BTT (9/8/)

What are you reading now?

  • Sapphique
  • Paradox, The Angels are Here (Paradox series Book 1)

Would you recommend it?

  • So far I would definitely recommend both books!

And what’s next?

  • Honestly? No clue, lol.  What ever hits my fancy as I have a huge TBR list.  We shall see. . .

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

The Strength of the Pack – Review

Front Cover
Title: The Strength of the Pack
Author: Jorrie Spencer
Series: Northern Shifters / Strength #1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: 2008
Source: Google Books
Buy the Book: Amazon or Google Books


Since his sister disappeared two years ago, Seth’s solitude has intensified. Despite his deep need to be part of a pack, he sets himself apart, wary of humans who fear the wolf in him.

When Seth hooks up with his teenaged crush, loneliness and physical desire overcome his distrust. Jamie welcomes his attentions, albeit a little shyly, and Seth rationalizes they can have one night together before they part.

For Seth can never be part of a regular family. No normal woman is going to accept his freakish nature, nor his past violence. Especially a single mother determined to protect her family. However, Seth and Jamie’s bond runs deeper than he knows. He cannot return to the shadows. Yet exposure may bring danger to them all.


 My Thoughts

Reading shifter stories is relatively new for me.  I was never overly interested in the blood and needlessly violent world of weres until I stumbled upon J. L. Langely and Joely Skye.  While weres are new for me, M/M romance is not, lol.  Jorrie Spencer is the other persona for Joely so I had to jump back further in the series world she has created and see where some of the characters came from.  *Please note: Jorrie writes M/F romance while her alter, Joely, writes M/M romance.*

The Strength of the Pack is the first in the Northern Shifters (Strength) Series and is the story of Seth, a shapeshifter that yearns to connect, to love and be loved, but doesn’t think it’s possible or that he could deserve it.  I was curious to see how the story unfolded as it is a romance, lightly explicit (not nearly as explicit as some of her later books), but it’s also an action / murder story as well.

When Jamie runs into a long lost friend and he manages to seduce her then throws her out she thought it was over between them.  He had planned for it to be at least.  When she discovers she’s pregnant things change and she decides that he will be a part of the child’s life, not knowing he’s a shifter.  A scared shifter that is being hunted.  And as they say, nothing is easy, especially when love is on the line.

The characters are well developed but a bit immature in places.  This is not a detractor in my opinion.  If I had been though what either of them had I’d probably be a bit skittish yet wilful too, lol.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the slightly twisted romance of this story!  The inclusion of Jamie’s son and the were-boy Seth mentors is a heart pulling touch that I loved.  I would like to see more of Seth in the future books and maybe even some where his human mate, Jamie, shows herself.  I mean, a woman that can stand up to her shifter lover and put him in his place is ‘all right’ in my book. Open-mouthed smile

This story is filled with love, fear, passion, danger, and, in the end, joy.  The chemistry between Seth and Jamie is. . . yum.  Overall this was a fast moving, hot at times, story that I would gladly recommend to any that love a good shifter / were story (I would say werewolf but not all weres in this world are wolves).  I look forward to her next instalment in the Northern Shifters / Strength series, The Strength of the Wolf.

My Rating



About the Author

Jorrie Spencer has written for more years than she can remember. Her latest writing passion is romance and shapeshifters. She lives with her husband and two children in Canada.

To learn more about Jorrie Spencer, please visit or send an email to her at

She also writes as Joely Skye (



The Puzzling Piece – Support

As the mother of two boys with Asperger’s (Autism Spectrum Disorders) I am posting and supporting Cristina over at the Alaskan Book Cafe.  She is participating in the IPad Challenge by The Puzzling Piece which was created to raise money to help children with Autism. If She can sell 60 items ‘Junior’ will receive an IPad.

If you would like to help please go to the website at   and choose one of the items for sale there.  In the challengers name box please type Armando Rodriguez Jr.  I really appreciate all your help in supporting others raising children with autism.  This is an item she cannot afford but one that will help him immensely.



BTT – Weather

While my town dries out of record-setting, epic flooding from Hurricane Irene, let me ask you:

What’s your book with weather events? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Blizzards? Real? Fiction? Doesn’t matter … weather comes up a lot in books, so there’s got to be a favorite somewhere, huh?

Hum.  Not really sure on this one.  Huge storms, if depicted correctly, I guess would have to be my answer.  I grew up in Florida . . . hurricanes!!!, so I do have a soft spot for severe storms in books, movies, etc.  I’m not really sure I could give a logical reason as those kinds of storms aren’t ‘good’ things but they are powerful and pull at some long forgotten childish core. 

If you’re going for scare me to death it would be blizzards though.  I don’t have a good list of books to show for examples (too tired this A.M.) but there ya have it.  Open-mouthed smile



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Tour: No Trees Harmed – Excerpt

No Trees Harmed welcomed Áine P Massie, author of the paranormal romance “Blood’s Voice” today.  Their Guest Post included a 2,000 word excerpt.


Please check it out!

WWW Wednesday (8/31)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

 My answers:

What are you currently reading? I am still reading “Sapphique” by Catherine Fisher.

Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment?

What did you recently finish reading? I finished reading “Bloodlines.” Love Adrian! OMG.  When’s the next one coming out again?!



What do you think you’ll read next? After I finish “Sapphique“, I’m planning to dive into “Exit!” I won this one.  It’s interesting yet disturbing from the back over.  Should be different :)!



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a bl0g). Thanks! Open-mouthed smile

Tour: Author Interview

I recently had the pleasure of ‘meeting’ T. L. Haddix, the author of the Leroy’s Sins Series.  Today she has honoured me over at her site with an interview.  Check it out!  She asked me new questions and features the cover of the next book in the House Millar series, Blood Bound.


Who is your favorite character and why?

That’s easy.  Declán.  He is so laid back, loving, loyal, and driven that you, or at least I, can’t help but love him.  He takes everything as it comes, not worrying about the consequences even when others are begging him to protect himself.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a problem with a friend, family member, or his loves… he is always there for them.  I would love to have him as a friend or boyfriend (if he was real and older, lol).

Teaser Tuesdays (8/30)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers 

Nicholas grinned as he looked around and caught sight of Kayla and Declán moving towards the fridge.  “Ah, is it feeding time?”

Kayla reached back and smacked Nicholas’s shoulder, though she was smiling. 

~p. 4, “Blood Bound” by Áine P Massie [ARC]


Note: Nicholas is a vampire, Kayla and Declán are human.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Tour: Blood’s Voice Excerpt

Check out the excerpt from Blood’s Voice over at Speak Without Interruption.  They have posted a nice sized excerpt for all you book fans to nibble upon.


Blood’s Voice Info:

Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.

This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.

Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

Today Blood’s Voice was the featured book on Lynn’s Literary Listings.  Check it out if you have time. Thank you Lynn!


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