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New Release & Giveaway: Bound To Fate by Kiru Taye

Bound to Fate by Kiru Taye

Book Description:

A relationship between Ike and Lara is forbidden but love like theirs cannot be denied. Catastrophe lies in wait and one night changes their lives forever.

Bound to Fate is a story about surviving tragedy, forgiveness, and the overwhelming love that pulls through against the odds.

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Book Spotlight: Dragon’s Honor by Michaela Kendrick

DDragon's Honor by Michaela Kendrickescription:

The Warlord…

From high society banquets in the ice covered skyscrapers of New Arizona, to the most far-flung outposts at the edge of human-occupied space, everyone has heard of Ymir. The Alliance’s reach is wide, and its soldiers are well trained, but there are always despots powerful enough to assert themselves, and Ymir has been one of the most notable failures of human history: a whole planet given over to a man known only as the Warlord.

The soldier…

Cade Williams was once a Dragon-the most elite fighting unit in known space. Precise, brutal, and unstoppable, they were a last resort in the lawless wastes of space colonization. But there was a price: in one horrific mission, Cade’s unit took down not only a slave trader, but an entire intergalactic carrier. Cade left and never looked back.

Haunted by his past, he’s vowed never again to kill, never again to fight, and, filling jobs from dock worker to bartender, he’s managed to keep that vow. But Cade’s life is about to be turned upside down. Because when at last he runs out of options, his old friend Talon Rift appears out of nowhere. Talon, the man who ordered him to take down the carrier. Talon, who wants him to get back in the game. And when Cade won’t, Talon has a job opportunity he seems to know Cade can’t afford to pass up. Protect a woman. An innocent. Remarkably little chance of anything going wrong. And a man needs to eat.

And the trophy wife…

There are two problems: first, that Cade hates Aryn the moment he lays eyes on her; second, that he wants her like he’s never wanted anyone before in his life. Or make that three problems: Aryn’s fiancé is a weapons trafficker with a well-deserved reputation for being ruthless, and Aryn is about to get caught up in one of his schemes – one that will bring her back to the place she only just escaped…the mines of Ymir.

Where to buy:
Dragon’s Honor will be free to read in Kindle Unlimited: smile.amazon.com/dp/B017F8X7HC/

My review of Dragon’s Honor

Cade Williams is a member of the elite Dragon Corps and when he takes on an assignment to protect the wife of a powerful and dangerous man, he finds himself being tested. At first Cade is attracted and repulsed by Aryn Beranek, but in time he discovers there’s more to her (and her past) than he imagined. Aryn is hiding some important things about her former life and her reasons for marrying Ellian. As the story unfolds, facts come to light about her marriage and about her life prior to meeting Ellian. As it turns out there are secrets, lies and a lot of intrigue going on under the surface.

I liked the worldbuilding for this story, which involved war and resistance and the shades of grey that happen when people have to make difficult choices. Nothing is as it seems at first glance, and the revelations keep coming throughout the story. Everyone has an agenda, and it’s never sure who can be trusted.

Since this is the first book of the series, I’m hoping to learn more about the alliance and the other worlds involved. Cade and Aryn were both strong and intriguing characters who I hope we’ll see more of in subsequent books. (Received a review copy.)

-Deborah

Author Michaela Kendrick’s Bio:

Raised on the Dragon Riders of Pern, Star Wars, Star Trek, and a whole bunch of historical romances, Michaela grew up adoring the adventure of Science Fiction and the passion of a good love story. Filled with double crossing, grand romantic gestures, sarcasm, and plenty of heat, Michaela’s books are just the sort of thing she wants to read herself!

Where to find Michaela:

Right now, I’m only on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mkendrickauthor/
Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bIDsBn
And people can feel free to email me at mkendrickauthor@gmail.com

Excerpt:

“Cade Williams?”

The words came through the haze of smoke and drunkenness like a hallucination. Cade knew that voice. He was never, ever going to be able to forget that voice, and it had to be a hallucination because there was no way in hell the owner of that voice had chased him across three systems only to walk into a dive bar on the lower streets of New Arizona. So he went back to his drink.

He picked up the glass and stared at it. It was a scotch he’d been nursing for about three hours now, and not just because “scotch” seemed to be a loose term for colored grain alcohol. When he finished his drink, he had nowhere to go. And in the ever-drifting snow of New Arizona—he’d never figured out if the name was born of ignorance or irony—he needed to stay indoors as long as possible. The cold was fierce, and whatever acid was in the water on this planet, it would burn his skin raw in less than a night.

And if he didn’t get ten thousand credits to Osiris within a week, he was a dead man. But one thing at a time. Cade shook his head and let the moment slide away from him, a tiny drift into memory and nothing more.

“Williams,” the voice said again.

That was definitely not a hallucination. Cade’s eyes traveled along the arm that had come down on one side of him. Callused fingertips, last joint of the right index finger missing, the hint of a tattoo poking out from under a blue cuff. The arm underneath the suit jacket was well muscled, leading to broad shoulders and a clean-shaven jaw, and with a sinking feeling of dread, Cade looked up at one of his worst nightmares.

“Lieutenant Rift.”

“Actually, it’s Major now.” Talon’s face was expressionless, as it almost always was. He watched as Cade’s eyes traveled over the understated suit, across the planes of the handsome face. At last, sensing the question Cade would never ask, he flipped over the hand on his resting arm. There, glimmering in the faint light, were blood-red cufflinks.

A Dragon always wore red.

Talon absorbed Cade’s bitter smile in silence.

“You look surprisingly well.” Cade looked down into his scotch and considered drinking the rest in one gulp. The pours in this bar were generous, and with the alcohol being of dubious provenance, a gulp might well kill him. Right now, that wasn’t seeming so bad. It was all coming back to him—without warning, as it always did. He’d known the moment he heard the voice that this was going to be a bad night, even worse than he’d thought—and he’d already thought it would be pretty bad. There was screaming at the corner of his mind, the flashing of the lights in the bar taking on a reddish hue, the emergency exit sign too clear a reminder.

He closed his eyes, clenching his jaw until he thought his teeth would give way. He had to keep breathing, or the memories would take him, and the world would devolve into the chaotic mess he so feared, every face reminding him of the pods, the children pounding on the glass—

He was going to be sick. His stomach heaved.

“Should I go?”

“No.” Cade’s answer surprised even him. He opened his eyes and looked down into his drink again. He could force the world back into its neat shapes if he tried hard enough. In the vacuum of space, in the long silences of a courier’s job, he’d learned to face his fear and press it away.

He could face this, too.

“Okay.” Talon sat, pulled reflexively at both cuffs, and looked over at the bartender. “What won’t kill me here?”

“Don’t try the scotch.”

“Noted.”

Why Lion Shifters Make Sexy Romantic Heroes

Family Pride: Love and Challenges by Deborah A BaileyThere is something about shifters that makes them incredibly sexy, and the image of the male lion with the full mane is a symbol of power and courage.

Lions are considered to be the most sociable of the big cats, and that was a good fit for the lion shifter community I wanted to create. Female lions are the hunters, and in my shifter world, the female lion shifters are just as fierce. Since lions usually live in prides, I used those as family units for the shifters.

In the Family Pride series, the hero Mac MacKinnon becomes the pride leader, and he learns a lot of valuable lessons from the family matriarch, Lena. She had to fight to keep the pride together for her son (Mac’s father) to inherit, and she’s able to provide important guidance.

The heroine, Zora Mason is a human woman who falls in love with Mac, and through her eyes the reader is introduced to the lion shifter community. As I created the culture of the lion shifter world, I added several traditions and rituals.

One ritual in particular leads to a very sexy scene in book 1, Family Pride: Love and Challenges. Sorry, I’m not going to give away any spoilers! In book 2, Family Pride: Blood Fever, family history leads Mac to face the biggest challenge of his life. Though he wants to live a normal life with Zora, he has to come to terms with the fact he’ll always live in two worlds. Family Pride: Blood Fever

Shifters are popular romantic heroes because of the balance between the man and the wild, untamed beast within. When I created the shifter world, I wanted to put them in everyday human situations, but with a twist.

Though Mac is an entrepreneur with real-world challenges, he also has another side that is influenced by his inner lion.
He’s loyal and extremely protective–as any lion would be when it comes to looking after the pride. But at the same time, he has to deal with real-world issues, like running his coffee bar and managing family drama.

Perhaps that’s part of the appeal of shifters. On the surface they’re regular guys, but underneath there’s an element of danger and excitement because you never know what will happen when their inner animal is set free. It’s what attracted me to create this lion shifter world and why readers love sexy shifter heroes.

Click on the links below to check out my novels, Family Pride: Love and Challenges and Family Pride: Blood Fever, books 1 and 2 in the series (affiliate links).

Family Pride: Love and Challenges on Amazon.com

Family Pride: Blood Fever on Amazon.com