Tuesday, January 31, 2017

{Spotlight} A Walk Between the Winds By Toni Morrow Wyatt & Margaret Chism Morrow


A
Walk Between the Winds
By
Toni Morrow Wyatt & Margaret Chism Morrow
Genre:
Historical Mystery

Haunted
by a Spirit Warrior, Soft Morning Mist, a young woman of the Skuna
River Chickasaw tribe, feels trapped into a marriage she does not
want.
When
her friend, Swamp Lily, disappears, Soft Morning Mist suspects foul
play when a lecherous, old man from the Hatchie River tribe accosts
her. The mournful howls of a dog lead her to Swamp Lily’s body. As
rumors of suicide circle, she fights to prove it was murder. 


As
a child, Toni Morrow Wyatt’s family spent nearly every summer
visiting relatives in a small, rural community in Arkansas. Finding
magic in this place, it is the setting for many of her novels. Her
love for southern fiction led to the writing of her upcoming novel, A
Killing Among Friends, and also, Return to Rocky Gap. Her work has
appeared in From the Depths Literary Journal and Belle Reve Literary
Journal. She writes an eclectic blog titled, A Pinch of Me, on
Tumblr. She was previously an independent bookseller, owning and
operating Kindred Books for seven years.






{Cover Reveal} Bound (The Cities Below Book Two) by Jen Colly


Bound
The Cities Below
Book Two
Jen Colly
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical
Date of Publication: January 31, 2016
ISBN: 9781516101474
ASIN: B01FBZXSES
Number of pages: 200
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs


Book Description:
The streets are a battleground for humans, vampires, and demons alike—where survival is a skill, love is a weapon, and the most dangerous act is to care for another . . .

Keir is an assassin devoted to Lady Arianne, the last of her royal bloodline. He is sworn to protect her, and that means eliminating any threat to her life. But while on a mission, he is set upon by a pack of demons, barely escaping with his life.

Cleopatra lives by a set of rules so rigid she no longer knows her true self. But her kind and loving nature resurfaces when she finds a man, bloodied and dying. Moved to help him, she risks her future and her life to save a stranger far below her aristocratic station.

Their attraction to each other is as powerful as it is forbidden. But even as their love grows, Keir keeps his true identity a secret—and this lie is not the only threat to their love . . . or their lives.


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Excerpt:
Cleopatra was utterly trapped. She longed to close her eyes and block him out, but fear of the unknown kept them wide open. The man had no weapon, couldn’t possibly mean to harm her. Except, would he really need a weapon? She couldn’t fight him, wouldn’t even know where to begin.
He studied her closely, and when his head tilted slightly, she noticed every bit of his focus fixated on her neck. Not a murderer. He wanted to mark her, to bite her neck, leave the wound to heal and forever bind her to him. This was why daughters of the aristocracy were kept under a tight watch. The mark, unbreakable and indisputable, would give this man access to her family’s wealth and prestige, and bind her to him until death.
He reached for her, head descending to her neck. Cleopatra quickly covered his target with both hands. Tears gathered in her eyes, sorrow distorted her voice. “I don’t want this. Please, don’t hurt me.”
The man rocked back as if she’d smacked him, and for the first time since he’d appeared, he looked at her face. His eyes met hers and didn’t look away as he brought his hand to her cheek and brushed away a tear. He saw her, truly saw her, and the adoration in his eyes sent a completely different shimmy down her spine.
In one step, he crowded her, pressing his cheek against hers. “Could never hurt you. My angel,” his captivating voice crooned, so close to her ear. He drew in a deep breath, his face buried in her hair. Then he whispered, “My Cleo.”
She gasped. The shortened version of her name on his lips sounded strangely intimate, as though he’d known her for years. The warmth rolling off his body kept her intensely aware of his close proximity, and she held her breath, waiting for his next move to prove his intent. He didn’t bite her, didn’t hurt her, and the sincere affection in his gentle touch left her so very confused. Any other man would have bitten her, taken advantage of the opportunity laid before him. But this man? His intent to bite her had been unmistakable, and he’d stopped because he…cared for her? She didn’t understand.
His hand slipped from her face, dropped to his side, and he staggered back, moving as if through a dream. He still watched her, but he swayed, that intense focus suddenly gone. The man crumpled to the floor with a heavy thud.
Dragging in a long, shaky breath, she blinked away tears she’d been staring through. A few more deep breaths, and she allowed herself to really look at him. He lay on his side, knees slightly curled, motionless. Something was wrong with him. People didn’t just fall over.
Gripping the railing, which had swiftly become her personal anchor, she pointed her foot and gingerly nudged his arm. When he didn’t move, she put more force behind the kick. Cleopatra jumped as his hand fell away from his ribs, thumping onto the floor. Blood coated his fingers.
He was bleeding? She’d missed the injury completely. The saturated, glistening spot had been hidden under his hand and camouflaged by his black button-up shirt. He’d been so close and she hadn’t… She glanced down at herself. Blood streaked across her pale blue gown, more evidence of his severe injury.
The elevator doors slid open. Oh God, if someone were to see them together in this state, what would they think? What would happen to her, or to him? Her heart hammered, panic flooding through her as she peeked out into the main corridor of Sterling.
The white, gold-trimmed corridor stretched on, empty. The elevator doors slid shut, and there it would stay, unless called. She might not have much time. Peering down at the unconscious man, she tried to fit the puzzle pieces together.
She’d mistaken his intent. He’d needed sustenance badly, and now he bled out, dying at her feet. Because of who she was, he refused to harm her, to take from her. How did he have the willpower to block his instincts from taking over, to stop from feeding?
Whoever he was, she had to save him. She dropped to her knees and pushed away any lingering fear under her newfound resolve. Tugging his shirt from his dark jeans, she searched for the injury. In the midst of his blood-slicked skin, the wound gaped open between his ribs. It looked like he’d been slashed, the nasty gash a result of being on the wrong end of a knife. Just a guess. She had no experience with this sort of villainy.
Her hand flew to her mouth. The murderer running loose in Galbraith used a knife. Could this man be yet another victim?
“Can you hear me? What happened to you? Who did this?” She awkwardly patted his whiskered cheek. His eyes fluttered open, then shut again.
“Balinese is safe.” His voice trembled, his words slurred without support from his shallow breath. “Paris. Demons.”
Cleopatra’s fingers fumbled as she pulled away his shirt collar. Several teeth-like gouges in his shredded skin oozed blood near his collarbone. Demons. They’d almost made a meal of him, and he was a bloody mess, but the real danger came from that knife wound. It looked deep, and if he’d been damaged internally and lost too much blood, he might not survive.
He needed blood now. She bit her wrist and pressed it against his mouth. His lips didn’t part, and his body refused to respond. A rivulet of blood slid down his cheek. He’d die if she didn’t fight for him.

About the Author:
Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing her first paranormal romance series: The Cities Below. She will write about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her weaknesses are pirates and vampires.
She lives in Ohio with her supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued cats.









Monday, January 30, 2017

{Spotlight} Neil Brand Thriller





The
Ice Cream Blonde
A
Neil Brand Thriller Volume 1
by
Ray Dyson
Genre:
Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Crime

Neil
Brand is a former World War I soldier and disgraced ex-cop, now
running security for Harry York at York Brothers Studio in 1931
Hollywood. York has a problem with bad boy actor Johnny Cutter, who
failed to show up on the set to finish his latest picture, and Brand
is sent to find the star. In doing so, Brand uncovers a trail of
white slavery, drugs, and murder, involving famous actors and wealthy
businessmen—and a dirty cop who was once Brand’s partner on the
force. As the body count mounts, Brand tries desperately to discover
the truth—before he becomes one of the victims.


The
Naked Nymph in the Dark Flickers
A
Neil Brand Thriller Volume 2

Rachel
Ann Maddon is about to become America’s next great movie star.
Adored by the camera, loved by her public, beautiful Rachel Ann has
it all, including a dark secret from her past that threatens to blow
up her promising future when her mentor and lover—a man old enough
to be her father—turns up dead. Did he fall or was he pushed? Or
did the bullet in him do the job? Either way, a homicide
investigation will be deadly publicity for Rachel Ann and her family.
Rachel Ann’s movie studio switches into high gear to protect her
teetering career, but then Neil Brand, the studio’s security chief,
uncovers a blackmail scheme over illicit sex films that threatens
other major motion picture stars. As the heat builds, the rich and
powerful scramble to get out from under. That’s when the bodies
begin to pile up.


Ray
Dyson first took up writing in Evansville, Indiana, far enough back
that not only is the house he was born in no longer there, neither is
the street. He had a short career as a baseball player, but a long
career as a newspaperman whose gigs included crime reporter, sports
reporter and sports editor. He is also a noted Western historian. He
is the author of the baseball book, Smokey Joe: A Baseball Fable, a
tale of legendary pitcher Smokey Joe Hood. That book, and Bannon: The
Scavenger Breed, involve members of the Bannon family: Joel Patrick
the main character in Bannon, and his grandson, Henry Louis Bannon,
an outfielder in Smokey Joe. His mystery novel, The Ice Cream Blonde,
set in the Hollywood of the early 1930s, follows York Studios
security chief Neil Brand as he solves the murder of a famous movie
star mixed up in blackmail and white slavery. His latest Neil Brand
tale, The Naked Nymph in the Dark Flickers, about a rising movie star
caught up in a treacherous blackmail scheme that turns to murder, is
now available. He lives in Mansfield, Ohio, with his family. In
retirement, he works even harder on his golf game, but with less
success.





Motivation Monday




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Cup of...



Welcome to Sunday Cup of... grab your favorite beverage and visit with me for a bit.
Sunday Cup of... is a combination post featuring, 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
and the Book Blog Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer.
I share my week, what's going on around the blog, and what books I'm reading or have finished.



You might have noticed that there wasn't a Sunday post last week, well that was because I have been sick, nothing major just a very bad cold. But it was enough that I decided to veg all last weekend.  Yup I watched a couple movies I wish I hadn't and read. I've still got a nasty cough and runny nose but over all I'm feeling better. On top of that my phone bricked up and I had to get a new one, which we really didn't have money for. But the topper on the crappy week was we got some unsettling news about my MIL's health. If you pray I'd be grateful if you'd toss one in for her to get good news about her recent biopsy. Let's just say we're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. 

All links go to Goodread pages


What I'm Reading... 

Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity
Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity

by Dimity McDowell, Sarah Bowen Shea

The Long Run: A Memoir

The Long Run: A Memoir
by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Finished:

A Ghostly Reunion (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5)
A Ghostly Reunion (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5)
by Tonya Kappes (almost done. Review will be posted Thursday)


Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers Book 2)
Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2)
by Kat Mayor, K.M. Montemayor (reading for review and book tour)


Muddy Creek: A Paranormal Mystery (Taryn's Camera Book 7)

Muddy Creek: A Paranormal Mystery (Taryn's Camera Book 7)
by Rebecca Patrick-Howard


Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)
by Darynda Jones





Lady Molly Of Scotland Yard (Librivox Audiobook)

Lady Molly Of Scotland Yard (Librivox Audiobook)




True Nightmares Poster

True Nightmares
This is a show I've just found about true crime and freaky stories.




Watched episode 3 of Season 6

I'm also joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you answer. Post your answer to your blog, and enter your post to the linky provided. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.


This weeks question:

 How many books have you started, but just couldn't finish?(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

I'm not really sure, I'm one of those people who if I can't get into a book after the first few chapters I move on. There are to many books in this world (and in my TBR list) to force myself to read something I don't like.

So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. Have a great week!




Friday, January 27, 2017

#FitReader Weekly Update & Jan Runfessions




I'll be sharing on...
Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin
and linking up with Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and Angela from Marathons & Motivation. Also since it's the last Friday of the month, I'm linking up with Marcia's A Healthy Slice, for Runfessions


So last week J came home from school sick, and brought a nasty cold with her. It hit me Friday not to bad but enough that I was to tired after running around and getting groceries to workout. Saturday it really hit, like a freight train carrying a ton of elephants, I thought about trying to get in something anything but my body screamed "OH HECK NO!!". So I listened and gave it rest all weekend knowing what was in store for me Monday at work. I did do some light yoga (Yoga For When You Are SICK - Yoga With Adriene). But mainly I stumbled through the week doped up on enough cold meds to put down a moose.


If that wasn't bad enough to add insult to injury my phone started screwing up badly (it's been messing up for a while) and DK decided to do a hard factory reset. BAD IDEA!!!! It completely bricked up my phone and we had snow coming. So 7pm we run out and got me a new phone, I then spent and hour on the phone getting everything switched over because of course I had just put minutes on my old one. Granted I was going to get one when we got our taxes but right this second we really didn't have the money to waste. Of course this means that I lost all my training data from Zombies Run.  Maybe the cosmos are trying to tell me something?
Ok but the thing that turned my crappy week into a horrible one was my MIL went in for a scope Thursday. They found something, and it was sent for a biopsy. Let's just say we're not expecting good news, but hoping for it. I don't usually ask for this but if any of you folks pray could you toss one in for her, please? 



January Goals:
Keep up with Marathon training plan: 0/5 
Strength training once a week: 0/7 this week.
Eat healthier: 7/7 
Walking to Mordor: 38.97 /1779 miles

Here's what I did this week...
1/21/17: Sick
1/22/17: 20 mins Yoga
1/23/17: Sick
1/24/17: Sick
1/25/17: Sick
1/26/17: 1hr Grocery Shopping


{Spotlight} Chaos: Worlds Beyond Reflections of Infinity Book 1 by CW Holcomb





Chaos:
Worlds Beyond
Reflections
of Infinity Book 1
by
CW Holcomb
Genre:
SciFi Fantasy

As
young gods fall to the Worlds from the stars they are born in,
appearing as comets streaking across the sky; sentient magical
artifacts call to the minds of men: calling with images and promises
of power from Wild Worlds. Massive and strange they hold gigantic
monsters and wonders that are beyond the scope of the imaginations of
the fearless Tribe of warriors that dare to magically travel to them!


C.W.
Holcomb's writing style and major influences include a wide variety
of well known novelists that came before him including, J.R.R
Tolkien, Mary Stewart, Raymond E. Feist, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan,
Elizabeth Hayden and Frank Herbert. The biggest influences on his
style were Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind. He has drawn inspiration
for his novels from other areas as well including, animated shows and
video games.
His
debut novel, Dark Moon Book one of the Brotherhood of the Moon, is
inspired by ancient Celtic legends about Werebeasts that stalked the
forests of the Scottish Highlands on the full moon. His newly
released novel, Chaos:Worlds Beyond Book one of the Reflections of
Infinity Saga is deeply inspired by Ancient Greek Mythology and Lore.
His works contain endearing characters that always have something
special and unique that helps them survive in the brutal and
unrelenting Worlds that he creates.