The Lunar EFFECT is the first in a new series (The Ayla St. John Chronicles Book 1) by one of my favorite authors, C.J. Pinard. Her writing has engaged me for years and I am always happy to see when she has a new series in the making.
This paranormal story, in the beginning, has the feel of a mature coming of age YA, but it quickly turns into an evolving emotional paranormal series that the reader is not wanting to end. I don’t do spoilers… Only point you in a direction that might take you into dark alleys and walking in the sunshine when it seems impossible.
I talked Pinard into gifting me The Lunar EFFECT book – I was and am for the most part flat broke. She has her next book in this series, The Lunar CURSE out for pre-order and will be delivered on the 15th of February.
C.J. Pinard is a USA Today Bestselling author, editor, wearer of fabulous shoes, and high-functioning wineholic. Her links are on her Facebook page
And here is her Amazon Author page
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I was blessed with an ARC of Ander’s book, Hell In A Hand Basket, in exchange for an honest review.
My initial reaction was WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!
From the author of Hell Hath No Fury… I was expecting a good read but one that might not be as ‘good’ as her debut book. Well, no fear, this author is going on as she started.
Hell In A Hand Basket also draws you in quickly and firmly to the characters, including the foils, the friends, the ones not as central to the plot because each one has a role to play and is a fleshed out person in their own right.
There is a scene that left my emotions raw and my eyes leaking. An author that can evoke tears of joy or sorrow has done a job few even try to attempt.
Now, I understand from covert rumblings there are more stories already in progress and while I may reserve judgment until those too are read, my fear that they will be less than Anders’ debut is no longer a worry.
This writer seems to have fallen into her genre and is leading her readers on one merry romp after another. Truly an emotional ride to an eternal love.
Annabelle and I met on Facebook and immediately fell into an easy kinship discussing writing, books, and favorite authors. She recommended her hero, Mary Balogh when we were discussing means on doing the ‘dirty’ on a villain. I mentioned a method, yet not killing, and she counted with, “That is very much like an ending to a Mary Balogh book. Do you read her?”
I was happy to say, “No, but I will.” I’m now blitzing through all of Balogh’s books and have to agree, Annabelle’s judgment is sound.
And, Annabelle’s writing is delightful and well worth reading.
via Rumba in Em
I first met Catherine Mann through her writing and my reading. She is a Rita Award writer so knowing and expecting her writing to be above the cut is a given. Her latest book, The Baby Claim is set in Alaska.
It has been awhile since I read one of Mann’s books but her smooth transition into a world of high flying but yet down to earth characters are met head on where even the sensualness of the nap of rug draws you into the twists of plot quickly.
This book is a new series, where only the Alaskan Tundra is frozen. Broderick and Glenna must try to rekindle a love lost for the sake of more than themselves. Giving away the plot is never found in my reviews. You must experience the journey through her writing. It is for pre-sale now at this link- The Baby Claim
The second time I met Cathine Mann was on Facebook and for all our complaints of Facebook’s algorithms, spying as does Google, Facebook does give us the opportunity to connect with people that have like interests.
I connected because she is an animal advocate. I did not realize immediately she was one of the authors I enjoyed reading.
Coupled with that and a habit of never leaving home without at least two books to read when the chance dictates, Cathy’s book was one in hand and half-finished by Christmas day.
I spent Christmas day with my youngest son and family. Normally I am at home with my furry rescued animals and having their routine disrupted made for an over joyous reunion.
The four dogs, two large – a Pitt Terrier and a Lab/Pitt mix – jumped on me, pinning me to the sink as they washed my face, hands, any skin available, while the two ‘ankle-biter’ sized pups: a Cock-a-Poo and a Beagle/Dachshund entangled my legs hugging me tightly. It was their rendition of, ” Thank God you’re alive! We thought surely you were dead!” Amidst this reunion, my purse was knocked to the floor and The Baby Claim book was sent spiraling towards the dining area.
I did retrieve The Baby Claim and put it in a safe place, not to be found until several days ago – well into the new year. I am happy to say the review above is submitted because I did finish the read.
My only resolution for 2018 is not to put anything in a safe place because the lock on that safe is usually forgotten
To connect with Cathy Woods Mann aka Catherine Mann on Facebook, click the link
I still have just a few calendars available for sale. $25 (free shipping in the US) and they have been signed. If you are interested, send me a message in messenger for more details. Thanks, Everyone and have a Great day!
His calendars are truly a work of art and a year’s worth of pictures to frame – I did. I am proud to say, I also own several of the individual pictures featured above in the 2018 Calendar.
I was drawn (no pun intended) to Mike when he first posted sketches of Native American nature, wildlife, and historical NA figures. The first portrait I had to have, I saved and bought a print and as I was able to buy more, I found out he does commission work as well.
I was fortunate to have him do a portrait of my husband and me for our 50th Anniversary which now hangs in my computer room.
It first graced the wall of my husband’s room in rehab and was a source of comfort to him when I was not with him. It is now a touchstone for me since Paul went to Glory early last year.