New Release: Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin

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A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past. The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

 

Synopsis:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

 

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015

Publication Date: July 11th, 2015

Paperback Price: $15.99

Digital Price: $3.99

Pages: 298

ISBN: 1515038955

 

Buy Links:

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Bio:

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

Andy

 

Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

 

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

 

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

 

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

 

His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

 

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin

 

www.linkedin.com/in/andypeloquin/

https://plus.google.com/100885994638914122147/about

https://www.amazon.com/author/andypeloquin

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.peloquin.1

 

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez and Five Finger Death Punch are both in my playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

Reviews:

“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

 

 

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Raven watched as William efficiently disrobed, neatly folding every article of black clothing (with the exception of underwear, which he never wore), and placing it on the vanity.

 

She brushed imaginary lint from her dress as he stood in front of her, naked.

 

He was under six feet in height, his body lean and strong. Raven took a moment to appreciate the definition of his muscled chest and abdomen, and the strong cast to his thighs.  Not even a statue carved by the most talented sculptor could create a being with so much perfection.

 

His face put her in mind of an angel with intense, gray eyes that now looked at her expectantly.

 

She hid her face.  “You said you loved me.”

 

“I did. What’s more, I meant it.”

 

“Love is a peculiar thing. I’ve seen it. I’ve even cheered for it. But I never believed it was for me.”

 

“Why shouldn’t a beautiful, fierce young woman hope for love?”

 

“Because, as you put it, human beings are shallow.”

 

“Love is deep.” His rich voice echoed in the bathroom.

 

“Love is having the power to destroy another person.”

 

William stepped closer.  “Are you afraid of being destroyed?”

 

“Destroyed, consumed, betrayed.” She fidgeted with the neckline of her gown.

 

William placed his hand over hers, stilling it.  “Love creates; it doesn’t destroy.”

 

His lips found the place where her neck met her shoulder. He kissed her leisurely, tracing the path of her bared collarbone with his mouth.

 

His fingers brushed her zipper.  “Let me.”

 

He undid her dress, dropping it to the marble tiles.

 

Her bra followed.  She was as naked as he.

 

His eyes roved her body appraisingly.  His pale fingers caressed her cheek, her mouth, and her neck. His strong hands cupped her breasts, her abdomen, and her hips.

 

His gray eyes met hers.

 

“The power you describe is the power you have here.” He touched her forehead before moving his hand to cover her heart.  “And here.  It’s the power you have over me. Power I haven’t yielded to another since I was human.”

 

He brought his lips to her ear. “Your fears are shared.”

 

With a slow kiss on her neck, he led her into the shower, standing behind her underneath a tropical rainfall showerhead.

 

Raven closed her eyes and lifted her face, like a flower following the sun.  The warm water soaked her hair and streamed down the generous curves of her body.

 

“I’ve never showered with another person.  What happens next?” William rested his hands on her shoulders.

 

She wiped the water from her face.

 

“Whatever you want. Just don’t let me fall.”

 

William’s gaze dropped to her right leg, which she was favoring.

 

“Is the pain terrible?”

 

“It’s worse after I’ve been lying down.  Sometimes I topple over.”

 

William spread his arm around her waist, drawing her back to his chest.  “Then I must be sure to catch you.”

 

She kissed him, reaching up to run her fingers through his wet hair as the water poured down their shoulders.

 

Her motions were fraught with an eagerness born of love and affection and the relief of remembering she hadn’t lost him.

 

He was hers.

 

Even now, naked, with a myriad of flaws few men overlooked, he embraced her. He embraced her imperfections.

 

He loved her.

 

His cool hands scorched her skin, splaying fingers wide over her abdomen and bringing her backside into contact with what rose between his hips.

 

She gave him her weight and he held firm, nipping and licking at her lips before enticing her to enter his mouth.

 

He entertained the intrusion for a moment or two then, with a growl, he spun her around, pressing their chests together.

 

Raven looked up into blazing gray eyes.

 

“Are you certain?”

She nodded.

 

“I need the words, Raven. I need to know you want this.”

 

“I want you.”

 

He took her mouth, his tongue alternately penetrating and retreating in a sensual rhythm.

She tilted her head, welcoming him, as the water continued to rain down.

 

Hands roamed over slick skin as their lower bodies came into alignment.  She touched his neck, his shoulders, his biceps, holding them tightly in an effort to remain upright.

 

William was not a tame lover.

 

In his arms, she sensed his control, his desire, and the war that waged between the two. But he’d never harmed her and had always focused his attention on giving pleasure before taking it. Usually more than once.

 

“You’re a dream,” she sighed.  “A dream of love I never thought I’d have.”

 

His eyes burned into hers.

 

Without warning, he lifted her, tugging her thighs around his hips.

 

He lowered his mouth to her breasts, tasting and teasing before sucking droplets of water from her eager flesh.

 

She wrapped her arms around his neck, feeling him eager between her legs.

 

He lifted her higher, hands beneath her backside, making sure he was correctly aligned.

 

“Breathe,” he commanded, his eyes boring in to hers.

 

Here was the vampyre, proud and powerful, teetering on the edge of control. He bared his teeth as if on instinct and his chest rumbled.

 

“Just don’t break me,” she whispered, pushing a lock of blond hair from his forehead.

 

William’s expression grew even more fierce.

 

“I won’t break you.  Whatever harm I bring to you I vow to heal.”

 

He swallowed her reply with his kiss.  Then with a single thrust, he entered her.

 

His kisses were as fierce as his movements as he pushed inside and withdrew, over and over.  His grip on her backside tightened as he lifted and moved her in concert with his own motion.

 

Raven clung to him, her hand trailing to his lower back so she could urge him deeper.

 

Not that he needed the encouragement.

 

Her breasts brushed against his chest, the friction teasing and arousing.

 

She ignored the warm spray of the water, the scent of soap and William, and the nagging discomfort in her leg and ankle.  Her focus was on feeling as he brought her swiftly to the brink of orgasm.

 

Before she could signal how close she was, she climaxed, her hand clutching his neck as she threw her head back.

 

William continued his pace until she’d finished, his mouth dropping to her breasts, drawing one of them into his mouth.

 

When she opened her eyes, she found him staring at her hungrily.

 

“I have only begun,” he rasped.  “Breathe.”

 

 

 

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland

Over The Fence
by Melanie Moreland
Date of Publication: August 4, 2015

Synopsis

There are so many ways to fall in love in today’s world. Besides the usual bars and blind dates, you can meet someone from any part of the world via the computer. The scope is endless. Possibilities abound, if that’s what you want.

But what happens when you aren’t searching for love, and it shows up—way closer than you ever expected?

Two neighbors—strangers— with one thing in common—they share a fence.
But is that the only thing they share?

Nathan Fraser lives a solitary life, never letting anyone get too close. It’s safer that way.
Kourtney Whyte hides from the world and behind her work, too afraid to really live her life to the fullest. Rejection is what she knows best.
But one night, the sound of her soft voice and the tantalizing aroma of her evening meal, prove too enticing for Nathan to ignore.
So begins their unconventional relationship—talking, learning, texting, and gradually opening up to one another, all over the fence.
That is, until the day Nathan braves the high fence to protect Kourtney from her past, and changes everything forever.
Can they move forward together, without the buffer of the fence?
Or will their pasts prove to be too much of a barrier?

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About the Author

Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and four children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative story lines to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.

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Review and Giveaway:My Wounded Soldier, Fight for Love by Diane Munier

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My Wounded Soldier – Book 2 : Fight for Love
by Diane Munier
Publication Date: August 8, 2015
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Cover Designer: Bookstylings

Synopsis

Tom Tanner has taken on a family. He lived through the war, but becoming a lover and pa to two small children may be the role that breaks him. This is the story of a man’s slow rise from black sheep to patriarch. 1866 is a time of learning to carry on in the aftermath of civil war. Tom is ready to heal, ready to take over Addie’s farm and make it a grand place. He has money from re-upping in the war and reward money for bringing a few notorious outlaws. Can Addie’s love help him settle and become an outstanding man like his pa? It’s the only fight worth making– a fight for love.

My Review:

Diane Munier has a way of telling honest, satisfying stories that contain profound wisdom. There’s not a thing she writes that I wouldn’t highly recommend. I read my ARC a couple of weeks back and I still have a book hangover. I’ve been casting about for something else of hers to read that’s new, which isn’t going to happen at the drop of my hat, so I’m just going to have to reread existing stories. Like this one.

 

This story is special, perhaps because Tom Tanner is such an admirable fellow (although not without his flaws). If one of my daughters brought home a guy like him (updating him to this century) I’d be pretty happy. He has enduring values that I like to see in a man. He’s not afraid of hard work, he’s smitten with his wife and he loves his children about as much. It’s fun to see him acquire an instant family. He doesn’t always know what to do as a husband or father, but he sorts things out quite nicely even though the process is a little rough at times.

 

I like his values. I like his thoughts on racial equality and suggesting opportunities to his friends. I like his relationship with the people of colour he encounters, and his willingness to change. And I like the way he focuses on the needs of other people –especially in his family.

 

Tom’s inner musings are just hilarious and most are endearing. And as well, there’s a scene in here between him and his father that had me not only weepy, but comforted by Tom’s long view.

 

So wonderful to have both these books on my shelf. Five stars.


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She told me of her mother then.  Greta.  She took in washing. And brought men home. And my wife, a slight girl scrubbing on the board.  That’s what I felt in her hands.  So sweetly shaped, so brined to the work.  A lady almost, but not in her marrow.  There, the laundry girl, the dirty laundry girl.  And the men.  Her learning to stand, given a knife by the neighbor woman. “Protect yourself,” the woman said. “No one else will.” And so she did, too young, too scared, too soon.  

Like Johnny.  He got took to the dark and it stabbed the tender in him and the dark came in.


I sat up and held her to me, stroking her hair while she told me.  I felt so many things with her, the fear, yes, the joy, yes.  The old wounds, yes.  The new wonder of it, yes.  The mother, and back more.  The girl, yes.  The little broken one, yes.  No man to ever rise up, and if he did, she met him with just herself and her brave eyes.  


“Lass,” I said, but only once.  I did not wish to let the pump run dry, for her words gifted me an understanding I had lacked.


I would be the pa to her sometimes.  I knew that now.  She wouldn’t want it much, but sometimes she would, almost like Johnny, me going back in her, me angry for her, saying what she knew and didn’t get a chance to rail about.  Letting her know I was here now.  I was here.


It was a part of it for us.  There was this little one in there still holding that knife, sometimes at me, yes that’s what I saw.  That knife she used and left in a man who tried to take her in an alley. That’s when she met him—her husband. She went in his store after the attack. He was kind. But God…he was weak. 


But that’s how he got in.  He wiped her face, but he was no hero.  She made him feel, and then he couldn’t find it in himself to love her.  She was something he hadn’t seen…too alive…too much of everything.


“I am not him,” I told her, and oh I was not.  The dark had its hands around my throat time and time, but it did not finish me.  I was just a man, but I stood tall.  Like it or don’t, I did the hard thing.


“I am Tom Tanner, your man,” I said, “the good of him, the ugly, too.  But I am not Richard Varn.  I have my own sins, but I do not carry the sins of another.  Nor will I,” I said, not sure what I meant by this speech, but I said it with force.


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My Wounded Soldier – Book 1 : Fight For Glory
by Diane Munier
Publication Date: July 4, 2015
Genre: Historical Western Romance

Synopsis

Wounded Soldier, Book One: Fight for Glory, is my newest offering on Amazon. This is the saga of Tom Tanner and his reluctant love for Addie Varner.

After he mustered out of the Twenty-Seventh, Tom never expected to follow the boys home to Illinois. Having failed to protect his older brother Garrett, Tom planned to take his wounds out west where a man could get lost under the endless sky. But his father prevailed on him to come home and comfort his grieving mother.

Tom had nearly filled his obligation when the neighbor boy came running and calling his name as he worked in the field. Johnny was the boy that looked like his mother, Mrs. Varn. Tom had seen the woman at meeting. She rattled him some for he’d not had a woman, just that one time and he’d been liquored up and taking a dare and were he to have one, she was not hardship to look at. But Johnny was calling for him. Tom knew the sounds of war. The country was rife with veterans, some looking for trouble instead of home. What Tom finds at the Varner’s farm offers him a new kind of battle, a new kind of glory trail.

I have been writing this story for fifteen years. In its various forms it has garnered attention in literary contests and with a number of writerly folks. But stuck in ‘bridesmaid,’ mode it has never really walked the aisle. Until now. I hope you give it a spin and maybe fall in love. 

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Meet Diane Munier

Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I’m a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell…what more could I ask.

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Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn’t so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn’t quite what he seems. In fact, he’s not entirely human, and he’s not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets–secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she’s not actually normal . . . she’s not even just special.

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T.M. FranklinT.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.

 

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Release Day Review: Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland

Over the Fence coverTwo neighbors—strangers—with one thing in common—they share a fence.

But is that the only thing they share?

Nathan Fraser lives a solitary life, never letting anyone get too close. It’s safer that way.

Kourtney Whyte hides from the world and behind her work, too afraid to really live her life to the fullest. Rejection is what she knows best.

But one night, the sound of her soft voice and the tantalizing aroma of her evening meal, prove too enticing for Nathan to ignore.

So begins their unconventional relationship—talking, learning, texting, and gradually opening up to one another, all over the fence.

That is, until the day Nathan braves the high fence to protect Kourtney from her past, and changes everything forever.

Can they move forward together, without the buffer of the fence?

Or will their pasts prove to be too much of a barrier?

 

MY REVIEW:

Once upon a time there were a pair of neighbours who lived on either side of a tall fence. Unbeknownst to them, each lived in a self-imposed state of isolation. They went to work, came home, ate alone and went to bed. Dunk, rinse and repeat daily. They didn’t even realize they had a bad case of the doldrums. Or if they did, they were just glad of peace, quiet and not hearing anyone’s criticism.

 

Nathan Fraser does so out of a sense of guilt and the fear of rejection. Kourtney Whyte finds that being noticed by anyone sends her into a panic. Both anticipate unkind treatment from the world at large.

 

So, one evening, Nathan’s out in his yard, drinking a beer and this wonderful aroma wafts over the fence. It instigates a conversation and an act of kindness. Before long, two nameless strangers have common ground. A friendship is born.

 

Kourtney’s physical appearance becomes a mystery to be solved.

 

This couple gets to know each other with all visual cues denied. It’s kind of refreshing to get an introduction to someone where appearance, name and physical gestures are missing. Somehow, Nate and Kourtney get to the heart of matters before they actually meet. And oh, what a meeting that is!

 

Nate and Kourtney’s journey is one of self-discovery, forgiveness, acceptance and trust. I truly enjoyed watching them grow. Five stars.

 

BIO:

Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-six-plus years. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.


Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works at a local university and for its football team. Her job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.


While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.


Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

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