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Welcome to the Apocalypse series

Title: Welcome to the Apocalypse
By: D L Richardson
Genre: Science Fiction/Apocalyptic

Blurb: “Players. Welcome to the apocalypse”

Book One – Pandora:
The Apocalypse Games is a state of the art virtual game, yet when it traps over 100 players inside, there’s reason to worry – their simulation pods are designed to last 3 days and the artificial intelligence is taking over.

Book Two – CyberNexis:
When rescue finally arrives, the players are transported to an offsite facility to recover from cyber sickness. Not all the players survived and not all is what it seems. What is CyberNexis hiding out in the desert?

Book Three – Primal Scream:
The disaster known as The Event has plunged the world into icy darkness. Humans can’t survive but a group of mutants can. All signs lead back to the simulation pods. What were they really designed for?

Join these characters on an emotional and fast-paced journey to explore what it really means to survive.

Exerpt: “Player twenty-one is about to enter the game.”

Orange atoms flashed in front of Jack Minnow’s eyes and he felt the lurch of his stomach as if plummeting from a great height, and he thought to himself, I didn’t choose a game.

These atoms flashed, sparking as if alive with energy, until finally the show was over and the display vanished. Jack noticed his surroundings had shifted from the bright colors of the pod to the dull grays of a hospital room. Rows of beds were situated along two walls and a desk sat at the far end of the room. About twenty beds. No windows in the room. No flowers either, or fruit baskets or visitors for that matter. But the bitter smell of disinfectant and lost hope was abundant.

Other than the overhead vent humming and his sneakers squeaking on the floor, the room gave off no noise. Patients lay in the beds, as still as corpses with tubes sticking out of their arms and mouths. Alive but sedated, giving him a glimpse of what his body looked like from outside of the virtual reality simulation pod.

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D L Richardson writes speculative fiction. She is currently a self-published author of three YA novels “The Bird with the Broken Wing”, “Resident Spy”, and “One Little Spell”. She is also the creator of the apocalyptic/sci-fi series “Welcome to the Apocalypse”, and the novella series inspired by Tales from the Crypt, “The Shivers Novellas”.

A former singer and musician, she credits this stage experience for her ease of public speaking, conducting writing workshops, and appearing on panels. Her books don’t feature the usual tropes and this has earned her many loyal readers.

When she’s not writing she enjoys playing music, watching Netflix, reading, gardening, and walking the dog.




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Heart of a SEAL

Title: Heart of a SEAL
By: Dixie Lee Brown
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Blurb: They’re brothers in arms, Navy SEALS risking their lives for their country . . . and the women they love.

This is Luke Harding’s story.

Six months in a desert hellhole taught Navy SEAL Luke Harding things he never wanted to learn about life and death. Only tender memories of the beautiful brunette he met a few weeks before his deployment helped get him through the torturous days and nights. Back in the States after a perilous rescue, physically and emotionally damaged, Luke’s about to plunge into a new kind of war. In a seemingly bucolic Idaho town, Sally Duncan faces real—and unpredictable—danger.

All Sally ever wanted was a safe place to raise her nine-year-old daughter. Her identity hidden behind a façade of secrets and lies, can she trust Luke—a man she barely knows—with the truth? Even as they give in to long-denied passion, a killer with a personal vendetta is setting an ambush that will leave them praying for a miracle and fighting for the future they may not live to see.

Excerpt: Screaming wasn’t really Sally’s style. The best she could do at the moment was crawl out of the reach of the enraged lunatic and hope he came to his senses.

“Go ahead. Touch her again and see what happens.” The suggestion, coming from the darkness behind Emmett’s vehicle and delivered with steel-edged composure, took her completely by surprise.

Sally swung toward the new player, forgetting Emmett for the moment. The voice was all too familiar, stirring unwelcome memories. Eyes watering from Emmett’s blow, she squinted to see the man standing in the darkness just beyond her yard.

“Luke?” Sally staggered to her feet, clenching her teeth against the sick feeling that swirled in her stomach.

It couldn’t be him. Not the man she’d fallen hard for before he deployed with his SEAL unit over a year ago. Not the man who’d refused to see her when she hurried to the hospital in Bethesda after hearing he’d been rescued from a terrorist prison. Rushing to his side because she’d thought they meant something to each other, she’d quickly learned the truth of the matter. His disregard had let her know, in no uncertain terms, that the feelings had been one-sided. That man had no reason—or right—to show up at her door.

Sally searched the shadows near the street, where the voice had originated. When she finally made out his silhouette, her breath caught in her throat.

Luke didn’t spare her a glance.

“Who the hell are you?” Emmett turned to face him.

“Does it matter?” Luke’s words contained a dangerous warning that Sally had never heard before.

As he stepped from the shadow of the SUV, his military fatigues and the duffel he carried reminded her of the homeless people who’d camped on Elk Creek last fall. A knife in a leather sheath hung at his side. His face was etched with lines of exhaustion, and he might have carried himself stiffly, but otherwise he was the same man she remembered. Light brown hair, longer and a bit more disheveled than the last time she’d seen him, always tempted her to run her fingers through it…even now.

Review: I am going to this book 4.5 stars. It’s a wonderful romantic suspense with the right amount of sexual heat and heart pounding action.

We meet Sally and Luke, both with pasts that are haunting them. Luke had been captured while in Afghanistan and the only thing that kept him alive was the thought of her and her daughter. When he gets back to the U.S. He doesn’t allow her to see him in the hospital and She doesn’t understand why. Ass she’s been hurt by men before and refuses to see him after his discharge. This is hard for her as she does have feelings for him and Trying to fight it is difficult. Especially since her daughter adores him like a father and he has always treated her like a daughter. When he gets the courage to talk to her, he finds her being assaulted by the richest man in town after a horrible date. When he gets a chance to explain why he wouldn’t let her see him. The loss of his pride, the horrible injures, and he nightmares You can feel his desperation and love and admire that he knows his weaknesses.

I enjoyed how strong Sally really is, after she saw the way Jen, her daughter, reacted to him, she allowed him to spend the night. It’s a good thing he does as he rescues him from her house that explodes, and he takes over all protection duty.

He’s good at what he does and he calls in his friends to give him a hand. They concentrated on her father who is a Russian Mob Boss that got out of prison, but that was not the one. During the whole time he makes sure that Jen and Sally have everything they needs. He makes time to hang out and has asked Sally to marry him.

I really do enjoy how all the characters interact with each other. Luke’s friends adore Jen as much as he does and you can really tell the family bonds building. The fact that Luke will do anything for Sally, including losing her life. He feels the same.

And he needs the strength of his friends and family to rescue Sally. A wonderful read that goes by fast. Full of emotions and action. Highly recommended.

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Restoring His Howl

Title: Restoring His Howl
By: Megan Slayer
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal LGBT

Blurb: Opposites can attract, but can they make the love last?

Dillon came to the Sanctuary to hide, but also to heal. He’d been abused and needed a safe place to come into his own. He never expected to find a partner, but love came looking for him. Can he accept what he deserves or will he push away a chance at forever because he feels unlovable?

Cinders knows from the moment he sees Dillon that he wants the wolf shifter for his own. But can a jaguar shifter and a wolf shifter really pair up? He doesn’t know, but he’s banking on the attraction to pay off. What he doesn’t expect is how deep Dillon’s scars run. Is he strong enough to see beyond what’s happened to Dillon and help create a future for them together?

Anything’s possible when the jaguar shifter, a former stripper, and the wolf shifter figure out how to restore his howl.

Excerpt: He spotted a black form moving in the grass. He hunched down and studied the animal. A jaguar. He should know the big cat by sight but didn’t know which shifter it was. The more the jaguar moved, the more Dillon watched. He couldn’t help himself. The black feline moved with grace and seemed to be showing off. The jaguar mesmerized Dillon. He’d seen plenty of big cats and knew there were at least two other jaguars on the property. Fifteen lions, four tigers, three jaguars, a bobcat shifter and six humans were currently at the Sanctuary—but he only knew a couple of them.

Something stirred within Dillon. Longing? Desire? A little bit of both? He didn’t think he could be loved because of the damage to his body and soul, but he wanted someone to care for him. To care about him. To see beyond his past and accept him. Was that even possible? Once others learned what he’d done and how often, they’d run the hell away from him and for good reason. He hadn’t been in control of himself, but did that matter? Maybe not, but he wanted a mate, and he had to hope they’d be able to give him a chance.

Mate… He snorted. Another wolf would be the best option, so why was he watching the jaguar? The wolf should be in charge and finding another wolf. Did the wolf crave the jaguar? Maybe. His human side definitely wanted the big cat. Well, no… The human side wanted to meet the human within the jaguar.

Christ. No, he couldn’t meet the shifter. What was he thinking? Not only would he wreck the fantasy, but he’d have to let in the person. Closeness meant the possibility of being hurt or abandoned. Hell, no.

“Aren’t you a pretty boy?”

He froze. He’d forgotten about watching the jaguar the moment he’d gotten wrapped up in his mind. The big cat was nowhere in sight. Shit, shit, shit. He knew the voice, though. Cinders. Of course, the jaguar was the stripper. How had he not figured that out? Because he hadn’t been paying attention. He was now.

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Author Bio and Links: Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on
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Hot Mess A Practical Guide to Getting Organized

Title: Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized
Author: Laurie Palau
Genre: Lifestyle

Most of us have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. Combine that with our hectic modern lives, and you’ve got a recipe for clutter catastrophe. Luckily, help is at hand. Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized can show you how to simplify your life—and get control of your stuff.

In this new guide to streamlining and organizing your belongings, your house, and your life, author and expert Laurie Palau gives you all the strategies you need to clear your clutter once and for all. This comprehensive book offers clever storage ideas and decorating tips, but more importantly, it shows you where your clutter comes from and how to change your approach. This makes it the definitive how-to for dropping all the dead weight that’s been keeping you stressed and anxious. Just follow the hacks, tips, and strategies Palau clearly outlines, and you’ll soon be sipping a vodka martini in your beautifully tidy living room.

Whether you’re naturally neat or a total chaos magnet, this informative and amusing guide takes an approach to organizing that’s as unique as you are. Let this witty little handbook be your new secret weapon in the war on disorder!

EXCERPT: When my older daughter first started school, she would get off the bus, have a snack, and immediately start her homework. That’s what I always did as a kid, and it made sense that she would follow in my footsteps. I never really gave it much thought until my younger daughter started school. She would come off the bus utterly exhausted. It was a struggle to get her to unpack her backpack, let alone start her homework. Some days she would actually fall asleep within minutes of walking in the door. Naturally, I wanted her to get her homework done, not just for her sake, but for mine. I fought with her to sit down and do it immediately. I never took into account she had ADHD and needed to decompress after sitting in school all day. Homework that should have taken 30 minutes was taking upward of two hours.

After months of battles and tears (hers, not mine – I preferred wine), I finally had my light bulb moment: I realized she goes into a valley in the afternoon. I never factored in her peak productivity time, only mine. I discovered that if I gave her time to chill out and relax for an hour first, she would come back more focused and less combative.

We all know when we are at our best, and when we are basically just going through the motions. Decluttering and organizing take both mental and physical strength, so being cognizant of your peak productivity time (and that of those around you) is an important part of the process.

Review by Emily: I am giving this book five (5) stars for a few reasons. First, I love how short and concise the chapters are. This gives me a great sense of accomplishment each time I finish a chapter, which is critical because I have a busy schedule. The second reason I gave Hot Mess five stars is because of the book’s overall organization. It’s very easy to follow even if I pick it up after a couple days of being away. Third, the author gives “true stories”, which are anecdotes that supplement the text. These are always timely and enjoyable. Lastly, I am giving this organizational tome a perfect score because all the tips are helpful. I hope you find this book as fun and timely as I did.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life, and author of the book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized available in paperback and kindle on amazon or Barnes & Noble.
She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ in Allentown, PA. Whether speaking or working with clients Laurie is authentic, relatable, inspiring, and highly entertaining.
When not organizing the world, Laurie can be found at home in Bucks County, PA with her husband Josh, 2 girls (Zoe and Logan) and 2 dogs (Jeter and Oliver). She loves coffee and Tito’s Vodka (not together), and in her spare time she is actively involved with The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for Pediatric Cancer Research.

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Duke du Jour

Title: Duke du Jour
By: Petie McCarty
Genre: Regency Time-Travel Romance

…a reverse Kate and Leopold…a light-hearted time travel romance where a bewildered modern-day duke ends up in Regency England and meets the girl of his dreams…

Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor–the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.

Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo–only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.

Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain–before Seven shows up–so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.


Ari did not pull back as he had feared.

Her small hands gripped his jacket lapels and tugged him to her.

My little spitfire.

Jared couldn’t help it—he smiled against her lips.

She did pull back at that. “Why are you smiling?”

“You delight me.”

Jared could not have stripped the smile from his face if he had wanted to. He was just too damned happy. Ari wasn’t smiling, however.

“I am honored you allowed me to give you your first French kisses,” he said quickly. At her confused look, he added, “A kiss with tongues is a real kiss.”

“How did—” Her fingers pressed to her lips.

“Trust me. I know these things.”

Ouch. That sounded arrogant even to him.

Evidently to Ari, too. “And only a rake would find it humorous to give a woman her first real kiss.”

“No, that’s not what I meant.”

He reached for her. She lurched back, just missing the statue of David.

“I told you; I’m a different man now.”

Stick to the truth. It is always best.

Ari looked uncertain.

With her gaze keenly settled on his face, he managed to slip a step closer. “I’m a reformed rake.”

And Jared realized he felt like one.

“You reformed me,” he whispered and leaned in to kiss her.

“And when your memory returns, you’ll go back to the old Jared,” she said, easing back.

Review: I am going to give this novel 4.5 stars. I was delighted about the concept of a Regency time travel book, and this book was very interesting. I did think it was slow at parts of the book and I think some of it could have been removed. It took me a while to really get into the story.

The characters were very well developed and the plot strong and there were no plot holes. He is sent. Back to Regency Britain from a magical fountain that Jared found in the back garden He is greeted by his old servants and finds out that he has a reputation of being a rake. It was interesting seeing how Jared grew and how honorable he is as he looks for a hidden treasure to bring his estates back to better order. People have noticed how much he has changed and are suspicious even though he claims to have amnesia. You could tell that Jared and Ari were meant for each other from the first time they met.

That relationship had a few bumps along the way. Jared is very protective of her and is trying not to fall in love with her since he needs to go back to the future. Ari has been hurt by Jared when she was a young woman and is having a lot of trouble trusting Jared.

Between the relationship that is developing, Jared also has to deal with assassins. He does not know why they are trying to kill him until later, but there were many try’s and what made things worse for Jared is that Ari was with him.

I really enjoyed the relationship being built between Jared and his brother who was an illegitimate child. You can feel the love and devotion that is slowly being developed between all the characters.

A wonderful book of relationship development, a wealth of great detail about the Regency era, and a crazy mystery, this is the book for you.

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Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

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His Valentine

Title: His Valentine
Author: Megan Slayer
Genre: Contemporary Romance (LGBT)

Brandon Kidd thought he overcame his demons. He thought he’d conquered his addiction to booze and his need to be promiscuous. He thought he’d left his depression behind. Why? He met and is dating Aydin, the man who stokes his muse. But the depression and his insecurity have come back, and he’s also got to pass his annual review for his fine arts program. He’s got to get through the grueling review, open up to Aydin and have the Valentine’s Day he deserves?

Aydin loves Brandon. He sees the changes in his boyfriend and wants to help, but how do you help when you don’t know the problem exactly? To compound the problem, Brandon’s brother, Benson, has started causing trouble. Benson doesn’t want his brother to be gay, let alone in a relationship. Aydin found the strength to admit he wanted to be with Brandon. Aydin’s come into his own. Will he be enough for Brandon or will the crushing outside influence be too much to overcome?

They’ve come together for Valentine’s Day, but can the romance last?


“I meant to say something, but I got so wrapped up in that review…” Brandon met Aydin’s gaze. “Babe, I’m sorry. I should’ve asked first.”

Aydin closed his eyes and rubbed his temple. He needed a moment to think. Talk about a Valentine’s surprise. What was done was done, and he couldn’t get Brandon to take the works down—not when they were part of an exhibition. Maybe people wouldn’t realize he was the one in the image.

“You’re mad.” Brandon bridged the gap between them and draped one of his legs over Aydin’s. “Babe.”

Aydin opened his eyes. Being so close to Brandon, smelling his cologne and feeling the warmth from his body seeping into Aydin’s comforted him. “I’m disappointed that you hadn’t mentioned it to me until now, but I can’t be mad. That’s your art, and I volunteered to sit for you. I knew there was a chance you’d put those images into a show.” He brushed his knuckles down Brandon’s cheek. “If we ever do anymore nudes and any with us in bed together, they will not go on display unless I know first and have given you permission. Those are our intimate moments. I don’t want to share all of them.”

“Understood.” Brandon leaned in and kissed Aydin. “I’m horrible with relationships. It’s hard, and I’m going to screw up again. I know it.”

“No, you’re still learning. We both are.” He held Brandon’s hands in his. “It’s a big step going from casual to monogamy. Some people can’t do it.” Aydin suppressed a chuckle. Normally, he was the one with the worries and fears. With Brandon on his side, he’d realized his strengths and wasn’t the timid man he’d been. He wasn’t ugly or horrible—no, he was loyal, had faith in people when most others didn’t, compassionate, and dying to be loved.

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Finding Michael

Title: Finding Michael
Author: Megan Slayer
Genre: Contemporary Romance (LGBT)

Blurb: Going home could be just the thing his muse needs and his heart desires.

Tristan Paulson needs the words to return. He loves his career penning novels of small-town love, but his muse has gone missing. If he can’t write, he can go back to his roots and sort through the items his newly deceased uncle left behind. Once in Sullavan, Ohio, he realizes just how much he loved the place. Then he sees the handsome librarian—Michael is just the kind of guy he’s always wanted. How can he go back to the big city when Sullavan calls to him?

Michael Kane wants nothing more than to be surrounded by his books and the written word. He knows heartbreak and isn’t in the mood to put himself out into the dating pool again…until he sees Tristan. He wants to be with Tristan, but he’s too shy. A handsome man like Tristan wouldn’t be interested in a quiet man like Michael…would he?

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Tristan remained beside Michael as they walked to the diner. He could get used to being with
Michael. He’d only been in town for twenty-four hours and he couldn’t fathom not having
Michael in his life. As friends? Absolutely. As lovers? If he had his way, then yes. He admired
the different buildings along the route.
Many of the storefronts bore art deco influence. He stopped in front of an abandoned former
appliance store. “What happened here?”
“It went under. People wanted cheaper prices.” Michael shrugged. “I think it would make a great
store for something else.” He cupped his hands against the glass and peered through the
window. “It’s got a second floor and a lot of the neon still works.”
“Yeah?” He shielded his eyes and peeked through the glass. Sure enough, he noticed the
second floor and the raised areas of the first floor. “Has anyone tried to resurrect it?”
“No.” Michael strode away from the building.
Sadness settled deep in Tristan’s bones. Where he lived in New York, shops sprang up and
collapsed yearly. A few went the distance, but most didn’t. He missed the fun of record shopping
for vinyl and second-hand books at another store. He saw so much potential in Sullavan, but he
also understood the reality of keeping a business alive. He paused.
The characters spoke to him. One of them wanted to keep a struggling business going. One that
was started by the father of the lawyer, but was now that he was ready for retirement. Tristan
nodded. He’d have to jot that notation down once they got to the diner.
“Are you okay?” Michael stopped. “Tristan?”
Hearing his name on Michael’s lips shouldn’t have turned him on, but it did. His nerve endings
sizzled and his heartbeat sped up. He longed to touch Michael again. The stolen moments back
at the park weren’t enough. He’d gotten an erection just from sitting beside him.

“Well?” Michael frowned. “What’s up?”
“I had a piece of the story fall into place and am trying to remember it.” He hurried up to Michael
and fell back into step with him. “I’ll write it down when we get a table.”

Giveaway Information and Raffle Code: Wendi will be awarding a bracelet made by the author and signed swag. (International) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Author Bio and Links: Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on

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Between Venus and Mars

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Title: Between Venus & Mars
Author: S.C.Mitchell
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb: Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

Excerpt: With her sidearm leveled on the eight surly creatures, she took a step back. “Leave me alone and nobody gets hurt.”

“An’ if we don’t leave you alone, maybe we get dinner.” The speaker was the biggest roo in the pack. “I ain’t had humie before, but I hears it tastes good.”

Its grin bared fanged teeth at the end of its long snout. Floppy ears perked up on top of its head as a narrow sneer tilted the side of its mouth. “Humies aren’t supposed ta’ be here, so’s if we eat you, nobody knows or cares.”

“Back off. I’m warning you.” She didn’t want to shoot them. They were just dumb animals. Well, maybe one evolutionary step above dumb animals. Still, if they surrounded her, she could kiss her ass, and her planet’s survival, goodbye.

Zana squared her shoulders. She could handle eight roos, no problem. The blaster was set for stun, so no permanent damage. I’ll just shoot ’me and get the hell out of here.

To her left, four more floppy–eared heads popped up.

Oh, not good.

A third group of five rose up on her right.

“Crap,” she muttered, as the mousy-eared marsupials maneuvered to surround her. They were slow-witted, primitive creatures, but strong as shit.

She could only hope they’d played their hand before their trap closed behind her. If so, she still had a chance.

Now or never . . . She whirled around and raced away.

Review by Amber: I am going to give this book 4.5 stars. I loved the comedy that runs rampant throughout the book. The plot is different and the characters are well developed.

I was laughing so hard at the beginning of the book that teras were streaming down my face. The mutated kangaroos are just the right side of silly.
Zana is in deep trouble and thus she runs to the Soulmate Tree, which was part of her mission, she wanted to see if she could find it. Her Uncle told her stories about it and he was also affected by it. So, her soulmate comes to her just in the nick of time. Although she didn’t expect him to be naked.

I was impressed on how Kyle is also a different type of character, as I thought he would freak out being dragged from his shower and into a battle with Roos.

You can feel the sparksflying between them as soon as they lock eyes.. As they fix up her ship to go back to her planet with needed materials, He finds it hard to think of her as a law breaker.

They stick together between crazy Roo sand treachery the bond gets incredibly strong. I wish there was a Soulmate tree around here so I could find the perfect mate. This is a fast read that throws you into a wholeother world.

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Author Bio and Links: S.C.Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, S. C. Mitchell crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

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Between Venus and Mars (March 2017)

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Dark Desires

Title: Dark Desires
Author: Aja James
Genre: Paranormal, fantasy romance

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.

Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.

Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.

But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?

Excerpt: Pa Ava’s breath froze in her lungs even as her heart pumped like a jack hammer. She stared owl-eyed and motionless into hypnotic dark brown eyes, so dark the pupils and irises were all but indistinguishable.

He held her gaze and slowly, nonchalantly pulled back his hand, leaving a trail of sparks along her skin where his fingertips grazed. A corner of his mouth tilted, whether in amusement or derision she couldn’t tell.

She did not see that hand fist so tightly on his thigh the knuckles turned white.

“Apologies,” he said. She assumed he referred to the accidental touch that set her veins on fire. “Allow me to help you.”

What? Was he going to help her relieve the dark desires that were melting her into a gelatinous mass of wantonness?

Keeping his gaze locked on hers, he gestured to the leg rest. Ava’s eyeballs were the only things that moved as they rolled to the right and down.

Oh that.

Before she provided a response, and perhaps it was better that he didn’t wait, because he would have waited a very long time, he elongated his torso by half standing, reached over the partition and smoothly removed the laptop bag that she had unwittingly jammed between the extended foot rest and the inner corner of her sleep capsule.

“May I?” he asked rather unnecessarily, since she hadn’t yet drawn breath or found her voice, and pressed the recline key so that her seat finally adjusted into a comfortable position.

Involuntarily, Ava heaved a contented sigh. Finally, her lungs were functioning again. Now that she had the opportunity to look him full in the face, she decided he wasn’t as irresistible as she first thought.ste third excerpt here

Review by Amber: I am going to give this novel 5 stars. It’s another great entry into the Pure/Dark one’s series. This novel brings us closer to Ryu, whom we first meet n Dark longing. He has even sent out to stop an experiment on genetics, and that includes stopping Ava As she is one of the top scientists in her field.

From the first scent of him, Ava falls deeply in lust and has a bad habit of saying what she means. The meeting is awkward but a connection has been made.

Ryu is a man whom has hidden himself behind strong walls that his comrades have not been able to breech. It takes a woman with no filter over her mouth, stubborn, insistent, and far to smart for her own good. Ryu doesn’t know what to do with her, he was supposed to eliminate her along with the rest of the team that is working on a top-secret genealogy experiment.

But as the days go
by, Ryu finds himself confronted by Aava everywhere he goes. She doesn’t make it easy on him pushing him with the crackling energy between them.

When he has to blow up the lab she is working on and gather the experiment he can’t help but tell her not to go outside. Being the woman, she is she doesn’t listen to him and instead of letting her die, he goes out of the way to save her.

Ryu may be suffering from his past, being a young man tried to be a shinobi and his own mother’s treachery. Ava becomes his angel, showing through actions and words how terrific a man he is and how much she can’t live without him.

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Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

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The Last Prejudice

Title: The Last Prejudice

Author: Bill Blodgett

Genre: Mainstream Drama (LGBTQ)

Blurb: When Ed Connor slips into a coma his wife, children and their families arrive at the hospital to await his recovery. They gather around his bedside and begin reminiscing about the good old days but as the hours pass stress begins to take its toll causing long held family secrets and unresolved issues to surface. A disagreement over a DNR order put Ed’s sons, Steve and Peter, at odds and the family speculates that their anger is really about an event that led to their falling out when they were teens. While in his coma, Ed exists somewhere between life and death and wonders what he could have done differently when Steve tried to tell him that he was gay. The family is drawn into the bitter battle between Peter and Steve, and they fear things will never be right between them again. It’s now up to the family to devise an intervention as a last ditch effort to bring these two battling brothers back into the family.

Excerpt: Wish I believed in God. Maybe it’d make these times easier. But even with a belief in God, so many of the religious and nonreligious people call us a blight. I thought having religion would make people more tolerant, not less. I thought God loved all of his children. So many people see us as a scourge against the very existence of man. People talk about us like we’re not people at all but a disease. Speak of us like we don’t have feelings. As if we are a bad sack of flour on the shelf that needs to be thrown away, discarded, destroyed, so the others around it won’t become contaminated. It’s almost laughable. If we, the gay community, were able to contaminate the rest of the world just by association, then wouldn’t the opposite be true? Wouldn’t their heterosexuality, according to their own thought process, “cure” us?

Shakespeare seemed to be fighting a similar battle four hundred years ago. Was that the first prejudice? Wasn’t he musing about the same bigoted hatreds then that are being delivered upon us now? Aren’t we in the same place as they were then? Was Shakespeare centuries ahead of his time when he wrote, “Are we not… fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer…? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die?”

Steve mulled the words he had learned so long ago in a high school English class, until finally he murmured them aloud in an almost inaudible whisper: “‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’ Oh God, I’m tired of this fight, of bleeding. Tired of having to justifying my very existence. Why must I carry it out in my own home, with my own family?”

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Bill still lives in the community where he met and married his lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from him and they both ignored each other until their teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and they suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.

They are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have a beautiful little girl, Kailyn.

Bill enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping with his family, golfing, making candles, and restoring his antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.

They say to write from what you know, so he does. He writes of love, life and relationships.

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