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Monday, August 22, 2016

Pick Me Up Monday-Coffee and a Teaser

Oh yes!

Thank the java god for this yummy goodness. True I also enjoy a good tea, but in the mornings there is nothing that perks me up quite like a good cup of coffee.

With my release coming next month I thought it would be nice to share a teaser with you. So grab your favorite mug full of coffee and enjoy.

The Hunter: a Novella of the Guild of Assassins 

Chained though no links of heavy metal impeded his movements. No shackles cut into his wrists or ankles, but he was trapped all the same. Only these restraints were far stronger than anything of this earth.
Nothing could set him free of the beholden vow.
Taren watched. Waited. Plotted. A low throbbing pulse, much like a heartbeat, came from the dual brandings on his shoulder blades. On one side was a wing symbolizing Isis and, on the other, a cat’s paw for Bast. As if he needed an unending reminder of his status. As if he could ever forget the day he was forced to utter those hateful words. The day, fifteen years ago, which had brought him to his knees, stripped him of his pride and social standing as Infernal—a demon free of any vow—of everything he was.
But it saved Natilla.
A dark familiar voice whispered the thought through his mind. The reason for his sacrifice filled him with grim resignation. Yes, for Natilla, he’d suffered—would continue to do so—to give her a life free of the hell he existed in. He prayed his sister found happiness with a loving, devoted man and a large kith to protect her. A kith of family members always held high importance in his culture, each member taking on the task to teach the younglings and to aid the elders when they grew too weak to help themselves. As the eldest sibling, and head of his kith Taren had given his sister the only thing in his power to give.
His time, though, was near. The sound of several feet crunching over the graveled walkway, alerted him to the Polariate’s arrival. The door opened without a knock. Why would she knock? He was only a lowly Enfertiti, barely higher than a beast in the eyes of the Guild of Isis.
Two guild assassins stepped through the door, one fair-haired, the other dark. Both dressed in unrelieved black slacks and matching tunics, their features were as cold and emotionless as granite. Both held wickedly curved knives in their hands, a promise of pain to come. Taren tensed, ready for an attack. His body flooded with adrenaline, his gaze never wavering from the females. He relished any opening to inflict pain on his captors. Only the sudden appearance of the Polariate dropped his aggression a notch, yet he remained tense, ready for any threatening move.
The Polariate moved into the room with the grace of a dancer, swathed in diaphanous silk robes the color of golden sunshine. Her dark hair spilled loose around her shoulders in a mass of shiny curls. She was positively stunning, yet it was her eyes, a piercing blue of arctic ice which gave him pause. Her gaze held an ancient wisdom belying the look of youth she wore.
Her lips twisted into a grimace of distaste, a flash of loathing passing through those arresting eyes. He schooled his features into a mask as devoid of emotion as the assassins at her side, yet his mind raced, his heart beating hard He was highly aware of the significance of the Polariate’s visit.
Aegis Doreen, his keeper, would never come home again, and soon, Taren would follow in her stead.
For when a keeper died, his or her vow was nullified, thus restoring him to his Infernal status once again. If the vow was one broken by a sudden death of the keeper…in his case?
It was complicated.
Besides, a free demon was a dead demon if the Guild of Isis had anything to say about it.
“You are Taren, is that correct?” The Polariate’s question pulled Taren back from his musings.
“Answer the Polariate, animal.” The blonde assassin snapped, her voice slicing blade sharp.
“I wish a moment alone with Taren,” the Polariate said.
“This is highly irregular,” the assassin argued.
“Do not make me repeat my request.” Steel beneath silk filtered through the Polariate’s tone, grating against Taren’s skin as her power saturated the air between them. He gritted his teeth against the sudden urge to wrap his hands around the smooth column of the Polariate’s throat and squeeze until he heard the sound of breaking bones.
“Yes, Polariate.” The blonde bowed low and followed her fellow assassin out. The door closed, leaving him standing in brittle silence.

I hope you enjoyed the tease I will be announcing the release here in just about a week so check back. 
And as always, have an awesome week ahead.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Books Worth Your Bucks-My Highlander Cover Model by Karyn Gerrard

This weeks offering is a delightful read from Karyn Gerrard. She puts a fresh face on the Highlander Romance, adding time travel, more than a bite of humor and a delightful twist I never saw coming. 
Her zipper scene is worth a read or two and had me laughing out loud. She truly breathes fresh air to this particular theme. 

Skye Bancroft, assistant art director at a small New York publisher, is used to dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model. After all, it’s part of her job description. But during a photoshoot, she didn’t count on one to become so delusional as to think himself a Highlander from 1814 Scotland. 

Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream: A warrior who is fierce, passionate, and protective. Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and in another man’s body. Could this all be a dream? Convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, that he is Cailin is a daunting task. 

Regardless of his strange time travel story and sexy Scottish burr, believing this extraordinary man is from another era becomes hard to deny. The attraction between them sizzles and Skye is left to wonder: Is Cailin truly as he claims? 

This is a quick read coming in at 92 pages and is only .99 right now through Amazon. Just click on the link below.

Be sure to check the offerings from the other blogs. They are sure to please.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pick Me Up Monday-Cover Reveal

Yep Thats right, I have my cover for my novella,
The Hunted- Guild of Assassins 


A druid sworn to protect and nurture.
Leigh Simon, a druidic healer lives a peaceful existence among her nomadic tribe, known for their expertise in the healing arts and communion with the earth. Until her life is unexpectedly turned upside down with the death of a mother who abandoned her as an infant. Leigh is now heir to her mother’s worldly possessions, including one dark and brooding demon.
A demon sworn to revenge.
Taren’s rage against all witches is all that keeps him going. Forced into the beholden vow magically binding him to the witches’ guild of assassins, he bides his time until the vow is fulfilled and the hated beholden is broken. The key to his freedom comes in the form of one curvaceous female who knows nothing of the violence, hatred and fear his kind live with.
A hunt to the death.
Leigh is shocked at the brutality Taren endures at the hands of the Isis Guild of Assassins. The only way to right the wrong is to enter an antiquated and brutal challenge called The Hunt. Only twenty-four hours is all they need to evade the deadly hunters and they are home free.
Nothing is that easy. Add the complication of falling hard for a scarred and untrusting demon, the need to survive just got steeper. For now, Leigh is not just fighting for Taren’s freedom, but for a life with the beguiling demon. 

Coming in September

Friday, August 12, 2016

Books Worth Your Bucks-Fates Monolith by Sky Purington

This weeks offering is one I read awhile back and still think about often. In fact I am such a huge fan of this author. I have read all of her books and re-read this one to find it just as magical and unforgettable! 

Her MacLomain Series is a gem well worth your time to read. For this week, I offer up the first full length book of her series.

A woman dreams...  Arianna Broun, a Scottish born colonial American has been haunted by the reoccurring dream of a phantom Scottish warrior. Her infatuation with the dream intensifies until All Hallows' Eve, when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. After several bizarre encounters she runs to her safe haven deep in the woods. When dawn comes too early, Arianna is eager to go home. But fate has other plans. 

A man waits...  Iain MacLomain has long awaited the arrival of his promised bride. She claims to not be the woman intended for him but she fits the description given him of her, all fire and defiance. That defiance will end up costing them everything and rips them apart. However, a Scottish Chieftain with magic at his disposal is capable of most anything. Will he hold Arianna in his arms again or is she lost to him forever? Only time will tell.

You will be hooked by the end of the first chapter! Arianna Broun and Ian MacLoman are unforgettable, The MacLoman clan so well written you feel like part of the family.

This historical time travel is well researched, the characters well developed and the descriptions vivid and haunting.
I lost myself in her story for the second time, following the love story of two souls from different times breaching the void to be together. 

This book is available in ebook and print format. Ebook is 2.99, Kindle Unlimited offers it free. The paperback is 7.99.

Fates Monolith Amazon Buy Link
 For more on Sky Purington and her books, click on her website.
Sky Purington- Through Romance Comes Magic
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Pick Me Up Monday-New Release Coming in September!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are now ready for this pick me up. 

As the title mentions I have an upcoming re-release due out early September. The Hunted is a novella introducing the world of witches, demons and angels. Demon Bewitched will be out in 2017. 

I will have an official cover reveal for the book very soon and will announce it on Twitter, Facebook, and of course here on my blog. 

And share with me what is your favorite pick me up is. I am looking forward to it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Books Worth Your Bucks-Hunter Undone by Eden Ashe

This week's offering is Hunter Undone by Eden Ashe.
This is the first book in her Hunters of Willow Creek and a delightful story.

A psychic gypsy. 
A demon hunter living in the shadows. 

Tyler Wade’s entire life revolves around hunting down and killing the things that go bump in the night. 

Shay Evernight embraces everything Tyler fights against. She talks to ghosts, she has terrifying visions of his future, and she’s determined to help Tyler's mother. His long-dead mother.

When the truth of his mother’s disappearance comes to light, demons start popping up around town, and Shay’s visions get more terrifying. Can two people who have spent their lives in the shadows of their secrets come into the light together as war clouds gather?

Tyler Wade is everything dark, dangerous and broody with a huge side of gorgeous. He is shaped and scarred by a past he had no control over. The fact he is back at Willow Creek, where his nightmare began does not make him the least bit receptive to a black haired beauty who has dragged him back to his own personal hell on earth.

Shay Evernight, is a psychic with the ability to speak to the dead, in particular, Tyler's dead mother. She also has prophetic visions which always come true. Living in Willow Creek where the Evernight name is synonymous with bilking good people out of money, it is no wonder she longs to leave the small town. 

When the two meet, of course sparks fly, and all the pent up frustration and animosity Tyler had kept buried for over twenty years bursts from his iron control. Seeking to unravel the mystery behind his mother's disappearance, along with several other women, Tyler and Shay must work together.

Not as bad a thing when the explore the attraction which keeps them glued to each other. Shay's visions turn dangerous as demons start popping up with Shay their target. To save the people Shay loves the two need to work out a plan and fast!

   Tyler and Shay put everything on the line, including their future, in a desperate race against time.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I will definitely read more from this author.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Pick Me Up Monday Interactive-Share What Picks You Up

Happy Monday Peeps,

This should perk you up a bit and start your week right. 

I will be adding a little twist to the blog starting now. I'm interested in seeing what helps you through your week. So I am doing something a touch different. 
Once posted please feel free to share your pictures (no graphic nudity please) on the comments in Facebook, Twitter
or Google +

The subjects I'll pick will not always be sexy men. Instead it can be anything that may interest me. Now, this is interactive. I want you to share with me those things that inspire, and make you smile or downright laugh. 
*okay I will always be happy to see beautiful men too!*

I look forward to seeing what you share.