Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review Tour: Laurel's Gift by Tricia McGill




Laurel's Gift
by Tricia McGill


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GENRE: Paranormal/Contemporary


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BLURB:


The plaintive singing of a ghostly child in the night sets off a chain of events that lead to Laurel learning
the dark secrets that dwell in her Great Aunt Maggie’s house in a Melbourne suburb. When Eli comes
into Laurel’s life, instead of instantly uncovering the secrets that have been buried in this house for
many years, their joint efforts lead them to discover even greater mysteries.


Eli’s past is tied up with the ghost of the child who haunts the house, and there are many hurdles to
cross before he discovers just why he also sensed strange vibes in the old house as soon as he
entered.


In their search for the answers to an extraordinary mystery they uncover a passionate love affair
shared by the people dear to them or those who dwelt in the house at one time of another. Despite
their shared psychic abilities can the couple also find such a love?


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Excerpt Two:


The phone rang while she was deciding which clothes to wear. Laurel sat on the side of the bed and
picked up the extension.


“Good morning. How did you sleep?” Eli asked. He possessed a really nice voice, she had to admit.


“Not the best.” Wasn’t that the truth? Laurel ran a hand over her head. She really should have called
Ben first thing. Too many things were happening in her life too suddenly and her brain was beginning
to feel like mush.


“No interruptions?”


“No.” Presumably he meant the child.



My Review: 4*
I chose this book because I am a avid reader of paranormal. I love books about ghosts. When I saw this book had the spirit of a little girl I jumped at the chance to read it. I was a little disappointed that the book did not center a little more on the ghost aspect it was still a very good read. The book mostly centers on Laurel and Eli's budding romance, I still set up late turning pages. This is a rather short book. I was able to read it in one sitting. The book takes place in a suburb of  Melbourne Australia. The stars of the book are Laurel and Eli along with 2 cats and Charlie the dog. 

Laurel is staying at her Great Aunt Maggie's place to take care of her pets after Maggie is put into a nursing home due to a nasty fall. On Valentine's day a bouquet of roses are delivered to the house for Maggie and Laurel decides to find out who sent them so she can let them know about Maggie's fall. This is where things get interesting. 

Eli is the nephew of David. David is love of Maggie's life, even though they never got to really be together. David passed away several years ago, but before his death asked him to carry on with sending roses to Maggie every year on Valentine's day. 

Eli and Laurel meet face to face and sparks immediately fly. They have a lot in common. Seeing spirits is the big one. Laurel has been sensing the spirit of a little girl since she first arrived at Maggie's house. She has heard the little girl singing and has also been led to a few clues in the mystery of the little girl. Eli also senses something there. Laurel and Eli try to unravel the mystery of the little girl.

Along the way a few new mysteries come up and the 2 find them smack dab in the middle. Maggie passes away and they find her journal. Eli's father passes away as well a whole bunch of mysteries arise. Together Laurel and Eli try to work out all they clues they are running across and the deep dark secrets the passing of his father and her Aunt open up.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years
ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone.
Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she
became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her
childhood and growing years. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at
their heart.


Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as
she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those
who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations, especially elephants and
orangutans who seem to be getting the raw end of the deal even in this enlightened age. She also
volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the
internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time she is
heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”





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Under His Skin by S.I. Hayes and J. Haney


Under
His Skin
by
S.I. Hayes and J. Haney

Genre:
Contemporary Romance with a twist of Suspense

At
twenty-six Dorian Gallagher has it all. Money, power, he’s used to
fast cars and faster women. He gets what he wants when he wants it.
Being put in charge of the build for the Gallagher family’s newest
theme park has dropped him in Tennessee. Bored out of his mind he
decides to go get some new ink and finds himself face to face with a
beautiful woman who doesn’t know his famous last name. Can he charm
this dark beauty, or will she just stick him and run?

Charlotte
(Charlie) Herrick is a free spirit. She drives a big truck, rides a
motorcycle and carries a gun. All while dancing around in the layers
of tulle that make up her usual cheek baring tutus. Her life was
hers. Until she meets Dorian Gallagher, now she doesn’t know which
way is up and life has become something more than just the shop,
fishin’ and moonshine. He says he’s just here for the year, so
she convinces herself it’s just a fling. Can she stay true to her
convictions or will this Amusement Park Prince finally get his
princess?




*Trigger
Warning- Violence
**Erotic
Elements









J.
Haney was born and raised in Kentucky, currently residing in Greenup
County, Kentucky with her family, where she is the proud mamma to
Jessalyn Kristine and co-owner to Proud Momma Designs, which she runs
with her amazing Momma. J. Haney’s work tends to lean toward sweet
and sexy, with suspenseful undertones giving her readers something to
hold onto. It’s what she calls Real Life Romance.


S.I.
Hayes was born and bred in New England, currently living in Ohio.
Running around Connecticut, she used all of her family and friends as
inspiration for her many novels. When not writing Paranormal Drama or
Erotic Romance she can be found drawing one of many fabulous book
covers or teasers, to see them check out her web site.


The
pair met while working for a previous publisher and became fast
friends, their split dynamics and views on life, family and love in
general led to the idea of A County Fair Romance and A Sex,
Drugs and Rock Romance
adding to it Working Class Beauties
and soon Kincaid Falls. Along with various Standalone novels.
So, keep your eyes open and a fresh pair of panties close by, you
know just in case.

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Where
to find S.I. Hayes



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There Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus


There
Be Demons
by
M.K. Theodoratus

Genre:
Urban Fantasy

After
her father remarries, Britt Kelly’s life becomes a cesspit. She
lives in her sister’s two-bedroom tenement apartment with her
mother, two brothers, and two young nephews. She starts a new high
school where she knows no one. And, even when Britt thinks she’s
making friends, the church where she studies in is torn down.


Then,
the field commanders of The Demon Wars draft her and her friends to
aid the four Gargoyle Guardians who fight the demons invading the
city of Trebridge. The fate of the city hangs on Britt’s ability to
lead and learn enough self-control to manipulate the natural magic of
Grace. Meanwhile, she also needs to decide what to do about Cahal,
her chemistry lab partner who is as strong as her and may have
interests more than just protecting Trebridge.

There
Be Demons” is a continuation of M. K. Theodoratus’ urban fantasy,
"Night for the Gargoyles". It tells the tale of Gillen and
his team of Gargoyle Guardians as they defend Trebridge while
teaching Britt and her friends – the untrained “reinforcements.
Along the way, Gillen and Britt learn things about each other to make
them stronger both together and alone. 










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Gillen's
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The
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I'm
one of those weird people who have always played with fantasy. Had a
pretend friend by the time I was three, play acted elaborate
fantasies even after I learned not to talk about them, read comic
books, and discovered Oz, A. L. Merritt, Andre Norton, and Fritz
Leiber before my teens.

The
gears changed to include writing fantasy after the sixth grade. Until
then, mysteries ala Nancy Drew were my favorites. Most of my fiction
writing has been lost through the years. Must admit, though, I still
have the Clue of the Clay Cats, written in the sixth and seventh
grade, sitting in some file drawer.


Many
fantasy worlds have entertained me since then...but I've only written
in two since I started writing again, aka consistently. My main two
worlds are Andor where demons prey upon humans and other supernatural
events occur and the Marches of the Far Isles. My favorites, though,
are my Far Isles Half-Elven, Renna, Mariah, and Kerry, where I
explore the political ramifications of genetic drift on a hybrid
elf/human population. Unfortunately, my Half-Elven had become a
cliche by the time I completed the 600,000+ words moldering in my
computer. [Which is okay. I mainly write to amuse
myself.]



Currently, live with
my old man and two lap-cats in Colorado. The kids have long flown the
coop. Some of my favorite authors remain Alexander, Briggs, Belcher,
Cooper, Croogon, Pierce, Butcher, Elkins, McCrumb, Gaiman, O'Connell,
etc. etc. etc.



Oh, yes, my
pubs. I've published shorter fantasy for my Half-Elven, including
Troublesome Neighbors and Vengeance. Andor short stories include
Night for the Gargoyles [which inspired Andor], Showdown at Crossings
[prequel to There Be Demons], Doom Comes for a Sold Soul, and The
Ghost in the Closet. The short stories are both free and 99c.






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NBTM: The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber




The Exiled Otherkin
by D. Lieber


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GENRE: Fantasy Romance


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BLURB:


Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm
has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life
on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed
her emotions.
When the optimistic and na├»ve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts
feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to
cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.


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Excerpt Two:





I scanned the crowd, but there was no sign of them. My stomach lurched, and I swallowed my panic. I moved as quickly as I could to the place where Reilley had just stood.



To the right was a dim alley with curtained doors lining the sides. I shot into the shady street.



“Reilley?” I called and received no answer.



Up ahead, a curtain covered the light that spilled into the alley. I rushed for that doorway. Ripping open the curtain, I lunged inside.



In the small room, two men sat on crates playing cards on a box in between them. They looked up as I entered.



“Where is he?”



Neither responded as they returned to their game. I spotted a door at the back of the room and barreled toward it. The two men moved to stop me.



“I don’t have time for this,” I told them as they blocked my way.



The one closest to the door I wanted to get through crossed his thick arms over his chest and lifted his chin, looking down at me with a smirk. His wirier friend stepped toward me and pointed the way I’d come.



“This party is closed,” he said with a heavy accent. “If you don’t have an invitation, leave.”



“I just need to get my friend. Then, I’ll leave.”



He shook his head and grabbed my upper arm to escort me out. “You will leave now.”



I rotated my elbow and broke his grip then pulled back and drove the heel of my hand into his nose.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in
English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television,
Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk
cosplay with friends.


She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).


Links
Website: www.dlieber.com
Google+: www.google.com/+DLieber    





Interview with D. Lieber
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Inspiration comes from all over. Every bit of information I consume, every book, every TV show, every movie, every song, news stories, people I meet, dreams, off-handed comments, everything has the potential to spark a story idea.

How did you do research for your book?
For The Exiled Otherkin, most of my research was first-hand experience (for instance, places I’ve traveled to), accounts and insights from friends (self-defense and fighting techniques), and Internet research (physics, martial arts videos, photographs of cities I’ve never visited, etc).

Do you have another profession besides writing?
No, my day job is to write feature stories for a government magazine. Sometimes I’m assigned other duties, such as simple graphic design projects, but I’m primarily a writer and associate editor.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I would go to a place that didn’t have written records. At this moment, I’d like to visit some First Nations in Western Canada prior to European interaction because they are part of the story I’m currently working on.

What is your next project?
The next novel readers will see is called Intended Bondmates, and it is set to release June 21, 2018.

No one said guarding a faeling from bloodthirsty vampires would be easy. In fact, Runa trained all her life to protect her intended bondmate, Konner, until he could awaken his full magic.

She was looking forward to her time with the young fae until tragedy shattered her plans. For the last thirteen years, she’s been bound with Mikhail, her best friend’s intended bondmate. Neither of them was happy with the arrangement, but she never thought he’d request to unbind from her early.

When all hope of Runa fulfilling her rite and joining werewolf society is threatened, Konner comes through and agrees to become her bondmate.

Thinking her life has changed for the better, Runa eagerly rushes to Konner’s side.  But Konner hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. And Rowan, bound with Konner’s brother, is hostile toward the fellow werewolf that left him to protect two faelings alone.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION


D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner
via via rafflecopter during the tour.




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Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 02/27/2018

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Political consultant Amy Fields only experienced jealousy once in her life, and that’s the way she’d like to keep it. Watching her older sister carry-on with the boy she absolutely adored in high school enough to make her never want to feel second-best again.

Now, successful in her own right. She’s making strides in her career and meeting interesting people, but one client takes a keen interest in her life – so much so, he’s determined to ensure she never finds a happy ending with the boy she loved long ago.

Prince Lucio Aussa can have any woman he wants, but he’s grown tired of superficial relationships. When his brother convinces him that he can find the perfect bride online, Lucio reluctantly agrees to go along with the plan. The search dredges up old feelings about Amy’s older sister, and prompts him to want to rekindle their broken relationship. But when the internet search points to Amy as his perfect mate, that changes everything. Now, he must reconcile the feelings he had for her sister with the realization that Amy is far more interesting than she ever was. To make matters worse, as his feelings for her grow, an enemy emerges threatening to ruin any hope of love for either of them.

Can the overcome their preconceived notions about each other and find common ground together or will yet another obstacle stand in their way?



 Excerpt

She stilled and the sensation disappeared once the man went into the elevator and was out of sight. Her pulse returned to normal. She waited another few seconds and headed back out into the dreary evening. The fog made the world seem darker.

Amy opened the door, head down, and walked right into a wall of muscled chest. Worried it was the man in the bowler hat, she swallowed a cry, stepped back into the foyer of the building and looked up at the man who was at least a foot taller than her. Her breath caught in her throat. Lucio Aussa still seemed larger than life.

"Amy Fields?" His rich tones were deeper and brought a chill of adult awareness.

She dropped her umbrella to the linoleum. She knelt down to pick it up, as did he. They almost bumped heads but she let him get her umbrella and he handed it back to her. "You're prettier than I remember."

"You remember me?" She straightened, her legs shaky.

"You're Evie's little sister." He stood too.

Right. Her stomach shouldn't flip. He had to get married soon, as the world knew, and her sister was the Fields girl he’d been interested in. It was too bad Evie intended to marry His Grace Michael Flynn, and be his duchess. Why was Lucio here, speaking to her right now? "That's right. My sister doesn't work with me or anything…”

"It's raining pretty heavily. Let me give you a ride." He opened the door, allowing a cool rush of air inside.

There was no reason her stomach should tense. His dark, shining hair curled over his ears and those dark brown eyes tempted her to swoon. Amy Fields never swooned. She lowered her head, her face hot with embarrassment. "I don't want to be a bother, Your Highness."

"I came to talk to you,” he said. “So it would be my pleasure, Amy."

He had? Her named rolled off his tongue with ease. Her chest warmed from his nearness, and her cheeks must be scarlet at this point. "If you’re here to order an analysis of your country, you’ll need to come back in the morning and sign a contract with my boss."

"I'm not here to hire you." A servant with a six-foot wide umbrella met them at the front door and Lucio led her toward his waiting limo on the street corner. "Not exactly anyway."

The servant opened the rear passenger door and she slid in across the leather seat. As Lucio closed the door, sitting so close to her their legs touched, she was rocketed back to high school Amy, who’d stared at him with longing as she wished he'd notice her, but then her sister would jump in front of her and throw herself at him. Evie had been relentless in her quest to one day be a princess. Amy shook off the memory as the car rolled down the street. She said, "I live out in Clapham."

"I know. You're doing pretty well for yourself." Drops of rain glistened on Lucio’s shoes. "I was hoping you'd join me for a quick dinner so we can talk."

Dinner? With him? It seemed like a dream where any second someone would yell “gotcha”, but she reigned in her imagination. He was a prince, and he’d belonged to Evie. She lifted her chin, intending to say no, but his brown eyes persuaded her to change her mind. "Okay. Dinner. I am curious, I’ll admit."

Giving in was a bad trait she needed to work on. His hand brushed against her leg but jerked back fast so she knew it had been an accident. However, the jolt she felt was unexpected. "Thanks." He turned toward the driver. "Please take us to Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester."



About the Author




USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

She’s always been determined. She is amazing, adventurous and assured on a regular basis. Her website is  www.victoriapinder.com.



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