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Wings of a Butterfly
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A 1 Night Stand Story

An escape to another place and time with better plumbing and brasserie? Away from a dominance contest one helped start? Sounds like a bloody good idea.

Elizabeth Wentworth certainly thinks so when she goes on holiday to twenty-first century Madrid—in fact, it’s that very sort of thinking that leads her to sign up for 1NightStand’s matchmaking services. One night of pleasure, with no thought of duty, heartbreak or Pack law, just a pander to her desires.

But falling in love? Not an option.

Damien Chassange, carefree, unconventional, and Packless, is the perfect partner in her foray to self-indulgence.

If only he wasn’t her mate….

Genre: Time travel, paranormal romance, contemporary

Author Bio:

A. Faris spent her formative years at libraries and scribbling odd tales that somehow always end up romantic. She currently lives in Oxford, where she writes in between running after her son.

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Tell Me No Lies Book Tour REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 

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Genre:Paranormal/Fallen Angel

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Blurb:
Dancing isn’t easy. Four nights a week Caileigh disappears into the persona of ‘Autumn’ to make a decent buck. The foster care system didn’t prepare her for what happens after turning twenty-one. Armed with only a high school diploma and forty bucks, she’s thrust on the hard cold streets, where she takes the only job a young girl with no prospects can get. Selling small pieces of herself to strangers isn’t the life she wishes for. Deep down she aches for a better life.

A scant piece of paper gives Orias the name of a seedy business and a photograph to keep vigil over his newest target. To find such beauty among the dredges of society wrecks every ounce of intelligence he possesses. For once, despite his being fallen, Orias thinks to disobey a direct order—never touch the protected. The way she moves on stage entrances him, but the sadness hidden underneath a facade of sexual promise makes him want to battle all her demons. Underneath his dark soul, he craves her light and the warmth of love. Will Fate allow them a life together?

Author Bio:

Being smart and sassy with a great sense of humor comes easily for Mahalia Levey. An avid reader of books, she found herself enchanted with disappearing completely into the worlds authors created. One day she vowed to herself she’d be one of them. Then family life came, and college right after. Swayed from her childhood course of action, it took many years for her to get back to that place she held dear as a child. Now she is running full steam ahead to keep up with the many ideas flowing freely. She plans on taking her work to higher levels and expanding her genres. Her main focus is giving her readers variety. Her works in progress include paranormal, fantasy and mainstream romance. Taking characters and watching them grow past what she’s imagined is her true passion.

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Excerpt

 

Caileigh flicked her gaze over the crowd. She located him in a seat right next to the stage.  The intriguing man who’d come in for every night for two weeks. She fixed a smile on her cherry-red painted lips and gyrated in front of him, gliding around the pole, the cool steel warming under her palms. Up she inched, higher, her gaze never straying from his. What’s his deal?

She enacted a series of spins, anchoring her hands between her thighs to distribute her weight and display her flexibility. Her underarm locking her in position, she spiraled down the pole. She enjoyed this part of her job the most, playing on stage, moving her body to the music, contorting from position to position.  Her toned muscles supported her body. Bent upside down, the underside of her knee caressed the cool metal, her arm held the stem of her booted foot. She released her hold to land gracefully on the smooth floor. She sidled around again and again, offering a smile or a wink, before engaging in a new series of acrobatics. She locked  her legs in a side split then flipped to a sitting position to regard the crowd. Too much silence greeted her.  Tough crowd.

She used her upper body strength and slammed to the floor in a center split, her boots clacking, a sonic boom echoing from her landing. Heads snapped in her direction. Caileigh unleashed the naughty vixen in her, performing complex floor work until she rose with grace and sashayed across the stage. Take that, people.

Her second song began, the haunting gothic voices echoing in a series of oohs and ahhs. Swaying to the slower rhythms, she untied her top, baring areolas the color of dark chocolate in contrast to her milk chocolate skin.

Bracing in front of the pole, she worked her floor routine then moved to the edge of the stage to accept bills with a seductive smile, thanking the men with an air peck next to their cheeks. She moved back to center stage, twisting and pirouetting, finishing her set with a single spin around the pole, relishing the cool metal between her thighs. The nameless man’s penetrating gaze fired her blood. No man…no customer had ever affected her as he did.

His gaze made concentration impossible. She’d perfected her series of pole tricks—each with a name only a dancer would know—or she’d have landed on her head. She forced herself to break the stare down…. to try to forget his dark brown orbs bordering on obsidian enough to blend in with his pupils. Not once had he spoken to her, queried for a dance. He didn’t have a welcoming presence with his mercenary appearance. Sweat beaded her upper back. The song ended and applause began. Caileigh waved to the growing crowd and headed for the main floor. A shiver wracked her body as she passed him, as if his eyes were boring into her skin.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tell-Lies-Night-Stand-ebook/dp/B007B86CH4

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/134662

Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=480&osCsid=pi52h00folaokbp72j40ppvbv4

Review

I liked this book a lot.  It is very short.  It is about a virgin stripper who meets a fallen angel, and has to be protected by him, because demons are after her.  They fall in love.  I liked this story, because it includes the fantasy aspect with demons and angels and also is very sexy.  The only problem is that the story is sooo short.  Less than 40 pages.  I would have liked this elaborated into a novel.  The characters were interesting, and so was the plot.  Everything just happened way to quickly. It was a very easy read.

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Winner of this giveaway can choose one of the following books:

Burn Me if You Can $2.99
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A 1 Night Stand Story

Working for the Wichita Tribune is the best thing that’s ever happened to Rebekah Shayne, until she takes an assignment aimed to take down a prestigious matchmaking firm. She’s determined to ferret out the falsities, schemes, and swindling companies manipulating lonely souls.

Ashton Foster doesn’t believe in on line dating. When his mother takes charge of his personal life, he knows it’s useless to fight her and would rather go through a few dates with strangers than let her push the unending stream of locals down his throat vying for his pocketbook. In this he finds the perfect opportunity to downplay who he is and become a regular type of guy.

Genre: contemporary romance, erotic romance, interracial

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The Price of Defiance $3.99
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America Patterson loves living on the edge. Car model by day, illegal street racer by night, she’s known as the best. Except underneath her flawless façade lies a young woman filled with turmoil. When her hobby lands her in hot water, she finds herself handcuffed and bailed out by the one person who’d abandoned her….

MMA Fighter Alejandro Escovedo is summoned home after a tournament that had left him sore and questioning his career. Expecting a nice welcome home, he instead finds himself rescuing his best friend’s sister out of jail. This time he’s had enough.

Their explosive past gives him all the rights where America is concerned, and he is more than ready to take her on. By ending her daredevil ways and finding the trigger to her self-destructive behavior, will he convince her he’s back to stay or drive her further away?

Genre: Erotic romance, BDSM, contemporary

Enter to win at http://kaitlinmichellegiveaways.blogspot.com/

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Angelkiller by H. David Blalock

Title: Angelkiller
Author: H. David Blalock

Publisher:Seventh Star Press, LLC
Pub. Date: 11/28/11

epub:        pages:  128
Genre: Fantasy
How obtained?: Review copy from Publisher

RATING: 4 ****

Biography

H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for decades. His fiction has appeared in novels, novellas, short stories, anthologies, and websites. He was awarded the Memphis Science Fiction Association’s 2000 Darrell Award for Best Electronic Fiction and in 2012 was nominated for the 2011 PulpArk Award for Best Short Story.

David’s interests are not just limited to writing fiction. He is the co-founder of the Imagicopter author cooperative (www.imagicopter.com) and an editor for the cooperative’s anthology “Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells”.

REVIEW:

I received this book from Seventh Star Press.  I was very interested to read it, because the title sounded interesting.  The book is about the battle of good versus evil, and evil has won.  Good is still trying to triumph over evil, but it is not easy because evil has a strong hold on everyone.  It was interesting because you always think of good winning over evil, and this book makes you think of the role religion plays in everyday life.  This is a war that is going on that people don’t know about unless they are a part of the battle.  This is a short novel, and it did not take very long to read at all.  The main character is Jonah Mason, an Angelkiller.  He is actually one of the good guys, which is something else you would not think of.  He is a part of an army to stop evil.  The army communicates by using an MMORPG (think World of Warcraft).  It is an alternate reality that they actually link into with their minds.  I liked that part of the story, because I am familiar with MMORPGs and it just seemed like a cool way to think of technology, and how much time we spend in alternate realities like World of Warcraft or Second Life.  The only real issue I had with the book was that the names were a little too similar (Mason and Martin; Azazel and Azrael).

THE VERDICT:

I would recommend this book to gamers who play MMORPGs and anyone who enjoys a creative fantasy novel.  I even recommend this book to my husband, who hardly reads anything, because I think it would suit his tastes more.  I really liked that it was an old idea that was updated (evil wins and up-to-date technology).

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Dr. Alexandra Gladstone Series Blog Tour

 

You can’t cure murder…

When the old country doctor of Newton-Upon-Sea passed away, he left his only daughter, Alexandra, with the secrets of his trade. Now, the village depends on its lady-doctor Gladstone for its births, deaths, and all the inconveniences in between.

Dr. Alexandra Gladstone is visiting the Lord of Dunsford, when he’s found murdered in his bed. Joined by Nancy, her maid, the London barrister, Nicholas Forsythe, and her faithful dog, Zack, she soon discovers that other nobles in Lord Dunsford’s circle of acquaintances have very good reasons to see him dead. The symptoms of death begin to multiply as they uncover a dangerous plot of revenge, hatred, and blackmail. And unfortunately for Alexandra, this rage could get her killed…

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Readers can purchase any of the titles at Cool Well Press Inc. (as well as at the Amazon links below):

http://www.coolwellpress.com/pages/authors/10

Symptoms of Death (Gladstone)
http://www.amazon.com/Symptoms-of-Death-Gladstone-ebook/dp/B005WD05QO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329185466&sr=1-1

Always Dress Well for Murder

The small town of Newton-Upon-Sea is stunned by the death of a retired admiral of her Majesty’s Navy, and even more shocked at the state in which he is found. Everyone is ready to assume that he took a drunken fall from a cliff, except for Dr. Alexandra Gladstone. Along with Nancy, her maid, the London barrister, Nicholas Forsythe, and her faithful dog, Zack, she will battle local authorities, morticians, and the gossip of the town in order to learn the truth. And when she does, she just might find that the truth is worse than she could ever have imagined…

Improper Death

 

Always Dress Well For Murder…

Murder is in the air in the small town of Newton-Upon-Sea. A mysterious illness is claiming the lives of men of a certain age, and where the illness fails, a sharp knife does not. Dr. Alexandra Gladstone is at a loss to determine what is causing the sickness, and the only survivor of the illness is soon found with his heart surgically removed. The panic-stricken townsfolk do not know who to trust, and Constable Snow is at a loss to find the killer, or protect innocents from the frightened, unruly mob.

Dr. Gladstone is sent to London by Snow to discover some answers that might help them catch the madman who is committing the murders. When she realizes the truth, she knows that she may already be too late to save those that she loves the most…

http://www.amazon.com/Half-Mind-Murder-Glastone-ebook/dp/B006LACC8Q/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329185466&sr=1-5

The fourth book in the series, The Queen’s Crime, will be released in 2013. Below is a link to the first chapter of The Queen’s Crime:

http://www.paulapaul.net/newsletter.htm?newsletter=

 

Paula Paul Bio

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Paula Paul has published 25 novels for both children and adults.  Her popular historical mystery series featuring Dr. Alexandra Gladstone is being re-released in both print and electronic format by Cool Well Press.  New books in the series will be forthcoming, beginning with The Queen’s Crime, scheduled for release in January 2013.

Paula has written contemporary mysteries as well as historical and contemporary romance novels and literary novels.  Her favorites are her historical and literary novels.  She has won awards from Women Writing the West, New Mexico Book Association, the Zia Award, National Press Women Award for Fiction, Texas Institute of Letters Award, and a Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Growing up in Texas on a cotton farm and ranch that was 30 miles from the nearest town, she had plenty of time to develop a very severe reading addiction that eventually translated into crafting her own stories and books.

A former journalist, she is the recipient of several state and national awards for reporting and feature writing.  She lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband.  She has two grown children and six grandchildren who keep her life full and interesting.  She also has an adorable if annoying Schnoodle (Poodle and Schnauzer mix) who makes certain she takes a break from writing and gets her three-mile walk everyday.

 

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He Answered by L.V. Robinson

Title:  He Answered
Author: L.V. Robinson

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pub. Date: 12/8/11

Paperback:        pages: 62
How obtained?: Review copy from the Author

RATING: 1 *

HE ANSWERED She had been coming around, calling, making idle threats. She had already called and made several false reports. Begged his family to talk to him. I thought, how much more trouble could she cause? We’d take them, become a blended family. How difficult could it be? How difficult would it be, she didn’t want them, right? I was about to find out, just how wrong I was.

REVIEW:

I received this as a review copy from the author for an open and honest review.  This book ( more of a story) is sort of pieced together from different parts of this girl’s life. This was actually less of even a story and more of just a scattering of unrelated events. The author did not take any time to develop the characters, and I really just did not care what happened.  I was glad that the book was so short because I did not really enjoy it.  I am not sure why the author wrote the book or what the point was supposed to be.  She states that she wants the reader to feel encouraged after reading the novel, but you can hardly call it a novel, and I don’t see how anyone can be encouraged with her lack of description and lifeless characters.

THE VERDICT:

I would not recommend this book to anyone.  It is very short and seemed pointless.

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Doris in Dreamland by Cindy Argiento

Title: Doris in Dreamland
Author: Cindy Argiento

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pub. Date: 4/15/07

Paperback:        pages:  30
Genre: Children’s Book (?????????????)
How obtained?: Free Review copy from Dorrance Publishing

RATING: 1 *

Have you ever wished that you could become something else, that you could watch others as they spent happy times with their families and share their joy with them? Doris can do this. Every night, she visits Dreamland in her sleep and turns into a red-and-black butterfly. She flies around, forgetting her old life and watching as children go about their daily lives. “In Dreamland, children’s lives were as they should be, filled with love, truth, and beauty.” Though her mommy and daddy love her very much, Doris has a dark secret, but she is able to forget her sadness in the happiness of her dreams. In each chapter, Doris has a new dream about a new place or event, including trick-or-treating, gym class, and the beach. Follow Doris the red-and-black butterfly as she embarks on her nightly adventures in Doris in Dreamland.

REVIEW:

I received this from Dorrance Publishing for an open and honest review.  You can purchase their book from the Dorrance Book Store.
This book I guess is geared for children?  If I have kids, I will not let them read this book.  The synopsis of the book does not say anything about the book being about sexual abuse.  A lot of the sentences are just repeated over and over, for no apparent reason.  It also talks about Doris being ashamed of being touched someone she shouldn’t be by someone she thought she should trust.  The book does not give kids hope that they can feel better about being sexually abused, and Doris never even tells her parents. That is not what I would want my kids to do.  This book makes it seem like it is okay to be ashamed and never tell about sexual abuse.  It also makes it seem like it is the child’s fault (that is what Doris thinks).  I understand that maybe you would have those feelings at first, but that is not what I would want my child to gather from a book.

THE VERDICT:

I would not recommend this book to anyone.  I did not like it at all. I wish the back had mentioned that Doris was sexually abused, and not just said “a dark secret”.

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