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The newest fad for the discerning thrill-seeker is “Positive Encounters” — being bitten by a vampire in an elegant, tightly-controlled environment. If everyone follows a strict set of rules called The Encounter Commandments, the client gets a thrill, and the vampire gets an easy meal.

Lonely wallflower Winnie Mulligan isn’t much for thrills. But when she overhears the girls at work raving about Positive Encounters, her curiosity is piqued. The safe, controlled environment Positive Encounters provides for its clients seems the perfect opportunity to really step out of her comfort zone without putting herself at too much risk.

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Snippet Sunday: THE VEIL #PNR #WeWriWa #8Sunday

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Whatever the creatures and substances might have been on the other side of the Veil, they turned into horrors straight from the human subconscious when they crossed over. Everything from vampires to flesh eating fogs to brain‐hungry zombies washed over the planet like a bloodthirsty tsunami, sending human civilization plummeting into chaos.

By the time an organized union of witches and wizards came forward to help the human governments seal the Veil, millions were dead or missing, and millions more changed into mutated versions of every thing your mom said didnʹt live in your closet or go bump in the night.

Monsters like himself. But he didnʹt spend a whole lot of time dwelling on the facts of how it all happened. It didn’t matter that vampire‐human hybrids had been living on earth thousands of years before the Veil fell. Or that the once‐human creatures created in that first wave of horror, and their descendants, now lived practically like untouchables among the humans. He was too busy trying to deal with the ongoing result. A whole new kind of citizen opened up a whole new world of crime.

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THE VEIL by H.A. Fowler

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GIVE A FUNNY BLURB TO A BOOK THAT WILL “TICKLE” THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET.

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Oy. Humor on demand? Not so good at that! Bear with me.

A stubborn nurse just home from a world war accompanies her weenie husband for a delayed honeymoon on an occupied island north of England. While picking flowers alone on a strange hill, she falls into a rock. Waking up 200 years in the past and barely escaping being raped (by the utterly NOT weenie ancestor of her husband), 5 minutes later she falls in love with a barely-legal, filthy virgin redheaded man in a skirt. Due to convenient coincidences terrible circumstances beyond their control, they are “forced” to get married (is she a bigamist if her first husband hasn’t been born yet?), and despite a pretty unending string of rotten luck, have incredibly hot sex live mostly, sort-of happily ever after.

Can you guess the identity of this world-wide classic?


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Thursday 13: Been Gone So Long!

I haven’t done a Thursday 13 in years!

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Today’s yummy selection is: MY 13 FAVORITE SEXY TV CHARACTERS!

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#hcbs Guest Post & Review: AWAKENED BY THE WOLF by Kristal Hollis!

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Hi everybody! Please give a big, squishy warm welcome to Kristal Hollis, the terrific author of AWAKENED BY THE WOLF! Don’t forget to comment below to enter her giveaway drawing — the winner will win a copy of the book!

I was wondering why Kristal loved shifters so much, and she shared her thoughts!

Top Five Reasons to Love Shifters

Whether they be wolves, bears or dragons, shifters have always been my favorite paranormal beings.  They often experience a full range of human emotions that brings them into conflict with their animal instincts.

In writing my wolf shifter series, I uncovered intrinsic elements that I believe are universal most, if not all shifter species.

  1. Shifters are sexy. Hot-bloodied and primal, they can rev your heart and heat you up with a simple look or growl.
  1. Fiercely protective, shifters will fight to the death and beyond to safeguard their mates. And it isn’t simply their mates’ lives they stand watch over, they champion their mates hopes and dreams, pushing them to never give up or give in.
  1. Shifters are loyal, almost to a fault. Once you have their heart, they will move heaven and earth and likely a little of bit of hell to give you everything you need.
  1. Shifters like to play, but not emotional games. They’re too straight forward for that sort of manipulation. They want to have fun and enjoy life to its fullest.
  1. Shifters crave family, or pack connections. Although there may be some exceptions, in general, community is very important in a shifter’s life and they’ll do whatever it takes help their mates adapt and thrive within the collective.

So there you have it. My top five reasons to love shifters.

The hero in my debut release, AWAKENED BY THE WOLF, embodies them all.  Here’s a snippet of when he’s beginning to realize he’s met his true mate.

“You think I’m glorious?” Brice unfastened her silver hair clip. Red ringlets splashed over his hands and slid through his fingers. He held fast to one curl and stroked the luxurious strands across his cheek. A thrill zipped straight down to his groin.

“That’s not what I meant.” A slight tremble parted her lips.

Brice ached for a kiss and so much more. Her taste on his tongue, her scent on his skin, her luscious legs wrapped around his hips. A deluge of erotic dreams had eroded his resolution to keep things platonic.

Cassie’s scent wove a spell of need and want that smothered reason. Helpless to resist, he slipped his arm around her waist and lowered his face to hers. She squinted and puckered her mouth, but not to receive his lips.

The unexpected rejection jolted Brice. “What’s wrong?”

“I don’t want this.” She gestured a between-you-and-me hand signal. “I have plans for the future and you’re not in them.”

Damn. That stung.

“You need ground rules.” Cassie wormed out of his hold and faced him with a straight back, squared shoulders, and both hands on her hips.

Her eyes slanted with censure. She pointed her jaw and scrunched her mouth like his fourth grade teacher when he’d neglected to do his homework three days in a row. As a wolfling, the no-nonsense, better get your shit together look had mortified him into compliance.  As an adult male in his prime, that look on a feisty, petite human female did something entirely different.

“I don’t like rules.” He smiled.

So now you know my top reasons to love shifters. Help me expand the list. Tell me what you love about shifters and why. A randomly chosen commenter will receive a copy of AWAKENED BY THE WOLF.

Happy tales!

~Kristal
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Awaken by the Wolf Kristal Hollis

Book Title: AWAKENED BY THE WOLF

ISBN: 9781488004674

Author:Kristal Hollis

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne

Category: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters

Main Characters: Brice/Cassie

Author’s Website:www.kristalhollis.com

Find It: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Goodreads

Release Date: June 1, 2016

Source: Review copy provided by the author for an honest review

Rating:4.5-full-moons A giddy 4.5 Batty Moons!

PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure. 

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

Kristal Hollis Bio PhotoAbout the Author

Southern born and bred, Kristal Hollis grew up amid cane fields and orange groves. Books fed her imagination, providing adventurous portals to ancient civilizations, medieval fiefdoms, alternate realities and futuristic worlds. Then, a friend gave her Johanna Lindsey’s FIRES OF WINTER, a historical romance which ignited a life-long love affair with romantic fiction.

After earning a degree in psychology, Kristal has enjoyed career and volunteer endeavors that have included sales, banking, social services, and animal rescue. When a family medical situation required her to take a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances as an escape from the real-life drama. Even though the crisis passed, her passion for writing continues.

Currently, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

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#MFRWHooks – A little peak at my UF novel, THE VEIL

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It’s a chance each week to hook readers on your current WIP or any previously published book. By sharing samples of your writing in a meme, readers will have the chance to jump from one author to another. Here’s your opportunity to hook some new readers!

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The world was a very different place today than it was when he was human, thanks to that catastrophe. In 2118, a group of terrorists calling themselves The New Day reported to the world that they were in possession of an anti‐matter device, and demanded the release of thousands of the worldʹs most dangerous criminals to keep them from detonating it and getting the planet sucked into a black hole. Naturally, the world governments stuck by their standard ʺwe donʹt negotiate with terroristsʺ, mostly because they didnʹt believe The New Day or anyone else was actually capable of building an operational anti‐matter weapon.

Two days later, they found out the hard way just how wrong they were.

The New Dayʹs weapon tore a rift in reality that spread around the planet like a new equator, but rather than sucking the planet inside out, they opened a passage to another world.

A world where evil bred, thrived, and looked for ways to cross over to the mortal plane. And the result, to the horror of The New Day, right along with the rest of humanity, was a deluge of nightmares. Literally.


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Five centuries ago, terrorists tore open the fabric of reality, revealing a world of nightmares on the other side. After decades of war, a union of wizards and witches built a barrier to keep the monsters in their rightful home.

They called it THE VEIL.

Vampire Detective Devon Harrigan and pampered human priestess Helene Du Solaire can’t deny the instant attraction between them, or that indulging it could have devastating consequences. A serial killer threatens to tear down the Veil and release Hell on Earth once more, and Helene is the key to his deadly plan.


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First Page, First Paragraph Intro Tuesday! Awakened By the Wolf

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This weekly link-up is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. If you would like to join, just share the first paragraph or a few paragraphs from the first chapter of the book that you’re currently reading or that you’re planning on reading.

Right now I’m reading AWAKENED BY THE WOLF for review for Herding Authors, the new author tour service from Herding Cats & Burning Soup, one of my favorite review sites!

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Naked and wet, Brice Walker crouched on the back porch of his grandmother’s log cabin. The splintered grooves of the weathered boards bit sharply into his sore hands and feet, intensifying the throb in his right leg.

Publisher’s Description:

Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure.

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

My review is coming very soon. If you’re interested, stay tuned! Hint: I’m really enjoying it.

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Batty Book Review: THE HAUNTED PUB by Melanie Tushmore

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Book Title: THE HAUNTED PUB

ISBN: 9781620047927

Author:Melanie Tushmore

Series: N/A

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Category: Romance, LGBTQIA

Main Characters: An awesome ensemble cast!

 

Author’s Website: https://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-melanie-tushmore/

Find It: Amazon | Goodreads

Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley, ebook

Rating:5-full-moons An awesome 5 Batty Moons!

PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz’s misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne’s Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn’t had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…

The Haunted Pub is a story of 93,000 words and contains some explicit content.

Heather’s Review:

 

It’s been an embarrassment of riches for me this spring when it comes to reviews. THE HAUNTED PUB is a sterling example! It is chock full of elements I adore, all beautifully written.

The characters are so well developed, it’s hard not to feel like every single one is a friend by the end. To add even more depth, the relationships — family, friends, and romantic — are so sympathetic, sweet and hot, and entirely believable. Sure, it might beg belief that all the men in the house are gay and fall in love with each other, but they’re so wonderful, I ultimately didn’t care. I’m more than willing to suspend disbelief for a great story like this!

And then there’s the central conflict around which all of these relationships orbit. Obviously, the title of the book gives the basics away — the Pub above which everybody lives is haunted. And the ghost ain’t friendly like Casper. This ghost story is genuinely scary and sometimes disturbing! A good throughline of horror lives in the center of this story too.

The combination of great stories and irresistable characters and ‘ships makes THE HAUNTED PUB a new favorite of mine.If you love pretty gay boys in love (punk boys, at that!), scary/gory ghosts, and an overall distracting story, don’t miss this unique tale!

5-full-moons FIVE enthusiastic batty moons.

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Bewitching Blog Tours: The Queen’s Dance by Jamie K. Schmidt

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The Queen’s Dance
The Emerging Queens Series,
Book Three
Jamie K. Schmidt

Genre: Paranormal the QueensRomance
Publisher: Entangled
Date of Publication: 5/23/16
Number of pages: 267

Word Count: 63,000
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description:

After newly shifted dragon Queen, Margery Cooper, is rescued from smugglers she has a choice to continue to hunt down the story that nearly killed her when she was an investigative reporter or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs.  Remy “Champ” Champlain is first on the scene and assigned her protector while she sorts out her affairs.  He wants nothing more to get back to his solitude and his small town, but as an unclaimed dragon he doesn’t get a choice.

The Queen is his responsibility until her court is formalized.  He wants to settle her down right away, but she has this wild hair up her Queenly butt to find out who is smuggling dangerous drugs into the country.

Sparks fly between them, but as she’s a sky dragon and he’s a water dragon, well she can’t swim and he can’t fly and those aren’t the only differences they’re facing.

Excerpt:

Margery was lying out in the sun again. She felt the heat press into her bones from the hard deck under her and the rays beating into her skin.

Bliss.

Listening, she could hear the creak of the deck chair and the splash of the waves. Where was Remy?

She wanted to open her eyes and sit up, but she didn’t know where they were. Would she be flashing all of Lake Champlain? Her hands inched around on the deck hoping to find her bikini. No luck. But she did feel a sheet balled up at the very edge of her reach. Snatching it, she wrapped it around herself and sat up and wobbled—she’d had tequila hangovers that didn’t feel like this. When her eyes adjusted to the sunlight, she realized she was alone.

“Remy?” she called. She didn’t feel up to standing, so she sat there on deck and wondered why she’d passed out. It had just been starting to get good, too. Margery touched her lips where Remy’s kisses had left their brand then smiled and hoped he didn’t think he’d frightened her.

While she’d gotten really cold, and the dark did remind her briefly of being a prisoner below deck with the pirates, that’s where the similarities ended. Margery knew Remy would never hurt her. She wasn’t sure why she’d passed out, but it had nothing to do with him. Concentrating, she tried to emerge into a dragon so she could fly around the lake, but pain jackhammered into her skull until she was retching bile over the side of the deck.

“Shit,” she gurgled.

She thumped back to the deck and closed her eyes until the pain went away, which took longer than she expected. Luckily, the sun’s warmth bored into her every pore, and the headache eased to a mild throb. Margery stretched and rolled over so she wouldn’t get sunburned.

Too bad she’d passed out. She didn’t quite get the politics of the consort thing, but if it was a choice between Remy, Casimiro, and a total stranger, her best bet was Remy. It didn’t have to be love, after all. Not yet, anyway. It would have been nice to have a night of mind-blowing sex and fall asleep cuddled up in a man’s arms. Ever since Casimiro did a number on her heart, Margery wasn’t too keen on letting that organ decide her bed partners. Her libido had good taste, and right now Remy would fit the bill. If she could stay conscious for it.

A big wave lifted the boat, and she clutched at the deck as the vessel swayed nearly to tipping. Then Remy launched onto the deck. He was fully dressed and not even dripping.

She squinted up at him. “How do you do that?”

“Did you have a nice night?” he asked, turning his back on her to go to the helm and raise the anchor.

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