Friday, December 2, 2016

My 2016 #NaNoWriMo Journey

The Starting Line

I've been participating in NaNoWriMo for a little over ten seasons and I've learned many things in that time.


  1. Always expect the unexpected. Sometimes the things you try to control are the ones that slip away from you the fastest.
  2. A little organization never hurt anyone. I used to relish chaos in my creativity but as I've gotten older and my writing style has changed, so has the way I have to get ready to write.
  3. I am not alone. It's always nice to be able to interact with those who have the same idea/goal as you. Unity and strength in numbers help keep the creativity flowing.
  4. 50,000 is just an ideal number to reach. Yes, it is the ultimate goal for those of us who participate in the "writing madness" but it is actually, in my mind, secondary to what I feel is the true goal of NaNoWriMo. You know what that is? To Write. At the end of the day, that is why we do it. We hope to get our projects going and set our minds free to accomplish that.
  5. Just because you don't hit the 50,000 goal, doesn't mean NaNoWriMo was a waste of time. I'm always telling potential and returning NaNo writers that they should keep in mind the true goal of getting into the groove of writing as the ultimate goal. And, that if they feel 50,000 is a bit much, that they should set their own goal and work toward it.

NaNoWriMo & My NaNo Process

I started off rather rocky this NaNo season and was WAAAAYYYYYY behind. But, once I got in gear, I stayed in gear. Even though I had an idea, sitting down and focusing was my biggest problem.

Once I let my characters take over, it was an easier journey. There were several things that helped me and I want to share them with you.

I love Yankee Candles and the one to the left I've had for several years. I was saving it for a special occasion and found that its gentle scent was rather relaxing. I burned it every single day until I had finished that day's word sprints (via my Facebook friends). I used the whole candle. Guess what  I'm buying for next year's NaNo?

Also, I have to thank my cover artist JD Hollyfield who kept after me every single day to write. In the beginning, it drove me batty because I was being such a sloth. But, once I got out of sloth mode, it was a great motivator.

Thanks also go to my friends Angela, Courtney, Jenn and my daughter, Alea (who participated and won in the Young Writers NaNo), because they all in their own way gave me encouragement.


My NaNo Finish Results


Drumroll please....



Final word count: 50,887

I feel truly accomplish and now I plan to continue building on the momentum that NaNo gave me. To all my fellow NaNo writers, I wish you success in your after-NaNo work.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Soul Song by Marjorie M. Liu

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

Against her will, Kitala Bell foresees the future. Now her own future is in peril. From the ocean’s depths rises an impossible blend of fantasy and danger, a creature whose voice is seduction incarnate, whose song can manipulate lives the way that Kitala herself manipulates the strings of her violin -- even to the point of breaking. He is a prince of the sea, an enigma -- a captive stretched to the limit of his endurance by a woman intent on using him for the purest evil. And when survival requires he and Kitala form a closer partnership than either has ever known, the price of their bond will threaten not just their lives, but the essence of their very souls.

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

Secretive heroine meets even more secretive mystery man. Sounds like a recipe for intrigue and sizzling byplay while watching the two dance around each other.

It was nice to see some of the characters from other Dirk & Steele novels being used in this one. The blend of paranormal with reality is always a plus and adds spice to the Dirk & Steele universe.

I like that both MCs were flawed but that didn't keep them from growing as characters throughout the story.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is another good read from the Dirk & Steele series.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancé, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 5 stars

Here's why:

I hadn't realized that this novel is in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I'm going to be checking out the other books in the series.

With that being said, on to this amazing read by Ms. Pratt. I had previously reviewed another book by Ms. Pratt (which you can read here.) I was looking forward to reading more from this author and when I had the chance to read this one I took it.

I was not disappointed. Esme and Hunter remind me of some friends I've known who had the same type of relationships/issues. How they get solved various from person to person.

I was invested in the characters and spent times cheering, screaming denials, getting angry at certain individuals' foolishness (yes, I said foolishness!) and laughing at the humor that comes from such complex relationships.

I love Ms. Pratt's style and her characters who have depth and believable personalities.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Yes! Yes! Ms. Pratt, you are amazing and I will gladly keep coming back for more.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book


He's a ruler in a divided world...

In the magical, watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.

She's an outcast, but at least she has her independence...

Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn't think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of the Sea Forest, Mahri knows that this is her only chance to change the fate of her people...


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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 2 stars/DNF

Here's why:

I couldn't finish this one. I first started reading this book on June 28 and got almost halfway through before calling it quits on September 18.

I tried to like this one, I really did but I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure it isn't any one thing over another but this book just doesn't do it for me. The main characters drove me nuts and not in a good way. Mahri I found to be kinda whiny and annoying.

Don't get me wrong, I like women who are strong but when they have to spend most of the time whining over how they have to be independent, it takes away from the strength of their behavior.

The male lead wasn't much better but I tolerated his behavior a little bit better than hers since he was raised in privilege and didn't have any real life experience.

Yeah, wanted to like but just couldn't. 

Would I recommend this book? Not really. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Not Fit for A King? by Jane Porter/Hiromi Kobayashi

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

No matter how much we look alike, the prince will never love me. 

Hannah, an American secretary, agrees to switch places with Princess Emmeline, just for two hours. There must be a reason that made her ask me for such a favor. Besides, it’s only for a few hours. But Emmeline doesn’t return for days, and Hannah ends up having to meet King Zale of Raguva, pretending to be the princess!

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4.5 stars

Here's why:

Being helpful can sometimes lead to unexpected destinations, a fact that our leading lady, Hannah soon discovers after agreeing to help out Princess Emmeline.

Hannah and Zale were an awesome couple and I couldn't put this one down, finishing it in one sitting. I would love to read another book about the pair of them.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Prince(ss) and the Pauper type storylines always make for a fun read.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: The Wedding Surprise by Trish Wylie/Mizuho Ayabe

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

Caitlin decides to be cast in the new TV show Fake Fiancé when she discovers her father's enormous debt. The distasteful plot of the show is for two strangers to pretend they are lovers and expose their lies at their wedding three months later. When the participants successfully complete three months without being discovered, they are paid a large sum of money. Caitlin's fake fiancé, Aiden, appears to be a wild and intimidating man, and enjoys giving Caitlin the cold stare for some reason. Caitlin soon regrets her decision, but she is resolved to complete this job to save her family. But when she finds out Aiden's true identity, her heart succumbs to him...!


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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

Everyone at some point in their lives has been desperate to save or protect something precious to them. That is the case with Caitlin, a nice young woman who is trying to save her father from his huge debt. Despite her misgivings, she agrees to do a reality TV show and ends up with more than she bargained.

Aiden, who is her partner in crime was an intriguing mix of inner demons and moral seesawing that kept me invested in the two of them and their relationship.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! This one definitely was an emotional one.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: The Sheik's Mistress by Brittany Young

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

Powerful Michael Hassan was not born to the throne, but circumstances had made him king. And as ruler of his desert kingdom, he must marry a wife hand-picked for him. Then he met a blond American beauty, and he had to choose between duty and desire….

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

Who says younger siblings can't kick butt and take names? Jen O'hara was an interesting and fun character to read and follow in this very engaging romance story. She was practical and very determined and not afraid to speak up for the things she wants and needs. She would have to be after having such an impulsive big brother.

Michael is a man who has taken on a mantle of responsibility that he didn't ask for. He also can't turn a blind eye to his friend's sister.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! This one is above the norm when it comes to romance.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Playboy's Ruthless Payback by Laura Wright/Hitomi Tsukise

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.


About the Book

A successful businessman called Mac has sworn revenge against me? But I don’t even know him! Olivia is confused as her father warns her over the phone. Threatened by Mac, it seems Olivia’s father has spread bad rumors about the young man in order to take his clients. It all sounds silly until Mac shows up at Olivia’s wife-for-hire company requesting her services. Mac, with his sexy smile, turns out to be the very embodiment of seduction. With all my experience in reading romance novels, I’m not that easy to manipulate. Not to worry, I despise ambitious financiers.

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

This story was different from some of the other romance novels I've had the pleasure of reading lately.

Olivia's father's business choices have come back to haunt her in the form of financier, Mac. He's suave, cunning and has a grudge against her father.

Mac might want revenge, but Olivia is out to prove to him that there are better things in life than holding a grudge.

Would I recommend this book? Yes because I like sweetness every once in a while.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: The Secret Love Child by Mio Takai/Miranda Lee

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.


About the Book

Isabel was only interested in getting married and having a family. Just when she finds the right man to marry to achieve her goal, he calls off the wedding—he's fallen in love with another woman! He says he was driven away by Isabel’s lack of love for him. With the wedding canceled, and in possession of two tickets to Dream Island, which was supposed to be her honeymoon destination, Isabel can't figure out what to do. She decides, after a drinking binge, to invite her wedding photographer, Rafe, as her lover and live one last fling. Their dream vacation is cut short, but was it enough to melt Isabel’s icy heart or was it just a dream not to be revisited?



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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

A photographer who only likes to see things in black and white. An icy beauty with a guarded heart. Put these two together and some melting will occur.

I felt bad for Isabel and her history of romantic mishaps. I also felt sympathy toward Rafe who had experience something similar. This couple definitely went together well and made the story enjoyable.

Would I recommend this book? Yes and if there were a sequel, I'd read it, too.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Husband for the Taking by Amanda Browning/Esu Chihara

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.


About the Book

One night Natasha is called and told her twin sister, Natalia, and Natalia’s boyfriend, Chase, have been involved in a car accident. Natasha rushes to the hospital to find that her sister has received little more than a scratch. Chase on the other hand is in serious condition. Natalia, who was only using Chase for his money and status, leaves him, believing he will be crippled for life. Not wanting Chase to be hurt any more than he already is, Natasha assumes her sister’s identity to continue the relationship. How far will Natasha go—and will Chase find out?

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

I love twin stories and this one had a little bit of twist. You have a set of identical twins with very, and I do mean, VERY different personalities.

I really like Natasha for being so grounded and so caring. I didn't like her selfish twin Natalia at all. Chase was a very likeable, if sometimes, aggravating man. But I can't blame him, especially after he discovers the truth.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, because sometimes I like sweet and nice.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: The Sheikh's Bride by Sophie Weston

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.


About the Book


Leonora Groom is an heiress in disguise, desperate to be loved for herself and not for her father's money. Yet she finds her cool facade cracking as the irresistible Amer el-Barbary woos her under the velvet Nile sky.

Bored with dating shallow women, Amer sees Leonora as a tempting breath of fresh air. But how will Leonora react when he reveals that he is a sheikh, a true prince of the desert, who wants her for his bride?.

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

I absolutely loved Leonara (aka Leo) as the main female lead. I have two words to describe her: fiery and vulnerable.

Her fiery side manifests itself at the most interesting of moments. Yet, beneath that fire, is a vulnerable young woman, uncomfortable in her own skin. This makes for an interesting contrast to the male lead, Amer.

Amer is a confident, albeit, jaded desert sheikh who can't resist a challenge. And boy isn't he in for one when he meets Leonara.

The pacing and the sparks in this novel were well-written and kept me glued to the book. I happily finished this one and will be hunting for more by this author.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Motivation

This is a short post but, I feel, a needed one for me.

I'm often asked, how do you write? There is no one way for me. I've done various methods over the years but one thing I have found to be a factor in my writing is staying motivated when the chaos of my personal overtakes my need and desire to write.

Maybe it's because of how I write, and the fact that I have such complex characters, that I often have trouble getting into a writing groove and sustaining it. I want to write. My characters demand that I do so but I just can't do it.

It is a rather awful feeling, much like the one I get when I feel that I'm letting someone down. My readers are great, and even encouraging, and that for me is double-edged sword. I want to make them happy with my stories but being unable to write is depressing.

Such a tangled web has been woven around me. I will struggle with all my might and perhaps, like the phoenix, I will rise in a nice blaze of glory.

Only time and my sanity will bear truth.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: The Secret That Shocked De Santis by Natalie Anderson

About the Book

How is she going to tell him? 

Army lieutenant Stella Zambrano had the surprise of her life when a routine medical check revealed she was pregnant. Tapping into survival mode, the headstrong beauty only has two thoughts on her mind:

1. Knowing she must conceal the father's identity.

2. And wondering what it means for the career she worked so hard for?

Because Stella's baby bombshell is the result of one shockingly sensual afternoon on a deserted beach with Prince Eduardo De Santis. And with an out-of-wedlock heir on the cards, Stella knows the playboy prince will demand marriage!


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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

Disclaimer: I got this book from the book sale at the public library and have received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

Strong leading lady. Leading man (yes he's a prince!) with hidden depths. Oh yes, I enjoyed this one. The byplay between the two as well as the snappy dialogue made this one a joy to read.

The plot might have been simple but the character building and complexity made this book shine for me.

Would I recommend this? Yes this was a fun read.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Omnibus - The Millionaire's Nanny Arrangement / Bedded by Blackmail by Naoko Kubota

About the Books

The Millionaire's Nanny Arrangement 

We first met in high school. He was a rough, taciturn boy, yet everyone looked to him for leadership. I was a plain-Jane honors student with braces. Coincidence brought us back together again. Now, he's a big name in finance—any woman would want him—while I'm a widow who's lost my savings, my job and my house—not to mention I'm pregnant! Ryan was kind enough to hire me as a home tutor for his daughter, but I doubt he has any idea how much his generosity has affected me.

Bedded by Blackmail

In London, England, at the most glittering social event of the year, all eyes are on sexy South American billionaire Diego Saez. Already infamous for his astounding rise from rags to riches, Diego is convinced that everything and everyone can be bought....

Society heiress Portia Lanchester has been left penniless. Diego wants her. Now Portia's got only one chance of survival--if she'll surrender to his blackmail...and to him...in his bed!

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars (The Millionaire's Nanny Arrangement)
Rating: 3.5 stars (Bedded by Blackmail)

Here's why:

Disclaimer: I got this book from Overdrive and have received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

I got this bundled book and was all set for one story to be better than the other. I was pleasantly surprised to find that both books were well-written and had characters that I could stand behind.

The Millionaire's Nanny Arrangement was a tug on the heart strings. Newly widowed Kelsey finds herself without a home or job and a baby on the way. She encounters six-year-old, Mariah and her father, Ryan Storm. Ryan needs a nanny and Kelsey needs a place to stay. Thus the story is set for a sweet romance between two very different people. There are a couple of nicely done twists that kept me reading to the very end.

Bedded by Blackmail was a little bit darker than the other novel. Diego and Portia were interesting characters because what I perceived as their personalities and behaviors came with an unexpected twist. Blackmailing someone is never fun and in this case made me a little bit angry with the way Diego went about it. Yet, the twists more than made up for my anger at the leading man in this story.


Would I recommend this? Yes they were both good.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

About the Book


When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 5 stars

Here's why:

Disclaimer: I got this book from the public library and have received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

So many words and not enough to describe this amazing read. I don't give out 5-stars unless you bowl me over. Consider myself knocked down and totally happy about it.

Archer and Bree are one of the most complex couples I have read in recent memory and it is that complexity that brought laughter, tears, joy, sadness, cheers and more from me as I read this book in one day.

These two characters, as well as the supporting cast, breathed from the pages of this novel. I was so invested that I got irritated every time I had to stop reading to deal with my real life. If I could hide out in a fictional world for a day, theirs would be one I would choose to visit.

Gripping, raw and spellbinding....even these words don't do it justice.

Would I recommend this? Yes and I want to read more in this series.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Kishaz Reading Corner: A Princess by Christmas by Jennifer Faye

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or the publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

A royal kiss under the mistletoe

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate.

Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 4 stars

Here's why:

I won this copy in a giveaway and I was happy with the novel overall. Reese is a very guarded young woman who is taking care of her mother while struggling to repay the debt left by her deceased father.

Prince Alexandro Castanovo enters her life and everything gets turned upside down. I'm a sucker for Cinderella-ish style stories and this was a nice decent read.

Would I recommend this? Yes, it's a good solid read.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Jewels #2: Emerald Rebellion Available Now

I'm pleased to announce that Jewels Emerald Rebellion is now available in paperback. I'm currently working on the hardcover edition as we speak.

Pick up your copy today.

Ebook - Amazon  |  Smashwords

Paperpback - Amazon

Work on the hardcover edition is progressing nicely.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Free ebooks Review: Sparked by Sheena Snow



Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.


About the Book


Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distant future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold 

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly 

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 2.5 stars

Here's why:

The reason I chose this read was because of the blurb. It looked like it would be a good sci-fi story and I always like reading about robots that search/want to be human (you can thank Star Trek's Data for that).

I wanted to like this one, really I did. And there were moments that were good. But so many were not. The confusing POV, the internal stream of Vienna's thoughts which were a jumbled mess, and the constant shifting of locations gave me whiplash.

Character development was uneven though I felt that the robots had more depth to them than the main character. The concept of human cyborgs is not new and I wish the author had done more with it.

Would I recommend this book? I'm on the fence. There is a sequel. I might reserve judgment until after I read it. Or I might not. I'm not sure.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Release #Giveaway: Jewels Emerald Rebellion by Lakisha Spletzer

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Happy Release Month!

Catch the sequel to Lakisha Spletzer's
debut space opera novel, Jewels.


EXCERPT

emeraldrebellionThey entered and Jewels smiled. The room looked like a dojo. Martial arts had been a required course for any going into Special Ops. Jewels had enjoyed the rigorous training and discipline the training had given her. She hadn't done as much of it in recent years as she would like, but, if that was what Dex had in mind, she was all for it.

"I sense your happiness, my Onugrass. Is this room to your liking?"

"I haven't sparred in a while. That is why we are here, right?"

"That is correct, Mate. My father reminded me that you are a warrior and probably missed training. Was he correct in his assumption?"

"Yes, he is. I didn't say anything because I only wanted to learn about your culture. But, after dealing with Nala yesterday, I realized that I can't neglect the skills that will keep me alive. I'm not so naive as to think that you don't have enemies. I need to be able to protect myself and you. So training is a must."

"I am glad you feel that way."

Jewels heard the strange tone to his words and she glanced at his face. It was unreadable as always. Just what was Dex planning?

The whooshing of the doors opening caught her attention and she frowned at the interruption. An Eirarjuss strolled in and Jewels felt a moment of confusion. Who was this Gatoan? The Eirarjuss wasn't one she had met before. Was the newcomer another female trying to use Dex to become Queen?

That thought bothered Jewels and she swiftly tried to push it away. Never make assumptions. That's what Jeremy had constantly drilled into her. She knew better than to jump the gun about anything. She would wait for Dex's explanation about the new arrival before drawing any conclusions.

"Jelin, thank you for coming." Dex walked over to the Eirarjuss who bowed before responding.

"It is my honor, your Highness, to assist you and your mate."

Jewels gently brushed against Dex's mind. Not enough to intrude, but to let him know she was confused. He didn't block her, but he also didn't answer her. Immediately, she strengthened her mental defenses. The familiar rush of anticipation filled her. Maybe Jelin was a challenge that she had to overcome. So be it. She was ready. She'd already proved that with Nala.

"Jelin, this is my mate, Jewels." Dex turned and gestured for Jewels to come closer.

Jewels joined them, taking a moment to assess the taller Gatoan. All the Gatoans were taller than Jewels. That wasn't a problem. It meant she'd have a better advantage in a fight. At least in theory she'd have one. Every fight was different so who knew what might happen.

"It is an honor to meet you, Jewels, mate of his Highness."

"Nice to meet you," Jewels kept her tone neutral. So far the Eirarjuss was the complete opposite of Nala's grating and whiny personality. That was a perk.

"Mate, Jelin comes highly recommended by Lord Bravenone. She is one of the few female warriors on the ship. I wanted you to meet Jelin today because she is your new adviser and bodyguard."
Jewels frowned. Had she misheard him? "Bodyguard?"

"Yes. My father feels that you should have protection. Though one guard might be considered an insult to other Gatoans, I know that you will be fine with this arrangement on the ship until we can get more at home on Felinia."

"Really?" Jewels clenched her hands. Did Dex think her so incompetent that she couldn't take care of herself? All she needed was a little training and she would be fine. This was what she hated most about the whole “males are stronger than females” crap. True, males had the size advantage and strength but that didn't mean they couldn't be defeated. And it wasn't like she didn't have her psionic skills to augment her physical and weaponry skills. "And when was I going to be consulted about the need for a bodyguard?"

Dex's surprised look almost made her calm down but his next words only fueled her pique. "You are precious to me. I do not wish you to be harmed."

"Dex, just what am I to you?" she demanded. "I mean, really. What am I to you?"

"You are my mate. You should be kept safe at all cost."

"Uh...huh. And that's why we are going to have a problem."

"I don't understand."

Jewels smiled; she knew it wasn't a friendly one. She really wanted to rip into him so badly she could taste it. She struggled to keep from lashing out, but it was hard. She was tired of all the over protectiveness of the male Gatoans.

In a mock happy tone, she explained to her bewildered husband, "I know you don't, Dex. It's infuriating. I am not a doll that will break if you touch it. I am a warrior in my own right. By assigning me a bodyguard, you are offending me. You are telling me, by your actions, that you don't think I'm capable of taking care of myself."

"Mate, that is not...,"

"Furthermore, the last adviser you gave me wasn't worth the air she breathed and tried to kill me. I'm not feeling very welcoming of your choices in that area."

Jewels felt Dex try to talk telepathically but she kept him out. He needed to learn that he couldn't treat her this way. She wasn't a bed toy. She was a woman and a fighter. He had to acknowledge that or else she'd be stuck in a life she hadn't wanted.

"If I may interrupt, your Highness, Lady Jewels."

Jelin's voice distracted Jewels from arguing further with Dex. What could the Eirarjuss possibly have to add?

"Jelin?"

"Your Highness, let me spar with Lady Jewels."

Jewels was shocked at the suggestion and, judging by the stiffening of Dex's body, so was he. That intrigued Jewels. Was the Eirarjuss really that good? The competitor in Jewels wanted to find out.

"I agree."

Dex's annoyed growl didn't faze Jewels. She moved away from him and walked up to Jelin.

"I'm ready. Are there any rules I need to be aware of?"

Jelin smiled, baring her fangs. "Do there need to be any? Let us spar as if I am an enemy intent on killing you. Use any means necessary to stop me."

Jewels grinned. "If I win, you can still be my adviser but not my bodyguard." She had no objections to the rules. She and Jeremy used to do the occasional fight the same way. It helped keep them both sharp in the field. Riding that edge of near death. That suited the mood she was in perfectly.

"And, if I win, I will become your bodyguard and adviser."

"Sounds good to me. And, Dex, don't interfere," Jewels warned her glowering mate. Let him stew. She had to concentrate. Her life and respect depended on this fight.

About the Book

Special Lt. Jewels Enbran took to the stars with her husband, Dex LoudRoar, Crown Prince of Felinia, to search for answers about Earth's new allies and their enemy, the Lupinious Empire. She didn't expect to have such a difficult time fitting in or dealing with the crushing animosity of the xenophobic Gatoans.

Amid the political turmoil and the ongoing war with the Lupines, Jewels struggles with her own understanding of the two species. She tries to keep it together, but that is hard to do with the recurring nightmares, frequent assassination attempts and her own inner demons. She wants to find happiness, but at what cost? Can the deepening love and trust she shares with Dex be enough to withstand the challenges of his people? Is the fate of three empires worth more than her own desires?

She thought she would find peace and security with Dex, but the trials and tribulations of her unexpected pairing to royalty are just beginning....

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Make sure and grab ebook #1 in the Alien Encounters Saga: Jewels for only $0.99.


Special Lieutenant Jewels Enbran, a human telepath unable to shield her mind from thoughts, uses telepathic anchors who protect her vulnerable mind. Her current anchor, Colonel Jeremy Lingley, is nearing burnout. An alien race is seeking an alliance with Earth and the pair are assigned the mission of discovering the aliens’ secrets.

Crown Prince Dex LoudRoar is a Gatoan warrior and a royal with a terrible secret. His people wage a constant war against their enemy, the Lupinious empire. But the tide of battle is turning and his people seek help from a new source: the humans of Earth.

With an interstellar war looming, Jewels and Dex seek salvation for their planets and find their destinies changed forever.



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About the Author

Where to start? I suppose with the basics.

I'm an indie cross-genre writer of science fiction/fantasy/paranormal romance/YA.

I started writing stories and poetry at the age of 8 and haven't stopped yet. I think I've always been a writer, but becoming a published one took a lot of work and dedication.

That didn't happen until after I left my home state of Virginia, and moved to Florida in 2004.

Finding time to write while being a full-time mother and wife, can be difficult but I've always liked a challenge.

I've learned to not let life's many road blocks and speed bumps throw me to the curb. I can't wait to dive in and continue to share the stories swirling around in my head.

To learn more about me as an author feel free to visit any of links below.




GIVEAWAY

Prizes

  • Autographed Paperback Copy of Jewels 1 & 2 (US & Canada only)
  • $15 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (Nook)
  • Ebook pack: Jewels 1 &  2

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends Feb 29, 2016. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Lakisha Spletzer, http://www.lakishaspletzer.com. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

#ReleaseDay: Jewels Emerald Rebellion only #99cents

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Happy Release Day!

Catch the sequel to my debut space opera novel, Jewels.

Special release day price of $0.99! Ends Feb. 7, 2016.


PURCHASE: Smashwords (all ebook formats) | Amazon/Kindle.

About the Book

Special Lt. Jewels Enbran took to the stars with her husband, Dex LoudRoar, Crown Prince of Felinia, to search for answers about Earth's new allies and their enemy, the Lupinious Empire. She didn't expect to have such a difficult time fitting in or dealing with the crushing animosity of the xenophobic Gatoans.

Amid the political turmoil and the ongoing war with the Lupines, Jewels struggles with her own understanding of the two species. She tries to keep it together, but that is hard to do with the recurring nightmares, frequent assassination attempts and her own inner demons. She wants to find happiness, but at what cost? Can the deepening love and trust she shares with Dex be enough to withstand the challenges of his people? Is the fate of three empires worth more than her own desires?

She thought she would find peace and security with Dex, but the trials and tribulations of her unexpected pairing to royalty are just beginning....

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ringing in the New Year #Giveaway

I just realized that I forgot to publish this to my blog so here goes.


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Prizes


  • Autographed Paperback Copy of your choice of my novels (US & Canada only)
  • $25 gift card from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (Nook)
  • Any 3 ebooks of your choice from my novels

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends Feb 1, 2016. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com or BN.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Lakisha Spletzer, http://www.lakishaspletzer.com. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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#1000blackgirlbooks - A Good Cause



Thanks to a Mediabistro article, I found out that a book drive was being done by the GrassRoots Community Foundation in West Orange, New Jersey that is looking to gather books that feature black female characters.

I called to make sure of the genres they are willing to accept and there seems to be no cap on what genre, only that a black female character be one of the main leads.

I'm going to donate books 1 & 2 of my Elemental Symphony series which features 4 girls that are based on real life young ladies. You have one hispanic, two bi-racial (both characters have one black parent) and one white character. The planned six-book fantasy series features the four girls going on quests to learn about about their powers and to save the kingdom from an evil despot queen.



If you are an author who writes books that feature black female characters, please visit the website and find out how you can help this wonderful cause.