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#WOTR18 #Review #Paranormal #Fae – Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams (The Veil Book #1) by Jolanthe Aleksander




Things are not always simple or what they seem.
Daria McClaren is content. She has her dance school, her cousin Celine and the man of her dreams. Literally.

Iauron is uneasy. As the High King of the Fae, his chosen Queen Verisiel is calling to him, but he cannot find her. The court insists that she has crossed over. He is not so sure that is the case. He has searched every realm looking. Every realm, but the human one.

The race is on. Beyond the veil lie truths waiting to be revealed. Which one will have the courage to look? Will they be in time?




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

I really liked the premise of this book.  The Fae King Iauron is looking for his Queen, Versisiel, who is hiding in the Human world.  He has been looking for CENTURIES and just recently found the thread to their bond.  He is stunned she goes to hide there vs any other place.

Daria is a regular girl who is having weird dreams nightly about someone saying they will find her.  When her friend asks her to come work with her for the summer she meets “Ian” AKA Iauron.  He is meeting her in the human word to help her remember who she really is and take her home.  Getting her to fall back in love is also on the agenda!!!

Dramorion, The Prince and Aislinn all have different reasons for NOT wanting the queen to be found.  He wants the throne for himself and she is the pawn he is using for the power. She thinks she will be ruling with the king when the queen is never found.  Poor Poor Aislinn gets taught a valuable lesson, don’t trust anyone and don’t go against your king.

Ian and Daria do fall in love along with have some more surprises happen for them.  The king learned of the betrayal and starts to make a plan to get his queen home safe and also help her remember everything.

Like I said before, I did like this story but I felt it was a little bit slow in parts and the end of the story seemed a bit too rushed.  I will continue to read because I am curious about Daria/Verisiel.


Jolanthe Aleksander

Jolanthe is a Marine Corps Brat and proud of it. The nomadic life of the military helped develop her love of reading and books became her friend.

A dancer, Jolanthe appeared in several productions in high school and later in the area theatres. She gave up her role of dancer/actress for her greatest role to date, that of Mother to a son who reminds her every day to find joy in the simplest of things and to use her imagination.

Missing the stage, and at the prompting of some on-line friends, Jolanthe gave rp-ing with an internet group a try. There she found and developed her skill as a writer.
When not working, writing, or keeping up with her son, Jolanthe can be found scouring antique shops, used bookstores, and of course, reading.

#WOTR18 #Historical #Regency – Earl of Sunderland (Wicked Earls’ Club #4) by Aubrey Wynne

Earl of Sunderland (Wicked Earls' Club, #4)

Christopher Roker, the Earl of Sunderland, has been surrounded by title-hunting chits all of his life. It is a point of pride to be the oldest member of the Wicked Earls’ Club. But if he has to beget an heir, perhaps he could find a simple country chit to keep tucked away…

Grace Beaumont has seen what love can do to a woman. Her mother died, producing a coveted son late in life. A devastated father and newborn brother forces Grace to take on the role of Lady Beaumont and all of its responsibilities. But Grace finds she enjoys the freedom and power of her new status—minus the husband.

Kit travels to northern England with a friend, who has inherited some property. When the neighboring beauty arrives with her tales of murder and hauntings, he’s intrigued. As they search the castle for its secrets, the earl realizes Grace is much more captivating than the legend.


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

I am a historical LOVER!!  I love the Ton.  I love Regency.  I love the corsets.  I love the rules.  I love the gossip.  I love the sneaking away to steal a moment with your loved one.  I. Just. Love. It!!

So this book didn’t disappoint me.  I opened it and devoured it in no time.  I was so drawn to the characters and their situations that placed the two of them together.  I loved how open minded Kit was about a woman.  He was raised by a strong woman and so he in turn wants a strong wife.

Grace has been the Lady of her family’s lands since her mother died at the young age of 15.  She became the woman of the house raising her brother, taking care of the ground, the staff and her father.  She wants to live her life her way and isn’t looking for a husband.  They will pin her down and she loves her independence.

Grace and Kit meet when her cousin/bestie marries Kit’s twin brother.  They hit it off but time was not right for them.  He had to return to the military to fight Napoleon while she must continue to raise her brother.

When they meet back up the sparks pick up right where they were at the wedding.  Neither are looking for an HEA.  They just want to pass the time over the summer with a friendly face and some silly flirting.  Little do they know, the silly fun turns serious very quickly.  Then both are worried about how the other will react to the news the other is in love with them.

I loved the scene when Kit comes to see her at her family home and we learn of all that he has planned and all he declares to our girl.  I also love the side characters in the story.  They are all there and offer the right guidance to the characters when they need it.  I would love to see Grace’s dad marry again along with Eliza!

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas.

Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, first in A Chicago Christmas series, received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence awards.

Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served in the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” begins with Rolf’s Quest, 2016 NTRWA Great Expectations winner.


#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Maggie Adams @AuthrMaggieAdms

Maggie  Adams

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Maggie Adams is an Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of the Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015 for Leather and Lace, the Readers Favorite Award for Something’s Gotta Give in 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 for Forged in Fire and the 2017 New Apple Awards nomination – Suspense for Cold as Ice.
She also writes erotica (Lustful Trilogy), paranormal romance (The Legends Series), young adult romance (Sweet Tea Sisters), and women’s fiction (Minx).

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

So many new indie authors are fabulous reads! It’s opened up the writer’s imagination to take readers to many fantastic places! I found Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Chelle Bliss, Mina Carter, Selena Kitt, Alexandra Ivy, Kallypso Masters, Shannon Nemechek, and Maria Vickers just to name a few.

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

I thought I was a fairly organized person until I started trying to market my books. Trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t is a trying process. Then remembering to focus on that and not get distracted (by other author’s great new releases, usually!).

What are you working on now?

2018 will bring the conclusion to my Lustful Trilogy, book seven in the Tempered Steel Series, a paranormal spinoff to the series, and a romantic comedy for women entitled, “Minx.

What are your social links?

 – website
book page
fan club page
author page

What are your buy links?

Here are the author pages which have the links to my books on these websites – (search Maggie Adams)


Melinda’s Review of Whistlin’ Dixie (Tempered Steel, #1) 
by Maggie Adams –  HERE

#WOTR18 #Review #Novella #Erotica – On a Whim by JM Walker


I’m in hiding.

As a bestselling BDSM author, I know all too well the danger of letting people get too close.

I’ve spent my entire life keeping people at arm’s length, until her. Kiki Smith is simply supposed to be my new cover designer, but before I know it, she starts breaking down the walls I’ve worked so hard to erect.

She’s unlike any woman I’ve ever met and before I’m even aware of what’s happening, she consumes me from the inside out.

There’s just one problem… I have a secret, and I’m afraid that once she finds out what I’m hiding, my barriers will once again slam back into place.



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

Hot little read from one of my favorite erotica authors.  JM can do a “quickie” very well.  *snickers* She gets you hot and bothered plus actually deliver a fun story to go along.

Kiki is a mother and book cover designer.  She is lonely and thanks to her bestie, Chaz, she is going to put herself out there again after her ex fiancée left her at the altar.

Bo is a model but also a romance author hiding from Kiki.  He is enthralled by her good girl persona and wants to see if she is the real deal before telling her his real identity.

The couple have a hot and steamy romance with lots of naughty fun to read…I mean come on it’s a JM book so OF COURSE the naughty fun is in abundance!!

The flirting was funny and sweet in the beginning but soon emotions (and fluid are swapped…LOL) but what will Kiki do when she learns of Bo’s deceit????  How will it all go down and what the heck was Parker Reed doing making a nice little cameo???

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

#WOTR18 #TwinsieForTheDayJordan – Rude, Kings Harlots #3 by JM Walker


“An unexpected evil brings both the MC and Military world together in this brand new series by J.M. Walker”

His past haunts him.
Broken and destroyed, keep him silent and withdrawn.
Vice-One is the family he had always needed but it isn’t enough. Shadows of a nightmare threaten to take back the control he craves until Brogan Tapp unknowingly puts him in his rightful place.

She pretends to be happy.
Smile. Laugh. Repeat.
Going through the emotions of everyday life when really, she’s a scared little girl on the inside.
She tries hard to be what society considers as normal when Coby Porter helps her embrace the darkness within. He shows her it’s okay to be different.

Their souls collide, giving them the comfort they need when an unknown source takes pleasure in trying to rip them apart.


What appears to be a possibly volatile relationship seems to work perfectly for these two who are both rough and protective. Brogan and Coby are the protectors of their friends and when one is in trouble they try to take the hits to protect those surrounding them. As they try desperately to avoid their feelings towards one another, it becomes undeniable! The lengths that Coby goes through to protect Brogan from the enemy are just proof of the feelings they share for one another. I’ve been pulling for these two from the beginning of the series. They always seemed like a fit. Coby is the strong silent type always in the background and Brogan is a feisty little thing who will kill anyone trying to hurt her sisters. I loved the way that they finally found each other!


J.M. Walker

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

#WOTR18 #Review – Heroines & Hellions: An Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Collection – City Stalker by Maria Monroe

Maria Monroe is the attending author

Product Details


22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive, Full-length Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day…or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you’re ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS today!

Writer’s Digest Award Winning Author Maria Monroe
New York Times bestselling authors Margo Bond Collins & Erin Hayes
New York Times bestselling author Monica Corwin
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak
Award-Winning author Bec McMaster
USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
USA Today bestselling author Jade Kerrion
USA Today bestselling author SJ Davis
Award-Winning author Rene Folsom
USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules
LJ Andrews
Louisa Klein
USA Today bestselling author Melle Amade
Award-Winning author Ashley C. Harris
Award-Winning author Kim Cleary

Christina Walker
USA Today bestselling author Alex Owens
Award-Winning author D.D. Miers
Award-Winning author Gina A. Watson
USA Today bestselling author Ash Krafton
Elise Marion
Award-Winning author Carly Fall



City Stalker by Maria Monroe

I purchased this book.

I have previously read MariaMonroe so I read her story in this set.  I have loved her other UF/Apocalyptical books and figured this would be another hit for me.

This story is about Thea who catches Chupacabra type creatures who are causing havoc in our human streets.    She works for Marcus at the Center.  He tells her where to go and what to catch.  He studies them and then releases them back to their home land…….or does he ???

One-day Marcus tells Thea to go and follow a bad humanoid vampire who is draining people dry and stealing their soul/life essence.  When Foster and Thea bump into each other the sparks fly.  The two begin to work together in and outta the bedroom *wink*  They soon discover that there is more to the Center then even they both realized.

Leon was a great side character.  His banter with Thea was really funny.  I also loved Thea’s one bestie, Fay.  She made Thea get in touch with her “girlie” side and that was nice to see this sassy, kick ass chick getting a make over while chatting over life.  Thea really needs an outlet that isn’t all violence.

So my favorite part of the book was when Foster goes as the jealous stalker when Thea was on a bind date!!  SO funny and hawt.  But when Thea gets jealous of the mermaid..yes friends mermaid..was pretty great reading too.


#WOTR18 #Review #Paranormal – Blood Bound (Blood Bound #1) by Traci Douglass

Blood Bound (Blood Ravagers, #1)

Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she’d run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….

Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he’s had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante’s ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality.

But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?



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

When the author approached me to read the book all she has to say was Paranormal and I was on board.  Yep I kinda like paranormal.  Anyway, I really had no idea what the book was about until I read the blurb that said demons, shifters, vampires who all hang at a bar and are in motorcycle gang…Uhm double and triple check right there.  Throw in they are 1%ers annnnd my heart is going wild.

This book is about Anna who is looking for her sister Liz.  Liz is the wild and crazy twin while Anna is the school teacher, responsible one.  She walks into Seven, the bar of the biker gang, and her entire world changes.  She meets Dante who is a lot more than JUST a human.

Dante is floored at this woman.  She is sassy, feisty and the other half to what he needs to save his people from the evil he is currently working with.  Don’t get me wrong, Dante is no angel, but he is trying to do right and fix some of the bad in the world.  He is also looking to make a safe haven for otherworlders like himself who have no place to go.

Anna and Dante had some steamy hawt sexy time for sure. Seems our Anna is a but of a masochist which our pain demon, Dante, is quite happy to help out *Wink wink*  The final conflict of the story will leave you super emotional because of the struggle our characters have to go through to stop the evil.

I enjoyed the book a lot and totally wanna read book 2 like ASAP.

Thrilling Tales of Suspense, Fantasy, and Happily Ever Afters…

USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass writes fiction bursting with romance and action, usually mixed with a healthy portion of fantasy, urban edge and/or snark. Her stories feature sizzling heroes with quick wits and dark pasts and smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get.


#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author, Event Sponsor & Event Host Jillian Jacobs @GreenMooseProd

Jillian Jacobs

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jillian Jacobs
I write in the following genres: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements. I love moose, polish pottery, and hot tea.
I am the co-founder of Healing with Words—a not for profit agency established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. The mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences. Writers on The River, an author event in Peoria, Illinois is hosted by Healing With Words.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started to write because I thought I’d be the next Nora Roberts with my books on every shelf. I learned quickly that’s not how it works. And I’m an avid reader and thought, I’ll give romance writing a try because I love it so much.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I read a lot of historical over the years and some paranormal because that’s what’s sold in stores. I’ve since found many self-published authors I enjoy. My favorite new author of 2017 was TJ Klune. One author I suggest to everyone is Karen Marie Moning. I love her highlander series. I suggest you look at the Writers On The River website under the Authors tab for a whole list of awesome authors.

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

That the comma is not your friend. But seriously, I’ve found that the author community is a lovely, wonderful place, and I’ve made lasting friendships that I’ll cherish forever.

What are you working on now?

My very first Male/Male romance called Spotlight.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?


What are your social links?


Amazon Author Page

What are your buy links?


Angie’s review of Ember’s Center, Book 1 of the O-Line Series HERE

Kristi’s Review of Fire’s Field, The Elemental Book 2 HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Brynn Paulin @brynnpaulin

Brynn Paulin

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Brynn Paulin and I’m the author of over 55 books in multiple romance genres. In addition to writing, I love cooking, reading, hockey and dogs–especially my three spoiled furbabies.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started to write in the late 90s and was first published in 2007. I’ve always loves creating stories.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I always read: Ruby Dixon, Penny Wylder, Frankie Love, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Kristen Proby, Kelly Elliott, Kaylee Ryan and Kelly Jameson.

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

I don’t know if anything has surprised me about the process. What has surprised me is how different everyone’s processes are.

What are you working on now?

A dystopian zombie book

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a plotser – plotting with the freedom for surprises.

What are your social links?


What are your buy links?


Barnes and Noble

#WOTR18 #review #Paranormal #Shifter #Erotica – Rumble and Growl (The Holloways Book 3) by Lacey Thorn

Rumble and Growl (The Holloways Book 3)

Five years ago they were attacked. The alpha was the first to die, but his murder was followed by carefully planned attacks focused on one thing: find and kill the female shifters.

Xandra Blackstone is out for blood. She’s spent the last five years forced to hide and wait while the person responsible for the deaths of her parents and youngest sister remains free. Separated from her surviving siblings, her rage has only grown. She and her bear are in agreement. They’ll settle for nothing less than blood.

Declan Holloway is on a mission. Now that he and his brothers know there are female shifters still hidden among them, they’ve made it their focus to find them and protect them. What he didn’t expect was to find himself pursuing one frustrating female who seems hell bent on killing him. With each trap he dodges, his temper rises. When he gets his hands on Xandra Blackstone he might just take her over his knee for the trouble she’s caused him.

With one glance, neither can deny what their bears know is true. No matter how much they rumble and growl, they belong to one another.

*NOTE: Though Rumble and Growl is part of the Awakening Pride: The Holloways series, it is a standalone book with an HEA and no cliffhanger.



I purchased this book.

OMG Xandra and Declan!! They are quite a pair.  Declan is Mr. Logical where as Xandra runs on pure emotion.  I knew the little clip we got of them in book 2 showed they were going to be a fun read but man was I loving this book.

Declan is the most trustworthy and dependable brother of the Holloways.  When he is sent to find Xandra he is blow away once he catches her scent because HELLO she is his mate.

Xandra has been living in a personal hell for the 5 years following all the female bear massacre.  The “Uncle” she was tasked to live with seems to be the reason for all the treachery against the Holloway Pack.  She is finally free and after blood for her family and lost bears.  When she sees Declan’s she is not about to let this whole MATE thing get her…..nope not happening.  She is going to run and avenge everyone wronged.  She is pulling the whole “I am an island” dynamic.

I loved seeing the pack dynamics really starting to come into play.  We learn a lot more about each brother and their job for the pack.  We learn more and more about the expectations for revenge for the past wrong doings too.

I am super excited for the next book and I really hope its Laramie’s books because come on and Alpha needs his mate!!!

Lacey Thorn spends her days in small town Indiana the proud mother of three. When she is not busy with one of them she can be found typing away on her computer
keyboard or burying her nose in a good book. Like every woman she knows just how chaotic life can be and how appealing that great escape can look. So toss aside
the stress and tension of the never ending to do list.