Unexpected visit from Tantalus

Hello and welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Eniko, I am Kyran.

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

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

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

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

Who would you like to fly you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Tantalus, Eniko.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Chapter 1 here.

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

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

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

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

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

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My Chat with Aura

Hello and welcome!

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

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

Read on to see what happened earlier today…

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

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

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

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

Oh Do I remember Thorn!!! 😉

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

Tea would be fine. Aura smiles wider.

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

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

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

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

You have come a long way. I comment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My review of the book from 2013

5 stars loves transcends time and place

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

Here is a short clip from the audiobook

Buy link: Amazon •  Audible US • Audible CA • Audible AU • (iTunes is not live yet)

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

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

The Phoenixes’ Choice – ch 1

Hello and welcome!

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

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

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

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

The release is scheduled for April 17, 2018.

Here are the preorder links.

Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon UK iTunesB&NKobo • Smashwords

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads.

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

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

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

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

My Chat with Chania!

Hello and welcome!

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

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

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

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

Please welcome Chania!

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

Chania?

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

Is something wrong?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, they are. Don’t get me started!

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

So, what are you planning?

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

You think he will? I wonder.

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

So, what are your short term plans?

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

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

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

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

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

You think it will work?

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

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

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

Why do you say that?

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

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

What is a girl to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Chapter 1 on the author’s website.

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

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

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

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

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My Chat with M. A. Abraham and her first audiobook release

Hello and welcome!

Do you remember at the beginning of the year I posted about First Contact, book 1 of the Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham being recorded? If not, you can check it out here.

Well… it is done and was released TODAY!!!

Help me congratulate Ms. Abraham and share her big news. Her very first audiobook release and I am soooo excited! I loved the story when I read it. Listening to Brian Callanan, the very talented narrator giving it life, makes it even more special.

Congrats to Mr. Callanan too, looking forward to listening to more. My ears really like his voices 😉

Check out the short audio clips on youtube…

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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn’t expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don’t live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

“Welcome to Tantalus.”

Here is a clip of the story at the beginning of the book …

… and here is one at the end and one of my fave scene in the book, I got goosebumps reading it, but listening to Mr. Callanan telling it … he captured the characters and their temperaments very well and the voice he gave for my love, Kyllan, the Tribunal Elder is PERFECTION

Buy link: Amazon •  Audible USAudible CAAudible AUiTunes

I got to chat with Ms. Abraham about her experience…

Tell us about Tantalus.
Tantalus is basically about a planet that is inhabited by people that have been seeded from other worlds.  There is more than 1 species on it, but the main one is the winged people who are dominant.  They are open to interaction with others, but are not deluded as to the problems that could cause, or the negative, as well as positive sides of the relationship this could cause.  They also realize that they are not perfect, for those that should have been watching over the direction the main population took during their rest period, neglected their duties and it had very adverse reactions from the order of things on the planet.  They are not only being approached by people from the Human race, as they wake up to what needs to be done to correct their error, but the restructuring of their social and governmental order within their own people.

First Choice… why the format of parallel stories?
You have to know where you are coming from, to have any idea where you are going.  The people from Earth have to make the trip to get to the planet.  We need to know what it took, and the problems they encountered on their journey.  Also, things are going to take a while to improve.

How did you come to decision to plunge into audiobook world?
Well, I had this little voice poking at my subconscious mind for a few years.  We all know who owns it.  I need not say more.
I am grinning big and fist pump yessssss

What is the process from deciding to go for it and releasing the audiobook? Was it easier or harder than you anticipated?
Deciding to go for it was making sure that the funds were in place before taking the initial step.  Once you get past the first hurdle, it doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  Getting the right narrator for the task is a huge plus.  It seems simple when you find the right person for the book, one who can connect with the feel for the people you are writing about.  I think in most cases it is like anything else, the wrong impression can destroy something that you believe is good, or it can make something mediocre sound like a song to be repeated many times over.

Personal feelings… are you excited, apprehensive?
Nervous as a cat trying to bury something on a marble floor before getting caught.  I am even having difficulty writing, and I need to get these books written, I am way behind.

What is the reaction of those close to you to this new adventure?
Some are pacing with me, others are not audiobook fans.  It is like picking a car, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes, GM… one person’s poison is another’s candy.

Why should people pick up this book?
Because it may give you a different perspective from what is on the market today.  I do not tend to follow the beaten path when it comes to writing, which means you can expect something different.

How was working with Mr. Callanan… from author’s point of view?
Brian is very professional, if something is off, he catches it, even if it is something that shouldn’t be there.  He caught the nuances of the characters right off the top, and the few he didn’t, he rethought when it was pointed out.  Some narrators won’t listen to what you have to offer for advice.  Those I tended to reject straight off, the last thing a writer needs is more stress in their lives.

Are you glad you did this?
Well, we will find out.  I have done a lot of crazy things in my life and often the ones I thought were the nuttiest, were the best.

Why didn’t you do this sooner?
I looked into it, but unlike some, I don’t jump off a mountain unless I know there is a safety net beneath me.

Why Tantalus first and not the Elven Chronicles, which is the bigger selling series of the two?
The right narrator at the right moment.  Gabriel was up there, but 90% of the auditions were just wrong for that book.  The one I am looking at right now nailed all the names, and that is a feat in itself.

What is the strangest question you have had someone ask about the Tantalus Series?
Why I didn’t connect them to the Elves.  I could hear it now, Elves in space using light sabres.  That would have been so wrong.  Then again, who knows, the night is young.  😉

What is next?
Aura – and I have heard the audition that makes that book come alive already.  It will be done in February, and I am soooo looking forward to it.
Me too! It is my fave standalone book of yours! I can’t wait to hear Thorn sigh

Integration, book 2 in the Tantalus series, will be done in April and so you know the narrator on this book, to quote someone we all know,  “The scintillating voice of Brian Callanan will narrate this masterpiece”.
LOL I remember that

Thank you so much MA for chatting with me and I wish you much success with this new adventure. I am looking forward to more stories and my ears are ready for more audio time.

To celebrate the brand new release. Ms. Abraham is giving away a few audio copies of First Contact. Let me know in the comments if you would leave Earth for Tantalus if it was an option. I would be on the first ship! 😀
Sexy Mr. Random will pick winners on Sunday, January 28, 2017.

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

Awesome news from Tantalus!

Hello and welcome!

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were merry.

I had a relaxing week off and put quite a dent in my TBR pile, especially the audiobook one.

Now onto the awesome news from Tantalus!

I am having a great time listening to an audiobook in progress as it is finished chapter by chapter. The book is First Contact, book 1 in the Tantalus series by M.A. Abraham.

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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn’t expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don’t live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

“Welcome to Tantalus.”

I AM SO EXCITED and I can’t wait for you all to hear it when it releases soon, I do not have an exact date, but you can bet I will share it when the date is set.

The talented Brian Callanan is the one narrating it, he chatted with me back in October. If you missed it, you can find it here. It is such a pleasure working with Brian, he has an uncanny ability to capture the many characters’ temperaments and quirks and the progress is swift. I am hoping he will be narrating the whole series. I love his various voices, male and female, young or old, the colourful nuances, the way I can hear the emotions behind the words.

I will have a trailer for First Contact audiobook to share soon. Until then you can check out his voice on Audible or ACX.

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

Rising from the Ashes – NEW RELEASE

Hello and welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY REVIEW – 5 stars

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

My 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!

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 Chat with Leontide

Hello and welcome!

As usual when I invite one of M. A. Abraham’s hunks, they have to do their own thing, and forget about answering my questions. But… I AM NOT COMPLAINING 😉

Read on about my newest adventure…

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I shut down my computer and again it is way after quitting time. It has been a hellish day and the rush requests haven’t quit all day. I want to go home, grab a bite and loose myself in a book, my usual escape from reality.

I rush to the exit, open the door, and step into the arms of a man that hadn’t been there only a moment ago. I swear it is true, he appeared out of nowhere. Oh yes, did I mention he has abs that were made in Heaven, with the white wings to match? I look up… and up … and up …. and I can’t contain my smile …

KYLLAN!!!!!!

I blush and stammer,So sorry, I didn’t see you there.

Kyllan chuckles, I know he has heard my thoughts and my blush deepens. I don’t know why I even try when I know they are sensitive to thought patterns.

Timing is sometimes everything, Kyllan replies.

Yes, it most definitely is, I respond, with a sheepish grin. I mean, what is a girl to do or say?

I have brought you a guest, if you don’t mind, Kyllan announced. The Siren Elder, Leontide. I believe you have heard of him.

Yes, I had, and yes, I am curious. As Kyllan moves aside, to allow me to see Leontide, I am expecting an elderly gentleman to appear before me. Hot damn. These aliens need to be labeled with warning signs: ‘Danger ladies, can cause overloading of Human circuits.’ I nearly break into a sweat.

You are Leontide? I stammer. I never stammer!

At your service, Leontide answered with a bow of greeting.

He thought that he would bring you a surprise, Kyllan chuckled.

As if this isn’t surprise enough, he has the physic of someone around twenty-five years old. How do they keep themselves in this kind of shape? I am both jealous, as well as running on hormone overload.

It is all the swimming and flying we need to do to live, which is something I thought you might enjoy. This is why I have come, as well as to meet you. Kyllan is always talking about you, and for him to be impressed by a Human, I thought you had to be something special.

They certainly weren’t in the back of the line when it came to handing out charm. I look at Leontide’s sparkling eyes, and I know there is more to this than he is telling me. All right, I will bite, and anything he offers actually. Where did that thought come from? He is also talking about swimming, and although it isn’t really the right time of the year, I am curious.

You needn’t worry about the temperature of your lakes, we know it is cold and will take precaution. I have brought someone to keep you warm and safe in the water. Leontide assures me.

Warm and safe in the water? There was ice in that water only a week ago, I exclaim.

You will find that is immaterial to us, Leontide informs me.

My thoughts were, ‘maybe immaterial to them, but I will freeze my bootie off.’

Allow me to introduce you to Sailon. He is one of our people, about your age. With your permission, he will show you the wonders of you oceans, or at least some of them. Leontide offered.

Sailon stepped out from behind Leontide and smiled. I could have cried. The temperature of the outside world also just spiked at fifty degrees Celsius. Yes, I could use a cold swim right about now, although the lake might not be cold enough. He is not only built like a surfer, but his blond sun kissed hair over a well-tanned face makes him look like a model for one. I am dying here, but I may go happily.

Sailon smiles, as he holds out his hand and purrs, I can’t think of an expression close enough to cover that sound, this will have to do. Name your pleasure.

I take a deep breath, clear my throat and bless the day I told my son he could have a sleepover at his friend’s. I am going to Heaven.

I will be near, if you need me, Leontide teased.

I am remembering Sten and Errisa, as I think, ‘Hopefully not too close.’ Then I answer him, I have always wanted to go to the South Sea Islands.

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Our pleasure is making you happy, Kyllan will transport us, but we can’t be gone for long. Despite that, we will make sure your time with us will be pleasurable. Leontide assured me with a wink.

Ta-Ta people, we are off, see you when I return.

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Well, what do you think?

When my chats are hijacked my adventures are always oh-so-satisfying, don’t you think?

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That gorgeous hunk on the cover is The Tribunal Elder, KYLLAN sigh

You will meet the Siren Elder, Leontide in INTERCESSION, book 4 in the Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham, releasing on May 10, 2017. He is such a character, funny, with a mischievous streak that will have you laughing.

The Tribunal Elder has lived through more millenniums than he cares to think about. He is not the type to shirk his duties. He is a force to reckon with; yet he is known to be a kind man. To settle a dispute between the Martians and the Human, he will travel to Mars. Before he returns home, this problem will be settled, one way or another.

The message from the Martians is clear, remove the settlers from the surface of their planet, or they will die. The Tribunal Elder soon discovers there is more to this than those who are in command know about, for the act that precipitated this action had multiple events. Someone is working in the background, manipulating forces, to create a power struggle between the two species.

Will he allow the Tantalarians be pulled into a conflict that they have and want nothing to do with?

Read Chapter 1 here and find the pre-order links are here.

My review:
“This book brings a major twist in the series, that I didn’t expect. An exciting continuation of the series where we find out more about Tantalarian history, a conflict on Mars and a positive outcome for all involved. I recommend it with 5 stars.”

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If you are new to the series, although the books can be read as stand-alones, I recommend you start at the beginning to understand better how the world evolves and how characters get involved.

Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads! Sign up to Ms. Abraham’s blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. You can also sign up to this blog, I will have all the news too 😉

Check out this awesome trailer for the series

Ms. Abraham has graciously offered one lucky reader, that will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random, an ebook copy of “Intercession”. The comments will stay open until 3pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. GOOD LUCK !!!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and show some love by leaving a review!

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