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NEW RELEASE: Love Kinection by Jennifer James

HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Jennifer James's much anticipated debut has finally arrived! Full of nerdy fun and sweet, sexy romance, Love Kinection delivers on every expectation and shows that the author's got a promising career on her hands. Here you'll find a peek at the book, buy links, links to stalk the author, and a link to my review. Happy reading!

Love, romance, hearts, flowers, cupid…. Rubbish.

Abby Fine still hasn’t gotten over the pain of a year-old betrayal and plans to spend this Valentine’s Day drowning her sorrows with a ménage of men named Ben, Jerry, and Riesling.

Her plans are diverted when she drops and breaks her new iPhone and gives in to a momentary hormone surge, agreeing to let office hottie and tech god Tom Walker squirm his way into her condo to fix it.

Tom shows up with his Xbox, spicy Chinese food, and a habit of stealing kisses every time she lets her guard down.

Can a weekend of laughter, video games, and movies change Abby’s opinion of stupid Cupid?



Back when I was just getting more into reading, and the indie world, I came across Shelly Crane and went all stalker. Through her, I discovered the Paranormal Plumes Society. As far as I know, it’s just a group of YA paranormal authors. I wanted to discover the work of all the authors in this group, and one of them is Michelle Muto.

Her story The Book of Lost Souls is a fun, emotional, exciting, and just plain neat read. I expect the same from Don’t Fear the Reaper as well we her upcoming works! To learn more about this interesting new author, read on :-)

What inspired The Book of Lost Souls?
Probably Harry Potter – that, and I love stories that contain magic.

Do you have a number of books planned for the Ivy MacTavish series?
One is in the works, and there might be a third. I haven’t really thought it out past the third one. Yet.

I know you’re working on a project now other than the Ivy MacTavish series and the Netherworld series. Can you tell us about it?
It’s another young adul…

REVIEW: Love Kinection by Jennifer James

Recap:All that Valentine’s Day stuff? Rubbish! Abby was left at the alter one year ago on V-day and still hasn’t gotten over it. She plans to spend this one with a ménage of men by the names of Ben, Jerry, and Reisling. Her wine and ice cream plans are diverted when she drops her phone, breaking the screen, and somehow manages to make plans to have the office hottie, Tom, come over and that night and fix it for her. He shows up with X-box and dinner in tow. Can a weekend of fun and games (and more) with Tom change Abby’s view of stupid Cupid?
Title:  Love Kinection
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Jennifer James
Approximate Book Length:  77 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:My favorite part about this book is probably the argument between Abby and Tom over who’s the bigger nerd. When JJ was writing this story, she put a FB call out to all her nerdy friends to give her a bunch of references. While cool, I feared it might turn into reference so…

Weekly Flash Fiction Ideas - GIMME!

Alright!  Start throwing me out some ideas, and I'll pick a couple on Friday to start working on a little Flash Fiction piece to post for you on Sunday!  Ideas can include a genre (paranormal romance, contemporary romance, YA, horror, etc), theme (cowboys, angels, vampires, magic, boardroom, high school, etc), and random objects (duct tape, rusty spoon, a football, etc).  Then let's see if I can come up with something fun with what y'all suggest :P

Let 'em rip!

REVIEW: The Scientist and the Supermodel by Tara Lain

Recap:Jake Martin is a brilliant geneticist, but is apparently dumbfounded when it comes to his own nature. He’s been uninterested in women, and has a little experience with a man, and it’s all because he’s completely in love with his boss. But as he drowns his sorrows over this, he meets a beautiful man that gets him going like no one before. Jake discovers this man is none other than male model Roan Black. He’s unable to resist the gorgeous Roan, but struggles with his love for his boss and what he’s always believed in terms of his sexuality. Will they be able to work things out and have the happiness they’ve found in each others’ arms?
Title:  The Scientist and the Supermodel
Series:  Genetic Attraction
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  145 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:This story is a spectacular beginning to the series. Roan is so unashamed of his sexuality and is so bold, especially for being such a sensitive guy. …

REVIEW: Curse of the Egyptian Goddess by Lisa Rayns

Recap:Emma’s spent the last ten years leaving a pile of bodies in her wake due to a curse that leaves her battered and bruised. Now the pile is growing again, and she’s got no choice left but to seek the only other person that knows about it and might be able to help her – Calvin. When she catches up with him, she finds more problems than solutions, especially after learning he’s not the same sweet boy she once knew. She faces a difficult task of ironing out their issues and convincing him to help her, before she’s accused of murder and sent to jail for life and getting more and more people killed in the process.
Title:  Curse of the Egyptian Goddess
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Lisa Rayns
Approximate Book Length:  74 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:I really enjoyed this book! I like mythology, but I’m most familiar with Greek and a little Norse. To get a taste of Egyptian mythology was really fascinating. The way it was weaved into the char…

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

Happy Friday! Last Friday of the month even. I seriously can't believe that July's already freakin' over, where the hell is this year goin'?!

So anyway, today I'm offering up a bunch of bookmarks. A couple might even be signed! Among the goodies are some Carrie Ann Ryan bookmarks, Kallysten, Gabrielle Bisset, Emma Lang, and more! Enter via the Rafflecopter below and I'll contact winners on Monday!


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Flash Fiction Plan

Ok, so Jenn James did a giveaway post and part of entering was to take a few items and a theme and write what you would do with them.  Pickup truck, cowboy, duct tape, cooler of ice, and an adult beverage - hehe yeah that was fun...anyhoo, getting brain back out of gutter (yeah, right), it gave me an idea.  I'm slacking on writing.  I don't know if I'm just not inspired, or if I've lost touch a little with the concept I was working on, or if I'm just too adult romance focused to write YA.  I did however, feel all warm and fuzzy inside writing that post, even if it was just a short little abbreviated blurb.

So I propose this.  Every Monday I will put a post up asking for ideas.  From the comments left Monday-Thursday, I will pick a couple items (i.e. pickup truck, duct tape, ice) and a theme (i.e. naughty cowboy), and write up a little flash fiction, maybe 1000 wordsish, to be posted that Sunday.  It'll give my imagination and writing ability (beyond reviews) a …

New Set of Reviews

So I read a book by Tara Lain and thoroughly enjoyed it, and started seeing her around FB and blogs and stuff a lot, and decided I wanted to read more and get more involved.  I know I haven't posted much (if any) M/M romance on here before now, but I greatly enjoy the genre, and Tara is one of the best authors I've seen within it.  She writes about Beautiful Boys, and she does it exquisitely.

I'm part of her "Dream Team" which is her street team that helps out with promo etc. and I've decided that instead of trying to rearrange my schedule, I'd simply make time to post reviews of her books.  So, every Monday, until I run out of her books, I'm going to post a review of one of her works.  I'll start with the Genetic Attraction (which is actually mostly menage -- yum!) series, then focus on her Balls to the Wall series, and end on her stand alone stories.  Spell Cat will wait until just before her guest spot on the blog, but may get done sooner if sh…

REVIEW: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto

Recap:Ivy MacTavish is a sixteen (almost seventeen) year old witch living in the shadow of her father’s heinous reputation. When she turns her friend’s lizard into a date for a Halloween party ending in chaos, she finds herself developing a similar reputation as a dark witch, especially when no one else seems to be strong enough to change him back. Things go from bad to worse when bad things start happening around town and she finds herself in possession of a dark spell book. Complicating matters, she’s torn between the demon, Nick who’s got a psychotic ex and bad rep, and the guy she’s always had a crush on, Dean who’s attached at the hip to a ditzy and shallow girlfriend. In her attempts to clear her name with the help of her friends, she’ll find nothing is what it seems and sometimes what you never expected is exactly what you need.
Title:  The Book of Lost Souls
Series:  Ivy MacTavish
Book #: 1
Author:  Michelle Muto
Approximate Book Length:  288 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  

INTERVIEW: Michelle Leighton

One of the first indie books I read was a story called Madly by M. Leighton, followed quickly by Madly and Wolfhardt. I loved the stories so much that I looked up the author and went all stalker, following her on all venues (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc). I was so fascinated, and when I was trying to explore the options for the path I’d put myself on as an author, I drew together my courage and reached out to her.

I asked her a couple questions out of the blue hoping she didn’t totally give me the brushoff. Instead, I found that Michelle’s not only a great author with a spectacular imagination, but that she’s incredibly supportive, humble, sweet, and fun. She was so encouraging and open, and she’s really easy to talk to and get along with. Naturally, I had to feature her at some point and ask her a few more questions. Enjoy the wackiness :D

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Do you write full time?
I know it’s certainly not the typical answer, but I never for one moment in …

REVIEW: A Night Away by Carrie Ann Ryan

Recap:Kade and Melanie have been mated for almost 2 years, and they’ve been through a lot with their family. With so much pack responsibility, and being in their first year as new parents, it’s getting to be overwhelming. They need some time to themselves, to reconnect. They need a night away.

Title:  A Night Away
Series:  Redwood Pack
Book #: 3.5
Author:  Carrie Ann Ryan
Approximate Book Length:  38 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:This is a novella set between books 3 and 4 of the Redwood Pack series. It’s just supposed to be a little add-on, so to speak. However, I think it may be my favorite in the series! It returns us to the very first couple we met, and shows us the chemistry we loved from the very beginning. It’s sexy as hell, and incredibly sweet as we see through the eyes of two devoted first-time parents. We also get to see more of the human side of the pack, as Willow and Mel compare notes on being mothers, and Hannah as she opens…


JT Geissinger's made a stunning debut with her novel Shadow's Edge which promises more fantastic book crack to come! She's sweeping the internet with her story, and I for one am officially a fan and look forward to more. Today she brings us a few helpful tips on how to tell if there's more to your new beau than meets the on!


Is He a Shape Shifter?
The prevailing logic has it that women are much more complicated than men, but when it comes to shape shifters, you can throw logic right out the window! They’re unpredictable by their very nature, so you might have a really hard time figuring out if that new hot guy you’ve been dating has a big surprise for you under those tight jeans he looks so good in…for instance, a tail!

Here’s 5 sure-fire ways you can tell if your man is a shape shifter:

1. Does he purr, growl or claw when you scratch his back?
Granted, plenty of guys make strange noises, but give your man a nice, long b…

REVIEW: Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

Recap:Madly’s been informed that everything she holds dear is now in grave jeopardy. With so much at stake, the best she can do is take it all one step at a time, and the first danger to handle is Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man obsessed with wolves and a maiden he stalked through the woods prior to his incarceration. Once he was bitten by a wolf, his attachment to the maiden became an unnatural hunger, and the maiden’s grandmother cursed him. His vengeance is all that matters now. Madly must discern the identity of his descendant before they’re used to kill. Will she find the love her heart yearns for amid fighting the greatest foe she’s faced in her young life?
Title:  Madly & Wolfhardt
Series:  Madly
Book #: 2
Author:  M. Leighton
Approximate Book Length:  266 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:The only experience I’ve had with mermaids was Disney, until this story. I didn’t really realize it’d be a story about mermaids until reading Madly which grab…


Lily Crussell is a YA fantasy romance writer and an all around sweet, supportive, fun person. She gets involved with other writers and bloggers and even started up a SWAG exchange program on Facebook. Her debut novel, Of Darkness and Light, is up on Amazon and it's a neat take on angels with fun characters and a sweet love story. Meet Lily and some of the main characters from her book:

After speaking on the phone to Elora, we decided somewhere public might be for the best. Her angels were happy to talk to me solely on the understanding that we were discussing the book as though it were a work of fiction. I will admit to being disappointed. Who doesn’t want to see wings? But I put my curiosity aside as I was still in disbelief that they were willing to talk so openly about it.

The coffee shop was the one described in the novel, and it was weird sitting somewhere that I had read about. Elora and the boys weren’t here yet, so I ordered and found a table upstairs with enough seats,…

REVIEW: Shadow's Edge by JT Geissinger

Recap:The Ikati are an ancient race of shapeshifters who live in secrecy and are bound by a ruthless law. Their leader, Leander, embarks on a mission to assess a young woman with Ikati blood who was unfortunately raised in the human world. Jenna has spent her entire life hiding, running from an unknown enemy. Her parents never got around to telling her the details before they died, and now she’s on her own when a mysterious stranger arrives in her life and turns it upside down. Leander and Jenna could be each other’s condemnation or salvation, if they’re brave enough to explore their connection.
Title:  Shadow's Edge
Series:  Night Prowler
Book #: 1
Author:  JT Geissinger
Approximate Book Length:  359 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:I really, really enjoyed this story! The mythology is unique and creative, and the characters are compelling. Leander is a devoted leader and more sentimental than I would’ve guessed. Jenna is intelligent and …

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

Who doesn't love Friday?  End of the week, and the beginning of a relaxing or fun weekend (depending who you are).  I have bunches of SWAG from some great authors, and I need homes to send them to.  So I've decided to do SWAG giveaways every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month!

Some may be themed (bookmarks, trading cards, erotica, YA etc.), and some may just be misc SWAG to re-home.  Today I'm offering up some postcards!  A couple of them are even signed.  Among the authors of those postcards are Ashlynn Monroe, Dianne Duvall, Kallysten, and VS Morgan!  If you're interested in winning, just fill out the Rafflecopter below.  There will be TWO winners and this opportunity is open to US only.  Good luck and enjoy!  :-)

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INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Berengaria Brown

So I’m getting involved in lots of Facebook groups and the writing community in general, and I’ve met some nice people, among them was Berengaria Brown. After some investigation, I discover all kinds of books! To me, the best part was all the ménage stories!

I went a bit stalker, and sent a message offering to review any book, if ever desired, also asking where a good place to start would be among the many books. Berengaria gifted me Dragons’ Bond to get started, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Raw Future is the most recent release, for the series Embrace the Future. To celebrate and spread the word about Berengaria’s work, I’m going to offer up a copy of book 1 in this series, Forbidden Future. Read below for more about this wonderful author!

Have you always wanted to be an author?
I’ve always been a reader, but one day I had nothing to read, so I decided to try to write a book. When I finished it, I still had nothing to read, so I wrote another one, and another one, and the rest, a…

REVIEW: Dragons' Bond by Berengaria Brown

Recap:Mallory works in an old museum and she’s utterly fascinated by the three large dragon statues -- Mark, William, and Angus -- she’s been working on cleaning and cataloguing. One night they shapeshift into their human forms and make her fantasy a reality. Now that she knows about them, she learns she’s in real danger from the man that owns the museum, and the four of them will have to work together to prevent him from ruining her – during the day. The nighttime hours are for exploring pleasure and building a relationship. Then things get really interesting…
Title:  Dragons' Bond
Series:  Dragon Lovers
Book #: 1
Author:  Berengaria Brown
Approximate Book Length:  64 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:I love ménage stories, and I love the paranormal. Put the two together and I’m a happy reader! While I once read a story about stone gargoyles that come alive at night making it similar to this one, this still very much counts as my first drag…

REVIEW: Of Darkness and Light by Lily Crussell

Recap:Strange things begin happening to Elora. She gets the feeling she’s being followed all the time, she’s feinting in the school hallways, the lights keep going out around her, and always accompanied by the sound of wings. But it’s got to be paranoia, because if you can’t see it, it’s not real, right? She thinks she’s losing her mind and that feeling only increases when a handsome stranger saves her from an assailant she can actually see, but she can’t help but think he might be in on it. Who can she trust when she doesn’t even trust her own perceptions?
Title:  Of Darkness and Light
Series:  Shadow of the Nephilim
Book #: 1
Author:  Lily Crussell
Approximate Book Length:  292 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:The book starts off with a bang, throwing Elora right into the fray as the weird stuff starts happening. Then we watch as she meets Raziel and things continue to get weirder. Once he starts hanging around more often, things get safer, but n…