Friday, January 24, 2020

Convincing You (Sensing Series #2) by J.M. Adele

Welcome to the book blast for Convincing You, the second book in the Sensing Series by J.M. Adele! Please enjoy an excerpt before you download your copy today and then follow the tour for even more fun. Note that the book is on sale during the tour, with proceeds going to the Australian brushfire appeal.

Convincing You

We were connected in more ways than one—I knew it when we met.
What I didn’t know was how close he would bring me to death.
And that death would be a blessing.

Andrea has always been able to tap into messages from somewhere beyond. When she meets Ben, an unrelenting force draws them together. But it’s going to take some convincing to help Ben realise their potential. Ben never thought his friend’s little sister would be anything more than a nuisance. He was wrong. She’d always been so much more. And now, their bond could be severed and her pulse silenced forever.

*Recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. *

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“You’ve gone quiet. What’s wrong?”

I flicked a glance at his nose, knowing that if I looked him in the eye he might see something I wasn’t ready for him to see. Something I was trying to understand for myself before I admitted it to anyone else. I wouldn’t be admitting it to him, that was for sure.

“Hm? What? No, nothing. I’m just hungry.” I hid my hands under the table. Way to play it cool.

One of Ben’s brows inched up.

Tapping a finger on the edge of my seat, I ignored the weight of his stare. The silence was like a wedgie that I couldn’t get rid of.

I cleared my throat and aimed for casual conversation. “So, are you a league convert yet?”

He scoffed. “Never. I was only helping out a friend.”

“If you hate it so much, why’d you do it?”

“I don’t hate it. I’m just loyal to my code.”

“Plenty of players switch.” I picked my brain trying to remember the names Dad had said at the game. “Like, you know, that guy, The King. What’s his name?”

“Wally Lewis?”

“Yeah, him.” I think. He was the only player I could think of.

“Just ’cause The King switched doesn’t mean I have to.”

“Fair enough.”

Ben stood by his convictions. I liked that. My eyes drifted sideways in a bid for some reprieve from his gaze. Two tables away, the boys were slapping each other’s hands, doing some customised shake thing, and laughing like loons.

“They’re good mates.” Ben’s comment brought me right back to those crystal blues.

“They are.” I tilted my head. “Why are you friends with my brother? Seriously?”

His lips quirked. “Stewart’s all right.”

“He’s different with his friends, I guess.”

He hooked an arm behind his seat, twisting his chest towards me. “I know he can be a dick sometimes. He has a weird way of getting attention. He means well.”

The fact that he was defending my brother endeared him to me even more.

“Do you play any sport?” Ben scratched behind his ear like he was uncomfortable talking about Stewart.

I was happy to change the subject. “I dance.”

“You dance?” His brows rose as he leaned back a little. “Like ballet?”

“God, no. I’m not graceful enough for that. Hip-hop is my thang.”

“Your thang?”

“Yeah. Like this.” I jumped out of my seat and gave him a demo—legs popping, arms locking, all while Nelly Furtado and Timbaland sang about promiscuity in my head.

His mouth dropped open and his eyes bugged out.

Am I that bad? I slid back onto my seat, heat infusing my cheeks.

“You’re good.”

Pulling my shoulders back, I puffed out my chest. “Thank you.”

“No, I really mean that.” He blinked, swallowing.

I relaxed against the back of my chair. Sincerity. Another tick on the list of his good characteristics. I was sure there had to be some negatives.

I already liked so many things about him. His commitment. His discipline. His arse. But if I told him, I’d scare him away. He wouldn’t get it. Not for another few years at least. I wasn’t sure how I knew that either. I just did. The thing was, I didn’t understand how or why it was going to take a few years. And that worried me. What was about to go down that I’d have to wait so damn long to have him by my side?

The air grew so thick, my lungs had trouble dragging it in. I shuffled my butt, fighting against the unbearable tug urging my eyes to connect with his. “It was nice of you to help out the opposition, even though they couldn’t find a uniform that fit you.”

He placed his arms on the table, his elbow bumping mine. It was the final yank in the tug-of-war. My gaze snapped to his crystal blue stare.

A hint of a smirk played on his lips. “It’s no biggie.” Deliberately bumping my elbow again, he set his grin free.

He’s laughing at me! My mouth popped open before clamping shut.

The rest of our group approached through the glass, trays in hand. Their arrival would mean the end of our conversation. Last chance to make an impression. “Yeah, you’re right. Their team lost. You were no help at all. I don’t know why Dad whinged that you’re not a league player. Seriously, you sucked. Stick to what you know, Benji.”

Ben’s grin dropped off his face, and his eyebrows jumped high as he barked a laugh.

Like idiots, we grinned at each other, and something more passed between us. That thing that I couldn’t yet define, but saw behind the gaze reflecting back my smiling face. It was so familiar. I’d seen it before. I knew it.

Unbelievably, his face aged ten years in ten seconds. Suddenly he was a man with the beginnings of wrinkles fanning from his eyes. And I was ... huge. I checked myself out. A wedding ring dug into my swollen finger. My stomach was round and full. And moving. We were both naked. Naked!

My gaze snapped back to his, finding his face in transition again. Light reflected off his bright blue irises, splitting into a prism of colour before swirling and blending into a muddy dark brown. A colour that could swallow you whole if you let it.

“Emmeline.” I saw his mouth move, but it wasn’t Ben. I was staring at a young man with scruffy brown hair, sweat and dirt smeared on his neck. “Emmeline,” he pleaded.

Who was Emmeline? Who was he?

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About J.M. Adele

Author of smart, sexy characters, J.M. Adele loves to flit between the dark and light sides of romance. Somewhere along the way an almost constant procession of imaginary characters settled into her thoughts and she picked up a pen to share their stories.

She lives in Queensland with her three greatest loves, her children. When she’s not writing or being a mum, you might find her hiking up a mountain, singing in the car when nobody is looking, or curled up with a good book.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

January $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! Ends 1/26

I was fortunate enough to have some time off over the holidays and did a ton of reading. Some of them were review books, but there are so many I either did one-click or want to one-click. 

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Heroes in Love by David C. Dawson

Welcome to the book blast for Heroes in Love by David C. Dawson! Check out an excerpt from this contemporary romance and then enter to win $10 in Boroughs Bucks and go book shopping! Follow the tour for even more!

Heroes in Love


Can love last a lifetime? Billy Walsh and Daniel Richards never intended to be matchmakers. After all, they're only at the start of their own love story. When Billy uncovers a failed love affair, he learns it lasted more than fifty years until it fell apart. He and Daniel see their own fledgling relationship through the lens of the now estranged couple, and they vow to reunite the elderly lovers. But as they set about their task, the pressure of modern life threatens to tear them apart.

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“Hey. You okay?”

The voice was familiar. Billy pulled back from the window, opened his eyes, and turned to see the black wavy hair and brown eyes of the man he had collided with in the hospital entrance under an hour ago. Clumsily, he tried to wipe his eyes with the back of his hand and merely succeeded in smearing his hand with a gob of snot from his nose. His humiliation was complete.

Then the man’s oh-so-kissable lips moved, and he said, “Come on. You need a coffee.”

The cafeteria was on the ground floor of the hospital, close to the entrance. It was noisy and packed with people, and there was a long line at the counter.

Billy’s Good Samaritan introduced himself as Daniel. He invited Billy to find a table, while he queued up to buy them hot drinks.

As Billy waited, he reviewed the rollercoaster day. True, most of it had been downhill. Steeply. But this last turn lifted his spirits. He looked across the crowded cafeteria at Daniel standing in line. His back was to Billy as Daniel ordered coffees from the bored-looking assistant on the other side of the counter. He stood tall and confident. His dark blue linen suit gave him the look of a Hollywood actor in sharp contrast to the shabbily dressed people on either side of him. His haircut was obviously expensive, and he was well groomed.

Billy looked down at the sleeve of his shirt. The remains of his egg sandwich from earlier was smeared across it. He licked his fingers and rubbed the stain, in the hope of making the stain disappear.

“Here you are. I got some chocolate chip cookies as well. I love them, and I thought you might need the sugar.”

Daniel placed a large plastic tray on the table. He handed Billy a chipped mug of cappuccino, placed a large plate of cookies on the table, and sat opposite. Billy slid his arm into his lap, to hide the egg stained sleeve. “You okay now?”

Billy nodded. “Yeah. It’s been a really shit day, and I guess it all finally got to me. Work went tits up this morning. Then I met my mother’s oncologist this afternoon, and—” He stopped. Not wanting to repeat what he had learned.

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David C Dawson writes contemporary thrillers featuring gay men in love. He’s an award winning author, journalist and documentary maker. His debut novel won Bronze for Best Mystery and Suspense in the FAPA awards, and he has published two books since.

David lives in London with his boyfriend and two cats. In his spare time, he tours Europe and sings with the London Gay Men’s Chorus.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review of The Matchmaker Club (Club Series #3) by Kayley Wood

If you're a fan of rom-coms, here's a new book for you to check out! If you follow the blog at all, you will have seen my reviews for the first two books in the series, The Virgin Club and The Karma Book Club. Today I have an excerpt to give you a sneak peek inside of this one, and then I am giving you my unbiased review. Please enjoy and then follow the tour for more people's thoughts. Be sure to let the author know what you think along the way. And of course, enter the great giveaway at the end!

The Matchmaker Club

How do you loosen up a rigid, brooding billionaire with a broken heart? Nothing a game of Spin the Bottle, a skinny dipping dare, and poison ivy couldn't fix!

This feel-good rom-com is quickly becoming another fan favorite in the hilarious and sweet Club Series.

"I couldn’t put the book down. The story was great." - Jillian – 5 Stars

"OH THE FEELS! A great read!" - littleboodamommy - 5 Stars

"If you like heartwarming romantic comedies then you’ll definitely enjoy this book!" - Amanda Beaumont - 5 Stars

"There are several moments that will leave you giggling, and even more that will leave you sighing in content. You cannot go wrong when you click a book in this series." -Des - 5 Stars

Hilarious. Sweet. Sassy.

It is an indisputable fact that Reed women are not marriage material.

The great-granddaughter of a famous burlesque dancer, the granddaughter of an ex-hippie, and the daughter of an eccentric artist, Taylor quickly learns the heartbreaking lesson of her family curse after her first love ends in rejection.

Apparently, Reed women are not girlfriend material either.

Nestled in a small town in Maine, Cedar Gardens is the worn-down estate which the Reed women call home. But there’s one catch: It doesn’t belong to them. Almost seventy years ago, Mortimer J. Freeman bought the place for his long-lost love, Marlena Reed. Now, his great-grandson—and heir to billions—Lucas Freeman is in town with an agenda: to quietly reclaim the estate and Mortimer’s old love letters to Marlena while avoiding a family scandal. But Taylor’s grandmother has another plan: to play matchmaker with Taylor and Lucas before all three Reed women are kicked out of the only home they have ever known.

The problem? Taylor can’t stand the brooding billionaire, who doesn’t understand the gravity of a triple dog dare or the fun of blowing bubbles in your milk. Responsibility, reliability, and routine are Lucas’s mantra. That is, until the fiery Taylor schemes up a hilarious to-do list to break him out of his habitual shell and, in the process, turns his world upside down.

But falling in love wasn’t part of any of their plans.

Does Cedar Gardens have enough magic to bring Taylor and Lucas together, or will the Reed family curse win out in the end?

THE MATCHMAKER CLUB is the heartwarming, yet hilarious third installment in the Club Series. A New Adult Romantic Comedy full of lol moments, lovable characters, strong female bonds, and gives all the feels!

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“If anyone’s out there, I got a gun and I ain’t afraid to use it!” my grandmother called out.

Lucas must’ve turned three shades of white under the moonlight, his eyes wide as saucers. I held both hands over my mouth to stifle a giggle. The only gun my grandmother had was a BB gun to scare away rodents… and Austin.

“I’m coming out now,” my grandmother warned.

Lucas gripped my arm and pulled me behind him. I almost died laughing right there and then. He was trying to protect me.

The shed light went on, and I grabbed Lucas and yanked him to the ground with me. There were a few clanking sounds, and Lucas pulled me into his arms. I felt myself snuggle closer against his chest. His heart was beating fast.

“It’s okay,” I whispered, and he held me a little tighter.

The last time I was this close to a man was my summer with Austin. I had forgotten how much I missed that warmth.

“What is it?” Lainey called from the house.

“Probably a raccoon trying to get to the birdseed,” my grandmother said before she flipped the shed light off.

When the porch light went out as well, his arms were still around me, and I didn’t want to move.

His mouth went to my ear, sending chills rippling across my skin. “Is it safe to go?”


His arms dropped to his sides, and I stood up. “This way.”

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**My thoughts**
OK, this one is my favorite one in the series. (At least thus far.) We've met Lucas a couple of times before. For some reason, I always picture him as a stuffy older man, but clearly he is not. We had a hint of his deeply buried impish side in the previous book when he meets Mia at the art gallery. But in this book, that fun side finally explodes out of him, thanks to Taylor.

I love Taylor. She has been raised by her grandmother and her aunt because her mother passed away from breast cancer when Taylor was only three years old. To this day, she still pines for her mother. I cannot imagine losing my mother at such a young age. I still getting used to losing my mother well into adulthood just over a year ago. It's beautiful how she is surrounded by her mother's memory in this house with her family. And I love that her mother left her letters with mix tapes so that she could give Taylor advice long after she had passed. The song selections are fantastic and made me nostalgic for making my own mix tapes out of my father's records and songs from the radio.

The two of them appear to be complete opposites on the surface. But inside, they truly are two like souls that are destined to fit together perfectly to complete each other. They have deep family issues and a desire for fun and crazy antics. I both laughed and cried my way through this one.

Oh, and the Matchmaker Club. These shunned women in this small town are actually the ones responsible for helping both men and women find true love. That whole part of the storyline in and of itself is beautiful to read. It shows how wonderful the Reed women are, in spite of the way they have been treated for generations. And really, they are helping themselves as they are helping others.

And lucky for me, there is even more to read in this series! I can't wait until I have time to get to them!

About Kayley Wood:

Kayley has three simple rules in life:

1. Surround yourself with some incredible, kick-ass women you call friends.

2. Don't worry about failure or mistakes. It's how you respond to them that makes all the difference.

3. An appletini is never complete without two cherries.






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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review of The Karma Book Club (The Club Series #2) by Kayley Wood

The Karma Book Club

How does a bad boy finally fall in love? It all begins with a Karma Book, a red couch, a banana costume, and a princess dress...

Escape into the hilarious, feel-good rom-com that will leave you smiling until the very end.

“Kayley Wood mastered comedy romance in The Karma Book Club.” - Jo Jo Maxson - 5 Stars

“This book had me laughing out loud, along with experiencing many heartfelt emotions throughout this grand slam of a story!” - Chick Lit CafĂ© - 5 Stars

“Loved this book from start to end. It made me laugh, it was cute and sweet. The perfect book to get lost in.” - Jessica - 5 Stars

“I just want to gush on how much I loved The Karma Book Club by Kayley Wood... If you are a fan of R.S. Grey you definitely need to get it!” - Kari Valdez - 5 Stars

Hilarious. Sweet. Heartfelt.

Mia never felt the need to speak up for herself. Not with three protective sisters, an assertive boyfriend, and a bestie who has no problem stealing the attention for herself. With a nervous bladder (which strikes at the worst possible times) and a terrible fear of public speaking, Mia is comfortable with the way things are.

That is, until she comes home to find her things packed by the door and faces the news that her boyfriend and best friend have fallen in love.

Now homeless and anything but comfortable, Mia’s sisters come to the rescue (as usual) by helping her land the perfect apartment—but a colossal mishap lands gorgeous bad boy Logan Miller on her doorstep with a key and a lease contract of his own.

In exchange for a free month’s stay, Logan agrees to help Mia find the voice and confidence she now desperately craves. The goal? To finally stand up for herself and give her exes what they deserve.

It’s not revenge. It’s Karma.

Mia’s one rule: No matter how charming, funny, and sexy Logan is, she cannot fall in love with him.

Logan’s one rule: No matter how adorable, sweet, and sexy she is, Mia is off limits.

Are some rules made to be broken, or will Logan turn out to be exactly what everyone warns her he is—a player who will only break her heart in the end?

THE KARMA BOOK CLUB is the endearing and funny second installment in the Club Series. An unputdownable New Adult Romantic Comedy full of lol moments, lovable characters, strong female bonds, and redemption at its finest. Told in dual points of view.

Although each book in the series has its own happy ending, it's best if read in order since all the characters intertwine in some way and tells a larger story as the series continues.

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**My thoughts**
I was preparing to read a different book when I suddenly realized that book was the third in the series. And I had been madly in love with the first one, with all intentions to keep up on this author, but had somehow missed this one. So I immediately one-clicked on this one, knowing that I was going to love it. And I really did.

At first I couldn't remember who Logan was and then just a couple of hints about his past and I mentally went flying back to the first book in the series. You're given enough background to know the gist of what he had done in the first book that has made him such an outcast in the city. And this story can stand on its own. But you're going to want to go back and read The Virgin Club to get the whole story. He definitely has different sides to his personality, one big one that of course I am not a fan of, but really is redeeming himself in this one. He knows he has screwed up. He has been dealing with all of the consequences. And really, he is worthy of getting that second chance.

I really liked Mia and just got her. She is ambitious and knows what she wants out of life, but has always had enough anxiety that she falls just short of where she would really like to be. She caves when the situation gets tough. Or more accurately, her bladder exacerbates the anxiety and makes her have to run off. But now she has been screwed over by her boyfriend and best friend (now both exes of said titles). That seems to be her tipping point. She doesn't realize it, but she is ready to get out there now and kick butt and take names. She just needs a little motivation, and not just from her sisters. 

So her meet cute with Logan, as they were both promised the same apartment by two different siblings, ends up being a blessing in disguise. Logan wants to be a motivational speaker. Mia needs motivation. Logan needs someone to give him a second chance and to see the real him. Mia is able to look past his faults and see the real Logan. They are able to challenge each other as they are working to repair the shambles their lives had turned into. And of course, they have to be attracted to each other. How could they not? They're just right for each other.

And then there are the lessons about the problems of getting revenge and how karma does have its way with people. I think a lot of people today need a reminder about those two areas. Bonus points for all of the inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt quotes. I was taking notes.

So again, I found myself laughing out loud and maybe even getting a hint of moisture in my eyes while reading this one. I read the whole thing in one evening, actually getting annoyed when life would cause me to have to pause for a moment here and there. And I've made sure that my Kindle is filled now with the rest of the series, which I am going to go read right now, because I am getting addicted to this sweet romcom series!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Wedding Day Romance (A Heartwarming WWBM BMWW Interracial Romance Novel) by Frank Robinson

Wedding Day Romance

…………and a face handsome enough to give a young Denzel Washington a run for his money.

When a tall, dark and muscular police detective steps up to save Kellie from her creepy ex-boyfriend stalker, she quickly realizes that the worst dance student she has ever had is also her best chance at true love.

In this captivating interracial romance story, a beautiful and limber dance instructor named Kellie moved to Chicago to start over after a nasty breakup that left her heart in pieces. African American Chicago police detective Jacob Evans tragically lost his big-hearted partner Tom in a brutal shootout. A new country music fan thanks to his fallen partner, Jake has a daunting promise to keep - learn line dancing (which was one of Tom's passions) and stick with it long enough to enter a dance contest. The problem is… Jake can't dance a step.

When Jake comes into Kellie's dance studio one rainy evening to sign up for lessons, their burdens feel lighter the moment they look into each other's eyes. But, their road to romance is a rocky one. Jake's two left feet can improve with practice, but Kellie's past will not let her go.

Wedding Day Romance is a heartwarming story of interracial love and passion, with plenty of BMWW WWBM Romance scenes and ex-boyfriend drama to keep you turning pages until you reach the climax of this rewarding 'Happily Ever After' Romance novelette.

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About Frank Robinson

Frank is an author, musician, songwriter and video producer with a passion for writing books and songs.

Romance books written by Frank are:

Christmas New York (originally titled New York At Christmastime)

Wedding Day Romance (originally titled Let's Dance On Our Wedding Day)

Hollywood Adventures:The Gardener's Tale

Hollywood Adventures:The Nurse's Tale (A Modern Romance)

Hollywood Adventures:The Handyman's Tale (A Romantic Thriller)

From Friends To Lovers

Other books written by Frank:

"Into The Travellers World" was Franks first book, a science fiction short story, based on the Mountain Rio song The Traveller, this was launched in June 2016.

Chevro's Month On Earth - A science fiction short read

The Adventures Of Bobby The Bedlington Terrier:Bobby And The Kidnap Plot
The Adventures Of Bobby The Bedlington Terrier:Bobby And The UFO
The Adventures Of Bobby The Bedlington Terrier:Bobby And The Disguised Woman

Frank writes songs in many different genres and promotes his country songs under the alias of Mountain Rio. All Mountain Rio songs are recorded in Nashville by producer Stacy Hogan and feature the wonderful vocals of Mike Lusk.

Other aliase’s Frank releases his songs under are Athenos, The Amazing Doctor Love, Tinsel, Mixed Bag, The Snowmen and Franchesco De Rosa. All of Frank's songs are released on the Mountain Rio label and are available to download from all major online stores.

Frank has had a number of hits in The Official European Independent Music Chart. The highest entry to date was in December 2015 when his song Babes, a pop/dance track, featuring The Amazing Doctor Love reached number two.

Frank worked in the UK Railway industry for 42 years before retiring in October 2015.
To find out more about what Frank is up to these days, check out his website.

You can also hear more of his music and see a selection of videos on the website.

I was compensated via Fiverr for sharing this book. I only share those books that I feel will be of interest to my readers.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Review of Best Player (Cleat Chasers #3) by Jaqueline Snowe

Best Player

Falling for my brother’s best friend is not an option—right?

Kenzie Hill needs a place to stay the summer before college, so when a spot opens up at her brother Aaron’s ‘baseball’ house, she accepts. Living with a bunch of dudes who walk around shirtless won’t distract her—she has plans and nothing will get in her way. Not even her brother’s best friend.

Tanner Johnson has one thing on his mind—his future in the MLB. After choosing to wait another year before entering the draft, he now dedicates every second to getting better on the field, or letting loose. His best friend’s sister shouldn’t even register on his radar.

The first kiss is an accident and the second leads to more. They agree it’ll just be a fling and that Aaron can never know. Kenzie’s just starting her future, while Tanner’s is already planned.

Falling for her brother’s best friend was never an option—but what happens when suddenly, it is?

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**My thoughts**
I absolutely adore this series, so I was very excited when I saw the third book had been released.

Kenzie and Tanner are playing with fire. They have the most amazing physical relationship (which is going to melt your Kindle), which can be good, but can also backfire. Add in the complication of Kenzie being Tanner's friend Aaron's little sister and it really gets interesting. Aaron would absolutely kill Tanner if he knew the truth about his relationship with his little sister.

While the two of them have a smoking sexual relationship, at the same time they also teach and understand each other on a level that no one else can comprehend. And that's the magical part of their relationship. It's just no one knows about it.

That's not to say they don't have their ups and downs. This is only supposed to be a summer fling, though you know they both want more. Tanner is trying to focus on his baseball career and has a lot of family issues. Kenzie is also no stranger to the family issues and is trying to focus on the start of her college career. But you know they could make it work if they tried.

Loved this installment and really hope there is more coming soon! And yes, it does work well as a standalone, though I do recommend reading the rest of the series, just because it is so much fun.

I received an advance review copy from the author and publisher via YA Bound. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Dragon Mist by David Burnett

Welcome to the book blast for Dragon Mist by David Burnett! Enjoy an excerpt before you download your own copy and then be sure to follow the tour for even more. Leave questions and comments for the author along the way. Best of luck in the giveaway!

Dragon Mist

As the third daughter of a third daughter, dragon-shifter Christine Drachen must mate with a human.

Not all human males are genetically compatible with dragon shifters, and suitable matches are rare in old Charleston. Christine, though, has identified James to be an appropriate match. Even humans who acknowledge the possibility of dragons cannot believe that one can be both a dragon and a human, shifting between the two. As a result, Christine must attract James without fully revealing her true, shifting nature until he has committed to mate.

James gradually discovers what Christine is. She shows him the gold dragon she always wears around her neck. He notices the prints, statues, and tapestries of dragons that decorate her family’s home. Strange noises emanate from behind the Drachens’ house during a party, and James believes he actually sees a dragon, one wearing a necklace like Christine’s. Christine’s last name, Drachen, means “dragon,” and, while she jokes her entire family is composed of the creatures, James begins to suspect there is more to what she says than a simple attempt at humor.

Finally, though, he sees her shift.

To protect their species from persecution, dragon-shifters silence any human who sees one of them shift, and the most practical method is generally death. The rule is absolute. But Christine has fallen in love with James. How can she protect her family without killing the boy she loves?

Dragon Mist is a story of boy-meets-girl, with a few non-human characters, high stakes, a bit of magic, a little humor, and an abundance of romance.

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Skinny-dipping in the Bay is grounds for arrest, but it is after midnight, and officers have more serious concerns than a couple of publicly indecent teenagers splashing about in the cool water. No one will see Bing Bong and me anyway. The quarter moon is rising in the east, but clouds are skidding across the sky, hiding its light, the security lamp halfway across the park seems more decorative than useful, and even though my species’ eyes are sensitive in low light, it is only by hearing its water lapping on the shore that I can tell the Bay lies only a few feet away.

“Are you with me, Dragon Lady?” Bing’s drawl breaks the silence.

My street name, the one by which I’ve been known all summer, is “Lady Dragon,” but Bing insists on reversing the words, making it sound less formal and more egalitarian. Perhaps he cannot remember it correctly. Maybe he simply teases me.

Bing likely believes I adopted my name at random from the small, golden dragon suspended from the chain around my neck, but it is more descriptive than he imagines, referring to my species, the reason I wear the small dragon.

An understandable human error.

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About David Burnett

I live near Charleston, South Carolina, where I walk the beaches, eat fresh seafood, and photograph the ocean, the birds, and the beautiful sunsets. Seven of my nine novels have been set in Charleston, but Dragon Mist is the first to explore the lives of the non-human residents of the “holy city.”

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