Saturday, June 30, 2012

REVIEW: Worst Birthday Ever by Mireille Chester

Recap:

Gabby and Lane have been best friends for most of their lives and they’ve been through hell together, but nothing could have prepared them for what Mother Nature had in store for mankind. All the natural disasters and global warming were Her way of warning humanity, but no one listened, and now it’s all about survival.


Title:  The Worst Birthday...Ever
Series:  Angered Seasons
Book #: 1
Author:  Mireille Chester
Approximate Book Length:  60 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

Reading the blurb, you know that you’re going to experience a story of friendship through an apocalypse setting, but I was still pleasantly surprised when things got going. Nothing about this story is quite what you’re expecting, from the weather anomalies to the character relationships. The excitement, whether it be normal human emotion or action on the city streets, is ever present and you’re left wanting to do nothing but turn the page and keep reading.

I have two complaints about this book though. The book is too short and closes with a cliffhanger ending. These complaints result in the same notion. I WANT MORE! You can put money on the fact that I will be watching for the next installment!

In Conclusion:

An exciting beginning to a new series full of mystery, action, and human emotion that will keep you enthralled until the very last word, and leave you clamoring for more!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

I've Got Sunshine, On a Cloudy Day!

So I'm all kinds of giddy...I got my very first blog award! Sandra Bunino is such a sweet heart, and nominated me as one of her seven. She has such a talent for writing sweet and sexy stories that I look forward to every word she writes and I'm touched she thought of me :-)

So here are the rules: Nominate seven to ten blogs and share seven things that others won't know about you. It can be something of your work that you've not previously shared, or random personal facts, just as long as there are seven and they're not widely known beforehand.

Here you'll find Sandra's seven random tidbits.

As for mine, here goes:

1) I'm a mac & cheese addict...seriously I could live off the stuff. The Blue Box (Kraft for anyone not in the know) is the best, but I'll take it any way I can get it...

2) Living with two men (hubby and a friend of his who works close by) has rubbed off on me...I make fun of women drivers even though I am one (yes, I've hit a mailbox because I was too busy paying attention to the mosquito I was trying to chase out the window and it looked something like that picture only not quite as bad...and minus the mirror), and I have a tendency to say "that's what she said".

3) I am old fashioned in that I actually like the idea of that barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen and keeping a clean house vision of a housewife, YET I'm too lazy to keep that clean of a house, a fairly rotten cook (God help me if it doesn't come out of a box, and even then, good luck), and I'm scared of having kids. Go me!

4) I like meeting new people and hanging out with friends, but at the same time am such a homebody. It's kind of pathetic, seriously. Most of my phone conversations with my family only an hour away consist of listening to them ramble about their lives, and responding with "yeah, I've got absolutely nothing new to report." Unless maybe one of the cats did something cute...which is just another brand of pathetic o.O

5) I love movies. I can watch a movie once and be able to repeat lines, and if it's a musical, I can sing along with the songs the very next time I hear them. Yay for a good memory. That memory also comes in handy when the hubby has lost something, but let's face it, that's a woman thing in general!

6) I was nicknamed both "vampire" and "Buffy" in school because of my love for the show, and my housemate teases me because I like the dark. My ereader is backlit and I have a nice little lamp over my fluffy rocking chair if I have a paperback, so I just don't need the giant overhead light...if that makes me a cave person, well I'm ok with that.

7) And finally, I have a weakness for menage stories (particularly MFM or MMF). It's my guilty pleasure. I think it's one of those things that's always been a fantasy, yet it's one that will never be fulfilled, so I like living vicariously!

So now for my own Rays of Sunshine nominations... People/Blogs that are awesome and always bring a smile to my face:
1. Jennifer James
2. Dianne Duvall
3. Sue @ GraveTells
4. Hailey Edwards
5. Laura Kaye
6. Shelly Crane
7. CG Powell
8. Bella Street
9. Taryn @ My Secret Romance Book Reviews
10. Samantha Young

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Samantha Young


Samantha Young is a very successful Indie author, and has five ongoing series! While I’ve read two now, and have the first installment of the other three, we’re going to focus on her Fire Spirits series, as she’s recently released book 3! She answered a few questions for me, because I’m nosy and like to get a peek at how authors think, and has also generously offered up a signed paperback copy of Smokeless Fire (book 1)! Enjoy :-)


Have you always wanted to be an author?
Yeah, as far back as I can remember I’ve always kept journals filled with my stories, poems and anecdotes. Being an author was ‘the dream’ and I didn’t think it was practical enough to really focus on, so I concentrated on getting into university. But as soon as I got there, all I wanted to do was write. I started writing the first book in The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy in my first year at uni. And when I graduated, I just decided there was nothing left to lose and that I needed to take the risk with my writing. It was a risk worth taking.

What inspired the Fire Spirits series?
Really Fire Spirits began with a tiny spark of an idea. I knew I wanted to write about Jinn because it was such an underused mythology and so colorful, I just didn’t know enough on the subject to build a concept around it. So I bought research books and poured over the internet, and through the research the idea for the story began to build and evolve.

Do you have plans on how many books there will be?
The Fire Spirits series has been planned out from the beginning. Too many mysteries and secrets have to be hinted at in the early books, until they unfold in the sequels, that I had to have all my ideas and subplots written down before I even started. However, outlines sometimes become bigger than you expect when you actually start writing, so for the Fire Spirits series there will definitely be five books in the series, with the possibility of a sixth.

Your history studies in college must be a great help in your writing. Did it play a part in this series by aiding in research or anything?
My degree definitely helped when it came to writing this series. I’m used to pouring through mounds of research and being able to pull out the smallest detail that can be truly important to your concept (paper) so it helped a lot when it came to researching the mythology and developing the plot.

You've written much more than just this series. Do you have a favorite, or one you're most proud of?
I will always be nostalgic about The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy because it was my first series, but I believe all writers become better at their craft the more they write and I definitely feel that way about my own novels. The series I’m most proud of is Fire Spirits. It has the most complex plot with intertwining subplots and it’s been tricky weaving these together in a way that makes sense without detracting from the entertainment factor. I always feel like I’ve really accomplished something when it’s been particularly challenging. And Fire Spirits is definitely challenging :-)

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a plotter. I wish I could just sit down at my laptop and start writing, but I need pretty comprehensive outlines before I feel comfortable beginning a novel.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write, write and write some more. Sounds cliché, but it’s so true. The more you write, the better your editorial eye becomes and the smoother your prose grows.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read? Who's your favorite author?
I have many favorite authors, so this is a difficult question lol. My most recent favorite is Laini Taylor. I fell absolutely head over heels in love with Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I think Ms. Taylor is amazing! Overall, though, I love to read UF, Sci-Fi, PNR, dystopian and every now and then a really good contemporary novel.

Completely unrelated to reading or writing, what’s your favorite activity or way to relax?
Just chillin’ out listening to music, swimming, or hanging out with my friends and family. I’m a pretty low-key person :-)

Name 5 of what you consider your wackiest traits or facts about yourself that we may not already know.
Uh… I can name three off the top of my head…
My sense of humor.
My laugh. It’s out of control.



Samantha's a 26 year old Scottish book addict and she graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She studied ancient and medieval history at uni, and it was in her first year there, in the middle of a classical literature lecture, that she first came up with the idea for The Tale of Lunarmorte. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, and has a particular interest in the paranormal, fantasy and dystopian genres.

She loves pulling pieces of historical fact (or mythology) and twisting it to fit her stories, and is more than thankful her degree is being put to good use in her writing.

Sam began self-publishing in 2011 and now writes full time. When she's not writing, she's usually thinking about writing or thinking about thinking about writing. When she's pried from writing you can usually find her either curled up with a good book or her kindle, taking long walks, swimming, watching a good drama/film or chilling with friends and family.

Currently, she's living in her home county of Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Find her here.


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When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.

When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Angels vs. Demons Blog Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Angels vs Demons Blog Hop, hosted by The Paranormal G-Spot and Romance with a Bite!  This is to celebrate Leia Shaw and Carrie Ann Ryan's newest paranormal romance releases in June in July.  Carrie's book, Dust of My Wings, features an angel named Shade as the hero, and Leia's, Destiny Bewitched, features a sexy demon named Geo.  Check them out, they're sure to be a little slice of heaven and hot as hell *grin*

So!  Naturally this post should be completely centered around angels and demons.  I debated over how to present it, and the options included: 1) talking about my own WIP, which is YA and centered around an "angelic" girl who will no doubt have to face her share of demons; 2) talking about whether I believe in angels and/or demons, though that might be a little too deep (bleh); and 3) talking about my favorite angelic and/or demonic heroes from books.

We're going with option #3 (though feel free to check out a little bit about my WIP :D)!  So my favorite demon hero would have to be a tie between Jacob and Noah from Jacqueline Frank's Nightwalkers series. This series will also give you your shifters and vampires too, but it's the demons that I love -- sexy, sexy!  Though, I do have to say that Siena is a pretty sexy female too...just sayin'!  Recently I've read the Daughters of Askara series by Hailey Edwards, and I love her 3 demon heroes as well.  As for favorite angels, I haven't read enough books featuring angels (yet)!  I've really only read JR Ward's Fallen Angels series, which is good, but I can't necessarily say those are my favorite angels.  However, Lassiter from BDB by JR Ward, which is where the Fallen Angels series spins off from, is certainly a contender.  He gives a crap (maybe) but mostly he's a really sexy smartass, and psst...he doesn't need to sleep *wink*.

Moving on to the giveaway!  I'm offering up a $5 Amazon GC.  It's open internationally since it's electronic, so all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below and you're golden.  Once you've clicked in all the right places, click your way to the Linky list to keep hopping to all the other participating blogs!

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REVIEW: Blood Betrayed by Gabrielle Bisset

Recap:

Haunted by betrayal, Saint seeks solace in the human world knowing he’ll never find the solution to his pain. He ultimately keeps himself in a self-imposed prison of solitude when it comes to his own kind – that is until he’s named as the newest target for the Archons seeking domination over the vampire world. Solenne was the key element in his haunting betrayal, so when she ends up his only safe house, he’ll find that facing her will either cost him everything or finally be his salvation.

Title:  Blood Betrayed
Series:  Sons of Navarus
Book #: 2
Author:  Gabrielle Bisset
Approximate Book Length:  259 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

One of the coolest things about this series to me is how the vampires are portrayed. They’re not rally shown as good or bad people, but more like humans, except that they have stronger, more animalistic instincts and needs. This is shown even more in this book than the first. Saint fights those needs and instincts until his weakness threatens to endanger him. And wouldn’t you know, Solenne is only too willing to help fulfill his needs, and a surprise presence will take him over the edge to surrender to his instincts.

In addition to Saint, we get to come face to face with the other Sons now that they’ve gathered together. We also see more of Vasilije, though he’s not always painted in the best light. It definitely sets up later books as we get a little peek at the Sons and how they operate. Storyline wise, I didn’t fully understand the whys behind everything that happened (what role this person really had, why this person was an asshat, etc etc). The prophecy research is slow going, only adding to the confusion.

Ultimately I took the conflicts one step at a time and focused on the romance and hope for their happy ending. Their love is deep with unconditional acceptance for the things done in the time they were forced to be apart, and you really just can’t help but get caught up in the emotions they held for each other, especially as the sex was just such a soul searing experience for them. In the end, it’s a satisfying, enjoyable read that leaves you waiting for the next book.

In Conclusion:

An enjoyable read that really introduces you to the Sons and shows the magnitude of the conflict they face, while taking you on a tumultuous ride through the life of a tormented man who just wants to find his missing piece. Don’t miss out on an emotional and exciting read!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Bella Street

Bella Street writes romance with a touch of weird, and after reading Kiss Me, I'm Irish, I can think of no better phrase to describe her work! She's kind and she's fun, and it shows through in her writing. Take a look at her inspiration and her view of mythology in romance!

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The Mythology of Romance

When I think back to when I became aware of myth used in romance, it came via the TV set—Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I had never seen anything so clever, fun, and adept at using monsters, physical and spiritual battles, deep symbolism—and a girl's place in it—to speak to everyday issues we all deal with, especially in love and life.

Mythology did the same things in times past. Stories were circulated to explain natural and not-so-natural phenomena...and gave people a way to work through issues in their lives.

Romance novels are a great place to discover new mythologies—some ancient, some made up on the fly. Genre romance, especially paranormal, urban-fantasy, and science-fiction, offers new tangents and symbols to explore as we navigate our relationships (or the lack thereof). The more common myths or tropes of genre romance offer a plethora of thematic opportunities. Werewolves focus on the pull between humanity and the beast within. Vampires offer us a peek at immortality at a the cost of taking innocent life. Fairies make us wonder what outside influences flicker just at the edges of our consciousness. Time-travel is the classic fish out of water theme.

In my book series, Apocalypse Babes, the main character Seffy echoes the myth of Persephone—which is a tale of lost innocence and the cycle of life and death. Seffy must deal with an 'abduction' (in this case time-travel) and come to terms with her newfound circumstances, which ultimately will take her places she never wanted to go—in a pink velour Juicy Couture tracksuit. Weaving in the symbolism of a well-known myth can bring an instant connection for the reader while giving the author a chance to put their new spin on something old—hence the pink tracksuit.

Genre romance—without an ounce of irony—takes the reader on new adventures to explore the most mythological force in the universe—this thing called love.

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About the Author
Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes romance with a touch of weird.

Find her here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


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Book One of Apocalypse Babes, The Z Word, follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But like off-brand velour, rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

REVIEW: Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young

Recap:

Ari’s had a tough couple years, and after a birthday joke gone bad, she finds out why. Everything she thought she knew is over, and all sense of normalcy gone. The rest of her life will be a constant struggle full of fear, for she isn’t human, and her kin are anything but loving. They are the mythical Jinn, beings of smokeless fire…and so is she.

Title:  Smokeless Fire
Series:  Fire Spirits
Book #: 1
Author:  Samantha Young
Approximate Book Length:  357 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This was an exciting excursion into the myth of Jinn. It was original and contains a vast world to dabble in. There are many kinds of Jinn existing at both ends of the spectrum and they have their own hierarchy. This is where all the fun originates as poor Ari is thrown for a loop when she discovers her heritage, and finds herself as nothing but a coveted tool in a major power struggle.

The characters are where I had some trouble though. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re well developed and I relate to Ari, but some of the people around her made me want to scream. Her dad is just oblivious, her friends a bit superficial, and her uncle ambiguous. The crown for most frustrating though, goes to Jai and Charlie, and even to Ari herself when it comes to them. I suppose the point of a love triangle is to be heartbreakingly frustrating, so in that regard mission accomplished! Jai is annoyingly stubborn, and Charlie is…I don’t even know where to start with him, except to agree with Jai that Ari’s “loyalty is exhausting.”

Beyond the characters, I like that we get to spend some time just following Ari in her everyday life as it changes around her and she adjusts to all the new information and happenings. However, the final confrontations felt a little anticlimactic, and the romance in the ending was disappointingly predictable. Despite that, the world and the people make me want to read on as book 2 awaits and book 3 has just recently been released!

In Conclusion:

Smokeless Fire is an enchanting experience with very realistic characters in an addicting world. Without a cliffhanger, the ending leave the reader with a burning desire for more as new challenges are presented to be tackled in future books. Don’t miss out on this unique story!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

REVIEW: Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Bella Street

Recap:

Emily Musgrave is on her way to a convent for wayward behavior in the year of 1813, and finds herself displaced far from her intended destination. Liam Jackson is a struggling musician fighting the ghosts of his past in the year of 2011. With the meddling aid of pixie mischief, they might just find everything they didn’t think to look for in each other and build a new life together.

Title:  Kiss Me, I'm Irish
Series:  Time for Love
Book #: 1
Author:  Bella Street
Approximate Book Length:  3 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

Bella Street’s tagline is “Romance with a touch of weird”. I now fully understand why as it is so true. This was my first book by her, and it was such a fun story! Emily is from a time where kissing alone is gasp worthy and to show skin was scandalous, so to wind up in the present day where people where tube tops as skirts for crying out loud is an unimaginable culture shock for poor Emily. Liam has enough problems with a pesky little sister to keep in line and a flagging music career to get off the ground, so when he stumbles upon a foreign, and possibly damaged, young woman, he’s hesitant to take her in. But in the heat of the moment, he succumbs to his sisters whims to bring the woman along.

Emily’s forays into the modern world are laugh out loud funny and make for such enjoyment. Her innocence achieves this as well. Liam’s inability to reconcile what he thinks is best with what his instincts tell him make for conflict that will have you wanting to reach right into the book and smack him upside his head so hard he’ll feel it for a month. Throw in Tinker’s snarky wit and you’ve got a c0cktail that keeps you laughing and guessing right to the end. The romance between Liam and Emily is so sweet and Tinker’s encouragement only adds more sugar. The book in its entirety is pretty chaste for a romance novel!

I only had one problem. Sometimes the period speech was mixed between points of view. Certain terms would be found in Liam’s passages that I would’ve expected from Emily’s and vice versa, and therefore sometimes took away from the authenticity of the time travel element. However, it is easily overlooked so you can still enjoy the contrast of a 19th century girl with a 21st century boy.

In Conclusion:

Kiss Me, I’m Irish is a funny, sweet, and mystical read that’s perfect for leisure reading. It also just goes to show that having a weakness for the Irish isn’t necessarily a bad thing *wink*.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

INTERVIEW: Tammy Blackwell

Tammy Blackwell is a YA librarian devoted to the kids in her community. Part of her writing career involved a promise to those kids that she’d write a book for them. She’s not only made good on that promise, but exceeded it by writing three books and planning more. The Timber Wolves trilogy begins with Destiny Binds, continues in Time Mends, and will conclude at Fate Succumbs which is due out this fall! She’s an inspiration, and I’m happy to have been able to ask her a few questions. She’s found her muse in some of the most unlikely of places. Let’s take a peek (but not in a stalker way!) into her life, shall we?


What made you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I learned how to string words together and form sentences, but it was the YALSA Lit Symposium in November 2008 that made me consider following my dream of becoming a novelist. Meeting all those different authors, realizing they were normal people who happened to put in the effort to finish a book, is what made me start writing Destiny Binds.

Why shifters and seers? What was the inspiration for your story?
I love speculative fiction (while hating the term “speculative fiction” because I think it’s redundant). When I sit down to read a book or watch a movie or TV show, I want it to have some sort of fantastical element. Vampires. Fairies. Hobbits. Incredible Hulks. Whatever, just make it not real but believable. My real life is full of real and unbelievable things, thank you very much.

The idea to focus on Shifters and Seers as opposed to any of those other things is thanks to one of my neighbors. I was out for a walk with my mom and found a guy who lived a half mile down the road sitting on the bank with his gun. Not exactly the sort of thing you want to see while walking a mile long road which only has four houses on it. When I called out a greeting (so he would think I was friendly and not shoot me) he explained how he was watching for a giant coyote who he’d seen around. For some reason (probably my steady diet of speculative fiction), my brain immediately leapt to teenage boys who took the form of a coyote. Destiny Binds developed from there.

You’ve put your characters through some truly heartbreaking experiences. Why? Is it as hard for you to write it as it is for us to read it (yes I cried at parts of both books)?
I have been known to tear up when I’m writing or during revisions, but not always at the same place other people do. The big sads I know ahead of time and purposefully work up to them. There is so much thought involved as to how to get it to pay off emotionally, that I don’t get too horribly wrapped up in it myself. But the tender moments that come out of nowhere while I’m writing? Those sometimes get to me. (An example is Scout and Angel in the hospital during Destiny Binds. I still tear up every time I read it!)

As for the why... Well, life is sad. Bad stuff happens. Those are the things that truly shape us into who we become, so for Scout to have realistic growth, those kinds of things have to happen to her too.

Fate Succumbs is slated to be the conclusion to the Timber Wolves trilogy. Is there anything else on the horizon after that?
Yes! I plan to further explore the world of Shifters and Seers in my new series. Unlike the Timber Wolves books, these will be more romance focused and have different main characters for each book in the series.

What made you go the Indie route? Did you ever consider publishing traditionally?
I did consider the traditional route, and even attempted to get an agent. I was actually getting a very positive response when some major life stuff happened, and I decided I didn’t have the energy or heart to put into the search any longer. Because I promised the kids at my library they could one day hold a book in their hand that was written for them, I went ahead and self published. I never expected the wonderful response I’ve received! This has all been beyond my wildest dreams!

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?
If you want to be a writer, write. Sit your butt in a chair and do it. And always, always, be kind to others.

I’m sure you’ve met other authors along the road. Who was the biggest surprise? Who’s been the most helpful?
Samantha Young is an amazing person. She supported Destiny Binds right off the bat and has been so helpful to me along the way. She even recorded a graduation message to the seniors leaving my library program this year! I adore her. She’s good people, and a good writer. You should all go buy her books now.

As an author, you obviously have a passion for books. What do you read in your own spare time?
Spare time? What’s that?

No matter what, I have to read something every day. I used to exclusively read YA (I’m a YA librarian), but lately I’ve been drifting towards more adult books. I think between being around teens all day and writing about teens all night I need a little adult time. Right now I’m very much in love with all of Nalini Singh’s and Meljean Brook’s books. They both have two different series, and it’s all excellent reading. As for YA, I’ve been on a romance kick here lately. I love books by Jennifer Echols, Simone Elkeles, and Stephanie Perkins. Those ladies know how to write some very steamy YA love scenes!

Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
1 - I have an addiction to Mello Yello, to the point that I pack it in my luggage when I’m going out of town since you can’t buy it just anywhere. 2 - I’m helping my mom and sister raise a kid. I think she’s awesome. 3 - I think Pop-Tarts taste best when toasted and then slathered in butter. 4 - I have noisy, nosey neighbors. They stand at the fence row, staring at my house, mooing at all hours of the day and night. Sometimes I eat a hamburger in front of them when I’m feeling particularly annoyed. 5 - I have considerably more freckles on my right leg than my left.



Writer of the Timber Wolves Trilogy (Destiny Binds, Time Mends & Fate Succumbs). YA librarian. Jensen Ackles' secret girlfriend.

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Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.



Saturday, June 16, 2012

REVIEW: Sara's Smile by Sandra Bunino

Recap:

Sara Wiley is a genius architect specializing in restorations, though fixing the ruins of her love life are beyond her grasp. She lands a huge career opportunity and meets a sexy contractor too, but all is not as it seems. The man that left her heart shattered and haunts her dreams even 5 years later is the very client whose house she’s working so hard on. Bittersweet coincidence or could this be here chance to pick up the pieces and build a future she thought lost?

Title:  Sara's Smile
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Sandra Bunino
Approximate Book Length:  51 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Beware, you might just cry while reading this one. Hopefully we’ve all had a first love. Often we’ve gotten our hearts broken, but it’s truly rare that that first love is The One. This is a story where even true love ends in heartache. It’s a highly emotional book with plenty of steamy scenes as past meets present.

We ride along with Sara as she focuses on her career and tries desperately to let go of her first love that left her in misery. Meeting Michael, a sexy contractor, makes her think that just maybe she can move on. That is until William Locke steps onto her work site. Who knows what to do or how to react when your past walks up to you with a chance for closure?

Well paced and well written, Sara’s Smile, and Marooned in Miami for that matter, has made me a big fan of Sandra’s work, and I can’t wait to see more. In fact, I would love to see more of Michael :D

In Conclusion:

If you love romance that has both sweet young love and the kind of adult confusion that comes with hard choices being made in the face of real and deep love, you need to go read this awesome book.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

NEW RELEASE: Immortal Voyage by CG Powell

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!
A prequel to Spell Checked, Immortal Voyage is a Terra Stellar novel. I had the privilege of reading it prior to release so I could review it for the big day. It's an exciting adventure with lots of mythological ties, and sweet romance. Here you'll find a peek at the book, buy links, links to find the author, and a link to my review. Happy reading!



Before the time of the great pyramids, there was a place like none other, a city of glass and metal rising from the depths of the ocean. Shrouded in mist, the island of Hy-Brasil and its capital Atlantis lay hidden from the rest of the world by its people, a race of long lived, interstellar nomads.

What secrets would you keep to save your kingdom? On the Queen’s deathbed, the sonless King Aldric is force into a promise to allow his five daughters to marry for love. A promise he wished he had never made, and one he will have to break to save the kingdom.

The youngest of five daughters, Jael, spent most of her time at her father’s side learning to run a kingdom. Believed to be the King’s favorite, Jael is shocked when he betroths her to a longtime friend of his, Prince Sarik of Hy-Brasil. Soon she will learn that world is full of secrets and one of them is her very own birth. Will the secret that bonds her to Sarik be the ultimate downfall of a kingdom?


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~EXCERPT~

A week passed and Jael was on a large ship headed to Hy-Brasil to meet her future husband. She was nervous about the meeting, and after many talks with her father, she knew regardless of her feelings for Sarik she would marry him for the clan.

Once the ship left dock, Salima told Jael her image was not her true form. Before Jael’s eyes, Salima changed. Her skin turned blue as the sky and her eyes looked more cat-like than human. Instead of the shock Salima expected, Jael asked if she could conjure fire. In a single motion, a ball of fire appeared in Salima’s hand. She moved it back and forth between her fingers before out stretching her arm over the side of the boat and allowing the fire to roll into the water. Jael’s eyes widened in amazement.

The ship moved swiftly across the sea. Its black sails shimmered with tiny strands of gold woven throughout the oddly slick fabric. When Jael inquired, she was told it was a solar sail, and although Salima explained how it worked, most of what she said was as foreign as Hy-Brasil itself.

As the boat approached the island, Jael looked out over the rail taking in the magnificence. The city was beautiful and unlike any she had ever seen. It was made of concentric rings of land that surrounded the harbor. Plants, flowers, and trees covered every inch, including many of the houses, and in the center of the rings sat a massive city of metal and glass that was beautiful beyond belief. Moments later the ship laid anchor in the harbor of Atlantis, the capital city of Hy-Brasil.

A delegation from King Varen was waiting for them at the dock. Most of the people were older men, advisers to the King, but one stood out among them. He couldn’t have been more than five years older than Jael. He was tall with raven hair and eyes bluer than the sea. He was the most handsome creature Jael ever set eyes on. He noticed her stare and smiled. Jael lowered her eyes and blushed. It was unladylike to look at a man that way, especially while on her way to meet her future husband… but, the gods be damned, this man had gotten to her already.

He walked over, kneeled down, and kissed her hand.

“Welcome to Hy-Brasil, Lady Jael. I hope you will decide stay with us.”

His eyes looked into hers and Jael lost herself in them. Her heart raced as a shiver went down her spine. Jael had to remember her place. She pulled her hand away reluctantly. If she would be future queen, this type of behavior was not acceptable. She addressed the man in front of her. “Where I come from it is treason to be so bold to a lady betrothed, especially one betrothed to one’s prince,” she retorted, almost ashamed of his behavior, and yet, she could not forget the feeling of his touch.
“Then I should introduce myself.” Standing up inches from her face, he said, “I’m Prince Sarik. Sorry to have startled you, my lady.” He nodded his head in a slight bow.
How could he possibly be the prince? Jael’s father had known Prince Sarik his whole life, and even then, Sarik was considered the elder of the two. “My apologies, your highness, I assumed you’d appear longer in years. Forgive me.” She stepped back and curtsied low to the ground.
He clutched her hands pulling Jael to her feet. “There are few who know of our secrets, and your father is one of them. I believe we have much to talk about, Lady Jael.” Sarik offered Jael his arm and walked her to a covered seated area he called a transport vehicle.

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REVIEW: Immortal Voyage by CG Powell

Recap:

A long time ago, before the times our histories retell, there was a civilization like none other, a city of glass and metal in the middle of the ocean called Atlantis. It was home to a race of interstellar nomads – a race with secrets. Its culture collides with the native humanity and wreaks havoc as plays are made to maintain order as the lies are uncovered. Will the love that blooms among both peoples be enough to save them all?

Title:  Immortal Voyage
Series:  Terra Stellar
Book #: 0
Author:  CG Powell
Approximate Book Length:  172 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book is very different from anything I’ve read to date. Set on Earth, it’s an Earth that is barely recognizable to what we’re familiar with as its set ages upon ages ago. We start off from a human’s point of view, but are quickly introduced to aliens and shown that there will be plenty of interaction as we follow several different characters. There’s a mystery about the book that lasts well into late chapters, surrounding who is what and all the relationships. It’s all very intricately woven.

What’s even cooler about this book is all the mythology that’s included. I am itching to gush about all the references made, but that would ruin the fun y’all can have when you go read it. The last page is the best though in terms of weaving the different mythologies together!

For several chapters I was disappointed with the characters, feeling they were fickle in their affections, but it’s all explained later, so I was able to let that go and enjoy the characters more, thankfully. What I didn’t like was that sometimes things felt a little rushed. The passage of time was a little confusing at times, but overall you’re still able to catch up quickly and fall back into the moment. The only particular problem I had that was ongoing was that I felt the editing could have been better. There were extra words and incorrect words scatter throughout which made it difficult to keep a smooth flowing read through, but if you can recognize and keep up with those, it’s really a neat and touching story.

In Conclusion:

Enjoy a tale of Atlantis like you’ve never read before in this prequel to Spell Checked! Political power struggles, vastly different entities colliding, and love despite the action all await you. Don’t miss out an enthralling world!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Laura Kaye


Laura Kaye is a very active author with 2 series in progress and several single titles under her belt already; she shows no signs of stopping! I was able to read and review In the Service of the King in preparation for her most recent release.

She’s been kind enough to set aside some time to talk about these books and her writing in general, and she’s even offering up a copy of book 2 in the Vampire Warrior Kings series, Seduced by the Vampire King. Keep reading for some insight from Laura and to enter to win her book!


Have you always wanted to be an author?
Not exactly. I knew from a pretty young age I wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until I went to college that I realized that college teaching—not high school—was where my passion lie. Once I made that choice and went on to graduate school, I knew being an author would be part of my future since publishing your research is an expected part of the profession. I went on to publish two non-fiction books in my field. But it wasn’t until about four years ago that I tried my hand at fiction writing. I had a head injury that left me with the desire to try to write a novel, so I set my mind to it, and soon had a draft of what became my first published book, a vampire romance called Forever Freed. Now, I couldn’t imagine my life without storytelling.

What inspired the Vampire Warrior Kings series?
Vampires have always been my first love as a reader and a writer, so they’re always on my mind! The characters in the first book, Kael and Shayla, just came to me and told me what their story was. And I knew right from then that their story was part of a series. In fact, I saw the urban warfare scene in the first chapter of Seduced by the Vampire King (the second book in the series and my latest release) at the same time I saw Kael and Shayla. So that scene had been in my head for over a year by the time I wrote it!

Do you have plans on how many books will be in the series?
There are currently two published and two more contracted to be published. So at least four!

You've written much more than just this series. Do you have a favorite story that you've written, or one you're most proud of?
OMG that’s a very hard question! And there are about a hundred ways to answer it! LOL But I’ll go with West of Want, the second book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series which releases on July 10 and will be my first book in bookstores. Bookstore distribution is one of the reasons I’m proud of that book, but mostly it’s because of the story, which was such a surprise to me even while I was writing it. Can’t wait for it to come out!

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you outline plots for your books or just write as it comes to you?
I’m a total pantser. It’s always the characters that come to me first about a story, not the plot. And I often don’t know major plot points until the characters are in the midst of a scene and make a decision that set the plot off on a new course. I only write outlines when I’m forced to by an editor! LOL

How does the family like your work?
My girls are very excited that “Mommy writes books.” My older daughter, especially, who is a total book nerd (I love that about her!), really enjoys that I’m a writer. My husband is very proud and supportive and helps me promote, though he hasn’t read much of what I write because it’s just not his genre (he actually most prefers to read non-fiction). But everyone in my life is very supportive of what I’m doing, and that means a lot.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read? Who's your favorite author?
While I enjoy lots of different things, my first love as a reader has always been paranormal and supernatural stories. My favorite author is J.R. Ward, followed closely by Sherrilyn Kenyon!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Definitely! First, butt in chair, hands on keyboard! You can’t revise what you haven’t written. You can’t submit what you haven’t written. And getting to the end of a manuscript draft is hugely important for proving you can do this and finish. Second, dive into the next manuscript right away. Having multiple stories to offer gives you another manuscript to give an agent/editor if they like your voice but not the first manuscript you queried, and publishing multiple (quality) stories as fast as you can provides you with a backlist that will help build your readership and income. Third, find a critique partner or group—and not family or friends, but other writers pursuing publication and a professional writing career. Fourth, become a part of the profession, by which I mean the writing organizations relevant to your genre. Doing so will give you friends, networking opportunities, and the insider knowledge you need to be fully successful. Fifth, practice your craft. That means write a lot, read a lot in your genre, read craft books, and take writing workshops and seminars. Finally, have confidence and develop persistence—you will hear a lot of nos on the way to getting those yeses!

To close on a wacky note, name 3 of what you consider your wackiest traits or facts about yourself.
Wacky, huh? Hmm. 1) I can’t sleep without a fan and take one with me when I travel, 2) I was almost forty when I got my first tattoo, 3) I believe in ghosts. Are those wacky?? LOL

Thanks so much for hosting me!



Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Seduced by the Vampire King Now Available!

American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family's hopes that she'll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she's instinctively driven to protect him--and feels an undeniable spark of desire.

Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion--a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

REVIEW: Time Mends by Tammy Blackwell

Recap:

Following the tragedy in the woods, Scout’s left battered, heartbroken, and alone. Then her life changes in moments one night, and she’s dragged back into the Shifters’ world. The turn of events leaves the lives of her closest friends in her hands. It’s imperative that Scout overcomes her past in order to protect them, but she has little time…

Title:  Time Mends
Series:  Timber Wolves
Book #: 2
Author:  Tammy Blackwell
Approximate Book Length:  269 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed book 1, and was looking forward to this next chapter in Scout’s life. It was very different than I was expecting. The end of the last book left questions open, and instead of answering them in this book, we’re provided with a whole new set of challenges and questions early on.

I love the authenticity of Scout’s conflicting feelings towards Jase and Charlie and the difficulty with which she struggles to accept all that’s happened. I also absolutely love how sassy and brave she is, even in the face of danger or certain death. The one problem I did have with Scout was that she’s really very smart, but there were some blaring questions that I feel she should have recognized as either needing an answer or that the answer was fairly obvious.

Overall the story really felt transitional in the big picture. There were few resolutions, changes to Scout’s life that make going back to a normal life impossible, and so much trouble that Fate Succumbs (book 3) is going to be a doozy! It’s actually a very emotional read.

In Conclusion:

Don’t miss out on the heartbreaking sequel to Destiny Binds that promises to throw you into the fray of Shifter politics and leave you itching for the conclusion in the Timber Wolves Trilogy to find out how Scout gets herself and her loved ones out of a mess so deep no one ever saw it coming.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

INTERVIEW: Lia Davis


Very active in the writing community, Lia Davis has one book out with several others in the works and is a part of the blog all about getting to know our favorite heroes, Heartthrob Haven, and the new resource for publishing and graphic arts, Fates Desires Publishing.

Lia is a new comer to the published ranks, and Ravished Before Sunrise is her wonderful debut! I recently reviewed the book and enjoyed the characters so much I wanted more of them. Lia set me up with a little meet and greet so I could get to know them better!



Lia gets out of her car and takes in the beauty of the country home of Darian and Emalee Wyman. Sitting on what must be twenty acres surrounded by trees, the large three-story house stands immaculate with its wrap-around porch.

She climbs the stairs and sees Buffy sitting in a rocking chair next to the door. “Hello. It’s beautiful out here.”

Buffy stands and nods, taking in the vast landscape. “Yes, very.” She motioned to the door. “Shall we?” The door opens before they could knock. Vampires.

A stunningly beautiful brunette stood in the doorway. “Hi. I’m Kat. It’s so wonderful for you to come out. Please come in.”

“Thanks for having us over.” Buffy walks inside and Lia follows. The ground floor is open and large, allowing them to see ever all the exit points and the oversized kitchen to the far right corner.

“No problem. Make yourself comfortable. Ema and Dad will be down in a few.” Kat rolls her eyes and turns toward the kitchen.

Lia snickers and sits on the sofa. Sitting beside her, Buffy whispers, “Does she mean they are….”

“They are newly mated.”

“Well at least they’re getting it out of their system.”

Lia laughed. “I don’t they will happen for a very, very long time. Maybe not in our life time.”

Kat came back in with a tray of assorted meats and cheeses. She smiles as she sets the tray on the coffee table, showing the tips of her fangs. “And yes, they always lock themselves in their room.”

Buffy frowns. “How did you know what I was thinking?”

“Kat is telepathic.”

Kat clears her throat and sits in an arm chair across from them. “I try not to use it, but at home I forget to block out others. I can’t read my father or Ema.”

“Why is that?” Buffy asks, getting into interview mode.

“Not sure really. I believe it’s because my father is a blood relative and Ema is bound to him.”

Buffy pulls out a recorder. “Do you mind going first since we’re waiting on the happy couple?”

Kat shakes her head. “Not at all.”

“So what made you sign your dad up for 1Night Stand?”

Kat’s expression saddens. “Dad was becoming more and more depressed. I’m old enough where I should have started my own family years ago, but I stay here and help run the house and the family business. I believe he thought he was holding me back, which is not the case. I have no intentions of hunting for a mate anytime soon. I had to do something to bring him back to the living.”

“Do you often need to give him a nudge in the right direction?”

“Not normally. He’s brilliant with business and technology, a strong leader and loving father. This was the only time I had to interfere. He’s thanked me every day since.” She replied.

“How do you and Ema get along?” Buffy asks looking towards the upper floor.

Kat smiles. “Ema is great. She doesn’t try to be a mother, you know? From the first time we met, she offered friendship. Oh, and she loves to shop almost as much as I do. She’s prefect!”

Buffy laughs. “I take it you’re happy for the love-sick couple?”

“I am very happy for them. Sometimes it’s a little much to be around, but I’m glad they have each other.”

A creak on the stairs brings everyone’s head around to see Darian descending the stairs wearing a pair of loose-fitting jeans and a black t-shirt, his dark hair hanging in damp strands around his handsome face. With a nod, he says, “Hello, ladies. Sorry to keep you waiting.”

“No problem.” Buffy and Lia says at the same time.

A few moments go by and Ema joins them, extending her apologies.

Buffy shifts her eyes away from the very noticeable, and fresh, bite marks on Ema’s neck and asks Darian if he’d like to proceed with his interview. He nods and pulls Ema on to his lap.

“How has your relationship with Ema affected your life?”

“My lifespan has doubled. I’m happier, more focused.”

“Does her half-breed status change anything in your lives?”

“We all had to make some adjustments while she learns to control her cravings, but she has incredible will power for a succubus.” He says as he kisses Ema’s cheek.

“I know you were intrigued with the scenario that brought you and Ema together, do you the two of you ever take time to have a have a little fun with a similar scenario?” Buffy asks sporting a naughty grin.

The left side of Darian’s lips lifted in a wicked grin. “We are both predators. We love the hunt and the chase.”

“In your scenario that first night, it was supposed to be about you hunting him, but he sort of ended up doing the capturing. Do you ever turn the tides so to speak?” She asks Ema glancing at Darian with a half smile.

Ema laughs softly and her cheeks turn pick. “There are times that I get the better of him. But truthfully I think he lets me win.”

Darian scoffs. “I do not. I’m too competitive to allow you to win.”

Ema rolls her eyes. “Fibber.”

“How has life changed for you since mating a vampire and finding out about your abilities?” Buffy asks, chuckling at the bickering couple and attempting to redirect their focus.

“It was overwhelming at first, but Darian and Kat have helped me adjust in my new life. Most of all I don’t have to hide from the paranormal council anymore.”

Nodding, Buffy fires off another. “Have you gotten more comfortable with your abilities? Do you have better control?”

“Well my abilities have always been there. The only thing different now is my succubus half is awake and likes to play. I think being mated to Darian calms the sex demon a bit. At least the only one she craves is Darian.”

Buffy smiles as Ema and Darian stare at each other in such a way as to make her blush. “So Lia, are you a full-time writer? Do you write to achieve a goal or just to let out the stories in your head?”

“I am not a full-time writer. I work in the finance department for a software application company. I write at night and on weekends. My goal is to be a full-time writer.”

“Do you write only romance, or other things too?”

“Right now it’s romance. I do have ideas for a couple of urban fantasies with romantic elements, but I’m not ready to write them just yet.” Lia replies.

“How’d you arrive at Darian and Ema’s story? Will we see more of their life? Maybe a story for Kat?” Buffy asks and winks at Kat.

“A couple of CPs from my critique group wrote 1NS stories. I read and loved them. They are short fun stories. So I set out to see if it was as fun to write one. And it was! As for a sequel? Hee hee. I think I remember Darian mentioning something about paying his daughter back for the wonderful gift she has giving him. :-)”

“How does your family like your work?”

“My family is proud of me. They may never read my books--because the men in my family don’t read romance and my mom doesn’t read paranormal. But that’s okay. They support me and that’s all that matters.”

As Ema and Darian are whispering to each other, Kat, Lia, and Buffy all roll their eyes, shake their heads, or just plain look away and laugh quietly at the mushy couple.

“Well, it’s been amazing meeting everybody, and thank you all so very much for talking with me.” Buffy offers as she gets to her feet. Turning to Darian and Ema with a smile, she says “Keep having fun, it’ll keep the spice alive.” She sends them a big grin. “Kat, I hope you find the same happiness that your dad now has. And Lia, thank you so much for sharing their story and for your work. Keep it up, I look forward to more!” She says as she leans in to give Lia a hug.

“You are so welcome. Thanks for the interview and allowing us to share with your readers.”



Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special, equally different kitty cats. She’s a wife to her soul mate, who drives her crazy during editing/revisions. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She only recently became serious about publishing her work and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is a stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving the day job where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Ravished Before Sunrise Now Available!

Born with the unusual ability to see what truly lies in the shadows, Emalee Black is stuck between two worlds, the paranormal and the human. Neither one accepts or understands her and she’s forced to live a quiet, boring life in hiding. When her best friend mentions 1Night Stand dating service, Ema chooses a role-playing adventure straight out of her romantic fantasies. She’s to hunt her very own vampire and have her wicked way him.

Vampire Darian Wyman is surprised when his daughter signs him up for a one-night stand with an exclusive matchmaking agency. At first he’s appalled by the idea, but as he reads the details of the date, he becomes intrigued. For one night he will get away from the life he has long grown tired of to be hunted and captured by a would-be huntress. But he has plans of his own for his little vixen.

However, when Darian discovers the truth about Ema’s inhuman abilities, the date could end before it gets started.



Saturday, June 9, 2012

REVIEW: In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye

Recap:

The vampire warrior king, Kael hates the Night of the Proffering, but needing either the blood of his mate, which he doesn’t have, or the blood of a virgin human to keep up his strength, so he must go through with it. Shayla has studied and trained for this night, and is ready and willing to service the king however he needs. When they set eyes on each other, the attraction is instantaneous and impossible to deny, but are they willing to take the risk it represents for them both?

Title:  In the Service of the King
Series:  Vampire Warrior Kings
Book #: 1
Author:  Laura Kaye
Approximate Book Length:  74 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book! I love the Irish background, and the lore that Laura Kaye has concocted is creative and new. I particularly liked the vampire-human symbiotic relationship element. The camaraderie between Kael and his right hand man is fun and loyal, while the chemistry between him and Shayla is respectful and heartwarming.

They’ve both felt the tragedy of loss, and it unites them in their views of an endless war, and makes them understand each other on a level few others truly can. Things go all wrong when they first meet, leaving Shayla in tears and Kael in a rip-roaring mood. He returns to her contrite, surprising her, and from there they’re helpless to resist the pull between them. As a reader, you end up just as helpless to resist the story Laura Kaye has provided.

In Conclusion:

In the Service of the King is a sexy novella that’s deep enough to tug on the heartstrings, but light enough for an easy read. It’s an awesome start to a sexy vampire series that will span many clans over many regions keeping some variety, the spice of life *grin*.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Beth Williamson

Beth Williamson is a romance author, writing both contemporary and historical romances.  Most of her works are historical westerns, and I had the privilege of reading and reviewing her latest release as Emma Lang, Endless Heart.  She's also opened up and shared a little insight into her thoughts behind writing the story.  Please welcome Beth Williamson (aka Emma Lang) and enjoy a quick trip into her mind =)

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It's all about the Romance Y'all!

Before I’m a writer, I’m a reader. I love a good romance, curling up on the couch with a book, to dive into another place and time, another life. It’s what drew me into reading romance novels in the first place. Being a writer, I found when I create a new story the most important thing is the emotions. If I don’t feel the story, I don’t enjoy it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a comedy as much as the next person but I read a romance for the emotion and the love. I want to fall for the hero and for my heart to pound right along with the heroine’s.

So when I was writing ENDLESS HEART, the third in the Heart trilogy, I started with my heroine. She’s Lettie Brown, best friends with Angeline from RESTLESS HEART. Lettie has had a rough life – from an abusive father to an abusive husband, leaving her with a hard shell around her heart. She’s a tough chick though, hard as nails with what most men would call brass balls.

The one thing she’s not is soft and feminine. It just wasn’t her. When she meets up with Shane Murphy, our hero, she finds herself remembering what it means to be a woman. She has hidden her heart for so long, falling for Shane is unexpected and unwanted. She doesn’t want to have feelings for him—he’s a drunk and in worse shape than she is. He had his own suffering ot overcome.

But it’s about the romance, y’all. It’s the unexpected that makes a romance what it is. In this case, it’s two people putting aside their past hurts to see what’s right in front of them. I don’t know if I’d be strong enough, but Lettie sure is. Funny, I never realized that until I wrote that. LOL.

I fell in love with Shane even though he was a wreck inside and out. Finding his own feelings helped him overcome all that. It’s the love he has for Lettie, the idea he’s willing to change the course of his life because of what he feels for her. Oh yeah, it’s about the romance y’all. And I love it.

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About the Author
Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she’s been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.

Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.

Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. Find her here.


Endless Heart Available Now!

She’s learning to live. He’s forgotten how. Love will be their teacher.

Lettie Brown has lived in the shadow of violence. After escaping her brutal past, she’s finally at home in Forestville, Wyoming, where she would live a normal life—if she knew how. She’s content working at The Blue Plate and printing the town newspaper, if not happy. Then a stranger stumbles into her world and turns everything upside down.

Shane Murphy is a shell of a man, destroyed by the aftermath of the war, his personal tragedies and a penchant for cheap whiskey. When he lands, literally, on Lettie’s feet, his future takes a hard right turn.

As they fumble through a relationship that should not have been, a deep love takes root, one that cannot be denied. Together they discover a bond as unbreakable as steel and as undeniable as life itself—until the past rears its ugly head and threatens the happiness they’ve found in each other.


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