Thursday, July 18, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Under Fire by Peter van der Walt

Under Fire 
Fairbridge Book 1
by Peter van der Walt 

The quirky little city of Fairbridge is about to explode at the intersection of sex, religion and politics. 

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fairbridge is home to a sizeable LGBT community; as well as American Evangelical Christianity’s brightest rising star. 

The people have embraced the contrasts and paradoxes as part of life in the New South. Students, hillbillies, snake handling tent revivalists, a new police chief, a feminist lesbian bar owner, rich out-of-staters… they all call Fairbridge home. 

So far, the uneasy peace has held. Paul Draker – a gay, former Combat Rescue Officer – returns to the city to live out his days peacefully in the woods of Western North Carolina. But as the edges of the peace begin to unravel, and the culture wars reignite, he is on a collision course with a tortured soul on a perverse mission to kill as many LGBT people as possible.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So, this book. It's controversial, it's shocking, and it's thoroughly compelling from start to finish. Under Fire is written in a rapid-fire style that can and at times does come across as choppy, but it somehow works for this one. The story feels a little like reading a true crime book. In fact, the whole time I was reading, I could imagine reading about something like this happening or hearing about it on the news.
We learn about several characters throughout this book with Jimmy and Paul being most prominent, and Peter van der Walt does an excellent job of writing characters that feel real. Love them or hate them, these are people we could pass on the street, converse with in checkout lines, people we could know. We may not get everything about them, but how often do we get inside the heads of people we're acquaintances with in real life? People have their secrets, the things they don't want others to know, and we see that here with the people of this small town - the police chief stuck between a rock and a hard place, the bar owner determined to be who is, the church pastor spewing more hate than love.
And then there's Jimmy and Paul. Jimmy simultaneously repulsed me with his actions and broke my heart with everything he's endured, and Paul, who seems pretty straightforward has his own demons to deal with and may just be more than what we see.
I'm rather picky when it comes to thrillers, and in all honesty, I come away disappointed more often than not, but this debut by Peter van der Walt is everything a thriller should be and then some. I was hooked from the very first page and couldn't put it down, and after that conclusion, I'll be impatiently waiting for whatever comes next in this series. 

The Shifter Chronicles Tour and Giveaway

The Shifter Chronicles Book 1
by Michelle Areaux
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance Thriller 

How well do you know yourself? Sixteen-year-old Elle thinks she's got life in Shady Oaks all under control until new boy Asher comes to town. Elle can't explain it, but she can't deny the connection she feels to him. Things with Asher are going great until they're out one night and nearly attacked by a large wolf.
Before she knows it, Elle's life is spiraling out of control: Maddox is in love with her, she and Asher are in danger… and she learns she's a shifter! If that wasn't bad enough, she finds herself in the middle of an ages-old war between shifters and hunters. What else can she do but join the cause?
Will Elle stay with Asher or break-up with him to be with Maddox? What does it mean to be a shifter? Who will emerge victorious in the battle?

As if on cue, a wild and ferocious animal broke through the brush and leaped through the air, landing only inches from where Asher and I were standing. It was a wolf, gray and brown with golden yellow eyes and a muscular frame.
Blood dripped from the predator's sharp fangs. I couldn't help but stare in wild fascination as the animal sauntered toward us.  Its grin seemed to grow with each deliberate step, as though the beast was mocking us. My heart began to race, and my breath faltered as I took in  the beast gnashing its teeth in front of us. I could see its wild hairs as they moved in the wind as it stared at us, standing there, frozen with fear.
I slowly turned my head to look at Asher, hoping he'd be able to offer me something to help calm my growing fear. Instead of seeing nervousness like I'd expected, I saw a fuming mad Asher staring daggers into the eyes of the wild animal across from us.  I moved toward the animal and saw a similar heated and irritated glare staring back at Asher. It was as though the two were in a standoff, both equally livid and irritated by the presence of the other.
My eyes found their way to the beast, and I couldn't help but linger on its shape, size, and color. One small glimpse into its golden eyes and I had no choice but to observe its every move. I watched its massive and muscular chest rise with rough breaths. I should have been stricken with fear. I should have been crying and begging the animal not to tear open my throat and eat me for a snack, but I wasn't. Instead, I regarded the animal with fascination. There was something about the creature that had lured me into its presence.
Without thinking, I took a step forward, gaining the creature's interest. It tore its snarling gaze from Asher and seemed to calm as the golden eyes drank me in.
"Elle, stop," Asher whispered. He reached out and grabbed my arm.
With his movement, the creature growled and let out an ear-piercing and heart-stopping howl. I swear, it was as though Asher's grabbing me had enraged the animal. I knew that sounded wildly insane, but something was off about our encounter, and I couldn't stop myself from being drawn to its existence.
"Watch out," Asher yelled again, pulling me protectively behind him.
He stood tall in front of me, using his body as a shield, trying to form a wall between the beast and myself.

The Shifter Chronicles Book 2

Sixteen-year-old Elle's life changed in a matter of seconds after learning she wasn't only human, but a shifter too. To make matters worse, her best friend Maddox and boyfriend Asher have a mutual hate for one another that leaves Elle in the middle of their constant battles.
With a new discovery now lingering over Elle, she is left with more questions than she ever could have imagined. Thinking she has found a way to handle her new found life as a shifter, she now finds herself faced with a much larger challenge.
A huntress named Evaline is now seeking to destroy all shifters and vampires as she makes it her goal to avenge her father's death and end all otherworldly creatures once and for all.
Will Elle be able to survive the army now seeking to destroy her world? Will Elle be forced to choose between her best friend and boyfriend?
Discover a new fantasy world with Everpure, the second book in the Evershade Shifter Chronicles.

The Shifter Chronicles Book 3

For Elle, she thought the day she learned she was a Shifter was the most frustrating day of her life. Well, that was until she found herself in the middle of a war between her best friend and boyfriend.
Now, everything is about to change for this trio as a known Witch in Shady Oaks has decided to wage a war against the Shifters and Otherworldly Creatures.
This time, Elle may find herself battling with new powers and without her trusted best friend, Maddox.
Discover how hearts are broken and mended in this exciting third installment of the Shifter Chronicles, Evernight.

Once Laney was gone, Loraine looked over at her family and I saw a fear strike her. Something inside of Loraine changed the moment Laney was gone. Falling to her knees, Loraine began to weep as anguish overtook her body. Rushing to her, the Witches fell with their grandmother and embraced her in a hug. As we all stood by and watched the reunion, it was almost comforting to see how this family that was once torn and full of hatred had found a way back to one another. I guess one person really can throw off the whole dynamic of a group; and when that happens, it is hard not to allow a cloud of judgment and hatred to overshadow the love that was once there. Now that Laney was gone and her spell disappeared with her, Loraine was able to see who really did love her. I believed Loraine was changed and would return back to the woman they had all once loved. The storm had died down and the sky was beginning to lose the darkness as the sun began to filter back into the afternoon sky.” 

The Shifter Chronicles Book 4

When Elle discovers a new Shifter in town, she doesn’t expect her entire world to be turned upside down. Between Elle’s new powers placing her in even more danger, Magdalyn taking her best friend, Maddox, and new enemies; all odds seem to be against Elle.
With Maddox now falling for Magdalyn, Elle has to fight a new battle; jealousy. Not to mention, Asher, the Vampire love of her life, is still pushing for Elle to decide on her fate for eternity.
Will Elle let her own jealousy distract her? Will she fall victim to her enemies? Find out in this thrilling novel; Everlight.

Michelle Areaux is a wife, mother, middle school teacher, and author. As an avid reader and lover of all things literature, she followed her dream of becoming a published author and has never looked back!
She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Asbury University.

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The Four Kingdoms Tour and Giveaway

The Longest Knight
The Four Kingdoms Book 1
by Sierra N. Terry
Genre: Fantasy Romance Erotica

The Longest knight is an erotic romantic fantasy Illustrated novel about Princess Milena and the love she carries for the one and only Werewolf knight in her kingdom. After three long years of war with the Borras Kingdom, Princess Milena is sent away in secret by her father to her grandparent's house for her personal safety and she gets to bring none other than the wolf that holds her affections. With the road full of enemy soldiers, wild animals and the threat of being discovered, can the pair make the three day long ride there unharmed? Or will the dangers of war tear them apart before Milena ever has a chance to tell her knight her heart's desire?

The Four Kingdoms series is a series of novels that are loosely based on one another. Most are romantic but not all, one is erotic but none of the others are quite as intense. Each story takes place in one of the four kingdoms but each individual novel can be read as a stand-alone story(but it is highly recommended that you read the first one, The Longest Knight first). Every story has its own strange uniqueness that I hope you will stay with me until the very last one is released!

Once upon a time, four large kingdoms came into power. The Kingdom of Amaria stands to the West, the Kingdom of Borras stands to the East, the Kingdom of Griffinore stands to the North and Kingdom Kasiya stands strong in the South.
Within the Kingdoms, their subjects live happily and thrive among themselves, but another race lurks in hiding among them: the werewolves. Wolves have the reputation of being dangerous, stupid and cruel. At one point in their history, humans often fought with the wolves and once the conflicts became too much to bare, the wolves fled to the solitude of the dense forests with only their own kind and none other. No one remembers exactly what started the fighting beyond outrageous rumors, but the damage has been done. Because of this, werewolves became somewhat of a legend to humans, fairytales to tell children to trick them into behaving.
However, the people would be firmly reminded of the very real existence of the werewolves when an abandoned wolf pup is adopted by the captain of the royal guard of the Amaria Kingdom. The wolf pup grew up and was allowed to become a knight, causing much unrest within the citizens. This issue would not last long, however for Kingdom Borras declares war on Amaria, for reasons unknown to the Western kingdom. The war rages on for three long years causing much destruction, loss of precious resources and the lives of many soldiers. The people want the war to end and that is where our story begins....

Beneath the Surface
The Four Kingdoms Book 2

On a seemingly normal night, Jonas, a kind-hearted knight, saves a beautiful young woman from a vicious attack. He quickly finds out the young woman is actually a mermaid and as she disappears into the water Jonas vows to find her again, so taken by her mere presence. However, ever since they crossed paths Jonas began having strange ominous dreams about her, making him want to see her again even more. What do these dreams mean and why is he having them all the time? These are just some of the questions Jonas seeks answers to but all he really wants is a chance to make her his special lady. 
The Four Kingdoms series is a series of novels that are loosely based on one another. Most are romantic but not all, one is erotic but none of the others are quite as intense. Each story takes place in one of the four kingdoms but each individual novel can be read as a stand-alone story(but it is highly recommended that you read the first one, The Longest Knight first). Every story has its own strange uniqueness that I hope you will stay with me until the very last one is released!

A scream
    Jonas hears a scream ring out in the quiet night. First one he has heard of in a very long time. Every time he gets night patrol, like today, he always prays to the 4 Gods that it's a boring night. A lot never really happened in his oceanside town and Jonas likes it that way.
    Nonetheless, someone needs help and as a knight, he's there to protect and serve so he must go investigate what the problem is.
     He quietly jogs through the trees towards where the scream came from and as he drew closer to the spot, he can hear more people talking and grunting in agitation. 
      In a clearing in front of a large clear lake Jonas spots the disturbance: two men have gotten ahold of a young woman. One holds her on the ground and the other is trying to get a good grip on her legs to pry them apart. The man at her legs is largely unsuccessful since the woman is thrashing so hard under him, he can't get a good grip.
"What are you doing?? Hurry up and get her legs open!!" The man holding her arms down yells at the other.
"Can't you see I'm trying?! This bitch won't quit!"
     Suddenly one of the woman's legs hits the man in the face and he topples backward, blood quickly staining his lips. Jonas is impressed, her legs are nice to look at AND strong. 
"Hey, you there!! Let her go!!" Jonas yells out as he reveals himself and rushes towards the scene.
     The one man that was kicked is holding his nose in pain still and the other isn't doing a lot better. Jonas didn't see how it happened, but suddenly, the woman's thick hair is wrapped around the man's head and now he's screaming and trying desperately to get it off. 
      Instead of getting the hair off, Jonas knocks the man out with the hilt of his sword, so he will at least stop screaming and stop hurting everyone's ears. The other man gets away in all the commotion, but Jonas is certain if he has that guy's buddy in custody, then he can track the other one down later. Right now, he must tend to the woman and make sure she's okay. 
    The woman's hair untangles itself from the man's head and returns to normal but after watching it's obvious it's not normal hair. 
     He slowly kneels next to the woman that is now panting softly on the ground. 
"Hey, are you alright? Did they hurt you?" Jonas asks, placing a hand on her shoulder.
    The woman lies there not responding right away but this gives Jonas a chance to look her over completely and realizes her beauty. 
    She's slender with large hips and smooth porcelain skin. Her hair is full of big thick curls that would make any woman jealous. However, it appeared to be multicolored, not something he has seen very often. 
     Jonas is amazed, he'd never seen such a color on a lady or anyone else. It's mostly a blueish green then changes to a shade of purple at the tips. Even with this strange color, it's still stunning. No, it's because of its color it's stunning. 
     Her whole body looks like it's glistening in the moonlight, even her clothes. She wears a short top that showed off her nicely toned stomach and her long skirt has just as long slits on both sides, leaving nothing to the imagination with her legs.
Jonas gulps.
    Those legs are looking more and more tempting the longer he looks at them. He just wanted to touch them, maybe rub them for a moment but after what he just saved her from, she probably wouldn't appreciate that. 
    Suddenly, she appears to remember Jonas' presence and the unconscious man, then bolts upright, shoving her body out of Jonas' reach.
"It's okay miss! I won't hurt you, I'm here to help!" 
    He tries to calm her, but she scrambles to her feet to run anyway. Her footing is off, her legs wobble and she begins to fall face first back to the ground.
     Jonas rushes to her and catches the woman before she hits the ground. Her body is light and incredibly soft to touch. If she let him hold her longer, he'd gladly do it all night. With her so close to him he can take in her amazing scent: honeydew mixed with the ocean breeze. She reminds him of the sea in the early morning and good thing for him he loves the sea.
"Please, don't!" She finally says to him. 
    She stares up at him, terror in her soft eyes. Her pink colored soft eyes. There's no doubt in his mind now, this woman can't be human.
"I told you, I'm not going to hurt you! You're safe. Are you feeling ok?"
    Jonas feels he must ask that last question. She was doing just fine earlier, thrashing and kicking her legs at her attackers but now she seems weak and tired like all her energy was drained at once. This beautiful woman is even shaking in his arms and Jonas has, at this moment, no other wants but to calm her and make her feel safe again. 
"No! Let me go! I need to be in the water!!" She yells at him, shaking her head. 
Her hair brushes against his face and it feels like silk.
"The water? OK, ok, I'll put you in the lake." 
     Jonas slips his other arm under her legs and thanked the Gods in his mind that he got a chance to touch them without appearing creepy. 

Fairytales For the Bedroom
Erotic Short Stories

A collection of short fantasy stories for all your steamy nights. 8 stuffed stories dripping with fun elements like wolfmen, BDSM, elf women, a Krampus, and even just good old-fashioned romance. There's likely to be at least one story in here perfect for your wet dreams!

“Welcome home, Daddy!” she says as she hugs him and plants a kiss on his cheek.
“Hey, Kitten...It's good to be finally home.”
      Kitten's daddy had just gotten home from a long day's work and she's ecstatic to see him. She helps him out of his blazer and unbuttons his shirt just enough, so she could touch his chest. Kitten loves his big chest and how it always looked like all his shirts were too small for him. Her Daddy is kind of tall at 6'2 and clearly goes to the gym, but his best feature is his silver hair he has in a little ponytail. In fact, it's that silver hair that made her want to talk to him when they met at a comic book movie four and a half years ago.
      Daddy wasn't old by any means. He's only 32 but his hair went silver long before they met. It had gone silver back when he was bitten by a wild werewolf. An unfortunate event but Kitten loves his silver hair. It makes him look so unique.
“Heh heh, be good, Kitten.” he chuckles as she kept molesting his chest.
“Meow! I am! I promise!”
    Daddy brought his Kitten closer to himself, so he could kiss her properly and squeezes her ass in the process. Kitten is a little black lady that stands at a measly 5'3 so he had to bend a little to find her lips. He likes short women though and women with big asses like hers. Daddy was always a sucker for big asses.
      Kitten is a little chunky without being too big, her breasts a little on the small side which he didn't care too much for but her ass more than made up for it. He loves bending her over with that huge ass in the air and pounding it like there's no tomorrow. Also, the meowing is a cute touch since her nickname is Kitten. Sometimes she would meow in response to things and he wouldn't entirely know what she meant but she would giggle and explain herself right after.
“Did you do the shopping like I told you to?” Daddy asks as he goes to the couch and sits down, placing his cell on the table top in front of him.
“I sure did! Got the beer and all! Do you want one, Daddy?”
“That would be great.”
       The cute little silver bell and heart on Kitten's black collar rang gently as she skips off to the kitchen. Daddy stayed on the couch, enjoying the silence their little country home provides them. Their home is about an hour’s drive away from his job in the city but it's well worth it. Daddy needed a place far from a lot of people for one, so he has the freedom to be as kinky with Kitten as he wanted without others overhearing and more importantly, so he could run around being a wolf when he needed to turn. People tended to overreact when they find out he's a werewolf despite the fact he hasn't hurt anyone that wasn't trying to hurt him first. His last girlfriend freaked out on him and tried to have him killed when she found out. What an uncaring bitch. He had to completely leave his home state just to stay alive.
       That's one reason he was so grateful to have his Kitten. She not only openly accepted becoming his full time submissive, but she took the news of him being a werewolf with such grace it was touching. Daddy had been alone for a long time because of his last girlfriend but the cold lonely nights made him want to try again and he's glad he did. He loves her either way and completely plans to marry her when the time is right.
“Here you go!”
Kitten bounces back into the room with the tall glass of beer in her hands.
“Ah, thank you, Kitten.”
      He shook his hair loose before he takes the glass from her, she loved seeing him with his hair loose, so he always did it for her. Kitten planted herself beside him on the couch and watched the tv screen as Daddy starts to flip through the channels.
“So, what's for dinner tonight?” he asks, sipping the beer.
“I made your favorite! Steak and eggs!”
“Oh?? Marinated and everything? With potatoes?”
He raises an eyebrow at her.
“To what do I owe this special dinner to?” Daddy asks but then he immediately realizes why and his face wrinkles up as he spoke again.
“You're going to ask me about the thing again, aren't you?”
Kitten giggles.
“Dammit Kitten, we've been over this! I don't want to risk hurting you!”
“But you didn't hurt me last time!” Kitten whines back.
“Don't say `last time`. You know full well that was an accident.”
      Kitten has one little downside, after a run-in with his werewolf form Kitten has become somewhat obsessed with Daddy fucking her while he's a werewolf. Back when he and her first started to live together a year ago Daddy was nervous about turning with her in the house, so he suppressed it every full moon for several months until one fateful night when the wolf would no longer take it. That night he was fooling around with Kitten, she was already tied to the bed, with her ass in the air, wet and ready for his cock when the wolf came out. He thought playing with her would distract from the urge but apparently, it was the opposite. Daddy turned right there in the bedroom, a wide-eyed Kitten too shocked to know what to do even if she wasn't tied down to the bed. She had seen his werewolf form before that night, but he always made her stay at a distance.
    Watching him turn was terrifying, however. His bones cracked as his body changed, spouting features no human has. Daddy was a 7-foot tall silver wolf and just about everything about him got bigger, even his cock. Her fear quickly dissipated when she saw his big dripping hard cock.

Born and raised in Central Virginia, there was almost no chance Sierra Terry could have grown up NOT being creative. Her mother was and still is, highly creative with her drawings and poetry and she always encouraged Sierra to pursue her work even if she didn’t always like the subject matter!

Sierra realized pretty young she loved to draw and read and despite all the encouragement she had, she somewhat put her creativity on the back burner until a few years ago. No job ever interested her like art and storytelling did, so in her mid-20s she started her comic again and worked on it like a second job! Since then she has finished drawing the comic, wrote 5 fantasy novels and more recently put all her works under the business name Sailorfrill Studio as well as started selling at anime, book or comic conventions.

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✱✱Book Review✱✱ Under Fire by Peter van der Walt

Under Fire  Fairbridge Book 1 by Peter van der Walt   The quirky little city of Fairbridge is about to explode at the intersect...