Jennifer Byar’s Mixers Blast & $25 GC Giveaway!

They thought they could tame her – 
Meet the New Woman
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Mixers
by Jennifer Byars
 
My rating: 5 stars
 
Publisher: Bare Tree Press
Publication Date: October 14, 2015
Genre: Adult Paranormal | Dark
Print Length: 354 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
 An arrogant vampire comes up with a way to make a new immortal species
to help the dark underworld fight the destruction that the human race
has caused; destruction that could soon lead to their imminent
extinction.

Soon to be thirty-nine year old Molly Barons was just your typical
average wife and mother, nothing out of the ordinary. Her life was messy
with children, a husband, house work, and everything related with being
a normal Mom. But, her life is about to change in ways she never
thought possible when a man shows up at her door one summer evening and
kidnaps her from her home.

Molly’s hauled off to England to be part of an experiment for a
group of five powerful men who run the dark world known as the
Creatures. The three vampires, a werewolf King, and an Elvin king all
have their hopes set on her to solve all their problems. She is to
become a blood slave to the vampires and an incubator for the other two.
But, the mindless obedient woman they thought they were going to make
through the experiment, wasn’t what they got.

What they got however, is much more than they bargained for.  As
Molly’s body begins to transform into a new breed of Creature, a Mixer,
her new found abilities weave their way into the depths of her being to
change more than just her body, but her character as well. The world of
darkness thought that by playing God they could bring forth their
salvation, little did they know that one small woman could bring them
all to their knees.

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Tome Tender’s Review of

Mixers by Jennifer Byars
MixersVampires, their egos, their need to control and dominate, their twisted appetites and their quest to survive as a race, their need for dominance and to have the best of the best.

Think they are the worst of the supernaturals who hide in the shadows of the human world? The same hold true for werewolves and elves, too. It’s all about the control, so when a plan is hatched to create a new species of things that go bump in the night, with the most delectable blood and the ability to procreate for time immortal, they begin the search for the perfect vessels among the human women of the earth.

Making a statement for “older women still being appealing,” Jennifer Byars brings us into the depths of her world with Mixers. So maybe that wasn’t her plan, but when the vamps picked up thirty-nine-year-old Molly, an All American housewife and mother, no one’s life will ever be the same again. Imagine being part of an experiment with creatures you have never even believed existed, welcome to Molly’s new life, as three vamps an Elven King and a Werewolf King find they may have created the perfect “Mixer” but she is nothing like what they expected.
Molly is mysteriously addictive, they crave her, from her scent to her blood to her body, she has become their master in so many ways. Only their brutal inhumanity as one creature metes out punishment through a vicious gang rape and a bullet in her head, does Molly lose her past memories, and becomes like a new slate. The Molly she creates is dark, vengeful and a fighter for justice for all who have been changed against their will.

Step into Jennifer Byars’ world with care, a strong stomach and your righteous anger and don’t forget to slip in some compassion, too. Raw, gritty and ominous, this world feels like even the gravity has more weight as one mixer dares those in power to drop to their knees before her. Does Molly have the allies to cause her “makers” to submit to admitting their vile ways and freeing others bound like her? Ms. Byars writes with a dark and bold stroke, not for the squeamish, but her tale has been executed with a masterful hand. Darkly erotic, brutally jagged, this is a twisted tale of love, hate and survival of the fittest. From start to finish, this is intense without a reprieve from the action, so hang on as these five amateur Dr. Frankensteins discover how well they have done in creating their monster.

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Hello out there.
Well as you may have guessed, I’m an author.
Now what you might be thinking is, great another new author. And yeah, she wrote another new erotic book… been there, done that!
Well honestly, so had I, and that’s exactly why I started writing!
I’m a mother of six children and have been married for twenty five
years. Now I’m not going to sugar coat it for you. I love my family, but
let me tell you… there a little crazy! (Shhh!!) So when I sit down and
read a book, I  want to become the character, just submerge myself in the story… you know, get lost for a couple hours.

So when I turned forty, and yes there’s more to the story then just
that, my children bought me an amazon card for my Kindle so I could 
buy as many books as I wanted! My plan was to sit all day relaxing on the couch, sipping chai tea, and buying any and all of the $.99 books to the $5.99 dollar books until my heart was content.
I picked up a book that looked good and started to read, but just a couple pages in I was like, Oh lord another twenty five year old virgin? 
I sighed, shrugged it off and continued on. Soon I was back at the
kindle store looking for a book with cool more “mature” woman who I could relate to.

That’s when I stumbled across a book where the woman just turned
forty, and I was like YES! finally some one will have a fun way of
dealing with life, friends, and men! Or so I thought.

So I jumped right in, turning the pages,  flipping through,  getting
into the story, and then this character, this woman who would get it,
who was cool, said something that shocked me. She said now that she was
forty at least she didn’t break out with pimples any more… okay what?! I
wish that was the case! Obviously this author had no idea what a woman
in her forty’s went through.

It was right then that I stood up from my comfortable spot on the
couch and declared to my family…”I can not stand to read one more book
about a twenty five year old virgin whose going to get fall in love with
some whore of a man! Or a forty year old woman who acts like a twenty
five year old virgin! I’m done, I’m writing my own book!”

Yup, that’s what I said, and Yup, that’s how it all started.
I know there are books out there that have leading characters where
the woman is a little older, but she’s never seems… cool. I mean, we
have forty something men snagging up the twenty year olds, why cant
woman have the same kind of fun. I got to tell you the woman I know,
from there late thirties to there early fifties, there not
sitting around watching Murder she wrote.

No these are vibrant, confident woman that can have as much as a good
time as anything or anybody out there. And I thought it was about time
to have a heroine that showed that as well. I write books for woman. I
love smart woman, and I get so tired of see us portrayed as some wishy
washy creature, or some old fuddy-duddy that cant get the guy, hell
doesn’t stand a chance in hell to get a good looking guy. Come on, we
can give as good as we can get, and then some!

Now what’s this site about? Well, honestly I’ll tell funny stories, have discussions, give little insights of my new books.
Honestly I’m writing all the time. Some times I might have three
books that I’m working on at one time. So I hope you enjoy my story, my
goofy joke and the books I write.

So please, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and lets have fun! And remember…
Women Rock!

Connect with Jennifer
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |
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More Books by Jennifer Byars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26025197-the-domination-game https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27860509-the-domination-game-checkmate

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Are you ready for one Mega Giveaway?
Like Jennifer Byars says…New Year, meet the New Woman (Molly)
and she has prizes to share!
$25 Amazon Gift Card – INTL where allowed
THREE eCopies of Mixers – INTL where allowed
ONE Print Copy of Mixers – US Only
Ends February 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM

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Book Review: Moonlight Dancer by Deb Atwood

“Unni’s chin trembled in her last moments.  I’ll never forget her chin, that dimple.  How could I when I see it now reflected in her son, his face pointed to the sea eagle?  But his eyes — a soldier’s eyes, dark and alert.” – Deb Atwood, Moonlight Dancer

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This is an exquisite description of the crux of this complex tale that takes us into the heart of 16th-century Korea during the war with Japan.  Author Deb Atwood has created a moving ghost story with believable time shifts and strong characters that can deliver the story beautifully.

Kendra MacGregor is a normal young college student.  Well, not so normal, her father recently passed away and her family left the family home to assist their adopted daughter to learn and know her culture.  As a result, Kendra was left in the family homestead alone.  Figuring out what to do with her time was among her biggest concerns until she happened upon an old Korean doll.  The doll in ancient formal outfit called a hanbok called to Kendra.  She left the store after hearing the price without it.  Yet, she couldn’t forget its haunting beauty, or the handsome sales clerk who Kendra desperately tried to ignore.

Kendra went back to the store and purchased the doll and unwittingly left her scarf creating an opening for the young clerk, Hiro, to reach back out to her.  This charming story opening hardly prepares one of the twists and turns that follow.

In quick succession, Kendra’s life changes.  She must get a job to replace the money she used to purchase the doll.  And, she begins losing track of time and is unsure of the placement of the doll and its articles.  As events escalate, so do the time lapses and spooky occurrences.  Kendra takes on Hunter, as a housemate, to help with expenses.  And even he has questions as time goes on as to Kendra’s sanity!

Nightmares, phobias and new skills surface as Kendra is entwined in NanJu’s life, the ghost that has inhabited the doll that Kendra purchased.  The tragic events that occurred over 400 years ago in NanJu’s life are causing pain still for the ghost and it wants Kendra to help it change the past!

Hiro watches all with growing concern.  He wants to know what the cost will be to help NanJu.  More importantly, he wonders if either Kendra, or himself will survive…

Read this fabulously wrought love/ghost story to see how it unfolds and learn about ancient Korean culture and the shamanistic spiritual practices as you go along.

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Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A good friend of mine suggested I read Deborah Harkness’ book A Discovery of Witches, part of the All Souls trilogy.  My friend cajoled me on so many occasions that this is the book to read (she also wanted someone to discuss it with!).  Well, after many months I caved in and began reading book 1 of the series.

Initially, I was totally underwhelmed.  Ms. Harkness (a New York Times Bestselling author) is also an historian.  In my experience, historian-turned-writers have the need to explain all of the minute details and provide the proper context for everything.  Ms. Harkness does this to an extent.  Not so terribly that I wanted to put the book down but enough that I would fall asleep in the first few chapters of A Discovery of Witches.  Once the historical throat-clearing was done, and the setting up of the initial conflict(s), the story took off and I was hooked!

The story focuses on a witch — Diana Bishop — that does not want to be a witch.  She does everything in her power to avoid and NOT use her witch-ly powers.  While the majority of readers will wonder at this seeming paradox, as the story moves along, it becomes clear why Diana strives to be as human as possible.  However, the reader finds out soon enough that Diana is pretty much only fooling herself!  Others notice her unusualness and her otherness becomes the true focal point of the story.

The supporting POV character — Matthew — happens to be a vampire that is over 1,500 years old.  He has been a part of every major world incident (very much like Forrest Gump) but this vampire has a heart and it belongs to Diana, the would-be, maybe-could-be witch.  Their slow dance into romance is enchanting and will have you rooting for them as if you knew them in real life.  Ms. Harkness portrays this couple well!

I love that this trilogy came about by Ms. Harkness wondering, ‘If there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?”(Check out Deborah Harkness‘ website for more!)

I do not want to give any spoilers but I have to say that the intricate world of other creatures in this story world make for great page-turning reading fun!  Again, I have an issue with the sheer amount of back story and historical data dump, but that’s my pet peeve.  Ms. Harkness is a bestselling author and she has written a top-notch book that makes you yearn to read book 2 of this series which is Shadow of Night.

A Discovery of Witches is definitely a great read!

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Cindy Irish’s: The Song That Seduced Paris Book Giveaway + $100 GC

Opera is getting Sexy!
Enter to Win $100 Gift Card in the Sexy Santa Giveaway

The Song That Seduced Paris
by Cindy Irish
 
My rating: 5 stars
 
Series: The Bel Homme Quartet – Book 1
Publication Date: January 9, 2015
Publisher: Enoch Publications, LLC
ISBN: 1942627017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 340 pages
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 Opera gets sexy!
American music mogul Teddy Wilson combines the beauty of opera with the
marketability of pop and creates the pop-opera multinational singing
group called “Bel Homme.” French for “Beautiful Man,” the four
performers he chooses are much more than that.
Gabriel Grenier
is already a huge celebrity in his native France, but even at the height
of his career, he’s bored and lonely and still wants more, so he
accepts Teddy’s offer, hoping it will become his redemption.

American
music teacher Annie Morgan is brought into this venture by her Aunt
Harriet, who’s Teddy’s executive assistant. Annie becomes Teddy’s
special emissary in this new undertaking—but she’s not prepared for her
instant attraction to the charismatic Gabriel. And he’s blindsided by
the life-altering effect of Annie’s very first smile.

It doesn’t
matter, anyway, because Teddy wants nothing personal mucking up this
gig, and he forbids the two to get involved. Gabriel has never had to
answer to anyone, and he’s not sure he wants to start now. Annie is
still mourning her deceased husband’s memory, and she’s not sure of
anything.

What happens when beautiful music meets predestined love? Seduction always wins.

Gabriel’s
and Annie’s love story is the first book in this romantic, sexy Bel
Homme Quartet. Don’t miss being there from the very beginning. Vive la
France!
 
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Book Review: The Killing of Mummy’s Boy by Joan Ellis

Sandra is sitting on the train heading home…alone.  An attractive, dangerous-looking man seats opposite her.  She realizes that she lost her train pass and unwittingly gives her address to the representative on the phone in earshot of the man across from her.  After a bit of small talk not totally forced upon Sandra, she finds that she’s sitting across from Ben — a murderer newly released from prison!

Sandra’s reign of terror begins a few days afterwards when a new train pass and some roses show up on her front doorstep.  Then, her bathroom has foamy urine in it…and she didn’t use the facilities!  She begins drinking earlier and earlier in the day in hopes of a mental escape from the murderer who she is sure is trying to toy with her prior to getting down to the business of offing her…

This British mystery thriller is wonderful!  It has so many twists and turns and it is superbly written.  You will not regret this read at all.

The Killing of Mummy’s Boy will shock you, alarm you yet ultimately intrigue you.  You will not be able to put it down until you get to The End.

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Fury From Hell: 14 Months Later

Fury From Hell was published the day before Labor Day last year (2014).  I was up ALL night getting the upload just right and ensuring that the cover uploaded correctly.

My editor was on speed-dial and my nerves were blunted stumps by 5:00 am.  However, I was elated!  My first book was going to be born!

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As many new self-published authors, I just knew that my book would ‘find its audience’.  That the machine that Amazon is would churn and bring the right readers to Fury From Hell.

That didn’t happen.

I tried building a strong presence on social media (my favorite platform is Twitter – @NoteBkBlogairy).  Over time, I realized that this is important but the focus needed to be not on being a great Twittizen but being a great advocate for my books and writing.  I had to stay true to being a writer and spend quality time developing, refining and acquiring new tools in my writer’s tool kit.

What this all means is I became sidetracked; marketing and building a social media platform was my dedicated focus.  Well, not anymore.  The focus will shift back to my first love — writing.  That thing that I have wanted to do since I was 12 years old.  For goodness sake, I shared the writing and authorship bug with my son and co-authored a book with him (The Magic Seeds)!

Setting a monthly writing goal, a weekly writing goal and a daily writing goal is paramount.  Output is the only measure by which a writer can look to in order to see how dedicated we have been to our craft.  The only other indicator is your research.  In order to be written appropriately, many books need a fairly decent amount of background information to be obtained prior to writing, or to continue writing.  If you have read 15 books in relation to your work-in-progress then you count that towards your ‘writing goal’ for that time period.  Why?  Because without reading those books/periodicals/newspapers/etc. you cannot complete your WIP.  One hand washes the other; one aspect feeds the other.

Writing can consume your every waking hour.  Or, you can obsess over how little writing you have done and let that occupy your mind.  Or, you can say your marketing your work and therefore assisting the overall cause and ease your inner critic!

Fourteen months after publication of my book I can say unequivocally that a writer — self-published, or not — must continue to write and develop new story lines.  The writer must renew their creative faculty through engaging in their favorite hobbies/activities.  A vacation to a new exotic locale, if the budget is there, is also a great generator of new thoughts and ideas.

Once your creative tank is brimming it’s time to pick up your pen, stylus, or grab your keyboard.

As for marketing?  Leave that to the PR professional, or budget your time!  Slate 1 – 2 hours a week ONLY to marketing.  After you reach that limit (or, whatever limit you set), then get back to the matter at hand — writing!

The final word: Don’t get me wrong marketing is very important.  Simply know its place in your writing life.

P.S. – If you want to read some reviews of Fury From Hell here are some links to the reviews.

http://www.crystalsrandomthoughts.com/2014/12/book-tour-review-fury-from-hell-by.html

http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/02/fury-from-hell-by-rochelle-campbell.html

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/fury-from-hell

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3O4TBLD6EGRFX/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00NE24S2W

Ta-ta for now,

NB 

Book Review: The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin piqued my interest because it combined a ghost story along with the perils of the sea in the late 1800’s.  And, of course, took a real life nautical mystery and gave it — more mystery!

As other reviewers have pointed it, this book has numerous points of view which can make it a difficult read for some.  Here are a few of the narrators: a survivor who is close to the family, Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, the author), an interested outsider who also happens to be a female journalist in a time when working women was an oxymoron, etc.  In all, there are five different narrators and initially it is not clear how they all relate, or even if they relate.

Just past the middle of the book, the reader gets a glimmer of how all of the narratives converge and move forward to the story of the Mary Celeste, the actual historical ship that was found derelict but in perfect sailing shape.  There was not a soul on the ship when it was found.  And, no sign of mutinous struggle.

The characters lives and the depiction of their activities and thoughts fro this timem period (the late 1800’s) is fascinating.  It is a fly-on-the wall view of the life of early Americans.  Mores and societal norms were, of course, very different from today but the emotional arcs were more pronounced.

As the reader follows the lives of the five narrators and comes to the mystery of the Mary Celeste the intense curiosity the reader has is not quite quenched.  At the end, when you feel as if the mystery should have been wrapped up in a bow — it is not.

After reading the conclusion, which gives only a vague possibility of what could have transpired.  I had to go research the key element the author put forth as to how the crew disappeared with no trace.

I must admit the author’s train of thought is interesting.  I will not spoil the surprise ending for you but I will leave you this link that you can follow AFTER you read the book and are curious like I was.  I found the second heading to be most thought provoking.

If you’d like to share your thoughts about this book I would love to hear them!  Looking forward to discussing this book.

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