My Chat with Gertrude

Hello and welcome!

Guess who I have here chatting with me?  A lady I met a few times in her adventures with the pocket watch.

Please welcome Gertrude!

What is your full name?
Gertrude. That’s it. One name, like Cher or Beyonce. But I’ve been around since the dawn of time, so I’m the original.
You sure are LOL

Do you have a nickname?
No. I’m simply Gertrude.

What is the one word that best describes you?
There isn’t one word. People often like the word “angel” but human languages are limited at best. I’m an immortal spirit with a job to do, choose the word that works best for ye.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Well, I’ve just told ye human languages are limited, but as far as is possible, Ceci has managed quite nicely.

You have the ability to go back and forth in time. Do you have a favourite era?
I exist outside of the boundaries of time and space so I can be where and when I need to be at any moment. And as to a favorite era, oh, my precious lass, that would be like asking a mother to choose her favorite child.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Now that’s an interesting question. What I’m wearing depends more on ye then me. If ye’re reading this on a beach, I’m probably wearing a broad brimmed hat and a bathing suit under a beautiful batik cover-up. If ye’re curled up next to a fire on a cold night, I’m probably wearing a pair of comfortable trousers, a cozy sweater and fuzzy slippers. If ye meet me in a medieval market, I’m likely to be wearing a dark cloak with lots of pockets. So, ye tell me, what am I wearing?
This is what I see.

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You are shrouded in mystery and I think that is your allure. Why do you choose to appear as an older woman?
To accomplish the work I need to do, I must assume a form that can communicate with humans and appear nonthreatening. I must also be perceived as wise and believable. This form suits my sensibilities. However the variety and form ancient spirits choose to take is unlimited.

What makes you laugh out loud?
The responses I sometimes get when I offer the pocket watch to someone who doesn’t quite believe. Some of ye may remember the sweet lass who wanted me to seek the help of a mental health care professional.
I guess you can’t blame her, in today’s society we are conditioned not to believe what we cannot touch or understand.

What is your favourite dessert?
Rhubarb crumble.

What is your favourite drink?
That depends on where I find myself. I do love an exquisite cup of Chinese tea, but if it’s a warm day, I prefer it iced. Sometimes a cup of hot chocolate is just the ticket and other times an iced mocha is perfect. Of course if I am chatting with Ceci about my adventures lemon drop martinis are in order.

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Oh I heard about Ceci’s Lemon Drop Martinis and I wouldn’t mind trying it one day. I’ll have to ask her for the recipe.

What is your favourite colour?
Green. The color of trees and grass…it’s the color I associate with life.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
My favorite smell is a baby’s head. It’s the aroma of new life and unlimited possibilities.
Oh I love that smell too, innocence and sunshine.

For the readers who have not met you, what is the one advice you would give them?
Keep an open mind. Be willing to listen. Don’t judge. These three simple things may open new worlds for ye.
Very wise advice!

What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
I have never been in the business of predicting the future. I will continue doing the work I was created to do and I suspect Ceci will continue to tell ye about it. I do know Ceci is revisiting Duncurra, the place where she started. Her next book will be about that young Tomas who ye met first in Highland Solution. After that I expect she’ll tell ye another of my stories.

Thank you so much for chatting with me. I am looking forward to read more of your adventures.

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Hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

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Gertrude is hailing from one of my fave series, “The Pocket Watch Chronicles” by Ceci Giltenan.

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The newest installment, “The Choice” released today. I can’t wait to get lost in the story!

CONGRATS CECI !

It includes two complete, full-length novels.

Sixty days in another life, another time…it’s tempting. Now the decision to accept the pocket watch is yours. What choice will you make?

Sara Wells is in Venice, preparing to leave on a fourteen day cruise to Greece, when Gertrude offers her the pocket watch.
Will she take it? You choose.

If you accept the watch, Sara will travel to eighteenth century Venice where she meets a young Scottish expatriate who owns a small ship building company. Will their love for each other be enough to overcome all obstacles?

If you refuse the watch, Sara will remain in the twenty-first century, where she will encounter a traveler from the past and more intrigue than she can pack into the books she writes.

One choice, two souls, two different happy endings.

Read Chapter 1 here.

Books 1 and 2 of the series available in audiobook format too, narrated by one of my fave voices, Paul Woodson. You can listen to book 3, “Once Found”, on youtube on the Duncurra Channel! How cool is that? Check it out!

Would you accept the pocket watch from Gertrude? I so would.

Follow Ceci Giltenan on Facebook ~ Twitter , also on her website to keep up to date on her amazing books.

Books are listed on Goodreads, and go check out the author page on Amazon and give it a like.

One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of any of The Pocket Watch Chronicles (winner’s choice), courtesy of  Ceci Giltenan. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm EST on Monday, May 1, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

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My Chat with Alec and Leona!

Hello and welcome!

To change things up I invited a couple for a chat, grab your coffee, tea or a glass of wine and join us 😉

Welcome! Welcome!

As they sit across from me, I look at them and think they are such a beautiful couple. I can’t wait to know their story.

What is your full name?
I be Alec Bowie, Chief of Clan Bowie. My wife be Leona MacDowall-Bowie.

Do you have a nickname?
I’m a Highlander. We do no’ do nicknames.
He calls me sweetin’, or his love. Depending on what he’s done lately to annoy me, I call him Alec. Unless he’s in trouble then I can no’ repeat in front of polite company all that I might call him.

What is one word best describes you?
Strong.
Stronger. I have to be in order to keep from stranglin’ him.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I really do no’ see why that be important.
Be nice, Alec and play along. She sighs He be wearing a dark blue tunic and black leather trews. I be wearing a green gown with pretty blue stitching on the sleeves and bodice.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
No. She made me look like a stubborn fool.
But ye were a stubborn fool, Alec. But ye have much improved since then. Leona smiles fondly at him. Alec returns her smile with one of his own. Then turning to me, she says softly It oft makes me weak in the knees, that dazzling, mischievous smile of his. 

What makes you laugh out loud?
When Derrick broke young Waldon’s arm, that was hilarious.
No, Alec, ‘twas no’ hilarious. ‘Twas necessary, but no’ hilarious. 
Alec starts to reply, but one look into Leona’s eyes is all it takes to soften his gaze.

What is your favourite dessert?
Alec looks at his wife with a devious smile.
Leona burns red to the roots of her hair giving me an inkling of what he is thinking.
Me wife’s sweet cakes.

What is your favourite drink?
Whisky.
Cider.

What is your greatest fear?
I’ve already faced it. The thought of losing me wife.
You will never lose me again.
Aye, I will no’ because I command ye never to die.
Leona rolls her eyes at him, but says nothing else.

What is your favourite colour?
I’m fond of olive green and pale blue.
Leona blushes I’m rather fond of dark brown.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Alec clears his throat before answering. My fur.

What is the perfect romantic outing?
Alec stars blankly at me
We be workin’ on that.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I am a Highlander. We are no’ ticklish.
His feet.

What’s your favourite smell?
Anythin’ me wife cooks.
Alec’s soap.

When you look at a woman / man, what catches your interest?
I have no’ looked at another woman since I married Leona. And if she were to look at another man, I’d slice his throat, disembowel him, and leave his innards for the scavengers to feast upon.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Leona, and only Leona.

What is one word best describes her/him?
She be a verra givin’ person. And quite bonny. I can no’ describe her in only one word.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Suzan says there might be an entire new series spinning off from The Bowie Bride. She’ll know more in 2018.

Thank you Leona and Alec for spending time with me.

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Thank you for joining me, hope you enjoyed the chat.

Leona and Alec hail from The Bowie Bride, book 2 of The Mackintoshes and McLarens series by Suzan Tisdale, to be released April 18, 2017.

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Alec Bowie never wanted a wife. He never wanted a hearth and home. And he most assuredly never wanted to be chief of his clan. But much to his vexation, he finds himself in possession of all three.

His desire for peace and to protect his clan are stronger than his desire to remain free and untethered. He agrees to the marriage in the hopes his wife will bed him only long enough get with child then leave him the bloody hell alone.

Leona MacDowall — or Leona ‘Odd Eyes’, Leona the Witch, or Leona ‘The Devil’s Spawn’ depending on to whom you speak — is all too happy to volunteer to marry the Bowie Chief. Though the clan Bowie’s reputation as murderers and thieves precedes them, she believes life with Alec more palatable than living the rest of her life untouched, unmarried, and under the hateful rule of her spiteful father.

But nothing turns out the way they expect. Alec doesn’t know if he can keep to his original plan of leaving his wife alone after he gets her with child. Leona is beginning to suspect she might not get the happy home she’s always wanted. And worst of all, someone’s set on murdering Leona — and might just succeed before anyone’s dreams can come true.

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Ian’s Rose is available to purchase and Brogan’s Promise releases on June 27, 2017.

If you missed my chat with Ms. Tisdale you can read it here.

To read more about all her books and keep up to date with Suzan Tisdale’s news, see links below.

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Find her books at all major portals Amazon, iBooksB&N, Kobo, and Audible

Two lucky readers, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random, will be announced after 3pm, EST, Monday, April 17, 2017. GOOD LUCK!
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Unexpected Tantalarian visitors

Hello and welcome!

You will not believe who just stopped by! It was a surprise.. an awesome one. Read further and I’ll tell you what happened a few hours ago. Go on, you’ll love it.

What is that noise? I can’t help but wonder if I am hearing things, or dreaming, as the sound of giggling comes from the other room. It is the middle of the night, and I am reluctant to admit I am uneasy about going to check on things. I quickly push that feeling aside, as I attribute it to a bout of rampant imagination.

Setting the nagging suspicion that I am not alone aside, I enter the chat room, where I entertain my guests. I can hardly believe what I am seeing. There are two winged people in the room, and no, they are not paying attention to me, as one tickles the other. I can’t help but laugh, for their horseplay and the sound of their laughter is contagious. They are immediately alerted to my presence and they become more guarded, although the smiles they were wearing earlier remain in place.

Eniko? The dark haired male asks, as he bows deeply in greeting.

The sound of that rich baritone in my mind sends goose bumps all over me.

I have a feeling I know who this is, especially as there is a red haired winged female by his side. Together this couple makes quite a contrast to each other. His wings are very black, so much so that they seem to have a blue sheen to them. Her wings are so white, they gleam.

I have to work at taking my eyes off their wings, and I get the feeling they realize this, as they tuck them away behind them, to help out. That was when I saw his very naked and well-defined chest. Oh yes, a woman could die happy pressed against that. I nearly blurt out the first thought that crashes through my mind, and only stop in time to prevent verbalizing them. It isn’t quick enough to prevent these two from reading them though. The female is the first to begin teasing, and she is outrageous.

Really Eniko? That is all you can think to say? Hallelujah? I am Adele, and this is my mate, husband, Terec. We bring you greetings from Tantalus.

There is no sense trying to hide my thoughts from them, and their names tell me exactly who they are, as well as where they came from. I respond as well as my shock will allow me to, as I return their bows, while my eyes continue to stray he, I mean, they, present such a splendid sight as a couple… I am in such trouble. Both are wearing their ceremonial garb and, while Adele looks fabulous in hers, Terec makes me want to race for my drooling towel. That chest should be outlawed, and probably would be in he lived on Earth. So unfair, I want to go to Tantalus, even for a little while. I can barely stop myself from teasing him. You know the saying, never trust a redhead, they have wicked tempers.

I don’t mind if you tease and, it is alright if you look, after all, we have eyes for a reason. Right? Adele gets the ball rolling.

I like her.

Be good Adele, poor Eniko is having a difficult enough time controlling her thoughts without your help, Terec warns his mate.

You are such a spoil sport, Terec. Perhaps I should allow her to do some of what is going through her mind. Eniko, you would find his wings are definitely as soft as you suspect. Especially on the underside, and he is very ticklish, as you get closer to the inside ridges. He likes it when you… Adele got no further, as he interrupts.

I am sure Eniko isn’t interested in the details.

But I am, is my thought, even as Terec clears his throat. I would like to know as much as possible, and more, if I could get away with it.

Terec, behave, Adele admonished him, before adding. We are here for a reason, not to embarrass our hostess. If you can’t keep your thoughts to yourself, I will definitely allow her to fondle your pearls. You know how Eniko loves black pearls.

Terec’s eyes bulge, as my face burns, and I am sure it looks as hot as it feels. Red generally suits me, and yes, it is my favorite color, but not when it covers my face. Right about now, I would rather just find a hole to hide in.

Adele realizes she has taken her joke a touch too far, and moves to my side, to wrap a wing around my shoulders. She is immediately contrite for the blunt teasing remarks, and lets me know.

You must forgive my crude form of teasing. I love to get reactions from people, and tend to get carried away.

I am surrounded by the downy softness of the interior of her wings, and can only wonder if Terec’s are the same. The thought barely crosses my mind when his wings surround the both of us and, while they are not as comfortable as Adele’s, they are definitely worth dying for. Then again, so is the body that is pressed up against mine. That man is so hot.

Be good, Adele warns me. There is only so much of my man I am willing to share.

Quite understandable, I agree, as I put a little distance between Terec and I. Sigh, such a shame.

We come bearing an invitation from Kyllan. He requests the honour of your attendance at an evening get-together in approximately three months from now, in your time. If you are interested, he will provide transportation, Terec passed on the message they had been sent to deliver.

AM I INTERESTED? Three months from now? Do I have to thing about that? Snort.

Mentally listing the pros… Kyllan, maybe with a red bow wrapped around his hips? Something to consider, no matter how unlikely…. cons – hmmm, cons?

Adele laughs out loud, as she responds to the pictures that cross my mind.

We will pass your messages on to Kyllan that you are considering the matter, and how.

Terec and Adele don’t stick around to chitchat further. They leave.

I follow them outside, into the darkness, and watch as they fly off together. A few moments later, I hear the sound of deep laughter, and know Kyllan has received my thoughts. It is definitely time to go back into my rooms.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about my little adventure and you have to agree, it is never dull around me LOL if the Elves don’t highjack my chats, now I have Tantalarians popping in at all hours, but… I AM NOT COMPLAINING … nope, no way! I am having too much fun 😉

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Adele and Terec hail from “Hunter’s Challenge”, book 3 in the Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham. If you have not read them, I urge you to do so, they are very entertaining. “Hunter’s Challenge” is releasing tomorrow, October 1, 2016! YAY

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The entity who has been called the ‘Witch Hunter’ is focusing on those who have psychic powers. He has issued an edict to the Tantalarians, demanding that they bow to his will. He has challenged the wrong people, though he doesn’t seem to realize it.

One Tantalarian, in particular, feels he has an axe to grind with this ‘Witch Hunter’. This entity has mentally attacked Terec, and singled out the woman he loves to use for his own nefarious purpose. He will not rest until his foe is dead, the game lines have been drawn, the war is on. He might be a young warrior, but he will protect his own. He has nothing to lose but his life, for until the one he loves is safe from the madman, he will stop at nothing.

Adele, a young Earthling, falls in love with the young Tantalarian Hunter, Terec, at first sight and is determined she will have no one else. One of the Phoenixes connects with Adele, creating changes in her, both mentally and physically, that no one expected.

Adele, agrees with Terec’s decision to go after the ‘Witch Hunter’, although she knows how dangerous his plans are and she is prepared to fight at the side of the man she loves.

You can read Chapter 1 here. And the buy links are here.

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There is a 2-day party on Facebook starting at 10am EST, hope you will join us and celebrate the release of the book. Many awesome guest spotlights, giveaways and fun.

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Rafflecopter giveaway is set up with awesome prizes for 2 lucky readers, a Kindle Fire with the 3 Tantalus ebooks and a signed “Hunter’s Challenge” paperback. It ends in less than 24 hours.

To celebrate her new release, Ms. Abraham is gifting an ebook copy of “Hunter’s Challenge” to a lucky reader. Comment on this post and tell me if you think there is other intelligent life outside our universe. Sexy Mr. Random will pick the winner’s name at 10 am on Sunday, October 2, 2016. GOOD LUCK!

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My Chat with Trinity, Arawn and Kane

Hello and welcome!

The guests I have today are out of this world. Read on!

 

Welcome! Welcome! Thank you for coming to chat with us today.

Tell us, how did you three meet?

ARAWN: Well, that’s an interesting story. he snickers The big guy and I, motions to Kane were signed up for more training on the island with Rekkus. We had just arrived and were getting debriefed about our schedule and accommodations, and BAM, this incredible lady came crashing into our lives.

Crashing? I ask with curiosity

TRINITY giggles Yeah, you had to be there, but it was definitely not one of my most graceful moments. But it was-uh… her cheeks flush bright red … memorable!

KANE: Sadly, I wasn’t in the line of fire, this big lug got all the excitement! grumbles as he flashes a slighted grin

TRINITY: Hey! slaps Kane’s thigh don’t forget the Elysian Fields, you had your own crash landing there, twice! Not to mention, our little game on the floor that one night with the three of us…

KANE clears his throat and nods. Kane untucks his t-shirt and pulls it over his zipper as he shifts in his seat. Good times, beautiful… grins, then shakes his head Uh, what were we talking about? stares wide-eyed at me

I chuckle You three seem pretty close. Tell us a little about yourselves?

TRINITY: Well, I was having a tough time, and the Rowan siblings made a generous offer to host me for a week on the island. You see, I’m grief therapist, and a Banshee, with a twist. I had recently suffered a loss of family, and my heritage turned out to be a bit of a surprise for me. I was going through a rough time and they offered to help me through it.

How?

TRINITY: Well, for starters, they gave me a pair of enchanted glasses.

What for?

TRINITY: I see auras, and I was getting a little overwhelmed, the glasses were able to mute some of the stimuli to give me a break.

Did they work?

TRINITY: For a short time, but other issues arose quickly.

What else did the Rowans’ do to help you?

Trinity holds both Kane and Arawn’s hands. More than I can put into words at the moment.

ARAWN: Trinity was being targeted, the Rowan’s assigned us to keep her safe, and offered some different therapies on the island to help her out.

That sounds terrifying, why was she being targeted?

TRINITY: It’s really a great deal to get into in such a short interview. Let’s just say, I learned a lot about myself that week.

Interesting. How about you, Arawn?

ARAWN: Me? he scraped his chin with his fingertips and deliberates I’m on the Para Elite Forces with Kane here. We’ve been best friends for as long as I can remember.

KANE: I owe Arawn my life, instead, he settled for the brother he never had. Kane winks at Arawn. We joined the Para Elite Forces together, because protecting the innocent is the most important thing in the world to us.

ARAWN: And in the Underworld. he grimaces and rubs his chest

Underworld? Are you Arawn of Annwn, the Immortal?

ARAWN: Yeah, that’s me. I abdicated my claim to the throne, and since then, we’ve been fighting the good fight. Turned out to be the best decision of our lives, because it brought us face to face with this incredible woman. he lifts Trinity’s hand to his lips and kisses the inside of her wrist with affection

KANE: You make an excellent point, old friend. Kane does the same with her other hand

And, Kane, are you Immortal, as well?

KANE: I’m uh…a shifter. Can we skip this question please? presses his lips tight and flexes his jaw muscles

Of course, moving on. I smile I see hints of some impressive ink hiding behind that collar, Arawn. Care to give us a peek at your tattoos?

ARWAN:  I—uh… he tucks his chin down and shakes his head

KANE utters a soft growl

Two for two, I appear to be making you both uncomfortable with some of my questions. Apologies, gentlemen.

TRINITY: Don’t stress about it hunny. Arawn doesn’t like to take his shirt off. pats his knee and flashes a tender smile And Kane is a little shy. He’s still cautious about people seeing both sides of who he is. So selective reveals are few and far between.

I understand. Does that mean you have you seen their tattoos?

TRINITY: Oh, yes, up close and personal. I will tell you, both of them have exquisite canvasses of inked eye candy, and it’s more than just show, it’s meaningful.

Lucky girl. I pout

TRINITY: I most certainly am.

What really pushes your buttons?

KANE: Now that’s a loaded question! he steels his back and lets out a low grown For me, I’d have to say, evil actions against innocents. I can’t stand the smell of evil. The sight of malicious beings enrages me, it makes me lose control—I don’t want to get into it. he folds his arms across his chest

TRINITY: It’s okay, everything is fine now. gently caresses his shoulder

ARAWN: I second that. Malevolent beings with a sense of entitlement to harm anyone they wish in order to achieve their own goals of power and acquisition. Those who prey on what they perceive to be weakness, when in fact, they work so hard to cover up their own inferiority.

TRINITY pauses as she ponders the question Pretty thought-provoking question. I’d have to say, those who torture innocent children that have nothing to do with the problem at hand. And family secrets that haunt generations to come.

Sounds like you all need to relax a bit. Any ideas on how to go about that?

ALL THREE RESPOND SIMULTANEOUSLY: The Hot Springs!

TRINITY cups her hand over her mouth to stifle a giggle A nice warm dip, for sure.

ARAWN: Don’t you mean skinny—

TRINITY: Be quiet! she slaps his arm in protest

KANE squirms in his seat Are we finished yet? I feel the need for a swim now, thanks a lot!

What is your biggest fear?

TRINITY: My biggest fear is the uprising against the Syndicate. There are a great many paras on their radar, and after what I’ve seen and experienced…

ARAWN: Never again, Princess, you have our word.

KANE: Agreed, with every last drop of blood that courses through our veins, you will be kept safe from harm.

TRINITY: That’s one thing, I’m absolutely sure of. she says as she leans over to her right side and kisses Kane on the cheek, then to the left and does the same to Arawn.

Thank you all, for dropping by to talk with us today. Sounds like the Wiccan Haus has even more successful healing to be credited for.

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Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

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Today’s guests hail from “Claiming Trinity”, by Kali Willows, book 14 in the Wiccan Haus series:

Tears of blood…

Trinity is the last of her bloodline and cursed with a bizarre ability for a Banshee. Living a mundane façade, she became a psychologist who helps her clients work through their own grief—or at least she did until her life took a sinister twist. Soon after the murder of her uncle, her traumatic past comes back to haunt her. She’s faced with a few other challenges she can’t control, along with her empathic talents. An unexpected offer of help comes from the Rowan siblings when she receives a ticket to the Wiccan Haus for a much needed retreat, along with some sizzling adventure she doesn’t bank on. The evil that stalks her has bigger plans than anyone on the island realizes.


Two heroes with a dark past…

Arawn, an Immortal, rose up against his namesake and abdicated his throne to the Underworld. Conflicted between his lineage of war and vengeance and his desire to protect those in need, he serves on the Para Elite Forces. Kane, a tortured soul with a profound fear of showing anyone his Gargoyle form, is forever indebted to his best friend. They attend the Wiccan Haus for additional security training, but an unexpected run in with a voluptuous white-haired beauty brings about a change of assignment—and sleeping quarters. How will they maintain the safety and well-being of this mystifying woman from looming threats, while battling their deep-seated desire for her?

Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus. Where the staff have some unusual quirks and the herbal tea is sometimes more than you bargain for. The proprietors always do their best to make the resort a place of healing and peace. It’s also a place some never want to leave!

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With a deep breath and her Wiccan Haus charm in hand, Trinity folded her completed checklist for items to pack and shoved it into her pocket. She clutched the handle of her suitcase and mustered the courage to step into the portal.
In a flash, lights swirled around her, the sensation of gravity dissipated, her body lightened, and her limbs lingered in the air. She floated up, twisted, and spun on the spot. A faint, but deep voice echoed in the distance, “Incoming.”
In the blink of an eye, she bounced through the end of the portal, crashing into three large, burly men and toppling over a dark-haired stranger.
“Whoa!” He stopped their rolling together and landed on his back. Heated hands gripped her sides as she came to rest on top of his rock solid-chest, face to face. He chuckled. “You okay, princess?”
The sweetness of his warm breath brushed her lips and tingles of electricity ran over her sides where his hands held her steady. A delectable aroma of amber and patchouli wafted past her nose. Trinity leaned closer to his neck and inhaled then jerked. Lost in the depths of his dark eyes and chiseled features. His stare penetrated her and his touch stirred something deep inside. “I’m…oh, my….” She bit her lip.
“Are you hurt?” He frowned.
“No.” She rested her palms on his hard chest. But I don’t think I would notice if I was. My word, you’re handsome. A warmth curled around her spine, followed by giddy tickles in her tummy. Her body responded to the contact and lulled her other senses. In the next instant, she snapped out of her lustful daze with dread. “I’m so sorry,” she sucked in a sharp inhale and eased herself to sit up.
His hands settled on her hips. “I’m not.”
Trinity slammed her eyes shut, her cheeks burned with embarrassment at the sudden realization she now straddled the stranger she had just tackled to the ground. “By the gods, please tell me this did not just happen.” She slung her leg over to kneel on the floor and scrambled to get up. Another set of heated hands gripped her under the arms and lifted her to her feet.
“You landed pretty hard, are you sure you didn’t get hurt?” A second hunk straightened her glasses and brushed her shoulder off.
“I had a cushion to break my fall,” she simpered. Trinity smoothed back her hair to find the tight bun she had slicked her mane into had loosened and stray strands of hair littered her vision. She brushed away the rogue locks, and her breath hitched as her focus landed on another delectable vision.

I had a chance to read the ARC and they are oh so yummy. Their story starts with a crash, as Arawn mentioned, and it speeds up from there with suspense, humour, a few ‘oh my’ moments and some ‘oh yum! I want to be her’ moments too. LOVED IT! I loved them both, but I think Kane is my fave of the two hunks, but I wouldn’t mind switching places with Trinity… at all 😉

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My Chat with Hell :D

Hello and welcome!

One day late, but I am happy to share this chat with one of the most interesting female characters to date.

You heard of her on my blog as part of a Release Day Blitz back in January. I was really impressed with her after reading part 1.

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Please welcome Hell!

What is your full name?
Helen, after Helen of Troy

Do you have a nickname?
Yes. Peyton calls me Hell. It’s supposed to be a joke. I think.

What one word best describes you?
One word? Adaptive. I was designed to adapt to whatever conditions surround me. I’m not sure that my creators thought that through fully, but it has it pros and cons, like anyone else’s skills do.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Well, I’m wearing a shirt. My favourite shirt. It’s the first thing Peyton ever gave me when he woke me from stasis. It’s too big and maybe not the sort of thing girls wear around the Dome where I live, but I love it. It always reminds me of him.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
That’s hard to say. There hasn’t ever been an android like me before. Part machine, part living being. At least, I don’t think there has. So I don’t know how accurate she could be. But I do know that I’m very happy she gave me a hero like Peyton Chase to tell my story with. He’s grumpy and swears too much and drinks whisky. But all of that is because he cares so deeply for the people around him, it hurts him that he can’t always protect the ones he loves. And he’s lost so much, so many friends and family. But he treats me with so much kindness. He doesn’t let his pain stop him from doing what is right. He’s given me shelter when I had nowhere else to go, even though I’m the last thing he ever wanted complicating his life. Even if I wasn’t chemically bonded with him, I know I would love him. Who wouldn’t want to be in a book with a man like that as their lover and friend?

What makes you laugh out loud?
Henry. He used to be just a regular service robot that would help with maintenance around the Dome. But now I’ve reprogrammed him to observe and react to the world around him too. And the joy he has over having joints that move without squeaking… it makes me giggle whenever he twirls his arms around saying, “No squeaks!”
I just wish Peyton was happier with the change too, though. I know I didn’t ask his permission to fix the robot and give him upgrades, but really…I was doing everyone a favour.

What is your favourite dessert?
Anything I don’t have to try to make. You know…food isn’t really my thing. Can we talk about something else?

What is your favourite drink?
I don’t really have a preference.

What is your greatest fear?
After everything I’ve been through in my short life, you’d think it would be pain. But it’s not. Pain I can handle. I can adapt to it if I need to. But being restrained. Trapped, with no escape. That is my greatest fear. And I’m not too excited about complete darkness either.

What is your favourite colour?
Peyton’s warm brown eyes.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing. Though I do prefer Peyton.

What is the perfect romantic date?
A date? I don’t know. I’ve never been on a date. I tried to make a romantic breakfast once… but you don’t want to hear about that. Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter what we do as long as I’m with Peyton and that tension he always carries around gets lost in pleasure instead. That is what makes me happy. Being with him and knowing I’ve made a difference in his life.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I’m not ticklish. Unless Peyton wanted me to be. Then I would become ticklish. I can turn things like that on and off to best please my master. My programming matrix was based on that of a, um, pleasure robot, you see. And it’s served me well as a base for my main function of being highly adaptive.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Peyton. His spicy-scented cleansers and male pheromones were the first things I smelled when he woke me from stasis. It will remind me of him forever and be the scent I crave the most.

When you look at a man what catches your interest?
Well, I’m programmed to find whoever my master is attractive. Luckily, Peyton has a caring and protective personality behind his grumpy exterior. He also has six-pack abs and a strong, muscular body, which is something I’m not going to complain about, heh. When he looks at me and I know he’s interested, even if he’s fighting it, he makes me feel all tingly and hot inside.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
I have Peyton. He’s my current master. I can’t remember too much of my life before we met as my memories were damaged when my creators at The Factory tried to erase them. But whatever the situation was before, he’s my master now.

What one word best describes him?
Grumpy? Snarly? Protective? Sexy as sin? There isn’t one word that can describe him. He’s a complicated man.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes it is. My story is a long one, so it is being released in parts, one part each month. The first part is out right now. Part 2 released on February 10th, which was yesterday!

There are 4 parts so far, but there may be more.

I’m not quite sure what the future holds for Peyton and I, but I’m nervous. I don’t really remember anything about my past, but the people who created me are looking for me. I ran away, you see… straight into Peyton’s arms, and although he’s planning on fighting for me, to keep me safe, I don’t want to see him get caught in the crossfire. I’m scared to go back to The Factory, but what if that’s the only place I can find out the answers to the questions I have burning inside? Why was I made? And why did my makers try to kill me? And what is this voice I keep hearing inside that’s so familiar? I can almost remember when it speaks to me…

He was the best of men. The only man…

…the only man who ever made me feel truly safe. Remember that. If nothing else, I want you to remember him…

Thank you Hell for chatting with me and I am so looking forward to reading what is next in your exciting journey to hopefully HEA.

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I hope you enjoyed the chat as much as I did.

When Part 1 released, it was as “Peyton’s Doll” in the The New Earth Series, by Felicity Kates.

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It got a new name, a new cover which hopefully it will not take long to change over permanently at all e-stores.

TADA!!!! A New Earth Series‘ new look, the new name is “Project Hell”. I loved the previous covers, but I think the new ones are reflecting the story really well.

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The covers were created by Lucian Bane and I think he did an awesome job. He is a new author for me, I will have to check out the books, I did a little stalking on his website, looks yummy. Thanks a lot Kate!!! My TBR pile is groaning LOL

I hope you will give the series a chance, Part 1 got some awesome reviews…

Here is my 5-star review:

“A great start to this new series. I read it in almost one sitting, fell asleep with the iPad on my face… now I can say I drooled over Peyton’s LOL

A short story that has the unique signature of Ms. Kates, building the base of the new world that will be the series. Quite an interesting premise and being a fan of the scifi genre, the concept picked my interest, add the mix or suspense, danger, intrigue, erotica and romance… I want more and can’t wait for Part 2.”

Congrats Ms. Kates on the release of Part 2!!!! YAY

Still not what the doctor ordered.

Things heat up in part 2 when Peyton has his hands full…of Hell. Despite his misgivings, their chemistry cannot be denied. He’s driven to protect and help her, but is there a place for her in his life? If it’s not enough that the revelations of her past at The Factory threaten to break their tenuous relationship apart. Between the appearances of Peyton’s meddling Aunt Joanna, a truly horrible breakfast, a chance encounter with an ex-lover, and the crack of a whip on his ass, Peyton may not survive to see what life with Hell has in store for him next.

This book is part 2 of a series. It is not a standalone story.

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To celebrate the release, Ms. Kates is offering an ebook copy of Project Hell, Part 1 to one lucky reader and an ebook copy of Project Hell, Part 2 to a second. All you have to do is comment on this post. The winners will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random, February 13th, 2016 after 3pm EST.

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My Chat with Ilona

Hello and welcome!

Today I have the first ever heroine in my chat room and I am very excited. Here is what she has to say.

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What is your full name?
My name is Dr. Ilona O. I know it sounds strange having a last name that is only one letter, but I like it, because it’s different and easy to remember.

Do you have a nickname?
My sister still calls me Ilili sometimes, but I forbid anyone else calling me by my nickname.

What is one word best describes you?
I would say dauntless, because after I overcame my initial fear, I face danger and don’t let anyone control or intimidate me.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in an alternate world that my author created, and let me tell you, I love it there. I’m an ER doctor, but she gave me the ability to heal with my hands and let me acquire other abilities that will blow your mind. The other characters in the story have magical powers as well. For example, Zoltan can travel through time and visit the ancestors in the past. Because of Morana, the evil one, and the strict laws of my people, we spent time in the four hundreds, among other time lines and places. Bela, well I’m not going to tell you that, because he only finds out what he’s capable of in book two. Rua can make can change you in your dream, and Elza can see into the future.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Right now I look like a parrot. Zoltan made me wear a bright green skirt with lots of flowers on it, a white blouse with hand-sewn red flowers, a yellow shawl and pink ribbons to pull up my hair. We are about to visit a gypsy caravan in King Matyas’ time, so we have to blend in. I’m used to soft pastel colors, but when I looked in the mirror I was surprised. The flowing, vibrant colors made me look more alive and after I noticed Zoltan’s admiring glances, now I don’t mind wearing the colorful outfit.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes, I think she did. She revealed my deepest secrets, feelings and thoughts, which are a little embarrassing, but it made me almost like a real person that readers can relate too. I also love that she didn’t make me to be a stunningly beautiful and super strong heroine. I’m pretty and a bit exotic, I’m vulnerable and uncertain at times, but the author made me grow from a naïve girl into a strong woman who can overcome her fears and take her destiny into her own hands. I love the fact that she didn’t give me an easy task to discover my ancestors’ secrets. She gave me clues and made it very hard at times, but while I accepted the healing ability and acquired magical powers, she let me develop my personality through a lot of soul searching. I’m grateful that she didn’t make me a “readymade” character; I’ve changed a lot as the story in her imaginary world progressed.

What makes you laugh?
There are parts in the story that makes me laugh, especially Patrick and Bela are arguing:

“Can I come?” Patrick asked excitedly. “I can help.”
Bela growled, “Help with what? You gonna throw paragraphs from your law books at people?”
“Okay, big smart invisible guy. How you gonna steal all the equipment from the hospital? Did you think of that, huh? They have cameras everywhere. I don’t think they’ll just let you carry boxes out—even if they just see them floating in the air—the guards and staff will rush over and stop you.”
“Alright, what would you do then?” Bela asked angrily.
“I can hack into the hospital’s computer, scramble the security system and you can walk out of there undetected, you big baboon.”
“Okay, that works. You are useful, after all.” Bela laughed and punched Patrick on the shoulder.
Patrick winced, “Ouch,” and laughed along with Bela.
Or when Zoltan says something unexpected in this part of my diary:
I saw the evil face, and I threw all the frustration, anger and hopelessness at it with such force that it almost instantly disappeared. I didn’t waste time filling the empty spot in her brain. I emerged and unfroze time, before I released her head.
She stared at me with a petrified look on her face, “What did you do to me?”
I let her go, stepped back and said, “Now you can tell me everything you know.”
Zoltan took a ragged breath behind me, “I will never get used to this. You froze me, again, didn’t you?”
“Yes, sorry, I had to.”
“When I’m with you, I never know when I turn into an icicle.”
I love this part from my diary too. Gypsy, my St. Bernard got a special place in the books:
From the corner of my eye I saw Zoltan stepping through the door, and Bela indeed pushed the tray out of his hands as I suspected his intentions.
“Bela, you’re in big trouble, and you too Gypsy,” I yelled, hiding the fact that I wanted to laugh. Bela wore a guilty smirk on his face; Gypsy stopped peeing on the chair instantly. He looked just as guilty as Bela.
“How did you do it?” I heard Rua’s voice, and when I turned back to look at him, tears were rolling down his face, “Eniko was so sad about not being able to.”
“I don’t know, Rua, honestly. I don’t care how I do it. I’m just happy that I could.”
Elza stepped out the door and froze as Rua walked toward her, tall and erect. He swung both arms, and there was a young bounce to his steps. He wasn’t the stooping and limping old man any longer. My heart rejoiced. Elza couldn’t take her eyes off him. Rua ran up the steps, and embraced her in his arms. He then turned and ran. We all stared after him as he sprinted and skipped toward his cottage.
Elza looked at me with sparks in her eyes, “Ilona, you did it! I don’t know how, but you did it. Thank you.”
“I should have thought of it sooner, but I’ve been pretty busy the past few weeks. I know why mom couldn’t heal him. She didn’t have the help I have.”
Bela had a puzzled look on his face, “When did you? How did you?” he mumbled.
Zoltan turned to him, “She can freeze time and…”
“I know that moron!” he cut Zoltan off angrily and turned to me, “I just witnessed a miraculous event and I didn’t see it. Don’t freeze me next time, okay?”
“That’s a deal,” I promised and I felt very uneasy about the bickering between them.
Rua returned, and he dropped on his knees before Elza, holding a red tulip in his hand. “I can ask you now,” he whispered. “I love you Elza, always have. Will you accept my love?”
Elza sighed, blinking the threatening tears away. “I thought you’d never ask.” She smiled and took the flower from his hand, lifting it to her lips. Rua stood up and embraced her.

What is your favorite dessert?
As much as the author fed me throughout the close to 700 pages, I should look like a toothpick by now, but my favorite dessert would be anything with chocolate, just because the author is a known chocoholic. I’m glad that the author didn’t feed me on every page though. She read a book once and the author documented every breakfast, lunch and dinner the character had, and in the two hundred page book, she took 72 showers. The readers know that even fictional characters eat and pee, but they don’t need to read about every minute detail of their lives.

What is your favourite drink?
Hm… she never mixed a drink for me either besides coffee that she made me spill on the keyboard. I will make her give me some margaritas with tequila in the next book.
Or maybe a strawberry daiquiri, I love those.

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that I would lose my sister and not be able to save the future of my people.

What is your favourite colour?
I love pastel colors, nothing fancy or bright.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Silk pajamas and my bed sheets are lilac color silk too.

What is the perfect romantic date?
I will never forget that romantic day and night… Read a little about it from Zoltan’s diary:

We arrived at the lake house, parked in the driveway and unloaded the grocery bags I’d picked up before I went to Ilona’s house. The weather was just perfect. I suggested a little fishing. “We might have some catfish for dinner if we get lucky.”
She smiled, “I love barbecued catfish.”
“Let’s go then. I’ll get the fishing poles out of the garage.”
I also opened a can of corn for bait, and we descended the wooden steps to the deck. Ilona helped me get some folding chairs and a bucket for the potential catch. She was excited and happy, and I wished I could make everything perfect for her. The float on her fishing rig began bobbing under the water, and she pulled the line and wheeled in a pretty good-sized fish.
She clapped, but then the corner of her mouth drooped. “I can’t take the hook out. Would you help me? And don’t you dare laugh!”
“Of course I won’t laugh.” I dropped the nice-sized fish into the bucket, then another and couple of minutes later, even more. “You’re a fish magnet. They don’t even taste my bait,” I mused.
“Yup, fish are drawn to me. I always knew that,” she teased.
“Oh? Then I’m the biggest fish you have ever seen.”
“Are you drawn to me?”
“Big time, you have no idea,” I assured her.
She offered her lips for a kiss, suddenly looking serious. It was a little more sensuous and a little longer kiss than she had allowed before. We enjoyed our embrace, but the lure broke the mood with the buzzing noise. There was another fish on her hook. Later the fish slowed, and we sat there, lazily enjoying the sun and the delicious breeze. We talked, listened to the birds and caught a couple of more fish towards dinnertime. She sat in her chair by my side. Her sun-kissed skin was glowing.
“You’re my life,” I whispered, my throat tight.
My skin was flushed, and my heart drummed loudly in my chest. We stood up slowly, and she put her arms around my neck, caressing the nape of my neck. I held her close to me, and at that moment, nothing else existed, only us. We kissed, passionately and long. She accepted my embrace, but there was still some resistance, carefully masked, but holding her back. I gently eased up. I knew the time would come when she would be ready, and wouldn’t hold back… I will be patient and I won’t rush her. “I think we have enough fish for dinner,” I announced in a lighter tone.
Her eyes seemed a little misty, apologetic. “Thank you for not rushing me,” she whispered.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
The Ancestor’s Secrets series contains two books, for now. The author still hasn’t decided if she would continue the series with a third book. I would love to stay and enjoy my relationship with my chosen one and to make sure my people survive and flourish.

I hope there will be more. You know, there is a way to convince her. Wake her up at night, whisper in her ear when she is doing something that takes concentration 😀

Thank you so much Ilona for spending time with me.

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Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed the chat.

Ilona hails from the The Ancestor’s Secrets series by one of my fave authors, Erika M. Szabo.

Protected By The Falcon

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Ilona is a doctor and is ruled by logic, yet when she starts to develop unusual powers, her beliefs change and she’s thrown into a world of mysteries, traditions and secrets. Nursery rhymes taught by her mother lead her to discover her clan’s past, which still exist with its fiercely enforced laws. A dangerous dark man stalks Ilona who is unexpectedly rescued by a handsome stranger, Zoltan. As their relationship grows, her feelings for best friend, Bela, starts to fade. When her life and the future of her people become threatened, she must gather all her courage and use her inherited powers to fight back. Infused with Hungarian legend, the twisting plot keeps the reader turning the pages of this extraordinary fantasy story. The Ancestors’ Secret series is an epic fantasy, heroic romance series with magical powers, ancient legends, love triangle and time travel that is a great read for fantasy lovers and also suitable for young adults.

Chosen By The Sword

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In book one, Protected By The Falcon, Ilona is thrust from her easy and steady life and forced to face the unknown, which prompts her to discover the ancient tribal secrets. The rules of her ancient Hun clan that still exist with strict laws suffocate her, but she is resourceful and daring. She discovers secrets and obtains unimaginable powers to protect her sister, who bears the next leader of the clan. If she does not succeed, the fate of her people is at stake. She must sort through her own feelings about the men in her life. Will she choose Bela, her best friend, or the handsome and noble Zoltan? From the time when her people were nomads, the castles of the 14th century to the present, travel through time with Ilona as she struggles to overcome the obstacles placed in her path by ruthless individuals who want to inflict their rule on the Hun clan.

Being a Hungarian myself, I was always looking to read more about my ancestors, fiction and nonfiction literature. These books brought back many memories of the stories and legends I read and heard. Written in a diary-kind format, weaving fact and fiction together, the different characters tell a beautiful story.

Here is a little trivia on the symbols used in the book.

ChameleonThe Chameleon – You can adopt to new situations easily, make friends quickly. Others describe you as one with a friendly, open personality.

ChosenThe Chosen – You are easily able to make selection from a number of alternatives. You are a logical thinker, fair in judgment and a quick decision maker.

HealerThe Healer – You are able to provide a solid emotional base for those around you. People listen to your well thought out and sensible advice.

HistorianThe Historian – You honor the ancestors and continue the traditions. You have a strong tie to the past, you learn from history to build a better future.

LeaderThe Leader – You automatically take the role of the leader in any situation. People respect you and seek your advice.

ProtectorThe Protector – You provide comfort to others and you love taking care of others. You fiercely protect your family and friends.

TravelerThe Traveler – You love to discover new places, foreign cultures and customs. You respect others’ religion, preference and beliefs, you are non-judgmental.

Here is an example of the Rovásirás, old Hungarian Runes. It is an ancient Hun send-off for the departed which you will find used by Ilona.

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If you had to choose one of the symbols above, which one would describe you the best?

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I like to think I am a little bit of each one with Protector being dominant.

Five lucky winners, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments, will win an ebook, winner’s choice of the two books in the series. Comments will stay open until 4pm EST, Sunday, February 22, 2015.  GOOD LUCK!

Also… Erika has offered to anybody who wants to get a picture of their name in Hungarian Runes, just note it in your comment.

Here is the one she made for me! Isn’t it pretty?

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