Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine: A #Romance #Novel by Kryssie Fortune

Kryssie Fortune writes the sort of hot sexy books she loves to read. If she can sneak a dragon into her paranormal books she will. Her paranormal heroes are muscular werewolves, arrogant Fae or BDSM loving dragons.

Kryssie likes her contemporary heroes ex-military and dominant. Her heroines are kick-ass females who can hold their own against whatever life - or Kryssie - throws at them.

Kryssie's pet hates are unhappy endings, and a series that end on a cliffhanger.

Her books are all stand alone even when part of series. Plot always comes before sex, but when her heroines and heroes get together, the sex is explosive and explicit. One review called it downright sensual.

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Abigail Montgomery, a small-town schoolteacher with zero self-confidence, longs for the loving family she never had.

Each month she attends a masked BDSM club, but her next visit will be her last. If she doesn’t marry within the next year, her military brother won’t inherit Montgomery Hall. Desperate, she advertises for a husband.

Jared Armstrong, a former Marine sharpshooter and occasional Dom, needs $125,000 to get his family out of a hole. His solution - to marry Abigail Montgomery for her money. His only regret is his wife won’t accept his spanking lifestyle.

Soon, Abigail dreams of making their marriage real, but she promised Jared a divorce two-years after their wedding. Can they share some Christmas magic as their relationship faces extortion threats, a kidnapping, and an attempted murder? Or will Jared walk away and break her heart?

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From Zero to Superhero – Well…US Marine

Run at over six miles per hour for twenty-eight minutes? You have to be kidding me.

How about 50 or more crunchies in less than 2 minutes? I’d be laid on the floor crying.

If you want to become a US Marine, though, the recruiters expect this and more.

Marines need to be strong, tough, and smart. Above I’ve talked about minimum standards. To achieve a top score, a candidate must manage a 3 mile run in 18 minutes, perform 100 crunchies in 2 minutes, and do 20 pull-ups.

That means running at 10 mph for eighteen minutes.

Just getting through that lot would kill me.

Training starts as soon as the recruit gets on the bus to the base. A drill instructor acquaints them with Military law and tells them they are now subject to it. Once they disembark, they line up on yellow footsteps painted on the floor. Here, they learn to stand to attention and have their uniforms issued. Next step, military haircut.

The recruits are issued with their rifles, have medicals, and vaccinations where needed. The whole receiving process takes about three days—usually without sleep, then the recruit faces the Initial Strength Test.

To pass, a male recruit must complete at least three pull-ups, 45 crunchies in two minutes, and run 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in 13:30 minutes or less. The female recruits must hold a “flexed arm hang” (hanging on a bar with their arms bent) for at least 12 seconds, complete 45 crunchies in two minutes, and run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes and 30 seconds or less.

All without sleep. I’d be a wreck.

The training only intensifies from there, with drill instructors constantly harassing the recruits to ensure they can cope with battlefield stress.

The recruits learn about teamwork, weapons, and fighting. One of the worst things a drill sergeant can yell at them is that they should have joined the navy instead.

Twelve weeks later, if you can meet the physical and mental challenges, you’re ready for the passing out parade. Only, for a Marine, it’s a passing out run past their families while shouting out Marine Cadences. They circle the base and assemble on a parade ground.

Once the ceremony is complete, the Marines are granted on-base leave to show their families around. After one last march the following morning, the recruit gets ten days leave.

I’d need ten years to recover from this.

If the recruit survives all this, he’ll get yet more training before he’s assigned to a platoon.

No wonder the Marines claim theirs is the toughest service to enter.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Angels and Diamonds: A #Romance #Novel by TK Lawyer

Award Nominated Paranormal Romance Author, TK Lawyer has been writing since high school but it was sometime in 2011 when her writing blossomed into a career. Craving excitement and adventure, she jotted down a few notes for a book and never looked back.

Her books blend her interest in the paranormal and her love of romance.

Steamy, unique, fun tales of adventure with alpha males and feisty, curvy females are her signature. She writes what she loves: passionate, erotic, emotion-tugging novels that widen readers’ experiences and leaves them wanting more. No two books are alike and each one is a stand-alone novel ready for fans and readers alike to dive into and enjoy!

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Angels and Diamonds spins seven heart-warming tales of finding love when you least expect it and the struggles of holding onto true love. Each fun tale depicts ardor, attachment and dedication while staying true to the theme of a Diamond and an Angel.

Puppy Love- Petra, an owner of a dog rescue group in need of financial assistance finds an unlikely funding source

Bride to Be- Diamond, a bridal shop owner meets a man who seems vaguely familiar. Little does she know he will change her future

Promise- Tauria’s relationship with an Archangel leads to her forgotten past

The Gift- Celeste’s gift is more than her Angel can handle

Hunted- Natasha’s encounter with a mercenary has an unexpected, mutually beneficial outcome

New Home- Marisole’s home search for a ‘friend of a friend’ thrusts her back into the life of a man she once craved. Sadly, he doesn’t know she exists

Make a Wish- Are Stella’s dreamy adventures genuine or vivid imagination?

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Why did you decide to be a writer?

I needed something more in my life. One day when I was frustrated with my boring, mundane, routine of a life, I literally shouted in my kitchen for something more. Then ideas started popping into my head and I wrote them down. I never saw myself as an author but I took a chance and here I am, six books later, published and happy.

What genres do you write?

Paranormal and contemporary romance with shifters and angels

Is there a genre that you've been wanting to experiment with?

I’ve thought about writing YA since it is such a popular genre but I’m not sure if I can get into the characters the same as I do with Paranormal romance. I would write Paranormal YA but the romantic parts would be completely different. It would be a challenge for me to write in a “teenager’s world” with subjects and concerns that they face that adults don’t necessarily think of but I’ve considered it and who knows, maybe one day I will have a YA book out?

How often do you write?

Any chance I can get which is not often. I usually have to sneak a half hour here or there to jot down scenes. It’s hard writing when you have a full-time day job but I try to do what I can and when I am in the mood. The hardest part is getting started but once I’m writing, it’s easy to keep going for hours.

What is the quirkiest thing you've ever done while writing?

Sometimes I will act out parts of my scenes, not only in my head but actually physically act them out because I need to see the actions that each character does in order to write it. I have literally sat at my computer and stated aloud a sentence a character says in the book so I can figure out how he would react when he said the sentence. In that way, I can add details of his facial features so the reader can envision what is actually happening at the moment.

If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

Tatiana Baker from Jasper, The Guardian League, Book One. I would love being with an actual live Guardian Angel and Jasper is such a loving, sweet angel who would do anything for Tatiana. The fact that he is so endearing but also assertive and protective is such a turn on. It would be great to experience day to day activities arm in arm with my own angel.

What is the oddest thing you've ever researched for one of your books?

For Apollo, The Guardian League, Book Three, I had to find out how much the going rate was for a lap dance. Let’s just say it was an interesting Google search and it brought up a lot more information than I wanted. Haha.

If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?

I would love to be mentored by Felicity Heaton, one of the first and best paranormal authors I’ve followed. The fact that she can publish eight to ten books a year (or at least it seems that way) plus keep up a newsletter and give gift cards away like they are going out of style fascinates me. How does she do it all? Where does she get the energy? I imagine she doesn’t have a full-time day job like me. How does she manage her finances in order to write full-time? I would love to get in on the secret and learn her tips and tricks that has helped her in her success.

When did you first consider yourself an author?

When my first book, Nightfall was published in 2014. Once it was available to the world in e-book form, I literally screamed out of pure joy. It’s hard not to consider yourself an author when you have a published work out there and it was one of the happiest moments for me.

What is the best compliment you've ever received as an author?

I have a reader who has become a close friend who disclosed to me that she had heard of Paranormal Romance but never read any books in that genre before me. She told me that I am the reason she loves Paranormal Romance. I tell you, what better compliment is there than that? I am so awed and humbled by her compliment.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Apollo (The Guardian League, Book Three): A #Fantasy #Novel by TK Lawyer

Award Nominated Paranormal Romance Author, TK Lawyer has been writing since high school but it was sometime in 2011 when her writing blossomed into a career. Craving excitement and adventure, she jotted down a few notes for a book and never looked back.

Her books blend her interest in the paranormal and her love of romance.

Steamy, unique, fun tales of adventure with alpha males and feisty, curvy females are her signature. She writes what she loves: passionate, erotic, emotion-tugging novels that widen readers’ experiences and leaves them wanting more. No two books are alike and each one is a stand-alone novel ready for fans and readers alike to dive into and enjoy!

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Lauren was an assignment. He didn’t expect to fall in love.

From her birth, Apollo watched Lauren mature, witnessing all her milestones with a strong sense of pride. Advising, protecting and whispering loving words to her, Lauren is strong and perfect.

Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to live.

A drastic decision one day sets Lauren face to face with her own Guardian Angel- a being she never knew existed. However, he won’t leave her alone. He is relentless, encouraging her to better her life when he doesn’t understand what it takes to survive on Earth. Despite this “flaw,” she is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain and Apollo soon becomes as necessary as the air she breathes. He asks for only one thing- to be his, forever.

Will she allow Apollo to love and care for her when many have failed?

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At twenty-two years old, Lauren was done with life. She rifled through the top drawer of her mother’s bureau and held out the bottle of psychotropic drugs in her hand, with a wicked glee of triumph. Her mom wouldn’t miss a few pills. Besides, she was never home. She took more of an interest in partying with men, giving them whatever they wanted to “take care of her” than she did caring for her own daughter. Lauren was, at best, an after-thought or more, an inconvenience. Love, affection, and responsibility weren’t words found in her mother’s vocabulary.

She stared at the bottle and cried over the bathroom sink. All the pain she endured by her mom’s drugged-out, wasted boyfriends meant nothing at all to the most important woman in the world, whose single duty was to protect her: her mom. The fact that Lauren was almost molested several times by her mother’s pathetic definition of “good men,” meant even less. Lauren swiped at her tears, angry for displaying her vulnerability. She’d never cry in front of her mother or her idiot boy toys.

She hated her mother but even more she loathed her useless life. There was no point in going on, living day to day with no end in sight when all she wanted to do was sleep forever. The strange part was that every time she thought she was at the end of her rope, gasping for air from being choked or kicked repeatedly by one of her mom’s trashy men or from her mom, herself, she survived. Why and how, she’d like to know because at certain times there was no explanation. One time a greasy male fondled her on her bed while she struggled underneath him, kicking and biting him and then suddenly he was dragged off the bed. He hit the floor, unconscious. She rolled the heavy body out into the hallway and closed her door, barring it from re-entry by lodging a chair underneath the doorknob. How was he dragged onto the floor? She didn’t know. However, she recalled his desperate screams and his attempts to claw his fingernails into the bed sheets for leverage. It was a failed, useless attempt just like her previous tries at suicide but this time she was sealing the deal. If some crazy being out there in the vast universe offered her reincarnation, she wasn’t coming back. That’s if something truly existed beyond her piddly life, which she highly doubted.

Whatever was out there, if there was a second chance, was better than living life on Earth. Lauren regretted only one thing, she never experienced real love. To her, love was a product of weakness but she yearned for it anyway. To have someone in her life who’d respect her, take care of her and want her would be…well…unreal but a wonderful experience. She turned the pill bottle in her hand. If only that man existed, but he didn’t. Her mother’s magic pills were her only way out.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Our Frail Disordered Lives: A #Horror #Novel by Mary M Schmidt

Mary M. Schmidt is a graduate of Notre Dame University in Baltimore. She spent time in Rome during the '60s, getting to know the feral cats. Her previous book, Cat Lady, is about that experience. Cat Lady won the Jaffalogue's Picks award for best long narrative published in 2015.

Mary works for a local hospice doing transitions, that is, assisting terminal patients with their end of life procedure. This is not in the least bit depressing!

Mary makes her home near Annapolis with her cat Graycie.

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Larry Kavanaugh is an ordinary kind of guy. He’s got a nagging wife and two kids, both annoyingly gifted. No matter what he does, there is no end to what his family needs. What’s a regular, everyday guy to do? Well, he cuts a few corners, obviously – one very big corner. He sells his soul to the Devil.

Maybe it’s not the actual Devil, but Larry is ready to make a deal with one of the Devil’s minions. He meets some demon whose name he can’t remember. Funny, it was right on the tip of his tongue, a name of something you step on. Roach the Demon has sort of good intentions. He just wants a re-write of Dante’s Inferno with himself as the star.

Roach goes after Larry as a rogue operation. He needs to make a point to his boss, Satan, so he uses the body of a human to follow Larry around and stir up trouble. He offers Larry an airtight guarantee that nothing could possibly go wrong. After all, Larry does not feel like he has much to lose – or does he? Even Roach might be in over his head this time.

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Grace then started to recite Canto 5 of the Inferno, pausing often for questions and comments. Kathleen went back inside as dusk fell and the street lights went on.

She tried to imagine what it was like, a place where the wind blew at 5,400 miles per hour. Simply beyond her imagination. Yet Dante had come up with it, so many centuries ago.

Jeanine said, “It’s a real place.”

It was hardly the sort of place anyone would care to visit. The fact that it was 63 light years away did not make it any less real.

A real place.

That night, Kathleen managed to sleep without the help of a pill. But she dreamed of Larry, in the den, signing a contract with a man who looked and acted like a normal person. But was not. In the background, Jeanine was saying, “It’s a real place, Mom, just like Dante and Virgil said. It’s a real place.”

It’s real. Even though you can’t see or touch it. Or it’s in another dimension. Or 63 light years away. Or you can’t imagine it. It’s real, Mom.

It’s real.

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