Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Portal & The Panther


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for YA fantasy / science-fiction “The Portal & The Panther”. The tour runs from January 28 to February 28. I’ll review the book on February 10. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, check out the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

January 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 29th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

January 31st: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

February 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The AP Book Club

February 4th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

February 6th: Book Excerpt @ Tea Talks

February 8th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

February 10th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

February 12th: Guest Post and Excerpt @ Literary Musing

February 14th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

February 15th:  Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

February 17th: Book Review and Excerpt @ A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus

February 19th: Book Excerpt @ Realm Tramper

February 21st: Book Review, Author Interview and Character Interview @ Literary Musing

February 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Sunshine Book Promotions

February 24th: Guest Post @ Bedazzled Reading

February 26th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

February 28th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

About The Book

PP - FINALTitle: The Portal & The Panther

Author: R.A. Marshall

Genre: YA Fantasy / Science-Fiction

The only thing seventeen year-old Jon Parker wants is to escape his sleepy hometown of Mecksville, Arkansas. But everything changes when Jon stumbles into the boys’ bathroom and transforms into a black panther.

Without choice, Jon is thrust into a world where parallel universes are real, shapeshifters exist, and dangerous “intruders” can control the elements with a mere thought. Jon learns he’s inherited his shapeshifting ability from his long-dead mother, and now, like it or not, his mission is to protect our world from invaders from other worlds.

But is it a mission Jon will accept? His decision will determine the fate of the people he loves — and our whole world.

Author Bio

photo1My first attempt at novel writing was when I was ten years old.  At the time, I was writing fan fiction, without realizing what fan fiction actually was (I don’t think the term existed yet).  I had just finished reading Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein for the second time and, for the second time, couldn’t stand that the book was ending.  I needed some sort of sequel. I think I got about 12 handwritten pages into my Tunnel in the Sky sequel before my father pointed out that I’d never be able to publish it.

I tried writing novels again some time in college, but that was the period in my life when I took myself faaaaaar too seriously. If you’re over the age of 23, you’ll know what I mean by that.  I was only interested in writing something Important, something that Mattered, and consequently wrote no more than about 10,000 words before giving up.  In my heart, I didn’t want to write Les Mis or War and Peace, but The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

When Kindle came along and I stopped buying actual paper books, I realized that there was a revolution going on in the publishing world.  As I heard tales of self-published authors meeting with unprecedented success, I decided it was time to dust off my fiction writing skills and join their ranks.  I could finally just write for the hell of it and never have to worry about what a publisher would think or what anyone else would think.

I finished the first draft of The Portal and the Panther in April 2014; I plan to publish it in January 2015.  Meanwhile, I’m hard at work on the second book in the Guardians of the Portal series, The Girl Between Worlds.  I hope to also have it ready at the same time as The P and the P.




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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for European Experience


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for erotic romance “European Experience”. The tour runs until February 23. I’ll review the book on February 11 – stay tuned for the review, and enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

January 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 30th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

January 31st: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 1st: Book Excerpt @  Editor Charlene’s Blog

February 2nd: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

February 3rd: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

February 5th: Promo Post @ Undercover Book Reviews

February 7th:  Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

February 9th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

February 10th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

February 11th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

February 13th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

February 15th: Promo Post @ Underneath the Covers

February 17th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

February 19th: Promo Post @ Hollow Readers

February 21st: Book Review @ PRATR

February 23rd: Author Interview @  Indy Book Fairy

About The Book

Cover - 5 European SMALL 150104Title: European Experience

Author: Simone Freier

Genre: Erotic Romance

Beyond 50 Shades … Way Beyond!

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE is an intimate exploration of kinks and fetishes by an unlikely couple, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters, and graphic descriptions of their erotic adventures.

Sam takes Kelly on her first trip to Europe, sharing some special places that are not on the typical tourist route. Sam’s Dutch friend surprises them with a ‘coming out’ party, and Kelly is introduced to a world of sexuality that she had not imagined. The trip is a whirlwind of touring, clubs and cultural experiences that expose Kelly to new perspectives, and a session with a dominatrix brings more surprises. Sam and Kelly reach a new level of shared experiences and love for each other.

The Experiences series is an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires. Written in a ‘literary realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses. Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers. Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment. Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed. Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing. Where openness is required and intimacy is expected. And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.

Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.
Experiences: Book 5 is 132,000 words, 19 chapters, 450 (approx) print pages

This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only. The Experiences series contains scenes of psychological and physical submission, discipline, and medical fetish. The characters explore various fetishes, which evolve throughout the series. ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, and all activities are consensual.


About The Author

SimoneFace Small 140811An adventuress and traveler, Simone is a sensual being who loves to read stories that excite her.  She takes exception to authors who promote their works as ‘dirty’, ‘filthy’, or ‘smutty’:  She believes that sex is wonderful in all of its incarnations, and doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of realistic sexual experiences, no matter how messy.  Her writing is mainly in the ‘literary realism’ style – i.e., it is wild (even outrageous) … but could really happen to you!  She values openness in relationships, and demonstrates this through her characters.

Prior to becoming an author, Simone was a nurse.  One of her pet peeves is reading erotica that gets simple anatomy wrong!  She is continually bewildered by women who haven’t explored their own bodies.  Another pet peeve is the mostly hung-up Victorian society prevalent in the U.S. and U.K., and she tries to do her part to change that by introducing people to new sexual and sensual experiences through her erotic writing.  The activities in Simone’s books are quite realistic, as she has participated in most of these in ‘real life’, as surreal as it may seem.

Simone is currently completing the Experiences series, which will run an estimated 1,000,000 words!  That is why she refers to it as an ‘epic’ romance, although each volume is intended to stand on its own, with a ‘happy for now’ ending.  Experiences combines literary style and philosophical discussion by the characters with graphic portrayal of sex in all of its kinks and fetishes.  You may not like all of the things Simone’s characters do … but neither do they.  Their exploration of new experiences will hopefully motivate some readers to explore their own sexuality to a greater extent.

Simone loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.   In fact, she hopes you will feel ‘free’ sexually and spiritually, as well.  Please follow her on social media and her blog.  On her website, you may interact directly with the main characters in her books, including asking them questions in order to understand their perspectives in more depth.

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Waiting on Wednesday (27)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

Click HERE to view all my ‘Waiting on Wednesday‘ posts.

I’m waiting for…

Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release: March 10, 2015

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

I love the idea of Wilhelmina being a princess and a spy at the same time. Infiltrating Skyvale Palace sounds scary and intriguing at the same time. I can’t wait to read this one.

Book Review: The Lurking Season by Kristopher Rufty

23715811Title: The Lurking Season

Author: Kristopher Rufty

Genre: Horror, Dark Fiction

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The legends were true. The creatures were real. And now they’re back!
People have whispered about the tiny humanoid creatures in the woods and cornfields of Doverton for decades. Three years ago a wildfire devoured much of the rural village, but as the ashes were cleared, more questions were uncovered—including abandoned houses, missing people and dead bodies. Since the fire seemed to wipe out the majority of the town’s woodland acres, the murmurs about the creatures have gone quiet. The residents have begun to rebuild their lives, trying to forget about the tragedy that nearly killed them all. Yet the mysteries remained unsolved.
Now a group of people will go there with good intentions, venturing into the dead heart of Doverton, thinking it’s safe. But they will find out that the legend was only sleeping. Now it’s awake. And ready to kill again.

It was only after starting The Lurking Season, I figured out it’s a sequel to a previous book, called “The Lurkers”. I haven’t read the previous book, but I had a good enough grasp of the book to decide to continue reading either way. Besides, I enjoyed the story (at least the start of it) and wanted to read what happened next. In retrospect, if I’d read “The Lurkers”, maybe I’d have a better understanding of this book. Most of it seemed straightforward though, so I don’t think it’s a necessity, but maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more had I read the first book.

Anyway, I liked the premise of the book, and it started out with a bang, introducing us to Brooke, and then followed by a gruesome scene, kind of like the opening scene of a slasher movie. The story slowed down after that, introducing us to the other characters as they make their way to Doverton. We get some background information about the background story. Three years ago, most of Doverton was destroyed by wildfire, but afterwards, authorities discovered more questions than answers, with abandoned houses, unexplained dead bodies, people missing who never turned up. Local residents tried to forget what happened and rebuild their lives, and forget all about the local legends of tiny humanoid creatures stalking the nearby woods, but now a similar murder has happened as the murdering spree they went through years ago, the locals start to wonder if their nightmares have returned. And for the newcomers, they might find themselves running straight into a nightmare.

The villains here, the Haunchies, are perhaps the only thing I found particularly interesting about the book. When you read tiny humanoid creatures, you don’t exactly get the chills. Let’s just say that after reading, they did give me the chills. At the same time, I didn’t understand much of their motives (if they had any).

That’s the problem with most of the book. The characters are flat. We get so many characters passing by, and the POV then switches from one character to another per chapter, and it’s hard keeping track of all of them, let alone connect with them. I couldn’t connect with a single character, not even Brooke, who was probably the most sympathetic of all of them. The dialogue was stiff and dull, and didn’t feel realistic. The violence was over the top and gross, and while I usually don’t mind that, it didn’t seem necessary at all here. I mean, the book practically lived on gore, like those slasher movies, and I never really found them intriguing anyway. If there’d been more lore, more interesting characters, then I might’ve been able to root for them, and want them to survive. Now, I didn’t feel much when one of them perished, and I actually started doing a count down.

The book is also incredibly long. I wouldn’t have minded, if the pacing had been okay. But as it stands now, we had chapters where next to nothing happened (especially the middle part was oh-so-slow) and then suddenly everything happened at once. I didn’t feel scared or surprised, in fact I felt more bored than anything. I can say this was a little dissapointing. The writing worked though, so I’m sure the author is talented and can craft a great horror book, except that this just wasn’t it for me.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Desolation


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for science-fiction novel “Desolation”. The tour runs from January 26 to February 26. I hope you enjoy visiting all the tour stops.

Tour Schedule

January 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 27th: Author Interview @ Indy Book Fairy

January 29th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

January 30th: Promo, Excerpt and Giveaway @ 100 Pages A Day

February 1st: Promo Post @ Tea Talks

February 1st: Book Excerpt @ Kelly Smith Reviews

February 3rd: Book Review @ Book Junkiez

February 5th: Book Excerpt @ Realm Tramper

February 7th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

February 9th: Book Excerpt, Character Interview and Giveaway @ Moonlight Gleam

February 10th: Promo and Excerpt @ Literary Musings

February 11th: Book Review @ The Book Goddess

February 12th: Promo Post @ The Review Court

February 15th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ MichaelSciFan

February 16th: Book Review @ Apocalypse Booked

February 17th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

February 18th: Book Excerpt @ Fantasy Book Lane

February 19th: Book Review @ Where Books Lead Us

February 21st: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

February 22nd: Book Review and Author Interview @ Literary Musing

February 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

February 23rd: Promo Post @ Celebrating Authors

February 24th: Book Review @ HyperAshley

February 25th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

February 26th: Book Review @ PRATR

About The Book

Desolation-EbookTitle: Desolation

Author: ML Banner

Genre: Science Fiction

A #1 Hot New Release in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

A world devastated: a sky filled with magical auroras at night and deadly radiation during the day; technology all but gone; hundreds of millions dead by fire, starvation, disease and violence. The survivors will have to face their own desolation.
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Three groups struggle to endure and hold onto what little they have, while others will do anything to take it all. On a beach in Mexico, a small town in Wyoming, and a rural ranch in Illinois, epic battles between good and evil will be fought. Winners will have to face forces of nature never seen before.
But there is a dim light on the horizon. A 150 year old secret may lead the lucky few to a place that holds the promise of a new future, unless the sun sets on humanity first.
– – – – – – – – – – – – –
The stunning follow up to the #1 Amazon Best Seller STONE AGE.

Movie Rating: PG-17 for descriptions of violence and language.

Author Bio

Hello lovers of apocalyptic fiction!

I devour the same books I enjoy writing: science fiction, but especially anything apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic or dystopian. I love stories about regular people being put into extra ordinary circumstances, and having to rely on their own cunning and that of others to survive.

Stone Age & DESOLATION are that kind of story. They’re fast moving, have some regular and amazing characters who must make life changing decisions, all while the world is experiencing an apocalypse unlike anything imagined.

When not writing fiction, my wife and I split time between Tucson, Arizona and the sunny beaches of Mexico. I also write for a few blogs, and I still write articles to assist small business owners for one of the companies I founded,




Book Tours: Starter Day Party Death Rejoices


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for paranormal / urban fantasy “Death Rejoices”. The tour runs from January 26 to February 9.

Tour Schedule

January 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 26th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

January 27th: Book Excerpt, Promo and Author Interview @ Literary Musing

January 28th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

January 29th: Book Excerpt @ Classy Cat Books

January 30th: Character Interview @ Apocalypse Booked

February 2nd: Book Playlist and Promo @ Karen Writes Stuff

February 3rd: Promo Post @ Undercover Book Reviews

February 4th: Guest Post @ Illusions of Intimacy

February 6th: Promo Post @ Tea Talks

February 7th: Book Excerpt @ Sunshine Book Promotions

February 8th: Character Interview @ Kimber Leigh Writes

February 9th: Guest Post @ Reading to Distraction


About The Book

17790122Title: Death Rejoices

Author: AJ Aalto

Genre: Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Marnie Baranuik is back, and this time, the Great White Shark of psychic investigations has “people skills” and a new assistant who seems to harbor an unhealthy curiosity about Harry, her revenant companion. Together, they’ve got a whole lot of questions that need answering. Is an ancient vampire hunting in Denver? Who is stalking Lord Dreppenstedt? How do you cure a slipper-humping bat, ditch an ogre, or give a demon king the slip? And what the hell was she thinking, swearing off cookies?

Teaming up with her sexual nemesis, Special Agent Mark Batten, and their long-suffering supervisor, Gary Chapel, Marnie discovers that vampire hunters aren’t easy to rescue, secrets don’t stay buried, and zombies sure are a pain in the ass to kill.

Author Bio

AJ Aalto is the author of the paranormal mystery series The Marnie Baranuik Files. Aalto is an unrepentant liar and a writer of  blathering nonsense offset by factual gore. When not working on her novels, you can find her singing Monty Python songs in the shower, eavesdropping on perfect strangers, stalking her eye doctor, or failing at one of her fruitless hobbies. Generally a fan of anyone with a passion for the ridiculous, she has a weak spot for smug pseudo-intellectuals and narcissistic jerks; readers will find her work littered with flawed monsters and oodles of snark.

AJ cannot say no to a Snickers bar and has been known to swallow her gum.






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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story


I’m hosting the starter day party for the tour for new adult urban fantasy “Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story”. The tour runs from January 26 to February 2.

Tour Schedule

January 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 27th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

January 28th: Book Review @ Moonlight Gleam

January 30th: Book Excerpt @ Sunshine Book Promotions

January 31st: Book Excerpt @ Bayou Book Junkie

February 1st: Book Excerpt @ Undercover Book Reviews

February 2nd: Book Excerpt @Literary Musings

About The Book

22701136Relative Strangers:

A Modern Vampire Story

Sophie Morgan Vampire Series

Book 1

Helen Treharne

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN-10: 1502369435


Number of pages: 301

Word Count: 96,500

Book Description:

Meet Sophie Morgan… practical, Welsh, prone to occasional profanity, and seemingly a vampire magnet.

Sophie Morgan is 23 and has always done the right thing. She’s caused no stress for her family, worked hard through university, has taken a successful leap onto the career ladder and nurtured a reasonably healthy bank balance.  It’s no small surprise then when, on a post relationship break-up, mini-break to Antwerp, she pursues a pair of thieves who steal her friend’s handbag.  But this is only the start of her world being turned upside down.  Ripped from the streets into a dark alley she is violently attacked, barely alive when quirky Irish bar worker, Michael Kelly, stumbles across the scene.

The pair, shocked by their experience and uncertain whether they have killed her attacker in the brawl which follows, go into the night for answers.   They get more than they bargained for. Sophie quickly learns that vampires exist, her neighbours back home aren’t what they seem and new boyfriends can be found in the strangest of situations.

Relative Strangers is the first in a new vampire series with a distinctly British flavour, but which will appeal to everyone.  Reviews call it “a vampire tale with bite”, with “brilliant characters that draw you in” and a very fresh take on the genre. Read it now to find out reviewers are raving about.

Available at Amazon 



Author Bio

Helen Treharne Author 1After a successful career in business and career coaching, Helen Treharne returned to South Wales in 2010 to focus on writing, among other things.

Relative Strangers, a modern vampire story featuring an increasingly feisty Sophie Morgan, hits digital bookshelves in 2014. In addition to being the creator of the developing “Sophie Morgan” series, she is an urban poet and social commentator who can frequently be found ranting in the Twitterverse. She knew the degree in Sociology would come in handy some day!

Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. When she’s not writing she spends her time daytime hours working in communications and volunteers for a feline welfare charity.  She can’t be trusted near stationery and has had more come backs than Cher.



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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Sinfully Ever After


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for paranormal romance / interracial romance “Sinfully Ever After”. The tour runs from January 24 to January 31. I hope you enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

January 24th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 25th: Promo and Guest Post @Bayou Book Junkie

January 26th: Promo and Guest Post @ Literary Musings

January 27th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

January 28th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

January 30th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

January 31st: Promo Post @ Undercover Book Reviews


About The Book

singraphic1Title: Sinfully Ever After

Author: Kenya Carlton

Genre: Paranormal interracial

Experimented and tested on by the Nazis, Captain Drake Devilin and his troop of beasts are made into something unholy. Unwilling to serve as a guinea pig for the government any longer, Drake has only one thing on his mind … his beautiful wife, but instead finds himself involved in a war of the supernatural kind. Further pressure mounts when Drake uncovers that a stranger from Sienna’s past is responsible for the rash of supernatural crimes plaguing an enchanted underwater city.

After beating an evil sorcerer at his own game, Sienna Devilin awaits her husband’s return from Germany. Once Drake Devilin arrives, Sienna can tell something is different about the captain. Moody and temperamental, Sienna doesn’t know what to think when he turns down a fight to help with a fresh crop of engineered monsters.

With World War II in full swing, Drake is unable to talk his wife out of their new obligation. Sienna is more determined than ever to fight off demons from her past and monsters in their not too distant future.





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Book Review and Giveaway: Waiting on Justin by Lucy H. Delaney

coverwaitingTitle: Waiting on Justin
Author: Lucy H. Delaney
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Can everlasting love grow amidst never-ending despair?  Best friends Justin and Haylee learn early on that the answer is yes. Their parents would rather spend time drinking and partying than raising children, so the two rely on each other for the care and emotional support they need. Over time, Justin and Haylee become lovers despite the age difference between them.

Theirs is a forbidden romance that would destroy them both if discovered.

The older of the two, Justin is more than a little rough around the edges. He does everything he can to protect Haylee from as much abuse as possible, but when tragedy strikes there is nothing he can to do keep her from being taken into the foster system.

The system meant to save kids threatens to pull the two of them apart.

Haylee begs Justin to run away with her, but the powers-that-be force him into an inescapable corner.

Blaming Justin for the distance that separates them, Haylee shuts out everything and everyone from her past – including Justin. She tries to forget him. She tries to replace him. But he is always there. So is her own addiction. When it finally gets the best of her, she finds herself utterly alone.

She soon discovers what Justin has always known: Their love was worth waiting for.

In Waiting on Justin, Haylee and Justin are two best friends. They didn’t have the easiest childhood. Their parents preferred drinking over raising their own children, so it was mostly up to the two of them to raise themselves. Justin, being the oldest, took on the role of caretaker. He was always there for Haylee, providing emotional support, helping her through hardships. They rely on each other for just about anything, and so, despite a four-year age difference, they fall in love, a forbidden romance that’ll destroy them both if it’s discovered.

But Haylee’s reality is shattered when she’s forced to move after her mother dies. She must go live with Aunt Aerin, and because of her age (as she’s still underage), she can’t live with Justin, nor have a relationship with him. While Justin doesn’t give up on the two of them, Haylee has a feeling he did, because when she asked him to run away with her, he refused. Now she won’t even open up his letters. She alienates herself from everyone, broken to the core. Will Justin be able to help fix her again, or has the damage been too much? Does their love stand a chance?

Waiting on Justin is a touching story, told from Haylee’s POV. I felt for her. She’s sympathetic, even if she’s a little rough around the edges. She’s a fighter, a survivor, strong, yet at the same time she pushes everyone away sometimes, and doesn’t let herself get close to anyone. Justin is protective, and he loves Haylee an awful lot. The depths of his love become clear throughout the novel, and the reader will probably grasp it a lot sooner than Haylee does. However, at times, Justin frustrated me too, probably because it was so easy to identify with Haylee and see things through her eyes, that when she got mad at Justin, I got mad at him too.

A touching, heart-warming story about love and its ability to change people for better or worse, about not giving up hope, and about friendship.



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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Shadow on the Highway


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for historical romance “Shadow on the Highway”. The tour runs from January 24 to January 31st. Have fun visiting all the tour stops!

Tour Schedule

January 24th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 25th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Laura’s Interests

January 26th: Promo Post @ Underneath the Covers

January 27th: Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaway @ 100 Pages A Day

January 29th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @Word Menagerie

January 30th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ View from the Birdhouse

January 31st: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

About The Book

Shadow on the HighwayTitle: Shadow on the Highway

Author: Deborah Swift

Genre: Historical Romance

May 1651.

England has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly ten years.

The country has been torn in two, and the King is getting ready to make his last stand against Cromwell’s New Model Army.

Abigail Chaplin, a young deaf girl, has lost her father to the parliamentarian cause.

But with her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant at a royalist household – the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe.

Abi is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the Fanshawe estate.

The most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady Katherine late at night.

Why are her husband’s clothes worn and muddy even though he hasn’t been home for weeks?

How is she stealing out of the house late at night when her room is being guarded?

And what is her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious Silent Highwayman?

‘Shadow On The Highway’ is based on the life and legend of Lady Katherine Fanshawe, the highwaywoman, sometimes known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. It is the first book in ‘The Highway Trilogy’.

Praise for Deborah Swift:

‘There is no greater compliment than “Give me more!”’ – Susanna Gregory

‘realistic dialogue, an author’s obvious love for history, and characters that leap off the pages’ – Romance Reviews Today

‘genuinely engrossing… with characters you can get interested in’ – The Mum Website

Deborah Swift lives in North Lancashire on the edge of the Lake District. She teaches classes and courses in writing, and is the author of three other historical novels: ‘The Lady’s Slipper’, ‘The Gilded Lily’ and ‘A Divided Inheritance’. You can find out more about her on her website,

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books.


UK link: Amazon UK

 US link: Amazon US


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