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Alphas Origins by Ilona Andrews

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From Ilona Andrews—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic Shifts and the Kate Daniels novels—comes a stark, seductive tale of a world torn asunder by supernatural gifts and irresistible passions...

Karina Tucker is driving a van of children home from a field trip when an unplanned detour to a seemingly ordinary rest stop changes her life. There, she witnesses a world beyond humanity’s sight, of frightful powers and chaos, where she is in death’s grip... before an irresistibly dangerous male saves her—only to take her captive.

For she is a rare commodity in the shadowy realm she’s entered.
Karina soon finds herself caught in a violent civil war where those with inhuman powers strive to destroy each other without mercy. And it becomes all too clear that she must make a choice: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of her own destiny and fight for survival against impossible odds.

Alphas: Origins originally appeared in Angels of Darkness.



Alpha Origins opens a gateway into another interesting Ilona Andrews world. Karina's character is unique and unlike previous characters in Andrews writings.  There is a quite strength about her that has yet to reveal itself in its entirely.  Lucas is a mystery as are all the gripping men in the story. The connection between Karina and Lucas promises to be stormy and sexy. 
 I look forward to reading more.   

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Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. 

This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.


Marvelous A Promise of Fire!  Hello Amanda Bouchet! 
Prepare to be engrossed in this incredible fantasy novel from the very first page to the end.  The first installment in the Kingmaker Chronicles definitely sets the stage for what promises to become a fantasy favorite.  A Promise of Fire is action packed, infused with witty humor, and delights with superb romantic tensions .  Each chapter draws you in as you become acquainted with the hero, heroine and the side-kicks.   It has it all and readers will come away with a need to read more about the Kingmaker and her powerful captor.  A must read!!!

Buy Now!

Mark your calendars!!!!

Breath of Fire is coming out January 3, 2017

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pub Date: August 2nd 2016

I am loving Fleabag!!!

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Fleabag! Yes, meet a 20 something woman living in London, with a breakneck monologue.

You can now watch the first season here: Season 1

Season 1 
Available on Prime
 4.0 out of 5 stars (111IMDb 8/10
Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Award-winning playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal, while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman

First Episode


This is the kind of show that will shock you every chance it gets and have you cracking up at  the most shocking and ridiculous scenes. Fleabag is a hot mess, that speaks her mind, saying everything we never would dare, but secretly wishing we could.  Prepare to be taken on a bizarre foray into the life of a porn loving 20 something, living in London, surrounded by more questions than answers.  I'll keep you posted as I watch the rest of the season.  

Have you watched Fleabag? What are your thoughts?

Do a bit of research on the word fleabag!  It has quite a few interesting meanings.

Read more about Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)! 





Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Award-winning playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal, while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along.





                Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman
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Fall Shows I'm Dying to Watch!

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Here are just a few new shows this fall that I'm super excited about and can't wait to watch. 

  Van Helsing

Van Helsing is set in the near future, where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing is humanity's last hope, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Van Helsing comes from the producers of Fargo and Hell on Wheels. Acclaimed director/playwright Neil LaBute serves as showrunner.

Friday, Sept. 23rd (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

See more here.

# 2

When the world as they know it starts coming to an end, the Copeland family must face terrifying supernatural creatures and unprecedented disasters, including massive storms, earthquakes, meteor impacts, plague and the rapid decline of civilization. Will they be able to make it through - and figure out how to stop it?

Tuesday, Sept.27th  (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

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The one-hour drama series Westworldis a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

The cast of the 10-episode series includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

October 2nd, Westworld: (HBO, 9 p.m.)

# 4


Hugh Laurie plays as a forensic neuropsychiatrist in this noir-ish psychological thriller based on Kem Nunn’s novel. Gretchen Mol is an alluring patient with a multiple personality disorder who lures the mild-manner Chance into a world of violence and police corruption.

October 19th - Hulu

The Walking Dead


Early Review: The Spaniard's Pregnant Bride by Maisey Yates

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Heirs Before Vows #1

"You'll be mine. You'll be my wife." 

With her identity concealed, Allegra Valenti enters Italy's most glorious masquerade ball determined to make happy memories to sustain her through her impending coldly arranged betrothal. But a passionate encounter with a masked stranger has consequences that tear apart her dutiful life. 

Brooding Spanish duke Cristian Acosta cannot believe the masked siren he let his guard down for was his best friend's sister—the pampered heiress he grew up despising. To safeguard the Acosta legacy, Cristian must adorn Allegra with a trinket of his own—a gold wedding band!



Spicy!!! The Spaniard's Pregnant Bride by Maisey Yates renews my love for Harlequin Presents romances.  The perfect read with a wealth of steamy moments intensified with a very sexy Spanish Duke.  I look forward to November when The Prince's Pregnant Mistress (Heirs Before Vows #2), the second book in the series comes out. 

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Publisher:  Harlequin
Pub Date: Sept. 20, 2016

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Release Day Blitz: The Demon King by Heather Killough-Walden

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The much anticipated THE DEMON KING by Heather Killough-Walden is now available! If you love PNR, readers have said that there are some series' that are completely addictive, and this is one of them! Find out why below! 

The Demon King
(The Kings Series, #9)
by Heather Killough-Walden

Dahlia Kellen has been through hell. Raised in a fae society that slowly drove her mad, she turned traitor against her people and was cast out. But in an act of heroism that clearly exposed her for the good she was, she rose up against the true evil threatening her people, and in her efforts to stop that evil, she was terribly transformed. Now dark, different, and feeling truly exiled in her soul, Dahlia has a chance encounter with a man in Boston. A man whose gaze is as dark and haunted as her own… and whose craven desire for her and dangerous, powerful bloodline will show Dahlia that for her, hell is just the beginning.

“I’ve come with a message about your father,” said the stranger.

“You’re speaking of Marius.” Marius was dead. Laz would know; he’d killed him.

But the messenger smiled. “No, no. Not quite,” he said, white teeth gleaming in an unholy grin. “Think bigger. Think badder.”

Steven Lazarus is a seasoned detective with the Boston police force who has always served and protected, and done so by the book. But the Akyri King’s insides are heating up, a painful yearning is tearing away at him, and his tall, strong body has become capable of a dark, violent magic he can barely control. His dangerous past has caught up with him, and he can scarcely stand to look at his own reflection. He doesn’t recognize the man staring back at him, and that terrifies him. 

Because he knows the powerful, hungry man in the mirror wants Dahlia Kellen just as badly as he does. And if he has to, he’ll raise hell to claim her.

The Demon King is the 9th book in the best selling The Big Bad Wolf spinoff series, The Kings, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Killough-Walden. 

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She wasn’t human. And if he wasn’t mistaken, there was just a hint of something sharp revealing itself when she spoke. Vampire? Akyri? She felt like both and neither. Not that it mattered. All that mattered to Lazarus at that point in time was getting her out of that warehouse and to some safer, less conspicuous place where they could be alone.

But now he was staring down at the animal standing between them. It was a dog of all things, and one that was obviously ready to rip his leg off. Dogs weren’t something he would have pegged as a companion for a creature like the stranger before him. Dragons maybe. Or some sort of unicorn-bunny-kitten mix. Something sparkly, at the very least, with really big eyes. Not mutt dogs. And he was pretty sure this one had fleas.

Confusion joined the vexation of his growing impatience. He forced himself to remain calm. “A friend of yours?” he asked, looking back up. Locking eyes on her was like an immediate reward. But the dog’s growl intensified.

The woman’s brow furrowed. She blinked as if she were coming out of something, and his fight or flight instincts kicked in. He prepared to do the former because he was afraid she would do the latter.

“Yes,” she suddenly said, and her expression changed. Fierceness slipped into her eyes, and her jaw set. She looked from the dog back up to him, and as she did so, she placed her hand lovingly on the dog’s head. The animal let out a soft whine, licked its lips once, then slid back into warning mode, baring its teeth at Lazarus. “So if you don’t mind, we’ll be leaving now,” she asserted.

Laz’s attention spiked. “Oh, I won’t argue with that,” he said.

She would be leaving, just not without him.

The Kings Series

Also Available in Audio

About The Author

Heather Killough-Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband, child, and King Charles Cavalier. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series, The Kings series, the Lost Angels series, the October Trilogy, the Neverland series, and The Chosen Soul series. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let’s Go Pens!)

You can find Heather at


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