Jamie Fraser
James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser
and why he is the BEST book boyfriend of probably ALL time.  10 REASONS
I started the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon late in its life. Only 2 years ago did I discover this talented author and the world she had created nearly 26 years ago. I fell in Love.
  There was a lot of hoopla surrounding the series and the NEW television production by the STARZ network. This is when I decided to open the book and read it for myself.
 (From previous experience with the HBO True Blood series I knew how they could take a set of great books and completely tear them and the characters to shreds.)
 I wanted to get the author's original vision before I started the show. And boy, am I ever glad that I embarked on the fabulous journey of time travel and the most awe inspiring love story of all time. (I consider the story more epic than Pride and Prejudice by the great Jane Austin.)

Jamie, in my opinion, is what every woman wants in a man.


                           Here are my

                                      Top 10 reasons.
1. He is tall (6'4), red-haired (described as a deer pelt), Scottish, devastatingly handsome, and has an accent that will make you swoon every time you hear it. However, Jaime is marked by scars all through the book at various times through the series. Each scar lends to his bravery and heroism. Also, his love, as Claire carves a "C" on his thumb..
"A Highlander in full regalia is an impressive sight--any Highlander, no matter how old, ill-favored, or crabbed in appearance.  A tall, straight-bodied, and by no means ill-favored young Highlander at close range is breath-taking." 
2,. He's wise beyond his years, (At the beginning of the series Jamie is only 22 years old. Born in 1721. The book begins when Clair travels to 1743.)
3. He's charming.
4. He's extremely Loyal.
5. He has a wonderful sense of humor.  "Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach.  But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch." (Chapter 25, "Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live", p. 406 
6. He's educated and actually listens to Claire when she speaks and trusts that she tells him the truth.
Honestly, I could go on and on about Jamie's amicable qualities.
7. Jaime speaks multiple languages. Gaelic, English, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Italian, Greek, a little Chinese and Hebrew,
8. That KILT and those sexy as hell knees. I have to give credit to the Star Sam Heughan for making me realize this is an overlooked body part.
9. He has beautiful nicknames for Claire. Who doesn't love endearments?
10. He's an incredible Father and Foster Father.

THE TELEVISION SERIES


Season One- Volume One                                                  Season One - Volume 2




                                                                  Season Two


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World's Sexiest Knees. 


Karen Marie Moning Signed Paperback of ICED.

                          The winner is Cherie MacDonald.
I was blessed to receive a SIGNED paperback copy of ICED and someone is going to win it. 
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Welcome Donya Lynne and Return of the Assassin Blog Tour



Malek and Gina are two vampires with big problems and pasts they can't let go of. Malek has never dealt with and accepted the death of his first mate, Carmen, and Gina has never been able to let go of the pain she suffered at the hands of her first mate, an abusive half-Dacian named Arman. But now that Malek and Gina have met, they had better start getting over their pasts, and fast, because Gina is Malek's new mate, and she's on the run from a pair of Dacian hunter-assassins out for blood vengeance.

Neither Gina nor Malek are eager to see her fill the role of mate, but biology and Mother Nature don't want to hear their excuses. The longer Malek and Gina fight the bond between them, the more they will suffer. Will they be able to get over their painful pasts and accept the healing they can give to each other before it's too late, or will they wait too long and lose each other forever?


I'm so happy to be back on Pimpin' Reads. Thank you for having me. Let's get right to it and start with an excerpt from Return of the Assassin, book five in my All the King's Men Series:

 Thank you Donya for sending us this Excerpt 

Malek choked back his emotion.
Somewhere between Micah's office and the thick concrete column he held Gina against, Malek's reserve had broken. Just that quickly, Gina had skinned him, cleaned him, and thrown him on the grill, making short work of all that remained of his denial that she was his mate.
In a blink, she had disarmed him. Only a mate held such power over a male.
Had it been Gina's ruthless verbal assault all the way down the stairs that had finally broken through his walls? Or the mention of her former mate and what he had done to her, which sparked Malek's need to protect her? Had it been her confession that she had heard his proclamation in her cell weeks ago? Or was it the simple truth that she was, in fact, his mate? And, as such, she had tremendous power over him?
How about all of the above?
What torment had she suffered at the hands of that half-Dacian bastard she had been mated to before? What had he done to her? And how had she survived? He pulled back, and his gaze ranged her face. Such beauty, such fire. She stole his breath, and he swayed from her heady scent. He would treat her like a queen. His queen. And he would revere and bow to her command every day, tend to her needs, care for her, and protect her with his life if he had to.
What was happening to him? He couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. In her bewitching way, Gina drew him in. She was a blossom, and he was the honeybee eager for her nectar.
But what he had said that day in her cell was still true. He wasn't worthy of her. She deserved more than he could give. As much as he wanted to be her everything, he knew he couldn't.
His resolve waned. He could no longer deny how much he wanted Gina, but he still couldn't have her. It would be unfair to claim her as his when he still clung to a ghost. Carmen still held him in the past. Carmen still possessed half his heart, which meant he couldn't give all of himself to Gina. And she deserved all of him, not merely a part.
Sacrifice replaced anger. Compassion replaced aggression. Gina had already suffered enough pain at the hands of another, and all Malek could offer her was more of the same. With his heart in two places, he could never give her all of him and would always pull her to him then push her away, just as he had done from the moment he saw her in Micah's office. She would be a Ping-Pong ball. Back and forth, back and forth. He would constantly fight himself to reconcile the two halves of his heart into one, and that wasn't fair to her. To try and make a life with her under such circumstances—to cheat her out of a full life with someone else who could give her his whole heart and not just half—would be selfish. Not only that, it was degrading and disrespectful to her.
What was happening between them could never be. He simply couldn’t let her into his heart. Not because he no longer wanted to. Because, damn him, he did. But how do you let someone into your heart when half of it still lies with another?
In a blink, the reality slammed him with a pain more brutal than what he'd suffered so far, because this pain came with clarity of mind, body, and soul. He would always cause Gina pain. It was inevitable. Even if he claimed her as his mate, he would always hurt her. Why? Because a part of him—the part still attached to Carmen—would always drive Gina away.
Frowning, he looked down and stepped back. “I can’t do this. I’m sorry, but this can’t happen, Gina. No matter how much I don’t want to, I will always hurt you.” He turned, lowered his head, and walked away, a man defeated by himself.


In Return of the Assassin, I've written a story about two characters, Malek and Gina, who are carrying heavy emotional baggage that prevents them from opening up to the love between them. For them, the challenge is in letting go of the past so they can embrace the present and future, which is easier said than done, because they're also running out of time. Malek will eventually die if he doesn't accept Gina, and Gina has two vicious vampire hunters out for her blood. Add to that one spurned female, and we've got a fireworks show of dangerous possibilities. And if initial reader response is any indication, I predict readers will need a box of Kleenex to read this one. I have yet to talk to one reader who didn't cry while reading this story. But don't worry, everyone gets what they deserve. Return of the Assassin is a romance, after all.

Before I go, let's have a round of Get to Know All the King's Men, which I'm conducting on several stops along my tour, where I ask a randomly selected character from the series a question. Today I'm going to pick on Trace. Everybody loves Trace, and since his book comes next, let's see what he has to say, if anything.

Donya: "Trace, if you could travel back in time, which period of history would you choose and why?"

Trace switches the match stick between his lips to the other side of his mouth and shifts his pale green eyes uncomfortably. With his darker skin, bald head, and unusual eyes, Trace is really magnificent to look at. He uncrosses his sculpted arms and plucks the match stick from his mouth. "I'd go back to when my mother died and save her." He bites the end of the match stick again, closes his lips around it as if he's chewing, and then gets up and walks away. That's my Trace, a man of few words and always a mystery.

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Two Grand Prizes will be given away at the end of the tour, drawing to be held on Christmas Day (Merry Christmas!).
The first name drawn will have their choice of the following two prizes, and the second name drawn will receive the other. The two prizes are valued at $210 each and include:

Grand Prize #1: Coach bag and a $50 Amazon gift card *image of coach purse is as close to the giveaway as possible. Donya had it wrapped at the store. 











Grand Prize #2: The newest version of the Kindle Paper White, leather cover (winner's choice of color), and an AKM blanket



Darynda Jones Darklight Trilogy Blog Tour


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The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister.  Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul.  And on top of that she’s seeing visions.  This is nothing new for Lorelei.  But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world.   Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril.  Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren't afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

Excerpt:
     Unfortunately for me— and everyone around me— I have,
for lack of a better word, visions. Sometimes when I touch
people, I can see into their futures or their pasts. It’s heartwrenching
on several levels. I never see the time they were
laughing at a party or riding a roller coaster at the fair, screaming
with exhilaration. No, I see the bad parts of their lives.
I see the catastrophic. I see the pain and fear and anxiety.
And now, thanks to this nifty skill I’d inherited, I knew exactly
when, where, and how Kenya was going to die.
     Her death flashed before my eyes the moment we touched.
The visions were thoughtful that way. And now I had a decision
to make. I’d struggled with the question of divulgence
before. Many times. And this scenario was no exception. I
might be able to prevent her death if she’d listen to me, but
that took a lot of faith. And since she threatened me with a
switchblade every chance she got, I didn’t figure faith was
her strong suit. Especially faith in me. The new girl. The girl
she most liked to harass and promise a slow and painful death
to. I was pretty sure I’d developed a nervous twitch after meeting
her.
     But this was different. Maybe it was a timing thing. She
was going to die too soon. Too young. She literally had only
days to live. And the vision stole my breath with its vividness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

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