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#ARC Review of Red Snowflakes by Kristal Dawn Harris w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Kristal081670 #paranormalromance #vampires

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Forensic photographer, Dena Williams, has spent her life trained to see what others cannot. Vampire, Dimitri Kovac, has waited every Christmas for a miracle that does not come. In the Oregon wilderness, during a snowstorm, these two destined souls collide. Dena’s only hope of survival rests in a vampire with the heart of a poet. Dimitri only has five days to win a skeptical woman’s heart. As the Christmas tree lights burn brightly and the snow continues to fall, will Dena succumb to a vampire’s charms? With so little time, can Dimitri win her love?

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Dena stood her ground waiting until he stopped directly in front of her-toe to toe. Her eyes lifted from his broad chest to his face. His breath caressed her skin in whispery touches. This close she could see the small lines around his eyes and the long length of his eyelashes. She’d photographed numerous crime scenes and witnessed the arrest of several criminals, so she knew the eyes of a killer. This man did not have those eyes. Predator yes. Murderer no. The sea-blue depths emanated tranquility, but there was something else there as well.

Trained to see things others didn’t, Dena’s head tilted while studying him trying to see what evaded her eyes. Engrossed in his features, almost drawn to him on a level her mind didn’t understand, her body leaned forward. He didn’t move away, but his pupils tracked every move she made. Dena focused on his eyes letting her own senses expand. Something was different in those sea-blue depths. They say the eyes are the mirror to the soul, but his seemed more like a mask. Her body jerked when the black of his pupils bled into the white until his sockets completely blacked out, then shifted back to their normal sea-blue color. Curiosity led her. One foot slid between his as she moved even closer until their bodies brushed. For some odd reason, she wasn’t afraid. “What are you?”

 

What’s the matter with you?  Harlie, you read a paranormal romance with a vampire?  And it was Christmas themed?  I’m sure most of yall thought I must have been out of mine but I wasn’t.  I needed to read something different and this book delivered on all counts.  Since I lost interest in all things paranormal when Twilight came out, I’ve been very picky and I tend to yawn at the PNR books that have come out in the last decade or so.  Ms. Harris has written a gem of a novella that will tug at your heartstrings, make you wish for snow and want to decorate for Christmas right now.  No worries on decorating for me.  I don’t do that until the day after Thanksgiving.  But I am thinking more candles…

I will have to say that this book is shorter than most and it mostly features just Dena and Dimitri.  Ms. Harris didn’t muck up the story with extra characters that you have to keep up with or any fluff for filler.  This is a book about a vampire that is dying, waiting for his mate and a woman that sees things that others can’t.  The above excerpt is a perfect example of Dena’s personality.  She takes no prisoners, asks questions and goes with her gut.  I loved her.  A bit lonely when she discovers Dimitri, she is all in.

Dimitri broke my heart at times.  A vampire with a soul and a mate to convince.  I admired that he didn’t pressure Dena at all.  He was honest, forthright and fell instantly in love with her.  Ms. Harris gives us a bit of a backstory on Dena and Dimitri but considering that the book is shorter with minimal characters, she does an excellent job with both of them.  I loved the give and take that Dena and Dimitri had with each other.  The joy of Christmas is alive with them and it shows in Ms. Harris’ writing.  It flows and there is never a dull moment.  In fact, the ending was a bit of a shock to me.  I never saw it coming and neither will you.  Great job.

If you are looking for a great Christmas read that will get you in the spirit, this is it.  Just keep in mind that there is a vampire, a mate to be had and a red snowflake to find.  Oh yes, don’t want to spoil that little gem in the book.  He he!

 

About the Author:

Kristal Dawn Harris is an American author, born in Middletown, Ohio. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband. Kristal has been married for 27 years and has two children. She graduated from Carlisle High School, then furthered her education at Miami University. She has a business degree in Accounting Technology. Kristal spent twenty years working as an Office Coordinator in the hospital until she released her debut novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” through The Wild Rose Press.

In 1999, Kristal suffered a debilitating disease called “Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” This rare disease damaged the nerves in her body requiring the use of drop-foot braces in order to walk. Kristal considers herself a survivor and encourages anyone with a disability to follow their dreams.

Kristal is considered a hybrid romance author since she published “Hand-Carved Wolf” and “Thief of Hearts” on her own. Kristal is an avid reader who enjoys romance from all genres, but paranormal is her favorite.

CURRENT BOOKS BY KRISTAL DAWN HARRIS

The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds
The Rings of Faolan-Rubies
Hand-Carved Wolf
The Burn
The Red Heart
Thief of Hearts

UPCOMING RELEASES

Red Snowflakes (November 6)

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#Review of Gracie’s Time and interview of author Christine Potter w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #YA #paranormalromance #timetravel

Gracie’s Time

by Christine Potter

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GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal Romance (Time Travel)

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BLURB:

October, 1962

It’s almost Halloween, but something a lot scarier than ghosts is on everyone’s mind: nuclear war. After President Kennedy’s speech to the nation about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Grace Ingraham overhears her parents’ plans to keep her safe. She’ll be sent off to live with a wealthy uncle—in the nineteenth century.

Gracie’s from a family of Travelers, people who can escape into time. Too bad her mom and dad haven’t Traveled since their honeymoon trip to the Lincoln Inauguration. So Grace will have to go alone—even though taking a wrong turn can have serious consequences: like heading for 1890, and ending up …in 2018.

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Excerpt Three:

I sat with Zoey on her crazy bed-turned-into-a-swing. Or was it a swing turned into a bed?  She’d designed it herself. It was made out of weathered grey wood and hung from the ceiling on four heavy black chains. She had a homemade quilt and about a million pillows. The bed swung gently as we talked, which was strange, but I have to admit it was also very soothing.

I leaned back against a giant pillow made out of pieces of torn-up blue jeans and my charm bracelet jingled at my wrist. “It’s so weird having Dylan in art with me! I can’t believe they don’t separate out the grades.” 

“Why would they?  Art’s a workshop, silly. Only logical.” She crossed her legs under her swirly brown and green flowered dress, pulling it down over her knees.

Unfortunately, Dylan hadn’t talked to me very much. I caught him smiling in my direction a few times, but that was it, despite the Valentine and the walk in the cemetery. Everyone—Zoey, Claire, even Amp—seemed to be crazy about Dylan. Who was indeed very good looking. Even—okay, I’ll use the word again—dreamy. But guys who come that well-recommended … well, it’s confusing, especially if you end up in art class with them and then they go silent on you.

“He hasn’t texted me or anything. I wouldn’t want to seem too…”

“Aggressive? Horse hockey. You text him! Smash the patriarchy!”

I sighed. The patriarchy. As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, there was the patriarchy. Zoey talked about it—lots. There were women announcing the news on TV now. And women doing all sorts of things they didn’t used to…

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Welcome Christine Potter! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself Greetings!  I’m the world’s oldest young adult.  I taught high school English for many years, and I have a theory that you become the age that you teach. I might have a few wrinkles but I’m sixteen years old at heart.  Other than that, I’m a poet and a writer who lives in a very old (yup, haunted) house in the lower Hudson River Valley. My husband plays the pipe organ at a big old church just up the road from Sleepy Hollow.  And we have two spoiled cats.

Is Gracie’s Time a single title, or part of a series? It’s actually both.  Gracie’s Timeis a perfectly good standalone read, but it’s also the fourth installment of the time traveling Bean Books.  It takes the older characters up into the year 2018, and introduces a bunch of new, young characters.  It has time travel, a mystery, a love story, and a make-you-cry story about growing away from your parents.  Also, there’s a demon, but just a wee one. It’s a nasty little bugger, though.

What were your inspirations for the story? I was thinking about how uncertain things felt (and still do feel) in the world. I’m old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. We all believed that there could be a nuclear war back then. My elementary school teachers made me hide under my desk (duck and cover!). It occurred to me that kids are still hiding under their desks and afraid—but now we have something even more terrifying: active shooter drills. Since I write time travel, I wondered about bringing a character from the Cuban Missile Crisis—October, 1962—into the present. And then the tragic shootings at Parkland, Florida happened when I was about fifty pages into my manuscript.  I knew I had to finish Gracie’s Time then.

Please share your setting for (Gracie’s Time). Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? My books all tend to be set on my home stomping grounds: the beautiful, haunted, historic Hudson River Valley. My father’s family has lived here since the first Dutch settlers in Manhattan.  I love how old it is.  We have buildings here that predate the United States itself. My own house is one of them: built in 1740. I especially love the sweet villages that line the Hudson River.  Stormkill, the setting for all the Bean books, is there, in Headless Horseman territory.  The ruined mansion that plays a big part in Gracie’s Time is based on one I snuck into as a child. 

When did the writing bug first bite?  I was a little girl, making pretend, taped-together books and writing silly lyrics to songs on the radio when I first started playing with words.  I think I was in high school when the bug bit hard.  I was churning out mildly embarrassing paranormal fiction in the form of short stories then, and very angst-ridden poetry.  Free verse, of course, because I was a raving hippie. The Bean Books contain plenty of raving hippies.  

Who are you favorite authors, book/series? I love a LOT of authors.  In YA fiction, I tend to go for the classics: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, which includes A Wrinkle in Time, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gablesbooks, but especially her Emily series—and of course the Harry Potters!  Potter is my real last name, by the way. I like a lot of grownup authors, too—Sarah Waters, who writes historical fiction, and Armisted Maupin, who wrote Tales of the City.  My poetry role models are Robert Bly and Anne Sexton.  I also read cookbooks like novels.  

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?  It would involve bringing some of them back from the next world, I think. I just missed studying with Madeleine L’Engle, so I’d love to invite her.  And why not Lucy Maud, too?  I did a sort of masterclass residency thing for a week with Karen Joy Fowler when I was writing the first Bean book (she was a Beta reader!)  She’d be on my guest list.  And since I forgot to say how much I admire the poet Mark Doty, I think I’d better mention him here, too. I’ve met him and he is a generous teacher and a kind man. 

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? I DJ old school rock and roll at an internet radio station and sing choral music with my husband’s choir.  And I cook just about every night.  I like the hobbies you can eat.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen? I saw two slugs mating once.  It was at a party and we were all outside.  Everyone watched.  It was…slimy.  I’ll spare you the details.  

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?  Do you mean inspiring or aspiring?  I’d tell an inspiring writer THANK YOU and to write more books please.  And to an aspiring writer, I’d say to shake off rejections, even though it’s super-hard to do so.  Rejection slips just mean you’re doing your job.  Keep networking.  Keep looking for publishers, and keep writing!

Guys, this book.  Oh, my word.  I’ve read Evernight Teen books before but this one has to be there best yet.  I haven’t had the pleasure of reading. Ms. Potter beforehand and I now MUST read the other Bean books in the series.  I read that they are all about Bean, Zak, and Amp.  Speaking of Bean, Zak (Bean’s boyfriend) and Amp they are awesome characters.  They are hilarious, perfectly written and help our time traveler, Gracie.

Gracie is a great character.  I loved how Ms. Potter wrote her as a fish out of the water, but Gracie’s no dummy.  She’s smart and figures out most stuff on her own.  She still needs lessons on her cell phone but I loved how she manages to keep her sixties cool while dealing with a somewhat boyfriend, dealing with pseudo parents (Amp and Claire), finding a bestie, Zoey and then having all these “travels” that she can’t control or explain.  Loved her.

I really, really loved this book.  Some parts were a bit creepy.  I mean, the uncle from hell, and then someone pulling a gun on Gracie and her friends in another time.  Great stuff.  While the book is all kinds of fun, there is a bit of a lesson to be learned.  Sometimes finding your voice and home aren’t always where they are supposed to be.  I felt like Gracie in the end, found what she needed and I would love a follow-up to her story.  What really happened to her mom and brother?

The setting of the book is a character unto itself.  Beautiful imagery and I can honestly say that I would like to see the Brown Estate for myself.

If you want to read a light-hearted, at times spooky book about a teen that “travels” to another time while still dealing with things from her past, this book is for you.  It shows how a community comes together to help a teen find herself, deal with the uncertainty of leaving everything and everyone beyond and finally figuring out that you are where you are supposed to be.

BTW, Amp is cray cray (in a good way) and I wish I had Claire’s sewing skills.  Just saying…

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Christine Potter lives in a very old, haunted house, not far from Sleepy Hollow.  She’s the author of the time-traveling Bean Books series, on Evernight Teen: Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, What Time Is It There? and Gracie’s Time.  She’s also a poet, with several books in print (the most recent is called Unforgetting). Christine loves all kinds of music, DJ’s, and plays dulcimer and guitar. 

 

Buy links:

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0369500326/

 

Evernight Teen: https://www.evernightteen.com/gracies-time-by-christine-potter/

 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/955027

 

My blog: chrispygal.weebly.com

 

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Potter/e/B001K7URHS/ 

 

Facebook personal page: https://www.facebook.com/christine.potter.543

 

Bean Books Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beanstravels/

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Guest Blog featuring Lisa Zajkowski’s Soul Reader w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #paranormalromance #guestblog #debutauthor

Soul Reader

by Lisa Zajkowski 

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

When skeptic Marvin meets artistic Natalie in a coffee shop on a cold October morning, the two fall fast in love, but nothing is ever as easy as it feels.

Natalie believes that a divine something is guiding her life for her greater good, and it seems to be true. She lands her dream job and she and Marvin marry at a beachside castle. However, the ease and flow of their lives start to change. At the same time that Natalie becomes pregnant, Marvin experiences strange symptoms and visits his doctor.

When faced with a diagnosis that changes everything and odd dreams of the child that hasn’t yet been born, will Marvin let go of his skepticism or will he miss out on a lifetime with his loving family?

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Excerpt Two:

Marvin heads into his oversized master bath to start the shower. He is sensitive when it comes to nature, so he has a top of the line water purification system that allows him to use the ocean water in his home. It siphons water from the ocean, removes the salt and impurities, and leaves him with the smoothest, cleanest water in town. He is hopeful that the city will one day take advantage of such a resourceful product, but he isn’t surprised that they haven’t. The water is silky and hot as it rains down on his body. His showerhead is automated with voice command, so he can tell it if he wants jet stream, raindrops, massage or pulsating. Marvin’s home may be more modest than most in the area, but he never held back on the luxuries of things he liked. He turns the steam feature on as he shuts the water off and grabs his towel. He loves standing in the steam, with it smelling the way only steam in a clean shower can smell. He has always been very in touch with his senses and felt them all deeply: touch, taste, smell, hearing, vision, and the unspoken sixth sense. He is unconsciously aware of his intuition because his analytical mind has yet to bring it forth; however, it will happen when the timing is right. He steps out of his steamy fortress, his hair awry, and drapes his towel over the shower door. As he steps in front of the mirror, admiring his sculpted body, he wonders if Talie might be up, if she was even awake.

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Figuring out What to Eat

Why is it so hard to figure out what to eat?  I know that I’m not the only person who has a problem with this.  It’s so hard for me to decide what I want to eat for lunch or dinner.  Breakfast is pretty easy because it’s been frozen waffles or those frozen croissant sandwiches with my protein shake.  Sometimes toast is a nice alternative, but to be honest, I’m getting burnt-out on all the above. Also, taking something for lunch when I work in a fast-paced seems to be a challenge.  I used to meal prep and that worked great because I ate the same thing for about nine months. Now I can’t stand what I used to eat, which was chicken that I slow-cooked in Worcestershire sauce with other seasonings (I would stir in mayonnaise on the day of my meal) with red potatoes as a side dish.  Before that nine month stint it was something else and so on. Now I’m lucky if I can get down a peanut butter sandwich which I switched to a Fluffer-nutter because the peanut butter got old very quickly. I would still meal prep, but I’ve hit a wall and have no idea what to even prep. And dinner, omg, it goes along like this… Me: “What do you want?”  Spouse: “I don’t know, what do you want?” Me: “I don’t know because I’m not really craving anything?”….. and so it goes. I know my meal is not reliant on anyone else, but it does help if my spouse has a craving because that way I’ll just eat that. I feel like the foods I used to eat really don’t fulfill me in the capacity in which they used to. My go to cook up a box of pasta (I keep it fresh by alternating the pasta shape) and keep that in the fridge for the week.  It’s quick and easy because I just heat up my portion of pasta in the microwave and dump cold sauce onto it and bang, my meal is served. Even the take-out restaurants don’t have the same oomf that they used to. I think the answer must be to get a private chef and have meals prepared for me daily. However, that is not going to happen until I sell many more books or until I get a movie deal. So, in the interim, I am struggling with this. Perhaps I’ll just go back to the frozen food meals that I would pop in the microwave, but I have a feeling that their pizazz has been lost as well.  My best friend recently gave me a cookbook for runners and I did make a meal from it. The pulled pork was pretty delicious, but it’s crazy how much it costs to make just one dish. Then there’s a recipe for these awesome muffins that she says is a must, yet again the ingredients list and cost seem to outweigh my desire to make them when I can just by them from my grocery store. I think my answer to my struggle lies within this paragraph and it is, to meal prep because that is where I had the most success and consistency with food. I am hopeful to add variety so I get different nutrients and don’t get burnt out within the next nine months.  If burnout happens, I’m afraid that eventually I won’t want to eat anything but bread. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa M. Zajkowski has an exhilaration for life while exploring all areas from the ethereal to the ordinary, and she appreciates learning something from every aspect. Her main theme in life is fun, as she indulges in laughter and looks for the positive in every situation. She also thrives on pushing the boundaries of the body while enduring in the sport of Triathlon, having completed a Half Ironman. However, it’s her first love of running that brings her an immense sense of liberation and connectedness with the beauty of the world. Lisa loves connecting with people, and being a massage therapist allows her to do this as she enjoys helping people facilitate healing within their innate body systems. She is comforted in the softer side of life while cuddling with her dogs and cat, and desires to own a horse ranch. Lisa revels in the freedom of being fluid in her writing, taking pleasure in all genres of authoring. She is currently working on Drama, Sci-Fi, and Horror novels. 

http://lisazajkowski.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Reader-Lisa-Zajkowski/dp/1733593934/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1556567737&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

 

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