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.

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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

Can you guess who was the reliable source? Tell me in the comments and you are entered to win a $5 Amazon GC, my gift to you. Sexy Mr. Random will let me know who wins after 3pm EST on Sunday, November 26, 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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My newest adventure in the book world

Hello and welcome!

As most of you know I am not  a bookworm, but a huge book dragon, and I have the cup to prove it too. 😀 thanks Becca for the decal! Good conversation starter…

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My latest adventure in the book world took me to London’s Ignite Your Soul Author Event and I had a blast. London, Ontario that is. When I posted on FB that I am going to London, everybody was so excited, until I told them it was not the one across the pond but 2-hour drive away, they called me a tease, not sure why 😛

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Check out the pictures posted on their website. This was their 4th year and my 2nd and every year they sponsor a local charity. This year it was the National Service Dogs who received the proceeds from the raffle and silent auction.

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I had the opportunity to add my contribution to it by adding various swag to the registration bags and also bringing three baskets with books and swag I had on hand from 3 generous authors: M. A. Abraham, Sharon Hamilton and Renea Mason and added my own little surprises to them. THANK YOU again ladies.

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I updated my signing bag adding my own logo, what do you think?

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… also made some fans to give out with one of my faves memes…

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Of course I went over my budget, it is the norm for me and my friends laugh when I tell them that I have a budget for books and ask why I even bother 😛 Here is my hoard from this signing. Carey Decevito‘s hunks are finally in my possession, I’ve been eyeing them since the Ottawa signing YUM

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I also got a few freebies which are always welcome, some will go on my signed treasures shelf and some will make their way into giveaways or care packages that I mail to friends. Thank you Kayleigh Malcolm for always looking out for me. Thanks go to Freya Barker who donated “Menu for Romance” & “Shaded with Love” for the giveaway on this post.

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… and lots and lots of swag, fun stuff, sweet goodies and a few prezzies that were received along with book purchase.

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Amy Ruttan‘s duckies are so cute… R.K. Gleason‘s chocolate pops are a favourite and the red tentacle finger thingy almost disappeared in my son’s room, otherwise known as the black hole LOL ….  Emerald O’Brien‘s cup was a welcome gift and I know the perfect recipient for it too… the mini rubber man is a wine glass ornament and won it at Shannyn Leah‘s ‘poke a cup’ contest.

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I bought myself a t-shirt from Marianne Maguire because the one she gave me years ago is getting really tattered from so much use, the words on them crack me up…

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She is a riot and the time spent with her at the signing and the hours between the signing and the dinner afterward were well spent. We talked, laughed and got the inside scoop from her Otherworld, a world I happily immerse myself whenever I have the chance.

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I also got myself a pair of fingerless gloves from Erin Cristofoli, impulse purchase for sure since I could make them myself. She has a page for her creations on FB, the Butterfly Kissed Crochet. Check it out, some really neat things are available for purchase.

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I got to meet some new authors, sweet AW Clarke and his fire-cracker wife, they were also dinner companions, lots of laughter.

C.J. Lazar is another new author and I was so embarrassed because I was addressing his sister sitting at his side until she mentioned that the author is him *facepalm* He was gracious about it and laughed it off, but I think my face was all kinds of red at the time.

Another dinner companion was Elle Klass with her boyfriend, they came all the way from Florida. They were very entertaining. If you are into horror check out her books, they sound good and if you contact her, ask her about the audiobooks, tell her I sent you or let me know and I can get you connected 😉

Kayleigh Malcolm and her hubby were sitting at the table too and they were so entertaining as usual, loved seeing them again. She gives the best hugs.

Kendra Mei Chailyn is another one of my fave authors, a fun lady that is full of sunshine and smiles, she was joined by her sweet niece who gave me a naughty bag with all kinds of goodies… and no I will not show you what was in it, use your imagination… NAUGTHY imagination 😉 We danced our tushes of after the dinner and shared some laughs.

Do you know who is another awesome hugger? Zoe York! She is bubbly and energetic, you can’t help but like her. Her books are yummy, especially her naughty alter ego, Ainsley Booth. She was there too and bugged her about the book I am waiting for in paperback LOL

I tried to chat with everybody, buy at least one book from every attending author, paperback or ebooks on a stick. All in all it was a great event, kudos to authors
Crystal St. Clair & Erin Cristofoli and their awesome team of volunteers, looking forward to next year.

Now lets get to the best part. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner on Monday, October 16, 2017, from the comments to receive this bag, including a bracelet made by yours truly among books and swag. Tell me, if you had to pick one, what is your fave swag.

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

My recent adventures in the book world

Hello and welcome!

allaccesspass.pngI am so happy that there are more book signings in my part of the world. I am ticking off names from my bucket list of authors I love and want to meet.

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I attended the KallypsoCon signing in Burlington, ON back in July, and only the signing on July 15th because the full event tickets were sold out like hot cakes.

I was so happy to finally meet Cherise Sinclair, Kallypso Masters & Lexi Blake SQUEEEE

I got to see again Ainsley Booth and meet her Frisky Beavers co-author Sadie Haller, she is such a sweetie, also got to see and hug again Cara Covington.

New authors for me were Julie Morgan, Sasha White, Ella Dominguez, Sierra Cartwright.

Of course I blew my budget again, but that is nothing new for me LOL

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Bumped into a few friends, also authors who attended as readers. Thanks to Kayleigh who gave up her registration bag, I have a memento from the event, and I got it signed by the attending authors ❤

All in all was a good signing, despite being short for me, collected swag for you too. Keep on reading 😉

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Moving forward a few weeks which were filled with preparations for the Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, Canada, attended the 3-day event as a ‘bossy Elven helper’ to M. A. Abraham 😉 this being her first signing and all. I think it went pretty good, she was a trooper and took everything in stride. It was a learning experience for both of us, that’s for sure. We as readers do not realize how much time, money, energy goes into preparing and delivering to a signing event. MY HATS OFF TO ALL THE AUTHORS. We participated in a few events, we dressed up for both dinners and the signing went off without a hitch. The only thing we forgot is our capes, but there is always next time 😉

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Got to wear a few t-shirts, one M. A. ordered for me with my love Loth, the Elven Warrior King and it says “I RATHER PLAY WITH LOTHRARIEL IN THE ELVEN EMPIRE”, and a couple of t-shirts I designed, one with my book boyfriends who came for a chat on this blog and one with my fave Eargasms voices. Alas the two I made, didn’t make it thru the wash so I have to come up with something more permanent.

I think I am still on a ‘high’ from the event. The generosity of the authors, the friendliness of the readers, the whole atmosphere is electrifying. Eve Langlais, despite promising that she will not do another event again, delivers every time. She is such an awesome hostess, thanking her & her minions, the sponsoring authors for another awesome event.

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Meet Dreamy Eyes, a surprise from M. A., the dragon that accompanied me to the event and was my sidekick for one of the dinners when I dressed up as an Elven Dragon Rider. I received a goat from Kate Reedwood, too cute aaaaand I finally got my hands on the EveL Ducky SQUEEEE

I recently joined a group on FB called Aural Fixations, an awesome group of readers addicted to audiobooks (my wallet is terrified when I go to check out what the group has posted LOL), authors and narrators. So I made a sign/fan and got pictures with all the authors who have audiobooks so I can share with the group. I even gave away one audiobook CD set I won in Deborah Cooke’s event.

It was great seeing again authors I met in the past, Deborah Cooke, Zoe York, Sadie Haller, Ashlyn Chase, Opal Carew, Anne Lange, Carey Decevito, Viola Grace, Milly Taiden. Finally meeting ones that I love, more crossed off my bucket list 😀 Sarah Castille, Elle James, Susan Stoker. Discovering new ones, Cathryn Fox, Desiree Holt, Kristine Cayne, Susan Hayes, M. K. Eidem, Anna Markland, A. M. Griffin, Barbara Devlin, Sharon Page, Angela S. Stone, Sara Hubbard, Cat Johnson, Mandy Rosko, Lucy Farago, Amy Ruttan, Sheri Lyn, Cara Addison.

Made a few new friends, hugged old ones, it was like a big family reunion, without the drama of course LOL

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I have two bags filled with awesome swag & books from both events plus I raided my stash, I even found some extra t-shirts and would like to share the bounty with two readers, open to Canada and US. Here are the books, split between the two at random 😉

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Tell me which authors would you like to meet.
Can be any author, not just the ones listed here 😉

Two names will be picked by Sexy Mr. Random after 3pm EST on Tuesday, August 29, 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!

Adventure in the book world – Romancing the Falls 2017

Hello and welcome!

This post has been a long time coming since the Romancing the Falls author reader event was on May 20, 2017. But you know how it is, life gets in the way of fun sometimes.

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The event was aaaaawesome! Kudos to Freya Barker and her team for organizing this fabulous event.

As you can see from the banner, it was quite an incredible lineup of authors. I got to see and hug some of my fave authors I met at previous events: Marianne Maguire, Freya Barker, Kali Willows, Tricia Daniels, Rosanna Leo, Felicity Kates, Kayleigh Malcolm.

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And I got to cross off a few from my bucket list of ‘authors to meet’. When I saw their names on the list I squeeeed 😀

Renea Mason, I adore her and her books are so hot they are sizzling. I listened to all the audiobooks released so far. Can I say I am addicted and I want more? Of course I had to get all the books in print too so I can add them to my treasures. Keep checking back, some of her hunks are coming for a chat soon *sigh*

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Kym Grosso, with her ready smile and sense of humour, she charmed us all. I have a few book boyfriends in the “Immortals of New Orleans” series, my faves are Léopold and Dimitri. Jase Dean joined her too, he is the model on a few of her covers. He is so sweet and hawt of course 😉

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Also got to meet Jayne Rylon, and bought the “Powertools” series and received an I READ PAST MY BEDTIME tote bag that I’ve been eyeing for a while now. While Jean was busy, her hubby was quite entertaining and he gave me a good deal too 😀

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I took part in a hunt for signatures and entered the contest for a HUGE gift basket filled with a lot of stuff. I didn’t win, but it was fun nonetheless.

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Added a few more buttons to my ‘signings-only’ tote bag that has my all time book boyfriend Lothrariel (from the Elven Chronicles by M. A. Abraham) on the front… still MINEMINEMINE Mary 😛

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Got some fun swag. The fan from Alexandria Sure came in handy for the hot flashes 😀 Mr. Gleason was the most entertaining in his presentation of his books. I will have to check them out for sure. The cake pops he was giving out were delicious, good thing I tried them at home and not during the event, I would have raided the table LOL

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Also bought fun ones, I burst out laughing when I saw these, had to have them. I will have to find out what is the story behind these, KM Golland has a wicked sense of humour judging by the merchandise she has. Will have to venture in her book world too.

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Added swag bags filled with stuff to the registration bags.

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I brought two baskets, one from M. A. Abraham and one from Sharon Hamilton, for the silent auction with proceeds going to Niagara Falls Food Bank. Thank you again for your generosity MA and Sharon ❤

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I bid on a few myself and won one basket in the silent auction, the one from the “Wiccan Haus” a series I love, donated by Kali Willows and Dominique Eastwick.

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A recipe book was on sale to with recipes from attending authors and the proceeds went to the same charity as the silent auction. I bought 3 copies, they make great hostess gifts!

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The silent auction and the recipe book sales raised almost $1,500 for the Food Bank. Isn’t that awesome?

These are the books I read/listened to but needed them in print, signed for my treasure shelf.

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These are the books going on the TBR pile. So many books, so little time, I should play the lottery and win big so I can read more LOL

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The buffet dinner after the signing was quite good and got to sit at the table with authors and readers mixing together, have great conversations and laughs too.

I have a bag filled with awesome swag donated by the authors and would like to share the bounty with one of you, plus some surprises I will add to the bag from me 😉 Let me know in the comments who are the authors on your “I would love to meet” list. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner after 3pm on Monday, July 10, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

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

My Christmas Story :D

Hello and welcome!

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I wasn’t in the Christmas spirit this year, just didn’t ‘feel’ it… then it happened …

I never heard a thing, before a pair of hands wrapped around my face to cover my eyes.  The movie I had finished watching on television had just ended, and I had just turned the screen off, with the idea of heading for bed.  It was Christmas eve, midnight.  If I didn’t get to bed quickly, Santa would miss my place and my stocking would be empty in the morning.

Don’t say a word, a deep dark, dangerous sounding voice, whispered in my ear on a breath, and my skin immediately erupted into a rash of goose bumps.

 All things considered, it will sound strange for me to say this, but I didn’t feel threatened, not at all.  There was no sense of danger about how this man’s aura washed over mine.  I could tell he was strong, but his intent was pure, and filled with mischief.  I got the feeling this could be fun, or at the very least interesting.

Stand up, but no peeking, the man’s voice breathed into my ear again, and I couldn’t help but smile.  It tickled.

Who is this?  I asked breathlessly.

 You will find out in time, the man promised.

That was when he took his hands away.  I wasn’t about to comply with his wishes.  I rushed to turn, felt suddenly dizzy and the world turned black as it spun around me.  It seemed strange that I was able to hear, yet had no control over what was happening around me.  Still, I wasn’t worried.

You weren’t supposed to hurt her, another voice sounded in concern.

She isn’t hurt, the man I had heard earlier spoke.

How long will she be out?  The second man asked.

A few hours, by then we should be back home and I doubt if she will care after that.  The first man answered.

Ha, was my thought.  Someone was going to hear about this!

I felt my body being lifted by a set of very strong arms, and then was cradled against a warm well defined male chest, something I took advantage of by snuggling in closer to.  It felt so good.  Whoever this was, he smelled of the deep forest, and it gave me a sense of peace.  Please, I thought to myself, don’t let me go, I want to die here.

Shh, you will not die, I won’t let you, the man promised.

 I felt the cold of the outside air for a few moments, and then a deeper warmth enveloped me, as I was passed over to another person.  This set of arms was even better than the last.  I felt even more secure, and warmth, as if I was enveloped in softness, yet the chest under my cheek was hard as stone.  The contrast was overwhelming.

Sleep Eniko, and dream of a world filled with beauty and love, wake to find it real, a new voice crooned.

I smiled, as I slightly squirmed to get closer, and remembered nothing until I felt movement around me.

You will need to drink something to ease your thirst, wake Eniko, a female voice sounded in my mind.

Can I open my eyes yet?  I asked, while my mind began to wake.

 The woman softly laughed, as she answered, Yes, you can look around you to your heart’s content.

I opened my eyes to look into the most angelic features on a face that I ever saw, she even had a set of white wings attached to her back.  If this was a dream, I didn’t want it to stop.

Where am I?  I asked.

You are on Tantalus, for now.  Kyllan heard your wish when you were last visited by a few of our people.  He will return in a moment, but in the meantime you can refresh yourself.  I am Karia; you will meet Mitchel in a moment.  He is taking care of the baby, as you woke at about the same time as Alusia did.  You will get to meet her too.  She stated.

Will I get to hold her?  I asked.  I really didn’t believe I was on Tantalus, but, whoever had set this up had done one pip of a job of it.

Karia took me to a different part of the aerie, where I took care of my needs, and then went back to the main room, where the largest man I had ever seen was pacing as he hummed.  He was holding a tiny child, and they both had wings!  He slightly bowed in acknowledgement of my presence and smiled at the expression of surprise that crossed my face.

I am Mitchel, he announced.  He then crossed to where I stood and gently placed Alusia into my arms.

I looked at the most beautiful baby girl I ever saw, her eyes sparkling and looked back at me with wide curious stare.  My own eyes filled with moisture and smiled, how could I not… then Alusia reached out and touched my face with her small hands while her small wings covered my head… they were so soft… my tears fell freely feeling the happy and warm energy she sent my way.

Both Karia and Mitchel laughed, pleased by my reaction, as they gazed with loving pride at their daughter.

I will never hope to compare after this. A new voice sounded, as two men entered the aerie.  One had a set of huge white wings, the other had none, but was hidden behind the first enough that I couldn’t tell who he was.  I did know that I had met him before, and would be happy to see him again.

Welcome to Tantalus, Eniko.  I will give you a choice of where you would like to sit, while you visit.  Karia, you can take Alusia back now.  The man ordered softly.

Yes, Great Grandfather.  Karia answered, as she lifted Alusia from my arms.

We have met in thought in the past, I am Kyllan. the man introduced himself.  He then moved to the side slightly, as the second man came forward, and he was smiling widely.

You remember me! Lothrariel spoke.  Kyllan was kind enough to come to the Elven Empire to pick me up, so that we could both spend time with you.

Oh YES!!! I sure do! sigh  I really had to restrain myself from jumping him when he opened his arms, but went into them slowly and he gave me a warm hug…. bliss I tell you… sheer bliss

SANTA CLAUS DID COME AFTER ALL!!! They all laughed at my uninhibited enthusiasm.

I will sit in the middle! I declared, as I made myself at home on the center cushion of the couch.  I wasn’t sure how long this was going to last, but I intended on making sure I didn’t miss a minute of it.  Not this time.

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I will let you imagine the rest, all I will say that it was the best Christmas Eve ever and I still feel giddy, grinning like a loon 😀

Hope you enjoyed it.

If you missed the visit from the Tantalarians a few months ago, you can check it out here.

Thank you Mary Ann for making my Christmas so special! XOXO

Mary Ann is the amazing author known as M. A. Abraham and as you might know I am her Alpha Reader and #1 Elfanatic. I have to come up with a word for a Tantalus series fan… hmmm do you want to help?

To check out all the books by M. A. Abraham, check the links below.

• websiteFacebook Author PageAmazon • Barnes & Noble
GoodreadsblogTwitter

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I hope your holidays, whatever you are celebrating, are filled with lots of books.. and love… and joy!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

Thank you all for an awesome 2016, your comments and shares are my gems I collect throughout the year and keep close to my heart. See you next year, until then happy reading/listening! Happy New Year!

Thank You! Giveaway

Hello and welcome!

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I thought it was time to have a Thank You! Giveaway again to those who are joining my chats regularly. Thank you for your continued support and hope you will visit with me in the future too XOXO

My latest book adventure was in September at the Ignite Your Soul Event in London, Ontario, hosted by authors Crystal St. Clair & J.M. Walker, the proceeds went to a great cause, Wounded Warrior of Canada and was proud to be able to contribute in a small way, adding stuff to the registration bags, also delivered 2 big baskets for the raffle, one from M. A. Abraham and one from Sharon Hamilton.

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Blew my budget out of the water, but can’t help myself, books are my drug of choice 😉 Loved meeting all the new authors. Finally got to meet Felicity Kates in person YAY and seeing the ones I met before, Zoe York, Kali Willows, Kayleigh Malcolm,  Kacey Hammell, Freya Baker, Tricia Daniels.

I am hoping I will be able to attend next year too, the event will be hosted by authors Crystal St. Clair and Erin Cristofoli but have a few already scheduled on my calendar, so will have to see.

Are you signed up to my blog? I hope you are, there is a giveaway every time and you get to meet my fave authors, my book boyfriends & girlfriends and the voices that give them life.

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I collect dragons and owls and when I found these, I thought you might like them too. Adding the cup that will make you think of me when you use it and hopefully make you smile 😉

I have one too 😀 CHEERS

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I raided my boxes and there will be signed books, notebooks, t-shirts, totes, pens, magnets and lots of other swag I collected from authors with you in mind. I took pictures of the contents, but then I thought I am keeping it a surprise…

call me EBIL… bwahaha evil grin I promise you will love everything that is in the bags.

Which bag would you choose if Sexy Mr. Random picked you? Which if any of the previous chats you liked the best? Is there an author, narrator or a book boyfriend you would like to see me chatting with? Let me know in your comment.

Sexy Mr. Random will pick two names after 3 pm EST, Monday, October 31, 2016. GOOD LUCK!!!

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

A Christmas visit to remember

Hello and welcome!

First I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, hope you are spoiled. I sure was!!! You will not believe who came by last night SQUEEEEEEE

Read on and find out 😀

“Are you out of your mind?” Branith’s outraged tone was quieted by the need for secrecy.

What were his nephews and nieces thinking? Both Gabriel and Marious’ broods were in attendance. They were grinning, and looking at him with eyes filled with an expectation that made him wonder what they were up to. Those eyes were sparkling brighter than all the Christmas lights that shone around them, from every surface of the city that surrounded them. None of the Humans were supposed to see them, so he had to watch what his reactions to their newest caper were, or it would be him that gave them away to the rest of the world.

When Branith had first heard about their plan, he had thought it was a great idea. They were not going to make a big deal of it; their intension was to sneak into the human world, to wish Eniko a Merry Christmas.

“Lets surprise Eniko on Christmas Eve,” Timorean had suggested.

Coming from anyone but Timorean, Branith would have known something was off, but that boy had a way of putting anyone who dealt with him at ease. He was a lighthearted child, playful and eager to please everyone around him. If it had been any of Marious’ children who had suggested that he join them, he would have automatically realized there was an ulterior motive for their invitation.

When Branith had shown up at their rendezvous on Christmas Eve, only the boys had been there to greet him. He had been surprised to see how much they had filled in and grown since his last trip into the Light Elven Kingdom. They were nearly as tall as he was, and they showed muscles from their training, where only been the signs of future development had existed before. They had already changed into their costumes, and he had laughed at them, for they were dressed like Christmas Elves. That alone should have warned him of more dire things to come, but he wasn’t thinking straight, or not like an Eagle Claw should. Instead, he had been carried away with his amusement. About the time his subconscious caught on to what was going on, they pulled out a red Santa suit and passed it to him, with instructions for him to put it on. He looked at it and could only wonder where they had found it. Also, he began to question where they were going? He had a feeling it wasn’t to Eniko’s interview lounge, or they wouldn’t be dressing up like this. Elves didn’t celebrate the way most Humans thought they did. It wasn’t the way it was.

Branith didn’t have to wait long to find out what his nephews and nieces had in mind, for the girls joined them shortly after. They entered the room, leading a half dozen huge Tantalarian Guardian Warriors, along with a couple Tantalarian females. Now, that was a sight he could appreciate, even if he wondered how they had managed to get them there. To top it off, the girls had gotten the Tantalarians to dress up as angels, Halos and all. They didn’t look like they minded, so he figured he was probably over reacting to the plans they hadn’t told him about yet. He put the red suit on and followed the group out to the meadow, where Larien and Alyssa were waiting for them with their Dragons.

S’Larea showed up at the last moment, with a red sack, filled with something, and told Branith to give Eniko her love when they met.

Well, he supposed he could do this, for Eniko, he liked her. He looked around, to see where his sleigh was; after all, Santa drove a sleigh, right? There was nothing. That didn’t push any warning buttons in the back of his mind either. He should have known better. The little stinkers hadn’t changed. They might be well into their teens, but deep inside, they were still toddlers at heart.

Now Branith was standing on a rooftop in the middle of a city, looking at a chimney that was spewing smoke into the air, while the Tantalarians were blowing trumpets as they flew around the building. He looked at the six-inch flue and refused to go any further.

“I will never fit down that,” Branith objected.

“We can help make you fit,” Eärwen offered.

Branith couldn’t believe Eärwen had managed to utter those words, while looking so innocent, not when the others were staring at him like little fiends of the nether regions. They were all wearing evil grins and had eager gleams in their eyes. This was not what they were supposed to be doing. Was it?

Then again, Branith looked at the chimney with a speculative glance, it did seem like going down that on his own might be the lesser of many evils. He conjured a spell, and rose into the air, to silently descend down the opening. It had worked, and he hadn’t gotten incinerated! He was standing beside Eniko’s tree, with the red sack S’Larea had given him earlier, still clutched in his hand. He smiled, as he opened the bag and began to look inside. There were a few things marked with her name, and a flat box for Eniko from Lothrariel. He placed them under the tree, and then turned to notice a group of teenage Elves, standing on the balcony watching him. They were smiling, as they sang an Elven carol.

I woke up suddenly, I was sure that I had heard something moving in my home. I quickly checked on my son, but he was fast asleep. The clock began to strike twelve, as I walked into the living room where the tree stood, and I stopped and stared.

There was a very handsome looking Elf, putting a few presents under my tree… OH YES!!! I must have been very good this year… YUM. He stopped, looked out of the window of my balcony, where the sound of some heavenly sounding music seemed to be coming from. He then turned, to look at me. He gave me a roguish grin, as he seemed to disappear in front of me. I remembered his wink as he left, and smiled. I went to the tree and noticed the extra gifts.

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One especially caught my eyes, for I would have recognized that name and writing anywhere, even if it was scripted in Elven.

Lothrariel, he had not forgotten me…. sigh

The sounds of trumpets outside of the building caught my attention and I moved to the door of the balcony. I went outside, to see where they were coming from, and was sure I saw a group of angels hovering overhead. They only stayed for a moment, then they were gone, as if they had never been. I would have questioned the whole thing, if it hadn’t been for the gifts I was holding.

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Wasn’t that an awesome surprise? I am still giddy *squeal*

Thank you Mary Ann for making my Christmas so special! XOXO

Mary Ann is the amazing author known as M. A. Abraham and as you might know I am her Alpha Reader and #1 Elfanatic. If you missed my chat with her back in January, click on this link.

To check out all the books by M. A. Abraham, check the links below.

• websiteFacebook Author PageAmazon • Barnes & Noble • GoodreadsblogTwitter

She is gifting one reader chosen from all those who comment on this post an ebook, winner’s choice, from her backlist. The comments will stay open until 3pm on Monday, December 28, 2015. Good luck!

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

 

Sexy in Toronto

Hello and welcome!

I had another great adventure in the book world. A couple of weekends ago I was at the “Sexy in the City” Reader-Author signing event in Toronto hosted by The Hype PR and Tricia Daniels and I had a blast.

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Again, only a few authors were known to me whom I adore and had the privilege of meeting previously in Ottawa… remember my post about it?

There was Deborah Cooke, Kali Willows, Kayleigh Malcolm and for Marianne Maguire was a first. There were a few authors who were first timers, but I couldn’t tell, they looked like pros 😀

I met a lot of new authors to me, among them: Freya Barker, Shawnté Borris, Tara Brown, Alice C. Heart, S. R. Grey, Crimson Nuage, Livia Jamerlain, Susan Cairns, J. C. Hannigan, Nashoda Rose, Ren Alexander, Cara Addison, R. C. Stephens, Emily Minton, Adriane Leigh, Erin Everleigh, C. J. Wells, Jean Kelso, Cora Carmack, Cori Williams, Douglas J. McLeod, Jenna Galicki, Lara Henley, Allison Cosgrove, Christa Simpson, Alissa Rose, Angela Ford, Maureen Mayer, Helena Hunting, Kahlen Aymes, AE Watson, J. M. Walker, Harlow Stone…. hope I didn’t miss anybody.

Amazing all of them, who took the time, talked to me, to all the readers, about their books and their passion for it.

I was too shy to approach the cover models attending the event to take pictures with them, but DAYUM they were HAWT !!!!

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on the left are the gifts & on the right are the purchased

I bought some books… ok, fine, lots of books 😀 between the Ottawa event and this one, I spent my shoe allowance for the next year too. (shhhhh… keep it on the low)

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But then I won too, “Clean Lines” from Freya Barker during the FB pre-event, in the raffle: “Bitter Sweet Love” and “Twisted Love” from R. C. Stephens…  aaaaand the Scavenger Hunt basket with tons of books, t-shirts, posters, cups, bling keychains, chocolate…. I was too excited to check out the books and I didn’t take a pic of the basket.

I am looking forward to get lost in each story and find a few more book boyfriends along the way.

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I like swag that I can use, good conversation starters, because I love talking about the authors and their books.

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The posters from Freya Barker look good on my fridge 😀

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The steampunk necklace is from Deborah Cooke.

Collected a lot of swag:

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Love this bag I received from C. J. Wells, I am getting varied looks when I go shopping with it LOL

Check out this trailer for the “Perfect Plans” series, I am looking forward to reading it…


Among the swag there was this bookmark I like from Erin Everleigh 😀

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Met lots of readers, bloggers. Missed the group photo with my fellow bloggers 😦 I guess I was too hyper about the books LOL

Then there was the after signing chats with the authors who stayed till the end and since I chatted with them during the signing about their books, we had casual chats about everything under the sun, we shared lots of laughs.

I was exhausted by the end of the night, but it was a memorable experience to say the least. Thanks to Tricia Daniels and her minions for organizing this and to all the authors who attended. I HAD AN AWESOME DAY!

I have two bags filled with awesome swag donated by the authors and I would like to share the bounty with two readers.

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As you can see in the pictures above, there is a lot of swag in each bag, most of it from the event and a few of what I have left extra in my own stash. No chocolates this time either, I ate them already 😉

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Included in the bags, one or the other, inserted randomly, are signed copies “Kirsten Backhard – The Game” and “With Love” generously donated by Shawnté Borris. The winners promise to post a review, right? Looking forward to hear your opinions. I have them too, will read them, them we can chat. Check out her Facebook page and give her a like and say hello from me 😉

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One of the bags containing the loot is from Deborah Cooke, part of her new swag. I had an extra one since I got one with the books I purchased and one was in the gift basket I won, so I am giving one away.

You have to comment to be entered, also let me know if you win which one would you choose, A or B.
Giveaway open internationally 😉

The winners will be announced after 3pm EST, Friday, July 3, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

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

My first author-reader conference!

Hello and welcome!

I am still grinning from two weekends ago when I attended my first ever author-reader conference at the Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, organized and sponsored in part by Eve Langlais and other fabulous authors, helped by her awesome minions.

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I didn’t know what to expect, I was a bit nervous, but a whole lot excited. The closer the date came, the bigger the excitement and as usual I thought of my costume on Wednesday night, I was up until 3 am to get it done o_O I was the book boyfriend sorceress, had a whip too so I can keep them in check 😉 Went to work in the morning, then took off a bit early. My friend, Carolann, came with me. The previous post on my blog was my chat with her. She is a good friend, she put up with my endless chatter and bubbling as the event came closer ( we work together! ) and she drove the whole way to Ottawa, bless her heart… and back too!

I met a lot of new authors to me, among them Reece Butler, Ashlyn Chase, Viola Grace, Cynthia St. Aubin, Trinity Blacio, Jessica E Subject, Leah Braemel, Robyn Peterman, Kellie Kamryn, H. A. Fortman, and many more. I met a few whose book I read and looooove: Deborah Cooke, Zoe York, Eve Langlais.

Zoe York has been a guest on my blog before, we had a chat recently. I also had Liam, one of my book boyfriends from one of her series.

I will have Deborah Cooke‘s Erik, who is my Pyr book boyfriend coming soon for a chat *sigh*

I am hoping I can choose my book boyfriend from one of Eve Langlais‘s books, but I still have lots to catch up in her series 😉

I bought quite a few books at the signing held the Saturday of the event… a few are not in the picture because they were e-books or surfaced later from the many folds of my luggage…

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… and also received a few as gifts 😀 The top middle one is Erik’s book, which I read before but this one is a signed gift from Ms. Cooke and I will treasure it forever.

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SQUEEEEEE  Sorry, I’ve been doing that a lot, I mean A LOT 😀

I am looking forward to get lost in each story and find a few more book boyfriends along the way.

Met lots of readers, bloggers. Some brought their daughters, some their grannies and some their husbands. Cool, eh? The costumes at both dinner parties were from awesome to cool, we had a blast! Some chose not to wear costumes or only partial ones, but that was ok too. We took part of discussion panels during the day, where we got to ask questions and listened to authors share their insight in their respective genres or had fun doing crafts, naughty ones ;), or do puzzles or play games for prizes. There was a lot of laughter and cheers all over the place.

AAAAH THE MEMORIES!!! Check out the pics on the event page. I think the giddy feeling I had at the event will stay with me for a long time, it felt really good being among those who love books as much as I do. So few of my real life friends read, some do not read at all and I see when I talk about books ( true, I do talk a lot about books ) their eyes start to glaze over LOL

I am so happy that I found many fabulous ladies on the web from all over the world who love books, read the same books as I do and a few have become really good friends. We support each other in times of joy, sorrow and everything in between. Great ladies, I hope I will get the chance to meet them face to face one day.

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The planning for the next event in May, 2016 is started so don’t miss out, here is  the link to get your ticket. Early bird prices are still going, but not for long. I will be there, wouldn’t miss it for anything!

I took with me a lot of swag I had extra on hand to share with fellow readers from M. A. Abraham, Sharon Hamilton, Cara Covington, Heather Rainier, Brandy Walker, Michelle M. Pillow, Melissa Schroeder, Diana Cosby, it was swept up in less than an hour … ALL OF IT. Also put together a basket from Sharon Hamilton that was put in the Friday night event’s draw, the lucky winner was sitting beside me at the dinner table, talk about a small world. There were a lot of happy readers on both days I tell you.

I brought back a lot of swag, some of it already on its way to my biggest supporters here on my blog and I have two bags left which I would like to share with two readers, all you have to do is comment on this post what kind of swag do you like the best and which bag, red or green, would you choose. As you can see in the picture below, there is a lot of swag in each bag, most of it from the event and a few of what I have left extra in my own stash. No chocolates though, those I kept for myself 🙂

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The winners will be announced after 3pm, EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

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

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