02/5/13

Review: Soul Control by C. Elizabeth

Soul Control Soul Control by C. Elizabeth

Print Length: 454 pages
Publisher: Wings ePress (December 1, 2012)
Genre: YA Paranormal

About: “Lead us not into temptation, deliver us from evil.”

Words that ring true for seventeen-year-old Saydi Gardiner upon discovering her ancestry. But if she has doubts, further confirmation is forthcoming and it comes in the form of a wickedly gorgeous Nathanael Braxton, when he steals her heart and cuddles into her soul – the last place the boy should be.

Nineteen-year-old Nathanael’s unrelenting good looks aren’t the only thing that make him dangerous – and he knows it! However, his caring human side struggles with a loyalty – a loyalty that binds him to the hunt for the soul that will give his family the power they seek. There’s only one problem: When he finds her, Nathanael falls in love with his prey – Saydi.

“SOUL CONTROL pulled me in from the first sentence and had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end. Everything you could want is there…wit, banter, romance (appropriate for the young adult reader) danger, suspense, mystery…and the list goes on. C. Elizabeth’s writing is flawless and relatable. 5 stars all the way!”
- – Laura Burks, author of Altered

My Review:  Unique and absorbing, Soul Control is a Young Adult Paranormal that will grab the reader within its grasp and hold tight until the very end.

With well-developed characters and a story line that has not been re-hashed a million different ways, Soul Control will appeal to a wide audience range – both in age and genre.  Saydi is a young adult nearing her eighteenth birthday.  She is like many girls her age – giggly, loves being around her friends, having fun and enjoying life.  However, what Saydi is soon to find out is that she is unlike any other girl her age.  She has a destiny to fulfill – one that will change the outcome of the entire world and each and every person who is in it.

Nathanael and his brothers – hunky and desirable triplets, are new to town.  With their good looks and charisma, the brothers are instant attractions for everyone.  What everyone does not know, however, is that with these brothers, what you see is not exactly what you get and there is an evil that lurks beneath the surface, waiting to break free and change everything.

Good vs. evil is one of the main characteristics and ideas of Soul Control, however there is so much more going on within the story.  There are several back stories of the characters that seamlessly intertwine together and further gives the main story line an excellent depth.  The ability to trust and follow your heart is a difficult thing under normal circumstances, throw in the fact that there is a plot to steal your soul and the one that holds your heart in his hand is suppose to play a major roll in this theft and you may feel as though you are caught in a whirlwind.

Honestly, there are so many aspects and parts of Soul Control that I loved.  The characters are written incredibly well, the twists and turns are plentiful, the main story idea is unique and there is an excellent blend of humor, romance, paranormal and courage.  The emotions within Soul Control are raw and often times gut-wrenching and I could not help but be swept up within the story.  Watching as Saydi develops her talents is incredible and being part of her growth in such a harrowing journey, mixed with the chemistry and relationship between her and Nathanael is something that will not soon be forgotten.

I absolutely loved how this story revolves around the soul – what it means in the bigger scheme of things.  The beauty and frailty of humankind is not often thought of, but is done so in Soul Control – at least for me, while giving life to an incredible story.  The romance is done in a way that is ideal for younger teen readers – very clean, while adding a bit of that yearning.  I cannot wait for the next story in this series.  C. Elizabeth is such an incredible talent and has transitioned from Adult Contemporary with her novels Absolute Obsession and Absolute Obstruction to the young adult perfectly.  Soul Control is a book that I highly recommend to anyone looking for an engrossing and hard-to-put-down young adult paranormal story!

Favorite Quote:  ”…You never know what has happened in someone’s life to make them who they are, and only until you know them completely will you understand.”

Rating 4

Excerpt:

Angie and Becky startled me when they stood up.
“Okay, I’m moving on in.” Becky proclaimed, confidently.
“Me too,” Angie piped up, gazing nervously around the table.
Todd, Norma and I laughed. “Go for it!” I said.
Angie flopped back down on the seat, defeated. “I’m such a chicken.”
Becky tugged on her hand. “Angie come on! What’s the worse they could do? Say no?”
Angie slowly stood and drew her shoulders back to show her strength, even if it was fake… but she was going to do it and off they went.
For some reason, the closer they got to the new boys, the harder it was for me to breath. My nails dug into Todd’s leg.
“Ouch!” he yelped, yanking my hand away. “That hurt!” He rubbed where my nails surely left a mark.
Without looking his way I apologized. My attention stayed with Becky and Angie as they made their way through the crowd.
It seemed to take them forever to get to the table, and when they did, all three boys looked up and smiled. Segra, Jocelyn, and Mattie sneered. Then Segra said something that had Mattie and Jocelyn laughing and giving her high fives.
The triplets didn’t seem to like the little exchange and flashed a quick look of disapproval at each other. All at the same time they sat straight up, distancing themselves from Segra’s little group — well, at least as a far as you can distance yourself when you’re sitting right beside someone in a cramped booth.
Something Angie said to them caused all three to take stock of our table. My first reaction was to cast my eyes down, that is until the one sitting against the wall took hold of them…
~ * ~
…A sea of dark ocean took me through caverns and caves. Being under water didn’t bother me, and my chest rose and sank as if I were on land. Something shimmered on the ocean floor, looking completely out of place. When I reached for it and cradled it in my hand, the crystal felt smooth and comfortable — soothing.
~ * ~
“Earth to Saydi!”
Someone shoved me.
“Saydi! Are you already daydreaming about them?” Todd snarled hotly.
It was easy to ignore Todd when the triplet’s face came back into full view, considering my imagination was playing tricks on me… his features twisted in such a way that it made my skin crawl — then it was gone, leaving behind a beautiful smile as he nodded once at me in a greeting.
“Saydi, are you all right?” Becky asked.
“Um, yeah, good.” I let out a nervous giggle.
They all stared with shocked looks.
I eased back in the seat. “What?”
The fact that all their eyes looked down at the table, then back up to me, enticed me to look too. The napkin in front of me had a drawing on it — a tear drop, with sun rays billowing out and ghosts floating away from it.
“What a cool drawing. Who drew it?” Clearly, I had five heads, at least that’s how they were making me feel by the way they were sizing me up.
“You did,” Todd said, raising a curious eyebrow.
Impossible! My only artistic side went as far as reading. I preferred sports. “I can’t draw.”
Becky plucked the pen from my hand. “Apparently, you can.”
“What was that?” Norma whispered through her teeth, inspecting my eyes.
“What was what? You guys are acting all weird.” Todd snorted. “You go off into some far off land and start drawing a spooky picture, and you say we’re acting weird?”
“I wasn’t daydrea…”
“Have a good night, Saydi,” said a dreamy, deep voice.
I whipped my head in its direction. One of the triplets, the one with green/blue eyes, knocked twice on our table and smiled directly at me as they passed. My tongue tied up in a knot, giving me no ability to spit, never mind talk. The only thing I could do was gape while all three brothers smiled and waved when they walked out the door… and to add to my already moronic reaction, I was certain drool played a part. I flopped my forehead on the table and moaned, “What is wrong with me?”
“That was Nathanael!” Angie gushed.
“Saydi, you can stop drooling,” Todd barked. No! I didn’t! Testing, just to make sure, I licked my lips then threw a look at him. “Todd!”
“What? You were.” Then he shoved the napkin with the picture in my face. “Here, why don’t you run after him? Maybe he’ll ask you out!”
The way he was acting was starting to piss me off, and to let him know, I formed each word perfectly as I said them. “Todd, what is wrong with you?”
“I’m just saying.” Crossing his arms, he refused to look at me.
Shaking my head, I turned back to Becky and Angie wanting information. “So?”
Angie blushed, nearly bursting at the seams. “Did you not see them?”
I bobbed my head, smiling, the drawing and Todd’s outburst forgotten.
Angie angled in close. “Well, the one against the wall… His name is Joshua, and you already know Nathanael.” She giggled. “And the one on the end was Job.” Then she arched in closer yet, as if to tell me a huge secret. “Weren’t they gorgeous?”
“Oh please!” Todd huffed.
“Oh shush!” Norma fanned her hands at him. “Angie, you can’t have all of them,” Becky informed. The way she said it led me to believe it wasn’t said all in fun. I picked up on the little bit of bitterness that had snuck into her tone.
Angie either ignored it or didn’t catch it. “Darn right, I can!” she insisted.
All us girls laughed — Becky used her fake one.

C. Elizabeth About C. Elizabeth: C. Elizabeth lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada and during her short writing career she’s learned a lot about herself, sometimes to the point that she wonders how the heck she got this far in life and know so little about herself.

For the majority of her life she dabbled in many things, such as drawing, photography, sewing, only to find that after a while, she would lose interest, but writing is a different story — it found her and continues to be an addiction, as well as a most wonderful, incredible passion.

Not only does she write novels, but she does whatever she can to hone her craft. Such as attending the New York Pitch Conference, seminars and the like, as well, she writes for online magazines on the topic of… you guessed it, writing.

Her latest book is the YA paranormal romance, Soul Control.

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12/12/12

Review: The Apocalypse Of Hagren Roose by J.W. Nicklaus


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by J.W. Nicklaus

File Size: 359 KB
Print Length: 105 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About:  Once a small-town success and happy family man, Hagren Roose finds his slide backwards at once abrupt and wrenching. His small-town mentality sets him on a journey of his own making, of which he has no control—and

only he can atone for.

Hagren Roose forgot the Golden Rule

Ever wondered what your choices and decisions have in store for you?

Karma has its place in the scope of human beliefs, but karma extends principally to mortal life as we know it, applies to a conscious, sentient person. Push your imagination a bit: what might we be in for when we pass on?

The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose, coincidentally, is just such a story. Follow Hagren, a native son of a small town with an equally small collective mind. Hagren’s failure to step beyond the antiquated prejudices he grew up with have caused a rift between himself, his family, and everyone else around him. Hagren Roose has plenty to answer for — upon his answers rest his, and his family’s, future.

My Review:  The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose by J.W. Nicklaus is not a light read, nor is it a story that will quickly leave your mind.  Instead it is a story that delves into a world of regrets and reminds us to step back and reassess ourselves and our lives. The life that we lead and how we treat those around us.  We

may make mistakes but we can learn from those mistakes and better not only ourselves but our lives.

Mr. Nicklaus uses lyrical prose and vivid imagery to bring his story to life.  The characters are easy to envision and connect to, lending an extra quality to the overall effect of the story.  The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose is a story knitted together with thick strands of inspiration.

While I was reading, I was reminded a bit of It’s A Wonderful Life meets Scrooge, with an added unique twist that is all J.W. Nicklaus.  This is indeed a wonderful and unique story that will remain with me for some time to come.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful and thought-provoking read.

Favorite Quotes:  

What little dozing she could do at home was paltry at best; a heavy conscience seldom rest well, no matter how soft the pillow.

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The pair journeyed forward, the surroundings soulless yet wit

h a scant trace of warmth, not unlike an embrace.  The disconcerting balance between calm and apprehension that draped itself around everything, and the groaning weight of his surging thoughts all began pricking at him, a white rose with nary a place along its stem with which to hold it.

 


J.W. Nicklaus 2About J.W. Nicklaus: J.W. Nicklaus attests to living somewhere between the city closest to the Sun and upon the precipice of Hell—but the winters are mild in Arizona. An avid reader and peerless amateur philosopher, he is “DNA and energy. I am cellular and soulful. I am shadow and light. I am carbon and water . . . and I am stardust. As are we all.” His singular ambition is simple: to leave the world a slightly better place than when he came into it.

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12/2/12

Review: Absolute Obstruction by C. Elizabeth

Pump Up Your Book Presents Absolute Obstruction Virtual Book Publicity TourAbsolute Obstruction by C. Elizabeth

Series: Book 2 in the Absolute Series
Print Length: 296 pages
Publisher: Wings ePress (October 5, 2012)

Being lonely isn’t anything new for 45 year old Rose Terrance. After all, that’s what she signed up for when she married beautiful, 33 year old movie star, Michael Terrance and in spite of her loneliness, their love stays strong. However, their love, nor Michael’s vehement overprotectiveness, can shield Rose from a threat that is beyond Michael’s comprehension, one that annihilates his heart and lines his soul with guilt.

Michael has murderous intentions that lead him to a place he has already asked Rose to forgive him for, taking the phrase “I would die for you” to the extreme.

Excerpt:

The gate buzzer rang interrupting my thoughts. I answered it. “Yes?”
“I’m looking for Mr. Michael Terrance,” the male voice said.
“He’s not in.”
“Is this Mrs. Rose Terrance?”
“Yes.”
“Well, I have some papers here for Mr. Terrance, but I’m able to leave them with you.”
“What is this about?”
“I’m not at liberty to say Mrs. Terrance, if you would just open the gate, I’ll give them to you and be on my way.”
A crisp chill scorched up my spine. “Just leave them in the box at the gate,” I instructed.
“No, I can’t. It will only take a second.”
Squeaking the words out. “I’m not opening the gate.”
“Mrs. Terrance please! You’re forcing me to wait at the airport for him. I knew he wasn’t home but to avoid the pictures I thought I would come here first.”
Agreeing with his version of things, I conceded, “All right, but keep your distance.”
“Thank you.”
I pushed the button to open the gate and stood on the front porch watching the car slowly approach. He stopped in front of the garage doors, he got out with a large envelope clasped tightly in his fingers, seemingly afraid to let it go.
“Mrs. Terrance?”
Folding my arms around myself, I nodded once.
“Don’t be scared, I just have to give these to you.”
Pointing to the driveway. “Leave them there.”
“I prefer to give them directly to you.”
“I prefer you don’t. Leave them there.”
He sighed, shaking his head, as he put them on the ground. “Have a good day.”
Not a word.
Once he was gone, I pushed the button to close the gate, then went and picked up the envelope. I turned it over and over, it was very thick and after settling on the couch, I opened it. The pages told a story – a story my mind refused to acknowledge, my heart, on the other hand, was something completely different – first it splintered around the edges, then with the reading of the next few paragraphs, it cracked, then…it split into a million pieces of kindling, that reunited with a burn from a long time ago. A revulsion twisted my stomach as a backdraft ripped through my veins, my face burned hot – bolting for the bathroom, I barely made it to the toilet before I threw up. The uncontrollable tears shook every bone in my body. He had promised… A promise that proved to be a lie, one that threatened the very foundation our life had been built on.

My Review:  C. Elizabeth’s ‘Absolute Series’ is an amazing tale of tormented, yet soul-deep love that the reader will not soon forget.

I first fell in love with Ms. Elizabeth’s work when I read her debut novel, Absolute Obsession.  This was a book that took me into the deepest regions of those Hollywood hunk fantasies that I know most of us have had at one time or another.  I quickly became a part of Michael and Rose’s world and was sad to see the book end.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to death to get my hands on copy of Absolute Obstruction!  This story delivered all that I desired and so much more.  Whereas the first book in the series focused on the trials and tribulations of Michael and Rose’s blossoming relationship, this story was a bit more on the suspenseful and dark side. In Absolute Obstruction, Michael and Rose are married with their beautiful baby boy.  Michael is hard at work making movies and Rose is at home keeping those home fires burning and raising their little man.  All is not smooth sailing, however, and when Michael’s past comes crashing down he fears that he will once again lose Rose forever.

In addition to the story line mentioned above, there comes into play an additional story line that holds suspense and focuses on the possible price of fame.  I loved the combination of both of these plots and thought that Ms. Elizabeth did an exceptional job of intertwining them.  There were many times that I found myself holding my breath and flying through pages wanting to learn what was going to happen next.

The character development of the two main characters, Rose and Michael, as well as the secondary characters are excellent and left me feeling as though I truly was able to get to know everyone on a deeper level.  The emotions rolled off the pages and the smooth writing style kept my attention from beginning to end.

I have to also mention that there is more sizzle to Absolute Obstruction as well.  The love scenes, while tasteful and not explicit, were more prevalent within this second book.  The passion between the main characters is very evident, as is the emotional strain that they must endure.

As I read Absolute Obstruction, I found my heart racing, tears fill my eyes, smiles grace my lips and a few gasps of shock.  I do have to admit that I had the suspense plot figured out before it was revealed, however that in no way took away from the excitement of the story.

Though Absolute Obstruction could easily be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend that readers delve into the first book, Absolute Obsession first.  Though reading the second book without the first will not lose the reader in any way, I think that by reading the first book, the reader will be able to appreciate Michael and Rose more, as well as become more emotionally connected to them and their story.

There is one more book in this series that will be released within the near future and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and continue this amazing story.  I love the characters and I love the writing style of C. Elizabeth.  I highly recommend these books for anyone looking for an amazing story that will hold them tight within the depths of the story from start to finish!

 

C. ElizabethAbout C. Elizabeth: C. Elizabeth lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada and during her short writing career she’s learned a lot about herself, sometimes to the point that she wonders how the heck she got this far in life and know so little about herself.

For the majority of her life she dabbled in many things, such as drawing, photography, sewing, only to find that after a while, she would lose interest, but writing is a different story — it found her and continues to be an addiction, as well as a most wonderful, incredible passion.

Not only does she write novels, but she does whatever she can to hone her craft. Such as attending the New York Pitch Conference, seminars and the like, as well, she writes for online magazines on the topic of… you guessed it, writing.

Readers can learn more about C. Elizabeth and her work by visiting the following links:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble

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Interview at Examiner

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Book Review at Miki’s Hope

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01/18/12

Review: Bloodspell by Amalie Howard

Bloodspell
By:  Amalie Howard

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.) (June 1, 2011)

About:  The spell was simple… ”Cruentus Protectum” (”Defend the Blood”)
But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?

Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds–much less one that reveals she’s a witch with unimaginable power.

What’s more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own…

Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood’s deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?

My Review:

Amalie Howard proves that there can be a new and unique twist to the ever-popular vampire/witch theme so prevalent in today’s Young Adult genre.

Strange things are beginning to happen to Victoria (Tori) Warrick and after a mysterious illness lands her in the hospital for a lengthy stay, she transfer to a new school to hopefully begin a new life. That life is beyond anything she could imagine and not in a good way.

On her 17th birthday, Tori is given a gift from her deceased Grandmother via her Aunt Holly. The gift contains an old journal as well as powerful amulet tucked within an intricately carved wooden box. The journal tells a dark and haunting story of a long ago ancestor. Within these aged pages, Tori will find answers, as well as more disturbing questions to discover who she really is and what her destiny holds.

Within Tori blood, boils a curse and all-consuming power that she must learn to control, before it overtakes and controls her. Add to this realization the appearance of a mysterious and darkly handsome stranger and Tori will be in for the physical and emotional fight of her life.

Christian is a vampire and any type of relationship with a witch is strictly forbidden. However, the powerful pull and chemistry between Tori and Christian is impossible to ignore. Once Christian discovers who Tori is and exactly what her blood is capable of, he knows that he will stop at nothing to keep her safe – just as her enemies will stop at nothing to take her blood for their own.

Bloodspell is an amazing paranormal ride that grabbed me from the beginning and filled me with surprises and eagerness to fly through the pages to discover what was going to happen next. I loved the characterization of both Tori and Christian. They are both remarkably strong, courageous and brilliant. The story truly never had a lull in action and was filled with twist and turns. What made Bloodspell different than many other stories within this genre? It was darker and though it had the “forbidden love” theme to it, it was not the main plot of the story. There were no mushy “woe is me” types of thoughts throughout and the characters are incredibly mature, which kicks the story up another notch. In addition, the idea that blood can hold such powerful magic is intriguing, as well as the fact that this curse (or blessing) is carried on through the maternal blood line.

Readers will find themselves swept away within the complex, intricate and massively incredible and enjoyable story, Bloodspell, crafted by an amazingly talented author. Amalie Howard will blow minds with her debut work, which plays out like a veteran author’s works. She definitely has an amazing future ahead of her and I can’t wait to read what she releases next! I highly recommend Bloodspell to lovers of the paranormal – young adult or not.

Favorite Quote: This is a special birthday for Warrick women. It marks both an end and a beginning, the end of what we know and the beginning of what we are to become. Don’t fear it. Embrace it. You are a Warrick.

*my review was originally published at Romancing the Book

amalieAmalie Howard:

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine in International Studies and French, and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. She has also lived in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. She has worked as a research assistant, marketing rep, global sales executive, freelance writer, and blogger. A lover of other cultures and new experiences, especially of the culinary variety, she has traveled extensively across North America and Europe, and as far east as China, Indonesia, and Australia. She currently resides in New York with her husband, three children, and one very willful cat that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

Amalie Howard’s debut novel, BLOODSPELL, evolved from a short story that took on an eerie life of its own, and is undoubtedly the result of a lifelong infatuation with witchcraft, vampires, and excessive amounts of chocolate.

TEN FUN FACTS ABOUT AMALIE:-

1. She’s traveled to 141 cities in 18 countries.

2. She fenced competitively in college.

3. She lived and studied in France for several years (she still looks back on them as some of the best, most self-defining years of her life).

4. She danced ballet for nine years but stopped to focus on academics.

5. She is a Padi-certified deep-water scuba diver.

6. She entered and won a beauty pageant when she was 16.

7. She’s a closet gear-head. She loves cars, bikes, boats and anything with an engine.

8. She bungee-jumped 765 feet off of the Macau Tower in China.

9. She has three tattoos.

10. She once surfed on the coast of Australia and a 20-foot great white shark was spotted there the next day.

12/16/11

Review: Outlawed Love by J.M. Krumbine

Outlawed Love

Outlawed Love
By:  J.M. Krumbine

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 438 KB
Publisher: One Stray Word (August 2, 2010)

If you are looking for a spicy, action-packed thrill ride like non other, you have found the perfect place with Outlawed Love by J.M. Krumbine.

Okay, I am going to be bluntly honest, once my eyes fell upon the cover of Outlawed Love, I was instantly intrigued.  I mean – HOT!  Then I read the synopsis and – oh yes, I must delve in!!  I have to say that I was not let down in any way, shape or form.  This was a fantastic read complete with thrills, twists, turns and sizzling chemistry.

Once I began reading Outlawed Love, I was instantly hooked.  The story is written in such a way that allows the reader to become quickly absorbed and highly entertained.  The main characters of Kate Sharpe and Kyle Archer are brought to life completely and I felt an instant connection to them both, making me care deeply for them and desperately hoping that things would work out okay for them.

Lovers of romantic suspense will be in heaven with Outlawed Love.  I must admit that there were even a few times that I was caught by surprise, which delighted me.  As far as steaminess, yes, there is plenty of that, though not in an erotic way that would turn those easy offended off.  For me, this was the perfect blend of sizzle and thriller.  I truly cannot wait to read more by J.M. Krumbine.  He is a new favorite author that I am excited to have discovered.  I highly recommend checking this book out – you will be so thrilled that you did!

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About Outlawed Love:

Kate Sharpe, US Marshal, is a woman on a mission with no time for love or romance. Her prisoner, the handcuffed hottie, Kyle Archer, just turned State’s evidence on notorious mobster Jonathon Bragan. Kate’s responsible for getting him from the courthouse to the jailhouse, but can she do it without losing her heart?

Jason KrumbineAbout J.M. Krumbine:

J.M. Krumbine is the author behind the pulse pounding, wisecracking Alex Cheradon Series, the dead soul hunting Grym Brothers Series (including Two and a Half Dead Men, The Dead Couple and Better Off Dead), and the tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance “A Graveyard Romance.”

His latest book is a romantic suspense novel titled Outlawed Love.

You can visit his website  Twitter  and Facebook.

You can also email him at onestrayword@gmail.com.

Outlawed Love