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ARC Review: Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) by Felicity Heaton {Tour} ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

Ares: Guardians of Hades Romance Series - Felicity Heaton

 Guardians of Hades #1  
 Felicity Heaton  
 Paranormal Romance - Mythology  
 Felicity Heaton  
 November 26th 2016  
 ARC Review Copy  


New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents: 


Ares (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 1) 
Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Fire, Ares was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai. 


Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Caged by the manifestation of his power, held apart from those he loves by his own fire and starved of physical contact, Ares lives a cold existence driven by duty and the desire to return to his world. 


Until his world collides with a daemon who steals his power and a mortal female who shatters the ice around his heart and awakens the true fire within him—a soul-stirring passion both dangerous and seductive. 


Megan has wandered far from her home, driven from everyone she loves by the devastating realisation that she is different to them all. Unsure who to trust in the world, she keeps to herself, until a fateful stormy night brings a temptingly handsome warrior crashing into her life and into her heart—a warrior who seems to hold powers more frightening and marvellous than her own. 


When the New York gate comes under threat, and Ares is put to the test, will he choose his duty and regain the power he needs in order to save his world or will he choose the desires of his heart and sacrifice his fire so he can be with the woman becoming his whole world? 


Paranormal Romance Books in the Guardians of Hades Series: 

Book 1: Ares 
Book 2: Valen - Coming in 2017




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Desire. Longing. Anguish. Action.


Ares is book one in a brand new series the Guardians of Hades by Felicity Heaton. Oh my, what a tale Ms. Heaton has constructed. This was an exceptional start.


We are treated to a story full of Greek Mythology that has been splendidly done. The author has added in some extraordinary new twists for the reader to explore.


In this story we focus on Ares. I enjoyed how the author portrayed him. He fights a never ending battle; along with his brothers to protect humans. His duty and his desire war inside him. I love the battle inside; between duty and heart. It was beautiful done.


Megan well she is not quite human. She knows she is different, but doesn’t know why. One decision will change her life and enlighten her. It was fascinating to learn about her, who she is, and more.


Ares and Megan are good together. I like how they have this attraction, but don’t act on it until quite later in the book.


The only thing that bothered me (probably only me) was the lack of showering/clean clothes for Megan. I think it was like two maybe three days. I have this thing about hygiene and well she had a bathroom with a shower their and didn’t use it.


We are also introduced to the brothers, each are unique in their own way. They are the protectors/Guardians of different gates in different places. The Guardians / brothers are all deliciously intriguing and I can’t wait to read each and everyone of their stories. It’s a surprise on who their family is and one you will enjoy learning about.


Their is no shortage of surprises and reveals, but their is much more to come. The battle scenes are vivid and the action is non-stop on the go. A war is coming and only the immortal Guardians can save us and their world.


If you enjoy Mythology, demons, battles between one’s duty and heart, and the lengths we go through for siblings and those we love, then you will adore this tale. I throughly loved the new twist on Greek Mythology, the Guardians, the plot, and romance. I’m enthusiastic to see where things go from here.


Rated: 4 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Felicity Heaton with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


ARES is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer here.


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When the daemon returned, Ares would be ready to deal with him.


It wouldn’t be the first time he had gone into battle injured and drained, and it wouldn’t even be the worst. Life in the mortal world was making him soft. He had once battled a legion of daemons with one arm broken and several arrows lodged in his left thigh, and he had decimated them.


Ares smiled. The good old days. It had been centuries since he had gone to war together with his brothers, unleashing the hunger for violence and destruction that made the god his parents had named him after so proud of him.


He focused and the street whirled and disappeared, replaced by his apartment. He flicked the light on, illuminating the pale coffee-coloured walls and dark furniture in the open plan kitchen and living room. He looked down at his boots and the puddle already forming around them on his wooden floor, and toed them off and kicked them into the kitchen on his right. They tumbled across the tiled floor, hit one of the oak cupboards and stopped. He reached over his shoulder with his right hand, grabbed the back of his ruined wet black t-shirt, pulled it over his head and tossed it onto the tiles with his boots.


The water around his feet evaporated, steam curling off his already drying black jeans. He needed to get his mood in check before something bad happened.


He closed his eyes and drew in several deep breaths, holding each one before slowly expelling the air, and reined in his temper together with his power, restoring the usual rigid control he kept over it and stopping his flames from emerging. The heat that always surrounded him settled to a more manageable, and safer, level, and he released another breath, this one more a sigh of relief. The last thing he wanted to do tonight was set his apartment on fire. Again. It had been a shitty enough night without that added cherry on top.


When he felt calm enough to maintain control over his fire, he walked into the open living room and pushed the second door in the wall to his left open. He switched the bathroom light on, turned and frowned at his reflection in the mirrored wall on his left above the vanity unit and sink.


He looked like hell.


The female daemon had done a number on him. Long gashes darted across his chest and forearms where she had caught him with her claws. He touched the deepest one of the three on his pectorals and beads of blood broke to the surface.


He frowned and the gold flecks in his eyes darkened to red, glowing against their earthy brown backdrop.


The daemon shouldn’t have been able to land a single blow on him, let alone several. He had been too complacent tonight. He had been dealing with low level daemons for so long that he had forgotten there were stronger ones out there, just waiting for him to drop his guard.


It wouldn’t happen again.


Ares stared at the tip of his right index finger and slowly released the iron grip he had on his power, allowing his control to slip little by little until the air around his hand shimmered and he could feel the heat of it against his chest. He slammed his hold over his flames back into place, locking them down at their current level and stopping them from burning out of control.


He ground his molars together, grabbed the edge of the oak vanity unit with his other hand to steady himself and drew his finger along the first cut across his chest. Fire blazed in the wake of his finger but he didn’t stop or make a sound, not until he had reached the end of the wound and had cauterised it.


He drew a deep breath, blew it out and flexed his fingers around the edge of the unit. His arm trembled and ached, his shoulder socket throbbing madly. Two more slashes to seal and he could rest. Pain tore through him with each one but it was necessary. He needed to regain his strength as quickly as possible and that meant helping his healing process along in his own way.


His finger reached the end of the final cut and he lowered his head, breathing hard to stifle the pain as he struggled with his power, wrestling it back under control until it was nothing more than an aura of heat around him. He could leave the cuts on his forearms. They were shallow and would easily heal without his assistance.


He flicked the steel tap on, waited until the water was frigid, and then doused his chest and arms with enough of it to clean the blood away. The water heated and steamed the second it touched his skin, and would have evaporated immediately if it hadn’t been ice cold. When the blood was gone, he settled his hands on the edges of the sink, leaning over it.


The water swirled as it reached the drain, ribbons of red streaking the maelstrom. Pain pulsed through him, stealing his strength and focus.


Motionless, he watched his blood snaking down his arms as it continued to trickle from his wounds, immune to his heat because it ran as hot as the rest of him, and then the sink, sliding down it to join the running water. It mesmerised him and time slipped past him as he lost himself in listening to his steady breathing and staring at the swirling water.


The taste of iron in his mouth slowly grew stronger, drawing his focus back to the world, and he probed each tooth with his tongue. It brushed one of his molars and the flow of blood increased. He closed his eyes, reached into his mouth and tugged the loose tooth free, turned it in his fingers, feeling nothing, and then let it fall. It clattered around the white porcelain bowl and stopped in the drain. It didn’t bother him. It would grow back in time.


His temper faded, emotions falling back into place and calm washing through him at last.


He rinsed his arms again, grabbed a white towel off the ones scrunched up on the side of the oak unit and patted himself dry, careful to avoid the cuts and keeping an eye on the soft material. With his temper back under control, it should be safe but he never could quite trust himself. It just took one wrong thought, or a momentary slip in concentration, and he had to go shopping for new linen or new towels.


Or sometimes a new couch.


His hands heated and he dropped the towel next to the sink. Tiny flames flickered over his fingertips. He shook his hand, willing them to behave, and they disappeared.


Ares turned on his heel, exited the bathroom and stalked straight towards his bedroom to his left. The world beyond the bank of windows that formed the exterior wall of his apartment was dark despite the lights from the streets and the buildings surrounding Central Park.


He banked left in his bedroom and slid the oak door to the closet open. He flicked on the light and his weapons greeted him, gleaming steel and death. The sight of them always brought a smile to his lips. There was nothing more beautiful than knives and guns.






He stepped into the closet and ran his hand over the leather and metal circular shield hanging on the back wall, and then the hilt of the matching sword that hung behind it. Metal of the gods. It was warm beneath his fingers, vibrating with power that had him closing his eyes as he absorbed it.


How long had it been since he had wielded his blade?


Too long.


He missed the feel of it in his hand. The weight of it. Only steel forged by the gods could channel his power, and his father had deemed the weapon too destructive to use in the mortal world. Ares hadn’t been pleased to hear that, and neither had his brothers.


He pulled a circular silver and black amulet from the pocket of his jeans and hung it so it lay in the centre of his shield. It would be safest here while he went out to hunt.


He grabbed his black leather shoulder holster, backed out of the closet, switched off the light and slid the door shut. Two gleaming silver knives sat in their sheaths above two equally bright guns. He slung the holster over his bare shoulder and checked each gun, sliding the clips out to check they were fully loaded before slotting them back in and ensuring he had a round chambered.


It wasn’t often that he had to rely on mortal-made weaponry to assist him in his nightly battle against the daemons in his city, but it was reassuring to have them on hand in case he needed them. In his weakened state, they were a blessing from Zeus himself. He could use them to slow daemons down and it was far easier to kill with these weapons than it was with his power. Mortals turned a blind eye when they saw people fighting with guns. They tended to stare if he used his powers.


Ares crossed his dark bedroom to the long ebony chest of drawers that lined the dividing wall, set his weapons down and grabbed a fresh t-shirt. He slipped into the black top and then settled his holster around his broad shoulders.


Dry, armed and no longer bleeding. Things were looking up.


He veered right and skirted around the short length of wall that divided his bedroom from a smaller open room on the other side, walking between it and the red armchair of his suite. The single overhead light from the living room cast pale streaks over the fuel tank of his motorbike. He ran a hand over the paintwork as he passed, promising he would polish it soon, and then opened the French doors onto the balcony.


The city stretched before him, shrouded in rain and darkness, a panorama of a world on the edge.


Only it didn’t know it.


Only he and his brothers knew how close to destruction this world was, a curse from the Moirai so they never forgot or questioned the importance of their duty.


Its fate depended on them and their mission to protect the gates to the Underworld.


Their world.


He moved forwards to the railing, his eyes scanning the city, searching it and hoping that the feeling in his gut was wrong and he wouldn’t be needed again tonight.


Lightning forked across the sky, throwing the buildings into stark relief for a split second before descending them back into darkness. With each brilliant flash, he saw a different city.


The future of this world should they fail.


It balanced on the brink of ruin, the buildings hollow shells, torn and shattered, and the trees ablaze in the fiery darkness. The hot air carried the shrieks of the creatures responsible for the horror and the wails of suffering mortals.


Ares gripped the railing of his balcony, every muscle tensing as he caught flickers of that world in each lightning strike.


Rain lashed the dark scene, falling as water in this world and fire in the next. The wind drove it hard, so nothing could escape the inferno sweeping the land.


Lightning slammed into the earth again, causing another flicker between this rain-soaked night and what he and his brothers had termed the otherworld. It was getting worse and had been for the past decade. Something was growing in the darkness, a threat he and his brothers had been waiting to take form since the oracles had spoken of it to their father centuries ago.


Time was running out. Soon their unknown enemy would reveal themselves and the battle to prevent his world and this mortal one from colliding would begin.


A boom shook the ground and his head snapped up.


The lights across the city died, as though eaten by Nyx herself, plunging the landscape into shadows that seemed unholy and spoke to his senses. He spotted nothing in the darkness though. No sign of daemons or his prey.


Silence wrapped her arms around him, comforting and tender. Ares embraced her in return, savouring this moment of quiet, all too aware of the storm that was coming and that the battle this time would be to the death.


War was on the horizon.


Bloodshed was on his mind.


It was his duty.


He leaned forwards and glanced at the street several storeys below. Cars passed in both directions, their lights the only mortal-made ones in this dark world tonight. Thunder raged overhead and lightning ravaged the land. The scent of earth and rain filled the charged air.


He waited.


A blackout of this magnitude would draw daemons out. They would want to feed on the fear it created.


He would see to it they paid for their vile hungers.


This was his city. Maintaining the peace here and protecting it were his responsibilities, ever since his father had banished him and his brothers from the Underworld two centuries ago.


A dark curse rolled off his tongue in the mortal language and the lightning struck with more force, blazing purple-white and shaking the ground.


Had they sensed his desire to speak in his natural tongue?


The gods of Mount Olympus hated it when those with his power spoke the language of the Underworld on Earth.


Tranquil silence rolled over the world in the wake of the thunder.


The sound of his cell phone ringing shattered it.


It was muffled and distant. He had probably left it with his coat in the living room when he had gone out tonight. Whoever was ringing would give up soon and peace would be his again until the first daemon surfaced to take advantage of the storm.


The phone continued to fill the apartment with a sombre melody and then stopped.




Ares sighed and returned his attention to his city. Each explosion of light revealed it to him. Not the otherworld this time but the current one, full of perfect buildings and unharmed nature, and no daemons crawling around. For now. They would emerge soon enough.


His phone started ringing again.


He grimaced.


They were persistent. Only one person could annoy him so thoroughly without trying. His anger rose again, his temperature rising along with it.


Closing his eyes, he reached a hand out behind him and pictured his phone. It whipped into his hand. Being a son of Hades had certain advantages. The power to manipulate his surroundings and the ability to teleport were just two of them.


The bright screen of his phone held a picture of his youngest brother grinning like a fool.


Ares wasn’t in the mood for Calistos’s usual brand of mischief tonight. He swiped his thumb over the option to ignore his call and waited for it to begin ringing again. Nothing annoyed his little brother more than being ignored. Once, Ares had declined a call three times in a row and Cal had teleported from Paris to New York just to give him an earful.


The phone remained silent this time. Maybe his brother had got the message.


He tossed the phone back into his apartment, using his power to guide it back to the crimson couch. The storm began to abate but the electricity showed no sign of returning. Would it be out all night? Now that would be the perfect end to a perfect night. He would be working until dawn to keep the daemons in check.


Rain continued to sweep across the city. It beaded on the back of his hands where they grasped the balcony railing. The droplets steamed and shrank, his body too hot for them to withstand.


Being a son of Hades had disadvantages too.


The heat inside him rose until the water on his skin evaporated. He took a deep breath and reined in his anger. The last thing he wanted to do was set fire to his apartment on a miserable night like tonight. He cursed the rain.


His insides tingled.


The rain slowed at last, causing the earthy scent of the storm to thicken, but it couldn’t mask the coppery stench of evil.


The daemon was back.


Ares rolled his shoulders, stepped back from the railing and turned his hands palm up. He channelled his power towards them. Fierce pale flames rose from his fingers, casting light over the balcony.


He grinned.


Time to hunt.




Books in the Guardians of Hades paranormal romance series:

 Book 1: Ares

Book 2: Valen – Coming in 2017



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felicityheatonFelicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Todayinternational best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.


If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, her best-selling Her Angel romance series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm romance series or any of her stand alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try her Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series. Or if you like hot-blooded alpha heroes who will let nothing stand in the way of them claiming their destined woman then try her Eternal Mates series. It’s packed with sexy heroes in a world populated by elves, vampires, fae, demons, shifters, and more. If sexy Greek gods with incredible powers battling to save our world and their home in the Underworld are more your thing, then be sure to step into the world of Guardians of Hades.


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Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.


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Despite a powerful snowstorm that has shut down the city, Silver and the Mageri crew are preparing to spend a peaceful holiday at home, surrounded by family, food, and merriment. But the party comes to an abrupt end when Logan receives an unexpected call, one that forces him to make a life-changing decision that could affect his relationship with Silver forever. Can they find the courage to weather the storm?


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Dannika Dark was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.


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  The clock mocks me.


  As the minute hand ticks closer to eight in the evening, I wrack my brain to figure out if I got the time wrong. Maybe we picked two. Maybe he said ten. Maybe we’re meeting tomorrow.     


  My chest twists with a desperate anxiety as I toy with the band on my watch.


  But as the fountains of Lincoln Center dance higher under the waning light, I’m sadly certain there was no error in communication.


  The only error was one of judgment.




  Thinking he’d show.


  Drawing a deep, frustrated breath, I peer at my watch once more, then raise my face, searching the crowds that wander past the circular aquatic display at Manhattan’s epicenter for the performing arts. This fountain is so romantic; that’s why we chose it as the place to meet again.


  One week later.


  Foolishly I hunt for the amber eyes and dark wavy hair, for the lean, tall frame, for that mischievous grin that melts me every time.


  I listen for the sound of him amidst the melody of voices, wishing to hear his rise above the others, calling my name, apologizing in that sexy accent of his for being late.


  My God, Gabriel’s accent was a recipe for making a young woman weak in the knees. That was what he had done to me. The man melted me when I first met him last month in Barcelona at the tail end of my summer of travels across Europe.


  When I close my eyes and float back in time, I hear that delicious voice, just a hint of gravel in his tone, and a whole fleet of butterflies chase each other in my belly at the resurgence of that faraway romantic dream.


  I open my eyes, trying to blink away the inconvenient intrusion of memory. I should go. It’s clear he’s not coming tonight.


  But, just in case I mixed up the times, maybe I’ll give him one more minute. One more look.   


  One more scan of the crowd.


  I let the clock tick past eight.


  I still don’t see him.


  I’ve been here for more than two hours, sitting on the black marble edge of the fountain. Scouring the corners of Lincoln Center. Peering left, then right down Columbus. Circling, like an animal at a zoo—pathetic modern-day female waiting for male to stay true to his word.





The Only OneFrom the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances.


Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.


Until ten years later.


Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s event.


The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.



This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.


The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.


But I’m determined to change that.




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Release Day & Tour: Drakon’s Promise (Blood of the Drakon #1) by N.J. Walters ~ Giveaway/Excerpt




Drakon Promise


by N.J. Walters
Blood of the Drakon#1
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance


Drakon's Promise (Blood of the Drakon #1)


Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.


He’s both.


He’s also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon’s blood can cure any illness and prolong a human’s life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.


When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she’s quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.





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“What are you doing?” She winced at the husky sound of her voice.


“Showing you I’m not crazy,” he reminded her.


“Ah, yeah.” She momentarily lost her train of thought when he tossed his shirt aside and then bent to remove his shoes. “Not sure that’s working.” The man was stripping in front of her and she couldn’t take her eyes off him.


When fully dressed, he was impressive. Naked from the waist up, he was breathtaking. The stark lighting hid nothing from her. From his broad shoulders and washboard abs to his tapered waist, he was the most flawless male specimen she’d ever seen. Nothing in a magazine or movie could touch the sheer masculine perfection of Darius Varkas.


And then there was the tattoo that covered the left side of his body—thick lines of rich bronze, outlined in the same green shade as his eyes, swirled over his chest and arm and disappeared into the waistband of his pants. There was no recognizable design, but it was stunning all the same.


His biceps rippled when he shoved his hair away from his face. He was watching her intently as he unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and pushed them down. His boxer briefs went at the same time and, when he straightened, he was totally naked.


Sarah sat down hard on the stairs. She knew she was staring but couldn’t help herself. His eyes seemed to be glowing, which had to be a trick of the light. But it wasn’t his eyes that had captured her attention. No, it was the thick erection spearing upward from the thatch of hair on his groin. Darius was built to scale, which meant he was bigger than any man she’d been with. His tattoo also continued down the left side of his body all the way to his ankle.


She fanned her hand in front of her face until she realized what she was doing and made herself stop. Darius, the devil, grinned at her.


If he made one move in her direction, she wasn’t sure if she’d race back up the stairs or jump him. At this point, it could go either way. “You’re naked.” Way to state the obvious.


“I know.” He held his arms out by his sides and slowly turned so she could see every inch of him. The tattoo bisected his back into two planes. The design wrapped around the entire left side of his body with the exception of his hand and foot. His face was also unmarked by the spectacular design.


Sarah rubbed her damp palms against her jeans. “Why are you naked?”


“Watch, Sarah.” The way he said her name made her insides melt. “And don’t be afraid.”


With that ominous warning, she watched and waited.




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Release Blitz: Shoot The Moon (Scorpio Stinger MC #6) by Jani Kay ~ Excerpt




Jealousy was an evil monster and I just couldn’t get a fucking grip on it. Leaning over the sticky bar counter that had seen better days, I growled next to her ear. “Ryder’s cock belongs to Jade. He doesn’t see you sweetheart, he only has eyes for her.”


Her cheeks reddened and her eyes blazed as she shoved me away, nearly knocking my glass over. “Fuck off, Razor.”


“Only if you come with me.” I took a sip of my beer and watched her pour another for Ox and slide it across to him. My lips curled into a wicked grin. “I think you’ve forgotten how a real man fucks his woman. Let me remind you.”


It had been a while since I’d been inside her warm and tight little pussy and my dick ached for her. Who was I kidding? Every fucking inch of me ached for her sexy body.


“When will you get it through your thick stupid skull that I don’t want you? I’m never going to fuck you again, Razor, so quit wasting your time.” She looked around the club room. “There are plenty of whores who’ve told me all about your new cock piercings, and I must admit that intrigued me, but it’s never going to happen. So suck it up and move the fuck on.”


I loved a fucking challenge. A grin of satisfaction spread across my face. The pain I’d endured a few weeks ago to get pierced was worth every second if it caught Lexi’s attention. I knew it would, and that was exactly why I’d done the deed. She’d loved my thick and heavy cock before, but this was in a different league altogether. 


“You like pierced cock, don’t you? Well, babe, you’re gonna salivate when I fuck that dirty little mouth of yours. You don’t know what you’re missing, but I’m going to show you.” 


Her lips parted and her attention was glued to my crotch as if she had x-ray vision. I could practically see her brain ticking over as her eyes gleamed. The fact I’d given it to other girls and not to her would piss her the fuck off even if the little bitch wouldn’t admit it. 


“I’m gonna have you scream my name,” I smirked, “you’ll never want another cock as long as you live. What’s the bet one look at my piercings and you’ll wanna wrap your lips around it and suck me off?”


She laughed, her whole body shaking so that the tops of her tits jiggled in her low cut top. Lexi had a pair of knockers that could send a man to war. I’d had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into the soft white flesh and the memory alone made my cock throb.


“Jesus, you’re such an over-confident asshole. Guys are practically tripping over their dicks to fuck me and you think I’m worried about yours? Get over yourself.” 


She turned her back to me and placed the glass she’d been polishing for the last three minutes on the shelf with the others. For a MC club, we had the shiniest fucking glasses of them all and it was kinda embarrassing. If only Lexi used her polishing skills better by rubbing my dick, I’d be happier. 


I wanted her and I’d do any-fucking-thing to make it happen.




Shoot The MoonTitle: Shoot the Moon


Series: Scorpio Stinger MC #6


Author: Jani Kay 


Genre: Romantic Suspense


Release Date: December 5, 2016




Meet the anti-hero and the spitfire in SHOOT THE MOON.



Shoot the Moon
1. To attempt the near-impossible. 
2. To take a risk for great rewards. 
3. To set one’s sights high and try for something that one wants badly, but for which realistically the probability of success is not good. 
1. Morally ambiguous and flawed hero who is hard and jaded and not entirely pure but has hidden noble intentions.
2. A bad boy with heroic qualities.
3. Individuals who often possess dark personality traits.

1. A person, especially a girl or woman, who is of fiery temper and easily provoked to outbursts.
2. Wild & free. Someone whose angry words sting like fire. Considered strong emotionally & spiritually.
3. Someone who you don’t want to be on the bad side of.


Razor & Lexi’s Story


Razor has some heavy boots to fill. He’s always lived in the shadow of his brothers and he’s sick of it.
Lexi is wild and out of control. She won’t be told what to do and she has a filthy mouth that’s gotten her into more trouble than she can admit. 
He wants her from the first moment he lays eyes on her.
She only has eyes for another man she can’t have. 
He’s determined to claim her and make her his.
She fights him tooth and nail.
Is Razor the one man who can tame Lexi and make her his? 




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Review: Barbarian Lover (Ice Planet Barbarians #3) by Ruby Dixon

Barbarian Lover: A SciFi Alien Romance (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 3) - Ruby Dixon

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Barbarian Lover 

 Ice Planet Barbarians #3  
 Ruby Dixon  
 Erotic Sci-Fi Romance  
 Ruby Dixon  
 August 28th 2015  


As one of the few humans stranded on the ice planet, I should be happy that I have a new home. Human women are treasured here, and one alien in particular has made it clear that he wants me. It's hard to push away the sexy, flirtatious Aehako, when all I want to do is grab him by his horns and insist he take me to his furs.


But I've got a terrible secret - the aliens who abducted me are back, and thanks to the translator in my ear, they can find me. My presence here endangers everyone... but can I give up my new life and the man I want more than anything?




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Barbarian Lover is book three in the Ice Planet Barbariansseries by Ruby Dixon. This one features Kira and Aehako.


Their story is different in that they have not ‘resonance’, but they feel attracted to each other. It could be a disaster or it could work out. What the resonance means is their cooties don’t or haven’t chosen each other to be mates, but Aehako wants Kira as his mate.


Kira is always sad, sad eyes as Aehako calls her. She worries a lot, is lonely, and has a secret. One that she feels will get her kicked out of the tribe and this secrets is why she has not resonated. I felt so much for Kira. She really got to me. Things aren’t easy for her, especially with this translator that the abductors put in her ear. 


Aehako always has a smile and a funny thing to say. He watches Kira and acts the fowl just to see her smile. It was sweet how he tried to get her to open up and how he is protective towards her even though they haven’t resonance yet. 


Wow very emotional. This story is a little sad and heartbreaking at times. Those humans that haven’t resonance feel rejected and are doing things to find their place or fit in. They are worried. As for Aehako and Kira, I loved how the romance bloomed and the sexual desires they have for each other. The ending surprised me. I got sad for a moment, but then it turned out happy. I keep getting surprised and sucked into the lives of these women and alien men. 


Barbarian Lover was a sweet emotional journey. I loved this couple and the changes that are taking place. I’m hooked and of course have went out and bought the next book.  


Rated: 4.5 Stars


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ARC Review: Blood Bound (Blood Ravagers #1) by Traci Douglass

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Blood Bound 

 Blood Ravagers #1  
 Traci Douglass  
 Erotic Paranormal Romance - BDSM  
 Tule Publishing  
 October 10th 2016  
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Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she’d run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….


Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he’s had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante’s ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality.


But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?




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Blood Bound is book one in the Blood Ravagers series by Traci Douglass. It’s a quick sexy read with a bit of supernatural suspense put in.


Blood Bound was enjoyable enough. It’s mainly based on lots of hot sex; between our leads Dante and Anna. The sex is light BDSM. Not hard core. The world was interesting, but I would have liked more meat. The story is mainly a bunch of hot sex with very little plot.


Our leads, Anna and Dante, I could’t connect with. They where’t very memorable nor did we get to dive deep into their characters. The secondary characters where enjoyable. I liked Anna’s sister Liz. She seamed to have a good head on her shoulder and then we get to meet two other characters, the Bartender and the Cowboy, who both where amusing.


Dante, I liked well enough. He’s our half breed demon and sex-on-a stick. He’s trying to achieve equality and justice. He wants things to change, to have a safe place for those that are half breeds like himself, and a better club.


Anna, I didn’t like at all. She comes searching for her twin sister Liz and ends up at the Demon gang’s base. She was annoying, feel into Dante’s arms to quickly and easily not giving a backward glance to her missing sister Liz, and even after finding her sister she still doesn’t believe or want her powers. Anna’s been running away her whole life from her powers, her desires, and her destiny. She continues to run away the entire book even up to the end. Very frustrating!


Blood Bound had some good idea’s behind it, but it wasn’t the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.


Rated: 2.5 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Traci Douglass via Bewitching Book Tours with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


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Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop ~ 12/3 -12/16


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Dreamwalkers Series


Quicksilver DreamsMy name is Taylor, and damn but my life changed overnight. One moment I was just a regular girl working two jobs to pay my bills, and next thing you know, I’m uncovering secret metal disks at my boss’s house. Now I’m reading minds, dream-walking and being saved from bad guys by Mr. Dark and Brooding.


That would be Ryder Langston, my new next-door neighbor. He’s sex on legs, but he’s also a secret agent from another world—no joke. I believe him now, because he dragged me back here “for my protection” after he discovered someone was trying to assassinate me on Earth. It isn’t working out so well.


There’s a war going on, one that’s been fought for generations. Ryder’s having trust issues (not that it’s stopping us from falling into bed), and it turns out I’m connected here, if you know what I mean. The target on my back finally makes sense, but there’s nowhere left to hide…


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Dark Summer DreamsI freed him from imprisonment, only to become his pawn.


I, Shandria Langston, last remaining daughter of the leader of the Sunan, was charged with an impossible task. I had to rescue Kraggon Dragmor—sworn enemy of my people—from the death chamber. If I refused, our world as we know it would be destroyed.


Oh, but was he happy with my sacrifice? No. Instead of being properly appreciative of this selfless act, of being grateful that I tended to him through a deathly illness, the bastard’s kidnapped me. I’m “a symbol of retribution for his people.” The man has no heart.


I have only one advantage in captivity: I can read Kraggon’s thoughts. I know that he can’t afford to admit that I empathize with his people. He can’t afford to admit that I am more beautiful than any woman he’s ever seen, or allow me to fire his blood with every look…and he can’t afford to admit that he’ll do anything to save me, that I’ve become his heart.


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Dreams_of_a_Wild_HeartDr. Cecilia—Ceci—Bradford at your service.


I dance, rock climb, and have mastered MMA, because just being a twenty-six-year-old doctor isn’t enough. It doesn’t keep me from remembering the terrifying night my life changed, the night my true love died. I was nearly seventeen.


Life goes on, but the secret I keep is that I still talk to him in my dreams. That was getting me by until Tabron showed up—or, more specifically, until the six-foot-two brute of a Viking whisked me off to another planet because his leader is dying. And the joy didn’t end there. I’m being forced to choose a mate. The Brausa are facing extinction.


Tabron has no need for a mate, himself, and he’s told me as much. Multiple times. What he does have are hands and wicked lips that stir feelings I thought lost forever. Choosing him (just to play along until I can find a way home) seems to irk him and I find this surprisingly fun. But surviving a hidden conspiracy and the dangers of this alien place might be more difficult than I could ever imagine…


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ARC Review: Shifters, Secrets & Surprises by Anna Lowe, Lily Thorn, Emma Alisyn, & Isadora Montrose

Shifters, Secrets & Surprises - Anna Lowe, Emma Alisyn, Lily Thorn, Isadora Montrose
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Shifters, Secrets & Surprises 

 The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch, Hunted by the Alphas, Clan Conroe #4, Lords of the Dragon Islands  
 Anna Lowe, Lily Thorn, Emma Alisyn, & Isadora Montrose  
 Paranormal Romance - Anthologies  
 City Owl  
 November 21st 2016  
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Four sexy new alphas for the holidays!
An intimate collection of new & exclusive shifter stories guaranteed to make your holidays merry. You've never experienced a Christmas this hot, this romantic, or this star-crossed. Four fabulous stories featuring sexy wolves, fiery dragons, loyal sasquatch, and burly bear heroes you'll never forget.


Including these all-new, exclusive works:
Anna Lowe - Sasquatch Surprise
Lily Thorn - A Present for the Alphas
Emma Alysin - One Bearry Night
Isadora Montrose - Dragon's Christmas Captive


Anna Lowe - Sasquatch Surprise
All Nala Dixon wants is to make it home to her wolf pack in time for the holidays - alive. But a simple road trip turns into a fight for survival when a gang of vampires turns up, thirsting for her blood. A damn good thing a knight in shining armor rushes to her rescue - and hot damn, it's Harrison, the sasquatch she's secretly dreamed of for years.


Lily Thorn - A Present for the Alphas
Yuletide has come to the Ember pack. But what can Val get for two Alphas who have everything? What could be better than a Christmas baby?


Emma Alysin - One Bearry Night
When Rebekah meets her future mate by chance and falls in love, she must make the agonizing choice to leave him -- not knowing that he is the one destined for her. Daamin's pride demands Rebekah choose him over duty, but his practical side respects her strength to place family above all else. Will he sacrifice pride and claim his winter mate? Or will he let her go, and never know that their one passionate night produced a special holiday gift?


Isadora Montrose - Dragon's Christmas Captive
One dragon lord, one pixie princess, a magical ring and 1000 years of history. Christmas was never this hot, this funny, or this star-crossed. Fate may have the last laugh unless Theo Lindorm can come to a meeting of minds with Elven Princess Lexi.


Shifters guaranteed to make your holidays merry, indeed!







Shifters, Secrets & Surprises centers around Christmas time and gives a verity of shifters to enjoy – wolves, bears, dragons, and new kind a sasquatch. Each story is sweet, enjoyable, and has that Holiday feel.


Sasquatch SurpriseSasquatch Surprise by Anna Lowe


Sasquatch Surprise is a beautiful Christmas novella that gives you a great taste of the authors writing. Ms. Lowe is a fabulous storyteller and she has created a fun shifter romance with unique and enjoyable characters. This ones features a Sasquatch, which I have never read before in a shifter story until now.


Harrison and Nala have known each other most their lives. They’ve always been drawn to each other, but things happen and they part ways. They both needed to grow, before they could get their chance.


I very much enjoy the duel-POV’s. It’s alway’s a pleasure to dive into the thoughts of each character and be pulled into the emotions they feel. Things move at a steady pace, with some good action, and a sweet romance. We get a lovely holiday feel that takes place around Christmas time.


I loved this novella. It is a wonderful addition to The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch. It can be read as a stand-a-lone or part of the series. I highly recommend this author and her books.


Rated: 4 Stars



A Present for the AlphasA Present for the Alphas (Hunted by the Alphas) by Lily Thorn


A Present for the Alphas is a sweet stand-a-lone novella. This story takes place during Yuletide and the author explained it beautifully.


We have Val who was once human, but now is a wolf shifter and mated to Ash and Blaze. We get to see the love that the pack has coming together as a pack to decorate and celebrate Yule, how they include their Alpha’s mate Val, who has never celebrated Christmas before, as well as the love Ash and Blaze have for their mate. I really liked the Holiday spirt in this one. We are also treated to a little M/F/M scene between our Triad couple.


I enjoyed this novella.


Rated: 3 Stars



One Bearry NightOne Bearry Night (Clan Conroe) by Emma Alisyn


One Bearry Night is a quick, humors, and ends with a sweet Holiday surprise.


The story is book 4 in the series, but does stand-a-lone. It’s complete, but does have a little cliffhanger at the end which leads into the next couple after this one. The author in her notes points this out; before the story starts.


This was a fun and enjoyable novella. You could see where things where going, neither one of them knows that their being matched to each other, but still its funny to watch how it all unfolds. Some things happen to keep the story entertaining.


I would have liked more on Daamin and the shifters that are after his sisters. Other then not getting the full story on this I still very much enjoyed the humor and outcome on One Bearry Night. I’m curious enough to check out the other books in the Clan Conroe series.


Rated: 3.5 Stars



Dragon’s Christmas Captive Dragon’s Christmas Captive (Lords of the Dragon Islands) by Isadora Montrose


Dragon’s Christmas Captive was a sweet romance that will make you laugh and cry. We get a dragon shifter and a little pixie elf princess. It’s full of curses and magical jewelry.


Lexi, the pixie was cute, funny, and out to date with her thinking; which adds some very funny scenes. Theo, the dragon shifter has been looking for his destined mate, but hasn’t found her. What happens when a pixie and a dragon cross paths?


The only thing I had trouble with is them falling in love. I never felt their connection. Never felt them fall in love. Not sure why? But, it just never came together for me on the love front. Other then that I enjoyed this novella and am curious in checking out the other books in the Lords of the Dragon Islands series.


Rated: 3 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Anna Lowe with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


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Guest Post: Suzanne Johnson {Belle Chasse} ~ Giveaway/Excerpt



10 Fun Facts About Drusilla Jaco aka DJ

Suzanne Johnson


The heroine of the Sentinels of New Orleans series, DJ Jaco, has come a long way from her early days in the series to the more kickass wizard she’s fast becoming in the newest book, BELLE CHASSE. Here are a few fun facts about our intrepid wizard.


  • DJ was home schooled until she was 18, but then earned a degree in chemistry from Tulane University, with a minor in Louisiana history. The Tulane history building was blown up in PIRATE’S ALLEY. Extra trivia: The author’s day-job office might have been in the attic of that building at one time.
  • DJ has gone through several job changes. She started as junior sentinel, then shared sentinel duties with enforcer Alex Warin, then became the sole sentinel when Alex got reassigned, then…well, things kind of went south. She is currently unemployed.
  • Actually, DJ is not just currently unemployed. She is on the lam.
  • DJ’s least-favorite case, when she was a junior sentinel, was a pixie-retrieval job when the preternatural gnats took over the baggage-claim area of Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.
  • DJ cannot swim (a wizard trait). She did quite a bit of swimming in RIVER ROAD, however, when she and Cajun merman Rene Delachaise did a power-share ritual and, for 24-hours, she experienced life as a merman. Accent on MAN.
  • DJ has transportation challenges. She accidentally blew up her trusty old red Nissan Pathfinder. An undead serial killer accidentally blew up her rental car (he was setting off grenades in her house at the time), making her persona non grata at the car rental places, her favorite cabbie abandoned her after she made him leave her at the Orleans Parish Criminal Court building amid gunfire. She’s currently bumming rides from friends.
  • DJ’s first scene in the first book saw her attempt to seduce the undead pirate Jean Lafitte. It was supposed to be a trick to capture him. It sort of backfired, although she eventually prevailed.
  • DJ is afraid of zombies. Although technically, the undead serial killer the Axeman of New Orleans is not a zombie, once he began chasing her DJ decided that difference was splitting hairs.
  • DJ wears Harry Potter PJs in winter, although she only wishes real wizards had the fictional Harry’s powers. The PJs finally bite the dust in BELLE CHASSE at the hands of a Cajun merman exercising undue shifter force.
  • DJ is a big fan of singer-songwriter Zachary Richard. She had Zachary’s music as her ringtone for much of the series until she switched to Pink’s “So What” to match her ticked-off mood with significant something-or-other Alex.





Belle Chasse  

Sentinels of New Orleans #5

Suzanne Johnson


Belle Chasse Genre: Urban Fantasy


Publisher: TOR Books


Date of Publication: November 8, 2016


ISBN: 978-0765376992




Number of pages: 336


Word Count: approx. 93,000


Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen


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Suzanne Johnson’s “strong and intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal (“a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity”) and PW (“vivid…a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists”).


With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.


With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.


It’s time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.




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I expected Christof to start a snowstorm above Rand’s head. What I didn’t expect was for the prince to lower his head and charge Rand like a raging bull, head-butting him in the midsection. They hit the ground, and I saw my chance at the same time Eugenie spotted me.


I motioned her toward the woods where the transport lay. To hell with the Blue Congress wizards. We were going to make a run for it while Christof kept Rand too busy to notice.


She set off for the woods, and I met her halfway. “My family thinks I’m crazy!” she wailed, loud enough to draw the attention of the tall, skinny Blue Congress wizard with the rooster haircut.


“Hey, stop!”


Holy crap. I whipped out the elven staff, paused long enough to aim just to the right of the wizards. They already had their hands up and were doing some of their nifty Blue Congress magic when I released my fire and blew up the tombstone next to them, sending a rain of marble and playing cards onto their heads. Around us, evidence of their magic appeared as tombstones began moving to block our escape route.


I grabbed Eugenie’s arm and pulled her around a marble stag the size of a small SUV. It had lowered its head and pawed the ground as if to charge. Blue Congress magic was so damned cool— create and re-create.


“Stop, DJ!” Eugenie grabbed my arm as I tried to race past her. “A sinkhole!”

I looked stupidly at the ground in front of us, which had opened a gulf big enough to drive a Greyhound bus into. “Go around and run fast,” I shouted, sending another shot of the staff toward the Blue Congress wizards and blowing up a ginormous marble eagle perched atop a nearby tomb.


We didn’t stop to see if the stag was chasing us, but ran for all we were worth. Finally, at the edge of the tree line, I hazarded a look back at Christof and Rand. The faery stood watching us; the elf had crumpled on the ground. Not dead, though, because in my head, far behind my protective barriers, I heard him yelling my name.


Christof grinned and motioned for us to move along. He didn’t have to motion twice, because the wizards were chasing us, still chanting and doing their finger dance. The stag was getting way too close.


I raised the staff and blew a hole in the earth in front of the advancing stag, forcing him to change direction. Luck was on our side for a change— the stag began charging toward the wizards instead, who had to stop pursuing us in order to protect themselves from being trampled beneath marble hooves.


“Let’s run to the transport before those idiot wizards can get out from under the stag.” I grabbed Eugenie’s hand and we ran to the clearing. “Help me roll this werewolf out of the transport.”


To her credit, she didn’t ask a single question. We tipped the werewolf onto his side and rolled him outside the interlocking circle and triangle, leaving him at an awkward angle with his feet in the air. Oh well.


I touched the staff to the edge of the transport and said, “Winter Palace, Faery” just before the Blue Congress wizards reached the edge of the clearing. I waved at them as the transport sucked the air out of my lungs. They were too late.


As soon as we materialized on the round floor of ice in the Winter Palace, Eugenie screamed. I figured she was getting her first look at the grisly remains of Faerie Princess Tamara until a blinding light knocked me off my feet and a big crack appeared in the ice between us.


“Where is my brother?”


I whirled to see Florian sitting on a block of ice behind us bundled in a heavy coat, a blanket spread beneath him, no doubt to protect his royal assets from getting cold and wet.


“He’s in Shreveport, Louisiana, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, having a fi stfi ght with an elf,” I said, pretty confident that of all the things he might expect me to say, that wasn’t it.







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Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – November 2016


We celebrated my son’s 5th birthday at the beginning of the month. We had Mr. Angel’s parents in town during that time for a visit. We also finished up AYSO Youth 5 soccer. 


I survived Thanksgiving. I hosted for the first time and cooked my first turkey. Here I am with my Mr. Angel and my little Angel on Thanksgiving. We had my parents in town visiting from Syracuse, IN for the holiday. It was great to see them and show them around San Fransisco. 




Well December is upon us. I have two hops I’ll be participating in during the December. Those will be the last of the year. I’m also taking part in The Top 10 again this year. I had fun with it last year and look forward to sharing all my Top 10’s from 2016. You are welcome to join the fun!








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by Lorelei Moone
Alpha Squad #1
Publication Date: December 23, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Shifters





It has only been a few months since humanity has found out about the shifters that live in their midst. When the New Alliance leadership asks Eric King to join Alpha Squad, a joint taskforce supposed to promote cooperation between the shifters and human authorities, his loyalty to the cause doesn’t give him any choice but to agree. But is the squad actually supposed to be relevant, or is it just an eyewash, set up by the new Secretary for Shifter Affairs to make himself look good? And how is he going to concentrate on his training, when his inner bear is insisting that the squad leader is his true mate?


Major Janine Williams is not at all pleased when she is ordered to set up Alpha Squad. The initiative is just a gimmick, meant to pacify the shifter community, plus none of her male colleagues had wanted the job. But when she starts getting to know her team, especially tough East London bear shifter, Eric, she starts to wonder if perhaps it will be possible to make this task force a success, so long as everyone works together. And so long as she can manage to keep her relationship with Eric strictly professional…






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Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.


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Must Love Lions 

Alma Black

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Must Love LionsAlexis Parrish is very single. Sassy and smart, she’s great at her job as a journalist, but it’s never given her the time to find the right man–specifically, a human. So when she gets assigned to interview Max, a lion shifter, about the new dating app he’s created, she can’t believe her intense attraction to him. After all, humans and shifters don’t date.


Max is used to causing trouble. He broke tradition by creating the dating app, Shifter, which humans and shifters alike can use to answer the call of the wild. 


When Max challenges Alexis to give him a chance, she can’t say no. A human like her has no business with this handsome alpha lion, but she can’t resist his magnetism. Their chemistry is primal, their connection positively animalistic. After all, once you go shifter, you never go back.


But when a rogue shifter group against interspecies dating targets Alexis, Max will stop at nothing to protect her. It’s more than his pride on the line; it’s his mate.


Warning: If sassy, sexy, and carnal reads aren’t your thing, this book isn’t for you. It contains lots of dirty sex, violence, and witty banter.




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Guest Post: Kerry Adrienne (Pursuing The Bear Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt



A Day in the Life of Kerry Adrienne…


…starts around ten or eleven. I’m a night owl and if I’m lucky, I sleep late. I get up and feed the pets—we have two Bengals and they don’t like their food dishes to be empty. In fact, they usually sleep across my feet so they will know if I am trying to sneak out of bed without feeding them. Our rescue cats tend to hang back and let the alpha cats gorge. 

I check messages and scan email on my phone to see if anything needs immediate attention.


I get dressed for the day—my normal writing attire is a T-shirt and capris, hair up in a clip.

Then, I go downstairs and feed our Panther Chameleon, Anakin. I check his mister to make sure he has water in the pump and if it’s a warm day, I’ll take him outside in the sunshine to bask. He’s super cute—and terrified of airplanes. I think he thinks they are predators.


If my 9yo, Andi, is up, I fix her breakfast and I usually have a glass of milk. I don’t drink much coffee. After “breakfast” (truly, it’s lunch), Andi and I go over her homeschool assignments for the day. That may include her bartering to not do a certain subject, or asking if she can have a pajama day or make a movie or write. I usually do go with the flow of what she wants because I know she will truly learn what she loves. She has piano and Odyssey of the Mind, so those days are a little different. Some days, she sleeps late and does homeschool at night. I love the relaxed pace of her education. We don’t do grades—we just go over anything she misses on her work. I try to make sure she gets as many creative opportunities as possible. 


Once she is settled in to work, I come to my office and get my computer up and running, music on. I usually spend the first hour catching up on tasks and social media stuff. Sometimes, it takes longer. I love chatting with my friends and we discuss everything plus some.


At this point, I’m usually hungry and go make a sandwich or get a bowl of soup. I check in on Andi and help her if needed. As soon as she finishes her work, she plays (usually MineCraft or Terraria). I open my current work in progress and stare at it while I eat. I usually think everything I have written is horrible and I have to push through to get started. Once I do get going, I fall into the story and work until around four or five. By this time, my brain is tired and I take an hour nap, after texting my husband and deciding on a dinner plan (I fix it, or he fixes it, or he picks something up on the way home from work).


He’s usually home by the time I wake up. We eat and chat about the day. Sometimes he will play video games with Andi while I write more and sometimes we just call it a day and I move to my mobile office to work (the bedroom). We watch shows we’ve recorded on TiVo or old movies. Last year, we re-watched every single episode of Star Trek. The original series, the Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Plus the movies. That’s a lot of episodes! We finished in December. Right now, we have just finished re-watching all the Twilight Zones and are now watching Alfred Hitchcock (the TV show and movies). We love The Walking Dead, too. Though my husband watches and decompresses, I continue to work on my laptop. 


I usually text or chat with my two daughters in college. One is working on her teaching certification and BA for Elementary Education, and the other is a PhD student in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.


I may be scheduling posts, doing more social media, working on my web site, or writing. Once he turns out the light around one or two am, then I write until I am too sleepy to continue. Ask my editor—she’s seen plenty of sleep writing! Many, many nights I am awake until the birds start their morning singing.


Add to every single one of those activities, the Bengals. Tigger and Roo follow me everywhere and get into everything. I mean EVERYTHING. If you ever consider getting a Bengal, message me. You need to know what you are getting into! But I love the boys so much and can’t imagine being without them. 


When I finally shut the lights off, invariably hubby’s alarm goes off and he gets up to go to work. If he’s caught me staying up all night, he’ll grumble (I have chronic migraines and lack of sleep is a definite trigger). Usually. I barely get the light out before he wakes up. 


That’s my very normal and boring day! I work seven days a week and have trouble not writing every day. I occasionally teach a college writing class, but otherwise, I’m at home a lot. Which is fine by me.


Thanks for having me! 


Kerry Adrienne





The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets.


Pursuing the Bear


Pursuing The Bear
 Shifter Wars


Author: Kerry Adrienne


Genre: Paranormal Romance


Release Date: November 28, 2016*


Publisher: Carina Press


Format: Digital


Digital ISBN: 9781460397442




Bear shifters exist.


Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child.  Now she’s returned to he forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the worlds.  She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole.  Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.


Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria.  His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war.  Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.


If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides.  But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever.  He knows they’re playing with fire – and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.


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“What an ursus…umm…whatever you said? I’ve always worked with my hands—I never was a college guy. Didn’t have the patience to sit still in the classroom.” Derek kicked at the ground then looked up.


“No worries.” She snapped her attention back to what he was saying. “Most people don’t know what an ursinologist is—it’s someone who studies bears.”


“Bears, huh?” He shook his head and laughed. “You study bears?”


“What’s so funny?” She crossed her arms. “It’s a valid profession. And I’m doing what I love.”


“Nothing wrong with it, Bria.” He stepped so close to her she had to look up to meet his gaze, and held his hands up in mock surrender. “I think it’s a fine profession, I’ve just never heard of it. It’s a totally new job that I’ve never heard of. Yet here you are in the woods with me, so I guess we aren’t that far apart, career-wise.”


Derek was in her space and even though they weren’t touching, she felt his presence touching hers, like a low-level energy buzzing in the evening air, crackling when hers met his. One step closer and she could pull that hair band out and hop into his arms, straddling him as she kissed him. She shook her head to clear her naughty thoughts. Ugh. Stop. The thoughts about what she’d like to do to the hot park ranger needed to stop. Maybe she’d been out in the sun too long. Normally she didn’t ogle guys. In fact, she couldn’t remember the last time she had. She cleared her throat and took a step back. “I thought you were laughing at me.”


“No. I didn’t know there was a name for someone who studies bears. Plus, the word sounds kinda funny.” He scanned the forest, thumbs in his belt loops. “I guess you’re in the right place to look for bears, though. Especially this deep in the forest. Lots of them live in Deep Creek. They’re everywhere. Probably closer than you think.”


“I hope so.” Her shoulders lowered and she blew out a breath. “Have you seen any this season? I know they are more active in summer. After they’ve woken from hibernation.”


“I see them every day. I’m out in the woods a lot.” He chewed his lip. “They really only partially hibernate, though. But yeah, I guess you could say I’ve seen a lot of bears here in Deep Creek.”


He’d seen bears. Recently. Her pulse thumped in her neck and she leaned forward, as if being near him would make the bears closer. Excitement rang in her ears. “Where? Can you show me, or at least give me some pointers where to look? I can’t wait to see them.”


“My best advice is to keep your eyes open. You never know when a bear will appear right in front of you.”


***Excerpt provided courtesy of Kerry Adrienne and Carina Press.  This excerpt is from an unedited ARC and subject to change.



Waking The BearWaking the Bear


Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one’s mate…


For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beast within him.


Griff’s dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff’s entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.


Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.


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Storm DamagedStorm Damaged


In a world where humans don’t know mermaids exist, Mari leaves her home in the ocean to escape her mother, her betrothed, and her tribe’s expectations in order to make a go of independence on land. Chase, former Navy diver and self-appointed curmudgeon-who-isn’t-worthy-of-love, lost his brother in a freak diving accident and now fears the ocean he once loved.


Mari’s a mermaid with a plan. She has to get the sexy bartender, Chase, to remain on the island so she can get him into her bed. Trouble is, he’s afraid of the water and there’s a hurricane coming. But with Mari’s betrothed on the rampage over a centuries-old vendetta, the storm isn’t the worst thing they’ll have to face.



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Kerry AdrienneRepped by the fabulous Marisa Corvisiero with the Corvisiero Literary Agency.


Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.


In addition to writing, Kerry loves to sew (costumes and cosplay, especially), draw, paint, make chainmail, and play guitar.


Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures. They travel to as many concerts as they can–especially Green Day and Marilyn Manson.


You can visit her much-neglected costuming blog here: she’ll have time to update it soon.




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