Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Release Day Party (+Giveaway): Devil and the Deep @megantayte




TITLE: Devil and the Deep
SERIES: The Ceruleans #4
AUTHOR: Megan Tayte
RELEASE DATE: September 30th 2015 
PUBLISHER: Heaven Afire
FORMAT: Ebook


STORM CLOUDS ARE GATHERING, AND THEY WILL RAIN BLOOD. Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:Blood.When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?


Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood's county, Nottinghamshire. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

You can find Megan online at:
http://megantayte.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478850.Megan_Tayte
https://www.facebook.com/megantayte
https://twitter.com/megantayte
https://plus.google.com/+MeganTayte


It began with screaming. Shrill, ear-piercing, horrified screaming.

A girl shrieked, ‘Blood! Look, look – it’s everywhere!’ and pressed her hand to her mouth.
A man shouted, ‘Good grief!’ and another, ‘Great Scott!’
An old lady swooned gracefully and would have tipped over the balustrade of the riverboat had a lanky lad not caught her.
The cause of the excitement – a woman lying slumped on the long table on deck, cheek on her bread plate, headdress in the butter dish – twitched a little.
‘She’s alive!’ cried a lad beside her delightedly. ‘She moved!’
‘Did not,’ argued another.
‘Did too!’
‘Gentlemen,’ interjected a short, portly man with a twirly black moustache, ‘if you will forgive my intrusion, it must be noted that this woman has a bullet hole in her head and is logically, therefore, quite definitely deceased.’
Another old dear folded to the deck with a prolonged ‘Ohhhhhh’ and her husband grabbed a feathered fan and began wafting cool evening air in her face while calling, ‘Smelling salts – does anyone have any?’
I tried to keep a straight face. Really I did. I bit my bottom lip until I tasted my cherry-red lipstick. I pinched my leg through the cream satin of my gown. I dug my long cigarette holder into the sensitive flesh of my arm.
But it was no good.
The ‘What ho, chaps’ posh accents.
The buxom woman sagging in the arms of an elephant hunter wearing Converse All Stars.
The production of smelling salts in a bottle whose label read Pepto-Bismol.
The corners of the little round man’s moustache coming looser with his every word.
The fast-pooling puddle of pinkish blood on the bread plate, buffeted by the steady in-and-out breaths of the corpse.
Take it from a girl who’s really died – death on the River Dart, Devon, is hilarious.
‘Dear me, Ms Robson here appears to be quite overcome with shock,’ said the guy at my side suddenly, and he slipped an arm around me and turned me away. ‘Come, madam. Let us get some air.’
I smiled at him. Then grinned. Then choked back a guffaw. Thankfully, by the time full-scale hilarity hit me I’d been led to the rear of the boat, away from the rest of our party, and could bury my face in the bloke’s chest and shake mutely with laughter.
The gallant gentleman rubbed my back soothingly as I let it all out and said loudly, for the benefit of any onlookers, ‘There there, pignsey, there there.’
‘Pigsney?’ It was the final straw. My high-heeled sandals gave way and I melted into a puddle of mirth on the deck.
‘I’ll have you know, Scarlett Blake,’ hissed Luke, my boyfriend a.k.a. gallant gent, hoiking up his too-tight corduroy trousers so he could squat down beside me, ‘I Googled “old-fashioned terms of endearment” and pigsney’s a classic.’
I wiped tears from my eyes, dislodging a false eyelash in the process, and tried to catch my hiccupping breath as Luke went on.
‘Means pig’s eye. No idea why that’s appealing, but apparently in the seventeenth century, calling a lady pigsney was the very height of courting.’
Through his fake specs Luke’s blue eyes fixed me with a stare so earnest I almost managed to stop laughing.
‘But this is a Death on the Nile-Stroke-Dart murder mystery night, Luke,’ I managed to get out. ‘Set in the nineteen thirties, not the seventeen thirties.’
‘Ah,’ he said, ‘but my character tonight, Mr Fijawaddle, is a historical fiction writer, isn’t he? So as well as dressing like a brainy recluse – and I’m warning you now, I won’t hear another slur against this tweed jacket – he’d know all kinds of obscure terms. Like ginglyform and jargogle and nudiustertian and bromopnea and farctate and quagswag and philosophunculist.’
His showing off sobered me just enough to control the giggles. ‘You made those words up,’ I accused, poking a crimson talon into his mustard-yellow shirtfront.
He blinked at me innocently. ‘Did not. I told you before we left the house, I did my homework.’
I narrowed my eyes. ‘All right then, Mr Fijawaddle, what does that last word you said mean?’
‘Philosophunculist?’
‘Yes, that.’
‘Er…’ Luke gave me a sheepish grin.
‘Spill it,’ I said menacingly. As menacingly as a girl dressed up as a vintage Hollywood starlet with cute little pin curls and rouge aplenty can be, that is.
‘Philosophunculist,’ recited Luke. ‘Noun. A person who pretends to know more than they do in order to impress others.’
I threw my head back and laughed. ‘Busted!’
Luke slipped an arm around me and pulled me close. Really close.
‘Bet you like it when I use long words,’ he said huskily, eyes fixed on my too-red lips.
‘Bet you like it when I wear a clingy nightgown as a dress,’ I replied, eyes fixed on his too-kissable lips.
‘Brazen hussy,’ he growled at me.
‘Randy boffin,’ I murmured back.
Then neither of us said another word for quite some time.

 



Monday, September 28, 2015

Review, Interview & Giveaway: Sapient @jkaczmarowski @BookPubServices

TITLE: Sapient
AUTHOR: Jerry Kaczmarowski
RELEASE DATE: April 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.


Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she does to find a cure for his condition. She knows her work on animal intelligence may hold the key. She also knows that the research will take decades to complete. None of it will ultimately benefit her son.
All that changes when a lab rat named Einstein demonstrates that he can read and write. Just as her research yields results, the U.S. government discovers her program. The army wants to harness her research for its military potential. The CDC wants to shut her down completely. The implications of animal intelligence are too dangerous, particularly when the previously inert virus proves to be highly contagious.
She steals the virus to cure her son, but the government discovers the theft. She must now escape to Canada before the authorities can replace her son’s mental prison with a physical one.

Jerry Kaczmarowski lives in Seattle with his family. He writes techno-thrillers that explore the benefits and dangers of mankind's scientific advancement. His first book, Moon Rising, was released in June 2014.  His second book, Sapient, was published in April 2015.

Jerry spent the first twenty years of his professional life in the consulting industry on the West Coast. His fascination with technology is matched only by his love of stories. His books intertwine action with a keen insight into how technology will shape our lives in the coming years.




First of all thanks for agreeing to this interview.
Let’s start with your book Sapient…

Ruty: Describe the book in one sentence. 
Jerry: Sapient is a young adult book that shows how our ability or inability to trust others can impact our lives.

Ruty: How did you come out with the idea for it?  
Jerry: One of the most damaging things I’ve seen in the workplace is an inability to trust others.  The people that I’ve met who are most challenged to be successful in life are those that always assume that people are out to get them.  Those that can show some faith in others often seem to thrive.
Beyond the weighty theme of trust, I always loved the Planet of the Apes movies when I was a child, even with all their awful 1960s/1970s acting.  I wanted to write a book that covered important themes while weaving in animal intelligence.

Ruty: Did you have to do a lot of research to create a believable plot?  
Jerry: A ton.  A large part of my research focused on autism—it’s causes, symptoms, the effect it has on other family members, etc.  I wanted to be particularly sensitive to writing a book with a character with special needs as it is very easy to alienate an audience if poorly handled.  The research on animal intelligence and animal intelligence testing was also fascinating for me.  Much of the setting was familiar for me, so it required less research.  I’ve spent years working in the Bay area, and I’ve lived in Seattle for over a decade now.

Ruty: Did you have any special reason to choose a woman with an autistic child for the main character?  
Jerry: My mother went to college to be an occupational therapist to work with children with special needs in part because she had a younger brother who fit this category.  I’ve always been inspired by her decision, so I wanted to weave this into Sapient.

Ruty: How long took you to write it?  
Jerry: It takes me about three months to get a decent rough draft completed.  I then have to put the book aside for a month so I can create some distance between myself and it.  If I don’t, I get too enamored with bad ideas that need to go.  After the month passes, it takes me another two to three months to edit the book.  All told, it is about half a year per book.

Ruty: While I was reading Sapient I could imagine it as a movie. Would you like to see the book turned into a movie?  
Jerry: Yes.  I imagined Sandra Bullock as the mother in the story.  I never quite found a good child actor that could play Robbie.  I would be interested in any recommendations you or your readers have!

Now let’s talk about your writing process…

Ruty: What’s your favorite writing scenario?  
Jerry: I’m most creative and energetic in the morning.  I grab a cup of coffee and sequester myself in my office which is downstairs in our house.  I can generally get a solid 4 hours of writing in during the morning hours after which my creativity starts to wane.  My office is also where I work out.  When I get really jammed up, I pause and do pullups on my pullup bar until a good idea comes to me.  Needless to say, I can now do a lot of pullups.

Ruty: With or without music?  
Jerry: Definitely without.  I need almost complete silence to think. 

Ruty: Who is the first person you talk about when you have a new idea? 
Jerry: My wife.  She often sees the world through a very different lens than I do.  I find it very helpful to speak with people with different perspectives than mine rather than people who will just parrot back thoughts to me that are already my own.

Ruty: What are you working in right now?  
Jerry: I just finished a book called The Black Rose which is a young adult book set in Nazi Germany.  It is loosely based on the real world teenagers who formed a group called the White Rose in Germany to protest Nazi policies.  Sadly, they were all captured and executed.

The next project I am starting is a departure from fiction.  I want to write a non-fiction book on personal finance aimed at young adults who are just getting out of high-school or college.  It’s a large gap in our high-school and college curriculums.  I’m writing it in part for my own children to help them get prepared for the world as they leave home in the coming years.



Sapient is a fantastic science-fiction story that shows us how far we could go to help those we love and how the consequences of our actions can have a worldwide effect.

Jane is a researcher whose ultimate goal is to find a cure (or something similar) to help her autistic child and the autistic community. Her job consists in experimenting with animals and this is how she helps Einstein and Bear to become more than a rat and a dog. It all starts to go down the road when the CDC and the US military get involve.

It’s easy to imagine this book as a movie. Its fast rhythm, the sense of movement that the words create and the action that never stop, create a story that catches your attention and never lets you go. The reading is super easy to follow but it still has a solid, complex and realistic plot. There are no holes in the story, because everything is taken care off. Another great thing was the changing POV, it allows to follow the story from all the perspectives.

Jane is a great character as well as her son Robbie. I think that anyone who has children or a kid in their life will understand her actions. She is an admirable woman, strong and brave. I enjoyed reading about Robbie and the world inside his head and how he evolves along the story.

The author did a magnificent job including the autistic world to the story. You can see that he did an intense research to create a believable character.

I absolutely loved Einstein and Bear, I’m an animal lover so imagine them as beings with an intelligence equal or superior to ours was amazing and very entertaining. They're super funny and essential to the story.

Overall, Sapient is a book with great characters, solid plot and a good outcome. It gives us the chance to think about our actions and how much they affect the world. It also brings to the table the impact that a simple change in any animal DNA could have on the environment.





Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: Pyromancist @CharmainePauls

TITLE:  Pyromancist
SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts  #1
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: March 19th 2015
PUBLISHER: Melange Books, LLC
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


When you play with fire, you get burned.
At the same time as mysterious fires commence to rage through Clelia d’Ambois’ home village in Brittany, France, she starts sleepwalking. Daughter of a Japanese orphan, Clelia’s heritage is riddled with dark secrets that threaten anyone she loves. In a recurring nightmare she sees Josselin, the haunted man who abandoned their village nine years earlier, come for her, but she doesn’t know why. All she knows is that she has to run. As fast as she can. 
Leader of a paranormal crime taskforce, Josselin de Arradon is called back to his hometown with a mission–find and kill the firestarter responsible for Larmor-Baden’s blazing destruction. Sensing that Clelia is the key to solving the crime, Josselin kidnaps her to use her as bait. The battle doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. Nothing could have prepared him for the truth, or the depth of his desire for his prisoner.
This is Book 1 of the Seven Forbidden Arts series, but reads as a stand-alone. It contains adult content with explicit language and consummated love scenes. Suited for an adult audience.



South African born Charmaine Pauls is a gypsy at heart who likes to look at the world from the lens of her camera. She writes dark and paranormal romance novels. The author currently resides in Chile with her husband and children.



Pyromancist is an intense paranormal romance with a strong tension between the main characters and a solid plot.

It all begins when a series of fires threats the village and Clelia is afraid of being the one behind them. Add the return of the sexy, mysterious Josselin de Arradon. With his long hair, killer body and a macho alpha personality, he comes to rock her world and present her a new reality.

Clelia is not the typical heroin, not only for her personality but also physically. A Japanese descendant, she has all the features of the Asian people and she's beautiful. Growing up in a small village, always surrounded by the same people she has a naive personality. At the beginning she is like a child who hasn't seen the world. Of course the story leads her to grow up fast and face some danger situations.

There were various elements I enjoyed about this book. Number one: the setting, the small village in France with its ancient buildings and the entire paranormal element was the perfect scenario for the story.
Number two: the sexiness. OMG! The tension was too much for moments. Clelia and Josselin have a turbulent relationship. The spark flies all the time, the energy between them is almost suffocating and whenever they are alone the temperature goes wild.
Number three: the writing style and the dialogues. It’s true that the dialogues were out of this era, Josselin talks like a man from the middle age but I don’t care. This is fiction and his talking sounded sexy and that’s what’s important. The writing was flawless and engaging.

The plot was solid as I said, everything was connected to the bigger picture, the outcome sounded believable and I can see other books in the future.

I do have to say that I would have chosen a different name from Josselin or used a short like Joss (which he hates) but it’s ok this fact didn't make the book any less good.

Overall, if paranormal romance with good sexual tension is something you enjoy, trust me you should READ this one.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: Dead Ending @HProtagonista


TITLE: Dead Endings
AUTHOR: Jessica Chavez (Author)Irene Flores (Illustrator)
RELEASE DATE: September 29th 2014 
PUBLISHER: Chromatic Press
FORMAT: EBook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


In the city that never sleeps, spirits are equally restless and vie for the attentions of those who can sense them. Cailen Delaney, grad student and long-suffering ghost magnet, would rather spend her break getting reacquainted with her pillow, but is instead dragged into the aftermath of a strange series of murders by Everett Jung. Join Jessica Chavez (author) and Irene Flores (illustrator) through the streets of modern New York in this darkly comedic mystery about the connection between life and death…and how sometimes, literally, the separation is razor-thin. Dead Endings was originally serialized in Sparkler Monthly Magazine (sparklermonthly.com).



Jessica Chavez is a grizzled localization veteran of XSEED Games who has worked on over 40 titles for Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft consoles. Former editor and then manager, she enjoyed crushing the dreams of fellow gamers until she moved to Australia, where she continues to localize titles and now writes novels.


She enjoys bacon, wine, and expressive cardboard boxes.





Cailen can see ghosts and despite sounding like an exciting thing, it's not. She wants to stay away from them but when Everett asks her help to solve some mysterious murders she has no choice but to say yes.

The story has a fast dynamic, a sense of edge and a lot of action. The plot is solid and entertaining. I really enjoyed how the story evolved and the outcome was extraordinary.

Cailen is an interesting character. She is like an anti-hero, a girl who doesn't want to get involve but knows that helping is the right thing. There is an air of depression around her but once you start reading you understand why she is like that. Gabriella and Everett are great characters too, I really like their dinamic and how each one plays his or her part.

Now... let's talk about the illustrations. They are spectacular, they capture each characters and they help the story in a tremendous way. If they decide to do this a graphic novel, I'm sure it would have a lot of success.

Overall, Dead Endings is a really good thriller-paranormal book. It will catch you with its great characters, funny scenes and full action story.

On a side note: Gabriela's surname is the same as mine (Benitez) I couldn't believe it when I read it. I know is a silly thing but just for that the book make it to my good list! We readers make a fuss for the smallest things and a character with your same last name is HUGE!!!!



Monday, September 21, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Protecting His Witch @AuthorZForward

TITLE: Protecting His Witch 
SERIES: Keeper of theVeil #1
AUTHOR: Zoe Forward
RELEASE DATE: October 27th 2014
PUBLISHER: Entangled: Covet
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.


The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch...
Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn't a clue that she's a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there's the whole “dimension-hopping” issue that she can't quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan–the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.
And there's the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.
May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn't forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat's unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas–like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he's turned his back on his druidic ways, he's still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell...


AMAZON | B & N


Zoe ForwardZoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.

When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.


Protecting His Witch is the story of Kat and Matthew. She is a witch and he is a druid, so far it sounds good. They have a romantic encounter ten years ago but he kicked her out of his dorm nude. Now, ten year later he has all the answers she needs and she forces him to face a life of which he escaped. The plot is solid, entertaining and believable.

This book is a good urban fantasy with understandable explanations and characters that make the reading worth your time. However, there were few minor issues that made me rate this book with fewer stars.

One thing I didn't love was the sense of hurriedness. The story moves very fast, there is a quick chapter that tells the first encounter between Kat and Matthew and then they are together again and action comes in large waves. The explanations like I said are believable but there is no questioning, no one stops and analyzes them.

And then there is the fact that there is a huge past that plays a key role in the story but is never fully described. For a moment I thought I was reading book two in a series but then some explaining was done but not enough for me.

Now, the story in general is good. I liked it and enjoyed and now I want to read the next book. If you are familiar with Zoe's work you know she likes to create tension between her characters that always leads up to scenes that break thermometers and make the pages burn with heat. This time is no different, the sexual tension is present and the sexual scenes have the right atmosphere and are a good read.




Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: End of Day @JewelE_Ann


TITLE: End of Day
SERIES: Jack & Jill #1
AUTHOR: Jewel E. Ann
RELEASE DATE: August 14th 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & EBook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review



Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life. Four caskets. Two bodies. Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever. Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight. Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy. Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don't kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead. 
**This book contains explicit language, sexual content, and violence. 18+ **

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. 

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. 

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.



End of Day is a sexy, full of intrigue, drama that will leave you speechless and wanting for more. We are presented with two characters, Jessica and Jude that have to witness their burial and now have new lives and new identities. From then on it's all a mix of mystery, passion and discoveries.

This is the story of Jack and Jill, the new neighbors in a tranquil retired neighborhood. They come to shake things up and to bring emotions to town. This book is a different read from the moment that we have to unveil little by little Jillian's past. Also we witness a couple of brothers with a shady past and people who deals with their problems in a quite violent way.

Jillian is a dark character. We still have too much to learn about her but as we read her story is easy to understand why she is so fucked up and why she acts as she does. Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan is the perfect partner for her. He is a man with a turbulent story and a present that could scare most women but is perfect for a relationship that breaks all boundaries.

It's hard to talk about this book without thinking of its intensity and its darkness. If you are into light and simple books this one is not for you. The writing and the plot will suck your energies but at the same time will make the blood in your veins pumps at a fast rhythm.

The sex scenes were off the charts. I can't even begin to explain the hotness, the sexiness and how strong they were. There was one scene that took place in the garage that made my kindle exploited. You think that the author couldn't have written more original and unique sequences. However, each scene has its own atmosphere and is overwhelming and extraordinary.

I can’t wait to read the next book because there are many questions unanswered and the cliffhanger at the end was too much.

If dark romance, complex characters and strong sex scenes are something you enjoy, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blog Tour: Make me Whole @KaithlinS @HotTreePromos


Love has the power to mend one body, two minds, and make them whole again.

Title:  Make Me Whole
Author:  Kaithlin Shepherd
Release Date:  September 8, 2015
Genre Contemporary Romance with a hint of Cowboy
Series:  Callaway Series, book 1
Cover Designer:  Claire Smith 
Publisher:  Hot Tree Publishing




Take the journey with the oldest Callaway brother as he finds and fights for true love.

Surviving the unimaginable, Jamie Caldwell finds herself at a crossroads. Her only chance at a full recovery sends her to Montana. Anxious but determined, Jamie is resolute on her mission to break free from her past, leading her into the care of Cole Callaway. Instantly, everything changes. Jamie knows the cowboy has the ability to help fight her demons, but opening up to him also gives him the power she’s just not ready to relinquish.

Returning from Afghanistan a different man, Cole Callaway is damaged. His new mission leads him to supporting wounded veterans and helping them get back some of what they’ve lost. With his own demons to battle, every day is a trial, but the moment Jamie Caldwell walks into his life, his focus and aim changes. Cole faces the biggest challenge of his life: Make Jamie stay in Montana and if he has his way, into his bed.


Amazon: US | UK | AU | CA



Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 28 years old and I was born and raised in Canada. I come from a French Canadian family so I am fluent in French. I was a professional figure skater until I hurt my knee. I’m an only child and I was raised by my mom and my grandmother. I love country music; it’s an integral part of my life. I live and breathe caffeine, it’s an addiction really. I live a pretty normal life.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Most of my books are inspired by the men in my life, I know I’m lucky. I’ve always had a bunch of stories in my head and I just sat down at my desk one day and started writing. My mom once told me that my brain was like a running movie, and I guess she was right. 

How did you come up with the title of Make Me Whole?
I wrote the book first and when I read the story, the title just came to me out of nowhere. I felt like the characters each found a piece of themselves in each other, and Make Me Whole just seemed to fit.

Describe your main character in five words.
Strong, Independent, Loyal, Loving, Compassionate

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing Make Me Whole?
The editing process took me for a wild ride. I didn’t expect that part to be so consuming once we started digging into the story but I am so happy that we did because the story is much better for it.  I now know what not to do lol

Have you ever done anything strange or weird in the name of research?
I wish you guys could see me laugh right now as I answer this question. I have this one male friend who might or might not have inspired a character in a new series I’m working on, that I call when I need to know if a sex scene is actually doable. He just laughs at me and tells it like it is. 

How long does it take you to write a book?
About a month depending on the storyline and what’s going on in my life

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I just finished working on the first book in a new rock star series which I am sooo excited about. I’m also working on the second book in my Brass Series at the moment. Once I’m done with that one, I’ll most likely start working on a new fire fighter series that’s been in my head for a while. I have about 10 series lined up just waiting for me to write them, my brain is a little crazy sometimes.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
It starts before the crack of dawn. I have multiple cups of coffee, and then I start writing. I find that the story comes to me better in the morning. I’ll write until lunch, and I’ll spend the afternoon planning out chapters and storylines. 

Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really, except coffee…coffee is my best friend when I’m writing. 

What book are you reading now?
The Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds…I LOVE her books.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading my book. It means the world to me that ya’ll are supporting me on this crazy journey. I hope that you fall in love with Cole and Jamie as much as I did. Send me a message on Facebook or shoot me an email, I would love to get to know ya’ll.

Random Questions:

What’s in your fridge right now?
Fresh fruits and veggies, milk, greek yogourt, egg whites, some cold cuts, and beer

What song do you sing at the top of your voice every time you hear it?
Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen…I can’t help it, I belt it out every time I hear it.

Other than writing, what special or unusual talent(s) do you have?
I’m a pretty good fashion designer

Where did you last go on holiday?
Cuba

If feral aliens attacked your house and they were zapping your home with their Über super bombs, what five items would you save?
My iphone because it has all my music and my books, a bottle of whiskey, some pens and paper so that I could write, my glasses and a quilt made from my grandma’s clothes.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
The life I love to live



Kaithlin Shepherd was born and raised in Canada where she learned to figure skate and crafted a love affair with coffee. Growing up in a household filled by strong-headed women, she learned early on that life is what you make it. You’ve probably never met a bigger country music fan and in the words of Brooks and Dunn, she’s a die-hard ‘George Strait junkie.’ Constructing a world away from her real life, Kaithlin loves the feeling of creating a universe where her fans can forget about everything in their life. She loves writing about hot alphas and doesn’t shy away from turning up the heat with scorching hot sex scenes.




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