July Leave of Absence-Blog Hiatus on Posts for entire month.

This summer is promising to be long and hotter than usual again early in the year as we broke 100 way back in May a few times and in June the high humidity and temps have left me limp and dragging!
Taking a month long break from writing blog posts to be published in July but will have plenty to share come August and on into 2014.
Happy July 4th and see you next month!
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Blade has the right idea, it is too hot to do much but sleep!

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Wolf's Bane Release Tour Spotlight Promo post.

Having had the pleasure of reading Bleeding Hearts Demimonde #1 and Blood Rush Demimonde #2 it pleases me to announce book #3 Wolfsbane third book in the  series which was released on June 15th and which will be reading for review in August. 
Today please enjoy the excerpt provided by author Ash Krafton as between June 15th and July 15th she will celebrate the new release with a tour wide Rafflecopter giveaway along with the excerpts and book buy links. Also the first book Bleeding Hearts is available for Kindle and Nook users for only $1.99 which is a great sale price Buy Link Amazon Buy Link B&N for a book over 350 pages!
Book details with buy links
WOLF’S BANE (Demimonde #3)
Genre: urban fantasy
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
Date: June 15, 2014
ISBN-10: 1939056071
When life gives you lemons, all you can do is try to avoid paper cuts.

Since becoming oracle to the demivampire two years ago, advice columnist Sophie has battled werewolves and survived a vampire attack (or two). However, not only was she powerless to save her lover Marek when he slipped to the brink of evolution, she also witnessed his transformation into a falcon, the symbol of Horus United.

Sophie’s quest to save Marek is further complicated when rock star Dierk Adeluf – who also happens to be the king of the Werekind – invites her backstage after a concert. Just when it seems she will find respite from heartache, Sophie is bitten by a werewolf and Dierk decides she is destined to be his queen.

Sophie is caught between the demivamps she loves and the Were who commands her to love him. Throw in his jealous wanna-be girlfriend and an ambush by witches, and there you have the big mess that Sophie calls her life. And, hello? Her soul mate is still a bird.

She’s supposed to be the girl with all the answers, but Sophie needs more than a little advice--she needs divine intervention.
Short Excerpt
“What are you doing?” Dierk sniffed at the air around me, frowning. “You are human, yet you command these demivampire.

You wear their power. Are you a succubus?” “A what?” I knew what a succubus was. At least, Syfy's version. If that's what he meant, I had better be hearing wrong or I was going to club him, superstar or not.

His lip curled. Apparently, that’s exactly what he meant. “A vampire whore.” A condemnation if I ever heard one.

I’d known vampire whores and being placed in the same category as Donna made me want to spit. “Is that what you think I am?”

He shrugged, seeming very comfortable with hurling insults. “Perhaps.” “How dare you!” I raised my hand, intending to slap off his smug expression.

He grabbed my hand before I could strike and held it firmly. Although it didn't hurt, I still didn't like it. I twisted, trying to pull out of his grasp.

“I do not mean to insult you,” he said. “But I am Wolf. This is our world. Don't blame me because my brethren are not overly fond of your demivampire pets.”

“Look. Let's just agree to disagree. Okay?” I struggled to yank my hand loose. His half-smile made me furious.

“You don't like my friends. I don't like yours. Let's just say so long and good night and let me go.” “I cannot.” He lowered our hands to his chest and I could feel his heart beating.

“There is still the matter of the Leni.” “Which is?” His tone made me wary. I was suspicious of foreign words and foreign traditions. I was still trying to figure out the DV, for crying out loud, even with the Sophia giving me an inside track.

 “The Leni is a ritual of destiny. The sensation you experience when we are separated is the sign of the soul-bond. The Leni will determine if it is a true bond.” “A true bond meaning...?”

“It's a mating ritual, you stupid human. Honestly, Dierk, this one? She isn't worthy of ein König!”

I didn't have to see the owner of the ugly voice to know it was my new BFF. “She is an insult to Wölfe. An insult to our Leni. She makes mockery of legend.”

Not that I wanted to agree with the mean bitch, but still. “Dierk, I didn't come back here for a mating ritual.” “Can you deny what you felt when you walked away from me?” His tone was not bossy. It was tender, soft and gravelly. “I know what I felt.”

 “Dierk, you must be mistaken,” Cacilia insisted. “Cassy.” Dierk's voice raised in dark warning. “Now is not the time.”

 “It's never the time,” she said, her words running together in a growl. “I will not abide this.” Pushing aside the people who stood in her way, she stomped out.

“Look, Dierk,” I said. There was something big going on with that woman. I more than suspected the entire drink-down-the-back thing was in retaliation for Dierk speaking to me at the bar.

“I don't want to cause problems with your girlfriend.” He glanced in the direction she had gone. “Cacilia is not my girlfriend.” “Neither am I.” “True.” His half-smile deepened and took on genuine expression. “But you may turn out to be so much more.”

“Do I have any choice?” “Destiny is not a choice, my dear.” Ugh. Dear? “This isn't my destiny. I've already got one.” “We will see.”

He half-turned and called out: “Clear the room.” Immediately, several large men, some of whom I recognized as the lovely gentlemen who’d asked me about a missing wallet, began ushering people toward the doors.

Murmurs of disappointment trailed in their wake. Several DV spikes, questioning, suspicious. It was the DV that were being shown out.

 The people I’d identified as humans, too, I noticed. Alarmed by this, I hesitantly peeked my power out. Only Were remained in the room, and me.

The sudden vacuum made me suck in a hard breath. When the doors closed with a boom, Dierk turned his attention back to me. Gently, he raised my captive hand to his mouth and I felt the scrape of new beard mingling with the softness of his lips. It was a very courtly gesture and I didn't appreciate it one damn bit.

“Destiny…” His voice carried to the corners of the room. The gathered people and wolves held collective breaths, me included. “Determines the path of the stars and the cycle of the moon. We can deviate from our destinies no easier than the moon or the stars can from theirs. I, Dierk Adeluf, son of Schatten, der König von Wölfenkinder, invoke the Leni to determine if it is destiny that our soul-bond become life-bond.”

 Life bond? My eyes must have bulged with the disbelief I struggled to contain. Oh no, he doesn't -- Before I could protest, he thrust our hands out and down to our sides. A wolf bit into my hand.

 The attack was silent. The pain was splintering. The stars and their destinies exploded behind my eyes. I rocked on my feet. Heat traveled up my arm, filling my head and squeezing out my breath. My knees buckled once, twice.

I tumbled forward into Dierk’s open arms. He’d been waiting for me to fall and he caught me, gently sinking to his knees with me, cradling me to his chest. As the room and the light and the sound faded into the haze of heat and pain, the last thing I saw was Dierk's face and his damnable half-smile.
Ash Krafton, Biography 

 Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings... Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong. 

 Her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde is available through  Pink Narcissus Press

It includes the titles BLEEDING HEARTS, BLOOD RUSH, and the upcoming WOLF'S BANE, expected June 2014. Her urban fantasy novelette STRANGER AT THE HELL GATE is with the Black Rose line of Wild Rose Press. WORDS THAT BIND is her first full-length paranormal romance and will be available through TWRP Faery Rose line. 

 In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, some of which earned awards and distinction in several national competitions. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. 

She's a member of Pennwriters, RWA, Pikes Peak Writers, SFPA, and the Maryland Writers Association. She also contributes to Query Tracker's Blog.

 Ash resides with her family in a rural town in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region.

She'll never leave, either, because coal is just another example of a spectacular ending waiting for a brilliant beginning. (It's kinda fitting.) And because, like a black hole, once you're in... ...you can never get out.    

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Elixir {My Thoughts}

ElixirElixir by Ted Galdi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
E Book, expected release 8/5/14
ISBN 139780989850735
edition language English
other editions None found
Source:Netgalley EARC

Book Buy Links
NONE YET as book scheduled to release August 5th

***Coming Summer 2014***

For more information, visit the official  Website.

Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy! However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.

My Thoughts
First thought when contacted by author to see if wanted to read the book for review was it would be a nice change of pace to have a young male lead, plus it sounded interesting to find out more about the premise of the book after reading a few other people’s thoughts. Grabbed a copy pre approved from Netgalley and promised to share my thoughts before end of June.

The book exceeded my expectations, to be quite frank it was one that I even read while eating as could not stop until knew what was coming next for Sean.

The mixture of suspense, fast paced action, intrigue and finally romance worked well to keep me seated as each new chapter revealed more of just how far from normal Sean’s life really became!

When the teenager transitioned into young adulthood and fell in love at 18 was of course the catalyst for change that catapulted readers into a whole new level of tension, especially when his girlfriend became ill and Sean (now James Crater) frantically put his efforts into first formulating than creating a cure for her to take before it was too late.

It was a wonderful thrill ride with many elements combined to make it all the more exciting, the personal growth that Sean went through was intense at times as he had a lot to deal with. The supporting cast, including the villainous Dante, added dimension to round out Sean’s ability to think on his feet and the ending brought us full circle in a way that finally allowed him to come to terms with his lifelong struggle to understand that he was truly given a useful gift rather than a burden of being smarter than everyone else around him.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
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