Monday, May 11, 2015

RIDE: PART 1 AWAKENING

RIDE: PART 1 AWAKENING

Ride: Part One - Awakening

Subtitle: (BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance)

(Puca Mates Short Book One)

Series: Puca Mates

Description Part One:

PUCA MATES SHORT #1

*** This a NOT a full-length book. This novella is part

one of a serial romance. ***

Felicity Forrest has the perfect job as an investigative

blogger for Everyday Supernatural. This curvy girl gets

sent to the Aran Islands to find out whether a púca shape

shifter is responsible for the strange accidents haunting a

construction site.

Niall O’Leary is tall, broody, and totally alpha. His

mission is to discover why the veil between the human

world and the Realm has lifted. And as the Chieftain’s

son he must find a mate or his twin will be promised to a

stallion he despises. He has a duty to his family, his clan, and a need for offspring. Otherwise the

púca could become nothing more than folklore.

Passion and frustration ignite when a curvy human female tempts his inner stallion like no other.

There’s only one problem... She just got out of a relationship that left her broken hearted. Is she

ready for a second chance at love?

Reader Note: This book is for those who are 18+. It contains explicit language, sexual

situations, and one helluva cliffhanger. However, if you like curvy shifter romance, a stallion

who can’t resist his curvy woman, and a dash of humor, then this is the story for you. Please

read these installments in order. Enjoy!

Puca Mates Series/Serial Reading Order:

Ride: Awakening – Part One

Ride: Out Cold – Part Three

Ride: The Veil – Part Four

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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00WC20C02

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00WC20C02

Amazon CA:  http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00WC20C02

Chapter 1

A smile curved Felicity Forrest’s mouth when her cell phone rang and she saw the name that flashed

“Are you ready for tomorrow night?” Cyn asked.

Felicity was taking the Tube back to her flat in London to get ready for a weekend with Cyn. Her

friend planned to celebrate her birthday by getting utterly pissed and then getting laid. She’d encouraged

Felicity to find someone too, regardless of her nasty break-up six months ago. Felicity wasn’t really over

it, and didn’t plan on opening herself up to getting hurt again, but after all it was her best friend’s twenty-

fifth birthday. The two of them had been friends ever since attending university together, so for her sake,

she’d try to sound energetic and positive. Cyn kept going on and on about being a quarter of a century

old, to which Felicity just rolled her eyes.

She wanted to grab a pint or two and go dancing, but Felicity had never been comfortable on a dance

floor. On the outside, she projected a false confidence about her curves—she’d come to terms with the

fact that she’d never be a tiny little tart—but dancing made her more aware of her size. And gyrating

would only draw attention to her lack of rhythm.

“Right, it’ll be smashing.” Just because Felicity didn’t enjoy her way of celebrating didn’t mean she’d

ruin it for her friend. She wasn’t an out-and-out liar, but little white lies were always good for sparing the

hurt feelings of a friend, weren’t they?

“Rubbish! Don’t lie to me.”

Felicity sighed. Unfortunately, Cyn almost always knew when she wasn’t telling the truth. It defeated

the purpose of filtering those little nuggets that Felicity knew would sting. She wondered why she hadn’t

learned by now that it was easier to be honest, even when it hurt like hell.

“It’s just… You know that I don’t dance.”

“How long have I known you?”

She could see where her friend was going with this. They’d had countless conversations about

Felicity letting her hang-ups get in the way, but right now an emotionally draining break-up was making

“For a long time, and you know I bloody love you too, but I don’t relish the idea of bouncing my bum

around and making a fool of myself.”

“Felicity, you’re stunning. I really wish you could see that. You sparkle on the inside and there’s

nothing more beautiful than that.”

Felicity smiled even though Cyn couldn’t see her through the phone. She’d always hated that ‘beauty

comes from within’ bollocks, but it didn’t sound so cliché when Cyn said it. And Cyn was the only one

who knew how vulnerable Felicity could be about her body. It was easier to be a bitch to anyone else who

“I promise we’ll have fun,” Cyn said. “Besides how long has it been?”

“How long has what been?”

“How long has it been since you’ve been shagged proper?”

“As a matter of fact it was just the other night,” she fibbed. No need telling her she’d helped herself in

the shower. Cyn would argue that it didn’t count at all.

“Right,” Cyn said, sounding totally unconvinced.

Felicity could picture Cyn rolling her eyes. “All right! Not since I broke up with William. Satisfied?”

“No, and neither are you. We should remedy that this weekend.”

Felicity wasn’t ready. Not bloody likely she’d be prepared to let someone into her bed, or anything

else for that matter. She and William had been together nearly four years, and they’d lived together for

three of them. She’d been the one to break it off with him, but that didn’t make it any easier. When you’re

with someone you’ve grown comfortable with, sometimes you overlook the bickering and fighting,

because at least you have someone to take to weddings or introduce at parties. Someone who’d put up

with your crazy family on Christmas. Although, he had made a total arse out of himself at the last family

And William never understood her job as a paranormal investigator and blogger for Everyday

Supernatural. He’d called it a tabloid rag that wasn’t worth her time or talent. Most of the pieces she’d

blogged were about cases that turned out to be anything but supernatural, but the few times she’d come

across something that couldn’t be explained by a very real and human element were moments she’d never

Felicity loved to discover the truth. Her job was certainly never boring, and the blog gave her an

opportunity to travel. But her constantly being on the go wasn’t why they’d split up.

They’d been together long enough for him to see the vulnerable side that Cyn knew all too well.

Except William used it to fight unfairly. Especially when he drank too much, which was more often then

she cared for. Felicity could hardly stand to look at herself toward the end of their relationship, and to

maintain any sort of self-respect she decided she wouldn’t stick around and let him make himself feel

better by tearing her down. She swallowed the lump in her throat as she remembered their last fight—the

one that had ended it once and for all.

“Sorry, I was distracted.”

“No you weren’t. You were thinking about that good-for-nothing shite that broke your heart. I swear I

could kick him right in the teeth.”

Felicity laughed. Cyn always spoke her mind even if it wasn’t entirely appropriate, but at the moment

she was glad her friend lacked a filter. “Then you’d be sitting in jail for your birthday, and what would be

Cyn let out an overly dramatic sigh. “Right you are.”

“Is your sister coming out with us tomorrow night?”

“I asked her, but she and Jack are having dinner with his parents this weekend. It’s the first time she’s

meeting them, so I forgive her lapse in sisterly duties.”

Felicity raised an eyebrow. “Sisterly duties?”

“Yes, getting me pissed for my birthday, of course.”

Felicity laughed, just as her phone buzzed with an incoming call. It was her boss. Cool air wafted past

as the tram stopped and the door slid open at the stop before hers. A stream of people fled the crammed

compartment while another multitude pushed past to take the place of the ones who’d departed.

“I’m going to have to let you go. I have a call coming in,” Felicity said.

“Speak to you later,” Cyn said before the phone clicked and Nathan’s voice sounded in her ear.

“I have an assignment for you,” Nathan said around what sounded like a mouthful of food.

“Can it wait until next week? I’m taking Cyn out for her birthday. Remember?”

“I’m afraid not, and I’ve already made accommodations for you.”

“What’s the assignment?”

Felicity couldn’t help the excitement she felt bubbling in the pit of her belly. The adrenaline spike

was a familiar sensation that always rippled through her whenever there was a new mystery to solve.

“There’s rumours of a púca haunting on Inis Mór. There’s a local priest who seems to be at the root of

the story, and some real estate developer is building one of those golf resorts that are so popular on the

mainland. I reckon he’s trying to take advantage of the island’s spectacular ocean view and the tourists

that visit, but recently there have been accidents on the construction site,” Nathan said. “And it appears

She could hear the amusement in his voice. Likely it was some local behind the whole thing. There

was usually a reasonable explanation, but their blog readers loved watching the story as it unfolded.

Felicity would have to research this one. They’d received tons of reported ghost sightings, a fair share of

vampires, and even claims about the true location of the Loch Ness monster, but she’d never heard of a

“They’re shapeshifters that can take the form of horses, rabbits, or goats, but they always have black

fur and glowing eyes. They can bring good luck, or they can be quite mischievous. I think this one is of

the mischief-making variety, given the accidents that have been reported.”

“It’s harmless, really—just some missing tools and minor injuries—but it leads me to believe that

someone really doesn’t want this resort to be built.”

Felicity sighed. That had been exactly what she was thinking as he relayed the story. Some of the

initial excitement at the prospect of her new assignment deflated.

Not so supernatural after all.

“Why send me to investigate then?”

“The priest has been quite insistent about the local legend, and he sent an interesting photograph

“That’s nothing new. Isn’t there always some dubious photo that surfaces?” Felicity asked.

Everyday Supernatural had photographs sent to them all the time. Usually you could easily tell they’d

been tampered with because of the sloppy photo editing.

Nathan laughed. “Right, but after examining this one we couldn’t prove that it was a fake.”

“I think I’ll take Cyn with me. We had plans, but she won’t be sore with me if I tell her we’re going

“I don’t know about that. I don’t think taking her to a remote fishing village for her birthday is quite

Felicity imagined he was probably smiling that goofy grin he always got anytime he talked about

Cyn. He’d always been sweet on her, and although Nathan was her boss, he was also a friend. She didn’t

have the heart to tell him that Cyn didn’t see him as anything other than a brother, so she changed the

subject instead. Besides, Felicity had been to Ireland, but she’d never been to the Aran Islands and really

“So there’s not much for her to do while I’m investigating?”

“I suppose Cyn could sit at the pub and get pissed there just as well as she can here, but the island is

only a few kilometres and about eight hundred people occupy it.”

Felicity wouldn’t mention that was plenty of people for Cyn carry out her birthday shagging mission.

“Well I won’t need to rent a car then.”

“No, you can cover most of the island on foot or rent a bike. You’ll fly into Shannon and from there

take the ferry in Doolin to Inis Mór. I’ll make arrangements for Cyn too and email you the details later.”

“Or I could always entertain her while you’re gone.”

Felicity loved her friend to pieces, but she also knew Cyn confused love with a lot of other things,

like sex, or having a few good laughs. In their university days, sex seemed like an expression of rebellion.

Pity the man that finally turned her head, because Cyn wouldn’t know what to do with love if she even

tried. Poor Nathan had been in love with her since the moment he’d laid eyes on her, but she would only

ever think of him as a friend. Felicity had tried to tell him gently. He just didn’t want to hear it, and so she

side-stepped the issue whenever it came up.

“I’m sure you could, but I’d best start packing and tell Cyn I’m stealing her for the weekend.”

“Call me when you get there. Or after you talk to that priest.”

“Speak to you later,” he said before hanging up.

She immediately rang Cyn.

“I know you had a different idea, but would you like to go to Ireland with me tomorrow? A holiday is

a much better way to spend your birthday.”

Silence hung as Cyn considered her proposition.

“Why the sudden change in plans?” she asked.

“I have an assignment, but I promise that we’ll still have fun.”

“Will there be dancing?”

“Mmmm. Then there’ll be hot Irish men that I can fu—”

Felicity cut her off. “Precisely my point. So what do you say?”

“I’m sure they’ve got plenty of pubs and I have no doubt that I could find someone I like well enough

Felicity laughed. She knew Cyn almost as well as Cyn knew her. That had been exactly what Felicity

had figured her friend’s response would be when Nathan mentioned the remote locale. “Okay, so it’s

“Quite. What’s the assignment anyway?”

“Apparently, there’s a púca haunting.”

“Some sort of shapeshifting horse.”

Felicity could tell she was trying really hard not to laugh. And in truth, if she ever had to tell anyone

other than Cyn that she was going to Ireland to look for a shapeshifting stallion, they’d probably look at

her cock-eyed. Finally she arrived at the Shoreditch High Street station, which marked yet another

unlucky piece of real estate that had been hipsterised and filled with a tribe clad in skinny jeans that

would never look good on her. But at least the rent was affordable.






Author Bio: A.C. James

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author A.C. James writes paranormal romance and

erotica, including Eternal Ever After which was featured in the bestselling Spice Box anthology.

She pounds out sexy scenes at her keyboard where romance is laced with horror in hot stories of

vampires and bad boy werewolves. Her stories feature strong heroines and alpha heroes, with

plenty of action, twists, and turns that will keep you turning pages.

A.C. resides in northeast Pennsylvania where she entertains her husband with her imaginative

yarns and quirky sense of humor. She spends her time drinking large vats of coffee while taming

two toddlers by day and writing by night. Recovering video game beta tester and tech geek who

grew-up going to cons and watching SmackDown. There’s probably some cosplay pictures

around somewhere of her dressed up as Bloodberry from Saber Marionette J. Just don’t tell

Some Random Facts About A.C. James (in case you were wondering or if you’re just really,

Favorite Fictional Characters: Buffy & Damon Salvatore

Eric Northman or Bill Compton? Eric Northman every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

Favorite Films: The Princess Bride, Idiocracy, & anything with Paul Rudd or Seth Rogan. She

also displays a weakness for musicals.

Television: The Walking Dead, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, & Big Bang Theory

Addictions: Coffee, Wine, & Sushi… Oh, and sometimes Tuaca or Sake. Hula hooping and

singing to 80s songs in her minivan while no one is looking.

Memberships: The Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (Romance Writers of America Chapter

What she likes to read?  She grew up reading the Choose Your Own Adventure series before

graduating to L.J. Smith’s paranormal romance books long before television made the Vampire

Diaries popular. Loves reading erotic romance, bdsm romance, and erotica. She’s a huge Tiffany

Reisz fan girl. But who doesn’t love hot Catholic priests that are into BDSM?

Website:  http://www.acjames.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/AC-James/129228540578101

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ACJamesauthor

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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7126571.A_C_James

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Starchild Book Blast (May 8 to 10)

Mother Daughter Book Reviews  is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade science fiction series "Starchild" by Vacen Taylor (May 8 to 10, 2015). There is so much to celebrate: not only do the books have NEW covers, but the third book in the series, "The Healing Stone" has just been released!


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About the Books


Book 1: The Age of Akra


The Age of AkraTitle: Starchild: The Age of Akra (Book 1) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: March 6, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 150 | Recommended Ages: 10+


Summary: When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength. Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual. The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.
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"The Age of Akra is a riveting, well-written, and imaginative story featuring an intricate plot and stellar cast of characters that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens, teens, and even adults who love a great science fiction tale. This is a real page-turner and I highly recommend this book to children aged 10 and older. I just loved it and to think the author has seven books planned for the series ... I'm salivating." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long. I cried when Mia was selected and was on the edge of my seat when it looked like Long wouldn't make it. I couldn't put it down. A very clever story with wonderful likable characters in amazing places with fascinating skills and weird animals. I went through a range is emotions with these characters where I wanted to hug them, love them, give them a good slap, protect and spend time with. I cannot wait for book 2. Highly recommend this series of books and hope they make a movie from it would be a blockbuster!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Dannielle S., Goodreads

"Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a "boy" nor "girl" book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I'm already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought. Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series." ~ 5 Star Review, C. Bullard, Amazon


Book 2: The City of Souls


The City of Souls by Vacen TaylorTitle: Starchild: The City of Souls (Book 2) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date:October 14, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 10+


Summary: In The City of Souls, the pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts continues. Having already triumphed against dangerous adversaries in The Age of Akra, the four children -- Mai, Long, Akra and Sahib -- now face the evil melkarie and must escape to the City of Souls. When they reach the safety of the land of Naroan, in a city hidden under a blanket of living green, the children are confronted with the challenge of locating the Singing Soul. But the underworld is searching for it too, and will do anything to stop the young pilgrims from finding it. The prophesy is at risk of being extinguished unless the children succeed in their quest.


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"The City of Souls is the second book in a science fiction fantasy featuring an intricate and engaging plot, well-developed characters who are faced with new challenges, a well-described setting reminiscent of Star Wars with a hint of Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones-style action and suspense. I’m in this series for the whole haul as I feel completely invested in what happens next as the prophecy continues to roll forward. I highly recommend this book as well as the series to science fiction aficionados ages 10 years and older looking for something a little different. ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"The author graciously sent a signed copy of this 2nd book in her series to my daughter Emily. Emily read Vacen Taylor's first book in the Starchild series: The Age of Akra. She very much enjoyed the adventure and getting to know the characters. Emily eagerly anticipated the next book! Emily was thrilled when her copy of The City of Souls arrived and did what she could do to avoid her homework so that she could sneak and read The City of Souls. She read the book with much interest and said that she loved every bit of it. As a parent, it's a big comfort and joy to me when my kids find stories written for their enjoyment! The Starchild series captured the heart and imagination of my daughter. And she very much looks forward to book three." ~ 5 Star Review, Vonda N., Goodreads

"Ms Taylor provides masterful descriptions that don't bore the reader. Thank you. I think the writing is at its best in the action, but the character building, backstory and forewarning is all there and relevant to the overall building of good storytelling. I'm assuming the introductions to some of the other multifaceted characters will have relevance in future books. I do hope so. Overall, a great read for children who are looking for something refreshingly new and unique." ~ 5 Star Review, Kirt T., Amazon


Book 3: The Healing Stone


The Healing Stone by Vacen TaylorTitle: Starchild: The Healing Stone (Book 3) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: April 10, 2015 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 10+


Summary: After finding the Silvershade and escaping the attacking forces as the Wilder Forest city was scorched to the ground, Mai, Akra and Kalin must now face the evil that has consumed Long. When they reach the land of Cruscar and enter the ice city of Algus, the children are confronted with an ice challenge to win an audience with Queen Isolda. A treacherous journey now awaits them if they are to reach the Healing Stone to save Long. But Piceptus, the underworld king, will not give up his search and he will do anything to bring the pilgrims' journey to an end. The children grow stronger as they begin to master their powers, but will this be enough to escape this danger and continue on their pilgrimage to fulfil the prophecy?


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About the Author: Vacen Taylor


Vacen Taylor AuthorVacen Taylor is an Australian author, writer, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She loves creating stories for children and reading to her young readers. She is a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. Vacen collects comics and loves superheroes. Her favourite superhero is Spider-Man. Vacen also believes in expressing the uniqueness of self. She has had several short stories published for adults online. Starchild is her first novel for children and is the first book in a series of seven.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BENEATH THE BROKEN MOON: PART ONE

Beneath the Broken Moon: Part One





Sarah Mäkelä

Genre: New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Shifter Romance

Publisher: Kissa Press LLC

Date of Publication: April 28, 2015

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Book Description:

Werewolf relationships are all about influence and offspring, especially as they are becoming 

extinct. But Carmela Santiago resents that type of life. She dreams of falling in love, not 

following the example her parents have set. 

When sensual vampire Derek Ashmore rescues her from dangerous hunters, she tumbles head 

over heels for him. Not a wise decision since werewolves and vampires are mortal enemies. 

Meeting her caring mate-to-be Brendan Kelly has her further questioning the future. Regardless, 

her life has forever changed now that she’s met not one, but two men who pull at her 

heartstrings...

Excerpt: 

Bullets peppered the big screen of the Teatro de la Noche. Screams rang out around me, 

and I dropped to the floor, pulling my cousin Chandra down with me. Tension ached in my 

shoulders, and my heart pounded in my chest like a trapped animal, desperate to escape.

Gunpowder stung my sensitive nose, but through the overpowering scent, I caught a 

whiff of a hunter heading our way. “Chandra, we have to move.”

If Chandra and I didn’t get out of here we’d end up dead—or worse, test subjects for the 

Cazador—human hunters ordered to scour the land of nocturnes by the plutocratic government.

“How? They’re all around us.” Chandra peeked over the seats before dropping back 

down beside me. “A few of them are chasing down those who ran from the first assault, but two 

more are heading straight for us.” She ran a manicured hand through her honey-brown hair, 

which was only a shade darker than my own. “Come on. I have a plan. Let’s try to sneak out the 

side door.” She crawled in the opposite direction, down the row of seats.

The sight of my cousin’s butt cheeks hanging out of her short skirt filled my vision; some 

things were better left unseen. I lowered my gaze, particularly since Chandra had forgone 

panties. She almost always held herself with an air of power and purpose. Perhaps that’s what it 

took to get attention from other werewolves. Chandra got it in heaps, but her lower social status 

stopped a lot of relationships. 

While it was a horrible time to second-guess my modest fashion sense, I couldn’t help 

wonder if I should take a lesson from my cousin. My own blouse and dark blue jeans had much 

less pizzazz. But I doubted my father would allow me to dress like Chandra; we had a privileged 

image to uphold.

I bit my lip, struggling to turn my thoughts back to the problem at hand. This was all too 

much. How could we get out of here unscathed when the roar of gunfire continued to close in?

We reached the end of the aisle. Chandra moved to glance over the seat, when a shout 

came from the opposite end, startling us both.

“Run, Chandra!” I barely kept my voice to a whisper.

She sprinted toward the bright red exit sign at the front of the theater, and I chased after 

her, trying to keep my pace natural though her long legs made it challenging. Maybe if they 

suspected we weren’t nocturnes, they’d leave us alone. 

The stomping of heavy boots on the theater’s plush carpets said otherwise. Then again, 

they weren’t opposed to taking their fellow humans down too. The very rich in power thrived on 

oppressing those less fortunate. What better way to keep the populace down than to have their 

thugs strike whenever possible.

“We should split up.” Chandra shoved a heavy trashcan in front of the door, but that 

wouldn’t be much of an obstacle to the pseudo-military bastards.

“What?” I couldn’t believe my ears. “No way. If we do that, we’ll—” The trashcan 

scraped the cement as the hunters tried to open the door. Maybe she was right. If we were 

together, there was a better chance of them catching us both. Alone, we might survive the night. 

I nodded to her, and we took off in opposite directions down the alleyway behind the 

Teatro. The door slammed open, smacking the wall hard, as I turned the corner and headed 

toward the main street. I had to find somewhere to hide out before the hunters spotted me again.

In front of me, another group of Cazador chased a few werewolves down the main road. I 

slowed to keep my distance from them, but if I didn’t get somewhere fast, they were going to 

catch me. Ugh. As much as I loved getting out of the house and going to the movies, I wished I’d 

listened to my instincts tonight and stayed home. 

Two sets of feet pounded the sidewalk behind me. Perhaps they’d spotted me before I 

reached the corner.

I picked up speed a little, pumping my arms as I struggled to keep to a human speed 

while staying out of range. The temptation to race through the streets nearly drove me to action, 

but I glanced back, seeing my pursuers for the first time. 

One of the men had greying hair and a rounded belly, which explained the slower, 

heavier footfalls, while the other guy appeared younger and super-athletic. No wonder I was 

having trouble getting away. If he hadn’t been so scary, he might’ve been attractive. Pure 

masculine aggression raged through him, tensing his shoulders as his gaze focused solely on me, 

his prize. Each man carried a large-caliber handgun. I was just glad they were too busy running 

to try to shoot me...for now, at least.

My sandal hit an uneven patch of concrete in the sidewalk. My body lurched forward, but 

I caught myself before I could go down. I should’ve been paying more attention to the street. Up 

ahead on the opposite side of the road, I spotted a dark alleyway running alongside a row house. 

If I cut through, I could safely turn up the speed without exposing myself, and lose them.

The older hunter slowed; his breathing had become increasingly labored. He cocked his 

revolver’s hammer, and I darted across the empty road, making a beeline for the alley. The last 

thing I wanted tonight was to see Dr. Matthews. Just a little bit farther. A bullet smacked the 

ground at my feet, hitting me with fragments of pavement. I bit back a yelp, not wanting to give 

them the satisfaction of knowing my fear.

“I got this one, old kook,” the younger hunter grumbled, and his footsteps slowed too. 

Another gunshot pierced the hazy night air. White-hot pain rocked my shoulder, nearly 

toppling me to the ground. I screamed, unable to hold it in, and picked up speed, no longer caring 

if I appeared human or not. The faint creak of a door barely registered before a pair of arms 

wrapped around my waist, jerking me inside the dark row house.

My rescuer softly shut the door, careful not to make a sound, and shoved a hand over my 

mouth. “Sshhh,” he whispered. “I won’t hurt you. You’re safe.” His voice was deep, with an 

English accent. He pulled me away from the door and hunched down in the darkened room, 

holding me close, waiting and listening.

About the Author: 

NYT & USA Today bestselling author Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and 

passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she’s written all over the romance spectrum 

with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy...even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night-light. In her spare time, she reads sexy 

books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her 

husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap Giveaway




If you follow my page at all, you know how much  I enjoy being a Purex Insider.  They are constantly offering new products and new varieties of their existing products.   This time I was given Dial Baby BodyWash + Hair Wash and Dial Foaming Hand Soap to review and once again,  they did not let me down.


Dial is excited to announce its entry into the babies’ personal care with Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash which was developed with pediatric dermatologists for babies’ perfect skin.  It gently removes dirt for a head to toe clean.


Also introducing Dial Foaming Hand Wash which was developed with pediatric dermatologists and makes hand washing fun for all age of kids.  It is gentle on hands and perfect for kids skin.
Both products are:
Developed with pediatric dermatologists
Hypoallergenic
Have no added parabens
Contain no artificial dyes
PH balanced
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The Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash has a light watermelon scent and actually makes kids want to wash their hands.  We love it. I think it is funny how quick it goes. My soap lasts forever but put this by the sink and ummmm...well they always smell like watermelon.




Disclaimer: As a Purex Insider, I received no monetary compensation for this post. Dial did provide me a free sample of their Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Dial website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Review and Giveaway



If you follow my page at all, you know how much  I enjoy being a Purex Insider.  They are constantly offering new products and new varieties of their existing products.   This time I was given Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub From The Boutique Collection to review and once again,  they did not let me down.   It doesn’t leave any kind of oily residue on your skin and really makes your hands feel moisturized.  My hands have gotten so dry this Winter that I love having a hand soap that doesn’t make that worse.  No need for lotion afterwards or anything.
Boutique Collection Hand Soap Facts

Vibrant scents
Refreshing moisture
Gentle micro-scrubbers
Deep cleansing formula

The deep cleansing formula of the Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub (and all of the hand soaps included in the Boutique Collection) give me clean, healthy hands and skin because of the moisturizing formulas that have skin conditioners which hydrate my skin and visibly improves the dryness of my hands. This winter was rough on my skin, but I have seen a visible improvement during my review of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub. My hands feel smooth and refreshed with every hand wash!

About Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub
The new Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap is the newest member of the Dial Boutique Collection Hand Soap line, bringing luxury to your hand washing experience. With an indulgent scent inspired by freshly cut sugar cane, this premium formula with gentle micro scrubbers cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin.


This is always one of my favorite perks of being a Purex Insider since it gives me an opportunity to offer a few of my readers a chance to try it out too


Look for the Give-A-Way coming soon


Enter to win a coupon for Dial Hand Soap ......Good luck!




Disclaimer: As a Purex Insider, I received no monetary compensation for this post. Dial did provide me a free sample of their Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Dial website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap {Review} #Dial #PurexInsiders ...

If you follow my page at all, you know how much  I enjoy being a Purex Insider.  They are constantly offering new products and new varieties of their existing products.   This time I was given Dial Miracle Oil hand soap to review and once again,  they did not let me down.   It doesn’t leave any kind of oily residue on your skin and really makes your hands feel moisturized.  My hands have gotten so dry this Winter that I love having a hand soap that doesn’t make that worse.  No need for lotion afterwards or anything. I have been really enjoying the Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash and have grown to love the scent.

This hand soap is no exception. Here is a bit more about the NEW Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap...

Miracle Oil Hand Soap is infused with Marula Oil to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.


Marula Oil is an all-natural, cold pressed, highly nutritious, light textured oil. Marula leaves and bark have wonderful properties but the skin care properties of natural Marula Oil are perhaps the best of all. This multipurpose oil contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, reverse photodamage, boost cellular activity, hydrate at the deepest levels and repair the skin. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of Marula Oil reduce the need for preservatives. Marula Oil has a clear, pale, golden-brown color with a pleasant sweet aroma.

This soap is designed to moisturize and hydrate your skin, all while cleansing it thoroughly. Miracle Oil is infused with the Marula Oil and uses Micro-scrubber technology to help keep your skin from being damaged. The many times I have used this soap, I have not noticed my hands being dry. I wash my hands frequently (between the many nose-wiping and diaper changing activities in my house) and need a conditioning soap to keep my skin from being dried out.

This is always one of my favorite perks of being a Purex Insider since it gives me an opportunity to offer a few of my readers a chance to try it out too

Enter to win a coupon for Dial Hand Soap ......Good luck!




Disclaimer: As a Purex Insider, I received no monetary compensation for this post. Dial did provide me a free sample of their Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Dial website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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