Monday, September 20, 2021

Welcome to January Bain

 Hunt (Sin City Wolf #2)

by January Bain




GENRE:   paranormal romance, billionaire werewolf






To be chosen is everything.
Billionaires. Scholars. Relic hunters.
Alessandro and Maximus Luceres are a united force and dangerous wolves to cross. Members of the powerful House of Luceres, they have spent their lifetimes searching the world over for the Lupus Sanguis Chalice, the fabled wolf blood chalice reputed to save the life of a human bitten by a werewolf during the first full moon.

But never in all their travels did the twins expect to find their possible Forever Mate, much less discover the beautiful Trinity Wells to be in league with their sworn enemies, the nefarious House of Ribelle, who are seeking the precious chalice by any means necessary and want Trinity to mate with one of their own.

Shockingly, Trinity is bitten by a Nomad wolf, starting the clock ticking down to her possibly fatal transformation and making the discovery of the chalice all that more vital.

Will Trinity survive the change…and unite the pair of brothers rivaling to be her Forever Mates?





Three weeks later Alessandro Luceres crept up the steep stone steps of Rocco Maggiore Castle, listening intently. The ancient fortress was built on a rocky promontory, the tower jutting out over the valley below. The image of a great battle filled his mind. It had been between a priest and a suspected werewolf, and the man of God had struck down the beast with a silver crucifix, killing him on the spot. It was a legend not even the townspeople knew of as the priest had also died soon after of his injuries, never to regain consciousness. Their spirits lingered still, linked by mortal combat. He crossed himself, offering a whispered prayer of release in Italian, “Possa la vostra anima trovare rifugio e guarigione in Cielo.”


“I doubt their souls will ever find refuge and healing in heaven, brother,” Maximus said. His twin spared him a backward glance as he climbed the steps two at a time. With their mind connection, he’d caught a glimpse of what Maximus had planned for after the job, which explained his hurried actions. He had his sights focused on a certain female.


“If we find it, there will be more than enough healing to go around,” Alessandro mused. No drawing existed of the Lupus Sanguis Chalice they were hunting. With it made from the bone and blood of the original wolf, its legendary status had kept a handful of treasure hunters fascinated for centuries, the quest handed down from father to son. Could it really do what it was purported to do? Ease the transformation of human to wolf? If so, the House of Luceres stood on the threshold of a brand-new era, unlike any that had come before. Finally, their numbers could grow, giving them increased strength in the modern world…if care was taken in the process.


“Where’s the faith, brother? It could very well be here. The chalice has to be somewhere, right?”


Maximus had always had an excess of confidence. Some might call it hubris. Perhaps his legendary skills at anything he pursued was reason enough. “We can’t be certain. Maybe it was never meant to be found. It will change things—maybe too much. If it ever fell into the wrong hands, think of what might happen?”


Alessandro shivered, imagining a vast horde of werewolves being created and taking over the world. As it stood now, few humans survived a werewolf bite. The majority of the Luceres numbers were from an ancient bloodline from the founding of Rome, and they were blessed with the DNA of the original wolf, guaranteeing a smooth change. They still found one of their original number on occasion, like his alpha and brother’s Forever Mate, Everly Affini. But it happened so rarely now that too many males were without their mate. And moon sickness lurked for those unable to forge a permanent bond.


“Shush, I hear something.”


A slight furtive scratching echoed in the vaulted staircase. Maximus pointed ahead. In the tower. Human. A faint hint of wolf gave him pause. What was this?




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January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and fast-paced thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create a series that features strong women who don’t take life too seriously, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks.


If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with two furry babies trying to prove who does a better job of guarding the doorway. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Review of If the Light Escapes

 If The Light Escapes. 

by Brenda Marie Smith 




GENRE: Sci-fi (post-apocalyptic)






A standalone sequel to IF DARKNESS TAKES US


A solar electromagnetic pulse fried the U.S. grid fourteen months ago. Everything’s gone: power, cars, running water, communications, all governing control and help—gone. Now northern lights have started in Texas—3,000 miles farther south than where they belong. The universe won’t stop screwing with eighteen-year-old Keno Simms.


All that’s left for Keno, his family and neighbors is farming their Austin subdivision, trying to eke out a living on poor soil in the scorching heat. Keno’s still reeling from the the death of his pregnant sister. His beloved Nana is ill, Grandpa’s always brandishing weapons, and water is far too scarce. Desperate thieves are hemming them in, yet he can’t convince his uncle and other adults to take action against the threat.


Keno’s one solace is his love for Alma, who has her own secret sorrows. When he gets her pregnant, he vows to keep her alive no matter what. Yet armed marauders and nature itself collude against him at every turn, forcing him to make choices that rip at his conscience. If he can’t protect Alma and their unborn child, it will be the end of Keno’s world.


IF THE LIGHT ESCAPES is post-apocalyptic science fiction set in a near-future reality, a coming-of-age story told in the voice of a heroic teen who’s forced into manhood too soon.








“These northern lights bug the crap out of me,” I tell Alma. “What are they doing here? They’re supposed to be tied to magnetic poles. I saw this show a couple years ago that said the north pole was drifting north, not south. So how did they end up here? The poles can’t drift around randomly. That’s impossible.”


“I don’t know, baby. They worry me, too, but we need to be quiet.”


“They make me feel like something bad is gonna happen. What do you call that? Fore-something.”




“That’s it. I’ll be quiet, now, and just stew in my foreboding.”


“Silly.” Alma reaches up and ruffles my hair.


When we patrol and we can’t cuddle on account of guns, Alma and I could talk all night. It’s not a good idea for us to talk much when we’re patrolling, though. We get all involved and forget to listen for anyone who might be sneaking around, hunting for food or water, or worse: getting ready to kill us for it.


We walk along with our rifles in the night. It’s cool out here, but not cold…


Alma stops and raises her gun.


“Hear that?” she whispers.


“No, what?” I’ve got my gun up, too, and I’m pivoting around, searching. I want to hide Alma, but she would never let me. 


“Over there.” She points at the corner by the park. And I hear a jangly noise, like car keys. No one drives cars now, though…



Review: I was given a complimentary copy of this in exchange for an honest review.


This apocalyptic sci-fi thriller will have you thinking and stir up your emotions. Keno and Alma are a young couple trying to survive with their family and friends in a broken world. Luxuries and common necessaries are long gone. But that is not the only problem; danger lurks everywhere. There are people who want to kill them for their food and supplies.


This kind of situation brings out the best and worst in people. A question that comes up often is, “What would you do to survive?” These characters have to face serious moral choices as they dig up their courage and do what they have to.  Kids must grow up quickly. This adds complexity to the characterization in this book. 


Themes of love, family, friendship, survival, and morality underlie this exciting story. The setting is realistic as is the situation. It comes across as disturbing because it seems so plausible. There is lots of action to keep the pace moving. If you enjoy apocalyptic stories, this is a good one to check out. 


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Brenda Marie Smith lived off the grid for many years in a farming collective where her sons were delivered by midwives. She’s been a community activist, managed student housing co-ops, produced concerts to raise money for causes, done massive quantities of bookkeeping, and raised a small herd of teenage boys.


Brenda is attracted to stories where everyday characters transcend their own limitations to find their inner heroism. She and her husband reside in a grid-connected, solar-powered home in South Austin, Texas. They have more grown kids and grandkids than they can count.


Her first novel, Something Radiates, is a paranormal romantic thriller; If Darkness Takes Us and its sequel, If the Light Escapes, are post-apocalyptic science fiction.



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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Welcome Gloria J. Goldsmith


by Gloria J. Goldsmith




GENRE:  Contemporary Romance






I was DONE! I ditched graduation, dumped my repressed college boyfriend, and dropped my sexual insecurities for a wild ride with Destiny. Unpredictable Fate beckoned with a European adventure!


In a chance encounter, I met Jean Louis. From the instant we met, the dashing young Frenchman soothed my bruised heart, rejuvenated my spirit, and convinced me that leaving my old life was no mistake. Together, we set out to explore southern France.


Jean Louis was torn from my life almost as quickly as he had entered it, yet leaving the haunting memory of his caress permeating my every thought. Driven by love and passion, I journeyed to find my lover, even if it meant scouring all the hidden corners of France. 


Would I ever reunite with the man I believe to be my one true soulmate? Would I ever hear him say he feels the same for me as I do him? What twist of Fate will it take for me to find him?





They said he was “very mean.” He threw people off the bus all the time. Some tried to speak what they could in English, to tell me this bus driver was evil. He would call the police!


I smiled and said with American confidence, “Pas d’aujourd’hui.” Not today.


The bus driver came back and again threatened to call the cops.


I said, “Ahh, M. chauffeur de bus, le flic, il viendra ici, il me dit, ‘Avez-vous un billet?’”


Ahh. Mr. Bus Driver, the cop, he’ll come here, he’ll say to me, ‘Do you have a ticket?’ I pretended to talk to an imaginary cop standing beside the bus driver.


“Et moi, moi je dis… And me, me I say…” I used my theater training to perfection. I put a finger in my cheek to make a pretend dimple and spoke in a honeyed, childlike voice in French.


“Oh, Monsieur Flic, bien sûr, j'ai un billet, avec la date et l’heure d’aujourd’hui, les mêmes que toutes les autres ici.”  Oh. Mr. Cop of course, I have a ticket, with today’s date and hour, the same as all the others here. I leaned forward, acting as if I were whispering to the pretend cop. “Il est un peu malade, tsk, tsk.” He is a little sick, tsk, tsk. I twirled my index finger in a small circle, signaling the French gesture of “mental.”


All the bus riders burst out laughing at my sugar-coated, sweet face and voice to the imaginary cop. The red-faced bus driver threw his hands up and went to his seat. His arms across his chest, he stuck out his bottom lip in a Gallic pout and refused to move the bus for nearly ten minutes before finally giving up and moving off.


As each of the riders got off the exit by me, they patted my arm, smiled, and said things like, “Oh, you Americans, you are so amusing. Very good, very good!”


There were still about ten passengers when they got to my stop. I waved at the bus driver and shouted, “À demain!” Until tomorrow. He threw up his hand in a friendly salute before he remembered who I was, then flung his hand forward and scowled.


I laughed and shouted at him, “J’aime la France!” I love France!


In his big mirror at the front, I saw his eyebrows raise, and he lifted his head at me in agreement and gave a tiny smile. 


Victory is sweet!





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As a Special Education teacher, I became fascinated by the English language. I still marvel at how it changes and expands over time. My most pleasurable teaching moments were showing children how a wondrous story can take their imaginations to other times, places, even other worlds. When the pandemic began, I started my first foray into publishing a nonfiction book, The Sensible Parent’s Little Homeschooler Handbook.


My secret pleasure-writing has always been focused on romance. French Kiss is a Contemporary Romance based on a fictionalized version of experiences during eighteen months of living and working abroad before the formation of the European Union. 


Next year, my first Historical Regency Romance That Wylde Woman will be published.  It has allowed me to indulge my curiosity and enthusiasm for history by incorporating in the storyline a historical geologic event which affected weather and farming and even how England’s war with Napoleon impacted clothing styles.














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 One of the small jewels in the book was crossing the border between France and Germany. The book takes place before the formation of the European Union. It is basically like the United States; there are no borders stations. But before the EU, there were border stations at every crossing. Nora was required to speak to a border guard and have her bags checked before exit was allowed. 

This time she was crossing alone. Jean Louis was still in the Lyon hospital recovering, and Nora had to return to Germany to find employment before her work visa expired. Together, they had planned what route to take and which border station to use closest to a German expressway over the border.

The border guard’s smooth pink cheeks looked as if he was sixteen years old, making Nora smile. And the fact that he was trying desperately to politely get off the phone with an apparently overprotective mother. Nora had no contraband to declare and bantered back and forth with the agent. The youthful guard behaved as though searching deep enough, surely there would be something to find.  

When he came across a tiny, folded paper with a hard substance inside at the very bottom of her wallet, he was so smug and excited. This was going to make his day! He quivered with delight.

I won’t spoil the story and reveal any more of Chapter 13. However, I will tell your readers, the book is based on my travels in Europe right after graduating from college, just as Nora does. I added and subtracted action and ideas, making this a fictional story. A lot of it happened just as written. I hope it delights you to wonder which could be fact and which has to be fiction.

My next book is a Historical Regency Romance called, That Wylde Woman! I am at the beginning of the first edit. I expect it to be out in the spring of 2022. 

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Marleigh Barrett, the American daughter of the newest Earl of Wylde, sees no advantage in behaving demurely.  She rides her stallion astride, is deadly accurate with a shepherd’s sling, fences with stamina and strategy, and is an astute businesswoman.
Independent and headstrong, Marleigh decided to use a commerce perspective with any marital suitors during her visit to England. That is until loathsome attention from an unwanted lothario is quickly dispatched by a disarming Duke. 



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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Review of I am Awesome

 I Am Awesome

by Patricia Brioux




GENRE:   Children's






I Am Awesome is a story that invites ALL children from ALL backgrounds to practice daily affirmations to promote positive thinking and recognize self-worth.

I am KIND, I am BRAVE, I am ME, and I am AWESOME!







I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


Put a smile on your children’s faces, and hand them this little book. I Am Awesome is written for all kids, coming from every background. Like yourself, believe in yourself… a great message that permeates every page of this story.


The author obviously realizes that children are often lacking in confidence and so has written this inspiring tale to lift spirits and lighten hearts. The pages are filled with reasons and reassurances that every child can and should feel good about themselves.


The illustrations are vibrant and cheerful, filled with life and enthusiasm. They complement the idea behind the driving force of the book. It is a quick read and worth a look. Why not read this with the children in your life and see them nod in understanding?


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Patricia Brioux is not a New York Times, Amazon Top 100, or a USA Today bestselling author, but she is the daughter of two rock-star parents, the youngest of six kids, and the FUN aunt to eight crazy little kiddos who just love to keep her on her toes. This is her first published literary work, and to be honest that both excites and terrifies the heck out of her. Through this process she hopes to learn, become more confident, and, who knows, maybe one day work alongside some of the greats like Nora Roberts, Kennedy Ryan, and Kelly Elliott.






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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Welcome Nancy Fraser

 Congratulations on your book release, Nancy. 

Never Enough

by Nancy Fraser 




GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Steamy)






When Amanda Thorne arrives on San Bella Island, she’s tired and in bad need of a vacation. She’s just finished paying off her late husband’s many debts by selling their home and belongings. On her way to Dallas for a new job in a medical research lab, she’s taking one week to recoup before beginning her new life.


Nicholas Holloway is recovering from a 2-year stint undercover for the U.S. Marshal Service. Ordered to take a vacation to clear his head, he ends up on San Bella at the same time.


Will these two battle-scared souls find peace in the other’s arms? And, will they be able to walk away at the end of their one-week fling?


Caution: This book contains love scenes and language some may find offensive. Or hot!





The sound of fussy children arguing the onset of bedtime drew her attention to the far side of the grounds. Young couples walked arm in arm, stopping every few feet to share a kiss, some chaste, more than a few bordering on indecent. She swallowed and released a slow breath. It had been so long since she’d been with a man; since she’d been kissed, cherished. Loved.


Forcing her attention away from the latest pair of lovebirds, her gaze clashed with the man she’d seen earlier. He’d been standing at the top of the pathway, his long fingers wrapped around a tall bottle of beer. Now, he stood less than ten feet away, his legs spread for balance on the gentle slope of grass.


He was tall, at least six-two, his medium brown hair held a hint of gray at the temples and hung to the top of his shirt collar, his face darkened by a hint of a beard. His crooked smile drew her attention to the scar that ran along his jawline.


Not bad looking. Interesting in fact, in a rugged sort of way.


While she’d been staring, he’d taken a few more steps in her direction. The closer he came, the harder she found it to look away.


“Is this seat taken?” he asked, nodding toward the empty chair next to hers.


“No, it’s not.”


“May I sit?”


She shrugged. “It’s a free beach.”


He chuckled, his laugh sending a shiver skittering across her bare arms.


“Not at the prices this place charges, it’s not.”


“True,” she agreed, giving him a shy smile.


He stretched out his hand. “Nick.”


She placed her hand in his, surprised by the gentleness of his grasp. “Amanda. Although I prefer Mandy,” she responded.


“Nice to meet you, Mandy.”


“You too, Nick.”


“Can I buy you a drink?” he asked.


She gave her half-full glass a shake. “I’m good. I’ve been nursing this one for a while now.” Taking a small sip, she admitted, “I’m not much of a drinker.”


“So, what brings you to San Bella Island?”


Mandy took a moment to answer, unsure of how much she was willing to share with a total stranger. “Short vacation. I needed to get away from the city.”


His jaw twitched, but he held back an actual smile. “And what city would that be?”


“New York,” she said simply. “Long Island, to be exact.”


He made a show of looking around them, scanning the whole of the resort grounds and beach. “You can’t get much farther away from New York than this place.”


“How about you, Nick? What brings you to San Bella Island?”


“Same. Vacation. I just finished a big job, and needed a break.”


She took another sip of her drink, and asked, “What do you do... for work?”


He drew his full lower lip through his teeth, as if contemplating her question. “I’m a contractor,” he told her. “How about you?”


“I’m in between jobs at the moment.”


“A perfect time for a vacation.”


“Have you been here long?” she asked. “At Diamond Key?”


“I got in earlier today. How about you?”


“Yesterday. I’m here for a week.”


He met her gaze, giving her another half-smile. “Me too, until next Saturday at least.”


A thought occurred to her. As heartbreaking and emotionally draining as her last few years had been, there was one thing she needed even more than her brief vacation.


She needed a man. Badly.


She’d never been one for casual sex, but the idea of having a brief fling set her pulse racing. And Nick, with his crooked smirk, soulful chocolate gaze, and interesting imperfections seemed like the perfect candidate for a temporary lover.


Swallowing back the last of her drink, more for courage than thirst, she wondered how one would go about bringing up the subject of sex with someone they’d just met.




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NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.


Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.







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