Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter - $5 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway




Historical Romance
Date Published: eBook - August 27, 2015 / Paperback - September 24, 2015

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Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon's army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she's moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah's own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley's Lord of Ice and Judith James's Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.
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Ariah stood beneath the immeasurable night sky as she admired the breathtaking view. She lost herself within the constellations, allowing those luxurious diamond strands to coil around her heart. Numberless stars reflected within the Seine’s glassy surface and set the water afire. Breathing deeply, Ariah reached out and folded her hands atop the stone balustrade.
This is where she’d found him. Her heart picked up speed as memories of that fateful night invaded her mind and body. Down below, water lapped against the embankment and infused the atmosphere with a soothing lull. A flashback of Gabriel’s motionless form materialized within the shadows . . . and Ariah’s chest constricted as she relived his every kiss and touch.
Then –
A gentle pressure whispered against her back. Gabriel’s unique aroma filled her spirit while strong arms enfolded her from behind. Somehow, some way, she’d known he’d be here tonight.
She sighed deeply and relaxed within his protective embrace. One hand lost itself in her curls and delicately sifted through the strands; the other applied subtle pressure to the base of her spine in a ghostlike caress. Breathless and at peace, she spiraled into a decadent trance. She drank in each sensation . . . the mesmerizing caress of his fingertips against her scalp, the wind’s crisp breath, the Seine’s haunting lamentations . . .
Gabriel brushed away the swarm of curls, exposing her ear to the night, and breathed against the fine cartilage. This was the moment she’d feared for weeks – the moment of their parting. Then he sang to her – his voice rich, warm, and sultry, and all other thoughts fell away.
“The gentle breath of winter sings,
It cools my brow and furls my wings.
And when the dusk at last descends,
I shall keep my hope, steel my heart, for never will thy love depart.
Now you are come all my grief is gone,
Let us forget those nights that never dawned.”
The rich cadence of his voice seduced her into calmness. Fighting to hold back tears, she rotated in his arms, never once leaving the security of his embrace. Indeed, she’d stay with him until the very end – and they wouldn’t part a moment sooner. She tilted her chin up and met his expressive gaze. The nearby oil lamp shone brightly behind Gabriel, silhouetting his strained features. She directed his body to the side, needing to see his eyes, directing the shadows from his face.
“You remember.”
Gabriel shook his head while a riot of emotions crossed his features. “I shall never forget.”




About the Author

Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing dark, poignant romances that challenge the reader's emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel's passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.

Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.




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Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Excerpt - Trust Me (Holton Series #3)

A brief flare of car lights flashed through the thick glass of the front double doors of the Holton City Library. Rachel Lewis paused for a moment and looked out into the darkness. She was standing by the door with her keys in her hand ready to lock up, but the lights stopped her. She watched helplessly as the car slid across the black ice covering the parking lot. The driver tried to control the powerful vehicle, but the tires could not gain any traction on the slippery surface. Finally, the car came to a stop when it hit the curb of the sidewalk. A moment later the car door flew open, and a man emerged. He looked around briefly before heading to the short stairway that led to the library entrance. He ducked his head trying to protect himself from the freezing sleet and snow. He slipped only once but walked gingerly up the steps.
The weather had been cold for several days, but the snow and sleet had started just that afternoon. The winter storm was much worse than predicted, and within just a couple of hours, the roads had become slick and dangerous. As it was two days before Christmas, there were only a few people in the building when the storm arrived. They left quickly, and Rachel had been able to send her assistant home about an hour ago. She had planned to leave herself as soon as she had finished the last of her paperwork. It now appeared that she had waited too long.
The man had made it to the door, but she still could not see his face. However, there was something familiar about him. When he opened the door and stepped into the lobby area, the light illuminated his features, and she recognized him immediately. Her heart began to beat faster, and blood rushed through her veins causing her whole body to grow warm.
He was absolutely gorgeous. Rachel had thought so the first time she had seen him, and a second look did nothing to change that opinion. His hair was jet black and glossy. The dark waves that covered his head were currently wet with the residue from the sleet but were usually thick and shiny. His face was classic perfection. The forehead was wide and smooth. He had prominent cheekbones and a strong chin. His eyes were a cold winter gray and just as chilling. They were framed with thick dark lashes and set under dark straight eyebrows. His lips were full, and when stretched into a smile, they revealed smooth, even teeth.
Rachel had only seen him really smile once, but it had been devastating. It was possible she had only seen him smile once because she had only seen him once before today; however, she doubted it. He did not seem the type of man to smile like that often. Half smiles, polite smiles perhaps but not the full devastating smile she had seen. He typically presented a solemn and thoughtful façade, but that day he had smiled at Victoria which was hard not to do.
Rachel smiled herself just thinking about Victoria. Victoria Carson, soon to be Moore, had to be the reason the man was here, standing in her library. Victoria and Andrew Moore were getting married in a little over a week, and he was in the wedding. He was tall, standing a little over six feet. His build was a sculptor's dream. His shoulders were broad, and he had a muscular chest that tapered to his waist. He had a flat stomach and strong, lean legs. He was dressed in a suit that had never been on a rack. It was cut to fit him like a glove. The double-breasted jacket emphasized his broad shoulders, and Rachel knew the shirt was silk. The black overcoat was cashmere, and the shoes on his feet were real leather and handmade. Everything about him screamed wealth and success.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Teapot

I love teapots. I have a large collection. Each week I will be featuring one of them. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you have one. I would love to see it.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Free - Convince Me (Holton Series #1)

Convince Me (Holton Series #1) is free on most eBook sites. 

Anna is afraid of love, but Steven changes everything.

Anna West just wants to start over in a new town far away from her past. The only child of a mixed race couple, Anna learned about the ugly side of human behavior at an early age.  After watching her abusive father mistreat her mother, Anna knows that love is not for her.

Steven Carson has always known what he wanted, and from the moment he saw her, he wanted Anna.  Steven is ready for love.  He is ready to settle down, start a family, and he knows Anna is the one for him.  Now all he has to do is convince her. 

Come visit Holton, Texas to see if Steven can convince Anna to take a chance on love. Convince Me is the first book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Necromancer's Gambit by Nicolas Wilson - Giveaway


Knight, the sheriff of a local magical government known as "the Gambit," is called to recover a mutilated body, tainted with magic and dumped at a popular haunt. When the corpse is identified as a close associate of the Gambit, it threatens the safety of the community he protects, and those he cares about most. As the fragile peace amongst the city's magic-wielding factions disintegrates, Knight must track down a cadre of murderers before his friends are picked off, one by one- with each death used to strengthen the spells cast against the Gambit.

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I try not to snap at her. Interrogation’s never pretty, even when Pawn isn’t involved. And I also don’t have the heart to tell her just how vanilla this one actually was. “That’s probably how this played out. But more often than not, interrogation gets you information a witness wouldn’t give up willingly. Interrogation’s a part of what I do. So’s scene investigation. Tracking. Pawn goes home and blackout drinks tonight away, and Bishop, after a day or two pulling apart that overcooked McNugget gets to set it aside. But this case is mine until I bury it. Pawn’s an ugly little thug-”

“Thanks,” he says, before realizing he should have kept his nose buried in his refrigerator, trying to find the halvah.

“-but he’s a terrier, and barks real loud to keep people in check. But when they become unchecked, it’s my job to find them and shut them down.”

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Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, four cats and a dog.

Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy. He has several novels currently available, and many more due for release in the next year. Nic's stories are characterized by his eye for the absurd, the off-color, and the bombastic.

For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit nicolaswilson.com.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Excerpt - Dead in a Dumpster: Leah Norwood Mystery #1

It was almost seven by the time I was ready to leave. The area behind the stores was well lit, but even so, I didn’t see them until I reached my car. I had noticed a car in the parking lot but hadn’t really thought anything about it. There were often cars around. This one looked a lot like Jenny’s so I didn’t give it a second thought until the doors opened, and two men got out.
They were both dressed casually in jeans, t-shirts, and jackets. The younger one walked toward me with the swagger of youth. He was trying hard to be menacing. The other man didn’t have to try. He was a couple of years older than I was, and I had a bad feeling I was about to become acquainted with the Cantono family. The kid was probably young Mike that Griggs had mentioned. It was obvious he thought was in charge, but when I looked at the other man, I knew who the real threat was.
He was tall, thick, and very well built. He had jet-black hair that he wore a little too long and a couple of days of stubble on his classically handsome face. Even at a distance, I could see startling blue eyes. His jacket was a soft black leather, not the short bomber jacket, but the longer style that hit just below his butt. He looked like the type of man you would not want to meet in a dark alley. Unfortunately, it appeared I didn’t have a choice. At least about the alley part. Thank God for lights!
I casually slipped my hand into my purse. Although I don’t carry my gun much anymore, every purse I have own since I was thirteen had a gun holster embedded. They had to be special ordered, and there had been a time or two when I considered just purchasing off the rack, but now I was very grateful that I hadn’t. The feel of the gun in my hand helped quell the turmoil in my stomach. I didn’t draw but edged closer to the car door.
“Hey, bitch,” the kid said. “You have been butting into things that ain’t none of your business.”
He was still several feet away and hadn’t advanced any closer so I waited. The older man simply leaned on the side of their car and watched. When I didn’t reply, the kid reached back and pulled out a knife. I stiffened, wondering what I should do. If the kid had a knife, did the older man have a gun? I kept an eye on him. The kid was closer, but the man worried me. As well as I can shoot, I couldn’t shoot both of them at the same time. I hoped I wouldn’t have to shoot anyone.
“You ain’t got nothing to say?”
My heart was pounding and my breathing shallow. I swallowed and took a deep breath trying to calm my nerves. I started to pull out the gun but hesitated. I wasn’t sure I could do it. I had never pointed a gun at a human being. My father had taught me everything I knew about guns, and he had told me to never point at anything that I wasn’t willing to shoot.
“Mike,” the older man said softly. He voice sent a shiver down my spine and not in a good way. “Just deliver the message.”
A flash of anger crossed the kid’s face. He took a step toward me and that’s when I pulled the gun. I was pleased but surprised to see that my hand was steady. I didn’t say anything but just stared.
Mike halted, unsure for the first time. The man behind him pulled away from the car and stepped closer but didn’t pull a weapon. He studied me a minute and then gave me a nod of respect.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone,” I said, “but I will if I have to. I got your message. It would be best if you leave.”
The kid had recovered. The swagger was back, but so was the anger. He took a step toward me. I aimed the gun directly at him, praying fervently that I wouldn’t have to use it.
“You heard the lady,” came a voice from the right. “I’ve called the police. I doubt you want to be here when they arrive.”
I breathed a sigh of relief that was quickly followed by panic as Daniel Thompson stepped out from behind the dumpster. The shotgun he held in his hands wasn’t quite steady. I stepped toward him as the two Cantonos whipped around. Once they realized that they now had someone armed on either side, they moved back toward the car. I continued making my way toward Daniel while keeping an eye on the men.
“You think we’re afraid of the police?” Mike said. “How do you think we know about her snooping?”
“Mike!” the man said harshly. “Get in the car.”
“But…”
“Now,” he growled. The look he gave Mike would have made me pee in my pants. Mike didn’t do much better. He paled and quickly walked around to the driver’s side and got in.
The other man watched him before turning back to us. He didn’t seem concerned. He was relaxed and confident. He did have a scowl on his face, but I think it was left over from the look he had given Mike. His expression smoothed out as he studied us.
By now, I had reached Daniel. As the man wasn’t armed as far as I could see, I didn’t aim my gun at him although I keep it in front of me. His eyes traveled down and back up again, and I could tell he noticed. He looked me in the face, and when I raised my chin and looked back, he suddenly grinned. I gasped softly. He was gorgeous, even better looking than Trent. I hadn’t noticed before because I was so scared, but I certainly noticed now. He might be the best-looking man I have ever seen. He was also the scariest. He raised his hand to his head and gave me a small salute. I could hear sirens in the distance. He stared at me a moment longer and then winked. “Night, Ms. Norwood.”

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Teapot

I love teapots. I have a large collection. Each week I will be featuring one of them. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you have one. I would love to see it.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Recipe - Grilled Steak

Leah's not a great cook but she can grill a steak. Check out this recipe:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/marcela-valladolid/beer-marinated-grilled-skirt-steak-recipe.html


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis - Giveaway

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This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. You can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours. This series contains 3 books: True Calling (True Calling #1), Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) and Destiny Rising (True Calling #3). And two novella’s: Lovestruck (True Calling #0.5) and Light of a Thousand Stars (True calling #2.5).

Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) By Siobhan Davis Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance Age category: Young Adult Release Date: August 30, 2015
Blurb: Every choice has a consequence. Once again, the world is on the brink of momentous change. As revolutionary organization Saoirse prepares to battle the government for control of Earth and Novo, Ariana and those she loves must join humanity’s fight for justice and freedom. As haunted memories resurface, old discoveries and new realities conspire to shatter her world forever. Torn in one direction by her unique connection to childhood sweetheart Zane, and pulled in the other by a relentless passion for her fiery fiancé Cal, she must make the hardest decision of all. While embarking on a road to self-discovery, her psychic gift evolves and the full extent of her powerful ability is revealed. Then fate lands another savage blow and she faces the most horrific choice of all. Forced into striking a deal with the enemy, she must make the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear. When destiny finally rears its head, what will the future hold?
You can find Destiny Rising on Goodreads You can buy Destiny Rising here: - Amazon - Amazon.co.uk - Amazon.ca - Amazon.au - Barnes&Noble - Apple/iBooks - Kobo

Excerpt from Destiny Rising:
I don’t think I even like me anymore, so how on earth can I expect him to if he finds out? Though the temptation to share the burden is riding me hard, I can’t risk losing Cal again. “I remember some stuff, but it’s not what you think. It’s just the enormity of everything and where I am. I had such plans for my life, you know? None of this was on my agenda.” I shake my head and bite down on my lip. Risking a peek at him, I note his narrowed eyes and taut jawline. Jeez, I’m such an idiot. I can’t seem to stop putting my foot in it.
“I’m not explaining properly,” I say, wrapping my arm across his shoulders. “I want to be with you, but all the other stuff … it’s overwhelming. And it’s as if it’s just hit me, like an out-of-control juggernaut.”
“You know you can tell me anything, right?” He twists a lock of my hair around his finger.
He doesn’t believe me.
“Of course. And I would if there was anything to tell. I’m just trying to get my head around everything.” I hate lying again because I’ve promised him that there will be no more secrets between us.
But I can’t tell him this.
I can’t. I won’t.
I don’t want to see the look in his eyes when he realizes I’m not the person he thinks I am. I always thought I was a good person, but now? Now, I’m not so sure.
My eyes dart to the glass again. “I wish I was a fish,” I blurt out.
Cal almost chokes on his laugh. “What?”
“Look at them,” I say, motioning with my hand. “They look content, right?”
“Okaaaay. I’ll play along.” He arches a brow.
My eyes stare transfixed out the window. “Life must be so simple, just swimming along without a care in the world. And if they succumb to a predator, it would be fast. Two seconds of realization and then poof, over and out. No politics, no suffering, no impending war. No …” I clamp my mouth shut in time, the word ‘baby’ lying unspoken on my tongue.
If Cal notices, he doesn’t let on. “Hhmm,” he says, his finger trailing a path down the side of my face. My skin tingles in every place where he touches me and I shudder. He smiles knowingly. “How do you know fish aren’t plagued with worries and concerns? That they don’t think and feel the same way we do?” His lips tug up at the corners.
“Oh please! What do they have to worry about? Corrupt governments? Fake rebel movements? A deranged bitch with some kind of personal vendetta?”
He frowns, his finger momentarily stalling on my cheek. “If you were a fish, which one would you be?”
I’m caught off guard by the blatant diversion, but I decide to go with the flow.
Anything to avoid a further convo about my recalled memories.
I check out the current batch of beauties floating by the glass. “That one,” I say, pointing to a rather dainty looking cerise pink fish with a peachy snout. “That one’s pretty, right?”
“Yeah, but pretty doesn’t do you justice.” He sits up straighter and leans toward the glass. “You’d be that one,” he says, pointing to a larger purple-colored fish, with vibrant orange fringing and blue-gold veins curling around its fins. The fish swims to the glass and looks in at us, almost as if it knows we are pointing it out. Its golden speckled snout has a decidedly elegant appearance, an almost regal presence.
His choice is infinitely better than mine.
“You still haven’t taken those rose-tinted glasses off, have you?” I peer closely at him. “In fact, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear you’ve upgraded to double glazing.” I grin. Goofing around helps enormously. I haven’t thought of the hideous memory for the last five minutes, although I’m thinking about it now.
I sigh loudly.
Cal looks at me pensively. “I love you,” he says out of nowhere, pressing his lips briefly to mine.
“I love you too.” Wrapping my other arm around him, I cling to him and inhale the familiar fresh scent that always reminds me of a crisp, spring day in the woods back home in Connecticut.  His hand tangles through my hair as my cheek rests on his shoulder. I could quite happily just sit here forever.
Everything feels right when I’m with him like this.

Praise for Destiny Rising:
“It was beyond brilliant, totally unputdownable, wildly entertaining, edge of the seat action, full of suspense; it totally rocked. Loved the ending, loved the book.” Karla. Goodreads Reviewer.
“This is without a doubt the best book this author has written so far. I loved it from the start until the end. This series shows how a love triangle can be done right. Destiny Rising evoked so many emotions in me … and the ending, wow, so powerful. I highly recommend this series.” Lola’s Reviews.
“I cannot believe all of the whammy that this author packed into her book. It’s insane how quickly she’s put out these three books, and the quality is so incredibly good.” Danielle. Paraeducator and Goodreads Reviewer.
“The events in this book, especially the ones I thought I could handle, left my heart and mind racing. Siobhan Davis is an exceptional writer and she knows how to wrap a reader around her fingers.” Khayzelle. Written Arts Blog.
“Suspense, and the urge to turn the page were almost overwhelming, resulting in quite a few long nights. The story is complex, but solidly built. Good to the last page.” Patricia Hamill. Author Blogger. Puretextuality. @PatriciaHamill2
“I cannot put my love for Siobhan Davis’ True Calling series into words – it’s easily one of my favorite series. Destiny Rising tugs at your heart strings and messes with your feelings, but it is so wonderful. The writing is brilliant and flows wonderfully. Davis’ brings the series to a close with an epilogue that ties everything perfectly together. What a fantastic ride…” Danielle. RamblingB00ks Blog.
“True Calling was great, and Beyond Reach was awesome, but Destiny Rising took the series to a whole new level. This series deserves to become as well-known as popular series such as The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc... It's that good.” Rose. Paranormal Books Blog.

First two books in the series:
True Calling (True Calling #1) By Siobhan Davis Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance Age category: Young Adult Release Date: August 1, 2014
Blurb: Two Different Worlds. One Shared Dream. Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray. As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone. Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
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Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) By Siobhan Davis Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance Age category: Young Adult Release Date: April 30, 2015
Blurb: Some Secrets are worth fighting for Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking. Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane. When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity. Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget. But some things just can’t be undone. *** Beyond Reach is the gripping second novel in the True Calling trilogy, continuing the story of Ariana Skyee in the weeks after she arrives back on Earth.
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About the Author: Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling. A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward). Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years. Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website Join Siobhan's mailing list to receive a free copy of Lovestruck.

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Destiny Rising. These are the prizes you can win: - e-copies of the whole True calling series by Siobhan Davis. Which is the following books: True Calling, Lovestruck, Beyond Reach, Light of a Thousand Stars and Destiny Rising. - one 10$ amazon gift card.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Excerpt - Notice Me (Holton Series #2)


"Why?"
"It doesn't look right."
"Why?"
Andrew sighed in frustration and felt his temper rising. Some of his conversations with Victoria were like walking through a dark cave without a flashlight. He often found himself stumbling and grabbing onto the wrong thing just trying to keep up.
"Victoria, your brother and my sister were out there in the lobby watching every move we made. Didn't you realize that if they saw you kissing me that there would be questions asked?'
"Sure I realized, but Drew, we’ve been spending a lot of time together the past two weeks. The questions are already being asked. I just don't see what the big deal is."
Andrew's temper flared. "That’s the problem. You never see what the big deal is. Nothing is serious and everything is just a joke with you. Rules and regulations be damned."
"Oh, please, Drew. When have I ever broken any rule or regulation?"
"When have you ever..." he started, unable to believe she would even ask that question. "Well, how about Saturday night when we ate at Rick’s in Plano. All those people were there ahead of us waiting patiently for their table but because you knew the owner, we were seated first."
"That’s so stupid," she replied. "I didn't ask Rick to seat us first, he offered, and I didn't hear you complain at the time. You seemed perfectly happy to be seated first."
"Of course, I didn't complain. Your friend was kind enough to seat us. I wasn't about to insult his hospitality. Besides that was just one example. What about the incident with Mrs. Bailey at the church?"
"Mrs. Bailey lives in another century. I didn't do anything wrong. Just because she doesn't think women should wear shorts inside a church doesn't make me a bad person. It wasn't like there was a service going on or anything. I didn't even go into the main auditorium. We just stopped by to drop off some food. I certainly didn't break any law or anything."
"No, but you knew how she would react and she is the secretary of the church. Don't you think you should have respected her wishes? Everyone in town knows she has set ideas about proper clothing in a church."
"So? Why should I be confined by what she thinks?" Victoria walked across the room and then turned back to look at him. "This is a crazy conversation. Why don't you tell me what’s really wrong?"
Andrew studied her a moment. His frustration had reached its breaking point. She would never understand him. The incident in the lobby was proof. The past two weeks had been encouraging. They were slowly getting to know each other as adults and as individuals. Their relationship had been going very well. Andrew thought it might be because they already knew each other so well in some ways. But he wasn't ready to share his new found feelings with the world. So far, he had been able to avoid answering any awkward questions but he knew that after the scene in the lobby, both Steven and Julie would want to know what was going on.
He had been glad to see her when she walked in but unprepared for her actions. He was taken completely by surprise when she crossed the room, wrapped her arms around him and kissed him full on the mouth. Once he had disengaged himself, he grabbed her by the arm and drew her into his office but not before he saw the astonished looks on Steven’s and Julie's faces. Andrew knew he was over-reacting but he was unable to stop.
"I don't like being pawed in public." As soon as he said it, he knew it was the wrong thing to say. He glanced at Victoria and started to apologize when he saw her go perfectly still. He slowly closed his eyes. He had blown it. Victoria could argue with the best of them. She had a quick temper and a lively tongue. Her arguments were usually concise and succinct but when she got truly angry, she became quiet and gave the appearance of being calm. Andrew had seen it happen just a few times. He now watched her warily as her eyes flashed and her hands were clenched at her side.
"You don't like being pawed?" Her voice was low, tense, and full of anger. "You don't like being pawed in public? Well, fine. I won't paw you in public OR in private."

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday Teapot

I love teapots. I have a large collection. Each week I will be featuring one of them. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you have one. I would love to see it.

This was a gift from a friend. We like to gamble. :)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Convince Me (Holton Series #1)

Convince Me (Holton Series #1) is free on most eBook sites. 

Anna is afraid of love, but Steven changes everything.

Anna West just wants to start over in a new town far away from her past. The only child of a mixed race couple, Anna learned about the ugly side of human behavior at an early age.  After watching her abusive father mistreat her mother, Anna knows that love is not for her.

Steven Carson has always known what he wanted, and from the moment he saw her, he wanted Anna.  Steven is ready for love.  He is ready to settle down, start a family, and he knows Anna is the one for him.  Now all he has to do is convince her. 

Come visit Holton, Texas to see if Steven can convince Anna to take a chance on love. Convince Me is the first book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Wraith of Carter's Mill by C. Evenfall - Giveaway


The Wraith of Carter’s Mill chronicles five generations of women from the turn of the century to present day. It depicts in startling detail the result of an old curse and the wraith that haunts the family. Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten tell the tale while the fourth shocking segment, Carter’s Mill provides the back-story. It reveals the shameful truth behind a century of sorrow and the curse of revenge that plagues the Carter women.

Zeb, the Carter family patriarch, is a hard, callous man. He runs his thriving sawmill, farm and family with an iron fist. When he commits an incredible act of cruelty, he ignorantly brings a terrible curse down upon all his kin. Martha Thompsons’ prophecy proves true as the family falls into ruin, and the women pay the price.

Almost a century after Zeb’s death, a Carter daughter is born with notable yet uncanny gifts. It will be up to Shyanne to unearth a long buried family secret and set an old wrong back to rights. Will she find a way to lift the curse and banish the accursed wraith that haunts her? If she fails, she risks losing her own little girl to the dark entity forever.

A small North Carolina community, where everyone knows everyone sets the perfect stage for this suspenseful drama. Rich in history and southern culture, The Wraith of Carter’s Mill harkens back to a time when life was simpler, and superstition was part of everyday living.

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C. Evenfall grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. In many ways, her community was isolated from the outside world, and time simply stood still. The old ways of “doing things” surrounded her, and she was both fascinated by the rich history and influenced by it.

As with any such place, the area was rich with ghost lore and old tales of “people done wrong.” Evenfall, a child seen and not heard, hovered as close as she dared, listening to the old stories when the adults got together talking about old times. She also spent many nights with the sheet pulled over her head in childish fright.

A paranormal encounter when she was just six years old, experienced by two other people at the same time, convinced her that ghosts really did exist.  C. Evenfall has been seeking answers ever since. Her fascination with the unexplainable, coupled with her love of history and southern culture and the role women play in both, have inspired her to write The Wraith of Carter’s Mill, a series of novellas. Each inspired by tales from her childhood and the family members who passed them down.

Life has taken her many places, but today, C. Evenfall resides with her husband in the same fishing village where she grew up. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and the outdoors in general. She forgives his skeptics’ dismissal of things that go bump in the night and loves him dearly in spite of it. They complement one another perfectly.

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BAA Author’s Page: http://booksauthorsandartists.com/authors/c-evenfall/
Twitter: @CEvenfall2


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Deceptive by M.D. Melai & C.S. Leigh


Twenty-one year old Liliana Dapprima was living her life exactly how she planned. She had an amazing job as an interior designer and lived with her best friend Violet in Toronto. But, everything changes when her father forces her to move to New Jersey to re-design his businesses in New York City. Upon her arrival in New Jersey, she finds out she must live with her old flame, Emilio Amante, who had completely tore apart her heart.

She must learn to live alongside Emilio as she tries to start a new relationship with the new man in her life, Lucas. And to make matters even more complicated, Emilio is Lucas’ boss.

Dealing with a love triangle is hard enough, but then Lily must also deal with secrets from and about her family. She is constantly lied to and when she gets attacked multiple times by a rival family, she wants answers and will go to any extent to get them.

Liliana has been living in a world where everyone and everything is not what it seems. What will happen when tragedy strikes and secrets are revealed?


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 “Liliana!” Emilio’s voice came from behind me. I slowly turned and watched as he jogged up to me. “I’m really sorry,” he said apologetically.
“I know you are,” I said placing my right hand on his arm.
“It was so stupid. I lost my temper. I don’t know why I do that sometimes.” He paused for a second and shook his head in shame. “I’m an asshole and I am beyond upset with myself.”
“I told you it was a damn accident.”
“It wasn’t an accident! It was a direct consequence to my actions.”
I was starting to get upset with him. How many times did I have to tell him that it was just an accident?
“What do you want me to say?” I started raising my voice. “That you always let your temper get the best of you. That I always end up hurt in some way or another, because you can’t get a grip! That this is one of the reasons we don’t work!” My heart started beating faster and my adrenaline was increasing. “Does that make you feel better?”
“I’m an ass. I know that. I’m so sorry Liliana. Will you ever forgive me?” he asked.
I knew he was asking for forgiveness for more than just this accident. I nodded my head, but kept it down. I felt his hand press against my cheek as he lifted my chin and looked into my eyes.
“I love you Liliana,” he whispered as he kissed my cheek.
“I know you do,” I said backing up from him. Violet was standing a few feet away from me as she waited. She wrapped her arms around my waist as I walked to her side.
Don’t look back.
I knew he would be standing there watching us. I couldn’t stop myself though. I turned and faced him.
“La mia vita, il mio cuore,” ‘My life, my heart.’ I said loud enough for him to hear. He looked at me, shocked. I used to say it to him all the time. I turned and headed toward the doors.
“Ti amo più della vito stessa,” ‘I love you more than life itself.’ He called back just as Violet and I reached them.
I stopped in my tracks for a moment, but I didn’t turn around.
“Come on, let’s go home,” Violet said as she tugged on my arm.
Home sounded great, back where I belonged. I had everything I needed to start working on the projects my father had brought me to New York for. Hopefully, I wouldn’t have to come back for a while, and if I did, the goal would be once again… avoid Emilio at all costs. I could do that. I took a deep breath and leaned in to Violet.
“Let’s go home,” I replied.

M.D. Melai & C.S. Leigh are a cousin writing duo that live in North Central Texas. They are the self-published authors of the Deceptive Series. Deceptive, the first in the series, was published in February of this year. Fugitive, the second in the series, was published in July. They are currently hard at work writing the third book in the series that is slated to be released in the Winter of 2016.

C.S. Leigh has a degree in business administration. When she isn’t writing she is working her day job, that she enjoys as well. Leigh loves being adventurous and shopping.  

M.D. Melai is a full time stay at home mom. When she isn’t writing she is chasing around her very active five year old.

Both Melai and Leigh believe family is of the utmost importance and enjoy spending their free time with them, as well as friends. They are both devout readers, and read as much as time will allow them too. Their love for books and storytelling is what inspired them to tell the story of Liliana. 

Twitter: @DeceptiveSeries