Sunday, February 12, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Sunday Spotlight w/Givewaway: The Ghost In Exile by Jamie Marchant




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Sunday Spotlight!

Today we are spotlighting Jamie Marchant's
The Ghost In Exile!

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Jamie Marchant's 
The Ghost In Exile!



The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.
His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to questions why he really ran from his daughter.




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Q & A with Jamie Marchant about The Ghost In Exile!

Tell us about The Ghost in Exile.

The Ghost in Exile tells the story of how a naive stable groom in the king’s employ becomes the legendary assassin known only as The Ghost. He was so good at getting into his victim’s rooms it was rumored he could walk through walls. His mother named him Ahearn, but he changes his name to Darhour after he makes his first kill. After a decade as an assassin, The Ghost becomes sickened by killing and swears a vow at the goddess’s holy altar never to kill again. Unfortunately, he has to break this vow to save his daughter’s life. The novel interweaves the past and present. The reader learns both what set Ahearn on the path to becoming a killer and how after, breaking his sacred vow, Darhour is finally able to find peace with himself and with the goddess.

What initially inspired you to write The Ghost in Exile.

Using the name Darhour, The Ghost was a minor character in my first novel, The Goddess’s Choice. I fell in love with the character. I have an affinity for the tortured soul, and The Ghost most definitely falls into that category. After finishing The Goddess’s Choice, I wanted to tell his story. His background, which is only hinted at in The Goddess’s Choice, cried out to be told. The Ghost wouldn’t leave me in peace until I had done so. As one reviewer put in, “While he sounds like a ruthless, heartless character, after learning his story, I couldn't help but really fall in love with him and really felt for all the horrible trials he had to go through.” While The Ghost is introduced in The Goddess’s Choice, it isn’t necessary to have read that novel previous to The Ghost in Exile.

Tell us little about the characters The Ghost in Exile. 

I’ve discussed the protagonist above. The two other most important characters are Brigitta and Phelix. Phelix is part of his past, Brigitta his present. Phelix has been many of my readers favorite character. He is an assassin that teaches the young Ahearn the tricks of the trade. Despite being a killer, Phelix has a sense of humor readers love. He always speaks of himself in the third person and tells Ahearn that “someday he may be better than Phelix, although nobody is better than Phelix.”

Brigitta is a captured foreign slave who The Ghost rescues on impulse. He promises to help her get back to her husband and children. She seems utterly helpless at first, but she doesn’t remain that way for long.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Getting Brigitta, the damsel who refuses to remain in distress, right. First, she was too weak, a total victim. Then, she was too harsh and bloodthirsty, etc., etc. I completely rewrote her character about five times. I think I finally find the right balance of vulnerability and strength. The only thing that remains of the original woman is the name. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

I’m not sure what it says about me, but probably my favorite part to write was when the young, still innocent, Ahearn first arrives in Saloyna, to which he was exiled as a consequence of his affair with the queen. They drop him off with nothing but the clothes on his back. He doesn’t speak the language and knows very little about the culture. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go well for Ahearn, and he is soon fighting the dogs for scraps of meat the butcher throws out. Like I said, I love the tortured soul, and this chapter tortures poor Ahearn.

What are your future project(s)? Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series.

I’m going to combine these two questions because my future projects and the series are connected. The Ghost is Exile is a side story to my main series, The Kronicles of Korthlundia. The first two volumes of the series are available on Amazon and other online book sellers. In The Goddess’s Choice, the crown princess Samantha fears she’s mad; no one but she sees colors glowing around people. The peasant Robrek Angusstamm believes he’s a demon; animals speak to him, and his healing powers far outstrip those of his village’s priests. Despite their fears, their combined powers make them the goddess’s choice to rule the kingdom of Korthlundia. Samantha’s ability enables her to discern a person’s character through their multi-colored aura, and Robrek’s makes him the strongest healer the kingdom has seen in centuries. But their gifts also endanger their lives. Royals scheme to usurp the throne by marrying or killing Samantha, and priests plot to burn Robrek at the stake. Robrek escapes the priests only to be captured by Samantha’s arch-enemy, Duke Argblutal; Argblutal intends to force the princess to marry him by exploiting Robrek’s powers. To save their own lives and stop the realm from sinking into civil war, Robrek and Samantha must consolidate their powers and unite the people behind them.

The story of Robrek and Samantha continues in The Soul Stone. In which, the Crown Princess Samantha and peasant sorcerer, Robrek, struggle to solidify their rule in the aftermath of the king’s murder. They are opposed by those who seek power for themselves and desire to prevent their marriage. As if that wasn’t enough, a deadly curse begins to spread throughout Korthlundia. While Samantha fights against priests, enemies, and her closest advisers, Robrek sets off to discover the source of the curse. He learns the reason the goddess chose him as king: to defeat the Soul Stone, a stone capable of sucking the soul out of its victims. Their archenemy, the Bard Alvabane, awakens the Soul Stone and plans to use its power to reclaim Korthlundia for her people, a people driven out over a thousand years ago by the hero Armunn. Armunn had to sacrifice his life and soul to contain the Soul Stone. Will Robrek have to do the same?

I’m presently at work on the 3rd book of the series, which is as yet untitled, in which Robrek and Samantha struggle to deal with the aftermath of the Soul Stone destructive power, only to have new problems arise.


Now an exciting excerpt from The Ghost In Exile!



Ahearn smiled at the queen. “Your Majesty, could you maybe be a little nicer to them? I don’t like the things they say about you.”

“I told you not to call me ‘Your Majesty’ when no one’s around. You know why I have to act like I do. We can’t afford anyone getting the slightest suspicion about us. I couldn’t bear it if His Sulis-cursed Majesty hurt you in any way.”

Ahearn grinned at her continued demonstration of how much she cared about him.

“I promise I’ll make for my rudeness,” she said in that throaty voice that drove him wild. “Race you to the stream!” She touched her heels to her horse, leaving him behind.

As Ahearn took off after her, he felt a tightening in his groin. Holy Sulis, how did I get so lucky that a woman like her wants a nobody like me? Even though Hellfire could easily outdistance her mare, he stayed behind her, enjoying the view. Besides, she got huffy when she lost, and he definitely didn’t want that.

Fenella laughed as her horse’s feet splashed into the edge of the stream. Ahearn had never heard anything quite so musical. He jumped off Hellfire, looped the reins around a branch, took a blanket off the saddle, and laid it on the ground. He hurried to help Fenella dismount. She slid down the full length of his body as he lowered her into the stream. She turned her face up to his, and he kissed her deeply. Without warning, she wrapped her leg around his and jerked him off balance, falling on top of him into the stream. They came up together, laughing and dripping wet. Her dress clung to her body, leaving little to the imagination. He grabbed the dress around her waist and pulled it up over her head; she wore nothing underneath. He cupped her ivory breasts and found her lips again. He moved his hands down her body until they found the smooth firmness of her buttocks. She was so small he had no difficulty boosting her against him and carrying her to the shore. He lay her on the blanket, quickly tore off his own clothes, and lay down beside her.

“Oh, Hearn,” she whispered. “Make love to me.”

He readied her as quickly as he could and slipped himself slowly inside her. He hadn’t gotten deep yet when he heard the crunch of a footstep behind him and felt the cold sharp point of a sword on his back.

“I think you’ve done enough, you rutting swine,” a harsh voice commanded. “Stand up and turn around. Slowly.” Certain he was about to die, Ahearn eased himself out of the queen and stood.

He turned to find Lord Caedmon holding the sword on him. Behind Caedmon, Duke Connor, the king’s chancellor, approached, accompanied by two vicious dogs. “You should have let him finish, son,” Duke Connor said. “It isn’t good for a man’s health to be left in that condition.”

“His health is of little concern now that he’s completed his service to his country,” Caedmon grunted.

Ahearn didn’t understand what they were talking about. He wanted to fall to his knees and beg for mercy. But why humiliate himself when he had no hope for leniency? He licked his lips and looked at Fenella, who’d wrapped the blanket around herself. She looked far more angry than frightened. Maybe she didn’t understand the consequences of what they’d just been caught doing. “Don’t hurt her, please,” he whispered.

Duke Connor laughed. “Hurt Her Majesty? I wouldn’t think of it. She is carrying Korthlundia’s future—His Majesty’s long-awaited heir.”

“Like hell I am.” Fenella jumped to her feet. “Solar is a wrinkled old man. He hasn’t been able to do it in months. This baby,”—she touched her stomach, still smooth and flat—“isn’t his.”

Ahearn stared at the queen. “You’re pregnant, Fen?”

Duke Connor smiled nastily. “The continued stability of the joined kingdoms requires that Solar have an heir. Since he’s unable to beget his own, he needed someone to do it for him. I’ve informed His Majesty of your vigorous efforts on his behalf.” Ahearn stared at the duke, mortified at the thought of the fifty-year-old pervert looking on and evaluating his performance. “Now that you’ve done your part, I’ve been ordered to ‘take care’ of you.”

Ahearn dropped to his knees, afraid he was either going to faint or vomit. His Majesty set me up! Holy Sulis, how could I have been so stupid to think no one knew?

“No!” Fenella screamed, seeming to understand for the first time how bad the situation was. “Don’t hurt him! It’s all my fault! I just wanted . . . I just wanted . . .”

“Wanted what, Your Majesty?” Duke Connor asked, as if what she wanted was of no concern.

Fenella’s words cut like the sharpest sword. “You smug bastard! No one knows better than you what I wanted! I told you I wouldn’t be given to an old man to be used as a brood mare! But nobody listened! Not you! Not my father! And not His Sulis-damned Majesty! But I’ve had my revenge! I got a stable groom with shit on his boots to do what the great Solar couldn’t!”

Ahearn felt like he’d been kicked in the gut. “Fen, you can’t mean that. I thought . . .”

“I’m afraid thinking played little part in your activities,” the duke sneered. He nodded, and Ahearn felt something smash into the back of his head. He fell to the ground, his skull erupting in pain. He tried to move, but was struck again. 


Author Bio:

Jamie Marchant is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Kronicles of Korthlundia. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies—Urban Fantasy (KY Story, 2013) and Of Dragon and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds (Witty Bard Publishing, 2014)—The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Bards & Sages, and Story-Story.me. She teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She is the mother of a grown son.

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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: War Poppy by Nicole Lynne

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PoppyLove and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had. Brandon War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve. I shouldn't love him. I shouldn't love her. Love is a war we never should have fought. war-poppy-teaser-1
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Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.Raw. Gritty. Love. Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!
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Release Blitz: SINical by Teri Kay

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SINical Heart
By: Teri Kay
Release Date: February 12th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted By: Chance Promotions

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SYNOPSIS

When it's young love, you think some things are meant to last forever, but circumstances can change the course of one's life in an instant....
I got my girlfriend pregnant when I was sixteen. How is a sixteen year old mature enough to be a father? There's too much I wanted in my life, but a baby, something that's a part of me and Kennedy, seemed like the perfect family....
My boyfriend got me pregnant when I was seventeen. I was scared, there was no way I could give this child the life he or she deserved and I wasn't ready to be a mother....
Giving your child up is one of the hardest things I'd ever done and now here it is twenty years later and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about that child....
And now...he's looking for us.
I think about Justin too and the rockstar life he now leads. What I thought was something that would last forever is now just a memory, but now I'm seeking Justin out, for circumstances beyond my control, all because of the child he didn't want to give up.
I knew this day would come eventually, but with my marriage falling apart and Justin's career skyrocketing to the top, what will fate have in store for all of us?





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am an obsessive romance reader turned writer. An amazing group of indie writers have inspired and encouraged me to pursue this crazy dream and now I can’t imagine stopping. Born and raised, I have always lived in Southern California. I am happily married, with two small fur babies. I love my job as a teacher and wouldn’t want to do anything else. Except maybe be a full time writer. Between reading, writing, and teaching, I have little free time. But in those rare moments I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, binge watching reality television and baking.



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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Audiobook Review: Submitting Sarah by Vanessa Vale Narrated by Brian L. Hunter, Robert Coltrane & Lauren Sweet



Submitting Sarah
Montana Maiden #4
by 
Vanessa Vale

Narrated 
by 
Brian L. Hunter, Robert Coltrane
& Lauren Sweet






Blurb:





"Soon enough you'll understand, but for now, just remember, this is our command, not your choice. All you have to do is be a good girl and do as we tell you. You don't have to want it. You don't have to like it. But we will do as we think is best and we will pleasure you."
Having escaped isolation on her father's ranch, fiery Sarah Jenkins is determined to avoid the fate of her stepmother, Devney, who now lives under the domination of her new husband in Liberty, Montana. But Sarah's plans to flee to the big city run afoul when she encounters the handsome Ericksson brothers.


Tag and Garret aren't like the possessive men of Liberty. As brothers, they agree to share everything, and have been looking for a woman with a capacity for passion that will enable her to handle two strong lusty men.


When Sarah learns that women who flee Liberty cannot return with their reputations intact, she agrees to accept her fate of becoming one wife to two husbands.


But if submission to one man is work, submission to two men is an art. As Sarah learns to accept the sexual demands of two handsome brothers, can she learn to accept the love they have to offer, and return it?


Hot menage adds a new twist to this fourth installment of best-selling "The Montana Maidens" series, making it no wonder that Vanessa Vale is the hottest rising star in BDSM erotica today. 


Review:                                  3 stars

After her Fathers death Sarah Jenkins had but one plan, escaping and seeing the world she had read so much about, but as everything there was a curveball in those plans.
And that curveball came in a double package the very handsome Ericksson brothers.
Tag and Garret aren't like the possessive men of Liberty. As brothers both had agreed to share everything as they shared the ranch, they were looking for a woman that would be able to have the same passion they both had, that could handle both of them.
Sarah soon learned that she fit that bill and now it was up to the two men to convince her of this. Would she agree would she be able to deal with both men as her husbands. Read the book to find out.

I received a copy for my honest review.

Review by Jara


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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Audiobook Review: Dominating Devney by Vanessa Vale Narrated Sheila Smith & Robert Coltrane



Dominating Devney
Montana Maiden #3
by 
Vanessa Vale

Narrated 
by 
Sheila Smith & Robert Coltrane





Blurb:

Widow Devney Jenkins needs to remarry, and quickly. Not only is she sought after for the vast ranch her husband left her, but remarkably, she's still a virgin. She's quite a prize for any money- grubbing bachelor. She married her first husband out of sheer desperation and it got her seven years of isolation and loneliness. It was not something she wished to repeat and decides to forge her own path, to take control of her life. But with the strict rules regarding the protection of women, that was impossible in Liberty, Montana, and and she learns them firsthand.

Cowboy Sam Bridger takes one look at Devney Jenkins and decides his bachelor days are over. He doesn't need Devney's land or money; he wants her maidenhead. No other man will touch her. She is his. The only person that stands in the way of this is Devney herself. Sam needs to take control of Devney's body in order to sway her mind toward marriage. Once achieved, his full domination of her body begins. Devney doesn't give in easily and must learn through sound spankings and pleasurable and very carnal rewards that being under Sam's control is everything she's ever wanted.


Review:                                 3 stars

Widow Devney Jenkins needs to remarry, and fast. She not only is wanted by unscrupulous men for the Ranch she inherited when her husband passed away, along with that she also has her stepdaughter to take care of, and in Liberty Montana things are not as they seem to be.quickly.
Sam Bridger an avowed bachelor took one look at Devney and knew he wanted her for his wife, He did not need the ranch r her money but he sure wanted her. And the bonus was she was a virgin.
Will Devney and Sam click will they remain together as husband and wife, you will have to read to find out how the story plays out.

I received a copy for my honest review

Review by Jara


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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Audiobook Review: Taming Tessa by Vanessa Vale Narrated by David Beroff & Rita Rush



Taming Tessa
Montana Maiden #2
by 
Vanessa Vale

Narrated 
by 
David Beroff & Rita Rush





Blurb:

Tessa Bowers grew up in Liberty, Montana but never knew of the well hidden and very strict rules for married women. If she had, she might not have flirted and set her sights on the wealthy rancher, Cole Bridger.

Cole wasn't a man controlled by anyone, let alone the little spitfire trying to lure him to the alter. He decided who he married. He decided when. So when Tessa shows up for church one Sunday, she enters as Miss Bowers and leaves as Mrs. Bridger.

Right from the start, Cole dictates his expectations of Tessa, who quickly realizes married life is not as she imagined. Willful and disobedient, she fights against the humiliating and shameful things he demands. With the help of the town doctor, Cole begins to train Tessa to be the proper wife. It is a difficult task, but he'd waited years to tame her - mind, body and soul.


Review:                                   3 stars

Tessa Bowers grew up in Liberty, Montana, there were a lot of things she was not aware of.
Cole Bridger a rancher looking to train and tame Tessa who is willful stubborn and she does not listen to well.
Cole is the one who will control her by training her to be a proper wife, want to find the battles of will you will have to read it.

I received a copy for my honest review!

Review by Jara


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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Audiobook Review: Claiming Catherine by Vanessa Vale Narrated by Lauren Sweet & Brian L. Hunter



Claiming Catherine
Montana Maiden Series #1
by 
Vanessa Vale

Narrated 
by
Lauren Sweet & Brian L. Hunter







Blurb:

Branded a harlot for undoing a confining button on her blouse, Catherine Langton's finds herself rejected by the man she is to marry, leaving her in a predicament: mail order bride or the poorhouse. Her decision is simple and she arrives in Liberty, Montana to marry a man she's never seen, her only desire to be a pleasing wife.
Jake Bridger exceeds Catherine's expectations at first glance. He looks as if he stepped from the pages of the Western romances she knows she shouldn't read. But she's about to find out that the men of Liberty are not like other men. Here, a wife is expected to make all of herself available to her husband, even parts a good girl like Catherine never expected a man to plunder. It's not an easy adjustment, but Jake isn't a man to take "no" for an answer, and sets about training his new bride using techniques that soon have Catherine wantonly eager for his attentions.

But can Catherine live with her new husband's explicit requirements when it opposes everything she's known?


Review                                  3 stars

Catherine Langton's was branded a harlot and only because she unbuttoned on button on her outfit, she lost a potential husband. What was a girl to do, she has only two choices, poor house or be a mail order bride.
She choose to become a mail order bride. Arriving in Liberty, Montana her thoughts drift to the man she has married, will he be pleasing or a bad man, her only wish is to please him as his wife.
One look at Jake Bridger and she realizes that the he looks hot just as she imagined when she read the books. But there is a lot to life here, things that she could not imagine, she would learn that NO was not an acceptable word.
Will Catherine survive will she stay, you will have to read the book or listen to the audio to find out

I received a copy for my honest review.

Review by Jara


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