Friday, February 17, 2017

Bonsai Beginnings

I've finally taken the leap. Today 9 sakura seeds went into the fridge to begin a journey to bonsai.

Backstory time! When I was a teen I took up the hobby of caring for bonsai. Both of the plants I cared for were cedar and store bought. I kept them for years until one unfortunate day I returned from a month long education trip to find out my mother hadn't been watering them.

This happened during the dog days of summer and temperatures reached above 100 degrees in my room where the poor bonsai trees had been left. Long story short years of loving trimming and care crashed when I found my bonsai dried up to brown flaky sticks.

No amount of tender loving care was able to bring them back and I swore off ever having another bonsai again. And I meant it!

That was fifteen years ago and during that time I've planted gardens, trees, houseplants and honestly loved it all. I just never could get up the courage to try to keep a bonsai again. Then I started freelancing writing and low and behold one of my first articles was on bonsai care. I started thinking about keeping a bonsai again. That was 7 years ago and today I took that step.

I'm not going to buy a bonsai plant. Instead I'm going to start at the beginning. I purchased a pouch of sakura seeds because I love the way the blossoms look. They're just so beautiful. The seeds can be started in the soil but I don't know how old the seeds are so I'm starting with stratification. You might have done this in school. The seeds are put on wet paper towels in a plastic baggy and put into the fridge to sprout.
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The seeds should start to sprout in 2 to 8 weeks depending. I'll keep them up to 3 months before giving up hope. Then the seeds will be transplanted to soil and begin to grow. It's going to take years before they grow into saplings that I can turn into bonsai, but I'm looking forward to the adventure.

If I'm lucky more than one will survive and I can have a full size sakura tree in the yard!

Peace and Love!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Full Moon New Releases (Feb 2017)



Tis the Season of Love and what better way to treat yourself than with a great romance novel?



Wolf Moon by Lisa Kessler

Wolf MoonAs the last Pack member without a mate, Luke Reynolds has become an outsider. When he takes a job as the head horse trainer in Sedona, Arizona, he’s looking forward to starting a new life. But everything changes the night he finds a beautiful woman stranded on the side of the highway.

Feisty and headstrong Raven Wood has been bitten and turned against her will. Luckily, her spirit is stronger than most, and she has every intention of escaping the Sedona Pack. Somehow. The sexy lone wolf who rescues her might be just the answer she’s looking for.

But the Sedona Pack Alpha has a mission, and unless Luke and Raven can survive him, they’ll lose everything.

 Released Feb 2nd from Entangled Publishing, LLC


 
     

Hard to Handle: A Beauty and Beast Novel by Christine Warren

Hard to Handle: A Beauty and Beast NovelThe only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. But when a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil, Michael is overcome by an explosive dose of desire that only this stunningly beautiful woman can inspire.

The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces.

But her bone-deep instinct to do battle is turned off-kilter by her untamed attraction to the dangerously handsome human she can’t stay away from. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?

 Released Feb 7th from St. Martin's Press


Into the Fire: A Night Prince Novel by Jeaniene Frost

Into the Fire: A Night Prince NovelIn the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires’ . . .In the wrong hands,  love can be a deadly weapon
For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Coming Feb 28th form HarperCollings Publishers


That's it for this Full Moon. See you next month!

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MidWeek Tease: Lost Relic

MidWeekTease


So it's the middle of the week and everyone needs a little pick me up. This week I'm sharing a snippet from my interactive romance novel, Lost Relic. This is a blog hop so make sure to hop around and don't miss a single tease!



Lost Relic snippet:



Nipping at her bottom lip before blazing a trail of kisses down her jawline, Alex gently tugged at the back of her blouse.

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“Are you sure this is wise?” she asked when she felt his hand slip under the edge of her blouse. 

He paused, lips still trained over the junction of her neck and shoulder. Lillian could almost feel his eyes roll up to look at her when he asked, “You’ve done this before, Lillian, haven’t you?”

Letting out a shaky breath, Lillian tightened her fingers in his shirt and whispered, “Perhaps once or twice.” 

His lips dropped a quick kiss on her skin and he said, “We’re both adults here and I won’t lie, I really want you spread out on that bed.” The deep, hungry tone in his voice was enough to make her quiver. Unexpected excitement caused her heart to race and she realized that she didn’t really care if it was proper or not. 


And there you have it. You can find out more about Lost Relic or buy your own copy at Amazon!

Peace and Love!




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review: Possessing the Witch by Elle James

I pulled this book from the TBR shelf and I'm glad my first read of the year didn't disappoint.elow the city Possessing the Witch by Elle James was a fun read and offered a few different twists to classic tropes.

About the Books

Possessing the Witch by [James, Elle]A spirit witch and a recluse must unite to save their city

Gryph Leone keeps a low profile because he considers himself a freak of nature. But when his powerful senses detect a woman in distress, his lion takes over. Before he knows it, he's in a losing battle with a wolf shifter. And then a beautiful woman with bewitching eyes and her own secrets finds him.

Selene Chattox didn't know what—or who—she'd find when she followed her premonition to the river's edge. When she discovers Gryph, the spirit witch brings the injured stranger home, determined to resist the intense desire he evokes in her. But as he heals, they know fate has brought them together as they track a ruthless killer through the tunnels of Chicago. And as their passion ignites, so does the danger…



The story starts with leading lady, Selene, having a terrifying dream. She wakes up and instantly jumps into action to rescue the victim she saw in the dream. After finding help for the first victim Selene is drawn to rescue someone else entirely, the hero, Gryph.

Gryph is a werelion and ends up badly hurt trying to help the victim Selene saw in her dreams. He ends up injured and naked in Selene's bed and instantly sparks start to fly.

The Review

Personally it took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did I was hooked. The author creates magic filled world that flows well. While the traditional pack is featured in the story Gryph is far removed from it and his own "pack" below the city. This twist on the pack idea was fun to read. Instead of a pack of weres Gryph's "pack" is a group of misfits just trying to live as normal a life as possible.

Selene is a witch along with her four sisters. The five of them hold the powers of the elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Spirit. The leading lady has the power of spirit which allows her to feel others feelings and thoughts. Selene can also influence the thoughts and feelings of others, which sets up some nice drama on the developing relationship between Selene and Gryph.

Gryph has his own commitment issues that at times seemed a bit much, but didn't take away from the story.

Overall I really loved this story and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a city based paranormal romance.



This read counts towards both the Paranormal Reading Challenge and the Witch & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Full Moon New Releases (Jan 2017)





It's finally 2017 and the new releases are starting to roll out. Here are a few I found floating around. Enjoy!

From the Ashes by Xen Sanders


From the AshesSociopath. Killer. Deviant.

Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father's inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford­—antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias's hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean—or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?

Released the 1st by Entangled Publishing.


Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.
 
Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Coming Jan 17th from Random House Publishing Group


 Feversong by Karen Marie

Feversong (Fever Series #9)As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely. Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the earth, yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: The Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power. 
           
The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie queen, who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.
           
This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

Coming Jan 17th from Random House Publishing Group


Diablo Lake: Protected by Lauren Dane

Diablo Lake: ProtectedNew York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane welcomes you back to Diablo Lake, Tennessee: a town founded by witches, governed by werewolves and full of secrets 

Tensions are building in Diablo Lake as the two main rival Packs vie for control, and the town is divided along lines of Pack loyalty. Aimee Benton and Mac Pembry are on opposite sides and he seems to find excuses to spar with her daily. He's infuriating—not to mention charming, gorgeous and oh-so-lickable.

Mac can't resist pushing Aimee's buttons. She's always been incredibly sexy, and the wolf in him craves a female with fire in her belly. When a heated argument ends with a sizzling kiss and Mac gets a taste of her, he craves more—and she can't seem to get enough of him, either. The forbidden nature of their attraction stokes their desires until they're secretly hooking up whenever they can.

But then Mac's clan goes too far, and Aimee shuts him out. She's hurt and angry—but that's nothing compared to the rage Mac is feeling toward his own Pack. A fight is brewing that will plunge the whole town into chaos, and someone will have to cross Pack lines to keep the town's fragile peace from breaking apart for good.

Coming Jan 23d from Carina Press


That's the new releases for this month. If you know of any great new reads share them in the comments below!

Peace and Love!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Jumping into 2017




A happy New Year to all!

With 2016 behind us and a brand new year it's time to set goals and challenge ourselves once again. This year I plan on doing reading challenges again. I also plan on getting a lot of writing done.

I'm sooo close to having a first draft for my Dreamweaver story that I can see the finish line. That's one draft I plan on finishing within the first weeks of the new year. The entire series is planned out and parts of the second novel are drafted. I plan on having at least the second novel completely complete this year. Maybe started on the third.

In my writing world I also have a number of novellas I would like to see finished up and/or published. So my goal is to submit at least two of my stand alone novellas this year. One is complete and I'll be submitting it this week and I have a second that's near completion. I hope to have it finished by late winter.

I also plan on reading more this year. As much as I love writing I love reading too. I've decided to join three reading challenges this year.


The first is the Paranormal Reading Challenge. There are no levels or rankings for this challenge, but I plan on reading at least half a dozen paranormal romances this year. Should be easy. I have that many sitting on my TBR shelf.


http://addictedtoromance.org/2016/12/22/2017-out-of-this-world-reading-challenge/



The second challenge is going to be more challenging. I want to expand my sci-fi reading so I chose the Out of This World Reading Challenge. I'm aiming for between 5 and 10 books, putting my in the Beam Your Way Into Outer Space level. Know any good Sci-Fi stories? 

2017 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

I'm going to be joining the Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge this year. I just love it so much. I'm once again aiming for around 5 witchy books, placing me in the initiate level. I've already started one witchy book this morning and a plus is that most of these witchy stories are going to count towards my paranormal challenge too.

If you have any great books to recommend be sure to leave a comment!

Peace and Love!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Full Moon Releases ( Dec 2016)






Tis the season for cuddling up with a warm blanket and putting on the fluffy socks. Enjoy this Holiday season with a new book!


Drakon's Promise by N.J. Walters


Drakon's PromiseDarius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.

He's both.

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

 Released the first of Dec by Entangled Publishing


Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

MoonshadowHer past is a blank, her future uncertain....

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people....

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people's resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what's left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone's pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can't deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love...

Released by Teddy Harrison LLC on Dec 13th.
 

Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks

Dragon SpawnLily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt.

Meanwhile, Lily’s husband Rule is facing a Challenge to the death. Then there’s the possible reappearance of another sorcerer. But none of that matters when their enemy strikes out of nowhere in the worst way possible. Lily must face a nightmare and return to a place she never wanted to see again. The place where she died…

Coming Dec 16th from Penguin Publishing Group





The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy

The Edge of the BladeThe Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .

Coming Dec 27th from Kensington




That's the round up for this month. Remember readers and authors if you have a new release let me know and it can make it's way to the Full Moon Release list.

Peace and Love!