Desi (The Greyhounds of Sorrento #1) #Paranormal #Romance

Caro_c_2 FinalDesi is out today! I hope you enjoy the story of a cute greyhound shifter who is also a sexy Italian restauranteur.

Here’s a short excerpt from this exciting new series…

It was only on my way back from the kitchen that I saw through a partial view of the living room that there was a naked man sleeping on the couch. The curtains were drawn, but I could see the outline of his body in the darkness.

Needless to say, I was startled. I must have screamed quite loudly because the next thing I knew, the guy woke up, just as startled at seeing me as I was seeing him, and sat up on the couch, rubbing his face and peering at me in confusion as if I was the one who had invaded his house.

“Stay back, I have a cup of boiling hot coffee here,” I improvised, though I was merely holding a mug filled with water.

He looked really strong, and in case he was some kind of pervert, I was mentally debating trying to find a better weapon, but when he stopped rubbing his eyes and I could see his face, I realized it was the motorcycle guy. I didn’t feel safe exactly, but now my heart didn’t race as much, and my brain rubbed its metaphorical hands together in anticipation, ready to finally piece together the mystery.

“Hey, I was just sleeping here,” he said. As if that helped clarify things.

He held one hand out defensively, while he grabbed a cushion with the other and covered up his private parts. Not that I could see them in the darkness. Not that I was curious or anything…

“My name is Desi,” he said, “and I’ll explain everything.”

“Desi like the greyhound?” I queried.

“Uh… yes, like the greyhound. I was a friend of your uncle’s, and there’s no need to be nervous. Look, I think we could all use some coffee and some breakfast.”

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Cover Reveal: The Greyhounds of Sorrento

“Mr. Greyhound will see you now.”

Actually my new book has little or nothing to do with 50 Shades of Grey, but I’ve always wanted to say that. I love greyhounds, I love romance, so I wrote a romance book with a greyhound in it.

I’ve wanted to write about a cute rather than scary animal shifter for quite a long time, as I mentioned in a previous post, and at last here it is…

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Julia Rossi is a woman of reason. A scientist. Someone who doesn’t take things on faith. When she inherits a house in Sorrento, Italy from an uncle she barely knew, Julia does not actually believe that her uncle was a wizard and that she is the successor to his magical legacy.

Be that as it may, she enjoys a good brain-teaser, and the house comes with a host of supernatural secrets, including a cuddly Italian greyhound who mysteriously vanishes.

Julia starts to realize that she must protect the powerful magic bequeathed to her, though she still doesn’t believe that the incredibly gorgeous motorcycle rider who rescued her from being kidnapped by gangsters is actually a cute little werehound.

Coming June 15… Now available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here to get your copy on Amazon.com.

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Glamorous Mystery: Nine Black Lives by Resa McConaghy

Nicky Faime is a Hollywood leading man who can’t help being ridiculously good-looking. He lives in a gilded cage and seemingly his every move is watched by his capable assistant, his security team, and his hard-working chef. But the suspicious death of Lucille Brookers, a costume designer who had worked on the movie that launched Nicky’s career many years ago, motivates Nicky to seek the answers to the mystery.

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You wouldn’t think a spoiled movie star who has everything (at least in terms of material possessions) would be a sympathetic character, but he is! Maybe it’s because he’s not satisfied with resting on his laurels. Not content with playing a detective in the movies, Nicky wants to solve a real murder mystery because he truly cares about putting Lucille’s killer behind bars.

However, Lieutenant Lightfoot, the real-life detective on the case is hardly thrilled to have an amateur dabbling in his affairs. This makes for a funny reluctant partnership between a real police detective and an actor who turns out to be a surprisingly good sleuth. They discover that the victim had met with a devoted Nicky fan known by her online handle of Nickynight. Aside from the possibly crazed fan, clues also point to members of the cast and crew working on Nicky’s current movie. Then there’s also Lucille’s husband and his suspicious actions…

Meanwhile, Nicky’s girlfriend tries to entrap him by getting “accidentally” pregnant, and a much more dangerous woman is stalking him with sinister intentions. And is the person who killed Lucille now targeting Nicky as well?

Resa McConaghy has worked in the film industry as a costume designer, and her knowledge of the inner workings of the movie world makes this novel come to life. Told in the sardonic voice of a hard-boiled detective novel and filled with quirky humour and authentic detail, this glamorous mystery is a must-read!

The novel is available to download for free at https://queensend.wordpress.com/nine-black-lives/.

Resa mcConaghyAside from writing mystery novels, Resa McConaghy also runs the Graffiti Lux and Murals blog where she displays graffiti and murals from Canada and around the world. When not hunting for graffiti, she designs beautiful Art Gowns to help various charities. The Art Gown blog can be seen here. And last but not least there’s her Queen’s End blog which is all about Resa’s books and other literary treats.
I feel really lucky to know Resa. She’s a fun, daring, and creative person with so many different passions and talents. Check out her book and her blogs… and enjoy!

São Paulo, from Carolee

The lady or the tiger? Why choose when you can have both! And some beautiful hummingbirds too… Many thanks to Resa for posting my final collection of graffiti and street art photos from Brazil.

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Perhaps these 2 hummingbirds are on love? Well I’m in love with them!

Photo @ Carolee Croft

The previous São Paulo post had hummingbirds, as well. However, they are different paintings that appear to be by the same artist.

Photo © Carolee Croft

Luv, luv this bit!

Photo © Carolee Croft

Below is a piece from a globally famous street artist, Eduardo Kobra.

Artist: Kobra – Photo © Carolee Croft

I adore the humor revealed in the series of photos Carolee took of this apparent King.

Artist: Paulo Ito – Photo © Carolee Croft

Brazilian artist Paulo Ito s very political with his work. A mural he did of a starving child eating a soccer ball during the The World Cup went viral. Click on the pic below to read a news article on it!

Artist: Paulo Ito – Photo © Carolee Croft

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Ariella’s Rebellion is out today…

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Whether you’re celebrating with your special someone or with friends and family, or not celebrating at all, I hope you have a fabulous day.

Ariella’s Rebellion is now available on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, and all other Amazon stores.

 

Ariella’s Escape, a 6-sword review by Resa McConaghy

Resa McConaghy, author of the novel Nine Black Lives and designer of amazing art gowns has written this review of Ariella’s Escape, which is definitely worth a reblog…

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By: CAROLEE CROFT

*Fiction – Adventure – Adult *   Pages – 171 – Release – 2017

From the very beginning I was captivated by Ariella, Baroness of Leduryon.
Strong women are very much touted in today’s world, and this capable heroine of an imagined yesterday is a fierce warrior on the field, and a fierce lover in bed.

Sent on a diplomatic mission to Chaldea by Queen Esclairmonde of Dezearre, Ariella is a classy ambassador with a mighty sword. Upon her arrival, Ariella is greeted with a gift from King Acheron. His name is Demetrius. His handsome face, and fantastic body are outshone only by his pulsating and loving desire for Ariella. He is hers for the three nights of her visit.

Unfortunately, tragedy strikes after the first evening’s delicious encounter. After Ariella and Demetrius’  first passionate tryst together, diplomacy comes to an abrupt halt. Ariella and Demetrius are forced…

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An Epic 17th Century Brawl

My story Belinda’s Revenge is a kind of sequel to the classic poem “The Rape of the Lock,” in which a gentleman steals a lady’s lock of hair, causing an epic/comedic chain of events.

One of my favorite parts of “The Rape of the Lock” was Belinda’s all-out brawl with her enemy and love interest, the baron. First of all, knowing that women were considered the weaker sex in those times, I was thrilled and surprised that a proper 17th century lady should resort to physical violence. rape of the lock 1

This was not something you usually encounter in classic literature!

Also, I’m sure you will agree there is nothing more hilarious than a bunch of perfectly coiffed 17th century courtiers dressed in corsets and hoop skirts fighting each other in a huge melee. This is how Alexander Pope describes it:

To Arms, to Arms! the fierce Virago cries,
And swift as Lightning to the Combate flies.
All side in Parties, and begin th’ Attack;
Fans clap, Silks russle, and tough Whalebones crack…
No common Weapons in their Hands are found,
Like Gods they fight, nor dread a mortal Wound.

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I just love Alexander Pope’s sense of humor as he compares the ‘battle’ of the dressed up courtiers to Homer’s epic story of ancient Greek gods.

On top of mocking the customs of his time, Pope also intended the poem to be a parody of ancient Greek epics like the Odyssey and the Iliad. At one point, when Belinda demands her lock of hair back, her monologue refelcts Achilles’ speech over the body of his slain friend Patroclus.

In my story “Belinda’s Revenge” I definitely wanted to bring out the comedic side of the ‘battle’, but also to accentuate the sexual tension between Belinda and the baron, as in this excerpt:

Suddenly everyone was joining in the fray, some gentlemen and ladies siding with me, some with the baron. Fashionable mottled canes were used to snare and trip opponents. Snuff erupted into the air like volcanic ash. Biscuits flew. Coffee splashed. Some lady slapped me with her fan, disarranging my hair, but I pushed her out of the way with the full force of my fury. I made my way to the baron through the sea of satin and lace.

A new idea came to mind: I took out my snuffbox and blew the powder in the baron’s face. Victory! He sneezed uncontrollably, rendered vulnerable for a moment. I launched myself at him like a wild tigress, trying to wrest the lock from his hand. He fell to the ground, unprepared for such an assault, but he laughed, enjoying our tussle. To be honest, I found myself enjoying it too. I had never been so close to him, and when we were rolling on the ground in each other’s embrace in such fierce contention, it felt somehow pleasurable. The heat of the battle excited me, bringing a flush of colour back into my cheeks, and another sort of excitement which I had never felt before welled up in my bosom.

Did this 17th century brawl pique your interest? Please click here to check out “Belinda’s Revenge” on Amazon.com.

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