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New Release: Cronin’s Key by N.R. Walker #MM #Romance #Paranormal @NR_Walker

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Title: Cronin’s Key
Author Name: N.R. Walker
Publication Date & Length: March 13, 2015

Synopsis

NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec’s view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He’d been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn’t expect him to be human, and he certainly didn’t expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn’t always what it seems.

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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.

She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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NEW 4 Star Review for Claimed by Love by Skye Jones – #Menage #Paranormal #Erotic

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Title: Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1)
Author Name: Skye Jones
Publication Date & Length: December 22, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Kayley’s passion-filled dreams of two sexy men torment her nights … but meeting them in real life turns her world upside down! Passion brings them together, but a menace from one’s past threatens to destroy them. Now they’ll have to risk it all and fight for their love. Skye Jones presents Claimed By Love, Book 1 of her exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years closing herself off after a vicious attack by her lover left her scarred and terrified. After fleeing her native Alaska, she ran the length of the country and began a new life in Miami, far from family and friends.

When her cousin and his friends decide to vacation nearby, he invites her to join them because he has important news. Determined not to let fear rule her life, she agrees to meet with them, only to have her world turned upside down. His friends include the two gorgeous men who’ve haunted her dreams for months, kindling her desire and challenging her to take a chance on love.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years. He and his mate, Sean Wallace, know she is meant to be theirs. But how will she react when she finds the world they inhabit is one she never imagined existed?

As passions collide, Sean finds himself acting as a bridge between his strong-willed alpha and a skittish Kayley. Can they break through her defenses and convince her to join them?

Just as it seems the three may have a future together, a ghost from Sean’s past strikes at the heart of their happiness. They must fight for everything they hold dear to win their chance at love.

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Intercourse, Non-Sexual Violence, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Suspense, Ménage, M/M, M/M/F

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FourStars

Skye Jones’ menage a trios werewolf novel is a pretty good read. Kayley finds herself dreaming of two men. She discovers the men, Sean and Luke, seemingly by chance, and after some tortured soul-searching, there’s a hot threesome. Very hot. Story as advertised, and I was pleased.
There’s a lot more to it, of course. Kayley’s recovering from sexual violence, as is Sean. There’s plot where more sexual violence, and graphic physical violence, occur. Be warned. Beasts lurk here.
And it is essential shifter worldbuilding–alpha males and strict gender roles and masculinity contrast (rather nicely) with the femininity Kayley brings. Which is what drew me (moth to flame) to the story in the first place. There’s no debate, no attempt to define or explain the obvious. Refreshingly bisexual, from a publisher that might be defining the genre. Claimed by Love delivers.
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5 Stars for for Inheritance (Dominion #1) by Lissa Kasey #MM #Mystery #Paranormal #UrbanFantasy @parisbvamp

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Title: Inheritance (Dominion #1)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: March 3, 2015 – 176 pgs

Synopsis

As the only male studying magic in a female-dominant society, Seiran Rou’s life is already on a precarious perch. Then he finds a dead co-worker on his doorstep, and Sei realizes someone is trying to set him up for the fall. It could be anyone—including his own mother, a powerful witch and leader of the Dominion, the ruling body of elemental magic.

Sei’s only saving graces are his on-again, off-again vampire boyfriend, Gabe, and the mysterious Jamie, who wants to help him for reasons Sei doesn’t understand. They may be all that stand between Sei and the Dominion’s demands to control his magic. One man’s devotion could be the key to save Sei’s life and pull him back from the brink of losing his humanity to the magic he possesses.

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FiveStars

This is fantastic.  Finally an m/m urban fantasy series to rival the best of the mainstream offerings.

Seiran is a witch.  A male witch.  Possibly one of the most powerful earth elemental witches in the world.  His mother is the most powerful witch in the world and Seiran is pretty sure she’s just waiting for the right moment to kill him.

Lissa Kasey has done her reading before developing Seiran’s world.  We have a little of Jennifer Estep’s elemental assassin, a little of Laurel K Hamilton’s posh vampire lairs and necessary heirs, Keri Arthur’s sexual freedom, Patricia Briggs’ shifters and Chloe Neil’s magical world.

But Seiran isn’t a composite.  He’s not as nasty as Gin.  He’s not as helpless as Mercy.  His lover is powerful but not the war lord Anitia’s is.  He may call himself slutty, but has so many more hang-ups than Arthur’s Riley or Hamilton’s Anita.

Like all New Adult books, this is a coming of age story.  Seiran doesn’t trust easily.  He doesn’t do relationships, he just wants to fuck.  When his powers develop and bad things start happening, Seiran must learn to trust and he must trust himself to choose the right people.

There isn’t a simple love story in this novel.  Seiran doesn’t “double dip”.  At least he didn’t until Gabe, and now he’s not too sure that his one-time hook-up hasn’t started to look like a relationship.  So he runs scared.

Gabe is a great character.  He’s an ancient vampire who runs a bar (Laurell K Hamilton again?) and tries desperately to keep his relationship with Seiran as casual as Seiran wants so he can continue to take care of the young witch.

Oh – and Seiran’s mother.  I’m almost frightened to write her name here!  Fabulous.  We only see moments of her here, and we only see her through Seiran’s fearful eyes.  I’m going to guess she develops into a most terrifyingly intriguing character later in the series.

I love the reverse sexism in the witch world.  A story of powerful women and disenfranchised men is fresh. I like the way the series has started in college, but we know we will soon be leaving college as Seiran develops into a very powerful, independent young man.  I love the hints the author gives us of much more complicated happenings just outside of Seiran’s perception.  And I love the way she uses these hints to promise a very exciting series.

On top of all this – the book is beautifully written.

I can’t wait for the next book.

Sarah

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Professor Wrig gestured to the stump. “Seiran, if you will demonstrate, please?”

Rose looked like she’d swallowed a lemon. “I can show them how it’s done, Professor,” she said.

“I’m sure you can, Miss Pewette. However, I already asked Mr. Rou.”

I took a deep breath and stepped up to the stump, wondering if I was allowed to actually focus with the earth this time. “Can I kneel?” I asked Wrig quietly.

“Whatever you feel is necessary.”

I knelt and waited for instructions.

Professor Wrig explained, “As Mr. Rou is showing you, he is putting himself in close contact with his element. He will be pulling power from the earth. Should he accidentally pull too much, he can give it back without causing damage to us or the surrounding area. He will take the time he needs to focus his power, and then he will place his hands to the stump. All witches with a measurable level will make something grow. A level one will produce moss or ivy. A level two will create flowers or even a small bud of a new tree. His level is set by what grows. Whenever you’re ready, Seiran.”

“Try not to kill any of us,” Rose sneered from behind me.

I sighed, closed my eyes, and left all their scattered whispering behind. It didn’t matter that Rose didn’t shut up or that Blond Hair looked at me like he was imagining what sex with me would be like. The earth and I knew each other well. I let it flow through me, like I was nothing more than a pebble in a lake to be shaped and guided by it. Each breath brought renewed life. I set my hands to the stump, remembering the last time, when I’d made wildflowers burst forth from the dead tree. This time I didn’t even look. The earth would grow what it wanted to with me as its conduit.

The power flowed through me in natural peaks and waves. The crowd gasped. The wood shifted and moved beneath my hands. I let the earth move as it wanted until the final wave subsided. Letting go, I opened my eyes and stared at a giant oak tree, leaves growing to a rich, vibrant green. No wildflowers this time. I smiled at the tree and patted its strong, new trunk, which split the old stump in half.

“Very good, Mr. Rou,” Professor Wrig told me. She offered me a hand up. I stood, dusted off my pants, and went to the back of the line. “Next,” she said.

And so began the testing.

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Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.

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Spotlight: Oliver (Whitedell Pride Series #6) by Catherine Lievens #MM #Shifter #Paranormal @authorCLievens

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Title: Oliver (Whitedell Pride Series #6)
Author Name: Catherine Lievens
Publication Date: March 1, 2015

Synopsis

What matters is not what you are, but who you are.

Oliver is human, or at least he was until the Glass Research Company kidnapped him and experimented on him. Now he has a bear sharing his mind, but he’s not able to shift, and he’s confused. Is he a shifter, or a human? What’s worse, he’s getting sicker every day, and no one seems to know how to help him. He can’t even bond with his mate because he doesn’t want Sebastian to hurt if something happens to him.
Sebastian wants his mate to be cured, and the only way to do that is to go to New York and kidnap one of the company’s scientist. With the help of his pride brothers, he manages to do just that, but having Oliver cured doesn’t mean all their problems are over.
Oliver will have to deal with learning how to shift and trying to convince Sebastian that he’s fine and that he can be claimed, but once he manages to do that, other problems arise. Will the two lovers finally have the time to just be together, or will the pressure push them apart?

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Shit. Shit, shit, shit! Oliver didn’t know what had happened or how to solve this. Well, he knew what had happened. He had shifted for the very first time, but did he really have to do it while naked in bed with Sebastian? Even more so, did it really have to be like, seconds after they had just made love and claimed each other?

If Sebastian hadn’t been so quick to move away, Oliver would have shifted while…ugh, he didn’t even want to think about it!

“Uh, love? Careful with those claws, okay?”

Oliver realized that he had been digging into the mattress so he awkwardly tried to get his claws out of the fabric, but it seemed that every move he made, he managed to just rip it apart a little more. He was scared to move, but he could hear the bed creaking. It wasn’t exactly made to host a fully grown bear plus his mate, even if Sebastian was in human form.

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Catherine lives in Italy, country of good food and hot men. She used to write fantasy as a child, but it was reading her first gay erotic romance novel that made her realize that that was what she really wanted to write.

After graduating from college in English language and translation, she divides her day between writing, reading, taking care of her son and reading some more.

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3 Stars for A Very Holland Valentine by Toni Griffin #MM #Romance #Shifter #Paranormal @MischiefCorner

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Title: A Very Holland Valentine
Author Name: Toni Griffin
Publication Date: February 14, 2015

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can’t wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing.

Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother- in-law and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.

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This was a sweet book.  After a long series, the brothers and their mates live together in a shared house with their growing families.  It is a glimpse into the characters’ HEA life.

Readers who have followed the whole series will enjoy catching up with favourite characters.  And that’s what this is, a catch-up.  All the men are blissfully mated.  There is no conflict, there are no problems, just sweet escapism as all eight men and their children live together in harmony.

Readers will need to have followed the series in order to enjoy this story.  There is no backstory offered at the start, so it really isn’t a stand alone read.  Without context and background information, it is nearly impossible for new readers to differentiate characters and mates.

Without having read the earlier books, I was a little taken aback by male pregnancies.  Perhaps it would be different if I knew the back stories.  I’m not a huge fan of m/m books where one partner takes on a ‘woman’ role and the other a ‘man’ role.  I know the whole shifter concept lends itself to this style of relationship, but this series, with pregnant men, takes the roles to a whole new level.

Personally, if I want to read about pregnancy and domestic bliss, I’ll read m/f.  I tend to read m/m to avoid saccharine domesticity and gender stereotypes, so this story wasn’t really for me.

I’m sure readers of the previous five books will enjoy this short story.

Sarah

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Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated english with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.

Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.

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5 and 4 Stars for Saving Grace by Alex Gryffon #FF #Paranormal @silverflame920

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Title: Saving Grace
Author Name: Alex Gryffon
Publication Date & Length: February 18, 2014 – 144pgs

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“Wanting to spend time with my long-lost twin. Together we’re more powerful than anyone who ever lived. More powerful than the people before us and we’ll be more powerful than anyone who comes after us. Join us and be a part of something wonderful, something great.”
“And to do that I must become what? Evil?” Grace yelled, breaking the intimate link.
“Not evil. Darkness doesn’t always mean evil and bad, just as light doesn’t always translate into goodness. You can be more powerful!” Amethyst threw out her arms, power crackling at her fingertips.
“What if I don’t want to be Dark? If I don’t join you?” Amethyst’s eyes darkened and Grace felt more power build up in Amethyst. Yet, deep in her mind she wasn’t scared – she felt almost certain Amethyst wouldn’t hurt her.
“That, my sister, would be a mistake.”

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FourStars

This book is a great read. It pulls you in and keeps you. Although it is a stand alone it leaves you wanting more.
I was hooked from the first page and fell in love with Grace and Sarah almost immediately.
The chemistry between them is amazing and very well written. Its not a book you will want to put down.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for ya f/f or paranormal

Amber

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This is by far the most, entertaining, engrossing and exciting book I have read in a long time.
The story evolves around two teenage girls as they approach their 17th birthdays. It is an extraordinary magical love story. The magic begins when Grace moves in next door to Sarah, the pastors daughter, both girls are instantly attracted to each other and their love slowly and gently develops. Along the way they have to deal with, jealousy and bigotry, however, nothing can dent their growing feeling and love for each other.
As the story develop it becomes obvious that Grace has magical powers. These powers are introduced into the novel in such a natural way that Grace’s powers seem perfectly normal and in no way unbelievable to the reader.
The story draws to a conclusion at Grace’s 17th birthday reunion with her family and Sarah, when Grace’s full magical powers are finally revealed. At this point I can only urge you to buy this book and find out just why this book is entitled “Saving Grace.”
This is such a wonderfully refreshing book I can only hope that Ms Gryffon has a sequel at her obviously magical finger tips!!!
Chris

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I’ve been writing for quite a few years now – it has always been a passion of mine. Not too long ago, I met (via web) an author who turned my world upside down with his fantastic novels. He then proceeded to show me how to self-publish my books.

My first published work: Stranded: Gauturan, I started writing when I was in either my sophomore or junior year of high school that features me and my closest three friends. That story was the kick-off to my writing and self-publishing books that I have a passion for. I have the help of my wonderful partner Kejsi Miller and a web of friends who give me love and support for all the works of fiction I write.

I write fiction, fantasy and LGTB romance novels (or rather just the L) – some longer than others and some more involved in others. Writing is my world and it’s a world I love to write about. I’ve loved books since I was a little kid and my passion for reading has only grown – deepening the well of books I have yet to read and the list grows with each day. I’ve had the pleasure to talk with some authors who have inspired me and I wish to inspire others to not only read, but to write as well. The world can always use a creative mind to send us to another world.

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4 Stars for Silent Woods by Ofelia Woods #MM #Romance #Paranormal

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Title: Silent Woods
Author Name: Ofelia Grand
Publication Date & Length: February 21, 2015 – 60 pgs

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When Daniel’s husband Anders takes the family camping in the woods, Daniel can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.

He almost dismisses his fears as nothing more than his dislike of the great outdoors, but when the couple’s five-year-old son Axel goes missing, his worst fears are confirmed.

A search party reveals something more sinister than either man could ever have dreamed of encountering in the woods. Can they find Axel and save him before it’s too late?

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Anders and Daniel have two exuberant kids, Axel and Maja. I am a nature lover, so I understand the pull of wanting to explore and camp. Anders and I share that love of nature.
What mystery that occurs definitely was not what I was expecting.
This short story was full of mystery and strange happenings. I really liked the tale that was told – even if I found it slightly creepy too.
I love mythology and old wives’ tales, so this book was right up my alley.
I am sad at the change that Anders goes through at the end of the story, but think that if the author would have written a longer one, things might have turned around.
Overall, a quick, short read with plenty of strange occurrences.
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Ofelia Gränd lives on the southern west coast of Sweden with her husband and their three children. At the moment she’s on parental leave. She could give up her glamorous life as a stay-at-home mom, and go back to her job as a teacher if she wanted to. But why not take advantage of the situation when she’s living in a parental leave utopia? Enough about her being a parent, you think, and you’re quite right. Ofelia is a No Poo practiser, a pescatarian who bakes her own bread and makes her own soap. Now you wished that we’d stuck to the children, don’t you?

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New Release: A Very Holland Valentine by Toni Griffin #MM #Romance #Shifter #Paranormal @MischiefCorner

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Title: A Very Holland Valentine
Author Name: Toni Griffin
Publication Date: February 14, 2015

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can’t wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing.

Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother- in-law and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.

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Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated english with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.

Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.

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Cover Reveal for Inheritance (Dominion #1) by Lissa Kasey #MM #Mystery #Paranormal #UrbanFantasy @parisbvamp

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Title: Inheritance (Dominion #1)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: March 3, 2015 – 176 pgs

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As the only male studying magic in a female-dominant society, Seiran Rou’s life is already on a precarious perch. Then he finds a dead co-worker on his doorstep, and Sei realizes someone is trying to set him up for the fall. It could be anyone—including his own mother, a powerful witch and leader of the Dominion, the ruling body of elemental magic.

Sei’s only saving graces are his on-again, off-again vampire boyfriend, Gabe, and the mysterious Jamie, who wants to help him for reasons Sei doesn’t understand. They may be all that stand between Sei and the Dominion’s demands to control his magic. One man’s devotion could be the key to save Sei’s life and pull him back from the brink of losing his humanity to the magic he possesses.

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Professor Wrig gestured to the stump. “Seiran, if you will demonstrate, please?”

Rose looked like she’d swallowed a lemon. “I can show them how it’s done, Professor,” she said.

“I’m sure you can, Miss Pewette. However, I already asked Mr. Rou.”

I took a deep breath and stepped up to the stump, wondering if I was allowed to actually focus with the earth this time. “Can I kneel?” I asked Wrig quietly.

“Whatever you feel is necessary.”

I knelt and waited for instructions.

Professor Wrig explained, “As Mr. Rou is showing you, he is putting himself in close contact with his element. He will be pulling power from the earth. Should he accidentally pull too much, he can give it back without causing damage to us or the surrounding area. He will take the time he needs to focus his power, and then he will place his hands to the stump. All witches with a measurable level will make something grow. A level one will produce moss or ivy. A level two will create flowers or even a small bud of a new tree. His level is set by what grows. Whenever you’re ready, Seiran.”

“Try not to kill any of us,” Rose sneered from behind me.

I sighed, closed my eyes, and left all their scattered whispering behind. It didn’t matter that Rose didn’t shut up or that Blond Hair looked at me like he was imagining what sex with me would be like. The earth and I knew each other well. I let it flow through me, like I was nothing more than a pebble in a lake to be shaped and guided by it. Each breath brought renewed life. I set my hands to the stump, remembering the last time, when I’d made wildflowers burst forth from the dead tree. This time I didn’t even look. The earth would grow what it wanted to with me as its conduit.

The power flowed through me in natural peaks and waves. The crowd gasped. The wood shifted and moved beneath my hands. I let the earth move as it wanted until the final wave subsided. Letting go, I opened my eyes and stared at a giant oak tree, leaves growing to a rich, vibrant green. No wildflowers this time. I smiled at the tree and patted its strong, new trunk, which split the old stump in half.

“Very good, Mr. Rou,” Professor Wrig told me. She offered me a hand up. I stood, dusted off my pants, and went to the back of the line. “Next,” she said.

And so began the testing.

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Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.

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TWO 5 Stars for Purrfect Protector by S.A. Welsh (Guest Post and Giveaway) – #MM #Romance #Shapeshifters #Paranormal

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Title: Purrfect Protector (Shifter Protection Specialist Inc. #1)
Author Name: S.A. Welsh
Publication Date: January 30, 2015

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Never play cat and mouse with a saber-tooth tiger.

Kale Andrews is dragged to the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. office by his brother when he gets disturbing mail from an obsessed fan. He reluctantly agrees to have a bodyguard but when a the tall muscular blond walks in to the office emanating power and a sexy dose of danger Kale’s doubts about needing the man with him twenty four hours a day quickly disappear.

The easy babysitting job Aleksi was promised quickly changes from strange mail to threatening deliveries and Aleksi has to get creative to get his protectee out of the line of fire. Everyone knows models are self-centred and shallow, so why does being with Kale make him feel like he finally has a home? Being a saber-tooth tiger means that most people aren’t strong enough to be with him in a relationship or even as friends, he’s too naturally dominant. Yet Kale seems to calm his beast at the same time as exciting the man in him.

Neither men expected nor wanted a relationship with strings, but as they grow closer Aleksi realizes that Kale might just be his mate. With the obsessed fan escalating to murder, Aleksi isn’t sure even his tiger can keep his mate safe.

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FiveStars

Caleb is a hard character to get to know. We only are given a glimpse in to the history of Caleb and Kale. However, right away you know that Caleb is the protector. Kale knows that he is in danger, but is resistant to having a protection duty placed on him. Then, in walks Aleksi… Because of Aleksi’s extra abilities, he can instantly smell the desire that Kale embodies.
I really liked this story. It was full of mystery, twists and turns and kept me on my toes. Kale and Aleksi – Whew! HOT couple alert.
You really were given a look into what makes Kale himself – how he came to be a model. It helped to know his character, his motivation and it also helped to build his relationship with Aleksi.
While you don’t know too much about Aleksi, the fact that he shares so much of himself with Kale – you see the softer side of the Saber Tooth Tiger. Aleksi’s dominant side takes over in order to protect Kale.
The relationship between Kale and Aleksi is a beautiful one – balanced, with just enough intrigue.
There is really not a lot to say about this book, other than it was hot, a great story and I can’t wait to read the next book!
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FiveStars
This book had it all, romance, mystery and a lot of action. It was well written with a great plot. I love books that turn into series, that keep you hooked to read more about the characters involved in a business, in this case it’s the Shifter Protection Specialists.
Kale and Aleksi were the main character in this book. Aleksi was a shifter bodyguard who was to protect Kale.  Their story was exciting and even had me laughing at times.
My favorite line was “I hope you don’t have a problem with cats.”  It was a very moving love story wrapped up with an intense plot.Epilogue indicated who the next book is going to be about. There could be so many good stories coming from this group and I look forward to reading more about the
Shifter Protection Specalists.  An excellent read.
Sherry

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“Something stupid?”

Aleksi shrugged. “Some fans become stalkers. Others become criminals and a few have hurt the object of their obsession when they weren’t able to make them do what they imagined.”

As much as he didn’t want to scare his protectee, he understood that Kale needed to know this was serious and not something to be shrugged off because it didn’t fit into his lifestyle.

“I’m not sure I wanted to know that,” Kale commented with a grimace.

“You need to be aware of the danger. If you’re right and this is merely a fan who got carried away and will move on, then I’m sure all this will be cleared up in the next day or two. If I’m right and this is a credible threat, then one way or the other this will end soon.”

A tense silence followed and he started to feel guilty about his honesty. Perhaps his attraction to the model was throwing him off his game.

“That’s okay. I meant what I said at the office. I’ll do what you tell me when it concerns my safety. I keep my word.” Kale stabbed the studio floor button angrily and went quiet.

Aleksi was about to say something when the ding of the elevator doors sounded and, just like that, Kale seemed to shake off the attitude. It was the same way a fighter put on his game face before combat.

“By the way, Mr. McCade insinuated that you were a cat. What kind of cat?”

Grinning, Aleksi ignored Kale’s gaze and kept looking through the decreasing gap as the elevator doors slid closed. “I’m a saber-tooth tiger.”

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Characters

The focus for any story is the characters, so most of my time before finishing a manuscript is taken up by fleshing out the characters and making sure they paint a true picture of a believable person. The walls of my office are similar to how I imagine a crime investigation room, with proposed character sketches, their known associates, breakdown of personality including likes and dislikes as well as their full history.

For Kale, I started out with the hair and eyes and the fact that he’d have a weird aversion to sugar and a sarcastic defensive attitude. That later grew into him snubbing grilled cheese sandwiches until he tries them, discovering he actually loves them and having ambition beyond relying on his looks. When thoughts of his history came about, I realized he would need a brother… and so the relationship between Kale and Caleb was born. Their brother Garrick was a more complicated addition since his character is steeped in trauma for the other two brothers. However, this trauma also underpins Kale’s need to give back and make a positive difference alongside Caleb, hence their dogged support of veteran’s charities but also the brothers’ reluctance to trust others.

Aleksi was a harder character to realize but I later put that down to his feline qualities. Cats are difficult and contrary by nature and apart from his demand for a pile of soft and silky cushions, Aleksi was disinclined to divulge much about himself to me. Once Aleksi got bored with being challenging and deigned to share, I fell in love with who he was and his rock solid loyalty and his fierce loving nature he hides under the hard, controlled shell. It soon became clear that Aleksi, like most felines, like comforts and has a weakness for luxuries. This fleshed out the concept of his home in the forest being his sanctuary, decked out with soft, fuzzy towels, a warm atmosphere and cozy furnishes that is untouched by the  suffocating cold indifference of the city.

Each character has a pro and con list that keeps track of their idiosyncrasies. I’ll give you a sneak peak. Kale’s pros- sweet, loving, loyal, sacrificing and determined versus Kale’s cons- hard headed, trapped in his own façade, defensive, stubborn with trust issues. Meanwhile Aleksi’s pros- strong, protective, fierce, intelligent, strategic, kind and accepting versus Aleksi’s cons- dominant personality, uncompromising, contrary, sneaky with doubts about the longevity of commitment. These are only the tip of the iceberg but it should give you an insight into my processes.

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There really is nothing better than a good book and a big mug of tea on a rainy day, which is often needed when considering the wet weather in Wales. She is rarely found without a book of some description on her person and a notebook, she can always be seen scribbling and doodling while lost in thought about sometimes random nonsense or day dreaming about alternate worlds of fiction. Real life may not be much fun but the imagination allows infinite possibilities to be explored and lots of naughty fun too if you’re up to the challenge. So in the words of a crazy scientist – I reject your reality and submit one of my own. Happy reading.

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