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Rules Of Ascension
By Suzy Knight

Blurb:

As a child, Lady Elsabeth Durnfir dreamed of marrying a prince, but after seeing her elder sister’s personality make a complete 180 degree turn after her engagement to Crown Prince Henry of Estoria is announced, Elsabeth has traded in her childish hopes of a fairytale wedding for the equally unlikely hope of inheriting Durnfir Manor and the surrounding land.

Life at court is not something she is interested in, or good at, but in order to help prepare for her sister Alicia’s wedding, Elsabeth must live at court for an entire year. As well as trying to fit in at court while living up to her sister’s reputation, Elsabeth has a secret to keep. But, court is full of secrets that are all about to come to light.
How will Elsabeth survive court without destroying her family’s reputation—and how can she get Prince Frederick, the renowned rake, to stop teasing her?

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Excerpt
The high table had never been so full. The king and queen sat in the center, as always, with Georgiana on the queen’s left and Henry on the king’s right. However, Alicia was in Frederick’s normal place at Henry’s side, leaving Frederick no choice but to sit between Elsabeth and Georgiana, not willing to subject one as innocent as Elsabeth to Georgiana’s stern gaze of disapproval.
Food was served within moments of him sitting down; the kitchen had pulled out all the stops tonight. Frederick watched as his plate became laden with thick cuts of roast beef; golden, crispy potatoes, and thick gravy. The servants knew his habits well, giving him only the smallest helping of greens but loading him with still-warm rolls of bread and the thickest of the beef slices they had.
Not long after Frederick demolished his first roll, the king called for a toast to the happy couple. This was a precedent that would set the theme for the evening, for every few minutes there was yet another toast. Frederick sipped at his wine, sometimes only pretending to drink, knowing the evening meal was going to be long the toasts were not likely to stop, and he hadn’t quite recovered his head from the night before. However, after the fourth or fifth toast, he noticed Elsabeth swaying a little in her chair as a servant dashed forward to refill her wine goblet. The flush in her cheeks confirmed his suspicions as another lord stood to toast the couple. The prince leaned in to Elsabeth and whispered in her ear. “Pace yourself, sip the wine or simply pretend to drink. If you get too drunk, you’ll fall out of your chair, and then what would Lissy say?”
Elsabeth hiccupped, her big blue eyes staring at him from under her dark, long lashes. Seeming to have to concentrate on her motions, she nodded and put the cup down, glaring at it suspiciously. A smile tugged at the prince’s lips as he watched her frowning at her cup as though the cup itself were to blame for her inebriation.
Georgiana leaned past Frederick to glower at the young woman. “Is she drunk?” she hissed, eyebrows knitted tightly with judgment. Frederick felt that same knot in his stomach that he had felt earlier when Elsabeth had floundered under the queen’s questioning. It was almost a protective feeling, which didn’t make sense, as he didn’t know her at all. Besides, I never go after innocents—I only ever pursue women who understand that I’m not promising anything.
Nonetheless, he turned in his chair and rested his chin on his hand, careful to position his elbow quite obviously on the table, blocking Georgiana’s view. His distraction worked. “Get your elbow off of the table at once! Are you a heathen?” Georgiana’s whisper could cleave wood, the tone was so sharp. With a flash, she hit Frederick’s elbow with the bottom of her fork, causing him to curse and rub at the offending body part.
“Jeez, Georgiana. Is there really a need to turn to violence?”
“It’s all you men seem to understand.” She sniffed and turned away, focusing on her own meal once more.
New to the castle, the servants played it safe by putting a little of everything on Elsabeth’s plate. But, Frederick noticed her request second helpings of everything except the gravy. If the way she gazed longingly at the steaming tureen was anything to go by, he suspected her refusal of the gravy was in accordance with her wish to lessen the chance of spilling on herself.
Frederick sighed and sat back in his chair, watching Elsabeth play with the food on her plate. He felt himself smiling again as he watched her keep dropping her potatoes, her coordination suffering greatly from the amount of alcohol she consumed. There was something endearing about her, but it’s not like he could bed his future sister-in-law to get her out of his system.
“Will you tell me something?” he asked, leaning forward to take her fork from her slack grip. She pouted at him, following the fork with her gaze.
“Sure,” she mumbled, watching as he speared a golden potato and waved it tauntingly before her.
“Why were you so floundered by my mother’s question? Surely there are things you enjoy doing?”
“Of course,” sighed Elsabeth, gaze still focused on the potato he held out. “But I promised Alicia I wouldn’t tell about the embroidery and nothing else I do is very ladylike.”
“What do you mean by ‘not very ladylike’?” He fed her the potato and speared another.
“Well, I teach the village children to read, and in return they teach me dancing. Alicia says I shouldn’t dance like a commoner. I like to walk through the gardens while the dew is fresh, but it ruins my dresses. I don’t much care for fashion, but I like sewing.” She opened her mouth patiently, expecting a reward for her answer. He obliged, holding out the second potato. Spearing a third, he twirled it while he contemplated his next question.
“Why can’t you tell anyone about your embroidery? That’s a very ladylike hobby. You must have seen how much my mother enjoyed the piece Lady Alicia made.”
Elsabeth shook her head and wobbled slightly in the chair. “I have a secret. Lissy made me promise.”
“I won’t tell anyone, I promise,” he whispered, leaning closer and teasing her with the potato, touching it to her lips and pulling it away before she could bite. A swipe of her tongue across her lips almost made him forget why he was trying to get information.
With a moan, Elsabeth nodded. “Okay, but you can’t tell anyone! Lissy can’t sew at all, so I can’t tell anyone that I can, or they might notice that my work is identical to the work that Lissy claimed as her own.” With a triumphant grin, she leaned forward and snatched the bite of potato, chewing happily.
Frederick sat back in his chair, watching Elsabeth as she reclaimed her fork and enthusiastically attacked her vegetables. Why would Alicia lie about that? It’s not as though Henry would care if she were able to sew or not. Yet she made her sister promise to keep it a secret? Frederick didn’t think Elsabeth was lying, but it gave him something to think about. He knew how the court worked, a skill with embroidery got you close to the queen—could Alicia have planned it all in order to get herself close to Henry? He shook his head clear of such thoughts. Henry is cautious, and Georgiana is like a hawk. There’s no way anyone would be able to trick their way into the royal family.
He focused on Elsabeth once more, smiling as he watched her eating with such exuberance. She seemed completely at ease, now that her inhibitions had melted away. It was hard not to laugh at her disastrous attempts to feed herself, her coordination having suffered greatly, but he didn’t think he could feed her again. Not if she was going to moan in pleasure with every bite.
When the meal was finished, it was time to dance. Queen Charlotte and King George followed Lady Alicia and Crown Prince Henry out onto the floor. Georgiana had disappeared again, which left Elsabeth with Frederick. He helped her out of her chair, trying not to let others notice how heavily she leaned on him. At least she isn’t tripping over her dress anymore. The music started before they reached the floor, where the tables had been pushed aside to make a dancing area. Other couples joined the royal family, giving Frederick the chance to pull her in closer than was appropriate. Only because I need to be able to hold her upright, that’s all there is to it, he told himself, ignoring the curious glance Henry shot across the room.
Their fingers were entwined and his other hand rested on her lower back, his thumb gently rubbing small patterns. He was careful to move slowly and not to turn her too often, but he couldn’t help the grin that spread across his face as he watched her bite her lip in concentration. “Are you doubting me again, Ellie?” he whispered, making her head snap up. She glared at him.
“My name is Elsabeth. And I’ve never once doubted you, so there.” She stuck her tongue out at him, and he struggled to quiet his laughter. He tugged her closer so her hips were pressed against his.
“I’m sorry, Elsabeth,I’m glad to be thought of so highly by such a discerning young lady.” She shivered and looked up, her eyelids fluttering with the effort to keep them open.
“Are you teasing me?” she said, her head tilted to one side like a curious puppy.
He smiled, his gaze locking with hers. “Never.”

My Review:When I was asked to read and review this one, I was excited especially after I saw this gorgeous cover and read the blurb. I love any romance set in a historical period and this one was great. It is set in the medieval period, where there are knights, and the court and yummy princes. This story is about a young woman that is forced to come to court, a woman that loves to be free and watch the sunrise and play. She doesn’t like to be restricted. Now she is at the royal court, because her sister is marrying the crown prince. Then she meets the younger prince, Frederick, who is a ladies man. But he is charming, affectionate and shows her gentleness and desire. It is a short story, but what a fun one. I enjoyed every moment. It almost seemed too short for me. The story surrounds this sweet romance, and is wrought with treachery and suspense, with a tender love story that is guaranteed to steal your heart!! Magnifiscient!! About The Author

Suzy Knight is an average English girl, who after completing a degree in boring business management decided to travel halfway around the world to the land of kpop and kimchi to be a teacher. Whilst in Korea, Suzy rediscovered her passion for writing and managed to write the novel Love and War in between working at her academy and volunteering with animal rescue. Two years later and she’s back in England with her rescued Korean puppy, Panda. Now she is working on her next novels, while training Panda to be less nervous. You can find Suzy at

         

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About The Author

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California

 
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Highland Protector
MacCoinnich Time Travels (5)
Catherine Bybee
Published November 19 2013
300 Pages
Paranormal Time Travel Romance
ISBN: B00F8ONUZU
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Synopsis
No ordinary hero can save Amber from death… it will take a Highland Protector

Amber MacCoinnich survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed.

Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both

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EXCERPT

1686, MacCoinnich Keep Scotland
Fighting with a sword ranked up there with having sex without an orgasm. Holding the damn thing took too much energy and the end-result was anticlimactic and messy. Kincaid’s free hand itched to pull any one of his hidden weapons from the pockets of his modified seventeenth century clothes and finish off his opponent. The man’s death was inevitable. He had no earthly prayer of taking Kincaid. Even without the use of Kincaid’s gift, the kilted Scot had two fatal flaws working against him. One, he underestimated his opponent, never a good thing in battle. Two, Kincaid’s Druid gift would prevent any fatal blow from reaching his skin. He was damn near immortal.
Kincaid missed being skewered by the Scot’s blade by lunging to his right and placing one foot on the edge of the Keep’s massive stairs. Above him, other men fought, some with powers, a few without. Preventing the ancient Keep from falling into any hands that didn’t belong to descendants of the original owners, wasn’t going to happen. These missions were planned and orchestrated with extreme caution and precision.
The Scot advanced again—sweat falling from his brow with the effort of the fight.
“Kincaid!” He heard his name from the floor above, but didn’t make the mistake of looking up.
“I’m busy.” He blocked his opponent’s sword again, locked the man’s free arm, and attempted to pull it behind his back.
Kincaid was rewarded by taking an elbow in the ribs and having the wind knocked from his lungs.
“Finish him already. We need to move on.”
Moving on was his queue that their time was nearly up.
“I guess…” He shoved the Scot a foot away and lifted his sword high. “That means we’re done here.”
“Your confidence will be your downfall,” the Scot said.
Kincaid motioned the man forward. …said the spider to the fly…
The Scot advanced with a surge of strength and determination.
Kincaid held his ground, threw up his Druid shield, and watched as shock filled the man’s gaze when his sword bounced off the shield and opened him up for Kincaid’s final blow.
Killing never sat well with him. But he was a warrior and killing was part of his soul. Damn shame that.
Kincaid heard his name called again, and he took the familiar stairs two at a time to reach the others. From the corner of his eye, his gaze met a painting on the wall, one he’d not seen before.
His steps faltered as he connected with the haunting gaze of the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Didn’t matter that the painting was one dimensional, or that the woman was most likely dead…even in this century. He did a quick inventory of the other images on the walls and recognized only one. The same painting hung in that very space on the wall, so many years in the future. But this one…the picture of the woman with her long dark hair and pained focus as she attempted to smile, beckoned him. This painting he’d never seen.
“Kincaid! Dammit man, get your ass up here!”
Kincaid shook away the woman’s soulful gaze, bounded up the stairs, and trailed his band of men up the spiral staircase of the turret.
As they moved to the privacy of the bricked room, he noticed the small face of one of the Keep’s youngest occupants watching from behind an adjacent door.
Rory moved to close the door when Kincaid motioned toward their witness.
The child, a girl not more than ten years old watched with wide eyes. She didn’t appear frightened in the least.
“Is she…”
Rory lifted his hand, palm up, and from it, a small ball of fire swirled from nothing and hung suspended.
The girl’s wide eyes lifted and a small smile inched at the side of her lips. She lifted her hand and a sputtering of fire sprang from her fingertips.
Kincaid felt his pulse dip as he lifted his finger to his lips “Shh,” he whispered with what he hoped looked like a friendly smile.
Noise from the long staircase met their ears. Rory ushered them inside and closed the door. Before the noise from below became another battle, Kincaid closed his eyes, lifted his shield, and spread it over his small party…then he began to chant and time slid away.

My Review
Amber suffers every day, she has the ability to feel the emotions of those surrounding her. After a battle with her families enemy, her condition became a hundred times worse. Amber is always in a immeasurable amount of pain, knowing that each day she is getting worse, and she will soon die. She knows that there is no hope for her, until one day, after a summoning spell for help, and stranger appears in their home. Gavin Kincaid is intrigued by a portrait of a young woman, and he can’t seem to forget her face, but there is no record of what happens to her. When his friend and colleague suddenly disappears, he knows he has no choice except to go back through time and find his friend. He is suprised to find himself in the twenty first century, and facing the one woman who he has been searching for. He can barely believe he is talking to the MacCoinnich family. A family well respected and revered from his time. When he sees the pain and torment that Amber is suffereing from, he tries to use his Druid gift to shield her. Only when they are physically touching, is Gavin able to shield her from the pain that has tormented her. Amber has never known this feeling of being free of others emotions, and she feels normal, a emotion that she never imagined that she would feel. A passion and a bond connects Amber and Gavin, but will a hidden truth about Gavin tear them apart or bring them even closer?

I was given a free copy of Highland Protector in return of a honest review. This is the first time that I have heard of this author, and I do love time travel romances, especially when it involves the highlands. Highland Protector is the fifth in the series.  Highland Protector had a strong plot and emotionally enriched characters. In the beginning it starts out with seeing both characters and in their individual lives. You see more into their characters from the beginning. Gavin is a Druid, and a warrior, and has some powerful traits. Amber is a member of a powerful family, and I haven’t read the previous books, but Amber and her family faced their enemy, and after the event, Amber’s condition gets worse, and even despite the pain that she is under, she still manages to help her family and those in need; even though it drains what little energy that she has. Through a series of events, Amber and Gavin are put together, and they are unable to break away from each other. When they end up bonded, their relationship becomes even more cemented, and you see the feelings they have for each other blossom, especially as they travel together through time.

Even though I really enjoyed this story quite a bit, I had the hardest time getting into it especially in the beginning, which is probably the reason it took me so long to get it read. However once I reached about halfway through the story, I was starting to get more into it, and really enjoying the way the story was turning out. I felt like you could read this as a stand alone, but I think I would have liked to have read the earlier books, so I could have had a bit more background information. Overall it was a strong romance, and I enjoyed the different sub plots that occur as well. It only added more to the story. I love the masterful way the reader brings the characters to life in a setting of conflict, magic and passion. A stirring way this story brings out the unexpecting sizzling romance!! A EXCITING ROMP!!!

 Favorite Quote 
“I don’t care, I want to make love to my wife, to hear you moan when I bring you pleasure.” His words made her insides quiver, as did his hands as they circled her hips and pulled her back into his arms. 
“And I will bring you pleasure, Amber.” He kissed her briefly. “So much pleasure”

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

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Redeeming Vows
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A Vampire Christmas Carol BLOG TOUR, Author Interview & GIVEAWAY

A Vampire’s Christmas Carol (Novella)
by
Cynthia Eden

Blurb:

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

‘Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…

Warning:
This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays! 

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Author Interview



Could you tell us 5 random things about yourself.
Of course! Let’s see…I love horror movies, Vin Diesel is my favorite actor, I have an addiction to chocolate, I watch the Disney Channel even when my son isn’t in the room, and I’ve been reading romance novels since I was 12 years old.

-What is your favorite aspect about writing? What inspired you to write?

I love being able to create high intensity, dangerous scenes–and to enjoy that danger from the comfort of my chair.  Anything can happen in books, and it’s that “anything” that makes writing exciting to me!

I have always been a day dreamer, so writing just seemed like a good fit for me. I couldn’t turn off the day dreams, so I just used them!

– Tell us a bit about A Vampire’s Christmas Carol

Thanks for asking! A Vampire’s Christmas Carol features one very tortured vampire who is on the edge of falling into darkness. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by three very different visitors–a demon, a ghost from Ben’s past, and a shifter.  It’s a vampy take on the Dickens classic…only there’s some steamy scenes included that I don’t think were in the original version!

-Do you have a favorite character? Tell us about him/her.

That is such a tough question! I think my favorite overall character would be Niol from Midnight’s Master. Niol was my first really bad anti-hero, and he gave me a serious soft spot for those tortured guys.

-What made you decide on writing paranormal romance? and why?

I think we can all use an escape from the real world, and I like to write paranormals to get that escape. It’s nice to imagine that there is more to this world than just what we see each day.

-What is the easiest and/or hardest part about writing?
The ending is the hardest part for me! Sometimes, it’s difficult to say goodbye to the characters.

The easiest part? Starting a story! That’s always fun and exciting!

-Do you have a favorite genre to read for fun?

Romance! Give me all sub-genres, and I am a happy woman!

-Do you have a specific spot you like to write? or is it anytime, anywhere?

Anytime, anywhere. 😉 I just need to be in a quiet spot, and I’m good to go. If there is too much noise nearby or if someone is talking, I always get pulled out of the story.

-If you could travel to any time, which would it be and why?
Hmmm…I’ve always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. I’d love to get a first hand look at the pyramids in their glory!

-Do you have any favorite books or author you love to read from?

So many! I love Larissa Ione, Katie Reus, Jayne Ann Krentz, Kresley Cole, Linda Howard…I could go on for hours.

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. Happy Holidays!

Excerpt
Lust clawed through him. The need, the red-hot desire, seemed to burn Ben from the inside.  He grabbed Simone, yanked her flush against him. His mouth locked on hers. He’d always tried to be so careful with her in the past. Played the gentleman because she mattered.
He wasn’t a gentleman any longer. Ben wasn’t even sure what he was. He just knew he needed Simone naked, and he had to be in her.
He carried her back to his bedroom. He ignored the glittering New York skyline. She was the only thing he could see. Desire pounded through him. His cock was so swollen that he hurt and—
His teeth were extending. Stretching in his mouth.
Ben dropped Simone on the bed and stepped back, horrified.
“Ben?”  Simone sat up on the bed and pushed back the blonde hair that had tumbled forward. “What’s wrong?”
She was so gorgeous and sexy staring up at him.  Looking at him with those wide, dark eyes.
I’m going to hurt her. He grabbed for the control that he’d always held so easily in the past. Only that control was broken. Shattered. “You need to leave.”


About the Author
 
USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
 
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.
          

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Medusa A Love Story-Birthday Bash-Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

So exciting to be able to share with you the Birthday Bash for MEDUSA by Sasha Summers!!!

It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.

My Review
When I was first asked to read this, I didn’t know if I would like it, especially since I wasn’t sure if it would have a Happy ending (which is a must for me) but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Medusa. At first I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, I don’t know if it was just me or what, but I just had a feeling I needed to stick with it. However once I read the first chapter or two I was instantly drawn into this passionate love story that almost broke my heart. There were many different aspects that I liked about this. For one, is the theme of mythology that is almost the center of the culture and surroudings in this story. I have always been fascinated with greek mythology, and I really enjoyed seeing the interaction of the different gods in this one, and how in the end they were pretty much cheering for the couple (just like me!!:) But I also found the plot to be very on the edge type. There was non stop intensity and it felt so tragic at times. This is the type of romance that you want to make sure you have some tissues next to you—guaranteed to put your emotions through the ringer. It has been a while since I have read a story that had so much heartfelt emotions and almost makes you feel like you are on a roller coaster. Another aspect I like is that this author decided to go with Medusa. With most people, even me, I have found Medusa to be one of my least favorite characters, in greek mythology. I enjoyed seeing Medusa being put in as the good side of things, and we see a innocence about her and you feel like you can relate with her in a mortal way. There was also such a vibrancy to the style of writing that is used, somewhat different than what I am used to (which I found to be Awesome!) It was as if Summers was trying to reach out to her readers and share a special story, a story that has totally captured my heart. There was such a beautiful connection between the characters, their love so enthralling!!! If you are looking for a sweet love story, that is full of intensity, unsurmountable conflict (like the sea) and a couple that are so fully dedicated they risk everything for each other!!! A love story to bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart.

Favorite Quote 
The love I have for you gives me breath and strength. You will always hold my heart. Let it give you the strength to do what must be done. For you will be my lady, forever. 

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
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About The Author

Sasha is part gypsy. Born June 9, 1974, stories have always played an important role in her life. her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and her inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

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– Autographed copy of “Medusa, A Love Story (Loves of Olympus Series, BK # 1)
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He twirled a lock of my dark hair between his fingers, bringing the soft tendril to his nose as he drew in a deep breath.
“Do I still smell like lemon cake?” I asked. My fingers wandered along the tight muscles on his arms, sliding underneath the sleeves of his light grey T-shirt.
He suddenly crouched low and ran his nose along the length of my body—close and inviting. God, I loved it when he did that.
Smelled me.
What a strange thing to love about a man. The gesture felt erotic and the tiny hairs on my arms would stand up. With each inhale, his soft purr rumbled and I pulled his face close to mine, planting a soft kiss on his warm cheek. He caged me with arms that had once climbed a thirty-foot tree with blinding speed to rescue me—his agile body leaping from branch to branch as he held me tightly to him.
“Put your mouth on mine, Little Raven. I’m ready for a taste of lemon cake,” he said in a deep and tumbling voice.
“Maybe I’m not so sweet,” I whispered, wetting my lower lip with a sweep of my tongue.
Logan’s eyes followed every movement, and he licked his lips in response. “I want your mouth… on my mouth. Do it, or else I’ll have to find something else to kiss.”

About The Author


Down in Texas, there’s a woman who drinks copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to her laptop. Yeah, I know. I’ve got a drinking problem. Hi, I’m Danni.
When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m listening to obscure music, watching movies, reading, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the internet. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).
Some people count sheep when they have insomnia. Since I was little, I used to make up stories in my head in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I’d get so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down more and more, creating short stories which evolved into poetry.
Lots and lots of poetry. It’s almost embarrassing that I have an entire box loaded with spiral notebooks filled with furious, heartfelt, and blushing words. Apparently, I had a lot to say.
Another one of my hobbies is digital art. I designed all my book covers. 
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to: giving my characters a pulse through publishing. I write adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels. I let the story tell itself, and color outside the lines. I am not a YA author, but I think it’s pretty great that there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal. These are the future readers!
The work that goes behind self publishing is hard work, I won’t lie. On top of my regular day job: I write, edit, format, create cover art, and market.
But it’s what I love to do, and someday, I’m going to be doing this full time.

Other Books In The Series 
 

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Bound
Eternal Guardians (6)
Elisabeth Naughton
 E Book
Published March 26th 2013
Fantasy Romance
Authors Website

Synopsis 
TITUS—To most his gift seems like a blessing, but for him it’s a curse the other Eternal Guardians—those who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld—seek to exploit. One he would gladly trade for the chance to be free…

Obsessed. Her touch is like a drug. From the moment he met her, Titus knew she was different. Even dangerous. Yet though his guardian brethren are convinced Natasa is working for Hades, Titus can’t stop thinking about her. Can’t stop fantasizing about her. Can’t stop craving the one thing he knows could lead to the downfall of his world.

Possessed. Faced with stopping Natasa or joining in her quest, Titus falls to temptation and is thrust into a world of lust, deception, and deadly treachery designed by the gods. Her touch—only hers—frees him from his bonds, but desire may just condemn him. Because before the end he’ll have to decide which is more important: duty and honor to those he took an oath to defend, or a woman who could very well be the biggest curse to them all.

My Review
Summary 
Titus, part of the order of the Eternal Guardians, has for the longest time has been unable to bear another’s touch on his skin, or feel every emotion and be splintered with pain. He has been having dreams of the one woman who he can bear her touch, and he knows it is doubtful that he will ever see her again. But then he suddenly spots her in the Castle of Argolea.  On his way to a meeting with the “Council” he sees a dark haired young woman who looks exactly like the one woman he has been dreaming about at night, hoping one day that he would find her again. When he endeavors to find her, he finds himself to have been drawn into her world. Titus is very powerful, and he knows that Natasa is innocent, that she doesn’t mean to hurt or injure others. They begin together on a quest to find the answers that could solve every one’s problems, only never expected the danger and intrigue that would come along with it. Natasa knows how dangerous she is, and wants more than anything to have the ‘fire’ that burns within her and threatens every one’s lives, to be rid of. Natasa never expected to find Titus or expect to find such a passionate love that ignites every burning awakened with her….or even a powerful love that would lead her to finding everything she has been aching to have.

The Hero (Titus)
Titus, over a hundred years ago, was cursed after being a foolish and prideful young man. So he has been unable to bear another’s touch, or ends up on the floor in pain and overwhelmed with every emotion and sense of the person that he touches. He has managed to hide that flaw from others in the order, seeing it as a weakness. Until he meets Natasa at the half breed colony, some time ago, and his whole world changes, when she touches him, and he doesn’t feel emotion or pain. He only feels her beautiful touch and the heat of her skin, only draws him in. She has no idea what a wonderful gift she has given him, being able to Finally touch another after over a hundred years, and vows to protect her no matter what threatens them.

The Heroine (Natasa)
Natasa, has recently been woken up after being frozen for hundreds of years. Now a fire burns within her, that she has barely been able to contain; it has taken all of her self control to hold it within in. She knows she has little time left, and that she could cause the very own destruction of mankind if she doesn’t find the one person that can save her…her father who is imprisoned. With Zeus and Hades trying to find her, she must find a way out of this mess she finds herself in. All she wants to do is get the heat taken away from her, its like her own curse, one she despises. When she meets Titus, she just want to faint at his feet, he makes her blood boil, and makes her heart pound with his beautiful and toned body that leaves her breathless. He shows her a passion and a love and prove to her they are meant to be.

My Thoughts 
I was given the ARC to read and then give a honest review in exchange. When I was asked to be a tour host for this book…I was beyond excited. Since I haven’t done too many yet. I have been wanting to read this series, but until now had yet to read anything from Elisabeth Naughton. I have to say after reading Bound, I can’t believe that I haven’t read her yet. For one thing I just love it when Greek Mythology (or any kind of mythology) is mixed in with the story plot. The author writes it in such a way that enthralls the reader from the very first page, and I found it near impossible to put it down. I love the focus and the detail that is very thoroughly portrayed through the story. Even though when I first started reading this, I was a bit lost since I hadn’t read the previous books in the series, I did catch on after the first few chapters, and I found myself totally drawn in with the story. I also enjoyed how Naughton puts in serious issues that we all deal with in a paranormal themed romance that helps the reader connect with the characters and the story line in a very real way. The emotions that were so vividly portrayed were so heart wrenching at times, that I did cry a few times. It had such a powerful effect on my emotions, that I felt like I was being overwhelmed at times with a sea of emotional effect that takes you on a adventure to rival any. I also found some great qualities that came with this author’s writing, and her unique style will just captivate you and before you know it, you have fallen in love with the story and the characters that will take your breath away. A Poignant and intense love story that will take you places you can only dream about. I am now totally addicted to this story, and I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the other works in the series!!! A True Treasure that will excited you and charm you!! Plus how can you resist such a gorgeous cover…with the water trickling down in the sexiest way. Utterly irresistible!!

First Line 
Anxiety was a bitch he did not have the patience to deal with.

Favorite Quote 
“Titus, I–“
He lifted his head, and before she could get the rest of the words out, his lips pressed against hers. 
Soft. Cool. Electric. Tingles rushed through her whole body. And when he nipped at her lower lip, when she felt the tip of his tongue slide across the seam of her lips, she gave up the fight. She opened to him. 
He was like a waterfall. Like a cool flood of relief, pouring over her skin, easing the burn from the outside in. Rejuvenating her in ways she couldn’t imagine. 

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The series 
Marked
Entwined
Tempted
Enraptured
Enslaved

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About The Author 

Author’s Bio & Picture:

I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.
 

 

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

 
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Giveaway 

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·        1 ebook copy of “Bound”
·        Character Trading Cards
·        1 Eternal Guardian Bookmarker
·        1 Eternal Guardians Drink Coaster
·        1 Eternal Guardian logo Temporary tattoo
·        1 Bound Car Charm
·        1 Bound Keychain