Excerpt: The Charmed Souls by Christine Wenrick

The Charmed Souls
(The Charmed Trilogy, #2)
By: Christine Wenrick
Publisher: Red Treehouse Publishing
Release Date: Nov. 22, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Olivia Ann Greyson is a Charmer, a Dhampir with the power to lure the supernatural world’s most dangerous of creatures – and she’s in an impossible situation. She must leave behind Caleb Wolfe, the strong, protective vampire she has fallen madly in love with, in order to learn how to protect herself from the vampires, shifters and demons that will be drawn to her for the rest of her life.

Human Guardian, Alec Lambert, has been assigned to see to Olivia’s training by the organization he belongs to, which is known simply as The Brethren. He takes Olivia to the group’s stronghold in the mountainous regions of Alberta, Canada, where she discovers the answers to her family’s painful past and the extent to which those hunting her will go to capture her. But she also uncovers many secrets and even more questions about this mysterious group she has trusted to protect her – secrets that will have her fighting to get back to the man she left behind.

. . . but will it be too late?



The first thing I noticed when I opened my eyes again was the darkness outside the glass balcony doors to my room. It appeared so black and still, surely one would be chilled to the bone the moment they moved within it. That kind of steely cold could reach inside a person and penetrate every bone and sinew until one was forced to find a heat strong enough to defeat it. That kind of cold was warring within me now, and the only heat I had to fight it with was coming from the cast-iron stove warming my room . . . and it wasn’t enough.

“Olivia?” Dr. Li spoke softly above me. “Do you know where you are?”

I nodded but offered him no words.

“We brought you back here because we thought it’s where you’d be most comfortable. Do you remember what happened?”

I nodded again, finally noticing his concerned face.

“You have some cuts on your wrist that I’ve stitched up. And that arm was hyper-extended, so it’ll be pretty sore for a few hours. Your physical injuries should be healed in a day or so, but I’ll want to check on you a few times over the next twenty-four hours just to make sure there are no other problems.”

“Thank you, doctor,” Gideon replied when I didn’t. “I can see to her from here.”

Dr. Li nodded. “Let me know if there are any changes.”

After Dr. Li left, Gideon pulled a chair close to my bed but maintained a good distance. His expression was grim, quiet, like a father who was unsure what to say to his daughter after an incident like this. “Olivia, I—”

“Thank you,” my raspy voice scratched against my throat.

His brow arched high in surprise at that.

“For getting there in time,” I finished.



 Christine is the author of The Charmed Trilogy. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her novels. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader, because she herself is such a lover of reading.

You can connect with Christine via her:
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☆ I just finished reading The Charmed Souls and I must say that the excerpt above was the most powerful moment in the entire storyline for me. Rape scenes are my least favorite thing to read, it’s right up there with killing puppies and kittens but the author did an amazing job writing it.

Excerpt: Undeadly by Michele Vail

Today we have a great excerpt to share from the YA novel, Undeadly by author Michele Vail.

(The Reaper Diaries, #1)
By: Michele Vail
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: Nov. 20 2012
Genre: YA


The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird…

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath.

Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another…except, there’s something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly’s got an undeadly knack for finding trouble….


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Review: One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye

One Night with a Hero
(The Hero, #2)
By: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: Oct. 20, 2012
Genre: Contemp. Romance

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He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?


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Review: Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney

Guardians of Stone
(The Relic Seekers, #1)
By: Anita Clenney
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Kendall Morgan is a human bloodhound. Spending her childhood hunting relics with her ambitious archeologist father, she knew the two of them shared a sixth sense for the history and location of objects—sometimes even people. What she didn’t know was that their paranormal gift could ultimately be their undoing.

After the tragic plane crash that killed her father as well as her childhood best friend, Kendall dedicated her life to finding and protecting relics. When mysterious, sexy billionaire Nathan Larraby hires her for his latest expedition—the search for four powerful relics —she’s thrown into a world of high-octane danger. He sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back, but he may have created danger of a different kind.

As the team chases down clues, a man called the Reaper makes a play for the artifacts and will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. What’s worse is that Nathan hasn’t told the whole story, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could cost them the mission…and their lives.


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Guest Post with author Rachael J. Thorne

Today we have author Rachael J. Thorne joining us today to talk a little bit about how not only our fear but the fear from others may tie into our reactions when investigating a haunted location.

Rachael J. Thorne is trying to make it in the world as an indie author between tending her garden and being a geek!
She lives in Essex, UK with her husband and crazy dog.
Last Regress is her first novel and she is currently working on her second, Running For A Life.

For more information about Rachael, check out her website.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Review: Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis


Rescue My Heart 
(Animal Magnetism, #3)
By: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Berkley
Published: Nov. 6, 2012
Genre: Contemp. Romance

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After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.
Holly Reid learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.

For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.



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Men & Women of the Military Giveaway Hop

What’s not to love about men and women in uniform? They sacrifice more than anyone could ever imagine to protect our country. Plus, they look good in their uniforms, not to mention they are damn sexy out of them as well. Trust me… I’m married to a Marine. Which is why there was not a snowballs chance in hell that I was going to miss out on being part of this giveaway hop! Now before we get to the giveaway I would like to share some awesome photos of the people who lay their lives on the line for our freedom.


The Mr.
Two of them were taken at the filming of the Belleau Wood film for the National Museum of the Marine Corp. The bottom one was from his latest promotion when I got to pin him.



Now before you start clickidy clacking away down there… check out the Wounded Warrior Project website and help give back to these amazing people who serve our country!

You can also send books to the troops through Books For Soldiers.

Winner will get their choice of 2 of the ebooks below!

Her Forbidden Hero
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemp. Romance

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You always want what you can’t have…

She’s always been off-limits…

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.

…but now she’s all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection–not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time…

One Night with a Hero
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemp. Romance
He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?

Forged in Fire
By: Trish McCallan
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.

Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm.

As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate.

By: Melissa Schroeder
Genre: Erotica

Francis McKade is a man in lust. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s little sister for years but he has never acted on it. Besides that fact that she’s Malachi’s sister, he’s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex-fiancé. Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time. Still, at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen—and does. Unfortunately, after the best night of his life, he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions.Shannon is blown over by Kade. She’s always had a crush on him and after their night together, it starts to feel a little like love. But, after the mission, Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream. Until one night, her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life.

Kade isn’t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii, or even the last few years. Losing a friend and being injured changes a man, especially one who had never felt so vulnerable. He still can’t shake the terror that keeps him up at night. Worse, he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over.Shannon is still mad, but she can’t help but hurt for the man she loves. He is darker, a bit more dangerous, but beneath that, he is the Kade she’s known for so many years. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.
Because of You
By: Jessica Scott
Genre: Contemp. Romance

Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there’s more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he’ll never see again—until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there’s a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels—for the first time in a long time—like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty—it’s a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected—her deepest desire.

  Until There Was You
By: Jessica Scott
Genre: Contemp. Romance

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.


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Interview with author Calinda B.

Today we have author, Calinda B. swinging by for an interview and to share her Wicked series with us. She’s also offering a $20 amazon gift card to one lucky commenter!

Calinda B was told early on that she should be a writer. She heard frequent praise for her writing, as well as her sense of humor. Scoffing at such admonitions and praise, she went on to pursue her life of adventure, chock full of the things that make up a well-rounded adventurous life: music (yup, she was a singer in a rock and roll band), dance (even performed hip hop in Russia), rock climbing (ever hung from a rock wall a few stories up? Yikes!), fire walking (taught high-ranking Moscow fire officials how to walk the coals), kayaking, scuba diving (she’s in love with sharks), travel, and falling in love again and again.

For more information on Calinda, check out her website.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you Calinda for stopping by to chat with us! Now before we roll into the questions do you mind just telling our readers a little bit about your Wicked series?

The Wicked series is a set of super steamy paranormal romantic adventures. The characters have the same goals as many of us – manifest passionate love, experience greater pleasure, make the world a better place, become a better person – only they find themselves dealing with all sorts of twists in the process. Take Chérie, the young woman from Walla Walla, WA who is the main heroine of the series. She sees herself as a simple, awkward, tongue-tied girl. Who knew that she channels the force of the universe through her body and can do amazing things when she gets turned on? Not only that, she learns that she can trip-hop through galaxies with her lover, stepping on stars, zooming through star-dust and brilliant colors. Her boyfriend Cam, Mr. Here and Now, has to deal with a star dreamling, a vicious creature from another planet that wants to kill him. Every character has to deal with some big issue to get to their goal. Thing is, they never imagined the kinds of obstacles that will get in their way.


Where did the Wicked series come from? What sparked the idea for you?

I’ve always been intrigued by individuals who experienced abuse, sexual insults or addiction and yet healed from these insults, ending up with fascinating, fulfilling lives. What is it that allows a person to cultivate joy and passion out of the ashes of a life that appears tragic? And what if, as an added twist, the characters were immersed in paranormal realities? I decided to write such a series.


Is there is Wicked #4 or perhaps a new project in the works? And if so can you give us a sneak peak?

Oh, I am really excited about A Wicked Ending: Book IV in the Wicked Series! The book features free-spirited, voluptuous Zuri Davidson and her crush on the big, beefy Manoko Wikaira-Williams, a 6’4” Spirit Tracker. When their friends Cam and Chérie embark on a scuba diving adventure, they find a dead wolf pinned to the rock wall 100’ deep. It is speared to the wall in a ritualistic manner, with streaming red silk ribbons, undulating like kelp from the stakes. They bring it topside and the mystery unfolds. Turns out everyone – Cam, Chérie, Zuri, the whale whisperer Kai, his wife Cassie, and Manoko – all play a part in getting to the bottom of this strange finding. There’s mystery, intrigue, sizzling hot passion and even more wicked madness from the villains as all speed toward their goal of finding love and happiness. Here’s a little taste of Zuri to whet your appetite:

Zuri rolled her head side to side against one of the burgundy pillows, as if her skull was undulating in a calm sea. A tangle of her long, mahogany hair flowed like a piece of kelp along the silky surface.

“Mmm…” Let’s stop with these foolish thoughts. Her cheek drifted over a piece of rabbit fur. With fluttering eyelids, she twined her fingers through the creamy strands. “Mmm…” She guided it along her porcelain neck…traced it along her buttery breasts. “Mmm…” This was better. Much better than wallowing in what she could not have…wasn’t sure she genuinely wanted.

The image of a tattoo-covered, caramel-skinned Manoko Wikaira-Williams bobbed to the surface of her awareness like a buried treasure released from the sea floor. Hey there, big guy. A smile stretched across her face. The memory of sitting up all night with Manoko in that freaky spirit-tracking ritual many moons ago stirred liquid heat between her legs. Now he was hot. What happened to him? She hadn’t seen him in a while, not since Cam and Cherie had air-hopped north to Alaska. She was sure he shared their attraction, but…whatever. She was too stoned to care about much of anything.

Fondling her naked body with the furry hide, she jerked, startled when something akin to cool plastic dropped onto her belly. Bolting upright, she shrieked, gaping at a shiny, red-eyed, black-bodied insect. The thing was as large as her hand. Its numerous legs crawled up her goose bump peppered skin. It fixated its multi-faceted, crystalline, red eyes at her. A ripple of revulsion ran up her spine. She screamed and batted at her tummy, hands fluttering madly. “We don’t have bugs like this in Seattle!” she cried, flailing her arms madly at the waxy body. The insect jack-knifed its outer shell and whizzed to the top of the twenty foot ceiling. “Damn it. Get down here, you disgusting thing, you!”

She stared up to where she’d seen the insect disappear. A tiny red glow appeared where the insect had landed. I must be more stoned than I thought.

She dashed into the kitchen and returned with insect spray. She unsheathed the nozzle and began to spray furiously in the cicada’s direction. The toxic fumes merely floated ineffectually to the luxurious tiled floor, making her cough and her eyes water. Crap. Double crap. Her gaze drifted back towards the ceiling. Red smoke was now streaming down from the rafters. She jerked in surprise. The red smoke streamed down and swirled around her head, causing a feeling of dark disturbance in her brain. It felt both hypnotic and horrid. Once more, she gasped. The plumes of smoke streamed around her torso like a silken ribbon, making her stomach convulse, and then wound around her legs and moved away from her. She felt as if she were encased in cement with a fog screen around her brain. What am I going to do? As if she were peering in from across the street, her dark blue eyes watched, mesmerized, as the smoke headed towards the entrance to her sleek apartment and undulated underneath the door jamb.


Since you write erotic romance, would you say that is your favorite genre? 

It is indeed. I like to read a good, nail-biting mystery now and then, or a fantasy mind-warp, but I always wander back toward the steam. I love the writing of JR Ward, Jacqueline Carey and Karen Marie Moning – those authors keep it hot AND interesting!

Our blog is called Book Sniffers Anonymous after all. So I must ask, are you a book sniffer? 

Now that’s an interesting question. I do like the smell of fresh new paperback books, if that’s what you’re asking, it’s true. Technology, however, in the form of Kindles, Nooks and other reader devices, has no discernible smell. The feel is hard plastic. You can’t dog-ear a page in a Kindle. Many scents and textures are lacking. I wonder if we’ll be missing essential ingredients to a good read as our world evolves into the rigid manufactured reality of techno-reading.

Since we always finish our reviews with a favorite part/quote, what’s your favorite part/quote from the latest Wicked novel, Wicked Whispering? 

Here’s my favorite quote segment, uttered by Kai Williams after he’d accepted and embraced his abilities:

“I think there’s no real life purpose. I don’t think we’re supposed to do anything as much as we’re supposed to be something, in a state of perpetual evolution. Like those tendrils all around us. I don’t think they’re doing anything. I think they just are. I think humans get all tripped up assigning meaning to their lives and meaning to their abilities and shit like that.”


Guest Post: One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye

We’re so excited to have Laura Kaye, author of the Hero series, here with us today. She’s talking about the incredible bond between the two leading men in her Hero series. She’s also offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of One Night with a Hero, the latest book in the Hero series.

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

For more information about Laura check out her website.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

(Lux, #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled
Published: May 8, 2012
Genre: YA

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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


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