The Nurse's Christmas Temptation
(Mills & Boon Medical)
Ann McIntosh and Traci Douglass
October 3, 2019
She didn’t plan on celebrating Christmas… Can he change her mind? Nurse Harmony Kinkaid grabs the chance to spend Christmas working on a remote Scottish island. Without her beloved grandmother, the season won’t be the same. But her organized world is thrown off balance by her fierce attraction to daredevil Dr. Cameron MacRurie. He’s her complete opposite – she’d be foolish to fall for him. Yet as Christmas lights begin to shine, Cam becomes a temptation impossible to ignore…
doctor and a female nurse – meet up as she becomes his surgery and community
nurse on a fictional small Scottish island.
that is mad about Christmas! Completely bonkers with decorations, events,
lights and the works to attract tourists and improve the economy of course.
storyline emerges and the two fight their attraction but…
that didn’t ring true is that if they make so much fuss about Xmas, and it brings
so many tourists that they have to put up tents in back yards, why then is the
hotel able to find rooms at no notice for a large family gathering? Surely it
would be booked up months in advance – if not years… our experience with
hotels shows us that the best are booked years in advance! Would spoil the
story if course if there was no room at the Inn! But would be more in keeping
of the season…
Nicely written and enjoyable in its type.
M-9: A Chelmin and Spaulding CID Mystery
Chelmin & Spaulding CID Mysteries Book 1
by Marvin J Wolf
Mystery & Thrillers , Police Procedural
Pub Date 20 Aug 2019
Who killed Kendra Farrell and left her bound, dehydrated body on a boxcar loaded with Army boots? Army CID agents Rudy Chelmin and his rookie partner, Will Spaulding, trace the train’s route back to Barstow, CA, and the Marine Corps Supply Depot. Before they can begin a joint-service investigation, they come under attack by a determined and heavily armed international gang. As they try to unwrap the mystery of Kendra’s death they must take out a sniper, escape from an RPG attack that levels a city block, and dodge a car bomb—and that’s just the first few days. To find Kendra’s killer they must learn why she was killed. As they unravel a mind-twisting snarl of nefarious, intertwined networks, they must also battle the bureaucracy—The FBI, Homeland Security, and the Barstow police want their share of the case. Then Chelmin vanishes and Spaulding has only three days to learn if his partner will suffer Kendra’s agonizing fate.
This is a complex story that might confuse so you need to
keep your wits about you when reading it! I thought it was interesting in the way
that the Army, Navy, FBI and local PD were interlinked in solving the murders
and the rationale for them.
Keep the story straight and the various characters involved, and you will enjoy the book…
Captain Shea Lara is the current leader of The Veiled Duchess. The most feared pirate ship in all of Neried. And now, after completing her former mentor’s final score, she’s retiring. Everything seems to be coming to an end… Until a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score she can’t refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Princess Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And an obscured threat that could upturn Shea’s entire world storms on the horizon. She’ll face it alone unless she can allow herself the support she needs from old and new allies alike. Something’s coming and Shea is at the center of it.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose
this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you
think it is different and your approach is unique?
I came up with
the idea for Shea Lara in a DnD session. I’d never played before, I was there
kind of by chance, and they handed me a character sheet and I just started
writing about who I’d want to be in a fantasy world. I always loved pirates
growing up, Pirates of the Caribbean was one of my favorites. The girl was a
king, the guy was the damsel, and Jack was amazing. So I thought if I could be
anyone I’d be a pirate. And Shea was born. I worked on the concept, evolved her
into a story and Nereid was created soon after. I don’t know if my approach is
unique, I tend to have a concept about a character and then I create a world
Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher
took you up?
I’ve never worked with a publishing firm, I’ve never really wanted to. I knew
that I wanted to get my story out there and I didn’t want to go the traditional
route, waiting on someone else to do the work for me. I thought I’m capable,
I’m passionate about this. I’m going to do this. So I did.
Would you recommend self-publishing and building an
audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that
it might have for the aspiring novelist?
never thought about it, if traditional publishing was to become an option for
me in the future I don’t know if I would take it. I’ve done a lot as a
self-publisher and it’s a lot of work but at the end of the day the reward is
mine and the story is mine. I think if traditional publishing works for you,
you should do it, but people should know it’s not the only route and it doesn’t
validate your work. You validate your work by working hard and persevering.
What do you read when you are ill in bed?
When I’m at home,
sick, and I need something comforting I pull out my old Percy Jackson books. I
loved the first series growing up and it’s just sentimental. The stories are
familiar, the epics, the characters and I love anything to do with mythology.
What is your favorite
I’m a fantasy
nerd. I write fantasy and I read it. I love historical fiction and high fantasy
are my absolute favorites. I don’t tend to branch beyond that, I’ve tried but
I’m not an everyday Brooklyn girl. I get too much reality in my own life. So
any kind of book that features a mystical land or dystopian universe that
expands imagination, it’s on my shelf.
If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A
The living author
would have to be Aimee Carter. I’m such a fan of her Goddess Test series, she’s
a fantastic writer. And dead, J.R.R. Tolkien. Huge fan of the hobbit growing up
and I am a very detailed oriented writing so LOTR was a huge inspiration to me.
In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
cracks me up in any of his series, he has got humor down pact. And all of his
characters are so wonderfully relatable and Percy’s inner dialogues are my own
half the time.
Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And
if so, why?
I took a lot of
pointers from Tolkien, and other writers in the fantasy interwoven with
mythologies. Tolkien’s descriptions were something I really loved and I wanted
to create a cinematic feel to my story as if you could see it happening in your
mind’s eye. Rick Riordan, Aimee Carter, L.J. Smith are all masters at creating
a kind of mythology of their own incorporating the original aspects and making
incredible folklore. I definitely drew inspiration from their models for the
world of Nereid.
What have you done with the things you wrote when in
I have all of
them! I have all my childhood journals, my old fanfictions, my scripts for
television shows, my “book” I wrote when I was 12 and they’re completely
cringe-worthy but I love them and will keep them forever. I never know if maybe
I’ll try and revive them again.
Do you have any pets?I do!
If so, what are they? Two Chihuahuas and a Cat.
And what are they called? Ziggy, Zeppelin, and Bowie.
Do they help you write? No, they’re complete distractions. But I usually make one of them sit on my lap at my desk anyway.
What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? I remember one time Ziggy and Zeppelin my two Chihuahuas were begging for attention but I had to get this chapter done so I made them wait. But Bowie strolls into my office and sees his brothers trying to get my attention and how it’s not working and so he does what they cannot. He jumps onto my desk and lays himself across my keyboard much to his brother’s dissatisfaction. And I’m ashamed to say, he got the cuddles first.
What, in your life, are you most proud of doing?
This book. It’s
been a real reward. I worked so hard to get it out there. I am a college
student, newly married, I don’t have the money to spend 2 grand on a
professional editor and to keep sending out printed manuscripts to publishers.
So I found an illustrator at my college for my book map and she did an amazing
job, I had a good friend who’s an incredible English major and wants to be an
editor, edit my book for free. And I do all the social media, marketing, I
built my own website. I do it all. And occasionally there’s a review about a
typo or spacing problem. And as soon as I get it, I fix it and republish. And I
do this again and again because it’s worth it and because of my hard work I now
can afford a professional editor who’s reviewing The Veiled Threat and my
sequel right now. And those reviews about the stray typo are never about the
story itself and that’s what matters. My story is out there, and being told,
and loved and I am extremely proud.
If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?
from the Outlander series. I am so sorry my dear husband, maybe I can take him
with me. It would be really cool to travel through time, I’m a history major
and Scotland in the eighteenth century is of particular interest to me. Plus
Jamie Fraser, need I say more?
If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?
Scotland. It’s my favorite place in the world, I’ve been four times and I’d
love to live there permanently someday or even in the Scottish highlands. I
think Scotland is the most beautiful place on earth. It’s rich with history and
magic and lore. It’s an inspiration in itself.
What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA with her husband, and their two small Chihuahuas, Ziggy and Zeppelin. The Veiled Threat is her first novel and the first book in The Veiled Duchess Series. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.
You can find my blog, updates, and other entertainment at my website: www.sophiamenesini.com
The Dark Lands
(Angelbound Origins #6)
"This YA paranormal fantasy series is cute, compulsively readable and above all fun." - The Nocturnal Library Blog Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life--she's now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn't suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens. Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace. Now it's up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker's disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a new criminal called the Viper took Walker in order to release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and bloodthirsty killer. Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have only twenty four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Lucifer's mysterious past with Myla's father threatens the very future of the after-realms. "I loved jumping back into the world of Angelbound." - Mean Who You Are Blog Angelbound Origins In which Myla Lewis kicks ass and takes names. Nuff said. 1. Angelbound 2. Scala 3. Acca 4. Thrax 5. The Dark Lands 6. The Brutal Time (Fall 2019) 7. Armageddon (already here, long story!) 8. Quasi Redux (Fall 2020) Angelbound Offspring The next generation takes on Heaven, Hell, and everything in between 1. Maxon 2. Portia 3. Zinnia (Summer 2019) 4. Kaps (Summer 2020) 5. Huntress (Summer 2021) Angelbound Lincoln Angelbound Origins as told by Prince Lincoln 1. Duty Bound 2. Lincoln 3. Tricksters Also From Christina Bauer - Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, a series of modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance - Beholder, where a medieval farm girl discovers necromancy and true love - Dimension Drift, a dystopian adventure with science, snark, and hot aliens Don't Miss Out Get your FREE copy of Christina's novella, BEVERLY HILLS VAMPIRE, when you sign up for her personal newsletter: https: //tinyurl.com/bauersbooks ***Not available in stores***
I know. This is supposed to be a series for the YA audience, but guess what? Lots of us older people like these fantasies too. And this is one of the more imaginative series with some interesting concepts about Heaven and Hell – or not Heaven and not Hell, and how you get there and all the worlds that lie beneath us and the people – or not quite people – who live there.
One of the things I most like about Myla is her tail.
Now we all now know that we have brain cells in our stomachs – and that ‘gut’ feeling really is our brain – or part of it, as it processes what we have seen and heard. Now Myla has her tail. Which has a brain of its own. It behaves autonomously. It waves at people. It gets angry. It is cheeky. It is fun.
I am enjoying this series immensely and find the writing amusing and light and the stories interesting.
Keep going Christine! Looking forward to reading Rhodes – the latest book in the Offspring series – #4. Review to come in December.
Woman in the Water
Mystery Thriller Murder
Harper Collins, Avon Books
When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them. What’s their connection to the body in the river? Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished? And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late? Smart, shocking and twisty – perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Karin Slaughter.
I really thought I knew how this would end about
three-quarters of the way through, but I was so wrong!
The ending is a 5 star for me, but overall, I thought the story
needed tightening up and a general edit, which is why it gets a 4.
For once this police procedural demonstrates just how long
it can take to solve a murder. The intricacies of police procedures that must
be followed and the fact that people don’t always work through the night, but
go home at 5 and come in at 9 even when they are trying to solve a murder. Much