Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Books & Pups: My two loves

You have probably seen this, but in case you haven't I wanted to share my latest obsession.  It's no small secret that I love my puppy.  I have made posts on just him.  But now pups have found a way into my favorite hobby, books.  This book, Underwater Dogs, is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Some great, laugh-out-loud, heart warming photos of dogs taken in an ingenious and creative way.  Here are some of my favorite photos:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Karen Marie Moning

The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

From the Publisher...


With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensly sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. Now Adam's only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O'Callaghan. For Gabrielle, cursed with the ability to see both worlds, Mortal and Faery, it is the beginning of a long, dangerous seduction. But as Adam's quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the cosnpiracy that threatens both Mortal and Faery realms...and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love...

From Me...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 flees his Haitian homeland and meanders around the United States for decades. He settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He meets Jake and hires him for odd household jobs. As their relationship progresses, Lucien invites the boy into the world of Voodoo. Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo lessons give him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school. Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust, leading up to dire consequences. Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island's reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite. Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.

Author Bio: Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned. Her second novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina's grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest. Her latest novel, Bad Juju, is about an old Haitian bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. A unique blend of horror, romance, and literary fiction meant for adults and mature teens. Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. She has appeared in several literary blogs, newspapers, e-zines, and radio shows as a guest

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas on Wherever Island
Christmas on Wherever Island by Amber Polo


The sun sank lower and slipped into the sea in a splash of white afterglow. Marti turned away from the water and walked as fast as she could in the soft sand toward lights and people.
Raucous dancing bodies surrounded the thatched beach bar strung with flashing red and green Christmas lights, garlands, and glitzy tinsel. Next to a red and black metal Guinness is Good for You sign, she thought she saw the same Santa. Now she wasn’t sure. Everywhere she turned she saw green-eyed, black Santa Clauses. This Santa swayed to the rhythm of the steel drums  and sang about calypso jingle bells. Cliff pulled her through dancing bodies to the bar.
Santa smiled, stopped his song, and held out a square of dark cake.
Marti smelled molasses and ginger and rum...and something else. She wrinkled her nose.
“Ah, ma little lady in red, you come for your cake?”
She reached to take it, but with a shake of his head he pulled back his hand. “No, no. Make da wish first.”
She closed her eyes, and thought, Let me be happy.
“Ah, a good one. Miss.” Santa handed her the cake. “And here.” Into her other hand he placed a paper cup of dark red liquor. He winked. “Da wish will not come true without a bit of island nectar.”
She turned from his piercing green gaze and walked back toward the cottage.
Cliff found her looking out over the now-empty beach to the moonlit ocean.
She licked her fingers. “This is the best fruitcake ever.”
“Some call it wedding cake.”
“Oh. Well. It’s good. But I don’t know about the drink.” She sniffed. “Heavy on rum and licorice...and mango.”
“And magic. Santa Mon says your wish wouldn’t come true if you don’t drink.” He downed his in one swallow. “See. The red is from sorrel. From hibiscus. It’s safe.”
She sipped, then drank hers, licking the last sweet drop from the paper cup’s rim. She immediately stood to go in. Her head spun so dizzily she sat back down.
“You okay?”
“Yes.” She closed her eyes. Two moons twirled. Her body swayed. “Too much sun,” she explained as her knees bent and she collapsed into Cliff’s arms.

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