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It is Sunday night already. Where did my weekend go? I wish I knew. Let’s see if I can figure it out…

Friday night I had to work. My feet absolutely killed me by the end of the night, which didn’t come until past midnight.

Saturday was a reading and writing day. I finally have a completed first draft for a story I want to submit to an anthology. I am so excited! The deadline isn’t until after the holidays, but I am so many other stories in various forms of completion, I wanted to get this one wrapped up so I could go back to working on longer pieces. I am going to talk about the reading in just a minute…

Sunday started with a chilly early morning bike ride. The new bike did well other than some annoying noises towards the end of the ride. I am hoping my bumpy ride didn’t knock anything important loose. Plus, my elbows and wrists were nearly numb by the time I finished. I am blaming this on the short stem length. I figured I would have to get a longer one, this ride just proved that thought right. It was nice and cool today – yep, sure did feel like fall – so I went for a walk this afternoon in between watching football. I didn’t get any writing done today – darn it, but I did research some e-book publishers for a romance story. That has to count for something, right?

Ok, finally to the reading portion of the weekend. I finished A Fall of Water today. This was book four in the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. I could go on and on about this book. In fact, can I give it 6 stars?? 5 stars doesn’t seem to do it justice. I fell in love with this series. The plot was intriguing and fast paced. Loved, loved, loved the characters. B & Gio rocked. But the secondary characters were just as interesting – Carwyn, Ben, Tenzin, and all the other vampires who came together to help the good guys against Lorenzo and Livia.

If you are looking for a good mystery with a unique view on vampires that has lots of romance, this is a series for you. Be sure to check out the Elemental Mysteries website at http://elementalmysteries.com/ And stay tuned – on October 23rd, the first book in the Elemental World series will be released. It is titled Building from Ashes. This is Carwyn’s book – yay!!

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The Force of Wind

I’m totally hooked on the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. I’m currently 63% done with the third book in the series, The Force of Wind. For my #SampleSunday I wanted to highlight a cute passage in the book (trust me, it was difficult to pick just one). Most of this book has been set on Mount Penglai, a hidden island near China. The Eight Immortals live here of whom Tenzin’s father is one. B, Gio, and Baojia (B’s bodyguard courtesy of her uncle) travel to the island. To keep things interesting, guess who also shows up?? Lorenzo. Needless to say, things are a bit tense for the good guys.

Ok, getting to the scene. Baojia has been flirting with B during weapons training and letting his feelings be known despite the fact her lover (Gio) is a powerful fire vampire. After training, B returns to Gio, and he immediately picks up that something isn’t right – she seems guilty. She explains that Baojia was flirting with her.

“Yeah.” She waved a hand. “He was joking about ‘knowing your options’ about weapons and, you know, there’s some kind of obvious jokes and . . . yeah, just being silly.”

Gio doesn’t cut her any slack so she chucks a pillow at his head, hitting him square in the face. He then tells her, “You’re very cute when your embarrassed.” She clarifies that she’s not embarrassed, just irritated.

Gio then asks, “Did he ask if you wanted to play with his sword?” Her response is “Stop.” She continued with “I’ll have you know,” she said, gasping, “I told him that I only like European spears.”

I suppose I should have included the conversation between her and Baojia. He has a spear in each hand and asks her if she prefers European spears or Asian spears? She, of course, answers European as Gio is Italian. However, the spear she takes from Baojia is Asian.

I am really enjoying this book. Things are progressing quickly . . . I fear the battle with Lorenzo is not far off. Guess I will have to wait and see!

Happy Hump Day

Hallelujah! Hump Day is upon us! For some reason, this week seems to be dragging. While I am looking forward to the weekend, it is going to be rather busy (i.e., no break in sight). I seem to be in a writing slump so I’m going to give a quick update of my happenings thus far.

  • Haven’t been writing, and I need to – have two stories that are really close to being finished
  • I’m still reading – totally hooked on the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. I’m 87% done with book two, This Same Earth  (I don’t want to spoil anything, but much more romance in this book; things are moving along between Gio and Beatrice)
  • Haven’t ridden my bike since Sunday, but I purchased a lock for it today. Think it will come in handy for the weekend. I also found out that I need a different stem as my position is too compact.
  • My team lost *frowns* In case you aren’t aware, my team is the Steelers. I also lost in fantasy football by a mere 0.8 points. Grr! So close, and yet still a loss!

Preview for the weekend . . . the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Antietam http://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm. There is also a separate reenactment http://150thantietamreenactment.com/. Given the number of visitors expected to swamp the area, I’m thinking travel by bike is the best course of action. I’ve located some of my photos from a past September morn at Antietam. I will leave you with one of them.

A Hidden Fire

I just finished reading A Hidden Fire, the first book in the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. Wow, what a nice surprise! This is a book that I downloaded to my Kindle because it was offered for free. It did not disappoint. While I wished there would have been more romance, this paranormal/ fantasy/ mystery was refreshing and intriguing!

I immediately fell in love with Dr. Giovanni “Gio” Vecchio, sexy Italian vampire. I really enjoyed Ms. Hunter’s take on vampires. Hers sleep during the day, drink blood to survive (they can have very minimal human food), are strong and fast, and the really neat part: they wield one of the elements. Gio’s element is fire. Gio is a handsome man of mystery with some really cool friends. I loved Carwyn, a Welsh vampire priest. Tenzin, affectionately know as bird girl, was definitely different and very, very old.

Beatrice “B” De Novo is an undergraduate student at a Houston University. She resides with her grandmother after her father was “killed” – turned into a vampire. B works in the library’s special collections section and captures Gio’s attention. The sexual tension between the two is unbearable, especially after the kiss at the pub (the night Gio educates B on scotch). Unfortunately, not all vampires in this story are good, and B attracts the ruthless Lorenzo. I won’t spoil what happens to her or how the book ends. I wouldn’t say this is a HEA, but the story spans more than just this book so I’m hoping there is a HEA at the end of the series.

Oh, I can’t forget to mention Gio’s cat, Doyle. He is so much fun as is Bran, Carwyn’s wolfhound who constantly digs up Gio’s roses.

I think my most favorite scene in the book is when B is working in the library, and Carwyn and Gio come in – Gio to work on the manuscript and Carwyn to devil. He and B exchange notes written in her notebook. At one point, Carwyn wrote, “Do you like Gio? Check yes or no.” B writes back that she made some bad choices about guys and decided to take a break. Carwyn’s response: “Well, obviously, you need to be dating a vampire.” Towards the end of the written conversation, they discuss love working miracles. B asks if friendship can do the same thing. Carwyn’s response is classic: “Silly B, love is friendship . . . just with less clothes, which makes it far more brilliant.”

I highly recommend this read. I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, This Same Earth. Elizabeth Hunter can be found at http://elizabethhunterwrites.com/

4.5 stars out of 5