Friday, August 17, 2018

Get Ready for Chloe Neil's Newest Book, Wild HUnger & a Giveaway

Get ready to return to Chicagoland vampires as Chloe Neil returns to her beloved paranormal series with a spin-off featuring Elisa Sullivan, the only vampire child ever born.

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.
When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

Buy the book:
Audible link coming soon

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Wild Hunger Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs August 6 through August 17 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
  • A Wild Hunger tote bag and bookmark
  • A Stuffed “Connor Keene” Wolf Keychain
  • A gorgeous box of Ladurée French Macarons (You’ll find out why in WILD HUNGER!)
  • Amazon Kindle
  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • Bookmarks and swag
Plus you can win one of the swag packs as well just by commenting on this blog post.

The packet will include:
  • A Wild Hunger tote bag and bookmark
  • A Stuffed “Connor Keene” Wolf Keychain
  • A signed Chloe Neill book
  • Assorted Chicagoland and Devil’s Isle bookmarks and swag
Contest for the swag pack end on August 20th and its open internationally.

Wild Hunger Blog Tour Schedule

Week One
Monday, August 6 – The Consummate Reader
Tuesday, August 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous | Books of My Heart
Wednesday, August 8 – Book Dragons 24/7
Thursday, August 9 – MeliH
Friday, August 10 – A Book Fanatic Obsession | Silence is Read

Week Two
Monday, August 13 – Loves Great Reads
Tuesday, August 14 (Release Day) – Snoopydoo’s Book Review
Wednesday, August 15 – A Great Read | Book Nook Nuts
Friday, August 17 – Dawn’s Reading Nook | Besties & Books

Thursday, August 16, 2018




“You are where?” Wrye spoke into his cell phone, having just donned his vintage tux, including top hat, white scarf, boutonniere, and silver tipped cane. 

“A few states away.”

“But we are supposed to announce the Tattle and Wrye Book Review Award.”

“That’s in December.”

“Noooo.  It’s this month.”

“Ut oh…I’m bad.”  Tattle looked sheepish.  “I thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift, and…well…errrrr…I messed up.  But I do have a perfect article for this month.  Our review of DOOLIE GOGH by Steven Ure, a humorous sci-fi adventure from CBG’s BURST!”

“Well, I must agree, that was a fun read and deserving of being brought forth without further ado.”

“You’re wearing that old tux again, aren’t you?”

Noticed a moth ball aroma and wrinkled up his nose.  “Let’s just get on with the review.”

Tattle leaned back and rocked comfortably on her rubberized sparkly gown.  “Doolie Gogh is an old world super hero, the type who makes women drool and men envy.  His heroics are super-duper cause he has super speed, super healing, super speed, and super flying ability.”  Her hands flay about as if dramatizing his assets.  “Of course, he is also muscular perfection and handsome oozes from him like honey from a hive.  Even his alter facade, mustached Ryan Lott, is spectacular.  He is super wealthy, super classy and super unidentifiable.  Yup, sometimes he even wears glasses.”

At his end of the cell phone, Wrye shed his hat, bow tie and top coat.  “You forgot the super ego part and rat-destroying fetish.”

“Was getting to that….”

“He’s really an alien,” Wrye interrupted.  “He initially worked for the Galactic Police Bureau and was sent to Yoiq Prime, where elephant sized rats were….”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, but he never got there and ended up reborn on this planet with a super need to help those in distress….”  Tattle sighed softly.  “I have to admit, the helping part is secondary to the obsessive attention getting part.  He even enlists the help of Tiffany Turner, a little known but ambitious newspaper reporter, to promote him in a positive light.  After all, fighting supervillains often got messy when tossing villains and their outrageous equipment about.”

“You’d think?”

“Anywho, Doolie and Tiffany had a short-lived romance, but a long-term alliance.  For a couple of years, he got his shinny image and she became a TV reporter media star.  Meanwhile, he kept attempting to overcome that little disability that caused him to rip apart or squash, depending on his mood, any rat that crossed his path.”

“He soaked up the accolades but soon discovered, as time went on, that people weren’t quite as adoring.  Then,” Wrye lowered his voice to a deep baritone level.  “Da da da daaaaa, after Doolie destroyed one bank too many, Senator White declared Doolie and all copy cats of his sort a menace.  Under threat of incarceration, he declared them all banned from all and any super-heroic deeds.  Doolie became a defunct hero.”

“What is a superhero to do?”

“In Doolie’s case become a supervillain!”  Wrye twirls his cane as if a band leader.

“Pre-ban, however, he had saved Eva Byers, a gorgeous, non-famous actress, from a fatal accident.  Her encouragement to follow his heart takes him on a complicated journey that could lead to his annilation.  Poor Doolie… um… I think.”

“This book is a hoot,” Wrye stated.  “It has a sharp comic wit wrapped in a layer of satire.  Despite Doolie’s super-extreme ego and misguided attempt to redeem his character for the sake of that very outrageous self-image, he is somehow likeable.  You want him to win the day, win the girl, and be the ta-da superhero.  Though Doolie is shallow, somehow the author has managed to intertwine enough good to make him a winner and earn the reader’s interest.”

Tattle attempted to sit up, but rolled and did a full-circle somersault, yet kept talking.  “The author has a clean writing style and the story keeps you charmed, laughing and enthralled.  You never know what will happen next.  The characters are all flawed yet, somehow, that makes them strangely complicated and compelling.  Even the final supervillain is so pathetic and round-the-bend nuttier than an attic full of hoarding squirrels, you feel a twinge of pity.  Plus, underlying humor can be found in both prose and dialogue.  At the same time, there is a fundamental truism about the over-all nature of mob mentality and political manipulation that gives depth and mesmerizing appeal.”

“We would both highly recommend this book to not just sci-fi readers but those who simply wish to be entertained.  It is a great fiction experience!”

We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.

Angelica Hart and Zi ~ Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane - -

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Review: Paradox by Catherine Coulter

Two cases converge as an old enemy has Savich and Sherlock in its sights. Can they and their team solve the cases and try to stay ahead of amad killer?

My Rating for Paradox: 5 Stars and a Recommended Read

FBI Agents Savich and Sherlock are awakened one night with a masked man in their son’s bedroom. The intruder escapes but they are both shaken as they try to figure out who has targeted them. Is it a past enemy? A new danger? They have no idea but as they dig into the incident they find that its tied to another crime, one that also involves an FBI agent. Chief Ty Christie never anticipated her morning coffee on her deck would be the front row seat to a murder on the lake. When she calls it in and divers go out to find the body, they find not just the victim but human bones as well…lots of them. With Savich and Sherlock on the case and FBI Agent Sala assisting Ty, the link between a deranged murderer and their case chills them to the bone. Can they find the mastermind behind the murder of a federal prosecutor as well as figure out who used the lake as a dumping ground or will the lake be their watery grave in the end?

Wow, just wow. Catherine Coulter delivers another fine installment in her FBI series with PARADOX and I couldn’t put this one down. It was a fast-paced thrill ride from start to finish and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see where Savich and Sherlock are going next in the case. Ms. Coulter does an amazing job in creating fresh stories in this long series and each time I think you can’t top the last book, she pulls out the stops and delivers another powerful book that will rock you to the core. I love this series and it isn’t just the cases that mysteries that draw me in, its also the characters. I have read the series since the start and I loved Savich and add in his wife, Sherlock, well you got a couple who literally melt my heart each time they pop up in this series as well as in the Brit in the FBI series this author co-writes as well. The characters are well written, unique and highly entertaining. I love meeting the new characters the author introduces in the series, case in point, Ty Christie and Agent Sala. Ty is intriguing, tough yet tender and can do her job with all she has. She complements Sala perfectly as they try to figure out who tossed the bones in the lake and why. I am hoping we get to see more of these two characters in future books.

PARADOX is a fast-paced adventure that readers will enjoy. The reader will be caught up on who the mastermind is behind the break in of Savich and Sherlock’s home and attempted kidnapping of their son as to the answer of the case that is Ty’s-is a serial killer using her tiny town’s lake as a dumping ground? The two cases intersect unexpectedly and I, for one, was glued to see where it all went. I loved all the twists and turns the author threw in as well as it kept the story moving smoothly, quickly and kept my heart jumping as I tried to see if Savich, Sherlock and the gang would prevail in the end. I highly recommend this series and even after twenty-two books into the series, PARADOX delivers a fine adventure. Now I want to see where the author goes next for the FBI crew and the cases they need to solve.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Find Paradox at Aamzon

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review- Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs

A man caught between two worlds, a crisis that will force him to choose the Amish way of life or embrace what modern world has to offer in order to save a life. But what happens when he meets the one woman who fits him perfectly. Two worlds collide and it will take both people all their strength to find their path to one another.

My Rating for Between You and Me: 4 Stars

Deep in the Amish country, an accident shatters their peace and a life is in balance as a choice for help in the modern world leaves a community in pieces.

Caleb Stoltz is caught between two worlds. A death bed promise has him raising his niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where the Amish way of life of family, faith and farm are core beliefs and where the distrust of outsiders is at an all time high. But when his nephew is hurt in a farm accident, Caleb makes a choice to save his life by going to the outside world and its hospitals for help.

Doctor Reese Powell is trying to find her own way in the high charged medical world but with two doctors as parents who are renowned, Reese is trying to see if what her parents want for her is whats right for Reese. When she meets Caleb and his nephew, she is thrust in a world where outsiders are distrusted, modern medicine is evil and more. But forced to challenge her beliefs, Reese will find comfort as she befriends Caleb and shows him her world even as she tries to help him navigate the world of modern medicine.

But there is tension rising in Caleb’s home that will cause him to try to figure out what is right- for himself and for his niece and nephew even as he tries to stay away from the one woman who brings a light to his life and peace to his soul.

Wowsers is all I can say after finishing BETWEEN YOU AND ME. I couldn’t put this book down and loved the way the author brought the Amish way of life into a story that was at times tender and respectful. I loved how the author created a story that combined the Amish way of life and the modern world and how they can clash but also how they can meld together cohesively. Susan Wiggs delivers a masterful told story that will leave you breathless from start to finish. The writing is tight and the story just flowed seamlessly, teasing the reader with the tender friendship that blooms between Caleb and Reese to turning to a romance that will leave you smiling at times. The thing that just blew me away were the characters themselves. From Caleb and Reese finding out what secret dreams they ignored to favor what was ‘right’ for them according to others. I loved how Caleb was strong and silent type who sees what the outside world offers his nephew, who needs more help than the Amish community can give him. Reese finds out in the end where she feels she needs to be in the world of medicine and as both Caleb and Reese find out, sometimes you need to take that first step to go on the path you are meant to be on.

BETWEEN YOU AND ME left me in tears by the end. It was a thrilling story that at times uplifts you even as it leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering if Caleb, Reese and a few other are going to do what you think they should do. This book brims with emotion-fears, hope, love, pain, romance and more. You will run the emotional gauntlet with this book, but the ending is worth all the emotional up and downs. This is a story about two different lifestyles that will pull you together then tear you apart. Its about other expectations of yourself, of finding what you are made of in time of tragedy to seeing who you bloom into in times of love. How do you overcome not just personal differences but a lifestyle that is alien to your own? BETWEEN YOU AND ME delves into those questions and more in a way that is a pure delight to read. I highly recommend this newest stand-alone book by Ms. Wiggs if you want to take a journey into a story that will steal your heart by the end of chapter one.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Find Between You and Me at Amazon

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Book Review- Oak and Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn

The Wild Hunt is called to a water-shifter group for help as they probe the mysterious deaths. Can they solve the murders without getting killed in the process?

My Rating for Oak and Thorns: 5 Stars and a Recommended Read

When Herne and Ember are called to help a group of water-horse shifters, they find that the Wild Hunt is drawn into the dark and shadow world of the Ante-Fae. A string of murders is uncovered the more they investigate and as The Wild Hunt discovers, the court of Blackthorn is involved. Can Ember and Herne try to bring the serial killer to justice, but the King of Thorns is watching, and one wrong move will silence them forever.

Yasmine Galenorn delivers another pulse pounding ride in her next book in her thrilling new series, The Wild Hunt, in Oak and Thorns. The story is full of new characters and species, a mystery that hints at even more danger and a blossoming romance between Herne and Ember as they navigate the world of the Ante-Fae while trying to keep their necks out of the King of Thorns noose. I just absolutely love this series. Its full of intriguing and diverse characters, a world that is just so fascinating and a storyline that will eave you on the edge of your seat till the very end. This is an author who knows how to reel her readers in and captivate them from the start of the book to the very end. I couldn’t put this book down, even to eat or sleep. I just needed to know what was going to happen to Ember, Herne and the gang.

OAK AND THORNS continues a little bit after The Wild Stag (book one) left off and we got to see more of this world Ms. Galenorn created and it is just amazing. Filled with characters and creatures I never really knew much about, this author brings them to life in a way that left me eager for more after each page I turned. I have to say though besides this masterful world building, the characters are what deliver the most in my opinion. In this second book, we find Herne and Ember trying to navigate a personal and professional relationship, try to figure out a mystery of killings that hint at something bit more terrifying and more. The reader will be on the edge of their seat after chapter two and the action, twists and turns don’t let up till the very end. Then as you close the book, you long for more in this wonderful world. The characters-main and secondary-are all well written and complex individuals that fairly step off the pages and into your room. This is an author who knows how to capture her characters essence and personality perfectly within the pages of a story and keep them fresh and unique. I love how this author just keeps upping the bar in each book she writes and delivers a few more twists in a world that is still evolving within the series.

If you haven’t tried this author’s work before, I highly recommend her newest series, The Wild Hunt, if you enjoy action, mystery and romance that will make you wish for air conditioning or your partner to jump. I do caution in this series her romances are more explicit than some other books she has written so be warned if you don’t care for explicit sex scenes in your stories. The Wild Hunt series is a it darker than her Bedlam series, but it works and is one I am eager to read more about. I can not wait for the next book, Iron Bones, and see where the author goes next in this marvelous world.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

The Wild Hunt Series:

Book 4: The Shadow of Crows (Coming Soon)

Thursday, August 9, 2018




Tattle sweeps into the office dressed as a ghoul.  "Five hundred count sheet!"

"And you put two holes in it?"

"I needed to see, y'know.  Besides, they are just about as old as I am, but they held up well."

"Just like you."

Tattle crinkles up her nose, not knowing if she had been complimented or not.  "Well... errr..."  Decides to let it go, and instead says, "What do ghosts eat for breakfast?  Scream of wheat!"

"Ha-ha, not giving me a chance to answer, eh?"

"Nope.  What do ghosts eat for dinner?" 

"I give."

"Spook-ghetti!  And what is a ghost's favorite dessert?

Wrye does his own iconic eye roll, round and round and off to the right. "Ice scream!  You know I've heard them all when I was about eight."

"Me too, but thought it a good way to introduce our spooktastic review."

"You are strange."

Ignores.  "You may be right, m'literary Love of Literature leaper.  Ready?"

"Let's go!"

"While reading LINDA RETTSTATT's paranormal, woman's contemporary THE SPIRIT we experienced goose bumps, chuckling, speculating, and breath catching in a continuous sequence of enjoyment."

"A grand story indeed.  Jessica Windsor is a prolific romance author and single mom who just got dumped as in kicked to the curb, unloaded, ditched, abandoned, deserted, plain ole forsaken, and not once but twice, her son's father took a hike as well." Offers a woebegone expression.  "Poor lass."

"Life isn't fair, and unfortunately, the dumping has produced that most dreaded of all afflictions ... for a writer that is... writers block!  Da da da daaaaa!"  Tattle offers a two-step to prove her point.

"And she has a deadline to finish a book, she can't seem to write.  Her agent is dogging her like an old hound gnawing on a bone."  Wrye picks up Bodie's doggie rag and pretends to chew.  "In desperation, she leaves her teenage son at her parent's farm for the summer, to milk cows, her son's words, and rents a cabin in the hills of Pennsylvania."

Flings her ghostly attire aside and with dramatic flair booms, "A haunted cabin!  Da da da daaaa!" 

"Enough with the sound effects."

Tattle pouts but continues.  "Haunted by Andrew McCabe, a famous mystery writer that the world thinks just disappeared.  However, Andrew had been murdered and now wants the truth to be known, his lost love Laura to be found, and the murderer brought to justice.  Since Jessica is the very first person who has been able to see him, in a not quite solid sort of way, he wants her to be his hands, ears, and spy to bring it all to light."

"Meanwhile, there is Ben, a hunky, yummy artist and handyman with his own bear-load of troubles, not the least of being an ex-con.  Jessica is the first woman he had been attracted to since his unjust incarceration and his wife's desertion.  Simultaneously, Jessica finds her broken heart being tugged and wrenched by the kind, caring man."

"But...."  About to implement another sound effect, she restrains herself.  "Jessica, having struck a bargain with Andrew to uncover all, has been asking one too many questions about his disappearance, putting herself in all sorts of danger."

"Da da da daaaaa!" Wrye exclaims.


"Is for horses, but this book is a wild ride that keeps pages turning and anticipation churning.  You never know if you are in for a laugh or a bump in the night, and not all the bumps are the ghostly kind.  The characters interact well, and keep you cheering them onward to their resolutions.  Ben and Jessica have that meant-to-be aura, but there is also that fear they may be doomed or star-crossed."

"Secondary characters are three dimensional and you find yourself either liking them immensely or hating them totally.  All are well-drawn and real.  Then there is Andrew, the very charismatic specter with a tragic love-lost back story that has one bemoaning his demise."  Tattle pulls out a hanky and dabs at her eyes.

"Linda has created her own romantic mystery genre with this story.  It has just the right mixture of romantic tension, mystery, and humor.  Everything in life was ignored until I read the last page, and then I was off looking for more books by the author."

"Her style is fast paced and clean.  It is a book to be enjoyed and savored.  Would love to see more like this."

"Thumbs up, Linda!  Keep them coming."

We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at (Write - Blog Dawn - in subject line) and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a free ebook (choose erotic or romantic thriller) and add you to any future mailings.

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Welcome Nancy Lee Badger

Please give a warm welcome to Henrí Chevalier from Heaven-sent Warrior by Nancy Lee Badger today as we sit down and see what makes him tick.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not saving the world?
Henrí- I love walking through the countryside. Waking up over a century later, in Raleigh, North Carolina, I was surprised to find walkways, trees, and pleasant company namely a Scottish lass named Kenzie Mackintosh. Mon Dieu! She seems a bit skittish!

What is it about your love interest, Kenzie Mackintosh, that makes you crazy in a good way?
Henrí- She flits here and there as the curator of a beautiful art museum, but fails to realize the danger lurking nearby.

Do you sometimes want to strangle your writer?
Henrí- Oui! The lass dropped me in a museum garden, near a demon-infected reflecting pool, and I was naked! Later, she made me conjure clothing and learn to drive in a world so odd, it took me quite a while to adapt.

Favorite food?
Henrí- Chicken wings! (read the excerpt below.)

Tell me a little bit about your world. What are your greatest challenges in that world?
Henrí- My former life in Paris is nothing more than a dream. I now live here, in your time. Coping with motor vehicles, Faeries, demons and modern art has opened my eyes. I dare not tell you about my first ride in an elevator!

Describe yourself in four words.
Henrí- demon hunting French model

What do you do for a living?
Henrí- In my former life, I was a farmer, a soldier, and a model for the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Today, I hunt demons.

What do you fear the most?
Henrí- Kenzie has no idea the danger she is in, so I fear the demon will capture her. I will do my best, but I sense death is on the horizon.

Book Blurb for Heaven-sent Warrior
Henrí Chevalier's last memory, before stumbling naked into a museum’s moonlit garden, was Auguste Rodin and his dusty Paris studio in 1886. To escape his broken heart, Henrí volunteered to sleep inside a statue until needed. Expecting to die, he discovers he must learn to use the unexpected powers Heaven has given him. Without them he will fail his mission against otherworldly creatures, such as demons and faeries. 

Kenzie Mackintosh, a dedicated art museum's curator, spies a naked man hiding among bronze statues. A quick glance ignites desire within her, but she is too tied-up in work to act on it. Unaware of her fae heritage, their relationship heats up as he disrupts her job. While Henrí tries to process modern buildings, cars, and a broken elevator, a demon attacks and forces Henrí and Kenzie to enlist the aid of her powerful fae relatives. When the demon possesses the body of her ex-lover and threatens to kill him, then use her to take over the world, Henrí and Kenzie must learn to trust each other, even if Kenzie’s death might be the only answer to the world’s salvation.

“We need to talk, you and I,” Kenzie added, especially since Henrí seemed to know what she was thinking.
“Agreed.” He gazed right at her, but he rubbed his wrists.
“First of all, are you hurt? The museum is insured, if you plan to sue.”
His eyes widened, then his brow curved into tiny rows of tanned wrinkles as if he thought over the words. “My body aches where my master bound me, but I have no injury to report caused by you or this museum.”
“Bound? Who tied you up? Or, was this a kinky, sexual thing I’d rather not know about?” Irritated, by both his leer and his words, she stepped back.
“Fear not, woman.” He paused after nearly snarling the last word.
“I’m not afraid of you,” she couldn’t help saying with a short laugh. His eyes widened, as if taking her measure.
“I have no need to mix my seed with an otherworldly creature.”
“Right.” What the heck did he mean? “So, tell me why you’re here. Don’t lie. I know every name on the guest list. I have a feeling you’re not on it.”
“I am—”
“And, I know the caterer and he said you stole . . . chicken wings?” She couldn’t help it. She laughed. Picturing this gorgeous person with ice-blue eyes sneaking about the tents because of . . . what? Hunger? Boredom?
“I am pleased my plight fills you with mirth.” His stomach growled, the noise filling her tiny office. Kenzie sucked in a breath and chewed her lower lip. His heavy French accent twisted her insides with heat and desire. In fact, since the moment she plowed through the door and landed in his lap, her body thrummed with desire. No, it started when she’d backed her rear into his groin.
She grabbed a half-empty bottle of water and swallowed.
Bank down that sexy desire, missy.
“You desire me?” he asked.

More About the Author
Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in New Hampshire and when the children had left the nest, and shoveling show became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved with her husband to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel and attend Scottish Highland Games and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places. 

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Get Ready for Chloe Neil's Newest Book, Wild HUnger & a Giveaway

Get ready to return to Chicagoland vampires as Chloe Neil returns to her beloved paranormal series with a spin-off featuring Elisa Sull...