Reveiw: Blackbirds & Bourbon

Purchase here:  Blackbirds and Bourbon

Blackbirds & Bourbon, Toil & Trouble #2 by Heather R. Blair

10 out of 5 stars – What? I’m allowed. It’s my blog! 😉

Oh my god, look at that amazing cover! And trust me, you want to judge this book by its cover because the story was stunning.

I devoured this story and finished it in one day. However, I had also badgered (again!) poor Heather into letting me have an early copy. I couldn’t help it. PS, this only works because we’re friends, so please, don’t badger her. I do it out of love. 😉

Now, because we’re friends, that doesn’t mean I’m pulling any punches with this review. I’m not sugarcoating or blowing smoke. I seriously loved this book.

Jack has me twisted in knots. Is he good? Isn’t he? I want to believe the best in him, but damn it, he’s done some dodgy things. We see a lot more of him in this story and I understand where he’s coming from. Doesn’t mean I want him hurting Seph.

And wow, Seph. Not many women in stories I adore, but she is one of them. She’s had a harsh go of it lately, although I’m not saying what because of spoilers. She’s been a little mopey, which was justified and at one point she decides to wrestle the beast to the ground, so to speak. It kinda backfires on her, but she doesn’t care. She’s determined to defeat the prophecy told about her.

If you haven’t read this series, you should. I’m now anxious for the last one in the series and this book isn’t even out yet! Arrrg. Why do I do this to myself?

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Chained in Desire

I’m excited to announce the preorder for Chained in Desire, the fourth book in the Enforcers and Coterie series. Until the release date, the preorder price is set at $0.99 and then will go to the regular price of $2.99, so get it now while it’s cheap. 😉

This book has one of my favourite characters, Victor, a mage who’s irresistible to women. I fell in love with him in Magic Resistant and couldn’t get him out of my head.  Isabella appeared in Sylvia’s Torment although she was never named, and I knew she had a large role to play.

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Fourth in the Enforcers and Coterie series, each one is a standalone book delving deeper into a world where magic co-exists peacefully with the ordinary, for the most part…

As a Mage Demon Enforcer, Victor Tremaine is one of the elite classes. Only a handful of mages have earned this distinction since demons are tricky buggers, especially those who have entered Earth illegally. Six months ago, he received an assignment — find and capture something that shouldn’t even exist: a human turned demon.

Imagine his surprise when she appears one day and attacks him.

Isabella Tuarez has been tuned into the emotions of others all her life. She’s only ever wanted to help, but that driving desire may prove to be her undoing. Escape from her captors should’ve been a happy time. Instead she found herself held by someone more ruthless. To survive, she must prove her usefulness.

She must kill an Enforcer.

Preorder today and enjoy the next installment to the Enforcers and Coterie series.

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Updates – I have a few…

As you may recall, a little while back I kinda fell in love with a cover artist named Julie. Visit her website. Her work has me in awe. I wish I could show you all the covers she’s made me, but some of them won’t be out for a year or so. Yeah, I went a little crazy. *laughs*

After she created the cover for Chained in Desire, the one I’m working on now, along with two other covers later on in the series, I realized my other covers just didn’t line up. I liked the covers, but I didn’t love them. Julie had also added in a theme, the silver name and subtitle and the flames at the bottom. It excited me. It motivated me. Until I looked at my older covers, then I was a wee bit depressed.

I had a fantastic idea. Change the older covers! Convince Julie she needed to make me new ones, which the sweetheart of a woman did. You can see them all over there —> and, um, down a bit. It’s on the sidebar, I swear!

If you want a better look at them along with the blurbs, go to the Enforcers and Coterie page. Aren’t they gorgeous!

Now some of you may have noticed I’d been updating the covers along the side. If you did, good eye. I know I haven’t really mentioned it previously because I was revising the books as well. I sent Magic Resistant to my editor, Elizabeth, who then smacked my fingers for several mistakes and helped me shape it into a more cohesive story. I also rewrote the fight scenes. I’ll add a snippet at the end.

Both Throwing Away the Good and Magic Resistant have been updated on Amazon and Smashwords, so if you’ve already bought them, then grab the new version. You’ll know it’s the correct one when you see “Revised June 2015” in the copyright information. If it doesn’t update for you, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

I wanted all this done in time for my latest release, Dawn’s Keeper. And I did it. Whew! Go me. And to help celebrate my third book, myself and a fellow author, Jen Winters, are having a launch party on June 16th. There will be games, giveaways, prizes, and more. It starts at 10 am and runs until 11 pm Daylights Central Time. Join us or drop in throughout the day. There are 13 authors lined up including little old me.

And at the Gala, I’ll be revealing the cover for Chained in Desire, Victor’s book. *sigh* He’s one sexy man. Don’t miss it! Join us at the Grand Gala Paranormal Release Day <– Click the link, join the event. Do it. Do it! You know you wanna. 😉

Oh yes, I almost forgot the snippet for one of the new fight scenes.

Her mage sense alerted her to trouble, and she ducked. Her shielding flared, brilliant white lights indicating the strength of the hit. The third troll, having learned from Jackson’s agility, had swung low.

Shit, these bastards aren’t completely dumb.

Spinning around to asses her new threat, she immediately regretted it. Another swing, this time lined up with her face, smashed against her shielding. She sent a mental thank  you to Markus for the defensive spells. As the more powerful of the two, he’d insisted on using his magic on the both of them.

She flipped backwards, putting space between her and the club-happy troll. Crouched, she swiftly weighed her options.

Can’t do the fireball, no gun with cold iron bullets, don’t have time to drop resistance and cast since he’s winding up again for another hit. Earring it is.

Touching her star rose quartz stud, she whispered, “Tremere.

The ground beneath the troll’s feet shook. He stumbled, and the tremors increased.

Mentally accessing her grimoire, she settled on an illusion.

Markus would be so proud, she thought wryly. He kept harping on the benefits of illusions, except she wasn’t nearly as powerful as him. While his illusions were flawless, hers shimmered around the edges.

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99 cent sale for this weekend

From March 27th to March 29th, I’m having a sale on Sylvia’s Torment, the second book for Enforcers and Coterie. Head to Amazon and check it out. If you love werewolves, Fae and magic, you’ll enjoy this. A wonderful blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. A review is always appreciated since word of mouth is so important for indie authors. 🙂

Second of the Enforcers and Coterie series, each one is a standalone book delving deeper into the world where magic co-exists peacefully with the ordinary, for the most part…

But not broken.

Derek wants Sylvia back–now. His Beta. His second-in-command. His lifemate. As a Top Alpha, few obstacles stand in his way. Even with near infinite resources at his fingertips, he feels useless. If he doesn’t find her soon, he’ll turn feral and destroy everyone in his way.

He waited to claim her…
Has time run out?

Three months since her abduction, Sylvia keeps a mental tally as day passes into night. Torture and endless rounds of experiments push her to the brink. Escape, rescue, it’s hopeless, impossible to obtain. Silver in the walls burn her, drugs keep her complacent.

If she escaped, would she be sane? If she came home a damaged werewolf, would her pack accept her…
Or kill her?

Bonus novella included: Unexpected Werewolf

Lori hadn’t expected her world to change. Go to work, avoid her asshole boss Ed and spend time with friends. Then he came into her life. With a few simple words , he altered everything. Could she accept the new and the unknown?

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50% Off My Books

For one week, and one week only each year, Smashwords runs a promotion where participating authors can select discounts for their books. I’ve decided to put both Magic Resistant and Sylvia’s Torment at 50% off. Throwing Away the Good is always free on Smashwords.

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to pick up these books. An exciting blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Go to my author’s page here, and choose which book you want. Under the Buy section, there is a coupon code. This code is only valid for Smashwords. Offer is good until March 7th.

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Hmm, what’s new with me?

Well, let’s see. No vacation coming up. No major life changing decisions made. It’s still really freaken cold outside. Oh, I know, my second book for Enforcers and Coterie has been published! *happy dance* I am so excited for this one. Oooh, and as a bonus (I feel like an infomercial telling you the extra goodies you get if you order now!), I’ve included a novella, Unexpected Werewolf, at the end of Sylvia’s Torment. A book and half for the price of one! 😉 Don’t worry though, no cliffhangers and each one can be read as a standalone.

Thanks to my absolutely amazing editor, Elizabeth, this book is immensely better than the first. Don’t believe me? Well how about these snippets from 4 and 5 star reviews?

“Fast-paced, never a dull moment in the entire length of this novel, and an excellent set of characters have been introduced. Out of all the characters, Sylvia is no doubt my favorite. Despite everything she went through, she’s still kickass. Derek, on the other hand, is delish. Ha!” ~ Katrina

“This was a GREAT read. LOVED Derek, hot sexy bad-ass Alpha with a heart—Hell YEAH! Sylvia was also wonderful, the trama she goes through and her journey back to herself is incredibly compelling. I adored these two together and I love the world Del Rosa has created. The Enforcers, the Coterie, the myriad of races and all their quirks, it’s awesome.” ~ Heather B.

“The sex…was phenomenal. It was straight to the point, no fancy words or imagery to get in the way of an amazing literary experience *cough*. Derek sounds like a wild beast in the bedroom, but I LOVED the twist that Veronica (the author) threw in there! I don’t want to give too much away because it was a very exciting experience.” ~ Heather S.

“The plot was exciting and moved at a brisk pace. There were numerous thrilling and violent showdowns between villains and the good guys, along with many sweet (and VERY HOT) scenes between Sylvia and Derek. ” ~ Erika

Now doesn’t that sound tempting, like an exciting book to snuggle into? It’s available at both Amazon and Smashwords.



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Free this weekend!

As promised yesterday, here is the coupon to download my book Magic Resistant for free. It is on Smashwords, so you’ll need to create a free account with them. Click on this link and “buy” the book. At that point, you can input the coupon and voilà, free book. 🙂

Share with friends as this coupon can be used multiple times. As I said, a review would be greatly appreciated since word of mouth is important to indie authors.

Coupon KT96R

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Magic Resistant – Free!

Now that I have your attention… 😉 For this weekend, I’m giving away a coupon for Magic Resistant. It’s for Smashwords which means whatever format you wish to download it, you can. Mobi, epub, iBook, PDF. It’s all there.
I would appreciate a review as word of mouth is extremely important to indie authors. However if that’s not your thing and you just want a free book to read, then enjoy.
Don’t forget, the prequel, Throwing Away the Good, is always free on Smashwords. Just click on the link to the right and it’ll take you right to it.
The next book of the series, Sylvia’s Torment, is in the works. It’s written, just needs some fine tuning. Soon I’ll have the cover reveal. 🙂
Stay tuned for the coupon, I’ll post it on Friday!