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Maybe Too Good To Be True by Christy McKee – Review

 

Book BLURB:

Gabrielle March has always known her place in the world and it is clearly not in the ranks of the rich and famous. Now she’s about to get an amazing gift from someone who is rich and famous that will rewrite her past, change the course of her future and put her life in danger. As someone who’s  always considered herself merely a spectator in life, Gabrielle will have to break out of the confines of that mind set to make her dreams a reality. All she needs is a mega dose of courage and some positive thinking— two traits in short supply—to finance her  own video production company and take her rightful place in a world that should have been hers all along.

After surviving the divorce from hell, corporate king pin, Pierce Hastings, is back in the game. Finding the right woman was not happening until the exasperating, opinionated, utterly charming Gabrielle March invades his life. He’s baffled  that  a woman so outwardly bold and confident  harbors such self doubt and low self esteem beneath her skin. Pierce wants to spend the rest of his life with her but first Gabrielle must learn to love herself and believe in her amazing talent. Known as the “fixer,” Pierce wars with himself to remain “hands off” until Gabrielle figures things out for herself and chooses to become the woman he knows she can be.

 

 

Excerpt: 

“Newspapers were never very favorable to my father,” he explained. “To the best of my knowledge, a newspaper reporter has never been invited to this house.” He wouldn’t tell her that his father referred to them as a pack of ill-bred, bloodthirsty hounds. Edward Hastings refused to return calls or grant interviews to any newspaper.

“Are you insinuating that I’m here under false pretenses?”

From beneath his sunglasses, Pierce looked directly into her fiery green eyes. “No, not at all Miss March. I was merely stating a fact.”

“The fact is, Mr. Hastings, it is not a reporter’s job to be favorable. They are in the business of finding and reporting the truth.”

“Nobly put, Miss March.” The woman certainly didn’t pull any punches.

“I hope this will put you at ease, Mr. Hastings. I own the newspaper. It’s been several years since I single-handedly set out to ruin anyone.”

Sarcasm, even with a lovely Southern accent, was still sarcasm.

“I see.” Pierce sounded duly impressed. “That’s certainly an accomplishment for such a young …” He froze when her eyes narrowed. What the hell was wrong with him? He careened from one blunder to the next.

“Tell me, is it my age or the fact that I’m a woman that bothers you?” Her face was considerably more colorful than the rest of her and he knew it had nothing to do with the heat.

Pierce was no chauvinist and certainly had no prejudice against successful females. After all, he’d been married to a talented trial attorney. Hadn’t he put his wife through law school? Hadn’t he supported Glenna in every way until she made partner in her firm and then announced that she’d changed her mind about having children and, by the way, she didn’t want to be his wife anymore either.

“I didn’t mean that you weren’t responsible.” His eyes returned to the very entertaining Miss March who had just snapped up the ball and was ready to run with it.

“What would someone like you know about responsibility anyway? You’ve probably never put in an honest day’s work in your entire over-privileged life. Flying around the world trying to stay one step ahead of reality. One of these days you’re going to have to come down to earth and see what it’s like in the real world.”

Where did the woman get her information? She’d obviously pegged him as some sort of wealthy derelict. Fired up, she was something. Misinformed maybe, but she had balls of steel. “For a newspaper woman, you’re lacking in your facts, Miss….”

Frenzied barking drew Pierce’s attention skyward. Just as he looked up a huge black creature soared through the air, plunging down on top of him, upending his float and catapulting him to the bottom of the pool.

Max exuberantly dog paddled to his mistress and was rewarded with an affectionate pat on his broad head. “Perfect timing, Max.” Gabrielle smiled and broke into laughter.

“What did you do, signal him to attack?” Pierce sputtered, trying to locate his five hundred dollar sunglasses.

“Don’t be silly.” She laughed. “It’s just Max’s way of thanking you for the afternoon snack.”

Max offered up a cheerful bark. The behemoth black dog actually looked pleased with himself. He was a retriever for God’s sake; he should be down there looking for Pierce’s glasses.

Review:

 

Family secrets, intrigue, ultra rich people, and one ordinary girl make for an excellent, feel good debut novel.  In Ms. McKee’s debut novel she writes the book that I aspire to write one day.  Thorough, well paced, sensual, with great dialogue and characters that you can love from the moment that you meet them.  Even the secondary characters are great.  There are characters to love and characters to dislike.  Even the settings will take your breath away.

Gabrielle March is one extraordinary woman.  She doesn’t think so but she is.  Trying to keep her father’s newspaper afloat after he dies but all the debt he racked up, its hard.  She left a fabulous job in Atlanta after he died to keep the paper afloat.  Just when things were starting to really fall apart, she gets a letter and a plane ticket that will change her life forever.  *sigh*  Everyone needs a fairy godmother every once in a while and she got hers in the form of Elizabeth Hastings.

Pierce Hastings was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he isn’t the playboy that Gabby thought he was; there’s much more to him she discovers.  Pierce is a multi-layered hero that surprised me at every turn in the book.  Yes, he did have his moments but he quickly realized his mistakes and actually apologized for them.  No beating around the bush, going all alpha on everyone and being a general dummy.  Straight up being a man with humility and pride.  *sigh*

While reading the book, I was struck at how Pierce and Gabrielle didn’t dance around their feelings for each other.  Both were upfront with each other from the beginning and that made their coming together that much sweeter and swoon worthy.  It was beautiful and touching.  The interaction between Gabrielle and Elizabeth was great.  Shoot, everyone but two of the characters were great.  Well, okay, one character did redeem themselves in the end and it was nicely done.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a beautiful, emotionally heartfelt novel about family, love, and righting a wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIO:

Christy McKee Short Bio

 

 

In one media or another, Christy McKee has written her entire life.  In middle school, she started a neighborhood newspaper in her hometown in Ohio.  Stories about whose poodle just had puppies or where the Millers spent their vacation were pretty boring—at least to her— so she embellished with a few bits of overheard gossip  which got her into big time trouble with the neighbors.  Amid a flurry of apologies issued by her parents, Christy’s news operation folded overnight and she was shipped off to a nearby summer camp.  Clearly she was not cut out to be a newspaper woman.

 

Christy’s degree in Radio-TV-Film opened a world of creative possibilities. She enjoyed her work as a reporter and news anchor in Missouri and Ohio, but after a few years she gave in to her creative itch and moved into production. Although not as glamorous as being “on air” it satisfied her growing passion to create a story and characters—even if those characters only existed inside a 30 second TV commercial. It was a short time fix for someone who craved a more diversified range of opportunities.  Christy took a brave leap—sacrificing a regular paycheck— to work as a full time freelancer,  writing/producing everything from travel brochures to radio commercials. It wasn’t enough— she wanted to create her own fictional world and fill it with unforgettable characters. Finally three years ago, Christy beat back self-doubt and embraced the risk and exhilaration of writing and never looked back.

 

After four incarnations and a year under the bed, Christy’s debut novel Maybe Too Good to Be True was released in August, 2012. She lives in Ohio with her family  and her two “Lab” assistants, Gracie and Lambeau.

 

 

 

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The Vampire’s Hope by Danica Winters – Review/Giveaway

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Title: The Vampire’s Hope

Series: The Vampire’s Hope Book One

Author: Danica Winters

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense,

Publisher: BTGN

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Pages: 40

 

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Ellie Smith, an emotionally stunted dancer, finds more than she bargains for after her human life is taken by the vampire, Master Liam.  Once inside the Vampire’s underground lair, the Keres Den, she meets Ian, an immortal Viking warrior, who is infiltrating the soulless prison.  (New Paragraph) As Ellie begins her training, she learns that the dark tunnels around her are filled with even darker secrets.  As the truth of her existence come to light, she is faced with a choice—does she let her past dictate her future, or can she begin to feel again?

 

Excerpt:

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

The couple in front of her stood under the bar’s lopsided mistletoe, their lips pressed against each other in a gesture of Christmas spirit.  On the man’s lapel was a white rose, smashed against the woman’s full breast.

The sight made Ellie Smith laugh.  Ellie was the same age as the two lip-locked party goers, yet they were so much younger.  They wore the white rose of hope—probably hope for love that would undoubtedly turn bad, or hope that the holidays would bring them the gifts of eternal bliss… those naïve fools.

The couple parted and their cheeks glowed with the pink twinges of arousal.  The sight was more than she could handle and she looked away.  They were luckier than they knew.  They probably did not have any idea what it was like to be without a bed for the night, without a home, without purpose, and without hope.

To her left a thick-set, redheaded man approached.  His shoulders were erect and he walked with a stride that conveyed power.  Catching Ellie’s eye, he smiled the grim smile of subtle manipulation.

Whatever he wanted, he wouldn’t get it from her.

A blonde man with an arched smile stepped out from behind the threatening redhead and sat down at the table.  “Hello, Elpis.  Welcome to The Ravena.”

The way he said her name made her skin crawl.

The blonde waved his hand at the rows of booze and the surly bartender.  “I hope you like the bar.”

The bar was like any number of others, just another stop in her constant travel through the dark world of the forgotten.

“Thanks.   I have no idea how you know my given name, but I’d rather you called me Ellie.”

“Sorry, Ellie.”

“Are you the owner of this place?”

The blonde motioned to the dangerous-looking redhead behind him.

She knew she should fear them, but there was nothing inside of her heart.  “I need a job.  Are you hiring?  I can dance.”

The blonde laughed. He looked over his shoulder at the red-headed man.  “She doesn’t have a clue.”

He turned back to her as if he had said nothing to the man who was clearly his boss. “My name is Ian.  And this is Master Liam…”  He pointed at the rigid redheaded man.

“What are you after?”

The club’s music filled the silence between them.

Ian smirked.  “Master Liam would like a dance.”

Ellie gazed over Ian’s blonde hair and his features—his eyes were the same blue as the sea, and his face was wide and rugged.  He looked like a portrait of a Viking.

Master Liam extended his hand in a silent command to dance.  She looked back at the handsome Viking.  Liam was a threat, but so was Ian.  Was it better to go after a powerful man who she wasn’t attracted to in hopes of getting a job, or was it better to forget her chance of getting hired and stay with the handsome Viking?

For once Ellie wondered what it was like to feel something—anything. If she was normal, would she blush? Would her lust move her nearer to him?  Instead, she only felt the dull emptiness inside of her breast.  Was there truly life without emotion?

Ellie slipped her hand into Master Liam’s. He led her to the dance floor, but she could sense Ian’s eyes upon her.

Master Liam moved in a stiff, archaic way and his hands never strayed from her waist.  Not that she minded.  It was nice not to be groped.  What kind of dancer would Ian be?

She looked back at her table.  Ian stared at her with a hunger in his eyes. She dropped her gaze.  If he wanted her, he didn’t act the part.

Master Liam said nothing to her as she looked up into his face.  His eyes were filled with lust and they slowly danced their way to the farthest recess of the dance floor.  His cold hands forced her head back and she stared up at the ceiling.

He pushed her against the wall.

He slowly bent down, taking each movement in his own unhurried time.  He inhaled and blew his chilled breath against the skin of her neck.

He wasn’t the man she wanted, but a job was a job—however she had to get it.

Liam leaned in, and instead of kissing her lips, he pressed his face into her neck and caressed her skin with his icy lips.

She drew in a breath and her pulse quickened.

His teeth pierced her skin, and she started to shriek, but his hand clamped down over her opening lips.  She struggled but as he drained her, weakness won.  A fire burned where his teeth dug into her flesh.  Acid filled her veins.

With her last thought, she envisioned the white rose on the stranger’s lapel.  No emotion, no hope…

Review:

I’m batting 1000 right now if the paranormal’s that I have read lately.  For such a short story, it packs a punch.   I realize that this is the first book in a series so we are just getting started with world building, characterizations and the backstory of our hero and heroine.  Ms. Winters manages to let me in her head and I just want to read more of Ellie and Ian.

I instantly connected with Ellie and her feelings of no hope, no happiness.  She has lived a hard life but with the touch of Viking warrior, she begins to believe in hope.  Problem with that is she is now a vampire and has been commanded to lead an army against innocents.  What’s a girl to do?

Ian was a different kind of hero for me.  He is a fantasy hero not a paranormal one meaning, he’s not a vamp, were, fae, etc.  Yes, he has some traits of your typical paranormal hero but they are layers to him that I can’t wait to find out about in later books.

The ending was little abrubt for me but still good.  Of course, that’s why this is the first book of the series.  😉  I’m completely hooked now and I can’t wait for the next one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

Danica Winters is an Amazon best-selling romance author based in Montana. She is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. She is a member of Romance Writers
of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Greater Seattle Romance Writers. She is a contributor to magazines, websites, and news organizations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and the bliss brought by the printed word.

 

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Interview with Nicholas, A Vampire of the House Millar

 

Thank you for allowing me this inside peek into what makes you, you.

 

Settling down in the chair across from me, I note Nicholas is dressed in tight black slacks, hair styled perfectly, leather bracer on his right wrist and oversized watch on a biker band on the other, topped with a dark blueberry silk dress shirt.  The shirt was unbuttoned more than just the collar and at the bottom just a little.

 

Thank you for the invitation.  I love your site, by the way.

 

I’ll start off with an easy one.  You’re a vampire?

 

*Flashing a smile, showing his fangs*  Of course.  I am one of few aberrations but I am still happily fanged.

 

Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

 

My name is Nicholas Andrew Gray Young.  I am, as you graciously pointed out, a vampire, though I try to protect the fragile humans around me.  I was born in 1815 in Canada and love my country of origin dearly.  Jonathan sired me in 1835, which is an interesting story but I won’t get into that right now. 

 

I am the bonded mate to Anya and Declán, though you have to read Blood’s Voice to find out all the details of how I ended up with two such loving and amusingly twisted partners.

 

You obviously had feelings for Anya from before, how did you feel about her friendship with Declan at first?

 

I loved Anya almost from the moment I met her sixty years ago.  She is an amazing and complex woman. *pausing for a moment then swallowing hard he continued*  Loosing her nearly destroyed me.  Finding her again was the first time in nearly three decades I had felt much of anything so having to deal with her wanting Dec too… was trivial to me.  I was far more concerned with rebuilding our friendship and hoping to have my love returned than if she wanted to play with Declán.

 

I have to admit though; I was a bit naive on this point.  I didn’t honestly think she would fall in love with him but as he managed to steal my heart as well, I can’t really fault her.  My only true fear in respect to Dec was if she would prefer the life he could provide her.  Our relationship and style of passion, I suppose you would call it, was not the same as with him. 

 

Sharing I could do, losing I could not.

 

Nicholas, you now share a blood bond and have strong feelings for both Anya and Declán.  How do you feel about having to share Anya? How do you feel about having to share Declán?

 

As I said before, I love them both.  Sharing is not a problem in my mind.  Anyone else touches my beloved ones and that is a whole other topic though.  The blood bond with me was accidental in Declán’s case but neither of us regret it.  I didn’t even at the time, though I would have preferred the choice to bond with him.

 

The hard part isn’t sharing; it’s knowing how to deal with the views of others.  I hate dealing with those that want to relegate Dec to the status of pet. 

 

I know you’re not too male-centric so I’ll ask this next one… How did you deal with being rescued by Anya? Has it affected your relationship in any way?

 

I had no problem from the point of view that she was female but rather that of all beings to have to enter into that area, Anya is the last person ever I would have wanted there.  I think the trauma to her was far worse than to me. 

 

The only lasting issues are from what I saw and what she did to retrieve me, not from the fact it was a woman.  Women are far more powerful than others often realize.

 

In Blood’s Voice it’s mentioned that you ‘super hero’ for humans and you help train Declán.  My question is, were you ever in the military?  Where did you receive your combat training?

 

No, I was never in the military.  I should have been but due to my human family and their needs I stayed at home until shortly before I “died” and became as I am now.  I have great respect for those that are called to be warriors of any form, as long as they are seeking to protect and defend, not murder and destroy.  A bit of an oxymoron for a vamp, I know, but hey.  *wink*

 

Most of my combat skills were picked up and honed after Jonathan found me.  He is a great fighter, though he rarely shows that side to others.  A few of his friends also taught me.  A weak vampire does not survive long so he made sure I would be at his side for ages to come.

 

You don’t speak as someone from the time you were born, why?

 

I have been told that my manners and inflections are often a bit ‘old fashioned’ but I strive to keep up to date with my speech.  If I didn’t I would stand out more than I do, yes?  I just can’t do the slouching and cursing that I see so often though, and ugh, the way so many males dress now.  It’s inappropriate and disrespectful.  Sorry, I will get off my soap box now.

 

One last question and I’ll let you get back to your family.  Who was your first love?

 

Oh, to love, to laugh, to live a lifetime within ones heart and soul.  My first love was Anya.  I had never met anyone that could hold my interest or heart until I met her.  She is, and always will be, my love, my heart, and my soul.  I am thankful that she is willing to share that spot with Dec as I could not imagine my life with having met either.

 

**Salutations

 

Thank you for taking the time to invite me and for helping to share our story.  It’s been a pleasure spending time with you.  *Nicholas takes Harlie’s hand, bending to kiss the back of it before giving her another fanged smile on his way out.*

*Harlie faints*  *swoon*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Blood’s Voice

Author: Áine P Massie

Publisher: Geas Publishing

Series: House Millar, #1

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Length: Novel

 

Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.

Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.

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Praise for Blood’s Voice

 

“Aine’s love for her characters shines in Blood’s Voice. She gives you a reason to become invested in their well-being. The definition of love triangle takes on a whole new meaning in the House of Millar. I was surprised in a most pleasant sort of way. This book does not contain the constant bickering and whining that are found in a lot of YA literature…a refreshing change. And, before I forget…a big thanks to Aine for her inclusion of alternate lifestyles in a very compelling manner.” – Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead

 

“I like the issues of LGBT that are brought up in the story and felt they were just enough of a sample of that lifestyle to not offend close minded individuals. It was very realistic and I enjoyed reading more about it. There is a ménage de trois alluded to in the book so some people may be a bit uncomfortable with that part of the story. From my point of view, it was very well written and only enhanced the book. I give this a 4 fair review as it was a very romantic story with paranormal elements that drew you in with the intricate plot.” – Heather @ Earth’s Book Nook

 

“Most of the vampires in this series have some type of unique ability. Especially Anya. She gives a new meaning to the coin phrase of “I get whatever I want”. You follow her on her adventures of trying to fit in with humans and seemingly thwarted by her own kind almost every time. She begins to have feelings for Nickolas, as well as Declan but they are different and easy to separate. At least for her. She loves whom she loves. Towards the middle of the book I grew a little envious of her situation.” – Nikki @ CEWTNK

 

“This is one book I could not put down at all and this is really one I want to read book #2 as soon as I can. Very well written and a great Young Adult book. If you are into Young Adult vampire books I think you will most likely like this book.” – Chantale @ Geeky Girl Reviews

 

“The author did a great job keeping my interest and making me want to finish the story to find out what happened next. They’re lots of surprises along the way and some things that truly didn’t expect but that just made it better than I thought the ending was going to be!” – Christina @ Intoxicated by Books

 

“This was an absolute pleasure to read, and an easy story to get into. I had no trouble getting lost in the pages and the storyline. Aine P. Massie has a very unique writing style which I found very pleasant. The characters never once got on my nerve. I quite enjoyed reading about them.” – Kyanara Night @ Kyanara’s Mad Reviews

 

“It’s a really easy book to read, I literally swallowed it in two days, and I really liked it! I recommend this book to all those who love vampire stories with romance, and those who like to learn new languages and cultures… Yes? Why? Well, because the author will delight us with a sweet romance full of phrases and words in Irish. : ) Happy Reading!” – Idris @ Throwing Books

 

 

About the Author

 

Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (specialization in ages zero to five) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.

A lifelong reader, Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys . . . oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. But, she’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction. Blood’s Voice has been a long time in coming and with its publication (June 2011) Áine embarked on a new chapter in her life.

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