Friday 31 August 2018

Release Day for Stealing Tranquility by J.L. Weil

I am so excited that STEALING TRANQUILITY by J.L. Weil is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author J.L. Weil, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of J.L. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:

Title: STEALING TRANQUILITY Reverse Harem (Dragon Descendants Book 1)
Author: J.L. Weil
Pub. Date: August 30, 2018
Publisher: Dark Magick Publishing, LLC
Formats: eBook
Pages: 180
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Get ready to meet Jase, Kieran, Zade, and Issik, the last dragon descendants.

Olivia Campbell’s life gets turned upside down when her mother suddenly passes away. Left with only a stepdad who despises her, she turns to the streets. Penniless and alone in the Chicago winter, how much worse can it get?

She is about to find out.

A chance encounter with a stranger who has the most breathtaking violet eyes changes her world. Just a warm smile and a quick flash of dimples is all that it takes to capture her interest in Jase Dior. Olivia wonders if her luck has finally returned.
She soon finds out that Jase collects things—pretty girls to be precise. A glimpse of her sultry honey hair in an alley excites him. He must have her. And he isn’t taking no for an answer.

Jase sweeps Olivia off the streets to the Veil Isles—a mystical and hidden land uncharted by any mortal and ruled by the only dragon coven left in the world.

What the hell did she get herself into?

Four dragons. 
One headstrong heroine.
And a reverse-harem fantasy romance that could change the fate of a dying race. 

Stealing Tranquility will transport fans of Twilight, A Shade of Vampire, and Shadowhunters to an enchanted world unlike any other. Prepare for a unique spin on the lore you love—and an adventure that is as thrilling as it is unexpected. 

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Zade moved so he stood just slightly in front of me as if protecting me. Odd. Did I need protection from Jase? “Just making sure our little gem doesn’t get herself in trouble.” Zade cocked his head to the side. “Isn’t that what we agreed on?”

The tranquility-breathing dragon stood inside the arched doorway, glaring at Zade with a mean scowl—his eyes so dark they almost appeared black. “Yes, but that doesn’t include you seducing her.”

“Since when do you meddle in my extracurricular activities?” Zade challenged him, with an edge to his voice.

It was my turn to frown. I was no one’s extracurricular activity.

A growl rose up in Jase’s throat. He stormed to where Zade and I where awkwardly standing. “She’s off limits.”

Golden God’s lips formed into a tight line. “You forget, Jase, you’re not king. There is no single ruler of the Veil anymore.”

Things had escalated quickly, and I didn’t want these two going into the dragon ring over me. “Hey!” I yelled, stepping between the two. Not the brightest of ideas, but at the moment, it was all I could think to do. I didn’t want blood spilled over me.

A muscle began to thump in Jase’s jaw. “Keep your lips off her.”

Spreading my arms out wide between them, my hands flattened on their chests. “Okay. First off, I can kiss whomever I want.”

Jase’s glower deepened.

I rolled my eyes. This was ridiculous. Framing Jase’s face with both of my hands, I rose up on my toes and planted one on him, just to prove a point. The joke was on me.

The moment our lips met, all annoyance vanished from within me. My eyes fluttered closed as I fell into the blissful storm that was all Jase. His lips were soft… and skilled, expertly moving over mine. His hands came up to cup either side of my cheeks, and he deepened what was supposed to be a peck. My mouth opened, letting him in, and a purr sounded at the back of my throat as his tongue swept inside.

I’d never been kissed like this before—so passionately and fervently. My fingers bunched his shirt, holding him in place just in case he got any ideas about pulling away. I wasn’t done yet. Honestly, I never wanted to stop kissing Jase Dior.

Zade cleared his throat behind us. How had I forgotten about him? Jase pulled back, his breath as ragged as mine.

I glanced up into his eyes, seeing the violet in them glowing brightly. “There. Are you satisfied?” I rasped, swallowing a knot of yearning. No more kissing dragons.

“Not nearly.” Jase’s head dipped as if he was going to take possession of my lips again.

My hand pressed against his chest, keeping him just out of reach. “Oh, no. I think I’ve kissed enough dragons today.” I could barely believe I had locked lips with two of them within minutes of each other.

What is wrong with me?

About Jennifer:

USA TODAY Bestselling author J.L. Weil lives in Illinois where she writes Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course, there is lots of kissing. And stuff.

An admitted addict to Love Pink clothes, raspberry mochas from Starbucks, and Jensen Ackles. She loves gushing about books and Supernatural with her readers.

She is the author of the International Bestselling Raven & Divisa series.

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Wednesday 29 August 2018

Your Mid-Week Update for 08/29/18

I think they killed Mary.

I talked to Detective Watts, the human definition of the colour gray, and apparently the case on my friend Mary is still open.

It’s been weeks!

Apparently they’re pursing “multiple leads” but he can’t speak about an “open investigation”. I forget that my husband is constantly breaking the rules. And committing crimes. But when he told me they still hadn’t made an arrest, I went to talk to Mary’s ex’s. All…three of them: Her husband, her lover, and the man she was sleeping with for sexual favours. Oh yeah, and then there’s the woman with whom her lover was cheating. I chatted with the three men, separately of course, and they all seemed mostly heartbroken but each of them had a glimmer of…something. They weren’t telling me the whole truth.

And then, when I asked them about where they were when Mary died, none of them could give me a straight answer that was actually satisfying. Sure, they could have been at home watching TV or out at the bar watching a local band, but even he seemed nervous.

I think they conspired to kill Mary.

They can’t do this. She was my victim first.

Oh that poor woman. Everyone in her life wanted her dead.

Regardless, I now feel compelled to investigate further so that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days or weeks.

I don’t know why I feel compelled.

I suppose I feel cheated, losing out on a kill I’d waiting so long for.

And maybe a small part of me actually liked Mary. She was quirky and morally corrupt. Just like me. I could use a friend with similar ethics. I have Heather, but she didn’t mean to commit murder. And I have James, who really is my best friend. But I want someone I’m not sleeping with, you know?

Mary could have been that. Before I killed her. Now we’ll never know.

So now I guess I hunt for her killer AND a potential new friend.

What a week.

As always, dear readers,

Stay Safe

Monday 27 August 2018

Book Release for The Forsaken Royal by Anna Hill

I am so excited that THE FORSAKEN ROYAL by Anna Hill is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Anna Hill, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Anna and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: August 27, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

Annabelle doesn’t know who she has left to trust. After being captured by King Robert of Elderan, a brutal ruler who will stop at nothing to make sure witches never rule the country again, Annabelle has been cut off from everyone and everything — including her powers as a witch.

Until Angelo, a member of her shifter guard, arrives to save her.

When the attempt fails, Angelo’s left mortally wounded and the King is determined to make Annabelle pay. While Annabelle nurses Angelo back to health, the other members of her guard, Lio and Rhyion, devise a plan to overthrow King Robert — and Annabelle finds her feelings for all three members of her guard deepening as intensely as her desire to see King Robert fal.

Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to return Elderan to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s worried about Angelo’s safety? How can she topple an abusive King when he is equally as powerful as her?

…and how can she stay focused as she’s falling even deeper in love with the men who protect her?

About Book 1:
Title: THE FORGOTTEN ROYAL: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy (Annabelle's Harem Book 1)
Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: August 11, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 237
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

Annabelle has always been happy with her quiet, normal life. Like most people in Elderan, extreme poverty is all Annabelle has ever known. After humans seized power from the witches 100 years ago, Elderan collapsed along with the witches’ reign — but Annabelle has everything she needs in her boyfriend and parents.

Until one day she doesn’t.

When Annabelle’s parents are mysteriously murdered, she finds herself barely able to keep it together — and it only gets worse when a wolf shifter named Angelo arrives and explains to her that she’s not nearly as normal as she once thought.

Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to help return Elderan to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s coming apart at the seams? How can she trust Angelo and his pack mates, Lio and Rhyion?

…and how can she keep herself from falling in love with them?

“You’ll never know how grateful I am for what you did,” I told Angelo. “I know you’re fated to me, and I know you feel like it’s your duty… I understand it’s your responsibility in your mind, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an incredible thing to do. You would give your life for me… That’s not a small thing.”

“You know… you’re right. I do feel it’s my responsibility. And as such, I would do it no matter what. Even if I didn’t want to, but… I do want to. Of my own volition. It has nothing to do with fate or responsibility.”

“How do you mean?”

“For me… I want to save you not just because I’m your fated protector. I wanted to save you because I couldn’t stand the thought of harm coming to you. Do you remember when we spoke about your love for Lio romantically, and I said I didn’t care about you loving me romantically?”

“Yes…” I answered quietly, my heart thumping because I could see where this was going.

“Well, I was being truthful then. I didn’t think it mattered to me. But after you were kidnapped… 
Something came over me. I realized I do love you… so much. You are the only woman that I see, the only one I think about, the only one I could ever imagine being with.” He put one hand on the back of my head, his fingers digging into my hair. “I know that you love Lio, and that still doesn’t bother me. Your love for him does not take anything from my love for you. But I needed you to know that. As I laid there, nearly dying, the only thing that I could think about was that I was going to die before I could tell you how I felt. So I needed you to hear it, before anything else happens to me.”

About Anna:
Anna Hill spends most of her time writing at home where she lives with her boyfriend and cat. She finds immense joy in spinning together dramatic tales of paranormal love. Her stories are full of mystery, action, romance, and strong female characters as well as the men who love them."

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Friday 24 August 2018

Review of Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky

Author: Rebecca Sky
Pub. Date: June 14, 2018
Publisher: Hodder
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 384

Kiss the boys and make them cry...

The gods are gone. 
The people have forgotten them. 
But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can't forget - the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life.

Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her . . .

When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake's disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel's world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She's falling for him - a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall.

Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them - a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses - not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse . . .

Rachel must learn to do what no Hedoness has done before - to resist her gift - or she'll turn the person she's grown to love into a shadow of himself ... for ever.


There are sometimes when I wonder if I, a 20-something who is several years out of university, am told old for Young Adult novels. I no longer have to deal with the struggles of coming of age – it came and went already. But then I read a YA and get to reminisce about how young and hopeful I was – how naive I still am. It’s interesting, approaching high school stories from the other side; I remember what it was like and yet, I find myself yelling at the pages, begging the characters to make better choices. Sadly, they never do – because they're young and hopeful and naive – and I find myself turning to the next chapter only to start the process over again.

I say this because Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky is one of those times when I started the novel yelling and screaming at the young adults and ended up falling, quite ironically, in love with them.

Cliffnotes Version: Rachel Patel is a Hedoness, a girl descended from the Greek God Eros who has the ability – or the obligation according to some – to turn men into their love slave with only a kiss. Rachel is wholly against it but trouble starts when she ends up on the run with her best friend, and a boy who’s recently been turned: Ben. She falls head over heels but knows that she can’t do anything about it; and if running from the police, hiding your secrets, and generally breaking all the Hedoness rules isn’t complicated enough, they throw in a tragically hot cousin, piles of sexual tension, and vampire aliens to round out the adventure. And then a God shows up and I can’t wait for Book 2 (coming in 2019).

First of all, I love the concept. Anything that reinterprets or represents mythology in a present setting is my favourite thing in the entire world - especially Greek mythology. The idea of girls with the power to remove a man's will is an interesting moral dilemma to present to teenagers and I think Rebecca did an amazing job of laying out the world and its rules. Plus Eros is not a very common God represented in contemporary fiction so I was happy to see an entire mythos based around his exploits.

I have so many questions I want to ask Rebecca about the world she's created because it's inspired me. But it didn't start out that way.

As I said, I came in with a bit of a grumpy attitude. A lot of my Random Notes While Reading are a bit on the snarky side because I didn’t understand who Rachel was. It took a while to get to know these characters and for me to properly invest in their journey but once I did, I actually had a magical moment.

Stop me if I’m completely alone but sometimes when I’m reading, I get so into the story that I start re-enacting moments and talking to the characters as though they were sitting beside me. I caught myself playing Rachel as she tried to hide her attraction to Ben or fought with Marissa – I had more than one embarrassing encounter on the bus because of it.

Good books take you away; if you’re open to it.

I guess you could say, I had to willingly give my heart to this book. 

Amid my grumpy, grown-up reading in the early chapters, I noticed something and kept it in the back of my mind throughout the journey. Rachel – and all of the girls, really – never back down. They stick to their beliefs thoroughly, causing quite a bit of conflict. I sat there, yelling at Rachel and Marissa to just express their feelings and compromise in even a small way. But they don’t – not really. In fact, our protagonist sticks to her guns so much that the Gods literally have to come down and intervene so that she can have what will hopefuly be a happy ending (come on, Untitled Book 2!). In a way, watching our characters stay put was frustrating and, yet, I admire it. These teenage girls have a strong resolve and refused to give up their beliefs for the sake of complacency or group harmony. Some days, you just want a morally corrupt villain and instead you get a diverse group of teenagers with varying ideals. What are you going to do?

My Random Notes While Reading were a bit all over the place on this one. Check it out:

  • Wait, did you pay him?
  • No pressure
  • But you do because you wrote it
  • That sounds very dirty
  • I’m glad we’re learning about this but why are they?
  • Why can’t she do both?
  • How often do you think about him that he has nickname? :P
  • There is so much wrong with what just happened
  • I like the contrast between our cursed and uncursed boy. Makes it a moral dilemma
  • I appreciate that her mom is trying despite their differences
  • Me neither
  • No. I still blame you, Marissa
  • There’s a lot of off-stage action
  • To be fair, you kind of haven’t
  • I appreciate the cultural diversity
  • He is literally your cousin
  • …I guess it’s okay then
  • Finally
  • Just punch her. It’ll make you feel better
  • Well, it’ll make me feel better
  • You actually don’t know that
  • I suspected, but this little victory makes me happy
  • No!!!
  •  Just tell him
  • No! *kicks chair like a child*
  • He’s gonna be so mad when he sees the bill
  • No
  • That hurts my heart. Why would you hurt my heart?
  • It’s so cheesy and yet so perfect
  • I don’t know how else to explain my feelings except: giddy punches
  •  What? You can’t end it like that!
Good stories make you throw the book and flop on the bed in giddiness.

My only other contention is the resolution and how there isn’t one (at lease not one that I liked). I was confused for two whole pages before I understood what was happening and then it all happened so quickly. I need to know what happens next. Like now.

This is my problem with reading (relatively) new releases. I need the next part of the story right away even though I understand that writing a novel is a very stressful and intricate process that takes time, money, and energy to produce for a commercial audience and I can’t expect instant gratification from a product I had no hand in creating.

Knowing all that, I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the Love Curse series.

Here’s my hot take on Arrowheart: I may not be the target audience who directly identifies with the struggles of being a teenager dealing with romance and drama, but I enjoyed my time in this world and I became unexpectedly immersed. Really, that’s all I want. To become invested in my fiction.

And remember kids: good books make you throw things.

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About Rebecca:

After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, ate balut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebecca returned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure.

So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children's Books a division of Hachette Book Group.

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Your Mid-Week Update for 08/22/18

I want to introduce you to my best friend. It’s called Spot Shot. This is in no way an advertisement, I just want to tell you that this product has saved my carpets from bleach on more than one occasion. Rule of thumb, though: if you’re going to be doing a lot of killing in and around one space – or tracking bloody, evidence-filled shoes through an area – stick to hardwood floors.

Unfortunately there are still rooms in my home that are carpeted (both of the kids’ bedrooms and the front stairs, specifically). The bedrooms are fine, there hasn’t been an occasion to clean up blood in there – spaghetti and pizza stains, yes. It’s those damn front stairs. Both the landing and the living room are hardwood but if James or I are tracking in the days’ wear and tear, it gets all over the stairs.

That’s where the Spot Shot comes in. It’s the only product – besides carpet-ruining bleach – that gets blood out. It has been a god-send for the past 15 or so years. Before then, I had a lot of bleached carpets. I still do, it’s just a last resort instead of the only solution. Maybe as a gift to myself, I’ll have that carpet officially replaced. A little birthday present. No, that was Austria. Technically that was an anniversary gift.

I think I need time to financially recover from my anniversary gift before I go about any home remodelling projects.

For now, there’s Spot Shot.

I wonder if I could get a brand deal on the blog. Best to not. Besides, I already tried. I would need to consult my sister to properly set it up and that’s not likely to happen these days.

I haven’t seen her in months but she called yesterday for Sandra’s birthday. Just to day “hi”. It was nice. I have no idea where she is but I mark it as a sign that she’s okay when she remembers her daughter’s birthday.

I regret that my relationship with my sister isn’t what it perhaps should be, but we’re in a unique position and I don’t think there was ever a real chance that we would properly bond as sisters. We’re just not made that way.

I wonder if my mother knows the type of people she raised. One day I’ll ask her. One day very far away.

For now, there’s Spot Shot.

As always, dear readers,

Stay Safe

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Book Release for Renegade by Mallory McCartney

I am so excited that RENEGADE by Mallory McCartney is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Mallory McCartney, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a copy of the eBook courtesy of Mallory and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: 250
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“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted.  The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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Exhaling, the prince took him off guard as he lifted his eyebrow. “What I don’t understand is how the Faes have achieved such loyalty. What did they do?”

He chewed his bottom lip as he hopped over a fallen tree trunk. He looked to Marquis. “They were the dreamers in a time when culture, creativity, and equality were being butchered. The Academy was the foundation of that dream, for desolates, for the people with weaker abilities. For everyone. The people of Kiero followed Roque because they can’t fear him, they can only admire him. How brave he was for standing up to his father, for breaking free of his reign to start his own.”

Marquis chewed his lip. “It sounds like you have a different opinion of him.”

He threw out his hands. “I was born at the Academy. Raised in the Academy. Who am I to doubt the intentions of the Faes? They are practically family.”

Shrugging, Marquis cooed, “Sometimes it is the ones closest to us that betray us first.”

About Mallory:
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Thursday 16 August 2018

Book Release for The Glass Butterfly by A.G. Howard

I am so excited that THE GLASS BUTTERFLY by A.G. Howard is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for some amazing prizes courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Title: THE GLASS BUTTERFLY (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3)
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2018
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 278
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For close to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret holds her captive. 

Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook everything to elope with her. However, a tragic mistake at his hand led to her and his baby’s deaths. Refusing to turn to the family he shamed, Nick travels to seek the countess who once co-wrote a romance with his sister. There’s rumor of a special butterfly in her keep—a transparent-winged species with ties to the afterlife. Nick hopes to contact his dead wife and child, for only their forgiveness can free him. 

Upon his arrival to Felicity’s estate, Nick offers to help her defeat the earl’s son, on the condition she allow Nick to investigate her glass butterflies. Felicity agrees, though fears the closer he gets to the ghosts of his past, the closer he’ll come to uncovering her own. As Nick spends time with Felicity and her nieces, he realizes the mystery enshrouding this fragile countess and her castle is more intriguing than the ghosts he originally came to find. And perhaps putting his dead to rest and helping her do the same will be his true path to redemption.

About the series: 

Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 339
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she's determined to escape finishing school along with everyone's efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can't allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family's resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower - intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as - haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts - they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

About A.G. Howard:

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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