Review: Black Widow Witch imaginative urban fantasy

Black Widow Witch by A.J. Locke is the story of Malachi, a cursed witch sent to Earth; her former witch lover Knave; and human cop Julian. The story builds a complex world where cursed witches are mistrusted and often abused by human cops (Julian is an exception to that rule) and witches both cursed and still living in the Aeverneath plot against the powerful witch Queen.

This urban fantasy moves at a quick pace, the characters are well-drawn and engaging, and the foreshadowing enough to let the reader guess at what’s coming without being completely obvious. The only thing that threw me a bit was the ending. A lot of loose threads are there, and I’m hoping that means a sequel is in the works. With that hope alive, I give this book 4 cat kisses.

4 cats


A deadly curse, a dangerous assassin, and one shot to save everyone she loves…

Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.

But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.

About the Author

A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Black Widow Witch is her second published novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.
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Fun Facts about author Sasha White

Up today are some fun facts about Overwatch author Sasha White that you probably couldn’t guess. Plus a look at her latest book in the series, Primal.
  1. I’ve ridden an elephant in Nepal and an Ostrich in South Africa.
  2. I’ve jumped off a cliff, and a bridge…into rivers both times.
  3. I’ve never been on a real date. You know, the kind where a guy picks you up and home and take you out. Which is probably why you’ll rarely see that happen in my stories.
  4. When I decided I wanted to ‘be a writer’, the first thing I ever wrote was a travel story, A HAT TRICK IN NEPAL, and it was published in a travel periodical, along with a couple of my photo’s.
  5. I quite college after one year to be a bartender.
  6. The Boondock Saints is one of my all time favorite movies. Along with Practical Magic, Thelma and Louise and The Fifth Element.
  7.  Going to a movie by myself, and not sharing my popcorn, is heaven.
  8.  With an Italian mother and Irish father, I was raised Roman Catholic, but don’t believe in organized religion. I DO believe in spirituality.
  9.  I want to believe in reincarnation, but am unsure.

BDSM club owner Adam Kessler is no one’s hero. He joined the army to get away from the gang-life that had taken his brother, only to come home to heartache. He doesn’t hide his dominant side, and he doesn’t hesitate in his need to protect or enforce his particular brand of retribution on those who’ve earned it. There’s no way in hell he could walk past a man hassling a woman in an empty parking lot and do nothing. Only when the confrontation is over and the voluptuous blonde turns eyes filled with desire to him, does Adam realize he’s in trouble.

Psychologist Olivia Lang grew up with the proverbial silver spoon, and has never regretted spending more time on her career than on romance, until she meets Adam Kessler. He’s rough, tough, and ten years her junior…and she wants him.

Passion burns quick and hot between them and soon they’re caught up in an intensely carnal relationship that niether can deny. But when Olivia’s life is threatened and Adam shows her just how dangerous he can be, will it be too much for the civilized psychologist to handle, or will she truly accept the man and win her hero’s heart?

About the Author

Read Something White Hot.

Gifted with a salacious imagination, Sasha White’s decadent brand of Romance with Heat, and Erotica with Heart is all about sassy women and sexy alpha men. With a voice that is called “distinctive and delicious” by The Romance Studio, Sasha White has published over a dozen stories ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal and is recognized as one the top authors of the genre.

You can find Sasha’s stories with publishers such as Kensington Aphrodisia, Berkley Heat, Black Lace Erotica, and Samhain Publishing. This Canadian author loves to hear from her readers and you can contact her through her website. http://www.sashawhite.net

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Marianne Morea shares her dream cast for Cursed by Blood series

Marianne Morea joins me today to share her dream cast for her Cursed by Blood series and share her latest book, Power Play. So without further ado, here are her picks for Power Play‘s hero and heroine, as well as her ideas for other characters in the series.

What do you think of her picks?

Henry Cavill as Mitch

Rachel McAdams as Rissa

Other Characters:
  • Sean – Chris Hemsworth
  • Lily – Nina Dobrev
  • Donnie – Kevin Costner
  • Penny – Mary McDonnell
  • Burt – Sean Bean
  • Cecily – Annette Bening
  • Lucy – Lily Collins
  • Dillon – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Sam – Benjamin Bratt

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Tough as nails, Mitch Paris trained with the best, earning a place as second-in-command to the Alpha of the Brethren. Rissa Leighton survived sickness and an unhappy marriage until the fates brought the two of them together. Never one to give up a fight, it’s now Mitch’s turn to take the lead as alpha of his own pack, but after a ten year absence he returns home with Rissa to the Canadian Northwest Territories to find more than just the landscape has changed. A Blood Challenge has been issued, and not only must he prove his worth but past intrigues raise questions about his future, his new family and a murder that could change the course of their life and love…

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, Marianne Morea’s stories embody the grit and complexity of the city. An avid traveler, she uses experiences from around the world in all her books. Dark Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Suspense and Horror are the hallmarks of her writing style, where readers are thrust into a world where the city never sleeps because the nightmares are real.

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Crossing the longest international border in the world

Today I’m spotlighting some authors from both sides of the longest international border in the world: that between the United States and Canada.

Anna is his. Merlin has failed. The Circle is broken. After being defeated in every lifetime, Mordred believes he’s finally won.

Even though Anna has little hope of gaining Merlin’s forgiveness for believing Mordred over him and the rest of the Circle, she isn’t giving up and vows to set things right. When an offer of help comes from an unlikely ally, Anna must trust her instincts—the very thing that got her into this mess in the first place.

Because more than just her survival hangs in the balance. Mordred took her for a reason. Anna is the key. The key to completing the Circle. The key to preventing unthinkable death and destruction at Mordred’s hand. They key to destroying the heart of a wizard whose love has followed her through the ages.

But Mordred has forgotten exactly what’s he’s up against—Arthur and his Knights. The most powerful Magical to ever walk the Earth. And a love a thousand years in the making.

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About the Author

Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she is a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When she’s not working to get words on the page, Jessica passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over her favorite shows or curling up with a good book.


A moment he can’t take back…

An unlucky rebound has left US Marshal Ashton Kane broken. His partner’s dead and, consumed by guilt, he’s walked out on the only woman he’ll ever love.

A love she can’t forget…

Cassidy Ryan has tried to move on. Losing the love of her life cut deep, but she vowed she wouldn’t let it break her. And she’s finally taking back her life—until she stumbles upon a deadly encounter that threatens to destroy everything and everyone around her.

One last chance at redemption…

Ash has fooled himself into believing Cassidy’s better off without him—until she puts her life on the line, forcing him to face the demons that still whisper in the dark—or risk losing her. Again. Only this time, it’ll be no one’s fault, but his.

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About the Author

Author, single mother, slave to chaos—she’s a jack-of-all-trades who’s constantly looking for her ever elusive clone.

Kris started writing some years back, and it took her a while to realize she wasn’t destined for the padded room, and that the voices chattering away in her head were really other characters trying to take shape—and since they weren’t telling her to conquer the human race, she went with it. Though she supposes if they had…insert evil laugh.

Kris loves writing erotic novels. She loves heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life and sizzling sex scenes that leave you feeling just a bit breathless.


Laira Marshall had to admit—getting kidnapped wasn’t something she’d expected. Discovering her kidnappers were aliens who planned on selling her into sexual slavery, definitely tipped the scales into the truly bizarre. But she’s determined to fight her way through this—until their slave ship is attacked, and Laira’s faced with an entirely new problem.

Rakin and Dev were the leaders of the Sandaki—a race genetically engineered to fight. Using their enhanced traits, they’ve freed their people and have devoted their lives to seeking out those who enslaved them. They never considered the concept of love—or that one woman could bring them to their knees.

With unknown enemies working against them, the three lovers must come together not only to save themselves, but the Sandaki race itself.

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About the Author

Gwendolyn Cease has been writing ever since she was old enough to pick up a pen. From the very beginning, her stories involved handsome heroes, tough heroines, and happily ever after. Even as she slogged through two undergraduate degrees and a master’s in education, writing remained top priority. Though she now works full-time as a history museum educator, she still makes time for her characters and their never-ending adventures.<

Currently, Gwendolyn lives in Kentucky with her incredibly spoiled cats. If you’d like to contact her, she’d love to hear from you. She loves to hear from anyone who enjoys a good book, especially the ones she’s written. You can email her at gwendolyncease@insightbb.com.

 


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It’s beginning to look a lot like…another hot billionaire from Melody Anne

Where I’m at, it’s not looking so much like Christmas yet. We’re having some record highs here in Central Ohio. But it’s not too early to get some reading to put you in the Holiday spirit. It’s also fun for me to promote a book by Melody Anne, whom I got to meet while we were next to each other at the book signing at the 2014 RT conference in New Orleans.

Mega wealthy Tanner Storm has it all – great looks, wealth, and nothing holding him down. Then, his father decides to play games with him and his siblings, handing him an apartment complex in downtown Seattle that Tanner wants nothing to do with. When the conditions of his father’s terms ensure that he do something with this building or lose his inheritance, he at first thinks, so what. But, then it becomes a challenge that he has to accept, because he’s never before backed down. He decides to tear down the building and start fresh with something far more appealing that will add to his already fat wallet.

The only problem is that the residents don’t want to leave, and under the contract with his father, he can’t force them out. When he ends up before Judge Kragle from all the complaints made against him, the judge decides the best punishment for him will be two weeks of living in the very apartment complex he despises and two weeks of community service, playing Santa Claus at the mall. Perfect! This is not the Christmas of his dream.

The plot thickens when he meets his neighbor, Kyla and falls into instant lust. Will this turn out to be Tanner’s secret angel, or will he forget all about her the minute he leaves?

Enjoy this Anderson Christmas Novel from NYT Best Selling Author Melody Anne who wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and an even happier New Year.

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About the Author

NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author Melody Anne has written the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series; Midnight Fire, Midnight Moon and MidnightStorm – Rise of the Dark Angel.

As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then published in 2011. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in business, she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen and the corporate world.

When Melody isn’t writing, she cultivates strong bonds with her family and relatives and enjoys time spent with them as well as her friends, and beloved pets. A country girl at heart, she loves the small town and strong community she lives in and is involved in many community projects.

See Melody’s Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/melodyanneauthor, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.

She looks forward to hearing from you and thanks you for your continued interest in her stories.

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