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Blog Tour - Little Flame Series Box Set by Melissa Lummis

Little Flame Series Box Set
Books 1 - 5
by Melissa Lummis
Date of Publication: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Peacepipe Productions
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . The Little Flame Series Books 1-5 . . .
I had a great time getting to know this new world of urban adult fantasy and romance.  I've read the first five book. I want to continue on to the next. 

Review #1 - NINE30 - I found a new author, a new (novella) series, and a new heroine to wrap around. Fia was a different kind of supernatural. Her story brings me a new world to expolore. A world filled with various supernatural beings with a story to tell. I have fun with this first quickie read.   I was on to the next in no time.  I was sad for it to end, but excited for the next chapter to begin and see where it would take me. 

Thanks Fia for allowing me in on your world.

Blurb #1 - NINE30 
They say home is where the heart is. But if that’s true, then I’m lost because I have no clue where my heart is anymore. I thought I knew—until I met Maximillian. 

I was on my way out of D.C. before the local vampires could catch on to me and let’s just say if that happened, then this club dancer would be facing her expiration date. That’s when the famous DJ blew into town—and into my heart. 

I should have cut bait and run like hell, but I couldn’t abandon someone I could heal—even if it meant losing my freedom or even my life. Besides, Maximillian smelled familiar, like deep forest and pine needles baked in the sun; like that chilly snap of running water and the coolness of twilight. 

Those things have a smell that adds up to a dream. 

You can get lost in that kind of dream. It can fill your mind with ideas and notions you have no business thinking or feeling. Dreams like that make it easy to forget the danger you’re in…and the mission you’re on. 

Review #2 - ELECTRIC - Fia is back. With her comes a new line of supernatural beings. She gets in way over her head in this one with more at stake than getting caught. Fia continues on with Maximillian and the rest. She has to deal with trolls, vamps, fae, and more. Her journey to take care and stay alive was full. 

Blurb #2 - ELECTRIC 
Between incubi, humate dealing trolls, and a vampire who sends all my circuits into overload, I’m going to be lucky if I can get out of this town in one piece. They call it the city of brotherly love, but those are not the words that come to mind when I roll into town as part of the Maximillian crew. Feuding brothers is more like it. And isn't it always the way--I finally have one patient healed, but now I've got a sick fae on my hands? And I’m all out of healing energy. 

That means I need to bag a much bigger catch and figure out what’s wrong with my fae. All while trying to worm my way out of the middle of a troll-vampire feud AND fend off my growing desire for the oh so sexy DJ, Maximillian . Someone's going to die tonight and I hope like hell it’s not me. 

Review #3 - STARLAND  - Join Fia in her new adventures with slaves, masters, gypsies, magic, romance, and a never ending list  of not knowing what was going to happen next. Fia has more going on in her life than just a little. Things are never dull around this one.

I am having fun with reading this series and looking forward to what the next cliffhanger will be.

Blurb #3 - STARLAND 
Sex slaves, insatiable masters, and curse wielding gypsies are just a few of the disturbing things growing in the Garden State. As if that isn’t enough to contend with, I’ve got to figure out what’s ailing Lelani—a stage name if I’ve ever heard one—before one particularly nasty vampire catches up with me. 

What was I thinking hooking up with a DJ and his crew when my demons could literally get us all killed? Duh, I wasn’t. Max’s musical magnetism overrode my common sense and this dangerous game could cost me my freedom. 

Sometimes, even I doubt my sanity. 

Review #4 - LIMELIGHT  -  Our little Fia has a huge choice set before her in this installment. I could feel her struggle and understand the hesitations that were made. Love has a way of changing the way decisions are made. Fia learns this first hand. The choice for her was not easy, but what was she to do. Hello, New York!

Blurb #4 - LIMELIGHT 
The Big Apple is the next stop on the Maximillian Dubstep tour, and I’m about to bite off more than I can chew. A new friend is asking for a kind of help I’m not sure I can give. Saving his dying son is going to cost me, but I’d do it in a heartbeat if my life were the only price to be paid. But, I’m about to learn that there are worse things than dying. 

Falling in love, for one. 

I’ve faced blood, pain, and even excruciating loneliness, but nothing has prepared me for the choices I’m about to make. Death? Pfft. Child’s play. 

Love is a far scarier thing. 

Review #5 - ECHO - We left Fia making that ultimate choice. Now on to the next adventure. An adventure that makes her nightmares come to life could also make her dreams come true. Fia has her hands full as always with this one. There are new challenges, new characters, and just more for her this time around. 

Blurb #5 - ECHO 
Things are heating up fast on the East Coast, and even L.A. may not be far enough away from the impending inferno. Word is the fix is in and I’m about to come head-to-head with my worst nightmare. 

Or my dreams are about to come true. 

Either way, I still have to figure out if the voices in Max’s head are figments of his imagination or spirits trying to warn him.

Lummis gives an enjoyable ride in the world of supernatural all through Fia and her journeys with Maximillian and his crew. From the East coast to the West coast this novella series builds with each new read and makes for a fantastical adventure in the supernatural world with a little romance thrown in the mix here and there.

**This ARC was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

Little Flame series:
Nine30 - Little Flame, #1
Electric - Little Flame, #2
Starland - Little Flame, #6
Limelight - Little Flame, #6
Echo - Little Flame, #5
Surrender - Little Flame, #6
Euphoria Little Flame, #7
Voo Doo Little Flame, #8

Series Blurb
Fiamette Jurato is on a mission: to fix her broken past. She’s teamed up with the world famous DJ, Maximillian, to search for the ex lover who can help her put all the pieces back together. There’s only one problem: he’s been dead for over two hundred years.

As a healer to the supernatural, she’s no stranger to navigating the impossible maze of magical complications. But getting lost in the magic isn’t the problem; finding her way back home is.
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The club lights blinked out, and in the humming dark an amplified voice yelled, “Give it up for Maximillian!”
Laser lights flashed around the smoky stage, revealing human-shaped shadows and a DJ setup.

 “Make some noise,” the DJ yelled.

A spotlight strobed across the scene, then snapped back to the DJ. I stopped adjusting my white go-go boots and squinted, trying to get a good look at him. The crowd roared as he leaned over to a beanie-wearing guy on his right, a cigarette dangling from his lips. Beanie-guy cupped the end of the cig and flicked a lighter. Smoke obscured the DJ’s face and I sighed. I wanted to see him, dang it. I’d been running late tonight and missed the usual meet-and-greet. Story of my life.

 “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” the DJ mumbled into the mic as he twisted knobs and pushed buttons, puffing smoke and music into the air.

Even with the spotlights, the details of his face were buried under swirling smoke and pulsing laser beams looping the hazy club. The first high notes picked like an electric guitar sample, and words I couldn’t make out repeated in jittery bursts over a subdued bass. Black lights flipped on, turning teeth and all things white into glow-in-the-dark neon. The fog machines bellowed clouds of dry ice that burned my nose. Damn, shouldn’t I be immune to it after so many shows?

Rising up from my kneeling squat, boots finally tied, I dropped my hula hoops onto the platform, then set one thigh-high boot at a time inside the circles. Jutting a white-sequined hip, I waited for the music to build to that explosion of bass and high-pitched alarms that had been driving me deaf the past two months. Yet, I couldn’t say I hated the job. I’d tried different settings, but this was definitely the best fishing spot. The catch I was after liked the nightlife and large crowds.

And this club was packed to the gills. Good. Better pickins. I bent with deliberate flare, popping my ass into the air and giving it a shake as I scooped up one of the glowing hoops and spun it around my hips. I gyrated and dipped, swinging the hoop higher around my exposed midsection, my arms swaying to the music.  I didn’t have to think about my next move. It poured out of me like the music from the DJ’s hands. I turned in lazy circles, taking in the jumping crowd as one living, breathing beast. Individual faces surfaced in rare glimpses.

When I completed a 360-degree turn, the bright eyes of the DJ arrested me. I sucked in a breath. He was the hottest thing in L.A. at the moment, exploding all over the music scene. His lips twisted in a sideways Popeye grin, and holding my gaze with penetrating eyes, he flipped black hair over his shoulder and winked. Damn! Heat flushed through me in a prickly flood, followed by a startling surge of disappointment when he returned his attention to the MIDI boards.

He bobbed up and down, one hand constantly flickering as it tweaked the boards in front of him. Everything about him moved to the music, even the occasional finger jabbing his black-rimmed glasses back.

The music decelerated as he pulled the cigarette from his mouth and raised it to the sky, granting the crowd a huge smile that said something mind-blowing was about to happen. The mass of bodies bayed in anticipation. He tucked his smoke back between his lips, and his shoulders rocked as he worked at bringing the music. He raised his palms to the crowd, encouraging them to take it up a notch, and they obliged with glee.

Suddenly, he lifted his euphoric face to the sky, swaying back and forth in focused ecstasy. One arm shot up, an index finger pointing the way to heaven, as he squeezed his eyes shut.

A synthesized female voice cried out, “OOOH MY GOD – god – god – god - god!”

Music burst in a sizzling shower over the DJ and crowd as they leaped together to its driving beat. It got to me. He got to me. I licked the heavy gloss I’d applied preshow before I realized what I was doing, and pressed my lips together trying to fix it. Things lower clenched. Too bad he’s so young. I sighed. And not a vampire.

A tingling on the back of my legs dragged my attention back to my goal for the evening. Peeking over my shoulder, I drove the hoop around my hips, the LEDs smearing white and seven-colored orbits over my mostly bare body. Turning toward a pair of crimson eyes, I dropped my Day-Glo-painted eyelids to half-mast as his burning gaze slid over my boy-shorted backside.
My white halter top glowed in the black light as the strobes made the sequins flash like Christmas lights. The music paused unexpectedly and the DJ mumbled into the mic, “I just finished this song half an hour ago on the tour bus.”

The horde screamed its ridiculous approval. When he turned the music back on, I kicked the second hoop into play. It was all improvised, of course. I had no idea what the DJ was going to do during the show, and he apparently hadn’t known either, considering I never got a playlist. So, to prepare, I’d practiced to all his music all week.  This song sounded familiar, but if he’d just created it, I guess it had to do with absorbing his style.

The blipping sample of a laser blast penetrated my sternum, my heart tripping with it. As a quiet drum calmed the moment, I returned the hot stare of my quarry. I couldn’t make out the details of his features, but when I blurred my gaze and tapped into what most healers referred to as their “third eye”, I could see the subtle energy pulse of his aura: definitely vampire. Anticipation bubbled up my spine.

Author Info
Melissa Lummis writes new age suspense in a fantasy setting, but her stories are also straight up, steamy adult romance. The Love and Light Series is currently available at Amazon exclusively, as well as the Little Flame Series, a spin off focusing on the character Fiamette from the Love and Light world.

Melissa considers herself a truth seeker and a peaceful warrior, in addition to a paranormal and fantasy author. With too many interests for her own good, she has rarely been content with one vocation. Her first professional life was as a high school English teacher, which led to another incarnation as a wife and an instructional designer /technical writer. After starting a family, she found herself reincarnated yet again as a mother, yoga instructor, and personal trainer.

While all her past lives have contributed to who she is today, yoga has become a part of how she gives back, maintaining her Registered Yoga Teacher status with Yoga Alliance so she can help people one-on-one to overcome physical limitations and heal themselves. But she has always been and always will be a writer. She’s authored dozens of wellness articles for various publications, as well as maintains a blog focusing on wellness, healing, and living a life on purpose.

A Yankee by birth and a Penn State graduate, she lives in rural Virginia with her husband, two children, an Alaskan Malamute, and a myriad of forest creatures. Melissa believes the universe conspires to help an adventurer, and if we live our lives as if it is a daring escapade (and it is!), then everything we need will find its way to us.

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