Thursday, June 27, 2013

#BookReviews ~ Romantic Suspense anyone?

I've been actively searching out reviews for both Crime & Passion and Always & Forever over the last few months, trying to get serious about finding out what people really think. I was so pleased to get some great reviews over at The Romance Reviews. In fact, the reviewer first read Crime & Passion and then went on to request Always & Forever. I was very pleased with what CozyReader thought. Check out her reviews below.

(Originally posted at

 Book Reviewed by CozyReader (reviewer)
[ Review Posted: May 11, 2013 ] - See all my reviews
Beauty is skin deep. When it's true love, it doesn't matter what one looks like. Can insecurities from her childhood and the infidelity of her fiancé cause her to lose the man that loves her for herself?

Madeline "Maddie" Scott has left her life behind and is ready for a new start. Being new in town, she starts walking dogs and is also a substitute teacher to make money. One morning during her walk on the beach, she walks she finds a dead body. Little did she know it wouldn't be her last. When she meets the officer who's to take her statement, she feels a pull toward him. There is something about him--the way her gave her his jacket to keep her warm, his arm around her shoulder--that makes her feel safe. However, he is a maybe she can have a casual fling with him.

Officer Donovan Andrews is known as the playboy in the small town. He is known to go out with women and have sex with them, then move on. But when he sees Maddie, she reminds him of the one person that he loved when he was younger. He has his own story, and his is truly devastating. I could not help but cry for his pain for everything that had happened to him.

When the investigation started, there were some circumstances that pointed to Donovan. To make matters worse, an article in the newspaper puts Maddie in danger. When she goes to work at Woofy Cuts, she found ... remainder of paragraph and next paragraph omitted because it contains spoilers ...

CRIME AND PASSION is one of those books that I couldn't put down. It captivated me from the beginning to the very end. This is my first read by Ms. Rhondeau and it will not be my last. A very emotional gripping read, this book had my emotions all over the place--it was humorous, sad to the point of crying, but there was also happiness. It was hard for me to pinpoint who could be framing Donovan and why. When I thought I knew who it was, it ended up being someone else.

The romance between Maddie and Donovan had so many insecurities, and in order for them to get past it, they needed to communicate better. They left too much unsaid and they drew their own conclusions. However, the chemistry they shared was sizzling hot. The love scenes are well done and the passion they share is incredible.

Donovan is so compassionate and is there with Maddie when she needs him the most, especially after her attack and the consequences afterwards. Maddie is a very strong woman who's able to deal with everything that is happening around her, but at times she is pretty hard with Donovan. At times I wanted to slap both of them when they were acting like children.

I love Ms. Rhondeau's writing style. It's captivating, vivid and I felt the real emotions of the characters. I highly recommend this book for readers who love a good romance with a twist of suspense.

She went on to read Always & Forever, which really excited me. Check out this great 5 star review (originally posted at

 Book Reviewed by CozyReader (reviewer)
[ Review Posted: May 25, 2013 ] - See all my reviews
Domestic violence is something that a lot of women go through, whether it is with their boyfriend or husband, but no woman should go through that kind of life. This is the story of Lilly and her journey in finding true love and a real family.

Lilly Price had a hard life growing up; the only person that truly cared for her died when she was eight years old. Lilly believed that she deserved to be hit because she couldn't do what Charles (her fiancé) wanted her to do correctly. She tried hard to do everything perfectly and also please him in bed but nothing was good enough for him. One night, when she was awakened by a man with a knife, she thought she would die.

Instead, she survived a brutal attack but soon learns she is the prime suspect in her fiancé's murder. After spending about 2 months in jail, she is set free but still under investigation. She just wants to disappear and start a new life where no one knows who she is.

Widowed Zach Woodridge is a rich, attractive man who had suffered in life. He wasn't looking for another bride, but he couldn't help being attracted to his grandmother's new assistant, Lilly. But Lilly was hiding secrets that could destroy their fragile relationship.

ALWAYS & FOREVER is a heartwarming, gut-wrenching, suspenseful read that had my emotions on a roller coaster the entire time. Lilly was a strong, brave woman, and Zach was a patient, charming, protective man who would do anything in order to keep Lilly safe. The dialogue was well-paced, and the story never felt like it dragged. It just kept getting better and better as you read on.

The characters are written in wonderful detail with heartfelt emotions, such that I wanted to strangle some of them, like his mom, Patricia. The one character that I loved was Savannah, Zach's niece; she was a sweet child who loved her Aunt Lilly.

The romance scenes were hot and steamy, and you could feel the love Zach and Lilly had in each other. Ms. Rhondeau's writing style is amazing and will make an impact on anyone reading this story; it's so realistic.

ALWAYS & FOREVER is a gripping read that will leave you turning page after page until you come to their happily ever after.

Check out The Romance Reviews for other great romance reads!! Have a happy day, my friends!
~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, June 24, 2013

#NewRelease ~ The Mirror ~ Candace L. Bowser

Book Title:  The Mirror
Author:  Candace L. Bowser
Release Date:  June 18, 2013
Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Horror
Length:  280 Pages
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours


Adrianna Bristol stood before her grandmother's antique mirror and stared at the black velvet cloth covering it. She just couldn't believe her nana was gone. The mirror had hung in that exact same spot for the last twenty years, never once had it been moved from the alcove. Adrianna remembered the stern words of her grandmother when she was a child. Annabel Bristol had told her, "promise me Adrianna that you will never uncover the mirror. No matter what it may whisper to you, you must never remove the cover." Adrianna laid her hand against the cool velvet which covered the glass. As she walked away the mirror whispered to her, "you belong to me now. You belong to me." A four hundred year old curse has  plagued the Bristol family since the 1600's. A curse born out of a love so rich and a betrayal so deep, that time itself has no power to stop it. Only Adrianna has the courage to find the truth behind the curse and set her family free. But will the Mirror release its darkest secrets?

My attention was drawn to a horn honking outside. Looking out the window, I could see Sam parked out front. I dashed down the stairs to meet him at the front door. Sam could help me make it through the day along with dad.
My brother wore a black suit with a grey shirt and a black, maroon, and grey striped tie. He looked so handsome in a suit it made me wish he would wear them more often as I admired how nice he looked. When will you ever find the right woman to marry? Although I don’t have much room to talk since I am just as fickle.
“Would you please zip my dress for me?” I asked.
“Sure. How are you holding up today? Did you sleep okay last night?”
“Better than I thought I would but I had the strangest dreams about nana and that mirror,” I said while pointing toward the mirror and wrinkling my nose in disgust.
“Do you remember when we were little and she told us the one thing we could never do was to uncover that mirror?” I asked.
“Yes, but I didn’t understand why. And to be perfectly honest sis, I still don’t understand what the big deal is about that mirror. Everyone acts as if it is cursed. Why would you keep something if it caused so much trouble?”
I smiled and raised an eyebrow. Our family always had an air of peculiarity to it. Most of the people in town were polite to us in an obligatory way. Our family founded Bristol Bay so it was expected that they show us some type of respect. However, I always felt like they feared us as well. They kept their distance, which didn’t bother me in the least. Being social with strangers has never been one of my strong suits. Perhaps that was the reason behind my career choices. Buildings speak through their design and do not need words to communicate with you. Their shapes and angles silently show their character.
Sam followed me to the kitchen and opened the pantry door to look for a lace tablecloth for the dining room table. I found a cream linen one trimmed with lace while rummaging through the linen closet. It would have to do. I spread it out across the table and began to bring in pickle trays, glasses, and silverware. We would not need to provide any food for after the viewing. Everyone would bring a covered dish, sandwiches, or desserts. With the last tray of glasses placed the phone began to ring.
I walked to the hallway and leaned against the doorway listening to Sam speak with the funeral director. They would be here within the hour. Our father would be arriving with them and would be followed by the funeral procession. Sam placed the phone back in the cradle.
“Are you ready for a houseful of company? They’re on their way as we speak.”
Sam knew how much I hated large gatherings.
Why couldn’t we say goodbye to nana alone? At least Leticia will be here and I can ask her about the ring.
We both sat in silence on the window seat until we saw them coming up the driveway.
We greeted each member of our family as they walked up the porch stairs to the landing. Inside we had arranged as many chairs as we could find for them to sit in. At last, I saw dad emerge from the hearse. It never occurred to me how much nana’s death would affect him. Sadness filled his eyes as he wrapped his arms around me. He had grown to love her as he did his own mother and her death had left a mark on his soul.
“I am so sorry daddy,” I whispered while wrapping my arms around him.
“I am too Adrianna. She just left us so unexpectedly. At least she did not suffer. All you can ask for is to slip away peacefully the way she did in her sleep. I could not bear to see her suffer. She was too proud a woman to have endured an injustice like that.”
Once everyone took their seats, Father O’Malley began the service with a prayer. Attending mass was a rarity for me, so it was difficult to sit still for such a long time. I listened as he spoke fondly about her. He told them about her good works, the time she donated so freely to help others. He ended the sermon with the crowning achievement of my nana’s dedication to Our Lady of Penance.
When my grandfather passed away, he had left nana a very substantial amount of money in the form of a trust. He kept it hidden from her the entire time they were married. She used the money to build one of the largest secular libraries in Maine. I smiled and kept my head down. If only Father O’Malley knew the truth. Nana was so angry with him for hiding the money; she used it to build the library because she knew it would infuriate him! I barely heard Father O’Malley ask me if I would like to say any words about her. My hand trembled against the lid of her casket while I gathered the words.
“Annabel Bristol was an unusual and caring woman. She loved her family with the same exuberance that she loved life. She enjoyed the simple aspects of everyday and lived every moment of her life to the fullest. Whether building a library simply to infuriate my dead grandfather as he looked down on her from heaven or tending her teacup roses, she did it with pride. My nana did not care what anyone thought, and she did what she wanted. She did what she could to ease the pain of others and shared her simple joys with them. She will be deeply missed. As long as I live, I will make sure Annabel Bristol is remembered for not only the woman she was but also the woman she was to me.”


An avid writer, Candace works nearly every day on one of her manuscripts. Though she predominately composes works of horror, she also writes mystery, suspense, and adventure. During the 1990’s she was a featured columnist for PRS in Kansas City. In 2011, Candace was honored by being voted one of the Top 20 Most Prolific Authors by AKG mag.. Her books are an unusual blend of historical places and events, along with fictional and non-fictional characters, which she seamlessly weaves into the story .Originally from south-central Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Kansas City with her husband Todd.



Friday, June 21, 2013

Interview: Author versus Character ~ Annamaria Bazzi ~ White Swans: Revelations

Today, Annamaria Bazzi is visiting with me again to tell me about her newest release, the third story in her Young Adult Fantasy series the White Swans. First, lets check out her cover and read the product description.

After attempting to accept her fate in the strange fishbowl world, Kendíka decides it’s impossible. Call her a pet, will they? Determination revived, she tempts her “master’s” fury by trying to make life better for the people of Deverow’s Duchy. She will bring technology to the Regency era or end up a swan trying.

Still longing for a higher station in her new existence, Jillian sets her sights on Harry, the Count of Paddington. The only problem? Getting the man to take notice of her. Perhaps discovering some common ground—besides their rabbit-like features—will do the trick.

Thanks for coming here, Annamaria. Always a pleasure to see you and find out what you've been writing about.

Thank you Chantel for hosting the tour stop, I always enjoy guesting on your blog. 

So, tell us about the newest White Swans book.

As the third book of the White Swans series came out and I prepared for the tour I drew a blank—what to write for your stop. I’ve spent weeks pondering what to do and I’m still coming up dry, so—

Jillian: Why can’t you take me along on the tour? Why do you always take Kendíka? 

Annamaria: Jillian! What are you doing here?

Jillian: I want to be part of the tour.

Annamaria: I did not intend to take anyone with me. But, I guess if you are here I’ll introduce you to Chantel and her readers. Chantel, I’d like you to meet Jillian, the character that popped into the series in the second book, The New Girl in Town.

Chantel: I’m pleased to meet you, Jillian. If you could tell me something we don’t know about Annamaria, what would it be?

Jillian: She plays favoritism. Everything good always happens to Kendíka, while I have to struggle to get what I want. Now the wonderful and handsome Duke Deverow is falling in love with her and I have nothing.

Annamaria: Good things happen to Kendíka because she’s always trying to help others. People see the good in her heart and it draws them to her. One very good thing has happened to you, which you don’t want to acknowledge, you are now Saphora’s pet.

Jillian: All the good that’s going to do me.

Annamaria: It will always depend on how you react and what you do in the circumstances thrown at you in the surrounding events. 

Jillian: You’re full of poppycock. 

Chantel: Before things get out of hand, Jillian can you tell us what you want out of your new life.

Jillian: I don’t want to be a maid. I want to be a woman of position, of status, of influence like Kendíka.

Annamaria: She has gained that position because of her good heart and the good she does for people, you included.

Jillian: (rolls eyes) Miss goody-goody is just a puppet. I don’t want to be a puppet.

Chantel: What makes you think she’s a puppet?

Jillian: Haven’t you noticed how she does everything that’s expected of her?

Annamaria: Okay, Jillian, now you’re pulling things out of the air. Have you buried your head in the sand like an ostrich? 

Jillian: There you go again taking her side.

Annamaria: I think it’s time to thank our host before you get out of hand. Chantel, I hope we haven’t upset your readers too much, and I do want to thank you again for hosting this tour stop.

Chantel: Thanks for stopping by. Didn’t mean to cause a fight between you guys, but it was good to meet Jilian, and I am, of course, always glad to visit with you, Annamaria. 

About the Author:
Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country.

Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent.

She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.

Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

You can visit Annamaria at:
You can write to annamaria at:

Links to Annamaria’s book

White Swans: Revelations


White Swans: The New Girl in Town - FREE right now! Today (6/21) is the last day to grab it!

White Swans: A Regency Era

A Simple Matter of Justice

Revelations of Abaddon: 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

#NewRelease ~ You Killed My Brother

Title: You Killed My Brother
Author: Keith Rommel
Published date: May 21, 2013
Genre: Crime Thriller

How far would you go to make someone pay for hurting a loved one?

Rainer is a successful doctor and father of two. He's a celebrated member of the community for his exceptional care and charity work. Brick is a local street thug that can't keep his nose clean. When fate brings the two together through tragedy, the life of Rainer is changed dramatically.

Glenn is a seasoned cop and Rainer's younger brother. Trusting the justice system, he keeps his desire for revenge in check as Brick is brought to trial. But when the jury hands Brick a lean sentence, Glenn sets out to avenge his family's suffering. But what he forgets in his rage is that for every action, there is a reaction.

Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Keith is a retail manager and has enjoyed collecting comic books since he was a child (a hobby inspired by a teacher in grade school to help overcome a reading comprehension disability).

Keith Rommel is the author of two books in the Thanatology series entitled: The Cursed Man, and The Lurking Man and is a Sunbury Press #1 Bestselling author. Keith has recently been featured on Suspense Magazine Radio Show and has had several writer how-to articles published. He is currently working on the third novel in the series scheduled for a summer 2013 release.

The Cursed Man (Book 1)

The Lurking Man (Book 2)

Thanatology |ˌθanəˈtäləjē|noun 
The scientific study of death and dying and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families.

Sounds interesting! Don't forget to check out Keith's Thanatology Series as well! Progress is being made toward the first book, The Cursed Man, becoming a movie. Check that out here:

Have a great day!
~~ Chantel ~~

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Crime & Passion ~ Reviews and Guest Posts

This week marked the start of my blog tour through CLP Blog Tours to spread the word about Crime & Passion. Below is a list of all my wonderful hosts and what we are doing on their blogs. I will update to include more links as posts are put up. Check it out: 

June 17 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

June 18 – Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

June 19 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

June 19 – Musings From an Addicted Reader – Review

June 20 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review

June 21- Dr. Pepper Diva – Guest Post

June 24 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Q&A

If you haven't heard about Crime & Passion, here are the details:

Cover art by LFD Desigs for Authors
A decorated police officer, more intent on justice than following the letter of the law, lands in trouble when a schoolteacher finds a dead body on the beach.

Officer Donovan Andrews knows how to have a good time—ask any woman in town. But when it comes to men abusing their wives or children, Donovan takes it upon himself to make them regret it.

Madeline Scott is unlucky in love. All she wants is a quiet place to heal, away from cheating, womanizing men. However, her life is far from peaceful once she stumbles across the body and witnesses someone fleeing the scene.

Terror spreads in Pleasant View when the small community hears a killer is on the loose. All evidence points to Donovan, and he realizes someone is trying to frame him. When troubling suspicions from his past surface, even fellow officers believe he’s guilty. Madeline might be the only person who can clear his name, but first he has to win her trust.

The body count rises and no one is safe. The murderer makes it clear Madeline is next. Soon, Donovan’s whole world is focused on protecting her and keeping himself out of prison. The more time he spends with her, the harder it is to fight his growing attraction. Since she’s been burned by love, convincing Madeline he’s interested in something more than hot sex may prove harder than keeping her alive.

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Thanks goes out to all my readers for your support and encouragement over the last year. I love writing my stories, but it wouldn't be worth it without you reading them! Have a great week!!

~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, June 17, 2013

#BookReview ~ The Timekeeper ~ Jordana Barber

Title:    The Timekeeper ~ Book One of the Aliis Mundi Series
Author: Jordana Barber
Genre: Fantasy/Angels/Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 stars

The Timekeeper, one of the manipulators of the threads of fate, is now the target of Angels. After being on the protected list of every race known since her existence, Ilana is now forced to knock the rust off her Assassin training. Her death will trigger the end of time, but with her Dragon husband, a Demon King, and her own group of oddball guardians as her only chance, she might be able to save herself. Deception lingers in the Timekeepers world, and the beginning of the end of time hangs in the balance.

My Review
I have to say, this book is very different from anything I have read before. There is a bit of mythology, a bit of modern religious beliefs, and a very compelling voice from the demon princess herself. 

In the first couple pages, I honestly wasn't certain I would enjoy  this book. There is quite a bit of back story given about Ilana's 'real' life on the other side of the veil, what her job is, and the people surrounding her and her family, that I thought I would get lost. However, the voice of the character was so compelling and entertaining that I had to read on. And I'm glad I did.

I really, really like Ilana. She is tough, capable, and does her best to do what she sees as right, even if she is half demon and certain values (such as faithfulness to one's spouse) aren't quite in keeping with a traditional romance story. I was drawn in by the problems she faced, the fact that she was helping fallen angels, trying to protect her family (and really everyone with the job she has), and the strength she had within herself to do what needed done. I also enjoyed the details about mythology and other fantasy elements incorporated into Barber's world. 

There were parts in which I got confused as to which character was speaking, which did detract slightly from my overall enjoyment. That said, it was never enough to stop me from reading. The idea for this story is unique. I felt as though the main characters weren't just a rehash of everything I'd already read before, and I think it's a great start to the series. 

Four stars from me and a wonderful job on this author's debut book. I look forward to reading more by Jordana Barber and more in this world she has created.

You can find TheTimekeeper on Amazon -  

Happy reading, my friends. Have a great week! 
~~ Chantel ~~

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Wicked Hope by Tabatha Vargo

Title:  Wicked Hope
Author:  Tabatha Vargo
Release Date:  Fall 2013
Genre:  Paranormal / Fantasy Romance
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours


There isn’t anything that Mage McPherson wouldn’t do for love, including steal someone’s spirit. After Adam is tragically lost to her, Mage discovers a spell that can bring him back. But things can never be that simple, and she learns the hard way that there are always consequences when it comes to magic. Adam isn’t quite the Adam she remembers and now whatever he feels, she feels...times two.

Adam Westcott knows three things. One, Mage McPherson is the love of his life. Two, thanks to Mage’s wonder spell they are now somehow physically connected. And three, there’s a part of him, right next to the heart that beats for her, that wants to kill her. The only option is to run, but it’s impossible to run away from yourself. The inner struggle within himself makes for a hard fight when yet another dark magic comes to call.

Sometimes it’s not evil that you must defeat, sometimes it’s love, and when the line between love and hate is at its thinnest, there’s no telling what can happen. But Mage won’t lose hope, even if destiny is being a witch.


He’s here, just inside the electric-blue doors that mark the entrance to hell. I can sense him. The part of me that lives inside him calls to me. The connection is so strong that it takes my breath away. For a brief moment I begin to hyperventilate. Even if it wasn’t a matter of life or death, I’d still want to be here more than any other place on earth. Here, in a back alley of the city of sin.

I’m pulled towards him, so I waste no more time and push the doors open. The stench of lust and cigarette smoke invades my senses. The distinct smell of pheromones and overly sweet perfume mixes in for a very nauseating scent.

He’s knows I’m here. He can sense me the way I sense him and even though I can’t see him, I feel his eyes on me.

The loud techno music is distracting as I make my way through the crowded room. Half naked women rub themselves like horny cats against silver poles. One in particular catches my attention. She bends with the music allowing her platinum hair to fall over before she shakes it back and forth. She runs her hands up her knee high boots before throwing her head back—platinum locks thrashing around her narrow face. She looks down at me from her mini stage and mirror eyes flash with her overly seductive smile.

I turn away quickly and my eyes land on him. The moment I see him, the side of his mouth twitches into an evil smirk. Adam would never smile at me that way, and yet, there he is.

Tabatha's been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.

At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She's now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful seven-year-old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel, Wicked Fate, in May of 2009.

She's now pursuing her English degree and she hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Author versus Character Interview with John Tucker and Terpischore

Book Title: Bemused and Bedeviled: Terpsichore in Love
Author:  John Tucker
Release Date:  May 15, 2013
Genre:  Supernatural Romance/Comedy
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours

I'm meeting with Author John Tucker and the lead character in his newest book, Terpischore. She is one of the nine Muses in Greek literature, very beautiful, and is known for being the Muse of the Dance. 

So, how did you two meet and how long ago was it?

John - Well, I was looking to write a romantic comedy in a paranormal vein. I wanted a hybrid of Bewitched, Melrose Place, and How I Met Your Mother.

Terpischore - And I whispered in his ear, gave him the plot, and here we are. 

John - Three years ago I worked on a scripted series simply called Bemused. I wrote 34 episodes, grew tired with it, and began to write novels and short stories.

Terpischore - I advised the butthead into making it a series of novels instead, and changed the name to Terpsichore in Love because...duh...I'm clearly the star.

What was your first impression of each other?

John - I thought Terpsichore was beautiful, bubbly, and very intelligent.

Terpischore - I know for a fact John's a village idiot. I mean, come on, look at him.

So, John, what does Terpischore do that annoys you the most?

John - She wants to be in every scene, berates me into putting her in the best light imaginable, and never says a word of gratitude. 

Terpischore, if you could say just one thing to John, what would it be?

He's clueless. I whisper advice for every scene in his ears and makes sure he doesn't get writers block. If it wasn't for me, he'd probably have Clio or Urania for his main character. And that would be gnarly.  Love me, love my advice  

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened between you two?

Terpsichore - OhmiFather, I can't believe how he wrote the first real love scene between me and Dan Gordon, my sweetie. I wanted it to be a little dirty, but nooooooo. He makes it provocative, emotional, and totally wimpy. Like I'd ever dance around in a sheet singing the words to Xanadu. I do it there.

John - Next question, please.

John, what do you feel the worst about doing to Terpischore?

Honestly, I haven't written anything bad about her. She does it all to herself. Terpsichore has a bit of a temper and a jealous streak. All her sisters told me this before I started writing. She thinks she's perfect...and I'll leave it at that. 

Do you think you two will meet again in the future?

Terpsichore - Kinda sorta...the Bemused and Bedeviled series, starring me, will be a total of six books. So I'm stuck writing all his stuff for the next year or so.

John - A need a Siren to kill me - like right now.


The nine traditional Greek Muses, who are now living on Earth, find their everyday lives disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious mortal who is developing powers beyond human capabilities. After Dan Gordon falls in love with Terpischore, he finds himself in the midst of a power struggle between the forces of Heaven and the denizens of Hades – with the winner claiming his heart and soul.

Bemused and Bedeviled takes you into the drama-filled lives of the nine sisters, headed up by the impetuous Terpischore, oversexed Melpomene, irascible Calliope, and the impossibly cheerful Euterpe. On the dark side, Lucifer and his three Sirens – the level-headed Calypso, wrathful Celestia, and the effervescent Chanteuse – deal with their own darker issues. The representatives of good and evil vie for Dan’s loyalty and allegiance, despite family issues that threaten to rip the very fabric of the universe apart.

John. D. Tucker is a longtime Georgia native who began writing at the age of forty-three. He has self-published three novels: Divisive – a psychological crime thriller, The Little Girl You Kiss Goodnight – a young adult mystery, and Romancing the Fox – a contemporary romance/drama. He seems to be becoming a jack of all genres with his first novel under the GMTA banner – Terpischore in Love (Bemused and Bedeviled Book One) a romantic comedy filled with mythological characters interacting with contemporary mortals.

A little birdie told me today is John's birthday!! Happy birthday, John! I hope it's a great one!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

#NewRelease ~ The Devil Take You by H K Carlton

Book Title:  The Devil Take You
Author:  H K Carlton
Release Date:  May 31st, 2013
Genre:  Historical Romance Scottish/British
Publisher:   MuseItUp Publishing


I believe your stay in purgatory has only just begun…

Blurb The Devil Take You:

Scotland—1307—During the Scottish Wars of Independence

Gard Marschand will stop at nothing in his pursuit to regain what is lost. Concealing his true identity, he will associate with his enemies, kill his own countrymen, even sell his soul to the devil if all else fails. He will lie, cheat, steal, rape and siege his way across two countries gaining power and reputation in his malevolent wake. His determination all consuming, until King Edward commands Gard to lay siege on Ross-shire holding, where Braelynn Galbraith obliterates his single-minded purpose.

Braelynn Galbraith wants peace for her beloved Scotland, marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Callum, and a house full of children. In that order. But evil incarnate in the form of Gard Marschand, turns her life inside out and destroys all hope of a decent marriage.

Can Gard abandon his deep-seated need of revenge for a love that might just save his soul, or will he succumb to the demons that hound him and surrender to the devil within?

Excerpt from The Devil Take You

Brae smelled smoke. Looking toward the village she saw a black plume
rising over the burm into the sky. Dropping the bouquet she had been fashioning she ran toward the edge of the moor. She could hear the commotion, the screaming of the town folk as they scurried to assemble a fire brigade. What, she thought belatedly, if they were screaming for another reason? She did not hear the horses from behind until they were upon her.

Some unknown assailant grabbed Brae by the hair, plucking her from the
ground. The pace of the destrier did not even slow as they neared the village. Her breath rushed from her lungs at the force, and she bunched her hand into his enormous black cloak for fear she would fall.

As she struggled to force breath back into her lungs, his large black leather clad hand wrapped shockingly around her backside, firmly but not roughly.

“This one be mine!” The sound of his deep voice chilled her. He was English!
She closed her eyes and remembered what Callum and her father said to her only a few days ago. Had her own father’s words cursed her? Was she to learn the lesson the hard way?

She was afraid to open her eyes but knew by the smell stinging her nose that
they were close to the source of the acrid smoke.

The horses came to a sudden stop and she was dragged by the ankles as another  attacker attempted to tear her from her captor’s lap. Her skirt rode high but the one who held her stayed her arms and she could not reach to pull it back down into place. “She be mine,” he growled at the other man.

“And I changed me mind, I want her!” said the other voice as his hands moved
over her bare legs.

Brae looked up in horror at the raider holding her, as the one who sounded like he was one of her own slid his rough hands ever higher. Her captor leaned in the saddle, placed his large booted foot into the chest of the other man and heaved. Her legs dropped as he fell backward from the blow. Her arms pulled taut and stretched painfully as they supported her weight. He let go and she slid down the horse’s side, falling to the ground in a tangle of voluminous skirts. She did not wait to untangle herself but took the opportunity that presented itself. She leapt to her feet and ran. But the horseman was faster. He grabbed her by the hair yet again, circling it around his hand as he reeled her in.

“Not so fast, Caileag,” he sneered the last as if ’twas a nasty word. “You and I
have some business to attend to.”

The Devil Take You © 2013 by H K Carlton

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H K Carlton is a multi-published Canadian author of historical, erotic and contemporary romance. She lives in Ontario with her hard working husband and lovely teenage daughter. She also has two grown sons.

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