Friday, December 16, 2016

Cover Reveal for Firebird (A Survivor Series Novel) By Deborah Leigh!!

Firebird (A Survivor Series Novel)
Deborah Leigh
Dark contemporary romance with a HEA
Release Date: 4th of January 2017

  Blurb: When the worst thing imaginable happens to Mary Dougal, her physical body might have survived but her soul feels like it has died. Now the only thing getting her up every morning is the thought of revenge. Making her attackers pay will be the final act in her life. Feeling like half a man after a tragic accident, former soldier Cain “Ace” Turner has given up on even the idea of love. He’s focused on building his construction business and trying to leave his painful past behind him. With his family’s support and sometimes unwelcome meddling, he tries to just live one day at a time. Of course love doesn’t give up that easily, and it just might be the only thing to save them both. When these two meet and get surprised by possibilities, can they prove together that love truly conquers all?

 Cain gently squeezes my hand and I smile at him. James says our parents are on the patio and I lead Cain there. My dad’s eyes almost bulge out of his head when he sees Cain, then get impossibly bigger as he spots our entwined hands. My mom, thankfully, gives his ribs a good pounding with her elbow. That seems to get him out of the moment of shock and he wipes his hands on his apron that says “Kiss the Cook” so he can come and shake Cain’s hand. My mom looks as if she’s about to explode any second as she gently and quickly hugs me. “Dad, Mom, this is Cain, my contractor for the new house and, well, my date,” I say. My dad shakes his hand vigorously and even brings him in for one of those awkward man hugs. I can see Cain is taken aback. Then my mom attacks him with a huge bear hug. She wipes away a tear, trying not to let me notice, but I do. I hope Cain doesn’t feel more pressure now. I want him to be able to walk away without feeling guilty if he needs to. My mom leads us to the table and he holds out his hand to me again. I take it without hesitation and even feel a little rush. I feel some heat in my cheeks at that and he gives me a puzzled look. I lean over and whisper in his ear, “I didn’t expect to enjoy holding hands again, but this is really nice.” He smiles at me before focusing on my mom again. She hasn’t stopped talking yet—everything from her garden to the building industry. I want to tell her she’s babbling, but I leave her to her fun. James comes out and brings Cain a beer. He offers me a glass of wine and I refuse. I get up and go get myself a soda. I open it myself and pour it. I don’t take my eyes off it the whole time.

  Author Bio: 
 Hi my name is Deborah Leigh and I'm a 40 something stay at home mom to a wonderful Angelbaby, Hannah-Rose, who has special needs. Writing is my passion and in any spare time I might have, I read a lot. My dream day is relaxing with my little one with lots of cuddles in my pajamas and writing up a storm in the evening. I love chocolate and coffee and just about anything else delicious and bad for you. I live in South Africa and i sometimes envy places where it snows. Find me on Facebook at

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cover Reveal for Contemplating Domain (Ultimate Domain, Book 2) By JL Moore!!

Contemplating Domain 

(Ultimate Domain, Book 2)

by J.L. Moore

RELEASE DATE: Approx. 12-22-2016
COVER DESIGN: Mariah Lamott


Dominic, the thirty-two-year-old devastatingly handsome billionaire, and Iris, the petite blonde bombshell, will reconcile after they both decide their relationship is worth the risk.

These two lovers, will continue to feel moments of complete and utter bliss, and emotional turmoil, as they both continue to struggle to trust each other, and let go of the abuse from their past. Dominic built walls to protect his emotions, but he is now slowly breaking through those walls, and working toward the man he’d like to be for Iris.

Through several emotional struggles and a terrible accident, Iris will learn Dominic is there for her, every step of the way.

Dominic, on the other hand, will not only continue to free himself from the secrets of his abusive past, but he will also begin to treasure his relationship with Iris; which then begins to flourish, on the journey to something forever. That is, until Dominic thinks he catches Iris with another man, then all bets are off. Come along for the ride into something forever….eventually…maybe?

Will Dominic and Iris find their happy-ever-after? Well, you will just have to read book two to find out!

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FYI - J L Moore has decided she will donate as much of her profits she can (without having to declare herself a non-for-profit organization) for all of her books sold through the holidays. She will be donating these proceeds to charity to help in the fight against the abuse of children. 

*That means that for less than the price of a designer latte, you can purchase JL’s book(s), reading a story from a new and upcoming author, and help abused children at the same time. Pay-It-Forward… It’s the holidays for goodness sake!**

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Solitary Domain
( Book 1)

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When Dominic Main, the thirty-two-year-old devastatingly handsome billionaire, planned the annual gala for his charity Save the Innocent, he never dreamed the paid escort he hired as his date, would call in sick. After the petite beautiful bombshell, Iris Bloom becomes his last-minute stand in blind-date; Dominic’s no dating and no relationship rules, are about to be tested, and his solitary existence, altered.

This contemporary steamy romance with erotic elements, is the epic love story between Dominic and Iris, two broken souls, just trying to get through life without further damage to their battered and bruised hearts.

These two lovers, will feel moments of complete and utter bliss, and emotional turmoil, as they both struggle to trust each other, and let go of the past. Dominic has built walls to protect his emotions. Meanwhile, Iris will have to go through trial and tribulation before those walls begin to crack and Dominic realizes Iris is his one true love.

When Dominic's horrific past crashes into the present, the demons from his youth will threaten to devastate the strong persona he has established for himself.

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The Ultimate Domain Series will be available on the following sites as each book is released:

Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Goodreads, Kobo, New Concepts Publishing, and through J.L. Moore's website.

There will be at least three additional sequels to the original trilogy. Each of these additional books will feature a hot alpha you will meet in one of the first three books. 
(See if you can figure out who they will be)

About the Author

J.L. Moore
As an author and avid reader, J.L. spends much of her time writing and reading romance novels. She loves writing unique stories that end in everlasting love. She describes her genre as contemporary romance with erotic elements.

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Cover Reveal PARTY Date/Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (7-10pm EST)

Giveaways will include over $100 in gifts and an additional $50 in Amazon Gift cards (5 x $10 GC). 

Other gifts include: Fifty Shades DVD, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Chris Young’s New Christmas CD, 5 separate $10 Amazon Gift Certificates, and a Christmas Gift Basket that includes a Christmas Throw, Reindeer Slippers, A Christmas mug, Hershey’s Chocolate Box, Playboy Perfume set, and a Reindeer Stuffed Animal.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Guest Post by Shanna Hatfield, Author of Garden of Her Heart!!

Title: Garden of her Heart
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Romance 
Editor: Eliza Dee from Clio Editing
Hosted byLady Amber’s PR

Blurb: Can forbidden love blossom amid the constraints of war?  
     The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.
     After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.
     A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield joins us with her latest release, a sweet World War II romance.
Thank you so much for hosting me today. It's such a pleasure to be here with you! I thought you and your readers might like to meet one of the characters from the story, a rascally boy named Petey.
Welcome, Petey. Thank you for joining us today.
Petey: Golly! Thanks for letting me visit!
You live on the farm next to Miko's grandparents' farm. What do you think of her?
Petey: Miko’s the limit, and I mean The Limit. You can capitalize that and take it to the bank, but she’s as good an egg as ever was laid. If anyone tells you different, it’s applesauce with a side of baloney.
You had some excitement at your house recently. How do you like your brand-new baby sister?
Petey: If Mom and Pop had to drag home a crying, pooping machine, I sure wish it would’ve been a boy. It looks like we're stuck with Alice Marie, though. Why, you'd think she came from the royal palace the way Granny carries on. I suppose, though, for a baby, the Princess ain't all bad.
Have you met the soldier Miko's been helping?
Petey: Sure, I've met the captain. He's a real crackerjack. Cap plays cowboys and Indians with me, and he knows how to do all kinds of things. Did you know he got injured in the war? Boom! (Slaps hands together loudly) His plane got shot down and he crashed and everything. He's a real, honest-to-goodness hero!
That's quite impressive.
Petey: I'll tell it to the world, he's the cat's pajamas. (Petey sighs) But I think he's got his eye on Miko. I planned to marry her when I grew up big enough but he might just beat me to it. I reckon if someone else gets to marry her, he's the best man for the job.
Do you have anything else you'd like to share with our readers today, Petey?
Petey: Just to remind folks to read Miko and Rock's story. You'll find out how I get to be a big hero if you do!
Thank you for joining us, Petey, and Shanna.
Shanna: Thank you, again for hosting us!

“I thought I heard you calling for me,” Miko said, climbing down a ladder on the far end of the building with an arm full of berry crates.
Rock rushed to help her. By the time he threaded his way through the packed contents of the building, she was already on the floor.
“That’s quite a car,” he said, taking half the berry crates from her and motioning to the convertible.
“Thanks. I bought it when I was still gainfully employed,” she said, walking over to the car. “I fell in love with the color the first time I saw it and started saving my money to buy one. When the weather’s nice, it’s fun to drive with the top down.”
Rock gaped at her. “It’s your car?”
Miko grinned. “Is that a hint of disbelief I hear, Captain? Not only is it my car, but I know how to change the tires, check the oil, and siphon gas out of my dad’s car when my brother, Tommy, borrows it and brings it back empty.”
He laughed, setting down the crates and wiping his hands along his trousers before touching the car. “It is a beaut. What’s this color?”
“Laguna maroon. Papa calls it the luna moon mobile, but I still think it’s one of the prettiest colors out there.” Miko opened the driver’s side door and motioned for Rock to climb in.
He sank into the leather seat and inhaled the aroma as if it was the most expensive perfume.
“Like it?” Miko asked, bending down to better see his reaction to the car.
“You bet!” He settled his hands on the steering wheel, forcing his injured fingers to curl around the wheel.
“If you like the outside of the car, you’ll probably be more impressed by the eight cylinders under the hood.” Miko released the hood latch and Rock slid out to study the engine.
He whistled and smirked at Miko. “What’s a girl like you doing with a car like this?”
“Anything I want,” she said with a sassy grin. “At least it used to be that way.”
Rock sobered and closed the hood, using the hem of his T-shirt to wipe away the smudges made by his fingerprints.
“I didn’t realize you had cars here. I was trying to figure out how to catch a ride on the bus into Portland.”
“By all means, drive one of the cars wherever you need to go.” She pointed to her grandparents’ sedan. “Papa and Mother must have sold their car or it would be here, too. Granddad wouldn’t care if you take his.” She cast a taunting look his way. “Or, if you think you can handle it, you’re welcome to drive mine.”
His raised an eyebrow at her dare as he lifted the berry baskets and followed her out the door. “Is that an invitation or a challenge?”
“Maybe both.” She turned and sauntered away, casting a flirty smile at him over her shoulder.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Release Blitz for Pleasure Pain or Purpose by Al Daltrey!!!

~ Release Blitz ~ 
Title ~ Purpose
Series ~ Pleasure Pain or Purpose: Book Three
Author ~ Al Daltrey
Release Date ~ November 17, 2016
Genre ~ Erotica Romance

Life is many things, but one thing it isn’t, is predictable. At times, pain weighs heavily on the heart, and then…the sky clears, the ground shifts, and happiness and pleasure return.

Billie finally emerges from her emotional slumber. She learns that while David is gone,
it doesn’t mean that her life can’t have restoration. Unless, secrets from
her kinky past threaten the promise of a new future?

Jasmin decides to take a page from Billie’s book, and goes on a pilgrimage of her own.
Lessons learned on the Camino de Santiago will help frame her outlook on life.
Erotic encounters are never far behind.

Vicky fights the good fight against the cancer that has taken root in her body.
Andrew, for all his past discretions, stands by her every step of the way.
Together, the battle only makes them stronger.

Life is life, as the three best friends discover. It may not be easy…
but together they find renewed purpose.

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Pleasure Pain or Purpose: Book One- Pleasure
Pleasure Pain or Purpose: Book Two- Pain

By day I work in Marketing, which involves a fair amount of writing. Therefore, I never really had an interest to write for pleasure. When you do it all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home, is more writing. All the while, as my career progressed, so did my involvement in the BDSM lifestyle.
This interest in kinky sex started in my University years. Like most men, I loved meeting women, and especially the occasional one who didn't mind being tied up, or blindfolded, or spanked. All sex was great, but kinky sex was more exciting, more exhilarating, and more fulfilling.
Over the years I was lucky enough to meet my fair share of submissive women. And don't for a minute think these women were weak. Outside the bedroom they were confident, opinionated, gregarious and self-assured. However, inside the bedroom (so to speak) they wanted to feel the strong firm hand of a dominant man taking complete control.
Eventually I found the perfect partner, and am happily in a relationship.
One day, I flipped my laptop open, and to my surprise - I had an urge to write a BDSM story. Soon I had 20 pages, then 40, then 60. The novel that resulted was 'Testing the Submissive'. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the reviews excellent - all of which motivated me to continue writing. 'A Condo with Two Views' is my second full length novel, with other projects in the works. If you decide to give any of my writing a try, I hope you enjoy it!

~ Al ~

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Release Day Blitz for An Ache in my Veins by JA Howell!!

Title- An Ache in my Veins
Series- Love & Ink # 4
Author- J.A. Howell
Publication Date- November 3rd
Genre- Erotica/ BDSM

Darren never loved anyone like he did, Ash. But Ash was ancient history after she disappeared without a trace. At least that was what he thought until she shows up one day at The Knotted Kneedle.
Suddenly, those old feelings from before... before he was a Dom, before he was anything, come rushing back. The only problem. Ash is engaged and has no interest in rehashing their past and bringing up all the old, painful memories that come along with it.
Unfortunately for her, Darren has never been one to take no for an answer. Not when it comes to the only woman he ever saw a future with. He still loves her and wants her back despite the pain of the past and everything her disappearance caused.
But will Darren's persistence come with reward? a second chance at love? Or will it end the same way it did before... and leave him with an ache he can't ever fulfill?


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Review of Fame & Obsession by Cora Kenborn!!!

Title: Fame & Obsession
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publisher: Limitless 
Publishing Editor: Gillian Leonard of Lilypad Editing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Struggling writer Phoebe Ryan abandons her southern roots and heads to New York, determined to leave her nightmarish past behind…

She was not expecting to meet a famous rock star, or to be coerced into ghostwriting his autobiography. But she tries to maintain focus on her dream of becoming an author, despite the attraction she feels for the sexy rocker, not to mention the baggage that comes with him.
Julian Bale’s world was shattered one drunken night, and it almost ruined him…

Weighed down by guilt, he blames himself for an accident he could’ve prevented. He will play the game, but swears his hot little ghostwriter will never get that story out of him. As much as he wants her, if he has to choose between his dream and hers, it’s no contest.

Phoebe and Julian give in to a forbidden attraction, and their public romance risks both their lives…
An obsessive fan is on the loose and now that the secret’s out, it’s made them both targets. The psychotic stalker is determined to have Julian for herself, even if she has to reveal their sordid pasts and eliminate Phoebe to do it.

He lives for fame. She lives to hide. Obsession lives to ruin them both.

Ok, my second review of the day!!  I'm pooped!!!! 

What I loved most about this book was the banter between these two characters.  It's hilarious!!  

After a chance meeting in a bar, Julian Bale can not stop thinking about the girl he rescued on the patio.  After some digging, he finds her, and then proceeds to relentlessly persue her.  Phoebe Ryan just wants to live a quiet life, but that is made impossible by the rock star who won't leave her alone.

Soon, she finds herself in a position where she's the target of his obsessive stalker fan, who is willing to stop at nothing to get her out of the picture and Julian all to herself.

My favorite character was her best Gage.  I do believe everyone needs a Gage in their lives.  He's awesome, and he's extremely protective of Phoebe.  

It isn't often I stay up late reading a book... I stayed up late reading this one.  The chemisty between Phoebe and Julian is unmistakable, and you find out there is more to the rocker then meets the eye.  He's tormented by an accident that he feels was his fault, and she's damaged and terrified from an incident from college.  Together they are able to heal each other.

This book literally has you from the start.  I couldn't wait to for it to end, but as my last review, I didn't want it to end.  Julian is pretty smexy in his own right, and proves that he is determined to make Phoebe his.  

Cora Kenborn writes romantic suspense novels with strong heroines, complex alphas, harrowing danger, and snappy banter. She is the author of the rock star stalker series, Lords of Lyre but refuses to be pigeon holed into one specific genre. She loves delving into the twisted mind of a dark villain as well as giggling while writing rom-com banter.
Cora lives in Eastern North Carolina and is a true Southern girl, growing up on sweet tea, front porches, and the simple life. She says “y’all,” “fixin’ to,” and should you deserve it, will “bless your heart.” She’s the proud mother three hyperactive and occasionally adorable children, and the wife of a husband who tolerates her chaotic writer’s cave.
Although reading is her passion, she can usually be found watching true crime shows and crafting inspiration for twisted new tales. Cora admits to being a horrible cook, an even worse baker, and believes she’s more dangerous with a hot glue gun than any weapon on earth. Oh, and she and autocorrect are mortal enemies.

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The coiled body behind me tensed, ready to detonate. Whoever defended me could hold his own, but I could still take everybody out with one flick of the wrist. Chivalry felt warm and fuzzy but I learned a long time ago that one hundred and fifty volts felt electric and twitchy.
Turning my chin to the side, I whispered on an exhale, “It’s fine, I’ve got this.”
A low laugh against my neck curled my toes.
“You so don’t got this.” His chest rumbled as a strong hand ran skilled fingers around my hair. I tilted my chin, watching his eyes harden. “You’re up my ass, shit-for-brains. Don’t ever touch what’s mine.” He shifted his lips against my ear. “Right, baby?”
One suitor tested my patience, but two pushed my limit. I opened my mouth to tell him off when he stole the moment and pressed his lips against mine. Resisting, I murmured veiled threats as he pulled me toward him. The impromptu kiss dissolved into failed waves of aggression, and I inexplicably responded to him. Before I knew it, I’d wrapped my arms around his neck.
After a few heartbeats of kissing a complete stranger, I finally regained what dignity I had left, shoved his chest, and faced him with fire blazing in my eyes. He snickered and waved as my aggressor stalked off. Shooting him a death glare, I reached for my drink. After scanning for witnesses, I brought it to my lips and drained it.
“Thirsty?” He smirked.
“What the hell was that?”
He snatched the drink out of my hands, giving me a wink before tipping it back for the last drop. “You weren’t exactly pushing me away. Besides, I just saved your ass. Heath Vaughn was inches from having a hand up that thing you call a dress.”
“I didn’t ask for your help!” I bit back. “I don’t even know who the hell you—wait, who?”
“Somebody had to step in or you’d have spent the night in jail with that concealed, illegal shit in your purse. You’re telling me you didn’t know that was Vaughn? Maybe because we haven’t time-warped back to his 1995 five minutes of fame.” He walked past me with a smirk plastered across his face.
 Struggling to catch up with him, I grabbed his shoulder in disbelief. “That’s a joke, right?”
“Afraid not. Vaughn in the flesh, and apparently in the sauce too. Why do you care so much what he thinks?” He eyed me curiously, his jade-green eyes knocking me breathless.
Finally allowing myself a full look at him, I quickly averted my eyes before he could see my racing pulse reflected in them. Chaotic chocolate spiked hair pointed in every direction and hinted at a carefully constructed morning-after look. A small silver earring caught flashes of light in the darkness and tattoos decorated each uncovered arm.
Remembering to breathe became a chore.
“Because I’m screwed!” I shouted, frantically waving my phone. “My boss is already pissed at me, and I was supposed to meet Vaughn here for an interview, and—why am I telling you this?”
“Calm down.” He grinned, revealing a deep dimple in his left cheek. “Look, the dude’s so far tanked he won’t remember he was here, much less you were. Give me your phone.”
“I’m not giving you my phone. I don’t even know you.”
Rolling his eyes, he snatched my phone out of my hands. “Didn’t stop you from making out with me, did it?” He scanned the email I’d been checking all night. Typing furiously, his lips curved upward and he handed it back. “All fixed.”
“What did you do?” Thankfully, previous defense training taught me to never label emails with personal information. In the darkness, he’d never scroll back far enough to know my name.
“Why must you question brilliance?” he countered with a sigh. “You sent him an email concerned for his safety since he never showed for your interview. You waited but had to leave because you actually work for a living. You’d love to reschedule since you’re such a huge fan and were disappointed at the missed opportunity to hear all about his crap-ass reality show, since I assume that’s all he would’ve wanted to talk about.”
I could’ve kissed him—if I hadn’t already.
“You’re an evil genius.”
“So I’ve been told.”

Review for Fiona's Choice by Deena Remiel!!!

Title: Fiona’s Choice
Author: Deena Remiel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
A modern young woman on the coast of Ireland, widowed too soon by the death of her sailor husband, is visited by the fabled Irish sea god Lir...and true love. 

Ten years after a terrible accident steals her happiness, Fiona Moran has a life as shabby and rundown as the little lighthouse she maintains on the isle of Inisheer—and only fury in her heart for the fabled gods of Ireland. Little does she know, all that is about to change. Backlit by the pouring rain, a handsome stranger appears on her doorstep, and unlike the fearsome deity tasked with sailing drowned souls to their final resting place, this handsome behemoth with a boyish grin is intent upon raising her back to the heights of happiness. He alone can make this offer of bliss. She alone can choose it.

Ok, this is my first review in a long time, so please bear with me!! 

This book had me from the first moment.  It starts out heartbreaking, as Finoa loses her husband Conner in a boating accident.  

Ten years pass and she's living a half life.  She misses Conner desperately, and has decided she will never love again. One stormy night there is a knock on her door, and Lir enters her life unexpectedly.  

She's not expecting anything, but he offers her help to fix up the lighthouse and the house, as things have fallen into disrepair.  She's only one person, and her grief has taken up most of her attention.  As she keeps spending more and more time with Lir, she realizes just how wasteful her life has been.  He starts to open up feelings in her she thought were long dead.

But, Lir has a secret, and he's afraid of what she will think once she knows the truth.

This book had me right from the start.  I could not stop reading it, and didn't want it to end!  It was a quick read for me, which I loved and hated... as I wanted to read more with them!!  You do feel for Fiona, as she's dealing with the loss of her husband, and is just a shell of herself when Lir comes into her life.  It's beautiful to see her come to life again!!

Deena spends her time playing in the Garden of Good and Evil as she writes fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. She’s been known to have downed a few beers with her angels, and even put Satan in his place a time or two. She’s fascinated with the concept of immortality and all its implications. Gilbert, Arizona, near her beloved Superstition Mountains, is where she and her family call home.

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“Crazy?” Fiona huffed her way into the kitchen with the barely emptied coffee mug and dumped it in the sink. “Why? Is it wrong to love my husband so deeply that my heart shrivels and dies without him around? Is it crazy that all livin’ color has gone gray in my world? I curse the sea fer takin’ ye away from me, Connor, because the better half of me drowned along with ye that day.”
She crumpled to the wooden floor and dissolved into a mass of wretched sobs, something she hadn’t done for months. A stranger had intruded on her world, disrupting the numbing effects of a despondency she’d come to rely on to get her through each day. All with a simple, careless comment.
“Oh, Connor!” Weak hands slapped at the floor beneath her. She didn’t know how much more she could take before she walked herself right into the ocean with no thought of coming back.
Pounding on her door accentuated her desperate thoughts, and a muffled voice seeped through the cracks.
“Mrs. Moran, I’ve come back to apologize. I’m so sorry. For everythin’. Please open the door so I can tell ye so to yer face. I can’t leave without makin’ things right between us.”


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