Friday, July 10, 2020

MacLeods of Skye by JR Salisbury Genre: Historical Scottish Romance



Taming Lily 
MacLeods of Skye Book 4 
by JR Salisbury 
Genre: Historical Scottish Romance 


Lady Lily MacLeod has had enough of her oldest brother's meddling. While in London, Rory MacLeod, duke of Skye has promised his sister to an earl who is twice her age in hopes of taming his unruly sister. An arranged marriage where husbands view their wives as simply a broodmare in hopes of producing an heir. In a desperate attempt to avoid her fate, Lily flees and finds herself hiding on a train bound for Edinburgh.
Tobias Campbell, duke of Aberdeen is unsure what to make of the filthy stowaway found hiding on his rail car. Part of the well crafted tale she tells rings true, but Tobias is certain the chit has secrets. Secrets he intends to uncover.
In spite of being betrothed to another, the usually meticulously organized duke finds himself extending his protection to his houseguest. The last thing he expected to was to fall madly in love with the beautiful and mysterious lady.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and Lily and Tobias aren't the only ones caught up in this battle of strong wills and love. 

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Lord Malcolm's Heart 
MacLeods of Sky Book 3 


Having completed his family obligations, Malcolm MacLeod finds himself in Paris for a long awaited holiday. Parties, theater, cards, and of course women are in his sights for the coming weeks. What he doesn't expect is to run into a neighbor from Skye who is traveling with his red haired, temptress of a niece. Mac immediately finds he attraction far stronger than simple lust.
Sorcha MacDonald, the niece of Ivan and Ian MacDonald. Born and bred in America to their late brother, William, Sorcha has more on her plate than accompanying her ailing uncle throughout the continent. She must find a husband - quickly per the terms of her father's will, or forfeit her inheritance. The moment Sorcha lays eyes on Mac, she knows she's found her heart.
As in all love stories, there is a twist...Malcolm's two younger brother's Tavish and Kentgem. The pair have their own scheme to ensure the MacDonald fortune will become theirs. Or will it? 


The Sins of Rory MacLeod 
MacLeods of Skye Book 2 


A riveting tale of family, love, and betrayal.
Left jilted at the altar by his bride, Rory MacLeod, the Duke of Skye and chief of the MacLeod clan finds himself becoming the subject of unsavory gossip.
Marriage to a respectable young lady of impeccable breeding is the only way Rory can hope to silence the gossips.
Licking his wounds, he returns to London for the upcoming session of Parliament and Season. He brings with him his sister Lily. It will be her first season and one which Rory intends to find a bride of his own. He doesn't have to look far.
Victoria, the Duke of Hargrove's daughter, catches more than his eye the moment he meets her. She is everything his duchess needs to be. She is smart, beautiful and devoted to Rory. Not even his darkest secret can sway her.
The bliss of married life is ripped apart by betrayal of the worst kind. His sister is kidnapped and forced into a marriage with only one purpose. Money. Even worse is who is behind it all.
With his own reputation and that of his family and clan at stake, Rory must carefully negotiate his sister's return without the world finding out about his secret. Not only could it bring shame to everyone he holds dear, it would mean his ruination and worse. 


Donnan's Rose 
MacLeods of Skye Book 1 


A Scottish tale of privateers, whiskey, handsome men in kilts, family, and the fiery young woman who dared to love a MacLeod.
As the fourth MacLeod son, Donnan MacLeod does not have to take on the responsibilities his older siblings do. He is free to keep his business private. As a privateer, he sails the channel looking for smugglers. Very elite smugglers.
It's not until he returns to Skye for his mother's birthday that Donnan begins to lose control of his life. And it's all because of a woman, the one woman he's loved since childhood. The woman he desires above all others - that is, should he ever think of taking a wife.
Rosalind, strong willed and opinionated far more than most, is determined to find out what Donnan is hiding. Never before had they kept things from each other, but Rosalind is convinced he's keeping something huge from her.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye.
Stowing away in the back of Donnan's coach, Rosalind changes their lives forever. The adventure begins... 

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My careers in public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, artist management, modeling and special event planning all elevated my passion for writing, not to mention gave me a treasure trove for story lines. 

I write women's fiction; contemporary romance (as Jamie Salisbury) and historical romance (as JR Salisbury) which is ever evolving. I am fortunate enough that writing (and marketing of said product(s)) is my full-time job, although I always have one or two other projects going at the same time.

I now live in a suburb of Atlanta. Some of my other interests include photography, equestrianism, reading, and of course, travel.

I sincerely hope my writing will entertain, enlighten, and inspire others to pick up the pen and pursue their own dreams. I love to be contacted by readers, writers, and history buffs. 


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Gods of Earth Series by Nina R. Schluntz Genre: LGBTQ SciFi Fantasy Romance



Influence of a God 
Gods of Earth Series Book 1 
by Nina R. Schluntz 
Genre: LGBTQ SciFi Fantasy Romance 


Jesse has a type-the heartbroken. He doesn’t hide this fact, he’s even tattooed a damaged heart on his chest. His partners love the people who left them, which means there’s no fear of them getting attached to him. He showers them with the affection they have been deprived of and in return, he gets no string attached hook-ups. 

Except for Ben. 

No matter what Jesse does, when he gets drunk, its always Ben’s porch he ends up on. Which is fine, because Ben is still deeply in love with his ex-wife, even though she’s already remarried. 

It might have all stayed fine, if Ben hadn’t met Cooper, the twelve-year-old stepson of Ben’s ex. He knows things he shouldn’t. He has a weird quirk of disappearing for hours. He even predicts future events with uncanny luck. And Cooper has a plan for Jesse. He wants himself and Ben’s daughter to live with Jesse and Ben. Which is a problem, because Jesse doesn’t do relationships. 

To Cooper that just means Jesse needs to learn things the hard way. 






Prophet of a God 
Gods of Earth Series Book 2 


Isaiah has heard voices in his head his entire life, so it’s ironic when his brother declares that he has been chosen as a prophet for a god. Isaiah assists his brother in his search for the messiah and quickly discovers the god chose his brother in an effort to get closer to Isaiah. 

The messiah isn’t shy at all in declaring that Isaiah is fated to be with him. But the voice in Isaiah’s head is skeptical and easily finds errors in the god’s claims. 

Cooper is a god, one of many on Earth, but he is approved to pose as a messiah. He warps the path he’s supposed to follow in an effort to get closer to a man that is supposed to be his lover for only one night. Doing so has consequences, because Isaiah is not the man he expected. For one, he cuts himself in an effort to deal with the darkness of his past. And second, there’s the pesky sprite that loiters on Isaiah’s shoulder, whispering advice that Cooper would rather it didn’t. 






Muse of a God 
Gods of Earth Series Book 3 


Lawrence, who prefers to go by Laurie, is one of those gifted performers that everyone envies because he always gets the lead role. 

Carter is a god with a shaded past. He created a planet… and then helped parasite type symbiotes destroy it. His current time on Earth is to prove he is rehabilitated. 

He isn’t. 

But he is good at manipulation. He wants to stay close to the two scientists who will discover a means to save Earth once Carter brings the symbiotes to it. One of them is Laurie’s roommate in college. Which means Laurie is Carter’s best means to befriending the scientists. 

A not so chance encounter and some mocking, gets Laurie to join the lacrosse team Carter is on. Seducing him is easy enough, but Laurie quickly proves refreshingly unpredictable and his quick tongue makes Carter reconsider his choices to stay loyal to his previous love who controls the symbiotes. 

But can Carter’s growing affection toward Laurie be enough to convince him to save Earth rather than destroy it? 






Enemy of a God 
Gods of Earth Series Book 4 


The world is ending and the gods are abandoning Earth. A strange woman arrives at the same time the parasite symbiotes do. She has no memory of who she is and the question remains, is she an ally to save earth or the enemy of the gods here to destroy them? 

Jayson is the first to find her and he forms an immediate friendship with her. They are both outcasts with a dark past. He makes a deal with a god, Cooper, in an attempt to learn more about his alien friend. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with Cooper and worse, learn that his alien friend must die in order to save Earth. 






Symbiote of a God 
Gods of Earth Series Book 5 


Stephen, Nick, and Lawrence have been best friends since college. Stephen and Nick are scientists, tasked with finding a cure to the symbiotes which have invaded Earth and use humans as hosts. Removing the symbiote kills the human, and a human doesn’t live long once infected. 

Months after the initial invasion, Lawrence becomes infected and seeks the help of his friends. The rush to find a cure is now paramount, but something is strange about Lawrence’s infection. He is still in control of his body, and he can now understand the symbiotes. Nick and Stephen realize he may hold the cure to finally ridding the world of the symbiotes. 






Resurrection of a God 
Gods of Earth Series Book 6 


Earth is the second planet Carter has created, and now the same symbiotes that destroyed his first planet, are here, destroying Earth. Afraid he will only aide in Earth’s destruction, since it’s his soulmate and lover behind the invasion, he goes into hiding. 

Jayson knows Carter is the only god who can save Earth and he is done waiting for him to come back. He resurrects the god and saves the planet, but its something not just any human can do. Jayson realizes there’s more to his relationship with Carter than he thought. He’d assumed he was Cooper’s soulmate, he loves Cooper, but when he keeps running into Carter he realizes the truth. A god has a different soulmate on every planet, and on Earth, he is Carter’s soulmate. 

But Carter doesn’t want him. His soulmate from his first planet was destructive and Carter fears what Jayson will become if he bonds with him. Jayson has to convince the god that he is different, and that your past does not determine your future. 







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Her husband continues to ensure her stories maintain a touch of realism as she delves in the science fiction and fantasy realm. And their kitty, a rescued Abyssinian, is always willing to stay up late to provide inspiration. 










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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Three V's of Good Writing by USA Today bestselling author Eva Pohler


The Three V's of Good Writing

 

"Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous." --George Orwell

I remember things in threes.

Today, I'll describe what I call the three v's of good writing. Young writers shouldn't concern themselves with these concepts until the revision phase. However, as writers become more practiced, the three v's should become an integral part of crafting early sentences. 

The three v's are VOICE, VERBS, and VARIETY. 

1. VOICE. You've likely heard of active and passive voice. Active voice occurs when the subject of a sentence is the agent of action--for example: Jane kicked the ball. Passive voice occurs when the subject is not the agent of action but, instead, is being acted upon--for example: The ball was kicked by Jane. 

Notice how the passive construction requires a prepositional phrase--by Jane--to identify the agent of the action. For this reason, passive constructions are wordier than active ones. 

Consequently, the use of active voice will create more vibrant prose. We want our subjects acting, and we ant to avoid wordiness. This doesn't mean we should never use passive voice. Sometimes, we want to emphasize a subject's helplessness or victimization. For example, instead of saying: The robber shot Jane, we say: Jane was shot by the robber. 

2. VERBS. In order to have our subjects acting, we need action verbs. Writers should minimize their use of linking (also known as "to be") verbs in favor of actions verbs. Linking verbs include am, is, are, was, were, seems, looks, feels, and remains. Note that looks and feels can function as action verbs. Compare these two examples: Jane looks smart. Jane looks at him and grins. In the first example, looks links the subject with an adjective; in the second example, the subject acts. 

Linking verbs connect subjects to one of two things: an adjective or another noun (called a predicate nominative). My previous example, Jane looks smart, shows a subject linked to an adjective. Jane is smart, Jane was smart, Jane seems smart all accomplish the same goal: to connect our subject to an adjective. 

If we were to say, Jane is the president, or Jane is a pilot, or Jane is a stalker, we would be linking our subject to another noun. 

When we use linking verbs, nothing happens. If you read over your work and find you've overused them, you can combine sentences to omit them. For example, you can say: Jane, our smart president, led us to victory. Or: Jane, the crafty stalker, committed the crime in plain sight. By omitting linking verbs and replacing them with action verbs, you'll create more exciting prose. 

In addition to choosing action verbs over linking verbs, you'll want to choose precise verbs to avoid having to use a lot of adverbs. For example, instead of saying Jack walked slowly across the room, you might say Jack waddled, or Jack crept, or Jack strolled across the room. And instead of saying Jack looked intently at him, you might say Jack glared or Jack gazed at him, or maybe Jack observed, Jack studied, or Jack inspected him. 

3. VARIETY. Creating sentences with subjects that act will make your prose sing; however, the rhythm will become monotonous if you repeat words and sentence patterns without purpose. I say without purpose, because purposeful repetition helps with transition, emphasis, and clarity. Accidental repetition, on the other hand, results in monotony. 

During revision, replace repeated words with synonyms you know (as opposed to unfamiliar words you find in the thesaurus). Side note: the thesaurus isn't a place where you find bigger words to replace the ones you already have; it's a place where you find words you know but can't recall. All words have connotations--implied meaning gained through usage over time. Make sure you're familiar with those connotations before you use the word. 

After you replace repeated words with synonyms you know, then edit sentences for variety. Short, long, simple, complex--a variety of sentence patterns yields a more pleasant rhythm. Trust me. Change sentence openings, combine sentences, separate them, and reshape them into entirely new structures. Two of my favorite structures include the periodic and cumulative sentences. 

The periodic sentence delays the main clause like this: Drenched, cold, and trembling and unaware that she was being followed, Tashia felt her way through the dark room. The cumulative sentence begins with the main clause, but adds more information at the end: She spotted him--tall, rugged, with long hair pulled back from his face, a five o'clock shadow, and jeans that fit so tightly that they left nothing to the imagination. 

So, whether you're writing an essay for your composition class or a novel to be published, consider the three v's to make your prose more vibrant. 

 

Thanatos 
The Underworld Saga Book 1 
by Eva Pohler 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 


Dive into a world in which the ancient gods of Greece are real.

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

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Challenge of Hades 
The Underworld Saga Book 2 


Thanatos and Therese's love story continues in the second book of this epic young adult series by USA Today bestselling author Eva Pohler.

Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death. Then she becomes infuriated with Than when he says that he’s “been busy.”

In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.

Eventually she learns that Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.




A New Goddess 
The Underworld Saga Book 3 


Death is not the worst fate for a goddess.

The Olympians don't tolerate oath-breakers.

Therese may have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to remain one, she'll have to discover her unique purpose and make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, Therese's unborn baby sister's life depends on the outcome of her quest.

Can Than and Therese finally live the life they've dreamed of? Or do the gods have other plans for them?





The House of Hades 
The Underworld Saga Book 4 


Just when things were looking up for Than and Therese, everything crumbles.

Eighteen-year-old Therese Mills has second thoughts about marrying Thanatos when she learns that no god has ever been faithful to his wife. But before she can move out of Than's rooms and into Hecate's, the Underworld is attacked, she and her friends are crushed, the souls are unleashed, and a malevolent goddess threatens to unhinge Mount Olympus.

Hypnos has just made a deal with Hades to have his turn in the Upperworld, but before he can tempt Jen with a kiss, he's called back to rebind the souls and defend the House of Hades, and he unwittingly puts Jen and her family in harm's way.

Can Hip, Than, and Therese save the living and the dead? 




The Athena Alliance 
The Underworld Saga Book 5 


She never thought her wedding day would be like this.

When Zeus invites Therese and Thanatos to a party on Mount Olympus in their honor, they and the other gods who have formed the Athena Alliance are immediately suspicious of a trap. They fear Zeus has learned of their desire to free Metis and Cybele and to stand up for all the women he has wronged.

Although Therese recruits Dione, Amphitrite, and others to the Alliance, Pete has unwittingly sabotaged their plans by revealing to Zeus the prophecy from the ghost of Mr. Holt. And now, the day that might have been the most wonderful day of Therese’s life (her wedding day) will be wrought with conflict where someone close to her is fated to die.

Can Therese and the other gods in the Alliance bind the almighty Zeus and restore justice and true democracy among the Olympians? Or will Zeus succeed in swallowing Therese and separating her from Thanatos for all eternity?




Hades's Promise 
The Underworld Saga Book 6 


Therese never expected to find herself in Circe's battlefield again, and this time she fights for things more important than her life.

Before Therese and Thanatos can come to terms with the uncertain future of their unborn twins, Poseidon is attacked and both his wife and trident are stolen.

Therese is forced to deliver her babies in the midst of an all-out war with enemies more powerful than the Olympians. 




Hypnos 
The Underworld Saga Book 7 


Therese doesn't like being stuck on the sidelines, especially when the entire pantheon is in trouble.

Hypnos and Jen aren't married long when they realize something's missing: they both want to have a child, especially when they see how happy Therese and Than are with their twins. But the creation of new gods is against the rules, and they aren't willing to give up their immortality.

Hypnos goes to Mount Olympus to offer Zeus a deal. He'll make it his mission to find out the source of the recent attacks on Gaia--horrible earthquakes that have already released two monsters from the Titan Pit--if Zeus will agree to let him and Jen have one immortal child.

Because the attacks are getting humans killed and none of the other gods have been able to discover a lead, Zeus, in his desperation, agrees. But this new quest just might get Hypnos swallowed and trapped for all eternity, and there seems to be nothing Therese and Than can do to stop it. 





Hunting Prometheus 
The Underworld Saga Book 8 


Hermie and Hestie never asked to be demigods.

Unlike others of their kind, they aren't interested in going on quests and being the center of a world-changing prophecy. But when Zeus learns of Apollo's vision--of the twins finding Prometheus, Zeus's number one enemy--the hunt for Prometheus begins.

Zeus and his allies want to bind Prometheus and to kill the twins before their threat of a revolution becomes a possibility. If Hermie and Hestie don't find the Titan first, they have no chance of fulfilling their destiny or of surviving Zeus's threat against them. 




Storming Olympus 
The Underworld Saga Book 9 


The rebellion led by Hades prepares to storm Mount Olympus.

But their every move is sabotaged. Morpheus is torn between his allegiance to his Underworld family and the oath he swore to Zeus under duress. Forced to play both sides, Morpheus sees no hope for the rebellion.

Hermie and Hestie share Morpheus's despair. Although Poros turned them into gods, the transformation has only heightened Hermie's debilitating fears. And even Hestie's fierce determination isn't enough to overcome her trust issues.

As the gods square off, how can one identify the friend from the foe?

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Persephone 
An Underworld Saga Prequel 


Unrest brews among gods and mortals alike when Hades makes a deal with the Fates to end his loneliness in the Underworld.

But when Persephone proposes to conspire with him in a plot against Demeter, things get out of hand.

Find out the truth of how Hades and Persephone met and fell in love and the impact it had on the rest of the pantheon in the throes of the Trojan War. Learn how their children--Hypnos, Thanatos, Megaera, Tisiphone, Alecto, and Melinoe--came into being. Discover why they were assigned their respective duties as Sleep, Death, the Furies, and the goddess of ghosts. Find out the real reason why the Olympians possessed such profound disdain for these Underworld gods.

This prequel to The Underworld Saga is more than a retelling of the Persephone myth. Many more of the ancient myths are woven together to reveal the conflict, tension, and relationships among the gods in one of the most beloved pantheons in human history.

Persephone can be read before or after The Underworld Saga, but might be enjoyed best at the end. 




Charon's Quest 
An Underworld Saga Novel 


The ferryman of the dead is forced to leave the life he’s always known. 

Apollo has had a vision: as the life of each soul flashes before Charon’s eyes, the ferryman ages like an old man. Charon needs to experience his own adventures to become youthful again, or he will soon die. The last thing Charon expects is to fall in love with a mortal woman—someone he can’t take with him when he returns. Charon must decide whether to abandon the love of his life or his duties.While Charon's Quest shares the world of The Underworld Saga (a bestselling paranormal romance/urban fantasy series), it can be read before or after or anytime in between the rest of the books in the saga. 





Eva Pohler is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five novels in multiple genres, including mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fantasy. Her books have been described as "addicting" and "sure to thrill"--Kirkus Reviews. 

After teaching writing and literature at a university for over twenty years, Eva is now a full time writer in San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three adult children, and three dogs. 

A reader herself, Eva's stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva's personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience. 




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