Book Blitz: The Lost King by Frazier Alexander

The Lost King
Frazier Alexander
Published by: FyreSyde Publishing
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In an ancient place, in an ancient time…

King Athan vanishes at sea. His children, prince Thalos and princess Thara, drift apart with age, their kingdom falling into ruin. Thalos stubbornly clings to the past; Thara, resentful of her father, looks to the future. In the wake of this decline, a beautiful enchantress usurps the throne from the estranged siblings. She exiles Thalos to the edge of the world and slowly enslaves Thara’s mind.

In his exile, Thalos finds another castaway—an old comrade of his father. Together they begin a voyage in search of the lost king. Thara, meanwhile, resists the new queen’s coercive spells and finds a resistance of creatures still loyal to her father.

With a vast world of enchanted islands and beings between them, Thalos and Thara struggle to restore their family and rekindle the hope of the true king’s return.

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EXCERPT:

Step by cautious step, he returned to the throne room to see his father’s seat—which had been empty for fifteen years—occupied.

The most beautiful woman he had ever seen sat on the throne. Legs that gleamed like golden honey peeked out of a blood-red peplos embroidered with golden needlework. There was no imperfection on her face, which was held high and proud. Her dark hair cascaded behind her neck and down to her shoulders like a waterfall at midnight, her hair melding with her sable cape. Bare arms, though rigid with solemnity, glittered and jingled with the music of bright jewelry, red-gold rings, and rubies.

But she was not alone. A Phantom-like figure stepped out of the shadows of a colonnade and joined her. The tread of his boots resounded upon the marble, but the rustle of his scarlet robes was like the sound of leaves blown across stone. His entire head was wrapped, and his face hidden behind an emotionless golden mask. An engraved rivulet of tears descended from the right eye-hole. This Phantom figure was silent but for the thin, rasping breath that issued from the mouth-slit of his mask.

The man stared at the lady upon his father’s throne, motionless, for many moments. She attracted him, despite the realization that she must be behind the horrors witnessed, the horrors he’d heard rumors of while away from home. She was beautiful, and his heart swelled with lust for her before he remembered his purpose and saw her beauty as a mask for a sinister heart. Her red-robed bodyguard loomed at her side. The sight of the lurking red Phantom infuriated the man. Anger rose so hotly within him that he felt adrenaline course through his pulsing veins, his face flushed.

Someone appeared off to the side—his sister, Thara. He realized now how grown up she was, how much she looked like their mother. She was shapely and compact now, not the stick-thin little sister he used to play hide-and-seek with. Thara no longer wore her black hair in the unkempt curly mass that she ran around with as a child. Her hair was brushed and held by a thin tiara. Although her face was the mirror-image of their mother’s, her skin had the coppery glow of their father’s people. She looked uncomfortable in brocade. Her acorn-brown eyes were dulled by some sort of mind-altering spell.

“What’s happened here?” asked the man, taking in all the changes.

Thara, in a lifeless monotone voice, said, “Queen Sundra arrived on our shores the day after you left for your training. She came with tidings of our father’s death. His ship washed up on her shores, and he died in her arms. Now we can give up waiting for him to come home.”

A servant in a white tunic marched toward the man bearing a terracotta urn and a bronze xiphos sword—his father’s sword.

“The throne has been relinquished to Queen Sundra for safekeeping,” said Thara.

“Welcome, Prince Thalos,” said Sundra in a lofty voice, standing. “It is an honor to finally meet you. How were your travels?”

The man, Prince Thalos, son of the lost King Athan, grabbed the urn and removed the lid. Inside was a mound of gray ash. He laid it down, then took his father’s sword. After staring in disbelief, he laid the sword down next to the urn. Could it really be that his father was nothing more than ashes and dust?

“My father,” said Thalos, “like all our Kings, wore a special signet ring that he never removed, the look of which only the royal line has seen. Strange that this was not also brought with the sword?”

Sundra shot daggers with her beautiful eyes. And Thalos knew he’d bested her, for what magic could help her create a ring she’d never seen? “Believe me, Prince Thalos, the ring is in the urn, with your father’s ashes.”

“Then I shall examine them.” He removed the lid.

“My Prince!” cried Sundra. “Would you disturb your father’s ashes?”

“That remains to be seen.” Thalos picked up the urn and poured out its contents, a fine, gray dust hissing as it struck the marble floor. They waited to hear a thud, but there was no ring—even when Thalos sifted through the dust with his foot.

“Of course,” said Sundra, affecting a sudden remembrance. “My servants forgot to place the ring inside the urn. They’ll be whipped for this, I assure you.”

“You will remove yourself from my father’s throne,” said Thalos, undeterred.

“Is this how you would speak to the one who has safeguarded your home?”

“Safeguarded?” asked Thalos. The audacity of the word almost pitched him into battle. The blood-stained ropes dangling from the branches of the Ancient Oak flashed in his mind. “What kind of guardian ties her enemies to a tree and tortures them? Who was it that you bound to the Ancient Oak and murdered?”

“Your old nurse,” Sundra said offhandedly.

Thalos felt a wave of searing anger blur his vision. Thalos’ and Thara’s nurse had been tough on them, but she didn’t deserve being lashed to the Ancient Oak and murdered. Thalos never once doubted her love for him or his sister.

“And what,” Thalos asked, his voice choked in restraint of tears, “was her crime?” His hand gripped the hilt of his sword with whitened knuckles.

“She spoke the name of the old King, and swore fealty to him, an act that is now punishable by death. Now, where are your manners, Thalos?”

He stood, resolute and quiet, his chin thrust out in defiance. The desire to draw his sword and kill this witch would soon boil over the walls of self-control. But he could now see her darkly clad bandits lurking, pacing, behind the throne and between the pillars of the hall, watching his every move. And then, there was her Red Phantom as well, whose sheer size intimidated Thalos.

Without hesitating, Thalos drew his glittering bronze sword, and the ring of it was like music to his ears.

He lunged forward, aiming for the heart of the Queen.

Author Bio:

Along with creating his own mythological backdrop for his stories, Frazier is an amateur calligrapher, map-maker, and artist. He is currently working on his master’s in Medieval Literature at the University of North Texas.

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ABC Book Challenge: G

Happy Saturday Friends! I hope everyone had a good week. We just got notice that after Thanksgiving break we are going back to remote learning, so I have that to look forward too, good thing I stocked up on puzzles and crafts over the last few months. I have seen this challenge on a few blogs like One Book More and Meeghan Reads and thought it looked like a fun way to talk about some books I read before (and after) I started my blog and also some upcoming books I would like to read that are on my tbr. For the books I pick I will put in parentheses what number it is in a series, if it’s in one and the author.

Books that start with G

  • Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman – Woman’s Fiction
  • Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Contemporary Romance
  • The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves – Woman’s Fiction/Romance
  • The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah – Historical Fiction
  • Green Arrow – Rebirth by Benjamin Percy – Graphic Novel
  • Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid – Contemporary Romance

Books on my TBR that start with G

  • The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman – Non-fiction
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – YA Fantasy
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne – Thriller
  • The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda – Thriller
  • Girl’s with Bright Futures by Tracey Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman – Thriller
  • God’s of Jade of Shadow by Silvia Garcia-Moreno – Fantasy
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – Thriller

Do we share any of the same memorable books for the letter G? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: The Taming of a Wicked Rogue by Samantha Holt

The Taming of a Wicked Rogue
Samantha Holt
(The Lords of Scandal Row, #1)
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance

Forced to leave friends, family, and a life of privilege and fun, Rebecca Fortescue’s world changed overnight nearly ten years ago. Now, with the tightening of a noose, it’s changed again, but she needs to make amends for what her father did.

Which means returning, secretly, to the place where he did the most damage.

And to the residence of one Lord Leonard Moncrieff—the only man she’s ever loved.

She’s certain she won’t see him again, though. Nicknamed a Lord of Scandal Row, it’s clear to her, he’s no longer the boy she knew, and never returns home. The last thing she needs it to be distracted by a man deemed one of the most attractive men in London.

Unfortunately for Rebecca, Leo has been practically banished from London under the orders of his mother thanks to a scandal that, for once, had nothing to do with him. Now he has to spend his days playing the country gent and trying to avoid the female of the species.

It will be harder than he expected, given a sudden influx of young ladies to the area. He might be a rogue, but he has no desire to upset his delicate mother and will, albeit begrudgingly, play the dutiful son. He can avoid a few pretty faces, surely?

At least, until he discovers the beautiful Rebecca hiding in the stables. She’s in need of help, and he cannot resist, despite the fact she once shattered his young heart. The pull between them is as strong as ever but anything between them is impossible.

Or is it?

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EXCERPT:

WHY WAS LEO here? Rebecca had followed his pursuits in the newspapers. He never came to Langmere. Ever.

She pushed her back against the wall of the stables. A little brick dust rained down upon her. She wrinkled her nose and held her breath. The lamplight only offered her a hint of his features as he ducked into the building that was shrouded in darkness by the late hour.

He still made her heart skip. Even after all these years. It shouldn’t have surprised her that it did. He always did that to her, and the years had been kind to him, hardening his jaw and filling out his shoulders.

He wore a shirt, slightly untucked and rolled up at the sleeves, revealing muscular forearms dusted with hair. He murmured something to the horse, and her stomach did a tumble. If she closed her eyes, she would be six and ten again, listening to him speak to his horses whilst perched on a milking stool and watching him with such admiration. Their love of animals had brought them together but that had swiftly turned into something else.

Sometimes, she suspected Leonard Moncrieff would be the only man she ever loved.

However, just because he was still kind to animals did not mean he was the same man. It pained her to read every column devoted to him and his dalliances, yet she could not help herself. They had not spoken in nearly ten years and she could not help but want to know every element to his life, even while it stabbed at her heart to read of the rake he had become.

He stilled and turned, the golden light dappling over his face. She sucked in a breath. No wonder women swarmed to him. The attractive young man she had known had grown into the most handsome man she had ever seen.

She clapped a hand over her mouth when his brow furrowed. He lifted the lamp and peered at the shadows. She waited, her heart pounding against her chest so loudly that she feared he would hear it.

Then he shook his head, returned the lamp to the plinth and turned back to the horse, smoothing strong hands down the animal’s flanks.

Rebecca inhaled a shaky breath through her nostrils. And regretted it. Instantly. The brick dust and hay combined made her nose tickle and her eyes water. She pressed a finger under her nose but to no avail. A sneeze burst from her, cracking through the stillness.

She jolted away from the wall with the intention of escaping but too late. Leo descended upon her and grabbed her arm. “Who are you?” he demanded.

She tried to wriggle free of his strong grip, but he grabbed her other arm. When she went to push past him, he shoved back, and she lost her footing and tumbled onto a pile of hay. He fell with her, the sudden tumble dragging him down. The breath left her lungs at the impact of his body atop hers, his strength and height utterly apparent.

“Get off me,” she grunted, struggling against his hold.

“What are you doing here, boy?”

She stilled at the word. He hadn’t recognized her. She supposed the shadows were too dark. And that meant her disguise had worked. With any luck, she could make her excuses, leave, and he would be none the wiser of her presence here.

“Just seeking shelter,” she murmured, keeping her voice low.

He kept her pinned, fingers curled around both wrists. The awareness of his hard body atop hers sizzled through her despite herself. She squirmed once more and he cocked his head, releasing her arms suddenly. “You’re no boy.”


Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling author Samantha Holt lives in a small village in England with her twin girls and a dachshund called Duke. If you’re not sure where to start why not try…

Amelia and the Viscount (Bluestocking Brides #1) for a fun, slightly hot shorter length read. Meet the Chadwick sisters and follow their adventures in each of their standalone stories.

You’re the Rogue That I Want (Rogues of Redmere #1) is a longer read with heat, witty dialogue, a feisty heroine and adventure. All books in the series are standalone.

Sinful Confessions is the first in the Cynfell Brothers Series. These are all novella length and standalone–ideal for a quick dip into the world of the sexy Cynfell brothers.

Wake Me With a Kiss is a sweet, fairytale romance. Twists on Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella are also available if you love a clean, fun read.

To Steal a Highlander’s Heart is a full length dive into the world of sexy highlanders. For those who love braw Scots, some steamy scenes, and medieval romance, this series is a perfect escape.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: November 13th

Happy Friday book friends! It’s that time of the week for Let Talk Bookish and we will be discussing taking breaks from reading. The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme is a weekly meme that is created and hosted by Rukky@EternityBooks and Dani@Literary Lion. Today’s theme was suggested by Lydia @ Lydia Scoch.

Do you ever take breaks from reading? Yes but it usually comes because I am in a book slump. Book slumps usually happen for me if I force myself to finish a book I am not enjoying at all or if I read too many books in a similar genre and I get bored with my reading.

What causes you to take a reading break and how long are they typically? Book slumps and they can last a day or two till a couple of weeks. They usually do not last longer than a month.

When would you recommend reading breaks to others? I think everyone is different and it is up to that individual if they want to take a break from reading.

Do you think reading breaks help you to read more in the long run? I don’t think they help me read more but they usually come at a time when I need a shake up of the content that I am consuming. I usually rotate between romance, scifi/fantasy and thrillers and my breaks usually come with a change.

Do you take breaks from reading?

Book Blitz: Faerest by Brianna Bennett

Faerest
Brianna Bennett
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Retelling

Mystery has surrounded Sydney White for as long as she can remember. Her mother’s death puzzled even the hardiest of investigators, but eventually, they just stopped trying. So, when Syd is presented with the opportunity to finish a degree in faery anthropology that her mother began over twenty years ago, she leaps at the chance to learn the truth. However, truth is often stranger than fiction, especially when the lines between faery and human are eroding each day. Syd will have to navigate unthinkable deals, a prince in peril she swore she would never speak to again, and an organization only known as Coventry.

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EXCERPT:

Strangely, she could still feel the careful caress of his skin on hers, which of course transitioned into other memories about their final night together. ‘No, we’re not going there.’ she told herself firmly, shaking her head as if that would knock the memories from her brain.

Once she fully came back to the present, she found that Sal had already chosen a track and the timekeeper was counting down. ‘Focus, Syd. Dinner is on the line.’ she told herself, the controller’s smooth plastic familiar and comforting.

Princess Peach, Syd’s favorite character, took off when she accelerated, cruising to the front of the pack efficiently.

She made use of all of the boosters, and she was lapping everyone else within minutes. ‘It feels good to get behind the wheel again, so to speak.’ She thought, and soon enough she found herself embracing the thrill of competition.

While Sal and Syd faced off, Jamie sat between them. Each time someone got ahead of Syd on the track, the lights would strobe ever so slightly, but as soon as she reclaimed first place, they stopped.

He glanced over at Sal and caught Sal looking at him out of the corner of his eye. Jamie’s mouth went dry, and he forced himself to focus on the game. Three rounds later, Syd shot up and cheered for her win.

“YES!” She looked down her nose haughtily at Sal. Jamie watched the scripted awards ceremony unfold, Princess Peach on the top tier, Bowser in second, and one of the computer-controlled racers in third.

“Looks like you’re buying dinner!” she crowed triumphantly.

“I can’t believe I just lost to a princess,” Sal said after a beat, and Syd smirked victoriously.

“There’s your first lesson in Mario Kart and in life: Never underestimate the princess.”

Author Bio:

Fanfiction was where it all began. It gave me the opportunity to stretch my creative muscles and work out crucial lessons in the craft. I spent several years writing for free, which helped me understand the realities of the writing world early on.

Once I got to college, I did the one thing that most advisors tell you not to do: I majored in what I was passionate about, not what would be most practical. ​

After graduating from college with a degree in Professional Writing, I took a year off and then enrolled in a double Master’s program. In the 3 years that followed, I dedicated myself to learning as much as I could about all areas of writing and publishing.

Nowadays, I’m a medical receptionist, soon-to-be self-published author, Medium blogger, writing coach, and podcast host. I live and work in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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October Readathons Wrap UP

Hello friends! I am finally getting around to my round up for the read-a-thons that I participated in during the month of October. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped but thats ok I don’t like forcing myself to read books if they are not working because that always puts me in a slump. I also used the books I read for all 3.

The Readathons

The first one I am doing is the #fallaboutthrillers readathon hosted by @traveling.the.pages.

  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James I used for the sci-fi prompt.
  • Naked in Death by J.D. Robb I used for Romantic Thriller and a Police Procedural.
  • Home Before Dark by Roley Sager I used for Family Drama and Riley Sager.
  • His and Hers by Alice Feeney for a Psych Thriller but forgot to check it off on my graphic.
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia I used for Religious Thriller which again I forgot to check off and Own Voices. (I also just realized this gave me a bingo!!)

The next one I am doing is the  #thrillathonreadathon hosted by   @reading_mom.me @alysiareads@biblio.jojo @thebookishalix@jessicasbookjourney

  • Sun Down Motel for a book with a ghost.
  • His and Hers for a book with a murder.
  • Home Before Dark for a book with a surprise ending.
  • Simone St. James, J.D. Robb, Riley Sager, Silvia Moreno-Gracia and Alice Feeney were all new to me authors.
  • Naked in Death for a book in a series and with a serial killer.

And finally the Paranormal Readathon hosted by @lin.ryals

  • Sun Down Motel for Red on the cover and an audio book.
  • I read a bunch of Shelly Laurenston books that all have shape shifters.
  • Immortal Angel by Lynsay Sands for a book with Vampires, Human loves paranormal, monster as a hero and monster hero.
  • Mexican Gothic for a historical book.
  • Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston for a book that is not a black cover.
  • Home Before Dark for a book with ghosts.

Update on my TBR

  • Immortal Angel by Lynsay Sands – 3 Stars
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 Stars
  • Horrid by Katrina Leno – DNF for now, it was way too intense for me and if I didn’t put it down I was going to get into a reading slump.
  • Bitterfalls by Rachel Caine – Didn’t get too.

I read 2 of the 4 so not too bad.

Updates for Buddy Reads

  • The Girl From Widow Hill by Megan Miranda – Did not get too, not enough time
  • The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – Started it but decided it was not the right type of book for me.
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isobel Sterling – Couldn’t get into
  • In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – Ran out of time to read
  • His and Hers by Alice Fenney3 Stars
  • Truley Devious by Maureen Johnson – Couldn’t get into
  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James5 Stars
  • The Last Charm by Ella Allbright – Decided not to read because of a plot point I do not like to read
  • Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler – 4 Stars
  • The Roommate by Rosie Danan 3 Stars

I read 4 out of my 10 buddy reads, not great but thats ok.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: Worth the Wait by Charity West

Worth the Wait
Charity West
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance

Gemma Rhodes has her entire life ahead of her. At eighteen, she should be at college, living life to the fullest. Except she doesn’t have her life even the slightest bit figured out. Instead, she’s taken the year off to learn who she is and what she wants – aside from the unattainable Jake Bennet. Her brother’s best friend, her knight in shining armor, and a man who thinks of her as a little sister. She knows she should move on, but how can she when no one could ever compare to Jake?

Jake Bennet might be half a world away in the middle of a war, but the Marine only has one thing on his mind – Gemma. The one woman he can never have. There were some rules a guy just didn’t break, and dating his best friend’s sister was one of them. Riley would break him if he caught Jake looking at Gemma like the lovesick fool he was. When he’s injured and sent home, he knows he should stay away, but sometimes temptation is just too much for a mere mortal to handle.

There’s only one thing Jake needs to know… Can Gemma love a broken Marine? Because she’s had his heart for years, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that some things are worth the wait.

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EXCERPT:

Jake Bennet reclined on his bunk, his booted feet crossed at the ankles, one hand behind his head. The picture on his phone wasn’t new by any means, but it was no less enthralling. He’d had a thing for Gemma Rhodes for as long as he’d remembered, not that he’d ever admitted it to anyone other than his mother. If his best friend, Riley, knew that Jake was crushing on Riley’s younger sister, there would be hell to pay. Although, after he’d offered to pay for half her car two years ago, he’d wondered if his friend might have an idea. It had cleaned out his savings account at the time, but it had been worth it.

He smiled a little as he stared at the picture and wished he could be there with her now. Even though she was still in high school, after everything he’d been through, nothing would keep him from her side. Her smile was bright enough to light up any room, and her eyes were bewitching. He’d wanted to ask her to his senior prom, but then the school had passed a rule that only seniors could attend. Jake had fought the ruling, but in the end, he’d lost and had to take a fellow classmate.

The way Gemma had chased after her brother and him had always been cute, even if her brother had never thought so. But sometime around Gemma’s fifteenth birthday, Jake had realized that she was growing into a rather stunning young lady, one that he wouldn’t mind dating. As he’d watched Riley chase off all of Gemma’s would-be boyfriends, he’d known that he didn’t stand a chance, not until he’d proven himself worthy. When Riley had talked about joining the Marines, Jake had thought he’d finally found a way to prove he wasn’t a screw-up, but someone who Gemma could depend on when things got tough. Not a boy chasing after dreams, but a man who could provide for her and offer her a real future.

And now he was stuck in Afghanistan, fighting for…hell, he wasn’t even sure what they were fighting for, and he doubted any of his fellow Marines knew either. It was hotter than the lowest level of hell, and every time he inhaled, he swore he breathed in more sand than air. He’d joined the Marines with thoughts of being a hero and defending his country, and now he realized that in this war, there was no such thing as a hero. Every man here followed orders the same as everyone else. Some had medals from previous battles and acts of bravery, but if you asked those men if they were heroes, every last one would tell you no.

His phone vibrated then flickered out, and he cursed the low battery. Shoving to his feet, he decided to check his email and see if there was any news from home, but on his way, he passed Riley.

His best friend looked deathly pale, and like he might puke at any moment. Unease settled in Jake’s belly. He didn’t know what had caused Riley such pain, but he knew it wasn’t good, and since Riley only had two living relatives, something had to have happened to either his dad or his sister. Just the thought of anything bad happening to Gemma was enough to make him feel a little green himself.

“What’s up, Riley? Bad news from home?” Jake asked.

“It’s Gemma. Dad said she went to the store the other night, and someone crashed into her car. She went down the embankment and into the gorge off Brierview Road.” Riley lifted his gaze. “It’s bad, man. Dad sent the email yesterday and said Gemma hadn’t woken yet. She has a broken wrist and stitches in her head where she bashed it against the window and steering wheel. They aren’t sure when she’ll regain consciousness.”

Jake had to lock his knees to remain upright. There was a roaring in his ears and tightness in his chest.

“I want to ask for leave to go home and be with her, but Dad told me my duty was first to our country, and I had a job to finish. He’s right. I know he’s right, but it tears me apart thinking of her lying there hurt, and I’m way the fuck over here unable to do a damn thing.” Riley shook his head. “This is seriously fucked up.”

Jake couldn’t argue the point since he felt the same. The worst part was that he didn’t even have a right to ask for leave to check on Gemma. They weren’t dating, or engaged. If they were older and married, he’d take off in a heartbeat to be with her, but he knew that was just a dream for many years down the road. If Riley wasn’t going to let him date Gemma, big brother sure as hell wasn’t going to let him marry her. Hell, he was only nineteen and shouldn’t even be thinking such thoughts, but when he saw Gemma, he saw forever.

He just hoped he’d get the chance to tell her that someday.

Author Bio:

Charity West is a young adult/new adult romance author who has always had her head in the clouds. She had her first crush when she was four, and it lasted for six years. Then she quickly fell head over heels for another boy, until she had to move away and leave him behind. Jumping from one boy to another, she finally found a keeper when she was twenty, and she’s been married to him ever since.

By the time Charity was twelve, she was sneaking her mother’s Harlequin romances and reading them in secret when she was supposed to be asleep. Teased throughout middle school and high school for the bodice ripper covers on the books she openly read in class, she knew that one day she wanted to write her own happily-ever-afters.

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October Book Haul

Hello again friends, I am back with another haul! These are all the books I got in October which is my birthday month so I got more “new” books then I normally do because I kept treating myself!

  • Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade – bought for myself and already read.
  • Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – Bought for myselfAmerican Royals by Katherine McGee – picked up at Good Will but forgot to add it to one of my thrift hauls.
  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane – bought for myself
  • Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler – bought a physical copy so it matched The Tourist Trap on my shelf. Read and review is up.
  • Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne – Bought for myself
  • 12 Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss – Bought for myself for an upcoming buddy read.
  • Historic Haunts of Denver by Kevin Pharris – Birthday Gift
  • Daughter of the Forrest by Juliet Marillier – Gift, my favorite series is getting new covers!
  • Son of Shadows by Juliet Marillier – Gift this is number two in the series.
  • A Deadlly Education by Naomi Novik – received in an Owlcrate box.
  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher – received in my Unplugged Book Box for October, didn’t get to it this October so I may save it for next year.
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deon – Received in an Owlcrate.
  • Murder Goes To Market by Daisy Bateman – Received in an Unplugged Book Box

Have you read any of these books? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Reading Round Up: October 21st-31st

Hello Friends! I am pretty late getting my last round up posted. I seem to have lost some of my mojo for writing reviews and have been struggling with what to say in them. Here are the last 7 books I read in October.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb – 4 Stars I picked up her first book Naked in Death last month after it had been sitting on my shelves forever and really enjoyed it! I was pleasantly surprised that it took place in the future! I always love a good cop procedural and throw in a romance and I am sold.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 Stars This was one of my favorite thrillers I have read so far this year, I loved her world building and the way she wrote. I know her older books are different genres but I am excited to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. I love when books teach me knew things in history and I want to start researching them right away and Silvia’s writing made me want to know more about a time and place in history that I was unfamiliar with.

In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston – 4 Stars Book 2 and this one deals with Stevie who is a Honey badger and Tiger mix and suffers from anxiety. Also the main guy in this is a Panda shifter!! The Honey Badger Chronicles is my absolute favorite series from Shelly Laurenston.

Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston – 5 Stars This is the third book and we finally get Max’s story, she is my favorite of the three sisters. I talk about these books a lot so Im pretty sure most of you know my thoughts.

Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler – 4 Stars This is the follow up to The Tourist Trap which I read earlier this year and absolutely adored, so I was pretty excited to read this and return to Moose Springs, Alaska. We have Lana who works for a company that recently bought a lot of the businesses in town and is trying to find a way to help them out but the town wants nothing to do with her. We are also following Rick who owns a small bar and is one of the businesses in need of help. Overall I really enjoyed this one, I loved seeing a softer side of Lana who wasn’t my favorite character in the first one. Lana really loves the town and just wanted everyone to be successful there. I wasn’t a huge fan of the santa moose plot line that seemed to take up a lot of this book, the ending for this was a bit of a let down for me. I still really love the writing and the town and the characters and can not wait to read the third book in the series! Thank you to netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for my complimentary copy for my honest review.

Justified by Jay Crownover – 4 Stars I have had this book sitting on my kindle forever but just never felt the need to pick it up read it, I’m not sure why as I loved a lot of her earlier contemporaries. I decided to go ahead and pick it because I saw a bunch of my friends on instagram reviewing the newest book in the series. I’m glad I finally got around to it as I really enjoyed it and the town that the series takes place in. I love a good enemies to lovers and throw in cop and I am here for it!! Can’t wait to read the next book.

Little Lies by H. Hunting – 4 Stars – Review to come later.

Book Blitz: Secrets by Jessica Frances

Secrets
Jessica Frances
(In Midsummer, #4)
Publication date: November 6th 2020
Genres: Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance, Suspense

One storm. One Santa Claus. One stalker. One secret. One surprise. One question. One answer.

Christmas is meant to be a jolly time of year, right? So, why is everyone acting like the plague is around the corner? Every year, I’m always the grumpy guy. Yet, this year, I might as well be sunshine personified.
Conner is definitely hiding something from me, River is unusually moody, and the townspeople have clearly lost their minds. Unfortunately, I can’t arrest everyone in my life and demand they explain themselves … can I?
Since my relationship with Conner is becoming more vital to me than ever, I need to find out what has everyone acting so strange. This Christmas will be the first for Conner and me together. I need to make it special. That means I have to ensure nothing can come between us. Not a Hollywood hunk, not a creepy stalker, and definitely not a snowstorm.
So, will we make it through our first Christmas together? Or will this end up being the worst day of the year?

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EXCERPT:

I pull up to the unmanned front gate and park, since the boom gate won’t open without power. Then I exit my vehicle, check to make sure my weapon is secure at my side, and make my way toward the front entrance.

“This is Sheriff Green! Anyone here?” I shout, receiving no response.

I tread carefully, not wanting a broken ankle on this icy ground, and head to the front door. I try the handle and find it’s locked. Then I move to the first window and take a peek inside, but it’s too dark to see anyone. I consider radioing Abby, but I don’t want to distract her or give her presence away in case she’s still in pursuit.

When I then round the building, I see what looks like blood spilled along the icy ground.

“What the …?” I crouch down to it. It’s either real blood or fake from a movie set. Then again, they’re not filming here right now; Prince confirmed that.

I get back to my feet and keep alert as I continue to move around the house, trying windows and doors as I come across them. Everything is locked up, and nothing looks disturbed. But where is everyone? Where are the guards? Where are my deputies?

I freeze as I make out sounds close by. I then continue moving and find they’re growing louder. I can’t hear the words being said, but the panic is obvious.

I draw my weapon, unsure what I’ll find as I move around to the back part of the building and take a quick peek around the corner.

Author Bio:

Jessica lives in Adelaide, South Australia. When she is not writing, you can find her reading, napping or watching excessive amounts of TV. Connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.

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