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A Purplerose Blog review of “MACTUS” #2 in The Light-Bearer Series

When I blog a review, it is unsolicited!

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‘Semper tua ero’ “Mactus” (LightBearers Series) #2 by Emily Guido

 

 

11-5-2013-9-31-32-amSo I read “Charmeine” the first book in this series, I fell in love with the story and the characters.

 

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498245-bigthumbnailCharmeine full of light, love and energy, literally, also a great sense of humor.

 

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20130218-225718-1Tabbruis, a 8,000 year old BloodHunter, turned good and fights for his kind who are like him, they only feed on animals, not humans. He’s dark, handsome, a vampire and loyal.

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DmitriDimitri, one of Tabbruis’s BloodHunter brothers, loyal, knowledgeable because he’s the oldest of them, also very handsome.

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Simply+RedShane, Charmeine’s friend since they were young.

 

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Dover-CastleThey are in Romania now, they had to leave NYC because a BloodHunter was after Charmeine. Tabbruis has his home there and feels they will be safe there with Dimitri. We meet new characters in this book that I also fell for.

A couple big secrets revealed throughout this book.

A family finally back together have to fight with their lives to stay that way.

Will they be strong enough to bring down the Elders?

Does bringing Charmeine to Romania bring her closer to death?

When I wasn’t reading, I was wondering what the characters were up to! The author does such a great job with personalities of the characters I get emotionally involved and can’t wait to get back to them.

Slide1-1Now I get to read the last book, I’m looking forward to it, also dreading it being the end of my time with all them.

One of my favorite quotes ’Semper tuus ero’, read the story to find out the definition! Hehe  :).

 

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A Purplerose Blog review of “CHARMEINE”

 

 

1 CharmeineA bright angel: “Charmeine” by Emily Guido

You can tell this author is romantic at heart, you can see it in her writing.

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Tabbruis is a 8,000 year old Blood Hunter, at first he fed on humans, then something in him changed and he stopped feeding on humans, started feeding on animals.

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Dimitri Blood-Hunter Brother of Tabbruis

He thought he was the only one of his kind, then he met Dimitri, he was the same as Tabbruis, didn’t feed on humans. Their kind are suppose to feed on humans, most of their kind do.

The Elder counsel would have them die in front of their kind if they found out they don’t feed on humans. Dimitri explained to Tabbruis that there are other entities out there called Light Bearers. They are enemies, they kill each other, they hunt each other down.

Tabbruis stayed with Dimitri for awhile and learned things from him, they became as close as brothers. Dimitri told Tab he lost his family because of the Elder counsel, he can’t wait to get even with them. Tabbruis has never been in love, but he vows to help when the time comes.

rain-uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuSomething is pulling him to NYC, so he leaves and goes there, he can’t help himself, he’s being drawn there.

He meets Charmeine there, is she the reason he was drawn there?

Tabbruis and Charmeine ~Can they be together?~

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~Can they be together?~

He goes to a concert and feels there’s a Blood Hunter stalking a human, Charmeine is the one the blood Hunter is stalking.

I really can’t say anymore, you’ll have to read it for yourself.

I’m reading the second book in this series now.

Stay tuned!

I love this story!

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Here is a video that I thought would fit with that great review!

Lots of love,

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My Writing Process – Blog Tour – by Author Emily Guido

 

This is a blog tour about how authors discover their writing process.

My wonderfully talented blogging friend David Lee Summers posted his post last week and you can see his incredible blog herehttp://dlsummers.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/my-writing-process-blog-tour/ 

Now onto My Writing Process:

4 Seditious Book Cover 1What am I working on?

I am in the final edits of Seditious, the 4th novel in The Light-Bearer Series. I have Ransom the 5th novel finished and doing preliminary edits. However, I am in the process of finishing Conundrum the 6th novel.

In Seditious, Tabbruis is tested with his dark past coming to haunt him called . . .  Bathsheba!  She is serious trouble. However, the most heinous threat comes from the Evil Lord Cromwell, a very powerful Blood-Hunter.

The team at the Castle Charmeine has its hands full in Ransom and it does not disappoint. As a matter of fact, I believe the series just keeps getting better and better. More Blood-Hunters, Light-Bearers, Angels, Demons, Witches and Warlocks to come.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Book loversMy writing is different because I never mentioned in any of The Light-Bearer Series that the Blood-Hunters are Vampires. I wanted my own definition of a vampire. So, I didn’t follow the lore that Bram Stoker, my very favorite Author, wrote Dracula.  My work is spiritual but The Light-Bearer Series is certainly is not a religious series per se. How can you mention Angels and Heaven, and not mention God? That would be very difficult.

Also, I concentrate on making my work a “believable-fantasy.” I mean, The Light-Bearer Series is set with the contemporary themes of our time. Yes, my characters do not exist, but I wanted to make the reader believe that they could be, just a little. I have a friend who is always telling me that my writing is “living ability,” and I always wondered what that meant. However, one day I was at a book signing and a fan told me that she read the books and thought I had been in Iraq or had a relative in the Army in Iraq.  I didn’t, but I did a lot of research.

ALL the history in the novels are true, and I have gone into great research to correctly portray the long 8000 year history of Tabbruis and his fellow Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers.

Why do I write what I do?

11-5-2013-9-31-32-amI LOVE PARANORMAL and I LOVE ROMANCE!  It’s that simple . . .  Why would anyone write what they aren’t interested in?

I am an avid reader in my genre. I also am an avid reader of Independent Authors too. I love the unknown that you get with a Paranormal Genre. I am getting my MBA in August, 2014 and I use my writing as an outlet for all the wonderful scenes going on in my head.

Tabbruis is such a dark, luscious character to me. His head is always centered on one thing and one thing only . . . Charmeine!  She is his light in his dark world. Tabbruis is a hunk-a-hunk-a burning love, but he doesn’t have any purpose without Charmeine and her love. Saving the world is just a side-effect of being with Charmeine. He would be happy if the world went away and it was just them, all alone. He loves her with a determination and strength that is deep in his sole. Charmeine is his life and to him, nothing matters but the woman in his arms . . . Charmeine.

Yes, Charmeine loves Tabbruis right back; however, her love is a “special kind of love” she wants to accept everyone. She wants everyone to be supported and loved. She is a wonderful role model for us all. Her tolerance and acceptance of everyone, no matter what or who they are is something lacking in this world. Unless that person is a scumbag, like the dastardly, venomous Pascal or Bathsheba.

Why do I write? It’s clear, I write of things that make me excited, scared, romantic, and most of all happy!

How does your writing process work?

thursday14I spend no preparation time because I see the scenes in my head and write as I view them. I know, I know . . . a lot of writers would think I was crazy, but believe me, I can’t write off an outline. I have to let the story flow and evolve it the way.

I know in my heart that true fans of Paranormal reading will never fade away. They are the people who like to escape in their minds to a world that is colored and framed by the author. The people who want to read are reading and the others can do as they wish.

If one person likes “The Light-Bearer Series,” and that person to tells another how they enjoyed “The Light-Bearer Series,” one person to recommend “The Light-Bearer Series,” and the news will grow exponentially.

I try keep my head and use my author friends for support and guidance. They are my lifeline.

I love my fellow BLOGGERS and AUTHORS!

Thanks for stopping by. If you have a question about my process, feel free to ask down in the comments!

THIS LAST WEEK

Please visit the following blogs to learn about these wonderful authors.

J Alan Erwine – http://jalanerwine.blogspot.com/

J is a science-fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, as well as three short story collections, and three novels. He is the co-designer of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game and the creator of the Battle for Turtle Island RPG. He has edited for ProMart Writing Lab, Sam’s Dot Publishing, and Nomadic Delirium Press, and he edits the magazines, The Fifth Di… and The Martian Wave for Nomadic Delirium Press. When not writing and such, J loves to spend time with his amazing wife, Rebecca, and their three lovely daughters, Eryn, Juliah, and Alexis.

Paige Addams – http://paigeaddams.wordpress.com/

Writing paranormal romance under her pen name, Paige Addams, she is currently preparing to release her first self-published book – Tales of Ejoma: Book One. “I love world-building – piecing together magic, history, and language – to try and create a fantasy world I hope readers will enjoy exploring.”

 Just because . . . This song inspired “The Light-Bearer Series” it’s one of my all-time favorite songs:


Why are you writing? by Emily Guido Author of “The Light-Bearer Series”

Slide1-1For me, I had a story running through my mind and couldn’t get it out of my head. It was like you or me going to see a movie and someone asked us to tell them what went on in the movie.  I just took a shot and started writing. When I started writing I couldn’t stop. I didn’t sleep for 48 hours and in a week I had over 100,000 words. Not being a novelist or a writer, I asked my husband what qualified as a novel and he said, “Honey, you have yourself not only a novel, but a series.” By the time I was finally finished in a couple weeks, I had over 130,000 plus and wrote the first three books,“Charmeine,” “Mactus,” and “Accendo.” It was so simple.

It was pretty much the same way with the fourth novel “Seditious” and fifth novel “Ransom”, I had the continuation of the movie going, and I just kept writing and writing. The sixth novel would be simple for me to write, but I am always promoting the first three novel and gearing up for the fourth, so it doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing. Nevertheless, the movie is still playing in my head though and I’m itching to get it out. I wrote the first chapter to the sixth novel “Conundrum” and it scared me as I was writing it!

People ask me at work because they don’t know me to be a writer at all and say, “Emily, how in the heck did you come up with the idea?”  I just shrug my shoulders. But really, do you have to know? No. You just have to have the story come.

006“The Light-Bearer Series,” didn’t matter to me whether or not it was fantasy or non-fantasy. The characters are what mattered, and nothing else did. I do think of myself as a paranormal romance fan. I love the genre, so in that way, you could say that it was the easy for me to write in that realm. The action-packed and romantic movie in my head,“The Light-Bearer Series,” was between two souls who had to battle to love each other.

How, as writers, can we write about aspects we don’t at least know on a broad base level? In my humble opinion, we cannot. I have to confess, there are two characters in the “The Light-Bearer Series” novel which are very easy to write for because they are part of me, Charmeine, (heroine) for her faith, acceptance and kindness, and Tabbruis, (hero) for always looking on the darker side from years of being lonely and too much into his self. The other characters have all of little aspects of my psyche and beliefs.

HuntingHeroesHow do I make fantasy sound on the fringe of believable?  No one is going to believe my fantasy world exists, but you have to make it on the edge of common belief. Like a couple of my characters from “The Light-Bearer Series,” are Shane and Sandra. In the novels, they served in the US War in Iraq. I had to make sure they were on the fringe of believable.  They needed to have those skills and characteristics learned in the US Army and being in harm’s way for extended period of time. I guess for me, being a fantasy writer is a joy because the writing can go wherever your mind tells it to.

165409_617938921568330_1606546062_nReaders will never fade away. People like to escape in their minds to a world that is colored and framed by the author. Yes, I know there are tons of TV-aholics and Movie-aholics, so what?  The people who want to read are reading and the others can do as they wish. Naturally, I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t care if people read my book or not . . . that would be silly.  Of course, I want people to read my books. However, it only takes one; one person to read “The Light-Bearer Series,” one person to like “The Light-Bearer Series,” one person to tell others how they enjoyed “The Light-Bearer Series,” one person to recommend “The Light-Bearer Series,”and the news will grow.”  I am always in a twist wondering what people think about “Charmeine.”  However, I just keep my head above water and use my book friends for support and guidance.  They, my wonderful friends, are my lifeline and I love them to death!

 

photo (5)1About Emily Guido’s “The Light-Bearer Series”

“The Light-Bearer Series,” is a set of novels centering around two very star-crossed, hopelessly in love people, Tabbruis and Charmeine. They are total and complete opposites from one another.  Tabbruis is a blood-hunter who meets Charmeine who is a light-bearer.  Blood-hunters and light-bearers are supposed to kill each other because one is from Heaven and one is from Hell. However, when they meet, Tabbruis and Charmeine are anything but repulsed. They are such polar opposites that they attract like magnets! Once they find each other, they struggle to stay together. Also there are tons of twists and turns. Nothing is certain for their future accept that they love each other and their family! The series of novels I plan to write are about those struggles and how their love multiplies. Tabbruis and Charmeine create a family of love and acceptance for all, no matter how unconventional they may be, all while they battle the Evil minions of Lucifer on Earth. I do include Heavenly and Hellish aspects from modern religion however; the novels are not about religion. It is about love . . . pure, perfect and steadfast.

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I am sorry . . . “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

-1“I am sorry Charmeine, for so many things it is hard to express them all . . . but, I am going to try.” He took a big breath and looked in her eyes. “I am sorry for not supporting you. I am sorry for not believing in you. I am sorry for not having faith in you. I am sorry, Charmeine. If you let me show you, for the rest of my life until the end of time, I will never doubt you again.”

“Tabbruis, I can’t do this now.”

“Please let me finish?” He gently held her chin, looked into her eyes and declared, “Charmeine you are my life. You are my light. If you go back to Long Island . . .”

She walked to the terrace stone wall. “Tabbruis, it isn’t so easy putting Jack and Jill back together again. I really need to be alone.”

He walked to her and said, “Look at me this time, Charmeine. I have to say my peace, and I will leave.”

l4She turned and faced him with her hands defiantly across her chest and sighed.

“If you go back to Long Island, I will accept it, but let me go and be near you. Let me live near you. I can buy any kind of house or apartment you wish for your own privacy. You do not need to see me, just let me be near you, for you are the center of my Earth. God knows I cannot live without being near you. You never have to lay your eyes on me. I just need to be near you. That is what I ask. Nevertheless, please forgive me, Charmeine. Forgive me enough to let me just be near you. If you abandon me, I will not survive. Wherever you go, I will go with you.  Whatever you want, I will give it to you.” 

He unfolded her arms and took her hands which sparked. He unclenched her fists and drew them up in front of them, palm to palm. Her sparks began to go up and down their bodies, enveloping them with light.

“Tabbruis, do you remember the first time this happened? You were trying to convince me not to leave and sacrifice myself to the Elder Council.”

“Yes, I remember, my love.” He drew nearer to her. “I know you cannot lie to me, do you have the strength to be without me either?”

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“How long have you been working on that speech Tabbruis?”

He nodded with a slight smile and said, “Well, I have to admit, I have been rehearsing it ever since we left Smith Point Beach.”

“You are not lying… I thought so,” and she chuckled.

Then his eyes became like pools of tears. “I am so afraid of what you are going to say, my heart feels like it has been incased in ice and cannot beat.”

She broke free from his hands and their circle of light was gone. She faced the Black Sea holding onto the stone wall, and breathed deeply. Not looking at him, she said, “Tabbruis let me say although I was heartbroken you did not have faith, trust and belief in me, I know you are truly sorry which has healed my heart.”

Tabbruis started to reach for her, but she held up her hands willing him to keep his place.

david-gandy-1Keeping her face to the sea, she said, “Reconciliation . . . seems like such a passé word but it’s really love. God knows I have so much love in my heart for you I cannot bear to be away from you also. I knew you came into my room and watched me sleep after I came back from Long Island. I could feel your presence, and then, I could sleep. One night, I was crying myself to sleep. You came over to the bed and held me. I wanted you so badly, but it was my foolishness. I am at fault here also. I should have forgiven you because God knows I love you Tabbruis. I see now we can’t be apart, because we are one.”

She turned to look at him. “Looking into your eyes, Tabbruis, my love, I can see eternity. It was over before it begun, our destinies are one, like it has been since God made us for each other in Heaven.”

With relief, joy and love, Tabbruis embraced Charmeine.  Ever so slowly and gently, he bent to kiss her soft lips. He caressed her body in his strong arms.

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This is one of my MOST favorite passages

in “The Light-Bearer Series”

because in the final analysis,

LOVE is what it all comes down to.

Lots of love, 

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This is one of my FAVORITE songs

Sung by one of my FAVORITE singer/songwriters

It brings a tear to my eye today….

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Hotness on the Beach . . . “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

Gandy642x390Tabbruis and Charmeine held hands looking at the sky.

 “This is just Heaven.” Her hand was warm with white light. “I wish I could stay with you like this, just on this little beach until the end of time.”

 “I would like nothing better,” Tabbruis growled and whispered, “But, I would make one correction.”

“Oh yeah? This beach is about as perfect as they come and the cabana is like a house.”

Tabbruis turned on his side, felt the material of her swim suit and answered in a sultry low voice, “This should be outlawed, my love.”

“I take it you have a problem with my wardrobe?” She boiled with heat and not the kind of hotness from the sun.

“Actually, when I saw you walk out of the cabana, I was jealous of how it twisted around your body. . . ”  Then, he made sexy sigh, “You see . . . that is what I would like to do.”

Fire burned in her cheeks as they turned a deep red, and she began to breathe harder. “This is a beach,” and began to look around.

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With a look of unrestrained desire, “My love, it is a private beach.” His hand started to caress her shoulder and neck.

“Oh, really?” She smiled and said teasingly, “Well, the only thing missing from this wonderful beach is music. I don’t suppose you have any Blink-182, Fountains of Wayne, or Lady GaGa to listen to?”

He shook his head while chuckling, “You may think that is music but . . . NO!” 

“So Tabbruis, I see it all now. Not married a day and already putting down my peeps,” she teasingly smirked.

“I do have some music. I can let you listen to it while we eat.”

With a questioning look, she whispered “Intriguing.”

They walked into the Cabana and put on robes.

He opened Champagne. As they were enjoying a glass, he turned on the stereo system, put down their glasses and reached for her hand. Her sparks were flying up his arm.

She's got a wayShe’s Got a Way by Billy Joel started to play.

Tabbruis held Charmeine close while he drew her in his immense arms and began to dance her around the room.

She blushed all over her body while his hot breath swirled in her ear.

His head rested next to her ear and she shivered when he whispered in his deep sexy voice, “While I listened to this song, I decided to go to the concert where we met. This was performed when we were on the ground looking up at the stars recovering from the attack. This song is about you, Charmeine. You have a way of making me feel happy for the first time in my life.”

She was speechless and started to well in tears.

He held her tightly as they danced. They swayed back and forth to the music.

When the song was done, she looked up at him. “Let’s lay in the sun some more. Night will be upon us soon, and I want to soak up the day.” 

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“Of course, my love.”

She kissed him, turned to go out to the beach. “See you out there,” and left.

Keeping his eyes peeled on her as she went to the blanket to layout, he said, “How right you are, Charmeine. How right you are. Darkness and danger will be all around us . . . very soon.”

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When I wrote this I was reminded

of the first time I heard Billy Joel . . .

I was always eclectic in my taste in music.

Somehow, he touched the fun-loving part of me.

When I hear his classic songs,

I’m reminded of many joy, life and love!

Lots of love to you and yours, 

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Warmth . . . from “MACTUS” 2nd novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

download (1)“You always could lighten any situation with humor,” Charmeine started to laugh.

Shane reached to hold her hand and with a sincere look in his blue eyes softly uttered, “I always knew there was something special about you from the very first moment I saw you in the orphanage. I didn’t realize it, but you always acted like a mom. You were continually helping  me with your love and support.”

“I have always loved you, Shane. You know that, don’t you?”

“Yep, even when you would make me see ‘the error of my ways’,” his eyes glinted with a mischievous look.

“Seriously Shane. I wasn’t that bad,” she replied with a smirk.

He reached to hug Charmeine tightly. He whispered, “Char, you were my salvation. I can’t imagine what would have happened to me if I never met you.” He sighed, smiled and shook his head. “Hey, I think the breakfast is cold but I could use some food . . . Mom? Wow, it’s going to be funny getting used to calling you that.”

“Well, get used to it my baby boy.” She handed him a plate of eggs, bacon, cut up fruit and toast. She made a plate of fruit and toast for herself. “I guess it’s going to be pretty hard to explain that I am your mom, and Tabbruis is your father to Sandra, huh? I mean we are all almost the same age.”

download (2)“Nope, not with that voodoo stare Dad has.” He shook his head while taking huge bites, “Uh, Tab, I mean Dad can convince anyone to do anything. Sort of like Obi-Wan Kenobi in Mos Eisley, when he stares down the Imperial Storm troopers to let them pass, you know? I would love to have that trick up my sleeve.” He mock stared at her grinning wide while he was gulping his food down.

While they were eating, Charmeine wondered why Shane had not inherited their powers. Nevertheless, she thought it was better he was a normal human being. Earth was his world since he was a baby. Her mind was flinging question after question one right after another as she was eating.

252834966550682232_qLjqE2rZ_cTabbruis came into the room rubbing his hands together and smiling. Her eyes were raking in every aspect of him. How could I ever think he was a man? He’s more of an Adonis, she thought.

He had already showered, shaved and changed.

Dressed in black jeans and boots, Tabbruis wore a tight fitted black T-shirt which accented his perfect muscles and abs.

His deep, emerald green eyes were deep and hypnotizing.

His dark chestnut hair fell on his forehead and the rest of his multicolored hair was combed back.

Charmeine warmed when his pure, manly scent caught in her nose. The warmth she felt was like an electric current running down her spine.

Tabbruis’ eyes flashed dark green as he noticed her melting with desire.

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and I will gift you an e-book!

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As I wrote this,

I remembered all the times my mother and family

would comfort me.

We would joke around the kitchen table, all EIGHT of us!

We had each other, and I knew no different.

Families are rarely like that anymore.

Everyone is running to this lesson or that ball game.

But to this day . . .

I remember the family time, and I am warmed still

Lots of love,

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Get to know the gang at The Castle Charmeine in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

 

Get to know the gang at The Castle Charmeine… 

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Tabbruis – (Tab-bree-us)

Drop Dead Gorgeous 

and Grecian living statue come to life

is Tabbruis!  

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Tabbruis is the man of my dreams!  He has deep, hypnotic green, emerald eyes that can make a girl melt.  Kind and honest to a fault, he is The King of the Blood-Hunters!

With a little hint of a Middle-East accent, Tabbruis has a lovely bass voice. However, he can speak almost any language even with the proper dialect.

He was a loner for thousands of years. Very wealthy and rich beyond anyone has a clue at, he usually doesn’t splurge on himself.

Tabbruis makes Charmeine heat up with just a look! Heck, I would too!  He is brave and bold, but shy too.  Ah, the sweetness…  He is a perfect gentleman, but somehow, he makes big mistakes.

He relishes having his Charmeine in his arms!  Now, he loves to spoil Charmeine rotten with any luxury he can think of.

2012-dodge-charger-sxt-v6-photo-473495-s-1280x782Tabbruis loves Charmeine and his family, but he’s a little soft for his muscle car… 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8, AWD with a Hemi Engine with 465 horses.

Tabbruis has a built in radar detector with his Blood-Hunter senses and can race through New York City without getting a ticket!

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However, Tabbruis also loves his horses, Tristan and Isolde too. Charmeine has fell in love with them as well!  Of course Tristan is the black horse that Tabbruis rides and Isolde is the white horse that Charmeine has.

Tristan is always itching to race, but Isolde won’t let him have the upper hand, so to speak! Tabbruis and Charmeine have a blast racing the beautiful animals across the countryside.

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Dmitri

One of my favorite to die for characters!

LongDarkStraightOMG!! Dmitri is just “Hotness on a stick!”

He is exact, bold and unbelievably sexy!  Dmitri is the one of the oldest of the Blood-Hunters in the world.

He is wise and helps Tabbruis and Charmeine with his knowledge.  He was named as the trusted ‘Advisor’ to Charmeine. He runs or is the Administrator of the “Castle Charmeine.”

On the other hand, Dmitri can come out with the funniest comments! He is known for his signature and snarky… ‘Oh my’His story really picks up with steamy scenes in the following novels!

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Hera is Dmitri’s beloved and gorgeous Grecian wife who comes back into his life and they mix it up!

Rrrrrrarrrr!

But Dmitri is also a family man who is devoted to his children, Percival and the darling Athena!

                  

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 Percival       Athena

(Dmitri and Hera’s Son)   (Dmitri and Hera’s Daughter)

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The lovely and strikingly beautiful young woman is a new addition to the members of Castle Charmeine.

Her powers with ESP and Telekinesis have qualified her to be a the resident Sorceress of the Castle Charmeine.

When she meets Percival, sparks fly…literally!

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Thomas

ThomasI love Thomas and his innocence, but truly, he is an Adonis.  Golden Brown hair and wonderful sky blue eyes…  ahh….

His mission is avenging the death of his precious Laura who was killed; get this…by his own Father, the evil Pascal, the Head of the Elder Council!

He is a very loving and faithful man.  He tries so hard to make up for the terrible Blood-Hunter father he had, Pascal, who is terrorizing and threatening the inhabitants of the “Castle Charmeine.”

Thomas is a very conservative and faithful Blood-Hunter and used to serve as a Deacon in the Catholic Church.

Nevertheless, Thomas has a deep secret he carries and when it is revealed… it will leave you reeling.

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Women-Long-Straight-Brown-HairstylesLaura

Laura is the smart, sassy and extremely intelligent Doctor of Castle Charmeine.  She is an extremely good physician but her bedside manner is not to be found when she is in an emergency!

Laura has been on the Earth for thousands of years as a Light-Bearer.  She has been taking care of people for as long as she has been on Earth. Sometimes with a snarky comment, her humor is always on the mark.

However, Laura has a dark and frightening past, and Thomas is her savior.

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(aka Nemamiah)

Neal (aka Nemamiah) is the wonderful HUGE Protector of the “Castle Charmeine!” Neal is from Africa and has a thick accent with a booming deep bass voice.

He is at least 7 foot tall and is just a cuddly teddy bear of the family but he can also rip your arm off yawning!  STRONG MAN!

His bald head and intimidating stature makes him a perfect military man.

He is incredibly gorgeous, but ladies… sorry, Neal has a love and his name is Hameal!  Murdered by the evil Elder Council, Hameal was Neal’s heart. So Neal is out to avenge his gorgeous lover’s death!

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OMG! What a hunk!

Hameal is from Egypt, and before he met his lover, Neal, he was a builder of the Pharaohs.

Now, he is a builder, architect and designer of the Castle Charmeine.

In addition, he is a wonderful friend to Charmeine, as they always have their heads together chatting about something… usually gossip.

Ladies, this is the man to have on your side when good times are to be had!

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Shane is just too yummy for words!

He is always cracking jokes and provides much comic relief but he is also built like a Viking Warrior!

He has long red hair, crystal clear blue eyes and built like a brick house! Shane has all the characteristics of his mother, Charmeine, a Light-Bearer and his father, Tabbruis, a Blood-Hunter.

He is strong in wisdom and is fiercely in love with his soul mate Sandra Gomez.

They are such a wonderful and dynamic couple!

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SandraSandra

Shane’s fiancee and spunky spitfire!

Sandra Gomez is 100 pounds of dynamite! She can do almost anything and is afraid of nothing.

She grew up in the Bronx barely surviving and went into the Army where she was recruited into Special Ops. That is where she met her soul mate Shane. They fell instantly in love and care for each other deeply.

She is a Light-Bearer and a Flame-Bearer also.

Also, she has a ‘killing’ sense of humor all wrapped up in one hell of a Feisty woman.

The Men at the Castle Charmeine are truly amazed by this smart, beautiful and deadly adversary!

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Last but not least, CHARMEINE!

(aka Charleen, mild-mannered grade school teacher)

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When Charmeine meets Tabbruis, it is like two stars colliding. The scene is electric with desire, attraction and heat!

She is light, love, honesty, beauty and courage wrapped into one package. Also, she is hot-tempered, jealous and blows up at times.

Loving and accepting of all the family at the Castle Charmeine.  She draws them to her.  She is also fiercely protective of Tabbruis and her family.

When Charmeine realizes her role as the Queen of the Light-Bearers, she takes the responsibility of saving humankind from all of Lucifer’s minions on Earth!

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GIVEAWAY and a snippet – “A link between us” from “Charmeine” 1st book in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

imagesCAPK0H9BCharleen (aka Charmeine) stood and walked past him to the railing of the terrace overlooking the harbor. Her long golden hair whipped around her shoulders. Keeping her eyes on the harbor she confided, “I was found in 1997 not having any memory before that. However, I’ve been alone.”

She smiled in remembrance. “I met Shane, but he was like a baby brother to me. I sort of took care of him.” Shaking her head, she smiled. “He was always getting into one mess after another.”

Wiping her eyes, she slowly turned away from Tabbruis’ penetrating gaze, “Loneliness . . . it’s torture in a way. No. It’s worse, because at the end of the torture, you have rest.”

She rotated her body around to look him in the eyes and professed, There is no rest from one minute of loneliness because it fills your being and wraps your heart so tight; it doesn’t want to beat because it just hurts too much to go on.”

He closed his eyes and thought, My God! She has just described all the centuries I have been on Earth in that one sentence. He looked up at the moonlit, star-filled mosaic sky, and thought, God, what do I do? Please help me?

“I know Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers are supposed to destroy each other, but I am hopeful you and I are . . . unique.”

He looked at her intently and thought, What is she saying?

She felt his stare and kept her head toward the harbor and declared, “A Blood-Hunter and a Light-Bearer we may be, but even if you do not want to admit it . . . there is a link between us.”

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I love this scene because it haunts me…

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“CHARMEINE” and “MACTUS”

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GIVEAWAY and The dream… snippet from “CHARMEINE” 1st book in “The Light-Bearer Series”

angels,couple,photography,love,angel,conceptual-88b727d55cab723aea5864a5db7c8dbb_hTabbruis was dreaming as he was looking down hovering over the scene of white. He saw Charleen, and she was surrounded by clouds of white, soft pinks and blues. In the dream, he had on a white robe, a breast plate of gold, and a sword holstered at his side. Charleen had a white robe on and her hair was gathered to one side in curls. She was talking to him. However, she was calling him ‘Tabbruis’, his given name, and his heart warmed. In the dream scene, he held her in his arms. “Charmeine, you are my light and my breath. God has given the gift of our love to our family. We are truly blessed.”

They kissed and held each other close.

She whispered in his ear, “Tabbruis, I love you.”

“Semper tuus ero, Charmeine.”

“Semper tua ero, Tabbruis.”

The dream faded into misty clouds of white.

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It was light outside when Charleen awoke. She felt Tabbruis’ chest under her head which comforted her immediately.

He opened his eyes, and felt her stir on his chest. He held her tightly.

She smiled and said with a whisper, “You’re here. You didn’t leave me.”

200245626-001“No, I did not leave you.” He smiled and tenderly stroked her hair, “Actually, for some reason, I was very relaxed and fell asleep. Usually, I do not sleep.”

“I’m glad you did.” She smiled and yawned.

“I also had a good dream, which is unusual.” He closed his eyes recollecting the wonderful dream.

“Don’t you ever have good dreams, Tab?”

“Usually, no,” he furrowed his eyebrows. Then his face changed, and began to smile, “Though you were in my dream last night, and it was very good.”

Putting her chin on his chest, she said with wide eyes, “I had a dream, and you were in my dream too.”

“Well it is understandable, Charleen. We have had some pretty intense hours since we met.” He remembered the dream and smiled.

“Yes, but in my dream you called me a different name, Tab.” She was trying to think, “Let me see, it wasn’t Charleen. It was Charm . . .  something?” Then she furrowed her brow. “Charm . . .  Charm . . . ”

“Charmeine?” he cut her off and was shaking to his core.

“Yes, Charmeine. That’s it.” Then she furrowed her brow and asked, “How did you know that?” Not waiting for him to answer, she inquired with a wondering look, “Is your real name . . . Tabbruis?”

Again taken aback, his eyes widened, and he nodded slowly.

Tabbruis and Charleen both bolted up and sat across from each other instantly knowing they had the same dream.

Tabbruis was stunned!

Charleen was reeling!

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For those of you that dream . . .

There are five free copies available of

“CHARMEINE” and “MACTUS”

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Pay it Forward Friday with Author Mary Banos

Pay it Forward Friday with

Author Mary Banos

and her LOVELY book

“Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement”

Uplifting One LIFE at a Time     Regardless of your past, regardless of your obstacles, and regardless of what other people think–you can create your own path, and reach your goals and dreams in life. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You have power over your future and where you are going in your life.

     By encouraging yourself, choosing where to place your focus, you can change your life and the lives of those around you. By empowering yourself, you can then empower other people around you. When you accomplish dreams, you will feel empowered. People in your life can feel empowered by watching you reach those dreams. You and those around you can encourage each other. Around you day to day are people who you can encourage.

     Simply listening to someone who needs a person to hear them can lighten their day. To encourage someone is to nurture their hearts and spirits.

     How many people around you could feel inspired just by you noticing them, and taking a moment to uplift them? Take a moment to look around. You can make a difference.

     The opportunities are there. Do you see them?

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Excerpt from 

“Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement”

by Author Mary Banos

     Singer Vivian Green said “Life is not about waiting for storms to pass… it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” (1)  It is not as much what happens in our lives which determines the person who we become as much as it is the ways in which we respond to those experiences and situations.  We are defined by how we respond to situations in our lives, what kind of person we will be, what kind of successes and failures we will have, and if we will have the strength to endure those hurdles and appreciate the happiness which comes from them.  It is in how we handle the aspects of life which exhibits our character, ethics, and morals. We determine the person which we will be and what we will do in our lives. Many people use negative experiences in life as excuses for bad choices and behaviors. Yes, those experiences affect us and to an extent shape us. However we have the power to decide in which direction those experiences will lead us. Life will bring storms. Will you allow the storms to beat you down? To make you live in fear? Or can you be strengthened by them and enjoy a dance in the rain? Can you arise above the clouds?

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1857 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ralph Waldo Emerson said,What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.  And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.” 

     I would ask that you to stop and think about this for a few minutes. Read that quote again slowly, and then stop and think about the meaning behind the words. Think about the power in that statement. Where does it state that we can find power? It shows that the power is WITHIN US. In each of us is the ability to take the power from within and accomplish things in life. Your goals, dreams, hopes, and successes can become a reality. We are influenced by family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, experiences, and so much more. However we CHOOSE how those influences will affect us.

     At any moment, things can happen, words can be said, and experiences happen which affect us in either positive or negative ways. Every day we go out into the world not knowing what will come our way. We have limited control over things that others will say and do which may affect our lives.  One way we can have ‘some control’ in that area is to choose to spend time around positive people and to limit our time around negative people. However obstacles can still happen.  Sometimes words, actions, or situations will bring us to feelings such as hurt, sadness, anger, disappointment, fear, worry, etc.

How much will we CHOOSE to dwell on those negative feelings?

How much will we CHOOSE to allow those emotions to hold us back and drag us down?

Will we make the CHOICE to overcome? 

To heal? 

To become stronger?

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Bio of Author Mary Banos

Mary     My childhood was plagued with depression, and times of feeling suicidal. During my early adult years, I learned to receive encouragement from other people in my life, and to be able to empower myself. This included becoming able to verbalize my feelings, to acquire the ability to communicate with others about my childhood, and to receive assistance in obtaining inner healing.

     It then became my lifelong passion to encourage other people.  Over the years I have been fortunate to be able to encourage and help many individuals, partly through my work in higher education, as well as previously being a foster parent.  It has been an amazing journey of watching people to become empowered in their lives, to overcome adversities of life, and to reach their own personal lifelong goals and dreams.

    I am now taking that to another level, through my book and motivational speaking. It is my desire to encourage and inspire as many people around the world as possible, one life at a time. This is my number one lifelong passion.  Once I am able to do this full time, it will be the accomplishment of my ultimate dream in life.

     Outside of my full time employment, attending school, and promoting my book and speaking, I enjoy time with friends and daughters.  I believe that the expression, “Stop and smell the roses” represents 2 main points:

1) Stop and take the time to cherish those who are in your life who are dear to you, and be sure to express to them how greatly they are appreciated.

2) Stop and take the time to appreciate the positive aspects of your life. 

I live my life this way.  Life is more about our perspective and what happens in us more than what happens to us.

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“Uplifting One Life at a Time: The Power of Encouragement” 

by Author Mary Banos 
 http://amzn.com/0615773303

Uplifting One LIFE at a Time


TWO Five Star Reviews for “CHARMEINE” and “MACTUS” first two books in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

Okay, I’m sorry for this display of self-promotion, but Lord . . .

these reviews were, for me, a shot in arm . . . a dead Author’s arm! 

So, I’m shamelessly letting you see these reviews of the NEWLY RE-EDITED editions.

There are five more free copies available of the two books.

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Review of “CHARMEINE” the 1st Book in “The Light-Bearer Series”

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I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Emily Guido, author of Charmeine, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

OH.MY.GOSH! I loved it, totally! This story is great and will tempt any readers because this book has true love and the struggle to live with it which I think everyone likes.

Tabbruis is to die for handsome and a blood hunter vampire whereas we have Charleen who is a light bearer angel and guess what they fall in love when they meet while Tabbruis saves Charleen from other blood hunters who attacked her.

Yup you guessed it right, both of the blood hunters and light bearers are enemies and want to destroy each other whereas here we have our hero and heroine who enter the world of forbidden love and will struggle against their own to have one another and save their love.

Where ever there is forbidden love you’ll find me there, just kidding! I love reading books regarding true love and the fight to save it well if you are in my team then this is the ‘IT’ book for you.

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Review of “MACTUS” the 2nd Book in “The Light-Bearer Series”

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/728115555

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I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Emily Guido, author of Mactus, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

WOW! What a great read.

Charmeine was intriguing and now Mactus really changed the meaning of intriguing to me it was freakishly intriguing and exciting with more dark secrets, power-packed fighting scenes, passionate true love, heart touching family bonding, dangerous enemies craving blood and destruction.

I really fell in love with this book and you’ll too when you read it. It’s a total page turner and I completed it in one sitting! The story brings back the wondrous magic of Emily Guido and we are taken back to the life of Charleen and Tabbruis where they slowly get glimpses of their long lost love through dreams and as a special treat we get to see Shane in love as well.

The Elder Council and the blood hunters posses threats all over again and this time the fight is not only for the couple but also for their family as well where loyalty, love, affection, dedication are all put through dangerous tests and love is at stake again!

With unpredictable twists and turns, revelations of hidden secrets, increase in intensity of love we find ourselves to be on an roller coaster where you can’t even imagine what’s going to be served next.

A thrilling and gripping read for ya all and I’m sure that You’ll love it as I did!

Great job Emily, you rock! Now I’m anxious waiting for the next and upcoming installments!

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Love, love this song and I think of Tab and Char . . . don’t know why, just do

ENJOY!  

Lots of love, Emily

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Dream of Horror… excerpt from “MACTUS” the 2nd book of “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

 

 

136515432424157204_9ePWhm6G_fAs Charmeine appeared in Tabbruis’ dream, she was being carried away in darkness. 

He saw her being tortured on the ‘Altar of Judgment’ lying helpless and defenseless.

Tabbruis was being held by the Elder Temple Guards doing everything he could to get to her.

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He screamed in horror as the Elder walked over to her with his fangs exposed and leaned down . . .

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Tabbruis tossed his head back and forth, roused himself out of sleep and ran to the bathroom to check on Charmeine, but she was gone. He looked around and saw her clothes were on the bathroom floor with a used bath towel. The shoes she wore were gone. His throat tightened, and he became very alarmed. Quickly, he ran out the bedroom and down the hallway.

stock-footage-man-runs-into-the-dark-concrete-tunnel-from-the-glowing-endHe opened the door to their castle wing and stood on the front entry staircase landing. He reached out with his senses and felt her heart beating which made him instantly relieved.

Very soft music was coming from the Grand Hall downstairs. As he started down the steps, Tabbruis heard Dmitri whisper, “Charmeine is in the Grand Hall playing the piano.” He saw Dmitri standing by the door to his wing of the castle.

He nodded and began to head down the stairs.

Dmitri whispered, “Charmeine will surrender, Brother. I am sorry. She will not fight.”

Tabbruis’ heart erupted in pain! He felt like a two ton truck had hit him. “Charmeine is strong. We will be a family as God intended us to be. She will fight for our family.”

john_abraham-27“Ah yes, your family is set as God planned it to be on the dreadful day of the battle in Heaven. However, Charmeine is a Light-Bearer; she is a light of God. This woman is like the Son. She will sacrifice herself for her family. Tabbruis, my brother, look into your heart. Do you believe she will let you suffer for her? Do you believe she will let anyone suffer for her? The love in her heart is too strong.” 

Tabbruis hung his head and replied with despair, “Dear God, how could you do this to my family again? I just found Charmeine, and you want to take her away from me and our son?”

He could hear music from the Grand Hall, and it was so beautiful.

Thoughts of Charmeine’s tortured face from his nightmare raced in his memory, and he began to tear hiding it from Dmitri. No way could he survive losing her all over again.

tumblr_m565e8km6p1rxtnc6o1_500Sitting on the stair with his head in his hands, he whispered, “I have seen it Dmitri. I know what you say is true. I cannot bear to go on without her. I would rather die with her than to be without her. I have waited eight thousand years for Charmeine and God be damned if she will be taken away from me again.”  

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I always loved this song

always . . .

It shows the strength that a pure love has.

And the lyrics and voice are haunting!

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Love conquers all… GIVEAWAY and excerpt from “MACTUS” the 2nd book of “THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES”

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couple-talking_300Tabbruis and Charmeine sat on the big couch overlooking the moonlit ocean through a big picture window.  The window was screened, and she opened it to get the night breeze.  While she ate and he drank his dinner, they talked quietly.

She asked him more about the history he experienced.  He answered her questions because he knew she loved it.  But when she asked, “Tabbruis, since you have lived so long, have societal civil rights actions and democratic nations shaped the Elder Council’s opinion at all?”

He was taken aback at her question and replied, “For all, this one issue is interesting and important.  The human race has evolved with elements of justice in almost every society on Earth.  However, Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers have a history of descent which has never changed.  There is but one hope… a Prophecy!  I know Dmitri believes the Prophecy will unite us all and bring justice to our species.  Nevertheless, it is like a pipedream.  We will survive Charmeine, I am determined God will guide us through all of this.”

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“Yes and our love will see us through, Tabbruis.  Never forget, our love,” she said softly.

Both hung their heads.  They seemed to know the day of rest and fun was over.

Charmeine softly said as she got up, “I’m going to clean up the dishes and go to bed.  You can stay up as much as you want.”

Tabbruis stood, gave her a small kiss and said, “I will clean up and join you in a minute.”

She shook her head smiling and replied, “Thanks, but a minute?  Damn that superhuman speed of yours.”  Charmeine went to the bedroom and opened up the window letting in the night sea breeze come in.  She sat on the window seal and thought about the Elder Council and the war between the Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers.  She prayed quietly, “God, I love my family.  Could you help me find a way to save them?”

As he was clearing, Tabbruis overheard her, and his heart sank.  The same prayer was in his heart.  However, it was their wedding night.  He wanted to be with his bride.  He pushed his fears of the future away and walked into the bedroom.

Charmeine smiled and came to him.

He hugged and kissed her softly.

She said, “Tabbruis I love you.”

Hugging her he said, “I love you too.”

beautiful-couple-dark-follow-foolme-kiss-Favim_com-254908She held his hands, and they saw the curling ribbons of light dance around them.  She said, “I married you today, and you are mine.”

Tabbruis smiled and asked, “For better or for worse?”

She answered, “My love, everything doesn’t have to have a light and dark side.  I believe our love is all light.”

Tabbruis said, “I am worried…”

“Shh, I’m not, because we love one another,” she said.  With nothing but passion in her eyes, she untied her robe and let it fall to the floor.  She ran her hands over his bare chest looking up into his eyes.

Looking into her eyes, Tabbruis took off his robe.  Gently, he picked up his wife, put her on the bed and laid beside her.

With total peace and contentment, Charmeine whispered, “Make love to me Husband.”

Tabbruis kissed her.

Like an explosion went off in their blood, Tabbruis and Charmeine reached for each other in urgent need.  It was passion, desire and want all rolled into one.

Breathlessly, Tabbruis kissed Charmeine up and down her neck.

She held him closer to her body.

Favim_com-22034Tabbruis answered her urgent need with his own want and came down upon her.  He was so lost in his love and desire for her, he forgot about his Blood-Hunter side.  He was not a Blood-Hunter who only lived for blood; he was a man, a husband who wanted his wife.  He was just man who desired his mate…his light…his breath…and his joy.

Charmeine forgot about the fears of being a Light-Bearer and keeping her family safe.  She wanted her husband in a very basic need of longing and yearning.

Tabbruis and Charmeine were now joining their souls together with no hesitations or doubts.  As their passion rose to a fever pitch, he looked in her eyes whispered, “Semper tuus ero.”

Breathlessly she willed out of her lungs, “Semper tua ero.”

The detonation had begun.  Tabbruis and Charmeine shattered their fears as they crashed together.  Both of them were lost in the maximum tension of the moment and cried out in ecstasy and rapture.  In one sweet moment, their connection was permanent.

Charmeine and Tabbruis belonged together and their love would be everlasting!

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This is the great and one and only… NAT KING COLE singing… “The Very Thought of You”

So awesome and lovely, I just want to sigh.

Tabbruis and Charmeine…

ever longing…. ever seeking…. and finally….

everlasting


“ACCENDO” – Emotional snippet from the 3rd book from “THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES” by Emily Guido

n_sensual_hot_art_model_sexy_kiss_Couple_passion_amor_clo3_sex_passion_love_pics_Imagineglows_erotic_Lara_angie56_kissing_ilag_36_Soft_Couples_large_thumbTabbruis stopped sobbing while his head laid on Charmeine’s lifeless body. He had a smile on his face and whispered into her ear, “Thank you for coming back to me. Semper tuus ero, my love.”

A brilliant luminosity started to run up and down her body. Tabbruis’ arms were tingling with electric heat. He knew this was a sign from God. She was being healed and returned to him. Tabbruis’ heart started to pump again. He muttered, “Thank you God.”

With a rush of wind and flash of light, she awoke.

Everyone gasped as they saw her body light up. They saw the wound on her head was completely healed.

She looked at Tabbruis, curved her lips in a weak smile and whispered, “I chose you and our family because you believed.” Then she turned her head passed out.

The family rushed to her.

Accendo2Laura pushed through. “I’m a doctor.” She started to take rudimentary vital signs.

“Let me through.” Sandra started to assist Laura.

Laura lifted the lid to Charmeine’s eye. “She’s got weak vital signs. Sandra, keep checking her vitals. I’m checking her cranium for residual damage from the GSW. Don’t move her. I need to examine if she has a visible TBI or penetrating head trauma is a wound in which the shot breached the cranium but didn’t exit.”

Tabbruis was trying to clutch her away from Laura.

Thomas grabbed his arms. “Laura is a very good physician.  Charmeine is in very good hands. Be calm Brother and believe.”

Tabbruis nodded, and let her out of his grasp. ‘Believe,’ the same word Charmeine left him with. He grabbed his arms and brought them across his chest. He smelled her blood. He unclenched his fists and brought his hands down in front of him and saw the sign of the cross with her blood on the back of his hands. Tabbruis held his hands together as in a prayer. “She has sacrificed everything for me and our family. Why will she not wake up? The wound is healed.”

Wwii_woman_worker-edit WRF800Laura turned to him and reasoned, “Tabbruis, I know her injury was fatal. However, the good news is that I can’t find the entrance or exit of the bullet. She’s breathing and her heart is pumping. It’s as if she was healed by some unknown force.”

“Focus on that Tabbruis and let the doctor Laura work.” Dmitri put his hand on Tabbruis’ shoulder.

Dmitri, Shane and Thomas pulled Tabbruis off the ground.

“Mom is a fighter. She will be fine Dad.” Shane hugged him.

 “I believe she is safe to move. I need to have more light. God, I wish I had my medical bag. Where I can give her a cursory exam?” Laura asked.

“Tabbruis take our Queen to your suite so she can rest,” Dmitri commanded. “Please everyone go to the castle through the entrance to the Grand Hall by the rose garden. Neal, Shane, Thomas and I need to set the field in order before daylight any humans see this.”

“We will start a funeral pyre in the far western corner of the field,” Neal said.

“Can someone get me a board and blankets?” Laura looked up.

“Yes doctor.” Thomas was not gone but seconds before he was back with the supplies she needed.

Laura kissed Thomas and thanked him.

Laura and Sandra began to construct a makeshift stretcher. “Sandra let’s move her slowly without any movement to our Queen’s head or spinal column.”

worried-man“Why is she not awake?” Tabbruis was worried.

“I don’t know for certain without proper diagnostic equipment Tabbruis.” She turned to Sandra and ordered, “When we examine her, let’s do a GCS rating.”

“Yes doctor.”

Sandra whispered to Shane, “She will be fine. I love you,” and kissed him.

“On my count, Sandra and Tabbruis, let’s lift and move her very slowly.” Laura was adamant about keeping her head and spine immobile.

When they reached their Master Suite, they placed Charmeine on the bed. Laura and Sandra went to the ‘his and hers’ bathroom sinks and started to wash up.

Laura directed, “We need to get her out of these things and clean up her head and hair to see if the blood is covering up another wound.”

“I will do that,” Tabbruis offered.

“Tabbruis, our Queen needs to be handled without any possible movement to her head and spinal column.”

She turned to Sandra and smiled, “I assume you have had training with that?”

Sandra responded clinically, “Of course doctor.”

“Tabbruis believe me when I say our Queen is in capable hands. Please do not take this the wrong way, but let Sandra and I do our jobs. God has put us here for a reason.”

“Yeah Dad, Mom’s in good hands with us.”

“Yes I know you she is Daughter. I am in both of your debts. I just…” He was about to break down with fear and walked to the terrace with his head down. He paced within earshot.

Since it was a cold night, the door to the terrace was only open a fraction of an inch. Laura and Sandra took off Charmeine’s Kevlar suit and cleaned her up inspecting her head and body for sign of trauma.

homemade lotion Peppermint Rose sept 11 2012 010They were about to put on her pajamas but Tabbruis went into the bathroom and handed them the rose lotion which Charmeine loved. Welling in tears, he had thin pained lips and a creased brow. “Please put some of this on her legs and arms before dressing her for bed.”

Sandra uncapped the bottle. “God, it smells like Mom in a bottle.”

“Yes, Charmeine, or Mom, needs to wake up smelling like she is home.”

“She will be with us soon Dad. She’s tough and will be up and around in no time.” Sandra reached for Tabbruis’ hand and held it tightly.

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One of my ALL TIME Favorite melodies… “Come Back to Me”… it so fits this scene.  All of Tabbruis’ desperation and love pouring through Frank Sinatra’s beautiful and sultry voice!  ENJOY!!!


SEDITIOUS… “The Light-Bearer Series” I’m chomping at the bit for it to be out… Plus personal update! By Emily Guido

Lord Cromwell 1“Okay, we have to imprison Lord Cromwell, check,” and Charmeine held up her hand making a check mark in the air.

“Listen Sis, we need to tell you of how daunting Lord Cromwell is,” Hameal remarked as his face became stoic with a very serious look.

“Some of Earth’s darkest times were influenced by him,” Hera added.

“We know his deeds from our holds in Heaven,” Laura said as she folded her arms across her chest and sat back with a distant look. “We could see the loss of life and destruction he caused by clouding men’s minds. It’s a pretty lengthy list.”

“Yeah Mom, he was the one to influence building the Tower of Babel,” Sandra chimed in.

“The actual Tower of Babel?  But how…?” Charmeine asked.

“Generations following the great flood with Noah, we, the people of the Earth spoke one language,” Dmitri interrupted her and had a far off look on his face.

With a glimmer of recognition, Tabbruis added, “We migrated from the east, and came to the land of Shinar.”

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Turris Babel from Athanasius Kircher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Where the people resolved to build a city with a tower,” Thomas said with a black face.

“The tower was supposed to have its top in the heavens…” Hameal murmured.

“Lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth,” Neal grumbled.

“And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city.” Laura welled in tears.

“You knew each other then?” Charmeine asked with wide open eyes.

They all shook their heads no.

“We did not know each other then, but we lived the same history,” Tabbruis replied.

Thomas uttered with a face of reminiscence, “The Tower which was called Babel because God confounded the language of all the Earth.”

“I’m constantly amazed at the history you all have shared.” Charmeine’s face lit up when she heard about the events they lived through.

“Charmeine, you romanticize history, but those who have lived it, are traumatized by it!” Tabbruis snapped.

She looked at him with surprise. He never lost his temper until Bathsheba came. She felt like her heart was bleeding.

“Amen to that, Tabbruis!” Laura blurted out. “Charmeine, you have no idea how lucky you were to appear on Earth in 1997. Some of us have had to live through Hell.”

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Julius Cesar (Malmö) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hameal could see Charmeine was still hurt from Tabbruis’ retorts. He tried to change the subject. “The assassination of Julius Caesar was from his doing. Cromwell also influenced Hernán Cortés who was mainly responsible for the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The carnage of the people and rape of the land was immeasurable.”

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Deutsch: Bildnis Franz Ferdinand, Erzherzog von Österreich-Este, mit Familie. Franz Ferdinand in Generalsuniform, seinen Sohn Max auf dem Schoß, zusammen mit seiner Gattin Sophie Chotek, stehend, und seiner Tochter Sophie, auf einem Tisch sitzend. Fotografie des Atelier Adele. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Inventarnr. Pf 31134:D(16) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mom, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo. Their deaths were the impetus for World War I, and we believe this pitiful excuse for a Blood-Hunter is guilty,” Shane said with a frown.

“How can Lord Cromwell wield such power?” Charmeine asked. She tried not to get sick and said, “But, two questions weigh on my mind. First and foremost, how did Pascal overcome the influence of Lord Cromwell? Second, why didn’t Pascal kill him? Why imprison him when he knew he was such a threat to the Blood-Hunters?

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“We do not know, but I feel positive the family will find out those answers,” Tabbruis replied. “Nevertheless Charmeine, you need to know what kind of a force we are dealing with.  Lord Cromwell will not be easy to defeat. I am afraid the Elder Council was just a warm up for our family’s strength to be tested on Earth.”

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But when I think of this

revealing excerpt,

I think of this song below…

NO other song will suffice

Enjoy!

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OKAY FOLKS!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

I will be off-line for a few days!

When I get out of the hospital and up enough to be at a computer desk.

I will be chiming in with more goodies!

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Bathsheba… wicked… from SEDITIOUS the 4th Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” COMING SOON!

6-1.jpgIn Romania, Tabbruis paced in front of Bathsheba’s bed in the hospital, and doubted if he could pull his role off. He was assigned to make her divulge information about Lord Cromwell while he used sexual attraction and flirtation to get Bathsheba’s defenses down.

Tabbruis could not understand how he was duped by the woman in front of him. She was not one tenth the beauty Charmeine was. His arms ached to hold his wife, touch her belly and feel Baby Hunter under his hand. He closed his eyes and whispered a prayer, “God please give me another chance with my wife. Our two hearts are lost and cannot resume beating unless we are together. I was a fool, Lord. She is the only woman I have ever loved.”

He opened his eyes and looked at Bathsheba. He thought, ‘This was not love. I was never in love with her. Our relationship was something sick, dark and Evil, contrived by Lucifer himself!’

All of a sudden, he felt a prick on his neck. He turned to find Bathsheba in front of him with her fangs exposed.

6704372_l (1)Bathsheba wiped her red lips with her tongue and smiled with a drop of blood dripping down the side of her mouth. She teased her thick French accent, “You must be getting slower in your reflexes during the years.” She licked her lip with her tongue to entice him.

Tabbruis wanted to kill her right where she stood! His eyes became black on the outside with green pinpoints in the middle. The eye change was not from desire, but from anger! He took a breath and resigned himself with the task he must do to make sure his family was safe.

“Bathsheba, I cannot believe you are alive,” he whispered as he closed his eyes and hugged her. “Why are you here?” He held her face an inch away and trembled with fury. He used all his strength not to destroy her on the spot, and thought, ‘Control Tabbruis, you have to get information from her.’ 

“You have been a naughty boy shacking up with a Light-Bearer. The thought of that cow with you makes me sick. Really Tabbruis, you should have a modicum of respect for the Elders?” She flirted with slanted eyes and a smile.

wirbel01He clenched his teeth and wanted to slap the smile off her face. With his composure recovered, he asked, “Are you hungry Bathsheba? You must be. Let us go and get some refreshment.”

“I would like you to come here.” She sat down on the bed, and patted a spot beside her. With a flip of her long black hair, she flirted, “Tell me what you have been up to Tabbruis. Where is the little woman anyway? She was very impressive. The Witch held me without even touching me.”

“Yes, I know, but she is not here now. She became angry, because I stayed by your bedside waiting for you to awaken. You know the type, very jealous?” He was glad she did not know about all of Charmeine’s powers. 

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When I wrote this,

I wanted the reader to understand how

regretful and angry Tabbruis was with himself,

let alone Bathsheba.

I have had times like that.

We are so mad at ourselves

but then the feelings are hard to control.

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SEDITIOUS 4th book “The Light-Bearer Series” another 5 Star Review & Why I Wrote it!

We, or I mean writers, all started as readers . . .

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John Quinlan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My first draw to reading was that I was fascinated by the Paranormal Romance. I’m sure my love for all things that are romance came from my ‘cookie-cutter’ image of my Prince Charming like in Sleeping Beauty.

However, the Paranormal came out of the feeling that there is something mystic out there in the universe.  I was born and raised Roman Catholic and went to Catholic school from K-12, so if you know anything about Catholicism, you know that transformation and God’s hand changes elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

So, from early on, I know there were other forces out there of Good and Evil.  When I became a fully human being meaning as I grew up.  I learned about Eastern Philosophy and Good Karma and Bad Karma.  What I give out to the world, is given back to me.  If I sow Bad Karma. . . I am sure to get it back 10 fold.

4 Seditious Book CoverWhy did I write, Seditious, the fourth novel in “The Light-Bearer Series”?  Because believe it or not, I wanted Charmeine and Tabbruis, my star-crossed lovers, to come against what we normal folks deal with from time to time.

I wanted my hero and heroine to have troubles with trust, money, disloyalty, separation, redemption and most of all, forgiving someone you love who has hurt you without conditions or ultimatums.  It seemed that I needed to portray my super-human lovers as a regular husband and wife.

I finished three Young Adult  books, Charmeine, Mactus and Accendo before this and I thought I could make “The Light-Bearer Series” last forever if I wished.  There seemed to be endless manuscripts for my head to conjure up.

I had to reassess my work and how I was going to progress forward. I write Paranormal Romance, because I love to read it.  So, with that notion in hand, I am forging more of “The Light-Bearer Series” because it seems to come naturally to me.

The Characters have become a family to me.  From what I hear from people who read past the first novel is that they are family to them also.  Don’t take it from me, just see the reviews.

Now that my passion or past-time is making my readers happy, there are plenty more on the horizon.

Anything to do with love, particularly forbidden love, I will almost go backward trying to make it work as a writer. I can pick and choose my villains and make them twist and turn.

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John Quinlan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Believe it or not, I write from Tabbruis’ point of view a lot.  I love getting into his complicated, dark and broody Blood-Hunter mind.  The doubting hero’s viewpoint is much more interesting.

In addition, I hate making women in my novels weak. . . Damsel in Distress has been done.  It is time to see some Take Charge and Kick ‘em in the Ass Heroines and that is why Charmeine is sweet, kind and loving, but vicious and brutal when you mess with her family!

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Here is another 5 star review of Seditious…

“Seditious” is the perfect title for this novel! Ms. Guido captured jealously, deceit, and restoration of love flawlessly. This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of “The Light-Bearer Series” off kilter. “Seditious” is the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!

Life at the ‘Castle Charmeine’ is blissful until reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes decent.  This fourth novel also adds unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities, humanizing both men.

Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.

6704372_l (1)Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares with Tabbruis and Dmitri.

As Bathsheba lays injured, Tabbruis and Dmitri relive their agonizing and painful past with her. However, Charmeine is emotionally and physically threatened by Bathsheba and escapes to protect her unborn child.

This is the story of a family which works together to unravel Bathsheba’s deadly secrets. Just when you think they are in the clear, a more heinous and ominous villain waits in the wings to tear apart our ill-fated lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis.

“Seditious” is a heart-wrenching and exciting story of passion, betrayal, and redemption you will not want to miss!

 By Polly Bennett, “The Light-Bearer Series” Reviewer

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Trailer for  SEDITOUS AND RANSOM


SEDITIOUS is almost here! 4th Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

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Down the corridor, Dmitri pulled Hera into a small study.

Deep inside her heart, Hera was still hurt. Even though she understood about how Bathsheba clouded his judgment, she could not understand how he could fall to pieces again. With this in mind, she most certainly did not want to be pulled anywhere by him. 

He closed the door, and immediately held her against his body so she could not leave his grasp. 

“Dmitri, release me now!” 

“I will not release you until you have forgiven me, Hera.” He bent down, and kissed her cheek.

“You have my forgiveness, now let me go!” she grumbled with clenched teeth.

“No, Hera…” he sighed with a lilt of shame. “I want you to forgive me,” and his eyes became pools of tears.

She could see his regret and offered, “Let your mind be finally at rest Dmitri. I believe you are truly sorry for your actions. I also believe you were tricked and deceived by Lucifer who sent the Witch.”

Suddenly, Hera hugged him as to hold his gorgeous body closer to her. With desperation, she pleaded, “My love, I ask your forgiveness too.”

“What?” He pulled away to look in her eyes. 

“For years Dmitri, I have harbored covetous jealousy toward you and Bathsheba. But, it was unfair to think you had any obligation to your deceased wife. You did not know I was in Heaven waiting to be released of my hold.”

“My lovely Hera, I understand. There is nothing to forgive,” he sighed as he shook his head.  

“That is exactly how I feel, Dmitri.” She threw herself into his embrace.

He held her close and wrapped his large arms around her tightly. Dmitri kissed her neck and whispered with a sexy tenor in his voice, “Hera, are you ready for this my dear?”

“No, but I will make do.” She looked away to avoid his eyes.

“When we get in there, do not hold back my love. Let me have it, as they say nowadays.” He took her face in his hands and growled with passion. “My divine Hera, I love you. As much as I regret my actions all those years ago, you can punish me until the end of time, and it will not take my shame away.”

“You should not carry that shame, Dmitri. Let it go. Release all the negative feelings you have. I love you, and I know you love me.” Tears streamed down Hera’s face.

He wiped each one as they fell.

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Chania agora (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When I was a little girl, my dreams were filled with images of you. When we stared at each other across the crowded Agora Market Square, I knew you were my soul mate.” She released the tie which tucked away his long hair, and ran her fingers through it. Her body responded in kind to his sexual charisma and held him closer.

“You saw me in your dreams before we met? I never knew that, Hera. You should have told me,” he uttered while he enjoyed her touch.

She wet her lips, looked up through her thick lashes and replied, “Dmitri, even though you were my soul mate, I did enjoy the chase.”

He closed his eyes and smiled with the pleasure that Hera loved him at first sight.

“Dmitri, it does not take a mathematician to know the equation: love, plus love, equals love.”

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As he burned with passion, Dmitri took her face in his hands, and kissed her sweet lips. The kiss turned into an explosion of want and sexual need. He pushed her against the wall.

Hera moaned, gripped him harder, and burrowed her fingernails into his backbone to keep a close embrace on him. She surrounded her legs around his waist.

He growled with pleasure.

Their desire was in the air like a warm energy which passed through them. They liquefied against the wall of the study, almost to the point of no return. Breathless with passion, they pulled away from each other.

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Portrait photo of a young women with black hair looking over her shoulder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Now, that is what I call a makeup kiss, Dmitri.” She saw his eyes had become blue pinpoints from want.

“Hera, after this duty is over, I will come to you, and as they say…” he took her hands, pushed them against the wall palms up as pink light pulsed through their bodies which made every part warm and stimulated, “…you have not seen anything yet.”

“Husband,” she whispered, “I will be waiting for you to come to me,” and winked at him. Hera took a big breath and advised, “Unless you want to explain to the children the facts of life, you better calm down.”

Again, they pulled away from each other hot with passion.

“I will always have the need to kiss you, to be near you, to love you, my beautiful wife.”

Hera took the tie and began to gather his hair back into a ponytail.

Dmitri smiled because it felt good to have her hands in his hair. “I will show you that you are my one and only love.” He kissed her again with softness. As he let go of her, he could see her body blush as she bit her lip in anticipation.

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Oh my… I need a fan.

Is it hot in here?

SEDITIOUS is coming soon folks!

It is hot and adventure packed with betrayal and sedition.

One of my favorite novels in “The Light-Bearer Series”…

(okay, okay, they are all my favorites)

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This trailer can give you a good idea of what to expect…

Castle Charmeine is a ROCKIN’

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Pay it Forward Friday with Author V.S. Nelson and her novel ETERNAL NIGHTS

BookCover Promo CoverSynopsis of ETERNAL NIGHTS

With each passing day Jessica’s consciousness grew stronger. For twenty years she was content to remain as she was—trapped inside another. The life she led came to an abrupt end the moment she laid eyes on Raphael. At first she suspected they were destined to be together–his gentle touch confirmed it. Although he didn’t know it, he ignited waves of a fiery passion that burned deep into her soul. It became brighter every day, giving her the strength she needed. Somehow she would find a way to free herself from her grandmother’s powerful magic.

Since her birth she learned vicariously from observing others of her kind and until now she was satisfied with the life she led. She had everything one would need to live a meaningful life without the stress the human world inflicts on its inhabitants. With each passing day her obsession to be more than she was, intensified. Jessica knew she was gifted with her race’s abilities to communicate with others but until now she had never used them. They say practice makes perfect and she was at a point now where she could make her presence known—at least to him.

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Review of ETERNAL NIGHTS

I must try not to sound like a sales person, but this book was AMAZING!!!

I was captivated from the very first page and could not stop reading! I took this story with me everywhere; out to dinner, to the kitchen while I cooked dinner, I even read during some of my favorite television shows!

The chemistry and passion between Raphael and Jessica is breath taking and leaves you wanting to know more about these two and all the other players in V.S. Nelson’s series.

The internal struggle Jessica faces is amazingly written. You can’t help but cheer her on as she struggles to find a way to undo her grandmother’s magic. And then there is Raphael, every woman’s dream; he too has to fight his own demons in order to assist the woman he calls his angel.

This book (series) is so much more than any paranormal romance or urban fantasy I have read to date… how could I not recommend it?  And now the wait for book three in the series begins.

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Snippet of ETERNAL NIGHTS

Jennifer couldn’t help herself; she burst out laughing picturing her oversized, muscle bound 5,000 year old immortal struggling with what normal folks did everyday.

“Jennifer, that’s not fair. Give a man a break, will ya?”

Her attempt to smother her laughter failed miserably.

“I know, but it’s just so damn funny. I know you probably haven’t had to fix yourself something to eat in what, a couple hundred years? …  Oh God, I think I’m so tired, I’m getting slap happy.”

More laughter erupted over the phone line.

“Glad I could bring a little sunshine into your life… and it’s been more like a couple of thousand years… Thank you very much… Now you want to tell me where I can find a couple of plates.”

“Try the cabinet above where you found the knife.”

He opened the cabinet she directed him to.

”Smart ass! I’m feeling rather stupid here and you’re not helping matters.”

“I’m sorry. So tell me something, why didn’t you call Harold and have him make you something? Or go back over to the Bunkhouse to eat?”

“Because I thought I could do it myself! Crap, I didn’t know I was going to need a God damn road map to find where everything was in your kitchen. Do you know how many damn drawers and cabinet are in this place?”

“You’re the one who had the house built… remember?”

“Yeah, don’t remind me. At this point I’m ready to blow up the damn thing… well at least the kitchen.”

“Hey, don’t you go doing anything to my kitchen. I like it just fine the way it is.”

“Too late.”

“What do you mean too late?”

Silence

“Gabriel, answer me… What did you do?”

“You know the center drawer on the china hutch–well it kind of had a little accident.”

“What do you mean it kind of had an accident, what happened?”

“Ah… a… the handle came off in my hand.”

“Not a big deal. When I get home, I’ll have the repair man come over and put it back on.”

“Ah… Honey… I don’t think it’s fixable.”

“Why not, it’s just a knob… the repairman can put it back on.”

“No, he can’t… Trust me on this one, ok?”

“Gabriel, tell me the truth, what happened?”

“Well, when the thing came off in my hand, the drawer fell onto the floor. I tried to pick it up and put it back together but I was already frustrated trying to find the damn knife and I guess the anger got the best of me…”

“WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED IN HEREDid a bomb go off?”

Raphael’s loud voice echoed over the phone line. She heard her husband try and quiet Raphael by shushing him.

“Is that Jennifer?” Raphael asked, “If it is, you better not tell her… better yet, let me talk to her… Give me that phone.”

She could hear the little tug a war going on between the two. Raphael finally managed to get on the line.

“Hello, Jen… ah… ah… you’re still at the main house, right? …Good… because I don’t think you want to come home anytime soon… No, no, he’s ok… it’s your kitchen that has met with the destructive force of a hurricane…yeah, no problem… Un-huh… yeah, I’ll call a repairman… OK, here he is.”

Raphael handed the phone to Gabriel. “Here, she wants to talk to you.”

“Honey, as I was trying to explain, I just had a little accident with the china hutch… well hold on… I’m getting to that part… I was holding the knob in my hand when the drawer fell out then I guess I crushed it… and then I got mad because I knew you would be upset and I kicked the drawer… It kind of exploded into a hundred pieces… and the window broke… yes, I know… Yes, I should be more careful… Un-huh… not much else… I couldn’t figure out how to open the dishwasher… Yes, Dear… anyway… it kind of fell off its hinges too… not much else… except your oven isn’t working right. I tried to make some pasta and the door flew open and my pasta ended up… ok, here he is… I love you… Honey, I’m really sorry… ok, here he is.”

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Paying it Forward by Volunteering

By V.S.Nelson

I’m often asked by family, friends and other authors, “why do I take on so much; why do I volunteer my services when others are quite capable of raising their hand?”

Why? The reasons are really quite simple.

First off, let me say that I want to give back to the community at large for their support and for everything they have helped me with in the past few years. If it wasn’t for the encouragement and training I have received directly and indirectly through organizations like the RWA chapters I belong to, I wouldn’t be where I am today, nor would I have ever re-joined the writing-publishing world after a long break.

I’ve never been one to sit on the sidelines and wait for things to happen. Even when I was in the educational field, I often found myself sitting on boards and judging events for students. I think I sold more cans of pop and washed more cars than anyone in my teaching career, hoping to raise enough money to take my students on a variety to field trips.

So I have applied the same practice to my writing career. Gladly, those days of washing cars are over. Now, I do what ever I can to “get involved” by surrounding myself with the talents of other writers. In a way, one might even consider me some sort of psychic vampire, as I tend to leave the writer’s meetings I attend, inspired. My word count usually doubles following a meeting where other authors are in attendance. But one can gain so much more than an increase of their daily word count by attending writer’s meetings.

On another note, I can’t help but wonder why someone would join a professional organization and not get involved or attend the monthly meetings.  More than once, I have met another author who claims they are a member, but then only attend one or two meetings a year–if that. What good are they getting out of their membership? I will admit, general meetings filled with business stats can be boring, but as a general rule there is so much more to each meeting one can benefit from. Guest speakers, writing professionals, and free workshops presented by some of the best in the business are given by most RWA chapters. So why not take advantage of what you are paying for? As Spock would say, “this is illogical.”

When I first joined Desert Rose, one of our local RWA chapters here in Arizona, I didn’t know anyone. The fear of walking into a room full of people you don’t know can be intimating to most. I know, because I was that someone. So what did I do? I took the cowards way out and brought someone with me. That way, if no one introduced themselves to me, I’d have at least someone to talk to. Surprisingly, my companion and I received a very warm welcome and I’ve been attending their meetings ever since. 

pay_it_forwardMy first payback. During my first year, I soon found myself volunteering to work the door as a greeter. Since I received such a warm welcome, could I not do the same for another who was attending their first meeting? Oh, but I received so much more in volunteering, as it gave me the opportunity to meet those authors (up close and personal) who were “older and wiser” than I – those who had been members for years.

Conference time rolled around and since I was planning on attending so I could pitch my book, I found myself volunteering to work a variety of events. The conference was better than I anticipated for many reasons.  Not only did I receive several requests for my work, but I enjoyed and learned how writer’s conferences operated (first hand) by volunteering to work the agent-author room, the hospitality suite… and even the book store. Experience, like that can’t be bought and it is something I can use for the rest of my life.

My first year is long past and I still continue to attempt to pay it forward by giving back to the community who has helped me on the long and lonely road of a writer. I’m now a member of three RWA chapters and serve on two of those chapter’s boards. I’m also very involved in two other non-chapter related conferences in addition to our local one. I judge a variety of writer’s contests every year and am proud to say I do. I receive numerous non-solicited manuscripts with requests for critiques and reviews. I have yet to refuse a single one.

Giving back or paying it forward is this writer’s way of simply saying, thank you.

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Bio of Author V.S. Nelson

meBeing a Native American woman and a Scorpio, author V.S. Nelson has always had a fondness for history, mythology, the occult, and the unexplained events which have occurred on this world we call home. It was no wonder she found herself writing a paranormal series.

Raised on authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne and coming from a long line of oral storytellers, Ms. Nelson work has been defined as innovative and fresh. She will take you by the hand and lead you into the depths of her imagination as if you are sitting next to her on the couch one minute and alive within her fantasy world the next.

She has always enjoyed reading stories with strong relationships and happy-ever-after-endings and it is reflected in her work. Even her commercial fiction, Sins of a Man, the Memoirs of a Mafia Hit man, is layered with romantic elements. I’ve heard her say she is in love with love more than once and that too is echoed in her stories.

Landing in Arizona, after an exciting teaching career, which took her to the Middle East for several years, she lives in Arizona where she spends most of her time making love to her computer while writing, editing or researching, seven to ten hours a day. The days she’s not writing, you will find her with her critique partners, attending or presenting a workshop or at a RWA (Romance Writers of America) meeting. She’s extremely active in three RWA chapters in addition to her other associations.

She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com

            Ms. Nelson’s latest release, Eternal Nights – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book Two is the now available on Amazon and other fine book stores in a variety of formats (Kindle, regular paperback and large print for those with less than perfect vision), in addition to her other title.

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Heating up… preview “SEDITIOUS” the 4th Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido

 

Lord Cromwell 1“Okay, we have to imprison Lord Cromwell, check,” and Charmeine held up her hand making a check mark in the air.

“Listen Sis, we need to tell you of how daunting Lord Cromwell is,” Hameal remarked as his face became stoic with a very serious look.

“Some of Earth’s darkest times were influenced by him,” Hera added.

“We know his deeds from our holds in Heaven,” Laura said as she folded her arms across her chest and sat back with a distant look. “We could see the loss of life and destruction he caused by clouding men’s minds. It’s a pretty lengthy list.”

“Yeah Mom, he was the one to influence building the Tower of Babel,” Sandra chimed in.

“The actual Tower of Babel?  But how…?” Charmeine asked.

“Generations following the great flood with Noah, we, the people of the Earth spoke one language,” Dmitri interrupted her and had a far off look on his face.

With a glimmer of recognition, Tabbruis added, “We migrated from the east, and came to the land of Shinar.”

“Where the people resolved to build a city with a tower,” Thomas said with a black face.

“The tower was supposed to have its top in the heavens…” Hameal murmured.

“Lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth,” Neal grumbled.

“And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city.” Laura welled in tears.

Charmeine asked, “You knew each other then?”

They all shook their heads no.

“We did not know each other then, but we lived the same history,” Tabbruis replied.

Thomas uttered with a face of reminiscence, “The Tower which was called Babel because God confounded the language of all the Earth.”

“I’m constantly amazed at the history you all have shared.” Charmeine’s face lit up when she heard about the events they lived through.

Tabbruis snapped, “Charmeine, you romanticize history, but those who have lived it, are traumatized by it!” 

She looked at him with surprise. He never lost his temper until Bathsheba came. She felt like her heart was bleeding.

“Amen to that, Tabbruis!” Laura blurted out. “Charmeine, you have no idea how lucky you were to appear on Earth in 1997. Some of us have had to live through Hell.”

Hameal could see Charmeine was still hurt from Tabbruis’ retorts. He tried to change the subject. “The assassination of Julius Caesar was from his doing. Cromwell also influenced Hernán Cortés who was mainly responsible for the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The carnage of the people and rape of the land was immeasurable.”

“Mom, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo. Their deaths were the impetus for World War I, and we believe this pitiful excuse for a Blood-Hunter is guilty,” Shane said with a frown.

“How can he wield such power?” Charmeine asked. She tried not to get sick and said, “But, two questions weigh on my mind. First and foremost, how did Pascal overcome the influence of Lord Cromwell? Second, why didn’t Pascal kill him? Why imprison him when he knew he was such a threat to the Blood-Hunters?”

“We do not know, but I feel positive the family will find out those answers,” Tabbruis replied. “Nevertheless Charmeine, you need to know what kind of a force we are dealing with.  Lord Cromwell will not be easy to defeat. I am afraid the Elder Council was just a warm up for our family’s strength to be tested on Earth.”

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Things are heating up!

A friend told me last week, “Seditious is one of those novels that really make you sit on the edge of your seat.”

I took that as a real compliment, and it made my day!  I was smiling from ear to ear.

I hope today you have a good thing said to that makes your day!

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Charmeine (The Light-Bearer #1) by Emily Guido – Review by Susan’s Book Reviews

Older Editions of "Charmeine"

Older Editions of “Charmeine”

Okay folks… I had to re-post this review because I wax poetic about this past year as life is a tornado with little reprieves to take a breath… and a major  birthday is coming.

Originally,I wrote the ONE big book “Charmeine”  and self-published in January 2012. I had no knowledge of Publishing and because of that, getting reviews, was very hard.  For all these reasons:

1. I didn’t know how to request reviews or where I should go.

2. My book “Charemine” was unedited and not formatted.

3. “Charmeine” was a monster book, 600 pages 150,000 words.

4. I had no publisher.

Since then, my publisher, PDMI Direct Publishing, split the book “Charmeine” into three = “Charmeine,” “Mactus,” and “Accendo.”

This review is one of the most important reviews I ever had.  It was by a reviewer who didn’t know me and read my unedited large book in its entirety.  

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Review by Susan’s Book Reviews

Originally reviewed in May, 2012

I started following http://emilyguido.com/

She is the author of “Charmeine,” the first book in the new “The Light Bearer Series.”

Everyday I would impatiently check my email waiting for another excerpt from her book “Charmeine.” When I found out that the next book in the series is going to be released soon, I decided that I needed to read the entire book, not just the snippets. So I purchased my copy (first book I’ve bought in ages) and started to read…

In Heaven, Charmeine and Tabbruis are worried. Charmeine, an Angel of Harmony, has a mission to provide harmony and peace in times of trouble. Lately she feels a serious drain on her power and her ability to provide harmony was lessening daily.

Tabbruis is the Angel of Self-Determination and is several levels higher than Charmeine. He allows us to use our free will and inspires us to think of new ways to do things. He must help an Archangel to have conviction in his beliefs and will therefore be unavailable to the family for most of the day. They are waiting to hear what the Prophecy will bring but neither believes it will be good news.

We then go back, back to a time before Tabbruis and Charmeine have met. When Tabbruis used another name and Charmeine had no idea who she really was or what her real name was. Back before love had finally made them complete.

Tabbruis is a Blood Drinker, a vampire. He believes his destiny is to walk earth always in need of blood. Human blood is best, but Tabbruis has learned to use wild animal blood instead to curb his craving. He can go out in sunlight, but prefers the darkness, he seldom sleeps, he is very wealthy and very handsome. People usually bend to his will with little or no problem. He prefers to be alone. The sound, the smell and the action of the sea calms him.

Charleen (aka Charmeine) has beautiful brown eyes and a very sweet nature. Summer is her favorite time of year, she loves the feel of sun on her skin. She learned Judo so she will never be a victim. She has never really dated and has never really been attracted to any man, and she has no interest in finding out why. She tries to tell herself she is happy but she knows that really she wants a man in her life, someone to share with. Charleen loves to go and watch the waves at the sea-shore. it’s very peaceful.

Tabbruis and Charleen meet. They stare deep into each others eyes, and they know. They have found the other half of themselves.

But will it be enough to overcome all the obstacles both known and unknown in their paths?

Can there be happiness between two such different creatures?

I am very satisfied with this story.

There were many things to like such as vampires, the supernatural, action scenes, good characters who throughout the book evolve and a very emotional romance involving two people of different races/cultures.

I did at times feel the writing was a little stilted (the kindle edition needs some editing) and that did affect the flow of the story.

Overall, this is a great read, and a terrific debut novel for Emily Guido!

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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