Apr 26 2015

Portrait of a Lone Wolf by @Katalina_Leon #Book Tour #BookReview #FirstReads #NewToYouRC

Portrait of a Lone Wolf by @Katalina_Leon

Book Info


Series: Black Hills Wolves

Book: Portrait of a Lone Wolf, Novella, #7

Publisher: Decadent


Book Blurb


A mixed-blood Native American wolf-shifter, abandoned by a teenage mother and ignored by an absentee father, Rio Waya has never fit in or felt worthy of love. But when he comes home to the Black Hills, he realizes he wants a mate of his own.


Recovering from a cheating ex who started a new family behind her back, Sela López seeks escape to pull her life back together. As a documentary filmmaker and wildlife photographer, she rents a cabin in the Black Hills with plans to film the beleaguered wolf population. But she’s so busy looking through a camera lens she doesn’t see trouble coming.


Sparks fly as mutual fears and vulnerabilities surface when Sela and Rio meet. She can’t figure out why the mysterious Mr. Waya is so anxious about having a documentary made of the Black Hills Wolves. But when his secret is exposed, all hell breaks loose. Can Rio win Sela’s trust and soothe her fears about allowing a hunky wolf-shifter into her heart?


Buy Links


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Excerpt One


Following her nose through the front door, she was thrust into a honky-tonk time warp. Bars like this one didn’t exist in Los Angeles. The Den was cozy enough but appeared to have been decorated by a taxidermist in the late seventies and zealously preserved since. The shaggy heads of several unfortunate buffalo dominated the far wall. At the front door, two stuffed raccoons offered a mock greeting with outstretched paws. The chairs, booths, and even a few of the tables were covered in forest green vinyl. No doubt a sticky misery to come in contact with on a hot day.

Movement caught her eye. A burly man with an inscrutable expression rose from behind a counter as if he was part of a magic act. He was tall with a barrel chest. A nappy brown sweater coupled with hunched posture lent him a distinctly bearlike appearance.


The dour gentleman focused on Sela with a frown. “Where did you come from?”


Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” was cranked to eleven. She had to shout to be heard, “Can I order some food to go?”


The saggy-faced Papa bear behind the counter appeared perturbed. “Fair warning, miss. The kitchen’s closed. Pretty sure we don’t have what you want.”


The explosive clack of a pool cue making hard contact with a ball nearly drowned her out. “Except for you, everything’s closed in this town!”


A few customers cast her a brief glance then looked away. The lucky bastards sat in front of pitchers of cold beer, towering hamburgers, paired with heaps of french fries or onion rings. Her stomach growled embarrassingly loud, but she doubted anyone could hear above the blaring music. “Something smells heavenly. Could I at least order onion rings to go?”


Bear man shook his head. “Sorry. No can do. Fryer’s turned off.”


“Really?” Digging through her purse, she wondered if this place would accept a credit card. “I’m willing to pay a little extra for the trouble.”


With a sullen pout, he rubbed a limp rag across the countertop. “After hours The Den ain’t open to the general public. Guess what? It’s after hours.”


“Oh, come on!” She sounded desperate.


A man in a red plaid shirt, who appeared to be in his mid-thirties, sat at the counter. He shot her a smoldering look filled with mixed emotions. Perhaps he was angry or lost in thought. She couldn’t tell. The flash of fire in his eyes beneath brooding black brows was impossible to decipher. When he opened his mouth, the tough gravel voice of a drill sergeant rumbled out. “Gee, don’t be a hard ass. Get the lady some onion rings.”


The lumbering hairy thing behind the counter, presumably named Gee, thrust out his bottom lip and lifted his hands into the air in mock surrender. “Why not? It’s not like my house rules ever get any respect anyway.”


From the corner of her eye, Sela glimpsed a huge silver-furred canine dart from under a table, push a swinging door open with its muzzle, and disappear.


“Did I just see a wolf?” Sela gasped.


Except Two

“Medium rare.” Gee set a steaming hamburger buried beneath heaps of fries and onion rings in front of Sela.


Everything on the plate looked delicious. “Thank you. I thought I ordered this to go?”


“Stay awhile. Enjoy your food.” Gee gave Rio a sickly sweet little grin. “L.A. stood up to you. I like her.”


The crease between his brows deepened. “Gee, no one asked your opinion.”


She gingerly picked up a fistful of scorching hot fries and ferried them over to Rio’s plate.


He appeared puzzled. “Why?”


“Peace offering.” She wondered what he looked like when he smiled. “I’m sure yours are cold by now.”


Rio picked up one of the token offerings, lifting the hot french fry to his lips. He didn’t even care he was about to get burned big time. In fact, he wanted the pain. Better to take the punishment now than suffer a shitload of hurt after he did something stupid like make a play for Sela López, which absolutely, positively could not happen. To his eyes, she was knockout gorgeous with killer curves. She had plenty of sass, too. She hadn’t backed down a bit from his most withering I- just-put-you-in-your-place look.


Something else caught him off-guard—her scent. One whiff of her subtle female aroma had brought his blood to a boil.


Holy crap, what had he gotten himself into? By the tone of her e-mail inquiries about the cabin, he’d come to the false conclusion Miss López was a dried-up academic collecting data about the Los Lobos wolf population. Instead, a Latina temptress with an ass that made him want to bite his fist and whimper had shown up.


Author Info


Katalina Leon is an artist and author who can’t commit to a single genre. Her favorite playgrounds are historical, Sci-fi, contemporary, and most of all paranormal realms. Katalina brings a sense of adventure and a touch of the mystical to erotic romance. She believes there’s a daring heroine inside every woman who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.


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Portrait of a Lone Wolf (Black Hills Wolves, #7)Portrait of a Lone Wolf by Katalina Leon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love scene is wonderfully well done. The story is short, so it doesn’t beat around the bush for very long. In the end, most readers will root for the couple.

The editor could have done a better job. I noticed a handful of errors.

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#FirstReads #NewToYouRC
I have not read a book by Katalina Leon before, so this was a first read, and she is new to me.

Apr 24 2015

A Goal Update to Gear up For #WRiTECLUB and Book Reviews #FirstReads #NewToYouRC #WorldBookNight

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Here are my current goals and review of goals from the past:



  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 40 years



2015 Goals:

  • Publish something every week on this blog (Hmm… minor defeat!)
  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 4244 — up 84 from last month!
  • Update / redo what-are-they.comMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Support Diverse Books
  • Three Reading Challenges
  • After editing fantasy novel, get new query letter out there


May the Forth be with you from JLenniDorner and staff


Goals for May:


  • A to Z Challenge Reflections
  • Select a WINNER for my current giveaway
  • Continue work on my NaNoWriMo fantasy novel
  • Keep up with Twitter follows
  • Tweet for #WriterWednesday  #WW and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading and reviewing 5 books
  • Visit and comment on 60 blogs
  • Survive my “weekend journey” (it’ll either strengthen me or deplete my health to a dangerous level- 2 losses and 4 wins to date)
  • Write Club

Write Club at D L Hammons



Review of Goals for April:


  • Survive the A to Z challenge, and be a great minionMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal I hope so!
  • Continue work on my NaNoWriMo fantasy novel
  • Keep up with Twitter follows
  • Tweet for #WriterWednesday  #WW and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading 3 booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Visit and comment on 60 different blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalFar more than 60!
  • Finish catching upMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal


More Books Read and Reviewed:

Strong Verbs Strong VoiceStrong Verbs Strong Voice by Ann Everett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sort-of verb thesaurus for replacing 27 words. Sprinkled with a few tips on how best to use them.

View all my reviews

A Love Affair With Cold Pasta Salad:Delicious Cold Pasta Recipes Your Family Will Love (Love Affair With Food)A Love Affair With Cold Pasta Salad:Delicious Cold Pasta Recipes Your Family Will Love by Rachel Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. It has two basic dressings (Italian and Creamy). There were three recipes I haven’t tried before.

View all my reviews, including #WorldBookNight


Apr 24 2015


image #ShareTheLove by @GingerJaxx

This tag is from:
Just Add Ginger

Who shall be my first of five nominations, simply for having this idea.

The #ShareTheLove tag is simple. Share up to five blogs/ YouTube channels that you think are absolutely fabulous.

I am also going to name these other four fantastic bloggers:

  • Misha Gericke of http://sylmion.blogspot.com/
  • Anna of http://www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com/
  • Hilary Melton-Butcher of http://positiveletters.blogspot.com/
  • Stephanie Faris of http://stephie5741.blogspot.com/
  • I <3 you. I hope you feel appreciated.

    Apr 19 2015

    Many Thanks to the Firefighters of Lehigh and Carbon County PA

    Happening near me, and near some of my friends and family.

    Apr 12 2015

    Giveaway and Hunt for Valamon by DK Mok interview book blog tour

    Hunt for Valamon by DK Mok blog tour stop with @JLenniDorner
    What a fantastic, colorful, and eye-catching cover that is!

    “When Crown Prince Valamon is impossibly taken from the heart of Algaris Castle, the only clue as to motive or culprit is the use of unknown sorcery.

    Reclusive cleric Seris is happily tending to his book-infested temple until he finds himself drafted–for political reasons–to the rescue mission. His sole companion on the journey is Elhan, a cheerfully disturbed vagrant girl with terrifying combat skills and her own enigmatic reasons for seeking the prince.

    Venturing into the wild, unconquered lands, Seris has no fighting prowess, no survival skills, and no charisma, as Elhan keeps pointing out. Armed only with a stubborn streak and creative diplomacy, he must find a way to survive outlaw towns and incendiary masquerades, all without breaking his vow to do no harm.

    Chasing rumours of rebel camps and rising warlords, dangerous curses and the return of the vanished sorcerers, Seris and Elhan soon discover a web of treachery and long-buried secrets that go far beyond a kidnapped prince.”


    DK Mok Interview conducted by J Lenni Dorner:



    What is your favourite visual oddity for a fictional character?


    I’ve always had a fondness for Death from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. While Death’s physical manifestation is the archetypal tall skeletal figure, his eyes are pinpricks of blue fire glowing deep within his sockets, reminiscent of the birth of stars. He’s a character both ancient and artless, and I suspect staring into those eyes would be less like gazing into the universe and more like the universe inspecting you.


    What is the most unusual character hobby you have ever come across in fiction?


    This has to go to another Discworld character, Apprentice Postman Stanley from Going Postal. Stanley is an intense young man obsessed with pins. He’s a collector, a connoisseur, an aficionado of all things pins, be they “wax-headed, steels, brassers, silver-headed”. Not needles, and certainly not nails.


    I’m fascinated by characters who have a passion for esoteric or obscure subjects. I sometimes come across manga with dramatic storylines dedicated to things like bread-making or ancient Japanese plumbing, and I usually find that I come away with a greater appreciation of the complexity of the topic.


    In your opinion, what makes a character really feel unconventional?


    For me, the most unconventional characters are the ones with a quality, trait or circumstance that I hadn’t realised I had yet to encounter.


    Last year, I read Blood for the Sun by fellow Spence City author Errick Nunnally, and the main character in the book is an African-American/Native-American man suffering from a form of Alzheimer’s disease. I hadn’t come across a character like that before, and until I read this book, it hadn’t occurred to me that there should probably be more African-American/Native-American supernatural protagonists coping with neurological diseases.


    I think that’s one of the powerful things about diversity in books: sometimes, you don’t realise something is missing until you see it represented.


    In your opinion, what makes a character three-dimensional?


    Nuance plays a big role in making characters believable for me. In reality, people often have facets and layers, qualities and flaws that come to the fore and recede around different people or in different situations. A righteous character might have moments of pettiness. A cynical one might show flashes of generosity. Good characters often convey the sense that they’ve been shaped by their history as well as by their temperament.


    I also have a particular affection for characters who have a sense of humour, whether it’s a flash of wit, a streak of gallows humour, or a touch of the absurd. A glimpse of this always makes a character seem a little more real to me.


    What is your main character’s most admirable quality?


    Persistence. In Hunt for Valamon, Seris is a reclusive healer who generally prefers the company of books to people. However, when Prince Valamon is mysterious abducted and the empire lurches to the brink of war, Seris is determined to uncover the truth.


    As a cleric of Eliantora, he can’t fight, doesn’t like to lie, and most of his friends are of the woodland-creature variety. So, when faced with ruthless enemies and dangerous obstacles, he has to be resourceful, creative, and most of all, persistent.


    I’ve always admired people who aren’t afraid to fail, who get knocked down but refuse to stay down, who learn from their mistakes and try again. I love characters who refuse to give up the good fight, and although Seris has his world shaken and inverted, he tries his best to hold onto his convictions, his compassion, and his vow to do no harm.


    Is there a way your main character can change the world to benefit other people? If so, what would most motivate him/her to try?


    As a cleric, Seris is sworn to heal and comfort the sick, so he’s already committed to changing the world, one patient at a time. Aside from general physician’s skills, he has limited powers of healing granted to him by his eccentric deity, Eliantora.


    Seris is motivated by a deep, quiet compassion that’s usually buried beneath his prickly, sleep-deprived exterior. Having been orphaned as a child in the midst of a brutal war, and subsequently taken in by a loving foster family, Seris is compelled to pay forward the generosity he’s experienced. Having known what it’s like to lose everything, he’s determined to alleviate the suffering of others. Even if he’d rather stay in bed with a book.


    If your antagonist was there for the creation of the sandwich, what toppings would that character select to place between the bread slices?


    Lord Haska from Hunt for Valamon would probably disapprove of the sandwich, what with all the messing about with bread and condiments. However, if pressed, she would probably select as the filling the still-beating heart of her nemesis, although she would, of course, decline to eat it.


    Thanks for having me on your blog, J!


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    Author Bio


    DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Hunt for Valamon and The Other Tree, published by Spence City. DK’s short story ‘Morning Star’ (One Small Step, FableCroft Publishing) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award and a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.


    DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour.


    She’s fond of cephalopods, androids, global politics, rugged horizons, science and technology podcasts, and she wishes someone would build a labyrinthine library garden so she could hang out there. DK lives in Sydney, Australia, and her favourite fossil deposit is the Burgess Shale.


    Website: www.dkmok.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmokauthor
    Twitter: @dk_mok
    Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/dkmok


    Apr 11 2015

    Book Review #firstreads #NewToYouRC and Vocabulary Words of Missing Sisters by Gregory Maguire

    Missing Sisters by Gregory Maguire
    It’s an interesting read. There are strong references to the 1960s, which is when the book takes place. The book didn’t end as I suspected it would, which makes it intriguing. The characters felt real. There are scenes where the descriptions are very poetic. Excellent symmetry between the opening and closing scene.


    According to HarperCollins, these are vocabulary words of 8-12 year olds:
    (Definitions provided by Google search)

    • Chortled- laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle.
    • Matins- a service of morning prayer in various churches; the morning song of birds.
    • Breviary- a book containing the service for each day, to be recited by those in orders in the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Sidled- walk in a furtive, unobtrusive, or timid manner, especially sideways or obliquely.
    • Ebullient- cheerful and full of energy.
    • Mantilla- a lace or silk scarf worn by women over the hair and shoulders
    • Genuflected- lower one’s body briefly by bending one knee to the ground, typically in worship or as a sign of respect
    • Novenas- (in the Roman Catholic Church) a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.
    • Harangue- a lengthy and aggressive speech./ lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner.
    • Maudlin- self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.


    I mention this because I am often called out for using vocabulary beyond the comprehension of traditional adults. (To the point that I’m insecure about it now, and make a very conscious effort to write definitions instead of words, or check a thesaurus for a simpler version.) There were five words on this list that I did not know, but four of those seem to be used mainly by the Roman Catholic Church (I’m not Catholic). Mantilla was the other word, so there’s proof of my lack of fashion knowledge. While I do know the other five, I’m not sure that most eight to twelve year old children would know or use them. In order to use a “difficult” word, the definition must be easy to determine from the sentence. I am not sure that this was the case with these words. (I’m also not sure how many eight to twelve year old children today, or in 1994 when this was published, know what a Maidenform bra and Geritol are, but those were possibly used to flesh out the 60’s setting.)

    Really, that’s just something that… “made my mind itch.” I’ve still given the book 4 out of 5 stars. (However, I would not buy this book for any of the eight to twelve year old children in my life, such as nieces and nephews, because I do not feel that they are interested in the 1960’s enough to care for this book. Also, I’d hate for one of them to believe they could take a taxi cab in America for $5 and actually get to another town. I’m sure it was true back then, but running away of sorts would cost far more today. Alice is lucky to be alive, though perhaps the point was that she had a religious guardian, or angel, protecting her through some dangerous escapades.)

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