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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Soul Song by Mikea Howard - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Mikea Howard AKA Mindy Howard and Kelly Smith and their new book, “Soul Song”!  For other stops on their Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Mindy and Kelly and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Soul Song
by Mikea Howard


GENRE: Fantasy/Paranormal



Dottie thought she had it all: a successful singing career, a handsome fiancé, and a starlet’s wardrobe. Sudden betrayal brought it all crashing down around her. Those she trusted most played her as nothing more than a pawn. One misstep while fleeing the scene trapped her in another world alone, save a mysterious visitor.

Guatimozin, an eagle shifter, has spent ages assisting people through the realm between life and death, leading them to join loved ones on either side. No one had ever made him want anything for himself until he discovered this city girl.

Forces plot against them and time is short. Soon, their chance for a happily ever after will be too late.



Dottie wiped the tears from her face. Damn him, and damn his floosy too. She’d do what her mother constantly threatened her stepdad with, and remove his cock to wear it proudly on a chain around her neck.

I jus’ gotta find a way out of this kooky forest first.

Making her way back onto her feet, she dusted off her dress in a mindless motion. The fabric passed beneath her strokes smooth and dirt free. She studied the once vibrant red dress she’d worn on stage. The satin now appeared drab and colorless. Her bare feet peeked from beneath its hem, as clean as the moment she’d dabbed them dry from her bath. The blind sprint from her dressing room, across town, and up the hill, should have left them covered in filth.

In exasperation, she threw her arms in the air. “Swell. I mus’ be dead and I’m . . .”

She moved away from the tree to scrutinize her surroundings. As much as Dottie hoped she’d end up in heaven, her mother always insisted that, as a willful child trying to pass as something she wasn’t, her final destination would be a bit further down.
The sensation of electricity passing through the air made every hair stand on end as a matter-of-fact reply came from behind. “No, you aren’t dead, but you’re not exactly alive either. You’re in a realm known as the in-between.”

Spinning around, Dottie came face to face with a stranger. Like the tree, he appeared in color, only he wasn’t pink and purple. Instead, a tall man with reddish tan skin, swirling silver eyes, and waist length striking black hair, stared at her as though regarding a ghost. Thick muscular arms crossed over his chest as his shocked expression ease into a slow smirk, highlighting the defined beak-like nose, high cheekbones, and strong chin framing his mouth.

Nervously licking her lips, she couldn’t help but muse, Di Mi. Well hello, sailor.



This book is about Dorothea, Dottie, a successful singer with a handsome fiancée, and impressive lifestyle – she thought she had the perfect life.  However, when she catches her fiancée cheating, her whole so-called perfect life is about to completely change.  While fleeing the scene, Dottie accidentally ends up getting trapped in between realms.  It’s going to take someone powerful to help save her.

This book is about Guatimozin, Tim, an eagle shifter that helps people in the realm between life and death cross over to their loved ones.  He is quite selfless and has never want for anything.  That is until he meets Dottie.

Will Tim be able to save Dottie?  Will Tim’s feelings for Dottie be reciprocated?  Will Tim and Dottie live happily ever after?  Sorry – no spoilers here!  But you’ll definitely want to read this book to find out!!!

This book was a quick read at only 163 pages!

I really liked the main characters, Dottie and Tim.  They were likable and genuine.  Dottie was sweet, beautiful, but also a strong female character.  She was obviously going through the break-up and cheating of her ex-fiancée, but I liked that Tim was a protector and wanting to comfort Dottie and keep her safe. Tim was sexy, tough, powerful, robust, but also kind-hearted.  They really fit well together.

The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace.

The authors did a great job with the worldbuilding and really provided so much detail in their writing that it was easy to picture.

There are some very predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is book ten of the Soul Mate Tree Book Series.  Each book in this series is written by a different author, but all of them tie in to the Soul Mate Tree theme.  Therefore, each book can usually be read on its own – all though this now seems to not always be the case.  This was my fourth book that I’ve read in the series.

I wish I could say that I did not have any trouble reading this book and that I didn’t get lost in the story, but that was not the case this time!

Unfortunately, I had a really hard time following along and had to re-read several passages over and over again.  It turns out this book is NOT ONLY book ten in the Soul Mate Tree Book Series, but it also acts as book 2.5 in The Diesel War Book Series!!  So, this book is filled with the characters, settings, scenes, backstory, and language – called Diesel Speak from the author’s other book series, The Diesel War Book Series.  This certainly made things more complicated and confusing.  I definitely felt like I had walked into the middle of a series, instead of what I had come to know with these mostly standalone Soul Mate Tree Books.  So, I cannot suggest this book to be read as a standalone.  However, you do not need to read the previous nine Soul Mate Tree Books to understand this one – in fact, that won’t help at all.  I would suggest reading the first two books of The Diesel War Book Series before picking up this book.

I read and review books in the middle of the series with 90% of the time having not read the previous books in that series.  Usually, I have no trouble following along.  Yes, there is overlap of characters, backstory, settings, etc.  However, most authors gently remind the reader about what happened in the previous book(s) during the first couple chapters.  Yes, I probably won’t get all the inside jokes and not realize some things, but I can still read the book and get the jiff of things.  With this book, I felt like I might as well have been reading it upside down lol.

Which is truly sad to say, because I loved the characters, great storyline, fantastic world-building, immaculate attention to details, fluid writing style, and I am loving the Soul Mate Tree Books.  So, I was quite heartbroken and disappointed that this book didn’t live up to its predecessors.

I will be reading and reviewing additional books in this series and look forward to sharing my take on those books with you soon!

Even though I didn’t completely love this book, I still enjoyed reading it and would absolutely recommend this book to all romantic, fantasy, paranormal readers!  I would just strongly suggest reading books one and two of The Diesel War Book Series first.  Regardless, there is a great storyline and awesome characters that do make this book an interesting fantasy/paranormal read and one that should be added to you TBR List!!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Writing under Mikea Howard, we are actually Mindy Howard and Kelly Smith, sisters-in-law who share a love for romance, usually paranormal. We have spent the last several years reading and sharing books as well as authors, often making comments about how we'd love to write our own when we ran out of things to read.

While based on our TBR piles, we have not run out of reading material, yet we decided to write when the muse hit Kelly with a dystopian diesel world and an opening scene with the heroine running out into the woods. Mindy then saw her hero step in, and The Diesel War series was born.

Mindy is an IT professional at a telecom company. She is married to a musician and teacher, who also happens to be Kelly's brother. She has one adult son and is living out west.

Kelly is a Registered Nurse working in maternal-fetal medicine. She has a great husband, who happens to be Mindy's husband's best friend. She has one son in high school, one daughter in middle school, and is living on the east coast.



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  1. Mindy & Kelly ~ Hi! It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thank you so much for reviewing, we’re so happy to be here!

  2. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

  3. When's your next book coming out and what's it going to be?

    1. The Ambassador’s Anchor is Karel (Kara’s twin sister) and her beau’s story. It’s pretty heavy and their story has needed more rewrites than usual... but we want it to be perfect. Hoping for next summer as long as our muses, publisher, and editor’s schedule allow it.

  4. Would you ever like to see a movie made out of your book? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Thanks... lol, Bernie, I think we’ve answered this before, but we’d love to see our stories on a screen!