• 100+ Reviews for Reap & Repent!

    100+ Reviews!

    First of all THANK YOU for reading and reviewing Reap & Repent. Just last week, the book passed the 100 reviews mark. and sits with a 4.5 of 5 STAR rating on Amazon. 😀

    In honor of reaching this milestone, I’ve picked a random reviewer to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

    Maliceon Books, I’m looking at YOU!

    I’ve punted around whether to continue the series. The folks who’ve read it keep emailing and contacting me about book four. So, as soon as I’m back from vacation in July, I promise, I’ll get back to Reap & Reckon. It’s going to take a while. The other Reaper Series books took me six months each to write. I’d said I’d have Reckon out in 2016. That could still happen, but it will more likely be early 2017. You have plenty of time to catch up on the series in e-book, print or audio 😀

    I have a good start. Oh, and I killed off a reaper in Chapter One.

    So there’s that to think about in the meantime, mhwahahahahahaha!

    If you’ve read Reap & Repent, please leave a short review on Amazon for me. Doesn’t have to be a book report or recap of the entire book. A sentence or two is just fine. Also, a share or two with your reader friends would certainly help 😀

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  • Spotlight on NEW RELEASE Trapped with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #SFR #SCIFI #giveaway

    Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) by Cara Bristol

    Genre: Science fiction romance

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    Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) blurb:

    The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

    Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

    Like him. Sonny Masters. Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin. He can’t seem to understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

    If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

    Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.


    Excerpt: In this opening scene, Sonny Masters is in bar waiting to meet up with his Cyber Operations partner when he observes and alien hitting on a blonde.

    The Malodonian leaned in close to the blonde. “What’s a pretty little thing like you doing in a place like this?”

    Sonny snorted into his drink. Did pickup lines like that ever work? He watched out of the corner of his eye and shamelessly eavesdropped. In the Nebula Lounge of the freewheeling Darius 4 Pleasure Resort, one could not expect privacy.

    “Minding my own business.” The woman’s glare suggested the Malodonian do the same.

    “How about I buy you a drink?” he persisted, unfazed by the rejection. His skin was as thick as it was blue.

    “Already have one.” She raised a double shot of Cerinian brandy. Her second. Sonny’s cyborg brain had kept track—not that counting to two proved a challenge. However, one single shot of the potent alien liqueur had been known to put many a stout man under the table. This woman could hold her liquor.

    She’d caught his attention the moment he’d entered the lounge. Like the Malodonian had noted, she was pretty—very pretty, but not so little. She was long limbed and toned in a way that he liked.

    He might have been tempted to try his luck himself—with a better line, of course—except he had little time for R&R. He needed to meet up with Manny, his Cyber Operations partner who would debrief him on the details of the next mission.

    Hover lights floating around the bar flattered the woman, turning her hair to pure gold, but the warm-toned illumination wasn’t kind to the Malodonian, whose blue skin acquired an unattractive green cast. “Why don’t I join you, then?” He planted himself next to her.

    “Why don’t you not?” Without wince or wobble, she knocked back the brandy and slid off the barstool. Tall, like he’d guessed. Sonny stood six foot six. Most females barely reached his shoulders. The blonde’s head would graze his chin. A nice fit for dancing, vertical and horizontal.

    “What’s the rush? Don’t run off.” The Malodonian grabbed her arm, his fingers biting into her skin.

    Amusement vanished. Sonny leaped to his feet. “I believe the lady said—”

    Before he could finish his sentence, she had the Malodonian on his knees, his arm wrenched at such an awkward angle Sonny almost felt sorry for the poor bastard.

    “What part of leave me alone didn’t you understand?” she said in the Malodonian language.

    The man’s guttural insult ended on a high note when she twisted his arm. “Get out of here.” She shoved him, sending him sprawling into a table. He swore again, his epithet translating to the C-word, and scrambled for the door.

    “Impressive.” Sonny applauded—from a safe distance.

    “The way I took him down?”

    “That, and the way you hold your liquor.”

    She scowled, but then her lips twitched in a reluctant smile that lit up her face. So she did have a sense of humor. If he had the time…well, maybe he could make some. Once he departed Darius 4, it would be a long while before he could avail himself of feminine companionship. Manny wouldn’t arrive until morning. Perhaps he and the blonde could work something out for tonight?

    Tread carefully, though. He’d hate to end up on his knees the way the Malodonian had. Not that the blonde could get him there. Despite being well-toned, she couldn’t beat a cyborg’s nanocyte-enhanced brawn. The image of them naked and wrestling, vying for dominance, brought a smile to his face. He’d win, of course. But he’d allow her to think she had a chance.

    “Something amuses you?” she asked.


    Leave it to a man to ruin a perfect suicide mission.

    The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love.

    In a battle to save the galaxy, falling in love isn’t part of the mission plan…


    Cara Bristol 0914 smallAuthor bio and links:

    USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes contemporary and science fiction romance and has topped the Amazon sales charts in science fiction and fantasy romance and erotica. No matter what the romance 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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  • Read, Write, and Respite. What comes next?


    That time I broke down and told you the truth…

    I just finished reading Felicia Day’s fantastic memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) today. It was weirdly inspirational and got me thinking even more about what’s next for me, creatively speaking. July marks my five-year authorversary. I started  Reap ‘Em & Weep (which became Reap & Repent) July 15, 2011.

    Here was the inaugural post where I espouse all the vainglorious reasons for beginning this journey. July 2016 will mark the release of my seventh book, Shifted In Seattle. It’s a sexy, Sasquatch shifter story. Weirdly wonderful, I think. Are sexy Sasquatch stories what’s selling now? Probably not. But now it’s a thing, nonetheless. Because I made it. Myself.


    I’m not going to lie, creating a story for public consumption from my own brain is very satisfying. Selling books is very satisfying. Getting reviews from strangers saying they enjoy those stories is even more satisfying. But at some point, I have begun to wonder if it’s all worth it.

    Writing takes time. A lot of it. And for very little return, financially or otherwise.

    Would any of my other past hobbies: scrapbooking, beekeeping, homesteading, raising chickens, adventure racing, walking/Fitbiting, reading et al have produced a substantial income? Not likely. In fact, most of those things only cost money and never have a financial return.

    A rough estimate shows that after five years of publishing (in all its various incarnations), I’m basically at the break even point, Somewhere around $10K out vs somewhere around $10k in.

    Five years. Seven books.

    Maybe it’s time to move on to the next big thing.

    That said, I have 6K written on a fourth reaper book, REAP & RECKON and a kernel of an idea for a third Cosmic Cowboys Episode, The Magnate’s Moon.

    I just don’t know if I have the heart left to finish them.

    Some days, I’m one click away from dismantling the entire endeavor.

    But I won’t. It took too much work to build it all.

    In the meantime, you can check back here, sign up for my newsletter for the release of Shifted In Seattle, and follow me on social media to see WHAT’S NEXT.

    It will be a surprise.

    For both of us.

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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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  • 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.


    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.


    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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    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

    Book Description:





    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!”


    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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