Review and Giveaway: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

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Title: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Author: Christopher Moore Format: Leather Bound, Special Gift Edition, 417 pages Published: October 23, 2007 by William Morrow (first published February 19, 2002)   ISBN: 0061438596 (ISBN13: 9780061438592) Literary awards: ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2003)

Title: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Author: Christopher Moore
Format: Leather Bound, Special Gift Edition, 417 pages
Published: October 23, 2007 by William Morrow (first published February 19, 2002)
ISBN: 0061438596 (ISBN13: 9780061438592)
Literary awards: ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2003)

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Synopsis:

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have read—and reread—Christopher Moore’s irreverent, iconoclastic, and divinely funny tale of the early life of Jesus Christ as witnessed by his boyhood pal Levi bar Alphaeus (a.k.a. Biff). Now, in this special (check out the cool red ribbon marker, gilt-edged pages, and gold lettering) gift edition of Christopher Moore’s bestselling Lamb, you, too, can find out what really happened between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount. And, in a new afterword written expressly for this edition, Christopher Moore addresses some of the most frequently asked questions he’s received from readers since Lamb’s initial publication, about the book and himself.

Fresh, funny, poignant, and wise, this special gift edition of Lamb is cause for rejoicing among readers everywhere.

Source: Purchase (multiple times in a variety of formats) and gifted from friends but never from the author

My Rating: there are never going to be enough stars to adequately illustrate how much I love this book

My Review:

Dear reader,

I feel I must warn you, this is my favorite book and has been since the first time I read it many, many years ago.  Though this book is so very dear to me I have never reviewed it and am, quite frankly, a bit nervous about doing so now.  Please know, I will do my best to review this novel as objectively as possible and handle its subject matter as professionally as possible.  I will gush and there will absolutely be rambling and so, without further ado  . . . .

One day, Christopher Moore got the bright idea to answer the question “What did Jesus Christ do in all the years the Bible neglects to deal with/leaves out?”  The resulting answer is presented in Lamb, The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood PalLamb opens with the angel Raziel resurrecting Levi who is known as Biff.  This initial scene hooked me completely and tells you nearly everything you need to know about Biff.  Here’s how the post-resurrection conversation goes:

“I’m alive,” he said in a language he had never heard before.

“Yes,” the angel said.

“What are these sounds, these words?”

“You have been given the gift of tongues.”

“I’ve always had the gift of tongues, ask any girl I’ve known.  What are these words?”

“Languages.  You’ve been given the gift of languages, as were all the apostles.”

“Then the kingdom has come.”

“Yes.”

“How long?”

“Two thousand years ago.”

“You worthless bag of dog shit,” said Levi who was called Biff, as he punched the angel in the mouth.  “You’re late.” (pages 4-5)

 It has been more than two thousand years since Jesus Christ, known as Josh in Moore’s story, walked the earth and preached the coming of the Kingdom to all who would listen.  Biff, once and always Josh’s best friend has been called to write what he knows of Josh’s life and to fill in all the blanks the other Gospel writers left out or knew nothing about.  You see, since the time they were children, Biff was by Josh’s side and knows more about the Messiah than any other person alive or dead.  According to Biff, Josh always understood he was the Son of God and was placed on Earth to do something amazing.  The problem?  When Josh was a child, he had no idea what the something amazing would be and so, as he sought to understand his mission and his ultimate role in the world, Josh walked with his more worldly (and later on, more experienced) friend Biff by his side.  While Biff is better equipped to navigate the real world, Joshua is better equipped to navigate the spiritual world and so the two find not only friendship with one another but balance as well.

Even when they were children, Biff watched as Josh performed miracles (resurrecting small reptiles, causing his face to appear on bread throughout the village) and does his best to protect his friend from the religious leaders of their time.  Mosaic Law is deep, intricate, and very complicated and nearly every time Josh acts, he is in violation of one law or another.  As Josh’s best friend, Biff spends the bulk of his time shielding Josh from religious authorities.  For example, one afternoon during a funeral, Josh determines he can raise the dead woman and return her to her family.  Here’s how that went down:

“But I wanted the woman to live again. To walk among us.  To tell of the miracle.”

“Well, it is written , two out of three ain’t bad.”

“Where is that written?”

“Dalmatians 9:7, I think – doesn’t matter, no one else could have done what you did.”

Joshua nodded. “What are people saying?”

“They think that it was something the women used to prepare the corpse. . . .”

“So they don’t know that it was me?”

“I hope not.  Joshua, don’t you understand that you can’t do that sort of thing in front of people?  They aren’t ready for it.” (pages 36-37)

And so, after several such incidents, Josh determines he will only understand his true mission and how to prepare everyone for what is to come if he tracks down and learns from the three men who travelled from afar to attend his birth.  And this, dear reader, is how Christopher Moore explains the years of Christ’s life that are unaccounted for in the four Gospels.  Cool, right?

The largest portion of Lamb deals with these missing years and how Josh and a very reluctant Biff leave their homes and their families to travel to the east in order to find the three Magi, Balthasar, Gaspar and, Melchior.  During their travels, Josh discovers coffee – one of the greatest scenes in the entire book – how to read a wide variety of languages, the deep teachings of Buddhism, the tactics of Sun-tzu’s Art of War, the equally deep teachings of Hinduism, and finally, how to teach others of and prepare them for the coming of the Kingdom.  While Josh is learning to be the Messiah, Biff learns the entirety of the Kama Sutra (thanks to a prostitute with an illustrated copy of the text), how to poison people, make explosives, kick the crap out of nearly everyone, and that he must, under any and all circumstances protect Josh.  There are some remarkably touching moments in this portion of the book as well as some ridiculously funny moments.  I know these moments are coming and yet I still laugh out loud every time I read this book.  For example, when Joshua is at the Great Monastery learning the ways of Buddhism, a part of his training is to learn kung fu.  Since Josh is the Messiah and won’t inflict harm on anyone, the monks modify the form to include a weaponless discipline which they call Jew-dô, or the way of the Jew.  Or, when Josh and Biff are in India and Josh explains to Biff that he just can’t pass up an opportunity for palpable irony and so he pokes someone every time someone yells “Untouchable!”  For seventeen years, Josh and Biff travel and learn all in preparation for their return to Jerusalem and the beginning (and end) of Josh’s something amazing.

The return to Jerusalem is the beginning of the end and a time filled with great tension as well as a wonderful sense of hope.  Josh has always known he is the Messiah and now he must literally begin to practice what he preaches.  Though this is a very serious part of Lamb, the seriousness is cut through with Moore’s humor.  Two of the lighter moments include the raising of Lazarus from the dead and the preparation of Josh’s Sermon on the Mount.  Bet you didn’t know the Sermon on the Mount wasn’t crafted in a single stroke of genius.  Biff certainly had a hand in preparing that bit of awesome and here is how part of the preparation went down:

Josh: “How we doing on the Beatitudes?”

Biff: “Pardon me?”

“The blessed.”

“We’ve got: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; blessed are the poor in spirit, the pure in heart, the whiners, the meek, the -“

“Wait, what are we giving the meek?”

“Let’s see, uh, here: Blessed are the meek, for to them we shall say, ‘attaboy.’”

“A little weak.”

“Yeah.”

“Let’s let the meek inherit the earth.”

“Can’t you give the earth to the whiners?”

“Well then, cut the whiners and give the earth to the meek.”

“Okay.  Earth to the meek.  Here we go. Blessed are the peacemakers, the mourners, and that’s it.”

“How many is that?”

“Seven.”

“Not enough.  We need one more.  How about the dumbfucks?”

“No, Josh, not the dumbfucks.  You’ve done enough for the dumbfucks.” (pages 372-373)

Of course, all the humor in the world can’t prevent the inevitable and before you know it, the week of the Passion and the final part of Lamb is upon you.  This section could have been an EPIC FAIL for Moore but instead, it is the single best section in the entire book.  Again, I know this story, both Biblical and Moore’s version and I know how it ends but it still, every time and without fail, brings me to sobbing tears!!  Biff cannot understand Josh’s decision, his mission and his (Biff’s) inability to protect Josh but he has been with Josh through nearly every moment of his life and does not abandon Josh even at the end.  Typical of Biff, he tries, even at the end, to help his friend and make his brutal passing easier.

The Bottom Line: I sincerely hope my words, my review, and most importantly Moore’s novel have not offended you.  Lamb is certainly a tongue-in-cheek novel but it also adheres to the Bible in the places it can and is intended to be fiction, not fact.  For myself, I have gone back to this read time and time again (I have no idea how many times I have read this book) because it speaks to my faith and I have often found that it reinforces my own beliefs and even strengthens my faith.  I know this sounds crazy but I choose to hope that the man who changed the world forever had a Biff by his side, a companion so loyal, so faithful, that he endured unimaginable personal pain in order to help his best friend accomplish a great, great mission.

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Though I love the entire novel, Lamb has some parts that have always stood out for me.  Below are a few of my favorite passages:

As Raziel is packing to go to Earth and resurrect Biff he is asked by the angel Stephen to “Bing me back some chocolate.”

Raziel: “Chocolate?”

Stephan: “It’s a dirt-dweller snack.  You’ll like it.  Satan invented it.” (page 2)

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There is the lesson on geography:

Josh: “We used to live in Egypt.”

Biff: “No you didn’t, that’s too far.  Farther than the temple even.”  The Temple in Jerusalem was the farthest place I had been as a child . . . .

Josh: “We lived here, then we lived in Egypt, now we live here again.” Joshua said . . . .

Biff: “You lie, it takes forty years to get to Egypt.”

Josh: “Not anymore, it’s closer now.” (pages 10-11)

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 Biff learns the true meaning of the word “abomination”

“Being a shepherd seems easy.  I went with Kaliel last week to tend his flock.  The Law says that two must go with the flock to keep an abomination from happening.  I can spot an abomination from fifty paces.”

Maggie (aka Mary Magdalene) smiled.  “And did you prevent any abominations?”

Biff: “Oh yes, I kept all of the abominations at bay while Kaliel played with his favorite sheep behind the bushes.”

Josh: “Biff,” Joshua said gravely, “that was the abomination you were supposed to prevent.”

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Excerpt and Giveaway: A Love Like This (Book #3: The Remembrance Trilogy) by Kahlen Aymes

Title: A Love Like This  Series: Book #3: The Remembrance Trilogy Author: Kahlen Aymes Publisher: Telemachus Press Release date:  June 24, 2013 Genre:  Adult  Contemporary/Erotic Romance Age Group:  Adult Event organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

Title: A Love Like This
Series: Book #3: The Remembrance Trilogy
Author: Kahlen Aymes
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Release date: June 24, 2013
Genre: Adult
Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Age Group: Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

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Settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together.  Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want.  Their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.

When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process.  In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her life, but her injuries irrevocably change her future forever.

What happens next will push Ryan beyond human endurance, when he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to sacrifice in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.

Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love, worth every single sacrifice…

For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…

Excerpt from A Love Like This (Book #3: The Remembrance Trilogy):

The doorman buzzed into the apartment and broke into our bubble. We were both startled, and Julia jumped in my arms. I let out a low groan in protest. “It’s probably something from my folks. But the timing blows.”

“I’ll be right back.” She dropped a brief kiss on my mouth. My head fell back as Julia

jumped off my lap and ran to the door, pressing down the button and speaking into it.

“Yes?”

“Mrs. Matthews, you have a visitor, ma’am.”

“Who is it, please?”

“Miss Cooper, ma’am.”

Are you fucking kidding me! What was Jane doing here? I watched Julia’s happy mood fall off her with the suddenness of an avalanche, and she turned a stony face toward me. Seconds later, her expression was an angry mask as she waited for me to say something.

“Ma’am?” the attendant asked again. Her finger let go of the intercom.

I took a breath and shook my head, getting up to walk over to stand beside Julia.

Her eyes shot daggers at me, but she didn’t say a damn word and stomped away when I reached her. “Babe, I didn’t invite her.”

“It doesn’t seem to matter, Ryan!” She turned back to me and hissed. “She takes too much for granted!” I opened my mouth to respond, but Julia cut me off. “Don’t you dare say we owe her!”

“I was going to say… it’s Christmas. And she has no one, now.”

Julia laughed bitterly. “Wrong. Obviously, she has you!” she huffed and stormed off down the hall.

I stood there struggling with what to do next. It would be rude to ignore Jane now that she knew we were home. The door to the bedroom slammed with a resounding bang that shook the walls. I couldn’t help the flinch it elicited.

I pushed the buzzer. “Okay. Please send her up.”

About the author and where to find her:

authorKahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater… But the love of her life is writing!

Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Come and experience Ryan and Julia’s mad, mad love.

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The author is offering the following event giveaway. One (1)  $25 Amazon gift card, one (1) signed complete set of The Remembrance Trilogy,  one (1) Ryan is Mine T-shirt, one (1) A Ryan’s Favorite Chef’s Apron, and (1) Coffee Sunday Mug.  To enter for your chance to win, just click on the cute little ‘copter below 🙂

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Excerpt, Playlist, and Giveaway: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

Title: Fixed on You Author: Laurelin Paige Publisher: Mandevilla Press Release date: June 24, 2013 Genre: Contemporary romance Age Group: Adult Event organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

Title: Fixed on You
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher: Mandevilla Press
Release date: June 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age Group: Adult
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Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.

Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

Excerpt from Fixed on You:

I moved to the door and placed my hand on the knob. But Hudson’s palm pressed on the top of the door, holding it closed and trapping me between him and the wall.

He lowered his head to my ear. “Wait, Alayna.” His breath tickled and burned simultaneously. I closed my eyes, taking it in, bearing it. “I apologize for overwhelming you. That wasn’t my intent. But I want you to know that whether or not you decide to help with my situation, I will continue to seduce you. I’m a man who gets what he wants. And I want you.”

Um, holy wow.

Turned on did not begin to describe how his statement made me feel.

Then his mouth was on me, nibbling at my earlobe. I drew in a sharp breath. Involuntarily, I let my head roll to the side, granting him better access.

 And, man, did he take what I gave, nipping a trail down my neck, sending ripples of desire through my belly. I moved my hand off the doorknob and grabbed his arm to steady myself. He curled his other arm around me, his hand settling on my breast. I gasped at the contact, leaning in to his touch.

He kneaded my breast as he nuzzled his face in my hair. “I should have told you earlier,” he said softly. “You look absolutely beautiful tonight. I can’t keep my eyes off you. Serious and sexy wrapped into one package.” He pressed against me and I could feel his erection at my lower back. “Kiss me, Alayna.”

It was so hot how he used my name freely. As if it was his to use. And in many ways it was. Almost no one called me anything but Laynie. He’d claimed my name when he claimed me.

All that was left was for me to accept it.

Fixed on You Playlist:

This Love Will Be Your Downfall – Ellie Goulding

China – Tori Amos

You Give Me Something – James Morrison

The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice

Volcano – Damien Rice

Every Breath You Take – Police

Fuck Was I – Jenny Owens Young

White Flag – Dido

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Blood Bank – Bon Iver

Heart of Stone – Iko

Scream – Usher

Poison and Wine – The Civil Wars

So Easy – Phillip Phillips

Fix You – Coldplay

Gravity – Sara Bareilles

Die Alone – Ingrid Michaelson

Try – Nelly Furtado

Toxic – Britney Spears

Possession – Sarah McLachlan

About the author and where to find her:

authorLaurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and
the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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Cover Reveal: Scorched Treachery (Book #3, Imdalind Sereies) by Rebecca Ethington

Title: Scorched Treachery  Series: Book #3, Imdalind  Author: Rebecca Ethington Expected release date: July 12th 2013 Genre: Paranormal (with action and romance) Age Group: Young Adult Cover designed by: Okay Creations; http://www.okaycreations.com/ Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

Title: Scorched Treachery
Series: Book #3, Imdalind
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Expected release date: July 12th 2013
Genre: Paranormal (with action and romance)
Age Group: Young Adult
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Synopsis:

While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.

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Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.

With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.

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Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so.

But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.

Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible. They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep the water pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.

Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.

Reading order: Kiss of Fire (1), Eyes of Ember (2), Scorched Treachery (3)

About the author and where to find her:

authorRebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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Release Event: Excerpt and Giveaway: High Risk Love by Shannon Mayer

Title:  High Risk Love Author:  Shannon Mayer Publisher:  HiJinks Ink Publishing Release date:  July 1, 2013 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Age Group:   New Adult Event organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

Title: High Risk Love
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Release date: July 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
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Photographs.

Images. Snapshots in time.

This is how I experience my life. I’ve hidden behind my camera and viewed the world through the lens. I watch other people live their lives. I’ve given up on my dreams, and sheltered my heart from love; because both have given me nothing but pain. Even thinking about opening myself up, sends my fears into overdrive. It’s better to be safe, than to take a risk and have your life shattered into pieces alongside your heart. This is what I believed.

Dangerous.

Risks. Fear Nothing.

I live for the rush of adrenaline I get when I work my stunts. Nothing else matters but the feel of my heart pounding when I challenge the line between life and death. Women are nothing more than a distraction; they use me for my connections, as I use them to escape the pain of my past before moving on to my next adrenaline fix. My life is consumed with excitement, danger and risks—it’s all I needed.

 Denials.

Fear. The complete wrong time.

Jasmin and Jet will face off over photos, stunts and the truth hidden in their hearts.  The last person Jasmin wants to be with is a man who takes life for granted.  Jet wants to give his heart to no one; especially one who might not understand the secrets that haunt him. Despite their protests, Jasmin’s and Jet’s lives tangle; the threads of love and fear bind them. Between their passions and their pasts, they fight to hang onto each other . . . but will the stakes be too high when faced with the ultimate sacrifice?

** 18+ for adult situations, sexual situations and language.**

Excerpt from High Risk Love:

Her eyes narrowed. “You aren’t getting into my panties, no matter how much you flirt, no matter how long I’m here. Again, I’m sorry, I’ll go and you can go back to your life as it was.”

“I know I’m not getting into your panties, all right? I know that.” And I did. She wasn’t the kind of girl to buckle to some pressure. I could see that strength in her.

We stood like that, staring at each other, weighing the words between us. Finally, she gave me a nod, dark hair spilling around her slim shoulders. “All right, if you’re sure. Then okay. I’ll call my boss back and tell him that I was mistaken.”

She picked up her phone, dialed and was speaking to her boss within a minute. I moved deeper into the room, closer to the glass door that led onto a balcony, not unlike my own hotel room. On the edge of the dresser was a book that read “Portfolio.” I flipped it open, stunned by the page I’d opened to. A young man, probably about my age, with dark hair and green eyes just like Jasmin’s, stared up at me, past me, through me as if he were in the room. Shit, the girl had talent. This must be her brother. Ryan . . . Was that his name?

The phone gave a beep as she hung up and I closed the book, turning to face her.

“I don’t even like her, you know,” I said.

“Your stepmother?”

“Tina. I only kissed her to make you jealous, Spitfire.” This was much safer territory.

Jasmin’s lips quivered and she put a hand on her hip. “And do you think it worked, your jealousy tactics?”

A shot of pure pleasure zinged through my entire body, tingling through every sense I had, as her voice curled around me. There was a subtle difference now. When we’d been with Hugh, she’d been open and honest, laughing with us over things most women would have slapped us for. Now, there was a hesitancy, an uncertainty that only made me want her more. She was the good girl, the sweet one I knew I shouldn’t even take a shot at. But I was going to anyway—because doing so was safer than the past, safer than thinking.

“I’m hoping they worked, at least a little.” I started toward her, each step heightening the anticipation.

Jasmin didn’t move away as I approached her, didn’t pull from my touch as I ran my hands up and down her arms, feeling her soft skin quiver under my hands. “She isn’t my type, anyway.” I smiled down at her. “Did I tell you I have a thing for green-eyed girls?” My lips were just above hers, breathing in as she breathed out, tasting her even before I kissed her.

“Really? I bet you say that to all the girls,” she said, but didn’t pull away. Our lips were brushing against each other now, but still, I didn’t kiss her.

“I’m not a good guy.” Where the fuck had that come from? Wasn’t I trying to convince her to sleep with me even though I knew she wouldn’t?

She licked her lips, which meant her tongue danced along my mouth in a tantalizing movement that made me groan.

“I could lose my job,” she said, but again she stayed where she was. I circled my hands around her waist, slid my hands down until I was cupping her sweet cheeks through the thin sundress. I worked the material upwards until my hands were under her dress, feeling along the edge of her satin thong, dipping my fingers along the crevice of her tight ass. She sucked in a sharp gasp, and I leaned her against the bedside table, pressing myself into her.

“I don’t want you to lose your job. You’re good at it,” I said, and meaning it.

Her hands slipped over my shoulders and down my chest, stopping at my pecs. She fingered the nipple ring, sending a dangerous spike of pleasure though me. “You’re going to get yourself killed one day.”

I licked my lips, emulating her, tasting her skin ever so briefly. “You deserve someone better than me.”

She bit my upper lip, sucked it into her mouth, and then let go before I could respond. “I can’t. I can’t lose my job. No matter how bad I want . . .” Her hands were no longer pulling me close, but pushing me backward.

I let her. My Spitfire was right. We were so wrong for each other. She was smoothing her hair back and gave me a smile, soft and sad. Like she was regretting being an adult, doing the right thing. Hard, so hard, to be a grown up.

Well, I had never been known for being adult-like. Fuck it.

Tangling my hands in her hair, I tugged her to me. She stumbled and I caught her lips with my own, murmuring between breaths.

“Just a kiss. Nothing more. I promise.”

Sweet and hot, she opened up to me, her hands sliding up under my t-shirt tracing my muscles and scars. I buried myself in her, putting every emotion I had into the kiss, giving her everything I had. I held her, breathing her in as if my life depended on it, feeling her give back to me the sweet urgency of one grasping for a life line. Sweet Mary, I was going to lose it without even getting her naked.

Still holding her face, I turned to whisper a lie in her ear. “See, just a kiss.”

About the author and where to find her:

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Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.  She is the author of the The Nevermore Trilogy, The Rylee Adamson Novels and the Celtic Legacy series. Her first New Adult Romance, High Risk Love, is scheduled for release July 1, 2013.

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Author Interview and Giveaway: Paris Love Match by Nigel Blackwell

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Paris Love Match tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  Today author Nigel Blackwell is stopping by to answer a few questions and I have a giveaway for you so be sure you troll all the way through this post.  If you want to see what everyone esle has for you, just click here to check out the rest of the tour.  Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

Title: Paris Love Match  Author: Nigel Blackwell Publisher: Bandit Publishing Release date: May 2, 2013 Genre: Romance humorous Age Group: New Adult  Tour organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

Title: Paris Love Match
Author: Nigel Blackwell
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Release date: May 2, 2013
Genre: Romance humorous
Age Group: New Adult
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Synopsis:

Getting a taxi in Paris can be hell.

Piers Chapman expected a boring business trip to Paris. 

What he didn’t expect was to fight over a cab with a beautiful girl.

After a bad meeting, Sidney Roux just wanted to hail a cab, go home, and have a glass of wine.

She didn’t expect to fight over a cab with some pompous British tourist.

Neither of them expected another man to jump in their cab.

Or to be involved in a gun fight.

Or a car chase through the streets of Paris.

Or for the man to die.

But they’re thrust together when the mob demands they return what the dead man stole.

Will Piers and Sidney work together?

Will they find what he had stolen?

Will they stay alive?

And will they do the last thing they expected?

Will they fall in love?

Interview with Nigel Blackwell:

Q:  What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

Making stuff up! What’s not to like in being allowed to daydream? All those years of teachers tell me not to daydream, and now it’s a good idea. The other part to making stuff up is that you get to discuss it with other writers and readers as if it’s real life. Sometimes I feel like I’m telling stories about friends – a weird feeling.  I like discussing stories with readers, too. Readers often have a different perspective than writers or writer groups. Writers tend to look for story structure, character arcs, and plot points. But readers seem to go much more on their feelings – whether a book made them feel laugh, cry, or feel good, whether the characters were annoying or loveable, whether they’d spend the time to read the book again. It’s great getting this sort of unvarnished feedback from readers because writing is all about manipulating people’s emotions, and if I’m not doing it right I’d rather find out and work on improving.

Q: What can you tell us about the characters in PARIS LOVE MATCH – their dynamics?

Piers and Sidney are an unlikely couple. Piers is a quiet guy who wouldn’t say boo to a goose, whereas Sidney would likely cook the goose. He likes to think a situation through, but she jumps in with both feet. He’s more likely to ask for permission, whereas she’ll be the one asking for forgiveness.  Piers is smitten by Sidney’s looks from the moment they meet. As the story goes on he has to overcome greater and greater physical challenges, the complete opposite of his normal cerebral self, but he’s never doing things to impress her, he’s always trying to do the best for both of them. He never thinks that he’s being courageous, even when it’s obvious to everyone around him that he is.  When Sidney meets him she immediately labels him a geek, the kind of guy she wouldn’t normally give a second glance. It’s a blinkered view that blinds her to his real qualities. In the book she describes the type of man she’s looking for in life and doesn’t realize she’s describing him. It’s only towards the end that she understands her mistake. The funny thing is that he doesn’t realize she’s describing him either.  The only thing they have in common is that neither of them backs down easily. This turns out to be the glue that bonds them together long enough to see what they’ve been blind to.

Q: What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.

All through the book, I loved writing the dialog. The characters are paired up – Piers and Sidney, Little and Large, the mobster and the dictator – and they’re frequently having fun at the other’s expense.  My favorite scene is when Piers and Sidney are in the shower. What’s not to like about putting two strangers in a shower! It’s not quite as it seems, they’d just escaped through a trash chute and stink. In the shower she’s adamant that he looks away while she gets clean. Then after she’s dressed, she thinks nothing of watching him shower, telling him not to be a wimp when he complains.

Q: Are there currently other writing projects you are working on you can tell us about?

LOL, the sequel! In Paris Love Match the dictator causes problems because he wants to sell Elbistonia’s national treasures and retire to South America. Things don’t go to plan, but he’s still looking to retire rich.  Apart from the Paris Match series, I’m going back through some of my previous unpublished books such as The Devil’s Bible, Twist The Knife, and something with a working title of Monkey Boy. They might still emerge into the daylight.

Q: If you were not an author, what else could you see yourself doing and why?

When I was five I wanted to drive a train. My dad worked for Great Western Railways, and I thought that was so cool. At age fifteen I did drive a train. Ok, it was at a Wildlife Park and it used to come of the tracks regularly, but hey, I was a train driver.  Nowadays, if I weren’t writing, I’d still be doing something else creative – photography, video, playing the guitar. I have a day job in engineering, so having a creative outlet is important to me.

About the author and where to find him:

authorNigel Blackwell was born in rural Oxfordshire in England. He has a love of books, a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and a black belt in pointing out the obvious. As a teenager he toured Europe and loved seeing the wonders of the world and the people in it. Since then he has been fortunate enough to travel across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Japan, and hasn’t been anywhere that doesn’t have the potential for a story.  He now lives in Texas with his wife and daughter, where they enjoy the sunshine and listen to the coyotes howl at night.

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Up for grabs is two (2) signed paperback copies of Paris Love MatchUS Only and three (3) eBook copies of Paris Love MatchInternational.

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Omnific Publishing Triple Threat Spotlight

Title: Embrace (Embrace, #1) Author: Cherie Colyer Publisher: Omnific Publishing Genre:  Paranormal Romance Age Group: Young Adult Released: December 2012

Title: Embrace (Embrace, #1)
Author: Cherie Colyer
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Released: December 2012

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Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about  it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him. Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

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Title:  Hold Tight (Embrace, #2) Author: Cherie Colyer Publisher: Omnific Publishing Genre:  Paranormal Romance Age Group: Young Adult Expected release date:  August 20, 2013

Title: Hold Tight (Embrace, #2)
Author: Cherie Colyer
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Expected release date: August 20, 2013

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Sixteen-year-old Madison Riley and her friends discover they aren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These new creatures are more dangerous than ever, and this time Madison risks losing more than just  her friends.

About the author and where to find her:

author 3Cherie Colyer writes young adult and middle grade novels. She loves finding new stories that keep her up late reading. While her favorite genre is realistic paranormal/fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive she’s all over it.

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Title: Keeping the Peace  Series: Book #3: Small Town Girl Author: Linda Cunningham Publisher: Omnific Publishing Genre:  Romance Age Group: Adult Expected release date: August 6, 2013

Title: Keeping the Peace
Series: Book #3: Small Town Girl
Author: Linda Cunningham
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Romance
Age Group: Adult
Expected release date: August 6, 2013

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John Giamo juggles his career as police chief in the small town of Clark’s Corner, his marriage to the beautiful, flirtatious Melanie, and his role as father to three teenagers. When a celebrity stranger comes to town causing disruption and danger, John must protect his community while making sure his own family and marriage do not end up as collateral damage.

About the author and where to find her:

author 2Linda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. She writes full time and it’s Romance! Her romance series, “Small Town Girl”, is published by Omnific Publishing.

Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife.  Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal!   When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.

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Title: Until Next Time Author: Justine Dell Publisher: Omnific Publishing Genre:  Romance Age Group: Adult Expected release date: August 13, 2013

Title: Until Next Time
Author: Justine Dell
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Romance
Age Group: Adult
Expected release date: August 13, 2013

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Piper Downing knows a thing or two about death. She’s spent her entire life working inside her family’s funeral home. Now thirty, Piper’s been running the place on her own for what feels like an eternity. Not that she minds. Losing her parents at a young age, watching her teenage boyfriend die before her eyes, and seeing every type of death and tragedy possible in her line of work did something to her psyche. Piper copes with her job—and the world—by putting every emotion in a box and burying it. She doesn’t get close to people, has no friends, and only has relationships with men for sexual satisfaction. She doesn’t love. Love is selfish.

Macy Quinn Oliver knows a thing or two about death, too. An injury caused him to be honorably discharged as a fighter pilot and now he works as grief counselor at the local VA hospital. He grew up in a family that understands the pain of death, yet embraces what it means. He was taught that death isn’t the end, it is simply… until next time. Even after losing his young bride to brain cancer, Quinn loves. Quinn lives. But because of his vow to his late wife, Quinn will never marry.When he meets Piper at his Grandmother’s wake, her chestnut hair and matching eyes stirs him in way that hasn’t happened for a long time.

And Quinn has the same effect on Piper. Together they make the perfect pair; a girl who won’t love and a guy who won’t marry. But in order to get their happy ever after, Piper has to learn that love isn’t an end all, and Quinn must make a commitment he promised to never make again.

About the author and where to find her:

author 1Justine lives in the Midwest, happily catering to her family, which consists of a horse-obsessed teenage daughter, four dogs, and a husband who is too good to be true. She’s never moved from her hometown, but hopes to grow old in a much warmer climate. During the day she works a normal job with college students who try their best to keep her young. They’ve done a good job thus far. At night, said teenage daughter and her horse require mounds of love and attention. The weekends belong solely to her and her writing. That’s when she morphs into a sticky bug, unable to leave the confines of her computer chair.  She started writing three years ago after seeing a movie that set off a chain reaction she couldn’t have stopped if she’d wanted. It’s not a hobby for her; it’s an obsession. One she loves and one she loves to share. Her debut novel,
RECAPTURED DREAMS, and her second book, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold. Until Next Time is expected in August 2013, again published by Omnific Publishing.

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