Catrin Russell

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Tuesday Teaser – A Kiss to Keep Her Quiet

🔥 Tuesday Teaser 🔥

🖤 Here’s a snippet from my current WIP, The Condemned. It’s part of my unedited first draft 🖤

Iselyn squirmed beneath him. “Please! They could help us!”

Gharrus bared his teeth. “No! By the Makers, lass, trust me on this!”

Tears shone in Iselyn’s eyes, but she continued to shift, trying to get loose.
Gharrus didn’t know what to do. Any word from her now, and the hunters would find them. As her mouth opened and a breath entered her lungs, he knew he had no choice. Desperate to keep her quiet, he leaned in.

“But, Gharrus—” was all Iselyn managed to say before his lips connected with hers.

🖤 The Condemned – a stand-alone Romantic Fantasy novel, perfect for readers who enjoy dark and gritty fantasy tales with romance and explicit steam 🖤

New Author Logo!

🔥 New Author Logo! 🔥

🍁 Like previously stated, I’ve done a bit more art lately for various reasons, but while doing so, I’ve worked on updating my logo. This is the final version, and I’m pretty pleased with the results 🥰

🍁 QOTD: Do you like author logos? ❤️

🍁 AOTD: I love them! I think a well-designed logo can say a lot about an author’s style 😍

Sunday Shout-out to Tuari for his review of the Light of Darkness box set (books 1-3)!

🔥 Sunday Shout-out to Tuari for his review of my Light of Darkness box set (books 1-3)🔥

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I asked my author friend to recommend a fantasy book to me after I’ve watched a Netflix series and wanted something with magic that wasn’t too far out crazy otherworldly. So she recommended this, her favourite fantasy author. And I’ll be damned but I have to say, she was spot on in choosing the perfect read for me. It’s a great series and I’ll continue with the others as well. Great story, I like the concept of magic, it’s pretty science-based and logical, which appeals, the consistency and that there are limits to it and development in the characters’ abilities to harness it.


The story is really good and the characters are all so distinct and there is a development in their personalities and relationships as well that I appreciate. Really great boxset.” – Tuari Eagleswing, Goodreads Reviewer

Author Spotlight: Helen Walton

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy Romance author Helen Walton!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her book!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Helen Walton is a tea drinking, chocoholic, romance writer. Stories are her obsession, and she adores creating sweet and sensual romances containing a sprinkling of humor and the all-important happy ending. She lives in Australia with her family, and menagerie of quirky animals where they all take her away from her book world and demand to be fed. Lucky for them, she enjoys cooking but prefers baking.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

  1. I own horses.
  2. My dream destination is the Northern Lights.
  3. Buffy is my favorite show.
  4. I love rain.
  5. If I could have any pet I’d have a dragon.

3. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Ebooks OR physical books? Both depending on my mood which one I want to read
First person view OR third person view? Either. I’m all for variety.
Standalone OR series? Both. I tend to like standalone contemporary romance but series for paranormal and fantasy romance.
Read multiple books OR one at a time? One at a time. Are you crazy?
Signed edition OR first edition? Signed for my trophy shelf.
Graphic novels OR comic books? Hides head. I don’t read either.
Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven. I don’t care where or what the characters are doing if I’m invested in them.
Zombies OR dragons? Dragons. Who doesn’t want to ride one?
Witches OR vampires? Vampires. I’m a huge Buffy fan so…
Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? I browse at bookstores then buy online.
Hero OR anti-hero? Hero, even better if it’s a hero who doesn’t think he’s a hero.
TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader which sometimes takes me a while to figure out what I’m in the mood for.
Music while reading OR silence? Silence. Although I rarely get it so I’ve learned to block out noise.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? Sofa with my fluffy blanket and cat.

4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention? The underdog story where the character learns they are enough just the way they are.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be? Humorous, sexy, and heartfelt.

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series! I love writing about characters finding love with that special person who loves them for who they are. I write in various genres from contemporary romance, to fantasy and paranormal romance. I’m currently working on my Summer Court series about the Fae Royals finding their fated mates while trying to stop the Fae from the destruction of their race.

7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Fae’s Song

The fate of the Fae begins…

Songstress, Niamh, has an unusual Fae power—an influence in her voice. Singing at the prince’s two hundredth birthday celebrations should be a grand moment, but not luring the prince into believing she’s his mate is all she’s concerned about. For every man succumbs to the magic of her voice and the prince is the one man she wants but can never have. For what can a lowly earth-living Fae offer the prince of the Summer Court?

When the King and Queen of the Fae insist Prince Fintan select a mate on his birthday, he’s reluctant to settle for a chosen mate, but then he stumbles upon his fated mate. He never thought he’d need to woo her, but if that’s what it takes to convince Niamh they’re fated mates, then he’ll do anything in his considerable power to make her his.

But as the secret in Niamh’s power is revealed, will Fintan still believe they are fated mates? Or will her secret be their undoing? And those of the Fae?

Over the passage of time, discover the fate of the Fae beginning with the novella Fae’s Song-a tale of fated mates. Each story in the Summer Court series follows a different couple and can be read as a standalone.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

https://amzn.to/3RZd9sf

8. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

You can find me on my website

https://www.helenwaltonauthor.com

and here

https://linktr.ee/HelenWaltonAuthor

Book Review: The Ashen Levels

📚 Review time! 📚

📚 The Ashen Levels by C.F. Welburn

📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A dark, yet fabulous tale about a man called Balagir, this story begins as he awakens without memory of his past. Balagir is forced to go through trials and riddles, one more dangerous than the next as he tries to uncover what has happened to him.

Written in most exquisite prose, this tale is expertly told. The book gives off an intriguing and creepy, almost fairytale-like, feel (the old kind, mind you), which I found highly entertaining. Everywhere Balagir turns, there is a challenged he must face, and it is absolutely fantastic!

And what a satisfying ending to an otherwise great series! The threads weaved throughout this story are flawless, and how it all comes together at the end is expertly done. I loved the conclusion!

I cannot recommend this enough, for I’ve absolutely devoured this series listening to the audiobooks! I feel empty now, knowing Balagir won’t be joining me in my day-to-day life. The narration done by Jez Jameson leaves me wanting for more on its own, let alone the fabulous story CF Welburn has penned here!

Fantastic world-building, great characters, superbly merged GameLit elements, intriguing mysteries, and great action! I cannot stress enough how great this series is. Just buy it already!

Sunday Shout-out to Kayenta for her review of The Thousand Year Divide

🔥 Sunday Shout-out to Kayenta for her review of my book The Thousand Year Divide (The Light of Darkness, book #6)🔥

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It’s always bittersweet coming to the end of a series, but I know this will be one I return to. This final book is packed with action, drama and intrigue and provides a really satisfying conclusion for both the overarching plot and the characters’ own individual journeys. Secrets are revealed, unexpected romance blossoms, and it all comes to a head in a gripping final few chapters that kept me up well past midnight!” – Kayenta

Author Spotlight: P.S. Scott

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy Romance author P.S. Scott!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her book!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi, my name is P.S. Scott and here’s my official bio: P.S. Scott first started writing at seven and hasn’t looked back. An unabashed optimist, anime lover and true believer in the power of chocolate, P.S. now writes books that transport her to faraway lands of imagination and magic and shares them with other dreamers.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

Oooo this is hard. Well, here goes:

  1. I’ve lived in over 4 countries and tend to move around a lot.
  2. I can read tarot cards.
  3. I am one of a twin.
  4. I LOVE reading romance novels (though you probably knew that).
  5. I write in multiple genres (fantasy romance as P.S. Scott and mystery as A.M. Saint)

3. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Ebooks OR physical books? Ebooks.

First-person view OR third-person view? First person.

Standalone OR series? Series (but a series of standalones instead of a continuing one.)

Read multiple books OR one at a time? Multiple books, sometimes in different genres.

Signed edition OR first edition? Signed edition.

Graphic novels OR comic books?Graphic novels.

Plot driven OR character driven?Character-driven.

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons.

Witches OR vampires? Both!

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? Online.

Hero OR anti-hero? Anti-hero.

TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader.

Music while reading OR silence? I listen to a lot of audiobooks so silence, I guess. If I’m reading an e-book, I like to listen to music, though.

Read in bed OR read on sofa? In bed.

4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention?

Honestly, anything romance will catch my attention, especially historical romance. Historical romances are my go-to comfort read. I like feminist heroines and unusual historical settings. The suffragist movement at Oxford in Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke is a great example of a historical romance with an unusual settting and feminist character. I’m not partial to any particular trope and will read any trope if it’s written well. I’m also very partial to humor.

I love anything that makes me laugh. Some of my favorite humorous books are The Thursday Murder Club, the Stephanie Plum series, and Bridget Jones’ Diary. I’m a sucker for anything featuring sharp social observation like Crazy Rich Asians.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?

Emotional, character-driven, entertaining.

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I write fantasy and fantasy romances. My books tend to be character-driven. I’m can be lax when it comes to worldbuilding since I’m a character-driven writer and the character’s emotional journey is what I tend to focus on. I have a new book coming out this month (22nd September 2022), that’s a first in a series. It’s called Silk and Sword and it’s an enemies-to-lovers f/f fantasy romance. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, which is another standalone featuring one of the characters from Silk and Sword.

This series is more of a romance and less of a fantasy and I’ve tried to give it some of that historical romance feel. This is my first adult romance/ fantasy romance series and it’s been a pleasure to write. I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

I’m so glad you asked! Silk and Sword is my most recent release (releasing 22nd September 2022). It’s the first in a trilogy featuring three fantasy romance standalones (with characters from the same series). Here’s the blurb:

When Lieutenant General Petronilla meets Acelina, the proprietress of Duality, it is hate at first sight. Forced into prostitution at a young age, Petronilla has rebuilt her life to become one of the highest-ranking army officials in Inferno. She detests everything the pleasure house owner stands for and doesn’t bother to hide it. Forced to spend a night together because of a bet, Petronilla realizes her feelings run deeper than she realized…

Acelina has no idea why Petronilla hates her so much. Only that the hate is mutual. The Lieutenant General never misses a chance to criticize her, and if it weren’t for her VIP customer, General Darius, she would never tolerate Petronilla. But when a secret mission forces them to live together, Acelina takes the opportunity to exact revenge.

As they get to know each other, it becomes harder to deny the attraction that burns between them. What begins as a battle of wills, becomes an undeniable passion, growing into all-consuming love that will stop at nothing.

Silk and Sword is an enemies-to-lovers F/F romance set in a fantasy world.

Amazon link (available on KU):

8. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

I love interacting with readers so please don’t be shy and drop me a line on Instagram or FB. I spend most of my time on Instagram, so you should be able to find me there. Here are the links to all my social media platforms:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/P-S-Scott/e/B07PWRH54Z?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1663095958&sr=8-1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/p-s-scott

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18997427.P_S_Scott

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psscottauthor/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psscottauthor/?ref=pages_you_manage

Thank you so much for having me over. I really enjoyed the interview.

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