Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Featured Freebie: "Prejudice Meets Pride," by Rachael Anderson

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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Goblinwraith Book Blitz: Giveaway for a Mystery Box from Crimson Tree Publishing

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Title: Goblinwraith
Series: Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD, Companion novella to Silverwitch
Author: Tamara Grantham
Published: December 23, 2016
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre: Romance/Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

Synopsis:  Heidel, Wult warrior princess, is having a bad day.

First, a pack of wraiths chased her from a dragon’s vault. Then, the thief she traveled with, Maveryck, who was supposed to be a professional, lost the staff they stole. Instead of reclaiming it, he created a portal that sucked them into a nightmarish world full of noxious fumes and mechanical beasts. Earth.

To make matters worse, Heidel is now stuck with the incompetent thief in Paris, France, and they have no way to get back home. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Maveryck is keeping secrets from her—secrets about his past and his identity. Plus, he’s far too attractive to be trusted. She’s been on hellish quests before, but nothing has ever been more difficult than guarding her heart. And she’s pretty sure she’s going to fail. Miserably.

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An Excerpt from Goblinwraith:

We passed a large ornate building, and the sign over the doors read Banque de France.

Maveryck studied the building and then turned to me. “I’ll have to enter alone.”

“Why can’t I come in?”

He glanced at the blood drying on my now-tarnished breastplate. “I think it’s best if I enter alone.”

“Why?”

“Because this building is where the Earthlanders keep their money, and they tend to be frightened when people carry weapons and wear bloodstained armor into their financial institutions. We would most likely get arrested, spend the rest of our journey sitting in one of their dungeons, and never make it back home.”

I hated to admit it, but he had a point.

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About the Author:

Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks (which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds), and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at www.TamaraGranthamBooks.com.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Join the 6th Annual Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge!

2017 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Welcome to the 6th Annual Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge!

If you love to read books about witches, you've come to the right place! Join our Reading Challenge to see what others are reading and even enter for the chance to win a gift card!

Low commitment…you can sign up to read just ONE book as an INITIATE! I'll be signing up for this level, but hoping I can advance to the Maiden level!

Participants who choose to link up reviews will be entered for the end of year prize!

RULES:
This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2017–Dec 31, 2017. Link up a sign-up post (here).

Reviews: The host will be handling this slightly differently than previous years. There will be only one post in January of 2017 to link all the year's reviews rather than a monthly link-up. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)

Grab the reading challenge button (code & button here) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.

Any full-length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books, which are not read cover to cover.

Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

When you sign up in the linky here, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2017 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge, not just a link to your blog.

You can move up levels, but no moving down.

Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2017, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Have some Witchy Good Fun!

LEVELS:
Initiate: Read 1–5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6–10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11–15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16–20 Witchy Books

PRIZE:
Witchy book of choice up to $10 from The Book Depository!

Participants who have officially signed up by linking up a sign-up post declaring their level will be given one entry for every review they link up. The more reviews you write and link up, the more entries in the contest! Link up your reviews on the Review Link Up Post. Winner will be chosen on January 13, 2018 to give everyone a chance to link up their end of year reviews.

A Spotlight on "The Duchess Quest" by C.K. Brooke


The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1) by C.K. Brooke
Publication Date: October 3, 2014
Publisher: 48fourteen

Dainy doesn’t know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward! Though at odds, three clashing rivals -- including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake -- voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart. Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.

Acclaim for The Duchess Quest

• A Shelf Unbound Top 100 Notable Indie Book of 2015
• 5 Stars by Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest
• #1 Kindle eBook in Historical Fantasy (Aug. 2016)
• Unanimous 4- & 5-star reviews from Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog, Roxy’s Reviews, Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock, I Heart Reading, SERIESous Book Reviews, The Silver Dagger Scriptorium, SiMPLiREAD, Betwixt These Pages, Queen of All Books, The Truth About the Book, Books Are Forever, The Word Podcast, and more!

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An Excerpt from The Duchess Quest:

“I’ve never seen a fire spread so easily or so rapidly,” declared Cosmith. “And especially not on such damp soil.” He clenched his jaw. “I smell a rat. This was no accident, my friends. It is chemical warfare. The New Republic is trying to eliminate us who seek the Duchess.”

“They damn near succeeded,” muttered Bos.

“But why would they leave behind their symbol to convict themselves?” challenged young Macmillan.

“Would they not wish to keep an assassination classified?”

“Not if they wish to warn the survivors—us—who we’re dealing with,” said Cosmith shrewdly. “This here?” He tapped knowingly against the symbol carved into the stone. “This is called ‘leaving your mark.’ It’s a Jordinian custom for claiming a crime committed.”

Macmillan raised an eyebrow. “And you would know this how?”

“This does not come as news to me,” interrupted Bos flatly. “The Republic will slaughter whomever they please, however they shall, to ensure their authority and control. It has been this way since they murdered my Emperor.”

“And it appears they’ve set an assassin on our tail,” said Cosmith grimly.

“So what do we do?” Macmillan looked between them.

Bos watched them, the last men standing in their now pitiful search party. “We continue,” he suggested.



The Album The Duchess Quest also has an original companion soundtrack available, entitled The Duchess Quest: The Album, which is available exclusively on Amazon and can be sampled at YouTube.

About the Author:
C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers' Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books -- reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan, with her husband and young son. Visit her at CKBrooke.com and subscribe for a FREE eBook!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Book Review: "Wild Montana Skies," by Susan May Warren


About the Book: The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.

But her mistakes aren't so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.

Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn't realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart.

Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

My Thoughts: Like many people, Kacey has made many mistakes in her past. She can't help wondering how different life would have been if she had made different choices. But she knows that she can't relive the past; she can only go forward. Can she make amends to the people she hurt and rebuild relationships? Should she even try to repair her mistakes, or is it better to put the past behind her and build a life away from "home"? This book is realistic in showing that there are no perfect answers. Every path we take has its struggles and blessings. But all our experiences mold us into the unique individuals we become and create a life that's customized for each of us.

About the Author: Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction,and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.



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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Book Review: "The Whole Town's Talking," by Fannie Flagg


About the Book: Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Original, profound, The Whole Town's Talking, a novel in the tradition of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Flagg's own Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, tells the story of Lordor Nordstrom, his Swedish mail-order bride, Katrina, and their neighbors and descendants as they live, love, die, and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways.

Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself, but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. "Resting place" turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking.

With her trademark humor, wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. In The Whole Town's Talking, she reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies.

My Thoughts: This is the story of a small town and its inhabitants, from its founding in 1889 all the way to the year 2021! Like Forrest Gump, we see how world events and progress affect the people who live through them. As we get to know the residents of Elmwood Springs, and see the town's evolution from a small group of homes to a mid-sized city, we see the effects not only through the eyes of current residents, but also through the "eyes" of those who have died and now share the afterlife in the cemetery, Still Meadows. The Whole Town's Talking raises many questions: Is life better or worse as the town grows? Are people happier or less satisfied as life becomes more complicated? Are we the products of our genealogy or our environment? And does life go on after death? Fortunately, these deep questions arise from a thoroughly entertaining story, complete with quirky personalities, community scandal, and plenty of love.

About the Author: Fannie Flagg's career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen, she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can't Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion; and The Whole Town's Talking. Flagg's script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Fannie Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee prize. She lives happily in California and Alabama.



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Friday, December 16, 2016

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: "Embers in the Sea," by Jennifer M. Eaton


Today, Jennifer M. Eaton and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for EMBERS IN THE SEA, the third book in the FIRE IN THE WOODS series, which releases January 31, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive an eGalley!!

A quick note from the author:

Fire in the Woods has been an incredible journey for me. In book one, Jess and David raced through the woods of New Jersey. In book two, they raced through space, and spent some time on an alien planet. For book three, I needed a brand new frontier, and Earth’s vast oceans seemed the perfect setting for a new alien adventure. I really hope everyone enjoys Jess and David’s race through the sea, because the ocean has secrets, and some secrets don’t want to be found.

On to the reveal!


Title: EMBERS IN THE SEA (Fire in The Woods #3)
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
Pub. Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300
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Alien scientist David has dealt with disappointment his entire life, but failing to breathe life into the planet Mars is his greatest regret. Out of options and in need of a new home for their people, the alien Caretakers rekindle their plan to inhabit Earth. First, they will have to eliminate the human race, including Jess, the only human David holds dear.

Humanity has one final chance at survival. David needs to emulate Earth’s precipitation on Mars. But the catalyst to make it rain lies in the fathomless depths of Earth’s ocean.

The clock is ticking down to humanity’s last hours as Jess and David face a world more alien than either of them can imagine. The sea hides secrets, but some secrets don’t want to be found.



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Homework Sucked.




I tucked back the dark bang that flew in my face, shifted my seating, and balanced Philosophers of the Pre-modern World on my crossed legs.




Squinting in the morning sunshine, I forced my eyes to read the passage from Colton’s Lacon one more time:




“Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past, even while we attempt to define it.”




I closed the textbook and tossed it on the grass. “Why should I even care about what some old cleric guy said two hundred years ago?”




“Because he’s a famous old cleric guy.” Matt plucked the book from the lawn and dusted a few stray grass clippings from the cover.




“I came to college to study photography, not to be confused beyond reason by dead philosophers.”




Matt handed my book back as we stood. “Philosophy is supposed to broaden your mind.”




“Yeah, well, I’m broad enough.” I could sense a witty retort forming on his lips. “Don’t say it.”




He held up his hands. “I wouldn’t think of it.”




A group of people pointed at us from across the courtyard, and my fingers twined around my necklace, pressing the charm into my palm.




Here we go again.




When I first came to Columbia University, this was one of my favorite places to relax. The grass was like a hug from home, despite the New York skyline looming just over the trees. But each semester I had to dodge more and more Jess-watchers. Why they were still interested in me after all this time, I didn’t know.




It had been nearly two years since David left Earth to help his people populate Mars, and there’d been no impromptu spaceship sightings yet. But alien chasers still flocked to Columbia University thinking today might be the lucky day.




“How about we go this way.” Matt tugged me away from the wide-eyed group. Several of them raised camera phones, then looked at the sky.




It was always the same, as if just because Jessica Martinez walked outside, a spaceship would magically pop out of nowhere and whisk her away.




“You know, it wouldn’t hurt you to smile once in a while.” Matt waved at a guy holding a late model Nikon camera with a cheap lens attached to the front. “You always look ticked on the tabloid covers.”




I left the walkway and stomped across the grass. “These aren’t paparazzi. They’re just gawkers, and they’re driving me crazy. I wish they’d just let it go.”




Matt laughed. “Let it go? You’re Jess Martinez: the girl who saved the world from Armageddon. Twice. I think you need to cut people some slack.”




I stopped by the oak trees beside the library and watched a bird hop back and forth from the grass to the cement walkway. “I just want to be normal again. I want people to stop staring at me all the time.”




“Then you better stop wearing those tight jeans because, damn, girl, I’d snap a few pictures too if I thought I could get away with it.”




I smacked his shoulder, like I always did when he complimented me in his own, Matt-like way. It felt like we were back in New Jersey, back when I was “just Jess” and friendships weren’t so much a luxury.




“So, when is your cancer conference over?” I asked.




“It’s a symposium, and I’ll be here for a few more days.”




A few more days. It wasn’t enough. “Thanks for coming to see me. I missed you.”




Red stained his cheeks. “Yeah, I missed you too.” His gaze drifted to the tree. “Bobby says hi, by the way.”




I cringed and tried to hide my sneer. “I can’t believe you guys ended up friends after what he did to you in high school. He’s such a jerk.”




“Yeah, but he’s a connected jerk.”




“You don’t need him, Matt. You’re brilliant.”




He shrugged. “Brilliant only gets you so far. Bobby has the charm and means to get my work noticed.”




“And in return, you get him good grades?”




“I can’t take his exams for him, but yeah, I help with the other stuff.” We walked to the library steps, where he reclined against the marble. “He quit McGuire for you, you know?”




“That doesn’t change anything. He and I are never getting back together.”




“He’s trying to get back in your good graces … change the world so you see him differently.”




I eased down beside him. “Did he ask you to say that?”




Matt’s eyes opened like saucers. “Am I that transparent?”




“I can’t believe he’s pretending to care about cancer research just to impress me. When will he learn to take no for an answer?”




“So, you’re serious? You’re really not into him anymore?”




“Not. At. All. Not if he were the last guy on the planet.”




A smile spread across Matt’s face. “Good. You can do better. He’s a weasel.” He cleared his throat. “Just don’t tell him I said that. He’s still bigger than me.”




I mustered half a grin when three people jumped in front of the steps and tried to pretend they weren’t taking pictures of me.




“Wow,” Matt said. “They really don’t let up, do they?”




“Not too much, no.”




He stood and helped me to my feet. “How about we go inside somewhere? Is there anywhere around here we can catch an early lunch?”




I folded my arms. “Seriously? We’re in New York City. Name your poison.”




His grin made me forget about the roving photographers. “Anywhere quiet, where we can kinda be alone.”




I straightened. “Alone?”




He slipped his cold fingers around mine. “I meant it when I said I missed you.”




Whoa. I slid my hand away. “Weren’t you just rooting for team Bobby?”




“Yeah, well, I figure if the referee has banned Bobby from the game permanently, that kinda makes room for team Matt to swoop in and maybe win one for the eggheads of the world.”




A flash of seventeen-year-old Matt, bruised and bleeding on the sidewalk after Bobby beat him up for taking me to a movie flashed through my mind, before my vision refocused on the brilliant med student Matt had become. I’d saved the world from aliens, but Matt was going to save the world from cancer. He believed it. I believed it. Matt was one of those guys who could do anything.




As long as he could avoid getting beat up again.




And with me at his side, he would get beat up again. Going to college hadn’t changed Bobby that much, even if Bobby was riding on Matt’s gravy train.




Matt just put himself way out on a limb. But did I want to go out on that skinny little branch with him?




A smile burst across my face. Maybe I did. “How about something a little more casual, like ice cream.”




He held up his hands. “Whoa there. I don’t know. Ice cream sparks of commitment. We’ve only known each other for what, eight years? I think you’re moving a little fast for me. I thought I was pushing it with lunch.”




I punched him in the arm.




He punched me back. I loved that. No airs. No games. No attitude. Just Matt.




Maybe, just maybe, I could get my life back. Maybe I could be happy again.




A startled cry echoed through the courtyard.




“What is that?” a man yelled.




Matt grabbed my hand and we followed the throng away from the steps and onto the South Lawn. A huge hole had formed in the clouds, widening into a shimmering circle of crystal blue.




I plucked my camera out of my backpack and joined the amateurs clicking away with their cell phones. I hid my amusement behind the lens of Old Reliable.




These people had no idea what a picture could be, how to focus in just the right place, how to find tone in the simplest of images, and catch the perfect light to evoke the exact mood. I hit the shutter four times as the anomaly widened, expanding past several city blocks. Nature never ceased to astound me.




A few more photography students added their lenses to the crowd. There’d be no deficit of pictures for the papers to choose from, that was for sure.




I snapped seven more shots. The race was on. Click. Who would take the best shot? Click. Who would be the first to get their work into the papers?




Me. That’s who. Click. Click.




The shape shifted and elongated, swirling until it settled over the courtyard and froze as if someone pressed the pause button.




The crowd grew silent. I lowered my camera. WTF?




The air in the middle of the circle formed a nearly transparent, shimmering bubble. A rainbow formed across its surface; the stripes brilliant, clear, and defined. Dozens of breaths hitched as an iridescent flicker blasted across the apparition. The form pinched and molded into a colorful, swirling tube that slowly dropped from the sky.




Oh. Crap.




Matt tightened his grip on my hand as the other spectators stepped away. Half their gazes staring up, the remainder staring at me.




“Friends of yours?” Matt asked.




I shivered. “No. That’s not Erescopian technology.” At least I didn’t think it was. Erescopian ships were liquid metal … shiny opal or silver. “That just looks like … ”




“Water,” Matt whispered.




Water hanging in the sky. Or more like a lake … a huge lake with a giant elevator tube dropping out of it. So. Not. Good.




The cylinder fell in short, billowing waves before settling on the middle of the South Lawn. It was there, but it also wasn’t—like it took a picture of what was on the other side and played it like a video, hiding the tube like a chameleon. Wicked cool—if I wasn’t standing so close to it.




Matt inched back, glanced at me, then returned to my side. If I wasn’t riveted to my little patch of grass, I wonder if he’d have run.




Camera shutters triggered like crazy. Everyone gawked at me, like I was supposed to know what to do.




Yeah, cause Jess Martinez knows all there is to know about spaceships.




A whoosh echoed through the open area, like the Jolly Green Giant had blown out a candle, but without the wind. The people on the other side of the cylinder lit up as if a hundred suns flooded them. They stepped back, shielding their eyes.




My fingers tightened on the strap of my camera. I’d seen that light before, on the tarmac two years ago, as hundreds of Erescopian soldiers left their liquescent spaceships and stepped on Earth for the first time.




A siren blaring from behind the buildings broke my frozen stance. I raised Old Reliable, clicking off shots that probably would amount to nothing, until a human form materialized within the cylinder’s hazy brilliance.







Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.

Who knows where we’ll end up next?

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The Crown of Anavrea
The Theodoric Saga Book 1
by Rachel Rossano
Genre: Historical Romance

In a time when castles were the strongest…in a place where combat was face to face…Labren was on the run. He hid his true name and he admitted it freely.
In a time when slavery was legal...in a place where kings were all-powerful…Eve, a slave, appeared in the right place at the right time.
Eve saved his life. In return, he offered her the opportunity of freedom. She did not know what would happen to her if she chose to accept his proposal, but she did know the consequences of rejecting it.



The King of Anavrea
The Theodoric Saga Book 2

A reluctant king, a blind queen, and a marriage that sparked a rebellion...
Ireic Theodoric, King of Anavrea, constantly battles with his council over who will run the country. When the council insists on a treaty with Sardmara, he agrees. However, the treaty quickly becomes an arranged marriage. Ireic offers up himself for the sake of Anavrea. But after he signs, no princess appears.
Lirth Parnan, only daughter of the king of Sardmara, survives alone in a cold, damp tower room. Baron Tor kidnapped her in an attempt to control her father. No one came to claim her. She suspects her father considers her flawed beyond use in his political games. After five years of waiting, her hope of rescue wanes with her health.
After Ireic fights his way into Lirth’s tower, he realizes the depths of her father’s deception. Instead of being an answer to his problems, Lirth creates new ones. The council will not accept her as queen, but Ireic has sworn an oath that he will marry her. His choice could cost him his throne, perhaps his life.



The Reward of Anavrea
The Theodoric Saga Book 3

She couldn't hide forever.
A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can't refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?
His reward isn't what it seems.
King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.



An Excerpt from The Reward of Anavrea by Rachel Rossano


“My Lord Tremain.”

Liam grimaced at the sound of his new title. Drawing back on the reins, he slowed his horse and guided it to the side of the winding trail.

“My lord.” Braxton drew his mount alongside Liam’s, matching the warhorse’s pace.

“How many times do I need to tell you? You don’t have to use my title. We are friends, not–” Liam couldn’t find the words to describe what they were.

“I know.” Braxton waved him off with his hand. “But you have to get used to it soon.”

“That was not my point.”

Braxton merely nodded.

Liam knew his friend was correct, but he was not willing to take on his new role as a titled landowner any sooner than necessary. Glancing over at his comrade-in-arms of ten years, he asked, “So what were you ‘my lording’ me for?”

“The captain says we should be able to see the village and vargar after the next rise,” Braxton informed him.

“Then let us pick up the pace.” Liam urged his horse to trot. “I wish to know the magnitude of the job before me.”

King Ireic Theodoric, monarch of Anavrea, was replacing his nobles, one title at a time. Ever since the attempted coup a year ago, he pursued a strategic removal of power from the hands of his opposition. So, when Lord Alain of Ashwyn died without a legitimate heir, he chose Liam to take the title and lands.

Liam supposed he was a logical choice. As the third son of noble parents, he chose to enter the military. There he served his country and king with honor. Then the rebellion occurred. He found himself on the opposite side of the conflict from his parents and many of his childhood friends. The king triumphed. The title and lands handed to him were a reward for exceptional service.

“There is the vargar.” Braxton pointed toward the far rise as they crested a hill. Liam reined in his horse so he could take in the view.

Before them, the valley dropped away and spread out in a green and brown patchwork of fields and hedgerows. The road they followed wound slightly to the east on its route to the village huddled beneath the shadow of a massive fortress. The village was smaller than Liam anticipated. This close to the wild northern border he expected the village would be closer to the stronghold of the lord protecting them.

The castle loomed above the clustered cottages on its perch at the top of the next rise. Its thick walls of black stone soaked up the late afternoon sunlight. The same light painted everything else vivid shades of bronze and gold.

“Ashwyn Vargar,” Braxton murmured.

“Aye.” Liam sighed. The cacophany made by the following company of men made Liam cringe. “Come,” he said as he urged his horse forward, “Let us get this over and done.”


Rachel Rossano specializes in clean romantic fiction set in historical-feeling fantasy worlds. She also dabbles in straightforward historical romance and not-so-strict speculative fiction.
A happily married mother of three small children, she divides her time between mothering, teaching, and writing. She endeavors to enchant, thrill, entertain, and amuse through her work. A constant student, she seeks to improve her skills and loves to hear from readers.










Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Rhynan Saga Book Tour and Giveaway


Duty
Novels of Rhynan Book 1
by Rachel Rossano
Genre: Historical Romance

Duty to King
Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king and the recent civil war. When his benefactor demands Tomas marry the cousin of a noble, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.

Duty to Others
Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation under the new Lord Wisten, her cousin. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon. When she learns her cousin sold her into marriage to save his life, she isn’t surprised. However, she is taken aback by Lord Irvaine’s unpolished ways. Was this man a noble or a foot soldier?

Duty to Each Other
Bound by the words of their vows, they face a rough future. They must forge a marriage while battling betrayal, accusations of treason, and villains from the past. Survival depends on their precarious trust in each other. Failure could mean death.



Honor
Novels of Rhynan Book 2

The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him.
Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother's massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process.
As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction.



The Making of a Man: A Short Story Anthology
(Novels of Rhynan)
This is a short story anthology.

The Earl of Dentin returns. Eight stories ranging from short story to novelette in length give us greater understanding into why Dentin is the complex and enigmatic man he is. It also includes new adventures that happen between Honor and the next Rhynan novel.

Passing the Mantle – An ill-fated hunting trip
Forging Friendships – Recruiting able-bodied men ineligible for knighthood
The Sword of Korma Monroe – A sword made for trouble
Turning Point – A duke and an earl plot treason
The Bittersweet Pear – A marital misunderstanding
Isbeth’s Redemption – Dentin doesn’t make a good first impression
A Squire’s Love – Reginald’s quest
Restoration – A trip to Braulyn produces unexpected company



An Excerpt from Duty, First Novel of Rhynan, by Rachel Rossano

"The red one is mine," he said.

I didn’t raise my head although instinct urged me to. Father had called me Red. He said I was born screaming, skin deep red like the beets in the garden and hair fiery like the setting sun. The man who spoke was not my father.

I glanced at him from beneath my cloak’s hood. Arrogant in his size and superior mass, his eyes picked me out of the writhing mass of captives. Early morning sunlight glinted off plain armor and an unadorned helm, yet the unwashed barbarians treated him with the respect due a commander.

The crowd of women around me parted for the soldier fulfilling his order. Mothers moved back with babes in their arms, toddlers clinging to their skirts. Their fingers clutched older children’s hands or shoulders. A living mass, their voices silenced by the army surrounding them. Their faces spoke eloquently of their fear.

The soldier, smelling of sweat and sour wine, grabbed my left arm and dragged me out from among them. I didn’t want to bring harm to the women around me. The soldier would injure many before subduing me. I allowed him to pull me toward the commander with only minimal resistance.

Once free of the captives, however, I yanked from the man’s grip in an attempt to run. Three pairs of rough hands caught hold of my arms before I managed more than a few steps. The stench of their unclean bodies turned my stomach. I gagged as I fought them. They dragged me through the dust and dumped me at his feet.

I struggled up only to be brought down again. Pressure behind my knees forced me to kneel.

I lifted my face to glare at the commander.

“Remove her hood.”

Someone pulled my cloak half off my shoulders in his enthusiasm. Red curls fell free in a wild mass about my shoulders.

Silently I cursed the color. If only I had been blessed with plain brown or even blond tresses, I could have hidden in plain sight.

“My Lady Brielle Solarius, I presume.”



Rachel Rossano specializes in clean romantic fiction set in historical-feeling fantasy worlds. She also dabbles in straightforward historical romance and not-so-strict speculative fiction.
A happily married mother of three small children, she divides her time between mothering, teaching, and writing. She endeavors to enchant, thrill, entertain, and amuse through her work. A constant student, she seeks to improve her skills and loves to hear from readers.