Monday, November 28, 2016

Bounty Huntress By Sheri Queen!

Bounty Huntress 
Sleepy Hollow Hunter 
Book One 
A Hotel Paranormal Story
Sheri Queen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wilda Press
Date of Publication: November 9, 2016
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0692803370
ISBN-10: 0692803378
ASIN: B01M226DL7
Number of pages: 163
Word Count: 40,422
Cover Artist: Kelley York, X-Potion Designs

Book Description: 
Janda Gray’s a Lykoi—part werecat, part wolf—shunned by both sides of her lineage.
She yearns for the day when she can escape the disdainful glances and leave her home on the outskirts of Sleepy Hollow, NY. When she lands a lucrative bounty hunter contract, she thinks her life is finally turning around. All she has to do is lure her werecat target from the safety of the Hotel Paranormal.
Then she meets a werepanther. Her life will never be the same 
Alexander Holden, second-in-command of a powerful werecat clan, is accused of murdering the woman he was to marry. He must find the real killer to clear his name or spend the rest of his supernaturally long life on the run.
Complications arise after Janda falls for the man she’s supposed to be capturing. 
Now she must decide if following her heart is worth risking everything, including the love they’ve found in each other’s embrace.
Love is about making sacrifices. Saving him is all that matters.
Bounty Huntress is the introduction to the Sleepy Hollow Hunter series, as well as a Hotel Paranormal story.
The Hotel Paranormal is THE place for supernatural beings looking to get away from it all. Beings like werewolves, vampires, elves, sprites, djinn and more check in from all over the world for business and for pleasure—and sometimes for both.

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Short Excerpt: 
Half a block stood between me and my future happiness, but it might as well have been a mile for all the good it would do me. From the alley to the bar there was no cover, no shadows to absorb my presence. I’d scoured the surrounding area for another entry point to no avail. Barred windows and a padlocked backdoor thwarted me. I had one shot at getting inside before anyone could stop me, and that meant waiting until the barkeep kicked the last of his patrons out at closing time. While they were busy getting on their bikes, I’d make a mad dash to the front door. I was grateful the street was deserted at this hour, but it was almost too quiet. One stupid move on my part could mean disaster.
I calculated the distance from where I stood, hidden in the alley, to the bar’s entrance and figured I’d probably be fast enough to make it as long as the wolves were so drunk they wouldn’t notice me until it was too late. It was a long shot, but the only one I had. Wolves were quick, even inebriated ones. Their metabolism burned off alcohol within minutes of downing it, which meant my window of opportunity was about the size of a mouse hole. In my Lykoi state I was faster than a wolf—I’d honed that particular skill long ago with all the times I’d been chased—but I couldn’t go Lykoi. Paws didn’t lend themselves to turning doorknobs, so I’d have to do this the hard way. Nothing new there.
I leaned against the brick wall and let the cool autumn air soothe my restless body. My calf muscles twitched, and my stomach rumbled. It was tempting to give in to the urge to transform and run through the woods I’d passed on the way into town. Maybe even hunt a bit of rabbit. I let out a slow breath and resisted my primal desires.
I counted four bikes outside the bar. Mutther’s might be a neutral, no-colors establishment, but I still had to get past the owners of those bikes. Four big-ass obstacles between me and the portal to the Hotel Paranormal. I knew portals existed in most major cities—definitely in Manhattan—but, of course, my only way into the hotel would be through a wolf biker bar. My luck ranged from bad to stinking bad. I was long overdue for a bit of good luck, but I didn’t look for that to happen tonight. My usual mode of blending into the background to avoid attracting attention wasn’t going to work here. There were no crowds to lose myself in, and the glaring neon sign covering three quarters of the bar’s facade was a beacon spreading a swath of red across the sidewalk. Anyone wishing to enter the bar would be doused in light. This had to be the hotel’s idea of a joke—or a test.
My Review
I love finding new books that I love!! What a new take on shifter hybrids and the Hotel Paranormal anthology that features this story is the beginning of the series that follows the Sleepy Hollow Hunters series by Ms Queen. And I honk it's gunna be awesome!! With excellent characters that I can't wait to see more of, and some great world building and a pretty awesome romance, there's much to love her. 

So Janda is a Lykoi- half wolf shifted and half cat shifted. Her pack sucks for her. So she made her life being a bounty hunter. She's great at her job and loves it. She does her job and keeps herself on target. Until her new target is Alexander. She definitely falls for him. Kinda hard to be a bounty hunter when you want your target. And it's complicated. And it's not love at first sight either. And along the way we meet some other awesome side characters that add a lot to the story too!! 

The writing is well done and it is short and sweet since it's a novella in an anthology but it's still a good one. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more!! I'm impressed and want more!! 5 PAWS!!

 Happy Tails and Tales Author Interview with Sheri Que
First, tell me a little about your book J….
Bounty Huntress is a story about a young woman of mixed heritage who longs to escape the side-glances of the wolf pack she grew up in. When she lands a lucrative bounty hunter contract, she thinks her life is finally turning around. Soon she’ll have the money she needs to get out on her own, but first she must bring back her werepanther target from the hotel where he’s hiding. The hotel is in an alternate dimension—one where time isn’t the same as her normal world—and her stay there becomes more complex than she intended. After meeting her handsome target, she’s smitten and must decide if the love she has for him is worth risking everything to help him.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I’ve always loved reading and making up stories in my head, but it wasn’t until the last ten years that I decided to act on actually writing those stories.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first novel was a thriller that was inspired by a quilt I had been working on, as well as the idea of a woman who suffered from a brain tumor that severely altered her personality. She became obsessed with completing the quilt by using fabric from the clothing of those she murdered. That book has not been published, but it was a great writing experience.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think it’s probably difficult for writers not to be influenced by events and people in their life, but my writing is never about any one person or event. It’s more like throwing a lot of different people together to become a new character—one who comes alive in his/her own right.

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books? 
A character dies if and when their death promotes the story line.  So, I suppose the story dictates who dies and when.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m a bit biased with this one because I went to school with some amazing writers. I love KW Taylor’s time travel novel The Curiosity Killers. Also, Traci Douglass has a couple of awesome romance lines. Rebecca Halsey did a great jazz age romance called Notes of TemptationThen there’s Carrie Gessner’s fantasy The Dying of the Golden Day. At the moment I’m reading Cara McKinnon’s series The Faye of Sky that I’m really enjoying. I could go on with this, but you get the idea.

Who do you look up to as a writer?
I think Shelley Adina is an amazing author. She does so much to help other writers just starting out. Her steampunk line, Magnificent Devices, is amazing. 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I’m never completely satisfied with my work, so I have to stop myself from continuous edits or it would never get published. Bounty Huntress had some “rules” to follow, since it is part of a multi-author series, so if I could have I would have made it longer in order to develop certain characters and situations more. Still, it was a lot of fun to write and is a lead-in to a new series I’m writing—The Sleepy Hollow Hunter series.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time. I know that sounds trite, but my life is such that I can’t fit in as much time as I’d like to actually write. I’m hoping in the next year that will change, but until then, I write whenever and wherever I can.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
Cara McKinnon’s Essential Magic. It’s a fantasy with lots of fantastic world building.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

My designer is Kelley York of X-Potion Designs. She and I worked very closely together to get exactly what I wanted. I gave her a few images to give her an idea of where I wanted to go with the cover design. She took it from there and did an amazing job.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I’m always learning and discovering more about me as a writer with each story I pen. Bounty Huntress had to fit certain criteria when it came to heat level (no sweet romance and no erotica). This was part of the group requirements in this multi-author series, and it was a bit of a challenge. I kept wanting to spice it up more, but I had to use my word limit to work on other aspects of the story. In the end, I think it was fairly balanced in heat level and story line, although I would have loved to have done even more with Janda’s relationship with Alex. I suppose that’s why authors like writing series—we can dive more deeply into different characters as the series develops.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose? 
That’s a tough one. Janda, of course, is a favorite. However, as I was writing I have to say Sebastian—the ancient and powerful vampire—became a strong favorite. He will get a lot more air time in the next book.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I don’t think I could answer that properly, since everyone has slightly different taste in what they enjoy reading. I read across genres, which others might not do as much. However, I’d say that even people who stick primarily to one genre should look into reading other types of stories. The authors I mentioned earlier all have good books, but for different reasons. For instance, Shelley Adina’s Magnificent Devices series is up to eleven books now. I highly recommend her stories for those who enjoy steampunk. Maria Snyder is another great author to follow. Heidi Ruby Miller writes some cool SF-Romance. My writing leans more towards urban fantasy and so I’d say check out Patricia Briggs. Her Mercy Thompson series is awesome. Darynda Jones writes a wonderful paranormal series—the Charley Davidson series. So, enjoy your “just because” reading list. Lol.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Really. I can write a story, but it’s the readers who enjoy it and give me constructive feedback that make me want to write the next one. And thank you, for having me as your guest today.

About the Author:
Sheri Queen received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York—an area she loves to depict as a backdrop for her stories—and enjoys traveling to new places where she is constantly discovering inspirations for her writing. In particular, she loves visiting old graveyards.

Twitter: @SWQueenFlemming

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Belle Chasse Sentinels of New Orleans By Suzanne Johnson!!!

Belle Chasse  
Sentinels of New Orleans 
Book 5
Suzanne Johnson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: TOR Books

Date of Publication: November 8, 2016

ISBN: 978-0765376992

Number of pages: 336
Word Count: approx. 93,000

Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen

Book Description: 

Suzanne Johnson's "strong and intriguing" (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal ("a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity") and PW ("vivid...a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists").

With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.
With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.

It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.

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I expected Christof to start a snowstorm above Rand’s head. What I didn’t expect was for the prince to lower his head and charge Rand like a raging bull, head-butting him in the midsection. They hit the ground, and I saw my chance at the same time Eugenie spotted me.
I motioned her toward the woods where the transport lay. To hell with the Blue Congress wizards. We were going to make a run for it while Christof kept Rand too busy to notice. 
She set off for the woods, and I met her halfway. “My family thinks I’m crazy!” she wailed, loud enough to draw the attention of the tall, skinny Blue Congress wizard with the rooster haircut.
“Hey, stop!”
Holy crap. I whipped out the elven staff, paused long enough to aim just to the right of the wizards. They already had their hands up and were doing some of their nifty Blue Congress magic when I released my fire and blew up the tombstone next to them, sending a rain of marble and playing cards onto their heads. Around us, evidence of their magic appeared as tombstones began moving to block our escape route.
I grabbed Eugenie’s arm and pulled her around a marble stag the size of a small SUV. It had lowered its head and pawed the ground as if to charge. Blue Congress magic was so damned cool— create and re-create.
“Stop, DJ!” Eugenie grabbed my arm as I tried to race past her. “A sinkhole!”
I looked stupidly at the ground in front of us, which had opened a gulf big enough to drive a Greyhound bus into. “Go around and run fast,” I shouted, sending another shot of the staff toward the Blue Congress wizards and blowing up a ginormous marble eagle perched atop a nearby tomb.
We didn’t stop to see if the stag was chasing us, but ran for all we were worth. Finally, at the edge of the tree line, I hazarded a look back at Christof and Rand. The faery stood watching us; the elf had crumpled on the ground. Not dead, though, because in my head, far behind my protective barriers, I heard him yelling my name.
Christof grinned and motioned for us to move along. He didn’t have to motion twice, because the wizards were chasing us, still chanting and doing their finger dance. The stag was getting way too close.
I raised the staff and blew a hole in the earth in front of the advancing stag, forcing him to change direction. Luck was on our side for a change— the stag began charging toward the wizards instead, who had to stop pursuing us in order to protect themselves from being trampled beneath marble hooves.
“Let’s run to the transport before those idiot wizards can get out from under the stag.” I grabbed Eugenie’s hand and we ran to the clearing. “Help me roll this werewolf out of the transport.”
To her credit, she didn’t ask a single question. We tipped the werewolf onto his side and rolled him outside the interlocking circle and triangle, leaving him at an awkward angle with his
feet in the air. Oh well.
I touched the staff to the edge of the transport and said, “Winter Palace, Faery” just before the Blue Congress wizards reached the edge of the clearing. I waved at them as the transport sucked the air out of my lungs. They were too late.
As soon as we materialized on the round floor of ice in the Winter Palace, Eugenie screamed. I figured she was getting her first look at the grisly remains of Faerie Princess Tamara until a blinding light knocked me off my feet and a big crack appeared in the ice between us.
“Where is my brother?”
I whirled to see Florian sitting on a block of ice behind us bundled in a heavy coat, a blanket spread beneath him, no doubt to protect his royal assets from getting cold and wet.
“He’s in Shreveport, Louisiana, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, having a fi stfi ght with an elf,” I said, pretty confident that of all the things he might expect me to say, that wasn’t it.

My Review 

Yes!!!! We jump right in from the last book and man I was dying for this one!!! There's a war coming and DJ is right in the middle. DJ is staying with Jean Lafitte in the beyond. The sentinels aren't happy. Christof and Florian have the faerie throne. And the beyond is her only safe place right now, without Alex. And the battle begins and everything goes hay wire. Everyone seems to chose a side. And even the weather is changing. 

Man, DJ is my hero. I love her and everything about her. And she's even got some new skills. I'm trying not to give away spoilers but her best friend is now in deep trouble and DJ wants to protect her. Alex is in the living Nola without DJ and she's with our favorite werewolf pirate and merman. And we can't forget Charlie :) 

The plot is awesome!!! I'm learning more about the wizard world and some isn't so good. And DJ is trying so hard to help everyone. There's also some devastating moments. And some hilarious moments. And some sweet moments. And some super awesome action!! And I can't believe the ending!!!!!! I absolutely am addicted to Ms Johnson's writing. Everything she touches is platinum. I adore her!! And I can't wait til the next book!! This one gets the rare 6 PHENOMENON PAWS!! 

About the Author: 
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series but perhaps is best known for her romantic suspense and paranormal romance books written as Susannah Sandlin, including the Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series, the Wilds of the Bayou suspense series, and The Collectors romantic thriller series. Her awards include two Holt Medallions in 2013 and 2015, a 2015 Booksellers Best Award in romantic suspense, and nominations in 2014 and 2015 for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, all things Cajun, and redneck reality TV. 

Twitter: @Suzanne_Johnson

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Forever Charmed by Dawn Chartier!!!


Forever Charmed

by Dawn Chartier
Vieux Carré Witch Sister #3
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Covet, Paranormal Romance


Synopsis: Rose Morgeaux is a healer, not a killer, so training to fight is the last thing she wants to do. And if going against everything she believes in isn’t bad enough, she has to do it with the eyes of the dark and handsome Callahan McCray on her back.Cal’s seen the work of Warlocks firsthand when one killed his brother a year ago, so Rose’s hybrid heritage is all the reason he needs to stay away. Teaching her to throw a knife was not on his agenda, but neither was falling for her.

When Rose begins to pay a heavy price for her passions, Cal’s love must be enough to save her from herself and keep her from following in her grandfather’s dark footsteps.





Synopsis: He's found himself a wicked witch...

Brye Morgeaux is a half-witch, half-warlock who always relied on her beauty—especially when it came men. After a run-in with a particularly vicious warlock, Brye's face is left scarred, forcing her to look to who she is on the inside. And what Brye finds is darker than anything she'd imagined...

Then she's handed a terrible ultimatum—join the warlock clan, or watch her family die.

Josh Copeland has known the Morgeaux family for years, and has been waiting for the time when Brye would see him as something—anything—more than a friend. As she battles darkness from within and without, he realizes the woman he loves might just be her own worst, wicked enemy. Now Josh must find a way to show Brye who she really is...before she kills him.



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Synopsis: Rebuilding New witch at a time

Contractor Storm Morgeaux is trying to keep her business afloat and not sleep with the hot-'n'-sexy new client, Dr. Nathan Davis. Adding to her troubles is the fact she accidentally released a series of dark spells. Now evil warlocks are after her family, and she has no idea who she can trust.

Nathan's biggest concern is getting his pediatric surgery center up and running. Still, his stunning new contractor provides plenty of distraction―until she sets off his Paladin medallion. A warlock is near. Nathan's first responsibility is eliminating the woman who wields new and dangerous magic. But something about Storm calls to him. She's mysterious, sexy, and downright irresistible, but most surprisingly, his.

Without the spells, Storm must learn to trust her new abilities. But can she trust the man who's torn between loving her...and killing her?



Dawn might occasionally have a gator parked in her front yard there on the bayou, but it’s the snakes that really scare the bejeezus out of her. So instead, she tends to hole herself up with a good romance book, chocolate by the pound, or marathon tv viewing of Game of Thrones, Hell On Wheels, Downton Abbey, Arrow, various home renovation shows and Supernatural—oh Dean. *swoons*



Ok. We're gunna lose the tshirt. And I'm gunna climb on your legs and straddle them. And then I'm gunna kiss my way very slowly up your belly and chest. Then I'm going to give a little tongue attention to your nipples. Maybe a little bite or two. Then I'm gunna continue up to your neck. I like to kiss your neck so extra attention needs to be there.
Until I make it to your lips. Then I'm gunna start slow. Just a press of my lips to yours. And then I'll add my tongue. I'm gunna give your top lip a little lick and your bottom lick a little bite.
Slowly I will work my way down your body, kissing and licking everything along the way; lips, neck, nipples, abdomen, inner thigh.  I'll start licking the base of your cock and up and down the entire shaft, rolling my tongue around all sides.  I'll Gently kiss and lick the tip, then slowly take a little bit at time inside my mouth.  I will use my tongue to swirl around the tip and shaft a little. It'll be wet and sloppy!  I love to use my hands and put my thumb on that vein underneath. And I'll make sure my hands give your boys some love too. I'm gunna stroke your cock while i suck on your balls. And when I take you deep, and I will, I'll hum. And if you let me, I'll use one hand to stroke you, my mouth to suck you and my other hand to take a finger and stroke your prostate. And I'll suck harder when you start twitching. Until you cum in my mouth and I'm gunna swallow every single drop and lick you clean.