Guest Post – Researching Urban Fantasy by Cristy Rey

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Researching Urban Fantasy

By Cristy Rey: Writer, librarian, slayer of demons, romancer of stones…you know, all the stuff that matters.

For Shakuita Johnson’s blog, The Ramblings of Me, at http://dark-indiscretions.com/

 

I write urban fantasy. This means I weave imagined fantastical creatures and themes through the “real world,” or the world that we live in. I create a mythology for my characters. I impose order in the world they inhabit. I write the rules and, sometimes, I even break them.

In this genre, as in all the genres and subgenres that fall under the fantasy banner, authors are like gods. We can choose to create from scratch and fill readers in along the way, or we can leave you as much in the dark as cavemen before Prometheus gifted them with fire. Alternately, we can take what is already out there in the popular consciousness and tweak it to our liking. We can re-create myths, legends, and fairy tales. We can take Barbies and rip their heads off and reform their limbs so they become something different, something all our own.

I have done the latter.

As much as my series, the Incarnate series, has been called “different” and “new,” it’s not altogether unfamiliar. I write witches and werewolves. I skew existing concepts derived from sources as far-ranging as Western neo-paganism, Greco-Roman mythology, contemporary pop culture, Gothic literature, Modernist poetry, and wildlife photography…to name a few.

Shakuita invited me to guest blog for her and, at first, we thought I’d provide sources on the writing craft and the indie publishing business. I was gung-ho until we started talking about our next projects and our conversations moved from “How can we hone our business skills?” to “What information is out there about X, Y, and Z for researching our next novels?”

This blog post is an extension of that. As a good librarian (spoiler alert: I am a great librarian), I want to share a selection from my personal bibliography. I invite you to take a look at it and, most importantly, to evaluate the sources for yourself. In the immortal words of Obi-Wan (a character built on the archetypes of Campbell’s seminal Hero with a Thousand Faces), “Use the Force.”

 

Below is a list of books. All links provided are to Google Books:

 

Here are some free Internet resources:

Cristy Rey is the author of the urban fantasy Incarnate series. The first book, Taking Back Sunday, and a short prequel novelette, Edge of Seventeen, are available now at online retailers. She also writes and publishes unconventional romantic women’s fiction. Weeping Angels will be released in July 2014, and The Heart Grow Fonder will be released at the end of the year.

Cristy lives in Miami, FL where she is a reader and writer most of the time, and a knitter much less of the time than she was six months before she took up writing again. She writes the books that she likes to read. She describes her writing style as riot grrrl Jane Austen sprinkled with a little magic. There’s always a killer soundtrack running in the background of her novels – all you need to do is turn to the playlist to know what’s up.

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Book Promo – A New Life Series by Samantha Jacobey

TITLE: Captive, Bound, Entwined (A New Life Series #1-3)
AUTHOR: Samantha Jacobey
GENRE: Thriller, Suspense Romance
PUBLISHED BY: Lavish Publishings 
Captive – A New Life Series
To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering?
 
Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairytale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.
 
After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth”� there is always a price to be paid.
WARNING ~This book is intended for readers 18+ and contains scenes that may cause distress to some readers: Domestic Abuse, Kidnapping, Rape and Substance Abuse are described in detail.
Trailer~https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO_pbJK1zXk

 

Tori shook her head slightly; a little sad she had been right about his visits. Deep down, she would have liked that he came to her because he cared. But no one cared for her, not since Henry died. “They were into whatever was paying. As far as details, why should I give you those things? What I have already told you could cost me my life—why should I give you any more?”

 

“Because it is the right thing to do,” Eli said flatly. “And because you will get your freedom. You tell us everything you know, good or bad, your fault, Eddie’s fault, whatever it is, and you get your new life…”
 Bound – A New Life Series
Raised by bikers and held by the FBI, Tori Farrell has literally walked over dead men to get to where she is today.
When she broke the ties to her dark and twisted life with the Dragons, she thought it would give her a fresh start and a chance to live a normal life. However, she soon discovered the demons from her past have no desire to let her go.
Bound to a halfway house under orders of the FBI, Tori takes things day by day, working to move forward and to face her own addictions. With her true identity a mystery and no family to turn to, she must learn to accept the love and support of those around her. When a mysterious and charismatic man walks into Tori’s life, she believes she’s finally found someone who wants her for who she is. But sometimes danger doesn’t hide cloaked in darkness”�it comes out into the light of day in the form of a smooth talking bad boy who appears to be everything you’ve been looking for, but is really the one thing you should be running from”�

Trailer~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ic0SfRBEbc

“You know, I been thinking about you all day,” he spoke in a low voice, “and I just want you all to myself.” Tori’s heart began to thump in her chest as they continued to sway together to the beat of the jukebox. “You don’t know it, but you are my fantasy, baby girl. I dreamed about you a long time now.” He was smiling at her, and he was right, she didn’t know it… and even as he said it, she really didn’t believe it.
 Entwined – A New Life Series
There is nothing crueler than getting a taste of something you’ve fought hard to reach, only to have it ripped away, sending your world into a tailspin
Tori wants to put the past behind her, but it’s a daunting task when you have the FBI trying to force you back into the life you’ve escaped. When a ghost from her past visits, it could be the leverage they need to do exactly that ”” put her back into the game of murder and deceit. Tori has decided to run, in an attempt to protect her new friends, by fleeing from LA.
Wanting a place to call home and feel safe from the madness, she sets out with a plan to disappear and hide in anonymity. Her idea only holds one flaw ”” a man she can’t shake, who won’t take ‘No’ for an answer.
She soon discovers that getting a new life means she must first lay to rest the demons of her past.

Trailer~https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oZKG1vV4nY


…he laid her down on the bed and removed his own shirt and boots for comfort, then lay over the top of her, stroking her body with his palms.
Tori wasn’t sure she could take it, breathing erratically, then catching his hands for a moment, “I don’t like to be touched,” she whispered. “It’s almost more than I can bear.”
Confused for a moment, Michael shook his head. “Just relax,” he whispered. “I’m not gonna hurt you. I’m gonna make you feel real good. I promise.”
Releasing him, Tori put her hands on her face and pushed her hair back, struggling to control the spasms…

 

Samantha Jacobey is a middle aged woman who earned a BS in Business Management and has worked in half a dozen fields. With a relentless zest for life, she enjoys action and adventure, as well as all the love and romance it has to offer. Creating stories in her mind for many years, she has put some of them into print for the world to share, and hopes you will enjoy reading them as much as she did creating them. What drives her most is the love of a good story and is confident you will enjoy her latest creation.

 

 

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Book 4 of the series – EXPOSED – 
When Tori walked away from a life of crime, she set forth on a path of redemption and discovery. She found a man to call her own, and a life she would give anything to keep. Suddenly faced with her true identity, and the danger of having friends and family destroyed by the world she left behind, she finds herself once again lost in a dark world filled with sex, drugs and murder. She thought that a life of normalcy is what she wanted most, but when she gets a small taste of the dangerous life she once lived, she is forced to face the fact… not all of the demons are found on the outside. LOOK FOR IT – JUNE 22nd!!!

Sneak Peak – Dark Indiscretions: A Prequel Chapters Prologue-2 by Shakuita Johnson

Copywrite 2014 by Shakuita Johnson

Just finished the first draft of A Prequel last night and thought I’d post a little sneak peak…Please if you haven’t read Dark Indiscretions and Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed read with caution. I would hate to spoil it for anyone. Here are chapters Prologue-2…it’s unedited and subjected to change. Just throwing that out there 🙂 So leave me a comment letting me know what you think…

Prologue

20 A.D.

Six-year-old James Johnson was lonely. His parents had decided that they weren’t going to have any more kids after him, so he was the only child. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. James and his family were Mystics – vampyra shape shifting witches. They were the monsters other monsters were afraid of. They killed without remorse or preamble. They were fanatics about maintaining a “pure” bloodline. Mystics would marry a brother or sister from the family and reproduce other Mystics. It was a long-standing tradition. His parents deciding to only have one child went against their culture and everything they believed in.

James wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do now. After his birth his parents should have tired for a girl so he would have someone to grow up with and marry. They were supposed to be so closely bonded that they would be like an extension of each other. Only it wasn’t going to happen. He was going to be alone for a very long time. He couldn’t marry anyone else because all his other family members were already spoken for. At six this was a hard reality to face. While his cousins were running around hand in hand with their chosen he only had himself to keep him company. Something his six-year-old mind didn’t understand or was capable of comprehending. All he knew was he should be paired up just like his cousins.

James looked up from his dirt piles he was playing with at the sound of someone shuffling up the valley. It was midday and the sun was hot and shining. He saw a small boy making his way to where James knelt in the dirt. He looked smaller than James. He had never seen this boy before and because of that James was wary. His species was the top of the food chain. His father would kill him if he let someone get the better of him. It didn’t matter that he was only six. It wouldn’t do to be taken by surprise by this stranger. He stood and bared his tiny fangs.

“Who are you? Why have you come here?” James demanded in a tiny but fierce voice. Even at only six he was a trained killer.

“My name is Kain. My parents were talking with your parents down towards camp and they said you were here playing. I asked if I could come join you and here I am,” Kain explained with his tiny hands curled to his side and his head cocked.

“Are you new here?” James asked but didn’t retract his fangs yet.

“Yes, we walked about two weeks time to get to this part of the hillside,” Kain said. “Would it be alright if I played with you?”

“You don’t have a sister?” James asked.

“No. It’s just me,” Kain said.

“Me too! Want to be bestest friends?” James asked excitedly finally putting away his fangs at this new prospects before him.

“Yes!” Kain shouted just as excited.

“Good. We will be friends forever and ever.” James said with confidence.

The each nicked their finger with a fang until blood swelled up to the top. They touched their fingertips to each other’s and in an instant a bond was made. Best friends forever and ever as long as they both still lived.

 

 

Chapter 1

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Today was James’s birthday. He was going to be sixteen. Kain was coming over and they were going to go hunting by themselves for the first time. Her couldn’t wait! Kain’s birthday was two days before but he waited for James so they could celebrate together.

They had remained best friends for ten years now. He was the brother James would never have. They were as thick as thieves. They did everything together. If they could they would spend every waking moment together.

James made sure his tunic was secured and raced to the door.

“For goodness sakes James he will knock once he’s here. You don’t have to seem like an eager puppy every time Kain’s around,” Marcella Johnston said for the hundredth time.

She was beautiful. His mother. She had long raven hair with tiny ringlet curls and blue eyes. She had the same hair and eyes that James saw every time he saw his reflection. She was fairly tall for a woman. Five feet, seven inches tall with bronzed skin. His mother loved walking outside in her gardens. It was weird for a Mystic but whatever.

“Please Mother. No teasing. I don’t have anyone else to play with since you and father refuse to have anymore children,” James sulked.

“Not this again. One is all I wanted. I don’t have time to be running around a bunch of little monsters. You and Kain are quite enough. He’s here half the time. Some days I swear it’s like I have two children.”

“You should have had two children at least. One boy and one girl, then I wouldn’t be the laughing stock of the entire family. It’s unheard of! Whom am I supposed to marry now?”

His mother made a face at him. Gah! She was such a child sometimes. For once he wished she would take his complaints seriously.

“Don’t be such a baby Jamie.”

“I hate it when you call me that!”

Just as his mother went to respond with probably something else to make him angry there was a knock at the door.

“I’ll get it. It should be Kain,” James said.

When James opened the door he was a bit surprised to see not only Kain but also his parents. What the hell where they doing here?

“It’s a bout time! We have to come up with a hunting plan. It will be dark soon,” James stated.

“Well about that…seems our fathers think they should come with us,” Kain said with a sad smile.

“What? No! We are sixteen and more than capable of hunting on our own. Every other Mystic does,” James raged.

“You are still so young. Your father and I will just trail behind the both of you. You will hardly know we are there,” Daniel O’Grady said calmly.

He was a big man of about six feet, seven inches. He had darker brown hair and brown eyes on fair skin. He was also very muscular for a Mystic because they tended to be leaner. He looked like he could bowl over a whole field of people. Even still, James wasn’t afraid of him.

“No! Where is my father? Father, come out here right now,” James demanded.

He knew he was acting like the child they still believed they were but he didn’t care. It was his damned birthday! His father walked in like he owned the place. Well technically he did but James was well into his tantrum and wasn’t about to stop now.

Besides his father didn’t scare him either. Well not much anyway. Michael Johnston’s very presence in a room commanded respect. Sometimes James didn’t like to give it to him. This was one of those times. Strangely his father loved when James challenged him. Claimed it kept him on his toes. They had a very strange relationship.

His father was just as attractive as his mother. His father’s skin was much paler in comparison to hers and his eyes where a vibrant green. He kept his fire red hair in one long braid down his back. He was six feet, five inches of lean muscle but one should never let that lead them to believe he couldn’t do a great deal of damage to anyone bigger than him. His father played to win. Always.

“You bellowed,” Michael said with mirth.

“What do you think you’re doing? You can’t come tagging along on my first solo hunt. What will people think?” James was screeching at this point.

“Shit James with all that screaming you are doing people will probably think you’re a girl,” Michael mocked.

“You’re not fucking going!” James yelled. “We are sixteen and it is our right.”

Michael just gave his only child a long look. He was his baby boy regardless of what anyone else thought. His son was a good egg. Yes he was a killer but he had honor. He had values. He wasn’t ready to send him out on his own. Even if Kain would be accompanying him on his first solo hunt. Daniel felt the same way so they had came up with this unheard of turn of events. Michael knew it was time to take a gamble.

Mystics where know as cold and uncaring but it wasn’t entirely true. He loved his family and he would be damned if his only son was hurt on his first hunt. He was fucking going with him or he wasn’t going at all.

“Either Daniel and I are going with you boys or you want be going at all,” Michael said looking his son right in the eyes.

“This is total fucking bullshit!” James screamed as he smashed anything he could find that was breakable.

Kain just shook his head. He wanted to go hunting. He didn’t care if both their damn parents watched from the background. He was hungry. He hoped James got over his tantrum before the sunset and they needed to be out the door. All these years later and James still insisted on acting like a toddler whenever he didn’t get his way. Kain was losing patience with his best friend really fast.

 

 

Chapter 2

“Well now you’ve done it Michael. He’s going to break every piece of pottery he can find in his outrage,” Marcella said. “This is entirely your fault you know. You let him get away with bloody murder.”

Marcella looked at her husband in amusement. James was a handful and spoiled. She didn’t mind in the slightest. She was glad they had only one child. She loved being able to have one on one time with her son whenever she wanted. She didn’t have to compete for his attention. She hated being second best, and that would include the daughter she was supposed to have for James to marry. She was selfish and she didn’t care. That may be were James got it from.

“He will get tired soon enough,” Michael replied. “So Kain are you ready to go on your first hunt?”

“I’ve been ready for the last two days. If I hadn’t told James I would wait for him I’ve had already been on a hunt,” Kain said.

James was still smashing vases in the background but stopped at the sound of Kain’s voice.

“You would have left me?” James asked with a pout.

“Will you cut it out James. I want to go on a hunt. Who cares if they follow behind us?” Kain pleaded.

Kain was used to James’s outbursts by now but sometimes he just wanted to shake his best friend. They had a damn hunt to go on and James was throwing one of his famous tantrums. Kain was an only child too but he never acted this way. His father would kill him. After his mother beat him first to soften him up!

“I care. This hunt is supposed to signify our independence. How can it do that if our daddies are tagging along?” James whined and stomped his foot for good measure.

“Oh come off it James. We are going. You’ll hardly know we are there,” Michael said firmly.

James knew it was a losing battle. His father was getting impatient with him. He would only let him act out so much before he would have to punish him. James hated being punished.

“Fine but not so close,” James compromised.

“You won’t even know we’re there,” Michael agreed.

“Excellent. Abaigeal dear we will be back before you know it,” Daniel said to his wife.

She was as pale as James’s father and had hair just as red with emerald green eyes. She was a short and tiny thing though. James wasn’t sure how she carried Kain’s big ass in her small body.

“Of course dear. Marcella and I will just have ourselves a bit of girl talk while we clean all these vases James smashed,” Abaigeal replied.

James felt a little guilty about his outburst but not enough to offer to clean it up himself. He was spoiled he admitted it. Perks of being the only child. Sometimes it didn’t suck so badly. This was one of those times.

“Come on boys let’s go scout out an area. Has to be some humans out roaming around, begging to be eaten,” Michael announced. “Tell your mothers goodbye so we can go. The sun is setting.”

James and Kain gave their mothers a kiss on the cheek and quickly made their way to the door. They were pumped and ready to feed. They were that much closer to being men in the eyes of their fathers. They didn’t want to mess it up.

***

James could barely contain his excitement. He couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into some poor unsuspecting human. Usually his father or mother would take someone down then he would drink after them. There was no struggle or fight by the time he feed. They were already close to death and he just finished the job. He wanted a challenge.

He was determined to show his father he didn’t need a babysitter. Kain was the only backup he needed. The only backup he ever wanted. The sun had set completely and James walked side by side with Kain and they scanned the horizon and listened closely to their surroundings. True to their words, their fathers weren’t seen or heard but James knew they were watching and waiting. Ready to jump in if need be.

James spotted the people first and nudged Kain to look as well. Kain gave him a brilliant full on smile and shook his head in agreement. They would have to be silent, deadly, and fast. There were twelve kids who looked to be around the same ages as Kain and James. This would be easy. Six and six, surely they could each handle a few tiny humans.

They continued their slow approach to the twelve unsuspecting humans but blended more with the shadows. No need to spook them before they were right upon them and able to stop them from getting away or screaming. The shock of what was about to happen would keep them occupied long enough for them to drain everyone dry before anyone could think to make a single move or run away.

James heart raced in excitement, anticipation, and a small dose of fear. This was it. The moment he had been waiting for, for sixteen years. Once James felt he and Kain were close enough he gave the signal they had discussed days ago.

They pounced at the same time and that’s when they realized they had made a mistake, a very big one at that. These weren’t just your average slow, ill-prepared humans. These were something more and they were prepared and ready.

 

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Blog Tour – Imperfectly Bad by A. E. Woodward

I’m Rob Ziviani. Oh, you’ve heard of me? Wait, did we? Oh yeah, I remember.No,
that’s a lie, I don’t remember. I’ve had most of New York City and I
don’t really remember any of them. There’s only ever been one. . .This
is my story. Read it, don’t read it. I really don’t give a damn.
It’s not going to change my life, so why the hell should I care?Because I don’t care about anything.

Not since her.

*Available May 26th*

~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~

 


Three days, that was my average. Three days
before my skin started crawling and I needed another hit. By hit I
mean another girl. Girls were my drugs. They had been for a while
now. At least they were safe, well, as long as I made sure to wrap
it. 
 

The fact of the matter was that I had slept
with a lot of girls. It wasn’t something I was particularly proud
of, but there were worse things to be addicted to. 
 

Tonight I’d chosen the grocery store as
my hunting ground. The raven-haired firecracker from the other night
had left me feeling dirty, so I was in the mood for something sweet.
It was just a guess, but I figured women who spent their Friday
evening grocery shopping were probably more innocent. 
 

And I was totally in the mood for
innocence.

Wandering the aisles I did some of my
normal shopping, placing a few things I needed in one of those hand
basket things then I took my spot by the cereals. Yes, the cereal
aisle. You want to talk about innocence—it doesn’t get any more
wholesome than cereal. 
 

I picked up my box of Fruity Pebbles and
stood there, pretending to study the nutritional information. Luckily
I didn’t have to wait long before someone joined me. Someone up
there must have been smiling down on me because the first girl to
walk down the aisle was a solid “eight.”

With auburn hair and her nose and cheeks
covered in freckles, she was definitely what I would call “cute.”
The clothes she wore put her at college-aged, or certainly fresh out,
and her hand basket was empty. She was definitely here to pick up her
dinner. 
 

And the best student dinner?

Cereal. 
 

Told you—I was a genius. 
 

She was likely homesick too. Missing out on
a good home-cooked meal. Poor thing. But never mind, her night was
about to get a whole lot better. 
 

She stopped next to me and grabbed some
healthy bullshit. Out of the corner of my eye I looked at her and my
lips tipped upward in a smile. When I spoke, I kept my eyes fixed on
the shelves, but I knew she’d know I was talking to her. They
always did.


“I’m trying to convince myself that
Fruity Pebbles are healthy.”

She giggled. “Yeah, sorry to inform you
but they’re not.”
 

She blushed, her face a shade comparable to
her hair.


“Dinner?” I asked, turning to face her
and gesturing to the lack of food in her basket.


“Am I that transparent?”


“No, I’m just a good guesser.” I
stuck my hand out for her. “Rob,” I said as we shook hands.
“And
just in case you were wondering, I’m a fabulous cook.”
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Be sure to check out the rest of the Series of Imperfections!

imperfectly perfect

Emma, Tyler and Shane
have been best friends since they were kids. Along with their college
addition, Rob, the four friends have an exciting life in NYC. In fact,
Emma Sloan appears to have it all.

Despite being happy with her
current situation, a big family announcement leaves Emma questioning
whether she is truly content with her life. With her thirtieth birthday
fast approaching she vows to find her ‘perfect’ man any way she can.
But Emma will soon discover that the path of true love never runs
smoothly and that sometimes, instead of chasing love, you have to wait
for love to find you…

~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~  

imperfectly real

When nothing in your life goes right … go left.

Tyler
Johnston has a life that would be the envy of most twenty-somethings.
He lives in New York City, surrounded by his closest friends, has a job
in a field he loves, and remains unattached—able to flit from one lady
to the next without responsibility. Only problem is, Tyler isn’t in his
twenties anymore…

Having watched two of his best friends fall in
love and start a family, Tyler is left wondering what will become of his
life. So when life hands Tyler his happy ever after, he struggles with
his conscience. Can something be right when it’s so very, very wrong?
Because everyone knows that two wrongs don’t make a right. In fact, most
of the time, they just make things a whole lot worse.

~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~  

A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two
children.  Between her real job and
writing she finds little time to enjoy life’s finer things.  However in the free time she does
manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and reading.  A.E. is the author of Kismet and A
Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly
Bad.  She is currently writing her
fifth book, Working Girl.
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The Time Has Come

Wow!! It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. Sorry about that. So much has been going on. I’m working on the first draft of my new book, I’m transitioning from military life to civilian, I’m moving (YAY), looking for a new job, taking my last class for my BA, finished up an AA, working on a small 10K story for a multiple author release, went to Mississippi for a week, met Kresley Cole!!, Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Lisa Renee Jones, Alice Clayton, and Christina Lauren for the Belles on Wheels tour, and the list goes on and on and on. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

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Hopefully I finish the first draft of the book I’m working on (my longest one yet, just hit 50K last night and I have about another 10K to go) and I’ll post a small snippet 🙂

I also started making my own key chains for my Dark Indiscretions Series. I’m totally addicted now. They aren’t finished yet, still need to add two pieces 🙂

Keychain

So what’s everyone else been up to? And Happy Memorial Day!

Blog Tour and Review – The Madam by M. Robinson

 

Some people need love…

 

I need sex, money, control, and power.

 

Anyone could have those four things, but only one could have VIP. Becoming Madam was never a choice for me, it was a mandated order from the most powerful woman I knew- my mother. I was born to fill her shoes, never to make mistakes, or to show weakness.

 

You are the product of your environment. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; you learn from what you see, not from what you’re told. Nature vs. Nurture. I learned from it all; what I saw, what I didn’t see, what I was told, and from reading between the lines.

 

I was raised with the belief that the world spun ONLY because of me. I held power as far back as I can remember, saw things no one ever talks about, and witnessed illegal acts of sex, drugs, and money by the time I was eighteen.

 

You saw a glimpse of me in VIP, now see it from the beginning. Enter my world where anything goes; no judgments, no remorse, no guilt. You play by my rules, or you don’t play at all. There are no limits to what I can do, or to what I can show you…I will ensure my legacy my any means necessary.

 

My name is Lilith Veronica Stone, and I am The Madam.

 

Warning: Book contains adult situations.
Dark content/sex/drugs/language. Mature readers only. ** Available May 19th 2014! **
 

 

 

 

The Madam was one bad bitch but when you grow up the way she did your only choice was to be a bad bitch or a dead bitch. Her Mother, The Madam before her didn’t tolerate weakness and she let little Lilith know first hand what happened to whiney weak babies. She had to grow up fast, too fast in my opinion but sometimes that’s life. Rich or poor sometimes children had to grow up way before their time and in situations not always of their own making. But then it becomes sink or swim and The Madam Fucking backstoked. She wanted everything on her own terms and not her Mother’s.  And with her own terms came her own life lessons that she had to learn the hard way. I don’t want to give anything away but Lilith had her share of heartbreaks. We found out about the girl before The Madam we met in VIP and you see another side of the story once we learn about Ysabelle.

There were times when I felt sorry for the shit Lilith went through and then there were times I HATED The Madam.

The Madam was a woman I loved to hate…In her own way she believed everything she was doing was the right thing but she was so much like her mother, the person she didn’t want to be, and it was fascinating to see her slowly become just like her but with a twist if that makes sense…She went through so much and it was good to see that she wasn’t all ice she had a heart she just didn’t know what to do with it. I will say this though, no matter how hard she tried she was truly her mother’s daughter whether she wanted to be or not.

Then there was Mika…ladies sit back and enjoy the ride that is him. I for one couldn’t get enough of this man. I’ll let you see for yourself 🙂

My final thoughts on reading The Madam was holy shock, twist, and awe!!! Just brilliant how it all starts to make sense now. A truly great read. MVP where are you!



**Before you read The Madam, be sure and read book 1: VIP**

 

 32 year old Sebastian
Vanwell, was a very successful yacht broker, who always loved the design
and architecture of a luxurious boat. His only addiction was being on
the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life.
After a very stable, loving childhood with only a few bumps, Sebastian
married the love of his life. The one person that he knew would always
be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself.
Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep
his time with his wife and son his number one obsession, that was until
he saw her. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he
couldn’t control no matter how hard he tried.

Ysabelle Telle hit
him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. Coming from worlds apart,
beautiful, dark complexion Ysabelle Telle didn’t have the rich,
protected background that Sebastian Vanwell had. Ysabelle lived a life
of hell, in poverty, growing up with a drug addict mother that never
cared, and horrific living conditions. Ysabelle lived for one person and
one person only; herself. She was pure perfection, her beauty along
with a flawless body had men lined up, driveling over her ensuring her
success as a VIP.

 

 

There are too many words that describe the
effects when two diverse worlds like theirs collide. They both have too
much to lose to get caught in the forceful pull, which could destroy
them both.
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32-year-old Sebastian Vanwell, a very successful yacht broker, always loved the design and architecture of a luxurious yacht. His only addiction was being on the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life. After a very stable, loving childhood with a few bumps, Sebastian married the love of his life: the one person who he knew would always be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself. Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep his time with his wife and son his number one obsession. That was, until he saw her.

Ysabelle Telle hit him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he couldn’t control no matter how hard he tried. Coming from worlds apart beautiful, dark, complected Ysabelle didn’t have the rich, protected background that Sebastian had. She had lived a life of hell, growing up in poverty and horrific living conditions with a drug-addict mother who never cared. Ysabelle now lived for one person, and one person only: herself. She was pure perfection. Her beauty, along with a flawless body, had men lined up and driveling over her- ensuring her success as a VIP.

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Book Blast – BITTERSWEET MOMENTS by Dori Lavelle

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Bittersweet Moments

Moments in Time Book Three

By: Dori Lavelle

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Can the embers of an old life ignite the flames of a new love?

Six years ago, Melisa Bergfeld’s husband died. As the grief of losing him tore into her, she lost his last gift to her—their unborn child—and her hopes and dreams turned to ashes.

Left with a life she no longer wants, she seeks salvation in a homeless shelter. For a while, that’s more than enough.

But when a fire breaks out, in walks the man who will try to save her life—if she’ll let him.

Florian “Heat” Dane has left behind a trail of broken hearts in his wake, including pieces of his own. For all the girls he’s used to fill the hole in his heart, there has been just one he could never erase from his memories. But when Melisa married his best friend Scott Bergfeld, he knew she would never be his the way she’d been the one unforgettable night they spent together. Now that she’s back in his life, he will do anything to recapture her heart, even if it means giving away his own.

Heat still has the power to ignite passion in Melisa, something she both desires and rejects. He’s a known heartbreaker, and if there is one thing Melisa doesn’t need, it’s another crack in her heart. But when he confesses his love for her, she fears her secrets from the past will surface. And she might be the one to break his heart this time.

 

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Dori Lavelle, is a mother, wife, and lover of happy endings and mint chocolate. She thinks love and chocolate make such a perfect pair. Give her a great romance novel with a hint of suspense and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman.

Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn’t happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.

 

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Blog Tour and Review – That Which Destorys Me by Kimber S. Dawn

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Synopsis:

That Which Destroys Me

***This is a story of perseverance, trying to overcome the transgressions others inflict upon you, it’s a story of love gone wrong and obsession gone mad. This book contains raw and graphic sex, obscene language, violence, torture, rape, assault, none of which is limited to persons over the age of consent. This book is intended for MATURE AUDIENCE MEMBERS ONLY, and NOT intended for the weak at heart, nor persons with triggers related to child assault, rape or abuse.***

A beautiful, enchanting story of love, happiness—*Record needle scratches across vinyl*

I’m just fucking with you. Love, happiness, and fairy tales… Yeah, they don’t live here anymore.
The only things residing amongst these thin and barren walls are Dominance, submission, and twisted fucking obsession.
Stella gets knocked down over and over throughout her life… Though she is bloodied and battered she stands back up every single time, smirks and nods before asking, “That all you got?”.

Wesley has shoved his way through the rich life with both middle fingers up. He’s also shoved his way through half of the socialite population, but all that vanilla has left him a starved man. 
He knows he can’t keep his Dom fed with kinky little masochistic vanilla’s anymore.
On his mission to find the perfect sub, Wesley stumbles across a broken, shattered angel, only to find when she comes up swinging, that this little angel knows how to fight.

He wants to be the one who breaks her…

But it’s not a question of who breaks her, the question is who destroys her.

“We will fight, angel. We’ll fight hard. But it’ll be worth every strike below the belt. Every hateful or spiteful word said, because when we love, when we fuck, when our passion reaches an intensity so goddamn powerful like it has every single time, it’ll extinguish all the bad. I want all your hate, Stell…Just as much as I want all your love. We are doing this. And there isn’t a damn thing you can do to stop it, angel. Is that understood?”—Wesley Jacobs

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My Review

5 holy shit, what just happened to me stars

Honestly I still done know what to say. I still have no words to adequately described the pleasure/pain experienced while reading Wesley and Stella’s story. To say I was taken on a roller coaster ride would be an understatement. This was twisted, raw, no holds bar, unadulterated mind fuckery, camouflaged as maybe there just might be, but no, its not Fucking happening.

Hey I told you I didn’t have the right words. Don’t shake your head at me!

That Which Destroys Me was adequately named because it did just that,  it completely and utterly destroyed me. Just when I though maybe Stella’s shit life couldn’t possibly not getting any shittier, boy was I completely surprised my the events that were masterfully unfolding before me. I thought I knew but I had no idea WTFery I was getting into.

There were hard truths explored in That Which Destroys Me, not only about the characters themselves but about aspects of my own life I was forced to confront while emerging myself in page by agonizing page.

But when it was good it was so good it hurt. Wesley and Stella burned up the pages with their desire, obsession, and unhealthy love. They were no Romeo and Juliet but that was okay. That made their love for one another realer because it was unfiltered. They fucked up and they overreacted and they walked away when they should have stayed and talked shit out but when emotions are high and pride even higher we make choices. Sometimes those choices liberate us and sometimes those choices destroy us.

This is not a love story but a story about love. All consuming, can’t even think straight, want to kill anyone that looks at you sideways love.

But the icing on the twisted fucked up cake was the monster watching and silently waiting in the shadows because he’s more twisted and fucked up then everyone else in the room and he manages to hide it until he’s so cocky and sure of himself he just can’t resist letting us know how truly sick and evil his intentions lie. The only thing I could think once his true face was revealed was what in the name of all that’s holy happened to this little boy as a child to make him go bat shit Fucking crazy!!!

Walk don’t run and pick up your copy ASAP!!!

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Who is Kimber? Shit, sometimes even I don’t know, lmao. However if I had to type up an author bio (which, son of a bitch, I do) this is how it would read. BTW, caught a lot of shit for this author bio. Really don’t give a fuck though, because I was asked to type up a bio. And if I can only say one thing for certain about myself, it’s this: I’m real, I don’t back down from what I believe, I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. I don’t bite my tongue and I never try to hide the ugly parts of who I am… You either love me or hate me, but if you love me… I’ll always be loyal, no fucking matter what 😉

I can be called a billon different things—daughter, wife, mother, labor unit nurse. I sell pussy on the side. *Coughs* That would be Persian kittens, thank you…you dirty-minded scoundrel. I’m a book blogger, book pimp, and a book whore. My two indulgences are my Jack’s in life…Jack Daniel’s and Blackjack. My biggest dream, the day I’ll acknowledge that I’ve succeeded in life and can I die a happy woman, is the day I get to go two stark-naked hour-round sexual bouts with Jason Statham. *Sighs*

I was born and raised in Louisiana… and No, I do NOT live in a bayou, I actually see the beaches on the gulf coast more than I see a bayou, lol. I started writing poems and short stories very early in my life. You know, for the Michaels and Leos and Nicks in my life. I’ve been a book hoarder since I was eleven years old, but then a couple years ago something wonderful happened! The 50 Shades of Grey craze brought to life my inner smut whore and I commenced to read anything and everything smut affiliated. When reading wasn’t enough anymore and I noticed that so many of the authors of my favorite indie authors and their books weren’t getting the exposure their work deserved, I turned it into a mission, starting my own blog, buying their books and reading them one by one. I then wrote my reviews for my blog and didn’t hold back in writing them (Hell yeah those motherfuckers a profanity laden). I’ve never done a single thing in my life halfway. I always go all in. After the success of my Blog, and the insistence of one of my bestest friends, my sister from another mister, Trina Taylor of Bad & Dirty Books, I was ready to finally take the plunge and see if I could write a book that was worth a damn. I’m a Southern girl to my core, a self-proclaimed smut whore, and I keep hearing that I’m an author, but honestly… I don’t believe the rumors, lol. I don’t feel like a kickass bitch spittin’ out lyrics, or stories, like a motherfuckin’ rockstar.

Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by: ‘Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi.’ Latin for: If I cannot find a way, I will make my own.

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Multiple Indie Authors Spotlight

Today on the blog I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m going to spotlight 5 Indie Authors. Some of the authors write paranormal and some do not. I hope you find new books and authors you like from this list.

 

 

First up is Cristy Rey

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Cristy Rey Bio

Cristy Rey is the author of the romantic urban fantasy Incarnate series. The first book, Taking Back Sunday, and a short prequel novelette, Edge of Seventeen, are available now at online retailers. She also writes and publishes unconventional romantic women’s fiction. Weeping Angels will be released in July 2014, and The Heart Grow Fonder will be released at the end of the year.

Cristy lives in Miami, FL where she is a reader and writer most of the time, and a knitter much less of the time than she was six months before she took up writing again. She writes the books that she likes to read. She describes her writing style as riot grrrl Jane Austen sprinkled with a little magic. There’s always a killer soundtrack running in the background of her novels – all you need to do is turn to the playlist to know what’s up.

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Second we have Patricia Jenkins

 

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My name is Patricia Jenkins but I use the pen name P. L. Jenkins. I am 26 yrs old and was born and raised in TX and have lived there my whole life. I have always had a passion for writing but wasn’t until summer of 2013 that I decided to share it with the world. That is when I began writing Meant To Be. I am a loving wife to a husband of almost 8 years and a mother to two wonderful but crazy kids. Landon who is almost 8 yrs old and Kyler who is 5yrs old. I do have a full time job but still find time to write my wonderful books for yall. I plan to release a total of five more books including the one that is due to release on May 10th.

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorp.l.jenkins?ref=hl

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/P.L.-Jenkins/e/B00IS8WSP6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1398985395&sr=1-1

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7579627.P_L_Jenkins

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Third we have Elaine White

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Author Bio:

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Elaine White grew up in a small town on the east coast of Scotland. She is an author of paranormal romance, crime and MM romance. Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, while living comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with the research linked with her novels. The more obscure the better. She has recently delved into reading and writing MM romance/erotica and is now a happy addict of the genre.

 

Elaine’s Books:

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Elaine has one published novel with her publisher Write More Publications. ‘Runaway Girl’ is the first in a six part series about vampires and their interaction with other supernatural creatures.

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Blurb:

“A missing vampire princess. A soul fractured between five young human girls. One loyal vampire with a grudge. Can soldier Damian set aside his personal feelings to follow orders? Can princess Amelia’s soul be reunited in time for the meeting of the three clans? Will her brother Matthew fight for the right to rule? Who will prevail?”

 

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Book two in this series, ‘Reckless Abandon’ will be released in 2014.

Blurb:

“A magical island. A cursed King. Vampire rebellion. Damian’s rule has been questioned. With people dying, can his son, Knox, overcome the darkness shrouding Avelina, while his brother tackles a possessed king on the Island? Will both brothers fall to ruin? Will Damian’s rule … and lineage … come to an end?”

 

Her second novel ‘Decadent’ will be released from Hot Ink Press in August 2014. It will be her first M/M Romance.

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Elaine also has two published short stories. Both are through Write More Publications. The first ‘A Heart That Cannot Beat’, featured in the ‘Novel Hearts’ anthology. It details the various Valentine’s Days that the vampires from ‘Runaway Girl’ have had over the centuries. The second ‘Broken Dreams’ is a wolf-shifter story, featured in the ‘Love Bites’ anthology. It provides an exciting prequel to an upcoming trilogy called ‘The Belesone Pack’.

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Love Bites

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Where to find Elaine:

Wattpad – http://smarturl.it/ElleLainey

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Excerpt from Love Bites:

Broken Dreams

“Milo went over the paperwork one more time. He double checked every signature, every misspelling, and every order that it held. He was done … finally. He glanced at the clock, frustrated. It was two in the morning and he had school tomorrow. He sighed, switched off the lamps, and sat in the dark, letting his natural defenses grow.

Milo was the Alpha of a hundred strong wolf-shifter pack. He would never classify them as werewolves for the simple fact that werewolf legends and stories never seemed to adequately portray the shifter life. He was writing to another pack that night, and he hadn’t been able to turn in until it was completed. Pack business always came first, even before homework. Tonight, he still had some math homework that needed to be finished, but he was too tired to complete it before going to bed. Math wasn’t his subject at the best of times, but it was a necessary tool for a leader to learn and utilize. He would have to ask his teacher for more time tomorrow.

The good thing was that his teacher was another shifter. They all lived in the same community and it helped when things got difficult. If he had to, he could just use his Alpha status—as leader and protector of his pack—to explain away certain things … like homework. No one questioned the Alpha.

Milo’s eyes adjusted quickly to the darkness, and he made his way over to the door and out into the hallway of his house. He should have been heading to bed, but the usual nagging feeling drew him outside again. This time it wasn’t just his wolf that wanted to run free; it was his very soul. His true mate—the one person that his heart was meant to beat for, the one soul that made his complete—was out there somewhere. Close. Finally close. Milo had no idea how long he had felt her within his heart, how long he had been able to tell whenever she was close by, but it felt like it had always been that way.

True mates were the only kind of happiness a shifter was destined for. No wolfshifter, old or young, no matter from what pack, was ever meant to be with anyone other than their true mate. For that reason, Milo had never even kissed a girl before, even though he was nineteen. No holding hands, no kissing, no hugging, no attraction. It was all saved for his true mate, meant only for her. Whoever this mystery girl was that he was drawn to, Milo Belesone had been created just for her. And the very thought that she was close by sent his heart racing and his spine tingling with apprehension.

What if he found her tonight? What if she loved him back? What if she didn’t love him? What if she wouldn’t accept him? What if they kissed? What if they didn’t?

His mind was in utter turmoil. For years he had felt that connection between them, but no matter how close she felt at times, he still hadn’t found her. Sometimes, the connection completely disappeared for days or weeks, which wasn’t normal. He knew that mates just didn’t disappear from one another’s lives. Yes, his mate was out there, he knew it with every fiber of his being, but for some reason, he kept losing her. It was as if she was able to consciously cut off their connection whenever she wanted and it felt so much like rejection that Milo grieved for her often.

A true mate should never refuse the one that they were made for, but the laws of free will meant that they could. Milo had felt enough heartache in his lifetime to know what would happen if his mate rejected him. It would be unbearable.

He rushed downstairs and out the front door of the Alpha house—the biggest in the village—careful not to disturb anyone. The guards at the door didn’t so much as blink as he raced past them and out into the forest. He often went for late-night runs. It was the only way to ease the tension and the pressure of being the Alpha … the only way to grieve in peace.

Milo barely got halfway to his destination when the grief began to overwhelm him. The connection had disappeared again. He fell to his knees, not breathing hard, not panting or out of breath, but from the sheer struggle to keep his emotions in check. An Alpha should never be rejected by his mate. He felt worthless, useless, and stupid, unworthy of his title and the respect that it gave him in the pack.

Now, he needed his extra senses more than ever. He allowed himself to walk the remainder of the way toward his chosen spot. Milo stepped through the trees and into the clearing, returning to the place where he felt most connected to his mate, and began undressing. He would need his clothes intact for returning home in the morning, but for now, he needed his wolf. He needed to feel everything, to sense everything, to see everything just in case she was near. He laid his clothes on a nearby boulder and allowed his body to shift and contort into a large wolf. He was the biggest of his pack as Alpha, and it felt good to feel his strong muscles forming, to have firm, sure footed paws leading him into the middle of the meadow.

It was the most beautiful place that he had ever seen. Milo walked his wolf body into the very center of the meadow and lay down, then placed his head on his front paws. The grief overwhelmed him now, as always. She wasn’t here. She had never been here. Somewhere inside, he continued to hope that the beauty of the area and his strong scent that he left behind there would draw her to the meadow, but it never did. The beauty was lost to him yet again. The blues and yellows and greens of the wild, overgrown grass with its weeds and flowers created a multitude of scents and wonder for the wolf to watch. The bees were busy, the birds were chirping away and it was a safe haven amongst a village of people.

Comfort and sadness suddenly swept over him. He needed this place … now, more than ever before. Milo knew that he was very lucky that he had been given time, since he had been made Alpha so young—at just seventeen—by his father’s illness and his grandfather’s death. He had time to train, learn and to step up to his position, time to drop out of school for his last two years and focus on being Alpha. However, he had gone back to school as soon as he was ready, repeating his lost years to show the others in the pack how important education was. He was their leader, and he had to set a good example, but he had also been granted a rare privilege: he had been given more time to find his true mate than any other Alpha.

Most Alphas were supposed to be united to their true mate by the end of their eighteenth birthday, when they officially became a man. Eighteen was the age when their true mate bond really developed into something that made it possible for two true mates to find each other. All they had to do was to pass each other, look into each other’s faces and they knew. It was instinctual, and the wolves inside of them helped along the way.

Milo had a good sense of his true mate even before that—almost like a radar—to tell him when she was close and when he was most likely to find her in their lands, but he had never found her. He began to wonder if he ever would. This continual feeling her presence and then losing her again was making him insane, making him worry for her safety. What had happened to break their connection? Milo let out a sigh that, in his wolf body became a small huff. He was running out of time to find her. His twentieth birthday was fast approaching and he wasn’t sure that he would be allowed to continue searching for her once it passed. No Alpha had ever ruled his pack this long without a mate.

True mates made Alpha’s stronger, faster, more resilient wolves. True mates made them complete. And how could Milo forget the most important factor of being an Alpha—to produce an heir. He certainly couldn’t do that alone, but he also knew that he couldn’t do that with anyone other than his true mate. He had to find her soon … before the Elder Council got ideas of finding him another girl.

It could only happen to an Alpha. Only Alpha’s were ever allowed to take a mate that wasn’t their true mate. The only exception was when a true mate died and the other was left alone. Then, they were allowed to take another to their hearts, but Milo wasn’t sure that he could even do that. How could he be with a girl that wasn’t his true mate? To kiss her and love her and give her an heir? His every sense screamed at him how wrong it was, but he had no choice. He had less than fifteen days until his birthday. If he hadn’t found his true mate by then, he knew that he would be forced to do the unthinkable. His choice was simple: find his true mate or step down as Alpha.”

 

Fourth we have A R Flowers

A R Flowers is a native of Maryland. Better known to her friends as Alle loves her cat Scruffie, taking walks, playing guitar, riding her Harley and is a football fanatic. Since she was the ripe age of 12, her favorite team has been the Green Bay Packers. Allie attended college in Maryland achieving a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Coppin University and a M.S. in Human Services Administration with a minor in Psychology from the University of Baltimore; she is completing her Doctorate in Public Policy/Psychology.

A R started writing children’s books and then romance which remain unpublished. Her first love has been paranormal. She has always been fascinated with vampires, reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. She studied and researched the subject further and only then did she decide to write Forbidden Kiss (Julian’s Mate), which is her Debut Book, the first book in the Protection Detail series; followed by a novella centering on the two main characters. The final book in the series will be released the end of May 2014 is Hers To Protect. A second novella will be released for the holidays. She also has other WIP’s that she will keep her friends and fans up-to-date on. She can be reached on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@AllieFlowers7, www.pinterest.com/allieflowers 7, and www.facebook.com/allie.flowers.7 and www.author pages www.amazon.com/B00F5Z7DKK, www.facebook.com/673539142709998.

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A R’s book links are www.amazon.com/dp/B00F5IRV5E and www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDD86DY

Fifth we have Ashley Beale
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Ashley Beale is a self published indie author of Contemporary Romance. Although all her novels run in the adult romance genre, each one is uniquely different than the last! Ashley has a love for triangles, angst, cliffhangers, and happily ever afters- and it shows in all her novels.

Currently the Amazon international bestselling author has six published novels with a seventh coming out May 12th- Ex Convict. Her first published novel, Burning Attraction, released in July 2013- that is when Ashley knew that her life would forever be changed. A secret hobby turned into a full time job, in which she loves! Even with six releases and one book signing under her belt, she knows a life as an author has barely begun- and cannot wait to see what more this new world has in store.

Ashley currently resides in the beautiful state of Maine with her two children. She has lived there most of her life, and plans to until her children are in college. Then she’ll be somewhere warm & sunny! In her spare time (something very rare!!), you can find her reading, writing, or simply spending time with friends and family. She really enjoys interacting with her fans, and getting to know other writers.

You can find Ashley on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ashleybealeauthor and stay up to date on everything at www.ashleybeale.com, where she has a list of all her upcoming signings for 2014 & 2015, as well as her future book releases!

Amazon author link: http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Beale/e/B00GCV5CK4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1399000222&sr=8-2-ent

Books: Cassie series- Burning Attraction, Fearless Attraction, Lasting Attraction

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