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Title: Will Shakespeare and the Ships of Solomon

Author : Christopher Grey

Genre: Action/Adventure

Audience: Adult

Formats: Paperback and E-book

Publisher: Pacific Coast Creative Publishing, Imprint: Basilicus Press

Cover By: Pacific Coast Creative Publishing

Editor: Julia DeGraff

Pages: 260

ISBN-13: 978-0-9839641-9-3

Date Published: March 3, 2014



In the fall of 1947, Will Shakespeare saw the world collapse around him. Shakespeare, a secret soldier for the Knights Templar, barely escapes the slaughter of his entire knighthood at the hands of a rogue militant arm of the Vatican in a small Montreal church.

With orders to escort Templar business associate Dorothy Wilkinson back to her home in Bermuda, Will must locate and rescue the most important secret treasure in human history before it is devoured by a hurricane in the watery caves beneath her father's property.

The spiraling quest sends Will and Dorothy into uncovering dark secrets that make up the origins of the knighthood as they confront the traps and puzzles that masterfully protect the world's most coveted treasure.















Sir William Shakespeare lit a cigarette to pass the time. Even through the fog he could make out the silhouettes of the surrounding landmarks in Old Montreal. On this particular overcast day, the city was more akin to London than Paris, from which many locals declared their heritage. Will spent a great deal of time in both cities and could personally attest to the ambiance of each. No matter what the charcoal skyline of this city presented or feigned, it was no doubt as cold as London. His wool overcoat did little to help, and the gray fedora on top of his well-combed black hair only stopped the moisture from disrupting the hair treatment.

Blue eyes scanned the skyline. It was the most interesting place to look. Cowering fog oppressed the Canadian cityscape with little regard for daylight. Traffic down St. Catherine’s was all but extinct. Every twenty minutes or so a distant hum of a car would be complemented by fading headlights as they turned from Union or University, submitting to the thick moisture by employing useless headlights. It was infrequent enough that he could spend a great deal of time examining them as they passed, refracting in dismal displays of frigidity. Pontiacs ... Chevys ... gray ... beige ... black... . Nothing to cause concern.

The humidity was high enough to turn the city into a veritable swimming pool; such was not uncommon for this time of year. Only the day prior a storm passed through, throwing down sheets of incessant rain, taking away fallen leaves and other autumn debris into the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. A frigid day coming out of an even more brisk night cost many Montrealers a pleasant morning. In just a short time, snow would mark the landscape and herald a long winter ahead.

Brown bristles of deleafed deciduous trees from the largest green space in the city combed over the gentle slope of Mount Royal, which stretched, devoid of people, into the throngs of McGill University. A forest of meager but still prominent buildings decorated the campus and lowland shores on the east end of the island, humbly marking Montreal’s downtown area. Not quite in the vicinity of Old Montreal, but close enough to see the Gothic fingers of aged colonial skyscrapers and churches, lay one of the more prized structures in the well-populated Ville-Marie borough. The Christ Church Cathedral, promenading an entire city block, catapulted its own religious testament toward the already aged and humbling skyline. Buried next to McGill’s nineteenth-century manicured campus and amid one of the larger commercial districts of the borough, it was a more permanent marker on the skyline.

Beneath the skyline and at the enclave of the cathedral, Will watched for any unusual activity. Pedestrians were just as scarce as cars, if not more so. No one in their right mind would be walking down St. Catherine’s on this morning. Not unless they were a McGill student or hopelessly lost. It wasn’t St. Catherine’s, Will corrected himself. The locals called it Rue Ste-Catherine O. The French pride here took some getting used to, and even after two years he was nowhere near tolerant enough. Living in Montreal did affect his French, however, and on a good day he could very easily get around using the language. He already had a base from his years in Vietnam, but the dialect was very different. His French-Canadian accent was strange enough that most people didn’t even guess he was American, much less a Connecticut native.

The delicate lights inside Christ Church Cathedral danced from behind stained glass. It was likely quite a lot warmer in there, and as much as he’d like to go in, he couldn’t. His job was to make sure no one went inside who wasn’t authorized by the Order. With the complete lack of passersby, the job was far easier than he’d thought it would be.

The regular churchgoers and staff weren’t a problem, as Will had arranged to have the facility completely vacated three days before. The Order had high contacts within the Anglican Church, and it really only took verification of who they were to keep the facility clear. The staff closed the doors to the public, citing plumbing problems, and ensured that the congregation was well aware of the issue. That wouldn’t disrupt normal services, as everyone would be out by evening, allowing the clergy to prepare for the next day’s sermon.

It was three-thirty the last time he checked his watch, and that was recent enough that he didn’t bother to check again. Looking at his watch too many times made the time pass slower. They’d been in there for four hours—a very long time to watch nothing, although Will was accustomed to this sort of work. During the secret war of the mid-1930s, he’d spent countless hours in the dark streets of Havana watching walls rot. The jungles of Vietnam were no different. Even his work on the Allied fronts of the war kept him at watch more than once. The secret was simple: watch the horizon and focus on points only when there was movement.

Very important men were inside the church at the moment discussing things Will had no earthly idea about. The last time the commanders were all in the same room was the dawn of the war. If the threat of Nazi Germany was the one thing that brought these old men together, it horrified Will to know what had gathered them here on this day.

The 1939 meeting was a much different time, even though it was less than ten years prior. He was still a knight, but the work in 1938 put him on the path to promotion, earning him the prestigious title of turcopolier. His work in Havana with Lucky Luciano and other Mafioso leaders secured private interest in Cuba from rising communist influence. Suddenly wrenched from the secret affairs of the Latin world, Will was dropped directly into the middle of Europe while a madman marched across the landscape. Will wasn’t the only one dispatched. In fact, the crew present in Montreal that day was the very same one that had kept each other alive in the European war. If it wasn’t world war these men were meeting about, Will didn’t really want to know what it was.

The grounds were clean. He and Sam Adams had just completed a fourth sweep. There were six other sergeants patrolling the area. No one was getting through. He stayed with Sam, his prodigy, at the front. There were two men on either side of the cathedral, and two patrolling the perimeter. Will had asked for more knights--or even sergeants, but the commanders weren’t able to bring them back to Montreal soon enough. Many were still supporting the security of Berlin’s occupation, and after recent outbursts in Vietnam against the French, a dozen were placed back there.

His curiosity was piqued, but any guesses on his part would only be speculation. Knowing the meeting took place under the direst of necessities, he also knew that the Order was in great danger. Having all members of the entire leadership in one place was rarely practiced, and for good reason. A secret society needed safeguards in place to ensure the knowledge of its members was not lost. Whatever brought them all to Montreal was no concern to Will—he was a soldier. He didn’t need to know the politics behind his organization. He followed orders as he always did.

Keeping trained eyes on the distant Montreal background, he pondered the location. Out of all the world’s cities in which the Order operated, their base of operations was this somewhat small city in Canada. Knowing the full history of the Order meant it was no mystery. In fact, the city of Montreal was created on the Order’s influence as a sort of Utopian society. Fighting the impulse to use the word Utopian, he reminded himself that the city more appropriately represented the concepts described in Francis Bacon’s novel New Atlantis. Montreal was the center of a New Scotland with high liberal ideals. These concepts were still inbred in the society, it seemed. Just three years prior, there had been great national conflict when the mayor protested conscription for the war. Ottawa put the mayor in prison, and the conscription was enforced.

Will was somewhat dismissive about Canada. He didn’t particularly care for the climate and was accustomed to slightly more exciting locations. Used to being in the center of it all, adjusting to the slow-paced northern life wasn’t without its challenges. No longer concerned for his life whenever he stepped outside his house, and working a somewhat regular job with the Order training sergeants, the days of working the field were sorely missed. He’d also been stuck as a trainer for long enough that he hadn’t managed to make it to his home town, Hartford, since the war. A ping of guilt crossed his consciousness as he recalled Hartford. It had been too long.

Will had been promoted to turcopolier during the war, a fantastic honor and one awarded to only three dozen people in the entire world. He was in command of the sergeants of the Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici and had access to some of the most powerful secrets in human history. Part of becoming a knight in the first place, however, was erasing his old identity. He was now immersed in an ancient tradition and as such operated above any nation or society on the planet. He could no longer be a normal citizen. He took a vow of poverty and of chastity. His old life was over, and a new, secret one had begun. One in service of God and of man. The knighthood faked his death in the war and sent reports home to his mother and sister that he’d died honorably in combat in Germany. He would never contact his family again.

Those were distant and painful thoughts to have on this morning, and so he sidetracked himself by checking the position of his crew. Glancing back, he made sure Adams was still in position. Nothing had changed. As turcopolier, however, security was on his shoulders. He couldn’t allow any of the sergeants to lose focus. The commanders had tightened security for a reason. His reevaluation of the crew brought his attention to another oncoming car.

This one was different from the others. Immediately Will knew it wasn’t a civilian. The pace was too slow as it crawled forward deliberately. The driver was making no mistakes, watching for every conceivable detail. Even in fog, civilians tend to move forward with a flare of recklessness. Content to crouch behind their steering wheels and squint into the white nothingness, they think that by squinting they’ll see something before it becomes a problem. A military person, however, will simply travel more slowly, having built the fog into the mission as a component.

The car stopped precisely in front of the cathedral, close enough that Will could spot the signature maple-leaf Canadian flags attached to the hood—far too showy for his tastes. He had been expecting this car. Ottawa was personally escorting a civilian for the leadership to interview. That’s all he knew. Given the security concerns, he was appalled they’d arrived in diplomatic style. Anyone with half a brain would know something important was happening at the cathedral today. Their low profile was effectively blown.

His face darkened as he watched a man step out of the backseat in a pressed navy-blue suit and yellow tie, black overcoat, and fedora. A public servant, not a spook. Why were they being so careless?

The politician opened the back door and helped out another passenger. Will had taken the vows and he was a professional, but he did take an interest in the woman who stepped out. Short brown hair. Youthful face but with years behind her brown eyes. She was sun-kissed yet dressed like a New Yorker. He allowed himself enough leeway to lose focus for only a second. Long enough to nod and offer an obligatory smile as they approached. But long enough to feel the stab of guilt that inevitably follows temptation.

“Miss Wilkinson, for you, my friend,” the politician said.

Glancing back at Sam Adams, Will gave the unspoken order to hold his position while he escorted the guest. Adams, standing at ease, snapped into focus and put out his cigarette, now being the eyes of the operation. Shakespeare was free to greet the newcomers.

“Good afternoon, Miss Wilkinson, we appreciate your prompt arrival. You are free to go inside.”

Will kept his smile, but it was only an act. He was being polite because she was a civilian, and possibly because she was pleasant to look at, but much more important issues were on his mind. I am not a doorman.

The woman smiled and hesitantly went into the cathedral, looking back at the politician as she did so. As soon as she was out of sight, Will’s smile dissolved into severity. He broke through the politician’s milk-toast expression with an unblinking and official stare.

“You took a public vehicle. Why?”

“I thought your guest should arrive in style,” he said with a high tone in his voice, emoting a certain level of offense.

“Before you leave, remove those flags. Tell the driver to dump the car at the university.”

Now the man was openly offended.

“Wait a minute, sir! Do you have any idea who I am? You are talking to ...”

“An elected official, yes I know. You are compromising our security.”

“Just who do you think you are?” his voice was raised now.

“If you have to ask, you are not cleared to know. Leave the car at McGill’s. Find another way back.”

“This is ridiculous. I’m calling the office!”

Will looked back at Adams with another unspoken order. The sergeant immediately stepped forward and opened his coat. The sidearm was quite visible underneath.

This openly threatening gesture stunned the official into silence. Sputtering and glancing between both men with a reddened face, the Canadian did what he was told, removing the flags and crawling inside the vehicle. Will watched him go with no expression. He only hoped it would be enough. They could already be compromised.

He turned to Adams. “Walk the perimeter again. Make absolutely sure it’s clean.”

Adams nodded and went on his way.

Will reflected on this woman and how she’d arrived. There was no good reason a woman like that would be meeting with the grand master and the commanders. Slamming his mind back into focus, he finished his cigarette and took a good look around the premises. Moving down the steps of the church, he checked around the corner to see if any headlights were approaching.

It was a good thing he did because in the next moment he was forced to pull his gun.








Christopher Grey is an author of fiction focusing on conspiracy theories, secret societies and the occult. His special brand of storytelling dives into conspiracies and the occult from the point of view of the secret societies, attempting to dispel popular mistruths and paranoia prevalent in the mainstream.

Grey's fascination with the secret world began when he was sixteen after a chance meeting with a conspiracy theorist in a coffee shop sometime in the 1990s. The conversation with this man led Grey on a lifelong scholarly endeavor to learn about secret societies and the occult from a skeptical and secular point of view.

Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in various fraternal societies and has sought to explore the undercurrents of human civilization–to uncover the hidden histories and the forces and patterns that have designed what society has become and to demystify the hidden forces in our society that, for so long, have been vilified and misunderstood.











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Way Back Weekend- Sweet Valley

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Most memorable series of my tween years. The Sweet Valley twins, better known as Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. Written by Francine Pascal, the twins were the epiphany of teenagers everywhere. Perfect, drama filled, and unrealistic! Jessica, the boy crazy risk taker, and Elizabeth, the down to earth, academic one. The series began in 1983 and included many spin off series such as; Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley Jr. High, Sweet Valley High: Senior Year, Sweet Valley University, and most recently Sweet Valley Confidential. We basically get to live through the life of these gorgeous blondes, minus their births (that would have made a trippy book!). We even got to see the twins in a T.V series which ran for 88 episodes. I haven’t seen all of the series, but I remember it being quite good! So here we are years later, and a new series has recently come out entitled Sweet Valley: The Sweet Life. I was excited when I read about this series, until I read some of the reviews. They include inconsistencies with the characters with the other series, horrible grammatical errors, and silly plots. While the twins are thirty-something’s in the new series, I have to give it a try! I envied these twins my entire life. I was there throughout their entire life. When Lila and Bruce finally got together, after years of hating each other, I cried! When the earthquake hit and killed Olivia, I was undoubtedly torn apart. If anything bad has ever happened to a person, it has happened to either Elizabeth or Jessica. I can’t remember everything that happened in the books ( I read almost all of them decades ago) but looking back it reminds me of One tree Hill. Everyone backstabbing and hooking up, it is real life! Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we?

In the Sweet Valley High Series, here is what I wish would have happened to my three favorite gals.

(caution may contain spoilers from the Sweet Life Series)

Elizabeth Wakefield: Considering the fact that Todd and Liz were together since middle school, I am a sucker for this type of love. They were broken up in Senior Year, even in the SUV series they kept breaking up and Liz kept going for the bad boys. In my perfect ending, they end up together. It’s such a shame that in the Sweet Life he ends up with Jessica. Really? Then Liz is in love with Bruce? Not cool.

Jessica Wakefield- Out of all the men she has dated, and there were a lot, Jessica and Jeremy Aames were destined for each other. Jeremy was in the Senior Year series, and not in SVU. He was so down to earth, but under the same social pressure that Jessica had, they just fit… then I remembered Jessica in SVU, and then I remembered Nick Fox, the undercover detective Jessica dated. He was murdered, but she loved him so much. They were perfect together. Poor Jessica, so many of her boyfriends were killed. Instead she ends up with boring Todd?

Lila Folwer: Snobby Lila, she really should have ended up alone, but when she and Bruce Patman hooked up in SVU…it was destiny. I don’t remember them working out, but they should have ended up together. In the end Lila ended up with Ken Mathews. Ken was an alright guy I guess. Indifferent.


Hopelessly Devoted To Holden Finn Review

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (2)


There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn.


The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right?


Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …

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Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn


My Rating: 3 stars 

My review 

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. After reading this summary, It looked so interesting. After reading the likes of celebrity type books such as Love Unrehearsed, I wanted to find out what this book was all about. HDTHF is a sweet novel about Bonnie, a thirty something year old single mother who has a crush on rock star Holden Finn. Feeling undeserving of love, Bonnie finds herself in a predicament. Holden Finn wants Bonnie. What’s even worse is she finds herself caught up between three different men! (No spoilers!)

Writing Style: Tennant has a great writing style. The book is wonderfully edited, and consistent. The wit of the characters were hilarious.

Character Development: Bonnie’s development in the book shows a lot. The rest of the characters, I didn’t feel I knew in the end. What was Holden’s driving force with Bonnie? I wish that Paige and Bonnie could have bonded more, maybe over her father or even Holden. Max was more of a side character than Bonnie’s good friend. I would have liked to see some more one on one time with them both to see sparks.

Ease of Reading: This is more of a problem with me and will be different for each reader. I am not British; therefore I did not understand a lot of the slang in the book. There was a lot of slang in this book, and I have read many books set in the U.K. I did find myself distracted by this slang, not sure what it meant and confused.

Storyline/ Subject matter: I was a little disappointed. The book was titled “Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn” though there really wasn’t much Holden in the book, and I wouldn’t really say he is in the book very much at all. It consists of them meeting, him hitting on her, asking her out, then he calls her a few times. There isn’t much of a romance between them. The book is more about her learning to move on and date.

Even though I say this, I want to compare it to something else. Ever picked up a glass expecting juice, only to realize you picked up your child’s cup and got a mouth full of milk? Well, If you haven’t. it sucks, to be expecting something, and get something else. I guess that’s how I felt with this book. From the summary, I expected a different type of book. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn’t been expecting a romance between Holden and Bonnie. Still, this is a good read which I would recommend. I just want to clarify in case someone else picks up the book. I would recommend this book to all readers who want a light-hearted romantic read with slight humor. I give these book three stars. I liked it, minus a few disappointments.



Imagine Dragon Concert and How they inspire me

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Let me start by saying, I love LOVE Imagine Dragons. Their songs have been a huge inspiration to me when writing my novel. Each one spoke to me directly when getting into my character. This show was amazing. The opening act, The Naked and Famous were very good, though it was hard to understand them, don't know if it was because of the mics or what, but I had no idea what they were singing the entire time, but the songs were catchy. When Imagine Dragons came on it was so thrilling. They play a very good live concert, sounds so great and on key. The drummer, bass and guitar solos took my breath away.

Just by listening to the album, you can't tell how talented these guys really are, but on stage they ROCK! The show started about 7:30, we were out of there a little after 11. The show is surprisingly family friendly as well. This was my first rock concert (I'm in my late 20's, I know!), and I wasn't sure what to expect, I wanted to bring my 7 year old but my husband said it was a bad idea, but when we got there, we were surrounded by teens, older folk, young children. I wish we had brought our son. I hope they come back soon because this was by far a great concert! This was on Feb 24, 2014 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

Imagine Dragons inspired my writing, read the novel here!

Ethereal Underground


(caution the rest of the blog may contain spoilers to the book)

While I wrote the Ash POV, I found myself struggling with a male character mindset. Character development is huge for me. I put alot of research and time into Ash. I used Imagine Dragon lyrics as the driving force behind Ash's voice. I used a Co-Worker (who was young and a little immature) as inspiration for getting into a man's mindset. I wanted Ash to be a character people could understand. A man torn between two worlds. There is the need to be part of the world he grew up in (the keepers) and the need to have fun and be free in the Ethereal Underground. He keeps his good emotions tied up, and lives on his anger and violence. My favorite songs are listed below and how they inspired certain parts of Ash.

Fallen- This song fits the fallen so well! I used this toward the end when they were with the fallen, it feels like an anthem sung to the seraphs and humans.

Demons- This song was the first one  I listened too. Ash doesn't feel good enough, doesn't feel deserving of someone as good as Annalise. He is struggling with what is good and bad. He isn't sure who to trust anymore.

Amsterdam- This song inspired the scenes with Jedzia, when Ash is feeling sad, feeling as if he had let her down. Let all the keepers down, blames himself.

Nothing Left to say/ Rocks- This one was used towards the end of the book. Ash has realized that he and Annalise will never work out, that thier world are to different. He wants her, but isn't sure where they go from here. The bond is to strong.

Who we are- What I used when talking about the people of Cabalin, feeling opressed,

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Afternoon Delights Spotlight

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


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Title: Afternoon Delights, Anthology

Authors : Elise Marion, Karen Swart, Emily Fogle, Elizabeth Marx, Elizabeth Kirke, LP Dover, Kimberly Larson, Jenna Pizzi, Morgan Black.

Genre: Romance (from Contemporary Romance to Erotica)
Audience: Adult
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Cover By: Sprinkles On Top Studios
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Pages: 130 pages
ISBN-13: 978 -1310345180
Date Published: Feb 12, 2014


Afternoon Delights is just the perfect size for a literary nooner! Nine short stories to tease your senses, from sweet and romantic, to hot and heavy. Get a taste of why these authors are well known for their romance.


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From Sabella -
Although I tried to avert my gaze, I couldn't bring myself to look away from his beautiful eyes. They pulled me in from the chaos like a lifeline. In the dark blue sea of endless comfort, I was calm and at peace. The last two days of confusion and the whirlwind of emotions were all settled in his eyes.

From The CEO’s Wife-
Blair paused just outside the door to Evan’s office, her heart hammering in her chest. Just on the other side was her husband—her very rich, powerful, sexy husband. When had she become intimidated by him? When had the thought of initiating sex with him become something to worry over as opposed to something fun and sensual?
When she realized she might lose him, that’s when. And now, it seemed like everything depended on what she did next. She needed to prove to Evan that she still wanted him, that she would do whatever it took to save their drowning marriage. She swallowed past the ball of nerves lodged in her throat and placed her hand on the knob. His secretary had told her that Evan was alone in there and had no more meetings until after lunch. Now was her window of opportunity. Yesterday, he’d gone into a hotel with another woman. A slip up she was willing to forgive him for just this once. After she rocked his world, of course. Remind him who he chose, she told herself for the millionth time. Don’t let him get away.
She turned the knob and squared her shoulders, remembering her practiced seduction as she strode into the room, locking the door behind her. Determination kept her chin high and her expression sultry. Confidence swung her hips as she sauntered across the large office. Evan, who had been having a heated conversation on the phone, dropped the handset. Mouth hanging open, he stood. His eyes were wide as they took in her short, blunt blonde bob, fully made up face, black trench coat, and knee-high leather black boots. The heels clicked across the tiles as she came in front of his desk, pausing to strike a pose; legs spread, one hand on her hip.
“Blair?” He smiled. “What have you done to yourself?”
Blair caressed the strands of her bob and smiled. “It’s not what I’ve done to me,” she purred, “it’s more about what I’m going to do to you.”
Evan’s grin widened as he fumbled for the dropped phone. “Carl? Let me call you back.”
Without waiting for a response, he dropped the phone into the cradle and rounded the desk. Blair stopped him before he could grab her with a hand on the middle of his chest. She needed to maintain control of the situation and couldn’t afford to let him touch her just yet. Those hands of his had always driven her wild.
She grasped his silk, blue and grey striped tie and yanked, pulling him behind her toward the desk. He followed happily, his hard body brushing up against hers.
“I don’t know what’s gotten into you, but I like it,” he murmured as she turned him, pushing him to sit on the edge of his desk. He reached behind him, shoving papers and files out of the way and obediently perching on the large piece of furniture.
“I seem to remember you always wanted to have sex in here,” she said as she reached for the belt holding her coat together. When Evan was newly promoted to CEO, he’d wanted to celebrate by taking her in the office, but Blair had refused. She’d been worried that someone would catch them, hear them, think she was trashy for doing it. Now she didn’t give a damn what anyone thought. If Evan wanted sex in his office then he was going to get it. From her. “I take it that’s still a fantasy of yours?”
Blair snatched her coat open, revealing the corset, thong, and stockings beneath. They were black and trimmed in red, Evan’s favorite color. His lower lip disappeared between his teeth at the sight, zeroing in on her breasts—which were displayed gloriously in the cups of the corset top.
“Hell yes.”

From My Beloved, Marie -
I reached down and squeezed the water from the washcloth. “Please don’t, Jacob. I don’t look pretty anymore,” she sobbed. Reaching out, I slowly turned her around, her eyes trying to escape mine. Gently, I washed her arms, and then dipped the cloth in the warm water.
“You will always be beautiful to me, my love. Even weak and underfed, you still take my breath away,” I replied softly.
“How can you say that? Look at me!” She was angry, and I could understand why.
“I am, my love, and I always will. I understand your anger and why you believe you don’t look pretty. But I didn’t marry you because of your looks. I married you because you were the bravest girl I have ever met.” I leaned in and kissed her stomach. “I married you because of those beautiful blue eyes filled with mischief.” I kissed her hip, and smiled as goose bumps broke out under my kiss. “I married you because of your stubborn nature, knowing that you would give me a good fight one day.” She laughed a little, and I kissed her other hip. Slowly, pulling her down on to my lap, I reached for her face and made her look at me. “I married you because you stole my heart the moment you looked at me. Yes, I see your body now as it is, but I also know that with my love and attention, you will be healthy again.” I kissed her on her mouth softly.

From Dinner Break - A More than Magic Series short story
I sighed and opened my eyes.
“I can’t,” I admitted. “I can’t think about anything other than that stupid rec center.” I tried, and failed again, to dislodge him and get up.
“Mm. Not good enough. You know, you’ve been here since eight, right? It’s almost eleven. You’ve been working on that crap for fifteen hours.”
“Jesus,” I groaned. “Has it really been that long?”
“See why I’m forcing you to relax?”
I sighed and leaned forward, until my forehead was resting against his. His skin was almost too cold, but I welcomed the discomfort. It gave me something else to think about. He draped his arms over my shoulders in a loose hug. His fingers ran down my back, rubbing in small circles, until they stopped on a painful knot. I closed my eyes, while he worked at it, and we just sat like that for a few minutes. By the time his skin had warmed up to my temperature, he had worked the knot out and found another. I leaned into his hand, feeling more comfortable and relaxed than I had in days.
“You were right. I needed a break,” I whispered.
Danio chuckled. “I know.”
He moved his hand up my back and pressed his fingers against the taut muscles in my neck. A headache I’d had for hours started to mercifully recede. I opened my eyes and found his dark blue ones looking back at me. They were swirling with a mesmerizing blend of blues; a water elemental trait that I had never expected to be able to decode. But now, every shade and ripple was as clear to me as the flaring reds and flickering orange eyes of a fire elemental. His eyes were splashing with merry, relaxed shades of blue. Yet, I could see a telltale trickle of gray, just ebbing and flowing on the edges of his irises. He was still worried about me.
I tilted my head, just a little, leaned forward, and kissed him.



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E-book of A Garden of Eden by Katie Cowan

clip_image010Emily Fogle was born and raised in Southern California. Her dream and ultimate goal was to get her Masters degree in English and become a teacher with enough time to write, as well. However, she soon found out that the best dreams often come true when they aren’t planned. Instead of fulfilling her teaching goal, real life took over and she married the man of her dreams. She now has an amazing 7 year old son and a beautiful baby boy.
She dedicates the majority of her time taking care of her family, volunteering at her son’s school, and being a Cub Scout Den leader. And though she loves every minute of it, the thought of being a writer still tugs at her heart. So, after the busy days are done and everyone is finally sleeping quietly, she squeezes in time for all the other loves in her life: the characters running wild inside her head.
Now, incredibly, her writing dream is also coming true. Her first novel, Dragon Wars, is being published by Anchor Group. Emily feels sincerely blessed to have been given so much in life and can’t wait to start the next chapter.
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Elise Marion is a lover books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. The Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job includes writing stories about characters that people can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn’t caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen.
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Karen Swart lives in a small town in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. She shares her live with her husband, two sons and daughter. If she isn't reading she is writing.
Her preferred genres are Paranormal and Urban fantasy. Karen specializes in payroll and HRIS systems analysis and development. At the age of 21 Karen's professional success reached its highest platform, an outstanding achievement at such a young age.
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clip_image016Elizabeth Kirke wanted to be an author before she even knew what an author was. She used to say that she wanted to be an artist, but that was only because she was too young to write and had to tell stories with pictures instead. She hasn't stopped writing since she learned how. It wasn't long before she dreamed of becoming an author and couldn't be happier now that that dream is a reality.
If she isn't writing...well, let's be honest; if she isn't writing she's probably on Facebook thinking that she should start writing. But, if she isn't writing or on Facebook, she's probably doing something involving books, baking, gardening, or yarn.
Like most slightly-nosy, avid readers, Elizabeth can't resist trying to catch a peek at books she sees people reading when out in public to see if she can figure out what it is. While doing just that one day, she realized that it would probably be the coolest-thing-ever if she caught a complete stranger reading one of her books. That's her new dream.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is the author of the Forever Fae series, as well as the Second Chances standalone series, and her NA romantic suspense standalone called Love, Lies, and Deception. She lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband, her two wild girls, and her rambunctious kitten Katrina.
Before she began her career in the literary world, L.P. Dover spent her years going to college and then graduated to cleaning teeth, which she loved doing. At least until the characters in her head called her away. She has never been the same since.
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clip_image020Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer—not a decorator—which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.
Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she's not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who've spelled everyone into believing they're really dogs.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there's no town like Chi-Town.
Jenna Pizzi is the bestselling author of the NA Destined series, as well as her romantic standalones Sweet Serendipity and Chance Encounters, and her romantic suspense The Long Road Home. She lives in Massachusetts with her children, her lazy old dog, and three cats that adopted her as their pet. When she is not writing, she loves spending time walking the beach, collecting rocks with her children, or exploring the deep dark woods of New England. When the muse calls and there is a heartstring to pull, you’ll find Jenna creating a world that will touch many lives.
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Morgan Black is a hair stylist by day and hottie writer by night. She walks her dogs in high heels and never leaves the house without red lipstick. She firmly believes in the power of Zen, and does Yoga freely in her backyard, in her favorite set of pumps.
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She also designs eBook covers at Cover Up Designs.

Jenna Pizzi is the bestselling author of the NA Destined series, as well as her romantic standalones Sweet Serendipity and Chance Encounters, and her romantic suspense The Long Road Home. She lives in Massachusetts with her children, her lazy old dog, and three cats that adopted her as their pet. When she is not writing, she loves spending time walking the beach, collecting rocks with her children, or exploring the deep dark woods of New England. When the muse calls and there is a heartstring to pull, you’ll find Jenna creating a world that will touch many lives.
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clip_image026Kimberly Larson, author of the Contemporary Romance novel,"If I Didn't Have You," lives in Southeast, Michigan, with her two gorgeous children who are four and six. She loves to read, especially Romance and Young Adult novels that have that one encounter or connection between two people that is so strong. It keeps you wanting to read about them so much more and you just can’t help but feel it through the reading
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Leviticus Review

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)





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Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Nanotechnology














Science has created a world where anything is possible and everything is affordable.


A world where illness and disease have been eradicated.


What if you could be young forever?


What if you didn’t want to?


Levi Clayton Furstman’s decision not to be inoculated with technology designed to bestow youth and immortality leads him on a journey that forces him to reexamine his relationships, his purpose in life, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.





“The technology for TIN has been around for decades actually,” said the young man assisting Clay. The lanyard hanging around the youth’s neck displayed the words Rudy and Genius.




It had been almost eight months since his family had purchased him an iMeme as a birthday gift and they had finally worn him down and elicited a promise to have the TIN nanochip fitted today. Rudy was explaining how the process worked and it seemed to Clay the young man knew


what he was talking about. Most of the Genius Bar staff did.




“It uses the same technology the physically impaired use to transmit brain signals to a computer to perform specific functions. Your iMeme sits here on your Spot, or wherever you choose to keep it, and as long as it’s within a three-foot radius, it can transmit information to, or receive information from, the TIN, which is really just a cochlear nanochip placed in your inner ear. With two-way communication and the iMeme’s built-in nanocamera, the iMeme can perform any number of important functions.”

Clay was still nervous. “So you’re going to stick something in my inner ear? Right here?” he asked, looking around. “No doctor? No specialist

“Trust me sir, I’m an Apple trained audiologist. I’ve done thousands of these. I simply place this device in your ear and the TIN nanochip will be inserted into your cochlea. Takes just a few moments.” Rudy put a smile on his face to try to reassure Clay.

“That’s the problem, Rudy. I’m not too hip on you puncturing my eardrum with that thing. I mean, don’t doctors say that only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow?”


“Sir,” Rudy responded. “The PSD will barely enter your outer ear.”


“PSD? What’s a PSD?” Clay asked.

Rudy was clearly working to retain his patience. “Sir, the PSD is the Placement and Syncing Device,” he said, showing Clay the object in his hand. It looked to Clay like an ear thermometer with a small cable hanging off its lower end. Rudy pointed to the small tip protruding from the top of the PSD and continued. “A nano-needle extends from here into your inner ear and to the cochlea. The needle itself is thinner than the proboscis of a mosquito. Not only will you feel absolutely nothing, the procedure is so safe that even if the TIN were misplaced, there would be no harm done to you.” He saw the look of doubt on Clay’s face and added, “The TIN won’t be misplaced. I promise.”




Rudy put the PSD to Clay’s ear, pressed a button. Clay closed his eyes, expecting the worst. He felt absolutely nothing. A hopeful thought that the PSD was broken crossed his mind. He opened his eyes and turned to Rudy.




“Listen, if there’s a problem, I can always come back.”




“I’m sorry Sir. What was that you said?” Rudy asked, involved in hooking up Clay’s tiny iMeme to the cable dangling off the lower end of the PSD.




“I said,” Clay started and then jumped slightly when he heard a gentle whisper in his ear.




iMeme now activated: November 13, 2021. 5:43 p.m.




Clay spun around to see who had spoken to him, but quickly realized it was no one, simply his iMeme communicating to him. Clay flushed slightly with embarrassment as he noticed Rudy grinning. Clay wondered whether everyone reacted as surprised or whether Clay was the random oddball. The idea of being looked upon as some sort of fool annoyed him. “What if I want to take the chip out?” Clay asked.




A puzzled look crossed Rudy’s face. “Take it out?”




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Daniel Seltzer holds a J.D. degree and a BA in English. He also holds an MA in Bioethics and previously worked at a major university researching the ethical, legal and social implications (“ELSI”;) of nanotechnology. It was while working there that the idea for this story first took shape.




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I received this copy for free from the author in exchange for my honest review. I first picked it out because I love dystopian novels, and I love novels that push the imagination asking "what if?"


The novel started out slow for me, the first chapter being a bit more violent than my normal liking. I kept wondering Iraq and the war had to do with the novel. I am not a fan of war novels, but instead of skipping past if, I sucked it up. I'm glad I kept reading because as the novel progressed and the story began, I got sucked into this futuristic society that told me You can definitely tell that the author did his research, because it is very believable. Not to get off of topic, but I recently watched a movie with a horrible futuristic society, where there was no crime...not believable! Yet in this book, we are in a technological society and I can very well see us becoming more dependent on corporations. Its scary when you think about it. The main character, Clay, is very well developed and you get good insight on what is going on in his head. Without giving away to much (because I hate doing that in reviews), I enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something dark, and thought provoking then this book is for you. I give this book four stars, only because the plot is a little slow to get started which hinders the writing structure, but still highly recommended!! I passed this book on to my husband to review as well.

The Babysitters Club

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Going way back this weekend. We all read the books growing up, fell in love with the characters, watched the movie dozens of times. I think I had the movie memorized and my shelf was filled with hundreds of BSC books. I was a book junkie growing up, so as part of my "WAY BACK WHEN" weekend series, each weekend I will feature a different book series I loved growing up. I will show little known facts, tidbits,and memories we can all induldge in.

The Babysitters Club. By Ann. Martian. (Written from the late 80's all the way to 2000)


1. The Mary Anne character was based off of the author. ( Mary Anne  was my favorite character, her and Dawn! )

2. The series had a lot of spin offs. ( My favorite was called California Diaries, about Dawn and her life back at California. This series was much deeper and for an older crowd.)

3. The author quit writing at book number 58, after that the ghostwriters took over. (Okay, well at least she has the guts to tell us, unlike Charlene  Harris, that piece of crap still won't admit she didn't write the last two books. I won't go off on that rant now)

4. The movie, who can forget the movie. of 95 and the T.V series of 1990. Some of these gals are famous now, some are...just not. I will always have a place in my heart for Larisa Oleynick, I loved the Secret World of Alex Mack!!!!

5. These a graphic novel???? What. You have to be kidding me. Like a graphic novel reading man is going to pick up BSC instead of the walking dead and be like " oh, babysitter, this is hot"


1. I would never let a middle schooler watch my kids.

2. I would never let a middle schooler watch my kids.

3.  Who in thier right mind would let a middle school watch thier kids?

4. I hated Little Sister, Karen. Such a whiney baby. "My parents are divorced, now i live in a mansion and my big sister is so cool. i wanna babysit as well." SHUT UP LITTLE SISTER, KAREN!

Fan fiction....people have written fan fiction.

and last, but not least, I will leave you with this 

Stay tuned for next week, Sweet Valley High...

Lost In Us

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)





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Lost in Us by Layla Hagen

Publication date: February 17th 2014

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance



Serena has learned to live with her past, locking her secrets and nightmares deep inside her. But when her boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she’s catapulted back into pain, nursing a broken heart. When indulging in mountains of chocolate doesn’t work, Serena decides the best way to deal with her shattered heart is to indulge in something else. A rebound . . .


The night she swaps her usual Sprite for tequila, she meets James. The encounter is breathtaking.


And best not repeated.


James is a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A man who has amassed a fortune by taking risks. A man who has shunned commitment completely, and still does. He’s the exact opposite of Serena. But sometimes opposites attract. Sometimes they give in to burning passion. Sometimes opposites are perfect for each other.


James is everything her damaged soul could want. His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. He makes her forget. He grants her peace from her pain. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn’t the only one with a past. James carries the scars of a past much darker than hers. One that has left him damaged, hurt, and wary of love. A past that gives him the power to shatter her.


Now James and Serena must find a way to mend one another. Or risk losing each other forever.






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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.


I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.


I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.


And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough


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Leadership and Redemption Series Spotlight

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (1)


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Leadership and Redemption

Book One

Michael Cantwell, CCIM

Genre: Fiction, fantasy

Publisher: KSM Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615725741


Number of pages: 292

Word Count: 95,068


Book Description:

Caeles Novo has lost count at how many times he has have taken a soul. He now fears his actions are not saving his existence, but damaging it. It is a painful transition when you question if your life has been a lie

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Leadership and Redemption

Book Two

Michael Cantwell, CCIM

Genre: Fiction, fantasy

Publisher: KSM Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615838359


Number of pages: 302

Word Count: 87,067


Book Intro

Do you believe own a soul? Caeles Novo and his disciples know you do. If you don’t appreciate all that has been given to you, Caeles will steal it. He has removed the souls of musicians, stock brokers, fashion models, star athletes and hundreds of others. However, he is at odds with others like him who want to retain the stolen souls because their own existence is dependent upon the power derived from stealing dark souls. Caeles Novo wants to offer redemption to souls who want a second chance. Within his own ranks, greed has taken over. His disciples have decided it’s more important to run the world’s economy and accumulate wealth than to adhere to their original mission of removing dark souls from society. The only people Caeles can turn to are a doctor who wants to kill him, a woman with three distinct personalities and his wife who never listens to him. Good luck.

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Michael Cantwell, CCIM (1958-present) is an author and commercial real estate agent in Florida as well as a published photographer. He was born in Ft. Campbell KY, raised in Trenton, NJ, graduated college at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He now resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. He is married with three children and one dog. He loves music and is a Miami Marlins, Dolphins, Panthers and Heat fan. He also enjoys strolling Florida with his camera at hand. He has served on many board of directors and volunteered many hours as a coach for baseball and basketball as well as for Junior Achievement in many schools around South Florida.

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Tallent & Lowery Series by Amy Lignor

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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and the author that is writing their story!

The Hero's Companion

Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery have seen it all, utilizing everything they have to survive. But now, Leah’s father has gone missing and they have only seven days before he’ll be killed. The only clue to follow is a picture of one of the most famous icons of all time, and a strange map hidden in her father’s desk. This new mystery will take them from the pinnacle of the Acropolis to the depths of Cleopatra’s caves in order to unmask the man who has a score to settle.

In a location that’s been buried under rock for centuries the battle will begin, and the team will have to face the one foe that will expose secrets and unleash unheard of power in order to get what he wants. ‘The Hero’s Companion’—the one woman who will do anything to make sure the right side wins, will fight the good fight; but without Gareth, her time may just run out.

The Sapphire Storm (Tallent & Lowery, #2)
The Sapphire Storm

After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters of Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery are exhausted. But a terrifying journey awaits…

When Leah arrives home her sarcasm burns even brighter, but a frightening call from Gareth’s sister changes the course of their holiday event. A new puzzle from the past has come to life, and involves a world of liars, killers and greed.

The heart-stopping suspense takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra in search of a cave that once housed a true ‘Illuminator’. They must find the answers to one of the biggest mysteries while staying one step ahead of villains who are determined to make sure that, this time, Tallent & Lowery do not survive.

There are two choices for Book I of the Tallent & Lowery adventure series to be released by Suspense Publishing on December 1st! Here's the 'Vibrant' choice!13

In 1902, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that’d been set in stone thousands of years before.

In 2012, Leah Tallent, Head of Research at the New York Public Library, is about to unearth the secrets left behind by this crew by joining a crazy man on a fanatical quest. Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact; twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept.

The fantastic duo is soon immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the eerie Winchester House to the darkness of Loch Ness, they quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists...Hell.

Tallent & Lowery Book #4: The Charlatan’s Crown

From defeating the worst of mankind to solving puzzles that have eluded others for centuries, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery must now follow a new trail to stop a madman from resurrecting a mighty Reich.

Although dead men supposedly tell no tales, the duo continue to follow clues left behind by true powerbrokers from Hell, and now they stand on the precipice of an infamous castle used by those who thrived on hate and terror.

Fighting for their lives from deep inside a labyrinth, they’ll stand atop a stage where an angel of death spoke to the masses, and climb to an ‘Eagle’s Nest’ to come face-to-face with a new enigma; a master puppeteer who’s pulling the strings on a monumental scheme they never saw coming.

Amy Lignor began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing in New England. Working in the publishing industry for decades, she is now the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion which offers full editing, ghostwriting and proofreading services.

Not only is Amy a bestselling author, she has been inducted into the ITW – International Thriller Writers Org. and is a writer/contributor for many companies, including: Authorlink; Humor Outcasts; The Feathered Quill; Bookpleasures; Suspense Magazine, as well as a variety of literary periodicals. She has been the head writer for Be First, Inc., and has just become the Editor-in-Chief of a new imprint: Hallowed Ink Press

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Until Next Time (The Angel Chronicles, #1) Gilded Wings (The Angel Chronicles, #2) A Privilege (The Angel Chronicles, #3)

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The Tallent & Lowery Interview

Part III

“Okay…lightning round.” Leah sat up straighter, as she watched Gareth’s stunning smile appear. “Mr. Lowery: What place would you like to visit right now?”

“Our bed,” he answered, raising his eyebrow. “You?”

“I’ll give you that one.”

Gareth grinned. “What’s your favorite word, Ms. Tallent?”


Gareth reached out and put his hand over her mouth. “You know, for a librarian I would assume you’d be more of a wordsmith.”

“How about, ‘Bite Me’?” Leah grinned. “Yours?”


“That would make sense, considering what we’ve seen.”

Nodding, he took Leah’s hand. “Tell me about Gareth Lowery in the simplest of terms.”

Without a thought, Leah replied, “Honest, smart, funny, kind…”

“Don’t forget hot.”

“…And hopelessly faithful,” Leah ended.

“You mean faithful.”

“No. I mean hopelessly. You believe in good things and always seem to have faith in the unseen.”

“After all this, you still don’t?”

Leah opened the card catalogue in her mind and stared at the images of everything from the vicious lion to the Gate to the site of the most bloody murder of all time. In each, the belief in Gareth’s eyes had never waned. “I have faith in you, Lowery. That’s enough for now. But I suppose minds can be changed.”

“Should I describe you?” Gareth asked.

“We’re not supposed to cuss, remember?“

Pulling her into his lap, Gareth’s voice dropped to a whisper, “Leah Tallent is ridiculously intelligent, funny, charming, unbelievably beautiful, and the most loyal person I’ve ever met.”

No matter how much evil they had left to face, or how many strange locations and impossible puzzles that were still out there for her and her hero to solve, there was one thing Leah knew she would never be able to explain or understand…and that was the pure love that came from Gareth Lowery’s kiss.

Leaning her head into his chest, Leah sighed. “Hey, Lowery. I say we skip this thing and go to the place you most want to visit.”

“Race ya!”

Catching Heat Review and Author Interview

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)


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So, what have you written?


My series, Feeling the Heat, is published by Carina Press and to date I have four books in that series: Love in the Afternoon, The Winning Season, A Christmas for Carrie (novella) and my current release, Catching Heat.


Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)


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What are you working on at the minute?


Currently, I’m working on two additions to my series, a novella featuring J.T.’s brother, Jake, and a full-length novel featuring two characters introduced in my second novel, The Winning Season.


What genre are your books?


Contemporary romance


Do you write full-time or part-time?


At this stage of my career, I still need to work a full-time job for financial reasons, so all my writing is done during my time off from work (weekends, evenings, etc.).


Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?


I tend to do a loose outline of the plot, but if something along the way causes me to veer off course I go with it to see where it ends up.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.


I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a kid. My favorite authors are: Julie James, Susan Elizabeth Philips, Joseph Finder, Rachel Gibson, Maggie Osborne, LaVyrl Spencer and Sue Grafton.


What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?


When my first book was published I read reviews religiously. Not a good idea, at least for me. I found some of them had a tendency to make me doubt myself. Now, three books later, I’ve come to the realization that not everyone is going to like my books and it’s best for me to not read reviews unless I’m specifically linked to them by a blogger/reviewer, or a friend.


What advice would you give to aspiring writers?


Learn your craft, write as often as possible and don’t give up!




Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?


Say what’s on my mind. Never speaking again is not an option. lol


Would you rather be forgotten or hatefully remembered?


If I’m hatefully remembered at least there’s a chance that in the future it will be discovered that I wasn’t so bad after all.


Would you rather eat a stick of butter or a gallon of ice cream?


That much of either seems like a stomach ache waiting to happen, but I’d have to go with the ice cream. I’d enjoy it more before stomach ache.


Would you rather never use the internet again or never watch TV again?


I’d get rid of the television, then watch my favorite shows on the internet. Problem solved!


Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars?


Since I haven’t found it yet, I’m going with true love.

My review of Catching Heat

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never read anything by this author, but the summary caught my eye. Unplanned pregnancy, baseball players, and falling in love? Yes, my type of romance! This is a novel about Angie and J.T. whom shared a passionate night that results in an unplanned pregnancy. When Angie loses her job, J.T's offer of marriage becomes more appealing. Angie wants nothing to do with ball players, and J.T wants nothing more than to be there during every part of his child's life. The writing style of Packard is well-written and clear. She makes the characters witty and believable. She is able to back up every "what if" question I had. So many times, I read a book, only to be like "What in the hell are you thinking???" I didn't feel that way with Catching Heat. I fell in love with both the characters. I didn't guess the ending either. (No spoilers) but I figured J.T would do something...and it never happened. Nothing better than a book that keeps you guessing! A marriage of convenience isn't that far fetched. It happens! I love the character building. I promise you- you will see the characters grow and change from the beginning to the end. Even the minor characters are believable, and they don't distract from the story. From Angie's jerk of a mother to J.T's investigating brother, each character helps the story progress. I read the book in one sitting, pulling an all nighter (which i rarely do these days since I have to be at work at 7am) then went out and bought another book from this great author! I give this book 5 stars, because its a believable love story that made me laugh and cry.

I won't give away any spoilers because I hate when i accidentally read something, but Packard has definitely gotten me hooked!

Book Summary

Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.


J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.


Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

The Star Catcher

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)




Book & Author Details:


The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes

(The Star Child #3)

Publication date: November 10th 2013

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult



Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.


Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.


Cali has been taken…


Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?


Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?














Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she's still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!


When she's not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she's best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.


Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy


Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), both released by Inkspell Publishing. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, The Star Catcher.


Vampire Academy Review

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

With book crossovers, you never know what you are gonna get. Will the movie meet my expectations? A reader already has a picture in her head, so it's up to the producers to successfully show it to the world. After a series of disappointing book based movies, City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, and Ender's game, I had almost given up on. Bad casting, horrible acting, and tacky plots plagued each crossover. I have been watching the casting and film development of Vampire Academy for over a year, and when it finally hit the big screen I was there opening day excited to see what Mark Waters had in store.

Casting- The movie was very well casted. I originally had some doubts about the actress who played Lissa, but after seeing her I was blown away. She was able to keep Lissa's love and innocence while learning to control her spirit. Rose was very witty and funny, something that Rose defiantly is. Dimitri looked older, scary, and his accent was amazing (from what i hear the actor hardly spoke english when he started!) Natalie was intriguing, but OMG Christian was the one who blew me away. Christian needed an actor who was an outcast, and in pain. Someone who would love Lissa for who she was and he was everything I had ever imagined him to be.

One could tell that the movie didn't have the biggest budget, but they had some pretty good special effects. They successfully were able to show the different races. The red eyes of the Stragoi, and the pretty awesome courtyard of Vampire Academy were just what i imagined. They also kept pretty true to the book, with the most important scenes from the book highlighted.

The only con is that I felt if I hadn't read the book, I may not have been able to keep up with all the rules and lifestyles of each race. Guess what? I now know how to successful say Mori and damphir and Strigoi, and yes, I have been pronouncing it wrong for five years. In all, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Great cast, great acting, beautiful school, all put together to satisfy this VA fan.


If You Only Knew

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Is the past about to destroy the future for Faith when she discovers her new boyfriend and her first love are in business together?


Would you have the courage to feel the fear and fall in love anyway...?


Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as she has been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.


Then Zane and Matt arrive on the scene as the new owners of the Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre.


Dating Zane, she soon discovers he’s not the Mr Perfect she thought he was; and why is he so reluctant to talk about his past?


As for Matt – well, to Faith he isn’t Matt at all because he was a completely different person when he broke her heart all those years ago.


With her new boyfriend and her first love running Carrdale as business partners – Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets – Faith struggles to keep the peace between them whilst trying to figure out how she feels about the two men in her life…


Main buy links for book:


*Crooked Cat Publishing


*Amazon UK




*Amazon USA






This couldn’t be happening.


Zane had said his business partner was called Matt. She was sure of it. Yes, he’d definitely just introduced him as Matt. But the man standing before her wasn’t Matt.


It was Aaron.


Faith wiped her hands on a tea–towel. She wanted to speak, but couldn’t get her brain into gear enough to make her mouth form the words.


She’d thought Aaron was gone from her life.


It looked as though she was wrong.


She took a step back, wrapping her arms around herself. Suddenly she felt cold and shaky. Aaron was back? This was impossible.


Yet here he was, standing in her kitchen. She felt dizzy and light-headed.


How should she react? Should she admit they knew each other? Why had Aaron changed his name to Matt anyway? Would he prefer it if the fact they knew each other was kept quiet?


But she knew she couldn’t keep something like that from Zane.


As she debated what to say and do next, the room remained awkwardly silent. Zane was looking at her questioningly.


What should she say?


Come on, think, woman. Think.


Too late. Aaron spoke first.


“Faith, it’s amazing to see you again after all these years.”


OK. So he didn’t want to keep it a secret that they already knew each other.


“Aaron,” she managed to say. “This is a bit of a shock.”


“That’s an understatement,” Matt said, stepping forward to pull her into a hug.


“Hang on a second,” Zane said, pushing into the room. “Aaron? That’s your proper name isn’t it?” He raised enquiring eyebrows at Matt. “What’s going on? You two already know each other?”


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Reservation by Rachael Wade

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Reservation by Rachael Wade

(Preservation #2)

Publication date: March 6th 2013

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance



A sequel to the Amazon bestselling romance, Preservation, told from Ryan’s point of view.


Old Habits Die Hard.


Ryan Campbell is not only leaving his title of Professor behind to move on to bigger and better things at Simon and Warden Publishing, he’s also become Seattle’s rising literary star. Sitting on the overwhelming cusp of newfound fame, he learns soon enough that being popular has its downside.


Attracted to the buzz surrounding his new career, former lovers begin to creep back into his life, and potential ones emerge with enticing advances. While he works to juggle reserved, yet stressful, wedding plans with Kate and his new public image, he has enough to manage without worrying about Carter and Dean—Kate’s loveable albeit eccentric friends—and their latest shenanigans.


Surrounded by a lifestyle that includes temptation at every turn, Ryan finds himself immersed in a world full of scandal and lies, where his oldest weaknesses thrive and his ghosts return to haunt him. Questioning whether his life with Kate is his best path, he must discover if he’s still capable of being the man he aspired to be when she first became his, or if happily ever after is only an illusion.









Decadent Kane Author Interview

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (1)

So, what have you written?


Ribbon of Darkness (Book 1 in the trouble with elves series)


Tempting Clover (Book 2 in the trouble with elves series)


I also keep a blog, several journals, and a notes/research idea book.


Where can we buy or see them?


Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?


I used a typewriter when I was younger. Strangely, I wasn't a huge fan. I do most writing long hand. There's a sense of being connected to what I'm writing- like it's more personal, intimate.


I also type on the computer, but this has a different feel to it.


For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?


I prefer paper back. E-books are ok, useful at times specially if I don't want to lug books around. Hard back, well they're a bit stuff.


What do you do to get book reviews?


Give out free book ARCs to readers for an honest review when my book releases and then go to individual blogs/book reviewers and request reviews.


How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?


I feel I have done a good job. My original goal had been to get reviews before my release day, and that worked well.


What is your favorite quote?


"Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions." - John Morley


What is your favorite movie and why?


My favorite move is A Knights Tale with heath Ledger. I like the hope, strength, and love that is in the story plus the bantering back and forth between the leading lady and the leading male is very amusing.




Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?


Say something on my mind


Would you rather be forgotten or hatefully remembered?




Would you rather eat a stick of butter or a gallon of ice cream?


Ice cream


Would you rather never use the internet again or never watch TV again?


Never watch TV again


Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars?


True Love

Chasing Angel by J.L. Weil

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Book & Author Details:


Chasing Angel by J.L. Weil

(Divisa #3)

Publication date: January 3 2014

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult



Chase Winters is one of a kind.


That doesn’t mean he still doesn’t get on my nerves more days than not, but his arrogance is starting to be sexy. Together our bond grows stronger, and so do we.


Just as we hurdle one obstacle, two or three more pop up. Go figure. It isn’t enough that Emma once again hates our guts, now Travis has decided to go all demon-zoid on us. I could hardly blame him though; he had lost the girl of his dreams—again.


After everything that we have endured, I am not the same girl anymore. Not since the day I met Chase. The icing on the cake—there is a new player in town, and he is not human. Hell has decided to pay Spring Valley a visit, and Chase and I are their first stop. Our quiet little town was about to shatter.


Of course there is also our rare bond to factor into all of this, and the pesky last piece. Or maybe it isn’t as pesky as it is combustible.


Soul. Heart. Body.


Oh dear God…


Don’t miss Saving Angel, book one in J.L. Weil’s The Divisa series!
















I am the author of New Adult & Young Adult Paranormal Romances, Post-Apocalyptic and Fantasy novels including the Amazon Best Sellers Luminescence Trilogy and The Divisa series.


Most of my books are for ages 16+. They usually have what I consider the good stuff—sexual content (oh yeah) and swearing. You have been warned ;)


I reside in the Windy City with my husband and two awesome boys. I am a book lover of epic proportions and usually favor romances, fantasies and happily ever after’s. I have a serious addiction to Love Pink clothes and raspberry mochas from Starbucks. (yum!)


To seal my geekdom, I am a gamergirl. Skyrim, Guild Wars 2 and Call of Duty are my current game obsessions. My boys think I'm a noob. I am a total camper, and proud of it.


I hope you enjoy my world!


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Regency Romance Spotlight

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)




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clip_image002[4]Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball




(prequel novella)




Author: Arabella Sheraton




Cover Artist: Dawn Marsh




Editor: Elaine Golden

Ebook Designer: Cera Smith

Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

 Audience: romance lovers


Formats: e-books (pdf for hosts)




Publisher: MUSA Publishing




Pages: 68



Ebook ISBN13: 978-1-61937-548-2




Date Published: 01/02/2013




Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. When her young friend comes to stay for a London season, Patience decides the eligible Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for her guest and determines to see the pair united. So why is Patience anything but happy when the pair seems to actually like each other? And, when a mysterious Valentine corsage arrives, who will Patience discover is the anonymous admirer?




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Patience continued in a fierce whisper. “Rejection? I think not, your lordship. That man should rejoice in the knowledge that he is loved, truly loved with a burning passion that the lady might be too shy to reveal.”




He caught her by one hand. “Too shy to reveal? Oh, Miss Cherwell, you have given me such hope. Do you think she fears this passion might not be reciprocated? Does she fear rejection?”




“Oh, yes,” she breathed. “Just think what it means if a woman displays emotion to a man, sentiments that others might consider unseemly. They would judge her harshly.”




“But she must not care what others think,” he said in a voice that sounded strangely hoarse, as if he struggled with some repressed emotion. “If only she knew that he reciprocates her ardour with a consuming love that he would give anything to reveal. He burns inside for her touch, her approval, her consent, and for the slightest indication that he may proceed without fear.”




Patience gazed deep into his eyes. “He may proceed, my lord, without the slightest fear and secure in the knowledge that he is loved beyond all bounds of propriety, that the lady would give anything to find herself at one with him, joined to him irrevocably in life and love!”




“And what about an age difference?” he whispered. “What if the man is more than a few years older than the woman he loves? Will their love endure?”




Something squeezed her heart as his words meant the final confirmation of his adoration for young, beautiful, vivacious Lorna. Twenty years was a big gap between Lorna and Lord Blackwood. However, an age difference was not so important, not when two people loved each other. She owed it to her friend to encourage him. She had to press on, no matter if the task broke her heart.




“What is age,” she whispered back to him, “when two minds think as one, two hearts beat as one, and two bodies are joined as one. The union of mind, body, and spirit transcends age.”




Patience breathed hard as she spoke, and he continued to stare at her. He did not speak, and his face, already so dear to her, was as familiar to her as her own. Every detail of his features burned into her consciousness. She was floating, uplifted by a thrilling throbbing of blood in her veins, by an intense feeling that overwhelmed her. She leaned towards him in an alarmingly intimate fashion. A mere hair’s-breadth separated their faces. The tiniest movement from either of them would bring their lips together. She sat back and he released her hand.




“Pardon me,” he said. “I was captivated by the fervour, the strength contained in your reply.”




Patience, flustered, looked around for the charcoal she had dropped. “Oh, my apologies, your lordship. I am not sure what came over me to speak so freely about…er…matters of love. I am sure you consider me forward or impudent.”
















clip_image005[4]The Lady’s Revenge








Author: Arabella Sheraton




Cover Artist: Dawn Marsh




Editor: Wendy Clements




Ebook Designer: Cera Smith




Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance




Audience: romance lovers




Formats: e-books (pdf for hosts)




Publisher: MUSA Publishing




Pages: 187




Ebook ISBN13: 978-1-61937-638-0








Date Published: 11/10/2013

















Lord Charles Blackwood and Miss Patience Cherwell have continued on their path of newfound romance, following Charles’ disclosure of his love for Patience at the Valentine Ball. Indeed, all indications point to their inevitable engagement and marriage. Until Miss Letitia DeVere returns to London after a mysterious two-year absence, shocked to find her former admirer and almost fiancé, Charles, near proposing to another woman. Letitia is not a woman to give up what she wants easily, and she wants Charles back. Letitia has a dark past, full of secrets that could ruin her newfound social success. When Charles proves to be less malleable to her seduction and wiles to lure him back than she had expected, Letitia realizes she has real competition. Patience is not one to sit back and let Letitia take the man of her dreams away without a fight. Patience sees through the lies and tricks Letitia spins, but refuses to play her rival’s games, hoping her own forthrightness will not only win the day, but the hand and heart of the man she loves. But who will Charles choose?



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She ran lightly to the other side, lifted the covers, and slipped into bed, winding her arms and legs around his body. Oh, his hard, muscular body felt so good; the sensation of his skin on hers made her gasp with desire. She’d forgotten how appealing, how irresistible he was. In all their passion, she had never touched his naked flesh. His prudish sense of discretion had made him impervious to the temptation of anything more than long sucking kisses and much fondling, albeit clothed.




Letitia enjoyed only seconds of the pleasure before he leaped out of the bed like a scalded cat, grabbed the poker from the fireplace, and held it out in front of him.




“In God’s name, what is this? Who are you?”




Letitia reached for the candle and lit it. His body was magnificent, like a statue of those Greek athletes she’d seen in galleries. Not an ounce of spare flesh, only rippling muscles… She had waited so long for this and just the sight of him meant it would be worth it. Her body tingled as a thrill of arousal flared.




He stared at her in total horror. She stared back, her smile fading as she realised he was not at all pleased to see her. His conservative ways had clearly come to dominate his thinking while she had been absent.




“Letitia? What on earth are you doing here? Naked? In my bed?”




She sat up, pulling the sheets around her breasts. She pouted in a provocative way. “If I’d known you’d be so displeased to see me I wouldn’t have bothered.”




“Displeased?” He laid down the poker and shrugged on his dressing gown. “I’m stupefied.” He fastened the cord of his gown securely. “You must leave at once.”




She reached out to him. “Don’t be silly, Charles, I’m here for you tonight. We can consummate our love now. We can be together. Let’s forget the nonsense about the portrait. We can make passionate love, and then we can marry. It’s what you always wanted.”




She fluttered her eyelashes as she looked up at him. “It’s what I’ve always wanted…”




His face was grim. His eyebrows drew together in a harsh line.




“I wanted it once, Letitia, but no longer. I have seen a side to you I find hideous, even shocking. I will not marry you, and this cheap ploy will get you nowhere.”




He grabbed the covers and yanked them off the bed. She laughed, and made no effort to cover her body, but he averted his eyes. “I suggest you get dressed right now, and I will take you back home where you belong.”















clip_image007[4]About The Author-




Arabella Sheraton grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, Arabella has found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. She also loves history and generally finds the past more fascinating than the future. Arabella wrote her first Regency romance to entertain her aged mom who loved the genre. Arabella is honoured to share the adventures of her heroes and heroines with readers.







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