Restless Spirits (Spirits #1)

Author: Jordan L Hawk

Publisher: Widdershins Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: ARe and Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner.

The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming…and determined to get Henry into bed.

Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns.

For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives, but their very souls.

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Winter at the Door

cover57497-mediumAuthor: Sarah Graves

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Dell

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Author’s page 

Type: First Novel in Series

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Blurb: Perfect for fans of Jenny Milchman, Linda Castillo, and Lisa Gardner—the first book in a suspenseful new crime thriller series featuring the tough but haunted police chief Lizzie Snow, a big-city cop with a mission, taking on a small town with a dark side.

Moving from Boston to remote Bearkill, Maine, isn’t homicide cop Lizzie Snow’s idea of a step up. But breaking away from tragedy and personal betrayal is at least a step in the right direction. Her dead sister’s fate still torments her, as does her long-missing niece’s disappearance. Lizzie hopes to find the mysteriously vanished child here, amid the coming ice and snow. But in the Great North Woods, something darker and more dangerous than punishing winter is also bound for Bearkill.

The town is a world apart in more than distance—full of people who see everything, say little, and know more than they’ll share with an outsider. The only exceptions are the handsome state cop who once badly broke Lizzie’s heart and desperately wants another chance—and Lizzie’s new boss, sheriff Cody Chevrier, who’s counting on her years of homicide experience to help him solve his most troubling case, before it’s too late.

A rash of freak accidents and suicides has left a string of dead men—all former local cops. Now the same cruel eyes that watched them die are on Lizzie—and so is the pressure to find out what sort of monster has his hooks in this town, what his ruthless game is, and just how brutally he’ll play to win. Whatever the truth is, its twisted roots lie in the desolate backwoods of Allagash County: where the desperate disappear, the corrupt find shelter, and the innocent lose everything. It’s there that a cunning and utterly cold-blooded killer plans the fate of the helpless lives at his mercy—one of whom may be the lost child Lizzie will do anything to save. As a blizzard bears down, and Bearkill’s dark secrets claw their way to the surface, Lizzie gears up for a showdown that could leave the deep, driven snow stained blood red. Continue reading Winter at the Door

When the Planets Align

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb:  Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time.

Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.

Several years and several failed relationships later, Simon realizes he’s been in love with Michael all along. Only now Michael has moved on. Though Simon offers everything Michael’s ever dreamed of, the timing is all wrong. Confusion, betrayal, and secrets from the past threaten their friendship until it might be time for them to go their separate ways. Or maybe the planets will finally align, and Michael and Simon will find themselves in the right place at the right time to take the next step.

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A Walk Through Fire (Through Hell and Back #1)

Author: Felice Stevens

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: LId and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.

Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life.  After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.

Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man.  However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all.  And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

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Holding the Edge (Cold War #2)

Author: Kiera Andrews

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: LId and Amazon

Type: Novella

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Blurb: Gay figure skaters keep their relationship secret—and end up on thin ice

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Misha Reznikov has an Olympic gold—and a secret lover who just happens to be the silver medalist. Now that their competitive days are over, Misha and former rival Dev Avira are setting up house in LA and giving their relationship a shot in the real world. They agree that keeping their romance strictly under wraps is best for their pro careers and Misha’s family back in Russia. So what if Dev hasn’t told his parents, and they never eat out for fear of being spotted? It’s not perfect, but they’re together.



But as they prepare for a special holiday skating show on Christmas Eve in Dev’s hometown, tension builds. How long can Misha and Dev keep their love secret—and what happens if one of them wants to stop hiding?

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Guest Post and Excerpt: Restless Spirit (Spirits #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

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January 6th, 2015

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Buy Link: Amazon, ARe, Smashwords

Type: Novel, first in series

 

 

Blurb:  After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner.

The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming…and determined to get Henry into bed.

Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns.

For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives, but their very souls.

Excerpt

Not certain whether he should feel foolish or alarmed, he slunk across the balcony to the door of his chamber. But before he could open it, Henry Strauss emerged from the next room. Catching sight of Vincent, his eyes narrowed sharply. “How dare you!”

Vincent glanced about automatically, but Henry was no fool, and no one else stirred on the third floor at the moment. Well, if nothing else, sparring with Henry might provide him with a diversion from his fears. He leaned his shoulder casually against the frame of Henry’s door, looking down at Henry with only inches separating them.

Henry retreated, but only a little. His blue eyes flashed fire from behind the protective shield of his spectacles. Vincent had the sudden urge to pull them off, lean down, and kiss the frown off of Henry’s mouth.

“How dare I?” he asked instead. “You’ll have to be far more specific, as I’ve done so many things to offend you.”

Rather to his surprise, Henry grasped his arm and pulled him inside the room, shutting the door behind them. “You know what I’m talking about,” he said in a voice no less angry for its low pitch. “At the séance. When you…”

Vincent grinned at Henry’s reticence to speak the words aloud. “When I what? Put my hand on your cock?”

Henry’s nostrils flared. “Y-yes. Are you insane? What did you think to gain from—from manhandling me?”

“I’m insulted.” Vincent folded his arms over his chest. “My technique was far better than ‘manhandling,’ don’t you think?”

“Devil take you, Night. What are you about?”

Vincent sighed and ran his hand tiredly back through his thick hair. It needed trimming again. “Spirits utilize the energy of the circle to manifest. Sexual energy works very well, and you seemed receptive. And I confess I found the possibility of touching you difficult to resist. Did I truly force something you didn’t want?”

Henry’s anger seemed to drain away. “No,” he muttered, eyes on Vincent’s shoes.

“As I thought.” Vincent caught his chin lightly, tipping his head back. Henry’s lips were slightly parted, his breath warm and smelling of mint dentifrice. “Do you want me to kiss you?”

“Why are you doing this?” Henry’s Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed convulsively. “What do you want?”

“I find you handsome. And I like you.”

Henry looked skeptical. “Why do I have trouble believing that?”

“You’re clever, and I admire that.” Vincent slowly traced the line of Henry’s jaw, feeling the lightest scratch of stubble. “You’ve a fascinating mind. You don’t think the way everyone else does, and I find you intriguing. More, it’s obvious you genuinely care for your cousin.” Vincent smiled wryly. “I think you truly do mean well, even if I can’t agree with your methods.” Then he let his hand fall. “But I’ll keep my distance if you wish.”

Author Bio:

Jordan2013_webJordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Down and Dirty by Rhys Ford

dirty_mindsTo celebrate the release of my new book, Down and Dirty, I’m inviting you to follow along with blog tour serial of a Cole McGinnis case, Dirty Minds! Enter to win a giveaway at every site!

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Dirty Minds Part Seven

I kissed Ichiro’s throat, loving the shiver I sent through his body when my lips touched his skin. There was something about the light. Or it could have been the sliver of moon hanging over LA’s skyline, a ripe melon curve sliding around the silver clouds. Either way, I was turning maudlin and sentimental where Ichiro was concerned.

“Dawson, you need to…” Ichi gasped when I bit the spot I’d just kissed.

Coming up behind him, I’d wrapped my arms around his waist and sank my teeth in deeper, needing just a taste of him in my mouth before we moved on. His moan was enough to make me come in my jeans and when his fingers dug into the back of my thighs, I couldn’t help thinking it would have been so much better if we hadn’t left my apartment and just spent the night naked and on my bed.

My phone going off was the bucket of ice water my brain needed to let Ichi go.

“Ignore it or answer?” I asked but there wasn’t really a choice. Especially when Ichi stepped away from me. “Fucking McGinnis.”

“Just get it before he comes down here with machine guns blazing.” Ichiro rolled his eyes. Shoving his hands in his pockets, he put more distance between us, stepping away from the shadows and into the light cast down from a taco truck’s bright sign. “You hungry? I could eat.”

Nodding quickly, I answered the phone while Ichi began to order us food. “Yeah, Princess?”

“How are you guys doing? Anything yet?” From what I could make out alongside his voice, it sounded like he was by one of the main bus stations. “Got a guy who IDed the passenger.”

“Nothing major but it looks like Ichi’s talking someone else up right now.” I had to turn away then noticed we were across the street of the dump site. Somehow in our tromping through the neighbourhood, we’d come back to where we’d started. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw Ichiro handing the photos up to the guy behind the truck’s counter. “We stopped to grab something to eat. I’m thinking this food truck might do a midnight run on people coming home.”

It wasn’t that bad of an idea, not considering how thick the crowd was getting around the truck. A few large guys were muttering at how long Ichi was taking and I stepped closer to the group, muscling in behind him.

“Gotta go, dude.” I glared down at a smaller man scowling at Ichi’s back. “I’m going to take care of some business.”

Ichi thanked the guy he was talking to and took a couple of foil wrapped burritos from a frazzled woman trying to work around the tiny kitchen. Sliding out of the crowd, he got to my side quickly. Tossing over one of the heavy burritos, he gave me a wicked grin.

“Randy back there saw them dump the van.” As he peeled the foil back off of his burrito, Ichi nodded towards a nearby parking structure. “Someone in an old purple Monte Carlo came and picked them up. Put everything in the trunk but they had a kennel with them. That they put in the backseat.”

I looked at the tangerine- and blue-washed streets around us. There were too many sources of lights, all splashy and harsh. “Monte Carlo could have been any colour. These kinds of lights change how paint looks.”

“Yeah, but he’s seen the Monte Carlo before. Recognized it because it’s got a big Trans Am bird on the hood.” Ichi grinned at my disgusted snort. “Yeah, wrong car but right now, you’ve got to be really glad for this guy’s shitty taste.”

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Down and Dirty

From the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spots Ichiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because the much younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby’s buttons. No, Ichi is trouble because he’s Cole McGinnis’s younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for looking Ichi’s way. But despite his gut telling him Ichi is bad news, Bobby can’t stop looking… or wanting.

Ichi was never one to play by the rules. Growing up in Japan as his father’s heir, he’d been bound by every rule imaginable until he had enough and walked away from everything to become his own man. Los Angeles was supposed to be a brief pitstop before he moved on, but after connecting with his American half-brothers, it looks like a good city to call home for a while—if it weren’t for Bobby Dawson.

Bobby is definitely a love-them-and-leave-them type, a philosophy Ichi whole-heartedly agrees with. Family was as much of a relationship as Ichi was looking for, but something about the gruff and handsome Bobby Dawson that makes Ichi want more.

Much, much more.

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About Rhys Ford

headshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

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Watch Me (Dark Obsession #1)

Author: Cyncover57758-mediumthia Eden

Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing Inc.

Rating: 4.5

Buy Links: Author’s page 

Type: First Novel in Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: WATCH ME…The first book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s sexy new romantic suspense series…DARK OBSESSION.

He was hired to protect her.

Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a twenty-four, seven bodyguard—Chance knew his control was about to be pushed to the limit.

He’d never wanted another woman the way he desired her. Hot. Intense. Consuming. Being so close to Gwen, Chance knew that he wouldn’t be able to resist her. So he gave into his need, her need, and he took them both to the edge of a dark and consuming desire.

But Chance soon realizes that he isn’t the only one watching Gwen. Someone else is out there, a stalker who won’t rest until Gwen is destroyed. Every day, every moment…Gwen is in danger. And Chance knows that if he can’t unmask the stalker, then he may just lose the only woman he has ever loved.

Watch me.

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The Right Words (Right and Wrong #1)

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

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