Showing posts from September, 2012

REVIEW: Lean On Me by Tori Scott

Recap:When Hunter’s son Jason storms out of the house and jumps into the SUV, he has no idea that his life is about to drastically change forever. Sandy’s four-year-old daughter is riding her tricycle down the sidewalk when the SUV hits her. Sandy is frantic, and Hunter makes it his mission to make it up to her, and fix the mess he’s made of Jason’s life. Their lives are forever intertwined when a teenager with an attitude and a little girl who steals people’s hearts team up to make a better life.
Title:  Lean On Me
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Tori Scott
Approximate Book Length:  166 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:Have tissues. The story starts off a little heartbreaking, but later draws happy tears. The kids are adorable, the romance sweet and sexy, and the best part is the meddling family, everyone tries to help Hunter and Sandy get out of their own way and end up where they belong – together!

I’ve read a few stories by Tori Scott, and…

INTERVIEW: Michel Prince

Michel Prince is a writer of romance that spans a few genres. I got a chance to read her YA story, Chrysalis, and the love story really stuck with me and the paranormal world she built was fascinating. She's here today to talk about her work and give us a little insight into her mind. Read on!

Have you always wanted to be an author?
I’ve always wanted to be creative. Although I did write when I was younger and won an award here or there, I’m the furthest thing from an English major. I always enjoyed reading, but when I decided to see where this little idea that had been mulling around in my head wanted to go it poured out of me. I’ve had that happen with only this series and one other book.

What inspired the Chrysalis series?
I don’t want to give all the credit to Twilight, but Stephanie Meyers was giving an interview talking about how she wrote down a dream and kept writing. I’d written a prolog a dozen times when I was bored at work or sitting around. I didn’t know why I …

Flash Fiction - Weekly Ideas

I was a little ill this weekend and apparently completely forgot to put this post up...being a little sick during the week, it never crossed my mind that I was missing it.  Go.  Me.

So!  I'll put this up now and have it go through next week and then I'll do a Flash Fiction then.  Leave me words to include, a title to conform to, a theme, a genre, anything you want!  I look forward to seeing your ideas :-)


Like many of the authors I've met, I found Lissa through a blog hop. I have only read one of her books so far, Sweet Caroline which is book 1 in her Blue Jeans and Hard Hats series, and I am so game for reading more! That one is contemporary, but she's also delved into the paranormal realm too. She's here today to share a little about her experience with writing in paranormal worlds. I'm very happy to have her here and learn a bit about how she thinks. Let's give her a warm welcome! Happy reading :-)

I prefer wolves over cats. I prefer demons over angels. I like vamps and ghosts too, but witches not so much. I've read bear shifters and dragon shifters and even an avian shifter. But I'll admit I was slow to join in on reading shifters and even slower on the writing of them. I have two...sort of. One demon/angel where sex is the peace maker rather than death. One polar bear shifter where they live and work in the heart of …

REVIEW: Golden Dancer by Tara Lain

Recap:Mac is obsessed with a story he’s working on gathering evidence for, accusing billionaire Daniel Terrebone of stealing a priceless statue. It would be the breakout point for his career. Then he meets ballet star Trelain Medveyev and he finds he’s not as straight as he thought. When Trelain gets mixed up with Daniel, Mac rushes in to rescue him, finding a passion between the three of them that surprises them all instead. Mac struggles with guilt over his story when he loves the man he’s about to ruin. How can he choose between the story of his career, and the loves of his life?
Title:  Golden Dancer
Series:  Dangerous Dancers
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  189 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:I had a little trouble keeping up with who’s who (mostly surrounding Mac’s story on the theft of the statue), but that clears up pretty quickly. Once that’s worked out, you realize the kind of dilemma that Mac faces as this new…

FLASH FICTION - My Friends: The Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

First of all, let me just say that my husband is evil.  He's the one that left me that lovely title to use, and the punchline is that I willingly admit I have an irrational fear of bees, wasps, and hornets.  If I hear a buzz and can't immediately identify it as NOT one of those things, it's a threat and flinch, or freak out.  I'm not allergic or anything, just a little neurotic...

Anyway, I still managed to come up with something to go with the title, and I hope you like it.  It's a very new and different challenge for me, so I'm a little excited and nervous about it!  My friend had also left one and we were joking about some of the different directions I could take it, but instead of choosing between the two titles or writing up two short stories, I managed to weave one into the other.  Let me know what y'all think!

Ah the brilliant warmth and satisfaction of sunlight.  While in its rays, the hunger ebbs and we are content.  We are less content than u…

REVIEW: Chrysalis by Michel Prince

Recap:Ellie struggles to overcome the family tradition of a truly sucky path in life. She meets Oscar, who struggles to recover from his own sordid past, and discovers a whole new set of obstacles and challenges to beat. Social, familial, internal, and altogether unbelievable conflicts come together to put them both through the ringer, but if they hold on to each other, they just might make it through.
Title:  Chrysalis
Series:  Chrysalis
Book #: 1
Author:  Michel Prince
Approximate Book Length:  285 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:In most of my reviews, I try to start and end on a good note and bury the iffiness in the middle somewhere. However, this time I’m going to come right out with the bad news. The passage of time threw me a bit. When it felt like a few weeks had passed, it turns out a couple months have gone by, and vice versa. Thankfully, some landmarks are thrown in there, such as homecoming, Christmas, etc. Also, there was a sever…

INTERVIEW: Joey from Long Time Coming by Jennifer James

My good friend Jennifer James has been busy making her dreams of being an author come true. She's released two books now, with a third on the way and a fourth in the works. Her latest at the moment is Long Time Coming and it's a very hot book! It's also very unique, because she's a female writing strictly from the point of view of the hero throughout the book. Because of that, I wanted to talk to Joey, the heroine from the story. It's definitely an R RATED interview, mostly because I'm perversely curious *grin*. Read on!

Have you always liked it a little rough and been a little submissive, or just with Rob?
Wow, jumping right in I see.

Everything with Rob is different. Being with him brings out my wild side. When I realized that I really didn't care anymore what his sister thought, and then I saw him at Christmas was game on.

I've tried to ask for things with other guys, but you have to really trust someone to be that open with them. An…

My Ray of Sunshine

Sometimes, it's the little things in life.
There are times in life when you can't help but appreciate the small things.  My husband is a goof and likes smiley faces, so he draws them on my dry erase board or even a piece of paper I'm using, and gets all excited when he sees a graphic of one, whether it be in a game or even as a picture to have printed on his checks next to his name and address.  If I drop ice on the ground and throw it in the sink or someone has just emptied several ice cubes into the sink, I like to run hot water over them just to watch them melt because I think it's cool.  I'm reading a book right now where a friend of the main character is named Jessie Smith and my oldest friend (I've known her since I was a whole five years old!) is named Jessi Smith so I couldn't help but giggle.
Sometimes it's the little things in life that make us smile, or laugh, or just plain fascinate us.  Sometimes it can be a simple gesture that can just mak…

REVIEW: Sweet Caroline by Lissa Matthews

Recap:Buck owns a contracting company, but after meeting a woman in a home improvement store, he becomes a simple handyman. Caroline is declaring her independence after a messy divorce, and part of that is fixing up her house to sell it. As Caroline and Buck work closely, they discover they have more in common than they thought and eventually they are helpless against the attraction that rages through them both. They “play” and with many toys, but will their playtime be enough to overcome the past and change their plans for the future?
Title:  Sweet Caroline
Series:  Blue Jeans and Hard Hats
Book #: 1
Author:  Lissa Matthews
Approximate Book Length:  90 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:This was a really hot book. Hell, it opens up in an adult toy store! There was only one time that I had trouble other than a few editing issues, and that was picturing a particular sex scene. Beyond that, I loved this story, mostly because it felt so authentic an…

GUEST POST: Olivia Hardin

I found Olivia's book, Witch Way Bends, through a book recommendation (from whom, I can no longer remember lol) and really enjoyed it. I eventually found her on Facebook and everything after that and found that she's such a nice person. She's part of a writer's group that is all about supporting budding authors. I love seeing that kind of support from authors in general. I am very happy to welcome her to my blog today and hope you'll give her a warm welcome too!
Triumph in Destiny
To anyone who ever thought they were just a supporting character in life – we each have a destiny… All of it fits...

Those words are taken from the dedication for book two of the Bend-Bite-Trilogy, Bitten Shame. I still marvel each day as I find more meaning in those words and especially in the essence of the book.

When I was writing book one, a very bubbly, smart-mouthed gal appeared out of the blue. Jill Prescott was Devan’s BFF from college; she was…

Flash Fiction Ideas - New Inspiration

I visited my family at the end of last week, so that's why I was a little late in posting my flash fiction this week.  But now it's time for new ideas once again!  I read a book recently called Flashy Fiction.  Many of the stories within it were flash fiction exercises and inspired by one of the author's Twitter followers.  He'd tweet a request for titles or something, and then write to fit the first one that came back.  It's very intriguing and made me wonder if I could do that.  So in addition to the option of leaving me words to include or themes to incorporate, feel free to leave me a title to conform to.  A few examples from that book are "The Day I Got Caught", "Zombies at the Meat Market", and "Forgettable: The Beginning".  There are a bunch more that were so fun, but I'll leave it there.

So everybody get your thinking caps on and leave me something fun and weird and different to get creative with!  :D

REVIEW: Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Recap:Mark is a housekeeper for a resort and his motto in life is to have low expectations, be invisible, and work your butt off. Being gay hasn’t made life easy for Mark, but he’s doing whatever he has to in order to follow his dream of being a fashion designer. Ash is in desperate need of a bride so he can get his inheritance, but things get complicated when he meets Mark and is helpless to resist him. Carstairs Pennymaker is a meddling little elf of a man, and he sees potential where others seem blind, and works to pulls the puppet strings to arrange a happy ending. But will everyone behave accordingly to achieve such an ending?
Title:  Sinders and Ash
Series:  Pennymaker Tales
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  140 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:Tara Lain has taken a classic fairytale and put a more modern twist on it. Mark was kicked out at 16 and has led a tough life full of hard work. Ash is a rich boy with no work …

FLASH FICTION: Contemporary - Self

So I spent a couple days visiting with my family this week, which prevented me from reading, writing, reviewing, and outlining my flash fiction. This is why I'm late, but hey it's done! It happened to work out pretty well that I could pull from that trip and still include all the words with minimal bending of actual events. Here's a glimpse into my life...
I’m twenty-five years old, coming up to my next birthday, and I’m married to my high school sweetheart. I live only an hour away from pretty much my entire family, so I try to make a trip up to see them about once a month. This gets messy though, because like every other person on the planet, they have busy lives and scheduling time to see everyone for more than a few minutes each can be nerve racking.

I love my family, but we can often be a very text book definition of dysfunctional. Sometimes though, spending time with them, particularly when it’s quality individual time separately, can be that comfortable …

REVIEW: Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales by Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden

Recap:This is an anthology of strange tales that include vampires, zombies, ghosts, crickets…anything is possible from these two fantasy authors. Fifteen different short “quickie” stories that will take you through the range of emotions.

Title:  Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales
Series:  Flashy Fiction
Book #: 1
Author:  Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden
Approximate Book Length:  108 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  13+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:This was actually a really neat book. Both authors are very talented writers and they even put a little note at the end of each story letting the reader know what the inspiration was and that is such a cool little detail that I absolutely loved. This didn’t feel like a book that was written because the authors needed to write, but because they wanted to give something to readers.

That being said, I’ll touch on the actual stories, and I’ll start with Sean Hayden’s. Some of his contributions were a little spooky, but mostly they were funny! T…

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

Happy Friday! So how would you like to win a bunch of SWAG? Would that help your week? Today I'm giving away a bunch of YA SWAG, a lot of which is signed by the author. Among the items are Lily Crussell's Of Darkness and Light bookmarks, Tich Brewster's Forgiven cover flats and bookmarks. If you want some, enter the Rafflecopter below.


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INTERVIEW: Lucy Felthouse

Lucy Felthouse is one of those people that dabbles in many things and writing just happens to be one of those. I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few of her works, most of which are reviewed over at My Secret Romance (see my reviews page to find them), but I reviewed her latest release, Off the Shelf, here and really enjoyed it. She recently sat down and answered some questions for me, so here you can get to know her a little bit better!

Have you always wanted to be an author?
Yes, ever since I was a child. I'd be brandishing a pen and declaring I wanted to be an author. Since then I must have changed my mind a hundred times, as many kids do, but I eventually found my way back to it—albeit mixed in with a day job.

What inspires your work?
All sorts of things. I have lots of male celebrities who acts as my muses. Otherwise it can be a book, a TV show, a film, an overheard conversation, a place… anything and everything, really.

You write in a variety of genres, but is there one that…

REVIEW: Off the Shelf by Lucy Felthouse

Recap:Annalise is tired of hearing her mother tell her she’s stuck “on the shelf”. A busy travel writer, she doesn’t have time to date and her one night stands she occasionally finds along her way certainly don’t lead to anything more. She wants a man that can satisfy her mind as well as her body, but fears she’ll never find him. At the bookstore she frequents, she meets Damien – a smart and gorgeous booklover and sweet tooth. Annalise fears rejection, and Damien’s shy, so despite their immediate chemistry, they seem to be doomed to remain forever on the shelf.
Title:  Off the Shelf
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Lucy Felthouse
Approximate Book Length:  65 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:I actually kind of loved this story, and I loved that a bookstore was Annalise’s stress relief (I can sympathize). Damien seems like such a sweet, sexy book nerd and Annalise seems half her age when faced with him. They best part is that they seem so normal…

18 & Over Giveaway Hop

Big thanks to Bitten by Paranormal Romance and Gabrielle Bisset for hosting this giveaway hop!

For my stop on this blog hop, I'm offering up any book (from your venue of choice) by one of the following sexy as hell romance authors that I adore:

Jennifer James
Tara Lain
Sandra Bunino
Hailey Edwards
Jayne Rylon
Katey Hawthorne

Just enter the Rafflecopter below and you're golden! Open to US/INT since it's digital copies up for grabs.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to keep hopping!

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REVIEW: Witch Way Bends by Olivia Hardin

Recap:Devan’s only intention when she teams up with Kent and co. is to put her father’s child trafficking business out of commission. She ends up on a magical journey that will lead her to discover so much more about herself, her world, and the one man she never knew she was destined to love.

Title:  Witch Way Bends
Series:  Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
Book #: 1
Author:  Olivia Hardin
Approximate Book Length:  274 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:Olivia Hardin’s writing style reminds me a bit of Jacquelyn Frank’s in that a passage might focus on one character’s point of view, but we could still shift slightly to know what others are thinking or feeling. The tone of the story is also reminiscent of JF by having fairly demure love scenes and a big focus on the characters, story, and world itself rather than the individual events that transpire, such as every little thing during a fight scene.

As for the story, it grips you from the beginning by throwing…

GUEST POST: Casea Major

I found Casea Major by reviewing Night with a Dom for The Forbidden Bookshelf. We got to talking and now I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing her other works, One Knight in Brooklyn and Pinocchio Syndrome, and more importantly, finding a new author I'm happy to call a friend. Please help me welcome her here today as she talks about her roots in romance. *cheers*
My Romantic Roots – 1980’s Soap Operas
Buffy, thank you so much for giving me time and space. I’m excited to be here.

Today, I want to pay homage to the romance genre that, for me, started it all.

When I was a girl, my sister and I spent summers as latch-key kids. We woke each weekday morning at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. (How we slept that late I’ll never know.) The first thing we did was turn on the TV with a press of a button on the actual television set and tune in to The Young and the Restless at 11:00, followed by All My Children at 12:00, Days of Our Lives at 12:30, One L…

Flash Fiction - Weekly Reset

Well I got to do something pretty different last week with all the fantasy set words to include.  It was fun and it really made me work, so keep it up!  It's the time of the week to leave me new stuff :D

Themes, items, randomness, whatever you want to see or simply challenge me with, go for it.  I'm game!

REVIEW: Beach Balls by Tara Lain

Recap:Adam is an attorney whose biggest client is a completely homophobic land developer, so he’s lived so far in the closet he could tell you how nice the weather is in Narnia. While relaxing with a scuba dive over a weekend between city council meetings to push through a major project worth millions, he meets another diver that makes him want to make some changes in his life, even knowing little more than his first name. Sky doesn’t compromise on anything. He knows who he is and what he believes in and he stands up for it proudly. He hates developers and could never be with anyone who couldn’t be honest about himself. What will happen when they find themselves on opposite sides of this development project?
Title:  Beach Balls
Series:  Balls to the Wall
Book #: 3
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  106 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:Sexy, sexy! The instant chemistry is blazing, and the initial anonymity adds a naughty feeling just a…