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#WOTR – #Review – Pursuit of the Raven (The Union book 3) by Shawn Reilly

Pursuit of the Raven (The Union Series #3)

 

Asher Lake, a wolf in his ani-shift form and Keeper to his people and the protégé’s left in his care, knows what he wants. He wants to reform the Union, become a better man, and test fate. Determined that Elle Ison has a place in his life, he sets out to discover just what that place is—while pursuing the one thing that might open doors to provide answers, to the curse hanging over his life, namely his stolen medallion.

Elle Ison, along with Asher’s brothers, Ari and Nixon, share two specific things in common—a love for Asher—and a desire to keep him alive anyway they can. Even if that means setting off on a fool’s quest or making certain sacrifices to keep him that way.

 

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This isn’t some fairytale where the hero wins….This is the absolute truth about this series! Time is not on Asher’s side. And this is proving difficult for the entire Lake family. I have to be honest. At the beginning of the series I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Asher or not. Due to him being so closed off trying to protect himself he is a bit socially inept. But in this book we really see him evolving and now I don’t know what we would do without the one and only Asher Lake (and his mints). Actually all the characters are evolving. Asher wants to be a better man, wants to do good things for the Ani-shift community but there are others that are going to stand in his way. You can tell he wants to love too. Oooh how he wants to let it all go! At least this is what I read into it anyway, haha! As he starts to trust and opens up to be trusted all hell starts to break loose. All of the Lakes share a love for Asher and they will do anything to keep him alive. There are secrets that are being discovered. But with answers always come more questions. The new questions and the decisions that are being made will continue to keep you on the edge of your seat and trying to figure out the next move. Look out too because this one will throw you for a loop!

 

 

 

Shawn Reilly

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When it seemed like I was only an F away from flunking out of the sixth grade, a retired schoolteacher took me under her wing. After some tutoring and testing, she informed my parents that the reason I was having trouble in school wasn’t that I was dumb but instead dyslexic. When my stepfather heard this, he decided to take me to a used bookstore with the belief that the best way to improve my reading skills was to read. Some of the books were hard to get through at first, but with his encouragement, I refused to give up. We made many trips to that bookstore, and I especially loved the science fiction and fantasy sections. Then one day, after complaining about the ending of a particular book, my stepfather told me that if I didn’t like the books that I had been reading, then to write one myself—so I did.

My first attempt resulted in a horribly written western when I was fourteen, staring a cocky gun-slinging cowboy by the name Curt Calhoun. Curt along with his seven brothers, who all shared C names in common, may never have seen the pages of a book, but that was the day I started writing, and never stopped.

Shawn Reilly lives in Mt. Comfort Indiana. She has three beautiful and talented daughters, one very loving and supportive husband, and an overweight American Pitt Bull Terrier named Noah. When she’s not writing she’s spending time with her family, boating and fishing, and attending signings. She is the author of The Union series and The Children of the Alliance Trilogy. She supports those with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and animal rescue.

Website
http://shawnreilly.wixsite.com/shawnr…

#WOTR18 #Review #NewRelease – Outcast, A Good Guys Novel by Jamie Schossler

OUTCAST

KAYLA
My infatuation with Ezra Johnson started how all obsessions begin—with a simple crush. Over the years I silently soaked up every shy smile and random act of kindness, wrestling them away to a secret place in my heart meant for unrequited love.
Because if it wasn’t for the fact that I tutor him once a week, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t even know I exist.
Then I find his sketchbook.
And it changes everything.

EZRA
There are two certainties in my life: I’ve been in love with Kayla Reynolds since I was fourteen, and I can’t have her.
I’ve spent years settling for a two-dimensional fantasy world, capturing her beauty with a pencil and paper. She’s kind, smart, gorgeous…
And she belongs to someone else.
Or so I thought.
An interesting turn of events makes me realize things aren’t always how they appear on the outside, and now I’ve got my chance to be the man she deserves.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been called a loser. The cripple. An outcast.
But maybe—just maybe—this time the good guy won’t finish last.

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I received this book from the authors for an honest review.

OH MAN!!  Ezra!!  I gotta say it.  This is my favorite book of the series. FAVORITE!!!  Ezra and Kayla are such a great read!!

Ezra and Kayla are both blind to the way the other feels about them.  He thinks he is the gimp with the limp and the squishy belly guy so no way would this beautiful girl like him let alone LOOK at him THAT WAY.

Sure Kayla is a popularish girl who is seen as another guys girlfriend but little does everyone know what is really happening between Gavin and Kayla.  Side Note: Gavin needs a book.  He needs some love Jamie!!!

Ok back to the review.  When Kayla discovers Ezra’s secret she decided to go after what she wants buuuut is stunned he pushed her away.  The couple spend the summer writing letters and forming an amazing bond that will help them when they go away to the same college in a few months.

Ezra is such a great guy.  He feels even though he has changed a bit physically he is still not enough for Kayla and makes a few stupid decisions…but I mean even he says Guys do stupid things…..

Kayla is such a sensitive person.  She really loves her people with her entire heart.  She doesn’t let a lot of people in but when she does, you are set for life with her.  Looking at all the people she helps in her life from Gavin to Paul shows the amazing character she has and strength to know when to do the right thing.  Shauna is also a great person for her to connect with and she will help her grow in her charitable contributions.

There is just so much about this story that I love and I wasn’t able to put the book down because I needed to know what would happen….how would the first kiss go?  How would the first of OTHER things go? *wink*  But I loved seeing the two grow as a couple and as individuals in the story.

Jamie Schlosser grew up on a farm in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. Although she no longer lives in the country, her dream is to return to rural living someday. As a stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her days running back and forth between her two wonderful kids and her laptop. She loves her family, iced coffee, and happily-everafters. You can find out more about Jamie and upcoming books by visiting her Facebook page HERE

 

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Jenna Jacob @jennajacob3

Jenna Jacob

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Jenna Jacob, a kinky monkey who loves life and loves to laugh! I write BDSM Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy, and Erotic Contemporary stories with hot Alpha men and feisty women who make it well worth the effort to seduce.

When and Why did you start to write?

I’ve been writing all my life, it’s like breathing air, but didn’t start publishing stories until five years ago.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

OMG – That list is too long and it keeps growing by the minute.

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

You can’t just vomit words out onto the page, you have to dissect each line and ask yourself a million questions – or as Mr. Jacob loving refers to it as: “Analyze the piss out of each and every story.” Seriously, writing is hard work, but I’ve never had a job more rewarding or fulfilling!

What are you working on now?

Oh, a slow-burning scorcher! The second in “The Doms of Her Life” Titled: “Heavenly Rising”. I’m co-authoring with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella LaPearl.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a pantser 99.99999% of the time.

What are your social links?

Website
E Mail: jenna@jennajacob.com
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Instagram
Amazon Author page
Newsletter
Books+Main Bites

What are your buy links?

That list is HUGE. It might be best to check out my website: www.jennajacob.com and click away from there if you find something that sets your panties on fire. Remember: Batteries NOT included – sorry!! LOL

 

Angie’s Review of Embracing My Submission (The Doms of Genesis #1) HERE

Kristi’s Review of  Seeking My Destiny (The Doms of Genesis   #8)  Here

#WOTR18 #Review #TwinsieForTheDayJordan – 24 Roses by Elena M. Reyes

 

24 Roses

24 roses.
24 days filled with declarations of love.
24 moments where life will mark her as mine.

I’ve loved Anahi Pratt since she moved in next door at the age of twelve. With her knobby knees and a mouthful of braces she made my heart thump harshly inside my pre-pubescent chest. One look into the greenest eyes I’d ever seen and I was hooked for life. Owned.

However, I was tongue-tied and confused. Did the only thing I could and offered my friendship.

After years, those feelings never changed. Instead they grew—morphed into something deep and profound. But never once did she see me as more than a friend. Never did she see the man that worshiped the ground she walked on. The man that desired to be what she wanted. Needed.

I stayed on the sidelines until that day:

A crash.

Her life on the line and my world came to a screeching halt.

Life is short and changes in the blink of an eye, a lesson I suddenly understood. There wasn’t a second to wait. No more hiding behind the guise of friendship.

She was mine and it was time I claimed her.

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Review by Jordan

Can Bryson win Anahi over and make her see that they are meant to be together? Their childhood friendship that has withstood years of other relationships and set ups culminate into an epic love story or will they realize they were never meant to be anything other than friends. Bryson is determined to woo Anahi with a rose each day and a determination to prove he the man that she has always wanted. Will 24 roses be enough? The story of best friends with hidden desires for each other is sweet in the best of ways. They are the cutest couple with their moms trying to constantly set them up. With everyone around them knowing their true desires, will the two of them finally be able to find their way to each other and finally live their happily ever after? I loved these characters and their magical story of how the find their true love within their best friend.

Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.
As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.
Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn’t until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.

 

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Elissa Daye @daenira

Elissa Daye

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Elissa Daye

When and Why did you start to write?

I started writing odds and ends when I was a child. I loved reading so much that I wanted to recreate the magic for myself. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I really attempted to finish a complete novel.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I love J.K. Rowling. She’s an inspiration to me even though we write completely separate genres. Anne Rice and Christina Dodd are two more of my favorites.

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

It’s cathartic. Seriously, who needs therapy when you can work out some of your issues through your characters. Maybe that’s why I get so lost in their stories.

What are you working on now?

Almost Home a contemporary romance with a leading lady dealing with a traumatic past. It will be an emotional rollercoaster for sure.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I do a little of each actually. Sometimes, I just want to fly by the seat of my pants and let the muse take over. Other times, I need to find ways to strengthen my plot. I do more plotting for my fantasy titles than my contemporary romances.

What are your social links?

Facebook

Web page

Twitter

What are your buy links?

Amazon

Angie’s Review of Crushed HERE

Kelly’s Review of Banished HERE

 

#WOTR18 #authorspotlight – Attending Author AJ Renee @ajreneeauthor

A.J. Renee

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m AJ Renee and I’m a romance author who loves happily ever afters. I’m a military wife and mother of three little girls who I adore and drive me nuts. I fell in love with reading after I was given The Secret by Julie Garwood. School always forced reading and while there were a few I enjoyed, it made me resent reading. Now I look forward to falling in love with a good book.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started writing almost four years ago. My best friend passed suddenly and the fact that she never got her own happily ever after nagged at me. An idea popped into my head and wouldn’t go away until I sat down and started working it out into the first draft of Widower’s Aura. I never planned on publishing it. It was for me and it was a form of grief therapy, but things kind of snow balled after that.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Kathleen Brooks, HJ Bellus, Carina Adams, and too many others to count. If I loved it, my friends heard about it.

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

That you can’t force it. The characters write themselves.

What are you working on now?

My first paranormal romance.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a mix. If I plot too much than I find myself unable to write. I know where I want to go but there are many times that my characters surprise me with a twist. I think this makes it more fun and even addicting for me. I want to know what is going to happen.

What are your social links?

NEWSLETTER Sign-up 👉 http://bit.ly/2bdqx9f
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BOOKS + MAIN BITES 👉 https://bookandmainbites.com/users/20529
BOOKBUB 👉 https://www.bookbub.com/profile/aj-renee
WEBSITE 👉 www.ajrenee.com
AMAZON 👉 http://amzn.to/2fmR0Wj
GOODREADS 👉 http://bit.ly/2hxp3dY
St. Fleur Belles Reader Group 👉 http://bit.ly/2bmtFmI

What are your buy links?

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WIDOWER’S AURA, St. Fleur #1
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NOOK 👉 smarturl.it/widowersauraBN
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ALWAYS MINE, St. Fleur #2
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NOOK 👉 smarturl.it/alwaysmineBN
KOBO 👉 smarturl.it/alwaysmineKOBO
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DUPLICITY, St. Fleur #3
AMAZON 👉 smarturl.it/duplicityAMZN
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KOBO 👉 smarturl.it/duplicityKOBO
iBOOKS 👉 smarturl.it/duplicityITUNES

BEAUTY UNMASKED
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WINTER’S SURPRISE
smarturl.it/winterssurprise

FRACTURED FAIRTYTALES
https://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Fairytales-R-L-Weeks-ebook/dp/B072MW783B

A DEADLY WORLD ANTHOLOGY
https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-World-Vampires-Paris-ebook/dp/B0775XN2NQ

#WOTR – #Review – Halfway Drowned (Halfway Witchy #4) by Terry Maggert

 

Halfway Drowned (Halfway Witchy, #4)

 

Something is wrong with Carlie.

A magical storm. An ancient shipwreck. A hidden evil.
All three are tied together as Carlie must defend Wulfric against his past, which emerges after a raging storm tears across Halfway Lake.
When government agents descend on Halfway to investigate the mysterious shipwreck, Carlie discovers that all is not as it seems.

A thousand years old, the Viking ship holds bones. And secrets.
Not everyone went down with the ship. There were survivors, but they might be less than human. They cross paths with Carlie in a showdown that will bring her own secrets to light, for saving Wulfric came with a cost. Now, it’s time for her to pay.

Dive in with Carlie as she fights to save the one person she can’t lose.
Herself.

 

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“The time for pure magic was past. It was time to bring out my b***hcraft.” Yep, this is Carlie! She is our resident witch of Halfway that has an incredible talent for waffles and has an amazing love for Vikings (hey Wulfric!).

If you have followed this series you know that Carlie is our resident witch of Halfway and she does not take kindly to “visitors” (the things that go bump in the night) wreaking havoc on her beloved town. Out of the blue a Viking ship surfaces in the lake and this brings all the visitors to gawk and the government to come investigate. Things aren’t always what they seem and Carlie is a pro at this stuff. However, this ship hits home for Wulfric and brings up his very distant past. While they are both trying to work through the craziness that this ship has brought on they are both battling other demons. Wulfric is dealing with his past and Carlie has to deal with her future. Carlie is a very strong and resilient character but is very down to earth. And her love for her town and family is ginormous! Include the craziness that they are dealing with and her snarky remarks and this story will have you laughing out loud and the next minute having you deep in thought trying to figure out the next move. This is one of those stories that will suck you in from the beginning and keep a strong witchy hold on you until the very end.

At the risk of giving any spoilers I am going to give you a couple of my favorite lines:

My words were lost in a rumble of thunder that shook the air in my chest. Raindrops the size of baked potatoes slapped against my skin in a constant, frigid pounding, driven by the vicious wind. The howling rain felt like a car wash run by sadistic gods, determined to scour off my skin.

I am many things, but my humanity and witchcraft would coil around each other like warring serpents until dawn, when I would ask and answer a power far greater than my own soul. The answer I was granted would determine nothing less important than the rest of my life, but the need to ask the question was overpowering. I could not go on without knowing, and for Wulfric’s sake – and my own – I would not be denied.

In other words, you must read this! P.S. Be sure to check all the covers out. They are some of my favorite!

 

 

 

Terry Maggert

Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Ten books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

#WOTR – #Review – Sterling (Black Mountain Pack Book 3) by Miranda Lynn

 

Sterling (Black Mountain Pack Book 3)

Feeling the need for a change, fox-shifter, Sterling accepts a mission in Texas to help a struggling pack’s club. The situation is worse than they thought when they arrive but when Sterling meets Reana he know he’s found he’s been given a second chance to have a mate . Too bad she doesn’t want one.

Reana is one of the few in her pack not effected by the black magic affecting them. When Sterling came to town, she thought he’d be the answer to their problems with the Resistance. She wasn’t expecting a possessive mate ready to settle down just when she’s ready to take off.

Time is running out and Sterling needs Reana’s help to save the pack before they’re forever trapped in this web of magic wreaking havoc on all their lives. But Reana isn’t sure she can accept fate and her mate, just as she’s ready to leave pack life behind for a life of solitude. Will Sterling change her mind and get his second chance? Or will Reana’s strong will keep them both from the happiness they deserve?

 

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Yaaasssss! Love this!!!! I thoroughly enjoy the Black Mountain Pack series. Each book centers on a different shifter and Sterling got his shot! I love me some Sterling! One of the biggest things about his past is that he had a mate and she died. He is sort of in a slump with everything that has been going on with the pack and decides to take on a mission that takes him from his home and pack. Something is shady in another pack and there is a resistance that doesn’t want shifters mixing in packs. He and his crew go to infiltrate. Here is where we meet Rea. She is a waitress at a club but this club has got some serious restrictions. Low and behold she is a fox too!!!! And these two foxes want, no, they need each other. While Sterling and his group are in the middle of the turmoil of trying to find out what the issues are with this pack, Sterling is having a hard time keeping his mind off of Rea. Rea has had it ingrained in her that she can’t have a mate because leaving her pack will mean certain death. She tries and tries to maintain herself around Sterling but neither can help the undeniable pull. While they are orchestrating a strategy to take this shady pack down they have a budding relationship that is incredible to witness. The snarkiness that Miranda Lynn brings to the story along with all the action, and let us not forget the sexy time, really makes this story come to life. They are normal people who happen to be shifters. And they become the shifters that we love! Sterling is one of my favorites yet and I am looking forward to meeting the new members of the pack. Bravo, bring on the next one!

 

 

 

Miranda Lynn

Mother to two boys, 3 four legged babies, and wife to a loving husband who doesn’t mind the extra voices in her head. Miranda grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois, but calls Portland, TN home now. She is an avid reader, coffee addict, and loves her day job working at the local public library. Though her true passion is in creating her own worlds, characters, and stories for her readers.

Website: www.mirandalynn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MirandaLynn
Twitter: @MirandaLynnBks
Email: mirandalynnbooks@gmail.com
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#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Britni Hill @thatbritnihill

Britni Hill

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Britni Hill
When I’m not writing, I’m a hair stylist. I love coffee, wine, and twizzlers. I have a fascination with cheesy, teenage dramas. Horror movies are the best movies. I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life. I have a rescue pup that means the world to me.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started writing as soon as I learned how. I’ve always had stories in my head that I just needed to let out. I write because I have to. It’s part of my life. I can’t imagine ever not having characters in my head.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

JR Ward. Jennifer Armentrout. Penny Reid. Gena Showalter. Richelle Mead. There are just too many to name.

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

I have no process. It’s random. And every book–every character is different. I’m totally okay with that. It’s actually turned into a type of therapy for me.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the 5th book in my Western Palm Series, Hitched. It’s the last one!

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I like to pretend I’m a plotter. I’m totally a pantser though. I usually do a rough outline but my characters lead me around.

What are your social links?

www.britnihillbooks.com
www.facebook.com/britnihillauthor
www.instagram.com/thatbritnihill
www.twitter.com/thatbritnihill

What are your buy links?

Amazon
iBooks
Nook
Kobo

 

Angie’s review of Hushed, Book 1 the Western Palm Series HERE

#WOTR18 #CoverReveal – OUTCAST, A Good Guys Novel by Jamie Schlosser @SchlosserJamie

 OUTCAST by Jamie Schlosser is set to release March 15th!

A New Adult/College Standalone Romance

 

 KAYLA

My infatuation with Ezra Johnson started how all obsessions begin—with a simple crush. Over the years I silently soaked up every shy smile and random act of kindness, wrestling them away to a secret place in my heart meant for unrequited love.

Because if it wasn’t for the fact that I tutor him once a week, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t even know I exist.

Then I find his sketchbook.

And it changes everything.

EZRA

There are two certainties in my life: I’ve been in love with Kayla Reynolds since I was fourteen, and I can’t have her.

I’ve spent years settling for a two-dimensional fantasy world, capturing her beauty with a pencil and paper. She’s kind, smart, gorgeous… and she belongs to someone else.

Or so I thought.

An interesting turn of events makes me realize things aren’t always how they appear on the outside, and now I’ve got my chance to be the man she deserves.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been called a loser. The cripple. An outcast.

But maybe—just maybe—this time the good guy won’t finish last.

Photographer: Lindee Robinson

Models: Brian Boynton and Destiny Hughbanks

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

Jamie Schlosser grew up on a farm in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. Although she no longer lives in the country, her dream is to return to rural living someday. As a stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her days running back and forth between her two wonderful kids and her laptop. She loves her family, iced coffee, and happily-ever-afters.

 

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