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Author Showcase: Jeffrey L. Kohanek – “The Emblem Throne” ~ (CONTEST INCLUDED)~

You might recall, back on January 7th, Jeffrey was here giving away a signed print copy of The Buried SymbolHe was so overwhelmed by your support, he asked for a return engagement so he could present The Emblem Throne and once again offer ONE LUCKY WINNER a FREE COPY of The Buried Symbol. This time for your kindle !

He just knows (like me) that once you embark on this journey with Brock, you’ll be eager to ride shotgun on his next adventure, The Emblem Throne. Which will include friends he made from the Ministry and, of course, Tip. Plus, we shall meet many new faces. 

First though, lets take a peek at The Emblem Throne before you leave us a comment and/or question. Reminder, your feedback makes you eligible to WIN The Buried Symbol so, don’t be shy, drop us a line! 

(Contest runs from now until  January 28th, midnight – central time. Winner is selected January 29th and his or her name will be posted on a comment below! BTW: No matter where you call home, you may enter. So enter, my fellow bookworms!!) 

 

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As they strive to become Masters within the Ministry, Brock and his friends resume their training at the Academy, an institution founded on magic, science, knowledge, law, and combat. They soon discover an expansive web of conspiracies and deceit within the Ministry, hidden behind a veil of benevolence and piety. The exposure of one of those secrets forces Brock and his friends to flee the institution with their lives in the balance.

Joined by a fierce Tantarri warrior, the group embarks on a quest to locate a mysterious throne that has been lost for centuries. Guided by the cryptic words of an ancient prophecy, and backed by a forbidden magic that they are still learning to wield, they journey across the continent to save humanity from extinction.

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Many characters we met in book one, The Buried Symbolare back and ready to assist Brock in his mission to save the world. Along the way, we meet several of their family members and begin to understand why they joined the Ministry. Cameron has two jealous older brothers. Ashland has an evil uncle but the sweetest and most loving parents. Benny, his father is a sweetheart and now sporting a wheelchair thanks to Benny’s ingenuity. As for Parker, his father made the biggest impression of all but I won’t disclose more. (No spoilers)  

Along with meeting the kinfolk, the group encounters mystical beings. Wraith: A bacabra, big dog but 3-4 times larger than your normal thought of canine, whom became a great ally. Also, they battled a horde of banshees. 

 

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Ten feet tall, red eyes, and sharp talons — These creatures are the things of nightmares. And unfortunately, the battle with them brought upon more than one death. However, not everything was a loss. Love did bloom despite the bleak future ahead. And with the end of the book came…… a promising start to book three, An Empire in Runes: releasing in Spring of 2017. I’ll be on the look-out for it and I’m sure you’ll be too. 

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1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2

 

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~~ Special note from  Jeffrey L. Kohanek ~~

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Book III, An Empire in Runes, is set to release in Spring of 2017, widening the story’s scope, further expanding the cast of characters, and uncovering the depths of the conspiracy that lies within the Ministry. Find out how this epic adventure ends, for the world will be a much different place at the conclusion of the trilogy. 

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Author Showcase: Jeffrey L. Kohanek – “The Buried Symbol (The Runes of Issalia)” ~ (CONTEST INCLUDED)~

We are a week into the the new year and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a FREE PRINT BOOK OFFER courtesy of Jeffrey L. Kohanek. If you haven’t heard of him or his science fiction creations, then let me proudly introduce to you The Buried Symbol,  book one in The Runes of Issalia series. 

After you read the book summary and my thoughts on it, please leave us a comment or question because your feedback makes you eligible to WIN THIS SIGNED BOOK.

(Contest is open to anyone residing in the United States. It also runs from now until  January 8th, midnight – central time. Winner is selected January 9th and his or her name will be posted on a comment below!) 

 

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Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten…

Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to a life below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire’s ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained.

As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.

Brock’s compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, growing into a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.

 

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No matter your race/religion/gender/nationality, at one point in time you’ll do something to improve the quality of your life. Maybe it’ll involve going to college, switching jobs, or your address. No matter the how, it’ll occur and you have a 50/50 chance your decision was for the better. Brock took steps to improve his station and he brought his friend Tip along for the ride.

Tip didn’t have a rune placed on his head, he wasn’t off to the Ministry academy, but he was content remaining an Unchosen because he had a roof over his head, food in belly, a bed, and a wonderful woman whom he loved dearly.

Brock, on the other hand, felt he was meant for more and his assumptions proved true. He turned out to be a great and powerful student. He was able to harness the power of the Order and Chaos. Not an easy feat. Like his best bud, Tip, he found love — Ashland, a great healer.

~~Other notable characters~~

Cameron (Cam): tough on the outside but gentle on the inside.

Benny: the inventor who brought life to all his scenes.

Corbin: He reminded me of Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter series. Both characters you’ll love hating.  😈 

 

~~ Favorite scenes~~

1.) The boys trying out the Hedgewick Roller (bike). As a mother who’s just watched her daughter learn to ride a 2-wheeler this summer, I had to laugh at their attempt to ride the crazy contraption. Pure hilarity! 

2.) Couple years back, my son was assigned the talk of creating a working catapult. It was a happy moment when he finally got the marshmallow to soar across the garage. If I recall, he got an A on the assignment! Thanks for triggering the memory, Jeffrey!

 

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Heart Rating System:

1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2

 

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Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota where comic books sparked his young imagination, inspiring fantasies of heroes with super-powers saving the day. His tastes later evolved to fantasy epics featuring unlikely heroes overcoming impossible odds to save worlds born from the writer’s imagination.

Now residing in southern California, Jeff uses that imagination to weave tales of engaging characters caught in fantastic plots to inspire young adults and the child within us all.

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Happy Halloween (CONTEST)!!

Candy is dandy but you know what’s a really great Halloween treat?

Comics, baseballs and caps, cups, pins, and many more miscellaneous comic swag.

There’s so many goodies up for grabs, I am giving away two prize packages. 

 

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Before I go over the Halloween Comic Contest rules though, lets take a look at the prizes.

~~ Prize Box A ~~

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Comics: 

Bizarro by Corson, Duarte, and Pantazis

Batman Absolution by DeMatteis and Ashmore

The Shadow Seven Deadly Finns, by Helfer and Baker

The Shadow Harold Goes To Washington, by Helfer, Rogers, and Baker

The New 52 Futures End Justice League Dark

Harley Quinn Power Girl by Conner, Palmiotti, Gray, Roux, Fernandez, Flaviano, Moritat, and Mounts

Batman Europa 3 by Casali, Azzarello, Camuncoli, and Latorre

Batman Europa 4 by Casali, Azzarello, Camuncoli, and Parel

The Batman Adventures Mad Love The Deluxe Edition by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm

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Harley Quinn Earring / Wonder Woman Knee High Socks / Green Lantern Suspenders

Batman Cup / Batman Ice Cube Tray / Joker Bottle Opener

Harley Quinn Pin #1 / Harley Quinn Pin #2 /Killer Croc Pin to name a few! 

Batman Can Hugger / Superman Can Hugger / Wonder Woman Can Hugger

Joker Air Freshener / Harley Quinn Air Freshener /2 Wonder Woman Air Fresheners

Suicide Squad Temp Tattoos / Harley Quinn Magnet

Harley Quinn Decal / Justice League Green Lantern Decal

 Suicide Squad Lanyard / DeathStroke Lanyard

Green Lantern Baseball

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Comics:

Squadron Sinister #1

Cable and Xforce

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-man, Is this the end of Cloak and Dagger .. ?!

Future Imperfect #3

BattleWorld Secret Wars Journal #1

The Pulse #10

Secret Wars #1

SuperPro Special Edition, From Football Hero to Superhero!

Excalibur #9

Thunderbolts Caged Angels Part 3

New Excalibur

Hellstorm Of Lies, Heaven won’t have him … Hell Fears to let him in …

Ultimate Fantastic Four Issue 48

Vampire Tales, Volume 1

1602 Part Eight

Inferno

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Groot Baseball Cap / Spiderman Baseball Cap / Thor Men Crew Socks

Thor Sticker / Thor KeyChain / Thor Pin / Year One Marvel Pin to name a few! 

Year One Marvel Collector Corps Patch / Marvel Collector Corps Spiderman Patch

Yellowjacket POP! Figurine / Doctor Strange POP! Figurine /  Hot Wheels Spiderman Car

Avengers Cup with Lid and Straw

Spiderman, Captain America, Hulk, and Iron Man Stickers

Deadpool Mouse Pad Spiderman Keyring / Hydra Keychain

Marvel Villain Wallet

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Before you continue reading, I need to state this contest is only open to anyone in the Continental United States. Sorry to those whom this eliminates but, with the shipping costs coming out of my own pocket, I had to put restrictions on this event. Again, my apologies.  

To enter the contest, all you have to do is answer one of the two questions below. Also, make sure you include the  words “DC” or “MARVEL” in your answer so I know which prize box you are vying for.  

Question 1: What’s your favorite sweet treat?

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(Example of an entry: Twix, Marvel or Kit Kat, DC) 

Question 2: Which comic character would you love to come trick or treating at your door?

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(Example of an entry: Gambit, Marvel or The Flash, DC) 

Reminder: You are only eligible to WIN ONE PRIZE so please pick ONE comic brand you’d like to WIN when you submit your answer below. Contest will run until midnight, October 31st (central time). On November 1st, (about 6am, central time), I will post the winner’s name on a comment so please come back to see if you won. Be prepared to supply a shipping address because without it, the gift will be forfeited and YOU don’t want that. Right?

 

GOOD LUCK!!!!! 

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Review of “Toxic Tide” – CJ Matthew (CONTEST INCLUDED)

 
Dolphin Shore Shifters book 5
 
She’s on a mission…and it’s personal.
 
When Heather O’Donnell’s younger sister is murdered, and homicide detectives fail to uncover a suspect, she
abandons competitive swimming and moves to New Jersey. She stakes out her sister’s former employer, a mob-run waste disposal company. But it’s the sudden appearance of another investigator, a ruggedly handsome man, that sets off all her alarms—and more than a few pheromones. Before she’ll act on the attraction, Heather needs to unravel his true connection to her sister’s case.
 
It’s his last chance to redeem himself…no personal distractions allowed.
 
After three disastrous missions in a row, SBW shifter and field ops agent Grus Garret returns to New Jersey determined to solve the murder of Lorelei, a shifter gunned down with her whistle-blower. Grus’s gut tells him the mob boss is responsible for both deaths. But after a shocking encounter with the beautiful stranger, Grus questions
his gut. Especially when it urges him to grab the human woman and hold on forever.
 
When the mob boss decides it’s personal and sends his hit man to eliminate Heather and Grus, they’ll need to use their unique connection to save each other.
 
 
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If you haven’t read any other book in the Shore Shifter series, don’t worry, you won’t get lost picking up book 5 in the series. However, I do encourage you to read the others because they are that good. CJ is that good. 
 
Like the other stories in the Shore Shifter series, Toxic Tide contains plenty of action and a bit of hanky panky, too. 
In this case, the hanky panky was between a tough ass human (Heather) and a dolphin shifter (Grus). An unlikely couple who shouldn’t have found love with each other but did. And, they did so while solving the murders of two people close to them. 
 
During their investigation, they encountered many obstacles: a hitman, the mob, FBI, ATF, faced an abduction, suffered battle wounds and much more. However, everything they encountered/endured was worth it in the end because they each found the closure they desperately needed. Due to their determination to see justice served, they aided the pod and Heather’s parents in finally achieving closure, too. 
 
Trust me, you want to buy this book. It’s worth every damn penny spent. 

On a final note: AMAZING cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Probably my favorite one yet. 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2
 
 
 
 
 
Alrighty folks, let’s get to the main event. 
WHO WANTS TO WIN A MEGA, FABULOUS PRIZE PACKAGE?
 
Prizes included: An SBW drink container w top and straw, a SIGNED COPY of Toxic Tide, a TT book mark, a fancy TT keychain, plus trinkets: little plastic dolphin key chains, temp. dolphin tattoo, dolphin stickers. 

Contest open to anyone — anywhere!!  
 
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below before THURSDAY (midnight, central time). 
 
FRIDAY morning, I will post the winner’s name and attempt to message you. Please
follow the comment thread or come back on FRIDAY to see if you are the lucky
recipient of this amazing prize package. 
 
Good
luck!!!
 

CJ Matthew grew up in an Air Force family traveling and living all over the US and around the world. It proved to be the perfect experience for gathering ideas and material for future books. And for meeting real life heroes and heroines in uniforms and flight-suits. She spent her high school and university years in California, which inspired her love of marine life, and the Pacific Ocean.
 
Toxic Tide is the fifth book, so far, in her paranormal romantic suspense series: Dolphin Shore Shifters. The series features a pod of dolphins living in the Santa Barbara channel off the coast of California, who are capable of shifting to human form. While posing as real humans, the dolphins work, through their oceanic conservation corporation, Save Blue Water, to protect their oceans at any cost.
 
CJ’s next series, The Paladin Group, launched with Deadly Reboot. The books are in the romantic suspense genre, set in a small southern town, and starring  wounded air force veterans, men and women warriors turned civilian attorneys and investigators determined to continue their rescue work.
 
The third series, titled The Colonel’s Daughters, is a quintet with each book featuring one of the five sister’s story. Born in different countries around the world, when each of the daughters happens to return to her country of birth, she’s meets her true love and is forced to confront her destiny. Book 1, A Major Seduction is the oldest sister Kari’s book and takes place at an air force wedding in Tokyo. 
 
A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), and Kiss of Death, CJ lives and writes near a lake in the woods northeast of Atlanta. When she isn’t writing or reading romances, CJ spends time with her two grown children, their spouses, a brilliant grandson and a feisty cat named Max.
 
Schedule permitting, CJ loves to travel, to discover new favorite places and to meet new friends in both the US and around the world.
 
Max flatly refuses to travel. 

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Multi-Author Showcase featuring Hebby Roman & 7 Other Bestselling & Award Winning Authors – (CONTEST INCLUDED)

Man, oh man, are you all in for a treat today. Hebby Roman and her writing companions are here to promote Come Love A Cowboy and, with this promo, they are offering up three prizes. But first, let’s take a peak at anthology.

 

 

 

Overall Blurb with Short Individual Blurbs:
 
Eight stand-alone Contemporary Western Romance novellas from Bestselling and Award Winning Authors. 


From firefighters, bronco busters, and wealthy ranchers to bad boys, we have them all for you! If you’ve ever wanted to fall in love with a sexy, alpha cowboy of today…now’s your chance.
 
Luke’s Fate by Kathleen Ball 
Meg O’Brien hoped never to lay eyes on the one man who broke her heart. To her dismay, Luke Kelly arrives at her ranch a much different and broken man. Can Meg ever forgive his callous treatment of her and help Luke become the man he used to be? 


Grant Me The Moon by Caroline Clemmons 
All Tory Fraser intended was to show her high school history club students a local archeology dig. How could she know the excursion would involve a murder? 


Three for The Win by Keta Diablo 
Hollis should have known better than to fall for a bone-melting man like Stede. He’s gone now and Eli is left to pick up the broken pieces of her life. 

Border Affair by Hebby Roman 
When his partners’ daughter is kidnapped in México, a self-made millionaire must confront his feelings about their affair and the future of their relationship. 

Leaving Necessity by Margo Bond Collins 
Mac has one week to convince his ex-girlfriend Clara not to sell his oil company. In this high-pressure reunion, can they strike love again? 

The Shape of Destiny by Julie A. D’Arcy
A young male shape shifter. A beautiful female ranch owner. Can love be born in a web of deceit? 

Bad Boy, Big Heart by Andrea Downing
She’s a New Yorker escaping her parents. He’s a Wyoming cowboy supporting his dad. One summer, two young people—three months to find love. 

Desert Heat by Patti Sherry-Crews 
A single mother struggling to keep her guest ranch puts her own desires on hold. When a handsome and persistent fireman sets his sights on her, she must decide how much she’s willing to give.
 
 

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No matter if you live here in the USA or abroad, anyone can be eligible to win one of THREE Amazon gift cards; each worth $10.

Pretty sweet deal, right? 🙂

To enter, all you have to do is leave them a question, comment or simply say hi. Heck, we will accept smiley and winky faces too.

So, whatcha waiting for. Drop them a line!!

(Contest will end Sunday at 11:59 p.m. – central standard time. Winners will be selected Monday, names posted on a comment, and I will send out a congrats email to each of you.  However, I do suggest you follow the posting and check back Monday afternoon to see if you are one of the lucky winners. Emails get lost and you DO NOT want this gift to go unclaimed!)


Good luck!! 

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Review of “Lethal Tide” – CJ Matthew (CONTEST INCLUDED)

 

 

Dolphin shifter Conley Nash began his second three-year mission armed with a kick-ass agenda and an attitude to match. Since their team leader was killed, the men in SBW field ops have lost their nerve. Determined to restore the hard line, Conley can’t wait to show them how it’s done, facing down a greedy oil company in Long Beach. Until Conley meets his new partner…and finds his powers of persuasion need work.

First-time shifter Betty Brett can’t believe she finally made it into the male-centric field ops team. Since the first female agent was murdered, before Betty goes solo, she’ll spend four months teamed with an experienced operative. But did it have to be Conley? No matter how temptingly handsome he is, Betty refuses to take grief from a trigger-happy male and certainly not one whose knuckles drag the ground.

When the oil company resorts to violence protecting its illegal fracking operation, Conley finds himself out-gunned. Either he and Betty compromise, fast, or they’ll be dead before they can unravel the perplexing feelings they have for each other.

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Dolphins are not the most popular shifters out there in the literary world, but CJ has once again constructed a story which is more memorable than most shifters stories I’ve read to date. 
 
The SBW missions do center around hazards to our water sources, a topic not so thrilling, but CJ has made the journey to the final showdown far from boring. 
 
It’s mostly due to the great cast of characters and their interactions with each other. 
 
A) River: the comedian. He had me in stitches in the scene with the cracked ribs.  I know you’ll be laughing when you read it, too. 
 
B) Seth: curious little neighbor boy and honorary “agent”. He earned his title because without his countless assists, they would’ve been up shit creek without a paddle. 
 
C) Conley: Alpha dolphin/shifter who learned the value of teamwork. Yup, there’s no I in TEAM.
 
D) Betty and Marina: two hot geekettes who proved guns weren’t always the best weapon of choice. Nope, sometimes it’s best to let your brain fight your battles for you. 
 
There are many more characters but I’ll stop there. 
 
Memorable moments:
 
1.) Chapter 14 – sex in the shower: Sex in the ocean as dolphins. Sex in the shower as humans. Makes no difference to dolphin shifters. Water is sensual whether on or off dry land. Am I right? 😉
2.) Chapter 21: River went to Taco Bell where the lovely Kam was his server. This section absolutely, positively made my day. <3
 
I could keep going on about what I liked about Lethal Tide, or I could just end my review with 3 simple words……

Buy Lethal Tide!! 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5
(highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2
 
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Now that you’ve had a sneak peek at CJ Matthew’s hot new book, Lethal Tide (LT), WHO IS READY TO WIN?
Ladies and Gents, CJ is offering ONE LUCKY WINNER a stupendous prize package. 
In it, the winner will receive the following items: One SBW tall metal water bottle, a SIGNED PAPERBACK copy of Lethal Tide, a LT book mark, a fancy LT keychain, plus trinkets: which are little plastic dolphin key chains, temp. dolphin tattoo, dolphin stickers. 
 
 
 

And guess what? This amazing contest is open to anyone; no matter where you call home!! 

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below. 

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 package. 
Good luck!!!
 

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.

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Author Showcase – G.E. Stills (Contest for “Blood Rage”)

 

Guess what ladies and gents, G.E. Stills is back on my blog with another hot release and a contest. For those who aren’t familiar with Mr. Stills, let me give you a brief overview of this talented author.

Normally zany and often naughty talking, G. E. has a serious and compassionate side if you can find it. He cares deeply for his friends and hasn’t met an animal yet he didn’t like. He is terrified of heights so hasn’t braved the tramway ride in his home town. He lives in the southwest while longing to live by the sea. He often says, “We have the sandy beaches but where is the water?”
 
G.E. Stills heeds the call of the many characters that pop into his mind and demand to have their stories written. Their tales are both serious and humorous. A multi-published author, his stories cover many genres including contemporary romance, paranormal romance and science fiction.
 
Most of his stories have action, adventure, and humor. Some of them are erotic and some are not, but all have romance. His paranormal stories involve witches, demons or vampires. You can find all of his books at his Amazon author page 

 

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Exploring caves by day, then partying and romancing all night with her all male team members, is a dream come true for Mia. After all, what more could a woman ask for than her choice of four handsome, muscular men who all adore her. Things are about to change for her, because an ancient evil awaits the team in the final cave they explore. This evil will rip her world apart.

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Their comical
banter ceased. In front of her, Bret climbed to his knees and stood. His feet
moved to the side, out of her view. She joined him and stood. One by one, the
rest of the team entered the chamber and climbed to their feet. Bret removed
one of the glow sticks, activated it, and held it aloft. It provided additional
illumination in the large chamber. Shane played out rope from the coil he
carried, allowing them to spread out while remaining linked. They moved apart,
testing each step before putting full weight on that foot. It wouldn’t be the
first time the floor had caved-in out from under one of them.     
“What the
hell is that?” Efren pointed across the room and all of them approached.
“What is a
wooden door doing down here?” Shane asked.
While Bret held
the glow stick high, Nash knelt in front of the door for closer inspection. A
wooden plank stretched across it, with two metal U-shaped brackets holding it
affixed to the rest of the door. The ends of the plank went through two
additional brackets secured to the rock wall. There were the rotted remains of
ropes that had additionally held the plank in place.
“Easily
removed from this side,” Nash said, “and impossible to open from the
other side.”
“Which leads
me to wonder what was imprisoned on the other side,” Bret mused.
“One way to
find out,” Nash said. With Efren’s help, he lifted the plank from its
brackets. The massive door hinges groaned when Nash pushed it open.
The tunnel beyond
was obviously manmade and large enough to walk through erect. The team
proceeded. After a few yards, the tunnel ended in another chamber, this one
much smaller, room-sized. Three human skeletons lay in one corner.
“Is that what
it looks like?” Efren asked and pointed to the metal box across the room
resting on the floor and against the wall.
The team crossed
the room and Shane knelt beside it. “It looks like a damn coffin.”
The hinges
squealed in protest when Shane pried the lid open. Mia looked down in shock.
Instead of bones, or the half-rotted corpse that she’d expected to see, the
body inside was so life-like she expected him to open his eyes at any moment.
“Damn,”
Nash swore when he cut his hand on a jagged part of the casket. Blood welled up
on his palm and dripped down onto the corpse. Two drops touched its lips. The
man’s eyes snapped open. His irises were grey, circled by red. He blurred into
action so fast her mind couldn’t absorb it. The next thing she knew, she was
flying through the air. At the same time, she heard screams and shouts. She
collided with the rock wall and slid to the floor. She closed her eyes and
passed out.
Mia woke to awful
pain. She opened her eyes, but it was just as black as when they were closed.
She couldn’t move her left arm or right leg, and her head felt like it was on
fire. She reached up with her good hand, and first discovered her helmet was
missing. When she pulled her hand from the back of her head, it came away
sticky.
What happened?
“Bret…Nash…Efren…Shane,”
she called out to each member in turn. “I’m hurt. Hurt bad. I think one of
my arms and legs are broken and I have a bad laceration on the back of my head.
Maybe a concussion.”     
Only silence
greeted her. She listened intently for any sound of breathing, both in the room
and over her earbud.
Nothing.
She felt her tool
belt then groped the floor around her, searching for her spare flashlight.
“Damn,” she said when she was unable to locate it. Her ears perked
when she heard a noise in the dark. “Is that you, Bret?” she asked.
“Anyone? I’m over here.”
The sound grew
louder, like wet bare feet slapping on a tile floor. A strange voice just
inches in front of her face whispered, “I’m here.”
Putrid breath
assailed her nostrils. A hand twined in her hair and snapped her head to the
side. Another hand pressed against her chest, pinning her back against the rock
wall behind her.
 
“Ouch. You’re hurting me. Whoever you are, don’t be so
rough.”
 
 
IT’S PRIZE TIME!! 
 
G. E. Stills and I really hope you enjoyed the excerpt from his latest creation. If you did, we’d love to hear from you. As a thank you for leaving him (us) a comment or question, you’ll be eligible to win a 
 
  

So, my lovely, followers, drop us a line below and put your name in the hat to win some Amazon moolah. 🙂



Contest ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. (central time). 
Winner selected Tuesday and their name will be posted on a comment so make sure and follow the thread. 



Good Luck!! 

 

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Review of “Deadly Reboot” – CJ Matthew (CONTEST INCLUDED!!)

In honor of FLAG DAY, June 14, and all the veterans who served under OLD GLORY, CJ Matthew and I are offering a star spangled contest featuring Deadly Reboot, Paladin Group book 1. 
 
But before we dive into the rules to enter, first we’d like to introduce one of the prizes — Deadly Reboot. 
 
 

 

Still risking their lives…The Paladin Group. Ginger Odom has sworn to become self-reliant… Until she is arrested in a small town and framed for the murder of a police officer. Seems everyone in the community wants her behind bars, regardless of the truth, so her aunt enlists the help of the Paladin Group. A team of wounded former military men and woman, now civilian lawyers and investigators, they rescue people in serious trouble. Hale Peters is determined to ignore his knee injury… The former Air Force Pararescueman, wounded during a rocket attack on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, accepts his first reboot for Paladin. His mission—keep Ginger safe until he can prove her innocence—becomes a bigger challenge than expected when he and Ginger clash over who’s in charge. The Devil Dogs just want to help… The group of older veterans steps up to assist, but when Ginger’s life is threatened by the real killer, Hale and Ginger need to work together if they hope to stay alive.

 
 
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)
 
Despite the lack of “Who done it” in this mystery novel, I actually really enjoyed it. Why? Because of the cast…… plain and simple. 


CJ didn’t have a group of young, buff, 6-pack sporting, Dwayne Johnson look-alike, guys handling the case of “Who really shot Officer Ivey?” 
 
Nope, she had military veterans, men/women injured in battle working the case. Heck, the youngest man from the Devil Dog crew was 64. Heck, they even had a beagle (Grunt) getting into the thick of things. 

 
Favorite Devil Dog –> Hale, lead investigator. He walked with a cane and used it as a weapon, too. Oh yes, he’s still pretty badass!! 
 
Seriously, you couldn’t find a more diverse cast of characters. 
 
With that said, there is something I would change about Deadly Reboot(small gripe). I wasn’t a fan of the county and town’s name being so closely related. Erinville and Erin County. I thought a bit more imagination could’ve been used here, but really as Shakespeare once said, “What’s in a name?”
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
ORDER YOUR KINDLE OR PRINT COPY TODAY!! 



 

 

Now that we’ve gotten the review out of the way, I wanna know WHO IS READY TO WIN?
 
Ladies and Gents, CJ is offering ONE LUCKY WINNER a spectacular
prize package. 
 
In it, the winner will receive the following items: One Paladin Group coffee mug, a SIGNED PAPERBACK copy of Deadly Reboot, a DR book mark, a fancy DR key chain. In addition to these wonderful prizes, CJ will also be tossing in a few Flag Day extras in celebration of the national holiday.
 

 

And guess what? This amazing contest is open to anyone; no matter
where you call home!! 
 
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below answering one of these questions.


A.) What I love about my country?
  B.) Tell us about the special veteran in your life?
C.) What branch of service (and country) do you serve or did serve?
 
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 check back on THURSDAY to see if you are the lucky recipient of this amazing prize package. 
 
 
Good
luck!!!
 



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.

Website Link
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Amazon author page
Goodreads author page

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Review of “Dangerous Tide” – CJ Matthew (CONTEST INCLUDED!!)

 

With the head of field ops murdered, Rye is recalled to SBW to resume his team leadership role. Anxious to clear his tarnished reputation, the last thing Rye needs is the pod physician hounding him for budget support. Or worse, warning all of SBW that he’ll be the next to become violent and dangerous.

Doc Libra, alarmed by the recent unprecedented violence at SBW, resolves to get a bigger lab and start her research to uncover the cause. She’ll need lots of Shore Shifter blood samples and Rye’s name is at the top of her list. But if she hopes to gain his cooperation, she’ll need to agree to his deal.

Author signed copies are available at Fiction Addiction, 1175 Woods Crossing Road Ste 5, Greenville, SC 29607 or available on Fiction Addiction’s website: HERE.


 
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
Once again CJ kept me entertained with her fishy phrases: fish guts, squid lips, shark shit on toast. Yes, she made sure there was humor and romance mixed within the high-octane plot.
 
Speaking of plot, in Dangerous Tide, you’ll encounter gun battles, explosions, kidnappings, illegal gun smuggling, and an almost air-tight frame job. 
 
Throughout all that, you be a happy bystander while you watch an doc (with body image problems) fall head over heels in love with an agent who has trouble asking for help. 
 
As you can imagine, both get over their issues and the final scene had me placing Rye in the top 10 of most romantic shifter. Yes, I have a such list. Don’t you? 😉 

And on a final note, I <3 seeing a woman kick a little ass. As the saying goes….We are women, hear us roar… or in a dolphin’s case maybe – eeeeeeik eeik eeeek. 

HA!! 🙂

 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2
 
GO GET YOUR KINDLE OR PRINT COPY TODAY!! 

 
 
CONTEST TIME!!
KEEP READING!!

 

 
Now that you’ve had a sneak peek at CJ Matthew’s sensational shifter book and read my review regarding Dangerous Tide (DT), WHO IS READY TO WIN?
 
Ladies and Gents, CJ is offering ONE LUCKY WINNER a spectacular prize package. 
 
In it, the winner will receive the following items: One SBW tall metal water bottle, a SIGNED PAPERBACK copy of DT, a DT
book thong, a fancy DT keychain, plus trinkets: which are little plastic
dolphin key chains, temp. dolphin tattoo, dolphin stickers.
 
 

 

And guess what? This amazing contest is open to anyone; no matter
where you call home!! 
 
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below. 
 
So if you like paranormal tales (shifter books), then I encourage
you to ENTER TODAY. 
 
You’ll
have until FRIDAY (midnight, central time) to enter. SATURDAY morning, I
will post the winner’s name and attempt to message you. Please follow the
comment thread or come back on SATURDAY to see if you are the lucky recipient
of this amazing prize package. 


Good luck!!!

 

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.

Website Link
Twitter
Facebook
Amazon author page
Goodreads author page

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Comic Lovers Unite!! (CONTEST)

 
 
Do you love comics? Know someone who does? Then, you are in luck because I’m hosting a contest to give away one fabulous prize package. 
 
Wanna know what YOU might WIN. Keep scrolling!! 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty amazing, stupendous prizes, right? And I didn’t even post all the goodies awaiting you. Yup, there is totally more up for grabs inside the Superman tote bag. 😉

 
Ok, let’s get to the rules and regulations section of the contest.  
 
The contest is available to anyone living in the continental United States. Sorry to anyone whom this excludes. For those available to enter, an entry is a simple and painless task. 
 
To enter, all you have to do is answer one of two questions in the comments section below.
 

1.) Who’s your favorite superhero / super villain?
 

 

 
2.) If you can possess any superpower, what would it be?
 

 

 
The contest will be open all weekend long and a winner will be selected on Monday. 
 
So, enter today and make sure to tell your friends and family members to enter as well.

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