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Review/Excerpt Tour: Hallow Be The Haunt by Heather Graham


 

From New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, comes the sexy and suspenseful title…HALLOW BE THE HAUNT, a new novella in the A Krewe of Hunters series brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy of this amazing novella today!

 

 

– ABOUT HALLOW BE THE HAUNT (A Krewe of Hunters Novella) –

 

Years ago, Jake Mallory fell in love all over again with Ashley Donegal–while he and the Krewe were investigating a murder that replicated a horrible Civil War death at her family’s Donegal Plantation.

Now, Ashley and Jake are back–planning for their wedding, which will take place the following month at Donegal Plantation, her beautiful old antebellum home.

But Halloween is approaching. And Ashley is haunted by a ghost warning her of deaths about to
come in the city of New Orleans, deaths caused by the same murderer who stole the life of the beautiful ghost haunting
her dreams, night after night.

At first, Jake is afraid that returning home has simply awakened some of the fear of the past . . . .

But as Ashley’s nightmares continue, a body count begins to accrue in the city . . . .

And it’s suddenly a race to stop a killer before Hallow’s Eve comes to a crashing end, with dozens more life at stake, not
to mention heart, soul, and life for Jake and Ashley themselves.

 

– EXCERPT –

 

A trio had come to stand near the stage, watching the players.

They weren’t witches.

They were clowns.

Evil clowns. Well, he thought, it was a party filled with musicians, artists, and writers. The attendees were definitely honoring beloved authors such as Anne Rice and Steven King. The clowns might have come right out of a novel.

They were moving toward a man dressed as King Henry VIII. There was something about their movement that caught his attention.

“Stay here,” Jake told Ashley.

He started their way, glad the gun in his holster was his own bureau-issued Glock and not the costume piece that had come with the outfit. His black cape covered the truth of it.

It wasn’t easy getting through the crowd.

Even as he neared them, the clowns had moved. One of them had seen him. And known. Known that he was coming for them.

The clowns turned and started heading out.

They’d be heading straight toward Ashley.

He changed his own pace. And as the clowns seemed to converge on Ashley, he shouted out. “FBI! Get down!”

His words were met with applause and laughter. It was, after all, a costume party.

The clowns were almost upon Ashley. They stopped. And they stared.

Something about her—or the costume she was wearing—had given them pause.

They broke apart—twenty feet from Ashley.

And began to run.

Jake went after them. Logic said he had to go after the closest, but even the closest was blocked by a throng of people.

Ashley was safe—from the clowns at least.

Jake burst out onto the street. “Where’d the clowns go?” he demanded of the bouncer.

“The clowns? Buddy, this place is full of clowns.”

He saw one down the street and ran. This clown stopped, terrified, as Jake reached him and caught him by the arm.

“Hey, hey, what’s wrong?”

The clown was a young man—high school age. He was purely terrified, and seeing his face now and the makeup on it, Jake knew he hadn’t been one of the masked clowns that had drawn his attention inside.

Beaten, he determined to find his way back to Ashley as quickly as possible.

He needed to do three things. Get to Ashley. Find out just who the hell was wearing the Henry VIII costume. And figure out why in hell the clowns would have been after him.

 

 

– REVIEW –

 

Jake Mallory and Ashley Donegal are finally getting married, and what better place than Ashley’s ancestral home, Donegal Plantation. That scenario alone guarantees fans of Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series that Hallow Be The Haunt is going to be a tasty treat this Halloween, and Heather Graham doesn’t disappoint.

As Jake and Ashley arrive in New Orleans days before Halloween, in preparation for their early November wedding at the Plantation, a series of murders occur.

Ashley, in tune with the supernatural, is visited by a young woman’s ghost, pleading for help. Jake, investigating the murders, realizes that Ashley’s spectral visits by the murdered victim put her in imminent danger.

As the plantation opens for its annual Halloween Haunt, Jake finds himself in a race to save his fiancé from the hands of the serial killer.  But in order to save her, Jake has to wade through the masses of costumed partiers — all dressed to kill.

Hallow Be The Haunt is the latest offering from Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series and is brought to you by the good people of 1,001 Dark Nights. As a fan of the supernatural genre, you can’t ask for a better treat this Halloween. Filled with suspense, ghosts, gore, and all wrapped around a love story, author Graham delivers the well-written tale her fans have come to expect from her. Solidly written and fast-paced, pour yourself a cup of witches-brew and grab a copy of Hallow Be The Haunt. Oh, and don’t answer that knock at the door . . .

 

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*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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Heather Graham’s HALLOW BE THE HAUNT – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

October 25th

Between The Bookends – Review

Panty dropping Book Blog – Review

October 26th

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored – Review & Excerpt

October 27th

eRomance News – Excerpt

Reading Escape Reviews – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

October 28th

KDRBCK – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

October 29th

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Lisa Loves Literature – Excerpt

October 30th

A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt

BTH Reviews – Review & Excerpt

I Can’t Help Where My Mind Goes – Review & Excerpt

October 31st

Naughty Book Eden – Excerpt

Pardon My Blurb – Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

November 1st

Amazeballs Book Addicts – Review & Excerpt

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

The Romance Reviews – Review

November 2nd

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

I love My bookgasms blog – Review & Excerpt

JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt

November 3rd

Bobo’s Book Bank – Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

 


 

– ABOUT HEATHER GRAHAM –

 

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham has always been an avid reader, from classics to sci-fi, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, and all kinds of non-fiction. She’s fairly certain that her mom’s deliciously crazy family–arriving in the US a bit before her birth from Ireland–gave her the love of storytelling. She started out in theater and commercials, but once her children began to arrive, she stayed home and gave writing a try. She’s incredibly grateful to be doing what she’s doing for a living. Heather belongs to MWA, RWA, Sisters in Crime, HWA, and ITW, and has the recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Silver Bullet for charitable works, and this year, she will receive the Thriller Master title from ITW. She has over 200 novels in print, and has been published in 22 languages.

 

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Blog Tour: Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

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Provocative (White Lies Book One) by Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date:  April 18th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Book one in the sexy and intense new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones!

 There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

 

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited that PROVOCATIVE is available now! Just a few notes: if you order PROVOCATIVE this week only you will get $1 off and it will only be $2.99 – I will be increasing this price at the end of the week! You’ll also receive the FREE novella Rebecca’s Forgotten Journals (these are NEW journal entries) in the back of your copy!

PS – if you missed your chance to receive any of my bonus scenes from Amy & Liam, Chris & Sara, or Ella & Kayden, this is your last chance to get them! Register your order of PROVOCATIVE here – http://bit.ly/2pkQ49b and you’ll receive them early next week!

Check out the Trailer: http://bit.ly/ProvocativeTrailer

READ CHAPTER ONE ➜ http://lisareneejones.com/duet

 

– REVIEW –

 

“The best criminals are always the best actors.”

Beck Luche to Nick Rogers

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Nick “Tiger” Rogers wants to take heed of the wise words of his PI, Luche, but it’s already too late. He’s fallen hard for the lovely Faith Winters — heiress apparent to the famed Reid Winter Vineyard in Sonoma County.

Rogers, a hot-shot, self-made San Franciscan attorney, initially approaches Faith convinced she’s behind the suspicious deaths of both his father and her mother. His convictions are immediately cast into doubt as Faith triggers the über alpha male in Rogers to surface — this Tiger wants Faith in the worst way. And he needs her to be innocent of murder — but is she?

Faith Winters really doesn’t want to run the winery — she’s an artist and an accomplished one at that. Reid Winter Vineyard is heavily in debt, and Faith is doing all she can to keep her father’s vineyard from falling into foreclosure. When she and Nick hit it off immediately, Faith is forced to face the truth of her actions and desires. Can she trust a guy like Nick with her secrets, or is she headed for a huge fall?

Provocative is the first novel in author Lisa Renee Jones White Lies Duet.

First and foremost, this book ends with a huge cliffhanger — you will have to purchase the second half of the duet, Shameless, for any plot resolution. Is Provocative worth the read? Yes, if you are into a searing romance that revolves around intrigue and mystery, and is set against a backdrop of the exquisite Sonoma lifestyle. (Think Murder on The Orient Express meets Falcon Crest, with some sexy spanking tossed in for good measure.)

The story is a bit slow to start, but once in, author Jones excels at weaving a captivating tale. Told using alternate POV’s, Nick is well written as an alpha — strong in action, emotions — I connected with him immediately. I never fully grasped the character of Faith, perhaps because the reader isn’t meant to truly understand her motivations until the final reveal. We know both Nick and Faith are keeping secrets, but Faith’s character seemed a bit too elusive.

While the plot is intriguing, I found the pace of Provocative to be uneven. Secondary characters abound and it is difficult in some instances to justify the amount of plot spent on them against their import to the story (again, perhaps this plays out in Shameless).  Additionally, some of the dialogue between Nick and Faith seemed redundant — I think with some crisp editing, this story would have been an absolute dazzler.

As it is, Lisa Renee Jones’s Provocative is a  suspenseful, sexy tale —  lush on imagery and sure to captivate fans of romantic intrigue.

 

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*ARC received courtesy of the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.*

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Book Two: SHAMELESS will be out on July 11th!

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Prize: $100 Amazon gift card

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About the Author : LISA RENEE JONES  

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Connect with the Author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kWFra1

Twitter: @LisaReneeJones

Stay in touch with Lisa by joining her mailing list:

http://lisareneejones.com/newsletter-sign-up/

Website: http://lisareneejones.com

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Release Day Blitz: Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

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Provocative (White Lies Book One) by Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date:  April 18th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Provocative Final Border

Book one in the sexy and intense new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones!

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited that PROVOCATIVE is available now! Just a few notes: if you order PROVOCATIVE this week only you will get $1 off and it will only be $2.99 – I will be increasing this price at the end of the week! You’ll also receive the FREE novella Rebecca’s Forgotten Journals (these are NEW journal entries) in the back of your copy!

PS – if you missed your chance to receive any of my bonus scenes from Amy & Liam, Chris & Sara, or Ella & Kayden, this is your last chance to get them! Register your order of PROVOCATIVE here – http://bit.ly/2pkQ49b and you’ll receive them early next week!

Check out the Trailer: http://bit.ly/ProvocativeTrailer

READ CHAPTER ONE ➜ http://lisareneejones.com/duet

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Read PROVOCATIVE Today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2oQf8nK

Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/30ESH1

B&N: http://bit.ly/ProvocativeBN

iBooks: http://bit.ly/ProvocativeiBooks

Kobo: http://bit.ly/ProvocativeKobo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34602810-provocative

Book two: SHAMELESS will be out on July 11th!

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/ShamelessAmazon

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/ShamelessAmazonUK

B&N: http://bit.ly/Shameless_BN

iBooks: http://bit.ly/ShamelessiBooks

Kobo: http://bit.ly/Shameless_Kobo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34602828-shameless

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GIVEAWAY

Prize: $100 Amazon gift card

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

– ABOUT LISA RENEE JONES –

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Connect with the Author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kWFra1

Twitter: @LisaReneeJones

Stay in touch with Lisa by joining her mailing list:

http://lisareneejones.com/newsletter-sign-up/

Website: http://lisareneejones.com

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Now Live! Hinged by Char Sharp

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Hinged FOR WEBShe can’t remember him.

He’ll never forget her.

When Robin Finch is abducted and tortured by an evil cybercriminal, her salvation comes in an unlikely hero, Dr. Ramsey Gunn. Gunn, a medical doctor and a computer genius, carried a long-festering secret love for Robin from afar, which placed her dead center on the enemy’s radar. Developing amnesia after enduring her captor’s sadistic torture and a blow to her head, Robin has no memory of her previous life. Dr. Gunn rescues Robin away from their captor and goes off the grid to keep her safe for years. But Dr. Ramsey Gunn may not be the savior he claims to be.

Upon his return from deployment, Navy SEAL Cooper Baron discovers his fiancé missing and presumed dead. Not believing she’s dead and hell-bent on discovering the truth about Robin’s disappearance, he will stop at nothing until she is back in his arms. Through the long years, searching for her in every woman’s face, he’s determined to locate the woman he lost. But finding Robin may put her in more danger than she’s ever faced before. Can Cooper’s love help her restore her memories without forcing her to confront the horrific reality of her abduction?

Once the reality is known, can their love survive the truth?

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Char Sharp lives and writes in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia USA with her husband and a spoiled Ragdoll cat named Purrcy. Her main objective is to entertain and enthrall her readers by writing emotionally romantic suspense stories with protective alpha heroes and strong heroines. A romantic at heart, she believes that love can be a true healer.

She started writing poems in college and graduated to business writing and sales in the transport delivery system and computer industries. In retirement, writing morphed into her true passion—novels. She studied music and business at Troy University, and with her love of music, she enjoys weaving a little music into her writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

Char and her husband are the proud parents and grandparents of three grown children and five grandsons. She’s a coffee and chocolate caramel addict, enjoys a little red wine in the evening, and is delighted to have more time to write books and play with her grandsons.

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Cover Reveal: Blackwood by Celia Aaron

 

 

Coming January 8th 2017

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– SYNOPSIS –

 

I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.


Author’s Note: This is a mystery/suspense romance with violence and explicit sex. Trigger warning.

 

– ABOUT CELIA AARON –

 

Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.

 

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Review and Excerpt: The Secret Language of Stones by M. J. Rose

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THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES is a stunning historical gothic romantic suspense published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, releasing on July 19th. Written to be a total and complete standalone novel, THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES is the second title in M.J. Rose’s The Daughters of La Lune Series. Sexy, compelling, and seductive, be sure to grab your copy today!

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“The most powerful book I’ve read this year! Seductive, compelling, and beautifully written.” ~New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster

 

– SYNOPSIS –

 

 As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

The Secret Language of StonesNestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.

So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family. Full of romance, seduction, and a love so powerful it reaches beyond the grave, The Secret Language of Stones is yet another “spellbindingly haunting” (Suspense magazine), “entrancing read that will long be savored” (Library Journal, starred review).

 

– EXCERPT –

 

My mother was disappointed I wasn’t following in her footsteps and studying painting but agreed jewelry design offered a fine alternative. I knew my choice appealed to the rebel in her. The field hadn’t yet welcomed women, and my mother, who had broken down quite a few barriers as a female artist and eschewed convention as much as plain white handkerchiefs, was pleased that, like her, I would be challenging the status quo.

When I’d graduated lycée, I convinced my parents to let me apprentice with a local jeweler, and Timur often stopped by Roucher’s shop at the end of the day to collect me and walk me home.

Given our ages, his twenty to my seventeen, it wasn’t surprising our closeness turned physical, and we spent many hours hiding in the shadows of the rocks on the beach as twilight deepened, kissing and exploring each other’s bodies. The heady intimacy was exciting. The passion, transforming. My sense of taste became exaggerated. My sense of smell became more attenuated. The stones I worked with in the shop began to shimmer with a deeper intensity, and my ability to hear their music became fine-tuned.

The changes were as frightening as they were exhilarating. As the passions increased my powers, I worried I was becoming like my mother. And yet my fear didn’t make me turn from Timur. The pleasure was too great. My attraction was fueled by curiosity rather than love. Not so for him. And even though I knew Timur was a romantic, I never guessed at the depths of what he felt.

 

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Early reviews for The Secret Language of Stones by M. J. Rose —

“A dazzling mix of history, mystery and mystical arts . . . Rose’s paranormal historical bewitches from start to finish. Her amazing ability to make her story line believable and her extraordinary protagonist relatable result in an unforgettable psychic thriller.” (Library Journal (Starred review))

“An exciting mix of adventure, intrigue, and romance in this thrilling historical tale.” (Booklist)

“Haunting, spellbinding, captivating; Rose’s story of the power of love and redemption is masterful. More than a romance or ghost story, this is a tale of a young woman learning to embrace her unique qualities…So carefully crafted and beautifully written, readers will believe in the magical possibilities of love transcending time.”  (RT Magazine (Top Pick))

“Rose follows up The Witch of Painted Sorrows (2015) with Sandrine’s daughter’s story, set against the tragic yet exquisite canvases of Paris, the Great War, and the Russian Revolution, and offers fascinating historical tidbits in the midst of bright, imaginative storytelling and complex, supernatural worldbuilding. A compelling, heart-wrenching, creative, and intricate read.”  (Kirkus Reviews)

 

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“ . . . A grand love, you wrote. Did you have a love that grand?” I asked him.

No. I never did. Did you?

“No, and I wouldn’t want to. It would be too painful if it failed.”

But to experience it once—even if it is painful—don’t you think it would be worth it? Wouldn’t you want to know what that kind of intensity is like? Wouldn’t you want to feel that deeply?

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Set in Paris during the last year of World War I, M. J. Rose’s The Secret Language of Stones is an enchanting and utterly absorbing story of the romance between the young woman, Opaline Duplessi, and her spectral lover, Jean Luc Forèt.

As a Daughter of La Lune, Opaline descends from a legendary family of witches, each female in the line gifted with specific powers or talents. It is while working as an apprentice jeweler in Paris that Opaline’s gift of lithomancy (the ability to connect with other realms through stones) comes into full fruition.

Using her talent to fashion talismans of remembrance for the grieving families of lost soldiers, Opaline discovers that the crystal talismans are speaking to her, sending her messages from those who have passed.  As quiet word goes out in Paris about the young psychic jeweler and her talismans, Opaline finds herself sought out by the mourners seeking one last contact from their departed loved ones.

One day a grief-stricken mother enters the jewelry shop, seeking Opaline. Denise Alouette has received notice that her son, Jean Luc, has been lost in battle. She commissions Opaline to create a remembrance talisman, giving Opaline a lock of Jean Luc’s hair and the dates of his birth and death. As Opaline starts to assemble the pendant, Jean Luc begins to speak to her through the stones.

Opaline begins to doubt her sanity — Jean Luc’s spirit is far stronger that any she’s encountered in the past. His persistence in seeking her out convinces Opaline that Jean Luc has a significant purpose in her own life. Keeping the finished talisman for herself, a guilty Opaline gives his mother a substitute pendant.

Following his direction, Opaline sets out to learn the facts of Jean Luc’s life, his passions, his dreams. During the course of their connection, Jean Luc’s spirit becomes increasing stronger and a heated romance grows between Opaline and her spirit lover — to the point of physical consummation. (And this reader leaves it to you to discover how the author brilliantly accomplishes this stunningly sensual feat.)

The Secret Language of Stones will captivate your imagination while it grabs your heart. The second novel the M. J. Rose’s The Daughters of La Lune series, it is a stand alone novel and does not required the reader to have read Rose’s The Witch of Painted Sorrows. The romance between Opaline and Jean Luc, centered amid the vestiges of a Belle Époque Paris suffering under German bombardment, combines the mystique of the paranormal with the grim reality of the cost of war.

Beautifully written, author Rose weaves her plot lines with golden threads — the secondary plots, strong and fascinating, could easily stand as their own story. The characters are carefully crafted and, given the story’s premise, completely believable. The rich attention to detail will leave you feeling as if you are taking a walking tour of Paris, whether it be through the halls of the Louvre, or amid the shadows cast by the tombs in the Père Lachaise. Rose generously gives her readers a little bit of everything — intrigue, sorcery, history — not to mention a breathtaking love story that will have the reader devouring every page, down to the very last word.

 

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*ARC received from Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

 

 

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M. J. ROSE

 

MJ Rose - HeadshotNew York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization’s co-president.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

 

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Blood on the Bayou - coverAbout BLOOD ON THE BAYOU: A Cafferty & Quinn Novella

From New York Times bestseller Heather Graham…

It’s winter and a chill has settled over New Orleans, binding a stream of blood that leads a tourist to a dead man, face down in the bayou.

The man has been done in by a vicious beating, so violent that his skull has been crashed in.

It’s barely a day before a second victim is found . . . once again so badly thrashed that the water runs red. The city becomes riddled with fear.

An old family friend comes to Danni Cafferty, telling her that he’s terrified, he’s certain that he’s received a message from the Blood Bayou killer–It’s your turn to pay, blood on the bayou.

The two quickly become involved, and–as they all begin to realize that a gruesome local history is being repeated–they find themselves in a fight to save not just a friend, but, perhaps, their very own lives.

 

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Michael Quinn heard the hysterical crying the minute he entered the police station. The young woman creating the commotion was inside Detective Jake Larue’s office. Someone else was trying to soothe her while not becoming hysterical herself.

“This one is right up your alley,” Larue told him as he approached.

“My alley?”

“That young woman is certain she saw a rougarou. She was on a bayou tour in Honey Swamp last night.”

He smiled. No kid grew up in Southern Louisiana without hearing about the rougarou. Blood on the Bayou - RDL teaser 1Every region of the world had their own particular brand of monster. The rougarou belonged to the Cajun region of Southern Louisiana, stretching right into the city.

“Honey Swamp?” he asked. “Doesn’t a problem in that area go to the Pearl River police?”

“Yep,” Larue said. “But she’s here because she believes the rougarou followed her home, showing up in the window of her hotel last night.”

He arched a brow at the ridiculousness of the statement. “I’m assuming there’s more.”

“A dead man in the swamp. Head bashed in, throat ripped.”

Which grabbed his attention.

“I want you to talk to them,” Larue said. “I told them that you’re a rougarou expert and that you’ll get to the bottom of things. They were out on some night ghost tour in the bayou and their boat came upon the dead man. Right now, she’s so hysterical that she’s not making sense. But you rougarouexperts are used to dealing with that.”

He shook his head at Larue’s sarcasm. He was no more a rougarou expert than someone was a ghost expert. Once upon a time, he’d worked with Larue as partners in the NYPD. Before that, Quinn’s life had been anything but normal. He’d actually been a pretty horrible person, not as in deadly or criminal, but as in vain and egotistical. His prowess in sports had led to excess, which eventually led to him being declared legally dead.

Which changed everything.

 

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HEATHER GRAHAM

 

Heather Graham HeadshotNew York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children’s charity.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The NationRedbookPeople, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.

 

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