Published in 2016

Author Q&A: Adira August + Excerpts & Giveaway!

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Please welcome Adira August to The Blogger Girls!

What is the unqualified regret you wish you could amend?

Oh, way too many to pick one! But all of them seem to be things I didn’t do, or was afraid to do, instead of things I did.

What is the temptation you wish you could resist?

Judging people. We’re just not equipped to do it, not knowing all things about either the person or situation. But it’s too easy, even if I don’t say it out loud, to cast judgment. And all that is, is me saying “I’m better than they are.” And that is just so not true.

What is the book that holds everlasting resonance?

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee  More recently, Glitterland by Alexis Hall.

What is the priority activity if you were invisible for a day?

I would not like being invisible. So I’d stay inside and do what I always do, because that way, relative to the rest of the world, I’m as visible as I always am.

What is the film you can watch time and time again?

Field of Dreams – for its accurate depiction of the relationship between here and there.  

Who is the person who influenced you the most?

I bet it was Isaac Asimov. Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you are being influenced by someone. Asimov claimed he was an atheist and I’m sure he was being genuine. He was such a cheerful atheist! To me, who is not an atheist, he was a mystic. His universe and the realities depicted there are so obviously inspired, to my view.

What is the unlikely interest that engages your curiosity?

There’s hardly anything that doesn’t engage my curiosity. You can find a lot of it in my books. I don’t write erotica because I think it will make me a pile of cash. I’ve always been interested in what makes us human. The human sexual dynamic is extraordinarily complex. Hardly a bit of genetic control. A widely varying spectrum of desires and behaviors and biology and cultural influence. Society tries so hard to control it all, to label it, decide what’s normal or acceptable or vile.  So, it’s not unlikely, but it is the thing I struggle to understand and convey and elevate and demystify.  

What is the song that means the most to you?

Monster by Steppenwolf. “America, where are you now, don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t you know, we need you now, we can’t fight alone against the monster?” 

What is the unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you?

I don’t have that, really. I’m spoiled. I did everything I ever wanted to do. I got jobs that were highly competitive just by asking.

What is your earliest recollections of writing fiction?

I was 8. I wrote a book in crayon on little squares of paper and glued the edges together. I self-published!

Who is the figure from history you would most like to buy a pie and a pint?

I have several direct ancestors who fought the Revolutionary War. I want to buy the wife of the one who first came to these shores a lunch, because women were hardly acknowledged to exist. I wish I could know her. Because her husband, the one who carried my last name – or I carry his, of course – he loved her. He cared for her in his will, gave her security for life. Senna. His nickname for her. If I wrote historical romance, I’d write about them. Lord Fairfax gave him his land because he held Fairfax’ horse when he was drunk one night and his team of surveyors were laughing at him. Washington was one of his surveyors.

What is the piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child?

I have no wisdom. I might have advice, I guess: Hang on. Just hang on and try to be a little bit kinder than you think you can be.

What is the treasured item you lost and wish you could have again?

My grandmother’s engagement ring. It was stolen by a supposed “friend.” I never knew her, the ring was all I had of her.

What is he crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it?

Murder. I have an extensive better dead list of child abusers. But I’d need a real vision, not to tell me I’d get away with it, but to tell me it’s as good an idea as I think.  

What is the philosophy that underpins your life?

Love is what you do, not what you feel.

Who is the character you enjoyed writing the most?

In the whole of the River Hart universe, it’s Benedict Hart. He’s so unexpected in his relationships. So entirely loving. Yet, I’m sure he’d be vastly surprised to hear himself described that way.

I know I’m supposed to pick Hunt or Cam, and I love them so much. But don’t always enjoy writing them because they do whatever the hell they want and I’m kinda the last to know. They make me cry as often as they make me laugh.

In the HuntandCam4Ever series, the character I most enjoy writing is Chez, the owner of Scene and Not Heard. He’s far more complex than I think is obvious from the brief times we encounter him. I’m thinking I’ll be writing these books for the rest of my life and I hope, someday, these bits and pieces of him will add up in the minds of readers who follow the series to paint a picture of him as I see him.

Who is the character you found the most difficult to write?

The Killer in Matchstick. I always end up inside them, or they inside me. It was a very hard place to be, so dark and broken.

What is the book you enjoyed planning/writing the most?

I don’t plan them, at all, they sort of happen to me. I’m really anticipating writing the next Hunter Dane Investigation, though, Psychic Men.

These first three books form a kind of world-building, character creating triumvirate thingy. They have the power of Canon. Now we’re all set. We have backstory and history.

The coming novels will be shorter with a steadier thruline. The relationship will be there, the trials and watching how they respond to those, grow, each so uniquely valuable to the crime-solving process and to each other.

Psychic will be the first of those. What’s interesting to me is, all the psychic stuff will be from actual reported experiences of average people, research programs, all that. I have to change names but the events are totally based in reality. So how fun will that be? blogger_bee_trans Continue reading

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Book Review: Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Hexbreaker
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld #1
Heroes: Tom & Cicero
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Will a dark history doom their future together?

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.
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Book Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Blood Vow
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Hero/Heroine: Elise & Axe
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 459 Pages
Publisher:  Random House Books/Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.
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Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Thanks for joining Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn on the OFF THE ICE blog tour. In the Hat Trick series, love and hockey collide—and create enough heat to melt the ice. Join the players as they chase both the Stanley Cup and their own personal happily ever afters.

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About Off the Ice

Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.

Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.

But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

Available at: Riptide Publishing and Amazon

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Book Review: Hell’s Kitchen by Aiden Bates

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Hell’s Kitchen
Author: Aiden Bates
Series: City Wolves #1
Heroes: Danny & Mike
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 67 pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 21, 2016
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Danny escaped his pack, and the traditional life of an omega, ten years ago. He loves his life in New York and wouldn’t trade it for the world. When the past comes walking into his favorite bar, in the form of the alpha his father ordered him to mate ten years ago, can Danny keep pushing his biology aside and keep his independence? Or will he submit to his desire for Mike?

*Disclaimer*: This book contains adult, sexually explicit content with an intense sex scene, male breeding and knotting and dominant alpha with his delicate rare omega. This should not be viewed for anyone under the age of 18.
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Book Review: Claiming Christian by Kiki Burrelli

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Claiming Christian
Author: Kiki Burrelli
Series: Wolf’s Mate #2
Heroes: Derrick & Christian
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Derrick is an arrogant alpha billionaire poised to take control of his pack. Christian is a good guy who is always finishing last. When their worlds collide, will Derrick be able to protect them both?

Christian’s nice ways have finally landed him in the worst kind of trouble. After agreeing to help his friend, Finn, Christian becomes a target for a sadistic pack leader. He is saved from a beating by a sexy stranger.

Derrick has never been mistaken for a homeless person, but seeing how he met Christian after being passed out behind a dumpster, he can forgive the confusion. What he can’t forgive is how the sweet, sexy man attempts to ignore their connection. Someone has to save Christian from his nice ways.

When Christian agrees to return to his home, Derrick can breathe easily. That is until the pressures of his family and pack threaten to drive a wedge between them. Christian’s nice ways are his worst enemy, but Derrick has already decided Christian is his mate and will hold nothing back while claiming Christian.
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Audio Review: A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: A Forced Silence
Author: Cate Ashwood
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Zero Hour #1
Heroes: Adam Carson/Sam McKenna
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
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Book Review: Protecting Braden by Luna David

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Protecting Braden
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #2
Heroes: Zavier “Cade” McCade, Braden Cross
Genre: M/M
Length: 328 Pages
Publisher: Self
Release Date: July 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon 
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Zavier “Cade” McCade, former Army Special Forces and creator of Custos Securities, finds himself in a situation he never thought he’d be in—he’s fallen in love with Braden Cross, the gorgeous pastry chef he’s guarding. Cade has lived his life as a protector: of his country, his family and friends, his clients, and now, the man he’s in love with. He thrives in dangerous and stressful situations. But nothing could prepare him for Braden’s decision to put himself in danger.

After a vicious attack from his stalker leaves Braden fighting for his life, Cade will stop at nothing to see the man responsible punished. Time passes, but Braden’s attacker hasn’t given up and Cade’s afraid he never will. As Cade and the most trusted members of Custos Securities track Braden’s assailant, Braden struggles to rebuild his life and re-establish the fragile trust he and Cade had worked so hard to build. Braden knows if he’s going to survive the chaos surrounding him, he’s going to have to give Cade everything he has—mind, body, and soul.

More determined than ever to hunt down the man that nearly killed the love of his life, Cade will do everything in his power to ensure that he and Braden will be able to live the life of their dreams with nothing and no one standing in their way. Meanwhile, hidden just out of their reach, an increasingly deranged stalker watches…and waits.

Author’s Note: Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, it is highly recommended that you read book 1, Trusting Cade, first. For those of you that prefer warnings—trigger or otherwise—use the “Look Inside” feature to find them within the first several pages. For those of you that prefer to be surprised, avoid the front matter of the book. . . Happy reading!
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Book Review: Bitten by Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Bitten by Mistake
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Regent’s Park Pack #1
Heroes: Nathan Kohl/Jared Taylor
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 233 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

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Book Review: Trusting Cade by Luna David

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Trusting Cade
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #1
Heroes: Zavier “Cade” McCade/Braden Cross
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 380 Pages
Publisher: Luna David
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.

After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.

When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?

Author’s Note: For those of you that prefer warnings (trigger or otherwise) for your books, please use the “Look Inside” feature to find the warnings within the first few pages. For those of you that hate warnings–don’t “Look Inside” . . . Happy reading!
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