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text 2018-08-19 12:35
Blog Tour: MisGiving Hearts by J.Haney & S.I. Hayes with Excerpt and Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for J.Haney & S.I. Hayes’s MisGiving Hearts. We will have info about the book and author, a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

 

Happy Reading :) 


 

They thought they were safe in their elite little world. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

When Charity Daniels was seventeen she fell in love with Literature, and a man who taught it. Their forbidden love was held back until graduation, until legally she could be his.

Flash forward three years, Charity is studying at Yale and still in love with her Princeton Man.

Quinn (Q) Everett is on scholarship at Yale, and finds himself inexplicably in Charity’s path. He tries to stay away, but his mouthy best friend thinks he knows better. Suddenly it’s lunches and crashing private plans for the duo just to see her.

But their flirtations do not go unseen, and Logan’s love turns and goes from jealousy to murderous intent.

Can these unproven lovers stay the course and avoid the devious plot of a scorn man or will everything crash and burn?

*Trigger warning: Violence **Strong Sexual Situations

 

 

 

 

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3-Charity

LAST NIGHT WAS THE LAST TIME I GO OUT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT. I feel like I was run over by a Mack truck. I stayed at Logan’s last night and memories of what happened filtered through my sleep, which left me not sleeping well, and today happens to be one of my longer days. I don’t get out of this place till at least eight. I think, instead of going to see Logan tonight, I’ll call him when I get home and let him know I won’t be over. I don’t have to study as hard as most, but I still do. I walk through the blue light district to get to my class. It’s blue lights set throughout campus. I like having it, especially when I have late classes. I see the gate I need to go through just ahead of me. As I step through, I hear someone say forcefully, “Naked in bed, Iago, and not mean harm! It is hypocrisy against the devil. They that mean virtuously, and yet do so. The devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt heaven!” I drop my Great One, twenty-four ounces of pure black Dunkin’ Donut bliss and my copy of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. I grab my chest. “Jesus Christ!” I get a glimpse of white flesh through black ink reaching for my items. He stands, towering over me with my book and now empty cup. “Sorry, Q-” He pushes the other guy who’s covered by his hoodie. “-over here was just working on something for his class. Thinks he’s Shakespeare or some shit.” He smiles, looking down at me. “I don’t think she cares, Stryker, let’s go,” Q says, walking off. “How would you know what I do and don’t care about?” He doesn’t answer, just keeps walking. Stryker gives me my stuff before walking off and mumbling something to his buddy. I continue my walk to Multicultural Middle Ages class. I notice the two guys once again as I’m walking in. Somehow, they managed to go around me? This is going to be a long class. I try to pay them little mind as I take a seat and start pulling my things from my bag. The professor walks in and is immediately on alert. “Mister Jordan, you know you’ve got no business in here.” “Come on, Prof, I was thinking about auditing today.” Stryker has just slipped into the desk beside mine. “Stryker, is it?” I ask, and he looks at me with what I’m going to assume is his sexy look. “Pretty sure ya can’t handle this.” “Mister Jordan, it’s time for you to go.” “What? Would you like me to recite in its original Italian?” Stryker asks and proceeds to do just that. “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita, mi ritrovai per una selva oscuro, ché la diritta via era smarrita.” I smile. “Actually, it’s oscura.” “Let it go, Miss,” the professor orders, looking at her book, “Daniels. Even if he’s wrong, he thinks he’s right.” “So, just like any other man,” yells a girl in the back. “One day, we will figure out how to teach them just right, but until that day, we just have to chalk it up to foolishness,” I remark. Stryker looks down at me before reaching into his hoodie and producing a card. “I like you, come to the shop anytime.” I take the card and look at it. It reads Lucky Stryke Tattoo Design and Piercing with the address and phone number. “Thanks.”

After class, I messaged Logan to let him know that I won’t be over tonight, lots of studying to do, then I stopped at Seoul to pick up dinner for myself and Hope. If anyone can help me work through what happened last night, it’ll be her. Korean food is one of her favorites, so I get dinner for both of us along with mochi ice cream. Never show up empty-handed. I knock on Hope’s door and wait for her to answer as I hold the food in front of my face. Hope opens the door and demands, “Bitch, where you been?” I lower the bag. “I brought food.” “Oh? You are a lifesaver.” “Seoul, your fave.” “Awesomesauce.” Hope pushes the door open further and lets me in. I head for the dining room as she walks into the kitchen. “I need talk time, and nobody but you can help me.” “Why? Did you wake up with a strange dick in your mouth?” “Kind of.” She stops in her tracks and looks at me, shock plain on her face. “What the hell do you mean, kind of? I was kidding.” “When I got to Logan’s last night, he sort of bent me over the couch, but we weren’t alone.” “Mmm, tell me it was that guy, Toby? You know I always wanted a piece of him.” Hope is a couple years older, but we went to the same high school, so she knew the teachers, knew the stories. “It was Hank Smiley.” I thump my head against the table. “Oh, honey.” Hope pats me on the back. “What happened? “I’m not sure exactly. I didn’t even know he was there till he shot his load on me.” “Well, look at it this way, better on than in, and it’s good for the skin.” “I’m disgusted. I lied to Logan because I’m not even sure how to look at him, then add in this stupid ring.” “What ring, girl?” Hope questions. I dig the ring from my purse and set it on the table. “He popped the question Saturday.” “Why?” “I don’t know. Because he wanted to?” “So, are you finally moving in? Because if you are, that’s cool, you’ll be closer.” “No, he’s moving to New York or Jersey, and I’m staying here to finish school.” “Why aren’t you just breaking up with him and getting on with it?” “Because I’ve spent almost three years with him, and I love him.” “I’ll never understand why. He’s such a cad.” “He just understands me.” “He understands wet, pink hole, thrust, and repeat.” “I didn’t say that I was okay with him asking me, Hope. I just didn’t want to embarrass him because we were in public. I don’t know what I’m doing, and then there’s whatever last night was. I’m so confused.” “Listen, there’s no point in being ashamed of something you’ve done. I’ll tell ya right now, if it were me and I wasn’t fancying another dude on top of me, I’d have fucked him up right quick. Don’t be afraid to say no.” “I’m still nursing my hangover, so I know I drank way too much. I think he knew it too.” “Then he’s even more of a scumbag than I thought because he took advantage of you, and he let someone else do it too.” “UGH!” I cry out. “Look, I know you love him and all, but he’s really not a good guy. Nobody should make you feel bad for who or what you are. You’re not me, don’t let him make you act like it if you don’t want to. You tell him that last night was a one-time deal. Don’t let him push you. Okay?” “Yeah, okay,” I say defeatedly. “Alright, you want to take this outside? Grab the wine and glasses?” “Gotta have that smoke.” I shake my head. “You can take the wine, I’ll just grab a bottle of water. I still have to drive home.” Hope walks out the back door to her porch while I go to the kitchen to grab a bottle of water. By the time I get to the porch, she’s already puffing on her cigarette. “So, how’s school going?” I ask, sitting across from her. “I actually just took the test for LPN, and I’m waiting for my results.” “How do you think you did? You didn’t show your tits this time, did ya?” “A red bra may or may have not been worn under a red blouse, but these things happen.” “You’re hopeless.” “Whatever brings out the grade. We’re not all you.” Before I can say anything, Hope speaks again. “Oh, look at the puppy.” Out runs what I’m pretty sure is an albino pit bull pup with a much bigger one right behind it, which must be the mom. Hope is calling the dogs as she climbs over the rail. “Hope, you’re going to hurt yourself,” I warn as she drops to the ground. Yeah, I’m not jumping, I’d break a bone. “Nonsense, puppies,” Hope says, squatting to pet the dogs. “Nonsense, jump, I’m sure one of us can catch you,” a male voice breaks in. Wait, I know that voice. I stand and walk over to the railing. “Jesus, you again?” I ask as Stryker comes into view. “I’m not the one that followed me home. Hey, Q, little miss Obscura's here.” “I didn’t follow you. I needed to talk to my best friend who happens to live here. Wait, did you just call me obscure?” His buddy walks out in camo pants and denim button up over another shirt. He looks up at me. “If the reference fits. Do you feel we should put a pin between your shoulders and put you on a board somewhere?” “I’d rather you didn’t, I’d never get down. Height problems and all.” “Hmm, shorty got your number,” Stryker quips. Q licks his lips and nods his head before running a hand through his hair. He reaches his hand up to me. “Hey, my name is Quinn, folks around here call me Q.” I put my knees on the porch because I’m not climbing over the railing to fall to my death and take his hand. “I’m Charity and just because I go to Yale doesn’t make me like most of the snobs,” I introduce myself and extricate my hand from his before standing back up and dusting myself off. “I always heard it takes one to know one, and I’ve never known one.” “Hope is the snob in my group. “ “That’s good to know because we don’t associate with assholes.” Hope looks up at me. “Then don’t ask about her boyfriend. Oh, excuse me, fiancé.” I shake my head. “You were just dying to say that, weren’t ya? Can’t even let me decide what the hell I’m doing before you start spreading that news.” Hope stands up and starts dancing and snapping. “Start spreading the news,” she sings. “Hope, we love you, but only if you shut your mouth,” Stryker teases. “Oh, but don’t you know that’s her best asset?” I quip. Quinn reaches down and picks up the puppy. “Walked right into that one, huh?” He gibes before turning to me. “Do you like dogs?” “When they're nice. Never really been around animals. Ma wasn’t okay with them.” “How’s about you come down? She doesn’t bite and neither do I. I promise.” “But who says I don’t?” Shit, stupid filter. “Be down in a minute.”

 

 

 

J. Haney was born and raised in Kentucky, currently residing in Greenup County, Kentucky with her family, where she is the proud mamma to Jessalyn Kristine and co-owner to Proud Momma Designs, which she runs with her amazing Momma. J. Haney’s work tends to lean toward sweet and sexy, with suspenseful undertones giving her readers something to hold onto. It’s what she calls Real Life Romance.

S.I. Hayes was born and bred in New England, currently living in Ohio. Running around Connecticut, she used all of her family and friends as inspiration for her many novels. When not writing Paranormal Drama or Erotic Romance she can be found drawing one of many fabulous book covers or teasers, to see them check out her web site.

The pair met while working for a previous publisher and became fast friends, their split dynamics and views on life, family and love in general led to the idea of A County Fair Romance and A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance adding to it Working Class Beauties and soon Kincaid Falls. Along with various Standalone novels. So, keep your eyes open and a fresh pair of panties close by, you know just in case.

 

 

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text 2018-08-19 01:11
Out Adventuring...

I'll be away for the next couple of days. 

 

(View from the Elephant House Cafe, known to the world largely because some of the story of a certain wizard was written here. It's a lovely cafe even without that connection.)

 

It's time again for the Edinburgh Festival and I'll be in the in the throng of the mayhem. Well, not quite...I'll be the person going to the performances at the fringes of The Fringe and nowhere near the Royal Mile or High Street because the crowds in that area are just way.too.much. 

 

So, I'll be galavanting around the quieter(ish) parts.

 

I've already started off on a high note with a gin tasting that was also combined with a musical performance. It was pretty good, but I would not call it "cabaret" (as the event's description claimed). But that is the Edinburgh Festival for you - lots to try out, most will not be anything like the description in the programme, but you just need to roll with it. Also, did I mention that the even included a gin tasting? It's all good.

 

I have a couple of other things planned for tomorrow but other than that, I'll just see where the fates of the festival will take me. 

 

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review 2018-08-17 21:02
There was more than just images moving in this one...
The Mystery of the Moving Image - C. S. Poe

Ok before I get into this one, I'm just going to say if you haven't read the first two books you may want to stop here because some of the stuff that I'm going to mention happened in previous books and I admit I'm not up for spoiler tags, however, I don't plan on mentioning any major plot points and will keep it to smaller things.

 

It's Sebastian and Calvin!!!! I'm really, really loving these two and this book has cemented them with me. I was more than a little impressed with the first book and book two also went fairly well but this one...Sweetbabyjebus!!!! I loved it. From start to finish this story had my full attention.

 

After having his apartment destroyed in the last book, Seb's needing a new home and so he and Calvin are taking the next step and they've found a place of their own. Calvin's got a dog and he's seeing a counselor (this is a previous story thing).

 

Once again Sebastian is faced with a mystery with origins in the past and this time it goes back to the beginnings of the golden age of film...or more accurately the beginnings of film. When Sebastian receives a mysterious package at his shop. Inside he finds a Thomas Edison Kinetoscope a 19th century movie viewer but there's so much more to this than it appears. 

 

As Sebastian gets drawn further into the mystery things begin to become complicated and not everything or everyone is as it seems. But add in to these events the appearance of someone from Calvin's past and Neil, Seb's ex and you've got a story that's teeming with twist and turns. From start to finish I was kept guessing and wonderfully entertained with this one.

 

Calvin and Sebastian are definitely evolving as a couple and I loved seeing them grown and their interactions had some very definite humorous moments. Along with Calvin and Seb's relationship growth, we're treated to some personal growth on the part of Seb and Neil, as they both evolve from bitterness over their failed relationship to a friendship that just might still be tinged with a bit of sarcasm on both their parts. Sarcasm that also held a touch of affection as Seb and Neil both realize that the biggest problem they'd ever faced was that they were really only ever meant to be friends.

 

Back when the first book was released in this series there were mentions of another well loved cop & shop owner pairing and the resemblance that Calvin and Sebastian held to them, which is something that I'm not trying to dispute because I truly feel this is a matter of personal perspective so I'm not looking for a right or wrong here because I don't think there is one, but I would just like to say that for a number of reasons with this book I think Sebastian and Calvin have firmly moved themselves out of that shadow and are standing in a spotlight that is all their own.

 

Now there's just one other thing that I'd like to mention and that's the ending...which, I'm simply going to say I loved it. The ending of this book for me was totally perfect...I loved it and yes, I'm so on board for more of these two men and I can't wait for what's coming next or at least I hopefully I won't have to wait too long, maybe...please?

 

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An ARC of 'The Mystery of the Moving Image' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-08-17 19:42
Some times you have to walk away from what you don't want, in order to walk towards what you do want...
Running to You - Andrew Grey,Jack Richmond

 

After witnessing Billy Joe an act of cruelty and prejudice that has Billy fearing for his life, he realizes that home is not the place where he and his young son would be safe...no, he needed to run...to run far and fast if he was going to keep himself and his little boy safe. So that's what he does. In the middle of the night Billy Joe packs up their lives, takes his boy and quietly gets the hell out of Dodge or in this case Mississippi.

 

Billy Joe gets as far as Pennsylvania when his luck seems to run out...or in fact his car dies during a snowstorm, but maybe his luck is just beginning when a passer-by stops to offer help...a passer by in the form of Carlos.  Carlos shows Billy that there is kindness and good in the world when he goes out of his way to help him without any ulterior motives...just the honest desire of a good and decent person to help someone in need.

 

There was a lot that I liked about this story first off I liked both of the MCs and I really loved them together as friends and as a couple, I loved how their relationship progressed and seriously we're not talking about insta-love here...did their attraction to each other happen fairly quickly...yes, but it was attraction not love and I think we can all think of at least once in our life that we felt attraction to someone as soon as we saw them...whether, or not that attraction deepens and becomes more and how long it takes is what determines  whether it's insta-love or just lust at first sight and whats fast or too fast or slow can be such a subjective issue.

 

For me the relationship between Billy Joe and Carlos didn't feel like it was developing at an overly fast pace but I think a lot of that was due to their circumstances. Billy Joe didn't know anyone else and Carlos initially seemed like he was just trying to be a genuinely good person and help them out, which brought these two into close proximity a lot faster and more often than probably would have been the case under other conditions...so given the circumstances for me it worked and while the relationship may not have progressed at a slower pace at times the overall flow of the story was honestly a little slower than I would have liked but in the end I liked it, I guess sometimes it is slow and steady that wins the race or in this case it was the slow and steady that allowed me to truly enjoy the story.

 

Ok, this is where I'm going to share the biggy the one thing that took away from this being a 5 star read for me and that one little thing was...Tyler...yep, the kid. I love kids truly I do but this one just didn't work for me and I'm going to try and explain without going into excessive amounts of detail why...and yes this is my third try at this, so sorry to say or maybe not so sorry, you got spared the first two rants because I'm trying to keep this somewhat reasonable...so here goes again...in quick summary...

 

I just wasn't able to buy into Tyler his behavior and development was too erratic. Honestly I had initially thought he was a baby and then it seemed like 'oh, I guess he's maybe 4 or 5 years old and then I just kind of threw my arms in the air and said 'what the hell ever, he's Billy Joe's kid and I care not how old he is.' I know his age was clearly defined as 2 going on 3 at one point but I just wasn't feeling it and by this point I no longer cared, so I basically sidelined Tyler and focused on everything else in the story. I cannot lie Tyler is essentially the full reason that this story got 4 stars and not 4.5 or even 5 from me...sorry, Tyler but as a 2 year old...you were fail for me.

 

Ok, let's move on from poor little Tyler because now I'm feeling like a bully and maybe I need to send Tyler a teddy bear to say sorry...I'll ponder this.

 

As for our MCs...there was so much about Carlos that I really liked. How he was basically able to keep such a positive outlook on things in spite of his family and yes, it was very much a case of 'in spite of' and not 'because of', I loved how supportive both he and Billy Joe were of each other which I think was due, at least in part, to the fact that they understood each other in a very basic way...both men had crap families. Sure maybe the circumstances and dynamics weren't identical but at the heart of it both men were failed by their families and they recognized this in each other...reasons and events may be different but at the core it's the same kind of hurt.

 

While it may have taken Billy Joe time to get there...this guy had strength. From taking Tyler and leaving behind everything that he knew to his determined efforts to make sure that Tyler had a better life, to acknowledging who he was and finally doing what he knew was the only thing he could do to ensure his and his son's safety...Billy Joe had strength. If it took him time to get where he was going I can totally deal with that he had to make the hard choices just as Carlos did in dealing with his family and these two both met the challenge. Sure it wasn't without pain, heartache and a few mistakes but who among us can say differently. We may make different choices and our mistakes aren't always the same but at the end of the day we're all human and we all follow our own path. 

 

Last but not least I want to talk about the narrator...Jack Richmond. I liked his character voices especially for the MCs they were both distinct making it easy to distinguish who was speaking and while I had an issue with Tyler's character in terms of age development unfortunately Tyler's voice didn't really help with this because for me, Tyler's voice was more reflective of that 4 or 5 year old that I thought he was a one point than that of a two year old, but on the upside it was a child's voice that didn't feel like nails on a chalk board which many of my friends will tell you with me that's a definite win.

 

I loved the ending of this one, especially when it came to Carlos and Billy Joe's families and how things worked out with them and while I'm not sure I'd call this an HEA it's definitely a strong HFN that's heading towards HEA and I'm good with that.

 

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An audio book of 'Running to You' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-08-16 22:55
The Adventure of the 3D Goggles...

I went to an evening lecture tonight that was organised by one of the universities in town.

 

When I showed my ticket, I was handed a pair of what looked like 3D glasses. It was so confusing. Btw, they weren't the usual 3D glasses...

 

I knew the talk was going to be on Victorian photography, but I didn't read the full description or watch the promotional video that the University library and archives put together, because ... let's face it ... this thing was going to be with Brian May, or rather Dr. May, and I could go on to say that I've always been intrigued by the non-musical stuff he's doing (he might be one of the five people in the history of the world that could make me interested in astrophysics...) but I'm not even going to try and convince you of any high-mindedness on my part ... he's the guitar god from Queen for crying out loud.

So, of course I was going to try and be there. It could have been a talk on regional cheese-making in inner Mongolia...or ... astrophysics ... and I still would have gone. The fact that the lecture turned out to be about pioneering Victorian photography was just the cherry on the icing on the frigging cake.

 

As it turned out, the talk was about George Washington Wilson, a local, who happened to be a pioneering photographer who produced on of the the first, if not the first, work of photomontage in Britain and who gave us this pretty well-known image:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Queen Vic and John Brown in the only photo showing the two of them alone together. The photo stirred many rumours about their relationship (mostly by people who forget that the photographer was there also...). What can't be seen in this picture is that the other game-keeper is standing at to the right of the horse. So, it's not such a private shot after all. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, what is more, Wilson was also one of the first to produce stereoscopic images of popular tourist attractions which became all the rage in the late 19th century. And this is where Brian May comes in... One of his special interests is in stereoscopic photography, and he's so fond of it that he even revived the London Stereoscopic Company to help preserve the information about stereo-photography. And the publication of books such as Prof. Roger Taylor's (not the drummer...) new book on George Washington Wilson is one of the efforts of the newly revived London Stereoscopic Company.

 

Both May and Taylor gave an excellent introduction to the history and challenges of Victorian stereoscopy using an array of images by Wilson ... none of which I can include in this post because they would all show up blurry.

 

Hence the weird goggles at the lecture.

 

Mystery solved. 

 

It was a fun evening. I really want to go back to the uni library and look up some of the images and materials, but I am also glad to hear that most of them are also available online (It's not an intuitive search, tho. I recommend putting "wilson" in the search field.).

 

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