Release Blitz – Lavender Fields by Natalina Reis

A big welcome today to Natalina Reis as part of her release blitz with Book Unleashed for Lavender Fields from Hot Tree Publishing.

NEW BOOK RELEASE
Lavender Fields
LAVENDER FIELDS
Natalina Reis
Genre: MM Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication Date: July 15, 2017
One Angel To Bind You. One Angel To Save You.
Sky Heavensent, an angel of death, is charged with the collection of souls of the recently departed. Known to his peers and immediate supervisor, the archangel Gabriel, as the liability, Sky puts his heart and soul into everything he does.
When he meets Caleb Pierce, Sky is immediately smitten. The problem is Caleb is the soul he came to earth to harvest, and saving him means breaking one of the most sacred angelic directives.
Already in too deep, Sky pushes aside the consequences and follows his heart. Danger and mayhem follow, but he will do everything in his power to protect his lavender-eyed man.

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When I read Caleb’s name on my mission note, my heart had taken control over my brain. I flew the fastest I ever had to the site where he was to meet his demise, not quite sure of what I was about to do. In the end I didn’t hesitate. I saw his bike as it careened around the curve, heading straight for a semi truck driving the wrong way. Before I even realized what I was doing, I plunged down in front of the truck and swept Caleb off his bike just as it fell and slid sideways under the giant tires.
“What did you do that for?” Caleb asked, surprised. I pointed to where his bike was nothing but a pile of mangled metal. “Fuck! You…. I…. Was I the soul you came to harvest? Am I dead?”
I laughed. A nervous chuckle as reality began to sink in. I had just saved the soul I came to take away. “You’re not dead. I saved you.”
Afraid of being spotted, I flew us into the first sheltered spot I could find and put him down gently.
“Are you supposed to do that?” His eyes were mesmerizing, and I found I couldn’t take mine off them. I nodded, incapable of uttering a sound. “I thought you were supposed to take my soul to—well, hopefully Heaven. Why did you save me?”
I should’ve just flown away and hoped for the best. Instead, I grabbed his T-shirt, pulled him closer to me, and kissed him. This had to be some kind of seraphic madness for which I was in no hurry to find the cure. Caleb didn’t fight me, raising his hands and threading his fingers through my curls while his tongue explored my mouth. Ambrosia. Pure, intoxicating ambrosia.
“This is madness.” His breath caressed my lips, and I had to refrain from crushing him between my craving body and the wall behind him. “Am I dreaming, Sky? Hallucinating, maybe? You’re an angel. A real, honest-to-God angel.”
In the back of my mind there was a foggy idea of his earlier statement about having met another angel before, but the slow burning in my gut quickly convinced my brain to ignore it and focus on the task at hand. My hands had become a force to be reckoned with, moving of their own accord beneath his T-shirt, eager to explore every detail of his body.
It was indeed madness. I had just saved my charge. There would be hell to pay.
With that last thought I came to an abrupt realization. I stopped my hands and detached my lips from his, breathless and suddenly anxious. I was in so much trouble. “As much as it pains me to say and do this, I have to go.” I wanted to stay so badly. “I have to tell Gabriel what just happened. He’s not going to be happy.”
My eyes locked with his and I was flying over those sweet scented fields again. My lips stretched into an uncontrollable smile.
“I don’t know why you did it, but thank you for saving me,” he said, sunshine taking over his face. I may be the angel, but he shone as if enveloped in a halo. “When will I see you again?”
Could I stay and ignore the call of responsibility? I wanted to. God, did I want it. But I knew I couldn’t. Being an angel meant I wasn’t free to do as I pleased. My life was not my own, and if I stayed the Corps would find me one way or another. Easier to just go and face the music. At least Gabriel wouldn’t be able to accuse me of being a coward.
“Soon.” I hope. I touched my lips briefly to his and then, unfurling my wings, I took off, heading upwards toward the clouds and the wrath of the angels.

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About Natalina Reis

Natalina Reis

Natalina wrote her first romance at the age of 13 in collaboration with her best friend. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes. She’s the author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, Loved You Always, and Lavender Fields.
After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she’s taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.
Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.
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Love Bytes Reviews Monthly Post – Calling NZ Rainbow Romance Authors

This month’s Love Bytes Reviews Post is an invitation to NZ Rainbow Romance Writers.

Fellow Kiwi author Gillian St. Kevern and I are starting up a support group for NZ Rainbow Romance writers to share experiences, ask advice from people writing for similar audiences, support and encourage each other, set and achieve goals and compare our marketing strategies. For more information read the post, and we’d love to hear from you.

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Blog Tour and Book Review – Burning Boundaries by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham

A big welcome today to Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham as part of their blog tour for Burning Boundaries from Pride Publishing. Scroll to the bottom of the post for my review of the book!

How do you figure out who’s going to write what?
B: Usually we start with characters. I create one main character and Sadie creates one main character then we see if they’re compatible. Throughout the story we write the responses, actions, and dialogue for our respective characters and we sort of share the supporting cast. Although, if one of us has an idea for how we want a scene to go we will occasionally ‘borrow’ the other’s character, but it’s always with the understanding that whoever ‘owns’ that character can make tweaks if they feel they might have said something differently or reacted differently.
S: It really is a very democratic process.
B: Besides, we never know what we’re going to write until we’re staring at a blank screen.
S: We’re better than we used to be. We write story plans now. We just don’t always stick to them.

What if you write something the other wasn’t expecting?
B: That’s the best part! Really, that’s pretty much the main reason to write a story with someone. It starts to become something like one of those choose your own adventure books, where depending on what you write next determines how the other person might respond.
S: That’s a great comparison actually. We can sometimes be so synched on a story idea that it’s scary, but occasionally one or the other of us will write something that takes the plot in a whole new direction and those moments can be like fictional dynamite. We’ve had the whole plot of a story change completely on one of those moments. Even when we write a plan for the story, the characters can wind up taking us in new directions, and when it’s not just one brain coming up with those directions, it’s very exciting. A lot of it is about trust. About having faith in one another and the way that we both write. I couldn’t do this with just anyone.
B: I absolutely agree. There’s a getting to know each other period, but after that you learn to trust each other to do what’s best for the story, to let them take the lead and see where the scene goes, then let you jump back in and add your own flavor to the mix. My co-writers are just amazing people and I know I can depend on them to write something I’m going to love.

What kind of roadblocks are there to writing together?
B: Not to be evasive, but I really haven’t encountered many (though my co-writers might disagree, lol) I think if anything it might be schedules. Sometimes it’s hard to grab time to write together and really get moving on a project. At those times, we just have to write our part and wait until the other can respond. But, we’ve been doing it for years and it works, so I guess we’re just used to working around the timing thing.
S: That is a good point. We both still work for a living and I’m getting home from work half way through Bellora’s working day. So, I kind of chill for a while and have dinner, then I have to wait for her to get home and sometimes it’s like half eleven at night here before I get her to myself. Sometimes she’s had a rough day, or I have and one or the other of us isn’t in the mood to create. Sometimes I’m awake until three thirty in the morning because we get on a roll with something but then I have to stop because I have to get up at half seven and go do a stupid job. It would be easier if I’d not picked a writing partner on a five-hour time difference, I guess. But that’s just the way it happened. I can’t have just anyone, this is price for working with my best fit.

What method/software do you use?
B: Back in the olden days we would write everything through email. It’s a huge pain to transfer an entire novel a few paragraphs at a time from email into a document. Google Docs has been a revolution to our tandem writing. It’s like the difference between dial up and fibre optics. It took a little getting used to though. The first time you try it, and you know the other person is watching as you type, it feels a bit exhibitionist/voyeuristic. I think we’ve both gotten past that and now it just feels totally normal to watch a story coming to life word by word in real time. It’s kinda cool, really.
S: I love writing in Google Docs, it is like watching a story appear, word by word, hanging on the cursor and waiting to see what the next line will be. As a reader as well as a writer that’s so cool for me. I love the way that Bellora’s mind works and sometimes I can predict what she’s going to write. Sometimes she just throws something in there that makes me go (What? Wait? Really?).
I was talking with someone the other day and telling her about how we used to write by e-mail and she was just “How long did that take?” The answer is “The writing part was quick. The editing took a very, very, very long time!”

Any tips?
S: There is no point trying to force a story. It just doesn’t work. We’ve gone for long periods trying to make a storyline work and in the end abandoned it because it just wasn’t pushing buttons for one or the other of us. Sometimes we both just have to step back from a story for a while and let it breathe.
B: If you get really emotionally attached to your work and have a difficult time with being flexible about it, co-writing might not be for you. You have to both be thinking ‘what’s best for this story’ and not ‘what’s best for my character’. The absolute best tip I can give anyone thinking of trying to co-write a story is, be genuinely open to the other person’s ideas. Be willing to have your MC share the spotlight. It’s okay to spend time playing the ‘what if we do this’ game, but at some point you just have say, ‘okay, I don’t know if that’ll work but let’s try it and see’.
S: Like any business, I guess, communication is key. You have to talk to one another, it’s not just about throwing words at the screen to see what will stick. We rarely argue. Hardly ever argue, actually, which is quite an amazing thing considering just how passionate we can both be about our characters. Sometimes it is like building the world’s best role-playing game, but at the end of the day we have to build something that other people are going to read, so we have to be ruthless about it too. If there is an issue in the story for either one of us, then we will step back and talk about it. Sometimes for a long while. But we get to the root of it in the end.

What happens if you disagree about something in a storyline?
B: Thunderdome.
S: Bwahahah! Although we have actually abandoned about half a novel recently because one of us *points at B* couldn’t get her head around the setting. It is unsettling when you have an idea that you really love and your other half can’t work with that, but sometimes that’s just the way it is. It comes back to that democratic thing again. If it doesn’t work for both of us then it doesn’t go in. Sometimes, all we can do is start again. (I may try to find a way to use that setting again though because I love it. heheheh)
B: I can only remember one time we really ‘argued’ about something in a story, and I don’t even remember what exactly it was about. I wanted something one way and Sadie didn’t like the idea and I have this tendency to be…um, pretty tenacious. So, we went back and forth on it for, I don’t know, an hour or two, and finally Sadie throws her hands up and gives in…and then I realized I was just arguing the point for the sake of getting my way and felt bad and said no, you’re right and let’s not do that. I was pretty sure she was going to get on plane and come kill me, but you know, it’s those moments of being self-aware that makes us better people. At least I hope it does. It’s a bit like being in a relationship. Thankfully she puts up with me mostly and hasn’t kicked me to the curb yet.
S: I wouldn’t do that. Not permanently, anyway. It does me good not to get my own way all the time.


Publisher: Pride Publishing
Author: Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham
Cover Artist: Emmy Ellis
Length: 103,000 Words
Format: eBook
Release Dates
Preorder: 23rd May
Early Download (from Pride Publishing): 6th June
General Release: 4th July
Pairing: MM
Heat Level: 4 out of 5
Genre(s): Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Fantasy – Urban & Magical Beings, Mystery & Thriller, Paranormal, Paranormal – Psychic Talents
Price: $5.99

Blurb:
Mari Gale’s life has been a whirlwind since meeting Jake Chivis. A new job prospect and his mother’s health preoccupy him, so when Jake invites him on a date he’s ready to cut loose. Their night out turns into a nightmare when a fire breaks out in the basement of the bar and they barely escape.

Soon Jake learns that the horrific accident is being investigated as a possible homicide, and it’s not the only case. Detective Inspector Cordiline of the London Met hints at spontaneous human combustion, but as far as Jake knows, SHC doesn’t exist.

When Mari looks into a group called Birthright, he finds a connection to the victims of the fires and Jake risks himself to go undercover at the shadowy organization. The race is on to determine the truth before Jake becomes the next target.

Elemental Evidence Series Info

Former Detective Jake Chivis is a Fire Elemental who uses psychometry to see the past. Doctor Ilmarinen Gale is an Air Elemental, a human/cybernetic interface, able to infiltrate even the toughest information systems. Together they find out just how potent a combination Fire and Air can be when it comes to solving crimes.

Amid murder, conspiracy and a world that views them with suspicion, and sometimes contempt, Jake and Mari circumvent the conventional. While the police aren’t always appreciative of their methods they can’t deny the results.

When they aren’t busy consulting for the police, figuring one another out is their next big mystery. One that proves as frustrating as it is passionate. Between hunting killers and avoiding competing government agencies that want the two of them working on their side, they just might have enough time for love.

Excerpt

Was that flirting? Was he flirting with the guy? Jake tried to rein those thoughts in but he couldn’t help it. Mari had a habit of flirting, but it had never bugged Jake before. Jesus, they’d managed to go to one bar for an hour and already he was devolving into Neanderthal territory. He realized something else. It had never really bothered him when he and Alex had gone out and his ex had spent all night coming on to strangers. Then again, he’d known Alex was doing it to get a rise out of him. That was not Mari’s way, at all.

“You want another drink?” Jake asked, by way of keeping himself from hauling Mari out of there and grilling him about whether he wanted to sleep with Mr. Whips and Tattoos. They had to step to one side as a sweating, agitated-looking guy pushed by them on the stairs in an obvious hurry to get down to the basement for some chastisement. Though he looked chastised enough already, in Jake’s opinion.

“If you do,” Mari said, then exhaled a huff that might have been regret and might have been relief. “Unless, of course, you just want to put me over your shoulder and carry me out, Mr. Caveman. I wasn’t giving him the come-on. So you can stop looking daggers. And don’t deny it.” He pointed a slender finger at Jake as he opened his mouth. “I could see you thinking it. Yes, he’s very cute, but he’s not really my type. I do like his toy box though.”

Jake snapped his mouth closed then pushed a hand through his hair and let out a sigh of his own. He had always pitied guys that acted like possessive jerks and here he was being as transparent as glass, all but snarling at anyone who got too close to Mari. “I’m sorry. I was aiming not to be obvious. I’ll try and refrain from clubbing you over the head and dragging you out by the hair.” He managed a sheepish grin.

“In that case, it would be my pleasure to have another drink with you, Chivis.” Mari chuckled, slipping a hand around the nape of his neck and towing him in for a brief, firm kiss.

They made their way back up into the bar and as they were weaving their way through the crowd, Jake heard someone shout, then screaming coming from the direction of the basement.

The red and gold lighting seemed to be flickering and Mari yelled, “Can you smell something burning?”

Jake noticed the smell just as Mari was saying it, and turned his head. A curl of pale smoke was winding up from the basement stairway, not thick but noticeable.

“Shit!” He grabbed Mari’s arm. “Get out of here. Hurry.”

Jake gave him a push toward the front exit then shoved through the crowd, trying to get to the stairs.

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Author Bios

Bellora Quinn
Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings.

Sadie Rose Bermingham
A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography, live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.

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Review

This is the first book I’ve read by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham, and although it’s also the second in their Elemental Evidence series, I didn’t have any problems following the storyline. However, having enjoyed this story so much I am going to have to read book 1—Breathing Betrayal—now.

I love paranormal/fantasy stories, and this one didn’t disappoint. The world building is detailed, and I was quickly drawn into the elemental storyline, which I found fascinating. In this world, individuals called Elementals have powers that are linked to their bloodline, so are either earth, fire, water, or air. Jake is a fire elemental and as such has the ability to read objects and the memories of the last person to touch them AKA psychometry. Mari is an air elemental so his power is connected to gathering knowledge, and communications. I loved how he was able to interface with computers and go beyond the keyboard, following the information to the source while leaving his body behind.

I enjoyed the balance between the investigation and Mari and Jake’s relationship. There is quite a lot of sex in the story, but as Mari needs to work through a big issue in that, I felt it didn’t detract from the storyline, but advanced their relationship. I also liked how their relationship grows as they work through things. It isn’t an instant “I love you” connection, although it’s obvious they do love each other by their reactions, and the way they are around each other.

As the story progressed and the tension grew after Jake infiltrated Birthright I was on the edge of my seat, needing to know what happens next, and needing to know it now! The action scenes are well written, and very tense.

I’d recommend Burning Boundaries to readers who enjoy an action filled paranormal story, with interesting characters and a slow burn—no pun intended—romance. 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Echoes Rising Sale!

Shadowboxing and Winter Duet are on sale at DSP Publications from 17th July to 4 August.

Great opportunity to grab a copy before book 3 – Comes a Horseman – releases on 1st August!

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Anniversary Sale – Brynn Stein

A big welcome to Brynn Stein today. It’s anniversary time for three of her books…

Thanks Anne, for hosting me today.

I can’t believe it’s been four years since my first book was published. On July 17, 2013, Haunted was released by Dreamspinner Press. July seems to be a popular month for my books to be released, as it turns out, because Living Again was published on July 21, 2014, and What No One Else Can Hear followed suit on July 27, 2015.

To celebrate these anniversaries, Dreamspinner has agreed to put these three books on sale for $1 each, from July 17 to July 21.

Haunted


When Lenard Blake is forced to leave his wife, he divorces not just her but her influential family, who makes it impossible for him to keep his job as a Denver police officer, never mind to find another one anywhere in Colorado. But a rural police force in Virginia has an opening, and the move could be just the change he needs, so Lenard buys a house based on an Internet ad. But when he arrives, he finds that the house looks nothing like the ad… and it’s haunted as well.

Lenard doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but he decides to research his supposed ghost anyway. Soon he learns that fifteen years ago, Jason Miller was murdered in the house, and his entire family died under suspicious circumstances. As he makes friends with his ghostly companion, they join forces to try to solve the old murders. Along the way, they find there are some things that conquer even death.

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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Living Again


Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.

Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel’s suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.

Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he’s hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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What No One Else Can Hear


Young Stevie Liston is diagnosed with autism, but is really an overwhelmed empath who mentally called out for help. Jesse McKinnon heard him in a dream from clear across the country, and that dream sent him on a six-year search to find Stevie. Once they meet, they think everything will work out and Jesse will help Stevie cope.

Stevie does improve immensely, but a disgruntled coworker of Jesse’s conspires with Stevie’s estranged but politically powerful father to keep Stevie and Jesse apart with trumped-up legal charges claiming Jesse sexually abused the boy. Jesse must watch helplessly as Stevie loses all the advances he’s made.

If it wasn’t for his growing relationship with his coworker Drew Ferguson, Jesse knows he wouldn’t have the strength to fight for his rights and Stevie’s future. Drew just might be the real thing, but with the very real possibility of serving jail time for a crime he didn’t commit, Jesse’s hopes for a future with Drew might be doomed.

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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About the Author


Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other. Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography. Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty year, because writing doesn’t quite pay the bills . She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.

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I’ve been using photobucket for file hosting for years, but they’ve just changed their rules about 3rd party hosting so I’m expecting the graphics I’ve used on here via them to suddenly disappear.

I’m very busy over the next couple of weeks with promo for my blog tour for Comes a Horseman but once I have a little free time I will be working through and reuploading affected graphics directly to wordpress.

Thanks for your patience, and sorry for any inconvenience.

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The Blacksmith’s Prince by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus

A big welcome today to Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus today as part of their blog tour for The Blacksmith’s Prince.

Writing ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ in many ways was a delightful experience. The story just begged to be written, words simply flowing out of my fingers. As if this particular world had already been there and waiting for us to discover it.

Naturally, there are moments when such exuberance flips into fear of hubris – who the hell did we think we were, hammering out a story set in 17th century France like this, powered by sheer inspiration? Did we have the skill to pull it off? Did we put the necessary research into everything? Every writer knows these doubts, but in this case, the fires of imagination burned so brightly that the shadows around it seemed very dark indeed.

One such moment struck me when searching for a name for one of the supernatural creatures in the story. We had established something like a guideline for naming the critters up until then – plant spirits would either bear Celtic or Occitan names, other spirits of nature would be named based on Occitan or Latin names. Lesser fey would get names from local folklore, and higher fey ones that reflected their origin.

But when trying to name the local moonlight sprites, the usual methods didn’t turn up any word that seemed suitable. Mostly, that was because my mind had already decided on another word that seemed perfect – ‘Lunette’. It means ‘little moon’ in French, and as ‘la lune’ in French is female, it suited the image of little, silver-winged pixies so well I just couldn’t think of any other choice. Moonlings, if you want.

Only, that word already was occupied by another meaning – ‘les lunettes’ are French for ‘reading glasses’. It comes from the way reading glasses sometimes reflect the light in a way that it looks as if the wearer has two little moons in place of his eyes. Not a bad image, either, but damn, I really would have preferred it for my moonlight fairies.

I hummed and hawed, until Beryll did what she usually does in such moments. She gave me that look and told me to stop being such a wuss and to use that word if it fit so well. If the original meaning would be too distracting, our francophone beta-readers and editors would tell us so, and in no uncertain terms.

As she is right most of the times, I did as I was told, named them ‘Lunettes’ and went on writing that book.

You can imagine the nail-biting during the wait for the first beta feedback.

But oddly enough, the first French reader’s reactions didn’t contain a single word about our misuse of ‘reading glasses’. So we checked back and asked explicitly, and their reaction sums up as a mildly surprised: “Oh, you made that up? Never occurred to me.”

At first, we were just relieved. The new image we had created was strong enough to stand next to the common usage of the word.

Then, we were amazed. Because, really, the image we had created was strong enough to stand next to the common usage of the word. We had taken an existing word and tagged on a new, different meaning, and everyone took it as natural. And in a foreign language at that.

The more we thought about it, the more mind-boggling the fact became. A new meaning to an existing word. Not by blunt declaration, but as a natural extension of the world we had invented. It felt like magic to us.

This is, of course, something that happens with close to every book, particularly in speculative fiction. It is how stories work, and an integral part in the evolution of languages. But it was the first time that it happened to us, the first time we realized how our stories change our readers’ minds. To us, it was like discovering that you had a superpower. It was, literally, literal magic.

Now, ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ is published, and of course we hope there will be plenty of readers who will allow us to enchant them with this story of Beauty, Magic and Romance. But much like Jehan and Giraud, the heroes of ‘The Blacksmith Prince’, we have no idea where our journey will take us. We hope this story will manage to bring a little magic to your life – it definitely has brought some to ours.


Title The Blacksmith Prince
By Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus
Editing & Proof Chantal Perez Fournier
Layout & Book Design Julia Schwenk
Cover Anna Tiferet Sikorska |
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Map Kosmic | kosmicdungeon.com
ISBN-13 978-1542456104 (softcover)
ASIN B071QZG4R5 (ebook)
Length 290 Pages / 85.000 words
First publication July 14th, 2017

 

Tagline
Once upon a time, a young blacksmith sought a witch’s help to save his parents. And foolhardy as he was, he paid him with a kiss…

Blurb
17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake here.

Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them – Jehan.

Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own…

From Rainbow-Award-winning authors Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus, ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ is an old-fashioned, swoon-worthy historical fantasy romance about tender love in a time when history and fairy-tales were one and the same.

Buy Links
Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071QZG4R5
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/718344
Createspace https://www.createspace.com/6850143
And others on http://www.brackhaus.com/the-books/blacksmith-prince/

About the Authors

Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.

Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.

Beryll
An artist by heart, Beryll was writing stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word at the same time and the driving creative force of the duo.

Osiris
An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of our duo. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.

Contact
Email osiris@brackhaus.com
Website http://www.brackhaus.com
Twitter @brackhaus
Facebook Osiris Brackhaus
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6427435.Osiris_Brackhaus

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Release Blitz – All In by A.T. Brennan

A big welcome today to A.T Brennan as part of her release blitz with Embrace The Rainbow Book Promotions for All In.

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Title: All In
Author: A.T. Brennan
Series: Den Boys #1
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Genre: MM Erotic Contemporary Romance

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“I learned a long time ago that nothing is free, not even help.” ~ Blaze

Almost getting killed in a gay bashing should have been one of the worst moments of my life, but with everything I’ve been through, it was just another day, except for the gorgeous man who stepped in to save me. There is something about Galen that draws me in and makes me want know him, and the more time I spend with him, the more I feel free to be myself. Galen doesn’t seem to know what he wants, but I’m a man who stays true to himself, and Galen seems to be someone worth taking a chance on.

“Then you happened and all you have to do is touch me and I lose myself.” ~ Galen

I never thought I’d stumble on an attempted murder, but that’s exactly what happened one night while I was trying to get home. After chasing away the assailants and helping the enigmatic young victim home I tried to put the incident out of my mind, but I couldn’t get him out of my head. I might not have ever thought about being with a man before, but the more time I spend with Blaze, the more I learn about who I really am. Blaze has scars that run deep, but as he opens up to me I find myself questioning everything I thought I wanted, and wondering if I’m a good enough man to give him what he needs.

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EXCERPT

Blaze

The alarm on my phone was going off and I’d reached up to silence it while half asleep. That move had sent a wave of pain through my body that was so sharp it felt like a cinder block had been dropped on me.

It took me almost thirty seconds to get myself close enough to the phone to silence the alarm, and then a full minute to sit up.

My entire body hurt from my ankles to the tips of my fingers. I felt like death warmed over, but I had to get up.

Last night had been buckets of fucked up, and not just because I’d almost had my head stomped.

Getting jumped sucked, almost getting killed was sobering, but it was meeting Galen that had my head spinning.

Who would have thought my Good Samaritan would be the hottest man I’d ever seen, and he’d been nice.

I had no idea why he’d wanted to help me, why he’d insisted on taking care of me. Other than my makeshift family at the bar no one had ever shown me that kind of concern, and it was a little unnerving.

The weirdest part was how he hadn’t wanted anything in return, and he’d actually given me his card and offered his legal services for free. What the actual fuck? Nothing was free, but he was straight so I was guessing he didn’t want the type of repayment that was normally demanded from me.

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About the Author

AT Brennan Profile

A.T. Brennan, who also writes under the name Mandie Mills, is a romance and erotica author. A native of Ottawa, Canada, she enjoys picking up and moving from city to city every few years. A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, current entrepreneur and freelance writer, she enjoys spending her days working on her many projects and her nights writing and not getting enough sleep. Currently she lives on Canada’s East Coast with her family, both two- and four-legged. She enjoys collecting books and exploring the different sides of romance and romantic expression in her works.

Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter | Amazon

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Blog Tour – The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter by Tim Symonds

A big welcome today to Tim Symonds as part of his blog tour with Book Unleashed for The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter

Another adventure brings Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson face to face with Albert Einstein
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein's Daughter
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE
MYSTERY OF EINSTEIN’S DAUGHTER
Tim Symonds
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
The Dean of a Swiss university persuades Sherlock Holmes to investigate the background of a would-be lecturer. To Dr. Watson it seems a very humdrum commission – but who is the mysterious ‘Lieserl’? How does her existence threaten the ambitions of the technical assistant level III in Room 86 at the Federal Patents Office in Berne by the name of Albert Einstein? The assignment plunges Holmes and Watson into unfathomable Serbia to solve one of the intractable mysteries of the 20th Century.
In Tim Symonds’ previous detective novels, Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer At Scotney Castle and Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex the author based pivotal historic facts and a principal character on real life. So too in this new mystery.
“Einstein’s Daughter by Tim Symonds takes the reader back to the early years of the 20th Century. It is an enjoyable romp for both Sherlock Holmes fans and for history buffs. The story is based on a true fact of Albert Einstein’s life and it is interwoven with Sherlockian grace. There are many Holmes pastiches, but Symonds manages to find the true voice of Conan Doyle.”
– Yvonne Beltzer

Excerpt

Setting: Holmes and Watson are in Berne, Switzerland. Holmes wants to learn more about a graduate student by the name of Albert Einstein. He asks a very unwilling Watson to go to a Swiss bank nearest to the young Einstein’s home and masquerade as Albert himself. Here’s what happens:

Holmes went on, ‘Before I forget, Watson, there is a little masquerade I wish you to undertake here in Berne. Let’s discuss it tomorrow.’

The next day, I entered the hotel breakfast room. Before I could greet him with a customary good morning Holmes met me with my instructions.

‘I need you to look your most respectable and walk into the bank nearest Einstein’s address on the Tillierstrasse. It’s called the Spar Leihkasse. Demand to see your bank-statements – that is, Albert Einstein’s bank statements. A bank has a thousand customers a day. It’s hardly likely any teller would know the real Einstein from the ghost of Newton.’

‘Why would you wish to know how much this young man has in his bank-account? It can hardly be the equal of Baron de Rothschild,’ I demanded.

‘Not so much his financial standing but the manner of his outlays,’ came the explanation. ‘I can tell eighty percent of a man’s secrets from one glance at his accounts. What of regular payments of a precise amount over many months or years? Landlord? Mistress? Blackmailer?’

‘Holmes,’ I protested, ‘other than greatly inadequate French and a smattering of Urdu in which Swiss bank tellers may have little grounding, I speak only English!’

‘My dear fellow, look how the students around us at the Café Bollwerk converse – English is the lingua franca. Einstein is a Jew, born in Bavaria. His native tongue would be a colloquial German but it is quite likely he would use English at a bank.’

Despite my evident discomfort at the task, I was dismissed with a ‘Good-bye and be brave, Watson – it’s hardly a case of performing the salto mortale, the most dangerous act in the circus.’

I entered the Bank with a show of confidence I didn’t feel. If the teller shouted out for my arrest, my advancing years and stiffening limbs would make an escape to the outside world difficult. The teller greeted me politely with a ‘Comment puis-je vous aider, Monsieur?

In English I replied, ‘I wish to see my bank-statements for the last three months of 1904.’

‘Certainly, sir,’ came the reply in English. ‘Your name, please?’

‘Mr. Albert Einstein,’ I replied.

He began writing ‘Albert’ then stopped, looking up at me over his eyeglasses.

‘Albert –?’

‘Einstein,’ I responded firmly.

‘Did you say Albert Einstein?’

‘Yes,’ I repeated stoutly. ‘Mr. Albert Einstein of the Tillierstrasse.’

‘The Tillierstrasse?’ he parroted.

‘Yes, the Tillierstrasse,’ I returned, trying to look suitably bewildered and irritated by this interrogation.

The Bank teller leaned towards me.

‘I have a reason for asking you to repeat your name. You see, ever since the Great Council of Geneva in 1713 we are prohibited from revealing details about our customers to anyone else but the account holder.’

‘Such discretion is the hallmark of the Spar Leihkasse Bank and the principal reason I bank with you,’ I retorted. ‘I am a customer and my name is Albert Einstein.’

A smile crept across his face. He turned to a small notebook at his side. From it he wrote on a piece of scrap paper what appeared to be a telephone number and slipped it through the grill.

‘What’s this?’ I asked, bewildered.

‘Our famous University’s Medical Department,’ came the reply.

‘Why should I want – ?’

His smile broadened. ‘Mr. Albert Einstein, I must ask you to offer yourself as a guinea-pig in the University’s Gerontology department.’

‘Why in Heaven’s name would I do that?’ I protested.

‘Because in hardly three hours, you have aged more than thirty years. You were here this morning exactly where you stand before me, trying to get the bank to increase your overdraft. If indeed you’re the same Albert Einstein you really must avoid repeating whatever it was you ate for lunch.’

He sat back on his uncomfortable stool. ‘I realise you may be one of Mr. Einstein’s many creditors, Mein Herr, but I must wish you good-day before I call the police and have you questioned in some depth.’

About Tim Symonds

Tim Symonds was born in London, England, and grew up in Somerset, Dorset and the Channel Island of Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy. After spending his late teens farming in the Kenya Highlands and driving bulldozers along the Zambezi River, he moved to California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an honours degree in Politics.
He lives in the ancient woodland known as the High Weald of Sussex, where the events recounted in Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle took place. His second novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Bulgarian Codex (MX Publishing 2012), took Holmes and Watson into the very depths of the Balkans in 1900. Holmes and Watson were back in the region – Serbia – in Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter (MX Publishing 2014), and not long afterwards in ‘Stamboul’ investigating a plot against the despotic Sultan, in Sherlock Holmes And The Sword of Osman (MX Publishing 2015).
Visit Tim Symonds’s official website: 
http://tim-symonds.co.uk/

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Interview Roulette at Kim Fielding’s

I’m playing Interview Roulette over at Kim Fielding’s today. Check out the post here.

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