What Are You Reading This Weekend?

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Eidolon by Isis Sousa (Helheimen Design)

Art available at Society6.

Recently I listened to the audiobook of Eidolon by Grace Draven.  Ms. Draven is one of my favorite authors and I had already read the book.  The audiobook was so beautifully done it was well worth a second go round.  The book cover, created by Isis Sousa, portrays the intensity of the relationship between Ilkido and Brishen so well that I had to feature it here today.

I’ve just started reading Sabine Priestley’s soon-to-be-released novel Twice Tethered, the first book in her new Tethered Wings series.  Having been a fan of her Alien Attachments series, I knew I had to read this one.  Look for a Twice Tethered feature later this month on May 30th.

(Note: You can pre-order Twice Tethered now for only $.99 – click on the cover below for Amazon.  After it is released, the price goes up to $2.99. )

I am also listening to the audiobook of Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier.  It is book 2 in the Blackthorn and Grim fantasy series.  I may have raved a bit about book 1  🙂 .  I am really enjoying this series!

What are you reading this weekend?

The Rogue of Islay Isle by Heather McCollum – Feature With Excerpt and Giveaway

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About The Rogue of Islay Isle

Cullen Duffie, a Highland warrior and charming rogue, is the new chief of Clan MacDonald. Determined to prove he’s not his father, Cullen works to secure his clan against the English. When a woman washes onto Islay’s shores, Cullen protects her from his uncles’ schemes.

Waking up not knowing who she is or where she comes from, Madeleine is at the mercy of the man who found her. Unable to speak from the swelling around her throat from a rope tether, she learns as much as she can about the new world around her and the powerful, sword-wielding Highlander who has sworn to protect her.

Through dreams and flashes of her past, Madeleine begins to rebuild her memories. But the more she recalls about the horror she escaped, the more she realizes the jeopardy she is bringing to Islay, Clan MacDonald and the Highlander who has captured her heart.

Highland Isles #2
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Scandalous, Historical Romance

Excerpt from The Rogue of Islay Isle

Taylor held out his hand to Rose, and she touched her fingertips to his palm. “Have we met, Mistress Maclean? Perhaps on Mull?”

Rose shook her head.

“Speak up now,” Captain Thompson said next to Taylor.

“She cannot speak,” Cullen answered for her. “And no, she is visiting from a northern branch of the Maclean clan.”

“Cannot speak?” Captain Thompson said. “How so?”

“An injury,” Cullen said and felt very much like he was digging a bigger hole with each utterance. But there was no going back. He only hoped his explanations came across as genuine.

Captain Thompson stepped closer, his gaze narrowing in on Rose’s neck where the shawl slipped to reveal the scabs. “God’s teeth, Duffie, what have you done to the girl?”

Rose’s hand went immediately to the shawl, tucking it higher around her throat.  Beatrice stood completely still beside Errol. He and Broc both wore frowns and rested their hands on the hilts of their swords.

“Mistress?” Captain Taylor said, his hand tugging on her shawl until it slipped away, showing the dark ring around her neck. “You were being hung?”

Broc made a noise through his teeth. “Of course not. We don’t hang Scots visitors.” He left the rest of the boast, about hanging English visitors, unsaid.

“An accident,” Errol said.

During the exchange Rose kept a calm expression, her head held high, as she rearranged the shawl around her abused neck. Was she really as brave as she looked or could he add actor to his uncles’ lists of Rose’s possible sins?

Captain Thompson looked between Errol and Rose. “What type of accident leaves that sort of mark about a woman’s neck?”

The whole exchange was twisting out of control. He needed to cut the conversation and guide the captains out of the garden. “’Tis of a personal nature,” Cullen said. “Now, if you would like that tour, we can start in the kitchens.” He held out his arm to indicate the pathway.

Captain Taylor refused to take his scrutiny from Rose. Even though she cast her eyes to the bricks, she stood firm, transforming to stone like a maiden in Medusa’s garden. “I am not leaving this spot until you or Mistress Maclean tells me how she came by the rope burn around her neck,” Captain Taylor said.

“Aye, what is this personal injury?” Captain Thompson asked, thick lips jutted out.

Cullen exhaled and glanced at Rose. “Forgive me.” She did not move. Did she think he’d give her away, throw her to the English captains? The thought made his fists clench. He looked to Captain Taylor, who’d finally pulled his gaze from her to Cullen, demanding the truth with his stare. “The rope burn was obtained in my bedchamber,” Cullen said.

Broc choked and began to cough into his fist. Beatrice held her fingers pressed to her lips while Errol’s eyes went wide.

“Aye. We were but playing, and the rope caught around her neck,” Cullen finished.

“Playing?” Captain Thompson said, the idiot not catching on. Did he require a sketch drawn?

“In a carnal fashion,” Cullen explained for his benefit.

“He likes to tie the lasses up,” Broc added. “It’s something we don’t tell his mother.”

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About the Author

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist.

When she is not picking her teen’s brain for authentic attitude for her YA books and finding time to write, she is usually found educating women on ovarian cancer symptoms. Ms. McCollum has recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own hero and 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast

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What Are You Reading This Weekend?

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A Night With Venus and Jupiter by Paula Belle Flores

Art available at Society6.  I’m waiting for a nice clear night to get a great view like this!

This week, I am on book 2 of Viola Carr’s Electric Empire series.  I am switching between reading and listening.  The Devious Dr. Jekyll has been great in both print and audio so far.  Last week at the RT Booklover’s convention in Atlanta, I actually met Viola Carr!  What fun!  Here she is in the photo with me – that is author on the right, blogger on the left.

 

What are you reading this weekend?