Holiday Favorites! Christmas Wolf Holiday bundle by JK Harper


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Christmas Wolf
Holiday Bundle – 3 Short Stories
Black Mesa Wolves 4.5
By
JK Harper

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christmas-wolf   CHRISTMAS WOLF
This is an expanded version of a story previously published as “The Night Before Christmas.” For the most enjoyment, consider reading it after Wild Wolf #4, although that is not strictly necessary in order to enjoy this holiday tale.

Omega wolf Ana Lyall knows she is essential to the Black Mesa Wolf Pack, despite being its lowest-ranking member. She knows her place, and she’s content in it–until she met Mason Pearce and he opened her heart. His seductive touch roused her to possessive heights of ecstasy she’d never before felt, and he believes in her more than anyone ever has. But Mason is human and therefore forbidden. Claiming him as her mate would mean his death. Even though it shredded her heart, she walked away and didn’t look back.

Mason Pearce never felt passionately about anything–until he met Ana. She stirred up his wild side and marked his heart as hers. When she inexplicably dumped him, he knew there was more to it than she was telling him. He’s tried almost everything to get her back, with no luck. But then he runs into her during the holidays, and seeing her again clarifies one truth: He won’t let her go again. No matter what it might cost him.

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A story that tugs on the heartstrings. Mason is Ana’s mate and since he is human it means death for one or both of them. When her Alpha calls her after she solidifies the mating, she is certain death is around the corner. One thing is certain, she would do anything for her mate including die.

But her Alpha merely requests the two of them at his home for his decision on Christmas morning,

Lots of heat between these two and big surprises in this short tale.

5 Contented Purrs for JK!


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Once upon a time, wolf shifter Lia Woolsey fell in love. More specifically, she met her mate and settled down with him in a small town far from the bustling big city she’s always known. But she never thought she’d be the kind of woman to give up everything for a man–not even Connor, the mate of her heart, soul, and body. Five years later, she’s been offered a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity she can’t turn down. Not even if it means leaving Connor behind and shattering her own heart.

Connor Lowe has everything a wolf shifter could want. His place in the Black Mesa Wolf Pack is secure, his deeply committed work as a doctor running a low-income medical clinic fills his days, and his mate, Lia, lights up his entire life. He’s the world’s happiest wolf–but his mate isn’t. And he loves her too much to stop her from leaving to follow her own bliss, even though he knows his days will darken into nothingness each moment she is away from him.

As the frozen longest night of the year approaches, Connor and Lia face an impossible choice…the kind only winter solstice magic might be able to fix before it’s too late.

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The pull of mating versus the pull of making her dreams come true has Lia coming off as cold. She works so hard and her efforts keep Connor’s clinic up and running. Now with her dream job across the country she will be leaving.

Connor on the other hand is truly giving, he will not turn away a patient even though it is bankrupting them. He will support Lia as she follows this dream, knowing if he doesn’t he could lose her forever.

Sometimes you have to look outside the box. This is something these two find out as they separate. Steamy and angst filled but their wolves will help provide the answers.


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With devoted mate Rielle at his side, disgraced wolf shifter Caleb Bardou is slowly piecing back together his recently shattered life. He’s a fighter at heart–but when he was justifiably stripped of his Pack Guardian status, it about knocked him out cold. Throwing his energy into a successful new business training other shifters to circuit fight with Rielle cheering him on all the way, Caleb has found a new path in life.

Then his arch nemesis unexpectedly threatens to take the shine off their bright new year. Caleb’s answering jab will determine the course of the rest of his life…if only he can overcome a burning anger at his old enemy.

*author’s note: New Year Wolf features Caleb & Rielle, the characters from Hunting Wolf (Black Mesa Wolves #3). It is best read after Wild Wolf (Black Mesa Wolves #4), although that is not strictly necessary in order to enjoy this holiday tale.

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Caleb is making a name for himself as a fighter and a trainer. Hopefully he can get back his position as a Pack Guardian. Once he proves to his Alpha he has tamed his hot-headedness that is. His mate Rielle is his biggest supporter she will always do what is right for both of them.

Luke is a former Rogue and an Alpha now that he has land for a pack to thrive on. He makes Caleb an offer that could change his and Rielle’s lives.

A story of love, growth and trust. A perfect way to start a New Year

I look forward to the next book in this series. It will be an adventure to watch a new pack grow

5 Contented Purrs for JK!

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jk-harper   J.K. Harper

J.K. Harper writes about paranormal romance because despite a lifetime of wishing, all the cool supernatural book characters of her childhood just don’t seem to be real. Besides, it’s just really fun to make stuff up and play around in her imagination. She lives in the Southwest, which is a great place to let her imagination run wild.

If you are interested in finding out more about J.K. Harper, including news on future books in the Black Mesa Wolves series, please surf around her online homes.

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Holiday Favorites! A SmokeJumpers Christmas by Elle Boon


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A SmokeJumpers Christmas
SmokeJumpers 2.5
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A snowstorm, a baby, a fire elemental, and a shifter. Can Keanu save them all when the forces of nature rock their world, or will the elements destroy their happily ever after.

A pregnant Cammie will do anything to protect her unborn child, while Mother Nature has her own set of plans.

A father willing to risk life and limb for his family, Keanu will set the countryside on fire to rescue his wife and unborn child.

Reality isn’t always what it seems, but a fire elemental, and a shifter will make sure this is a perfect SmokeJumpers Christmas.

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A very pregnant Cammie decides not to sit at home while Keanu is at the firehouse. Really not the best move as she goes into labor while driving down the mountain and ends up off the road. This is a favorite scene as LeeLee her pet wolf protects her as they are approached by a wolf shifter.

LeeLee growled at the new wolf, who growled back, and then, the red wolf slowly became a large man. A large, naked man standing in the falling snow.

Holding out the blanket, Cammie tried not to stare. “I’m assuming my father sent you?”

The man smiled, his white teeth flashed almost wolf-like. “I am Slater, ma’am. I came to see Keanu and just happened to hear your friend’s howl.” He looked at LeeLee.

Thankful he happened by when he did and the fact he knew her husband’s name, Cammie wanted to ask more questions but another contraction hit, this one lasting longer than the others.

“Why doesn’t she shift and help you?” He asked.

Confused by his question, it was all she could do to pant through the next round of pain. “I’m in labor, Slater. Can you look for my phone in my car? During the crash it was lost.” She couldn’t continue speaking as she felt pressure and the need to push was bearing down on her.

“Hold it in, woman. I’m not cut out to be a… a midwife.” The horror on his face made her smile.

“Sorry, cowboy. I don’t think the little guy is listening to us.” She grunted.
Boon, Elle. A SmokeJumpers Christmas (Kindle Locations 199-208). Elle Boon. Kindle Edition.

Keanu does get to them and summons help before the baby makes his appearance. The firestarter keeps them all warm while waiting for the rest of his squad to arrive.

A tense but beautiful story, birth exposed on a mountain is not all that warm and fuzzy. A family gathering and lots of love blend to make a holiday win. Plus, Slater’s appearance and LeeLee’s reaction to him led me to buy their book.

5 Contented Purrs for Elle!

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Elle Boon lives in Middle-Merica as she likes to say…with her husband, two kids, and a black lab who is more like a small pony. She’s known for her penchant of dropping F-bombs like a boss, needing coffee before she’s human, and blessing so many hearts, she is going for sainthood.

She’d never planned to be a writer, but when life threw her a curve, she swerved with it, being that she’s athletically challenged and all. She loves where this new journey has taken her. She writes what she loves to read, all things romance, whether it’s erotic, contemporary, or paranormal, as long as there is a happily ever after.

Her biggest hope is that after readers have read one of her stories, they fall in love with her characters as much as she did. She loves creating new worlds, and has more just waiting to be written. Elle believes in happily ever afters, and can guarantee you will always get one with her stories.

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Holiday Favorites! Cowboy Blue By Cat Johnson


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Cowboy Blue
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What happens when you mix a Manhattan workaholic with a Colorado ranch boss? Casey Harrington’s life is her career. Bonner Blue Boyd’s life is the ranch. So why can’t they keep their minds or their hands off each other? They know opposites attract and that city and country might mix for a week but it can’t work for a lifetime. Or can it?

Originally published as A Cowboy For Christmas in 2011. This edition is a reissue, reedited but without any substantial additions or changes to the story. New cover. New title. Same great story and now also in paperback!

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Casey Harrington is bored with her job. Marketing for World Bank while a stable position, it wasn’t utilizing her creative skills. When a headhunter calls with a job offer as Director of Marketing for Maverick Western, it brings back memories of her obsession with cowboys from a young age.

The only pre-requisite, a week training at the ranch to get a feel for the company philosophy and the life style it represents. She knows she can bring the company into the web-based world successfully and looks forward to her time at the ranch.

Bonner ‘Blue’ Boyd runs the working cattle ranch. His boss and mentor, Jake Maverick lives on the ranch traveling to the city or to NY only when necessary. He’s not pleased to find out he has to babysit a corporate bigwig. Especially when he discovers he is a she. This is a favorite scene as Bonner admits to himself that he is attracted to this city girl.

After a restless night’s sleep, Bonner pulled his truck up to the main house and put it into park. The sight that greeted him had his hand slipping off the gearshift.

Their visitor was awake? At sunrise? He’d figured he wouldn’t see her until the noon meal.

This woman was full of surprises, the first being that she was a woman. He’d assumed Casey was a he and it turned out she was most definitely a she. He glanced at her on the front porch now.

Yup, Casey Harrington was all woman, with chestnut hair that cascaded over her shoulders and big green eyes; not to mention curves a man could get lost in. She held a coffee cup as she stood gazing at the mountains in the distance. The bulky white sweater that came to past her waist didn’t do shit to hide how her dark blue jeans cupped the perfectly rounded cheeks of her butt.

When Bonner could yank his attention away from that tempting asset— and the thought of how nice it would be to get to know that part of
her a little better— he was surprised yet again. She was wearing cowboy boots.

Last night when he’d helped carry her matching luggage into the house, all three pieces of it, she’d been in some suit kind of thing. City girl to the bone, right down to her fancy cell phone that apparently didn’t work around these parts, according to her rant in the car. He hadn’t stuck around to learn more last night.

He’d dumped her and her baggage with Mrs. Jones and taken off to deal with this new bit of information. He was not only babysitting a city girl for the next week, but one who had him waking up from a dream starring her last night.

How was he supposed to deal with this?

At least this morning she was actually dressed appropriately for a day on the ranch. She wouldn’t be tiptoeing around the cow manure in high heels. But did she have to look so damn good in jeans? Even if they did look like they’d just come off the shelf of some overpriced city store, they sure did the job of drawing his gaze right to where it shouldn’t be.

Dammit.

He swung the truck door wide and got out.

She broke her gaze away from the landscape and turned to smile at him as he climbed the stairs onto the porch. “Good morning.”

“Morning.” Bonner tipped his hat. Her gaze swept to where his truck was parked.

“Where’s your dog?”

Hm, she sure was observant. He’d always thought city folk were blind to their surroundings, being as their heads were usually up their asses and all.

“Back at the bunkhouse with the boys. She’ll be along later. I didn’t expect to see you out so early.” More accurately, Bonner had been hoping she’d sleep the day away so he’d have to spend less time babysitting her— and less time being tempted.

“I’m still on East Coast time. I would’ve been at my desk by now, probably on a conference call with the London office if I were still at my old job at World Bank.”

“Ah.” He nodded. That made more sense. He hadn’t considered the difference between Mountain and Eastern Time, or the possibility of London offices. Jeez. It all seemed like another universe.

“This is… just amazing.” She shook her head while gazing again at the sunrise. “There are no words. When I got here last night in the dark, I had no idea how beautiful it was. I never imagined this.”

Again impressed that this New York woman could appreciate the beauty of the country, Bonner took the time to glance at the colored hues starting to already disappear as the sun rose higher above the horizon. He saw the sun rise every morning over these mountains and had since he was born.

It sure was a sight. He supposed he should appreciate it a little more. This city girl was a reminder that not everybody was as lucky.

“Have you ever been to New York?” she asked.

Bonner shook his head. “Nope.” And he had no desire to.

“Well, I can tell you, there’s nothing there that compares to this.”

He shot a sideways look at Casey again as she continued to stare at the surroundings. The tip of her nose was beginning to turn pink from the nip in the air. She didn’t seem to care as she cupped the coffee mug in both hands but didn’t drink. It reminded him why he was here, besides to pick up his latest assignment from Jake Maverick.
Johnson, Cat. Cowboy Blue (Kindle Locations 351-386). Cat Johnson. Kindle Edition.

After an educational and steamy week, Casey’s cowboy romance has to come to an end. Although she would love to spend more time here, she has a job to do. The next month flew by as Casey set the new marketing plans for launch on Black Friday. Bonner was never far from her thoughts though and she missed him more than she cared to admit.

At Thanksgiving dinner Jake took great pleasure in teasing Bonner with Casey’s plan for him and the boys to tweet pictures of what they do during the day. Unfortunately what Jake thought was indigestion was the heart attack that kills him.

As shock runs through the company, the will is read. A well kept secret comes to light when Jake leaves controlling interest in both the Ranch and the Business to Bonner instead of his grandchildren.

An emotional and uncertain Bonner meets up with Casey in New York. She is determined that he will succeed in this new position as President of Maverick Western and he is determined to make her his.

I loved this journey for Bonner and Casey. I suspect Jake planned for these two to get together. I laughed and sniffled a bit too. No question this book will heat up the coldest winter night.

I would love to see more of this couple and maybe the ranch hands as well as Bonner takes over everything and institutes change.

5 Contented Purrs for Cat!

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A top 10 New York Times bestseller, Cat Johnson writes the USA Today bestselling Hot SEALs series. Known for her creative marketing, Cat has sponsored bull riding cowboys, promoted romance using bologna and owns a collection of cowboy boots and camouflage for book signings. A fair number of her research consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living.
Since 2006, Cat has put approximately one million digital and print stories in readers’ hands.

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Review and Giveaway! Black Hills Wolves – Winter Soltice : Winter Awakening by T.L. Reeve


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Winter Awakening
Winter Solstice
Black Hills Wolves # 62
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Sara Philips has come home after almost twelve years. Married to a man she planned on claiming as her own and telling about the babies she carried, she never got the chance. Now, the widowed mother of twin ten-year-old rambunctious boys, she has learned what true happiness is along with the gut wrenching pain of loss.

Ero and Luc Mathews, the dark and light twins, are waiting for the one. For the last year, women have come and gone from their life without that spark of recognition. When Sara steps into Los Lobos Café looking for a job, the punch to Ero’s gut, shocks him to his core. But he worries the connection won’t be there for his brother.

Love and Luc aren’t synonymous with each other. Where his brother is the ever optimist, he’s more incline to sit back and let everything play out. However, when he sees Sara in the convenience store, he can’t stop thinking about her. There’s something hidden within those amber-colored eyes of hers.

With the Solstice upon them, Gee enlists their help in a little scavenger hunt of sorts. They have ten days to find their item and present it to him on the night of the festivities.

Having to work together keeps them in close quarters and ignites a passion Sarah hasn’t felt since before her husband died. But, with two children and a nosey mother always asking questions, she doesn’t have time to consummate their budding mating. However, on the night of the solstice, both men will have what is rightfully theirs. The only question is, can her heart stand another chance at love?

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While happy to be back home, Sarah needs a job. Her brother Jason will be opening a brewery in the spring and has sold all his brews, but she needs to supplement her income.

After being turned down at the convenience store she literally runs into Luc. His greeting includes the word Mate as he leaves her to continue her search. In spite of trying to avoid Luc and Ero she goes to the café in hopes of a job. What she gets is immediate employment and soon after two mates. Here’s a favorite scene, when Ero catches up to her later that night.

When she and Jason escaped Magnum’s deadly rule, they’d lived together for a while, but after she met Ethan, her brother moved out. He didn’t go far, though. They spent time together, and her brother had gotten a job working construction. Then, tragedy struck, and when she needed him most, he’d returned to stay with her and help out. But even now they were home with friends and family nearby, she still depended on him. Maybe it was time to cut the strings and allow him time to find his own happiness. God knew, one of them had to do it, or she feared he’d never find his own mate.

“The snow’s let up. You still going for a run tonight?” Jason came up behind her and placed a hand on her shoulder.

“Yeah. I need to clear my head.” The whole day had been filled with so much activity, and working again after ten years had taken its toll.

“Go. Before it starts again and gets too hard to maneuver through. I’ve got the boys.” He squeezed her shoulder. “Don’t forget, you have a busy day tomorrow.”

She turned and wrapped her arms around her brother. “Thank you. I won’t be long.”

“Eh, what are brothers for?” He hugged her tight. “Besides, you owe me one now.”

She laughed. “I wouldn’t expect anything less.” With one last glance at her boys, she strode from their room and headed for the back door. She had an hour to stretch her legs and then she had to be in bed. She didn’t want to let down Ero on her second day.

After placing her clothes on the bench under the coat hooks, she stepped outside. The frigid air kissed her skin, leaving a trail of gooseflesh in its wake. She shivered, calling for the wolf within. Warmth bloomed at the center of her chest and spread out. Like a clinging vine, it covered every inch of her—bled into her muscles and bones—reshaping her until she stood on four legs. She lifted her nose and tasted the breeze. Snow. A thrill of anticipation shot through her.

She took off into the woods surrounding their home. A yip of joy filled the night air as she ran up the trail into the hills. The first time she’d shifted after holding her wolf in check for so long, it hurt. Her body ached for days afterward. Every time since, it’d gotten easier and more of her senses came online. The smells of wild game, frozen ground, and snow-kissed water called to her like a siren’s song. Dead leaves, moss, and excrement hypnotized her, drawing her farther away.

Hunt.

Chase.

Eat.

Yes. It had been years since she’d followed small prey, made the kill. She lowered her nose to the ground and sniffed. There, among the earthy aromas, was the subtle hint of chipmunk. Sarah followed it. The trail wound through the hills, over logs, behind rocks, and up into the trees then back down to the ground. The prey poked its head up from the underbrush and sniffed.

She pounced, snuffing it out with a quick snap of the chipmunk’s neck. Pleasure flowed through her as she ate her meal. Freedom. A snap of a twig had her raising her head. She curled her lip and growled. When the wolf took a step closer, she exposed all of her teeth and swished her tail. Then, she caught the scent. Ero. She whined, lowering herself to the ground. Rolling over, she exposed her belly to him and waited as he sniffed at her neck.

Calling to the shift, Sarah wrapped her arms around him. “Sorry, first time catching a midnight snack since I came home.”

Moments later, Ero joined her. Amusement and desire glowed in his gaze. “I watched you.”

She didn’t know if she should feel creeped out by his announcement or elated. “Oh.”

He moved closer, wrapping an arm around her. The heat from his body combined with hers, chasing away the freezing temps. “You were so involved when I saw you I stayed back, curious as to what you found.”

“Chipmunk.” She glanced up at him. The whoosh of her heart pounding filled her ears with each inhale of his tantalizing scent. Every bit of her wanted the man beside her, but they lacked one person. “Seemed easiest to catch.”

“Well, I caught mine, too.” He kissed her. For the second time in less than twenty-four hours, he’d done the one thing she hadn’t been expecting. He drew her to him, bit by bit. With each glide of his tongue, she melted a little more. “Sweeter than honey.”
TL Reeve. Winter Awakening (Kindle Locations 428-461). Decadent Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.

Things heat up for Sarah, Ero and Luc from this point, but now she’s worried about her brother. He is depressed and her son Charles (an empath) is feeling it, too. Gee sets Jason up with a shy wolf Reva Little Wolf, for the Scavenger Hunt. She had unspeakable things done to her by Magnum and rarely leaves her den. He knew she’d be comfortable with Jason since he wouldn’t be out to man-handle her like may others would.

Matings, reunions, healing and love abounds in this final book of the Winter Solstice in Los Lobos. A wonderful quick read, with more than enough heat to melt your kindle and plenty of hints to future BHW books!

5 Contented Purrs for T.L.!

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TL Reeve is a multi-published author with Cobblestone Press, Decadent Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Loose-Id, was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in Alabama, TL misses Los Angeles, and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California to ride the waves at Huntington Beach. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie.

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Release Day! Reviews and A Fabulous Giveaway! Snowy Knights – 10 Sexy Snowy Rescue Stories by 10 Fabulous Authors


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10 Sexy, Suspenseful,
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Romantic Rescue Stories

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When the cold hits, only he can warm her…

This December, snuggle up with 10 BRAND NEW romantic rescue stories! From literal heroes in the snow, to the bad boy whose soul is saved by love. These sexy stories will burn up your e-reader while melting your heart.

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FROST-BITTEN by Lori King
BY THE LIGHT OF A BLIZZARD by Michel Prince
WINTER DECEPTION by Amy J Hawthorn
KISS OF ICE by Kayleigh Malcolm
STORM OF SEDUCTION by Nicole Morgan
ALASKA’S SNOWY MATE by April Zyon
WINTER’S STORM by Gracie Meadows
SNOW ANGEL by Rose Nickol
SNOW-KISSED by Lizabeth Scott
SNOW BOUND by TL Reeve

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FROST-BITTEN
Lori King

Dr. Quinn Jameson has secured his future by submerging himself in his career, but no amount of money in the world can ease his loneliness. Despite the fact that his inner polar bear is supposed to not need a pack, he finds himself craving more out of life, more contact, more intimacy, maybe even a mate.

Aubrey Celine is pregnant and on the run. This feisty tiger shifter thinks she is out of options when she wakes up in the hospital under the care of the delicious shifter. But after the horror she has gone through, can she trust another man? Even someone who seems so strong and caring?

In the midst of an epic blizzard, these two strangers must rely on each other to stay alive. The sizzling heat between them could melt the ice caps, but will it be enough to melt her frozen heart and give him the warm home he desires most?

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A Polar Bear and Doctor, Quinn has dedicated his life to find cures for infant cancers. Doing a favor for a local hospital, he is in the emergency room when Aubrey is brought in. Surprised to see a shifter, a very pregnant one at, that in a human hospital he assesses her needs.

Her fear is what drives Quinn to give Aubrey sanctuary in his home. There also the underlying fact that she is his true mate. Something they would have to deal with later. First to handle the man responsible for her fear.

Alex is the Alpha of the local Lion pride. He has kept her prisoner to breed a son from her, a Liger, the first in a hundred years. He is determined not to let her go and to destroy anyone in his way.

After one encounter with Alex Quinn takes Aubrey to his family home. There his whole family will protect her as well show her the love she has been missing.

A wonderful short read, with love and action and family.

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BY THE LIGHT OF A BLIZZARD
Michel Prince

Kelsi Stamp is known all over the world as one of the best-selling Sci-fi authors. Living in a small town she’s able to stay hidden tucked away in her cabin in the woods. Outside of her internet searches she stays away from the world. Readers are fickle and love has turned to an unhealthy obsession in the past.

As a blizzard bears down on Northern Minnesota Kelsi’s lights flicker then go out right after a large crash echoes through the wilderness. A truck holds an unconscious stranger she is being pulled to, but who is Jace Runyon and why was he driving so fast on a road no GPS even knows exists?

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Kelsi is no stranger to being alone after being threatened by a stalker. Living isolated she is less than thrilled when a truck crashes on her property in a blizzard. The driver is unconscious and there is the threat of a transformer falling. Having no choice she gets him from the truck and utilizing her sled she manages to get him into the warmth of her cabin. But who is he and why is on this infrequently traveled road?

Jace Runyon has no idea where he is, he was on his way home from his bartending job when he crashed. Now there are strange people nosing around and threatening both him and Kelsi.

Can they figure it out and get the help they need before it’s too late?

A suspenseful tale with just enough heat to warm up a winter night.

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WINTER DECEPTION
Amy J Hawthorn
Kelly’s been framed for diamond theft and nothing is more important than clearing her name and keeping her job.

There’s only one problem, the deadly snowstorm tearing through Kentucky. Detective Jake Bowie comes home exhausted and prepared to sleep his vacation away. His dog, Jasper, has more important things in mind. Say like rescuing a half-frozen, damsel in distress.

No stranger to puzzles, Jake senses there’s far more to Kelly’s story than she’s admitting. Can he see through the heat of their passion to figure out this sexy little mystery?

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Kelli’s boss had sent her home early because of the impending storm. Now with the news $50,000 in diamonds were stolen from the jewelry store, she has an uneasy feeling.  Earlier she saw Amber, her co-worker by her bag in the break room.  Hesitantly she opens her bag and find a manila envelope that wasn’t there before.  She knows she has to do the right thing and in spite of the storm, leaves the warmth of her home to return them. What she hears when she approaches the boss’s office stops her cold. Deciding she needs time to think this through, she heads home, only to end up trapped, upside down, in the creek a short way from her driveway.

Jake doesn’t know there is a tenant in the trailer on his property, it’s old and needs some major repairs. Apparently his sister, rented it on his behalf to a friend in need of a place to stay. When his dog Jasper takes off in the blizzard he has no choice but to follow, the bloodhound has found Kelli. after extracting her from the car he refuses to let her stay in the trailer, declaring it unsafe should the power go out.

They have a history, and Jake’s home is exactly as she had once described her dream house. Now he needs her to tell him everything, the truth of why she needed her bag for the wreak. Will they be able to prove her innocence and have the relationship that was cut short so many years ago?

A sweet and suspenseful winter read that has the potential to melt your kindle.

5 Contented Purrs for Amy!

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KISS OF ICE
Kayleigh Malcolm

Alice loves life as a geothermal engineer, searching the globe for her next adrenaline thrill. Falling down a crevice into a glacier and finding a frozen Viking of a man was an adventure she never saw coming.

Erik pissed off the wrong witch and she cursed him. Every living thing he touches…freezes. His only escape was to hide away and hope the curse died with the witch. The gorgeous woman who finds him is everything he’s ever craved, but he can never have.

Can Alice and Erik learn how to break the curse before it’s too late or will the ice freeze their chance for love?

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When Alice falls down the crevice she was exploring she ends up bruised but alive. Searching for another way out of the glacier she comes upon a man incased in ice. When she touches the ice surround him it cracks and before her stands a flesh and blood man. One she finds herself wanting and not as a specimen.

Erik is cursed and he hid himself away from the world to prevent him from freezing someone. Everything he touches turns to ice. Now he is facing a woman he wants more than anything but he can’t touch her.

Alice has awoken him too early the witch is likely still alive so they will have to find a way to break the curse. But first to get out of the glacier before Alice succumbs to the cold.

I loved the way Alice used science and logic to find a way around the curse and heat this book right up, steamy is an understatement. I didn’t expect the answers that came out, it is a definite page turner!

5 Contented Purrs for Kayleigh!

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STORM OF SEDUCTION
Nicole Morgan

Lori Hammond wanted for nothing. As the only heir to her family fortune she’d learned at a young age she only need ask for whatever she desired. All the money in the world hadn’t gotten her the one thing in life that she’d wanted most, Kevin Preston.

As the head of The Gilpin Search and Rescue Team, Kevin knows the dangers that a Colorado blizzard can bring. And with one looming closer to their patch of the Rocky Mountains he and his team prepare for the worst winter storm to hit their county in decades.

Hearing of the blizzard, Lori concocts a scheme to get exactly what she wants. But, will her plan be the thing that brings them together? Or will the rewards not be worth the risk as their very survival hangs in the balance?

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Kevin has just come into the station of The Gilpin Search and Rescue Team when a call comes in that a car was off the road but the driver was gone with no clue as to the direction they traveled. Unfortunately for Kevin it was his ex Lori’s car. In spite of the many break-ups he really did still love her, he just wished she’d grow up and be more responsible.

Lori had yet another plan to get back together with Kevin, this one would work. At least she hoped it would. Traveling in a blizzard to her parent’s cabin in the Rockies probably wasn’t the smartest idea she’d ever had and having her car go off the road was not in her plans. Since she was close to the cabin she decided to walk it. Still not thinking…

These two have a lot of communicating to do. Getting near frozen is not a way to get points from her rescuer ex-boyfriend.

Her demands for attention and for him to stop working so much is what caused their break-up. Now as the recipient of his skills perhaps she will finally understand why he does what he does.

A tense read and lots of misunderstandings coming to light. What better place to work things out than a cabin in the middle of a blizzard.

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ALASKA’S SNOWY FATE
April Zyon

Christmas is looking rather bleak for recent divorcee, Alaska. Spending her vacation with her family will truly test the limits of her sanity, but she’s determined to push through and get some killer slope time in the snowy mountains.

Drake is looking forward to spending the holiday season hunkered down with his polar bear clan, rest and recouping from his constant training for the Olympics. When he and his clan-mates are called out on a dangerous search and rescue mission he never dreamed he’d come face to face with his fated mate.

Saving Alaska from her car was only the beginning, and the pair find themselves in a dangerous cat and mouse game with someone determined to kill her. Is it Alaska’s Snowy Fate to find Drake and fall in love, only to die in the process?

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With the holidays approaching divorcee Alaska Macon is not looking forward to spending it with her family. She is an avid fan of winter sports and decides to get in some great slope time in Alaska beforehand. That is until her rental SUV skids off the road.

Polar bear Alpha Drake Tillman is not only an Olympic skier he and his pack are also Search and Rescue in this part of Alaska. When they are called out by On-Star that an SUV had crashed on Hanger’s Curve they all respond quickly. A helicopter in the air, a snow cat and ski sleds were their mode of transport, they locate the car and the woman is injured and hanging upside down. After clearing the airbags Drake discovers this woman is his mate. Getting her safe and well becomes his top priority.

The investigation into the crash however brings to light the fact this was not an accident. Someone wants Alaska dead. Now Drake needs to keep her safe and also explain the rest of his secrets including the most important ones, he is a polar bear and they are mates.

Loved this story it definitely will warm up the coldest winter night.

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WINTER’S STORM
Gracie Meadows

Born to a life of privilege, Winter Stevens is ripped from her entire world by a secret she’s not willing to give up. In a small run down cabin in the middle of nowhere, the past blasts back into her life in the form of the deliciously enticing, Jules Brennon, and threatens to reveal the secrets she’s protecting.

Jules spends his life in a solitary cabin in the woods, content with only his ax for company. When the long-vacant cabin nearby is rented out, he’s forced to endure a neighbor. Never in a million years did he expect it to be Winter.

A blustery cold night forces these two together causing secrets to be spilled, and Jules to get tangled up in Winter’s Storm.

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Out of town to attend a business meeting she doesn’t want attend with her father, Winter heads out to a local pub for dinner when he cancels on her.  While trying to escape some unwanted advances she meets Jay. After an initial protest he helps her out. One thing leads to another and the two of them spend a sizzling night together. A night that will change Winter’s life forever.

Jules/Jay is a recluse, going to town only when he needs supplies. When his Aunt rents out her cabin, he agrees to check in on the tenant. The cabin really isn’t safe and living so far from town could bring issues that a woman alone may not be able to handle. What he doesn’t expect is to find the tenant is Winter, the one  night stand who rocked his world.

Winter being there wasn’t his only surprise. Now he has to convince her to stay in his cabin and also learn some things about himself.

A quick, mostly fun read with plenty of heat to warm you up.

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SNOW ANGEL
Rose Nickol

Kasey Danvers is on the run. Her step-father has finally pushed her to the edge, and now her only plan is to drive until the car runs out of gas. It’s just her luck that it happens in the middle of a freak snowstorm.

Fate intervenes, when Bryce Cromby comes to her rescue, warming her body and soul as he protects her from the storm. But can he protect her when her step-father comes for her again?

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Kasey Danvers got lucky. Bryce and his brother Hugh found her and brought her to their ranch, after getting the call of an abandoned car. She was experiencing hypothermia and it took a while for her to warm up and regain consciousness.

When she finds out her step-father is coming for her, Bryce coaxes the truth out of her. The pain that man had caused not only Kasey but her mother as well was unacceptable. Bryce is determined to help the beautiful woman he was falling for and make her stepfather pay as well.

Plenty of hold your breath action as this story of determination and love unfolds. With lots of smoldering sex to warm you up on a chilly winter’s eve.

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SNOW-KISSED
Lizabeth Scott

Reed Hamilton, a home restoration expert, is more comfortable in her steel-toed boots than teetering on heels at a shopping mall. Relationships she usually kills from neglect so she’s taken herself off the market. An unexpected assignment to evaluate a potential project in upstate New York has Reed leaving the Victorian she’s working on to meet with the client. A client she discovers spooning her from behind when she wakes up in his bed! Reed finds Mason charming, tempting and hot!

An early snowstorm dumps an irresistible woman at Mason Tate’s door. As beautiful and enticing as he finds her, career focused Mason doesn’t do entanglements of any type. So he proposed that while snow falls outside, they make their own heat inside and then go their separate ways with only pleasant memories of their time together. No emotions, just a good time.

At least that was the plan. Until that kiss.

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Pulled from the home she was renovating to travel to NY to do a walk through and estimate on a project for a friend of her father’s nephew. Reed finds herself driving through a blizzard. Knocked unconscious when her car jolts over something in the road, Reed doesn’t remember hitting the tree.

It was sheer luck that Mason saw the car’s headlights as the car careened off the road. When he discovers it’s Reed Hamilton and that he is a she he is both stunned and attracted. He scolds himself for such thoughts when she needs to be warmed up and checked for any injuries.

Neither Reed nor Mason desire more than a casual fling but somehow they both know this is more than that.

This is a fun, flirty and sensuous read. I was laughing out loud at where my thoughts went in the opening chapter.  This is a must read!

5 Contented Purrs For Lizabeth!

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SNOW BOUND
TL Reeve

Amity Jones is in trouble. Her ex-boyfriend is stalking her and won’t let her go, no matter how many times she runs away. After his latest attempt at kidnapping her, she has to disappear, or else.

Lance Wingham, Alpha of the Rosewood pack isn’t expecting to find his mate in a ditch on the side of the road. Caring for her is easy. And, when Amity’s ex-boyfriend shows up looking for her, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her.

Will Amity be able to accept the wolf lurking under Lance’s skin, or will she once again be running scared?

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When Sheriff Lance Wingham answers the call of a motor vehicle accident he never expected the scene he came upon. In a ditch was a man holding a gun to the woman’s head.  At Lance’s approach he dropped the woman and ran off.

The woman lost consciousness before he could speak with her and he only scented fresh blood from her nose and mouth, she had other injuries though and he needed to get her out of the cold, somewhere safe and treated quickly. The broken and battered woman in his arms is his mate.

As Alpha he sent his trackers off after the man and meets the doctor at his home. When she wakes, she knows she can’t stay but she finds herself very attracted to the protective sheriff.

I really love shifters and this one delivers. Lance and his pack are awesome. Amity’s ex, Javier leads us on a merry chase. Action packed and so hot it will melt your kindle. Oh, and you’ll probably need a tissue or two with this one as well.

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Black Hills Wolves – Winter Solstice: Stolen Kisses by Merryn Dexter


Join the Tao Pack for the Winter Solstice in Los Lobos

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A woman looking for a connection

Following her grandmother’s death, Sadie Burrows-King leaves the only pack she’s ever known in search of family ties. Crashing into Los Lobos, literally, she finds herself face-to-face with a man who calls to the lonely wolf inside her.

A man on the fringes of society

Orphaned wolf, Easton Quaid, survived the cruel years of Magnum’s reign by the skin of his teeth and the kindness of others, of the pack, but not really part of it. His world turns upside down when a new wolf blows into town. It will take every ounce of patience to claim her as his mate.

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Set a task in the scavenger hunt, Sadie and Easton must work together. Proximity and attraction lead to stolen kisses and more between the pair. The mating call is strong, but is it too much for her to handle?

Secrets and celebrations

A new family, a new pack, and the temptation of a new mate. Sadie had everything she ever dreamed of, right? As the Winter Solstice celebrations get into full swing, old secrets are revealed. Sadie faces the decision of her life. Is she a solid, reliable Burrows, or a flighty, untrustworthy King? It’s not only her heart at risk if she makes the wrong choice.

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Sadie didn’t enter Tao Pack lands conventionally, she crashed her car before the sensor would have alerted them to he presence. Fortunately she was able to get out of the car and make it to Ven’s gas station. Of course the first words out of his mouth scared the living daylights out of her. This is a favorite scene.

He stopped at the edge of the mat and drew a deep breath. “Who the fuck are you?” he barked then sucked in another lungful of air. “And why do you smell like my mate?”

Mate? Oh, hell no! Her wolf shrank back, and she was inclined to agree. Having just jumped out of that particular frying pan, there was no way she wanted to leap into another fire. She risked a glance up at the intimidating wolf. His arresting looks would turn many a woman’s head, but Sadie was not in the market for a bully.

The glowering wolf folded his arms across his barrel of a chest. “I asked you a question.”

“Hey, Ven. I’m going to take the plow out— Oh, sorry. I didn’t realize we had a customer.”

Grateful for a distraction from the fierce wolf, Sadie turned to the lifeline offered by the interruption. She forced her dropped jaw shut, but couldn’t stop a little whine from escaping. The angry man in front of her might not be her type, but the newcomer most certainly was from the way her heart started pounding.

Tall and lean but with a good layer of muscle showing through the long-sleeved T-shirt clinging to his upper body. Sandy hair growing out of a shorter cut to curl at his nape and light eyes, blue or green, she couldn’t quite tell. But it was the smile etching two deep dimples into his cheeks that really caught her. Warm and friendly, it lit his whole face.

Sadie stepped forward, drawn by her wolf’s need to get closer, to move clear of the amber swirling around her head and catch the scent of the newcomer. Her foot squelched, and she looked down at her soggy, ruined boots. A pool of melting snow soaked the mat beneath her feet, and, just like that, all the tension of her long drive and the accident overwhelmed her. She began to shake, enough to set her teeth chattering, and she clenched her jaw in an effort to stop. Her calves and feet ached from her wet jeans and socks, cold even beyond the raised body temperature her increased metabolism generated.

“Shit, you’re freezing,” Ven snarled.

“I c-c-crashed my c-c-car.” Sadie forced the words past her trembling lips. She was really cold now.

“Are you hurt? My god, you’re half-soaked.” The sandy wolf hurried to her side, draping the heavy checkered jacket he’d been carrying over her shoulders. She turned her face into the fleece collar brushing her cheek. His clean, crisp scent filled her senses and something inside clicked into place. He dropped to his knees beside her, tugging first one then the other of her boots free. Her wet socks followed, and he lifted her bare foot onto his thigh, chafing the skin gently to encourage circulation back into the numb appendage.

He smiled up at her, and Sadie buried her nose deeper into the collar of his jacket, hoping to disguise the flush of warmth glowing in her cheeks. “What’s your name, sweetheart?”

That smile. She’d confess everything to it. Spill her darkest secrets without a second thought. “Sadie King.” A breath. A pause. They were wolves, so logic said she’d found her way to her destination. “Sadie Burrows-King.” The unfamiliar name caught a little on her tongue. It wasn’t hers, not really, but just maybe there were people around who would remember Margarete. “Margarete Burrows was my grandmother. She passed recently, and I learned about the existence of your pack just before she died.”

“Burrows? That explains it.” Just like that, the thundercloud expression lifted from Ven’s face and he offered her, not a smile exactly, but a less-terrifying frown.

“Explains what?”

“Why your scent reminds me of Caitlyn.”

Sadie tried to fathom what he was saying, but it was hard to think about anything other than the gentle warmth seeping into her foot. She’d never considered her feet to be an erogenous zone, but the pins and needles spreading through her body were definitely more than just her circulation returning. Forcing herself not to look down, she focused on the dark-haired man. “Caitlyn?”

Ven frowned at her. “Did you hit your head when you crashed your car? I told you already. Caitlyn is my mate.” He shook his head.

“I need to make some calls.” He stalked away toward the back of the station. Sadie hoped her abject relief didn’t show too clearly on her face.
Merryn Dexter. Stolen Kisses (Kindle Locations 164-196). Decadent Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.

Ethan is the wolf in the passage above, he recognizes his mate and he has enough patience not to rush into anything. A reunion with the Burrows family, a near impossible task set for her and Ethan for Gee’s scavenger hunt, and a promise to the Alpha Drew to decide who she is before she asks to become a member of his pack.

A sentimental read as Sadie finds who she is and what she wants. Plus there is plenty of heat between Sadie and Ethan to set the whole town ablaze. We see friends from previous books and more of the children that have been born. Oh and a couple of really great surprises!

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Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer. She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.

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Black Hills Wolves – Winter Solstice: Winter Fairy Tale By T.L. Reeve


Join the Tao Pack for the Winter Solstice in Los Lobos

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Sayer Blackcrow, isn’t looking for a mate or even contemplating settling down. So spending his evenings in Custer for a woman he doesn’t want to like, but finds he can’t resist, is the best thing for him. However, what he won’t admit to anyone is that she is his mate. When Drew and Gee show up ten days before the Solstice and announce he must bring home his mate or face the wrath of his alpha, he does what he has to. Doesn’t mean he likes. it. What’s worse, Gee announces there’s to be a scavenger hunt and he’s to participate with Kizzy.

Kizzy Rhapsody, isn’t sure what’s going on. One minute she’s living in Custer and the next she’s in a town she had no idea existed. What she does know, is her friend has been keeping secrets and the man who brought her there isn’t talking either. Though she enjoys being in Los Lobos, she can’t stand the lies, or falling for a man who isn’t willing to trust her. But, with the Winter Solstice festivities approaching, she agrees to give both a chance.

Fresh, local honey is their item.

With no bee hives on pack lands, Sayer and Kizzy must work together to find their object. When a chance phone call, takes them out of town for their item, Sayer realizes his quirky little human is more than meets the eye. With the solstice upon them, he finds himself willing to move heaven and earth to make these festivities the best time of her life.

And if he ends up mated to her? Well, there are worse things that could happen.

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Sayer Blackcrow doesn’t do relationships and what he has with Elle’s friend Kizzy is exactly what he needs. However there is one small problem he hasn’t yet addressed Kizzy is his mate. The problem…he doesn’t trust humans. Humans got his family killed.

When confronted by not only Gee but his Alpha Drew, he is not given a choice. Bring his mate to Los Lobos, a promise he blood oaths to Drew. This is a favorite scene.

Coming to a stop a few feet from Gee, he sat for a minute, trying to figure out why the damn bear would be there to see him at such a late hour.

Might as well get out.

True, or he could wait him out. At some point, he’d get tired and walk away. However, when the bear cocked his brow, Sayer shut off his vehicle then got out. “Gee.”

“Sayer.”

“Why are you here?” A gust of bitterly cold wind fluttered the end of his coat, chilling his overly sensitive skin.

“Where is she?”

Huh? “Who?”

“Don’t play games, boy. You know exactly who I’m talking about.”

He shook his head. “Sorry, I don’t.” He stepped around the imposing form in front of him, only to have the bear stop him in his tracks.

“She is your mate. She should be here, at your side.”

“I’ve got no clue what you’re talking about, old man. I don’t have a mate.” He wrenched his arm free—not that Sayer won their little pissing contest but more like Gee let him go.

“You going to lie to me?” Drew rose from the rocking chair in a darkened corner of the porch.

Shit. Shit. Shit. “No, Alpha. I’d never lie to you.”

“But you would to Gee?” He limped toward him, his brow cocked. “Answer his question. You stink of Elle’s human companion, Kizzy.”

He closed his eyes and scrubbed his face. “She doesn’t belong here.”

“She’s your mate. I would have expected you to come to me when you knew.”

“And tell you what?” He shook his head. “She’s human. She shouldn’t be here.”

“Ah.” Drew gave a short nod. “I understand. What you’re so eloquently saying is, with the human mates in the pack, we’re leaving ourselves vulnerable. And we shouldn’t trust them.”

Well….“No, Alpha. I’m not sure I can be a mate, first of all, and, second, she’s human. I don’t want…you know. I’m not good for this type of relationship or commitment.”

“So you’ll fuck your mate away from the pack and suffer?” He shook his head. “There’s always got to be a few stubborn ones.” He gave Gee a knowing glance.

“Excuse me?” He curled his lip. “Isn’t this my decision?”

“No.” Drew narrowed his eyes. “Your sneaking away from pack lands to be with your mate in the middle of the night will only lead to something bad happening.”

After the murders, the pack’s safety had become paramount. Too many families had been devastated by the acts of a crazed, feral mate no one even knew about. Dammit.

If anything, it proved his point. Humans were nothing but trouble. “It won’t happen again, Alpha. I am sorry.”

“You’re damn right it won’t happen again. You’re bringing her here.”

Wait. “Come again?”

“You will return to Custer, pack her stuff, and bring her to this house.” He pulled a knife out of his pocket.

Whoa. Pump the brakes here. “I’m not sure I should be taking a blood oath yet. I’m not sure she’s my mate.”

His alpha gave him a droll stare. “What did I tell you about lying?”

“Fine.” He took the proffered knife then cut his palm. Why wouldn’t anyone listen to him? He didn’t want this. Yet, his wolf grew more excited by the thought of giving his word to his alpha and bringing his mate home. He was fucked, with a capital F.

Drew accepted it from him and did the same. Then they clasped hands.

“I take full responsibility for Kizzy Rhapsody while she is on pack lands. Any transgression she makes against the pack, I will be held accountable for. I will take whatever punishment is deemed necessary, including death. This is my solemn vow.”

Energy flowed between them, crackling as it pricked at his skin. The fine hairs on his arm stood on end, and his wolf stepped forward as the bond sealed into place.

“So it shall be.” Drew let go of his hand. “When she is settled, I expect to see her, understand.” Not a question but command.

“Yes, Alpha. I’ll bring her by.”

“Good. Sleep well. You’re working a double shift after you bring her home, as punishment for sneaking off pack lands.” Drew smacked him on the shoulder, leaving him there with Gee.
Reeve, TL. Winter Fairy Tale (Black Hills Wolves #60): Winter Solstice Run (Kindle Locations 195-230). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Now all he has to do is bring Kizzy to Los Lobos and tell her everything. The truth about everything including why he keeps pushing her away and never staying the night after sex.

An extremely hot book to warm up a cold winter’s night. One that will have to survive many revelations as well as a scavenger hunt. It’s nice to see so many characters from previous books and I can’t wait for more.

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TL Reeve is a multi-published author with Cobblestone Press, Decadent Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Loose-Id, was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in Alabama, TL misses Los Angeles, and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California to ride the waves at Huntington Beach. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie.

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Release Blitz, Giveaway, Review and Guest Post! Space Cowboy Survival Guide – A Space Opera by Heather Long


Escape for the space adventure of your life and learn the rules along the way…

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Join me in welcoming Heather Long to Carol Kittie Reviews. Heather has graciously answered this burning question for us,
What was your inspiration for Space Cowboy?

The short answer is my husband. Funnily enough, the long answer is my husband as well.

It began on a driving trip to Disney World, I kid you not about three—maybe four years ago. I was working on a Fevered Hearts book that trip and he said, “You know what would be cool. A real space cowboy—you know you could do future Fevered Hearts.”

I rolled my eyes and kept on working.

A few weeks later, he brought it up again. “Space cowboy, kind of like Firefly but not. You know, do it your way. He could have great adventures and there would be this like interstellar operator that he talks to but never meets.”

Yeah, I told him to take a walk—did he not see how many deadlines I had?

Christmastime rolls around, and I get a card, “You could always get me a Space Cowboy for Christmas.”

For the love of pete and money, I was ready to strangle him. I had a dozen different books in the queue to write. I did NOT have time for a new series. He kept bringing it up and he knew exactly what he was doing. He wanted to trigger my imagination. If he planted enough seeds and kept fertilizing it, they would grow.

I told him no.

Then he started in on my fans, and made the suggestion there and they got all excited. Many of them piled right on saying they’d love to see it, too.

Yeah, he wasn’t letting it go and as it turns out, what he did worked because I had an idea and the next time he brought it up, I said he had to have rules. Then we were talking about his rules and the people he would meet and when it would happen and well…all I can say is that he got his wish.

This Christmas, he’s getting a Space Cowboy Survival Guide for Christmas.

Thank you so much Heather, I hope your Husband loves his gift as much as I did.

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Space Cowboy Survival Guide
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Rule #42 
Don’t be a hero.
Heroes do shit for free and get themselves killed.

It’s a lose-lose proposition.

From his leather Stetson to his long coat and choice of weapons, Shaw Sullivan is just a space cowboy who lives by his own code. A loner by choice, he accepted the contract to conduct a stellar census under duress…it was the only way to save his family’s ranch.

Sullivan has four years to complete the mission, and he has zero intentions of letting anything get in his way least of all a desperate woman who wants to hire him to be a hero.

Warning:
This novel is not a romance. It’s a wild, space romp with some rough and tumble characters who aren’t all that likable most days.

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I received an ARC of this book from the author so it could be reviewed prior to release day.

Heather Long has done it again, this time with no sex, no romance just exceptional story telling.

Welcome to the future where Earth has colonies over several galaxies. As such they need a census of the inhabited planets and Shaw needing a way to save his family’s ranch in New Texas is just the person to do it. He does have contingency plans in case of his demise so no matter what his family won’t lose the ranch.

All was going right on schedule, traveling through space with only the computer ‘Zed’ for company which suited him just fine. His only other contact he has while on aboard the Gilly is the Earth Prime representative he reports to Jo Rayder. Jo also sends him books and videos to occupy his time while traveling between planets.

Then he reaches New Genesis, there he encounters Tika Anderson, a young beauty from New Athens with a bounty on her head, seeking passage on his ship. Even after hearing her tale he refuses her and continues with his mission, collecting data about the planet.

On his way back to his ship he is attacked by five men, this is a favorite scene.

Fighting for his breath, he pivoted fists raised to see the last assailant—the one who’d been strangling him—down and twitching as Miss Anderson struck him repeatedly with a cattle prod.

Huh.

“Are you all right?” The too wide eyes promised him she wasn’t entirely comfortable with her participation. Shaw forgave her. Limping, he retrieved his pistol, the bent down to flip over one of his attackers.

He didn’t look remotely familiar. Patting him down, he pulled out an ID card. “Get his ID card,” he told Anderson, limping his way around until he’d collected the others.

By the time he joined her, she’d slid her cattle prod down into a slim handle and tucked it into her sleeve.

“Handy,” he commented, then checked the card she handed him. Squinting through his rapidly swelling eyes, he grunted. “Friends of yours?”

“Yes,” she admitted. “Though I think friends would be an extreme definition. That one over there is a bounty hunter named Johan Helios. I’ve seen him on New Athens.”

“Great.” He paused to give Johan Helios a good swift kick in the head, then tucked the ID cards into his duster. He’d turn them all into the local authorities. He touched a hand to his split and bleeding lip. Great. Hungry, tired, and now bleeding. He’d have to clean up before he could eat.

His left knee, one he’d dislocated in a riding accident in his teens, complained viciously, but he kept limping toward the port and the Gilly’s berthing. After a handful of steps, he didn’t hear Miss Anderson following him. Glancing back, he sighed. She was still staring at the downed men. Bounty hunters who apparently came after him because his little would-be passenger had probably either been following him or had been waiting to accost him at the port.

Guilt nibbled at his conscience, but he shoved it aside. He didn’t do guilt. She’d done him a solid when she’d taken out the one strangling him. So…he spat out the blood in his mouth before asking, “Are you coming?”

“I thought you said…” Disbelief filled her voice.

Turning, he continued his limping path. “Not asking you twice, princess.”

Two steps later, she hurried to join him. Great. She’d taken him up on the offer.

“I’ll take you as far as my next port. Clear?”

“Crystal, Captain. Thank you. You’re my…”

He lifted a finger. “Don’t say it. I don’t do that hero shit.”

“Of course, Captain. My lips are sealed.”

Yeah, he was already regretting it.
Heather Long. Space Cowboy Survival Guide (Kindle Locations 510-531). Kindle Edition.

This was the start of not only an uneasy friendship but also some unorthodox acquisitions of crew members as they travel across the universe. That plus more folks attempting to label him a hero, a label he really doesn’t want.

A delightful and suspenseful tale infused with action and wit. One everyone will enjoy!

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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YesterdaysHeroes_final-189x300  Prequel to The Boomer’s Series

Aurora “Rory” Graystone
Codename: Halo
Abilities: superior reflexes, I.Q. and aptitude for calculating probabilities
Mission: find missing teammates

Rory knows she’s being watched, and she’s not about to let the hunter catch her in his trap. She’ll confront her stalker, a man she suspects is involved in the disappearances of other superheroes–if she can ignore the sensual heat that fills her every time he’s near…

Michael Hunter
Codename: Hard Target
Abilities: expert tracker and sniper
Mission: kill Rory Graystone

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Michael believes eliminating Rory is the key to his mission. But even as he takes aim, a split second of doubt causes him to miss his shot.

Drawn together by passion, and on a collision course with fate, can Rory and Michael work together to change the future? Or have they set in motion the horrific history the time-travelers are trying to prevent?

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The Judas Contract HVL   Boomers Book 1

Hope may prove their most dangerous threat.

Doctor Ilsa Blaine
Codename: Doc
Abilities: Designs programmable bioware, enhanced understanding of brain chemistry
Mission: Research, analyze and troubleshoot the team’s active microchips

On the cutting edge of neuroscience, Ilsa is developing microchips that can be inserted into the brain and deliver information. The applications are endless, but her current goal is just to get dogs to return to their owners should they ‘become lost.’ When her college roommate turns up asking for lunch, she’s hardly prepared for the chaos that ensues or the revelation her chip changed the world, and the lives of five heroes from the future. And now they need her help…

Garrett Fox
Codename: The Viper
Abilities: toxins, poisons and assassination, he can kill with a touch
Mission: Protect Ilsa Blaine

One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Garrett volunteers to be the doctor’s guinea pig as she studies their neuro-chips. It’s not his first time being a lab rat. In close quarters, the unthinkable happens—an attraction that could kill Ilsa. Drawn together by science, and on the fast track to destiny, Ilsa and Garrett must save his team from their chips before they can end them, and maybe Ilsa can prove to Garrett he isn’t toxic to everything he touches…least of all her.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An alliance with the modern day Halo has given their leader a taste of hope. For these five lonely soldiers, the single emotion may prove their most dangerous threat.

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DeadlyGenesisBoomers-200x300  Boomers Book 2

Amanda Kincaid
Codename: Corkscrew
Abilities: nuclear fission and fusion, absorbs energy and fires beams of radiated heat
Mission: recovery of lost memories and sanity

Kidnapped and experimented on by R.E.X. labs, Amanda’s memories are foggy. She can’t recognize friend from foe and she strikes out with everything she has. Only one man penetrates the storms surging in her mind, a soothing stranger with hypnotic eyes…

Simon Masters
Codename: Soothsayer
Abilities: telepath
Mission: save Corkscrew or terminate her

Cautious, methodical Simon has always been careful to keep his innermost self, contained. Simon must confront his fears—and his deepest secrets—to help the powerful mutant rein in her abilities in.

With new enemies closing in and dark revelations unfolding, the Boomers face their greatest challenge yet and the deeper into her psyche Simon pushes, the more her madness threatens them all…

Winning never felt so much like losing. The team has recovered Corkscrew, but she is lost to insanity. Simon, the most cautious of them all, must risk everything to bring her back from the brink, but losing this gambit could cost them Simon as well.

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Hunt me  The Love Thieves Book 3

One Thief…

Wealthy, titled, and very privileged, Lady Katherine Hardwicke successfully eluded some of the best thieves in the world in a quest to obtain the Fortunate Buddha. Her time is running out and her enemies are closing in, and one deliciously enigmatic man seems determined to get in her way. Will he save her or end her quest forever?

One Hunt…

Jarod Parker wears many faces and lies for a living, but when the same thief steals the Buddha out from beneath his agents not once but twice, this handler returns to the field. His target? The last woman anyone would suspect of being the thief. But is he really after the Buddha or has this brilliant woman stolen his heart?

One Choice…

Their sensuous game of cat and mouse turns deadly when a third player turns up the heat, but can these two liars come clean with each other or will they lose it all?

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 Winter Blog About Author

Heather Long   Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Not Even Death: Infinite
The Complete Collection

Join Calico on her journey to find the one who can fulfill her needs and her his.
Her Master’s final wish for her is to choose. Choose to be a slave to a new Master or join the Vanilla world.

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Not Even Death: Infinite
Master Collection
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Contains All Four Books

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Warning:
These books contain explicit BDSM scenes and sex. Sadomasochism, exhibitionism, spanking, flogging and knife play are just a few of the things detailed.

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Not Even Death: Eternally Your Master
Book 1

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Derrick – The Dominant and best friend

Calico Cruz’s world was torn apart when the Master she loved lost his long, painful battle with a fatal illness. All she’d been and done over the past ten years had been because of Markus Cruz, now, she’d have to face life at the estate alone. Or would she?

The knock on the door surprised her, but not as much as what the knock would set into motion. After allowing her a month to grieve, Markus was reaching out and pulling her from the darkness—pushing her back into the light of life. Not even death would keep him from controlling and assuring her future path to love and submission.

With Derrick’s help Markus will remind her of the sweet taste of surrender and that he will be her Master—ETERNALLY. Together they will guarantee Calico another happily ever after.

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Calico is in mourning. When she receives a letter from her deceased Master Marcus, she somehow knows everything will be fine. How exactly she isn’t sure, but Markus had a plan, one his most trusted friends would carry out for him.

This is part of a favorite scene as she reads the letter.

Calico began to rustle through the papers. Tears filled her big, amber eyes again. In her hands was the contract between Markus and herself. She kissed it and held it to her heart, recalling the day they’d signed it with his lawyer as witness. It seemed so long ago and like yesterday. Where had time gone? She’d cherished every second but they just hadn’t been enough.

As she continued through the stack she saw the slave certificate; Markus was listed as her owner. Sliding her hand up the nape of her neck she touched the barcode tattoo.

These were the things he was leaving in her hands? Was he certain of her capability? She felt so lost without him.

I know you won’t go searching with any sort of urgency, your loyalty runs so deep and the guilt would consume you. But, I can’t possibly imagine you floating around this estate like a ghost while you’re still alive. You’re too good, too hungry and have too much life left to live. So, my sweet kitten, I’ve, taken this, out of your hands. You will need to serve. It’s who you are. The decision is mine.

I’d considered willing you to someone but the potential for a life of unhappiness… I’d rather you a ghost.

Calico sat in the middle of the gazebo, curled up and rocking in attempt to console her heart. She couldn’t imagine the reality of what she read. Although she hadn’t felt him touch her in a month, she could feel him cradling her broken heart now.

After careful consideration, I’ve chosen some of my dearest friends to look after you. I chose only those I thought would help you laugh, heal and grow in my physical absence. I may not be there to Master you in my earthly body, but I am alive and well in your heart and mind.

Each of them has my deepest admiration and trust. I expect you to give them the same consideration. They will prove they can earn it from you, I promise you that, but at my will, give it first please.

For now, they will be acting as vessels for my will and desire, I will be in each of them, don’t forget that kitten. They will treat you only as outlined by me.

Ultimately, you will find a match; you’ll both know when it happens and have my blessing. Until that time, enjoy what I will give you through them. Enjoy the gifts they’ve given me…. to continue my journey with you. I love you my kitten

Ya’ see? I told you, not even death…

Eternally,
Your Master,
Markus

Blaque, B.B.. Not Even Death: Eternally Your Master (p.p.4- 6). B.B. Blaque. Kindle Edition.

As promised another letter and a package arrived with her instructions. This was followed by a call from the first Master Markus had chosen for her, Derek Destry. She was familiar with him and he had joined Markus in their play on occasion.

This first part of the journey not only brings her back into the pleasures of serving a Master but also has her reflecting on her past before meeting Marcus.

A truly sexy and demanding beginning for this series. Complete with a new stepping stone to her Gazebo.

5 Contented Purrs for B.B.!


Not Even Death: Still Your Master
Book 2

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Blaze St. Sebastian – The rock star and Master

The foundation has been laid to guide her to future happiness as a slave, but a base is nothing until something rises from it.

Enter Blaze St. Sebastian—the sizzling, bad-boy rock star. He is the definition of edge and the next flame in Markus’ line to ignite Calico’s life.

With Markus and Blaze’s guidance and discipline Calico will learn to take chances on life, love and herself.

She will learn to trust, and if she can stop trying, she’ll learn she can just fly!

From the streets of NYC, to the beaches of Florida go for a ride with Calico as she experiences life, love, sex and music in ways she never fathomed.

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Calico’s next step will be delivered by a Master she has actually had a crush on. Blaze St. Sebastian is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Hot Kink. She will be attending his concert as well as meeting him as a Master.

A favorite scene is the phone call from Blaze on the day of the concert she is singing along with the music of Hot Kink when she answers the phone.

“I’m sorry… Pardon me please, Blaze… Sir.” She stammered. Nothing like starting out on smooth footing.

“It’s quite alright, I enjoyed hearing you sing. I think someone’s excited.”

“I’m glad to hear it!” He began. “I just wanted to touch base with you about tonight.”

She hoped it would be longer than just the evening. She’d dipped her toes in with Derrick, and the short time together had been just enough. Blaze was different— she already didn’t want it to end.

“I know you received the package with the dress, I look forward to seeing you in— and— out of it.” He flirted seriously.

Calico felt her cheeks grow warm with the compliment. She couldn’t help being a bit star-struck. Her hands shook slightly as the anticipation inside grew. She couldn’t seem to speak and the words hovered in her throat.

“I’ll send a car for you at five. Make sure you’re ready when he arrives.”

“What should I bring with me?” It was an honest question, but she hoped to glean some idea of how long he’d be keeping her.

“Just bring yourself.” He said. “I have clothes and whatever else you may need— I just don’t have a good little slave girl by my side.”

Well, there went that idea! She still didn’t know.

“Things will, evolve, as I desire. I won’t give you a list of rules. Markus filled me in on what liberties I can take. There were only two hard and fast rules from him.”

She didn’t interrupt. What in the world is Rule #2? He was obviously not done speaking. His words were already softening her— melting— stoking the fire of the torch she carried.

“I have a single rule at this time. Do as I say… precisely as I say it.” The timbre of his voice, now, had a more complex flavor. The deep espresso tone was mixed with a whisper of gentle sweetness she hadn’t heard before. “Your life may depend on doing what I say, precisely when I say.” She tingled all over. The sweet danger was intoxicating and she was soaking wet.

“Can you do that Kitty?” He asked, permitting her to speak.

“Yes Sir, I think I can do that.” She had a small giggle at the base of her tongue that barely escaped.

“Good girl. The car will be there at five, I will see you when you arrive. Make yourself ready. I want high-heeled boots; full pouty lips; sweet perfume and I want it all… just… for me.”

“Yes Sir!” The giggle bounced out with her emphatic declaration. She was so thrilled she could barely see straight.

“See you soon baby.” And with that, he was gone.
Blaque, B.B.. Not Even Death: Still Your Master (Kindle Locations 539-565). Kindle Edition.

Calico was going to be experiencing music like she never had before. She would definitely fly with it.

This part of the journey also has Calico thinking of her past and how she came to be where she is today. From the concert to the night at Blaze’s home and then back to her own estate. Every step is a progression to find her way to the one she is meant to be with.

An ever intensifying experience even for the reader.

5 Contented Purrs for B.B.!


Not Even Death: Always Your Master
Book 3

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Jordan “The Bishop” – Combat vet, Marine, teacher, and high protocol Master

The Bishop’s firm hand and strict old school style will teach her lessons once more. Together they will journey beneath the cold city and to the star strewn heights—for a deep and aerial view of Calico’s past, present and future. By viewing where she began with new eyes, she’ll be one step closer to her happily ever after.

Only Markus knew how much was left for her to learn and only the Bishop’s tactics could make everything fall into place.

Calico’s journey is almost complete and this is the hardest and most fulfilling lesson yet!

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Jordan, ‘The Bishop’ was the one who assisted Marcus in the training of his new slave. Calico learned much from him about what she really enjoyed as a submissive and a slave. His training was such that she never forgot certain things. Like roses and thorns. Now she is returning to him for the next step in her journey to what or who Marcus has in store for her.

This is a favorite scene as Calico reminisces in her NY penthouse.

On the living-room table was an incredible bouquet of roses. She thought back to the lesson about the meanings of each. Purple— enchantment and majesty; blue— mysterious beginnings, new things; black— beginning of a new journey, death of the old— she was surprised how much she remembered. Red— the color of love, respect and— the seal of the Bishop!Kitten, how could you ever forget? You wore the rose thorn welts for weeks until you learned them all.

Markus’ voice was sharper— the bustle of the city had always been an energy source— and it was crystal clear. There was no way she’d forgotten, she was only surprised by his memory and the thoughtful gift.

When she was closer, she could see tangled with the roses were sprigs of baby’s breath and some special Bishop finishing touches. Reaching tentatively toward the arrangement she felt a surge of electricity pass through her body.

Am I afraid, or was that excitement?

The sweetness of the flowers was tempered by stinging memories. Rulers, the Bishop’s favorite tools of torment, jutted out like porcupine quills. Everything came rushing to back to present.

With a soft touch she fingered the edges— some wood— others metal— of the sadistic sticks. The rulers weren’t the only memorable additions. The Bishop had been expert in keeping her off kilter— guiding her to the edge and making her quiver nervously— until he brought her back. He’d added a pack of gum and little mesh baggies of rice.

Memories— good Lord— I bet he remembers everything! I haven’t chewed gum since!

Thinking back to her first day of lessons, she recalled her last piece of gum. Without thinking, she showed up— Carissa showed up— with a wad of watermelon bubble-gum in her mouth. Of course, at the time, she hadn’t given it a thought. She had no frame of reference that could’ve told her otherwise. Markus could have warned her, but she needed to learn the lesson so he chose to let it go.

She opened the gum and breathed deeply. Wow, it could be yesterday! Her stomach churned with the smell. It was the smell of failure.

Quietly, she sat in the chair in the makeshift classroom, uncertain what would happen or who this Bishop person would be. Anxiously, she shifted around the chair and popped her gum. It seemed like forever waiting for her “teacher” to arrive— so— she shifted, smacked and blew bubbles with the disgustingly sweet gum. Each time a bubble popped, the air would be filled with the acrid, artificial, fruit scent— rising up like a toxic, sugar cloud around her. Each bubble grew larger, its smell stronger until a different kind of pop grabbed her attention. The sound, behind her, was louder and spun her around in the seat. Then again— smack— the thick yardstick met the wooden table harder— signaling the entrance of his Excellency— the Bishop.

Calico smelled the gum again. Maybe I am a masochist. It was also the scent of the beginning of something beautiful. Her first impression of the Bishop was the loud crack of the yardstick and his lightening quick fingers as they grabbed the gum from her still blowing mouth.

“Young lady— and I use the term loosely— you will not chew, smack, blow or pop that vile epoxy in my presence. I don’t think your owner would approve do you?” His breath— like a dragon’s— blew hot on her nose.

“No, I don’t think so.” She replied quietly, fidgeting in the chair. “Hey, what kinda nun are you anyway?” Carissa had never been to church, Catholic or otherwise— the question was sincere.

Without another word, his breath was replaced by the sticky, hot-pink offender. For the remainder of the week she’d worn the gum on her nose. It was a sickeningly sweet reminder— to never chew gum in his presence again.

The nun remark also earned her introduction to the yardstick— and the power of the rice.

Seeing the little baggies reminded her of the countless hours she’d spent kneeling on the painful little grains— phantom pains flicked through her knees just being so close.

The Bishop was not clergy— probably not even Catholic— but being trained by him was always spoken of as an almost religious experience.
Blaque, B.B.. Not Even Death Always Your Master (Kindle Locations 81-118).Kindle Edition.

We get to witness the power of the Bishop as he brings Calico back to her beginnings when she was Carissa. She must visit her past in order to go forward to her future.

Here in NY she visits with Detective Sheridan (Sheri), the detective who was so influential in her past. Really the catalyst to her accepting Marcus’ invitation to help her. She also meets up with Sheri’s son although briefly. While they are friends, they are the only people Calico considers family.

Lots of surprises in this book and the interactions and play with The Bishop are extremely intense and erotic. Of course they are necessary for her next step.

5 Contented Purrs for B.B.!


Not Even Death: Forever Your Master
Book 4

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All the Masters return, including the Mystery Man

Markus’ final lesson and the end phase of Calico’s journey is to discover a world she never has before—the vanilla world. It’s time to spread her wings, run free, and do things she’s never dared imagine. Only after finding out about the other side and how “they” do things, will she be able to fully consent to life as a slave.

When faced with the freedom to choose—what will she do?

The reality of the vanilla world is a frightening, eye-opening, and exciting experiment. In fantasy she quickly finds she can have both. When the BDSM world collides with the vanilla, Calico finds herself floating through a surreal wonderland where all her sexual fantasies are possible and nothing is taboo or off limits. All the Masters return to lead her journey of self-discovery.

Will she be led back to the dungeon?

Who will be her happily ever after for the next journey?

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The author gifted me with an ARC of this book so I could include this finale on release day.In this the final episode of Calico’s journey she must experience the Vanilla world she has never really been a part of. So she observes the people around her outside of the lifestyle. She becomes friendly with the waitress in the coffee shop in her building and gains some insight into the workings of a vanilla relationship.

A favorite scene is actually not with Calico but with the mysterious forth Master. This is part of a conversation he has with Jordan ‘The Bishop’.

Jordan shot him a narrow-eyed glance that let him know he was treading on thin ice. “I knew I had to cut things cold. This won’t be an easy lesson for her, and if I know Calico—and now I feel I do—she’d prefer the rose thorns to what lies ahead.” He was trying to regain control of himself and the situation.

“So, you pushed her away for her benefit?” He was trying sincerely to understand. “Or your own?”

“Does it really matter who’d benefit? It was already plotted out, just as you were—part of the master plan.” Jordan’s shoulders slumped forward, causing him to almost curl into himself on the seat. It was not typical Bishop posture.

“Do you want her? Is that why you were a dick?” He studied Jordan’s micro-expressions, obscured by his hand. His body language spoke volumes even if his words were few. “Dude, you do want her—or you think you do!”

The Bishop rose to his feet—solid shoulders back—head firm. “What the fuck is that supposed to mean? That’s not part of it—not part of any of it! At no point is she meant to become mine, you know that as well as I do.”

His stoic side was objective, logical, but behind his words was a fire born of emotion. “She’s meant to learn this lesson. By the Masquerade, she’ll know what and who she wants. Just take care of her between now and then.”
Blaque, B.B.. Not Even Death Forever Your Master (Kindle Locations 109-119).Kindle Edition.

As part of the interaction in the vanilla world Calico is going to have Thanksgiving with Sher and his son Sage. This dinner is at Sage’s apartment and is just the three of them.

Now she finds herself attracted to Sage, but he is Vanilla. Calico has some really out there dreams involving all the players here. Her decision is to be made at the Masquerade on the 10th of December and time is running out.

While Sage and Calico never do more than kiss, it’s those kisses that have her questioning everything. Surprises abound in this one as we wind down to knowing just what Marcus has in store for her.

Once again an intense and erotic story, with an ending I didn’t quite see coming.

5 Contented Purrs for B.B.!

Winter Blog About Author

B.B. Blaque writes beautifully flawed characters who ultimately find, perfection is not a prerequisite. Our flaws are what make us unique and some flaws compliment each other better than others.

She loves BDSM (Male dominant/female submissive.) There’s something that just feels so right about a man wearing the pants (especially when he wears them well and fills them nicely.) She is interested in the psychological aspects of relationships in general and especially when there is a power-exchange dynamic.

Her world would stopping revolving if not for heavy rock music (and the wonderfully talented people who make it.) Music and it’s makers will definitely be strongly visible in my work. She listens, remembers…She listens, She’s inspired…to write…to love…to f**k…to live.

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The Rancher’s Lady
A Lake Chelan Novella
By
Shirley Penick

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On the second anniversary of her mommy’s death eight-year-old Alyssa ditches Brownies and her best friend to take some time to herself to think about her mommy. When her daddy, Hank, finally finds her after a frantic search, she is convinced it’s time for her daddy to remarry. And she thinks her new third grade teacher would be perfect.

Hank Jefferson is a busy rancher with three kids. Widowed two years ago, he works hard to be both mother and father, making lunches, spending quality time with each child and running the house, while also running his cattle ranch. He doesn’t have time for a relationship and doesn’t want one. Alyssa’s third grade teacher makes his blood heat, but he knows it would be unethical for him to date his daughter’s teacher.

Ellen Truehart has moved to this new town in a remote location on Lake Chelan and a new teaching assignment to make a fresh start, she loves both the town and her class. Her past has taught her to be cautious around men and not to trust the system. When Alyssa starts acting out in class she has no choice, but to call in the smoking hot father of her student to try to find out what’s wrong with Alyssa.

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I absolutely love the dynamics here, the widowed father, the new schoolteacher, an undeniable attraction and a little girl with a reason to help things along.

I love when Alyssa discovers they way that her father Hank looks at her teacher Ellen is different than the way he looks at other women. Leave it to an eight-year old to go on a no holds barred quest to bring them together. This is a favorite scene when they figure out what Alyssa is doing.

“She didn’t really seem happy about being naughty, in fact she looked resigned. But as soon as I told her I was going to call you, she seemed to perk up. And when I told her she was going to be staying after school for her punishment, you would have thought I had given her an award. She practically beamed.”

“Seriously? That doesn’t make sense.”

“That’s what I thought, too.”

Ellen moved even closer to him and whispered, “Don’t look, but she’s peeking out the door, watching us. Smiling like it’s Christmas.”

Suddenly the light came on and Hank knew what was happening. He groaned. “I think I know what’s going on with her.”

“What is it?”

Hank rubbed his hand on the back of his neck and he felt his cheeks heat. He cleared his throat. “Well it’s kind of embarrassing.”

“What? Why?”

“I think she’s matchmaking.”

“Matchmaking?” Ellen repeated stupidly.

Hank cleared his throat again. “Yes, after we went to dinner the other night she suggested that, well, um, that we go out together.”

“Out together? You and me? Like on a date?”

“Um, yes, exactly. I told her no. That wasn’t happening. Ever.”

Ellen jerked as if he’d slapped her.

“Uh. Not that you are not attractive. In fact, you’re way too attractive. But I told her it was inappropriate for me to date her teacher.”

“Oh, yes. Of course. I can’t date a student’s father. I could get fired over that and it’s just not worth it.”

This time Hank flinched. Ouch. Not worth it. After all the lusting I’ve done for the woman, and she doesn’t think I’m worth it.

She must have noticed his reaction because she rushed on, “Not that I wouldn’t be tempted, but, well, I haven’t been in my job long and I need to work and I don’t want to have to find a new job and move again and…” She looked so cute he wanted to kiss her.

Hank chuckled. “So we’re both tempted, but we both know it can’t go anywhere.”

Ellen sighed. “No, it can’t.” “Let’s go talk to Alyssa about it.”

“Yes.” They both turned toward the door and saw Alyssa run away. When they got to the room, she had a broom in her hand.

Hank hid a smile and said sternly, “Alyssa, please put down the broom. We need to talk to you. Come over here.”

“Okay, Daddy.” Ellen and Hank sat in chairs and Alyssa stood before them.

“Alyssa, I know you’re being naughty to get your teacher and I together.”

“How did you… I mean, no I’m not.”

“Oh? Then why are you being naughty?”

“Um, well, I’m not trying to be—”

“Alyssa, don’t add lying to your acts.”

Alyssa’s shoulders slumped. “Okay, Daddy. Yes, I’m being naughty to get you and Miss Truehart together. I think she would make you a great wife and be a very good mommy to me and the boys.”

Miss Truehart gasped and turned a delightful shade of pink. Apparently she hadn’t realized Alyssa was campaigning for a new mother.
Penick,Shirley. The Rancher’s Lady: A Lake Chelan Novella (Kindle Locations 556-596). UNKNOWN. Kindle Edition.

Hank and Ellen do become friends but they fight their attraction for what are practical reasons. However when hometown ‘boy’ Edward Jameson makes unwanted advances. Ellen’s reasons for moving here come to light and not in a good way.

A wonderful tale of falling in love again, new friends and neighbors. Lots of laughter, some tears and suspense to boot.

5 Contented Purrs for Shirley!

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shirley-penick  Shirley Penick

Shirley Penick is a former techy turned writer. She is writing a small town contemporary romance series based in a fictional town on Lake Chelan in eastern Washington. She has lived in Colorado, Hawaii and currently Washington. She’s a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and the local chapters GSRWA (Greater Seattle RWA) and Eastside RWA.

The mother of two grown children and grandmother of two adorable grand-daughters. She started reading at a young age with the Nancy Drew mysteries and has continued to be an avid reader. Primarily reading romance in most of the genres.

Her favorite past time is playing with her grand-daughters. She has been a carnation grower’s worker, a trap club puller, a pizza hut waitress, a software engineer, an international trainer and a business program manager. And for something really unusual she once had a raccoon as a pet.

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