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Saturday, 30 March 2019

The Supernaturals are frightened. The Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their chests open and removes their hearts. Barbara Russell's The Heart Collector #steampunk #romanticsuspense


The Heart Collector
Auckland Steampunk Book 1
by Barbara Russell
Genre: Steampunk, Romantic Suspense

Auckland, 1884



The Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their chests open and removes their hearts.

While other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing, Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best way to help catch the killer.

Isabel senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the team.

Eager to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk, a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7 desperately tried to recruit him and failed.

She believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be ready.

What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will collect her heart.






I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.




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Friday, 29 March 2019

One of the most photgraphed objects in the sky - Horsehead Nebula. #FridaysinSpace #Hubble

  • NASA ID: PIA04215
  • Center: JPL
  • Secondary Creator Credit: JPL/NASA, NOAO, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA
  • Date Created: 1999-12-01
  • Visit JPL Website
Rising from a sea of dust and gas like a giant seahorse, the Horsehead nebula is one of the most photographed objects in the sky. NASA Hubble Space Telescope took a close-up look at this heavenly icon, revealing the cloud intricate structure.


What's happening in March on Romance -  Sweet to Heat

30 – SPOTLIGHT – Barbara Russell – The Heart Collector
31 - Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Today, we have The Dark Duke paying us a visit. Darkest Valentine by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Leona Bushman #Victorian #romance





Daryl: Hello. Today, we have The Dark Duke paying us a visit. In The Darkest Valentine, the author paints us a story of you, but can you tell us a little about yourself?
Clarence: *Scowling” I am the Duke of Canterbury. I thought we had already put The Dark Duke title to rest. Sigh. I shall endeavor to be patient until everyone has read The Darkest Valentine. I am a strong proponent of fairness and justice for all.
My father taught me that to be a nobleman meant taking care of those less fortunate, and protecting those in our care, from our servants to our wives, siblings, and children. My title—Duke of Canterbury not that other one—is a long and honorable one from the start of this great nation. But, for us, part of that honor is not about the wealth or prestige, but about the service we give to the Crown and her loyal subjects.
Daryl:  *clears throat* Er, sorry, Your Grace. Of course, the readers can read all about the Moniker in The Darkest Valentine. How did you and your duchess meet, and does Lillian know about the Dark Duke?
Clarence: *shifting in his seat* We met under strange circumstance when a couple of ruffians were trying to kidnap her. I shan’t say anymore. It is not my tale to tell. As for the other nonsense? Of course she does. All of London, Hell, all of Christendom knows. It is not something I like to think about. However, it has come in handy when there have been others who would try and cheat me.
Daryl:  *a bit breathless* Oh, that sent shivers down my spine. Trust me readers, you do not want to cross the Dark Duke. I hope you’ll go out and read The Darkest Valentine for a more in depth look at His Grace. Until next time.

Darkest Valentine
Darkest Book I
Leona Bushman
Victorian Romance
246 pages
Death and destruction haunts The Dark Duke.

Left unchaperoned and stranded, Lady Lillian Lancaster has no choice but to find her way home, and quickly before her reputation is ruined. Betrayed by those closest, she’s forced to trust the daring rogue who rushes to her rescue. 

When the Dark Duke reveals his identity and proposes a false engagement in exchange for further protection, Lillian is concerned and intrigued—yet enamored by the shadows which haunt his eyes and fuel the horrid whispers behind his back.

Clarence, Duke of Canterbury, knows his father’s death was no suicide and will stop at nothing to clear the family’s shame. 

He can’t believe his good fortune when he stumbles upon the niece of the very man he suspects is responsible. Not only does she hold the connections he needs to uncover explicit proof, but the very means to seeking revenge. However, the more time he spends wooing Lillian’s trust, the more he begins to doubt his ability to enact the plan.

Can their fake engagement stand up to dark family secrets? Or will revenge win out and shatter both their lives?  
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USA Today bestselling author Leona Bushman is a crazy writer taught by dragons and known as Dragon Queen of the North. She loves to write and paint, even when her muse tries to muck things up. She chases after the three out of the five children still at home, and sometimes after the other two and the grandbaby around her freelance editing jobs. She has many hobbies like SCA, painting, quilting, sewing, and gardening. Or, as one blogger succinctly put it, Leona Bushman is a whirlwind made of sheer will with a dash of clumsy to keep her grounded.
She can be found solving mysteries, exploring space, making art, and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:
Twitter: @L_Bushman
I frequently post under the hashtags #thenextleonardodavinci and #thenextleonardodavinciandson




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30 – SPOTLIGHT – Barbara Russell – The Heart Collector
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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

I’ve seen that act thousands of times, but it never grows old. Not so coincidentally, I suppose, neither do I. Mathew Wade's Fantasy - The Burgeoning Heart of Bambi Bazooms #fantasy


The Burgeoning Heart of Bambi Bazooms
by Matthew Wade
Genre: Fantasy

Following her fiftieth birthday, Cartoon striptease artist Bambi Bazooms decides to shake off her midlife funk and see what life has to offer outside of her pleasant but quaint neighborhood of McCayville (in Chicago, Illinois). On the first Human Night of August 1993, she meets a handsome options trader named Steve Warner (no relation), and is immediately enamored. What follows is a whirlwind romance, as well as an exciting new career as a legal secretary, courtesy of Steve’s friend Reggie Morton. However, as she further entangles herself in human affairs, will she alienate herself from her sister, Fanny Firecracker, her friend Cinnamon Bunns, and the rest of her Cartoon family? Start reading to find out! (To make matters even worse, humans and Cartoons mutually distrust each other, all because of a violent incident that happened many decades ago.)





I watch Fanny from the left side of the stage at the Sly Fox Theatre, and I’m grinning from ear to ear as she dances for her adoring crowd.  When she rocks her chest back and forth, the pigs squeal with delight (and they squeal even louder when she whips off her beaded ruby top to reveal her sparkly pasties).  The wolves howl their approval as she gyrates her belly while running her fingers through her long red hair.  And the owls hoot with anticipation as she twitches her hips to the rhythm of music—Wynonie Harris’ “I Want My Fanny Brown”.  Of course, Fanny’s last name isn’t Brown.  It’s Firecracker, because that’s just what she is.  And what are all these animals anticipating?  The big finish, naturally.  As the song nears its end, Fanny turns around and starts shaking her moneymaker, faster and faster as the music grows louder.  Then, when Wynonie belts out his last lyrics, she unhooks her beaded skirt and tosses it aside to reveal her famed booty in all its glory.  Clad only in a thong, Fanny quickly shakes it from side to side along with the closing notes.  I’ve seen that act thousands of times, but it never grows old.  Not so coincidentally, I suppose, neither do I.

That’s because I’m a Cartoon, nothing but ink and paint.  So is the rest of the audience, as well as everyone else in McCayville.  While we may not be flesh and blood like the humans, we still feel, and most of what we feel is joy.  After all, there’s not much cause for sadness in this little neighborhood within the Windy City, because life is pretty predictable.  Get up, go to work, run errands, go home.  Maybe knock back a few drinks at the Wet Whistle Saloon on the way back, or catch a show here at the Sly Fox.  But then it’s time to relax with the spouse and kids, if you have them.  Of course, I don’t, looking how I look and doing what I do.  I sometimes imagine what that would be like, though, and how happy I could be.
But I digress. 
Ever since I can remember, I've loved reading. I participated in advanced reading groups as a child, and often read above my grade level. As a pre-teen, I gravitated toward science fiction and fantasy, and never looked back. My love of the fantastical inspired me to write my own short stories, which were often simple and crude (in terms of quality, not subject matter, though sometimes that, too). I didn't have too many friends when I was younger, so books kept me company. However, my teachers always praised and encouraged my writing, and I was happy they did.



Today, I've found some friends who share my love of reading (and often the same genres and titles). I've also taken my writing much more seriously, In addition to my novels, I've enjoyed writing movie reviews for a Facebook group called Adventures in Videoland, as well as book reviews here on Goodreads. When I'm not reading, writing or watching movies, I enjoy attending Purdue sporting events, going to local cultural and food festivals, and visiting friends and family around the country. I hope that I can one day count some of you among my friends, and hope you enjoy reading my books!





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26 – SPOTLIGHT - Matthew Wade – The Burgeoning Heart of Bambi Bazooms
27 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
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29 – Fridays in Space -
30 – SPOTLIGHT – Barbara Russell – The Heart Collector
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Monday, 25 March 2019

Starting a new life isn't easy when the skeletons locked in her closet are the notorious town drunk for a father and a haunted past. Leslie Scott's New Adult Romance - Hot Lap #NewAdult #Romance


Hot Lap
Arkadia Fast #2
by Leslie Scott
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2019

Starting a new life isn't easy when the skeletons locked in her closet are the notorious town drunk for a father and a haunted past. But, Hadley Morgan isn't one to shy away from second chances or giving them either.



When a young, single father wrapped up in an octane fueled package takes particular interest in her, she begins to dream. But well-known drag racer Aiden Casey is also her boss, making her hesitate to grab at her chance at happiness. 



Will her secrets shatter their chance at love or will his past come back to destroy both of them?


“Wow.” The word tumbled from my lips before my body had time to register how damn good he looked.
Aiden wore his dark hair tied at the base of his neck. His sharp cheekbones were model perfect. The dimple in his cheek when wide, sculpted lips curved in a smile, sent me into a spiral of va-va-voom.
I stood there, dumbstruck.
“I thought since I’d asked you to wear a dress, I should return the favor.” He wore a crisp white shirt, unbuttoned at the collar with the sleeves rolled up on his forearms, and clean, faded jeans with a pair of black Vans. So handsome, he took my breath away.
“I never pegged you for a skater.” I stepped out of the door, my strappy sandals clicking with each footfall.
His laugh came as easy as the fingers that wrapped around my hand. “A guy can’t give away all his secrets.”
“Really? You can skateboard?” I’d never seen him do anything other than drive.
“Yeah. Vic, too.” Pleasant surprise was becoming an old friend where Aiden was concerned. He fell with ease into the rhythm of conversation. With Aiden, things that should have been awkward—weren’t.
“We didn’t always drive. Except for maybe Jordan. Old Man always let him drive around in that old truck.”
They all referred to Jordan’s grandfather as “Old Man,” even Aiden’s sisters. Jordan had restored the old Chevy truck and made it like new again.
“You loved him.” The affection for Jordan’s grandfather written plainly on Aiden’s face.
“Jordan or his grandfather?” He lifted a shoulder. “Both, I guess. Jordan is my brother, from different parents. The Old Man was just…awesome.”
“I think it’s nice.” If I searched the recesses of my mind, I could almost grasp the familial bond. Then poof, another light in my life snuffed out far too soon. Each time I was with Aiden, I trudged up things long since buried.
Yet, being with him made me happier than I could ever remember.
“Now, close your eyes.” The rumbling timbre of his voice lulled me into doing just that.


Leslie spends most days attempting to wrangle the voices in her head and often wishes she could clone herself so that their stories get told faster. She loves words, romance, and characters that feel like family and spends almost all of her free time with her own family; including a boisterous eleven year old that she homeschools and an assorted cast of rescue pets. She lives her own happily ever after with her soul mate and best friend in the northern part of Alabama and hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.





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26 – SPOTLIGHT - Matthew Wade – The Burgeoning Heart of Bambi Bazooms
27 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
28 - SPOTLIGHT – Leona Bushman - Darkest Death
29 – Fridays in Space -
30 – SPOTLIGHT – Barbara Russell – The Heart Collector
31 - Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Regan Walker sweeps you away to a time and place you'll NEVER want to leave! The Donet Trilogy by Regan Walker #historical #romance


To Tame the Wind
The Donet Trilogy Book 1
by Regan Walker
Genre: Historical Romance

A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!” – SHIRLEE BUSBEE, NY Times Bestselling author



Paris 1782…AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN


All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell's schooner, the English privateer decided to take the thing his enemy held most dear...her.

A BATTLE IS JOINED

The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire's father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.







Echo in the Wind
The Donet Trilogy Book 2

"Regan Walker sweeps you away to a time and place you'll NEVER want to leave!" ~ Danelle Harmon, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author



England and France 1784


Cast out by his noble father for marrying the woman he loved, Jean Donet took to the sea, becoming a smuggler, delivering French brandy and tea to the south coast of England. When his young wife died, he nearly lost his sanity. In time, he became a pirate and then a privateer, vowing to never again risk his heart.

As Donet’s wealth grew, so grew his fame as a daring ship’s captain, the terror of the English Channel in the American War. When his father and older brother die in a carriage accident in France, Jean becomes the comte de Saintonge, a title he never wanted.

Lady Joanna West cares little for London Society, which considers her its darling. Marriage in the ton is either dull or disastrous. She wants no part of it. To help the poor in Sussex, she joins in their smuggling. Now she is the master of the beach, risking her reputation and her life. One night off the coast of Bognor, Joanna encounters the menacing captain of a smuggling ship, never realizing he is the mysterious comte de Saintonge.

Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet?





A Fierce Wind
The Donet Trilogy Book 3

"Simply Magnificent!" – Stew Ross, author of Where Did They Put the Guillotine?



France 1794. 

Zoé Ariane Donet was in love with love until she met the young commander of the royalist army fighting the revolutionaries tearing apart France. When the dashing young general is killed, she joins the royalist cause, rescuing émigrés fleeing Robespierre’s Reign of Terror.

One man watches over her: Frederick West, the brother of an English earl, who has known Zoé since she was a precocious ten-year-old child. At sixteen, she promised great beauty, the flower of French womanhood about to bloom. Now, four years later, as the Terror seizes France by the throat, Zoé has become a beautiful temptress Freddie vows to protect with his life.

But English spies don’t live long in Revolutionary France.





Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Among the awards she has won are the International Book Award for Romance Fiction, the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Romance, the RONE Award for her medievals and the Gold Medal Illumination Award.




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What's happening in March on Romance -  Sweet to Heat
24 – Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
25 - Spotlight – Leslie Scott – Hot Lap
26 – SPOTLIGHT - Matthew Wade – The Burgeoning Heart of Bambi Bazooms
27 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
28 - SPOTLIGHT – Leona Bushman - Darkest Death
29 – Fridays in Space -
30 – SPOTLIGHT – Barbara Russell – The Heart Collector
31 - Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday