Wednesday, September 27, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCENT!



My sweet boy turns TWO today! He's growing so fast that he's in 3T clothes and I actually have to remind myself that he's only two because he's so big. He adores his big sister and wants to follow her and do what she does almost all the time. He's full of energy and is very good at playing on a playground already. He would probably prefer to be outside ALL the time. He's a pretty cuddly little guy, even liking to cuddle with his sister on occasion. He loves to give her hugs. He's on the verge of climbing out of his crib, so that'll be interesting in the near future! He's starting to talk, especially when big sis helps get him to try saying words. It's adorable.

My dear boy is a slice of fun in my life. I love him to the moon and back!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Duvall, comes the next heart-pounding romance in the Immortal Guardians series - BLADE OF DARKNESS! Order your copy today!




28700596Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians Book #7
Releasing September 19th, 2017

Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember.  But she never saw Aidan coming.  When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion.  Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed.  Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him.  The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed.  While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?




BLADE OF DARKNESS is live now! Don't miss the next exciting thriller in Dianne Duvall's IMMORTAL GUARDIANS series! 




About the Author

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Cataclysmic Shift by Tara Lain



Cat or man? Duty or love? 
Who prevails after the great cataclysmic shift?



Cataclysmic Shift
(The Aloysius Tales Series, Bk #3)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:

Super cat, Aloysius, may be the most powerful witch’s familiar in the world, but when he takes a blast at the hand of an evil witch he loses it all -- power, memory, and his feline form -- to become the ethereal human beauty, Alain Bellarose. When Alain wakes up naked on the floor surrounded by dogs and cats, his eyes first set upon Luke Elliott, the handsome and mysterious veterinarian. Suddenly, the prospect of being human doesn’t seem so bad. 

Luke has a lot to hide and he likes animals way more than people, but he can’t resist the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates! The loss of Aloysius depletes the power of the Witch Master, Killian Barth, and that of his “secret weapon” Sammy and leaves their coven sitting ducks for two very nasty females. When Alain discovers that he’s really a powerful cat, he’s faced with the ultimate choice. To protect his community, or stay with the man he loves.




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Quiet. He opened his eyes. Dark. His back hurt. It was sorely cramped in here.

He pushed some towels aside and scooted closer to the door. Quietly, he pulled the lever down and opened the door a crack. Nobody. Good. He pushed it farther and looked into that plastic-and-metal room.

Odd. He recognized all the things in this room—an examining table of some kind, chairs, paper towels—but not what the room was for. He stepped out into the dim glow coming in from a streetlight outside the window.

He padded softly across the room and peered out into a short hall, also dark and quiet. To the left, the hall ended at a door. Light came from under it and a low noise, like maybe music or voices. Someone must be in there. To the right were several more doors. He went right.

Hmmm. Restroom. He opened the door. It was very dark, but his eyes seemed good. He looked in. A mirror on the opposite wall reflected the dim light of the hall and what must be… him. He stepped closer and peered at his reflection.

He closed the door. Until he knew his situation, best not to alert anyone. He ran his hand on the wall and flipped on the switch. Light blazed harshly in the tiny room. Holy gods.

He stared. Huge eyes, bluer than blue, stared back at him, surrounded by hair—long black hair down to his back. He turned and looked. The middle of his back. And pale skin. That was him. Truly?

What had he expected?

Not sure, but not this… boy.

He looked down at his bare body. Boy. Or man, for certain. His eyes widened. And quite a man. Look at those couilles.

But not just man. He cocked his head. Hu-man.

Now why was that strange?

He shook his head. This was so peculiar. He wasn’t afraid, exactly, but he didn’t feel at home in this skin. He shivered. There were important things he was forgetting, and he must remember them. He took a deep breath. Lives might depend on it.

He flipped off the light. The dark felt more comfortable. What should he do? That was the frightening part. He didn’t know. Not an idea where he should go, and yet he felt certain he had a purpose he must fulfill.

There was a person out there. Should he go speak to them? He peeked down at his lean body. Probably not like this. Humans were strange about nudity and such things. Wait. He was human, wasn’t he? This was very confusing.





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Book #1
Spell Cat


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Brush With Catastrophe 


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About the Author



Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in gay romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 40. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Romantic Suspense, and more. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall


From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Duvall, comes the next heart-pounding romance in the Immortal Guardians series - BLADE OF DARKNESS! Order your copy today!


Thank you for joining me! And thank you, Buffy, for letting me visit again! I’m here today to celebrate the upcoming release of BLADE OF DARKNESS, the seventh book in my Immortal Guardians series. If you like powerful preternatural heroes, strong heroines, action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately steamy and sweet and laced with humor, then I hope you’ll pick up a copy, because you’ll find all of this in Aidan and Dana’s story.

Fans of the series who frequent my facebook page have thoughtfully provided some Hot Seat Questions for Sheldon, a human secondary character in BLADE OF DARKNESS, to ask Aidan and Dana that I hope will give you a little glimpse into their characters:

Sheldon: Thanks for agreeing to another interview, Dana. The last one was cut short.

Dana: Sure.

Sheldon: Where’s Aidan?

Dana: He’s checking on Cliff. There was an incident at the Network.

Sheldon: Is everything okay?

Dana: I think so.

Sheldon: Good. So . . . it’s just the two of us?

Dana: *brow furrows* Why do those words coming from your lips strike fear in me?

Sheldon: *laughs* Don’t worry. I’m not going to ask you to read my future again.

Dana: *smiles and relaxes * Thank you.

Sheldon: I DO want to talk about what you saw the last time, though.

Dana: Aaaaaaaand there it is.

Sheldon: Oh, come on. Can you blame me? I thought the telepathic immortals were all joking when they said they didn’t read my mind because of all the porn and weird crap they find up there. Then you took my hand to read my future, ended up seeing my past—

Dana: Could we please not talk about this?

Sheldon: And saw what happened in Italy.

Dana: *flushes* Seriously. I’ll talk about anything else. ANYTHING at all.

Sheldon: *motions to her* You see? Your face is all red and when you saw the Italy thing during our last interview your eyes bugged out. *shifts uncertainly* Was it . . . was it really that weird?

Dana: *whispers* Why does your phone never ring when you want it to like in the movies?

Sheldon: I mean, I didn’t think it was that OUT THERE, you know? But if it was . . . Do you think maybe that’s why Tracy has been keeping things casual between us and not because I’m younger than she is?

Dana: *stares at him helplessly*

Sheldon and Dana: *jump when Aidan abruptly appears.*

Dana: *wilts with relief* Thank goodness. What took you so long?!

Aidan: *leans down to kiss her* You’re blushing. *narrows his eyes at Sheldon* You’ve been asking her about your bizarre sexual proclivities again, haven’t you?

Sheldon: Okay, you guys are really starting to give me a complex.

Aidan: *seats himself beside Dana* Ask your questions.

Sheldon: *opens his mouth*

Aidan: Not those. The other ones. The questions the Network employees gave you.

Sheldon: You know about those?

Aidan: I’m telepathic.

Dana: What questions?

Aidan: The humans who work for us down at the Network gave Sheldon some questions they’d like us to answer so they can get to know us better.

Dana: Oh.

Sheldon: Fine. Our last interview ended precipitously *slides Aidan an accusing look* so I asked the employees to offer up some Hot Seat Questions that wouldn’t take as long to answer.

Aidan: What the hell is a hot seat question?

Dana: Quick and easy questions, like chocolate or vanilla?

Aidan: *shrugs * Okay. Shoot.

Sheldon: *consults a tablet* Cats or dogs?

Aidan: Both.

Dana: Me, too. I love them both.

Sheldon: Sunny or cloudy day?

Aidan: I’m an elder, so I can tolerate quite a bit of sun exposure. But cloudy days are more comfortable.

Dana: *smiles* I’ve always loved cloudy days. If I spend fifteen minutes in the sun, I sunburn.

Aidan: Not with me by your side.

Sheldon: Because you can heal her in real time?

Aidan: *nods*

Sheldon: That is so cool. Taking risks or exercising caution?

Aidan: I hunt and slay psychotic vampires for a living, so I do both on a regular basis.

Dana: I prefer to exercise caution.

Aidan: *huffs in disbelief* You’ve done nothing but take risks since you met me.

Dana: *frowns* Trying to protect you isn’t taking a risk.

Sheldon: The way YOU do it is. Seriously, you’ve done stuff that no one else on the planet would even CONSIDER doing.

Aidan: Exactly.

Dana: *lifts chin* Again, I did it to protect Aidan.

Sheldon: Dude, strong women are so hot.

Aidan: *looks at Dana* Yes, they are.

Dana: *amused* I can’t tell whether you’re complaining or complimenting me.

Aidan: *shrugs * I can’t decide. Your actions terrify me and turn me on all at the same time.

Sheldon: *mutters* And he thinks MY sexual proclivities are weird?

Aidan: I heard that.

Sheldon: Moving on. Beach or mountains?

Dana: Mountains.

Aidan: I agree.

Sheldon: City or countryside?

Aidan: Countryside. I’m telepathic and my hearing is more acute than an owl’s. In the country, I don’t have to listen to dozens of neighbors’ thoughts and conversations.

Dana: I love relaxing on the back porch with Aidan, enjoying the peace and quiet, so I’m going to have to go with countryside.

Sheldon: Dana, I’m guessing this one is for you. Beard or clean-shaven?

Dana: *cups Aidan’s strong jaw in her hand* Five o’clock shadow. I love his rough stubble.

Aidan: *kisses her palm*

Sheldon: *glances down at his list and hesitates* Wow. I’d rather not ask the next one.

Aidan: *eyebrows fly up* They really want you to ask us that?

Dana: Ask us what?

Sheldon: *frowns* I thought you didn’t like reading my mind.

Aidan: Go ahead. Ask it.

Sheldon: *sighs* Sex indoors or sex outside?

Dana: What?

Aidan: Both.

Dana: *pops him on the arm* Don’t tell him that! Now’s he’s going to picture us humping our brains out in the bushes.

Aidan: *laughs*

Sheldon: Mornings or nights?

Aidan: Stop picturing her naked in the bushes.

Sheldon: Dude, stay out of my head.

Aidan: You’re still picturing her naked.

Dana: Sheldon!

Sheldon: I can’t help it! It’s involuntary. And YOU’RE the one who put that image in my head.

Dana: *grumbles something* Just ask the next question.

Sheldon: Fine. Mornings or nights?

Aidan: Are we still talking about lovemaking? Because I’m up for both.

Sheldon: Ba-dum-tssh.

Dana: *laughs*

Sheldon: Saddle or bareback?

Aidan: Is that a euphemism?

Sheldon: Maybe we’d better skip that one. *consults his question list* Oh, come on!

Dana: Do I even want to know what the next question is?

Sheldon: *sighs * Hard and fast or slow and sweet?

Dana: *claps a hand over Aidan’s mouth before he can answer* Sheldon, where the hell did you get these questions?

Sheldon: Network employees.

Dana: Female Network employees?

Sheldon: Now that you mention it, the women did offer up the most questions.

Dana: *withdraws her hand* Well, we’re skipping that one. Next question, please.

Sheldon: Sleep in? Or up and at ‘em?

Dana: Seriously?

Sheldon: What? That one isn’t necessarily about— *looks at Aidan and breaks off * Ah, hell. His eyes are glowing.

Dana: *regards Aidan with interest* Something on your mind, handsome?

Sheldon: You’re totally thinking about taking her fast and hard in the bushes, aren’t you?

Aidan: *suddenly looks at something behind Sheldon*

Sheldon: *glances over his shoulder and sees nothing* What? *faces forward again and finds himself alone* Dude. Uncool. *shakes his head* He is SO taking her in the bushes right now.


*CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE!*


28700596Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians Book #7
Releasing September 19th, 2017

Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember.  But she never saw Aidan coming.  When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion.  Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed.  Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him.  The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed.  While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?




The Immortal Guardians Series:



About the Author

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Pinterest | Goodreads | Google Plus


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REVIEW: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Summary:

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

Title:  Blade of Darkness
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 7
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  382 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

As I write this, I have trouble figuring out where to start. There were so many times that were "my favorite part". There's so much anxiety and fear in this book, but so much hope and laughter too. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. We see more of Ami and Adira, Roland and Sarah, and I'll just say that they each had a major thing happen - one pretty happy and the other freaking scary. I also have to say that I was surprised at a little tid bit about David and felt for Seth at one point towards the end. There's just so much going on!

In the midst of it all, we have Aidan and Dana. Aidan is incredibly kind and generous and he's full of humility on top of it. He's surprised when so many immortals back him up at one point all simply because they liked him and he had helped them out at one time or another. Dana is just plain amazing. She is very strong willed and practically fearless. She faces down Seth, Roland, and Chris at various points and does so with varying levels of success and hilarity. However, my VERY favorite part of this book is the "Aidan test". I laughed so hard out loud that my husband not only looked at me weird, but actually asked about it. SO GOOD!

Bottom Line:

Blade of Darkness is action packed and full of twists and turns. I can't get enough of this series and its vivid characters!

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