Event: Guest Author Article on The Story Reading Ape March 22, 2017 1:00 am UTC

The Story Reading Ape website will be sharing a guest author article of mine where I’m interviewed by Desmin, the Devils Spawn Minion, from The Crooked Halo series. A direct link to the article will be provided after it has gone live on March 22, 2017 at 1:00 am UTC (London, UK time).

You can RSVP for the Event on The Crooked Halo Series Facebook page here:

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Event: Podcast Live Release Date for Desmin’s First Assignment March 03, 2017 6 pm CST

Desmin’s First Assignment, a flash story in The Crooked Halo series,  is scheduled to go live on the March 3rd podcast of 600 Second Saga, episodes go live at 6pm CST/ 7pm EST.

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A Flash in Time – A Crooked Halo Series Flash short story

I was given the opportunity to submit a short flash story to the 600 Second Saga site.  The site produces podcasts narrated by Mariah Avix. My first flash story was a little too long and rather than lose the time and effort Mariah put into the podcast, she gave me the file and permission to share the audio here. Please be sure to check out her page:   600 Second Saga      My second attempt, Desmin’s First Assignment, will be scheduled for her podcast March 3rd, 2017!

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Even Halos Can Be Crooked

Even Halos Can Be Crooked

A Paranormal Mystery Romance by: L. M. Schukraft

The first book in the The Crooked Halo series coming soon!

       I’m Autumn. I’m having an interesting couple of days you could say. See, I almost died and was sent back from Limbo because I haven’t built up enough good Karma. I know. It sounds far out there but imagine if you were living it?

 

I don’t have to because I already am.

   book-1-crooked-halo-front-cover-only   Now I’m seeing halos everywhere. I even have one and it’s crooked! Can you believe that? My halo is crooked!

  Apparently my soul is imbalanced and is now in a power struggle between Heaven and Hell. I’ve been given the chance to straighten out my halo, so if and when I do die, I can go to Heaven. They’ve given me a sexy guardian angel to help protect my soul. He’s yummy, smells like cookies, and is smoking hot eye candy that tempts my body. If I’m not careful, he may just tempt my heart.

       Along with my golden-eyed Angel, I’ve been assigned a wise-cracking Devils Spawn Minion, Desmin, to help me complete my task set by the Heavens themselves. Follow me on this wild adventure as I battle creatures spawned from the depths of Hell and unravel a mystery bigger than any of us could have imagined.

 

 

Flirt – by Laurell K Hamilton, Book 18 in the Anita Blake series – book review

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamiltion is the 18th book in her Anita Blake Series. This is a short, fast paced novella that gives a glimpse into Anita’s life with her men and work as well as her moral standards for raising the dead. Complications arise more often than in relations to Anita’s work and the more often unusual requests Anita receives for raising lost loved ones.

Flirt by LKH Anita Blake book 18
We're all flirts at heart.

Okay, so I read the most recent Anita Blake novella, Flirt , by Laurell K.  Hamilton, a while ago. I have to say, it failed to ‘wow’ me. It’s definitely a filler book and,  if you plan to follow the Anita Blake series, not one you can really skip because we wind up with a new member to Anita’s ever-growing harem of men.  The novel focuses more on Anita’s moral standards with reasons why she’ll raise a zombie and what reasons she won’t raise a zombie for and its centered around a little luncheon flirtation after Anita is asked in two different client meetings by two very different people to raise two zombies for reasons that Anita can’t, won’t and isn’t willing to do for no amount of money.  One of those clients doesn’t take Anitas’  no for the answer it is and, having throughly researched her, hires some not so friendly werelions to persuade Anita to change her mind. The lions, Jacob and Nick, corner Anita back at the cafe she had her friendly flirtatious lunch at and Anita picks up on their ‘bad news’ mojo right away. Her lion also perks up and through a series of conversational foibles, Anita finds out her Regina is in heat and sending up the red flags for ‘Come and get me’. While fighting for control over her Regina, Anita finds out her client went to some very big extremes in order to ensure her cooperation with the raising of the zombie and now her lovers are in danger.  Skip a few pages of big font and Anita finds herself cut off from her men and in need of a feeding and normal food won’t cut it. Anita has to choose between the two lions that first accosted her and settles on Nick since he seems the most drawn to her and the most willing of the two to share her with other men. Lions are extremely territorial wereanimals and sharing is just not in their natural makeup. The other lions feel Anita and Nick hopping on the aurder feeding wagon and try to stop them but wind up losing one of their own badies. The power of a wereanimal death gives Anita what she needs to free herself, break the spell the werelion witch had cast that blocked her from her men and, oh yea, raise an cementary to take care of her pesky client.

This story was brief, filler fodder and seemed only to answer the Cookie/Haven dilema Anita has been struggling with. The cartoon at the back was almost not necessary but Laurell seemed to want to share the background for her idea as much as tell a story. Would I recommend this? For something to read while waiting for better, yes. And I guess, I’d almost have to recommend it for anyone following the series otherwise we’d be missing some important pieces when Bullet comes out. Do I wish it had more of the first Anita novels? Hell yea. I don’t mind Anita becoming more comfortable with the life she has and the gift she has but I miss the mystery. I miss  the suspense and the tension of sexual possibility. Now its just an inevitable occurance and a rather graphic one at that. I am happy though that Hamilton has toned down a smidgeon the sex machine that Anita has become over the last couple of novels. Here’s hoping Bullet brings back some of what I fell in love with in the first novels.

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Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Katie MacAlister – book review

Book Review – Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Katie MacAlister

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book cover for Katie MacAlister's new novel: Steamed - A Steampunk RomanceSo, nothing like getting started on my new blogs. I recently read a new book by Katie MacAlister, Steamed: a Steampunk Romance. This is a new adventure for Katie. I’ve read her Dragon and Vampire series and a couple of her avant garde standalones and find her humor worth the read. Not only that, she takes our everyday world and puts a unique spin on it. She is a true Paranormal Romance author.

I have to admit – I am very new to steampunk. I know its popularity  is picking up and kudos to Katie for jumping into that genre. So when I picked up this book I was slightly skeptical on whether or not it would hold my interest. The novel starts out with a quirky male character, Jack Fletcher, who through a couple of events that got blown out of proportion is a local hunky hero – despite Jack’s many efforts to explain how things really went down. Shortly after meeting Jack, we’re introduced to his sister and that’s where the adventure begins.

*pause* I have many friends who would cut off their ears or more likely my tongue should I divulge spoilers to something they haven’t read or seen yet and they most definitely plan to. So when I do these reviews, I’m going to blog on the content, enjoyability and style of writing but do my best not to ruin the story for you. Heck, its like reading the last page of a book beforehand. At that point, I usually don’t want to read the book. I won’t do that to you . *Okay, back to the book review*

Now the adventure has begun and we get to meet Octavia Pye, the Aerocorps captain on her maiden voyage. Octavia has more secrets than a Rubics cube puzzle. This sexy woman with fiery red hair has the unique position of power and she knows it. She’s in charge of a ragtag small crew that has their own quirks. The crew provides moments of mayhem and humor that move the story along.

When Jack and his sister are discovered as stowaway’s on Octavia’s ship, Octavia  finds herself challenged with many detours and keeping her secrets becomes almost an impossibility. Top that off with a rather rampant attraction to her male stowaway who happens to have a rather odd fascination with goggles and anything steampunk, her best laid plans are falling apart.

I hope you noted the romance part of the Paranormal Romance because this author has some very not ‘G’ rated scenes. Heck, they don’t even make the ‘R’ ratings at some points but  if your eyes and mind can handle the images don’t let these racy sex scenes hold you back from picking up this novel. One of the things I like about Katie MacAlister is that she has a unique sense of humor when it comes to her sex scenes that leave you with dueling emotions of blushing and wanting to laugh at the same time. Octavia and Jack do not leave us wanting for the raunchy humor.

The imagery Katie uses to describe this new world for us puts the reader right there on the ship. The boyish wonder that Jack exudes helps to make the unbelievable just a slightly bit believable. I enjoyed the way Katie weaved the romance in with the adventure and the sparks between these characters really do fly – all pun intended ;-).

I hope I’ve done Steamed justice and that a few of you out there will pick up this book and give it a try. I know I plan to come back and read more if Katie turns this new novel into a series. It’s not my normal cup of tea but  with the possibilities and adventure as well as the humor, its enough to bring me back for more.

Here is a link to the authors website: http://www.katiemacalister.com/bookssteam.php#steamed

Please check out her Aisling series, her Dark One series as well as her Silver Dragon series.  The demon talking dog , Jim , in the Aisling series provides laugh out loud reading moments. Happy reading all!

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