Monday, February 20, 2017

Read about Stealing Mr. Right (Penelope Blue, Book 1) by Tamara Morgan & Enter for a Chance to Win a BaubleBar Gift Card


“A sexy, fun, cat-and-mouse chase that hooked me from page one!”
—JENNIFER PROBST,
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of The Marriage Bargain



About the Book:

I'm a wanted jewel thief.
He's FBI.
What's that saying? Keep your friends close...and your husband closer.


Being married to a federal agent certainly has its perks.

1. I just love the way that man looks in a suit.
2. This way I always know what the enemy is up to.

Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars' worth of diamonds on the line, I can't afford to fall for my own husband.

It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top.

Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.

Available March 7th:
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Books in the Penelope Blue:

Stealing Mr. Right (book 1)
Saving Mr. Perfect (book 2)
Seeking Mr. Wrong (book 3)

Read a Sneak Peek:

His voice was softer than I expected: low but controlled, the sound of an authority figure who knows he doesn’t have to shout to be heard. I’ve since realized that’s the most dangerous kind of man to go up against in a fight. He didn’t bluster and yell the way Riker did, and he didn’t speak in terse rebukes, the way I remember my dad doing when I made an error in the middle of a job. Grant was all control and manners.

I hadn’t expected manners.

“I’ve never seen a man so intrigued by concrete before,” I said, less polite but still within the bounds of friendliness. “I’ve run past you a total of four times now, and you never once glanced up to check me out.”

The surprise faded to amusement. “Is that a fact?”

“Yes. And I thought for sure three times would do it.”

Since it appeared he wasn’t about to book me for fifty counts of conspiracy, I took a moment to appreciate him up close. From a distance, packed into a dark suit, always on the scent of something we didn’t want him to be, he really was more like a ferocious guard dog than anything else. But up close? Unf. There was nothing canine about him, and fear wasn’t my primary reaction. He was a behemoth, taller than me by at least a foot, his build not powerful so much as overpowering. He wasn’t handsome—at least, not in a clean-cut, underwear ad sort of way—but he was incredibly attractive. It’s possible for a man to be a perfectly assembled collection of model parts and invoke nothing more than a mild appreciation, like looking at a sculpture or a really nice diamond tiara. It’s equally possible for a man to boast coarse features, oversized limbs, and a rugged smile—and make a girl want to take off her clothes on the spot.

Happily, I refrained.

“How do you know I didn’t watch your ass as you ran past?” he asked, picking up my flirtation with ease. I should have been disappointed that he was sharp enough to follow along—a slow, stupid nemesis is always preferable to a fast-witted one—but all I felt was a warm feeling of pleasure. “Maybe I was being discreet.”

“You didn’t,” I said smugly and switched to stretching the other leg. “If you had, you would’ve stopped me ten minutes ago and asked for my number.”

“Maybe I’m in a relationship.”

“You’re not. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be watching my ass now.”

He laughed but didn’t relax. I only noted this because men have a universal way of dropping their shoulders and opening their stance once they realize they’re being hit on. Women probably do it, too—you can almost see the walls coming down around their hearts—but Grant’s wide shoulders remained firmly in place.

I stuck out my hand, hoping physical contact would do the trick.

“I’m Penelope,” I said, not bothering with an alias. That was one lie I’d never had any use for. I was born a thief, raised a thief, and would probably die one. A fake name wouldn’t benefit me any more than changing spots would a leopard. “Penelope Blue.”

That look of surprise moved across Grant’s face again, but he managed to quell it long enough to take my hand and shake.

It would have been pushing things to say there was a tingle of electricity, or that my life flashed before my eyes as the rough texture of his palm grazed mine, but there was no mistaking how strong his grip was. With just the flick of his wrist, he could have broken the bones in my hand, conquered me right then and there. Instead of being alarmed by his physical mastery, I felt no sense of danger. Only wonder.

This man could crush me, I thought. But he won’t.

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Playlist, Review, & #Giveaway ~ Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1) by Rhenna Morgan


Please welcome Rhenna Morgan to the blog today.  
She has a playlist for us from Rough & Tumble.

When I first started writing, I didn’t even consider keeping track of the music I listened to as a book developed, but by the time I started on my second one, I realized I leaned toward different genres with each character or story. So, I started keeping track.

Needless to say, the songs I listened to for ROUGH & TUMBLE are a little edgy. Jace is definitely a rock and roll guy, and while Vivienne tried to hide it, she is too. Since today is release day, I thought I’d share the playlist I created as I wrote their story and see if the music revs your engine the same way the songs did for me. I also hope you’ll grab a copy of ROUGH & TUMBLE. After all, there’s nothing better than being claimed by a Haven brother.




**Saph's Note:  This is MY kind of playlist :)  The video for Wrong Side of Heaven (#16 on the playlist) makes me cry every single time I watch it.

Book Information:

 

Praise for Rough & Tumble:

“Gritty, raw, and a side dose of sweet lovin’. Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan will warm your heart and melt your panties.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Audrey Carlan (Calendar Girl series)

Book Description:

Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society’s expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other’s backs.

A self-made man with his fingers in a variety of successful businesses, Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge and he always gets what he wants. From the start, he sees Vivienne Moore’s hidden wild side and knows she’s his perfect match, if only he can break it free. He will have her. One way or another.

Vivienne’s determined to ditch the rough lifestyle she grew up in, even if that means hiding her true self behind a bland socialite veneer. Dragging her party-hound sister out of a club was not how she wanted to ring in the New Year, but Viv knows the drill. Get in, get her sister and get back to the safe, stable life she’s built for herself as fast as humanly possible. But Viv’s plans are derailed when she finds herself crashing into the club’s clearly badass and dangerously sexy owner.

Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but the more time she spends with him, the more she starts to see that he loves just as fiercely as he fights. He can walk society’s walk and talk society’s talk, but when he wants something, he finds a way to get it. He’s proud of who he is and where he came from, and he’ll be damned if he lets Vivienne go before showing her the safest place of all is in the arms of a dangerous man

My Review:

http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/arc-review-of-rough-tumble-haven.html

Book Details:

Publish Date: February 20, 2017
Series: The Haven Brotherhood
Category: Carina Press Romance Promise, Contemporary Romance, Romance
eISBN: 9781488024467
Purchase Links: Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo | Google Play
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Meet the Author:

Morgan

A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie and has a resume that reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.
Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dawn to dusk. To combat the crush of reality, she’s turned to romance as her primary source of escape ever since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want.
For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You can also find her social media links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

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ARC #Review of Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1) by Rhenna Morgan #Contemporary #Romance


Welcome to my review of 
Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1)


Goodreads Description:

Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs. 

A self-made man with his fingers in a variety of successful businesses, Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge and he always gets what he wants. From the start, he sees Vivienne Moore's hidden wild side and knows she's his perfect match, if only he can break it free. He will have her. One way or another. 

Vivienne's determined to ditch the rough lifestyle she grew up in, even if that means hiding her true self behind a bland socialite veneer. Dragging her party-hound sister out of a club was not how she wanted to ring in the New Year, but Viv knows the drill. Get in, get her sister and get back to the safe, stable life she's built for herself as fast as humanly possible. But Viv's plans are derailed when she finds herself crashing into the club's clearly badass and dangerously sexy owner. 

Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but the more time she spends with him, the more she starts to see that he loves just as fiercely as he fights. He can walk society's walk and talk society's talk, but when he wants something, he finds a way to get it. He's proud of who he is and where he came from, and he'll be damned if he lets Vivienne go before showing her the safest place of all is in the arms of a dangerous man.

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32172668-rough-tumble

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1741 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Carina Press 
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
ASIN: B01N408FUM
Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2h4AevK

My Review:

Vivienne Moore is tired of cleaning up her sister's messes.  Callie's irresponsible lifestyle forces Viv into locations that no self-respecting person; male or female, would ever dare to go.  When Callie's latest drunken binge lands Viv in a club, she had no idea she'd walk out forever changed.  While trying to extract her sister from the ladies' room, her tone of voice rouses the managers of the club.  While trying to explain what's going on, Viv can't help but lock eyes with hot guy sitting at a table.

Jace Kennedy might run questionable clubs but he, and his brothers, don't answer to the social norms.  They have their own code they live by and do what's right them and their families.  He certainly wasn't expecting someone like Viv to be in the club nor was he expecting any type of connection with her.  Now, he just has to convince her to open up, be the woman he knows is buried inside her demure and safe life, and let him be her fierce protector.

Viv soon learns that there is a lot more to Jace -dangerous man.  He is also Jace-charitable donation man; -loyal family man; and -always-gets-what-he-wants man.  There is much more to Jace than meets the eye.  He assimilates within high society, as well as the seedy underworld, at will.   There is also so much more to Viv than the straight-laced, stiff, professional she shows off.  She has a past to keep hidden, a sister to protect, and her business to nurture.

Can two seemingly very different people find love?

For the record, I would give this book 100 stars if I could.  I loved everything about Rough & Tumble.  Viv and Jace are exciting, likable, and easy to fall in love with.  The chemistry between the pair is electric and realistically written.  I was drawn into the story from the very beginning and everything about it kept me engaged.  The love scenes were steamy and sensual not animalistic and raunchy.  The author did a wonderful job slowly removing the layers of both Viv and Jace and their dynamic love scenes were perfect.

The plot was smooth and the entire story was perfectly paced.  I was never bored or overwhelmed with details.  The dialogue between everyone was realistic and conversational - it was like I was there with them.   The events and storylines were well thought out and eventually they all came together in an explosive crescendo.  Be prepared to get lost in Rough & Tumble and not find your way back out into the real world until you get to the very last word in the story!

The story also includes 5 of Jace's "brothers" - men in his life that aren't related by blood but just as close if not closer.  I'm only going to tell you that Axel is a character and I can't wait to read all about him.  The rest of his brothers are great, too, but Axel is a charmer and his story is going to be phenomenal - I just know it!

I read this book in one sitting because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!

Content is suitable for ages 18 +.  

Author provided a review copy, of which I read voluntarily.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating:



Something is Missing by Elliott Baker, Author of The Sun God's Heir: Return, Book 1 #Giveaway #HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

Welcome to the 1-Week Book Tour for The Sun God's Heir: Return, Book 1.


Please welcome Elliott Baker to the blog today!!

Something is Missing by Elliott Baker:

When I was a child, I got stuck on the ‘why.’ I was that kid. I’m surprised my folks didn’t discover a creative use for duck tape. Wait, is it duck tape or duct tape? Just looked it up and it’s called both, but I think it closer to its original usage to be called duct tape. Any way, J a recurring question was “Why, if people have so much more power than I, do they not appear to be happy?” If I have the power (money) to buy an ice cream cone, I seem to be happy, at least for the moment. What is missing? In my exploration, I’ve found that there are three words in that sentence that invalidate the meaning of the sentence ‘ for the moment.’

I’ve spent a lifetime researching ‘happy’, and for the most part have been successful  creating that elusive emotion. Relating what I’ve learned and how it connects to my book may not be possible and this blog attempt may be nothing more than finger exercises. The underlying theme of The Sun God’s Heir trilogy is power, its uses and abuses, but more than that, the inherent weakness of power to bring us lasting happiness. Of course, part of the problem is always in defining the words. The definition of ‘happy’ for a five year old is different than that for a forty-five year old. So there is no consensus on the term. I know, I looked it up. My degree is in history. I’d like to say that I was focused, driven, and totally fascinated by what humans had done before, but nah, history seemed like the least painful way for me to get through the exercise since it was mainly reading and once Mrs. Walker introduced me to Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion in the sixth grade, I’ve loved reading.

So here we have some historical figures, Roman emperors, and the like, seemed to have a great deal of power. Very few, if any found what they were searching for. Their discontent is obvious. Greater power didn’t seem to be the golden ticket. There were a couple whose power looked pretty encompassing. So. If not power, then what?

Please remember, that I do not have a degree in psychology although as a reader, I’ve encountered the term. As Alexi Panshin in his wonderful Hugo award winning book, The Rite of Passage, might call me a ‘generalist.’  Below is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.


Looking at the one on the top begs the question and its answer, “What the hell am I supposed to be doing? I have no clue.” Now these beautifully colored layers are Mr. Maslow’s ideas which have found some consensus. With the advent of the scientific revolution, we began to look for consensus. We’re still looking.

The figure above is represented in two dimensions. I think we’re missing a dimension, maybe two. This is where the fantasy comes in. Stuff we haven’t found consensus on by using scientific method, with observable, predictable results, isn’t allowed to claim our attention. We are deep in the glorious complexity and minutiae of the physical plane. A plane that holds the least power of them all. Like four dimensional beings playing in a two dimensional world.

Design or chaos. And by design, I don’t mean the old guy with the white beard waving his hand and in seven days presto changeo. Uncertainty is terrifying and so we attach labels and drive others toward consensus to reduce that fear. It’s actually very comforting when mom says it’s eight-thirty, time for bed. We complain, but uniform, reliable restrictions are very comfortable.

For children. I’m not attacking, just exploring.

This nest is getting boring. Other than the worm or two, and some good squabbling with my brothers and sisters, nothing much happens. Wonder what if I step over that ledge.

In RETURN, book one of The Sun God’s Heir trilogy, my protagonist and antagonist both have gobs of power. They’re brothers, but not in this lifetime. In a lifetime three thousand years ago when they were disciples of an enlightened pharaoh. A man who introduced the concept of one deity rather than the multitude of accumulated good luck charms folks were trying to bribe. He managed to create a peaceful society for about twenty years and then failed by dying. But he left the idea behind and although you can’t touch an idea, it appears they are more powerful than the largest bomb we’ve been able to make.

Did I mention that in my working world view, reincarnation seems to fit well? There are a couple of billion folks who take it for granted, but consensus hasn’t arrived yet, primarily because it challenges other consensuses. Wow, there’s a word. One of my favorite concepts is that of balance. Balance implies potential. Within potential resides all power, namely, that of change. As a child, life didn’t appear ‘fair’ to me. The balance was off and left me uncomfortable. I hadn’t formed any theories of ‘how’ yet, but I couldn’t balance the handicapped child. Did he do something bad? How bad could it have been to land him in that wheelchair? None of the forthcoming parental answers to this ‘why’ made that feeling of discomfort go away. And yet, somehow, I knew there was an answer. Whoever or whatever made that glorious sunset, the one that lit me up, couldn’t be whimsically cruel.

In my teens I came across reincarnation and at least for the moment, the world came into balance again. What if we are responsible for every erg of energy that comes to us, both positive and negative. Wait, Tiggers don’t want to be responsible. Never-the-less, the idea allowed me the balance to continue exploring. I spent seven years as a practicing hypnotherapist and nothing I encountered during that time disabused me of the concept of reincarnation.

So my two characters, brothers, formed an enmity three thousand years ago. One has incarnated normally as the son of a prosperous merchant in Seventeenth century France, and one has forced re-entry into physicality. For the purposes of fiction, I love the concept of reincarnation. Not only do my characters have the entire known world to move around in, it’s possible for them to encounter each other in different time periods wearing different identities.

I am very grateful to you, my readers, and will do my best to maintain as narrow a focus as I can. I am doing what excites me the most. Sharing my thoughts with you. Have a great day.

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About The Sun God's Heir: Return, Book 1:

The Sun God’s Heir is a swashbuckling series, set at the end of the seventeenth century in France, Spain and northern Africa. Slavery is a common plague along the European coast and into this wild time, an ancient Egyptian general armed with dark arts has managed to return and re-embody, intent on recreating the reign of terror he began as Pharaoh. René Gilbert must remember his own former lifetime at the feet of Akhenaten to have a chance to defeat Horemheb. A secret sect has waited in Morocco for three thousand years for his arrival.

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For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century France two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, determined to continue an incarnation begun long ago.

In ancient Egypt, there were two brothers, disciples of the pharaoh, Akhenaten. When the pharaoh died, the physician took the knowledge given and went to Greece to begin the mystery school. The general made a deal with the priests and became pharaoh. One remembers, one does not.

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. The only way he can protect those he loves is to regain the power and knowledge of an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies, slowly reclaiming the knowledge and power earned centuries ago. For three thousand years a secret sect has waited in Morocco. 

After ages in darkness, Horemheb screams, “I am.” Using every dark art, he manages to maintain the life of the body he has bartered for. Only one life force in the world is powerful enough to allow him to remain within embodiment, perhaps forever. Determined to continue a reign of terror that once made the Nile run red, he grows stronger with each life taken.

Book Information:

Title: The Sun God's Heir: Return, Book 1

Author Name: Elliott Baker

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Release Date: January 2, 2017

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Praise for The Sun God's Heir: Return:

A great read! From the first sword fight I could not put it down. Adventure, romance, action with just the right amount of his history and mysticism. The main character Rene displays all the qualities a true hero should; loyal, smart, humble, and a ferocious warrior all opponents will fear before their end. I could not help but feel fully immersed in the story. One of the best reads I can remember, I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series!! ~ Jason Battistelli

The Sun God’s Heir is a page turner. The development of the characters made you really care what happens next to each person, good or evil. The descriptions of the ships, homes and countryside transported me into the era and made me feel like I was one of the onlookers or a part of the story itself. The moment I finished I had to have the second book to see what happens next. Fabulous!” ~ Karyn Krause Cumberland, Esquire

The Sun God’s Heir is a fascinating combination of historical period fiction, sci-fi, and political intrigue. Elliott Baker weaves a tale that one would have to be catatonic not to enjoy. The character development ranks among the best I’ve read; truly, by halfway through the book I found myself thinking like Rene (the main character) in my own daily life. This is the sign of mastery of character depth which is so often lacking in contemporary fiction. And the pacing! Rarely does a book seem to move at the speed of a movie without feeling haphazard. I applaud Elliott for pulling that off, as only an experienced screenwriter or playwright could. If you like a quality story that bridges traditional genre boundaries, then the Sun God’s Heir is for you! ~ Joshua Bartlett

Meet the Author:


Award winning novelist and international playwright Elliott B. Baker grew up in Jacksonville, Florida but has spent the last thirty-five years or so living in sunny New Hampshire. With four musicals and one play published and produced throughout the United States, in New Zealand, Portugal, England, and Canada, Elliott is pleased to offer his first novel, Return, book one of The Sun God’s Heir trilogy. Among his many work experiences, Elliott was a practicing hypnotherapist for seven years. A member of the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild, Elliott lives in New Hampshire with his wife Sally Ann. 

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Book Tour & Goodreads #Giveaway ~ Seraphina’s Initiation (Seraphina Series, Book Two) by Sheena Hutchinson #PNR @Sheena_Hutch


Seraphina’s Initiation
Seraphina Series, Book Two
Sheena Hutchinson


Publication Date: 2/20/2017

Publisher: Sheena Hutchinson LLC

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page count: 298

ASIN: B01N1ON9GY


About the Book:

Seraphina Cross is unexpectedly thrown into this crazy, spiritual world of Angels versus Demons.Never did she expect to meet Nate who was just a figment of her imagination. Now she finds herself moving in with him because of her innate responsibility to protect her loved ones from harm.

Finally beginning to feel at home in her new house and with her new relationship. Nate begins training Sera in all that she can do, surprising even himself at times. Just when she is starting to feel safe and powerful, Lucifer finds a new way to attack her at her most vulnerable.

When her dreams are no longer a gift, can Sera control the powers needed to defeat what's coming before Lucifer fulfills his promise to her?

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Meet the Author:

Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can't seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing. 
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.

While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

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Release Day Blitz & #Giveaway ~ Only a Duke Will Do (To Marry a Rogue Series, Book Two) by Tamara Gill ~ Regency Historical Romance


Only a Duke Will Do
To Marry a Rogue Series, Book Two
Tamara Gill

Only a Duke Will Do (To Marry a Rogue) by [Gill, Tamara]

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Publisher: Entangled - Select Historical

Date of Publication: February 20, 2017

Number of pages: 300+

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill

About the Book:

Without a Season, Lady Isolde Worthingham captured the Duke of Moore’s heart at a country dance. But on the eve of her wedding, a scandal that rocked the ton and sent her fleeing to Scotland alone and unwed, leaves her perfectly planned future in a tangle of disgrace and heartbreak.

Merrick Mountshaw, the Duke of Moore loathes the pitiful existence he hides from the ton. With a scandalous wife he never wanted, who flaunts her many indiscretions, life is a never-ending parade of hell. When the one woman he loved and lost returns to London, he knows he can no longer live without her.

But vows and past hurts are not easily forgotten. Love may not win against the ton when a too proper Lord and Lady play by the rules.

Read an Excerpt:

“I’ve lost him. And I love him still.” Her voice broke at the realization.
Her mother shushed her, pulling her into an embrace. “I know, darling. I know you do. But there is nothing for it now. You will have to return with us to Dunsleigh.”
Isolde thought of all she had lost, not just Merrick, but her future, their plans. Their trip away to the Continent, Paris, Rome, and all the delightful places in between that they were going to visit, crumbled in her chest like her heart. “He’s really going to marry her, isn’t he?” Even saying such a thing sounded absurd, and yet it was the truth. The truth as she would know it from tonight onward.
“Yes, he is.” Her mother’s face was a mask of concern and pain. “I’m so sorry, darling. You did not deserve this.”
Isolde strove to calm down before her sobs woke her sisters and they started with their meddling questions. Her body hiccupped for breath; her eyes, so swollen and sore, hurt when she blinked.
“Come, you must sleep.” Her mother helped her stand, and Isolde didn’t fight her decree. Tiredness would succeed over her mind and, for a sweet moment, she’d forget what had transpired this night. It was enough to make her lie down and try.
She settled under the blankets. The maid knocked on the door and her mother ushered her into the room, taking possession of the glass of whisky and a cold compress. Isolde downed the drink in one gulp, grateful for the burning amber liquid and the cooling cloth against her eyes.
The tears started afresh when the comforting embrace of her mother wrapped around her, pulling her close and holding her as if to never let her go. Not since she was a child had her mother acted in such a way, and some of the despair left her, knowing she had the support of her family.
She would need them in the months to come.
She took a shuddering breath. How could a night once filled with so much excitement and anticipation twist into such despair and horror? Rolling onto her side, the ring Merrick had given her pressed into her cheek.
She held out her hand and looked at the cluster of five round diamonds, each of them encased in a bed of silver and sitting on a band of gold that was etched into a leaflike pattern. The ring had been Merrick’s grandmother’s, and it had been the most beautiful gift Isolde had ever received.
But no longer. Now it represented a fractured circle of trust, pulled apart and unfixable.
She yanked it off, unable to throw it no matter how much she longed to. She reached over and placed it on the cabinet beside her bed, looking at it as it twinkled prettily under the candlelight. The ring and its beauty were as fickle as its owner.

Meet the Author:

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another. A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and time travel.

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Promo Blitz ~ Heaven's Oasis by Jeff W. Horton ~ Romantic Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Christian Fiction


Heaven's Oasis 
Jeff W. Horton
Romantic Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Christian Fiction
Date Published:  November 2016

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About the Book:

Claire is dead.

She’s been the love of Kevin Foster’s life for as long as he can remember; his soulmate, and his best friend.

Before she dies, Claire, an archaeologist, goes on an expedition to the Middle East and comes across evidence supporting the existence of a biblical, antediluvian site the ancients called Heaven’s Oasis, and that certain ancient artifacts can lead her to it. Claire believes that finding this site will help prove the Bible's veracity, and provide indisputable evidence of God's existence.

Following her unexpected death Claire's expeditions become public knowledge, and the subsequent assaults against her reputation from the scientific community and the media are both brutal and relentless.

Furious at the public ridicule and to prove she was right, Kevin decides to pick up where Claire left off in her search and to finish what she started. He’s willing to sacrifice everything, even his life, to restore her reputation and to honor her memory.

A billionaire arms dealer named Kain Masterson has also been searching for the Oasis, however, intending to keep what he finds for himself. The deadly competition soon becomes a struggle just to stay alive in the race to find the artifacts, follow the clues, and ultimately to find Heaven’s Oasis.

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Meet the Author:

Jeff W. Horton was an Information technology professional for twenty-five years before deciding to pursue his lifelong dream of being a writer. Since becoming an author and screenwriter of family-friendly fiction, Jeff has written two screenplays and eight published novels in several genres including apocalyptic-fiction, science-fiction, religious fantasy, and romance thrillers.

His current list of works includes:

    Heaven's Oasis
    New Beginnings
    Frontiers
    Cybersp@ce
    The Last Prophet
    The Way of Nacor
    The Dark Age
    The Great Collapse

When he's not penning his next novel, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, going to church, and reading.  Among his favorite authors are many immediately recognizable names including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells,Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

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Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ Sons of Kings Series ~ Shadow of the Raven (Volume 1) and Pit of Vipers (Volume 2) by Millie Thom


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Shadow of the Raven

Sons of Kings, Volume 1

Millie Thom


Genre: Epic Fantasy

The life of Eadwulf, ten-year old son of the Mercian king, is changed forever when his family is betrayed to the Danes by his treacherous uncle. In a devastating Danish raid, his father is killed, his mother raped, and along with his tutor and childhood friend, Eadwulf is captured and taken to the Danish lands to be sold as a slave.

As a slave in Jarl Ragnar’s village, Eadwulf’s life is hard, his days unbearably long. But on the return of Ragnar’s eldest son, Bjorn, from his summer raids, his life begins to change. Eadwulf spends the next few years aboard Bjorn’s beloved dragonship, sailing to places he’d never dreamed of, trading and raiding. And although still a slave, he becomes a well-respected member of Bjorn’s closely knit crew. Yet through it all, the smouldering desire for revenge on those who destroyed his family refuses to abate.

Eadwulf’s story plays out against the backdrop of events unfolding in Wessex in the face of increasing Danish raids. Alfred, the youngest son of the Wessex king, faces family tragedies from an early age, losing first his mother, then his beloved sister when she is married to the new Mercian king: Eadwulf’s treacherous uncle. At his father’s court and the successive courts of his elder brothers, he learns the weighty art of kingship. And, like Eadwulf, he learns the harshest lesson of all … that a trusted kinsman can so easily turn traitor.

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The snorting and stomping of the horses was the first indication that anything was amiss, then the panicked shouts; the reek of smoke assailing their nostrils only moments later. They hurtled to the stable door, aware that it could take barely minutes for wood and thatch to burn to a crisp, and reeled in horror. Searing waves of heat smacked into them. The hall was ablaze, its heavy thatch ready to collapse; angry red flames lashed at the wood-planked walls. People collided with each other, precious water slopping from their pails as they raced to quell the towering flames. Yapping, terrified dogs added to the pandemonium.
Sigehelm crossed himself, uttering a prayer for anyone trapped inside the blazing hall. ‘Eadwulf; Aethelnoth; stay close to me,’ he ordered, grabbing Aethelnoth’s arm as the boy turned to lead the horses to safety. ‘The stables are far enough away to be safe for now. If need be, I’ll loose the horses when you’re both safe with Morwenna. But may the Lord help these other buildings. The kitchens will probably soon be ablaze. We must hurry. I must help to fetch water.’
It was then that the Danes struck.
Yowling men stampeded through the palisade’s main gate, their entrance unchallenged as people fought to control the blaze. Yet they had needed neither to burn down nor scale the palisade wall. The gates must have already been open – despite Thrydwulf’s insistence that they be kept locked and guarded.
Frenzied screams escalated. Sigehelm yanked Eadwulf and Aethelnoth behind the kitchens and, stooping low, they headed for the women’s bower. Suddenly Eadwulf froze. Burgred stood outside the bower’s door – and something about that was so very wrong.
‘Eadwulf, in God’s name, child, we cannot stand and stare. We must reach your mother and try to flee from the manor.’

‘Burgred’s a traitor, Sigehelm! He was meeting them in the woods. And he must have started the fire: the hall was ablaze before the Danes came through the gate. He must have opened that for them too. . .’

Pit of Vipers
Sons of Kings Volume 2


The ninth century story of King Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia continues to unfold against the ever increasing threat of Danish raids. After years as a slave to the Danes, Eadwulf has returned to his Mercian homeland and settles to a life of calm domesticity, marred only by his incessant desire for revenge. His frequent absences from his new home, connected to his past life, threaten to destroy the relationships he has fostered and alienate the family he has come to love. 

In Wessex, Alfred, now a young man, has spent his childhood at the successive courts of his father and four older brothers, learning the skills of diplomacy and leadership. Before too long those skills will be put to the test… 

The Danish invasion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms is merciless and relentless. Every year more Norse ships come to join their comrades in a quest to plunder for wealth and gain control over the people. The Danes take kingdom after kingdom and Alfred and his brother Aethelred wait with baited breath for them to set their sights on Wessex. By 869, their worst fear is realised.

And Eadwulf follows vital leads to the objects of his revenge.

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Preparing to do battle…
Alfred moved along his own front line, noting that most of the fyrd carried spears, though the pitchforks and staffs amongst them would not fare well against the heavy swords and battle axes of the foe. Body armour was light. Some wore leather jerkins, others thinly quilted gambesons, and most heads were protected by a leather helmet. Better than nothing, he thought grimly, acutely aware of the protective qualities of his own mailshirt and helm.
‘On my order, the front line becomes an impenetrable wall of tightly locked shields,’ he shouted above the clamour for the benefit of the new recruits. ‘Shields overlap, left over right.’ His arm swung round to the sides. ‘You five men at each end of the lines – and those at the back – will do likewise if need be. And should a man in the line in front of you fall, you step over his body and take his place...
‘You’ll be fighting for your lives, not mourning the dead!’ he snapped at the appalled faces, ‘as well as the lives of the men around you. Thrust and stab through the gaps between the shields with your weapons. Aim for exposed flesh – face, legs, even spaces between armour covering chest, belly, or groin. Your purpose is to kill or maim.’ He swept the men with a commanding stare. ‘We fight as an ordered unit, and no one leaves that formation unless the wall becomes irrevocably destroyed. Only then do we resort to individual combat. Is all of that clear?’
Alfred took his position at the centre of the front line, between two experienced warriors, Ealdormen Wybert and Unwine.
The racket abruptly ceased. Warriors stood rigid, muscles flexed for the opening strike, the onslaught of spears and javelins. But no missiles flew. Instead, the two men Alfred had identified as ‘kings’ stepped forward a pace.

‘So, great king, we meet at last,’ the less burly of the two yelled, his eyes scanning the Saxon forces to locate the Saxon king. ‘We were not introduced at Nottingham. Pity, I like to know the face of my enemy. Wherever you’re hiding in the midst of your piss-poor army, I urge you to look closely at what you confront. We are double your number and hold the higher ground. Surrender – or by nightfall your carcases will feed the scavengers!’

Millie is a former geography and history teacher with a degree in geology and a passion for the Anglo Saxon period. Since retiring a few years ago, she has been indulging this passion by writing her historical fiction trilogy, Sons of Kings, of which she is currently writing Book 3. Millie has also become very fond of writing flash fiction, something that developed from joining in with various challenges on WordPress. As a consequence, she has also recently published a book of 85 flash fiction pieces of 100 to 1,000 words, entitled A Dash of Flash.

Millie is the mother of six grown up children, and after living in a number of places in England, she and her husband now live in a small village in Nottinghamshire. When not writing, Mille enjoys long walks in the countryside and visiting historic sites and re-enactments. She is also an avid traveller, swimmer and baker of cakes! Originally from the seaside town of Southport in Lancashire, she still misses the smell of the sea. 

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