SOLSTICE by BRAXTON A. COSBY


YA Science-fiction/ Romance
Date Published: November 25th, 2016
What You Believe, Can Destroy You!
William and Sydney have sacrificed everything to fortify their love, so much so that William dares to brave the depths of space to find a cure for their deadly Supernova bond, leaving both her and Earth vulnerable to Torrian Alliance attack. But with a full scale rebellion in play on Fabricius, the reality of Sydney’s execution from Torrian hands is diminished, only eclipsed by the certainty of a more threats – The Third Faction and The Dagmas Clan – lead by Dominic and his insurgent recruits. With overwhelming odds mounting against them, William makes a desperate attempt to find the last of the endangered Star-children only to be captured by a new menace, where he is forced to compete in the dreaded Gauntlet of sport. Allies surge to free Fabricius, seeking alliances across the galaxy while Sydney tries to keep her identity hidden and trains to master the third phase of her Star-child evolution: Solstice. With Sarah’s mysterious return home with clues to unlock the future, Noella’s training and Bill’s symbiotic development hope is restored, but will it be enough to unite the galaxy and destroy evil for once and for all?
 
Series Order
 
Supernova
Solstice
Protostar
 
 
 

 

Multi-Award Winning and #1 Amazon Bestselling author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who transitioned his ideas on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. PROTOSTAR: BOOK 1 OF THE STARCROSSED SAGA and THE SECT: THE WINDGATE are currently Young Adult/New Adult series he created. He has written over 10 novels, including his new Superhero adventure book, THE CAPE is book three of the Dark Spores Series. He lives in Georgia with his amazing wife and a highly energetic Morkie named StarKozy.
 
 
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Children’s Books by Al E. Boy

 
 
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     The Adventures of Fawn is a ‘coming of age’ series chronicling the exploits of the precocious, young daughter of legendary reindeer, Comet and Vixen. The year is 1849, and all three tales happen in the months leading up to….but ending just before Christmas. A deadly North Pole blizzard; a fierce, hungry arctic wolf;  a scheming sea captain capturing animals to take to a New York City zoo; an evil former elf princess out to destroy the pendulum that enables Santa and company to live for hundreds of years; the trials and tribulations young Kristoff Kringle faced before he became the icon of Christmas; and a conniving stranger with a magic stone determined to steal Santa’s reindeer team …all of this and more await the young reindeer and her companions.




   

Children’s Books 
Date(s) Published: 
Book 1: September 21, 2014
Book 2: July 4, 2015
Book 3: August 18, 2016

 

BOOK EXCERPTS for Book Blogs and Reviews

 

Excerpt #1 from ‘Til the Last
Snowflake Falls

 

     Today was going to be the
day!

 

     Fawn had it all planned out.
The young reindeer would wait until her dad and mum, Comet and Vixen, came home
to the stable, and she was going to calmly explain how unhappy she was.

 

     Sure…she’d mentioned it
before, (more like every other day), but each time her bad mood had gotten the
better of her and she’d wound up arguing with her parents. Each time they had
told her she wasn’t old enough…not mature enough…to be going out on her own.

 

     Fawn had often pondered over
their words.

 

     Not mature enough?!

 

     She wasn’t exactly sure what
that meant…but just the same she didn’t like the sound of it!

 

     I think it’s like saying I’m still a baby! Darnit! I’m four and a half
months old
!!

 

     Fawn was convinced
fun…excitement….maybe even friends could be hers to enjoy if she was free to
explore the world outside Santa’s Village.

 

     I blew it those other times by getting too excited. If I can plainly and calmly explain to mum
and dad how bored and lonely I am
how
I need some friends
surely they’ll see how much I’ve changedhow much more ‘mature’ I am nowwhatever that means! I’ll wait for them to come homeand then I’ll show them.

 

     Yes, indeed! She had it all
planned out!

 

     But sometimes even the best
laid plans can fall apart.

 

 

Excerpt #2 from ‘Til the Last
Snowflake Falls

 

     How long they wandered in the blizzard,
they didn’t know. Fawn slipped and hurt her injured leg. It began to throb and
hurt a great deal. Walking on it was becoming more painful with every step she
took.

 

     The falling snow was making her back very
wet, and very slippery. Bunny fell off again, and again, and again. Try as she
might, it became much too difficult for her to stay on for very long.

 

     As Bunny slipped off yet again, Fawn saw
the look of fear and frustration in her eyes.

 

     “Let’s try this.” she shouted.

 

     With her teeth, Fawn gently grabbed Bunny
by the scruff of her neck. She carried her that way, as they struggled through
the cold, biting wind and drifting snow.

 

     Hanging from her friend’s mouth, Bunny
watched as her leg bandage came undone. Then, it went flying off in the wind.
She saw it bounce into a drift or two. Then, it disappeared in the dizzying
whiteness of snow, which blew like a hurricane around them.

 

     “Fawn! Your bandage just came off!”

 

     “There’s nothing much I can do about
that!” answered Fawn, doing her best not to drop Bunny as she called out.
“Right now…a bandage coming off is the least of my worries!”

 

     A voice in Fawn’s head seemed to be
shouting at her, taunting her, “Is this
enough excitement for you
?! Do you
still not care how dangerous it is
?”

 

     Fawn wanted to argue back, “But I’m just a
kid! I was bored! Sometimes kids say stupid things! Sometimes kids say things
they don’t mean!”

 

     But at that moment, Fawn understood words
once said, cannot be unsaid. She tried her best to shut out the voice. She had
enough trouble at the moment.

 

     “I—I—I’m freezing!” Bunny cried. “I’m
s-s-sorry Fawn!!”

 

     “Why? What for?” Fawn mumbled as she tried
to hold onto Bunny.

 

     “It was my idea to go out looking for
clues! I made you break your promise. Now…we’re probably going to die in this
blizzard.”

 

     Bunny almost slipped from her grasp, as
Fawn scolded her, “Stop that! Don’t talk like that! Don’t even think like that!
Everything is going to be fine! Just remember…together…until the last snowflake
faaallll—”

 

     Suddenly, with Bunny still clenched in her
teeth, Fawn was tumbling down a steep slope. Head over hooves she rolled and
rolled. She never lost her grip on her little friend until they came to an
abrupt stop at the bottom of the hill. Bunny flew from her mouth, up into the
snowy air.

 

     “Aahh!” Fawn cried out in fear. “Bunny!”

 

     She was lying in the snow, unable to move,
and then suddenly Fawn felt something land on her belly. It was Bunny! But, she
wasn’t moving! She just lay there…silent and motionless.

 

     “Bunny! Bunny? Are you alright? Speak to
me! Bunny!!”

 

     She was too weak to raise herself to check
on her friend. The sound of her voice was lost in the roaring winds. Tears
rolled down her cheeks, as she looked at Bunny lying helplessly on her belly.

 

     “Oh…Bunny!” she murmured through her
tears.

 

     Then, she saw shadows approaching. She
could hear voices…but couldn’t make out who they were

 

     Foddle?
Snowman? 

 

     But, she couldn’t see…and she couldn’t
stay awake any longer.

 

 

Excerpt #1 from Book 2- The
Ona Pendulum

 

     It was at that
very moment…something very strange occurred.

 

     Santa and Wajic
suddenly became motionless, and their faces appeared in energized broken
patterns…almost like shattered, electrified pieces of glass. Every angle of the
fractured pattern sputtered and flashed likenesses of them……but each one
different. In some they looked younger…and in others, older…….and older still.

 

     Fawn, Bunny,
Snowboy and Doctor Weather were all quite surprised and taken aback. They had
absolutely no idea what was happening…or what they should do. The only choice
they had was to stand there powerlessly watching.

 

     Then, just as
suddenly as it began, it stopped.

 

     Looking a bit
overwhelmed, everyone just stood there…watching Santa and Wajic.

 

     “Are you
alright?” asked Fawn.

 

     “Yes…perfectly
fine.” Santa answered. He noticed the concerned looks on everyone’s face, and
added, “Why do you ask?”

 

     The Doctor
explained, “Well…something just happened a moment ago. Very odd! You didn’t
notice? You didn’t feel anything?”

 

     Wajic stretched
his arms and yawned.

 

     “Come to think of
it…I am a little tired all of a sudden.”

 

     Santa brought a
gloved hand up to cover his mouth, as he also yawned.

 

     “Me, too! Hmmm.
That’s very strange! What was it you saw?”

 

     Fawn, Bunny,
Snowboy and Doctor Weather gave them the details of what they’d seen, and with
each piece of information, Wajic looked more and more worried.

 

     Santa noticed.

 

     “What is it, old
friend?”

 

     “I’m not quite
sure, Kris. It could be nothing…or….it could be something! When we get back to
the Village, I’ll head to my workshop and look into it.”

 

     As he yawned a
second time, Santa said, “Let’s just hope it’s nothing serious.”

 

 

Excerpt #2 from Book 2- The
Ona Pendulum

 

     The young
reindeer’s chest suddenly felt tight, and she felt she might faint as she saw a
faint gasp of air escape Bunny’s lips. And then, her little chest stopped
moving.

 

     “NO! Bunny!
Bunny! Don’t…………..leave me!”

 

     She was frantic
as she crawled across the dirt floor of the cavern to Barney and Bert.

 

     “Barney!! Bunny’s
not—”

 

     But she stopped
when she saw Barney and Bert were no longer breathing, as well.

 

     She hung her head
and huge teardrops fell from her big doe eyes. Her heart was palpitating and
she was quivering. She couldn’t believe it could end this way.

 

     Nonot
like this
! This isn’t fair! How could we make it this faronly to lose anyway?

 

     Fawn lay on her
side and her body literally trembled as a flood of unstoppable tears began to
fall.

 

     And then, a
bright glow emanated from the area of the throne. Though her vision was blurred
from her tears, Fawn managed to get to her feet and peered toward the light as
an apparition slowly came into view. Ever-so-gradually it became clearer and
clearer until she recognized who it was.

 

     “Atch?”

 

     Although he was
rather transparent, and more of an outline than a true semblance of himself, he
was undeniably Atch. He casually walked toward Fawn, smiling warmly and holding
out his hand. As he neared her, he reached out and stroked her head.

 

     He spoke softly,
and kindly, in his high-pitched voice.

 

     “Do not grieve,
little one. Help is on the way this very moment.”

 

     Through her
tears, Fawn blurted, “But….it’s….too……….late!”

 

     “Faith, child.
Have faith! But…you’ll need to remember one word.”

 

     Fawn’s ears
perked up, and she looked at him quizzically.

 

     “A word? What
word?”

 

     Atch smiled
impishly at her and answered, “Yes….just one word. Vita.”

 

     “Vita? That’s
it?”

 

 

Excerpt #1 from Book 3-Far
And Yet So Near

 

     “A little snow shouldn’t be a problem,
eh?” Doctor Weather called out to Foddle.

 

     For the umpteenth time, she brushed snow
off Hutch that probably measured a couple of inches thick.

 

     Foddle looked at a loss for words, as he
flicked snow off his beard and face.

 

     “What can I say?” he replied. “How could I
have known?”

 

     Bunny was completely covered in snow, and
shouted angrily at Snowboy, “A little snow never hurt anybody! Isn’t that what
you said?”

 

     Snowboy couldn’t think of anything to say,
except, “I’m sorry! Really! I am!”

 

     He took a moment to look down at himself
and then blurted out, “Hey! I think I’m getting bigger again!”

 

     Once again, Bunny pointed a paw at him.
“Stop that!!”

 

     Snow was falling so heavily, it was
difficult for anyone to even see the end of the dog teams.

 

     Perched on Fawn’s back, Bunny cleaned snow
off herself as best she could, and shook her head disgustedly.

 

     “A drop-off into nothingness…Hangnail
Pass…a Bridge with a mind of its own…playing ‘catch-up’ with a bunch of
wandering reindeer…and now a heavy snowfall! What’s next? An earthquake?!”

 

     Fawn’s eyebrows came down heavy over her
eyes as she looked at her friend.

 

     “Shh! Don’t say that! Don’t even think it!
When folks say ‘Things could be worse!’…you’re
not supposed to help things get that way!”

 

 

Excerpt #2 from Book 3-Far
And Yet So Near

 

     Camilla seemed to be having a fairly good
day, and had just finished her fourth game of checkers with Fawn.

 

     “Wow! We’re tied! Are you up for one
more….to see who the winner is?”

 

     Fawn felt relieved her friend was in good
spirits and accepted the challenge.

 

     Camilla was setting up the checker board,
and was just putting the last checkers in place when she suddenly turned her
head thoughtfully toward Fawn. Her emotions came to the fore, as they silently
sat looking at one another, and a single teardrop escaped her eye to run down
her cheek.

 

     In a soft, sincere voice that sounded
almost pleading, she said, “Don’t forget me.”

 

     All at once, the young reindeer felt short
of breath, and she blinked a few times. She knew what Camilla was doing…what
she was saying…and she didn’t want to hear it. She would rather have been
cooped up in her stable stall all day than have to face the fact her friend was
dying. She’d rather be anywhere else, than here….by Camilla’s bedside….having
this conversation.

 

     But they were having this conversation…and Fawn was her friend. Apparently…her only friend!

 

     It suddenly dawned on her that in the
eight weeks she’d been at the Fleming’s home, Fawn had never seen one friend
come to call on Camilla. She didn’t know the reason why…but for some reason,
this charming little girl was friendless…save for her.

 

     Fawn came to Camilla’s side and nuzzled
her head against her arm. Then she stepped back…unsure of what to say or do.

 

     What
would Mum or Dad say
?

 

     In an instant…the right words came to her.

 

     “If I should forget you….it would be like
I have forgotten how to breathe.”

 

     For a long time, they stayed like
that…close enough to feel each other’s love…and far enough away to not break
down and cry. Camilla’s tired eyes glistened with tears, and she bit down on
her bottom lip, as she beckoned Fawn nearer. All the reindeer could think of
doing was lay her head in her friend’s lap, and just feel her presence.

 

     Fawn looked up and told her, “My friends
at the North Pole and I have a saying. It always seemed rather cute and
charming before. But now…it hurts me so when I think of the words.”

 

     Softly stroking her head, Camilla asked,
“What is this saying you and your friends have?”

 

     “Friends…..’til the last snowflake falls.”

 

     The girl could feel Fawn’s head tremble as
she broke down in tears, and she tried her best to fight the urge to do the
same.

 

     “You and your friends have a wonderful
saying. It really means that you’ll love each other forever.”

 

     Fawn lifted her head up, and stared into
Camilla’s eyes.

 

     “You……..are my friend…too! You’ll always
have a place in my heart….until the very last snowflake falls. And ever after
as well!”

 

     As Camilla hugged Fawn tightly, she
whispered, “Thank you.”

 

     Standing at the doorway, unnoticed,
Roberta handed a clean handkerchief to Mrs. Fleming, holding one back for
herself. Then, they quietly stepped back from the doorway, leaned against the
corridor wall and cried.

 

 
     Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.
     It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he’s been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!
     Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.
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Interview with Kelly Kwok about her new book ~ The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook


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I reviewed The Asian Slow Cooker Recipes by Kelly Kwok I also had a chance to catch up and have a quick chat with her. The book has given us great ideas, we tried a couple of the recipes and they were spot on.

The Tour also has a great giveaway so follow the page to the very end.

1)   Welcome to Defining Ways Kelly can you tell me a little bit about

yourself? 

I’m happy to be here! I’m a mom of two and I blog over at Life Made

Sweeter where I share family friendly recipes and easy sweet treats. 

2) When did you start to cook? Do you have any fun stories about cooking bloopers?

I’ve always had a strong interest in cooking so I began following my parents

around in the kitchen ever since I can remember. They started giving me easy

 tasks to do when I was 12 then by the time I was 14 I began making our

 family’s meals all by myself.

There have been a few mishaps though. I remember constantly forgetting that

I left the stove on and walking away while I was boiling soup. Needless to

say there were many messes I’ve had to clean up during those years 🙂

 

3) I love the dedication in your book. To your Mon and in Loving Memory of

your guardian Angels. I think the heart and soul of any home is the kitchen,

can you tell us about any Kitchen Guardian Angels?

 

Thank you. Growing up, the kitchen has always been a place for our entire

family to gather and spend time together. We would sit down and make

spring rolls together while catching up on what everyone was up to.

One of my fondest memories was when my grandma would tell us stories from

her childhood. Now that she’s no longer with us, I still feel that strong

connection with her anytime I make one of her favorite dishes.

 

4) I grew up with pressure cooker meals (the city of my childhood has very high

altitude and thus cooking takes longer). Today I use both a pressure cooker

and a slow cooker. Are there any other fun kitchen gadgets you have as

practical favorites?

A rice cooker is definitely a kitchen gadget we use daily. It’s not only great for

cooking that perfect bowl of steaming rice, it can cook oatmeal and steam

veggies as well.

 

5) Is there anything else you’d like to share with our guests her a Defining

 Ways?

 

Thanks so much for having me here today. Hopefully I can inspire some of

you to try adding some new flavors to your slow cooker meals 🙂

New blends of tastes in Asian cuisine for me

I love cookbooks. This one has several fabulous pluses. To start
with the book is dedicated to amongst others the authors Guardian Angels and I
guess they know their spices.

I made the Teriyaki chicken recipe and my family was very
impressed. My husband has earmarked a few pages, so I am in for great treats! 
I love the book and here are a few of the reasons:
-The images are clear and very inviting. 
-The recipes are easy to follow. 
-The book is divided and indexed in a fun clever way.
I think this book is great for all crockpot users; beginners and
experts alike. 
FIVE STARS  ☆☆☆☆☆

The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook

With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts.
You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice.
the-asian-slow-cooker-coverThere are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

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Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites. 
 
 
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Baibin Nighthawk & Dominick Fencer ⊗ ⊗ ⊗ The High Yield Vector

Espionage Thriller
Date Published: March 2016

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Former British intelligence agent Mark Savannah escapes the international arrest warrant hanging over his head by taking refuge among the Tuareg of Mali. In 2008 the resurgence of fighting in the North of the country causes him to change his plans, forcing him into hiding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he works undercover as a doctor at the hospital in Kinshasa. Trying to survive the widespread corruption in the country, Mark becomes a direct witness to the devastating and deadly effects of a transgenic plant project funded by an international consortium that is looking for breakthrough OMG production strains while ruthlessly taking huge risks with the native population’s health. Approached once again by British intelligence to investigate the activities of the consortium, Mark finds himself involved in violent clashes between several countries’ intelligence services as they fight for control over the territory and its markets. Mark once again finds himself facing a deadly confrontation with his mortal enemy and the “sniper” who has never stopped hunting him.
 
First Book in the Series: 
Date Published: December 8, 2013
Mark Savannah has already lived two lives and now he is looking for a third, but he is trapped by a past he can’t escape.
Professor Zimmermann of the University of Buenos Aires has warned him: “They have been able to cover up the whole affair and destroy all the evidence”.
Mark has discovered an extraordinary secret hidden deep in CIA director Colonel Reed’s past and in the neural transplant operations of Biosketch Technologies Inc., a biotech company set up by Reed.
Mark came into contact with Biosketch Technologies Inc. and the diabolical Project “Transtem 1.1″ while studying civilian and military neural transplant patients. As Mark attempts to uncover the truth, he is pursued by Anaïs Degann, a CIA agent with orders to terminate him.
Project “Transtem 1.1″ is just the tip of the iceberg of Reed’s dark plans and, in order to get his life back, Mark has to break the ties connecting Colonel Reed with Colonel Kozlov of the Russian counterintelligence service. Reed’s links to Russian intelligence threaten to compromise international security and Mark must stop him at all costs.
About the Authors 
Baibin Nighthawk writes spy fiction, thrillers and science fiction. She is the co-author of the Mark Savannah espionage series and of the Dhungwana Chronicles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Certificate in Art (Martenot Arts Plastiques, Paris).
Dominick Fencer writes spy fiction, thrillers and science fiction. He is the co-author of the Mark Savannah espionage series and of the Dhungwana Chronicles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and an MBA. 

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Susan Squires – The Mists of Time – Release Blitz

Paranormal Romance
 
 
 
Divided by Centuries
Diana Dearborn knows all about romance, at least in the books she writes. But passion eludes her in real life—until she’s offered the chance to travel back in time to Camelot. The world of King Arthur and Guinevere is nothing like she pictured, and neither is the knight she encounters upon her return to San Francisco: Gawain, the hero of her current project. He’s complicated, mysterious, and sexier than anything her imagination could conjure. And he’s been waiting for her…
 
Entwined by Desire
Now, joined together in a desperate race, Diana and Gawain must prevent an ancient, evil force from wreaking mayhem in the all-too-real present. Diana must learn to trust Gawain, even while she encounters secrets about her own past. But even if their mission succeeds, does Diana’s destiny lie with this man from another time—and will their love alter history forever?
 
 EXCERPT
 
Making love to her had been a miracle. Gawain couldn’t regret it. The way she opened to him, the way she trusted him. He’d worried when she was so hesitant. He’d wondered if she was too damaged by her previous experience.
Had he been gentle enough with her? It had cost him every ounce of his control to go as slowly has he had, when he wanted to claim her as his own, fast and fierce, with the right to protect and defend her, the right to make love to her, for them to bear children together and stand together against all comers.
Gawain felt her stir in his arms. She still had her sleep shirt on, though it was entirely unbuttoned, leaving her soft breasts pressed against his chest. He had captured her thigh between his own as she dozed after sex. This was how they should sleep together, always.
She wiggled the leg between his. He opened his thigh immediately. “Did your leg go to sleep?”
“No. I just liked the feel of it against your, uh, you know.’
He raised his brows. “Against my ‘you know’? Those are my bollocks and my cock you’re speaking of.”
Her eyes went dark. “Yes.”
“I know you know those words. You use them in your books.”
“Yes.” She cleared her throat. “Well, it’s a little different saying them to someone in real life.” She cleared her throat again. “I, uh, I hope it was okay for you.”
“Yelling is a clue. You don’t often get yelling.”
She tried to suppress a smile and looked down.
He felt his cock springing to new life. Would he ever get enough of her? “I’m not sure your research is yet complete if you have to resort to ‘you know’ to describe things.” He rolled over on his back and scooted her over next to him. “Don’t you think you should explore a little yourself? Just in the name of research.”
She grinned but looked away.
“You can’t possibly be shy after opening to my mouth the way you did.”
“Was…was I too brazen?” She looked stricken.
“A man likes his woman to be lady in public and brazen in bed. You were perfect.”
“So, uh, I should be brazen now.” She slid a glance down to his groin.
“Yes.”
She took her lip between her teeth as though she were girding her own loins. “I suppose you know that all those things I wrote in my books—they were pretty much just words to me. I know the words well enough but…
“But you should explore the reality,” he said.
She smiled shyly. “If you’re sure you wouldn’t mind.”
“I’ll bear up.” At least this time he could wait. He’d had one hell of an orgasm less than an hour ago.
“Well, I think I’ll start with your nipples. I was very curious earlier, but I didn’t like to, uh, just…. Well, you know.”
“You think you’re conveying something with this phrase ‘you know.’ But you’re not. Could you mean ‘lick them’?”
She sighed as if relieved. “Yes. Lick them.”
She bent over him and touched her tongue to his right nipple. Sensation shot to his groin. He hadn’t expected that. Not from just a nipple. Not after having spent himself so forcefully less than an hour before. She ran her tongue over it and then sucked gently. He cleared his throat. Now she raked her teeth across it, not biting, but the mere possibility of biting made him feel open and vulnerable to her. She continued working at it, alternating techniques while her other small hand gravitated toward his other nipple and began to tweak it.
She pulled up. “Now, describe how that feels please.”
“Good.”
She frowned at him. “I can’t just say it feels ‘good’ in my books.”
“Well, I’m a man. Men don’t wax flowery over…over things like that.” He took a breath. “That doesn’t mean you have to stop.”
She slipped down and slid her tongue into his navel. “I have other fish to fry right now. I’ll try to get back to them later.” She pulled his thighs apart and he obliged her. “I’ve read,” she said meditatively, “that the area just behind the testicles is very sensitive.” She took two fingers and rubbed the spot in question slowly, deeply. Lord, he was hard as a rock already. Could things get any more intense? “Is that true?” she asked.
“Uh, yes.” Where did she read these kinds of things? In books like hers?
“Pleasurable?”
“That would be yes.”
“And balls, do you like them caressed if I promise to be very gentle?”
“I, uh, I don’t know. No one’s ever done, uh, that exactly to me.”
“You surprise me.” She gave a knowing smile. “A man with your experience?”
The last woman he’d had was the Green Knight’s wife, and that was many years ago. At the thought of the Green Knight and his failure of honor, his heart contracted. He had to put that failure away. This was for Diana. He would perform the act of loving with her, for her, as a healing rite. That was the height of honor. And if it wasn’t, then honor be damned.

Susan Squires grew up among the giant redwoods of California. She thought she was being practical by changing her major in college from theater to English literature. Immersed in a PhD. Program, she slowly realized that none of her graduating friends had work. So she dropped out after receiving a Master’s degree to take an paying job in the business world.

As an executive in a Fortune 500 company, she returned to her love of writing while continuing to hold her day-job, much to the amusement of her fellow executives. Her novel Danegeld, had already been purchased by Dorchester by the time she accepted a Golden Heart for Best Unpublished Paranormal Manuscript from Romance Writers of America. It was the first of an eclectic group of historical and contemporary paranormal stories known for their intensity. Body Electric was named by Publishers Weekly one of the ten most influential paperbacks of 2002, for blending romance and science-fiction. Book List compared No More Lies to the works of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton, but it was also a Rita finalist for Best Published Paranormal Romance by Romance Writers of America.
Susan’s Companion Series for St. Martin’s Press continued to garner attention with admiring reviews and several visits to the New York Times Bestseller List. Publishers Weekly named One with the Shadows a Best Book of the Year, and several of the series received starred reviews. Her books have won the many regional contests for published works of paranormal romantic fiction.
Susan no longer has to use tales of romance and adventure to escape budgets and projects. She finally left her day job, and researches and writes her books at the beach in Southern California, supported by three Belgian Sheepdogs and a wonderful husband named Harry who writes occult mysteries as H.R. Knight
 
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FORGOTTEN TRAILS

When a Native American Salish woman seeks out her past, she must challenge her beliefs in herself and her family or lose her chance at love.forgottentrails

Rachiah has always prided herself in her heritage in the Salish community in northwestern Montana. When she finds out her dad isn’t her biological father, Rachiah determines it’s time to find out the truth everyone has kept hidden.

Damon has hurt a girl like Rachiah in the past. His need to make it up to her and assuage his guilt overwhelms him, forcing him to pursue a friendship with Rachiah when her aloofness would normally discourage him from trying further.

Will Damon’s need to fix his guilty past mess with Rachiah’s need to find herself? Or will they both diminish into the forgotten world of what-ifs and ranches?

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Real people, real loss, real love.
Bonnie focuses on the emotional thrill of the romance, the discovery of self and the dynamic forces at play to both pull and push love growth.
With 6 children and her own eternal romance at home, Bonnie lives her own dream every day. She’s spoiled with blessings and wants to share the joy of ever-after possibilities with others.
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