Monday, February 25, 2013

On My Wish List: Night of the Witches

Night of the Witches

"Spring has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the breath of the frost giants. Just overhead, there is a sound like the rushing of crows’ wings. Can it be a coven of witches has flown over these woods?
"On any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight is Walpurgis Night."
The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and the thirteen herbs that correspond with the Night of the Witches. Discover how this “lost” holiday has changed from a lusty fertility festival to a children’s night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.

This book looks like a great read for the spring festivities coming up. Whether you just want a reference or a seasonal walk through some old traditions Night of the Witches is on my list for a great read this spring.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Everyday Psychic: A Visit With Karen Harrison

The Everyday Psychic: A Practical Guide to Activating Your Psychic Gifts

Discover how psychic you really are with this comprehensive and practical guide to developing and honing your psychic skills. "The Everyday Psychic" shows you how to harness your natural psychic abilities and experiment with psychic tools to get answers, guide your decisions, and enrich your life.

For the curious seeker as well as the skilled practitioner, "The Everyday Psychic" offers techniques, tips, and tools designed to awaken, refresh, and sharpen one's natural psychic gifts.

"The Everyday Psychic" offers techniques, tips, and tools designed to awaken, refresh, and sharpen one's natural psychic gifts by:

Activating Your Psychic GiftsBecoming More IntuitiveRemembering Your DreamsTools and Techniques for Accessing the Subconscious

Karen Harrison has helped many thousands of people awaken their psychic selves and improve their daily lives. Now she offers that in a book.

A Guest Post With the Author:


Luckily for me,  I was born into a family in which using psychic abilities was considered quite normal and a part of daily life.  Discussing and interpreting our dreams at the breakfast table, talking about how experiences from a past life can effect the present life, making games of predicting who was on the line when the phone rang were all part of how I grew up.  Every family has their favorite funny stories and we were no exception.  We enjoy recounting the story about the time when I was four years old in kindergarten and I had been telling my teacher, Mrs. Street, about my life in Holland.  I told her things about the kinds of food we liked to prepare, my favorite shoes and what our home looked like.  When my mother arrived for back-to-school night, Mrs. Street inquired about when we had moved to the United States from Holland.  My mother's reply?  "Oh, no - we haven't moved from Holland.  Karen was just telling you about her most recent past life!"

Being human is being psychic.  From the moment that you were born you had psychic abilities.  As with any of your other senses - taste, smell, sight, hearing, sensation - you were born with the ability to sense energy and the ways it moves, the ways it can change and sense its effects on your life.  Psychic ability is not a supernatural force, it is an innate, inborn, completely natural part of our lives.  It may not be as directly or easily perceived and experienced as the five basic physical senses that we all possess - that is, until you  open yourself again to your unconscious awareness of the subtle nature of energy patterns and how they can be interpreted and understood. 

When you were a young child, your inborn psychic senses were open and you were using them all of the time, but as you grew and matured a couple of things might have happened to cause you to disregard or deny your psychic ability.  Perhaps your family or peers were skeptical or afraid of the psychic world, making you afraid or skeptical as well.  Or perhaps as you became busier and more engaged in your social life, schoolwork and other activities you stopped listening to your 'inner voice', causing you to neglect using your psychic abilities.   Like using your physical muscles strengthens them or neglecting them makes them weak,  the use or neglect of your psychic abilities acts in the same way.

Just because you ignore your psychic inner voice doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.  You can rebuild your relationship with your subconscious psychic senses and reignite them to be a resource and tool that you can use every day to enrich and deepen your experiences and help you make more informed decisions.  Being able to use and rely on the psychic senses is not extraordinary, it is something we are all born with.   It is something that you can develop and use in a conscious, purposeful manner to aid in every aspect of your life.

Think about the things you have already experienced that involved one or more of your psychic senses.   How did you ‘know’ that that innocuous looking person at the bus stop was potentially dangerous?  They may have appeared to look perfectly normal and calm at initial sight.  But you unconsciously noted a certain look in their eye or felt a butterfly sensation in your stomach as you approached them.  This unconscious (psychic) response alerted you to the fact that you needed to keep a closer eye on them or even keep on walking to stay away from the energy that they were transmitting and the potential danger they might exhibit.
Why did you instinctually pause at the green light, even though your eyes did not at first detect the car hurtling around the corner to run the red light?  Because you sensed a quickly shifting energy pattern and were fast enough to react to it on an unconscious (psychic) level.  Your eyes did not detect the accelerating car because it was out of your line of sight around the corner, but your psychic senses were on alert and aware on your behalf, transmitting the unconscious information to your brain that you should not move forward.

We have all felt a slight prickling sensation at the back of our heads and turned around to see someone staring at us.  We felt the energy of their focus on us and this subtle feeling prickled our conscious awareness and senses.  These are all natural yet unconscious assessments of energy patterns that we encounter every day as we go about our mundane business.  The trick is to use your more sensitive senses in a conscious way, acknowledging them and acting on them when they occur so that you can strengthen these senses by their use.   In that way you can employ all of your senses, physical and subtle, to know what is going on around you at all times.  Yes, some people are born with more active psychic gifts, just as some of us can sit down and play a piano without a lot of instruction.  But with use, practice and the deliberate exercising of our natural intuition and in-born psychic tools, all of us can utilize our  psychic talents and abilities to enhance our lives.  Being psychic is not extra-ordinary or mysterious – it is a natural state of being for everyone.

One of the easiest ways to begin is to mentally 'unplug' yourself at different times during the day with the intention of listening to your inner intuitive voice. Turn off your cell phone, get off of the computer, shut off the television or radio.  Stop living in a state of distraction and move your mind into a quieter, more introspective space. Ask yourself a question - it could be a question regarding a decision you need to make or it could be something more general like 'what is the biggest challenge to my success?' Then simply stay in that quiet mode and allow your subconscious mind (which is where your psychic abilities reside) to give you the answer. You might get your answer right away while you are in that quiet space, you might receive your answer that night in a dream or it may come to you in a day or two when you are doing something mindless like weeding the garden. The point is to ask the question and stay receptive to the fact that you will receive your answer. Start doing this on a regular basis to open the dialogue with your psychic subconscious mind and you will find that, through use, you are strengthening your psychic inner voice and making a very positive difference in your life.

Karen Harrison has been involved with magick, the psychic arts,
and occultism since early childhood. She earned a Master of Herbology
from the Emerson College of Herbology in Montreal, and has
worked as a professional psychic since she was seventeen years old. A
third-generation psychic, she has taught thousands of people how to
open to their own intuition and use that insight to enrich their lives.
Karen is the proprietress of Moon Magick Alchemical Apothecary.
Since 1981, she and her husband have owned Isis Books, Gifts,
and Healing Oasis in Denver, Colorado (, the
largest and most complete brick and mortar store in the U.S. specializing
in world spirituality, magick, and herbs/essential oils. She is
the author of The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook and blogs regularly at where she discusses matters herbal, psychic, and

The Review:

Have you ever wondered what it took to become psychic? Let Karen Harrison guide you through some helpful exercises to find your own inner psychic.

The layout of this book draws you in immediately. The voice of the author grounds you in her practical experience and helps you warm up to the idea that having some latent tendencies might not be so far off the mark after all. Who among us hasn't felt something like intuition now and again?

The exercises in this book are designed to draw out your inner ear and help you to listen to the voice that dwells within. This book works to activate your psychic gifts, access the subconscious, listen to your own intuition and remember dreams. All of these can be used to further your connection with your own inner psychic.

I found The Everyday Psychic to be a useful guide. In particular, the exercise for centering really resonated with me. There are many further explorations that deal with angelic and dream influences that were thought provoking and intriguing. 

If you are looking for ways to awaken your inner psychic, then this book is for you!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

For the Love of Hades Virtual Tour

For the Love of Hades 
Loves of Olympus, Book 2
Sasha Summers

Genre: Romantic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

ISBN:  978-1-937254-83-4
ASIN: 978-1-937254-84-1

Number of pages: 309
Word Count: 78,500

Cover Artist: Jeannie Ruesch

Book Description:

Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has no patience for living things or his Olympian brethren. His purpose is order, administering justice to those who enter his realm, and keeping the balance decreed by the Fates. Meeting Persephone sways his focus, her gentle sweetness threatening his control. But he will not be tempted.

Poseidon’s scheming wreaks havoc upon Persephone. Hades has no choice - he must rescue her.

Hades awakens something within the Goddess Persephone. She feels no fear from his brooding presence. In truth, she’s never felt so alive. Every stolen moment together only confirms her instinct: he is meant to be hers. Such a powerful union suit will face opposition – from Olympus, her troubled betrothed, the Fates, even Hades himself – but she is determined to win his heart.

Tagline: Hades, God of Death, has no heart. Persephone is determined to prove otherwise…

Short Excerpt For the Love of Hades         

Hades glanced at the lily propped atop the mantle. The blossom was bright white against the black silk to which it was pinned, light against the darkness. He reached up, tracing one petal with an unsteady finger. He saw the tremor, cursed it, and clenched his hand, drawing back from the flower as if it had burned him.
Turning abruptly from the fire, he made his way to his chair and sat heavily. There was a sweetness to his burden, but it was no less a burden.
He leaned forward, rested his elbows on his knees and covered his face with his hands.
What had he done? How could he make amends now that his heinous act had been hidden so long? Using his powers to aid a mortal would seem trivial in comparison with the offense he’d committed against Demeter. Against Olympus.
And yet, he felt whole.
The raw emptiness that he’d held at bay, for nigh on an eternity, no longer threatened to consume him. Having her here, with her constant laughter and endless conversation, had changed his world irrevocably.
If not for her, he would have remained bitter and angry. He would not have interfered at Cyprus. He would never have thought to champion the mortal, Ariston…
“My lord.” Her soft voice interrupted his thoughts.
He lifted his head from his hands, surprised.
Persephone stood, beauty to behold, watching him with wide green eyes. In the blazing firelight her hair glowed copper, warm and rich. Her face, normally alight with smiles and laughter, was drawn. Was she not fully recovered? Or did the tension between them tire her as well?
His voice revealed nothing. “Persephone.”
Her steps were cautious, but she made her way to him. “Aphrodite?”
So she had seen Aphrodite. “Has gone.” And she should have gone with her fellow Olympian. He should have insisted she do so. He swallowed against the lump in his throat, ignoring the tightening in his chest.
“I thought as much.” She stood so close he could see the front of her tunic. The fabric trembled, thundering in time with the rapid beat of her heart.
Was she disappointed? Was she ready to leave him… his realm?
She should go. She should have gone weeks ago. He knew it was right. Yet knowing it did nothing to soothe his agitation. He clutched the arms of his throne, clinging to control.
“I’ve not asked you for anything in my time here.” She paused. “Have I?”
He shook his head once. No, she’d seemed happy, though he had little knowledge of true happiness, he supposed. His gaze found shadows beneath her eyes and a tightness about her mouth. He was a blind fool.
Have you been miserable? He could not ask the words aloud, fearing her answer.
Her voice was no steadier than her pulse. “Nor would I trouble you now, if my need were not so great.”
“What is it?” he asked. His voice sounded harsh to his own ears.
She sank to her knees, glancing at him with an almost timid gaze. Her hands lifted, wavered, and covered his hands. He stiffened, stunned by her actions. She touched him… He swallowed. The feel of her hands upon him squeezed the air from his lungs.
“Show me mercy. Show me the same mercy you’ve bestowed upon the mortal… the soldier Ariston.” Her hands clasped his tightly.
He would not reach for her, he could not. No matter how he might want to.
“Have I been cruel, that you feel the need to beg for anything from me?” His words were a harsh whisper. She shook her head and he continued, “Then why do you kneel before me?”
“It is a selfish request, one that may turn you from solicitous to,” she paused, her cheeks growing red, “… sickened.”
Was it possible for him to feel so towards her?
He stared at her hands, wrapped about his. He would not meet her gaze. He would not reveal his damnable weakness to her. He could not risk losing himself in the fathomless depths of her green eyes. “Ask me,” he murmured as his traitorous eyes sought hers.
                She drew in a wavering breath, ragged and labored. Her whispered words were thick.
                “My lover… Release him. Release the man who loves me, please.” Her eyes sparkled, mesmerizing him while his heart, so newly discovered, seemed to shudder to a stop once more.

Medusa A Love Story
Loves of Olympus Book One
By Sasha Summers

Book Description:        

It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.

"This tragic and beautiful retelling of one of the world's oldest stories tackles the eternal battle between duty and happiness. Medusa, A Love Story broke my heart then filled in the cracks with joy. Sasha Summers is simply a mesmerizing new talent."  ~Stephanie Dray, Author of the critically acclaimed Song of the Nile

If you want to read a series that will bring to life the mythological characters you have watched on the big screen and studied myths about, then this series will surprise and delight you. I fell in love with Medusa, A Love Story from the first page and I can tell you the same holds true for For the Love of Hades.Sasha Summers breathes life into her characters and makes you feel their love, their heartache and their every emotion in between. This is a must read for any lover of myth and legend. You won't be able to put it down. Excellent read!


About the Author :
Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It's no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, 'Greek Gods and Goddesses' (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.

She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Siren's Call E-Zine: Women In Horror Edition (Featuring Yours Truly)

Issue #07 - Women in Horror
Featuring 120 pages of Short Stories,
Flash Fiction, Poetry, Photography,
Ads, an interview with Dark Media founder Eva Layne,
an interview with Creatrix of Rae Beth Designs,
and an extended excerpt of
Julianne Snow's Days with the Undead: Book One.
This issue is dedicated to Women in Horror Recognition Month,
so you guessed it - it's an all female issue!

Greetings everyone! Check out my zombie short in this great e-zine! A free download, you are in for a treat if you enjoy a bit of horror...and this issue, it is all about the ladies...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Evil Girlfriend Media: An Interview with Bite

1. How did you get involved in publishing? I self-published a short story collection, "He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies". The growing pains of that experience started me on a journey to help other writers who wanted to consider the path. A member of my writing group decided she wanted to self-publish and after talking to her about my experience we agreed to use my LLC- Evil Girlfriend Media to publish it. What started as a small endeavor to help her out has become a real publishing company. I realized that I only wanted to put out great work under the name and help writers, artist, and editors work for something they could believe in. I've been blessed to find talented editors for our anthologies, an amazingly guiding entertainment law firm to help us with contracts, and I have great friends who already work in the business giving advice that has helped keep me on track. 
2. What was the inspiration for the name Evil Girlfriend? It's the nickname my husband gave me over seven years ago when I drew a very evil cartoon. I was being bullied in nursing school. (I should make this clear though, it was not a fellow nursing student or one of my professors. I'd hate to tarnish their name. They are good people.) I'm from the south, women are always taught to smile, be nice, and polite even when you want to physically hurt someone for torturing you. After that day, I started being sarcastic around him and letting him see a side of me that I've always hid from the world. The side that is a little dark. He's the person who encouraged me to start writing again and pushed me to be authentic even if it's not always pretty, sweet, and cute. So, Evil Girlfriend Media is not always pretty, sweet, nor cute. We are writers who have deep dark twisted places that need to come out and scare the crap out of other people. Of course, we want to entertain them as well. 
3. Cheeseburger or sushi? Oh, definitely sushi with gluten free tamari. A big slab of tuna with wasabi all over it. YUMMY.
4. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? I'm a huge fan of coconut milk ice cream, vanilla bean flavored. I'm one of those people that food hates me.
5. What sorts of anthologies are you thinking about going forward? Oh my goodness, so many ideas... Well, if it isn't apparent, I love alliteration, assonance, consonance, and dissonance. The Three Little Words anthology series will continue and we plan to put out calls for certain themed manuscripts to give guidance on what we are looking for in a story. 
6. Tell us about some things that really make you love a story... The minute that I open the book or start the story, I'm in it. The world is open to me. I'm sitting beside the character watching the events unfold or I am in their head looking out at their world. 
7. What are some pet peeves that you wish you didn't see in a submission? I don't give a damn about the color of the wallpaper unless you are telling me that blood just splattered all over it when the zombie ripped the person's face off. I know some people love that stuff, but give me good compelling characters, a solidly structured world, pull me in and I'll create the rest. With that said, we will consider super detail oriented people because I'm weird and I know this. There are readers that love to know what each strand of hair looks likes on the top of the heroines head so as a publisher I need to recognize that other people need that. 
8. What are some tips for writers to get them thinking in the right direction? Be yourself. Be honest to who you are as a person and writer. Your authentic voice is what will set you apart. The people who read, "He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies" (people not related nor affiliated with me aka my friends), told me that they forgave every single grammatical error and formatting problem because the voice of the characters really blew them away. So, remember that. Of course, I've pulled the book and am fixing all the grammatical errors and formatting problems, but hearing that from complete strangers made me realize I had to continue to write in a way that was uniquely mine. 
9. Chocolate or angel food cake? Chocolate but it has to be gluten-free other than that. I'm happy.
10. What are some of your favorite books? This question always gets me because there are so many! I'm going to give you a list that has influenced me and then your readers can see where I'm coming from. I'm an old school sci-fi reader and been loving post apocalyptic dystopian since a very tender age. Mom didn't know what censoring meant and it was a good thing! I will give you a couple childhood favorites then go from there: 2nd grade- Madeline L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time", 4th grade- Nevil Shute, "On the Beach", Aldous Huxley, "A Brave New World"....various Babysitter Club books to fill the time (uh yeah, Scholastic book flyer to blame). 5th grade, George Orwell, "1984",  7th grade, Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451",  9th grade, Stephen King's, "The Stand". 10th grade Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale". Got picked on for being a nerd, only read what was instructed by teacher for a couple of years. Started reading for fun again and found Max Brooks, Timothy Long, Octavia Butler (where was she all my life?), and now I read a book every two weeks for enjoyment plus all the submissions for Evil Girlfriend.  

Thanks Katie for hanging out with us at On the Broomstick! I hope this inspires you all to write some great submissions to Evil Girlfriend.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Vows Virtual Tour

The Vows Trilogy by Catherine Bybee- Amazon Bestsellers in Time Travel and Historical Romance

Binding Vows 

Duncan MacCoinnich’s task… Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister.

Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both.

Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them.

When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland she could accept that. But, can she forgive him for taking away her modern life when she finds herself in the sixteenth century?

And is it love they feel? Or something else?

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Silent Vows

Myra, a medieval virgin druidess, flees five hundred years into the future to escape death at the hands of a cursed witch and lands in the arms of a handsome but cynical twenty-first century cop.

Officer Todd Blakely knows Myra is hiding something , but can't resist her innocent charms. Destiny throws them both into a world of intrigue and mysticism. Can Todd be the true white knight she needs? Or will magic and the winds of time tear them apart?
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Redeeming Vows 

For her own safety, modern day, single mom, Lizzy McAllister is forced to bow to the medieval men who surround her when she's thrust back in time to the sixteenth century against her will. When Lizzy finds herself trapped in time with Fin, the one man she finds both irresistible and maddening, she agrees to combine forces with him to rid Scotland of the evil witch, Grainna. Finlay MacCoinnich's attraction to Lizzy sizzles the very air they breathe.

Tearing down the solid walls the woman has built around her won't be easy, but he's willing to do anything to keep her by his side. When a spell cast by their deadliest foe throws them forward in time, will they manage to find their way back in time to save their family from peril?

And will Lizzy willingly stay in his time, or abandon him altogether?

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The Vows Trilogy Excerpts

Binding Vows Excerpt:

"A lady is not safe out here by herself."
She stopped again. This time he didn't stop in
time and fell into her.

Hands at her sides, her chest thrust up next to
his; she gritted the words between her teeth. "A lady
isn't safe around you, either."

"Now, Tara." He tried pleading with her.

"Oh, don't you even, 'now, Tara' me." She
stepped to the side and started off in a different
direction. Walking in circles.

He let her walk for several minutes before
attempting to talk to her again. "I would be happy to
escort you on a walk, but we need to get you more
properly dressed." He knew the effect watching her
walk was having on him. He could only imagine
what his men must have thought when she had
stormed the courtyard in her shorts.

"You're a bastard, you know that,

He wanted to counter what she said but
cautioned himself against it. "Still, we need you in
more fitting clothes. If someone were to come along,
questions would be raised which would be most
difficult to answer."

"You should have thought of that before you
brought me here." She waved a hand in his general
direction. "Right now I don't give a crap what

"I told you how necessary it is for secrecy." He
turned to the Keep and noticed some of the men
watching to see what would happen. He needed to
put a stop to this and soon.

"Bite me."

A completely inappropriate image of him doing
exactly that popped in his head. A slow lazy smile
inched over his lips.

Unfortunately for him, Tara read his thoughts.
you might have to answer."

Silent Vows Excerpt:

"I want you," he whispered in her hair,
not willing to break their contact.

She stiffened when his words registered. "I

"You want the same thing, Myra. Don't try and
deny it."

"I don't know what I want. I've not ever..." She
didn't finish her sentence.

"Not ever what?"

"No one has ever kissed me the way you do. Let
alone anything more."

A virgin? Was that even possible?

"You mean you've never...?"

"Never." She lowered her head and removed her
hands from his shoulders.

"Hey." He caught her gaze. "It's nothing to be
embarrassed about." He kissed her again, briefly,
then placed a protective arm over her shoulders and
walked her home. "So are the men in Scotland

She laughed. "Nay."

"What then?"

"My father is very protective."

"Does your father know you're here?"

"Much to his dismay, but we had no choice."

Interesting, a protective father who sent his
daughter away to a different country without any
money. Something wasn't lining up.

They were within a block of his home when
Myra stiffened, and all color washed from her face.
She stopped and spun in a slow circle.

"What is it?"

"Someone is watching us."

"Some of the neighbors are busybodies."

"No, Todd. The one who watches wants more
than to gossip."

Now the hair on his neck stood on end. 

Redeeming Vows Excerpt: 

Her next two punches came fast, unexpected, one catching him hard on the
jaw. And it hurt. His brow rose. The muscles straining on her arms held
surprising strength.   

Fin sent his foot out to trip her.

She avoided it and waved him toward her. "Come on, Fin. Stop playing."
He turned his back to her, heard her approach, and swept her off her feet...
Within ten minutes, they were both panting. Liz's punch wavered. Fin caught
her fist and pulled it behind her back and her firmly up against his chest.
Her breasts heaved, and her breathing strained. The soft curves of her body
pressed to his. Liz reached up to the arm he used to hold her and called her
Druid powers. Fin felt his skin burn under her touch...

"Not fair, lass."

"Ever hear the term, all's fair in love and war?"

Aye, well, what were they?

When she came at him again he ducked, taking her down to the floor and
grabbed her hands and stretched them above her head where she couldn't apply
any fire or heat because her fingertips weren't touching him. Her eyes met
his, his body heavy on top of hers, keeping her from moving. But this
closeness, this contact was torture.

Elizabeth's gaze traveled to his lips dancing dangerously close to hers. He
smelled the sweet scent of her breath, knew without a doubt she desired his
taste as much as he did hers. He knew that taste, had it once before,
briefly. Wanted it even more now.

"You're quite a workout," she breathed the words to him, lifted her lips a
tad closer.

"As are you."

They lay there, staring at each other, neither willing to make the first
move. Stubborn. 

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the novels Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Cat's Meow Official Blog Tour

Official Blog Tour Stops

Wednesday – January 2nd -     Booked & Loaded
Thursday – January 3rd –   Preternatura
Friday – January 4th  -  Caribbean Accent Book Reviews
Monday – January 7th –   Salacious Reada
Tuesday – January 8th  -  Books-n-Kisses
Wednesday – January 9th  -  Book Lovin’ Mamas
Thursday – January 10th –   Book Monsters
Monday – January 14th –   Bookish Babbles
Tuesday – January 15th  -  AwesomeSauce Book Club
Wednesday – January 16th  –    The Bookaholic Cat
Thursday – January 17th  –    Literary Escapism
Friday – January 18th  –    You Gotta Read Reviews
Monday – January 21st  –   Literal Addiction    \    Book Monster Reviews
Tuesday – January 22th  –    All I Want and More
Wednesday – Jan 23rd  –    Doctor’s Notes
Thursday – January 24th  –    Reading Reality
Monday  – January 28th  –    Ex Libris
Wednesday – January 30th  –     Delphina Readstoomuch
Thursday – January 31st  -  Urban Girl Reader
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Thank you to On the Broomstick for letting me stop by today and share my new release, The Cat’s Meow! I feel right at home here on such an awesome witchy blog!

1. Classic books or erotic romance?

Erotic romance. I need a bit of heat in my books—even if a little—or I get bored really, really, fast!

2. Cheeseburger or sushi?

Sushi—gag. Nope, I can’t do it. In college, I was on a first date and had to try it. That was a horrible experience I’m glad I’ve never repeated. I’ll stick to cheeseburgers, thank you very much!

3. Zombies or vampires-which would win in a battle for world domination?

Zombies, of course! Well, that might be because I’m a huge The Walking Dead fan and…zombies freak me out!

4. Harry Potter or Harry Dresden?

Harry Potter all the way—I love those movies!

5. Chocolate or angel food cake?

While I love angel food cake, nothing comes between chocolate and me!

6. Beach vacation or mountain cabin?

Mountain cabin! However, you’d never hear me complaining about a beach vacation! Actually, I plan to take one in June to Mexico! ;-D

7. Cowboys or aliens?

Gotta love those chaps, cowboy hats, and men who smell of leather and the outdoors. Yep, cowboys all the way!

8. True Blood or Walking Dead?

Well, I’ve already spilled how much I love The Walking Dead. But…deep down, I’m a diehard True Blood fan. Though, I wasn’t crazy about last season of True Blood, so I might change my mind on this one!

9. Pizza or salad (or both?)

Pizza! Greasier the better, I always say!
10. Fight scenes or sex scenes-what is your favorite to write?

Gah! Honestly, I couldn’t pick between those two. I love writing fight scenes because I find them so thrilling. With all the magic being thrown everywhere, lives in danger, and kick-ass fighting, I really love it! But what can I say, I love the smexy stuff, too. So, yep, I’d say both!

The Cat’s Meow
Witch’s Brew Book One
Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 9781622668571
Release date: December 13, 2012

A good witch always has a kick-ass back-up plan.

Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.

While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.

Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.



Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments, and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.

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The Review:

The Cat's Meow
Stacey Kennedy

Contemporary. Act/Adv.  Sus/Myst.  Paranormal

256 pages

A wonderful witchy tale that will keep you spellbound to be sure.

Libby is an Enchantress that has a mind of her own and frequently speaks her mind very bluntly. She is a very talented witch and works for the coven.  Having been born and grown up with the knowledge that her father was a warlock who left her mother as soon as he found out about the to be child.  Later in life Libby fell in love with a warlock and years into the relationship he dumped her and as a result Libby has no use for warlocks, she just doesn't trust them.

Payton is a fellow witch and her gift is that she can sense magic, they both work for the coven and are the very best of friends.  They are such good friends that Libby even tolerates Payton relationship with a warlock.  It has taken years for Libby to be civil to this warlock but their mutual love for Payton has made the difference.

Payton and Libby have been sent by the coven to investigate the mysterious death of another cat.  Four cats have been gutted and the coven is concerned it might be magic related and want to put a stop to it.

Kade appears at the scene of the last cat gutting and informs Libby that the coven wants him to work with her to get to the bottom of this.  Libby is not happy about this turn in events but she feels that the coven might be testing her and even looking for a reason to kick her out of the coven.  She has no choice but to work with this warlock and does not bite her tongue letting him know that she does not want him around.

Kade does not give Libby any information as to who or what he is other than he is there to help with the cat situation.  In attempts to solve the cat problem they discover an underlying plot to do harm to all and overtake the world for evil.

Libby cannot turn her back on the current problem uncovered but has an inner conflict going on because she is getting mixed feelings about the warlock.  She does not trust warlocks but this one is getting to her.  What is he?  Who is he really??

The Goddess helps Libby and gives her strength to overcome things that threaten.

Kade knows Libby is a powerful witch and tries to help guide her to acknowledge her powers.  Things get dangerously evil and deadly but Libby with the help of the Goddess is able to bring things to safe closure.

Kade finally discloses who he really is and has to gain Libby's trust because he had not been upfront with her and she is so confused about her feelings for him.  She doesn't  know if she can overcome that he was not upfront with her but so much of her wants to forgive him.

5 stars

Victoria Storm

A wonderful and witchy read for all!