Saturday, November 23, 2013

Giveaway and Book Review of Soldier in Chains

Book Review of Soldier in Chains

Sponsored by Beyond Book Tours

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BOOK BLITZ:  Soldier in Chains 
An Erotic Short Story 
By Megan D. Martin
November 18th, 2013 - November 23rd 2013
Genre: Erotic Short Story / Military Romance
Print Length: 39 pages
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (April 12, 2013)
Language: English


Dorian North, a soldier in the United States Army, is only hours away from being finished with her final tour in Afghanistan. It's only when she’s ambushed by al Qaeda that Dorian is knocked unconscious and awakens to find herself bound and gagged in a stranger's bed. She desperately tries to escape, but quickly finds herself enamored with her captor's alarming handsomeness.

Rob Hutcherson is a former Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, who stumbled upon an al Qaeda ambush. He rescues the surviving soldier: the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on. Taking her back to his home he finds his attraction to the fierce young woman to be overwhelming. When she wakes for the first time her goal is clear: escape. In fear for her safety he chains the little hell cat to his bed. He can't bear the thought of losing her, so he plans to show the little spit fire all the reasons she should stay…

Author Information: 

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. She has always had a special place in her heart for love that is forbidden between two characters as well as the idea of the soul mate. These two themes play big roles in Megan’s writing, especially in her debut novella Forbidden Angel that released in December 2012 with Breathless Press. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to controversial topics in romance and instead of brushing over them, she deals with them head on. Why does she do this? Simple. Real life pushes people out of their comfort zone every day and the characters in Megan’s books don’t get so lucky when it comes to avoiding hard situations. Along with Breathless Press, she is also published with Pagan Writers Press, Secret Cravings Publishing, and Dragonfairy Press.

In her spare time Megan plays Batman with her incredibly sweet son, watches too many episodes of Vampire Diaries (Ian, call me!), buys fish for her many fish tanks, and has long talks with Gandaldore (the little writing wizard that sits on her desk.) She is well known for losing her keys and has more than one nerdy tattoo.

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Monday, November 18th

Lynn Thompson Books - Spotlight with Excerpt
Kelly Powell - Spotlight with Excerpt

Tuesday, November 19th

Fandom Fanatic - Review
MI Bookshelf - Review
Kristin Elyon - Spotlight with Excerpt

Wednesday, November 20th

Thursday, November 21st

Friday, November 22nd

Sweets Books - Spotlight with Excerpt

Saturday, November 23rd

Sammie's Book Club, for Book Lovers - Spotlight with Excerpt
Books & Tales - Spotlight with Excerpt
The Book Fairy - Review



He leaned forward and ran his nose along her jaw. She smelled fresh, like the lavender soap he'd washed her with, and like arousal. Yes, the heady scent of her desire nearly knocked the breath from him. He longed to taste the sweet nectar between her thighs and he could do that now. She was tied beneath him and she was aroused. There was no doubting that. One glance into her baby blues told him all he needed to know. Miss North would pay for her attempted escape and he knew just the way to make her very sorry.


A combination of BSDM, stranger abduction, and romance novel.  This short story packs a punch.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds and a chilli pepper rating of 7.

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Book Review of Christmas at the Homeplace

Book Review of Christmas at the Homeplace

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 “Christmas at the Homeplace” by William Leverne Smith
Publisher: Vision to Action Publishing

Category: Historical Fiction, Family Saga, Missouri Ozarks, General Fiction
Tour Dates: November 2013
Available in Print and Kindle: October 25, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1493510405


Will they all be home for Christmas? For the first time since their father died, Karen (Bevins) Winslow is expecting all her children in Oak Springs for Christmas 1996. This Christmas of homecomings offers some surprises as "The Homeplace Saga" continues. Will Staff Sergeant Travis Inman arrive home from Bosnia in time to see his baby daughter for the first time at Christmas? Will a life-long friend of the Winslow family move to Oak Springs permanently? Does Peter have a son? The boy's mother insists he does. How would this change the inter-generational dynamics in the family businesses in the Oak Creek valley of the southern Missouri Ozarks? Learn more by reading this latest addition to this continuing family saga.

Also, follow local veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Bevins and her young lawyer friend, Brian Kirk, as they temporarily lay aside their personal family history and genealogy research to work with City Librarian Judy Watson and others to form and create an Oak Springs Historical and Genealogical Society. Their hope is that be reaching out to the community they can locate additional local historical records on their families back to the first settlements in 1833 when Jennifer's McDonald ancestors were among those first arrivals in the valley. Learn what else occurs, before Christmas, as Jennifer and Brian devote their full attention to this new set of activities.

Series Information:

This page is an overview of "The Homeplace Saga" series of historical fiction family saga stories shared on multiple venues in print and online. These include essays, short stories, novels, novellas, this home blog, a developmental wiki and more.

"The Homeplace Saga" series of stories span the time period dating from 1833 to the present, in one location. Occasional stories may follow characters to other locations, but generally the stories all take place in the fictional Oak Creek Township river valley, in northwest Shannon County, Missouri, deep in the southern Missouri Ozarks.

NOTE: The latest major entry in the "Saga" is the 1996 novel, "Christmas at the Homeplace," to be released October 25, 2013.

"The Homeplace Saga" began with the publication of the debut novel of author William Leverne Smith in 2010, "Back to the Homeplace," set in 1987. This novel introduced the Bevins-McDonald family and suggested a rich history in the family farm business dating from first settlement in 1833 on the same land, in the same river valley. [See Book Trailer video, right sidebar, scroll down]


"Murder by the Homeplace," is a novella (half the length of a novel), a murder mystery-style story, that takes place in the months that immediately follow "Back to the Homeplace."


With the novel, "The Homeplace Revisited," we jump nine years to 1996, when three members of the next generation return to the valley as young professionals to seek out their place in the growing family businesses. Some readers have suggested this is two romance stories entwined with a story of intergenerational conflict. [See Book Trailer video, right sidebar, scroll down]

The novel, "Christmas at the Homeplace," focuses on the fourth quarter of 1996, as various members of the extended families settle into new roles following an active summer and fall. The theme is "homecomings," for many of our characters, as a couple of new, key characters are incorporated into "The Homeplace Saga." [See Book Trailer video, right sidebar, scroll down]

The developmental wiki, "The Homeplace Saga: Beyond the Books," continues as the "creative center" of the growth of "The Homeplace Saga" series of stories. These include character sketches, background on characters, families and businesses, and a base for innovations in both story lines and presentation platforms. You, the reader, are invited to participate, as well, as interest develops.

Short stories of various kinds have become the primary story-telling mode of choice. Three of these have been published in the regional Ozarks Writers League (OWL) annual anthology, to date, in 2011, 2012, and 2013. [The first two of these has now been shared on this blog, as well, beginning here, with "The Trek to the Homeplace."] We have begun to publish some essays and short stories on the HubPages platform, and at, as well. Other venues are added as deemed appropriate to reach new audiences.

Author Information: 
William Leverne Smith was born and raised on a Midwestern farm. A passion for family history and genealogy studies provides background for his writing.
He and his wife live in a cabin in the Missouri Ozarks.

 Information on Vision to Action Publishing:
Vision to Action Publishing designs and develops print, e-book, web, and video materials to support life-long learning and leisure activities. It is a family business with offices in Austin, TX, Teasdale, UT, and Hollister, MO, and does not accept author submissions or outside advertising.



Interesting homesy story continuing the saga of the Bevins-McDonalds family during the current Christmas gathering.  I am sure that some of the story would have made more sense if I had read the other books in the series, but I was able to follow fairly easily.  The story was a little folksy, but contained genuine emotion and love.

I enjoyed the desire of the matriarch to have all her family there for Christmas, particularly since the loss of her husband.  My family is experiencing something similar this year since my father died rather unexpectedly this year.  I wish I had read the other books in the series so that I had a better background to help me understand some of the nuances of the story.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review of Head Games

Book Review of Head Games
Sponsored by Virtual Author Book Tours

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Publisher: Guernica Editions; 1st edition (April 30, 2013)
Category: Literary Fiction, Adventure, Suspense
Tour Date: September, 2013
ISBN: 978-1550716870
Available in: Print & pdf,  200Pages
Argentina, 1979.  Life has gone stale on Jim, an expat working in Catamarca. Everything is predictable until he meets Lisa. She has the starry eyes, the sensuous lips, and the tango steps that make all rational assumptions go away.  Jim gives her top marks for animation but there is a flashing beacon at the end of his tip sheet: Danger. Lisa is a little too intense, a little too crazy, a woman with too many scenes playing in her head.
That doesn’t faze Santos, a curandero looking for a medium to channel the spirits of the dead and attract his lost sister. He lures Lisa to his compound in northern Argentina, where she becomes a pawn in a deadly family feud. Jim goes in search of Lisa. Tracking her down turns into a double mission — delivering Lisa from her captors and himself from the confining routine of his life.
It takes a fantastic journey through rugged back country for Jim to realize how much he loves Lisa.  The story unfolds against the background of a country in the grip of a military junta. It is a place where kidnapping, violence, and death no longer make headlines, a place where you learn survival skills.
Praise for Head Games:
“An author with a powerful imagination. A complex plot that takes us to Argentina in the late seventies with compelling characters even though you often feel like beating some common sense into the heroine. Many ironic remarks indirectly criticizing our modern time that make you smile. A good read, beautifully written.”-J. Ragache C.T., Reviewer
“Identity’s a big theme in this work, so if you’ve ever felt you were someone other than yourself, if you thought you might like to try living in someone else’s skin, if you’ve wondered whether your friends and loved ones were not exactly who they claimed to be, then this psychological labyrinth might just be your winding road to a good read”.- Carole Giangrande, Words to Go
Having read Rummel’s “Playing Naomi” I couldn’t wait to get hold of her next novel. And I wasn’t disappointed – as one often is with second works. What a fertile imagination she has to dream up.
As before, Rummel offers some quirky characters, lovingly sketched, and twists and turns in the plot that kept my interest throughout. I love her sense of humour, her wonderful irony. And the way she makes you enter the head (games) of the heroine. The three men are wacky and interesting too. The trip to Argentina you can take for free!
The novel is beautifully written. A joy to read. Can’t wait for the next one!! Keep writing.”- Katarina, Reviewer
Praise for Playing Naomi:
“Suspenseful & riveting.  What a wonderful debut novel! Once I started reading, I simply couldn’t put it down. I want a sequel! This imaginative story about role playing is not just about the protagonist (Liz) impersonating an eccentric author (Naomi), but touches on broader issues about what can happen while we play roles.
What I found particularly fascinating and unique about Playing Naomi was how Rummel interrupts her narrative with excerpts from Naomi’s (fictive) novel.
This novel within the novel provides a suspenseful and compelling backdrop to Liz’s story.
Rummel’s psychological insights, fine sense of irony, quirky characters, fluid style, and ability to create and keep the suspense make this a riveting read.”- Carina, Reviewer
“Playing Naomi is a tightly woven novel with great descriptive passages and a gripping story. I really felt for Liz when she is confronted by one of Naomi’s old friends without warning, while impersonating Naomi. It explores the complexities of taking on someone else’s life while trying to live your own, against a back drop of reviving the past in order to make peace with it. It was a quick read, but the characters and story stayed with me.”- N. McIntosh, Reviewer
About Erika Rummel:
Erika Rummel was awarded a Random House Creative Writing Award in 2011. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction  books (social history, biography, translation) and two novels, Playing Naomi (2009) and Head Games (2013).
Erika came to Canada from Vienna and obtained a doctorate from the University of Toronto. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles, but has also lived in small villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Playing Naomi has been praised as a wry comedy “reminiscent of the corrosive but jovial cynicism of media satires like The Larry Saunders Show and The Newsroom” (Cynthia Sugars in University of Toronto Quarterly).
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This was a strange book to read.  It was very cynical and tangential in storyline.  The story sort of beats around the bush rather than heading anywhere directly.  It made for an interesting read, but a difficult one.

The main character, Lisa, is crazy.  Not just weird crazy, but certifiable crazy.  The three men that weave in and out of her life are all impacted to one degree or another by crazy as well.  Some of their own, some of hers, but definitely infected by crazy.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds as it is well written and interesting.

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