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BLOG TOUR: Reviving Bloom by Michelle Turner

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Thanks to Juniper Grove Book Solutions for hosting this blog tour. I've had the pleasure of reading Reviving Bloom and really enjoyed it. Here's my review of the lovely story!
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Recap:Bloom has spent a year mourning her father alone, having never known her mother. She fears she may never heal, but then she finds a wounded dog in the woods one night never imagining that he could be so much more to her. Pike took off running after succeeding his father as pack alpha, and runs right into his mate. Pike and Bloom venture forth to find out more about Bloom’s heritage, as well as exploring their bond that being mates has ignited in them.
Title:  Reviving Bloom
Series:  Bloom Daniels
Book #: 1
Author:  Michelle Turner
Approximate Book Length:  207 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:The beginning is really sad as both characters struggle with guilt and grief, but it just sets the stage. Once they meet, the contrast between…

GUEST POST: Sandra Bunino

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Here today to talk about love scenes and share a bit about her upcoming work is the lovely Sandra Bunino! She's a wonderful author and I am very much looking forward to her free serial! Happy reading :D
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Hi BK! Thanks for having me to your virtual home again. *mwah*

Love scenes. They make us swoon, squirm and turn to mush inside don’t they? As an erotic writer, I aim for that reaction on a regular basis. So needless to say I’m a huge fan of them! Here’s my pick of the top 5 love scenes of all time:

1. The rowboat and following the make-up kissing in the rain scene from The Notebook (2004) - best chick-flick ever!

2. The subway scene from Risky Business (1983). The background song, In the Air Tonight, really upped the sexy factor.

3. Steamy unlocked car in the storage bay scene from Titanic (1997), the topless sketch scene deserves a mention too.

4. Ghost’s (1990) famous pottery wheel scene with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

5. Lastly, the ending sc…

REVIEW: Fade by Lisa McMann

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Recap:Life is tougher than dreams for Janie and Cabel, as they just want to spend some time together, but can’t. Disturbing things are happening at the high school, but no one’s talking, and it’s up to Janie to solve the mystery. She taps into a classmate’s nightmares and gets some major leads, but getting the proof drops Janie in way over her head pushing Cabel to behave so shockingly it brings down grave consequences effecting them both. The cherry on top is learning the truth about what lies ahead in Janie’s future as her ability come at a high cost.
Title:  Fade
Series:  Wake
Book #: 2
Author:  Lisa McMann
Approximate Book Length:  260 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:Lisa McMann does it again! This time the stakes are higher as Cabel deals with the risks Janie has to take and Janie copes with just how hard things get with her ability. To say Janie gets in over her head is an understatement as she nearly falls victim to one of the worst kinds of…

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

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Happy Black Friday! I hope everybody had a yummy, pleasant Thanksgiving!

Today I want to thank a few friends for being awesome authors and supporting me when I need it as a person and a writer during a year that's been pretty tough on me. I'm offering up 2 sets of SWAG from Sandra Bunino, Jennifer James, Dianne Duvall, and Tara Lain. They all have wonderful stories that I love to lose myself in, leaving me with a smile and I want to share that with you. If you're interested, enter below.

*Psst!* I might even throw in an ebook of your choice by one of those authors...just sayin' *wink*

**OPEN TO US ONLY**


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BLOG TOUR: A Man to Trust by Cheryl Yeko

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Thanks to Book Trailer Showcase for hosting this blurb blitz. Here's a peek at Cheryl Yeko's A Man to Trust.
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The battered survivor of an abusive marriage, Angela doesn't mourn her husband’s death in a drug deal gone bad. But she’s not sure she can survive losing her heart to the handsome detective who assumes she’s a criminal, too.Tasked with Angela’s safety after she’s targeted by an unknown enemy, Jake discovers the beautiful widow is not what she seems. He soon realizes that trusting her goes hand-in-hand with desiring her, and passion and duty collide.Now it’s up to Jake to keep Angela—and their chance at happiness—alive.

Buy at: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Soul Mate Publishing

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The kitchen scene I blogged on my site, and the recipe for Pear-Hazelnut Tarts -- the link to the recipe can be found on my website.

What am I doing? Angela raced to the refrigerator and opened the door to test the firmness of the dough, taking time to clear he…

REVIEW: Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales 2 by Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden

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Recap:This is another anthology of bizarre tales ranging from emotional holidays to the zombie apocalypse. Fifteen short stories that will have your mind reeling with wonder and sometimes even fear.







Title:  Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales 2
Series:  Flashy Fiction
Book #: 2
Author:  Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden
Approximate Book Length:  118 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:This time around, there were a couple stories where the authors decided to pick a topic and both write a story around it. The first was fireflies. Fireflies by Jen Wylie surrounds the magic you feel when catching fireflies. Security by Sean Hayden is about how catching fireflies can have grave consequences. These stories are both a little weird, but in vastly different ways. Just a Bear by Jen Wylie is about how sinister or safe a stuffed bear can be, and really made me appreciate the old stuffed animals that reside in my closet. Mr. McClunkin by Sean Hayden is a steampunk st…

BLOG TOUR: Passion Creek by Avery Flynn

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Big thanks to Bewitching Blog Tours for this blog tour. Today I'm sharing a bit about Avery Flynn's Passion Creek, which promises to be an exciting and steamy read!
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Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.

All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek, Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.


Amazon/Smashwords/ARe/Evernight Publishing

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Wind whipped at Josie's hair, its cold fingers digging under…

REVIEW: Wake by Lisa McMann

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Recap:Janie has a problem. She gets sucked into other people’s dreams, and she’s seen enough to last a lifetime. Since she can’t tell anyone without ending up in a padded room, she lives her life of solitude, trying to cope with a curse she hates and can’t control. But when she falls into a nightmare that chills her to the bone, she has nowhere to turn as she finds herself in a new role…a participant.
Title:  Wake
Series:  Wake
Book #: 1
Author:  Lisa McMann
Approximate Book Length:  225 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:I read the blurb for this book and thought it was interesting, so I picked it up. It took me a little while to start it, but once I did, I was hooked! It’s a fast and easy read, though structured in a slightly different way than I’ve ever seen a book. It’s written in segments with time stamp headings. It actually demonstrates the time that passes while she is trapped in a dream, as well as how long it takes her to recover. Frankly…

GUEST POST: Emma Meade

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Fellow reviewer, writer, and of course Buffy fan (woot!), Emma Meade found me and wanted to share her views on strong female characters. Obviously, I love strong female characters in my reading, in all the versions they appear (willful, kick ass, courageous, enduring, etc) so I jumped at the chance to have her here today. Happy reading!
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Strong Female Characters
I adore strong female characters in fiction. I became hooked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the age of 14, having randomly stumbled upon the first episode when I was flicking through the TV channels one night. Unlike other blonde, high school girls from horror movies and books at the time, Buffy could handle herself. She was tough, feisty and independent, and a fighter both physically and mentally. This sixteen year old had the weight of the world on her shoulders and managed such a great burden with a maturity beyond her years. She was a superhero, and a girl. No wonder people sat up and took …

BLOG TOUR: The Wild Ones by M. Leighton

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Thank you to AToMR Tours for having me participate in this blog tour for The Wild Ones by M. Leighton. I love her and enjoy her work so I'm happy to share my review of her first New Adult novel!
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Recap:Cami is the only daughter of a champion thoroughbred horse breeder, and for the most part, she thought she was happy with her life and her future. Then she met Trick. He’s considered off limits according to her father, but he makes her face what she wants to do versus what she should do. They can’t help how much they’re drawn to each other, but will a note from Trick’s father revealing devastating secrets ruin everything they’ve built?
Title:  The Wild Ones
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  M. Leighton
Approximate Book Length:  327 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:This is a contemporary story that has no elaborate sinister plot of someone running from killers or anything of the sort. That being said, I found it to …

GUEST POST: Tara Lain

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I have Tara Lain here today to shed some light on her latest release, just in time for the holiday season, Be Bad, for Goodness Sake. Enjoy!
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Hi Buffy! Thank you so much for having me back. Since the US loves to get a jump on the holidays, I thought I’d join in the fun. While I generally write MM and MMF erotic romance, I’ve just introduced my first-ever MF sensual romance. It’s a holiday story called Be Bad, for Goodness Sake.

Surprisingly, writing this book was not all that different from writing my usual genre. I think it’s because this is a romance with a difference -- the main character is the hero! That’s pretty unusual in traditional romance. He’s a young metrosexual named Kitt who has a passion for his older boss. She’s actually the CEO of the company and he works in her marketing department. Since he’s so good at design and party planning, she asks him to organize a company party at her house. He’s excited because he thinks this might throw them…

REVIEW: Be Bad, for Goodness Sake by Tara Lain

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Recap:Kit is a metrosexual guy; he’s good at his marketing job as well as loving fashion, design, and planning parties. He adores his boss, Bett, so when she asks him to plan a big party at her house, he jumps at the opportunity. He reminds himself that she’s older, richer, and has a big CEO boyfriend, but it’s when he discovers she thinks he’s gay that really dashes his hopes. Finding some unflattering things out about her boyfriend, Kit knows he needs to do something, but what? With a little holiday magic, will Kit and Bett get their chance to be bad, for goodness sake?
Title:  Be Bad, for Goodness Sake
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  18 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:While it’s Tara Lain’s first story about a male and female couple, it’s still very much her style. It’s got some quirky flare and her laugh out loud humor with chemistry and a villain you’ll love to hate. The biggest difference about this …

REVIEW: Stories by Dirk Tyler and Kameron Brook

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Title:  Welcome to the Neighborhood
Author:  Dirk Tyler & Kameron Brook
Approximate Book Length:  22 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:A woman moves into a house about three months prior to when the story picks up, and her two sexy neighbors have been lusting after her from day one. What they don’t realize is that she’s been lusting after them too.

There’s no elaborate plot and minimal background on the characters, yet there’s plenty enough to feel some connection to the characters and stay invested in the outcome, which is impressive for a story so short. The only part I had a little trouble with was that the men, one more than the other, often seemed kind of dominant, but it didn’t feel like it was completely consistent.

Other than that I really enjoyed it for what it was, a very sexy short story. It wasn’t merely a single scene, but a few key moments (mostly very hot ones) from the characters’ lives with a very sweet ending.
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