Tuesday, July 29

@GoddessFish Interview & Review: Bound By A Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins


Bound By A Dragon

Linda K. Hopkins

Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Publisher: Linda K. Hopkins
Date of Publication: May 18, 2014
Number of pages: 217
Word Count: 72,270


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A dragon has moved into the neighborhood of Keira's small, medieval village, unsettling the residents as they fear for their safety. All except Keira, who is captivated by the creature, both dangerous and beautiful. But when Aaron Drake decides to take up residence in his ancestral home of Storbrook Castle, set deep in the nearby mountains, Keira finds herself fascinated by the handsome stranger. But why did he decide to move to Storbrook, almost eighty years after it was last inhabited, and does the dragon really live in the caves below the castle?
Excerpt: 
Storbrook Castle! The name sent a shudder down Keira’s back. The castle was hidden deep in the mountains, a good thirty miles away; and although few in the village had ever seen the castle, there wasn’t a child in the village who hadn’t shivered in fear and delight at its purported horrors. It was rumored that the caves in the mountains below the castle had been the home of many maiden-devouring dragons in days gone by. Children and adults alike whispered about the dark corridors where abducted maidens, held against their will, were forced to do unspeakable things at the dragon’s bidding, and where other heinous dealings occurred, too dreadful to be repeated. It had been over eighty years since a dragon was last seen in the village, but that dragon had been slain by a valiant villager, striving to protect a damsel in distress. Unfortunately, as the story went, the damsel’s life had still been forfeited, and the dragon had destroyed half the village with fire before being killed; regardless, the villager was celebrated as a hero for keeping further maidens from being kidnapped by the dragon.

“Storbrook Castle!” repeated Keira, her voice dropping slightly. “They say the dragon lives in the caves below the castle.”

The stranger laughed lightly. “I hate to disappoint you, but I haven’t seen sign of a dragon anywhere near the castle, and no half-gnawed bones in the rooms, either. I have heard about this dragon, though!” The man glanced around before leaning towards Keira, lowering his voice. “How many beautiful damsels have been snatched up by this dreadful monster?”

“Now I must disappoint you,” responded Keira with a smile. “No damsels, beautiful or otherwise, have disappeared from our village or any of the other villages in the area. Our dreadful monster doesn’t seem to be that dreadful at all!”

“You don’t fear the beast?” he asked in surprise.

“No, why should I? It hasn’t done anything fearful!”

“But you must have heard terrible stories about the dragons that troubled this area in the past?”

“Yes, I have,” replied Keira, contemplatively, “and I always wondered how much of the story is true! For one thing, doesn’t it seem strange that after living near the village for so many years, it would suddenly one day, for no apparent reason, decide to kill a maid and burn down half the village? Besides,” she added, “I rather like our dragon!”
Interview: 

Today, we welcome Linda K. Hopkins to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a great big Geeky welcome!

Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?

Writing Specific


1. Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?
Little plotter, mainly pantser

2. When is your favorite time/place to write? Do you write structured or patchworked?
Anywhere as long as it is quiet with no interruptions. Usually structured unless I hit a roadblock

3. How do you deal with Writer's Block?
Just getting something down on paper helps to get me going again, so even if what I am writing seems completely stilted and uninspired, I keep writing until I finally hit my sweet spot.

4. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Reading. Travelling. And spending time with my family.

5. How did you choose the genres you write in?
They chose me! I love anything out of the ordinary and exploring relationships - everything else just falls into place.

Fun Stuff


1. What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?
Stomp (in London)

2. What was the name of the last book you read?
Written in My Heart's Own Blood by Diana Gabaldon

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Being interrupted while I'm writing

4. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
Computer, duvet, coffee machine (with lots of coffee)

5. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Cheese, eggs and salad greens


Think Fast


1. Elvis or Sinatra? Sinatra
2. AM or PM? PM
3. Summer or Winter? Summer
4. Coffee or Tea? Coffee
5. Car or Truck? Car


Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us.

Review: 

I love a good dragon tale. So when I was offered the chance to read one, I immediately signed up. I immediately recognized the name Drake as being another version of dragon, so I assumed it would be a dragon shifter story. And it is. However, this shifter world is not typical. Here, whether in human or dragon form, he is a dragon. Not a man who can become a dragon, but a dragon who can shape change to a man. It gives an interesting perspective to the story.

Keira is the eldest of two daughters, to the Master Craftsman Carver family. She is well past the age when she should have married and started her own family. But her parents have not yet pushed for her to make a match and are allowing her the option to wait and make her own choice.  For now. A dragon has recently returned to the small village that she calls home. So far, he hasn't killed anyone or set fire to the village, like the last one did, some 80 years prior. But the villagers aren't taking any chances and run away any time he flies near. All except Keira. She is captivated by his coloration and his flying ability. At times it seems that he is staring right at her as he makes his lazy circles overhead.

Aaron Drake arrives in town on day, the new Lord of Castle Storbrook.  He takes an interest in Keira, who responds. It's not long before he reveals exactly who he is. *drum roll* With a name like drake, you guessed too, right? *wink* But it's not just Keira who he has to win over. There is a young man who has become obsessed with Keira. A good local boy, whom everyone sees as the smarter choice. Aaron will have to fight not only Keira's fears, but the prejudices of the towns people for acceptance.

I had a good time with this book. It had a very medieval flair, plenty of romance, a bit of action as well as intrigue. Seriously, there is something here for many different genres. After reviewing the author's website, this will be the first book in a series. However, I don't believe a series title has been chosen as of yet. I enjoyed the book and would be interested in checking out the next book in the series. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

Giveaway: 

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Author Bio:

Linda K. Hopkins lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and two great kids. When she's not writing, she's usually reading (a great pastime when you are trapped in a snowbound landscape eight months of the year!), tinkering on the piano or just living life!

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Monday, July 28

Quote-Tastic: Friction and Acorns



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Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison

“Come on, old boy,” he said to Rufus as he opened his door and grabbed his bakery purchases. “It’s time to go home.”

Rufus bounded from the car and ran full-speed to the front door only to find it wouldn’t open. He looked back at Colin, then sat, his eyes begging to be let in. “I don’t have a key. We’re going to have to knock.”

He whimpered, causing Colin to smile as he knocked. But there was no answer. He knocked again and waited, but no one came to the door. Rufus scratched, but there was still no response. Colin put his hand on the knob and turned, nervousness rising up inside him.

Cherri mentioned to him that she was worried about her gran being alone.

Shit.

The last thing he needed was to walk in and find the old lady in trouble.

“Baba?” He walked in calling to her. He didn’t know her real name. He only had ever referred to her as Baba. “Where are you, darlin’?” He walked farther into the house, sending a silent prayer above that she was okay. “Baba?”

“Who are you? And what the hell are you doing in my house?” Baba wasn’t the little old woman he had pictured. She was robust, tall, with sharp green eyes and silver hair that fell down her back. He just took her in for a moment. Bright pink housecoat, red slippers, and the biggest damn butcher’s knife that he had ever seen.

Bloody fucking hell.

“What are you doing here?” She stepped forward, her huge knife slashing through the air. “Just because I’m old doesn’t mean I can’t kill you.”

“Whoa. Whoa!” He stepped back. She was quick for a woman her age. “Relax, you nutter. I’m Cherri’s friend. I’m just bringing your bloody dog back.”

“Cherri?” She came at him with the knife again and backed him against the door. It was so close to his Adam’s apple, he was afraid to swallow. “What did you do with my pixie? She was supposed to bring Rufus back. Did you hurt her?”

“I dropped her off at work. She asked me to bring the dog back and check on you so she wouldn’t be late,” he said in a rush. “Call her and check. My name is Colin O’Connell. I’m her friend.” Rufus squeezed between them, rubbing his head against Colin’s leg as if to vouch for him. “See, the dog likes me, and look.” He held up the coffee and box of still-warm apple fritters. “I brought you treats. What kind of maniac brings you treats?”

Baba lowered the knife, but only a bit. “It could be a trick. You could have drugged those things so you could have your way with me.” She turned her head to the side and studied him, reminding him very much of Cherri in that moment. “But you are cute so I might allow it. It’s been a long time since I have gotten any friction.”

“Friction?” He shook his head, not sure he understood her thick accent.

“You know friction. You men always go out looking for friction at the discos.”

“You mean action?”

“Yes, yes.” She took the pastries from him and walked away. “Friction. Action. It all means the same. I know who you are, Colin O’Connell. You have seen more panties than Victoria’s Secret. You know all about friction. You stay away from my Cherri or I’ll cut off your acorns.”

“You mean nuts?”

She looked back at him for a moment. “You don’t want to find out. Come to the kitchen and talk to me. I’ll put booze in the coffee. You’ll like it. Maybe if you are nice I’ll let you have your way with me.”

He followed her, a little bewildered, a little amused. He might be crazy but he kind of liked the nutty old woman.



This is the third story in the series and the second full length novel. The first book, Dangerous Curves Ahead, was a 5 star read. The second story was a novella, Have Yourself A Curvy Little Christmas, featured the sister from book 1, and I quite enjoyed it as well. So I was excited to grab this story shortly after it was released. I started it, but got pulled from it and with one thing and another, I *whispering* forgot all about it. So when I was recently cleaning out my reader and stumbled across the story, I pulled it back to the front of the list.

Cherri is a very mature 23 year old woman. Raised by her grandparents after her mother had her and all but left her on their doorstep, we met Cherri in book 1, working in Ellis' shop. Cherri worked in the shop part time, going to school to be an art teacher. Cherri has been the sole caregiver of her elderly grandmother, Baba, ever since her grandfather passed away.  Between school, work, managing her grandmother and being 6 feet tall, it's not like guys have been beating down her door.

Colin is the best friend of Ellis' husband Michael. He has his own shop, repairing and restoring old items, and has somewhat of a playboy reputation. But he's 6 foot 4 with an Irish accent, the women just seem to flock to him.

Ever since the first book, there has been this mutual energy between them. She would flirt and he would ever so carefully deflect. And though Michael warned him off and he denied interest, the underlying tension was there. So I was really glad to see that this book developed that tension and took it to the next level. Colin really did try to be a good guy and kept telling her that he was too old for her, that she was too young for him, but he remained fascinated. Meanwhile, Cherri continued to flirt, never truly believing that he would be interested in her.  Their coming together as a couple was sweet to watch, especially with Baba's antics.

Fair warning, this book turned out to be a tear jerker. I spent most of the last forth of the books with a tissue, but I couldn't put the book down. There was so much growth of the characters in the book, both as a couple and as individuals. At the end, I couldn't help but give the happy sigh.  I happily gave this book 4 stars.

WHEN YOU’RE A big girl

Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?

There’s more of you to love

When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve? ,


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Sunday, July 27

Audio Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson


Full Blooded

Jessica McClain, #1
Amanda Carlson


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrator: Casey Holloway
Date of Publication: September 11th 2012
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabrdiged
Length of Production: 11 hrs and 28 mins


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Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.

I have been interested in this series for a while, but just hadn't had the time to read it. So when I ran across the first three books in audio I quickly grabbed them up and added them to my "listening" list.  The actual story was quite engaging. The narration, not so much.

The story begins with Jessica McClain waking up from what she thinks is a nightmare. She is sweaty, shaky and disoriented.  Then she thinks flu, but realizes that she is very rarely sick. Then she starts having what feels like a seizure and she realizes what is happening. At 26 years old, years and years past puberty, she is going through her first shift. As a female born to a werewolf she has been an anomaly all her life. But now that she is getting ready to shift, she will elevate this to freak status. There are NO female werewolves. None. Her father, the alpha, has prepared her for this infinitesimal possibility and given her a syringe loaded with a power tranquiler designed to knock her out through the change. Unfortunately, after 6 years of not needing it, it now resides in the bathroom, and she has to cross her room to get there. She doesn't make it and ends up shifting and jumping from the balcony of her 3rd floor apartment.

When Jessica's dad and twin brother find her the next morning, she is injured but healing from being shot by a farmer the night before. Her father is very worried about how the supernatural community, and the wolves in particular, are going to take her shifting. Ever since her birth, there has been this Daughter of Cain prophesy circulating, that she would destroy the packs. The decision is to hide her change until they can get a better handle on what is going on.  Since Jessica herself has been living under an alias for the last 7 years, this seems like a good plan. Too bad it doesn't work.

As I said earlier, this was a great story. I liked the world building and the characters. Jessica is a strong female, and we can tell is being set up to be a great character, but she is grounded with some flaws and quirks to make her interesting. My biggest problem with the story was the narrator. Oh my gosh, it was bad. I mean really, really bad. One of the characters has a British accent, it was so obvious that Casey Holloway was struggling with it. Plus, it sounded like she was either reading the story cold or imitating William Shatner. The dramatic pauses then rushed reading drove me insane. I very nearly stopped at this book, until I saw that the next book has a different narrator. If you can get past the garbled accents and the butchered timing, it really was a good story. But honestly, I took a full star away for this badly narrated story. 2 stars.

Friday, July 25

Social Blogger Meet & Greet Giveaway Hop




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5 Fun Facts about Musings & Ramblings
  1. What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw? - The last movie I saw was The Avengers, again. I am a HUGE action movie junkie. If there is a car chase or something blows up, I'm sure to enjoy it. (Bonus points if things blow up during a car chase!) Since Redbox, I can indulge in yelling at the screen and talking to the characters without public ridicule. Yes, I am one of those people who talk all through a movie. But since I talk all through a book too, I figure it's all good. 
  2. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be? - Solar powered generator, satellite hook up and my electronic devices. :) See if I have my electronic devices and satellite feed, I can google how to survive. Plus, you know, read and stuff. LOL.
  3. What is your bigges pet peeve? - People who don't know how to park their car correctly in a parking space. If you can't park, you have no business driving. *stepping quietly away from the soapbox*
  4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Super Sonic Speed Reading.  I swear, if I could read faster, I could get caught up on my back TBR pile and still keep up with all the great new books coming out.
  5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why? Nathan Fillion.  Because, hello, Nathan Fillion. Do I really need to say anything else? 
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I chose my answers from a list of 10 interview questions that I give to authors and ask them to chose 5.  By letting them choose from the list, I think it allows them to really let their personality shine through.  And isn't that why we read interviews, to make that connection that will help us to build a deeper relationship with an author? Here are the 5 I didn't choose:

  1. Tell us 2 positive and 2 negative character traits you possess.
  2. What was the name of the last book you read?
  3. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why?
  4. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
  5. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Now I am going to ask you to answer any 1 of the 10 questions.  Come on, be brave, I shared with you. Tell me something about yourself. It can be serious, funny, innocent or even that dark, dirty little secret that even your Mother doesn't know.  I promise I won't tell a soul! *wink*

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The Impetuous Amazon
Her Guardian Angel
Frost Burned
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Thursday, July 24

@GoddessFish Guest Post: Smart Blondes by Sonia Koso



Smart Blondes


Sonia Koso


Genre: Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sonia Koso
Date of Publication: July 20, 2014
Number of pages: 259




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Austin socialite Carrie Pryce has no clue her criminally charming husband is carrying on with another woman until she returns home unexpectedly, mistakes the sounds of passion for a home-invasion robbery and accidently shoots him in the backside. Stunned, Carrie drives all night to her quirky hometown and collapses in a near-catatonic state.

A crew of ladies spanning three generations realize it’s up to them to help Carrie get her life out of the ditch. Known as the “Presbyterian Mafia,” these are not sweet grandmothers. They have a book club that never reads, a garden club that doesn’t garden, and a bible study class that gossips about the Methodists. They’re known around town for antics including catfights, car chases and Voodoo rituals. The women enlist Carrie’s former childhood best friend Portia (now a lawyer) and her flamboyant cousin Eric (recently returned from New York) in their effort.

While dealing with the after-effects of her imprudent gunplay and managing a hair color disaster, Carrie meets Rhett Richards, an attractive oil field worker who can make women think un-Christian thoughts by the mere act of wearing a pair of tight wranglers. Carrie soon learns that hometowns can be the perfect places to bury old scandals and create new ones.

Excerpt: 
His cheating heart and other parts


“Baby, put the gun down,” Jake said in a tone of voice one would use with a naughty three year old. “It’s…it’s not what you think.”

Carrie froze. She couldn’t have lowered her arms if she tried. As she scanned the room, she saw the remnants of a well-planned romantic event including champagne, massage oil, and discarded lingerie.

Jake was slowly moving away from the defiled kitchen island and found a potholder to shield his now deflating manhood.

“I wanted to tell you for a while,” Jake started. “I hate that you had to find out about it this way.” Carrie recognized this as his salesman tone of voice—over-articulated, round tones that were completely full of shit.

“This has been going on for a while?” Carrie asked. Jake looked down and then nodded his head.

He exhaled slowly and gazed downward, his default action before saying something awful. “We’ve been having problems...I’ve tried, but the excitement is gone.”

Excitement? Carrie immediately knew this was man code for I want to trade you in for a new one. She’d seen it many times but never thought it would happen to her. The phrase I’ve tried but the excitement is gone would run through her head in a relentless loop a thousand times.

“I need to be on my own for a while,” Jake continued in round tones. “With you and Kayley around, I can’t figure any of this out. I can’t be a grown man. I need fewer responsibilities…”

“You want me and Kayley to leave so you can figure out how to be a grown man? Jesus H. Christ!” Carrie screamed it more than speaking it. She couldn’t help herself.

“Maybe you need to get a few things,” Jake began, “And I’ll call the Driskill Hotel and get you a suite. We’ll talk in a day or two after we both cool down.”

“Let me get this straight. I walk in on you with your cock in the help… and you think I need to leave?” She firmed up her grip on the tiny Kel-Tec pistol. “I’m not leaving this house, this room or even that damn Aga!” It was an out-of-body experience. She wasn’t sure why she did it but Carrie fired the pistol at the stove.

There was bang followed by a ping and a whoosh and Jake’s scream. The bullet hit the front of the Aga, ricocheted off the cast iron and bounced into Jake’s naked butt cheek.

The next few seconds seemed like a year. Jake’s hand went to his ass then up to his face where he saw blood.

“Holy shit, Carrie!”

Guest Post: 


Words and Music

By Sonia Koso

As long as I can remember, music has been and integral part of my writing environment. When I’m developing the personality of a character, I often play songs that would fit the life situations they are dealing with. For example, in Smart Blondes, the protagonist, Carrie Pryce, discovers that her husband is cheating. She undergoes a somber internal struggle over whether she is willing to reconcile or call it quits. Getting in her head involved listening to songs about love and conflict including “Clarity” by Zedd.

Some of my “character-developing” music make it in the story. For example, Carrie goes to swing dance lessons with Rhett Richards, a potential suitor. She’s still fixated on the gut-wrenching emotions of discovering her husband’s infidenlity. One of the songs that plays while Carrie and Rhett are on the dance floor is Dwight Yoakum’s “Ain’t that Lonely Yet,” a song about getting over heartbreak. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but towards the end of the novel, I listened to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” quite a few times.

References to the music a particular character listens to can help give the reader a window into who that person is. Another main character in the story is Deane Linley. She’s a 60-something, hard-as-nails businesswoman with a touch of glamour -much like a cross between Ann Richards and a fairy godmother. Despite the fact that Deane is old enough to retire and living in a small town, she is still very much aware of what’s going on in the world. The reader gets hints about her personal life when we learn that she’s recently gone to see Florence and the Machine in Austin.

In the future, I envision that the e-book experience will become much more interactive. Writers will be able to include pictures, videos and music that can be accessed while reading. Until then, here’s my Smart Blondes playlist:


La Vie Dansante, Jimmy Buffet
Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Cake
Drink on It, Blake Shelton
Let the Light In, Bob Schnieder
Home, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
You’ve got the Love, Florence and the Machine
Just My Imagination, Temptations
Fall in Love, Phantogram
What It Takes, Aerosmith





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Author Bio:


Sonia Koso grew up in the eccentricity-filled piney woods of North East Texas. She has been writing since an early age and considers it her first love. After receiving a B.A. in English Writing, her life took a drastic turn and she went to law school. Sonia practiced law for over a decade but was drawn back to writing in 2012. Sonia's stories feature strong women, good-looking guys, legal dilemmas and a dose of humor. Smart Blondes borrows many characters from her childhood as well as her legal career.

Sonia does most of her writing at her condo in Austin’s hip SOCO district. It’s in walking distance from landmarks including Lady Bird Lake, the Continental Club, and the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge. When not writing, Sonia divides her time between the live music of Austin and the sunshine of Boca Raton. She loves Tex-Mex food, blue water, cocktails and good friends. Sonia often dreams of a man who can do his own laundry and a walk-in closet with a chandelier…but not necessarily in that order.

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