RUINED BOOK REVIEW

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5 ***** Great ending for an extraordinary trilogy

Just like Ellie, I’m totally ruined for other men – book boyfriends, that is. Kayne bewitched me from the very beginning and each chapter of his story made me a bigger addict since book one. All because of the author’s talent to tell an engrossing story despite the dark issues she tackles. Add to that mix memorable characters and you have a winner. That’s what Decadence After Dark is. But it’s not for the prude or the faint of heart. Read the author’s warnings and take them seriously. I’m an avid erotica reader and an erotica author and still there were many scenes that felt like a punch to my stomach. Not the sex ones though. No worries! They were scorching hot and left me breathless but in the best sense possible. LOL

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CLAIMED BOOK REVIEW

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5 ***** Wicked, dark, but oh-so-good love story

You may think it’s odd for an erotica and dark romance to be called a love story but that’s exactly what Claimed is about. When I finished reading Owned I couldn’t wait to start Claimed but mid-term week in my Master’s program didn’t allow me to do it so I had a serious case of Kayne-withdrawal, let me tell you that. LOL The second book in the Decadence after Dark series is just as addictive as the first one yet you have such a better understanding of the main characters and their motivations. Interestingly enough, M. Never tells the readers at the end of the book that she wrote Owned just so she could present Kayne as we see in Claimed. However, I think she managed to insert plenty of glimpses of this Kayne in the first book as well. At least I saw him this way. I won’t say much because I don’t like spoilers but if you read the first book you’ll understand what I mean. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? LOL

The book has tons of sexy scenes, a lot of suspense, and some serious soul-searching. It’s exactly what you expect from a dark romance and then some more. The characters are well fleshed-out, the plot is engrossing, and the pace is steady up to the middle of the book when all hell breaks loose and you feel like you’ve been thrown in the middle of a Hawaii Five-0 episode. A good one, that is. LOL Even though I knew I was going to get my HEA, there were some pretty tense moments.

In both books, the author does a great job of portraying a master/slave relationship, which differs from a D/s one in many ways. People who aren’t into the lifestyle may not know one from the other so I’m sure many readers didn’t get it. However, M. Never brilliantly shows us how Kayne and Ellie develop their relationship. Again without spoilers, I can safely say that a certain neighbor’s reaction got me laughing out loud because she represents SO MANY PEOPLE out there who does not have a clue about what happens inside a couple’s bedroom yet feels like they can pass judgement. It was brilliant. Kudos, Ms. Never!

Finally, I’ve got to say I fell in love with Kayne in the first book, deepened my feeling in this one, and can’t wait to read the last book of the trilogy. Moreover, I’ll never look at a cupcake the way I used to do before Kayne and Ellie’s story. LOL

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Suzanne Adams

What are you currently reading?

The second book of the Musings of an Earth Angel trilogy! I am writing it and constantly reading it and reworking it! 🙂

Do you have a favorite author? Who is it?

I have so many that I love! I love Stephanie Myer, JK Rowling, and Alyson Noel.

When did you start writing?

Almost 2 years ago.

Why do you write?

To try to help people to discover their own greatness and their purpose in live. I want to help people, but with a fun and magical story that they will enjoy and not be able to put down!

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My intended audience is anyone that wants to escape on a magical journey that they can get lost in. Anyone who loves trilogies, and anyone who wants to help make the world a better place. They should read my book to learn about some ways to call happiness into their own life and for a fun quick read that will really get them thinking and will linger with them.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? Why? What would you say to them?

I would want to go back to the Atlantis time and just see how the world operated then and see if all of the legends are true!

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I learned all about life purpose and I realized my purpose is to teach people how to life a life of true fulfillment and happiness. I wanted to do this in a fun, magical, and mystical way so I created Samantha and Musings of an Earth Angel!

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My cover art was designed by the beautiful Amber Hargett! She did an amazing job. We worked together to find an image and a feel that truly represented the story and Samantha.

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It will definitely be a movie soon and I would love to see Chloe Grace Moretz play Samantha!!

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She paused for a moment to hold my gaze. “Being an Earth Angel isn’t an easy feat. So if you do it with success, your reward after you transition from earth is tenfold.”

Every word she said struck a chord deep within me. “So you are saying I’m an Earth Angel?”

“Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. Isn’t it wonderful news?”
I hesitated for a moment at the heaviness of what she was telling me. I knew my life was changing, but this seemed so big, so huge. I was on earth as an angel? Me, a real life angel? I couldn’t believe it—it just didn’t seem like it could actually be true.

“I do feel honored, and this does feel right to me,” I said. “It could be my truth. But it is a little scary, and it’s a lot to take in. What does being an Earth Angel mean, exactly?”

“First of all, please know that it is nothing to be scared of. It is an honor. It means you have special magical gifts and powers that you can offer to help save the world.”

“You mean I can help with the transition of human evolution?” This message had come up repeatedly, and I was starting to somewhat understand.

“Yes. Exactly. You have a complex mission, and it will be unfolded to you in time. But for now, yes you are getting it. The dolphins say hello, and they want to support you in any way they can. They are one of your spirit animals, and they are happy you loved their dance. Their mission is to make humans feel free and alive and to inspire play-like qualities.”

“I am honored to meet them,” I said, as one of the dolphins slid right up to me. I ran my hand across its smooth, slippery skin.

“I have something really special for you,” she said. In her palm she held the most beautiful, sparkling green emerald on a delicate gold chain.

“Wow, what is it? It is stunning.”

“This is an amulet. It was kept hidden in the sea for thousands of years for you. We knew you would need it in this lifetime. If you wear it, it will help protect you. It is from the Atlantean times and will help unlock memories and assist you in remembering all your truth.” She attached the necklace around my neck.

“I love it. It’s so special. Thank you so much.”

“You are doing beautifully, darling. You are on the right path so keep it up. I will be going now, so remember me every time you go for a swim. Try not to stay away from the water for so long.”

She looked at me, put her hands together in front of her heart, and bowed her head like we were at yoga together. She then submerged deep within the water, faster than she appeared. I sat on the rock with tears of joy streaming down my face at learning and realizing my truth.


 

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22-year-old Samantha Kingston had the perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect Friday nights. When disaster strikes she loses everything and is propelled into a journey where evil and good, dark and light are battling for her destiny. Will the Demon Brigade viciously destroy her? Or will her Angel team and the Divine help her to elevate and see her real truth as an Earth Angel?

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Suzanne’s purpose is to teach people how to live a life of fulfillment and joy. She does this through teaching you her proven 5 step process to attract happiness and freedom into your life. Her first book, Musings of an Earth Angel, was just published this fall. You can connect with Suzanne here. (www.suzanneadamsauthor.com)

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His voice took on a husky, seductive quality. “The women I date aren’t interested in my body, Sophie. What interests them is how I pleasure their bodies.”

She stared deep into his icy blue eyes and snickered.

Max never missed even the smallest of details. They were often the difference between success and getting your hat handed to you. Tonight, he noticed Sophie’s eyes betray her, even as she mocked him. Her pupils were dilated, the rich, whiskey-colored irises nearly overtaken by black. I have her attention.

Embolden by her body’s reaction, he took a step closer. He was so close that if she’d been breathing, her breath would’ve warmed his skin. “I can bring much more to your bed than my father does. So…much…more…” He drew out the words, emphasizing each in a voice that oozed sex. “And though I’m not an easy man to impress, I’m sure you’d have no trouble persuading me to finance your agency. None at all,” he drawled.

Neither of them spoke for a long moment, maybe two. The air was charged. The silence dangled between them like a ripe peach, fragrant and swollen, tempting the weakest among them to reach for it first.

“What do you think?” he asked softly, ending the silence.

While waiting for her response, a calculated kind of wait, he resisted the urge to lift his hand and run his fingers through the strands of hair that’d come loose, softly framing her face.

“I think you really are an ass.”

With that, she turned and walked away. Leaving him to gape at her magnificent back.


 

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Meadows Shore is the childhood home of the five Clayton sisters and the six Harrington brothers, the family seat where these irresistible characters gather regularly…or whenever they need the comfort of Portuguese home cooking and the love and wisdom of elder women.

After Sophie Clayton catches her husband in bed with a young intern, she creates a new life for herself as the executive director of a failing domestic violence agency. It’s the perfect job for a woman born to fix everything. A friend’s broken heart, a tattered agency, a flat tire—she’ll roll up her sleeves and make it as good as new. Sophie rarely encounters anything she can’t fix…until she meets the devastatingly handsome and insufferably arrogant, Max Parker. One of Boston’s most eligible bachelors, he’s never without a stunning young woman on his arm and in his bed.

When Sophie’s forced to deal with Max, sparks fly, and somewhere in the crossfire of verbal daggers and clever barbs, she discovers his darkest secret.

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Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series that chronicles the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.

After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.

When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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That Monday evening Cierra arrived home at just after seven thirty and pulled into the driveway.

 

Enzo Rawlins was rolling his garbage can to the curb.

 

Cierra got out of her car and walked up to him.  “Hey Enzo, thanks for leaving me stranded that night at The San Jose Gladiator’s Foundation Annual Dinner. I always knew you weren’t a gentleman, you jerk,” she yelled.

 

Enzo gazed up and gave her a weak smile. “Didn’t you get my messages?” he asked but didn’t wait for a response. “Anyway, I felt pretty bad about leaving you like that. Look I’m sorry.  And I wanted to make it up to you. That is why I rolled your garbage can to the curb so you didn’t have to.”

 

“Wow thanks. I guess I can’t stay mad at you for doing me that favor.”

 

“You know I would only abandon you Cierra if I got really distracted. You know me…”

 

“Whatever,” Cierra demurred.


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Cierra Cantrell has had little experience with men after a painful experience in her life left her too insecure to discover and free the passionate woman within.

After following the advice of her mother, Cierra agrees to accept family friend Isabella Duvall’s offer for help in obtaining a marriage of convenience.

When Isabella’s gorgeous brother—shows up, Cierra can’t stop dreaming about him.

Lust is a powerful emotion!

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J.A. Jackson is the pseudonym for an author, who loves to write deliciously sultry adult romantic, suspenseful, entertaining novels with a unique twist. She lives in an enchanted little house she calls home in the Northern California foothills.

 

She spent over ten years working in the non-profit sector where she wrote grants, press releases and contributed many stories to their newsletter. She was their Newsletter editor for over ten years. She loves growing roses, a good pot of hot tea, chocolate, magical stories, suspense stories, ghost stories, and reading Jane Austen again and again in her past time.

 

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Rita Collins is one such young woman. However, she is in a steady relationship with Sherri and has never been attracted to men. When her life turns upside down after she loses her well-paying job and finds out her mother needs expensive medical treatment, she hatches an insane plan to get extra cash. She won’t let her family down. She will do anything to help them. Even if it means selling her soul to the devil.

 

A business deal is struck but Rita must first pass a very thorough assessment process. Will Rita succeed? How will Sherri react to this crazy idea?

 

Rita’s decision to move forward with the plan will bring consequences to all involved as she battles her treacherous body when a golden goddess called Alexa Harris shows up to conduct the assessment process. She will never be the same after that!

 

*WARNING * – This 8,500-word erotic short-story is intended for mature readers due to its language and steamy sex scenes involving – a hot bisexual billionaire; a stunning, but desperate young woman; her hot girlfriend; and two very talented assistants.

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“Just ahead. I have a surprise set up,” Roger said as he trotted toward Elysian Fields again.

 

He led them to an open field where the sunlight was bright and the ground flat. The cafe staff had laid everything out on a red and white checked tablecloth from the restaurant. A platter held cheeses and fruit arranged around chunks of the baguette. The champagne sat chilling in a silver bucket with two flutes at the side. He’d share a flute with Electra.

 

“Damn,” he muttered, they’d forgotten the flowers.

 

Everyone dismounted and tied the horses to an oak tree with low hanging branches.

 

“It’s lovely. You are such a romantic,” Electra said, kissing him on the cheek.

 

Emily gave him a sheepish look. “Tell the truth, Roger. You planned for this to be enjoyed by just the two of you. I’m the proverbial third wheel, aren’t I?”

 

Only a lout with a complete lack of chivalry would answer truthfully. “Don’t be silly. What man…” he tipped his head at her, “especially a Frenchman, wouldn’t be delighted to have two charming ladies at his side?”

 

“You’re sweet to say that,” Emily said. “Is there some sort of all occasion book Frenchmen work out of that tells them what to say to women? If not, you should consider writing one. You’d make a fortune.”

 

“Thank you—I think.”

 

Electra turned to Emily. “Want to pick some flowers?”

 

Emily nodded.

 

Electra emptied a wicker basket that held honey and butter while Emily took the sharp meat knife from the platter. “We’ll be back in a flash,” Electra said.

 

“Where are you going?”

 

“We passed a blanket of wildflowers not far back. I thought we’d gather a bunch for our table.”

 

“Where exactly is this spot that’s not far back?” He asked, anxious to pour the champagne and his heart out and propose.

 

“By that granite outcropping.”

 

Roger reached for the basket. “You can’t go there. That’s not Alex’s land. It’s part of the acreage he donated to Dr. Gordon’s group.”

 

Electra held tight to the basket. “So? It’s not like Gordon is going to know we were there. What harm are we causing picking a few flowers? None.”

 

“His knowing is not the point. It’s the principle. You’ve no right to go traipsing about on his property without permission.” This was a thorny issue for him. In her defense, Electra didn’t know that. Over the years, Roger had had his share of trespassers and poachers on his land. He’d never have given poachers permission to cross his land, but the trespassers, had they asked, he’d have let cross.

 

“Since you’re determined to do this, hurry up and get away from there,” he told Electra. “I’ll open the champagne and have a glass ready for you.”

 

“We’ll work double fast,” Emily added and the two jogged off.

 

He’d opened the champagne and was in the process of pouring when Electra’s panicked scream came from the spot near the outcropping.

 

“Roger!”

 

He dropped the bottle and ran.

 

Gone. Both sisters were gone. The basket with a handful of flowers inside lay on the ground.

 

“Electra,” he called out. “Emily.”

 

He ran in a widening spiral hoping to find them. When he didn’t, he returned and checked the scattered patches where the flowers grew for a clue. He looked for any sign someone had come along and taken them by force. Perhaps one of Dr. Gordon’s crew had hustled them back to the trailer that served as their lab. Perhaps they demanded an explanation for what the women were doing.

 

He was grasping at straws and knew it. Anyone of the Gordon group could clearly see the women were picking flowers. Taking them off to their camp was heavy-handed especially for a bunch of scientists. Nor were there any footprints other than those left by Electra and Emily’s riding boots.

 

What the devil could’ve happened to them? People don’t just vanish without a clue.

 

He climbed to the top of the outcropping called out again. Only the rustling of the breeze through the trees and the low roll of thunder from the storm miles away could be heard.


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In Time for You

by Chris Karlsen

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While horseback riding in the English countryside, sisters, Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.

There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily will likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France, was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves.

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I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.

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Jax raked a hand over his hair. He did not want her to leave without him. That meant only one thing. He had to go to her and convince her they couldn’t be separated. He stood and cast his gaze on Ian. The boy slept soundly. Jax had to find a compromise by doing right by the boy and doing right by his heart.

 

He closed the door behind him gently and checked on Sophia’s room. She wasn’t there. Then he went downstairs. Peeking into the study, he saw Lady Charlotte placing covers over Lord Ridgecroft and making him comfortable. Could she be in the kitchen? He continued down the hall and caught a glimpse of two people sitting on a bench. Jeeves and Sophia. Fisting his hands, he drew in a breath and steeled up his courage.

 

Jax knocked on the glass of the french doors and stepped out. She looked up at him, sadness etched in her face.

 

“Can we talk?” he asked.

 

Jeeves glanced at Sophia. She offered the butler a small smile. “It’s fine.”

 

Jeeves stood and bowed. “If you’ll excuse me, I’ll finish my rounds and retire for the evening.”

 

“Good night, Jeeves,” Jax said.

 

The butler nodded and left.

 

“I had no idea I had a son. This was a surprise.”

 

“It’s clear the boy is yours,” she said, softly. “And so is your duty.”

 

“I won’t deny it,” Jax paused. “And I do want to get to know him, but I don’t want to lose you either.”

 

“I have to leave tomorrow.”

 

He pursed his lips, frustrated. “I knew Fiona briefly. I was attracted to her because she was kind, but I knew nothing would ever come of us. My father suggested she knew that, too, that’s why she never told me.”

 

“I’m sorry.” Sophia looked at her fingers in her lap, then up at him. “She should have contacted you. It would have been the right thing to do.”

 

He sighed and took the seat next to Sophia placing her hand between his. He snared her eyes with his stare. “The right thing to do is let me go with you tomorrow. I care for you.”

 

“I know what it’s like to lose a parent. I was twelve when my mother passed away. I still remember the little things, like her smile. I remember traveling all over Britain with her. When my mot

“He can come with us.” Jax just blurted out the first thought that came to his mind. If Sophia wanted Ian to be close to Jax, then it only made sense to have Ian come with them. Jax thought the idea was inspired.

 

Sophia’s mouth fell open, then she closed it, before she scrunched up her brows. “Are you serious? That we take a five-year-old traipsing all over Europe with us?”

 

“Why not? It’s the only way we can be all together.” He had no idea what it would entail, but what better way to solve his problem? He would get to know his son and remain close to Sophia.

her passed away, a sadness filled my heart that I thought I would never replace. That little boy is hurting right now. He needs you.”


 

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Gripping time travel story

 

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Well, let me just make something very clear here: I’m a total sucker for Time Travel stories (HUGE fan of Dr. Who, for instance) and ANYTHING Victorian. Romance novels set in that period are my thing. Plus, I had read book three in the series – ‘A lady Never Lies’ – and had LOVED it. So I was eagerly waiting for this new installment. But in case you don’t like serials please don’t get me wrong. This book can be read independently from the previous three but you’d be missing on excellent stories and a lot of talent if you skip them.

As usual, Stephanie Buckhart delivered a great book. ‘A Princess is always right’ is a very well-written story with likeable characters and lots of adventure. I recommend it for fans of fantasy and/or good books.

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A Princess is Always Right

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Sophia may be the youngest Windsor, but she knows her mind. A Princess of York, she’s committed to do her duty – prevent Jonas Byron from finding Nikola Tesla and decimating the time line.
Jax Ruston is a rugged metalsmith with curly hair and dimples to die for. A resident of 1855, he’s pledged to help Sophia find Jonas. Together, they journey across continental Europe in pursuit of Jonas.

Despite her duty, Sophia’s attracted to handsome Jax. However, he’s committed to living in 1855. Can Sophia keep her focus on her mission, or will desire interfere with her task? Only one thing is certain: a princess is always right.

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Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She’s also an assistant den leader for her son’s Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children’s books published with 4RV Publishing.

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ATHENA’S SECRETS: Athena and Her Art    

by Donna Del Oro

The heart of this novel concerns a young woman, Athena Butler—a modern-day descendant of an ancient bloodline of psychic females—who is first overcome by her clairvoyance at age nine. Her gift/curse has caused her problems during her childhood and teenage years. But by age twenty, she has learned to control her “sixth sight” and is able to turn it on and off like a faucet. If she is in a social situation and doesn’t want to be distracted by the additional input of another’s thoughts and emotions, she has learned to close the channel into other people’s minds.

But there’s another element to Athena’s personality and character. She has an artistic gift that’s nearly as strong as her clairvoyance. As a talented art student, she loves figure painting and specializes in portrait painting. Throughout the novel, Athena places as much importance on her artistic abilities as she does her psychic abilities. As her diplomat father tells her, her artistic talents are a much more marketable skill. Consequently, she is recruited by a gallery owner to join a group of pastiche painters—Genuine Pastiches of the World’s Greatest Painters–who paint replicas of famous paintings and sell them as legal, authentic copies. The world might call these replicas or copies fakes but an elite class of art collectors, who cannot afford to pay three-hundred million for an original Cezanne or Monet, are willing to pay fifty- to sixty-thousand for a genuine pastiche of that same painting. When she is accepted by the gallery into this special class of painters, her money worries end and she’s able to pay for her last year of art school and become a self-sustaining artist.

For me, as a student of ESP phenomena, depicting Athena’s psychic gifts was fun! As a former art minor in college, sharing my knowledge of painting and art history has been just as enjoyable. Actually, I’ve had to learn more about various techniques and styles through the centuries and have had to refresh my art history knowledge. For a perpetual student like myself, this challenge has been a wonderful addition to my research! I’ve even gone back to painting as a hobby because of my fictitious character, Athena Butler—so thank you, Athena!


 

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MY 4* REVIEW

* I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

 

I’m a huge fan of everything paranormal but as such I’m also very hard to please. For instance, don’t try to convince me vampires can walk in the sun (and sparkle) because you will waste your time and breath. Having said that, I approached this book with extreme caution as I nowadays do when there are paranormal elements in the story. But my fears were unfounded. Donna Del Oro did her research so the ESP elements in ‘Athena’s Secrets’ are well-founded. Moreover, plot is well-developed and the characters are both believable and likeable.

I’m against giving (or reading) spoilers so I won’t talk about the ending except to remind other readers this is book 1 in a series of books. By the way, I’m looking forward to ‘Athena’s Quest’ the second book in this series.

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Athena Butler, the twenty-year-old descendant of an ancient bloodline of psychics, yearns to lead a normal life. She wants a career, a boyfriend, independence. Her clairvoyant gift, however, has taught her people can be false and dangerous. Although warned to keep her powers a secret, she’s recruited by law enforcement to help search for a serial killer and to uncover a terrorist cell.

She bonds with an intriguing, handsome man, Kas Skoros, who knows her secret and accepts it. Of the same bloodline, his mother is precognitive and predicts they are meant to be together…some day. Kas, a military veteran and Search and Rescue deputy, is skeptical and cynical. Life is too uncertain. Yet, he can’t resist exploring his passion for Athena.

Still, they face obstacles beyond their control. Can Kas overcome the obstacles? And will Athena stay alive long enough to fulfill her dream of a normal life?

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EXCERPT

Kas pointed at one of these gravel paths that led through a thicket of oak trees. He seemed to observe how Spartacus was glued to Athena’s side, his tongue flopping out happily, and his tail wagging excitedly.

“We’re pals,” she said.

Kas led her down the back terrace steps to the gravel path behind a row of shrubs surrounding the pool and patio. They’d have to cross twenty acres—about a half-mile, Kas said—to the family’s boat dock.

“I know,” she said, “Alex already took us out in the boat.”

Kas gazed at her with a speculative look. “Women like Alex. He’s the family charmer. Guess he stole your heart, too.”

“Hardly. I’ve grown wary of men who’re too charming.” Athena smiled, bent over and rubbed behind the German shepherd’s pointed black ears until he almost purred with pleasure. Kas looked surprised.

“He usually takes a long time to warm up to people.”

Athena scratched under the German shepherd’s long jaw. “Like his master, I suppose. We became friends yesterday during the ski boat ride. Spartacus told me a lot about you and how he feels about you. You’re his sun and moon, his alpha and omega. He showed me all the things you do together.”

Kas halted on the path. “You read my dog’s mind?”

She didn’t mean for her tone to be so defensive, but out it came. “Well, yeah. It’s what I do. I was holding him in the boat. He doesn’t think in words, of course, but the visual imagery and feelings were there.”

He shot her a crooked smile, then slapped a palm against his thigh, a signal for Spartacus to heel at his side. The dog looked over at his master, back at Athena, gave a whine, and reluctantly moved away from her.

He mock-growled at his dog, which caused Spartacus to perk up his ears. Something was going on with these two-legged humans but the dog didn’t know what.

“That’s for being a traitor, boy. Telling this girl our secrets.”

Athena grinned. “Don’t worry, he didn’t reveal secrets about any of your girlfriends. I don’t think Spartacus knows or cares about that.”

“C’mon, boy.” Kas beckoned as Spartacus rubbed his fur against his master’s leg.

“You’re something else, Athena,” he added, “You’re here three days, and already stealing my dog. But you don’t want Alex? Most women I see hate my dog but crush on Alex. You’re a strange one.”

She almost tripped. Somehow his words both pleased and stung her. “Strange, huh? Well, I don’t think I want to be friends with you after all.”

He snorted but kept on walking, leading her down the path. “No danger of that happening. I don’t make friends with tall, pretty blondes, especially if they have ESP.”

He thinks I’m pretty.  That thought unsettled her more than she wanted to admit.

“Because of your mother’s precog dream? She saw you ending up with a tall blonde?”

“Maybe. She said the tall blonde would have the gifts of the ancient Greek priestesses. That kind of narrows it down, doesn’t it? But hell, no one tells me what my future’s going to be, not even my own mother.” He stopped and fixed his gaze on her face. “Anyway, by strange I meant unique, special. What you, your mother, my mother have—this bloodline of females is extraordinary. You need to be protected.” He looked away and continued walking. “Alex and I do what we can for Mom. We guard her secret. We don’t let the outside world exploit her. Your mother has her husband. I suppose you’ll have to find a protector, too.” Kas looked down at Spartacus, who was trotting alongside. Athena heard his implied message: Don’t expect me to be him.

“Yes,” she said, her chin up, “perhaps. Right now I can protect myself.”


 

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AUTHOR Bio 

 

Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not writing novels or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

 

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.

Follow clairvoyant artist Athena Butler in the next book in The Delphi Bloodline series: ATHENA’S QUEST.

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“Should we stay, or go while the smoke lasts?” The cloth muffled her voice.

 

“You can hardly walk.”

 

She couldn’t argue that point. Neither could they wait to be found. “The Panteras won’t give up until we’re dead.”

 

“Maybe they think we are,” he argued under his breath.

 

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She suspected Mateo would demand a body, even a charred one. Make that two. She and Jimmy didn’t have much choice, though, other than to crouch in dread while the fire crackled.

 

“Next birthday, I want an AK-47.” He nudged her. “Look.”

 

She fixed her blurry gaze on what appeared to be a black wolf emerging from the trees. The creature was larger than she’d thought wolves were, and she’d understood none remained in these mountains. They were all farther north or west. Somewhere else.

 

Apparently, she was misinformed.

 

Judging by its size, she guessed this was a male. He stopped before their hideout. Eyes the color of red coals surveyed them before he turned and darted down the trail she’d spotted.

 

“Holy cow, Batboy. Did you see that?” she whispered.

 

Jimmy didn’t reply. He prodded her again.

 

She stared at the big brown and gray wolf that took the black one’s place. Where on earth had he come from?

 

The beast turned its furry head at her and Jimmy. His eyes shone with a luminous light, like fireflies…

 


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Seventeen year old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

 

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of her inspiration. She’s especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to YA fantasy romance, she also writes historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction.

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