Wednesday Briefs – The Newcomers

It’s Wednesday Briefs time and another look into quaint little Blue Crab Cove, Maryland. This time I used “tornado” as a prompt for the story. And yes, it falls nicely within the word count.

I hope you enjoy Officer Lindsey Anderson’s latest adventure!

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

The Newcomers

by

Denise L. Wyant

Lighting cracked like a ringmaster’s whip, the strike much too close to my house. I couldn’t help but jump as the lights flickered. This was going to be a miserable evening for anything, but especially work. The rain pounded down in dense sheets. I knew I’d be drenched before I even got into my police car. My poor orange tabby, Murph, was hiding under my bed, wedged between boxes. That cat had the best ears of any feline I’d ever had. He ran for shelter at the first hint of a thunderstorm. With the way today’s storm raged outside, I’d rather be in hiding, too. At least I didn’t have to worry about a tornado. We didn’t get too many of them in Maryland.

Suck it up, Anderson. Police work—and crime—don’t stop just because of a bad storm. And, unfortunately, my sergeant wanted to meet with me promptly at three. No dilly-dallying around the house for me. Not today. Continue reading

Urban Fantasy Reads

Lately, I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy kick. I finished the last book in the Chicagoland The_SightVampires series (Blade Bound) and have been looking for another good series to read.

A fellow blogger recommended Chloe Neill’s other series, Devil’s Isle. It is only 2 books so far, and I read both of them in no time (The Veil and The Sight). Book #3 is due out this fall. After the ending of The Sight, I can’t wait to start the third book.  If you need more info on Ms. Neill, check out her website here.

Now, I’m back to what to read??

Some series that I’ve started/read in the UF genre:

  1. The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve read the first couple of books, but then quit reading due to a loss of interest (I made it through book #4).
  2. I’m a huge Kate Daniels fan so I’ve read that series. It’s written by Ilona Andrews. Kate and His Furriness–Curran–always have me laughing. Magic_Binds
  3. I’m also a huge Mercy Thompson fan. I’ve kept up with that series as well. Those are written by Patricia Briggs. Mercy is kick-ass!
  4. I tried to get into The Dresden Files, but for some reason, I couldn’t do it. I think it’s because there wasn’t even a hint of romance.

Next steps . . . I’m looking for recommendations. Please help!

I’ve downloaded the first book in both the Elemental Assassin series and The Hollows. I haven’t had a chance to start either one yet. Are there other UF series I should be considering? It doesn’t have to be strictly vampire or shifter, and I would like a bit of romance (it can develop over several books). Am I being too picky??

Please leave a comment and help a fellow reader out! Thanks *hugs

The High Road Book Blitz

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000448_00034]Title:  The High Road

Series:   Spellkeeper Flight, Book 1

Author:   Ken Hughes

Published:   November 12th, 2016

Publisher:  Windward Road Press

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:   Enter a world of gangs, vigilantes, and magic that’s powerful enough to kill.

Mark has never been the survivor his friend Angie is, but when he rescues a mysterious belt from the flames, it’s a decision that changes his life for good. As the two tap into the secret of gravity-controlling magic, they realize the reason Angie’s family tried to destroy the belt. Flying comes at a cost, to their lives and their sanity.

Fighting back against a street gang with a vendetta, Mark begins to sense that death waits around every turn. Soon he and Angie come face-to-face with the true danger: hidden masters of other magical forces. The keepers of power want the secret of flying, and they’ll destroy anyone who gets in their way.

The High Road is the first book in a trilogy of street-level urban fantasy adventures. If you like heart-pounding suspense, comic-book energy, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, then you’ll love Ken Hughes’s gritty, magical series.

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About the Author:

ken-hughesKen Hughes lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a technical writer for missions to Mars and the governing body of the Internet (ICANN). He writes paranormal thrillers and urban fantasy, and has been known to argue over the difference between the two in his blog, http://www.KenHughesAuthor.com. Continue reading

Holiday Read: Disastertastic

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Just $2.99!

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Blurb:

Sawyer is too busy to worry about something as frivolous as Christmas. College is hard, but he’s focused on getting into law school. Kable is studying to make the family business, Del Buon Gusto, into a successful chain restaurant. When a party debacle at the restaurant gives Kable a chance to get close to Sawyer, he’s shocked to learn Sawyer’s a Christmas Grinch. He’s determined to change Sawyer’s mind, but their dates are one debacle after another. It might not be possible to make this into Sawyer’s first Merry Christmas after all.

Excerpt:

What a waste of time. He could’ve been home starting his paper or even watching a movie if he wanted to slack off.

Fed up avoiding questions of family traditions and travel plans, Sawyer strolled away from the crowd in the dining room and headed toward the tree. He nodded and smiled at a few people but didn’t stop. Everyone else was enjoying the appetizers that had just come out, but he’d already had dinner before he left home, since he’d expected to work. He could pass more time pretending to examine the ornaments or watching the snow drift down now that the storm finally hit. He’d just have to wait a little longer until he could politely make his escape.

“You don’t like eggnog?” Continue reading

Rescued by Christmas Released!

 

Rescued_by_Christmas.jpgTitle:  Rescued by Christmas

Author: Marilyn Conner Miles

Genre: Holiday Romance

Length: 118 pages

Buy Link: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Synopsis:

Micah, unemployed for some time, gets hired as the Marketing Coordinator for a retirement home. The night before her first day on the job, it begins to snow, and by the time she gets up early the next morning there are six inches on the ground. Uncomfortable driving in the stuff, she does it anyway. She can’t miss her first day of work! Even though she drives slower than a slug, her car slides into a ditch and she canʼt get out. Dane, a modern day knight in shining armor, comes to her rescue, and then offers her a ride to work. He tells her he goes there every morning to visit his grandfather, and not wanting to be late, she accepts.

The employee manual states, and her boss emphasizes, that it is against company policy to fraternize with residents and their family members. Micah knows she could lose her job, but with her car in the shop for a month, no credit card and no bus service from her rural home, there is no way for her to get to and from work without a long, cold walk—or a ride with Dane.

Complicating matters even further, Micah, a kind-hearted animal lover, agrees to take care of the grandfatherʼs horse As they spend more and more time together, Micah finds herself torn between her growing attraction for Dane and a desperate need to keep her job.

About the author: 

Marilyn began writing stories as soon as she learned to print, around six or seven years old. Her first career was in the transportation industry, working for the airlines. Her second career was in advertising, marketing and promotions where she got paid to write. Currently a freelance editor and author, Marilyn lives with her husband and cat in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in southwest Washington State, where she watches birds, bunnies and deer from her home office window.

New Release: On Fire

I want to share a big thank you to my host for featuring the cover reveal today for my latest Dreamspinner Press release, On Fire, made by Garrett Leigh. Without further ado…

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A fun tidbit: I actually took the picture of the mountain (it was not on fire at the time, lol)

A picture is definitely worth a thousand words when it comes to a cover, and these guys are hot, but I bet you’d like to know more about their story, so here goes!

Blurb:

Nothing beats getting out of the concrete jungle and into the quiet of the forest. Website designer Scottie Ness is taking a well-deserved vacation from the grindstone, and he plans to spend it in the solitude of Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest around Mt. Adams. He’s prepared for everything—except the lightning storm that traps him in a wildfire.

The firefighter who rescues him sustains serious injuries and ends up in the hospital. Jax Quintero might be abrasive, but the guy saved his life, and Scottie wants to thank him. As they spend time together during Jax’s recovery and exploring the state’s landmarks when he’s released from the hospital, Scottie discovers there’s more to Jax than a smart-ass adrenaline junkie. Jax reassesses his opinion of Scottie as an arrogant city boy who has no business in the mountains. Though Jax’s wounds prevent them from taking things as far as they’d like for a while, they can’t deny the heat building between them—and this is one fire they don’t want to put out.

Where can you pick up your copy?

On Fire is available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press now!

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/on-fire-by-alicia-nordwell-7675-b

Contest!!

Because I love my fellow readaholics, I’m giving away a $5 gift card to Dreamspinner Press to celebrate finally being able to share On Fire’s awesome cover and my photo inspiration for Jax and Scottie.

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About the Author:

The number one question folks ask Alicia when she shares she’s a MM romance author: “Why gay fiction? Why write men when you’re a woman?” and her answer is: “Why the hell not!” Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find an interesting story one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started… Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published. When she’s not on the computer typing away, she’s a wife and a mom of two in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

Blog: http://ciasstories.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.nordwell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaNordwell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479520.Alicia_Nordwell

Top 10 Books Stuck on my TBR List

I’ve got a break between grad school classes, and I thought I would take the opportunity to get caught up on my blogging…if that’s even possible!

I stopped by The Broke and the Bookish to check out the latest Top 10 Tuesday List. This week’s topic is the Top 10 Books that have been on your TBR list since before you started blogging…ones that you still haven’t read! I’m sure I have several books that qualify! I’m going to head to Goodreads and check out my earliest TBR books. This should be interesting to say the least!

Ready or not…here goes!toptentuesday

Top 10 Books Stuck on my TBR List

  1. Fade to Midnight (McClouds and Friends #7) by Shannon McKenna – Romantic Suspense
  2. Eternity and a Day (Desires of the Otherworld #1) by Aline Hunter – Paranormal Romance
  3. Decadent Deceptions by Keta Diablo – Historical Romance (not my favorite genre so this one will likely be stuck a while longer!)
  4. Fearless Desires (Immortal Love #1) by Stacey Espino – Paranormal Romance
  5. Blood Signs (Blood, Moon, and Sun #1) by Amber Kell – M/M Romance
  6. Dancing with Venus by Roscoe James – F/F Romance
  7. He’s So Shy (Bad Boys #1) by Lena Matthews – Romance/Erotica
  8. Special Delivery (Special Delivery #1) by Heidi Cullinan – M/M Romance
  9. Bareback (Bareback #1) by Chris Owen – M/M Romance
  10. Real Vampires Have Curves (Glory St. Clair #1) by Gerry Bartlett – Vampires

I seem to have quick a mix. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to pick one to move from TBR to Read, right?? In theory at least…

So, any recommendations of which book should be the first to come off my list??