Did you just make a joke? #MySexySaturday

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This week I’ve got another snippet from my upcoming release, Monica’s Match. Since this week’s theme is sexy talk, I’ve got my hero and heroine flirting. This is one of the first times the heroine relaxes around the hero. She’s been resisting their attraction because he’s her client.

When Monica laughed, her whole face lit up. The sight made Jeremiah’s chest tighten. Among other things.

“Did you just make a joke?” he asked.

She smiled at him, merriment dancing in her green eyes as she leaned against the stall in a mirror of his relaxed stance. “You’re not the only one with a sense of humor, Mr. Jokester.”

His grin widened as he traced the curve of her hip with his eyes and came back up to her face. He reached out and brushed a stray lock of hair off her cheek. “I think I just got a nickname. Come Sunday you might even start to like me.”

“Don’t get your hopes up.”

“It’s not just my hopes that are up.” He waggled his brows, but the genuine smile died on her lips, replaced by the professional one he’d seen her sport far too often. Damn. He’d pushed too far.

She handed him back the towel for the second time. He made sure his hand brushed hers when he took it from her. Her breath hitched. No way she didn’t feel the sexual chemistry between them.


Monica’s Match is now available for pre-order from Amazon!

I’ve finally set a release date for my new book: April 14! You can pre-order it now from Amazon. This one starts a new series about the residents of Perry Grove, Michigan. It’s a sensual, contemporary romantic comedy, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. And now for the cover reveal:

Monica has the ability to see a guy’s aura light up the first time he touches his soul mate, but she’s kept it a secret since her parents shamed her as a child. Still, she decides to start her own matchmaking company—even if she doesn’t advertise her unique ability. Business is so-so until she gets a call to find matches for the singles of the small town of Perry Grove. She’s not looking for love herself but has an immediate attraction to one of her clients. Too bad another woman lit up his aura.

Hunky dairy farmer Jeremiah wants nothing to do with his grandpa’s hare-brained matchmaking scheme but agrees to play along to appease the man who raised him.  But when he meets the sexy matchmaker, he starts to rethink his single status. Too bad she’s intent on pairing him up with another woman. If there’s one thing he knows, though, it’s how to be stubborn.

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Cover Reveal: Monica’s Match by Katya Armock

I’ve finally set a release date for my new book: April 14! You can pre-order it now from Amazon. This one starts a new series about the residents of Perry Grove, Michigan. It’s a sensual, contemporary romantic comedy, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. And now for the cover reveal:

Monica has the ability to see a guy’s aura light up the first time he touches his soul mate, but she’s kept it a secret since her parents shamed her as a child. Still, she decides to start her own matchmaking company—even if she doesn’t advertise her unique ability. Business is so-so until she gets a call to find matches for the singles of the small town of Perry Grove. She’s not looking for love herself but has an immediate attraction to one of her clients. Too bad another woman lit up his aura.

Hunky dairy farmer Jeremiah wants nothing to do with his grandpa’s hare-brained matchmaking scheme but agrees to play along to appease the man who raised him.  But when he meets the sexy matchmaker, he starts to rethink his single status. Too bad she’s intent on pairing him up with another woman. If there’s one thing he knows, though, it’s how to be stubborn.

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Wicked ways to wake up #MySexySaturday

I’ve got a sexy snippet from my upcoming release, Monica’s Match. Monica is staying with an older couple, Ed and Bunny, while she’s visiting the small town of Perry Grove for a two-month job. In this scene, she is napping. Bunny tasks her grandson, Jeremiah, to wake Monica up for dinner. He gets a little creative in the execution.

He leaned over and gently rocked her shoulder. “Monica, wake up; it’s time for dinner.”

She moaned a bit, tried to shake off his offending hand. Not so great at waking up, it seemed. A wicked idea flitted across his mind. He knelt and brushed his lips over hers then ran his tongue along her lower lip. She stretched, her moan one of pleasure this time. He deepened the kiss, and for a few seconds she kissed him back.


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What are your filters? #meditation

Today the mantra for my meditation was: “I open my consciousness to reality.” As I repeated this thought in my mind, its meaning began to shift. First, I thought of being in the present moment–settling in and accepting the reality of each passing instance of time.

Then it became more, pointing me to the filters through which I view the world in each moment. Human beings are programmed to filter information–to fill in gaps or complete a thought based on past experience. This instinct is great when we need to complete many tasks quickly or are, say, running away from a bear. It’s less helpful when we’re facing obstacles such as depression, anxiety, chronic physical pain, worry, and many other sorts of maladies that are prone to cloud our judgment.

What filters can we see more clearly today so that we might open our consciousness to reality?

Review: Penemuae by Lea Barrymire

Penemuae involves Watchers, Nephilim, and humans that are a bit more than human. It follows the fated-mate trope of many a paranormal romance; this time around it’s Watcher (think sort of fallen angel) Penemuae and human Evelyn (who happens to be one of the few humans who can see Watchers and Nephilim).

There are some funny moments and great lines in this book. One of my favorites was Evelyn’s description of Pen’s scent as “trees and summertime wrapped in cinnamon toast.” There is also some nice interplay between the Watchers.

Despite a good premise, this book falls a bit flat on execution. Grammar mistakes, a dire need for commas, and typos abound, all of which undermined the story for me. I found many of the dialogue sequences featuring more than two characters difficult to follow. It wasn’t always apparent who was talking, and I had to take my best guess. Also, there were a few times during four-way conversations where two of the characters seemed to be talking as if the rest of the characters disappeared for a few moments.

The connection between Pen and Evelyn wasn’t that strong for me. I felt I was being told they were attracted to each other and falling in love rather than being shown much evidence (perhaps too much reliance on the fated-mate trope). Most of their conversations included other characters and were world building in dialogue form (which is a fine way to world build but doesn’t really build rapport between characters). Evelyn’s discovery of the hidden world of Watchers and her role to play in it was a much more compelling story line than the supposed love story.

This book reads quickly and has many entertaining moments, but I just couldn’t love it because I didn’t get to know the characters well enough to fall in love with them. I give it three cat kisses.

3 cats


 

EXCERPT:

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Evelyn and Jessica had met in high school and become fast friends. They’d attended nursing school together and were both hired by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia right after graduation. They were constantly being mixed up by co-workers. Their blonde hair, blue eyes and vivacious personalities were so similar they joked about being twins, separated at birth.

While they were nearly identical in looks, they completely differed in philosophies on life. Evelyn strove to help others whenever she could, softer in heart and soul. Jess had seen evil from a young age, experienced abuse at the hands of her parents and had become harder in heart to deal with the betrayal. She loved strongly and held onto anyone she cared for, but if you hurt her she’d strike back before walking away. Their personalities worked well together, balancing each other out.

“I’ll leave you to your charts. Have fun tonight and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.”

Jess pulled her in for a tight hug, a signature of the rougher woman. Evelyn soaked in the embrace and smiled. The reminder for the next day had a shot of enthusiasm burning some of the exhaustion away. The first Saturday of each month was their day together. Both made sure to have it off and never made other plans. They’d spend the entire day doing whatever together, reaffirming their friendship, hanging out and usually ending with buckets of ice cream being washed down with bottles of wine.

“I can’t wait until tomorrow.” Evelyn stepped back. “What’s the plan anyway? This month is yours, right?”

Blurb

Therefore shall they never find peace…

The temptations of love and lust brought the two hundred Watchers together. When they decided earthly possessions were more important than divine instruction, they were bound to each other, and the Earth, forever as punishment.

The Watchers can feel change coming…

After three thousand years, and more heartache than Watcher General Penemuae can remember, all he wants is an end. Exhausted in heart and soul, he lives to fight the Nephilim and atone for his disgrace, his only objective to rid the Earth of evil. Until the day he meets her. Evelyn, the human woman who shouldn’t have survived, who can see things she shouldn’t, who makes him want things he’s sworn not to desire again.

Face to face with evil, Evelyn finally has to accept there is more on earth than mere humans when she becomes the target of an immortal malevolence. Saved by an avenging angel with eyes dark as night and remorse to match, she finds herself in the middle of a fight she may not survive.

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About the Author

Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rug rats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She’s slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life’s adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn’t reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

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