Saturday Selections

May 21st, 2016

This is the second installment in the Once Upon A Time series by Judi Fennell, If the Shoe Fits. Love these kind of stories.

51StRPFOVaL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Once upon a time…

a long time ago
in a land far, far away,
there lived a girl by the name of Cinderella.

This is not her story.

This is the story of Lucinda Isabella Casteleoni,
who, like her namesake,
has a wicked stepmother, two tacky stepsisters,
and countless hours of hard work to (not) look forward to.
But unlike that fairy tale princess,
Bella’s Prince Charming is nowhere to be found.

Until a little old man with sparkling green eyes
opens a shoe store down the street.

Then the magic begins…

Saturday Selections

May 14th, 2016

Feeling the need for a bit of paranormal romance.

515Gstms3qL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_The Greek gods are alive and well. But, unfortunately for the gods, the humans have all but forgotten their glorious existence…and this fact really pisses off the all-powerful, immortal beings.

Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, takes one look at the mysterious Terese Lafitte and knows that he wants her. Even in this modern century, a god takes what he wants. But Terese isn’t a mortal, not any longer. As a newly turned vampire, her attraction to Apollo is downright lethal because desire arouses not just her body, but also her bloodlust.

But Apollo likes a woman with bite, and now that he’s found Terese, he’s not about to let the little vampiress out of his sight or out of his bed. When Terese’s psychotic vampire ex begins to stalk them, Apollo knows that he will have to use all of his strength to keep her safe. Lucky for Terese, Apollo has more power than she could ever have imagined.

When you trifle with the sun god, you will get burned.

Saturday Selections

May 7th, 2016

Happy May!

This week pulling out some more military books by another I love to read, Cindy Dees and her story Soldier’s Rescue Mission. This one is part of the H.O.T. Watch series.

511o3aB53sL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_“I’m one of the good guys, dammit.”

Her only chance to rescue two orphaned children meant Elise Omayo had to go under cover…as a nun. Yet braving the Colombian jungle was nothing compared to keeping her ruse up once she met Ted Fisher. The sexy solider was on his own danger-filled mission but he was also the only man who could help her.

How had he gone from impersonating a deadly arms dealer to playing protector to a feisty nun? There was no denying Elise desperately needed his assistance, but their mutual attraction had the special ops officer thoroughly confused. Just what secret was Elise keeping…and could he uncover it before time ran out for them both?

Release Day!

May 4th, 2016

May the Fourth be with you!

Yes, I’m a geek that way.

Happy 4 May and happy release day to myself and the other authors who have been included in this Kindleworlds release day launch. I’m in both Bella Andre’s Game of Love and Lucy Kevin’s Four Weddings & A Fiasco worlds. I’m honored to have been asked to be part of these releases. 13101298_10154260039907147_1717998112_n

First up–Delay of Game 

It only takes one moment to change the game forever…

Sergej Markovich is the star player, the left winger, for the Washington Raptors. And he wants the Stanley Cup. Asked by his friend and teammate to pick up a woman from the airport, he doesn’t realize that this woman is the one, the only one, who would be able to delay his game. She’s not at all as he expected and now that he’s met her, all he can think about is getting beneath the layers she has around her.

Constantine Gleason is taking a break from work to hang out with her best friend to watch her brother in the quarterfinals of the run for the Stanley Cup. Only when she sees who’s picking her up–not her friend Vale, or Vale’s brother, she isn’t sure she’s not dreaming. Sex on skates. And when the opportunity comes, she takes it not caring about how she may feel in the morning.Their whirlwind relationship has the potential for more, if they are both willing to make sacrifices. And that’s the question, is Sergej willing to let there be a delay of game?

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Next up: The Wedding Snafu

She’s a stand-in groomsman and he’s the best man who can’t keep his eyes off her…

Donal O’Keefe is aware that although he’s the best man at his friend’s wedding, in truth this is more of a dry run for his wedding, if the mother of the bride has anything to say about it. He’s the CFO for a gaming company and has little time to think of marriage, much less to a woman he barely dates. A call from another groomsman has him waiting for the little sister of the man who will be running late. She’s filling in for her brother until he arrives.

Mindy Watkins isn’t quite sure how she got into this situation. A trip to visit her brother has turned into a snafu. Now she has to hang out with the groomsmen until he arrives. What she doesn’t count on is falling for the best man. Determined not to ruin anything she fights the attraction best she can. However, weddings are magical times and although it may not seem like it at the time, things happen for a reason.

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Then on the first of the month I was part of a series release from All Romance Ebooks. The Dubious collection.

My story there is Say You’re Mine.

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Weakness for one is strength for another…

Casimir Lars is the Alpha of the Tatra Pack. He fought hard to become the leader he is today. Refuses to show weakness for in his experience, others will take advantage of it. He’s dedicated to his Pack, strong and fearless yet his life is thrown into upheaval when he has to track down a very specific woman.

Dyana Vance is headstrong, a professional archer, and married? When a stranger shows up claiming to be her husband, she’s less than trusting. No denying the chemistry she has for him but she isn’t Pack. And refuses to be treated as such.

Bringing across the country to his lands, Casimir is torn between his growing feelings toward her and what he believes is his duty. Death, plots, and undeniable passion all fly around this couple. Dyana learns to deal with loss and discovery of something new. When he accepts what is to be, will he be too late or will his pride have pushed her away forever? Will she ever look at him and say you’re mine?

Saturday Selection

April 30th, 2016

Excited to read this one. Been on my kindle since it dropped and I’m behind. I love this author, Pamela Clare. And not only her contemporaries but also her historicals. This one, is in the I-Team series. Dead by Midnight.

51afYYS4eCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Marc and Sophie Hunter, Gabe and Kat Rossiter, Holly Andris and the rest of the I-Team gang find themselves in the same historic Denver hotel celebrating the approach of Christmas at different holiday parties. What starts out as a fun winter evening with friends soon becomes a brutal fight to survive when the hotel is taken over by a group of ruthless narco-terrorists who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

On the outside, Julian Darcangelo, Zach McBride, Nick Andris, and others join together with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team in a desperate bid to free their friends, knowing that if they fail, the people they love will be…

Dead by Midnight.

Featuring cameo appearances by the men of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, a series by New York Times bestselling author Kaylea Cross.

Sunday Sentiments

April 24th, 2016
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“Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.{”

~Paul Pearshall

 

Saturday Selection

April 23rd, 2016

This week’s read is Blue Forever by Nina Bruhuns. Y’all know I love my military stories, and I’m looking forward to reading this one. Book 3 in her Men in Uniform series.

51HbDDERxvL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_Dashing and devilish Major Kiptyn Llowell is the opposite of reasonable. But when his top secret mission on exotic Hainan Island, China, goes belly up, Kip throws himself on the mercy of the eminently sensible (and irresistibly sexy) DeAnne Lovejoy to hitch a ride to his rendezvous point. But he gets far more than he bargained for…

As an officer of the U.S Department of State, DeAnne helps American citizens in need of aid on foreign soil. Yet, when DeAnne sets eyes on Kip’s impressive body, she’s the one who needs rescuing–from her own X-rated thoughts!

But before Kip and DeAnne even get the chance to flirt, an enemy platoon storms in, guns blazing. Covers blown and running for their lives, the pair must complete Kip’s mission together. Amidst escalating feelings, they just hope to survive long enough to enjoy this wild ride to a loving future…

 

Giving back

April 22nd, 2016

Most of y’all know that I have three therapy dogs. My eldest Borzoi are all CGC/CGCA titled and are therapy dogs. Typically when I go out, I have cards with the organization and my direct number on them if they wish to give me a call for another visit if I’m not planning on being back there for a while. We have a lot of different places we go (from hospitals to hospices, schools, 4-h events, libraries, and more) and while I try to keep everything even, doesn’t always work that way.

Anyway…

I was at home yesterday, dogs were playing outside (or in using the downstairs as a track) when I got a call from a friend who does a lot of teaching of pet safety classes (we also do those and Canine Ambassador things) and she needed another large dog since her planned one had dropped out last minute. Hadn’t expected to head off to do anything like that for the day before the “other job” especially given the word count needed for the day. But, it’s a good thing for us to get out and do this, so I closed out my writing and got ready for what I knew would be a few hour stint with different groups of kids learning about the proper care and way to approach dogs.

I took my Nina nina1who is the oldest and my most solid, doesn’t care if the visit is 15 minutes or we’re there for 7 hours, she’s fine either way. The others are good but she’s the best. So we were there for a little over three hours. As they were getting pictures taken with the children (I don’t take any) I got a call from a father to another person I’d been to visit a few times. A young girl battling cancer, Tracey.

In a shaky voice he asked me if I could come with Opal (who she loved to see) and do a visit this day. Deep down, I knew it wasn’t going to be good news but I told him I would be there as soon as I picked up Opal. Made the switch and headed to hospital where we needed to be.

Opal is the biggest of my girls around 75-80lbs and the child we were visiting is barely at 35lbs given how the cancer has ravaged her body. I’d not seen Tracey in a while and my heart broke in seconds after walking in the door. I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy visit but the chances of me ever seeing her again was maybe 2%.

Dogs know and sense more than most give them credit for. Opal adjusts her energy level to those she’s around and she had never been more gentle than when she lay beside Tracey. I did my best to blend in the background why the small family, with Opal, shared in some of their last moments together. They got some pictures and I hope with all my heart they will help this couple remember their daughter when she’s no longer with us but up with the angels.

Opal dm_267462was not her usual happy self when we left and I knew she felt the sorrow that had overflowed in the room. Even this morning, she’s sad but she ate and played a bit before coming back to lie beside me.

That visit was emotionally draining to me. I cannot image the pain that a parent must experience knowing you will bury your own child.

So, while I may have been exhausted and hadn’t gotten any writing done (to speak of) being able to help ease what tragedy they were living was worth it. I don’t do as much volunteer work as I should, or could, and I was down for the rest of the day as well, but I will never forget the smile on Tracey’s face when she opened her eyes and found Opal walking toward her. For a brief moment in time there, she was a five year old, not a cancer patient.

I know it seems much of the time we don’t have any extra time to help others but if you do then you understand. It touches you to do this. Not saying you need to get a dog and do therapy work but something. Anything. Help lessen the suffering in any way you can. Small gestures go a long way.

Tracey passed away during the night and has gone home to God. She will be missed but He needed her more.

Sunday Sentiments

April 17th, 2016
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“Families are like fudge–mostly sweet with a few nuts.”

~Author unknown

Saturday Selection

April 16th, 2016

This week is a story by Allison Brennan, Maximum Exposure.

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Two years before the events in Notorious, Max travels to Colorado Springs to investigate the disappearance of a college student. Frustrated over the lack of interest from both friends of the victim and campus authorities, Max tags along with the leader of search and rescue and his dog through the beautiful and deadly Rocky Mountains in the hopes of finding answers. Every answer she finds leads to more questions—questions neither the police nor the college want Max asking.