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#AnimalCozyMystery The Beach Body - #CozyMystery Pre-Order #WritingCommunity

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Evidently, I'm going to be a number watcher. I think I've checked pre-orders 10 times already this morning. How do authors get the other books written? :)

#344,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Now, tell me - how bad is that? Haha this first time author stuff is more than a little scary - I guess it's a fear of failure.

About the Book-

Gretchen Hawthorne's life changed after her parents died. Her and her loyal dog, Faith, picked up and moved from Scotland to North Carolina, USA. With the opportunity to begin life over at forty, Gretchen picked a beach front condo and decided to do what she'd always dreamed of doing - become an author. To fill the gap, she began editing books for first time authors.

Never did she guess, walking up her sidewalk from a grocery trip with Faith, they would discover a dead body propped against a tree. Calling the police, Detective Kane Jenkins quickly dismisses Gretchen and her hyper furry sidekick as a nuisance.

Soon, Gretchen and Faith are tail deep in the case after providing Detective Jenkins with a clue that enables him to bring down a ring of organ traffickers.

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#PreOrder My Very First #Book #writingCommunity - The Beach Body #CozyMystery #DogCozyMystery #Giveaway

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For eleven years, I have supported authors of pretty much all genres. In that time, I have dabbled with writing outlines for Cozy Mysteries. I have just recently decided I will try publishing a few and see what happens. I will still be reviewing and hosting, because I still love to read and share the work of others.

I am hoping many of you will chose to share me as well. It would mean so much.

If you pre-order, you will be entered into a giveaway for a print copy of the book. So, leave a comment and be sure to hang on to your receipt. If pre-order numbers hit certain levels, I will add another winner.


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#BookReview - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson #UnpopularOpinion

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Book DescriptionMikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.


Product Details

  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Mti Rei edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307949486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307949486

Rating: 1 of 5

Review: Here I find myself going against the grain (which I'm certain will happen more and more as I post reviews). I can't rant and rave and tell you how super this book was. Why? Well, because....to me it wasn't. I guess I just missed something. Or perhaps it's the "popularity" of "If it's made into a movie it has to be great."


I never was able to fall in love (or hate) with any of the characters. They all seemed to fall flat (and we know-I love vivid, crawl out of the book characters). They were dry. They told of feeling, happening -- rather than showing it. I want to feel like I'm in the middle of something. I want to immerse into being one of the characters (or at least, wishing I could be one of them). Or, at the very least, relating to whatever it is the author has them going through.



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#BookReview - The Awakening: A Woman's Search For Truth by Lisa Anne

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Book Description The Awakening is a story of courage, redemption, and discovery. Meet Meg Richards, a rather ordinary working mother who wakes up to discover how truly undiscovered she really is. As she begins to unravel her relationships, she discovers that being "real" might just be the key to her own redemption. Surrounded by people who are more interested in creating an image for themselves as opposed to just being themselves, she realizes that in order for her life to change, she must first understand that being perfect is not the key to happiness. She must also face the reality of her relationship with her husband, Craig. Her perceptions, her memories, and all of her relationships will be challenged as Meg tries to put her life back together, piece-by-piece. An unseen force is at play and will not stop until she remembers. A journey to the past will unlock these secrets and she will never be the same again.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440197091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440197093



Rating: 3 of 5

Review: This is a down to earth book that makes it feel as though you're possibly reading about your next door neighbor. Although, I'm sure many will love Meg's everyday type of character, I found reading of her in an abusive relationship, even staying for a day, disturbing. I know it happens a lot {unfortunately} and I know there are reasons why women stay...but for me, it's just an issue I have, I suppose.

Meg's character is genuine and honest and has just had a bad chunk of life thrown at her. A not so perfect family while growing up and then an abusive relationship.

Will there be a happy ending? Will Meg find her inner peace and strength to make her life what it should be? Pick up this book and find out.


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#NewRelease - His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams

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Sutter’s Hollow Book 1
Sweet Romance
Date Published: May 12, 2020

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She’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.
He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.
One of them is going to get hurt.

Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.

Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?

Excerpt

Molly strummed her guitar lightly, the squeak and pull of the strings familiar and comforting. 
But not enough to relax her to the point where she could close her eyes and sleep.
Nothing was these days.
She had her shoulder wedged against her driver's side door, her body turned sideways, and one booted foot up on the seat. Counting the minutes until they turned into hours.
It wasn't that late. Eight. Maybe eight-thirty. 
From where her truck had died in his drive, she'd seen the rancher's truck—its headlights, rather—drive up behind the ranch house and then shut off. Lights had gone on inside the ranch house in a sort of pattern. Her imagination told her he'd stopped in the kitchen to wash up. Maybe feed the dog. He'd moved into the living room next. Watched a sitcom. No, a cop drama. A sitcom might make him smile, and that wouldn't do.
The living room light had gone off, too, and then an upstairs light had gone on. 
Lots of nightlife for the rancher. Cord.
She let her head loll back against the seat, her fingers going lax on the frets so the next strum was a jangle of wrong notes.
It was going to be a long night.
Her thoughts began to unravel. Her breathing sped up as her anxiety spiked.
No.
She was safe here.
No one knew where she was. No one except the rancher.
She was parked plenty far back from the road. If anyone turned in the drive, she'd see them. She'd have time to react.
There were two empty fields on either side of her truck. Grass as far as the eye could see. No one could sneak up on her here.
She could worry about her future tomorrow. Figure out what to do about the dwindling loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter she'd been rationing for days.
She jumped when a flash of light came through the windshield. It glared right in her eyes, temporarily blinding her.
She scrambled to get the guitar out of the way. It echoed discordant notes as it hit the dash. She'd picked up a small canister of pepper spray at a gas station a hundred miles ago. Where had she put it—?
The light was gone, and she blinked against the hazy afterimages burned into her vision.
It was the rancher. His shoulders filled the driver's side window, and he tapped the butt of his flashlight on the glass.
She took her sweet time rolling it down—the hand crank helped with that—using the moments to try to slow her frantic breathing. 
"What're you doing out here?" 
His voice was harsh and demanding. And somehow comforting. He'd been gruff and dismissive earlier. She'd trusted him. Maybe that was stupid.
"You can't stay here," he said.
"I can't leave." She tapped the steering wheel. "This puppy is dead."
Skepticism was written all over his face.
"You want me to prove it?" She gave the key a twist. Nothing happened. Not even a click.
His expression didn't change from the frown he'd appeared with. “Call a tow truck."
He had to be kidding. A tow from the little town she'd passed would be expensive.
"Who's gonna come all the way out here tonight?" she asked. "Plus, I'm dead broke."
"Well, you can't stay out here." Was that her imagination, or was there a little bit of the same desperation she felt leaking out of the man. 
"It's fifteen miles to Sutter's Hollow," she said. "You want me to walk? In the dark?" 
"What about your family?"
"Don't have any." It wasn't a lie. She didn't have any family that would help her.
Even in the dim light from the flashlight, she could see a muscle jumping in his cheek. He ducked his head and mumbled something too low for her to make out.
"Get out of the truck." 
She bristled at this order. She wasn't walking down those winding dirt roads in the dark.
"You're not sleeping in your truck. You can stay the night. Tomorrow morning, I'll drive you to town. You're on your own from there. And you better figure out a way to get your truck off my land."
"Really?" She grabbed her backpack and guitar from the passenger floorboard and then juggled both on her lap as she rolled up the crank window. The door made an awful metal creak when she moved to hop out. She caught the cowboy's wince in the dim light from his flashlight.
"That truck is older than you are."
"I know. Ain't it great?" She tried to cover up her nerves by giving the hood an affectionate pat as she shifted her backpack onto her shoulder. Maybe he wouldn't see how white her knuckles were as she clutched her guitar. "She was my mom's. Back before I was born."
He mumbled something else. Maybe he had a mumbling problem. Or maybe he just didn't like her.
"Just because something is old or needs work doesn't mean you give up on it," she said.
He sent her a sideways glare but didn't say anything else. She followed him toward the sad old farmhouse, careful to keep a good yard between them.
From the porch, his farm dog wagged its tail.
Seeing it helped settle the nervous energy jangling through her. Animals were a true judge of character. The farm dog was lean but groomed. It's teeth were good. And it was friendly. 
Maybe she couldn't trust herself to judge a man's character, but she'd grown up on a ranch. She could trust the dog. It wasn't as if she was going to sleep a wink anyway. Might as well be warm inside instead of freezing in her truck.


Author Lacy Williams



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#BookReview - Don't Fall Asleep by Laura Eno

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Book Description In the 27th century, a psychic aberration has manifested in humanity, gifting a select few with the ability to weave dreams for others. They ply their addictive trade, calling themselves Dream Merchants. Rarer still are those who can assassinate people while they dream... Newly arrived on Altair IV, Cassandra Dade works her profession as a Dream Assassin according to her own code of ethics. She's beautiful, rich and running from her past-a past which is about to catch up with her. The partner she trains might be all that stands between her and mental destruction, a fate worse than death. But does his own secret agenda set them on a collision course with disaster?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145385519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453855195


Rating: 4 of 5

Review: I loved the unexpected in this book. First of all, the lead male is gay. So, it's unlikely that he and Cassandra are going to get hot and heavy in this book. Nathan wants to find out who murdered his lover and is ready to become a dream assassin for vengeance. Who can blame him. Right?

Challenges abound in this unique book. Another element -- Laura Eno has created her own city. And it's a mastermind of work.

Take a trip to the 27th century with this book and an exciting new world. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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#BookReview - Wrong Number by Rachelle J. Christensen

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Book Description
When Aubree Stewart RECEIVES a mysterious phone call on her way to work, she doesn t know what to think when the caller mentions a dead body. At first she assumes it s some kind of prank. But the call isn t a practical joke, and Aubree soon finds herself swept up in a world of danger, intrigue, and murder. With help from the FBI, Aubree races to protect herself and what s left of her family, but the one thing she forgets to protect is her own heart.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books; 1st edition (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599553643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599553641

Rating: 4 of 5

Review: Can I start by saying I love this cover? I know, never judge a book by it's cover, but this one I picked up just because of the cover.
This book is romance, suspense and thrills rolled into one. Make sure you have reading time; this is a book you won't want to put down until you've read the last page.

All wrong numbers aren't mistakes. Aubree quickly learns this lesson as she joins up with the FBI to solve a mystery surrounding a dead body that she was called about. She quickly finds that there's more going on than case solving. Should she guard her heart as she guards her family?

GREAT BOOK -- thriller, mystery and romance. Cuddle up with this one on a Saturday night and you won't even miss being in.

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#TeaserTuesday #6

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If you're an author or PA or Publisher with access to image teasers (ones with images with wording/quotes from the book) please send them my way. I'll be sure to let you know what day(s) yours will appear on blog.
Email: Majik.Of.Mystee@gmail.com
Subject: Teaser

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#BookReview - Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity E. Heaton

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Book Description
 November 19, 2013
USA Today Best-Selling Author Felicity Heaton presents:

Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance SERIES BOOK 1)
Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to REDEEM herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse TICKING in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is COMPLETED… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?

Paranormal Romance Books in the Eternal Mates Series
Kissed by a Dark Prince
Claimed by a Demon King - Available Feb 2014

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Rating: 5 of 5

Review: When I started this book, after a chapter or two, I was really worried that I wasn't going to like it. There seemed to be a lot of information, but no real pull into the story. Then WHAM! Just like that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

You have elves and vampires and demons and demon hunters and doctors and - WOW!

And the main characters don't just fall right into bed and profess their undying love to one another. I love it.

I have to say, though, judging from the title of the next book in the series, I may not like what is planned for the secondary female character, but I just might be pleasantly surprised all over again.

For me, Vail was my pull. The younger brother of Loren, the Prince. I guess I'm always drawn to those dark troubled types.

I read this all in one sitting, so stay in on a Saturday night and enjoy the read.


++This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review++

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#BookReview - The Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman

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Title: The Return of Black Douglas
Author:  Elaine Coffman
Genre: Highlander Romance, Time Travel, M/F
Book Details: novel
Format Reviewed:EBOOK
Blurb:   While visiting the Scottish tombs of her forebears, American archeologist Isobella Douglas encounters the ghost of her famous ancestor, Sir James, the Black Douglas. The matchmaking ghost seizes on her romantic fantasies, and before she knows it, Isobella and her twin sister, Elisabeth, a doctor, find themselves whisked to 16th-century Scotland, inappropriately dressed. When the dastardly Macleans capture Elisabeth, Alysandir Mackinnon, entirely fascinated by half-naked, strong-willed Isobella, offers to help her get her sister back. Bestseller Coffman (The Bride of Black Douglas) spins a rewarding love story between her two intelligent, stubborn protagonists, keeping their relationship fresh and their conflicts credible. Toss in a boy in need of a father, intriguing details of 16th-century customs, and a substantial but not overwhelming dose of sex, and the result is a satisfying time travel romance. (Apr.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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My Review:  I have to admit to reading another Highlander time travel novel. This one kept me back and forth. One moment loving it, another almost hating it. At certain points the same issues kept going and going, making them seem to be on overkill.

Isobella's sister, Elisabeth was brought in as sort of a secondary storyline, but it wasn't done as well or as completely as it could have been. So, when you're reading the epilogue, it just feels as though you could have been told so much more on the story part rather than having all the additional repeat conflict between Alysandir and Isobella.

**SPOILER ALERT**
I normally try not to do these, but for me, it seems important to include due to my feelings on the book.

We never really find out why Black Douglas does what he does. I really don't like unclosed matters in a book. If there is a sequel, fine. However, things still need to be neatly wrapped at the end of one before going on to the next.

In the end, I really wanted to hear first hand about Alysandir's wedding and their children and their happily ever after. It was left with him stating he wanted her to be his wife. The prologue is about the girls' parents traveling to Scotland, visiting where they did a year later to try to determine how their daughters disappeared. They find their answers, but to me, the ending simply wasn't well done. I don't think the parent's closure needed the ending of a book that barely focused on them.

Rating: 3 of 5

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#BookReview - ASH: Return of the Beast by Gary Val Tenuta

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Title: ASH: Return of the Beast
Author: Gary Val Tenuta
Genre: Detective, Occult, Thriller, Black Magic, Demons, Mystery
Book Details: 340 pages
Format Reviewed:EBOOK
Blurb:   Ash: Return of the Beast is an occult crime thriller, a work of fiction based on a little known factoid about the death of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the notorious occultist the British press once called "The Wickedest Man In The World". Crowley’s body was cremated but the whereabouts of his funerary ashes has remained a mystery… until now.

This diabolical tale carries the reader through a series of the most curious (and sometimes unsettling) events spanning the years from 1947(and the death of Aleister Crowley) to the 1990s and the coming-of-age (and eventual stardom) of a "death-metal" rocker named Rodney Duckworth.

The time-line shifts to the present day where Brian Kane, a gruff and gritty, street-worn Seattle Police Detective, reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Rowena Ravenwood, an attractive FEMALE FBI agent. Their task is to figure out why good, healthy, God-fearing preachers in their fair city are suddenly dropping dead.

What is the meaning of the strange symbols branded onto the bodies of these hapless victims? Are they all part of some bizarre cult? No eyewitnesses. No fingerprints. Is it really murder? Where’s the evidence? And what is the disturbing secret that Detective Kane is holding so close to his chest?

The investigation catapults Kane and Ravenwood headlong into life-threatening situations as they wind their way through the strange, dark labyrinth of the world of the occult and find themselves battling the powerful forces of ritual magick.

Problem is, the clues to help solve the case are in terribly short supply. Worse yet, so is the amount of time left to stop the mysterious killer's reign of terror before all Hell breaks loose. And – according to Special Agent Ravenwood – that’s not just a figure of speech.
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Warning: This book is intended for adult readers due to strong language and some implied sexual content of a violent nature. Note: the sexual content is implied as opposed to graphic. It is not included as a gratuitous element. Rather, it is specific to the background of one of the primary characters and his personal development as well as to an aspect of certain elements of what is known as "ritual magick", one of the key elements woven into the storyline.
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My Review: What a wonderful scary read. You can tell extensive research was done for this book. All I can really stress are two points. 1. I am going to be searching and reading any other books he may have. 2. I hope he writes fast because this is one author I won't tire of.

One of the things I really loved about this book is that I really couldn't predict the exact ending. So often with thrillers and mysteries I have everything long figured out and the book is still going and going. Not this time. There's a thrill and a chill with each turn of the page. And, you go through bouts of "no, I don't want to know. I won't turn the page." .... to "Oh my gosh, I have to turn the page."

I spent the day reading this book and only took the breaks I had to in between. A must have for every reader's collection.
Rating: 5 of 5

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#BookReview - The Bastard by Brenda Novak

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Title: The Bastard
Author: Brenda Novak
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Details: 204 Pages
Format Reviewed: EBOOK
Blurb:  To some men honor is just a word....

Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent-and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way.

Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty's frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything....

Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal NAVY. Treynor is determined to prove he's as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her-or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.


Available On Amazon

My Review: For those writers and publishers that don't think a cover matters, let me tell you this: I was drawn into an awful clichd book by a wonderful cover. I mean, that cover is just wow. The book however, was not.

On the other side of it, I also have to admit the blurb is very well written. It sounds like something that's going to be a great read and even a re-read.

The title was very fitting.

With honor meaning everything to Lieutenant Treynor, you'd think he wouldn't be quite the asshole all the time. Don't misunderstand. I do love a male character that can be an ass, that stands his ground, that is the man and not bending over to have a woman control him. However, there is a line and Crawford crosses it. He's not the hot dreamy hero.

The book wasn't written badly. I mean, the pacing and such were right on. I just feel the direction of the storyline failed for me. The ending was decent though.

Rating: 2 of 5


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#BookReview - Highland Stone by Sloan McBride

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Title: Highland Stone
Author:  Sloan McBride
Genre: Time Travel, Historical Romance, Highlander Romance
Book Details: novel
Format Reviewed:EBOOK
Blurb:   After her grandmother's death, Kara Malone inherits a key and a box with a secret. On a plane bound for Hawaii where she is to start a new JOB, she opens the box to find her grandmother's journal and a beautiful stone. Magical forces propel Kara back in time to the Scottish Highlands where she is nearly run down by Alaxandar MacLeod, the dark stranger from her dreams. Her problems are just beginning.

Alaxandar has been charged with finding the truth behind the recent violent raids against his clan. When his horse almost tramples a beautiful stranger, he wonders if she may hold the key to the raids. Is she a spy or a witch come to lure him with her wiles and distract him from his mission? Whatever she proves to be, Kara is everything he's wanted in a woman and he'll do anything to keep her with him.

**NOTE: This book was released in 2007 under same title.**


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My Review: I really had high hopes for this one. I love time travel and there is definitely a special place in my heart for the ones that take current day women and toss them back in time with the highlanders. Sadly, this one fell short.

I loved Alaxander. He was all bossy Highland male. Kara got on my nerves for her stupidity and need to be a pain on more than a few occasions. The start was SLOW, the middle was OK. The end was not anything that I would have wanted to happen and was hurried.

Rating: 3 of 5

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