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Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…
When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.
But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?
Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.
Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. She’s represented by Serendipity Literary.
She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, 2 wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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THIS IS MY REVIEW:
I received an A.R.C. of this but that does not colour my review in any way.
Emma is sixteen and studying hard to be a violinist. She is also learning how to make them from her grandfather, a master luthier. Something strange is happening. Several world class violinists have gone missing. The latest is Emma’s tutor.
Cory is also a student of the same tutor. When Emma decides to investigate she bumps into Cory. He is a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and they team up to investigate together.
This is a lovely mystery and spooky adventure story for Y.A. or teens. There is magic and a little innocent romance. Good strong characters that make this a very enjoyable read. I will recommend this to my young friends.
Varian Morgan is a man no woman can resist.
Thrown together on a ship, will Varian’s charms conquer Meredith’s love of freedom?
Meredith is born at time when women have but two choices: marry or face social ruin. Determined to master her own fate when her father concocts a devious plan to force her into marriage; she takes matters into her own hands. She embarks on a foolhardy adventure to free herself from an impending marriage contract, only to find herself trapped by the mysterious and beguiling Varian Morgan.
Varian Morgan is a man of myth and legend. Known as much for his exploits with women, as for his for his piracy on the high seas; a vexing young girl, taken hostage in Cornwall, is no challenge for his prowess. When it becomes clear that she is hiding something from him, it only makes him more determined to ignore his desires and withhold from her the pleasures of his bed.
Trapped on a ship of men, the last thing Meredith anticipated was days at the mercy of a vile pirate crew and nights yearning for its captain.
When fierce arguments give way to fiery passion, is desire enough to make a girl determined to remain free of men, be willing captive in the bed of a sinister pirate, who is a master of seduction?
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I’m addicted to writing. I’ve written 26 romance novels in 25 years, but I just started releasing them in May 2014 because frankly there are some things inside them I wasn’t sure I wanted my daughters to read. The nest is empty, my girls all grown, so now I’m letting loose.
I believe in the adage; Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! Definitely the case with The Girl on the Half Shell. Perfect looking lives are not perfect. We all have our own challenges to overcome! It’s a theme in the books I’ve written and I cover a wide range of contemporary issues in stories ranging from raw and steamy, to gut wrenching, to happy happily ever after.
My first release The Girl on the Half Shell is my most intense novel, the first in the Half Shell Series and the one I had to wait until I had no kids at home to release.
My Perfect Forever Series is definitely happy happily ever after! The first in this line of books was released June 2014 with The Signature.
My soon to be released first novella of the Encounters books, are short, steamy, and fun reads.
And in September I’m starting to release my first in The Deverell Series with When the Perfect Comes, a fast paced, plot twisting historical!
I’ve been in love with the Romance novel since I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss book, and it seems to me that beyond a steamy fun read, a good romance novel is so much more: it’s women empowering women. We share. We learn.
So about me? I’m as eclectic as my books. A mom. A business owner. A writer of romance. An advocate for clean air and the environment. A wife and an animal lover. The best way to explain me is that once in a talent contest I played classical piano followed by a chopsticks duet with my toes. That pretty much sums up how I’ve lived my life!
WHEN THE PERFECT COMES.
BY SUSAN WARD.
I was lucky enough to get an A.R.C. of this ,but that will not colour my review. I was really enjoying it until our mean author cut us off before the H.E.A. That is all that stopped it getting 5stars.
Lady Meredith, known as Merry is avoiding all attempts to find her a husband. Then she overhears how her father is going to settle the problem for once and for all. She decides to force her determined suitor to cry off. To find him she visits the worst dive in the harbour disguise as a boy. Merry accidently hears pirates talking and is accused of being a spy. To stop her telling what she has heard she is taken aboard ship.
Captain Morgan has a terrible reputation in England and seems able to come and go from English ports even though he has a price on his head. When his bully boys deliver Merry to their Captain’s bed, it seems her fate is sealed.
Both Merry and Captain Morgan are hiding their true identity.
Mercy’s time aboard ship is not at all what you would expect. Very enjoyable characters that I want to know better. I can see the series developing, but was disappointed with the lack of ending .
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Lost in a Kiss.
An Impassioned Redemption.
By Sydney Jane Baily.
Jameson Carter owns a gambling riverboat on the Mississippi, he has the ladies who work for him just to keep the men entertained while they are gambling, not in their rooms.
Josephine Holland owns a saloon where the women earned a living with a little extra attention to the customers.
Jameson will not take advantage of his employees ,so prefers to visit with the ladies who work for Josephine. Although the one he really wants is not available to customers.
Someone is set to cause trouble. The saloon is burned, potshots are taken when Jameson and Josephine are walking in the street, and then one of Jamesons girls is shot.
They need to find out who is out to kill them.
A light hearted fun read, with good characters and a good dose of who dunnit.
I will be on the look out for more by this author.
Love Like A River.
By Jill Hughey.
Gratia is lonely because her new husband has been away on service to the Emperor for six months, so she goes to visit her sister. Gratia at one time fancied herself in love with the man who later married her sister. While she is visiting, her brother in law comes home from his term of service, bringing with him people who have been at the same place as her husband. One of the women is being overly friendly , she tells Gratia many things that upset her.
Leo has had to come chasing across the country to find his wife. After six months away he expected to find her waiting at home. When he finds his wife she is furious with him, because of what she has heard.
This is a very short story about Trust and learning about each other. Hard to get excited about such a short story.
By Anna Markland.
This is a stand alone novella that links to the FitzRam family series. A marvellous medieval romance.
Ingram Maknab is returning home to the Lowlands of Scotland and the home he was ejected from many years before. Kolbrand´s Path is his birthright and he will claim it by any means possible.
Ruby Buchan is horrified when her father tells her she has to marry a man she detests just so her brother can be declared heir to Kolbrand´s Path. The man she is to marry is said to have the ear of King David.
Ingram is amazed at how easily Ruby falls into his hands ,by trying to run from her betrothed. Things go far too easily . Ruby´s betrothed turns up to prove a big problem .
I love the series that this is connected to, and this ties up a lose end. As usual with Anna´s books the history shines through to give us a true taste of the life her characters lived. With twists and turns combined with humour and a beautiful love story.
I read every one of Anna Markland´s books I can get my hands on.
By Nancy Morse.
This is a Native American Historical romance. It reads like a continuation of a series.
Black Moon is a war chief of the Lakota people. He has been out scouting the area , and watching the ever increasing number of bluecoat soldiers and white settlers come into the lands of his people. When he returns to his village it is to hear from a trader that another tribe has suffered at the hands of the Bluecoats with many women and children being murdered.
Katie is Black moon´s white wife , the daughter of a trader killed when the soliders wiped out a village he was trading in. They have been together for a few years , and have suffered the loss of their first child at birth.
With this news of the bluecoats latest killings Black moon must lead his people to war. What effect will this have on his wife ?
I found this story spends too many words describing things in a way that might make sense to the Native Americans reading it , but for me being English not so much. Possibly if I had read the books that I assume came before I would have enjoyed it more.
Cherished Protector of Her Heart.
By Laurel O´Donnell.
This story is a follow up to Angel´s Assassin, which I have already read. Because of that I don´t want to tell you too much about this incase it spoils the preceding book for you.
I will say that if you have a man who was sold into slavery by his father as a child ,then trained as an assassin, You must expect his past to come and bite him.
Our hero has won the love of a wellborn Lady, and the wedding is about to take place. The nobles that come to attend do not all have good intentions.
Definitly an entertaining read , This author never fails to please.
The Morgans Of Rocky Ridge, Will.
By Margery Scott.
This is a historical western romance, part of the Morgans of Rocky Ridge series.
Will has come to town to help repair his brother´s saloon after a big brawl almost destroyed it. Because it is near the independence day celebrations the hotel is full. He finds lodging with a young widow for the price of repairs to her boarding house. Will has every intention of leaving town after the repairs are finished ,and going to try his luck on the new gold fields.
Virginia is struggling to cope with the repairs to her house and the grief of her young son. He has hardly spoken to her since his father died. Virginia knows her son blames her for his father´s death , and in her mind she does as well.
This is a sweet romance set in the west in 1865. When the women felt the need to be perfect ,and the men the need to protect. I found this an enjoyable read, even though it is not really my normal reading style. It is just a little too sweet and innocent for my taste.
By Lana Williams.
This is a medieval romance, set in England 1249.
Sir Hugh is visiting the market city of Ermine on behalf of his friend . The lord of this city is rumoured to be having meetings with other Lords with treasonous intentions. It is Hugh´s job to find out if it is true, and if possible find out who else is involved.
Lisa is a widow who brews and sells the best ale in the area. Her sister is working up at the keep for the Lord. Lisa is ordered by the Lord´s steward to find out what the visiting Knights are after, if she doesn´t do as she is told her sister will suffer.
This is from an author I have never read before. It is quite short but is enough to tell me That I will be looking for more from her. There is intrigue ,action and a good dose of romance. I really enjoyed it.
TAME A HONEYMOON HEART.
By Cynthia Woolf.
This book is set in Colorado 1893 and is obviously an after the H.E.A.
Duncan and Catherine have been married for several years and have two young children. Duncan has just received a letter that could give him an inheritance. They do not need it , but to find he has family that he knew nothing about spurs his curiosity. Duncan plans for a honeymoon that they never had. That way he can meet up with some old friends and find out if he wants to claim his birthright.
Catherine is enjoying the life they have now on a horse breeding ranch. She has a little secret of her own that she will not tell Duncan just yet.
This book is a teaser to me , because I have never read any from this author before. Now I have to go and find the books that this one follows. The story that this hints at sounds really fun. Both Duncan and Cat are intriguing characters. Duncan has a history with the famous Bill Cody and his Wild West Show, and Catherine obviously has a reason to be a crack shot. I am definitely going to look for the other books.
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Fast Men, Slow Kisses
by Chris Keniston, Laurie Kellogg, Linda Steinberg. Barbara Lohr, Nancy Warren, Pamela Stone, Sandy Loyd
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Genres: Anthology, Contemporary, Romance
Fast Men, Slow Kisses: A collection of 7 Romances supporting military veterans.
As authors, we’re delighted to pull our works together in this boxed set to say thank you to all those who serve to protect our freedom, especially the forgotten heroes and their families struggling here at home. Proceeds from Fast Men, Slow Kisses will be donated to military veterans’ charities in the United States and Canada.
Fast Men, Slow Kisses contributors:
Wild Ride, by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren
Joe Montcrief is a hard driving workaholic corporate shark who arrives in the small, eccentric town of Beaverton, Idaho with takeovers and profit in mind. Emily Sargent runs the Shady Lady B&B, a former brothel and the only accommodation in town. Still, he manages to keep his mind on work except when Emily’s around and he notices that this rose-growing, cookie baking, small-town girl has something about her that turns him inside out.
Aloha Texas, by award-winning author Chris Keniston
Fall in love with all the friends and family from the Big Island Dive shop: Retired navy diver Nicholas Harper likes his new life as captain of a dive boat in Hawaii. Kara Lynn O’Conner is the fifth generation lawyer in her small Texas town where life is easy and safe. Six year old Bradley Russell is about to change everything.
Only with the Heart, by award-winning author Linda Steinberg
Out of money and almost out of time, technology geek Brian McKay has three weeks to complete the prototype for his voice activated hotel suite and achieve the financial independence he’s always struggled for. But, when a beautiful Beverly Hills do-gooder needs his help on a special project, the inventor is pulled between ambition and love.
Her Favorite Mistake, by award-winning author Barbara Lohr
When Vanessa Randall appears on a popular reality TV show, she isn’t prepared to see her Vegas Hunky Hottie again. She needs the Internet mogul’s help to ramp up her family business, but Alex is the last man she wants back in her life. He’s thinking revenge can be sweet.
Baby I’m Back, by two-time Golden Heart® winner Laurie Kellogg
Nick Riverà’s ex-wife, Samantha, has no concept of how terrified he is of losing her to another high-risk pregnancy. His refusal to sire another child ultimately destroyed their marriage. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to get his family back—even if it means blackmailing his way into his ex-wife’s home—and, with any luck, Samantha’s bed and heart.
Partners by Design, by award-winning author Pamela Stone
Hard-edged DEA agent Shayne Kelley grew up fast. Shuffled from one foster family to the next made him tough. And damned good at working undercover. When idealistic schoolteacher Dani Cochran reunites him with the father who abandoned him as a child, his well-ordered world is shaken. He can’t seem to resist the naïve teacher and her reckless optimism. But can she risk loving a man who seems destined to break her heart?
Winter Interlude, by award-winning author Sandy Loyd
Ñico Fernández has plans to seduce Pepper Grady and then marry her to please his dying father. Those plans go astray when the beautiful heiress seduces him instead. She’s vowed never to marry a man like him, one who doesn’t believe in love and he’s not sure he can promise marriage on her terms…including a lifetime of love and fidelity.
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Darkworld Skin Walker. Series book #2
This series must be read in order. This one follows on directly from the first.
Our heroine Kailin must rescue her friend and her mother from the realm of the wraiths. She also has to find out where her sister is and rescue her.
Kailin’s grandmother pops in and gives her some very useful trinkets.
When a wound that Kailin received goes poisonous Logan uses his fire magic to lessen the symptoms. The poison just subsides but then flares up again. That will not stop her from fighting and killing the demons that need killing.
Very exciting non stop action. Some new characters both good and very bad ones. The sweet romance is coming along nicely.
Now I have the A.R.C. of book #3 to read. I’m a lucky girl.
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CRIMSON DESIRES: AN EROTIC VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY
*****Warning: This book contains blood, sex, and vampires doing naughty things only mature audiences should read.*****
10 steamy Vampire stories in one erotic multi-author bundle to set your nights on fire. Vampires have never been sexier…
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GOODNIGHT SAM by Inger Iversen ~ The tragic history of Sam and Hope, who have existed as vampires since the eighteenth century. Sam has grown weary of the new world along with the escalating conflicts of his kind and wishes to attain peace in what is know as ‘the true death’, while Hope desperately desires to pursue a more fulfilling life together.
ONE NIGHT WITH A VAMPIRE by Rozlyn Sparks ~ Sometimes the only way to forget the pain of a broken heart is to get back in the saddle. At least that is how Daphne’s friends see it. And since Daphne isn’t showing any signs of letting that happen, they take it into their own hands. Blindfolded, Daphne is whisked away to the famed, House of Immortal Pleasures, a vampire-run Brothel in Pahrump, Nevada, for a night of fun to exorcise her demons of boyfriends gone bad..
ALONG CAME A KILLER by Dicey Grenor ~ He’s a vampire who has found his calling in being a hired killer. Nothing’s better than taking out his targets, until he gets one he’s unsure how to handle. **This novelette (app. 12,000 words) occurs at the end of Sleepy Willow’s Loosed Soul (Vol. 3), before the Epilogue. One of the characters makes it to Wolf’s Fire (Vol. 3.2). Read to find out which one. If you are new to The Narcoleptic Vampire Series, ALONG CAME A KILLER can be read out of order or as a standalone.**
INDIGO by Willsin Rowe ~ After nine centuries, Caleb Durant believes he’s seen all the world can offer. Life has lost its music, and even hunting has become monotonous. But when he catches the essence of curvy young violist, Indigo Byrne, everything changes. Is she the one to bring music back into his immortal existence?
CRIMSON ADDICTION by Emily Walker ~ Vampire services are the norm now that they’ve decided to work alongside humans. Some of the services provided are more taboo than others. One night of bliss with a monster is never enough. Tamara should’ve known anything that good was just too dangerous. Now it’s the only thing consuming her thoughts. How will she ever escape its grip?
HALLOWEEN FANTASIES by Rozlyn Sparks ~ Touted as the sexiest party of the year, the annual Halloween Fantasy Ball is the one place a girl can let loose and succumb to her wildest fantasies.
Disguised as a sexy vampire huntress, Sasha captures the attention of Dante, a real life creature of the night. For Sasha, meeting bona-fide vampire is enough to fulfill one of her life long fantasies. She’s ready to go home a happy woman.
But Dante has other plans. It is after all, a night of fantasies, and he has a few of his own to share.
FOR THE LOVE OF RENATA by Lissette E. Manning ~ Renata Lorrie never expected to feel the way she does, most especially when it comes to her beloved Jackie. Amidst the ensuing chaos, she gives in to her hunger and insatiable desires. When love and passion collide, anything is possible, a certainty she’s learning every step of the way.
BITTEN by Morgan Black ~ Eve Mallory is a stuck up prude with a dead end newspaper job. But when her boss offers her a chance to write a story about the hottest sex club in town her whole world changes. Eve thinks she’s just at Red to get the scoop, she never expects to be brought into the elite circle of Vampires who are wealthy, beautiful, and hungry. Possibly for her blood. And then there’s Derek, with his piercing blue eyes, incredible build, and smug understanding of Eve. Why does he know so much about her? And what is it about his touch that makes her tremble?
BLOOD PURPLE, BOOK ONE OF THE BLOOD SERIES by Ashley Nemer ~ In a world we think we know, live other races entirely hidden from the mortal perspective. Creatures of legend, of fable and myth, their very history and nature have allowed them to walk side by side with humans since time immemorial. They are warriors, they are hunters, and they are Algula. Vampire. And in their own midst, a battle is brewing for supremacy, for dominance, that can and will affect all around them. Old hatred never dies and vengeance is a fiery sword that cuts a bloody swath.
THE ROSE CHRONICLES by Julieanne Lynch ~ Young, beautiful and naive, Bianka doesn’t understand the price she has to pay with being the chosen one. The choices she makes will forever change life as she knows it. More so when she becomes a vampire with insatiable thirsts and desires.
BY REBECCA ROYCE.
I was lucky enough to receive an A.R.C. of this but that will not colour my review in any way.
George is a mystery writer and a bit of a geek. He is out on a stag night with his friends. Rather than ogle the strippers he is trying for the ninth time to get the bartender Trudy to go out with him. He is not a stalker just determined, he knows she is the only girl for him.
Trudy is much more than a bartender and tat is why she keeps refusing George. She is a werewolf hunter and never knows when she will have to leave town fast.
George knows nothing about the paranormals around him until one of the strippers attacks him.
This book is great fun, the way the characters deal with the changes in their lives is amusing. The sex scenes are hot and the fights exciting. The ¨world ¨it is set in makes me want to read a lot more of it. It all seems so believable. I do hope this is part of a series I want to follow the lives of the characters I have met so far.
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by Molle McGregor
The Shadow Warder’s #2
Publication Date: January 5, 2014
Also in this series: Shadow’s Awakening, Shadow’s Passion
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Brought together by circumstance. Bound together by chance. Despite the danger, passions ignite…
Sequestered for over ten years and manipulated by those that were supposed to love and protect her, Sorcha wants nothing more than her freedom. When her childhood friend and two other Shadows are kidnapped and held by a sadistic Director hell-bent on changing the very nature of their existence, Sorcha knows it’s past time to escape. With the help of the sinfully sexy Kiernan Black, she finally gains her independence, but the depths of her passion for the Warder may be more dangerous than the mission to save her friends.
As a Warder, Kiernan Black has never turned his back on an innocent. So when one of his own is working with a demon to brutalize innocent Shadows, he knows he must save them. With the beautiful, brave, and infuriatingly stubborn Sorcha Davis as his partner, he embarks on what might be the most dangerous mission of his life. But if he can find a way to make the fiery Shadow his along the way, the rewards could outweigh the risks.
About Molle McGregor
Molle’s writing career started when she was seven and suffered terrible insomnia. Night after night she couldn’t sleep until long after mid-night, only to wake a few hours later. Frustrated with her inability to just go to bed, (and her penchant for sneaking a book and a flashlight under the covers) her grandmother said, “You like to read so much, why don’t you tell yourself a story until you fall asleep.” With this brilliant advice, Molle’s overactive brain was off and running. Now, years later, she’s finally taught herself to sleep, but she’s never stopped telling stories.
When she’s not reading, writing, or staring into space making things up, Molle is getting into trouble with her husband, two sons, two dogs and vicious attack cat in the mountains of North Carolina. She likes to hike, cook, listen to music way too loud, and hang out with her boys. She does not like dusting or emptying the dishwasher.
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