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Spotlight on Cameron Lincoln ~ Writer of Romantic Erotica

About this author

Cameron is a gentleman writer of romantic erotica featuring a variety of scenarios and fetishes, catering to both male and female tastes. His novellas and shorts are available as ebooks on Amazon, Smashwords & Lulu, and will soon be available in print. He also writes exclusive content for numerous websites including hosiery tease tales for MoreThanNylons.com and intense hardcore erotica for CrazySlutty.com.  If you like well-written, thought provoking filth any one of  his stories is for you.

All of  Cameron’s  work is available to buy on Amazon UK, Amazon US and on Smashwords.

You can follow him on Twitter @Cameron_Lincoln and his official Facebook page also at cameronlincoln.wordpress.com – and like all authors  he loves getting feedback and chatting

so stop by to say hello, I do …….a lot!  He always makes time for his followers 🙂

Cameron is currently working on his first full length novel, set in the paranormal romance genre and I’m told that he is currently working on chapter two so I’m patiently waiting!

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Maria Unchained by Cameron Lincoln 

Reviewed by Rachel

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In all the stresses of daily life and single-motherhood, Maria has forgotten who she is. The face in the mirror is not hers, it belongs to someone who forgot how to live, forgot how to be wild. A younger girl inside her, with all her fantasies and secrets, is desperate to get out.
The a friend recommends Cherry Blossom Global, a women’s only club that caters for any fantasy, any sexual desire, and delivers a discreet and thrilling experience tailor made for every customer.
It’s time for Maria to remember who she was in her youth, a wild girl with a desire to be enslaved…

EXCERPT

She closed her eyes and breathed as deep as the constrictive corset would allow, her last breath before diving beneath the surface, and she said the words aloud that she had told them she would, the trigger to her fantasy.

“Come and get me.”

The room fell to darkness.  The frame of light bulbs left a ghostly afterimage then faded into oblivion.  Pitch black, the only sound that of her shallow, expectant breathing.  She stayed that way for several interminable moments.

Maria was listening for footsteps but none came.  She thought she heard someone else in the room breathing, but when she listened closer there was no such sound.

And then there were strong hands upon her, reaching from behind, one going to her throat and clasping it tightly, the other to her wrist, twisting it into place in the small of her back.  A hard body pushed itself against her back and a booted foot kicked her feet apart.  She let out a mewling whimper, uncontrollable.

A cheek pushed against hers, clean shaven, and she smelled aftershave in the blackness.  A mouth, so close to her ear she felt his hot breath, said in an earth trembling baritone: “What do we have here?”

“A slave,” she breathed, barely more than a whisper.  “Your slave.”

The firm hands relaxed a moment then returned to her throat.  She felt a band of cold leather against the skin there, wrapping around and tightening, making each breath she took catch a little on its way to her lungs.  The collar closed.  She felt the slender chain that was attached go taut and she followed the mystery man where he led, through the pitch black, careful with every step.  He led her through the room and she felt the atmosphere change as they passed through an unseen doorway; they were in a wider space now, her footsteps now echoing on cold stone.

She went fifteen feet or so, then her guide said: “Kneel.”

“I can’t see,” she explained quietly.

Those hands were on her bare shoulders now, forcing her down with tremendous pressure.  Her knees buckled and hit the concrete, protectively padded in her boots but she thrilled at the feeling of discomfort that shot through her.  The chain went taut again as she heard him moving around.

A match sparked in the darkness and went to a candle mounted on an iron stand, then another a few inches away, then another.  He went to several more of these, lighting them slowly, deliberately, each new flame revealing more of the surroundings.  Her eyes adjusted to the candle light swiftly and she saw she was kneeling in the centre of a half dozen of these candelabras, the centre of attention.

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For me Maria Unchained has been my favourite of Cameron’s books  (I’ve read them all) maybe because is was the first one of his books I read or because I loved  all of Maria’s emotions and  desires and of cause Cherry Blossom Global!

Cameron writes beautifully and creates a very raw and intense story which kept my attention from start to finish.

A Thoroughly enjoyable and highly-charged erotic story that draws you in and you will definitely be investing more reading time with Mr. Lincoln once you have read this.

4 APPLES

Showcase of Cameron’s books

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SMOKE SIGNALS

A smouldering novella exploring fetish, addiction and vice.

Aaron Blackwell is a photographer with an eye for a marketable trend, and he’s determined to crack the lucrative landscape of online fetish photography. But his passion lies in more than just the monetary, and his own personal fantasies soon take the spotlight when Angel Drake wanders into his studio.

Angel has her own history with an addictive, intoxicating fetish, and she’ll reveal to Aaron the nature of her desire and tell the tale of how she went from being a naive girl to the confident woman before his lens. With cravings ignited, the pair realise they share a bond to vice that can’t broken, and embark on a night that will never be forgotten…

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EXTRA  MARITAL PLEASURES

Louise and Joseph’s short relationship has been a whirlwind of flirting passion, three weeks of sneaking around and clandestine sex. Louise is under no illusions that she is the other woman in Joseph’s life, a mistress, giving him what he is not getting at home.

But when Joseph suggests an evening at his own house while his wife is away, things were always destined to go awry, and the balance of power is about to shift. Louise will find out that Joseph’s wife isn’t the shrinking violet that they always assumed her to be..

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DIVINE ANGELS

Davina is a lady of poise and distinction, her femininity her greatest weapon — aside from the one she keeps between her thighs. A favourite on the tgirl scene, Davina has seen it all, until the day Angel walks in to her life. A fledgeling gurl with a stunning beauty which only needs little help to be cultivated to perfection, Angel wants to be taken under Davina’s wing so achieve all she can be.

From the steamy booths of Davina’s favourite nightclub to a latex clad romp in her inner sanctum, Divine Angels is a story of nurtured potential and passionate genderbending love.

This story features hardcore transgender sex scenarios for only the most adventurous of readers. Try it, you might just like it

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SMOKING BOSS BITCH

Mike is being made to work late by Miss Harper, the kind of woman who makes grown men shake in their boots.

Mike has some naughty fetishes – women in gloves, nylons, PVC and rubber clothing, smoking cigarettes – and he hopes thoughts of these will keep him warm on his long shift under Miss Harper…

But he’s about to be called into her office, and those fetishes may not remain thoughts for long!

This book contains a strong female and man begging to be made her slave, and features an array of sensual fetishes

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A FRIENDLY RIVALRY

For Kathryn and Shelley a friendly rivalry had always been present. Their friendship had weathered petty jealousies, puberty and conflicts over the opposite the sex, but the endless one-upmanship had never gone away. It was a game to them, a constant game of friendly, soon to be sexual dominance.

Now they’re going to push the game further than every ever before, exploring themselves, each other, and any guys lucky enough to get in their way…

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THE MADISON BANQUET

Hannah is stuck between a rock and a hard place; half the world thinks she’s too innocent ever to do anything wild, and the other half always seemed scared whenever she tries. With a string of unsatisfying encounters behind her she opts for a dramatic act to truly show the world who she is.

Fate puts her in touch with the Madisons, a wealthy couple who invite her into their home for a banquet that neither the Madisons, the guests or Hannah will ever forget.

Three Course Fuck Fest offers the perfect menu of sensual and hardcore sexual abandon. Indulge your appetite…

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SUBMISSIVE DESIRE

Meet Miss Veronica. Professional online camgirl, dominatrix and sexual firecracker. She’ll give you the night of your life and make every dirty dream come true, as long as you can pay the price.

In her off hours, Veronica is an unassuming girl next door with her own secret wishes and needs. When a girlfriend at the end of a boring relationship requests Veronica’s expert help in closing out the coupling, Veronica’s two lives meet in spectacular and steamy style.

Featuring male and female domination and submission in the digital world and the everyday, Submissive Desire will unlock your deepest desires and leave you begging for more.

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WAVES OF PASSION is the first part of HOLIDAY HEAT, a serialized tale of romance and erotica that will fulfill your cravings for a wild week in the sun!

For Rob and Suzie a week away on a beautiful Greek island is just what they need. A way to put behind them the stresses of work, to relax, have fun and explore their new relationship. Along for the ride are Kevin and Donna, the kind of people for whom a wild night is never far away. Together they’ll have a week they’ll never forget.The week on a Greek island paradise continues…

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TIDES OF LUST is the second part of HOLIDAY HEAT, a trilogy of romance and erotica that will fulfill your cravings for a wild week in the sun!

A heady cocktail of sun, sea and sex is the perfect way to relax for four friends. Passions build and indiscretions are bound to follow. How will Rob, Suzie, Donna and Kevin deal with their new feelings and desires?

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OCEANS OF DESIRE is the third and final part of HOLIDAY HEAT, a trilogy of romance and erotica that will leave you breathless.

The week on a Greek island paradise comes to a passionate and steamy conclusion…

Rob, Suzie, Donna and Kevin are all hiding indiscretions from the partners with whom they arrived on the island . How much longer can those secrets remain hidden, and what will happen when the truth comes out?

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Cameron Lincoln

@Cameron_Lincoln

Gentleman writer of romantic erotica. Ebooks & web content. A geek who loves a natter.

Tumblr: http://cameron-lincoln.tumblr.com  Blog:http://bitly.com/POOLJ3 

cameron-lincoln.com

~Rachel ~

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FREE Short Story By Thomas A Meyers.

Today we bring you a FREEBIE short story from the author of the Eric Elmoor Sage. Yes i wrote that right, totally FREE! The Initiative is an all new FREE short story that takes place before ERIC ELMOOR AND THE GAUNTLET OF GODRIC. But enough gibbering from me, you want the story so here goes…….

THE INITIATIVE – an all new FREE short story set in the Eric Elmoor universe.

The wheels of the tram hitting the tracks below sounded like an unyielding thunderstorm. The cacophony was relentless on the way toward Egremont. Somebody oughta fix that, Robb thought.

He always hated these assignments at the end of the month. The tram was packed with agents from the United Novogard Initiative who were assigned to the same duty he was: collections. It was an unenviable job, but it was a job. During his two year tenure with the Initiative these tasks never got any easier. In fact, with each passing month, and the more suffering he saw, the more an undeniable guilt boiled inside of him.

Luckily, the view outside the tram was beautiful enough to provide him with the right amount of serenity to momentarily forget what he had to do. The glass separating him from the outside provided a soothing chill to his forehead as he stared at the rolling hills and mountains speeding past him at an ungodly rate of speed.

“What’s your problem?” asked one of the agents. Robb removed his head from the glass to see that his boss, Falmir, was looking at him with a most quizzical face.

“Nothing,” said Robb resolute. In truth, everything was wrong. What they were about to do was thievery and no one seemed to feel any remorse about it except for him. Falmir wouldn’t understand. He’s been with the Initiative for years and it’s rumored he’ll soon be promoted to a cushy job permanently settled in Gondlair. Falmir was loyal almost to a fault, seemingly becoming so embedded in the Initiative’s ideology that he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, see what was wrong about this whole situation.

“Doesn’t seem like nothing to me,” Falmir snarled. “Can I count on you to get the job done?”

“Haven’t you always?” Robb cringed at that, thinking it may have been a bit too sharp to be saying to his superior, but it was out now. He would now have to deal with whatever Falmir threw at him.

“Be careful. I don’t want any mistakes,” growled Falmir as he moved further back into the tram to harass other agents.

Robb placed his head back onto the glass, feeling the piercing cold rush through his skull. Villages came into view now. They must be getting closer to Egremont.

The tram began to slow. The squeaking of the brakes rubbing the single two-way track that stretched between each of the three major cities stabbed at his ears.

Picking up his empty duffel bag, Robb scanned the tram to see that almost all of the agents were doing the same thing. A few didn’t move a muscle. They must be the team headed to Thornburg and the surrounding villages. Robb noticed that Falmir didn’t move a muscle. He must be going with the other team. Thank goodness.

A massive circular wall surrounded Egremont just as it did Gondlair. All three major cities had the same wall. It was meant for protection from a number of vague threats outside the Novogard Assembly territories, but to Robb it made the cities feel more like prisons than anything else.

As the tram crawled to a halt at the designated platform, he could already see the multitude of Initiative troops standing by to partner up with their assigned agents to provide guard duty for the task ahead. It was more a formality than anything else. The villagers never really were much of a threat other than their occasional verbal spat but the Assembly and the higher-ups in the Initiative wanted to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible…all while showing the commoners who were really in control.

The tram doors slid open as each agent was immediately joined by their escort of three troopers all dressed in sleek black armor complete with a darkly tinted helmet which allowed for no hint at who was underneath. Each trooper carried a standard issued plasma rifle that could put down almost anything that stood in its way.

As Robb exited the tram his escort was on him in an instant. They introduced themselves in flat tones as they seemed to brag about their ranking and service records. All Robb cared to hear about were their names: Gabe, Talon, and Bethian. After the formalities were over, the stoic troopers led Robb through the wall and out to a procession of horse drawn carriages waiting outside the city. The multitude of agents and troopers loaded into the carriages one by one, Robb and his three escorts being one of the last.

Robb had always found it amazing that the technological advances that the Novogard Assembly prided itself on weren’t shared with the surrounding villages and townships. It seemed as if those outside the cities were still stuck in some distant past that they could not escape from. Some reasoned that the technology had to be strictly controlled so it would not fall into the wrong hands. Robb found the reasoning to be a load of codswallop.

Once inside the carriage, Gabe informed him that they would be going to a village called Rivermill. Robb recognized the name, he had been their before several months ago. The Warden of the village was a most animated portly fellow called Skarn. Robb’s previous experience with him was less than savory but uneventful nonetheless. Robb just wanted this all to be over with as soon as possible.

The driver slapped the reins on the two horses as the carriage lurched into motion and they were on their way. Rivermill wasn’t far from here, but judging by how fast the carriage was moving it would be a long ride. Robb decided to try to sleep, a task he was unable to do before this morning. The bumps on the dirt road would provide a most annoying obstacle in an attempt to rest, but he had to try. Everything about these collections was mentally draining. Resting his head against the pathetically padded seat, he closed his eyes.

Some time later, Robb was both thankful and angered for the annoying tug on his clothes that awoke him. Gabe stood over him. “Sir, we have arrived.”

As Robb lifted his head, a searing pain passed through the back of his skull – no doubt caused by the lack of cushion the carriage provided.

The doors swung open as Robb gazed upon a village draped in squalor. The villagers were dressed in rags. Guards roamed nearby who were adorned in tattered armor and chain mail that were long outdated.

Stepping off the carriage steps, the three Initiative troops moved into a triangle formation around him as they motioned their pulse rifles towards anyone who was looking their way. The only problem was that everyone was looking their way. Everybody here knew what Robb’s arrival meant and they didn’t need these dimwitted soldiers to antagonize them anymore.

“Can you three please lower your rifles? These people have enough to be angry about as it is,” Robb said.

“Sir, we’re here to protect you,” Talon replied.

“Trust me, these people are far too tired from real labor to do anything. Besides, it’s not like the Assembly arms them so fiercely as they do you.”

Robb brushed through the three troopers and made a beeline for a building straight ahead that contained the Warden’s office.

“Sir, please exercise caution,” pleaded Bethian.

“I have exercised caution quite enough in my life, thank you,” Robb retorted.

As the three troopers struggled to keep up with him, Robb gazed around at the tattered buildings on either side of the dirt street. Everyone in the village seemed to have stopped what they were doing to catch a glimpse of the “Collectors” – those that brought them such economical woes. A father stood outside his shop door as a small boy with a dirt flecked face looked out the window.

No face was without despair. They only served to hasten Robb’s gait.

Arriving at the Warden’s office, Robb found himself face-to-face with another guard adorned in rusted armor and wielding a pathetic spear.

“State your business,” barked the guard.

Robb laughed. “You must be new.”

The guard shifted nervously on his feet. “State your business.”

“You know who I am, son. You know why I’m here. Now get out of my way and let me do my job,” Robb demanded.

The guard stepped to one side, albeit noticeably uneasily, to let Robb pass.

“Thank you,” Robb said as he turned to face his three escorts. “You three stay here.”

“Orders dictate that we be present during the collection process, sir,” Gabe stated.

“I don’t need you raising anymore tensions. Watch those horses over there. They look most threatening,” Robb said as he walked through the door to the Warden’s office.

As he rounded the corner, Robb found Skarn already waiting for him. But something was noticeably different. Skarn knew instantly what Robb was thinking. “See what happens when you go a month with barely any food?”

The portly fellow that Robb remembered was no more. Now there was a thin, nearly emaciated, man standing before him.

“What happened?” Robb asked, stunned.

“The Assembly happened. The Initiative happened. You happened. What in the bloody hell do you think happened?” Skarn retorted.

“How long has Rivermill been without provisional assistance?”

Skarn guffawed. “What provisional assistance? You mean those trifles they send every two weeks that some bureaucrat thinks will suffice to help people out here in the real world? Provisional assistance my back side.”

“I…I’m sorry,” Robb replied, his tone genuine.

“And here you are again with your hand out,” Skarn said.

“I’m not the one with my hand out.”

“Oh, no. Of course not, my boy! You’re just the blasted idiot they sent to do their dirty work for them! Oh yes, indeed! You are completely innocent. Here, let me fetch you your money.” Skarn reached under his desk.

Robb watched as the Warden threw a small bag of coins onto his desk. “What’s this?”

Skarn raised a single eyebrow. “What’s this? What’s this, you ask? It’s our earnings…excuse me, our taxes young man. The Assembly demands one third of all wages. Well, there you go.”

“This is it?” Robb asked, grief striking his heart as the question left his lips.

“There is nothing else to give but the flesh off our bodies. And if you want that you’re gonna have to take it from me because my people have been doing the best they can with what they got and it ain’t much. I’ll be certain to mention that in the next Grand Council,” Skarn said, his face hardened.

“It isn’t right,” Robb whispered.

“Come again?” Skarn asked.

“It isn’t right,” Robb repeated louder.

“Well I’m glad you see the obvious in our predicament. But what can we do about it?”

Robb took a moment to contemplate the question posed to him by the Warden. The strife caused by the Initiative and the Assembly upon the citizens living outside the three cities have left an undeniable mark on him that he was unable to shake. He wished he knew what could be done to end the suffering. Everything he thought of led down a path that would have regrettable consequences. Every choice led to risk.

But perhaps the risk was necessary to take. Maybe to gain something in the end, something else had to be sacrificed. He couldn’t believe what he was going to do, but it had to be done. Even if Rivermill wouldn’t be saved by the actions they took here, maybe it would spark something in others to take action as well and make a stand. He had to make a decision. They had to make a decision. Here and now. If it wasn’t done then the agony would only continue on and may even worsen.

“I can’t accept your payment,” Robb said.

“I’m sorry?” Skarn asked.

“I will not be taking your money,” Robb stated, absolute.

“Are you mad? Do you have any idea what the Assembly will do to you? To us?! The danger is far too great.”

“The risks are extraordinary, but someone, somewhere, at some point must stand up to the bureaucrats and say ‘no more.’ We can be those people.”

“This is an act of insurrection,” Skarn pressed.

“Let it be called such. If we should succeed, however, we will be hailed as heroes,” Robb said.

“Ah, so you seek glory?”

“No, only to live life without the burden of oppression.”

Skarn sat silent for a moment. No doubt weighing the risks of this course through his mind. Clasping his hands together and bringing them to his chin, he stared off somewhere in the distance away from Robb.

“Very well,” the Warden finally said.

Robb was taken off guard by his response. Sure enough, that was the response he was hoping for, but it was unexpected as well. Skarn stood straight and reached out his right hand. Robb took it firmly in his grip. Everything was about to change.

Hopefully for the better…

“Ahh!”

The scream came from outside. The handshake that made Robb and Skarn traitors to the Assembly was broken as they rushed toward the window.

Outside, they spotted three imposing figures dressed all in black unleashing arcane spells upon the scant buildings of Rivermill – driving people out in droves.

As the citizens flooded the streets, each were brought down by one or more of the figures in blasts of terrible red light. Men, women, and children…no one seemed off limits.

The screams were deafening.

Robb spotted the three Initiative troopers sent to escort him to Rivermill engage the figures. Their pulse rifles seemed of little use against their foes as they were brought down in an instant.

Rivermill guards didn’t even bother to engage after watching the slaughtering of the Initiative troopers. But as they turned to run, they too were brought down in flames wrought of the arcane arts.

As the destruction continued, it dawned on Robb that the figures were coming closer. The realization hadn’t escaped Skarn either as he quickly moved away from the window and toward the door.

“Where are you going?” Robb asked.

“The hell out of here! You would be wise to do the same,” Skarn shouted back.

The moment Skarn opened the door and entered the hallway, a red light flashed outside the room, and where the Warden had once stood there was only a pile of ash on the floor.

Robb couldn’t help himself but remain absolutely still. He didn’t know if it was out of cowardice or courage in the face of imminent death.

His eyes were fixed on the doorway as he heard the distinct thud of boots hitting the hardwood floor and coming his way.

Soon enough, a hooded figure peered through the door, saw Robb still standing by the window, and turned to whisper something to his two companions.

As the tall, imposing figure entered the room the other two remained outside.

“What is your name, agent?” the figure asked.

“Robb Reinhart,” he managed to finally say after a moments hesitation.

“You bore witness to our power, I assume?”

All Robb could offer in reply was a single nod.

“Very good. I want you to do something for me.”

“And what is that?” Robb asked nervously.

“I want you to return to your beloved city and tell your High Council about what you saw here today. I want you to tell them that The Order has come to collect a debt and as long as the Assembly continues sending emissaries into lands that are not their own and trying to force an alliance, we will continue collecting. No township or village is safe as of this point forward.”

“You’re not going to kill me?” Robb inquired.

“No. Enough blood has been spilled this day.”

The figure began walking back to the door as a burning question raced through Robb’s mind. “Why are you doing this?”

The figure stopped and turned. “I do this so that my people may live a life without the burden of oppression.”

“By killing innocent people?”

The figure moved away from the door. He approached Robb until they were face-to-face. Robb could barely make out the man’s features under the cloak but could tell that he was deadly serious.

“Anyone who willingly allows their leaders to behave in such a manner as the Assembly have are just as guilty as they are. No one can claim innocence when they fail to act against such tyranny.”

The figure left the room at a brisk pace as his two companions followed him out of the Warden’s office.

Robb looked out the window as the three cloaked figures left Rivermill behind them still aflame.

What the figure had said to him stuck in Robb’s head and kept repeating itself…

“No one can claim innocence when they fail to act…”

Robb knew he was on the verge of acting.

But this changed things.

The power The Order had at their disposal was nothing to scoff at. All of a sudden, an inner debate raged within him.

Should he warn his superiors or let The Order continue their endeavor?

It seemed as if they were fighting for the same thing Robb desires. But the deliberate extinguishing of innocent life was inexcusable.

The debate was settled. This was not the way he wanted change to come about. Perhaps in the future, he or someone else would bring about a shift.

But it wasn’t today.

Today he had to find a way to warn the Novogard Assembly of what was coming…

The story continues in
ERIC ELMOOR AND THE GAUNTLET OF GODRIC.

Will we see Robb again?  Who were the three “figures” destroying Rivermill?  You will have to keep reading the books to find out!

Did you enjoy that?! Stupid question right! Well, now you’re hooked go buy book 1 of the Eric Elmoor sage.

UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eric-Elmoor-Gauntlet-Godric-ebook/dp/B00AK21Z48/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419314&sr=8-1&keywords=eric+elmoor+and+the+gauntlet+of+godric

US ~ http://www.amazon.com/Eric-Elmoor-Gauntlet-Godric-ebook/dp/B00AK21Z48/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419350&sr=8-1&keywords=eric+elmoor+and+the+gauntlet+of+godric

And to feed your obsession that will grow with this sage you can get all the updates and maybe teasers, because he likes to do that to us! In the following places ~

Facebook page ~ https://www.facebook.com/#!/EricElmoor?fref=ts

Goodreads ~ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6696172.Thomas_A_Meyers

Twitter ~ https://twitter.com/tommythescribe

And a little birdie tells me that Book 2 of the Eric Elmoor Sage, ERIC ELMOOR AND THE CHALICE OF CAMERON, is coming soon! BIG girlie Ekkkkkkk!!

~Nicola~

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Complete Me (Book 3: Stark Trilogy)

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Complete Me (Book 3: Stark Trilogy) By J. Kenner
Reviewed by Amanda

I was so excited and lucky to receive an ARC of this book through NetGalley. The release date is scheduled for July 30th and if you have not read this series, you need to.
I was nervous to star reading because I knew this was the last book but it totally does not disappoint! I love Nikki and Damien and by the end of this book I loved them even more. Damien’s story is heartbreaking and hard to read at some points but he is such a strong person in this book. I love that he is not weak and he gets things done.
I also adore Nikki and Jamie. They are two girls I would love to hang with.
The last half of the book is definitely the best and I wasn’t expecting the turn it took.
My only complaint is I wish there would have been an epilogue. I did get an ending I wanted but I felt like I needed just a little bit more! I totally recommend this book/series to anyone that enjoys the 50 Shades and Bared to You erotic romance type books. Great book! I will miss Nikki and Damien. Below is my favorite quote in the book

“I love you Nikki. I say it with every touch, with every look, with every breath that I take. I love you. I love you so much it hurts.”

5 APPLES

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New book from Adriane Leigh

Whatever you’re doing right now stop, just for a moment. Remember my “pantie ripping” review of Steel and Lace by Adriane Leigh? Here’s the link to refresh your memories https://orchardbookclub.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/steel-and-lace-series/
Well this fantastic lady has a new book out, The Mourning After.

imageAnd if I know her this book will be awesome ! I have it to review so keep your eyes peeled! But if you would like to take to plunge and buy it now (which I recommend) here are the links

UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mourning-After-ebook/dp/B00DNKTAD2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1372357463&sr=8-8&keywords=Adriane+Leigh

US ~ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DNKTAD2/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

~Nicola~

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Zomprom: A High school zombie romance

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B9DNA18/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_img_sol_1

Zomprom by Chris Everheart
Reviewed by Nicola

Fancy a quick and quirky read? Then this is one for you…..

Ever liked a boy so much that you tell your friends hoping that they tell his friends and then they tell him? Or written him a soppy love letter? How about letting your science experiment bite him in the hope that playing nurse will make him fall in love with you but for karma to bite you in the ass and he instead turns into a Zombie! And in the process totally ruining Prom night because all the boys in town slowly turn into Zombies (like I said, Quirky!) but an entertaining afternoon read.

Not my usual read by far but a very entertaining read. Boy likes girl but too shy to do anything about it until Candy gets the stupid idea of “If our science experiment bites him I can look after him and hopefully he will fall in love with me”
I think all girls, at least one point in their lives have a stupid idea like this (come on, admit it!)
I read the whole book while I was sat in he car waiting for my Daughter to finish dancing. There are a few laugh out loud moments and I would recommend it to he teens.
Like I said its quirky but fun, give it a try….. You may even enjoy it 😉

3 APPLES

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Orchard Girlies Interviewed by Maggie Thom

Interview with Nicola Higgins from The Orchard Book Club
May 29th 2013
A Book Blogger’s Journey through Reading – Maggie Thom – http://www.maggiethom.com

Today I am really excited to introduce to you one of eight women who started the Orchard Book Club, approximately six months ago. I am going to be doing a series over the next couple of months so that you can meet all of them. If you haven’t checked out their blog, you need to. They do a lot to help authors, not only by reading and writing good, honest reviews but they help authors by hosting interviews and getting the word out about their books. What I really like is that often two or three of the ladies will leave their review on the same book. Very cool idea. They’re pretty funny ladies as well. I ‘met’ them when I sent them Tainted Waters to review. I have been chatting with them on Twitter and I have to say they make my day when I do. I pretty much always have a smile after our talks.

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I’d like you to meet: Nicola Higgins
Book Blogger’s Bio:Books ripe for the picking
Orchard Book Club Book Reviewer Website:https://orchardbookclub.wordpress.com/

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1. When did you start reading?
I have always enjoyed reading, but when I was younger it had to be something I wanted to read and not something I was forced too. I remember at school we were asked to read Jane Eyre for English, I could have cried! It wasn’t my kind of book and if I’m honest I only skimmed the book….. But don’t tell my English teacher that!

2. What was the first book you remember reading?
Urm…….. I think it was called Forever. It was a little bit naughty (not like the smut today) but I did have to hide it from my Mum.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
My Mother-In-Law lent me a Karin Slaughter book for one of my holiday’s, since then I have been hooked. Not only on Karin’s books but reading in general.

4. What was the first book that had a real ‘wow‘ factor for you?
It has to be the Harry Potter books. I just loved the whole idea of going off to Hogwarts, the magic and the mischief that they got up too………… And let’s admit we all want to ride the Hogwarts express!

5. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you‘ve read over the
years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. sci-fi and
then romance, then paranormal, then espionage….
Since starting Orchard Book Club I have read every genre there is but I’m a sucker for the Thrillers. I lent a friend a couple of them, he returned them unread saying I was twisted for likening them!

6. Who are your favorite authors and when did you start following them?
I love Karin Slaughter ( i have every one of her books) Val Mcdermid and Feye Kellerman, I have followed them for years. But I also have a few favourites from our review authors, Darcia Helle – her books just grab me! Maria Savva, Daniel Diehl and Thomas Meyers.

7. What genre(s) do you read today?
Anything, if it has words on the page I will read it.

8. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
The story has to flow for me, I can’t do with if flipping from one thing to another then back to where it started. And detail, I love a book with detail. I don’t want to spend all my time googling something because of the lack of detail.

9. What got you started with reviewing books and posting online? And how long have you been doing this?
Our so called “reviews” started just over 6 months ago with us girlies chatting on twitter about Sylvain Reynard’s book, Gabriel’s Inferno (that’s where our name came from) then one of us suggested we started a facebook page where others could join in. It took off rather well so I suggested we open a twitter and blog part and since then things have been crazy……. But the good kind of crazy it’s strange in a way, out of the 8 of us that run Orchard only 4 of us knew each other, now we are as thick as thieves

10. How many books do you read on average, in a year?
Before the club I’d say about 10 over the year (and that’s pushing it) Now I’d say anywhere up to 50!!

11. Anything else you’d like to share?
Me personally I would like to thank our authors, without them we wouldn’t have our club and without knowing it I love being a part of it, so thank you for sticking with us……. It really means a lot.

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How and where to connect with this book blogger:
Facebook
Twitter
GoodReads
Orchard Book Club Blog

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Thank you Nicola. Awesome interview. I loved it! I too had to hide a few books from my mom but they were nothing like what’s in the books today. I am a sucker for thrillers, also. Thank you for sharing your journey. And thank you for helping authors. You truly help to make a difference.
Aren’t these golden apples awesome? That’s what The Orchard Book Club use for their rating system for their review of books. Pretty cool hey? I think it’s very unique and classy.

5 APPLES
Orchard Book Club – Meet Rachel
June 24th 2013
A Book Blogger’s Journey through Reading – Orchard Book Club – Maggie Thom – http://www.maggiethom.com

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I am truly excited today to introduce you to another one of the eight ladies who make up Orchard Book Club. They read and review books, posting on their blog. If you haven’t checked them out, you need to. Classy, funny ladies who write honest reviews and give their honest opinion. To say thank you for what they do, because they don’t get paid, and because I have a lot of respect for what they do, I asked to interview them.

Orchard Book Club: https://orchardbookclub.wordpress.com/

Today I welcome Rachel to my blog. Here is her journey through reading.

1. When did you start reading?- I started reading from a young age but more so in my late teens.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? – Charlottes web and the B.F.G god I’m going back a bit!

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading? – My parents always read to me so I suppose I grew up with books.

4. What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you? – Phew hard question, over the years so many but at the beginning I suppose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then Harry Potter right into present day when now I want to meet a CEO!

5. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. sci-fi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage….

– I read all sorts…I don’t like autobiographies or nonfiction….I like escapism when I read I started reading Paranormal, wizards and vampires, which I still like now, also read a lot of Romance and Chick lit and Erotica.

6. Who are your favorite authors and when did you start following them? – This is a tricky question as I like to interact with all the authors that I read and I do get a huge smile when they tweet or message back, have become friends with many. Love Freya North (even got my name in one of her books ) Got all of Sylvia days books, Maree ward-russell, Cameron Lincoln and Racheal Wade I chat with and follow on twitter, plus so many more!

7. What genre(s) do you read today? – Anything and Everything now I review!

8. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you? – There has to be a flow to the story. Love twists that I never saw coming, heart stopping moments where I have to read faster to see what happens, being  so gripped I’m reading until the early hours, parts where I have to tell someone about the book, and books that give me a “book hangover” where I cannot start another book as still living in the last one.

See I’m a book nerd!

9. What got you started with reviewing books and posting online? And how long have you been doing this? -Only started reviewing a short while ago about 8 months I would say. It all started on twitter I jumped into a conversation between Nicola and Tina about a book and we just clicked, shared the same love of books and fictional males lol. It grew from there, we started the Orchard Book Club page on facebook and had a good response so we progressed to other social sites and I love it! We have some fabulous followers and authors.

10. How many books do you read on average, in a year? Looking like I could reach 40-50 this year!

11. Anything else you’d like to share? I’d like to say ‘‘thank you” to you for having me do this interview, and thank you to the amazing authors who have shared their books with us and to our followers who make it fun. Lastly, I was lucky to find 7 amazing, beautiful and slightly crazy girlies they make me smile every day, friends for life I hope x

How and where to connect with this book blogger :

Facebook

Twitter

GoodReads

Orchard Book Club Blog

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Awesome interview Rachel. Thank you. Getting your name in a book, pretty cool. I too love books that give me a hangover and won’t let me read another one for a while.

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The Englishman by Nina Lewis ~ Excerpts, Reviews and a Giveaways!

Today we bring you The Englishman by Nina Lewis.

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With excerpts, our reviews plus the added bonus of giveaways!!

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Book blurb ~

Anna has landed her dream job as an Assistant Professor of English literature at a prestigious college in the South. Instead of charging ahead with her career, however, she is confronted by hurdles, pitfalls and mysteries. Why does no one restrain the demented hoarder who secretly uses her office as his private storeroom? Who is responsible for her sudden loss in salary? What is behind the vandalism in her department? Is it a personal attack against her irreverent and somewhat unconventional teaching style?

Professor Giles Cleveland is supposed to mentor her in all this, but he’s arrogant, sardonic, condescending, disconcertingly attractive and – Anna keeps reminding herself as the temptation to start a kamikaze affair with him becomes overwhelming – absolutely out of bounds. Anna and Giles grow increasingly reckless and it is only a matter of time before they will be caught and Anna’s career will crash and burn. But when the crash comes, it’s worse than Anna imagined. And far better than she could have dreamed.

Review by Rachel ~

I was really looking forward to this book, the title and cover really grabbed me, but I did find this book a little difficult to get into at first. Unfortunately the first few chapters I found were very slow and long winded and it left me wondering where the story was going. The story did however start to unfold as Giles and Anna’s relationship grew and then I wanted to read how it developed.

The story has some quite detailed accounts of the characters lives and upbringings. As a whole the author does write the story very well but for me the story was too long with some unnecessary plots and the ending was a bit lame.

No book is going to reach everyone, every time and for me ‘The Englishman’ is one of those books. I had to make myself finish the book and it was an effort.

Just making the 3 Apples

3 APPLES

Now lets have an excerpt, out of the four that were sent I HAD to pick the smutty one 😉 ~

He pushes the low table to one side with his shin and sinks onto the sofa, pulling me with him. I try to sit demurely with my feet on the floor, but he hooks his arm underneath my knees and lifts me right onto his lap, my legs along the length of the seat. The dim light from the Christmas festoon shines onto him; and my heart skips a beat. He looks radiant. I smooth the silver hair back from his forehead and marvel at the look of happiness on his face. Incredible as it may sound, he is as delighted with me as I am with him. We kiss and kiss; his hand slides up from my waist to my breast; with his thumb he chafes the hardening tip until I gasp.
“I was hoping you’d say that,” he whispers against my mouth. “Tonight, however…”
Then his hand is on my silken knee, caressing my thighs with a mixture of delight and confidence that is absolutely irresistible. Again his fingers glide across the lacy border between silk and skin, only this time they’re doing so on the inside of my leg, which is a dozen times more sensitive than the outside. For a while that’s where they remain, traveling along the lace edge from thigh to thigh.
“You’re not angry with me anymore?”
His fingers tighten on my flesh. “Don’t ask me that.”
“Giles, please…”
“I wish I could take you in the middle of Library Square,” he says, and I can hear his hurt in the hoarseness of his voice. “At midday, on a hot day in summer. So I could see your face, and the whole world could see your face, when you come for me!” The back of his index finger runs over my lower lip, and I catch it between my teeth, bite and release.
“I don’t come for you, you arrogant male!”
“Yes, you do.” His fingertip returns to the danger zone on my lower lip, and I nibble at the pad of flesh, but gently. “I know very well that I can’t make you come.” He is watching my mouth, his eyes glistening. “If you’re willing, I can help. That’s all.”
His wry statement makes me laugh; I don’t know whether he is being coy or candid. “Mommy’s little helper.”
His eyes shoot up to mine. For a second or two he looks almost shocked; then his features soften.
“Kiss me again,” he whispers, and there is now a catch in his voice that tells me as much as the state of his cock that playtime is over. I kiss him without hesitation, and as our tongues meet, his fingers slip inside my panties and he finds me. My entire consciousness gathers in the pool of sensation between my legs; my whole self is at his fingertips as they inch across the fleshy mound and descend into the moist curls of hair. For perhaps a quarter of a minute he sits motionless, cupping me in his warm, large hand. Then one finger, the whole length of it, dips between the swollen, exquisitely sensitive lips. My hips pick up the rhythm and move against his hand.
“Like that?” he asks huskily.

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Review by Nicola ~

I wont lie, i struggled with this book. Not because it was written badly but because in my wisdom i decided to save it for my holidays (with NO internet) and I struggled with all the English lit references, could have killed for Google at some points!
The first half of the book is pretty much setting the scene (I felt some of the details could have been left out) English lit and College polices and it seemed to take forever for the good stuff to start (I’m talking about Giles Cleveland here) but once we got over that hurdle the story really picked up.
When we are first introduced to Giles I took a instant dislike to him! Arrogant, pig headed and typically English (I can say that because im English too 😉 ) And I didn’t see what Anna saw in him. But when Anna started pushing him away you saw another side to him, kind, caring and sensitive.
As for Anna she confused me, I want him……. I don’t want him…… But then I do want him! Make your mind up girl because I feel like I’m on a roundabout!
And Anna’s friend Tim he had me in stitches, talk about calling a spade a spade! Some of the lines he came out with were just priceless.

As for the ending…. Well it did just that…. Ended! I’m not sure if it ended like that because there will be a book 2 but i was left asking “but what happened to her?” & “What happened to him?”

In all an ok read….. But that’s just my opinion, check it out because you may just love it 😉

3 APPLES

About the Author ~
Nina Lewis wrote her first story when she was nine years old, a drama of love and jealousy set in a circus. Her best friend and she performed it to themselves over and over again, for ever changing the dialogue, conflicts and endings. It strikes her as ironically appropriate that her first published novel is set on a college campus – the habitat of many a strange, loveable or fierce creature. When she isn’t busy training animals to jump through the hoops of college education, Nina is knee-deep in her second novel, which is set in England during the French Revolution – historical romance being her favourite genre of fiction.
Social Media Links for Nina Lewis
Facebook | Facebook author page | Twitter | Goodreads | Website

You can buy Nina’s book, The Englishman is the following places ~

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623420121?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1623420121&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Englishman-Nina-Lewis/dp/1623420121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370881957&sr=8-1&keywords=the+englishman+nina+lewis
Amazon CA http://www.amazon.ca/The-Englishman-ebook/dp/B00CRKLTRO
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-englishman-nina-lewis/1115292649?ean=9781623420123&itm=1&usri=9781623420123
Indigo http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/item/1623420121-item.html?s_campaign=aff-001-1944216-Goodreads%2C+Inc-ProductCatalog-10408997-2227948
Omnific Publishing http://omnificpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=45_19&products_id=105

And add it to you Goodreads shelf here ~ http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17909315-the-englishman

Now for those all important Giveaway links!

2 Signed copies, open internationally.
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/723c3b129/

Ebook giveaway ~
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This tour was run by Literati Literature Lovers. You can follow this tour by filling the link ~ http://literatiliteraturelovers.com/blog-tours/the-englishman/

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~Nicola & Rachel~

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Wendy Ferraro cover reveal!!

We have not one but two BRAND NEW book covers for you today.
Author Wendy Ferraro had her old covers vamped up by Rebecca at Berto Designs and just look at these HOT & SEXY covers!!

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And if these pictures alone don’t have you grabbing these books off the shelf then I’m sure the teasers will!

Hearts ~ “Don’t even think about it Finn!” she said as she tried to stand her ground and not run.
“Too late, I’ve not only thought about it, I’ve committed to the idea.” Seth said wickedly as his face grew into a sinister smile.

Spades ~ “Feel that, Natalie? That is what you do to me. That is the reaction your innocent ways and naïve little oral activities cause. So, you ask why I call us in a relationship, because what you feel against you right now, cannot be faked. I’m going to pop that cherry of yours and I’ll make sure you love every minute, before, during, and after. So, we are in a relationship from this moment on. Get used to it, Babe.” He leaned down and claimed those small lips that he had fixated on for the last forty-five minutes.

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Three of Hearts
Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has
never known but has only dreamed about. She’s fortunate enough to find
a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful
lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment
and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth
Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love.
When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and
sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what
she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as
special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble
are enough.

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Three of Spades
Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and
enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are
pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her
and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire. There is one
catch. He has to play the part of Natalie’s madly in love boyfriend
for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the
two is harder than he thought. Natalie’s days of shyness and lack of
confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves
and demands in the bedroom. Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie
teaches him things he didn’t even know he wanted. Will Hamden’s
notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will
he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of
life, as we all are?

You all hot and flustered now?!? Well cool yourself off with a spot of one-clicking over on Amazon. Link to buy these awesome books are

Three of Hearts ~
UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-of-Hearts-ebook/dp/B009E2YZWY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1371740648&sr=8-1
USA ~ http://www.amazon.com/Three-of-Hearts-ebook/dp/B009E2YZWY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1371741345&sr=8-2

Three of Spades ~
UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-of-Spades-ebook/dp/B00BBZW83A/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1
USA ~ http://www.amazon.com/Three-of-Spades-ebook/dp/B00BBZW83A/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

You can connect with Wendy via Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/BooksByWFerraro

~Nicola~

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Final sale day for an Epic Fantasy Book…

…….. Today is the final day to grab yourself a Fantasy bargain!

Eric Elmoor and the Gauntlet of Godric will be back at full price as of tomorrow so raid the piggy bank and look down the back of the sofa because this is one you don’t want to miss!!

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Simone reviewed this a few months ago and after reading her review I bought it myself and let me tell you, WOW! I loved it, in fact if your still on the fence about it why not read my review (might as well plug my own review 😉 )

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What can I say other than WOW!
My description of this book…….. Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings.

Eric always knew he was different, I mean who has purple eyes? But whenever he brought the subject up with his Mother she either got upset or didn’t want to talk about it, but Eric wants answers! So when family friend, Ben, turns up and offers Eric the answers he so desperately wants, Eric doesn’t hesitate when Ben asks him to join him on a journey that will not only answer all his unanswered question but show him who he truly is.

This is a very well written book and the description of people, objects and locations is fantastic, not once did I struggle to imagine what I was reading.
The author kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time i was reading and there were a few twists that I NEVER saw coming, as well as a few OMG’s and *gasps*.

This is only book 1 to Eric’s journey and It has left me needing to know the rest of the story, a good book does that to you! In fact you know you have me hooked when I buy both digital and paper copies (which I have just done)
All I ask is PLEASE don’t leave us hanging too long Tommy.

So get yourself over to Amazon now!
UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eric-Elmoor-Gauntlet-Godric-ebook/dp/B00AK21Z48/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371570734&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=eric+elmoor+and+the+gauntlet+of+godric

USA ~ http://www.amazon.com/Eric-Elmoor-Gauntlet-Godric-ebook/dp/B00AK21Z48/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371570797&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=eric+elmoor+and+the+gauntlet+of+godric

Ohh and don’t tell Mr Meyers that I told you but he has a NEW short story coming out soon, but you didn’t hear that from me 😉

~Nicola~

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Cover reveal

Today brings the cover reveal of Good Ground by Tracy Winegar.

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It’s an Historical Romance about Jim who’s faith in God is tested by the death of his cherished wife and child. His life becomes barren, and he loses hope and the ability to continue.

But God plants in his heart the seeds of a new beginning and the will to go on through an orphan child. Jim nurtures this child with the same devotion that he invests in his land. The result is a son of whom any father would be proud. Jim’s gift continues through Ellis.

Ellis in turn cares passionately for his own farm, his friends, and eventually another lost soul. When he finds Clairey in the midst of a blizzard, he rescues her from her desperate life, and she grows into a capable a strong woman under his care. Jim’s legacy comes full circle.

All things grow in love. . .

If you like the sound of the book check out the book trailer

And you can also add it to your Goodreads shelf now!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17668598-good-ground

Good Ground is released July 30, 2013 by Omnific Publishing

~Nicola~

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