#SampleSunday from Dark Debt

Dark_DebtI started reading Dark Debt (#11 in the Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill. I just love Merit and Ethan. Well, how can you not love Ethan when he looks David Beckham?!! In this book, Merit and Ethan have to deal with the return of Ethan’s Master, Balthasar, who conveniently is no longer dead. Huh.

Here’s the official description:

A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan’s dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don’t know whether he’s friend or foe. But they’ll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs….

The connections to Chicago’s Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last….

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Wednesday Briefs: Bear to Bear

This week Avery’s back in business…so to speak. She’s finally made time to work on a piece of flash fiction. It is slightly—very slightly—inspired by real world events and a prompt. It will hopefully be a longer series…keep your fingers crossed! Her muse has been hit or miss of late.

This week’s prompt was making an Ozzy Osbourne reference. I’m sure you’ll spot it with no problem.

Remember these flashes have to be under 1000 words.

Bear to Bear

by

Avery Dawes

Rain fell harder as Trooper Jared Kingsley jogged to his patrol car. Nothing like a busy, rainy first day of early shift. Jared despised the dreaded six-to-four, made worse today by bad thunderstorms which tripped several residential alarms, necessitating a police response.

“If I get one more friggin alarm,” Jared grumbled from his dry car. He punched the clearance code into his mobile computer before allowing his head to thunk against the headrest. Nothing like being soaking wet after only two hours of work. He raked a hand through his now-flattened hair.

He’d hit the snooze button one too many times to eat breakfast before he left home. Now he was paying for it—his stomach rumbled loudly, making even the squawk of the radio seem quiet. Jared queried the pending calls for service. “Thank God,” he breathed. Nothing in his area of the county.

No sense in jinxing myself. Jared put the car in gear and turned the wipers on high. He’d head to The Grind, his favorite coffee shop, while the going was good.

As the police radio chatter subsided, Jared decided he needed some good music to help him get through this miserable day and began punching buttons. By the third station, he found some classic rock. Now Ozzy Osbourne was something he could get into. Unless…Jared pounded the steering wheel. Why did it have to be ‘Crazy Train’? That could only be a sign of bad things to come.

Three days ago, Jared had worked night shift. He’d never dealt with so many crazy people in his life. It seemed like the calls for suicidal and mental subjects kept coming, one right after the next. Maybe, he told himself, you shouldn’t be complaining about running alarms in the rain. At least you don’t have to talk to anyone, and you definitely don’t have to pretend wearing a foil helmet works to keep aliens at bay.

He had to chuckle at that. He’d been dispatched to a man wielding a shotgun, who claimed aliens had just landed in his backyard. When the dispatcher asked for details, the man quoted several lines from Men in Black. While Jared had enjoyed that movie, it wasn’t one he watched over and over. When he turned into the driveway, he hoped the man wasn’t wearing an Edgar suit—and that he’d put down the shotgun. He got lucky in one respect—the man was buck-ass naked, with the exception of his foil helmet and his shotgun. It took several minutes before Jared could convince the man to put down his weapon. Once he did, Jared didn’t waste any time. He placed him in handcuffs and helped him into the back of the ambulance for his ride to the hospital.

“What a loon.” He chuckled again.

His computer beeped—he had a message. He kept one hand on the wheel and typed with the other, dividing his attention between the road and the text. Thankfully, this backroad was fairly empty given the bad weather and the fact rush hour had come and gone. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: Bear to Bear”

Had Me Laughing! #SampleSunday

Last week, a friend and I exchanged books. She was looking for something different to read so I loaned her Bittersweet, and she loaned me A Handful of Heaven.A_Handful_of_Heaven

A Handful of Heaven is an historical romance written by Kristin Hannah. Historical usually isn’t my thing, but I decided to give this one a try. And I have to say that I like it! It’s set in Alaska in the late 1890s (no London during the Ton). The main characters are Cornelius “Stone Man” McKenna and Devon O’Shea.

Stone Man is very much as his name implies. Stoic, quiet, grumpy. A man with no friends who doesn’t mind some dust or dirt or even lack of a bath. Devon–a lady–is his new partner in his trading post. Well, Stone Man thought the person w
ho answered his ad was a man. Imagine his surprise when Devon showed up!

I’m a third of the way into the book, and I have to give Devon props. She’s one tough lady! I think she’s lasted a lot longer than I would have!  Continue reading “Had Me Laughing! #SampleSunday”

My Thoughts: Born of Defiance

Today, I spent the afternoon finishing Born of Defiance. I had to know how things were going to end up between Talyn and Felicia and almost more importantly, the Anatoles.

If you aren’t familiar, Born of Defiance is book #8 (according to Goodreads) in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series. It’s a long book (over 500 pages) that I read fairly quickly.

Here’s the blurb:

Born an Outcast,Born_of_Defiance Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

It took a bit of adjustment for me as I read…this book does not take place chronologically after the last one (Born of Fury). It was something that became very obvious at the end when Nyk came into the picture. That wasn’t an issue for me, I just had to get my brain in the correct perspective!

I really, really liked Talyn as a hero. He’s now one of my favorite characters in the series. He was so loyal, so much of a good person despite all the horrible atrocities that had been committed against him. No matter how poorly someone treated him, he always did the right thing. He was fiercely protective of his loved ones and constantly fought to make his life better.  Continue reading “My Thoughts: Born of Defiance”

Bitter Black Kiss Book Tour

Title:  Bitter Black KissBitter Black Kiss

Author:  Michelle Clay

Published:  July 17th, 2015

Publisher:  Hot Ink Press

Genre:  Paranormal Erotica

Content Warning:  Explicit sexual content

Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:

Former event planner Nicole Riley lost not only her job, but part of her humanity when a concert in L.A., fails catastrophically and the band attacks a rival werewolf pack. Now Nicky keeps her “inner beast” subdued by taking wolfs bane and refuses to become a monster. She’s trying to rebuild her reputation and manages the Bitter Black nightclub where Brody Dunn is the dee-jay.

Brody Dunn, a former special crimes detective turned private investigator, plays on Nicole’s sympathy by claiming to have just suffered a wolf bite. He keeps his past, careers, agenda and just about everything else from Nicole – except for his attraction. Continue reading “Bitter Black Kiss Book Tour”

Ashen Rayne Book Tour

  • Title:  Ashen RayneAshen-Rayne
  • Series:  Shadowlands #1
  • Author:  Skye Knizley
  • Published:  July 6th, 2015
  • Publisher:  Vamptasy Publishing/Encompass Ink
  • Genre:  LGBT Thriller
  • Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:

Young women are vanishing from Miami’s club scene, most disappearing without a trace, others found suffocated in plastic bags, their battered corpses filled with a deadly cocktail of narcotics.

There are no suspects and few clues.

When exotic dancer Rayne is taken, her sister Blaze calls the ladies of Shadowlands to find her.

With only five days before Rayne is found dead or never found at all, Smoak and Ash dive into Miami’s underworld of drugs, prostitution and slavery, using every skill they have to find her before the clock runs out. Continue reading “Ashen Rayne Book Tour”