Fated Love 50% off at Smashwords

For the month of July, Fated Love is only $1.50 at Smashwords! Head on over. Here’s the link to a radio show where I discuss Fated Love and also a little bit about Death of a Wolfman, my next release. That one will be available in mid-August.

Circle of Seven, Book Lights interview on Fated Love & Death of a Wolfman

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Fated Love Excerpt

Fated Love smallSunlight poured through the window wall facing the fenced backyard and bathed the room in a golden glow. It should have been peaceful, but the two men eyed each other as though neither wanted to be the first to sit down. At last, Neil moved to the chair near Sarah and Jake sat on the sofa, removing his notepad from his pocket.

“Please give me the name and contact information for your partner, Ms. Cameron, I’ll need to speak with him also.”

Neil opened his mouth, but Sarah stopped him with a motion of her hand. She would answer the questions. If he wanted to stay and hear this conversation, he better just keep his mouth shut.

“His name is Isaiah Morton and he’s out of town at the moment. I intended to call him this morning, but haven’t gotten to it yet. You said the fire was set. How do you know that?”

“I found evidence of an accelerant in the wreckage. I still need you to give me Mr. Morton’s phone number and address for my records.”

With a sigh, Sarah gave him the information “Now can we get to the part where you tell me what evidence you have that the fire was set?”

Jake looked annoyed with her, but she had a right to ask the questions. It was her gallery after all – at least partially. And she knew Isaiah would be all over her for details as soon as he heard about the fire.

Couldn’t the man just get on with the business that brought him here? She couldn’t believe someone had deliberately burned down the gallery. Who could hate her that much? Or had it been directed at Isaiah? Casting her mind over the possibilities, she couldn’t think of a single person who had a grudge against either of them. There was no reason for the gallery to have been destroyed.

Jake looked up from his notes straight into her eyes. Her heart did a little tap dance in her chest. Even in the bright light of this room he was devastatingly handsome. Down, girl.

“Let me emphasize that my findings are preliminary at this point.”

The man was maddening. Couldn’t he just get to the point?

“However, it appears that gasoline was poured inside the building and then lighted with a crude timing device.” He watched her closely as he spoke. “We found the remains of a cheap alarm clock melted to what we believe was part of the floor about midway of one of the walls”

She sucked in a deep breath. Preliminary or not, this was bad news. There wasn’t a cheap alarm clock anywhere in the gallery so it couldn’t have been a mistake.

The Rivals of Versailles – Book Review

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The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie

Publication date April 5, 2016

This book takes the reader on an indepth look at the life and career of Madame de Pompadour who ‘ruled’ by the side of King Louis XV for twenty years. It gives a good accounting of the other women in the King’s life and their place in it, from the viewpoint of Madame.

Being a fan of historical fiction, and history in general, I was familiar with Madame de Pompadour but this gave a nicely detailed story about her life and how she came to be the King’s mistress–  and later his most trusted advisor. I didn’t know previously that a fortune teller had told her that she would be loved by a King. That fortune changed the lifeline of a poor young girl forever and pointed her straight to Versailles.

The book was well written and I truly enjoyed this peek behind the scenes of such an illustrious woman.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lilac Girls – Book Review

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This novel is beautifully written with characters that come to life on the pages as they creep into your heart.

This story takes place before, during and after World War II and moves between New York, Poland and Germany as it follows the course of the lives of three women who will come together over a series of horrific events.

Caroline Ferriday is a New Yorker whose life is centered around assisting the unfortunate in other countries – mostly France, but by the end of the book she has become aware of a group of women whose lives she intends to change through her fundraising efforts.

Kasia Kuzmerick, a young Polish teenager, is caught up in a Nazi sweep through her town and sent to a prison camp in Germany along with her sister, Mother and teenaged friend.

Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor, at a Nazi prison camp whosedesire to become a surgeon leads her to an abyss. She is the dark force whose actions bring Caroline and Kasia together in the end.

This book is based on a true story and brought to light an event not many people have heard about. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves moving. amazing stories about lives, loves and relationships.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune Favors the Wicked – Book Review

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I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The flow of this book was good and the characters were different and quite likeable,. I also enjoyed the secondary characters and setting. A woman who has been a courtesan and a former Naval officer who is now blind make for an interesting set of characters.

Both are searching for some gold coins stolen from the government in order to us them to make new lives for themselves.

With all that said, i felt that the abilities of the blind hero stretched credulity. The author states at the end of the book that the character is based on a real person, but I still found it a little difficult to believe his ability to get around in the world in the way he did in the book. Also, the thief seemed a little too nice and surrendered too easily, in my opinion, for someone who was involved in a theft that included the murder of five people and and two attacks on the hero.

 

 

A Lady in the Smoke – Review

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Lady Elizabeth Fraser and her mother are traveling home after a horrible Season in London when their train wrecks. Terrified and alone, Elizabeth meets Paul who helps her and her mother. Later they work together to save others. He’s not of her class. Not socially acceptable as a match for her but she falls hard.

Paul is a surgeon who works for the railroad. He’s suspicious of many of the accidents that have happend lately and is working with the owner of a newspaper to uncover the corruption he knows is at the heart of these accidents that are costing so many their lives. He doesn’t need someone like Lady Elizabeth in his life to complicate matters. But when does Life every play fair?

Together they uncover a plot so extensive and so intermingled with Lady Elizabeths cloudy family history that it surprises even them. Can they save themselve, and the railroad industry before something unspeakable happens?

This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

The History Major – Review

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This was my first read of anything by Michael Phillip Cash. It’s novella length and had me so engrossed that I read it in one sitting.

College freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room after a night of partying with the usual results of too much alcohol. But even a hangover can’t explain why everything is just a little off. Her room has changed, her room mate has changed. Even her class schedule has changed.

She’s enrolled in a history class she knows she didn’t take and can’t get anyone to let her drop. And, she’s being pursued by a shadow being that seems to be hellbent on hurting her. Like Amanda, I was wondering what the heck is going on here? I am a fan of paranormal elements and the story dovetails beautifully. Everything is explained and the ending is one I never saw coming.

This book was given to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.