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Spotlight Wednesday – Susan Ilene

I was lazy and skipped last week’s spotlight post, but it is time once again to showcase an author that maybe doesn’t get the recognition they deserve. This week we will be looking at another recommended read from Abra, who is a fan of Susan Illene and her Urban Fantasy Sensor series.

So far, there are six full books and some novellas to dive into, with a seventh book due out sometimes next year. There is a free prequel story available over on the author’s site called Nothing is Ever What it Seems, which can be found HERE, but the first full book is called Darkness Haunts.

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Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.

Other books in the series:

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susan illeneAbout Susan Illene: Susan Illene served in the US Army for eleven years and worked as a human resources specialist and an Arabic linguist. She served two deployments to Iraq, and after leaving the army, she studied history at the University of Oklahoma. She and her husband currently live in Oklahoma with two high-maintenance cats doing their best to help her write her books.

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Your turn, everyone. What other authors or series do you think deserve a little more attention? Just hit the “Contact Me” button on the top menu and drop me a line, and we can turn the spotlight on another hidden jem.

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Spotlight Wednesday – Dianna Love

Time again to check out some of our favorite authors who don’t maybe get the attention that they deserve. This week’s spotlight author is Dianna Love and her Belador series, which is a recommended read from Monica. This one is a little unique, actually, since the Belador series started out as a collaboration with the super-popular Sherrilyn Kenyon. But because Sherrilyn is one of the busiest, most prolific writers out there, the timing became difficult and Dianna decided to continue the series on her own.

The 7th book was released just last month, and it is called Rogue Belador. But going back to the beginning, the first book is called Blood Trinity. You can find an excerpt on Dianna’s site, along with excerpts from all of the following books, but let’s check out the one that started it all…

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Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. An outcast among Beladors, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between human and beast her whole life. Her origins unknown, she’s on a quest to learn more about her past . . . and her future. When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there’s no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion and the only person who might help her is Storm, a sexy new agent with secrets of his own. Now she’s on a deadly quest for her own survival. Through the sordid underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the front lines of the city, where her former allies have joined forces to hunt her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price.But saving herself is the least of her problems if she doesn’t stop the coming apocalypse. The clock is ticking and Atlanta is about to catch fire…

Other books in the series:

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dianna loveAbout Dianna Love: After spending many years traveling across country to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 company, she’s now released her energetic muse on creating high-octane romantic thriller stories and urban fantasy. She is also the author of the romantic-suspense Slye Temp books.

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Your turn, everyone. Who else is a fan of this series? What other authors or series do you think deserve a little more attention? Just hit the “Contact Me” button on the top menu and drop me a line, and we can turn the spotlight on another hidden jem.

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Spotlight Wednesday – Debra Dunbar

This week’s spotlight author is Debra Dunbar, and she is a recommended read from Abra. Dunbar’s series focuses on Sam, a 1000 year old demon, and her slow-build romance with an ancient archangel. The series kicked off in 2012, and already has not only 7 books in the main series, but a couple of other series set in the same world. Let’s take a look at the first book, A Demon Bound.

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Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It’s a relaxing break from her infernal home, as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won’t hesitate to execute her on sight.

But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.

As a bonus, A Demon Bound is now a free read. You can get it for Kindle HERE, for Nook HERE, for Kobo HERE, and on Smashwords HERE, all for free. A nice way to give it a try.

Some other books in the series:

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Do you have any new authors that have caught your eye recently, or anyone that has been around for a while but doesn’t get the attention you think they deserve? If so, just hit the “Contact Me” me button on the menu bar above and let me know. Maybe we can do our part to help out a great author.

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Spotlight Wednesday – Toni McGee Causey

Time for another spotlight post, where we check out new, up-and-coming authors, or those who have been around for a while but we don’t hear about much. This week’s author is Toni McGee Causey, who was recommended by Cheryl. Cheryl says that the books are hilarious, and just from reading the blurbs I have to say that they gave me a real Charley Davidson vibe (which is never a bad thing).

charmed and dangerousBook one is called Charmed and Dangerous, and also called Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day.

When Bobbie Faye wakes up on the morning of the Lake Charles Contraband Days Festival, she’s looking forward to balloons, booze, and babies in pirate costumes. Instead, she discovers that her trailer’s flooded, her no-good brother’s been kidnapped, and the criminals are demanding her mom’s tiara as ransom.

Soon Bobbie Faye is committing (unintentional) bank robbery and (fully intentional) car jacking to retrieve her family heirloom. The one bright spot comes in the hard-muscled, impossibly sexy form of Trevor, the guy whose truck she just took hostage. Luckily, Bobbie Faye knows how to outsmart angry bears, drive a speedboat, and handle a gun. As for handling Trevor? No gun-shyness there. Now, if only that pesky state police detective, who also happens to be a pissed-off ex-boyfriend, would stay out of her way.

girls just want to have gunsBook two is Girls Just Wanna Have Guns – aka Bobbie Faye’s (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels.

It had been a whole freaking month since Bobbie Faye Sumrall had blown up anything or been shot at, and that was almost a new record. Then her diva cousin Francesca waltzed up to where she manned the gun counter in Ce Ce’s Cajun Outfitter and Feng Shui Emporium and everything just went to hell. Fast.

Francesca’s mom has disappeared with exceptionally valuable diamonds swiped from Francesca’s dad (difficult marriage) so of course Francesca broadcast to every insane psycho that Bobbie Faye could recover the ersatz family jewels.

Accused of one man’s murder, Bobbie Faye’s on the run as an unintentional Pied Piper to a rabid band of thieves. She has to find the diamonds, figure out the motives of the dead sexy FBI agent who’s pressing her for more than just the jewels, all while racing to side-step her steamy (and steamed) detective ex-boyfriend before the deadline arrives and the diamonds disappear.

when a man loves a weaponAnd wrapping up the trilogy is When a Man Loves a Weapon.

Living single in her trailer was great for a time. But now Bobbie Faye’s officially engaged to, and has purchased a home with, the hottest FBI agent on the beat: Trevor Cormier. Even though she still has no idea what he really does on the job, Bobbie Faye has never been happier…until Trevor gets called away on an urgent assignment and leaves her in the care of body-guard slash babysitter Riley.

As it turns out, Bobbie Faye could use a little extra security. The man she helped put in behind bars, the murderous Sean MacGreggor, has escaped from prison…and is dead-set on revenge. With still no word from Trevor—who was only supposed to be gone for three days—Bobbie Faye finds herself reluctantly turning to her detective ex-boyfriend Cam for help. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Bobbie Faye…so long as Trevor stays out of the picture. For good.

Has anyone else tried this series, or do you think it sounds like something that might be up your alley? Do you have any new authors that have caught your eye recently, or anyone that has been around for a while but doesn’t get the attention you think they deserve? If so, just hit the “Contact Me” me button on the menu bar above and let me know. Maybe we can do our part to help out a great author.

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Spotlight Wednesday – Lindsay J. Pryor

So, this will be the first official “Spotlight” post on a new or new-to-me author, either one I found on my own or one who was mentioned to me. In this case, the author in question is Lindsay J. Pryor, who is a recommended read.

Lindsay is the UK author of the Gothic-feel Blackthorn series. I haven’t read a lot of gothic-style romance, but the few I have read I did like. So, let’s check things out…

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Book six, which is called Blood Instinct, has a release date of May 5th.

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Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most.

Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge due to a delay getting the herbs required to stop their morphing. Worse still, the growing strength of Phia’s serryn powers are dangerously provoking the lycan in Jask.

At a time when Jask and Phia need each other more than ever, their very passion has become a poison that puts both their lives at risk.

With Sirius Throme, leader of the Global Council, on the verge of invading Blackthorn – working together is the only chance of survival. But Jask is holding on to a secret that could just blow everything apart.

And so is Phia.

Ok, everyone. Your turn. Do you have any authors that have any new authors that have caught your eye recently, or anyone that has been around for a while but doesn’t get the attention you think they deserve? If so, just hit the “Contact Me” me button on the menu bar above and let me know. Maybe we can do our part to help out a great author.

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Spotlight on Julie McElwain

A very nice lady named Maia from Pegasus Books recently contacted me about a new book coming our way on April 11th, from author Julie McElwain. Always on the hunt for something new, I checked out the blurb for A Murder in Time, and I have to say it sounds really interesting. I might be completely out there, but I got an In Death-meets-Outlander vibe from what I have seen, and that doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

Once in a while, I try and take a step away from the “traditional” PNR staples of shifters and weres, and I think a time travel book would be fun for a change. And I thought I might give a shout out here…and can I just say, pretty.

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Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

I did pester Maia a bit and ask if there is a romantic angle to the story, and she assured me there is. Is anyone else thinking of checking this one out? What are your favorite time-traveling series? Or paranormal mystery series, for that matter?

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From the Author Pages

I try and do an update of the author pages every week, but sometimes there isn’t enough info to bother doing a post about. I figured today there was a bit to report on…

  • Cassandra Clare will release the print version of her serialized Simon Lewis-centric Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy on November 15th.
  • The blurb for the fourth and final Night Prince book from Jeaniene Frost, Into the Fire, has been released. The book will be out on October 25th.

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

  • Oh, and I started a character guide for the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Of course, I only have the info for the first book (Naked in Death) added as yet, but I will be updating it book-by-book as I read them. It can be found HERE.
  • This one is exciting…Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Larissa Ione will team up for an anthology called Blood Red Kiss, which has a release date of September 20th. Larissa’s contribution will be a novella from her MoonBound Clan Vampires series, and Kresley’s story will be an updated and revised re-release of The Warlord Wants Forever. But…but..holy crap! Gena’s story will be from her Alien Huntress series, and it will finally be Dallas’s story. I am a happy, happy girl.

blood red kissForsaken by Night

An exiled warrior…

Lobo, one of the most powerful vampire skinwalkers to ever exist, has been in exile for decades following a violation that got him booted from MoonBound Clan. He’s lived a life of loneliness, his bleak existence made bearable only by the friendship of a wolf he saved many years ago.

A vampire stuck in the wrong body…

Tehya has spent the last twelve years as a wolf, unable to turn herself back into a vampire after a shift gone wrong. She formed a bond with Lobo, but unable to tell him who she really is, she has been reduced to being his pet. Woof.

A nearly fatal gunshot…

Changes everything. Suddenly, Lobo must do the forbidden to sneak inside MoonBound and get his beloved wolf the care she needs to survive. But Tehya shocks everyone, even herself, when she wakes up in the vampire body she hasn’t seen in over a decade. She and Lobo explore their new relationship, their powerful bond becoming even stronger. But her transformation comes at a price…a price that might cost Lobo his life…

Dark Swan

An experiment gone horribly wrong

Lilica Swan is neither human nor otherworlder. One of three girls created in a lab, she’s the best—and worst—of both. When a vision of the future shows her eldest sister being gunned down, she’s determined to save the girl…even if it means killing the man destined to pull the trigger.

A powerful and seductive hybrid who won’t be deterred

Alien Investigation and Removal superagent Dallas Gutierrez is both human and alien himself. His mission? To destroy an evil alien queen who can turn humans into sex-zombies. When the queen’s sister is captured, he decides to use the unusual beauty as bait…but he is unprepared for the blistering surge of desire only Lilica can elicit.

An insatiable need they cannot deny

Dallas is caught between duty and desire and knows choosing one will end the other. Can he betray the woman who now holds his heart in her hands?

Can I just say how long I (and ok, everyone else), has been waiting for Dallas’s story? He was the most interesting of characters right from the start, and for me the series would never, ever be complete without his story. I don’t know if this is print or e-book only, but I do know I will be first in line to get my copy.