Review: A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf, Book 12) by Terry Spear

seal wolf christmasReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Bjornolf Jorgenson is in the Amazon jungle singing “Jingle Bells” – that makes for an interesting picture. He’s there — along with Anna Johnson — to help rescue a family. She’s a woman that knows how to take care of herself as well as help lead her group through the jungle. Bjornolf and Anna are a very interesting couple. Once the job in the Amazon is complete, they are given a very interesting job.

If you consider yourself a romantic, you’ll love the job they have been given. It comes at the perfect time since Christmas is almost upon them. One thing I love about Terry’s wolf series is the sense of community and family amongst the packs – and what better time than around this special holiday.

You will find that our author doesn’t shortchange her readers once the main characters start getting hot and heavy. You’ll need to open the window to let the cool air in or at the very least turn the air conditioning on – as my mother used to say “Hubba, Hubba, Hubba!” And it doesn’t take away from the main purpose of their job.

With all the paranormal/fantasy shows on TV this year, it would be really nice to see this as a television series. The only thing is, I would hope that they stay true to what was written in order to do the books justice. I would hope that they not put it on one of the movie channels just because not everyone subscribes to all of the paid channels.

Besides the music, you can tell that this is a Christmas story because of the snow, the Christmas tree, and all the trappings. What a great way to get you into the holiday mood and a hunky SEAL ain’t bad either – I wouldn’t mind if he was under my tree this year. If you decide to wait and read this around the holiday, why not put on some of your favorite holiday music – while you cuddle up by a fire (if you have a fireplace), with your favorite blanket, and your favorite hot drink.

But if you don’t want to wait, that’s ok because this is a book that I feel that can be read at any time of the year. Yes, it’s about the spirit of the holiday but I feel that it’s more about their shifter ability and the job they must complete. Terry leaves you wishing that you had some shifter ability. But would we use or abuse what most others would be jealous about? Since there’s no way that I will ever be able to switch from human to wolf, I’ll just have to keep reading The Heart of the Wolf series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read any of her other wolf books yet, this can be read as a stand-alone. But I would hope that it would also leave you wanting to read the other 11 books that have come before.

[Rating:4.5]

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My Writing Process

Guest blog by Kristin Miller, author of Gone with the Wolf

First, I have to say thank you for having me on your lovely blog today! I get asked a lot what my writing process is like and where I write, so I thought I’d take some time to break that down.

As for my process, it’s pretty simple. Usually a scenario or scene strikes me first, and I stew for a bit on how to mold that scene into a book. It’s like looking at a piece of wall art, deciding that you love it and want to buy it, then trying to imagine where you’d hang it in your house. You’ve had that happen before, right? Yup, it feels exactly like that. After a few days a character takes shape, and for me, it’s usually the hero. I keep a notebook for each book I write, and as the scenes and characters grow, I write them down. Within a week or so, I have the hero and heroine mapped out (their physical description, emotional baggage, former relationships and how they changed them, etc.), a few key scenes that need to happen in the book for the characters to grow, and the big black moment that’ll tear the hero and heroine apart.

Easy, right? 😉

As for where I write, take a look:

Kristin Millers desk

The notes for my current work sit to my left, my cup of coffee to my right, and a box of general writing stuff (contracts, notes from previous books, etc.) behind the laptop. I wish I could get rid of that gigantic printer, scanner, fax machine to my far right, but the cord that came with the machine is too short to allow it to be at my feet. (Had I known, I would’ve invested my cash elsewhere.) The desk sits in my living room so that I can write while my kids play. It’s difficult to get work done when I’m constantly breaking up fights and getting snacks from the pantry, but I’d rather know what my munchkins are doing than be locked away in an office where they’re left to their own devices. :shudder: I also have a tiny canvas hanging on the wall in front of me that reads: your story matters…tell it. When something in the writing process becomes difficult, I glance up remind myself that I have to keep plugging along.

Every now and again I take my laptop and run to my nearest Starbucks to write. I order a Grande Zebra Mocha, sit in the corner, and type away. 🙂 Those writing days usually turn out to be the best (though they’re few and far between) with clean words and pages written quickly.

Gone with the Wolf was mostly written at my desk. Drake Wilder, the CEO Alpha werewolf hero, came to me first and Emelia Hudson, his carefree secretary came to me second. I knew I wanted to create an ememies-to-lovers relationship, and I knew they were going to be perfect for one another, even though they’d fight me on that idea to the very end.

gone with the wolf

Gone with the Wolf

By Kristin Miller

Entangled Publishing – April 2013

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

Title: Gone with the Wolf
Author: Kristin Miller
Publisher: Entangled
Imprint: Covet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 207 pages
Release Date: April 23, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-144-2

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kristin millerAuthor Information

Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in northern California, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Kristin taught high school and middle school English, married her college sweetheart, and had two beautiful munchkins. In 2008, she took time off from teaching to raise her children, and started writing while they napped.

Her first novel was published in 2011, and since then she has had seven other novels published (mostly paranormal romances). She is the author of Gone with the Wolf with Entangled Publishing, the dark and gritty Vampires of Crimson Bay series with Avon, and the short-but-steamy Isle of Feralon novellas with Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.

Author Website:www.kristinmiller.net

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KM_Miller

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Review: Prince of Power (Chronicles of Yavn, Book 2) by Elisabeth Staab

Chronicles of Yavn prince of powerReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Thad Morgan is King of the vampires and this is his sister Tyra’s story. Elisabeth starts the action right from the first page. Tyra bites Anton in the neck – she’s a vampire. Anton happens to be the vampire’s sworn enemy – he’s a wizard. But when it comes to falling in love, hormones can’t really tell the difference.

Elisabeth happens to write a scene where Anton is hiding out at Tyra’s place and like a light switch being turned on, he turns into a total alpha male – loved it! There are just two words to describe their first sex scene – hot and steamy. And then you have to laugh about what happens next – especially when it involves Tyra’s full name.

Anton’s father is back in this book and he appears to be as deranged as he did in the first book. Going back and reading book one will give you a better understanding who and what the Master is. It also gives you more insight into how Anton came to be where he is at the beginning of this book.

Another good part of the book is seeing other characters that were in the first book. They show the reader what a close-knit group they are. They watch each other’s backs and really care about each other. And then Elisabeth will have you trying to figure out who will be the main character in the next book of the series.

One thing that I loved about this book was that Elisabeth didn’t make Tyra and Anton’s story an easy one. If something is worth having, sometimes you just have to work for it. Plus sometimes family history can get in the way. But when love is involved, there are ways to overcome anything. Plus if things were easy, I don’t think this story would hold the reader’s attention. And you wouldn’t be looking forward to when book three will be coming out.

I went to Elisabeth’s web site and saw a twitter feed that stated that she has two more books scheduled but I couldn’t find out what the next title will be or when. So, we’ll just have to be patient. And again if you haven’t read book one yet, after you finish Tyra and Anton’s story go back and read the book that started the series.

[Rating:4.5]

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Get into Bed with Sara Humphreys (Author Interview)

Sara Humphreys 1Keira: You’ve created a complex and captivating world of shapeshifters in your Amoveo Legend series. For those who aren’t fully familiar, please tell us a little bit about the Amoveo and the books in your series so far.

Sara Humphreys: Thank you! The Amoveo are a secret society of dream walking, telepathic shapeshfiters in search of their one true mate. They are made up of ten different animal clans and if they don’t find their pre-destined mate by the age of thirty they begin to lose their abilities and will die. They can only have children with their mate so for all of their strengths they’re actually a rather fragile race. If you kill one Amoveo, the mate dies and you wipe out the possibility of offspring. Until recently they thought their mate could only be another Amoveo. However, what they discover in UNLEASHED (#1) is that there are human/Amoveo hybrids who have been hidden around the world.

Keira: Let’s imagine that your world is reality! If there are shapeshifters among us, what would be some of those key signs or traits the Amoveo have?

SH: All Amoveo have large eyes, not freakishly big but strikingly beautiful. They’re all gorgeous (hey, why not?) and the men are tall and physically fit. They live among humans but would be secretive and most of them choose to live in rural areas so they can roam freely in their clan form when they want to.

Keira: Your heroine, Layla, has been avoiding her mate and is literally hiding from her destiny! What has made her put up these walls?

SH: She only knows a little bit about the Amoveo and none of it is good. As far as she knows, her mother was driven insane when she found out Layla’s father was a shifter and her father abandoned her. Her adopted siblings, also hybrids but from the Wolf Clan, had parents who suffered as a result of their mating too. Their father was murdered by his own people and their mother died when they were toddlers. Layla is under the impression that hooking up with an Amoveo man won’t end well and she resents that her life is left up to the fates.

Keira: What are some of the things about William you think readers will really love?

SH: He’s a stiff and I think they’ll enjoy watching Layla loosen him up. He’s all alpha-male and fiercely protective of her but he doesn’t force himself on her. I think his willingness to be patient is sexy.

Keira: When you’re not writing, what can we find you doing?

SH: If it’s work hours and if I’m not writing, then I’m working on the business of writing. (marketing, blogs, etc) If it’s home hours, then I’m cooking, cleaning or hanging with my boys. If it’s downtime then I’m diddling around the internet, reading (my TBR pile is huge) or watching a little television.

Keira: We love your videos of reviews and author interviews! Who have been some of your favorite authors to chat with (provide links)?

SH: Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if anyone watches those. My favorites? I can’t possibly pick one! So many of these folks have become my friends and I adore them all. That’s one of coolest things that has happened since I’ve been published. The friendships I’ve made have been such a gift! Here’s a link to my YouTube channel. Come on by! http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUTOaoH2_IDnF8Z8idCZmK7Q

Keira: What’s the most surprising thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a romance author?

SH: Aside from the wonderful friendships I’ve made with readers and authors, I’d have to say the ability to live my dream. I never thought I’d be able to do what I’m doing for a living. I wake up every, single morning and throw a prayer of gratitude to my guardian angels. I’m blessed in so many ways.

Keira: Please tell us where readers can find you on the web, and what’s coming next for you!

SH: I’m working on the fifth Amoveo Legend novel, UNCLAIMED, and the second vampire book from my Dead in the City series (look for book 1, Tall, Dark and Vampire in August 2013). I’m also excited to be branching out and trying a new genre! I have a contemporary romance series coming with Sourcebooks. The Holding Out for Hero series will feature men in uniform and I’m thrilled to try something new.

Thank you so much for hosting me here today! Readers can find me at:

Untamed Cover

UNTAMED BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012

An ancient race of shapeshifters has lived secretly among humans for thousands of years…they are…the Amoveo

HER WORST NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE…

Layla Nickelsen has spent years hiding from her Amoveo mate and guarding a devastating secret. But Layla’s worst fear is realized when the man who haunts her dreams shows up in person …

HE HAS FINALLY FOUND HER…

William Fleury is as stoic as they come, until he finds Layla and his feelings overwhelm him. She won’t let him get close, but then an unknown enemy erupts in violence and threatens everything Layla holds dear…

Praise for the Amoveo Legend series:

“Compelling… Deft world-building and sensuous love scenes make this paranormal romantic thriller an enjoyable journey.” —Publishers Weekly

“The characters haunted my dreams…I thought about this book constantly.” —Long and Short Reviews

“I loved the book. I’m looking forwards to many more in this series.” —Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick

“Fast-paced paranormal romance with fantastic world-building.” —The Book Girl

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com or follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara.

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Review: Killer in Wolf’s Clothing by Kelli A. Wilkins

Killer in Wolf’s ClothingReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is a book that you will need an open mind in order to read. It is a M/M romance with some BDSM. Just because it’s a gay romance don’t let that stop you from reading this story.

Greg and Larry are playing some bedroom games 😉 Kelli shows her readers that Greg and Larry can be like any loving couple. But then you’ll find that she has added a paranormal twist to her story.

Deke is someone who’s not very happy with Greg. Wait until you see the kind of appetite he has – and I’m not just talking about food. One great thing about paranormal authors is that nothing is off limits – the sky’s the limit. Anything is possible and there are no boundaries.

Kelli could have gone the easy route and just made the story about Greg and Larry. But she has given us a mystery plot and the guys need to solve it. For me, it’s the mystery that keeps me turning the page not all the sex. Don’t get me wrong that sex is great in a story but for me there has to be more than just that to hold my attention.

The impressive thing is that Kelli gets her tale done in less than one hundred pages. And when you have finished reading it, you won’t feel cheated. She does a great job of keeping you interested. You will not want to put this down until you have read it from the first page until the last. I’m a fan and can’t wait to read more of her work.

[Rating:4.5]

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