Craig’s Legacy by Terry Campbell
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release Date: 9/20/2011
She’s from the twenty-first century…
Thrust back in time, Frankie Mathews is the quintessential fish out of water. She’s gone from running a major money market fund to a world where women milk cows. Too bad for Frankie that the nearest she’s ever been to a cow is a “Got Milk” commercial. Now, she has to save the life of Confederate Colonel Benjamin Craig and return to her own century with him in tow, before she changes history beyond recognition—and gets killed in the process.
He’s been fighting the Civil War in 1864…
To survive the Union deserters and his grasping, widowed sister-in-law, Ben needs Frankie’s quick thinking and never-give-up attitude that comes from her independence as a 21st Century woman.
But can the two lovers span the centuries between them and find a common future?
This book spans centuries to bring two soul mates together. Craig’s Legacy combines outstanding characters and a beautifully told love story mainly set in war torn Virginia to produce a engaging story that is a must read. One of the most realistic time-travel romances I’ve read in a long time!
Craig’s Legacy was a wonderful surprise for me to read. I’m not sure what I expected from the blurb, but what I found was a wonderfully warm, humorous, gentle romance. Frankie Matthews has been voted the Twenty-First Century’s Financial Wunderkind. She’s a tiny little thing, but she carries a punch in the financial world as she is the portfolio manager for a major investment fund. She was orphaned at an early age and has grown up with her Aunt Ginny and Uncle Max as her “parents”. They own Craig’s Knoll – property that has been handed down through the generations, and Frankie has decided to move back home after being away from home for years. But her dreams start up again and neighbours claim that the house has a ghost. Next problem – she can see the ghost and he’s yummy! Not only that, he talks to her about saving him and leaves her flowers.
Ben Craig was killed by deserters in 1864 while trying to protect his family. He is now a ghost waiting for the right woman to go back in time to save him and recover his legacy. He feels that he has found the right woman in Frankie. He says “We’re soul mates. We’re meant to be together, in life as well as death. You must trust in yourself and me. We’ll be joined, but not in your time.” Frankie is understandably unwilling to go bak to a time with none of the comforts that she currently enjoys, but Ben pushes her into a wardrobe and she lands in 1864.
This is one of the few time-travel novels that I’ve read that dealt with the “realities” of a person being in a different time well. Frankie was not pleased to be sent back in time. The lack of e-mail and tampons did not make her a happy camper! She was continually being caught doing or saying something modern and as a result was looked at as being a bit touched in the head! The situations that she got herself in had me chuckling and even laughing out loud at points! Ben, the ghost, was an attractive, charismatic man accustomed to the customs and conveniences of the 21st century. Ben in 1864 was a somewhat chauvinistic man, typical of his time. It was interesting to see the clash of a woman from the 21st century and a man from the 1800s! It made for some lively disagreements!
The secondary characters were also outstanding. Beatrice is one of the evil characters and was so well written you just wanted to slap her! I loved the character of Uncle Henry. He was smart, pragmatic and full of humor. He served as Frankie’s ally and his character allowed the author to bring in all sorts of information, from the place of slaves in the 1860s to folk medicine.
This isn’t a short cute story. At about 400 pages, it could be an intimidating read. I found that it started out slowly – the first 50 or so pages almost dragged as it set the scene for the rest of the book. The slow feeling really didn’t last beyond that, in fact, I became so absorbed with the story that I read the last 200 or so pages without stopping. Happily finishing with tears and a kleenex!
I certainly recommend this book! It is a great time-travel novel and filled with great information on the civil war!
Craig’s Legacy is available on Amazon
Welcome to Steamy Saturday
Steamy Saturday is the day of the week where I review a romance that I’ve read that is on the steamier side! I hope you enjoy this week’s selection!
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Mine by Jill Noelle
Blurb: In a decadent empire of the far distant future, Gabriella is chosen to serve as a sexual companion for the king. However, Brie has no intentions of joining the Select Few. In fact, she has another mission, entirely…one that is destined to alter the future of the kingdom’s poverty-stricken population.
Michel also serves the king. It’s his job to train Brie to suit the king’s sexual preferences. Trouble is, Michel wants Brie for his own.
Gabriella is one of many chosen at a young age to serve the king. It is something that she has always know is her destiny while growing up. The time has finally come for her to enter her training to sexually serve the king and her tutor will be her friend Michel. Gabriella is attracted to Michel, she sits and watches him exercise, fantasizes about her training.
Michel serves the king as a trainer. He “trains” or initiates all the girls that will serve the king. He has been doing this for years, but he has reached the point where he can no longer support his king and has another agenda. He hopes to bring down the king’s corrupt rule. What he doesn’t realize is that Gabriella has an agenda as well.
This short little story is plenty spicy! At just over 70 pages the story is over and done with quite quickly. The author manages to pack alot of action into these pages and although this story doesn’t have many pages, it feels like a full length story. There is a comment at the end of the blurb on Amazon that although this story is set in the future, it has a “historical” tone. I thought that was an odd comment to make, but it is true. This story kind of feels old fashioned, somehow.
The characters are well formed and interact well together. I like the secondary characters. The king is suitable evil and uncaring towards his people. His character is so well written that his behavior elicits a strong negative feeling from the reader.
Pick up a copy of this book and experience it for yourself. Jill Noelle has several other stories published.
Today we are welcoming Melanie Atkins to the blog! She is touring her book, Blood Bound with the help of Goddessfish Promotions and is here to not only share some information about her book, but to give away one of her back list eBooks to a lucky commenter. To increase your chances of winning, click HERE to find the list of blogs that are involved in the tour and leave some comments.
by Melanie Atkins
Fueled by grief after his fiancée is brutally murdered, Detective Sam Walker focuses on finding her killer — a calculating predator who binds books with human skin. Dani Barrington, the newest member of NOPD’s Victim and Witness Assistance Unit and a survivor of another frightening attack, helps him discover the terrifying link between the monster’s known victims. Despite his anguish, Sam is struck by Dani’s strength and determination, especially when her inquisitive nature makes her the killer’s next target. He must find a way to protect her or risk losing the one woman who can bring his dead heart back to life.
Kristen was gone.
She wasn’t at work. She wasn’t at home. She hadn’t gone out to run an errand. She had simply… vanished.
New Orleans Detective Sam Walker stood in the center of his fiancée’s cluttered bedroom and struggled to piece together the timeline of her disappearance. Last night they were supposed to meet for dinner, but he’d caught a case. They’d talked on the phone around eleven, and he’d asked her to meet him for lunch today.
He hadn’t spoken to her since.
She was supposed to arrive at the Victim and Witness Assistance Unit for work at nine a.m., but never made it. One of her co-workers had called him about ten o’clock. He’d tried Kristen again, but she hadn’t answered.
So he’d come here and found her car in the driveway.
Yet she sure as hell wasn’t here.
Her bed was meticulously made, the way she left it every morning, dumping him out if he’d stayed over. A damp towel lay beside the bathroom sink. Soulful jazz drifted from the iPod dock on her nightstand. What terrified him most, though, was the spot of blood marring the door frame and the lone pink sandal lying in the living room floor beside her purse, keys, and cell phone.
His heart lurched. He couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think. Simply could not absorb that she was missing. They’d been engaged for five months and three days, with only a month to go until the wedding. They should be mulling over the guest list, squabbling about where to go for their honeymoon, and deciding where they wanted to live.
Instead, Sam stared at an empty bed.
“There’s no sign of forced entry, so she either let the guy in or he jumped her when she went after the paper this morning.” Major Sabbatini’s voice seemed to come from far away. “I’m thinking she fought him off and ran, and he caught her here in the bedroom.”
“She would have clawed him.” Hell, she would’ve drawn blood with those nails. Sam should know. He had the marks on his back to prove it. Moisture blurred his vision as he eyed the smudge on the door jamb. “She… she just had her nails done a couple of days ago. They’re like talons.”
“We’ll check the blood for DNA. You know that. What were her plans for today?”
“Um… just work, far as I know. She and I were supposed to have lunch.” Sam shook his head. “Then tonight, she was going to a wedding shower. I just–”
“When was the last time you spoke with her?”
“Late — last night.” Sam’s eyes fell on a partially-filled mug on the table beside Kristen’s favorite chair, where she liked to read. A hard knot formed in the center of his chest. “She didn’t… even finish her coffee. She loves coffee.”
“We’re gonna find her, son.”
“You don’t know that.” Sam’s voice cracked. He turned to his boss. “What if I never see her again?”
Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.
Melanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronic and Small Press Authors’ Network (ESPAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group. She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.
Welcome to Sugarbeat’s Books – The Home of the Romance Novel!
Today we are welcoming Tallulah Grace to the blog. She’s here to talk about her new book, Fate: Timeless Trilogy and to giveaway a copy of one her back list books to a random commenter. So, to enter, please leave a comment below to be entered, and click HERE to find the list of all the blogs participating today and leave a comment everywhere you can to increase your chances!
Fate: Timeless Trilogy, Book 1
by Tallulah Grace
Death stalks Kris in dreams and in reality. The target of a cunning serial killer, Kris must defend her life and her love. Visions prepare her for what’s coming, but is knowledge enough to change the future? Or will demented mania claim victory over fated love?
The good things in life are coming together for Kristina Collins. She’s found her ideal home, her career is on track for mega success and the man of her dreams has finally come back into her life.
In Fate, the first installment of the Timeless Trilogy, Kris Collins discovers the benefits and risks of having precognitive visions while being stalked by a serial killer. Her friends can’t help her, the FBI can’t save her; she must save herself.
The Timeless Trilogy heroines, Kristina, Veronica and Cassandra, each deal with paranormal abilities as they discover and rediscover eternal love.
The edge of the blade felt like ice against her skin. One breath too deep, one movement—ever so slight—would give the knife a taste of her blood. It’s a part of the nightmare, she thought, even as she felt the breath of her attacker lightly touch her face.
The nightmares that had been plaguing her for weeks warned of this moment. Images, too terrifying to be real, flashed quickly across her mind’s eye in an instant replay of her recent night terrors. Running down a long, empty hallway, filled with doorways on either side, chased by some unknown monster that knew her deepest fears. Running towards a movie, scrolling incessantly with images of those she loved most trapped in a fiery hell. Sepia-toned faces, twisted in pain, were a stark contrast to the blue, red and yellow of the flames engulfing them. The echoes of their screams filled the dark, never-ending hallway. She couldn’t look away and she couldn’t stop running; her only escape was straight ahead, towards the horror show.
So far, the nightmares ended with her sitting straight up in bed, breathing hard in a cold sweat. He hadn’t caught her yet.
The all too real feeling of cold steel pressed against her neck gave the nightmare an alternate ending. Kris tried to control her breathing so her attacker would think she slept. Her mind raced as she tried to think of a way to reach the loaded SIG waiting beneath the extra pillow beside her. She didn’t always keep a gun so handy, but recent events, including the dreams, made it a necessity.
“Wake up, Sleeping Beauty.” The familiar voice spoke the words softly in her ear.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tallulah Grace is an aficionado of anything paranormal, loves to read a good thriller and creates characters that become friends. Tallulah was born and raised in a small southern town located in the foothills of the vibrant Blue Ridge Mountains. When she’s not developing characters and weaving stories, Tallulah enjoys antiquing and bead-weaving.
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/
Book Trailer on You Tube: http://bit.ly/mC5UfX
Welcome to Sugarbeat’s Books – The Home of the Romance Novel
Today we are welcoming Avery Aster to the blog! She is touring her book with the help of Goddessfish Promotions and is here to not only share information about this book, but to giveaaway:
A 6-month membership to Dylan’s Candy Bar Candy of the month Club to one randomly drawn commenter. In the novel, the heroine makes herself Fuck-it Buckets which are candy filled buckets from Dylan’s Candy bar (or any candy store) when she’s stressed out.
If this is something that you are interested in winning, please leave a comment below. You can also find more places to leave a comment HERE.
25 New Yorker Insights Learned in Undressed by Avery Aster
- Your vagina can take a guy’s shaft and nuts…at the same time.
- Always name your butt plug after Anderson Cooper.
- Pre-ejaculation while jetting a plane over Italy causes turbulence.
- Never let a dog sleep in your bed, especially three dogs. It’ll ruin your sex life.
- If he’s as hung as an Evian bottle, it’s best to look away.
- Always retain the legal services of female lawyers, particularly ones named; Sarah Goldbaum and Hannah Goldstein.
- Never allow your mother to spend your line of credit on a psychic from the Caribbean.
- Sexual frustration leads to good business practices, enough to earn three hundred million dollars.
- If Bergdorf’s, Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue reject your upcoming fashion collections try selling it to JCPenny’s.
- Use your American Express reward points wisely.
- Bellini cocktail consumption will induce foot fetishes.
- Swedish Fish, Now & Later, and Gummy Bears from Dylan’s Candy Bar are perfect for your fuck-it bucket.
- Everyone should be so lucky to have a best friend like Taddy Brill.
- Never drive a Ford Thunderbird off a cliff thinking you’re Thelma & Louise.
- Stay away from any woman named Scilla or Ottavia.
- Wearing Tory Burch ballet flats while racing a sports car may cause ones clitoris to hum.
- Think twice before sitting Lady Gaga and Madonna next to one another at your fashion show.
- Prada and a condom, when worn together, are known to make bisexual men go bonkbuster cra-cra.
- Altering a vintage Valentino dress, formerly worn by socialite Nati Abascal, may land you on the red carpet.
- We should all get fucked in Fendi.
- When in love, you can have as many orgasms as you like…in one day!
- Slow dancing to Giuseppe Verdi enhances one’s emotional state.
- Never argue with your lover in public, above all—never in front of Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, or Karl Lagerfeld.
- Playing Simon Says, in bed, may lead one to reveal their true feelings. So will strip dancing in front of him to the song Girls, Girls, Girls by Mötley Crüe.
- And finally, he must always say, “I love you,” first.
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Book 1 in The Manhattanites series. (78,000 words, M/F, HEA, Erotic Romance, Contemporary)
Milan’s notorious playboy, Prince Tittoni, seems to have everything—Lamborghinis, exotic women, palaces throughout Europe and business success. Ramping up his fabric company to go global with a new apparel brand, he ruthlessly stops supplying fabrics to the American client who inspired the collection. But once they meet, what’s he willing to give to get her in his bed?
Upper East Side designer Lex Easton has already endured her fair share of hard knocks. She’ll be damned if she’ll let an Italian stud muffin knock her down. So what if she named her favorite vibrator after him? With Fashion Week approaching, she’ll do whatever it takes to secure the fabrics she needs to make her clothing line an international success—even sleep with her rival.
Lex’s Louboutins are dug in deep to win this war. All’s fair in love and fashion!
Inside Scoop: Though the hero and heroine remain monogamous, their Prada-wearing friends indulge in a ménage a trois and other fashionable sexual fun and games.
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Cupping her hands around her eyes, she pressed her face to the window to see a tiny cockpit. “Where’s the pilot?”
“Right here.” He held out the keys, walking around the plane’s right side, smirking, and posing as Indiana Jones on the last crusade. She hoped they weren’t heading toward the Temple of Doom. Massimo rivaled Mr. Jones in hotness, she prayed not in adventure.
“Do you have a pilot’s license?” she asked, unsure if they taught aviation at The Royal Millionaire Playboy Academy.
“Sì, signorina.” He shook his head poking fun at her.
“I’m serious. Show me your license please?” Lex held on to the plane’s door as if it were a gate to hell. Christian Dior, get me outta here.
Massimo closed the distance between them in response. “Give me your hand.” Not waiting for her to respond, he grabbed her mitts from the door. “Bella, you are shaking,” he noticed and secured his fingers around hers, massaging her palm into his.
Strong hands. “You may call me Lex, not Bella. This isn’t Twilight.” She didn’t care for paranormal.
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Avery Aster is an American novelist who pens erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave. As an Upper East Side resident and a graduate from New York University Avery is celebrated for giving readers an inside look at the city’s glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades, and tall tales of the über-rich and ultra-famous. “I write about what I see in my metropolis which never sleeps—Manhattanites on the quest for a passionate thrill,” Avery says. “By and large, my characters are drop-dead gorgeous, ripped straight from the headlines and on the hunt for their next conquest.”
Undressed, book one, launched The Manhattanites series exploring people’s forbidden desires of lust and longing. When Avery’s star-studded cast unites it always feels like forever and everyone has a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Log on to AveryAster.com for upcoming book releases or email Avery@AveryAster.com to join The Manhattanites fan club.