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Where did 2020 go?

I wonder if this will work - it's meant to list the books I've read this year, a much smaller number than last year's list. I guess I've been spending more time editing... and more time reading and re-reading the news, which was time not well spent. But I'm taking Christmas off, so I hope to get some writing done too. Book 2 of Hemlock Edge, perhaps - it's nearly finished. Anyway, here's that link, and good luck with it! If your book's in there, thank you for the read! https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2020/2039269

Who was Dracula?

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  Today I'm delighted to welcome author Melodie Romeo to my blog, featuring her book release, Tribute in Blood, which promises thrills and romance immersed in a historical setting, as Vlad the Impaler returns! A thrilling read for the coming holiday season, I'm told, so I'm looking forward to reading it! Meanwhile, she's here to share some information about the famous Dracula.   So, over to you Melodie, and thank you for visiting here: Thoughts on Vlad Tepes by Melodie Romeo All characters, even villains, are multifaceted individuals with strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, virtues and vices. I found the same to be true of Vlad Tepes, history’s Dracula. Prince Vlad of Walachia (1431-1476) was a capable strategist and military leader who defeated one of the greatest conquerors of his day, a pro-autonomist who desired to raise his principality to full nation status, a shrewd politician who knew how to play one adversary off another… but he was also a sadi

An eternal dance since time immemorial

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  I'm delighted to welcome author Ruchi Singh to my blog today, celebrating a bewitching romance enhanced (for me) by the delights of a different culture.    Read an Excerpt from Bewitched The seat had remained vacant, and it reminded her of the premiere night and Samar’s friend… no, Rudra Pratap Maurya.  Well, he was something. Full of confidence and a little too forward, which normally was the result of being born with a silver spoon. Who would know that better than she? But she wasn’t brash, quite the opposite. Would she be meeting him again today? She might. The thought incited a flutter in her heart.  Twice during her performance in the last month, she had experienced the same kind of flutter and was reminded of him. Why? She shouldn’t be thinking about another man. She had no right. A loud noise in the living room brought her out of her troubled thoughts. Mansi was bustling around in the suite and must have dropped something. She would be busy packing their things. They had

Which Millionaire? Which Hotels?

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  Today I'm welcome Aarti Raman with an excerpt from her novel, In Debt to her Millionaire Foe. Reading about a different "millionaire" with a different "chain of seven-star hotels" sounds like just the thing for the next few weeks... so thank you for dropping in, Aarti. She Hates Him But She’s In Debt To Her Millionaire Foe  Releasing on 25th October About the Book: When the songbird owes the business tycoon... Former gangster, Devansh Thackeray has finally managed to carve the life he’s always aspired to. Building a chain of seven-star hotels all over the world, a reputation for being an honest businessman...and all the women he could ask for. Ansh’s life is perfect. Or so he thinks. Because he is about to hit by a lightning bolt from the past that’ll make him question everything he’s worked so hard for. And her name is Kahini Palekar. Kahini’s life is a nightmare. She works three jobs to pay off the loan sharks circling her. But, Kahini doesn’t mind because s

Forgive and Forget, or Remember and Forgive?

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  Today I'm featuring a fascinating novel by Shilpa Suraj--Love, Scandal, and Second Chances. A tale of love, forgiving and... maybe forgetting, it's more than just romance and I'm looking forward to reading it. Plus, it's got a very cool cover! Love, Scandal, and Second Chances by Shilpa Suraj About the Book: Arav has only ever loved one woman, Disha. But, she broke his heart to further her ambitions.  Years later, she's achieved everything she set out to but at a steep price. She wants to come home but home doesn't want her and her work won't let her. Arav knows Disha needs his help and the boy he once was can't walk away.  But while his heart is large enough to forgive, it hasn't forgotten.  Can they overcome the bitter hurt of their shared past, face the scandalous present and find their way back to each other? Is this their second chance at love or a first chance at redemption? About the Author: Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, h

A Time for Wrath?

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 No, I don't mean politics, but wrath in the world just might be releived a little by settling down to read. And today I'm featuring "the Wrath of the Hellfires" to distract you from life's dismay. Today is the "cover reveal" and the rest of the series is featured below, with all their intriguing covers too. Patience is a Drawn Bow. Rage, its Relentless Arrow. Shukracharya’s plan to break the unity of Vikramaditya’s Council has borne bitter fruit. Friends have become sworn enemies, and brother has turned against brother, setting Avanti on the path to self-destruction. Even as Vikramaditya prepares to counter a Huna invasion, a rebellion brews within Ujjayini, while a devious conspiracy is hatched to humiliate him. With Indra’s spies swarming the palace and Shukracharya making a bold bid to take the Halahala, the king is dangerously close to the brink of defeat. Alone and abandoned by those dear to him, fighting to protect his wife and his people, trying

Spidey Senses

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Apeksha Rao is visiting my blog today with some fascinating information about authorly spidey senses... Welcome Apeksha! About the Book: Are your Spidey senses tingling? At 17, Samira Joshi has only one dream in life. She wants to be a spy. And why not? Spying runs in the Joshi genes. Her great-grandmother was famous for sticking her nose in everyone’s business. Her grandmother had a flourishing side-business of tracking down errant husbands and missing servants. Her parents are elite intelligence agents for RAW. Yet, they want their only daughter to become a doctor. When she sees a college friend being trapped by a pimp, Samira does some spying of her own, and discovers the existence of a secret sisterhood of teen spies — The Spyders. And, she wants in! The question is, do they want her? To find out, read this fast-paced, gripping YA novel by brand new author, Apeksha Rao. Apeksha has brought along a surprise guest ... one angry chick! So read on to learn more: Tina Rane is one angry