Mystery with a Georgian cast ~ Audiobook/Book Review of DEADLY AFFAIR by Lucinda Brant

deadly-affairTitle: Deadly Affair Alec Halsey Mystery Series, book 2
Author: Lucinda Brant
Genre: Mystery
Story Setting: London, 1763
Pages: 362
Published by: Sprigleaf; 2 edition
Published Date: December 1, 2013

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 11 hours, 18 minutes
Release Date: April 23, 2015
Published by: Sprigleaf Pty Ltd


Alec Halsey Mystery Series (ecopy purchase link)
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house murder and mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (A poisoned vicar and the mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Evil lurks in Edinburgh) In progress

Publisher’s Summary: Career diplomat Alec Halsey has been elevated to a marquessate he doesn’t want. His lover has decided she won’t marry him after all. What’s more, the suspicion that he murdered his brother still lingers in London drawing rooms. So returning to London after seven months’ seclusion may have been a mistake.

Alec’s foreboding deepens when a nobody vicar drops dead at a party-political dinner, he witnesses the very public humiliation of an up-and-coming portrait painter, and his rabble-rousing uncle Plantagenet is bashed and left for dead in a laneway. When the vicar’s true identity is revealed, Alec suspects the man was poisoned. But who would want a seemingly harmless man of God murdered, and why?

Lucinda Brant’s Alec Halsey mysteries explore the darker side of her deliciously romantic 18th century world. Along with trademark wit and high drama there are deeper subplots and even quirkier characters that will have you shuddering and laughing in equal measure!

2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards finalist

©2013 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant

My Thoughts:  When interested in a great descriptive setting in a well-researched period of London 1700’s, turn to author Lucinda Brant as your go-to source.  In her cozy-style mystery, and the awesomeness of her smooth-talking narrator, I was carried easily into the Georgian society of luxury, experiencing the all too important social acceptability based on parentage, and social climbers who  do most anything to be part of the esteemed fabric of society. 

The author knows well how to build tension through the book and with her rich-textured cast, detailed description, she takes you to 1763.  Her story, figuratively, leads to a garden maze so popular at the time.  You think you know your way out, but no resolution is in sight.  As the story takes hold she’ll weave pieces of the plot together, much like a French braid, where all becomes complete, with just a strand or two left dangling.  That’s why among other reasons,  I intend to read the last book of the series, Deadly Peril.

Alec, Lord Hausey, having the physique of a Greek God, handsome to a fault (women drool and their mamas work to present their daughters), has decided Selena, of noble birth, to be his.  He loves her, giving her one year to mourn her previous husband. Alec, a gentleman and sometimes tediously detailed and aloof, is enamored with Selena and will win this woman for his own.  Surprisingly, Selena rather be his mistress than wife.  This seems oddly strange and intrigues me.  A mystery within a mystery. Alec doesn’t come with pure ancestry.  He is, however, very intelligent, compassionate and has a mind capable of drawing a full picture with few pieces missing. He is the man of the hour, the man who takes the helm of the ship and steers it to safety.

While at a painting exhibition, he is approached by one young painter whose painting style is very much to Alec’s taste. The young painter, is none other than Selena’s younger brother.  He is also one of the painters being spotlighted at the exhibition.  In fact, his very best work is being uncovered at the gathering.   When unveiled, it is found mutilated, savagely marred with red paint.  Who would do such a thing?  The younger brother goes into a deep funk.  Alec wants to help come to the bottom of who might have done it. Selena knows who the painting is of and remains silent. The woman and child are recluse in the country. Surprises arise giving more mystery, more hints.

Sir Charles Weir, the secretary of the present duke of Cleverly, is in a tight spot, and has asked Alec to help him in his quest.  He’s concerned the present duke will retire his seat in Parliament, thereby creating a domino affect for many, changing opportunities of livelihood.  Ever the gentleman, Alec, complies.

Tam, the self-appointed valet to Alec is on the verge of losing his station.  Alec wants him to be certified by the apothecary society.  He sends him off to study and subsequently Tam overhears words at a coffee-house, adding more information and mystery to this ever enlarging situation.  Tam, though young, has seen a lot in his life, has experienced medical necessities with his mentor and vicar, Mr. Blackwell,  who recently died at Sir Charles’s home. Another who dun it, here.

A character who reappears from book 1 is one of my favorite, Plantagenet Halsey.  As before, he is a man who quickly makes up his mind about people — he’ll call them like they are.  His role and character provides comic relief to a tension-building ending.  Although elderly, he steps right into the quagmire of mystery and danger, willingly helping his nephew, Alec. 

The woman in the painting Plantagenet likes immediately.  Selena also knows this woman who has a secret.  Another mystery to discover.

A more uncouth cast of the story is Lord George, step-son to Lord Cleverly, heir to the dukedom, very slovenly, whimpery, and drinks too much. 

Bottom Line:  If you enjoy your historical setting of mysteries brimming with depth, read this series.  Better yet, listen to the series.  The narrator is simply marvelous in his sarcasm and dry tone of this society, and extremely believable in his depiction of character for the many cast members of this read.

Lucinda BrantAbout the Author:   LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning Georgian historical romances and mysteries. Her novels have been described as from ‘the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice’ and ‘heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after’.

Lucinda has degrees in History and Political Science from the Australian National University and a post-graduate diploma in Education from Bond University, where she was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Before becoming a full-time writer, Lucinda taught History and Geography at an exclusive boarding school for young ladies. She drinks too much coffee and is addicted to Pinterest. Come join her there in her 18th Century world:


alex wyndhamAbout the Narrator, Alex Wyndham: Alex Wyndham is an English actor best known for his roles in HBO’s ‘Rome’ (2007) and the BBC’s ‘Little Dorrit’ (2008) and ‘The Line of Beauty’ (2006).

He has a degree in History from Oxford University and went on to study at RADA, graduating in 2005.

His first job as a professional actor was playing Silvius in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘As You Like It’ (2006) while in his final year at drama school.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: The Artists Partnership



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Now this is plain spooky! A good read for the month of haunts. DEMON LORE by Karilyn Bentley

Tdemon-loreitle:  Demon Lore A Demon Huntress Novel
Author: Karilyn Bentley
Genre: Fantasy
Story Setting: Contemporary kickass (you’ll know what I mean when you start reading!)
Pages: 344
Published by: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Published Date: November 18, 2014
ISBN-10: 1628306939
ISBN-13: 978-1628306934

A Demon Huntress Novel:
Demon Lore
Demon Kissed

About the Story: Gin Crawford has enough problems dealing with her empath abilities. Finding out she’s the world’s newest demon-slayer is the last thing she needs. Unfortunately, when she slips on a mysterious bracelet she is given no other choice. On the plus side, her new gig comes with Tall, Dark and Handsome, a mage who may or may not have her best interests at heart. Thrust into a power-play between good and evil, Gin must choose a side before she becomes the next victim in the ongoing battle.

My Thoughts:  Well, I’ve got to find out if there is a book two to this.  That’s how exciting this one is. (Just checked.)  This is a 2-book series.  Second one is titled Demon Kissed.  Demon Lore is written in first person, present tense, which I’m told, is not easy to do, nor is it suitable for every read.  But I’m telling you, my heart is still trying to pick itself up off the floor.  That is, if I still have a heart.  Thank God, they keep on repairing me and  Justitia is on my team.  Oh, sorry.  I forget.  My name isn’t Gin, my twin brother isn’t T and I’m not a demon killer.  Whew!  But then I remember…

…the spike of adrenaline explodes into my limbs too late to stop the backhand blow slamming across my jaw.

I superman it halfway across the living room. Land on the hardwood floor in a thud of pain-ridden limbs. My jaw morphs into a screaming ball of nerves. My head no sooner hits the floor than I hear the bracelet scream, a high-pitched wail quivering through my skin like vibrations from a tuning fork. The bracelet tightens around my wrist, cutting off the circulation, and then it loosens with a pop at the same time I hear the door click closed.

Ohgodohgodohgod, I’m going to die. I don’t want to die. No, no, no, no, no. Pain and terror hold me crumpled on the floor as my mind crawls backward in time.

Sorry, I just keep remembering — it’s that gripping.  Look at the writing style. Gin is hilariously funny even at the worst of times.  She’s got soul. She tangles with demons and the minions who serve the demons.  She has the hots (she thinks) for a fork, spiked-tongue demon.  Oh yeah, life sure is exciting for Gin and since it’s in first person, present tense, you are it.  You are she.  She is you.   Her guardian is pretty sexy and somehow they’re connected just don’t know how. I can’t tell if he’s a good guy or works for the other side.

Gin, the gal I think I am, is a snarky, sassy nurse who is pulled into a picture much larger than she cares to be part of.  Empath is bad enough.  Growing up with unbelievable events, okay, but where will this take her?  Will it affect her twin who has always been there for her, also an empath.   This bracelet (Justitia) which Gin can’t take off, short of cutting her hand off, is it a friend or enemy?  Who is behind trying to knock Gin off?

Magic, evil, weird converge into this crazily funny, snarky and scary story.  I simply love it.  Writing style is perfect for the read.  I noted a reviewer’s remarks that the sentences aren’t complete. Intrigued, I read.  It’s not they were just left hanging.  The thought is there.  The style works with the read.  It’s a fast-paced, gripping tale, sure to keep you up all night.  What better way to spend the haunting month of October?   Outside the usual genre, I read, but it’s good to find new places to hang out.  It has a cliff hanger, folks, so get both books at the same time and binge read!

Karilyn BentleyAbout the Author: Karilyn Bentley’s love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in North Texas with her own hunky hero, a psycho dog nicknamed Hell Hound, a crazy puppy, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.

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Review of SMOKE by Nancy Lee Badger — a Scottish paranormal with some very special dragons!

How far will Wynn go to save their species? An accidental meeting with a wolf-shifter leads him on a merry chase beneath the lure of the coming full moon. Will he follow her, or shift into a human to find a mate among the villagers? Dragons don’t wear plaid.

smokeTitle: Smoke Clan of Dragons Book 2
Author: Nancy Lee Badger
Genre: Scottish Paranormal Romance
Story Setting:  Isle of Skye, Scotland
Pages: 215
Published by: Nancy Lee Badger, 3 edition
Published Date: October 7, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ISBN-10: 1537128507
ISBN-13: 978-1537128504


Clan of Dragons Series: (ecopy purchase link)
Smolder coming soon

Multi-published and award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger, announces her 17th book. The author has used her love of all things Scottish, as well as years as a volunteer at a Scottish festival, to bring her readers another series. Ever since her first books were published in June 2010, she has successfully self-published a variety of novels and novellas. This book is a paranormal fantasy romance and is set centuries ago on the Scottish island of Skye.

About the Story: Wynn, a green dragon, tumbles off a hill, landing in snow. Sensing someone above his head, he jumps free, and accidentally slams a wolf against a tree. When the wolf shifts into a naked human female, explanations are in order. When she wakes, and Wynn says he means her no harm, she allows his human brother to carry her into a cave, where Vika cares for her. Wary about the golden-haired shifter’s mission, Wynn fears for her safety, and his heart.

While tracking the human who murdered her lover, Kera awakens to find a dragon staring at her. With no energy to shift back into her wolf form, she allows Vika, a pretty human, to care for her. The dragons take up her search for a killer, but the pirates close in and she leads Vika to safety.

In the village of Morbhan, Toal abducts her and Wynn fights him. Her wolf pack wants her back, but the dragon has stolen her heart. Will she stay, return to her pack, or die while trying to kill her lover’s murderer? Either way, their lives will forever change.

My Thoughts: An enjoyable read,  full of delightful, comical scenes involving a clan of dragons, who are adorable in their own right, but dealing with some very novel situations!  Apparently, three brothers (all dragons) will find their true love in each of the three books in the series.  It’s a light-hearted read with a serious challenge confronting their species — extinction.  No more female dragons are available to procreate with, the last being killed while shifted form to a red deer.  She was Dougal’s mate and until now he grieves her departure. This clan decides to do the unthinkable – to search for a female who will accept them from outside the dragon species.  Their experiment seems to bear fruit, when Wynn’s youngest brother struck out into the human village to find his mate. Vika, a lovely red-haired beauty is pregnant with his bairn and lives in a cave with her chosen.  What kind of child will she have?

Wynn, finds himself attracted to a shape-shifter, who has been a wolf for some time, but grew up as a human before she reaches puberty. Kera, having been injured when Wynn fell from a perch, (probably shoved by Dougal who is always up to tricks) and knocked her into a tree trunk.  She is scared when she awakes to find a dragon bending over her. She is coerced into going to the cave with promises of Wynn she will not come to harm. Evan carries her back to the cave where Vika is housed for the duration of her pregnancy.  She and Vika hit it off immediately. She finds Evan utterly and completely in love with his mate, which helps put her at her ease.  She decides to stay in her human form, although, she heals more slowly that way.  She doesn’t want them to know she is a wolf.  Of course, Wynn knows this because he saw her shift, but doesn’t mention it.

Toal, the toad, is an uncouth man who killed Kera’s wolf mate.  It seems he also has past ties with Vika.   Kera’s goal?  To heal and leave the dragons’s cave to search for this man, exterminate him and return to her wolfpack. But fate has another path for her.

If you are partial to dragons, and shape-shifters, as I am, and romance in the Scottish highlands, you will enjoy this fanciful story of strong females, and hopeful dragons who brave the unknown with love and strength in their hearts.

Excerpt: SMOKE

The odor of the dragon’s breath overpowered the scent of pine and fresh-fallen snow. Kera ran a hand down her leg, and didn’t feel any blood, but the limb throbbed. When heavy footsteps grew closer, a momentary wish to dip her body into the nearest fairy pool disappeared. How foolish. The urge to escape beneath its cool, clear water, or feel the massaging action of a cascading waterfall, was not strong enough to forget her current predicament, or the wintry weather.

The dragon moved toward her as it circled the tree. Its long white fangs glistened, and its hot breath melted the snow at her feet. Kera searched the area for a weapon. Unfortunately, the snow around the tree was heavy, and had covered everything.

Gazing upward, she thought to grab a limb and climb to safety, but she stopped when an odd voice said, “I apologize.” Who spoke to her in the presence of a dragon? Curiosity would be her downfall someday, but she peered from behind the tree and saw the green dragon, and only the dragon.

“Did you…say something?”

I be speaking to a dragon? Did I hit me head as well?

“Aye, lass,” the dragon said. “I apologized. I did not mean to throw you so hard, but your wolf form surprised me. There be friends of mine nearby whom I wish to protect. I can…ahh…see you be not only a wolf.”

With her secret out, a weight lifted from her shoulders. “I, also, apologize. I hope I did not hurt you by walking on your head. I heard something fall from the mountain, then I smelled you and…I was too curious for me own good.”

“You have a lovely smile, but I see pain in your eyes. Be you injured?”

She nodded, then immediately wondered if admitting her vulnerability made her a target. While contemplating her next move, the dragon leaned closer and sniffed her hip.

“No blood. You should come with me.”

Before she could answer with a resounding nay, a roar shook the tree, and dumped snow from the branches above them, onto their heads. The cold blanket of white powder stole her breath, and the ground rumbled beneath her feet. She clasped the tree’s trunk to stay on her feet. Pain sliced along her leg, and brought tears to her eyes.

Kera gained her balance, and peeked again. Another dragon had joined the first, and he looked angry. Smoke curled from his nostrils, and his red scales glistened like fresh-spilled blood. His black wings flapped, sending waves of cold wind directly at her, and the tree.

“Calm yourself, brother. The lass be injured, and not a threat to anyone.” The green dragon moved closer, and shielded Kera with his white wings.

“I smell wolf and human. You know how I feel about humans!”

The threat was too great to ignore. Kera turned to run, but pain shot through her left leg. She cried out, collapsed like a sack of potatoes, and disappeared beneath the snow.


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Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!        


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Audiobook Review: THE EDEN FACTOR by Kathryn Le Veque

How far in the name of science will a man go to pursue and further prove his hypotheses?  And how much truth lies in the myths passed down through the ages? Will we find the truth through archaeological digs?  Not only will this story grip your mind, it will have you pondering these very questions.  

Tthe-eden-factoritle:  The Eden Factor Kathlyn Trent/Marcus Burton Romance Adventure, Book 2
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Contemporary Action/Adventure Romance
Pages: 267
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing
Published Date: July 2, 2003



Narrated by: Leslie Wadsworth
Length: 11 hours, 55 minutes
Release Date: September 18, 2014
Published by: Kathryn Le Veque Novels


Publisher’s Summary:

World-famous media archaeologist Dr. Kathlyn Trent and her husband, Dr. Marcus Burton, are off on another enigmatic quest.

Reports of the discovery of angel bones have come from the ancient land of Iraq and Kathlyn and Marcus take their archaeological teams into this mysterious realm to investigate. Hindering their progress is a former colleague of Kathlyn’s – also hearing of the discovery, Dr. Fayd Fahdlan will stop at nothing to usurp Kathlyn’s claim. As Kathlyn and Marcus fall under the spell of the strange bones, Fayd and his superiors see spectacular and bizarre scientific opportunities for Dr. Trent’s find. When Kathlyn is kidnapped in an attempt to force her to participate in their macabre scheme, the ancient bones suddenly take a back seat to a related discovery of even greater magnitude.

Biblical theories that were once thought only myth have suddenly become reality. The Vatican and the United States military soon become involved and the stakes grow even higher. Kathlyn, Marcus and the rest of the archaeologists find themselves caught up in something so fantastic that it is difficult to know just where the legends end and realities begin.

Don’t believe in demons? Kathlyn Trent can convince you otherwise in this amazing tale.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

My Thoughts:  Kathlyn Trent is a wonderful role model.  A strong woman in the face of  with adversity. When she loves, she loves with all her heart. She also has a very powerful belief in God, a bit of a seer to the past, intelligent, and driven to discover the unusual and unknown.  Her studies are Biblical Mythology.  When science, her logical reasoning, her curiosity to discover the unknown and her knowledge of what the Bible relates in Genesis and Revelations, converge, she must make decisions which could change her life forever.  Her strengths are what also makes her most vulnerable.

Marcus Burton, his studies in Egyptology and Kathlyn’s husband, sees his archeology in strictly a methodical, scientific way.  So he often balances the scales where Kathyln is concerned.  She is rather impulsive and will endanger herself for a scientific find. Since meeting Kathlyn his ideas have changed, somewhat, since his studies are grounded on what is seen and scientifically proved.  Kathlyn’s studies deal with interpretation of myths, past from generation to generation dating as far as back as before the flood and Noah’s ark. Marcus believes in his wife, would like to give her the independence she craves to pursue her research.  He can’t quite let go.  This stubborn trait of his, will either kill or save them all.

These two make a powerful story, full of adventure, danger, suspense and excitement.  The author takes her readers into the contemporary world where the past literally touches the present.  The research teams deal with local villagers in Iraq who are scared to death and decide they need outside help.  Word of the villagers’s findings leaks to other Biblical Mythology experts who don’t have as many scruples as Kathlyn’s team.  The Vatican also becomes involved.

I hadn’t heard narrator Leslie Wadsworth’s work before, and I was pleasantly surprised by the way she carried the story, the range of emotion she expressed (extremely believable), particularly the quick-temper and explosive arguments between Marcus and Kathlyn.  I enjoyed the special effects used through the story, only adding more realism to the uncanniness the author spooks us with.

The support cast adds a lot to the story.  I, particularly like Dennis, a brash, in-your-face kind of man, who isn’t afraid to say exactly what he’s thinking.  I like the friendship Julianna has with Kathryn.  They share a secret which comes to light.  Will it hurt her chances with Lynn?

The author keeps the reader hanging, questions left unanswered until the end of the story.  I always expected the worse. Much like the story itself, even though the world ‘rights’ itself, a lingering question mark still remains.  Again, Kathryn Le Veque entertains with a unique situation, and a thought-provoking powerful message.


AKathryn Le Veque 1bout the Author: USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Amazon All-Star Author
#1 multi-published Bestselling Amazon Author
#1 ranked English Medieval Romance Author on Amazon

“Le Veque writes… winning epics….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Kathryn Le Veque is a force of nature. Her stories are epic, with timeless themes and heroes to die for.” –Tanya Anne Crosby, New York Times Bestselling Author

“The epic Medieval Romance is back – thanks to Kathryn Le Veque!” — Claire Delacroix, NYT Bestselling author

“This author… genius…!” — Ind’Tale Magazine

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.

Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn’s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. Please visit Kindle Worlds for Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack and find many action-packed adventures written by some of the top authors in their genre using Kathryn’s characters from the de Wolfe Pack series. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling you have come to expect.

Kathryn loves to hear from her readers. Please find Kathryn on Facebook at Kathryn Le Veque, Author, or join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque, and don’t forget to visit her website at


leslie-wadsworthAbout the Narrator: I am most comfortable behind a mic. I first realized this back in 1985, while I was spinning oldies at a “quaint” radio station owned by the late Gil Stratton on the Big Island of Hawaii. I continued to develop my skills in Anchorage Alaska as a deejay for an adult contemporary radio station. I must say I did get bored with the radio world, but loved the production end of it. It was there that I discovered I could get creative with my voice and experience different ways of using it. I moved to Seattle in 1990 and continued my voice work on a new playing field. I hooked up with a wonderful agency and began developing a client base that trusted in my skills. With the voice-over landscaping changing quickly, I realized that I needed to build a home studio if I wanted to stay in the game. Twenty plus years later, I am still doing what I love to do. My goals are simple. Provide quality work to new and existing clients for as long as my voice allows. Specialties: From my ISDN and Pro Tools equipped studio, I provide voices for all media including radio and TV commercials, TV promos, documentaries, audio books, video games, corporate non-broadcast films, websites, and on occasion, have possibly put you on hold!


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My Chat with Eileen

I joined Eniko’s blog discussing my POV as a reader and reviewer. Hope you have a moment to stop by.


Hello and welcome!

Today I have a good friend from the blogging world whose opinion I respect. Her reviews of books and audio books are amazing, in-depth that give you a real insight without spoilers. What attracts me the most to her blog is her way with words that pull me in and keep me engaged.

Please welcome Eileen from BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN !

Eniko, thank you for having me on your blog. I know you’re always chatting with an author, a narrator or a character.   I’m not an author, although I love to meet and get to know them.  I’m not a character in a book, but I’ve been one thousands of times.  Today, I present myself as a reader firstly and then a reviewer.

When we spoke earlier you said you’d like to talk about POV (point of view) of a reader.  What did you mean?
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Review of TOUGH LUCK: A stepbrother romance by Christa Simpson


tough-luckTitle: Tough Luck
Author: Christa Simpson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 203
Published by: Black Widow Publishing
Published Date: January 12, 2016
ASIN: B01A15B58Y

About the Story: Dustin Miller is off limits . . .
I know it’s not right to pine for this man, but he’s the one wielding all the power, controlling my body with a single menacing look. He tells me he can be my dark little secret and I’m honestly having a hard time saying no.

I can’t resist him . . .
I’m supposed to be the good-girl librarian, but when I meet a wealthy bad boy with impossibly dark eyes, a beautiful chaos ensues. I tell him it’s a mistake. I demand a do-over. But he has something else in mind. I know I should say no—absolutely not. I should turn around, walk away and never look back. But what do you think happens when he’s a “get what I want, when I want” kind of guy and what he wants is me?

WARNING: This story has vulgar language and explicit adult situations and is for readers 18+ ONLY.

My Thoughts: This read is not in my usual genre, nor have I read anything by this author.  Nor did I heed the warning label about explicit adult situations. So with that…

It was an enjoyable plot, engaging my curiosity—hence why I kept on reading, even though I was outside my own personal comfort zone, particularly since the book was written in first person from Izzabelle and then Dustin’s point of view.  I couldn’t distance myself from how she or he reacts because of it.  That’s a good thing, because there are readers out there, who enjoy explicit sex scenes.  I’m just not one of them.  I’m more interested in a storyline, moving quickly with obstacles and challenges the characters must face along the way to a happily ever after. 

Izzabelle experiences what many daughters do.  Their mother’s remarry. She’s a great relationship with her mother, but can she handle watching her mother with her new guy?  I love the fact the author lets us into Izzabelle’s head.  Her reasoning is slightly skewed with some hilarious language.  Matters only get worse when she steps out of character to live life in the fast lane.

Izzabelle is a Librarian.  Her books are her friends and she no doubt has had many book boyfriends.  But to actually experience what she is, it’s overwhelming—yet she can’t stop.  She tries, but Dustin is just too…

My eyes blast open to catch his molten hot gaze enjoying every moment of discomfort he gives me. For the first time in my life. I feel filthy hit—and not in a bad way. I feel things I’ve only read about in the dirty romance novels I enjoy so much, and I don’t want this experience to end, but his ain’t no fairytale where the couple lives happily ever after in holy sanctuary.

I would burn in hell.
He would burn in hell.

How often is one attracted to their newly-made stepbrother, to the point it cannot be avoided?   Some situations, while scandalous, were entirely funny and had me chuckling.  The story also had its serious side with an antagonist you’ll love to hate.  Issues Dustin has had to face in the past give him conflicting feelings about Izzabelle.  Is she a gold digger like too many other women he’s dated?  From Izzabelle’s side, is Dustin going to just love her and then drop her?

This book is not for the weak-kneed!  It’s sizzling hot, and funny!

About the Author: Christa Simpson is a small town Canadian girl who enjoys beaches, dancing and dirt track car races. She lives in Tilbury, Ontario, with her caveman husband and two beautiful daughters. On an ideal day you’ll find this writer relaxing on the beach, reading by the poolside or being playful with her girls, but you’re more likely to find her chauffeuring her active family around and typing furiously on her electronic notepad. Christa is known for the most captivating alpha men and her breezy, entertaining writing style. She’s an all or nothing kind of girl who is determined to prove that you can do anything you set your mind to. Her romance novels are loaded with passion, suspense and sarcasm, much like her life. Pick up the first books in her Twisted and Destiny Series for free—no strings attached! If you’d like to hear special news, receive sneak previews and exclusive offers from Christa Simpson, sign up here: Or visit her website for more information!

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Kathryn Le Veque forges into the Highlands! THE RED LION released today! Make room for more warriors of noble character

30982603Title: The Red Lion Highland Warriors of Munro, book 1
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1288, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 350
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published Date: October 4, 2016
ISBN-10: 1536850470
ISBN-13: 978-1536850475

About the Story: 1288 A.D. – Sir Jamison Munro is a Highland warrior known as The Red Lion.

Big and burly, with a crown of vibrant red hair, as the son of the chief of Clan Munro, Jamison’s path in life was more unconventional than those of his clansmen. Fostering in England and France, Jamison learned the ways of his adversaries before returning home to take his place at his father’s side. But his father is a progressive thinker, knowing that in order to survive, his clan must become allies with the English. He knows that isolation will only bring destruction to his clan. Willem Munro has traveled the world, much like his son, and has made friends along the way. When his English friends to the south call upon him to help in their battle with the Welsh, Willem sends his only son.

Now, Jamison finds himself living with the English again as they do battle against the Welsh. Although highly trained in English tactics, and having many English friends, he cannot give himself over 100% to their ways. He sympathizes with the Welsh even as he plans battles against them. Outwardly supporting the English, he is nonetheless torn.

When the call goes out to defend Four Crosses Castle against a Welsh attack, Jamison rides to the siege and finds himself caught up in a nasty battle. With the gatehouse breached, he charges in to defend the occupants only to be attacked by one occupant in particular. What he first believes to be a small and slender knight, he soon finds out differently. He is met with ferocity by a skilled lady warrior.

Lady Havilland de Llion is the daughter of the lord of Four Crosses Castle. Part-Welsh, her family is nonetheless loyal to the English. When she sees the big Scotsman, she assumes he is siding with the Welsh and goes after him with a vengeance. Even upon discovering his loyalties, she doesn’t believe him and their fight goes on long after the battle itself is finished. By the end of their fight, she is exhausted. By the end of their fight, Jamison is in love.

Politics, battles, loyalties, and roaring passions play out in a story of high emotion and high adventure. To the big Scots knight known as The Red Lion, nearly everything in his life has come at a price, but in the battle for Havilland’s affections, there is no price too high that he will not pay.

My Thoughts:  Any one of Kathryn Le Veque’s stories is like a six-course dinner.  It begins with an appetizer taking you into a scene where mischief is played out.  As the courses follow, the story gathers momentum, depth, and texture, along with the usual build of tension thrusting us to the main course.  By the time I finish one of her stories I am replete, satisfied beyond expectations.  She draws me into her web, captivating every one of my senses.  I adore her writing, whether medieval, highland or contemporary reads.  She, by her plots, many-layered subplots and her vibrant, bold characters creates a story I am absolutely unable to put down. Every. Single. Time.

Jamison Munro is part of The Lions of the Highland.  He, along with Beaux, Kendrick and Caspian are sons of clan chiefs and each will have their own story in this new series. 

Jamison is sent back to England, where he fostered by his father, for protection against the MacKenzies, who are out to get rid of him.  He is back with the de Lohr men.  If you’ve read any of this author’s work, you will be familiar with this lot.  They are a rare breed among men. While there he is caught up with the Welsh who, like most Scottish, do not tolerate them on land they consider theirs.

The de Llion sisters, half English, half Welsh have my admiration.  They were dealt a hard hand.  Their father had been mentally ill for some time.  They simply hid this fact. All three sisters, Havilland, Madeline, and Amaline, are warriors, made so by their father.  He had no sons, so his daughters were his sons. His decision shaped the lives of his daughters until they knew nothing else except battles and protecting Four Crosses Castle against their enemies – the Welsh.  The castle and its occupants had all sided with the English.   

Havilland is the stronger of the lot, Madeline, fiercely protective of her sister, however, Madeline has her own secrets and wishes for the keep, only complicating Havilland’s need to safeguard her family’s home. Amaline, age 15, is very sensitive to both her sisters’ wishes, although she knows Madeline has a nasty streak in her, as you will discover in the story.

Jamison is a man of strength, both physical and morally.   When he meets the de Llion sisters, he is captivated by Havilland.  Here is a woman he could respect, and yes, could love, if only she wouldn’t send a dagger his way first!

I more than recommend this new series for readers who haven’t had enough of the highlands, love the excitement of a good battle, both in love and war, and who like their reads demanding their attention   in all directions.  Nothing is ever easy in the land of Kathryn Le Veque.

AKathryn Le Veque 1bout the Author: USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Amazon All-Star Author
#1 multi-published Bestselling Amazon Author
#1 ranked English Medieval Romance Author on Amazon

“Le Veque writes… winning epics….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Kathryn Le Veque is a force of nature. Her stories are epic, with timeless themes and heroes to die for.” –Tanya Anne Crosby, New York Times Bestselling Author

“The epic Medieval Romance is back – thanks to Kathryn Le Veque!” — Claire Delacroix, NYT Bestselling author

“This author… genius…!” — Ind’Tale Magazine

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.

Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn’s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. Please visit Kindle Worlds for Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack and find many action-packed adventures written by some of the top authors in their genre using Kathryn’s characters from the de Wolfe Pack series. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling you have come to expect.

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