Giveaway: The Bird of Prey Saga by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba



ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: The Bird of Prey Saga

Series: Contains all 4 Semya Slotin Mystery Books

Author: Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Published: September 25th, 2014

Word Count: 219,000

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Thriller

Content Warning: Mature content and minor violence

Age Recommendation: 18+

Synopsis:
A dead world famous supermodel.

A contract killer in love with her best friend.
An organised crime family looking for revenge.
A boyfriend with a mysterious legacy.
French sleuth Sémya Slotin is officially back on the case. The break is over.

“I’m Semya Slotin, yes this Slotin. I love wine, vodka, absinthe, my younger brother Aaron and my best friend Polliannah, in no particular order. When Josh Heinz and I are not too busy fighting or tearing each other clothes off, I solve mysteries. And I’m really good. I’m really good at a lot of things and people usually don’t see me coming… but here I am and I’m not going anywhere.”

It all started with a simple case…

Book One: Bird of Prey
Who killed the infamous supermodel Johanna Cartier?
After spending three years away from sleuthing, Sémya Slotin is thrown back in the business when she found her body. With the help of her best friend Polliannah Koch, DCI Ally Gibbons and the mysterious but extremely sexy Josh Heinz, she vows to see this through.

Book Two: The Plot Thickens
What happened while Semya Slotin and Josh Heinz were busy solving Johanna Cartier’s murder in Bird of Prey?
When Polliannah met John Allen, she thought that she had finally found her Prince Charming. When John set his sights on Polliannah, he knew that he had a job to do and that the beautiful Miss Guryev should only be a means to an end. Then they fell in love. Now he and his Russian Princess had to leave London for their safety. But it may already be too late…

“I’m Polliannah Koch Guryev, yes I’m part of the infamous Guryev family but you can call me Polli or Mrs Allen. I love my parents, some of my brothers, high-end shopping, Russian vodka and last but not least my worst half and partner in crime Sémya Slotin. When I’m not managing our wine store in Chelsea or committing some kind felony with Sémya in the name of the God of Sleuth, I dream of Prince Charming. I’ve kissed enough frogs to give up on love but somehow it doesn’t seem to want to give up on me. How many times do I need to get hurt before it does? But still, here I go again…maybe this time it would be the last.”

Book Three: Polliannah Got Married!
The truth this time, and nothing but the truth…
Polliannah is in trouble and her boyfriend is dead. Nothing’s prepared Sémya, Detective Extraordinaire, for what she finds in Toronto. Polliannah is a widow and her late husband John Allen was a hit man for the powerful Dovos family. What did they want from her? Why is this happening to them? Josh Heinz knows more than he lets on, but he’s not telling her anything. Old conspiracies and secrets resurface putting them all in peril. Sémya’s worst fears about her relationship with Josh and his past are confirmed causing a rift between that may never heal. Sémya and Polliannah’s world is falling apart. Will they be able to come out of this stronger?

Book Four: Vincent Mallory Edgerton
Every love story has a beginning.
From the moment their gazes locked, Sémya and Vincent sealed their fate.
Sémya Slotin had been coasting through life solving one mystery after another. While investigating a friend’s disappearance in Hawaii, she met Josh Heinz. Her mind kept telling her to stay away from the handsome stranger but he awakened something in her and she was unable to resist him. Vincent Mallory Edgerton had always been an efficient FREGG operative. He loved his job, even when he had to leave everything behind for his own safety. On his last assignment, he was forced to work covertly with the sexy bold sleuth. Sémya’s beauty and intellect enthralled him, but his passion and growing love for her also changed him. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to finally win her trust and keep her safe, causing him to unleash events that would shape the rest of their lives.

 
 
EXCERPT

Sémya Louise Slotin was staring at Josh Heinz talking on his mobile and sighed for the third time. Once again, he was keeping her in the dark and she hadn’t felt this helpless in years. No, it wasn’t even that. She was desperate and she hadn’t felt like this in a long time. That helpless desperation that took her over each time she knew she couldn’t control a situation.
The first time she felt this way was after her birth mother, Corinne Durante, told her that she was dying. Her mom had always been honest with her, but at eight when you learnt that your only parent was going to die of AIDS, a then relatively unknown illness, wouldn’t you become desperate too? Then there was the time when her adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, was accused of the murder of her creep of a husband, Martin Demeure. She knew that her mother was innocent but she was just fifteen and no one listened to a fifteen-year ago teenager; even if her IQ was three times higher than average. For both of these events she had an anchor, her safe harbour, her Russian princess, her Polliannah.
So it was smooth sailing for a while until one night her anchor called her. She was scared and for the first time, Polliannah was the one who needed her help and support. Sémya dropped everything and took the first flight to Moscow. She had never felt as desperate and helpless as she was that day. She was only twenty-two, but she needed to be strong for them both. They packed up everything and left Europe for new horizons, new adventures, new encounters and new mysteries to solve. That was what Sémya had been known for, solving mysteries. And when she wasn’t sleuthing, they kept each other safe from bad men, wrong men, and stupid men.
It was just the two of them until Josh Heinz came into their lives three and a half years ago. After the Hawaii fiasco, which she scarcely remembered, Sémya and Polliannah went back to Europe; with Josh. They moved to London; where Josh was. They settled in Camden Town; across the street from Josh. There, Sémya had spent nearly every night… with Josh. Josh, Josh, Josh… the handsome and sexy Josh Heinz. The secretive and mysterious Josh Heinz. The guitarist with a suave voice Josh Heinz. Josh, Josh, Josh… Josh, who stated that he loved her. Josh, who said that he wanted to protect her. She sighed for the fourth time and headed to the closest kiosk.
This time she failed her. After eight years of taking care of each other, of dodging every bullet in the name of love, friendship and family, she failed Polliannah. They received the scariest call from her, she was crying. Her new boyfriend John had been killed and she thought that she was next. So Sémya felt helpless and desperate again. She lost control of the situation, control of their lives. She was angry. Anger usually followed. She and Polli lived a quiet life in London. Who would want to harm them? One thing for sure, Josh knew and as usual, he wasn’t talking. But they would see about that.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m over 30.
I was born in Quebec City, Canada.
I grew up in France and in Gabon.
I speak English & French fluently.
Pizza is my favorite dish.
Black Forest Cake is my favorite dessert.
I met Michael Jackson when I was eleven.
I loathe vodka but love gin, wine and tequila.
I’m obsessed with Robbie Williams and Michael Fassbender.
I call Toronto my home.
I love reading.
I love dancing.
I love watching exciting TV shows.
I love my life… most days.
I’m a major goof.
I can’t stand intolerance.
I’m curious, cheeky and oh so opinionated!

 
 
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Guest Post: The Songbird’s Seduction by Connie Brockway

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The Songbird’s Seduction by Connie Brockway

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Length: 318 pages

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Book Summary

Effervescent bon vivant Lucy Eastlake is a young operetta singer whose star is on the rise in Edwardian London. Though struggling to maintain her beloved great-aunts’ household, she holds fast to the belief that “things will work out.” Now, with the fiftieth anniversary of a siege her great-aunt Lavinia lived through approaching, it looks like Lucy is right, because a fortune is due to be divided among the survivors. All Lucy and her great-aunts have to do is travel to a small Pyrenees town to claim Lavinia’s share of a fabulous treasure in rubies. What could be more simple?

Professor Ptolemy Archibald Grant is the brilliant, straitlaced grandson of a British lord who also withstood the siege. When his grandfather asks him as a matter of honor to escort his old love on the journey, the about-to-be married professor agrees, not expecting Lucy to be part of the bargain. Losing the great-aunts en route, the handsome, buttoned-down professor finds himself caught up in Lucy’s quirky, bewildering, and probably illegal efforts to reunite with them, as he is drawn further and further into an inexplicable infatuation with the free-spirited singer. What could be more complicated?

But when unwilling attraction gives way to sizzling passion, both will be forced to confront the ages-old question of whether love trumps honor…or the other way around.

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I am just thrilled to welcome talented author Connie Brockway to my blog today!

Take the “Slanguage” Test by Connie Brockway

I love language. I love trying to string together a series of words that, when perfectly composed, can effortlessly transport a reader into a world, a scene, a heart, a mind. And I work at it. Really hard. Things like deciding whether my character is forlorn or melancholy can freeze me in the midst of a scene and keep me awake at night. A little obsessive? Doubtless. But it is also probably why I have such a soft spot for Professor Archie Grant, the hero of my latest romance, THE SONGBIRD’S SEDUCTION. Like me, Archie is fascinated by the linguistic gymnastics (among other things) employed by the bewildering, bewitching and bedazzling songstress Lucy Eastlake. And like me, Archie is most intrigued by slang— which Lucy, who hails from a, er, liberal background, uses as both weapon and enticement, knowing her gorgeous scholarly hero cannot help but take the bait she verbally dangles.

I have a blast peppering my characters’ dialogue with bona fide argot from the different classes and eras in which my books are set and THE SONGBIRD’S SEDUCTION is possibly my favorite because the language Lucy and her pals use is so witty and colorful, referencing as it does the swiftly changing technologies and cultural norms of the time. And yet, much of the slang we take for granted is not only decades but hundreds of years old. If I were to write a story set in, oh, say the Elizabethan era but use modern sounding slang that was still true to the times, I suspect many readers would be stopped dead in their tracks—or sentence— over perceived anachronisms. (Which is definitely not the effect I’m going for.)

So, to test my theory, I’ve devised a little Slanuage Test for you to take. Based on the slang phrases or words in the sentences below can you place it in its proper era, the earliest possible use?

Give it a shot! Just match the following up:

• Could not have been said prior 1600

• Could not have been said prior to 1714-1760

• Could not have been said prior to 1760-1811

• Could not have been said prior 1811-1830

• Could not have been said prior to 1850

• Could not have been said prior 1885. 

A. “Yo. My bro’s no has-been!” 

B. It was a half-baked idea but the only way the little snot figured he could lick the problem. 

C. “Goodie Two-Shoes would never butter up a man just to get her way!” 

D. “She’s such a blab. Sure, a hot blab, but a blab nonetheless.” 

E. Blimey, if that isn’t blackmail I don’t know what is. 1890 and 1885

F. By jingo! I’ve never heard such tripe!

G. Ever since the old stick-in-the mud drove into the tree, his vehicle’s been on the fritz.

Answer: A. 1 ( yo—pre 1000; bro —1670; has-been—1650) B. 4 (half-baked —1625; snot— 1825; lick the problem—1820) C: 3 (good-two-shoes—1800; butter up— 1750) D:  5 (blab—1350; hot —1300; nonetheless —1850) E. 6 ( blimey—1890; blackmail—1885) F: 2 (by jingo—1695; tripe—1680) G: 2 (stick-in-the-mud—1750; on the fritz—1750 )

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Author Biography

Connie Brockway

Connie Brockway is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty historical and contemporary romance novels. An eight-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. She is the author of My Seduction, named one of Library Journal’s top romance novels of 2004. Her most recent novel is No Place for a Dame and her most recent collaborative novel is The Lady Most Willing, co-written with Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. She is a Minnesota native, and currently lives there with her husband and two spoiled mutts.

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Website: http://www.conniebrockway.com/

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

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I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Mine has been busy but that normal around here. Before I get back to grading my kids schoolwork here is a book I can’t wait to be released:

A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf, #15)

A Highland Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf #15) by Terry Spear

Published: October 7th 2014

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Synopsis:

Financial advisor Guthrie MacNeill isn’t a complete Scrooge—he just hates the enormous cost associated with the Christmas holiday season. Needless to say, when his pack hires a party planner to decorate the castle, he’s at his wit’s end. Until Calla Stewart arrives on the scene with her mistletoe in hand.

Calla has never had a client as difficult as Guthrie, but she’s determined to give the pack a Christmas season they will never forget—no matter how much it costs. But when her ex-fiancé begins stalking her and threatening her safety, Guthrie decides to loosen his grip on the purse strings and let out his inner Highland warrior wolf to protect her.

I am a huge fan of this series and am so excited about this one coming out! This sounds like another lovely paranormal romance with kilt wearing wolf shifters. What could be better than that!

So what books are you waiting for this week? Leave me a link in the comments!

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Teaser Tuesday: The Butler Did It by Kate Deveaux and Rampant by Gemma James

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Review: Christmas in Cowboy Country by Janet Dailey

Christmas in Cowboy Country

Christmas in Cowboy Country by Janet Dailey

Published: September 30th 2014

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Synopsis:

The greatest gift is love…

Ski instructor Annie Bennett doesn’t have time to miss the twinkling lights and holiday parties in Aspen and Vail. With her older brothers gone and winter just around the corner, her parents need help with their sprawling Colorado ranch. The most wonderful time of the year isn’t always easy for a lot of the folks in their town, but Annie does her best—until the tall, dark, and rugged surveyor on their neighbor’s land becomes a potent distraction.

Wyoming born and bred, Marshall Stone is a practical man. But there’s something about Annie that’s as wild and sweet as the mountain wind. He doesn’t want to tame her. Just love her. Annie Bennett is all he wants for Christmas. And for always. But she’s too wary to believe he means it. Until he takes her in his arms and explains without saying a single word.

Review:

I am not one to leave negative reviews but I am just baffled at how this story went. It was like a train wreck, and I couldn’t look away. I thought the premise was interesting but the writing… so much of the book didn’t make sense. It didn’t flow and just felt awkward at times.

I think I am just surprised that a Christmas in Cowboy Country is being published. I am assuming that this book just hadn’t been edited before Ms. Dailey passed away and that is the reason it is the way it is. This is sad because since this is one of her last books it has left a horrible impression with me.

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

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Giveaway: Orenda (Orenda #1) by Ruth Silver

Release Date: 04/13/14
Patchwork Press
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

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About the Author
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, “Deuces are Wild”, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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Review: When the Rancher Came to Town by Emma Cane

When the Rancher Came to Town (Valentine Valley, #4)

When the Rancher Came to Town (Valentine Valley #4.5) by Emma Cane

Published: September 23rd 2014

Purchase: Amazon (only $0.99!)

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Synopsis:

Welcome to Valentine Valley!
The Silver Creek Rodeo is in full swing, and everyone’s talking about the rancher who came to town …

Bed-and-breakfast owner Amanda Cramer wants nothing more than a quiet, private life. Well, she wants guests too, but after suffering her share of unwanted notoriety, she’s gotten comfortable hiding out in her inn … perhaps a little too comfortable. When her newest customer arrives—tall, dark, and breathtaking—Amanda begins to question her self-imposed exile.

Ex-rodeo star Mason Lopez knows all about the limelight. He’d avoid it if he could, but since one last ride could mean saving his family’s ranch, he’ll go all in. When he gets to Valentine Valley for the Silver Creek Rodeo, Mason checks into the Connections B&B and finds himself immediately drawn to the beautiful, reserved woman who owns it.

Mason has only three days in town … can he convince Amanda to open her heart to him and welcome the world back in?

Review:

This short (only 100 pages according to my Kindle) novella ended way too quickly for me! I went to turn the page and it was over. I want more of this story!

Amanda Cramer is basically hiding out in the small town of Valentine Valley. She once was a lawyer but now she runs the local B&B where she enjoys a quiet life. That is until the handsome ex-rodeo star Mason Lopez come to town…

When the Rancher Came to Town is number 4.5 in the Valentine Valley series. Totally can be read as a standalone but beware! It will make you fall in love with this sweet, small town and you will just have to go back and read the rest of this series before the next book, Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley, comes out in October 2014.

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

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