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The Howling Heart
by April Bostic
Adult Paranormal Romance
Paperback & ebook, 220 pages
August 8th 2013

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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Wolves and Research

When writing fiction, there is no limit to the author’s imagination. Oftentimes, we ask our readers to suspend disbelief. But being a book reader as well, I know sometimes there is a limit to the suspension before the story is just too unbelievable. Some readers want to be grounded in a little reality, so I think it’s ideal for an author to find a balance between the two. When writing about werewolves that are mostly wolf in nature, I felt it necessary to do some research. Wolves are real, so unless they exist on another planet, I think it’s respectful to retain some integrity for these magnificent and beautiful animals. While writing my paranormal romance novel, The Howling Heart, I read about wolves and watched several nature documentaries. I was conscious of the fact that some readers of this literary genre are avid wolf lovers, and could potentially point out in their reviews the misinformation I may write about wolves. I learned about a female wolf’s gestational period for a very specific reason and it’s explained in the book. I read about pack hierarchy, especially because I decided there should be alphas, betas, and an omega in the Black River pack. Reading about wolves’ physical features and advantages that help them survive in the wild was important. I needed to know how a wolf behaved when it was aggressive, submissive, and playful, because it helped me when writing certain scenes. Although my wolves are essentially “super” wolves that have extraordinary abilities, what makes them similar to normal wolves? I had to learn about the species to explain that question. I even looked for images displaying the variety of fur coloring across different sub-species including the extinct species. Could I write about a wolf with striped fur? Are there wolves with tawny or brown fur? Are they all gray, black, and white? Many of the things I learned about wolves were used as a foundation for my mythical werewolves. And while they don’t truly exist, some aspects about them are rooted in truth. There’s a balance. My advice to any aspiring author writing a story where real animals are main elements to the plot, is to do your research first. You can never learn too much, only too little. Trust me, readers will let you and everyone else know if you didn’t learn enough. Don’t let it be after the fact when it’s too late!

 

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Note this review is a couple of years old.  I still love this book and yes, its on my keeper shelf.

I need to be honest with you dear readers.  I don’t like shifter books.  I’m not sure why except that most of them are erotic, involve a menage, aren’t realistic enough for me or just bore me to tears.  Yes, I’ve DNF a lot of them but authors that others rave about.  Sigh…In my PNR’s, I like fae, angels, demons and gargoyles.  Yes, I’m weird but there you have it.  So why did I give this book a 5 Harlie, Recommended Read and Best of 2014?  Let me explain:

1.  The Plot – Extremely well thought out and it shows in Ms. Bostic’s world building.  She showed us the world, not “told” us about it.  That’s a huge difference for me.  I felt like I was really there in Colorado and New York.  Yes, the story takes place in two different settings and that makes it a more exciting book for me to read.  It showed the shifter world of Riley and Paige’s world in New York.

2.  The Characters – Again, well thought out and richly drawn to keep my interest.  Plus, with Riley’s twin sister Quinn as Paige’s new friend, you could tell that again, Ms. Bostic took her time for the characters to get to know one another.  It wasn’t insta love/lust with Riley and Paige.  Yes, Riley knew that Paige was his mate, but Paige had a lot of questions that needed to be answered.  Paige needed some convincing but she wasn’t pushed into her decision.  It was a decision that she made on her own.

3.  The World According to Ms. Bostic – Good lord, what a world.  It wasn’t mythical or enchanting.  It was real and how she was able to incorporate the shifter world and the real world was brilliant.  It made sense to me and the action flowed from one to another.  Another thing about the world that she created, every question that Paige had, I had and Ms. Bostic explained simplicity but didn’t dumb it down for me.  Yes, was the taboo subject of having sex with a wolf touched on?  You bet.  Paige needed answers and she got them.  Was the act in the book?  NO!  (I know that some reviewers raked the book over the coals for that; I didn’t because of the way that Ms. Bostic handled the situation)

4.  Mating Ritual – This didn’t happen until over half way through the book.  At least them having sex.  It was well written but the actual ritual didn’t happen until later.  And of course, there was another shifter that wanted Paige.  Oooo, the intrigue.  Yes, was there a fight to the death?  You bet and I loved it.  I cringed the whole time but the outcome was well worth it in the end.

5.  Riley and Paige – Theirs is such a sweet story.  Yes, its sweet.  I’m a romantic at heart and to see how their childhood played a hand into their adulthood was sweet.  Was Paige confused by it all?  You bet but she had Riley and in a sense Quinn to help her figure it out.

6.  Complaints – Paige’s mother was a beyotch behind compare.  I really, really wanted to slap her, maim her or whatever.  Paige was a grown woman and she treated Paige like she was 10 years old.  I also felt like the ending was a bit…I don’t know…weird.  Yes, did everything work out in the end?  Sure but unfortunately, there are a lot of unanswered questions that I will never know.  Ms. Bostic has decided to stop writing.  Yes, there will be no sequel, no Quinn story…nothing.  I’m extremely upset over this because I finally found a PNR author that I adored and shifters that I liked.  *pout*

Overall, if you want to dip your toes into the shifter world that makes sense, The Howling Heart is where you need to start.  Its a well thought out romance between two people that straddles two different worlds.  The outcome is sweet and tender between Riley and Paige.  And nothing cringe worthy happens (things that make you go Yuck) either.  Plus there is a touch of the Viking in here too and oh man…I loved it!

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Highly!!!!!
Highly!!!!!

 

 

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled A Rose to the Fallen.

Her first short story, Right Here, Right Now, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories–a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled Eros, My Love, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled Love Addiction.

After five years, she released her second novel, The Howling Heart, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled A Dark Scandal.

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Book Spotlight featuring Love Refocused (Sander’s Valley #2) by Nancy Corrigan w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

NC_love refocused_coverinLove Refocused by Nancy Corrigan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Sander’s Valley,  Book 2

 

Wyn Sander is surprised when his brother Kyle asks him to be best man at his wedding. Wyn’s even more shocked to learn the woman who later walks into his garage is Ronnie’s half-sister, Iona. He’s instantly attracted to her. She’s sophisticated, beautiful, and confident. At least she is until Wyn stands up. She flinches and a look of terror passes over her face. It bothers him to see. Luckily, desire replaces it, but it doesn’t stop Wyn’s curiosity. For the first time in his life, he wants to find out what made Iona fearful and fix it.

 

Iona can’t believe her luck. The man she lusts after is her new sister’s soon to be brother-in-law. The kiss they share shatters her, but her attempt to stop any involvement with him ends up with her agreeing to three dates. She decides Wyn is unlike any man she’s ever known, and it’s unfortunate she can’t enjoy him. She isn’t in the market for a boyfriend. All she wants is sex. The only problem is—she doesn’t think Wyn sees things her way.

 

 

~Excerpt~

 

Wyn tapped out a rhythm on the hood of his ’57 classic truck. The noise drowned out his brother Kyle as he talked and talked and talked some more. Wyn had listened until the word “wedding” came up. It had killed his attention span, not that he had much of one. Probably why he was the only Sander who hadn’t gone to college. Hell, he’d barely made it through high school.

 

“If you don’t want the job, I’ll ask someone else,” Kyle snapped.

 

Wyn forced his fingers to still and glanced at Kyle. “What job?”

 

Kyle closed his eyes on a sigh. “Best man.”

 

“Me? What about Neil?” Wyn had thought Kyle’s best friend would’ve held the honor. Kyle and Ronnie had pushed their wedding date back specifically until Neil’s deployment in whatever third-world country he’d been stationed ended. A chilling thought surfaced. “He didn’t get hurt, did he?”

 

“No. He opted to stay longer. He’s not sure when he’ll be home.” Kyle rubbed the back of his neck. “And well, Ronnie and I don’t want to wait any longer.”

 

“Why not? You two are already living together. It’s not like it matters if you’re husband and wife.”

 

Ronnie had moved in a couple of months ago while she recovered from a gunshot wound. She’d been lucky the shooter’s aim was off. A couple of inches lower and Kyle would’ve lost the love of his life.

 

“It’ll matter to Mom,” Kyle said.

 

Wyn crossed his arms and studied his brother, an older and rougher version of himself. Kyle fidgeted, and a tinge of red stained his cheeks. There weren’t many things that would make him nervous, except a stern lecture from their mama. Eliza Sander was a force to be reckoned with. Wyn went over the possible reasons and chuckled.

 

“You got Ronnie knocked up, didn’t you?”

 

A grin spread over Kyle’s face. “First month we were trying too. We thought it’d take longer.”

 

“Congrats, man.” Wyn smacked Kyle’s back. “That’s great news.”

 

“Yeah, it is, but we’re not making it common knowledge yet. Ronnie wants to wait until we hear the heartbeat.” Kyle dropped his gaze to the floor. “You know, just in case.”

 

Wyn tensed. “Do you suspect something’s wrong?”

 

“No, but I’d hate to get Mom’s hope up, then break it. Besides, you remember how adamant she was about us not having kids out of wedlock. I refuse to be the one who breaks her rule.”

 

Wyn shrugged. “I think she’d make an exception. She loves Ronnie.”

 

“Probably, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve set the date for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.”

 

“That’s as good a time as any. At least you won’t forget your anniversary.”

 

“Yeah.” Kyle crossed his arms over his chest. Silence stretched. Finally he sighed. “So are you going to take the job or not?”

 

Best man, right. “Of course.”

 

Kyle blew out a rough breath. “Great. I didn’t want to have to pick between Jack and Levi.”

 

Wyn didn’t blame him. As twins, Jack and Levi were close and always had each other’s back, but they argued constantly.

 

“What do I need to do, other than plan the bachelor party?”

 

“I’ll get you a list, but the good news is you don’t have to worry about a date. You’ll be seated with Ronnie’s sister.”

 

Thank goodness. He’d been debating which ex-lover to bring. “Iona, right?”

 

Kyle nodded. “She’ll be arriving in a few days.” He leveled a hard glare at him. “Be nice to her, okay?”

 

Wyn held up a hand. “Hey, I’m always nice to women. I just tend to lose interest before they do.”

 

“Iona’s had a rough time of it. Her—” Kyle’s phone buzzed. He pulled it from his pocket, glanced at the display, and groaned. “Look, I’ve got to go. Ronnie’s decided to cook me dinner. I need to save my kitchen from being turned upside down.” He grimaced. “Or my house from being burned to the ground.”

 

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~About the Author~ 

 

A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with woman strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.

 

She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.

 

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Nancy is giving away a$10 Amazon GC and a mobi of Love Repeated.

 

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Book Blast for Celeste Prater’s Fueled by Lust: Maxim w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

 

This post is part of a book blast for the launch of Celeste Prater’s newest book Fueled by Lust:Maxim. Celeste will be awarding one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A Siren Classic Erotic Sci-Fi Romance – Book 6

A simple turn of your head can change your life forever. That’s what Maxim Telarius will soon realize when he spots a female cracking up passengers at an airport counter. What he didn’t expect was to find his potential mate when the counter comedian inevitably trips over a suitcase and practically lands in his lap. One innocent touch and he’s fighting through a powerful mating surge and begging her not to leave. One blink and she could be lost to him forever.

Skylar Grey is fleeing for her life with a mysterious object stuffed in her purse and no idea where’s she heading. When she spots a gorgeous hunk she just dreamed about, what’s a girl to do? Watching the guy twist on the floor in agony wasn’t what she envisioned. Should she run, or stay to help someone that seems extremely important to her survival?

Book 6 in the Fueled By Lust Series doesn’t disappoint on the erotic, set your hair on fire expectations of the Insedi male.

Reader note: Series best read in sequence.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Maxim couldn’t tear his gaze away. She’d stopped on the edge of the crowd and was asking a couple if they knew how to get to the bus terminal. Her voice was melodic and ethereal. She thanked them and turned his way. Realizing he was staring at her like an idiot, Maxim turned to the guy sitting across from him. Shit. Had his face worn that same ridiculous expression of adoration?

Unable to help himself, he glanced back to her and was shocked to see she was now staring at him. Her eyes were wide and her lips were parted as if she was surprised. The closer she drew to him, the higher her brows rose. He felt his stomach clench when she spoke. Tingles shot up his spine and he shivered.

“You.”

Frowning, Maxim glanced to the right. He was the only “you” sitting on this side of the row of connected chairs. When he turned back to her, he watched her mouth open in surprise as her foot caught the edge of a suitcase sticking out in the aisle. She lost her footing, and he leapt from his chair. Without thought, Maxim reached out to stop the inevitable plunge to the ground. The moment she clutched his arm, their eyes locked. He rolled to the side to give her something else to land on beside the hard tiles.

Back slamming onto the floor, Maxim felt the air rush from his lungs. Her generous breasts pressed heavily against his chest before she rolled away. An intense electrical surge rushed through his system and bent his spine to the point he thought it would snap in two. Agony and bliss warred with each other to determine which one would finally kill him. He heard shouts, but they sounded muted and far away. His mind tried to reason why someone was stabbing the hollow of his throat, yet running a soothing palm across his forehead at the same time.

Feeling a hard tug on his hand, Maxim freed whatever he’d been grasping. Gritting his teeth, he fought to stay lucid as whatever was destroying him decided to finish it or go away. Something snatched his other hand, and he latched on as if it was the tenuous thread to continued breathing. He opened his eyes and everything made sense.

About the Author:

Celeste was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than her small Texas town, she joined the Marines, which satisfied her craving to see more of the U.S. and her drive to see if she could be one of the few and the proud.

A firm believer in educating the mind, Celeste has achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.

Her true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.

Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in her dreams until she had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the Fueled by Lust book series.

Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category. Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014 and LUCIEN the September 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.

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