“Hearthstone Alpha (The Ùlfrinn Series, Book 1)” by A.C. Melody #Review


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5/5 Stars!

Paranormal Romance at its BEST!

Reyna Daniels returns unannounced to her home in Minnesota. Having left almost eight years ago with only brief visits since, the event planner allows her family to believe she’s only in town long enough to help her boss coordinate a major social event.

But Reyna Daniels has a secret she’s not ready to divulge. However, she begins to realize there’s more going on with her brother, Madison ‘Maddy’ Daniels, and his ‘work crew’ than meets the eye and knows she’s not the only one with secrets.

From the beginning when a ‘trespasser’ is spotted on the property, Reyna’s nerves are on edge. Or is it because of six and a half feet of mighty, mouth watering manliness? To be fair, the whole ‘work crew’ is obscenely handsome, worthy of any magazine cover. But, it’s when Corbyn Bruschard is near, Reyna can’t think, can barely speak, and is always on the defensive.

And she’s at a total loss as to why.

Corbyn knows why… because he is Ùlfrinn and Reyna is his mate. He scents her the second he enters Maddy’s house.

Unlike the usual paranormal romance, the challenge isn’t so much convincing Reyna she is Corbyn’s mate… but making her accept her own Ùlfrinn heritage.

Not an easy feat when Reyna and Maddy’s parents convinced them long ago that hiding who they are kept them safe from the devastation of the past and those who lurk in the shadows of the present. Reyna buried her heritage deep and lived as a human. Can she change? Does she want to?

And that’s just the first 15% of the story!

Tightly written and deftly paced, author A.C. Melody straps us into a rollercoaster and holds us hostage, but it’s such a fun ride with no lag time.

Reyna Daniels is an independent woman. She left Pine Grove for college in Chicago, determined to live in peace on her own. Me thinks she might have been a bit hasty seeing as how her parents left town right behind her, RVing around the country. Still, I like Reyna. She’s practical and logical. She has a strong spirit, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Corbyn Bruschard is 100% Alpha, make no mistake. But he’s not the harsh, iron-fisted Alpha–although I wouldn’t be the one to push his buttons—he’s the type who leads by example and compassion. He’s the type who thinks nothing of playing superhero with a three-year-old. He’s also the type who will rain devastation down on you if you mess with his pack… or his mate.

I like these two together, their chemistry has depth. When they let their guards down, it’s pure joy and romance. When they banter, it’s hilarious… okay, at least to me. The intimate scenes between them are graphic, but not gratuitous. The accompanying dialogue allows you inside their thoughts… and hearts.

I was not happy with Reyna Daniels for about five minutes. Her inner thoughts of ‘what if?’ and ‘probably not’ were becoming exhausting [to me]. She compares the burgeoning relationship with Corbyn to her past relationships—all three of them—attempting to predict the outcome of what she and Corbyn have. Reyna knows what she wants but is afraid the past will repeat itself.

But it can’t. Because she has never been as open (or open at all) with any man the way she has with Corbyn. Not knowing about Reyna’s prior relationships, I MUST give her the benefit of the doubt not only because I’ve trusted her this far, but because we all ‘are the sum of our experiences.’ Reyna’s thoughts didn’t take her out of character… just stalled her, not allowing her to move forward. When Reyna mentally smacked herself in the head and was honest with herself, we were once again BFFs.

Speaking of BFFs, this story has an amazing ensemble cast of memorable characters, but none more so than Serena Daniels, Reyna’s childhood best friend and sister-in-law. Regardless of the situation, Serena, petite though she may be, is large and in charge. Serena has no problem keeping a salacious bunch of male models, er, I mean pack members in line, mothering a three-year-old, having Reyna’s back, and being there for Maddy, the love of her life.

All of this is delivered on a tapestry of detailed Norse Mythology (NOT the Marvel Comics kind) that keeps you anchored in your seat and reading.

Wolf shifters, evil interlopers, secret government agencies, mythological beings, a Lamborghini and a Draumurhalda. Get ready for this read and 1-click!

Enjoy!

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“Tempting the Marquess (The London Lords Book 3)” by Nicola Davidson #NewRelease


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“Tempting the Marquess (The London Lords Book 3)

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Military

Release Date: July 20, 2017

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After his parents were brutally murdered, William Hastings, Marquess of Standish dedicated his life to duty, king, and country. For ten years he has been immersed in the shadowy world of British government intrigues, until the day they ask the impossible—interrogate the innocent and lushly sensual daughter of a suspected traitor under the guise of courtship.

Lady Samantha Buchanan’s secrets could destroy her reputation, but she has returned to London for a Season long denied. Swept up in the intoxicating whirl of the ton—and a scorching reintroduction to her dashing childhood companion Lord Standish—it appears happiness is finally within reach. But where truth and deception intertwine, and deadly enemies circle, can love ever hope for victory?


Nicola Davidson

NICOLA DAVIDSON worked for many years in communications and marketing, as well as television and print journalism, but hasn’t looked back since she decided writing wickedly sexy historical romance was infinitely more fun. When not chained to a computer she can be found ambling along one of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches, cheering on the champion All Blacks rugby team, history geeking on the internet, or daydreaming. If this includes chocolate—even better!

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Throwback Thursday: Baby Boomer Edition!

Okay, Gen X-ers, Gen Y-ers, and Millennials – talk quietly amongst yourselves while Baby Boomers get in the WayBack Machine for a Throwback Thursday stroll down Memory Lane!


 

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“Within Six Months” by Cleo Scornavacca #CoverReveal

Title: Within Six Months (A Wild Roses Novel)
Author: Cleo Scornavacca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: TBC
Cover Designer: Stephanie Hobbs at Steph’s Cover Design
Photographer: Michael Reh at Michael Reh Photography
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Time…escaping his past, struggling with the present, looking towards his future.
Time… a gift, precious, fleeting, ever-changing, moving quickly…too quickly, especially for a man searching for the woman of his dreams.
That’s exactly how photographer Tommy Conte decided he would begin his new life. He left everything he knew behind in search of something special…someone special. His plan was clear. He would move to the beach, renovate an old shore house and find the woman that he would ultimately marry…all within six months.
Was he delusional? Perhaps…yet after everything that had gone on in his life the last few years, he had to take that chance.
Then… as luck would have it, he met Jade Stanton, his new neighbor. Tommy was immediately drawn to her. He wanted and needed to know more.
Perfect right? Wrong…
There was one small problem. Jade wasn’t looking for a long-term relationship like Tommy was. She was done…over it. She swore off anything serious with any man that came her way…until she was backed into a corner and Tommy came to her rescue.
He pretended to be her boyfriend…for just one evening.
It was simple, no strings attached. It was only one night, or so she thought.
Due to circumstances beyond her control, Jade needed Tommy to play his part for a little while longer. She didn’t think it would be a problem. Tommy was fine with it and they both knew it was all just an act. Yet, Jade came to realize the more she pretended, the more she couldn’t deny that she was falling for him. Although she didn’t want Tommy to find out, Tommy knew better; he felt it too.
Tommy realized that the girl he had dreamed of was right there in front of him; and the life he wanted to share with her was finally within his grasp. He decided he couldn’t let her slip away. He wouldn’t leave it up to fate. He had to try, but Tommy also knew it wouldn’t be easy. Actually, it would be the hardest thing he ever had to do…prove to Jade that she could trust him enough to love him, as much as he loved her.

 

 

 

 

In 2012, Cleo began writing Miss Taken, her debut novel and book one in the Miss Taken Identity Series. Identity, book two, was published in 2014 and The Ties That Bind followed in 2016, which completed the series. Cleo is currently working on several other titles that include Within Six Months, one of four standalones in her new Wild Roses Series, featuring the secondary characters from Miss Taken Identity and also new set of stories that will combined adult romance with a haunting twist, yet to be titled.
Cleo was honored to be a part of This Beautiful Escape, Volume One, featuring a personal short story; Small Gestures. All of the proceeds to This Beautiful Escape go to the fund for Ataxia Awareness. She’s the Senior Columnist at Lust Bites Magazine, combining her work as a writer with her career as Make-up, Aesthetician and Nutritionist. Cleo is a proud member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW) organizations.
When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, friends and her Dobie, Brayden. Cleo enjoys reading all types romance, books on Italy, listening to 80’s metal bands, watching movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age and of course, squishing her feet in the sand down at the Jersey Shore every chances she gets.

 

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How to Use Google Forms in Your Writing

My love/hate relationship with Google forms is over! 😉 Bookmark this! 😉

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There are lots of free survey and polling sites (two popular options are PollDaddy and Survey Monkey), but often they limit the number of surveys you can create or how many questions you can include without ‘leveling up’ to a premium version. Among the writers I know who are always looking for ways to save their limited pennies, Google Forms is a run-away favorite. I use it  for my book launches and anything else that requires data collection. It is intuitive, flexible, professional, can be adapted to specific colors and images, and can be shared as a link or an embed. And there are many options that personalize the form.

Using available templates, a customized form can be completed in under five minutes. Responses are collected to a Google Spreadsheet (which is part of the same free Google Drive that includes Google Forms) that can be private or shared…

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“Amazon Echo Dot: Advanced Amazon Echo User Guide” by Paul Weber

This is #FREE but ends today! Even if you’re only still ‘thinking’ about purchasing the unit(s), grab this! (No more walk-throughs for me – YAAY!)


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Amazon Echo Dot: Advanced Amazon Echo User Guide to Help You Use Amazon Echo Dot in 2017     & Enrich Your Smart Home 

Genre: Electronics/Peripherals

Release Date: June 29, 2017

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Discover How to Convert This Little Hockey Puck Into Your Personal Assistant and Add More Convenience to Your Life!

The Amazon Echo Dot book it is a step-by-step guide that covers advanced uses of echo dot. You will learn how to setup Amazon Echo Dot and connect all your smart devices and applications of your house with echo effortlessly.

Going through this book, you will be able to

  • Fully understand IFTTT recipes to link your devices with echo dot. You will learn how to make your life easy with the use of all these recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and will help you in creating your own recipe
  • Get to know how to group your devices and understand the method to solve numerous problems
  • Clearly understand all advanced hacks known to expert echo dot users and Increase efficiency of Amazon Echo Dot
  • And most of all, you will save hours running errands and you will control your home and work life from a simple voice command “Alexa, ……….”

Get this book to know how to use echo dot efficiently, save your time and add more convenience to your Life!


Paul Weber is a software developer and technical geek with a strong passion for Amazon smart gadgets. Paul is a graduate of the MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science faculty. He is currently working as a software developer and It-writer. His biggest passion is to explain the reader’s hard technical things in an easy way to help people figure out in the modern digital world.

How Writers Should Handle Bad Reviews

Remember to smile! 😉

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Don’t tweet that the reviewer is an absolute moron who deserves exile to Chechnya or at least a lifetime of bad sex and lukewarm meals. It’ll only make you seem nutty, and most people won’t know about the review until you tell them anyway.

Don’t make snarky, veiled remarks about this reviewer when you’re interviewed, because sulking and bitterness will just end up making you come off as a crank who should get a life or see a shrink.

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