GA Review – The Fire Extinguisher by Timothy M

Welcome to another GA Review post. We’re here with Tim as my GA featured author.

To find out more about Timothy M see my first review staring him.

The Secret Santa Game

The Fire Extinguisher

Blurb/Description

When you’re lonely and drunk, even a fire extinguisher can be a friend. Especially, if it starts talking to you!

This story was written as part of Cia’s Household Item Game.

My Review:

This short was both funny and serious rolled into one.

Warning: It deals with the issues of being in the closet and even touches on suicide. So if any of these are triggers, you may wish to head for a different one of Tim’s stories.

I laughed at Dean’s reaction to a talking fire extinguisher, I suppose to wake up to the start of a fire and then to realize it was a fire extinguisher that had woken me up I’d react in the same way, but still…it was funny.

Then it gets slightly serious when they start talking. The extinguisher (aka Bart) is a soul that has been sent to make amends and his mission seems to be to make sure Dean doesn’t make the same mistakes he did.

Their talk is eye opening and brings up a lot of points that any person who has secrets should think about. Whatever we think other people will think of us when our secrets are revealed, the truth is not always as bad as we think it is going to be. Somtimes we just need to take the plunge.

Please give this story a read and please please be sure to comment and maybe we can get Tim to continue the story and let us know what happens.

5*s

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Wednesday Briefs – Here Kitty Kitty Chapter 8.3

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Hi Everyone

Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.


Chapter 8.3

Kitryn clenched his fists and pushed his rising anger down, hard. He spoke as calmly as he could so as not to scare Fran. “Fran, can you tell us anything else about what’s happening? Every little thing helps.”

Fran frowned hard and seemed to be trying to concentrate on something.

“She think I should be hers. She had papa first. Mama took him. She got sent away. She got more magic now. Papa gone so she want me.”

“Cheryl!” Meg interrupted and Simon and Kitryn swung their attention to her.

“Who’s Cheryl?” Simon asked.

Kitryn was the one to answer. “She was the lover of my sister’s mate before they met. With shifters when they meet their true mate—or soul mates as human’s sometimes call them—they know each other instantly by the other being’s scent. Once a shifter scents their mate there is no one else for them. Once claimed with a mating bite the two mates can’t even get arou—,” Kitryn glanced at the kits. “Um, that is to say, they aren’t attracted to anyone else.  Cheryl didn’t take it well when Sissy and Gerry met and recognized each other as mates. Cheryl tried to get Mars to separate them and when he refused she tried to kill Sissy. After that Mars had no choice but to banish her from the group. She hasn’t been seen for over five years. We all thought she’d found a new group and had settled down there.”

Meg took over the explanation. “It didn’t help that she isn’t a full shifter. She is a hybrid like me. We’re both half shifter and half psychic. In my case, my powers are more like a seer. I see flashes of the future and sometimes I am able to warn of impending situations. It seems Fran—since she is only three-quarters shifter—has inherited some of my power and can see flashes of the past and present in different places. Cheryl’s powers were more in the mind control area. She was able to make people do silly things like hop on one leg, or stand on their head while singing a stupid song. If she’s behind what’s happening now she must have found a way to increase her power a lot. Also if she gets her hands on Fran there’s no telling what she would do with her. Ther are rumors of ways to transfer psychic gifts from one person to another. The worse thing is the person losing the powers doesn’t survive the transferrer.”

Kitryn fell silent as he considered what all they’d worked would mean for his new family group.

***

A new bear had arrived and introduced herself as Hetty. She said she’d been sent to watch the kits so the adults could meet to discuss the ongoing situation.

After a few careful questions and some reassurance from Fran, Kitryn allowed Hetty to take the boys, but he insisted Fran could join the adults in a meeting with the Paddy and his second.

They all filed in and Kitryn set about explaining what they’d found out since he’d last spoken to Paddy.


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Book Review – The Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

Blurb

A VALDEMAR OMNIBUS Collecting the New York Times bestsellers: ARROWS OF THE QUEEN ARROW’S FLIGHT ARROW’S FALL Thirteen-year-old Talia longs for a better life, far away from her repressive stepmothers and the village of Sensholding, where books chronicling the adventures of the Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions offer her only escape. But when her family decide she is to be married, Talia flees, only to be rescued by one of the very Companions of legend, a magical steed with incredible powers. Talia soon discovers she has powers of her own, and, together with her Companion, she arrives at the Collegium to fulfil her dreams and train as a Herald. But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, she unearths a deadly plot that could destroy both Queen and kingdom. The Heralds of Valdemar omnibus sees Talia grow from teenage runaway to a Herald whose powers will affect the future of the entire realm.

Buy Links

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My Review

If you are reading Mercedes Lackey in order of publication then these are the first books of her Valdemar series you would read. They are not the first chronologically, however.

These were actually the third set of books I read by this author and I had to correct my thinking as I read to remember that they happened after the first book I had read but before the second. Once I found the reading order list on Goodreads I reread them all…in order. it made much more sense then.

This trilogy is the story of Talia and how she is chosen by a companion and further is chosen to be Queen’s Own.

At first, it is disconcerting to read about a thirteen-year-old girl counseling the Queen of a country, but then I actually started to see that a child’s view on things can be different. As adults we have preconceived ideas and children can give a fresh point of view. Of course, Talia has Rolan helping her as well.

I liked her friendship with Skif and how they tried to be more than friends and things kept interfering until they realize they make better friends than lovers.

Then, of course, there is the little matter of court intrigue, betrayal, and life bonds. In all this is an all action trilogy that will keep you gripped from beginning to end. I dare anyone to start reading and put it down before they’ve finished.

Another highly recommended read 5*s

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KU Review – Northern Pines Den Alphas Series by Susi Hawk

Blurbs

Books 1-3

The Northern Pines Den series is an mpreg shifter series about found families, finding joy after pain, and the yummy scents of fated mates!

The Northern Pines Den of bears found a solid ally in the newly formed Northern Lodge wolf pack—and together they face a foe as fierce as she is evil: the den Alpha’s estranged sister.
Through their connection with the wolves, the den finds mates who breathe new life into their traditional ways, though opening their hearts leaves them easy targets for their enemies—but the den will do whatever it takes to protect their own.

This three hundred and fifty-one page bundle contains the first three books in this best selling series – all books are fully re-edited, freshly formatted, and guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels!

Included:

Alpha’s Hearts — Fated Mates! When the wolf pack and the bear den initiate an exchange program to help shifters find their fated mates, adventurous omega Taylor is the first to volunteer, drawing the attention of the den’s lonely alpha, Mikael. Mikael knows the tiny, colorful omega will either breathe new life into their stilted bear community or cause an outrage. Either way, it won’t be boring to have him around.

Alpha’s Mates — When the former soldier, alpha jaguar Jules, scents the kidnapped omega bear Colin, he will do anything to save his mate. Thankfully, protective alpha wolf Sean witnessed the kidnapping, and he is equally as determined to bring Colin home. When the two scent each other in their quest to save Colin, they realize they were not blessed with just one mate, but two… if they can manage to save Colin in time.

Alpha’s Strength — Omega jaguar Diego is fleeing an arranged marriage to the safety of his cousin Jule’s new home, little realizing he is running straight into the arms of fate. Alpha Heir to the den, Stefan, loves everything about the little bratty looking omega, even the arrogant glare he levels at Stefan when he catches the alpha eyeballing him. Yet the rogue war rages on, and none of their lives remain untouched by its shadow.

These books are all intended for 18+ readers only. It’s advised to read the series in order for maximum appreciation. And yes, this book contains M/PREG, knotting, adults adulting in sexy naughty ways, and way more than the occasional use of potty mouth language! Caution: contains violent scenes and mentions of death as the pack is at war.

Books 4-6

The Northern Pines Den series is an mpreg shifter series about found families, finding joy after pain, and the yummy scents of fated mates!

The Northern Pines Den of bears found a solid ally in the newly formed Northern Lodge wolf pack—and together they face a foe as fierce as she is evil: the den Alpha’s estranged sister.
Through their connection with the wolves, the den finds mates who breathe new life into their traditional ways, though opening their hearts leaves them easy targets for their enemies—but the den will do whatever it takes to protect their own.

This three hundred and twenty-two page bundle contains the final three books in this best selling series – all books are fully re-edited, freshly formatted, and guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels!

Included:

Alpha’s Wolf — A story of an unconventional pair. Alpha bear Liam is a lover, not a fighter, who runs a B&B, while omega wolf Frankie the Fingers is a former military intelligence operative who is currently helping Mikael track down his rogue sister. The fated pair—literally—run into each other in the midst of a storm from hell. With no wifi and cell reception, a possible traitor in the den, Liam’s inability to slow down at the B&B and Frankie’s compulsive need to trace the rogue, how can they each unwind enough to take a mate?

Alpha’s Redemption — Alpha jaguar Hector leaves Belize and arrives in Mills Creek seeking his formerly betrothed mate only to find himself embroiled in the rogue war. All the local bear shifters will die without Hector’s empathic gift, a legacy that has passed through his family from ancient times. Sweet, lonely Drew is an omega bear who yearns to see the world that Hector has seen, but first they must protect the ones they love by finding a way to end the Rogue War.

Alpha’s Solstice — Ten years after the Rogue War ended, revisit each and every couple from the Northern Lodge Pack and The Northern Pines Den. Kai and Taylor, each the Alpha Mate of their respective communities, will join forces to plan the party to end all parties. From yule logs to bonfires, crazy aunties to placid betas, cubs and pups too… all of the shifters you know and love will be there for the holiday!

These books are all intended for 18+ readers only. It’s advised to read the series in order for maximum appreciation. And yes, this book contains M/PREG, knotting, adults adulting in sexy naughty ways, and way more than the occasional use of potty mouth language! Caution: contains violent scenes and mentions of death as the pack is at war.

Buy Links

Books 1-3

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Books 4-6

Amazon UK

Amazon US

My Review

This series follows on from the Northern Lodge series that I reviewed last week. I am actually currently rereading this series and I’m back on book three at the moment.

My favorite book in this series was easy to pick, Book one, Alpha Hearts.

I love the character of Taylor. He is nicknamed Peacock because he loves bright colors, but what people don’t see is what’s underneath all the colors and big personality. When he is sent to stay with the overly formal, serious, bears, it’s fun to see how he manages to shake them up.

Of course, when he turns out to be the alpha bear’s mate? Let’s just say it causes a funny reaction within the den. Even better is how Alpha Mikael meets Taylor. It almost ends up in bloodshed, except that Taylor steps in to defend…nope sorry not telling, I wouldn’t want to spoil a good laugh for you all.

The whole series is full of love, laughter, and fun. As well as the serious problem with the Alpha’s mad sister that the den in facing.

A highly recommended series 5*s

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GA Review – The Angel and Imp Series by Timothy M

 

Welcome to another GA Review post. We’re here with Tim as my GA featured author.

To find out more about Timothy M see my first review staring him.

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Today I am doing three stories by Tim as together they form one series about two characters called Angel and Imp.

Story 1 – Angel and Imp: Mission Impossible

Blurb/Description

An imp from Hell teams up with an angel from Heaven for joint missions in the human world. With Imp focusing on sex and Angel on love, their goals differ considerably. Imp is determined to win the wicked game and if he can annoy Angel along the way, so much better.

The imp and the angel began as figments of imagination in the head of a character in one of my stories. Somehow, they took a life of their own and I had to tell their story. OK, my editor persuaded me to give them their own tale. :)

My Review:

I love this series. The way Angel and Imp go from competing to working together is perfectly written. The two characters are so different but also similar in some funny ways.

The world Tim created for this series is wonderfully imaginative and the ending of this first short is left to the reader to decide for themselves.

A great start to an intriguing series 5*s

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Story 2 – Angel and Imp: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Blurb/Description

An imp from Hell teams up with an angel from Heaven for joint missions in the human world. However, the best-laid plans can go astray, and even otherworldly entities can be blindsided by unexpected developments.

This story features Angel and Imp, who also appear in two of my other stories. It isn’t necessary to read them to understand this one.

My Review:

The perfect sequel to the first story.

There is more focus on Imp and Angel in this one, rather than their missions. The reader gets to see them starting to understand each other and become friends (although, I doubt Imp would ever admit that).

I loved how Imp cares enough to cheer Angel up when Angel is upset. It makes Angel start to think.

The ending in this one is something you have to read to believe. And trust me you’ll be reaching for the pitchforks to throw at Tim for leaving it there. But, the good thing is the next one is already written and you won’t have to wait to find out what happens like I did when I first read this.

Another great read 5*s

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Story 3 – Angel and Imp: Thrice is Enemy Action

Blurb/Description

An imp from Hell teams up with an angel from Heaven for joint missions in the human world. But there are other forces at work, interfering with the team. Angel and Imp will have to deal with the consequences.

This is the third A.I. story, but it can be read without knowing the first two or The Cardmaker and the Caretaker. Characters from Cupid Central (Secret Admirer Contest) are featured. I’ve borrowed them with permission and approval from Aditus. If you haven’t read Cupid Central, beware of the major spoiler at the beginning of my story.

My Review:

This is currently the last story in the Imp and Angel’s series (maybe we can get Tim to write some more someday?). The crossover between this story and Aditus’ Cupid Central story is well done. The use of Aditus’ characters mesh well with Imp and Angel and makes the story perfect. Seeing Angel and Imp’s relationship from an outside perspective is fun and the way the two deceive the cupid is hilarious.

My favorite bit is when Imp and Angel wake up to a few changes after Angel joins Imp in the living room to sleep. I’m not going to say anything except please make sure you’re not eating or drinking anything when you read this as it may end up sprayed over your screen.

You have been warned 🙂

A highly recommended read 5*s

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And Read Cupid Central by Aditus Here

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Book Review – Sword Sworn by Mercedes Lackey

Blurb

Tarma was the sole survivor of her clan, bound on a fatal quest for vengeance, when she encountered the sorceress Kethry. Could the two of them do together what neither could do alone?

This story was originally published in the anthology Sword and Sorceress 3, Jul 1986.

Buy Links

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My Review

This book is the introduction to the Vows and honor trilogy. It is a short story that was originally part of a larger anthology.

In this short story, you meet Tama and Kethry. The emotion that is packed into so few words is astounding. By the end, I felt I knew the characters personally and when I went on to read the Vows and Honor trilogy I felt all their emotions as though they were my own. I felt I had a vested interest in them achieving their goals and finding the things they felt they needed.

The mix of sword and magic fighting is well done and makes a really great tale even better.

I am really enjoying the world Mercedes Lackey has created 4*s

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KU Review – Northern Lodge Pack Omegas Series by Susi Hawk

Blurbs

Books 1-3

The Northern Lodge Pack series is an mpreg shifter series about found families, finding joy after pain, and the yummy scents of fated mates!

The Northern Lodge Pack was founded when one brave alpha and his ragtag group of buddies went on a mission to rescue his twin sister – an omega who was being held as a captive sex-slave by an evil alpha.

The Alpha and his buddies found five other omegas in the evil alpha’s harem – and rescued them all. Along the way, the omegas are reunited with children they’d birthed in captivity and thought were lost to them forever.

This 391 page bundle contains the first three books in this best selling series – all books are fully re-edited, freshly formatted, and guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels!

Included:

Omega Stolen – Fated Mates! Sold into captivity by his own cruel father, Kai is rescued by the sexy Alpha. Who knew Jake would smell like… his mate. This is the book that started it all. Get ready for a roller coaster of an emotional ride.

Omega Remembered – What happens when your worst enemy is also your fated mate?

Aries is finally reunited with the two toddlers that were ripped from his arms at birth by the evil alpha. Too bad the alphahole that found them is the last alpha on earth that Aries wants to see… or smell.

Omega Healed – Friends… to lovers? Sy knows that his old friend Seth smells like his mate. Seth is sweet to Sy’s daughter, sexy AF, and pretty much everything an alpha should be… if one were in the market for an alpha. Before Sy can accept his mate, he first needs to heal from the wounds of the past.

These books are all intended for 18+ readers only. They contain adults adulting in naughty, knotty ways and enough potty mouth language to make a sailor blush. Possible triggers for mentions of past assault, although no scenes of sexual assault are seen, also, there is one quite satisfactory scene of the quite violent deaths of two very bad people.

Books 4-7

The Northern Lodge Pack series is an mpreg shifter series about found families, finding joy after pain, and the yummy scents of fated mates!

The Northern Lodge Pack was founded when one brave alpha and his ragtag group of buddies went on a mission to rescue his twin sister – an omega who was being held as a captive sex-slave by an evil alpha.

The Alpha and his buddies found five other omegas in the evil alpha’s harem – and rescued them all. Along the way, the omegas are reunited with children they’d birthed in captivity and thought were lost to them forever.

This bundle contains the final four books in this best selling series – all books are fully re-edited, freshly formatted, and guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels!

Included:

Omega Shared – Three Fated Mates! Omega Zane finds himself with one hot fated mate… and then another? Will the pack accept a fated triad between two of their fellow wolves… and a bear? The snarky young omega has a lot of decisions to make when it comes to accepting two alphas as mates.

Omega Matured – May/December – Young Luke finds himself being told by pack leader Daniel that they’re fated mates. The trouble is, with a broken nose, Luke can’t scent it for himself. Planner Daniel springs to action with the most romantic wooing the Lodge has ever seen.

Omega Accepted – Large Omega Bear meets Small Alpha Wolf. Oskar flees an abusive former relationship to take a job with his bear godfather, Doc Ollie. A one-night stand with a sexy wolf leaves Oskar with decisions to make… could an alpha ever accept an omega who could bench press him with one hand tied behind his back?

Omega Grown – May/December – Sassy young omega Ryan is the last of the pack’s original omegas. Finding out the stern school teacher, Ivan, is his fated mate has Ryan wondering if maybe the older alpha bear could finally be the one person to see past his bratty façade.

These books are all intended for 18+ readers only. They contain adults adulting in naughty, knotty ways and enough potty mouth language to make a sailor blush. Possible triggers for mentions of past assault, although no scenes of sexual assault are seen.

Buy Links

Books 1-3

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Books 4-7

Amazon UK

Amazon US

My Review

I loved this series and often revisit it. Since it would take far too long (and give too many spoilers) to review each book individually I am going to choose my favorite.

This was a hard choice and ended up as a toss-up between book two and book seven. In the end, book seven won.

Omega Grown is my favorite because I can relate to Ryan. When I was young I was bullied, and to defend against it I put up a strong defensive shield of not caring. I gave as good as I got from the bullies and seemed to brush off their behavior and jibes. This got me a reputation and I felt I had to live up to that rep.

Ryan is a brat, or so his pack mates think. Actually, he is only acting how they expect him to act. They don’t take him seriously and treat him as a child.

When he meets his fated mate, Ivan, he suddenly has hope of being treated with respect and finally having someone see him and not the brat. (I found the same when I was nineteen and met my now husband)

Reading as the pair butt heads and sort their relationship out is funny and sweet all rolled into one. Ivan is patient and Ryan acts like the grown-up he is.

The best parts though are when Ivan, Kai, and Doc stand up for Ryan and tell the others off for belittling his early life experiences. The other good part is when Ryan tells his brother what for. He basically tells his brother that he is not Ryan’s parent to stop acting like a father and to start acting like the brother he needs. His brother is left stunned and later when Ryan’s brother is the to act like a brat Ivan takes pleasure in pointing it out to him.

Overall a  great series and so good I ended up not just borrowing it, I ended up buying it so I could bookmark my favorite bits and read them whenever I feel like it.

5*s

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