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Removing the Gargoyle’s Mask (A Paranormal’s Love #5) by Charlie Richards

Extasy Books Presents

http://www.extasybooks.com/removing-the-gargoyle-s-mask/

Blurb

Into the paranormal world: Sometimes giving in to temptation can lead to unexpected rewards.
Martin Marty Beakman finds himself entranced by a bearded, cloaked stranger in a coffee shop, Raymond. Although he feels like a stalker, he returns again and again until he eventually figures out a pattern. When Marty is confronted by his brother Matthew regarding his actions, he admits his attraction to someone he’s never even spoken to. After his brother encourages him to change that, Marty follows Raymond in an attempt to do just that. Instead, he sees something almost unbelievable…Raymond removes his cloak, spreads wings, and flies into the night. When Raymond, out of the blue, contacts Marty online, will he give in to his desire to learn more about the guy? Or, will the strange sight the evening before keep him from seizing the opportunity?

Review

Another fun Gargoyle story with trilling and the introduction of humans to the world of paranormals!

Marty is (to himself) an acknowledged bi-sexual, but he’s never been with a man, so we get the added bonus of him learning about that aspect of mating, as well.

Raymond is kind of funny and – interestingly – the smaller of the two, as Marty is a big guy.

We get to meet some of the upcoming new MCs including Vane and Marty’s brother n addition to hanging out with some of the previous MCs.

Another quick bite of fun and smexy times!

4 of 5 stars

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But For You (Matter Of Time Book 6) Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Finn Sterling

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/but-for-you-by-mary-calmes-4074-b

Blurb

Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him—it’s settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory’s days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

Which means it’s exactly the right time for a shakeup on the home front. Sam’s ex turns up in an unexpected place. A hit man climbs up their balcony at a family reunion. And maybe both of those things have something to do with a witness who disappeared a year ago. Marital bliss just got a kick in the pants, but Jory won’t let anyone take his family away from him. Before he knew what it felt like to have a home, he would have run. Not anymore. He knows he and Sam need to handle things together, because that’s the only way they’re going to make it.

Review

We are now 13 years down the line, Sam and Jory are married, have 2 kids and Sam’s been promoted in his job as a US Marshal. Jory is still causing trouble, this time by being nosy with the neighbors. Sam, understandably, encourages Jory to keep his nose out of things, but Jory can’t help but try to right any wrongs he perceives.

Jory is much calmer, but still frenetic. He’s a dad now, and his attention is more ably centered around his family. Sam’s mellowed only a little, in that he’s settled down, but more protective than ever of Jory and his kids.

There are some rough parts in the story, like when Jory learns about Sam’s involvement with the doctor… I hate that part so much. Even though it’s in the past, it hurts Jory (and me!) so much. But a lot of this is kind of keystone cop fun and adventure with a trip to Hawaii.

What remains good and true about this series is Sam and Jory. They are still hot for each other, and deeply in love and there are several “ooey gooey I love you” moments to gush over in this story.

What’s really nice is the sense of peace we get – these guys are finally settled down into life as a family and it feels so good! I do wish Sam and Jory spent more time with one another and that we had less kid time and more adult time, but it was still a nice way to end their story arc.

Luckily, we get glimpses of them in future stories (The Marshal’s spin-off) and some short stories. We also get one more book in the series which ties Acrobat to Matter of Time and The Marshal’s all together. (That’s my favorite book in the series – but more on that later!)

For those of us who’ve stuck it through to the end, this is the book you’ve been waiting for!

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

MMMMM. Wow. Finn Sterling ROCKED this! I absolutely adored the voices he chose for Jory and Sam. I could have listened to Sam talk for hours. Yum! I was so, so, so glad that if we didn’t get Paul Morey back, we got Finn Sterling instead of Jeff Gelder again. Such an improvement! I like his version of children’s voices, but found he didn’t do much for the female characters and they sounded a bit screechy. But… overall I think he had the best handle on these characters and of the books in this series so far, his is my favorite interpretation. (I love Tristan James SO much and he narrates the next book, but Sam and Jory are barely in that story so…)

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price

JCP Presents
https://www.amazon.com/Hemovore-Jordan-Castillo-Price-ebook/dp/B01N392CQK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486080112&sr=8-1&keywords=hemovore

Blurb

Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section…. Didn’t happen. Not even once.

Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

Why supermarket blood won’t suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a loss for words—he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.

So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of harrowing events.

As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

Second expanded edition includes bonus novelette Sweet

 

Review

Just when you think you’ve read every possible spin on the Vampire story there is… Jordan hits us with something new!

As you know, I’m a huge JCP fan. I find her mind extraordinary and her darkness compelling, where normally I pass on things that are too bleak or dark. Where she excels is in the balance. She definitely doesn’t make it easy on her MCs (or any of her characters, really) but she does give them light at the end of the tunnel.

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This is a slow burn romance with not a lot of heat but a lot of emotional connections and some very well-developed and complex characters – plus some snarky one liners! I think, looking at this like any “epidemic” it’s a fascinating look at how society treats illness and disease in general.

For fans of the author, I highly recommend this. If you’ve not read anything by her, this would be an interesting first book – but I wouldn’t judge her based on this – not because it isn’t wonderful – but because she writes so many things well but I think her PsyCop series really is her best work. (IMHO)

For fans of Vampire Romances, you may or may not want to read this as it’s not your typical romance (see spoiler or read some other reviews that tell more about this) because it’s far from typical.

4.5 of 5 stars

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#REV (Gearshark Book 2) Audiobook Written by: Cambria Hebert Narrated by: Luke Itzvic , Guy Locke

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Audible Link

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Blurb

A line has been drawn – Indie versus Pro.
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing. Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution. Drew Forrester was the spark, but his second-in-command, Trent Mask, is the revolution. What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition? Resolve of steel…. Stubborn will…. And a heart that refuses to give up.
Contains mature themes.

Review

So much drama! Well – okay – there’s a lot going on with these guys. They’ve just decided they’re in love. Drew is starting up his own indie racing division. Trent is dealing with graduating and his fraternity politics. And, at the end of book one, Trent got gay bashed and old Drew they had to break up!

This story picks up literally right from that point.

On the one hand, there is a lot of hang wringing and internal angsting. But…if you remember this is a New Adult story – the angst makes sense and feels totally appropriate.
I love that the couple doesn’t actually give up on one another at all. They stick together and make a plan and decide – when the time is right – to seek revenge and to come out all in one fell swoop.

I loved how tender and romantic these guys were with one another, while still feeling like “guys”. There were a few internal monologues that felt a bit OTT and inauthentic – but for the most part – this felt really true to the age and descriptions of these guys. They’re alpha males and not inclined to flowers and romance.

There’s a part where they are playing football that felt like the perfect juxtaposition of guys being guys but also a few hearts and flowers as Drew “defended” Trent from his attackers.
The smexy times were off the charts hot and the feels were plentiful.

I loved the dual narration – again – Drew’s voice is to DIE for – and I really thought that helped to cement the characters in my mind and really made this feel more like a movie and mutli-dimensional.

If you loved book one, this is a VERY satisfying book two and you’ll want to read it for sure. I enjoyed it and found it to be touching, sweet and hot (if a little too much drama and angst for my tastes – but consistent with the age group.)

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars for the audio and book

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Trust Trade by Ki Brightly

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/trust-trade-by-ki-brightly-8104-b

Blurb

Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

Review

This is a book that was simply too hard for me to finish. I put it off and put it off and got an extension and put it off – and when I finally decided to try it again, I got to about the 30% point and it was just – so – painful.

I give huge kudos to the author for writing a story that is so compelling that I cannot make myself read it because of the pain it evokes.

I will say, however, that part of why I couldn’t read this was that the appeal of this book (to me) was the hurt/comfort aspect and what I saw from Freddy wasn’t enough comfort to make wading through the hurt worth it.

I’ll admit that I skimmed a bit here and there to see if it got to a point where the sun did shine through and I never found that brightness (at least not to my satisfaction).

So, I won’t rate this as I definitely didn’t read it in it’s entirety and I can say that people looking for a hard look at life on the streets, victims of abuse, the sex trade, incest, – this is the story for you- because it’s got all that and more. It was too dark for me (given world politics I just can’t absorb this into my psyche right now). I am hopeful that the right audience will find this book, because it does look to be really gripping.

DNF 30%

 

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When No Doesn’t Cut It (Cloverleah Pack #3)by Lisa Oliver


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Blurb

Scott Peterson, beta wolf in the Cloverleah Pack, has a good life. He loves h
is cars, riding his Harley, and going out with pack members and friends. But when an attack on his pack by a bear shifter, brings his mate into his world, from Texas of all places, Scott realizes he could lose everything he ever held dear.

Damien, Alpha wolf of the San Antonio Pack, didn’t want to go to Cloverleah and definitely didn’t want to be chasing a rogue bear shifter that was threatening the Alpha of the Cloverleah Pack. But he was in for a pleasant surprise when he finds his mate. Now, if he could just find the time to enjoy him.

Between murderous bears, deceptive wolves, two packs and a BDSM club, the road to HEA is anything but smooth for Scott and Damien. And then there’s a fire, and an Alpha Challenge, and let’s not forget Diablo and Griff’s wedding. About the only thing Scott and Damien haven’t got is time to be together, and it is that lack of time that could pull them apart.

Warning. This book is about gay wolf shifters. It contains m/m anal and oral sex, rimming and a spanking scene. There is also some violence, fighting wolves and a couple of deaths of minor characters. Child Sexual Abuse is also referred to. Please do not buy this book if these aspects offend you in any way.

Review

OMG I wanted to KILL Damien in this book. I’d forgotten how much of a total douche-bag he was in the beginning! (He’s one of the main characters and later in the series he’s a different guy than he is here, and I’d forgotten that he had a major personality transformation upon mating with Scott.)

Damien does EVERYTHING wrong and while I waffled in my desire to see Scott just leave him versus working on it – I think the author balanced these conflicting desires well. In the beginning we see Scott act the martyr and then in between he fights for his man – then he’s resigned again to a horrible mating… etcetera. It felt a bit more real than just deciding to give up since Scott is a Beta and a strong character, but even so, Damien is a jerk enough that even a strong person would want to give up now and again.

I loved that Scott isn’t a delicate flower, or a chick with a dick, that we sometimes see in shifter novels where an uber Alpha is paired with a tiny man who acts more like a traditional helpless heroine than a strong wolf shifter. Scott gives as good as he takes and it’s refreshing.

The mystery is pretty insubstantial, but intriguing enough to move the story along and keep the flow going.

There is a lot of sex, but not as much as I’d expected given books one and two. It is pretty hot, and there is virtually no actual BDSM on page, it’s just discussed as part of their collective pasts.

We also get introduced to some of the future MCs in the end and I’m looking forward to re-visiting their stories as well.

Another great addition to this series, and highly recommeneded!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Everything Changes Audiobook by Melanie Hansen Narrated by Robert Nieman

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Dreamspinner Presents:
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/everything-changes-by-melanie-hansen-8171-b

Blurb

What happens when friendship catches fire?

Former Marine and lower-leg amputee Carey Everett keeps a grueling schedule of counseling fellow war veterans and their families. The injury he received in Afghanistan forces him to rely on a reserve of strength he didn’t even know he had. A much deserved vacation will let him reconnect with his best friend, who saved his life and has been there for him through devastating injury and painful recovery.

Part-time EMT and aspiring singer Jase DeSantis has been in love with Carey for years, but he’s come to accept that his straight friend will never be able to offer more. Jase fills his days with band rehearsals, ambulance shifts, and willing groupies, all while trying to cope with debilitating PTSD.

A week of sun, fun, and music in San Diego changes Jase and Carey’s lives forever when their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Jase has been longing for that change, but it leaves Carey reeling with confusion. As Jase fights to hold things together, Carey deals with doubts, fears, and his own preconceived notions about labels and the true nature of love.

Review
(Book Reviewed here previously: http://kimichanexperience.com/everything-changes-melanie-hansen/ )
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After returning home from the military, Jase and Carey’s friendship shifts when PTSD and re-adjusting to civilian life forces them to lean on one another in ways they hadn’t before. Suddenly, they’re able to see each other as more than friends.

Jase has always identified as bi-sexual, so he is not surprised by his attraction to Carey. Carey, is a staunch “straight” guy, who is confused by the change in his feelings and his attraction to his best friend.

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This is the first book I’d read by Melanie Hansen and I thought it was excellent. Her writing is clear and captivating. I was definitely hooked by the story line and though she did a great job with her character development and realism as regards her subject matter.

What worked: the hurt/comfort part of the story felt realistic as did the PTSD. It felt well-researched and felt authentic. The first part of the GFY relationship really felt like it was plausible and both guys seemed to be acting in a way that seemed consistent with their characters.

What didn’t work: The path of their relationship which waffled from friends to more to friends and then off in a direction I really didn’t care for.

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I really felt Carey treated Jase poorly and didn’t do much to earn back his trust. The end was just too quick and didn’t feel solid enough for my tastes. I appreciated that no relationship runs smoothly, but after all the build-up, the quick apology and epilogue just felt rushed.

I liked this enough to read another by this author and truly liked, but didn’t love this story.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

I like Robert Nieman as a narrator. Some of his stories have been exceptional and all are always rock solid. He doesn’t do a lot of unique voices or do much to differentiate the speakers but he is always clear and does a nice job with the emotions and pacing in a story. I could always tell who was speaking and I like the quality of his voice, as well.

This is a good way to enjoy this story.

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Lucky (Twirled World Ink #4) by J.M. Dabney

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Blurb

Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

When someone was asked to describe crazy, if they knew Lee “Lucky” Trenton they’d point at him. Accident prone and without a filter of any kind to tell him to shut up before he says something inappropriate he’s no one’s idea of a perfect partner. Growing up with parents who subscribed to a philosophy of Radical Honesty Lucky and his siblings were doomed from the womb. Lucky found a home away from home at Twirled World Ink, but he didn’t just find a place to belong. He’d found Priest.

Matthew “Priest” Beall ran away from his judgmental family the second he’d earned the money. He’d come in search of Gib Phelps a legend in the tattoo industry. If you wanted to learn the craft, then Gib was the man to beg an apprenticeship with, and he’d begged. Priest might have left the violence of his past behind, but when he closed his eyes it came back to torture him. The only place he felt safe was when his best friend Lucky let him sleep in his arms. He wanted more, but he didn’t think he deserved it.

Priest left his family behind without regret only to find a new one with the crew of Twirled World and the super weird Trenton family. Could he grab onto his new life or would the memories of the past ruin the happiness he’d gained?

Author’s Note: Although this is the first book in a series each book is standalone and every book deals with a separate couple.

Review

What a fun Valentine’s Day present this was!

Though these can all be read as standalones, it’s lovely to read these in order so that you can watch the other couples from earlier books interact – as well as gain more insight into the MCs in this book from their previous actions.

If you’ve been following the series, you know that Priest and Lucky have been dancing around one another for years, but you don’t know why that relationship hasn’t progressed. We find out that Priest has a backstory – a really sad one. Lucky – it turns out – is the BEST suited for bringing him back from his dark past.

We also get to meet more of Lucky’s family and they are HYSTERICAL! His twin is fun and Linus is a trip. (I’m hoping we’re see more of him in the future!) I also love the way the entire family uses “radical honesty” as a life directive.

One of the things I admired about this book is the way the author handled the physical relationship between Lucky and Priest – it felt authentic. (Though I do wonder at the end – it felt a little bit like a 180 but… it was awesome too!)

I have to say, however, that one thing keeps this from being a 5 star read and that is the editing. This wasn’t a free book and this is book 4, I think it’s high time for an editor to be employed to fix up the truly appalling grammatical and typographical mistakes. This book, more than the first 3, had what seemed like even more mistakes and run on sentences and lack of proper punctuation and the misuse of words like passed for past… some sentences didn’t even make sense! I have a huge bias in favor of new authors and I give a lot of leeway for starting out, but by now I think finding a good editor is important for moving this author’s works forward from good to great.

I loved the story but got bogged down by the editing – 4 of 5 stars

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Ari McKay on Letters from Cupid

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OS: Welcome to Ari McKay, author of Letters from Cupid!

 

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Hi, everyone! I’m the McKay half of Ari McKay. I’m stopping by as part of our blog tour celebrating the release of our Valentine’s Day book, Letters from Cupid. Thanks very much to Open Skye Reviews for hosting us!

Ari and I collaborate by each writing one of the main characters. In this book, I wrote Macon Pinney, who is a tenured professor in creative writing. He’s also introverted and over forty. I don’t think it’s all that unusual to see introverted characters in romance novels of any type (maybe because many writers are introverts and we write what we know?). Lead characters who are over forty do seem to be a bit rarer, however.

Both of our leads in this book – Macon and Derek – are older. Macon is forty-two, and Derek is almost forty. Many of our characters skew older, actually; it’s rare for us to have a lead who is under twenty-five. They tend to be thirty and up.

The reason for this is probably because we’re Women of a Certain Age ourselves, so we’re comfortable writing characters with – shall we say – more life experience under their belts. Part of it might also be a little subconscious pushback against the youth-oriented culture we live in.

Or in my case, maybe not so subconscious! Ari and I watch TV and movies together via chat, and recently, we were watching a sci fi show that has a pretty diverse cast, but of course there was a quirky teenager thrown in the mix. As soon as I saw the character, my comment to Ari was, “Dear TV show writers, I know our culture is obsessed with youth, but we don’t actually need a teenager shoehorned into every show ever made.”

There’s also a double standard at play. Aging men are called silver foxes while aging women are encouraged to use all manner of expensive products and undergo plastic surgery to maintain the illusion of youth.

Which is why I enjoyed writing Macon, who wears bowties and isn’t buff. He may be older and an introvert, but he’s the one who can rev Derek’s engine like no other man Derek has dated.

But even with the double standard of attractiveness, there are people who think that once you reach a certain age, you’re no longer allowed to be sexy or sexual, no matter how you identify gender-wise. Like your libido shuts down once you get a mortgage and start investing in a 401K. But I’m here to say that’s not true! You may grow older, but you don’t have to grow up, and age doesn’t necessarily change who you are or what you enjoy doing.

Ari and I still attend sci fi conventions. We’re still geeks who love Star Wars and Star Trek, and we dress up in costumes because it’s still fun. I have Funko Pop figurines on my bookshelves, which are full of fantasy, horror, and some sci fi – and my first edition AD&D Players Handbook that I bought when I was in junior high school right next to the shiny new 5e handbook.

So never let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t do something you enjoy just because you’ve hit (or passed) a certain birthday. You can level up your druid in World of Warcraft and maintain a healthy investment portfolio. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

And besides, the truth is, you’ll never really get the hang of Adulting no matter how old you are. My eighty-year-old great-aunt used to talk about “the old people” at her church, which I think perfectly illustrates the idea that age isn’t a number, it’s a state of mind.

Some of us might look like we’re Responsible Adults, and for the most part, maybe we are. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t also binge-watching Stranger Things (season two can’t get here fast enough!) or planning our next cosplay outfit for an upcoming convention.

Thanks again to Open Skye for hosting, and I hope you enjoy Letters from Cupid, which will be available from Dreamspinner Press on February 14th!

Blurb

After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?

Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?

 

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/letters-from-cupid-by-ari-mckay-8150-b

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Letters-Cupid-Ari-McKay-ebook/dp/B01NCZL04J

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/letters-from-cupid-ari-mckay/1121487929

 

BIO:

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.

 

CONTACTS:

Website: http://arimckay.wordpress.com

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ari-Mckay/266185570179748

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ari.mckay.7

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AriMcKay1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6153630.Ari_McKay

 

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