M.S. Kaye. Awaken From Death.

Happy Halloween!

Ghost stories have got to be one of my favorite things, whether at this season or any other. For that reason, I am so pleased to welcome pub sister M.S. Kaye with an interesting post on character names and her new book, Awaken From Death.

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Born from Death series – Haunted Blog Tour

Ghost stories—what better inspiration for character names can there be? Follow this tour to find the background for the character names of the Born from Death series.

Ilona Raynham

Ilona is sweet and sheltered, as well as brilliant and fearless. As one of only a few people in history to be half ghost, she has abilities she doesn’t understand and can’t always control, and the strength of her abilities is intensified by the age of her soul. She’s continued to come back to earth, choosing to be reborn over and over, to find Atomis.

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The inspiration for the name:

“Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England, is home to the subject of one of the most famous ghost photos ever captured, the Brown Lady is named so because she appears in a rich brocade brown dress. Though reports of sightings have waned dramatically since the photo was taken in 1936, sightings before then had been reported by some fairly reputable sources. My favorite account is from a Major Loftus, who was staying at Raynham Hall in 1849. Retiring to bed one night, he and a friend named Hawkins observed a woman in brown brocade who vanished as Major Loftus approached her. Determined to confront the apparition, the next night he returned to the same spot and saw her again. He was horrified to see however, that when he looked into her face he saw only two black sockets where her eyes should have been. Unsettling to say the least!” ~www.listverse.com

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Awaken from Death

Book 2 of the Born from Death series

The only emotion Ilona can muster is anger for the death of her mother. Barely engaged in life, she focuses all of her energy on finding and punishing her mother’s killer.

Since Ilona can see ghosts, Archer has to find unique ways to hide while watching over her. When Ilona is in danger of being mauled by a dog, he desperately tries something that shouldn’t be possible. And yet he succeeds. This is just the beginning of his discovery of who—what—he truly is.

Lettie continues to interact with Ilona, her one friend, even when a Messenger warns her. Eventually, Lettie remembers the ancient connection Archer and Ilona share, as well as her part in the punishment Archer bore as a result of that connection.

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Strong as Death

Book 1 in the Born from Death Series

Ilona runs from her sheltering mother in order to find the truth, why she’s seeing people who are invisible to everyone else. A mysterious boy named Archer guides her through Brooklyn and introduces her to Hendrick, the man who claims to be her father—though he died in 1890. Ilona must discover not only what she must do to rid the city of Soll, a sadistic and powerful spirit, but also what it means to be half ghost. She proves what her mother told her—love is stronger than death.

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Author Bio:

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.

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Sneak Peek at Awaken from Death:

The blond boy didn’t walk up to a urinal or into one of the stalls, or even up to the mirror. He stood in the middle of the room.

Invisible, Lettie watched curiously.

Something moved backward away from him. Out of him.

She recognized Archer’s shiny black hair and strong frame even before she could see his face.

She gasped. But ghosts can’t inhabit people.

The blond boy shook his head and looked around. “Fuck.”

“I’m sorry,” Archer murmured so the boy wouldn’t hear.

Lettie stared at both of them.

The blond boy turned, leaned his hands on the counter, and looked at himself in the mirror…not the way people usually looked at themselves. It was more like he was trying to see something more than was in the reflection.

Archer watched him, as if waiting for him to see something.

Then Lettie understood. Archer hadn’t merely inhabited the boy—he’d possessed him. But there were only a couple ways that’d be possible—if he were half ghost, or if he…

A memory struck Lettie like a horse galloping across a battlefield. An ancient memory. Lettie had been around since the beginning of time on Earth, but most of those thousands of years she let slink around the crevices of her mind. It was mostly just walking the bridge with the newly deceased. There were a few memories, though, that burned into her every time she let herself pull them forward. And burned was precisely the right word.

She knew—or rather, remembered—why Archer would never leave Ilona.

Haunted Blog Tour schedule:

10/1/15 – Anna Durand – haunted blog tour Hendrick  http://www.annadurand.com/born-from-death-series-haunted-blog-tour-guest-post-by-m-s-kaye/

10/5/15 – Colleen Laughlin – haunted blog tour Estes http://www.csmyersmusings.com/

10/6/15 – JM Maurer – haunted blog tour Mary http://www.jmmaurer.com/blog.html?m

10/8/15 – Judy Reynolds – haunted blog tour http://janarichards.blogspot.com/2015/10/haunted-blog-tour-with-ms-kaye.html

10/9/15 – Calisa Selfridge – haunted blog tour Marwell Hall http://wp.me/p1tz0T-1nQ

10/14/15 – Rachael Kosinski – haunted blog tour Balete http://rachaelkosinski.weebly.com

10/16/15 – Jessica Cale – haunted blog tour Casper http://www.authorjessicacale.com/?m=1

10/19/15 – James DiBenedetto – haunted blog tour Turner Ingersoll http://writingdreams.net/blog/

10/22/15 – Kimbra Kasch5@comcast.net – haunted blog tour Kate Morgan http://www.kimkasch.blogspot.com/

10/24/15 – Angela Scavone – haunted blog tour Dorothy Walpole http://angelascavone.com/

10/27/15 – Helena Fairfax – haunted blog tour Archer Lane http://www.helenafairfax.com/

10/29/16 – Alisha Robinson – haunted blog tour Mr. Clifton http://alisharobinson.com/born-from-death-series-haunted-blog-tour

10/30/15 Tina Gayle – haunted blog tour non-ghost http://www.tinagayle.blogspot.com/

10/31/15 – Rosanna Leo – haunted blog tour Ilona Raynham https://rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com

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Project Purse Dump – Kristi Rose

We’re talking giant purses and big girl panties today. Please help me welcome Kristi Rose as she reveals the contents of her purse in this next installment of #ProjectPurseDump!

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Hey y’all. It’s my turn to share what I lug around in my giant purse. I don’t always carry such a monstrosity but after I had kids the size of my purse grew exponentially and has stayed that way :-).

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First, I have to share that I scored such a good deal on this purse, like 80% off, and my daughter found the matching wallet which cost me $10. So wow- that never happens to me. I’ve never even had a purse and wallet that match so I feel like a girl who is definitely wearing her big girl panties.

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Ok, let’s get to it. Starting at the top and going clockwise this is what you’re looking at.

  1. Giant pink folder is my passion planner. I know. I know. We have smart phones but it’s just not the same as writing down everything in the moment. My passion planner tells me what to do and when to do it. For all things work, child and writing.

Sometimes, I swap this out for my laptop. I never carry both or my purse would weight 10 pounds.

  1. Slim black case is my stun gun. Yep, I carry a stun gun. Sometimes two. And I’m not afraid to use it. Veronica Mars is my idol.
  1. Brown case with rubber band is a wallet of sorts. I’m a couponer and this keeps me organized for that. I once bought a year’s worth of toiletries including razors for $34.28. No lie.
  1. Matching wallet! Holla!
  1. Gum- never leave home without out it. Yes, I chew it obnoxiously. Sorry.
  1. Pens and pencils.
  1. Chick-fil-a card to get a discount. Cuz I eats there a lot 🙂 (she says with an accent)
  1. My author postcards and business cards but the truth is I’m always nervous about handing them out.
  1. Packet of tea and honey sticks. I probably drink 4-5 cups of tea a day. Hot and cold.

CENTER MASS

  1. Ear buds
  1. Lipstick. I usually carry more but my purse tipped in my car so the rest are rolling around on the passenger seat floorboard. I only grabbed up my favorites.
  1. Motrin, hand sanitizer, and lotion that smells like yummy cake.

That’s it. That’s me in a nut shell. Oh, Yes, I carry feminine products. I see here that I have forgot to reload on those. Whoops.

Thanks Tracey and Jessica for letting me be a part of this. I love having this insiders look at everyone’s purse:-).

About the author:

Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she’s resigned to traveling to the grocery store. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA. Romance Writer’s Weekly and The KickAss Chicks

Social Media:

Website/Blog: http://kristirose.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristi-Rose/364071883695814?ref=hl

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krosewheeler/

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The terror of the incubus.

There are a lot of romances out there featuring incubi, or sexual demons, as heroes. My upcoming release Night Lover has an incubus antihero, but I wanted to present an alternate picture, one that reflects the legend more accurately.

These are creatures to be feared.

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We’ve all seen John Henry Fuseli’s famous painting. Yes, there is a sexual pull on the victim, a strange allure. However, there is terror involved as well.

In researching this book, I was amazed at how many chat rooms still exist in which alleged victims claim to suffer from incubus attacks. This sort of phenomena can paralyze victims and drain them of energy. There are numerous accounts in books of the paranormal, dating back centuries.

The symptoms can be horrific. One may experience a choking sensation or inability to breathe. This is because incubi are said to sit on the victim’s chest, cutting off the air supply. My heroine Renata experiences this as well. The victim may begin to feel listless, unfocused. They lose all vitality and strength. Their appearance begins to show the strain. Reports detail dark circles under the victim’s eyes or pale skin. Some accounts claim an incubus can father a child with its hapless victim, creating a half-human offspring. As the victim’s health deteriorates, a victim might contemplate suicide.

Not so sexy, is it?

In Night Lover, my incubus Hugh suffered tragedy in life, a tragedy that was amplified when he was cursed by a man who worshiped Satan. He despises his fate but cannot seem to alter it. He’s been trapped on a torturous plane, destined to seduce and lead women to destruction.

Can Renata, his latest victim, save him? And will she be able to save herself in the process?

I hope you will read Night Lover and find out.

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Canadian soprano Renata Bruno is tired of waiting for her big break. Unfortunately, her boss, the conductor of a chamber ensemble, sees her as little more than background material. When she learns of an opportunity to sing solo with a different troupe in England, she knows she must seize it. Especially when she hears the group is to perform Mozart’s Requiem, her favorite work.

As soon as Renata decides to make her move, a strange, sultry presence invades her life. She begins dreaming of a man, one who makes love to her, bewitching her. It isn’t long before her night lover leaves startling proof of his nocturnal presence, making her doubt her senses.

To compound her discomfort, she learns her new conductor is the college boyfriend who broke her heart years ago. As Renata grapples with old hurts and renewed passion, she must also fend off the increasingly fervent advances of her night-time visitor. She realizes she is under the influence of an incubus, a sexual demon.

It becomes harder to resist the incubus when she learns he has a name and had a tragic history. The more she discovers about his past, the more she realizes they are linked in more ways than one. Renata begins to rediscover love and her sense of faith, but will it be enough to save her night lover from an evil curse? And will it destroy her in the process?

Excerpt:

Margaret reached for my hand and squeezed it. “I’ve taken it upon myself to speak with some of the religious leaders in my community…”

“Margaret, I’m not religious.”

“No, but you said yourself you acknowledge intangibles. You recognize the existence of spirits, if not God.” She handed me a sheet of printed paper with several stanzas on it. “These are prayers to ward off an incubus.”

I skimmed the paragraphs and shook my head. “Away with you, Satan? May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you? I’m not comfortable with this.”

“Well, if you won’t read the prayers, continue to read his journal. Perhaps something there will resonate with you.” She squeezed my shoulder. “You may have invited him in, Renata, but he came because he recognized your vulnerabilities. He knows the chink in your armor. He understands your deepest fears. Do you?”

Preorder links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Lover-Rosanna-Leo-ebook/dp/B016TMOHT2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/night-lover-1

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-lover-rosanna-leo/1122845405?ean=2940152424058

Project Purse Dump – Katherine McIntyre

How exciting to meet Katherine McIntyre for the first time! And I get to look in her purse while I’m at it. You wouldn’t get that in real life, folks. But here on #ProjectPurseDump, we can play voyeur. This talented author is also a massage therapist.

I have a  good feeling about. Katherine. 🙂 Now, Katherine, I have a sore spot on my left shoulder…

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When offered the chance to get purse-onal, I jumped on it. (Grin and bear it, I love my puns!) I have to admit though, it wasn’t until I spilled the contents out on the floor for the picture that I realized what a wonderful metaphor it was for myself. For any purse carrier, what you choose to put in that small space is a reflection of you, in some shape or form. After all, anyone with a heavy purse knows the burden of the beast weighing down your shoulders.

Without further ado, here’s mine and the contents:

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First, note the ratty canvas bag that I’ve had for a couple years now. It’s frayed and covered in a splatter of fake zombie blood that just won’t come out. In case you hadn’t gathered, I’m quite a tomboy, and perfectly content toting around a functional bag I got for fifteen bucks at Big Lots. Although, I may need a new one soon as the bottom’s getting pretty worn.

Obviously, my wallet and keys are the essentials. To be noted, that Gamecube lanyard was given to me by one of my first boyfriends, well over ten years ago. Yep, since the time of Nintendo Gamecube. Hey, if it’s not broke, I don’t need to fix it. When I was a teenager, I used to wear boy pants and would always lose my keys from the pockets, hence the lanyard received. Same with my wallet—it was a hand-me-down from someone. I’m the queen of Goodwill and hand-me-downs.

Next in the queue of importance: my notebook, my planner, and my Kindle. Let’s be honest folks, a Kindle is a book nerd’s best friend, and the second I’m waiting somewhere or have a break at work, you can bet I’m tearing through another book. And the notebook is an author’s best friend. Likewise, if I’ve got time and a scene sneaks up on me, I’ll start jotting things down. As for the planner, I’m a Leslie Knope planning queen, even though I’ve got the memory of a goldfish—so the planner’s essential.

Now to tackle my weird nitty gritties. On the right hand side, I have a thumb drive loaded with pictures of our recent trip to Canada—my husband and I brought it with when we went to visit my folks. As for the little white square next to it, that’s my Square Reader that I take to events with me. Though, I have a couple floating around.

Next to those? The business cards are for my massage business—a massage therapist has to always be prepared. Underneath the cards is a sample of ginger from a different vendor than I normally use for tea. I’ve been meaning to take it out of my purse for awhile now, but it got sucked into the vortex. And of course, a pad—I mean, what lady doesn’t have some sort of pad or tampon in her purse? As for the pens, self explanatory due to the notebook. On top of that is my little name tag for work—if you squint and see the LMT, it stands for Licensed Massage Therapist.

But the oddities aren’t over! I’ve got a rock in the bottom of my purse, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where it’s from. When I was a kid I had a huge rock collection and when I see cool ones or ones from important places, I like to pick them up…however, that’s useless if I can’t remember where it was from. (See, goldfish memory.) And bobby pins, which I just discovered how to use a year or two ago. Quit those appalled looks, I’m terrible at traditional ‘girl’ things. A hair tie is important, because when I give up on my half-assed effort at styling, I usually just throw it back into a ponytail. And the coin floating around is one from Canada, now useless to me here!

Finally, we’ve spotted something girly in my bag—makeup! But as with everything, for me it’s the bare essentials. I’ve got two chapsticks, an awesome lipstain that for as inexpensive it was works so wonderfully, and a dark brown eyeshadow crayon that I use to give my eyelids some contour. When I put on makeup for work it’s….either the lipstain or the eyeshadow. I don’t usually do both, because as we’ve stated before, I suck at dolling myself up on a day to day basis. Doesn’t mean I can’t commit for weddings or parties and whatnot, but on an average day, I’d rather spend the extra time reading or writing.

As for the contents of my purse, that’s all folks! But the fun doesn’t stop here—a bunch of fantastic blogs are participating every Friday, so keep tabs on #ProjectPurseDump, and tag your own photos!

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Author Bio-

A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. Not only can her poetry and prose be found in different magazines, but she’s had an array of novels and novellas published through Decadent Publishing, Boroughs Publishing, Hazardous Press, and Jupiter Gardens Press. For more casual content, she’s a regular contributor on CaffeineCrew.com, a geek news website.

Author Links-

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kmcintyreauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pixierants

Website: http://www.katherine-mcintyre.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Katherine-McIntyre/e/B00J8U4VNU

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6473654.Katherine_McIntyre

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Valerie Twombly. Fall Into Darkness.

Today’s post is an exciting one, folks! Not only do I get to introduce you to author Valerie Twombly’s latest book Fall Into Darkness, I get to share her interview with cover model Craig Gierish.  So get your one-click finger ready and enjoy!

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I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful photographer by the name of Eric David Battershell at RT Booklovers in Dallas this past May. After chatting with him I decided to try my first custom shoot for the cover of Fall Into Darkness. I saw Craig and instantly knew he was it. He fit the image I had of Eli perfectly. I have to say; I’ve grown very fond of him. Let’s face it, not only is he sexy, but smart, and determined. I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I have and I certainly hope you enjoy Eli and Ashley’s story.

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The ALPHA movement is upon us.

Gone are the days of excuses and reasons not to progress.

We ALWAYS give our ALL,

Striving to be our best in ALL aspects of life.

We motivate, encourage and empower others,

RISING to greatness hand in hand.

Join us, sisters and brothers.

Together we can accomplish anything!

TOGETHER WE WILL RISE!

 

What inspired you to start the site?

I always wondered why there was never a place where adults and children could be educated in a fun, imaginative way TOGETHER.  I took it upon myself to bridge this gap!  It saddens me to know the amount of misinformation out there.

Supplement companies and the food industry will use clever marketing to sell their products.  They do not care for your health.  Like any big corporation, they are after only one thing…your money.

Children are brought up to eat what the generations before them ate.  As a result, we see a DRASTIC increase in the obesity rate, health risks, and many other problems associated with diet in children and adults alike.

The Alpha Alliance was created to teach not only the benefits of eating healthy and living an active lifestyle, but we also teach how to better yourself in mind, body, and spirit/the belief in yourself to achieve ANYTHING you set out to do.  The Alliance will have recipes for adults and children alike.  The goal is to make it fun and help set our Lil’ Alphas down a path of success that they can sustain for the rest of their lives, while simultaneously helping to educate the teens and adults on all of the misinformation they have been fed all their lives.  Most health problems ARE reversible by making simple life changes.  I hope that you will join me and become an ALPHA ALLIANCE RECRUIT once my Web site is ready for launch!

How did you meet Michael Stokes?

Funny story:  I started modeling almost exactly one year ago.  I had just created my Facebook page, had zero fans, had zero friends, and two “selfies.”  I mass-messaged authors, photographers, and anyone who I thought could give me insight into modeling.

Needless to say, after sending out around 400 messages, I gave up hope.  Until, one day, I got a Facebook message from Stokes that read this:  “I like your look but I do not think you’re real.”  I, of course, understand why, so I offered to Facetime him.  The next day we met via Facetime, and he told me if I fly out to Cali he will do a shoot with me.

A few days after, here I am sitting on a plane, just used my last $400 for a flight to meet someone who I have NO IDEA has so much influence.  Ignorant on my part for not doing research first.  Little did I know the gift I was given.  I truly believe that he helped kickstart my career and my belief in myself.

I can say that the Alpha Alliance would not have even been imagined if that man had not believed in me and given me a chance when everyone else turned their heads away.

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How can people help you to achieve your goals?

You can “Like and Share with all of your friends, family, and loved ones” my Alpha Alliance Facebook page.  This is where you will get all the content and updates until the Web site is ready to be launched.

Big things are coming, and I hope you will be a part of my journey!

Your Social Media Links

Website: http://www.risetoalpha.com/alpha-alliance/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alphaallianceheadquartersfanpage

Alpha Alliance- https://www.facebook.com/alphaallianceheadquartersfanpage

Model Page- https://www.facebook.com/fitmodelcraig

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RTA_Craig

Instagram: RTA_CRAIG

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/craiggierish

I truly appreciate all your time and your willingness to listen to my story.

TOGETHER WE WILL RISE!!

CRAIG GIERISH

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Fall Into Darkness
By Valerie Twombly
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Eli lives by his own rules and bows to no one, even when summoned before the Tribunal Seven. They deem the hunter has lost his humanity and sentence the angel to earth with one mission: find some compassion or be condemned to Hell.

Ashley considers herself a freak. With one glance into a person’s eyes, she foresees their death. When an attack brings a handsome stranger to her rescue, she can’t help but be drawn to his steel-blue gaze.

Fate will bring them together but desire could bond them for eternity.

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Ashley wandered through Eli’s bedroom, noting how bare it was. Except for a queen four-poster bed, a dresser, and a fireplace, there was nothing else here. She wondered how lonely he must have been to never make a real home in one place. Eva had told her this small cabin in the north woods was always his favorite and that was why she’d asked to be brought here.

After stoking a fire, she donned the short red nightie that hardly covered her breasts and left her long legs exposed. There was no way he could resist, not if he were half as needful as she, and something told her he would be more so. She hoped he’d be so lust ridden he’d complete the bond. Guilt filled her for what she was about to do, but she’d do anything to save him. She’d worry about the aftermath later.

The double-winged tattoo on the back of her hip burned, and she’d learned it meant Eli was close by. Was he watching from a distance? She stepped into the soft light of the fire, knowing it cast a sensual glow across her skin. Yeah, she was pulling out all the stops. A cool breeze whispered across her skin causing her nipples to tighten.

He was here.

She turned, and when her gaze fell upon him standing in the shadows she gasped. His naked chest glistened in the firelight that reflected across the room. A thick rope of muscles coiled just under his skin, and her fingertips itched to touch him. Dark jeans, settled so low on his hips, she could see the dusting of hair that led to his sweet spot. However, it was the massive black wings that stretched out and brushed the ground that really drew her attention. Her fallen angel was dark and sinister, yet every fiber of her being said he’d never harm her. He’d come to her and she was determined to finish what they’d started.

She was determined to save his soul.

“Eli.” She took a step closer.

He flashed a set of fangs. “I’ve never been weak in my entire life, but with you… You are my weakness. Look at me Ashley, I’m one step away from claiming you. Being mated to me will be a fate worse than death.”

Another step. Careful not to scare him off, she stopped short of being able to reach out and touch him. Opening her mind, he could feel everything she did should he choose to. “You’re wrong. Walking away from you would be a worse fate. You’ve touched something deep inside me. Fate brought us together because we need each other.” She took the last step and placed her hands on his chest. He stiffened beneath her touch.

“I need you and I don’t mean just the physical. I mean emotionally as well. You have my heart as well as my body. All of me, it belongs to you.”

His adam’s apple rose and fell then he gripped her waist and tugged her close. He bent his head and slanted his mouth over hers. Sucking her bottom lip through his teeth, he gave a nibble; his fangs gently scraped her sensitive flesh before his tongue slipped inside. She dragged her nails down his chest, and he deepened the kiss. They both became lost in the moment.

Eli broke the kiss and licked his way down her neck and across her clavicle. Ashley tipped her head back on a moan.

“You have on too many clothes,” he whispered.

“Then I suggest you get rid of them,” she urged.

He wasted no time. Gripping the top of her nightie, he ripped it wide open then shoved the satin material off her shoulders and let it drop to the floor. She stood before him, her body bathed in only the firelight.

“You should be laid out on a bed of silk and worshipped. Instead, I tear your clothes from your body.” He unbuttoned his jeans and shoved them to the floor, stepping free from them before he kicked them aside. She started to reach for his erection, but he spun her and pinned her back against the wall. “I can’t stop myself. I’m so damn cold, and I need to feel your warmth wrapped around me.”

“Take what you need.”
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I’m one step away from claiming you.” ~Eli, Fall Into Darkness. Preorder today!

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Award winning and bestselling author, Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby, and her two German Shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers. She is also the founder of Sexy Scribblers, a group of romance writers who bring readers new and fresh stories every month.

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Night Lover available for preorder.

Looking for a stand-alone paranormal romance that will sweep you off your feet? I invite you to check out my new book Night Lover, coming to Hartwood Publishing on Nov. 5.

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Night Lover is now available for preorder at Amazon and Kobo. Stay tuned for more links in the coming days.

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/night-lover-1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Lover-Rosanna-Leo-ebook/dp/B016TMOHT2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445375279&sr=1-1&keywords=night+lover+rosanna+leo

Featuring a talented soprano heroine, her sexy conductor and the doomed spirit of a man from Regency England, Night Lover is already garnering some great reviews on Goodreads. Add it to your TBR list today.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27210031-night-lover

Canadian soprano Renata Bruno is tired of waiting for her big break. Unfortunately, her boss, the conductor of a chamber ensemble, sees her as little more than background material. When she learns of an opportunity to sing solo with a different troupe in England, she knows she must seize it. Especially when she hears the group is to perform Mozart’s Requiem, her favorite work.
As soon as Renata decides to make her move, a strange, sultry presence invades her life. She begins dreaming of a man, one who makes love to her, bewitching her. It isn’t long before her night lover leaves startling proof of his nocturnal presence, making her doubt her senses.
To compound her discomfort, she learns her new conductor is the college boyfriend who broke her heart years ago. As Renata grapples with old hurts and renewed passion, she must also fend off the increasingly fervent advances of her night-time visitor. She realizes she is under the influence of an incubus, a sexual demon.
It becomes harder to resist the incubus when she learns he has a name and had a tragic history. The more she discovers about his past, the more she realizes they are linked in more ways than one. Renata begins to rediscover love and her sense of faith, but will it be enough to save her night lover from an evil curse? And will it destroy her in the process?

Project Purse Dump – Tara Quan

I’ve been pub sisters with the talented Tara Quan for a while now, but I finally get to peek inside her purse! She is the next victim, I mean guest, on #ProjectPurseDump and I can’t wait to see what she’s brought us.

Welcome, Tara!

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 Guess what my #cat discovered in my purse last Friday!

Layla Tarar Photo by Melissa Golden

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Now for the boring version.

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Chew Toys:

  1. My lunch money pouch, which I bought during a trip to San Francisco many moons ago. It’s made from recycled plastic, and it might just be the hardiest coin purse I’ve ever owned.
  2. My credit card holder. The wallet itself I bought from Thailand. It contains my ATM card, learner’s permit (I have yet to learn how to drive), and one lone business card (just incase I bump into Nalini Singh on a roman sidewalk one day).
  3. My Italian ID card—it’s a laminated piece of paper, and it’s a smidge too big to fit into my wallet. I usually have it loose in my purse.

Treasure Boxes:

  1. Eye glass box. (Warby Parker is awesome for cheap online specs).
  2. Mini-clutch. It usually holds everything under “Chew Toys,” along with my phone. As you can tell, my purse is humongous, so I occasionally have to streamline in a hurry. It’s really easy to do when the essentials are already in a single container.
  3. Empty lunch box. I always pack a salad and eat it at my desk, perpetuating the stereotype of the “crazy Americana.” Italians take their lunch and coffee breaks very seriously.
  4. Mint Box. It once actually held “relatively strong mints,” but it is now a container for Eclipse gum and Altoids.

Teeth Sharpeners:

  1. My specs. If I ever leave them lying about, my cat arrives to chew on them without fail.
  2. Lip balm. One for the Mini-clutch, and one for my actual purse. I have a weakness for Clinique chubby sticks.
  3. Wacom Bamboo tablet. My day job involves managing a website and making graphics for it, so I shlep my graphics tablet to and from work. I also find it a lot more comfortable than a mouse. At home, my cat chases the pen around as I use it and attempts to wrestle it out of my clutches.

Dangly Toys:

  1. One for the outer gate, one for the building, one for my apartment.
  2. What girl can leave the house without her phone? I listen to podcasts on my walk to work, so the earphones are a must. (By the way, can you guess what my favorite color is?)
  3. [Not on my cat’s list] Mosquito repellant—I have O+ blood. It makes me a magnet for mosquitoes. Yes, there are mosquitoes in Italy. I didn’t realize how many until I got here.

There you have it, the contents of my purse last Friday. If you’re a fan of comics starring cats, check out the book trailers I made for my A Witch’s Night Out series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ68qla6xrPE8a69mh9iV3g/videos

(You may recognize the cartoon kitty. I have a tendency to recycle graphics.)

About the Tara Quan

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her characters, armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com

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