Saturday, December 20, 2014

#Western #Romance Called Riveting - Chasing the Dead

FIVE STARS for
CHASING THE DEAD, Book 1
Bannister Brother Series

Review
I must say this book surprised me, and not in a bad way. I hadn't expected it to pack such a punch. I've always been a sucker for characters that have an unrelenting passion and one that won't quit no matter what obstacle is thrown their way. And Maddie and Deacon did not disappoint in this aspect. Their connection is so palpable you can literally feel it. 

But that's not the only reason I would rate this a 5 star book. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn't just a western romance. It also has paranormal elements as well. Of which I won't delve into too much to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say that this book didn't disappoint. 

I highly recommend CHASING THE DEAD by Keta Diablo for anyone who loves a great romance and a riveting plot line! 



The Apache kidnapped me to dispel an evil ghost from their village. If I tell them I don't possess the same skills as my madre, they'll cut my throat and feed me to the dogs. Celesta was the best spirit chaser in all of New Mexico before she died.

The most I can hope for is that Emmett, my fiancé, will rescue me. Is he capable of such a thing? Poppy must not have thought so because he sent Deacon Bannister to save me. Deacon…the man who walked away days before our wedding a year ago. The man who still melts my bones after one look.

We're running for our lives from Uday, the vaporous ghoul tracking us. He lusts after  Sacheen, the beautiful maiden banished from the Apache village who travels with us. The warrior killed her father when Sacheen refused to marry him, and then Sacheen's brother killed Uday.

The ghost's powers grow stronger every minute on our journey back to El Vaquero...and so does my love for Deacon.

~ Madrid Arrende ~


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Monday, December 15, 2014

THIS WEEK'S WORD - Means Wretched!

Caitiff
Adjective and Noun [ Kay-rif ]

Cowardly, despicable.

Caitiff is pretty rare in contemporary use, but it has functioned since the 14th century as an adjective and also as a noun (as in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure: "O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou wicked Hannibal!").

Both the adjective and the noun evolved from the Anglo-French adjective caitif, meaning wretched, despicable. The French word in turn derived from the Latin captivus, meaning captive - the shift from captive to wretched being perhaps prompted by the perception of captives as wretched and worthy of scorn.

Caitiff is worth 15 points in Scrabble

This Week's Book
 
My latest western romance CHASING THE DEAD is the perfect book for This Week's Word because of the CAPTIVE variation. 

Read the blurb and you'll understand why:

The Apache kidnapped me to dispel an evil ghost from their village. If I tell them I don't possess the same skills as my madre, they'll cut my throat and feed me to the dogs. Celesta was the best spirit chaser in all of New Mexico before she died.



The most I can hope for is that Emmett, my fiancé, will rescue me. Is he capable of such a thing? Poppy must not have thought so because he sent Deacon Bannister to save me. Deacon…the man who walked away days before our wedding a year ago. The man who still melts my bones after one look.



We're running for our lives from Uday, the vaporous ghoul tracking us. He lusts after  Sacheen, the beautiful maiden banished from the Apache village who travels with us. The warrior killed her father when Sacheen refused to marry him, and then Sacheen's brother killed Uday.



The ghost's powers grow stronger every minute on our journey back to El Vaquero...and so does my love for Deacon.

 ~ Madrid Arrende ~

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"This book has it all, romance, paranormal, and sexy cowboys."  Book Heathens
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"Thrilling! I found myself amazed at how addictive not only the story was but with the characters. They totally hooked me with their charisma and cultured way of life." Queen Tutt's Reviews

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Friday, December 12, 2014

HOT FOR FRIDAY - Hosted by Book Boyfriends Cafe

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This weeks theme is "First Kiss". I've chosen Meko and Cesca's kiss from WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. Now...you want to know why, right? They met under tense, violent times when Francesca Duvall and her brother Marsh were kidnapped by the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers during a raid on their homestead. Her captor (and protector) is non other than Meko, a time wanderer known as Ethan Gray in the modern world.

Cesca initiates their first kiss, not because of lust or love, but because she believes she will die the following day and wants to experience some semblance of passion before she leaves the world. 

Here's a short passage from the book where Meko takes Cesca to his tipi the night before she suffers under the sun torture.

Engrossed in the current of heat between them, his words startled her. "You've never lain with a man before?"
She croaked out an answer. "No."
"Then you should stop if you want to keep it that way."
"Tomorrow I could be dead." The strain had left her voice, replaced by a strength she knew she'd find with him.
"You think to taste this fruit before your life is over?"
"And you think I'm using you for—for my own selfish reasons?"
His tongue found her ear, dissolving any wavering thoughts. "I think a woman who is about to face what you must should have her every wish granted."
Hard and searching, his mouth covered hers. He lifted her without effort and shifted his weight until she lay beneath him. Her breath lodged in her chest when his hands stroked her face and trailed down her throat.  


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About Where the Rain Is Made


* Nominated for Bookie Award by Authors After Dark.
* Nominated for Best Romance of the Year
* Book of the Month – Black Raven’s Café
* Top Recommended Read – 3 Professional review sites

A decadent savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. Now she spends every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal Dog Soldiers.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum... until he travels through time to help his beloved People. In the Cheyenne world he’s known as Meko, leader of the most revered tribe of the plains.

Cultures and hearts battle, violence and death haunt the road ahead, but when kindred souls collide, anything is possible. From the windswept plains of Colorado to the placid life of a curator, their love is fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hot For Friday Hop - Hosted by BOOK BOYFRIENDS CAFE

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Our fun task this week was to choose one of the heroes from a book and compare him to a look-alike celebrity. More specifically, who would we choose to play our hero in a movie?

This was an easy choice for me. I chose Actor/Model Rick Mora to play Meko from Where the Rain Is Made. 

Meko (aka Ethan Gray) is a time wanderer from the modern world who is sent back in time by a Sacred Council to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne. One of the tenets of time wandering is to avoid falling in love with a woman from another time and place. He swore an oath he wouldn't ...but this time he failed. During a Cheyenne raid, he meets Francesca Duvall and takes her as his captive.


About Where the Rain Is Made
* Nominated for Bookie Award by Authors After Dark.
* Nominated for Best Romance of the Year
* Book of the Month – Black Raven’s Café

* Top Recommended Read – 3 Professional review sites


A decadent savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. Now she spends every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal Dog Soldiers.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum... until he travels through time to help his beloved People. In the Cheyenne world he’s known as Meko, leader of the most revered tribe of the plains.

Cultures and hearts battle, violence and death haunt the road ahead, but when kindred souls collide, anything is possible. From the windswept plains of Colorado to the placid life of a curator, their love is fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.
  
Here's one of my favorite pictures of Rick Mora (Oh, he would make the perfect Meko).


If you'd like to see more fantastic pictures of Mr. Mora, please visit his web site HERE

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More About Where the Rain Is Made

 



Monday, November 24, 2014

This Week's Word Means "To Imitate"

Mimesis
noun [muh-MEE-sis]

The imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature; any disease that shows symptoms characteristic of another disease; or the representation of another person's words in a speech.

First Known Use: 1550. Originally a Greek word, it has been used in aesthetic or artistic theory to refer to the attempt to imitate or reproduce reality since Plato and Aristotle. Mimesis is derived from the Greek verb mimeisthai, which means to imitate and which itself comes from mimos, meaning mime. The English word mime also descends from mimos, as do mimic and mimicry.

Mimesis is worth 11 points in Scrabble


Mimesis fits the theme in CHASING THE DEAD. Native Americans believed ghosts or dead spirits had the ability to mimic a human voice. Sometimes they accomplished this by whistling, shrieking, hissing or screaming. In the excerpt below, the la phantasm (ghost) lures the Indian maiden Sacheen into a trap by using the voice of her brother, Elan.

Excerpt
Maddie's screams woke Deacon and Gideon. They rushed from their room and met her near the entrance of the hacienda.
"Madrid, what the hell is wrong?"
"She's gone, Deacon. I've looked everywhere."
"Whoa, hold on. Who's gone?"
"Sacheen. She's not in her room and the door to the courtyard is open." A sob broke on her lips. "Something has happened to her. I feel it in my bones."
Deacon looked at his brother and was met by eyes of turbid-blue. "Goddamn it," Gideon said and slammed his hand against the brick wall.
"Ring the bell, Madrid, get everyone up. Gideon, stay with me, brother. We don't know what's happened yet. We'll find her, I promise."
 "Like hell we will. You and I both know what happened to her. I told her over and over not to leave the hacienda. Why?" He looked at the ceiling. "Why would she leave, knowing that maniac is just waiting for her to make a mistake?"
"Oh, Dios," Maddie strangled a gasp with her hand. "I meant to tell her but forgot in all the chaos of returning home."
"Tell her what, Maddie?" Gideon's eyes almost spit fire.
"The la fantasma can mimic human voices." Maddie clutched her gut. "He pretended to be her brother Elan. He tricked her."
Deacon's panicked voice commanded everyone's attention. "Gideon, round up that Mexican healer—what's his name?"
"Nasario," Madrid said between sobs. "Last adobe house at the end of the village. Tell him to bring his horse, he might need it."
A short time later, Gideon, Deacon, Maddie and Nasario came upon the trail of black stones leading away from the courtyard.
"What the hell is this?" Gideon shifted his weight from one hip to the other and looked into the shaman's eyes.
"Apache tears."
"What does that mean," Deacon said, "Apache tears?"
"The Indians use them sometimes to mark a trail. They are considered good luck if you follow them." Nasario shrugged. "The chidn laid them down for her to follow."
Gideon threw his hat on the ground.
"We'll follow them too," Deacon said through clenched teeth. "See where they lead."


About Chasing the Dead


The Apache kidnapped me to dispel an evil ghost from their village. If I tell them I don't possess the same skills as my madre, they'll cut my throat and feed me to the dogs. Celesta was the best spirit chaser in all of New Mexico before she died.

The most I can hope for is that Emmett, my fiancé, will rescue me. Is he capable of such a thing? Poppy must not have thought so because he sent Deacon Bannister to save me. Deacon…the man who walked away days before our wedding a year ago. The man who still melts my bones after one look.

We're running for our lives from Uday, the vaporous ghoul tracking us. He lusts after  Sacheen, the beautiful maiden banished from the Apache village who travels with us. The warrior killed her father when Sacheen refused to marry him, and then Sacheen's brother killed Uday.

The ghost's powers grow stronger every minute on our journey back to El Vaquero...and so does my love for Deacon.

~ Madrid Arrende ~

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