Friday, May 29, 2015

VIKING FOR HIRE



Viking For Hire
by Jo Grafford

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BLURB:

Branwyn O’Tyre’s estranged brother summons her for a healing ritual. Fearing he actually plans to arrest her for witchcraft, she drinks a protection potion before he arrives.

Eirik, a Viking sea captain pretending slumber in the tavern corner, witnesses Branwyn’s magic and offers her safe passage from Exeter if she will reverse a curse that plagues him. Alas, every woman who touches him falls madly but falsely in love with him.

There’s only one hitch: If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will fall prey to the same madness...forever!

My Impressions: 
This was a smoking hot book. I was not sure what I really expected, but without a doubt I was pleased with what I got! Branwyn's a spitball. Full of fire, bravery, courage, and determination with a longing for love and a protective strength and fierceness for those she cares about. Eirik, on the other hand is a character. He's saucy, outspoken, determined, loyal and cursed. 

I loved the back and forth between these two. It was steamy, funny at times, and sweet. Jo did an amazing job with character development that extended even to the lesser characters that drew you into their story and captivated you. 

This was a short, sweet, story with a good plot and great imagery. I could vividly picture the crew, the frustrated scenes between Eirik and Branwyn and could feel the pull of their desire for each other.

 Giveaway:

Jo Grafford will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Enjoy an Excerpt:

“Call yourself whatever you will, Branwyn. Your powers do not scare me. In truth, I sought you out a-purpose in the hopes you would heal me from the effects of a spell. ‘Twas cast on me by a most wretched sorceress.”

Fearing another trap, Branwyn stared at the ground. “Methinks you mistake me for another. I am naught but a lowly healer, cast off by an overzealous brother in a fit of religious fervor. Wh-why do you ask me such things, m’lord?”

“Very well,” Eirik snapped and dropped her wand back into the sack. “If you wish to indulge in games, at least choose one that gives me equal pleasure. By Thor, I’ve been long without a woman.” He closed the distance between them and hauled her into his lap.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jo writes high stakes romance. Her favorite books contain layers of intrigue with alpha males and strong-minded women who are willing to risk it all for love.

From St. Louis, Missouri, Jo holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, college finance instructor, and high school business teacher. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter, and the Writers Group of Ansbach/Katterbach/Illesheim.

 
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest review.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Three Wishes


 Three Wishes

by Debra Dunbar


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BLURB:

Dar helped his foster sister become the ruler of Hel, and helped her free the enslaved humans from the elves. It’s about time he helped himself – to a fun week of mayhem in the Windy City. Collapsing a few buildings and corrupting politicians is an ideal vacation for a demon in Chicago, but Dar didn’t count on a beautiful angel sabotaging his fun and putting him to work.

Asta is an angelic enforcer, scanning for demons in her assigned territory and sending them to an early grave. Unfortunately, the latest trespasser from Hel has diplomatic immunity - but immunity doesn’t mean she can’t coerce him into helping her track and dispatch the powerful demon that’s been cycling in and out of her radar for the last few days.

Demons are the sworn enemies of every angel, but Asta must learn to trust Dar or the dark presence that is growing in Chicago will spread - and this particular enemy has the skills and knowledge to send human civilization back to the dark ages. She has one week left as an enforcer before she returns to her heavenly home – one week to catch an elusive monster, and one week to safeguard her heart from the demon who is determined to seduce her to sin.
 

My Impressions: 
**This is NOT a Christian based book, even though the premise is based on angels, demons and spiritual warfare***

This was an entertaining book to say the least. Dar has this lovely sarcastic, blunt sense of humor that breathes life into him and makes you love him and hate him at the same time. He deeply enjoys life as a demon and his status. Asta on the other hand, seems to be board with being an angel and is looking for some excitement in her last days on earth before returning home to recenter herself and her spirit. Neither of these two expect what is awaiting their future and where allegiances will fall.

The heat between Dar and Asta is something you cannot over look and the author did a good job of making this book sizzle without going overboard. I really would have enjoyed seeing some scenes between the archangels with Dar. I also felt the scenes with Rubeus were a little rushed and should have happened sooner in the story. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.


Giveaway: 

Debra will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Enjoy a Excerpt :

Something moved in front of her, and the angel jumped as a huge rat scampered across the alley and under the dumpster.

Rats.  Every hair on her body rose, and she couldn’t help a shudder of revulsion.  It was terribly unevolved of her to have such a visceral negative reaction to a lower life form, a mere mammal, but Asta couldn’t help herself. It was ridiculous for an angel to be afraid of a rat — to be afraid of anything — but she was. 

A scratching noise came from beneath the dumpster.  Asta froze, her stomach turning.  Just a rat, just a rat, just a rat. She was an angel, for Aaru’s sake!

Red eyes peered at her from the darkness.  The scratching grew louder.

Ignore it.  She was here to hunt a demon — a demon whose energy signature she heard like a siren song from underneath the dumpster.  She just had to get by the rat.

Rats.  As in plural.  Red eyes blinked into life by the dozens.  Asta’s breath locked in her throat, and she scrambled backwards on her knees as they crawled from under the dumpster. She just had to go through them, stand up and walk right through them, and she’d be within striking range of the demon.  But that would involve standing up.  Visions of rats biting her feet and ankles, hanging from her clothing, filled her mind.  At least on her hands and knees, she could kick and grab them.

The eyes moved closer, dark shapes coalescing into distinct forms with pointy noses and twitching whiskers.  She could hear their claws clicking on the pavement, the faint squeaking.  Involuntarily, she found herself moving backwards, scooting on hands and knees away from their advance.

A rat toward the back stood on his hind legs, towering over the others by at least a foot.  He was monstrous, and the glow in his red eyes was eerily familiar. This was the demon she’d spent all night following — the crazy margarita-drinking, tube-socks-in-his-pants demon.
 



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels. A DEMON BOUND is her debut novel.

Debra lives on a farm in Maryland with Sweetie, three sons, and a Noah's ark of four legged family members. She drives an old PT Cruiser, couldn't carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is 'Identify Roadkill'.

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Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the author via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest review.