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  • Book Shout-Out: SPIRAL OF HOOVES by Roland Clarke

    Posted By on February 24, 2014

    SPIRAL OF HOOVES by Roland Clarke

    Spiral of HoovesRoland Clarke is a retired equestrian journalist and photographer, who used to be a regular contributor of articles and photos to various equestrian media. In 2000, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which clipped his wings as he was unable to meet deadlines so easily and found it increasingly hard to attend equestrian events.

    Roland Clarke’s , Roland’s beautiful prose will leave you romancing nature. Read this exciting novel and follow Armand Sabatier’s journey in trying to forget his painful past by creating a new life for himself on a beautiful stud farm, only to be lured by the need to uncover truths and to protect the innocent, tumbling directly into the hazards of trust, friendship, and love.

    Roland lives in Kent, England with Juanita and their two cats Willow and Kefira. On his website, Writing Wings — www.rolandclarke.com — he signs his Blog as The Silver Scribbler, a clue to his age and hair.

    Excerpt from ‘Spiral of Hooves’

    “The stallion reared suddenly, as if bitten by an angry insect, and Odette fought to control the bucking animal. Clumps of snow dropped from the overhanging branches, splattering the woman’s burgundy jacket. White snow merged with the red, creating a vision too much like seeping blood. Armand’s head reeled. A confusion of images hit him: an unseen force thrusting the rider towards the torrent; the horse bolting for home in a whirl of hooves; a white-clad figure with a crossbow dissolving into the blizzard. The howl of a wolf echoed in his head. The snow swept in and whipped around Armand as he fought against the storm in his brain, forcing back the terrors the cyclone might resurrect from his past. He struggled down the slope to reach Odette, but she had vanished.

    The whiteout descended, blanketing any evidence that might have remained, leaving Armand bewildered and uncertain as to what he had witnessed. Now, his panic was building, reawakening the haunting memory that had never faded from his heart. He was back in another country, helpless, as he watched a broken body struggle for life, and the blood on his hands spilled on trampled snow.”

    BLURB: In Canada, researcher Armand Sabatier witnesses what could be the murder of groom Odette Fedon, but traumatic images from his past smother his memory, and a snowstorm buries the evidence. Harassed by nightmares but fighting through them, Armand remembers the crime a few months later. By then he is in England, where he is dragged into a plot involving international sport horse breeding.

    Suspecting everyone around him, Armand is forced to brave the past that he has kept buried. But what made Armand leave France? Where did he learn to survive and fight for justice? Why is the English rider Carly Tanner treading the same path as the first victim, Odette?

    If you are tempted to read more of this murderous mystery, visit: http://rolandclarke.com/spiral-of-hooves/ Or to purchase a copy, visit: Amazon International | Amazon United Kingdom | Barnes & Noble

    DANGEROUS WATERS: Interview with C.M. Michaels

    Posted By on February 3, 2014

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    About the Author
    C.M. Michaels

    C.M. Michaels

    C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel.

    He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. Dangerous Waters, the first book in the Sisters in Blood series, is being published by Freya’s Bower on September 5th, 2013. C.M. is currently working on the second book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance.

    When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife. An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor and Tessa Dawn.

    C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Contact: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 

    Do you write about what turns you on?

    I write in the genres I love to read. While my books do have some steamy romantic trysts in them those scenes are not what motivate me to write them. I usually start with a high level idea for a series, kick it around for a while to refine it, do a lot of up front research, define the supernatural powers/characters and then put together a detailed plot arc for the first book.

    If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

    My specialties are homemade three cheese meat lasagna and Granny Smith apple pie. I really enjoy cooking, although I don’t have the time to make things from scratch as often as I’d like anymore. It’s been years since I’ve made my mother’s spaghetti sauce.

    Are you a romantic?

    I like to think so. I don’t buy flowers or jewelry regularly but we still go out on weekly dates after being married for 17 years, and we love spending time together. We are each other’s best friends and soul mates.

    Do you listen to music when you’re writing?

    Sometimes I’ll listen to mood appropriate music for the scene I am working on to help set my frame of mind, but once the words start flowing the music is turned off. I generally find it distracting, as it pulls me out of the dialogue and scenes that are running through my head.

    Do you ever read your stories out loud?

    All the time. Once I have finished my initial edit on a scene the next step is to read it out loud. It really helps me to flag sentences that don’t sound natural and paragraphs that just don’t flow together. When I finish a chapter I do the same thing.

    Dangerous Waters

    Dangerous WatersFor Emily Waters, a nature-loving, small-town girl with an overprotective father, heading off to Boston University to study conservation biology is a dream come true — until a chance encounter catapults her into a mythical world she’d do anything to escape.

    The latest victim in a rash of abductions near campus, Emily is brutally attacked before being rescued by a powerful new friend. She survives the ordeal, only to find herself held captive and presented with an impossible choice. While preparing for the unimaginable life she must now embrace clues soon emerge that Emily may not be entirely human, and her physical transformation awakens goddess-like powers that her new family cannot begin to explain. Dealing with her human first love, the not-so-platonic relationship with her coven “sister,” and her new vampire sort-of-boyfriend further complicates matters, not to mention being secretly hunted by the psychopaths who attacked her. And as the only known offspring of a once all-powerful race, the climactic battle is only the beginning of her journey.

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    Book Shout-Out: ETERNAL NIGHT

    Posted By on January 3, 2014

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    “What makes Kerrion’s writing so compelling is the beautifully flawed characters that find themselves in unexpected relationships…these kind of character level conflicts make Kerrion’s writing so deliciously addictive.”—Noor A Jahangir, Author of The Changeling King

    “Everything you want in a great story. Love, intrigue, action, betrayal, and understanding.”—Ch’kara Silverwolf, Author of Daughter of Light and Dark

    Alone for a millennium, since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears to be at an end when her consort’s soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy.

    Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampire, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker.

    Furthermore, Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the icrathari and the vampires.

    As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: what is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?

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    With Tera beside her, Ashra strode forward. A wall of vampires parted to reveal the other two icrathari, Siri and Elsker. A dark-haired human slumped at Elsker’s feet, his wrists cuffed behind his back. Ashra stifled a chuckle. Surely Tera was overreacting; the human was by far the weakest creature in the chamber.

    Tera knelt down, wrapped her fingers into the human’s hair, and pulled his head back. The human’s face was handsome enough—the slash of his cheekbones accentuated his perfectly proportioned, sculptured features—but taken as a whole, he was not compelling enough to justify the fuss.

    Ashra shrugged. “You’re wasting my time, Tera.”

    Apparently undeterred, the icrathari warlord shook the human hard. His eyes flashed open. They were brilliant green, the exact color of the emerald ring Ashra wore on the index finger of her right hand. His gaze was unfocused, and the reflexive narrowing of his eyes matched the clenching of his jaw, hinting of wrenching pain.

    Tera looked up and met Ashra’s gaze. “Taste his soul.”

    Ashra recoiled, her upper lip curling in disgust. She had no desire to taste a human’s soul. Over the centuries, humans had grown weak, their small lives consumed by superstition and fear. It was better to live on the edge of perpetual starvation than fill her hunger with the pitiful excuse humans called a soul.

    “Go deep,” Tera said.

    But why? Ashra’s brow furrowed. She glanced at Siri and Elsker, but the two icrathari shrugged, apparently no more clued in than she was. She looked back at Tera. The icrathari warlord known as Ashra’s Blade was the epitome of calm understatement. If she was so insistent, she must have had a reason.

    Ashra knelt beside the human. Without flinching, she placed her hand against his muscled abdomen. It was bloody, his flesh ripped by a vampire’s talons.

    The man tensed at her touch, and his eyes flared wide with agony when her soul-sucking powers leeched into him. His breath came hard and fast, his chest heaving with the effort as he twisted in Tera’s unyielding grip, trying to break free.

    Ashra’s eyes narrowed. The human was weakened—tapped into his life source, she waded through his dazed thoughts and shivered from the echo of each spasm of pain that wracked his body—but still, he fought Tera on the physical plane and Ashra on the psychic dimension, denying her access to his memories and to his soul.

    She frowned and slammed her will against his, tearing an anguished scream from his throat, but still, his will did not crumble.

    Askance, Ashra looked at Tera. “Did you taste him?”

    Tera nodded. “It wasn’t hard the first time; he didn’t know what to expect, but apparently, he does now and is doing a fine job of fighting back.”

    Was that grudging respect she heard in Tera’s voice? “Does his soul really matter?”

    The icrathari nodded again.

    Ashra’s shoulders shifted with the motion of a silent sigh. His resistance left her with little choice. She leaned forward and glided her lips over his in a whisper of a kiss.

    Human myths spoke of succubi and incubi—demons that, with a touch, could stir lust in their unwilling victims. All myths were based in reality. The maddening beauty and soul-sucking powers of the icrathari had spawned the legends of succubi and incubi. With a touch, the icrathari could lure their victims into a state of sexual ecstasy, bending the will and baring the soul.

    The human tensed against Ashra, resisting the intimate contact. She almost recoiled. Had the centuries dulled her innate powers? Surely she had not forgotten how to lure a man.

    She closed her eyes and remembered love.

    As always, Rohkeus’s fine-featured face—those beautiful gold-flecked green eyes, so unusual for an icrathari, and teasing smile—came to the fore. With a dreamy half-smile, she deepened the kiss, driving the memory of love before her like a sharpened stake.

    At last, the man relaxed, succumbing to the kiss. She leaned into him, heedless of his crimson blood staining her white gown. He was warm, feverish even. Just skimming over six feet, he had more than twelve inches on her, but his physical strength, compared to hers, was puny. She was well aged; over four millennia old, she was the oldest of the icrathari and the strongest. She could have broken his neck with as little effort as a human child snapping a twig.

    Her hand trailed across his muscled torso. He made it easy for her to be gentle. His body trembled as if he longed for her. His mouth was hungry for her kiss. He arched up against her, as if craving more. His need was like a living creature, wild and aching for her touch.

    Eyes closed, Ashra shivered. Only one other person had desired her as much.

    And he was dead.

    She forced her way through the memories of pale bodies tangled upon cool silk sheets. When her soul-sucking power leeched out, it found no opposition. Images of the human’s life rewound in a blaze of vivid sights, sounds, and sensations.

    Ashra looked up at Tera, her smile little more than a barely perceptible curve of her lips. “He fancies himself the protector of the child of prophecy. Was she among those taken tonight?”

    Tera nodded.

    Ashra chuckled, the sound without humor. “It’s a pity her genetic heritage wasn’t sufficiently superior to prevent her from being culled.”

    “There’s more. Go deep.”

    She pushed past the blackness at the start of his memories, expecting deeper darkness. Instead, the colors shifted into shades of ochre and gray. Memories, older than his body, resided in his soul; memories of an Earth long since lost to them—a planet surrounded and nourished by water; images of tall buildings glistening beneath a benevolent sun, and of thriving cities filled with the bustle of humans; memories of quiet and intimate conversations beneath a silver moon, the same silver moon that now graced Malum Turris with its light, though a thousand years older and viewed only from beneath the protection of the dome.

    She saw herself as he must have seen her, a much-younger icrathari, still hopeful for the future, never realizing that the Earth they had all known and loved was irretrievably lost. Had she ever looked that vulnerable? Had her smile ever been so beautiful, so filled with love as she looked upon—

    Rohkeus?” Oh, blessed Creator, was that stricken whisper her voice?

    ~*~

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    HO HO HO!

    Posted By on December 26, 2013

    Just a quick one to say Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my followers and blog buddies! May 2014 be the best year yet! See you in the New Year!

    Book Shout-Out: BLOOD FROM STONE by Frances Fyfield

    Posted By on December 18, 2013

    Blood From Stone

    by Frances Fyfield

    on Tour Nov 25 – Dec 25

    Book Details:

    Genre: Crime Thriller
    Published by: Witness Impulse
    Publication Date: 11/26/2013
    Number of Pages: 336
    ISBN: 9780062301864
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    Synopsis:

    Marianne Shearer is at the height of her career, a dauntingly successful barrister, respected by her peers and revered by her clients. So why has she killed herself? Her latest case had again resulted in an acquittal, although the outcome was principally due to the death of the prime witness after Marianne’s forceful cross-examination. Had this wholly professional and unemotional lawyer been struck by guilt or uncertainty, or is there some secret to be discovered in her blandly comfortable private life? Her tenacious colleague Peter Friel is determined to find out of that last trial held the reason for her taking her own life. The transcript holds intriguing clues, but it is another witness at the trial who holds the key to the truth.

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    The trial had gone wrong on her, with the right result, certainly, one achieved through exploitation of weakness, legal argument, bullying, manipulation and luck. The suicide of the prime witness could only be called a misfortune. A thoroughly professional hatchet job on her part, in other words. It was for the prosecution to prove their case and for her to destroy it; she had done the latter but the result would not cover her with glory simply because it would be seen as an outrageous piece of cruel luck, rather than advocacy.She would not want to say goodbye. She would never want to see him again, but he was fresh out of jail and for the first time he was leaving the court via the front door and not via the prison van. The prison van, he had told her, was an exquisitely uncomfortable mode of transport, like traveling on the inside of a human time bomb complete with molded plastic seats and manacles.

    Author Bio:

    “I grew up in rural Derbyshire, but my adult life has been spent mostly in London, with long intervals in Norfolk and Deal, all inspiring places. I was educated mostly in convent schools; then studied English and went on to qualify as a solicitor, working for what is now the Crown Prosecution Service, thus learning a bit about murder at second hand. Years later, writing became the real vocation, although the law and its ramifications still haunt me and inform many of my novels.

    I’m a novelist, short story writer for magazines and radio, sometime Radio 4 contributor, (Front Row, Quote Unquote, Night Waves,) and presenter of Tales from the Stave. When I’m not working (which is as often as possible), I can be found in the nearest junk/charity shop or auction, looking for the kind of paintings which enhance my life. Otherwise, with a bit of luck, I’m relaxing by the sea with a bottle of wine and a friend or two.”-Frances Fyfield

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    Book Review: KING OF BAD by Kai Strand

    Posted By on December 17, 2013

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    King of BadJeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

    He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it … bad?

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    Review

    I was hooked by the premise of this book: people with supernatural abilities that develop in their teens, X-Men style, are either born as superheroes, or super villains. Jeff, a juvenile delinquent, discovers his superpowers, and is recruited into the Super Villain Academy, where kids are trained to harness their abilities, and taught how to be good at being bad. But when Jeff starts developing good manners, he wonders if he’s bad enough to be a super villain … or if the line between superhero and super villain is really that clear after all.

    I found a likable protagonist in Jeff, the bad boy with a streak of good and lots of charm. The supporting characters in the book, namely Source, Oceanus, and Jeff’s dad, are all interesting and also likable in their own ways.

    Strand created a fantastical yet feasible world where young people with extraordinary abilities are recruited into secret training academies to train the world’s next generation of superheroes or super villains. The descriptions of the different classes students have to take at the academy kinda reminds me of a Despicable Me/Hogwarts hybrid school. It was great fun to read!

    Having said that, after the fun and surprises of the story, I found the ending a bit of an abrupt anti-climax. Without revealing spoilers, let’s just say that everything was tied up too neatly in a convenient little bow. Considering this is supposed to be the first book in a series, there are no juicy unresolved issues that would compel me to pick up book 2.

    Additionally, although I felt the premise, setting, and writing style of the book was targeted at the Middle Grade, there are some rather steamy and suggestive scenes that seem inappropriate for readers of that age. As such, I’m more inclined to class this as Young Adult, which is a shame, because I really think that Middle Grade readers would love the superhero/super villain world created by the author.

    In summary, despite the disappointing ending, King of Bad is a fun read, and could have been a great Middle Grade book, but for some (in my opinion) inappropriate scenes.

    4 stars!

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    Book Shout-Out: CUT SHORT by Leigh Russell

    Posted By on December 9, 2013

    Cut Short

    by Leigh Russell

    on Tour Nov 25 – Dec 31, 2013

    Book Details:

    Genre: Mystery & Detective; Women Sleuths
    Published by: HarperCollins
    Publication Date: Nov 26, 2013
    Number of Pages: 300
    ISBN: 9780062325594
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    Synopsis:

    The park – a place where children play, friends sit and gossip and people walk their dogs. But in the shadows, a predator watches, waits – and chooses his first victim. But someone has seen the killer and come forward as a witness – someone who the killer must stop at all costs. For detective Geraldine Steele it is a race against time to find the killer as two more bodies are found. A gripping psychological thriller introducing Geraldine Steel, a woman whose past is threatening to collide with her future.

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    He scrabbled at brittle leaves with clumsy gloved fingers then, crouching low, wriggled through the bushes. He glanced around to make sure no one was watching before he trudged away along the path. He’d been clever, careful to leave no clues. No one would find her in the park. It was his secret, his and hers, and she wouldn’t tell. He had no idea who she was, and that was clever too. It meant she didn’t know who he was.
    He hadn’t chosen her because she was pretty. He hadn’t chosen her at all. She was just there. But she was pretty and he liked that. No woman had looked at him since school; she had stared into his eyes. She only said one word, ‘No!’ but she was speaking to him and he knew this was intimacy, just the two of them. It was a pity he wouldn’t see her again, but there would be others. It was raining hard. He sang softly, because you never knew who was listening.
    ‘Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven, like the first dew fall, on the first grass, praise for the sweetness of the wet garden…’
    The rain would wash her clean.

    Author Bio:

    Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. For many years a secondary school English teacher, she is a creative writing tutor for adults. She is married, has two daughters, and lives in North West London. Her first novel, Cut Short, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award in 2010. This was followed by Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead and Fatal Act, in the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel series. Cold Sacrifice is the first title in a spin off series featuring Geraldine Steel’s sergeant, Ian Peterson.

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    Interview with Emily Kimelman of the Sydney Rye series

    Posted By on December 2, 2013

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    Introduction
    Emily Kimelman

    Emily Kimelman

    Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.

    Her “Sydney Rye Series” are dark murder mystery novels which features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

    The first four books in Kimelman’s series, UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE and STRINGS OF GLASS are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

    If you’ve read Emily’s work, and enjoyed it, please let Emily know. You can reach her via email

    Contact: E-mail | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

    What are 5 things within touching distance?

    Pillows, my husband, my computer, my notebook, my dog.

    Do you have a crush on anyone?

    Yeah, my husband. He is SO cool.

    What is your least favorite word?

    Don’t have one.

    What part of the writing process do you dread?

    The days when I don’t feel like it. When all I want to do is go watch Nashville but there are no new episodes.

    What is your favorite joke?

    The knock knock joke where the punch line is “orange you glad I didn’t say Banana.”

    The Sydney Rye series

    Syney Rye seriesThe Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

    Books 1-3, The complete Series Box Set (Value Pack)

    This box set includes all three of the Sydney Rye Books.

    UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)

    When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

    But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim–and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

    When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit–cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

    DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)

    At the beginning of Death in the Dark we find Joy Humbolt hiding, not only from the law, but also from her past and the mistakes she’s made. Living this isolated life doesn’t last long though when a visit from Mulberry brings Joy to accept her new identity as the Private Detective, Sydney Rye. To complete the transformation, Joy must learn to control her emotions as well as her giant aggressive dog, Blue. With the help of an expert trainer, Joy learns to fight with her mind as well as her body. However, when the daughter of a close friend is brutally murdered in the desert, Rye turns away from her mentor to seek revenge. Sydney’s quick temper and deadly intentions lead her into a trap that she will need all of her new skills to survive.

    INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

    The third book in the series begins with private detective Sydney Rye living a simple, disciplined life in London, but when a dangerous man from her past calls, Rye finds she cannot turn him away. Robert Maxim explains that the daughter of a powerful friend has gone missing and he wants Rye to find her. In exchange he offers her something she had given up hope of ever having; freedom from her past.

    With her dog, Blue, at her side, Rye meets up with her new partner, a handsome man she’s not sure she can trust. Heading for Mexico City, they go undercover, posing as husband and wife. After meeting with the bereaved parents, Rye starts to sense that there is more going on than just a missing girl. But it isn’t until they arrive in the Yucatan Peninsula, hot on the girl’s trail in Paradise, that all hell breaks loose. Sydney has to reach out for help from old friends and deal with the consequences of her past, if she’s going to find the girl and keep them all alive.

    New release! STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

    http://viewauthor.at/EmilyKimelmanSTRINGS OF GLASS is the fourth novel in Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye Series of dark murder mystery novels. This series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

    Sydney Rye is hanging out in India with her boyfriend, Dan, reading paperbacks and sipping beer. No violence and no reminders of her past. But when she and Blue, are attacked by a pact of wild dogs, Sydney starts to feel that old itch again; to do good by being bad.

    Trouble finds Rye when she stops the attempted rape and murder of Anita, a reporter working on a story of corruption and human trafficking. The atrocities Anita describes send Sydney, Blue and Dan on a quest that takes them across India after a dangerous and, up until now, untouchable, figure. While Sydney struggles to accept her true nature she realizes that it is the only way to end decades of abuse and exploitation. But Rye fears that she will lose herself, becoming no better than the monster she fights against.

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    Book Shout-Out: FLICK by Keira des Anges

    Posted By on November 28, 2013

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    FlickLeanna Matthews enjoys flying below the radar. She does well in school, has a few close friends and hides the fact she’s an astral-traveling telekinetic. But there’s no escaping her creepy dreams or Simora, the bizarre little spirit lady, that suddenly pops out of nowhere to warn her against keeping secrets and predicts an encounter with a sinister evil. For the first time in forever someone … or something … is on to her.

    But life turns around when Leanna meets Piper one sunny afternoon. She’s inexplicably drawn to him, almost as if she’s been waiting for him to come. Forbidden to have a boyfriend Leanna throws caution to the wind, lying to her family and friends to be with him, while ignoring Simora’s ominous message.

    Yet Piper has a secret of his own. He is on a mission and Leanna, unwittingly, is the key.

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    Leanna Matthews craved for ordinary in the least extraordinary way. She enjoyed a few close friends, shopping at the mall and perhaps a nice romance novel every now and again. Routine was good, early mornings were better…and life was extremely complicated.

    She squirmed restlessly in Biology – the final, insufferable class of the day – listening to Ms. Alvarado drone on-and-on about non-polar bonds in her last, torturous act of the term. Somewhere between ‘atom’ and ‘electronegativity,’ Leanna nodded off, nearly conking her head on the desk while daydreaming of summer vacation: shopping, beach, friends, shopping, vacation, shopping, sun, shopping, but not necessarily in that order.

    Someone snickered from behind, no doubt amused by her wobbly head, as her eyelids grew heavier. Shut-up Ms. Alvarado, she thought bitterly. Thank God that in less than 20 minutes ninth grade would be officially over! School, and all its stupid inhabitants (present company included), would be history for a good two months; or rather two months too short – but it didn’t matter. Somewhere a beach chair sat waiting on white, fluffy sand and a plane ticket had her name stamped all over it. The fun was just about to begin!

    Or so she thought.

    That next morning, instead of awakening to the sweet taste of freedom, Leanna lay whimpering, shivering feverishly in her sleep. She curled tightly into a knot as a tiny beam of light crept through the shutters while she slept, casting eerie shadows on the wall – one of which grew abnormally in size until completely encircling the white canopy bed.

    About the Author
    Keira des Anges

    Keira des Anges

    By day, Keira des Anges has the distinct pleasure of assisting teenagers with disabilities find employment, empowering one life at a time. By night, she is a chew toy for her dog and cat and avid reader of anything spooky, magical and totally out of this world. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband and two kids.

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    Thank You! Gratitude Giveaways Hop

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    As our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving, it is time once again for I Am A Reader‘s annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop!

    Here are some things I am thankful for this year:

    1. Baby Martin! :) (he’s almost one now!)
    2. My new job
    3. Our move home

    It is so true that when a door closes, a window of opportunity opens. I would not have considered moving home had my UK visa renewal not been rejected. Likewise, I couldn’t have moved without first getting a job. I could not have gotten my new job any earlier, as the school has only just opened. And with all the new schools cropping up back home, Baby Martin has plenty of options when he’s older.

    The timing for everything could not have been more perfect!

    We’re settling down well in Malaysia, so I just had to participate in this year’s Gratitude Giveaway! I’m not a religious person, but I do believe that some universal force must have been involved for everything to have fallen into place so well!

    This giveaway is also to say a big THANK YOU to all my followers for being patient with me. I know I’ve not been blogging regularly, and writing even less, so thank you so  much for sticking with me! (And if you don’t already know, I have a super-sekrit 5-year project in the works, so new releases are on their way!)

    Here’s what’s up for grabs:

    1 x Book of your choice from Amazon (up to a value of £10 or $15)

    The giveaway is international. All you have to do to enter is…

    Let me know in the comments below how you follow my blog.

    That’s it! Simples! :) I will pick a random winner when the hop ends on 30 November.

    And do check out the other blogs participating in this giveaway hop. There are plenty more goodies you could win!

    Good luck!

    Oh, and do check out the giveaways on these participating blogs:

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