Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cover Reveal: Object of My Desire

 

Object of My Desire
R.L. Kenderson
Publication date: March 14th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

A romance author, a cover model, a book signing … a crush.

Ordinary women like me know we shouldn’t fall for beautiful men like Travis Zehler, one of the hottest cover models in romance fiction. But, sometimes, we can’t help ourselves.

When I meet him at a book signing, my attraction to him is instant. I’m infatuated, and I can’t stop thinking about him.

Even though I have doubts he’d ever be interested, I invite Travis to attend a book signing with me. And he says yes.

My fantasy comes true when he takes me to his bed, and the more time we spend together, the more I see that Travis isn’t some object to be desired.

He’s a man with a past. A man who’s been burned. A man who’s learned to keep his guard up.

I want to show him he can trust again, but when our confidence in each other is shaken, I begin to wonder if happily ever afters are only for my romance novels.

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Author Bio:

R.L. Kenderson is two best friends writing under one name.

Renae has always loved reading, and in third grade, she wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then, she knew she wanted to write her own.

When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.

One lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and the other in the Kansas City area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day, and together they’re a sexy author by night. They communicate through phone, email, and whole lot of messaging.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fresh Start — Inspirational Reading Adventures

I restarted my inspirational fiction blog today! I know it’s a big difference from what I normally post here (which is why I have two blogs XD) but I’ve found some new authors and want to finish reading some of the series I was reading by Christian authors soon, and will also be sharing about clean fiction and other related posts there.

Hello everyone! I started this blog on Blogger back in 2016, and while dealing with life struggles along with health issues, I wasn’t able to post for a while, and I wasn’t really sure if I would be able to find content to post if/when I did bring the site back up. I’m still not […]

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Reveal: Everything I Do by M.C. Frank

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Release Blitz: CURSE OF THE FAE QUEEN

 

I am so excited that CURSE OF THE FAE QUEEN by Delia Castel is available now and that I
get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by
Author Delia Castel, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon
Gift Card, International, courtesy of Delia and Rockstar Book Tours. So if
you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this
post.

Title: CURSE
OF THE FAE QUEEN

Author: Delia Castel
Pub. Date: February 14, 2019
Publisher: Delia Castel
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 231
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
A Huntress of Faeries. Five cursed Fae Princes. An evil that will
destroy the world. 
When Eighteen-year-old Neara saves a
villager from the clutches of a deadly faerie, the Fae Queen sends warriors to
abduct her dying father in revenge. To gain his freedom, Neara must venture
into the Shadowlands and obtain three enchanted objects under the supervision
of the bestial Prince Drayce.
As Neara and Prince Drayce grow closer,
she discovers the Queen’s scheme to release an ancient evil and enslave the
mortal world. To thwart these plans, she must break the curses of five Fae
Princes, but the cost of doing so is her Father’s life.
Torn between saving the human realm and
saving her father, Neara must navigate this treacherous world and choose
between love, liberty and power.
Curse of the Fae Queen is a reverse
harem fantasy adventure for fans of A Court of Thrones and Roses and A Song of
Ice and Fire! 
Excerpt:
Ch1


Wherever there was commotion, there was
a faerie.
Wherever there was a faerie, someone was
about to die.
I rushed after the crowd of merrymakers
toward the tavern’s exit and the source of the commotion. The fresh scent of
wildflowers wafted in through the open doors, a welcome respite from sweat and
sawdust and sour ale. Someone’s booted foot stepped on the hem of my skirts. I
snarled and yanked it free.
A leprechaun darted through the throng,
slashing purses and swiping gold pieces. He stuffed his pickings into the
openings of his blood-red tunic, eyes gleaming, handsome features twisted. I
clutched my basket of burn salves and stared ahead, avoiding eye contact with
the leprechaun, avoiding his clever fingers, and most importantly, avoiding his
notice.
The folk in the Isle of Bresail say a
maiden who can see the fae is twice-blessed. Blessed to behold beings of beauty
and blessed again for the chance to bargain for health, riches, and
immortality. Whoever said that had obviously never met a faerie.
The fae, creatures of hideous power and
beauty, revel in human misery, beget bad luck, and feast upon mortal lives.
Every encounter with the monsters carries the risk of being killed. Or worse, a
repeat of that horrific Samhain night seven years ago, when the fae slaughtered
an entire village trying to find me. Terror still grips my heart like the jaws
of the hound of Culainn.
I see the fae. I fear the fae. I’m
powerless to stop the fae. And I can say I am thrice cursed.
As I neared the exit, the baker’s
apprentice bumped me on the shoulder, and I stumbled across the gritty floor.
“Sorry, Neara!”
My gaze dropped to the salves. They lay
in the basket, nestled in muslin cloth I’d wrapped around them for safekeeping.
“I’m looking for Eirnin. Is he here?”
“Have you tried the forge?”
“They told me he’d be having an early
dinner here.”
“Can’t say I’ve seen him.” He raised his
massive shoulders. “Maybe he’s watching the spectacle Shona is making of
herself in the square.” He rushed ahead, shoving through a group of sailors
stumbling toward the doors.
Dread rolled through my belly like a
summer thunderstorm. Shona, the haughty eldest daughter of the mayor of
Calafort, would never even sip a tankard of ale in public. If she was doing
something to attract the attention of drunken louts, there could be only one
cause: the fae.
I stepped out into the warm evening,
inhaling a lungful of fresh air. The sun hung behind a dip in the Fomori
mountains, a burst of daffodil amidst clouds tinged the color of blood-red
poppies. Its   yellow haze reflected off
the whitewashed timber framed buildings lining the cobbled thoroughfare. My
gaze traveled down to the crowd gathered at the end around the village square.
Shona, the center of the attraction,
wasn’t exactly a friend. Since Father and I moved to the port town of Calafort,
she had sullied my name with allegations about my associations with the
blacksmith, the retired soldier of fortune, and the local priest—people vital
in my private crusade against the fae.
Two young men sprinted past. The smaller
of the pair yelled, “Hoist me up on your shoulders, Colman!”
“As if!” The taller gave his companion a
playful shove.
A warm wind swirled around my hair,
blowing vibrant, copper strands into my eyes. As usual, its color brought back
memories of the night I had been willing to bargain to look… less peculiar. The
night I had doomed an entire village. Guilt clawed at my gullet, and I gulped.
Even if Shona had soured my existence with her gossip, I couldn’t leave anyone,
not even her, to become a faerie’s prey.
I strode after the rush of drunk men,
only for the familiar pull of dread to weight my steps. For reasons I couldn’t
fathom, faeries had become more commonplace in Calafort and more malevolent.
Benign household spirits and mischief makers were replaced by malicious beings
of unusual and tremendous power.
The innkeeper’s wife stormed out of the
crowd, skirts swishing, shooting sharp glares at the men rushing through the
cobbled thoroughfare. 
“Don’t think I won’t tell your wives and
mothers about your disgraceful conduct!” she screeched at their backs. “There
should be a law against giving an audience to a public harlot!”
An iron fist clenched my heart. “Mrs.
Martin?”
“What?” She whirled around, auburn locks
falling from her bonnet.
“Are you talking about Shona Mulloy?”
Her thin lips twisted. “She’ll never be
able to put on airs and graces, that one. Not after revealing the wanton hussy
beneath that false piety!”
My pulse throbbed in my throat. Not
waiting to ask any further questions, I broke into a run. The only cause for
Shona to make a public spectacle was magic, and no one could stop it but me.
Hoots and cheers and roars exploded from
the podium, louder than a clap of thunder, making me trip on a loose
cobblestone. Splaying out my hands for balance, I slowed my steps. What in the
name of all that was holy did I think I was doing? Father’s words echoed in my
skull. Every encounter with a faerie increased the chance of being captured.
The creature behind Shona’s shameless display could be one of the horsemen from
that terrible Samhain night. What if he recognized me?
I brought my feet to an abrupt stop.
After six years of moving from place to place, we had a mere week before the
dense mist covering the coast of Bresail would clear. No merrow could lurk in
the waters, calling people to their deaths with their enchanted music, and no
kelpies would board the ship and attack. Father and I planned to gain passage
on a ship to Hibernia, the land where holy men slew monsters to protect the
innocent. Guilt crawled up my back and clung to my shoulders like the talons of
a night hag. If I did anything to ruin our chance, Father’s sickness might not
grant him another seven years
“Get ’em off!” cried one drunken
reveler.
“What kind of lass can’t even undo her
own corset?” shouted another.
Guffaws filled the air, and someone
bellowed, “The pampered sort!”
My eyes widened. Before good sense could
prevail, my feet pounded the cobblestones, and I reached the edge of the crowd.
Pushing my way through the eager men, I caught a glimpse of the spectacle. The
bodice of Shona’s dress hung around her waist like a shed skin, her breasts
jutting out of her under-bust corset. She had hitched her skirts, revealing her
thighs and glimpses of a thicket of mahogany, pubic hair.
“Higher!” screamed a drunkard.
Blood surged through my ears, dulling
the men’s lascivious shouts. My jaw clenched so hard, it throbbed in time with
my raging pulse. I turned my head away, understanding why Mrs Martin had been
so incensed. No-one, not even Shona the gossip, deserved to be humiliated in
such a fashion!
Using the bodies of the leering men as
cover, I receded into the crowd and studied the men in the direction of her
glazed stare. The usual village louts and ne’er do wells jostled each other
about in the front, but one male stood out from the rabble. Not because his
silk jacket was too fine for the village of Calafort, not because he was the
only man remaining calm amidst the scandalous display, but because his face was
devoid of features and did not even have a nose.
His eyes, fathomless tunnels of black,
stared at her with a cold amusement. Around his unlit pipe, one corner of his
lips curved into a whisper of a smile.
Gancanagh.
The word popped into the forefront of my
mind. It came from the leather-bound book Father insisted that I study for
hours every evening. The gancanagh was a silver-tongued, shapeshifter faerie
who could morph into a woman’s heart’s desire and drive her into a frenzy of
wantonness. While a gancanagh enjoyed sexual contact with women, what really
nourished them was the ensuing despair he caused from withdrawing his
affections and ruining her reputation.
Ostracized, isolated, and full of
despair, his victim would commit suicide, providing him with a condemned soul
upon which to feast.
“If you can’t manage the corset, open
your legs and give us a good show!” bellowed the inn-keeper to a roar of
drunken cheers.
Shona’s head lolled to the side, and she
moaned. “Please… I need you!”
The gancanagh nodded, indicating for her
to do as they said.
Disgust curdled my stomach, making me
want to spit. That was as much as I could stand. Delving shaking fingers into
my pocket, I gathered a heavy pinch of salt. It soaked up magic, rendering the
attacks of many faeries useless.
Then, I put it under my tongue,
suppressed a grimace, and pushed through the crowd, making sure not to look at
the gancanagh.
“Shona Mulloy,” I shouted, making my
voice as shrill as Mrs. Martin’s. “Your father would be ashamed of you!”
She ignored me, as I had expected. Those
in the thrall of a gancanagh became powerless to do anything but his bidding.
Her tongue darted out to wet her lips, and she hiked her skirts to her waist,
eliciting ear-ringing catcalls.
“That’s a bushy tail if ever I saw one!”
yelled a voice from within the crowd.
Affecting a shriek of outrage, I slapped
her hard across the face, ensuring that my iron ring made contact with her lip.
The salt remaining on my fingers must have either gotten into her mouth or into
the tiny cut my ring made, because her eyes focused.
“Get yourself home,” I screeched.
“You’re giving all the womenfolk of Calafort a bad name!” I yanked on her arm,
hoping to convince the gancanagh that I hadn’t noticed it.
“Neara, show us your ginger muff!”
shouted a heckler.
I ignored the drunken dolt and headed to
a gap in the crowd. A few of the men, now shamefaced, stepped aside. Rage
seared my veins. Any one of them could have intervened, but they had chosen to
let a neighbor debauch herself. According to the information in my book, the
gancanagh’s allure only affected women and only if they touched him of their
own accord. There was no reason, apart from malicious lechery, that they
couldn’t have stopped Shona from falling to ruin.
A hand wrapped around my wrist, its
chill seeping through my skin, permeating my bones to the marrow. I suppressed
a shudder. The fae, immortal creatures that were neither alive nor dead, were
nothing like humans. My leather-bound book said they were the offshoot of a
supernatural race called the Fomorians, but from what I had seen over the
years, and I had seen a lot, they were hungry spirits made flesh. The only
thing that differed from one type of faerie to another was what satisfied their
appetites.
Gritting my teeth, I turned my head and
glared at the hand restraining me. It was an effort to keep my voice from
trembling, but I focussed on my anger and said, “Let go of my person, sir.”
“Permit me to introduce myself.” He
released my wrist, gave me a gentlemanly bow, and held out an elegant,
smooth-skinned hand that could have belonged to an artist or a Prince. “I am
Gerald Canice, and I wish to commend you on your valiant rescue of that young
lady’s virtue.”
“I would be doing a better job if you
didn’t keep me here talking,” I snapped. “Excuse me.”
Most would have lowered their hand and
stepped away at my rudeness. This creature did not. He glided closer, still
with his hand outstretched, now turned as though he wanted to take mine and
press a kiss on my knuckles. “Please… I must know your name.”
“It’s Neara,” shouted a drunk. “And
she’s interested in nothing but stinking herbs and withered old men!”
My face heated, indicating a blush as
red a hawthorn berries, one of the many disadvantages of having skin the pallor
of diluted milk. The drunks snickered, and I pressed my lips together, trying
to exhale my anger through flared nostrils.
“Ignore those louts.” His voice soft and
cultured, just as I would imagine a storybook Prince. “Won’t you at least look
at me?”
As though of its own volition, my gaze
lifted to his face. It was no longer the characterless visage from earlier. He
now resembled the raven-haired faerie whose presence had cursed me with the
sight. A bolt of shock shot through my heart as fast as lighting, jolting it
into action. I drew in a sharp breath between my teeth.
Everything vanished from my attention.
The crowd of drunken men, the sobbing girl at my side, the fear of being
discovered by the fae. It all faded now that Gerald had caught me in his
mesmerizing, viridian-green gaze.
His full lips split into a
breath-stealing smile of even, white teeth, rising up to high cheekbones, and
leading to eyes so longing they wrung my heart.
“Neara…” My name sounded like
supplication on lips that begged to be kissed. “I am delighted to make your
acquaintance.”
One of my hands twitched toward his
still outstretched hand. My mouth dried, not because of the salt, but due to
the warmth pooling between my legs, creating a fire that only he could quench.
My throat dried, partially because of
the salt under my tongue, but mostly because of the male’s beauty. If he had
chosen any other face, I would have ignored the gancanagh, but I couldn’t
resist this dark-haired, green eyed apparition.
A tiny voice, as quiet and persistent as
a midge, whispered that it was a trap. The monster wanted to infect me with the
venom coating his skin and see me debased before my village.
“I…” A gulp interrupted words that had
already withered in my throat. I had come prepared, wearing a bracelet of iron
with a matching torque and ring, but I hadn’t anticipated being faced with the
being who haunted my dreams… my deepest, most oft-denied desire.
“Neara,” said a voice hoarse with tears.
I turned to lock gazes with Shona, her
eyes bloodshot and brimming with tears.
“Will you take me home?”
Her voice was the splash of saltwater I
needed to break gancanagh’s spell. Without a backward glance, I pulled her away
from the lecherous gazes of the crowd, trying not to succumb to the pit of
dread wrenching open my stomach. Once again, I had attracted the attention of
the fae. The gancanagh likely wouldn’t work out that I had seen through him,
but my awakening of Shona from her stupor would have at least aroused his
curiosity.
Shona and I walked unmolested through
the crowd of degenerates, many were now slinking back to the tavern. Without
his audience, the gancanagh would not pursue us. He fed on the humiliation of
his victims, delighted in their ruin and not their lust.
His gaze, heavy on my back, turned my
steps to lead. The gancanagh was likely evaluating me, wondering why I could
resist his magic. My throat thickened, and I gulped down my rising panic. This
was exactly the kind of thing Father had warned me against. We could not flee
Bresail if we attracted the attention of the fae, and I had done exactly
that!  If the wicked creature stayed to
satisfy his curiosity, we were doomed.
A curious faerie always attracted
others, and I of all people would know that arousing the interest of the
creatures was deadly.
*****
The folk in the Isle of Bresail say a
maiden who can see the fae is twice-blessed. Blessed to behold beings of beauty
and blessed again for the chance to bargain for health, riches, and
immortality. Whoever said that had obviously never met a faerie.
The fae, creatures of hideous power and
beauty, revel in human misery, beget bad luck, and feast upon mortal lives.
Every encounter with the monsters carries the risk of being killed. Or worse, a
repeat of that horrific Samhain night seven years ago, when the fae slaughtered
an entire village trying to find me. Terror still grips my heart like the jaws
of the hound of Culainn.
I see the fae. I fear the fae. I’m
powerless to stop the fae. And I can say I am thrice cursed.
 

 

About Delia:
Delia Castel
has loved fairytales for as long as she can remember. The books she writes
under this pen name are steamy, reverse harem retellings of classic stories.
To download a
free copy of The Big Bad She-Wolf as well as the exclusive chapters that follow
the tale, visit:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Spotlight: Scarlet Moon

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(Children of the Blood Moon #1)

The hunted Feravolk are counting on Jayden, a seventeen-year-old, dagger-wielding, storm-detecting orphan, to save their race. Maybe they should have thought of that before they killed her family.

The land of Soleden is dying because the sorceress queen hunts and kills the people who cared for all nature, the Feravolk. Through their special bond with animals, the Feravolk have become more than men. Faster, stronger, masters of camouflage and stealth. Only a Deliverer born the night of the Blood Moon can save them from extinction.

According to prophecy, Jayden is a Deliverer, but it’s not a destiny she wants. She has no sympathy for either side. The Feravolk killed her family, so they can die for all she cares. And fighting the queen with nothing but daggers and her special abilities—storm predicting—is a suicide mission. Destiny can pick someone else.

Except hiding from destiny proves difficult; Deliverers attract powerful Protectors. Jayden’s is one of the Feravolk, so he can’t be trusted. But he makes her feel safe. Makes her want to save his race. If she chooses to keep hiding, he’ll remain one of the hunted, but he’ll protect her even if it means his death if she faces the queen. Making the right choice has never been so excruciating, especially since the prophecy says nothing about the Deliverer’s success, or survival.