Friday, December 19, 2014

**Review ~ Hunting in Bruges ~ E.J. Stevens**

Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild, #1)
Hunting in Bruges
Hunters' Guild #1
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3 Bookworms
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Synopsis
The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions - but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger.


I want to preface this review by saying that my feelings about Hunting in Bruges may be colored somewhat by the extreme book hangover I'm suffering...

I liked Hunting in Bruges. I may have liked it even more had I read Stevens' Ivy Granger series, but she did a nice job of explaining the world for the uninitiated. I like the world of the Hunters and I liked my introduction to it. I also really appreciated the detail and historical accuracy Stevens devoted to the story. I've not been to Bruges in person but I can picture it in my mind now. And I also spent some time googling some of the baddies and their connection to the downfall of the Knights Templar.

Hunting in Bruges was a bit slow to start for me and I think it was the worldbuilding that was the cause. As the action kicked in, the pacing picked up and I was drawn into the story. The action was well done, vivid, gory, and had me on edge. My main issue with the story stems from my difficulty in connecting to Jenna, the MC. There was something about her that bothered me and after thinking on it, I decided it was because she's a "Mary Sue" - in this case, a Warrior Sue. She's had a tragic past she's worked hard to overcome and she's an amazing Warrior. She's good at everything she does - moving up the ranks quickly - and she says things like:
"Wasn't that gratitude for you? I raid a vamp next, put down a rabid master vampire, and help rescue a dozen human prisoners and when I make it topside I get told I stink. I snorted and shook my head. Good thing I didn't do this job for the glory and recognition."
Jenna grew on me though, over the course of the story. And the supporting cast was great. I really liked Ash - even if I'd figured out his story from the beginning. Darryl and Celeste were also wonderful additions to the cast - they both contributed some comic relief. 

Overall, I liked Hunting in Bruges. It's well written and the historical detail and accuracy were a bonus in an urban fantasy. The description of Bruges was also excellent. The action scenes were laid out well, making me edgy waiting on what would happen, and cringe when it did. I just think I would have enjoyed it more had it not been predictable - I figured out the mysteries right off the bat - and had Jenna not been a Mary Sue. However, I liked her despite that and I liked the supporting cast as well. I'm also intrigued with the over-arching plot line. So I will check out Hunting in Paris.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

**Sale Event ~ Here, Home, Hope & In the Mirror ~ Kaira Rouda**



Here, Home, Hope and In the Mirror by award-winning author 
Kaira Rouda are both on sale for a limited time!




Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her middling middle-American existence and her neighbors' seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding. But Kelly's own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan.





Praise for Here, Home, Hope

"Reading Kaira Rouda is like getting together with one of your best friends - fun, fast, and full of great advice! Here, Home, Hope sparkles with humor and heart."Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Best Staged Plans 

“I loved Kaira Rouda's book. I love its irony and its courage and humor. . . . It’s the real thing.”Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of Still Summer and The Deep End of the Ocean

“Endearingly honest, consistently upbeat, Here, Home, Hope  is an inspiring read that left me feeling genuinely hopeful.”Jenna Blum, New York Timesbestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers, and one of Oprah's Thirty Favorite Women Writers

“A warm, witty, and engaging debut that had me laughing out loud. Rouda has created a lovable and perceptive heroine who navigates her struggles with honesty and awe-inspiring determination to succeed. A fun and totally satisfying read."Amy Hatvany, author of Best Kept Secret

“I found Kaira Rouda’s debut novel, Here, Home, Hopeinspiring,
empowering  and fun to read. You’ll want to share it with the women you care about in your life.”Roma Downey, actress/producer


Purchase Here, Home, Hope







When determined mother and entrepreneur, Jennifer Benson, is diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility
to tackle her death sentence the same way she’s tackled her life – head on. But while she’s busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a party, staying connected to her kids and trying to keep her sanity, she ignores her own intuition and warnings from others and reignites an old relationship best left behind.

If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect your marriage? How would you live each day? How many warnings would you ignore?

And how would you say no to the one that got away?




 "So if you're looking for an emotional read filled with life and purpose, struggles against poor odds, and revelations surrounding definitions of love and family, then In the Mirror is for you."  - 
Midwest Book Review




Purchase In the Mirror

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About Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR.

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is
publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015.


Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more about Kaira and her books, please visit www.KairaRouda.com.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

**Cover Reveal ~ Past Heaven ~ Laura Ward**


Today we're revealing the cover for PAST HEAVEN by Laura Ward! 
Check out the cover and excerpt below and let us know what you think!


Title: Past Heaven
Author: Laura Ward
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Okay Creations
Scheduled to release: January 26, 2015



BLURB:
Not every love story has a happy ending. Some just change your life.

Liz Atwater’s happily ever after was torn from her the instant her husband, Jack, was murdered. She is forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life and raise her three young sons alone. 

Reynold Carter’s picture perfect Hollywood life ended the moment the paparazzi got hold of his girlfriend’s cheating scandal. As he watches his life unfold in the tabloids, he comes to a crossroads in his career and his purpose. 

When Reynolds takes on the challenge of a new project, his world collides with that of Liz. Neither of them expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love. 

But life is never simple. 

Faced with complications from family, friends, and colleagues, Liz and Reynolds are left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together.

Can they get past the pain, fear, and guilt and risk their hearts to love again?

Not every love story is just a happy ending. Some completely change your life.








He smiled and reached out to hug me. I again tried to swallow around the lump in my throat. After several run-ins with over-zealous fans, I hesitated whenever a stranger tried to hug me. Today I met people that cared so much about each other that handshakes weren’t enough. 

Elwood’s voice was shaky. “My whole life I was called a retard. Told I was stupid, worth nothin’. At Caldwell, they would hit me if I didn’t eat fast enough, make my bed right, or clean the bathroom correct. Took my things, laughed at me when I couldn’t speak, and gave me no respect. Hated it there. I’ll never forget Jack. He met me. Shook my hand. Treated me like a man. He saved my life, and I love him.”

I could only nod as Elwood turned and walked up the stairs to the bus. He waved from his seat as it pulled away. I stood, unable to move, as I watched the bus turn down the street. My thoughts were all over the place while everything around me moved in slow motion. 

Liz turned toward me, and our eyes met.

She looked concerned. “Are you okay? Too much?”


I couldn’t answer her. I grabbed her hand and squeezed it as we walked to the car. It was too much, but it was all the right kind of too much.



About the author:



LAURA WARD is the author of New Adult novel, NOT YET, She lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. Laura married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.


Contact Laura at:
www.facebook.com/LauraWardAuthor
Twitter — @laurarosnerward
Instagram — _Laura_Ward
Email — laurawardauthor@yahoo.com




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

*Blitz, Character Interview, & Giveaway ~ Shinigami Eyes ~ Cheree & Adam Smith**



Shinigami Eyes is now available and I have a fun interview between Matt and Rin for y'all! Also, don't miss out on the giveaway. :)



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Shinigami Eyes
(Shinigami Eyes #1)
Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends.
17-year-old Rin Waters’ only hope is that hers doesn’t kill someone, especially when said imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Finding herself shipped half-way around the world—to Japan, of all places—she is forced to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t even remember.
Rin would rather just forget about the one night that ruined her life and pretend her imaginary friend doesn’t exist—if it was only that easy. When manga-obsessed otaku, Matt, won’t stop pestering her about a manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him, pretending becomes quite a challenge.
Suddenly mysterious accidents begin to happen to students in her school, and Rin has to wonder what length Matt is willing to go to prove his manga is real. Is it all a sham or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?

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Matt: Hello everyone, and welcome back to Shinigami Corner. Today’s special guest is none other than our very own Rin Waters!

Rin: Matt, where are we? What the hell’s going on? Is that a camera?!

Matt: Easy now, Rin. You know how the manga shows events before they happen? Well, this is the omake page. Omake are brief little non-canonical comics at the end of a manga where characters get to kicks back and have a bit of fun. Just think of it as a behind-the-scenes look at Shinigami Eyes.

Rin: What.

Matt: Today, we’re gonna answer some letters from our fans.

Rin: Letters? Wait, we have fans?!

Matt: All the people that read the manga. They send letters to the writer and we get to answer them.

Rin: Huh? The writer gives you the letters? You know who writes the manga? Why didn’t you tell me this!

Matt: He doesn’t give me the letters.

Rin: Then how do you get them?

Matt: I don’t know!

Rin: This is giving me such a headache.

Matt: Just run with it. On to our first letter then.

Rin: Whatever.

Matt: Our first letter is from one Tanaka S., she wants to ask “What is up with your hair?”

Rin: My what? What’s wrong with my hair?

Matt: Well, dyed hair tends to be frowned upon in Japanese society. Your family didn’t ask you to lose the streak when you came over?

Rin: No, they didn’t tell me anything. Even if they did I wouldn’t get rid of it, I’ve had this streak since I was thirteen. It’s part of who I am. I’m not going to change just to make other people happy. Although that would explain why Mum threw a fit when I first came home with purple in my hair.

Matt: Okay, this next question is from BlueFairy982. She asks “Why did your family move to Australia in the first place?”

Rin: We mostly moved because of Dad’s work. He had a job here that used to take him all over Japan, but one day he requested a transfer back to Australia so we wouldn’t have to move around as much. We ended up settling in Sydney, Mum found herself a job in marketing, and the rest is history. 

Matt: Right, here’s one from HiroshiLove, she writes “Stay away from my boyfriend … you skank”? That’s not a question.

Rin: No. It wasn’t.

Matt: Moving on. This one’s from Afuta Yu, they’d like to know “Why does Rin keep hiding behind her imaginary friend? Is she a chicken or something?”

Rin: What! I’m not hiding behind Misa. I didn’t ask her to protect me. I can’t control what she does. If I knew how to get rid of her I would. She’s been nothing but trouble from day one.

Matt: I’ve been meaning to ask, what really happened at the dance?

Rin: Drop it, Matt. I don’t want to talk about it.

Matt: Alrighty then. One from SunEagle357, they ask “Why does Matt keep getting away with causing accidents?” What? I’m not doing anything. I’m trying to warn people! You’d think people would start listening to me after the first seventeen times but does anybody listen to me? No! Knowing what’s about to happen isn’t exactly easy, you know. I try to stop it from happening but nobody ever believes me.

Rin: You have to admit it does seem pretty suspicious. You run up to someone and tell them they’re about to be involved in an accident, and then suddenly it happens. It doesn’t exactly paint you in a good light.

Matt: Don’t you start. You know I’m not the one doing this, right?

Rin: Um, yeah, let’s move on to the next question.

Matt: Let’s.

Rin: Well?

Matt: From DaiHime, “What’s an Otaku?” An Otaku is an enthusiast or fan of one particular hobby or interest. There are many different kinds of Otaku for almost any topic imaginable.

Rin: Funny, I thought Otaku was just anime and manga.

Matt: Nope. That’s the general perception outside of Japan, but inside Japan, Otaku is used to describe anyone with a passionate interest in something. There are train Otaku and gun Otaku and a whole slew of other varieties. It’s a lot more complicated than you’d think.

Rin: I did not know that. Not that I don’t find this fascinating, but could we move onto a different letter now?

Matt: Yeah, yeah, next letter, next letter. This one’s from Afuta Yu. Again? They ask “Do you have your matches?”

Rin: What’s that supposed to mean?

Matt: I have no idea, but it looks like that’s all we have time for today.

Rin: Thank god.

Matt: This has been Shinigami Corner. I’m your host Matt and …

Rin: No. 

Matt: Okay, today’s guest was Rin. We’ll see you next time.

Rin: You’ve got to be kidding me.






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Cheree SmithCheree Smith
Cheree Smith lives in the coastal city of Newcastle in Australia where she is studying graphics design and photography. When she is not hard at study, she is busy writing paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults. She enjoys listening to and learning about legends and myths, watching scary movies and dreaming up new worlds where monsters can come alive. When she is not in her writing cave she can be found listening to music, even dabbling in the occasional writing of music or reading.
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Adam SmithAdam Smith
Adam Smith has always loved the Japanese culture, which began with his love of anime and manga. This helped him accomplish his goal of moving to Japan to become an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Iwate, Japan. When he’s not reading, writing or speaking Japanese, he is working on paranormal, horror and dark stories for young adults with his sister, Cheree.
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**Teaser Tuesday ~ #48**


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild, #1)
Hunting in Bruges
Hunters' Guild #1
by E.J. Stevens
Adult, Urban Fantasy


Synopsis
The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions - but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger.



***Teaser***

I drew two stakes and shifted my weight onto the balls of my feet, a slow smile spreading across my face. When you're fighting for your unlife, it's hard to keep your food from running away.

Monday, December 15, 2014

**Special Cover Reveal ~ Eternal Mates Series ~ Felicity Heaton**

Felicity Heaton has a cover reveal with a difference this time. She's revealing the covers for the next FOUR books in her Eternal Mates paranormal romance series at once. These novels will all be coming out between January 6th and March 10th next year, and every single of one of them are shape-shifter romances.

If you haven't had a chance to step into this passionate and action-packed world of dark elves, fae, demons, vampires, shifters and hunters, then you can take the leap with the first book in the series, Kissed by a Dark Prince, which is only 99c / 99p until January 15th as part of her fantastic Winter Warmers special deals. Find all the deals and links to your favourite retailers at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/paranormal-romance-ebook-offers.php

Back to the reveal? Here are the covers for the next four books in the series and more about them.

Hunted by a Jaguar

Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 4)
Felicity Heaton
A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride?s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.

Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact?a male who declares she is his eternal mate.

Can Iolanthe resist Kyter?s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?

Read a first chapter preview of Hunted by a Jaguar at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/hunted-by-a-jaguar-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Hunted by a Jaguar is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 6th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Craved by an Alpha

Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 5)
Felicity Heaton

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he?s free of a role he never wanted?one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he?s worked towards in the five long years they?ve been apart.

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride?s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

Discover more about Craved by an Alpha at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Craved by an Alpha is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 27th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Bitten by a Hellcat

Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 6)
Felicity Heaton

The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful a rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he?ll be the one paying for helping her?with his heart.

Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she?s one kitty who doesn?t want a collar, and who has spent her life avoiding relationship and is intent on remaining free. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.

Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

Discover more about Bitten by a Hellcat at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Bitten by a Hellcat is due for release in ebook and paperback on February 17th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Taken by a Dragon

Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 7)
Felicity Heaton

Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she?s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy?she might be his fated female.

Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her?to stop her from dying.

Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?

Discover more about Taken by a Dragon at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/taken-by-a-dragon-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Taken by a Dragon is due for release in ebook and paperback on March 10th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Add all the books to your Goodreads shelf at: http://www.goodreads.com/series/115044-eternal-mates

Join Felicity's mailing list to receive notifications when the books are released, PLUS sneak previews of chapters of the books and chances to win signed copies: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/newsletter.php

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

About Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you?re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon