4.5 Stars, Amber Kell, Love Lane Books, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel, RJ Scott

Review: End Street: Volume One by Amber Kell and RJ Scott

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Title: The Case of the Cupid Curse/The Case of the Wicked Wolf (End Street: Vol. One)

Author: Amber Kell & RJ Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Pages/Word Count: 201 Pages

At a GlanceA fun and often sweet twist on the paranormal genre.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Dragons, vampires, werewolves, fae, witches and one very confused human.

Sam, 100% human (no, really) inherits a crumbling building and a private detective agency from his Uncle.

Bob, a brooding stubborn and ancient vampire turns up at his door and refuses to leave.

Before Sam can say ‘I only want human cases’ he’s knee deep in werewolves, dragons, vampires and witches.

Book 1 – The Case of The Cupid Curse

Sam Enderson is a human detective who inherits a building from where his Uncle used to run a detective agency. He finds himself working for paranormal creatures despite his resolve to stick with humans only. To supplement his income as a new PI Sam rents out rooms in the large house.

Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam’s doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly and Sam is attracted to the vampire despite himself.

Sam is cursed by a witch, and has two cases landing on his desk. Werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle are enough to drive Sam mad. But somehow in amongst all of this he has to find a missing fae and a missing shifter child.

Book 2 – The Case of the Wicked Wolf

Naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha make up the intricate story in the race to rescue the missing children.

Sam and Bob have more than just the case of one lost child to handle. Not only is Shelby Hartman missing, but other paranormal children have disappeared. The race to rescue the children is hampered by naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha.

Hartman Hunter is desperate to find his daughter. He turns to the demon Danjal Naamah for help. The problem is that Danjal is the only person Hartman has ever loved—the man he let go for the sake of the pack…

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Review:  I really enjoy both Amber Kell’s and RJ Scott’s individual works, so finding this book, where both are involved, thrilled me. They have a similar writing style, and this joint project reads seamlessly. I almost don’t want to know who wrote which chapter, or how they did it, because I just loved the world they created.

The paranormal really isn’t out of the ordinary in this verse created by these two authors, and I loved how it meshed with the reality of the world. It was not a big deal to have a werewolf dance club as well a human one right in the same town. I also really enjoyed that the prejudices between the species weren’t glossed over. A few had made it past the boundaries to mix well with others, but there was still the stigma found in associating with other paranormals or even humans. There is also a message of tolerance and acceptance, too.

I almost felt really bad for Sam as he tried so hard not to get involved in the paranormal aspect of being a P.I., but he’s drawn in because his uncle was a bit unscrupulous. He handles it with panache, though, and doggedly pursues his cases to the end while adjusting to life with a cranky ghost assistant and a persistent vampire suitor.

Looking forward to the next cases, ladies, and thank you for an enjoyable read.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Case of the Purple Pearl by Amber Kell and RJ Scott

The Case of the Purple Pearl

We’re so pleased to welcome authors Amber Kell and RJ Scott today, as they tour the web to chat a bit about their new collaboration The Case of the Purple Pearl. Enjoy and be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win a $15 Amazon/ARe giftcard, and 2 further prizes of RJ Scott e-books.

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Where/how did you & Amber first meet? What first decided you to write together? xx

RJ: We first physically met in Tennessee when we both attended a convention given by our then publisher. We’d Facebooked before, because basically she annoyed me. She would always be hogging the top spots on the publisher’s website and I was jealous. So I teased her and we became friends. I think that is an awesome start to this…

Amber: And she hasn’t stopped teasing me since.

RJ: you’re such an easy target

Amber: I’m trying to remember why I thought it a good idea to write with her…*ponders*

RJ: Because you love me really. And if i remember rightly it was you that said (in our cabin at that table) *when are we writing together*

Amber: I had obviously consumed too much wine.

RJ: It was ten am.

Amber: What was your point again?

RJ Sniggers… anyway, looks back at question… oh writing together… well, it seemed like a good idea at the time… and then it happened, and it worked, and now we’re stuck with each other

Amber: Just think of RJ like that gum on the bottom of your shoe you can’t get off…or dog poop. She sticks!!!

RJ: :O… *moves onto next question after hiring hit man*

Amber: *hee hee*

Who thought about Smudge? I love that cat! Wonder how he will look like a human….*hint*

RJ: I have no idea. Smudge is a familiar, which fits in with folklore, and I am sure Amber named him Smudge, with the same irony as naming the vampire Bob.

Amber: I did name him but I don’t remember who thought of giving Sam a familiar.

RJ: I think it was you. As a magical foil against Sam who is *completely human*

Amber: *nods* I think you’re right. *watches Rj’s head expand*

RJ: I’m always right, you just don’t accept that.

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End Street 5 600Blurb: After failing in a quest to win the Fae Queen’s approval, Halstein is locked in a world of stone. Forced to remain a gargoyle he spends his days on Sam’s desk pining for his lost love.

Prince Idris’s lover went missing and was presumed dead. Alone, Idris lives a life away from court, starved of energy but unwilling to sleep in the room he once shared with his beloved.

Can Sam and Bob save these fated lovers before it’s too late? And will Bob’s ultimate sacrifice be enough to free Hal from his prison?

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Volume 1 – Books 1 & 2

Book 1 – The Case of the Cupid Curse 
Book 2 – The Case of the Wicked Wolf

Volume 2 – Books 3 & 4

Book 3 – The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma 
Book 4 – The Case of the Sinful Santa 

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Excerpt: Chapter One

“What are you doing?”

Sam sighed. This was the fifth time today their visiting gargoyle had asked him that. Three weeks had passed since it had decided to stay at the house and wait for Sam to find it a master. And those three weeks had lasted a very long time.

“Taxes,” Sam muttered. The same answer he’d given every single time he’d been asked.

“I don’t like math,” the little gargoyle said. He waddled across Sam’s desk, leaving small muddy footprints on a neatly filled-in form. Sam couldn’t even muster the energy to get angry.

“Are you going to tell me your name yet?” Sam asked. He placed his pen on the desk and leaned back with a stretch, eying the small gargoyle against the hulking monstrosity that sat immobile on the corner of his desk. They were so dissimilar, in size and expression.

“You know I can only tell my master.”

“I can’t keep calling you the little gargoyle. I’m going to have to give you a name.”

The little gargoyle turned in a circle to face Sam, then squatted into a pose with his mouth open in a snarl. It looked pretty mean, and Sam edged back.

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

The gargoyle’s expression changed back to the one he usually had; that of a dopey baby.

“Nothing, I was just giving you my fierce face so you can give me the right name. I’m not having you calling me Sunshine or Cutie. I want something strong like Zephariel Angel of Vengeance.”

Sam couldn’t help the snort of laughter, then immediately felt guilty when the gargoyle’s expression fell. “Sorry,” he apologized. “It’s just, uhm, that name is taken. How about Leo, like a lion, a brave, strong lion.”

The gargoyle tilted his head in contemplation, then nodded. “Leo, I like Leo. I’m done with you now. You already have a gargoyle. I’m going to find my true master.”

That decided, he jumped down off the desk and waddled over to the door, sidestepping awkwardly when Smudge slunk in with intent in every step. In a leap, Smudge was up on the desk, sitting right on the tax forms and staring straight into Sam’s face.

“What are you doing?” Smudge asked telepathically.

“Taxes,” Sam answered. He didn’t add a sigh this time.

“You should be tracking down what kind of other your uncle’s pet gargoyle is.”

Leo, the newly named visiting gargoyle, had declared that the old paperweight on Sam’s desk that looked like a gargoyle, walked like a gargoyle, and was stone like a gargoyle, wasn’t actually a gargoyle at all, but other.

“Where do you suggest I start? And why can’t you tell what it is, oh powerful familiar.” Sam couldn’t help the sarcasm. Smudge was capable of putting souls back in bodies and using heavy magic, but he couldn’t track down what kind of paranormal had been transformed into an ancient crumbling gargoyle paperweight?

“I’ll forget you said that,” Smudge said condescendingly. “I’ve been busy.”

“With what?” Sam asked. Privately he thought Smudge spent too much time cleaning himself with his paws up in the air and his tongue—

“I can hear you,” Smudge warned. “And who else do you think can keep your attic spider infestation at bay?”

Sam shuddered. He didn’t like small spiders at best, let alone the giant ones Smudge had suggested lived only a few floors up. “Good work,” Sam praised. “And as to our paperweight friend here—” Sam tapped the solid stone thing on the head with a stapler. “—I’ve put out a request to everyone I know as to who may be missing someone. I used the ParaGoogle to see if anyone knows anything. Not sure what else I can do at this stage.”

Smudge gave a feline version of a huff, deliberately washed himself on the desk for a good five minutes, then disappeared out of the room. Sam shook off the fur that had fallen on his paperwork. This needed to be done and, unless he finished it soon, he’d have the authorities fining him all over the place.

A knock on his office door jerked Sam from his sad contemplation of the bills he had to pay. Although he’d earned some money recently and he owned the building where he worked and lived, the flow of money going out far exceeded the money rushing into his pockets.

Taxes were a bitch.

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Author BioAbout the Authors:

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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Amber Kell is one of those quiet people they always tell you to watch out for. She lives in Dallas with her husband, two sons, and one extremely stupid dog.

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow bookworms, and welcome back to another quick look at what we have in store for you in the week ahead.

We’ve got some great guests and giveaways coming up, plus reviews and another Flashback Friday, where we’re going to go a little mysterious and feature some of our favorite Mysteries.

I hope to see you back to visit! Now, here’s what’s up.

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Monday – We kick off a great week today with author J. Johanis on the Dream God blog tour

We’ll also have author Ethan Day with us on the tour for the re-release of the books in his Summit City series, Sno Ho and its full length follow up, Life in Fusion

Lissa Kasey drops by to spends some time with us as well, to chat about her new novel Cardinal Sins

Tuesday – Today begins with author Morticia Knight visiting on the tour for her new novel Negotiating Love

We’ll also welcome author Zathyn Priest today to chat about his new book Inside His Reflection

Wednesday – Today brings us author Christian Baine to talk about his new book Puppet Boy

And Shae Connor stops by today on the tour for her new book Nobody’s Son

Thursday – A little bit of the holiday spirit lands here today when Heidi Cullinan joins us on the tour for her new Christmas story, Winter Wonderland

The writing team of KA Merikan also stop by on the tour for the newest book in their Sex & Mayhem series, One Step too Close

Friday – Today we have author Damon Suede with us to talk to us about his new novel Pent Up

We’ll also have Part Two of Lynley Wayne’s article on building a better website

And Flashback Friday makes a return today. I think we’ll bring a little mystery to table by featuring some of our favorite mysteries, so stay tuned for that

SaturdayJosephine Myles and JL Merrow are popping in today to chat about their new anthology Boys Who Go Bump in the Night, a collection of short stories they’ve put together from previously published work

Sunday – Finally, after we give Saturday a miss and head straight on in to Sunday, we’ll welcome authors Amber Kell and RJ Scott on the tour for their new collaboration, The Case of the Purple Pearl

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4 Stars, Amber Kell, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Kim, Self-Published

Review: His Beautiful Beast by Amber Kell

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Title: His Beautiful Beast

Author: Amber Kell

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 92 Pages

At a Glance: His Beautiful Beast kept me interested throughout, and I thought the two MCs were cute and sexy together.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Sammy Dunn had always dreamed of being a musician. When his mother’s employer offers to pay for his music school in exchange for Sammy to return he agrees.

Jonah Croft had longed for someone like his boyfriend Sammy his entire life. When Sammy disappears Jonah refuses to let his vanishing go unremarked but what he discovers when he finds him changes his entire world view.

Will love prevail or will evil tear the lovers apart?

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Review: As a child, Sammy made a promise to return and visit Mr. Strassford (his mother’s employer) on his twenty-first birthday, in exchange for an education in music. Eight years later, leaving his boyfriend behind, Sammy makes the trip to fulfill his promise. Just as he’s about to get to his destination, though, his rental car breaks down on a lonely road. He tries his cell phone to call for help, but finds out there’s no signal, and then along comes a mysterious stranger who gives him a ride…and warns Sammy to stay away from the mansion and its occupant. But, Sammy is on a mission to keep his promise to Mr. Strassford.

Once Sammy finally arrives at the mansion and is greeted by Mr. Strassford, he quickly discovers that the man’s not well intentioned—Mr. Strassford has a curse of the furry kind that he’d like to pass on to Sammy. Meanwhile, Jonah is freaking out that his boyfriend, Sammy, seems to have disappeared…

For me, His Beautiful Beast made for a fun Halloween read, mainly because of the curses, witches, brownies, a big hairy beast, and a boyfriend who’s determined to save his man. I liked that just when I thought I had things figured out towards the end, Amber Kell managed to surprise me with the ending. I also enjoyed her quirky sense of humor.

His Beautiful Beast kept me interested throughout, and I thought the two MCs were cute and sexy together. I definitely would read more by this author.

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5 Stars, Amber Kell, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Angel, Steampunk

Review: Keys by Amber Kell

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Title: Keys (City of Keys: Book One)

Author: Amber Kell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: Keys is an excellent steampunk/dystopian story, in the grand tradition of the Steampunk genre, but it is a world all of its own.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: My name is Octavius Septimus Stalk, but my friends call me Oss. I live in the City of Keys, a town of gears, keys, locks, and wonder. Our forefathers banished magic long ago, bolted the doors and locked everything up tight to keep people out and the town’s secrets in. Four Lock Lords control what information is left, and everyone else is left struggling to survive.

Despite what Thorne, my naïve lover, thinks, I was an orphan, but not a victim. When I walked the streets at the age of twelve, I learned fast where to steal the best food, how to use my daggers, and where to hide my would-be attackers’ bodies. No one suspected me of such violence. No one knew then or now that I have magic inside me.

Now, power hungry men intend to release the magic for their own benefit—at the expense of the rest of the city. We will stop them, even if Thorne must battle his own kin, even if I must reveal my hidden talents and the role I seem destined to play.

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Review: Keys is an excellent steampunk/dystopian story, in the grand tradition of the Steampunk genre, but it is a world all of its own. It isn’t classic or traditional Victorian era, more retro-futuristic, I suppose. Regardless of how it is classified, I couldn’t put it down.

Keys has several of the beloved tropes: steam-powered technology, magical/supernatural elements, and class systems, but it isn’t an alternate time-line to our reality like many of the genre. I loved Keys for its differences as well as its similarities to this genre.

Kell has created a fascinating world that is similar to our own with just a touch more. It grabs you with its metal arms, embracing you and taking you deep into the City of Keys where you get lost to the magic of this author’s brilliant creation. I am still suffering a bit of a book hangover because I didn’t want it to end. Never fear, though, as this is a complete story with promises for more adventures coming later. Thanks for that, Madame Author!

I loved the characters, all of them; human, magical and clockwork. They are full of life and passion, and that includes the bad guys as well. The city itself is a major character too, and I wanted to know more about the legends and prophesy that drove the story. Oss is a fantastic narrator and I loved him immediately. While I was a bit mistrustful of Thorne, he slowly won me over by the end of the book. Marbrey, the Duke Lear, and Affie round out a stunning cast. Amalia, too. She better make a reappearance, just saying.

I sped through the book because it was entirely engaging and a wonder to read. Longer than many of Kell’s previous stories, every word is economically used and valued. And with the promise of more to come, I eagerly await whatever treasures this author has coming from this verse.

Thank you for an awesome read, Amber Kell.

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3 Stars, Amber Kell, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Jennifer, Totally Bound

Review: An Omega’s Heart by Amber Kell

Title: An Omega’s Heart (The Under Wolves: Book Two)

Author: Amber Kell

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 68 Pages

At a Glance: Short story that, for me, fell short.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: When everything is lost, the only thing left to fight for is love.

Conley Elnon has been abused most of his life. He agrees to help the War Council in uncovering a vampire mole in exchange for having the opportunity to find his family. When he meets his mate Jacob, he leaves him in order to track a mad bomber intent on taking out shifter camps.

Jacob refuses to let his mate escape. He’s waited too long to find his fated mate to let him leave before he’s had a chance to say little more than hello. When he finds his mate in the middle of vampire territory, Jacob has to use all his skills to help his mate figure out the truth between vampires and shifters and how they are responsible for what happened to Conley’s family.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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Review: I did not read the first book in this series, which I think would have helped me understand what was happening in An Omega’s Heart between the wolves and the vampires; however, even with that, I’m not sure I would have liked the book any more than I did. I’m a fan of shifters, especially the lower ranked shifters like Conley, but this book just fell flat for me and, despite being short, I struggled to complete it.

What I did find interesting about the book was the way the vampires were portrayed. They’re hideous creatures that are able to use glamor to get human victims, but the shifters aren’t affected by that. I hadn’t seen that in a book before, and I found it interesting.

The book starts with Conley trying to find Denel, who he thinks is a shifter with ties to the vampires that took his family. He meets his mate Jacob in the process, and though he wants a mate, now is so not the right time for him to find one.

I wanted to like Conley and Jacob, but I didn’t, not really. I felt that several times in the book their characterizations were inconsistent and things felt forced between them. There were other inconsistences in characterization as well, such as Conley’s mother and the things she said versus what happened. I was confused and it bothered me. Also other little things, such as Conley being attacked with his father’s ring, and later that was changed to a knife. I wasn’t sure which story to believe. Also, the villainous characters were just too over-the-top bad guy, and I couldn’t take them seriously. Conley’s father I wanted to punch, but I saw his fate coming the minute he was introduced.

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4 Stars, Amber Kell, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Angel

Review: Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell

Title: Cookies for Courting

Author: Amber Kell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 68 Pages

At a Glance: A short and sweet coming together.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

Review: Cookies for Courting is a sweet short story. I really enjoyed some aspects of it. Alice and Pace were both darling, and I love stories where the men have children, especially when the kid isn’t some horrible monster. Alice seemed very much like a regular eight-year-old.

I loved how Amber Kell incorporated the cookbook into the story, and I loved the sweetness of the cookies being done when the kitchen ‘smelled like love’. I really want to read the other novellas in this series.

Pace and Marshall hit it off instantly, but I think the frottage in the office was a bit much. I didn’t sense the love aspect between them, and it was almost instant love. They were sexy and steamy, though. I think a few more words and the relationship would have really come through for me.

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Guest Post: The Countdown to Euro Pride Con With Amber Kell

Euro Pride Con

World Building

Amber KellI want to thank Novel Approach for allowing me to visit. I don’t write a lot of blogs because I never really know what to say. I’m good at writing things when there’s a story in my head but talking about stories tends to confuse me. When people ask me where I get my ideas I never know what to say to them. In my mind I don’t understand why they don’t. If I see a large unexplained hole, it’s just natural to think it might be the home of a troll or a dragon and build and entire story around the concept in my head. I’ve always been a dreamer, but only within the past eight years have I found enough people as strange as me to make a career out of the process.

There are many approaches to world building. Some authors go into incredible detail, chronicling everything from the type of leaves in a tree to the source of the blue pimple on the back of their new fictional race. I tend to take a different approach, or maybe I’m just a bit lazy.

World building can be anything from creating a new species in the world as we know it, to designing entire planets. In my Thresl series I created a planet of cat shifting people but I don’t really go into a lot of details about the planet itself. A bit about lush vegetation with poisonous bugs and another of desert indicates a diverse geographical variety but I never include tons of details. I prefer for my readers to build up the details for themselves untilit seems so real they are secretly waiting for the tourist guide for their visit.

In other books I introduce vampires or werewolves into contemporary environments and build the mysticism about their races. From one series to the next I might change how werewolves are made or if vampires can go into sunlight but I’m consistent with each series. To change the rules halfway through is cheating and nothing is more irritating than to discover an author changed an entire concept halfway through to fit a new idea. If I change a rule I make sure there’s a solid reason or else why make the rule in the first place.

Anything is possible in world building. It is the author’s job to make sure the reader is pulled into the story enough to want to create the image in their mind. I recently finished a book where I built a city and the entire mythology behind it. I’d been inspired by a trip to Europe and all the stone used in their roads and buildings. The true test will be if a fan reads my book and can envision the narrow streets, the cool stone beneath their feet and the magic glowing underneath. If the reader builds my city in their mind and can understand a reformed street thief and his moral lover than I’ve done my job.

24983609My last book released is My Man Declan, where I invented a world of vampires, werewolves and house elves. I had no idea a sexy half house elf would be so popular. I made this one pseudo-contemporary, and the same characters made a brief visit in my Moon Pack Marking Mikel.

I’ll be attending Euro Pride Con because I’ve recently been having my books translated into French and Italian. I believe publishing my books in different languages increases their access to the world at large and I’d like to encourage their dispersal into more readers’ hands. It doesn’t hurt that it’s being held in Munich either. I get a lot of world building ideas by leaving my familiar environment.

A list of all my books can be listed on my Blog, and I can be reached at amberkellwrites@gmail.com

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another look at what we have coming up in the week ahead! It’s a busy one, to be sure, and will feature some fantastic guests, great giveaways, and, of course, lots more reviews. Stay tuned and I hope you come back to join in the fun.

Now, here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayCleis Press kicks off our week with a giveaway of their new anthology Best Gay Romance 2015

Author Aimee Brissay also joins us today to do her part in helping to countdown to Euro Pride Con

TuesdayLisa Henry and J.A. Rock drop in on the Tempest blog tour

And we’ll also be featuring Rick R. Reed’s new DSP Publications release IM

Wednesday – We’re welcoming author Amber Kell today as she visits to celebrate Euro Pride Con

We’ll also have a new edition of Genre Talk with Carole Cummings and A.J. Marcus

Thursday – Today, Ana J. Phoenix stops by with her contribution to the countdown to Euro Pride Con

Heidi Cullinan will also be here to offer the chance to win an e-copy of her new book Nowhere Ranch

FridaySue Brown joins us today on the Eddie & Marchant blog tour

Jaycee Edwards and Helena Stone also drop in on their Strangers in the Night tour

Saturday – Today we welcome author Suki Fleet on the Innocence blog tour

Sunday – And we close out the week with author T. Strange and a cover reveal of her new book My Zombie Boyfriend

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And that does it for a busy week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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Guest Post and Excerpt: The Porter’s Reaper Blog Tour With Amber Kell

AmberKell_Porter's Reaper_BlogTour_WebBanner_finalThank you for allowing me to come and talk here at The Novel Approach.

What is it about magic that captures the imagination? Why do so many people enjoy reading about impossible realities with improbable situations? I like to think it’s the joy of what if? I play it a lot with my kids. A strange hole in the ground? What if a troll lived there? An odd indentation? Could be a giant’s footprint. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the impossible and bringing them to life in a practical everyday situation. When I start a story it always begin with what if?

What if the hot cowboy fell in love with a cook or the cat shifter met the one person who completed him? What if it took place in space or in an alternative world? What ifs create stepping stones of my fictional worldsand with each answer a step is taken and a story is created.

I love stories. I don’t even have to write them. Most writers are word lovers first, people who enjoy the connection of each word to its friend until sentence after sentence is formed and a story unfolds to our eager eyes.

I write to share my love of storytelling. I’m thrilled that some people enjoy reading my books and the impossible scenarios that drift through my random mind. This time I’m sharing the story Porter’s Reaper -of Alstair, one of Hades’s Reapers and his love interest Porter who was a ghost in Elijah’s Ghost. I enjoyed Alstair’s character, a tough man who couldn’t resist the allure of an innocent ghost turned to flesh.

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Excerpt from Porter’s Reaper:

He reached their appointed location and spotted Alstair leaning against the wall. The Reaper oozed power, influencing the flow of walkers to move around him—one demon even grabbed his friend who had stepped too close to Alstair and yanked him away. Porter never understood the fear some demons had for Alstair. Porter hadn’t heard any stories about Alstair being anything more than Hades’ right-hand man, but maybe that was enough to scare the others. The God of the Underworld didn’t suffer fools gladly and neither did his Reapers. He’d heard Alstair was the strongest of them all because he’d been around the longest. Maybe seniority had its perks.

“Ready?” Alstair asked when Porter neared. He raised an eyebrow when he caught sight of the kitten but didn’t say anything. He had said Porter could bring him along.

“Yes, Hades provided me with a pack.” He lifted the shoulder he’d propped the pack onto. “I’m sure he included lots of lube.” Alstair smirked.

Porter laughed, sounding more nervous than amused to his own ears. “How did you know that?”

“Hades is an eternal optimist. He’s always hoping people will get laid. I heard Persephone cut him off a year ago when he tried to seduce a nymph. Since then he’s become well acquainted with his hand. I think he’s hoping his subjects will at least get some of the sex he’s missing.”

“I’m sorry I asked.” Heat burned Porter’s cheeks. Even after a year in the Underworld, he hadn’t become accustomed to their open ways concerning sex. He hoped Alstair didn’t laugh when he tried to seduce him. No doubt he’d look more like an idiot than a potential love interest. A quick flickered gaze over Alstair firmed his resolve along with the rest of his body. Yeah, it would be worth a bit of humiliation for the chance to be in Alstair’s bed.

Alstair laughed and patted Porter on the back. “Come on. I didn’t mean to scar you for life. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.”

Which just proved Alstair had no mindreading skills, if he didn’t know Porter dreamed about seducing the Reaper.

“I know. I’ve just never had anyone that interested in my sex life.” If that didn’t give Alstair ideas, he would hang up his seduction hat.

Alstair’s mouth curled up in a sexy smile. “I find that very difficult to believe. I’m sure more guys are interested in your sex life than you think. Assuming you are interested in men. I don’t like to assume.”

Porter licked his dry lips and locked his gaze with Alstair’s. “Very interested.”

Heat sizzled between them and not all of it caused by the flaming river winding alongside the walkway.

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Blurb for Porter’s ReaperThis is book five in the A Wizard’s Touch series, see the full series listing here

Death is a minor inconvenience in the path to true love.

When the God of the Underworld sends Alstair back to the Academy to help pick out a new headmaster, he doesn’t mention he put Alstair in for the job. Angered but willing to keep his word, Alstair discovers the headmaster position comes with more knots of deception than a sailor’s rope.

Porter Exton had a crush on Alstair. He’d watched Alstair train Elijah through the window and had spent more than one night dreaming of the Reaper. However, dreams were set aside in order to discover the truth about his death and if the man who killed him is responsible for the other deaths at the school.

Two men with different backgrounds need to discover what they have in common if they hope to save themselves from plotting gods, egomaniacs and possible killers.

Like the sound of Porter’s Reaper? Buy it here.

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Author BioAbout Amber Kell:

Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building.

When she told her husband what she wanted to do with her life he told her to go have fun.

During those seconds she isn’t writing she remembers she has children who humor her with games of ‘what if’ and let her drag them to foreign lands to gather inspiration. Her youngest confided in her that he wants to write because he longs for a website and an author name—two things apparently necessary to be a proper writer.

Despite her husband’s insistence she doesn’t drink enough to be a true literary genius she continues to spin stories of people falling happily in love and staying that way.

She is thwarted during the day by a traffic jam of cats on the stairway and a puppy who insists on walks, but she bravely perseveres.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Amanda C. Stone, Amber Kell, Carole Cummings, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, Hayden Thorne, Izzy van Swelm, Lexi Ander, Maggie Kavanagh, Rick R. Reed, Sue Brown, Yeyu

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week. 

Coming up in the week ahead, we’ve got plenty of great stuff in store for you to enjoy, more guest authors, interesting articles, interviews, reviews, and, thanks to the generosity of our guests, more giveaways just because they appreciate you, their readers.

Here’s what’s on tap:

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MondaySue Brown kicks off our week, talking about breaking rules on the Stolen Dreams blog tour

Charlie Cochrane is also with us on the Lessons for Survivors blog tour, sharing a deleted scene featuring Jonty and Orlando

TuesdayAmanda C. Stone will be here with a short Q&A on The Adventures of Cole and Perry blog tour

Garrett Leigh also joins us today on the Rare audiobook tour

WednesdayMaggie Kavanagh drops by on the Double Indemnity blog tour

Hayden Thorne will also be here to talk about the re-release of the gorgeous (not that I’m biased) YA Historical Fantasy novel The Twilight Gods

Carole Cummings is also here today with a little “Genre Talk”. Joining her is DSP Pubications author Yeyu – the topic: Historical Fantasy

ThursdayLexi Ander stops in on the Songs of the Earth blog tour to talk about world-building

Amber Kell also joins us to talk a bit about magic on the Porter’s Reaper blog tour

FridayRick R. Reed joins us on the Blink blog tour to talk a bit about writing what you know

Saturday – And finally, debut author Izzy van Swelm is here today to close out a week of outstanding guests on the Soul Mate for SIN blog tour

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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Amber Kell, RJ Scott, Totally Bound

Feeling A Little Naughty? How About “The Case of the Sinful Santa” In Your Christmas Stocking?



“Miracles happen on Christmas… Everybody knows that shit.” ― Matthew Quick


BLURB: Zephariel, the Angel of Vengeance, Nick Klauson, nephew to Santa, Christmas magic, zombies in the school and a necromancer causing chaos…and at the center of it all—Mal.

Zephariel is the Angel of Vengeance and is tracking down his cousin Danjal for misuse of brimstone. When he walks into a bar and finds Nick Klauson drowning his sorrows, he is instantly drawn to him. Could this be his fated mate?

When Nick and Zeph join forces to deal with zombies in Mal’s school, sparks fly. Add in a demon, a wolf and a necromancer, and Sam and Bob have a hunt on their hands.
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Amber Kell

It’s A Birthday Bash With Amber Kell, And She’s Brought A Gift!



2012-BirthdayBadge1The month of November has always been special to me mostly because my sister and I share the same birthday. I was born on my older sister’s fourth birthday a fact she still brings up every now and then when she wants to harp on me ruining her big day with my untimely birth.

For my fans, the month of November represents thirty days of prizes, stories and author interviews where I chose a winner a day. This year, I am also sponsoring a month of giving. Anyone who donates a minimum of $5.00 to a charity of their choice can receive a free e-book of their choice from my website. They have up to a year to pick one. More details are on my blog.

If you’ve never read any of my writing, I recently released Keeping Kylen, book eleven in my Moon Pack series. The first book, Attracting Anthony, can be found For Free at Amazon, ARe or most ebook stores or at my website http://amberkellbooks.com.

If you leave a comment it will enter you to win a $25.00 Amazon GC!


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Keeping Kylen 400x600Here is a little blurb from Keeping Kylen.

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“Dad, where’s Papa?”

Sammy stood in Farro’s bedroom doorway, his teddy bear dangling from one small fist. Blue-footed pajamas covered him from neck to toes. Farro blinked back tears when he recalled Kylen had insisted on buying Sammy a pair in every color. Farro had only put his foot down when Kylen had pointed out the hooded ones with bunny ears. Not even Kylen’s hopeful smile would persuade Farro to let his half-shifter son dress like prey.

Brushing off the memory, Farro walked over to kneel down to his son’s level. He wrapped his hands around Sammy’s smaller ones.

Talking past the lump in his throat made speaking difficult, but he pushed through. “Papa isn’t coming home. We talked about that. Papa has taken a job that moved him away from us. He still loves you, but he’s not coming back.”

Despite his anger over how Kylen left them, Farro had no doubt his mate still loved their son. Kylen just needed a good kick in the ass. For the past four months, Farro had given several variations of ‘Papa’s never returning’ talks to Sammy, and each time, the words tasted sour in his mouth. Sammy refused to believe the man who had adored him so deeply would just abandon him with only a brief letter and never a look back.

Farro couldn’t blame his son. Some days he had difficulty believing it himself. Unfortunately, Farro had grown to face the truth: Kylen wasn’t returning. Kylen was never returning. His inner wolf whimpered sadly inside.

“Why can’t he come home?” With the simplicity of a child, Sammy waited for an easy explanation.
A sigh escaped Farro before he could pull it back. “He’s in charge of the fae now. They need him to rule.”

“We need him more. You should go get him.” Sammy tilted his head and pinned his father with a no-nonsense look. In Sammy’s world, there wasn’t anything his father couldn’t do. Farro hated to disappoint him.

“It’s not quite that easy.” Farro stood and crossed his arms over his chest. He needed every advantage he could get. Unlike the other times he’d explained Kylen’s disappearance, Sammy didn’t appear willing to drop the subject. Farro wouldn’t back down. He had absolutely no plans for retrieving the asshole that had abandoned his family with only a note. He didn’t care how bad Anthony claimed Kylen felt about leaving. Kylen had left—end of story. Farro’s inner wolf might pine from lack of his other half, but Farro’s human half was made of sterner stuff and he refused to give in to his beast.

“But he’s lost!” Sammy wailed, a screechy, high-pitched sound. Farro winced at the noise.

“What makes you think he’s lost?” This was an approach Sammy hadn’t used before, and Farro had to admit he was curious over where it was going. His son had become increasingly creative in his demands for Kylen’s return.

“You told me if I’m not where I’m supposed to be, I’m lost. Papa is supposed to be here so he must be lost too. You need to go find him.” Sammy’s big eyes shone with tears.

Farro didn’t need to go and find Kylen, he knew exactly where his mate was with every breath of his being. The presence of Kylen lived in the back reaches of his mind like a festering wound, constant and painful. Farro was now eternally connected to a man who’d abandoned his family but could never leave him entirely. Now Farro knew why Silver had appeared so ragged after Anthony had vanished. Farro had already penned a letter for Dare and Steven to accept custody of Sammy if Farro snapped under the strain of losing his soul mate. Dare loved Sammy as if the half-wolf shifter was his own, and Steven would make sure Sammy wasn’t ridiculously spoiled.

Farro turned his focus on his child again. Sammy’s eyes were bright with tears, and the grip on his bear had turned his knuckles white. Biting his bottom lip, Farro nodded.

“I’ll go talk to him,” he agreed. His wolf howled in delight at the chance to see their mate again. This could either heal Farro or destroy him entirely.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, A.J. Corza, Amber Kell, GotYouCovrd, Jennifer Wright, John Goode, Kol Anderson, Paul Alan Fahey, Poppy Dennison, S.E. Culpepper

And Now, A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week




Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to more fun in the coming days. We’ve got another busy week scheduled, filled with guests and giveaways and, of course, reviews galore! Here’s what’s coming up in the week ahead:




>>Monday – Kol Anderson will be our guest, with an interview and giveaway of his upcoming release, Soulmate.
>>Tuesday – Poppy Dennison is going to poppy in to share some of her most favorite GRL memories.
>>Wednesday – Paul Alan Fahey will be here on his “Lovers and Liars Wartime” Blog Tour, with the chance to win one of the first two books in the series.

A.J. Corza from Got You Covered will also be here, as always, with her Top Cover Pick of the Week.

>>Thursday – Jennifer Wright will join us on her “Finding Home” Blog Tour, with an interview and a giveaway – a lucky reader’s choice of a book in the Finding Home series.
>>Friday – John Goode is our guest, as he begins his writing series today with “Once upon a time…”
>>Saturday – Amber Kell will be here on her Birthday Blog Hop, with a great way to win a book from her bookshelf.
>>Sunday – S.E. Culpepper will be dropping by on her “Falling Apart” Blog Tour, with a chance to win any one of the four books in the Liaison series.

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And that wraps up our week here at The Novel Approach. Until next time, happy reading!

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Amber Kell, The Joyful Approach

Amber Kell Doesn’t Bite…Hard. No, Really! And She Wants To Give Away An Awesome Prize!


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Hello future GRL attendees! I have to admit GRL was the first conference I attended as a professional writer. I went to the GRL in New Orleans, which was a blast as it gave me an excuse to visit a city with my hubby without kids. (Shh, they don’t know what a great time we had.)

You’ll probably have a different routine than I do when you get ready for events. Mine usually starts with a panic attack that GRL is a few weeks away and I haven’t ordered my swag yet. I then inform my children I am heartlessly abandoning them to their grandmother. Older son promptly plans his exit strategy, calling in favors from his friends who owe him sleepovers. Younger son starts hopping in excitement, or because he has to pee, he likes to hop so it’s kind of hard to determine why sometimes. Hubby confirms that I did indeed get plane tickets and hotel reservations and it wasn’t a dream I had in a caffeine-fueled bout of creativity. Eventually I show up with swag, hubby and clothing (which isn’t optional even at GRL).

This is the third year I’m attending GRL. If you’ve never attended GayRomLit before I’ll give you one piece of advice. Talk to people, especially your favorite authors. We wouldn’t have shown up if we didn’t want to see our fans. If we appear standoffish it could be because we don’t handle social situations well. Some authors aren’t comfortable in crowds, so you’ll find them hanging out in a quiet corner. Go say hi. Introduce yourself. Ask them about their latest project. Some authors don’t like to talk about themselves, but get them started on what their favorite character is up to and…well you might need a chair and a big drink before they’re finished.

I have to admit I’m not a social animal. Give me a rainy day and my laptop, and I can happily spend hours tapping away on my keyboard. Hubby says it’s good to get out. Something about me turning into a hermit or…I don’t know, I sort of stopped listening the third time I heard the speech. I go to GRL to meet with my author friends who I don’t get to see in person often, and to visit with my fans who I see even less.

This year in Atlanta I’m once again dragging my hapless hubby along, if nothing else because it’s fun to watch him blush. Though I have to admit the game he picked out for my author spotlight with Stephani Hecht and RJ Scott had me blushing. Say hi to him. He’ll be the one with the cane, pointing people toward me so I can’t escape socializing.

Most of all have fun. We’re a friendly bunch. Most of us don’t bite and are happy to chat with anyone who wanders our way.

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bondedbroken_800My latest release is Bonded Broken part of the Thresl Chronicles series.

Book Four in the The Thresl Chronicles series.

Friln had always counted on his lover to be there when things go wrong. But when one brief moment of death breaks his bond with his Thresl mate, he loses the only thing in the world he needs to make him happy.
For the past ten years Friln, the king’s Captain of the Guard, has lived with and loved his Thresl mate Nelrin. When an assassination attempt catches Friln in the crossfire, he is killed. In the brief moment before he’s revived, the bond to his lover is shattered.

At Friln’s death Nelrin loses everything. Bereft of the only person he’s ever loved, Nelrin turns back into his cat form and runs away. Unfortunately he falls into the hands of a pair of scientists who have different plans than redemption for the Thresl race.

Readers can contact me at amberkellwrites@gmail.com or visit my blog at http://www.amberkell.com

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