Monster or hero?
My name is Larkspur and I was born in the Colony, a labyrinth of tunnels and caves miles beneath the surface designed for prisoners. Being born among the criminals isn't an easy childhood. But I have a secret, my nails turn into sharp claws. I learned early how to fight dirty, hide well and never trust. All too soon, our world changes. Something happens to the prospering world above. The criminals desiring freedom and revenge push toward the surface. Me among them.
Humanity needs a hero, now more than ever, but all they get is me, a monster from the darkness.
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Read an Excerpt
Tate sat beneath the covers, his iPad propped up against raised knees as he scrolled down the screen. His brow furrowed as Clay climbed in next to him. “Look at this. Rick’s sent me the police report from Dixon’s case. No one could find them earlier in the station. He made a stink about it and hey, presto. Now we have it.”
Clay picked up his reading glasses from the bedside table, unfolded them, and perched them on his nose. “What am I looking at?” he enquired, peering over at the tablet.
Tate’s finger moved across the screen as he pointed out areas of interest. “The man who alerted the cops didn’t find the body himself. He saw a severed hand, and what appeared to be a costume, then called the cops.”
Clay blinked. “But Dixon wasn’t missing any hands.”
Tate nodded. “I know. Turns out it was a prop, something used in a previous production of who knows what. The place was full of old stage stuff.” He ran his finger across another area of the report. “The cops checked it out, just in case, and they were the ones who discovered the real live body.” He sniggered. “Well, not live, but you know what I mean.”
Clay did. His partner’s dark and often twisted sense of humour was entertaining even if sometimes it bordered on being downright scary.
Tate frowned. “They found Dixon in the basement, still dressed in his fox costume. He must have had his suit on underneath, because, look here.” Tate pointed to what looked like an amateur mobile phone shot. “There’s a cufflink right there.”
Clay leaned in and sure enough, there was a gold cufflink in the shape of a fox in the right shirt cuff. “Hmm,” he mused. “The report says he’d collapsed there on the spot. Then the doctor on scene confirmed it looked like a heart attack and that was it. No bloody post-mortem or anything.” He rubbed his chin thoughtfully. “He must have been boiling in his suit and the costume. I suppose it was a cold night, and it was raining, so that might explain it. I’d be interested as to why no one saw a man dressed as a fox walking down to the theatre. I mean it’s not that far from the club, but the area is populated.”
Tate nodded. “I wondered about the lack of witnesses too. Someone should have seen something. And how could the cops not find the death suspicious, even a little, when the man was wearing a fox costume over his suit?”
About the Author:
Susan attained PAN status with the Romance Writers of America with her first M/M book, Stripped Bare. She’s currently a member of The Society of Authors in the UK, and the Authors Guild in the US. She enjoys being a member of Queer Romance Ink, All Author, Book + Main Bites and the Paranormal Romance Guild.
The ‘Unofficial’ stuff
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert) walks in the countryside, a good G &T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.
Her chequered past includes being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking), and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.
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Read an Excerpt from Deadly Purpose:
Meg blinked open her eyes and took a minute to focus. To gather her thoughts. The cabin. She was at her dad’s cabin. She sat up slowly, wincing as her muscles protested. She fingered the woolen blanket draped over the sleeping bag. It was the Hudson Bay blanket that had covered her bed as a child, cream colored and with its distinctive stripes. A small bottle of Tylenol and a glass of water sat on the coffee table.
She froze when she saw the man sitting in the chair, dark eyes focused on her.
Meg held his gaze for a long moment, decidedly uncomfortable to find he’d tended to her while she slept. A blanket, pain meds. It wasn’t only the odd intimacy, but the fact that she hadn’t awoken when he’d gotten that close.
She cleared her throat. “I’m sorry, I don’t remember your name.”
“Right. Declan.” Unusual name, she thought, wondering if he was Irish. She glanced to the windows. Through the narrow slit in the curtains she could see the blackness of night. “What time is it?”
“After seven. You’ve been asleep over two hours.”
“Wow. Okay.” She shifted to sit up and swung her feet to the floor. “Excuse me.”
She rose slowly, and when her legs remained steady, made her way to the door tucked under the staircase. Even moving carefully every muscle in her body reminded her the battle against the flu had yet to be won.
The door opened to the bathroom, looking better maintained than she remembered. Her father’s habit had been to let things go until they absolutely had to be dealt with or risk falling apart. Minutes later she returned to the living room and found the man, Declan, she reminded herself, had placed a wide-brimmed soup mug on the coffee table, steam rising from its surface. A spoon rested beside it. He stood beside the fireplace, arms crossed in front of him. She was beginning to suspect the frown was habitual.
“Stew. Eat it.”
It smelled amazing, rich and fragrant, but she absolutely hated accepting help from anyone. “I have my own food.”
The question surprised her only because she hadn’t expected him to ask. He’d been so gruff before, so adamant she didn’t belong here. Added to the blanket he must have thrown over her sleeping bag, checking to make sure she had food almost felt like he cared. And she was an idiot if she was looking for caring from a stranger.
She reached over and unzipped the side pocket of her black bag. Fishing inside, her fingers brushed the smooth leather of the holster and the cold metal of the Colt .45 pistol before wrapping around plastic packaging. She pulled out the Kind bar and zipped the bag closed, then held it up. “This.”
Shaking his head, he said, “Eat the soup.”
About the Author:
A native Southern Californian, Diane enjoys nothing better than summer. For a high school history teacher, summer means a break from teenagers, and summer allows her to spend her early mornings immersed in her current writing project. With both kids living out of the house, in addition to writing, she enjoys camping and gardening with her husband.
Diane loves hearing from her readers.
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You grow up. You get married. You have a family. At least, that’s what Malea Winters believes she’s supposed to do. So why is it that every time she comes close to finding that happily ever after, she runs? When she meets Garrett Taylor, she warns him that she’s not the marrying type because history has shown that long-term relationships are not her forte. She has a tendency to leave when things get too serious; the direct result of being raised by an emotionally detached mother and a stepdad with philandering ways. So she swore off men and surrounded herself with her best friends; three quirky, funny women who are facing challenges of their own. But Garrett is everything she’s ever looked for; charming, successful, fun, and sexy. Despite her better judgment, his persistence pays off and she finds herself falling for him. Learning how to love and be loved will be the hardest lesson she’s ever faced. The question is, will her relationships survive that lesson?
Interview with Michelle Bellon
Michelle Bellon is a wife and mother living in the Pacific Northwest. Marie sat down with her and asked her a few questions, here's what she had to say:
Q:How much real life do you put into or influences your books?
A:I think all writers interject bits and pieces of themselves into their characters and the stories they write. My very first novel was written as a work of fiction but it was based off real events that occured in my young adult life. It's a very personal story. That's the only one that has a lot of real life aspects to it. The rest of my books have been 100% fiction, however, each and every one has flavors of my personality and experiences in them. All writers say to write what you know. So that's what we do. Even when writing fantasy we weave little nuances of our own thoughts and opinions into the characters. That's what make them ours.
Q;What is the hardest part of writing for you?
A;Right now, it's simply the fact that I don't have the time to write anything new at all. I'm working as a Director of Nursing, which is very demanding, while also going back to school to further my degree. And raising children...so yeah...I'm busy. And that's sad, because while most things in life tend to drain us, writing is what gives me fuel. It feeds me. I WILL eventually get back to it. Hopefully as soon as I'm done with school.
Q:How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)?
A:Man, that's a tough one. There's no rhyme or reason to how I choose my titles. Once in a blue moon the title will come to me before I even start writing the book. But more often than not, I struggle to find the right title. Naming things is hard. I'm surprised my children and dogs have names. Once I thought I had a great name for a book but my publisher and editor insisted I rename it for marketing purposes. That was a learning experience.
Q:What is your favorite genre to write?
A:Though I'm a multi-genre author with titles listed under YA, women's fiction, suspense, and literary fiction, I am finding that I really enjoy writing suspense/thrillers. I love the way it forces me to write in an active voice and always be striving to move the story along through action. It's challenging and fun to build the tension.
Q:Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone?
A:I very rarely ever speak about my books while I'm working on them. I'm not sure if it's superstition or if I just want to keep all those creative juices flowing and to myself while I work out the details, but that's how I do it. It's almost like I need to keep it all bottled up so I can feed off the suspense of getting it all out onto paper. It's like if I talk about it, it will be anticlimactic and dissipate. Is that weird?
About the Author
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four quirky and beautiful children. She loves coffee, Superman, rollercoasters, and has an addiction to chapstick.
She works as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. As a multi-genre author, she has written in the categories of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards. You can visit Michelle’s website at http://www.michellebellon.com/
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Ms Bellon back list book: Linda
Casey is on the hunt for a traitor but he/she strikes first and she’s plunging from a plane when an idiot tries to save her. Hothar has found his mate and will do anything to protect her? Even as the bad guys mount …
I loved Casey! She’s fierce and badass and telekinetic. Hothar is a Coletti warrior and when he meets his mate, he has a hard time keeping his hands off her. They are a fabulous together, push and pull. The heat factor is smoking. There’s also action and adventure of the traitor. There’s also some great humor and that had me snorting. The author creates an interesting world with lovely nooks and crannies that are explored throughout the series. Hothar’s Folly is another great addition to the Coletti Warlord series. This is a mix of genre’s so there is something for everyone.
Hothar’s Folly is a must read!
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An ecopy of Hothar's Folly: Tammy
$10.00 Amazon card: Lisa
Prize list book: Sherry and Renee
Casey is a detective but she has a secret, she's killed a man.
That's the opening line of the blurb. How awesome does that sound? I couldn't wait to read this book. Casey and her friend, Diana are both in the cross hairs of dangerous. Diana finds out about this town that is in the middle of nowhere, not on any map, and is supposed to be for people who want to dissappear. When they arrive, they find out a detective is just what they needed because there's a killer on the loose. Who's telling the truth? Are these residents victims or criminals?
This book is told from the point of view of Casey and I think that really brings the mystery to a great peek. She has no idea who to trust and everyone, EVERYONE, has a secret. Even the hot sheriff that is both annoying and compelling. There's a sweet romance between them that I wish became a bit more heated. There are a couple of things that Casey does that made me roll my eyes. It's the only reason for not getting 5 stars. She's a cop with a traumatic history some of her reactions to things just don't make sense such as the guy following her in the parking lot. She assumed and ignored, really?! There is so much amazing in this book though. Rockton is such an interesting idea. I love the characters, they all have depth and secrets and shadows. The mystery is fantastic! I was stuck between two characters on who is the killer. Luckily, it is one of the two.
If you love romantic suspense then City of the Lost is going to be a highly recommended read!
After reading the blurb and the title…you know what to expect. This story delivers. Bryn needs to escape her ex. Charles, is vindictive and connected. When a court order doesn’t work, Bryn's distraught. A female friend suggests a week’s vacation at ‘Surrender’ a modern-day Fantasy Island. Bryn specifies two men and the resort delivers a tropical castaway theme with two sexy men.
The sex is scorching hot. The two men, Den and Mike play the master role. Bryn, pretends amnesia and goes by the name Sirena, as the submissive. The sex scenes are … HOT, with most permutations covered including ménage and mild BDSM, flogging. You may need gloves to read this one. The bad guy is Charles, the ex. All you know about him are Bryn’s thoughts. By the end of the vacation, she believes she has moved beyond him but he is waiting for her. The only reason this is a recommended read and not higher is the conflict between Charles and Bryn. Considering the build up through the story, the ending isn’t climatic enough. It's over and done way too quickly and Bryn ends up with ... you'll have to read and find out!
Highly recommended. Wanton Surrender is a fun, quick and easy read which delivers.
You can take the boy out of the country...
...but a new country can definitely get into the boy, and make him explore new territory he never dreamed of.
Johnny Fabian isn't entirely happy with his life but isn't planning on any radical changes as he deals with the fallout of divorce and keeping his business alive in small town California. However, he's not averse to a change of pace when offered a free trip to a tropical destination from nice-guy Nelson O'Keefe, the local veterinarian but he never thought a change of pace would turn out to be a complete 180 in sexual orientation.
I'm not certain how many straight guys can actually turn gay overnight, but at least Johnny puts up a fight before getting pulled headlong into the vortex of gay abandon all around him at a secluded resort in St. Maarten. Johnny approaches his situation logically and with deep thought and self-examination before allowing himself to fall in love with another man, giving the book some believability and non-GLBT readers like me a comfortable entry point into the story. The only uncomfortable moment is when the author refers to a book by Jane Austin. Ahem, that's Jane Austen. (Please, if you're going to quote from great literature, get the spelling right).
Still, this is a joyful book, and the joy is not in reading about homosexual exploits but about the true nature of love and caring for another person. Tropical vacations are nice, but Johnny and Nelson prove that you don't necessarily have to leave the country to discover new horizons. Happy Trails!
Jay Hogan is a New Zealand author writing in m/m romance, romantic suspense and fantasy. She has travelled extensively and has lived in quite a few countries. She has a BA degree in Nursing and in Theology, and in another life, she was an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and a Lecturer.
She is a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). She loves to cook- pretty damn good, loves to sing - pretty damn average, and as for loving full-time writing -absolutely … depending of course on the day, the word count, the deadline, how obliging her characters are, the ambient temperature in the Western Sahara, whether Jupiter is rising, the size of the ozone hole over New Zealand and how much coffee she’s had.
She has complex boys telling stories in her head that demand attention and a considerable number of words to go with them. Their journeys are never straightforward and even surprise Jay. She does her best to plot things out ahead of time but those pesky characters seem to have a mind of their own. Go figure.
What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?
What if that dream is so close you can smell it?
What if you meet someone?
What if you fall in love?
What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?
And what if the dream changes?
Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.
Cameron Wano is that choice.
-Part of the Auckland Med. series that includes ‘First Impressions’
Can be read as a standalone.
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$15 for Amazon: Tammy
Prize List book: Pam and linda
Grant finds Miranda with a bullet wound and a story. One that involves her witnessing a murder and that hitman is now after her. Can he keep her safe or will they both succumb to the dangers of crooked cops?
This is the first in a romantic suspense series which is one of my favorite genre’s! I really liked Miranda. She’s your average woman who is a witness to something horrific. Despite the bullet wound she now has to convince Grant that she’s innocent. Grant is seriously handsome and there is a sizzle of chemistry between them. There are some fantastic twists but I don’t want to give anything away. I suggest you read the book to find out just what’s going on. Not everything is as it seems. My only complaint is that the narrative is awkward in spots and I wish there was more romance. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Solid four stars and I look forward to the next in the series.
Enjoy romantic suspense? Then you should definitely give The Hitman’s Mistake a read!
Ecopy of The Hitman's Mistake: Linda
Prize list book: Marlene
Emery keeps meeting a man with wings and dying in weird ways. But he won’t stay dead, which for the junior reaper is a problem. The reaper’s boss, Administrator Dagmar, tells him the discrepancy must be resolved. What a premise! Throw in a few demons, the end of the world, a magical younger sister and the story becomes a three-sixty roller coaster ride.
This story as a comedy is hilarious, I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s a unique and refreshing paranormal quickie. Carole’s writing reminds me of the great Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams … which in my book is amazing praise. Don’t expect the story to make any sense. It just flows from one ridiculous scene to the next.This is at best a YA romance. The sexual tension between Emery and the reaper, John / Sam, is obvious from the beginning but the dialogue remains at a flirty level. The scenes flip from Emery perspective to John / Sam's perspective. For me, it didn’t matter that there weren’t any sexual scenes, nothing explicit beyond a hand on a knee at the end of the story! The beginning's surreal with Emery waking up in a morgue and doesn’t disappoint all the way through to the last word.
The words will carry you on a silly and unbelievable ride. You have to read Don't Fear the Reaper!