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Adventures With Shimmy Pt 3

My Quest for Fitness 3

This morning my computer’s DVD drive didn’t want to wake up. I was hungry, so I wondered if this was the universe telling me to eat now and worry about fitness later. But then I futzed around with it, and it booted up.

Day 8/S1E2: Cairo to Istanbul

In my quest to do each episode twice, I did the wrong one. If you’ll recall, I accidentally did episode 8 last time. That’s what my DVD player was trying to tell me. Ah, well. I’m nothing if not unreasonable.

It seems it is best to do these series in order. This episode taught the head/neck shimmy and hip circles. One thing that bugs me is that they do yoga poses in the warm up, but they feel the need to give them weird names or descriptions. Cat and Upward Cat (or Cat Rolling) are “Get on your hands and knees. Now lift your shoulders and drop your tummy.” It’s a lot easier to call the poses by their real names. I’m assuming many people who try out Shimmy have tried out yoga previously. I could be wrong.

Anyway, this episode taught me how to do the hip circles, Egyptian step, and Turkish figure-8. It also explains the name–Cairo to Istanbul. I should let these people name my books. The more FBI books I put out there, the harder they are to name. With Re/Captured, I sat down with a 30 yo dictionary, opened it to the RE-pages, and read until I found something that fit the plot. I learned lots of new and useful RE words, but I can’t remember what they are, so their usefulness is in doubt.

The Egyptian step is pretty easy, but the Turkish figure-8 goes in the opposite direction my hips want to roll. Maybe the hip circles do as well, and I just haven’t noticed? That fits something I wouldn’t notice.

Despite my awkwardness, I’m really liking this series. When they set you loose to dance at the end, I find myself dancing through the closing credits, practicing moves and combinations they taught me. Throughout the day, I find myself stopping and trying out a hip circle or Turkish figure-8.

Day 9: Today I did crying yoga because my sister-in-law passed away yesterday. I didn’t want to work out, but I reasoned that she always supported me in my goals, and she wouldn’t have wanted me to quit now. I’ve lost 2 lbs so far in this quest.

Adventures With Shimmy Pt 2

I haven’t given it up yet

Day 4: I did yoga. I feel this is the best way to introduce something new–by interspersing it with something I know I can do. I also went to Pools and Fitness and did 20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.

Day 5: I took this fucker off. I read through the draft for Drawing on Love and formatted Re/Captured for print. I also messed around with D2D and their fun formatting for ebooks. Then I loaded Re/Captured up for presale. I’m thinking about what to take on next. Brandy Lockmeyer is finally talking to me.

Day 6/S1E8: I rose early to do Shimmy. In my tired state, I put disk 2 into my DVD drive. Too lazy to change it out, I just did episode 8. I figured that I did all the Namaste Yoga videos out of sequence, so why not?

This started off innocently enough, with some shoulder shimmies and hip thingies from E1. At first, I thought it was going to be a repeat. I mean, it seemed like they just spliced together footage and voice-over from that first episode, and then they added another element afterward. Good news: My shoulder shimmy isn’t half bad, and I’m feeling more coordinated with my hip thingies. I’m not sure my arms are right or if I’m turning in the right direction, but my arms are engaged and I’m not falling on my ass, so that’s GOOD NEWS.

The funniest part was when they introduced a new move where you had to shake your hips by shaking your legs. In isolation, I can do that. Add it to circling or moving your hips in a figure-8, and you feel like a bowl of Jello in the hands of a two-year-old. Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle, and all that. Okay, so the narrator says, “This is a difficult move that you’ll need to practice.” (I’m close with that quote, but I might be paraphrasing a little.) Immediately after she says it, they cut to a new move. You go from “This is hard, practice it” to “And now try this.” As a teacher, if I did that to my students, they’d never learn a damn thing. Sheesh.

At the end, when they put it all together and you do a dance, I think I did okay. I took out the jelly jiggling and kept the hip circles and figure-8 moves. When they said to go all free-form, meaning do the moves you learned, I concentrated on the hip moves that I could sort-of do to try to smooth out the move. As I’ve said, I’m not coordinated or graceful, so looking good while doing this is only a secondary goal.

This video is DEFINITELY for people who dance a lot. However, I’m having fun, I’m learning some moves, and I can feel it in my hips and lower core, which is an area where I struggle.

Day 7: I did yoga, an episode that had me stretching my hips, thighs, butt, and torso. My butt was a little sore from when I pushed myself on needle pose, but I used to get my leg up so much higher. Getting old is really hard on the flexibility front.

Later, I went to Pools and Fitness, intending to do 20 minutes on the treadmill at a brisk walk and 20 minutes on the elliptical. But I had a huge setback. I made it 12 minutes on the treadmill before my legs and back started itching. I lifted up the leg of my yoga pants to find my skin mottled. I looked under my athletic socks to find my legs and feet swollen. My left hand was also very swollen, but my right wasn’t as bad. ICYMI, I have low blood pressure, and swelling is the first sign something is amiss. If I let it go too long, my heart has skipped beats/stopped for a moment, and I’ve passed out. It took 5 years to find a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me. In the meantime, my symptoms were scary.

As the tingling and itchiness spread up my torso and down to my toes, I told the twins to cut their workout short and grab my stuff. I went home. It took almost and hour of putting my legs up (above my heart!) to get back to normal. It’s been 3 months since I’ve had an episode. I’ll take it easy for the rest of the day.

But tomorrow, I plan to take on the same episode of Shimmy again. I’ve been practicing figure-8’s–much to my children’s chagrin.

Adventures with Shimmy Pt 1

Shimmy If You Can

At my suggestion, my wife got me a couple workout videos for Solstice. She got Namaste Yoga Season 1 and Shimmy. I love Namaste Yoga, both seasons. I miss when they were on Fit TV, and I lost the episodes I’d recorded when we had to get a new DVR.

But this review is about Shimmy, a suggested product when we looked on Amazon for Namaste Yoga. I thought, “Why not?” I want to tone my abs, hips, and thighs. That’s where I’ve gained most of the weight these past couple of years.

Day 1/S1E1: I do not dance. This video is for people with dance training. I’m in my office with my yoga mat spread out, wearing my athletic compression socks. The socks are not negotiable, since I have low blood pressure and swell up/get nauseous/pass out when my heart rate goes up and I’m not wearing them. The socks keep the blood flowing, which is a health plus.

Why do the socks matter? Because belly dancing requires a lot of sliding around. You try sliding around on a yoga mat while wearing compression socks. Not gonna happen. And no, you don’t need to see video. Imagine an uncoordinated, slightly tubby, middle-aged woman trying to glide around the room. To top it off, I have no rhythm. None. Zero. I even lose the rhythm during sex or while masturbating. This is why machines were invented.

I’m laughing too.

I talked to Wife about this, showing her some of the moves. As someone with natural rhythm, she looked damn hot trying out those moves. I was tempted to suggest she try the video, but she’s more the martial arts/weight lifting type of person. Yeah, she showed me up with zero effort.

As I was demonstrating the moves in the kitchen on the hardwood floor, I realized that it was a lot easier to do the moves.

Day 2: Yoga, because I need a self-esteem. I yoga fairly well.

Day 3/S1/E1: Since I didn’t feel like I mastered anything in the 1st episode, I did it again to see if I could do it better the 2nd time.

I woke up before everyone else (as usual) and did the workout in two places. First, I started off on the yoga mat for stretches. Then I moved to the kitchen to do the dance moves. Today wasn’t bad. I still don’t have rhythm, but I was able to do the moves. I think. There was no mirror, so I might have been completely off. But it got my heart rate up and my hips moving. I’m definitely feeling it in the hips and shoulders, which clicked and crunched as I moved. Damn, I’m old. When Wife got up, I demonstrated some moves for her. She agreed that I was improving, and she did not laugh at how ridiculous I looked, so maybe I didn’t look half bad. With no mirror and a wife who loves me, I may never find out, and that is okay by me.

KB Review: One Truth Revealed by Robena Grant

One Truth Revealed by Robena Grant

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

BLURB:

At thirty-five-years of age, and with pressure from her adoptive mother, Lina Bright is ten days away from undergoing Artificial Insemination in London. She doesn’t need a husband. She travels to Oldcastle to meet her biological mother, a spinster who runs a village teashop. To keep her mother’s secret, but determine her father’s identity, she creates the cover of scouting for property to start a new school.

A bachelor at forty, Drew Compton is an English Professor in Oxford. Diagnosed with “poor swimmers” his fiancée left him. He plans to live out his life alone, with his books. Disliking his mother’s secrets and controlling ways, he seldom returns to Oldcastle. But a chance meeting has him intrigued. Who is this chic Londoner?

As Lina’s plans for a school become a reality, romance blossoms, but roadblocks ensue.

Will Lina and Drew trust in each other to overcome the difficulties and create a future together?

Excerpt:

Heat. She craved his heat. Her arms encircled the back of his neck, pulled his face tighter,

closer, her lips tingled and begged to be crushed harder.

“Lina,” he whispered, his breath fanning her cheek. Then he took her mouth possessively.

She almost couldn’t remain standing. “Again,” she murmured. The headiness of his kisses, the heat swirling in her belly, the weakness in her knees, had her pressing even closer. Their tongues met, tangled in a mating dance she’d rarely experienced. Everything about this man spelled permanence. The girls below shouted, “Keep him, we want him.” Dazed, she pulled away, took in a deep breath, and refocused.

If she didn’t keep her wits about her she’d be dragging Drew into the shelter of the ruins and having her way with him. Could this castle be a magic place? Did it encourage romance, and illicit rendezvous? Rendezvous? Oh, blast it; she couldn’t get involved. There were nine days left until her expected ovulation. She’d chosen her sperm donor. She’d committed to doing this, and had an appointment scheduled with a London clinic. That’s why she had to go back.

Drew rested his forehead against hers. “Everything okay?”

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robena Grant was born in Australia, now lives in Southern California, and considers her two amazing adult children her greatest achievement. Everything else is gravy. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and has eight novels published. Robena enjoys writing, reading, travel, and socializing. Contact her: http://www.robenagrant.com, follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter. One Truth Revealed is book #2 in the English Village Series, it is now available for pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0714BRTBW  It will release 7-14-17 everywhere eBooks are purchased, and in print at http://www.thewildrosepress.com and http://www.amazon.com

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The Review:

One Truth Revealed is a smartly-written and sweet romance. Taking place mostly in an old town where everybody knows everything about everyone, this cozy story is like a visit with old friends. Lina is lost, floundering in her attempt to find a place where she feels like she belongs. She doesn’t feel at home in London, where she was raised, or with her adoptive parents, and she goes in search of her birth parents. Drew fled Oldcastle years before to escape his overbearing mother. Both make their way to this little Doc Martin-type town and fine each other.

Their attraction is immediate, and the love story that follows forces them to face their parental issues. I liked this book and its unhurried pace. I liked Lina and Drew. I felt bad for Lina when it came to artificial insemination, though. When I went through it 15 years ago, the technology was much more advanced and the outcome much more certain, especially for someone with her good health history. I loved how supportive and nonjudgmental Drew was. I cracked up at how quickly and how Britishly they got over misunderstandings. My Irish-Italian temper would have gone off on those people and held a grudge for years. But the British aren’t like that. They’re all “Oh, you broke my heart. Would you like some tea?”Lina and Drew both felt bad for what I would consider justified reactions. Grant’s portrayal of them just made me like them all the more.

I loved every second of One Truth Revealed.

KB Review: She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

She Laughs In Pink (Sheridan Hall #1)She Laughs In Pink by Jessica Calla
My rating: Tickled Pink

I read the first chapters of She Laughs in Pink when I was judging the first round of a writing competition. It stayed with me. From time to time, I’d think of it and wonder if it was ever published. Since it was a contest, author names weren’t included. As a forgetful person, I wouldn’t have remembered anyway–as I also forgot the title. As an author, I reasoned that people change titles all the time prior to publication.

But the characters stayed with me. Juliet–confident, driven, and seemingly perfect–I knew she was hiding some kind of tragic past. Chase–wry, emotional, and determined–He’s the kind of hero who tugs at your heartstrings, especially because you know he’s going to turn out to be his own worst enemy.

And the writing style stayed with me as well. Calla makes her characters vibrant and real, utterly entrancing, and she knows how to start a story with the right amount of tension.

I loved following Chase and Juliet through their journey as they navigate adulthood and try to figure themselves out. Their story was beautiful and poignant, and I’m so happy that I finally got to read the rest of the book!

(I know I’m behind on the series, but I aim to change that fairly quickly.)

Blurb:

Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben’s heart.

Then she meets Ben’s roommate, Chase.

On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he’s ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he’s never been more inspired in his life.

Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate

KB Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting by Deborah Wilde

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting (Nava Katz, #2)The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting by Deborah Wilde

Blurb: 50% boobs. 50% sarcasm. 100% new breed of hunter.

After a bumpy start as the only female demon hunter in the top secret Brotherhood of David, Nava Katz heads to Prague for her first undercover mission: unmasking a demon movie star. She’d be all kinds of thrilled if it weren’t for the fact that her fellow hunter-with-benefits, Rohan Mitra, has reclaimed his rock star status and assigned Nava the role of groupie.

Rejecting her “be a good girl and follow orders” directive, Nava unleashes an alter ego guaranteed to hook their celebrity target and drive Rohan crazy. No downside–until she finds herself up against Rohan’s past, the Brotherhood’s antiquated thinking, and her own identity issues, turning her personal life into the bomb that could blow up the entire operation.

Sparkly and deadly; it’s a plan.

My rating: Freaking Fantastic

Once in a while a series comes along that makes you drop everything you’re doing and lose yourself in that world. Then you want to stalk the author to make sure she’s working on your next fix. The Nava Katz series is this drug for me.

Things I loved:
1. Nava–or Lolita, as she’s going by in this one. She’s the badass heroine I want to meet in all my fiction. She has a past, and pain gives her depth. She’s the kind of person to whom everyone can relate on some level.

2. Chemistry. Wilde has a knack for kicking the reader in the ovaries even while titillating us with hot sex scenes. I love erotic romance where the hot scenes contribute to the character’s growth. Now, I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but I almost cried during that last one, and I’m not one of those people who gets emotional while reading.

3. Rohan. The way Wilde writes the hero underscores the sanity in Nava’s insanity. If I was emotionally scarred like her, I’d definitely put concrete boundaries between Ro and me. Yet he’s not an asshole–more like a combination of clueless, lost, and uncertain how to handle Nava. I’ve been waiting two books for the ending of this one!

4. Always leave them wanting more. Wilde is gifted this way. I’ve loved both books in this series so far, and both times I’ve been both fulfilled and left wanting more.

5. Influences. Every great heroine and writer who has resonated with me is represented here in some way, the most obvious being Buffy/Whedon, though I see more Faith in her than Buffy.

6. Plot. The mission they went on to take down Samson was brilliantly designed to strip Nava bare and reveal every vulnerability and insecurity. Since this does not kill her, it leaves no choice but to make her stronger.

Things I disliked:
1. Nothing. I loved the characters, the heat, the mind-fuck of a plot–everything. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Notes for the future:
Rohan’s POV? Spinoff stories from the POV of Ari, Kane, Drio, Leo–ROHAN??? How about more female Rasha?

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KB Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting by Deborah Wilde

GENRE: Urban Fantasy Romance

BLURB:  50% boobs. 50% sarcasm. 100% new breed of hunter.

After a bumpy start as the only female demon hunter in the top secret Brotherhood of David, Nava Katz heads to Prague for her first undercover mission: unmasking a demon movie star. She’d be all kinds of thrilled if it weren’t for the fact that her fellow hunter-with-benefits, Rohan Mitra, has reclaimed his rock star status and assigned Nava the role of groupie.

Rejecting her “be a good girl and follow orders” directive, Nava unleashes an alter ego guaranteed to hook their celebrity target and drive Rohan crazy. No downside-until she finds herself up against Rohan’s past, the Brotherhood’s antiquated thinking, and her own identity issues, turning her personal life into a bomb that could blow up the entire operation.

Sparkly and deadly; it’s a plan.

Excerpt:

Looping my fingers into his belt, I jerked his hips to mine. Rohan’s breath caught and when I brushed my lips over the shell curves of his ear, his whole body went tense. “Prove you’re worth it, baby.” Then I pushed him away, stalking off without a look back, mostly sure that he followed.

The second we got inside the empty elevator, Rohan shoved me up against the wall. I groped for the third floor button, leaning into him. He ran his hands feverishly over my body, hot tingles shivering through my breasts like a sexed-up call and answer. The focused hunger in his expression had me craving more, except my rapid breathing wasn’t all from arousal.

Given the barely banked rage evident in the tense bunch of Rohan’s shoulders, the feeling was mutual. Hopefully, he’d show no mercy in orgasm form and not body count, though I couldn’t promise the same right now.

I bit his earlobe, wanting to hurt him.

Rohan shot me a cavalier smile in response. Holy crap. My knees buckled.

The sprint to my room was a blur.

The second the door slammed shut behind us, Rohan edged his face in close to mine, his palm ghosting my cheek in the barest caress that sent slivery shimmers tumbling through me.

I raised my fingers to my mouth, not realizing what I’d done or that I ran them over my lips until Rohan tracked the movement, his eyes glittering dangerously.

His tongue flicked out, wetting his lower lip. He swayed in toward me and–

“No.” Taking his hands in mine, I forced them behind me. Forced him to hold me there, his rings biting into my skin. Forced him to make a decision; play by my rules or go.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

Website: http://www.deborahwilde.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildeauthor

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16189297.Deborah_Wilde

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Unlikeable-Demon-Hunter-Sting-Nava-ebook/dp/B071Y2GHDM

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Deborah will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Review

If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably noticed that Deborah Wilde and her Unlikeable Demon Hunter are back. As I loved the first one so much that I’ve been subconsciously comparing everything I’ve read since then to it, salivation began the moment I was offered the chance to read book two!

Review coming soon! Watch this space–School is out in 1 week, and I’ll have nothing but time to read. (And write.)

KB Review: A Night Divided #YA #HistFic

A Night DividedA Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The positives:
1. Great plot. This is my first book about what it was like to be behind the iron curtain.
2. Diverse characters. I mean this in a personality-way. Nielsen does a great job presenting diverse viewpoints and reactions to Russian-occupied East Berlin during the 1960’s.
3. Likeable characters. Gerta and her brother Fritz are idealistic, frustrated, and loyal to each other and their ideals. Their mother is also well-thought-out, though you have to look deeper to see it because this story is told from Gerta’s POV, and she’s a little immature to realize exactly what her mother is enduring. Young readers will most likely also be oblivious to it, but it’s there.

Where it fell short of 5 stars:
1. Slow start. I put this down for about a week and didn’t miss it. I picked it back up because my daughter assured me it was a good story. She was right.
2. Too-perfect ending. It truly has a storybook ending. Even the tragic elements are glossed-over.
3. Pacing. Not only did it have a slow start, I didn’t understand why the ending was drawn out for so long. I would have liked to see more interaction with the dad/brother and less time spent tunneling.

Overall, I liked this book and I would recommend it to others who like historical fiction.

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KB Review: Driven by Passion’s Destiny by Bobbi Cole Meyer

Driven By Passion’s Destiny by Bobbi Cole Meyer

GENRE:   erotic/contemporary romance

BLURB:

Lee Harris’s life of championship wrestling, gorgeous women and trekking all over the world to manage his chain of gourmet restaurants is over. A spinal injury puts him in a wheelchair. Despite a will of steel that has seen him through numerous injuries, there is no getting up and walking away from this one. Confused, bitter and angry, Lee resists all efforts of rehabilitation to help him adjust to his new life. Frustration is added to the mix when he meets Cassie, the first woman he wants since his accident. Wants and can’t have.

Cassie Sheppard has never gotten over her crush for the green-eyed, charismatic wrestler, Lee Harris. Now fate puts him within her reach. She is assigned to be his live-in physiotherapist. Despite his coldness toward her she finds herself falling for him more each day. She is determined to break through his stubbornness to help him regain his mobility, sexuality and self-esteem. Even if it costs her a broken heart.

Excerpt:

The wrestling crowd exploded in a deafening, reverberating chant, “Wild Man Harris” as Raymond Lee Harris sauntered toward the ring.

His red, white, and blue cape swung backwards, caught in the draft of wind generated by two huge, rafter-mounted fans, turned on per his instruction. He stood with a slight smile, eying the crowd from lowered lids, his green eyes made more noticeable by the dark eyeliner he’d applied. It was all part of his signature presentation, hyping his motto of “Wild Man Harris, always ready to fly into action.”

His skin-tight purple trunks hugged his six-foot-four frame, leaving little to the imagination, emphasizing the obvious—Lee “Wild Man” Harris was definitely well endowed.

He lifted a hand in a wave. The gesture exposed the perfection of his muscled upper torso, his broad chest, ripped abs, and perfectly tapered body. He flashed his famous, white-toothed smile to the ladies in the front row, pausing briefly to tease them by flexing his pectorals before blowing them a kiss.

One, a pretty, blonde girl he guessed to be in her late teens, struggled to unhook and wiggle out of her bra. She surprised him by tossing it to him as he drew near her. Laughing, he caught it mid-air, kissed it, and gave her a sexy wink before tossing it back to her.

This kind of over-the-top accolade still astonished him. Ever since he’d won the championship title the year before, it had been this way. Drinking in the adulation, he wondered what his rabid fans would say if they knew this on-stage persona, which he’d worked hard to perpetuate over the years, was contrary to his true personality.

He was actually shy in his everyday world. He preferred reading a good book and cooking a gourmet meal to enjoy at home with his family—his three best friends, or “co-husbands” as he liked to refer to them, and the one lady they all loved and shared in their polyandry nirvana, Kayla.

Yet here, in the midst of this adoring crowd of strangers, his shyness disappeared. He preened as was expected of him, donning that unrestrained personality as easily as he had his cape, to give his fans the show they anticipated. The show he knew they had paid to see. And tonight, he wanted the show to be the best ever, because after this performance, he was retiring from the ring.

He executed his usual agile and flamboyant flip over the ropes to enter the ring. He smoothed his long, chestnut-colored hair back from his face, unhooked his cape, and tossed it to his designated corner before bowing low to the audience.

With his second glance at the upturned faces, he frowned as he spotted Kayla and her other “husbands”—Harm, Luke, and J.J. He wasn’t surprised to see Luke and Harm because he knew they enjoyed wrestling, but Kayla and J.J.? This didn’t make sense. He knew that J.J., the youngest to have been invited into Kayla’s home as part of their alternate lifestyle, preferred ice hockey or boxing or any other sport to wrestling. And Kayla had said more than once she considered wrestling to be barbaric.

Something was wrong—very wrong! He knew it as the bell rang. He stood confused, not moving as the bell rang again.

This time, the ringing was followed by a jarring rendition of his adopted theme song, Hail to the Chief. Everything began to waver as that pulsating, persistent ringing morphed into a sharp pain.

Shaking his head, he glanced down at his friends again, only to discover they had all vanished. Even the crowd was gone. Nothing was left but that damnable ringing and the pain that throbbed behind his eyes.

Lee awoke from the dream with a start, his heart rate accelerating with anxiety. Struggling back to the present, reality hit him with brutal force.

His glory days in the wrestling ring were far behind him. As was his life with Kayla, the woman he had loved. And he no longer was even in contact with the men who had once been not only his co-husbands with Kayla, but his best friends.

The final kicker, the hardest blow of all in this stark, awake reality was that he was now living in the aftermath of a plane crash he had miraculously survived. But that survival had carried a high price.

He was paralyzed.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bobbi Cole Meyer is the pen name for Barbara Meyer, who relocated from her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career as a lyricist. Over the years Barbara has had numerous songs she co-wrote cut by major artists such as Tom Jones, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Barbi Benton, Stella Parton, The Soul Shakers, the Poppies, Bandana, Mason Dixon, the Wright Brothers and several others. She also co-wrote the theme song for the Italian movie, Summer Affair, with well-known guitarist and composer, Bucky Barrett.

Now residing in a small town outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Hank, Barbara is busy pursuing a second career, writing fiction, which she claims is her first love.

Barbara’s slogan is, “grab them with the first paragraph and don’t turn loose until the last period.”

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The Review

Driven by Passion’s Destiny is a cute love story that will warm up a cold night. Lee is the man scarred by life, and Cassie is the bright-eyed woman who helps him heal. Recommended for fans of happy endings.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

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KB Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

tourbanner_theunlikeabledemonhunterGENRE: Urban Fantasy Romance

BLURB:

Bridesmaids meets Buffy.

The ago-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra, whose sudden retirement in his early twenties now seems a lot less mysterious.

Convinced that her twin still has a shot at his destiny, Nava hatches a plan to convince the Brotherhood to bring the other Katz sibling into the fold. It’s too bad Rohan’s guarding her so closely that she might not be able to put it into action.

And it’s really too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club–or the one demon in particular out for payback.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

Excerpt

mediakit_bookcover_unlikableThe red wine on the modular coffee table gleamed in a shaft of sunlight like its position had been ordained by the gods. I snatched up the crystal decanter, sloshing the liquid into the glass conveniently placed next to it. Once in a while, a girl could actually catch a break.

I fanned myself with one hand. The myriad of lit candles seemed a bit much for my brother’s romantic encounter, but wine drinking trumped curiosity so I chugged the booze back. My entire body cheered as the cloyingly-sweet alcohol hit my system, though I hoped it wasn’t Manischewitz because hangovers on that were a bitch. I’d slugged back half the contents when I saw my mom on the far side of the room clutch her throat, eyes wide with horror. Not her usual, “you need an intervention” horror. No, her expression indicated I’d reached a whole new level of screw-up.

“Nava Liron Katz,” she gasped in full name outrage.

My cheeks still bulging with wine, I properly scoped out the room. Mom? Check. Dad? Check. Ari? Check? Rabbi Abrams, here to perform the ceremony to induct my brother as the latest member in the Brotherhood of David, the chosen demon hunters?

Check.

I spit the wine back into what I now realized was a silver chalice and handed it to the elderly bearded rabbi. “Carry on,” I told him. Then I threw up on his shoes.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, mediakit_authorphoto_unlikableDeborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

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The Review

This is the kind of book you want to read slowly because every word is so flipping good and because you want it to never end, but you CAN’T read is slowly because it’s so flipping good that you can’t put it down. Here are some things that stood out to me (remember–I’m an English teacher):

  1. Style and Voice: This is arguable one of the most difficult parts of writing to do well–convey a story in a way that is unique and interesting and makes it come to life inside the reader’s head.
  2. Well-developed characters: I loved Nava, and I loved the way the author seamlessly wove the backstory into the story. She’s messed up (Nava, not the author–though I don’t know her, so who knows for real? Not me) but in a way to which most people can relate–she’s struggling to find out who she is and what she wants to do with herself. Destiny aside, Nava has to learn to deal with the sticky emotions of the entry in to adulthood. I did not find her at all unlikable, only suffering “forgotten child” syndrome.
  3. Humor: You might consider this to be lumped in with style and voice, but I consider figurative language a separate category. I loved the humor, particularly the sarcasm, that dripped from every page. Nava is as much of a smartass as I am IRL. Love it.
  4. I love that everything (plot-wise) isn’t tied up in a neat little package. This novel is gritty and real. I appreciate that.
  5. I love, of course, the references to BDSM and LGBT. Being lesbian and kinky, I appreciate the way it’s not only included, but taken for granted that everyone can be bisexual if they want.
  6. The chemistry between Nava and Rohan leaps from the page. Watch out, because if you’re not careful, you could get electrocuted. I also loved that their relationship was not at all forced–no love at first sight, or love heals all kind of trope.
  7. Supporting cast: From Nava’s brother, Ari, to the rest of the Brotherhood, each supporting character was unique and interesting. They add the perfect amount of spice and seasoning to the mix.

The Unlikable Demon Hunter is a five-star, page-turning, action-adventure romance with a lovable cast of characters and some sizzling chemistry. I highly recommend this one. I’m going to have to read the next one.