Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Interview with Olivia Hinebaugh, THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND YOU AND ME


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me is my standalone debut about high school senior Lacey and her two best friends and how they fight against stigmatizing, abstinence-only sex ed.

Do you have a favorite character?
I’m not sure I can pick one. But I will say that I LOVE Lacey’s best friends Evita and Theo. I also love Lacey’s mom...but that’s probably because she’s a lot like me.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did! But it certainly hasn’t been a straight line. My path to publication was as full of rejection and missteps as anyone’s. But I’m so happy I found Swoon Reads when I was between agents. It was sort of the perfect place to take charge of publishing path while still going the traditional route.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
I started writing YA seriously in 2011. I got my contract in 2017. It was most definitely not my first novel. In fact, it was my fifth. It hasn’t been a straight line at all to get here. But I learned so much from each book and each bump in the road to publication.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I’m on my third agent, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But after having two agents not work out, I was really picky about who I queried. I only queried people who had happy clients that I knew and that sold books. My agent is great because he’s straightforward, honest, and works very hard. But I’m not sure I’d fully appreciate him if I hadn’t had those other relationships. Going with Swoon Reads was exactly the right move for me. It was so fulfilling to share my story with readers right away while also sharing it with editors. I absolutely love my editor on The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me, Holly West. She is a story genius and is always able to distill what’s important to the story and strengthen it.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I would be lost without my two critique partners. I don’t even think I would have considered becoming an author if it weren’t for the encouragement of my first critique partner, who happens to be a childhood friend whose kids are about the same ages as mine. And then my second critique partner is just so freaking smart. She understands plot and big picture things so well. And both of them have just the most gorgeous and unique way with words. They really inspired me to find my own authentic voice and just go with it.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
MUSIC! I make a spotify playlist for each project or each character or certain scenes. It gets to be pavlovian. I put on my headphones and fire up the tunes and I am there!

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m realizing more and more how much outlines help me. That said, I’m naturally a pantser. I will always let the characters take me on a ride or go with what feels right. But through editing The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me, I really started to understand how to make the elements of a plot work together, how they should strengthen your themes and challenge your characters. So now, I try to have those things in mind when I’m drafting. But I’m OK with a messy draft. For me, the magic happens when I begin to revise and every thing I write has a purpose.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Yes! I love kidlit. I love discovering and reading and sharing picture books. I absolutely love them. I also love painting and drawing and playing piano, singing, and all things music. I basically like creating things. But I also have a lot of interest and passions surrounding pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Having my own kids has been so magical and I really want to support other new parents. I trained to be a doula. A lot of those interests show up in The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me. ;)

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I have a dog and a cat. I can’t choose. My dog is crazy smart and looks like a coyote. My cat has one eye and meows in a way that sounds like talking. Chocolate. Coffee. I have epic group texts with my two critique partners that give me life. Also, daytime. I feel energized by the sun. I like night because it’s when I get cozy with my family and read, but I always look forward to a new day.




The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me
Olivia Hinebaugh
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.
But then everything changes.
When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.

Author Bio:
Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel.

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#Excerpt: THE OTHER WOMAN by Eve Rabi


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Question: A seductress steals your husband, rips apart your family and shatters your dreams.

You:

a) Wish them luck, and walk away with your head held high (because that’s what society expects you to do)?

b) Quietly seethe, but accept that there is just nothing you can do about it (because it easier for everyone if you do nothing)?

c) Dig up dirt on the bitch (because someone like this would undoubtedly have dirt), use it to sabotage their relationship, then sit back with a glass of Pinot Grigio and watch them burn?

Answer: C. Oh, totally C.

.......................


Meet Scarlett Smyth. She’s drop-dead gorgeous, has a rocking body and has an above average IQ. She brags that she can ensnare any husband or taken male, and …she often does. She also is ambitious and has a penchant for anything expensive.

When the shrewd and ambitious temptress lays eyes on Bradley Murdoch, she believes she has found her dream man and a ticket to the high life she’s entitled to. There are just two problems:

1) Bradley is married to Rival. Happily at that.

2) They have children. Adorable little girls.

Do those facts deter Scarlett in any way? No, not at all. She is determined to steal Bradley, smoothly replace Rival in his life and show him how to really live life.

In a calculating move, the seductress (she is so good at seduction, she is even penning a book on it) befriends the quiet and unassuming Rival and worms her way into Bradley’s life.
There’s more: To expedite things, Scarlett the mistress, engineers a way to wipe Rival out of the picture - sends the clueless wife on a “vacation”.

But Scarlett may have underestimated her opponent. When Rival realizes the extent of the betrayal, she decides, even though she lacks Scarlett’s genius IQ, not to turn the other cheek. In fact, she is determined to win back her husband, believing that he is a good man who is simply mistaking lust for love. She believes that someone like Scarlett has to have skeletons in her cupboards and she begins to snoop around, anything she can use against the other woman, anything that can help her exact revenge.

What Rival doesn’t realize is: no one takes on Scarlett - no one dares. The betrayed wife and the other woman collide. The result is another gripping suspense thriller from best selling author Eve Rabi.

If you've enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins, books by Marian Keyes and Liane Moriarty, you will enjoy this 'suspenseful, romantic and entertaining tale of love, lust and revenge.'

Excerpt:

“Look, there’s no other way to say this. I’m leaving you, okay? I’m sorry.”

“Whaaaat? Why?”

“I’ve…met someone, Rival and I want…to…to move on, build a life with her.”

“Bradley, I don’t understand; we’re married, we have kids … what…what…?” I look at Nurse Eden and follow her eyes to Scarlett’s face.

As I stare at Scarlett, things crystalize before me. “You? You’re that someone?!” I look at Bradley, “She’s my friend, Bradley?”

He looks at the floor.

“Look, Rival,” Scarlett says, shifting to the edge of her seat, “you and Bradley, you were having problems, you went away, and Bradley, he…didn’t know when you were coming back, and –”

“No, no, no –”

“— things just happened and…and we’re now together,” Bradley finishes. “It’s nobody’s fault, Rival. Things just unfolded this way and now –”

“Bradley, I didn’t go away’ I’ve been in hospital, and for just sixty days,” I finally say in a voice that sounds strange to me.

“Yes, but…” Scarlett shrugs.

“This is not happening, Bradley,” I mutter. “This can’t –” I stop talking when I see my husband holding my friend’s hand with both of his. It feels like I’ve been Tasered.

“Rival,” Scarlett says, “Bradley’s had enough of –”

“Don’t speak,” I say in a cold voice, my index finger raised in the air.

“– you and –”

“Don’t SPEAK! This is between me and my husband!”

When she continues speaking, I grab hold of the heavy-duty stapler from the doctor’s room and slam it against her head. 


“Told you not to speak, didn’t I?”

About the Author:
Eve Rabi is a screenwriter and author of 33 romantic crime and suspense novels. 
Inspired by the likes of Sidney Sheldon and Gillian Flynn, her tales are bold, scandalous, controversial and often humorous. 
To quote an Amazon reviewer: “When you pick up an Eve Rabi book, forget sleep. She writes gripping page turners that will keep you reading till the very end.” 
If you’re bored of regular romance, if you like your romance with twists and turns, if you prefer your crime novels to have strong romantic themes, then you will enjoy Eve Rabi’s multi-genre books. 
In her spare time, Eve likes to dance like no one is watching. 
She also likes to eat like no one is watching. That's why she has to dance so often.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

#Review: LAST DUKE STANDING by Cheryl Bolen


  4 of 5 stars

Alex, the new Duke of Fordham never thought he'd inherit the title, but when his older brother seemingly dies in his sleep, Alex is thrust into the title. When his deceased brother's betrothed Georgianna Fenton wants to see his body to say goodbye, she discovers that Freddie didn't die of natural causes, but was murdered in his sleep. Alex and Georgianna share the responsibility of going through Freddie's papers and they are on the hunt for a killer. The more time they spend together, the more they realize that are perfect for each other. Can Georgianna finally admit her feelings for Alex before it's too late?


I didn't read the first 2 books about Alex's two friends, but I was able to read this book without too much trouble. The plot moved along nicely and I enjoyed the lively banter between Alex and Georgianna. I had guessed the killer's identity about 1/2 way through the book, but certainly not all the particulars behind the motive. This was a most enjoyable story and fans of regency romance will certainly like this one.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Interview with Anya J Cosgrove, SHADOW WALKER

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?

Shadow Walker is Book 1 in a series called Bloody Hearts. It’s about a newborn witch and the two brothers that teach her the ropes of the supernatural world. I was heavily influenced by both Supernatural and Vampire Diaries. I hope it delivers heart-pounding suspense, snarky humor, a sexy love triangle, and brotherly banter.

Do you have a favorite character?
Of course! The guys are my favorites.
Thom is sweet, kind, level-headed, but he also has an edge. He’s a fierce protector of the ones he loves. Whenever the other characters are spinning out of control, I can always count on him to fix the situation and tell them the truth right to their faces. 

Liam is a sexy renegade demon with a temper, but he’s also witty and loyal to the bone. He struggles with his demon impulses and is a joy to write. His powers are also an endless source of fun.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes. The villain was a nameless face to me at first. It was a congregation of demons, but I quickly realized that I needed more.

I needed a more profound and personal vendetta. Someone that wasn’t all black or white. Then came Frank Hale, and while he says and does odious things, getting to know him has completely changed the series from start to finish. He’s unhinged, smart, misogynistic and disgusting. But he has reasons and motivations that make sense. I tried to abide by the rule that the best villains believe they are the heroes of their story.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I was super involved. My designer is amazing!  I told her my goal was to be marketable and so she had to tell me if my ideas sucked or needed revisions, but I chose the exact picture of the model. My sister and best friend helped me look at dozens of half-naked men. That was actually a pretty good night!

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Music!!! Almost all my chapter titles are song titles.  

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes. I got a dev-edit, a line-edit, and a proofreader. I’m French-Canadian, so if there was one area I wasn’t going to overlook, it was the editing.


What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey? 
I must function as an artist but also as a business. I need to keep my receipts for taxes (yuck), and budget for marketing, and all those things I’d rather not do but hey, life is not all hot men and chocolate! (Why not, though???)

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes! People think marketing is a drag, but I found researching it totally time-consuming and—in a weird way—fascinating. I learned about newsletters, reader magnets, ARCs, book tours, cover reveals. I gave myself 6 months between my “okay, I’m publishing this” and my release date to research everything and write the third book. I’m almost done with both. I have no idea if I did any of it right! Ah!

What advice would you give a new author just entering the self-publishing arena?
In a way, I’m almost just starting myself, but I heard one piece of advice when I went to my first author conference, and I stuck by it 100%. 

Don’t worry too much about what comes after and finish the damn book!
If it’s finished: research, research, research. Think about the BEST way to market your book baby. Make your decision on what’s best for your book, for you, and not what others think you should do (after your research and weigh all the pros/cons, obviously.)

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love animals. I’m a veterinarian by day. I’m also a fierce gamer.




Shadow Walker
Anya J. Cosgrove
Publication date: January 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

A newborn witch is rescued by two smoking-hot brothers. Can she unravel their dark secrets? Or will she lose her soul trying?
Alana sucks at witchcraft. Healing, telepathy, seeing through illusions… she can’t master any of it.
Sparring with the six-foot-three muscular Walker brothers doesn’t help her focus. Alana’s not about to let herself fall for a man—or a demon—especially not the ones that abducted her in an attempt to save her life.
When a bitter demon learns of Alana’s existence, he’ll stop at nothing to possess her and drive a wedge between the two brothers. If Alana can’t learn to use her powers, she’ll die. If she can’t discern illusion from reality, she’ll lose her mind.
Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.
Demons, witches, forbidden love… visit the otherworld today.



Author Bio:
Anya J Cosgrove lives in Québec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.
What would Buffy do? Kick ass!
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#Excerpt: KISSING PRINCE CHARMING by Frankie Love and CM Seabrook


Kissing Princeton Charming
C.M. Seabrook & Frankie Love
Publication date: January 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

We have reputations for a reason.
His?
Spencer Beckett:
Princeton Charming. Ivy League Playboy. Rich AF.
Hers?
Charlotte Hayes:
Campus sweetheart. Virgin. Working her booty off to get through this last semester.
When a bet pushes these two together it’s fire and ice … and Charlotte is melting.
Fast.
But Charlotte has a chip on her shoulder. She doesn’t believe that fairy tales exists in the real world.
One kiss tells her this is a bad idea.
Two kisses tells her he’s too good to be true.
Three kisses and she’s royally screwed.
Spencer Beckett might be everyone else’s Prince Charming but can he sweep this princess off her feet.

EXCERPT:
His eyes are bright, like he sees something he likes, something he wants. It takes me a moment to realize that thing is me.
His hand cups my cheek. “You are an enigma, Charlie Hayes.”
I draw in a tight breath. “And you are very smooth.”
Wait, how does he know my last name? Or for that matter where I live. This whole thing is unnerving.
“You like smooth?” His mouth is so close. His lips practically on mine.
God, I want him. But warning bells blare in my head. I should tell him to leave. Instead, I stutter over words, “I’ve never had smooth.” It’s the truth. I’ve had boys kiss me who didn’t know what they were doing, sloppy and unremarkable. I’ve had guys kiss me who were desperate and trying way too hard.
But Spencer Beckett is neither a high school boy nor a clingy college guy. He is something else entirely. He knows what to do as he lifts my chin ever so slightly. As he licks his lips, tempting me to lick my own. His eyes search mine and for a moment I feel found — or at least seen.
“You said yes before,” he rasps, blue eyes searching mine.
I whimper, “I…”
“I’m going to kiss you now, Charlie.” His head lowers, and his lips brush against mine before I have a chance to change my mind.
One kiss and I know I’m in trouble.
One taste and I know my resolve is gone.

Author Bio:
Frankie Love writes filthy-sweet stories about bad boys and mountain men. As a thirty-something mom who is ridiculously in love with her own bearded hottie, she believes in
love-at-first-sight and happily-ever-afters. She also believes in the power of a quickie.

Author links:
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Amazon bestselling author C.M. Seabrook writes hot, steamy romances with possessive bad boys, and the passionate, fiery women who love them. Swoonworthy romances from the heart!

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

#Review: THE HIGHLAND RENEGADE by Amy Jarecki



  4 of 5 stars

Laird Robert Grant has had his eye on Janet Cameron, daughter of a highland laird, for a while even though the 2 clans are sworn enemies. When she travels to a nearby town with her brother, Kennan, to celebrate the festival of Samhain, Robert hopes to get to know her better. Unfortunately, due to a series of unfortunate events, Robert ends up rescuing Janet from the clutches of British soldiers and they head to the mountains to lose them. 

I enjoyed this story, but I thought Janet was a bit obnoxious in the beginning of the story. Her disdain for Robert was enforced by the opinions of her father and brother. All that changes when due to an accident while fleeing the British, she is forced to recover at Robert's home. I liked Janet's kindness to Robert's sister Emma and slowly she begins to see for herself that Robert is a kind and caring laird. Their attraction for each other grows even though Robert knows Janet's father will never give his permission for Robert to marry Janet. The story dragged a bit getting to the conclusion and I did skip a number of pages to reach the end and find out what happens. Fans of Scottish history and romance will enjoy this story.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

2 #FREE books, JASON, REECE, SINGLE DADDY CLUB by best-selling author Donna Fasano


The Single Daddy Club: Jason

Blurb:
For widowed police officer Jason Devlin taking care of his baby girl is usually a piece of cake--until his housekeeper quits, leaving him desperate enough to hire the first qualified person who rings his doorbell.

Runaway heiress Katie Smythe is a pampered debutante about to take on her greatest challenge, her very first job--as a nanny.

Jason is thanking his lucky stars that Katie has shown up at his house. She's the perfect nanny for his little girl--and beautiful beyond belief, leading Jason to rethink his single status. But just wait until he discovers who this nick-of-time nanny really is!


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The Single Daddy Club: Reece

Blurb:
The only remaining single guy in the Single Dad Club, Reece Newton. Marriage may be the answer for all his friends, but not for this contented father of one. Of course, the right woman could change his mind…

When someone ransacks Maggie’s house and puts her life in jeopardy, the lovely lady has nowhere to run—except into Reece's protective embrace.

Against his better judgment, Reece offers Maggie a safe haven in his home. Her mere presence changes the lives of father and son more than he ever dreamed possible. But will Maggie ever get this bachelor dad to the altar?



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Interview with Caiseal Mor, KING OF THE BLIND

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
King of the Blind is a story about the life changing power of gratitude. It’s actually two stories rolled into one. It’s the tale of the great 17th century Irish Harper Turlough O’Carolan told by his former manservant Hugh Connor. O’Carolan was the son of a blacksmith who took up the harp in his late teens and became renowned as Ireland’s Chief Musician and national composer. His life was very hard but he rose to the challenges placed before him and was universally loved during his lifetime. King of the Blind is based on historical records as well as folk tales I’ve been collecting for more than 30 years. O’Carolan often spoke about his encounters with the Good People ( a.k.a. the Faeries ). He claimed these mystical beings had given him his most beautiful tunes.

Do you have a favorite character?
Well, the storyteller, Red Hugh Connor, is my favourite character. He spends his days telling tales. He’s very much like me, except that I don’t drink. In fact, he’s probably the closest character to me that I’ve ever written. Mischievous, gift of the gab and a generous host all rolled into one. I also have an Irish temper and a desire to control my immediate environment, though I’d never go so far as to manipulate people the way he does. I just don’t have that in me. I love stories so Hugh has a pretty good life from my point of view.
King of the Blind is the first part of a story centred on Red Hugh, the storyteller.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
King of the Blind was first published by Random House and Simon and Schuster in 1998 as Carolan’s Concerto. It was my fifth published novel. I have completely rewritten the original, restoring scenes that my agent and editor at the time felt needed to be cut, and creating new scenes to flesh out the story a bit. I think of King of the Blind as a kind of Director’s Cut.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
To be honest, I never really thought I’d be a writer. I failed English at high-school and was told I’d never be a great communicator. The whole author thing happened completely by chance and I just sort of ran with it. Many years ago, I had a market stall selling my artworks. Through that business I met a literary agent who asked me to write eight chapters of a novel. I took three weeks to write those eight chapters. She was so impressed she sent them to the major publishers. Before I knew what had hit me I had a three-book deal with Random House. It was all agreed on the strength of those unfinished eight chapters. My first novel, “The Circle and The Cross” was a bestseller. I’ll be re-publishing it next month. I’ve had 18 books published. I still don’t think of myself as a writer. I’m more of a storyteller who struck it lucky.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’ve managed to have all the rights for my novels and books returned to me. I don’t have any publishing contracts. Instead I’ve decided to self-publish for the moment, at least. I like the independence it gives me. I’m self-publishing a graphic novels series at the moment called Veil of the Gods. Everything was created by me. Artwork, layout, typefaces and story. I love being at the coal face, creating a beautiful book. It’s the creative experience that means most to me. I’m not really concerned whether my work is popular or not. I just love creating. So, being an Indie author suits me perfectly.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Right from the first novel I had published in 1995 I’ve been the creator of the cover designs. Every novel I had published featured my cover. I didn’t know how rare this was until I spoke with other authors. The creation of a cover is integral to the writing of the novel as far as I’m concerned. It’s all part of the process.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?

I like to write reclining, either on a sofa or in bed with a laptop. I find that sitting at a desk creates too many distractions. I also like to write in the dark so I draw the curtains during the day. I get a lot more done when I don’t have any sense of time passing. I average twelve to fifteen hours day when I’m writing. I usually work in silence, but with King of the Blind I had a mixtape of Turlough O’Carolan’s amazing music and other Baroque pieces from the era on continuous loop.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I don’t outline my stories. I know where the story ends and where it begins. That’s all. Often, I don’t even know who all the characters are. In the case of King of the Blind I had historical references to O’Carolan and folk stories to work from. It was just a case of hammering them into a complete tale and fleshing out the characters.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
An editor is absolutely essential. I have an unusual editorial process. I have never written more than one draft. When that’s done I show the manuscript to a few friends and take their advice seriously- though not slavishly. There may be structural changes that have to be made. Some juggling of scenes often occurs. When those things are sorted out I give it to a professional editor. Once I have completed the editor’s notes I feel I’ve got a viable novel on my hands but I re-read everything a few more times to iron out the fine details.

 What’s next for you?
This month I’m putting the finishing touches on the republished version of my first novel, The Circle and The Cross. I’m also working on the second chapter of my graphic novel series- Veil of the Gods. Over the next 12-18 months I’ll be getting the rest of my back catalogue polished up and ready to be republished as well. It’s all very exciting and a lot of fun.



BLURB:

In 1688 a plague of smallpox swept through Ireland. Like many others, eighteen year old Turlough O’Carolan was struck down. He was one of the lucky ones to survive. However, the sickness cost him his eyesight. Within two years of being blinded he’d learned to play the harp and taken to the road as a travelling musician. In time he’d be considered the greatest of all the Irish harpers. His music is still played all around the world today.

To the end of his days he always maintained that Otherworldly beings, known in Ireland as the Shee, had granted him the gift of music and were responsible for at least some of his compositions. This is a story from a time when the veil between the worlds was thinner and belief in the mystical “Good People”, was still strong.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Caiseal Mor is an Australian sci-fi and fantasy novelist, artist and musician. Ancient Celtic Folklore has been a major inspiration for his thirteen published Fantasy novels. Mór also composes and records music, having produced seventeen albums since 1995. He is well known for his self-designed book and album covers and his intricate artworks in both traditional and digital mediums. Since 2013 he has been developing a distinctive graphic art style and creating digital sculptures in 3D.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

#Review: TO RUIN A GENTLEMAN by Shana Galen

  5 of 5 stars
 
I've been a fan of Ms. Galen for a while now and have thoroughly enjoyed her previous books. "To Ruin a Gentleman" is the start of a new series and I absolutely loved it! The story is told from father to son and follows the widowed Comtesse Angelette and Viscount Hugh Daventry during the start of the French revolution. I felt like I was living through this awful time the writing was so visceral. Not many authors can successfully convey a complete story in a novella, but Ms. Galen accomplishing just that. I couldn't read fast enough to find out what happened to Hugh and Angelette during that time.

I loved Tom's reaction after his father had finished telling him the tale of the real Scarlet Pimpernel. He was dumbfounded as he always believed his parents were extremely dull. What other secrets did his parents have? I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories in this series.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review and was not obligated to leave a review.

Monday, January 14, 2019

#Excerpt: FOR HER HONOR by Holly Bush


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1873 –

Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables in Virginia, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.

And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.

Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be the wiser.

Adam, now determined to secure the Gentry legacy, plans to save longtime family friend Emmaline from her embarrassment with an offer of marriage. But what Adam didn’t plan on was how his unexpected attraction to her would stir something inside of him, something he's kept locked deep within.

Can love finds its way between two troubled souls, one driven by duty, the other by honor, both determined to find their way home?

Excerpt:

Adam thought that she really did need some rest as it seemed to him she was holding herself upright by sheer will alone. He stood at his place. Everyone turned their heads to him as if he would be giving another toast like Matt had done, making everyone chuckle, and then Jim, whose wishes for them had everyone in the room misty-eyed, including him. But his mother and Mrs. Somerset, his mother-in-law, strange as that sounded, both looked at Emmaline and stood.

“Come along now,” Louise said to Jane and Phillip and Betsy and motioning to Edwin to help her from her chair. “This has been a long day and I am exhausted.”

“Yes. I am as well,” Eleanor said. “And these children have near worn themselves out.”

Everyone drifted to the front hallway, gathering wraps and kissing children. Jim had Nettie’s two in his arms, carrying them outside to their carriage. Adam helped Louise into her seat and kissed her cheek as Edwin gathered the reins and nodded at him.

“See that Emmaline lies down, won’t you, Adam? I’m so worried for her,” Louise said.

“Of course. It’s been a trying week, but I think it was a beautiful and memorable day.”

She nodded and looked at him with watery eyes. “It has. Thank you.”

Matt and Annie were walking home, and he waved at them after kissing the children and thanking them. He went back inside and found Emmaline hurrying to the door.

“Tell mother to wait,” she began and then looked at him, her face going scarlet. “I don’t live there anymore, do I?”

About the Author:

Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and an occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. 

She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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