Monday, 28 September 2015

Cover Reveal: Tell, by Alison Merritt

Wow!  Tell (Book 3 in The Heckmasters series) by Alison Merritt has a stunning cover and an exciting premise.  Read on below to find out more... but be warned... the book is not out until March 2016.  Still, you can always add it to your Goodreads shelf so you don't forget, and in the meantime, check out books 1 and 2 in the series (all links below).


Half demon, all male...one woman strong enough to love him.

Knowing the day will come when his demon blood will overcome his humanity, Tell Heckmaster has been searching for a miracle. Something, anything, to counteract the spell. So far, he's come up empty.

Just as the town of Berner has finally found peace, Tell's worst fears manifest. Strange, new powers are tearing at his finely honed control. Putting everyone-including the pretty seamstress he's kept at arm's length-in terrible danger.

Sylvie Duke has everything she needs. Everything except Tell, who doesn't seem to own a lick of sense. His resistance only strengthens her resolve to stay by his side, driven by a nameless inner knowing that without her, all will be lost.

Reluctantly, Tell is forced to admit that the closer he is to Sylvie, the better he's able to quell his demon. But when a cryptic warning from an old ally tips the balance, nothing-not even love-may be strong enough to protect Berner from the raging fires of hell.

Warning: Contains a woman who can handle a hatchet with as much skill as a needle, and a man whose touch can transport her to heaven. Or hell. Accidentally, of course. Readers may wish to invest in an asbestos suit. Potholders just aren't going to cut it.

Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26715881-tell

About the Author:
A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal, contemporary, and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. It's not unusual to find her lurking in graveyards, wandering historical sites, or listening to ghost stories.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

News: Sports Anthology

If I'd had to place bets on the likelihood of anything I ever wrote appearing in a book on sports, I'd have placed it up there with the likelihood of me landing on the moon.  I don't do sports.  My husband is mad about football and tennis, but my involvement is generally limited to sitting in the same room as the football on TV, with headphones in, reading or writing.

However, despite the total lack of hand-eye coordination which prevents me from getting involved in ball or racquet sports, I do love to ice-skate, swim and dance.  And it's that last interest which led to my inclusion in Crimson Romance's forthcoming sports anthology: 'Perfect Game'.  

I don't do competitive ball games, but I do love competitive dance - I danced for my university teams while studying for my BA and Masters, and although I no longer compete, I still love to dance whenever the opportunity arises.  Some years ago, fuelled by my obsession with 'Strictly Come Dancing' (the UK's equivalent of 'Dancing with the Stars'), I imagined a TV show where dancesport met dating, and the result was my story of romance in the competitive dance world: Perfect Partners. I'm thrilled that it's earned a place in the anthology alongside other more conventional sports such as hockey and Formula One (and that incredible only-in-America sport, rodeo!)    

Perfect Game releases October 26th - until then, these books are available for sale as individual titles and you can read them for free on Kindle Unlimited. 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Book Review: Under a Blood Moon

Under a Blood MoonUnder a Blood Moon by Rachel Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Under a Blood Moon' is a highly entertaining debut novel which blends dark elements with a light chick-litty feel in a similar way to Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. I love stories which explore how supernatural elements would fit into the structures of our everyday world, and the heroine Mallory's role within the Baton Rouge Supernatural Investigations Department puts this book squarely into that category.

With the book coming from The Wild Rose Press, I was expecting more of a romance, but as it turns out, Mallory's relationship with Jakob, a six hundred year old vampire, provides plenty of heat without detracting from the pace of the detective story, and her friendships with others from the supernatural community are much-needed light relief from the dark events which follow from the initial zombie attack. When supernatural powers are thrown into the mix, human politics and interpersonal relationships get even more complex, and Rachel Graves spins this into some superb sub-plots and comic scenes.

The core of the story, however, remains Mallory's fight against the forces of darkness. As the region's only Death Witch, Mallory has some formidable powers of her own, but with her opponents including not just mindless zombies but voodoo practitioners and rogue werewolves, she faces some daunting challenges. As the bodies pile up and the motives get murkier, Mallory and her colleagues must use all the powers at their disposal to find and expose the true villains, putting their own lives at risk in the process.

Dark and dangerous, yet full of humour, the world of Mallory Mors is one I definitely hope to see more of.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Djinn and Tonic has a cover!

It's official! Djinn and Tonic has a cover! Not at all what I expected, but I love it, and it fits the magical theme of the story perfectly. Thanks to Kim and all at The Wild Rose Press. Oh, and in case you're curious, here's the blurb:

As fashion photographer Sal Purdew sets up her studio for a special shoot, she wishes for the perfect male model, and he appears. Sal just wants to win at the Alternative Fashion Awards, but her model, Ashtad, is a djinn with the power to grant her wishes and turn her into anything she wants to be. From the pretty English town of Whitby to a tropical beach, Ash whisks Sal away on a magical trip neither of them can forget. When Sal finds herself falling for Ash, she has to decide: do they have a future together, or will his magic always come between them?