Monday, April 14, 2014

Tish Thawer The Raven's Breath

My Review for The Raven's Breath by Tish Thawer:


Raven can breathe life into you, or suck the life from you...the choice is yours!
They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your Grim Reaper or your Saving Grace.

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Review by Rachel:
What an interesting view on a Grim Reaper and Death story.  Tish really brings to life Raven and her "Job" after she dies.  She is the first and only female grim reaper.  Death has made her what she is when the normal evolution brings and makes only male reapers.
Now when Raven's powers start growing she knows something is going wrong and has to figure it out.  Her best friend Garrett is there to help her every step of the way.  What she doesn't see coming is Deaths plans to "break out of Hell".  At this point they need all the help they can get. 
 

When they think all hope is lost Michael comes into the picture and has all the answers.  He also sweeps Raven off her feet, and now she can't catch her balance.
Great story by a wonderful author cant wait for more.
 
Bio:
Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages, including her new adult series The Rose Trilogy, and her adult paranormal romance, The Ovialell Series, as well as young adult short-stories. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.
Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer, and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and mother of three wonderful children.
She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart.  From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life. A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?"
Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er." It's Persian!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lady Blues by Aaron Paul Lazar

My review for Lady Blues By Aaron Paul Lazar:


Past and present collide when an Alzheimer’s patient’s fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II—including a long lost secret love affair.

Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient dubbed “the music man” or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man’s mind.

Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn’t know his own name—but he speaks Gus’s language, spouting jazz terms like “cadence” and “interlude” and “riff.” He’s also obsessed with “his Bella,” but nobody knows who she is.

When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip’s first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?

Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before his newfound memories disappear?

 
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Review By Rachel:
This is a very exciting story, it pulls you forward page by 

page. Aaron Paul’s descriptions paint a very vivid and real 

picture for his audience. This story creates an excitingly 

unique journey for the reader.

I quite enjoyed how approachable the characters are. The 


relationships between the characters tell you so much about 

the individuals. Making for a well-rounded cast of characters.

All in all this is a story that I won’t soon forget. It was 


brilliant, well written novel by Aaron Paul Lazar that I`d 

definitely recommend to anyone and everyone.
BIO:
Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three mystery series, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys.
ONLINE LINKS:
• Website     http://www.lazarbooks.com
• Blog            http://www.aaronlazar.blogspot.com
• Facebook Name:  AaronPaulLazar
• Twitter Name   :  @aplazar
• Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/629566.Aaron_Paul_Lazar
• Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Aaron-Paul-Lazar/e/B001JOZR2M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1BUY NOW LINK:

 



 




Friday, April 4, 2014

Review for Coping

My Review of Coping by J. Bennett
This exciting follow-up to Falling (Book one of the Girl With Broken Wings series) finds Maya intent on joining her half-brothers in their secret war against the genetically-enhanced killers that call themselves angels. Still trying to cope with her new abilities and the hunger that threatens to overwhelm her, Maya may be more of a hindrance than a help to her brothers as they take on a new mission and make a grisly discovery.
 
Coping is a fast-paced novella that brings readers back into Maya’s darkly-humorous world where angels are not the good guys, the heroes don’t wear tights, and getting in over your head just means it’s Tuesday. Join Maya, Gabe and Tarren for more blood, bullets, and Chuck Norris jokes in Coping. (Approx. 23,000 words.)
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Review by Rachel:
 
After reading book 1 in the series I was left wanting more! So when this Novella of Coping came I just had to get my hands on it. Its no quite as exciting as the first book BUT it does give you a better look into the brothers lives. Along with where Maya will fit in and what she needs to do in order to fit in. The brother are reluctant to let her join in on the missions, but in the end are left with no choice since they need her help. What they learn about each other and how they start to work together is just enjoyable watch.
I'm really excited for book 3 and can't wait to see how it ends.
 
Bio:
 
J Bennett is a professional copywriter, as well as a novelist. She lives and writes in Southern California.
She also writes the blog www.ShyWriter.com
Find J Bennett online at www.jbennettwrites.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jbennettwrites.
Works by J Bennett
Girl With Broken Wings
Falling (Book One)
Coping (Novella, 1.5)
Landing
(Book Two), To Be Released Jan 2013
The Vampire’s Housekeeper Chronicles
#1 Employment Interview With A Vampire (Short Story)

#2 The Vampire Hunter Comes to Call (Short Story)
#3 Duel With The Werefrog (Short Story)
 
 
 
 
 
ONLINE LINKS:
Goodreads:            https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15738334-coping                  
Author Website:              www.jbennettwrites.com
Author Facebook:            www.facebook.com/jbennettwrites
 

Review and Giveaway for Rainy Kaye

Welcome to my review of Summoned by Rainey Kaye


Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.
Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets.
Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.
 
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Review By Rachel:
 
Summoned is about a genie...every persons dream to have one right? Well not if you're that Genie...and Dimitri is that Genie. But his wishes don't come true.
Then Dimitri meets Syndey and his life just starts to tumble. Karl his master keeps summoning him for more "wishes" and Karls daughter Sylvia keeps trying to seduce him.

All Dimitri wants is to NOT be a genie anymore and have a normal life with the girl he loves.
Boy does he have to work to get it and work hard. Through the nasty wishes and heartbreak he has to win his freedom and love.

What a wonderful and amazing look on a Genie story.
 
 
Author Bio:
Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at <a href=http://www.rainyofthedark.com>RainyoftheDark.com</a> and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (<a href=http://www.twitter.com/rainyofthedark>@rainyofthedark</a>).She is represented by RossanoTrentin of TZLA.
ONLINE LINKS:
Cover Design: Kris Wagner https://www.facebook.com/digitalgunman
Photographer:  Marcin RychÅ‚yhttps://www.facebook.com/karrdepl
 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review and Giveaway "Cade" by V.A. Dold

Welcome to my Review of Cade by V.A. Dold
Sexy billionaire wolf shifters, BBW as their mates, Vampires for friends, evil ex-husband and mob boss. Put it all together in the French Quarter and Bayou and you have CADE.
 

Anna James is single again, finally. In her opinion, men are self-centered and will never love her for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman. All except the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams for five years.
She just never expected her fantasy to be a real live alpha shifter...
Cade Le Beau isn't what he seems. He’s a billionaire wolf. A Shifter. He laments his missed chance six months ago to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Just as his second chance presents itself, his fantasy woman, his mate, is threatened by the local mob boss and her ex-husband. Now, he has forty eight hours to deal with this threat once and for all or chance losing her again.
Is it Anna who’s in danger, or the humans who unwittingly threaten her?
The heat is on the moment they lay eyes on each other. Neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.

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Prologue
 





 
 
MY REVIEW:  Newly divorced Anna James is looking to start a new life for herself. After moving to New Orleans after her divorce she starts to do just that. When her ex-husband Tim decides to follow suit and move there as well. Now all he's going to do is cause trouble.

Cade La Beau....just yummy. He's a wolf shifter who finds his mate and is determined to keep her safe. While trying to introduce her to a whole new world that she knew nothing about.

Great start to a new series. I really can't wait for the next one to come!
 
 
Prologue- The Plan “Emma, we need to take matters into our own hands or they’ll never find their mates.” Isaac Le Beau set his snifter down before he crushed the glass in frustration. “We have seven virile, grown sons, who after two hundred years haven’t found their mates. If we don’t step in and give a hand to the wolf-goddess Luperca, our sons may spend their lives alone, without children to raise and without their other half to love. Dang it, I want some grandchildren, while I’m still young enough to enjoy them.” He slowly raised his head and gazed at the love of his life, Emma. She was a unique blend of Romanian gypsy heritage and a very powerful voodoo priestess. Even after two centuries her exotic sparkling dark eyes and compact killer soft curves left him breathless. Some would classify her as a big, beautiful woman. He called her ‘sex on a stick‘. He swore she controlled every beat of his heart. The warmth and agreement in those mesmerizing eyes silently prompted him to continue. “Would you do your high-priestess voodoo thing and ask the spirits to identify their mates? With some influence we could bring them together, so they can recognize them on their own. I don’t want to force a meeting. Simply provide the opportunity. How about it, will you give it a try?” Isaac asked. He knew Emma wouldn’t deny him. “Of course, I’ll perform the ritual, but I can’t give you any guarantees. All I can do is try. If we are truly blessed, Luperca will appear to me and give this endeavor her approval. I want our sons happy and I’d love to have a dozen grandchildren running around the house, too.” Isaac opened his arms wide, inviting Emma to slide onto his lap. He buried his face into her hair breathing in her unique scent. The familiar fragrance calmed him like nothing else. He was confident everything would change for his sons very soon. He could hardly wait for each of them to meet their one true mate. No wolf should go fourteen hundred years alone. Two weeks later, they enjoyed the cool breeze that came off the river, flowing through the open windows. A secret little smile lit up Emma’s entire face and her fingers tapped a tune on her cut crystal wine glass. He knew that expression well. “Out with it, Emma,” Isaac said with a grin of his own. “What is it you’re dying to tell me?” He waited patiently for her to tell him her grand news. Emma actually bounced in her seat. “I received answers from the goddess.” She clapped her hands excitedly. “Cade's mate is in New Orleans right now. Her name is Anna James. The goddess said she has had many unhappy years, but is now open to finding her one true love. Isn’t that fantastic? Two days from now she is destined to be in Jackson Square and then stop to eat lunch at Crescent City Brewhouse. She’ll be in the bar around eleven-thirty. As for the rest of the boys, the goddess said we must have patience. She’ll grant me visions in my dreams or come to me for each of them when the time is right.” A surge of excited energy rushed through him as a hundred butterflies took up residence in his stomach. This must be what it felt like to win the lottery he thought. “We’ll have to move fast. We need to think of a way to get Cade there at the right time.” “Maybe we can come up with a way to use Jackson square? Cade sits there so often it might be an option?” Emma offered. “Maybe.” He rubbed his chin, forehead crinkled in deep thought. “First we need to get him out of his home office and into the French Quarter. The bank called yesterday about a restaurant up for sale. I’ll have them schedule a meeting with Cade to review our investments and recommend this new opportunity.” He tapped his chin as the plan took shape, mumbling as he worked it out. He stood and paced across the room, prowled like the animal he was. He couldn’t think properly sitting down. As he strode back and forth, he noted she had settled into an easy chair to watch him. “That’ll get him to the city,” he thought aloud as he continued to tap his finger on his chin. “You’re right about his constant people watching, I’m sure he’ll take a walk and perhaps sit a while. A possibility.” Isaac cupped his jaw in his hand and rubbed the coarse stubble. A satisfied smile tugged at his lips. “I’ve got it! I’ll ask him to meet me for lunch at Crescent City at eleven-thirty. Richie tends the bar, he’ll know the mating signs. When Cade arrives, goddess willing, he will sense his mate. I’ll have Richie tell him I won’t be able to make it. If I’m not there for lunch he will be free to spend time with her.” Smile broadening, he folded his arms across his chest and nodded. They had a solid plan. In less than a week he could have his first daughter-in-law. Isaac settled into his leather captain’s chair. “I’ll arrange everything with Richie." He felt two hundred years younger, like the bold robust young man who had swept his mate off her feet. By the wistful expression Emma wore, he must look it, too. As he sipped his rich, sweet cognac, he imagined a baby in Emma’s lap, sleeping peacefully while a toddler played with blocks on the floor. His sigh brought her attention to him with a raised brow. She would laugh if she knew what he was dreaming. A smile continued to pull at his lips. He couldn’t help it. He was very pleased with his little romance ambush, positive it would be successful. Cade was in for a wonderful surprise in two days’ time. “Now that we have the plan, what do you think she will be like? Did the goddess give you any hints?” She laughed. “No, you silly man, the goddess doesn’t have time for things like that.” “You know he has always favored curvy women. I sure hope she isn’t skinny, he might not even look at her if she is.” A little shiver ran through him. “Remember the gal he dated who looked a lot like you? She was a plus sized beauty. Cade never said anything, but Marcus drove him crazy with that ‘Oedipus’ nickname.” He laughed as he recalled the antics of the boys. “You’re right, he does like a woman with meat on her bones. All the boys do.”
 
 
V.A.Dold is the author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con's (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.
A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.
Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.


ONLINE LINKS:
• Website http://www.vadold.com/
• Facebook  facebook.com/pages/VA-Dold/1404660546458551?ref=hl
• Twitter twitter.com/VADOLD
• Goodreads goodreads.com/user/show/5356266-v-a-dold
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cade by V.A. Dold

Anna James is single again, finally. In her opinion, men are self-centered and will never love her for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman. All except the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams for five years.
She just never expected her fantasy to be a real live alpha shifter...
Cade Le Beau isn't what he seems. He’s a billionaire wolf. A Shifter. He laments his missed chance six months ago to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Just as his second chance presents itself, his fantasy woman, his mate, is threatened by the local mob boss and her ex-husband. Now, he has forty eight hours to deal with this threat once and for all or chance losing her again.
Is it Anna who’s in danger, or the humans who unwittingly threaten her?
The heat is on the moment they lay eyes on each other. Neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.

Buy it   Amazon   B & N

Prologue
 

Prologue- The Plan “Emma, we need to take matters into our own hands or they’ll never find their mates.” Isaac Le Beau set his snifter down before he crushed the glass in frustration. “We have seven virile, grown sons, who after two hundred years haven’t found their mates. If we don’t step in and give a hand to the wolf-goddess Luperca, our sons may spend their lives alone, without children to raise and without their other half to love. Dang it, I want some grandchildren, while I’m still young enough to enjoy them.” He slowly raised his head and gazed at the love of his life, Emma. She was a unique blend of Romanian gypsy heritage and a very powerful voodoo priestess. Even after two centuries her exotic sparkling dark eyes and compact killer soft curves left him breathless. Some would classify her as a big, beautiful woman. He called her ‘sex on a stick‘. He swore she controlled every beat of his heart. The warmth and agreement in those mesmerizing eyes silently prompted him to continue. “Would you do your high-priestess voodoo thing and ask the spirits to identify their mates? With some influence we could bring them together, so they can recognize them on their own. I don’t want to force a meeting. Simply provide the opportunity. How about it, will you give it a try?” Isaac asked. He knew Emma wouldn’t deny him. “Of course, I’ll perform the ritual, but I can’t give you any guarantees. All I can do is try. If we are truly blessed, Luperca will appear to me and give this endeavor her approval. I want our sons happy and I’d love to have a dozen grandchildren running around the house, too.” Isaac opened his arms wide, inviting Emma to slide onto his lap. He buried his face into her hair breathing in her unique scent. The familiar fragrance calmed him like nothing else. He was confident everything would change for his sons very soon. He could hardly wait for each of them to meet their one true mate. No wolf should go fourteen hundred years alone. Two weeks later, they enjoyed the cool breeze that came off the river, flowing through the open windows. A secret little smile lit up Emma’s entire face and her fingers tapped a tune on her cut crystal wine glass. He knew that expression well. “Out with it, Emma,” Isaac said with a grin of his own. “What is it you’re dying to tell me?” He waited patiently for her to tell him her grand news. Emma actually bounced in her seat. “I received answers from the goddess.” She clapped her hands excitedly. “Cade's mate is in New Orleans right now. Her name is Anna James. The goddess said she has had many unhappy years, but is now open to finding her one true love. Isn’t that fantastic? Two days from now she is destined to be in Jackson Square and then stop to eat lunch at Crescent City Brewhouse. She’ll be in the bar around eleven-thirty. As for the rest of the boys, the goddess said we must have patience. She’ll grant me visions in my dreams or come to me for each of them when the time is right.” A surge of excited energy rushed through him as a hundred butterflies took up residence in his stomach. This must be what it felt like to win the lottery he thought. “We’ll have to move fast. We need to think of a way to get Cade there at the right time.” “Maybe we can come up with a way to use Jackson square? Cade sits there so often it might be an option?” Emma offered. “Maybe.” He rubbed his chin, forehead crinkled in deep thought. “First we need to get him out of his home office and into the French Quarter. The bank called yesterday about a restaurant up for sale. I’ll have them schedule a meeting with Cade to review our investments and recommend this new opportunity.” He tapped his chin as the plan took shape, mumbling as he worked it out. He stood and paced across the room, prowled like the animal he was. He couldn’t think properly sitting down. As he strode back and forth, he noted she had settled into an easy chair to watch him. “That’ll get him to the city,” he thought aloud as he continued to tap his finger on his chin. “You’re right about his constant people watching, I’m sure he’ll take a walk and perhaps sit a while. A possibility.” Isaac cupped his jaw in his hand and rubbed the coarse stubble. A satisfied smile tugged at his lips. “I’ve got it! I’ll ask him to meet me for lunch at Crescent City at eleven-thirty. Richie tends the bar, he’ll know the mating signs. When Cade arrives, goddess willing, he will sense his mate. I’ll have Richie tell him I won’t be able to make it. If I’m not there for lunch he will be free to spend time with her.” Smile broadening, he folded his arms across his chest and nodded. They had a solid plan. In less than a week he could have his first daughter-in-law. Isaac settled into his leather captain’s chair. “I’ll arrange everything with Richie." He felt two hundred years younger, like the bold robust young man who had swept his mate off her feet. By the wistful expression Emma wore, he must look it, too. As he sipped his rich, sweet cognac, he imagined a baby in Emma’s lap, sleeping peacefully while a toddler played with blocks on the floor. His sigh brought her attention to him with a raised brow. She would laugh if she knew what he was dreaming. A smile continued to pull at his lips. He couldn’t help it. He was very pleased with his little romance ambush, positive it would be successful. Cade was in for a wonderful surprise in two days’ time. “Now that we have the plan, what do you think she will be like? Did the goddess give you any hints?” She laughed. “No, you silly man, the goddess doesn’t have time for things like that.” “You know he has always favored curvy women. I sure hope she isn’t skinny, he might not even look at her if she is.” A little shiver ran through him. “Remember the gal he dated who looked a lot like you? She was a plus sized beauty. Cade never said anything, but Marcus drove him crazy with that ‘Oedipus’ nickname.” He laughed as he recalled the antics of the boys. “You’re right, he does like a woman with meat on her bones. All the boys do.”
 
 
V.A.Dold is the author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con's (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.
A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.
Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.


ONLINE LINKS:
• Website http://www.vadold.com/
• Facebook  facebook.com/pages/VA-Dold/1404660546458551?ref=hl
• Twitter twitter.com/VADOLD
• Goodreads goodreads.com/user/show/5356266-v-a-dold
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Hush Baby by Cindy Vine

Kyle Rushton appears to have everything going for him. His own home, a successful business, a beautiful woman in his bed and an adorable son.
But when things start to go wrong in his relationship it spreads like a cancer into every facet of his life. With his life turned upside down, he goes to his sister and some old friends for help.
Sometimes things are not what they seem.
Caught between a need for revenge and a search for justice, Kyle and his friends turn to the past for answers and the more layers they uncover the darker the truth becomes. Until he finds himself asking – is knowing the terrible truth going to help him move on with his life?

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Chapter 1
Damn.  She was going to make her way to his table.  A tall leggy blonde with bed-hair and a mini-skirt the size of a postage stamp.  As if he needed more complications in his life.  Women, who needed them anyway?  All he wanted was to watch the rugby game on the large-screen television in the bar seeing he wasn’t welcome in his own home.  That wasn’t too much to ask for was it?  The blonde had been checking him out since he’d arrived, trying to catch his eye, giving him toothy grins which showed the gap between her front teeth.  She wasn’t unattractive.  He wasn’t immune to the females of the species.  He just wasn’t in a good space, wasn’t in the zone.  Of course, the gap-toothed leggy blonde didn’t know that.  She thought she’d found a man desperate for female company, not realising that was the last thing he needed.  She was carrying two beers obviously thinking she could win him over with booze.  He took a sip from the beer he’d been nursing through the whole of the first half.  It was still half-full.  Just as the blonde was about to shoulder her way past the couple toasting each other in front of his table in the crowded bar, he felt a large hand on his shoulder. “Kyle man!  What you doing here?  Thought you were going to be watching the game at home?”  The blonde made eye-contact as she passed his table, the two beer glasses held high to avoid spillage as she jostled her way through the crowd.  Maybe it had all been in his head.  Maybe she wasn’t bringing him a beer and trying to pick him up.  He turned to face the tall muscular man with a full beard and clean-shaven head who had tapped his shoulder.
“Hey JT, I can ask you the same question.  What are you doing here?”  The crowd in the bar groaned in unison as the local team dropped the ball just as they were about to score.
“Miss-communication, if you know what I mean.  Posting the fixture list on the fridge didn’t stop the missus from organising a baby shower for one of her workmates in my home during the game.  No way I could try and watch the game with hordes of noisy women oohing and ahing over tiny items of clothing, and shaking rattles and stuff.  I called your house to see if I could come over…”
“What did the bitch say?”  Kyle took another sip of his beer.  An intercept had resulted in the local team crossing the line to score a try.  A huge cheer went up from the crowd in the bar.  The gap-toothed blonde was standing to his right still clutching the two beers.
“Just that you’d stormed out in a huff.  I figured you might have come here.  Kid was throwing a tantrum in the background so luckily that cut the conversation short.  Problems in paradise?”  JT stroked his beard and winked at the gap-toothed blonde.
“Don’t even go there.  If it wasn’t for my boy ...  ”  Kyle didn’t finish his sentence.  Another cheer went up from the crowd.  “Did you see that pass?  Magic, pure magic.  I swear he has hands like glue.  How he held onto that ball…”
“So do you come here often?”  The blonde’s voice came from his right, soft and husky.  As if she practised trying to get the right modulated sexy tone.  Nobody could naturally have a voice like that.
“Nope,” Kyle sighed, “I’m usually watching the game in the comfort of my own home.
“We’ve both been kicked out by our women,” JT clinked his glass with that of Kyle’s, “Cheers mate!  Here’s to us homeless men.”
“Oh, you’re married?”  The blonde couldn’t hide the disappointment in her voice.  Obviously, thought Kyle, she had morals and didn’t mess with married men.
“Sort of,” muttered Kyle as he gulped down the last of his beer.
“Well, here are two beers for you guys.  Enjoy.”  The blonde handed over the beers with her gap-toothed grin.  “I won’t interrupt your man-time together.  See, not all women are evil.”  The two men watched as she elbowed her way through the crowd back to the bar counter.
“Tempting,” said JT as he grabbed one of the beers the blonde had left on the table.
“Dangerous,” added Kyle, “Way too dangerous.  My life is already complicated enough.”
“So why did you storm out this time?  Note how I stressed this time,” JT chuckled.  “It’s your frigging house man; I can’t understand why you are always the one to leave.”
“You’re a fine one to talk!  Look who’s not watching the game in the comfort of his home either!”  Kyle disliked beer.  He hated the bitter taste on his tongue and the way it made his stomach feel bloated.  Why he’d ordered a beer he had no idea.  It was just something you drank if you watched rugby in a bar.  He picked up the beer the blonde had left and downed half the glass in one gulp.  Maybe beer would smooth the tension building up inside him.  Hard liquor would just make things worse.  He’d drink and drink until he passed out.  Once he started he wouldn’t be able to stop.  “As the game was about to start, she put on a DVD for Max to watch.  Bananas in Pyjamas.  Seriously.  A good rugby game is showing and she frigging puts on Bananas in Pyjamas.  It’s like she goes out of her way to piss me off.”
“I feel your pain, man, I feel your pain.  That’s just being a bitch.”  JT patted Kyle on the back.  “You eaten yet?  How’s about we make a move from here and go to the steakhouse across the road and grab something to eat.  There’s no way we’re going to lose this game.  Come on, let’s get out of here.  Too much noise, too many people, it’s freaking me out.”
“And the leggy blonde is too tempting,” Kyle said with a laugh as he finished the beer in another gulp.
“Too right my man.  You know me too well.”
 
I was born in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve been married and divorced and had three lovely children.
Some might say I have gypsy blood as I’ve moved around a lot, but really I’ve used my teaching qualifications to teach in different countries and travel the world. I have one of those bucket list type of thingies – a list of things to do and places to go before I die. Before moving to Kyiv in Ukraine where I live currently, I lived and worked in Tanzania with armies of ants and frequent power cuts at the foot of Kilimanjaro
For some strange reason, things just seem to happen to me, and this gives me an endless supply of material to write more books. Writing is something I always loved to do from a very young age, and I’ve always been an avid reader. I put my weak eyesight down to all those nights of reading under the covers by torchlight. The teacher part of me will tell you that to be a good writer, you probably need to be a good reader as well. But, enough talk about work-related stuff.
Because of my travels, I enjoy writing articles about the places I’ve seen, sharing my trip with armchair travelers at home. My fist travel book is The Great Mountain to Mountain Safari, and is about my road trip from Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to Table Mountain in South Africa and back again, with only my teenage daughter for company.
I believe that life is a series of adventures. Hope yours are all good!
Cindy Vine

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