Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Greetings to all my readers,

I wish to apologize for not having been very active with reviews or much else lately. I’ve had a lot of family issues keeping me busy and not giving me the time I need to keep up with my reading for reviews. I’m hoping to get back on track again in the next few weeks. I want to thank you for still coming by, and for faithfully following when I’ve only had a few things to share with you.

The past couple of months have been difficult and the upcoming holidays will most likely not see as much good cheer as holidays of the past. However, I do wish to express my gratitude to you all and to count among my blessings the wonderful people I’ve met through my years doing this blog. Without you, my life would not be as full as it is and so this Thanksgiving, my readers are at the top of my ‘what I am thankful for’ list.

10 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving
**maybe armed with these, you can prevent any discussions of politics**

1. Leaving a legacy—when Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale – who also wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a Little Lamb."

2. Born in the U.S.A.—but Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate it too, except they do it the second Monday in October.

3. Have it your way—if Ben Franklin had had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he had written in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character." A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird."

4. Speaking of birds…gobble, gobble? Hold on there…Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.

5. And to make it worse, they are doomed from birth—those poor turkeys just don't stand a chance. Just look at the name we give them. A turkey less than 12-weeks-old is called a fryer-roaster.

6. Ever wonder why this succulent dinner bird is even called a turkey? Well, it seems the Europeans took a liking to the guinea fowls imported to the continent, and since the birds were imported by Turkish merchants, the English called them turkeys. Later, when the Spaniards came to America, they found a bird that tasted like those guinea fowls. Consequently, when they were sent to Europe, the English called these birds "turkeys" as well.

7. There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey. Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 440 residents. There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. Oh, let's not forget the two townships in Pennsylvania—the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!

8. Going shopping for all the big sales? Well, if you’re a plumber you probably won’t be. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service. After all, someone has to clean up after household guests who "overwhelm the system."

9. A tradition is born— TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving -- by 26 TONS! Some industrious soul came up with a brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side. Thus, the first TV dinner was born!

10. Finally, something truly unique to add to your trivia list—in 2013, the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving came together for the first time since 1888. Scientists say the confluence won't occur again for another 70,000 years, give or take a millennium.

And Some Funnies because what would Thanksgiving be, without a few laughs.







May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, good reading 
and most importantly, love.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, safe travels, good eats, 
and Happy Reading! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Spotlight on DRACONES - BETRAYED, book three of the Dracones series by Sheri-Lynn Marean

DRACONES – BETRAYED
Dracones Book Three
by Sheri-Lynn Marean

available now at


A newly awakened Dracones, with tenuous control of his powers, Samarias barely survived her the first time. Now she’s back.

Coldly rejected by Hellfire, his soul mate, Sami struggles with a reason to live. He finds that reason after rescuing one of the very special and rare Genesis Dracones. With an unexpected second chance at happiness, he’s determined to make it work.

An unforgivable betrayal has pushed Hellfire, a fiery Phoenix, to stand alone against the world. She vows never to allow a man into her heart again. Not even one who makes her knees weak, and her heart pound like thunder.

Only now, her baby sister is in danger and Hellfire is frantic to rescue her. With no other choice, she seeks assistance from the only male who can help them. The same one she heartlessly tossed away. Sami. Knowing she may lose her sister is heartbreaking enough, but is it possible she’ll lose more than that to the man who wants to claim her heart?

Get Dracones Betrayed now—a dark steamy tale of love, hate, betrayal, and broken promises that will tie you to your seat as it sweeps you into the magical world of Tartaria. For ages 17+

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I was the editor on this amazing story and so ethically cannot review it, but let me just say this about it. Sheri-Lynn Marean conjures an amazing other world while pulling the reader deeper into the mysteries and secrets surrounding the fabulous cast of characters in DRACONES - BETRAYED…her best installment yet.

If you haven’t tried out this amazing debut series…give it a try. Her stories are getting better and better, and I’m so proud to be her editor and experience them first.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:

Born in Scarborough Ontario, Canada, Sheri-Lynn has lived in many different places. The main ones being Toronto, Montreal, London Ontario, Alabama, Texas, & Alberta. Sheri-Lynn now resides in British Columbia, Canada with her husband, three kids, one dog, three cats, & numerous chickens. Sheri-Lynn never imagined she'd one day be an author. Instead, she grew up riding and working with racehorses, drawing and selling animal artwork and of course, reading. Sheri-Lynn fell in love with reading at age twelve when she read The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. She has not stopped reading since. With a wide variety of reading interests, Sheri-Lynn’s passion presently is the paranormal romance genre. One day, after reading an unsatisfying book, she decided to write her own book, with her own characters, doing what she wanted them to do. She began to type and the characters came to life in her head. She has never looked back.

Be sure to check out DRACONES – AWAKENING, and DRACONES – REVELATIONS too!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Unwrapping a Review of AWAKENED BY FIRE, a Dragons of Bloodfire novel by Erin Kellison

Dragon lovers, if you haven’t checked out the series, Dragons of Bloodfire by Erin Kellison then do, and do it now. This series is exploding with action and sexy dragon shifters. The first book was excellent but the second book, AWAKENED BY FIRE was exquisite.

***Copy purchased for my own personal reading but sharing an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for AWAKENED BY FIRE:

Billionaire dragon shifter and Bloodkin Triad member Warrick Voclain is no stranger to power. But when his trusted steward’s beautiful granddaughter—all grown up and successful in her own right—seems to be using illegal magic in his presence, he is thrown for a loop. And the fact that she’s doing so to protect him? Alarming.

Samantha Vine needs to stay under the radar, or her secret gift will get her and her granddad killed. She didn’t intend for her quick visit home to stretch into weeks in Warrick’s company, but anyone striking at Warrick would also hurt her granddad. Only she has the ability to see what’s coming…though she’ll need Warrick’s help to stop it.

The use of such magic is punishable by death, and Warrick’s position on the Triad requires that he adhere to the rule of law. But the attraction between them is electric, stirring his blood and straining his control.

Adversaries wait in every shadow, and the easiest way to strike down a powerful dragon is to go for the heart…in Warrick’s case, Samantha. With fire and blood, he’ll reshape the world into one that’s safe for her. And those that don’t bend to his will? They will burn. 

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Samantha Vine has a secret. A secret that if found out could get her killed. She is a Tempus and can time travel. This isn’t something that just anyone can do, not even dragons even though time is always on their sides. Being a Tempus is dangerous to dragons and so if her ability is discovered, her grandfather’s dragon and Bloodkin Triad member, Warrick Voclain must by law kill her, and her grandfather for hiding her ability.

Warrick Voclain has the greatest trust in his Vine family of humans. They are his family and his greatest assets. He would destroy anyone who even tried to harm one of them so when he discovers betrayal among them, he is torn as to what to do. When he discovers who has also been hiding the secret of a Tempus, he must figure out a solution and before others discover it and those against him try once more to destroy him.

Samantha becomes his protector and much more, as the unrequited feelings she has had for Warrick since her teen years become problematic. Dragons don’t fall in love with humans…or do they?

AWAKENED BY FIRE, book two in the Dragons of Bloodfire series by Erin Kellison hits a home run when it comes to depth of story, action, intrigue, and romance. I love the idea of time travel and Erin uses it fabulously in this story about the bloodthirsty world of the Bloodkin Triad of which Warrick is a member and Samantha is trying to distance herself so that none will discover that dragon blood created a Tempus in her. Being a Tempus, means she can move through time, which could potentially make her a dangerous threat to dragons. However, she becomes Warrick’s greatest asset and the woman he’s willing to risk everything for to protect, save, and call his own.

I’m totally in love with this series and can’t wait to see what happens next. Each one so far is a standalone read with no cliffhangers but I highly advise reading TEMPTED BY FIRE first, because it gives us a great look at the world of the Bloodkin dragons.

I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the fantasy of dragons and dragon worlds to read AWAKENED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison. It’s extraordinary, character-driven, action-packed, exciting, intriguing, and I guarantee it will have you cheering for Samantha and Warrick. You might even get a bit of a kick out of Warrick’s mother who is a tad overbearing but has a good heart. Dragons are the ultimate in fantasy and Erin rocks their world like an expert. You'll almost believe they are real.

Happy Reading Everyone!


AWAKENED BY FIRE, a Dragons of Bloodfire novel by Erin Kellison, Fire Flower Publishing, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

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