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Blog Tour: Manchester Lake By Joshua Ian

Manchester Lake | Joshua Ian

Darkly Enchanted Romance #3

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Release Date: March 9th, 2021

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England, 1910

Monty, along with his best friend Bishop, investigates an odd seal-like creature swimming in Manchester Lake. The pair soon realize they’ve found a selkie when the magnificent animal transforms into the most gorgeous man either of them has ever seen. Determined to discover the origins of the mystical man, they bundle him into Bishop’s brand-new electric automobile and whisk him off to London.

There they find a host of distractions: a tastefully debauched house party hosted by silver-tongued aristocrats, and a queerly European-inspired novelty called the night club. Both are filled with a cast of characters sometimes amusing and sometimes frightening. And as the night unfolds, Monty comes face-to-face with ghoulish agents of the occult as well as revelations from the past.

Most surprisingly of all, Monty finds himself falling for the beautiful creature from the lake, who seems equally interested in him. Can he really find himself in love with a man he has only just met? Or do they have a deeper connection which goes much further back? And what does it all have to do with the memories of his trip to Paris three years prior?

The mystery of the selkie from Manchester Lake is only the beginning, and before their adventure is finished Monty will see the culmination of long suppressed secrets explode in a firestorm of magic and passion!

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“And your friend won’t mind?” asked Trevor.

“My friend?”

“The ginger-haired one, who is so passionately devoted to race cars. You arrived together so I assume you were meant to be spending the day together.”

“You don’t miss much, do you?” asked Monty, blushing a bit. “Bishop won’t mind. Unless you suddenly sprang wheels for feet and began to trundle all over, he wouldn’t notice my absence, I assure you.”

“Then I shall endeavor to retain my ankles.”

As they walked towards the river, a breeze came up and Monty’s sketchbook fluttered open. Trevor clamped onto it so as not to drop it and gazed on the now open pages before closing it.

“Whoever your model was for these drawings, he certainly had an impressive form.”

“There was no model. It’s simply something I imagined.”

“Indeed. Well, you have quite the healthy imagination. That one just under my thumb, he looks as if his legs are merging together. Like a mermaid or some sort of mer-person, I imagine.”

“When I was a small child, do you know, my favorite book was Andersen’s Fairy Tales and I always made my amah read me the story about the mermaid?”

“And now you’ve graduated to Salome.

“I think The Little Mermaid is still much more my style.”

“Perhaps I ought not to have taken you to the river. You aren’t suddenly going to sprout gills and swim away from me, are you?”

Monty smiled at him. “We’ll just have to see, I suppose. Come, let’s have a swim.”

“A swim? We can’t bathe in the river,” Trevor protested.

“Why not?”

“For one thing, I’m sure it’s illegal somehow. And, too, there.” He pointed across the river. “There’s a whole village of factories just there. What if someone sees us?”

“It’s France,” Monty said. “They don’t mind such things.”

“Don’t they?”

“Besides, you’re a very handsome man. If they see anything at all, I’m sure it will be a delightful sight.”

Trevor smiled and Monty saw the blush on his cheeks.

“I certainly don’t compare with that man in your sketches.”

“That is solely a man of my creation – a sort of mythical man,” replied Monty as he shucked off his jacket. “While you’re a very real man. So I wouldn’t think there would be need to compare. Besides, why would you need to worry how you compare?”

He tossed down his waistcoat and began to unbutton his shirt.

“If I intend to keep your attention for more than just this one afternoon, I should concern myself with how appealing I am. Shouldn’t I?”

“Likely you should,” agreed Monty.

He tossed his shirt on the pile of clothes developing on the ground and peeled off his undershirt, so that he stood there stripped to the waist. Trevor’s eyes moved over his exposed skin, drinking in every inch. Monty had never had a man look at him like that, slowly, longingly. He felt admired and acclaimed. It made him feel powerful.

He stepped forward and moved in close to Trevor.

“The heat is unbearable. You know you want to.”

Monty began to unbutton his trousers, sliding them down to the ground. It had been too hot for any undergarments that day, so he stood there, nude and ready for the water. Trevor could not control his gaze as he too began to disrobe. Monty smiled at him and then turned and ran towards the river, jumping in with a loud howl and splashing hard into the water.

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About the Author

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Joshua Ian can easily be captured by a witty turn of phrase or a low-bottomed electronic bassline. If you manage to combine the two, then you have his heart forever. He lives in New York City and writes mostly historical, speculative, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction but he does love a good mystery.

He watches too many movies, eats too much dark chocolate, and falls into way too many Wikipedia rabbit holes- but it’s all in the name of research (or so he tells himself). One day he plans to travel the world – to see what each country has to offer in the way of movie theatres and dark chocolate, naturally.

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A stunningly brilliant conclusion to this tale of the Fae Courts

48911107._SY475_The Iron Crown by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Urm. I’m lost for words, which is an unusual place for me to be in given how much I can talk (and write).

But this book stunned me into almost silence, I say almost because you all know I won’t be quiet for long.

So, how to review The Iron Crown? Firstly, it’s fantasy at its best, drawing on all the ancient skills of storytelling to weave a tale which pulls the reader along.

It begins with Lugh, youngest son of the Unseelie Court, leader of The Wild Hunt and semi-self exiled Winter Court Prince.

At his side is Keiran, the Viking child he rescued from almost death at the hands of the ‘Light Ones’ the Seelie Fae of the Summer Court. Now grown and protecting him with the power of the berserker.

It’s complex, full of threads which wind themselves around to create a twisted narrative that takes some of the lesser-known folklore and legends of the British Isles (geographical land mass not political country 😉 ) and morphs them into an adventurous tale anchored on the love of two men.

There were losses on the way, and I felt them keenly, raged against the treachery and destruction, I hurt for the lost souls, betrayed by false hope.

At its heart, this is a fantasy tale. The relationship is the core, but it’s not a romance in the typical sense, so don’t expect loads of snogging and on page sex or you’ll be disappointed.

I wasn’t disappointed myself because I am such a folklore and mythology nerd and because the love between Lugh and Keiran bounces off the page in bucket loads.

The twists and new interpretations M.A. Grant brings to the legends of the Fae, the incorporation of Norse ideas and sagas into the mix, crafts an almost Odyssey-like adventure full of secrets and surprises.

The final dramatic moments had me gasping, literally, when I saw where things were going. A triumph of clues laid down way earlier in the previous books and a truly clever conclusion to the series.

That’s as much as you’ll get from me about the plot itself, it runs parallel to the later events of books one and two and absolutely must be read in order.

On my favourites shelf along with its siblings and all hail The Darkest Court.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Series Review Tour: Druid’s Curse by Shae Balik

Druid’s Curse | Shae Balik

Cover Artist: Harris Channing

Overall Heat Rating: 4 flames

PLEASE NOTE: Although each book in this series focuses on a different couple, to best enjoy the overall story arc, these books SHOULD be read in order.

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Ancient Druids, who monitored the Veil for centuries, curse a band of marauding Vikings. Now immortal and shifters, the cursed men must protect today’s Druids from Unseelie minions, allowing them to continue the rituals that protect all of humanity.

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Mind Over Matter

Druid’s Curse #6

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Who would have thought there was something more horrifying than an indoor boy being forced to live in the Amazon? Yet, there was. In fact, the more descriptive word would be mind-numbingly terrifying. That it was brought into his life by a drop dead gorgeous man claiming he was there to protect Wylie, only made everything that much more surreal.

Since the first druid came into their lives, Fritjof prayed he would never meet the druid that was destined to be his fated love. He knew that emotion would always lead to devastation and heartache. He’d seen it, experienced it, when his mother disowned him for not being able to save his father.

But what happens when the Fae goes after someone they both love? Will they be able to find a way to trust in each other? Are some things impossible to overcome or is it Mind Over Matter?

Tears of Life

Druid’s Curse #7

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Mingus had one true love in life, animals. None of them were off the list, although, if he were completely honest, his favorite was his cat, Pretty Baby. He never imagined one day he might have to put someone else first. Not just anyone, but the man who has stolen his heart.

For centuries Oluf has dreamed of finding the one destined to be his. He’d even anticipated the need to woo him by becoming a chef. After all, according to his mother, the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. What he hadn’t expected was that he would come in second to a cat with sharp claws, who seemed to enjoy using people as her personal scratching post.

As Mingus, Oluf, and their friends get closer to Samhain, the Fae will try to stop them using everything at their disposal. It means finding a way to work together, even if it takes shedding a few Tears of Life to do so. But in the end, will the fate of the human world come down to a cat?

Mending the Rift

Druid’s Curse #8

Release Date: October 31, 2019

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The END is NEAR!

The Fae must be defeated if Brandr and Logan hope to find their happily ever after. Only by working together will have any chance of Mending the Rift and saving humanity.

The end would be upon Brandr and his friends soon. The only question, would Brandr be able to find his fated one in time? He feared he was too late when he arrived to find the field empty. Then the Veil opens again and hell rains down upon him as the Unseelie pets attack. But when Brandr was too injured to move, the Druid he was destined to claim as his own flees in terror. Talk about demoralizing.

That did not happen. Not even in some weird fantasy could Logan have imagined that a dead man could come back to life. And he had definitely been dead, since Logan had to put his head back on his body. But when he was faced with the truth, that the man was immortal, Logan has to admit to being…intrigued.

But as Samhain draws closer, the danger around them increases as the Fae converge. The Fae must be defeated if Brandr and Logan hope to find their happily ever after. Only by working together will have any chance of Mending the Rift and saving humanity.

 

About the Author

Best Selling author of the Cedar Falls Series, Paranormal War Series, and Miracle Series, Shea Balik has always had a vivid imagination with stories running around in her head. Often her stories are taken from observations of other people with her own spin.

Traveling is one of her favorite ways of fulfilling her passion of people watching. You never know, one day you may spark her imagination for her next book.

Whether at home or traveling she is usually in front of her computer writing or curled up with a good book.

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