fact, it surprised him how badly he wanted to keep her there, so much so that when Emily finally extricated herself, he wanted to pull her back into his embrace. Instead, he wiped her cheeks of the remaining tears.
“The makeup ladies are going to kill me for making you cry.”
It might have been his imagination, but her tears made her eyes appear even greener. In fact, her entire face seemed a riot of tempting color. Each shade called to him. The crushed roses in her cheeks. Her strawberry lips, so plump and moist. Even the doeskin brown of her freckles fascinated him to no end. He wanted to count them, to kiss and mark them all.
Kissing her made a whole lot of sense right now. Kissing her senseless seemed even better.

Emily’s eyes widened. Her lips parted in invitation. Michael paused, knowing it was wrong, even though every raised hair on his arms told him it was right.
As he debated with himself for a split second, she brushed her lips against his. It was quick and soft, hunger masquerading as something platonic. Even though a spectator might have called it a friendly kiss, he knew the truth. As brief as it may have been, he felt her yield to him, even if just a little.
From the startled look in her eye, Emily knew it too.
She took a step back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”
“You’re right. I should have been the one to do it.” Michael licked his lips. “Your lips really do taste like strawberries.”
“Michael, I can’t.”
“I think you just did.”
“You know what I mean.” She waved her hand between their two torsos. “This. I can’t do this.”
“What? Point at my chest?”
“You’re teasing me.”
“Maybe a little. Listen, Em, I understand. As unexpected as that kiss was, as much as I want to taste your lips again, I know it’s too soon.”
“It’s too much, too soon.”
He reached for her hand. “I get it. It’s okay.”
“Thank you.”
“But that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending all my waking hours waiting for the moment I can make it happen again.”
“Michael.”
“Don’t worry. I’d never force the matter. Besides, I enjoyed having you thrust yourself at me.”
“Are you ever going to let me live it down?”
“Not in this century, sweetheart.”

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My review:
5-stars
Heartfelt and realistic, this story is compelling in many ways. It deals with heartbreak, loss, consequences to actions in life, but most of all… HOPE… that it will be ok and also LOVE… a powerful force that can conquer and heal.
It is hard not to fall in love with Michael, strong yet vulnerable, humble and loyal, protective to the core. No wonder Emily falls for him, and she is a strong woman, loyal, warm. Ms. Leo made a perfect match, he helps heal her broken heart, she helps heal his spirit.
I am looking forward to the next stories, especially Eli’s, who caught my attention in this book.

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I hope you give this book a chance, I promise, you will enjoy it. I can’t wait to add the paperback to my treasure shelf, check out that cover 😉

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My Chat with Charlie!

Hello and welcome!

OOOOH you are going to looove my guest today!

I met him recently and oh boy he took me on some really naughty adventures.

Please welcome Charlie!

Charlie

What is your full name?
Charles Edward Handcock

Do you have a nickname?
Charlie

What is one word that best describes you?
Awesome? But that can come across as a little cocky… So how about tenacious?

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
My airline uniform. I know… Boring, but it’s true. Gotta make a living. I’m just about to board a flight to L.A.
A pilot uniform? Boring? I think not YUM

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
For the most part, yes. At times, she may have gone overboard with feelings, especially in the most recent book, which she plans to publish at the end of October or early November. Sure, shit really hit the fan for me, and I reached a new low, but… Whatever. I was a bit out of it. Maybe she wasn’t too far off, but I’m not too pleased with the way she described it all.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Bloopers. I always watch movies all the way to the end of the credits, just in case directors decided to include bloopers. There’s something about top-notch actors messing up, then laughing at themselves.

What is your favourite dessert?
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Whiskey or great sex would be my answer.

What is your favourite drink?
I’m not a picky drinker. I’ll drink what people give me, but if I’m celebrating something important, I’ll have Irish Whiskey, Knappogue Castle if I can find it.

What is your greatest fear?
I can’t say that I have one that rules my life. Like most people, I’m not a big fan of public speaking, and dying isn’t something I’m looking forward to, but I’m not “afraid” of those things. I’ll go with animals that could kill me, like bears or poisonous snakes.

What is your favourite colour?
I’ve never really settled on one. When I was a kid, I loved red. Then I went through a blue phase. Now, I’d have to say the variety of colors in my mysterious stewardess’s eyes. I can’t give it a name, unfortunately, but the color of her irises is my answer.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing. I like to sleep naked.

What is the perfect romantic date?
I’m not picky. There’s nothing wrong with dinner and a movie, as long as it’s followed by a long love-making session.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Can’t say that I am.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
I can think of several smells I really like. One particular woman’s arousal scent comes to mind (the one I met in Spain), but you’re probably asking for something else. Let me think… Apple pie? My late mother used to bake it. Freshly baked apple pie reminds me of her.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Depends on which way she’s facing. I’m an ass guy mostly, but her face is important. Her eyes need to tell a story. I need to see there’s life and something worth discovering behind her expression.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Yes. I’ve met not one but two incredible women, but we’re still getting to know one another. I want them to become a much more significant part of my life. So much so in fact that I’ve started taking French lessons, and I’ve significantly altered my lifestyle so I can make more time for both of them. The recent self-discoveries I made while in Spain affected me more than I thought possible.

What is one word that best describes her?
As I said, I’ve got two women, and I don’t want to ruin my story if you share this interview with people who haven’t read it yet, so I’ll be a little vague here.

The one I’ve been obsessed with the longest: mesmerizing.

The new one? I can’t just use one word. I have to go with these words: gorgeous and incredibly talented.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes, The Stewardess’s Diary is an episodic novel, which contains ten parts, but the story doesn’t end there. At least I hope not! The author is giving me carte blanche, but I recently came across not one but two new diaries. The stuff my special ladies wrote in there… you wouldn’t believe it! Let’s just say that I’m ready to move heaven and earth to create the happy ending my ladies and I deserve.

Thank you so much Charlie for joining me today and looking forward to new adventures. Safe flight and blue skies!

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Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoyed the chat.

As Charlie mentioned he hails from The Stewardess’s Diary by S. M. Pratt. This is a serial, which usually I avoid getting into, but the story intrigued me when I discovered the second instalment in an Freeboksy email. This are not your usual serial, each story can stand on its own and can be read out of order. Since I like things in order I had to go back and get the 1st one too…

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He never expected a lost diary to unlock a world of adventure, mystery… and lust.

Charlie wasn’t prepared for a journey like this. The airline pilot opens his briefcase to find a beautiful leather-bound notebook: a diary. Inside its intricate pages, he discovers a captivating series of erotic encounters that progress from naive to reckless to ravenously sexy.

Charlie reads the diary from cover to cover much more than a few times. His obsession leads to a question: How can he possibly find this incredible stewardess? As Charlie crisscrosses the globe in his search, he finds his own opportunities to expand his sexual experiences. But can he ever find the one woman who sets his appetite on fire?

The Stewardess’s Diary is a steamy novel written in episodes.

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… then I found the box set for the first 5 books and the box set for the next 5 books.

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

Website • Facebook • GoodReads • TwitterAmazoniBooks

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If you like smoking-hot voyeurism, innovative storytelling, and sensual scenes, you can claim the first three books by clicking on this link which is also a sign up to Ms. Pratt’s Reader Group newsletter. She writes very entertaining newsletters 😀

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

Midnight of the Fae, book 2 in Tangere Tales

Hello and welcome!

Today I would like to give you my impressions of the book I just finished today, an adult twist on my fave fairy tale from one of my fave authors, Heather Rainier.

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After discovering an odd little canine while exploring a cave, Caresse stumbles into a world where fae magic and shape shifters are commonplace. She even has her very own distractingly handsome faery bodyguard.

On notice that the queen will pick a bride for him if he won’t cooperate with her plans to become a grandmother, Prince Sebastien wants nothing to do with any of the debutantes his mother keeps pushing at him.

Sebastien’s fae cousin Leandre has a bombshell of a secret. Her name is Caresse, he’s her faery bodyguard, and he loves her even though she’s meant for Sebastien.

Caresse is unaware that she hasn’t just stumbled into the mystical Southern Kingdom of Tangere, she’s actually returned home.

A powerful bond develops between the three of them as she comes into her own unique powers, jeopardizing the plans of an old, malevolent enemy.

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5 stars

Cinderella is my fave fairy tale I grew up with and this version is my fave so far.
Yes, it is an adult version, even better. I devoured it in one morning and it left me with a feel-good satisfied mood. Ms. Rainier sure knows how to twist a tale and make it fun AND sexy.
Had quite a few giggles at the acronyms both Caresse and Leandre came up for him and her nickname for one of his Tangere forms, Doop-Doop, cracked me up.
Happy that Caresse returned home and found her HEA she deserved and not with one, but two princes. Loved Leandre’s playful manner which complemented Sebastian’s more reserved intense nature.
I liked that the step sisters in this versions were not as bad as in the original fairytale, but the step mother sure was evil. Again Selena makes quite an appearance and she is mischievous in a good way, but dangerous when crossed.
Now I can’t wait for the next story.

Available now at Bookstrand.

And if you missed My Chat with Bestiale and Charmeur check it out. They are the princes in book 1 of the Tangere Tales, Beasts in Winter. Read my 5-star review here.

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Looking forward to the next story, Dance of the Dragon Sorceress, coming December 1, 2017.

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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