The Sunday Post 21-2

What’s Up Ahead for the Blog

I’ll be starting the next Delta James series, “Alpha Lords.” This series is actually set years in the future from Wayward Mates. The world has suffered a cataclysmic event that decimated the population and drove them back to medieval times. Reading carefully, you can find numerous references to the ladies and people of the Wayward mates series.

Celia Kyle has a wonderful series called “Dragons of Preor.” She’s recently released a new book in the series which intrigued me enough to decide to include this series in my reviews.

Weekly Cup of Coco

Spa Day!

So Coco had an appointment with the groomer last night. She looks so adorable now. Unfortunately I don’t think she appreciated the whole experience. She’s currently sleeping facing away from us.

The Sunday Post #5

Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat history.

Granted that’s a loose interpretation of the quote, but it remains true. All over the world, peoples who have loosen their pandemic quarantines and other restrictions are now facing a resurgence of the virus. Earlier this week I got a What’s App Chat notice from my youngest daughter. They began offering in person class lessons at her son’s school 2 weeks ago. (She lives in Dayton, OH.) The day she made the post, the school district had it’s first COVID-19 positive student confirmed. That day, the decision was made to extend the upcoming Thanksgiving break. It now starts this coming Monday and will extend through the beginning of January with no virtual lessons being offered.

Thankfully, my grandson had been doing all of his classes virtually. When the school year began, my Husband and I asked if he needed anything for his school. We were going to offer to ship him our laptop that we weren’t using if it would help him. Dayton Public Schools had furnished the students with Chromebooks so he was using that. When we heard that all he needed to be able to use the larger computer monitor was a web camera, it was on it’s way from Amazon that very day.

So how does this tie into history?

If you research the 1918 pandemic, you will find that two of the larger cities, New York and Chicago, decided to bring the children in to school during the days. The belief was that since they had the highest doctor/nurse to student ratio, that the children would be safer under their care.

What people aren’t realizing is that during that time frame, the children were much more obedient than they are today. There were sufficient teachers to ensure that the children followed all the rules that were put in place. Children were raised to listen to and follow instructions given by adults. Today, we’ve raised generations of people that are more interested in doing their “own thing” than in following the rules.

We’ve failed to learn from history, and now we are paying the price.

Weekly Cup of Coco!

It has been a hilarious week here at home. It was a bit chilly one morning so my husband covered his legs with an afghan while sitting in his recliner. The next thing he knew, Coco had jumped up on my recliner then walked across the middle and settled down on the afghan between his legs!

At this point in time, we’ve given up on getting the Afghan back. She has laid claim to it and she’s not backing down!

Cupcake Kisses & Dragon Dreams (Dragon Guard Book 29)

Fate will not be denied…but it may have to do the dishes!

A cup of Love, a teaspoon of Hope, and a pinch of Destiny makes every recipe perfect, however, broadcasting her True Love Spell all over the world has made Kalliope the sweetest treat in the bake shop. With more dates than she knows what to do with, and a Priestess who’s ready to confiscate her wand, this Happy Homemakin’ Witch is scrambling to curb her suitors’ appetites just as her One and Only, in the form of a grumblin’, growlin’ dragon, shows up ready to beat the poof right out of her egg whites. 

It’s gonna take more than icing and sprinkles to fix this mix of a disaster, but Kallie’s never given up, and she doesn’t plan to now. With her trusty whisk and her Granny’s recipe, this sassy little Witch is about to whip up a special batch of cupcake kisses sure to sweeten her Dragon’s disposition. Fate will not be denied…but it may have to do the dishes.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Wonderful. This is one of those stories that I could have sworn I read earlier. Now that I’m finished, no I hadn’t! I love the characters and all their flaws. I absolutely adore how the writer grabs from any and every mythology out there for her characters. This pairing is slightly older than the normal but that just makes it better.

Click to see the series page!

Lure of the Bear (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #3)

Secrets. Fears. Burning desires. A bear shifter willing to risk everything for love.

They stood facing each other for a full minute, speechless. Any second, Hunter figured, his brief stint in heaven would be over — just being close to Dawn was heaven — so he imprinted the moment onto his mind. A wisp of hair had strayed out of her single braid, and the sea breeze twirled it exactly the way he fantasized about doing himself. The sun shone from high overhead, casting her face into smooth fields of shadow and light. When her gaze wandered to his chest then snapped back to his eyes, her throat bobbed with a tiny swallow.

Hunter gulped, too, because it was happening again. That magical aura that overwhelmed him every time he came close to his mate. The sensation that rose out of nowhere and wound around the two of them, locking the outside world away. The hum of passing cars, the scratch of insects in the surrounding scrub — all sound faded until the only thing Hunter heard was the beat of his heart. All he saw was the faint rise and fall of Dawn’s shoulders with each deep breath. Her face was bright and clear, but everything else grew blurry, as if the sun was slowly turning a lens and focusing all its light on her.

This is your mate. A whisper came from somewhere deep in the earth. This is your destiny.

Dawn’s eyes shone brighter, and she leaned forward slightly.

She needs you as much as you need her, the voice said, coaxing him along.

Anna Lowe. Lure of the Bear (Kindle Locations 280-291). Twin Moon Press.

There’s not much that can get this grizzly shifter worked up — except a threat to the woman he has secretly loved for years. Then, all bets are off, and he’s willing to risk anything — including the most closely guarded secret of his lonely shifter soul.

Trust issues? Officer Dawn Meli has a few. She’s not ready to rely on any man — especially one who can turn into a raging beast. But strong, silent Hunter, with his steady voice and soulful eyes, calls to something deep in her scarred soul. So much so, that she’s dangerously tempted to let her wild side free. At the same time, she has other problems to concentrate on, what with a valuable gem, a celebrity wedding, and a tropical storm all converging on Maui at the same time. Hardly the time to give in to simmering desire — even if destiny has different ideas.

Be Still My Beating Heart! Another great story from one terrific writer! There were times I wanted to stand up and cheer for this couple. There were also times when I wanted to shake them. Wonderful!

Lure of the Bear on Goodreads

Redemption (Blue Moon Saloon #3)

True love is about forgiveness, not pride.

He kneeled in front of the woman and held out the glass. The hand that reached for the glass was covered in wicked burn marks, and he winced a little, just seeing them.

“I’m fine,” the woman said, straightening. The curtain of her hair parted, and Soren froze.

Everything froze. His heart ceased beating. Blood stopped pulsing through his veins. His lungs halted in midbreath, and even his bear went from rattling the bars of the mental cage he kept it locked behind to absolutely, positively still.

Her hair was darker. Her scent had changed a tiny bit, too. And she was thin — far, far too thin. But the second his eyes locked on those impossibly green eyes, he knew.

“Soren?” It was barely a whisper, but her voice shot straight to his heart.

“Sarah,” he managed.

Mate! his inner bear roared. Alive!

It was Sarah. His Sarah. Alive!

Lowe, Anna. Redemption (Blue Moon Saloon Book 3) (Kindle Locations 135-142). Twin Moon Press. Kindle Edition.

Bear shifter Soren Voss lives and breathes for the new clan he leads as alpha. It’s all he has left after the rogue ambush that murdered the woman he loved — the woman he swears he’ll always love, even if it’s only in his dreams. But the day his dream comes true is also the start of a nightmare, because his destined mate may no longer be his and his alone. Is it fate’s way of torturing him or his last chance at redemption?

Sarah Boone narrowly escaped the inferno that claimed her family and her home. For months, she’s been on the run with a secret that is becoming impossible to hide. But the clock is ticking, and she needs a place to settle down soon. She never expected to find the love of her life running a funky little place called the Blue Moon Saloon. He’s darker and more dangerous than ever, but somehow more vulnerable, too. Does she have it in her to be the woman this world-weary warrior needs most of all?

There is nothing so wonderful as seeing a couple get a second chance at love. It wasn’t anything either one of them had done that separated them. It was the actions of outside forces that caused the separation. But just remember, what goes around, comes around!

Redemption on Goodreads

Wolf Next Door (Wolves of Willow Bend #3.5)

Eight years later, she sends a request to the new Alpha—she wants to come home, and when he grants it, she’s both relieved and terrified. The first person she runs into is the last one who ever wants to see her again.

Leaping the fence, he stalked around the house to disabuse the youths of their indiscretion. At the corner, a familiar scent ambushed him and every muscle in his body went rigid. His wolf’s head came up and they both studied the car waiting with the door open. An old Pinto, rusted and dilapidated the damn thing leaked fuel and coolant—he could smell both—but it wasn’t those acrid and sickly sweet scents aggravating him. No, it was…the screen door slammed and she walked out of the house. Her head whipped to the side as she spun to face him. Her eyes held the faint glow of her wolf. Always long-legged and tall, she’d blossomed into a beautiful, curvaceous woman. Her feet were bare and her shorts revealed deeply tanned legs. A man’s shirt fit her awkwardly, and she’d tied the ends together into a makeshift tank and rolled the sleeves to reveal her equally tan arms. Long hair—she’d always had the most beautiful long hair, satiny and shimmery under the sun. How he craved the sight of that hair, and he’d ordered her never to cut it, but it was gone. Her hair barely fell below her ears, chopped to what his sister would call a bob, and revealed the slender column of her vulnerable throat. Claire Webster was home.

Long, Heather. Wolf Next Door (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 5) (p. 9). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

Second chances are something that everyone deserves. The really nice thing is that second chances are not just for the old. Sometime, even the young need a second chance.

Tyler Buckley was born the youngest of the Buckley triplets. At the ripe old age of 5, he looked across a playground and saw his mate. As he understood it, that meant it was up to him to keep her safe. Unfortunately, in his mind, keeping her safe meant only letting her be friends with others that he approved of.

Claire Webster grew up in the house next door to the Buckley’s. Which could have been nice except for Tyler. When they were both children, Tyler declared that he was her mate and started to try to run her life. When a Hunter from Sutter Butte came to visit on business from his Alpha, he offered Claire something Tyler never had, a choice.

Years later, Tyler is startled to hear noises coming from the empty Webster house. He can’t believe what he finds there. Mason has granted Claire the opportunity to rejoin the pack. Will these two take advantage of their second chance?

Wolf Next Door on Goodreads