Guest Post from Cupid 2-14 of Love Potion No. 2-14

Novel Reaction is very excited to welcome Cupid 2-14 of Love Potion No.2-14 by Pepper O’Neal here to talk about the biggest day of his year, Valentine’s Day! You can read my review of the novel here.

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Cupid Gone WildHello from Cupid 2-14, of Love Potion No. 2-14.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I have been asked to share how I feel about the holiday. Well, I hate it, absolutely hate it! Not that I don’t love romance and all the things Valentine’s Day stands for. I do. Really, I do. But you can’t imagine the hours we have to put in building up to the busiest day of the year for Cupids. You think the Easter Bunny has it bad? Hah! His holiday is a walk in the park compared to ours.

And why is it they always run short on arrows just when the push is on leading up to the big day? Some of these Cupid Cadets must be really bad shots. Me? I’m a big believer in the old Earth military rule, “One shot, one kill.” Not that I mean that literally, of course. But I do think if you shoot at something, you should hit it on the first try. Either that or the Powers That Be should do the math and order a larger stock of arrows. Nah, that would make our job too easy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my work. I get a real kick out of making people fall in love. But it’s tough working twenty-plus hours a day for the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Sleet or snow, sun or rain—and believe me, a rain soaked diaper is the pits. At least the two weeks after February fourteenth, we do get our annual vacation, so I can sit on a tropical beach and drink Mai Tais—hey, I may wear a diaper for a uniform, but I’m a lot older than I look.

Now you may have heard about the story featuring my exploits as a Cupid in Love Potion No. 2-14? I am taking part – with four other Cupids, in the 2011 Cupid Challenge to match the most unlikely couple. Well the story has been leaked, why I get to be here today telling you about the real job we Cupids do. Now, some of the other Cupids criticized me for matching a witch with a cop for the Challenge, but I think my selection showed smarts. And terrific aim.

Sure, I know the witch could have cheated and used a spell or a potion on the cop. But she didn’t. No, she’s an honorable witch. Wouldn’t want to force her will on another. No matter that she loved the jerk. But lucky for her, I don’t have that problem. Nope, absolutely no honor among Cupids. After all, haven’t you heard? All’s fair in love and war. Well, love and war are pretty much the same thing in my experience, but so long as it only takes one arrow, I’m good with it.
The other Cupids are running around the internet and throwing accusations at each other, heck there is a hash tag to follow us on twitter! – #cgw11 – I am there under pepperoneal

Since this is a Challenge and there has to be a winner you can go and vote as a reader. There is even a chance to WIN a Kindle at the eTreasures Publishing Blog. So take a gander at my story, Love Potion No. 2-14 and see if you don’t agree that my choice was perfect for the Valentine’s Day Challenge. Then you can go and vote for me. Oh and if you want to read ALL of the stories then check out the anthology. I will be giving a copy of MY story away here though. Leave a comment and enter to win.

But do me a favor and don’t tell anyone I had a little help from the cat. I’d never live it down!

– Cupid 2-14

Website: www.pepperoneal.com

CUPID GONE WILD ANTHOLOGY

Cupid Gone Wild AnthologySometimes true love needs help. Five Cupids take on a challenge this Valentine’s season: To match the most unlikely couple they can find.

Love Transposed by Pepper O’Neal and Chelsy Day

Available as a free read on ARe

One arrow straight through two chests was all it took for carpenter/painter Dan, and trust fund baby Jane to go from making each other crazy, to being crazy about each other. The match that won Cupid X the Challenge in 1981…

Love Potion 2-14 by Pepper O’Neal

White witch Kole Trillion has a successful business, customers who swear by her potions and spells. Unfortunately, she also has the bad luck to fall in love with a man who doesn’t believe in magic, Police Detective Gage Corwin.

The Bachelor by Heather Hiestand

Abbie Harper didn’t mean to buy the date, but one look at Jake Cordalys and she’s ready for red-hot romance. Jake is not looking for something complicated, but when Cupid is involved, all plans go out the window and romance flies in.

The Boss Wore Red by Delle Jacobs and SamMarie Ashe

Alexandria Bergstrom was chosen because she desperately needed to alter the course of her life. Clint Riordan doesn’t know what will make him completely happy until he meets Alexandria. By giving Alexandria this opportunity to discover her true past, the pairing of Alexandria and Clint will repair past mistakes and produce a new brighter future.

The Wrong Target by Sherry Gloag

Headmistress, Tina Blackberry and businessman Ryan Thomas can’t control events after Ryan’s daughter steals his coveted golden arrow and takes it to school, But put Cupid on the job and nothing can go wrong, or can it?

The Hollywood Hookup by Chelsy Day

Actor Casey Jones and stunt woman Sandra Benson have a history. Can Cupid get them past the animosity and prove that true love in Hollywood is NOT impossible?

Available at AmazonBarns and Noble

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Thanks so much Cupid for stopping by and telling us about your biggest day of the year. Want to win your own copy of Love Potion No. 2-14? Comment here to win, the contest ends Feb. 13th. Also, don’t forget to go vote for Cupid 2-14 so he wins!

A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America’s Great Plains Review

A Prarie Christmas Collection is a collection of 9 novellas all set in the 1800s on the Prairie of North America. The stories cover everything from a young woman leaving home for the first time traveling to a distant city to become a teacher to an unruly group of children to a spinster woman forced by impoverished circumstances to move from the city in with her brother to work for a widowed preacher. The stories are all great stories that warm the heart about finding love and forgiveness at Christmas time.
I am not going to review each individual story but I am going to mention a few things, several of the authors included traditional recipes with the story. One of my favorite of the collection was Christmas Cake by Janet Spaeth, it is a cute story about a newlywed couple and their first Christmas together. The wife, having heard her husband reminisce about the fruit cake his aunt would make each Christmas decides to take some of her precious saved money to buy the ingredients to make a fruit cake only to have the mice get into the ingredients before she can make it. What she goes to in an attempt to make this cake is humorous and her husband’s reaction to the horribly made cake is a great example of what Christmas is all about.
This time of year I find myself looking for the Christian Romance Anthologies, my mother used to purchase them at this time of year and my sisters and I would pass the stories around. Now that my mother has passed on I find myself picking up the same novels to share with my sisters. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this review that I realized that it has become a tradition in our family.  It is always great to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas when it is so easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the holiday season. A Prarie Christmas Collection is a great reminder of how good we have it in this day and age and how Christmas can be celebrated with the ones we hold dear regardless of the amount of money we do or do not have.
The Collection of Stories are:
Take Me Home by Tracey V. Bateman
One Wintry Night by Pamela Griffin
Image of Love by Joann A. Grote
The Christmas Necklace by Maryn Langer
A Christmas Gift of Love by Darlene Mindrup
God Jul by Tracie Peterson
Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney
Christmas Cake by Janet Spaeth
Colder Than Ice by Jill Stengl
You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: A Prarie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America’s Great Plains

Authors: Tracey BatemanPamela Griffin, Joann A. Grote, Maryn Langer, Darlene Mindrup, Tracie PetersonDeborah RaneyJanet Spaeth, Jill Stengl

Format: Paperback

Page Nos.: 448

ISBN: 978-161626004

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Release Date: September 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon.com,  Barbour Publishing

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Winter Wishes by Vivian Arend,Vivi Andrews, and Moira Rogers Review

Normally I am not a huge fan of short story anthologies but there is something about Christmas and the Christmas Season that brings out a desire in me to read some.  I recently read Winter Wishes, an Anthology, by Vivian Arend, Vivi Andrews and Moira Rogers.

Tangled Tinsel By Vivian Arend

Kyle Branegan is a agent for the super secret Cougar Corp, a branch of the Shifter Enforcer League, but one glimpse of Eloise Scott, a cat shifter, and he is ready to forget all about his mission and to follow her just about any where. Eloise Scott is an undercover police agent sent to capture Kyle and keep him secure until he testify at court and handcuffing him naked to the bed seemed like a good idea at the time, now she is not so sure as her playful cat side is pulled out by the sexy Kyle.

In order to keep Kyle with her, Eloise decides to take him home for the holidays. Unfortunately she hasn’t been home for several years and is shocked to find her family home replaced by a mansion, her parents incredibly wealthy, and her ex-boyfriend showing up to rekindle their past romance. The only way for Eloise to keep everything running smoothly and keep Kyle with her is to announce their engagement to everyone.

Tangled Tinsel is an entertaining read with great description by Vivian Arend of the cat-like motions of both characters. I really enjoyed the secondary characters of Eloise’s family and the antics that all the characters got into. The sex scenes (or almost sex scene where Kyle ends up naked handcuffed to the bed) were very hot and descriptive.

No Angel By Vivi Andrews

With a famous actress mother, Sasha has grown up keeping people at a distance but she finally lets Jay in only to have him sucked through a fiery vortex into Hell. Sasha is given one chance and one night to brave the depths of Hell to get him out, armed with a pair of Glocks given to her by an angel.

Jay wasn’t really surprised to find himself sucked into Hell, after all he had already over stayed his agreed upon sabbatical on Earth by three months but had been unwilling to leave Sasha, the only woman he has ever grown close to.  Unfortunately, his manipulative mother is not happy with his unwillingness to return and Jay is going to have to deal with his new stepfather, Lucifer.

I was highly entertained by reading No Angel as Sasha finds herself first dealing with wanna-be starlets on Earth and then clever demons in Hell.  Jay’s surprise at Sasha’s blasting through his holding cell was great and I flew through this story in one sitting.

Freeze Line By Moira Rogers

Shane Sullivan is a lone wolf who is used to the quiet and peace that comes from living above the freeze-line where the Earth’s magic is deadened. Shane realized early on that the feeling of the magic can turn shape-shifters feral but when Shane stumbles upon an injured witch he knows he is going to have to help her get to the border before the lack of magic kills her.

Nadia is a powerful warrior witch in her tribe but she was captured and taken to a lab where experiments were performed on her, if she doesn’t return to the south soon she will die from the lack being connected to magic. Her only hope is Shane but they have miles to travel before they can reach the freeze line and a nasty blizzard is right on their tails.

Rogers’ created world in Freeze Line was interesting with the magic being connected to the warmed Earth and the freeze line being so far south of the Canadian border. Nadia was both strong but vulnerable without being whiny or annoying. Shane was the sexy injured wolf that I just wanted to hug and kiss.

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Title: Winter Wishes

Authors: Vivian Arend, Vivi Andrews and Moira Rogers

Format: eBook

ASIN: B004CJ811K

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: December 6, 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Carina Press

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.