Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle #HistoricalRomance

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About The Misbehaving Marquess:

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir—immediately—she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?

Addition Book Information:

* This was originally published in the e-book anthology, Three Weddings and a Murder. It is also included in the September 2014 anthology, Seven Wicked Nights.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 2860 KB
Print Length: 87 pages
Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing (January 14, 2014)
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My Review:

After catching his wife, Cat, in what is perceived as a scandalous position a mere 2 weeks after they took their marriage vows, Jamie flees his estate....for 5 years. 5 years? Really?

In the 5 years that her husband has been gone, with nary a word to her about where he is or how he is, Cat has learned to live on her own. She's been making decisions and changes to the way the estate is run so it's more inline with what she wants. Cat is none to impressed with Jamie's unannounced arrival back their home. (*Reviewer Note - he never contacted her the entire time he was gone, so I'm not sure why she expected him to contact her with news of his impending arrival.) Then Cat finds out the real reason for Jamie's return.  Apparently he now needs an heir.  Isn't that nice?!

Her indiscretion - you know, the one that send her husband storming off like a toddler throwing a tantrum - apparently was nothing more than bad timing, as Cat was only trying to help out a friend. Jamie doesn't stick around like a mature male and get to the bottom of the situation - No - he's too worried about the supposed damage to his ego and reputation. In the meantime, due to his selfishness, a newlywed wife is forced to run an estate alone and deal with loneliness while at the same time contending with the horrors of losing a baby.  See? He already had an heir but he abandoned them.

The discussion between Cat and Jamie concerning her pregnancy and subsequent loss made me tear up.  Cat's emotions were so real.  I ached and felt sorrow for Cat, for everything she endured.

If you haven't been able to pick up on it, Jamie disgusts me.  He's the epitome of a selfish, self-centered egomaniac.  His feelings got hurt over something that wasn't at all what he perceived it to be, then he fled his marriage, his home, and his life at the first sign of trouble. And we're supposed to believe that he ever loved Cat?

I love how strong Cat is in The Misbehaving Marquess.  She doesn't really have a choice but the strength is there and evident.  She even goes so far as to change up a few things around the estate.

Now, as much of a cad as I think Jamie is, he does come around and takes responsibility for his horrible behavior.  Once the two of them are able to talk and get past the reasons, whats, and whys, their dialogue becomes much smoother.  The accusations cease and they can actually talk through their feelings - which is what should have happened 5 years prior.

Overall, this novella, while inciting bouts of frowning, angry outbursts, and gentle tears, was very well written.  I would definitely continue reading the series.

*Note - I have not read Book 1.

Review copy was purchased by me from Amazon for my Kindle.

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Review: Waiting on Love by Lynne Silver

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After a disastrous vacation breakup with the man who was supposed to be The One, KK O'Brien decides she’s done. Love will find her when the time is right.

On her flight home, she’s seated next to a male soldier, Aidan Dominguez, whom she ignores, because one: he is male (a trait she’s recently excised from her mind), two: he’s younger than her, and three: he’s on his way to be deployed overseas (geographically undesirable). When weather grounds her flight, she agrees to a drink and more with Aidan. After all, he’s leaving the country and she’s done projecting hope and wedding bells onto encounters with men. KK knows this is nothing more than a one-night stand with an extremely sexy soldier. It’s practically her patriotic duty to send him off to war with a good last memory.

Aidan and KK have a great night together and they part with the expectation that they’ll never see each other again. Only, a few weeks later, the first email from Aidan arrives. Once she replies, another arrives, and soon an epistolary love affair blossoms where love was never supposed to grow. When Aidan asks for a shot at being her man, KK must decide if she’s brave enough to take another chance on love.

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Print Length: 73 pages
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My Thoughts:

Waiting on Love is a cute romance novella; although, it doesn't start off that way. KK O'Brien surprises her boyfriend at the location of his work conference only to be met with an unpleasant response to her spontaneity. Swearing off men and the chasing of them, KK resolves to change her ways and let the men start coming to her. After all, if they want to be with her in a forever kind of way, they should by doing the pursuing of her and not the other way around. Right?

KK's initial flight back home has her sitting next to the most gorgeous male specimen she has ever encountered. Try as she may, she can't help warming up to Aidan as they travel the friendly skies. She figures that she's so comfortable with him because she doesn't look at him as relationship material; he's 6 years younger than her, he's leaving the country for at least a year, and she's not going to jump head first into anything anymore. When the inclement weather cancels all flights, she finds a savior in that same deliciously younger soldier from the first flight. What ensues is supposed to be a one-night-stand - Love 'em and Leave 'em and all that. That's exactly the opposite of how this novella ends.

Lynne Silver does an excellent job taking the one night stand scenario and making it so much more than that. Her characters have depth, are likable, and some readers should be able to connect to one or the both of them. There is realism in the story - woman catches boyfriend cheating, meets a US soldier on his way to be deployed overseas, they have a connection, and what was supposed to end the second they parted ways becomes a fantastic love story. I don't think it's unheard of for something similar to this situation to happen. Maybe she didn't catch her boyfriend cheating or maybe he wasn't a soldier getting ready to leave his homeland but it is possible for two people to meet and have a connection that is deep and fulfilling - even outside of the bedroom.

I loved this novella!

Content Alert: There are adult themes and Waiting on Love is most appropriate for those 17+.

Review copy courtesy of Lynne Silver, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Blast: The Dance of the Firefly by Kathy Bosman #Giveaway #BookTrailer

Book Details:

The Dance of the Firefly 
Print Length: 166 pages 
Publisher: Decadent Publishing (February 13, 2015)


About The Dance of the Firefly:

Mix together a beautiful ballerina and ballet teacher, a sexy single dad, and a precocious-yet-sweet daughter, and emotions run high. Add racial and cultural differences, work contracts coming to an end, and hurts and memories from the past and sparks fly. Rowena loves to dance but has ended up teaching ballet instead. When she helps out Cameron’s difficult daughter, a bond develops between the two dancers. Cameron makes Rowena uncomfortable because he stirs up new, unwanted feelings which make no sense when he intends to leave Zambia soon when his contract ends. Cameron can’t resist sanguine live-wire Rowena who makes his daughter smile for the first time in years. But can he risk his heart again when memories of his late wife come back to haunt him? And Rowena has a lot more at stake in giving her all.

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Here's a little bit about me for those who may be curious. I've been writing for about ten years now. I started off writing children's books. Then my husband suggested that I try an adult novel. I enjoyed writing it so much, and it turned out to be a romance. That made me realise that I could bring my love of romance into my writing. My writing has evolved over the years from partial romance, to inspirational romance, historicals (which didn't work at all!) to sweet, contemporary romance. I've also learnt that writing isn't just about writing - that so much thought goes into it, there's also the editing process which is actually even more work than the writing process, and lastly, once the book is out, there's promoting of your book. But I love it! Besides writing, I keep myself busy by homeschooling my three children (okay one is a teenager), tackling piles of laundry and dishes, making all sorts of food from scratch, and helping out with raising funds for the local Cubs and Scouts. Reading and watching romantic movies help me unwind. The best inspiration for my writing has been the ROSA (Romance Writers of South Africa) Group. What a fantastic group of writers they are who have helped me get to where I am now.

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Book Blitz: Born to Magic (Tales of Nevaeh, Volume 1) by David Wind

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Welcome to my stop for the Book Blitz of BORN TO MAGIC by David Wind. 

This new release is a Scifi, Fantasy and adventure saga which has received rave reviews ever since its publication on February 15, 2015. 

Checkout the book and go grab your copy now! :)

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Born to Magic by David Wind

Series: Tales of Nevaeh Volume 1

Genre: Scifi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Adventure, Epic

Publication Date: February 15, 2015

~About Born to Magic~

Welcome to Nevaeh— a world where technology no longer exists, but magic does. 

Long ago, the violence and radiation of the terrorist wars killed America. Those left dwell in a world of ritual and magic where ten dominions struggle for supremacy and a dark power rises to claim all. 

Areenna, the only daughter of the King of Freemorn, is barely eighteen, yet her psychic ability is strong. She is summoned to ‘The Island’ and learns that the fate of her world is in her hands. She must undertake a perilous journey to save Nevaeh from destruction. But she will not travel alone. 

Mikaal, the son of the High King of Nevaeh, has as much at stake as Areenna. Their quest takes them through haunted wastelands filled with mutants while an evil force does everything in its power to stop Areenna and Mikaal—for it wants Nevaeh as its own. 

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"Enchanting and simply irresistible!

This book has astounded me. For one, this genre is not my cup of tea. Although I love science fiction, I’m not a big fan of fantastical worlds, especially when a medieval type of life is involved. Yet, this book has been a delightful surprise for me.

David Wind has created a world that expresses magic in every way; not just with the sparks and orbs of light that are expelled into the air with every wave and flick of the youngsters’ hands, but also with the suitably old-fashioned dialogue and the masterfully described scenes of the magnificent landscape. This amazing future world is simply irresistible and as I read on, I felt suitably mesmerized by it. I’ve had the best ‘mind trip’ of my life in years with this book. A true gem of its genre. Well done, David Wind!

I’m already looking forward to the next book in the Tales of Navaeh Series as to see what else this highly imaginative author has in store for the reader.

Don’t miss out. If you love fantasy, trust me, you want to read this book!" -
5 stars from Effrosyni Moschoudi [Goodreads] 

"A dystopic fantasy with a feminist twist!

David Wind has penned a classic fantasy quest and a fabulous first installment in what promises to be an epic series."-
5 Stars from Lisa Verge Higgins, [Goodreads]

(Lisa Verge Higgins is the Author of The Proper Care And Maintenance Of Friendship)

"A very original story, very detailed and well written. Each character has their own qualities, some are likable while others are not. There is suspense, adventure and magic. All the qualities of a great fantasy."-

5 Stars from Sheri Wilkinson [Goodreads]

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~Meet the Author~

David Wind's first novel was published in 1981 and he has published thirty-five novels of Science Fiction, Mystery and suspense thrillers. He lives and writes in a small village about thirty miles upstate of NYC, and shares his house with his wife, Bonnie and dog Alfie. 

In 2008, David published his first Indie book, Angels In Mourning, which won the Book of the Month Reader's Choice Award. His Historical Fantasy, Queen Of Knights, reached #2 on the Amazon.Com bestseller lists for historical fantasy and medieval fantasy. 

In 1988, David was honored by science fiction writer and Hugo Award Grand Master Andre Norton, who, after reading Queen of Knights, asked David to write a short story for inclusion in her 'Andre Norton's Tales From The Witch World 2' Anthology Series. 

David also wrote the novelization of the ABC 7 day miniseries, The Last Days Of Pompeii. 

David is currently working on a new sci-fi/fantasy series, Tales Of Nevaeh. Volume I will be released in February of 2015 and Volume II will be out in the late spring. 

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#Free for #Kindle Book Blast & #Giveaway ~ The Billionaire's Second-Chance Bride (The Romero Brothers, Book 1) by Shadonna Richards

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Title: The Billionaire's Second-Chance Bride 
Series: The Romero Brothers, Book 1
Author: Shadonna Richards
Genre(s): Interracial/Multicultural Romance, Billionaire Romance



About Book 1:

The Billionaire's Second-Chance Bride (Book one in The Romero Brothers Series is also book six in The Bride Series)

Betrayed by Mr. Wrong. Could she ever trust Mr. Right?

Meet Lucy Shillerton – twenty-nine, single and heartbroken. She’d lost her fiancé, Jeff, in a tragic accident with his mistress. But when she finds out that her eccentric aunt died and left her a company to run, Lucy braces herself for what is to come: Dream Weddings Inc. Her current project is to present an outrageous wedding for her latest client, a wealthy, older tycoon who wants to marry his young nurse.

In comes sexy, rich, dripping-with-charm and sworn bachelor, Antonio Romero III, the grandson of said tycoon, who has a good reason to shut down Lucy’s “scam wedding” business. However, when he meets with sweet, wounded Lucy, shutting her down is the last thing on his mind.

The new sizzling romance in the bestselling Bride Series and book 1 in the Romero Brothers series!

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Release Day: Soundings: Water Elemental by Janine Donoho

Is there hope for a grieving mother’s heart?

About Soundings: Water Elemental:

Ecopsychologist Dr. Margo Updike loses herself in a shadow life after her daughter’s tragic death. When a century storm deposits a young girl on Maggie’s secluded beach in Puget Sound, a miraculous renewal begins. Then the apparent orphan exhibits signs of neglect and worse, prompting Maggie’s vow to protect and heal her—no matter the cost.

The arrival of a mysterious man claiming to be Sorcha’s father upends Maggie’s life. She finds Morrissey strangely irresistible even as her friend Sheriff Ajax Smith questions the man’s motives and odd behavior. As a serial killer’s victims begin surfacing in Seal Cove, Jax must curb his suspicions to enlist Maggie as a profiler.

Will Jax and Maggie find the murderer before he strikes again? With Morrissey’s secrets trapping Maggie on destructive shoals between reality and legend, can she grasp his true nature before losing her chance to rebuild a life worth living? To what depths—and heights—will she go for a daughter, a beloved man and, ultimately, her humanity?

Book Details:

Title: Soundings: Water Elemental

Author: Janine Donoho

Genre: adult paranormal suspense/thriller

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

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Meet the Author:

Award-winning writer Janine Donoho grew up navigating extremes—perhaps due to the ups-and-downs of her San Franciscan birthplace. That Escher landscape primed her to embrace imaginary worlds. With one foot planted in fuzzy science and the other in invented realms, she inhabits the land of WHAT IF. Published in novel-length and short fiction, along with essays, Janine pursues the thumps that echo in the night—and writes about those, too.

With her intrepid husband, Italian greyhound and tuxedo cat, Janine makes her home in the spectacular Okanogan highlands of Washington State. Mountain lions, coyotes, and bears—oh, my!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Blast: The Third Twin by CJ Omololu

About The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu:

 When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life. Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real. 

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Praise for The Third Twin:

 "[An] original, riveting thriller." -- Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You "Delicious and deceptive, The Third Twin is a twisty-turny thrill ride! I couldn't flip the pages fast enough!" --Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series and The Taking "A classic whodunit."--Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author:


CJ OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons. 

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M.C. Edwards, Author of Blue Words, Shares the Soundtrack Compilation for Individual Chapters in the Novel ~ Enjoy!! #Giveaway

M.C. Edwards – Blue Words Soundtrack

So I am going to throw something out there at the risk of seeming odd. As readers, we all have our little quirks and rituals; habitual actions which accompany our reading, often inexplicably. One of these quirks, which has been part of my reading experience for most of my life, is the creation of a live soundtrack for what I am reading and sometimes writing. Anyone else out there do this? It takes on many different shapes and forms. Sometimes I find myself humming out loud without even being aware of it, but most often; it is simply a song or a fragment of song looping through my mind as I conjure a picture from the text.

In honour of my peculiar (and possibly unique) habit I have compiled a list of songs which I have associated with individual chapters of Blue Words over my time working on it. Some are from when I was writing it, others revealed themselves while reading it. How? Well that's an excellent question which I don’t really have a good answer for. Some songs were simply triggered by phrases in their lyrics, like Paint it Black. Some sprung to mind because the feel or melodic structure of the song suited events within the chapter, for instance, Flannigan’s Ball – chaotic and messy; it just fit perfectly in the background of the mine brawl. Then there other others which I’m honestly not sure about myself, they are tracks which just seemed to make themselves known and now its impossible to read the chapter with hearing them.

So have a look through the list, they are all linked to YouTube for your visual and auditory pleasure........get ready to skip ad (does anybody watch them?). Read the book, listen to a few classics and maybe even discover something you never knew you liked.

A New Beginning – Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men – awesome clip!

Rebirth – Covered in Chrome – Violent Soho – amazing band from Brisbane (the initial setting for the book).

Evaporation – Summer Romance (acoustic) – Incubus – watch Mike’s fingers go on the guitar.

Inscribed – Sympathy for the Devil – Guns and Roses – classic.

Isolation - Today – The Smashing Pumpkins – this song played during my wedding ceremony, so I have a soft spot for it.

Revelations – Favour House Atlantic – Coheed and Cambria – flat out from beginning to end.

Escalations – Kashmir – Led Zeppelin – An epic song, a melodic escalation.

A Confrontation for the Ages – Flannigan’s Ball – The Dropkick Murphys – crazy, messy cover of an Irish classic. Throw in the iconic voice of Ronnie Drew and it makes an amazing song.

Making Amends – Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley – no matter how over-used this track is, it is still just as simultaneously peaceful and haunting as the first time I ever heard it. Near my home town they play it in a pitch black chamber deep within a cave system to demonstrate incredible natural acoustics; it’s an amazing and humbling experience.

The Hunt – Riptide – Vance Joy – I challenge you not to tap your foot to this one.

Wise Man – Sunsets – Powderfinger – great song, sweet clip, Aussie band. It’s on Vimeo because I couldn’t find the clip on YouTube.

The Road - Turn the Page – Metallica - classic cover of an even more classic track.

Decisions – How soon is now – The Smiths – listen to it in the dark - relaxing and eerie?

Trust Rebuilt – Embrace – Pnau ft. Ladyhawk – not usually my sort of thing, but I read this chapter and parts of it just fit.

Dark Places – Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones – such a timeless song.

A View of Hopelessness - Life on Mars – David Bowie – they say fashion comes in cycles.....hope not.

The Survivors - Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes – something about this song just gets me pumped up.

The Stuff of Dreams – Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun - this will be stuck in your head for hours.

Childhood – Cailin – Unwritten Law – my wife and I shared our first dance as a married couple to this yeah, I have a soft spot for it.

Best Laid Plans

Blurry – Puddle of Mudd – Many chapters have a few songs associated with them and I chose one, this one needs both. Without giving away too much, this song fits with the goodbyes.

In the Meantime – Space Hog – the perfect song to close it out, a great clash of the joy and sorrow which goes hand in hand when finishing a book.

Also I thought I would include this track, it always echoes through my mind when reading the ‘I am Gudrik’ passages of the book – Seeing Angels – John Butler Trio – this man is incredible on a guitar. Be sure to watch it through.

Thanks for taking the time to peek inside my mind and look through a list which is so personal to me on so many levels. I would love to hear what you thought about it.

Book Details:

Blue Words
MC Edwards

Genre: Contemporary/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Warpath Print

Date of Publication: 30/11/14

ISBN: Paperback - 978-0994172303
ISBN: e-book - 9780994172310

Number of pages: 334
Word Count: 110,000

Cover Artist: Geoff Craig

About Blue Words:

Common threads have always woven through the world's mythology and folklore, strings which seem to link cultures divided by the vastness of oceans and time.

Have you ever wondered why? What if I told you that they all stem from a single origin.....the Varth-lokkr. Within this ancient creature's blood, stirs the power to save or enslave the world as we know it, a power ignited by a simple word. But which does it truly desire?

This dark urban fantasy follows one of these creatures through its emergence into 21st century Australia. It chronicles the rise of those who oppose it, those who ally themselves with it and those who are unwillingly drawn into its wake.

Shed the blood. Speak the words. Change the world.

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"Don't move or we'll fire," ordered one of the guards, his voice shook and his trigger finger twitched. Gudrik glared at him and swiftly shot towards George, who was now leaning over the stainless steel top rail, still scouring for an escape which didn't exist. The guards began to fire wildly at him. They may not have seemed overly competent, but they could shoot. Several projectiles tore through Gudrik's flesh as he moved, spattering blue onto the grass. Startled by the gunshots, George spun just in time to see the scruffy relic hurtling towards her. A bullet buried into Gudrik's knee. He stumbled. Before she had a chance to react, Gudrik crashed into George. His momentum forced her backwards, toppling them both indigently over the safety railing in a tangled mess of arms and legs.
The pair rocketed towards the ground. George screamed profanities so coarse that they blistered the very air around her. She scrambled and flailed as if trying to climb back up Gudrik's body. He wrapped himself tightly around her. "Earvictius groot," he bellowed.
His bullet wounds glowed, and the tender flesh surrounding them began to transform into cold, speckled granite. The stone rapidly spread along his limbs and across his abdomen, searing with pain as it went. He cringed and grated his teeth. As it spread across his chest and onto George she began to scream as though he were slashing chunks of flesh from her. Thankfully, the agony did not linger and in the blink of an eye, stone had completely swallowed both of them. No matter how hard she tried George could not move. It was both claustrophobic and frightening.
The living statues whistled closer and closer to the ground. Until......SMASH!  They crashed unhindered onto the roof of a parked car. Glass and shrapnel exploded from the vehicle as they tore through the chassis and into the road beneath.
Just as painfully as it had spread, the rock retreated returning the flesh to its vulnerable state, leaving it sensitive and speckled with sweat. Both lay for a moment of recovery. Their chests heaved deeply as they came to terms with what had just happened. Gudrik crawled out of the mangled wreck and climbed to his feet. "Are you harmed?" he grunted, lifting George to her feet.
She was pale and disheveled with blank shock clouding her eyes. Time was of the essence. Gudrik slapped her across the cheek. Fire filled her blank eyes. She swung a punch, which he avoided. He grabbed her shoulders and repeated his question, "Are you harmed?"
"I-I'm confused as hell," she responded, panicked, but glad to be alive. "But fine. I think. Yes fine. Definitely ok," she stammered nervously, quickly checking her body over for injuries and pulling her dress down to cover the lacy black panties on show to the world. Her hand quickly went to her locket, checking it was still there. "Was I made of stone then?” Gudrik ignored her question. His attention was otherwise occupied. By that stage, a huge crowd of onlookers and good Samaritans had gathered around their impact point.
"We must keep moving."
He dragged his hand along a twisted shard of the car's metal shell and spoke, "Unjallius.”
Gudrik groaned as huge, white wings tore from the flesh of his back in a puff of loose feathers and a splatter of blue. They stretched to a massive, elegant span and quivered in the sun. The suit jacket and shirt were left torn and tattered, spattered, stained and hanging in shreds from Gudrik's muscled shoulders. The stunned onlookers stepped back in awe. He grasped the confused woman tightly and with a few powerful beats of his mighty wings launched the two of them into the sky.
George clung tightly as they whipped and glided through the city. They weaved between the highrise buildings, slowly gaining altitude and suddenly plunging toward the ground as Gudrik negotiated the unpredictable up-drafts above the busy city streets. George was not as terrified as her brain insisted she should be. She loved the speed, she loved the wind and she loved the gaping faces of the populous below. It all exhilarated her. Gudrik's grasp was gentle and caring, but still so firm and reliable that there was no fear of falling.
Finally, Gudrik surged up and breached the top of the sky scrapers. The onlookers below were now nothing more than ants. George released her grip on Gudrik and shielded her eyes. The sun was much fiercer up there without the buildings' protection. She swivelled and squirmed as she gathered bearings. "Land on those cliffs over there," George said pointing at a small lookout point above the river.
Gudrik dived and swooped in, gently putting the two of them down on the grass in a rapid flutter of tiny wing beats. "Gratitude," Gudrik grunted as the wings collapsed into a sprinkling of blood.

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M.C. Edwards, or Eddie as he is known to his mates, grew up in a coastal town on the picturesque Central Queensland coast of Australia. He has travelled to many corners of the world and has a love of all things bizarre. He enjoys motorcycles, beards, comics, videogames and the taste of a fine single malt scotch. In his writing he crafts immersive worlds which mix reality and fantasy to create a strangely believable mix.

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Read an #Excerpt and Enter the #Giveaway ~ Virtual Tour for Between by Clarissa Johal

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Praise ~ Second Place - Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012 
Clarissa Johal’s novel BETWEEN is a “haunting” paranormal novel that will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Synopsis for BETWEEN:

As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn't come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.

After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.

As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life...but a battle for their salvation.

Book Information:

Author: Clarissa Johal
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Musa Publishing 
ISBN: 978-1-61937-459-1
Cover Artist: David Efaw
Number of Pages: 300

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The soporific sound of drumming rain soon lulled Lucinda to sleep and her book slipped to the floor. The flames in the fireplace burned down low. Muted light played across the living room window, mixing with the rivulets of rain from outside. There was a faint knock at the door. Startled awake, Lucinda checked the small clock that hung on the wall. One forty-nine in the morning. Who could be stopping by so late?she wondered. Marny? No, she would have called first. Maybe an emergency with somebody’s pet.

“Just a minute.” Re-wrapping the blanket around herself, she went to open the door. As soon as she twisted the doorknob, the unlocked door flew open, blasting her with a gust of icy wind and rain. Lucinda let out a cry of surprise as she was temporarily blinded.

A man stood on her porch. As he stepped closer, he went from a gray, watery outline to a solid entity. His black sweater dripped with rain and lay like a second skin on his powerful-looking torso. Dark black jeans were plastered onto his equally muscular legs.

“Come in! It’s freezing out there!” Lucinda moved aside as the man stepped over her threshold.

“I apologize for knocking so late.” His voice was even and low. “I saw the light coming from within.” He bowed his head, running a hand through his short, dark hair. His eyes flickered up to meet hers.

Lucinda blinked, startled by their flash of shocking, ice-gray.

Darwin growled at him, hackles raised.

“Darwin!” Lucinda scolded. “Did you break down somewhere?”

The stranger paused before answering. “Yes. I broke down.”

“I’m so sorry! Do you need to use the phone? The only tow truck company I know of around here is probably closed for the night.”

He stood dripping in her front room, the water pooling darkly around his feet onto the hardwood floor.

“Let me get you a towel. You must be freezing.” She patted Darwin firmly on the head. “Darwin, stay put.” The dog sat, eyeing the stranger fixedly. Lucinda ran into the bathroom and grabbed the only towel she had, which had been tossed over the shower door. She hoped he wouldn’t notice it was slightly damp.

“Thank you.” He took the towel from her.

A shock leapt through their fingers as they touched. Lucinda pulled her hand back. The dying fire flickered off the hard planes of his jaw. She watched as he ran the rough, blue towel through his hair, light eyes never breaking contact with hers. She felt a chill steal through her. “I’ll add some wood to the fire,” she murmured, embarrassed for staring. She turned away to hide a blush stealing over her cheeks. “The phone is in the kitchen if you want to leave the tow truck a message.” The man walked behind her, and Lucinda turned with a start.

“My apologies.”

Her initial alarm dissipated as quickly as it came. She shook her head to clear it. “I’ll get you the phone. You don’t even know where my kitchen is.” Ducking around him, she pulled her blanket tighter. Red-faced, Lucinda returned and handed it to him. He ran a hand through his wet hair again, brushing it away from his forehead. She found herself staring at him. His face was attractive, but there was a darkness about it that made her feel slightly uncomfortable. Not a darkness of color — his skin was quite light — but from within. It made her heart beat faster. His eyes, however, burned a bright, clear gray.

“Thank you.” He ran his thumb over the mouthpiece of the receiver.

“Where are you from, Mister—?”


“Excuse me?”

“The phone.” He handed it to her. “It is dead.”

Lucinda took the phone from him and listened to its silence. “The storm must have knocked out the lines. Damn it. I left my cell phone at work. I don’t have a car, or I would offer to drive you to wherever you’re staying. Are you just passing through?”

He raised a dark, arched eyebrow. “Now that is something you do not hear of these days,” he said in his low, even tone.

“What’s that?”

“Not having a car.”

“I know. I used to have a car, but the town is so small, I, um, decided to sell it when I moved here. My bicycle works fine.” His sudden smile was wide and slightly disarming. It left her feeling jumpy. Lucinda cleared her throat, gathering her thoughts and holding her hand out formally. “I’m Lucinda Bell. I’m the town veterinarian.”

“Cronan.” He slid her hand into hers.

The name stirred something within her. Something between fear and a feeling she couldn’t place. His icy grip was overly firm, and she fought the sudden urge to run. She drew her hand back and pulled the blanket around her again. “You’re freezing. Do you want a cup of tea?”

“I do not require anything to drink.”

“Okay.” Lucinda shifted her weight nervously. “Well, that’s three new people I’ve met recently. That never happens in this town.” Something indecipherable flickered across Cronan’s face. “Where are you staying?” Lucinda asked.

“I have yet to take up residence.” Eyes still appraising her, he ran the towel down his neck, catching water droplets in its thirsty folds. Lucinda’s gaze followed the towel. “Oh. Well, the closest place to stay is at the motel down the main highway.”

Cronan cocked his head slightly. A shudder of wind and torrential rain slammed against the windows.

“But, of course,” Lucinda continued, “you can’t possibly walk there in this weather. It’s about ten miles away, and it’s kind of late.”

“It is late.” His gray eyes studied her thoughtfully. “And I would not want to get into an accident.”

Her heart skipped a beat. “No, of course not. You can stay here tonight, Mr. Cronan. I don’t have anything for you to change into. I have a clothes dryer but…well, um, you can borrow a blanket while your clothes are in the dryer, if you want.” Lucinda felt herself blush and mentally kicked herself for it. Shut up! Shut up!

“I have not the need to change into anything presently.” He caught Darwin’s fierce glare and chuckled. “And please, call me Cronan.” His light eyes locked with hers again.

“Cronan,” she repeated. “That’s an unusual name.”

“It is a family name.”

“Oh.” Her heart hammered in her chest. Maybe this is a bad idea. The thought was pulled away like the tide, and her panic subsided as quickly as it came. The clock ticked loudly, marking their silence. “Well, you can sleep in here. The fire should keep this room warm. I would offer one of the other bedrooms but there’s no furniture in them.”

“Thank you, this will be quite comfortable, Lucinda.” Her name rolled off his tongue in an intimate way that made her face grow warm.

“You’re welcome.” Studying his face, she felt like she had missed something. “Let me get you a blanket.” Dashing into her bedroom, she realized too late that she was wrapped up in her only blanket. She fingered its worn saffron threads. His clothes are wet. And he’s probably colder than he’s letting on. Grabbing the sheet from her bed, she neatly folded the tartan blanket and wrapped herself in the sheet.

“Here.” She came back out and set the blanket down in the chair. Cronan glanced at it, his expression unreadable. “I have others,” she lied, “but this is my warmest one. Come on, Darwin.” She turned and walked toward her bedroom door, aware of his eyes boring into her back. She shut the door, and for the first time since moving in, she locked it.

Cronan stood alone in the middle of the room and gazed into the fire. Walking over to it, he pressed the damp towel against his face, inhaling deeply. A smile spread across his lips. He turned and his gaze fell upon the tartan blanket. Just as quickly, his smile faded like a memory. 

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Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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List of All Books by Clarissa Johal:

Coming May 19, 2015 from Permuted Press
VOICES, a paranormal psychological horror

(2014) Musa Publishing
*Indie Book of the Day Award
*Nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014

(2012) Musa Publishing
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012
*Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats

(2010) CreateSpace
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories:

Susurrus Literary Journal
Susurrus Literary Journal


The Sacramento Bee newspaper

Read the Praise for BETWEEN:

Paranormal Reads gives BETWEEN 4 out of 5 Bats

Escape Into a Book "I loved how original the idea was for this book, I haven't read a book like this paced and kept my interest till the very end."

MommaSez "Creepy, scary, haunting–just up my alley...gothic romance that makes the hair stand up on my neck!"

Musings from an Addicted Reader "It was haunting, unpredictable, and intriguing. All the characters were unique and draw you in from the first chapter. Excellent read."

Shut Up & Read "I love a good ghost story, and this one did not disappoint...I've heard the saying painting a picture with words, and that is exactly what the author does here. Each sentence is vivid and alive."

Happy Tails and Tales "I would recommend it to my fellow ghost lovers, Gothic lovers, and historical paranormal lovers alike. There are some interesting paranormal characters...I wasn’t expecting them...a really well done plot twist. "

Demons Do it Better "Between kept me guessing. I had no clue where the story was going to end but I made a couple of guesses along the way and I was wrong."

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How did you come up with the idea for BETWEEN?

Three years ago, I was working on a sequel to a fantasy novel when I had this weird “calling.” Two characters came to me in a rush; Lucas and Cronan from BETWEEN. They weren’t fantasy characters nor they didn’t fit into what I was writing but they wouldn’t go away. I kept setting them aside but they’d come back, stronger than ever. I put the fantasy sequel on hold, wrote non-stop for a month, and finished the first draft. That never happens! It usually takes me months to finish a first draft. A year later, my edits were finished, and two months later, BETWEEN was picked up by Musa Publishing. I’ve got my feet firmly planted in the Otherworld now, the ideas come faster than I can write them down.

What first inspired you to become a writer? And what compels you to continue your career as an author?

I wrote my first short story in grade six. I was asked by the teacher to read it aloud to the class, which terrified me. After I was finished, I realized that I actually had everyone’s attention! I was shy and we moved every year, so I was always the new kid. When you’re in that situation, it’s kind of like being invisible. Finding my voice through story-telling made me realize how powerful writing could be. As far as continuing—truthfully? I think I’d go nuts if I didn’t write.

What made you choose the genre of paranormal gothic horror?

I started out writing fantasy fiction. I was working on the second installment to my PRADEE series when there were two characters that kept showing up on the page, over and over. They didn’t belong in fantasy novel, nor did they belong in my story! But their backstory came to me so vividly, that I set aside my series and wrote my first paranormal novel, BETWEEN. I’ve been pulled into the Otherworld permanently now. The ideas come faster than I can write them down.

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