Friday, January 3, 2014

Admissions


A few months ago, I kind of fell of the wagon. I don't mean I started drinking or anything of that sort. Instead I stopped something....I stopped writing. I stopped reading religiously. I stopped doing the things that I love.

Part of it was just the hectic holiday schedule. I managed a Photos with Santa at a local mall this holiday season, and though I really love my job, it adds additional chaos to an already hectic season. Something had to go in order for me to save my sanity, and the easiest thing to give up was blogging. It was easy to stick my WIP on up on a shelf and walk away, especially because I was not really feeling them all that much anyway.

In all of this chaos, this break from my "real life", I have watched another year come and go. Even though, on some level, I find New Year's Resolutions to be hokey and ineffective, I definitely need to take some time to re-evaluate my life.

I have come up with a theme for 2014:

ACTION

For the past several years, my life has been marked by unfinished ends. I have big dreams, I always have, but I have had very little follow through in recent years. Two of the major goals I want to accomplish are: 

  • Launching a handmade business selling crocheted and crafted items, hopefully to help support a charity in addition to myself. 
  • Write a book, or two, or three. 

These are both goals that I have stopped and started many times in the past few years. But, that does not get me anywhere. So this year, I am most definitely going to commit myself to making strides on both of those fronts. 

This is going to be my year of action. Other goals that need to be on my radar this year include: 

  • Making a final decision about grad school. It's something I have been kicking around for so long, but again I have never followed through on. 
  • Make deliberate steps toward wellness. Face my issues with food and my lack of exercise head on. It's time. 

So in 2014, you can expect that Paws and Print will likely evolve from a strictly book review blog, into one that tracks my action on all these fronts. 

With Action, results shall follow.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

On The Planeless


Oh. My. Swearword. You guys, I could NOT be more excited to bring you guys The Planeless today. I think I have decided that moving forward, Halloween will always be reserved for Ms. Patti Larsen. It's no secret that I love the Hayle Coven Novels. While, I haven't finished the whole series yet, I could NOT wait to get my hands on Meira's story. The Planeless is the first book in a trilogy arc of Meem's rule of Demonicon. 

You can find out more about The Planeless directly from Patti's website...



I was not really sure what to expect about The Planeless, because I'm still at the point in the HCN books where Meira is a little kid. She hasn't come into her own power yet, so I was not so sure about her being the ruler of the Demon World. Also, per Patti's warning, I was a bit afraid that I would ruin the rest of HCN for myself. 

Happily, I can report that I was worried about nothing. The Planeless is so good, it sucked me in from page one. Yes, it does hint at things that happened in HCN books I have not read yet, but I did not feel lost, nor did I feel like I no longer want to read the rest of the Hayle Coven stories (Sydlynn Hayle FOREVER). 

Meira is a kick-ass character and I loved watching her come into her own, take possession of her place as the Ruler and truly take charge. Once again, Larsen has managed to craft a whole world (one that was a part of HCN, but now we get to see so much more, and its FABULOUS) that just sucks you in deep! Honestly, no one since J.K. Rowling has mastered the art of creating new worlds like Larsen. She's at the top of her game. 

The only thing I struggled with while reading The Planeless was keeping the names of all the demons straight. For the first few chapters, I was trying to wrap my mental voice around the crazy demon names, but then it just became natural. 

To quote Syd, "Oh. My. Swearword," this book is GOOD. Anyone who loves the Hayle Coven Novels needs to pick this up. Anyone who loves all things witchy and demon-y, needs to pick up this book. 

Congrats Ms. Larsen, you've done it again. I'm a fan for life. 


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Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports, even though they don’t love me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.
But always, always, writing books calls me home.
I’ve had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It’s the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands… thank you for reading.
As for the rest of it, I’m short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and five massive cats.
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Happy Halloween: Go Pick Up The Planeless, it's full of treats! 

Just Released: Allegories of the Tarot

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Allegories of the Tarot

 Who hasn't been fascinated by the mysterious Tarot, writer and reader alike? For centuries, fortune-telling by the Tarot has caught many an imagination, but nothing like what will be presented here. 22 cards... each an individual splinter of the human psyche. 22 writers... honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility. Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds. 22 cross-genre worlds. 22 portals into the Universal. Only one way to get there. Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.

About the book

Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. "Hey," she said. "What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?" The idea would not leave her alone. And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born. Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy. What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe. Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.

Early readers have fallen in love with the Allegories of the Tarot

"Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil,and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic." -Julie Affleck "Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together." -Jodi Scaife "All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet." -Lisa Millraney

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Allegories of the Tarot is available in e-book and paperback format on Amazon, and in multiple e-book formats on Smashwords. Don't forget to add Allegories of the Tarot to your to-read shelf on Goodreads. Connect with the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology on its website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On The Army Doctor's Christmas Collection + Giveaway



The Army Doctor’s Baby
After his wife betrayed him, Major Radley Knight dedicated himself to becoming the best Army doctor he could be, dedicated himself to saving soldiers' lives. When he returns on leave from Afghanistan he is ready for a break. Instead he finds himself helping a young mother and her newborn baby. He falls in love with Olivia and her sweet baby boy and longs to spend the rest of his life caring for them. But Olivia and her baby belong to Radley's brother.







The Army Doctor’s Wedding
Army doctor, Major Cameron Knight, thrives on the danger of front-line Battlefield medicine. Throwing himself into saving the lives of injured servicemen keeps the demons from his past away. When he rescues charity worker, Alice Conway, and a tiny newborn baby, he longs for a second chance to do the right thing, even if it means marrying a woman he barely knows so they can take the orphan baby to England for surgery. The brave, beautiful young woman and the orphan baby steal his heart. He longs to make the marriage real, but being married to an army officer might do her more harm than good.





The Army Doctor’s Christmas Baby
After he loses his wife, army surgeon Colonel Sean Fabian protects his damaged heart by cutting women out of his life. He dedicates himself to his career and being a great dad to his twin babies. When he asks army nurse Kelly Grace to play nanny to his children over Christmas, he realizes how much he misses having a beautiful woman in his life and in his arms. Caring for Sean's adorable twin babies is Kelly's dream come true. She falls in love with the sweet little girls and their daddy, but she's hiding a devastating event from the past. If she can't trust Sean with her secret, how can she ever expect him to trust her with his bruised heart?










I'll be honest with you guys, my reading schedule is jammed lately and I have only finished The Army Doctor's Baby and half of The Army Doctor's Wedding at this point. But, its enough for me to recommend this series. Scott Taylor has a distinct style, writing sweet romances featuring military heroes. She does not shy away from getting into the gritty parts of being involved with military personnel. Her heroes are strong, sexy, reliable (though Cameron is not so likable in Book One).

These novellas are perfect for anyone looking to indulge in the sweeter side of the romance genre. They focus on romance, on falling in love and not so much on the super sexy scenes that seem to dominate the shelves these days. Honestly, I found this refreshing. It was a nice change of pace from what I typically read each week.

I also like that the each book is a separate novella. They build upon one another, feature overlapping characters and plot points, however each book functions as its own bite-size piece. Some people do not like the novella format, but I'm a fan. Sometimes, you just need a small treat. Scott Taylor definitely delivers. Anyone looking for a feel-good, sweet take on romance needs to add this boxed set to their reading list.

You can find The Army Doctor's Christmas Collection on Amazon.



Helen Scott Taylor’s first novel, The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest in 2008, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist’s top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA.

Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies.

Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with a burmilla cat, an elderly shih tzu, and her new baby--a cute westie cross Bichon.


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Now Presenting: The Winged


Well friends, we have some more exciting news! The best-selling Winged series from author L.M. Pruitt is getting a makeover as well as an exciting NEW addition. Each book will have all new covers. On top of all that Alliance is almost here. You all are getting a sneak peek at the next thrilling book in the series! 

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About The Series:
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Winged
I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty. I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels. I chose the demons--and the angels. I chose the Winged. 


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Uprising
In the last year, Joanne Watson has died, fallen in love, fought demons and earned her Wings. None of that compares to what's coming next.... Life as a member of the Winged isn't perfect--or easy. There's always some new camp drama. There's always a demon ready for a fight. There's always death. And now there's the Resistance.Joanne must choose again, this time between her fellow Winged and their burning desire for change or the archangels and the eternal vow she made. Even in the afterlife, one truth remains--everything ends

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Lost
In the last year, Joanne Watson has survived repeated attempts on her life, wholesale slaughter, and the dissolution on the cornerstone of her new existence. And the hard times are only beginning. As the line between right and wrong, friend and foe, and good and evil continue to blur, Joanne is forced to face another irrefutable fact. The most dangerous demons to fight are the ones you can't see.

 Hunt
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The last six months have seen more death and destruction than any could have predicted. And the war is only beginning. With the fight taking Joanne and her friends from city streets to abandoned farms to the center of the earth, only one thing is certain. The hunters are now the hunted.
 

ABOUT L.M. Pruitt
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. She is the author of the Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel. Her current series, WINGED, is about the choice one woman makes after dying. The first four books in the series are available now. Ms. Pruitt is releasing the next book in the series, ALLIANCE, November 2013.

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Now what you've all been waiting for... the sneak peak at Alliance:

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Alliance
The Fallen have one goal--storm the gates of Heaven and reclaim their heritage.
The Winged have one mission--to prevent it all costs.
From North America to Africa, Europe to South American, the stage is being set for the final battle, the one to end all worlds, and with it comes an ugly truth.
Keep your friends close--and your enemies closer.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

On It's Just Love + Giveaway



Coral Nixie is living her dreams. Her cottage is blocks from her beloved beach and a haven for those seeking answers for their relationship problems. And so what if her own love life is non-existent? Helping others and surfing should be enough for anyone, even a virgin, slightly lonely witch.
Gage Middleton is a successful author and relationship counselor. His “Factors” can indicate the success of any relationship, and he’s about to propose to his own perfect match. Until Ms. Perfect dumps him, and he has to go on TV and defend his theories against a ridiculous, hippy witch with the most beautiful eyes.
On a dare from the host, the two set out to follow another couple on their first three dates. The man and woman they follow have nothing in common and neither do they. Can they let go of their own stubborn beliefs and accept that there’s nothing to prove in the midst of their own attraction? After all, It’s Just Love.





This was the first book by Richards I read, so I was not really sure what to expect from It's Just Love. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE the romance genre. Just a quick read around my blog and you'll see that I eat up romance novels like some people eat bon-bons. But, even I have to admit that sometimes reading romance novels just feels run of the mill. So, when I pick up a new author, I'm always hoping for something special, but never know if I am really going to get it.

Well, let me tell you this! It's Just Love is a ton of fun. It's really a great book, a quick, easy read, perfectly sized for a weekend treat. Coral and Gage are such an unexpected couple that watching them fall for one another was special. Though they are both adults, they have pigeonholed themselves into neat, little stereotypes. Coral plays a witch, though she's a surfer-girl at heart. Gage is a doctor, analytical and logical.

When fate (or a fairy godfather) throws them together, their core beliefs are shaken. True love has a way of making you question your quiet, ordinary life. The way these two come together and the fun, little twist at the end will definitely have you believing in the magic of love!



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Coral woke early, despite the fact that Gage had stayed into the wee hours. He’d been happy to discuss his work, but reticent about his girlfriend. Perhaps the perfect 10 was displeased about their spending these three evenings together. Coral would be happy to reassure her that she had no designs on him. A stuffed shirt like him did not enter her sights. Of course not.
She recalled her decision to consider dating again. Sid was dead, but she was alive. And he’d never want her to live sad and lonely. He had been a kind, considerate guy, finding joy in so many small things. Nothing had taken that from him, even toward the end, when he became a frail shell of his former, robust self. Shame filled her. She’d promised to move on, sworn it as she sat by his deathbed. And she’d broken that vow, or at least neglected it, for three years.
Well, no more. She would begin dating immediately. She’d find someone…somewhere. There sure as heck was nobody in her life now. Filled with purpose, she eschewed surfing for the day and prepared for a small ritual. Time to close one door, so another could be opened. The Goddess could not give her anyone new as long as she clung to the past. And three years was long enough to grieve for someone who had not even been a lover. He’d wanted that, but she hadn’t been sure, and by the time she realized how much he meant to her, his health was so poor she’d only been able to give him her time and care, nothing more.
She closed the curtains, swept the living room, and feather-dusted, wanting a clear space. Then she showered and patted herself dry, leaving her hair hanging down her back, and returned to the living room. Lighting a single, white taper, she sat cross-legged on the floor. White for the Goddess, white for purity. Staring at it, she stood and lit a green one, for change. Once upon a time she would have done more preparation, but truly what occurred was inside herself, and the rest were trappings for onlookers.
The Goddess would understand. Staring at the twin flames, Coral went deep inside and made a wish and a promise. This time, a gift would not be rejected. “Whoever you bring me, Lady, I will not waste the time. I know now how precious and rare true love is.”
When the candles burned down and winked out, she was filled with peace. Perhaps it would be a surfer, or maybe one who practiced the craft…or maybe an accountant. But she trusted that it would be the right one for her, if indeed such a person existed. A flicker of doubt passed through her. If she hadn’t missed her chance.
And looking for the right man would distract her from the wrong one she would be spending the evening with. Gage Middleton, handsome and charming…and even gallant, but he was not for her. The attraction was merely bad timing, or maybe it served to wake her up to her need to move forward.


Kate Richards divides her time between Los Angeles and the High Sierras. She would gladly spend all her days in the mountains, but she’d miss the beach…and her very supportive husband’s commute would be three hundred miles. Wherever she is, she loves to explore all different kinds of relationships in her stories. She doesn’t believe one-size-fits-all, and whether her characters live BDSM, ménage, GLBT or any other kind of lifestyle, it’s the love, the joy I one another, that counts.

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Spotlight on: Finding the Right Girl + Giveaway


From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author who brought you the Nice Girl to Love trilogy, comes A Nice GUY to Love spin-off...

Brian Sullivan has been in love twice in his lifetime. He lost his first love to early-onset Huntington’s, and he lost the other more recently…to his brother. And somehow, his heart has managed to heal itself after both. Amazingly, without therapy. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten a bit more cautious, however. Lately, Brian’s been thinking that maybe his brother’s now retired nothing-but-flings rule isn’t such a bad idea after all. Unfortunately, as the unofficial nice guy poster boy, Brian isn’t exactly versed in the fine art of flings. So he looks to the outrageously ‘unique,’ inexplicably enigmatic, provokingly button-pushing Tessa Daniels for a crash course.

There’s absolutely no way he’s falling in love with this one...right? 

Tessa has no idea what she was thinking telling Brian that she was some sort of fling expert. She’s never been flung before and she sure as heck doesn’t know where or how to begin flinging a guy like Brian. It was a temporary lapse in sanity—no doubt because of the can’t-help-but-fall-for-him brain fuzz that hits her whenever he’s around. Not only does the man have her being more herself than she’s ever been in her life, but he’s the only person she knows who seems to have as many demons and skeletons in the closet as she does. What’s more, he’s got her thinking of the one thing she stopped letting herself even hope for years ago. 


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National bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels.  Besides writing and feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she can often be found tackling reno projects with her power tools and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, or cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes.  Violet lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

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