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STROKE OF GENIUS CONTEST

Want to see your name on the acknowledgment page of Emily Bryan's next book? Here's your chance! Emily is giving her readers an opportunity to name an important secondary character in her upcoming STROKE OF GENIUS. The winner will receive signed copies of Emily Bryan's entire backlist (including A CHRISTMAS BALL anthology, due out Sept 29th). PLUS you'll be mentioned on the acknowledgment page of STROKE OF GENIUS. The contest begins June 1st and entries close July 1st. For more information, visit www.emilybryan.com.

Lost Souls

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Kristi Bentz, daughter to New Orleans Detective Rick Bentz is heading back to college. She has enrolled as a student at All Saints College. A college that has been made famous not for the teachers or classes but because four women have all gone missing in a eighteen month span. The police believe the women are runaways.

Kristi wants to write a true crime novel. When she hears about the missing women, she decides to do some investigate work. Kristi learns that all of the women attended the same class with Dr. Dominic Grotto. Dr. Grotto teaches a class on vampyrism. One of Kristi's old classmates, Lucretia Stevens tells Kristi about how she suspects one of the girls...a Rylee was in a cult. Now Kristi is really intrigued. What is Dr. Grotto's connection to the missing women and could he be a vampire?

The only person Kristi can get to believe her that the women did not go missing on their own is her ex-boyfriend, Jay McKnight. As Kristi gets closer to uncovering the truth, it brin…

Red Hot Lies

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Attorney Izzy McNeil is about to get married. Izzy and her fiancé, Sam Hollings are finalizing all of their wedding plans, when Sam vanishes without a trace. Izzy can't figure out why Sam would up and leave without saying anything to her.

Forester Pickett is owner and CEO of Pickett Enterprises, a huge corporation. Recently Forester has been investing in real estate property in Panama. Izzy receives a phone call from Mr. Pickett's son, Shane. His father has passed away of a heart attack. Izzy can't believe it. Just two weeks ago, Izzy and Forester were talking about how healthy he was. He had recently had a bunch of tests done and the results were negative. Though Forester told Izzy that he had been recently receiving threatening messages. He told Izzy that if someone were to happen to him that she should suspect foul play.

Now Forester is dead and thirty million dollars worth of real estate shares have gone missing from Pickett Enterprises. Surprisedly, Sam was in charge …

20 Boy Summer

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Twelve months ago, Anna Reiley and her friend, Frankie Perino were having the time of their lives together. Anna has developed a crush on Frankie's brother, Matt. Matt is seventeen and about to go off to college. Anna has secretly been wishing that Matt would kiss her. That wish comes true on Anna's fifteenth birthday. The kiss is the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to Anna.

Matt and Anna made a promise to each other that they would not tell Frankie about their relationship. That is only because Matt plans to tell Frankie during their family vacation as that is the best time. Frankie is fragile. Unfortunately Matt never gets a chance to tell Frankie. Matt, Frankie, and Anna had all went out for custard and on their way back, they got into a car accident. Frankie and Anna were the only ones to survive. Everyone around them says that they are very lucky but it doesn't feel like it.

A year has passed since the accident but Anna still misses Matt. The worse part is…

Outcast

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Lynxsabder "Lynx" Dackelov has been sold into slavery to a bunch of women. What you would think at first would be any guy's dream come true has turned into a nightmare for Lynx. He was starved, abused, laughed at, and worse of all...used till he couldn't get it up anymore. Lynx's only reprieve was when he was later sold to men but Lynx could never get the sound of women laughing out of his head. Because of his experiences with women. Lynx no longer wants anything to do with them.
Bonnie Neurath lives on Terra Minor, where she runs a farm. Bonnie never pictures herself managing a farm. Everything would have been just fine if the man Bonnie was with hadn't run off and left her pregnant and alone. That is ok because Bonnie is through with men for good. As much as Bonnie don't want to admit it though she could really use an extra pair of hands with all the chores.
Lynx had it all planned out that when he arrived on Terra Minor that he would get a job working …

Fault Line

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Richard Hilzoy and his attorney, Alex Trevan have arranged a meeting with Kleiner Perkins. A company who is considered to have the Midas touch. Richard is really excited to meet with the people of Kleiner as he has come up with a really great inventor. It is called the Obsidian, the world's most advanced encryption algorithm, that is it will be the world's most advanced as soon as he and Alex can seal the deal. Alex has been striving hard for the past few years to move up in the law firm he works for. He just might have received his biggest break with his latest client Richard. Alex has a bad feeling when Richard doesn't show up for their meeting. He tries calling him but just gets his voice message machine.

Shortly after, Alex gets his answer as to why Richard Hilzoy didn't show up for their meeting with Kleiner Perkins. A detective Gamez with the San Jose Police Department informs Alex that Mr. Hilzoy's body was discovered outside his home. It looks like a drug de…

In Over Her Head

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Reel Tritone is the son of royalty but even being the son of royalty can't help him from receiving slack about being born with legs instead of a tail. Just his luck, Reel is the only mer-person to be gifted with legs instead of a tail. Reel has lost count how many times he has wished to be normal. The only thing that has kept Reel's mind off of the issue is...her. Ever since Reel first laided eyes on her as a little girl, he hasn't been able to get her off his mind. He thinks about her all the time.

Erica Peck vowed she would never set foot in the ocean again. Especially not after "The incident" that happened to her when she was a little girl. That was also the last time she was in the water. Now years later Erica finds herself facing her dears head on but not be her choice. Erica's ex-boyfriend Joseph Domenic Camparo has lost some diamonds at the bottom of the ocean. Diamonds that he needs to get back otherwise some very bad men will be after his hide. Being…

Miranda's Big Mistake

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Miranda works at Fenn Lomax salon as a junior stylist. Poor Miranda though can't seem to do anything right. First she gives away one of the salon's client's money to a homeless man. Next she gives the homeless man a pair of very expensive gloves, only to have the rightful owner call to say he is coming to pick them up. Hey it wasn't Miranda's fault that the owner after six weeks all of a sudden decides he wants his missing gloves back. Though some miracle, Miranda's boss Fen Lomax tolerates all of Miranda's antics.

Chole Malone has just received the biggest shock of her life. She is pregnant. She and her husband never planned on having children but sometimes surprises can be a good thing...right? When Chloe shares the good news with her husband, Greg, he is anything but thrilled. In fact he is so irate that he packs up and ditches Chloe. But he does leave her the clock his grandmother gave them as he isn't a bastard that way.

While attending one of her…

Holly's Inbox

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Have you ever wanted to feel what it is like in someone else's shoes? Well you can in Holly's Inbox. Holly Denham has decided to open her inbox to readers. So come take a wild and crazy ride into Holly's world. Holly Denham has just gotten herself a new job working as a receptionist for Huerst and Wright. A huge financial institution. As if the first day of a new job wasn't hard enough, having your friends and family emailing you every second of every day can be really stressful.

You can bet through that there is never a dull moment when you have friends like Aisha and Jason to keep you company or a brother who wants to name you as owner of his sex nightclub. Alisha asks Holly for help getting a job. Holly finds Alisha the perfect job working at a hotel with her friend Jason. Now if only Alisha would only stop playing housekeeper with the hotel guests. Alisha and men equals trouble with a capital "T". But you have got to love Aisha even if she is a major drama…

A Girl's Guide to...

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The year is 1974.

Some days it feels like Susannah and her boyfriend Jason are talking complete circles around each other. A big reason for that might have to do with the fact that Jason is ten years older than Susannah. Also Jason is an antiques dealer, whereas Susannah is a college student at Sussex University. But there is one advantage to dating an older man and that is Susannah does not have to live on campus.

One of Susannah’s study partners for Modern European Mind has a mental breakdown and leaves school. This leaves Susannah and Rob her other study partner to end up spending lots of time together, getting to know each other. Rob and Susannah start up an affair. Just as Susannah is thinking about breaking things off with Rob; Susannah learns that she is pregnant…oops. Now what is a girl to do?

A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy is author Charlotte Greig’s first novel. While I did find the struggles Susannah went through somewhat interesting, I kept wondering throughout …

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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The year is 1986. Henry Lee has lived a very satisfying life. He married a nice woman and they had a son named Marty. Though Henry loves his wife and his son, he will never forget Keiko Okabe. The girl who many, many years ago first stole his heart. While out and about, Henry spots a crowd gathering in front of the Panama Hotel. The Panama has stood empty since about 1950 till a new owner took over the hotel. Henry can remember the only two times that he ever visited the Panama...it was back in 1942 otherwise known as the war years, when he was twelve and now. The Panama back then was considered to serve as a gateway between Seattle's Chinatown and Nihonmachi Japantown.

Henry learns the reason for the big crowd is because the owner has discovered down in the basement the possessions of about thirty-seven different Japanese families, who were taken from their homes and sent to camps or persecuted. Henry wonders if any of Keiko's belongings are among the stuff left behind. Henry…

Lord of Corruption

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Josh Hagarty Had just graduated from college and he is ready to get both feet in the door of a really good company. Just his luck, Josh is approached by a man named John Balen. Mr. Balen is a recruiter for an organization called NewAfrica. Their goal is to help the people of Africa become a better place. When Josh was thinking about his future he never picture it would be in Africa but he is intrigued. Besides it is not like he is lots of people knocking on his door.

Josh agrees to go to New York to meet with the man in charge...Mr. Stephen Trent. Mr. Trent tells Josh that his organization has had an eye on him. He wants to offer Josh a job working for NewAfrica. What Josh would be doing is helping run an agricultural farm, where NewAfrica's hope is to bring refugees so that they may start their lives over again. Josh isn't sure he is the right man for the job but when Trent tells him that NewAfrica will pay for his sister's education as well as pay off all his loans, Josh …

Enemies and Allies

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Kevin J. Anderson brings readers a fun and exciting read with Enemies and Allies. This book takes and incorporates two of the best superheroes and pits them together to fight a mutual enemy...Lex Luther.

Lex Luther is constructing a nuclear reactor that could destroy the world. It seems that while building this reactor that he has discovered Superman's weakness to Kryptonite. The funny thing is that Lex doesn't know he possess in his hands the very thing that could bring down Superman. Lex Luther's plans though do not go un-noticed. In fact his plan to make LuthorCor the number one company has raised red flags with LuthorCor's rival competitor...Wayne Industries. Multi-millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne does not like with Lex is up to and decides to take matters into his own hands as Batman. Batman gets a helping hand when he and Superman team up to take on the bad guys in Enemies and Allies.

I have to admit that I love all the great superheroes of the past. I grew up durin…

Blood and Ice

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Michael Wilde is a journalist for Eco-Travel magazine. His boss offers him the chance to travel to the ends of the earth or pretty much close to it. He tells Michael that he has set it up where one reporter is being allowed to go to Point Adelie in Antarctica, near the South Pole. This assignment would be to take pictures of the Adelie penguins and write a report on them. Michael knows he can't pass up an opportunity like this, so he agrees to go.

While out on a diving expedition, Michael unearths something so horrific that it leaves him speechless. There located in the Antarctic Ocean is a man and a woman. They are frozen in a block of ice but that isn't the usual thing. It just so happens that the couple has been bound together by chains. It is like the ice has preserved them for all ages. Michael knows that he has discovered a gold mine. His only goal now is to figure out what happened, so many centuries ago. The answer to this mystery will blow you away as Michael possess w…

Sworn to Silence

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Painters Mill, Ohio is a quiet Amish town. People come for the peace and quiet. That is exactly how Chief of Police Kate Burkholder likes it. Unfortunately the quietness is about to be shattered. Deputy T.J. Banks was out trying to corral one of the local farmer's cows when he sees a bloody trail leading him to the naked body of a woman. Her throat has been slashed and she has some Roman numerals craved into her. The last time Kate saw a Roman numeral was sixteen years ago. At that time she had come face to face with one of the worse monsters' imaginable. She thought that nightmare was over but she was wrong. As the body count rises, Kate starts to feel the pressure to stop the killer once and for all. Agent John Tomasetti with the BCI has joined Kate to help solve the case. The only person not realyl thrilled with Agent Tomasetti's assistance is Kate. The only question that remains is...What is Kate hiding and why is she sworn to silence?

Sworn to Silence is the first book…

The Cape Cod Witch and the Legend of the Pirate

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I want to thank Chris Palmer for sending me a copy of this book to review




ElsBeth Amelia Thistle attends school in Cape Cod Massachusetts. She also happens to be the youngest witch in the state. Which is funny as her grandmother, Hannah Prudence Goodspell is the oldest resident witch in the state.

ElsBeth is very excited because her class is going on a field trip to Boston. Hannah is not thrilled with the prospect of ElsBeth heading to Boston. This is because she tells ElsBeth that many witches have gone mad as soon as they set foot in Boston. No witch has ever lasted more then a day in Boston. There are too many unsettled spirits there. ElsBeth appreciates her grandmother's warning but still plans to go to Boston.

While touring the Commons, some men appear and abduct one of the students. ElsBeth and her friends take off after the men. To their great surprise, ElsBeth and her friends met a pirate. He agrees to help them on their rescue mission. Now follow ElsBeth and her friends a…

I am Messalina:Devourer of Men

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Evadne "Eve" Cavell is an assistant professor at Bellingham College. She teaches about Women in Fiction. At first glance you would never guess that Eve's favorite passtime is to go to her local movie theather The DeLuxe. She goes every Thursday not for the movie but for some satisfying pleasure. This is because, Eve is thirty-five and a very volumpous woman with lots of lovin to give. It is in the dark movie theather that she lets strangers fondle her. It works out great this way. Eve doesn't have to worry about having a relationship with the men and she get off from it. But as much as Eve enjoys her Thursday romps, she misses not having mind blowing sex.

During one of her many trips, Eve meets the most incredible man. He does such a good job tha he makes her knees weak. Eve can't resist knowing who this man is and she breaks her rule and asks him his name. His name is Jared Delaney. He is a talented artist, who lives n Denver. Eve does another incredible thing a…

Chatting with Libby Malin

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I want to thank Libby Malin for stopping by to chat about her book Fire Me.




FIRE ME by Libby Malin

Pizzazz Day!

In Fire Me, Anne Wyatt lives a fantasy many people have when their boss is driving them crazy—she deliberately tries to get laid off. Prepared to hand in her resignation since she has a great new job lined up, she arrives at work to discover that her wild boss is going to lay off an employee by the end of the day and bestow on that employee a generous severance package. She quickly changes course, deep sixing the resignation letter and going after the pink slip and its pay-out instead. By the end of a day of crazy stunts, she’s not sure if her decision was wise—or if any of her life and love decisions to date were any good. She reevaluates everything, from past loves to family and friend relationships to job choices, to….what she wants to be when she grows up!

Writing Fire Me was both a blast and a challenge. The comedic moments alone took imagination and care (and I’m so gratef…

The Four Corners of the Sky

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When Annie Peregrine was seven years old, her father Jack gave her a birthday to never forget. He dropped her off at her aunt's house in Emerald, North Carolina and he left her with a fixed-wing, single engine Piper Warrior called the King of the Sky.

Now years later, Annie is a grown woman and a Lieutenant Navy Pilot. She has flown some of the fastest air crafts in the world. She teaches other young pilots what she knows but there was a time when she herself was learning how to fly. The person who taught her was D.K. Destin, a retired Lt. US Navy pilot. No one could be prouder of Annie's accomplishments then her Aunt Sam and her Uncle Clark. OK, so Clark isn't really her Uncle but for all the years he has lived with her Aunt, he might as well be.

While heading home to Emerald for her twenty-sixth birthday, Annie receives a call from Miami Vice Detective Daniel Hart. He asks Annie if she knows where her father is as he is wanted by the FBI in connection with a missing relic.…

Chatting with Kathy-Diane Leveille

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Last week I posted my review for Let the Shadows Fall Behind You. Well today I am pleased to bring you my interview with the author of the book, Kathy-Diane Leveille.


BIO:Kathy-Diane Leveille is a former broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who discovered the only thing more thrilling than reading a wonderful story is harnessing the power of the imagination to write one. Her short story collection Roads Unravelling was published to critical acclaim after a selection from its pages Learning to Spin was adapted to radio drama for CBC’sSummer Drama Festival.The tale Showdown at the Four Corner’s Corral was revised for the stage and performed by New City Theater in Saint John.Kathy-Diane’s prose has been published in a number of literary journals including Grain, Room of One's Own, The Oklahoma Review,Pottersfield Portfolio, The Cormorant; as well as various anthologies such as Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction (Pottersfield Press) and New Brunswi…

Let's have Summer on Blossom Street

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Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn is back for more fun and adventures. She is joined by some old as well as some new friends. So sit back, relax, and enjoy Summer on Blossom Street.

Phoebe Rylander works as a physical therapist at Madison Avenue Physical Therapy. While out for a walk, she finds herself on Blossom Street and in front of A Good Yarn. She spots in the store window a sign advertising a knitting class called Knit to Quit. Phoebe signs up for the class. The knitting class will be the perfect distraction for her to get her mind off her ex-fiance and her broken engagement.

Alix and her husband Jordan are finally ready to start a family but first Alix needs to quit smoking. Alix decides to sign up for Knit to Quit as she has something to quit.

Bryan Hutchinson has taken over his family's chocolate company. Between all of the responsibilities of running a company and the lawsuit, it is no wonder he is under a lot of stress. Bryan's physician suggests that he take up knitti…

One Deadly Sin + Contest

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Courtesy of Anna with Hachette I have 5 copies of this book to give away to US or Canada readers. No Po Boxes.



To enter share with me your deadly pleasure. Leave a email address.



For an extra entry. Post about this contest.



Hurry as this contest ends May 31st.







My Review


Edie Swann plans to seek justice for her father's death. She heads back home to Redbud. She is armed with a list of names and revenge on her mind. At first Edie's plan was to just leave a miniature nlack angel with each person on her list. The angel was to symbolize that she knows their hands are stained with innocent blood. It seems someone has other plans in mind. A plan that involves tring Edie's list into a kill list.

Sheriff Holt Drennen suspects something is up with Edie but he can't quite put his ffinger on it. One thing Holt does know is that he desires Edie, even if she speels trouble with a capital "T" First Holt has a responsiblity to the twon and its people. He has to stop a killer. As m…

The Wonder Singer + Contest

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See my review below. Also thank you to Caitlin with Unbridled Books as I have a copy of this book to give away to US or Canada only and No PO Boxes.

To enter leave a comment below on wheather you like opera or have ever wanted to go to a show. Leave a email address.

Contest ends May 29th



My Review


Mark Lockwood is a writer. He is pretty unknown but he has struck it lucky. He has been commissed to write a tell all autobiography of opera singer Merce Casals. Mark has spent months in the company with Merce recording their converstations. Then one day the lovely Merce passes away in her bath.

Now Mark's agent, Hollywood Hank wants the tapes. He plans to have someone write the book. Mark won't do that as he knows that Merce Casals trusted him with her story and he plans to do her justice. Marks runs off with the tapes. Mark takes a journey through Merce's life as he listens back to the tapes. He isn't alone in this journey. Mark is joined by Merce's nurse, Perla, her biggest…

Let the Shadows Fall Behind You

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I want to thank Kathy-Diane Leveille for sending me a copy of her book to review.





Brannaugh Maloney loved her boyfriend Nikolai "Nikki" Mirsky. Which is a good thing as Nikki also happens to be her boss. Nikki is a wilderness preservationist. Brannaugh works for him as a cataloguer.

Nikki will be going away for a week long conference. Instead of staying at the hotel with the rest of the attendees, Nikki will be staying at a cabin that his assistant, Alex Turner found. It is rumored that the cabin is haunted. Story has it that the cabin was built by a prospector for his mail-order bride. Ten months after the young lady arrived, the prospector vanished while out fishing. Brannagh has a bad feeling about Nikki staying at the cabin. Nikki assures her that nothing will happen to him.

Brannagh calls the hotel where the conference is being held to check in with Nikki. To her surprise the clerk tells her that there is no one listed in their system by the name of Nikolai Mirsky. Branna…

Wild Highland Magic

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When Bastian an Morgaine was right years old, his father tells him that he is dying and that he is the last of the males in the line of Athins. A group of very powerful ice mages. He warns Bastian to never fall in love as it will only cause awful and painful heartache.

The reason for this is because many, many years ago when Bastian's grandfather, the high mage was alive; he was visited by a daemon named Cadmus. Cadmus wanted the daemons and the Athins to join houses. As part of this deal Cadmus wanted the high mage's sster. The high mage declined. Cadmus was irate and put a curse on all of the males. A curse that has been feeding on the males for centuries.

Catriona MacInnes and her family return from Americia after beging away for so long to rejoin the rest of the MacInnes pack in Scotland. The pack are wolf-shifters. Bastian has been living with the MacInnes pack. From the first moment Cat laid eyes on Bastian, they felt an instant connection with each other. Bastian and Cat …

Please Fire Me

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Anne Wyatt is tried of working in the fast-paced corporate world of deadlines and a demanding boss. Lucky for Anne she has been offered an out. She has accepted a position as a Public Relations Representative for St. Bartholomew's hospital in San Francisco, California. Now all Anne has to do is find the courage to turn in her notice. Before She can do so her boss, Mitch calls a staff meeting. He informs the employees that the company isn't doing so good and that he has to cut one employee. He does tell them that the employee will not leave empty handed. The employee will be given a nice severance package. Mitch will make his decision by the end of the day.

Anne sees this as the perfect opportunity to get Mitch to fire her, so that she can leave with a nice chunk of money. Unfortunately she is not the only one thinking the same thing. This is going to be one crazy day; as everyone does everything in their powers to do the worse job ever. Because whoever gets fired will come out …