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Moonlit journey— J. Reece reviews Blue Moon by J.A. Belfield

The cover:

So pretty!

Blue Moon

A Holloway Pack Story

by J.A. Belfield

Release Date: December  1, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Werewolf

Description

Someone is watching the Holloway pack, and this time, the female isn’t the target.
Life with a group of seven male werewolves worries Jem Stonehouse not one bit. She is engaged to the Alpha’s son Sean Holloway after all. So what has Jem’s territorial instincts on high alert? The pack’s latest addition. Both of them. None of the men think there’s a problem with the new girlfriends. Jem’s intuition tells her otherwise—that and a nagging suspicion the new females aren’t there to partake. Jem believes they’ve joined in to take.
The question is … What? As the eve of the blue moon draws ever closer, Jem’s running out of time to find the answer and outwit a thief of the worst possible kind.
A woman who believes she can’t lose.

What people are saying …

“…if you were looking for a recent werewolf book with holiday spirit this would be the one. And don’t get me started on werewolves.” — Rabid Reads

“If you love werewolves, territorial pack members, witches, and a love story that stands through lifetimes, then the Holloway pack should be on your to-read list.” — Nocturne Reads

“he action and anxiety of the story winds down to a solemn, yet hopeful ending. It will leave readers in tears or brimming with determination right along with Jem. Either way, every reader will be anticipating the next book in the series, Caged!” — Lovey Dovey Books

“Blue Moon was fantastic! As always, J.A. Belfield’s writing captured me and kept me enthralled until the very last page…and I’ll be waiting for the next Holloway Pack story anxiously and excitedly!!!” — Burning Impossibly Bright

“…I’ve been jonesing for the continuation of the Jem/Sean story.  And **fan girl squeal** [Blue Moon] was everything I could even hope for and more!!!” — Known to Read

“I loved this book! Her writing is smooth and her voice is amazing. If you haven’t read The Holloway Pack series, you must!  ” — KatherineS (Reader)

“There’s twists and turn’s aplenty in this book. It keep’s you hooked and on the very edge of your seat. ” — Jeanz Book Read and Review

“ …moments where I thought “wow I really didn’t see that one coming”.” — K-Books

J.A. Belfield

http://www.jabelfield.com/

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.

Places to find out more:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4730698.J_A_Belfield

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/authors/1

http://www.facebook.com/#!/J.A.Belfield

https://twitter.com/JABelfield

Here’s my review:

Okay … Yes! I have been on a string of great reads lately and Blue Moon is no different. I loved it. I’m such a sucker for the triple threat of great action, romance and the paranormal coming together in a perfect storm of terrific writing. In the capable hands of Ms. Belfield, we’re taken on another leg of Jem and Sean’s journey together, and it’s done with humor, passion and mystery. I love how I can see, taste, and smell her writing as if I’m right there. I’ve come to love these characters and miss them when I’m done reading. I want to call them up and invite them over for dinner, just to check in and see how they’re doing. How twisted is that?

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to lovers of paranormal romance. It’s a fun and satisfying read from a wonderful author.

I give Blue Moon:

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5 Rreeooowwrrrs

And One:

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You’re so good you’re bad … in the best way ever.

I loved it. You really should check this one out guys!!! What do you think? Leave a comment and tell me . 🙂

Note: Blue Moon is Adult women’s romance. Just a heads up for  my eighteen and under peeps.


Make Believe anthology (part three) : an interview with J. Keller Ford

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.
After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales.  She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives.  Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading.  Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs.  The pets have trained her well.

J. Keller Ford will now take your questions:

Q. Awesome to have you with us today Jen, can you tell us about your story?

In my own words, it’s a New Adult kick-butt romantic fantasy of a guy (Elton Fletcher) who returns home from war to discover his brother, Cayden, is possessed by a magical amulet that drives the wearer into insanity and eventually into death.  Determined to rid the object from his brother, Elton finds himself in another battle where the price of failure could the loss of his own life.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Geez, sometimes I can’t really pinpoint where I ideas come from.  I stared at the photo prompt for weeks not knowing what I was going to write about.  Then one day I got a picture in my mind of a rider on horseback, racing toward his castle in the dark and sleet, and I sat down at the computer and started typing.  Next thing I knew, Amulet was born.

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Elton Fletcher is a caring, loving person who would do anything to defend his family and homeland.  He is also a warrior and keeps his heartaches and feelings very close to him, rarely letting anyone see the pain he carries inside.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing.  I am always editing.  I never can seem to find a place where I’m happy with what I’ve written.  I always have to keep tweaking, re-writing. At this rate, I’ll be 100 years old before my novel is printed.  I really must learn to let go.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

What is your favorite Disney animated magic moment?  – I get tingles every time when Cinderella’s fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s tattered dress into that beautiful, sparkly ball gown.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on several things at the moment.  My big project is what I hope to be the final edit of my novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King.  I am also working on the two follow up books in the trilogy as well as a few short stories I hope to polish and send out within a couple of weeks.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book (short story)?

Elton Fletcher urged his horse through the wind and sleet toward the enormous shadow rising from the moors against the darkness.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes, ever since I was a little girl.  I was always a talker (still am when you get to know me).and I always had such stories to tell.  Some of those stories got me into trouble when I was a wee lass.  My mom and I had many disagreements over what ‘stretching the truth’ meant.  Around the age of 8, I finally learned to contain my vivid imagination to the stories I wrote, and not involve real life people in my tales.

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

Self esteem is and always has been a huge issue for me.  I can’t seem to make myself believe that my writing is good enough.  I always cut myself down, thinking my stories are awful and no one else will want to read them.  I’m always comparing my writing to other published authors and wonder how I can compete with their works.  It takes a lot of pep talks to convince me to keep writing.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

Right now I’m reading Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian.  I LOVE the Artemis Fowl books. So much fun.  I recently finished BLUE MOON by J.A. Belfield (sooo good), Reaper, by L.S. Murphy (really enjoyed this one), and Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (I found a new favorite author in this one).

Do I re-read books?  You betcha.  I’ve read CRUX, twice since it’s release (no kidding, missy.  Love your novel!   It belongs at the top alongside Cassandra Clare’s books).  I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books more than once.  The Order of the Phoenix I’ve read seven times.  Great Expectations, The Hobbit, The Bible and numerous Raymond Feist books have been read so much the bindings are cracked.  As a kid and teen, I read Heidi, all the Hardy Boy books, and the Chronicles of Narnia series until I could pretty quote them by heart.  I love re-reading books.  They’re like movies in the sense that sometimes you miss something that you didn’t see before.  I’ve also found that some books I once enjoyed I don’t care for anymore, and other books I hated I grew to love as I got older.  Books are magical to me and I will never tire of reading something I love over and over again.

I totally paid her for that compliment, guys. 😉

Q. Okay, so what do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

What?  Not write?  Ok, ok.  Next to writing I love to read, travel, hang out at the beach, collect sea shells, swim, ride roller coasters, go camping and ride my bicycle.  I also love hanging out with my kids and my adorable grand-daughter.

Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I know this is going to sound weird but I didn’t have a favorite author as a kid.  I devoured everything.  If I had to pick anyone, I’d say it would be Charles Dickens.  Loved Great Expectations.  When I was younger, I devoured the Hardy Boy series and secretly had a crush on Frank Hardy.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Casssandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, and John Green top my favorite author list right now.
Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Without a doubt, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  There have been a lot of great reads, but this one sank its teeth into my soul.
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I hear a lot about LGBT novels for teens becoming a big trend.  Of course, graphic novels, dystopians, steampunk and fantasy I think will continue to be a big draw for teens.  I have noticed, however, vampires seem to be fading from view.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

All the time.  Sometimes, I really think my writing sucks.  Sometimes my brain can’t string two coherent sentences together.  Sometimes I let life take over and my writing takes a backseat.  What keeps me going?  I’m a writer.  To not write would be the same as not breathing.  I’d go insane if I didn’t write something every day.  It may be gibberish, but it’s writing.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

I’d love to be a singer, more in the classical/operatic style, like Sarah Brightman.  Unfortunately, I can’t carry a tune and animals run for cover when I try to sing, but that’s what I’d love to do if I could.

Along with our readers, we love animals here! Do you have any pets at home?

Aren’t they cute?

For more info on this author and where to buy her book:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/17

http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Keller-Ford/401662286529674?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/jkellerford

http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832198.J_Keller_Ford

Thanks for putting up with my questions, Jen! You are a great writer and a good sport 🙂 So let’s take a page from Jen … ‘What is your favorite Disney animated magic moment?’ Leave us a comment and tell us yours!


YA Mythology Hop Oct. 26 – Nov. 4

I love this button, don’t you? So purty.

We have a winner!

Congrats to:  nrlymrtl with her entry on October 26th, 2012 at 2:59 am |

“I have long been fascinated by the Chinese Quilin.”

 

Brought to you by:

(No, not the horse)

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AND

For Those About to Read…

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Okay, on to the good stuff you can take home! I’m giving away an ebook copy of Emi Gayle’s debut book:

(No, not the centaur)

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13348320-after-dark

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Looks like a great read, doesn’t it? And you can enter to win my book CRUX on Emi Gayle’s site here: http://www.emigayle.com/blog/?p=997

For the Win:

Help a starving artist out, will ya? (That’s right, I’m making this about me)

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

OR you could add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux (There is a hot hero and Vikings in here people!)

OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! :) https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite mythological creature is, and let me know how to reach you if you win. < sometimes people win and I can’t contact them 😦 Sad life.

One winner will be chosen at random on November 1st.  :)  Yea, hope it’s you!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, Starts October 24th to 31st

This is ‘I am a reader, not a writer’s’ biggest hop of the year!

So tell me … what scares the pee out of you, honey?

Congrats to the winner of ‘Rising’, Danielle Smiley.  Whoo-hoo! You go, girl.

Congrats to the winner of ‘Dark Matter’,  Toni Porter. Hope you enjoy the book!

Brought to you by the ever lovely:

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And

Here’s what I’m giving away … an ebook copy of …

Rising

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15778619-rising

Awesome, right? It’s the first book in the series. Okay, so it’s not straight up horror, but I know you’ll love it anyway 🙂

OR

Dark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13317510-dark-matter

This is the second book in the series. Want more? Okay. Right now, you can download a copy of the first book in the series, Five, here for free!

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Sometimes life is just so good!

To Win:

Give a girl a hand? No, I don’t mean applause. You guys are so cheeky sometimes.

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

OR you could add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux (Crux isn’t horror, but hot guys and Vikings are always a thrill. Are you with me?)

OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! :) https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me what scares the pee out of you and let me know how to reach you if you win. < sometimes people win and I can’t contact them 😦 Sad life.

One winner will be chosen for each ebook at random on November 1st. Two winners, one book each, make sense? :) Yea, hope it’s you!

Danielle Smiley. Whoo-hoo!!

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Interview with Shadowborn’s Jocelyn Adams

Back of the Book:

Why me?

That’s the question Lila Gray asks every time yet another bad guy tries to destroy the earth, and she learns she’s the only one who can stop it. Once again, something’s on the prowl, leaving hundreds of comatose, soulless victims in its wake.

Couldn’t the deadliest assassins of the Otherworld go after someone else instead of the brand new Queen of the Seelie? One who still hasn’t adapted to her new role.

Lila would ask Liam Kane, King of the Unseelie, for advice, but something’s off with him, too. He’s holding back. In some way. About some thing. In fact, he refuses to tell her what’s going on.

The truth holds Lila back from the greatness of her role—the people she was born to lead—the man who she desperately loves—and the solution to the latest war raging around her.

To find the answers, she’ll need to fight through her own darkness and embark on a journey through her psyche.

If she doesn’t succeed, the Shadowborn will claim not only her world, but her soul.

ShadowbornAmazon, Barnes & Noble

The Glass ManAmazon, Barnes & Noble

About Jocelyn Adams

Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

Jocelyn Adams will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your book!

Love to!  Shadowborn is the middle child of the Lila Gray Trilogy.  While The Glass Man focused on Lila, who she was and who she will be, book two centers more on the relationships between Lila and everyone else, especially a certain dark fae, and her growth as a woman and a leader.  It also introduces a villain born of shadow, who threatens not only Lila, but everyone with a soul.

Q. What is Lila Gray’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Lila is fiercely loyal and powerful, and a life lived in the wild places while running from Parthalan has hardened her for the tasks ahead.  The source of her greatest strength is also the cause of her greatest weakness.  While her hardness allowed her to survive, it has also given her a stone crust around her heart.  Letting others into her deep places is going to take someone who’s as stubborn and determined as she is most of the time.  J

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Keeping the voices quiet.  What?  Did I really say that out loud?  *snort*  Seriously, though, it’s the truth no matter how crazy it sounds.  My mind likes to weave stories, and sometimes it’s not always keen on concentrating on what I want/need to write.

Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

How did you survive four older siblings?  My answer would be that I eventually grew strong enough to fight back.  As for what I did up until that point … where do you think I learned how to plot?  😉

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

My current WIP is a paranormal romance between a wood nymph and a werewolf.  I’m stretching my wings on this one a little, exploring the depths of my characters to a greater extent than ever before.  Oh, geez, you know me on the multiple projects dealy.  J  I have three novels at least half done or greater, a couple more that are begun, and I’m sure I’ll knock off a few more short stories before long, too.  How do I turn it off?!

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Definitely this one – it sums up Lila’s constant struggle with her feelings for Liam:  I tilted my face forward, unable to speak the lie that would make him go away, or the truth that would make him stay.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I’m completely engrossed in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series.   Unique world, strong characters, two of my favorite things.  I tend to devour one book and go right into the next.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

Right now my six year old tends to consume all of my free time, and I love it.  Other than dabbling with my web page, writing and reading are my time-fillers of choice.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Without a doubt, it has to be Karen Marie Moning, though Nalini Singh & Ilona Andrews come close seconds.   The depth of KMM’s characters has me enthralled every single time.  Jericho Barrons from her Fever series is my favorite literary personalities of all time.  I usually have a character figured out quickly, but up until the last book, I still didn’t know who or what he was.

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Author interview with J.C. Martin

Oracle

by J.C. Martin

Release Date: July 30, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Thriller/Suspense, Law Enforcement

Description

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.
Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.
Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victim
One of whom could be his own daughter.
Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

J.C. Martin

http://jc-martin.com/

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.
After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.
Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.
Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

JC Martin will now take your questions:

Q. 1. When did you start writing?

A. My first memories of writing was when I used to staple together sheets of paper to form a book, and drew and wrote comics about my grandfather’s two dogs. I called them The Adventures of Buffy & Misty & Friends. In high school, I wrote my first novel longhand in a notebook, and was one of those geeky kids who wrote a 3,000 word fantasy epic when asked to write about My Holiday. So I was bitten by the writing bug pretty early on. 🙂

Q. 2. Whose writing did you most enjoy as a teen?

A. I devoured R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, and I also loved Christopher Pike, especially his Last Vampire series.

Q. 3. What is your favorite genre? What is it that draws you in?

A. Definitely crime and mystery. I read plenty of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in my tweens, and loved trying to solve the puzzle before the protagonists do. When I was older and started reading my Mom’s hand-me-down books, they were predominantly crime: James Patterson, John Sandford, etc. I was then old enough to appreciate the deeper, darker exploration of the killer’s psyche, and of the human condition in general.

Q. 4. Oracle is a fascinating story, and so unique. What was your inspiration for writing the book?

A. A year or so after London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, the local newspapers were all reporting the many problems the organising committee encountered: budget issues, transport and congestion, being behind schedule with constructing the Olympic Park … I thought to myself, wouldn’t the organisers have a fit if they had a public relations nightmare to handle on top of all that, a serial killer stalking the host city, and right before the Games began? This “what if”, followed by research into the history of the Olympics, eventually materialised into Oracle.

Q. 5. What’s a typical day of writing like for you? Can you walk us through your day?

A. I wake up between 7 and 8, and have breakfast in my jim-jams while sitting at the computer. Breakfast time is when I sort through my e-mails, and all my social media stuff. Then, after a shower, I work on writing, be it blog posts, short stories, research, or my current project. Depending on priority, I switch tasks when my mind starts to wander, so I don’t end up staring at a blank screen for too long. On work days, this lasts till around 1pm, when I have to go to work, but on days off, I’m at my computer till it’s time to cook dinner.

Q. 6. How did you and your husband meet? Was it love at first sight? Did you make him chase you, or did you put the smack down on him? See … we’ve heard about your mad martial arts skills … and we’re a little afraid!

A. Oh, don’t worry! I don’t use my kung fu unless I have to. 😉 I actually met the Hubster at my martial arts school. I used to teach him! Apparently he had a major crush on me from day one, but I was with someone else at the time. Not long after my previous relationship finished, a group of us from the school went out for dinner together. He offered to drive me home after, and well, the rest is history!

Speaking of smack downs, he likes to think he’s better than me at kung fu, but I remain a grade above him. 😉

Q. 7. What project(s) are you working on right now?

A. My main project is a second book featuring Detective Lancer from Oracle, and I’m also toying with the idea of starting a thriller series with a kung fu fighting protagonist who made a cameo appearance in Oracle.

Q. 8. J.C. your bio states you have three dogs. Would you be willing to share with us about each of them, and what they bring to your life?

A. I LOVE talking about my doggies … now you’ve done it!

Alfie is my first first dog; unlike the ones I had growing up, who were technically my parents’ dogs, I got him while living on my own. He’s a long-haired Chihuahua, and despite being the oldest at 4-and-a-half years, he’s the baby of the lot. He loves cuddles, toys, and sleeping. His disposition is unusual, as Chis are usually one-owner dogs, and are wary of strangers. Alfie does tend to favour me to the Hubster (win!), but he adores attention from everyone!

We got Bubbles a few months after Alfie, because we both used to work long days, and thought Alfie needed a puppy companion. She’s a Pomeranian, and is the dopiest of the lot. Whilst the other two learned tricks easily, so far we’ve only managed to teach Bubbles “sit”, “down” and “off/out” (when we want her off the couch or out a room). She’s the kind of dog who’d run into a glass door, but she’s the most loving and loyal, happy to just sit at our feet all day. When I go to work, she would take my fluffy house slippers and ‘guard’ them by laying on them till I get home.

Finally, we have little Boo! (yes, with the exclamation mark), who is just 2 years old. Alfie and Bubbles erm, got it on, and had three litters before we finally neutered daddy. We found homes for all the pups, but just could not part with this one puppy from the first ever litter: a sweet little girl with white ‘socks’ on her front paws. As a cross-breed (Pom-Chi? Chi-Pom?), she’s really intelligent and healthy. She loves her exercise, and when let off leash in a field would happily zip around chasing pigeons all day long. Despite being handbag sized, she’s a proper dog: she’s the only one who would go swimming in the pond. Strangely, despite our efforts to socialise her in the same way we brought up the other two, Boo! is very wary of strangers. When the Hubster’s brother moved in with us, it took 18 months before she finally warmed to him!

All three doggies have such different personalities, it’s almost like having three little people around! We cannot imagine parting with any one of them. With them around, there’s never a dull day!

Thanks for appearing on our blog today, JC, it was awesome having you!!!

Learn more about J.C. here:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/11

https://twitter.com/JCMartin_author

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5253905.J_C_Martin

http://jc-martin.com/fighterwriter/

 

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The P.U.R.E. is here!

Whoo hoo! Ms Gillian will join us in May for an interview, but for today …

The P.U.R.E.

No one ever said Gayle Lindley’s first job would be a killer.
Fresh out of college, Gayle’s career path should follow the yellow brick road straight to the top. Thanks to a menial errand gone wrong, a wayward tongue, and a randy supervisor who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, Gayle’s stuck in corporate hell.
Discovering a company secret only turns up the heat.
The one part of her life not going down in flames is her friendship with the gorgeous, but intensely private, Jon Cripps. Jon would make the perfect consolation prize for Gayle’s pity party if dating a co-worker wasn’t career suicide. Then again, with all Gayle has been through, maybe falling in love is the lucky break she needs.
Hitting the cool sheets with Jon soothes her mind and body, but it also enrages whoever’s behind the smokescreen she’s uncovered at work. Someone is willing to kill to protect their secrets, and Gayle and Jon are the targets.
With both her heart and livelihood at stake, Gayle’s early career-limiting moves could turn into life-terminating ones.

Find out more here ….

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13057705-the-p-u-r-e

http://www.amazon.com/The-P-U-R-E-ebook/dp/B007SNMJUG/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

http://clairegillian.com/the-pure/

♦ Claire Gillian is an Adult Romance Writer