Thursday, July 31, 2014

Games Divas Play Blog Tour and Giveaway!





An ambitious entertainment reporter, millionaire basketball player, desperate wife, scandalous groupie, and murderous stalker. Games Divas Play takes you inside the high-stakes world of professional sports, where everyone plays to win.

When Nia Bullock lands a job as editor-in-chief of the hot new magazine and web site DivaDish, she finds that her platinum dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare. Battling backstabbing colleagues and reeling from murderous threats, she must turn to an ex-boyfriend for help.

Vanessa King, the first lady of the NBA, is looking for a fresh start with her husband, Marcus, the new star point guard for the New York Gladiators who’s as popular with the ladies as he is with hoops fans. Since marrying her college sweetheart, Vanessa has learned to deal with life with a professional athlete—the groupies, the paparazzi, and the unchecked ego of a man the sports world puts on a pedestal.

When Laila James, self-proclaimed “Golden Goddess,” sets her sights on Marcus and shops a reality show based on their affair—and then a dangerous stalker threatens his family—Vanessa turns to her best friend Nia to save her marriage and her life.

In the first book in the Diva Mystery Series, three women engage in a ruthless battle for love and the limelight, and soon learn what it really takes to stay on top.


Games Divas Play follows the story of NBA star Marcus King and the women in his life. His wife Vanessa has everything she could ever want with the exception of a faithful husband. Marcus, like most NBA stars, cannot seem to keep it in his pants while traveling for his games. After multiple affairs, Marcus has promises Vanessa to never stray again after a particular scandalous affair in Arizona. But, we all know how the old saying goes, once a cheater, always and a cheater. Marcus meets Laila during one of his trips. Unlike his past secret affairs, he publically flaunts the relationship. Unbeknownst to Marcus, the beautiful Laila has an ulterior motive: End the King Marriage. She knows how to play dirty and how to show her cards at the right time when she brings the evidence to the tabloids herself. She will go so far as to embarrass herself with incriminating and steamy photos to get the job done. Vanessa isn’t going to let a two bit hussy end her marriage. Both women will fight for what they want. Vanessa will fight to save her marriage while Laila drags their marriage into the mud and onto reality TV. All the while, Vanessa’s friend Nia, a reporter, begins to work at DivaDish Magazine, which just so happens to be the tabloid that is exploiting her friends situation. Nia also gets herself wrapped up in a murder investigation to boot.

This novel is far out of my usual genre of paranormal romance. I do have to admit I was taking a chance on signing up for the blog tour. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed this book. I was really surprised in fact with how much I did like it. It perfectly balanced all the themes of the story. The romantic drama and suspenseful mystery aspects were laid out very well to keep the readers attention. The characters were well thought out and relatable. As a major sports fan girl, it was almost as if this story came out of the headlines of an ESPN story. The sex was hot and the betrayal had a bite to it. If I had to step out of my normal genre and into a new novel, Games Diva Play was the perfect choice. It’s an entertaining and spellbindingly written masterpiece!


About Angela Burt-Murray


Angela Burt-Murray is the cofounder and editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, cohost of the talk show Exhale, and coauthor of two previous books, The Vow and The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life. She was formerly the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, where she was the recipient of numerous honors. Her work is regularly featured in such publications as Ebony, Parenting, and Heart & Soul. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.






Angela Burt-Murray’s TLC TOUR STOPS:


Monday, July 28th:  Bibliotica

Tuesday, July 29th:  Arms of a Sister

Thursday, July 31st:  Saints and Sinners Books

Monday, August 4th:  Fiction Zeal

Wednesday, August 6th:  Black Girl Nerds

Monday, August 11th:  Walking with Nora

Wednesday, August 13th:  Reading in Black and White

Monday, August 18th:  Shelf Pleasure – author guest post

Wednesday, August 20th:  Why Girls Are Weird


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Surrender Release Day Blitz and Giveaway!



Surrender 
By Jennifer Burrows

Synopsis 
Katherine Anderson was living a dream life. She came from an influential family, had a successful career as a food critic, and was about to marry the man of her dreams. Her life suddenly takes a change for the worse when she finds her fiancé in the arms of another woman. Her dream wedding now cancelled, she tries to find herself in Italy, on a trip she was supposed to be taking as the just married Mrs. Michael Gibbons.

Massimo "Tony" Bertalucci has had his life destroyed by a cartel known to be trafficking black market olive oil out of Italy and around the world. While the cartel thought the entire Bertalucci family was dead and buried, Tony remains very much alive and determined to find a way to get his life back.

When Tony and Katherine’s worlds collide, she is Tony’s only hope of escaping Italy alive. What Katherine doesn’t realize is that this charming, unassuming Italian man is using her to save his own life. Will she be able to get back to the states safely, or will she be subjected to the same fate as Tony's family? Will Tony find a way to stop running? Or will he have to surrender his life to the cartel?



My Review:

After suffering a failed engagement to the man of her dreams, Katherine decides to use her already booked honeymoon trip as a starting over adventure. While exploring Italy, Katherine catches handsome Italian Tony’s eye. His life is far from easy as he’s on the run from a murderous plot against his family. The last thing he needs is to fall in love the woman he’s using to escape the country and drag Katherine down with him. Katherine and Tony will have to walk through the fires of hell in order to be with each other and that walk may be the end of their lives.

Surrender isn’t your typical love story. Most romance novels don’t involve cartels and mystery. I loved Surrender! It has such uniqueness to its story. I particularly liked the development of the characters back stories. The ending of the novel reminded so much of the old 1950s romance movies I used to watch with my mom and grandma growing up. It gave me almost a sense of nostalgia and warmed my heart. Their love story is a complicated mess and I loved every second of it! 


Jennifer Burrows's bio 

I was am a retired Registered Nurse. I am the author of A shot in the Dark and the Sequel Into the Light. I worked in the emergency department and critical care for over 15 years which provided me the experiences to write my books.

I am an avid reader and love to talk about the latest story I've read. I hope you will enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Indie Author Spotlight: Kathy-Jo Reinhart




Saints and Sinners Book is proud to present author Kathy-Jo Reinhart the next author in our Indie Author Spotlight. We'll be highlighting Kathy's novels First Love and the Upcoming Title Remember Me, which releases on July 31st!
First Love


Released 3/20/14
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J5HH0B6/sainandsinnbo-20

Official Blurb:

Six years ago, Amber fled her hometown and family heart broken and humiliated. Now, after walking in on her fiancĂ© holding another woman’s legs in the air and screaming her name, Amber is headed back home to Oakville, ready for a fresh start in the town she’s always loved.
Determined to get back to her life, Amber gets a waitressing job at KC’s Bar & Grille. After a few weeks of working there, she finally sets in to a happy routine with help from her new friend, Holly. That is, until she meets KC, the owner, her boss, and the man who just happens to be the reason she left so many years ago. The man she never got over.

Enter Kyle. He’s sexy, charming, the lead singer of a small town band, and owner of KC’s Bar & Grille. When Amber left all those years ago, he became a shell of the man he was. Broken, confused, and desperate, Kyle began his new life where nothing mattered aside from music and women, sometimes more than one at a time. Finally realizing that he hated the person he was becoming, he moves back to Oakville with his band to focus on the bar. Still playing a few small gigs here and there, Kyle and his band return home after a month only to walk straight into Amber, the girl who broke his heart and left without a word.

With a short, heated conversation revealing that it was all just a misunderstanding, Kyle and Amber are determined to start over again and let the past stay in the past. This is the second chance neither of them dreamed they would get and they aren’t going to waste it. Unfortunately, living in this small town isn’t as safe as it would seem. With people determined to tear them apart and old flings resurfacing, will Amber and Kyle be able to hold onto their second chance? Or will it all slip through their fingers?



Remember Me

Publication Date 7/31
Amazon: Link Coming Soon

Continuation and end of Kyle and Amber's story

After growing up in Saranac Lake, a small town in upstate NY, Kathy-Jo Reinhart returned to her birth place and where she spent her summers with her grandparents, St. Petersburg, Florida, after graduating High School. The sub zero climate and piles of snow definitely weren't a loss, in her opinion, and this is where she still resides with her Husband of fifteen years and their eleven year old son, who they lovingly refer to as their miracle baby. A name righteously earned after a very difficult and scary pregnancy with 7 1/2 months on complete bed rest.

By day, she works as an Office Manager for a construction company started by her grandfather and uncle. Like most people, she has a love hate relationship with her job, but cherishes all the years she was able to work side by side with her grandfather before he passed away.Writing has always been something that she has loved. In school, creative writing was her favorite class. Writing a book was something she had always wanted to do, but was too afraid she didn't have what it took to make it happen. After going from working sixty hours a week to twenty, she found herself with a lot of extra time on her hands and decided it was time to take the leap. Crossing her fingers and closing her eyes, she jumped into creating the Oakville series and hasn't looked back.The first five star review she received after First Love, the first book in the Oakville series, was published, left her speechless, overwhelmed with emotion, and so blown away that someone really liked what she had written. Her initial fears seemed to calm and reassured her that others love her writing just as much as she loves doing it. How it will all turn out, still remains a mystery, but she's having a blast seeing where these characters will take her. When she isn't spending time with her characters, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, scrapbooking, and doing ancestry research.








Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reviving Haven Release Day Blitz





******STRONG LANGUAGE & EXPLICIT SEXUAL SCENES******18+

The only man Haven Wells ever loved left her broken, feeling emotionally battered and imperfect. Seven years later she's found solace in the bookstore she owns, finding love between the pages of the books she reads. Haven has adapted to a life without love or men, living vicariously through her best friend and roommate.

He's Perfect. Just ask him. Latch McKay is gorgeous, rich and successful. A famous graphic designer, he's well known for the video games he creates. However, he's also known for the trail of women he leaves behind. Latch is the walking, talking definition of wanton sex.

When Latch sees Haven at a party it's lust at first sight. A night of intoxicated passion leaves him wanting her so much he's almost willing to give up his man-whore crown. Haven has no idea why this gorgeous and much younger man wants her. After two weeks of Latch stalking her...his version of wooing — Haven has tried everything to make him go away.

But, Latch doesn't give up, and Haven finally agrees to one date. If Latch can break through Haven's walls, he just might have a chance to keep her. Unfortunately Latch has a secret of his own. As Haven's walls begin to crumble, Latch's dark secret begins to emerge.

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Acquiesce 12/29/14
Shea's POV 2/14/15

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Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones


Publication Date: 9/13/2012
Series: Inside Out #1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15717721-if-i-were-you
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0095VKZUK
Rating: 5 stars!!

Official Blurb:

How it all started…

One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expired.

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.

Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her.

The dark, passion it becomes…

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, all of which I envision as one I've read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.

All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Street Team Sunday Winner 7/27

Our Winners this week are....





Official Blurb:

I love two men. I screw two men. I am in a relationship with them both, and they are both aware there is another. That is all they need to know, that is all I let them know. They don’t need to know a name; they don’t need to know anything, but that they are not alone in my heart.
They have accepted the situation. Stewart, because his life is too busy for the sort of obligations that are required in a relationship. Paul, because he loves me too much to tell me no. And because my sexual appetite is such that one man has trouble keeping up.
So we exist, two parallel relationships, each running their own course, with no need for intersection or conflict. It works for us, for them, and for me. I don’t expect it to be a long-term situation. I know there is an expiration date on the easy perfection of our lives.
I should have paid more attention, should have looked around and noticed the woman who watched it all. She sat in the background and waited, tried to figure me out. Saw my two relationships, the love between us, and the moment that it all fell apart.
She hates me.
I don’t even know she exists.
She loves them. I love them.
And they love me.
Everything else hangs in the balance.


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Author Bio:
Alessandra Torre is a author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks.
Alessandra lives on the beach in Florida and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.
Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com.


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Review: Curse of the Phoenix Bundle by Rachel Firasek



Series: Curse of the Phoenix Books 1-3
Publication Date: 6/24/2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22474629-curse-of-the-phoenix-bundle
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00KP86AMO
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Book One: The Last Rising

After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

Book Two: The Last Awakening

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris gifts the phoenix her mortality and long-gone voodoo magic with a warning that she must save her next soul within a week without using magic, or she’ll lose her power forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him. Confronted by a waif of a woman who forces him to face the truth about his past, he runs fast and hard, fighting the need to prove himself worthy despite his perceived failures.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, the weak will find strength and the strong will fall. One will have to give up everything so the other can have peace, but will love’s magic withstand the loss?

Book Three: The Last Beginning

Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.

Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.

Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Trueblood Episode Six "Karma" Reaction

We're past the midpoint of the last season of Trueblood. Only 4 episodes left to go!

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Final Season of Trueblood Week 6 Giveaway

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In honor of the final season of HBO’s trueblood, Saint and Sinners is holding a weekly giveaway of the books the series is based on. Every Sunday night at 9:00PM EST, a new giveaway will post. This giveaway is limited to the U.S. due to shipping restrictions.



 

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Winters Saga Blog Stop Tour: Character Interview




Interview with Rebecca Elizabeth Winters, Lone Wolf Rising




Ever wonder what the characters from your favorite books do in between the scenes playing out on the pages of the book?  They play around in the imagination of the author and fans.  Jami M Brumfield decided to sit down with the characters from Lone Wolf Rising and find out what is important to them.  This interview is with Rebecca Elizabeth Matthews Winters.

“Okay, let’s get this over with.”  Rebecca entered the room with an impatient glare.  “I have quite a few more things to do on my task list today.”  She stood with her hands crossed over her chest.

Jami looked up from her desk and couldn’t help but grin a little at Rebecca’s irritation.  “Well, I know you’re busy.  Please have a seat.”

Rebecca stayed in her position across the room, glancing around, most likely searching for escape points.  “I’d rather stand thank you.”

Jami picked up her notebook and pen and stood up, putting her on the same level as the dangerous teen in her office.  “Okay,” she made her way over to Rebecca’s side of the room and sat down on the comfy couch only a few feet from Rebecca.  “Let’s get started.”  She poised her pen on the notebook and asked, “so lets start with asking what it is like being a werewolf.”

Rebecca rubbed her hand and Jami noticed the faint outline of a tattoo on her hand.  It disappeared as fast as she noticed it.  Rebecca narrowed her sapphire blue eyes, “you know what happens if you reveal our secret to the humans right?”

“Yes, and I will remind you this interview is simply a follow up written for the fans of Lone Wolf Rising.”  Jami leaned forward and whispered, “they already know your secret.”

Rebecca breathed a sigh and sat down next to Jami on the couch.  “Good because I’m not sure if you noticed but I have a lot of pressures on me at the moment and becoming a traitor of the supernatural world is not something I can add to my plate.”

Jami just sat there silently with a grin and a nod.  Silence is golden in interviews, or was that sales?  She wasn’t sure but decided to go with it.

“Being a werewolf is okay, I guess.  I mean you have the painful transformation once or twice a month, but it gets easier.”  Rebecca smiled.  “Or at least you fool yourself into believing it gets better.”  Rebecca examined her unpainted, torn fingernails.  “The hard part is having your wolf constantly second guessing everything you do.  It is like a war zone in my head sometimes.”

“I can imagine.”

“Can you?  Really?”

“Sure.  You think I couldn’t hear you when I created your story?”  Jami asked.

“Yeah?  Sorry, not the same thing.  I didn’t constantly tell you everything you did was wrong.”

Jami laughed uncomfortably, “I’m sure she has calmed down a little.”

Rebecca’s sapphire eyes turned violet.  “You have no idea.”

“Rebecca this was our interview, not the wolf’s.”  Jami said pointedly, trying to get things back on track.

“She likes to be called Siren.”  Rebecca’s eyes converted back to sapphire and Jami released the breath she didn’t know she was holding. Rebecca’s temper could flare that fast and she knew all too well what could happen when she got upset. The girl was crazy strong and if pushed too far; fangs, claws and hair would make an appearance. Jami didn’t want that mess in her office.

“Siren, got it!”  Jami wrote down a quick note for book two.  She cleared her throat, “so you’ve discussed the downsides to being a werewolf, are there any good sides?”

“I used to think the super human strength, enhanced senses, and speed were great benefits but they did little to help me keep my family safe so now, I don’t know.”

“What about being an alpha?  That has to have some perks.”

“If you can call the added responsibility, the political games, and the idea of offering someone a bite that could kill them or give them a new life perks, then sure.”

“What about the handsome suitors you have falling over each other to win your heart?”

“Lucky is engaged to someone else and Gabe wants a commitment for life.  So if you think having those two gorgeous men falling over me is a perk then you are sadly mistaken.  In fact, I feel terribly guilty for the problems I bring to their lives.”  The silver circle tattoo on Rebecca’s neck seemed to sparkle.

“It’s not all that bad, Becca.”  Jami put the pen and paper down.

“Oh no?  You did a great job of creating a page turner for the readers but that means my life has been turned upside down for the majority of the book.  It would be nice to have something good happen once and a while.”  She crossed her arms over her chest again.

“You have forgotten your desire for to avenge your parents’ death.”  Jami started ticking off good points with her fingers.  “You have realigned the rogue wolves and given them a home.  You have the undying love of your mate.  Your family now knows a secret that has been kept from them for ten years.  You protected your brother from drugs.”

“And what about my sister?”

Jami couldn’t respond to that question.  It was a horrible thing that happened to Savvy but it was necessary.

Rebecca jumped up from the couch and placed her hands on her hips.  “Did you have to let my sister face that ordeal?”

Jami simply shook her head.  “Things happen for a reason.”

“This interview is over.”  She started heading towards the door.  “Oh and thanks for all the wonderful things you gave us.”  She said sarcastically as she slammed the door behind her and disappeared.

Jami stared around her empty room.  “Well you think you’ve seen challenges so far?  Wait until book two.”


Winters Saga Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway






Winters Saga Series

Author: Jami Brumfield

Publication Date: Apr 29, 2014

Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing

Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal Romance





Lone Wolf Rising (Winters Saga Book 1)

Book 1 in the Winters Saga Series begins with Lone Wolf Rising
Revenge has deadly consequences. Seventeen year old Rebecca Winters’ main goal for ten years has been to graduate high school and take down the people who killed her parents. When she stumbled upon a werewolf pack in the middle of Phoenix, she knew she’d found a way to make her dream come true. Instead of getting vengeance, an act of war has put her into a position of power and forces her to put her thirst for family justice on a temporary hold.

He is duty bound to protect her. Lucian (Lucky) Lamont is a member of the Protectors, an elite supernatural police force who works for the Authority. Their main goal is to keep humans in the dark about the creatures who live among them. Lucky is assigned to protect and manage Rebecca, despite her refusal of help. His cover is simple; he poses as the dutiful ‘pretend’ boyfriend in order to keep an eye on the new alpha wolf.

She is his mate.

Gabriel
Black though taking his pack back from the witch who was chosen as the new alpha would be simple. He thought wrong. His entire world was turned upside down the moment he met Rebecca at the Authority Council meeting…and he was hooked the moment he kissed her to prove she wasn’t dating his best friend, Lucky.

It’s like being torn between two lovers.

Rebecca is pulled in hundreds of different directions while she attempts to find a way to survive the supernatural world, protect her family, and discover who massacred her entire pack days before her first transformation. She doesn’t have time for romance.

But the heart wants what the heart wants.

And the wolf gets what the wolf wants – or so her alpha believes. While Rebecca manages to keep her head above water as she unlocks political and family secrets which could destroy her, she loses sight of the most important people in her life and one of them pays the ultimate price.

EXCERPT:

He maneuvered her back against the wall and moved in close.

"You need to be more careful if you plan to protect your family," he whispered.

Her human half knew he was right. It was also one of those rare moments her wolf agreed.

"It’s not like I ran home to show her,” she said. “She saw me limping and grabbed my arm. She pulled up my sleeve and reacted. Besides, they should have been healed by then. This cut," she held up her bandaged hand, "is already gone."

"Like I told you, your healing focuses on the most life threatening wounds first. Bruises are always the last to heal." His answer made logical sense. He started to move away from her and she grabbed his waist, pulling him back into their little corner. She wasn’t done talking to him. “They lasted for hours. How was I to know?”

“You need to be more careful.”

He was beginning to sound like a broken record. In fact, everyone seemed to have that same advice. How was she supposed to be more careful when she didn’t understand anything? No one seemed to grasp this was new to her and she needed time to understand everything. No one seemed to see that she was scared and was constantly being backed into a corner, being forced to react, and left to wonder if she made the right decision. She closed her eyes against the common phrase she has heard so much lately and decided to change the subject.

"Are we going to talk about the kiss from last night?" Or the fact that you punched Gabriel when he kissed me a few minutes ago? She kept that last thought to herself but didn't release her grip on his waist. It made her feel powerful as his golden amber eyes took on a darker hue. The urge to run her fingers over his six pack abs and chest was overwhelming. If they weren't in the school she would have. It would completely go against her decision to stay away from Lucky and Gabriel in the romantic sense, and then there was still the small matter that they were only using dating as a cover. But none of that matter when she was this close to him.

He moved in closer, his lips inches from her ear. His warm breath invaded her senses and sent electricity through her body. It took every ounce of will power to remain still. The silence stretched on painfully.

"No."

And with that he took a step back and grabbed her hand. "What took you so long in the restroom?" It appeared the conversation about the kiss or the passionate moments they share was over, just like that.

Annoyance and frustration raked her body. She refused to let him see her hurt ego or let him know he was rattling her.

‘He isn’t meant for you anyway,’ the alpha whispered in her mind.

‘That isn’t your decision.’ Rebecca shook her head to clear it, but keeping things professional between them would definitely help the situation.

She went along with his change of subject, for now. "I ran into Sundae. She seemed to be interested in the fact that I’m a werewolf."

"Oh?" Interest entered his face and eyes.

"Yes, she asked if I was happy." Rebecca shrugged.

"Hmm, that’s interesting. I wonder why?”

"I don’t know. Truthfully, I think she saw me looking at her in the quad. She seemed to want to intimidate me more than actually carry on a conversation. I got the distinct feeling she wanted me to understand she’s more dangerous than she looks. She even called me a little wolf." Rebecca almost laughed at the thought. "Which is funny considering she is much smaller and obviously weaker than me.”

He stopped and set his intent amber eyes on her. "Be careful of the dream weaver, Rebecca. She’s far more dangerous than she looks."

“I got that. My wolf warned me. Sundae did a pretty good job of creeping me out, too.” She shivered.

“I’m serious, Rebecca.”

She wanted to laugh, but something in his look gave her pause. She didn’t want Lucky to see that Sundae worried her. She was tired of feeling scared and having to hide it to the world. "What? Okay, so they can give me nightmares. So I’ll have some sleepless nights, no biggie."

"The myth that if you die in your sleep you die in reality is very true. They are far better assassins than allies." Lucky spoke slowly to make sure the words hit home. The fact that someone as strong and trained to battle enemies could get unnerved by a small chick didn’t help matters. It only made her feel more worried.

A shiver ran down her spine. Assassins, the word hit a chord deep inside. Lucky hinted at it before Rebecca confronted Sundae about it in the bathroom, but hearing him talk about this with such a grave expression on his face made it more real. The idea was creepy but made logical sense in a weird, supernatural way.

Rebecca shook her head in an attempt to clear her mind. The random thoughts of concern seemed to pile on top of each other. Before she chose to be a werewolf
the biggest problem she had was finding ways to avoid depression every night. Now she had enemies she never knew existed, a fake boyfriend who was pretending
not to be a bodyguard, a family that hid the fact that they were powerful witches, a group of rogue wolves who wanted to rejoin the pack, a pack that she
was now Alpha of, and not to mention she also had someone spying on her from afar. The last thing she needed to worry about was a sleep assassin. "I’ll be careful." She promised.

The mood had suddenly taken a solemn tone and she decided she needed to lighten it with a fun change of subject. "So why did you punch Gabriel?"

"Why did he kiss you?" The intensity in the look he gave her made her wonder if he thought she’d invited the kiss.

"I had nothing to do with his decision to kiss me." She put up three fingers and said, "Scouts honor." The memory of the intense feelings his kiss ignited inside her began bubbling up inside her and she had a sneaking suspicion her wolf had something to do with the sudden flooding of feelings.

‘Traitor!’ Rebecca snapped in her mind. The wolf simply laughed playfully.

"But you enjoyed it, didn't you?"

“No!” She answered quickly, which got her raised eyebrows from Lucky.

‘Yes.’ The wolf smiled in her mind.

And there was the question Rebecca was dreading. She planned to make fun over the punch not get on the topic of Gabriel’s kiss.

She shook her head. "It wasn't me that enjoyed it." She didn't know how to explain this to him, but she knew she needed to try.

"Come on, Becca. I heard you." Betrayal played in his eyes as he continued his path towards class.

"It’s my wolf. She’s attracted to him. Not me." Rebecca took his arm and spun him towards her. "I know we’re using this 'fake' relationship as a cover. I’m not stupid! But I can't change my attraction and desire for you. And ever since that kiss last night all I can think about is doing this." She reached up and pulled his head to hers, crushing her lips to his, desperate to show him her need. His lips were like stone for a moment, but he lost all resolve when her hands sank into his silky hair at the nape of his neck.

He deepened the kiss with a growl of frustration as his hand wound around her waist and pulled her against him. She was thankful the halls were empty in that
moment, but if they weren't everything would have simply faded away. In that moment it was only them, the rest of the world stood still. Their size difference made it hard to get closer, so he lifted her up slightly and she wrapped her legs around his waist as he pressed her against the wall. When his tongue slipped into her mouth she felt the moan escape and his groan in response only pulled her further into the kiss.

He pulled back and shook his head. "This can't keep happening."

His voice was raspy and breathless and hit her like a pail of water putting out the flames of desire burning in her body. He set her down and took three steps backward, putting a hand up when she took a step forward.

The gesture made her freeze.

"Why?" It was a single word question that held so much meaning.

"It’s not allowed. I’m a Nephilim and you’re a wolf, an alpha of all things. The Authority frowns on mixed relationships, and I’m technically engaged."

Rebecca took a deep breath as she digested his words. "Okay, we could battle the Authority. My parents did it, didn't they? But engaged?" She shook her head in confusion. "Who? How? Why? You never said anything." Her head was spinning with this new information. Now, in a strange way, she understood why he kept pushing her away.

"I’m promised to someone, have been since birth. If we both live to be twenty-seven it’s expected that we marry and have kids." He tried to explain, but had a helpless look on his face. "Besides, you’re an alpha. You’ll be expected to marry a wolf in the pack and that wolf has already made his first play for you."

Rebecca and her family are working through the death of their parents. Rebecca has had to make difficult choices to protect her family and bring the murderers to justice. She knows that she cannot do it as a human and submits to being turned into a werewolf. But, life as a werewolf isn’t all that it seems to be when her pack is brutally murdered. She is now the sole surviving member and the new pack alpha. With her new responsibilities, she gains new allies and new enemies. She has been given a protector, Lucky. Lucky masquerades as her boyfriend, but their feelings soon become more than just their cover story. Add in Gabriel, the former alphas estranged son, and you’ve got a mega love triangle. Gabriel is sure she’s his mate, but when Rebecca’s heart lies torn between them, he has to compete for her affections. Will she be able to rebuild her pack, chose between these two very different men, and protect her family all at the same time?

Lone Wolf Rising is a YA read. Yet, its jam packed with yummy teen angst, action, and a budding love story. It is rich in supernatural lore and I love this novel for it. You never know what lies around the corner in Rebecca’s past and present. Her family has deep seeded secrets. Rebecca is being pulled in so many directions when it comes to duty, I cannot help but relate with her. She has so much to deal with at her young age, and she knows that cannot please everyone. This novel is a great start to new exciting YA series. It is by far one of the best YA read in my opinion. Brumfield has a knack for descriptive written and the ability to deeply immerse you into her story. The open ended cliff hanger has me waiting to immediately start the next book in the series to find out who Rebecca chooses as her life mate!






















Vampire Princess Rising (Winters Saga Book 2)

Savannah Winters went from homecoming queen to vampire princess in one terrifying night. Now she must find a way to survive the dark world she lives without letting the anger and depression overwhelm and destroy her. Maintaining a balance between her supernatural identity and human cover is more difficult then she could ever imagine. And her decision to separate herself from her family only makes matters worse. How could she forgive her sister, Rebecca for the role she played in her demise?

It’s a question Rebecca struggles with herself as she attempts to rebuild the Arizona wolf pack after the massacre that left her a lone wolf. How can she convince her dear sweet sister, Savannah to forgive her?

While Rebecca and Savannah juggle the challenges of their new identities, responsibilities, political alliances, and the men in their lives Hunter becomes obsessed with unlocking the powers they have as natural born witches and finding a cure to the viruses that changed his sisters lives indefinitely.

More family secrets unravel and threaten to destroy the fragile connection the Winters siblings share while more enemies come out of the darkness to tear their new worlds apart.

EXCERPT:

Martina pushed Savannah through the door of another store. They’d already gotten scarves of all different colors, jewelry, mostly silver of course, some new designer jeans, slacks and skirts, and well-crafted blouses. Savannah was beginning to feel like a mannequin as clothes were draped on her body and colors were checked. Viktor and Celestia were sparing no expense to make sure their investment was well dressed and looked the part. Martina flew through the dress store, pulling items of different colors and designs off the racks as Viktor smiled shyly at Savannah. It was the first time he was not otherwise occupied with his phone and they were alone.

“You’re very pretty.” He smiled warmly.

“Really? Because after this whole experience I was beginning to think I wasn’t good enough to be a princess,” she snapped coldly.

“Vampires are big on ritual and expectations. You’re perfect in my book. However, as a royal you’re expected to be beyond perfect. Higher standards are placed upon you.” He turned those unique violet eyes on her, eyes that reminded her of her father. “Your life depends on acting the part, especially now that we’re officially engaged.”

Savannah folded her arms at her chest. “I don’t consider us engaged,officially.”

“Really? Why is that?”

This man was clueless. She exhaled a frustrated breath out and watched as her bangs played in the uncommon breeze. “An engagement, in my book, consists of a man getting down on one knee and asking. This…” she waved her hand in impatience “…is all formality and protection. Where is the romance, the tingles, the earth shattering kisses, the mind boggling make out sessions…?”

Savannah was so wrapped up in her wish list that she didn’t even notice Viktor had gotten down on one knee until Martina dropped the items in her hands and screamed.

“What are you doing? Get up!” Savannah looked around at everyone staring at them. Vampires were not allowed to draw attention to themselves in public settings.

“It may not be the perfect romance…but you will teach me what I need to do.” He pulled out a ring box from the breast pocket of his elegant sports jacket and held it out. “Savannah Ariel Matthews Winters you intrigue me immensely and I cannot wait to spend forever getting to know you better. Would you do me the
honor of becoming my bride?”

Her heart fluttered. It wasn’t the speech she imagined, but it wasn’t bad. She looked around, camera phones were rolling. Oh hell! She tried to hide the eye roll. They were on stage now. Appearances were of the utmost importance. “Yes.”She had no choice but to say it.

“What was that?” he asked with a grin on his face. He heard her, he was a vampire.

“Yes, I will marry you,” she said louder so everyone could hear.

The grin that broke out across his face was brilliant. He stood up and wrapped his arms around her waist, lifted her up into an embrace, and spun them around. “That was the first and only time I will ever do that,” he whispered against her ear. “Now we are officially engaged.” The smile didn’t leave his face when he put her down.

“Kiss, kiss, kiss” was the chant that broke out from the crowd that had gathered to witness her fake proposal.

He turned those eyes back onto hers. “I’m going to kiss you now.” It wasn’t a request, it was a statement. He moved closer, placing his hands on her slender hips tentatively. Then with a jerk he pulled her against him, weaving a spell around her senses. He moved his lips close to hers, so close but not touching. One hand moved up her spine to her neck. Tingles shot a trail up and a blush crept onto her cheeks as his body gave away his desire to claim her. “May I kiss you now?” His fingers tangled into the hair at the nape of her neck and lifted her lips toward his, still not touching.

She was so wrapped up in the spell he was weaving that she almost missed his question.

“Savannah, I won’t kiss you until you give me permission.”

He had somehow managed to turn a business arrangement into something more in a matter of minutes. His lips brushed so close to her skin she felt herself light up without a touch. His other hand raised up and gently tucked a loose strand of her hair behind her ear, then caressed her cheek. “May I?”

“Yes.” Her word came out breathlessly, but he heard her. The smirk that spread across his lips was unsettling but she gave little thought to it when his lips touched hers. Gentle at first and then he deepened the kiss and possessed her mouth with his. She was vaguely aware of the cheers in the background as he continued to assault her senses with a mixture of tenderness and possessiveness. As far as earth shattering kisses goes, he got a gold star.


Things have gone from bad to worse for the Winters Family. Rebecca is the alpha werewolf and now Savannah is the vampire princess. Their family of witches was never meant to become part of the other supernatural races, or was they? Savannah is not coming to gripes with her new life and reality yet. She’s miserable and feels as if the old Savvy died the day she was turned. While learning the ropes of being a vampire, she is met with some daunting tasks. She finds herself engaged to a vampire Prince all the while pining for another. It seems as if the Winter girls have a penchant for being in love with two men at the same time.

Rebecca is facing issues of her own. She’s trying to rebuild her weak pack of werewolves after the brutal assault that resulted in her being the lone survivor. She’s at constant battle with her inner Alpha aptly named Siren. She’s ridiculed for her involved in Celestia’s rise back to the throne. Add in the fact that while she’s sworn off the two men in her life, she knows who she belongs with. She vows to not to get involved in a relationship until she can cure Savvy. Yet, when she faces a pack challenge to her position, she lets her inner wolf rise. As the growing number of people she has to protect skyrockets, she knows she has to be the alpha that she’s destined to be, but is she up for that challenge?

While not featured as in the first book as much, Hunter has a solid appearance in this book. He’s obsessed with unlocking their spellbound witch magic to save Savvy. He’s bound and determined to become the witch he was meant to be and to save his sisters from their new supernatural infections. Yet, Hunter bites off more than he can chew when a mysterious stranger appears with the so called answer to all his problems.

This series keeps on getting better and better. I particularly loved the mingling of all of the Winters siblings in this story. Each of them has a story to tell about their current life and I greatly enjoyed riding along with them in this book. I will say VPR is a little darker in the sense that the truth about their conception and family is brought to light. Their birth unto this world was far from natural. The world building continues to amaze me. Brumfield has a knack for adding a new layer upon the Winters supernatural world. VPR takes the Winters family saga and twists it on its head. As a reader you feel their pain and grow with them throughout their journey. I greatly recommend this book and am anticipating the release of the Fire Master Rising story featuring Hunter later this year.



AUTHOR BIO:
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Jami M Brumfield
has a passion for the paranormal, supernatural, and mythological worlds for most of her life. She believes there is a kernel of truth in every story and loves playing detective to discover what that hidden truth is. She has written most of her life. She started with poems and short stories, then graduated to journalism working for online websites like examiner.com. It was only a natural progression that her love of writing and her passion for the unknown would combine. The Winters Saga is the product of that union.

Book one in the Winters Saga "Lone Wolf Rising" focuses on teen witch Rebecca who in a series of unnatural events finds herself a teen wolf and alpha of the Arizona pack. She is suddenly thrust into a world where danger lurks around every corner and love becomes a liability. Her thirst for vengeance begins to destroy her family and someone she loves pays the ultimate prices.

Book two in the Winters Saga "Vampire Princess Rising" continues the story that began in Lone Wolf Rising only the focal character is Rebecca's sister Savannah. She went from homecoming queen to vampire princess in one terrible night and her life... undead life will never be the same. Family secrets continue to unravel for the Winters siblings and danger continues to build as a supernatural war starts to brew on the streets of Phoenix with the Winters in the middle  of it.

Book three in the Winters Saga "Fire Master Rising" is well underway and promises to take your breath away as the focal point of this tale will be Hunter and his fire producing adopted daughter Freya join the battle against good and evil. Loyalties will be tested, alliances will burn and others will be created, and life will never be the same for the Winters family. Jami is hoping for a late June or early July release date for this book.

She is also working on a New Adult Paranormal Romance series and book one in this series will be released in the summer of 2014.

By day Jami works with hypnotherapy and coaching clients and in her nights she focuses on creating new urban fantasy and paranormal romantic thrill rides for your enjoyment.