Archive | December 2013

Votes are in to support animal rescues!

The votes are in from the pet voting contest to support animal rescues! Here are the top 3 winners:
1st -Tyler (101 votes)  


2nd – Tayla Storm (67 votes)


3rd – Titan & Max (62 votes)

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Congratulations to Tyler and his animal rescue of choice: Ahimsa Animal Rescue in Muldrow, OK. The rescue will be receiving a $25 Petsmart giftcard! Tyler’s owner will receive a $5 Amazon giftcard 🙂

Because the voting was so close between all 3 of these pets, for a long time, the 2nd place winner, Tayla Storm’s owner, will also receive a $5 Amazon giftcard 🙂

The owner of Titan & Max will receive an Indigo Incite coffee mug 🙂

All participants who entered a pet in the contest will be receiving an eBook copy of Indigo Incite 🙂

Thank you to everyone who voted in support of animal rescues!!!

$25 Petsmart giftcard to an animal rescue! Vote now:-)

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Pictured above are my own two pets that I adopted from rescues this year. On the left is my Blue Heeler, Moss, adopted from the Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue. On the right is my Flame Point Siamese, Toby, adopted from All About Animals AZ. They have been a wonderful addition to our family.

A few days ago, I asked followers to send in their own photos of pets that they’ve adopted from rescues. You can see the results below, 11 pictures of beautiful cats and dogs and the sweet, touching stories of how the pets found their forever homes. Please check out the photos and stories below and then vote for the picture and/or story that touches your heart the most. The winner will get to select the animal rescue of their choice to receive a $25 Petsmart giftcard and they will also receive a $5 Amazon giftcard for themselves.

There are thousands of homeless dogs and cats in need of a home and this time of year many families out there are considering bringing a new pet into their home for Christmas. I would encourage everyone who is considering a furry addition to their family to first research the type of pet they are interested in and learn their needs to make sure the pet’s needs fit your lifestyle. So many pets find themselves in shelters and rescues each year because their families have discovered that they can’t properly care for them.

My second request would be that if you do decide on the right type of pet for your family, please look to an animal rescue first. So many people that I’ve talked to are under the impression that animal rescues are filled with animals in cages that bite, chew or bark too much, and that is completely not the case! Yes, it is true, some pets get turned into shelters because of poor behavior that couldn’t be corrected by owners who didn’t have the time. Many of those poor behaviors were a result of animal boredom because the owners didn’t give them the time and attention that they needed.

If you have the time and patience to correct poor animal behavior there are plenty of pets in need of a good home, but I want everyone to know that not all animals in rescues and shelters have poor behavior!!! Some animals find themselves in rescues simply because the owners didn’t want them, they were born in a home with an owner who wasn’t expecting them, the owner passed away…there are numerous reasons why well trained, sweet loving animals find themselves without a home.

Another misconception that I mentioned is that pets in rescues are in cages. Many people imagine city shelters with rows upon rows of barking dogs in cages. An animal rescue couldn’t be further from this picture. Many animal rescues are run out of homes with “foster owners”, so the pets are loved and personally cared for each day until they can find their forever home. I have adopted a dog and a cat this year from animal rescues and both experiences were fantastic. An added plus is that when you bring a dog or cat home from a rescue, they will be fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped, so the adoption fee well makes up for the money that you would have spent on up front vet fees!

Ready to adopt a dog or cat? Do your research. Know that even the best behaved pet can have behavior problems if it isn’t given proper care and attention. Know that you can find the best pet possible in an animal rescue 🙂

Please check out the stories below and then vote 🙂 Be warned they might cause you to shed a tear or two 🙂 Thank you for taking your time to read their stories 🙂 It’s hard to pick just one, so feel free to select up to 3 pets to vote for:-) Voting will remain open until Friday, December 13th, 5:00pm MST.

1.)  SweetiePie

009   Dec 2012 I adopted my sweet Papillon from BRAS–Breeder Release Adoption Service.  She was rescued from a puppy mill in April 2012, was adopted by another person who had to give her back because her daughter had allergies, and I adopted her in Dec.   She was given the name, Tia, in April; but when she came to me, she would not react to that name or any name except SweetiePie–so she is now SweetiePie!   The day they came to my home to make sure that it was suitable for SweetiePie–that was the day I got to keep her.  I fell in love with her immediately!

SweetiePie has adapted very well and gets along with her two “sisters” as well.  SmokeyJo and Misty (Shelties) have also taken to SweetiePie.
SweetiePie loves to snuggle on my lap and is very eager to go for a walk. She lets her to bigger sisters lead the way but she keeps up with them very well!
I am so very glad that SweetiePie has come in to my life and I appreciate all the wonderful work that BRAS has done with rescuing many, many dogs from the horrible puppy mills.
I would love for BRAS to be able to receive any help that you can give to them.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

I hope all the rescues find their new forever homes this holiday season!

2.) Tyler


Just a wee pup, Tyler found himself a stray on the streets, and then wound up in a kill-shelter in Muldrow, OK.  He waited several days, and nobody came to claim him.  Just as Tyler was being scheduled for euthenasia, the angels from Ahimsa Rescue Foundation ascended upon him and pulled him out to the safety of their rescue.  They took care of his medical needs, gave him lots of love, a safe place to stay, and put him up for adoption.  A few months later, I was searching for a new pup after unexpectedly losing my 7 yr old red heeler, Ollie.  I came across Tyler’s pic and bio on, and contacted Ahimsa Rescue Foundation to schedule an appointment to meet Tyler.  We immediately bonded and I adopted Tyler that day back in August 2005.  And that was just the beginning of Tyler’s happily ever after story.
Tyler immediately stole my heart and amazed me with his gratitude and intelligence.  I promptly enrolled him in an obedience class, a first for both of us.  We learned quickly together, Tyler was smart as a whip and quick to perfect every lesson I presented to him.  He was the star of his class and easily passed his Canine Good Citizen test after only a few weeks of training.  I was determined to give him every opportunity to thrive and excel, and that is how we found ourselves learning and experiences many new things together.  I registered him with AKC as an Australian Cattle Dog, we took more obedience classes and began to enter obedience and rally trials.  Tyler quickly accumulated his beginner titles and moved on to advanced classes.  Then we discovered the fun of agility, and began learning and training together, and eventually entering agility trials.  Tyler quickly earned his novice titles and before long we were competing at the masters level, where we still compete today.  Tyler has also passed his Herding Instinct test.  Along the way, I also discovered that Tyler has a special way with people, comforting them and making them smile.  So we passed our TDI Therapy Dog test and he began visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities as a therapy dog.  We also went through Hospice volunteer training and now visit Hospice patients as well.  Tyler also recently passed his Disaster Stress Relief Dog test after working as therapy dog in Moore, OK after the devastating tornado last spring.  To complete that certification, he still needs to go through field observation during our next deployment.  And I can only imagine all the adventures and experiences we have yet to discover!!
Though Tyler has quite an extensive resume, and I am very proud of all of his accomplishments, all those titles and awards mean nothing to him.  What matters most to Tyler and I, is the time we share together, learning and bonding and loving each other, and I am thankful every day that we were given the opportunity to do so.
I am very grateful to Ahimsa Rescue Foundation for all the wonderful work they do for the homeless pets.  I am also grateful that they allowed me to adopt my Tyler Bug back in 2005, I can’t imagine my world without him in it!!  He is my heart-dog!
Tyler would love nothing more than to give back to Ahimsa Rescue Foundation to help them continue all the wonderful work they do, and to all the homeless pets still in rescue waiting for their happlily ever after stories to begin!

3.)  TC

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Here is my little girl.  She was adopted from Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue.  After the death of my Jack Russell Terrier of 16 years I decided I didn’t want anymore pets.  That lasted 2 months and I started researching rescues so I could become a foster and help pets find loving homes.  I chose ACDR and they approved me to be a foster.  My first foster assignment was 2 puppies and I was to pick them up on December 23rd of last year.  This picture was taken on Christmas Eve morning.  The little girl crawled up into my arms and fell asleep.   I didn’t know it at the time, but I would become a foster failure and ended up adopting this little girl now known as TC.  TC originally stood for Too Cute, then that changed to Trouble Comin’, lots of people in the rescue said she was Totally Cool.  Anyway, she is a great girl and keeps me laughing with her funny expressions like the one captured in the picture taken below when she turned a year old.  She helps me with new foster dogs coming in by teaching them the do’s and don’ts, she also gets them into trouble by starting something they aren’t supposed to be doing then walking away so that I only catch the foster dog doing something bad.

4.) Tayla Storm

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Adopted December 2008

Over two years now and loving every minute of it !
I knew the minute I saw her that we
were destine to be together.
My only regret is that I did not adopt her sister. 😦
Tayla has brought so much healing and unconditional love.

Link to shelter and story…

5.) Farmer

image  This is Farmer. Farmer and his sister Angel came to the rescue where my daughter works a couple of months ago. They were given up to the rescue because their owner was moving out of state and couldn’t take them along. Farmer got really sick over the summer and almost died, but, we finally got him healthy again. Their former owner actually didn’t move and the lady who runs the rescue begged him to take them back  because they were not doing well in that environment(being in a crate all day with the only interaction they received from us on a daily basis). The original owner wouldn’t take them back and Angel got sick a week or so ago and died last week. Farmer wasn’t doing well after losing his sister, they had been together their whole lives and they are between 10-13 years old and I couldn’t stand to see him this way any more. A snap decision to bring him home with me so he wouldn’t be lonely and depressed anymore has brought him some happiness again. He has turned out to be a total cuddle bug and we have caught him playing for the first time since he came to the rescue. Thanks for listening to Farmers story 🙂 Happy Holidays to you.

6.)  Blueberry and Zoney

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I got Blueberry (on the left) from New Hope Cattle Dog rescue 9 years ago. A friend of mine works at Best Friends Sanctuary and she had just placed two dogs with New Hope and they had sent her photos of Blueberry’s litter, which she forwarded to me. I looked at the picture of 6 pups and could only see just this one little fatty named Tank. I showed the photo to my husband and he poked his fingers down on Tank, “That one! I love him!” We drove from Ca to Az to get him, and he has become my constant companion, by my side always. In the photo his brother, Zoney (a kelpie) was “thrown away” in the desert. We found him nearly dead and badly injured. He had to have his right leg amputated but other than that he is perfect! Best dogs, both of them, ever.

7.) Simone

  My dog Simone  is part husky and border collie. Originally we were only fostering her because she came into the rescue when she was 6 weeks old with a broken leg. When it came time to take her back we just couldn’t, she already had our hearts.

8.)  Mog

   Not from a rescue, but a sweet stray who was in need of a home 🙂

9.) “Doc” Holliday

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It all started when we lost our beloved Dakota of 13yrs. Losing him was a very hard lose! And my husband and I decided we would not get another dog for a while. But a several months after his passing, while out to lunch, I was walking in a parking lot with my husband and noticed a very cool sticker in the back window of a car. The car was running, so I decided to ask the owner where she got the sticker (Cow Dog Up) and while walking over to her window I noticed a door sticker with AZ Cattle Dog Rescue. When I looked in her window I saw 2 cattle dog puppies. My heart melted! The young lady was so sweet and let me hold one of the beautiful puppies. I held it up for my husband to see. He figured this puppy would be home when he got home. But there is a process and these guys were too little to come home at that time. So I went home and looked up their web site and filled out the application and waited to see what happened. Again we were not looking to add to the family of already 3 cattle dogs, 1 cat, 9 chickens and 3 horses. But we believe things happen for a reason. I was contacted the next day and the process began.
We were so lucky to be approved to get one of these adorable puppies; they brought them to the house to meet the older dogs, which were not too happy to see them! Pippen (now Doc) was very mellow and did not push the issue with the older dogs and he also was very comfortable with the horses, were his little sister Peri peed all over me when she saw the horses. So it was decided – Pippen would be ours! He came home with us the middle of November and he has been so impressive. He was potty trained in a day, can sit, stay and come all on command. And is the best cuddlier, he loves to sleep with us! Thank god for faith and adding this wonderful little guy to our lives. P.S. the older dogs are becoming good friends with him.

10.) Titan and Max

My husband and I went to an ’empty the shelter’ event at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. We’d wanted to give a dog a home, but instead my husband saw puppies. As we stood in the cage with all the puppies, I mentally picked one and told myself that everything would work out if my husband picked the one I had in mind. And he did. Titan (the darker one) was going home with us! Then the volunteers mentioned it’d be easier with two (haha!!) so I went and picked Max. They’re still a huge part of our lives two and a half years later. ❤

11.) Honey Boy

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This is Honey Boy Red sitting in his favorite chair. He loves to curl up in a ball on it; however, he’d much rather you were sitting in the chair so that he could snuggle on your lap.

Honey Boy was picked up from the streets in November 2012 by Pinal County Animal Control at seven months old and was rescued by the Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue.   He had to remain in foster care a little longer than usual because he had a compromised immune system and ACDR wanted to make sure he was on his way to recovery before adoption.

We had been looking for another dog to be a friend and buddy for our other dog, Charley, who was just a puppy.  Our 10-year-old daughter picked him from the website as the one she had a good feeling about.  She liked the fact that he was a loving and affectionate dog according to his foster mom.  We drove to Mesa to meet him and took Charley with us so that they could meet and see if there was doggy chemistry.  When Charley’s little paws touched the ground, Honey Boy chased her into a corner.  He was not trying to hurt her, but was obviously very curious about this little dog.  Charley went to her back showing her small belly probably thinking he was trying to be dominant.  When she realized that Honey Boy only wanted to befriend her, they began to play.  Honey Boy was not hard on her, but she was tough on him.  He just took it in stride like he knew she was just a little pup that was not quite knowledgeable yet about doggy social manners.   They played, wrestled and just had a grand time getting to know each other.  We loved watching them and knew as far as Charley was concerned, Honey Boy was the right choice.  We got to know him a bit ourselves, and being the sweet dog that he is, we could not resist making the decision to adopt him.  On the way home, our son and daughter fussed over him as he just lay quietly on the floor in our van.  We felt that he was going to miss his foster family very much, but hoped he would love his forever home, too.  When we arrived back at our house, Charley and Honey Boy picked up where they left off and were back to playing and running around the yard together.  Everyday since then, they play and have fun and you can just tell how much they love each other.   In addition to going on walks and playing games with us, they make up their own tag games, play soccer and learn from each other.  When I’m training them, Honey Boy will watch Charley do something and then he tries his own version of it and vice versa.  They both keep us laughing and we enjoy their company.   Adopting this adorable boy will never be regretted.  He is the perfect addition to our family and we love him so much.  Honey Boy was meant to be our boy.

Release Day Blitz! The Enlightening by Adrianne James

I’m thrilled to present The Enlightening (Book #2 in The Mackenzie Duncan Series) by YA author Adrianne James. This sounds like a fun werewolf series!! Make sure to check out the giveaway at the end 🙂


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Mackenzie Duncan found out that pack life wasn’t for her. Now she is running for the second time in the six months since she was bitten and turned into a Werewolf. But this time, she isn’t alone. This time, she has Geoff and Liam with her, two very hot Werewolves vying for her heart.

But her companions aren’t her focus. The only thing she can focus on is getting far from her old pack and their murderous ways. Only, she doesn’t just want to run. She wants to warn every pack she can that their lives are in danger too. No one should be turned against their will like she was and no other pack should have to surrender to the ideas of a centuries old, power hungry woman.

Not only does Mackenzie have to deal with her crazy ex-pack leader sending people out to kill her, she has to keep both men at arm’s length (and that proves to be much more difficult than she thought), but she finds out more about her own life and heritage than she ever thought imaginable.

And suddenly, everything makes sense…

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Get the first book in the Mackenzie Duncan Series, The Tempering while it is on sale!


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The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is strong, but she never thought any of it could be real.

After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can’t possibly be normal. The myths she’s studying aren’t myths at all. Werewolves are real and she’s one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.

The hardest part of being a werewolf is having no control and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes and she actually remembers bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?


Signed set of The Tempering and The Enlightening in Paperback! Click on the Rafflecopter link now to enter:-)

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Adrianne James

Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.




A Year in Review!

My favorite post of the year! Giveaway included!!!

In case you missed any of the book reviews or author interviews that I did over the past year, here’s a handy list all in one place 🙂 The authors have come back one more time to offer a holiday greeting or share one of their favorite holiday memories. So, enjoy the post, find a few books you’d like to read or give to someone for Christmas, and enter the Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a large prize pack that includes 11 of these books!

Indigo Incite Twitter (2)  INDIGO INCITE by Jacinda Buchmann

(of course I had to include my own book, LOL)

My favorite Christmas memory:  When I was in my teens I lived in Montana in a very small town. My grandparents had a house on a large chunk of land, outside of town. Before they bought it, the previous owner had plans to create a Christmas tree farm, and they had planted rows upon rows of baby Christmas trees. When my grandparents bought the place, the trees were just the right size. They never utilized the property for a Christmas tree farm, but every December, my mother, grandfather, and I would wander out into the Christmas tree patch, usually trudging our way through knee high snow, and we would look for the perfect Christmas tree to cut down. Then after we dragged the tree back up to the house, we would go inside where my grandmother would have a nice warm cup of tea or hot chocolate waiting 🙂   –  Jacinda Buchmann

Genre: YA science fiction/romance


There are no secrets

Sixteen-year-old Tyler believed that his extra-sensory powers were a secret, but when his twin brother, Toby, is kidnapped by a covert government agency, he realizes that he has no secrets, and he has nowhere to hide.

He’s not alone

Now, in order to save himself and rescue his brother, Tyler must call upon the help of four strangers. Unknown to each other, Eddie, Liliana, Grace, and Sarah share a common bond. They are Indigo Children. With extra-sensory powers of their own, they must unite with Tyler in order to maintain their freedom.

Unexpected romance

They’re on the run. They’re on a mission. Romance is a distraction that Tyler can’t afford. But sometimes, the heart has a mind of its own.

Time is running out

Will they find Toby before the agency finds them first? Find out in Indigo Incite, Book One of the Indigo Trilogy.

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when you're ready   WHEN YOU’RE READY by J.L. Berg

Favorite Christmas Memory:  My favorite holiday memory is always decorating the tree. In our house growing up, we would always make an entire day of it. We’d buy a fresh tree, listen to holiday music and decorate the tree as a family. Egg nog and bubble lights were a must as well. As an adult, I carry on the tradition with my kids, even though my kids aren’t too fond of egg nog. We’re working on them though. Merry Christmas! – J.L. Berg

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Blurb:  Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Logan Matthews is the son of a billionaire who has spent his entire life trying to make his absent father proud. Years of living up to a man who was more ghost than father, and a publicly failed marriage has left Logan cold and emotionless until he walks into an exam room and discovers a woman who can stop his heart, make his body burn with desire and leave his entire world altered.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you never know if you are truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all.

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empath    EMPATH by H.K. Savage

Holiday greeting:  Happy holidays to all! This is my favorite time of year. Everyone is in a good mood, or if they’re not we can call them Scrooge and get away with it. Plus, who doesn’t like shiny paper and presents? I’m happy to have a gift to share. My very first book ever, Empath, is free. Also, we’ve included an ecopy of my new one, An Undying Oath for the giveaway. Enjoy and happy holidays!!! -HK Savage

Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:  All she wanted was to disappear…

Claire Martin is an empath. She’s lived her entire life as a slave to a constant barrage of emotions that weren’t hers. Off to college she hopes simply to blend with the crowd where she can best hide her curse. Within her first few weeks at school Claire meets Stephen Andrews, a small, fragile looking boy who changes her life forever.

Stephen, a boy with a secret of his own, instantly recognizes Claire for what she is. It is through Stephen’s aid that Claire meets James, a vampire with a talent of his own. As soon as they touch, their abilities connect in a way that has not occurred in over three hundred years forming a bond that cannot be broken.

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over the edge   OVER THE EDGE by Suzanne Carroll

Holiday Greeting:

Seasons Greetings from Australia!  And best wishes for a fabulous 2014.  I hope your new year will be full of love and laughter, friends and family.  And books.  Lots of books 🙂

Cheers & Merry Christmas!

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Blurb:  In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realises she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiance, and his mother–who has joined the fight via conference call.

Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no relationships. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.

In six weeks Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is, the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.

Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicised failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.

What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realises where her heart lies, will it be too late?

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EdgeOfTruth.indd  EDGE OF TRUTH by Natasha Hanova

Favorite Christmas Memory:  

I blame it on my pillow, my restlessness that night, my pillow and the Christmas tree. Or more accurately, the chocolate ornament that dangled within reach of a five-year-old’s grasp. My mama told me to wait until Christmas to try a piece. There were plenty of other sweets– peppermint candy, sugar cookies, fruitcake. None of them chocolate. But it was wrong to steal and had to be double wrong to steal from a Christmas tree.

As the youngest of four children, I knew if I didn’t get there first, someone else would get my candy. Then, I had another terrible thought. I’d made it clear to everyone the ornament with the blue and silver swirls was mine. Translation: my oldest brother would gobble that one first.

I snuck out of my room with the intent to hide the chocolate somewhere safe. The moment I held it in my hand, the intent changed. Surely, no one would miss one little ornament. No one would ever know. I ripped it open, not hearing the crinkle of the foil, or anything else as I popped it in my mouth. It tasted sweet, then, turned bitter.

I don’t remember which happened first – the click or the flash. My sister stood behind me with a camera and a smile. My mama showed up next. The look of disappointment on her face made me cry. Somehow, she understood my mumbled apology. Her words have since faded, but I remember her hug. Not only was stealing wrong, it tasted bad too, but my apology and mama’s hug made it all better. – Natasha Hanova

Genre:  YA Dystopian

Blurb:  Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives.

It’s not a bad plan for someone with a hidden, emotion-based ability to trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, sixteen-year-old Rena Moon strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression.

Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?

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minutes before sunset   MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET by Shannon A. Thompson

Favorite holiday memory:  My favorite holiday memory is less about the holiday and more about my family. At the time, I was seven, and my family—my father, mother, brother, and 3-year-old husky, Shadow—drove every winter from wherever we were living at the time to my mother’s hometown in Kansas. That year, we had driven from Atlanta, and it was pretty obvious why we were all exhausted. No matter how large the family van is, the two-day drive is not comfortable. But, despite the heavy winter storm, we made it safely, and my grandparents were waiting with waffles. I remember that they were in the shape of Mickey’s head because I was beyond delighted. (Later, we took the waffle iron home, and we still make Mickey waffles every Christmas morning.) But Shadow was hungry, too, and they didn’t have dog food. We had run out on the way there, so my grandfather tossed him a couple waffles. Shadow happily accepted the treats and took them outside to the igloo he built in the snow and ate them—or so we thought. Less than two weeks later, it was Christmas Day, and the storm had passed. The snow had melted just in time for the Christmas party we were having, and the decorations inside were beautiful. We hadn’t even concerned ourselves with the front yard until the first guest arrived, commenting on the interesting array of decorations outside: a collection of half-eaten Mickey waffles. Shadow was pretty proud of himself, and we couldn’t help but laugh—remembering that decorations aren’t important; laughter with your family and friends is. – Shannon A. Thompson

Genre: YA paranormal/romance

Blurb:  She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

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united service     UNITED SERVICE by Regina Morris

Holiday Greeting:

It was Christmas of so long ago that I don’t even want to count the years. My immediate family had just moved to Germany, so no extended family members would be visiting us this year. I was a pre-teen. Any surly attitudes and angst were either not developed yet, or still lay dormant due to a move where I had no friends, no relatives, and couldn’t even speak the language. My family began the festive Christmas celebration by digging out the tree and ornaments, only to find that some of the more cherished items had been lost during the trek overseas. Plus, our American lights would not work with the German electrical outlets. This didn’t upset my mother. A native German, she wanted to bring in fresh garland and branches and decorate the house in the traditional German style. All I could think of was that this was another change, another deviance from our norm, and that Christmas had been ruined. She drug us out into the woods. Yes, Germany is a very wooded area and she marched us through thick snow and had us collect evergreen branches. We didn’t chop down a tree since she didn’t want to kill something living, so us three kids gathered and hauled what looked like, to me at least, discarded foliage by nature. Our house had a large deck, which was snow covered and a sheet of ice at the time. My mother collected the branches, dug out a porcelain vase and set to work. She put together such a lovely snowy scene, nearly making a tree itself with the branches sticking out of the vase. Since our lights wouldn’t work, my mother went to a local store and bought candle clips. I had never seen these before, but, evidently, they are traditional on a German tree. My mother clipped the little metal contraptions onto the “tree”, putting candles in each one. Once lit, we turned off the light and I was able to enjoy a beautiful Christmas display. Many years have passed, and my mother is now gone. When I think of Christmas at home, I think of her branch display and how wonderful she always made our Christmases.  – Regina Morris

Genre: Paranormal romance

Blurb:  Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher … They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again. Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in. Some however want power and control. The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires. Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it. His unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects has Sterling spending much of his lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling’s world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate, and he wonders if she’d ever consider loving a half-breed. Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated – but has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Will she be willing to trust Sterling with her dark personal secret? Could she be able to open her heart to a bad-boy who’s never known true love before? Together, can they save the children and find true love?

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reconnected 4    disconnected 2  RECONNECTED and DISCONNECTED by Bethany Daniel

Genre: Contemporary romance


Reconnected:  Katy Warren had it all. A new husband, who was a successful theater actor and their whole lives ahead of them. But then Liam got discovered and once whisked off to Hollywood, he changed. After a night of being ignored for “business”, Katy decides she can’t handle it and leaves. Taking back her maiden name, and deciding to go for a Psychology degree she leaves Liam Warren and his celebrity behind, but she never got a divorce and Liam hasn’t stopped looking for her. When their paths cross again, Liam does all he can to fight for their love even with Katy fighting against him.

Disconnected:  A Fast Paced Love Story!

Liam and Katy were high school sweethearts. Shortly after they graduated they ran off to Vegas to get married. Liam does theater acting and it’s there that he is discovered by Excite Entertainment and flown to L.A.

Once he’s in L.A his marriage takes the backseat to rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. One night Liam throws a big party and Katy comes into their house filled with half dressed women. When Katy says she’s going to leave, Liam doesn’t believe her until he comes home from filming and finds a note that tears him apart.

Four years later, he’s tried to move on but never let go of the love he has in his heart for his Katy. It’s in a little town they are filming in that their paths cross again and Liam has to try and convince Katy that their love is worth fighting for.

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WhenStarsDie-3-1     WHEN STARS DIE by Amber Skye Forbes

Favorite Holiday Memory: My favorite holiday memory was when my fiance came over for the first time and was actually able to stay at our house instead of having to sleep in a motel. My parents actually got him something for Christmas, too, which consisted of money that he used to go clothes shopping with–and I helped him to pick out some of his clothes. I can’t even remember what I got for Christmas, but all I know is that it was the best two-week Christmas break that I’ve had in a long while, even though I didn’t have my driver’s license yet and we couldn’t do much but stay in the house. – Amber Skye Forbes

Genre: YA Paranormal

Blurb:  Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

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15 minutes     15 MINUTES by Jill Cooper

Favorite holiday memory:  My favorite Christmas memories are all with my little sister. We sat by the twinkling tree in the dark while listening to Christmas music. Sometimes we talked about what we thought Santa was doing or what he’d bring. But sometimes we just sat there, watching the lights reflect off the ornaments, enjoying being together. Merry Christmas! – Jill Cooper

Genre: YA Sci-fi

Blurb:  I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

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Between (Between, #1)   BETWEEN BY Cyndi Tefft

Favorite holiday memory:  I got married the day after Christmas 21 years ago. I was 20 and he was 19. Everyone thought we were crazy, but it was right. He has always been my best friend and I would do it all again. ❤ – Cyndi Tefft

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:  It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

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Cover Reveal! SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE by Shannon A. Thompson

Seconds Before Sunrise

I recently posted an interview with Shannon A. Thompson, author of MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET, Book #1 in the Timely Death Trilogy. I am excited to help out with the cover reveal of the sequel, SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE, which will be released on March 22nd.

For those participating in Shannon’s scavenger hunt, here is fun fact #18:The willow tree on top of a hill is actually based off of a real tree that was across the street from one of the author’s childhood homes.

Excited for SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE? Here’s the synopsis:

Two nightmares. One memory.
“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
If this is the first time you’ve been introduced to the Timely Death Trilogy, you still have plenty of time to read MINUTES BEFORE  before the release of SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE! If you haven’t yet added SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE to your Goodreads list, here’s the link:
I am also adding the Goodreads link for MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET just in case it hasn’t been added to your TBR list 😉