Thursday, February 28, 2019

Promo: Unborn Series by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch, @PureTextuality, @AmazonPub)

From UNBORN, the first installment in the series…

Born into mystery. Shackled to darkness…

Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is—secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel.

Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her―those that seek the Unborn?
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AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Guest Blog: Phoenix Falling by Laura Bickle (@Laura_Bickle, @RoxanneRhoads, @HarperVoyagerUS)

UFI welcomes Author Laura Bickle. Thanks for Joining us!!

The Phoenix
By Laura Bickle

    The phoenix is a tricky bird to nail down.
    Most of us are familiar with the myth of the phoenix – the flaming bird that self-immolates and is born again in its own ashes. The poet Hesiod called the phoenix the “brilliant one.” It’s a creature of the sun, returning after hundreds of years to burn and burn again, following the dictates of its internal life cycle. Even after all that fire, it remains an essentially immortal creature. In The Precepts of Chiron, Hesiod observed:

“A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men,
but a stag's life is four time a crow's,
and a raven's life makes three stags old,
while the phoenix outlives nine ravens,
but we, the rich-haired Nymphs
daughters of Zeus the aegis-holder,
outlive ten phoenixes.”

    We have a sense of a timeless, shining creature, remote and apart from the world of mortals. Even alchemy saw the phoenix as the pinnacle of transformation. In alchemy, the bird was said to represent the escape of the soul from the physical world. The alchemical cycle is complete with the phoenix’s appearance, only to begin again.

    It sounds like an esoteric, pretty thing, doesn’t it? For PHOENIX FALLING, I wanted to explore the terrifying side of the phoenix as the bringer of endings. Rather than a creature of luminous plumage quietly building a nest to recreate itself, I imagined a bird of fire, an elemental creature that might have been summoned by an alchemist, long ago, to the tiny town of Temperance, Wyoming.
    Temperance was founded over a century ago by an alchemist, Aldus Lascaris. He’d discovered the secret of turning rocks to gold, and had successfully created an empire from that wealth. But the townsfolk suspected that he had dodgy dealings with otherworldly powers, and burned his house down. At least…that’s the story. The truth is much more complicated than that. Lascaris was driven to his home, where he sought to complete his alchemical Great Work, by summoning and joining with a phoenix. It was only then that he would be able to achieve immortality and the ultimate power he sought.

    Unfortunately, an angry mob interrupted his ritual, and he burned. Lascaris’s alchemical experiments disbursed into the backcountry of what’s now Yellowstone – undead cowboys, basilisks, carnivorous mermaids. The alchemical Tree of Life continued to stand, waiting for the return of the phoenix and the return of Lascaris.

    Petra Dee, a scientist, has maintained a healthy sense of skepticism surrounding the magical wonders populating Temperance in the present day. But she’s been forced to believe in magic. She’s acquired a coyote sidekick who may or may not have a bit of the Coyote with a capital “C” behind his luminous eyes. She married the last of the immortal cowboys, the Hanged Men, who fly into the shadows in the shapes of ravens. And magic has even allowed her to cheat death…she’s discarded her dying body in favor of a shiny new doppelganger body, courtesy of a homunculus cooking in the local bartender’s basement.

    Petra has seen and tasted otherworldly power. But she’s never seen anything like this firebird torching the back country. Wildfires threaten to consume all she holds dear – the park, Temperance, and even the Tree of Life itself, her husband’s source of power.

    The magic of Temperance must awaken to stop the phoenix…and that may even include the return of the first alchemist of Temperance himself. Even in death, Lascaris seeks to control the phoenix and gain the power to achieve his ruthless ends.

    And Petra will sacrifice everything she holds dear to stop him.

Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology – Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs, also writing contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams.

Her work has been included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016.

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Phoenix Falling
Wildlands #5
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Laura Bickle, the critically acclaimed author of Nine of Stars and Witch Creek, returns with a fiery new chapter in her celebrated Wildlands series.

In the Yellowstone backcountry, a merciless source of evil carries a torch for the past…

Petra Dee and her immortal husband, Gabe, have been trying to gain a toehold in what passes for ordinary life in Temperance, Wyoming—

a wickedly enchanted land founded generations ago by the alchemist, Lascaris. Petra may be adept when it comes to the uncanny, but as a reasoned geologist, Petra still can’t fathom the wildfires suddenly engulfing Yellowstone National Park, or why Gabe claims to have seen the sky explode in flames. The answers could lie in the past.

It was a dreadful night in 1862 when Lascaris went harvesting for souls, only to be set upon by townsfolk determined to eliminate the root of all evil in a trial by fire. Petra can’t help fearing that Lascaris has crawled out of the ashes of history to wreak vengeance—and to complete his mission by claiming every vulnerable soul in Temperance.

With the help of Gabe and her coyote sidekick, Sig, Petra must now venture into Lascaris’s shadow before he turns her world into an inferno burning out of control.

“Bickle is well on her way to establishing her work as a cornerstone of her genre.”

Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

Early Review: Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter (@HunterFaith, @AceRocBooks)

Circle of the Moon
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Ace
Soulwood Book #4
ISBN:  0399587942
ISBN13: 9780399587948
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher
via NetGalley

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the fourth Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who channels her power from the earth.

Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she's been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned--and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank--he's naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there's a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

CIRCLE OF THE MOON ended up being my favorite installment of the Soulwood series yet. Weeks later and I'm still thinking about the story and wanting to read more.

Nell has evolved so much since we first met her in the Jane Yellowrock series. I admit that when I started reading the Soulwood series I didn't fully connect to her, but over the course of 4 books I have really gotten to love her character and the way she thinks and works.

Not only has Nell evolved as a character, but her relationships with her team and Occam have grown as well. They all work well together and the romance between Occam and Nell is getting mighty interesting. I thought at first their slow progress would be frustrating, but it hasn't been and every step they take is a breath of fresh air.

We get quite a bit closer to Rick with every Soulwood installment. CIRCLE OF THE MOON has drawn me closer to him. We learn about and meet the person behind a lot of his bad luck and troubles in book 4.

CIRCLE OF THE MOON made me fall more in love with all the characters and the world they live in. I'm excited to see what will happen next with the storyline.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Week in Review: 2/17-2/23

Books Received for Review

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym Martineau
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

Books I've Read

Signs of Cupidity by Raven Kennedy
Gypsy's Blood by Kristy Cunning
Gypsy Freak by Kristy Cunning
Gypsy Origins by Kristy Cunning

Reviews Posted

Evermore by Sara Holland (@Sara__Holland, @harperteen)
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (@vegarollins, @HarperTeen)


* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Monday- Promo: You Had Me at Jaguar by Terry Spear (@TerrySpear, @SourcebooksCasa)

* Thursday- Guest Blog + Giveaway: Heart of the Storm by Debbie Peterson (@DebbiePeterson1, @WildRosePress, @RoxanneRhoads)


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Review: Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (@vegarollins, @HarperTeen)

Stolen Time
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Dark Stars Book #1
ISBN:  0062679945
ISBN13: 9780062679949
Genre: Young Adult SciFi
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.

New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.

When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.

Say what?? I did NOT see that coming.

I am finding this review kinda hard to write because there were actually quite a few times while reading STOLEN TIME that I wasn't 100% sure if I was liking the story, but then the ending came along and I'm like HOLY CRAP, I need MORE!!

There were a few things in STOLEN TIME that made getting into the story fully an issue. The pacing of the book felt a little off at times. There were a few points in the story that I didn't totally get. Some things were cleared up with the ending, but there are still some things that need to be clarified.

Now that I got that out of the way, I really enjoyed the characters and the settings in STOLEN TIME. The story was unpredictable and I really enjoyed the many times that I was surprised and didn't see things coming. There was plenty of action.

That ending, WOW. It honestly made the whole book. I did not see it coming and I honestly questioned so many things in the book that I am excited to see what book two will bring and reveal.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Guest Blog + Giveaway: Heart of the Storm by Debbie Peterson (@DebbiePeterson1, @WildRosePress, @RoxanneRhoads)

UFI welcomes Author Debbie Peterson. Thanks for Joining us!!

Music is a must have for me when I write. In fact, I cannot write without it. From various conversations I’ve had as well as blog posts I’ve read, it seems that most authors can have all kinds of music playing in the background. I’m not quite that lucky. If I play a song with words, no matter how appropriate for the chapter, I start singing along. This is very distracting and can be a little dangerous because I sometimes write the lyrics while a character is having an important conversation with another character. This. Is. Not. Good. Alas….

Anyway, I do have several playlists and make new ones all the time. They are all mood specific. However, I do have a few favorites that usually find their way on almost all my playlists. So, here are the top ten instrumental songs I used while writing Heart of the Storm!

1.  Thundering Rainstorm - from the album Nature’s Relaxing Sounds

2.  Another Brick in Hadrian’s Wall - King Arthur Soundtrack

3.  Woad to Ruin - King Arthur Soundtrack

4.  Elphame Lullaby - Gary Stadler

5.  Return of the King - Lord of the Rings Return of the King Soundtrack

6.  The Grey Havens - Lord of the Rings Return of the King Soundtrack

7.  The Princess Bride - The Princess Bride Soundtrack

8.  For the Love of a Princess - Braveheart Soundtrack

9.  Gift of a Thistle - Braveheart Soundtrack

10. Nightengale - Yanni from the Yanni Album

Bonus Tracks:

1. Solo - Raúl Di Blasio

2. The All Spark - Transformers Soundtrack  

Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance. She has-and always has had-a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.

When she's not busy conjuring her latest novel, She spends time with the members of her very large and nutty family in the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history (which she also teaches), mythology, and history.

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Heart of the Storm
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DEA agent Aliyana Montijo must stop a drug lord's killing orders and find a government mole. With a contract on her head, she trusts no one. While heading back to Florida with evidence, lightning strikes her plane. As it careens into the ocean, she thinks she sees a pirate ship. What she finds is a dashing and most unlikely ally.

Four centuries ago, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness captained a vessel for the Dutch West Indies Company. Then an unearthly storm in the Bermuda Triangle blew him into a parallel dimension. After rescuing Aliyana from a similar tempest, he finds himself drawn to the courageous beauty and wants to aid her mission.

In the midst of danger, the two find themselves falling in love. Then a misunderstanding tears them apart, perhaps forever…

About a half an hour before sunset, the unease she had carried for the past several hours turned into a sudden feeling of dread. Panic overtook all rational thought and settled into her soul. Something terrible had happened. She raced toward her supplies and grabbed her backpack. Her fingers shook as she unzipped the bag and yanked out her phone. She called Greg’s number several times over before it dawned on her that he had already boarded a plane headed for Colombia. She wouldn’t be able to contact him until the morning.
Despite all attempts to banish it, the dread grew stronger with each passing hour. A growing notion that Wolf and his crew never left the sub took firm hold. The conscientious men of the Wieven could very well have remained behind to ensure that all went according to plan. The thought of such an occurrence made her sick to her stomach. What if they could die as she had always feared? What if they died in that sub along with Mercado’s men? She couldn’t sleep, and she couldn’t eat. All throughout the long hours of the night, she restlessly paced along the shore, waiting, hoping, and praying.
By the time the gloomy morning arrived, what little hope she’d carried throughout the long night dissipated. Somewhere in her heart, she finally accepted that her beloved captain wouldn’t be coming for her. Not now. Not ever again.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review: Evermore by Sara Holland (@Sara__Holland, @harperteen)

Release Date: December 31, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Everless Book #2
ISBN:  0062653717
ISBN13: 9780062653710
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.

Liked it, didn't love it.

One of the things that really drew me into the story in book one was the concept of time being drawn from blood and used as currency. Unfortunately, it isn't that big of a part of the story in EVERMORE.

There seemed to be quite a bit of info dumping happening in EVERMORE and it happened to be major information at times. This made it a bit hard to keep up. The romance was frustrating. Jules acts like she hates Liam, but she's clearly falling in love with him. Some of her comments to him left my jaw hanging though.

EVERMORE did wrap up the Everless series nicely, but the ending felt a bit rushed after all the lead up to the big finale. When all was said and done I had no problem finishing EVERMORE, but it didn't blow me away.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Promo: You Had Me at Jaguar by Terry Spear (@TerrySpear, @SourcebooksCasa)

You Had Me at Jaguar
Heart of the Shifter #1

They're not the only ones on the prowl...but they're the most dangerous...

The United Shifter Force gives jaguar agent Howard Armstrong an impossible task—to protect fierce she-jaguar Valerie Chambers, when the last thing she wants is protecting. They're going international to take down a killer and he can guard Valerie all day long. But guard his heart? He doesn't stand a chance.


USA Today bestselling author TERRY SPEAR has written over 35 paranormal romances featuring werewolf and jaguar shapeshifters. In 2008, Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Spring, Texas.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Week in Review: 2/10-2/16

Books Received for Review

Bane of Winter by Debbie Cassidy
Off Planet by Aileen Erin

Books I've Read

Wolf's Calling by M.H. Soars
Pack's Queen by M.H. Soars
Seeker by Tate James
Claimed by the Assassins by Stacey Brutger

Reviews Posted

Stray Moon by Kelly Meding (@KellyMeding, @HarperVoyagerUS)


* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Monday- Promo + Giveaway: For the Power by Debbie Cassidy (@authordcassidy, @XpressoTours)

* Wednesday- Promo + Giveaway: Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter (@HunterFaith, @LetsTalkLTP, @AceRocBooks)

* Thursday- Interview: Dragons of Fate by CR Robertson (@RoxanneRhoads)


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Review: Stray Moon by Kelly Meding (@KellyMeding, @HarperVoyagerUS)

Stray Moon
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Strays Book #2
ISBN:   0062847694
ISBN13: 9780062847690
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

Para-Marshal Shiloh Harrison has always been a great number two for the East Coast unit. But after her boss is found dead (having betrayed the paranormals he was sworn to protect), she’s suddenly thrust into a leadership role she isn’t prepared for. And it doesn’t help that she traded away memories of one of her most important team members to save another’s life during her last mission.

Too, she’s in charge of a unit that is mired in bureaucratic red tape, meaning she’s essentially under house arrest. But a West Coast Para-Marshal has astral-projected a warning: werewolves are going missing, and she needs Shiloh’s help. Last time it was vampires. This time it’s werewolves. Half-djinn herself, she knows she can’t just sit around and do nothing while paranormals are getting snatched. Her old boss may have broken his oath, but Shiloh will do anything to serve and protect.

The East Coast unit of the Para-Marshals went through a lot in STRAY MAGIC. Their team is no longer whole, but when they find out that werewolves are going missing Shiloh is determined to help.

There was a ton of mystery going on in STRAY MOON. I enjoyed all of the investigating aspects of the storyline. Shiloh—and her mother— get a pretty big shock when their connection to the bad guy is revealed. I didn't see it coming either.

There really isn't any romance involved in STRAY MOON, but the connection between Shiloh and Jaxon grows as she slowly learns about the connection that they lost when her memories were taken. I'm still really confused about Tennyson. Sometimes I feel like there is a small romantic connection between him and Shiloh and then other times I just feel a sort of sister/brother protection vibe happening. Either way, they work really well together and I hope he continues to want to tag along with her and her team on future adventures.

There was plenty of action, the world building continues to grow the world and the characters continue to entertain and intrigue me. The Strays series will continue to be on my wishlist.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Interview: Dragons of Fate by CR Robertson (@RoxanneRhoads)

UFI welcomes Author CR Robertson. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?

I write PNR, but in my day job I am a trained geneticist who works in forensics.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?

Gardening. My dogs love to help me dig the holes for my new plants. I generally find them dragged out later when they decide to reposition them…

What is your Favorite part of writing? 

Losing myself in the characters. They become part of me for a while and I love that part of being a writer, getting into the head of someone completely different.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?

Nope, I sit down with my laptop and write. I don’t have a plot etc. I just write ad go where the characters take me. Sometimes people will email me and ask me what is going to happen to a character and I genuinely don’t know…

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres?

Cassandra Clare
Maria V Snyder
CM Owens
CS Lewis
Eve Langlais
Annie Nicholas
And lots more that I automatically buy when I see a new release – sorry I couldn’t list you all!!

How would you pitch The Gaian Otherworld to someone who has not heard of it before?

This series is a fast paced adventure following the dragons, who Gaia left to protect this planet when the old gods left. They battle the krakens, who seek to raise the sea levels to claim the world as their own. Each book follows a new hero/heroine as they uncover magical gifts left by the gods to help them enter Olympus.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that The Gaian Otherworld is set in? 

The book moves between the mortal plane (earth), the underrealm (dragon’s lair), and the fae lands where the fae courts come from. I like to play on the idea that our world overlaps other energy dimensions and bring different folklore in to explain it.

Do you have a favorite scene in The Gaian Otherworld?

I loved writing the scene when Evanora finally stepped into her magic power and showed her captor and the corrupt council what true power looks like. She didn’t need to hurt or suppress anyone to establish her dominance because she wielded real power with every step and movement of her body.

Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? 

I loved writing Ethan’s character from The Otherworld Chronicles. He went on the biggest journey and got away with speaking his mind. He would be the character I would have the most fun being friends with in the real world.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?

I have two books left to write in my dragon series, and then my readers are asking me to write one last book in the Otherworld Chronicles because they are demanding Casper gets a book – they encouraged me write Sage’s book as well!! Then I have a new series that I’m thinking about that will involved magical creatures such as reapers…


CR Robertson is a paranormal romance writer who lives in Ireland, the most magical country in the world. From an early age, she loved faerytales and mythological stories. She delved into the pages to go on an adventure with the characters, sparking a lifelong love of the literary world and story craft.

The Otherworld Chronicles started when the characters evolved in her head, constantly jumping in to tell their story until one day that nagging voice said, “Why not write their faerytale?” The rest resides in the pages of the Otherworld. Her in-depth knowledge of mythology and faerylore weaves the background for the characters in each of her manuscripts.

It may be cliché, but she has a cottage by the sea on the east coast of Ireland. Gardening is one of her favourite pastimes and is evident in her garden that is overflowing with crystals and seasonal flowers for the birds, butterflies, and her favourite bumblebees. Her dogs enjoy the sleepy seaside town and spend their time playing in the sea.

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Dragons of Fate
The Gaian Otherworld #2
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Sometimes love is the most powerful and dangerous magic...

The underrealm was in turmoil with revelations of the evil that had taken root there.

It was no longer a safe haven for the Gaians.

Darius was a golden warrior dragon from an ancient clan. Evanora descended from the purple dragons of healing. They were destined to become fated mates four hundred years ago before Evanora was stolen from the heartland of the dragons.

Her dream of escape became the nightmare of reality.

Even in the light the past haunted her present.

Evanora’s soul was broken by her long years in captivity, until Darius started to fit the pieces back together again. Some fragments no long fit, some slotted into a different position, but the woman who emerged was stronger and more powerful than anyone ever imagined – the Gaian enchantress.

Was it too late for their love?

Or would Fate intervene to light their way to the future?

Sometimes love was the most powerful and dangerous magic...

***WARNING*** Includes a deadly hero willing to fight the monsters of this world to claim his fated mate, and a heroine who powerful enough to bring the world to its knees.

Dragons of Destiny is the second in The Gaian Otherworld. It can be read as a stand-alone paranormal romance.
Excerpt #1:

I sauntered out of the room in search of Darius. If he thought he could avoid me, he would need to rethink his strategy. He was in his bedroom with his hip braced against the window frame, staring out at the ocean.
“I thought we agreed you would break the bond and leave,” he snapped without looking around.
“No, I didn’t agree to either of those things, Darius. Just because you are my mate doesn’t mean you can tell me what to do.” I sat on the end of the bed.
His back stiffened at the word mate.
“You can’t stay here.”
“I can stay anywhere you are. We share a blood link.”
That got his attention because he spun around. “I could block access to all my homes...”
I sighed and stood up, letting some of my power loose. His arms were pinned against the wall beside his head, and his feet stuck to the floor. “The problem is, Darius, that you belong to me just as I am yours. I have no intention of going anywhere.”
I stepped against him and watched as he swallowed and glanced away. He could neutralise every feature, but his body betrayed him. I ran my fingers over his chest to his waist, deliberately moving closer to sniff his mating mark on his neck.
“Definitely no nymphs or succubus scents, Darius. You’ll need to try harder if you want to make me jealous.” My breath mingled with his. “We are made from the same energy. If I am unable to stomach the thought of another lover, the same applies to you.”
I pressed myself against him, and felt his automatic reaction to my presence. I nipped his mating mark with my teeth, and his quick inhale of breath made me smile. Tracing the outline of it with my tongue, I held onto his waist as an anchor. My lips kissed a path up his neck, even as he held his head away from me. The tips of my fangs dragged against the artery that pulsed in his neck.
Sexual tension pulsed off him in waves, and my dragoness purred in contentment.
“You belong to me, Darius. Make no mistake, I will annihilate any female you try to take as a lover.” His head spun towards me, and my lips connected with his. I grabbed his head in my hands and poured every emotion that vibrated through my body into my lips.
He had always initiated our previous kisses. I needed to show him that I’d made a choice and he was the winner. I refused to let my past paralyse me anymore. Hecate wanted me to be a worthy heir to her magic. I would not allow anyone to hold me back from my fate.
Darius tried to resist me, but his dragon had other ideas. I felt him shimmer to the surface as his heat increased, gold flecks flashing across his skin. My tongue demanded entry to his mouth, because every breath of his belonged to me and vice versa.
The rest of the world faded into insignificance, my only focus the man in front of me. He struggled against the invisible restraints that held him, his dragon trying to get closer to his mate. I dropped my hands from his face and pressed one last kiss on his lips.
“You are mine, Darius. That is as true now as it was four hundred years ago. You can ignore me and leave a room when I enter it, but it will not change the fact that we belong together.”
I turned and walked towards the door, releasing his restraints.
My lips spread into a smile when I heard him screaming FUCK into the empty room.
Darius had spent his whole life being in charge, but I was the Gaian Enchantress, and I would no longer let my life be stolen away from me. The time had arrived for me to take what was mine.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Promo + Giveaway: Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter (@HunterFaith, @LetsTalkLTP, @AceRocBooks)

Circle of the Moon 
Soulwood #4
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Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the fourth Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who channels her power from the earth.

Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she's been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned--and to find true friends.
Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank--he's naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there's a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.
Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.
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My heart thundered and warmth rushed all through me, a strange and wonderful electric heat that settled low in my belly. Desire. This is what desire feels like.
The cells dinged again, reminding us. Occam cursed and I made a sound that was close to a moan as I eased away. I dropped my head back to the blanket I had spread on the too-long summer grass for our picnic. I breathed out a laugh, the sound only a little frustrated. That was what I told myself. Only a little. Stars were visible around the edges of Occam’s head, his thin hair looking brittle even in the pale light.
“Look!” I said, pointing. A shooting star raced overhead and blinked out. “First one. Make a wish!”
“I’m pert’ near certain that my wish has already been ruined by that text, Nell, sugar,” he said. “You go ahead. Maybe you’ll have better luck.”
I said my quick wish and turned my head to him, knowing he could see better in the dark than I could. I wasn’t human, but my kind of paranormal didn’t have any superpowers like better night vision. My wish was carnal and sinful and full of hope. And also ruined by the text.
Occam rolled off me and we reached for our cells, answering them to see identical texts from PsyLED. Get to HQ ASAP. Trouble, it read. The text was from JoJo, second in command of Unit Eighteen.
“No court in the land would convict me if I killed her,” Occam growled.
I laughed again, remembering the feel of his weight over me, pressing into me. Remembering the shot of excitement that flashed through me like lightning before settling deep inside. Excitement. Not fear. Desire. The physical need I’d read about and—
The cells dinged again, this time from JoJo’s personal cell. It read, If your cells were any closer they’d be making cell-babies. I hate to say stop, because I really hope you two are getting busy, loud and long and satisfying, but I need you at HQ. Both of you. Days off canceled.
Occam pulled me to my feet, still cat-strong, though not so flexible as before the fire. That part of his were-taint abilities hadn’t been affected by the instinctive and peculiar healing I had managed the night he was burned and had died, and my up-line boss nearly so—the night I’d hauled them back from the claws of death. Occam might look a mess yet, he might move slower than before, but he was getting better, bit by bit, every time he shifted into his spotted leopard. That was a natural part of the were-taint gift. I helped where I could, when he shifted on my land, drawing on the power of Soulwood, feeding him the way I did the land when it was injured. If I could see his scarring, see what he needed, maybe I could help more or better. But Occam was stubborn about me seeing the scars on his body. Which was why my secret wish on the shooting star had not yet been fulfilled. Dang cat.
“Gear up,” he said. “I’ll drive.”
“And that means I’ll have no form of transportation back here in the morning.”
“‘At sounds about right.”
I hid a smile in the darkness and let him lead me to my own front porch. And wondered if sounding about right meant he intended to pick up where we left off.


Faith Hunter is the New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, the Soulwood series, and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the author of 16 thrillers under pen the names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. She has 40+ books in print.

Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunder storms, and writes. She likes to cook soup, bake homemade bread, garden, and run Class III whitewater rivers. She edits the occasional anthology and drinks a lot of tea. Some days she’s a lady. Some days she ain't.

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