• Scandalous Summer Reads $150 Amazon #giveaway PLUS great book deals!

    Scandalous Summer Reads are going to help you STUFF YOUR eREADER! That’s right, we’re hosting a bumper F*R*E*E books and $0.99 BARGAIN STUFF YOUR eREADER campaign on the 15th June!

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  • Read & Reviewed: The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones & Why It Took Me So Long To Read It

    I write reapers. The grim kind.

    Before I started writing reaper stories, I’d never actually read a reaper story, with the exception of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Kiss, which is the story of Lucien, the Keeper of Death. When I finally decided to take the plunge into writing, I needed a beastie that wasn’t overdone. I liked the idea of the grim reaper and set to build a fictional world in which the collection of souls made sense to me.

    Because I was writing about reapers and the world I was creating, I purposely did not read any reaper stories in my genre. I didn’t want to absorb other’s details. The series it was absolutely the most difficult to stay away from was Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. Those books all but cried to me to be read.

    Now that my own writing world of reapers is firmly set across three books, I finally dove into Darynda’s series and Oh. My. God. If you haven’t read them, go! Go right now and start.

    Charley is the Stephanie Plum of the supernatural world. And Reyes? Well, you aren’t even going to believe Reyes.

     

    If you don’t know who Stephanie Plum is, you can NOT call yourself a reader. Go read Janet Evanovich’s amazing series, the first is One For The Money. She’s on book twenty-three now in THAT series alone. Read them. Read them all.

    I’ve been spending the past few months catching up on Darynda’s grim reaper books. The series is quirky and fun but filled with edge-of-your-seat action. I can’t believe how many plot threads she weaves together in each book.

    If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio books they are FANTASTIC. Narrator Lorelei King is the BEST and really brings these stories to life. Be sure to listen to the author interviews at the end of the first few audio books. They are worth it!

    These stories are best described as urban fantasy mysteries.

    Also, Darynda is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She even listened to Reap & Repent and did a book blurb for me:

    “Lisa Medley is a fascinating storyteller with real talent. Her books are heart-wrenching, alluring, and sexy as hell!” 
    -NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones. 

    Thankfully, I’m only halfway through the series and there are still several books yet to savor. Here’s a sampling:

     

    First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is an amazing first book of the series. Charley’s snarkasm is infectious. I love the world Darynda Jones has built and can’t wait to see what Charley gets up to next! Also… REEEEEEYYYYYYEEEEESSSSSS!

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    Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Charley and Cookie are the most hilarious crime-fighting duo this side of Heaven…or Hell. Either way. How Charley survives her capers is a boggling. It’s almost like she has a guardian angel…or devil. Such a fun series!

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    Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Amazing and full of big reveals! I love this series.

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    Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Another great addition to the Charley Davidson Series. I love these audio books. It astounds me how many intricate plotlines Jones can thread together in one story. She always keeps me guessing until the end. Now, if we could just tame Reyes…

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    Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Jones’ intricately entangled plots continue to astound me. Charley’s complicated and hazardous life is filled with adventures and seriously sexy, edge-of-your-seat action. Reyes is turning out to be everything I’d hoped he would…and more.

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    As always, Reap & Repent is FREE EVERYWHERE if you’d like to dive into my series.


  • Recently Read & Reviewed: The Walking Dead Compendiums 1 & 2, The Infinite Sea, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Tell

    I’ve been taking a break from writing to make a dent in my to-be-read pile. The pile is really two large bookshelves, a tower, a nightstand and a Kindle full of books now. I have, however, made some progress…
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    The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is not a happy series, but it’s compelling, dark and apocalyptic just how I like them. Alternating first-person POVs sometimes throw me off for a bit, but now, at the end of the second book in the series, I’m starting to get the hang of it. I pre-ordered The Last Star. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. Very good series.

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    The Walking Dead, Compendium 1The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    It was super fun to go back and read this series from the beginning for the first time. I watched the AMC television series first. I think reading the comics AFTER seeing the series gave me a different perspective. Normally, I read first then watch. The character building is the key for both the comics and the show. Slow, methodical and oftentimes hopeless. The black, white and shades of gray of the comic panels are a perfect metaphor for the zombie apocalypse. I loved it.

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    The Walking Dead, Compendium 2The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I love these comics and catching up with the AMC series storyline. It amazes me how well AMC brought these pages to life. Although some characters have been left out completely, replaced or combined in the AMC adaptation, both are fabulous and complimentary. On to compendium three for me!

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    Tell (The Heckmasters, #3)Tell by Allison Merritt
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Holy Heckmasters!

    Having just finished Tell, the last of the Heckmasters trilogy, I find myself both happy and sad. Happy because I really, really enjoyed Tell’s story, which caps off the series nicely. Sad because, well, it’s the end.

    Shh…Tell was always my favorite Heckmaster brother and Berner my favorite supernatural town. Add in a devilish imp and this story made me laugh out loud despite the direness of their situation.

    No spoilers here, but I can only hope there will be future stories to come of the next generation of Heckmasters.nbsp;

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    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Percy Jackson meets The Shipping News! I’ll admit, the cover and the peculiar title totally sucked me in. Then I saw there were photos, and I was hooked. This book has been on my TBR pile for some time and I’m so glad I finally made it around to it. I actually started listening to the audiobook first and it is FANTASTIC! But, I HAD to see the photos, so I grabbed the book too.

    I loved everything about this story. I can’t wait to move on to Hollow City.

    This book was not what I expected at all and as soon as it took a turn toward the weird, I was all in.

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  • Reap & Repent Reviews Near 100!

    I woke up to a STELLAR review on Reap & Repent this morning. It was review number 92 and made me realize just how close that was to 100 reviews!

    At this point in Reap & Repent’s unconventional publication history (a year published with Harlequin and a year plus indie published),  I’m still just as excited to see a new review. I’m just glad folks are reading it…and then going on to read the other two books in my series.

    Reap & Repent is FREE …forever. It’s my gateway drug. 

    As best as I can calculate, Reap & Repent has had around 10,000 downloads. That seems like a lot, but when you think of the WHOLE FREAKIN’ WORLD OF READERS, that’s really not that may. Of that 10,000, 92 readers have left reviews. Don’t make me do math, people. Leave reviews.

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    It’s sitting at 4.5 of 5 STARS and that pleases me. I remember when those first few reviews started coming in. It was TERRIFYING. I mean, sure, you can talk ten of your friends into writing something nice for your efforts, but you can’t talk 92 people into doing it. Trust me, I’ve been trying to bend people to my will for fifteen years at my day job. Can’t be done!

    Reviews keep us fragile writers going. So, if you’ve read Reap & Repent but haven’t left a review…go, go now, and leave one. When I HIT or surpass 100 REVIEWS on Reap & Repent, I’m going to draw from all of the fabulous folks who have left a review on it and give away a $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner.

    $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner.

    It could still be you.

    Also, if you downloaded Reap & Repent for FREE, did you know you can add the AUDIO VERSION for only $2.99? It’s true! It’s a great deal.

    Feel free to tweet about it or share on FACEBOOK.

    Finally, here is that fantastic review I received this morning. This chick gets it. She really, really does. No spoilers, just a whole lotta awesome review:

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    If I had her address, I’d send her macaroons.

     


  • My sexy Sasquatch story, Shifted in Seattle, is finished + a COVER REVEAL! #paranomal #shifter

    At long last, Shifted in Seattle, my sexy Sasquatch story is finished. It only took: 40,037 Words + 25 Active Writing Days + 5 Months to get there.

    Geez! I thought I’d never get that one finished.

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    Shifted in Seattle is my SEVENTH BOOK! Holy Moly, Batgirl.

    Also, I don’t count that first spurt of writing in May in my five-month count. I just had to start it. The earnest writing didn’t begin until November.

    The draft is out to several beta readers now and after those revisions, I’ll send it for professional editing and proofing. I’m looking at a June publishing date. Pre-order will be up as soon as I have an actual editing date set.

    I think this is such a fun story. Here’s the blurb in progress and the big cover reveal below…

    Shifted_In_Seattle_600x900There’s a reason no one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.

    Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, protected by the wilds of the northern territories and the Lummi Nation.

    When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a blind date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

    Sometimes love gets hairy.

    Pre-order on Amazon is coming soon!

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  • Spotlight on Whereafter by Terri Bruce #contemporary #fantasy #paranormal

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    Afterlife

    Book 3

    Terri Bruce

     

    Genre: Contemporary fantasy/paranormal

    Publisher: Mictlan Press

    Date of Publication: March 15, 2016

    ISBN: 9780991303649

    Number of pages: 345

    Word Count: 100,000

    Formats available:

    Paperback and all ebook formats

    Cover Artist: Shelby Robinson – artwork

    Jennifer Stolzer – layout and design

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    How Far Would You Go To Get Your Life Back?

    Stuck in the afterlife on an island encircled by fire and hunted by shadows bent on trapping them there forever, Irene and Andras struggle to hold onto the last vestiges of their physical selves, without which they can never return to the land of the living. But it’s not just external forces they’ll have to fight as the pair grow to realize they have different goals. Irene still clings to the hope that she can somehow return to her old life—the one she had before she died—while Andras would be only too glad to embrace oblivion.

    Meanwhile, Jonah desperately searches for a way to cross over to the other side, even if doing so means his death. His crossing over, however, is the one thing that could destroy Irene’s chances of returning home.

    Too many obstacles, too many people to save, and the thing Irene most desperately wants—to return to her old life—seems farther away than ever. Only one thing is clear: moving on will require making a terrible sacrifice.

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    Andras grunted, the sound filled with suspicion. Irene bent down to tie her shoelace, as much to avoid eye contact as anything. When she straightened up, something in the distance caught her eye, shimmering like a mirage. She squinted, not sure she was really seeing what she thought she saw.

    “You know, now might be a good time for you to tell me what it was like to live in a castle,” she said.

    Andras shook his head, sadly, as if Irene had disappointed him. “You cling too much to the past. Forget the trappings of life. Free your mind from these longings, and so, free your soul. Only then will we be able to escape these shackles and enter Heaven to rest at the side of God.”

    Why did he always have to argue about everything? “For God’s sake,” she said, exasperated, “just answer the question!”

    “Wherefore?”

    Irene pointed to the hulking structure in the distance. “Because,” she said as Andras whirled around to see what she was pointing at, “correct me if I’m wrong, but that looks like a castle.”

    “Wow!” Irene said, her eyes roving over the dark, crenellated structure hulking in the far distance. It gleamed dully, the color of burnt blood in a fading afternoon sun. “What the hell do you think that is?”

    Andras grunted. “As you said—Hell.”

    Irene frowned at him, but her lips quirked in amusement. “Why do you have to be so negative? It could just as easily be Heaven. God is supposed to live in a palace, right—the whole ‘my father’s house has many rooms’ thing? A castle is just a type of palace.”

    Andras gave her a dry look. “Does that look like Heaven?”

    Irene was on the verge of agreeing that the castle did not in any way look how she imagined Heaven when it shimmered, as if the fading sunlight had been redirected by mirrors. Light rippled across the castle’s surface and the dull, dark, burnt-blood color transformed into gleaming, bright, silver-white. Crisp white pennants flapped from the corners as if whipped by wind. Irene thought she could hear them snapping crisply.

    Irene looked at Andras, and he looked at her. His expression made it clear that he had seen the same transformation she had. It was as if the building was trying to trick them into coming closer.

     

    terri bruceAbout the Author:

    Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats. She is the author of the Afterlife Series, which includes Hereafter (Afterlife #1) and Thereafter (Afterlife #2) and several short stories including “Welcome to OASIS” (“Dear Robot” anthology, Kelly Jacobson publisher) and “The Well” (“Scratching the Surface” anthology, Third Flatiron Press).

     

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  • Reaper Series Audio Books Available Now. Book one is only $2.99!

    Reaper Series Audio Books Available Now

    At last, the Reaper Series audio book versions are available for the enjoyment of your ear balls. You can listen while you’re in a car, going far. On a bus and in a rush. On a plane or waiting for a train. Wherever you are, Reapers won’t be far.

    Okay, enough with my inner Seuss.

    Also, if you don’t mind, leave a review on the audio version. It will make my narrator Michael Rubino smile. Me too. Here you are…go get ‘em and enjoy!

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    ONLY $2.99!!!!!!

    This audio book was produced by Harlequin and has a different cover and narrator, BUT it also has Whispersync enabled on Amazon, which means if you already bought the book (or download it for FREE HERE), you can ADD the audio book for $2.99!!!!!!!

    That’s total awesomesauce, right there.

    Book Blurb: They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura. Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth – and, having spent more than 200 years ushering souls to Purgatory,

    Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford. A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself – and the Reaper she can’t live without – if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

     

     

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    Book Blurb: He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

    After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

    Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first.

     

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    Book Blurb: By day he saves lives in the city he loves. Can he save souls too?

    Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What he’s not is a reaper. With unexplained abilities, his true nature lies somewhere in between the angels, demons and reapers he finds himself involved with. When he’s paired with the reaper Maeve, he struggles to find his place in the rising war to save the souls of Meridian and the world.

    Maeve has tried to hide her reaper handicap – her toxic reaper energy – her colleagues. But when she’s possessed by a fallen angel and forced to poach souls for Hell, her greatest weakness might be the only thing that saves her.

    Nate uses his growing powers and his innate magic to find Maeve. He’ll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.

     

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  • Spotlight On ★★NEW RELEASE★★ Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #SFR #SCIFI

    Captured_600x900Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 3)

    Author: Cara Bristol

    Genre: Science fiction romance

    ISBN: 9780996145268

    Captured by the Cyborg Description

    Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

    An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.

    Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

     

     

     

    Captured by the Cyborg is available in ebook and print.

    Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

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    Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29258375-captured-by-the-cyborg

     

     

    ★★★★My Review★★★★

    Captured by the Cyborg

    Ex Cy-Ops agent Dale Homme’s first love has always been his job and his spacecraft. Not necessarily in that order. When Illumina Smith lands on the desolate moon that’s home to his intergalactic chop shop, he begins to peel back the mysterious layers of her story and resume that just don’t make sense. Starting with why she’s luminous when she lies.

    I loved these characters and this story so much. Dale and Illumina are my favorite couple so far! This series gets better and better.

    Excerpt from Captured by the Cyborg

    (In this scene hero Dale Homme is interviewing job candidates. He just met the heroine)

    The woman’s head didn’t reach his shoulder. But what she lacked in stature, she compensated for with hair.

    Shimmering, silvery-blonde waves of it tumbled to her hips. The platinum shade didn’t reflect light, it radiated it, almost as if the individual strands were composed of fibers of light itself. Although women could and did take chemical supplements to alter pigment at the cellular level, and platinum hair was not unusual, the combined effect of the color and shine was. Striking under the harsh artificial illumination—what would it look like in moonlight?

    In a complete violation of propriety, he reached out to touch. He caught himself and snapped his hand to his side, calling upon his nanocytes to stamp out the kindling of desire. Turned on by a job candidate’s hair. This is what happened when you didn’t get laid often enough. Not entirely his fault though. He’d planned to visit the Darius 4 pleasure resort, until Lamis-Odg terrorists had destroyed the place. Under reconstruction, reopening hadn’t been scheduled yet.

    He forced his attention away from her hair.

    And noticed her clothing. What the hell was she wearing? Masculine, almost military-style trousers in a fabric mottled in various shades of tan led to clunky coyote-brown boots. A loose-fitting jacket in the same variegated pattern covered her top half. Fatigues—but from what century? The twenty-first maybe? Where had she acquired the getup?

    “Mr. Homme?” Gray eyes met his in a direct stare. “I’m Illumina Smith. Thank you for seeing me.” Her voice tinkled like chimes blowing in a gentle wind, but the hand that seized his gripped like a steel clamp.

    It’s not an arm wrestling match. He hid his amusement while noting the slenderness of her bone structure. His thumb and index finger would overlap if he were to encircle her wrist. “Come in. Have a seat.” He gestured.

    She lurched with a jerky, awkward gait to the chair and sat, her posture rigid. Her robotic movement was so opposite the grace he’d expected, he ran a quick scan. No, not android. An organic, sentient life-form, but not human either.

    “Your name is very unusual.” He plopped into his sensa-chair, which immediately conformed to the shape of his body and began a massage.

    A tiny furrow creased her forehead. “Smith is a common Terran surname.”

    If she was Terran, he was a six-eyed, webbed-handed Arcanian. “I meant Illumina.”Cy-Ops series

    Captured by the Cyborg is third in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series but is written to be read as a stand-alone novella.

    Don’t miss the other books in the series!

     

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    USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has published more than twenty-five erotic romance titles, including contemporary and science fiction romance.  No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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