Second Chance – Cover Reveal!

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Second Chance

A Contemporary Romance Novel,
by Suzi MacDonald

Release Date: 17 October, 2016

Teige Adams fell for the dazzling Zani Fairmichael in high school, but Zani was far too sophisticated to fall for a tall, geeky misfit like Teige. Twenty years later, he is a successful photographer with a string of glamorous ex-girlfriends behind him, and Zani has become plain Allie Brown, the mother of demanding teenage twins.

When Teige discovers that Allie has separated from her husband and is moving back to their hometown, he is determined to try for a second chance at the girl he never had.

But Allie, on the rebound from a difficult marriage, isn’t certain what (or who) she wants. And Teige’s slightly unhinged ex-fiancée and Allie’s soon-to-be-ex-husband have their own ideas about who Teige and Allie should be with. And then there is Katie, who is certain that Teige is The One for her. Will Teige finally win Allie’s heart – or is it too late for a second chance?

About the author:

Suzi Macdonald can’t remember a time when she wasn’t lost in fiction. She wrote her first full length novel by hand when she was twelve years old and she has been striving to live up to it ever since. She lives in a village in Scotland with her partner, their two children and a rather silly dog. When she isn’t writing she spends her time reading, walking and project managing.

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Masked Hearts – Authors’ Interviews

Masked Hearts – Authors’ Interviews

I worked with all five authors who wrote for Masked Hearts,
2016-03-16_Masked Hearts Cover Revealand through our emails bouncing back-and-forth fell in love with their talented works. Each is so individual, even under the umbrella of the titular theme, I could not settle on any single question to do justice to each author and her story.

So instead of asking the same one or two questions of all the authors, I sent out a list and said “Pick any three”. Here you’ll gain an insight into each author, revealed by their choice of questions as well as the answers given.

Thank you, all…

Dana Wright — Affinity

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? (If you write more than one… How do you balance them?)
    I do write in more than one genre and to be honest it is a challenge to keep them balanced. Under another pen name, I write erotic romance and since things have taken off it has been a crunch to keep up with my day job and both writing styles.
    As to the why…I believe people are more than one sided. I love to watch different kinds of movies and read all sorts of books. It makes sense to me that I write romance, horror, YA and erotic romance because I love to do it. You might even occasionally find me writing a picture book or poetry. Words are fun.
  2. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    That’s a good question. E-books have opened up an entirely new world to both authors and readers. I work in a bookstore, so I see both sides of the coin. As a multi-published author, e-books have helped me achieve a dream.
    But there is a certain type of reader who will only pick up physical books in a bookstore and will never embrace digital media. It can be a challenge to harness both, but that is my goal. I will continue to work on my digital material but I also have goals to get my books into bookstores.
  3. You’ve already done interviews…:What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? “Oh wow. I think I would love for someone to ask for a longer novel based on the story in the book. “
    3a And…your answer?
    I loved it [the story], so the answer would be ‘yes’.

Claire Devon — Water Woman:

  1. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    As a hybrid author with Kindle on my phone, I appreciate the ease of e-books.
    As a person of “a certain age” who enjoys the visceral feel of a book, I prefer paperbacks. There is room for both and both have merit. It’s easier to lend your paperback around to others (if you can bear to let it out of your sight).
  2. Of all the books or shorts you have written, which would you most like to see adapted for the screen?
    Without question, the first in my Elementals’ Challenge series called “Fire Danger.”
    2a How would you adapt it?
    It would not be hard, since it is set in today’s world with an overlay of the paranormal, and the FX are already there for flying people, fire beings, dragons and other creatures. The challenge would be in properly capturing the love story between the two main characters, while still imparting the sense of danger that the world building creates in the book.
  3. You’ve done many interviews…What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
    “Why did you choose the location you chose for “Water Woman?” What made you choose the types of creatures you chose instead of wolves/vampires, etc.?”
    3a And…the answer?
    I noticed about a year ago I was keeping in my comfort zone about certain locations. I also have seen a tendency for the same sort of paranormal types to surface again and again in our literature. It is a big world out there with many types of interesting beings and I wanted to tackle those. That’s why you’ll see paranormals in my work which you’re less likely to see in others. I hope the reader likes what I’m trying to do.

Sharon Hughson — Duty Or Desire

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? (If you write more than one… How do you balance them?)
    I have published works of women’s fiction, sweet romance, young adult fantasy, non-fiction Bible studies and devotionals, and now fantasy romance (as well as poetry). My preferred genre is young adult fantasy, but writing romance comes naturally to me since that is what I read the most of for YEARS.
    As for balancing all these…I’m still working on that. At the moment, I try to focus my novel writing skills on young adult fantasy since it’s where I want to be.
  2. Of all the books or shorts you’ve written, which would you prefer a reader to read first, in order to “get” you and your style?
    I think the story “The Demon Was Me” (coming out in October in Month9Book’s In The Beginning anthology) is where I would love readers to start. It is my only published young adult story. It is a dark biblical retelling I set in a dystopian world. Readers can see what I want to accomplish with my written words through this story.
  3. You’ve done many interviews…What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
    “Isn’t fiction all about entertainment? Why do you choose to entertain rather than educate?”
    3aAnd…the answer?
    As an educator, I realize that the best way to teach someone is to get them having fun first. Do I hope my stories entertain readers? Yes. But I also hope they will see the deeper messages embedded in the theme and subtext. In the case of “Duty or Desire,” one of my themes states we give one of these two things top billing – duty for me since I was taught to finish the work first before I could play. However, true contentment is a balance of both, although perhaps not in equal measure. All of my stories have more than one subliminal message.

Sheryl Winters — Feather Fall

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
    The story chooses me. First comes the vision, the images of certain characters. These “people,” could be swimming or dancing or just talking over coffee. My job is to find out why they are doing what they are doing, then the story begins to evolve and the story becomes a lovely Jigsaw puzzle. One piece leads to the other until I wake up and find I’ve “fallen in love,” with my story.
  2. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    I love both. E-books are very nice when I’m at work at lunch. I can never settle to just one before I leave the house. Having a handful of books to read at any time, say the airport, the hospital, stuck at work during my lunch hour is an awesome feeling.
    However, some books, usually Fantasy with a touch of Dragons, I want in print. I want to sniff the pages and feel the weight in my hands as I flip through the pages.
  3. You’ve done many interviews…What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
    “If you could meet any one of your characters who would you meet and why?”
    3a And…the answer?
    I would love to meet one of the Ra’von or Draven from Skydreamer, one of the seriously good-looking males from Skydreamer. Prince Ra’von, in particular, would be fun to interview. After all, he’s not only seriously good looking but is the most gentle-hearted man. He’s also a dragon-shifter, and I’d like to know a few things about them. Do they enjoy killing griffons or is it more of a cultural thing? When they are flying, what keeps them up? Magic, wing power, wind velocity, etc.. So many questions that I know he has the answer to.

Nemma Wollenfang — Dragon Law

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? (If you write more than one how do you balance them?)
    I write in several genres: fantasy, historical, dystopian, sci-fi… I find it isn’t a choice as such, the story leads you into those different fields like a dog pulling on a leash. Always though, I like to have a romantic element. Sometimes it is a bit of a balancing act when moving between works and I have to take care not to slip from one style into another. Reading the same genre before starting to write can help set my mind on the right track. Sometimes, though, they cross-over quite naturally, for example, I’m currently working on a historical sci-fi set in an alternative version of Victorian-era London.
  2. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    I’ve always been a print book fan. I like to feel the pages, have my own personal copy, and have books stacked around me. It’s a comfort thing. And when I settle down with a paperback there’s no temptation to flick onto the internet, I can cut the world out and focus only on the book.
    But at the same time I’ve read, and become completely engrossed with, a lot of fantastic fiction that’s only available online or in e-book format. So I think e-books have made fiction much more accessible — but I will always love print books.
  3. What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? “Writers often have to contend with distractions – what are your worst?”
    3a. And…the answer?
    My worst distraction is cats. I volunteer at a local cat rescue and I’ve adopted several of the adorable little monsters. I get nipped, kicked and patted while trying to write, until I relent and pay attention. Several times after leaving my computer I’ve returned to find sudden… additions… to works-in-progress. Always illegible. They can be a BIG distraction, yes, but they can be an inspiration too. It’s been while I’ve been working at the rescue that I’ve had some of my biggest ‘Eureka!’ moments with stories. Several of their names might have also slipped into my fiction too…

An Outlaw In Her Bed – Interview with author Kastil Eavenshade

The setting of Kastil’s romance gives the tale aAn Outlaw in Her Bed Cover Final 1600x2500  real “Oomph” …the Wild West background makes both the characters and the story line credible. So when I was asked to offer questions to Kastil, my first few questions pretty much focussed on the setting…

Here are the Qs & As:

  1. How did you become involved with the subject/theme of your book?
    Thanks to my father, I learned to love a good western and always liked the outlaws living on the edge. Not quite without morals yet willing to take a life if necessary. I had also never written a western before so I took it as a challenge. Besides, I love history and the research that comes along with it..
  2. What is the biggest thing that people think they know about this book’s “wild west” setting, that isn’t so?
    That’s there’s a showdown in the streets. While that trope works well in the movies, it’s not really accurate.
  3. What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
    Expanding the story, at least at first. The original draft had about 12,000 words. Every time I sat down with it, I couldn’t figure out how to add without it being just fluff. My muse didn’t let me down on those long drives to my 9 to 5 job.
  4. Which authors have inspired you?
    I read several genres but as far as romance goes, I’d pick Connie Mason. She’s my go-to gal. She taught me the value of making sure you got the period right.
  5. Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
    I’m a pantser writer. The words tend to flow out in gobs from a singular idea. Depending on the type of book I’m reading, I’ll research as I go or sometimes, write it and then on the read through I make sure that I’ve got the facts right—especially on historicals. I find paranormal and fantasy have a lot more play in what you create than basing something on periods of time that are fixed in the real world.
  6. Of all the books (or stories) you’ve written, which would you prefer a reader to read first, in order to “get” you and your style?
    I can be pretty snarky at times and love when I can put a little humor into books, though I’ve dabbled on the dark side too. The Romance Novel Book Club is more of me than I’d like to admit.
  7. What do your plans for future projects include?
    I write all over the spectrum. Right now, I’m working on a m/m piece for a special anthology. After that, I have three pet projects to finish—the next naughty fairytale book in my Beowulf Hollow series, a young adult piece, and a historical pirate story.
  8. What books or films do you like to read/watch in your free time?
    I’ve been really bad at reading books lately as I’ve been caught up on reading a few historical pieces online. Movies, however, are my escape. Beyond seeing Deadpool a few times in the theatre, I’ve been re-watching the Harry Potter series with my son plus the Spartacus series. I love the gladiator lore.
  9. What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here: What is your dream outlaw?
  10. Now, answer it.
    A man with morals, for one. It’s all right to buck against the law when they’re in the wrong (and in the wild west, having a badge didn’t mean you weren’t corrupt) but to do it without regard to life just doesn’t mesh with me. He’s a man that needs a strong woman because sometimes tangling with the law means a life on the run. He loves as madly and deeply as I do and we’d do anything to protect each other.






Dear Philomena, by M S Spencer

Dagne, an advice columnist intent on writing a novel.
A former lover who can be a louse. ACover of Dear Philomena parent with a dodgy background. A hero figure who promises romance. A white pickup too often on the scene. Three cousins who are really brothers. The full gamut of emotion from rage to ecstasy.

These components fit in Spencer’s romance cum crime novel in which the action is as well written as any crime or thriller. The descriptive passages of the environment on Chincoteague Island enable the reader to easily visualise a place they may never visit.

The closeness of the community allows the characters to know each other’s lives and family histories, and thus the picture of the motive for crime becomes clearer. Some characters are amusing: Alex, owning many small businesses named after himself, who sees all; Starlyn, desperate to keep her wandering husband on a leash; Bert, snooping to check the neighbourhood, as all elderly citizens feel they should; and more. Others are…worrying, to say the least: jealous, inadequate, confrontational, suspicious, lecherous–not atypical of a small town community.

There are worse traits to emerge from under the veneer of polite, or romantic, interactions. Spencer reveals them all as Dagne tries to write her novel as well as continuing her advice column, while unknowingly being involved in a murder investigation–and nearly a victim. The closure is convincing, and this has been one of the very few romance novels I have enjoyed

Publisher: I Heart Publishing

Published (Print): October 2015
1st ed’n E-book published July 2011
2nd Edition E-book published October 2015 with ISBN: 978-1517770464


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Roane Publishing is giving away THREE ARCs of “Soul of Dust” by Adam Millard

Roane Publishing is giving away THREE ecopies of 
Soul of Dust!

Soul of Dust
By Adam Millard
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Sleuth, Paranormal, Investigator, Wizard, Demons, magic, Gritty

Jack Bridge is having a very bad day.

Life as a private investigator is tough, but it’s even worse when you’re a semi-immortal wizard private investigator whose tolerance for humans grows thinner by the day. Just when he thinks things can’t get worse, in she walks.
Kate West, beautiful and complex in equal measure, with a problem only Jack can solve. Daemons, magic, voodoo, and vamps; it’s all very real, and Jack Bridge is the last line of defense against the creatures of Elsewhere.

Sometimes being semi-immortal just isn’t enough.


Roane Publishing is giving away THREE ARC copies to three lucky winners!

You don’t even have to be a blogger.

If you are willing to leave an honest review before December 19th, you are eligible to enter.

How? Simply fill out the form!

You have until Midnight of October 17th when three winners will be chosen by random drawing.

Honeyville by Daisy WAUGH

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Publisher:Harper Collins UK, 2014

For Pete’s sake – all I have to do for a review is read the book. That’s what I do.
But Daisy Waugh’s clever intertwining snippets of history among her fiction had me in a non-fiction fanaticism – reading parallel research of the actual events and characters and following the interplay between fact and her fiction with fascination.
Of course I fully read the book before hitting the Internet – and then I read it again. And again. Four times in all, so fascinated was I both by the plot, and Waugh’s craft of building an historical event into a fictional tale. Her inclusion of historical realia (‘The Nice People of Trinidad’ as written by Max Eastman and published in The Masses, July 1914) hits home the significance of the events in the period in which the novel is set.
She brings together a seemingly disparate group of people (Dora the hooker, Max Eastman the journalist, Inez the näive librarian and Xavier her homosexual brother, and Laurence the double-dealing mercenary) and lets us follow their social and sexual interplay as they deal with the famed Ludlow massacre in Colorado.
It is against this factual background that Waugh’s characters play out their parts; Dora (herself in near slavery to the madam, Phoebe) meets and makes an unlikely but lasting friendship with Inez, who bursts with often short-lived enthusiasm for schemes to “improve” someone’s lot in life – Dora’s, the mother of a young union clerk, the miners and Unionists. Her schemes bubble to nothing, her mind is a-bulge with fantasised versions of reality, she is both duplicitous and gullible. Her enthusiasm sweeps her into romance, misadventure, foolishness – and all the while Dora, her brother, and her potential mentor try to keep up with Inez’s version of reality.
Twenty-odd years later, these three meet again in California, with the chance to finally deliver to Max Inez’s final letter, the content of which Dora and Xavier have for years believed they knew. In a delightfully crafted twist, the letter reveals more information than any need to know.
This, my first encounter with WAUGH’s work, most certainly will not be my last. A diamond among the dross of historical fiction.
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 (For those of you not yet familiar with US history of late 1800-early 1900s–some background:
Trade Unions were unwelcome in industry – any industry – which used back-breaking, soul-breaking labour to produce wealth for the investor. Workers in many industries – including the coal mining of Colorado – were so near to being enslaved by their employers as to never mind the difference. Housed meanly, forced to pay for provisions from the company stores at inflated prices, no schooling, medical treatment available at exorbitant prices only while the miner of the family was fit enough to mine, and if not all thrown out without redress.
The socialism movement aim was to create trade unions, as the only channel through which employment conditions and wages were to be negotiated, setting minimum wage and safety conditions among other factors. Leading figureheads travelled America, speaking in industry towns to encourage the workers to strike until better conditions were achieved and or trade unionism was permitted. Popular among the workers, these speakers were regarded by the companies as sedition in the making, and the companies brought in not only “scab” workers to continue production but also armed private armies (detective or security agencies, or simply eager firearms handlers) to both protect the scabs from the strikers but to also make pre-emptive attacks on the strikers’ rough camps to force them back onto near-slavery.)
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    • ISBN: 9780007543861
    • ISBN 10: 0007543867
    • Imprint: Harper Collins
    • On Sale: 20/11/2014
    • Format: Audiobook
    • Pages: 689
    • List Prices:
    • PaperBack £7.99; from HarperCollins, and from Amazon 
    • eBook £3.99 from Harper Collins
    • AudioBook £13.99; from your usual AudioBook outlets


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A Perfect Match by Daisy BANKS

   In a futuristic, sci-fi world, in which the “have water” Astans and the “have no water” Netherlings peoples are separated by strict social mores, the pervading elitist element controlling the government Carnag is led by Lord Chardel.
   When Commander Varon once more returns to the planet having sourced more fresh water, he is awarded a young bride from the temple – an adept, Anwell Nastor – which breaks the Astan religion’s rules. The “reward” is Chardel’s way of keeping Varon out of political action for the two month nuptial retreat.
   Anwell is terrified – she will have no opportunity to meet her future husband, to decide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the marriage, nor to complete an adepts individual ceremonies of farewelling the Temple gods. And she knows nothing of how the open Astan society works, what is considered proper, what is not. She is to be now a social novice, starting a new and foreign life. Raisa, her lifelong nursemaid and attendant, is her only means of learning the usual free Astan ways.
    When the marriage takes place, Varon is smitten with his bride – but holds back from telling her so. Anwell spends a long time wondering whether Varon still has feelings for his former Netherling pleasure slave and the child she bore him – against accepted practice among Astans.Under Raisa’s subtle tutelage and blessed by Varon’s patience, Anwell gradually accepts her role, and learns to love and enjoy being with Varon.
   Trouble brews, however. Varon is known to hold strong doubts about the manner of Lord Chardel and his suitability for leading them. He uses a friend with freelance connections with the news media to feed snippets of information to the public about his wife, her prowess in speaking at the Carnag. Other friends support him in his agenda to allow the Netherlings more rights, and to change the government of their world.
   When Lord Chardel makes his move against Varon and his colleague, we learn who is the “doctor” heading the Precinct Seventeen – a penitentiary under the guise of a clinic, using chemical and bio-tech chip technology to “reform” those who oppose Chardel. It is his own mother!
A revolution arises, and a new life comes to their world – and throughout the novel are interlaced wonderfully crafted scenes of romance and erotica which snugly fit the plot line.
   This is a well-crafted story, a ripping romance, a definite must for the romance fan.
Published By: Taliesin Publishing, LLC,
400 Gilead Road, #1617, Huntersville, NC 28070
Copyright © 2014 by Daisy Banks
Digital Release: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62916-042-9
Cover Artist: Georgia Woods
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Hate To Love You – Elise Alden

0befd-carina_0614_9781426898433_hatetoloveyouWhat can I say – followers will know how much I do enjoy reading and reviewing in the crime genres. Only recently have I entered the realm of romance. Wow, have I read me some great tales. Well, this isn’t a great tale – it’s a flaming FAN-TASTIC tale!
Alden’s characters are so real, one feels one has met them – the schemer, the sleaze-bag, the jealousy-tainted, the obsessed, the traitor… or wants to  – the best friend, the dreamer, the lover. Especially, the lover! Paisley tells her own story during both sections – that which happens when eighteen and that which happens seven years later. She has a most unusual characteristic – mind-reading.
Eighteen year old Paisley is back home after years living on the streets to avoid the ire of her unsympathetic family. She has attended rehab to break the cycle of drugs and alcohol (although she still partakes, unbeknown to her hard-hearted parents). She is terrified by a positive pregnancy test result, not knowing it is a faulty result.
After a night spent with her sister’s drunk fiancé she creates havoc at her elder sister’s wedding, by announcing not only what she and James (the groom) have done, but also adding a rather nasty little bonus lie – “because it felt good” – thus opening her life up to further misery.
Having been abused, manipulated, lied to, lied about, beaten, cheated of her self esteem and thrown out of the family home, she disappears for seven years, making a turnaround of her life as much as she can. At twenty-five, she returns from overseas, with a qualification and steady work experience.
How she uses these new skills in the second part of her story, along with her street smarts – once learned never forgotten – to try to make up for what she has missed and gain back what she has lost, is a gripping tale in itself. Add in Alden’s mastery of the hot and steamy bedroom scenes, and you have a gripping read.
Every character is revealed to us complete with flaws and the background, so I at times wanted to head-butt this man, cuddle that woman, slap this b**ch, castrate that man – and slap some common sense into James. His caution when Paisley re-enters his life by joining his work-life is totally understandable, his overbearing formality is puzzlingly frustrating – a cover for his real fears and feelings.
I felt such empathy for Paisley as she worked through her life problems and turmoils I stuck with the book and read it in one session, so much did I want it all to work out well for her.
Definitely a must-own!
Carina Press, Harlequin Limited
ISBN: 9781426898433
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Romancing the Memory Collector, by Virginnia de Parté

Romancing the Memory Collector,
Fifth in the series of g-altered characters’ romances
by author Virginnia de Parté
We who have read De Parté’s fourth book in the series, A Stella Affair, have already met and liked Thomas. He is a Customs Inspector who works with a partner “Buster”, a sniffing dog whose abilities are well out-stripped by those of Thomas with his g-altered senses. This is his story, of how he hopes to develop a relationship with Kate after she literally falls at his feet in the airport, and he comes to her rescue.
Kate Bentley, myopic yet able to see the bubbles of people’s lost memories, tries to catch and return them to their owners. Working at a retirement village, she is sometimes overwhelmed by seeing so many lost memories drifting away, beyond her reach. Her absorption in looking after her father and a lifetime of difficulty socialising (due to her myopia) cause difficulties for Thomas.
Thomas  sends flowers, meets Kate’s father and begins an old-fashioned, tender courtship. But intervening events and misunderstandings cause glitches and hitches in communication and understanding.
Thomas, while watching the close and caring relationship between Kate and her father, Colin, in the early stages of Alzheimers, realises he has missed out on having a loving family life of his own. He consults Wills Corban (a character we met in A Talent For Loving) as to the wisdom and possibility of a single man adopting a child. He returns to The Nursery to find a boy to rescue from the mean (as in ‘bare essentials’) existence, to nurture as a son. He leaves with a daughter*.
Regrettably, Thomas forgets to let Kate know. When Kate finds out about his daughter, she becomes distrustful, and almost cuts off the relationship completely. However, when a resident wanders off from the retirement village, Thomas, and his daughter come to help—Thomas to track him, Suzie to sing for the residents—he is able to explain his situation fully.
When Kate’s own father goes missing, she calls Thomas, but they lose Colin’s trail at a bus stop. Wills calls on another g-altered person to help locate Colin. Once his location is known, he “jumps” Thomas and Kate to the city park where Colin has been seen. They hurry  to the nearby pier—on the edge of which Colin is standing, as if waiting for something. Kate discovers the thrilling “jump” has somehow changed her.
Between these and other events in the development of the romance, De Parté weaves in more touches of the background of the family, and other significant back-story elements of the characters. Finally, the way is obviously clear for the tender romance to continue, in Thomas’s old-fashioned courtesy’s way. Virginnia De Parté continues this fascinating futuristic world of the affairs of genetically altered people in her own unique and enjoyable style with this sweet romance.
*Only by reading the book will you learn the daughter’s g-altered talent—no spoilers here—move along. 

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A Stellar Affair – by Virginnia de Parté

A Stellar Affair

the fourth in the series of  futuristic romances
by Virginnia de Part

Stellar (Siobhan and James Corban’s daughter with the g-altered ability to ‘jump’ to other locations) comes across Matt Saunders in the desert – his truck stuck deeply in the sand alongside the road. The four Corban’s (Stellar, James and her two twin brothers) conspire to use their varying g-alter talents to get the vehicle back on the road, and away from the scene so Matt cannot review the place in which the truck was stuck and discover his rescue would normally have been impossible.
Stellar’s two younger brothers have suspicions about Matt, but somehow they can’t stop Stellar from feeling an attraction to him – especially as she senses he is equally attracted to her. Eventually Matt tracks Stellar down again and their first date leaves them both with stronger feelings than before, in spite of the Minister of Defence appearing as one with whom Matt often has to work. Knowing the danger to herself and the family, Stellar tries to distance herself from Matt.
Her grandfather, realizing she is torn between the need for the safety of all g-alters and her desire to see Matt again, drafts her into G.A.S.A.R (Genetically Altered Search And Rescue) as her talents will complement those of the rest of the team. Stellar assists in the rescue of a little girl lost in the bush, and feels akin with other team members.
After a formal function at which both sides of an environmental issue are presented, the Minister of Defence speaks of the government taking back land for Defence purposes. As Matt and Stella leave Matt is confronted by belligerent protestors, three of whom chase him with intention of beating him. Stella is so fearful for their safety she ‘jumps’ with Matt to her apartment. She realises she has risked her family’s safety.
Later, however, Matt brings good news to her – he has realised she is of g-altered descent, and from the Minister of Defence has learned the family’s next generation will not be monitored, providing they continue to not let their talents be discovered.
Stellar’s brothers are taken captive by people wanting their gems. Stellar has to leave Matt and jump home, and drive over the boys’ area using her senses to find the boys. Later when the boys manage to retrieve their gems, Matt is amazed to discover they have found diamonds in an area previously never known for them. Further still, one of the twins discovers an amazingly rare mineral deposit, making Matt’s prospecting area safe from Defence Department grasps.
Matt finally faces Stellar’s family, reassuring them he will keep their secret, and reunites with Stellar in the best possible way.
Another excellent read from this new and interesting romance author. 

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