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Kelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses. Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.
In the sleepy town of Lost Maidens Loch, people sometimes disappear…
Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories.
When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death.
If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?
I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This story has all the ingredients for a perfect escape. Cozy mystery, with a touch of magic, and vividly created characters and setting. Set in a small town in the Scottish Highlands, the loch has a mystical significance, well understood by psychic Temerity, and her herbalist sister Tilda. Temerity’s gift manifested when her first love died tragically at the Loch, something she feels inherently guilty for. Both women feel tied to the small town and they are intrinsic to its wellbeing.
The villagers accept the women, although gossip has it that they are witches, with their two seemingly lazy cats and an opinionated parrot. Temerity’s give for psychometry, has proved useful to the police in the past, but the new officer in the town isn’t convinced. Maybe he’s worried about his secrets?
There is so much in this first book to absorb the reader and capture their interest. The setting is authentic and described so well that you can visualise it. The mystical ethos, and legend that surrounds it add to its appeal. The protagonists are complex characters full of flaws and hidden layers. Some of which, are revealed in this book. Some are hinted at, to be revealed later in the series? The small-town dynamic works, the sense of community and gossip is evident. The cast of characters colourful and mostly easy to like.
The magical, witchy element is the icing on the cake, not too far-fetched, but outer-worldly enough to appeal. The cozy mystery is cleverly plotted, with lots of suspects, a dastardly murder, and plenty of clues and misinformation, to engage those who enjoy this.
A brilliant start to what promises to be an enchanting series, with wide appeal because we all need a little magic in our lives.
At just twenty-two years old, Wilhelmina Daniels inherits a house, a family of eclectic witches, and a death sentence on the same day. As revealed by Reid Thomas, her shy but smoldering neighbor, Wilhelmina is a descendent of the Innocent—a line of gifted women who are to be admired, feared, and above all else, protected.
Death, mayhem, and The Haunted…
The murder of Wilhelmina’s mother—the family matriarch—sends the small town’s rumor-mill into a frenzy. Suspicions fall on The Haunted, a rival force with dual personalities, one of them being Julien Cote.
It’s difficult to believe the charming boy has a sexual deviant with a hankering for violence lurking inside.
Rumor has it Julien can seduce an angel out of her wings. Wilhelmina doesn’t have wings, but if he calls her cheri d’amour one more time, she’s liable to lose something of equal importance—her heart. But with Reid hailing from her clan, will she stay close to her own, or venture into the unknown?
Even a powerful spell can’t seal Julien’s fate…
Julien knows an incantation that just might help Wilhelmina to solve her mother’s death, but when an unidentified stalker is spotted spying in her house, her family is certain it’s Julien’s dangerous alter ego come out to play.
Wilhelmina must decide—is risking her life worth the possible heartbreak of discovering the truth about Julien’s fate and her mother’s death? Or will she cast aside her desire for Julien and vow her love to Reid.
Leaving her past forever buried in the murky depth of…Frog Hollow
Savannah was born in Hyden, Kentucky. She received her M.S in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Mississippi in 2009. She’s been writing since the early age of nine when she begged her parents for a type writer for Christmas.
She now lives in Corbin, Ky with her husband of eight years, John, and their two wonderful daughters, Delilah and Gracie.
When she isn’t working, or running after her kids, she spends her free time traveling the country with her husband. There is nothing better than a day of football in the grove, a late night of basketball at Rupp Arena or slapping the glass to celebrate another Washington Capitals goal.
She is a strong believer that with enough hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.
Today I have the author of The Keepers Trilogy on my blog , Rae Rivers , who will be talking to me about her writing and books.
What inspired you to start writing, Rae?
I’ve always had a love of storytelling. At first, it was something I did as a child when I needed to escape into my imaginary world where I had control over everything and could just have fun. As I grew older, the need to tell more stories grew stronger. It’s my calling, my passion, and one of the few things in my life that makes me feel alive with excitement. I love it!
Was becoming a published author important to you?
The older I got and the more I wrote, the more I enjoyed it. I began to wonder if my work was “good enough” to be considered for publication but as I never allowed anyone to read it (not even my husband or mother!) I had no feedback to work with. So when I finally plucked up the courage to submit my Keepers to a publisher and they offered a four book deal, I was thrilled. Slowly, my inner voice became an encouraging “I’ve got this.” I knew I had a lot to learn but they believed in me so that was huge! (And still is! ) So yes, for me being published – along with the incredible feedback from my readers – has been a huge confidence boost which has helped me grow as a person and a writer and turn a hobby into a dream career.
‘The Keepers: Ethan is your latest release and I think the last book in the series. Are you sad to reach the end, or is there going to be more books in the series?
The Keepers: Ethan is the end of the series and it’s with a bittersweet feeling that I wrap up this journey. I’ve worked with these characters for over three years and most of the time, they were at the forefront of my mind – it often felt like I was greeting old friends whenever I started my writing morning. Whilst writing all the books, there was some angst and stress (and sometimes tears too!) but I had the time of my life too. I’m delighted to reach the end of this journey and feel tremendously satisfied with how it all came together in the end, but I do feel a bit sad to say goodbye.
Do you have a special place where you like to write? Do you have a photograph of it to share with us?
I live on a flower farm in the mountains so my surroundings are so inspirational. It’s quiet and peaceful and so perfect for an author. I have a home office which is kitted out with everything I need. It’s sunny and bright in the summer and dark and cosy in the winter. It’s my space, my haven, and I love it. But having said that, I’m also quick to grab my laptop and head for the outdoor patio, couch or even my bed. And with small children, I might even write beside the swimming pool too.
Is your writing process well defined or haphazard? Can you describe it?
I think it’s a little of both. I had an overall outline for the entire series with certain highlights I wanted to reach – and a whole of blank spaces in between. But those blank spaced gave me room to create as I went along and I think the books turned out better because of them. Sometimes I write quickly and end up with a messy scene which I then have to carefully craft into a stronger one. Other times, I take a step back and plan a little more. As I’ve gained more experience, I tend to want to plan a bit more to ensure I’ve covered everything and given my characters and plot all the elements that make a good story.
Paranormal isn’t the only genre you write – you have also written a romantic suspense novel. Which genre appeals most to you as a writer and why is this?
I’m definitely a romance writer at heart but also love action and suspense too. I never thought I’d venture into the Paranormal scene until the day Sienna and her Keepers came to mind. Now I adore the genre as it gives me a lot of freedom to be creative. The rules can be shaped as I want and the possibilities for my “worlds” are endless. And best of all is that I’m able to combine my love of romance and suspense with the paranormal.
Apart from writing do you have any other things you love to do?
Definitely reading, movies and TV series! I enjoy the outdoors like waterskiing, hiking, boating etc. I love travelling – anywhere from a camp site to a fab hotel. I like a balance between socialising with friends and family, nights spent at home with my kids and hubby– and also having time alone.
What writing plans do you have for 2016?
I’m toying with various ideas and mapping out a plot line for another possible series. I’ve opened myself to the fictional world waiting for the story to take hold. For now, I’m wrapped up in Ethan’s release and school holidays but know when things settle down, there’ll be no stopping me. Watch this space!
“Going to Ameera to find Hazel. Stealing the spell … You think you can pull it off?” he asked. She nodded, not trusting herself to speak. Just as she thought he’d kiss her, he reached for her jacket and said, “Then let’s go.”
A portal to another world has opened, unleashing dangerous creatures on earth. A dark witch is out for revenge. The stakes are high, a war inevitable.
One person can stop the madness. Jenna. She’s a Keeper to a powerful hybrid witch but she harbours a secret and if Jenna steps through the portal – seduced by the whispers of her hidden past – she may never return.
Fortunately, she has company … infamous Bennett brother and fiercely protective Keeper, Ethan. Their whip-cracking banter makes them perfect sparring partners in training, but how will they manage when their lives and everything they were born to defend are on the line?
When the battle lines are drawn, will Jenna and Ethan stand side by side – as friends, protectors, lovers … or as traitors?
If you’re a fan of The Keepers series, you will have eagerly anticipated ‘The Keepers: Ethan, I’ve just finished reading and it doesn’t disappoint. All the players assemble for the final apocalyptic battle and there are so many twists and turns it leaves you breathless. Jenna and Ethan circle around each other, the only two singles on the Bennett Wine estate, drawn together by proximity and the dangers they face, the passion is sensual and adds a delicious sizzle to this action packed story. Jenna who we met in ‘The Keepers: Declan’ is kick ass and her independence attracts Ethan, who still bears the guilt of his sister’s demise. Ethan, quieter than his brothers, has a determined, powerful presence that attracts Jenna and makes her heart rule her head. Their journey into Ameera is exciting and informative, and gives the series an important new dimension, which increases the suspense and excitement. Ameera is a dark world, full of lost and often dangerous creatures that live in anarchy, the danger to humanity lies here and Jenna and Ethan have to face it head on. The supernatural displays are vivid and easy to imagine and I couldn’t put this book down until I’d finished. There is a dynamic, romantic ending to this unique series, with memorable characters that I’m sorry to leave. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Rae’s an avid reader and writer with a passion for writing spicy romance novels. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her gorgeous children and husband and a zoo of house pets. Besides writing, she loves family time, the outdoors, travelling, watching TV series, reading and chocolate.She loves to hear from her readers and can be found here:
Declan Bennett has zero tolerance for thieves. He and his brothers, the Keepers, are fiercely protective of their witch, Sienna, and their privacy.
So when Kate Carrigan breaks into their estate, he’ll be damned if he lets the little wildcat get away with it – especially after she seduced him three months ago, leaving him buck-naked in a New Orleans hotel. Declan wants payback – and some answers.
Before she was murdered, Kate’s mother ingrained it in her not to trust anyone. Kate’s magical powers make her a pawn in the war between good and evil, a war she’s always avoided. Declan is everything she’s been taught to fear, even if she can’t forget the memory of his touch that one night…
Trouble is brewing as the powers of evil regroup – bolder and hungrier than ever – and Kate is forced to choose a side.
The second book in, ‘The Keepers Trilogy focuses on Declan. He’s the wild brother who sought solace from his grief in bourbon and women. Kate was one of the women but she turned the tables on him, leaving him unrequited and with more questions than answers. When they meet again, he has the upper hand and the sizzling chemistry between them threatens to explode. Kate steps out of her comfort zone to follow the instructions given her by her dead mother. Meeting Declan again is unexpected but not entirely unwelcome but she hides her feelings, driven by the need to stay save from the wicked paranormals that ruthlessly pursue her. Kate adds an interesting dimension to the Keepers and their elemental witch Sienna; her powers are different and untried by potentially threatening to the natural balance. Pursued by an evil warlock and his deranged but loyal warriors, she slowly realises her importance and isolation. Declan pursues her to ensure she isn’t turned to the dark side but unfinished business between make the quest more pleasure then duty, even though he denies it to his brothers and himself. This is darker than the previous books, and full of twists that mask the real danger that faces Kate, Sienna and the Keepers. Kate is strong, opinionated and courageous. She grows into her powers as the story progresses and is a worthy adversary/lover for Declan. Declan is an anti-hero and we all love those, but he is shows his true worth as he pursues and fights at Kate’s side as the story progresses. This is a fast paced, classy paranormal tale, which makes me eagerly anticipate the final chapter in the trilogy, The Keepers; Ethan.
Here’s another Magical Weddings’ story, this time from Aileen Harkwood.
‘Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose’
If you love ghosts, witches, time travel–anything paranormal–military romance, historical romance, or romantic comedy, don’t miss this engaging boxed set!
From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.
Here are Aileen’s thoughts on the perfect setting for a romantic wedding:
5 Magical Wedding Destinations Fit for a Romance Novel
by Aileen Harkwood
Many a bride fantasizes about holding a destination wedding, typically involving a tropical beach, a lush vineyard in the south of France, or the ever popular Las Vegas. Destination weddings pose challenges, however, in terms of costs and the difficulties of getting everyone in the right place at the right time. Provence might beckon, but in the end, many couples eventually opt for the more practical local wedding spot, forced to leave daydreams behind.
Not so in RL. In RL, anything is possible. Whether you envision a snowy hot tub ceremony at the most exclusive resort in Aspen, getting married with 300 of your closest friends in the grand ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria, or zip-lining to the altar through the jungles of Costa Rica, in RL it’s all doable.
I refer not to Real Life, of course, but to Romance Life, the world inhabited by the heroes and heroines of your favorite romance novels. I love writing romance precisely because I’m allowed to dream up the impossible, the impractical, the magical. With that in mind, here are five insanely over-the-top locations in terms of sheer romance. I would absolutely choose any of these enchanted wedding destinations for my characters.
Château de Marqueyssac – This 17th century estate perched atop a cliff overlooking France’s Dordogne Valley is romance personified. Almost too whimsical to be believed, its sculpted gardens, originally planted in the 1860s by Julien de Cervel, outdo any fairytale setting the producers at Once Upon a Time could dream up.
Bonus Almost Love Scene Points: A giddy chase through winding topiaries leads to passionate kisses hidden among the boxwoods.
Isle of Sky, Scotland – Just the name alone is enough to bewitch the romantics among us. From its rugged, windswept coasts to its “fairy pools” and quaint country manors where intimate weddings might find a home, this would be a nuptials to remember.
Bonus Hero Points: Your groom, and every other male in the wedding party, in a kilt.
Wisteria Flower Passage, Kawachi Fuji Garden, Japan – Approximately 150 wisteria vines in a variety of colors create a tunnel of love like no other in the world. If your romance heroine could actually secure this venue (seriously doubtful), a May wedding would be best, when the tunnel is in full bloom.
Bonus Savings for Frugal Heroine – Flowers? We’ve got you covered.
The Champagne Suite, The New York Palace Hotel – At $25,000 per night, and featuring a 2-story view of Midtown Manhattan, this sinfully extravagant locale is appointed with polished marble-vaulted-crystal-glistening everything and comes with its very own “champagne cave.” Though the booking page lists the suite as suitable for 6 guests, an entire wedding party would easily fit in its 5,000 square-foot sumptuousness.
Bonus sex scene inspiration – Hero and heroine could spend three sensual chapters exploring the gargantuan bathroom and still not find their way out.
Frégate Island, Seychelles – Who wouldn’t want to have their own “palatial teak villa” on their own private island to serve as backdrop for the ultimate destination wedding? Okay, so there are actually 17 palatials on the beach, but each has their own private pool, dining pavilion and butler. Considering the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were rumored to have spent their honeymoon here, magic comes standard.
Bonus reverse-Roman Holiday plot twist – Could your hero, the butler, be a royal in disguise?
While it may not be the Seychelles or the Palace Hotel, you’ll find a bespelled destination in The Last Wedding at Drayhome, my contribution to Magical Weddings: 15 Enchanting Romances. The venue for the wedding in this novella is Drayhome, a great estate in Breens Mist, Oregon with a mind of its own, cared for by the witch and warlock who struggle to save it from ruin.
Aileen Harkwood is a Readers’ Crown finalist who lives in the Southern Rockies. The Last Wedding at Drayhome is the prequel to two concurrent series of fantasy romances, Spell Touched: Breens Mist Witches, Book 1, and Wedding Spell, first in the Breens Mist Weddings series, due out in September 2015. She’s passionate about green chile and the mysteries hiding in antique photographs.
A witch, a warlock and a house with attitude makes ‘the Last Wedding at Drayhome’, full of magic, deception and paranormal events. Ax’s and Colleen’s interactions are always filled with passion, whether it is anger or desire and they bring this fantasy to life. The other witches in the story are colourful and The Priest is certainly not the benevolent warlock his name suggests. The house is a notable character in the story. This novella is perfect for those of us who love battles of good versus evil and the power of the elements. The Wedding is full of mystery and surprises and has a lovely romantic ending.
I am intrigued to read other stories in the forthcoming series’.
Ezra Ravenhart has lived with the rumors of her family’s witchcraft her whole life. Too bad she doesn’t believe them – she’d conjure up a boyfriend. But the thing called love remains as mysterious as her Grana’s herb shop on their tropical island.
As a struggling journalist, Owen Cooper has to make a name for himself, and a tip that a real-life witch is living on Mango Cove may just lead to the big story he needs. Undercover as a shipwrecked tourist, he worms his way into Ezra’s family – and their secrets.
But how will he handle the fact that Ezra has found the magic answer to his heart when his body belongs in Chicago? And is their love strong enough to survive the evil stalking their every move?
A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?
Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir
Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.
This a ghost story with a difference, full of historical detail, vivacious characters and mystique. The authentic opening scenes grab the readers’ attention. The surprises and momentum keep you hooked throughout enhanced with poignant romance.
‘Haunt My Heart’ is a kaleidoscope of colours. It swings from humour when Sarah fails to observe the expected etiquette at the ghost walk to menace when Sarah’s life is threatened.
Sarah is a geeky heroine who so easy to like. Strong and resourceful, she is a sceptic when it comes to the paranormal and this leads to plenty of humorous scenes. Tanner reminds me of ‘Bill from True Blood’, a man out of his time but a true gentleman who has strong protective traits.
The mystery that surrounds Tanner’s appearance has its roots in the nineteenth century but the evil prevails, when it is manifests in contemporary Fredericksburg.The romance is gentle and builds in a realistic way, the passion when it explodes is red hot and believable.
This story is a fusion of history, paranormal and romance, which makes ‘Haunt My Heart’ a book worth reading.
The second book in The Dragon Legacy series is now available on Amazon.
Jasmine and Zane’s adventure in romantic Italy.
TITLE:The Revenge Masquerade
RELEASE DATE: 17 December 2014
PUBLISHER: Crimson Frost Books
Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted, is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one-time friend and lover, hoping she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf. Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord, Lukas, about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends. The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?
The Dragon Legacy is the first in a series of fantasy/paranormal romance books about supernatural dragons who protect the natural balance of the world. We meet Lukas Draco, the dragon lord in the first book. The leader of the ancient order of dragons Lukas’ mission is to find and protect the last dragon egg from evil in the form of the demon, Xavier. At a quintessentially English Murder Mystery weekend Lukas meets shy,naive Fleur Curwen. The attraction between them is instant and powerful and makes him question his way of life.
‘When emotionally fragile Fleur Curwen decides she wants excitement in her boring life she signs up for a Murder Mystery Weekend in the wilds of the English Lake District. She enters a paranormal world where danger and death are common occurrences.’
‘Demon slayer Lukas Draco is a loner. He lives by two simple rules: No emotional entanglements and duty must remain his first priority. His beliefs are challenged when he’s inexplicably drawn to Fleur, a human woman with an unusual psychic aura. Sparks of sexual attraction ignite threatening both his search for the dragon’s egg he buried a thousand years ago and Fleur’s life. Under the cover of a murder mystery weekend an apocalyptic hunt begins’
‘Xavier Serpente clenched his manicured nails into his expensive Italian silk trousers, amazed Jasmine dare leave him in mid-conversation. She didn’t realize his importance. He mentally ticked off his attributes. Successful Milanese financier and good looks guaranteed him the undivided attention of most beautiful women. He also possessed the fast car, city penthouse, and lakeside retreat associated with his ilk. The threat of danger, which simmered under the surface of his urbane respectability, was his greatest attraction. All women acquiesced when they fell under the spell of his midnight black gaze. Except Jasmine; she intrigued him. Her potent aura represented a source of usable power. Fleur’s importance to her troubled him. Xavier let his gaze roam over the slender blonde-haired woman across the room. The innocent, vulnerable aura she projected didn’t fascinate his jaded palate.’
Jasmine and Zane who we first meet in book 1 of The Dragon Legacy have their adventure in book 2 The Revenge Masquerade which will be available December 2014 /January 2015.
Zane Lupus, the wolf shifter who loved and left Jasmine broken-hearted is in danger. Haunted by nightmares, Jasmine risks her fragile heart and travels to Venice to find her one time friend and lover in the hope she can save him and rekindle their passion. Abducted by a Lorenzo, a passionate dragon, Jasmine is tempted away from her quest to find her wolf.
The Dragon Legacy faces its greatest test. Is Jasmine, empowered by the guardian witch’s snake ring, strong enough to restore the natural balance? Or will the sacrifice she must endure destroy her before she embraces her destiny?
Zane is confronted with what he suspects is an enemy from his past. He tries in vain to warn the dragon lord Lukas about the threat to the infant dragon. The horror beneath The Revenge Masquerade is ancient and terrible and determined to capture the infant dragon for its own ends.