Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Release Day Blitz - Five Weeks (A Seven Series Novel) by Dannika Dark!




Five Weeks
(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark 

Blurb:
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.


      





Monday, July 28, 2014

Story Characters Don't Have to Be Human - Guest Post & Giveaway with Judith Ingram!









Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC 
Date of Publication: May 31, 2014
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee/For the Muse Designs

On the night of the new spring moon, a near-fatal accident propelled Victoria Reeves-Ashton over a century back in time to awaken in the body of Katherine Kamarov. 

Now, after three months of pretending to be Katherine and laboring to repair relationships damaged by Katherine's brash and selfish personality, quiet and gentle Victoria finds that her heart is putting down roots in Katherine's world, in her family relationships, and especially in a deepening friendship with Katherine's winsome cousin Michael. 

Hidden letters reveal the story of other moonseed-time travelers like herself-and Victoria realizes that she and Katherine will likely be returned to their own times the following spring. Tension mounts when a rich and handsome suitor applies to marry her, and Victoria must choose whether to accept him for Katherine's sake or to follow her own heart. 

Ryan Ashton, the husband Victoria left behind, is baffled by the woman his wife has suddenly become. Unwilling to believe her story about an exchange in time, Ryan struggles to understand the stark transformation of his timid, remote wife into a sexually aggressive and captivating siren. Against his better judgment, he falls hard for this new woman who is a perplexing mixture of cruelty, sensuality, and tenderness, a woman who he suspects has the power to either break his heart or heal the aching loneliness he has lived with all his life.


ISBN: 978-0-9890632-4-1 | ASIN: B00JD0H2ZE | 249 pages







Story Characters Don't Have To Be Human
by Judith Ingram

Yes, Moonseed is a paranormal romance trilogy, but no, we're not talking vampires or aliens here. The fantasy aspect is time travel—two women, Victoria and Katherine, escaping into each other's lives over a century of time—and the non-human characters we're highlighting are cats and cottages, clocks and cars. These elements rise above mere setting and become supporting characters because each is personified and in some way develops our understanding of the main characters.

The Cat
Henry the cat makes an appearance in the same scene that introduces Robbie, Katherine's shy younger brother. We learn that Henry is not only Robbie's self-appointed guardian but also a shrewd judge of character. Both Robbie and his cat disliked Katherine, but when Victoria takes Katherine's place and tries to make friends with Robbie, it's Henry who opens the door, as this excerpt from Book 1, Bridge to the Past, illustrates:
(Robbie is playing with a puzzle on the floor of the playroom. Victoria suggests moving the puzzle downstairs, where they will be warmer.)
Robbie watched uncertainly as I scooped the pieces into the wooden box. Neither of us spoke. I retrieved a piece that had strayed close to Henry, and the cat rose with a languorous yawn. After stretching each of his hind legs in turn, he sauntered over, heedless of the puzzle pieces he stepped on, and rubbed his body against my skirts. I held myself still, allowing the cat to show me this unexpected favor, and I glanced at Robbie. His expression of surprise bloomed into wonder as we both heard the unmistakable rumble of a friendly purr.
"He's never done that before," Robbie breathed. His eyes rounded as he looked at me with new respect. He hesitated a moment and then sank to his knees beside me. "Here, Katya," he said, and his smile was shy. "You missed a piece."

The Cottage and the Clock
In the therapeutic world of dream analysis, a house symbolizes a life. For example, when we dream of discovering unused rooms in our house, it can mean we have opportunities or potential that we have not yet explored. For Victoria, Summerwood Cottage—the abandoned house she decides to restore—represents her underdeveloped personality that begins to flourish in Katherine's world. Read how she describes the cottage as a knowledgeable companion in this excerpt from Book 2, Borrowed Promises:
It seemed as though Summerwood and I stood together outside of time and shared secret knowledge of what was to come in later years. We knew what was important to preserve—the roses, the dogwood tree, the oak in back presently grown to only half its future size, the pinewood sideboard collecting dust in the dark hallway, the beautiful banisters.…In my entire life, I had never had a place of my own. Always I had lived under the forbearance of others, dependent upon them, needing to please in order to ensure their goodwill toward me. But at Summerwood I was my own mistress. I knew what had to be done, and I gave the orders or accomplished the work myself. It was as if Summerwood had always existed, in my mind or in my dreams, and I had simply—inevitably—come home to it.
In like manner, Victoria describes as "a quiet sentry" the tall grandfather clock, which has measured time for over a hundred years in Rosswood House and silently observed the lives and events in Katherine's family. Both the cottage and the clock help Victoria to feel anchored in reality as the three of them bear witness to two different centuries.

The Car
Lastly, Ryan's Jaguar features as a character who gives us insight into Ryan's personality. The car is a metaphor for the sort of woman Ryan wants when the novel begins—elegant and expensive eye candy. This shallow attachment to his wife—the beautiful Victoria—changes over the course of the story as he falls deeply and hopelessly in love with Katherine, the woman who takes her place. Because the Jaguar so closely personifies that old, self-serving attachment, it will be no surprise when the car figures significantly in the climax revealed in Book 3, Into the Mist (to be released in 2015).


 About the Author: 
Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She also writes Christian nonfiction books and enjoys speaking to groups on a variety of inspirational topics. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to California's beautiful Sonoma County, where most of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, and all things feline.

Website, blog & free weekly devotional: http://JudithIngram.com







EXCERPT
I bit my lip, wanting to avoid any subject that could ruin the easy camaraderie of our afternoons together. Michael had been friendly and funny, teasing me gently, treating me with the easy affection of an older brother. Once or twice I'd caught him watching me with a fierce intentness that made my heart skip. But then he'd grin or offer a quip that made us both laugh, and the uncomfortable moment would pass.
I enjoyed the lightness of our friendship, grateful for the reprieve. In the rose garden at Summerwood and later on the trip to San Francisco, I had felt the slow but persistent budding of a new feeling that both thrilled and frightened me. The lightest touch of Michael's hand pricked up hairs along my skin like electricity; his boyish grin twisted a slow, sweet pain deep into my body. His clean, male scent in close proximity could stun me with unexpected waves of need, often forcing me to look away so he wouldn't see the flame in my eyes.
I couldn't allow Michael to guess where my heart was taking me—because of Raymond.
Although many things were unclear to me, one fact seemed certain—Katherine must marry Raymond Delacroix and have at least one child with him. If I gave in to my new feelings for Michael, and if I were cruel enough to let him see them, then I risked both hurting him and ruining Katherine's chances with Raymond when she came back to her own time.
And Katherine would come back. I was convinced of it, all my desperate wishes to the contrary. She would marry Raymond, give birth to Elise, and secure a future that would eventually lead to her daughter painting a picture of Katherine and me at the bridge over Two Trees Creek. By the same token, I would return to life as a lingerie model and a cold marriage with Ryan Ashton. Ryan.
"What?" Michael's voice made me jump and turn my head.
"What?"
"You said 'Ryan' again."
"I did?"
Michael had removed his glasses, and he blinked at me from only a foot away. God, he has beautiful eyes, I thought. Soft gray-green depths that held me breathless, fighting a slow, aching pull to be in his arms.
"He's…nobody," I said.
Michael was studying me, his eyes so solemn and searching that I couldn't look away. He didn't speak, but in that moment my heart yearned toward him, and he saw it. His expression changed. His gaze moved slowly from my eyes to my mouth.
I turned my face away and shut my eyes over a sudden sting of tears.
"Kat?" he said softly.
His voice held a new, cautious note of intimacy. A moment later his thumb brushed my wet cheek, and the tenderness of his touch wrenched a low cry from me. I pushed his hand away and struggled to sit upright.
"Don't touch me!" Pain made my voice sharp. "You can't touch me, Michael!"
But his hand was already under my elbow, helping me to sit. He pushed a handkerchief into my hand.
"Here. Take it." He sounded bewildered and hurt. "Seems you'd rather do the job yourself."
He watched me wipe my eyes and blow my nose with his handkerchief. I couldn't look at him, and after a moment he reached for his glasses and slipped them on.
In a tight voice he asked, "Do you still want to visit Union Square?"
I pressed the soggy handkerchief to my lips and nodded.
Michael pushed himself to his feet and thrust out a hand to help me up. We folded the blanket between us, careful not to touch each other's fingers, and he picked up the hamper. As we crossed the grass in uneasy silence, a fresh roll of tears made me reach into my handbag for a clean handkerchief. A flash of copper tumbled into the grass.
I stopped quickly, but Michael was quicker. He scooped up the coin, examined it briefly, and gave it back to me.
"You still carrying that thing around?"
I looked up at him, my handkerchief arrested halfway to my face. "My coin? What do you know about my coin?"
He squinted at me and frowned. "You're kidding, right? I was with you when you paid a nickel for that worthless thing at the county fair. You said it was good luck, and you carried it around in your pocket for years." He stopped at my look. "What is it?"
"Michael, are you certain this is the same coin?"
I handed it back to him. His gaze lingered on my face, puzzled, before he examined the coin. He weighed it briefly on his palm, flipped it over, and gave it back to me.
"Of course I'm certain." He pointed his finger at the familiar nick in the rim. "There's where the wagon wheel ran over it, and you were so furious because you thought the magic was ruined." He screwed up his eyes against the sun and studied me. "What's the matter with you, Kat? You're looking at me like I've got two heads."

I shook my head in dazed wonder, suspended once again in that universe where Katherine's world and mine overlapped and where it made perfect sense that her lucky coin should have somehow come to me—twice.


Tour Wide Giveaway

4 signed paperback copies of Borrowed Promises with bookmarks.

4 ebook copies (.pdf or .epub) of Borrowed Promises.

4 sets of Moonseed notecards; each set of six cards features scenes from the story, sketched by artist Amy Wong.

4 Amazon gift cards at $25 each.

4 coffee mugs featuring the book cover for Borrowed Promises along with tagline, "The past isn't always behind you…".

Sunday, July 27, 2014

[Coffee Shop Talks] My Favorite Book Read in July!


MY FAVORITE JULY READ

Pines isn't really an eye-catching novel. The title is a little boring, the cover isn't impressive, and the synopsis isn't all that exciting. But I'm so glad I took a chance on it because it was fantastic! I loved it! Pines was creepy, suspenseful, and I immediately started listening to book 2 once I was finished. As an added bonus I'll get to watch the story when it airs in 2015.



What's been your favorite read this month?




Our guest this week is the lovely Viviana @ Enchantress of Books!
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Supergirl, Vol. 3: Sanctuary by Mike Johnson

Release Date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Library Copy
Author Links: Goodreads


Completing the H'EL ON EARTH crossover event that had made its way through Superman, Superboy and finally Supergirl.
When a mysterious Kryptonian arrives on Earth and convinces Kara that he intends on returning them to Krypton, prior to its destruction, in an effort to save the planet. When presented with the opportunity to return home, the young and sometimes foolish Kara fails to see H'el's whole plan, a plan that will leave the Earth in ruins. Wonder Woman and The Flash must facedown Kara in an effort to make her see the truth and save Earth before it's too late!
Collects issues #13-20.



I'd already read most of this in the crossover comic Superman: H'el on Earth. Not only read it, but was fairly unimpressed by it.
So when I started reading this, and it turned out to be the Supergirl story that I'd already seen? 
Yeah. Not so much with the Happy.
Supergirl: Sanctuary. I mean, it doesn't have H'el anywhere in the title! And it's not like I'm smart enough to look at the back of a comic before I pick it up, you know?!

Ok, ok. I'm big enough to admit that maybe that little misunderstanding was partially a teeny bit my fault.
Sort of.
So Supergirl is still all depressed, because she's alone on a planet full of ruffians, and Clark isn't the baby she remembers. 
Then along comes (yet another) miraculous survivor of Krypton, who goes by the name H'el. Supposedly, he was Jor-El's assistant, who was sent off into space to try to find some way to save Krypton. He's been traveling the universe for...I don't know...a really long time. Somehow, he crashed on Earth.
Of course he did. Earth is a magnet for Kryptonians! If there's a random alien whose planet has been destroyed, you can bet your ass they'll somehow find their way here.
And speaking of Krypton and random aliens?
How many fucking survivors does this planet have?! 
Superman: The Last Survivor of Krypton!
Last survivor, my ass. Those fuckers are continually coming out of the woodwork. 
It should say, Superman: One of Many Survivors...With Probably More on the Way Right Now!
Anyhoo, now that he's here, H'el's got a plan. A plan to save Krypton from certain doom! It involves time-travel, and he needs Kara's help to pull it off.
M'kay. Superman's father, Jor-El, already KNEW that Krypton was going to go BOOM, and he STILL couldn't do anything to stop it. So, I'm not really sure what these two idiots were planning on doing with the time-travel scheme. Was there a plan beyond that? Did they have some new form of technology that they were going to tote with them that would, perhaps, to keep the planet from exploding?
Something smells fishy.
And it ain't Aquaman.
Now, obviously, with a name like H'el, he's definitely going to be the villain in the story. And once he gains Kara's trust (which isn't hard to do, because she's evidently very stupid), he enlists her help to get all the stuff together that they're gonna need to pull this off. They've almost got the machine up and running when the Justice League attacks them.
Ok. That might sound kinda random. And it is, if you've only read this book, so let me explain.
Remember what I said about this being a big crossover event that I'd already read? Well, turns out this doesn't make much sense on it's own. There are whole hunks of information that you're missing, like how Superman finds out about H'el's plan, how he recruits the Justice League, and what the hell Superboy is doing there. The answers are there, just not in this title.
Alright. BIG BATTLE time! Supergirl takes on the Flash and Wonder Woman, as both of them try to convince her that H'el is a psycho.
Lalalalalalalala! I'm. Not. Listening.
Finally, Wonder Woman is able to whip her ass hard enough to get her attention. And then it's all, Oh my God! What the hell is H'el doing?! 
Come on...you knew that pun was coming.
Fight, fight, fight. Good guys win. The end.

So, don't read this for the lackluster H'el storyline. Read it for the issues that come after that. 
Read it for Powergirl! These issues were AWESOME!
For those of you who don't know, Powergirl is actually Supergirl from Earth 2. During a battle with Apokolips (that killed off their Justice League) she and Earth 2's Robin were sucked into a Boom Tube and ended up on our Earth. And they can't get home.
Robin was the daughter of Batman and Selena Kyle, and now goes by the name Huntress. Powergirl is several years older than our Earth's Supergirl, which explains why she has ginormous boobs, whilst our little Kara still has normal(ish) sized knockers. Cool backstory, no? 
You're right, it is. However, the actual comic for these two sorta sucks.
Now you're up to speed!
At any rate, Powergirl knows about Kara, but she's been actively avoiding her. It's simply too weird, and she's got other shit to do with Huntress. But because of her battle with H'el, Kara's got kryptonite poisoning, and somehow it's also affecting Powergirl. 
It's time for a Kara/Kara team-up!
The Sanctuary storyline was just about as good as they come. In fact, it was so flat-out funny that I ended up going back and reading it again! Good stuff!
Now go read it.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

[Series Review] ~ Ignite (Ignite #1) and Burn (Ignite #2) by R.J. Lewis





They grew up together as the closest of friends... and then more. When Sara Nolan and Jaxon Barlow decided to be together, their relationship as a young couple was consumed by a love that was both passionate and beautiful. Sara had it all when it came to a boyfriend: romance, trust, and a protector of all things bad. Jaxon had given her his bleeding heart for the keeping.

The last thing Sara expected was to ruin it all. Falling into a darkness that turned her loving relationship into a chaos of deceit and violence, she walked away from the pain she was inflicting on the man she loved, never seeking to return again.

But when Sara is forced to return to her hometown, she didn't anticipate for Jaxon to be there. Nor does she anticipate the change in him; a change so harsh and callous, he is a stranger with a dangerous agenda of his own. Ignited by her past feelings and the reminder of the guilt she carries in her heart, Sara attempts to avoid Jaxon at all costs… only to find herself trying to pull him out of the same darkness she was once in.








Burn picks up where Ignite ended.

Sara is in the hands of Remy "Reaper" Martinez, the VP of the much feared Black-backed Jackals MC.

Following a violent altercation that leaves Sara's life in jeopardy, she is thrust into the world of the Jackals where trusting people is tricky... especially when there's a mole in the midst.

A mole that answers to one man and one man only: Jaxon Barlow.

**WARNING: There are many adult situations in this book that might be offensive to some readers: sexual situations (non-consensual and consensual) and strong language especially. Book is intended for mature readers.****







Wow!  What a series that I never saw coming!  This is the first time I've read a book by R. J. Lewis and it certainly won't be the last.  I fell in head deep with this series and I finished both books within 48 hours.  It was THAT addictive.  I literally couldn't put it down.  

This is a story about soul mate kind of love.  And not the pretty kind.  This is a raw, hard, sometimes ugly, gritty, pierce-you-heart kind of love.  If you are an angst junkie like I am, this is your next fix.  This is the story of Sara and Jaxon, friends since she was 8 and he was 10.  From the moment Jaxon saved her from a playground bully, he was the light in Sara's life.  Sara soon started hanging out at Jaxon's house and his mother, albeit innapropriate at times, becomes the mother Sara wishes she had.  Sara's real mom is an alcoholic - a miserable woman who is indifferent towards Sara.  Sara is abused by her father under the watchful eye of her mother.  She grows up in a critical situation where she barely has any clothes to waer, food to eat, or anyone to care for her.  This all changes when she meets Jaxon and his mom.

Through the years, Sara and Jaxon remain close, but it's not until Sara is 18 that they move from friends to lovers.  And by lovers, I mean all encompassing, almost obsessive, passionate, can't-live-without-you, earth shattering love.  For several years, they live happily with one another until Sara's personality starts to change.  Sara makes some huge mistakes that lead to a domino effect on her's and Jaxon's lives.  

In Ignite, Jaxon is a beautiful, strong and proud man with piercing blue eyes and golden brown hair.  He is absolutely owned by Sara and does anything, and I mean anything, to keep her happy.  He does work he doesn't want to do, he deals with her attitude change, and he does whatever he can to let Sara know he will love her until the end of time.  Sara is a sweet girl from a broken home and has a plethora of issues to deal with.  After some misplaced advice from Jaxon's mom, Sara does whatever she can to sabatoge her relationship.  When Sara has a blow up one night, she makes the decision to leave Jaxon for his own good. 

Many things happen to Jaxon due to this night.  His entire life is changes and it leaves him a cold, unfeeling, mechanical man.  When Sara runs into Jaxon five years later, he is not the loving boy she left.  He has dealt with some serious life changes and is a higher up in a local gang. Just when Sara is ready to concede that her life is not complete without Jaxon, she is derailed by a biker club VP named Remy.

Sara is seaparted from Jaxon through much of Burn due to Remy. I'm not going to give anything away, but Remy has been watching Sara for a long time and has a connection to her past.  I think that what Remy does to Sara is sick.  A relationship between Remy and Sara develops, but it is totally fucked up on so many levels, I can't even begin to describe it.  

Jaxon makes some stupid decisions throughout Burn, and there were times when I wanted to smack Sara.  These two dysfunctional characters definitely deserve one another.  I never disliked them, but there were times when each character broke my heart.  

Ignite was a better read for me, although I enjoyed Burn immensely.  I liked Ignite better because of the storyline of young love, destruction and second chances.  I really like the character of Jaxon, even when he played petty games with a hurting Sara.  Burn, at times, felt like a different story completely.  Jaxon and Sara acted out of character in some scenes, and the decision making was terrible.  Burn turned the down on their luck, star-crossed lovers book into a motorcycle club book.  Burn also attempts to turn Ignite from difficult love story into a love triangle.  A love triangle that I was not buying, even for a little bit.  It just had a different feel in Burn.

The plot twists in this series were awesome.  There were so many things that I could have never guessed and didn't see coming.  Lewis has a gift for this.  There are so many people that are interconnected in this series and they all have their own agendas that cannot be guessed.  I love how those twists kept me fascinated.  

The writing in this book was well done.  I really felt like I was in the mind of Sara, or Jaxon or even Remy when the point of view shifted.  My heart ached for all three characters for different reasons.  This book made me feel - really feel - my heart pounding and my emotions going haywire.  

If you are a fan of dark, angsty reads with amazing plot twists and deep characters, then I urge you to pick this series up.  I can't wait to read the next book in this story dealing with characters that we met in Ignite and Burn.  Book 3, Ashes, is due later this year.











Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Release Day Blitz - Deep in Death by Colleen Helme!




Deep In Death 
(A Shelby Nichols Adventure #6)
By Colleen Helme


Blurb: 
Running “errands” for her mob-boss employer, Joey “The Knife” Manetto, often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined. In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man, Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby’s involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path. As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?


  



Excerpt


“I’m investigating a missing person’s report.” I pulled out my file and opened it up. 

“Her name’s Darcy Shaw, and she went missing about six years ago. Do you think I could look at your files and see if there’s anything I could use?”

Dimples frowned. “From that long ago, it’s probably downstairs in the dead files room. Come on, I’ll show you where they are.”

“Thanks.”

I followed him to the hall and down two flights of stairs to the basement. He opened the door to a room and flipped on the light. Wall-to-wall filing cabinets filled the room, and a stale, musty odor permeated the air. From the smell, I’d guess no one had come down here in a long time, kind of how I imagined it would smell visiting a mausoleum. It seemed colder than normal too, and I realized that all of the files belonged to real people who had disappeared and were probably dead, and no one knew why or how.

“Go ahead and take a look,” Dimples said. “They’re filed alphabetically.”

“Um…yeah, okay.” I hesitated, not wanting to venture further into the room. It was so cold and dank that it kind of gave me the creeps. But I only needed one file. 

That wouldn't take long.

“When you’re done, come on back up and I’ll fill you in on a case I could use your help with.” Dimples was thinking he was anxious to leave me to it, not because he had a lot to do upstairs, but because the room had kind of a weird vibe that he didn't like.

“You’re leaving me here alone?” I blurted.

“What? You’re not scared are you?” He scoffed. “It’s just a room with files in it. 

There aren't even any guns or crazy killers down here.”

“Oh fine,” I said, still hesitating in the doorway and wishing I hadn't heard that part about the weird vibe.

“You want me to stay?” He folded his arms and raised his brow in challenge.

“Of course not,” I said. “Like you said, I’ll be fine.”

“Good. Hey…if one of those files attacks you…I’m right up-stairs if you need me.”

“Ha, ha.”

He chuckled and left. I shook my head and hurried over to the cabinets. As I found the cabinet with “S through T” on it, the door clicked shut behind Dimples, sealing me in. It was deathly quiet. The only sounds in the room came from me. My breathing and the shift of my feet echoed from the walls, magnifying each tiny breath and movement I made.

An unexplained sense of urgency rolled over me. I was alone in an enclosed space that seemed to get smaller the longer I stood there. A sudden stab of dread tightened my stomach, and my hands shook a little. It was mostly thoughts of the lights going out and leaving me in total darkness that did it. If Bates knew I was here, I wouldn't put it past him to do that to me, and I wanted out of this creepy place as fast as I could.

With renewed effort, I scanned the labels until I came to the right drawer and yanked it open. I quickly leafed through the folders and caught my breath to actually find the file. I swallowed with relief and pulled the bulky file out. Pursing my lips together, I set it on top of the other folders and opened it up checking to make sure it was the right one.

A larger version of the same picture I’d received from Tiffany stared back at me. Her eyes held a haunting mixture of sadness and foreboding, and goose bumps broke out along my arms. A sudden chill ran up my spine and my heart picked up speed. All at once, it felt like I wasn’t alone, and someone was standing right there beside me. I froze. I didn’t believe in ghosts, but I didn’t dare look either.

My mouth went dry and I hardly dared to take a breath. Glancing back down at the picture, I felt something cold and feather-like brush against my cheek. I inhaled sharply. It came a second time and I jerked my face away, hunching my shoulders to my neck with fear. “I…I’ll try and find out what happened to you,” I croaked. The chill intensified, then suddenly fell away in a cool breeze, leaving the scent of flowers behind, which I recognized as the distinct smell of gardenias.

With my heart racing, I grabbed the file and slammed the drawer shut, then raced out of the room as fast as I could. In my haste, I left the light on, but I was too scared to go back and turn it off. The smell of gardenias stayed with me all the way up the stairs, but disappeared as I entered the office. With my chest heaving, I hurried over to Dimples’ desk and sat down, rubbing my cold arms.



About the Author

 A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped By Revenge coming soon!




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Monday, July 21, 2014

[Coffee Shop Talks] Covers I Would Never Want to Be Caught in Public With!


Favorite books with covers I would never want to be caught in public with!


I'm not usually one to get embarrassed by book covers. While I'm not a fan of shirtless man covers or the cheesy designs that many romance novels have, I can't say that I would be ashamed if anyone ever saw me reading them. Erotica is a bit different for me. I couldn't just sit in public flaunting a BDSM design or a naughty threesome cover.

Back in 2011 I read Be With Me by Maya Banks. Hated the cover. But I loved the redesign that Berkley released last year. You would never guess that I was reading a story about a woman who has an open sexual relationship with her 3 male best friends. 

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Here are a few books that I've enjoyed that have covers I would want to hide.






Our guest blogger this week is Michelle @ Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life!
Because reading is better than real life