Tuesday, December 1, 2020

1001 Dark Nights 2020 Short Story Challenge -- Experience the Magic #Free


I’m very excited to have my short story “Shadow Lover” selected as one of the winners of the 1001 Dark Nights Press 2020 short story challenge.

Since 1001 Dark Nights started in 2014, I’ve read many of their releases from talented authors. 

From the editors: “This year, we held a contest where romance authors could submit a short story to be included in a 1001 Dark Nights anthology, and we were blown away by the results. We received hundreds of entries, and while we wish we could include everyone, we’re thrilled to introduce you to these thirty-six incredible authors:”


Fiona Archer ~ Louisa Bacio ~ Laura M. Baird ~ Kait Ballenger ~ Asa Maria Bradley ~ 

Eden Bradley ~ Boone Brux ~ C.G. Burnette ~ Cara Carnes ~ Caraway Carter ~ 

Sierra Cartwright ~ S.A. Clayton ~ Katana Collins ~ Janie Crouch ~ Patricia D. Eddy ~ 

Zoey Ellis ~ Zoe Hill ~ Sara L. Hudson ~ Tracey Jerald ~ A.D. Justice ~ Terri E. Laine ~ Michelle Mars ~ Gina L. Maxwell ~ Kayt Miller ~ Dani René ~ Gen Ryan ~ Blue Saffire ~ 

Ella Sheridan ~ Mayra Statham ~ Delancey Stewart ~ Jen Talty ~ Mary Ting ~ Reina Torres ~ Magan Vernon ~ Jennifer Woodhull ~ Khloe Wren


Hopefully, you enjoy this wonderful treat to all readers, and find yourself discovering some new favorites.

#Free for a limited time 

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

No Resisting "An Irresistible Force" #WeekendRead @LeoRosanna

Like fine wine, some series get better with age! At least, that’s the case with the maturity of An Irresistible Force, Handymen Book Two by Rosanna Leo.  

Maybe it’s the continuation of characters met in book 1, A Good Man, or simply the irresistible charm of brothers Michael, Eli and Nick Zorn. Book 2 focuses on the landscaper of the threesome, Eli. 


As the middle child, Eli’s often seen as the balance as the group. When he runs up against his mentor’s niece, Bernie, he wants to play fix-it, but there’s a lot at stake – for everybody. 


Love doesn’t follow convenient rules. Leo creates a real-world story, filled with complications. After some traumatic experiences, Bernie’s learned to rely upon herself, and the safe haven the Handymen are tasked with not only remodeling but demolishing. 


While the book features some hot scenes, what stands out is its slow burn. The tension slowly builds to an irresistible force. It’s an overall delightful read.  


I’m greedy when it comes to reading an author and series I enjoy. So hopefully, Rosanna will understand when I ask, will we get Lacey’s story? While the series focus on the Handymen, she’s the perfect character who deserves an HEA!


An Irresistible Force (Handymen Book 2) 

Rosanna Leo

Totally Bound


She needed a safe place. He was determined to give her one.

TV landscaper Eli Zorn has always been a fixer. But when a family medical situation teaches him there are some things you just can’t fix, he’s desperate to return to work for a distraction. The demolition of an old cottage in tranquil Muskoka, Ontario, is just the ticket.


Unfortunately, a gorgeous woman has handcuffed herself to the cottage and she won’t let it go down without a fight. Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Nolan has history with the place, and she won’t let Eli and the Handymen team get their hands on her refuge.


The cottage belongs to Eli’s mentor. Not only is Peter Nolan a giant in the landscaping business, he’s also Bernie’s uncle. And it becomes clear very quickly that relations in the Nolan family are more than strained.


As Eli and Bernie grapple with old loyalties, they are determined to see each other as the enemy. But this is one attraction that cannot be denied, and one that they’re losing the will to resist…

Available on Amazon and other e-retailers 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Weekend read: The Body Collector #BadBoysofSpace @LandraGraf

Loyda swallowed hard. “I don’t think he cares about kissing me anywhere.” 

“I would if I was him. I want to and I’m not him. Do you want me to?”

The Body Collector, Landra Graf

Disclosure: Landra Graf happens to be a good friend. Despite living relatively far away (Arkansas and California), we've stayed close. Totally missing some in-person, late-night con chats. I've started "The Body Collector," but haven't finished it (blasted too much grading!). So far, loving it. 

The Body Collector (Bad Boys of Space)

Landra Graf

*Can be read as a standalone

Book Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Action Adventure

Family Friendly/Clean: No

Pgs.: 221

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54498402-the-body-collector

Links to Buy: https://books2read.com/u/47XBJa

King Sumo Giveaway: https://kingsumo.com/g/lblfge/the-body-collector-release-giveaway



When bodies start falling, the collector comes calling…

Alexander ‘Big Al’ Smith signed on as a government body collector to get away from his parents and determine his own future. Illegal black marketing of body organs was supposed to be his path to early retirement…until he got caught.

Loyda Miles, government investigator, seeks the truth—against the wishes of her boss—and she’ll blackmail Al over his illegal ventures to help her capture the culprits behind the disappearances of thousands from the Saturn ring jails.

When Loyda finds herself wanted for her boss’s death, the tables turn and Al’s the one in a position of power. In exchange for protection and his help in getting the people responsible, she’s willing to help clear his name. Exploring the attraction between them during seductive nights and danger-filled days is an added incentive.

In a deadly race against time, Al and Loyda must outrun government forces and discover the mastermind behind this conspiracy…if they don’t want to ‘disappear’ like all the others…


Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and death, as well as references to inadequate parenting and drug addiction. 

“All bodies are worth something.”

His gaze trailed up and down her form, and she grew hot under the scrutiny. Then he leaned in closer, his growly voice softer this time. “Including yours, if anything bad happens. So don’t let anything bad happen.”

                                                                                              The Body Collector, Landra Graf

Excerpt (Rated PG-13): 

“Damn it, Mangle—” Any and all speech was lost as Loyda walked in.

She looked clean, far cleaner than she had in the processing room. A floral scent came with her, intoxicating him and sending him backward. He sat naked except for a scrap of terrycloth, and his dick took the bait in front of him. She walked in as if summoned from his every fantasy, a saucy smile to her lips and a twinkle in her eye.

It wasn’t healthy, his body’s fascination with this woman, nor was it helpful that she’d taken to barging into his room like his first mate. “By all means, come on in.”

“Don’t mind if I do.” She stopped on the other side of his desk and Al slowly sat up straight to provide a little bit of cover. Yet if she dared to come any closer, she might get more than an eye full. “This how you like to spend most of your time?”

“It is after I’ve just cleaned up from finishing in body collection. Trying to enjoy a little hard-earned privacy, but I guess even five more minutes is too much to ask?”

She smiled wide, and the vision momentarily stunned him. Loyda smiling at him like she’d found all the riches in the known universe was something he had never been prepared for.

“Murderers don’t get peace and quiet where I come from.”

Al frowned. Such a smile failed to fit her words and with them came a sour taste in his mouth. Her badge fell out of her hand and clunked on the desk. “While I thank you for saving my life, I am here to tell you that Allied Authority hereby warrants arrest for the crime of murder and that your ship and crew now report to me.”


Author Bio: Landra Graf has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the inspiration and joy the written word can bring. Add in her personal mottos of ‘whatever it takes’ and ‘better to be busy than bored’ and she’s two steps from overload. She writes romance with the goal of granting happily ever afters to everyone, fiction or not. 

When not writing, readers can find Landra reviewing books, cooking up a storm, deeply immersed in a mad game of Scrabble or Rummy variation, and searching for moments to laugh and smile through it all. 

She lives in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas with her partner and two children.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Luna Joya makes a Killing (Song)

Killing Song cover

It’s my favorite of the series – so far, and thats saying something. 

It’s not often that you reach book 3 of a series, and they keep getting better! While I’ve enjoyed all of Luna Joya’s books in The Legacy series, Killing Song stands out. While each book works as a standalone, it feels like Joya found a magic with these characters and the connecting storyline. 


Let’s be honest, I have a few prejudices when it comes to paranormal romance:


  • It’s a series about witches
  • Killing Song features a badass assassin Siren + a tortured hero
  • Zaida’s as fiery as her red hair


I underlined many lines that marveled my reader senses, such as:


“The mood reflected off her like it had been searching for her as a beacon.” 


Z&Z. Thankfully, Joya didn’t adhere to one of the conventions of writing romance: Don’t name the hero and heroine with a name that begins with the same letter. Pffft. I never understood that. Most definitely, Zaida and Zimm are unique, and there’s no mixing the two.


Joya sets these stories in Southern California, which adds to the charm. Whether it’s cruising through Hollywood, or exploring an eerie high-rise apartment in Long Beach, the reader takes in some real details that add to the world-building. It’s on the level of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: She makes me believe.


Finally, there is an interconnectedness that flows through the entire series. Previous characters play a role, and Joya hints at future pairings. Honestly, I want cozy up to her at a bar, buy her a cocktail and learn all the secrets of future books. But, there is a joy of watching the mystery unravel while being entertained reading for hours.


For now, I’ll be thankful for the love of Zaida and Zimm.


Killing Song (The Legacy Book 3)

By Luna Joya

City Owl Press


One more kill and she’s free. But only if she doesn’t fall in love first. 


Love destroys. Zaida has lived by that motto for centuries as a siren and the faerie queen’s most lethal assassin. So keeping things strictly professional with the sexy human she’s working with on the FBI’s paranormal task force shouldn’t be a problem. Except it is.


Former Army Ranger Zimm isn’t a big fan of love either. Losing everything and everyone will do that to a guy. Keeping his hands off the badass, sword-happy siren who’s helping him track down a murderous demon should be easy. But it isn’t. 


If Zaida and Zimm have any hope of claiming their happily ever after, they’ll have to catch a killer, outwit immortal royalty, and face off against an evil magical organization. And then there’s the little matter of the last hit the queen has ordered Zaida to carry out in exchange for her freedom. The target? Zimm.


Seems like everything’s about to get supernaturally complicated.




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