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Monday, December 22, 2014

Betty Bolte Guest blog and Giveaway





            I enjoy including a touch of the paranormal or the inexplicable in my stories. So, for my American Revolution series, A More Perfect Union, I needed something intriguing to weave through the tales. Now, many folks believe in the power of gems and stones to influence both mind and body. To me, there’s something rather mystical about how crystals and gems might affect other entities around them. Take for instance smoky quartz, one of the rare brown gemstones.

            Smoky quartz is considered the national gem of Scotland and has been a sacred stone since the days of the Druids. Quartz crystal has been used in religious and shamanistic systems for thousands of years. Ancient people believed quartz was a manifestation of ice, which kind of makes sense, right? Interestingly, in the 14th century, smoky quartz crystals were engraved with the image of a man wearing armor while holding a bow and arrow because the stone supposedly protected the wearer and the place where it was situated.

            Smoky quartz can often be found in shamans’ medicine bundles. In shamanic healing sessions, as well as home treatments, crystals are rubbed onto the afflicted part of the body to remove disease. The crystal can be placed on a painful part of the body and left there to rebalance bodily conditions and to remove blockages of energies, which many say result in illness.

            I chose smoky quartz and its powers for three reasons: 1) it’s the national gem of Scotland, and thus important to Scottish pride and loyalty; 2) it supposedly protects the wearer; and 3) it purportedly possesses healing properties. (I hedge here only because I have not had any personal experience of these powers nor know of anyone who has.)

            How did I employ the gem in my stories? Woven between the first three books is the power and legend (of my own making) of a heart-shaped smoky quartz pendant. This pendant, according to my legend, contains the symbolic heart of the people of Scotland, a group that migrated in great numbers to South Carolina, and is the source of their national pride. Because so many people of Scottish origin moved to South Carolina, both heritage and familial ties exist between South Carolina and Scotland. The quartz is said to remove uncertainty and, if two lovers hold it simultaneously, they’ll love each other forever. Should the pendant fall into the wrong hands, more unrest and riots will occur based on ideological differences between the Scottish and other nationalities in the frontier of the state as they resort to clan fights. Also, ongoing trade will stop and impact the overall economy of the state.

            In the first book, Emily’s Vow (October 2014), the pendant arrives in South Carolina in October 1782, while the British are preparing to evacuate Charles Town. When Emily Sullivan lands in trouble due to her father’s privateering, patriot spy Frank must help her but his mission requires him to protect the gem. He must make a choice between risking the future of the state and rescuing his reluctant fiancée.

            In Amy’s Choice (October 2014), the gem is accidentally lost by Benjamin Hanson even though he was supposed to be protecting it, then found by Amy Abernathy who puts it on for safe keeping, but then she is taken by renegades bent on her physical harm. Benjamin chases after her to rescue her, only to find himself on the wrong end of a renegade’s rifle. Amy manages to save not only herself but the other women in the manor house along with Benjamin, but not without significant emotional cost.

            Finally, in Samantha’s Secret (coming early 2015) the pendant has found its way home but its work is by no means done! Benjamin lays ill, perhaps dying, from an infected gunshot wound while midwife/healer Samantha McAlester struggles to find a cure even as young Dr. Trent Cunningham works to prove her herbal simples and home remedies are inferior to his methods. The major question is, can they find a way to join forces to save their mutual friend before it’s too late?

            Of course, the gem plays its role superbly throughout the stories, evoking its protection and healing powers when most needed.

            What do you think? Do you believe in the ability of natural objects to affect the world around them? Can wearing different gems or stones cause different reactions in our bodies? Have you had any experience with such a reaction?



Emily’s Vow
A More Perfect Union
Book 1
Betty Bolté

Genre:  Historical Romance

Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Date of Publication: October 4, 2014

Ebook: 978-1-61417-654-1
Paperback: 978-1-61417-655-8
ASIN: B00O7601NY

Number of pages:  247

Cover Artist: ePublishing Works!

Book Description:

Emily Sullivan’s greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she’s thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father’s raids on the British, and her accuser--a former beau--promises to recant if she will marry him.

Frank Thomson always loved Emily despite her refusal to return his affections. A patriot spy posing as a loyalist officer, when Frank learns of Emily’s plight, he challenges her accuser to a duel.

Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer--the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.

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Excerpt:

Emily hurried down the sandy road beside her friend, noting the waning sunshine draping shadows across the street. The slap of the waves at the distant convergence of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers beat a syncopated rhythm against the array of ship hulls, large and small, in the protected harbor. Many of the masts bobbing against the darkening sky sported the hated British flag. The losing army had resorted to sanctioned looting of the beautiful homes—those still standing after two years of British occupation as well as fires and bombardments—as booty for the officers and soldiers before they withdrew. She hoped they would leave soon, but nobody knew exactly when the British ships planned to depart. They'd already sent the bells to London along with other pilfered items. In fact, the British officers sought retaliation for the threat posed by the patriots, who had hidden their true allegiance, against the loyalists living in the city. The officers encouraged harassment of the American citizens, which translated into her father, a leading merchant in town, fearing for her safety more than ever. Until the British actually evacuated, uncertainty and fear blanketed the town.
Dragging in a deep breath, unease settled over Emily's frayed nerves at the thought of Frank's return. "I cannot believe Father insists I marry him after all that man has done. Surely Americans have matured enough they wouldn't force a woman to marry. It's 1782, after all. I'm not a child. Why doesn't he understand?"
A seagull glided past, its laughing call bringing a smile to her face. Her enjoyment didn't last long, though. The occupation of the town created fear and disquiet throughout the citizenry. Add in the horror of her sister Elizabeth's fiancé Jedediah dying, leaving her pregnant and in need of a husband. Then Jedediah's brother Frank, the man Emily had secretly cared for, married her sister to keep the child from being a bastard. Emily survived the misery of watching Frank marry Elizabeth only to suffer much more when Elizabeth died in childbirth with Frank away at war. Emily had come to terms with the prospect of raising her nephew, but being forced into marriage with Frank, too? How could life turn and twist with such disregard for her future goals and plans?
Frank's imminent arrival now distressed her as much as the three hundred British ships crowding the harbor. The rumor about town suggested the ships stood poised to carry away the defeated enemy troops along with any loyalists wanting to flee the town. Many slaves would likely take the chance on freedom offered by the British, despite the American protests. The constant motion of the water for once failed to soothe her troubled thoughts.
"Have you told your father how you feel?" Samantha matched Emily's stride easily despite her slight limp and the basket she carried.
Sharing her feelings with her father had once enjoyed an easy place in Emily's heart. Now his demands for her to cloister within the theoretic safety of the town house, joined with his desire that she marry to secure her future, made confiding in him difficult. His concern stemmed from her advancing age with few appropriate prospects for marriage due to America's fight for its independence from an overbearing mother country, which seemed to be winding down. She longed for those carefree days, years before, filled with friendly banter and heartfelt discussions with her father.
Emily wrinkled her nose. "I haven't spoken with him, not that I think he'll care. He's more concerned with my supposed need for a protector while he's away." What a pickle. Did he have to choose Frank to serve as both bodyguard and suitor?
The thought created ripples of fear along her spine. Marrying a man, any man, meant losing her individuality, a fate she dreaded. The vows included obeying and honoring him, which translated into having his children. She shivered, recalling her twin sister on her deathbed mere days after delivering her son. Emily held her hand as Elizabeth's life departed, her fingers falling limp within Emily's clutching grasp. Just like their mother before her.
So many young women across the country feared pregnancy and being brought to bed for that very reason. Elizabeth, like many of those women, had written out her will when she discovered she carried a child. At least the document detailed her wishes for her son. And her surrogate husband, Frank Thomson. Elizabeth was to wed Jedediah, the betrothal announced and celebrated, before Elizabeth revealed she was with child. The banns had been read twice when his militia duty arose and he'd left to fight. If Jedediah hadn't been killed, Frank would not have felt obligated to do his duty as Jedediah's brother to wed Elizabeth and give the unborn child a father and thus avoid bastardy.
Emily used to think of him as her Frank, until he told her his decision to wed Elizabeth. Her heart had hurt for months as she struggled to understand and accept the reality that she could never have him. But once Elizabeth died in similar circumstances as their mother, Emily's fear of dying as a result of childbirth eclipsed any naive desire to marry.
No, better to pursue her dreams of opening her ladies' accessories shop. She squared her shoulders, ready to face the astonishment of the ladies in town as well as plan a strategy for the battle when her father voiced his objections.

Amy’s Choice
A More Perfect Union
Book 2
Betty Bolté

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: ePublishing Works!

Date of Publication: October 5, 2014

Ebook: 978-1-61417-659-6
Paperback: 978-1-61417-660-2
ASIN: B00O7984P8

Number of pages:  231

Book Description:

Without a goodbye, Amy Abernathy's childhood sweetheart, Benjamin Hanson, leaves to fight in the American War for Independence.

Amy chooses to pick up the pieces of her heart and leave Charles Town to help her sister who is with child.

Benjamin knows he hurt Amy, but he plans to make it up to her after his mission is completed. Then he learns that Amy has been captured by renegade soldiers. Now Benjamin faces his own choice: free the sassy yet obstinate woman he's never stopped loving or protect Charles Town from vengeful British occupation.

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Excerpt:
"Benjamin, what brings you out here so early this morning?" Walter slathered yellow butter on yet another slice of bread.
Amy kept her eyes on her plate, but her movements slowed, indicating she listened intently.
"Colonel Scarsdale made an important announcement last week, one that increases the chance of violent retaliation and looting by the British troops as they prepare to evacuate the city." Benjamin kept his eyes on Walter but watched Amy's actions at the side of his vision.
"Is the war finally over then?" Walter laid down his knife, eyes intent on Benjamin.
"It appears to be, all but the acts of signing the peace treaty and evacuating His Majesty's troops."
"When might that happen?" Emily fisted her napkin and gazed at him with hopeful eyes.
"As soon as conditions allow them to leave the harbor. But between now and then they will scavenge for any items of value they can lay their hands upon." He willed Amy to look at him, and finally she rewarded him by lifting her eyes to meet his. The force of her gaze sent a shock racing through him, stirring a reaction below his belt. Shifting to be more comfortable, he held her stare for a moment.
"But how does that impact us out here?" Amy regarded him, one hand poised above her plate, a bite of ham waiting. "Surely the Britons will not harm us so far from town. They'll be busy preparing to evacuate."
"Clearly you do not fathom the reality of the matter." When Amy merely stared at him, realization dawned as to the extent of the situation before him. He nearly let out a loud breath in annoyance. He checked the reflex. He needed to address the fact that Amy wasn't the only one in danger. Ideas popped into his head and he dismissed several before nodding. A simple solution. "I have come to take the girls back to town where I can keep them safe."
A startled silence followed his pronouncement.
"We are safe here." Samantha strode into the room and made straight for the sideboard.
Benjamin rose to greet her, and she waved him back into his seat. As he resettled himself, he noted Walter had not moved from where he sat crunching on a slice of apple.
"Yes, more so than we'd be in town at any rate." Emily looked from one person to another. "So many soldiers still roam the streets, after all."
"Besides, we cannot move Evelyn." Amy held knife and fork poised to slice through the ham. "I won't leave her here alone. She needs help until the baby arrives, and for a span after."
"She has me." Walter laid his hands flat on the table at either side of his plate. "I can take care of her."
Why did Walter brace himself as he spoke about his wife? Benjamin recognized the defensive nature, an insecurity, exemplified in Walter's behavior.
Amy darted a glance at Walter, then returned her gaze to Benjamin. "That's my fear."
Her mouth formed a stubborn pout as her eyes reflected her concern. What had occurred here to provoke such a statement? Amy glanced at Walter with unease plain in her expression, her distrust of the man evident. Despite himself, Benjamin tensed at the idea of Amy living under the same roof as Walter.
"I know how to defend myself, so I'll stay." Samantha placed her napkin in her lap. "More to the point, Evelyn will deliver any day now, and she'll need me."
Walter looked like he wanted to say something but held his thoughts in check. His brow lowered as he dipped his bread into his coffee. Walter did not act as refined in character as his appearance first suggested. More pieces to the puzzle fell into place, but still some holes remained before Benjamin formed an opinion of him.
"You'll need help with running this place." Emily laid her napkin on the table, her eyes steady on Samantha. "I'm accomplished at that, so I will stay to assist."
Seeing where this was leading, Benjamin made an effort to change the conversation's course. "In the event, Miss Amy stays with me." He spoke with less conviction than earlier as his resolve wilted under the arguments put forth by the women surrounding him. "I can't stay away from town long, not only because Captain Sullivan expects me to ensure the museum collection is not touched, but also because Amy's father requested I bring my fiancée back posthaste."
A feminine gasp drew his eyes to Amy's startled expression. Damnation. Too late, he realized his error as, in rhythm with three blinks, her stubborn expression shifted to surprise, then anger.
"Pardon me?" Her eyebrows arched over wide eyes. "You are engaged? To whom, pray tell?"
The set of her jaw dared him to say what he must in order to tell the truth of the matter. An attack of cotton mouth forced him to try to swallow as he searched for the proper response. How crass could he be, blurting out his bald intent? His carefully prepared speech blown apart by his own foolish words. Again, words had tripped him up and left him floundering. Yet, his mother would be proud of him for sticking to the facts, even if they created an awkward moment. He heaved a sigh. Nothing for it but the bare truth. "I spoke with your parents a few days ago, and they agreed..."
"Stop." Amy, face red, held up a hand as though warding off a blow. "Pray, don't tell me my parents actually negotiated with you for my hand?"

About the Author:

Betty Bolté writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a Master’s in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild. Get to know her at www.bettybolte.com.

Website: www.bettybolte.com




Twitter: @BettyBolte



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Review of Draw-A-Saurus by James Silvani

My Review

Both of my youngest kids love to draw, and the little man, he absolutely loves dinosaurs. 

This book combines two of his favorite things into something that will keep him busy for days as he experiments with the drawings and figures out how to bring extinct dinosaurs to life on paper, then give them a creative twist uniquely his.

And the teenager is right there next to him as they both use the instructions and ideas to bring dinosaurs back to life.

This is a fabulous, easy to use guide book which can help budding artists or experienced ones draw dinosaurs. 

I love it. I haven't drawn much in years but I might even pick up a pencil and a give it a shot :-)


Draw-A-Saurus 
Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs  

by James Silvani
Pages: 160  
ISBN: 978-0-385-34580-4

About the Book:

This in-depth yet accessible dinosaur drawing guide combines humor, creativity, and the latest dino research to show artists young and old how to breathe life into drawings of their prehistoric favorites. 

Prehistoric Pencil Power!

Even though they lived some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles continue to rule today. From movies to comics and cartoons, these ancient, giant beasts are everywhere you turn. Of course, who wants to just read about or watch these dinos when you can learn how to use pencils, pens, markers, and more to draw your very own? 

Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus, Draw-a-Saurus has everything the dinosaur fan could ever ask for (outside of their very own pet dino!).

Available at Amazon

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED
CHAPTER 2: DRAWING THEROPODS
CHAPTER 3: DRAWING SAUROPODS
CHAPTER 4: DRAWING ARMORED DINOSAURS
CHAPTER 5: DRAWING ORNITHOPODS
CHAPTER 6: PREHISTORIC CREATURES
CHAPTER 7: FINE TUNING
CHAPTER 8: INTERPRETATIONS
CHAPTER 9: ENVIRONMENTS



About the Author:

JAMES SILVANI is an artist and illustrator and has drawn characters for Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Comics. Currently he is a comic book illustrator for titles like Disney’s Mickey Mouse, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and The Muppets. Silvani has drawn dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts since childhood, and now puts those skills to use in art workshops at libraries, schools, and comic book conventions. Silvani is a resident of Kihei, Hawaii.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gingerbread Dreams by Sheri Williams, Erzabet Bishop, and Skye Montague




Please welcome Erzabet Bishop.

Erzabet, share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I write under Dana Wright for light romance, horror, YA and kids books. Recently I published my first novella called Asylum and am in the new Dead Harvest anthology with horror greats like Richard Chizmar. It is being sold on the Cemetery Dance website and Amazon and is doing quite well.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest release is a shared effort between three authors. It is called Gingerbread Dreams and is centered on a bakery during the holidays.

Are you a mom?

I am a dog mom to ten furry little tornadoes.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes. I also work full time as a bookstore manager and write under another pen name, so my days are packed.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Oh goodness. All the time. You know that shirt you've seen on the internet warning people to look out or they'll be in my novel? Oh yeah. If you fall in my line of sight or hearing, you're in there in some form or fashion.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Adventure in romance starts with choices. With Silk Words, that's what its all about. Recently there was an article in USA Today that mentioned how interactive fiction is really taking off. The reader gets to determine how they want the story to go. I think that is important. How do you want the tale to end? With the sexy baker? The childhood sweetheart? A woman with some bondage cupcakes behind the pastry case? You pick the fun.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I used to hate tacos as a child and now I live in Texas. Go figure. You can't pry them from my hands and most nights after a late shift at the bookstore I swing by my local taco pervayor for a cruncy bit of yum.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I love to crochet. In fact I'm working on a pair of fingerless gloves. The bedroom where I write gets pretty cold in the winter and I can never seem to find any fingerless gloves here in Houston.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Oh…that's a toughie. I love the Kim Harrison books and have a fondness for the earlier books in the Anita Blake series. I also love the Brie series by Red Phoenix.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I would love to write middle grade and give that a try. Maybe mysteries too.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Gingerbread Dreams is a stand alone book, but I have a feeling there will be more books coming out with a shared author storyline in the near future.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Yes. I have Holiday Cruise, Temptation Resorts: Marnie's Tale and Jess's Adventure coming out from Silk Words in the next few months. I also have Pomegranate, Holidays in Hell and The Red Dress coming out from Breathless Press. Taboo II was just released by PWP, Unwrap These Presents, Wicked Things and Written on Skin are newly released along with my collection from Ladylit called Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection.

My works in progress are: a twisted fairy tale, a super hero story, a romantic comedy, Sigil Fire 2, One Night in Houston and Charity Benshaw's Enchanted Paddle Emporium. I am waiting to hear on several other submissions and have plans to work with a group of authors for a box set release of dessert themed sexy shorts for the summer.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading Bloody Sexy by C. L. Bledsoe and it is rocking hot.

What is in your to read pile?

I have a massive one.

Hers to Own, The Family Tree, Seducing Cinderella, Tempting Her Best Friend, Dead Harvest, On the Way to Everywhere, Necro Files, Heaven to Hell, A Stitch on Time, Kiss of Christmas Magic and many, many more.




Gingerbread Dreams
Sheri Williams, Erzabet Bishop,
and Skye Montague

Genre: Holiday Romance

Publisher: SilkWords
Date of Publication: Dec. 13

ISBN: 978-1-941847-35-0       

Cover Artist: Indie Designz

Book Description: 

Monica has a bakery and is losing money. A new flashier bakery has opened just down the street and is taking all the business during the winter carnival. She heads over to figure out what is going on and encounters several adventures.

A Pick Your Path Holiday Story at SilkWords.com



About the Author:

Sheri Williams is a wife and momma. Living in Alabama despite being a Yankee she has always wanted to be a writer. Sheri likes to dabble in multiple genres and formats liking to live dangerously while she fulfills her need to create. She loves to read and fangirl, sometimes both at once. You can find Sheri at Facebook and Twitter.







Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She is a contributing author to the Silk Words website with her Fetish Fair, Gingerbread Dreams, Holiday Cruise and Temptation Resorts interactive erotic romances.

She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.






Skye Montague is a author, illustrator, exotic dancer and occasional film producer. She's an avid LGBT rights activist and a sex educator who specializes in consent and kink. Her work includes serials Mariel Cove, Club Rook, NeXt, and the graphic novel series Eden with publisher Angels of Anarchy and Cursed Tides with SilkWords. She also works as an illustrator with Amazons Unite, which restores and releases the missing writings of Chris Anne Wolfe, and as a librettist with Ballet Renew.














SilkWords is the go-to source for interactive romance and erotic fiction.

With gorgeous custom covers and a clean, sophisticated design, the SilkWords site offers a secure, upscale reading environment. In addition to content on their web site, they offer stories for purchase in the standard e-book formats.

SilkWords is owned and operated by a full-time mom with a background in genetics and an RWA RITA-nominated, multi-published sci-fi romance author.

Their technology guy and site designer was the founder of Microsoft Xbox Live.

SilkWords features two formats that allow readers to choose how the stories will proceed.

Pick Your Path:

Will she or won't she? With which man (or woman) in which location? With Pick Your Path romance, you decide. Romance and branched fiction are made for each other, like picking your favorite flavor of ice cream...positions, partners, and paraphernalia, oh my!

Reader Vote:

Readers vote at choice points and decide how the story will continue. These stories are a great way for readers and authors to connect. It’s exciting to be part of a developing story!


  
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kindle Freebie December 18-20




Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts 
A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes 

By Bewitching Book Tours' Authors
Roxanne Rhoads, Sharon Baylis, Ami Blackwelder, Cassandra Lawson, Susannah Sandlin, Cherrie Mack, Maggie Mundy, Suzanne Johnson, Katalina Leon, Kay Dee Royal, Sophie Avett, Elizabeth Loraine, G.L. Ross, T.W. Kirchner 

Book Description:

Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts.

The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters.

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.

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Guest Blog and Giveaway The Last Guardian Rises by Rebecca Trogner





Thanks for having me on your site today. It’s the Holiday season and I’m hunting for the perfect gifts.

My favorite gifts to give and receive are always books. I honestly can’t remember getting a book I didn’t like. Now, it might not have been what I would have chosen for myself, but that’s the genius of it, isn’t it. I mean we all tend to gravitate to the same types of stories, and it’s refreshing to read something different, something we wouldn’t have noticed.

Below are books I’ve read and adored and highly recommend.  If you have a favorite book let me know. I’m always in search of a new favorite.


The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. I can’t describe this any better than the jacket. “Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history.” Loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

Night Film, by Marisha Pessl. I couldn't stop reading this book. It's hypnotic and chilling and more fun than I've had in a while. It involves a writer searching for an elusive director and the mysteries he discovers on his journey. For me, this is a book best read in print form so that you can see the images clearly.

Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture, by Peter Kobel. One of the most stunningly beautiful books I’ve read. It’s far more than a coffee table book and would be suitable for anyone who loves film.

The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj, by Anne de Courcy. When the British ruled India, men traveled there to –what was then an exotic land -- make their fortune. It didn’t take long for adventuress Englishwomen to follow them abroad looking for suitable husbands. 

Dead End Gene Pool, by Wendy Burden.  This is a quirky read written by the great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt.  Wendy takes us along as she reminiscences about her affluent relatives, her estranged mother, and her obsession with Wendy Williams.


The Last Guardian Rises
The Last Keepers’ Daughter Series
Book 2
Rebecca Trogner

Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Mystery

Publisher:  Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: November 15, 2014

ISBN:  978-0-9908827-6-3
E-ISBN: 978-0-9908827-7-0

Number of pages:  295
Word Count: 90,000 approx

Book Description: 

Lily Ayres, Sanguis Ancilla to Krieger Barnes, has retreated into the shadows of the archives, hiding from the king and the intense emotions he arouses in her. How long can she deny him? Will she accept her role in the Other world and the abilities arising within her?

Krieger Barnes, Vampire King of North America, has shared his blood, his kingdom, and his heart with Lily. He summons her, needing her nearness, needing her to attend the council meeting with him.

Merlin, the king’s advisor, must fight the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Can he survive the dark magic?

Lucien Black, the wielder of the Dragon Sword, is once again charged with Lily’s protection. How will he explain his avoidance of her?

A being buried deep underground, inside a cage of iron and wrapped in chains, escapes. Is he the dark entity that the Others feel and fear?


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Excerpt:

He came back cradling what looked like a journal in his large hands. It was bound in leather with a faded black ribbon tied around the covers.

“Fell, I guess.”

Lily knew it couldn’t have fallen on its own. And why didn’t the lights come on when it moved? She took the offered book from Liam and rubbed her hand over the old leather. Someone had taken great care to keep it oiled and the leather supple as sin. For now, its contents were silent. Not all texts spoke with her – perhaps this one would later, or never would.

“Ready?” Liam opened the door and waited for her to follow.

Her mind said no, definitely not ready to see Krieger, but her heart beat faster, and she remembered his cool, calm voice, and how she loved the ambiguous color of his hypnotic bluegrey eyes. The night before Lily’s mother was discovered and she’d fatally stabbed Henry, Lily had argued with Krieger. From this vantage, Lily could see how trivial her protestations were. She’d felt he’d betrayed her, though he hadn’t, and because of her, Krieger had staunched the flow of blood through the bond they shared. Now, just a hint of warmth was flowing through her body, that feeling of being connected to him again, that tiny bit of delicious balm soothing her worries.


About the Author:

Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her second novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.





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