Saturday, July 30, 2016

Giveaway: My Last Love Story

MY LAST LOVE STORY by Falguni Kothari

Date of Publication: May 15, 2016


Love is meant to heal wounds.

Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.

Love has ripped my life apart, and shattered my soul.

I love my husband, and he loves me. But Nirvaan is dying.

I love my husband. I want to make him happy. But he is asking for the impossible.

He is asking me to make lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.

I can't.

I don't want a baby. I don't want to make nice with Zayaan.

I don't want another chance at another love story.

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About Falguni Kothari

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. She's published in India in contemporary fiction with global e-book availability, and launched her mythic fantasy series, The Age of Kali, in November of 2015. When not writing or dancing or being house-wifey, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with readers.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Flash Fire

FLASH FIRE by Dana Marton

Date of Publication: July 29, 2016


2016 RITA Award Winner (highest industry award for romance novels)

Former SEAL turned lawless mercenary Light Walker just wants to be left alone to avenge his brother's death. He wants nothing to do with Clara Roberts, a by-the-book investigator on a secret mission, who is trying to talk (cough) badger (cough) him into helping her recover an American teenager who'd disappeared abroad. Clara Roberts isn't crazy about the uneasy partnership either. How can tequila-swilling Walker be her best option? And, dear Lord, the things that come out of that man's mouth!

Soon the sparks they generate--and the trouble they stir up--threaten to set the jungle ablaze. But as attraction grows into love, looming danger turns into all-out war. Clara and Walker must hold on to each other and race against time to survive. Fast-paced, heart pounding, laugh-out-loud funny. Get ready for a wild adventure!

"If you enjoy books by Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Cindy Gerard, or Anne Stuart, you will love Ms. Marton's outstanding read of danger, action, thrills, heartbreak, and mystery in this fast pace action thriller." Page by Page Reviews

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About Dana Marton

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Dana Marton has thrilled and entertained millions of readers around the globe with her fast-paced stories about strong women and honorable men who fight side by side for justice and survival.

Kirkus Reviews calls her writing "compelling and honest." RT Book Review Magazine said, "Marton knows what makes a hero...her characters are sure to become reader favorites." Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, "gripping," "intense and chilling," "full of action," "a thrilling adventure," and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers' Choice Award, and the RITA Award.

Keeping in touch with readers is Dana's favorite part of being an author. Please connect with her via her web site ( or her Facebook page (

Having lived around the world, Dana currently creates her compelling stories in a small and lovely little town in Pennsylvania. The fictional town of her bestselling Broslin Creek series is based on her real life home where she fights her addictions to reading, garage sales, coffee and chocolate. If you know a good twelve-step program to help her with any of that, she'd be interested in hearing about it! :-)

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Cover Reveal: A Tragic Consequence

Today is the cover reveal for A Tragic Consequence by JC Morrows. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

A Tragic ConsequenceA Tragic Consequence (Order of the MoonStone #4)
by JC Morrows
Genre: Dystopian
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 25 October 2016


Not exactly a safe place for a former assassin and a prince with a price on his head.

In the dark streets of Auralius, Kayden and her prince struggle to find a way to set the country right again. But the Order of the MoonStone has a long reach and a strong grip.

Will the two of them be able to find a way to bring down Kayden's former employers?

Or will Kayden's unusual charm help them to find an ally where there was none?

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A Country… A King… A Choice…

When she falls in love with her target, Kayden realizes she cannot fulfill her mission. Now she will have to reveal her deepest, darkest secrets to the Prince… or it could mean both their lives.

This FREE digital sampler includes excerpts from the first four books in JC Morrows' romantic, edge-of-your-seat suspense-filled, bestselling young adult series—as well as a teaser to the highly anticipated fifth book, A Broken Kingdom!

You can get this sampler for free at the following places:
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About the Author:
JC Morrows - Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader - is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn't stop.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Love Shack Book Tour

Love Shack: Tiny Houses, Big Hearts Book 1 by Roxy Mews

Date of Publication: July 12, 2016


Living tiny doesn't leave many places to hide.

Tiny Houses, Big Hearts, Book 1

Felicity Newhouse left a life of excess for a tiny house-and she's never felt richer. She'd like to give back to the artisanal community who gave her wounded spirit a place to land, but she wants to do it on her own terms. Except she's been turned down for a loan four times. And the fifth bank on her list isn't looking too promising, either.

The woman sitting across Brandon Halston's desk must be out of her mind. Who'd want to live in a house the size of his walk-in closet, much less create an entire community of them? He's drawn to her soft beauty and her ideals, but business is business. When her story hits the news, Brandon's boss solves the PR nightmare by ordering him to spend a month in her house-while cameras roll.

The heat between them boils over like the water for their morning coffee. But when one person is hiding who they really are, passion may not be enough to clean up the dirt someone is digging up behind the scenes.

Warning: This book contains copious amounts of coffee and sex in confined spaces. If the tiny house is rockin' don't come a-knockin'.

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Roxy wrote her first story at age six on an electric typewriter. It was about a cat and a haunted house. Thankfully, her stories and technology have matured since then. Now Roxy spends her days fighting the evil day job in hopes of conquering the stories that run rampant in her head when she comes home at night. When she discovered Erotic Romance, Roxy fell in love. She can't wait to share all her fun and sexy stories with everyone.

Contact me at if you are in need of some snarky PNR for your blog.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Release: Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub

Welcome to fictional Mundy’s Landing, New York, where a century ago, a family awakened to find the corpse of a schoolgirl lovingly tucked into a spare bedroom. A note beneath her pillow read simply, Sleep Well Until Tomorrow. No one knew who she was, where she’d come from—or why a dastardly predator had staged the odd tableau beneath a stranger’s roof.

A week later, the bizarre scenario was repeated at a neighboring home. And then at a third. The victims, never identified, were buried in the local churchyard, their murderer never caught.

Every year on the anniversary of the historic crimes, the Mundy’s Landing Historical Society increases its longstanding reward to anyone who can solve the Sleeping Beauty Murders. Colloquially dubbed “Mundypalooza,” the event draws an annual influx of armchair detectives, true crime buffs, the media, curious tourists, and ghoulish crackpots.

July 2016 marks a hundred years since the predator prowled the quiet streets and private homes. All three original Murder Houses are still standing—vintage Victorian houses occupied by ordinary families, just as they were a century ago. Unwitting families, with no idea that a shadowy figure named Holmes has solved the notorious 1916 murders and is planning deadly nocturnal visits to each Murder House.

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Girl from Jussara

Girl from Jussara
By Hettie Ivers
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

What if your “soul mate” was a monster? Would you embrace your destiny? Or chop his head off in his sleep?

After escaping the supernatural beast who claimed to be her fated mate, a pregnant, 16-year-old Lupe finds refuge with the Reinoso werelock pack, forging a complicated love-friendship with both the pack's charming, former Alpha, Alcaeus, and the dark and enigmatic pack doctor, Kai.

This is the story of Lupe and of how she managed to get Alcaeus and the rest of the Reinoso male werelocks so well wrapped around her little finger.

Prequel to "Slip of Fate." May be read as a standalone or as part of the Werelock Evolution series.

**Mature Content Warning** - This story contains violence, dark subject matter, strong language, and sexual situations and is intended for adult readers.

Author Bio

Hettie Ivers loves to tell stories—the more twisty, darkly humorous and smutty, the better! A workaholic insomniac with an overly active imagination, Hettie began writing as a distraction from the real life corporate mergers that were giving her nightmares.

As a dog lover and lover of hot men, she thought it'd be fun to write about both—combined into one paranormal package. Hettie favors stories in which realistic, relatable characters must navigate fantastical, larger-than-life circumstances. She's a sucker for sexy antiheroes, underdogs, and flawed protagonists, and she enjoys fresh spins on classic tropes with a sprinkling of satire.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Born This Way Premiere

Check out the new show called Born This Way, which will premiere tomorrow-Tuesday July 26. You can watch it on A&E at 10/9c. It is a great show that follows around 7 people that were born with Down Syndrome. Explore their world and what they face daily. Below is a trailer so you can get a little teaser of the show.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Soul Knows

The Soul Knows
Desraye Halon
Genre: Spiritual, Nonfiction

The Soul Knows goes in depth explaining my own awakening, ascension, channeling, energies and self healing to help others. I was born with psychic intuition and have learned how to use my gifts to help others. I have gone through two deaths in my life and have been revived back to life to give insight to what is beyond. I have also gone through a rude spiritual awakening to who and what I am and the whole of everything. I have and still receive conscious channeled information from my higher self, angels, my guides and other higher beings. This is about knowing who you truly are from within and remembering who you are. As millions of people around the world have already remembered or awakened to who they are, but not sure where to turn for answers, of the how, who, where, what and why. This has the answers to help you, a family member or friends to know how to handle a spiritual awakening and everything that comes with it. To dealing with the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of it.

Author Bio

Desraye Halon is a spiritual helper, writer and artist in Phoenix, AZ. She has written three books,recently finishing her newest book, The Soul Knows. She goes in depth website to give free information to all about spirits, energies, dimensions and beyond. Her intuition includes a knowing, talking to her guides and angels. She does see, hear and feel spirits and their energy. She works with energy to heal. She has some of her artwork displayed in the downtown Phoenix, AZ area.

Enjoy 15% off of The Soul Knows until the end of July!
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Devious Little Liars


Sometimes the thing you want most can cost you everything.

After ten tumultuous years as the wife of a feared mob boss—five of them spent alone, thanks to her husband's incarceration—Rena Rosetti is tired of watching the men Tony left in charge ruin his criminal empire.

Though she has a fight on her hands, she's determined to prove that the old-school ways of the Cosa Nostra need to be permanently laid to rest. But power means nothing with no one at her side.

Rena has done her best to ignore the fire Shane Van Adams ignites in her, because…well, he's her daughter Tricia's boyfriend. But when Tricia decides she no longer wants him, Rena isn't prepared for the onslaught when Shane turns those penetrating hazel eyes her way.

Finally, Rena has everything she ever wanted. But all things come with a price, and she's made some dangerous enemies. Forced to battle mob rivals out to take her down, she must face the harshest truth of all—that the greatest danger she faces is the man sharing her bed.

Warning: Advanced mind games between a sassy broad who bites her tongue for no one, and a younger man who, given the chance, could have been the smoothest criminal of all.
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Erin Ashley Tanner is the creator of stories featuring fierce females and the men who love them.
Prior to journeying into the world of contemporary romance, Erin wrote paranormal romance for Evernight Publishing. Her debut novel, Goddess of Legend released in October 2013, was an Amazon bestseller and was the first in her Demi-God Daughters paranormal romance series. The follow up, Goddess by Chance was released in November 2014.
Dirty Little Secrets was Erin's first book with Samhain Publishing. Her next release with Samhain, Devious Little Lies, released in June 2016.


Born This Way

I was able to get a sneak peek of a new show that is getting ready to premiere. I am now a big fan of BORN THIS WAY, a series that follows the lives of 7 people born with Down Syndrome. Catch the season premiere on A&E on July 26th at 10/9c.

Stay tuned here on my blog for further updates.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kindle World: Special Forces: Operation Alpha

Debuting on July21st, 2016, the characters you have come to love in the SEAL of Protection and Delta Force Heroes Series' will be showcased in their very own Kindle World!

Special Forces: Operation Alpha is an amazing world where you can read about Wolf, Abe, Cookie, Mozart, Dude, Benny & Tex, (SEALS) and Ghost, Fletch, Coach, Hollywood, Beatle, Blade & Truck (Deltas) in OTHER authors' books.

So, what authors will be writing in the Special Forces Kindle World?

Anne Conley
Redemption for Misty
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: Promises are meant to be broken and consequences are worth accepting when danger threatens what you love the most.

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Gennita Low
No Protection
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: He's discovering there is no protection from the past and with a woman strong enough to fight beside him, certainly none for his heart.
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Jordan Dane
Redemption for Avery
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World

Blurb: When he sleeps, the hunt begins. FBI Profiler Ryker Townsend is a rising star in Quantico’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, but his dark secret could cost him his career. When he sleeps, he has visions of his next case. He sees through the eyes of the dead, the last images imprinted on their retinas. His nightmares are riddled with clues he must decipher to hunt humanity’s Great White Shark—the serial killer.
While he’s investigating the shocking slaughter of a seventeen-year old girl at Big Bear Lake, the tormented soul of another dead child appears to him in broad daylight. Twelve-year old Avery Reed reaches out to Ryker—a disheveled and haunted girl, unable to speak—held earthbound out of love for her grief-stricken brother, Sam. Avery’s presence draws Ryker into a sinister conspiracy and she has a desperate message for her brother, if she can make Ryker understand.

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Lainey Reese
Protecting New York
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: When ghosts from their past infringe upon their present and threaten their personal paradise, Dude and Cheyenne must rely on the help of friends, new and old, to keep from losing what matters most—each other.

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Leigh Carman
Freeing Falcon
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: Babysitting rich idiots isn’t his job. But when Tucker finally meets the stunning and seriously spoiled Falcon, he realizes maybe this mission isn't so bad.

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Lindsay Cross
Aaron’s Honor
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: He'd sworn to protect and he'd failed. Now Aaron lived for one purpose- to rescue the woman he lost before she’s sold into slavery and spend the rest of his life making her see how much he loves her.

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MJ Nightingale

Protecting Beauty
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: FBI agent Tex Keegan will come across his first case, the case that soured him on the slow wheels of justice, and tortured him for over a decade, making him the man he has become. Living through it again is something he never wanted to do. But he may have no choice.

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Rochelle Paige
Protection Crisis
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: Sparks fly when he hunts Chloe down, and Kael quickly discovers he has something in common with her stalker—an obsession with the beautiful actress.
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Shauna Allen
Awakening Aubrey
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: When love at first sight turns into sexy nights, hard choices, and a life or death mission, will Jude and Aubrey fight for each other or let their future die?
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Desiree Holt
Protecting Maddie
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: He has to protect her from a mob boss, get protection for her parents, and do all this while fighting a blazing attraction for the woman, an attraction that threatens to incinerate them every time they are in the same room together.

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Elle Christensen
Finding Ayva
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: He’ll protect her from danger until she is of age and able to cross into the Fae realm. But, will that be time enough to make her fall in love with him?

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Elle James
Cowboy D-Force
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: When the stalker becomes the predator, the power of Delta Force brotherhood becomes a force to reckon with.

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Kathy Ivan
Saving Sarah
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: Can they find her before it's too late, or will their quest cost more than one life?
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Kori David
Rescuing Pandora
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: He joins forces with a deadly Delta Force team to rescue the woman he never stopped loving, and try to get them out of the country before ISIS can destroy them all.
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Liz Crowe
Marking Mariah
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: When terrifying, inexplicable violence rips the sleepy community apart, Trigger is forced back into action--where he must accept his feelings about

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Magan Vernon
Protecting Us
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: Now both of their lives are unraveling and the only way they're able to stay afloat is if they protect each other.

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Maryann Jordan
Protecting Love
Special Forces: Operation Alpha Kindle World
Blurb: When Evie is threatened, Patrick rushes to save her, vowing to protect her at all costs.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

All Hallow's Eve

All Hallow's Eve by Richard Laymon

Date of Publication: June 7, 2016


This sleepy town may never recover from this nightmare. Every town has as a past but the grizzly murder of the Sherwood family is one the small town of Ashburg barely recovered from. The Sherwood house has remained vacant for years so who is sending out invitations for a party there? The townspeople are intrigued and who can resist a party at the murder house on Allhallow's Eve? This title was previously published in 1985

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About Richard Laymon

Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cavalier, and in anthologies including Modern Masters of Horror.

He died from a massive heart attack on February 14, 2001 (Valentine's Day).

Also published under the name Richard Kelly

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Book of the Month

Have you book lovers heard about the Book of the Month service? I was curious and had been considering joining to help feed my book addiction. However, this month, I had no excuse not to try it as they have a fantastic special!

You can sign up here.

Get a one month subscription for only $5 and that includes FREE shipping, just use the code JULY5. You can also sign up for a 3 month subscription and get a free tote and sunglasses this month. Book of the Month gives FREE shipping each month with your subscription. I hope you join and enjoy. I would love to have a comment that you joined and what book you selected!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Guest Post-Deborah Ann Davis

Deborah Ann Davis has so graciously given me a guest post for today and I am thrilled to bring you info on her book Fairly Certain.

DEBORAH ANN DAVIS has been writing since she was assigned to keep a Journal in her 5th grade English class. She began to look around for writing inspiration. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny stories just waiting to be told. As she grew older, occasionally she could manipulate one into some school assignment, but it never occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.

After a string of college majors, she realized she could have a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As it turns out, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? Then there's the added bonus that once kids know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh.

Go figure.

In addition to Writing, she is also an Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer. She taught for 25+ years, although somewhere in the middle of all that educating, she stepped out of teaching for 6 years to do the Mommy Thing, and run the office for their family construction company.

Even though they had followed separate paths, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart, twelve years after their first kiss. Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years their daughter and their money went to college.

They currently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. She enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. She promotes increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on Merry Meddling.

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it— including becoming an author at any age— but it’s way more fun if you are grinning back when the Universe smiles down on you.

Deborah’s latest book is the new adult novel, Fairly Certain.
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About the Book:
Title: Fairly Certain
Author: Deborah Ann Davis
Publisher: D&D Universe
Pages: 196
Genre: New Adult
What happens when a Computer Geek challenges a Medieval Outlaw?

PETIR TAKES A ROUGH TUMBLE IN THE CONNECTICUT WOODS, and awakens in the middle of old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow… and arrow. In his college world, fair maiden types don’t ordinarily go for computer geek types, but for some reason, he is no longer in his world. Petir’s fairly certain he can try whatever he wants without consequence… but the fair maiden isn’t playing fair.

WITH THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ROYALS ESCALATING, MAID RIANNE has joined the outlaws hiding in the woods, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she is simply flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her knight. But, that doesn’t explain her reaction to Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze.

TO PETIR’S DELIGHT, AND MAID RIANNE’S DISMAY, the outlaws invite him to join their merry band. What better way to get close to her? Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. It’s fun and games, until Maid Rianne is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue a fair maiden who has become much more than fair game.

“Adorably romantic!” An absolutely fun, adorable, romantic read that will thoroughly entertain you, no ifs, ands, or buts! The plot was extremely unique and I l-o-v-e-d just how unusual it was. It was thoughtfully planned out and written with a smooth glide, seemingly effortless on the author’s part. The ending was surprisingly unexpected and I’m thinking I really, really like this new-to-me-author, Ms. Deborah Ann Davis! I’m already anxiously awaiting her next book. Don’t miss Fairly Certain or I’m completely certain you’ll be upset you did!
-- Review by bookshellz
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10 Things You Might Not Know About Fairly Certain

1. Although it was published first, Fairly Certain was the second book I wrote. The first book, Fairly Safe, comes out soon. It was interrupted when I attended my first Renaissance Faire in Guilford, CT. I stood in the middle of the concourse, watching everything proceed around me, and developed the storyline in my head right then and there.
2. Fairly Certain has a hint of magical realism in the form of a legend surrounding The Kissing Booth, owned and run by Gypsy Ana. The overriding question is whether or not the tale is true. You can decide for yourself once you read the story. If you aren’t sure, read Fairly Safe to decide.
3. While sitting around munching on venison, Petir describes a Top Down Trophic Cascade that happened in Yellowstone Park when the wolves were hunted and wiped out. That is actually a true story. When an ecosystem loses a top predator, the prey goes un-hunted and flourishes. The larger prey population soon wipes out its food source, usually plants. Other populations of organisms that depend on those plants also start to fail. So do the organisms that feed on them. Wiping out the plants brings an additional blow. Their roots no longer can hold the soil, so erosion increases. Soil gets washed into bodies of water by rain, and ends up compromising the water habitats. You know Nature had it all in balance before humans messed with it, right?
4. The middle-age Environmental Science teacher who bounces on her toes when she gets excited is based on a real person…me.
5. Friar Tuck was a disenfranchised monk who joined Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men. In this quirky twist on the Robin Hood tale, my Fryer Tuck is the head cook for the outlaw camp, and also the father to Will and Dale. They, too, belonged to Robin Hood’s band in the original story. There is a list in the back of Fairly Certain of the characters I “borrowed” from Robin Hood (and a couple from King Arthur’s tale thrown in for good measure).
6. The idea from Assassin’s Creed came from some of my Biology students who were hanging out in my classroom after school. While they were talking about gaming, I was quietly taking notes.
7. All of my loveable characters are composites of the wonderful students I’ve taught over the years. The negative characters come from TV and movies. I’ve never actually had any raunchy, villainous students in the 27 years I taught high school. (Yay!)
8. I used to say, “Meet my staff,” and point to my daughter. After I wrote Fairly Certain (and she moved to LA to attend law school), I started saying, “Meet my staff,” and pointed to my broomstick. If I had a crutch, I’d use that, but the broomstick will have to do.
9. You probably know that porridge, treacle and venison are all edible. Did you know that fiddleheads (young fern shoots), young milkweed shoots and mandrake root are also edible? Of course you did.
10. “Toward” is used in the USA; “Towards” is used in the British Isles. You might notice I use the former when Petir is in Connecticut, and the latter is used when he is at the Outlaw Camp.
You are invited to visit to read an excerpt. May the Universe always smile down on you.
Deborah Ann Davis

Book Excerpt:
Maid Rianne

Her stance was relaxed, her feet about a shoulder’s width apart. Backlit by the sun peeking through the trees, the loose leggings she wore hinted at the shape of her legs. The shapeless jacket topping them was cinched at a small waist. A bow was draped over her shoulder, and an accompanying quiver of arrows hung across her back, its sling defining curves hidden by the baggy jacket. One hand rested on a sheathed dagger hanging from the belt. In the other, she held what looked like a walking stick. She stood there, a true warrior, her sharp gaze appraising the scene, ignoring the tail-wagging, three legged dog competing for her attention.
Wow! What movie did she just walk out of? As far as Petir knew, girls from Connecticut didn’t walk around armed to the teeth. Unexpectedly, this dream had just developed some serious potential.
As she stepped closer, the sunlight splashed across her face, revealing a scowl. Her black-brown hair was all but hidden under a peaked green cap. Her gaze narrowed at his open-mouthed stare. He snapped his jaw shut and began scrambling to his feet.
He barely registered the boys skirting him to stand by the warrior girl. Most of his attention was hijacked by his thigh. Shocked by the sudden onslaught of pain, he collapsed on the ground, gasping as he grabbed his leg.
Should there be this kind of agony in a dream?
“Take this, John.” The girl shoved her walking stick at one of the larger boys.
“But, mistress,” he protested as she handed the bow to another boy, “if ’tis indeed a trap?”
Mistress? Petir eased himself into a sitting position, trying to decide if he dared massage his injury.
“With you wielding the staff and Dale the bow, I shall be well protected.” She smiled reassuringly at the boy as she unslung the quiver and passed it to the one called Dale.
John followed her back to Petir, slapping the staff against his palm. Dale hastily notched an arrow into the string and aimed it at Petir’s chest.
“Hey, watch where you’re pointing that thing!” cried Petir, extending his arm as if it could ward off an arrow.
“Behave, m’lord, and no harm will befall thee.” John’s grim tone matched his expression.
The girl dropped to her knees by Petir’s side. “Where are you hurt, m’lord?” she asked, her manner brusque, but her fingers gentle as they inspected his battered cheek.
He pulled his face away. “I … I’m not sure. Everything hurts.” Although he still focused on the cocked bow shaking in the boy’s grip, the rest of his attention zeroed in on her and her fresh outdoor fragrance. Nice.
“Were you in a fight?” She ran practiced fingers over his arm, her head lowered as she focused on her task.
This was different. Petir stopped breathing and stared at her blankly. In the last two years, the only females who ever touched him were related to him. Or cleaning his teeth. They certainly weren’t cute British girls dressed up like a female Robin Hood.
A few rebellious curls escaping from her hat outlined the curve of her cheek. Oh yeah. She was cute, but it was her confidence and grace that cranked her up to hot. Even though it hurt when she touched him, the simple act of running her fingers along his arm was reducing him to stupid, leaving him with all the capabilities of a puddle, including a puddle’s ability to hold a conversation. He had nothing to say. Absolutely nothing.
What was there to say anyway? Come here often?
She shifted to his collar bone. Judging by her behavior, she seemed to have no idea how her touch affected him outside of the pain she was evoking. He was fairly certain it was fortunate she was causing him to wince; otherwise, he might be embarrassing himself in front of all these kids.
“M’lord?” This time she spoke louder and slower as if talking to a simpleton. “Were you in a fight?” Her prodding fingers moved to his ribs as he grimaced.
Yeah. You should see what I did to the other guy. “No,” he managed to mutter. He didn’t want to appear to be an actual idiot, but… “I fell out of a tree.”
“Pardon, m’lord? I did not hear you.”
“I fell out of a tree, okay?” Petir’s face heated.
A moment of silence greeted his confession, followed by a burst of laughter from the boys. The girl by his side ducked her head to hide her own grin.
Embarrassed, he snapped, “And who are you supposed to be? Robin Hood and her Merry Men?”
With the boys snickering behind her, she chuckled as she reached across his body to examine the other side. “Not likely! You may address me as Maid Rianne. And your name, sir?”
“Petir. Petir Capota.”
“Ah, as in Saint Peter, one of the patron saints of travelers. He must be responsible for us coming to your aid.”
“Well, I’m P-E-T-I-R, not P-E-T-E-R.” Squirming, Petir grabbed Maid Rianne’s wrist. “Look, I really appreciate the exam and all, but it’s my leg. Okay? My leg needs help.”
Startled, her eyes swung toward his, and whoosh! All the air left his lungs.
Brown eyes.
Very brown eyes.
Very brown eyes with dark rings around them.
Very brown eyes with—
Her very brown eyes narrowed. John and Dale took an anxious step closer.
Uh oh. You think I’m coming on to you. Petir released her like she was a hot potato. As if anyone would ever put a computer geek like me and a hottie like you in the same sentence.
“No, honest.” He cocked his palms back in surrender. “I can’t stand. Watch!” He rolled to his side and began to repeat his previous night’s attempts, but she restrained him.
“That will not be necessary, m’lord.” She pressed him back down and assumed a position closer to his leg. Her skilled fingertips resumed their exploration.
Whoa! This is way worse. Computer jockeys hardly ever got hot babes checking out their ribs, however, they absolutely did not get them feeling up their legs. But here was this babe doing things his leg had only dreamed of.
Wish I had my cell phone so I could take a selfie. Hey there, Mistress Hottie, would you mind posing for a picture so I can prove you groped my leg?
Whoops! Her fingers drifted a little too high. Okay, this could end up being a problem. He needed a distraction, and he needed it fast.
Conversation. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
“Hey, you, uh, really know what you’re doing. Are you some kind of—” His attempt to chat her up ended in a yelp as she probed the site of his injury.
Maid Rianne sat back on her heels, hands at her waist, as Petir gingerly rubbed the back of his leg. She pondered the situation, her teeth tugging at her lower lip.
Females biting their lips is definitely underrated.
Sighing, she looked over her shoulder and addressed the boys. “We cannot leave him here to fend for himself. We shall have to drag him.”
Drag me?
“Fetch at least two large branches. We can lash smaller branches to them with vines.”
“But, m’lady, we canna bring him back to the camp! He might be a spy!” Dale’s brow furrowed as he shook brown hair out of his eyes, still pointing the bow at Petir.
A spy? In Connecticut? Whatever for?
“He could lead them right to us,” said a frizzy-headed blond boy with a scowl.
Lead who?
Maid Rianne faced the boys. “As to his fate, ‘tis not our decision to make. We shall bring him back to the camp blindfolded and let the elders decide. Off with you.” She tilted her head toward the trees.
After a moment’s hesitation, Dale lowered the bow, nodded to John, and turned toward the brush. Immediately the others scampered off in different directions, leaving John smacking the walking stick in his palm. Maid Rianne held out her hand, and John reluctantly returned the staff to her. She nodded as if to reassure him, but instead of following the others, John retreated to a nearby tree and squatted against it. From there, he seemed content to glower at Petir.
Petir cleared his throat. “I guess he kind of has a crush on you, huh?” He nodded toward her protector.
“A crush, m’lord?” Maid Rianne frowned.
“You know, he … you know … he likes you,” Petir floundered as she looked at him. He was fairly certain they didn’t use the word “crush” where she came from.
“Likes me, m’lord?” Maid Rianne furrowed her brow. “We side together for the same cause, our fight against oppression from tyrannical rulers. He merely stays to protect me should you be revealed a clever trickster.”
“Clever trickster? Not me!” Petir raised his palms in a defensive gesture. “I’m not at all clever. I mean, I’m clever, but I’m no trickster.”
She quirked a delicate brow.
Great eyebrows.
“Oh, really, m’lord?”
Heat rose around his neck as she studied him.
“And how is it that you come to be in these woods, with your foreign talk, and your odd clothing?” she asked.
“My foreign talk? My odd clothing?” Petir sputtered “What about you and the seven dwarfs?”
“The seven—?” She leaned back on her haunches, hands on her hips. “You would insult those who would come to your aid, sir? Perhaps we should simply be off and let the soldiers help you find your way.”
“Oh, the soldiers, huh?” His voice dripped sarcasm. “You mean the ones who work for the tyrannical rulers and cause all the oppression?” Sarcasm, it turned out, helped keep the rest of him in check. “Look, I’m more than sore, and I appreciate playing bows and arrows as much as the next guy, but—”
“Playing bows and arrows?” the girl parroted, irritation sweeping her face.
“Well, yeah. You know, a girl like you, armed to the teeth-”
“A girl like me?”
She sprang to her feet, twirling the staff faster than he could follow. Her spinning staff traced an arc over her head then slammed into the ground, inches from Petir’s ear. Only the floating leaves landing on his scrunched-closed eyes disturbed the silence. Petir carefully opened his eyes, ignoring the fresh aches created by his manly cringing.
She straightened gracefully after her lunge and rested the staff on her shoulder.
“A girl like me, m’lord?” She spun on her heel and stalked away.
John smirked from his position by the tree.
“Whoa!” breathed Petir. He propped himself on his bruised elbows and surveyed the dent in the ground left by the staff. What the hell? That could have been his head.
Maid Rianne? Ha! More like Mad Rianne. Or Maid Xena, the Warrior Princess.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Giveaway:Life of the Party

I love book giveaways and I enter them often. I came across a giveaway from Read It Forward and wanted to share with all my readers. Follow the link and enter. Good Luck!

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Coming Soon: Let Hope Rise

I think music and movies go right along with my love of books. There is just something about words and the mediums in which they flow. I hope you will check out the trailer for the movie featuring the musical group Hill Song. The movie will be released on September 16 and summer seems to be flying by, so it will be here before you know it. Start making those weekend plans for early fall and go check this one out. I would love to see comments below about what you think of the trailer.

Coming Soon: Let Hope Rise

I think music and movies go right along with my love of books. There is just something about words and the mediums in which they flow. I hope you will check out the trailer for the movie featuring the musical group Hill Song. The movie will be released on September 16 and summer seems to be flying by, so it will be here before you know it. Start making those weekend plans for early fall and go check this one out. I would love to see comments below about what you think of the trailer.

June-Show Me Your Stack

I love books and I can't seem to get enough of them. So, I enter giveaways like crazy when I come across them online. In the month of June, I received quite a nice stack and I wanted to share. I would love to see your stacks-post a picture in the comments of what you received, bought, or checked out from the library in June.

Cover Reveal and Feature: Something Foul At Sweetwater

Author: Sandra Bretting
Release Date: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Ebook

Louisiana hat maker Miss DuBois is making a name for herself veiling Southern brides-to-be with her sophisticated designs. She’s also gaining a reputation for unveiling murderers . . .

Missy is shocked when she sees the asking price for the Sweetwater mansion . . . in a good way. With business thriving at Crowning Glory, it would be nice to set up shop surrounded by alabaster columns and gleaming mahogany. The Southern connections only deepen when it turns out the real estate agent is Mellette Babineaux, a college classmate and sorority sister. But when Missy drags her best friend Bo along to the mansion for a second look, they barely make it past the live oaks before they discover Mellette’s dead body in a shed. Now, for the sake of her college friend, Missy finds herself investigating everyone from a superstitious Cajun caretaker to a Rolls Royce-driving billionaire—and finding that lots of closet space can mean lots of skeletons, too . . .

Meet the Author:

Sandra Bretting has served as a freelance feature writer for the Houston Chronicle since moving to Texas in 1996. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and spent her early career in healthcare public relations at medical centers throughout Southern California. Other publications for which she’s written include the Los Angeles Times and Woman’s Day.

Readers can visit her website at

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Book Releases This Week

Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif

The Dream Life of Astronauts: Stories by Patrick Ryan

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Ithaca: A Novel of Homer’s Odyssey by Patrick Dillon

Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage by Gordon Corera

The Unknown Universe: A New Exploration of Time, Space, and Modern Cosmology by Stuart Clark

Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

Go-Between by Lisa Brackmann

Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing edited by John E. Dugan

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Another One Goes Tonight (A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery) by Peter Lovesey

In the Shadow of Frankenstein : Tales of the Modern Prometheus by Stephen Jones

Paper and Fire (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine

Absalom’s Daughters by Suzanne Feldman

The House by the Lake: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History by Thomas Harding

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milán

Panacea by F. Paul Wilson

Vaseline Buddha by Jung Young Moon (Author), Jung Yewon (Translator)

Let the Devil Out: A Maureen Coughlin Novel by Bill Loehfelm

The Harrows of Spring: A World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis

I love book release days! What books are you excited about?

You Are Having a Good Time: Stories by Amie Barrodale

ParaĆ­so by Gordon Chaplin

The Classical World : The Foundations of the West and the Enduring Legacy of Antiquity by Nigel Spivey

Winning Arguments: What Works and Doesn’t Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom by Stanley Fish

Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary by Atef Abu Saif

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

Night of the Animals by Bill Broun

Accidence Will Happen: A Reformed Pedant’s Guide to English Language and Style by Oliver Kamm

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North by Blair Braverman

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence by Ray Raphael

Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness by Walter Benjamin

A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli (Author), Sam Taylor (Translator)

Underground Airlines by Ben Winter

How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt

Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey

The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff

Insidious by Catherine Coulter

Brightfellow by Rikki Ducornet

An Innocent Fashion by RJ Hernandez

Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays by Cynthia Ozick