V is for Victor and a Visit to the Dining Room at the P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium

Today’s stop on the Wanions of the Wicked Pub Tour. Don’t forget to visit and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning the grand prize. Cheers!

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“Welcome, welcome! Come sit down. Take a seat. The pea soup will be ready shortly. And it’s truly scrumptious today.

I  am Victor and I am both your chef and your host here in the Dining Room at the P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium. As you can see I am a rather small pig, but I have trained in the Culinary Magical Institute of P.A.W.S. in Paris and  I can produce a veritable banquet.

So start with the pea soup, stay for the shepherd’s pie, and make sure you leave enough room for pudding. Today’s selection is Headmaster Sprocket’s favorite, rhubarb crumble and custard.”

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Today we are proud to be part of the the the Pub and Restaurant Book Blog Tour to celebrate the release of Romarin Demetri’s new release in her Supernatural London Underground Series.

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter here for a chance to win a $20 Barnes…

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Seven’s Pub and Plundery: The Pub and Restaurant Book Blog Tour

Stop one on this week’s pub hop! Don’t forget to visit and leave a comment so that you can validate your entry in the giveaway. Cheers!

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Welcome to the first stop on The Pub and Restaurant Book Blog Tour! Your stop today is

Seven’s Pub and Plundery

from The Supernatural London Underground Series

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Setting up the series for you:

It’s been two decades since an attempt to eradicate the supernatural forces in the city under the guise of understanding them began, and about seven since it ended in chaos. After their escape, four twentysomething housemates try to learn what being human means, as the hidden part of the city starts to rebuild itself, and they must open their world up to a daft American girl with a dark secret, and potential for their cause. There is only one way for Romarin to become part of the Supernatural London Underground: Can she be the one who challenges the misfits to put down their ghosts and demons and make their world together?

 

Long before our Misfits living…

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Lisa Emme. The Yacht Club.

A shout out today from fellow author, Rosanna Leo. Thanks, Rosanna!

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Thank you, Rosanna, for giving me this opportunity to stop by and introduce my latest release, The Yacht Club. Originally published in digital format exclusively for Amazon, I’m very excited to be able to share these three novellas for the first time under one cover and with a much wider distribution. Set in the beautiful, posh suburbs of Vancouver, Canada, each story delivers a HEA featuring a strong, confident woman who isn’t afraid of her own sexuality.  The Yacht Club guaranteed to spice up your spring.

Available for pre-order now at your favourite online retailer including Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks. Release date April 25.

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Welcome to the Yacht Club – Vancouver’s exclusive BDSM club and best-kept secret – where few are asked to play, fewer still invited to stay.  Each sexy story brings a bit of ink, a lot…

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Enter Harry’s Universe

Tomorrow is the big day. Harry’s newest adventure, Hell to Pay, will be available everywhere. There’s still time to preorder your copy to ensure swift delivery.

If you can’t wait to return to Riverton (or need a bit of a refresher), I’ve created a reader’s guide to Harry’s world, a compendium of sorts, listing the people, places and things that make up Harry’s universe.

A word of warning before you click ENTER. If you are caught up on the series, you have nothing to fear (unless you don’t want to see my dream cast version of the main characters). If you are a book or two behind, my guide to Harry’s world contains spoilers. Enter at your own risk.

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Lisa Emme Interviews Isaac from Her Harry Russo Diaries Series

Isaac is in the limelight today on Jen Winter’s blog. Check it out!

Jen Winters is an Indie Author

Interview with Isaac from Dead and Kicking

How long have you been a vampire?

Oh, well, that is a rather personal question. Much like asking a lady her age, it’s just not done.  Let us say that I have seen my fair share of time come and go.

Do you drink blood or are you a psychic vampire?

A psychic vampire? Is that what you are calling it?  No, I am merely a Vlad, a vampire of middling power.  I require blood to maintain my life essence.  The ability to survive on life essence, or the aura of a living being, is only found in the most powerful of the vampiro.

Do you enjoy being a vampire?

If you had asked me that question a few months ago, I would have given you a much different answer.  Now however, I believe that the answer is yes.  I have found…

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The Tragically Hip

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I’m feeling a little sad today.  If you’re a Canadian over the age of 35, you’ll probably understand why.  If you’re not, well let me explain.

Last night, an iconic Canadian band bid the country farewell in a live concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.  The show was broadcast across the nation and played on screens big and small from St.John’s to Victoria.  They even had a special screening down in Rio for the Olympic athletes.  In a way that is usually reserved for gold medal hockey games, the country stood still for a few hours and came together to celebrate something uniquely Canadian – The Tragically Hip.

The Hip, as they are often lovingly called, consisting of members lead singer Gord Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay have been rocking their way into the hearts of Canadians since 1984. They’ve released 14 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 14 Juno Awards.  Remarkably, despite being superstars here at home, they never achieved the same fame internationally, but maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s one of the things that make them so special to Canadians.  They are truly ours and we didn’t have to share them with anyone else.

With a new album just released, you would think it would be a strange time for a farewell tour, but the reason is significant and, dare I say it, tragic.  Gord Downie has cancer – a terminal brain tumor – and is dying. Cancer sucks, what can you do? Instead of packing it in, The Hip packed the trucks and the bluesy-rock band whose lyrics often portray long-forgotten moments from Canada’s history or familiar scenes of Canadian life, hit the road for one last tour.

At times triumphant, others raw and emotional, Gord Downie and the band cranked out almost three hours of classic Canadian rock, songs that have been a huge part of the soundtrack of my life. I know I’m not the only one.  As I sat dazzled in front of the TV often snivelling quietly (so as not to alarm my son who just wouldn’t understand) I saw others in the crowd, men and women alike, that were just as teary as I was and I wondered at the courage it must take to get up on that stage over and over again across the country singing songs for possibly the last time.

As he belted out the final encore, Ahead by a Century, I couldn’t imagine what was going through Downie’s mind. Sorrow? Fury? Gratitude? All of the above? While I will never know, I hope that he was also thinking about how the entire country was bidding him a fond farewell and thanking him for being a part of their lives.

 

I found this article (What the World Can Learn From Canada)after I had already posted.  It says it better than I did.

S.I.A. with Rebecca Chastain

Hey folks! Today I have a treat for you. I’ve added an interview with international best-selling author, Rebecca Chastain to the S.I.A. section. I was quite excited when Rebecca contacted me to do an interview swap (so you can catch my interview with her on her website today as well). I’ve read Rebecca’s quirky romp, Tiny Glitches, where Eva, her main character, has a bit of a problem with electricity, not to mention a stolen ‘baby’ elephant. There are also ninjas and would-be kidnappers that like to bake. What’s not to love?

Rebecca also writes the popular Madison Fox series and is her promoting her Guardian Gargoyles Chronicles. Check it out!

Find out more in An Interview with Rebecca Chastain

Tick Tock – Don’t Forget the Hop!

Canada Day Blog HopThere’s just a couple days left for the Crazy Canuck Canada Day Blog Hop. Have you visited all the stops? Have you maximised your chances to win the Grand Prize? It’s an easy thing to do, just visit one of the stops and hop on board. Visit my original post and leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a paperback copy of Home Again, my contemporary romance.

PD Workman – Summer is Short on the Prairies Canadiana Prize Pack, including paperback copy of Questing for a Dream
Jessica Subject – a paperback copy of Alien Next Door – the Complete Series
Romarin Demetri – a copy of her debut novel, A Mirror Among Shattered Glass
Lisa Emme – a signed copy of Home Again
Nathan Burgoine – a copy of  his novel, Light
Kayleigh Malcolm – $20 CAD Amazon Gift Card
Cori Vidae – a paperback copy of Rough Edges

Enter the Grand Prize draw

So, what does it mean to be Canadian? Here’s an oldie, but goodie to help explain: