Book Review: All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang

My Review
Warning: Contains Spoilers
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟out of 5 stars

This book is long but somehow it didn’t feel like it. That’s how much I had fun reading All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang. I’m really glad I chose to read this. Admittedly I had hesitations because it’s a retelling of Kamio Yōko’s best-seller manga titled Hana Yori Dango and my reading experience of its many other retelling I encountered previously had been less than savory.

All I’ve Never Wanted however, is far from that. Although the book follows the plot of Hana Yori Dango [scholarship girl Maya (main character) meets rich boys who are heirs to business moguls (F4), MC stands up to them, gets bullied by the entire school populace, endured her situation like a “weed,” became friends with them, became the gf, gets kidnapped etc.], the book still came out as an enjoyable read for me.

I loved the characters in this book, Maya’s grandmother being my most favorite. ❤ Oh, she was hilarious, I tell you. That nickname she gave Parker (Peewee) was the best. 😀

The main character Maya on the other hand, is a strong, intelligent, loyal girl who is not afraid to speak her mind. Her love interest Roman is lovable in spite of his shortcomings (jerk, snob, asshole, etc.) because the author was able to show Roman’s soft side and who he really is beneath the surface.

I thought the characterization is excellent, so much that I found myself rooting for Carlo as well. I loved the other characters too, Parker, Zach, Venice, Adriana, Rico, and yes, even James (at the start of the story at least).

Then there’s the, er, sex. I mean the characters were only seventeen (am I the only one who freaked out on this?). It was not explicit but it was mentioned so yeah. Suddenly I feel positively ancient lol. ❤ I wish Daria was written more instead but other than that, I enjoyed every bit of this book.

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Title: All I’ve Never Wanted

Author: Ana Huang

Genre: YA

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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted

Book Review and Giveaway: Wolf, WY by AF Henley

My Review
Warning: Contains Spoilers
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ½ out of 5 stars

What I love about Henley’s writing is his ability to make me laugh. Or cry. Depending on the scene of course. Wolf, WY did not make me cry but it did make me laugh out loud a few times because of Randy’s sense of humor.

The author AF Henley has a way with words. I loved how Randy described his thoughts (I did not mean how Randy articulate his thoughts on Vaughn and Lyle and their muscular and mouthwatering physique *laughs* although there is that of course. Ahem), his feelings, his surroundings.

I also love that Henley makes his character easy to relate to. No, I did not mean that I saw a neighbor of mine morph into a wolf like Randy did. Lol. But some of us do tend to run away. That, or at least we want to run away from our problems even if it’s just for a time (or from someone else the way Randy ran away from his ex-fiancé Avery). While we cannot all do a Randy and move to Wolf, Wyoming to nurse our heartaches, we could at least read a book. That’s what Wolf, WY is for.

I do wish there were more lovey-dovey scenes between Randy and Vaughn (maybe Henley can write a short story about the two in the near future *nudge, nudge. Poke, poke*) minus Lyle and the little tykes Hannah and Isaac though I must admit I loved them too. 🙂

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Blurb

Wolf, WY

There’s nothing like a fresh start, and for Randy, still nursing wounds left by a cheating ex and harboring a deep mistrust for all things corporate, Wolf, Wyoming seems like the perfect place to start over. Secluded, quiet, and self-sufficient, Wolf is bound to not only inspire, but to bring Randy the peace he needs. The view’s not bad, either.

Vaughn O’Connell and his family are Randy’s only neighbors for miles, and while Randy knows it’s somewhat unlikely that a man with three kids is gay, it doesn’t hurt to look. When a misunderstanding brings Randy face to face with both Vaughn and his eighteen year old son, Lyle, Randy’s not sure what to feel about either of them.

But things are not what they appear in Wolf, and the closer Randy gets, the stranger the O’Connell family seems…

Word Count: 70,000

Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit content

Book 1 in the Wolf series

About the Author

AF Henley_Avatar croppedHenley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

For more information please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.

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Guest Post: Writing Process by PT Denys author of Violence Begets

For this stop, I was asked to tell you about my writing process, whether I work on an outline first or just write without one.

What at fun thing to talk about – here you go:

I guess you could best describe my writing process as episodic. What I mean by episodic is that I write what I feel like writing when I feel like writing it. For example, I’ve already written the ending of the sequel though I am still not entirely sure how my characters are going to get there. Tomorrow, I may write a scene that falls towards the beginning because I hear a good song on the radio that sparks an idea.

In short, I approach writing first by noticing when something inspires, touches or troubles me. I find the emotion in that situation and I turn it into a scene in the book. I borrow from my life and from the art that touches me.

For example, years ago I saw a Cold Case episode where two men kiss and the first kiss is quite a shock to one of them, yet he responds in kind to his friend.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UxuVt0sGDM. That scene stuck with me over the years – so much so that when I was working on Violence Begets…. the first kiss between Kevin and Rick had roots tied directly to that episode of Cold Case. As most writers will tell you – we draw from real life and what we know.

Second, I create a rough story arc in my head. I don’t really plot it out or write an outline. I simply identify 3 or 4 major touch points in the lives of the characters –then I float those ideas by the characters. I’ll put the character in that situation in my mind and see how he or she reacts. I let them play around and I watch to see if it feels natural or forced. If forced, I’m pushing my idea onto them. If natural, then it’s something we go with.

For example, as a small sneak peek into the sequel, at one point, I thought I’d have Rick have an affair. I was actually pretty sure this was going to be a major storyline for him and I kept throwing it out to him but he just wouldn’t have it. No matter how I presented the idea to him, he wouldn’t latch onto it. I even tried to write a “morning after” scene for him but eventually tossed it out because whenever I would try to flush out or write scenes around the affair, they wouldn’t work, I’d get writers block, or whatever. So basically, I have to sit back and watch, waiting for them to say, “okay, yeah – that’s the one we’re going with.”

So, I start by just writing from things that inspire me. Then I try to put those “episodes” into some sort of story arc. Finally, I have to fill in the pieces. I do this much the same way as the major plot points. By this time, I know the major life events that happen and I know many of the important steps along the way, but I have to bring them all together. So, I lay in bed at night, floating conversations, ideas and possible paths out to the characters to see which ones they latch onto. Once they are on board, then I sit down and flush out the details – at that point, it’s pretty easy.

Though, I have to say – sometimes we’ve all agreed on a direction and then they totally take me down a path I didn’t expect. The scene in Violence Begets… where Rick tops Kevin in the canyons, that was so not planned. Originally, they were just killing time, hanging out and getting to know each other. I guess Rick was pretty much ready to let me know he was in love with Kevin and Kevin was ready to be vulnerable with Rick. Never saw it coming.

At the end of the day, my writing process reminds me of a quote Michelangelo said (though, I am certainly not comparing myself to him by any stretch of the imagination).

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

For me, every blank page has a person’s story on it and it’s my task as the writer to transcribe it.

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Thank you, Ms. Denys for your wonderful post, for sharing your writing process. Readers please check out Violence Begets below:

About the Book

Title: Violence Begets

Author: PT Denys

Genre: YA LGBT Fiction

After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.

Having created an environment where he’s feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.

As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.

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PT never imagined she’d actually publish a book. But, the story of Violence Begets… haunted her for over 20 years, and the lives of Kevin and Rick had to be shared.

In addition to writing a sequel, she divides her time between family, work, attending theater and reading.

Above all else she loves being a mother to 2 amazing daughters (a teenager and a baby).

PT believes that no one deserves to be intentionally hurt (physically or emotionally) by another. She also believes that behind nearly every bully is a story.

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Author Interview: Ana Huang author of All I’ve Never Wanted

Hi Ms. Ana, thank you so much for granting me this interview. Happy to have you here at Cinderella Stories.

To our dear readers, Ana is better known as ACRL37 in Wattpad where she has over thirty seven thousand followers. She posted four stories there that garnered a combined views of over twenty million! How did she do it?

Without further ado, here is Ms. Ana to share with us how her writing experience had been so far:

1. First of all, would you please tell us what All I’ve Never Wanted is all about? What led you to write this book and how long did you write this?

All I’ve Never Wanted is about Maya Lindberg, an ordinary girl who attends a school for wealthy students that’s run by the Scions, a clique of four very popular and powerful guys. She has an unfortunate run-in with them and gets sucked into their world of drama. Even though she dislikes them at the beginning, she gradually starts to realize that her original assumptions about them may have been wrong. There is romance in this book, but it is primarily a story about friendship, and it was inspired by a Taiwanese drama called Meteor Garden. I loved the show’s general plot, so I decided to write my own story based off it.

2. I understand you first posted this story in Wattpad? How long have you been writing in Wattpad?

Yes. I finished AINW when I was seventeen but didn’t share it until I discovered Wattpad two years later. I started writing on Wattpad about five years ago, but I haven’t been as active as I’d like recently since life has gotten really busy for me, but I’m hoping to change that once I figure out how to have a healthier work-life balance!

3. Are you cross-posting your stories in other websites? If yes, in which site did your stories garner more views/reads? If no, what made you choose Wattpad out of all the other writing communities?

When I first joined Wattpad, I did cross post one or two chapters of my stories on other sites like Fictionpress and Figment. However, it was quite time-consuming and I decided it was better to just to post on Wattpad. Plus, I thought Wattpad had the best format and the most active and supportive community. It was really easy to share and discover new books, and to comment/like stories, which isn’t as easy on some other sites.

4. Let’s talk about your writing experience in wattpad. How are you liking it so far? How long have you been writing before your stories have gotten the attention of the readers?

I love Wattpad! I was pretty lucky in that my stories–especially All I’ve Never Wanted–gained attention pretty quickly. I would say it started really gaining attraction after a month or so on the site. I really have to thank my readers and fans for that, because they are so amazing, supportive, and patient.

5. What do you think are the factors that led to your success in Wattpad?

There’s a lot of factors that lead to success in any field, not just writing on Wattpad. However, I did try to interact with readers as much as possible by replying to their messages, comments, etc. and I think that helped a lot. It got a lot harder to reply to every message and comment after my stories got really popular but I do read all of them and I take all of their suggestions and constructive criticism to heart when writing my next chapter or story. Of course, it’s important to write a story that engages and entertains readers, but a large part of it is also luck. There are some fantastic stories on the site that don’t gain as much attention, so sometimes it’s just about where the dice falls.

6. Do you have other works you would like to plug?

Lol not plug exactly, but I am rewriting my study abroad romance If We Ever Meet Again–based off my own study abroad experiences–and I hope to publish it sometime next year, so keep an eye out for that!

7. Your tips for aspiring authors? 

Don’t give up, don’t take it personally, and do other things you enjoy. I love writing, but even when I had time to work on my stories regularly, it wasn’t the only thing I did. I hung out with my friends, traveled, watched movies, etc. and I got a lot of inspiration from what happens in daily life. Putting your work out there is hard, especially when you read a negative comment, but it’s important for writers to know how to take constructive criticism that will improve their writing (and to learn how to ignore others that are simply attacking the writer out of spite or some other non-relevant reason, because those types of people will always exist, especially on the Internet). It takes a lot of patience, courage, and hard work to finish a story and put it out there for all the world to see, but it’s all worth it in the end.

There you go! Thank you, Ana, for answering my questions! ❤ Readers, I hope you enjoyed reading her answers. I hope you’ll check out her book All I’ve Never Wanted below.

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About the Book

Title: All I’ve Never Wanted

Author: Ana Huang

Genre: YA

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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate. 

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted

Excerpt: Immersed by Katie Hayoz

About the Book

Title: Immersed

Author: Katie Hayoz

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Melusine Doré slays monsters for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she can take on a cyclops or a three-tailed dragon without even breaking a sweat. But falling in love? Falling in love terrifies her. Because love has the power to reveal a secret dark and dangerous enough to completely shatter her world.

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Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, the youngest of six kids. Originally, she wanted to become pope (for the awesome hat and fancy robes), but quickly realized reading—then writing—was her true religion. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland and devours speculative fiction like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

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Connect with Katie on her website: www.katiehayoz.com

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7032949.Katie_Hayoz

On Twitter: www.twitter.com/katiehayoz

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On Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/katiehayoz/

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Excerpt

From Chapter One

LEVI CANNON BACK IN CHICAGO. NO NEED TO FEAR THE BOGEYMAN shouted the headline of the newspaper spread out on Melusine’s dresser. A skilled drawing of Mr. Levi Cannon stepping on a monster with one giant eye was directly underneath the headline. Below that was a quote that made Melusine fume: “Miss Melusine Doré is now free to learn flower arrangement and make social calls. There is a man in town to do a man’s job. I promise you all that the beast found hunting here will be gone in a matter of days. Unlike Miss Doré, I do not take precious time to see if a monster has a heart of gold or not. It’s a monster, after all, and if its heart happens to be gold, well then, I shall rip it out and sell it for a fortune.”

Grabbing her fountain pen, Melusine inked warts onto Levi’s nose and cheeks, and filled in the area between his eyebrows. She gazed down at his lifeless face and grunted. Warts and all, Levi Cannon still looked good. Too good.

Once a year or so Levi would come into town, challenging Melusine, leaving a trail of dead monsters and smitten women in his wake. But she never rose to his dares and instead stayed out of sight until he left.

He was too dangerous, for so many reasons.

Tonight, however, she had a job to finish. She’d be quick as a bullet, no dallying. Then Mr. Cannon would have no reason to stick around. She fastened her scabbard around her right thigh and headed down the worn wooden stairs on tiptoe, but Mrs. Steed heard her regardless. The landlady stepped out in front of her, her red-gray hair coiled round her head like a snake ready to squeeze.

“Where you off to, Miss Mel? I don’t want you bringing any beastly body parts back here, you hear me?”

Melusine sidled past her, stifling a grin. “It was just the once. Every part of a Silver Spined Dragon is useful; I couldn’t allow the corpse to go to waste.” The dragon meat was roasted, the claws carved into weapons, the scales ground up and sold and the vertebrae made into bullets. The wings paid for one month’s rent and a bag of butterscotch candy. If Melusine had another beast like that to bring back, she wouldn’t hesitate.

Mrs. Steed harrumphed and pointed to the boarding house door. “Pull it tight behind you.”

Outside, it was approaching dusk, the smoke and steam of the city blending into the blue of the darkening sky and the white of the rising moon. Across the street from Melusine, workers swore, sang and grunted, preparing a block of buildings to be raised by lifts out of the muck that was Chicago. Up above, an airship hissed over the city, and down the street a clockwork horse whinnied a brassy sound.

A steam carriage huffed its way through the mud to stop directly in front of the boarding house. As she trod down the steps, Melusine thought she saw something move in the alley next to the building. A man, perhaps. Thieves and assassins were common in Chicago, killing for a penny if they could. Mel narrowed her eyes, scouring the darkness, but the driver pumped a lever and the coach coughed out a cloud of hot vapor. “You getting in or not, Miss?”

She threw her shoulders back and climbed into the carriage. Whatever it was that was out there was by far less worrisome than the thing she was on her way to face.

 

Excerpt and Giveaway: Surrender to Love by Jessica E. Larsen

Summary:
Power of love, bulong ng isang bahagi ng isip ni Pamela na agad niyang isinantabi. Power-of-love… bullshit! No money, no honey. Iyan ang madalas na nangyayari sa mga nagmamahalan kapag naghihirap. Money makes the world go round!

Simula nang magpakamatay dahil sa pag-ibig ang Aunt Julie niya, “stick to reality” ang naging personal motto ni Pamela, na walang naging ibang ambisyon kundi ang makahanap ng mayamang mapapangasawa. Okay lang sa kanya kung hindi kagwapuhan ang isang lalaki; what’s important is that he has lots of money. Subalit nagbago ang lahat ng iyon nang makilala niya ang French fiancé ng matalik na kaibigan at kinaiinggitan niyang pinsang si Liberty. Agad tumaas ang pangarap niya. Gusto na rin niyang makahanap ng isang mayaman at gwapong lalaki. Pero matutupad kaya iyon kung may isang charismatic na taxi driver na palaging umaaligid at sumisira sa mga plano niya?
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About the Author:

Jessica E. Larsen is an author of contemporary romance, YA, NA and Paranormal stories. She’s a hopeless romantic, who will forever be young at heart. She enjoys traveling a lot, drawing inspiration from places she visits and interesting people she encounters. She loves to read and write in different genres and spends hours arguing with her characters. At times, she likes playing the villain and gives them a taste of hell when they refused to listen to her demands.

Jessica was born in the Philippines but has lived in Spain and Norway since she was eighteen.

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Excerpt

“You know, hindi magandang habit ang pagkagat sa kuko,” puna ni Rio sa dalagang hindi lang kagat ang kuko sa hinlalaki kundi panay rin ang pag-uga ng tuhod.

“Shut up. I’m stressed, okay?” she hissed. “I just want to get home!”

Ngumiti siya sa dalaga. “You’re like a cat, especially when you’re angry.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?!” singhal nito. Kulang na lang, magkaroon ito ng pangil at para na itong malaking pusa sa paningin niya, na lalong nagpatawa sa kanya.

“Besides, hindi ko naman kinakagat lahat ng kuko ko. Just my thumbs!” patuloy nito sa malakas na tinig. “And I’m doing it without damaging my nails—” Tumingin ito sa kuko ng hinlalaki at kumislot nang bahagya ang itaas na labi. “…much,” anito, at tahimik na humalukipkip at tumingin sa labas ng bintana.

A sulking cat, nangingiting isip ni Rio habang papasok na sila sa loob ng subdivision.

Pagkahintong-pagkahinto ng taxi na minamaneho niya sa harapan ng bahay nito, binuksan agad ni Pamela ang pinto at agad sanang aalis nang maagap niyang mahawakan ang kamay ng dalaga. “Hey, what’s the hurry?”

Tumingin ito sa kamay at pumiglas. Dinampot ang katabing bag at nagmamadaling bumaba ng sasakyan.

Huh? Sobra ang pagkalitong sinundan niya ito ng tingin sa paglalakad paikot ng sasakyan. Malapit na ito sa gate ng bahay nang maisipan niyang hindi pa siya nakapagpapasalamat sa pagsama nito sa kanya nang araw na iyon.

“Wait, Pamela!” tawag niya habang binaba ang bintana ng sasakyan. Nang tumigil ito sa paghakbang, binuksan niya ang pinto at lumabas. “I was thinking of dating you—” Iniling niya ang ulo. “Of thanking you for being my date today.”

“It’s nothing.” Nilingon siya ni Pamela at ngumiti. He didn’t know how, somehow he could tell that it wasn’t her genuine smile.

Magsasalita sanang muli si Rio nang mapansin niyang may tinitingnan ang dalaga. Sinundan niya ang direksyon kung saan ito nakatingin at napangiti nang makita ang isang black-and-brown striped cat. Nakaupo ito sa tabi ng daan na hindi kalayuan sa gate at walang-kurap na nakikipagtitigan kay Pamela.

“Pusa ninyo?”

“No. It’s a stray,” sagot ng dalagang hindi siya nililingon at patuloy na nakikipagtitigan sa pusa.

“You understand that you’re challenging it, right? Kapag ang mga pusa ay nagtitigan nang walang kurap, ibig sabihin kalmutan ang susunod nilang gagawin.”

“I know. Pero sa tuwing magpapakita ito, eh, dahil hihingi lang ng pagkain.”

“And you’re feeding it?”

“Yes.” Hinarap siya ni Pamela na nakakunot ang noo. “But that cat is an ungrateful one. She never thanked me. Not once!”

“But that’s the reason it keeps coming back—because you keep feeding it.”

Walang sagot na umiwas lang ng tingin si Pamela.

Rio smiled inwardly. He found it kind of sweet to know, na sa kabila ng kasungitan na pinakikita nito, pinapakain ni Pamela ang isang pusang gala na madalas balewalain ng karamihan. Naupo siya para kunin ang pansin ng pusa, pero saglit lang siya nitong nilingon at muling ibinalik ang pansin sa nakatayong dalaga.

“We have lots of cats at home, and all of them used to be strays. But now, they laze around like fat housecats,” natatawang sabi niya at lalapit sana sa pusa nang pigilan siya ni Pamela.

“Don’t! Kakalmutin ka niyan. Walang kahit isang tao ang nakagalaw niyan.”

Tumayo siya at tumingin nang tuwid sa mata ng dalaga. “It’s wild now, but I’ll tame her,” makahulugang wika niya at nakangiting muling tumalungko nang makita ang pamumula ni Pamela sa kabila ng pagiging morena.

“Hmph! Ikaw ang bahala. Huwag mo lang sabihing hindi kita binalaan kapag nakalmot ka,” anito na umalis na papasok sa gate. Samantalang ang pusa na susubukin sana niyang dakpin ay ilap na tumakbo palayo.

I’ll get that cat, sabi niya sa sariling nakatingin sa likod ng dalagang walang-lingon na pumasok sa loob ng bahay.

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Guest Post by AF Henley: Wolf, WY Blog Tour and Giveaway

At the risk of sounding repetitive already: welcome back to the Wolf, WY Tiny Teasers Blog Tour and Giveaway, and a warm hello to those who might be joining for the first time. For those who don’t know, we’ve been wandering through the pages of Wolf, WY and getting a quick introduction to the characters and locale by way of “tiny teasers” from the novel.

I’ve always been an animal lover and that’s pretty much inclusive for anything that walks, trundles, slides, or flies. When I wrote Wolf, WY I was living in rural, hidden bliss and finally had all the amenities available to allow me to do what I’ve wanted to do for a long time and only been able to play at up until that point: animal rescue. There was a barn, a heated kennel, a huge lot with a pond, and acres of trees surrounding all four sides of the house. We took care of everything from moles to fawns, ferrets to chickens, dogs to raccoons, and… well, you get the point. I got used to things skittering past me or flying at my face pretty darn quick. When I had to give that up and move back to the city, I missed it. Or, I thought I did… until I got up the other night to go to the bathroom and had a critter the size of a small dog rear up and wave all thirty of its legs at me. You see, several nights before that there’d been a centipede in my office and I’d had no choice but to end its existence when it surprised me. Usually I do my best to gather up unexpected guests of the multi-legged variety and reintroduce them to their proper homes – OUTSIDE of my apartment. This one didn’t get treated with as much love (I was, as I’ve said, surprised into an instinctual reaction of Oh My God Get OFF of Me! Squish), and on the night of my midnight visitor, the second of its kind in so many days, I’m almost positive that I heard it grumble, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya and you killed my father. Prepare to die.”

I am, it seems, not nearly as used to the things which crawl through the night as I was before. I have a similar introduction, albeit with slightly larger teeth and far more fur, for you in this post.

However, before I get into the teaser and introduce you to the next Wolf, WY character, I want to remind you that I’ve got a giveaway going along with this blog tour. The grand prize is not just one thing, but several: a signed copy of Wolf, WY, a $20 LT3 gift certificate, and a Wind & Fire paw print bangle that not only looks cool but supports a great cause. Read through to the end to find out how to participate.

But on to the introductions:

Tiny Teaser: Introducing – Wolf #2

Fluorescent bulbs winked and hummed, doing their best to warm up and respond in the cold. It didn’t matter. Randy didn’t need the light to be any brighter to see.

“Holy fuck…” Both of his hands slapped the wall behind him, regardless of the shock of cold it gave his system, and Randy flattened himself against the surface. He remembered the wolf at his back deck. More, he recalled the size of it. And if this wasn’t the same damn one, it was Wolfy’s close cousin.

He already saw the headlines: Idiot city brat eaten by wolf in his own garage. It would be followed with a plea for everyone else to please, please keep the morons that didn’t know how to deal with the animals of the county out of their county.

The wolf lifted its nose and sampled the air. Then, in a gesture that Randy read as ‘dinner smells about ready’, it lowered his head and trained its gaze on him.

Run! A voice in Randy’s head screamed and just as quickly something else knocked it aside. Stay still! If you run, it’ll chase you, and there’s no way you’ll make it out the door in time to shut it!

Even if he did, would he have the strength to shut it if the wolf leapt at it? Probably not. Its shoulders were wide and muscles rolled underneath its thick fur. One lunge would knock Randy on his ass.

It stepped, not exactly forward, but on an angle, crossing its paws and almost gliding several inches closer.

Randy’s bladder twinged, his throat seized, but a groan still managed to squeak its way out. The wolf’s ears perked, it shook its head and stepped again.

“Oh, fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck.” He was barely whispering, but he couldn’t stop the words from coming. “Please don’t eat me. Please don’t eat me.”

When the wolf advanced again, the pleas became a bastardized prayer. “Oh, God, if there’s a God… right now I hope so… I am so sorry for anything and everything I’ve done wrong.” He swallowed a breath of panic and flashed a quick glance at the ceiling. “Unless ‘anything wrong’ includes me being gay. Because if this is payback for that, then fuck you, the damn thing can eat me.”

The wolf was close enough that Randy could stare right into its eyes. They were eerily beautiful—gold, deep brown, and they were lined in a thick, black streak that would make beauty queens everywhere weep over its perfection. But the focused, direct stare was enough to make Randy weak in the knees.

Wolf, WY Excerpt

© AF Henley, 2015

Blurb

Wolf, WY

There’s nothing like a fresh start, and for Randy, still nursing wounds left by a cheating ex and harboring a deep mistrust for all things corporate, Wolf, Wyoming seems like the perfect place to start over. Secluded, quiet, and self-sufficient, Wolf is bound to not only inspire, but to bring Randy the peace he needs. The view’s not bad, either.

Vaughn O’Connell and his family are Randy’s only neighbors for miles, and while Randy knows it’s somewhat unlikely that a man with three kids is gay, it doesn’t hurt to look. When a misunderstanding brings Randy face to face with both Vaughn and his eighteen year old son, Lyle, Randy’s not sure what to feel about either of them.

But things are not what they appear in Wolf, and the closer Randy gets, the stranger the O’Connell family seems…

Word Count: 70,000

Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit content

Book 1 in the Wolf series

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The Giveaway

On behalf of the tour, please join the giveaway by taking part in the Rafflecopter below. The prize consists of a ‘Wind & Fire’ paw print charm bangle (a portion of the sales from this “Charms For Charity Bangle” goes directly to Guiding Eyes For The Blind), a $20 Gift Certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market (free books!), and a signed, print copy of Wolf, WY. For all the tiny-whiny terms and conditions, please check out the t’s and c’s posted on the Rafflecopter.

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Please allow me to take a moment to offer my thanks for Cinderella Stories for having me today… I could never pull off these blog tours without sites like yours offering me their support and their time. Similarly, my thanks to you, as well, for reading and joining me on the tour. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Until next time,

AF Henley ❤

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About the Author

AF Henley_Avatar croppedHenley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

For more information please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.

 

Excerpt: Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage

About the Book
Title: Mrs. John Doe
Author: Tom Savage
Genre: Thriller

In the adrenaline-laced new novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.

Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.

At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.

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Dr. Gupta was very kind. The small Indian man in the well-tailored blue suit had an apologetic manner that actually made Nora feel somewhat stronger, more assured, as though she should be comforting him instead of the other way around. They’d been shown into his third-floor office, and now he’d brought them to a bank of elevators, one of which would take them down to the basement of the hospital.

“A formality,” he explained in his mildly accented English as they descended. “Mr. Howard has already been here, but we require an immediate relative. Otherwise, I wouldn’t—”

“It’s okay,” Nora said. “It’s quite all right. I—I want to see him.”

The elevator opened into another corridor lined with offices, at the end of which was a large gray area with gray carpets, couches, and chairs. The waiting room, Nora thought with a shudder. An old woman and a middle-aged man sat together on a couch, probably a grieving wife and son, but otherwise the place was empty. Nora glanced at Bill Howard, who chose a seat across the room from the others and said, “I’ll be right here.” She nodded and handed him her shoulder bag, and Dr. Gupta led her over to another door. Nora braced herself when he opened it.

It wasn’t as bad as she’d imagined it would be. Industrial tubes concealed in a false ceiling brightly lighted the big, long chamber, and the temperature dropped some fifteen degrees the moment they entered. The walls were lined with shiny metal stacked drawers above the green linoleum floor. She’d half expected to find the cast of CSI hunched over stainless steel tables with frightening-looking drains, burrowing rubber-gloved hands into gaping chest cavities. But no such horror was in evidence, only two silent young men in hospital blues awaiting the doctor’s instructions. The autopsy surgeries would be elsewhere, of course, down the hall or in a subbasement. She’d been watching too much television; this place was merely for storage. Storage of human beings. Her step faltered, and the doctor reached out to grasp her arm.

“It’s okay,” she said again. “I’m okay. Let’s do this.”

At a nod from the coroner, one of the orderlies went to a low drawer and pulled it open, then stepped back, discreetly out of the way. Dr. Gupta gently peeled back the white sheet, revealing the head and naked shoulders. Nora came forward to stand beside the drawer, staring down.

She said, “Yes, this is my husband. This is Jeff.”

His face was slack, calm, almost smiling. He was pale, with a bluish tinge to his waxen skin. She studied the features in repose, the closed eyelids, and the faint bruise on his right cheek by his ear. She glanced down the length of the sheet that covered most of him, wondering what it concealed. Should she ask? Did she really want to know? In the end, Dr. Gupta made the decision for her.

“It was a heart attack,” he said quietly. “A sudden, massive myocardial infarction. It may comfort you to know that he was most likely, er, gone before the car struck the wall. That”—he pointed to the bruise—“was probably sustained when the air bag was deployed, but it didn’t develop, which indicates a postmor—er, well, otherwise, there is no visible damage.”

She nodded again. A single tear made its way down her face, and she reached up to brush it away. She wondered what she should say at this point, but the doctor saved her the trouble once more.

“I’ve called it an accident, officially. There won’t be any further legal activity, no inquest or anything like that. You’re free to take him home. One thing: He had heart and liver damage, and some of the scarring goes back years. Was he on medication for it?”

She shook her head and told the truth. “This is the first I’m hearing about it.” Then she said, “I’m going to have him cremated. Can—can that be done here?”

“Of course.”

“I mean, now?”

Dr. Gupta nodded. “Yes, we’ll see to it. If you’ll come back tomorrow afternoon, I’ll have everything ready.”

“An urn?” she asked.

“A box,” he said. “You may choose the final containment when you’re back in New York. That would be best.”

“And the—the transportation?”

“Your airline will be able to assist you. They’re used to these things.” More quietly, he added, “With security these days, I’m afraid it will have to be the cargo hold.”

She didn’t know what to say to that, so she simply nodded again. Another tear ran down her cheek.

“There are a few forms for you to sign,” he said. “My assistant is bringing them down from my office. Are you—are you ready now?”

“Yes,” she whispered. She reached out as though to touch the upturned face on the steel pallet, but her hand stopped before it reached its destination, slowly returning to her side. At a nod from the doctor, the orderly pulled up the sheet and rolled the big drawer shut. The harsh metallic clang seemed to reverberate in the frigid, sterile room.

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Author Bio

Tom Savage is the author of six suspense novels: Precipice, Valentine, The Inheritance, Scavenger, A Penny for the Hangman, and Mrs. John Doe. He wrote two detective novels under the name T. J. Phillips, Dance of the Mongoose and Woman in the Dark. His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and anthologies edited by Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly. His short story, “The Method In Her Madness,” was nominated for the Barry Award. His bestselling novel, Valentine, was made into a Warner Bros. film. In his younger days he was a professional actor, and he also wrote a Broadway show, Musical Chairs.

Tom was born in New York and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He attended Point Park College and Hofstra University, majoring in drama and minoring in English. After acting and writing plays, he worked for many years at Murder Ink®, the world’s first mystery bookstore. He’s a member of Actors Equity Association, ASCAP, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and International Thriller Writers. He has served as a director on the national board of MWA, and he’s served several times on the Best Novel committees for MWA (Edgar® Awards) and IACW (Hammett Prize). He is a founding member of MWA’s Mentor Program, assessing and encouraging new mystery writers. He lives in New York City.

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Release Day Party: Fate’s Betrayal by Beth Ann Stifflemire

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About The Book

FB COVERTitle: Fate’s Betrayal

Author: Beth Ann Stifflemire

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Desire and despise. Two insanely contradicting emotions that the dark haired, well-built, irrefutably handsome musician Riley evokes in simple but attractive, fashion savvy, Austinite Brooke. Initially unequivocally turned-off by the brash but striking Riley she develops a fascination for his seductive charms as Riley reels Brooke into a world of ravenous love she never knew existed. What they create together is oh-so-much more than beautiful music. It’s a roller coaster ride of awe-inspiring and heartbreaking emotion, passion, hidden secrets and an ending that will leave you utterly breathless. The way they become eternally bound sets the heart afire when fate unleashes the ultimate betrayal.

Author Bio

bstifflemire h.s.Beth Ann is a wife, mother, blogger and book lover from Texas. Her passion is writing stories that draw a reader into a world where they can become the characters and experience a gamut of emotions. When she’s not writing, she love’s to be home with my family and two yellow labs. In addition she’s a sucker for super sappy romance movies, loves trying out Texas wines, is an avid hot tea drinker and enjoys checking items off of her ever-growing bucket list.

Links

WEBSITES:

http://www.bethannstifflemire.com

http://www.fatesbetrayal.com

http://www.thewritingtexan.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bastifflemire

Twitter: @BASAuthor

Pinterest: @bethstifflemire

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