Read for a Better World: November Edition

Lover’s Quarrel’s mission is to make the world a better place by promoting self-published books and books from independent bookstores, which is why half of all Lover’s Quarrel affiliate links go to charity. 

Help Lover’s Quarrel reach its goal of donating $100 to charity in 2017 by purchasing a book through one of these affiliate links.  The romance novels featured on this list give higher affiliate earnings than usual so you can maximize your impact with your purchase. 50 percent of the affiliate earnings from these books will go to the Malala Fund. 

As a bonus, you can also enter to win a $10 gift card when you purchase one of these books. All you have to do is send a screenshot of your receipt to loversquarrelbooks@gmail.com.

 

1) The Power of His Touch by Alaina Stanford

51xb5wowisl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Genre: Paranormal

Word Count: 42,180

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

Buy The Power of His Touch Now now and 41 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Malala Fund to help girls around the world get a quality education. 

The longer angels tread on the face of the earth the more susceptible they become to mortal emotion.

Rafi discovers a demon plot to release a pandemic in a large metropolitan city. Disguised as an agent of the World Health Organization Rafi searches for the source. When he meets a young biochemist name Sophia at the center of the pandemic everything changes. Rafi is quickly torn between his divine mission and his growing feelings for Sophia. Dare he give into the temptations of love with millions of lives at risk?

2) Vengeance’s Fire by Alaina Stanford

9200000035956690Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Word Count: 53,630

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.31 out of 5 stars

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Kendra had not seen Cap in 6 months. As Kendra prepares to travel deep into the mountains with a group of Empathic Students Cap suddenly appears. Their journey will lead them toward an evil more dangerous than either could ever imagine. A presence that could bring an end to the Empathic way of life.

3) The First Bite Is the Deepest by Elisa Catrina

412cm78fogl-_sy346_Genre: Supernatural, New Adult

Word Count: 89,630

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.83 out of 5 stars

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High school senior Stella Ortiz loves field hockey, her friends, biology class, and the occasional trashy vampire romance. So when she encounters mysterious transfer student Sebastian Weber–a real-life version of her favorite novels’ broodingly gorgeous protagonists–she’s immediately drawn to him. Her friends, on the other hand, aren’t impressed: Sebastian misses tons of school, he day-drinks something that smells like pennies, and oh yeah, he’s a vampire.

What starts as a quirky send-up of vampire romance quickly turns sinister. Stella and her friends find themselves pitted against not only Sebastian but his entire family–a cadre of supernatural predators determined to keep the secret of their existence from spreading any further. 

Sometimes, breakups really are a matter of life and death.  

4) They Are In Love Again by Becky Harris

Burn Me AgainGenre: Contemporary

Word Count: 11,630

This book is not yet rated on Goodreads.

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Emma and Brody had been friends since they were in Kindergarten. When high school rolled around their feelings for each other turned into something more than just friendship. Their love was fast and furious, just like their relationship. All was going perfectly until an accident struck Brody’s family. His brother had been in a fatal car accident with a drunk driver. 
Struck by the tragedy, Brody turned to alcohol. When Emma found out she immediately confronted him. The confrontation immediately went south when Brody lashed out at her. It severed their relationship separating them for four years.
At Emma’s graduation, she stumbles into him. As soon as their eyes meet the feelings rush back. When Brody asks Emma for a second chance she can’t help, but give it. Though it comes with a few stumbles along the way they pick up right where they left off.

5) Fallen Hero by Lorhainne Eckhart

51szv2x9v2bl-_sy445_ql70_Genre: Contemporary, Western

Word Count: 44,360

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.21 out of 5 stars

Buy Fallen Hero now and 41 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Malala Fund to help girls around the world get a quality education. 
A cowboy who walked away from his family’s fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn’t expect was to find love.

“When life deals an innocent a bad hand it isn’t’ surprising when they want revenge. This story handles the situation in a simple fashion. Turning anger and distrust into love. Well written, and a story which leaves you wanting to read more about this family.” Voracious Reader

6) A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas by Lorhainne Eckhart

b00nlplssy-zsgzwGenre: Contemporary, Holiday, New Adult

Word Count: 45,850

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.18 out of 5 stars

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Sometimes families need a helping hand… 

Holidays are about family, love, and giving, but this Christmas The Friessens are in for a rough holiday season.

Thirteen days before Christmas, In the mail, a letter arrives that was never meant for Candy Friessen. It is for her husband Neil, and when she opens it, she discovers a lie that rocks her world. And she begins to question everything they created together, including his love for her and their family.

Seven days before Christmas, Even though her heart is breaking she considers leaving. She makes plans until a call one night alerts all the Friessens that Becky Friessen, their mother is in the hospital fighting for her life. And without a second thought, the entire Friessen clan is on a plane to her bedside. Faced with uncertainty Brad, Neil, Jed, and their wives are together for Christmas, but there’s no happy celebration, and gifts piled under the tree. 

And for Candy and Neil, once trust is destroyed, is a family bond strong enough to make a difference?

7) A Different Kind of Love by Lorhainne Eckhart

different2bkind2bof2bloveGenre: Contemporary
Word Count: 42,710
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.18 out of 5 stars
A Different Kind of Love brings back the couple that started it all: Brad and Emily. You fell in love with them in The Forgotten Child.
Now, years later, they face an entirely new set of challenges with their preteen autistic boy when his mother, Crystal, returns. She wants a relationship with the boy she abandoned—something Brad and Emily never expected. She says she’s changed, but can the Friessens believe her? 

8) The Two Schillings by Anthony O’Brien

1503176975Genre: Historical

Word Count: 183,680

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.33 out of 5 stars

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The 100 Years War has torn both England & France. King Henry IV is on the throne newly taken and his son Harry of Monmouth, soon to be Henry the V is up to his legendary deeds.

This epic centers around a stalwart young man, Adrian, trained in the art of war, but not in the art of love. Honor is paramount and heartbreak is imminent. His first love, Victoria Marie becomes his study in both.

9) Nelly by Nora A.M. Crown

51tsop5cfjl-_sy346_Genre: Historical

Word Count: 15,620

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Buy Nora now and 41 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Malala Fund to help girls around the world get a quality education. 

London 1923: Nelly is an upper class successful single independent professional woman in her early thirties who needs to find Henry, the man who is behind her family’s tragedy and has tarnished their reputation. Henry holds the key to her past and is her only link to finding her last living relative.
Her journey leads her on a quest of self-discovery and triumph as she learns to overcome her feelings of guilt and inadequacy. But one more obstacle threatens her happiness. She learns that the man she loves follows his own agenda as she makes a startling discovery about his past and an unimaginable commonality that they share… Can she forgive him in order to find trust and happiness once more?

10) Johnnie’s Girl By Harma-Mae Smit

johnnie-s-girlGenre: Historical

Word Count: 8,530

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.33 out of 5 stars

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Johnnie Reynolds has a starring role in his own life. Debbie MacDonald is his leading lady. And Cricket is destined to be the sidekick – forever watching his best friend’s glamorous life from the sidelines. 

So when Cricket falls for Debbie MacDonald, he knows it’s hopeless to compete against Johnnie’s movie stardom, looks and charm. Until the day Johnnie suggests Cricket take Debbie out on the town in his place, as he’s managed to double-book himself for the evening. Debbie charmingly doesn’t mind any of the usual mishaps Cricket encounters when he does his best to take Johnnie’s place. And Cricket starts to wish he wasn’t the sidekick of this show, but the star…

Follow the ups and downs of the lives of two aspiring movie stars and the girl they both love, during the dawn of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Book Review: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

6baad4c8166fb3b89d4ff0a592bfab85300 years ago, Raven St. James was hanged for witchcraft. But she revives among the dead to find herself alive. She is an Immortal High Witch, one of the light. A note from her mother warns that there are others, those of the Dark, who preserve their own lives by taking the hearts of those like her.

Duncan Wallace’s forbidden love for the secretive lass costs him his life.

300 years later, he loves her again, tormented by hazy memories of a past that can’t be real. She tells him of another lifetime, claims to be immortal. Though he knows she’s deluded, he can’t stay away. And the Dark Witch after her heart is far closer than either of them know.

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Inteview with Lana Campbell

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Lana Campbell is the author of Forever and a Night vampire romance series. I’m pleased to have her on Lover’s Quarrel today. Thanks, Lana!

 

1) Introduce yourself.
I’m Lana Campbell, author of the Forever and a Night vampire series. I preface telling you about myself by talking about my writing because I absolutely love to write and use all my spare time doing so. Still I have to make a living so I work part time in a local restaurant. I enjoy reading paranormal romance as well as writing it. I live in Rogers AR with my husband and cat named Felix.
2) When did you start writing and why?
I started writing romance in 1994 because I’ve been an avid fan of romance since my teens. I thought to myself, I can write a romance. Well, I sucked at it at first and never even tried to publish anything in my early years. Eventually, I got serious about writing shortly after my restaurant closed in 2014. A year later I published Forever and a Night the first book in my Forever and a Night series. From there I started looking at writing as a business and I’ve been busy ever since.
3) Which is your favorite book you have written and what gave you the idea for it?
My favorite book is Forever and a Night Dark Experiments. It’s about a vampire OB/GYN, Dr. Christian La Mond who falls in love with a human, Tiffany Peebles who wants nothing to do with romance. Especially with a vampire. The external conflict is about an angel of death poisoning Christian’s pregnant vampire patients and he’s losing his mind trying to nail down the culprit. Throughout the chaos the couple fall in love, but Tiffany gets poisoned and nearly dies. Christian can only save her by turning her vampire. The reason I loved this story so much was Tiffany’s character. She’s funny, spunky, impulsive and unable to filter her tongue. There’s a lot of drama in this story, but humor too and I had a ball writing the story even though it took nearly a year.
4) How did you come up with the title for your book?
Every romance must have a happily ever after, thus the word Forever. The night part came from my vampire fetish. They’re night creatures of course and when they find love they hang onto it tightly, forever and a night.
5) Who helped you with the cover?
For my first book, Forever and a Night, the cover designer was Tate Publishing, my publisher for this book. They did an excellent job in my opinion. I love the cover and the male on the front looks just like I envisioned Nathan Davenport to look. My second book Forever and a Night Dark Experiments cover was designed by me. Right now it’s on Amazon Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited. However, I have sold the book to a publisher, Bella Tulip and once it comes out I’ll have a new cover design.
6) What are some of the themes of your stories?
I’ve already described Forever and a Night Dark Experiments. In book one, Forever and a Night, the premise is billionaire Nathan Davenport is trying to hide from his evil sire vampire, Isabella and chooses New Orleans to lay low. There he meets a human, Mia Peebles, a sous chef and quickly falls for her because of course she’s beautiful, but she has such a pure spirit. Mia is a Christian and her spiritual beliefs are filtered throughout the story. It’s also the heart of the conflict she endures when she finds out Nathan is a vampire. At this point she is in love with him, but raging mad that he’s lied to her about what he is. She refuses to believe he’s a real vampire. She thinks he’s part of a sick cult.
Right now I’m writing book five in my series, which I haven’t named yet, but it will be a fun one. It’s about Nathan Davenport’s son Nate Davenport (Yes, he and Mia get together.) and a beautiful female vampire who is the daughter of an evil vampire drug lord. She steals drugs from rival drug lords for her father and in one of her stings meets Nate Davenport. They are a most unlikely pair and I’m having a lot of fun writing this one.
7) What’s your process when you sit down and decide to start writing a book?
Since I’m writing a series, I already know the characters I’m going to write about in my next book. All of the subsequent stories of book one, Forever and a Night are about Mia’s children. In book one she has three grown girls from her first marriage, Tiffany, Chelsie and Dannie. With Nathan she has two more vampire children, Nate and Beth. Each story is about one of her kids. I have no formula for how I come up with the plot lines, I just know my characters so well, I already know what they’re going to do before I ever start writing about them. And I write by the seat of my pants. I’m not an organized writer.
8) Who are some of your favorite characters and why?

Mia, the matriarch of the family, is my favorite heroine from a spiritual aspect. She is a devoted
Christian with a big heart and lots of love to give. She’s in each consecutive story as Momma with all the right advice to give her children as they’re going through their own internal and external conflicts.
Tiffany is my favorite gutsy girl character. She cusses a lot and has a sarcastic sense of humor.
Christian is by far my favorite male character. He has long blonde hair and honey gold eyes. He’s so dreamy and he possesses the patience of Job. He has to in order to love Tiffany.
Chelsie Peebles is in book three which isn’t published yet. I had fun writing her character because she is a human OB/GYN for vampires that moonlights as a country western singer. Chelsie is very intelligent and practical and a good match for her love interest Asa Bradley who has a bit of a temper.
9) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Christine Feehan who writes vampire stories and Nora Roberts.
10) Are you currently working on anything?
I’m currently working on book five in my series which I haven’t named yet. My heroine is Alabama Rain Holden a vampire who is a drug thief for her evil father drug lord. Her love interest is Nate Davenport who is a billionaire real estate mogul. Nate discovers her stinging a rival drug lord one night and begins to have her followed because he wants to get her in trouble for her drug dealings. But he soon finds out Rain is not a ruthless drug dealer, but a poor, abused girl who can’t get free of her father. He’s determined to help her, but Rain doesn’t want his help as much as she wants free of her father. But circumstances push them together and the sparks of passion begin to fly.
11) If you could have any super powers what would they be?rozpvtnx
In my stories my vampires can enchant humans into doing their bidding. I wish I could enchant a big time editor to buy my entire series.
12) If you could travel to any location in the world where would you go?
I love New Orleans which is where several of my stories are located. I wouldn’t mind living there.
13) Where do you hope to be in five years?
A writer who can actually make a living doing what I love most in the world–writing.

 

You can find Lana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. Also, please visit her website at http://foreverandanightla.wixsite.com/website.

 

 

Book Review: Beauty and the Beast by Kerrianne Coombs

Princess Callindra of Tempath is in for some trouble when she runs aways from her mother’s castle and gets kidnapped by a vampire demon who will sell her into slavery. Her only hope out of there is with the help of a mysterious and hairy demon named Brigg, who is not in the least happy to be helping a human. He has hated humans ever since his father was cursed by a human woman, who turned all of them into hairy beasts for life. But he was drawn to this woman, as vexing as she could be. Every part of him was drawn to her and yearned to protect her and make her his. His inner demon was sure that she was his mate. But that was impossible, wasn’t it? How could he have a human for a mate?

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