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A Cauldron of Crows

They sit in the back of the ballroom.

Three black clad widows.

Powerful in their widow’s garb, if not in name.

They knew the marriage bed.

They knew societies expectations.

When they wore the pale colors of virginity,

They too knew the judgement they now passed from their generations Cauldron of Crows.

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The doorway is there

in the garden.

It appeared out of nowhere?

Do I cross the threshold or not?

Thresholds hearld a change.

Chang in place

Change in time

Change in life.

Am I ready for that change?

Am I ready to go through that mystical door?

That door from nowhere?

Where does it lead?

Where will it take me?

A different Realm?

A different time?

A place of magic?

A place of beauty?

Or will it take me to the depths of hell?

I’m already there.

I crossed the threshold,

it’s just the other side of the garden.

Lucky Cowboy (Ace Cowboy #1)

by Liz Borino

This is a wonderful second chance novel.

Ryder Christensen has lost his six year old little girl. She died one evening of a seizure in the bathtub, her baby-sister had fallen asleep. Now he has sold everything and moved back with his parents to pay off a large gambling debt he had from playing poker in New York.

Salvatore Lewis is back on his family horse farm, taking care of his brother and his grandparents. He had planned to spend his life with Ryder, until Ryder told him that he had a daughter from when they had been taking a break, he decided they were over. And he still loved him.

All of a sudden Ryder is back in Sal life, and his brother and a old high school friend are making him rethink the conversation he had six years ago. And rethink letting Ryder back into his life.

I love her work, and cowboys have a special place for me, so this book was a treat. It caught you from the first page and just kept you flipping pages until it was done. The ending was action packed and then sweet. The epilogue set the next book up very well.

Five stars for this book and looking forwarded to the next one. If you like modern day cowboys and m/m romances you will love this book.

The Gorgon Bride by Galen Sulak-Ramsey

You are a world famous pianist, you sit down to practice, an instant knock on your front door interrupts you. Upon answering it, you find out that the Greek Gods are back, and an Orca falls on you, in the middle of Kansas.

Then comes the fun. The fun the Gods anyway. it is the love story of the last Gorgon, he 21st century human man that is not quiet dead so can look upon her and not be turned to stone. They and their love is caught in a fight between the Goddesses Athena and Aphrodite, and don’t forget to through in Ares, he and Aphrodite are still sleeping together so he pretty much still lets her pull his strings.

One quest after another, into the Underword, a favor of Hades, back up topside, opps, lost Hades’ scepter. On and on, don’t trust the great Heroes in the Elysian fields. Oh, and don’t forget the first love that has been brought to you, she stays with you as your friend through all of it, but that is not what Aphrodite is trying for.

I like this book. It kept me throughly engaged, page to page, chapter to chapter. Lots of action, and true love that wouldn’t give up. A fight between sisters that put the poor human in the middle that didn’t even know they existed beyond a fairytale or two as a child. Though he did catch up pretty quick, which made me proud of him.

Five starts for character development, and plot line fullment. The words used fit the plot wonderfully, and kept you reading. I just might be looking for next book in the series. Thank you for sharing your world with us, Mr. Surlak-Ramsey.

Once Upon a Midnight Clear by Ava Stone

Sigh, I am not sure what to say.

Third son of a titled peer, Lord Michael Beck will never inherit the title, or the lands. With his women and gambling the cloth is not an option and neither is a career in the military. But with cooper at a premium for the war, he comes across an opportunity for a copper mine that has been badly managed. If he can gather his winnins for the past few years of gambling, he will be able to turn the mine around, provide copper for the ships, of which his brother is captain of one, and make a spectacular living for himself and not have to rely on his father, or older brother, for a living.

Lady Ivy Dallimore is a slightly spoiled Duke’s sister. She has watched her older sisters marry of love and watched them be miserable after the fact. Lord Michael Beck has looks to die for, makes her tummy flip and her breath catch whenever she sees him. But she will not let her heart decide for her, she is going to logically decide on a man that can keep her in the style in which she is accustomed too. When Michael tells her he is going into trade, of all things, that seriously is not him.

But the ghosts of Castle Keynvor feel differently. They feel these two a perfect match, especially the dark pirate. (Who Lady Ivy is seriously not impressed by.)

Can Lord Michael win his love? Will Lady Ivy learn to listen to her heart?

I loved this story. Five stars all the way. The family interactions are priceless, the ghosts are delightful, the scenery is breathtaking. I loved everythings about this book. Ms. Stone does not disappoint. Again she has brought us back to one of my favorite paces and pulled us into a time long past with costumes long gone and people and a touch of magic that pulls the recipe together with flair.

Artistic Appeal, Appeals to the senses

Artistic Appeal, book 7 in Andrew Grey’s Bottled Up Series appealed to this reader on so many levels.  This book follows Legal Artistry where Gerald Young meets and falls in love with Dieter Krumpt while trying to get back is Great-grandparents art collection that was looted by the Nazi’s in WWII.  Brian Young is a partner at the law firm where Gerald works, he and Gerald and Dieter became good friends during the trail and now that they are in the appeals part of the case Gerald has turned the case over to Brian since he now has an emotional involvement.

Brian is invited to their Christmas party, but instead of getting together with the person they tried to set him up with, he found himself falling for the death art restorer that is working on Dieter’s paintings.  Nicolai his a wonderfully sweet man who is shy about getting ivolved because of a bad break up.  Add Brian’s nine year old  the mix and Nicolai discovers that Brian becomes irrestable.

One of the most delightful and captivating things I found about this book was the way that Mr. Grey worked the silence that Nicolai lived in into the story,  coversations and sounds of the world that make it into a good story Mr. Grey managed to keep those sounds out this book.  Sure you get some, when Nicolai isn’t around, but when you are in his point view, the silence is captivating, or when Brian and he are alone.  For this detail alone I would recommend this book to any reader who likes an author who pays attention to the details.  I would also recommend this to anybwriter

Alexandra’s Legacy: Legacy Bk 1 by N. J. Walters

This book had some wonderful moments, a great alpha female, two hot sexy men, one, James, the father of the heroine, hope he gets his own hea, and the hero whose honor causes him to protect her from even his own desires until they reach their pack so she has a choice.
Alexandra Reilly finds out one morning that her father is a werewolf, and that she is going into heat. She is getting ready for her first change, and that there rogue werewolves after her, some hoping to force her to mate with them, some trying to kill her because she was a half-breed.
Joshua Striker shows up just before the first attack, her father sends her off with him while he trys to lead the rogues in a different direction from his daughter. Two days of running, fighting, having to kill hunters who are trying to wipe out the werewolves, other werewolves, including some from her father’s pack, hiking through the woods – which Alex, as a city girl, has never been in before – they finally meet up with Jousha’s brothers and James and to the pride and astonishment of Joshua she proves herself at every turn, never a complaint and always ready to move forward.
A good book, some really slow bits, but for the most part the story line kept moving forward toward the the characters goal of reaching their pack compound, getting rid of the traitors, and for Alex, getting a good hot shower and a seriously good night sleep

Chris Fellows l…

Chris Fellows left the warmth a Phoenix, Az to spend Christmas with his friend in Wisconsin. Problem… he gets there and his friend, Martin, is not home. There is just an empty house, a cold empty house. So he calls his friend, Martin had a relative die and had to go to the funeral, he said he would back in a couple days. Chris pouted, but said he would be okay. Then that evening, a blizzard blows in and takes out the power and heat. Chris calls Martin in a panic, Martin tells him here the wood is at and how to stay warm. A little later Chris hears someone knocking on the door; Horace comes in and helps him with the fire. Chris likes he sees, a lot. Horace feels the same way, but after they make out of a bit, Horace leaves quickly saying that what they were doing was wrong. He comes back a day later, and tells Chris his father told him that was wrong, and that his dad was dead was gone now. Horace was twenty-one and a little slow. Chris convinced him that it was not wrong, and it was perfectly natural. They spent almost every moment of the first week together, making love, cutting down a Christmas tree, and getting to know one another. They stayed curled up on the couch next to the fire because they still had no power. Chris knew that Horace was falling hard for him, so he kept trying to explain that he was only there for a couple weeks then he was going home. The problem was that he was falling hard for Horace too. This read is definitely five stars, Mr. Grey has created so very vivid characters here and I fell in love with both. I could really feel for both of these men stuck in the cold north Wisconsin in a blizzard. Mr. Grey reeled you in and sucked you so deep into the story that one night on a snowmobile ride you could feel the cold sapping into you, the wind wiping past your cheeks and turning hem bright read. You could see the stars reflected on the frozen lake and the surrounding snowscape. This is a definite read for any lover of Christmas tales. I do hope that we get to come back to see Martin find his love, it would be nice to visit during the sultry summer.

In the Arms of an Earl (Duke’s Daughters #4

In the Arms of the Earl
(Daughters of the Duke #4)
By Rose Pearson

Lady Harmonia is the last of her sisters to start her Season (though not fresh out of the schoolroom) and find a husband. Her father, the Duke of Westbrook, wants to see her married and well taken care of by the end of the season. He has not been doing well, and his girls are everything to him. But he will not make the mistake with his youngest he made with her older sisters, it was to be her pick, for love and joy.
Luke, Lord Darnsley, a cousin of theirs, determined it would be he who would marry Lady Harmonia. He needed her dowry, his gambling, and other, debts were coming due and he was broke. He had spent the summer trying to woe her in letters, and she had been ready to give in. Her sisters stepped in and told her she deserved a full Season and not to make any hasty descions. And her father told her he wanted her happy, not just married to the first offer. Cousin Luke is not taking no for an answer, espeicially as he watches her fall in love with the newly titled Lord Phillip, Earl of Newford.
It is a sweet romance, with a few stolen kisses, a shooting of an Earl, house arrest for our heroine, a kidnapping (or heiress napping), an challenged issue for a due…. Sigh, a lovely happy ever after. This book was delightfully written. Our hero is determined to save his love, protect her, and marry her, but he is not overbearing about it. Just story crafted to keep you turning the pages with a villain that you do not exactly hate, but seriously don’t like. I give it five stars, and look forwarded to more from Ms. Pearson.

Alabama Blues by Toni Pacini

Alabama Blues will break your heart then send it soaring to the sun.
OMG!!! You have got to read this book if you love good story telling.

I picked up the book and from page one, paragraph one, I literally could not put it down. I was so caught up in the life of Toni Pacini, as an abused child, then as a forgotten teen, then as a strong woman who made it through it all. I missed sleep, almost didn’t get my work done at my job. Every time I would try to take a breather as she brought me to tears again, I would flip my e-reader open again and pick back up. Word to word, I had to follow the path she lead me on.

Ms. Pacini is a storyteller that crafts such a tale each word is step on a path you can’t – and don’t want – to find your way off. You happily – okay, maybe not happily as she wrings tears and terror out of your soul – but compiling traipse your way down chapter by chapter.

I give this book five stars because there is no other rating to give it. The fact that is her life story, and she made it through makes you know that you can get through anything too. Thank you, Ms. Pacini, for sharing you story with us so that we too can get through our darkest times.

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