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Title: To Kiss a Thief
Author: Susanna Craig
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ecopy

“A stunning, sensual storyteller, Susanna Craig is an author to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston

In this captivating new series set in Georgian England, a disgraced woman hides from her marriage—for better or worse…

Sarah Pevensey had hoped her arranged marriage to St. John Sutliffe, Viscount Fairfax, could become something more. But almost before it began, it ended in a scandal that shocked London society. Accused of being a jewel thief, Sarah fled to a small fishing village to rebuild her life.

The last time St. John saw his new wife, she was nestled in the lap of a soldier, disheveled, and no longer in possession of his family’s heirloom sapphire necklace. Now, three years later, he has located Sarah and is determined she pay for her crimes. But the woman he finds is far from what he expected. Humble and hardworking, Sarah has nothing to hide from her husband—or so it appears. Yet as he attempts to woo her to uncover her secrets, St. John soon realizes that if he’s not careful, she’ll steal his heart…

“An impressive debut, with evocative prose and richly drawn characters. To Kiss a Thief will leave you breathless, and eagerly wanting more.”—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston

“An achingly romantic tale of a second chance at love. Beautifully written, richly atmospheric, deeply felt, and so deftly researched—I felt utterly absorbed into the world of late Georgian England. I’m tremendously excited to discover such an elegant new voice in historical romance!” —New York Times bestselling author Meredith Duran

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Meet the Author

Susanna Craig

A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.

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 The Asset
Author: Anna Del Mar
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ebook

Anna del Mar’s explosive, sexy debut novel in the Wounded Warrior series, perfect for fans of Lisa Marie Rice and Lora Leigh—the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her

Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.

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Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.

Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.

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Meet the Author:

Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.

A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

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SYNOPSIS

Epic fantasy from an exciting new talent

A gripping tale of heroism and the darkness within

On the fringes of the Verian Empire, two small boys stumble upon a strange altar, buried in the heart of a mountain. There they awaken a horror unseen for generations, that will descend upon the realm of men while it is at its weakest. For Veria is a nation at war with itself, only recently recovered from a bloody rebellion, and the time of heroes has passed. The empire is in a state of chaos, and while its ruler, the Empron Illis, rids the land of his remaining enemies, unseen forces are gathering at the borders. However all eyes are turned inwards. The Empron is not a well man, and there are whispers among the common folk that his advisors are spies; demons that only wear the flesh of men.

Yet there is hope…

In the distant mountains, a forester who has buried his past learns that he has not been forgotten, and that his crimes have sought him out at last. But he is no simple woodsman. He is Beccorban the Helhammer, Scourge, Burner and the Death of Nations, and his fury is a terrible thing.

For when all the heroes are gone, Veria will turn to those it has forgotten, before all is lost.


 
PURCHASE
*Available on Kindle Unlimited*
 

MY REVIEW

EXILE is the first in a series and a tale about what happens after a  young boy inadvertently releases an ancient supernatural force upon the world. But four apprehensive people find themselves in a battle to fight the enemy that is about to take over humanity.

Overall, the writing was solid and there was a lot of action. The character development was a little slow for me, but this is a saga and so that’s understandable to a point, although I think a little more background may have helped. The book and fight scenes kept my interest. This book would be a great read for fans of fantasy and action lovers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
I am from the wild lands of Essex, and have been all my life.

I’ve always been a student of history. My first history teacher at secondary school taught me that there are only five letters in the word history that matter: ‘story.’ Ever since then I’ve been hooked.

I’m somebody who loves to read. I love Bernard Cornwell’s earlier works like the first Sharpe novels and the Warlord Chronicles. I’ve experienced the can’t-put-down quality of Wilbur Smith’s Courtney novels. I’m a big Conn Iggulden fan (Emperor and Conqueror series) and love A Song of Ice and Fire – who doesn’t?

Arguably my favourite author is the late David Gemmell. His simple historical fantasies really struck a chord with me when I was younger, and encouraged me to write my own stories.

I like stories about heroes, or things that make you scared to turn the page, stories that leave you feeling empty or that you’ve left friends behind in the epilogue. A writer is someone who can reach out from a page of prose and grab your attention and not let go until your heart is beating faster or aching with loss.

If my own stories can make even one person feel something like that then I will consider myself a success. If they don’t, I’m going to keep writing them anyway, so you might as well read one of them!

 
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Gudrun MouwGudrun Mouw was born in East Prussia (formerly part of Germany) in 1944. At the age of 7, she arrived in the United States as a displaced person. Mouw moved many times in the US before ending up in California in the 60s. There she studied at San Jose State University, receiving her Master’s Degree in English Literature in 1969. Mouw has worked as a college English teacher, a Stanford librarian, a columnist, a California poet-in-the-school, as well as a yoga and meditation teacher. She lives in Santa Barbara County, California and has for over thirty years.

Mouw wrote From Ashes Into Light beginning with a research trip to various locations in Eastern Europe, Germany, Austria and Switzerland (in the 1990s). Her research took her places like Dachau, the concentration camp, a Jewish graveyard in Prague, and the streets of Salzburg.

Mouw is a prolific and award-winning poet and her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Praire Schooner, Practical Mystic, The Chariton Review and others. Her collection of poetry called Wife of the House was published in April 2014. Mouw won first place in a short fiction contest at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference in 1992. From Ashes into Light will be her first published novel.

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About the Book:

From Ashes Into LightFrom Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.

Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times helping her family members escape atrocities.

With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with reverberations of trauma, suspicion and prejudice. Upon leaving home, Friede meets her spiritual guide and confidant in her fiancé’s Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from her past are teachers and the horrors of history also contain beacons of light.

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  • From Ashes Into Light is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

No. I do remember as a child wanting to find a way to express myself creatively, however. My father painted; my mother enjoyed textile crafts. It seemed there was something that wanted to be acknowledged or recognized within myself, but I didn’t know what it was. Only after I became a fluent English reader did a writing pathway gradually emerge for me.

What was your inspiration for From Ashes Into Light?

I survived a war zone in early childhood which exposed me to the devastation of human suffering. I was fascinated by the subject of how healing and transformation is possible despite tremendous obstacles.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to explore themes of consciousness and the expansion of consciousness.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I worked on this novel over 20 years.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

My favorite way to start the day is to meditate and practice yoga. This helps to clear the mind and relax the body. After breakfast, I bring a cup of green tea to whatever writing project may be before me. On days when I have no other commitments, I may write for three or four hours, take a break, go for a walk, check my email, etc. Then, I often continue to write in the afternoon. However, I am not disciplined to the point where every day is the same. When I read about the strict daily routine of the philosopher Emanuel Kant, I remember wishing I was more like that.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

This novel started out one way; over time the content and characters changed, evolved and turned into something I never anticipated. The challenging part was to trust an organic process where the writing informs the writer rather than the other way around.

What do you love most about being an author?

I love the sense of completion that being the author of 2 books has brought about. As a result, this more readily clears space for other writing.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I am with Raincloud Press, a small publisher. This publisher has been very supportive of my work– helpful, reassuring, persistent and innovate in her desire to see that my work receives the wide audience she says it deserves. I had almost given up that such publishers still exist.

Where can we find you on the web?

I have a blog: www.poetrydivine.com

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