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What to Read Wednesday

Thank you for joining me for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Mimi Sebastian :) Mimi is here today to share her latest release DEVIL’S ISLAND along with a giveaway :)

So come along and read about Mimi’s favorite pirates, enter her giveaway, and check out her latest book :)

~~Mimi is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway of a Prize Pack: Print Copy, Swag and $10.00 Amazon Gift Card~~ Click HERE to enter :)

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My Favorite Pirates

Mimi Sebastian

It’s great to be here today. Thanks for featuring my new release Devil’s Island! On my Sea Rovers Passion website, I explain how the pirate captain Black Sam Bellamy inspired my hero Boone Wilder in Devil’s Island. Black Sam was often called the prince of pirates, a Robin Hood type, who strove to even out the playing field. While his brief but adventurous life was cut short by a storm off the coast of New England in 1717, just after he scored an amazing treasure and ship, he was one of the more successful pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. Barry Clifford, professional treasure hunter, described Black Sam Bellamy as equal parts hero, freedom fighter, and likable scoundrel. My kind of pirate J. Leader of the expedition Whydah, Clifford located Bellamy’s ship wreck in the 1990s and found an amazing trove of treasure and artifacts, helping to fill in many of the gaps about piracy.

While Bellamy is my favorite real pirate, turning to fictional swashbucklers, I have to include the characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Its undeniable Johnny Depp created a revolutionary character in Jack Sparrow, and while I love Sparrow, I also loved Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. He reminded me of Long John Silver from the 1950s Treasure Island movie. Very salty. Rush eats up the screen every time Barbossa strides on deck.

Errol Flynn swung from the ratlines in Captain Blood in 1935, and was the first pirate to capture my imagination. Blood’s back story was interesting. A doctor who was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and sent to Jamaica to toil as an indentured servant. I recently re-watched Captain Blood and was pleasantly surprised at the decent production values and portrayal of pirate life, in the sense that they showed the crew playing a role in decision-making. It wasn’t perfect, but for the time period, when movies tended to be more melodramatic, good. But the romance took center stage and I understand why he and Olivia de Havilland made so many movies together. They had great chemistry.

Hook from Once Upon a Time! Like Sparrow, Hook works the eye shadow. Hook killed it this past season. He won over Charming and worked on Emma with redeeming deeds, penetrating gazes, and poignant insights. And Colin O’Donoghue rocks the part. Holy cow! If Emma doesn’t wake up and take this pirate, send him my way!

Speaking of…I can’t leave out the Dread Pirate Roberts. In fact Hook, in Once Upon a Time, pays homage to the Princess Bride, by quoting lines like “as you wish”. I was never a fan of Buttercup, too wishy washy for me, but give me Dread Roberts any day!

Who are some of your favorite pirates?

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Blurb

Captain Boone Wilder leads a cadre of powerful and notorious pirates that rule the West Indies. He’s survived the cutthroat’s life, bearing the scars to prove it. Fearless, he seeks only the freedom of the seas and an enemy he’s hunted with a vengeance for years. When Boone waylays a fat merchant vessel bound for Port Royal, he discovers more than he bargained for in the luscious bounty of Miss Sabine Tanner. But Miss Tanner hides more than tempting curves in her skirts. When Boone finds her sneaking about the Port Royal taverns, meeting with dubious captains, he’s determined to learn what devious game she’s playing.

The daughter of a condemned pirate captain, Sabine Tanner took to the seas to clear her father’s name and locate her father’s legendary treasure. When her ship bound for Port Royal is boarded, she’s captured by the sun-bronzed, muscular Captain Wilder. While the man is dangerously attractive, she knows from experience that Wilder is nothing but a scabrous bilge rat. Circumstances force her to sail with the scoundrel to find her father’s ship, lost on the phantom Devil’s Island. Driven by opposing agendas, will they survive the hidden truths, or does their greatest threat lie with each other?

 

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Island-Mimi-Sebastian/dp/1494853795/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391129893&sr=1-1&keywords=mimi+Sebastian

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/11/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_26.html

 

Author Info

Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and swashbuckling Errol Flynn movies. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuted July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.

Mimi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tidbits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

 

Author Links

Mimi Website: http://www.mimisebastian.com

Sea Rover’s Passion Website: http://www.searoverspassion.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Rovers-Passion-Series/447246538658245

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SebastianMimi

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mimisebastian/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7135317.Mimi_Sebastian

 
 

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday. If you are visiting today from the US you are probably taking a break from getting ready for Turkey Day–be that traveling or hosting. So I want to say an extra big thank you for taking your break with me and our guest Alana Albertson, author of  Love Waltzes In.

Alana is visiting today sharing the inspiration behind her story and also a wonderful blurb and excerpt for her book. It sounds wonderful and I hope you’ll add it to your reading list like I did.

Also, Alana is offering up a fun prize! Either a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Click HERE to enter.

Take it away Alana…

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Inspiration behind the story.

I was a professional ballroom dancer and I was always fascinated by the intricate world we lived in that was unknown to the non-dancing world. Not until the success of Dancing with the Stars, did America really learn about ballroom dancing. But the show rarely gives real glimpses of the realities of life as a ballroom dancer.  I wanted to give readers a glimpse into our world and see the dark side: immigration fraud, fake marriages, abusive partnerships, extreme diets and training.

My first professional dance partner was a former Marine. My husband is also a Marine (albeit the non-dancing variety). I loved the contrast of a tough Marine forced back in this glitzy ballroom world.

 

Playlist for Love Waltzes In

1. Cha Cha: Sexbomb by Tom Jones

2. Foxtrot: Feeling Good by George Michael

3. Rumba: Nobody Knows by Tony Rich Project

4. Mambo: Get Busy by Sean Paul

5. Quickstep: It Don’t Mean A Thing by Duke Ellington

6. Swing: All Summer Long by Kid Rock

7. Waltz: Open Arms by Journey

8. Bolero: Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake

9. Jive: Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne

10. Tango: Objection (Tango) by Shakira

11. Paso Doble: Final Countdown by Europe

12. Viennese Waltz: Time of my Life by David Cook

13. Hustle: Canned Heat by Jamiroquai

14: Samba: Salomé by Chayanne

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Blurb

To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.

Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancée again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.

When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?

Excerpt – Love Waltzes In 

Staff Sergeant Bret Lord sat on the dirty floor of his tent, going through the day’s mail: the latest Men’s Fitness magazine from his sister, a care package from his mom. He ripped open the package—socks, lip balm, sunflower seeds, and a thin letter that contained an old magazine clipping.

Dear Bret,

I miss you very much. Benny asked me to send you this article. I really wish you would consider his offer. Please stay safe.

Love, Mom

He swallowed hard. A neon sticky pressed on the wrinkled page had a note scrawled on it from his former master dance coach.

Bret, m’boy,

We’ll make it worth your time.

Cheers, Benny.

Thumbing the edge of the article, Bret stared at the sixteen-year-old boy in the picture and could barely recognize himself. His shoulder length, wavy blond hair was slicked back, not shorn in a “high and tight” like his current haircut. No signs of the tattoos or muscles that currently defined his body. Golden skin stained from a bottle, not the harsh sun of Iraq. His arms were wrapped around a gorgeous, curvy young girl with long jet-black hair. The jade Latin gown she wore matched the color of her almond-shaped eyes.

Bret tossed the article aside and removed his nine-mil pistol from his holster to clean it.

Lance Corporal Hernandez walked by Bret and snatched the article off his cot. After staring at it, Hernandez’s face brightened.

“Hey, Staff Sergeant, this you?”

“No, it’s my clone who’s also named Bret Lord.” Bret slid the rail back on his weapon and began disassembling it.

“Staff Sergeant, you know Selena Marcil? Did you hit that?”

“Shut up, Hernandez, or the one getting hit will be you—with the butt stock of my rifle.” Bret grabbed the paper out of Hernandez’s hands, and smacked him on the side of the head. The kid didn’t flinch.

“Staff Sergeant Twinkle Toes. Hey—can you hook me up with Selena? I’ll be her boy toy. I love her. Man, she’s smoking. Has the nicest ass. Not like all those skinny, Russian chicks on that show.” He nodded to himself with an eyebrow dancing. “Selena’s on my list. She’s Latina, too. We’d be perfect together. What was she doing with a gringo like you?”

“Hernandez, you’re way out of line.” Bret reassembled his pistol.

“My bad, Staff Sergeant.”

Bret grabbed the article, his pack, and his rifle. It was impossible to get some privacy in the tent. His only option was to sit outside in a sandstorm but even that sounded like a welcome retreat from his immature men. He walked about five hundred feet, then plopped down in the hot sand.

The red sky hung above him, thick from smoke from the nearby town. Bret struggled to catch a glimpse of the distant mountains. Sand seemed to pelt down from the heavens, blinding him and settling into every crevice in his body. He closed his eyes against the sting of the sand, and turned his thoughts to Selena. Was she the diva the tabloids made her out to be? Even after ten years, he could almost smell her buttery-coconut scent. A welcome change from the overflowing shitters, toxic diesel, and stench of his fellow Marines who hadn’t bathed in three weeks.

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waltzes-Dancing-Under-Stars-ebook/dp/B00DY1TKRQ?tag=bbook02-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-waltzes-in-alana-albertson/1116093304?ean=2940148739807&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-bdFl5aS*Iag-_-10:1&r=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-waltzes-in/id681697547?mt=11

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Author Info

Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and  Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through  Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

 

Author Links

http://www.alanaalbertson.com/waltz-like-a-man/

https://twitter.com/AlanaAlbertson

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlanaAlbertson

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7189293.Alana_Albertson


 
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What to Read Wednesday

Thank you so much for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today we have a special treat. Author Lynda Bailey is sharing a fun guest post about her bucket list and she also has a great giveaway!

I have to mention that today is Lynda’s birthday, so please wish her a Happy Birthday in the comments! Birthday’s are special days to be filled with smiles…so I hope to brighten up Lynda’s special day with some wonderful comments and well wishes :)

At the end of Lynda’s post please check out her latest release BATTLE-TESTED LOVE! She has a fabulous cover and excerpt to share.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYNDA…

Battle Tested Love Lynda Bailey

I want to thank Christine for hosting me today! And, yes, it’s my birthday – grin. So to celebrate, I’m giving presents!!!!! A lucky commenter will get his/her choice of one of my print titles along with a matching charm necklace in either silver or gold. (These prizes can only be shipped in the United States…sorry.)

With this being my birthday (and please don’t ask my age – suffixes to say dirt is older than me, but just barely…<wink>) I thought to share my current “bucket list” of things I’d like to achieve before I reach the end of my journey in this dimension. (I should note that before I even knew what a “bucket list” was, I managed to cross off a couple of items: becoming a welder and learning to box.)

My list now includes the following:

            Visiting Labrador Island

            Visiting the Galapagos Islands

            Visiting American Samoa

            Taking an extended cruise to Alaska

            Traveling above the Arctic Circle

            Climbing Mount McKinley (this I plan to do when I’m ninety…J)

I also want to learn ballroom dancing (LOVE Dancing with the Stars!) as well as pole dancing – yes! Pole dancing!

Now that you know what’s included in my “bucket list,” please share one or two of your dreams. What’s something you hope to accomplish before the end of your journey? Remember to leave your email in the response, not only for the chance to win one of my print books + a matching charm necklace, but to be in the raffle to win the $25 Amazon gift card at the end of my blog tour.

Titles available in print: Battle-Born Love, Battle-Tested Love, Erotic Escapades of a Married Couple, Naughty Neighborhood, Wildflower. You can find the covers and blurbs on my website, www.lyndabailey.net.

Thanks again to Christine for hosting me – on my birthday!

Thank you for coming on Lynda and HAPPY BIRTHDAY again…I hope you’re day is wonderful!!!

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Blurb

All she wanted was a little adventure…

Darcy Williams is desperate for some relief from her ho-hum life, but getting kidnapped by an outrageously handsome man isn’t at all what she had in mind. She needs to keep it together long enough to escape. Because escape is what she wants, right?

He’s a nice guy doing a bad thing for a really good reason…

Ben Gallagher loves his baby sister, Ana, more than anything. So, when she’s date raped by the mayor’s nephew, Ben has no problem sending said nephew to the ER. Now Ana’s gone missing and Ben will stop at nothing, nothing, to find his sister and ensure her safety—even if that means carjacking and kidnapping an innocent woman.

Things spiral from bad to worse…

When Ben is injured protecting Darcy from some thugs, he has to trust her if he’s going to get to Ana. And he has to ignore the passion Darcy stirs in him. Darcy learns Ben is actually a good man, one she’s starting to have feelings for. Can their fledging relationship stand the test of time —and the law?

Excerpt

“I’ve got an idea,” she said. “Why not tie me to a tree and leave me here? It’d be tomorrow before anyone found me.”

He cupped her elbow to angle her into the seat. “That’s not gonna happen.”

She spun which again planted her body tight to his. He stifled a growl and none-too-gently pushed her into the car.

“But why not? You’d be days gone and I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone where you went. You could ditch my car and steal another one. It’s the perfect plan. You don’t have to hassle with me and I don’t have to be kidnapped.”

He re-tied her hands. “It’s not the perfect plan.”

“Really?” Her mocking tone shredded his nerves. “Give me one reason why you can’t leave me here.”

He leaned an arm on the top of her car. “I won’t give you one reason, I’ll give you two. One, I don’t make a habit out of stealing cars.” His jaw clenched harder at her unladylike snort.

“And two, I know this area. I used to hunt chucker round here. No one would find you for days. And with all the fires, you’d be a sitting duck for a hungry, displaced bear or bobcat.” He clicked her seatbelt into place then firmly closed the door in her face. He got behind the wheel and turned the key.

She twisted to face him. “Let me get this straight, you won’t leave me here because you’re thinking of my safety?”

He backed down the road. “Something like that.”

“Dude, your logic is seriously warped.”

“Maybe, but I’m sticking with it.” He steered the car onto the paved road and headed toward the expressway onramp. “And stop calling me dude.”

“What’s the matter, dude?” she sneered in an exaggerated California accent. “Don’t you like the name?”

“No. So knock it off, lady.”

“Don’t call me lady. I’m twenty-four not eighty-four. Might as well call me ma’am.”

“All right, lady. Tell me your name.”

“You first, dude.”

Ben chuckled. He couldn’t help it. This lady was spunky and tenacious and not at all afraid to challenge him—even in this situation. He wondered how things would have progressed between them had they met in a social setting rather than in this trying situation. “Ben. My name is Ben.”

“Ben what?”

He took his eyes off the road to stare at her. She shrugged. “I took a shot.”

“So what’s your name?”

She stared out the passenger window. “Darcy.”

“Okay, Darcy, this is how it’s gonna work. I’ll let you go just as soon as I can, but I can’t have you going to the police or reporting your car stolen. Just think of this as an unexpected road trip.”

“Don’t suppose you’ll tell me where this little road trip ends?” Bitter sarcasm coated her words.

He accelerated her sub-compact onto the six-lane highway. “Nope.”

“And there’s no way I can convince you to let me go.”

“Nope again.”

“In other words, I don’t have a choice.”

“In other words, you don’t have a choice.”

Buy Links

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F3O6CN2

Author

Author Info

I’ve always loved stories.  Especially love stories.  Growing up in the Midwest, I’d make up stories to my favorite TV shows – usually westerns.

As I got older, the stories didn’t relent.  In fact, they only got stronger, the characters more insistent, until I had no choice but to put it all on paper.  It’s become an obsession for me.  One that I love.

When not sitting at my computer, I spend my time working as a substitute teacher and fitness instructor.  Guess you could say I’m an equal opportunity “persuader” of the young and, ahem, not so young.

Author Links

http://www.lyndabailey.net/

https://www.facebook.com/LyndaBaileyRomanceAuthor

https://twitter.com/AuthorLyndaB

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday!

Today we have my awesome friend and fellow author Kristina Knight guest blogging. She’s written a great post I think we can all relate to, and she’s also celebrating her latest release Mr. Right Now. I just love that title and love the cover even more.

So, grab your favorite drink and snack and sit back for a treat :)

Take it away Kristi…

Calgon, Take Me Away!

I live in a fictional world 75% of the time. Playing with my characters, ‘seeing’ new sights, getting emotionally overcome because my hero (or heroine) does something really, really … um…unheroic. The other 25% of the time I’m a mom and wife. Housekeeper. Cleaner of the toilet. Shopper for the groceries who gets the, ‘why can’t we eat hotdogs all the time?!?’ questions that make her want to poke her eye out with red-hot spoon.

Good, I see you’re all still with me!

As much as I love bebe and RadioMan, there are days when I just want to stay in my insular little fiction world. Like, maybe forever. I don’t want to clean puke off the carpet and if I have to fold one more load of laundry I’m going to lose it. Those are the moments I look for a little escape. Sometimes I’ll escape back into my fictional world. Sometimes I’ll go scouring Pinterest for a little eye-vacation. Because, for me, dreaming about a fabulous tropical vacation is almost as good as actually going to that paradise. Note I said ‘almost’ there.

My favorite vacation spots have always been tropical – I blame my mid-west upbringing with that. When you’re surrounded by Oak and Elm trees, a nice palm sounds heavenly. Plus, there is the beach aspect and maybe a hot cabana boy to help you while away the time. These days I’d rather take RadioMan along and skip right over the cabana boy … and we could all play on the beach away from social networks and pinging email and ringing phones.

That sounds heavenly.

In my new book, MR. RIGHT NOW, Casey needs a vacation from her life. She’s got reporters hanging out on her doorstep, a constantly ringing phone and jangling nerves. So when her best friend and agent suggests a cruise she goes along. Little does she know there is more to this cruise than she expected….

Tell me, readers, do you have a favorite vacation spot? And, what is your favorite thing about vacations – seeing something new? The ability to avoid email/social networks without guilt? What?

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Blurb:

The wrong guy might be just right for her. When her celebrity boyfriend of three years dumps her and claims he’s now gay, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash decides to get out of New York. A cruise seems like the perfect escape: everyone onboard will be locked away from television, newspapers and internet gossip pages, allowing her some much needed relaxation. There’s only one problem: her oh-so-helpful agent has hired a male escort for her…and a big NYC paper has sent a pesky reporter on-board, vowing to get the dirt. Mason Drury doesn’t want to write an expose on Casey, but he’s in a bind. After a source flipped on him, he’s persona non grata at his newspaper. Celebrity trash or not, this story will put him back on top. Too bad he finds himself breaking the first rule of reporting by getting attached to his subject and letting bias influence his story. Casey’s much more interested in sexy Mason than the annoying escort who’s bunking in her room. Mason might even have romantic potential if she can shake her well-meaning-but nosey-fans. Oh, and that reporter. She’s got to avoid him at all costs…

CONTENT WARNING: A smattering of sass, sex and a heaping happily ever after. A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Excerpt:

Casey needed things to slow down. And she desperately wanted whatever was happening to speed up. She didn’t know who Mason was. Didn’t know if he was the reporter or just some random guy. Her head said he was the reporter. Why else would he have hit on her so hard from the time she came on board? It had to be part of his plan.

But then, why would a reporter waste time talking to a random woman about her life? Setting her up with another harmless guy who would bolster her self-confidence and help her bounce back from rejection. That was something a nice guy would do. Casey wanted badly for Mason to be a nice guy. Just for a little bit.

Then she’d go back to the craziness of Tyler and figuring out who the reporter was. How to avoid him and save what was left of her reputation.

Surely her future could spare her a few more minutes with Mason Drury.

“What’s your plan?” he asked, his eyes intent on hers.

What was her plan? She knew she had one. It was a good one, too. What was it again?

He pressed his lips to hers, and she didn’t care about plans or who was following whom.

One little kiss.

What could it hurt?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Right-Now-ebook/dp/B00G3HEFF0/ref=la_B0081LO6DM_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383596872&sr=1-4

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mr-right-now-kristina-knight/1117213467?ean=2940148705611

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mr.-right-now/id687704564?mt=11

Author Bio/Links:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and daughter. Happily ever after.

Kristina’s Links:

Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor
TW: @AuthorKristina
GR: http://www.goodreads.com/authorkristina
PI: http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina

 
 

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What to Read Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for joining me on this special edition of What to Read Wednesday :)

Why is it so special? Three reasons.

First I have my wonderful friend Cait OSullivan guesting today….YAY!!!

And second, because Cait will be sharing a guest blog and an excerpt from not one, but two releases that she had come out at the same time. Congrats to Cait! Her first release is SEFTON MANOR and her second release is MUGS & MONASTERIES…they both sound like wonderful reads that go perfectly with the season.

And third, Musa Publishing is offering up a free cookbook for anyone who purchases a book off of their site…what an awesome deal!

Take it away Cait…

Thanks so very much Christine, for having me on your lovely blog, I love being here!!

Samhain

Oooh it’s near approaching, that time, sunset on the 31st October until sunset on the 1st November, All Hallow’s Eve. Are you ready for it? Have you bought your candles and pumpkins, scrying bowls and Ogham sticks? Are you ready for the knocking on the door, both here in this world and the other kinds?

This time of year regularly sends shivers down my spine, from the bright mornings when I look up to see the moon, white against the blue sky to the dark evenings when she emerges yellow and atmospheric. The night air turns moist, the smells of bonfires and sounds of fireworks turn night time into something strange, where weird things could be afoot, you just never know for sure what they are.

Samhain for the ancient Druids in Ireland was also known as the Feast of the Dead and folk would set a place at the dinner table and leave an empty chair by the fire to invite the spirits in. Placing a candle in the window in a pumpkin, complete with carved demon’s face was said to ward off evil spirits. Nervous folk would disguise themselves in the hope that the spirits would not recognise them. If that failed, then offerings of fruit and nuts were made to appease them. This twenty-four hours is an excellent time for divination too but if you haven’t got the tools, look to your larder. Bake a Barm Brack, a traditional fruit loaf containing a broken stick, a ring, a silver coin and a pea, each one bringing a bad marriage, a new marriage, riches and poverty and serve it up to your unsuspecting guests J. Or to find out the name of your one true love, peel an apple and throw it over your shoulder to see what letter it forms.

Which divination method you use, know that the veil between the worlds is thin at this time.

The veils between the worlds in both my Gothic novellas is flimsy at best. Perhaps not on account of the time of year, but, as in Mugs & Monasteries, ‘tis the location the Burren which is haunting and for Sefton Manor, pacts with the devil make unhappy spirits restless. So gather ye your All Hallow’s Eve mask, light a candle and settle down for some suitable shiver inducing stories…

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Blurb

Sefton Manor, a country house that has somehow withstood the ravages of time, holds the key to Martha Kendall’s dysfunctional family. Asked by her grandmother to uncover the truth about her missing Aunt, Martha comes to Buckhurst Village. Despite unsettling occurrences upsetting her sensibilities, she starts asking questions.

Questions that lead her to Will Fellowes, a man whose family tended the grounds of Sefton Manor for centuries. Amidst whispers of pacts with the Devil, they pair up to wrestle the secret from the house.

Or will Sefton Manor consume them all?

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 Blurb

When orchid hunter, Evie Bourke stumbles across a near deserted monastery deep in the Burren, she has no idea she’s the first person alive to have seen it. All she knows is that life went a bit strange and was getting more bizarre by the minute.
Meeting alpaca farmer Aiden Dunne over a pint of Guinness, she is struck by his resemblance, yet to whom, she can’t quite remember. Aiden is searching for Munster Abbey for his family was connected to it for generations, culminating in the disappearance of his relative, the then Prior.

What happened all those years ago? Who or what is ‘the Wanderer’ and, more to the point, what does he want?

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Cait O’Sullivan is a romance author with a love of words and magic, having had the good fortune to grow up in Ireland. The wanderlust in her blood sent her out to travel the world and now, residing in a leafy suburb of London, it is her thoughts and memories that journey far and wide in order to create her stories.

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday. Today we have author Melissa Eskue Ousley visiting with an interesting guest post about two brothers and a cautionary tale. She’s also giving us a sneak peek into her latest release SIGN OF THE THRONE Book One in the Solas Beir Trilogy. This is in the young adult genre and sounds like a wonderful read. And check out her amazing cover…WOW!

Also, Melissa is offering a wonderful giveaway. Click HERE for your chance to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card or one of ten signed copies of Sign of the Throne.

Take it away Melissa…

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Two Brothers: A Cautionary Tale

(In Sign of the Throne, Queen Eulalia tells Abby Brown a story regarding the founders of Newcastle Beach. I hope you enjoy her tale.)

 

A long time ago, there lived twin brothers who found a magical hand mirror in a cave by the sea. The two young men discovered that mirror had the remarkable ability to transport a person from one place to another. When they opened the clasp of the mirror’s silver case, they were no longer in the cave, but standing within a faery ring in the forest outside their village.

 

Soon the brothers found they were able to travel greater distances, which proved very profitable. They could journey from their homeland in Scotland to anywhere in the world in seconds, bringing back valuable goods from exotic locations. Because they were not limited by conventional methods of travel, the brothers had an advantage over their competitors, and became wealthy businessmen. While other traders were robbed by bandits or lost ships at sea, the brothers continued to prosper.

 

Eventually, to avoid inquiry into the secret of their success, the two men and their younger sister immigrated to the coast of California, to the place that would eventually become the city of Santa Linda. Although they were already very rich, the brothers profited from others who had dreams of finding gold.

 

Even though they had traveled the world, the brothers’ wanderlust was insatiable. The two men longed for adventure, and continued to use the mirror, seeking out places they had not yet explored. It was only a matter of time before their ever-widening circle of travel expanded so much that they broke through the membrane separating their world from Cai Terenmare.

 

There, the brothers met the Solas Beir, ruler of a magical parallel kingdom. And there, they learned about the mirror’s origins. The Solas Beir had encountered the mirror before. It was created by the ancient one who first dwelt in Darkness and took pleasure in the destruction of others. The Solas Beir told the brothers that the mirror had a dual nature—while it initially showered them with good fortune, sustained use would reveal its darker side. The mirror was alive with an energy that testified to the nature of the one who made it. Its purpose was one seduction and destruction. Once a traveler had fallen under the mirror’s spell, gaining confidence that he or she had control over the mirror and the destination, the mirror would turn on the traveler, abandoning him or her in a savage land ruled by monsters.

 

After hearing the warning, the brothers promised the Solas Beir they would stop using the mirror. The Solas Beir agreed to create a portal between the two worlds, and the brothers would be charged with guarding it, in exchange for continued prosperity. Two mansions were built, one for each brother, and a stone circle was laid to protect the portal, establishing what later became Newcastle Beach.

 

The first brother, Thaddeus, was able to forget about the mirror. He went on to live a long life, and had many children and grandchildren. The other brother, Samuel, met a very different fate. He traveled frequently between his world and Cai Terenmare, and this only fed his desire for discovery. At night, he could feel the mirror calling to him, tempting him to break his covenant with the Solas Beir.

 

One night Samuel no longer resist. He forced his sister to give him the mirror she had locked away, and with a mad wink, he disappeared. Unfortunately, it was then that the mirror chose to betray him. He found himself at the feet of a beautiful monster who called herself the Western Oracle. The Oracle claimed the mirror for her own and no one ever saw Samuel Buchan alive again.

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BLURB:

Abby is an ordinary girl haunted by dreams of an ivory castle, blood-thirsty monsters, and a striking stranger. Working as a babysitter for a family of mythology lovers in wealthy Newcastle Beach, California, she struggles to define herself among the elite class while trying to make sense of her strange visions. Upon meeting David, the doppelgänger of the mysterious young man in her dreams, Abby’s life is changed forever.

Encountering the queen of Cai Terenmare, a magical kingdom in a parallel world, Abby learns of an evil lord hell-bent on usurping the throne, the murder of Cai Terenmare’s king, the Solas Beir, and the kidnapping of the Solas Beir’s infant son.

As the kingdom struggles to endure, the queen shows Abby the full extent of her destiny. She must convince her mysterious crush, David, that he is the lost heir. While braving attacks from the dark lord’s sadistic minions, David must realize his true identity and return to Cai Terenmare to claim his throne before time runs out, lest the evil that was temporarily locked away be unleashed, threatening to destroy both the kingdom and all of humanity.

EXCERPT:

Abby spent the next evening babysitting for Cassandra and Riordan. She putthe kids to bed and laid out her homework on the coffee table downstairs. She was immersed in her work when she realized—the house was quiet. Eerily quiet.

She was used to the familiar creaks and groans of the old house, and night ushered in the occasional chirp of a cricket or flutter of moth wings around theantique sconces lighting the room. Tonight she heard nothing—there was only dead silence. She felt a prickle at the back of her neck and realized she was shivering. The room had gone unnaturally cold, and she had the distinct sense that she was not alone.

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a shadowy presence, someone standing still, watching her. She turned to look, but there was no one there. She felt a terrible unease twisting in her gut. Something was wrong.

Responding to her intuition, she got up and climbed the stairs to check on thechildren. Ciaran was snoring, perfectly at peace. He had wriggled out of his covers in his sleep. Abby tucked him back in.

Leaving his room, she walked down the hall to the twins’ room. The nightlight inthe hallway began blinking erratically. She entered the room and froze. Perched monkey-like on the corner of Rowan’s crib was a shadowed figure thesize of a small boy, leaning over the sleeping child. Sensing Abby, it turned its head, blood-red eyes meeting hers.

Abby gasped with horror as the creature leapt with unnatural agility from thecrib and crouched like a spider high on the wall, staring down at her. Slowly, it smiled, revealing rows of pointed narrow teeth, sharp as razors. And then…it pounced.

Abby raised her arms to shield herself, scrunched her eyes shut, and screamed. But there was nothing. She heard a low chuckle behind her and saw the creature near the door. The shadow boy laughed and ran out. Thesmoky form changed into a large black housecat before disappearing throughthe hallway wall.

Abby ran to the twins’ light switch and turned on the lights. She checked to make sure Rowan and Siobhan were unharmed, and then hurried to Ciaran’s room, flicking on lights as she ran. Ciaran was still fast asleep—her scream had not disturbed him at all.

She jerked open his closet door and found his aluminum baseball bat. Then, scooping him and the quilt up from his bed, she ran back to Rowan and Siobhan’s room. She shut the door and nestled the five year old into a make-shift bed on the floor. Sitting against the dresser next to him, she hummed, trying to reassure herself. Armed with the bat and the adrenaline coursing through her body, she waited.

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Melissa Eskue Ousley is the author of The Solas Beir Trilogy. “Sign of theThrone,” the first book of this young adult fantasy series, will be released onSeptember 14. She is currently working on the second and third novels in thetrilogy, “The Rabbit and the Raven” and “The Sower Comes.”

Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found swimming, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of educational jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway to years spent conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona.

 
 

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What to Read Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for joining me for another round of What to Read Wednesday.

Please help me welcome author Liv Morris! She’s sharing her list of TOP TEN facts about her latest release Adam’s Apple Touch of Tantra #1.

Liv is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon or Apple iTunes Gift Card, Two Signed Copies of ADAMS APPLE, Five Digital Copies of ADAMS APPLE, and One Swag Pack...click here to enter :)

So, without any further idle chit chat from me….let’s enjoy Liv’s post, excerpt, and blurb…

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ADAM’S APPLE TOP TEN

  1. Adam Kingsley is the leading male character in the story and the entire book is told in Adam’s point of view. The reader gets to experience every aspect of the plot in from his mind, warped though it maybe at times. A unique approach in the erotic romance genre.

  2. The book takes place in the gritty yet intriquing setting of New York City. There are a few flashbacks to Adam’s youth in Philadelphia where memories of his mother haunt him.

  3. Adam is a successful entrepreneur in New York City. At thirty-two, he’s amassed a large empire with the help of three friends from his college days at MIT.

  4. As the consummate playboy of Wall Street, Adam is known to go from one hook-up to the next, rarely seeing the same woman twice. The word, “manwhore,” fits him perfectly.

  5. Adam meets Kathryn Delcour, a beautiful socialite, in the first chapter of the book after having a horrible day in which he learns his trusted business partner and former classmate at MIT has betrayed him.

  6. Kathryn is strong, independent, and not one to easily succumb to Adam’s charms. She challenges him and  initially rebuffs his interest in her.

  7. After the initial meeting between Adam and Kathryn, Adam is unable to get Kathryn off his mind.

  8. Kathryn is a teacher and instructor of the ancient sexual practice called Tantra.

  9. The chemistry between Adam and Kathryn sizzles both in the bedroom and beyond. The draw between them leaves them literally helpless to deny it.

  10. Adam becomes Kathryn’s lifesaver, literally.

Blurb

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold, making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta.

What more could a thirty-two-year-old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable, but life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist. He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm’s length, but Kathryn’s arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.

Hidden secrets, Kathryn’s passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

EXCERPT

Tom turns to me and smiles. “Thanks, Adam, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. The last time you took me out for drinks, you ended up abandoning me at the bar. You left with two women, if I’m not mistaken. Rubbed my married ass into the ground with that move. Damn, they were hot as shit, too. Remember?”

“Distantly.” I pause while my mind travels back to that night. The hotel room. The shiny surface of handcuffs. Ties attached to bedposts and long slender legs. “They were recent college graduates. Sorority sisters. Kinky fucking must’ve been their majors. They were practically pros. Who carries bondage shit around in their purse, anyway?”

“Man, the life you lead, Adam. Sometimes I envy you, other times I think you’re a crazy motherfucker. One day, you’ll fall for someone and it will be hard. Who knows, maybe this woman from last night? What was her name again?”

“Kathryn Delcour.” Her name rolls off my tongue. Just the thought of her makes me smile and erases any trace of the kinky night from my mind.

 

Link to Follow the Tour:http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/07/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_7.html

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Apple-Touch-Tantra-ebook/dp/B00E7JHL4I

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/adams-apple-liv-morris/1116239496?ean=2940148621980

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343560

 

Playlist for Adam’s Apple: http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Adam+s+Apple/88118839

Adam’s Apple Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/Ps1Z0gwQsTw

 

Author Info

Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. After relocating eleven times during her husband’s corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing.

A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis.

She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Liv has published five short story series, Love in the City. Two of her short stories have landed on Amazon’s top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam’s Apple, is due for release this summer.

Author Links

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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Book Excerpts, What to Read Wednesday

 

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