I received the pleasure of reading this book months ago, prior to release, and I can’t tell readers how this book is Thursdayimportant. If you’re wanting diversity of gender, orientation, race – then The Spare and The Heir is where you can’t go wrong. CAUTION: Readers there is another book you have to read before  you jump into this one and that’s The Trouble With Grace, a required prequel and worth it to experience the story in it’s entirety.

Now, back to my thoughts. Calder and Quinn, our romance leads take us on a journey involving boats, India, England, heartache, heart break, and renewed love. It’s M/M historical romance and LeBlanc does it so well. Add in Grace, a woman floating along the asexual spectrum, and things get deliciously naughty. I love authors who push my boundaries and my knowledge of reality and the world around me – so this book speaks to that part of me.

The descriptions, the character development, the unique environs, and historical setting of the book are king. Leblanc is a master at weaving a picture of deunnamed-1tail and emotion. You feel what you’re reading whether you want to or not. I couldn’t put this one down. Nope. I zoomed through it in 6 hours staying up past my bedtime and hiding in my bathroom from the family for just one more chapter on a Saturday.

What’s the book about? Well, a man (Quinn) is in love with another man (Calder) and he goes after him, to right wrongs and to make Calder realize that they can be together, there’s a way for them to be happy. If Quinn can’t be with him, then there will be no Quinn and in reality no Calder either. Grace is part of the plan for the two lovers to be together and she needs help/protection as well. There’s also an unforeseen enemy who will have an effect on future books in this series. Did I mention that this is book 5 in a series? Well, you can thank me later, but your check book won’t. Did I also mention that the links above are for the exclusive illustrated editions? Yes, Leblanc produces illustrated romance. She’s a photographer and a talented author. The cover to left is her own marvelous creation.

What else? If you live in California then you’re super close and can go to this marvelous next announcement.

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Jasmine Moon by Celia Breslin Jasmine Moon

A Black Hills Wolves Story

 

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Decadent Publishing

Date of Publication: June 3, 2016

Blurb:

Tech mogul and workaholic wolf Evan Luparell has little time for distractions but takes a break for his brother’s wedding in South Dakota. When asked to escort another wedding attendee from the airport to Los Lobos, he agrees. Then he meets the curvy spitfire, and she ignores him.

Designer and wolf Mina Carver didn’t mean to be rude to the handsome, glowering man claiming to be her ride, but she was busy working. Now she must endure a ride to the Black Hills with the cranky but sexy dominant wolf. Unexpected mating energy sparks between them, but still—should she dismiss, or kiss him?

Kisses win and they agree upon a no-strings fling. But with each wedding activity throwing them together, and their powerful chemistry and mate compatibility complicating matters, can two workaholics truly have their fun then walk away?

Grab Your Copy: Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ All Romance ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo ~ Bookstrand ~ Goodreads

Excerpt: 

Evan tipped his head and eyed the ceiling. Prompt replies, punctual people. Striking deals and hitting deadlines. These items made his world tick. Not loitering around a miniscule airport pulling a Waiting for Godot moment on infinite repeat for a no-show, flakey designer from California.

God grant him patience and balls of steel when he showed up without the designer and the all-important wedding dress, because his future sister-in-law Darci would certainly be unhappy. He’d have to beg a favor from his assistant, have her snag a couture dress, and fly it ASAP to the Rapid City airport. He could afford a gown from some famous designer in Chicago or New York, something likely superior to whatever his soon-to-be sister-in-law’s no-name friend had created. Right? Shit, he hoped women’s fashion proved so easy.

He took a deep fortifying breath and froze. Airport smells assailed his senses—the sharp tang of bleach and lemon-scented cleaners, the floral perfume from Rental Car Girl who eyed him like a piece of candy. Black coffee, donuts, fried fast food, and under it all, the distinct musk of wolf.

Female wolf.

She smelled damn good. His wolf perked up, and his legs propelled him toward the empty baggage claim, where one bright-pink suitcase covered in Hello Kitty stickers sat, unclaimed, on the unmoving L-shaped conveyor belt. Her scent, stronger here, socked his gut, and his gaze shot to the corner.

The chaos around the woman stunned him silent. Large, paper coffee cup, half-eaten banana, and a quarter of a powdered doughnut perched on a brown paper bag next to her. Crumbs splattered the linoleum and the woman’s long-sleeved blue blouse in a thick layer of white, sugary dust. On her other side, two pink garment bags lay like corpses, along with a bubblegum-pink unzipped duffel as long as her outstretched, denim-clad legs. Some of the bag’s contents—pads of drawing paper and large swaths of fabric—protruded over the opening, the fabric splaying over her legs in a rainbow-colored blanket. Her feet peeked out of the mess, encased in sparkling pink UGGs. Good grief, sequins? She smacked her shiny boots together in a poor imitation of Dorothy and bobbed her head from side to side in time to some music only she seemed to hear. Her shoulder-length red hair, the color of ripe dark cherries—his favorite fruit—gleamed under the harsh airport lighting and curtained most her face from his view, save a pert nose and small chin, both speckled with a generous amount of freckles.

He’d always liked freckles.

Clearing his throat, he stepped closer, but she didn’t flinch in surprise or look up. Her attention remained on the tablet on her lap, the stylus between her pale, freckled fingers swiping without hesitation over her screen. Her extreme focus reminded him of his sister Lexi in one of her artistic frenzies. The resemblance ended there.

While his sister took after the rest of their tall, lean, and tan family, this woman seemed the polar opposite—pale, petite, curvy, and freckled. His preferred type. A flicker of interest stirred in his gut. Did she have those cute little spots on the rest of her? Speckled fur when in her wolf form? His wolf huffed his interest in finding out, but Jasmine the Oblivious Designer didn’t acknowledge his presence.

His fascination faded, replaced by renewed irritation. She damn well should have scented and noticed his wolf by now, and she should have waited at their agreed upon rendezvous point. She should not be sitting on the dirty linoleum of an airport, lost in her work. Didn’t she realize the dangers of ignoring her surroundings?

He positioned himself right in front of her wiggly, booted feet. “Excuse me, J—”

“Sh.” She raised her arm and flicked her hand in the universal get lost gesture.

He gaped at her. “Excuse me?”

Another wave of her hand while her stylus streaked across her tablet screen with the other. “Not interested.”

Nice voice. Low and husky. Her attitude, on the other hand…. “But—”

“Go away.” Her velvet voice carried a stubborn edge.

In other circumstances, he would’ve admired her strength. But he’d wasted copious amounts of time hunting for the clearly inconsiderate and irresponsible female. “Fine. Get your own damn ride to Los Lobos. Jasmine.”

About the Author:Celia Breslin

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. Her award-winning vampire series – The Tranquilli Bloodline – is available from Champagne Books.  Jasmine Moon is her third werewolf story (and a stand-alone read!) for Decadent Publishing’s multi-author, shifter line: Black Hills Wolves.

When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

Find Celia: Website ~ Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Newsletter

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Wickedly Twisted: Fairy Tales for AdultsWicked Twisted Cover

By: Cassidy K. O’Connor, Gracen Miller, Louisa Bacio, A. D. Roland, Sheri Lyn, and Lia Davis

Releases July 26, 2016

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A collection of six wickedly twisted tales from classic fairy tales by six of today’s hottest authors.

To Steal a Prince’s Heart by Cassidy K. O’Connor

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No self-respecting girl starts out wanting to be a thief but that’s what happens when war takes the King and all able bodied men off to war. Robin Hood and her merry band of women steal to feed their village, she never expected the Prince to steal her heart. When her true identity is revealed will the Prince stand by her or will she be forced to rescue herself?

Celia’s Connection by Gracen Miller

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Celia Goldilocks just wants to live her life in peace, but when her past comes calling, her life is upended. With a bounty on her head, she escapes to a cabin owned by three bear shifters. Unfortunately, they’re her father’s biggest enemy, but can they be her salvation instead?

The Brothers Ménage by Louisa Bacio

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Who says all fairytale princesses are cursed? As time runs out, the brothers from the wrong side of the tracks must weigh if a lifetime with Daphne is worth sharing their own secret, and if it’ll make a difference.

Bearskin by A. D. Roland

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A dirty hobo who claims he’s wearing the Devil’s magic jacket befriends a slightly skeptical nurse. Can he convince her he’s telling the truth in time for her to break the curse?

 

Pan’s Curse by Sheri Lyn

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The race is on. A jealous fairy has put a curse on Peter Pan, and it’s up to Captain James Hook and his crew to follow the clues and save him before time runs out, or he’ll be gone for good. If she can’t have him, no one will. Can James and Peter have their Happily Ever After?

His Big Bad Wolf by Lia Davis

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Neal turns to Shannon for help to track down the rogue wolf, but working together stirs emotions neither of them expected, and a fiery passion that makes it impossible for them to stay away from each other. But is Neal ready to learn all of Shannon’s secrets?

Find out more about the authors:

Cassidy K. O’Connor: Website ~ FB page  ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Gracen Miller: Website ~ FB page ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Louisa Bacio: Website ~ FB page ~ Twitter  ~ Goodreads

A. D. Roland: Website ~ FB page  ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Sheri Lyn:  Website ~  FB page  ~ Twitter  ~ Goodreads

Lia Davis: Website ~ FB page  ~ Twitter ~  Goodreads

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Writing WednesdayForgive me readers and friends, I’ve been a little absent as of late. I’ve been plotting up a storm and I’ve got lots of romance on the horizon. There’s some more of my Alternate History series, a contemporary series on the horizon, and my muse decided we weren’t done with erotic romance. With a ton of ideas brewing in this brain I’ll be busy for a bit.

Plotting is a lot like exercising a muscle and with each repetition the idea firms and tones itself. In that way I’ve been doing a lot of repetitions to get to the final pieces of several puzzles. From a story standpoint I’m excited about the direction my writing is taking.

I plan on stepping things up a notch. This book, Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes, I believe will get me there. It’s all about the romance and plotting said romance into a book so it’s a) believe able and b) interesting. Everyone I know is doing it, plus Gwen provides a handy dandy template to use in scrivener for those of us who are scrivener addicts *raises hand* .

While rules are made to be broken and stories don’t always follow a formula, knowing the rules and the formulas are half the battles. Here’s hoping and crossing fingers I nail this one out of the park because this year is already, almost halfway over and I’d love to get a few more things done between now and then.

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Learning-Curve-300x450Blurb: Madame Eve may have helped them find one another. But meshing their two worlds together isn’t easy.

When Dean is nominated for an Emmy, he is so excited he invites Sally to be is date for the evening.

Sally is reluctant at first but eventually agrees. Petrified the world media will make fun of her for being the fat chick on Dean’s arm, she works her butt off to lose weight before the big event.

Can Dean and Sally learn to make life together work? Or will the reality of the differences in their lives be too difficult to overcome?

Buy Links: Amazon ~ ARe ~ Bookstrand ~ Kobo ~ Barnes and Noble

Excerpt: 

Dean walked in the front door to his condo and glanced around. Everything sat in its usual place, mail on the sideboard, house cleaned. Yet, he felt unwelcome. Six hours ago, Sally had dropped him off at the airport in Greenville. It had been hell to leave her standing there, eyes glistening with tears. He’d be lying if he didn’t admit he might have had to wipe a tear or two from his own.

After setting his bag on the floor, he fished his cell out and unlocked it. He loved the speech-activated feature. “Sally.” Immediately the phone dialed her number. Counting the rings—after five it would go to voicemail—he breathed a sigh of relief when she picked up on four. “Sally.”

“You’re home.” She sounded happy but sad at the same time.

Hearing her voice eased the ache in his chest, at least a little. “Yep, baby, I’m home.”

“Did you have a good flight?”

“Yeah, pretty good. I missed you, though. Wished you were with me.” The sad sigh from the other end made him want to take the words back.

“Please don’t say that. It’s hard enough, me being stuck here with summer school and you being over two thousand miles away, with no idea when I’ll see you again. Don’t make it harder.”

I’m such a jerk. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you unhappy. Just wanted to let you know you were on my mind.” He had known the moment he arrived on Sally’s doorstep for his surprise visit he’d found the woman he wanted to be with for the rest of his life. The time they spent alone, the past fortnight, being together and learning everything about one another only served to heighten his feelings.

Sally sniffed. “I’ve been thinking of you, too.”

Not wanting them both to end up in tears, he decided to change topics. “Hey, I got some good news when I arrived home today.”

“Oh, really. What?”

“Guess who got nominated for a primetime Emmy?”

“Wow, that’s terrific. What did you get nominated for?”

“Outstanding Lead Actor for Thieves and Liars.”

“I loved that miniseries. You played a drug-addicted detective so well.”

He stood a little straighter, chest puffed out. “Thank you.” Dean had no idea what else to say. Sometimes he forgot she was a Mark Martin fan and had probably seen everything he’d ever done. “Anyway, I was wondering…. I know it will be right after school starts, but I hoped you might be able to get some time off to accompany me to the ceremony.”

A weird squeak accompanied an “Oh, my God.” Then silence.

He had to choke back a chuckle. “You still there?”

“Um, yeah. Sorry. Just a little shocked. You sure you want to take me?”

“Of course I want my girl there with me on what could be the biggest night of my career.” Dean had hoped their time together, enjoying each other’s bodies, might have rid Sally of some of her insecurities, but he could imagine the negative thoughts rolling around in her brain. “Please,” he begged.

“Okay,” she replied so quietly he almost didn’t hear her.

“Okay? You’re sure?”

“Yep,” she said in a much more convincing tone.

“Woohoo! We’re going to the Emmys.”

Also available: Curve My Appetite (find out how Dean and Sally got started)

Amazon ~ ARe ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Kobo

About the Author: Melissa Kendall is a forty-year-old mother of two from Perth, Western Australia, the second-most isolated capital city in the world. Predominantly a stay-at-home mum, she works a few hours a week as a software support consultant. She has always loved to read and write, and spent most of her teens writing poetry and short stories. Over the years, daily life got in the way and she lost the passion for it, but after the birth of her first child, Melissa discovered e-books and her interest in writing rekindled. She is the author of two published short stories and Matronly Duties her first full-length novel.

Find Melissa: Website ~ Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Get Exposed: Win a Kindle from the Wiccan Haus

05.24.2016

My fellow Wiccan Haus sisters are giving away multiple prizes and one lucky winner gets a free kindle. It doesn’t get better than this. What’s the Wiccan Haus? The Wiccan Haus is a paranormal, shared world series, created by Dominique Eastwick and Liz Silver. It’s published via Decadent Publishing, and features so many awesome authors […]

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Writing Wednesday: Ambition Will Get You Nowhere

05.18.2016

There I said it. Out loud and proud, too. A while ago a couple friends shared a blog post with me by Kristen Lamb. It was a great post, and hell, here’s a link. I’ll wait while you go read it. The post said a bunch of great things. Including: tooting your own horn (a […]

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Thursday Reads: The Trouble with Grace by Jenn Leblanc

05.05.2016

This book and what it offers are more dear then a meal or growly stomach and I couldn’t put it down. I’ll say that a lot with Thursday Reads features because they are going to be books I like. I won’t lie at all about it. Most books I like I devour quickly. Leblanc, I’ve […]

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Get Exposed: Healing His Soul’s Mate by Dominique Eastwick

05.03.2016

Book 13 in the Wiccan Haus Series Genre: Paranormal Romance Blurb: Things are not as calm at the Wiccan Haus as they usually are. The impending birth of Dana and Rekkus’ cubs has everyone on edge. The last thing anyone wants or expects is a series of uninvited guests. Ashlynn Stone hasn’t spoken to her sister Dana […]

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Get Exposed: Rex’s Mate by V.S. Morgan #Audiobook

04.29.2016

Genre: m/m Multicultural, paranormal/shifter, erotic romance Narrator: TG Burns Blurb: Former assassin Rex realizes retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be without someone to share it with. He longs for the kind of connection his friends Hunter and Casey have. Tired of meaningless hookups, Rex and his wolf are ready to find their mate. But what […]

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