Sunday, October 21, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 308 - An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris, TimTur: The Teacher's Alien Healer by Veronica Scott

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First in a new series by Charlaine Harris and a very good start. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie, one who makes her living protecting others. As the gunnie suggests she is a excellent shot and is often called on to kill to projects. She lives in a US that has broken up into many individual areas. The breaking point from our history is the death of FDR before he became president. This is filled with danger and tension as well as secrets. The plot revolves around the job Lizbeth takes looking for people with a specific blood type. This tells a hard to put down story as it fills in the backstory, character development and world building needed for a series. Looking forward to the next book in the series.


Timtur: The Teacher's Alien Healer (In the Stars; Badari Warriors, #5)Timtur: The Teacher's Alien Healer by Veronica Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lily and Timtur have been friends since Lily was rescued. Everyone knows they are mates but the two are dancing around any commitment. A great set up for the next book in the Badari Warriors series. This situation puts Lily in danger and brings out some secrets among the Badari. Lily must be recused and a secret must be taken care of. A lot of tension and some soul searching on both Lily and Timtur's part. As everything is brought into the open and the danger taken care of there is a very nice HEA for the two.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 307 - Lionheart by Thea Harrison, The Sergeant's Christmas Mission by Joanna Sims

Lionheart (Moonshadow, #3)Lionheart by Thea Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love this last book in the Moonshadow series. King Oberon has been fighting the poison for years and the end is near when Dr. Kathryn Shaw is brought in to try for a cure. Kathryn is not milksop. She has had years dealing with Dragos in New York and she is more than a match for Oberon when he wakes. Loved the push/pull between the two. A great story and ending to this trilogy.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.



The Sergeant's Christmas MissionThe Sergeant's Christmas Mission by Joanna Sims
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rebecca and Shane are two very interesting characters. Rebecca is recovering from a divorce and Shane refuses to get help as he looks for a new normal after serving in the military for years. There is a candid look at Shane's problems and how they were affecting his relationship with Rebecca. I did question why Rebecca would get involved with Shane when she knew his problems. There was a bittersweet tone to the relationship and a look at what had to change for it to work. Interesting story using what is today a familiar trope.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Shadows Way by Barbara Frances - Book Blast and Giveaway


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Prepare to be spellbound. Barbara Frances' long-awaited third novel, Shadow's Way, takes you to the coastal, deep South, where the past and the present mingle in a gothic tale of insanity, murder, and sexual intrigue.

You'll meet the beautiful Elaine Chauvier, former actress and proprietor of Shadow's Way, her family's antebellum home; the esteemed Archbishop Andre Figurant and his fallen identical twin, Bastien; newly arrived Ophelia and Rudy, here to explore their Chauvier roots and their ties to Shadow's Way; and the mysterious Madame Claudine. Under a veneer of piety and graciousness, i.e., the questions: What is good? What is evil? What is reality?

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The first encounter Ofelia had had with her sister’s unbridled cruelty occurred within weeks after her arrival. She had been in the breakfast area arranging flowers where she could easily hear Elaine’s raised voice in the next room. “Lily Mae, that half-breed sister of mine is just like her mother, a regular whore. She, too, is breaking up a nice family. That man she’s seeing is the father of two lovely girls, just like my father was.”

For several seconds Ofelia held the vase with shaking hands. This was intentional. Elaine knew where she was. Ofelia stomped into the dining room and smashed the costly vase at Elaine’s feet. Shards of glass flew in all directions while water ran into the cracks of the hardwood floor. Elaine jumped back with a slight scream. Fresh flowers were scattered around her shoes.

Ofelia picked up a large piece of glass and pointed it at Elaine. “Don’t you ever, ever call my mother that again, or I swear to God I’ll scar up that pasty white face of yours.” Elaine was more frightened than she had ever been. “You can call me a whore if that makes you feel superior, but don’t ever again call my mother that. You understand, you mean disgusting bitch.”

Staggering back a step or two, Ofelia dropped the shard stunned by the fierceness within her. “You bring out the worst in people,” she snarled in Elaine’s face and walked steadily out of the room, feeling that a kindred wolf spirit was within her.

Two chapters available at http://shadowsway.com/chapters.html

About the Author:
Barbara Frances has plenty of stories and a life spent acquiring them. Growing up Catholic on a small Texas farm, her childhood ambition was to become a nun. In ninth grade she entered a boarding school in Our Lady of the Lake Convent as an aspirant, the first of several steps before taking vows. On graduation, however, she passed up the nun’s habit for a college degree in English and Theatre Arts. Her professors were aghast when she declined a PhD program in order to become a stewardess, but Barbara never looked back. “In the Sixties, a stewardess was a glamorous occupation.” Her career highlights include dating a very gentlemanly Chuck Berry and “opening the bar” for a planeload of underage privates on their way to Vietnam.

Marriage, children, school teaching and divorce distracted her from storytelling, but one summer she and a friend coauthored a screenplay. “I never had such fun! I come from a family of storytellers. Relatives would come over and after dinner everyone would tell tales. Sometimes they were even true.” The next summer Barbara wrote a screenplay solo. Contest recognition, an agent and three optioned scripts followed but, weary of fickle producers and endless rewrites, she turned to novels. Shadow’s Way is her third book. Her first, Lottie’s Adventure, is aimed at young readers. Her second, Like I Used To Dance, is a family saga set in 1950’s rural Texas. Barbara’s fans can be thankful she passed up convent life for one of stories and storytelling. She and her husband Bill live in Austin, Texas.

Barbara welcomes questions or comments about Shadow’s Way at barb@barbarafrances.com.

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Our Secret Power by Terje G. Simonsen - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway


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Is the paranormal normal?

Many readers will be surprised when learning that reputable scientists, among them several Nobel laureates, have claimed that telepathy is a reality. Their curiosity will increase when reading that Cleopatra’s lost palace and Richard III’s burial place were recovered by means of clairvoyance. And some will think it to be science fiction when finding out about Stargate—the espionage program where the American military and CIA engaged in the development of psychic spies!

Simonsen, a Norwegian historian of ideas, introduces an array of entertaining paranormal tales from history, archaeology, anthropology and psychology, and presents scientific research that has provided fascinating results. He argues that the stories we hear about telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition ought not to be dismissed as superstition

In step with spiritual and occult traditions, the author suggests that consciousness is not limited to our own head. Rather he thinks that all humans (and perhaps all living beings) are linked together in a “Mental Internet.’ Via this network we may exchange ‘telepathic emails’ with friends and family and make clairvoyant ‘downloads’ of information. Thus perhaps what we usually call ‘supernatural’ is completely natural but little understood communications via this Mental Internet?

Our Secret Powers gives us a engaged and entertaining analysis of a controversial subject and would make an excellent travel companion.

"Superb survey of the paranormal... Although serious in content, it is written in a light, often humorous, style which is a delight to read. As someone who has myself made a lifelong study of the paranormal, I cannot recommend it highly enough." ~ fantasy author, Herbie Brennan

"Simonsen describes his book as "A travelogue from the twilight zone,"but he is far too modest. Our Secret Powers is a sprawling work, meticulously researched, in which the author deftly, and with engaging wit, pulls together the various strands of "psi"--telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition,telekinesis, and healing--and presents them for our consideration." ~ Pulitzer-prize winner, Teresa Carpenter

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Based on this idea, we launch a quite simple model, called the “Mental Internet.” The basic metaphor here is that somewhat in the way our computers are linked together via the Internet, the ‘consciousnesses’ of all humans, and perhaps all living beings, are linked together via some sort of Mental Internet. Consciousness, like the Internet, is—on some level—something that we are all doing together; it is networking. And telepathy is the communication that drives this network.


I therefore invite the reader to engage in a little thought experiment throughout the book: namely that an Internet Model of consciousness may have some relevance. Galileo once invited the Inquisition to look through his telescope in order to see what he himself had seen. But, as we know, the inquisitors were not very keen on having their horizons expanded and instead muttered murkily of ‘the work of the Devil.’ However, I take it for granted that the reader has a radically more open attitude than those darkened souls, and I am therefore confident that my invitation will be well received.


I find it intriguing to think that our everyday perception of Space and Time may, in some respects, be merely a mental frame, a habit. And therefore it might be possible to think outside the box in a more radical way. The proposed thought experiment about a Mental Internet allows for this, and telepathy can then be considered as the ‘emails’ sent and the ‘downloads’ made via this mental network. Many phenomena that otherwise would appear inexplicable will in light of this model fall quite nicely into place. More (much more) about this later!



Review: 

A interesting book full of some very different ideas.  I tried to read with an open mind as the author suggested.  It contains both history of the paranormal but also the current state.  I enjoyed the humor mixed in with the information.  A good way to find out more about this fascinating field.

About the Author:
Terje G. Simonsen is an author with a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas. He has increasingly focused his attention on the esoteric and occult traditions and on paranormal phenomena, as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, healing etc. Recently he published the highly acclaimed Our Secret Powers, based on his extraordinary knowledge within this field. Elegantly and with great personal wit and insight, he discusses parapsychological phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition. 


Simonsen has had his work praised by several of the world’s most renowned experts on the paranormal: The bestselling parapsychologist, Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, says: ‘As an encyclopedic introduction to the psychic side of the fascinating but puzzling domain known as the paranormal, there is no better choice than Our Secret Powers.” And Stanley Krippner, expert on hypnosis, shamanism and altered states of consciousness, former leader of two departments in the American Psychological Association, says: “This is an outstanding book and it deserves all the attention it can get. Not only is Our Secret Powers a book for all seasons, it is a book for all reasons!’”.



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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

All the Lies - Breakdown by Peggy Webb - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway



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BREAKDOWN is a unique and groundbreaking four-book suspense series that will keep you turning pages until the killer is finally exposed.

In this explosive new miniseries, the idyllic community of Shutter Lake, nestled in the peaceful Sierra Nevada Mountains, is rocked by a shocking murder. Four women, friends who moved to the area to find healing and solace, must now dig deep and overcome the scars of past troubles to find a ruthless killer.

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All the Lies, BREAKDOWN Book 3 by Peggy Webb

THE BREAKDOWN BROADENS... Julia Ford was once famous globally for investigative journalism until the story she was covering went so wrong and an unthinkable act put her on the run. She sought refuge in idyllic Shutter Lake, took a job as lifestyle reporter for the local paper and remained hidden in plan sight for five years...until murder snuffed out Sylvia Cole, the young woman who knew too much.

With Sylvia's killer still on the loose, another girl missing and Julia's past showing up in the form of FBI Special Agent Richards, Julia begins a search that uncovers an evil spreading throughout Shutter Lake. Her last encounter with evil ripped her life apart. But this one could destroy some of the town's most prominent citizens and tear down Shutter Lake's very foundation. How far will she go to expose the deadly secrets in a once-perfect town built on lies?

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Only twenty days ‘til Halloween. Julia knew. She’d counted. Every October for the last five years.

As if she needed any reminders, ghoulish carved pumpkins decorated doorsteps, faux bats hung from trees, and ghosts lurked in every dark corner of her neighborhood – the one she’d deliberately chosen when she moved here. Nothing bad could ever happen in a neighborhood on a street named Harmony. On a quiet street where kids tossed balls at twilight and mothers stood in doorways calling them to supper, where the blue-ribbon school was just a few blocks away and the police station was within easy walking distance.

For that matter, nearly everything Julia needed was within walking distance. Until now. Until Dana Perkins had pulled her out of a safe rut and asked her to dredge up investigative skills from a life she’d left behind. One of Dana’s students at Shutter Lake High was missing, and she would not rest until the girl was found.

Less than an hour ago Dana had pressed her again about the girl as they stood in front of city hall where Julia’s instincts told her Chief of Police Griff McCabe was lying about closing in on Sylvia’s Cole’s killer. Everybody in Shutter Lake was up in arms about the town’s first murder.

Julia shifted her shoulder bag to a more comfortable position as she strode toward her cottage, a modest craftsman where culinary herbs grew on the kitchen windowsill and light poured through the windows in every room. Julia couldn’t stand the darkness. Nor the pumpkins. Those grotesque masks. She wanted to walk up and slap every one of them.

She glanced around as if someone might have read her thoughts. Satisfied that her secret was safe, she hurried inside to her orderly cocoon. The Victorian wall-hung mirror in the hallway showed a tall, slender woman on the wrong side of forty with long blond hair windblown and blue eyes untroubled. Julia Ford, lifestyle columnist for the Firefly, a weekly newspaper few outside of Shutter Lake had ever heard of, a paper she’d have dismissed as insignificant before she came here.

She nodded at her reflection, satisfied. Her mask was still in place.

Kicking off her shoes she padded barefoot to her kitchen and made her favorite drink, green tea chai from a mix she ordered online. Fading light coming through the stained glass in Julia’s kitchen window turned her walls a rainbow of soft pink and gold. She loved that about California - the mild weather and the perpetual sunlight that gave Shutter Lake a golden glow.

Until the glow got tainted by murder. And now a disappearance. A runaway? A kidnapping?

She carried her drink into the sunroom she used as an office and powered up her computer.

“Let’s see where you’re hiding, Josie Rodriguez.”

About the Author:
Peggy Webb, USA Today bestselling author, has penned more than 80 books in multiple genres and is the most prolific writer the state of Mississippi has ever produced. She also writes as Elaine Hussey. Her acclaimed novel, The Sweetest Hallelujah, garnered praise from critics who dubbed her one of the “Southern literary greats” and compared her to Harper Lee. Peggy holds an M.A. from the University of Mississippi and is a former adjunct instructor of writing at Mississippi State University (2004-2005). A gifted musician and actress, Peggy loves taking the stage at Tupelo Community Theater, singing in a 60-voice church choir and playing her vintage baby grand.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 3305 - Embrace the Passion, Breakeven by Michelle Diener

Embrace the Passion (Pets in Space Anthologies, #3)Embrace the Passion by S.E. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love this series and have to mention the stories I have read. All are from some of my favorite authors and feature worlds they have created.
First: DESERT HUNTER
Galactic Gladiators Series
By Anna Hackett
Instead of characters from Earth this story is about two of the planets natives. Great to see and learn more about the people who live there.
Second: QUASHI
Mandrake Company Series
By Ruby Lionsdrake
It was fun to be back on the pink shuttle and see characters who I have not seen in some time. I loved the interesting character and why she really came to work.
Third: 
STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER
The Sectors SF Romance Series
By Veronica Scott
Even though I have loved them all I think this is my favorite so far. It was fun to be back on the ship and to see it through other eyes. The solution to the main character's problem was very smoothly done.
CATS OF WAR
A Central Galactic Concordance Novella
by Carol Van Natta
Again one of my favorite series. Loved the cats and how they interact with the characters.


Breakeven (Verdant String)Breakeven by Michelle Diener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is fitting that I am reading Pets in Space and found that Breakeven has its own pet. I loved
fluffy. She is a scene stealer and is both cute and deadly. She makes the different in the outcome of the story as Dee and Sebastian are in a very deadly fight. This is the first full length book in the Verdant String series and it does read as a stand alone but there have been two previous novellas that help set the stage. Great new series with good world building, a well though out backstory and interesting characters.

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The Crying of Ross 128 by David Allan Hamilton - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway


The Crying of Ross 128
by David Allan Hamilton 

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GENRE: Science Fiction

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BLURB:

America has splintered into various independent republics after a brutal civil war. Against this backdrop, space exploration is on the cusp of new technological breakthroughs. Jim Atteberry, a mid-30s English professor at City College in San Francisco, spends his free time listening for alien signals on the amateur radio astronomy bands. His life as a single parent to his precocious daughter is turned upside-down when he hears an intelligent cry for help from the Ross 128 system and realizes we are not alone. This signal unleashes a chain of events pitting Jim and his brilliant, mysterious colleague Kate against a power-hungry scientist with his own secret agenda. Jim must learn the truth about the signal, the strange disappearance of his wife Janet, and the meaning of true love before it’s too late in this first contact thriller.

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REVIEW:

I wondered how the author would handle a much used concept and found that he handled it very well.  This is as much a mystery as Science Fiction.  It is full in everyday characters set in a background that could become reality.  A hard to put down book that will make you think while entertaining you. 
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EXCERPT

"How long does it take a subspace signal to travel from Ross 128 to Earth?" he asked.

The machine responded verbally. “Twenty-two minutes, 13.4 seconds with current subspace technology.”

Atteberry recorded the time on his notepad, then looked at the screen. “Is there any history of alien signals coming from Ross 128?”

“Negative. Although in 2017, unknown signals from that system were received at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. They were later dismissed as Terran satellites.”

Ghost signals. That happened sometimes due to the multitude of satellites orbiting Earth back then, and now around the moon and Mars. Signals would bounce and echo off them all the time, like ripples in a pond bouncing off rocks and plants.

“Speculate as to the origin of this signal if it’s a ghost.”

“Ready.”

“Proceed.”

“If the signal is a ghost, it is most likely an artifact of the Second American Civil War circa 2070. The Northern Democratic States and the Confederate States often used ghost signals as decoys to confuse enemy communications.”

So that’s it, Atteberry thought, he’s been chasing old civil war ghosts. Yet the question of subspace remained, and, as far as he knew, neither side in the civil war used the emerging FTL technology. It wasn’t sufficiently developed until after the new republics separated.

“What is the likelihood that these Ross 128 signals are satellite ghosts?”

“0.02 percent.”

“What’s the probability the true source is the Ross 128 system itself?”

“74.8 percent.”

Atteberry leaned forward on his workbench and realized the results were inconclusive. “What’s the probability that these signals are naturally occurring... a pulsar or a quasar for example?”

“Zero percent. The signals are artificially produced with slight variations in pattern frequency, suggesting unknown transmission methodology.”

“Human?”

“Improbable. There are no known humans in the Ross 128 space.”

Atteberry feared asking the next question; he swallowed hard. “Alien?”

“99.8 percent probable.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David Allan Hamilton is a teacher, writer, and multipotentialite. He is a graduate of Laurentian University (BSc. Applied Physics) and The University of Western Ontario (MSc. Geophysics). He lives in Ottawa where he facilitates writing workshops and teaches. When not writing, David enjoys riding his bike long distances, painting, and knitting.





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Monday, October 15, 2018

Short and Sweet Audio Book Reviews # 305 - Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett, Constance Verity Saves the World by A. Lee Martinez

Death in the English Countryside (Murder on Location #1)Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fun mystery that starts and ends in California. So why the English Countryside? That is where location scout Kate Sharp goes when her boss ends up missing. From there you get a look at the village of Nether Woodsmoor and the houses that would fit the bill for locations needed to film a adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Filled with interesting characters and locations this has just the right amount of mystery to keep your attention. Sarah Mollo-Christensen does a great job on the different voices and on keeping the pacing to match the plot line.


Constance Verity Saves the World (Constance Verity, #2)Constance Verity Saves the World by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Constance Verity is an over the top characters who just cannot stop saving the world. That is causing trouble in her love life. With a great side kick and outstanding problems you wonder if Constance will ever have a normal life. I loved all of the characters who could have been bad but were not. Then there were the real villains or maybe only one villain it was sometimes hard to tell. Book two in the series but works find as a stand alone.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 304- The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander, Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl (The Lady Travelers Society, #3)The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sidney Honeywell did not set out to deceive. She was just telling about adventures her grandmother had in Egypt and at the same time making money for herself. Who knew people would think she was the one having the adventures. Of course some one is threatening to expose her as a fraud and that just cannot happen. Enter the trip to prove she is o is not a fraud and the man she must deceive. A fun romp with many, many laugh out loud moments as Sidney rises to the occasion and finds much more than she expected. Great addition to the Lady Travelers Society series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

 Street FreaksStreet Freaks by Terry Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has a bit of everything. Told from the viewpoint of Ash Collins the story starts with Ash on the run and not knowing why. Along the way he meets a very different group of young people. They are the throwaways of life and they take him in. I loved the interweaving of danger and tension along with the normal problems of youth. Each character had qualities that were easy to identify with. This was a roller coaster of action and mystery as Ash tried to find out why people were trying to find him and discover the secrets they were sure his father had shared. A nice ending with Ash off on a quest. Is that a set up for the start of a new series?

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Perfect Mistake by Sophia Carlson - Book Tour and Giveaway




Perfect Mistake
by Sophia Karlson 

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GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Simone Levin had a dream job as a safari pilot until an unexpected pregnancy clipped her wings. Tired of juggling motherhood with her demanding flight schedule, Simone applies for an office job, unaware that her new boss is Carlo Carlevaro, the man who’d ditched her before finding out he’d knocked her up. Carlo returns to East Africa only to kill another fire—Ivory trafficking from his lodges threatens to destroy his company. Finding Simone back on the payroll comes as a pleasant surprise. As his employee, Simone is off-limits, but she is the only one he trusts to help with his undercover investigation. With time running out, Simone and Carlo strive to expose the trafficking ring, but working together rekindles their mutual desire. When Simone is implicated as a trafficker, revealing her daughter’s existence to Carlo seems inevitable. Acting on her instincts might come too late as the syndicate retaliate and hone in their threat. Will they survive to give their love a chance?

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EXCERPT: 

Carlo pushed away from the doorframe, took a few steps towards them and stuck out his hand. A sharp pinch from Michael snapped her out of her flustered state, and she offered hers. Carlo’s hand was cool and dry, sending a tremor through her as he wrapped it around hers. 

“Simone.”

“Mr…Carlevaro.” She cleared her throat as he let go. She couldn’t help but rub her sweaty palm against her jeans. Touching his cool skin had felt like a disgrace. 

“I’m glad you’ve finally arrived.” Carlo’s gaze traveled over her face. It rested on her lips for a moment before it shot back to her eyes. “I want to take off in the next thirty minutes.” 

Simone’s heart, which had, for those treacherous few seconds, stood still, started to pound.

“I just landed from a long-haul flight. I’d like to take a quick shower.”

Carlo raised an eyebrow. “A quick shower?” His gaze traveled over her body, mapping the route the water would take. 

God, he remembered.

Heat rushed to her cheeks at the potent memories that flooded in her mind. Years ago they had shared many showers that were everything but quick.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sophia Karlson has lived in France, Germany, East Africa, Madagascar (not the movie, the country) and now finds herself back on home ground in South Africa. As a teenager, she devoured romances with far flung settings, loving to travel through books. After school her itchy feet took her around the world, but now she doesn’t get much further than the school run and the daily walk with her very demanding beagle. She writes contemporary and erotic romance, wanting to take readers on a journey of their own. She loves hearing from readers, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophia.karlson.5, Twitter: @SophiaKarlson, on the web at www.sophiakarlson.com.




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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:

July 10: Rogues Angels
July 12: Edgar's Books
July 19: Mythical Books - review
July 31: Danita Minnis
August 9: The Avid Reader
August 14: Independent Authors
August 21: BooksChatter
August 23: T's Stuff
August 28: Lampshade Reader
August 30: Author C.A.Milson
September 4: Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books! - review
September 6: B-Gina Review
September 11: Locks, Hooks and Books - review
September 13: Rainy Day Reviews
September 18: Author Deborah A Bailey
September 27: It's Raining Books
October 2: Bookaholic - review
October 4: Harlie's Books
October 9: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 11: Mixed Book Bag
October 16: The Tired Buyer - review