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02 July, 2015

The Emerald Virgin by Ravyn Rayne Book Blitz!

EMERALD VIRGIN Gem Apocalypse #1 Series by: Ravyn Rayne Publication Date: June 22, 2015
Published by: Blushing Books Publishing
Genre: Erotica/Romance Dystopian

Synopsis

Emerald – a girl with green eyes and a rarity after the horrific genocide that slaughtered millions. 
After the war, King Gideon rose in power. A lust-filled and greedy king that believed in the power of slavery.
At eighteen, women were required to come before King Gideon and his four sons, to offer themselves as a courtesan. The princes took only those they found most attractive and alluring. The rest were returned to their homes with a brand on their wrist proving they had been through the process and rejected. Ignoring the ritual was punishable by death.
Aria Stone had been kept hidden from the princes and the ceremony, because she was an Emerald. At twenty-three, the royal guards storm her home, murder her mother, and drag her to court. She must face the four princes. 
A dystopian erotic adventure.

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Excerpt

"Your guards murdered my mother, dragged and drugged me from my home. Anything else you wish to know?" Aria asked, short-tempered.
James stepped close enough to feel his breath against her cheek. "I can see your reluctance to be here, but I assure you no harm will come to you, Aria."
It was hard to believe him given the circumstances. Aria crossed her arms defensively. She didn't say a word. There was nothing to say that would please him and make her happy. She wouldn't lie or pretend to care about him when anger ebbed away at her and boiled in her blood. Not when he made Aria think of her mother and asked her about what happened, as if he pretended to care. Unlike the other women here looking for something, she just wanted her freedom returned. Pretending eluded her.

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Meet Ravyn Rayne

Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be.
Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.
Although BURNING DESIRE is her debut romantic erotica novel, it is not her first published book. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her other books here.

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Signs of Life by Deanna Nowadnick Spotlight!



 Book Description 
I scrambled out of the car, slammed the door, and kicked the rear tire. Squinting into the harsh glare of a flashlight, my first words were louder than necessary, “If you’re going to ticket me, then ticket me! I just want to get home.” Not giving the police officer a chance to respond, I continued, still annoyed, still defiantly frustrated, “I’m tired. Really—I just want to get home!”

SIGNS IN LIFE begins with a late night encounter with local law enforcement. In the harsh glare of a flashlight, author Deanna Nowadnick learns the consequences of speeding through a stop sign. Other incidents follow. All are linked to the divine signs she’s encountered in that bigger journey through life.

Deanna shares humorous anecdotes and inspirational lessons from her travels with God. With her, you’ll get to see the signs in life. She might be speeding through a stop sign—yet again!—while you’re carefully navigating a busy street, but together we’re all part of a bigger journey, a greater purpose. We’re all part of God’s great story.

As she used to tell her young sons, “Buckle up. We’re going for a ride.”



·        Author Bio
Deanna Nowadnick lives in Monroe, Washington with her husband, Kurt. When not responding to traffic citations, she provides administrative support for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm. Deanna’s continues to be active in her church, playing the violin and serving on the leadership team. She’s also part of several women’s groups. Her leisure time is filled with knitting, walks in the sunshine, and vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks and peanut butter swirls.

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o   Website: http://deannanowadnick.com/

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01 July, 2015

Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest Review! #smarterRest


A bit about the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest

Do you dream of sleeping like a King or Queen - without actually being on the throne?
At home, travelling, taking a short nap at work, even outside in the sunlight, the Smarter Rest Sublime Eye Mask means all lights are off and all dreams are on 
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A Sleep Mask that provides Restful Sleep for Restless People
Made with the Most comfortable materials, soft luxurious satin exterior and finest caressing cotton interior
Sleep Sublime Eye Mask allows you to always stay in the dark but never wake up with puffy eyes

Do you know those things that happen so fast you lose them if you blink? Well, you can blink all you want with the Smarter Rest Sleep Mask, you won't lose sleep. Yes, it's big enough, it doesn't touch your eyes

It has a gentle caressing soft strap with extra long velcro, so it doesn't move and doesn't scratch your ears or temples
It is lightweight so it doesn't bother when you wear it, yet sturdy enough to last for a long time

Comes with a contoured padded nose flap that blocks bottom light, but it doesn't obstruct breathing
Fully adjustable strap fits all shapes and sizes

Why buy from us? Because we guarantee customer satisfaction and we're all about making you happy
Because anywhere you go, the silky travel pouch will protect the mask and ear plugs. In addition to our luxurious sleep mask, you will also receive an extensive e-book containing the sleep secrets you need more than you think.




Do you ever have restless nights where you just toss and turn because the room you are in is too bright or noisy? Yea, I do too especially when we are away from home staying in a hotel or unfamiliar room. We are all creatures of habit and have our little foibles. 

I find that I am a very fussy sleeper and don't often get a full nights rest due to medical issues so whatever sleep I can get is great. I know I have a very hard time when we are traveling as you know how those hotel rooms are, wonderful double lined curtains that would help if they were flush to the window, and then just because there always is this humongous spotlight right outside the window that would light up the Statue of Liberty. Well yes I exaggerate but that is how it feels when you are desperately trying to get to sleep and have a way too early flight or car ride. 

I had never tried a sleep mask and now I wonder why I never did. I received Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest at no cost through a promotion from Tomoson and tried it for a few nights. I found that the sleep mask is comfortable and easy to wear, after a few nights you really can't tell you are wearing one. It is soft and lightweight with a nice velcro adjustable strap that you can adjust. The mask also comes with a pair of earplugs and a cute little carrying case. The mask fits perfectly and it really does block out the light. The only thing is that if you are not accustomed to wearing a sleep mask, you will find it disconcerting the first few times you open your eyes with the mask on. You may be disoriented as to where you are because it is so dark, but that is the beauty of the mask. Included is an offer for an ebook full of sleep secrets!

So do you want to get a restful sleep, no matter how many hours, and wake up refreshed without those nasty bags under your eyes? Well go get one of these masks. It is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Washing is easy too, just hand wash and air dry. I really like the mask and it will definitely be using the mask regularly and taking it along on trips. I have not tried this yet but I bet it would be perfect for that plane ride that you want to sleep on!


This is not me but another happy customer of the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest!

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Crossing into the Mystic by DL Koontz Review!



  • #TheCrossingsTrilogy
  • Now and then, you see something that alters how you view the world. 

That's what teen orphan Grace MacKenna learns in this paranormal suspense novel, Into the Mystic, the first book in The Crossings Trilogy. 

Death, ghosts and the foibles of the living all collide together for our insufferably independent protagonist as she escapes from a volatile aunt in Boston to the secluded mountains of West Virginia, wrestles with lingering anger over the horrific deaths of her parents and sister, finds unexpected friendships in the local riverside town, and tackles a budding romantic triangle with two very different young men one living, one dead. 

In her isolated mountainside home, Grace discovers how to see and talk with ghosts. In particular, she is pulled into the life of a dashing Civil War ghost, William, and unwittingly finds herself helping him resolve unfinished business so he can cross into the hereafter. 

But is Grace actually experiencing angels and demons in disguise? Will she find out too late? And will her developing love for the ghost affect her decisions regarding her real-life romance? Before learning the answers, you ll journey with her to the backwoods flatlands of Georgia, and to Antietam Battlefield (during a full moon "when the divide between life and death is weakest...") where Grace interacts with menacing ghosts. 

Join Grace as she learns that forbidden love can make demands that teeter between life and death.





D. L. Koontz (aka Debra Koontz Roberson) was born in Pennsylvania, but with her husband Joe, now splits her time between mountainous West Virginia and their cattle ranch in coastal plains Georgia. She has one son, Matthew, and one step-daughter, Megan. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), and is a former journalist, business owner, and college instructor. She has been writing since she penned an award-winning poem in fifth grade. In an earlier career, she wrote non-fiction books, but that work came to a screeching halt on September 11, 2001, whereupon she gave up writing. Turns out, it never gave up on her, so a couple years ago, she listened to her heart and began writing The Crossings Trilogy. Her first novel is Crossing Into the Mystic. She writes about what she knows: muddled lives, nail-biting unknowns and eternal hope. Find her at: www.dlkoontz.com.




My Thoughts

Crossing Into the Mystic is a story of a 16 year old orphan, Grace who lives with her aunt and is unhappy living there. When she is willed an old mansion, Crossings, from her stepfather she leaps at the chance for independence and to find out why she is now the owner of this neglected home. Upon getting to the house, she finds that the mansion is eerily intact, with furnishings and other items straight out of the Civil War era, including a ghost of a war veteran who died at a young age in the home. There is unfinished business on his part and he enlists Grace's help so he can cross over. He was murdered and he needs closure as to why so he can move on. Grace meets a lot of locals, including Clay who she can give her heart to but is reluctant because she is also attracted to the ghost Will.

The story is well written and full of Civil War stories, a bit of romance, and mystery. See, Grace finds out that she can 'see' the ghosts wandering that have not been able to cross over because of unfinished business. How awesome to be able to see ghosts of days past, but creepy at the same time. I especially found the scenes at the cemetery gave me goosebumps. Grace soon learns how to interact or ignore these entities so that she can learn what happened to Will and find out she does.

This is part of a trilogy, the next book being Edging Through the Darkness, in which Grace discovers more secrets of her ancestral home. Crossing Into the Mystic was an easy book to get into, fast paced and I found the characters well thought out and this trilogy can be read by the adult and YA audience. A clean read but it does have romantic elements to it. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next in the trilogy.

I received a copy of the book through Tomoson for review and was not monetarily compensated for said review.

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The Mystery at Sag Bridge by Pat Camalliere Spotlight!

Book Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Amika Press (April 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937484300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937484309

A century-old murder mystery
A dangerous ghost
An amateur historian…
What binds them together? 

Cora Tozzi is a retired businesswoman who, after nursing her mother through her final illness, wishes only for a peaceful orderly world in her suburban Chicago home. When an angry spirit begins to leave cryptic messages on her computer and threatens those around her, Cora is forced to dig into the town’s notorious past to uncover secrets that will free the bonds that tie her and the spirit. With the help of her husband and their friend, Frannie, Cora uses her skills as an amateur historian in a search that takes them into unexpected terrain including subterranean passages, an eerie graveyard, and shadowy paths in isolated forests where a sinister predator is awakened. As they battle unpredictable supernatural powers, the story takes a poignant turn: the spirit’s life is revealed, and both women, a century apart, examine threads into the past and the future, their loss and longing linked across the generations.




An avid reader of mysteries and historical fiction, Pat Camalliere recently utilized her skills—developed writing historical papers and programs, newsletters, and website content—to create her debut novel, The Mystery at Sag Bridge. She lives with her husband in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Visit her website at patcamallierebooks.com.

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Cold Case meets Ghost Whisperer in Camalliere’s debut mystery.

A capricious spirit, a mysterious wolf, and a 100-year-old unsolved triple homicide lead Cora Tozzi on a journey to uncover the history of Sag Bridge. Lemont, the tiny village, nowadays melded into the Chicago suburb where Cora and her husband, Cisco, live, was a hub of activity in the late 1800s during the building of canals that would link the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Retired, Cora devotes her time to the library, the historical society, a book club, and other assorted committees. She also hides a secret. 

Throughout her life, one that she herself describes as quite fortunate, Cora has had the sense that some sort of supernatural entity has been watching over her. A door closing unexpectedly, a paper clip flying across the room, all signaled the presence of “something.” Cora began calling this presence “Angel.” But lately, the previously playful Angel has been gaining strength and exhibiting some dangerously angry behavior. Is Angel responsible for the bizarre accident that left a hostile member of Cora’s book club fighting for her life? Is she demanding something specific from Cora? And why did Angel attach herself to Cora in the first place? In her search for answers, Cora learns of the century-old murder of a young couple and their newborn baby girl.… Camalliere peppers her narrative with well-drawn depictions of life in turn-of-the-last-century Sag Bridge, and her characters are rather charming.…there are a few surprises left for the very end. 

A lively twist on the historical fiction genre by a promising author. 

Susan Roy, President, Lemont Area Historical Society
Pat Camalliere has crafted a compelling mystery that introduces readers to the unique history and features of Lemont, while immersing the characters in a tender exploration of how our mothers influence our lives. All readers who enjoy mystery, history, engaging characters, or a touch of the supernatural will love this book.



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The Judges Story by Joyce T.Strand Spotlight with Giveaway of a Kindle Fire HD 7 or Kindle Paperwhite!!


Today it is my pleasure to welcome Joyce T. Strand, author of The Judges Story to Celticlady's Reviews!

About The Judge’s Story

A Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939.

When the Judge hears testimony against a 14-year-old teenager, he realizes that the boy participated in a robbery-murder. However, the accused did not actually pull the trigger. But unless the boy identifies his partner, the Judge must sentence him as a murderer, which would result in prolonged jail time. The Judge’s investigator, along with the precocious 16-year-old girl who identified the boy as one of the thieves, explore different approaches to uncover the murderer. In the backdrop of escalating war in Europe, the financial scarcities of the Great Depression, and the Judge’s caseload, their attempts to find justice for the accused boy and unmask the killer lure the Judge and his friends into sordid criminal activities.



About Joyce Strand:

Mystery author Joyce T. Strand, much like her fictional character, Jillian Hillcrest, served as head of corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder. Rather, she focused on publicizing her companies and their products. She is the author of the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE and the Brynn Bancroft mystery HILLTOP SUNSET. Strand received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. She currently lives in Southern California with her two cats, a collection of cow statuary and art, and her muse, the roadrunner.


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Twitter:           @joycetstrand

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30 June, 2015

Sarah Kennedy’s Novel, City of Ladies, Is One of Four Historical Fiction Titles Honored!

Sarah Kennedy’s Novel, City of Ladies, Is One of Four Historical Fiction Titles Honored



Knoxville, TN –  Virginia writer Sarah Kennedy’s second novel, CITY OF LADIES, was one of four titles honored last Friday with a ForeWord Magazine INDIEFAB Award in Historical Fiction. CITY OF LADIES received an Honorable Mention.
 
CITY OF LADIES is the second title in Kennedy’s The Cross and the Crown series, which is published by Knox Robinson Publishing. In her series, Kennedy fills an absence in the historical record by imagining what might have happened to the nuns after Henry VIII took over the church. Each title can be read as a stand-alone.
 
Historical Novels Review called CITY OF LADIES “A true page-turner” and San Francisco Book Review said “Sarah Kennedy brilliantly crafts her characters to drive a narrative that will have you guessing to the very end.” Foreword Reviews said, “It is not necessary to read the first novel in the series to enjoy this book, but those finding this their first introduction to Catherine will surely search out the first novel to spend more time with this feisty woman in her richly detailed world.”
 
The paperback edition of CITY OF LADIES will be released on September 15, 2015. The third title in Kennedy’s series, THE KING’S SISTERS, will be published on September 29, 2015.
 
Sarah Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from Purdue University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. The author of seven books of poems as well as The Altarpiece, book one in The Cross and the Crown series, she has received individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, as well as an award for scholarship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She teaches at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. Her website is http://sarahkennedybooks.com/.

Book one in the Cross and the Crown Series

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Book Three in the Cross and the Crown Series


 

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