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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-22 16:45
Book Flog: Wonder Woman- Warbringer, Chapter 2

 

 

Chapter 2:

On the way back home Diana hears the horns sounding the end of the race- she’s lost!  Not only that, she’s the last to return!  Rani, a runner when she was mortal, naturally won- again!  Wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t such a sweetheart.

 

Tek teases Diana, still calling her Pyxis; Diana recalls her mother’s lessons about always holding your head high.  Tek gets some backup from a few others; Diana gets a few shots of her own in, so it’s all good.  But it didn’t change that many feel Diana wasn’t truly worthy to be an Amazon, not having earned her place here.

 

Even with being distracted by how to deal with Alia, the evening continues.  Hippolyta & Tek sat together, snapping at each other like only BFFs can.  They were first among the Amazons, the first to turn away from the World of Men.  Diana recalls one night as a child overhearing the two of them arguing about her- her nature, what price the gods might demand in return for her... Tek had chastised Hippolyta for deciding to do this; Hippolyta counters that Di belongs to all of them.  Tek calls BS; she made the choice and they’ll all end up paying the price.

 

Rani and a few others decide to race each other, breaking up the festivities.  Di and Maeve slip away to talk for a moment when Maeve suddenly sways and falls over, burning up with fever.  Diana feels it too; all Amazons are connected by blood- some type of sympathetic magic. (?)  But how- Amazons don’t get sick!

 

As they seek help for Maeve, everything seems to shift and shake- it’s an earthquake!  Here?!?  Tek goes to find the queen, leaving Diana to wonder if any of this could be connected to Alia’s presence.  In the entire history of Themiscyra, only twice had anyone dared to bring a mortal to the island.  The first was Kahina, who saved a child from death on a battlefield and wanted to keep her, only for both to be exiled.  The second was Nessa, who’d tried to sneak her mortal lover onto the island by ship.  Di recalls the story of Nessa’s downfall- stripped of her armor as the land shook and the winds howled, so angered was the island, so angered were the gods.  One by one the Amazons turned their backs on her as Nessa passed into the mists, back to the World of Men.

 

Diana finds Tek with Hippolyta, who’s sending runners out to warn everyone.  More Amazons have fallen sick and Hipp wonders if it’s only affecting all the younger ones.  Tek casts a glance at Diana and says no.  Hipp decides they need to visit the Oracle.  The Oracle always demanded a sacrifice of some type, and if she didn’t like what was offered…

 

Tek goes to light signal fires and Hipp tells Diana to help her with her hair; the queen must appear regal at all times.  Diana decides to confess about Alia; the Oracle would know anyway and could have repercussions for her mother’s rule.  Hippolyta thinks she was going to mention to race, and offers a few soothing words- plus she didn’t think Di would’ve won, anyway.  That stings, especially since she would’ve won if not for Alia.

 

Alia.

 

Hippolyta leaves and Diana, princess of Themiscyra, decides to consult the Oracle on her own. 32 pgs.

 

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review 2017-08-22 08:10
Audiobook Tour - Leaning Into Love

 

TitleLeaning Into Love

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #1

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrated By: Seth Clayton

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: August 16th

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins

Genre: Romance, Erotica, Friends to lovers, surfer, white collar, San Francisco, bisexual

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Synopsis:

 

Eric Schuster is a successful guy. He’s part owner of a highly successful tech firm, he has a supportive family and a great group of close friends. But something is missing. Or maybe he’s reacting to his business partner and ex’s wedding news. He knows his former lover is making a big mistake but he also knows it’s time to move on. And hopefully avoid falling for another friend. Zane Richards is an avid sailor and surfer with a laid-back approach to life. He firmly believes there’s a time and place for everything if you’re willing to take a chance. Like letting his best friend know he’s interested in being much more than friends. Eric has always been half in love with Zane but going from friends to lovers isn’t an easy sell for someone protecting his heart. Eric will have to decide if he’s willing to risk it all by leaning into love.

 

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Excerpt:

 

Zane refilled my glass and returned it to me with a naughty smirk. “You get kinda corny when you’re tipsy, Schuster. It’s cute.”

 

Cute?”

 

Yeah. You get goofy. Your ears turn red and it makes the freckles on your nose stand out. Then you do that thing with your hair where you swipe your hand through it so many times that it looks like you just rolled out of bed.”

 

Uh…okay. That’s embarrassing.” I searched for a reflective surface as I attempted to pat my unruly brown hair into some semblance of order. “I was going for debonair and I got bar mitzvah kid chic,” I grumbled.

 

Zane leaned forward and gave me an intense look I didn’t understand.

 

You don’t have to be anyone but yourself with me, Eric. I like you just the way you are.” He sat back again and cocked his head. “So let’s talk about this stupid engagement party. What’s the dress code?”

 

Um… it’s probably dressy casual,” I replied with a furrowed brow. I wanted to back up a sentence or two and analyze his words and dissect the meaning of “I like you just the way you are”.

 

The usual oxymoron,” he snarked. “You are going with me, right?”

 

Sure. If you want.”

 

I want. It’ll save us both the trouble of finding some poor unsuspecting sucker to drag to a fancy shindig.”

 

True. Speaking of suckers, don’t you have a date tonight?”

 

Zane glanced at his watch and then stretched his legs out on the bench so his shoe nudged my thigh. “I’ve got time. Talk to me. What else have you been up to lately? I noticed there’s a new exhibit at the Modern Museum. Have you gone? I think it’s a midcentury retrospective with Motherwell and de Kooning. I know you like the scribbly art and…”

 

His conversation was easy. The gentrified version of his former surfer dude accent had a lilting quality I could have listened to for hours. I felt myself truly begin to relax and let go of the invisible hold I’d had on my emotions, like a swimmer grasping onto a ledge who finally realizes he can reach the bottom of the pool. Being with someone who knew quirky details about me and accepted them without judgment or reservation was a gift.

 

I treasured all of my friends, but Zane was special. Our friendship was rooted in geography and history and now time. He wasn’t making a romantic advance when he asked me to attend Nick’s engagement party with him. That was latent wishful thinking on my part. Zane was simply being who he always was. My oldest and best friend.

 

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Leaning Into Love (Leaning Into Stories, #1)Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eric & Zane have been best friends who are fighting an attraction to one another. Maybe taking a chance will be a good thing. Zane has wanted to take things to another level for a while, and now here is the chance.

As far as short stories go, this one is hawt. The narrator has a good grasp of how to make different tonal nuances for the different voices. I knew he was speaking in whose character right away. And the gravelly tone was really fitting for this book. I am very excited for the next book in the Leaning Into series.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.



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Meet the Author:

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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review 2017-08-22 06:30
Audiobook Review for Leaning Into Love
Leaning Into Love - Lane Hayes

Eric & Zane have been best friends who are fighting an attraction to one another.  Maybe taking a chance will be a good thing.  Zane has wanted to take things to another level for a while, and now here is the chance.

 

As far as short stories go, this one is hawt.  The narrator has a good grasp of how to make different tonal nuances for the different voices.  I knew he was speaking in whose character right away.  And the gravelly tone was really fitting for this book.  I am very excited for the next book in the Leaning Into series.  I give this audiobook a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

 

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-21 19:03
Book Flog: Wonder Woman- Warbringer

Been meaning to do this for a while now. Picked up a copy at the BEA back in May, excited to read it, sailing along at an good pace... and then the shit pissed me off. Still haven't finished it yet, so this'll lead me into my review when it comes out next week. FYI: this isn't a tie-in with the DCU movies. It's a YA prequel in line with the classic comics version of Diana being shaped from clay and brought to life. Feel free to comment as you like.

 

 

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Chapter 1: “You do not enter a race to lose”.

 

Pithy words of advice from Hippolyta to Diana just before the start of the big footrace during the Nemesian Games. Diana’s starting to come into her own; friends and rivals also are competing- you know the drill. Tekmessa, aka Tek, the queen’s right hand advisor, teases Diana by calling her Pyxis- a clay pot used to store makeup- as a reminder of Diana’s origins. Unlike the other Amazons, Di wasn’t granted immortality by calling out to the various goddesses upon her death and whisked away Valkyrie-style, but that she’s Hippolyta’s wish made real. Whatever… Di’s not gonna lose today- she’s got a plan! She and her BFF Maeve mapped out the course and even spied- well , not exactly spied… she’s scouted- the competition, and knows what she needs to do. Themiscyra has an unusual topography; a blend of different climes and terrains from all over the world, all the various places the women come from. The island seeks to please, it’s said. Diana knows it like the back of her hand. This time she’ll win!

 

Running along the coastline, Di spots a ship along the horizon, near the boundary- a schooner, maybe? So many different types of ships have developed through the years, hard to keep track of them all. She and Maeve had often tried to name all the ships and planes they saw, always keeping just clear of the island because their instruments and compasses would suddenly stop functioning properly.

 

The sound of an explosion reaches her and Di can see the schooner’s on fire! Shipwrecks were common enough along the rocks, helping to protect the secret of the island, a necessary evil… …until she hears the cry. It was a gull- yeah, that’s it. No, it’s not… but how could a human cry carry so far?

 

She’s got the lead, she’s ahead in the race- it’ll just be for a second, a quick look. No lifeboats or anything, doesn’t look like there’s even any survivors. Still got time; she can make it back to her route and still win the race. Turning around, she takes one more look back… And you know what they say about looking back. It’s the challenge, she tells herself. She wants to see if she could survive the dive off the cliff, like a true Amazon. Because even if there’s survivors, she knows she’s forbidden from helping them.

 

She feels the temperature of the water change, signaling the nearness of the boundary. She & Maeve always swam out here, testing themselves. Once a ship had seen them and Maeve joked they could be like sirens, luring sailors to their doom. Among the wreckage of the ship she sees a girl, bobbing facedown. The whole time swimming back to the shore her mind is screaming about the folly she’s committing. Better to just let go of the girl, let her slip beneath the waves…

 

On the beach, Di attempts CPR and almost doesn’t when the girl’s ribs bend on her first attempt! What are these mortals made of- balsa wood? Second attempt goes better; the girl lives. And she’s on the island. The girl asks about others- no, no one else survived. The human is brown skinned, with a mass of braids. Diana remembers they need to get out of sight; the mortal’s having some trouble even sitting upright. Diana tries to remember what her tutors taught her about mortals: body temperature, eating habits, war, pollution, bad grammar…

 

Di tells her to get on her back so she can take them up the cliffs. Soon as they take off the girl’s ready to vomit. Diana’s read about that. Not good. The cliffside is dotted with caves, including one Di & Maeve liked to hang out in and stocked with a few items- blankets, snacks, etc. The girl, Alia, is worried, wants to call the police, look for her friends. Diana discourages that line of thought. Diana knows she’ll be noticed missing; Alia doesn’t want her to leave, but Di promises to return. 17 pgs.

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text 2017-08-16 08:10
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From best-selling author Riley Edwards comes another, 
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After the love of Lily's life and best friend dies in combat, she struggles to move on - until Carter Lenox enters her life. Carter has a secret, one that will destroy Lily. But when a terrorist hell bent on revenge tries to kill Lily, Lenox has no choice but to claim the one woman he should never have.
 
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He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.
Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more. 


She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.
When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.
Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault Shane was dead. 

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I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.
 

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About Riley Edwards:
 
Riley Edwards is a best-selling multi-genre author, wife, and military mom. Riley was born and raised in Los Angeles but now resides on the east coast with her fantastic husband and children. Her two eldest children have flown the coop and are now serving in the US military. Riley also has a teenage daughter that is the source of laughter and wit around her house. Her youngest son is a "bad-ass" in training and is very much a mini version of his Alpha father.

Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley's favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. (Those are also her favorites to read.) She's known for her jaw-dropping plot twists. You know the ones? Those pivotal scenes in a story that when executed so flawlessly it leaves you breathless and begging for more? Yeah, those! She's mastered the art of blending suspense, romance, and smoldering sexy times. It's like Criminal Minds, and the Spice Channel mated, and a perfect love child was born.

To learn more about Riley's books, please visit, www.RileyEdwardsRomance.com. And don't forget to sign up for the Riley's Rebel's Newsletter.
 

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