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Making Connections Blog Tour Stop for Spellbound by SL Ross

Sarah Daniels has just discovered that life as she knows it is not what it seems.

Sarah is your typical American girl, happy, loving parents and off to college. She even falls in love for the first time with a perfect take home to mom kind of guy Jeff. But like everything all things must come to an end. Trust is now an issue with Sarah. Jeff had destroyed her feelings on love and all that comes with it. It’s now Sarah’s senior year of college when strange things begin to happen to her. She meets a mystery man she feels she knows and the only problem with it is that she had a vision about it before it happened. Then her parents go missing. Sarah is a strong person but with everything falling apart around her she doesn’t know how much more she can handle. Especially not the news that her new boyfriend is a vampire and her ex is a werewolf…

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My name is Sabrina Ross, I live in Canada. I’m married, been married for 11 years. We have two wonderful children, both boys, both under 10. I love to read, write, listen to music and I am a huge movie fan.  My preferred genre to read is is paranormal but I am game to trying anything and same goes for writing. I have 5 books published. The first four are part of the Immortal Island Series under the name SL Ross, book 1 Spellbound, book 2 The Vampire Masquerade, Book 3 The Fallen, and book 4 The Reckoning. My most recent book is Hard to Love under my full name Sabrina Ross. All available at and


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Reaper Madness

by Nessie Strange


Story Summary:

This isn’t the afterlife she expected…

Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her ill-tempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin to disappear back on earth, leaving behind walking, talking dead people, Jen and Sam are thrust into a dangerous mission to recapture the souls, and a passionate physical relationship that complicates everything.

Jack Norris has no memory prior to waking up on the half-demon Nulcifer’s couch six months earlier. As he begins to investigate his past, he discovers a string of past lives tied together by a beautiful, mysterious brunette. Who is she? And why does finding her seem like a life or death proposition?

When Sam falls victim to fate during a routine visit to earth, Jen’s devastated. Desperate to get him back, she runs smack into the man she never thought she’d see again—Jack. She tries to keep her distance, but there’s no time to be awkward if they want to save Sam. When sinister plots are revealed, and betrayals threaten everything, she’s forced to make some tough choices—and learns that life is just as difficult when you’re dead.

My Review:

Reaper Madness is the second book in the series, Living Dead World.

The first, Living Dead Girl, introduces the reader the main characters – Jen and Jack. These two have a heated first encounter, which makes their love story very unexpected. While they are planning their future together, a woman with a fatal attraction to Jack plans Jen’s demise. I won’t give away too much about how Living Dead Girl ends, but let’s just say that both Jen and Jack end up in the afterlife.

Now, in Reaper Madness, Jen has been assigned to Sam as a Reaper and Jack is stuck in purgatory with a blank memory. They have become lost to each other in this strange realm between heaven and hell. Over time, Jen starts to fall for her partner Sam, who is so much more than he first appears. But when Jen and Jack finally find their way back together, strong forces work to keep them apart.

I really liked both of these books. The dialogue was sharp and smartly written. Jen, Jack, and Sam have interesting personalities that played well against each other. Reaper Madness was a different type of paranormal than I’m used to reading. I thought the afterlife world was well crafted and multi-layered. It kept me wanting more.

Luckily, the author has another book to add to the series! I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Author Bio:

Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness, the first two novels in her urban fantasy Living Dead World series, were published by Etopia press in 2014.

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The Dressmaker’s Duke by Jess Russell

The Dressmaker’s Duke will be on sale for $0.99 from February 20th – March 6th

Jess Russell, the author of The Dressmaker’s Duke, is my special guest today. Take it away Jess!I have always been a creative person. I love make things. Give me a power tool and I am a happy gal. I am also an award winning batik artist.


I am an actress, I stage apartments, I build and tile bathrooms, I made my own wedding dress

 Wedding Dress

You get the idea. :o)

Living in 1810, the year of The Dressmaker’s Duke, there were few opportunities for women other than marriage. And even then a woman was basically the property of her husband with very few rights.

I was drawn to writing about a heroine who is a dressmaker for the obvious creative reasons but also she could be more or less independent. Still, not an easy life; Clients often didn’t pay their bills, materials were expensive, ladies could be difficult to please. The list goes on.

I also wanted my heroine, Olivia Weston, to have lived some. She is 29 and a widow. She has seen some of the world and experienced heartache and loss. She knows what independence means and she will fight for hers. I admire that.

Olivia is also fiercely loyal to her best friend and business partner, Eglantine Wiggins. “Egg” as she is affectionately called, is Olivia’s only family. The women cling together through all their trials. I wanted to write about women who support themselves in spite of it being a “man’s” world.

Olivia chooses dressmaking rather than compromise herself. Of course, being fiction and a romance, there is a “knight in shining armor”, though my Duke is rather more of a gorgeous geek who has his darkness and flaws. Rhys finds Olivia isn’t so easily swept off her feet by his ducal mansion and endless wealth. He must work for this fiercely independent woman. In the Romance genre the Happily Ever After is a foregone conclusion, but how they get there is the fun!



Book Description:

Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antithesis of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society.  But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten.  He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind.  But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman.

Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman.  She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man.  Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do.  But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.

As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?


     “Could you move, please?”

     Was it her imagination, or was his voice higher than usual? Then what he actually said registered.


     “Yes. Could you move across the room? I find to judge a garment, or anything properly, one must see it in motion.” Her face must have been reflecting the horror she felt, for he hastened on, “You would not expect me to buy a horse simply by looking at its lines would you, Mrs. Weston? I would wish to see it run as well. I’m sure you understand.”

     Blast him and his bloody horses. She strode forward, happy to vent some of her anger in movement; however, she realized a split second too late there was nowhere to move. The receiving room was not large and was mostly taken up with the cutting table. The only area with any appreciable room was at the far end of the shop where the huge paneled mirrors stood. He was standing directly in the path that would be her best direction. Consequently, she found herself almost flush up against him.

     She knew he was tall. Any fool could see the man was at least two or more inches over six feet, but from this vantage point—directly beneath him—he was so very tall. She could smell the starch of his shirt mixed with a faint whiff of smoke and possibly brandy? She slid her gaze over the shirt and waistcoat to his cravat—a conservatively tied Oriental—to the firm, slightly cleft chin, moving on to the lips, very swiftly past those, and finally resting on his eyes. Pure molten gold. Yes, exactly like those of the Burmese tiger she had seen at a menagerie in Paris. His bearing was just as predatory.

     “It would appear, sir, in order for me to move, as you require, you will have to bestir yourself as well.”

     She thought she saw one side of his mouth shift ever so slightly upward into what might have been the merest twitch of a smile. She could not be one hundred percent sure because, to do so, she would have to look at his lips. The duke shifted his weight and made a small bow. Her shoulder brushed the superfine of his midnight blue jacket as she hurriedly squeezed past him.

     She strode almost to the mirrors before wheeling around and giving him what she hoped was an accusatory look.

     “Well, Your Grace. I hope you are satisfied”

     “Satisfied, Mrs. Weston?” He raised that infernal eyebrow. “Oh no, madam, I am very far from satisfied. However, I am hopeful I will be, in the not so distant future.” Again his gaze raked over her.  “Yes, I do live in hope.”


Jess Russell, Multi-Award Winning and Best-selling author!

As a girl Jess escaped the world of rigorous ballet class and hideous math homework into the haven of toe wriggling romance novels. She never imagined in her dyslexic brain she would ever come to write one, but one small scene grew into 359 pages, and contest wins, and multiple contract offers. Dreams sometimes do come true, just like the happy ending in the stories she loves.

Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son and disappears to the Catskill Mountains whenever she can. She is a sometime actress, award winning batik artist, and accomplished seamstress. Along with her sewing machine, she loves power tools and, what’s more, she knows how to use them.

Jess is currently working on revamping her Manhattan kitchen as well as writing two other stories, (working titles), Heart of Glass, and Mad for the Marquess. Please check them out in BOOKS.

Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA. THE DRESSMAKER’S DUKE came in first in the Fool for Love Contest, Golden Apple Awards’ Secret Craving Contest, the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest and the Golden Rose Contest (also winning the best of the best). And finaled in the Great Beginnings, Emerald City Opener, and the Lone Star Contests.

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— Blog Tour— WILDFIRE CREEK by Shirleen Davies

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“A passionate story of rebuilding lives and working to find a place in the wild frontier during the years following the American Civil War. A rugged, heartwarming story of choices and love in the continuing saga of Redemption Mountain.”

Luke Pelletier is settling into his new life as a rancher and occasional Pinkerton Agent, leaving his past as an ex-Confederate major and Texas Ranger far behind. He wants nothing more than to work the ranch, charm the ladies, and live a life of carefree bachelorhood.

Ginny Sorensen has accepted her responsibility as the sole provider for herself and her younger sister. The desire to continue their journey to Oregon is crushed when the need for food and shelter keeps them in the growing frontier town of Splendor, Montana, forcing Ginny to accept work as a server in the local saloon.

Luke has never met a woman as lovely and unspoiled as Ginny. He longs to know her, yet fears his wild ways and unsettled nature aren’t what she deserves. She’s a girl you marry, but that is nowhere in Luke’s plans. Complicating their tenuous friendship, a twist in circumstance force Ginny closer to the man she most wants to avoid – the man who can destroy her dreams, and who’s captured her heart.

 Believing his bachelor status firm, Luke moves from danger to adventure, never dreaming each step he takes brings him closer to his true destiny and a life much different from what he imagines.



“Hold it right there.”

 Ginny froze, not recognizing the deep growl coming from behind her.

“Put your hands up and turn around.”

        She did as he asked, her heart pounding, wondering if someone had slipped by Hank to come in the front door. Slowly she turned, raising her eyes to meet those of the man holding a gun on her. Her breath caught at the sight of Luke, his face hard, his mouth in a thin line. She could see the instant recognition dawned. He lowered the gun in a quick motion and slammed it into the holster.

 “What the hell are you doing here? And why are you dressed like that?”

          She swallowed the hard lump in her throat and took in shuttering breath, anger replacing the fear she’d felt.

         “You scared the daylights out of me,” she hissed and pulled the hat off her head, exposing soft brown wisps of hair which had escaped the loose bun.

          He held his ground, taking in the sight of her in men’s trousers, a too big shirt haphazardly tucked inside and held together by a wide leather belt. The coat he’d given her covered the ridiculous outfit. He let his gaze wander over her, his eyes softening at the same time his body tightened—a reaction he was powerless to control.

 “I asked what you’re doing here, sneaking around the house. Stealing?”

“I am not stealing,” she threw back at him. “I work here.”

       “What?” His voice took on a hard edge as his eyes narrowed, signaling his disbelief.

“Dax and Rachel hired me to take on Bernice’s job.

         He took a step forward, then thought better of it, crossing his arms over his chest, planting his feet shoulder width apart. Frustration warred with the desire he felt toward her. This was not what he’d expected to come home to—Ginny living at the ranch. It slammed into him that he’d see her every day, obliged to be around her, and forced to fight his constant attraction toward her. His jaw hardened as he processed the implication of her new position. He didn’t like it. Not one bit.

        “We’ll see about that.” He turned and stormed from the room, walking into the study, slamming the door behind him.


Interview with the Author – Shirleen Davies 

  1. How do you come up with your book ideas? Do you sit and plan or go with the flow when an idea comes to you?

The idea come to me at the most unexpected times. I keep a notepad in my purse and a notebook of ideas. If it’s an idea for a series, I start a spiral binder and outline story ideas for the first three to four books—names, archetypes, ages, challenges, etc. The next step is to write three to four pages of ideas for each specific story. For a series, I find it’s better to have at least three book ideas drafted.

  1. Do you listen to music when you write? What’s on your playlist?

Sometimes I listen to music, other times I have movies playing with the sound low or off. I listen to George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryant, Eric Church, and several others. I also listen to jazz. For movies, I tend to like action and fantasy themes such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Expendables, Red, Independence Day, plus some great western movies such as Quigley Down Under and anything with John Wayne.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I think this may be the question most authors dread most as it is almost impossible to list absolute favorites. Over time, I’ve collected almost all the books written by Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Linda Lael Miller, and Kat Martin. But, there are also a bunch of other authors that I consider ‘favorites.’

  1. What was the inspiration behind Wildfire Creek?

This is the second book in my Redemption Mountain series, and focuses on the second of the Pelletier brothers. Having boys of my own, I’ve always been fascinated by the pecking order and rivalry that exists between brothers. Some families handle it well, others not so much. I wanted to show a younger brother as strong as the oldest with his own unique personality, talents, and goals. In addition, I wanted to show that it’s possible for brothers to work side-by-side, with love and loyalty.

  1. If you were to insert yourself into the time period of Wildfire Creek, what sort of character would you be? The hero? A shady villain? Something else?

There’s a character who appears in book one, Redemption’s Edge and Wildfire Creek, and who will have her own story in book three, Sunset Ridge. She’s from a wealthy family but objects to the stern life and rigid social structure demanded of her father. If I inserted myself into a specific character, it would be her—Abigail Tolbert.

  1. Speaking of the past, what time period would you most like to visit (outside the historical west)?

Of course the historical west is my absolute favorite for time travel. Excluding it, either during the American Revolution or England in the early 1800s. Although I love the Scottish romances, would I really want to be a woman during that time period? Probably not.

  1. What’s up next for you?

I’m working on three projects:

Book three, Sunrise Ridge, of the Redemption Mountain series, due to release in mid-2015.

Book six, Hearts Don’t Lie, of my MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary series, due for release in mid-2015.

Book two, Our Kind of Love, of my new Kerrigans of Peregrine Bay Contemporary series (Book one, Reclaiming Love, will come out in March).

 Some fun Q&A:

1.Coffee or tea? Both – coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.

2. Morning person or night owl? Morning

3. Favorite book? Too many to pick just one!!

4. Savory or sweet? Mostly sweet, but savory can be good also. Can I mix them?

5. Favorite animal? Horse

6. Favorite place to write? My dining room table at home.

7. What’s your hidden talent? Dancing.

8. Most exotic place you’ve traveled to? Turkey and Croatia

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