“Never Wager Against Love (Kellington Book 3)” by Maureen Driscoll


Never Wager Against Love

Never Wager Against Love (Kellington Book 3)

by Maureen Driscoll

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Suspense

FREE at time of posting! (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

When Arthur Kellington was fifteen, a Romany fortune teller predicted that his true love would be killed. Since then, he’s resolved to never fall in love. He has no trouble keeping his resolution until he meets Vanessa Gans, an agent with the Home Office who is on the trail of two hardened criminals. As he finds himself falling for her, he must keep his distance emotionally as the only way to protect them both.

Despite her illegitimate birth, Vanessa Gans has worked her way up to being one of the Crown’s finest agents. She’s reluctant to accept Arthur’s help initially because she doesn’t want to place him in danger. Then she realizes her heart is truly at risk because there can be no honorable future between them.

NEVER WAGER AGAINST LOVE is a romantic tale of bravery, sacrifice and love. It contains explicit language. The earlier books in the series were NEVER MISS A CHANCE (Book 2) and NEVER A MISTRESS, NO LONGER A MAID (Book 1), which USA TODAY’S HAPPILY EVER AFTER blog called “enjoyable, suspenseful and satisfying.”

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“Fierce Winds and Fiery Dragons (Dusky Hollows)” by Nan Sweet

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Fierce Winds and Fiery Dragons: Free Children’s Books for Kids age 9-12, Bedtime Stories for Kids (Dusky Hollows)

by Nan Sweet

Genre: Children’s Books/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Scary Stories

FREE at time of posting!

Ivy and Carrie love their new classroom even if the new teacher is a little strange. When Mrs. Huffity asks for volunteers to care for an egg, Ivy doesn’t budge. She’s had a few scary dreams about that egg and wants nothing to do with it.

But when trouble comes, Ivy defends the egg. In her desire to save the baby that hatches, Ivy is tossed into the middle of an adventure. She discovers more than she ever wanted to know about fierce winds and fiery dragons.

-Over 40 five-star Amazon reviews. Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia will love Nan Sweet.

~In the Dusky Hollows Series~
Book 1: Fierce Winds & Fiery Dragons
Book 2: The Curse of the Invisibles
Book 3: Too Much School
Book 4: Adrift
Book 5: An Unexpected Adventure
Book 6: The Haunted HouseSci
Book 7: The Unicorn’s Quest
Book 8: Cry of the Banshee

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“Over My Shoulder” by Patricia Dixon


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Over My Shoulder

by Patricia Dixon

Genre: Contemporary Women/Women’s Fiction/Religious & Inspirational Fiction

1.37 at time of posting!

This is a dark and gripping romance which tells of a nice young girl who met a very bad man. Sounds simple? Not really. By the time the girl realised the depths of his wicked soul and a wiser, braver young woman was about to emerge, it was too late. His twisted roots had wrapped around her life, spreading rapidly, taking a firm hold of her confused head and fragile heart. There was to be no escape from the tangled mess unless it was on his terms and even then, once she was free and her life rolled precariously on, the seeds he had sown remained embedded deep within. When she least expected it he would return and make good his promise, exact revenge and ensure she paid any price he felt owed.

Set in Manchester in the early nineties, Over My Shoulder is an intricate tale of blinkered love and obsession. This gripping psycho-sexual thriller with criminal undertones tracks the life of a young woman, from her carefree mid-twenties right up to present day.
Freya falls under the spell of controlling and manipulative Kane and soon, her life changes beyond her wildest imagination. When the luxurious life she craves gradually becomes intolerable, escape is out of reach.

This is a disturbing story of an affluent life, cleverly camouflaging the sinister underworld which funds it. And just when you think it is all over, there is a twist.
When will it end, can it end?

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“The Guardian” by L.M. Nelson

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The Guardian

by L.M. Nelson

Genre: Middle Grades/Magic & Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery

2.99 at time of posting!

Devastated by the tragic death of their parents, Camryn and Toby Hunter find themselves alone in the Idaho wilderness. When Toby discovers a pair of gold rings, he and Camryn are magically transported into a mystical land they’ve never seen before. Their only known exit is immediately sealed off, and they find themselves surrounded by mythical creatures, a beautiful waterfall oasis, and moss-covered Redwood trees with faces. Named as “the Guardian” by the locals, Toby is faced with a life-changing task. He and his sister can only return home when the elements are reunited and peace is restored to the land of Gelnoff. With only two gold rings, ten days’ worth of supplies, and the guidance of a wise, old Redwood tree, Toby and Camryn begin the journey of a lifetime.

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“Once Upon a Princess Duet” by Deborah A. Bailey

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Once Upon A Princess Duet

by Deborah A. Bailey

Genre: Paranormal Romance

1.99 at time of posting!

In these two sexy paranormal romance “fairy tales,” two princesses find that love with a shifter hero is not without complications – but there is always a happily-ever-after. Includes two complete short novellas.

“Heart of Stone”

In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.

There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.

If she’s willing to pay it, she may find the love she’s been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.

“Beauty & the Faun”

Kayla, a poor young woman runs away when her rich uncle and aunt arrange her marriage to a shifter prince from another land. Her uncle needs gold to settle his debts and the king is offering a great reward if he can obtain a willing bride for his son.

But Kayla’s plans to hide in the Great Forest hit a snag when two mischievous fauns find her and deliver her to a very sexy faun shifter who is ready to teach Kayla a thing or two about life and love.

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Felicia’s Review

November 20, 2017

5/5 Stars!

Fairytales were my first favorite childhood genre, and in my later years, I haven’t strayed too far from them. The list continues to grow of fairytale mash-ups, retellings, dark, and inspired versions. A few missed the mark, but most get it right. Once Upon a Princess Duet nails it!

In Heart of Stone, we have Leesa, princess leader of a kingdom in ruins. Those who killed her family and destroyed the land are gone too. Leesa ekes out a living for her grandmother and the people of her village the best way she can.

This leads Leesa to search for treasures at Silver Palace, also in ruins and once home to her betrothed who never returned from the war.

Leesa is caught by Willem, the gargoyle, self-proclaimed guardian of the castle ruins. He makes Leesa an offer—stay in the castle for three weeks and he will give her all she needs to care for her village.

This grownup version of Beauty & the Beast doesn’t deliver a wide-eyed, naïve ingenue and a loathsome beast, but a thirty-year-old woman who’s left her days of royalty and privilege behind and a snarky, supernatural creature who may or may not be just a bit pervy. *HA! *

The bargain is not an easy one even as a guarded trust grows between the mismatched couple.

Trouble arrives in the forms of Lester and Sir Kyle, who’s determined to take the castle’s hidden riches… and Leesa as his wife.

With problems temporarily abated, Willem releases Leesa from their agreement, insisting she leaves before the nefarious Kyle returns with backup. Leesa is reluctant to leave—she has come to care for the gargoyle—and wants to fulfill her part of the agreement… and perhaps even help free Willem from the enchantment which binds him to the castle.

Trouble returns, and it is chaotic. Leesa’s resolve weakens as she believes she’s lost someone else important to her. It builds to an excellent ending, which for me, could have gone on and on.

While she only appears in a few pages near story’s end, Polly, a no-nonsense barmaid from town, leaps to the top of my favorite characters list. Polly wasn’t up for any foolishness and did not suffer fools lightly.


In Beauty and the Faun, Kayla and her mother are taken in by her uncle after Kayla’s father dies.

Although they are equals, Kayla and Julia, her mother, are treated as servants…like Cinderella. The good-natured women don’t mind… much, as they both miss their life living in the woods with Christopher, Kayla’s late father.

When Julia fell in love with Christopher, a woodsman, her family didn’t consider him good enough for Julia and she had to choose—her wealthy family and easy life or poverty with Christopher. Of course, Julia chose love with no regrets. But illness took Christopher all too soon.

Now Kayla learns Sir Frederick, her uncle, and a habitual gambler is ready to marry her off to help settle his gambling debts.

The plan is to marry Kayla off to the son of a king. Usually a coveted betrothal, King Reynard has been unable to find a bride for his son because Reynard is a wolf-shapeshifter and his son… changes into things. The young prince is also said to be wild and disappears for weeks at a time.

Despite Kayla and Julia’s objections, the wedding plans proceed, so Kayla decides to solve her own problem.

Striking a deal with fellow servant, Jackon, Kayla plans to go into the village and find a job so she can take care of her mother and be away from Frederick’s control. Jackon tricks Kayla and leads her into an attempted kidnapping. Kayla escapes and eventually ends up with Del, a woodland faun.

Loved the twists and turns of this quick read which included a wedding ball, a fairy godmother and… pomegranate.

Leesa and Kayla are two great characters—women just trying to figure it all out. They’re not sitting around waiting to be rescued, but Prince Charming does arrive… in his own way! You’ll enjoy rooting for their happily-ever-afters.

I highly recommend these two engaging fairytale sendups. But, don’t buy them for your twelve-year-old. Yes, there’s sex, (but it’s not over-the-top). We grow up, why can’t our fairytales?




“Spider Silk: A Murder Mystery on the High Desert” by Rod Collins

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Spider Silk: A Murder Mystery on the High Desert (Sheriff Bud Blair Oregon Mystery Series Book 1)

by Rod Collins

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Cozy/Crime Fiction

99¢ at time of posting!

A GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD NOMINEE, this is the first book in the Sheriff Bud Blair Oregon mystery series…

A suspicious death leads to an investigation, a manhunt, and the capture of the self-confessed killer. But when Sheriff Henry “Bud” Blair reads the autopsy report, he begins to suspect that someone other than his prisoner is the actual murderer.

Set in Oregon’s high desert country, Spider Silk introduces you to a compelling cast of characters and sets you on a fast-paced, page-turning adventure to find out who is behind a string of (seemingly) unrelated murders.

Moving from the backdrop story of a remote ranch and a lonely widower to the dark and pervasive reach of organized crime, Spider Silk is not only intriguing… it’s an entirely believable saga.

Surprising forensic evidence and sharp detective work keep your interest level high and the suspense palpable in this police procedural cliffhanger.

Spider Silk is also a love story.

Badly burned by divorce, Bud Blair steers shy of women. But his work makes it almost impossible to avoid contact with Nancy Sixkiller, the beautiful Yakima Indian woman who manages the Emergency Services Center in Lake County, Oregon.

That contact is intensified when Bud is injured and Nancy takes on the role of caregiver.

When you dive into this gripping western fiction tale, you’ll enter the sparsely settled, high desert landscape blessed with the hot springs, big lakes, and timbered mountains Collins knows and loves.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Light My Fire” – Jose Feliciano

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “lights.”


This is one of those rare times when I prefer a cover song to the original.

Light My Fire is a song by the Doors, recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967. It spent three weeks in the number one spot.

In 1968, Puerto Rican artist, Jose Feliciano, released a cover that went all the way to number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 and caused popularity in the Doors’ version to rise again. The Doors’ version re-entered Billboard’s Hot 100 a second time, peaking at number eighty-seven.

Feliciano’s cover version won a 1969 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, the same year he won another Grammy for Best New Artist.

Both versions are good, Jose’s just appeals to me more. I’ve posted both so YOU can decide for yourself!


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Light My Fire

by Jose Feliciano (1968)

by The Doors (1966)

Written by The Doors’ Robbie Krieger and credited to the entire band

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

The time for hesitation’s through
There’s no time to wallow in the mire
Darling we could only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

Well, you know that it would be untrue
And you know that I would be a liar
If I was to and tell you
Mama we couldn’t get much higher, yeah

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire, yeah
Try to set the night on fire, yeah hey

Come on baby, light, light my fire, yeah
Come on baby, light my fire don’t you know it’s alright
Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire, oh
Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire, yeah girl

Girl you better light my fire, yeah
You better light, you better light, you better light my fire
And we’re gonna get much higher
Oh, come on girl, you know I love you girl
You know I need you babe, come on baby, light, light, light

Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire
Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire
Light, light, light, light, light, light, my, my fire
Light, light, light, light, light my fire girl
Well, light my fire girl



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