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Tattoo Tuesday

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Review of “Alex Cross, Run” – James Patterson

DON’T LOOK, ALEX CROSS
Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared “industry parties,” bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem’s lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail.

DON’T THINK, ALEX CROSS
But Alex doesn’t have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy.

JUST RUN
Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn’t noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they’ll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require. Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson’s most unrelenting story yet-a white-hot, sensational thrill ride with the most extreme and gripping characters Patterson has ever brought to life.

Review~
For me, James has struck gold with the latest installment in the Alex Cross’ series. Yes, he revealed who the three perps were early on but I didn’t mind at all. Their story played out remarkably well. His characters had depth again which I felt were lacking in some of his other stories as of late. 
Once again, I found myself longing for a few more pages. Marvelous job, JP! 


Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤




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Author Showcase – Milly Taiden




Blurb:
A woman
with a secret…

The Federal Paranormal Unit is an elite squad of supernaturals dedicated to
solving missing persons cases. Erica’s gift allows her a special connection
with the crime, but it comes at a deep personal cost… Until now, she’s kept her
gift a secret, even from the other members of the team. But this case will
throw her together with Agent Trent Buchanan. He’s the object of her secret
desires, but he’s also a cocky womanizer. She’d rather swim in shark-infested
waters with a paper cut than admit she has feelings for him.
A man
with one desire…

Wolf Shifter Trent wants Erica more than he’s ever wanted any woman. He’s spent
years patiently waiting for her to admit that she wants him too. Working
one-on-one in a race to find a serial killer, Trent’s patience and Erica’s
resolve wear thin. When Trent discovers the truth about Erica, will he accept
her for who she is? And can he protect her from the horrors that her gift
brings?
A case
that pushes them to the edge…

Erica will have to risk it all if she wants to stop the killer, and when she
does, Trent may have to put his own life on the line to make sure his mate is
protected…


Short Excerpt:
“Brock, he’s doing it again!” Erica glared at
the Casanova walking beside her, hating how good he looked in his black T-shirt
and ass-hugging jeans. Trent Buchanan. He was her daily temptation and ultimate
fantasy. And she’d rather wax her nipples in public than admit it to him.
Butterflies swarmed her stomach, twisting and twirling her into one giant,
aroused mess.
“What’s Buchanan done this time, Villa?” Brock,
their team leader, asked without looking up from the papers on his desk.
“He’s staring at me.” She growled and dropped in
one of the empty chairs, huffing out a breath.
Buchanan, The Bastard, as she liked to refer to
his cute ass, grinned at her. His full, sexy lips caught her immediate
attention. “Excuse me, I can’t help it if it’s a beautiful day, and I’m glad
it’s Friday. You’re a grump, Villa.”
It was so unfair that she had to keep pushing
him away when her body wanted to curl around his big frame. But if she ever did
that she’d turn into another Trent groupie, and that was not her thing. She’d
seen the other women in the department walk after him, ogling and almost
drooling, as if he were the lead singer in a rock band. Pathetic.
Buchanan folded his arms over his massive chest.
Erica’s entire body throbbed every time she looked at him. She drank in the
inciting vision and argued with her lust for dominance. Disgusted with her
body’s responses, she glared at him again. Her eyes strayed to the scar on his
upper lip. She gulped and curled her fingers into her palms, digging her nails
deep. Whenever she glanced at the tiny scar, she wanted to nibble and run her
tongue over it. It was driving her insane. Thankfully he couldn’t read her
mind, or he’d be having a hell of a time making fun of her tough talk.
“Villa, just look at me.” He opened his muscled
arms wide and did a full circle for her. Once he was facing her again, he
leaned on the wall. He winked at her. “If you didn’t have a stick the size of
Texas up your ass, you’d realize what a catch I am.”
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Author Bio:Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the
prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up
between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York
City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.
She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin
Donuts coffee.

Contact Milly
Email: millytaiden@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.millytaiden.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fansofmillytaidenaprilangel

Books:
As Milly Taiden
Wolf Protector – Federal Paranormal Unit – Book 1
Wynter’s Captive
Halloween Heat III – Mate Event
Fate’s Wish
Sharp Change – Black Meadow – Book 1
Coming
Soon
Caged Heat – Black Meadow – Book 2 (New)
Fever
As April Angel
Party Crasher
Wicked Valentine – Sizzling Encounters – Book 2
Stranded Temptation
Mr. Buff – Sizzling Encounters – Book 1
Coming
Soon
Lucky Break – Sizzling Encounters – Book 3
A Hero’s Pride 

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Author Showcase – J.K. Accinni

I am a doggy mommy, wildlife nut and supporter, writer, author, world traveler, political junkie and a Survivor wannabe…hear that Jeff Probst?

J. K. Accinni was born and raised in Sussex County before moving to Randolph, New Jersey, where she lived with her husband, five dogs and eight rabbits, all rescued and currently resides in Sarasota Florida. Mrs. Accinni’s passion for wildlife conservation has led her all over the world, including three trips to Africa, where ten years ago she and her husband fell in love with a baby elephant named Wendi that had been rescued by the incomparable David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Wendi is the inspiration for the character Tobi , the elephant featured in her fourth book titled Hive.

The character of Caesar is inspired by a real life iconic tiger from Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota. A portion of the proceeds from her third book, Armageddon Cometh, will be donated to the sanctuary in support of the enormous expense required to house and feed the displaced wildlife in their care. Mrs. Accinni invites her readers to visit bigcathabitat.org to view the astounding facility and plan a visit with your family.




Message from J.K.

Everyone asks authors what motivated them to write their latest book. They usually receive a variety of answers. Some wild, some boring, some obvious and some that feel an overriding passion. So I’m going to take a minute to tell you why I wrote the series, Species Intervention #6609.

Let me caution you…this is not to intentionally gross you out. In pursuit of wildlife conservation, I have traveled around the world exploring my passion. Unfortunately, I can no longer deal with the pain that accompanies my exposure to the creatures I love so much. Do you know someone like that? Your friend that refuses to listen when you relate the news how some scum bag across town shot the neighbor’s dog in the head and buried him in sand up to his neck. How a 21 year old girl had an argument with her roommate and took her 3 week old kittens and slammed them up against the wall, killing them? I know…. you don’t want to read this. And this is mild!

Shockingly, the world across the ocean is even worse. And the Internet has served to acerbate pleasure killings. Now you and your 17 year old ignorant buddies that caught the little monkey, can skin him alive, put him in a pot and proudly show the photos all over the Internet to prove what big boys you are. It’s not much different than the big game hunters that travel to South Africa (Or Texas in the good ole USA) to pay $85,000 to shoot a rare white lion and bring its head home to show what big men they are. The perpetual “who has the biggest penis contest.” I think that’s enough of the atrocity stories. Believe me, I can tell you things that happen in my own state of Florida that will not allow you to sleep at night. Sigh…

There is very little that a single person can do to change Man’s evil behavior toward Earth’s innocent creatures that have so little…merely their lives. Unreasonably, Man feels the justification to steal that from them too.
Enter Species Intervention. My own way of getting even and exercising some of the pain I feel, hopefully raising awareness and entertaining at the same time. Baby and Echo are my adored enigmatic creatures. My characters all have lives that will intersect in book four, Hive. It will be there that my theme starts to truly emerge to shock and intrigue you. (I sure hope.) It will only be at the end of my current book in progress that “God ” will ask himself, “Perhaps it’s time to turn this new world I have created over to women to care for.”

Would the softer, gentler of our species do a better job? I wonder. What would happen to the men? And what challenges and shocks does the new world present to the survivors of the old one? Pick up this well-reviewed series and discover yourself!



200 year saga commencing during Prohibition, encompassing romance and tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and violence of unspeakable order. When you think you have it figured out….WHAM! You won’t see it coming. 

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Author Showcase – Wendy Steele

Book Description ~
Traumatic events in her childhood, send Angel Parsons upon a different life path.

Fifteen years later, with the help of her new ‘family’ and the resurrected relationship with Jenny Parkes, her only friend from school, Angel confronts the perpetrators of her misery. Rather than seeking revenge and to free herself from her past, Angel uses the skills she has acquired to offer her persecutors the chance of redemption.

Will Angel fulfil her destiny and put her past behind her or will the demons she unleashes consume herself and her ‘family’ and leave her empty and alone once more?

Purchase and contact links ~ Amazon (US)
Amazon (UK)
Facebook like page link for Destiny of Angels
Facebook like page link for Wendy Woo Books
(UK) Amazon Author Page Link
(US) Amazon Author Page Link
Author Page – Goodreads
Story link – Goodreads

Short story anthologies

Book Description ~
Five short stories from author Wendy Steele.

A Baby of my own – When we learn from our past experiences, today is the best of days.
The Search – When hope is lost, send out a message of love.
To have and to hold – A contemporary love story.
My friend, my angel – No woman need suffer in isolation when she has the love of her sisters around her.

Mum’s the word – Down to earth honesty wins the day.

Purchase and contact links ~ (UK) Amazon Link
(US) Amazon Link

Book Description ~ 

Four short stories brought to you by author Wendy Steele.

Mirror Mirror – We look in the mirror and see ourselves, not just who we are today but the sum of all our yesterdays.
Baptism of Fire – Fire is destruction but also resurrection.
Hand in Glove – A contented world of extreme sexual fantasy is brought to an end by the stench of reality.
For the love of a Beautiful Woman – Falling in love is beyond our control…how we act upon that love is not.

Purchase and contact links ~
(US) Amazon Link
(UK) Amazon Link
Wendy’s website
Twitter —-> WendyWooauthor

My book is also listed in this book store from my Facebook group Where writers and authors meet:
http://wherewritersandauthorsmeet.webs.com/our-book-store

Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles – 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you

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Interview with Wendy Steele

Welcome, Wendy Steele!
1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?
(WS) I’m a mum of
three grown up children, two of whom have been through university with my
youngest about to begin. I live with my partner, two of my children and three
cats in Essex, England but, our house is up for sale as my partner, Mike and I
are embarking on a new adventure in Wales.
I’ve always written
things down! My first piece was a poem aged 10, after visiting the Tutankhamen
exhibition in London and, ever since, I’ve come home from new adventures and
committed my thoughts and experiences to paper. My first piece of published
(and paid!) writing was an article for the Dancing Times, after attending my
first day of belly dance workshops in London, eight years ago. After attending
Swanwick Writer’s Summer School for the second time, I launched my career as a
writer with the release of Destiny of Angels, First book in the Lilith Trilogy.
I publish my work under my own company name Phoenix and the Dragon.
2.  All
writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(WS) My trick
is…have more than one writing project happening all the time so, if you get
stuck on one piece of writing, pick up something else until the flow begins and
either continue, or swap back. Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles was
invaluable when I was finishing Destiny of Angels.
3. Contrary to
what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and
glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when
you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(WS)  Dancing,
performing and soon, teaching, American Tribal Style Bellydance with tribal
unity is an important part of my life. The dancing keeps me fit, keeps my brain
active and focussed when learning new moves and formations and the support,
love and friendship from my TU sisters is like having a second family….fun
with costuming and make up is a real bonus too!
I like to walk,
sit and contemplate out of doors, preferably by the sea or in the mountains.
Time to ‘be’ as opposed to ‘do’ gives my often frantic life balance.
4. I know many
writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those
close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(WS)  Friends and
family know I write and everyone has been kind and supportive. Telling my
brother was brave…he has a BA in English and French, an MA in English
Literature his these being the history of the novel and he lectures at a major
English university. I doubt he has read any of my work but maybe that’s a good
thing!
5. Will you share
with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so
give us your top ten.
(WS) I read
different authors for different reading experiences. I love Thomas Hardy having
studied his work at school. His characters come to life off the page and he
paints the scenes in his books using setting, landscape and the weather. If I’m
struggling with my writing and need a boost, I’ll turn to the master Sir Terry
Pratchett and drool and marvel over beautifully constructed sentences.
Neil Gaiman is
becoming a favourite too and I very much enjoy Stephen Fry’s writing,
especially the last one I’ve read, Making History. I love a well-written
historical novel so Mary Ann Bernal is on the historical list along with Simon
Scarrow. Dion Fortune, JRR Tolkein, Jane Austen and George Orwell make the ten.
Since my
children bought me a kindle for my big birthday in December, I’ve been reading
a wide range of authors and genres and I’m thoroughly enjoying having my
reading world opened up and sharing reviews with others.
6. If you could
choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would
you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
(WS) The Lilith
Trilogy would make three fab films with Salma Hyek as Angel and Justin Hartley
as Aidan.
7. Would you care
to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret
information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

(WS)  I’m working on
the second book of the Lilith Trilogy, Wrath of Angels, while helping a friend
with her non-fiction book. I learned so much from writing Destiny of Angels and
I’m confident that Wrath will be even better….and the final book is forming
in my head!
I’m still
working on my Tummy Friendly Cookbook, practising recipes and adding them to
the collection as well as collating information and researching for two other
non-fiction books, A Bucketful of Moonbeams and Here comes the Sun, all to be
published under the Wendy Woo Banner.
8. Where can we
find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(WS)  All my work is
available to buy on Amazon via my author pages. There’s no reading order, it’s
all about preference for a short story, a longer story, a book that picks you
up or a cheeky read!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Steele/e/B007VZ1P06/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1365459567&sr=1-2-ent
9. Would you
please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(WS) You can find me
on Facebook at the Destiny of Angels page for fiction or the Wendy Woo Books
page for my non-fiction. I also blog at www.wendysteele.com
https://www.facebook.com/WendyWooBooks
10. Before we
conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to
share? The stage is all yours.

(WS) I love meeting
new people and making friends on Facebook but I found it tricky to begin with
so I employed honesty to all my social networking…what you read, is who I am
and I hope that if you meet me in the street, you will recognise the mad cat
lady who loves to wear purple as me.
Wrap-up
Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed our interview
with Wendy Steele  If you have any questions or comments for her, by all
means, leave Wendy a message below. Thank you in advance for your
visit! 

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Review of “Beauty Awakened” – Gena Showalter

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.

She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo’s deliverance…and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola’s life-even if he has to sacrifice his own….


Review:

Koldo’s backstory is beyond horrific. To be physically and verbally abused by your parents, to crave their love but be denied – heartbreaking. After all he had to endure in his life, Koldo came close to letting his anger and revenge cloud his heart completely until Nicola entered his life and captured his heart, imprinting herself in his soul. 

As we know from Gena’s other stories, her female characters are not weak. Nicola’s path took a surprising turn towards the end of the book and I know it will please many readers. 

Now for those who are having Lords of the Underworld withdrawals, William of the Dark aka  the Ever Randy does make a cameo appearance. The passage with him and Thane is short but highly entertaining. 

The final pages of the story will definitely make the Lords fans happy. Oh Kane, I can’t wait to dive into your story, The Darkest Craving. (July 30th, 2013)




Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 


Score: ❤❤❤❤❤


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