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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fortune's Wheel (A Claire Rollins Cozy Mystery Book 4) by J.A. Whiting


Claire, an owner of a chocolate store in Boston, has more on her mind than sweet treats when she discovers a cold case murder of a graduate student, Leslie, headlining the day’s newspaper.

Claire’s BFF, partner in crime, and employee, Nicole, makes the team a sure fit to discover old and ignored clues when a former journalist for the original investigation reaches out for their help.Fortune's Wheel (A Claire Rollins Mystery Book 4)

With a little inside help from Claire’s boyfriend, Officer Ian, she uses a touch of the paranormal, her friend, and inside information to investigate what really happened to Leslie.

With a little spare time, Nicole takes a romantic interest in a coworker at the chocolate store.  Can’t hurt to have more than one relationship in a fun story!

Happy reading,

Dawn

Monday, November 20, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child & More

Okay. I know. I'm late to the game. I always am. This week I finally indulged in my guilty pleasure: Harry Potter. I knew HP and The Cursed Child was a screen play, which is why I held off. I find reading in that format a bit tedious. However, after the first few pages, it wasn't a problem. Overall, the book wasn't too bad. Definitely didn't compare to the first seven books. But what amazed me is how a theater production could pull of the play night after night without something catastrophic happening. Every other page was a new set, different characters, wardrobe changes . . . and that didn't even begin to cover all of the magical aspects. I went online for answers. I didn't get many but I did find out that you have to buy a separate ticket for parts 1 and 2. Very interesting. I'm crossing my fingers that the play will eventually travel, but with so many sets, I don't think it will be in the near future. I'm still putting it on my bucket list.


In other news, yesterday my son and I forged ahead with Christmas. (Don't worry, Thanksgiving. We haven't forgotten you.) We made salt-dough ornaments. It was fun and he thought it was great to color "cookies". I highly recommend it as a family project.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope it's as magical as Harry Potter.
Nicolette Pierce

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BRINGER OF CHAOS: FORGED IN FIRE by Kayelle Allen Cover Reveal and a FREE Download!

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire  The Sempervian Saga (Book 2) by Kayelle Allen
BLURB: 
Humans created the Ultras, a genetically enhanced race, to defend mankind. Instead, Ultras became their greatest threat. With the help of traitors, humans captured half a million of the immortal warriors.
Exiled to an alien world with no tech, no tools, and no resources, their leader, Pietas, must protect his people, find food and shelter and unite them. But before he can, he must regain command from a ruthless adversary he's fought for centuries--his brutal, merciless father.
Ultras are immortal, and no matter how they die, they come back. Reviving after death isn't all it's cracked up to be. Some wounds heal instantly and a few take time, but battered and broken trust? Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever.
Genre: Science Fiction with romantic elements
Rating: PG13 for violence, no profanity or explicit content

Excerpt: 
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire is military science fiction with romantic elements. This excerpt is the foreword, which was "written" by Pietas, the hero.
You're human. Lies are your nature.
Truth is mine. Honoring my word means more to me than life.
Humans are craven, contemptible and reprehensible supplanters of power. What you need is the truth.
Traitors among my kind lied to you. They concealed themselves among you and claimed we were myth. They fed you false hope you were safe. They lulled you into complacent ignorance. The deceivers manipulated, confused, and desensitized you.
You chose to believe the lies.
You've heard tales of visitors from outer space. Stories of aliens who walk among you. You called them urban legends, myths, tall tales for the campfire, untrue.
You refused to believe the truth.
This book relates my tale but is not from my point of view. Call it Science Fiction, but it happened. I exist. My dimension is not yours, so you have not been aware of me--until now--but I know everything about you.
To honor a worthy human friend, I considered sparing humanity. I have since seen the folly of blanket exemption. Not all of you deserve to die, but there are requirements for being protected. Will I choose you?
Perhaps. I offer no guarantee. Your fate is a bequest no one can usurp.
Believe me.
Read this, if you dare to know the truth.
~ Pietas

Bringer of Chaos: The Origin of Pietas 
The Sempervian Saga (Book 1)

Why should Pietas end the war with humans? His people are winning, yet they insist on peace talks. The Ultra people want to grant humans a seat on the Council. Pietas ap Lorectic, Chancellor of the High Council, War Leader and First Conqueror, disagrees. What's best for mortals is oppression, control, and if necessary, elimination.
Pietas seethes with rage at the idea of human equality. Humans might have created Ultras, but the creation has far surpassed the creator. Humans die. Ultras are reborn, no matter how grievous the injury. They have no equals.
His people permit him no choice. He must attend these insipid peace talks on Enderium Six and what's worse, be polite. To humans.
When a human special ops warrior is killed in battle, he's resurrected in a secret process and inducted into the Ghost Corps. He's given enough strength to perma-kill immortal Ultras. Ghosts are the most hated and feared of warriors.
When the ghost entraps and captures Pietas at the peace talks, the two begin a long journey toward Sempervia, an isolated and forgotten world. Once there, Pietas is marooned and the ghost abandoned alongside him. The two must either fight to perma-death, or join forces to survive.
As Pietas comes to trust the human, an unlikely and awkward friendship begins. Until he discovers how ghosts are resurrected...
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Free -- download Endure, Illustrated Quotes by Pietas (as told to Kayelle Allen). Enjoy an exclusive collection of quotes on the concept of endurance by the man known to other immortals as the Bringer of Chaos. https://kayelleallen.com/media/30-days-endure.pdf
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Mythic Heroes and Misbehaving Robots:

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with mythic heroes, misbehaving robots, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She's a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she's tenured. https://kayelleallen.com Twitter https://twitter.com/kayelleallen Facebook https://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author Join the Romance Lives Forever Reader Group Download four free books and get news about books coming soon. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!


    
     Hello, gentle readers!
     It is Sunday afternoon as I write this (I’m trying really hard to get back on schedule) and my house is redolent with the aroma of dinner simmering on the stove. I’m making a good, old fashioned Yankee Pot Roast, complete with mashed potatoes, gravy and caramelized carrots and onions. It’s my grandmother’s recipe (she related the recipe to me over the phone a very long time ago—we’re talking decades here—after I completely botched my first attempt). It’s comfort food. A family favorite. One of the dishes I do well.
         I am not the world’s best cook. I’m not the world’s worst cook, either. I make mostly simple meals that are filling and satisfying (I do make a spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage that will knock your socks off). Thankfully, no one has ever become sick or died from my cooking, but I have made a couple dishes that even the dog wouldn’t touch. On those occasions, my DH told me in the kindest, most diplomatic, way possible “Please don’t make this again.”
         Why am I telling you this? Well, Thanksgiving is coming up. This is, by far, my favorite holiday. I love roasted turkey with all the trimmings. And I go all out. Deviled eggs (my own recipe). Spinach dip (Knorr’s recipe). Cheesecake (Grandma’s recipe again). Pumpkin Pie (my aunt’s recipe).
         Over the years, I’ve taken the best recipes of family and friends, tweaked them for dietary restrictions (my DH cannot have red, green or yellow peppers), and made them my own. I use my mother-in-law’s recipe for the dressing/stuffing (again, related to me over the phone long distance). She was like me. She didn’t measure anything so it was trial and error for a while until I figured it all out. Her most cryptic direction?  Add water until it looks sloppy. When I asked her to explain that, she just said “You’ll know it when you see it.” And you know, though it’s taken a long time, she was right. I do know it when I see it (and feel it with the spoon….oh, and one of the tweaks? I use chicken broth instead of water. And real butter). Oh, I should stop. I’m making myself hungry!
         Happy Thanksgiving all!

Remember: spread kindness wherever you go.
Marie

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SULTRY NIGHTS Collection of 22 Stories and a Giveaway!

Sultry Nights 
A Limited Edition Romance Collection
Containing Stories from: Nicole Morgan, Jocelyn Dex, Alison Foster,  Kate Richards, Linda O'Connor, Samantha Holt, Jerrie Alexander,  Whitley Cox, Krista Ames, Ursula Sinclair, Measha Stone, Tuesday Embers, Siera London,  Rachel Shane,  
Bonnie Phelps, Misha Elliott, Alyson Reynolds, Jenna Bayley-Burke,  Madison Michael, Pepper Goodrich, Marcia James, Destiny Blaine
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Blurb: Love, passion, romance and desire… No matter what your preference, this set of 22 hot and sexy reads has just what you need. From surprise love affairs to bad boys that we can’t help but fall for, and couples that were meant to be, this compilation from Romance Collections is sure to please your every single need. Sultry Nights Buy Link: Amazon 

Featuring:
All I Want By Misha Elliott


Excerpt:
She wanted to know what would happen if she dared to kiss him. The boy who filled so many of her dreams and fantasies was here, right now with her. How hot would it be to feel his lips against her own? 
Their playful game sparked a flame. She could only hope that a kiss would ignite an inferno. 
~*~*~*~*~*~ Author Bio and links: Misha Elliott is an old movie watching, wine drinking, book-lover. Once a northerner she now calls the Lone Star state her home. She can’t remember a time when books weren’t a part of her life. Writing gives her a reason to talk to the voices in her head. When she isn’t writing you will find her talking about books with friends or at the beach with her toes in the sand.   Website:www.mishaelliott.com
 
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Military Romance for Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day!
Having many veterans in my family as well as a few active duty, it was only a matter of time before I wrote some military romances.

In Cowboy's Best Shot (Poker Flat #3), Hunter McKade is an Army veteran, military police to be exact, and he's come home from his 2nd tour of duty in Afghanistan to a tragedy. He's having a hard time accepting the changes in himself and finally lands a job at the Poker Flat Nudist Resort, serving as one of their two security officers. After saving the bartender from a difficult situation with guests, he tries to ignore her advances, but ignoring Adriana is an impossible feat.

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When Love Chimes (Broken Valor #1) also features an Army veteran, but Ryan Crawford is a mechanic with a dream to buy a horse ranch in Florida where his wounded buddies could come to convalesce, but he needs to help his grandfather sell his dilapidated farm first. Looking up his old high school sweetheart, who is a horse trainer, but now a cocktail waitress is a bonus. Maybe he can get her to come work for him and rekindle their romance. The problem is, his timing couldn't be any worse.

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In Poisoned Honor (Broken Valor #2), Tyler Adams is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer who's had an accident and is soon to go back on duty. Unfortunately, his body has healed but he also has a new fear of heights and he refused to see the contract psychologist, choosing instead to see another. He considers that a good thing when he meets Meghan, the psychologist contracted to help those at his station, because his interest in her is anything but professional. It doesn't take him long to determine that the accidents at the air station are not accidents at all, but now he has to find out who is causing them before any more people get hurt, including Meghan.

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I hope you find one of these to your taste. I can tell you that more military romances are definitely in my future ;-) 

Always, Lexi
www.lexipostbooks.com

Thursday, November 9, 2017

TEMPTATION OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE (A Christmas Carol #3) by Lexi Post Released!

Available for a limited time for only 99¢, Temptations of Christmas Future (A Christmas Carol #3) has just released in a multi-author anthology of 6 sexy stories titled Blame it on Fate

Not only do you get the 3rd in a 4- book series about the Christmas Spirits who visit a young widow in Deervale, Scotland, but also a time travel Scottish romance and 3 contemporary romances, all sizzling hot! What's not to love? 

But the low price is only for this month, so grab it while you can :-)

Always, Lexi
www.lexipostbooks.com 

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Six stories about love, passion, and the role Fate plays in the lives of lovers. Six couples must decide whether to accept Fate or fight against it.

Temptations of Christmas Future (A Christmas Carol Book 3) by Lexi Post: When Joy, the Spirit of Christmas Future, is paired with a problem Spirit Guide, her positive outlook is tested beyond its limits. Will she persevere, or will Malcolm, the young widow they’re helping and her own outlook be the casualties of her weakness? 

Highland Oath (Highland Treasure Book 1) by C.A. Szarek: Saving a life in the 17th century is hard enough for a time-traveling doctor, until Fate hands her heart to a Highlander.

Claiming Emerson by Heather Miles: My double life was a shell game I’d mastered long ago, a chosen fate. The art of illusion wasn’t just something I’d become proficient at, I lived it.

On A Whim by JM Walker: B. Vesper is hiding. As a bestselling BDSM indie author, he knows all too well the dangers of letting people get close. But when his new cover designer Kiki Smith starts breaking down his walls and letting him in her life, will his secret rebuild those barriers?

A Twist On Fate by Jillian Stone: “They say that you don’t meet people by accident, that you cross paths with strangers for a reason. But then memes about fate are for morons, right? Thing is—after what just happened—I’m not so sure anymore.”  —Skylar Fenstermaker

Undeniable Fate (Undeniable Series Book 1) by Mia London: Shocking is putting it mildly. When the stranger she’d met only twelve hours earlier suddenly walks into her hotel room, Lily can think of only one thing.