I’m a sucker for happy endings too :-)))

by

Kerry Schafer

If the protagonist of WAKEWOLRD, Vivian, had time to update her relationship status on Facebook, she’d definitely have to put “It’s complicated.” Not that she has a lot of time for a relationship right now, what with an evil dragon queen running amok with an agenda of destruction on her mind. But if there ever were star crossed lovers, Vivian and Zee fit the bill.

Vivian is a healer by nature and training. Until a few weeks ago she was working as an ER doctor, doing her best to put the wounded and sick back together and make the world a better place. Then, not only does she find out that she’s a dreamshifter with dangerous enemies, she gets poisoned by a dragon which activates the dragon blood already running in her veins. Now, all of a sudden, she has this tendency to become a hot blooded predator who sees people as dinner, not patients. And since dragons have a silent connection that runs through unspoken word, she’s got a problem with killing them, even when they’re marauding Wakeworld and she knows they need to be slain.

Zee, on the other hand, was born and bred to be a dragon slayer. His hatred for dragons runs through thousands of years of history and is beyond rationality and very nearly beyond his control. He sees a dragon, he wants to kill it, with the same level of instinct a cat has about mice. At the same time, he has loved Vivian for years before he met her, knows it’s not her fault that she does the dragon shifting thing, and loves her anyway.

But damn. Dragons are for slaying.

So we end up with moments like this, destined to tear a relationship apart:

Zee stood over his kill with the gun still in his hand, his scarred face alight with victory.
Vivian watched him, wordless, fighting to draw breath. Silent tears ran down her cheeks.
He saw her trouble and the light went out of his eyes. Kneeling in the sand beside her, he reached out a hand to touch her face. She flinched away, and he let it fall back. “Vivian. It needed killing. You must see that.” A fresh burn on his cheek, etched there by a splash of dragon blood, emphasized his words.
Not his fault, she told herself. Brett had fired the first shot and made it necessary. The dragon had killed before and would have killed again. She knew that, but it did nothing to ease the pain at her heart.
“He didn’t know better, Zee. He was so young . . .” Young and beautiful and alive beyond imagining.
“Don’t cry, Viv. It was just a dragon.”
She laughed, short and bitter, as his words went home. “Blood of my blood,” she said.
Realization dawned in his eyes, too late. “No, you are not one of them, not really—”
“But I am. And you were made to hunt them. What are we to do about that?”

What, indeed?

WAKEWORLD is not a romance, as such, and yet this conflict lies at the heart of the story. For all the action that swirls around our characters the question remains with them, causing both tragic mistakes and acts of great generosity. Will they win through the forces arrayed against them and come together in the end?

I can only tell you that I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

 

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by

Kerry Schafer

If the protagonist of WAKEWOLRD, Vivian, had time to update her relationship status on Facebook, she’d definitely have to put “It’s complicated.” Not that she has a lot of time for a relationship right now, what with an evil dragon queen running amok with an agenda of destruction on her mind. But if there ever were star crossed lovers, Vivian and Zee fit the bill.

Vivian is a healer by nature and training. Until a few weeks ago she was working as an ER doctor, doing her best to put the wounded and sick back together and make the world a better place. Then, not only does she find out that she’s a dreamshifter with dangerous enemies, she gets poisoned by a dragon which activates the dragon blood already running in her veins. Now, all of a sudden, she has this tendency to become a hot blooded predator who sees people as dinner, not patients. And since dragons have a silent connection that runs through unspoken word, she’s got a problem with killing them, even when they’re marauding Wakeworld and she knows they need to be slain.

Zee, on the other hand, was born and bred to be a dragon slayer. His hatred for dragons runs through thousands of years of history and is beyond rationality and very nearly beyond his control. He sees a dragon, he wants to kill it, with the same level of instinct a cat has about mice. At the same time, he has loved Vivian for years before he met her, knows it’s not her fault that she does the dragon shifting thing, and loves her anyway.

But damn. Dragons are for slaying.

So we end up with moments like this, destined to tear a relationship apart:

Zee stood over his kill with the gun still in his hand, his scarred face alight with victory.
Vivian watched him, wordless, fighting to draw breath. Silent tears ran down her cheeks.
He saw her trouble and the light went out of his eyes. Kneeling in the sand beside her, he reached out a hand to touch her face. She flinched away, and he let it fall back. “Vivian. It needed killing. You must see that.” A fresh burn on his cheek, etched there by a splash of dragon blood, emphasized his words.
Not his fault, she told herself. Brett had fired the first shot and made it necessary. The dragon had killed before and would have killed again. She knew that, but it did nothing to ease the pain at her heart.
“He didn’t know better, Zee. He was so young . . .” Young and beautiful and alive beyond imagining.
“Don’t cry, Viv. It was just a dragon.”
She laughed, short and bitter, as his words went home. “Blood of my blood,” she said.
Realization dawned in his eyes, too late. “No, you are not one of them, not really—”
“But I am. And you were made to hunt them. What are we to do about that?”

What, indeed?

WAKEWORLD is not a romance, as such, and yet this conflict lies at the heart of the story. For all the action that swirls around our characters the question remains with them, causing both tragic mistakes and acts of great generosity. Will they win through the forces arrayed against them and come together in the end?

I can only tell you that I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

KERRY SCHAFER
 Kerry Schafer is licensed both as a Mental Health Professional and an RN, and spends most of her daylight hours helping people–usually even with a smile. In books, she gets to blow stuff up, preferably with something more interesting than a bomb. Dragons are good; exploding giant slime toads are even better. She has published two novels with Ace Books: BETWEEN, which was released in January 2013, and WAKEWORLD, slated to hit stores in January 2014. She is also the author of THE DREAM WARS novellas, available where electronic books are sold.
Kerry and her Viking live in Colville, Washington, in a little house surrounded by rocks, trees, and gangs of deer and wild turkeys. 

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Annie Seaton’s Summer of The Moon Flower is making me love Steampunk! **Review**

I must read this! It’s on my to-read list!

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Bookishlovers, let me tell you, I never thought I would fall in love with a genre so fast, but it happened and I’m loving it!

Synopsis

Will love survive the quest for immortality?

Sofia de Vargas’ research into the Alpine Moon flower and its elixir of immortality will threaten the very existence of an ancient Scottish order. Dougal, the Earl of Rothmore must prove his loyalty to his masters, the Knights Templar, and bring her body back to Kilmarnock. Sofia is kidnapped and imprisoned on the isolated Isle of Rothmore.

Is Dougal her sworn enemy…or her saviour?

About The Author

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by romance and has found her niche writing contemporary romance.
Her debut novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set…

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All Week is Rachel Harris Week! **Spotlight**

I LOVED A Tale of Two Centuries and highly recommend to young AND old! I must re-read it soon!

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Yesterday marked the start of Rachel Harris week and today we’ll be looking at A Tale Of Two Centuries, the sequel to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century.

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Synopsis

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with…

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High-Heeled Wonder by Avery Flynn

An erotic who-done-it featuring sinister shenanigans in the fashion world. I never imagined the behind the scenes mysterious craziness.

I was awestruck by the heated chemistry between Sylvie and Tony which veritably sizzled! My e-reader was smokin’ with the hotness of these two!

I loved the humor as I caught myself laughing out loud multiple times. LOL! This is definitely not a boring read!

A Beyond-Very-Good Erotic Read!!!!!!

4 1/2 stars!

Haunt Me by Heather Long

Ghosts, Haunted Houses & Romance! Oh My!

The story was a good one. Justin’s father’s will has a clause that requires Justin and his siblings to help revive their hometown, Penny Hollow. If Justin and his siblings cannot fulfill this clause, they will not receive their inheritance. The town’s comeback plan involves drawing tourists to take haunted house tours there. Penny Hollow’s elders feel that the acquisition of Summerfield Estate, long known to be haunted, is critical to the town’s plan. Justin sets about to make that happen even though he doesn’t believe in ghosts.

However, when Katherine Summerfield, the elderly recluse who owns the home, dies and leaves Summerfield Estate to MacKenzie Dillon, an author, instead of Justin and the town, Justin’s plan to obtain the house for the town is put in jeopardy. Justin vows to make it happen no matter what he has to do.

Mac is still reeling from an acrimonious divorce coupled with finding out that her ex-douche had also left her deeply in debt. Receiving Katherine’s house is a lifeline she desperately needs and Mac sees the home as her new start. When her sexy neighbor, Justin, pays her a visit as she is moving in, she doesn’t exactly give him a friendly welcome. She knows that he is the one behind the offers she’s had pressuring her to sell her new home and she is not interested in whatever he wants.

I want my own Justin! He’s a caring, sensual guy who happens to be a talented home builder specializing in refurbishments. What a find! Mac was a successful author who hasn’t been able to write since her marriage fell apart. However, once she moves into her new haunted home, writing becomes an unrelenting passion. Both of them, unbeknownst to the other, are experiencing disturbing flashbacks to a previous time. Are their destinies sealed or will they be able to trust each other and change the hands of fate?

An enjoyable read!

3 1/2 stars!

The Prophecy (The Fulfillment Series, #1) by Eric Albert

A YA Fantasy You Won’t Want To Put Down!

For 17 years, Layla had lived in the kingdom of Vanguard with her parents and two step-brothers. Compared to the people of Vanguard, she was different with long black hair and striking purple eyes. Against the wishes of her family, she insisted on attending a celebration in her village. She could just taste the treat she hoped to find there.. the special sweet baked rolls only made twice a year.

This year, though, her life took a dramatic turn there as she was whisked away to fulfill a Prophecy. She was to marry the Prince in a neighboring kingdom – one which had been at war against her people for ages. As bad as that is, she has no idea what twists and turns she will face …

Wow! What a ride this story was! I loved the story and the characters were vividly portrayed. I loved the chemistry between Layla and Nash… and Will too – though I was firmly in Team Nash. One warning: I hate cliffhanger endings and this one certainly has one. Now… when is the next book coming out?

Very good debut read!!!!

4 Stars!!!!

The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Legends contains three AWESOME short stories applicable to the Iron Fey series: Winter’s Passage, Summer’s Crossing and Iron’s Prophecy. I’ve already reviewed them as I read them… They are the reason for the 5-star review as I LOVED each one.

Iron Legends also includes a Guide to the Iron Fey, which I enjoyed, though not as much as the stories. There was very little new information in the Guide but it was nice to review the characters, places, and some of what had transpired. This would not be a book to start the series with…

Thank you, Julie, for The Iron Fey series.
IF you’ve read the Iron Fey series, the Iron Legends is a very convenient way to pick up all three short stories which are must-reads for fans.

5 Stars!

Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey, #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

This story takes place after The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) and if you’ve read thru the Iron Knight, this is an absolute MUST-READ! If you haven’t read the Iron Fey series thru #4 first!

I’m so in love with this whole series. Every one has been a masterpiece of storytelling. This short story pulled at my heartstrings with the turn of every page. Meghan and Ash are just so perfect together. When Ash says…”As you wish, my queen”, my heart melted. I can hardly wait to start the Lost Prince!

Thank you, Julie Kagawa for your books…

5 STARS!!!!!!

Haunting Lia by Shannon Eckrich

Lia was an orphan and had been tossed around in the system until she was given a loving foster home along with Chelsea, another orphan. Even though they were so different, they became blood sisters and inseparable.

Lia has always seen monsters but this is a secret that she never tells Chelsea who goads her into going thru a haunted house at a fair. Not a good idea… As Lia runs out screaming, she smacks right into Aiden, a stuck-up prep boy too good looking for his own good. That was not a good start for their relationship.

Lia and Chelsea leave the fair and have a flat tire on the way home. As they’re tending to their car, they are hit by 2 cars taking Chelsea’s life. Lia sees all this and watches the catastrophic events unfold as a spirit but then spirit Aiden (of all people) sends her back to her body which doesn’t endear him to her any more. Lia doesn’t cope well with the loss of her sister, taking pills, refusing to cooperate with her family or therapist and even dabbles in drugs and liquor but the accompanying increased monster activity has her teetering on the edge of survival. Then spirit Aiden re-enters the picture.

I picked up this book as an Amazon Prime free rental. I had seen all the wonderful reviews and it truly sounded like I would love it. However, I had trouble connecting to the characters and Lia was beyond exasperating. At least it ended well. I did finish it but I’m not a fan of the book. I had no issue with the writing. Most of it was very sad and I don’t normally read books that make me sad. I guess this is a case of different strokes for different folks as I cannot fathom the high reviews.

2 stars!