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Loyalties questioned…worlds shaken…nothing is what it seems. LA will have to look beyond her own perceptions to see what’s before her very eyes. Or risk losing everything.

When the barriers between worlds are threatened, LA and her friends are sent into the terrifying realm of Underworld on a super-secret mission to discover who’s behind the breaches. LA believes she’s going to battle against one of her own…an aunt who’s rumored to want multi-dimensional domination.

What she finds once she gets there is nothing like what she expects.

Intrigues swirl. Loyalties change in the blink of an eye. And loss beyond anything she can imagine waits just over the next horizon. Someone is pulling the strings of it all and LA is fighting against the clock to discover who it is.

Can LA get to the bottom of the mystery and save the worlds? Or will she lose what she loves…one friend or family member at a time…and face the crushing end of all she holds dear?

A white-hot blast of pure energy sizzled through the air, so close the tips of my ears burned from the heat. The smell of burning hair and flop sweat filled the air.

Unfortunately, both smells emanated from me.

I tried to see through the haze of smoke to where Deg was huddled. He crouched behind an enormous tree that was newly scored by energy bolts, yellow smoke rising off its wounds and leaving behind a sulfurous stench that burned the eyes and throat.

He straightened, his arm coming up and fingers splayed to emit a golden flash of quelling magic. It would hopefully lock the red-eyed monster across from us into place but leave it alive.

Leaving it alive was imperative. We had to find out what it was and where it had come from.

“Deg!”

He turned to me, frowning. That was when I realized my mistake. We’d been practicing communicating through mental channels but I kept reverting to good old shrieking through the din. It was my comfort zone.

Sorry, I told him through our mental pathway. I’m going to try to get around behind it.

He nodded, stepping sideways to send dual sprays of spitting silver energy into the air to obscure my movement.

I crouched down and ran, not daring to look toward the line of trees hiding the enormous creature with skin like a rhino and teeth and claws that could sever a limb with a single swipe.

The thing wasn’t fooled by Deg’s cover for long. As I threw myself behind a large rock, an oily stream of dirty-gray energy sent pieces of the rock into the air and scraped across my calf, dragging a scream from my throat as it burrowed under the skin. The energy hissed happily while it chewed on my flesh.

Abortee.” I murmured as I slapped quelling magic over the wound, extinguishing the evil energy before it could really take hold.

I crawled to my knees and risked a quick glance over the rock.

The thing wasn’t where it had been when I’d moved. Panic flared. Deg?

I’m moving to you.

Where’d it go?

What do you mean? It’s behind that tree line.

No, it’s not…. A wave of rancid air swept over me. I stilled, my fingers flaring with the energy throbbing just beneath my skin.

The atmosphere was sizzling hot, dense with the putrid stench of sulfur. I felt something at my back and, when the low rumble started I didn’t need to turn around to know what was there.

“Deg, run!” I whipped around and threw everything I had into the small mountain with the pulsing red eyes. My energy hit the thing and spun, creating a whirlwind of power that seemed unable to breach the monster’s protective bubble.

A second strand of magic hit the whirlwind, twining with mine to double the strength.

The creature before me opened its massive jaws. Nasty curved teeth as long as my fingers gleamed in the backlight of our power. The thing looked like it was laughing at us.

That just made me mad.

I screamed as I gave the whirling energy more juice. Slowly the magic made inroads, burning off his dirty-gray magic and sending black sparks that stunk of death into the air.

My knees started to buckle. Flame burst near my cheek and I realized my hair was on fire.

I tried not to panic as agony sizzled over my head and skated down to my shoulders.

The stench of burning hair made my stomach twist with disgust.

My knees hit the ground and the flames slipped down my arms, riding the air above me by such an infinitesimal distance I could feel the heat but wasn’t getting burned. I wondered if Deg was experiencing the same phenomena but didn’t dare risk a look.

I was quickly losing power. I knew within seconds I’d be flat on my face, helpless against the thing standing before me.

The magical battle had filled the air near the monster with a snowy haze, obscuring everything around it. The haze shimmered as if it were alive. Pulsing toward the monster and then away. I blinked as a small, pale face with pretty blue eyes appeared in its midst and thought I was losing my mind. It looked like a little girl. She wore a shimmering white gown and something that looked like wings danced above her narrow shoulders. Her placid expression seeped into me, calming the frantic beating of my heart.

My magic stuttered and I had to force myself to concentrate or risk losing it.

Smiling calmly, the figure in the mist lifted her small hands, her gaze locked on mine. The haze bulged outward around the monster and, after a heartbeat of hesitation, wrapped around him and sucked him away, leaving behind only an outraged bellow.

 

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What’s Cookin’? Creating Romance in the Kitchen!

Ready to ignite that old flame? Or perhaps spark a new one? Take your partner by the hand and turn on your stove. A true romantic, award-winning author Sloane Taylor brings her creativity to the kitchen with easy-to-make meals sure to spark the intimacy and quality time you want with your special someone. Cooking together is only the start of the fun!

Create 45 complete dinners for two or flavor your evenings with a new dish. These 80 recipes use everyday foods already on most kitchen shelves. The recipes are easily increased for those fun times friends or family join your table.

Date Night Dinners is an ideal gift for engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, or anyone who wants to spice things up.

When talented author and friend, Sloane Taylor asked me to try one of the recipes in her new cookbook, Date Night Dinners, I was happy to dig in! Sloane is a fantastic cook and her passion for food and cooking is only matched by her passion for writing fun and sexy romance. I enjoyed all of the wonderful selections in Date Night Dinners and finally settled on a side dish that I'd been wanting to try for a long time. Homemade applesauce. I love applesauce with pork and just about anything really. But the store-bought kind is way too sweet for me. I loved the fresh taste of Sloane's applesauce recipe and I'll definitely make it again.

Since I try to limit my sugar intake, I cut the amount of sugar in the recipe by a quarter cup and substituted coconut sugar for white sugar. The result was a fresh tasting treat with a slight caramel apple flavor from the coconut sugar. Very delicious!

This recipe is easy to make and doesn't require any ingredients you wouldn't normally have on hand so it's the kind of thing you can make on the spur of the moment to round out a delicious meal.

I took Sloane's advice and made it with all different apples and that gave me a rich, well-rounded flavor I might not have gotten if I'd used all the same apples.

I can't wait to try some of the other great selections in Date Night Dinners!

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Another Job Tip from Blaise…

 

Toxic Tech, Book 3 in my Gainfully Employed Mystery series released yesterday as part of a box set of a dozen brand new mysteries. The authors of the set are donating every penny of our royalties to 2 no-kill shelters, so if you love great mysteries and fur babies, we'd be very grateful if you'd invest $0.99 on this fun set!

Blaise Runa, the heroine of Toxic Tech, has some advice on how to survive multiple interview sessions. Blaise's tips might be a little…erm…unique, but nobody knows how to look for a job better than the woman who's made a living doing it!

Training for that Endless Interview Day

Training for a day of multiple interviews is a multi-pronged effort involving warm-up exercise, adequate nutrition, and a positive attitude.

First, let's tackle the exercise. If you're going to have a job where you sit all day…you have this nailed. Why? Because you're going to be sitting for the interviews. Check! If you're trying for a job where you'll be moving around a lot, you might want to take a brief walk to warm and loosen your muscles. The walk from the bedroom to the coffee maker should just about do it. You don't want to overdo and make yourself tired, after all!

Now that you're good and warm, it's time to stock your system with the perfect nutrition to carry you through the day. I recommend a hearty meal of eggs, bacon, fruit and a donut. The eggs and bacon will stick to your ribs like food on a toddler's cheeks. The fruit is full of helpful vitamins and water for hydration. And the donut will blast into your system and give you a jolt of quick energy. Then don your slacks with the stomach hiding band in the front because you're going to look like a happy tick on a dog's behind after that breakfast!

Time to find that positive attitude. This will be fairly easy to accomplish in the morning, rested, full belly, and dry armpits. But as the day wears on, you might find your happy place evading you completely. This could be a good time to break out that extra donut you stashed in your purse. Yeah, nice try hiding that one from me! Just a quick stop in the ladies room to shove that sucker down and you're good to go! Make sure you scrape the glaze off your lips before you return to your interviews.

If the donut doesn't work you can always jump on your smartphone and order those ridiculously expensive four inch high heels in the faux leapard skin you know you really shouldn't buy. The happy juice from that purchase should carry you well into the evening.

Good luck!

Stay Tuned for more tips from Blaise!

xx

Sam

 

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Have a howlingly good read during the dog days of summer with a dozen cozy mysteries from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors. Murder lurks in every corner during the dog days of summer. Solve the mystery as our snoops leash the criminals – at the beach, at the farm, on the mountain – everywhere!  All profits from this pack go to support NO KILL animal charities! Fetch it now! And help us help pets!

‘Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes’ includes never before published books from:

** WSJ Bestselling Author Judith Lucci – Gawd Almighty & the Corn

** WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell  –  Murder at Pawprint Creek

** WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Mooney – Dog Gone and Dead

** USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Amy Vansant – Summer Teeth

** WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Helme  –  A Midsummer Night's Murder

** WSJ Bestselling Author Kim Hunt Harris – The Murder of Bandera Bandito

** USA Today Bestselling Author Anna Celeste Burke – A Body on Fitzgerald's Bluff

** Ava Mallory – A Dream Stray-Cation

** Sandi Scott – Croquembouche Murder

** Susan Boles –  Death on the Beach

** USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever – Toxic Tech

** Anne R. Tan – Just Lost and Found

Bonus recipes from the authors are included!

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