Audiobooks to listen to: The Lighthouse

Hello and welcome!

I love the symbiotic relationship between authors and narrators. When you have a fave author who publishes a book in audio format and the voice ends up on your fave list, and when a narrator posts about an audiobook in the works or published and you find a new author.

One of those narrators is one who I posted about before and also chatted with me, Braden Wright. If you missed my chat with him in… 2015… WOW … 6 years ago … I would listen to anything narrated by him. His voice is like a hug, keeps you warm and safe.

I was fortunate to listen to an ARC of his latest audio which released today. The author was kind enough to send me the audiobook and let me tell you, it was a delight!

Happy release day, Mr. Parker!

Thank you, Mr. Wright, for introducing me to another world!

The Lighthouse

by Christopher Parker

Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman’s breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs.

Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town’s lighthouse – dormant for over 30 years and famously haunted – has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community.

Amy Tucker is only visiting for the night and has no plans to get caught up in the hysteria, but that changes when she meets Ryan, the loyal, hard-working son of a ranch owner who lives on the outskirts of town.

Their chance encounter turns into an unforgettable weekend, and against the backdrop of the lighthouse-obsessed town, the two of them forge a deep connection, opening their hearts, baring their souls, and revealing secrets long kept hidden.

But as they grow closer, and as the lighthouse glows ever brighter, a startling discovery about Ryan leaves Amy questioning everything she thought she knew. To uncover the truth about her new friend, Amy will need to enter Seabrook’s ominous tower, where waiting inside she will not only find the reason why fate has brought them together…but a shocking secret that will change the course of their lives forever.

Check out the map of Seabrook, as you read/listen along.

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My review:

story: 4 stars
narration: 5 stars

When I started listening to the book, I went in without any expectations, the author being new to me.

It starts on a sad note, my heart was breaking for Amy and her Dad. The story kept me in suspense for most of it, I had a feeling that not all was as it seemed and that something was missing. The twist comes almost at the end, and when all is revealed, I was left with a sad but light heart. I was like no no no, you can’t do that, it was not what I expected, but in the end I accepted it.

Good ending and I was glad that things were resolved and all involved got what they needed, be that closure or happy ending. The story elicited so many emotions, I cried, I smiled, I wondered, I sighed, and got scared too.

I am glad I took a chance on this debut novel, and congratulations to Mr. Parker for taking the leap. Looking forward to the next one.

Mr. Wright is one of my fave voices to listen to and on my ‘eargasm’ list. His voice for each character was on point and in tune with the emotions of each situation. He makes it seem so effortless, switching between the many characters in this book and at times seemed like another person is narrating. A great experience as usual.

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About the author

Christopher Parker was born in Takapuna, a seaside suburb in Auckland, New Zealand, where he currently lives with his daughter. Having loved writing stories growing up, it was a walk along Takapuna beach and a chance glimpse at a distant lighthouse that made him want to revisit his childhood passion and try his hand at producing a novel. Nearly ten years on from that fateful stroll, he is proud to finally share his story.

The Lighthouse is Christopher’s first novel.

Check out the website for more info and links to social media.

About the narrator

A lifelong performer, Braden Wright has appeared on Film & Television, on stage, on national tour, and has performed internationally as a narrator, Commercial VO artist, documentary narrator and audiobook narrator.

He has also produced a staged reading of his own two-act farce, and has worked as an instructor and also an audiobook coach. Amidst a career devoted to the Arts, he worked concurrently for 25 year in writing, producing and photo editing for Hollywood entertainment marketing.

Check out his website for more info and links to social media.

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To celebrate the release, Mr. Parker is giving away an ebook/audiobook to one of you, winner’s choice. All you have to do is comment on the post and Sexy Mr. Random will pick a name after 6pm EST, October 27, 2021.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Make sure to like Mr. Parker’s FB page, to keep up with the news.

Also like Mr. Wright’s FB page, as he will have more audiobooks coming.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Surprised by the Elven Sentinels – September edition

Hello and welcome!

This happened to me yesterday… read on!

There is music being played in the halls of my apartment building? That is a first, and oh what beautiful music. It is like nothing I have ever heard. As the doors of the elevator leading to my apartment open I hear the cadence of the song change as the instrumental is joined by the most beautiful voices. I have a hard time believing this sound comes from a human throat. I exit the elevator and look down the hall to where I live, I am right. There are 3 Elven men standing before my doorway. All 3 had light blonde hair, were lithe, but powerfully built, and the distinctive silver-blue eyes of the Eagle Claw family. I wonder who they were related to that I already new, because I don’t remember meeting these three men in the past.

As I approach them, the first of the trio steps forward and bows. When he stood once more, he presented me with two-dozen perfectly formed white roses,

These are from one whose love is true. I am Goldier.

As Goldier stepped back a second Elf takes his place, bows and presents me with two dozen red roses, as he speaks,

These are from one whose passion is only exceeded by his devotion. My name is Falcon.

Falcon takes the keys to my apartment out of my hand as he steps back and opens the door. The third Elf is the one who was playing a harp that provided the background music. Without stopping his performance, he stated,

The music I play was created to wrap the love a Life Mate felt for his love. Yours sends the melody to you. I have been asked to play it for you from yours.

I walk through the doorway and into my apartment and find it filled with starflowers. Three Elven maidens are busily setting a meal on a shiny mahogany table, there are many covered plates. There are two chairs set behind it, side-by-side. The three girls smile, then break into giggles as one steps forward to speak.

I am Jenna, these other two are Julia, and Alissa. We have brought you fruits of our labors.

Julia and Alissa present me with desserts made with Mutzu apples. My fave, I have not seen these often since leaving my homeland decades ago. On the table there is a bowl filled with them to be enjoyed at my leisure. I pick one up and smell it, its fragrance makes my mouth water. Then Jenna continued,

We grew them for you in our orchard, and your Lord asked us to bring them to you.

I look around at how my apartment has been transformed. The air is heavily fragranced with the scents of the flowers that I hold and those that surround us. And I am sure about what is yet to come. First, however, I must thank these Elves for serving as messengers.

I can’t believe you came all this way to do this for me. I presume you are the ones who were in the orchard in ‘Air Bonded’.

Julia answered,

We were, but that part of our lives is done. However, when we returned home to find Lord Athïan looking so glum, we thought we would give him a bit of help to reach out to the one he is missing so much.

Jenna explained further,

We thought it was only fair, as we are together with our Life Mates.

Goldier smiled as he added,

We will serve you and your Lord as you share a meal. As the evening progresses, we will leave the two of you some privacy. In the meantime, enjoy the music, and the company of the one you love.

A golden light glows as Athïan walked into the room through a doorway that is wreathed in hundreds of starflowers. He holds his arms out to me, and I drop the roses as I run to embrace him.

Athïan!

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I’ll leave the rest to your imagination 😉 Hope you enjoyed the part I revealed though.

They hails from book 3 of the Elven Sentinel Series by M. A. Abraham.

Jenna, Julia, and Alissa are three orphans who were taken in by an elderly couple. The land they live on has been theirs for centuries, it is where they have stood guard over one of the last few portals in existence. They can see the nimbus that marks its location from their farmhouse, and like the others of their calling, they refuse to leave it untended.

Riehl, Goldier, and Falcon know what and who they are looking for. Disguised as apple pickers, the Elven males arrive to find their Life Mates being held at gunpoint. The weapons the enemy is using is beyond their experience and they will have to handle the situation with great care and without exposing their Life Mates to even more danger.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Find the buy links here.

My review: 5 stars

A great addition to the series. As it usually happens when I enter any Ms. Abraham’s worlds, especially the Elven world, I got lost in this story and was not able to put it down. The evil is not fully defeated, but suffers a major loss and the story ended on a happy note with the Life Mates claiming each other. 3 more happy couples added to the Elven Empire 😀
I am looking forward to the next instalment when the Elves finally (hopefully?) end the evil taking root in the human world for good.

CONGRATS to M. A. Abraham!

The Elven Sentinel Series

Book 1, Earth Bonded released March 23, 2021

Book 2, Water Bonded released June 22, 2021

Book 3, Air Bonded released today September 21, 2021

Book 4, Fire Bonded will be landing on December 14, 2021.

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Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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The series is also a part of… Romantically Seasonal, a brand new multi-author, multi-book, multi-series set! Love can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in any season. It’s Romantically Seasonal… Three amazing authors have written stories based on love for each of the seasons, but with a unique voice! Each book is a standalone with a separate releases from C. A. KingM.A. Abraham and Shaunna Rodriguez .

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

Surprised by the Elven Sentinels

I am shelving my books after receiving another box full of them from my awesome friend while listening to an audiobook when a soft knock interrupts. I frown… now what? I thought I would have the day to myself.

The chagrin I had felt at the thought of unheralded visitors turns to one of glee as I open my door to reveal two beautiful Elven men, and they have their mates beside them. Yes, I know, I mention the women second, but hey, the eye-candy is so drool worthy. Just my type, tall, good-looking, and male. Elves has such an advantage over the rest of us. So not fair.

As I smile, I tease, Hi, are you here to take me with you to the Elven Empire?

I get no answer, other than laughter, then one speaks. We came to bring some of the last Portal Sentinels home to the Empire. I am Hawk, my friend is Adriel, and we wanted you to meet our Life Mates before we left your part of the world. Please meet Caia and Thea.

I step aside and invite them in, Please, enter. Perhaps I can interest you in some tea, coffee, cake, cookies, or an adoption.

Caia cocked her head a bit as she allowed Thea to enter first and asked, Adoption?

Yes, I reply, I am an honorary Elf looking for a way home too.

Thea and Caia laugh. We understand and don’t blame you for wanting to go home. It isn’t always possible though.

Thea then holds up a bakery box and says, I was sent with a message from Gabriella. She says she will see you soon, and has sent you something you might like.

As Thea puts it down, I take a peek through the cover, Black Forest Cake.

Adriel comes up behind me, and placing an arm across my shoulders, he offers me another box. As he does, he leans over and whispers into my ear, Cherry Cheese Cakes with toasted coconut garnish around the sides, it is to die for, just as you are.

My eyes grow wide, and shoot up to him, I didn’t think male Elves spoke to others like that after they were bonded.

Caia rolled her eyes, Once a flirt, always a flirt. Don’t listen to them. They are all promise and no delivery. Well, except to us. But you know all about that.

As Caia spoke, Hawk’s expression went blank, a moment later he explains. We have to go, time is running out for us. I am sorry we couldn’t spend more time with you, leaving so fast wasn’t something we had thought to do. Perhaps we will meet again in the future.

They didn’t even leave through the door, but used a portal that suddenly appeared before them. I admit, I was tempted to jump through with them.

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So what do you think? Should I have jumped after them? Maybe I could have surprised Athïan 😉

If you don’t know who these are is because their book just released an hour ago.

CONGRATS to M. A. Abraham!

They hail from Book 2 of the Elven Sentinel Series by M. A. Abraham.

As Hawk and Adriel settle into their search for two Sentinel Guardians known to be in the coastal area, they join a game of volleyball on the beach. Little do they know they are about to meet their Life Mates. They are also the Guardians they had been sent to locate and take to the Elven Empire.

Caia and Thea guard one of the last three remaining portals that allow passage from one side of the Boundary to the other. Caia and Thea know they are being hunted by an ancient foe, but they refuse to leave their posts, not even by imperial command from the emperor.

While the Life Mates begin to get to know each other, the enemy is closing in. As this happens, new information comes to light, and the services of higher powers are called in to help.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Find the buy links here.

The Elven Sentinel Series

Book 1, Earth Bonded released March 23, 2021 and is available at your favourite e-store.

As with Earth Bonded, I enjoyed reading Water Bonded too. I recommend with 5 stars. In her usual unforgettable style, Ms. Abraham brings us into the world of her beloved Elves, but with a twist… it all happens in the human world. As the Elves get ready to leave the Empire grounds (see the Guardians of the Empire series 😉 ), they have to make sure they are not leaving anybody behind and they find some in unexpected places. I can assure you, it will be an interesting, funny, suspenseful ride as Hawk and Adriel find and help the Sentinels they go to retrieve.

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Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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The series is also a part of… Romantically Seasonal, a brand new multi-author, multi-book, multi-series set! Love can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in any season. It’s Romantically Seasonal… Three amazing authors have written stories based on love for each of the seasons, but with a unique voice! Each book is a standalone with a separate releases from C. A. King, M.A. Abraham and Shaunna Rodriguez .

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

A surprise walk into the past

Hello and welcome!

You will not believe just happened to me yesterday. Read on!

The ambience that surrounds an arched doorway made of leafy vines beckons to me from the middle of a hedge while I am taking a walk and I can’t figure the attraction. As I look around, I notice no one else seems to be able to see it. This can mean only one thing, I am getting an invitation to visit the Elven Empire. I look around to see if anyone is paying attention to this area, or me but no one is. So, as I walk past the spot, I quickly step through and into the most beautiful setting I could imagine. There are star flowers lining the side of a walkway, cherry trees in full bloom to the side, massive oaks and sentinel trees reaching high into the sky, flowers of every color imaginable, and in the middle of it all is a massive fountain with statues of a wolf family in the middle. Beside it stand a man and a woman embracing.

It takes a moment for whomever these people are to notice me standing awkwardly watching them. There is so much love surrounding them, not only just between them but in everything that surrounds them. It is as if whatever has been done in this setting has been carefully planned to show how much they care. It fills my heart to near bursting with yearning. I give a sigh and feel the presence of another, Athïan. My love is also here.

I want you to meet a friend of mine, and a friend that you didn’t get to meet in person from your world, Fran and Geraint. Athïan speaks as he takes me into his arms to exchange a very satisfying kiss. I have been missing you.

As I have you, I admit.

I then notice that Fran and Geraint are watching us, and I smile.

The moment they know that our attention is on them, they come forward, and Geraint speaks. Welcome to our home. Enikő, I would like you to meet Fran, she has wanted to meet you for a while now, but we have been rather involved.

Fran smiles at me and I can see that she is truly happy. I used to wait to see what you were going to post next. You were always so full of life it lifted my spirits.

We all loved getting wolf pictures for you, it was almost like a contest who could get the best. I miss chatting with you and miss your ‘Fran-speak’. I admitted while hugging her. Sorry we didn’t meet as we hoped.

Geraint has made sure I don’t need pictures anymore. Fran follows her comment with a huge smile as eight half grown wolf puppies’ swarm around her legs.

Geraint smiles fondly as he comments. The Fates have been kind to give me a Life Mate that loves the same things I do. I don’t know what I would do without my love.

Fran looks lovingly at Geraint and adds, Or I without mine. And, I understand that you are one of the reasons this has come to pass. I want to thank you. I can’t imagine being happier, and maybe one day we will get to spend more time together.

The smile I am wearing wanes as I reply. You mean this is over?

It is not time for you to leave your part of the world, but it will come. You must realize that you are out of time here, this is in your past and you can only spend a few moments. Athïan explains.

I sigh, as I understand what they mean. In real time Athïan and I haven’t even met yet. But, we will, and this is what counts.

As I give and receive hugs from everyone, and take a moment to pet the wolves, Athïan gathers an armful of Star flowers, and when I am finished, he gives me one last kiss before I have to leave.

I then walk back into the world I live in and wonder at what had just happened. Was it real? Was I imagining everything?

I continue to walk as I realize it couldn’t have been, for in my arms there are dozens of fragrant blooms that weren’t there before, and I smile.

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I hope you enjoy my adventures.

Fran and Geraint are hailing from “To Love and Elven Healer“, book 2 in To Love A Elf series by M. A. Abraham. Their book just released on April 20, 2021 and I have to tell you, it is an emotional story especially because it is dedicated to a dear friend who we lost a few years ago.

In memory of the Wolf Lady!

Geraint, an Elven Healer has been told his Life Mate is in the Human world. He has come too late, for Fran has been dead for several years already. This will not deter him from claiming the love he was born to cherish and protect. With the help of an Elven wizard, he plans to travel back in time for her.

Fran has just been told she has cancer. She faces her bleak future stoically, determined to do what she feels best for her children. She hadn’t counted on Geraint coming into her life. As determined as she is to live her last days for her children, he is to hold her to his heart and in his arms. To do this, she must agree to leave her world for his.

Is it really possible? To those who believe with all their heart and soul anything is possible.

Read chapter 1 here !

The story is part of Spring Fling 2021 (Twist of Fate), an anthology including stories from C.A. King, Shaunna Rodriguez and A.E. Clint.

Some will win and some will lose. Only a twist of fate will tell the tale.

Spring is in the air and so is romance. New love will bloom, but will it last or will it fade like a flower? Is it a no strings attached fling, or will there be undeniable feelings?

The sky is blue, flowers are in bloom filling the air with tantalizing scents of Spring and love. Sometimes all it takes is a little nostalgia and the brush of a hand, the scent of a woman or his warm breath against her neck; to spark a flame.

Can an assistant finally catch her boss’s eye? Will the guy finally get the girl his heart is longing for? So many questions, So many possibilities.

What better time to have a fling than in Spring?

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The series is about Elves searching for their Life Mates and finding them in the human world.

Book 1. To Love An Elven Lord is my story, I got my very own Life Mate ❤

Raith is tasked to look for Life Mates in the human world. The moment he sees Enikő he knows she was the one he had been sent to find for Athiän. The first thing Raith did was to send for his friend.

Enikő’s meets Athiän at her only child’s wedding and the attraction is strong and real. The only problem is, he is half her age. She doesn’t want to come across to the world like a cougar, yet she can’t keep her distance.

Athiän is a High Elven Lord in charge of a vast area deep in the wilds of a mountain range. Athiän has searched the Elven Empire over for his Life Mate but she is not there. He knows he has one. Then Raith summons him, Athiän’s Life Mate has been found. The moment he looks into her eyes, he knows it is true. Only question is, can he persuade Enikő that their love is real?

Read Chapetr 1 here !

It is part of THE BOOK OF LOVE: A Multi-Author Interlude (TWIST OF FATE 2021) alongside stories from Shaunna Rodriguez, Carrie Weston, Crystal StClair, Margaret Malory, and K.T. Brown.

In a world where fate often has a twist on love, life, and the paranormal where worlds are within worlds; some will win, and some will lose. Only a twist of fate will tell the tale.

Blind-dates, the geeky guy gets the girl, sexy, sweet, seductive, molten hot, heart-racing, nail-biting, edge of your seat, romance, chaos, with drama because there must be drama in any relationship, and a slow-burn that is anything but vanilla. Award-Winning, Bestselling, and up-and-coming authors bring you stories tailored to the most romantic month of the year, February. Not everyone will be lucky in love or life and not everyone is who they claim to be….

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There will be a few more of the Elfanatics chosen to find their Elven Life Mates. Once the covers are created for them, they will be revealed here on the blog.

Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

My Chat with Ranish

Hello and welcome!

Do I have news for you! Read on what happened yesterday…

It is a beautiful spring day and I am out for a walk when I notice a man heading my way. My mind immediately takes note of his appearance. So shoot me, I have eyes to see, and they are definitely enjoying the view. This is male nature at its finest, considering the age of the subject. 😉 He is wearing a suit too, have I ever mentioned that I love men who are dressed well? Well, it is true. He is what everyone calls a silver fox, and he wears the look so well.

As we approach each other on the sidewalk, he smiles at me. I return his smile and he stops. With a slight nod, he addresses me… I like him even better as his voice is rich as hot chocolate and slightly accented.

Good morning, Eniko. I hope you are enjoying your day so far.

I stop. How do you know my name?

A twinkle in the man’s eyes accompanies his comment. I was told you would be the prettiest lady I will find outside enjoying the weather. I knew you the moment I saw you.

I chuckle. Are you flirting with me?

I couldn’t resist. My name is Ranish, you might have heard of me. I am Kaina’s uncle. I thought it might be a good idea to come and tell my story before the book is released so that I am not blamed for leaving her alone for all of those years.

I really don’t want to go inside, as it is such a beautiful day. I definitely have heard of you. In fact, I have read about you.

Ranish smiled as he offers me his arm in a gentlemanly fashion, so we can walk together. I know where there is an outdoor café not far from here. Allow me to get you some coffee, and perhaps something sweet to go with it.

I accept. You have a deal. I mean, what can it hurt, right? We are in public, in the open, so what is going to happen beyond us getting coffee.

I looked for Kaina for a long time before I found her, Ranish began. It bothered me that I couldn’t find her, yet something kept nagging at me that I was missing someone important. In the beginning I thought it was my sister, Mysteria. You would have had to know my sister to understand why I loved her so much. Mysteria was more than beautiful, she was magical. Her laughter could brighten up the darkest day, and she loved life to the fullest. I totally understood why Trace fell so hard for her. Our people tend to do these things when we meet our mates, but Trace was so in love with his Mysteria he could hardly think straight. Their love knew no bounds, their sons were their pride, and to have a daughter about to be born to them was a dream come true. Unfortunately, they never got to live it. I can’t say I was too surprised to learn that my sister told her daughter to seek vengeance though. Mysteria, for all of her beauty, charm, and spirit could be like that. It was the Dragon in her. It is a part of our natures.

That is why Kaina acted like she did?

Ranish laughed, as we reached the café and found the perfect table waiting for us as if he had reserved it. Kaina is her mother’s daughter in every way possible. Beautiful, with a bubbly personality that reminds me of sparkling champagne. I couldn’t love her more, but she is stubborn. Our Kaina took her mother’s instructions literally and shut those who would have helped her out. That is now ancient history, for it happened a long time ago, but inside of Kaina, that person still lives. Woe betides anyone who would hurt one of hers. And we love her all the more for this, because we are Dragon, and this is the way we are.

Ranish motions towards a server and he appears moments later with the most decadent espresso coffee and the deepest, darkest chocolate cake I have ever seen. I am in heaven. How did he know? We enjoy our lunch, if you can call it that together in silence after this. When we are finished, Ranish rises, bows, takes my hand and presses a kiss to my knuckles. It is time for me to leave. Know that Kaina has finally found peace and happiness, and she is making Strafe’s life interesting. I love how she keeps him hunting. His Dragon has found a piece of heaven in his mate. We should all be so blessed.

I couldn’t believe Ranish was leaving. That is it? You are leaving me now?

Ranish chuckles and answers, You won’t be alone for long. Expect someone younger and infinitely more powerful. I bid you adieu, my lady. Until we meet again.

I hope we do, and I really do. I wave to him and feeling a bit sad.

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I hope you enjoyed the chat.

Ranish is one of the main characters in Vengeance Has A Daughter, book 1 of the Drakaina Series by M. A. Abraham, releasing April 20, 2021.

She was born to right a wrong and to serve justice. Torn from her deceased mother’s womb she knows what is expected of her even before she takes her first breath. Her quest for vengeance starts as a child and determined to see her task to the end, she acts as opportunities present themselves. She is Naranda, daughter of Mysteria and Trance, last of the Royal line of Dragon.

Strafe is the strongest of the Drakes, the bravest and the one everyone looks towards to rebuild their empire. To do this he brings Ranish to his side to advise him, for he was closest to the throne before the Royal line was decimated. With Ranish comes news of a hidden daughter of the House of Dragon, and Drakaina hiding from both man and beast to stay safe. In helping Ranish to find his niece, Strafe becomes guardian to hundreds of orphaned Drakaina that only reluctantly pay him homage. To them, Naranda is their beloved Queen, for she alone is of Royal blood.

In a bid to strengthen the power of the throne and, to do the right thing, Ranish hopes to bring these two powerful Dragon shifters together to create a lasting dynasty. Can he do it? Will they take one look at each other and see only an enemy? Or, will they find a love that has been missing in their lives since the days when Mysteria and Trance lit up the skies with theirs?

Read chapter 1 here where you can also find the BUY LINKS to preorder.

My review:

Vengeance Has a Daughter is nothing like anything the author has written before. An epic story that will have the reader immerse themselves and not come up for air until the end. A 5-star read.

Check out the trailer created by one of my fave narrators, Brian Callanan, who narrated the Tantalus Series by M. A. Abraham.

I hope you will give it a chance, Ms. Abraham created a new world that is worth exploring and I for one look forward to the next book with great anticipation.

It will be also available in audiobook format soon, narrated by the very talented Jennifer Blom. I fell in love with her voice the moment I heard the audition, she stood out from the many we received. I am glad she agreed to tell the story and will be doing the next in the series too when the time comes.

There is a release party on Facebook if interested, join here. There will be giveaways, author appearances and more.

Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter contest, there will be 3 winners for a HC book, an audiobook, and an ebook. GOOD LUCK!

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To celebrate the release, Ms. Abraham is offering an ebook to one of you. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm EST on release day, April 20, 2021.

Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

My Chat with Anders!

Hello and welcome!

I have a surprise visitor and I wanted to share with you.

I hear a light knock on my door and open it just as anther is about to be added to the first one. The first I notice is that the person standing before me has very long grey hair, the second is that he isn’t human. He is an Elf… and what an Elf.

When I don’t say anything, he begins. Eniko? Cambria sent me here, I also brought you a present from Athïan.

As this gorgeous Elf presents a huge bouquet of starflowers I give an excited squeak. Athïan never forgets.

I hold my arms out and they are suddenly filled with hundreds of freshly opened blossoms, and the whole house is filled with their fragrance.

With a smile so wide it threatens to stretch my cheeks even more, I invite this unknown Elf into my home. Come in, any friend of Athïan’s is a friend of mine.

To make things easier, he introduces himself, I am Anders, Cambria’s Life Mate. I believe you have met her.

I nod, I definitely have, and she must be ecstatic that the Fates chose you for her.

Ander’s laughs, I assume you approve. Cambria and Athïan told me what to wear. As Anders says this, he turns to show off his perfect physique, and I give a sigh. He has on the tightest pair of leathers. Did I hit it lucky with Athïan or what? He knows exactly how to make a girl smile, even when he isn’t with her in person. Not going to talk about the time we spend together… a girl doesn’t tell… right?

As I put the flowers into vases, I ask. Did they have other messages for me?

Not really, Anders admitted. Although, Athïan says that if you are interested, I am to bring you for a visit for the weekend.

I stop in the middle of putting the last of the flowers into a vase and stare at Anders as I quickly ask, When do we leave?

As soon as you get home on Friday. Everyone realizes that you live a double-life for now. Athïan isn’t terribly happy about it, but he says the two of you will have lots of time to spend together in the future. But that doesn’t mean it will ever be enough. Anders explains.

I am ready to leave when you are, I declare. Besides, I want to see what is going on in the Empire. Call me nosy.

Anders laughs, No wonder Athïan looks so happy all of the time. But you can’t go now, you have a workweek to finish.

Oh, I pretend to feel suddenly ill. I can’t go to work. I need the touch of Athïan’s healing hands.

Anders offers, I can take care of anything that ails you, unless that is of a personal nature, then that is up to Athïan.

I reply. My problem is definitely something that only Athïan can fix.

Well, in that case, I guess the sooner we leave, the quicker you will feel better. Do you need time to pack before we leave? Anders wonders, as I head for the door.

I grin at Anders as I reply. All I need, Athïan can provide.

Anders doesn’t question what I am talking about, or my motives. He is only too happy to leave now, for it means he will be back with Cambria that much sooner.

Wasn’t that sweet? So I will keep this short as I am out the door now and don’t worry if you do not hear from me till after the weekend. I will be very busy 😉

Lead on my galant messenger, I am ready for some hugs from my Life Mate.

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Anders hails from The Tratchar, book 5 in The Guardians of the Empire by M. A. Abraham and is releasing tomorrow, March 5, 2021.

Cambria is a highly powered Tratchar, and her task is to take care of the Sentinels, in the same way her ancestors did, many millenniums before. She is good at her job and proud of what she does. She is also deadly as she is beautiful.

Anders isn’t one of the elite among the Guardians of the Empire, but he is happy to be numbered among them. To him, it is a point of pride. For, although he is one of the younger dragon shifters, he figures he has lots of time to develop.

All thoughts of his status, however, disappear into the mist when he sees a pretty young Elven female create a tree out of a seed she holds cupped in her hands. He watches in awe, as the small tree forms, and then loses all that he is to her as their eyes meet, for she is his life mate, and he can tell she is as aware of what he is to her as he is to her.

You can read Chapter 1 here. Find buy links here. Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Check out the beautiful paperback cover. It pops, doesn’t it? I love it! Amazing work, Cora Graphics!

My review: 5-star
A great addition to the series showing us how things are progressing in the Valley and the Guardians finding their Life Mates. Cambria and Anders are so good for and with each other. A few surprises await the reader, I know it will be well received.

I hope you will give it a try. I really enjoy the series, but then again I always feel good when I visit the Elven Empire.

Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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Until next time, happy reading / listening!

My Chat with Ilène … and Gabriella and Cambria?

Hello and welcome!

Another… UHM … surprise visit from the Elves, I LOVE IT! Read on to find out the shenanigans they cooked up again.

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I can’t believe my eyes. I am standing in the middle of my living room, wearing Christmas PJ’s, eating a sandwich, and generally looking frumpy when the door bursts open and Ilénè walks, or should I say struts, through the doorway and strikes a pose. I have arrived.

Suddenly I feel like Phyllis Diller in comparison. Ilénè should be outlawed, especially dressed in a red gown that looks like half of it was forgotten on the cutting table. She is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous in it anyway. ‘Yup,’ I think to myself, ‘She has definitely arrived.’ Sigh.

Without losing a beat, Ilénè continues. I have brought you something to make your day. Wait until you see them.

I could have groaned as I think, ‘Not another Elite Guard costume. I still have barely gotten the nerve collected to pull the other one back out of the closet from the last time Ilénè visited.’ I am not about to tell her that though.

As I bend to put my sandwich down, Ilénè waves my awkwardness away and continues. Please, continue with your lunch. She then looks at my slippers and smiles. When I look down at my feet she giggles and admits, I was looking for the pink bunnies with the beady eyes, but you don’t have them. Would you like a pair?

I must look horrified by the idea and Ilénè gives a sigh. I guess not. You are no fun at all.

I can’t help but look like I have been struck by lightning. Whatever Ilénè has been eating must be causing her euphoric mood, I wonder if she has more. I could use some of that for myself. I also wonder if it would help me look more like her.

Anyway, Ilénè continues. I thought I would bring the Eagle Claw twins to help make your day. Have you met Cambria and Gabriella yet?

My eyes grow large as I ask, You mean THE Cambria and Gabriella Eagle Claw from ‘The Legacy’?

Ilénè looks suddenly abashed. I guess I should have brought them here sooner, they are adults now and ready to meet their own Life Mates. Anders and T’Harris are so dreamy, not as much as Kestriel, but still nice. I might bring those two here at a later date if I can pry them away from their Life Mates. You are the type to really go for T’Harris. He is pure gentleman with a touch of drop-dead male thrown in. Well, more than just a touch, but don’t tell Kestriel or Gabriella I said so. Anyway, here they are, Gabriella and Cambria.
If you only knew how much T’Harris IS my type.

As Ilénè introduces them, two nearly identical Elven females walk through the door. I can tell which one is which though. Cambria is dressed in green and Gabriella in red. They are both absolutely beautiful, and I can tell they are equally deadly in their own way.

With a slight bow, I welcome them to my home. Please come in.

Cambria looks devilish as she replies, As it is so close to Christmas, we have brought you gifts. This is from an Elf who goes by the name Athïan, he says you will get to meet him in the future and he is looking forward to it. He says I am to tell you he picked each bloom personally, and they are the best of the lot. Cambria hands me a huge bouquet of Star Flowers, and they look as well as smell heavenly. I move quickly to find something to put them in and Cambria conjures a cut glass vase for me. It only takes a moment for me to put them in water, which Cambria insists on purifying.

Gabriella watches the proceedings with collected amusement. When things settle again, she holds out a package that is about as long as my hand and forearm together. I think you may need this, but watch how you use it.

I rip open the wrapping and find an Elven knife and it is exquisite. How did she knows I love knives? As I am about to touch the blade in pure wonder, Gabriella warns, Be careful, the edge is extremely sharp.

I give a fixated nod of understanding, even as I watch blood pool in the palm of my hand from a tiny cut on a finger.

Gabriella looks embarrassed, while Cambria touches the cut to heal it. I told you not to make it that sharp. I doubt if she did much more than barely touch the edge.

Gabriella defends herself. I didn’t think it was THAT sharp. I have much sharper ones in my arsenal at home. I am sorry Enikő. She then turns to Cambria and Ilénè and warns, You better not breathe a word of this to Athïan, I have enough problems with that Elf. He is so full of himself.

You have bigger worries than Athïan coming up, Gabriella, Ilénè reminds her. Your story is about to come up, but first we deal with Cambria’s. A thoroughly Elven look enters Ilénè’s eyes and she smiles at her friends as she quietly confides in me. You will feel much better about how you look right now in a year from now if you see them again. She then runs her hands down her svelte body and purrs, Of course I will be the one with the curves all in the right places.

My eyes grow large as I look at Ilénè, and she gives a smug grin as she whispers, You already know that Eagle Claws breed like rabbits, but you will learn more about these two at a later date.

Gabriella looks daggers at Ilénè, as does Cambria, and Ilénè heads for the door. It is time for me to leave. Enjoy the rest of your visit. Ta-ta.

There is no rest of the visit as Cambria and Gabriella tear off after Ilénè, only the sound of threats coming from the twins, and the sound of Ilénè’s laughter. Before it goes quiet, I hear Ilénè’s voice in my mind, They are so much fun when they are like this.

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As you can see, the Elves did their usual whirlwind entry and exit, leaving me bewildered and amused at the same time. I should be used to them by now, but nope… and I love every minute of it. Ilene visited me before when this book was part of the KaLiCon 2019 bundle, a present from few of the authors participating in the event. If you missed that chat, check it out here. You can also read an excerpt there too 😉

You will get to see more of their escapades in a new novella in the Guardians of the Empire series by M. A. Abraham , The Legend, releasing December 20, 2020.

A short story from the Elven Empire where I would love to move once M.A. convinces one of the Elven Mages to open a portal for me 😉

cover designed by me 😉

Born with the same talents as her illustrious ancestor, the High Lord General Gabriel Eagle Claw, Gabriella grows into her powers. It is not an easy road for the young Elven girl to walk, for as Gabriel’s father had expected great things from his well endowed son, so does her father expect the same things from her.

Cambria is Gabriella’s twin and partner in crime. She is a Tratchar with as much talent as her ancestress, Eden. With her best friend at her side, Ilénè, the Dark Elven Princess, they seek to ease the path that has been set out for them.

This is a coming of age story of how the Legacy of the Eagle Claw family that was missing from the Eagle Claw lineage returns. It is a symbol of power and might no one in the Empire has seen since Gabriel commanded the Combined Armed Forces.

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My review: 5 stars
It was a great peek into Gabriella’s childhood and have a better understanding on why she is the way she is as an adult. The three friends are a hoot. I recommend it with 5 stars and not just for the ones following the GOTE series, as it can be read as a standalone too. A new reader would get a taste of the amazing stories the author can spin.

Make sure you sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

To celebrate the release, Ms. Abraham will gift one of you with the ebook copy of The Legacy. Tell me which cover of the series is your fave. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm EST on release day, December 20, 2020. Good luck!

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My Chat with Alec

Hello and welcome!

Do I have a treat for you today! My guest is one of my BBFs I collected recently and he is something else LOL read on and find out why.

Welcome!

What is your full name?
Alec Xavier Cavanaugh.

Do you have a nickname?
Mr. Phantom.

What is one word that best describes you?
Unique.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Jeans and a faded t-shirt. I don’t dress up often.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
She did indeed.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Corny or smart-assed jokes.

What is your favourite song?
Bryan Adams – (Everything I do) I Do It For You.

What is your favourite movie?
Princess Bride.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing those I love.

What is your favourite colour?
Blue.

What is the perfect romantic date?
Rose petals, a candle light dinner, and snuggling while watching a good movie.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
Very much so. Sides, underarms, feet… Will this information be used against me later? he laughs

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
For this one, I’ll need you to close your eyes and imagine a still lake overlooking the serene mountains in the distance. The smell of fresh air. Reminds me of home.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Eyes and smile.

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

What is one word that best describes her?
Exquisite.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Stand alone. That just means people can read it over and over. he smirks

Thank you Alec for chatting with me. Well will see about that. I bet that if us readers will ask for more, Ms. Healy will give us more. Pretty pleeeeeeze… with a cherry on top!

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So what did you think?

Alec’s book is AlecPhantom by Dani Healy, a new author for me.

“To have the strength to overcome life’s obstacles, you first must have faith that something better is just around the corner.”

Some secrets are meant to tear us apart, but what if one could bring us closer together?

In the early spring of 1998, Scarlett Mitchel fell for a guy she met online. A guy whose face she has never seen, but whose voice melts her heart. She just can’t understand why he doesn’t want to meet face to face.

That’s because Alec Cavanaugh has a secret. One that he refuses to give up so easily… until Scarlett gives him an ultimatum. Either the secret goes, or she does.

Rated 17+ for adult related themes/brief sensual content

My review – 5 stars

– Up till 2am
Well Ms. Healy, I blame you for being up so late.
My first from the author and I started it thinking I will read a few pages before sleep. Well… I could not stop reading! Love the style of writing, it was so easy and light for the first half, the story grabbed me from the first page and with each page found myself more invested. Loved the chemistry between Scarlett and Alec. Their story is intense but the reward at the end is so good. I laughed, I cried, I shouted at them to not be stubborn. Brought back quite a few memories, dial-up internet and the songs mentioned in the story. I recommend this story with 5 stars. Looking forward to more, I hope more characters will get their HEA too.

I love discovering new authors and their worlds, and I am glad I found Ms Healy’s. I love her style of writing and will be checking out more of her books.

Author Bio
Hi there, I’m Dani!

starts singing my theme song In West Broward County, I was born and raised…at the pool is where I spent most of my days…rockin’ out to music and breakin’ the rules…chillin’ with my besties in and out of school…but then a couple ideas popped in my head…they started makin’ trouble, that’s what I said…I published one little book and my mom yelled, “Yay”…she said, “Go and write another one…live, laugh, love, pray!”

Okay, now that that’s out of my system, let’s get serious lol I was born and raised in sunny southern Florida. My love for writing started at a very young age with poetry and song lyrics, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I tried my hand at writing a novel. I’m a writer, gamer, music lover, movie watcher, tackle hugger…where was I going with this? lol

I strive to take my readers through all the twists and turns that come with the emotional states of love and loss, but I also want to make people laugh and allow them to escape reality for a little while. I appreciate you taking the time to read my bio, and I hope you enjoy falling in love with my characters as much as I have hugs

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Audiobook to listen to: La Vie en Rose

Hello and welcome!

The audiobook I want to share about today is a not-to-be-missed story

La Vie en Rose: Life in Pink

By: Lydia Michaels

Narrated by: Brian Callanan

Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty pearls, and – of course – falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairytales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.

Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend, but soon finds himself wanting more.

She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves most in this world – his Emma. His hero.

Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.

Isn’t the cover beautiful? I love it!

The story and the voice telling make it …

a must listen

I picked up this book because I love Mr. Callanan’s voice and I am glad I did.
It starts out like any other story, character intros, showing the dynamics between the main characters. I was zoning out a bit in the beginning at the very detailed scenes, BUT… am I glad the author did that because the twist in the story is major, I mean life-altering major, I did not expect and what happens after is very detailed and eye-opening for somebody who has not gone thru that. It is about love, loyalty, friendship, family, what it means to have those when you need them the most. The book has crazy LOL moments, steamy dirty-talk scenes, and tear jerker ones too.
It ends well, but have tissues ready. Emma and Riley’s wows are just beautiful, the nicknames for each other cracked me up. It put me thru the emotional wringer, but OH SO WORTH IT !!!
I think this is the best I heard so far from Mr. Callanan. He outdid himself in every way, the various voices, the emotions, the passionate delivery made this an enjoyable experience.

Overall – 5 stars • Performance – 5 stars • Story – 5 stars

It has been almost 3 years, December 18, 2017 to be exact WOW time flies since I listened to it, but I still remember the feeling of contentment when finished.

There is a sale on right now, so hurry and get it HERE.

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Audiobooks to listen to: Loverboy

Hello and welcome!

I just finished an ARC of this audiobook I was lucky to get from one of my fave authors, Sarina Bowen, and I had to tell you about it even thought the release date is December 1, 2020. I was part of the cover reveal too, if you missed that, you can find it here.

CREDITS: Photo by Wander Aguiar, Design by Hang Le

Secrets, desires, and exquisite pie. It’s all in a day’s work at The Company.

Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But I managed to steal only a single kiss before I had to skip town.

Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion-dollar security company.

Not that I can tell her.

There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. I can’t let on that I’m here to bring him down before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.

Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon as I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten…

Audiobook narrated by Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin, with special appearance from Emma Wilder.

Check out the audio excerpt on YouTube

Gunner goes under cover… as a barista. He’s had easier days! 🙂 Joe Arden’s voices are sublime ❤

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Here is another audio teaser, with Vanessa Edwin‘s voice… Kisses on a street corner?

… and another one where Posy wakes up. And she’s not in her own bed…

Preorder links are here.

Author Bio

Sarina Bowen is the award-winning author of more than thirty contemporary novels. She has hit the USA Today bestseller’s list thirteen times and counting. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents.

To keep in touch with Ms. Bowen and check out all her yummy books, check out the links to social media.

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My review – 5 stars

I loved all of Ms. Bowen’s books I listened to so far, and ‘Loverboy’ is no exception.

A great mix of sweet love story, second chance angst, suspense, some comic relief and of course HEA ending. Posy’s inner voice cracked me up and was well voiced. Loved Gunnar’s protective alpha, charming flirt and sweet gooey heart. Great secondary characters, Duffy was one of them, funny and sweet, smart ass young man. Scout piqued my interest too. I hope they get their story too.

Loved loved the voices giving life to the characters in this great story. Joe Arden is on my ‘eargasm’ voices list, same with Emma Wilder. Vanessa Edwin is a new voice to me and will have to add her to my ‘to listen more from’ list. Checked her backlist, I added quite a few onto my TBL wish list already.

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