Monday, March 31, 2014

A Wolf's Bane by Sherrie Henry


Can a human and a werewolf overcome obvious obstacles to be together? Romy and Kai have been hiding their affair from Kai’s clan; it’s not only that Romy is human, but she’s also much older than Kai. Will Kai’s obligation to his clan and tradition tear them apart?

Kai, the eldest and only son and heir to the family’s clan, has fallen for the forbidden, Romy, a human. His father has plans for the clan that doesn’t involve Kai mating a human; these plans drive them apart. But can they ignore their feelings and buck tradition? Will Kai’s decision lead to his death?


Kai pulled her into a tight hug. He tried to ignore the way his skin was crawling – he hated the way he felt before he changed. “I don’t want to live without you.”

Romy held onto him, clutching his shirt, her tears staining it. “Compared to you, I don’t have much longer to live. Maybe 40, 50 years at the most, and you … your kind live for a couple hundred. We’d have to say good-bye eventually. Maybe it’s better to do it now.” Romy knew that her voice wasn’t very convincing, but she tried to be brave and hold back the tears as much she could.

Kai swallowed, burying his nose in her hair. He took in her unique scent…the scent he would go to his grave craving. “I will follow you to the next life. We never really talked about it, but … Romy, I love you. I consider you my mate. Mates die together.”

His words took away any bravery that Romy had left. She felt the tears flow openly from her eyes. “But I’m not your mate. I can never be. You need …” Romy took in a shuddering breath. “You need to honor your father and produce an heir. Your clan needs you; they will need you long after I’m gone.”

“I don’t care what they need,” Kai whispered in her ear.

“I know. That’s what makes you so special.” Romy pulled away so she could look directly into his eyes. “I just ask one thing.”

“Anything. Anything in the universe.”

“Change here. Show me your wolf form.”

Kai’s eyes went wide. “Romy … I … I don’t turn into a wolf, exactly. I don’t look … natural.”

“You are beautiful to me no matter what form you take. Give me this one last night. Show me.”

Kai nodded, but there was panic in his eyes. “If I agree, I have to stay here until morning. I can’t be on the streets.”

“I know. I’m not afraid. Show me that part of you that you’ve never shared with another human before.”

“I won’t be able to talk. It would just be us staring at each other.”

“I don’t need words. I need you. Please … one last night. Protect me.”

Kai couldn’t refuse her. Even though Romy lived in a very safe neighborhood, the animal instinct within him would protect his mate if she asked. “Okay. I will change here. I will show you the other part of me.”

Romy stepped back, wiping away the tears that had fallen from her eyes. She looked up at the clock. “It’s almost moonrise. What do you need?” She closed the blinds and dimmed the lights.

“Nothing really. I just need to take my clothes off…unless I want to rip them to shreds.”

“Allow me?” Romy stood in front of him and slowly unbuttoned his shirt. Kai remained still, silently noting that this moment would be extremely erotic if he wasn’t about to literally crawl out of his skin. She tossed his shirt on the couch, then kneeled down to his feet, helping him step out of his shoes and socks. Her shaking hands went to his belt next, sliding off his jeans, then his underwear.

“What’s next?”

Kai was having trouble concentrating. He tried to find his voice. Already he could feel bones crack as they started to lengthen in places and shorten in others. “Nothing … it’s starting. I … love you.”

He let his head fall back. A snarl came from his throat as his eyes turned black. Fine black hair sprouted all over his body, his nose elongated, his canines erupted. His heels separated from his feet, drawing upwards toward his knees, forcing him on his tiptoes, his palms lengthening, his nails turning to claws. Then it was over. He looked over at Romy, expecting to see horror in her eyes. To his surprise, she came to stand right in front of him, resting her hands on his mutated face.

“You are so beautiful. Why did you think I’d be frightened? I’m more concerned that it was painful for you.”

Kai shook his head, to tell her that it wasn’t as painful as it looked. He began to nuzzle her neck, but she jumped. He started to back away.

Romy grabbed at him. “No you don’t! Your nose is cold and wet. It’s just not something I’m used to feeling on my neck.” She smiled at him. It was a genuine smile, even with the tear tracks on her face. He tentatively moved toward her and let his tongue lick her face, tasting the salty tears.

“Come here, sit next to me.” Romy sat down on the couch, drawing her legs up underneath her. Kai ambled forward, unsteady on his legs so soon after the change. He crawled up on the couch and laid his head in her lap. She started to run her fingers through his fur, trying to comfort him. No other had been able to do to this to him. Whenever he changed, he was surrounded by other weres.  He knew that he would cherish this perfect moment for the rest of his living days.

They lay together on the couch, surrounded by their love for one another. When bedtime came around, they nestled in her bed, with his large form wrapped around her, protecting her just like he promised.


About the Author


Born and raised in Southern Indiana, this Hoosier transplanted herself to the Windy City after graduate school. Her passion is teaching, with writing come a close second and gaining momentum. She spends her days teaching in the physical education department at the College of DuPage and her evenings spinning tales to delight just about any reader.

Her first novel, “The Last of the Summer Tomatoes,” a Young Adult LGBT novel, was nominated for a 2013 Rainbow Award, run by Elisa Rolle and co-sponsored by the Rainbow Romance Writers of America. Her first short story, “Twenty-Four Hours,” a contemporary m/f romance story, was nominated as best short story by eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair, host of the 2013 Best of the Independent eBook Awards.

Her works have also been nominated for various bloggers’ book of the month awards.

Ms. Henry writes in a variety of genres, including paranormal and contemporary, concentrating on romance between main characters, regardless of gender. Love comes in all forms and that is reflected in her work.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

“Anne of Cleves: Henry’s Luckiest Wife” and “Catherine Howard: Henry’s Fifth Failure” by D. LAWRENCE



It is winter 1539. King Henry VIII is galloping through the night to Rochester to meet a young woman. Just arrived in England from Germany, Anne of Cleves is destined to become his fourth wife. He has never met her before. He has only seen her portrait – the portrait of a sweet, demure and innocent young woman. The impatient and lovesick king must see her before their marriage. But this rushed and unplanned rendezvous will shock them and the country both. It will also lead to some completely unexpected and fatal results.  

In D. Lawrence-Young’s well-researched novel, we learn of the strong passions and the deadly politics when the romantic plans of a frustrated Tudor king go badly wrong.


This historical novel has it all: sex and romance, violence and war, infidelity and intrigue.

Catherine Howard, the Duke of Norfolk’s niece, is raised in the very free atmosphere of her grandmother’s palace. Here she becomes aware of her own sexuality and the exciting effect she has on the men at court around her. She is also an unknowing part of her uncle’s devious plan to obtain more influence with the king - he pushes her onto the newly-divorced and lovesick King Henry VIII who is looking for a fifth wife.

Meanwhile, John Butcher has become a guard in the dreaded Tower of London. He guards the king, witnesses the executions of Anne Boleyn and Thomas More and takes part in the fighting in Ireland. However, when he returns to London, his meeting with Catherine Howard, the king’s fifth queen, produces unexpected and dramatic results.

 In D. Lawrence-Young’s second Tudor novel we learn how Catherine Howard’s passionate nature mixed with the murky, deadly politics of the Tudor court and a furious king produce a classic story of passionate love, disappointment and revenge on a royal scale.



D. Lawrence-Young takes the often pompous and frequently silly “Shakespeare Authorship Controversy” and turns it into a fast-paced page-turning detective story. All the nooks and crannies of rival candidates and claims are traversed in interesting locations and often funny encounters. The SAC has got under the Shakespeare-loving and teaching David Young’s skin and he has turned this irritant into a pleasure to read and from which there is much to learn.







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MAVERICK TOUCH by ASHLEY NEMER presentedby The Art of Safkhet

The Joys of Maverick!

It is such a great pleasure to bring the Maverick Touch series to life. You have no idea how wonderful it is to have a set of characters that do all the work for you. Nadia and Carlisle have many more tales to tell but this one was a lot of fun to write. It took a total of 22 days (27 if you count the few days I took off) to complete the first draft of the novel. It was my very first successful NaNoWriMo! And let me tell you that was no easy feat.
Last year I tried writing the first novel, Maverick Touch The Cat in the 30 days but alas I got sick and it took seven weeks to complete. I am so pleased that this year I made it!
What I love about the Maverick Touch series is that each book, while in a series, is going to be a stand-alone novel. As much as I love my Blood Series it is far too complicated to build each book on-top of one another like I had made it. Another little nugget about the Maverick series is it will always be a clean and quirky novel. I wanted a novel that my dad could be proud of. One that I knew he would be able to read and say, “This is my Daughter!”
I had no idea what a struggle it would be to keep it clean! Because I’m not just talking about sexual content and adult language. I’m also talking about the violence level. It is hard to have a murder mystery series with very little gore! At least to me. But It is proving to be a success.
This series will always be just a feel good afternoon read. It is meant to be light, easy and fun. I know that when I read the novel I am left smiling. Because Nadia and Mr. A just make you smile. Everything about them is enjoying.
And this time we start diving into Nadia’s sister a bit too. I am not sure how many novels are going to come to pass with the Mavericks but as many as the characters want. The next journey will be about Anabella, Nadia’s sister. I will write her novel during NaNoWriMo November2014. I know a few of my fans are upset that it will be a full year in between each novel but that’s part of the fun for me. I have a year to come up with the where and why of the story and then when Nov 1 hits bamm out of the gate running with drama! 
Sometimes when I look at these characters and the depth of the stories I find myself shocked at how far I have come from the girl who couldn’t form two sentences without a grammatical mistake. That was me in school. English and Ashley did not melt together, at all. Like oil and water. 
But somehow I am finding a way to make it all work and for that I am eternally grateful to the Grammar Gods for keeping me aligned. 
I hope that you all check out the Maverick Touch series. Book one, The Cat, is always free on any e-reader. I want you guys to love my work so please go out, read The Cat and then go pick up The Highway. It is only 2.99 on e-books and 10 in print. 
Let me know if Mr. A becomes your favorite bad boy. He already has quite a little fan base following him.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Choose the Voice of Sydney Rye ~ Sydney Rye is coming to Audio and we need your help picking the narrator! ~ ONE DAY BOOK BLAST ~


Emily Kimelman's Sydney Rye series of mysteries feature a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet? Download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator.
Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book! Add to your chances of winning by joining Emily's email list, liking her Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest.
More about UNLEASHED:
UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people. 

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way. 

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye. 

Here are your choices:


Emily Strong is an actor, voiceover talent, and first time filmmaker.  As a native of Michigan, she is a nature-lover at heart but has the mind of a city girl and moved to Chicago nearly three years ago because she wasn’t smart enough to go somewhere warmer.  She takes full advantage of what the city has to offer by training at legendary places like The Second City and eating lots and lots of ethnic food (will travel all the way across the city to Pilsen for the best tacos!).  Her love of reading was the catalyst for her adventurous spirit and the reason why she is always stoked to tell stories in their many different forms.
You can visit her at


Erin has narrated over 500 audio books including “The Hunger Games” trilogy for The National Library Services/Library Of Congress,  “A State Of Wonder,” The Garden Of The Beasts,” “Anna Karenina,” “Ferdinand The Bull, and “Madeline.” 


Sonja has two loves: acting and reading. Narrating audiobooks is her absolute passion. She has logged over 600 hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, and is currently in the process of recording a kids’ action-fantasy-adventure novel, a steamy and mysterious paranormal romance, and a non-fiction about writing. She loves nothing more than bringing vivid worlds and unique characters to life. When she’s not recording, Sonja can be found onstage, traipsing around Brooklyn, or entertaining children with a variety of dubious accents.


Erica Newhouse is a film, televesion and theater actor living in New York City. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) 

INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

DEVIL’S WEED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming Spring 2014



Emily Kimelman Biography


Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming DEVIL’S WEED. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.


If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email or on  twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.







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Sunday, March 23, 2014

SHOULD YOU MARRY HIM? a no-nonsense therapist tested* guide tonot screwing up the BIGGEST decision of YOUR LIFE *Abby Rodman

Abby Rodman, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Boston area. She has counseled hundreds of individuals and couples with relationship issues. Abby has graduate degrees from both Harvard and Boston College and her work has been featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. She is a contributing relationship expert for Abby is absurdly proud of her three amazing, college-aged sons who grew up at warp speed. Her next book in the Little Books for Life’s Big Decisions series is about divorce and will be available in 2014. 

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I've learned- from years of personal and professional experience - that problems in a marriage don't start when the rings are exchanged - they've likely been there, in one form or another, from the start of the relationship. With a nearly fifty percent divorce rate in the US, it's time for a proactive approach to happy marriage instead of a reactive approach - trying to fix what's broken in a marriage - when it may already be too late. I'm on a mission to get folks to really consider what they're getting into before they make the most important decision of their lives!

Book Genre: Non-Fiction/Relationships
Publisher: Book Tango
Release Date: August 19, 2013

Book Description:

Ever wonder why nearly fifty percent of women marry the wrong guy and then divorce him? Or if your Mr. Right may be, well, your Mr. Maybe? A quick, feisty read,Should You Marry Him? A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested* Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life, gives you the skinny on the ten most common red flags women overlook before tying the knot. Informed by my work with hundreds of married and divorcing couples, Should You Marry Him? packs the perfectly blended punch of professional advice and straightforward girl-talk.

Unlike other self-help books of this genre, Should You Marry Him? A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested* Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life cuts through the characteristic psychobabble and gives you what you really need: practical advice you can act on. Few women have the time or inclination to slog through 300 pages or 1001 reasons. Should You Marry Him?is written for every busy woman who needs answers now.

Using real-life examples from my psychotherapy practice and personal insights from my own experience, Should You Marry Him?will resonate with every woman who has ever wondered just what makes successful marriages successful. Why do some women just seem to pick the perfect guy? It’s not complicated, yet so many get it wrong!
Whether you’re on the verge of marrying or if it’s just ultimately in your life’s grand plan, Should You Marry Him? will change the way you look at choosing your forever mate. Love is grand – and great sex is great – but they’re just not enough for the long haul. Don’t screw up the biggest decision of your life. Read Should You Marry Him? now or…forever hold your peace!

Excerpt One:

I do.
Very few words, if any, have the power to change your life as exponentially as those two.
Whether you’re already planning the wedding or just considering his proposal, know that you are in the process of making the most important decision of your life. Sound daunting? A little scary, even? Good. That means you’re truly considering what it will mean to be married to this man. You’re thinking about what’s at stake in choosing him, forsaking all others, to be your companion, mate and lover through your one, precious life.
You know those movies in which the hero wakes up one day and finds he’s the only man left on Earth? Then, miraculously, he finds the one woman left on the planet living in some bombed-out apartment building? And, lucky for him, through all the dirt and torn clothing he can see she’s the hottest chick ever? And initially they hate each other but realize they really love each other and decide to begin their task of rebuilding the human race?
Okay, maybe getting married isn’t that dramatic but it’s not far from it. Either you choose the right partner to help you successfully navigate this strange, new world called Marriage or you choose the wrong one and begin your descent into unhappy-marriage hell.
With your “I do”, you will mark the start of the rest of your life. Your new husband will be the last man you’ll ever have a first date with, the last man you ever french kiss, the last man you’ll ever share a bed with. This man will be the father of your children and that’s an irreversible choice. You’ll slog through the everyday routine that is life and, if you’re lucky, that life will also be peppered with joy and moments of passion that make you both sigh and remember the good old days of coat closet sex.
You will know this man, if all goes well, better than you have ever known another person. You will share his fears, his moments of glory and his bathroom. You’ll also become expert at reading his moods, accepting his limitations and soothing his demons. Yes, he has demons. We all do. And if you haven’t seen your man’s yet, you will. Make no mistake.
 No matter how you slice it, marriage is a gamble. Statistics vary but somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce. Let’s put it this way: Nearly half of you reading this book will get divorced. And if the numbers are that high for people who make the difficult decision to split, how many couples stay married and miserable? My clinical guesstimate is that you have about a 25 percent chance of ending up in happy marriage. Sweating, yet?  

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 March 12 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
March 14 - 5 Things I Know For Sure & Fav Recipe at Writing Innovations
March 18 - 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
March 29 -Reviewed at Bajgaka Loves Books And Giveaways
March 29 - Review & Guest Blogging at Salon Reads
April 4 - Guest Blogging at 3 Partners In Shopping
April 7 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
April 14 - Reviewed at Little Whimsy Books

Uvi Poznansky: Such is the way to create history, when none is av...

Uvi Poznansky: Such is the way to create history, when none is av...: History is written by the winners. They make sure to remove that version of history that belongs to the losers. David, the young entertainer...

Crossing the ocean, traveling through land

We chart a course, the whole world we would wrap
With stories from the deep south, from England to Ireland
From Romania to Russia, all across the map
From Israel to a faraway extinct Hittite kingdom...
Kings, bards, and beggars, slavery and freedom



Friday, March 21, 2014

Uvi Poznansky: Let me introduce to to my author friends

Uvi Poznansky: Let me introduce to to my author friends: My author friends have joined me We bring you amazing historical fiction stories  Just in time for Easter and Passover gifts  Clic...

Uvi Poznansky: Let me introduce to to my author friends

Uvi Poznansky: Let me introduce to to my author friends: My author friends have joined me We bring you amazing historical fiction stories  Just in time for Easter and Passover gifts  Clic...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014



Suicide Song ~ A Short Story by WANDA HARTZENBERG SONG is about a third-year law student struggles to ensure his death is as existential as he can make it but the Womburu won't let him. His parting marked with a song leaves tragedy in its wake. Maybe he knew something none of us do.


Image of Wanda Hartzenberg
I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973. I wrote my first story at the age of 4 and since managed to obtain a BA degree in Communication. I always tend to see the world at a slightly skew angle. As such, I want to share my view with you. I hope you like it. As a matter of fact, I hope you love it.
I love animals, furry puppies that grow to be 18 years and older especially, I have four that share my love, life and bed with me. I also have a turtle, but he is not allowed to sleep with us.
I love cooking, trying out new recipes etc and thus love to entertain. It seems, whether I am at writing or cooking or simply living life - I aim to entertain.

From Goodreads.....

Christoph Fischer
"Suicide Song (Songs)" by Wand Hartzenberg is a most beautiful and thoughtful short story about a young man's last moments on earth. The author zooms in from afar with mesmerizing observations about the night sky and a dark memory before homing in on that moment, throughout using great metaphors and scene setting.
The writing is atmospheric and bittersweet while the setting is described in excellent detail. It is the perfect close up of the surrounding of the moment to come. The scene was so cap...more

Monday, March 17, 2014

Join your favorite YA and NA authors as we celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be over 45 e-book giveaways! 

You can join the Facebook party HERE!
You won't want to miss it!

Participating Authors:

Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  
Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  
D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  
Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  
Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  
Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long