Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey

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Series: Kindred Spirits
Genre: Paranormal Historical Fiction
Release Date: 8th June 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
On hallowed ground…


With over three thousand burials and memorials, including seventeen monarchs, life for the ghostly community of Westminster Abbey was never going to be a quiet one. Add in some fiery Tudor tempers, and several centuries-old feuds, and things can only go one way: chaotic. 

Against the backdrop of England’s most important church, though, it isn't all tempers and tantrums. Poets' Corner hosts poetry battles and writing workshops, and close friendships form across the ages.

With the arrival of Mary Queen of Scots, however, battle ensues. Will Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I ever find their common ground, and lasting peace?



The bestselling Kindred Spirits series continues within the ancient walls of Westminster Abbey.
Extract 2 Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey – Chapter One
Queen Elizabeth I of England was sulking. And not quietly, as the rest of the Abbey’s residents would have preferred. Despite her advancing years, she could still flounce in style, and was keen to ensure everyone knew what was annoying her this time.


“It’s so boring here!” she exclaimed, dropping gracelessly into one of the choir stalls. “Nothing ever happens.”


“She’s been to the Tower again,” whispered Catherine Knollys to her brother, but not quite quietly enough, as the queen’s friends and cousins wandered over to see what specifically had been troubling her this time.


“Yes, yes, I have. At least things happen there.”


“Our Uncle George still as entertaining as ever then?” Henry Carey tried to divert his cousin’s attention, but only made it worse.


“Naturally. He was haunting the barrel of Malmsey with Clarence, and it was hilarious, as usual. Scaring people out of their skins. That’s what we ghosts should be doing, not just loitering about discussing experiments.” She glared at where Charles Darwin and Robert Stephenson were once again in deep conversation, sitting out of the way of the early tourists starting to make their way through the great church. Without a word, Darwin glared at her, then shifted in his seat turning his back against her, much to Elizabeth’s disgust.


“We do plenty of haunting, Cousin. It’s just that, well, you know the Abbey’s never really lent itself to that.”


“No, Catherine – everyone has simply become too old and too dull over the centuries. And too weak to stand up to my wretched great-grandmother. It’s all her fault.”


Catherine and Henry shot nervous glances at each other. When Elizabeth was in one of these moods, little could be done to stop her. Even her beloved Dudley had retreated back to Warwick after witnessing one of her angrier days. Before either could speak again, their cousin had moved on, stomping through the Abbey until she found the memorial to William Pulteney, the Earl of Bath.


As though knowing what was expected, the book in the centre of the statue flicked pages in silence. It wasn’t good enough.


“See? See that? A page of a statue’s book turning. Over three thousand of us in here, seventeen monarchs, no less, as the guidebooks tell us, and that’s the best we can come up with?” Queen Elizabeth spun on her heel, turning back to the siblings. “At the Tower they have my mother removing her severed head, with my step-mother and my aunt alongside her. They have a young, robust King, leading the way forward. They have wailings and chain-rattlings and, well, everything. We have a statue, turning its page.”


By now, a crowd had grown around the Queen, noting, not for the first time, how similar she was to her great-grandmother when her temper really took hold. Fiery Tudor blood indeed.


“We’ve talked about this, Elizabeth.” The chattering and ranting was broken by the only voice which ever had any control over the wayward Queen.


“Now she’s in trouble,” Mary-Eleanor smirked to her companion, only to receive a regal nudge in the ribs from Anne of Cleves.


Edward the Confessor moved slowly through the group, not troubling himself with meeting anyone’s eyes, but knowing they would move for him. They always did.


“We do not waste our time with such infantile behaviour here, Elizabeth, as well you know. We have held meetings.”


“Then we should hold more,” Elizabeth protested. “Otherwise, what is the point of us being ghosts?”


“Spirits,” the Confessor corrected her. “We use ‘spirits’ here. I don’t like ‘ghosts’.”


“Either way, we should be haunting. Surely even just a couple of calm visitations. You’ve never had a problem with Father Benedictus.”


“The good Father has his reasons for still being here. And he does the people he talks to no harm whatsoever. The souls of the Tower are troubled; they know no better than to disturb the peace of the living. Those of us here, we are not of the same ilk.” He glanced at Mary-Eleanor, knowing that of all those present, she would be the second most likely to argue with him. But instead she lowered her head in a slow, graceful nod, not uttering a word.


“I trust this matter is dealt with.” The Confessor ended the conversation and headed back to his shrine.

My Review: 4*

Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abby was a fun book to read. I do have to admit it felt like I started in the middle of a story though. There was no lead in to the story or background. Even the Prologue started mid story. That being said it was not hard to fall into the story.


With well over 4000 people being buried at Westminster Abby and a lot of them being Royalty there just has to be a lot of Ghosts. The book brings a lot of those ghosts out of their tombs for us to enjoy. We get to meet Kings and Queens, Prince's and Princesses, Poets, and more famous people.


The story is fun because you gt to read Queen's acting like spoiled toddlers, Shakespeare laughing and enjoying himself and so much more. You also get a small history lesson as well.


I personally love Ghost stories and history. Jennifer C. Wilson has done a great job bringing us both in the pages of this book.


I received this book as part of a Book tour from Brook Cottage Books. The thoughts are my own though.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books. In October 2017, she celebrated Richard III’s birthday by releasing her first timeslip novella, The Last Plantagenet.


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Preparing For My First Cockatiel by Laurel A. Rockefeller


Preparing
For My First Cockatiel
by
Laurel A. Rockefeller

Genre:
Pets, How-To

Preparing
for My First Cockatiel is a beginner's guide book for you and your
children to help you know what it takes to get ready for bringing
home your very first cockatiel. 


Unlike
most books about cockatiels out there, this one doesn't try to cover
everything, but stays focused on what you need to be ready for your
new life with your bird.

Full
of personal stories and photos, you will get to know what life with
cockatiels is like from my many years living with and loving them. A
fun book for anyone who loves animals!

Topics
covered include: 
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Cockatiels as cockatoos
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Primary cages
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Travel/hospital cages (including cages for domestic &
international air travel)
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Play spaces
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Food
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Toys
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Perches
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Food dishes
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Communicating with a new or shy cockatiel
--
Preventing psittacosis (the main disease that transmits between
humans and birds)
--
Games to play with your new bird





Born,
raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller
is author of over twenty books published and self-published since
August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to
Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and
biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education
and improving history literacy worldwide. 


With
her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as
they are informative.

In
her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels,
attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in
both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic
motion pictures and classic television series.






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Breaking Free by Debbie Williams


Breaking
Free
by
Debbie Williams
Genre:
Romantic Suspense

Chloe
is from a rich, controlling family. Finally able to embark on life,
she finds herself free from the clutches of her controlling father.
Enter Kai, who comes to her aid when her car strands her on the side
of the road. She just doesn’t realise how much things are about to
change. A close bond soon builds between them, but deep dark secret
ties their families together and threatens to blow them apart.



Will
they both survive?



Excerpt:

“WAIT! Please, I’m sorry. You just startled me and to be truthful you look kinda
scary in that hard man biker get up.” I couldn’t help but giggle at how ridiculous
I thought he looked with his biker boots and Jeans, but his voice sure sounded
good, even if it was muffled by that helmet. I looked again, and mmm mmm his
ass was tasty, especially with the tear in his jeans.
I watched as he lifted the hood to my car, never once removing his helmet.
Bad sign he must be really ugly underneath that helmet. My eyes were
constantly attached to that perfectly formed muscular ass. The way his hips
swayed as he worked. I swallowed deeply and told myself to behave.
Again, his muffled voice spoke, startling me back into the present. “Sorry lady
it’s your alternator, nothing I can do right now. We can call a garage in the
morning.”
In the morning damn now what am I going to do?
“Can you give me a ride? I mean do you have a spare helmet? I really don’t
want to stay out here alone all night.”
What the fuck am I doing? I don’t know this guy; he could be a murderer for
all I know.
My eyes were yet again drawn to his ass, as he walked over to his bike and
opened the box on the back. My heart was pounding as I saw him lift out another
helmet, then turn to saunter over towards me. Handing me the helmet, he stood
and removed his own to help me put it on.
OH, MY GOD!!!! How wrong was I? He was GORGEOUS!!!!
His hand brushed my jaw line as he placed the helmet on my head. I took a
deep breath as a shiver ran down my spine. I glanced up into his eyes and was
met by the deepest blue I have ever seen in my life, his face framed by shoulderlength
jet-black hair. Angular jaw and whoa look at that mouth, his lips so
perfect.
“There you go all ready, do you need to get anything from your car? I can get
you to the next service area where maybe we will find a motel for the night.”
I was trembling now as I had never been on the back of a bike before and had
never been so close to someone this damn hot. I straddled the rear seat and hung
on for dear life, what if I fall off! “Settle Princess, don’t hold on quite so tight
and just lean with the bike as we go.” His voice broke through my internal panic
like molten chocolate.
I squealed and buried my head against his back; this was amazing, the wind in
my face felt so good. Again, my life felt right. MY LIFE!!!!!


Debbie
Williams is married with 3 grown up kids, a beautiful daughter in law
and an even more gorgeous grandson.

She is a
Fibromyalgia
sufferer who found a new outlet by writing to help fill her days.







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You Only Live Once by Haris Orkin Blitz



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Humorous Thriller
Date Published: March 21, 2018
Publisher: Imajin Books

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Synopsis: James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.

When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.

This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.


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Haris Orkin is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and game writer. His play, Dada was produced at The American Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse. Sex, Impotence, and International Terrorism was chosen as a critic’s choice by the L.A. Weekly and sold as a film script to MGM/UA. His original screenplay, A Saintly Switch, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred David Alan Grier and Vivica Fox. He is a WGA Award and BAFTA Award nominated game writer and narrative designer known for Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Mafia 3, and Dying Light, which to date has sold over 7.5 million copies.



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The Blame Game The Brook Brother Series by Tracie Delaney


The Blame Game

The Brook Brother Series 
by Tracie Delaney
Publication Date: July 19, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Photographer – CJC Photography
Model – David Wills
Their paths were destined to cross.
First she’ll make him hers.
Then she’ll ruin him.

To save his dream, Jax Brook needs a loan—fast.
And the gorgeous, seductive Indie Monroe holds the key to his success.

At first she’s supportive, enticingly so, but as Jax falls deeper under Indie’s spell, he can’t help but wonder at the secrets she won’t share.

Indie hasn’t a mean bone in her body, but family must come first.
For the sins of his father, Jax will pay.

Except Jax isn’t the sinner, she is. And she’s fallen for him.

As their lives collide, Indie begins to have second thoughts about the path she’s destined to walk. However, she isn’t alone in her desire for vengeance. Someone is pulling her strings. And no matter how hard she tugs, they won’t let go.

If he can’t forgive her, will he at least try and save her?
Love is supposed to be strong. Isn’t it?

The Blame Game is the first in a new series that follows four brothers through their lives and loves, trials and triumphs.

About Tracie Delaney



Tracie Delaney writes contemporary romance novels that centre around strong characters and real life problem with, of course, a perfect Happy Ever After ending.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match, especially those involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.

You can chat with Tracie on Facebook (smarturl.it/TracieDelaneyFB) Twitter (smarturl.it/TracieDelaneyTwitter), or why not join her Facebook reader group at smarturl.it/AcesandHotReads

Or if you prefer email, then the perfect place for you to find out all the latest news is her newsletter. No spam is guaranteed! And you’ll receive a special gift just for signing up.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband and her two crazy Westie puppies, Cooper and Murphy. Any tips on stopping them chewing the furniture would be gratefully received.

Alien Revelation by Nicole Krizek





Alien Revelation

The Arathian Series

Book Four




Nicole Krizek



Genre: Sci-fi/erotica

Date of Publication: June 12, 2018.

ISBN: 9781976922275

ASIN: B07BFTSJG4 for ebook

Number of pages: 312

Word Count: 80,000 words

Formats available: Amazon eBook, Audible audiobook,  and paperback

Cover Artist: Cindy Nickles

Tagline: They must act swiftly to secure their future...and that of the entire Arathian race.

Book Description:

Heralded as the saviors of the Arathian species for their ability to procreate with the infertile Arathians, Earthers are honored citizens on Arath. While his son and extended family seem to be enjoying their new lives on the alien planet, the young widower, Conall MacLeod, feels like he doesn’t have a purpose on their extraordinary world.

His future is forever changed when he meets an Arathian male and female who make him wish for a second chance at love. But nothing is ever easy…

Conall’s self-identity is entrenched in the idea that he’s a monogamous—and heterosexual—man, yet he finds himself unexpectedly lusting after two people, one of them, shockingly, male. He can’t deny that he craves things he’s never wanted before, but if he’s ever going to find love again, he must get past his insecurities and rewrite his own self-image.

Who are the Arathians unexpectedly turning Conall’s head, and heart?

Onalee Cormikan is the co-heiress to Cormikan Industries, the leading medical research firm on Arath, which is devoted to finding a cure for their infertility. Considered reclusive by her peers after the tragic death of her parents, she’s content to support her older brother in the search for a cure... until she meets Brogan, Conall, and his family.

They make her yearn to step out of her possessive brother’s shadow, and explore what—and who—she wants in life.

Brogan is a First Lieutenant of the Arathian Royal Guard, entrusted with the protection of Arath’s soon-to-be monarchs. Solely dedicated to his job, he never expected to find a future outside his passion for his work. Yet Conall’s internal struggles seem to stand in the way of their happy future together as a trio. It’s a good thing Brogan likes a challenge.

Conall’s struggle with his sexuality isn’t the only problem facing the threesome.

As the royal coronation for Princess Jayda, Prince Deian, and Prince Lukas draws near, a new terrorist organization emerges: one that threatens not only the royal trio, but all Earthers on Arath.

With the cure to Arathians’ infertility in sight, Conall, Onalee, and Brogan must do what they can to secure both their future, and that of the Arathian race.

Warning: this book contains explicit scenes of intimacy between three consensual adults: M/F, M/M, and M/M/F.



Excerpt
From Chapter 3:

Across the
field, he saw Forkan Cormikan emerge from the gardens with a female on his
arm—a beautiful female.
Brogan felt his
breath rush out of his lungs as his entire being focused on the pair across the
lawn. Was she Forkan’s mate? No, she couldn’t be. Brogan knew that the male
wasn’t mated, and that he rarely brought dates out in public. Was this his
sister? Please let her be his sister.
Her long hair
was held back from her face by braids, and fell down her back in a black
waterfall. She was slight in stature, and thin—as if she hadn’t eaten a decent
meal in months. Her head turned, taking in the scene, and Brogan wondered what
shade of green her eyes were.
He casually
moved towards them—not because he felt a pull to do so. Nope. Not at all. It was
his duty to keep tabs on all of the guests, including the beautiful females.
He was halfway
to the pair, when Forkan broke away from her and headed towards a group of
council members. The female was left alone, standing at the edge of the lawn,
holding her small purse with both hands in front of herself.
Brogan stopped
and pretended to be admiring the nearby foliage. He sipped his glass of water
and watched the female. She didn’t seem upset that she’d just been abandoned.
Her gaze
wandered over the lawn, while his eyes stayed glued to her. She was absolutely
beautiful. Her skin was a light shade of tan, decorated with golden oriaglyphs
that ran the length of her arms.
Oriaglyphs were
extremely expensive, and few women had that level of decoration on their
bodies. The golden tattoos shone in the sunlight, and seemed to make her
glimmer. Brogan focused on the symbol high on her shoulder that signified her
family, and was unsurprised to see the Cormikan family crest.
This was
definitely Onalee, Forkan’s reclusive sister.
Brogan had long
ago learned all of the Council members and their families by name and
appearance, but even after the dozens of events he’d attended as a Guard for
the royal family, he’d never seen Onalee in person. He remembered that she’d
been home-schooled after the loss of her parents when she was practically a
child. Still a young man himself, Forkan had become her guardian. She’d never
gone to vocational training, like most young people, and instead had had
private tutors. Now a grown woman, she didn’t have a profession, and had never
mated.
Brogan couldn’t
see why: she was lovely. There was no way males had stayed away from her,
especially given her family’s status.
He heard a large
splash come from the lake, and watched Onalee’s face light up in a bright
smile. If he’d thought her beautiful standing there placid, it didn’t compare
to when she genuinely smiled; it was like she was lit from within. Brogan
stared, completely transfixed, as something inside of him shifted.
He reached out
and grasped a nearby tree trunk to keep himself grounded. Inside, he had no
clue what the hell was going on. His chest was tight, his heart hammered so
hard that he was becoming lightheaded. Farther south, his groin tightened with
each moment he watched the female.
Brogan closed
his eyes tightly, and willed his body to gain control of itself. Nothing like
this had ever happened, and he wasn’t sure if it was a positive thing or not.
Most assuredly
not, he told himself. He’d gone through years of specialized training to be at
the top of his profession. Nothing had ever thrown him off-kilter. Until one
tiny slip of a female, he added.
Against his
wishes, Brogan’s attention remained on Onalee. She spent another few moments
watching the children play at the lake, before she shook herself and moved
towards the food tents.





Born and raised outside of Portland, Oregon Nicole spent most of her childhood outside; the beach was her favorite place on Earth. When forced indoors by the lovely Oregon weather, she spent most of her time doing art.

In high school she continued taking art classes and focused on music- choir mostly. Nicole was introduced to romance novels in college, which kindled her love for reading! In the years since she’s devoured hundreds of books, and although she likes other genres she always come back to romance… because the endings are always happy ones.

In 2013, after hearing her expound on her imaginative creations for years, Nicole’s husband encouraged her to write her own book. She began writing the next day and decided that she’d keep going until it wasn’t fun any longer. Three years later she’s still going!

Moving often for her husband’s work and in recent years has lived in: Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, California, and North Dakota. Her family currently lives in Sicily, Italy. Thankfully she can write from anywhere in the world!


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Interview with Nicole Krizek
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I think there’s a healthy combination of both. Before I begin writing I plot out the main events of my novels, but once I’ve jumped into the story, I let my characters lead. Do they need more time to get to know each other before jumping into the sack? Do they need a swift kick in the pants? I leave a lot up to them and their comfort levels.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
Alien Revelation is a MUST READ because of how unique it is. Even though it’s about a man moving to another planet, he’s incredibly relatable. He struggles with his new life and with the differences in culture, but also with his own sexuality. He’s always believed that he’s a monogamous, heterosexual man, but when he finds himself lusting after a man and woman at the same time (in a culture that encourages such things) he’s forced to examine his own self-identity.
This book promotes science, healthy relationships, LBGTQ equality, and sex-positivity. The acceptance of all forms of consensual sex is a message that I believe in wholeheartedly, am proud to support, and makes Alien Revelation a must-read!

Have you written any other books that are not published?
No, everything that is finished is published, but I have a LOT of ideas swirling around in my head that I’m dying to write! I have a couple more characters in the Arathian Universe that I want to write about before shifting gears completely and starting a whole new paranormal romance series. I’m extremely excited about it!
Pen or type writer or computer?
I can’t imagine writing an entire novel on a typewriter or (gasp!) by hand! I’m the kind of writer who writes several thousand words in a day just to get the thoughts and words out of my brain. Then I let it sit for a few days before going back and editing. I often move entire paragraphs, lines of conversation, or entire scenes! A good computer software is key! I use Scrivener, and it has yet to let me down.
Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I just want to say thank you for supporting me! Thank you for the feedback you give me on my books. I love hearing your comments and messages-- I read and respond to every one of them! I’m doing what I love because of you, and I’m very grateful.



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