∞ Cover Reveal ∞ Willows of Fate by: Suzanna J. Linton

Today is the cover reveal for Willows of Fate by Suzanne J Linton. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

WillowsofFateFinalWillows of Fate (Lands of the Sun and Stone series #1)
by Suzanna J Linton

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: October 3, 2014

Know thyself...

All her life, Desdemona has seen things others haven't. Dragons, knights, dwarves, kids with three eyes. Heeding her mother's advice, she keeps silent about this and struggles through life, pretending everything is normal.

At her mother's death, Desdemona returns to a home haunted with memories but she is determined to not be shaken from what little normalcy she has. However, when her brother is murdered and she uncovers a family secret, Desdemona realizes that there is more to what she sees. Perhaps a whole other world, one that's willing to kill to have her as its own.

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Mall maintenance halls are creepy. Plain and white, with fluorescent lighting, they evoke images of serial killers, hockey masks, and bloody butcher knives. The figure standing at the end does not help matters.
He's wearing a brown hood, pulled low over his face, casting the upper half in shadow and exposing only his beardless chin. A long knife hangs from his side, and a quiver with arrows on his back. Dressed in a green long shirt, black pants, and brown hood, he appears ready to attend a Ren Faire. I can't tell if he's looking at me or past me. I assure myself that he's gazing beyond me because that is the more bearable thought.
A gaggle of girls bursts from the bathroom in a cloud of body spray. They pay no attention to the man, and they wouldn’t. I step to the side to let them by and slip into the restroom.
After doing my business, I stand at the mirror and concentrate on what I came to the mall for: yarn for a coworker’s baby blanket, a new sketchbook, and a pair of shoes. I remind myself that I need to get home in time to prepare for this night’s class at the technical school. The steel sink feels cool and wet under my hands, anchoring me more firmly in the moment, in what is real.
I know the hooded man is one of the phantoms only I can see and not some costumed crazy. It’s like knowing the sun is out when my eyes are closed because of warmth on my face or knowing there is a fire because of the heat against my skin. And, as always, that feeling spikes a need in me to forget somehow, to reach for a beer or bottle of liquor to distract myself. My gut clenches against the need but I shove against it.
Desdemona, I remind myself, you have a good job at the law firm and you’re going to school to be a paralegal and you have a pretty decent life. Don’t screw it up. You can do this.
I pull my curly red hair into a pony tail. Leaving the restroom, I don’t look toward the end of the hall and re-enter the stream of people on their Saturday shopping excursions. My cell phone rings the sound of chimes in a breeze and I stop to dig it out of my purse. "Hello?"
"Is this Desdemona?"
I don't recognize the thin, quavery voice. "This is she."
"This is Mae Winslow. I’m one of your mother's neighbors."
"Hello. Is everything all right?"
"I'm afraid not. Can you come down? There's something very important that's happened."
Someone bumps into me and I step a little more out of traffic. "What's wrong?" I reply.
"Desdemona, I really think you should come—"
"What's wrong!" My voices spikes and a couple of people glance my way.
"I'm so sorry. I wanted her to call you sooner, but, she wouldn't listen. Said you needed to focus on work and school."
"Is she all right?"
"No, darling." The old woman pauses and I nearly scream at her to go on. "Your mother is in the hospital. She has lung cancer and there isn’t anything more the doctors can do.” Another terrible pause. “You should come down right away.”
Tears prick my eyes. "I'll come. Which hospital? What room?” Pressing phone between ear and shoulder, I fumble for the pen and notepad I keep in my purse. Ms. Winslow gives me the information and I jot it all down before saying goodbye and ending the call.
The man in the hood walks by, slipping away unseen by everyone else, and I have to fight the urge to throw my phone at him, to demand if he was some sort of death omen. I close my eyes. Breathe deep. Count to ten. And I tell myself that he can't be real, that he isn't, but the cell phone in my hand is.

SuzannaAbout the Author:
Suzanna Linton became a writer the first day she picked up a pencil, scribbling happily in magazines and books. Growing up in (very) rural South Carolina, she was steeped in legends and ghost stories and was surrounded by her mother's ever-growing book collection. She graduated from Francis Marion University with a degree in Professional Writing and bounced from job to job until she landed in a library, where she met her now-husband. She lives with him in South Carolina with their two dogs and cat.

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∞ REVIEW ∞ Her Last Whisper By: Karen Robards

Her Last Whisper
By: Karen Robards

The last time criminal psychology expert Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. Now she’s determined to stick to research—and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can’t refuse. And there’s no greater danger than the Cinderella Killer, a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie’s unique skills before it’s too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane—and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland—Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena’s sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate. But it’s Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal Lothario decides she’s just his type.

"There was also a sense of profound connection, a depth of feeling, and unspoken acknowledgment: You matter to me"

Well I am speechless.... How do I convey my love for this book and the whole series. It was a thrilling non-stop suspensful journey with quick wit and glorious sexual tension around every turn. There was not one page that left you behind and after every turn there was more and more to love.

I have to say, I missed Michael. He is seriously one of my favorite characters I have ever read about. He's up there with Barrons (Fever series) and Daemon (Lux Series). There is just something so real about him that makes me enjoy every second with him. He is so very protective of Charlie along with one of the crudest and actaully bad characters you've ever read. By bad I mean he's a serial killer. Or is he? This is where Karen has done some amazing work. We all know that he has killed woman but there is a hidden story behind this that we only get pieces of every now and then. It makes him such a mystery. The more you get into the story the more you realize how truly amazing he can be. It makes you question the real Michael? Would he kill the woman that the courts say he did? I, of course, do not for one second believe this, but there is actually no proof on this. I'm still waiting. Oh yes there was one other thing I should mention about Michael...
"He was a ghost; he did not belong in her world"
On the other hand there is Charlie who is down right the opposite of Michael. She is a psychiatrist who likes routine and control. She's not willing to be controlled by some "man" who thinks that because he says jump she's got to say how high? I absolutely love this about her. She may be straight lace in the fact that she's bland (no offense Charlie) but she has this hidden hardness about her. This, of course, is a development from her past which we have already learnt about in the previous books (See Review HERE). While Charlie has fought these feelings for Michael for so long, you can really see the connection between the two in "Her Last Whisper". 

"He doesn't deserve what's happening to him,' she told Tam fiercely. "I know him. I vouch for him. He is - was- a good man." 

I loved that we got so much more romance!! Which is funny cause she's human and he's a ghost so nothing can actually happen. This obstacle which they can never overcome is what I love the most about this series. They LITERALLY CANNOT BE TOGETHER. Physically, at all! There are a couple times (not going to spoil with details) when things happen and I love that they happen a few and far between. It allows for their relationship to build on mutual respect and friendship even though their sexual chemistry is of the charts!!! 

Now let me actually get down to the nitty gritty of this book. The actual pace and story line was like a roller coaster ride. There was absolutely no down time. If one thing wasn't happening another thing was. I couldn't believe how completely hooked I was from the very first page. The mystery to this story, of course like the other books in this series, is that they are trying to catch a serial killer. Only in this one it's a FBI's sister that was taken. Every emotion is heightened. Every action is over and above what is called for. Everything that happens make's this book the best book in the series. Yes! I'm actually saying that a third book in a series is the best one so far. I normally will never say that. There is always something about learning about two characters at the beginning of the journey that is the best but not here. Karen has transported us so far past that. She had me on the edge of my seat wither it was from the serial killer that was running loose, or the constant battles that Michael and Charlie's "relationship" face. 

However, I will warn you... I finished this book mad. Not at the story but at the fact that I have to wait so long for the next one... There is a huge cliff hanger (which Karen is very very good at) that will leave you completely stunned. At least I was. I seriously flipped through the pages and held my breath..There was just no way it could end like that. When I realized what Karen did. I released MY last whisper .....

 "She wouldn't dare... Would she?"