Hero–In or Out of the Shadows? + Ginormous Giveaway

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Happy Monday! Thanks to everyone for commenting. I <3 you all–and to show it, I’m offering a free copy of Black Diamond Jinn through Smashwords. Just email me for a code. The winner of the Ginormous ebook pack is Donna S–congrats! I’ll be emailing you at the address you indicated. Thanks again to everyone for visiting!

Who’s your favorite book hero? Got him in your mind? Good. Now, what do you like about him? Is he honest, kind, caring? Brave, handsome, daring? Polite or a little rough?

Big question–would you put him in a white hat or black hat?

Do heroes always have to be good guys? I’m currently watching season one of The Blacklist, and so far, while the main hero does some pretty unnerving things, he has one redeeming quality–he always protects the heroine.

ABeyesYesterday saw the release of Assassins Bite, the eighth book in my Biting Love series of red-hot vampire romances with action and sass. It’s a book I never meant to write, but my editor loved a secondary character, an assassin named Aiden, so much that she suggested–okay, twisted my arm a bit–that he have his own book.

The problem? Aiden Blackthorne was trained as an assassin by the most notorious vampire in the Midwest. He has one friend in the world and a whole lot of enemies. But he is brave, handsome, daring and kind, and most of all–he protects the heroine above all things.

Well, he tries. Police officer Sunny Ruffles doesn’t think she needs protecting. But that’s another story ;)

What about you? What do you like most about the hero you picked? And if you dare–is he sunshine or shadows? Comment below to be entered in a giveaway for a ginormous prize pack of Paranormally Yours, Entranced, 3 ebooks from my backlist (not including Assassins Bite) and any one ebook from a Magical Musings author. That’s 21 stories! Through Sunday. Leave your email in the comment (put spaces in to foil the bots :) ) if you’d like me to contact you directly if you win.

Check out my Facebook party! Nov 12 & 13. Over $100 worth of prizes.

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Only her light can burn away his shadows.

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On her first night as a police officer, Sunny Ruffles takes down three felons…only to be attacked by a gang of vampires who are a whole new level of hurt.

Then a mysterious shadow man intervenes, saving Sunny before he disappears. She runs after him, telling herself her pursuit has nothing to do with his sharp, stubbled jaw, his powerful shoulders, or his sexy-as-hell, kissable lips.

Rescuing the humans makes Aiden Blackthorne late for a critical meeting with the vampire Nosferatu’s daughter. Yet clompy, bumbling Sunny draws him back like wild honey. He kisses her, and he’s almost got her down to her underwear when a bomb meant for him explodes.

The last thing Aiden wants is to drag Sunny into his hellish conflict with Nosferatu. But Aiden’s a loner whose only friend has mysteriously disappeared, and the woman who smells and tastes like his mate is the only backup he has left. He’ll need her, everything he is, everything he was—and everything he might have been—to defeat his evil master and claim the love he never dared hope to have.

Warning: This book contains shadowy assassins shooping off vampire heads, cops bumbling in at the worst of times, and opposites attracting, colliding, and exploding in lust—a.k.a., explicit fighting, humor, and sex.

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Giving Thanks

th-1Happy November! With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to take today to say Thank You. Thank you to my Magical Musings sisters for inspiring me and motivating me and having me as part of their family.

Thank you to all my author pals for their friendship and their books. Reading has become such a vital part of my life (confession – I was never much of a reader until I started writing) and I’m so grateful for all the wonderful novels I’ve read. I have to give a shout out to the book I just finished because it was so, so great. I absolutely loved it. If you like NA, I highly recommend This Is Falling by Ginger Scott. I don’t know Ginger, but I’m now a huge fan and plan to read all her books.

Thank you to my readers. It’s still crazy for me to think I have readers that aren’t related to me. But you’re all part of my family now and I’m so blessed to have you on this journey with me. *hugs!*

Thank you to Wendy, Stacy and Holly, my amazing editors. Thank you to Liz, Melanie, Debbie, Alycia, Adrien, and the entire gang at Entangled for making my dream of being published a reality. Thanks to all my day job peeps, too.

And thank you to my hubby, sons, and mom for being the wind beneath my wings.

Last week was a tough one for me, but thinking about all I have to be thankful for, I’m reminded to stay focused on the positive and the people who really matter. I also remember how much a smile and a laugh can go a long way to feeling good. So here are a few Turkey Day jokes that I hope bring a smile to your face. I maybe laughed out loud at a couple of them. I’m an easy mark.

Who’s not hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

What sound does turkey’s phone make?
Wing! Wing!

What do you call it when you drop a turkey from a helicopter?
Dead weight.

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Yes – a building can’t jump at all.

How can you make a turkey float?
You need 2 scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey.

Lastly, I want to say Happy Veterans Day and give my heartfelt thanks to the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Thank you!

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I’d love to know what you’re thankful for. (It’s totally okay to say cookies. I forgot to mention that.)

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Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

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Title: Into The Shadows
Author: Carolyn Crane
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

HE’S A KILLER.

Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag Nadia down with him.

SHE CAN’T RISK HER HEART.

Maybe it was foolish to fall in love with her late father’s deadliest henchman, but Nadia Volkov’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. There’s nothing she won’t do to protect Benny, which means she must hide his identity—especially from his father.

Now Thorne has burst back into her home, searching for clues to a gangland mystery…and stirring a hunger Nadia hasn’t felt in two years. But Benny’s identity isn’t the only secret she’s keeping, and things are turning deadly. Can Thorne and Nadia trust each other long enough to stay alive and have a chance at happiness?

My Thoughts:

Fantastic. Engaging. Riveting. Explosive. Emotional. Gripping. Action-packed. These are the words I brainstormed about the book before writing this review. I wasn’t able to connect them all into coherent sentences, so thought I would just give it to you raw. I just finished Into The Shadows by Carolyn Crane and wow. Into The Shadows is the third book in The Associates Series and had me feeling the whole gamete of emotions. I was engaged from the first page and was pretty much on the edge of my seat until the very end. There is something very unique about Carolyn’s writing and I have yet to figure out how to describe it, so just read this book and you will know what I am talking about.

Thorne is the hero in Into The Shadows and is a very complex character. He is self-confident but in a somewhat skewed way. My heart went out to him when we were given flashbacks to help us understand the decisions he makes. I liked him from the beginning yet I never really knew what he was going to do in any situation. He kept me turning the pages. Nadia is the heroine and she seems to have a better head on her shoulders than Thorne, but she still has many issues to overcome. Throw in a toddler, a very dangerous gang leader (hate him), a lost mother and you have quite the story in Into The Shadows.

Thorne and Nadia together are potent. Like, explosive. The intimacy the two of them share is intense. I didn’t like the game they played with one another back when they were dating, mostly because it hurt my feelings to even hear them joke about things (you will understand when you read the book), however, I understood why they did it as characters. I really enjoyed Thorne and Nadia’s love story. It was definitely not a cookie cutter version of a romance. It was about two people that grew up in horrible circumstances and still make it out okay in the end. It reminded me that each love story has their own quirks and challenges, but if two people are dedicated to and love one another, anything can happen.

The plot in Into The Shadows is gritty, violent, raw and emotional all at the same time. Carolyn doesn’t sugar-coat things and gives it to you straight. While reading, I felt the same thing the characters felt. The anxiety in a situation was real to me, as I could literally feel my heart speed up while reading. The story moves fast and I found myself hanging on every word just so I didn’t miss a thing. If you like romantic suspense, you must read this series. Each book can be read as a standalone so start anywhere. If you want edge-of-your-seat action and heart-melting romance, I suggest you give Into The Shadows a try.

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Five stars

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Review: Something Crazy by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

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Title: Something Crazy (Countermeasure: Bits of Life, #2)
Authors: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Éire Publishing
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: ARC received from the Authors

Book Summary:

Trevor knows the secret to a happy marriage is to keep the romance alive and the intimacy hot. He also knows that the perfect way to do that is to take Cassandra on a little adventure that will deliver both of these things.

Much to Cassandra’s surprise, Trevor treats her to a night of passion like she has never experienced before. Will the thrill of doing something crazy and unconventional add to the excitement?

My Thoughts:

Something Crazy by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey is a sweet yet steamy little Bit of Life that was originally provided in the authors’ October Newsletter and is now published on its own. In the future, if you want to read the Bits of Life from Chris and Cecilia for free, subscribe to their newsletter. Easy!

In Something Crazy, Trevor is antsy. He wants out of the house and wants to take Cassandra on an adventure. Inspiration sparks and he sets his plan into action. He simply tells Cassie what to wear and when to be ready. The suspense drives Cassie nuts as she tries to figure out what he is up to, but she trusts Trevor and goes along with the plan. She is rewarded with a crazy experience she will never forget.

Trevor is always challenging Cassie to step outside of her comfort zone and this definitely happens in Something Crazy. The bond between this married couple from the Countermeasure Series grows stronger in each story written by Chris and Cecilia and it is a pleasure to be along for the ride with them. They are a very real and fun couple to read about and one of my all time favorites.

In addition to the heartwarming story that always takes place in a Trevor and Cassandra book, we also get to read some smoking hot love scenes. Chris and Cecilia write such romantic and engaging intimacy that you feel what the characters feel. In Something Crazy you feel the cool air along your naked skin just like Cassandra. You feel the sweat that that breaks out due to the overwhelming heat and passion along with Trevor. Each time I read about the couple it feels like the first time all over again. The authors really make you squirm while reading in a delightful way.

Something Crazy is a really great read. It can be read on its own but is even better to read as part of the Countermeasure Series. If you are looking for an entertaining quick read where a married couple heads out on a sexy, crazy adventure, give this Bit of Life a try. And if you haven’t read the Countermeasure Series, you will want to start after reading Something Crazy.

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Five stars

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Why We Read Fiction

fireside marshmallowsI recently wrote a scene between a main character and an alien, explaining why people would want to read something they know isn’t true aka stories. It was an interesting scene for me to write, putting down why I love reading something I know didn’t happened and is unlikely to happen. Quite often, the reason it hasn’t happened is part of the charm.

I know some people only read non-fiction or biographies, so obviously not everyone gets the allure of fiction. However, I know studies have shown people who read fiction are more empathetic, and happier. I think most fiction-readers would already know that from personal experience.

I think reading fiction allows the reader to explore all manner of circumstances and scenarios in a safe environment. Because we identify with the characters, we experience what they are going through almost as if we’re going through it ourselves (scientists call what happens in our brains to make this so mirror neurons). But over and above that, which I think is mostly sub-conscious anyway (I doubt many people sit down and think, oh, I think I’d like to find out what it’s like to experience a hostage situation, or what to do when on the run from gun-wielding madmen), I know I read for fun. It’s just plain fun.

There’s another side-benefit, and that is sharing stories connects you to others. It used to be, stories were told around a fireside and enjoyed and discussed by the audience. Now, the internet and blogs like this one, and other book-related blogs, have become our fireside. So . . . why do you love reading fiction, and . . . please pass the mashmallows :)

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When Characters Die

Part of the reason I love to read romance is because, by definition of the genre, you get a happily ever after.  You know there will be a hero and heroine in conflict, but regardless of what that conflict is you know they will get together in the end.  And the greater the conflict, the more a reader loves it because you know it has to be resolved somehow.

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Not all books that have romance in them are considered the romance genre.  Let’s look at Nicholas Sparks.  Most of his books, perhaps all of them, have romance in them.  But, most of them have some tragedy as well.  People die.  People we learned to care for.  For whatever reason, books like that tend to be considered more “literary” because, well, I don’t know.  It’s not like we learned something.  We all know tragedy happens.  We all know horrible things happen to good people.  But, for some reason, when a character dies and there’s loads of tragedy, it’s “literary fiction”.  Now, I’m not knocking Nicholas Sparks.  I adored The Notebook because to me, even though the end was sad, it was a love story to the very end.

If I read thrillers or horror or fantasy I realize characters I invest my time and heart into may die.  I know that because those genres make that acceptable.  If you watch Game of Thrones you know just how expendable even the most loved character can be.

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I’ve always thought I’d be a romance writer.  Primarily because that’s what I love to read.  I read other stuff, but romance has always been a part of my life since I was fourteen years old and discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I have always loved historical romance and am thrilled to know Lisa Kleypas is writing historicals again!  Then I found paranormal romance with Christine Feehan and Laurell K. Hamilton (early years of Anita Blake).  Then it was thrillers.  I was reading horror starting at age nine.  Graham Masterton’s The Manitou scared the living daylights out of me.  I had to read more!! Stephen King’s The Stand is still in my top 10 of all time favorite books. I don’t read as much horror anymore because I just haven’t found someone I really liked until recently when I discovered Jonathan Maberry.  His Rot & Ruin series is one of the best written books I’ve ever read regardless of genre.

Now, if Lisa Kleypas killed a character in one of her books I would be furious.  Why? Because that’s breaking the rules of romance.  No, I don’t think she is going to do that, but you get what I’m saying.  If Jonathan Maberry kills off a character I like I will be sad, but I wouldn’t be angry because he is playing by the rules of horror.

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The question is- would you hate a book if a beloved character was killed?  What are your won rules to make that okay to do in a book?  If you love Game of Thrones I don’t want to hear that you would NEVER read a book like that.  lol

I am currently writing a young adult series and a Gothic suspense series.  They are two very different series.  As I work no book 2 of the Gothic suspense series I know going in that someone we will learn to have sympathy for is going to die.  It’s important that he die.  His death changes a lot of things for the story arc and for the characters.  I don’t arbitrarily kill of characters just because I can.  But, sometimes death is inevitable for other things to move forward.  It’s a thriller/suspense so I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised or even angry, but I bet it will make people stop and think.  That’s what a death should do, in my opinion.  It should add something to the story.  A murder adds clues.  A tragedy puts characters in a situation they wouldn’t normally be in, etc.

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where you were actually stunned when a character died?  Have you cried over the death of a character in a book before, but also felt it needed to happen or that it couldn’t have been any other way?

Tell me about a book or movie in which you were surprised about the death of a character, or one that you hated that they died, but knew it couldn’t end any other way.

 

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Heroines Among Us with Giveaway

Random.org picked Elena K as the winner of the $10 gift card. Congratulations, Elena!

Sheila CloverAs authors, we write about heroes – men and women – but lately I’ve been inspired by authors who are a part of the Magical Musical family. First there’s Sheila Clover English. I’ve admired her for a long time for all that she’s done. Not only is she an author, in 2002, she started the book trailer market with her Circle of Seven Productions, and in 2003 trademarked the term ‘book trailer.’

But the book world is filled with talented and enterprising women, and I admire her even more for what she does outside of business. She fosters small dogs, and one of her recent Facebook posts made me cry. She’d taken care of a special needs dog, who was old, deaf, nearly blind and abused. She spoiled and loved her, and she gave her joy until the end. The first line of Sheila’s FB post says, “If love could have saved you, you’d have lived forever.”

small dogAnd earlier in October, Sheila was driving in heavy traffic in the rain when she saw a small dog cowering in the middle of the road. Of course, she stopped the car, and tried to catch it. And of course, the dog ran from her, hiding under a parked van. Sheila ended up crawling in the mud on her belly to try to entice the dog to come to her. It took a while, but finally the shivering dog came out. Sheila tucked the little dog under her jacket and drove it home. She removed little steel wires from its fur, gave it a bath, fed it, and gave it more love before she called the local rescue associations to see if anyone was looking for it.

And then there’s another writer friend. Liz Kreger. It’s hard to talk about this, but she’s been fighting cancer for about 15 years, and lately it seems like the cancer is winning. But the last two times I called her and asked how she was, she said, “Not too shabby.”

That’s a real heroine! In all the years I’ve known her, I haven’t heard one “poor me” from her. And like Sheila who crawled through the mud for the dog, Liz has been doing some dirty fighting, too. Most people I know complain about small stuff – me included. And lately it seems like there’s been a glut of whiny book heroines. I can’t read those books. I want my fictional heroines to be as heroic as the real women that I know.

The Golden Apple 300 wideAll of the Magical Musings authors write strong women heroines. Jennifer Estep has an assassin heroine in her Elemental Assassin urban fiction, and in her Bigtime paranormal romances have superheroines and heroes – as well as uber-villains and villainesses. (She has other series with strong women, too.) And I love Michelle Diener’s never-give-up heroines in her retelling of fairy tales.

I could go on and talk about every writer here, but it would take too long. I just feel so grateful to know so many wonderful authors. I’m giving a $10 Amazon gift card to a commenter and hope that you’ll buy a book with a strong heroine, whether it’s from an MM author or another one. To be eligible, just tell me about a strong woman who you would call a heroine. I’ll announce the winner’s name here tomorrow morning.

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Review: Rogue’s Paradise (Covenant of Thorns, #3) by Jeffe Kennedy

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Title: Rogue’s Paradise (Covenant of Thorns, #3)
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: ARC received from Author

Book Summary:

Pregnant, possessed, and in love with a man I don’t dare to trust-those are the consequences of the risks I took to save my life. But Faerie, the land of blood and magic, is filled with bitter ironies, and the bargains I made now threaten me and my unborn child.

The darkly sensual fae noble Rogue still tempts me to danger and desire. As we await the birth of our child, I’ve been forced to question whether our offspring is part of a bargain Rogue once made to save himself. He can’t tell me the truth due to a spell the vicious Queen Titania has him under. Would he betray our family against his will? Could I ever forgive him if he does?

Rogue insists on an eternal commitment from me, even as Titania’s forces close in on us. I don’t know if Rogue and I can withstand her onslaught, or that of the beast within me. But I will not stop looking for answers-even if it brings the walls of Faerie crashing down.

My Thoughts:

Holy freaking cow. Fantasy is not normally my genre of choice, but the way Jeffe Kennedy writes it, well, wow. Rogue’s Paradise is the third book in her Covenant of Thorns series and by far my favorite. It’s the culmination of everything Rogue and Gwynn have been through in the first two books. It’s the book with the most emotional ups and downs. It’s the book that shows the true, deep connection between Gwynn, Rogue, Faerie and the Human realm. It’s also the book that shows what is going to come of Titania as well as Rogue, Gwynn and their child.

You really need to read the first two books in the series before you read this one. It is not a hardship, though, let me tell you. The entire series is quite an adventure. One of the things I like most about it is that the whole fantasy world of Faerie is looked at/lived in by a human. So, we get to see how a human reacts to it. Gwynn continues to journal since she looks at things scientifically and has a lot of theories about the Faerie. I have enjoyed watching Rogue and Gwynn grow throughout the series. Rogue is really starting to understand Gwynn’s mind and Gwynn is starting to let go of needing some of those hard and fast facts that she craves.

Inline image 1Since I am very much a character-driven reader, my focus has always been on Rogue and Gwynn in this series. The fantasy and other world aspects came second to me. Jeffe does a fantastic job at the world building and always describes things in a way you can easily visualize. Because the story is in Gwynn’s point of view and she is human, we are able to connect with her examples and analogies.

As with all of the books in the Covenant of Thorns series, the relationships between the characters is quite entertaining. From Rogue and Gwynn themselves to the secondary characters. Many of them grow closer with one another over the books and you see that come out in the relaxed banter that happens. You can’t help but wish you were with them (except for when Queen Titania and her minions are attacking). Some swoon-worthy aspects of the book that I loved included Rogue’s planning of some special things as he saw them in Gwynn’s mind, much to her surprise and satisfaction and the way he handled the intimacy. We all wanted some smokin’ hot love scenes, right? Well, we got them in Rogue’s Paradise. They fit the characters and the story and trust me, you will not be disappointed. I hate to say it, but the wait was worth it (don’t get any idea for delaying this in future series, though, Jeffe!). The wedding scene and vows also made me sigh blissfully. I didn’t think Rogue had all that romancy stuff in him.

I still feel like I haven’t really explained how awesome Rogue’s Paradise is, but just know that it is the best in the series. Jeffe does not disappoint and ties up all loose ends you could ever wonder about. She also throws in a little relationship conflict that was new to Rogue and Gwynn and had me freaking out a bit, but followed it up with some spectacular scenes. You really need to read the entire series. If anything just to get to Rogue’s Paradise!

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Five stars

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Review: Mint Juleps and Justice (Adams Grove, #5) by Nancy Naigle

18318667Book info:

Title: Mint Juleps and Justice (Adams Grove, #5)
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

Welcome to Adams Grove…where wrongs are righted with just desserts.

Luck abandoned Brooke Justice during her nasty divorce. Desperate to escape her malicious ex-husband, she relocated to the small town of Adams Grove, Virginia. When someone breaks into her new house, she suspects her ex bears the blame for the crime. With no evidence and little help from the police, she asks a private investigator to take her case—a private investigator whose sexy broad shoulders and stunning blue eyes make her question her decision to swear off relationships forever.

Mike Hartman fled Adams Grove when a devastating loss left his heart in pieces. After years overseas in the military, he’s finally returned home, determined to start anew as a private investigator. Then Brooke walks into his office, awakening something he hasn’t felt in years. Can they both move on…into each other’s arms? Or will the pain of the past—and the dangerous threat lurking in the present—destroy their new beginning?

My Thoughts:

If you like small town romantic suspense, Nancy Naigle is the author for you. She is able to combine sweet love stories with unnerving suspense. The way she is able to write the points of view from the hero and heroine to the psychotic villains is astounding to me. Mint Juleps and Justice is the fifth book in her Adams Grove series. It can easily be read as a stand alone but will make you want to read all the other books once you start this one.

Mint Juleps and Justice follows Mike and Brooke. They are both relatively new to Adams Grove trying to start over after some tragic events in their lives. Brooke turns to Mike’s investigative skills to help her deal with an ex-husband. Little did she know that the biggest adventure of her life would start. Nancy does a really good job at creating stories that you think will be predictable only to turn out anything but. When I started Mint Juleps and Justice I thought we would have a similar mystery to her previous books in trying to find out who the villain was going to be. Well, she gave those to us right away and didn’t hide it. That almost makes for more suspense since we knew they are lurking and are going to pounce at any minute.

Inline image 1I am a wimp when it comes to the villian’s point of view in a story. I know a little of Nancy via social media and am surprised that she is able to pull off the creepiness that is Goto in this story. I wanted to skip all of Goto’s pages because it made me so uncomfortable. Well done, Nancy. But, being inside the head of the crazy dude shows us just how much danger he is to Mike and Brooke.

The romance between Mike and Brooke was a little frustrating to me. Not the writing of it, but as characters, they made me angry and I wanted to slap them both at times. They kept finding reasons to put up walls when they got scared or hurt. I know they had their reasons, but everyone else could see they were good together, so I found myself huffing a bit at their nonsense from time to time. It worked in the end so I am satisfied.

Mint Juleps and Justice is an emotional romantic suspense story that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute and then caught up in sweet romance and friendship another. You almost forget that there is a killer on the loose! If you like small town romantic suspense, I recommend that you give Mint Juleps and Justice a try!

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Four stars

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Halloween! A special time of year. :)

Happy Halloween everyone!

What better day to let everyone know about Entranced: A Halloween Box Set, with stories by some of your favorite authors – Mary Hughes, Michelle Diener, Dale Mayer, Liz Kreger and Edie Ramer – all Magical Musings’ authors – plus Lori Handeland, Nancy Haddock, Elle J Rossi, and Leigh Morgan.

Check out the great stories!
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Holiday Feast from NY Times, USA Today and bestselling, award-winning authors. Nine exciting stories of romance and mystery, paranormal and contemporary, magical and mystical, ranging in lengths from novellas to short page-turning stories.

Escape to worlds featuring a vampire in love with a human, a powerful telekinetic, a secret lover, a spirit seer, a master magician, a wizard prince, a paranormal ass-kicker, and more.

When Midnight Comes — Lori Handeland
Visit the streets of 19th century New York in a novella based on the legend of the Jack O Lantern. Newly dead Jack Keegan may be doomed to wander the earth forever with only a lantern to light his way unless he atones for the sins of a lifetime. His love for Lucia Casale may be the only thing that can save him.

Midday Masquerade — Leigh Morgan
Can a mask help two lost and lonely people release their inner desires and find love strong enough to vanquish an ancient family curse?

Sian’s Solution — Dale Mayer
Sometimes the depth of love is only understood when it is lost forever… When a vampire discovers the human man she loves has been captured and hung in a blood farm, she goes against her own kind and risks everything to save him.

Breaking Out — Michelle Diener
Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other ‘special’ inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

The Halloween Prince — Edie Ramer
A sudden storm, a broken van, and a ghost dog take widowed Sarah Lowtower to a cabin in the Wisconsin countryside and an intriguing man who becomes her secret lover. But when he becomes the Halloween Prince, everything changes.

Medium Rare — Nancy Haddock
The ghosts of St. Augustine are spooked, and spirit seer Colleen Cotton must team with a by-the-book paranormal investigator to save them all, or risk losing her own great grandfather’s spirit forever.

Feel the Magic — Liz Kreger
Jenna Carmichael is harnessing the magic of the full moon on All Hallow’s Night in a tricky transformation to earn her Master level, when the past comes back to haunt her.

Masked Attraction — Mary Hughes
Daniel Light loved Zoe Blackwood when he was a gangly dork. Now a powerful wizard prince, a masked ball gives Daniel a new chance to woo her. Coming between them is an ancient parchment with a deadly prophecy.

Midnight Masque — Elle J Rossi
Bar owner and paranormal ass-kicker, Josie Hawk, stresses over her vampire lover meeting her vampire-hunting father, while at her stars-of-country-music masquerade, supernatural forces escalate to code red. If she doesn’t unmask the insidious evil, the party could turn into a mass funeral.

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I’m away at the Ninc conference and they staying for a bit of a holiday after a hard working year so won’t be back to answer any comments until tomorrow! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday! :)

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