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Spotlight Tour: In the Company of Wolves (SWAT, #3) by Paige Tyler *Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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In the Company of Wolves (SWAT, #3)
by Paige Tyler

A Paranormal Romance
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released Decembert 1st 2015

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He opened his mouth to order her to drop the MP5 she had aimed at him, but nothing would come out. It was like she’d robbed him of the ability to speak. Shooting her wasn’t an option, though. And the idea of arresting her didn’t make him feel any better.

There’s a new gang of criminals in town who are organized and ruthless in the extreme. When Eric Becker, along with the rest of the Dallas SWAT team, ends up in the middle of a shootout, he immediately senses werewolves-a lot of them. Turns out, the new bad guys are a pack of wolf shifters.

In a spray of gunfire, Becker comes face-to-face with the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen. Becker does the logical thing. He hides her and leaves the scene with the rest of his team.

Jayna Winston has no idea why that SWAT guy helped her, but she’s glad he did. Ever since she and her pack mates got mixed up with those Eastern European mobsters, everything had pretty much fallen apart.

So what’s a street-savvy thief like Jayna going to do with a hot alpha-male wolf who’s a police officer?

 

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Paige Tyler’s Favorite Fun Loving Hero!

This December, Paige Tyler releases the third in her action-packed SWAT series, IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. To celebrate the release of IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, Paige Tyler stopped by to tell us about one of her favorite fun loving heroes in pop culture and to share an excerpt showcasing her own hero’s fun loving side!

Paige Tyler: Everyone loves reading about alpha males, right? But of course, you can’t have a single dimensional character that’s just hardcore alpha all the time. It comes off as flat or just plain irritating. Most of the time you want to let your alpha have a lighter side, just to keep things interesting. One of my favorite fun loving heroes from popular culture is Dean Winchester!

Jensen Ackles plays a monster-hunting bad boy along with his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) on my favorite long-running television series Supernatural. Both brothers are incredibly hot, but Dean is the one more likely to crack jokes and live in the moment in contrast to Sam, who can be a little moody sometimes. He’s lived through so much violence and pain—every friend and family member has been killed during the eleven season run of this series—but he can still appreciate an attractive woman or a big cheeseburger. I mean, the first thing he went for after spending a year in hell was a burger. One really funny tidbit about Dean is that the original developer of the story (Eric Kripke) based the character of Dean on—you guessed it—Han Solo, because he wanted him to have that swagger that Solo was able to pull off with ease. One of the things I love about Dean is the bond he has with Sam. It’s what gets them both through the day even when facing monsters, angels, and demons that are way out of their league.

An Excerpt

One of the Albanians shouted something from the front of the store in his own language, following it up with an order to the omegas to stop wasting time and get the damn safe open. Becker ground his teeth. He should have simply kidnapped Jayna and her entire pack. Then he could have just walked into the loft and shot every one of these idiots—twice.

“Watch them,” he told Jayna, motioning to the security guard and two women. Turning, he left the break room and jogged down the hallway toward the back of the building.

“Get them back on the safe!” the Albanian driver shouted at him from the front room.

Oh yeah, sure. Stop two morons from raping a woman and get them back on task. What the hell was he—a daycare worker for omega werewolves?

Shit. If this was how criminals behaved, it was no wonder he and his SWAT teammates took so many of them down. They were too stupid to live. Then again, maybe this was how Gage felt some days. The SWAT pack could occasionally be a little stupid too. Becker’s current predicament was a shining example of that.

The omega standing guard in the hallway outside the manager’s office glared at him. “We got this. Go back and babysit the old folks.”

What a complete ass, Becker thought as he walked up and punched the guy in the face. The werewolf flew backward and bounced off the wall, bleeding like crazy from a broken nose as he fell to the floor in a dazed heap. He was still moving around though, reminding Becker that it was as hard to knock out an omega as it was to knock out an alpha. He’d have to remember that.

Becker strode into the office to find the store manager on the floor beside her desk, the other omega—the one who liked to play with his platinum medallion—leaning over her menacingly. He’d torn her blouse and was telling her all the horrible things he planned to do to her if she didn’t open the safe. The idiot was so intent on threatening her that he didn’t realize Becker was there until he yanked the guy to his feet and spun him around, then smashed the back of his head into the nearest hard object he could find—the safe panel. Becker pounded his head into the safe a few times before letting him fall to the floor. The asshole was definitely out cold.

Becker turned and looked at the shop manager. She cringed away from him, terror in her eyes as she tried to hold the tatters of her blouse together. He really wished he could pull up his ski mask. Seeing him like this definitely wasn’t helping.

Do you have an alarm button in this room?” he asked in his softest, least intimidating voice.

The woman stared at him for a moment like he was insane, then motioned under the desk with a shaking hand.

“Would you mind pushing it for me?” he asked.

Now she looked really confused. But she slowly reached under the desk and poked around until a loud alarm started ringing.

“Thanks.” Becker bent down to take the platinum medallion out of the omega’s vest and slip it into his pocket. “By the way, that diamond merchant you bought from in New York sold you out to a really bad guy. You probably don’t want to buy from him anymore.” Turning, he jogged out of the room and down the hallway to the front of the store. “Time to leave. Moron hit the alarm.”

Jayna was heading his way in a flash, the two Albanians right behind her.

“What about the safe?” the driver asked.

Becker shook his head. “It’s a no-go. Our guy smashed the keypad.”

The Albanians muttered something in their native language and shook their heads, as if they’d seen this coming. They stepped over the omega who was still rolling around in a daze on the floor in the hallway and raced out the back door. In the distance, sirens echoed in the air. About damn time. Becker motioned Jayna out.

“What about him?” she asked, jerking her head at the werewolf still trying to get to his knees.

Becker nudged the omega with his boot, pushing him back down. The guy looked like he really didn’t want to bother getting up this time.

“What about him?” Becker said, holding the door open for her.

 

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About the Author

Paige Tyler is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

 

 

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New Release! Wolf Trouble (SWAT, #2) by Paige Tyler *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Wolf Trouble (SWAT #2)
by Paige Tyler

A Paranormal Romance
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released August 4th 2015

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He’s in trouble with a capital T

There’s never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.

When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn’t know what the heck to do. Worse, she’s put under his command and Xander’s protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it’s almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other…

 

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Paige Tyler’s sexy, action-packed SWAT series is back this August with the release of Wolf Trouble! To celebrate this latest release, Corporal Xander Riggs reveals what makes a SWAT member successful.

What characteristics does every SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) member need to succeed?

Well, the first requirement is obvious—you need to be a werewolf. You also need to be able to hide the fact that you are a werewolf. That means no claws or fangs in public. The same goes for running too fast, jumping too far, or lifting too much. If people can see what you’re doing, you have to pretend you’re a regular human. Of course, that can be hard to do when you’re a SWAT officer going up against a bad guy armed with an automatic weapon.

 

Review

5-stars

Khaki Blake is a police officer and leads a rather normal life–until a shootout brings about some mighty unusual changes in her.

The Dallas SWAT team is looking to diversify and decide to recruit Khaki into their unit. Tired of having to prove herself on the job at every turn and after a lengthy explanation of the reasons behind her new abilities, Khaki jumps at the chance to join the Dallas team.

Senior Corporal Xander Riggs is not happy with the new addition to the team and he’s determined to keep his distance and focus on his duties. But when Khaki is put under his supervision, Xander comes to realize just how difficult it is to keep Khaki at arm’s length. Chemistry sizzles and tempers flare leading Khaki and Xander to take a good look at the undeniable connection they share.

Now, this is what I’m taking about!!!

A fierce, stubborn heroine–check!
A sexy, broody wolf–check!
Explosive chemistry that makes every encounter packed-full of sexual tension–check!
An in-depth look into the Dallas SWAT world and their members–check!

*Ding, ding, ding* We have a winner!

In this second installment in the SWAT series, Paige Tyler brought it full force. Action, romance, suspense and detailed explanations of Xander and Khaki’s world. The issues I had found in the previous installment were absent in this story, making it not only a worthwhile read but my favorite so far.

I loved Xander. The man was as stubborn as he was clueless, but so very adorable in his confusion. It was a treat to see how he finally gave into his attraction to Khaki, especially when he finally accepted that she was THE ONE. Caring, protective and panty-melting hot!!

It helped tremendously that I found Khaki to be the perfect partner for him. She gave as good as she got while still maintaining a vulnerable side. I liked seeing that contradiction in her. She was smart, independent but yet so very eager to be accepted. Yep, I wanna be her when I grow up!

Although this story was as hot as the previous one, I found that the author took it a step further. This time around it was easy to recognize that the connection that Khaki and Xander shared went beyond the physical. Their interactions ranged from flirty banter to intense bickering all the way through to candid moments and lust filled encounters. These served to showcase how deeply connected they truly were and I was sold!

Another element that improved for me was the plot. I enjoyed the different twists and turns and intermingling storylines. I appreciated seeing the team bonding over their training exercises and extracurricular activities. It lent to a sense of camaraderie that brought home the fact that these individuals were family looking to keep each other and their secret safe. A true pack.

All in all, a fantastic addition to the series. Some action, some romance and a whole lot of fun! I want more.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

Excerpt

Xander had to pick his jaw up off the floor of the training room when Gage introduced the newest member of the SWAT team. He didn’t know what to expect, but it sure as hell wasn’t Officer Khaki Blake. Tall with an athletic build and just enough curves to fill out the SWAT T-shirt, she had the biggest brown eyes and softest looking lips he’d ever seen. She had her dark hair back in a bun, so he couldn’t tell how long it was, but he’d bet money it fell past her shoulders. She smelled way too good to be believed, too—like a slice of frosted spice cake in a uniform.

Shit. He was practically panting. If he didn’t get a grip soon, he was going to start drooling.

He gave the other guys a covert glance to see how they were dealing with her scent and was stunned to see that none of them reacted at all. Why not? His nose wasn’t that much better than theirs. He knew for a fact that several of the other guys—Cooper Landry and Jayden Brooks specifically—could smell a hell of a lot better than he could.

Maybe everyone was so mesmerized by finally getting to see a female version of their kind that the rest of their senses had stopped working.

Gage had left it up to Xander to fill the guys in on what had gone down at the meeting with Deputy Chief Mason while he’d headed home to get ready for his trip to Washington State. While the guys had been pissed that the top brass was playing politics with the team, they’d been intrigued at the idea of adding a female werewolf to the Pack.

They’d bombarded him with dozens of questions, none of which he could answer. Was she as fast and strong as they were? Did her abilities manifest themselves in completely different ways? Would she be as aggressive as they were and able to handle herself in a fight? Were there more like her out there, or was she the only one?

Not all the questions were so general. Brooks wondered what she would look like, Max Lowry wanted to know if she would smell like them, and Eric Becker… Well, Becker just wanted to know if she liked to wear yoga pants. God, that kid had an obsession with those things.

Xander had told them what he knew—that no one except Gage knew a damn thing about female werewolves. And Xander wasn’t so sure how much their commander knew, either.

While Xander was lost in thought, Gage turned the floor over to Khaki, who was currently explaining how much she appreciated the opportunity to be in SWAT.

“I know I won’t be handed anything, but I look forward to proving to every one of you that I belong in the Pack and on the team.” She spoke in a light, lilting voice that surprisingly filled the large classroom. Xander could definitely pick up the Midwest accent, so she probably wasn’t originally from the Pacific Northwest. “I’m not asking for anything from you but a chance to do prove myself.”

 

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About the Author

Paige Tyler is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

 

 

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TBR Review! Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT #1) by Paige Tyler

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SWAT, #1
Paige Tyler
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Sourcebooks Casablanca
January 6th 2015
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The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret . . . they're a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something . . . and she's determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart...

 

Review

Yeah baby!! A pack of hot wolf shifters and a whole lot of them!!!

The Dallas SWAT team is composed of a group of wolf shifters living and working among humans. As such, you know there is going to be speculation about their inner working.

In comes Mackenzie Stone, an investigative reporter intrigued about the group of handsome men and their successful streak protecting the citizens of Dallas. She is sure that there’s more to the group of men than talent and good looks and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

Gage Dixon is just as determined to keep their secret from spilling out. But try as he might, Mac get under his every nerve–she’s sassy, sexy and smart. A lethal combination when paired with the knowledge that she could be THE ONE.

Sexy, handsome SWAT team members — check!
Sassy, relentless heroine — check!
A sizzling undercurrent of chemistry — check!
Wolf shifters — check!

On the surface this story has the right mix of elements to make it a perfect read. But for me, it needed a bit more world building. Don’t get me wrong the author did a great job of introducing the overall concept and paving the way for other installments in the series. I especially enjoyed how she went about bringing the concept of THE ONE to the page. Different, but still keeping it simple for the reader.

Now, I enjoy my PNR to take place within a contemporary world, but I also like to come out of the story with a complete idea of the world the author came up with. Except for the SWAT team’s extra abilities and the concept of THE ONE, this read as any other romantic suspense with sexy, capable men and the woman who wins his heart.

Other than that, I can honestly say this was a very enjoyable read. The characters were intriguing and shared a palpable connection. Their chemistry was off the charts and the plot had me intrigued until the very end.

All in all, a good start to the series. One I am definitively going to follow!

* I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

New Cover for Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh *Review and Giveaway*

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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)
by Nalini Singh

A Paranormal Romance
From Berkley Sensation
Released September 5th 2006

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Have you had the chance to discover and devour the Psy-Changeling world?

 

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”–the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion–and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities–or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

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Review

4 stars

This was the book that introduced me to Nalini Singh and to one of my favorites PNR series of all times. According to Goodreads I read this on June 2012 and 3 years later I still remember how immersed I became in this series simply by picking up this book.

This is Lucas and Sasha story and what a doozy it was! There were rampant emotions, bickering and a whole lot of chemistry between these two. I remember enjoying Sascha’s struggles in coming to terms with her emotions. For a woman raised to not feel, having her feel all sorts of emotions, especially her overwhelming attraction to Lucas, sure made for a great treat. And Lucas wasn’t too far behind in his conflicted emotions either. A strong, hard-man he didn’t take it too well when his animal was drawn to his enemy. Like I said, it made for a fantastic read!

If you’re a fan of PNR I would highly recommend picking up this book. Believe me, every book is fantastic in its own right. With intriguing characters, captivating storylines and overwhelming passion throughout the Psy-Changeling series is one you don’t want to miss!

Hmmmm, I think a re-read is in order.

 

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Mind Games Series
by Rachel Dunning

A New Adult PNR
Released March 20th 2015

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Shira Naiman is the most powerful witch Crystal knows. Crystal needs her help to fight the war, a war for their minds, a war waged by parasitic demons who suck on their powers and turn witches into demons themselves.

But Shira has a weakness. As do all witches. And only through their weakness can demons bring witches under their control.

Shira’s weakness soon pulls Crystal down into a world of abject deceit, betrayal, sex, passion and a madness so vicious that it finally brings her into the hands of the one they call Jack, the most powerful demon the hunters have ever met.

And the demon wants Crystal. Only Crystal.

And he’ll stop at nothing to get her.

CONTENT WARNING: Contains explicit sexual content, violence and strong language. Only appropriate for readers aged 17 and older.

 

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An inner world of magic and power.
A lover. A night together—their first night.
And then—disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.
And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met…the man they call Jack.
A demon.
And now he has her.
And he’s playing Mind Games with her.

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An inner world of magic and power, ruled over by witches who are by nature conniving, deceitful, … lustful.

A hunter. Built and powerful and godly…obligated by duty to protect the witches from parasitic demons who suck on their minds and destroy their inner worlds using tools of war.

The key. Crystal Loradeen, a witch who fights against her true nature but who falls deeper into it by the merciless hands of Fate.

And him, the boy, the man, the demon hunter, Lucien Dresner, the lover in her dreams who captures her desires and fills her mind with passion and need. She yearns for him, lusts for him.

And he for her.

The war is on.

Witches are being recruited.

And their innate weaknesses threaten to destroy them all.

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About the Author

Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and, fifteen months later, has published nearly a million words of romantic fiction.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents (Africa being one of them), speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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by Rachel Dunning

A New Adult PNR
Expected for Release March 20th 2015

 

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Her Mind Games (Mind Games #2)

An inner world of magic and power.
A lover. A night together—their first night.
And then—disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.
And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met…the man they call Jack.
A demon.
And now he has her.
And he’s playing Mind Games with her.

WARNING:
Contains explicit and detailed sexual content, violence and strong language. Only appropriate for readers aged 17 and older. (Or, if you live in France, whatever the acceptable social norm is there…)

 

About the Author

Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and, fifteen months later, has published nearly a million words of romantic fiction.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents (Africa being one of them), speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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Tour: Between by Clarissa Johal *Q&A, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Between
by Clarissa Johal

A Paranormal Novel
From Musa Publishing

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How far would you go to redeem yourself?

As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn’t come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.

After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.

As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life…but a battle for their salvation.

 

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Clarissa Johal’s novel BETWEEN is a “haunting” paranormal novel that will have you on the edge of your seat!

 

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Q&A with Clarissa

How did you come up with the idea for BETWEEN?

Three years ago, I was working on a sequel to a fantasy novel when I had this weird “calling.” Two characters came to me in a rush; Lucas and Cronan from BETWEEN. They weren’t fantasy characters nor they didn’t fit into what I was writing but they wouldn’t go away. I kept setting them aside but they’d come back, stronger than ever. I put the fantasy sequel on hold, wrote non-stop for a month, and finished the first draft. That never happens! It usually takes me months to finish a first draft. A year later, my edits were finished, and two months later, BETWEEN was picked up by Musa Publishing. I’ve got my feet firmly planted in the Otherworld now, the ideas come faster than I can write them down.

What first inspired you to become a writer? And what compels you to continue your career as an author?

I wrote my first short story in grade six. I was asked by the teacher to read it aloud to the class, which terrified me. After I was finished, I realized that I actually had everyone’s attention! I was shy and we moved every year, so I was always the new kid. When you’re in that situation, it’s kind of like being invisible. Finding my voice through story-telling made me realize how powerful writing could be. As far as continuing—truthfully? I think I’d go nuts if I didn’t write.

What made you choose the genre of paranormal gothic horror?

I started out writing fantasy fiction. I was working on the second installment to my PRADEE series when there were two characters that kept showing up on the page, over and over. They didn’t belong in fantasy novel, nor did they belong in my story! But their backstory came to me so vividly, that I set aside my series and wrote my first paranormal novel, BETWEEN. I’ve been pulled into the Otherworld permanently now. The ideas come faster than I can write them down.

 

Excerpt

Lucinda rode her bicycle home, heeding a sudden pull to take an alternate route. The wind scraped her cheeks as she rode on, lost in thought. Past the edge of town, she hit fields and found herself veering down a dirt foot path which led toward an old church. Crows took off from the surrounding fields, complaining loudly of the intrusion.

The one-room church stood alone. White-washed and peeling, the building was flanked by a small, forgotten graveyard. A single tree reached out with dead branches, sheltering the gravestones from the light. Circling the graveyard was a rusted, wrought-iron fence. The gate sagged on its hinges and squeaked quietly in the breeze.

Leaning the bicycle against the graveyard fence, Lucinda walked up the church’s rickety, wooden steps and checked the rusty door knob. Finding the door to be open, she walked in. The door shut quietly behind her, shrouding the room in silence.

From the corners of her eyes, Lucinda saw spirits scatter.

Walking slowly down the middle aisle, she passed the wooden pews, one by one. Stained-glass windows stared down like eyes over the pulpit. Ablaze with the light from the setting sun, the windows cast shades of scarlet and crimson across her skin.

As a child, Lucinda had attended church with her parents. Every Sunday, they had gone out of a sense of routine or faith — she wasn’t sure which. It was a routine that she hadn’t continued. Any remnants of her faith had died after the accident.

Movement continued in her peripheral vision. It was only a matter of time before they would grow insistent. Lucinda sat in the front pew, hands clenched into fists. Theonly sounds she heard were her breath and heartbeat, counting out the mortal seconds. She sat in the stillness, ignoring the activity around her. She had no idea how much time had passed before she finally stood to leave.

Once outside, Lucinda saw that twilight had fallen over the area. Still lost in thought, she walked over to her bicycle and placed her hands upon the cold handlebars. She had entered the church to do something — something she felt was important. Had she done it? In her heart, she felt unsure.

An almost inaudible sigh broke the silence. Startled from her reverie, Lucinda was surprised to see a dark form standing in the graveyard, head bowed.

“Cronan?”

Cronan looked up. His face seemed to be contorted in grief. As she walked through the gate and into the graveyard, she realized she must have imagined it. The mocking smile was there, as usual.

“Fancy you here.”

“My friend is in the hospital. I came here…” She looked away, uncertain.

“To pray?”

She let her gaze wander over to the forgotten church.

“Did it help?”

Lucinda frowned. “What are you doing here?”

“I am here—” he paused as he ran a hand along the top of a headstone “—to visit the dead, of course.”

Lucinda narrowed her eyes at him in disbelief.

Cronan returned her look, unflinching. His dark coat stood in stark contrast against his pale skin. “Was your friend hurt badly?”

“Yes, she was. Is. I’m worried about her.” She took in the gravestones and shuddered. “She was in a car accident.”

A chilly breeze blew through the clearing, causing Cronan’s coat to flap behind him like dark wings. The breeze pushed the dead, wet leaves aside that had collected between the headstones. Crows cawed in the distance.

“Can I ask you a question?”

He raised an eyebrow.

Lucinda hesitated. “My friend. Marny. The one in the hospital. She said she heard whispering before she crashed. She was the only one in the car. What do you think about that?”

“I think that if she heard whispering, then that is what she heard.” He studied her thoughtfully. “There are many things in the world we do not understand. That does not mean they do not exist.” He took a step toward her and took her hands,intertwining his fingers within hers as if in prayer. “Is that not what faith is based upon?”

She shivered involuntarily and pulled away, dropping her gaze to the ground. “Can I ask you another question?”

“Ask.”

“You saw that woman on the cliff.”

“Yes.”

“She’s…”

“Dead?”

Lucinda nodded wordlessly.

“As I said, there are many things in this world that we do not understand.”

She turned away from him, pondering the faces of the headstones reflecting the dying light. The names had long ago been weathered and forgotten. “I know what I see. I don’t know what I believe.” She sighed. “I mean, I always thought it was just me.”

“Just you?”

“That sees them. I usually only see people I’ve known. Or animals. I don’t know why I see that woman on the cliff.”

Cronan moved in closer behind her. “Death exists whether people see it or not,” he murmured.

“I understand that. And I know that some spirits—” the words caught in her throat “— get stuck. Like in churches, and graveyards. They seem so empty.”

“Ah, that is where you are mistaken. They are not empty. They are full.”

She turned to him. “Full?” She stepped back, putting some space between them.

“Yes,” Cronan replied. “Full of rage, fear, confusion, loneliness.”

“Loneli— nobody wants to feel those things, Cronan.” Lucinda frowned. “Especially after you’re—”

“Dead?”

“Yes.” She was quiet for a moment, listening to the wind blowing across the fields. Her thoughts wandered. Looking up, she was startled to see him scrutinizing her. Lucinda flushed. “I have to go.”

Pushing past him, she exited the graveyard and made a grab for her bicycle. A small rustle off to her side caught her attention. “Oh!” Lucinda bent down. Naked and helpless, a baby brush rabbit lay in a cluster of grass. Its eyes were closed and its breathing labored.

Cronan peered over the fence. “Nature’s plan. I am sure the crows will take care of it.”

Lucinda looked up at him, shocked. “That’s a terrible thing to say, Cronan!” She ran her hands over the baby rabbit. “It looks like a cat got him or something. Teeth marks here and on the other side. He’s cold.” She picked the rabbit up carefully.

Cronan studied her quietly, running his thumb along one of the wrought iron spikes that topped the graveyard fence.

She looked across the silent fields. “We must have scared it off, what- ever it was.”

“And now it waits for its prize.” Ignoring him, she cradled the rabbit in her hands, trying to warm it.

“All life depends on death. It is hopeless, Lucinda.” His eyes flickered over her. “It will die.”

“I’m not letting that happen, Cronan,” Lucinda replied firmly. She unbuttoned her coat and rolled the baby rabbit up in the bottom of her T-shirt. “Everything can be saved.”

“Everything?” Cronan replied solemnly. “I have my doubts about that.”

“Well I don’t.” She set her jaw stubbornly. “I’m taking him back to the hospital. I can save him.” She carefully buttoned her coat and took her bicycle by the handlebars.

Cronan watched as she walked with determination across the empty fields. As he watched her, his hands gripped the iron fence, emotions warring within him.

 

 

About the Author

Clarissa Johal

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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New Release: Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar #4) by Terry Spear *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar #4)
by Terry Spear

A Paranormal Romance
Released February 3, 2015
From Sourcebooks Casablanca

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An impossible mission…

JAG Special Forces agents Huntley Anderson and Melissa Overton are hot on the trail of poachers when they’re suddenly saddled with two jaguar shifter cubs. They have to locate the parents, pronto—but who’s going to babysit in the meantime?

A lifetime of possibilities…

Huntley is a rough, tough jaguar shifter and an all-business agent, but he’s not going to let two abandoned youngsters come to any harm on his watch. Seeing her super-manly partner try to get the playful cubs under control stirs up some unexpected desires in Melissa, and she begins to feel like Huntley’s not the only one who’s in over his head…

 

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4 stars

Huntley and Melissa have been partnered for missions several times through the years. Both have been in committed relationships before and have not given into their attraction–until this latest mission. Determined to find the man behind a poaching ring, Huntley and Melissa soon find themselves looking out for two jaguar cubs and in a rescue mission to find their parents before it’s too late.

I have to say that this story was different from I had expected. I read Jaguar Hunt and liked it very much, but what that story lacked in the development of a connection this one had in spades.

I very much enjoyed how the author brought Melissa and Huntley’s connection to the page. From the very beginning–even before any sort of romance took the page–I could see that these two had the type of easy camaraderie that I’ve always enjoyed. I liked that they were independent, head-strong and easy-going. Huntley and Melissa’s interactions varied from candid to humorous and from sweet to sensual which only served to showcase how deeply connected they were.

As I expected, Terry Spear did a wonderful job in drawing me into Huntley and Melissa’s world. I enjoyed every aspect of their mission simply because the author painted such a wonderful picture of this world. Be it when they ran through the jungle or were on the hunt for the poachers, every event brought about a sense of expectancy and adventure.

This time around the author spiced it up a bit by making a couple of jaguar cubs part of Melissa and Huntley’s mission. Needless to say that with these two cubs present in the story, some sweet and funny antics would ensue. I loved every part of this element of the story. Especially watching how Huntley took care of them. It showed a whole different side of him that I would have never seen if these adorable cubs weren’t part of the story. As if I needed another excuse to fall in love with the man!

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the chemistry between Melissa and Huntley. At first it was a subtle presence. However, as the story progressed and they got to spend more time together it was easy to see the sparks flying from their attraction to each other. And when they finally did get together? It was everything I had anticipated it would be.

Although this is the fourth book in the Heart of the Jaguar series it can be read as a standalone. There’s mention of characters from other books and plenty of backstory about the JAG organization and the shifter world these characters live in. But the story focuses on the mission at hand and the romance that develops between Melissa and Huntley. I have not read book 1 or 2 and was able to follow the story along without any problem at all.

All in all, a fantastic story with a bit of humor, some adventure and plenty of sizzling chemistry between two jaguar shifters to round it all up!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Once inside the park, Melissa and Huntley trekked for miles, not seeing much of anyone or anything, not with the way the rains were coming down in torrents in the steamy rainforest. They hadn’t found any sign of Jackson. Just a few hikers, hardier than most, who endured the rains and mud to see glimpses of wildlife here and there. When Melissa and Huntley finally set up camp for the night, she felt wet and miserable. And she couldn’t believe how Huntley looked like he could go on for several more hours when she was totally beat.

She should have regretted not sleeping more last night. But making love to him was what she’d needed. Not that she thought anything permanent was likely to come out of the relationship.

Just the same, she’d needed to feel sexy and wanted and loved. Huntley gave that to her and more. So when he’d wanted more, she just couldn’t say no, despite knowing that she needed a good seven hours of sleep to feel normal the next day.

She was thinking of Jackson and how he had slipped away from them the first time. She hoped they’d find him soon. Then gunshots fired off in the distance.

Her heart skipped a couple of beats.

“We don’t have time to take down the tent. Do we go as humans or jaguars?” Huntley quickly asked her.

She loved that about him—how he always included her in the decision making. “If they’re rangers or police, I want to go as humans. Even if they’re poachers, I think we’ll be safer if we look like we are ‘tourists.’ We can always shift when we get there if we need to.”

“Sounds good.”

At least they were armed with tranquilizer guns this time.

 

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

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by Paige Tyler

A Paranormal Romance
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
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INTRODUCING SWAT: SPECIAL WOLF ALPHA TEAM
They’re tight
They’re on target
They’re as alpha as men can get.

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret . . . they’re a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn’t sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something . . . and she’s determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She’s smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she’s getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart…

 

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trevorName: Trevor McCall

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

Age: 30

Originally From: Richmond, VA.

Occupation Before Joining SWAT: U.S. Army Mechanic

SWAT Rank: Senior Corporal

Special Skill/Talent: Entry and Lead Armorer

What He Drives: Red Mint Condition 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

Years He’s Been a Werewolf: A little over 8

Years in SWAT: 4

One thing he never leaves home without: A Leatherman Multi-Tool. He’s your basic MacGyver type.

Additional Notes: Trevor works on his car constantly (wheels and deals for repair parts).

 

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Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com. She and her very own military hero (aka her husband) live on the Florida coast with their adorable dog.

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by Marissa Clarke

A Paranormal Romance
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Released October 28th 2014

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What you want the most just might kill you…

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He’s convinced she’s some kind of freaky half-vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right.

Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father’s murderer. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from the Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

“A fascinating new world! Enter with caution. You’ll never want to leave!” –Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

 

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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw. She loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and Twitter or shoot her an email from her website “Contact” page.

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