Happy Wine Wednesday, everybody! My Romance, Reads & Wine posts are back! I got my hands on some great books over the holidays and will be putting them together with some beautiful bottles in the coming weeks. For our first 2020 wine / bottle pair, I give you Naomi E. Lloyd's Release and one of my favorite blended white's in a new to me bottle, Conundrum. Release is a great Sci-fi romance with some terrific imagery and time travel aspects. Check out some thoughts from my review down below. Paired with a glass of Conundrum, this first book in Lloyd's Tandro series makes for the perfect romantic adventure!
What if someone you saw in your dreams, someone from another time, someone from another world, was the only someone for you?
In the new world of Tandro, 2065, there is one rule. Do not fall in love.
This is the world Tiegal dreams of escaping. Her powerful emotional energy and advanced psychic abilities makes her yearn to find a deeper connection with someone. To experience love.
And then she finds it. When an incredible release of energy transports her into the arms of Johannes, the passionate and romantic young male she has been dreaming of.
The only problem is, he exists on Earth in the year 1865. And, she has no idea how long she can stay there with him.
How can she keep herself on Earth, and protect the ones she loves, when her enemies on Tandro will do anything to get her back?
From my review:
This sci fi time travel romance was filled with beautiful imagery and the author did a great job of setting up the story world. Her descriptive writing made it easy to immerse myself in the futuristic settings and the characters were engaging. The beginning takes some time to get into but is well worth the journey as it sets the stage for the romance between Tiegal and Johannes to begin and the theme of a timeless love transcending dystopian societies was wonderful. Would recommend to sci-fi and time travel romance readers who enjoy a detailed story world.
Happy Book Teaser Tuesday! Here's another excerpt from King of the Tides. Release day is only a couple of weeks away--pre order your copy today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082RJJGFQ
“You have to promise me,” she gasped, “you have to promise you’ll look out for them, no matter what. Cindy, Kay, Shep, the Keepers—all of them. They’re the only family I’ve ever had. Take care of them.”
Her behavior became more erratic, her eyes wild and distressed. She was breaking the heart Adam didn’t think he had, and he didn’t know how to soothe her. He’d do anything—say anything—but he was afraid if he did, it would be a lie. He truly didn’t know if she could get better on her own.
“I promise, Marlowe, but there’s no need. You aren’t going anywhere.” He smiled then tried to lighten the mood. “And no matter how many times you tell me to, I’m never going to leave you alone anyway. So, there’s that.”
She didn’t smile back. She settled a bit though so he loosened his grip, smoothing the hair away from her eyes. But then she tensed again.
“And another thing,” she said, her eyes going completely dark. No fire lit behind them at all, just blackness stealing in like poisoned water. “Stop them.”
He knew exactly who she meant. Those pieces of human refuse from the back alley. He’d put a few thugs and criminals out of everyone’s misery in his time, but only when they got too close to his world. You walked a fine line as an immortal when it came to running interference.
His predicament was one of knowing. Much the same way the gods couldn’t visit the human world in all their divine glory for fear of it affecting free will, the choices he made concerning humans could be just as drastic. Just look what he’d done to Marlowe. He’d changed her DNA—despite any choice she might have had in the matter. How was that for disrupting free will?
Her eyeliner streaked down her face in watery trails. He brushed at the smudges on her cheekbones with his thumbs as he held her stare. She was a hellion this woman, a warrior like no mortal he’d ever seen. She’d struck a chord with him the moment she’d walked into his club, demanding things, challenging him—the biggest bad in this whole damn town. When he’d pulled her off the roof that night after she’d been bitten, then gone against the rules of the gods to save her life, he’d told himself it had been to keep the peace between the otherworld and the Time Keepers. Even then he’d known that wasn’t the truth.
Fuck. He’d fallen for her the very first night.
Now he looked into her altered eyes, feeling the heat from the fire behind them. Once again, it mirrored his own. Once again, it marked her as his.
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Happy Book Teaser Tuesday! Here's a little snippet from King of the Tides. Now on pre order http://www.amazon.com/dp/B082RJJGFQ
“Your organization has no idea what they’re dealing with.”
He came up close to her.
“We have our secrets, just like you, Mr. Atlas,” Marley met his eyes. “The Keepers’ main concern is to protect our princess and make sure she’s in the right place at the right time. That’s what the prophecy says. That’s why we’re here.”
He huffed out a breath, giving her his profile. Then he turned back and speared her with a look.
“Prophecies, curses…” he said, his lips sliding back from his teeth, “… dark things. Is that what the Keepers deal in, Agent?”
Marley didn’t answer. She blinked slowly then lifted her chin. His hand came up so fast she didn’t have time to think before he grasped her jaw, forcing her head back. She reached for her gun on instinct, but froze at the look in his eyes.
“What about you?” He asked. “Do you deal in the dark, Marlowe?”
She couldn’t move, held in thrall by what she saw—sparks in his coal dark eyes. They crackled, shooting embers she swore she could feel on her skin, inside her… everywhere. Her breath hitched. What she’d give for the reprieve of ice cold air hitting her lungs just then, but there was only his heat.
His thumb moved. It brushed across her cheek, over her lips. She didn’t mean for them to, but they parted. She didn’t mean for the next breath she took to be audible or to slip over her tongue, soft as silk, either.
A shiver rolled through her.
“Enjoy your stay in Miami.” He said, dropping his hand and moving away.
Marley blinked several times, feeling like an idiot.
“I’ll be back tomorrow.” She said, forcing the words out louder than she’d intended.
He gave her a strange look. The corner of his mouth twitched again or maybe she imagined it.
“Perhaps, Agent.” His head dipped slightly in dismissal. “I trust you can let yourself out.
Happy New Year, readers! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a spectacular 2020. I've been waiting for all the festivities to die down (ahem, I mean for my kids to go back to school) to get busy on the roll out of my new book, King of the Tides. I'm sooo excited for Adam and Marlowe's story to go live on January 29th in the third book of the new fantasy romance series, Tides of Atlantis. If you haven't yet, pre order your copy today for the special limited time price of just 99 cents. Here's the link : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B082RJJGFQ
I want to share this very first scene from the book with you, right here on the blog. Just to set the stage a bit, this prologue goes back 4,ooo years from the present day Miami scene where you may have already met Adam Atlas and know him as the grim immortal Atlantean who owns Ramone's Party Cove. He battles the demons that try to slip unto his town through Poseidon's Tides portal on the tip of the Bermuda Triangle everyday, but denies the sea god the one thing he truly wants--for Adam to join him and take his place as a king of Atlantis once more.
Here is just a small insight into Mr. Atlas's past. Be ready to learn more on January 29th with your own copy of King of the Tides!
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Rain down your fire,
Darkest love song complete.
Speak sweet to me
In the voice of the beast.
Southern Florida Coast - 4,000 years ago
The roar of a man’s scream echoed through his head. Then bone jarring impact came before darkness seeped in, deeper and more pervasive than anything even Hell had dealt him.
Much later, Atlas opened his eyes, squinting against the twinkle of starlight—something he’d thought never to see again. The constant ringing of his ears turned out not to be from the screams heard in Tartarus nor from falling through the black cliffs of the Underworld. When he turned his head and looked, he found the sea.
He watched, still as death, he didn’t know how long as wave after wave lapped over the shore, thinning to splash against his aching body. The cadence pulled at him, lulling him back into oblivion—to the deepest depths of his insanity. Before long, ominous black spires of unbreakable stone surrounded him and he was once again in Tartarus. The heat of a thousand fires licked at his skin as creatures untold crept into his vision. Suddenly, the one that had held him prisoner for millennia filled his bleary vision. Hades, Lord of the Hell realm. The memory of their first meeting stole over Atlas’s subconscious mind.
“Son of Poseidon,” the god laughed, his voice echoing off the mountains. “You trespass the Underworld and murder my beasts.”
“No,” Atlas said, his parched throat barely able to force the word out. “Sh-she… it was a lie.”
Hades laughed again.
“‘Tis the folly of man to be ruled by the heart. Did you not think it strange that she just appeared in your kingdom one day? An’iah escaped Tartarus with the help of your fellow humans, King Atlas. All who assisted her will be punished. But you…”
Atlas remembered trying to comprehend what Hades said that day. He’d thought back. When the young orphan girl had been brought to the temple on Atlan, she’d claimed to be under an enchantment. He’d thought her possessed by a spirit. His priests had taken her in and Atlas instantly formed an attachment—she’d looked so much like Bala.
His sister had died too young, before her fifteenth year. He carried the blame of her death like a millstone around his neck. Retribution from the gods had taken her. As the king of all Atlantis, he bore the brunt of their anger. He’d been unable to appease them when Bala had fallen ill. He’d seen An’iah as his chance at redemption.
But it had all been a lie. The afflicted young girl turned out to be a demon, a lower goddess of Tartarus. She had a shrine of followers on Earth that no one had known about. They’d called to her through forbidden rituals, bringing her forth from the Hell Realm. They didn’t know that when their goddess came to them, she would be accompanied by pestilence. Sickness spread like wildfire throughout their tribe. They started attacking Atlas’s people, infecting them. In the melee, An’iah stole the Fire Stone crystal of Atlan then returned to the Underworld with it while the people of Atlas’s kingdom suffered in the streets.
“The only way to kill the disease is to stop it at its source.”
Those words of Jar’rahn, Atlan’s head priest, had rung clear through the air of the ritual smoke, making Atlas’s task clear. An’iah had taken the crystal to the Hell Realm and he had to get it back. Then he had to kill her with it.
That very same day, Atlas and the priests had beseeched Poseidon in his temple to open the pathway to Tartarus. Miraculously, the sea god honored their request. Atlas descended into Hell by way of Poseidon’s enchanted Tides then searched the Underworld until he found her. An’iah wielded his Fire Stone over her slaves, more beasts of Tartarus, no longer the innocent girl that had reminded him of his sister but a demoness. Her skin had taken on a blackened cast and turned into a leathery hide. On her feet were hooves, her tail a mass of hissing serpents. She barked orders at her minions in her demon tongue as they stirred a molten liquid in a huge vat.
More poison! She would infect more—his entire kingdom, all of Atlantis even, if he didn’t stop her. He battled with her, wrestling the Fire Stone from her clawed hands then wielding it in a way he never had before, not for healing or growth the way the blessed Fire Stone had been used to build Atlantis, but for destruction.
Even he could not have foreseen what that would mean. But Hades knew.
The god of the Underworld’s giant fist squeezed Atlas’s throat as fire scorched his skin, bringing him back to the memory of their fateful encounter. The recollection held him in a trance no matter how hard he tried to fight it.
“We both know that even a demigod cannot open Tartarus alone.” Hades said. “Poseidon sent you.”
He squeezed Atlas’s trachea, crushing it so that he couldn’t answer the god. With his other mighty hand, Hades gave the merest pinch of his fingertips, breaking Atlas’s arm. The Fire Stone rolled from his hand to the ground as all of his muscles seized in pain. The dark god loomed above him, his shadow the only break in the heat and flames that surrounded them. Then he bent, bringing the Fire Stone up to hold it inches from Atlas’s face.
“Is this what you were looking for?”
Atlas blinked. Agony rolled through his body with every tortured breath he took.
“I know what you would like to say, King Atlas. She stole from you so you would steal from her. But did you know that in killing the demoness, you’ve ended an entire line of her descendants? Did you know that with this,” he held the Fire Stone aloft, “she sought to create a cure for their illness?”
Hades paused. He surveyed Atlas’s bedraggled body, hanging limp, torn and broken at the end of his fist.
“You stole more than you know, son of Posiedon. King,” the god sneered, “of Atlantea.” Atlas remembered the next horrific sight that met his eyes. Hades’ lips pulled back, revealing the god’s fangs. “Now I would steal from Poseidon.”
With those words, Hades threw the Fire Stone aside. It never landed, but disappeared in a flash of fire and light toward the darkest pit in Tartarus. Atlas had only a moment to see it, the blink of an eye through blood streaked vision, before searing pain invaded his flesh and he was forever marked.
The sound of the sea rushed his ears once more. Atlas’s eyes flew open, shattering the memory of Hades and the place he’d escaped. The waves came closer, threatening to swallow him whole. He welcomed them for they shut out the call of the Hell Realm that would forever drag on his soul.
No. Wait…he hadn’t clawed his way out of Tartarus to drift out again, to die and become food for the gulls on some unknown beach. If that were even possible. Half god, half mortal, death had never been able to end his misery, not in seven thousand years. A soul trapped in Hell could wish for an end all it wanted, but that was the one place such things did not happen.
Rolling onto his side, the wet sand of the beach scratched his raw skin. The abrasion was mild though compared to the tortures he’d endured, the cooling sensation soothing. Something not experienced in the Underworld… ever.
A smile cracked King Atlas’s blistered lips for the first time in eons. He was out.
The Tides of Atlantis Series
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R. M. Simone's Gothic Erotic Romance, Gothic Gates
Eve L. Mitchell's contemporary romance, Dark Heart
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Dana Terry's Sweet romance novella, In Love With the Writer
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Here it is, the big news -- King of the Tides, Tides of Atlantis Book #3 is now on pre-order! King of the Tides goes live January 29, 2020 so order your copy today at the special, limited time price of $0.99. Get ready to slip into the steamy Tides world with Adam and Marlowe's action packed story!
Attacked by the demons –
– that threaten Earth’s Realm, secret agent Marlowe Casey is in a fight for her life. As poisonous demon venom seeps into her veins, Adam Atlas takes her underground. When things go from bad to worse, the immortal Atlantean does the unthinkable, something forbidden by the gods, to save her.
Now she’s alive, but she’s on everyone’s hit list, Poseidon’s, the demons’… even the cartels’! She has powers she never could have imagined. The only problem is, they’re coming from the wrong team.
She needs a power greater than she’s ever known to make things right again. She needs…
… the King of the Tides.
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The Tides of Atlantis Series
Mankind and the gods alike have grown complacent and the restless forces of the Underworld are coming out to play. They will not stop until their thirst for vengeance is satisfied and all worlds have returned to pre-time chaos.
Ten lost kings—sons of Poseidon, rulers of a condemned land, are our last hope... if they can be found. Cursed by the gods after the fall of Atlantis, the kings have passed into anonymity with no memory of who they are. Forces both good and evil are hunting them. Poseidon needs them to win the war for the universe. Evil is bent on their destruction.
Join the forming crew of Poseidon’s defenders against the Underworld in Amanda V. Shane’s Tides of Atlantis series!
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Happy Wine and Books Wednesday everybody! How are you faring the holiday season this year? Is life whirling around you like it is me? Well, I hope you get the chance to take a break and relax with a good book and a glass of something festive. Looking for inspiration? Here are a few more bottle / book combos from my 2019 picks from off the blog:
Cassie Faber's contemporary romance, Frozen Memories and Cupcake Chardonnay
Jillian James' paranormal /dragon shifter romance, Song of Smoke and Obsession
Melanie A. Smith's contemporary romantic suspense, All of Me and Michaud Cabernet Sauvignon
Bree M. Lewandowski's sweet NA romance, Under Winter Lights
Happy Wine Wednesday to my favorite readers! You may have noticed that Romance, Reads and Wine posts have been somewhat absent the past few weeks. Like everyone else I'm busy with holiday preparations as well as final edits on King of the Tides. So I thought that this would be the perfect time to give you some highlights from my favorite wine / book pairing posts. These are all of my books and the wines I paired them with. All the wines are great and I highly recommend giving them a try, maybe even pick up one of these bottles on the way to a holiday gathering. I'll feature some more of my favorite pairings next week and throughout the month. Stay tuned to the blog to see them all!
For Cyber Monday, all of my books are on sale! Both books 1 and 2 of the Tides of Atlantis series are FREE on Amazon today. If you haven't read them yet, be sure to get your copies before book 3 releases in January.
Also, both of the fairy tale romances from my Enchanted Lands collection are just 99 cents on Amazon!
And don't forget, if you sign up for my mailing list, you automatically get a free copy of my novella that's set in the world of Atlantis.
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Upon A Moonswept Tide…
Trapped in time…Ronan Garring is a man of action; a ship captain who has sailed the seas from Europe to the Caribbean…in the seventeenth century. When he is tricked by a sea nymph, he is sent to a deserted island in Poseidon’s realm to serve the gods for all time. On a mission to modern day Miami, he finds his earth home crawling with underworld evil and is waylaid by an enchanting human woman who seems to stall his attempts at completing his quest at every turn. He can’t be sure if she is an entirely innocent wrecking ball or the agent of a more sinister force. Against all his good intentions, he finds himself continually, albeit pleasantly, entangled with her both in this world and beyond.
Searching…for a friend whose gone missing, Cindy Pierce left the Rocky Mountains for the beaches of Miami to try to make sense of, what looks to be, a hopeless case. As the trail grows cold, she stumbles into an intriguing dark stranger and is literally knocked flat. Fierce and intense as he is, towering over her and exuding old world masculinity, she can’t help her body’s immediate response to him. When she finds herself being chased across the southern tip of Miami and into the Florida Keys by the handsome foreigner however, she’s convinced he’s not only psychotic but intent on doing her harm. Once she finds herself in his arms again though, her attraction to him can’t be denied and neither can the fact that he may be the only one who can save her from the dark forces at work on the beach.
Join the race to find the kings in Amanda V. Shane’s new Tides of Atlantis series and help them to discover their soul mates, the women who will win their lost hearts and help them fulfill their destiny!
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Desires and Passion are brewing in the Tides… in Crystal Tide, Book 2 in the Tides of Atlantis series.
-- as unexpected as a hurricane and as old as an ancient land.
Devastated by the loss of both parents and running scared after a break-in at her home, Kay Laurens jumps on the first plane out of Denver heading south to Miami. There she meets up with, of all people, a love psychic for answers. On the tip of the Bermuda Triangle, she is swept up into the dark world of an ancient cult and sent on the ride of her life. Then her incense induced visions come to life in the form of an inter-world travelling, suspicious and sinfully hot immortal agent for Mt. Olympus.
Xieran has no memory of who he was before being stolen by Hermes. The Greek god uses him to enter Earth’s sphere under the guise of an affluent art dealer in search of an elusive artifact which, if he can find, will win him his freedom. When his latest mission is brought up short by a female grad student breaking into his complex travel system, he can’t help but be suspicious. It makes no difference that he finds her more and more irresistible with each encounter. With demon outbreaks, nefarious characters working in the Underworld and a power struggle of epic proportions going on, no one can be trusted.
As they are thrown into the Tides together, Kay and Xieran set out on a whirlwind adventure, racing through the streets of Rome, Miami and even Western Australia to chase down the answers that will win them their freedom from the overbearing gods. Will they come to terms with destiny and conquer the evil taking over the Tides, or will they succumb to the passion growing between them?
Join the forming crew of Poseidon’s defenders against the Underworld in book two of Amanda V. Shane’s Tides of Atlantis series!
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Pale, cold mistress of the serpent’s lair, blood red lips and coal black hair…
Enter the world of the Black Swan, a dark and seductive tale where things are not always as they seem. Odile is the reviled villainess of Aarroughac, a castle inhabited by the evil wizard, Count Rothebart. After a sinister magic sweeps through the land and results in death, Odile is accused of the crime. Von Rothebart vanishes, leaving her to face the wrath of an entire kingdom alone until a mysterious stranger with powers of his own comes along.
With vengeance as his guide, Lord Azarus di Caspari hunts an ancient curse. When he crosses paths with the Black Swan of legend, he immediately makes up his mind to use the temptress’s magic for his own devices. But when Azarus learns that the story of the sorceress might not be true, disappointment gives way to desire. Spells are cast and secrets are revealed, but can love exist in the shadow of two dark hearts such as theirs?
Are the tales of the Black Swan true? Is she a murderess and an evil sorceress to be feared or is she the only thing standing between true evil and the fall of a kingdom? Only time will tell as the magical story of the Black Swan unfolds.
Odile, Legend of the Black Swan is a fantasy, fairy tale romance inspired by the legendary ballet, Swan Lake.
An Enchanted Lands Romance.
18+ for a mature audience. Includes sex and some violence. If such subject matter offends you, please don't buy this book.
A commoner and the outcast of her village...Nika is forced to flee her home to keep the dark secret of her birth. When she is hunted by a rugged Northman, she finds herself lost in a land of spells and curses. His kisses start to melt her cold, lonely heart, her secrets are laid bare and she finds herself in a magic war for the man and the kingdom she loves.
King of a cursed and ravaged kingdom...when Vasilli first lays eyes on Nika stealing bread at a fair, he knows he has to have the fair haired beauty. The legends surrounding his lands tell of a snow maiden who will break the curse of the Northern Kingdom but he wants Nika for his own.
From a land of winter, ice and snow comes a tale of enchantment and romance. Mages and sorceresses, omens and curses - this spellbinding medieval fairy tale is a story of magic in an ancient land and a legendary love that will heat up even the coldest winter night.
Snow Maiden is loosely based on the beautiful Snow Queen character from The Nutcracker Ballet and is a standalone fantasy romance.
18+ for a mature audience. Includes sex and some violence. If such subject matter offends you, please don't buy this book.
King Gadeiros of Atlantis, son of Poseidon and a seasoned warrior - his only concerns are for his pursuits in battle and winning more land and riches for his kingdom. He has no interest in marriage whatsoever but when his father god, Poseidon, arranges a bride for him his world is turned upside down. Infuriated, he whisks his would be bride away from the temple, intent on showing the gods and the known world that he is king in Gades and no one will dictate his future.
Aureliaura is a princess of Emania, shining and golden and with a strong control over the moon and the tides. She seems the perfect pawn in Poseidon's game of power but when the princess manages to capture the king of Gades' heart the instant he sets eyes on her the question of who holds the most power is up in the air.
Can Gadeiros thwart Poseidon and, in fact, all the gods in their bid for power by winning the maiden's love?
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This book is a novella companion story to Moontide and is set entirely in the ancient world of Atlantis. For an in depth look at King Gadeiros and Aureliaura, get your free copy today!
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18+ for a mature audience. Includes sex and some violence. If such subject matter offends you, please don't read this book.
About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.