Shadow Fall by Laura Griffin {#Sponsored #Book Post}

shadowfall

Special Agent Tara Rushing arrives at a grisly murder scene and quickly discovers she’s got a serial killer on her hands. The killer is meticulous, making sure to wipe up even the smallest traces of evidence…but the Delphi Center experts are on the case.

The local sheriff has a suspect all picked out—ex-Marine and current security expert Liam Wolfe. Despite all her digging, Tara knows very little about Liam when she shows up at his sprawling Texas compound, which serves as headquarters for Wolfe Security, and she’s surprised by her intense physical reaction to him.

As she and Liam grow closer, Tara finds herself depending on his skills and expertise to help her track a killer. But when another body turns up, Tara must decide if she can trust the man who’s quickly stealing her heart.

SERIES: The Tracers Series, Book 9
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1476779256
PRE-ORDER NOW… Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Books•A•Million | iBooks | IndieBound | Powell’s

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

FOLLOW THE AUTHOR…Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

“A perfect combination of forensic science, mystery, romance and action make this series one to watch.”—Publishers Weekly

Laura GriffinTracersSeries

ONE OF MY FAVORITE “HOT” SCENES…

“You’re quick.” He nodded approvingly, and she felt a stab of irritation.”You’re condescending.”The corner of his mouth curled up. “Honey, you’re about to get your ass handed-”

Her lightning-fast kick caught him in the chest, but he grabbed her ankle and jerked her off balance. She landed on her butt and rolled left, but he was on her in a heartbeat, caging her in beneath his big chest, with his palms planted on either side of her head.

She stared up at him, chest heaving. She dug her heels into the mat and tried to lever him off, but it was like pushing a tree.

“Nice try.” He grinner down at her, and she had the satisfaction of seeing the sheen of sweat on his brow.

She made herself go limp for a moment, huffing out a sigh. When his shoulders relaxed, she slid down and rolled out from under him. As she jumped up, she knew he’d let her go. Getting free had been far too easy.

He got to his feet, smiling, and she went at him with a 360 spin kick that caught him off balance and landed him on his butt. She jumped on him, pinning his arms beside him, and she felt a surge of triumph, but it vanished as he heaved himself up and tossed her onto her back. Before she could get a breath, he was between her legs, pinning her to the mat with his hips and clasping her wrists beside her head.

“Give?”

“No.”

He ducked his head down, catching her lower lip in his teeth. She bit back, and then his mouth crushed against hers as his pelvis ground into her. She squirmed and bucked until he pulled away. Heat glittered in his eyes as he gazed down at her. “Now?”

She gave a slight nod. When he released her wrists, she took his head in her hands and pulled him down. The kiss was hot and urgent, and she wrapped her legs around him, squeezing him against her as she dug her fingernails into his scalp. He rolled onto his back, hauling her on top of him with a low groan and shifting her hips so she straddled his lap. She leaned back, panting, but he cupped his hand behind her head and pulled her down for another kiss.

Her breasts settled against his chest. He was huge and strong beneath her, and she rubbed against his body, loving the hardness of it and getting dizzy from all the friction points.

A noise had her jerking back, suddenly alert.

“Who’s here?” she asked.

–Chapter 20–

In exchange for this post and future review, I will receive The Tracers Series.

Little Green Grasshopper

Green Grasshopper

Copyright © 2009 Graham

A brilliant green grasshopper surprised me with a loud thud against the kitchen window late this evening.

Who am I kidding? That tiny green bug scared the shit out of me when it flung it’s body against the window as if it wanted to break through the glass. And the part that I’m sure it was counting on that would have me more afraid of the creature that had just hit the glass window?! Its shadow. A shadow so big coming through behind blinds that were supposed to cover its existence, made me wonder if perhaps I may have discovered a new giant creature from the dark.

But, it was not. Instead of a new giant creature from the dark, there on my glass window peering inside and into my eyes, was a little green grasshopper.

What is it little green grasshopper? Why do you stare so deeply into my eyes as if you’re trying to reach my soul? What is it little green grasshopper you are trying to tell me?

They say the grasshopper is both a grounded and free spirit. His strong hind legs remind us to stay grounded close to earth and to have faith and confidence. His bright green color reminds us of new beginnings such as the bright green leaves and grass you see in Spring. He doesn’t jump backwards, to what was. He jumps forward without fear like a free spirit in the wind. He encourages us to dream and to take action on those dreams. He symbolizes significant leaps into new experiences.  

What could tonight’s message from the little green grasshopper be?

Will I soon approach obstacles that will require me to quickly leap from and to keep moving forward?

Or is the little green grasshopper telling me that it’s time for change?

Is it time for me to take a leap of faith and to jump forward into an experience that I may have been avoiding because of fearing the unknown outcome? Could I be avoiding a particular experience in life because I acknowledge the possibility that this leap of faith just might alter my life forever in a big way? Perhaps. Perhaps it’s time.

Young Caine: You cannot see.
Master Po: You think I cannot see?
Young Caine: Of all things, to live in darkness must be worst.
Master Po: Fear is the only darkness.
— from the 1972 TV series, Kung Fu —

Time to leap from this darkness of fear. Time to listen to my inner voice. Time to feel confident and trusting, acknowledging that it knows what I need in life to be happy, successful, and at peace. 

Autumn Afternoon in My Mouth

PumpkinHarvestCrispGreekYogurt

Pumpkin Harvest Crisp greek yogurt from Chobani is yummy to my tummy. It’s one of their limited batch “flip” flavors that I personally discovered why at Lowes Foods grocery store this week and seriously pondering whether to stock up on it or not while I can this autumn season. The “flip” part of the container is filled with crispy yumminess that gets dumped onto the pumpkin flavored greek yogurt. Pie crust pieces, pecans and glazed pumpkin seeds create this delightful crispy yumminess.

It’s crunchy, it’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s like a cozy get together on a crisp autumn afternoon in my mouth – YUM!

Do you have a seasonal greek yogurt flavor? I think I’ve just found mine.

Hold Strong

Rainbow

Somewhere over the Rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true. – from Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The rainbow reminds us of her that all troubles will soon pass to new beginnings if we hold strong to hope and faith‬. We’re gently reminded to stay on our individual paths and to not rush or be distracted from what we seek. The treasures we seek along our journey are at the end of the rainbow and may come in unexpected forms of blessings. Let go of expectations and accept all treasures that are soon to come.

Are you strong enough in faith to let go of all expectations and to accept any and all you’re given without doubt? Are you holding true to your path and yourself? Are you holding true to promises you have made? Or is it time to slow down so you can enjoy those treasures?

Once Upon A Zombie

11894483_10155965998110366_2993633473677767592_o

Look what arrived in today’s mail for a future book review‬. Yep, couldn’t resist, looks like I’m going to be sharing my thoughts about books‬ again! Apparently I can’t stay away from author’s, publishers, and book publicity people! They know I’m addicted to books!

With this new book series from Billy Phillips and Jenny Nissenson‬ we’ll be visiting the six kingdoms: Wonderland, Camelot‬, Enchanted Forest, Land Of Oz, Neverland‬, and Zenos Forest. Book 1 takes us “down the rabbit hole”.

All the timeless fairytale‬ characters who once lived forever are now the living dead – think Snow White‬, Cinderella‬, Rapunzel‬, and Sleeping Beauty‬. Even worse, they’re famished. Definitely not the ideal situation for a vulnerable young girl prone to panic attacks.

But what’s scarier – a blood thirsty zombie‬, a panic attack…or the truth?

I received a book copy in exchange for a future book review. 

Hello September

In the Latin language, septem means “seven” and September was originally the 7th month in the Roman calendar which had only ten months until around 153 B.C. (wikipedia)

Her stone is Sapphire, she is most commonly seen in blue, but also has shades of black, green, orange, pink, violet, white, and yellow.

“The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.

In Hebrew lore, King Solomon and Abraham both wore talismans of Sapphire, and the Law given to Moses on the Mount was said to be engraved on tablets of Sapphire. The Greeks wore it for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine. Buddhists believed it brought devotion and spiritual enlightenment, and the Hindus considered Sapphire as one of the “great gems” used in offerings in the temples for worship and to align astrological influences. In Christianity it was used in ecclesiastical rings, and was cherished by kings and nobility for its powers of protection and insight. [Kunz, 104, 241][Mella, 103][Eason, 247][Fernie, 96, 102-103]

As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill-wishing. It healed ailments of the eyes, increased concentration, and would lose luster if worn by an intemperate or impious person. [www.sacred-texts.com]

Today Sapphire is still a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation, a seeker after spiritual truth. Its pure Blue Ray brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truths and to utilize that knowledge. It stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, allowing one to access deeper levels of consciousness in order to gain a fuller understanding of self. Associated with the planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Sapphire’s power to transmute negative thoughts and energy also makes it highly effective for earth and chakra healing. [Hall, 253][Ahsian, 340][Simmons, 339]” from From http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/sapphire.html

Aster is the lovely flower of September, a symbolism of love, faith, and wisdom.

“A Greek legend tells the tale of Astraea, the goddess of innocence, who went to live in the heavens as the constellation Virgo. A flood covered earth, created by Zeus to wipe the planet clean of corruptness. Two humans survived on Mt. Parnassus, which the flood did not reach. Astraea created starlight to guide the pair and as she wept from pity she had for them, her tears landed on earth. From those locations asters grew.

Folklore also states that the perfume generated from burning aster leaves was able to keep evil serpents at bay. They were also believed to bring luck and one legend points to the aster as being able to foretell a change in weather. When the petals are closed, it is a signal of oncoming rain.

Another myth involves magical fairies who were thought to sleep under the aster petals after they close at sunset and as the plant was ruled by Venus, it was a common ingredient used in love potions and referred to as the ‘herb of Venus.’” – from http://www.whatsmybirthflower.com/september-birth-flower/

September is the month that most children are officially back in school and in the old days it wasn’t uncommon for teachers to receive apples on the first day from students in hopes that they’d be in good graces with their teachers.

Did you know that apples have always been a popular tool for reading the future? One method of divination is by counting whole apple seeds after slicing the apple in the middle (transversely / longitudinally).

1 seed- you will have a surprise coming your way
2 seeds- you will have good luck
3 seeds- you will have bad luck
4 seeds- you will have wealth
5 seeds- you will have a happy relationship
6 seeds- you will have success with you work
7 seeds- you will travel someplace you have longed to go
8+ seeds- your life will be abundant

And who doesn’t remember twisting the apple stem as kids reciting the ABC’s with each twist and stopping when the stem breaks free from the apple? The letter we stopped with was supposed to be the first letter of the name of the one we loved or the one who loved us.

September is a month filled with great Summer Clearance sales. Be sure to check out TrueCouponing.com’s post on What to buy in September to find items to add to your shipping list this month.

If you’re curious of some observances that some in the United States observe with awareness campaigns during the month of September, they include:

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Ovarian Cancer Month
  • National Prostate Health Month
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
  • Food Safety Education Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
  • National Bourbon Heritage Month – “America’s Native Spirit”
  • National Better Breakfast Month
  • National Honey Month – promotes US Beekeeping, the beekeeping industry and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener

Other observances the US and some internationally observe, include:

  • Sept 5: International Day of Charity (International)
  • Sept 5: National Cheese Pizza Day – Yes, a guilt-free reason to order pizza!
  • Sept 6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Sept 6-12: National Suicide Prevention Week
  • Sept 7: Labor Day – honors the American labor movement
  • Sept 13: National Grandparents’ Day – Note to self, don’t forget mom (aka Nana by kids) and Grandma
  • Sept 14-17: Constitution Week – promotes the study and education about the constitution which was originally adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787
  • Sept 18: National POW/MIA Recognition Day – honors those who were prisoners of war or still missing in action
  • Sept 20-26: Tolkein Week – We must celebrate the birth of our beloved Tolkein Hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins of course! It’s said that they were both born on Sept 22nd but several years apart.
  • Sep 26: National Public Lands Day – event of the National Environmental Education Foundation that promotes both enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands

September is also the first month of my favorite season, autumn. Where I live in North Carolina that means I can wear long sleeves and short sleeves without being too hot or too cold. The temperature is just perfect between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. LOVE it! In the United States, considered part of the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox is September 24th. I’ll be celebrating her presence indeed with soups, freshly made bread, and my first warm cup of apple cider of the season.

Be Patient

turtle

Mr. Turtle decided to stop by this morning to remind us to slow down in life and to have patience so we don’t miss out on any opportunities or make an error. The greatest things don’t always come when we expect them to but when the time is right for us. And like the turtle who retreats into his shell when he needs security and peace, we too can seek our own inner peace and wisdom anytime we need to.