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Coffee With Characters with Derrick Porter from Wolf’s Challenge

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?
1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
Hey all. My name is Derrick Porter. I’m a business lawyer, recovering workaholic, and most importantly, a shifter wolf. I live in Great Oaks, Virginia. My story began when I fell for a fiery, red-headed artist named Sydney who wanted to keep me in the friend zone. She didn’t know I was a wolf shifter, didn’t really know me at all, but she was convinced I was a player. My main goal in Christina Lynn Lambert’s debut novel Wolf’s Challenge was to convince Sydney she would be the only woman for me. It was a challenge for me to be patient and not ask Sydney for everything I wanted too soon. 

Wolf’s Challenge is the first in the Stranger Creatures series. There’s a lot of weird creatures out there in the world, and crazy things can happen when people discover their world isn’t as plain vanilla as they thought, but don’t worry, each book in the Stranger Creatures series can be read as a standalone. Christina hates cliffhangers but she loves sexy alpha men. I’m a wolf shifter so I’m strong and powerful in both wolf and human form, but I’m not a caveman about it. I’m pretty clever too and I use that to my advantage whenever and wherever I can. 

2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
In wolf form, I’m larger than the average wolf. My wolf’s teeth are razor sharp and my senses are off the charts, except my sense of smell which is still above average. As a man, I don’t guess my features are that notable. I’m about 6 feet tall and muscular (but not steroid gym rat huge). My hair is black and my eyes are grayish blue but they get darker depending on my mood.
3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
No birthmarks or tattoos. My left ankle bears a faded brand of the letter e just below the faint scars from an injury that never fully healed. The brand and the scars are the result of the anti-shifter group called the Equalizers finding me at the weakest, most vulnerable moment of my life. 
4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?
Yes, I think I’d enjoy hanging out with Christina. We could watch X-Files together or maybe hit a comic book convention and score a bag full of new books, or we could go for a hike in one of Virginia’s beautiful parks. 
5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?
The ability to teleport would be great. Long drives and plane rides annoy the wolf side of me. 
6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?
I hate liars and I especially hate traitors. People who betray their shifter brethren get dealt with –torture, shifter jail, or death. My vote is for a fair amount of the first two before sending a traitor to the bottom of the ocean in tiny little pieces.
7. What would I love the most about you?
I’m a pretty decent guy, or try to be anyway. I screw up from time to time but I would give my life to protect the people I love, whether they’re shifters or regular humans. I’m not perfect but I’m loyal.  
8. What would I hate the most about you?
Some humans hate shifters just because we’re different. They think we’ll try to use our strength and abilities to take over the world or something, but I hope you’ll understand that most shifters just want to be left alone to be what they are in peace. Shifters don’t want to take over the world, we just want to keep it from being destroyed.
9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Christina really got inside my head, a little too much for my liking to be honest, when she wrote about me. My strengths, my weaknesses, my fears, and doubts, yeah, she put all that stuff down on paper for everyone to see. 
10. What is your idea of a perfect day?
A whole day in bed with Sydney where we have nowhere to be, no distractions, and no disruptions. 

11. What is your greatest fear?
Losing the people I love. Rabbit shifters are a close second, though. 

12. Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?
Sydney’s the only woman I want. Nobody else has a chance in hell with me. 

13. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A football player or a helicopter pilot. 
14. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
I’d make sure I spent the day with Sydney and Angel along with my best friend Jack and his wife Carly, who is actually Sydney’s best friend. It wouldn’t matter where we were or what we did, just as long as we were together and I got to say goodbye. I can’t think about this anymore though. I’ve lost too many people and I can’t imagine being separated from Sydney and sweet little Angel. 
15. What is the one food you can’t live without?
Nachos with chili, cheese, and jalapeños. 
16. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?
Maybe Karl Urban or Dave Franco. They look a little like me, I think. Here’s a picture below if you want an idea of what I look like.

Christina says to tell you that if you want a peek at the story or if you want to learn more about her you can check out her blog site at http://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com and her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/christinalynnlambert 
Thanks for having me on your blog site Ms Winters!  

Awww!! So polite! Thanks for joining us today!!!!

Posted in Dystopian Reviews, Original Short Stories

Flash Fiction Time! I know you love it! Prompt: Who knew tears could burn?

Hi guys! My flash is a bit short this week cuz I have been super busy and stuff. Please don’t hate me! Here is your weekly dose of whatever the heck pours from my deranged mind! I hope you enjoy it! Couldn’t resist adding this bad boy here in honor of Luke!alpha-shirt

Who knew tears could burn? He asked himself a thousand times as he carried her sleeping body across the house. He was lucky that he had super human reflexes or she would have ended up on the ground. Her tears burned like fire searing his skin. He hated that he made her cry. He hated the disbelief in her eyes as she looked at him. The doubt he saw there nearly killed him. His wolf was in his mind howling his rage and Luke pulled her tighter against him. Even though her tears burned him straight to his tortured soul.
If she was scared of him now, what would she think about him after finding out the things he had done for the safety of his pack? Would she ever be able to love him? Would she ever forgive him for his trickery? It was all to protect her, but she didn’t know that. She didn’t know anything about him.
He was expecting her to love him and trust him, but she couldn’t do that until she got to know him. The bond wouldn’t do everything for him. He brushed a stray lock of hair from her face and gently laid her on the bed. Turning to leave he felt a small hand grab his wrist and looked back at her.
Her eyes were filled with those damned boiling tears but they were filled with relief as well.
“You are still here,” she whispered with a soft smile gracing her beautiful plump kissable lips. He looked at her in confusion but sat next to her on the bed. Her flesh was burning the skin of his wrist and he realized that her tears weren’t the only thing that burned.
“I’m not going anywhere.”

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Coffee With Characters with Tessa Micah Bell

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?

Hi, I’m Tessa Micah Bell. I come from a messed up family that set me on the road to a messed up childhood and adolescence, so in adulthood I’m kind of messed up. When you meet me in my first book, A Secret to the Grave, I’m twenty-five and I meet the man who I end up marrying. Unfortunately we’re both kind of messed up so by the time our story ends two and a half years later in Forgotten we have really managed to make a mess of our lives. Sorry if my answers are a little short, I don’t really like talking about myself so I don’t know why Jane signed me up for this thing.

1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

A Secret to the Grave is about one of the many mistakes that I’ve made in the past that got other people hurt. I try to fix things on my own and for some reason people seem to think that’s not a good idea. I don’t know why, I’m perfectly capable of taking care of my own messes. I did get to meet Parker though, so one good thing came out of that book. The rest of our books are about us trying to make our lives work. I’m stubborn, keep secrets, and don’t want anyone to take care of me, and Parker has white knight syndrome, so sometimes our relationship gets kind of crazy.

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2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

*shrugs uncomfortably* My eyes I guess. People seem to like them. They’re kind of blue and kind of green with some specs of yellow in the middle. And my hair because its naturally white blonde and a huge curly mess. Although its not a physical feature the thing most people would probably say is the most distinguishable thing about me is my IQ is 178.

3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

No, I don’t have either.

4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

We might hang out, I guess. I don’t really have a lot of friends because I tend to wind up getting people hurt, but if we did hang out we would go horse riding, I love to ride, and Jane does too, so that could be fun.

5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

The ability to see the future, because then I could see what bad things are going to happen to people and stop them before they happen.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

When they think they know better than me about what’s best for me.

7. What would I love the most about you?

I am very loyal to the people I love and would do anything for them, including risk my life.

8. What would I hate the most about you?

I’m stubborn, I actually don’t think this is a bad thing, but apparently everyone else does. I can be bossy. I’m a bit of a control freak. I value my privacy so sometimes I keep secrets. I like people to think I’m strong so I’m constant telling people that I’m fine even when we both know it’s a lie, I’ve been told that’s annoying. I don’t like to let people know what is going on inside my head which I know can be annoying but I’ve been hurt and let down a lot so its hard for me to trust people, so I prefer to do things myself. I don’t know why I told you that, so lets just keep it between us, okay?

9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well she kind of portrayed my stubbornness as a bad thing, and really I don’t think I’m as crazy stubborn as she made me out to be, I just like to do things my way because my way is usually best.

10. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Being able to relax and not worry about anything at all. Parker and I would go horse riding up on my estate and then maybe have a picnic, and just enjoy hanging out and being together.

11. What is your greatest fear?

Being alone.

12. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Before Parker I didn’t date. Ever. So that kind of freaks me out.

13. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Happy. Wait that’s kind of a depressing answer, well when I was really young I wanted to do a million things, ride horses, be a doctor, a sculptor, an artist, an inventor, an astronaut, and a hot air balloon pilot.

14. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’ve faced death before and the one thing I wished I had done was tell the people I love just how much I love them and how important they are to me.

15. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Lasagne, its not my favorite food but it is Parker’s and he loves it when I make it for him.

16. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

Uh . . . umm . . . hmm . . . is it wrong if I said I hoped no one ever turned my book into a movie? Because that would be way embarrassing.

Check Jane Blythe out on Social Media and go see what other amazing books she has at Amazon!

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Posted in Dystopian Reviews

Colleen Hoover and Anthony’s Village

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Southern Bred & Read

Do you ever have those days that puts your life in perspective and you really feel like a piece of crap for feeling down? Today was that day for me. I met a wonderful young man by the name of Anthony via Colleen Hoover today who destroyed my heart and restored my faith in humanity.

Please Read Anthony’s Story below as told by Colleen Hoover.  Anthony is not a character,he is a real live flesh and bone human who will make you wake up and realize you’re more blessed than you know!

I tried to do this in a video, but I kept crying. And you all know how much I treasure my tough persona. So instead, I’m writing up a little backstory for my friend, Anthony. He has no idea I’m doing this, but luckily he doesn’t have a Facebook. Maybe he won’t find out right away. 😉

I met Anthony…

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Review: Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand

Must Read Sci-Fi/Fantasy  4 1/2 stars

I received a copy of Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand from the author K.T. Munson in exchange for an honest review.

Now that the formalities are out of the way I would like to say how much I absolutely dig this book. The characters are well crafted and even though it is a fairly quick read, (which doesn’t normally appeal to me) the pacing was everything I could have hoped for. That being said, the first chapter was a bit disappointing. I would have liked to have seen the author progress with all the information and history about this planet when needed as she got there in the book. Don’t get me wrong I definitely recommend this book. It’s a solid 4 ½ stars. But, if you’re reading the first chapter and it doesn’t appeal to you do yourself a favor and hang in there it gets better.

 

The story progresses well and while I don’t want to give too much away because I hate spoilers I just have to say the way Azel deals with her challenges, while some would say was weak, I would say it shows her strength. She is thrown into a horrible situation, but she doesn’t give up on her morals and values. She doesn’t seek blame or cry about her luck. She is what I look for in a main character. I love strong female leads! And, she is one of the strongest I have seen.

 

Aleron is an amazing Hero. He starts out as the Antagonist, but you quickly see how much more he is. He is ruthless. In the world he lives in only those who are can thrive. Everything he does is for his people and while revenge is what started everything for him, throughout the book I began to realize how much more there was to this man. He was a great character who, though misguided most of the time, I found myself loving all the same

Posted in Dystopian Reviews

Review: Pink Moon by Tonya Coffey

I give Pink Moon 4 stars!

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I received a free copy of Pink Moon the third book in The New World Series in exchange for an honest review. Pink Moon is a fantasy romance novel set in a world parallel to this one. I guess it’s parallel the author never really goes into specifics about it. I would have liked to know more about where they were in connection to each other. It’s a completely different world from every other fairy story I have read. The author does a great job building her world and explaining what happened to cause things to be the way they are. The pacing was perfect. I loved it!
I didn’t care for Jessa or Micha. I thought they were weak. They let everyone control their lives and decisions. To me, I would have liked to see Micha stand up for himself and Jessa against the shadows at least a little bit, when he didn’t I lost a little respect for him. Despite not really caring for the main characters I found myself hoping that they would stand up for themselves and each other.

The end killed me and since I am so invested in this story I am patiently waiting for the next book in the series.

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Bound Series by AM Hudson

So, this series is a little different then the other series that I have reviewed so far on this blog. It’s more a fantasy series than anything it may be more leaning towards paranormal romance and there is some adult content. It’s not a lot in comparison to some other series I have read but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 17.

I was surprised by this series only because I am not one that usually likes vampire books but there have been a couple series that have sucked me in and then I realize OMG they are vampires but at that point I am so into it I have to find out how it ends.

This is one of those series and the vampires in this series are not your run of the mill Hollywood evil sedistic vampires without a soul. That go around killing people just for the hell of it. They are just like any other race with good and bad in everyone which I totally love.

It is set in Australia and it seems that the Author might be Australian as well because the way some of the words are spelled grates on my nerves a little. I am used to American English and everything is spelled in the British English but I’m a freak about spelling so that’s just one of my little pet peeves.

All in all I really liked this series a lot the characters are great the storyline was good and I was sucked in to the story almost from the beginning. So much that I broke my own rule about vampires. I would give it four happy faces! 😄😄😄😄

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Perception Series by Lee Straus

The Percetion series is a highly entertaining dystopian series. There is a lot of technology and people who have been genetically altered . It’s scifi straight to the core Zoe and Noah are great characters.

The genetically altered rich girl meets the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who protests openly his dislike for her entire way of life.  Classic Romeo and Juliet type story with a futuristic twist.

Zoe asks Noah to help her find out what happened to her missing brother and they stumble into something much bigger than either of them could have imagined.

There were a few little things I found while reading the point of view is a little distant but not so much that it took me out of the story and a couple errors here and there but for the most part it was great. I would give it 4 happy faces.      😄😄😄😄