Wednesday, May 30, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Dianne Duvall


I recently reviewed Darkness Dawns and absolutely loved it! Dianne Duvall has begun a series that will live right up on the shelf next to my beloved JR Ward series Black Dagger Brotherhood (which says a lot coming from me). With the first two books out and the third in edits, it’s sure to be a fun and sexy ride for a long time to come.

Dianne squeezed in some time between deadlines to answer some questions for me, which I greatly appreciate because I may have been a little overzealous in my excitement. She talks about the conception of her Immortal Guardians series, the writing process, and her life working in the film industry as well. You’re in for an intriguing read!


How did you come up with the concept for the Immortal Guardians series?
My Immortal Guardians arose from two desires. I have always enjoyed vampire romances and wanted to write my own. But I wanted my vampires to be alive. I didn’t want to take the traditional undead route. I knew that many historians believed much of the vampire lore resulted from a simple misunderstanding of illnesses like porphyria, so I decided to make the increased speed, strength, regenerative capabilities, and more possessed by vampires and immortals a result of a very rare symbiotic virus that conquers and replaces their immune system.

I also wanted to pit good against evil (who doesn’t enjoy rooting for the good guys, even if some of them are bad boys? ;-] ), but thought it would be interesting to take the choice of who fell into what category out of their hands. Usually villains choose to be villains. This wouldn’t be the case in my series. I had written two manuscripts prior to DARKNESS DAWNS that featured gifted ones – men and women who were born with special gifts and abilities as a result of extremely advanced DNA, the source of which was unknown. This notion provided me with exactly what I needed to complete my Immortal Guardians world. Immortals are gifted ones infected with the virus. Vampires are ordinary humans infected with the virus. Without the protection offered by the advance DNA of gifted ones, humans suffer brain damage and swiftly descend into madness once infected. Thus, even good men become evil and prey upon humans once infected with the virus.

You seem to have found a perfect balance of fun, action, and romance both sweet and sensual. Did you struggle with finding that balance as you were writing?
Not really. I’m a firm believer in love that begins as friendship, so I enjoy drawing the heroes and heroines in my books together in friendship even as their attraction to each other grows and intensifies. I also LOVE action and humor and like to balance those equally with the romance. I think doing so makes both the reading and the writing more fun. :-)

Do you have a certain number set for how many books will be in the series?
No. I recently signed another 3-book contract with Kensington for Books 4, 5, and 6, but plan for the series to continue beyond that. The exact number I probably won’t know until I reach that last book. I’m also currently writing an Immortal Guardians novella that will appear in an anthology alongside stories by Alexandra Ivy and Nina Bangs, so there will be at least one of those, too. :-)

Are there hopes or even plans of making the books into movies or anything?
I would love to see my books made into movies. I would even enjoy participating in the production process, since that’s what my day job entails. If I could interest a production company in my series, I would jump at the opportunity, and hope I can do so in the future.

I know you work in the independent film industry, what got you started there?
I studied all forms of writing while pursuing a B.A. in English. While doing so, I met screenwriters who, when meeting that wall that prevents so many from entering the Hollywood film industry, were producing and directing their own films and leapt at the opportunity to join them. I love doing just about anything that allows me to be creative and thought it would be great to explore the many facets of filmmaking, from editing scripts and aiding in casting projects, to serving as script supervisor and providing special effects and -- even more fun -- special effects makeup during production, to editing the films themselves, cutting trailers, and designing posters. It’s a lot of work and can have very tight deadlines, but is so much fun. :-)

Is there somewhere we can look for some of the films you've worked on?
Most of the films I’ve worked on have only or can only be viewed in film festivals. The short films and trailers were used as stepping stones to gain exposure and funding for feature films. And the feature films are still seeking distributors. Just for you and your followers, however, I obtained permission from a filmmaker I recently worked with to provide you with a link to the trailer for a film I provided special effects makeup for and edited. I created the trailer, which was scored by an award-winning composer. Here’s the link: http://www.dianneduvall.com/aHauntingatGSUtrailer.htm

So how do you write? Does music help? Do you sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe some munchies as you settle in for a writing session? What gets you inspired?
I’m a pantser, not a plotter, so I “fly by the seat of my pants” and write the story as it comes to me as supposed to constructing a plot first. I usually have a tall glass of chocolate soy milk beside me, my way of satisfying my chocolate craving while avoiding the fat and calories. I write on a NEO -- a laptop-sized word processor -- that I actually won in a writing contest into which I entered DARKNESS DAWNS, then upload the pages to my computer. That keeps me from being distracted by Facebook,Twitter, email, and more (so tempting!). I can write in just about any environment. I’ve written while sitting in an audience waiting for a concert to begin. I’ve written on the set while the actors ran lines and the crew moved the equipment and lighting for the next scene. I do have difficulty, however, writing when neighbors blast music and make a lot of noise. Ironically, in such instances, the only way I can write is to put my earbuds in (so I don’t disturb my quiet neighbors) and blast Disturbed. :-)

As for inspiration, I find it everywhere. Reading a good book makes me want to write a good book. Every time I read a Stephen King novel, for example, I just want to write, write, write. Obscure information I see in documentaries or on the History Channel, etc. can spark ideas. In fact, it was on one of the educational channels that I saw the discussion on the origins of vampire lore that inspired me to create a virus that causes vampirism.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
First and foremost, persevere. Whether you’re just getting started or on your second or third manuscript, I highly recommend that you read or listen to Stephen King’s ON WRITING. Try to find someone to critique your manuscript who isn’t afraid to be brutally honest. Entering contests can give you an idea of how complete strangers all over the country might respond to your writing. Some of the criticism you will receive in them will be helpful and constructive. Some won’t, hence the mixed opinions many writers have of them. I found it helpful, though. And finaling in contests is a nice way to get your writing in the hands of agents and authors who otherwise would either likely reject it unseen after receiving a query or not accept a query from an unagented author at all. And, last but not least, if you run into that wonderful catch 22 -- you can’t submit to some publishers without having an agent, but can’t seem to interest an agent without first proving yourself by getting published -- don’t be afraid to submit to the publishers you can yourself. My career as a published author resulted from my submitting a simple one-page query to an editor at Kensington who accepted unagented submissions.

I could be wrong, but I would imagine that when your first book came out, you probably got really excited for every good review. Do you still? Or do you mostly just focus on reviews for your most recent release?
I’m thrilled by every good review my books receive. DARKENS DAWNS has received a number of great reviews recently by reviewers like yourself (I loved your review!) who didn’t discover my series until Night Reigns was released in December. Every single one brings a huge smile to my face. Six books from now, a great review for the first book will still send me running to my husband to share it. When I was working so hard to get published, I thought seeing my books on shelves would be the best part, but reading good reviews and hearing from readers who enjoyed the books and are looking forward to the next in the series is even better.

Can you share a few random facts about yourself?
Hmm. Random facts. I liked puttering in the garden. I’m a huge fan of Stephen King. My favorite genre is paranormal romance, my second favorite medieval romance. I’m not a vegetarian. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks to ebooks. I’m oddly proficient at shooting basketball free throws. I’ve recently become a Phineas and Ferb addict. And I love almost all forms of music.



Dianne Duvall is the award-winning author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel DARKNESS DAWNS has been nominated for the "RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance 2011" by RT Book Reviews, for "Best Paranormal Romance - Vampire 2011" by The Romance Reviews, and for "Best Book of 2011" by Long and Short Reviews. NIGHT REIGNS, the second book in her Immortal Guardians series, has been declared an "utterly addictive" Top Pick by RT Book Reviews, "intense, passionate and engrossing" by The Romance Reviews, and "a clever, unique, and brilliantly executed book" by Long and Short Reviews. PHANTOM SHADOWS, the third book in the series will be released in October 2012.

When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

Find out more about her and her work here. You can also find her at her blog (The Immortal Realm), on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Goodreads.


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Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets -- how can she defeat death itself?


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REVIEW: Deceived by Stephanie Nelson

Recap:

Gwen’s just getting back to normal after the vampire drug, Brew, nearly took her life and enjoying life with her boyfriend, Aiden, when the North American Witches Council summons her to their city. As a war between the witches and vampires is imminent, Gwen will find herself the pawn in everyone’s plans. The sexy Angel of Death, Dorian, comes around to help her learn her gift, but will she learn fast enough and be strong enough to fight back when she finds out just what it means to be deceived?

Title:  Deceived
Series:  Gwen Sparks
Book #: 2
Author:  Stephanie Nelson
Approximate Book Length:  227 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

The story focuses on the witches and the vampires exclusively this time as a war is brewing between the two races, and pays specific attention to the role Gwen is to play in that war. She struggles to balance her trust issues, boy problems, war training, and training in her Spirit Walker gift. Not to mention her struggles with her bond to Ian that we discovered at the end of the last book.

Despite a few editing errors, the book was interesting and thrilling as Gwen wades through the complex situation she’s found herself in. I didn’t relish walking in Gwen’s shoes during Ian’s attacks, but I get how the experience was integral to the story as it drove Gwen’s actions, decisions, and behaviors. Overall it was an enjoyable read.

In Conclusion:

I enjoyed this chapter of the Gwen Sparks series even more than the first, and it had me turning the pages late at night just to find out how Gwen would get out of this mess and find the answers to all the burning questions. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: KE Saxon

I have KE Saxon here today to share a little bit about fairies and give us some insight into her fun-filled fairytale.  You can also see my review of one of her other works, A Stranger's Kiss, here.  She writes sweet and sexy reads that are sure to please, so let's welcome her with smiles and cheers =D

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Good morning, Buffy! Good morning readers!  Since Buffy seems to love paranormal romance, I decided to spotlight my sexy, modern fairytale, DIAMONDS AND TOADS, by sharing my top reasons why fairies are the bee’s knees! But first, let me give you a short description of story (which just happens to star a very mischievous fairy):

Inspired by the Gordon Laite illustrations in my childhood book, My Little Golden Book of Fairy Tales, and with a nod to the 17th century author of the fairy tale, Charles Perrault, DIAMONDS AND TOADS is a modern take on the tale of the same name, but with more emphasis on the love story. Crossing genres between hot/steamy contemporary, comedy, and fantasy romance, it is written in two parts, the first concentrating on the "good" Perrault sister, who is blessed by the family fairy with a fortune from diamonds and an engagement to the man of her dreams, while the second concentrates on the "bad" Perrault sister, her curse (her every utterance an obscene and humiliating quip), and her “frogman” ex-lover. In both parts, the fairy’s often comical appearances and maneuverings serve to further the plots to their “happily-ever-after” conclusions.


Top Ten Reasons Fairies are the Bee’s Knees!

1.      They can travel faster than the speed of light
2.      They have magic
3.      When the world is dark, they bring color and brightness to it
4.      They’re invisible to everyone except for the very fortunate
5.      They have a penchant for matchmaking
6.      They can see into your heart and help you to see into it, too
7.      They are loyal to their friends
8.      They can change how they appear to others, sometimes quite comically
9.      They prioritize having fun over all other pursuits
10.  They’re beautiful

So, what are your reasons for liking fairies?

Thanks so much for having me here today, Buffy!


Author Bio:

K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She is a member of the West Houston Chapter of Romance Writer's of America and is a devoted subscriber to the Romance Divas online forum. She has two cats, a 24-year-old cockatiel, and a funny, supportive husband. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write humorous, sexy romances.



Blurb for Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale:

Once upon a time, there were two sisters, one blessed, and one cursed by fairy magic...

      So each sister's story begins.

      Delilah Perrault is blessed with riches beyond her wildest dreams and the man she's had her eye on for ages--even though he secretly has designs on her newfound wealth instead. Delilah's half-sister, Isadora, is cursed with having her every utterance come out as an obscene and humiliating quip, just when the gorgeous hunk she dumped years before under pressure from mama swaggers back into her life.

      If you like Bewitched, Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, if you like stories with humor and sexual heat, try out this modern girl's fairy tale.


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

I'm Writing, I Promise!

Ok, so I promise I am doing some writing that's not reviews!  However, the point I'm at right now is not very conducive to doing Six Sentence Sundays on a regular basis.

First, I am having trouble focusing on Earthbound Angel, mostly because there's death, sadness, and emotional struggles and I don't have the heart to throw myself into it just now.  Second, as I work on book 1 in the Power Surge series (still not sure how comfy I am with that title, what do you think?), I have some work to do before getting too far into the first draft.

I need to get inside all the central characters' heads and under their skin so I can make sure I portray them accurately, and I need to refine the world they live in (powers and limitations etc).  So all the background and profile writing isn't really SSS material, you know?  However, I promise to throw up tidbits when I get going on the actual manuscript again and/or when a fun or juicy scene pops into my head :D


Saturday, May 26, 2012

REVIEW: Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

Recap:

Sarah Bingham thought her biggest problem was dealing with lazy students, but then she rescues a man from certain death at the hands of two sadists, landing her in an age-old battle between vampires and immortals. Roland is the most intriguing man she’s ever met, but there’s something about him that sounds warning bells within her. Roland Warbrook has never known anyone as tempting in his nine centuries of life as Sarah, but getting involved with him would cost her everything and he could never ask that of her.

Title:  Darkness Dawns
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 1
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  345 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This novel is utterly compelling and truly unique! Dianne Duvall introduces a neat version of vampire lore that is still completely believable, and does so in a simple enough way as to easily understand it all, yet complex enough to stay interesting. There are laugh out loud funny moments, heart-pounding action sequences, and steamy, but sweetly sensual sex.

The characters, oh the characters! You can’t help but fall for every single character, each having that special something that draws you in. While still able to have a little fun here and there, everyone behaved like adults and for the first time in a really long time, there’s tension and conflict, but none of the characters ever make me want to smack them upside the head for being stupidly stubborn in fighting a situation or for simply not opening their mouth and talking out something irking them.

Overall, the book is well written and well-paced, grabbing the reader’s interest right from the very first page and never letting go. It’ll have you reading well into the night unable to put it down. The best part is there’s no cliffhanger ending! However, you are left with a question burning in your mind, making you down right twitch in anticipation for the next book…I would know *twitch*.

In Conclusion:

My first 4-star review, this story has easily climbed into my favorites list and refuses to budge. I literally can’t find anything in it to complain about. You’ll find everything you’re looking for in a paranormal romance within the pages, and I will recommend this to anyone who enjoys the genre. My (signed *squee*) copy now resides on my “Precious” shelf along with some of my other favorites!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

NEW RELEASE: Blood Betrayed by Gabrielle Bisset

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!
The much anticipated sequel in the Sons of Navarus series by Gabrielle Bisset is here!  Below you'll find everything you need to jump on the bandwagon, including a link to my review of book 1, Blood Avenged, which was a big hit, so there's no doubt that Blood Betrayed will be too!



I am everything forbidden.  I am vampire.

Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death. 

Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation.


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~EXCERPT~

"Solenne, can you find a woman who doesn't smell like she's been deep fried in animal fat tonight?"

Closing the door to the refrigerator, Solenne turned to see Saint standing at the kitchen's center island. Shirtless. Again.

"Saint, do you own any shirts or do you need me to pick some up for you?"

Smirking, he raised his eyebrows in amusement. "Have we become a prude?"

Pushing past him, she sat down at the table and popped a grape into her mouth. "Don't you concern yourself with me, but dial back the Cro-Magnon act, can you?"

Leaning against the counter, Saint propped himself up on his elbows and rolled his eyes. "And the girl from last night?"

Solenne secretly enjoyed the thought of him repelled by Marie for any reason. Maybe he didn't drink from her. That would explain why he was being such an ass. Maybe he didn't sleep with her either.

"Marie seemed perfectly fine to me," she said casually as she picked grapes off the vine. "Maybe you just weren't her type. Maybe she has more refined tastes in men."

"Yeah, that sounds right. A woman who smells like a French fry has refined tastes. Just find me a woman who smells like a woman should."

You'll be lucky if I bring you one at all.

Saint strolled past her after issuing his order as if he were the king of the castle. God, he was infuriating!  If she'd ever met a man who could push her buttons more than Saint, she couldn't remember him. Wouldn't have wanted to remember him, at any rate.

It still amazed her how different he and his brother were. Teagan was smooth and so much fun to be around. And Saint? Always the darker, more sullen brother, he'd transformed into a shell of the man she'd met a hundred years ago, more detached and alone than anything else now.

But behind his gruff exterior—behind the defensiveness—that vulnerable soul she'd known then must still exist. At least she hoped it did.

It did no good to think about that now, though. She had a job to do, and at the moment that meant finding a human female to provide him with what he needed.

Even if it felt like she was betraying everything she held dear in her heart the whole time she was doing it.

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INTERVIEW: Shelly Crane


Author of the Significance, Collide, and Devour series, and having recently announced the title of the first book in a new series, Smash into Me, Shelly Crane is a very busy woman! She was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions. Below you’ll find a little insight into the mind of an ambitious author who loves what she does!


How did you come up with the story line behind your books?
Burger wrappers, dreams, road signs, cheesy commercials. Just about anything can spark a vibe of imagination ;)

Are you planning to keep going and going, going?
Oooooooh yeah. Absolutely.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A cop. You can try to figure that one out.....

Who's your favorite author and\or favorite book and why?
Love me some Richelle Mead and Kelly Armstrong. Love Quinn Loftis, Georgia Cates, Fisher Amelie, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Young, Amy Bartol.... I could go on for miles.

Do you have a cast in mind if your book were ever to become a movie?
I do. There is a huge cast list on my Facebook page made from fans that are way better though.

What is something you wished you'd done differently when publishing your first book?
Edit and then, um....edit....and then.....eh, edit some more.

What is something awesome that we can look forward to in future books?
Finales, babies, weddings, aliens, sleeping in cars. And lots and lots of love.

Any lessons learned or advice to new authors?
To do your research, reach out to other authors (Because they are awesome and supportive) and reach out to your fans because THEY ARE THE REASON YOU ARE HERE!

What's your absolute favorite thing about be an author?
Knowing someone, somewhere is reading my story....it still makes me bite my nails in anticipation of hearing what they think.

List 5 random things about yourself.
- I hate mint and chocolate together. *Shivers in disgust*
- I am a music freak. I'm listening to something every minute of every day, especially while writing.
- Reba McEntire.(Yeah, that one) sang in my back yard when her bus broke down when I was a baby. She said I was cute. (true story!)
- I had a NKOTB bedspread when I was 7.
- If my house were on fire, what 3 things would I grab? Laptop with work in progress on it, box of my son's baby books and keepsakes, and Kindle (Of course)



Shelly is a YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a wonderful husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

Find her here.



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Eli and Clara's story continues as she tries to finish high school. Eli is as over protective as ever and Tate and his group of friends are no help. They wait for the Horde, always looking over their shoulder. But the ever annoying but strangely prophetic bird begins to become more of a chatter box and Eli learns something that could change some things. Not just for him and Clara, but Devourers everywhere.

Then an unexpectedness guest comes forcing Eli to flee with Clara, leaving her temporary family behind. She is thrown into his world of underground 'traitors' and learns much of his past. They meet many new people and creatures along the way to freedom. But when tragedy strikes the two, will Clara see the monster in Eli? Can she handle his strange world and awful past? Will one of them lose their life forever...



REVIEW: Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset

Recap:

Vasilije is a powerful vetted vampire who embraces and enjoys what he is, including making vampires. When one of his own is staked, he takes it personally and utilizes every resource at his disposal, meeting Sasa along the way. She’s beautiful and arouses him like he’s not known in centuries and the attraction almost drives him to distraction from his need for vengeance, but what he learns about the plots behind the killing may tear both of their worlds apart.

Title:  Blood Avenged
Series:  Sons of Navarus
Book #: 1
Author:  Gabrielle Bisset
Approximate Book Length:  254 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Sasa is a girl that would do anything for what little family she’s got left, including bravely entwine herself in the lives of vampires, but will the surprising reward be worth the cost? Vasilije is content with his life, despite the feeling that something’s missing. Somehow Sasa seems to fill the void within him, but the stakes are high and things are not all as they seem. He fights to survive long enough to protect her, deciding to cross the “can-we-make-it-work” bridge when he gets to it.

The characters were well developed and the main conflict strong enough to keep you guessing until the very end. It was well written and the connection between Vas (I like to call him this or Vasily because I honestly don’t know how to properly pronounce his name) and Sasa is so compelling, despite the nagging doubts they both harbor. What I found really neat about Vas’s character is that he genuinely enjoyed being a vampire, and not in the monstrous “I like killing people” kind of way. He just went about his night and made no excuses for his nature other than to say, “I’m a vampire, it’s what I do”.

It felt a little awkward as the ending came out of nowhere and there were a couple little occurrences that never get answered, but they’re pretty overlookable as the rest of the story definitely makes up for it.

In Conclusion:

Don’t miss out on a sexy, mysterious, and exciting experience with lovable characters and an ominous ending that will leave you wanting to move right on to the next book!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

REVIEW: A Stranger's Kiss by KE Saxon

Recap:

Two strangers take solace in each other’s arms on Valentine’s Day, never guessing they’d soon meet again over business. Karen Samuels just wants to build up her graphic design company, leaving men out of the equation completely. David Anderson just wants to fulfill his late wife’s dream of opening a restaurant, and hires a graphic artist to create the perfect logo based on reputation alone. They’re in for quite the surprise and both receive more than they ever expected.

Title:  A Stranger's Kiss
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  KE Saxon
Approximate Book Length:  113 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This story is both sexy and sweet. I fell for both characters, and their struggles with each other are so touching, and even occasionally pretty funny. The story is short, so I don’t want to say too much or I risk giving too much away, but the bottom line is that this is a one night stand that keeps on giving.

Normally, a novella can be hit or miss. Some are too short, or just underdeveloped, but this one felt pretty perfect on the length and development. I could put myself in the characters’ shoes, and never once had a moment where something they said or did was not believable. This book is well written, well paced, and leaves me wanting to read more from KE Saxon!

In Conclusion:

An awesome contemporary romance that will have you so enthralled you can’t put it down and will make you want to read it again!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

INTERVIEW: Lisa Kessler


A passionate author, Lisa Kessler has written a wonderful, emotional paranormal romance novel, Night Walker. She's taken time out of her novel writing and her singing to bring along some of the cast of Night Walker and answer a few questions for me. You're in for a fun little treat!


After spending the afternoon in La Jolla at the cove, watching the seals and their pups, Lisa and Buffy make their way further south toward Calisto and Kate’s private beach. The sky is washed in orange, red and purple as the sun dips closer to the horizon.

Buffy turns to Lisa. “What can we look forward to in future Night books?”

“More abs on my covers!” Lisa laughs and shakes her head. “Next up is the prequel to Night Walker called Night Thief. It actually takes place in Paris in 1840. You’ll get to meet Kane, one of the original four Night Walker gods. He is so delicious! I can’t wait to share the novella with you! And book 2, Night Demon, should be out in the Spring.”

Buffy follows Lisa over some rocks, checking out the creatures in the tidepools. “So we’ve got vampires in the Night series, and werewolves in the Moon series, what’s next?”

“Ack!” Lisa scurries back from a wayward crab. Once the coast is clear, so to speak, she grins. “I have a proposal together for another paranormal romance series, and a couple of YA books in the works too. But I have to finish up the Night Series and the Moon Series first.”

“What do your kids think of your books?” Buffy shivers when the cool tide wraps itself around her ankles.

“My daughter is twenty-one now, so she’s one of my first readers. She likes my books a lot, but she’s also extremely honest when she doesn’t like something, so you’ve gotta have thick skin when you ask for her opinion.”

Lisa points to the stairs in the distance. “That’s Calisto and Kate’s place down there. Not too much further.”

Buffy picks up her pace. “I saw that your husband writes too, what does he write?”

“We actually met in a horror writing group, but he ended up publishing a TV Trivia book!” Lisa hurries to keep up with Buffy, a proud twinkle in her eyes. “Ken has also written a really great romantic comedy that I hope he’ll submit to publishers someday.”

They reach the stairs and Buffy jogs up ahead of Lisa. The lights kick on the deck as they reach the top. Lisa sits in one of the chairs and gestures to another one for Buffy.

“Calisto and Kate should be up here soon. The sun just went down.”

Buffy sits and stares out at the water, mesmerized by the view. The moonlight on the waves is simply breathtaking.

The French doors open behind them and Lisa turns around to see Kate and Calisto right behind her. Lisa gets up and hugs Kate, then quickly introduces Buffy to both of them. Calisto and Kate sit across from them.

Buffy grabs her notepad and pen from her shoulder bag. “So Calisto, did you always believe you’d find her again?”

Calisto takes Kate’s hand, smiling at her before turning his attention back on Buffy. “In the beginning, I felt certain, but as decades became centuries, I did lose hope. I believed the Old One had lied to me.”

Jotting notes, Buffy nods and makes eye contact again. “How ever did you get by in the mean time?”

“I kept myself busy with my business. Foundation Arts became my reason for facing another night. Each year on Dia de los Muertos, I cut fresh Romneyas to take to the Mission de Alcala. I would leave them at Tala’s cross and pledge to wait one more year.” He shakes his head with a hint of a smile. “She is worth waiting lifetimes…”

Though she’s hiding a smile as she looks down, Buffy is all business, her pen moving furiously before she taps the end of the pen against the notepad. “While you didn’t want to curse her, you have to be happy with the way things turned out; you get to spend forever with her!”

Kate rests her hand on his thigh, giving him a comforting squeeze.

Calisto meets her eyes for a long moment, before focusing his attention on Buffy. His voice is thick with emotion, enhancing his Spanish accent. “I never dreamed I would ever know such happiness.” He brings her hand to his lips, kissing the back of her fingers. “Knowing the Fraternidad can no longer threaten her or come between us, has eased my mind as well.”

Buffy nods. “Do you have any idea whatever happened to the Old One or the man you accidentally turned?”

Calisto’s shoulders tighten, but he shakes his head. “No. Sometimes I think that I sense the Old One nearby, but he has not showed himself. I have not seen Lukas since the night he vanished. Perhaps he ended his existence? I do not know.” Kate can’t hold back her laughter for one more second. “I have never heard him answer so many questions in a row!”

Calisto raises a playful brow. “Perhaps I was never asked the appropriate question until now?”

“Now there’s the man I know and love…” Kate grins at Buffy. “You’re a great interviewer to get him to open up without a bunch of riddles.”

“I do not speak in riddles.” His eyes sparkle, although he manages to keep from smiling.

Kate pats his thigh. “Buffy’s read our book. She knows you do.”

Trying hard not to laugh, Buffy turns to Kate, before Calisto can deny it. “Kate! How are you adjusting to your new way of life?”

Kate shrugs. “It’s a huge adjustment, but so far there are more pros than cons. I’m trying to stay focused on the positives.”

Buffy leans forward and whispers, knowing Calisto will hear anyway. “The sex is even better now, isn’t it?” She laughs knowingly and shakes her head. “You don’t have to answer that.”

Kate loves seeing her immortal lover uncomfortable and chuckles. “You’ve read the book so you already know anyway.” Calisto shifts and stares at the water like he has no idea what they’re discussing.

“What do you miss from your human days?” Buffy settles back into her questions.

“My choir students for sure.” Kate’s smile fades just a little. “No night school for junior high so I had to retire from my position.”

Buffy’s gaze softens a bit. “Do you remember more from your past life, or just revel in your new life with Calisto? I’m sure either way, you’re ecstatic that you get him forever now, despite the cost.”

Kate clears her throat and nods, while Calisto gives her hand a squeeze. “I don’t have all my memories from Tala’s life, but Calisto has helped me to fill in the blanks. Finally feeling whole, and having the chance to be with him forever is definitely worth the sacrifices.”

Buffy’s pen flies across the notepaper. “Are you able to still see your friends, Edie and Lori?” “You bet! In fact…” Kate turns just as the French doors open and Edie comes out. “Edie and Lori work for Foundation Arts now. With Betty…” She shakes her head and goes on. “We needed help that could work the office during the day, and Edie and Lori make a great team.”

Edie grins and shakes Lisa’s hand. “It’s so great to finally meet you! I’m so glad people are getting to hear Kate’s story.” She turns and shakes Buffy’s hand. “Nice to meet you too! You’re the book blogger, right?”

“You got it!” Buffy grins. “So how happy are you for the love birds? Funny how things work out, yeah? You don’t have to worry about her so much anymore.” She smiles at Edie and tosses a wink at Calisto and Kate.

“And I’m thrilled for Kate. I’ve never seen her happier.” Edie grins and leans in like she’s telling a secret. “Lori’s the worrier. I’m more of a go with the flow girl.”

“Lori’s a what?” Lori comes out onto the deck, even in the moonlight her red hair shines with color.

“I said Lori’s in charge of the office.” Edie quickly turns back to Buffy. “Did Kate tell you the big news?”

“Big news?” Buffy glances at Lisa who is wearing a knowing smile. “What news?”

“Do you mean this news?” Kate holds up her left hand and a sizeable diamond sparkles in the moonlight.

Lisa can almost see the little hearts over Buffy’s head. “He asked you to marry him.”

Kate nods, beaming at her gorgeous Spaniard. “He asked me on Valentine’s Day. Lisa promised us a beautiful wedding in Night Child.”

Calisto brings her hand to his lips, kissing her knuckle just above the ring. “And this time, nothing will stop our union.”

“Well you both have to survive Night Demon first.” All eyes stare at Lisa, and she shields her face laughing. “Okay okay, wedding in Night Child!”

Calisto’s gaze is locked with Kate’s as he speaks. “Not even an author could stop us.”

Buffy laughs before addressing the group. “Well, I’m sure you all have some shop talk to discuss, and I certainly have plenty for my interview. It was sooo great to meet you guys! We’ll have to do this again for Night Demon.” She laughs and hugs Lisa before shaking everyone’s hands again and heading to walk back along the beach.



Married and living in San Diego, CA with their two kids, Lisa Kessler makes her living doing what she loves: Singing and Writing. She's a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies. You can hear samples of her work at her website. Entangled Published has contracted her entire Night Walker series, so we have much to look forward to! Find out more about her here.


Night Walker Now Available!

He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...

Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She's haunted by dreams of her own death...

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.

They've waited in the shadows for centuries...

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Diablo III

So, with the release of Diablo tres this week, it sort of took over my days as I struggled to keep up with my reading in the evenings. That being said, I'm being a slacker and not posting an SSS this week, BUT as I put in the effort to find a little balance between my writing, reading, and gaming, you should hopefully get one next week!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

REVIEW: Devour by Shelly Crane

Recap:

Clara had the perfect life, until her parents were torn from her life. Now living with the Pastor and his family, she’s coping, but noticeably different. However, it isn’t until the new kid, Eli, shows up that her life will truly change, in ways she never could’ve imagined.





Title:  Devour
Series:  Devour
Book #: 1
Author:  Shelly Crane
Approximate Book Length:  283 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

Another young love story from Shelly Crane, and once again, it’s sweet and romantic. However, this tale has a dark side. Eli is more than he seems, and loving Clara drags her into his world, which is teeming with danger and cruelty. Even Eli’s brother has a mean streak. This book also introduces a new kind of immortal, making for neat concepts and characters.

However, even with the romance and excitement, I just didn’t feel the same connection I had with Shelly’s other works, and the relationship between the main characters doesn’t feel quite as plausible, like the characters fell for each other too easily maybe? I can’t quite put my finger on why I couldn’t quite relate as well. Regardless, an overall enjoyable experience, and the release of book two, Consume, is just around the corner!

In Conclusion:

A unique paranormal love story set in a fresh new world. Shelly Crane is known for sucking you into her books with the romance she weaves that leaves you so invested your heart skips a beat and pounds every bit as much as the characters, and this one is no different. Don’t miss out on this series!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

INDIE-PENDENCE BLOG HOP SIGN-UP!

GraveTells is hosting a week long celebration of freedom of press by supporting Indie authors!  Kari and I have done our best to help out with organizing the event and we're all excited to get it started now, because when July 2nd arrives, DaVinciKittie will have loads of information and support for authors.  It's sure to be a fun week!  Now click below to go check out the details and sign up to participate!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

REVIEW: Night Walker by Lisa Kessler

Recap:

Calisto Terana lost everything when the woman he loved was brutally murdered two centuries ago, and he goes to desperate measures for redemption. Kate Bradley arrives in San Diego to take care of some family business, but ends up drawn to Calisto in ways she doesn’t understand. Calisto recognizes her for who she is, the reincarnation of his lost love, but will he get his chance to know and love her before a dark watcher from the same brotherhood that took her before claims her again?

Title:  Night Walker
Series:  Night
Book #: 1
Author:  Lisa Kessler
Approximate Book Length:  267 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Whew! This book had me crying at times. Calisto is that ultimate hero that will wait forever for his lover and protect her at all costs. I love how he’s also very much about justice, especially in the form of revenge. Kate is a sweet and strong woman, especially to be able to put up with her nightmares. She survives some heartbreaking experiences and I really admired her bravery.

The world created is very plausible. The vampire lore itself reminds me of Charlaine Harris and makes a lot of sense. The characters’ actions, emotions, and circumstances were all just realistic in such a way as to get invested in the story and put you on the edge of your seat.

*MINOR SPOILER ALERT* The only real issue I had is a very personal one. Some people, while they recognize the severity and brutality of it, don’t really mind reading about a rape scene, but I’m not one of them. There are two scenes in the book, one of which is fairly detailed and from the villain’s point of view and it left me reeling a bit. Again, that’s from a completely subjective point of view. It really isn’t that bad, I’m just a little sensitive to it and was unprepared for it.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s a very satisfying ending and leaves us with an ominous promise of what’s to come. I look forward to the next installment!

In Conclusion:

A fresh take on a vampire tale, with a love spanning centuries and an irresistible hero, Night Walker should not be missed by any paranormal fan!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

INTERVIEW: Belinda Boring


Author of the The Mystic Wolves and Forget Me Not with more in the works, Belinda Boring is an author, book lover, and devoted friend and wife. Thankfully she was able to spare some time to visit with me, along with her Mystic Wolves friends. You'll find our discussion below. Happy reading!


Standing outside the home of Buffy Kennedy, I turn to the small group behind me.

“Okay, you all need to be on your best behavior!” I pointed to each of them, my finger jutting for extra emphasis. “I know we can be pretty wild sometimes, but let’s try to show we can be quiet and civilized as well.”

Devlin shook his head, and chuckled. “Are you sure you need to be giving us that warning? Aren’t YOU the one that gets a little crazy? Maybe you should wait outside while we go in and dazzle her.”

“I agree. I’m the perfect picture of innocence and reverent behavior,” Daniel added, elbowing his best friend, Mason.

“You’re the biggest offender!” Darcy laughed, and letting go of Mason’s hand, grabbed mine. “Let’s go before we’re late. I wonder what kind of questions she’ll ask?”

“I wonder if she’s cute?”

I joined the rest as we turned to face Daniel. He was wearing a wide grin, not the least bit embarrassed for his comment. Ignoring him, we approached the door, and I raised my hand to knock.

A few moments passed before the curtain of the front window swished to the side, showing a female peering out. Standing close, Devlin’s presence causes my senses to tingle. Even though I’m the author, I’m still affected by the vampire enforcer, and I resist the urge to poke my tongue out at him as he whispers in my ear.

“Don’t be nervous. You’ll be fine. I have complete faith in you.”

I’m stopped from responding, from asking for a good luck kiss, (Hey, it was worth a try) by the opening of the door.

“Come in, come in. Welcome!”

Following our host into her home, Buffy ushers us into a cozy living room where overstuffed couches are arranged so the lighted fireplace is the focal point. The various lamps are dimmed, casting the perfect ambience for an interview.

Wasting no time, Daniel finds himself a seat, and a quick glare from me stops him from placing his feet on the table. Mason and Darcy take the smaller love seat, content in sitting as close as possible, and I blush as the exchange a quick kiss. It’s obvious they’re in love.

Shrugging my shoulders, I take the seat next Devlin and sigh as he places his arm behind me on the head rest. We look expectantly at Buffy, and the room falls into silence.

“Forgive me if I’m a little nervous. I don’t have guests often, and never have I had any werewolves in the house. I even locked my cats up so as not to bother you, ha.” She says to us all with a smile, as she takes a seat in a rocking chair by the fire place.

“So, I guess I’ll get on with it before I ramble on and bore you to death!”

Addressing me, Buffy asks “So are you a full-time writer?”

"At the moment I am. When I first started writing, I was working full time at a recovery center, but it soon became clear that I wanted to follow my passion and work within the book industry. I’ve been fortunate to have a supportive husband who is fully behind me following my dreams, and it’s been amazing. I love being able to work from home.”

“I know what you mean. I love ‘working’ in my pajamas.” She laughs. “Do you write to achieve a goal, or just to let out the stories in your head?”

“I write because the stories won’t leave me alone until I do. Whether it’s from a dream or something else, the moment I get that spark of an idea, it pretty much haunts me until I write it down. I have folders of storylines on my laptop, some with full outlines and covers even. Whichever story is speaking the loudest moves up to the top of my list and gets worked on. Trouble is, sometimes I can have up to four stories or characters demanding attention. That’s when I tell them to take a number and I’ll get back to them when I can. I may jot down scenes or ideas, but I try to keep focused on the story I’m working on.”

“How does your husband like your work?”

I laugh a little thinking about him. “He loves it. When I’m working on a deadline, he’ll text me and ask how I’m doing. He goes for drives with me when the storyline isn’t quite clicking, and runs to the store when I need something to munch on while I write. He makes sure I eat dinner, rubs my shoulders when they hurt, and keeps everything quiet when I need to focus. He’s one of my biggest cheerleaders, and I couldn’t do it without him. He’s my rock.”

“What inspired you to write The Mystic Wolves?” she asks.

“It was from a dream I had. I woke up with the most gut wrenching pain, and I couldn’t stop crying. The feeling stayed with me – grief over watching someone I loved shot. It kept playing over in my head, and finally my best friend told me to write it down. In my dream, the people involved were human, but as I wrote, Darcy became a werewolf which was funny because at the time I was an avid vamp-girl. But it clicked, and the rest was history.”

“Well, I’m glad it played out the way it did, I’ve enjoyed reading Mason and Darcy’s story, and am excited to meet them today!” Buffy says before turning towards them.

“So Mason, I’m sorry to ask, but I just have to get this out…wtf is up with Amber?” she asks with a stern face.

“So I’m gathering you haven’t read Forget Me Not?” he says letting out a loud sigh as he rubs his hands over his face. “She’s a nightmare. Pure and simple. Like I told Darcy, she’s someone from my past that just won’t stay there, and honestly? I’m tired of talking about her. I just want her to go away.”

Buffy looks more relaxed as she responds. “Well, good. Gotta stick up for Darcy, you understand. And no, I have yet to read Forget Me Not, but it’s at the top of my TBR list between review books. Anyway, switching to a new topic, though emotional, how are you holding up over Jasmine?”

Mason places his hand over his heart. “It hurts. There’s not a day that’s gone by that I don’t wish for my little sister back. You get used to always having the people you love with you, and although I wouldn’t say I took her for granted, I know I didn’t appreciate her enough. It’s really taught me to value each moment. Jasmine was an incredible person, and it’ll be a long time before I’m ever okay with her passing. If ever.”

“And how’s the pack as a whole after your loss and the big vamp showdown?”

“The pack is grieving, but we’re pulling together for strength. One of the things I’ve stressed as their Alpha is the sense of family. I don’t want anyone feeling like they have to be alone dealing with this. Jasmine’s death was a huge loss for us, and the events with Avery just made us stronger. To attack one of us is to attack us all, and we’re very protective of one another. I’m proud of my pack brothers and sisters. We’re fighters.”

“I can tell.” Buffy smiles back at him.

“So Darcy, how are you holding up with the Amber thing? Especially right after the save-you-mate-from-a-psycho-vampire thing?”

“Would you hate me if I said you should read Forget Me Not?” Darcy responds. Buffy laughs and says “Not at all. As I said before, I have it on my to-do list. I’m really looking forward to it, but it’s extremely frustrating trying to find the time.” she says.

Darcy squeezes Mason’s hand, and nods as he offers a smile for support. “Amber arriving on the doorstep like that, draping herself over Mason and then kissing him, made my blood BOIL. I knew she was trouble the second I laid eyes on her, if she thought I was going to hand over my future mate to her, she had another thing coming. Rule #1 – never steal from a werewolf.”

“Speaking of future mate,” Buffy says with a mischievous look in her eye, “when is the mating ceremony? Cause y’all need to seriously get on with that one.” Buffy winks at her.

Darcy laughs and blushes. “The highly anticipated mating ritual … it’s scheduled for 3 weeks from now, and you need to know it’s been TORTURE to wait. Heck, you’ve seen how Mason kisses. If it wasn’t because Vivien told me I needed to remain pure after a vision she had, there would be a lot less cold showers being had on pack property.”

Grinning, she pats Mason’s knee. “I can’t wait to officially be mated to Mason, to say the words of the ritual and know in my heart he’ll be mine forever.” Mason interrupts, “you also can’t wait for the night of the mating ritual. Be honest.” Darcy blushes again, fiercely. “Next question.”

Buffy’s laughing heartily now. “I’ll let you two talk that one over, and I’ll move on to Daniel. So tell me, what’s it like living with these two love birds?”

“Thank goodness. Someone who senses my pain!” Daniel groans loudly before ducking the flying pillow Darcy throws at him. “Do you know what it’s like having to see the constant kissing? I seriously think that’s all they do! Every time I see them, they’re touching, or giving puppy dog eyes at each other. Lucky I’m there to keep them apart otherwise nothing would ever get done.” He makes silly kissy faces. “I’d say get a room, but then I’d NEVER see them.” He lets out a dramatic sigh before grinning. “I LOVE seeing my best friend happy. He deserves it, and Darcy is the perfect girl. She keeps him from taking himself too serious, which is important. As the Alpha, he needs to be able to blow off steam and have fun.” He pauses to throw the pillow at Mason kissing Darcy. “Knock it off, you two! You heard what Belinda said…be good!”

We’re all laughing at this point, as Buffy addresses Daniel again. “Any prospects for a mate of your own?”

“She’s out there. I just don’t know who yet. I trust when she comes along, I’ll recognize her straight away. No drama for us – we’ll fall in love, she’ll think I’m amazing, and she’ll laugh at all my jokes.” He leans forward. “If you find her before me, Buffy, can you send her my way?”

“I’ll keep an eye out and do just that.” She says with a smile. She looks around a bit and notices that Devlin’s been quiet the entire time.

“Devlin, what’s life like for you these days? How goes it with keeping the peace? Do you enjoy spending so much time with a pack of wolves?” She rattles off jokingly.

Devlin leans forward as he responds. “Keeping the peace is a full time job, especially with Darcy around.” With a warm smile he winks at Darcy. “I take a lot of pride in making sure the supernatural community it safe from threats, and that the law is upheld. It gives me a great sense of purpose, and frankly, I’m good at it.” He rakes his fingers through his hair. “As for hanging out with a pack of wolves? I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends. I’ve lived a long time and people come and go. You learn quickly who you can trust, and without a doubt, I trust Mason, Daniel, and Darcy with my life. They feel the same, and I’m grateful for their loyalty. We do get to spend a lot of time together—whether it’s business or pleasure. Gives me a chance to keep an eye on Miss Troublemaker over there,” he says as he points to Darcy.

“Are you sure that’s all the questions you have for me, Buffy?” He leans in and cocks his eyebrow. “You just want to talk business, or is there something more personal you’d like to ask? If you’re anything like Belinda and Darcy, you’re probably curious about my love life.” He chuckles. “Hmmm, what could I share?” He says as he ignores the way Darcy and I turn our full attention to him. “Do you have a question?”

Buffy leans forward, resting her chin on her fist, as he regards him with a glint in her eye and a smile spreading across her face. “I would love to question you about that, but would prefer less of an audience.” She says in a flirting tone and winks at him.

She turns to regard us all and smiles warmly. “It has truly been a pleasure having you here, getting to know you, and I would love to have you again sometime. Devlin, Daniel, if you’re ever bored or just want to get out a bit, feel free to drop by.” She says with a smirk.

We all say our goodbyes and head on out, pleased at a pleasant and successful visit with the woman.



A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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Forget Me Not Now Available!

Only a fool would think they could steal from a werewolf …

Anticipating a quiet night alone with the man she loves, Darcy’s world is sent into a spin with the arrival of someone from the past—Mason’s. She is further shocked by the intruder’s claim she may not even be the true mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha. Accusations start to fly, leading to her new enemy being granted asylum, and this is just the beginning of trouble.

Relying on the reassurances of Mason and the support of her friends and Pack, Darcy soon falls under attack. Suspicions are raised, and with no other choice, she must flee with Devlin to safety where hopefully they can untangle the lies hidden behind the use of magic. Time is quickly ticking away, leading to a showdown where everything is on the line.

They need to uncover the truth before it’s too late, or once again, Darcy will need to fight to hold onto her dreams.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY - NINE

From one of the several romance stories I'm working on.  Stacy's just been huffing about how Brian barely knows her, the jeans he's ogling could be hiding plenty, and that she refuses to just be a "good time" to him.
He leaned in close to whisper, “Honey, those jeans don’t hide a damn thing, and I have no doubt that you’re perfect when stripped of them.”  He nearly growled the last part. 
He leaned back to look at her, and as he did so, she could see the fire in his eyes.  She suddenly felt like it mirrored her own. 
Before she could say anything, he spoke again, “But,” he sighed, “you’re right about us not knowing each other that well.  I’d very much like to fix that.”

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Requests & Scheduling for Book Reviews and Guest Spots

I recently received my very first out of the blue, unprompted book review and blog tour spotlight request!  I was so excited my husband thought I was a nut.  So anyway, it did make me look at my schedule and next month is going to be freaking crazy, but after that things even out a bit.  I will start a Misc SWAG giveaway on Fridays either in July or September.  I might be moving in August, or at least preparing to, so August is sort of up in the air at the moment.  I am going to try to keep that month fairly light, though still active.

That being said, as of about mid September, I have plenty of openings to do more scheduling of interviews/guest posts etc.  With any author spotlight I do, I like to review a book by that author to post the week prior.  So!  That means I'm looking for authors and their books to schedule from September forward.  As long as the book is romance in some form (contemporary, urban fantasy, paranormal, fantasy, YA), I'm open to it.  For the guest spot, I aim for Tuesday posts, though I do some Thursdays as well if needed (I like to be flexible).  I also enjoy helping support and promote authors, so I'm willing to do a spotlight on release days and celebrate too :-)

If you're interested in having me do a review or interview or anything, shoot me an email (left sidebar)!  I look forward to hearing from you!


REVIEW: Trinity Bound by Carrie Ann Ryan

Recap:

Captured by the Centrals, Reed is thrown in a cell with a witch they’d abducted weeks prior, only to discover that she’s his mate. He vows to do everything to protect her, but is powerless as the Centrals are taking great care to keep them apart and painfully shackled. It’s a random human man that manages to break them out, and Reed realizes that this random male is also his mate, causing Reed’s inner wolf to demand to protect them both. The obstacles are many, but the consequences of trying to hide from them may cost them everything.

Title:  Trinity Bound
Series:  Redwood Pack
Book #: 3
Author:  Carrie Ann Ryan
Approximate Book Length:  223 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Holy scorch marks Batman! The heat level in this book is blazing. The chemistry between all three characters (Reed, Hannah, and Josh) is tangible and watching them discover and learn each other is both hot and sweet. Mix in some danger and a truck load of emotional baggage and you get Trinity Bound.

However, while it was hot and I enjoyed it, I was also left a bit frustrated. As in love as they claimed to be, all three characters seemed to put a great emphasis on how taboo their threesome situation was, and they all seemed to wallow in self-pity way too much for me.

I also hate to say it, but I believe more editing was needed. There were your typical typos and such, but also some important mistakes that were left unfixed (for example who’s POV we’re in and who’s doing what in a given scene). It was very distracting from the enjoyment of the story.

In Conclusion:

Despite the editing issues, overall I enjoyed Reed’s experience, which was full of heated ménage fun and sweet discovery of both himself and his mates. This is a book full of acceptance, true love, and family all wrapped into one and is worth checking out!

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