Saturday, February 28, 2015

Graphic Novel Review- Alone Forever: The Singles Collection by Liz Prince!

Title: Alone Forever: The Singles Collection
Author: Liz Prince
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: February 5th 2014
Source: Netgalley & Top Shelf Productions

Book Description via Goodreads:

Liz Prince, author of the world's cutest relationship comic, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, returns with a new comic about being -- gasp! -- SINGLE. At last bringing her popular webcomic to printed form, Alone Forever explores the joys of flying solo, free to focus on what really matters: comics, punk rock, and cute boys with beards.

Drawn in Liz Prince's ultra-charming style, filled with self-deprecation and cats, there's something for everyone to relate to in this celebration of self-reliance in the age of OkCupid.

It's the perfect gift for any friend! …If you want that friend to immediately respond, "Wait, what are you saying?!"



Oh Liz Prince. You never fail to make me laugh. I read her book Tomboy awhile back and I really enjoyed it, so when I saw Alone Forever I knew I needed it. I was right!

This collection of comics made me laugh out loud more than once. The beauty of Prince's work is that (at least for me) it is painfully relatable. I've done the whole internet dating scene and it's a scary and awkward place. I've internally battled myself in spurts of "I love being single!" versus "SOMEONE LOVE ME!" I'm not the smoothest person, socially, and I tend to be a bit on the awkward side. I'm also usually oblivious to flirtation.

Alone Forever is a great book for people who have done or relate to any of those things. Prince talks about them with a great sense of humor and honesty. I laughed, I said "awww" quietly to myself, and I read a few more than once because I loved them so much.

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever been single, fallen asleep among their cats, or has braved the depths of online dating. This is better suited for a more mature audience, as the language is not for little eyes and ears. This is a perfect gift for one of your girlfriends, or for yourself on Valentine's Day.

Thanks to Netgalley and Top Shelf Productions for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Rose Water and Orange Blossoms by Maureen Abood
Bob's Burgers by Chad Brewster
Undertow by Michael Buckley
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Character Profile, Teaser, & Giveaway from Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy!!

Character Profile:

Meet the Elite Teen Fighter Pilots of the United Star Academy


Call Sign: PIPPIN

Position: RIO (radar intercept officer)

Height: 5’7”

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

Age: 17

Originally from: Trenton, New Jersey

Plane name and description: DRAGON, Streaker Jet Prototype 1

Years in the service: 3

Personality strengths: Genius, creative, snark master

Personality weaknesses: Secretive, walled-off


“I don’t suppose you see a gas station.” Pippin sat a few feet behind her, but his voice was closer, a direct link from his mask to her helmet’s headphones. “Nearing bingo fuel, Nyx.”

“Give me two minutes.” Chase smelled a challenge. Or she imagined one. Anything to prolong the hop and do something fun.

She pulled back on the stick, pointing the nose of her jet straight at the midday sun.

Brilliance charged the crystal dome.

“Tower to Nyx. Come in, Nyx,” Pippin mocked. “My sense of mortality insists I ask if we’re coming down anytime soon. As much as I wanted to be an astronaut when I was five, Dragon isn’t a star- ship. Where are we going exactly?”

“Somewhere. Anywhere.” The sun blinded through her smoky visor, but she kept her eyes ahead. “Up.”


About the Book:

Breaking Sky
Sourcebooks Fire
March 2015 ● ISBN: 9781492601418
Hardcover/$16.99 ● Ages 14+

Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.

Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx”, isn’t one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental “Streaker” jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn’t play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

CORI MCCARTHY studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan. Learn more about her books at

Praise for Breaking Sky:

“Strong characterizations, action, adventure, and emotion combine to produce a sci-fi novel that is more than just the sum of its parts.” —School Library Journal STARRED Review

“Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” —Kirkus Reviews

“McCarthy deploys breath-stopping depictions of high-stakes piloting with enviable ease, and the in-your-face personal confrontations are nearly as taut.” —Publishers Weekly

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway- Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show by Steve Bryant

Title: Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show

Author: Steve Bryant

Publication date: November 18, 2014

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

About the Book:

Lucas Mackenzie has got the best job of any 10 year old boy. He travels from city-to-city as part of the London Midnight Ghost Show, scaring unsuspecting show-goers year round. Performing comes naturally to Lucas and the rest of the troupe, who’ve been doing it for as long as Lucas can remember.

But there’s something Lucas doesn’t know.

Like the rest of Luca’s friends, he’s dead. And for some reason, Lucas can’t remember his former life, his parents or friends. Did he go to school? Have a dog? Brothers and sisters?

If only he could recall his former life, maybe even reach out to his parents, haunt them.

When a ghost hunter determines to shut the show down, Lucas realizes the life he has might soon be over. And without a connection to his family, he will have nothing. There’s little time and Lucas has much to do. Can he win the love of Columbine, the show’s enchanting fifteen-year-old mystic? Can he outwit the forces of life and death that thwart his efforts to find his family?

Keep the lights on! Lucas Mackenzie’s coming to town.

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The Characters:

The principal characters in the novel are members of a traveling midnight theater ghost show.

Professor Ambrose McDuff is a famous European magician, the star of the show and its owner.

Lucas Mackenzie is a ten-year-old radio whiz who designs the show’s electronics network, runs the AV equipment, and directs each evening’s performance from a projection booth.

Oliver is a large, lumbering thespian with a greenish hue. He looks suspiciously like the manservant in the Addams Family cartoons.

Yorick is a floating talking skull who does mindreading turns in the show.

Columbine is a lanky fifteen-year-old mystic in the show and the object of Lucas’s affections.

The Gilbert triplets (Alexandra, Belinda, and Clarice) are aspiring movie stars and magician’s assistants. They take turns on stage with the Professor.

Eddie is the lighting guy, Lucas’s rival in the cast for Columbine.

The McClatter boys are six animated skeletons, a sort of Greek chorus.

Oh, one important thing: everyone mentioned above is dead! Most are ghosts, and Eddie is merely a zombie that the Professor acquired in a poker game.

Lucas must contend with a ghost hunter named Dr. Harlan H. Hull, a difficult telephone operator, a gang of vampires, a delightful young spirit camp ghost named Chloë, a blind medium named Leota Price, a convict named Jake “Scar” Hoffman, and an angry postmaster named Blackadder in his quest to keep the show going, win the girl, and reunite with his family.

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About the Author:

Steve Bryant is a new novelist, but a veteran author of books of card tricks. He founded a 40+ page monthly internet magazine for magicians containing news, reviews, magic tricks, humor, and fiction; and he frequently contributes biographical cover articles to the country’s two leading magic journals (his most recent article was about the séance at Hollywood’s Magic Castle).

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Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Senior Year Bites by JA Campbell!

Senior Year Bites (The Clanless #1)
Release Date: 07/07/14
Untold Press

Summary from Goodreads:
Senior year is supposed to be fun: boys, dances and graduation. It’s significantly harder to enjoy it when you’re dead.

Thanks to an innocent game of Truth or Dare, I wound up sleeping in a graveyard. Probably not the brightest thing I’ve ever done, but thanks to a couple of well-placed fangs, I’m here to tell the tale.

Vampires might stalk pop culture, but they’re just myths, right? Yeah. Not so much…

Everything seems a lot more difficult when you’re a nocturnal creature of the night, especially school. I was managing, but couldn’t keep it hidden from my friends. Steph decided that we should be cool, like superheroes, and fight crime.

I’m a vampire, not a hero. Living in a sleepy New England town, crime is a little harder to come by. At least it is until a serial killer moves into the area. He’s got the authorities stumped, but then again, the cops don’t have a teenage, blood-sucking, non-hero on their team. It doesn’t take long for me to discover the world is full of monsters. I may be one of them…but will I turn out to be the hero, or the killer everyone is looking for.


I followed him for several miles to a ritzy neighborhood hidden away amongst the trees, most of the houses isolated from each other by space and forest. I slipped through the woods, following Alexander through several more turns to a three-story house with a wraparound porch. It was tucked back away from the street and surrounded by bare-branched hardwoods. He pulled into the driveway and parked to the side of the two-car garage. I hid and observed as he climbed out of his car, stopped, and looked around. He frowned, and I wondered if he knew he was being followed.

He stopped scanning the forest and moved closer to the house, and I followed him. This time of year there was no way I would find an open window, but I might be able to hear enough through one to find out more about him.

I slunk around, glancing in windows, catching glimpses of nice furnishings, spare decorations, and a lit fireplace. I ducked when I saw Alexander walk into the kitchen, and stretched out my senses to see if I could detect anyone else in the house.

It seemed like Alexander lived alone. I had almost expected Ann’s other friends to live with him as well, if they were actually connected to any of the strange things going on.

A loud ring made me jump, and I thought I heard Alexander swear quietly before he picked up the receiver.

"Hello?" His voice had lost most of the arrogant smoothness, and he sounded scared when he spoke again. "No, I wasn't followed. I'm sure. No, I haven't found anything. She doesn't know anything. She doesn't even know what she is."

I felt a cold thrill ripple through my body. Was he talking about me? Why would he be? I supposed he could be talking about Ann, but I didn't think so.

"No. I haven't found it. I'll keep looking." Alexander sighed. "I am trying to hurry. I know time is of the essence." He paused again. "Bye."

I jumped and rubbed my ears when Alexander slammed the phone down on the receiver. Hearing still enhanced, I could hear Alexander's footsteps coming closer. I flattened myself against the house, sure he was going to look out the window. Somehow, he had sensed me.

"Maybe I was followed," he muttered.

Trying to hide, I pressed myself more firmly to the ground, trying to make myself as invisible as possible. I gasped as something seemed to grab me by my shoulders and hips. Before I could do more than flail a little, it yanked me down, through the snow. The ground embraced me into its cold, safe, comforting depths, and before I could really think about panicking, it lulled me to sleep.

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Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult Tales of the Travelers fantasy series. She's the editor for Steampunk Trails and a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers Association.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair Book Blitz with Giveaway #ReadSwoonRepeat


Welcome to the first

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!

This week features

Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair.

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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


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Title: Louder Than Words
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Iris St. Clair

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Iris St. Claire

Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Blood Stitches by Erin Fanning!

Check out the fantastic cover art for Erin Fanning's upcoming paranormal release. Continue below for an excerpt and the chance to win a gift card.

Release date: May 12th 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But "Mr. C" is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster…And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.


A gust of wind scattered leaves across the University of Seattle campus. My hair tangled over my face. New contacts tortured my eyes, and books weighed down my backpack. It didn’t matter. A tornado could have snatched me up. As long as it carried me home and put an end to the anniversary of the worst day of my life. 

“Watch out, Gabby.” My best friend Frank thrust his hands deep into the pockets of his pinstriped suit. “We’re being followed by a giant candy corn.” 

“Giant candy corn? Yeah, right.” If I turned around, Frank would laugh and say, “Gotcha”, or some other dorky thing. The mind-numbing boredom of Calculus I, our last class of the day, always set Frank off, making him zanier than usual. 

“I mean it. We’ve got a candy corn on our tail.” Frank whistled a Lester Ruben song as he sauntered ahead. 

“Okay, okay. Let me see this Halloween wonder.” If I didn’t give in, Frank would never leave me alone. I whirled, ready to hear Frank’s laugh, and almost ran into a man. His face glowed orange, like someone who’d spent too much time in a tanning booth, and he wore a white cap pulled down to his ears. A yellow scarf hid his neck and chin. For once, Frank wasn’t kidding. The man resembled a giant candy corn. 

Shredded paper and a postage stamp poked out of his scarf, and a moon decorated an edge of the knitting, like one of my older sister Esperanza’s creations. It didn’t seem possible, but no one else I knew added garbage and a signature moon to their knitting. A wool coat covered the rest of him, except his face and steel-tipped boots. 

“Sorry.” I jumped back. 

Frank’s chuckles mixed with squirrels chattering in a nearby tree. Drizzle moistened my forehead, and a cold dampness seeped into my bones. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion, like watching Esperanza unravel her knitting one stitch at a time to fix a mistake.

About the Author

Erin Fanning spends her summers on a northern Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes. She’s the author of Mountain Biking Michigan, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories. 


Book Blitz & Giveaway: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith!

Title: Uncharted Redemption
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Description: Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his
mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy
Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own.
When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver
justice and restore the woman he loves. 

As tradition stands in the way of
redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn
his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful,
and filled with adventure, Uncharted
weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.

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is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here:
The Land Uncharted

Book One:
Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.

Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 

Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.

Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.

As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?

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Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
"Not only is Keely's writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie

The Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

About the Author
Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Barrage, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton!

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Bitten by a Hellcat, the sixth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book. This book works as a standalone, so it’s perfect for those new to the series too.

Find out how to enter the Bitten by a Hellcat international giveaway (ends March 1st) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel:

Here’s more about Bitten by a Hellcat, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance book.

Bitten by a Hellcat

The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.

Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.

Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

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Would he take her job?

Owen looked back towards the person she had surreptitiously pointed out, a huge dark-haired man loitering in one of the many corners of the crowded club but not completely swathed in shadows.

His blood began a slow boil at the thought that the man had ambushed Cait just two hours ago, making her have to fight to escape and injuring her in the process. The shifter was exactly the sort of mark he had gone after countless times—a male who thought that females could be subjugated and were put on this planet for their pleasure, created to be at their beck and call.

Little more than a slave.

He narrowed his eyes on the male as the immense shifter looked at him, holding his steady gaze and showing him that he might have Cait running, but he wouldn’t get the same reaction out of him.

Owen had put down plenty of his kind.

This male would be just another misogynistic bastard to add to his tally.

He dragged his gaze back to Cait where she sat opposite him, all of her confidence gone, leaving behind a woman who looked smaller and vulnerable to him.

In need of his protection.

He had only just met her, but he didn’t like seeing her this way, the light disappeared from her eyes and all of the brightness gone from her face as she waited to hear what he would say.

“I’ll take it.” Owen offered his hand and she slipped hers into it, her palm soft against his and sending a warm thrill chasing up his arm.

He shook her hand and then released her, leaned down and swiped his black satchel from the floor. Cait’s blue eyes followed his every move and widened slightly when he removed his tablet device from his bag and flipped the cover open. He set his bag down on his lap, and the tablet on top of it, and tapped the icon that would start up the database he had created.

The basic program filled the bright screen and he tapped on the search function and selected cat shifters from the list of species. There were so many cat shifter species that he had given them their own category separate from other shifters.

While it loaded all of the shifters he had documented, Owen flagged Sherry down. If he was going to deal with jumping straight into another job, one that might be beyond his skill level, he was going to need another drink.

Sherry bounced along the length of the bar to him, her blonde ponytail swaying with each step.

“Hellfire?” she said with a smile and he grimaced and shook his head.

“Something a little less liable to kill me this time. Two vodkas, on ice. Make it the good stuff.”

Sherry nodded and left to make his drinks. The screen on his tablet changed, snagging his attention. He swiped up the screen, scrolling through all the cat shifters he had documented, pausing only long enough to pay Sherry when she returned. She set the drinks down, took his money, and disappeared along the bar.

Owen pushed one of the glasses across to Cait. Her eyes were glued to his tablet, the screen lighting her face as she leaned across, closer to him, her head at an angle.

“These are all shifters you’ve met?” She ran her gaze over the pictures he had managed to snap of the shifters in secret from a safe distance and hooked her long dark hair behind her ears, pulling it away from her face. “It says two thousand three hundred and twelve results.”

He nodded. “That’s how many cat shifters I’ve come across. Not all of them are alive now.”

She leaned away from him, a frown marring her brow. “You think he’s in there?”

Owen shrugged. “He sounds like the type who might have a rep. I might have come across him before. There’s something familiar about him.”

He swigged his vodka and altered the parameters of the search to male and height in the six-foot-three to six-foot-six range.

The results came back quicker this time, down to only eight hundred and twenty two.

Cait looked impressed and scanned the page as he scrolled. He was almost at the bottom of the list when she jammed her finger against an entry.

“That’s him.” Her touch brought the record up and she snatched her hand back and blinked at the screen.

Owen had the impression that she didn’t get out of Hell much. “Never seen a tablet before?”

“I have,” she said, a hint of indignation in her tone. “I just haven’t touched one. I wasn’t expecting it to do that.”

He smiled as she peered closer to the device, her gaze flitting around the screen.

“You’re certain this Marius fellow is him?” Owen waited for her to nod before going back to work.

“Marius,” she murmured, still staring at the photograph on the screen. “I think I remember someone shouting that at him once.”

He double-tapped the part of the entry where it had the male down as a panther shifter and corrected it. The notes on the sources of information mentioned that eyewitnesses in a Nepal village high in the mountains in snow leopard territory had described him as a black cat. Owen had presumed he was a black panther. He probably hadn’t even considered the male could be a hellcat.

“I don’t have much on him.” But what he did have was enough to ring some warning bells in his head.

The male followed similar patterns to other fae he had tracked, travelling from one prime location for rare species to another. Nepal. Brazil. Northern India. Siberia. All places with rare cat shifters.

Owen studied Cait as she stared at the tablet.

He had a feeling she might be in serious danger but he didn’t want to spook her by telling her that the male after her probably dealt in the black market. They were both hellcats. There was an equal chance that Cait was right and Marius wanted her as a mate.

Until he had investigated the male further and had more information on him, Owen would keep his suspicions to himself.

He closed the cover of his tablet device and put it back in his bag.

“I don’t go into things blind. I need more information. I think we should go somewhere quieter to discuss the job and so you can fill me in on everything you know… maybe away from your admirer.” Owen took his drink and smiled at her, raising the glass at the same time, hoping the male was still watching them.

If luck was with him, Marius wouldn’t know who he was and would think he was just another mortal in the bar flirting with Cait. A harmless male looking for a good time.

He instantly hardened in his black jeans, his body issuing a painful reminder that it wasn’t wholly a lie. He was looking for a good time with Cait. Her flirting had revved him up, filling his head with thoughts of finding a dark corner and making out with her.

Okay, making out was a little too innocent sounding for what he had in mind, but it had been a while since he had been as attracted to someone as he was to her. Heck, he wasn’t sure he had ever been this attracted to anyone. He had always kept his dalliances short and sweet, a periodic scratching of a biological itch, but something about Cait had him firing on all cylinders and thinking in terms longer than a single hot and heavy moment.

He was thinking in terms longer than multiple hot and heavy moments. Nights were involved. Many of them. As many as she would give him.

More than they might have together when working on her job.

He emptied his glass to kill that thought with the alcohol and set it back down on the bar.

“Where do you want to go?” She sipped her drink, a genuine smile playing on her lips and the fire back in her eyes. It sent a bolt of hot lust through him again and he grimaced and shifted on his seat, trying to get more comfortable as his jeans pinched his groin.

“My place.” It came out a little harder and more demanding, and definitely more hungry than he had intended.

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Title: The Three Thorns

Series: The Brotherhood and The Shield #1

Author: Michael Gibney

Publication date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books, LLC.

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Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans - alone and unaware of the other's existence or their royal heritage.

In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne.

But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth.

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The transition for Tommy hadn’t been anywhere near as hellish as what Jennings encountered. It was comfortably quick, and before he knew it, he stepped out of the same rugged oak tree doorway the very way he had entered it. The only difference was he was now covered in soil and plant roots from head to toe, which clung to his clothes even when he tried to brush them off.
The roots were alive and made Tommy squeamish, as he plucked each one off him. The large gateway door closed over, changing into solid oak again. Once his vision cleared, Tommy gazed in wonder at the most beautiful skies one could ever have dreamed of. Clear purple heavens lit up a beautiful white stone that lay ahead of him.
The thought of discovering this new world excited him. Trees surrounded him, but these were not like the withered and mossy trees that surrounded Jacob O’Malley’s farmland. These trees appeared to ignite their surroundings like candlelight, reflecting the golden brown leaves that covered their roots. Spectacular colors enhanced the main pathway that lay behind the white rock. Strong, pleasant smells of rosemary and incense rose around him and cleared the remaining residue of stench the horrid assassins had left.
Tommy was exhilarated. The smells grew stronger with every breath he took. His body began adjusting to the atmosphere, when he fell onto his hands and knees, vomiting what little he had eaten earlier in the old world.
“Your body is just adapting to the new air,” a tiny high-pitched voice called out.
Tommy slowly got to his feet when he heard the strange voice.
“Who’s there?” he asked. There was a short silence, and Tommy found himself wondering what had happened to the rest of the group. Feeling isolated in a strange looking place gripped him with an unsettling feeling.
Rustling came from the gorgeous woodlands to the right of him along with the sounds of small feet puttering close by.
“Show yourself,” he demanded.
The creature seemed to defy gravity the moment it appeared on top of the white rock, leaping gracefully. “Don’t be alarmed, we are safe for now,” it said, scouting around for any sign of unwanted trouble.
It took a little while for Tommy to recognize his friend. “Peter?” Tommy gasped.
Peter’s ears stretched into a straight point like the east and west points of a compass, revealing white fluffy hair all over them with the exception of a black lined streak. His hair was whiter than ever, reflecting the forest lights in the background. Tommy noticed that even Peter’s attire was different. Sticks, leaves and branches, all finely stripped, made up his clothes, with ripped leggings and brown boots. But the most peculiar characteristic about Peter was in his face. The face now appeared too feminine to belong to a boy.
“What happened to your ears?” Tommy asked.
The creature kicked its feet high into the air and laughed as it rolled upon its back.
“What are you?” Tommy asked, with a light hesitance.
“I’m a nymph. My real name is Ariel,” came her soft reply. “I was sent to the old world disguised as one of you, to guide you back to Abasin.”
“What is this all about?” he asked.
“It is not for my lips to tell, little Master … we don’t know who could be listening,” she whispered. “But you will know everything soon.”
“Shouldn’t we go back through the tree?” Tommy suggested, pointing at the great oak, only to discover that it had shrunk and changed to a shrub.
“Why would we want to do that?” She laughed. “Don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to things here,” she said, leading the way onto the colorful leafy road. “We must get moving, I’m taking you to the Stained Castle. All will be revealed to you then.”
She knelt to the ground and rummaged through several leaves to pull out a living vegetable from its root.
“Where are we?” Tommy asked.
“We’re in the new world,” she announced, showing Tommy lands as far as he could see from the top of the white rock. “This is Abasin.”
“It’s so big,” Tommy gasped.
“You’ve no idea,” Ariel replied excitably. “Take this, it will build up your strength,” she added, handing Tommy the vegetable plant creature. Its legs moved, but the body of the vegetable seemed unresponsive.
“Yuck! What is this?” Tommy gasped in disgust, holding one of the squirming tentacles up by the tips of his fingers.
The nymph sighed. “It’s food. You have to eat,” she ordered.
“I think I’m going to be sick.”
“Just eat, Thomas. The sooner you eat, the sooner you will feel better, and the sooner we can get moving on to the castle,” she called back, impatiently.
Tommy closed his eyes tight and braced himself to take his first bite of the vegetable. The tentacles flopped lifelessly to one side. It had a sweet texture mixed with an incredible savoury taste that took the nausea away from him almost instantly.
“What about Benjamin and Sebastian?” he asked, sounding a little more alert.
“We had to separate you. It’s safer that way until we meet at the castle,” came her quick reply.
“But we all went through the same way,” Tommy insisted, sounding doubtful. The nymph took another look at the messy boy who had food stains on his chin.
“Like I said, you’ll get used to how things work here,” she tittered. “Don’t worry. There will be other protectors at their gateways to guide them to the Stained Castle.”
“What’s the Stained Castle?”
“It’s a safe fortress that once belonged to a great king, long before these dark ages consumed it,” she explained.
Tommy couldn’t help but pose more questions to the nymph, his mind growing evermore interested in the fascinating new world of Abasin. But out of the numerous questions he had buzzing around his head, Tommy Joel knew which one concerned him most.
“How far is it to this castle then?”

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Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.

In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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