Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Audiobook Series Blog Tour and Giveaway: Breakwater (The Mer Chronicles #2) by Errin Stevens


 

Author: Errin Stevens

Narrator: Sean Posvistak

Publisher: Errin Stevens

Released: Jul. 17, 2017

Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 2

Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

Genre: Romantic Fantasy


 
The sirens of Griffins Bay are in trouble, and the recent slew of royal suicides looks to be the least of their worries. For one, unless a blood relative of the queen shows up, no one's around to staff the monarchy. Well, except for a whack-job bureaucrat and he seriously won't do. Worse is the community unrest threatening siren society, a problem caused by too many humans in the pool, which means Simon and his off-limit girlfriend will have to run and hide if they want to make more of their flirtation... The solution doesn’t inspire confidence at first, but the Blakes have everything at hand to set their world to rights - namely, a hidden queen, a dead prince, and a facility for human manipulation. Once they find their sea legs, they'll restore order, distribute smart phones, and drive that conniving bureaucrat to a grisly, satisfying end.
 
 

 
Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative - or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend - you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).
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Breakwater is the exciting second installment from The Mer Chronicles series by Errin Stevens. I loved the first book, Updrift, but loved this one so much more. I enjoyed taking a journey on this adventurous read. Once again, Sean Posvistak’s performance narrating the audio version of this story was fabulous. I found myself listening to the whole book in one day. It is so good.

I am giving Breakwater five stars. I am looking forward to finding out what is going to happen next in The Mer Chronicles series.

Recommended.

  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Errin Stevens. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. 

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Monday, January 20, 2020

VBT and Giveaway: Secrets of the IN-Group by Carolyn Re and Loretta Re


Secrets of the IN-Group
by Carolyn Re & Lorreta Re


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GENRE: Women’s Fiction

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BLURB:

A small town. A world wide web. Is the net really a friend?
What do you do when the children have flown the nest and you have time on your hands?

Six women in the Australian riverside city of Albury realise that, without social media skills, they’re staring irrelevancy in the face. Their book club won’t cut it any more. It’s time to go virtual.

But their decision to plunge into the on-line world brings shocking revelations and unexpected outcomes. Friendships, new and old, are tested and their lives teeter on the edge of collapse. They must navigate a path through the chaos. But who exactly can they trust?

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EXCERPT

[At Martin’s technology lesson, Sarah is shocked at an image on her husband’s iPhone]

—Sarah tried to smile, but her face felt stiff, as if she’d had Botox injected. Her mind screamed: Who is this girl who looks so like Anna? Why is she on Rob’s home screen? And why is he enveloping her in some sort of … horrible hug? It wasn’t the kind of hug you’d give a girlfriend, more like a father’s proud embrace.

Andrea cleared her throat loudly in a distracting way, quite out of character.

‘Sorry, but I have to go soon,’ she said, gathering her things. She slid her iPad into its leather satchel. ‘Such a nuisance. It’s been fun tonight.’ She looked at Martin. ‘There’s only ten minutes left, would you mind if we finished early? Pick up on this again next week?’

Thank you, Andrea. The ploy had given Sarah momentary breathing space. Her internal scream quietened a little. She had to get out of here, away from the goodbye chatter and the polite offers to take a slice of cake home. She needed to digest what she’d seen and work out what it meant. She had to have time to think.

She dreaded time to think. With the flick of a switch—what a clichĂ©, but how true in this case—her life had changed. It was all so confusing; her fragmented brain whirled with questions. But an answer, barely thought out, misshapen but insistent, was boring into her brain.

Rob has another daughter somewhere. A daughter who’s the image of ours …



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Carolyn Re worked for over twenty years as a general practitioner before turning to writing. No longer needing to produce serious medical and scientific articles, she's now writing contemporary fiction for older women. Carolyn lives in the regional city of Albury, New South Wales, with Ziggy the whippet and three contented chickens.

Loretta Re is a former lawyer who is now writing novels and screenplays. Her book for middle grade readers, Stand Up and Cheer, is a story inspired by the rescue of the Uiver DC2 over Albury during the 1934 Centenary Air Race. It was voted one of the best books for literacy and language development in 2015. Loretta lives in Sydney and is on the board of Writing NSW.

Carolyn Re worked for over twenty years as a general practitioner before turning to writing. No longer needing to produce serious medical and scientific articles, she's now writing contemporary fiction for older women. Carolyn lives in the regional city of Albury, New South Wales, with Ziggy the whippet and three contented chickens.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/regal525
Website: https://outsidethesquare101.com/

Loretta Re is a former lawyer who is now writing novels and screenplays. Her book for middle grade readers, Stand Up and Cheer, is a story inspired by the rescue of the Uiver DC2 over Albury during the 1934 Centenary Air Race. It was voted one of the best books for literacy and language development in 2015. Loretta lives in Sydney and is on the board of Writing NSW.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/abridgedtoofar7

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INTERVIEW


What does your writing space look like?

Carolyn: I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated small office, replete with piano (a temptation to procrastinate, or a source of reward. I’m not sure which). One wall is lined with bookshelves containing all my ‘never to be thrown out’ books. Sure, I can source them all on-line, but a room without books is an empty husk. My whippet, Ziggy, is curled up on his dog bed—or rather, in his dog bed, nearby, keeping me company.

Loretta: My writing nook was set up for me by a friend with great interior decorating skills—something I’ve never had. It’s in a corner of my bedroom near a huge window with gorgeous flowered curtains and a wonderful view. Sydney, Australia, where I live, is all about views and from where I sit I can see ferries and yachts bobbing about on the water with the harbour bridge arching above them. Basically I need to sit with my back to the window if I want to get any work done.


What is a must-have while writing?

Carolyn: The promise of a small reward once I’ve written a certain number of words, or been at my desk for a set amount of time is my best helper. The reward might be walking the dog to the corner cafĂ© for a hot chocolate, or taking a break in the garden.

Loretta: My must-have occurs before I start writing— going for a long walk to get into the creative mental space, or doing some breathing exercises. Meditation is another great way to get creative. 


Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
Carolyn: I’ve been in a group of like-minded women for about eight years and we meet fortnightly to explore something new. I noticed that we were all a little fearful and reluctant to go down the social media pathway and I thought ‘it can’t be just us who are timid about this’. It was the seed of an idea for a book about women who haven’t grown up with social media, but decide to get acquainted — and then meet some problems. The adventures they have were inspired by news articles, a life-time’s experience and a chance discussion with a friend that led me to think, ‘what if … ?’.

Loretta: Some of my friends asked a computer guru to give us a session on computer techniques and social media. It was a huge help— the sort of thing people who’ve never used social media really need to explore such a vast field. Of course, I’ve been in plenty of book clubs too, so it wasn’t a big step to have a book club in our story that morphs into an information network group (the IN-group). Once that happens in our story it leads to all sorts of complications for the women. 


What do you do in your limited spare time?

Carolyn: My spare time now seems to be filled with exploring and recording interesting things to do, to feed my blog — https://outsidethesquare101.com/2019/04/30/76-write-a-novel/. It’s about fun (and frivolous) things to try in retirement. I’ve learned how to tessellate, baked the most wonderful Austrian Panama Torte from a recipe handed on by my elderly neighbour and now, I’ve written a novel!
Loretta: Reading is a favourite pastime. Also, like most Australians, I’m a great traveller. Some of my highlights have included seeing the orangutans on a river trip in Borneo and visiting the Parthenon in Greece.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Audiobook Series Blog Tour and Giveaway: Updriftt (The Mer Chronicles #1) by Errin Stevens


 

Author: Errin Stevens

Narrator: Sean Posvistak

Publisher: Errin Stevens

Released: Apr. 20, 2017

Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 1

Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

Genre: Romantic Fantasy


 
For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water. Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach. Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
 
 
Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative - or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend - you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).
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 Updrift, the first installment from Errin Stevens’ The Mer Chronicles series, was a different read for me. As an avid reader, I enjoy going outside my comfort zone of my normal genres and try something new. In this case, it was so worth it. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of it and loved how the narrator, Sean Posvistak, portrayed the characters. He did a great job bringing this story to life. 

Updrift gets four stars from me. I look forward to reading the second book in The Mer Chronicles to see what happens next. 

I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Errin Stevens. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Book three in the TETRAD Group series

Alysia has spent the last ten years avoiding relationships, but the night her life implodes, she meets Nick. Now all bets are off.

Haunted by her past, Alysia’s desperate for answers. She needs Nick and the group sworn to aid those unable to go to the law for help, because TETRAD will do what law enforcement cannot or will not—believe her when she says she knows who’s after her.

My name is Nick Wheeler and I’m with TETRAD, where I use my unusual skillset to best advantage. But what I didn’t expect is to become involved with a trauma nurse, or for it to become so deadly, with the stakes rising hour by hour.

I’m Alysia Rossini. One look at Nick Wheeler and I know he’s the one to help me forget the past. But is it fair to expose him to such danger? And will I live long enough for the chance to be with him?

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She looked into the man’s face again, brushing back his wet hair to check the deep wound on his forehead that showed the white of bone. It dripped a steady stream of blood, almost black in the low light.

Who was he? The shape of his face haunted her. She was becoming more positive she knew the guy.

Then his eyes opened. Eyes that had haunted her since she was twelve years old stared back at her.

Oh. My. God. Time jerked to a punishing halt.

Not him.

Not the monster who had murdered her entire family. In cold blood. She wanted to yank the device out of his evil throat, to use it to strangle the life right out of him. Her hands froze in their self-appointed task. Her heart stuttered and her breathing grew harsh, forcing its way in strangled gasps from her horrified chest.

Was he stalking her? Was that why he’d been following so close behind her? No one would know if she just let him go into the good night, ended it right here and now. She could. She knew how. She had the means. Could anyone really blame her?

The police hadn’t believed her all those years ago—said he’d had an airtight alibi in being away at that Ivy League school his parents had sent him to, to correct his behavior, to make better use of his intellect that tested right off the charts. But Alysia had always known he’d gotten away with murder, had taken revenge on her family for perceived harm to his own—a perception that had later proven unfounded.

And now he was back. At her mercy.

They stared at each other for a timeless moment. His eyes dark pools of emptiness, he gave no quarter. The decision was hers.

The roar of the helicopter engine overhead alerted her to incoming. She still had a couple of minutes yet—they had to get to the scene from the parking lot. There was still time to let the bastard die.

The staring contest continued for a few more deadly seconds. Her hand hesitated on the tube, wanting to yank it out. Administer no aid. End it. It wouldn’t take much. Just hold her hand over his mouth and nose until all breathing ceased. His injuries would explain it.

The dilemma sliced into her brain. Pain followed. Her head felt about to explode with the acute stress. Her throat tightened. No winning on this one. Let him die—she lost. Let him live—she lost…

About the Author:
January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and full blown thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with her furry baby, Ling Ling. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook. Oh, and she loves to talk books…

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