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Author Showcase and Review of “Blood Tide” – CJ Matthew (CONTEST INCLUDED)

WELCOME CJ Matthew!!
CJ Matthew is the author of paranormal romance suspense series Dolphin Shore Shifters. Her debut novel, Blood Tide, features a pod of dolphins posing as humans that work through their oceanic conservation corporation Save Blue Water, based in Santa Barbara, California, to protect the oceans at any cost.  CJ grew up in an Air Force family that travelled all over the U.S. and around the world. She spent her high school and university years living in California, which inspired her love of marine life and the Pacific Ocean.
A member of Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) Romance Writers of America, CJ lives and writes near a lake in the woods northeast of Atlanta. When she isn’t writing or reading romances, CJ likes to travel and to spend time with her two grown children, a brilliant grandson and a feisty cat named Max.

The Santa Barbara Channel holds a closely guarded secret…

She had more than just her mission…
Sy’s rotation on land as a dolphin shifter couldn’t have come at a better time. With her best friend missing and no answers forthcoming, it was time to take matters into her own hands. And with the resources at the Save Blue Water organization, finding her friend would be a whole lot easier. Except …something sinister is going on inside SBW, something deadly, and Sy finds herself at the center of danger.
The last thing he needed was bullets and bombs…
Noah Nelson spent every minute trying to forget the war while fighting his PTSD, but jumping in front of a bullet was second nature. It had nothing to do with the fact the target was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Or that she was naked. But suddenly he’s caught up in her world, protecting her from unforeseen threats, and falling in love … but Sy’s got a secret that may rip them apart. Forever.
Chapter 1
By midnight the new moon had long ago set and the distant stars barely illuminated the Santa Barbara channel. Sy propelled her sleek dolphin body along the ocean floor—fast approaching the point of no return. For the final leg, she swam inches above the sand, targeting the appointed meeting spot on the shore.
All senses on alert, her supple body vibrated with tension. In addition to the natural concerns about her first shape shift, Sy worried about the enormous personal task she’d set for herself as a human. A job that carried unacceptable consequences if she failed. No. Come kelp or high water, she’d locate Lorelei. Do whatever it took to rescue her missing best friend and pod sister. She wouldn’t fail. Arching to the surface, Sy exchanged air. A shallow dive brought her back near the bottom and fluke pumping, she sped forward. Even knowing Lorelei couldn’t hear her, Sy used her friend’s unique signature of clicks and whistles to send out reassurance. “Wherever you are, girl, hang on.”
It was time. Sy knew the minute she completed this first shift, she needed to get out of the ocean immediately or risk drowning. The newly transfigured often had trouble using their limbs and stumbled in the surf. Concentrating on the mental pathways she’d been taught, Sy’s body tingled and then throbbed. The change. A horrible wrenching pain shot through her tail. Another across her dorsal. Heart racing, she fought the urge to surface. Was this normal? The pain was excruciating. Why hadn’t someone warned her?
In another instant, the pain vanished. She was on her hands and knees. Frothy sea water swirled around her as she fought to maintain a precarious balance. Trying to raise her head, Sy opened her mouth and gulped for air. Get up. She had to stand. Long fingers wrapped around her elbows. A pair of strong arms lifted her quivering body from the water. Chin on her chest, she watched her legs wobble. Tried to lift her new feet out of the wet, cloying sand of the surf. Sy gasped in a deeper breath and set off a hacking cough. Finally, unfamiliar lungs began to process the sea air. Sy noticed her hands, studied her wiggling fingers. Amazing. Her brain ached with overload. Only the dark sky and sand were familiar. The rest of the world
around her was insanely weird. 
Remembering the strong hands on her arms, she stiffened her neck, tipped her head back. Expecting to translate his description and recognize her assigned escort, she stared into the face of a total stranger. Sy froze and gaped. A shadow of the former pain rumbled through her abdomen.
What was happening? The throbbing during her shift was unexpected and belied all the pod training. Now they’d betrayed her further by going against strict protocol? Without warning, someone switched her escort?
The man steadied her. “Can you walk?”  Hearing his gruff tone, she stumbled back. Squid shit. Would nothing go right tonight? Who was this man? A deep instinct assured her he was from their dolphin shore shifter pod. But nothing about him resembled the description of the male scheduled to meet her on this beach. Now what?
Her brain took off on a paranoid tangent. If this man was planning to murder her, or worse, abduct her for a science experiment, she’d fight him. No way would she go quietly. Not without finding Lorelei.
“You’re late,” the imposter complained. “We need to hustle.” That did it. She’d reached her limit. Sy opened her mouth to scream. No sound came out. She snapped powerful jaws together and gritted her teeth. Here she was with nothing, not even her promised cell phone. Her real escort would have brought a bag of stuff for her. He’d  gently help her dress, and drive her to Save Blue Water headquarters. Studying
this man’s shadowed face, more inner alarms clanged in her head.
“Where’s my assigned escort?” she demanded, her voice a raspy whisper. She tried licking her dry lips.
“There was a threat to SBW.” His forehead creased in a deep frown. “Everyone had to evacuate.”
Sy’s heart thundered in her chest. Wiggling her elbows free from his grasp, she stepped around the stranger onto dry sand. He got points for calling the shore shifter’s corporation by its nickname, SBW. But then, so did most all of the humans in the United States. The part about a threat, potential danger to SBW rang true. Sy wrapped her arms around her waist and shivered. The hair on the back of her neck rose in warning. More new human instincts kicking in? Too many things about tonight were very wrong.

(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

After reading this dolphin-shifter story, questions popped into my head. Do dolphin-shifters age differently than humans? What’s the life expectancy of a (non-shifting) dolphin? 
Since shifters are make-believe, the first answer is in the hands of the writer, CJ. However for the second question, I looked towards the internet.
At I learned that due to 40 or so species of dolphins, it is rather challenging to pinpoint a life span. However, the chart provided on the site does list several species and their estimations; anywhere from 15-90 years. 
With that bit of knowledge in your head, lets move on. 
I’ve read oodles of shifter books in my time BUT this is the FIRST one revolving around dolphins. They live such peaceful lives under the water surface but on land…. dang, trouble seems to follow them everywhere and I mean that literally. 
Poor Sy couldn’t see to go a day without trouble knocking on her door or, in one instance, walking straight in. 
If you want action, you’ll get plenty of it here. 
If you want a little hanky-panky, CJ delivered on that as well. 
If you want a sweet HEA, consider it done! 

On a side note, in case you are wondering, shifter dolphins (in human form) behave like the rest of us when they climax. I guess if they were in dolphin form they would make those cute dolphin sounds. You know the one I’m talking about. 😉 Yes, for a brief minute, I half-expected the “squeal”. Thankfully, it didn’t happen because that would’ve totally killed the mood for me and probably had me laughing my keister off. 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
Now that you’ve had a sneak peek at CJ Matthew’s hot new book, Blood Tide, WHO IS READY TO WIN?
Ladies and Gents, CJ is offering ONE LUCKY WINNER a chance to receive a digital copy of this suspenseful romantic story, so if you like paranormal tales (shifter books) then I encourage you to ENTER TODAY. 

You’ll have until WEDNESDAY (midnight, central time) to enter. THURSDAY morning, I will post the winner’s name and attempt to message you. Please follow the comment thread or come back on Thursday to see if you are the lucky recipient of this amazing prize.  

(Special note: Gift will be administered in the e-format the winner prefers.)
Good luck!!!


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Author Showcase and Review of “Explorations and Further Explorations” – David Russell


Newly divorced and looking for interesting new experiences, Janice takes an art class with live models and the star makes her want more than a coincidental meeting. Art model, Cedric, thinks he knows the lady from somewhere when he sees her again at the pool. Body language says a lot and chance meetings lead to a desire for more. Will Janice ask Cedric over for a private modeling job and will he accept?


Energised by their lovely liberating experience, Janice and Cedric are determined to ‘spread their wings’ and take the world by storm, a two-person conspiracy. They head off physically in different directions, but remain in constant depth communication electronically, ever comparing notes, monitoring each other’s minds and experiences for a depth of mutual understanding. They may meet again fully equipped with a great depth of self-knowledge, and a knowledge of each other’s depth. They negotiate giddy peaks of high finance; Janice even does into ‘dreamscape’, making a pact with the devil. Further delights of sensuality are explored by both, with exotic partners; the depths and shallows of life are all embraced …



(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
Like Cedric’s divorce proceedings with Magda, Explorations and Further Explorations were dull – lifeless. I didn’t see/feel any chemistry between the two of them. Their scenes and times together were just blah. Too bad because the book summaries gave me hope I’d lose myself in their coupling. 
Sorry Mr. Russell but, for me, these books missed the mark. 
Charming covers though. 
Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 


b. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom(2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Self-published collection of erotic poetry and artwork, Sensual Rhapsody, 2015. Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell’



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Interview with Carol Rose

Welcome, Carol Rose!!
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?
(Carol) A longtime romance reader, I started writing as a relief from the rigors of graduate school. I’m now a therapist and I write contemporary romance. I love doing both!
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(Carol) When I run into a block, I’ve learned that I must have previously taken a wrong turn in my writing. If I go back and sort out the previous few scenes, I usually find the right path for my characters.
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 do you spend your time?
(Carol) Other than seeing clients, I love to read, to eat cheesecake(when I allow myself this treat) and to travel to big cities! My husband and I love visiting NYC! He sometimes teases me that he wants to move to an empty corn field somewhere and loves my immediate refusal to follow.
I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(Carol) Those closest to me know I write, but most aren’t readers. Only my daughters routinely dive into books. Warms my heart.
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.
(Carol) Wow! Narrowing it to ten will be difficult. I recently love Cherrie Lynn, Maisey Yates, Kristen Ashley and Tammy Faulkner. Kathern Shaw (a critique partner) always amuses me. I really enjoy Kristan Higgins, Meg Cabot and Jill Shalvis. Classic favorites are Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart.
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 to see cast in the parts?
(Carol) I’d love to see one of Georgette Heyer’s detective novels(which always include a romance!) like “Why Shoot A Butler?”
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.
(Carol) I’m finishing the Swaggered, 3rd book in my new Blue Collar Boys series. Smooched will launch in early November, 2015! I’m very excited about these sexy guys!
Purchase Link @Amazon


Book Summary 

When Case Thompson’s oldest brother and his wife die in a car accident, Case is stunned to learn that they had chosen him as the guardian for their 8 year old daughter Kaylie. Never much of a family guy, Case soon finds himself packing school lunches and helping with homework. In addition to Kaylie, his brother left him in charge of Scruffy Boys Architectural Salvage, the family business. Just as Case is getting the hang of dealing with accounts during the day and PTA meetings at night, Merritt Morgan, his deceased sister-in-law’s twin rolls into town determined to take an active role in Kaylie’s life. 
Dr. Merritt Morgan regrets the gulf she allowed to grow between her and her twin sister Annie after their mother’s death. While she can’t fix past mistakes, she’s determined to change things with Kaylie. But first she needs to overcome Case’s skepticism that she deserves a place in Kaylie’s life. Easier said than done when it comes to Case Thompson who is both stubborn and steaming hot and makes her feel things that no other man has ever made her feel.
Against her father’s wishes, she takes a leave of absence from her medical residency to grow closer to her twin’s daughter. But she’s unprepared for the way the handsome Case makes her feel and the memories of her sister. Can they overcome the past? Will Case learn to trust Merritt with his dead brother’s child?

Where can we find your stories, and is there a particular reading order?
(Carol) My books are currently available on Amazon where they are temporarily part of Kindle Unlimited. I expect they’ll soon be available again through Barnes and Noble, Ibooks and most Smashwords outlets. Start with any!
Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(Carol) I love interacting with fans and send out a monthly newsletter to encourage this. I can always be reached through my website, by email and Twitter @carolrosebooks.
Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Carol) I always want to hear from readers! Tell me what you think! Give me suggestions.
Well, that’s a wrap. I hope you enjoyed my Q&A with Carol Rose. If you have any questions of your own or comments for Carol, by all means, leave her a message below. 

Thank you in advance for your visit!


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Author Showcase/Interview and Review of “The Case of the Bygone Brother” – Diane Burton

Welcome Diane Burton!!
Welcome, Diane Burton. 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?
(Diane) My husband and I live in West Michigan, close to the Lake Michigan shoreline. We have two grown children and three grandchildren. I write action/adventure and romance in various sub-genres: science fiction romance, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. When my children were getting ready for college, I decided it was my turn to do something for myself. Since I’m an avid reader, I thought it was time to write down those stories that were always running around in my head. It took ten years for my first book to be published then another ten for the next one. Since 2011, six more books have been published.
      Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(Diane) Good question. If I’m stuck on one story, I’ll work on another. I usually have more than one story going at a time. By stepping away from the one giving me fits, I can go back to it more relaxed. I also think about the story before drifting off to sleep. Somehow, the problem works itself out during sleep.
     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 do you spend your time?
(Diane) I’m retired from a job outside the home, so my favorite thing to do is play with my grandchildren. I like to read and watch movies. As much as I like to garden, bad knees make it difficult. Now I’m more of a “sidewalk” supervisor to my husband who puts a lot of effort into “my” garden. I also like to quilt. Time is my enemy, though, so I haven’t been quilting much. Recently, I hauled out my sewing machine to make clothes for my granddaughter and for her American Girl doll. We moved two years ago (for the last time!). I’m still trying to find places for our belongings.
4.  I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(Diane) know what you mean. At first, I was embarrassed to say I was a writer. The inevitable question was “are you published?” and I’d have to say no. Then I would respond “not yet.” Now I’m proud to say I’m a writer. And, yes, I am published. My family is very proud of my accomplishments and like to tell others. My oldest grandchildren (5½ and 8) know I’m a writer. They also know they have to grow up before they can read my books. However, we do write stories together. They tell me what to type then we print it out and they illustrate. They have great imaginations.
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.
(Diane) Wow. Ten? Usually, I have to limit it to one or two, which is so difficult.
Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle)
Linnea Sinclair
Janet Evanovich
Daphne duMaurier
Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb)
Linda Howard
Bob Mayer
Maris Soule
Marilyn Baron
Agatha Christie
If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise,
hich book would you choose and whom would you love to see cast in the parts?
(Diane) My first mystery, THE CASE OF THE BYGONE BROTHER. I’d cast Katherine Heigl as PI Alex O’Hara. For Nick Palzetti, I’d cast Bradley Cooper.
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.
(Diane) LOL Nothing secret about it. I’m working on the 2nd Alex O’Hara book, THE CASE OF THE
. Alex is a PI in a small Lake Michigan resort town. She’s 
up to her ears in trouble again. It’s in the revision stage right now. Percolating in the back of my head is the 4th book in my sci-fi romance Outer Rim series THE SPY.
Where can we find your stories, and is there a particular reading order?
(Diane) My books can be found at most online retailers. Here’s the link to my author page on Amazon, which lists all my books.
The Outer Rim series can be read in any order as they are all standalone books that take place in the frontier of space. If you want to read them in the order in which they were written, start with The Pilot. The Switched trilogy is best read in order: Switched; Switched, Too; Switched Resolution. The Case of the Bygone Brother is the only Alex O’Hara book currently available. And One Red Shoe is a standalone.
Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
Goodreads: Diane BurtonAuthor 
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     Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Diane) It’s never too late (or too early) to start a writing career. You have to have perseverance to be published. Since it usually takes a long time to find a home for your book(s), enjoy the process.
Thanks, Kam, for having me on your blog today.
Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed my interview with Diane Burton. If you have any questions or comments for Diane, by all means, leave her a message below. But before you do, lets check out my review of The Case of the Bygone Brother (An Alex O’Hara Novel) first. Shall we? 🙂

Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.


(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

I love detective stories and especially when it’s a woman in the sleuth role. What can I say…us chicks have to stick together. 🙂
This story wasn’t set back in the 20’s or 40’s but it had the vibe of those decades. Case in point: the usage of the word “dame” and some of the lingo. Ex. “Another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.”
Yes, when I read this, I didn’t visualize it in technicolor. No, in my mind, this story was classic black and white. 
As with the classics from the time periods above, this story had tons of mystery, comedy, sexual tension, and a big DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!!
Yeah, as you can tell, I totally dug this detective story and want to find out where Nick and Alex go from here. I’m sure you will too after reading it. 🙂
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2
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