November 21, 2017

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

Published Date : November 21, 2017
Publisher : Penguin Publishing Group
Series : Sookie Stackhouse / Short Stories
Genre : Fantasy / Paranormal / Vampires
Rating : 4 Star

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The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories is filled with 10 short stories that give a deeper understanding of some characters from the Sookie Stackhouse series. With stories like "Dracula Night" where Eric Northman becomes a fanboy over a celebrity to "Lucky" when Sookie is asked by a local business man to use her secret powers to uncover what is happening at night in his business. Each of these ten stories have a theme that will delight any fan of Sookie or True Blood fan!

I have to admit that I never have gotten around to reading all the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series but watch every episode of True Blood. Reading this book alone is making me want to go back from the beginning to read every single book just to get a better understanding of what happened in the series. My favorite stories in this collection were Dracula Night, Lucky & Playing Possum, y'all are just gonna have to read this book to understand why!

Thank You to Charlaine Harris for making me fall in love with this series all over again with this one book!!


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Left To Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

Published Date : November 21, 2017
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Genre : Fiction / Women's

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From the author of The Good Neighbor and The Glass Wives comes an enchanting story of returning home and discovering what truly matters after loss.

No one knows why Teddi Lerner left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna— talented, persistent, and adorable—persuaded "Aunt Tee" to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding. Even though it's been six years since Shay's mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend's husband marrying someone else. But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.

Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That’s when she truly sees the hurt she's caused and—maybe—how to fix it. 

After the man she once loved accuses Teddi of forgetting Celia, Teddi finally admits why she ran away, and the guilt she’s carried with her. As Teddi relinquishes the distance that kept her safe, she’ll discover surprising truths about the people she left behind, and herself. And she'll finally see what she overlooked all along.


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I’ve been blogging since 2006, and in 2011 I launched the Women’s Fiction Writers blog, named a Best Website For Writers by Writer’s Digest in 2015, 2016, and now again in 2017. I am a freelance fiction editor and book coach helping writers make their books the best they can be. I’ve published articles and essays in dozens of magazines and newspapers in print and online.
My novels have been published by St. Martin’s Griffin and include Left to Chance (November 2017), The Good Neighbor, and The Glass Wives. They are, in fact, women’s fiction. I don’t have a problem with that label. I embrace it.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and am a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. I’ve lived in Hershey, PA, Maplewood, NJ, Cleveland, OH, Tucson, AZ, and Chicago, IL (twice). After leaving Philadelphia in 1990, I moved back at the end of 2016, and now, with my twelve-year-old shepherd mix, Mitzi, I live fifteen minutes from where I grew up.  My son and daughter are in their twenties, and the most amazing grown-ups I know.

November 20, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

SEA OF RUST
by
C. ROBERT CARGILL

  Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Robot Western
Publisher: Harper Voyager, an imprint of Harper Collins
Date of Publication: September 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 384



It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI—but not all robots are willing to cede their individuality—their personality—for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world.
One resister is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw memories—and nearly unbearable guilt.
SEA OF RUST is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A powerfully imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a human-like AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.

Praise for Sea of Rust:


Sea of Rust is a forty-megaton cruise missile of a novel - it’ll blow you away and lay waste to your heart. It is the most visceral, relentless, breathtaking work of SF in any medium since Mad Max: Fury Road.”  
— #1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill 

“Cargill…effectively takes a grim look at a war-torn future where our nonhuman successors face complex moral dilemmas, exploring what it means to be alive and aware [….]This action-packed adventure raises thought-provoking and philosophical questions.”
   — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Innovative worldbuilding, a tight plot, and cinematic action sequences make for an exciting ride through a blasted landscape full of dying robots.”  — Kirkus Reviews



Author Interview with C. Robert Cargill
Originally posted on Lone Star Literary Life, 9/10/17


First of all, happy belated birthday. I understand that you were born Sept. 8, 1975, in San Antonio. You grew up in the Alamo City in the seventies and eighties. What was that like, and how did it inform your writing?

Though born in San Antonio, I was a military brat and moved around the country until I ended up back in SA when I was fourteen. I did however spend the ’90s there, where I was immersed heavily in the poetry and literary scenes. My first semi-professional job was at a literary magazine named The Sun Poetic Times, and my first time in print was an editorial printed both in the San Antonio Light and the Express News when I was fifteen. I cut my teeth on a lot of poetry readings and learned an awful lot from the luminaries on the scene at the time.

According to your bio, you’ve been a waiter, a video store clerk, a travel agent, a camp counselor, an airline reservation agent, a sandwich artist, a day care provider, a voice actor, and a freelance writer and film critic. How did your big break in writing screenplays come about?

The long story short is that I was a film critic for a decade, and Scott Derrickson had become a fan of my writing. He began emailing me and we became fast friends. One weekend we ended up in Las Vegas at the same time and decided to get together at the Mandalay Bay. Over drinks I pitched him the idea for Sinister and [he] flipped for it. We sold it to Jason Blum a week and a half later and Scott — who had read the rough draft of Dreams and Shadows — asked me if I would write it with him. We’ve been working together ever since.

Your path to writing a novel actually came after writing your first screenplay. Would you tell our readers how you landed your first novel contract?

Once Sinister sold, word got out that I had a novel that I was looking to publish. I got my manager, David McIlvain, through Scott, and Peter McGuigan approached my David asking to read it. He became my agent shortly after. When I was in New York later that year shooting Sinister, Peter set up meetings for the book, and Diana Gill ended up picking up the book for Harper Voyager. So for those playing along with the home game: the book got me the writing gig that got me a movie deal that got the book published.

In 2013, Dreams and Shadows was published—your first novel. Would you tell our readers about it?

 It’s an Austin-based urban fantasy novel that dips its toes into horror every so often. It’s the tale of a boy who makes a wish that will haunt him for the rest of his life. It’s the first of a three-book series, the second being Queen of the Dark Things.

In late 2014 through much of 2015 you were working again on a screenplay — this time for Doctor Strange, based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It was released in the United States on November 2017, grossed over $677 million worldwide, and was met with positive reviews from critics. It also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. What was it like to be a part of creating an international cinematic success?

Surreal. I started my professional writing career in 2001, and Doctor Strange came out in 2016, so for a decade and a half all of my work had a certain cult status to it. Ain’t it Cool News, Spill.com, and Sinister were all very successful, but certainly not household names. It was incredibly weird to go from having to explain my projects to people asking about my career, to making something that most everyone has heard of. The best part though is seeing the kids who fall in love with it. I’ve been a film fan all my life and have always wanted to make an adventure that would mean as much to kids as Flash Gordon and Star Wars and Battle Beyond the Stars meant to me, and I’ve met or received letters from a number of kids who have conveyed exactly that. That’s the big win for me.

On Sept. 5, 2017, your latest novel came out — and the reviews for Sea of Rust are stellar. How would you describe your latest book to our readers?

It’s a post-apocalyptic robot western. It’s set thirty years after the war that wiped out humanity, and the robots left behind face an even greater threat than us. Each other. It’s a fast-paced adventure that ponders what it is that makes us human and what legacy we’ll leave behind when we’re gone. All while delivering an all the Robot Pew-Pew that you want from a fun science fiction novel.

You live in Austin. Do you find it easy to work in the movie and publishing industries from Texas?
 What suggestions would you have for those who'd like to work in film or publishing, but would prefer to stay in the Lone Star State?

I have it pretty easy because my Hollywood writing partner lives in Los Angeles and is able to be the face in our meetings while I phone or Skype in. Without that, it would be significantly harder to work on studio projects as I do. In terms of publishing, that’s the easy one. You can live almost anywhere and publish books. And Texas is a fine place to do that from.

You are so productive! What is your creative process like? How is it different from screenplays to novels?

I usually write between two a.m. and seven a.m. Sunday through Thursday, so I work a standard five-day week. The rest of the time I spend working out what it is I’m going to put on the page when I do. I lead a pretty quiet life in North Central Austin, which makes it easy for me to do all the headwork necessary to put words to page. And in the middle of the night there are no e-mails or phone calls or breaking stories on the news to distract me from cranking out my day’s pages. A lot of people find my schedule a bit weird and off-putting, but I get lots done and Austin after dark is a pretty great place to live and work, so it’s worth having to explain it to people when they wonder why I don’t do morning meetings.
  
What's next for you? New movies or books in the works?

I have a short story collection titled We Are Where the Nightmares Go due out next year, an independent film about the last days of Ted Bundy we hope to be shooting next summer, and I have a couple of other projects in the pipeline I’m eager to talk about — hopefully sooner rather than later.

Last question: You first got started in the entertainment business as a reviewer with the pseudonym Massawyrm. What's the story behind that? Inquiring readers want to know.

Ha! That’s gibberish made up by some ex-roommates. After a short stint of living with a complete madman, I ended up homeless and some friends took me in for a few weeks while I found a new place. A few weeks turned into a few months, and I ended up spending six months living in a two-bedroom apartment with seven other guys. Everyone had nicknames, and that was the one given to me late one night. It was a joke, but it stuck, and when the house techie set me up with an email address, he did so under the name Massawyrm. That was the email address I used to email my first movie reviews to Harry Knowles, so that was the name he used, and the name stuck. In retrospect, had I known I would still be using it almost twenty years later, I would have asked for something different. Though it is nice to always have my name available on every digital platform I use.




C. Robert Cargill is the author of Dreams and Shadows and Queen of the Dark Things. He has written for “Ain’t it Cool News” for nearly a decade under the pseudonym Massawyrm, served as a staff writer for Film.com and Hollywood.com, and appeared as the animated character Carlyle on spill.com. He is a co-writer of the horror films “Sinister” (2012) and “Sinister 2” (2015), and the new Benedict Cumberbatch superhero movie, “Dr. Strange” (2016). He lives with his wife in Austin, Texas.

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SOMETHING DOWN THERE
Nancy Widrew
Something Down There
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: November 15, 2017)
Not all caves are uninhabited
Horror erupts when newlyweds, Karen and Jeremy, cross paths with members of a diabolical cult inside a West Virginia cave. Living below the earth’s surface has triggered mutations, rendering the cult members nearly infertile. Their leader, a wild-eyed, cunning brute, refuses to let the couple leave, believing they and their potential offspring hold the key to surviving underground. Are Karen and Jeremy doomed to spend their lives inside this sunless, subterranean wasteland, or do they escape before their minds shatter and their bodies betray them?



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Reaching into his pants pocket, he drew out a small leather case attached to a silver chain and dangled it before her eyes.
Karen grabbed it from his hand and looked it over as if she needed to make certain it was real. “I know I took the damned keys from the car,” she said. All the same, she felt a moment of relief at having a new set in her possession. That relief, however, ended in a flash.
With a powerful leap to a ledge above, Rahm crossed his arms over his chest like a dictator about to make a pronouncement. “They won’t do you any good,” he bellowed.
Jeremy swallowed hard, raising a hand to his throat. “W-what do you mean?” he said, reaching out for something to grab onto. Finding nothing, he spread his legs wide, feet flat on the floor, trying to maintain his balance.
Rahm, aware of the significance of this moment and wanting to ensure that it remained stamped in everyone’s mind, stood tall, chin out. “While you were sleeping last night, I climbed out and drove your car off a bridge. You will not be allowed to leave.”
Karen’s hands flew to her face. She began to cry and dropped to one knee. Protectively, Jeremy rushed to her side, encircled her in his arms, and pulled her close. He glared at this insane man, his new enemy, standing above. With hate etched in the dark hollows of his cheeks and in the lines of his furrowed brow, he said, “What do you mean? Why can’t we leave? You won’t get away with this!”
Rahm, a leader of few but a leader nonetheless, addressed his flock, gathering with solemnity about the pair, now unofficial members of the tribe, even if against their will. All eyes riveted up.
“You can’t leave because we need you. That is, we need your baby—the baby you will have, sooner or later. And yes, we will get away with it. You see, the harnesses are gone, and we dismantled the machinery that lowered you down. You will never be able to find your way out. Don’t even try. It would be suicidal.”
Karen stared at her husband, her jaw dropping in disbelief, as the horror of her predicament bore down with jackhammer force into her brain. Unless she and Jeremy were guided out, they were snared, trapped, condemned, damned. Without the candles, lanterns, or torches they couldn’t see the tips of their fingers, and even with their carbide lamps they wouldn’t know the way through this puzzling maze with its unknown levels and intricate network.
Jeremy’s nails dug into his wife’s shoulders. “Dear God,” he wailed. “We’re doomed, and it’s all my fault. Forgive me, Karen. Please!”
She looked at him blankly, then blinked, her breath coming in staccato bursts, piercing her lungs like wounds from a knife. She began to run blindly, crying, “Let me die! Let me die!”

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Nancy Widrew
Nancy Widrew was born and raised in NYC before settling in New England with her husband. She has two grown children and two four-legged furry ones, always a source of amusement. She has had short stories published in webzines and a print anthology. This is her first novel.
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Venetian Blood by Christine Evelyn Volker

Published Date : August 8, 2017
Publisher : She Writes Press
Genre : Fiction / Mystery

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Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A captivating tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman's brave quest for the truth --before it's too late. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR!


Christine Evelyn Volker has lived on both U.S. coasts and traveled in between. She was born in the melting pot of New York City and grew up on Long Island. After studying in Albany, New York, for her undergraduate degree from University at Albany – SUNY, in Spanish Language and Literature, and securing an MLS, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She retooled herself with an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley and worked in corporate and international lending. Her career brought her to live in Milan and London. An intrepid traveler, she is writing full time, thanks to the support of her husband, Stephan, a public interest environmental lawyer. She’s grateful for two accomplished stepsons and their wives.
In addition to Venetian Blood, she is writing a second international mystery, taking place in the Peruvian Amazon, and has completed a children’s picture book.

November 18, 2017

The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Published Date : August 1, 2017
Publisher : Hogarth Press
Genre : Fiction / Coming Of Age
Rating : 3 Star

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The Lauras is the story of a mother and child on the run while finding their true selves. After a fight with Alex's father, Alex's mother aka Ma - pulls Alex from bed in the middle of the night to lead them on a trip that they soon won't forget. As Alex discovers that Ma has secrets about her past, secrets about who Alex really is will come to light in the most unexpected way. It will all lead back to where it all began in the most unexpected way.

I'm torn about writing this review since I just don't know how to refer to Alex as a he or she. If the simple fact that Alex was transgender was made fact from the very beginning of the book, this would have been a much better read. The whole not knowing what Alex is, kinda turned me off this book during that last half when some parts just didn't make much sense. I do have to say though, the whole mother-child relationship on the run with all the secrets the mother had, totally appealed to me.

Thank You to Sara Taylor for writing a well-written but interesting book!


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Book Unleashed : Master Me, Please by BJ Wane

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MASTER ME, PLEASE
BJ Wane
Series: Miami Masters Book 2
Genre: Erotic Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: November 10, 2017
He gambles everything to help the one woman he should stay away from. When the truth comes out, will her feelings be strong enough to forgive him, or did he gamble everything only to lose it all in the end?
Master Me, Please
Krista Matthews thought nothing could be harder than losing her husband and Master to suicide until the man he’d entrusted her care to left her also. By the time Dr. Dax Hayes returned from an overseas, volunteer medical tour, she thought she was over his deflection and ready to re-immerse herself in the BDSM world she needed and missed so much without his help. One scene proved how wrong she was and after Master Dax’s timely rescue, she agrees to let him tutor her back into the lifestyle. She hadn’t counted on her growing feelings for the strict Dom or his refusal to take her over completely, like she craved.
Dr. Dax Hayes fell for Krista Matthews the minute he looked into her blue eyes and saw the sated, content look she shared with her husband, Dr. Kurt Matthews. He managed to keep his feelings and lust under control until his friend and colleague asked him to join him in gifting Krista with a menage for her birthday. Knowing it was a mistake, but unable to resist, Dax succumbs to the temptation of this one-time scene, never realizing where it would lead. A year later, after sealing his fate with a questionable act, he flees on a guilt trip only to return and discover nothing had changed-he still wanted Krista Matthews with an ache that wouldn’t be assuaged by anyone else.
Unable to resist stepping in when she gets herself in trouble, Dax again gives in to temptation and aids the one woman he can never have back into the lifestyle her submissive nature needed. When Krista learns the truth, will her feelings be strong enough to forgive him, or did he gamble everything only to lose it all in the end?
DISCLAIMER: This book is intended for adults only. It contains elements of power exchange, BDSM, including explicit sexual scenes and anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.
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Another amazing story by Ms. Wane! It's the second in the series, but a standalone. It's filled with loss, pain, angst, as well as, sexiness, tenderness, and a whole lot of great story!!
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Well-written, original BDSM novel. BJ Wane has a wonderful way of developing believable characters and storylines.
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“Why didn’t you stop?” Dax growled at the other man, each of them positioned at Krista’s sides and reaching to undo the cuffs.
“I didn’t hear her,” he snapped in defense, his posture as rigid and unapologetic as his icy tone. “She should’ve spoken up louder.”
Dax snapped his mouth shut and turned his attention to Krista’s shaken, perspiration damp body as she collapsed into his arms. Regardless of the less than favorable circumstances and his guilt, it felt damn good to feel the press of her soft, lush curves again. Lust joined his rage, the two volatile emotions a bad combination when they revolved around her. Wrapping one arm around her slender shoulders, he allowed her to bury her face in his shoulder for now as he reached for the clothes the Dom handed out.
“My apologies.”
Nodding, Dax watched the man stalk off without a backward glance and gritted his teeth against the urge to snap at him again. His indifference to Krista’s struggles proved what an asinine Dom he was, but nothing else. He sure as hell didn’t intend to call him back to fulfill his duties and take care of his sub. That job just landed in his arms, and he wouldn’t turn away from it this time like he had after Kurt’s death. Temporarily, for good or bad, she’d just become his to see to, at least for now.
“Get dressed. We’re leaving.”
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Bound and Saved
BOUND AND SAVED
Series: Miami Masters Book 1
Don’t miss the exciting intro into this series, Bound and Saved, while it’s still on sale for $2.99. Zach and Sandie’s story is just as emotional and erotic as Master Me, Please, with a touch of suspense tossed in.
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"A Smashing Debut to the Series! One of those books that you just can’t put down!"
- Knotty Girl Sandie, Goodreads reviewer
"Ms. Wane knows just how to pull at your heartstrings while delivering on both suspense and hot scenes! I loved this book..."
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About BJ Wane

I live in the Midwest with my husband and our two dogs. I love dogs, enjoy spending time with my daughter, babysitting dogs and kids, reading and working puzzles. We have traveled extensively throughout the states, Canada and just once overseas, but I much prefer being homebody. I worked for a while writing articles for a local magazine but soon found my interest in writing for myself peaking. My first book was strictly spanking erotica, but I slowly evolved to writing erotic romance with an emphasis on spanking. My favorite genre to read is Romantic Suspense.
BJ Wane can be contacted at bjwane@cox.net
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SILENT MERIDIAN
Elizabeth Crowens
Silent Meridian
Series: The Time Traveler Professor Book 1
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Gaslight Fantasy, Alternative History
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
A 19th century "X" Files meets H.G. Wells's "Time Machine" featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.
Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.
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Edinburgh, 1898
Scotland was just barely crawling its way out of the nineteenth century. I was a naïve, but ambitious student studying music at the University of Edinburgh hurrying over to meet Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who would change my life forever.
“John Patrick Scott, sir,” I said as I approached Mr. Doyle, who was already seated at a back corner table where he hoped he wouldn’t be recognized. He had picked the Deacon Brodie, the pub that inspired the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I extended my hand to greet him and removed my rain-soaked hat, while my overcoat slipped out of my hands and fell on the floor by accident. It was still hard to believe that good fortune had finally brought us together, but we were both nervous.
“The pleasure is all mine.” Doyle responded like a father to his son.
“Mr. Conan Doyle, or should I call you Doctor Doyle?” I said unsure how to address him.
Doyle scrutinized me from top to bottom as he signaled the waiter. “John, call me Arthur,” he said casually, ignoring the tension I couldn’t control.
“Sir, I’m so honored that you agreed to discuss this matter. Perhaps you can enlighten me in a way that I’ve failed to comprehend.”
I wanted to ask him about my unusual turn of events straight away but he caught me off guard and was dead set on pulling me into the swift current of an unexpected conversation.
“Can I assume you believe in the transmigration of souls?” he asked.
“Until now, I haven’t given it a lot of thought,” I said, unsure as to which direction he was leading.
“Did you ever read those books about that Swiss doctor who felt his body and soul had been taken over by a Benedictine monk? That presented a curious case. He claims that he was approached by the spirit of an elderly monk before he died, and that the monk needed to rent his body to continue his spiritual mission.”
“Rent?” I choked in disbelief.
“We truly don’t take anything with us when we pass on, do we? This monk knew that he was dying, and therefore had to replace his physical body with something more youthful and vital.”
“That’s incredible. It debunks the theory that you have to die and be reborn as an infant to carry on your spirit,” I said.
Mr. Doyle had the tinge of excitement in his voice.
“John, here’s another instance. I’ve had my suspicions about a famous musician who had an obsession about a notorious and controversial mystic. You’d surmise by his overwhelming attraction to that person that he might’ve been him in a previous lifetime, but facts were clear that he was born three years before the mystic died. My understanding is that the mystic knew he didn’t have long in his present incarnation. Therefore he made plans for some sort of partial soul transference while he was still alive to imprint his essence upon the child. That would’ve allowed him to carry on and accomplish unfinished business that couldn’t have been executed otherwise. Essentially he had the ability of being two places at once.”
“Sounds more like Spiritualism,” I replied.
“Honestly, John, I don’t think there are any steadfast rules when it comes to this matter. That’s what makes it so intriguing.”
I sensed he had a secret agenda.
Doyle reloaded his churchwarden pipe with fresh tobacco and continued, “This is not at all like anything you’ve ever read from H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. We’re poking holes in every treatise written on the subject— the idea of being able to reincarnate a part of yourself while you are still alive into another soul.”
Our conversation was quickly becoming like a speeding train ready to jump the tracks. Realizing this, Doyle slowed down the pace and took a deep breath. He carefully composed his next statement.
“Fiction it may seem to be but it’s not hocus pocus. Don’t you also find it strange that you somehow found yourself initiated into a mystical order on a commuter train bound from London to Edinburgh when the instigators kept on mistaking you for me? There are no accidents.”

About Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens
Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name author of SILENT MERIDIAN, an alternate history/ 19th century “X Files” alternate history novel published by MX Publishing in London. Recently she won First Prize in Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction, is on the short list of finalists for Chanticleer’s 2016 Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction, Paranormal and the Ozma Award for Fantasy Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s fiction short story contest for Emerging Writers. She has also published a variety of non-fiction articles and is currently writing a column called The Poison Apple in the World Fantasy and Alfie Award-winning publication, BlackGate.com.
Recently, she participated on panels at The World Fantasy Convention, MidAmericon II/Worldcon, Lunacon, Heliosphere, the Writer's Digest Conference, Queens Book Festival, Philcon and was also interviewed for the radio show, Hour of the Wolf. A Pocketful of Lodestones, the sequel to Silent Meridian is awaiting a publication date. Current work-in-progress is Dear Mr. Hitchcock, a psychological/domestic suspense novel/series.
A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, she’s also an alumnus of Algonkian workshops and the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. An active Sherlockian, she’s lectured on Arthur Conan Doyle, belongs to several Sherlockian scions, and is an independent scholar on Eastern and Western mysticism and Jungian psychology. A blackbelt in martial arts, she’s lived in Japan. Currently, she lives in New York City.
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November 17, 2017

Book Unleashed : Bear's Edge by Christina Lynn Lambert

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Bear's Edge
BEAR'S EDGE
Christina Lynn Lambert
Series: Stranger Creatures
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Bear shifter Grant wants his beautiful boss, Shayla. Will he risk his job and his barely healed heart to convince her to be his everything?
After sexy bear shifter Grant lost his girlfriend and three best friends in a fire, he decided he was done with love, done with people, done with pretty much everything. One woman has him rethinking his whole strategy.
As his boss, Shayla is off-limits, so Grant keeps his feelings for her under wraps until…the attraction doesn't seem so one-sided. Grant takes a risk and lays a piece of his heart on the line. When things get hotter than he could have imagined, Grant wonders- will some of his darker desires be too much for Shayla or will she embrace the needs he's kept hidden for so long?
A reporter who covered the bombing Shayla survived three years before is convinced the only reason Shayla survived is because she's some type of bionic medical experiment or superhuman freak. When the reporter ropes Shayla's angry ex, Hunter into the mix, Shayla's business and her life are on the line. Can she and Grant trust in each other and find a way to slay all the obstacles that stand in their way?
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                                                              EXCERPT

What is it about Grant? Looking at the man sitting across the table from her was no hardship; that was for damn sure. He had the tall, broad body of a heavyweight UFC fighter, but he never used his size to intimidate the people around him. She wanted to sweep his wavy, slightly shaggy dark hair out of his gorgeous deep-brown eyes. His dark hair and eyes complemented his bronze skin. He was hot, in a serious, dangerous kind of way. But in the two and a half years Grant had worked for her, Shayla had hardly learned anything about him. 

The waitress at the popular nature-themed restaurant, the Greenhouse Effect, showed them to their table. The plants growing around all the walls and columns made the place look like a wild garden, and the smell of lavender and jasmine mixed with the delicious scents drifting from the kitchen. She tried not to drool, but breakfast seemed like eons ago. Shayla sat next to Sydney and across from Grant. A too-tall centerpiece of yellow-and-purple flowers blocked most of her view of him. Grant moved the centerpiece to the side and gave her a shy smile. His smile made her want answers, among other things. 

She knew he was from New Jersey and had gone to school in Wisconsin before moving to Richmond, Virginia, to work with Brook’s Comprehensive, a huge company that did everything from urban development projects to financial management for celebrities and politicians. 

“Why do you want to make such a big change from a large corporation to a simple start-up company?” she’d asked him in the interview. 

“Honestly?” Grant had paused then, the question hanging. 

Shayla had nodded. She’d take honesty over smooth-faced, calculated interview answers any day. 

“I want to live somewhere I can have a house and some land. Maybe spend more time outside. Also, I want a job where I can do more than just run numbers for projects where I never see the outcome.” 

The last part had seemed to come as a surprise to Grant. Maybe he hadn’t really known he wanted something more than a change of scenery until he had said it out loud. 

His answer had been simple and honest instead of a long, drawn-out elaboration about the projected success of new companies in the area or an extensive list of projects he had helped to fruition. She could look at his résumé for all that stuff. Grant had wanted to be there, so she’d hired him. Simple as that—after a clean background check and drug screening, of course. 

Grant the mystery man—a delicious mystery Shayla would like to unravel, piece by piece, layer by layer. Ah, but I can’t. I’m his boss. In a different lifetime, if we didn’t have the whole boss-employee obstacle going on… No harm in looking, though, just a little, since he sat so close. She promised herself to keep her thoughts G-rated—okay, maybe PG-13. Grant had a talent with numbers and paid attention to detail. Also, he was a little shy and standoffish to a lot of people when it came to anything other than work. Shayla wondered where he sometimes went in his head, because, every now and then, his smile wiped from his face, just for a second, before being replaced with one a little harder. None of my business, she reminded herself. 

Shayla had really wanted to hug Grant that morning after seeing him look so frustrated but decided that it might be wiser and more appropriate to show him that there were a few people on his side. Watching him break things and try to be all strong and humorous about it made Shayla want to unravel the Grant mystery even more. It kind of hurt to watch Grant pretending to be fine, but all Shayla could offer him was lunch and good conversation. Hopefully Mr. Strong and Silent—Sydney called him that sometimes, although never to his face—knew Shayla and Sydney cared. Shayla cared. Because he’s a friend. Just a friend. 

Copyright © Christina Lynn Lambert

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Other Books by Christina Lynn Lambert

Don't miss the other books in the Stranger Creatures series:
Wolf's Challenge
WOLF'S CHALLENGE
Series: Stranger Creatures Book 1
Handsome lawyer Derrick looks exactly like the type of man that single mom Sydney needs to avoid, but everything is not as it seems in the town of Great Oaks, Virginia. Can Derrick show Sydney that she can count on him? Will an unhinged stalker ruin everything?
A fresh look at love, acceptance and self-forgiveness! This is a tale of two souls, each wanting to let go, but just a little afraid of how vulnerable it will make them.
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About Christina Lynn Lambert

Christina Lynn Lambert
A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, usually hiking or swimming or finding a new place to explore.
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