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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
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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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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.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Heart of Frankenstein by Lexi Post

 A fantastic follow-up to the classic Frankenstein.  Lexi Post starts with an overview of the classic, which relates a great understanding of the complex physical and emotional struggles Frankenstein’s monster endures.

My heart melts for Sas, the name given to the “monster.”  Getting to know him, he’s anything but a monster, but rather a gorgeous, virile, thoughtful individual.  All he wants is to survive with a small hope of a woman to take away his loneliness.


Of course, Sas is not completely human.  With his heightened senses, he miraculously notices and saves a young woman, Angel he names her, who is lost and nearly frozen on a mountain ridge in northern Alaska.
Angel works and takes dangerous adventures around the world, so she has met many types of men in her life.  Meeting Sas, who she now depends on to overcome severe frostbite, doesn’t scare her at all.



Off the grid and in a secluded region, Sas does his best with hundreds of years of knowledge to help repair Angel’s health.  She’s a beautiful woman. He wishes he could stop his growing affection for her, but Angel encourages him.

Angel is amazed with the powerful man who has taken her in, even though she must work hard to have him reveal anything about himself.  Many of his traits she discovers by accident and is intrigued all the more.

And yes, the intrigue is well deserved!  The characters are explicitly formed and the healing and seduction fuse together in powerful scenes of romance, love, and trust.

Some novels grab my heart and make me forget that I’m reading!  Post is a master at reliving the classics with an erotic happily-ever-after.

Happy reading,

Dawn

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Reader Halloween Costumes Rock! - Part 4

I just couldn't let this Halloween go to sleep without a few final fantastic pictures from my readers.

Here we have a rather beautiful but devilish Roni who really knows how to handle all the trick or treaters who come to her house. After all, I hear wine and chocolate go very well together.

Then we have some pretty amazing pictures of how Ashley's house gets dressed for Halloween. 


I don't know about you, but if I was a trick or treater, I'd think twice about stepping up to this front door, at least until I saw the cute kitty peeking out from below the ghoul :-)

Of course that's assuming I ever made it to the front door. First, I'd have to pass the coffin carriage, ghosts and big black cat!
 
If I was brave enough to get to the door and was invited inside, I'd find a wall of bats flying over a haunted village, but luckily, Bray and her friend would be there to show me how to escape.
 



I've loved seeing all the photos my readers sent me. Wish I'd had time to post them all. Guess I'll just have to wait until next year now. 

In the meantime, my birthday is right around the corner, so even though my favorite holiday has passed, I still have something to look forward to. And before I know it, it will be Thanksgiving. Oh yes, this time of year is definitely great! I hope you enjoy it!

Always, Lexi
www.lexipostbooks.com 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo


         Hello, gentle reader! Can you believe it’s November already? Oh my gosh! How quickly time has flown!
November marks a number of things for me….several important birthdays as well as Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday!). And this year, I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo! For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a writing challenge. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For some of us, that’s a complete novel. For others, it’s a good start. The rules are…well…there really are no rules. Just write. Doesn’t matter if your words aren’t very good…this is a rough draft, meant to be edited and corrected later.
         I think I’m up for this challenge even though it’s a lot different than how I normally write. I’m what I call a puzzler. If the scene comes to me (wherever in the manuscript it happens to be), I write it then puzzle it together later when I hit that place (I also go back and keep editing my chapters until they’re as perfect as I can get them before I send them to my critique partners) so this will be different. I’m going to try to go from beginning to end without going back to previous words to fix them.
         I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo last year, but this year, I’m ready. I have finished the first draft of A Kiss in the Sunlight, the third and final installment of the MacDermott Brothers saga. It’s going through critique now. Once that’s done, it’ll go through beta read then off to my publisher so I’m in the unique position of starting a brand new story on November 1. I’ve already done the research as well as written down my plot points so there’s nothing holding me back.
         Wish me luck!

Remember: Spread kindness wherever you go!
Marie

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reader Halloween Costumes Rock! - Part 3

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! What better way to celebrate than with more of my readers in great Halloween costumes?

To the left is Sarah Fisher doing her best Steampunk impression. Gotta love the goggles :-) 

Here she is to the right with her daughter dressed as cartoon characters. Pretty hard to believe it's the same person, don't you think? She's a master of disguise!


To the left is Sheila with her friend's daughter at a fall festival. I don't know about you, but Sheila is the kind of witch I wouldn't mind having as a friend!
Shelly is my kind of mom! Every year she goes out with her son as a Shadow Hunter. Usually he dresses as a Hunter (as in deer hunter) LOL, but this year (pictured right) he dressed as a football player. Not just any football player, but Aaron Murry, former quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs. I wonder if that means he'll be on the team one day. He certainly looks the part!

Thank you everyone for sharing! I just loved getting these pictures because dressing in costume is my most favorite part of Halloween. Can't wait to see what the rest of today brings! Happy Halloween everyone!

Always, Lexi
www.lexipostbooks.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

Reader Halloween Costumes Rock! - Part 2

Whoohoo! More awesome costume pictures from my readers!

Check out Jennifer dressed up in a Venetian mask she won from me. I don't know about you, but I think the purple hair is so her :-) 







And how about this gruesome pair.  
Jade and her husband look pretty awesome, don't you think?
 


Now you may think that Marsha's granddaughter was having the time of her life at FrightFest, and you'd be right! She didn't mind hanging out with these two ghouls.



In fact, she was braver than Marsha when this Gargoyle showed up. While grandma took fright, this cutie posed for a picture :-)

Aren't these fabulous? And there's more to come!

Always, Lexi
www.lexipostbooks.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017

ANXIETY by H.D. Thomson Complete Series with a Giveaway!

ANXIETY
 Complete Series
 Episodes 1 through 6  
by H.D. Thomson

 
 
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Jake Preston is on borrowed time. If he doesn’t stumble upon a miracle and soon, he’ll end up dead. And even if he does, he still might end up dead with a clever killer hounding his heels. He believes that the one miracle and antidote to save him is in Margot Davenport’s house, across the country and miles away from Boston. Somewhere locked in her home is the key to reversing an experiment that is killing him with each breath he takes. Margot doesn’t particularly care if she ends up dead. She’s lost everything she’s ever cared for. A divorce and the loss of her job as a corporate lawyer has left her with little faith in herself or in anyone else. Most importantly, she’s lost the one person on this earth she’s looked up to and cherished–her brother, Johnny. His death in a car accident has devastated her, and she can’t find the willpower to pull herself from the chasm she’s fallen into. Her only solace is at the bottom of a wineglass. Having moved back to the small town in northern Arizona where she was raised, she’s made a point of isolating herself both mentally and physically from everyone other than a few chosen friends. Little does she know that her life is going to explode into chaos. 
 
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Excerpt:
She opened her mouth to scream.
“It’s me, Jake,” he said from the darkness, holding onto her arms to steady her.
She let out a long, shaky breath. “What was that?” she asked in a hushed voice. “You must have heard it. It sounded so awful.”
“It was your cat.”
“Marmaduke?”
“Yeah.”
“But I could have sworn it sounded more human than—”
“I stepped on his tail.” He cleared his throat. “Scared the hell out of both of us. He took off somewhere. Sorry about getting you out of bed.”
“I’m just glad I found out what it was. But what are you doing up?”
“I couldn’t sleep.”
Relaxing, she glanced up, only to be blinded by the night. Thick, black and total, it draped over Jake and everything around her. His hands, warm and strong, grasped her upper arms. She grew conscious of the coolness of the house, of the silk of her nightgown against her skin, but most importantly of Jake, of the deep woodsy scent of his after-shave and how his hands, minus the gloves, were now slowly sliding up and down her arms. Her toes curled beneath her. He smelled like what she envisioned a man should smell like. Desire lapped against her skin until it seeped through her flesh and took hold of her body.
He slid a hand up her arm and over a shoulder to cup her throat, while the other curled around her waist to press against the small of her back, inching her closer to the heat of his body. She met his lips halfway, opening her mouth beneath his. The kiss deepened, demanded and took. She raised a hand to feel his own against her throat. He had a long fingered, strong hand, the skin smooth and flawless over the tendons and knuckles. She touched his face, his neck, his shoulders. Against her palms, his skin was satin over hard muscle. He was all male, all power.
He hauled her closer, pressing her sensitized breasts against his chest as his tongue mated with hers. His desire thrust against the shallow hollow of her hips. The thick, hardness of him scorched through the material of her gown to her belly and turned her legs to liquid. She slid her hands over the sleek texture of his naked back, over the muscles and tendons, down across the indentation along his spine and lower.
She froze.
He was entirely, absolutely, completely naked, every male inch of him. She whimpered as her breath came out in short, shallow pants, and desire slammed against her, painful in its intensity.
Margot stiffened. Oh, God. Had she completely lost it? Where was her sanity, her morals? She hardly knew this man.
“No!” She dragged in a lungful of air. “This is all wrong!”


Author Bio:
H.D. Thomson moved from Ontario, Canada as a teenager to the heat of Arizona where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, H.D. changed her focus to one of her passions-books. She owned and operated an online bookstore for several years and then started the company, Bella Media Management. The company specializes in web sites, video trailers, ebook conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. When she is not heading her company, she is following her first love-writing.

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