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PREDATOR’S REFUGE (Gemini Island Shifters #3) by Rosanna Leo

refuge (3)Synopsis:

Lynx shifter Marci Lennox has worked at the shifter-friendly Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort all her adult life. It’s more a home to her than a job. When her boss goes on vacation, putting her in charge, Marci is thrilled. Finally a chance to prove she has the mettle to run a resort.

Her confidence is shaken when new employee Anton Gaspar appears. One look at the mysterious tiger shifter spells trouble for Marci and for her sex-crazed lynx. Anton is judgmental, condescending, and a little misogynistic. Unfortunately, Marci’s lynx thinks his tiger is more delicious than an oversized bag of Maltesers.

It becomes difficult for Marci to remain neutral near Anton, especially when she learns of his troubling past and unusual family circumstances. However, when dangerous incidents occur on the resort, the lynx woman and tiger man join forces to combat the threat to the lodge and its guests.
Harder still is the quest to combat their explosive feelings for one another. As they explore their mutual passion, they realize the danger at the resort is more insidious than they ever envisioned. Their dreams, their love, and their very lives are at stake.

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My Review:

Oh how I love Shifter stories, especially ones written by Rosanna Leo!  Predator’s Refuge is the third book in her Gemini Island Shifters series and I fall more in love with her characters with each book.  While this story shifts from those loveable bears to some spicy kitties… Lynx and Tiger to be exact… it pulled me in and had me purring long before it was finished.

This story focuses on Marci, the resourceful and longtime front desk clerk at the Ursa Lodge and Anton, another Ursa Lodge employee.  The sparks fly between them and the heat rises page after page.  When Ryland is away, Marci and Anton have to work together to ward off the danger facing the Lodge. The story was intriguing and unique, beginning to end.  The romance, emotions, fire and sexuality are in perfect combination.

Overall I love Rosanna’s writing style.  She manages to infuse each book with action, danger, romance and happy-ever-after.  If you enjoy reading Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, animals, Shifters and/or just plain good romance, puck up the Gemini Island Shifters series, especially Predator’s Refuge.

…PS…I cannot wait to try some Malteasers myself! *snort*

Rating:  5 Stars*****

 

My Review of Predator’s Kiss (Book 1 )

My Review of Predator’s Serenade (Book 2 ) 

 

Author Bio:

Rosanna LeoRosanna Leo is a multi-published author with Liquid Silver Books. She has her degree in history and literature, as well as in classical singing. Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, her favorite things are her family, dusty libraries, and Nutella. Rosanna loves it when the geeky, awkward girl gets the hot guy, and has made it her mission to see this happen in her books as much as possible. You can find all her books at www.lsbooks.com. Rosanna’s blog is www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com

 

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Authors, Interviews, Promo

A Chat With Jesi Lea Ryan, Author of The Arcadia Novels: Arcadia’s Gift and Arcadia’s Curse

Want to Meet Author Jesi Lea Ryan?

JesiLeaAuthorPicJesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and two exceptionally naughty kitties.

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authorinterviewSo Let’s Chat…

Liberty Ann:  First off, how has your week been?

Jesi Lea:  Tiring! I’m so glad the holidays are over. At least I don’t have the clean up other people do. I don’t put up a tree any decorations for Christmas. I don’t host any lavish dinner parties. All of my family and my husband’s family live out of state, so we usually don’t have to juggle family get-togethers. So if I have it so easy, why do the holidays still wear me out? No idea.

Liberty Ann:  How did your current book come about?

Jesi Lea:  I was sitting in an all-day, insurance continuing education class (yes, it was as exciting as it sounds), and started day dreaming, which I am known to do frequently. Before I knew it, I had outlined a three book trilogy about a psychic empath. Ta da! Arcadia was born!

Most of that original outline was lost, but it gave me a good baseline to work from. The first book, Arcadia’s Gift was published in 2012. Arcadia’s Curse was released a few months ago. And I am well into the writing of Arcadia’s Choice as we speak.

Liberty Ann:  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Jesi Lea:  I am very restless when I write. I think most authors sit their butts in the chair and pound away. I can’t do that. I’m up and down constantly, sometimes mid-sentence. I get up and walk to the kitchen for no reason or wander off to the bedroom to look out the window. I have to think about things before I write them, rehearse the dialog in my head, close my eyes and envision the space through my character’s eyes. When I get back to my computer, I might tap out a sentence or a couple of paragraphs, but soon, I’m up again, wandering.

Liberty Ann:  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Jesi Lea:  My book is written first person from the point of view of a psychic empath. Arcadia (Cady) can feel the emotions of everyone around her.  The hardest part of writing about emotions to the crazy extent that I have to is keeping it interesting. There are really only so many ways a person can feel something. I work very hard to change things up and make the description meaningful.  I find sometimes that writing some of the more difficult scenes, that my shoulders will ache and my stomach will hurt. I can feel myself taking on the same emotions that Cady does. Weird…

Liberty Ann:  How much of your writing time is purely research?

Jesi Lea:  I’m a curious person, so I have to be careful not to lose myself in Google. On the surface, my books don’t seem like they require much by way of research. The story is set in my hometown. The character goes to the same high school I did, and she lives in a neighborhood I once lived in.  So I don’t really have to do any research into setting details. I have a file on psychic research and parapsychology. I have a rather disturbing file of modern torture techniques. Notes on hemophilia and drug addiction. lots of random things that sometimes never make it into the stories, but that I like to keep straight in my own head. So what I’m saying here is that if the NSA is monitoring my Google searches, they are probably both scared and confused. 🙂

Liberty Ann:  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Jesi Lea:  Oh, this is easy. If you look on my Amazon reviews for Arcadia’s Gift, there is one 1 star review. It was written by some reader in Australia or someplace. No author likes to get a 1 star review, but it is just business, so I didn’t dwell on it. But then the very next day, the same woman left a 5 star review on the second book, Arcadia’s Curse! At first I was shocked that she would purchase and read the second book after not liking the first. But then her second review was such an incredible turn-around from her thoughts from only a day earlier that I consider it the best review I have ever received. Don’t believe me, go to Amazon and check it out. So cool!

Liberty Ann:  Light or dark chocolate?

Jesi Lea:  Dark

Liberty Ann:  Favorite color?

Jesi Lea:  Jewel tones

Liberty Ann:  Dogs or cats?

Jesi Lea:   Cats

Liberty Ann:  E-reader or print book?

Jesi Lea:  All books are good.

Liberty Ann:  Night owl or early bird?

Jesi Lea:  Total night owl. It’s after midnight as I’m typing this.

Liberty Ann:  Name one food you would never eat.

Jesi Lea:    Most meats make me squeamish. I never eat any kind of seafood or fish. I avoid pork products. I have all these weird rules for eating meat. Basically, I will only eat white meat chicken or turkey, but not if it is on the bone. I will only eat hamburger or steak if it is thoroughly cooked. I mean charred! And even then I usually only manage a couple of bites of a steak. I don’t touch raw meat. My husband has to place it in the pan for me. When I eat chicken noodle soup, I pick out the bits of chicken. If I don’t see the meat go into the pot, it is deemed “suspect chicken”, and I want no part of it.

Liberty Ann:  If you could have any automobile, which would you have?

Jesi Lea:  1968 Corvette Stingray. Preferably in blue.

Liberty Ann:  What would you like to be called if you had to change your name?

Jesi Lea:  The funny thing about this question is that I did change my name – Jesi Lea Ryan is a pen name – and I really don’t like to be called Jesi in my personal life. My real name is Jessica. The only people who called me Jesi were my family, and only because they wouldn’t stop it even when I ignored them. But when the time came to come up with a pen name for my writing, I needed something that I could actually see myself answering to in public. After kicking around dozens of options, I gave in and embraced Jesi. Now a lot of people call me by that name. I’ve gotten used to it mostly.

Liberty Ann:  Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?

Jesi Lea:  I read 250+ books a year, so narrowing down one favorite book is impossible. I would have to say the collected works of Richelle Mead are my favorite books of all time. I have read every word she has ever published, and her books are an “auto buy” for me. She also is the author of my two biggest book crushes of all time – Dimitri Belikov (Vampire Academy) and Seth Mortensen (Georgina Kincaid series). I love them. For realz!

Liberty Ann:  Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

Jesi Lea:  What’s the point? Actually, I am kind of a slob. I hate hanging up clothes or putting clutter away too. I like my kitchen and bathrooms to be clean, but beyond that, I have no interest in house work. Luckily, I am blessed with a husband to does all of that stuff for me. Thanks, honey!

Liberty Ann: Okay, so everyone has had a chance to see your awesomeness. Where can they go to snag their own copy of your novel?

Jesi Lea:  E-books and paperbacks are available on Amazon.  Arcadia’s Gift is also available in audio book through Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

Liberty Ann:  Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the Web. I really wish you the best of everything. But before you go…where can we follow you?

            Twitter – @Jesilea (I never check my direct messages, too much spam, but if you @ me, I’ll chat back.)

            Facebook – Jesi Lea Ryan

            Website – www.jesilea.com

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Arcadia’s Gift

By Jesi Lea Ryan

arcadiasgift_kindle-200x300Most people who experience death don’t live to tell about it.

When sixteen year old Arcadia “Cady” Day wakes in a hospital after experiencing what can only be called a psychic episode, she finds her family in tatters. With her twin sister gone, her dad moved out, her mom’s spiraling depression and her sister’s boyfriend, Cane, barely able to look at her, the only bright spot in her life is Bryan Sullivan, the new guy in school. When Bryan’s around, Cady can almost pretend she’s a regular girl, living a regular life; when he’s not, she’s wracked with wild, inexplicable mood swings. As her home life crumbles and her emotional control slips away, Cady begins to suspect that her first psychic episode was just the beginning…

 

 

 

 

Arcadia’s Curse

By Jesi Lea Ryan

 

jesilearyanebook-191x300Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own. (Literally.)

In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy. Her grades have tanked. Her best friend is afraid of her. And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around. But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price.

 

 

 

Find The Arcadia Novels here:

Amazon (Arcadia’s Gift)/Amazon (Arcadia’s Curse)

AUDIBLE Audio Book of Arcadia’s Gift

 

 

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Entangled, Giveaways, Interviews

Author Interview of Sofia Harper featuring Hot Knight in Paradise

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Giveaway info: Sofia will award a $25 Amazon GC to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Don’t forget to leave a comment and email address. Good Luck!

Hot Knight in Paradise

by Sofia Harper

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Stranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast.

 

Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island … Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?

 

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Excerpt:

 

“I find it hard to believe a man like you would consider bartending his calling.” She gave him a dubious look. “And I’m feeling like a margarita. Got some limes?”

 

“Of course.” He opened the compartment where he kept the salt. Using some of the tequila, he lined the lip of the glass.

 

“How’d you know I wanted salt?”

 

“If you want lime, you want salt.” He took his time making the drink. “You’d be amazed how listening can change the world.”

 

He cut the lime in quarters, placing one on the rim, the rest in another cup. “Now I didn’t say you didn’t get something out of what you do. I said it’s probably not your calling.”

 

“Semantics.”

 

The weight of his past darkened his tone and he leaned against the bar for support. “You can save someone’s life by what you say.”

 

She sipped her drink and then sucked on the lemon. Her breath whooshed out. “You make a damn good margarita.”

 

“Thanks.” He nursed his bourbon as he tried to beat back the memories, but then her hand was on his face, bringing him back to the now.

 

“Hey, where’d you go? We’re debating.”

 

“Political analyst,” he said.

 

“I’m not that cynical about mankind,” she said.

 

Her tongue flicked out, licking at the salt from the corner of her mouth. His mind blanked. When his brain came back online he could only wonder if the tartness of lime would complement her taste. She must have noticed the expression, because her gaze went to his mouth.

 

Her tongue lashed out again. “It doesn’t make me uncomfortable when you look at my mouth with an I-want-tobite-you expression,” she said quietly. “Though I want to say my eyes are up here, but—”

 

She bit her lip, and his gaze followed the action. He wished she’d look away, make a joke…anything to break the moment, but his heart rammed against his ribcage.

 

“I’m insane,” she murmured.

 

Marshall frowned, finally tearing his gaze from her mouth. Leah pushed their drinks aside and leaned over the bar, and then her mouth was on his, and he couldn’t think. His lips parted automatically, and she was there, supping on the taste of him. Leah’s tongue explored urgently, as if they’d been kissing for eons, and he matched her rhythm.

 

“Wait,” Marshall said, pulling back, which was probably the dumbest thing he’d ever done in his life.

 

He knew if she had enough time to consider what the hell they were doing, she’d end it and run. He took advantage of her moment of confusion and untied the scarf holding back the soft curls.

 

“There,” he sighed.

 

This time, he claimed her mouth. The kiss lost its urgency, and still the taste of her seared his tongue. He had the time to nip and lick, noting the softness of her lips and how the lime only made her taste better. He couldn’t be anywhere but in that moment. He tightened the hold in her hair, forcing Leah still and allowing him to deepen the kiss. He made illicit promises with his teeth and tongue until she moaned in his mouth, and it took everything in him not to have her there on the counter.

 

With the little room he allowed, she pulled back. “Wait.”

 

He loosened the hold on her hair. Leah climbed the counter, knocking over the stool in the process. Once settled in front of him, she fisted her hands on his shirt and yanked him forward. Forgetting honor, he pressed against her, felt the heat between her thighs along his erection. Keeping a hand in the curly strands, he exposed her neck. He sucked softly at first and then hard on the flesh between her neck and collarbone. Her legs tightened around his waist, binding him to the heat. Trailing kisses up to her ear, he bit the lobe. She gasped.

 

“Do you want me to stop?” he whispered.

 

“Yes,” she moaned.

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Top ten things you don’t know about me:

1. Cotton or Silk?
Cotton.

 

2. Champagne/beer/wine?

 

Wine.

 

3. Plotter/pantser

 

Both

 

4. Describe your workspace

 

I’m doing revisions, rewrites, editing, new words…it’s a bit of a mess at the moment. It used to look like a desk but I can’t tell with all the cups of coffee and water bottles on it.

 

5. Sports fan or just tolerate it?

Maybe a middle of the road here. I do enjoy yelling at the TV during football and basketball season, but I don’t have a favorite team.

 

6. Who is your biggest influence on writing?

Recently I realized I was heavily influenced by Robert B. Parker. His books are 90 percent dialogue.

 

7. Favorite food –

 

I never get tired of pizza. This is a problem because I’m lactose intolerant. Heck, it may be why.
8. When did you start writing?

I was nineteen. I’d just given birth to my son. I couldn’t ignore the urge anymore. Plus I had a lot of free time. He slept a lot.

 

9. If money were no object, where would you like to live?
Hawaii and Maine. Hawaii in the winter and Maine for the rest of the year. I’d miss California but I’ve lived there practically my entire life.
10. What’s next for you?

 

I just put out a release and I’m currently gearing up for my last of the year releases for my other pen name, Melissa Blue. So my brain is scattered and I don’t know if I’m coming or going. But I’m excited. I’m closing out two series. I can practically hear my fans saying, “Finally!”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:Sofia Harper

 

In 2004, Sofia Harper began her writing career as a romantic suspense author. A bit problematic because she couldn’t write anything mystery-like to save her life or even her characters. On a whim, she penned a contemporary where there was no dead body or explosions to save her from the dreadful middle slumps of a book. It was only the characters and what they had to deal with. She hasn’t looked back since. She continues to write contemporary romances, mainly under a different pen, filled with sassy heroines and unlikely heroes. These stories are filled with one-liners, but heartfelt and sexy.

 

Outside of writing, Harper works as a mail clerk for the federal government, has a paralegal certificate (that she has more use for as a dust pan) and is a mother of two rambunctious children. She lives in California where the wine is good and, despite popular belief, is not always sunny. Harper plans to spend the rest of her days writing, raising her children and drinking good wine. Occasionally she’ll brush her hair and get dressed, but that’s optional.

 

Website: http://sofiaharper.com

 

Blog: sofiaharper.blogspot.com/‎

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sofiaharp‎

 

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/sofiaharper.author‎

 

Goodreads Page: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7154484.Sofia_Harper