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#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Amanda Mariel @AmandaMarieAuth

Amanda Mariel

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Amanda Mariel: USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

When and Why did you start to write?

I took a creative writing class in college during which I had to write a short story. The assignment called for a YA story and much to my surprise I really enjoyed it. After the class ended I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing a full book. The assignment was for a very short 10k novella. I also wanted to write historical not YA. It took a few years before I actually wrote my first book, but once it was done, I was hooked. My first book, Scandalous Endeavors, was published December 21, 2015.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

My favorite must read author is Lisa Kleypas. I devour everything she puts out. I also love Johanna Lindsey, Tessa Dare, and Sarah McLean.

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

That I am my own worst critic. I think everything I write is the worst and will sink my career. I seriously get a stomach ache when I release a new book. Once reviews start rolling in, I feel better though and am always amazed, surprised, and grateful for the readers who love my books. On a side note, I have trained myself to ignore the inevitable bad reviews. I remind myself that not everyone will like every book/author and then put it out of my mind.

What are you working on now?

I have several books in the works: Scandalous Liaison which is the final book in my Ladies and Scoundrels series, More Than a Lady which is my first stab at medieval romance and great fun, and a group project that has me writing a novella about twins with a touch of special power set during the sixteen hundreds.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I do both. It depends on the project and how alive it is in my head. Sometimes I have a full plot and develop it before writing. Other times I have a vague idea, maybe a chapter or two in my imagination and I write them then plot the rest. Once in a while I just write and see what happens.

What are your social links?

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1
Twitter www.twitter.com/AmandaMarieAuth
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10209362.Amanda_Marie
Website: www.amandamariel.com
Newsletter: http://wix.us10.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=afc6d78ab64ea8d3699fb6851&id=d5a3a2e54b
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amanda-mariel

What are your buy links?

All of my books and buy links can be found on my website along with other cool things like giveaways and special announcements. Stop by http://www.amandamariel.com and check them out 🙂

 

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Scandalous Endeavors HERE

Twinsie Angie’s Review of How to Kiss a Rogue HERE

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Prologue

Brett

Our world ended when she came into our lives. No control. No power. Just heartbreak and unwanted submission. We were forced to our knees at the sight of her. The words falling from her lips were like nails digging at our soul because we knew there was no way out of this.

It wasn’t her fault. None of it was. She was a lowly pawn in this fucked up world we called life. There was nothing any of us could do but wait.

Ever since I was a small boy, I had made it my mission to be in control of everything around me. My career. Women. Sex. Money. Alcohol. I strived to be an asshole so no one could get into my heart.

And then she appeared.

Short. Blonde, curly hair. Deep blue eyes that looked into my very soul and knew my secrets before I ever told her.

Evvie Neal was my one, my only.

I tried so hard to be in control when really, she was the Master and I was the ever-willing slave. She captured my heart, reached inside my chest and brought it back to life just by the sound of her laugh.

But as soon as we were happy, as soon as we let our guard down, the foundation of our love cracked.

We worked damn hard for it and I would do everything in my power to build up the walls of our love and make her happy again.

Even if it meant leaving.

For good.

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Title: Red

Series: A Brett MacLean Duet #1

Author: JM Walker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 7

Add to your TBR: http://bit.ly/2Ef0ZVm

★Synopsis★

It started without trust. Passion. Lust. An all-consuming need; that was all we had in the beginning.

Lies. Betrayal. Deceit. We moved past it all and fell in love anyway.

Over ten years later, with a family of our own, our little world was perfect. Happy.

But then that happiness faded away when she came into our lives.

No control. No power. Just heartbreak and unwanted submission.

We were forced to our knees at the sight of her. The words falling from her lips were like nails digging at our soul because we knew.

We would have to go through hell to get out of this.

And even then, I wasn’t sure if it would be enough.

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author CC Dragon @AuthorCCDragon

CC Dragon

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

CC Dragon…I write paranormal cozy mysteries…I have a swag problem. From the Chicagoland area. Love cats.

When and Why did you start to write?

Always been writing…pubbed in 2007. If I don’t write, the voices in my head might try to take over the world…

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Charlaine Harris/ Jayne Ann Krentz

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

How easy it is to overlook a typo in your own writing…your brain just fixes it…

What are you working on now?

Plotting an Urban Fantasy Triology…

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

plotter!

What are your social links?

Website: www.ccdragon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccdragonauthor
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752998138081518/
Google +: http://tinyurl.com/ccdragong
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorccdragon

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://amazon.com/CC-Dragon/e/B00USM8LDI
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-dungeon-a-vampire-and-an-infatuation
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-dungeon-a-vampire-and-an-infatuation-cc-dragon/1127834582
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1335779469

#WOTR18 #AttendingAuthor – Author Spotlight of Vivian Ward @AuthorVivian

Vivian Ward

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Vivian Ward and I’m a bookaholic, chocoholic, wine-loving wife, mom, friend, and romance writer. I’m a full-time writer but when I’m not writing, I’m usually cooking, cleaning, helping the kids with homework, or playing with our two dogs.

My grandma was a huge influence in my life, and I owe everything to her. She taught me to always shoot for the stars and to stay in school. Because of her, I am strong and independent, which is how I write my heroines. My favorite color is purple, and my hometown is St. Louis. You will always see these two things in every book that I write.

I love meeting new people and try to make friends everywhere I go. I will never give up writing because my stories are my life. I love conjuring up interesting characters and unique situations. I also like hearing from my readers, so if you’re reading this, DROP ME A LINE AND SAY HI!

When and Why did you start to write?

I actually went to medical school but before I could graduate, I found out that I was pregnant and was about six months along when I finished school. Family always come first, so I looked for alternative ways to use my medical knowledge and started writing medical articles for LIVESTRONG.com (under a pseudonym). When my contract ended, I was sad because I loved writing but, unfortunately, they could not renew it.

I began writing short stories. Okay, I’ll be honest. I wrote SEXY short stories FOR my husband. He FLOVED them! He encouraged me to keep writing (what guy wouldn’t?), so I did and I had a lot of fun with it!

I didn’t start publishing on Amazon until 2013 and when I did, I published short, erotic stories. Around 2015, I decided to try my hand at longer works because I wanted to write romance novels, but I was scared. My sexy shorts (that’s what I called my short stories) sold like hot cakes, but romance novels? It was intimidating. There is some SERIOUS competition out there!

I bought HUNDREDS of dollars of reference books. Some old, some new. I studied and read, for almost three months straight. I did TONS of research and felt like I was back in college. It still wasn’t enough, so I watched so many videos and downloaded plot sheets. I must’ve sat at the kitchen table for hours and hours every week as I practiced plotting before I finally published my first novel.

Writing longer works was definitely a challenge, but I’m so glad that I forced myself to step up to the next level. I believe that writing is a very rewarding career.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I read a wide range of authors, and recommendations vary based on what my friends/readers are looking for. My favorite contemporary romance book is Arsen: A Broken Love Story by Mia Asher. My favorite dark romance book (right now) is Sick Fux by Tillie Cole. Believe it or not, I like reading Amish romance stories, too, but those aren’t my “favorite” or “go to”. Those are nice when I’m in a book hangover after my dark romance characters are put through the ringer.

I also like reading dystopians, thrillers (Gone Girl is my FAVE!), autobiographies and books about cults (don’t judge…..they fascinate the hell out of me). I’m sure that I’m probably forgetting other genres that I read, but I mostly read romance.

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

What I find surprising is that I can write until the minute I sit down to do my blurb. Words cease to exist in my vocabulary when it comes time to write a catchy description that captivates readers and pulls them in.

Other than that, I’ve found ways to tighten up my writing, which I’m always working on. It’s not an easy task. There are some authors who think of (and remember!) everything in their book. I can’t tell you how many times my characters start off with honey-colored eyes and end up with jaded gems.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working The Risky Series. It’s a trilogy and the second book is due at the end of March and the last installment is due at the end of April.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

A little of both. I like to somewhat plot to get an idea of where the story is headed but I find that if I plot the entire book, I get very bored with the story, I feel like my characters are limited, and I lose interest because I feel “confined” like I have to write it “just like this.”

I prefer to let my characters take me on THEIR journey, just as long as we hit those key points. It’s okay if they don’t like each other for a minute. It’s okay if they changed some of the storyline or setting. I’d rather be truly creative and let the story flow as I write it, and tighten it up during editing.

What are your social links?

Facebook➡ https://www.facebook.com/authorvivianward

Facebook Fan Page➡ https://www.facebook.com/authorvivian

Fan Group➡ https://www.facebook.com/groups/viviansvoyeurs

Twitter➡ https://twitter.com/AuthorVivian

Goodreads➡ https://www.goodreads.com/authorvivian

Newsletter💌 newsletter.authorvivianward.com

Pinterest➡ www.pinterest.com/authorvivianwar/

Amazon Author Page➡ www.amazon.com/author/vivianward

BookBub➡ https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vivian-ward

Booksprout➡ https://booksprout.co/author/995/vivian-ward

 

What are your buy links?

Amazon Author Page➡ www.amazon.com/author/vivianward

#WOTR18 #AttendingAuthor – Author Spotlight Evan Grace

Evan Grace

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Evan Grace, I’m a married 41 year old mom to two boys and one furbaby. When I’m not writing I work for a large home healthcare agency, and spend my weekends bossing nurses around :). I love to read when I have time, and worship Kristen Ashley, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Kaylee Ryan, and love CA Harms! I’m a suck for cheesy disaster flicks, and I’m a die hard Walking Dead fan. I’ve also watched The Office from beginning to end over ten times. I’m a weightlifter, it’s my stress releaser and only run if someone is chasing me. I love music and listen to anything but new country, it’s just not my jam. I do love 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music the best.

When and Why did you start to write?

8 1/2 years ago I worked in a labor and delivery unit, and had been a massive reader. like the librarians at my library new me by name. A thought came to me and I thought “hey that could be a book” A friend of mine said “lets write” so her and I both started our books. I finished mine and it was garbage, but I love it. Then I got the idea of Starting Over my first published book. It took three years and multiple rewrites before I finally got it published. I write because I love creating these stories that I hope speak to others, and I’ve got to do something with all of the voices in my head.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I read Kristen Ashley, Aurora Rose Reynolds, CA Harms, Kaylee Ryan, Meghan Quinn, Suzanne Wright, Joanna Wylde, Shayla Black, Jewel E. Ann, HJ Bellus, Natasha Madison.

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

hmmmm….just how helpful other authors have been.

What are you working on now?

Book 1 in a new series, tentatively called Tales of a Tomboy.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I plot a general idea, but I’m a pantser

What are your social links?

〰Newsletter Sign Up: http://bit.ly/2ncb8dv
〰Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/2nGpUfQ
〰Facebook Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2osdDbR
〰Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/2o07iYH
〰Twitter: http://bit.ly/2nGiBon
〰Instagram: http://bit.ly/2nusgxW
〰Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2nulojT
Book bub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/evan-grace

What are your buy links?

Starting Over Book 1-http://amzn.to/1KgFX4C
Second Chances Book 2- http://amzn.to/1CoMj3r
Begin Again Book 3- http://amzn.to/1miyGUW
One Day at a Time Book 4- http://amzn.to/1xZpwYn
Finding Hope http://amzn.to/2g6w3eS

Broken Love: http://amzn.to/2tovYtn
Secret Love: http://amzn.to/29EvLgb
Forbidden Love: http://amzn.to/2ilhPtR
Unexpected Love: http://amzn.to/2vFSArf

Gabe: http://amzn.to/1E2QJOP
Nico: http://amzn.to/1jlqdYh
Mila: http://amzn.to/1MBQrgU

Ripple Effect: http://amzn.to/2paT1bZ

Broken Souls: http://amzn.to/2xObage

Angie’s Review of Broken Love HERE

Angie’s Review of Nico HERE

#WOTR – #Review – Curse of the Raven (The Union Series #5) Shawn Reilly

 

Curse of the Raven (The Union Series #5)

 

In the wake of the battle with the Gothi, Elle is struggling. Insecurity and chaos have taken a toll on her, and her heart longs for just a few moments of uninterrupted peace with the man she loves. When, once again, the Lakes are faced with even more trials and tribulations, she comes to the realization that in her own despair—completely unaware of doing so, she has left her man in doubt. And yet, even when she resolves to assure him of her feelings she fears her ex-boyfriend’s memories, which are stuck in his head, may rise to the surface.
Asher Lake sets out on a mission to find his predecessor Grant—who exists in his wolf form in the woods of Brokenridge, all the while knowing that there is no answer to the Raven’s curse on his own life—at least none he will accept. Knowing that his end is imminent he resigns to fate. The only thing he has to do in the meantime—other than continuing to strengthen his position as leader to the Union and keeping his family in line, is convince the woman he’s willing to sacrifice everything for of just how much he cares. However, even when his adversaries continue to haunt him and more and more questions rise up to torment him, his true quandary lies in this—knowing just how to go about popping the question…again.

 

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I can’t get enough of the Union Series!!! All the trials and tribulations, twists and turns, and most importantly the stolen moments while living life to the fullest really sets this series apart from others. This is book 5 in this series and it continues to grow with new characters and crazy plot twists. I am not sure how the author dreamt this stuff up but the series has kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning and this installment holds true. The entire story is told from all of the characters points of view. Some people don’t care for this but the author does it in a way that we know what each character is feeling and what each one is going through. The characters are so real that you can’t help but want to help them fight or give them a hug when they are down. They continue to fight the good fight but continue to uncover new secrets that always put a kink in things. I feel like they are getting sooooooo close to Grant (they have even talked to him!!!) and trying to get the curse put to rest.  Asher is taking the time to get closer to Elle and trying to get some alone time but some of those moments continue to get stolen with all the chaos that comes with being Keeper. I am worried for Asher though as I sometimes get the feeling that he is done fighting but at other times I know he won’t give up. He is a tough cookie to figure out sometimes, but hey, that’s why I love him, haha! I thoroughly enjoy how this story ends but I am sitting on pins and needles to start reading book 6. My only hope is that by the time I am finished with 6 that 7 will be out. Crossing fingers!!!

 

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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.

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#WOTR18 #AttendingAuthor – Author Spotlight on Mignon Mykel

Mignon Mykel

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Mignon Mykel, I’m a romance author who dabbles between new adult and contemporary, with big notes on FAMILY–whether by blood, friendship, or team. And by team, I mean hockey (well, others eventually, too). Fun fact: My Prescott Family series was realized during a March 2008 Peoria Rivermen game; I became a season ticket holder and national anthem singer the following season.

When and Why did you start to write?

Officially, April 2016 (first TRUE publication). Unofficially, I started back in the late 90s. I’ve always loved telling stories through written word (don’t ask me to tell you one in person though; I’m a bit ADD in my storytelling then).

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Rachel Van Dyken, Cristin Harber, Paige Tyler

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

Honestly? The joy my readers have when I’m excited about my words flowing, or when I share words that I’m most excited about.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I have two pen name projects going, as well as 25: Angels and Assists (in the Enforcers of San Diego series) and Butterfly Save, the final Prescott Family story.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Totaly pantser HOWEVER… I plot out points that my characters have already told me. I often dream up an entire book so I have an idea of where it’s going; I let my characters drive and mold the story, though, and sometimes those plot points they gave me months ago, are altered or, even completely taken out by the end of the book.

What are your social links?

Facebook

Facebook Group

IG

Pintrest

What are your buy links?

Amazon

iTunes

B&N

#WOTR18 #Review #Paranormal #Shifters – Refuge, (Stone’s Wolf Sanctuary #2) by Teresa Gabelman

Consumed with a need for revenge, Cole Jackson becomes blind to all he should hold dear. It’s not until vengeance has been carried out that he realizes what he’s almost lost.

After being brutally attacked, Leeza Snow, has kept her head up with her pride intact. What everyone doesn’t see is the shattered heart she conceals, not only from her pack but from the man she’s destined to be with.

While time can heal scars, it will take trust to offer a promise of a happy future.

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

This book picks up right after the end of Sanctuary, Book 1.  The guys have gone after and killed Foster.  Leeza is a broken woman.  She is sad the pack is upset at her for not protecting a younger female of the family but wishes things were different.  When Gemma mentions her rape, Leeza goes ape shit.  Nope sorry people she was not raped, and this untrue fact is why she gets the sad eyes from her pack members.

Leeza is a feisty woman.  When she confronts the brothers, it was my favorite scene.  She makes sure to set them straight on what they as her pack elders have done wrong and how they have let her down plus the memory of her brother, the old pack alpha, down.

Cole feels like a class A Jerk for not listening to Leeza, his mate.  He feels like an idiot for only thinking of his pain at not protecting her and not her pain at being attacked.

The two have some issues to overcome like his over the top alpha behavior at bossing her around.  Leeza is a strong, independent female who wants a partner not a dictator to love.  Cole needs to learn that females have wants and desires besides being cared for on a pedestal.  She wants to be involved in the pack plus earn her way.

I liked the story.  There wasn’t much conflict in this story, but it is set up for the drama to come in the next book.  Looks like Foster’s issues may not be out of the pack’s picture juuuuuuust yet.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

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#WOTR18 #Review #NewRelease #book #mma #mmafighter #shifter #alpha #brothers #romance #badboy #corner #paranormal #mate #hallowbrothers #josiah #fight #mated #werewolves – Corner, The Hallow Brothers Book 4 by Tricia Andersen


Josiah Hallow carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Literally. Between keeping his family safe as the head of the Hallows, training his six younger brothers for their individual turns in the MMA cage, and guarding his mother’s amulet from the creatures who want to use it to take control of the world, his sanity is about to break.

Mating with the pure Sarah Merit, an overly-religious school teacher whose body makes every fiber of Josiah’s being stand at attention, could finally push him over the edge. Unfortunately, despite the all-consuming sex that blazes between the pair, it isn’t enough to convince Sarah to live with him so he can protect her, as well.

When Josiah learns the secret Sarah is keeping from him, he makes a deal with the pair of vampires who run the MMA promotion the family fights for in an attempt to save her. But will he be able to save her again when Sarah is kidnapped and taken to Josiah’s grandfather, Atticus, the vicious alpha of a pack of werewolves in Maine? And what will Sarah do when she finds out the sexy corner of the Hallow Brothers is a werewolf, too?

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2pZT2hE
Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2GQEifz
Smashwords: https://bit.ly/2Eef98S
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2JdVzO6
iTunes: https://apple.co/2uJiEou

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

My baby daddy and my book!!  YAY!!  I finally get my HEA.  Granted Tricia had to change my name in the book to protect the “innocent” but rest assured its totally my book!!

In Sam’s book we got a bit of a cross over into Joe’s book with Sarah.  We knew she was a teacher and a fighter.  We knew the guys loved seeing the oldest brother fall and fall hard just like they did.

Joe is crazy with a desire and want that he has no understanding of lately.  He is feeling a pang of jealousy when he sees his brothers and their mates. He doesn’t have time for all that mating nonsense since he was trusted to care for the family being the eldest.  However, the fates give you what you need when you least expect it.  When Sarah walks into his life at his aunt’s funeral, he is stunned stupid.

Sarah is good friends his with crazy, religious aunts.  She prays with them and knows all about the deviant nephews they have.  When she sees Joe, she realizes he has been the stars of her naughty dreams lately.  The two have a crazy chemistry in the sheets but seem to clash A LOT out of the sheets.

Sarah is a good girl where as Joe is a cussing angry man….errr….werewolf!  Yes, Joe needs to have a nut punch and yes, his brother serve him up with Karma.  The speech they give him, which was the speech he gave them about a mate, was PRICELESS!!

The couple have A LOT to figure out, but they are still fighting against the vampires AND the other werewolf pack from Maine.  There is a lot of stuff happening to move the story line forward, but the book FLEW.  I was stunned at how it all flows and how happy my heart was.  Joe was a tough nut to crack but once he finally opens, he is a fluffy wolf at my feet…errr…Sarah’s feet.

Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations. Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children’s activities.

 

#WOTR18 #NewRelease #Paranormal #Firefighters #Shifters – Rescue Me by Valerie Twombly

Rescue Me

Fighting fires is in Derrick’s blood. Left shaken after the tragic loss of his best friend, the event forces him to realize he can’t afford to care. Love has cost him everything and the pain has him vowing to never suffer such heartache again. When he tries to start over in a small northern town, a beautiful woman steps into his life and pushes every boundary he sets in place.

Being a full-blooded dragon shifter makes Halee an anomaly among her kind. With her eldest brother pressuring her to choose a mate, her loyalties are torn. Turning to a stranger for the night, she hopes to forget the fate she must face. But when the stranger, Derrick, shows up as the new guy at the station, Halee must choose between duty and stability or a man whose kiss unleashes a passion she never realized existed.

Both were looking for escape, but neither expected to find each other. Every heated encounter pulls them closer together. When fire strikes again, it will leave Derrick facing the ultimate choice: break his vow or walk away from Halee forever.

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

I have looked at so many of this authors books but never seem to have the time in my schedule to read them.  Then when I got an ARC form for this book I jumped because it finally worked out.  Now I admit I saw a fireman on the cover ANNNND didn’t read the blurb so when I got the book and found out it has shifter…yup I was even more excited!!  Then to know the shifters are dragons….stop the press!!!                                                             I am allllllllll in!!

Derrick and Halee are so different but such a great match.  She accepts him for the broken man he is wile he accept her for the “Other” parts of her.

Derrick is the whole “ I am an island” type of guy.  He is a broken man because everyone he loves dies and leaves him.  SO he has decided to just be a player then no one gets hurt especially not him.  Halee is a rare full shifter dragon so her brother pushes her to marry another full-blooded shifter to produce more full-blooded shifters.  She is so over this and just runs away for a night of fun…no strings fun if you get my drift.  The two meet, scratch the itch and go home only to find out they will be working together on the same fire department…..oh snap!

Halee and Derrick have a lot to face and deal with.  She wants more, as does he, but he runs.  She tries to help him over come his demons but when Halee is put in danger he runs…typical man!!  Thankfully Derrick has help from his past to help him see that Halle is the one for him. Once he gets his head outta his butt, getting back is woman is the number one goal.

The story is a fun with the family dynamics of Halee and her siblings. The guys in the fire stations are a riot too.  I would love to see Chance and Hope????  Maybe??  But I really cannot wait for Gaelen to find love!!!

Award winning and bestselling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper.

When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German Shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers. She is also the founder of Sexy Scribblers, a group of romance writers who bring readers new and fresh stories every month.