New Release: Star Knight Errant: Thrust by @AKShelley_

Note: A. K. Shelley is one of my writer friends and an awesome writer! I can’t wait to read her book. – Linda

Star Knight Errant: Thrust
A.K. Shelley
Publication date: August 26th 2019
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Science Fiction

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Blurb:

When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.

When Evander Mór transports to an unknown desert planet, his mission changes. Instead of brokering a peace deal, he’ll figure out what backwater he’s landed on and enjoy a well-earned weekend off with a gorgeous scientist. But when things get hotter than a supernova between them, he discovers he only has eighteen hours to stop an AI bent on murder, convince Cass he’s more than fiction, and find a way to cross the gulf between galaxies to bring her home.

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EXCERPT:

“Is that your name—Cassandra?” A velvety male voice echoed across the great room.

Cass’s stomach fell. She turned.

Star Knight Errant leaned back against a doorframe with his arms crossed and one knee kicked up. Not the actor who played him in the movies, but one appearing closer to the comic book hero—crackled mahogany leather pants, soft gray cotton tee, and muscles from his shoulders all the way down. His steady green eyes looked right into her deepest thoughts. Heat flooded her face. He lifted an eyebrow, his gaze falling to her only-at-home-alone ensemble—a threadbare but-too-comfy-to-throw-away tank top, sans bra, and too-short-for-public shorts.

“It’s just Cass.” She inched spare fabric down her thigh, bit her lip, and tasted mud. Oh, Gods. She glanced at her brick-red arms. She’d forgotten about the mask.

Star Knight strode over to her, crossing the great room in shockingly few steps. Holy Sol, he looked so real. It was amazing what the cloning machines could do—create flesh and bone without a hint of the android brain within. This replicant was the most stunning, gorgeous man she’d ever seen. She forced herself to remember to breathe.
“I’m Evan.”

“I know.” Tongue dry and breath gone, the words barely escaped her mouth. She swallowed. More precisely, this was Evander Mór of Exeter, a fictional planet created by comic-book visionary Mark Hopewell.

Evan smiled, more than a little swagger in his step. He looked around the room. “You’re a vision, darling, but I’m afraid this isn’t Station Alpha, where I intended to turn up.” He squinted out the windows to the exemplary view of the red planet beyond. “Where…is this?”

Cass lost all words. Star Knight Errant in the flesh stood close enough to touch her. His spice and musk pulled her like a neutron star.

Author Bio:

Prior to “following her weird” into passionate affairs off-world, A.K. Shelley wrote fantasy under the pseudonym Angela Shelley. She’s worked as a technical writer, publications manager, graphic designer, biologist, and Buddhist nun. Born and raised under the starry skies of Canada, these days she lives with her husband and kids in Southern California. A.K.’s first book, Star Knight Errant: Thrust, is expected August 26, 2019 through The Wild Rose Press.

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Book Review Club: The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen #review

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The Tuscan Child
by Rhys Bowen
Adult Fiction
Lake Union, 2018

I’m a big fan of Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series, so when I saw that she had written a “story within a story” one of my favorite literary devices, I had to buy the book.

The Tuscan Child takes place alternately in 1944 and 1973, and the narrators are a father and his daughter.

Hugo Langley, a British pilot, is shot down over the Tuscan countryside in December of 1944. He’s the only survivor of the plane crash, but his leg is badly injured. He is discovered by Sofia Bartoli, a young woman from the nearby village of San Salvatore. She helps him to hide in the ruins of a nearby monastery and brings him food and whatever medical supplies she can find.

Then the action moves to 1973 when Joanna Langley goes back to her ancestral home to deal with her father’s sudden death. Joanna is in a bad place herself, but grateful for the small legacy Hugo left her. Among his things she finds a letter to Sofia that was returned after war in which he declares his love for her and makes a cryptic reference to their “beautiful boy” being hidden. Intrigued and without work, she uses his legacy to travel to San Salvatore to find out what happened back in 1944. Once there, she meets Sofia’s son Renzo, but finds that the past mystery is not easily uncovered, and that someone wants it to stay buried. Someone who is willing to kill to keep his or her secrets.

I really enjoyed this book. I felt sympathy for Joanna’s predicament as well as Hugo’s. The subplot involving Paola Rossini, who rents a room to Joanna and teaches her about Italian cooking, is charming and heartwarming. And then there’s the handsome but mercurial Renzo. Can he be trusted or not?

If you enjoy Susanna Kearsley’s books, you will probably enjoy The Tuscan Child. In the end, the main villain was a bit obvious, but there was an interesting twist toward the end that I didn’t see coming. The pace is fast, the characters engrossing, and the description of both countryside and food is lovely.

(My apologies to regular readers of my blog for my absence this last month. I’m happy to report that my remodel is almost finished, and I should have more computer time in future.)

Linda

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