Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEW RELEASE: Love Kinection by Jennifer James

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




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

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

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

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

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


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~EXCERPT~

His hands crossed the gap between our bodies and rested on my hips. Backing away would be the smart thing to do. But hope filled my belly he’d kiss me again. The stupid part of my brain had taken control again, and I didn’t fight it. I wanted a real kiss. “So if you are in fact the geekier geek, what do I get as a forfeit?” he asked.

The shadow of stubble covered his chin and his upper lip, ran up to the short sideburns he wore. His ears begged to be nibbled on. What would that stubble feel like brushed against my skin? Dangerous thoughts, especially since my hands had somehow ended up on his waist and my fingers clenched his shirt. I looked at his arms, still surprised by the size of muscles when they flexed. If the biceps were any indicator of the body hidden under the cloth, it broke the mold of a stereotypical geek’s.

“Forfeit?”

“Yeah. You know, like a prize.”

“I think you already got a forfeit. You got to see me naked.” And all I’ve gotten is a few stolen kisses.

“That was an accident.” He grew hard against my belly. It pleased me to wonder what direction his thoughts had gone. I wondered if ice cream intoxication existed. “How about sex in my truck?”

“No. Car sex isn’t really comfortable. And who said anything about sex?”

“A man can hope. Besides, I know you’ve thought about it.”

“Have not.”

“Have, too.”

“Shut up and kiss me.”

He shook his head. “I promised to behave. You kiss me.”

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INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Michelle Muto


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

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


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

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

I know you’re working on a project now other than the Ivy MacTavish series and the Netherworld series. Can you tell us about it?
It’s another young adult novel, and like Don't Fear the Reaper, it’s geared to older teens. The story takes place in Savannah Georgia in a very haunted house.

Are you a pantster or a planner? Every author seems to fall somewhere in the middle, and it just fascinates me for some reason how well each end of the spectrum works for different people.
I start out with a 50,000 ft outline. I always know how the story begins and ends, along with the main plot points. From there, I write the first five chapters and take another look at the outline, making changes or adding things if necessary. I do this throughout the entire draft process. It helps me focus and keep on track.

All your books are currently YA. Do you plan on continuing in that genre alone, or do you have plans of branching out into the adult genres?
I have a book that isn’t YA already written. It just needs some cleanup/editing. It’s what I guess people are calling crossover these days. I still call it adult since the main character is twenty-five.

What made you go the Indie route? Did you ever consider publishing traditionally?
I decided to go the Indie route after the rejection letters came back positive for Don't Fear the Reaper, but since it was so different, agents said they weren’t sure about selling it in the current economy. I could sit on my novels or I could try the indie route with them. Why waste a perfectly good novel, right?

Would I publish traditionally? Sure, if the terms were right for both me and the book/series.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?
Work on your craft. Read. Write. Believe in yourself. Repeat.

I’m sure you’ve met other authors along the road. Who was the biggest surprise? Who’s been the most helpful?
The biggest surprise? Probably exchanging a couple of emails with Jay Asher. Who has been the most helpful? Karen McQuestion. She guided me toward the right sites and people to start my career.

What can you tell us about the Paranormal Plumes Society?
They’re crazy, fun, and some of the nicest people I’ve met in a while. I met them last year right before Halloween. We were all in Savannah for a small book signing. We’ve all remained great friends ever since.

As an author, you obviously have a passion for books. What do you read in your own spare time?
I read just about everything – from technical books, non-fiction, paranormal, horror, humor…just about everything except sci-fi, military action, erotica, and westerns.

Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
I’m a Harry Potter fan, pasta fiend, loose leaf tea addict, dog lover, nature lover, and I never trust anyone who doesn’t have a sense of humor. My fave color (or absence thereof) is black. My fave TV show is Supernatural. Oh, and I’m a total technology nerd.



Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, one of which is a Beezlepup. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography. One day, maybe she’ll upload a better photo – one that wasn’t taken in late afternoon with Photobooth. Or, maybe not.

Michelle writes on a Mac and is a true geek at heart. She agrees with her dogs who think cheese and bacon should be in their own food group. But most of all, she believes everyone should trust their imagination, have a kind heart, and should definitely have a sense of humor.

Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious. Find out more, here.


Don't Fear the Reaper Available Now!

Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace.

But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes.

When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation--revenge on her sister's killer--she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true--that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity.


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REVIEW: Love Kinection by Jennifer James

Recap:

All that Valentine’s Day stuff? Rubbish! Abby was left at the alter one year ago on V-day and still hasn’t gotten over it. She plans to spend this one with a ménage of men by the names of Ben, Jerry, and Reisling. Her wine and ice cream plans are diverted when she drops her phone, breaking the screen, and somehow manages to make plans to have the office hottie, Tom, come over and that night and fix it for her. He shows up with X-box and dinner in tow. Can a weekend of fun and games (and more) with Tom change Abby’s view of stupid Cupid?

Title:  Love Kinection
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Jennifer James
Approximate Book Length:  77 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

My favorite part about this book is probably the argument between Abby and Tom over who’s the bigger nerd. When JJ was writing this story, she put a FB call out to all her nerdy friends to give her a bunch of references. While cool, I feared it might turn into reference soup and go a little overboard. Oh how could I have had so little faith? She’s managed to pack all kinds of nerd candy in there with a flavor for every geek without it feeling like trying too hard. It was a lot of fun, and oh so satisfying as a Joss Whedon geek myself!

The romance side is sweet, but incredibly sexy too. Their chemistry is so strong, and the connection they develop so authentic, I found myself feeling like I was in the story with them. Tom’s got a lot of walls to break down in Abby before he’s really got a shot, and he’s just patient and tender enough to do it. Abby, despite being hurt so badly by a cheating man and spiteful sister, catches on to the notion that she shouldn’t fear Tom fast enough to be able to work out her issues before her inner bitch drives him away. Better yet, she gets a chance to prove how far she’s come, bonding them for sure.

In Conclusion:

Compelling characters, witty banter, and sizzling sexual tension make Love Kinection a smash hit for anyone’s hopeless romantic inner geek. I had high expectations, and this book lived up to them all. Go pick this one up for a sassy summer read!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekly Flash Fiction Ideas - GIMME!

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

Let 'em rip!


REVIEW: The Scientist and the Supermodel by Tara Lain

Recap:

Jake Martin is a brilliant geneticist, but is apparently dumbfounded when it comes to his own nature. He’s been uninterested in women, and has a little experience with a man, and it’s all because he’s completely in love with his boss. But as he drowns his sorrows over this, he meets a beautiful man that gets him going like no one before. Jake discovers this man is none other than male model Roan Black. He’s unable to resist the gorgeous Roan, but struggles with his love for his boss and what he’s always believed in terms of his sexuality. Will they be able to work things out and have the happiness they’ve found in each others’ arms?

Title:  The Scientist and the Supermodel
Series:  Genetic Attraction
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  145 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

This story is a spectacular beginning to the series. Roan is so unashamed of his sexuality and is so bold, especially for being such a sensitive guy. Jake is not afraid to explore his desires, but struggles with what it means in the long run. Together, they’re sexy, sweet, and beautiful. The ending is the best part, as it is so heartwarmingly thoughtful and leads right into the next book (even if it was written before this one).

I loved the family element on Jake’s side, and just how well they take all the events that occur. Plus, we meet Caleb (Jake’s brother, the runt) who is featured in book 3, and Roan’s personal entourage who are featured in book 4. This book has an amazing story that is as hot as it is sweet, and sets the stage for the rest of the series perfectly by introducing several characters and giving us a little taste of who they are.

In Conclusion:

The Scientist and the Supermodel is a love story of self acceptance and the love of family. If you’re looking for a sexy but oh so touching read, pick this one up and you will not be disappointed!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

REVIEW: Curse of the Egyptian Goddess by Lisa Rayns

Recap:

Emma’s spent the last ten years leaving a pile of bodies in her wake due to a curse that leaves her battered and bruised. Now the pile is growing again, and she’s got no choice left but to seek the only other person that knows about it and might be able to help her – Calvin. When she catches up with him, she finds more problems than solutions, especially after learning he’s not the same sweet boy she once knew. She faces a difficult task of ironing out their issues and convincing him to help her, before she’s accused of murder and sent to jail for life and getting more and more people killed in the process.

Title:  Curse of the Egyptian Goddess
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Lisa Rayns
Approximate Book Length:  74 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book! I like mythology, but I’m most familiar with Greek and a little Norse. To get a taste of Egyptian mythology was really fascinating. The way it was weaved into the characters’ lives was interesting and added a really dire conflict.

As for the characters, I loved Emma’s character. She drowns herself in alcohol to deal with her curse and it takes its toll, but she still has a good heart. Calvin is such a brokenhearted man. He starts off as kind of a jackass, but you totally feel for him when you find out why.

As for the characters, I loved Emma’s character. She drowns herself in alcohol to deal with her curse and it takes its toll, but she still has a good heart. Calvin is such a brokenhearted man. He starts off as kind of a jackass, but you totally feel for him when you find out why.

In Conclusion:

If you’re looking for a short read that will have you wanting to say “hells yeah, ‘bout time!” one moment and have your heart squeezed in a vice so tight you think it’ll just stop in your chest the next, go read Curse of the Egyptian Goddess. It’s got an ending you’ll never see coming!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

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

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

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Flash Fiction Plan

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

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

What do y'all think?


New Set of Reviews

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

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

Then I'll either spotlight some other books or just settle down on Monday reviews (fat chance of that, I'm a review writing addict apparently...seriously my husband laughs at me).




Wednesday, July 25, 2012

REVIEW: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto

Recap:

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

Title:  The Book of Lost Souls
Series:  Ivy MacTavish
Book #: 1
Author:  Michelle Muto
Approximate Book Length:  288 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

We start off just as Ivy is turning her friend’s lizard into her date, and judging from how well that went, I feared the story would have too juvenile of a feel. I shouldn’t have doubted! Michelle Muto walks the line between YA and just plain juvenile enough to keep things light hearted and fun, but still suspenseful and exciting!

The premise for the book is also unique and lends itself to plenty of potential stories for a series. I don’t want to give too much away as I’d rather you go read to see what I mean, but while the book is obviously bad, it’s also kind of neat. The way the characters behave because of it also feels well balanced between too easy and too dark. It makes for a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat to see how Ivy might get out of hot water without becoming exactly what everyone fears.

It was nice to see read about werewolves, vampires, and demons (and more, oh my!) and have them be average teenagers who are just different. Kindreds, as they’re called, have their abilities, which certainly come in handy, but they’re not evil by nature.

Overall the plot is full of twists and turns and never gets boring. It’s a little predictable here and there, but not in such a way as to ruin the mystery or anything, so it’s just not a big deal.

In Conclusion:

Full of teenage angst we can all relate to and exciting magical mischief, The Book of Lost Souls is a compelling YA story that will keep you up late because you can’t put it down. Go read it for a ride through a small town that’s a world apart as it’s home to a population of Kindreds and the humans that have learned to coexist!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

INTERVIEW: Michelle Leighton


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

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


Have you always wanted to be a writer? Do you write full time?
I know it’s certainly not the typical answer, but I never for one moment in the first many, many years of my life even CONSIDERED writing. At all. I used it only to complete assignments in school and then at work. That’s it. But after I wrote my first book 2 years ago, one penned out of sheer desperation, the writing bug invaded my world. It turned it completely upside down and I’m happy to say that, now, I’m a full time writer :) YAY!

Why mermaids and fairy tales?
My imagination has a tendency to fly through the traditional and season it with my own personal flavor. I don’t know why that is. I can read or watch or even hear practically any story and immediately start thinking about how the story would go if I were telling it. I know that might seem strange, but in my head, everything has a totally different slant than it does in real life. And if any of you out there know me AT ALL, you’re not the least bit surprised, right? LOL

How long will the Madly series be? I figure there will be at least 8 books all together, since 8 spirits were released, but that could be misleading or that could be the end. I love the series, so I’m hoping I still have plenty of escapades to look forward to!
I am a total pantser, so I can’t say for sure. I have an overarching theme that has developed at this point in the story, so it could be three more books or ten more books, although I can’t see me writing it for that long. But you never know. I’ll need at least three more books to wrap it up adequately, I think, especially considering one of the newest developments in Madly and the Jackal ;) Muwahahahahaha *giggles* I’m so not the sinister-laugh type. I get about half way through it and start snickering. LOL

You’ve got several series going. Is there anything they all have in common?
Not a single thing, as far as I can see. Bahahahaha My mind is never still. If I wrote short stories, I could probably publish one every two days. Seriously. It’s ridiculous. But fun. Lots and lots of fun.

Is there any one that you are most happy with or proud of?
Well, I’m attached to a couple for different reasons. Even though I know almost everyone frowns upon it, readers are very important to me. It’s crucial that I transport them to a place that entertains them, maybe shocks them or makes them smile or swoon, and then leaves them happy. For that reason, some series, like Blood Like Poison and Madly, have a special place in my heart. They both seem to have really touched readers and I LOVE that! I’m thrilled that so many of us are in love with the same characters and the same world. I feel like I have a huge family out there. It’s sort of like the ties that bind, I guess. I know that sounds dorky, but it’s true. My other one would probably be Fragile. I saw Miracle through Hardy’s eyes so clearly that I couldn’t NOT write that story. It haunted me. It wasn’t even in my genre, for Pete’s sake. (whoever Pete is ;)) I am attached to everything I’ve written in some way, for some reason, but those were the first ones to come to mind when I read this question. So there ya go :)

Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
Holy moly! Anywhere. Everywhere. Nowhere. Most of the time, I’ll be doing something mindless, like washing my hair in the shower, and an idea will just pop into my head. It might be a character or a plot line. Or a cool creature. Right off the bat, I can think of like six stories that I know for a fact started in the shower. No lie. Strange, right? And there might be more. I’d have to sit and think about it for a second. But I’m not a big proponent of thinking. Bahahahaha Just kidding. I think… ;)

What made you go the Indie route? Did you ever consider publishing traditionally?
I did, but they weren’t nearly as interested, invested or excited about my career as I was. LOL My husband had been after me for months to publish on my own. I finally gave in just to shut him up, actually. As you can imagine, I’ve been eating crow every day since then. Obviously, he’s the brilliant one of this duo :D

What would you be most adamant about when giving advice to aspiring authors?
Write that first book! So, so, so many people have a story they want to tell. And some might even begin it. But the vast majority don’t ever finish telling it. That would be my first word of advice-- Finish. That. Story. It makes all the difference in the world!

I’m sure you’ve met other authors along the road. Who was the biggest surprise? Who’s been the most helpful?
Oh gosh! I’ve met so, so, SO many I feel like it would be a betrayal to mention some and not others. I’ve met some of the most successful ones on the NYT bestseller list, I’ve met some that are struggling to publish their first book, and I’ve met some at almost every stage in between. All of them have been great. I’ve met only a couple in whom I was disappointed. The rest have been seriously amazing! Is that a cop out? I hope it doesn’t come across that way. It’s like trying to pick your favorite best friend :P

Even though I should know better, I always half expect authors to read books solely within the same genre they write. It’s so fun to have the moment I realize that’s not necessarily true and finding a fellow fan of another book or series. So what do you read when you’re not writing? Do you have a favorite author?
Believe it or not, I read almost nothing in my genre. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that I don’t want to ever be accused of taking something, even if it’s something tiny, from someone else’s book. Secondly, I have so much of that type thing in my head; I like to read something a little different. I can almost hear the shocked gasps and murmurs of outrage, but that’s the truth. I read mostly adult books and in a wide array of genres. I read everything from Janet Evanovich to Lara Adrian to Stephanie Laurens to James Patterson to Lee Child to Johanna Lindsey to… the list goes on! I also read adult Indie and have never been disappointed.

Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
I’m completely addicted to coffee. Like, ALL coffee. I love useless movie trivia. I hate spiders, but love Spiderman. I love to sing and dance while I cook, but I don’t really like to cook. I love salt. I hate the smell of wet pavement. My husband is the best brainstorming partner in the free world and I hope one day to be brave enough to touch the rail of the subway in New York City. And then go boil my hand.

Thank you for having me!



Michelle was born and raised in the United States, and she's lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though she currently lives in the deep South, she spent much of her childhood up North and hopes to return there one day. A few other things about her: she believes that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it's there. She believes that she's shrinking. She believes her husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world. She believes coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. She believes that Jesus rocks and communism doesn't. She believes that white makes her look fat and black collects lint. She believes summer's too hot, winter's too cold and fall was made for football. She likes dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, she believes that love conquers all.

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Madly and the Jackal Now Availabe!

How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?



Saturday, July 21, 2012

REVIEW: A Night Away by Carrie Ann Ryan

Recap:

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




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

Thoughts:

This is a novella set between books 3 and 4 of the Redwood Pack series. It’s just supposed to be a little add-on, so to speak. However, I think it may be my favorite in the series! It returns us to the very first couple we met, and shows us the chemistry we loved from the very beginning. It’s sexy as hell, and incredibly sweet as we see through the eyes of two devoted first-time parents. We also get to see more of the human side of the pack, as Willow and Mel compare notes on being mothers, and Hannah as she opens up about wanting that for herself and her men. We also see Kade chilling out working with his brothers. It’s so great to see them as more of a family than a pack of close-knit werewolves.

I’m no expert on child development, nor have I had children of my own, so I can’t say anything definitive about the plausibility of Finn’s (the 11mo baby) behavior and all, so I’ll stay away from that, but I do have a close friend who had her first baby almost two years ago. Remembering what she went through - adjusting to the baby, and struggling to find a balance between being herself, being a wife, and being a mom – I thought this novella was very realistic in how Kade and Mel were feeling. My heart just melted.

In Conclusion:

My favorite so far, A Night Away turns up the heat, and tugs at the heart strings. It was an awesome little side trip in the Redwood Pack series.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: JT Geissinger


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

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Is He a Shape Shifter?

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

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

1. Does he purr, growl or claw when you scratch his back?
Granted, plenty of guys make strange noises, but give your man a nice, long back scratch after dinner and see what he does. If he falls asleep: human. If he purrs, growls, howls or tears holes in your dress with his suddenly sharp fingernails as he throws you over his shoulder and heads for the bedroom: shifter. (And all around win-win.)

2. Does he really, really, REALLY like his meat cooked rare?
This might seem obvious, but only humans like their meat cooked. If he’s a werepanther, werewolf, weretiger or any other kind of were, his preference will be all raw, all the time. He’ll probably be trying to hide it, though, so invite him over for a home-cooked meal, then serve steak tartare with a lamb chop so rare it’s still moving, and see how fast he pounces.
3. Can he find you in a crowd by your scent alone?
A shifter’s sense of smell is so keen it can find a single drop of blood on a football field. A human male can usually only sniff out three things: beer, pizza and an easy woman. If your man can sense your presence, mood or state of mind without you saying a word, you might have a shifter on your hands. Hint: Skip the perfume, shifters like the smell of your skin much better.

4. Is he nocturnal?
Does he describe himself as a night owl? Does he work the graveyard shift? Is he ready to party into the wee hours of the dawn while you’re struggling to keep your eyes open? If so, he might be a creature of the night, born and bred for darkness. Don’t worry, though, nocturnal creatures like to sleep during the day so you can power nap with him during your lunch hour. Or use the bed for something equally…relaxing.

5. Are other animals afraid of him?
Women typically love it when their dog (or cat) takes a shine to their new man. But if Spot or Fluffy absolutely loathes your guy and acts like Cujo or that cat from Pet Sematary when he’s around, it might mean you’re dealing with something wilder than you thought. You might have a real-live Alpha on your hands! Don’t panic, though, you can turn that mountain lion into a pussy cat with something no shifter can resist: You. Smile, be sweet, put on those sexy new heels you just bought and watch that wild thing be tamed.

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About the Author

A native of Southern California, J.T. Geissinger is an author, entrepreneur and avid wine collector. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance and is currently at work on the third book of the Night Prowler series. Her debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, is available now from Montlake Romance. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.

Find her here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


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Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

REVIEW: Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

Recap:

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

Title:  Madly & Wolfhardt
Series:  Madly
Book #: 2
Author:  M. Leighton
Approximate Book Length:  266 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

The only experience I’ve had with mermaids was Disney, until this story. I didn’t really realize it’d be a story about mermaids until reading Madly which grabbed my interest so completely that I immediately got this book so I could keep reading. I think it’s such a unique world built with a cool twist to fairy tales. The concept alone is incredibly intriguing.

The characters feel so realistic that you could turn around meet them in person, and the magic surrounding everything is consistent in its abilities and limitations that you never really have any trouble with believability. The plot is well paced sucks you in so you can’t put the book down. The romance is swoon worthy and keeps you emotionally invested from start to finish.

The age is set at 17/18-ish, and at no point do you ever really feel that she’s too young or old to behave the way she does, other than what her royal status forces her into. Really, just an utterly gripping novel that makes you ache for more and more of her story. My only wish is that we’d gotten more of Madly in the water, but with how this story ended, I’m hoping that we’ll see more of that in the next. Thankfully, book 3, Madly and the Jackal, has been released, so you can bet I jumped on that!

In Conclusion:

Madly and Wolfhardt is a compelling story that can stand on its own, even if you haven’t read the novella, Madly. With lovable characters and an edge of your seat experience, you will enjoy every minute of this book, so go get it!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Lily Crussell


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


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

The coffee shop was the one described in the novel, and it was weird sitting somewhere that I had read about. Elora and the boys weren’t here yet, so I ordered and found a table upstairs with enough seats, arranging my Dictaphone, notebook and pens. I ensured there was no one sitting nearby to hear us talking, but doubted anyone would believe it if they did. My heart was thudding in my chest with excitement at actually getting to meet angels! Yes, it would be interesting to get Elora’s perspective, but angels! I sipped my drink to calm myself as I waited.

A slim blonde came up the stairs, looking around for someone. When she met my gaze, she smiled warmly and rushed over.

“Buffy! I’m so sorry we’re late! It’s wonderful to meet you!” she said, clasping my hand between hers and shaking it firmly. “The boys and Lily are downstairs ordering enough espressos to keep Barachiel polite. I apologize in advance; he’s not great with people.” She sank into a chair opposite and smiled brightly.

Elora is a normal looking girl; 5ft 5ish, a little too slim with blue eyes that are quick to smile. She looked as though she hasn’t been sleeping as her eyes are ringed with shadows beneath them. She has a very open, friendly disposition though is looking slightly shy and self-conscious, her eyes constantly searching the door. I assume this is for Raziel, she must still be nervous about being separated from him.

A slightly older female appears in the doorway, chatting easily to whoever is behind her. She laughs happily, before searching the room for Elora. When she spots her, she waves and turns to speak to the ‘boys’ Lily could be Elora’s older sister! They share a similar build, blue eyes and hair that isn’t a bottle blonde. Lily wears a 30 Seconds to Mars band t shirt and dark blue jeans, whereas Elora is more smartly dressed in a white blouse and black trousers.

It’s hard to focus on the girls when two ridiculously beautiful creatures appear in the doorway. The first I assume to be Raziel, carrying a tray and talking to Barachiel. He is something else; tall, toned and perfectly formed. Now that I know they are not mortal, it would be hard to ever convince myself otherwise, they are just a little too perfect. Raziel’s hair is dark and long enough to sweep across his forehead and his eyes are intelligent and grey. He looks to see where we are sitting, meeting mine and Lily’s eyes briefly before finding Elora’s. They gaze at each other with so much love, I feel a little jealous.

Barachiel brings up the rear, walking tall and proud. He is built a lot like Raziel, but his dress couldn’t be more different. He wears an immaculate pinstripe suit with a deep blue shirt underneath, whereas Raziel has settled for jeans and a grey tee that matches his eyes. His eyes are an impossible green, a bright jade that look like they must be contacts. Elora warned me on the phone how easy it is to just stare at the angels for hours on end, and I will admit to being tempted. His hair is spun gold and catches the light, shining brightly. Barachiel watches Raziel and Elora gazing lovingly at each other and rolls his eyes. He elbows Raziel to keep moving, as he had stopped in the middle of the room, smiling dreamily.

They finally get to the table and set the tray down, greeting me politely. Barachiel is a little too formal, but Raziel is cheerful and friendly. He takes the seat beside Elora and lifts her hand to his mouth. She smiles at him as they interlink fingers. Barachiel takes the seat beside Lily, lifting her hand to his mouth and kissing it. She flutters her eyes lashes at him as they tease Elora and Raziel. Unfortunately Raziel and Elora are oblivious, gazing into each other’s eyes. Barachiel clears his throat and they snap back to the present.

“Are you ok if I interview Lily first?” I ask.

Barachiel is already reaching for one of three espressos, his back held away from the chair uncomfortably. Raziel is sitting in a similar way, but there is nothing that can be done about it unfortunately. Lily sips her tea and nods, looking at Barachiel as he downs the espresso and reaches for another.

“What made you want to be a writer?”

“It was never actually a conscious decision; it was just something I did. I’d always loved creative writing in English at school and tended to get quite good marks for it, unlike in Literature which I didn’t have much interest in. I only really began to take it seriously about four years ago when I had a scene in my head that wouldn’t stop going around and around. I was at work, and had to lock myself in a toilet cubicle and scribble madly until it was all out.” She smiles in a self-depreciating way. Barachiel nearly chokes on his espresso.

“Delightful” he says with a raised eyebrow.

Lily elbows him gently in the ribs.

“What inspired the Shadow of the Nephilim series?”

“I honestly don’t remember. I had been watching ‘The Prophecy’ with the AMAZING Christopher Walken playing Gabriel, and Viggo Mortensen as Lucifer, and I couldn’t get the idea of angels out of my head for weeks. I had been working on a zombie novel at the time (the one that I had to lock myself in a toilet to write) but was assaulted by images of wings and angels. I’ve always loved them and used to collect things with angel wings on. It was a natural progression. I wrote the scene in the cemetery where Elora meets Raziel first.”

“Don’t get me started on that film.” Barachiel mutters, finishing his espresso and reaching for the third. “It’s better than Dogma, I suppose.”

Lily smiles indulgently at Barachiel, rubbing his arm in a comforting manner.

“Did you do a lot of research on angels to get all the references and characters just right?”

“Yes and no. Raziel is a character in a game I played when I was younger (Legacy of Kain) and I’d loved the name Raziel for as long as I can remember. He was the obvious choice. I have a dictionary of angels at home which helped, but I obviously used artistic license in some areas. Lucifer is the easiest to write though, he just talks to me.”

Barachiel bristled at the mention of the name and sighed deeply.

“I do wish you wouldn’t mention his name!” He mumbled. “He might turn up!”

Lily grins wickedly.

“What can we look forward to in the next book -- or future books if you plan to continue the series further?”

“There are three at the moment, with a spin off as well. The second book will carry on from the first and the first chapter is actually up on my website (lilycrussell.wordpress.com) it’s a nightmare to write at the moment as I’m so easily distracted. It’s mostly written, it just needs a little tweaking and a lot of editing. There will be a new angel to meet and plenty more of the ones we know and love.”

“I love being referred to as fiction.” Barachiel said in a snippy tone.

“It’s the only way we can ensure that people don’t start hunting you down and sticking you in a lab.” Lily says placatingly.

“They could try.” Barachiel says, his expression lifting a little.

Lily takes Barachiel’s hand and begins trying to placate him. I see that I probably won’t get much more of use with Barachiel feeling a little over sensitive.

“You seem to forget I can read your mind!” he says, but he is grinning at me.

He and Lily excuse themselves to get more caffeine for him, the three empty espresso cups stacked neatly on the table.

“This is nothing.” Lily says as she sees me looking at the stack.

I turn to Elora and Raziel who are so caught up in each other that I feel a little guilty interrupting. Raziel must have read my thoughts as he turns to look at me, nudging Elora gently.

“Sorry.” She says blushing.

“Are you any more believing of Raziel’s feelings for you yet?” I grin as I ask.

“How could I not be? He’s been through hell for me. It’s a frightening thing though and I regularly feel that maybe he got the wrong girl. I’m just a dumb bunny mortal, and not particularly smart or exciting.”

Raziel tells her off for thinking like that.

“How has your life changed now that he’s around all the time?”

“I used to be so lonely. My parents are less than useless, and Thomas’ mum hates me, so it makes life difficult. I’ve never been popular so it’s wonderful to have my soul mate and best friend in one person. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it though.” She smiles.

Raziel kisses her sweetly on the nose.

“Does Barachiel or…anyone else…visit often?” I ask trying not to say Lucifer’s name.

Elora snorts with laughter.

“Lucy is a regular at the house. Barachiel is not a happy bunny about it, but we manage to avoid conflict as B will leave when Lucy arrives. I know for a fact that Lucy delights in antagonizing him, but we do what we can.” She laughs.

Raziel stiffens next to her.

“What is it?” She asks, squeezing his hand.

“We have a visitor.” He says, trying not to laugh.

Elora rolls her eyes and giggles.

“How’s Thomas adjusting? Have you been able to get in touch with his sister yet?”

“No.” Elora says sadly. “But you know what first love is like. She’s completely caught up with her new boyfriend. I’m worried about her, but Thomas doesn’t seem to be, so there’s not much I can do about it. Thomas is his usual neurotic, boingy haired self. He’s coped with everything a lot better than I would of thought and I’m immensely proud of him.”

I turn to Raziel, flipping through my note book to find my questions. He waits politely for me to ask them, though I know he knows them before they leave my mouth.

“How do the other angels treat you regarding your relationship with Elora? Indifferent at worst I hope…”

“I don’t tend to see anyone other than Barachiel and Lucifer. Lucifer obviously is thrilled and I think he is convinced he can convert me to his way of thinking. Barachiel is…Barachiel. We’ve known each other for so very long that he tends to simply accept what has happened. He loves Elora so he cannot judge too harshly.”

“Do you plan on sticking around with Elora permanently or do you have to pop back up to Heaven periodically?”

“I wouldn’t be welcome unfortunately. Too much fraternizing with the ‘enemy’” He raised an eyebrow and smiled at Elora. “Elora is my light and my reason. I have no reason to leave.”

She rolls her eyes and smiles at me as if to say ‘You get used to being referred to like that!’

“How do you feel about the friendship between Barachiel and Elora?”

“That is something of…” He thinks carefully. “I know Barachiel has no ‘untoward’ feelings for Elora, but it’s easy to be jealous when your loved one is so close to another. I do like that they get on as it means we can all spend time together. It is a case of love Elora, get used to having Barachiel around a lot more.” He smiles.

Elora sips her tea and looks to the doorway where I can hear several people coming. One voice in particular is loud and jubilant. Will I actually get to meet Lucifer? Do I really want to? I distract myself by asking my last question of Raziel. My palms are beginning to sweat, so I wipe them on my trousers.

“Do you worry about Lucifer’s involvement with what happened? Or his potential plans for Elora?”

“No one has ever been able to tell Lucifer what to do. He is like a force of nature, you simply accept that it will happen and deal with the consequences. I do struggle to explain to Elora how utterly dangerous he can be, but she is convinced he wouldn’t hurt her. I can’t be so sure. I do know that Lucifer would never do anything with me and Barachiel around though.”

“Even more reason to never leave!” Elora says happily.

We turn to the doorway and see Barachiel leading the way, his expression dark and furious, he is carrying a tray laden down with espressos. Lily enters next, her arm linked through that of another criminally attractive man. He has Barachiel’s eyes, but his hair is copper. He winks at me as he meets my eye, following Barachiel and laughing at something Lily has said to him.

“May I present to you the Dark Lord, the Prince of Evil, the ruler of hell…” Lily begins before dissolving into laughter.

Lucifer grins at her and drags over a chair from another table. He wraps his arms around Elora and kisses her cheek a little more intimately than is polite, before sitting next to Lily. Lucifer purposely leans across Barachiel to talk to her, and I can tell that it is taking everything Barachiel has not to lose it and lay waste to the place.

Lily plays the mediator between them and squeezes Barachiel’s hand gently, rubbing his arm and whispering in a calming voice to him.

I watch Lucifer chatting with Elora, and I am overcome with this hazy, warm feeling. I feel a big grin forming on my face and shake my head to clear it.

“Lucy, that’s not fair.” Elora says, looking at me.

“Very well.” He says, and the fog lifts slightly. He lifts my hand to his mouth and kisses it chastely, sitting back down and linking his fingers with Lily’s. She indulges him with an eye roll. I notice that Lucifer leans right back against the chair and am confused.

“He cut his wings off.” Barachiel says in a cold voice in answer to my thoughts.

I flip to my questions for Barachiel in hopes of distracting him.

“Are you happy for the nauseatingly lovesick couple?” I chuckle a bit as I nod in Elora and Raziel’s direction.

Raziel and Elora blush, Lily laughs and Barachiel rolls his eyes.

“She is saving herself for me.” Lucifer says with a wink.

Elora shakes her head laughing.

“It can grow tiresome.” Barachiel says, looking over at them. “But I am coming around to his enamored warmth of mortals. They are not quite as repulsive as I previously thought.”

Lily jabs Barachiel in the ribs and laughs. “No more espressos for you if you’re going to be like that!” she says.

“How did you handle Raziel’s waiting for Elora? Was he obnoxious?”

“He was incredibly, incredibly boring. There is only so long anyone can tolerate that kind of love sick devotion. He is my brother, and I have endured far worse,” He looks at Lucifer in irritation, “but it did indeed grow stale quickly. He was not obnoxious; I don’t believe that is something Raziel is capable of.”

“Sickeningly sweet.” Lucifer concurs.

Barachiel narrows his eyes at him, and lifts another espresso to his lips.

“Have you ever felt something like love for a mortal?”

I sit back sharply as coffee shoots out of Barachiel’s mouth as he chokes at my question. He is clearly so distracted by Lucifer that he is neglecting to read my mind.

Lily grabs napkins and wipes the table laughing. Elora hands more to Barachiel who is wiping his mouth.

“Next question.” He says briskly.

“How could you not love them?” Lucifer purrs, gazing into Lily’s eyes deeply.

He edges closer, closer, closer and just as he is about to kiss her, she turns her head and laughs.

“Alas, this one is immune to me.” He nuzzled her cheek with his nose and whispered in her ear.

She slapping him jokingly and shook her head.

“What’s being done in preparation for the undoubtedly imminent war with the Nephilim?”

The question brings everyone up short. Raziel and Elora look at the floor, Barachiel downs another espresso and Lucifer is too busy gazing longingly into Lily’s eyes. She is ignoring him, clearly used to this. She takes the question as everyone else is avoiding my eyes.

“We don’t know exactly what is happening. We are worried about the cult that is all over the news, but there is so little information at present that we’re just taking it day by day. The problem is that even if Barachiel did know something, he wouldn’t tell us.”

Barachiel nodded once sharply and softened it into a smile.

“No one hurts my Elora without consequences.” Lucifer says in a chilling voice, the first time I have sensed anything threatening or dangerous from him.

I think it might be time to wrap this up before an all-out war is declared, or Lucifer decided to duel Raziel for Elora’s hand.

“It’s been amazing talking with you guys, and thank you so much for meeting with me and, of course, not just wiping my mind!” I say grinning. “Thank you Lily for introducing me to them and their world.” I say sincerely. I give them all a heartfelt smile and say, “I’m really happy that you are all ok and I hope you can handle anything that lies ahead for you!”

I move to stand, gathering my things. Elora opens her arms to me and embraces me warmly.

“You know where I am if you have any more questions.” She says brightly, holding me close.

I nod as she releases me. I find myself stood face to face with Raziel. He extends a hand and shakes mine, squeezing it with affection.

“If a certain someone turns up on your doorstep, call us.” He said, inclining his head toward the copper haired creature that is staring at me I such a way, I feel naked.

“You’re no fun Raziel.” He purrs, pushing him aside and taking me in his arms.

He spins me in a circle before setting me down. He takes my chin in his hand, tilts it back and kisses me fully on the lips. I blink, unsure as to what to do, but feel it might be best to allow it to happen, after all, I doubt I could fight him off. And it feels so good. I can feel that fuzzy, light feeling again and I realize I don’t want it to end. Everything is so great right now! He releases me far more quickly than I would like, and I stand there blushing.

Barachiel shakes his head in disgust, taking my hand and squeezing it gently.

“If you need me to remove an…irritation, just think my name and I will come.” Barachiel says, his eyes darkening in genuine concern.

The light feeling begins to evaporate and I feel tendrils of fear clasping at my heart.

Lily is next, taking me in her arms.

“You’ll be fine my lovely, he gets bored very easily. Besides, he only goes for girls he has a hope of corrupting. You’re too good.” She says, kissing my cheek.

It’s hard to feel worried when Lily is so unconcerned.

I leave them to finish their drinks, feeling a little disorientated from the interview. ‘Darkness and Light’ seems to be an appropriate title when dealing with so many contrasting views on the world. But who is on what side? Raziel is obviously the light, but Lucifer? He clearly is on the fence. I just hope he won’t be offering a follow up interview any time soon!



Lily Crussell is an author of young adult paranormal romance and fantasy novels. Hailing from Buckinghamshire in England, she lives in a quiet town where nothing ever happens. When she isn’t writing, she works full time in retail, something she is desperate to give up.Writing since her early teens, Lily doesn’t see writing as a career choice, more an obsession that won’t let her rest until her muses are sated. She has been known to lock herself in toilet cubicles at work, scribbling madly on scraps of paper to ensure ideas aren’t lost whilst serving customers. Lily previously considered careers in Anthropology and Teaching, but found neither suited her, especially as they would mean less time to devote to write.

Not only a novelist, Lily spends her time writing Haiku and Sonnets, none of which she’s had the bravery to submit anywhere as of yet. When not writing, Lily usually has her nose in a book on subjects ranging from Geiko to Veganism, a subject she is devoted to entirely. She has a terrible sense of humour and enjoys tacky comedies, bad horrors and awful tv. She enjoys cute fluffy animals and is hoping to train guide dog puppies if she ever gets out of retail. Her dream is to write all day, living in a dream world of her characters and only coming out of it to keep house or garden. As a Vegan, she is active in animal welfare issues and believes all creatures deserve respect, regardless of whether they have two legs, four, wings or gills.

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When Elora starts being followed everywhere she goes, she assumes it's paranoia, afterall, if you can't see it, it can't be real...can it? Things grow increasingly weird in Elora's world; the sound of wings, footsteps and physical attacks with no one in sight. Could she be losing her mind? When an attractive stranger saves her from her assailant, she can't help but think he might be in on it. Who can she trust when she doesn't even feel able to trust herself.


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

REVIEW: Shadow's Edge by JT Geissinger

Recap:

The Ikati are an ancient race of shapeshifters who live in secrecy and are bound by a ruthless law. Their leader, Leander, embarks on a mission to assess a young woman with Ikati blood who was unfortunately raised in the human world. Jenna has spent her entire life hiding, running from an unknown enemy. Her parents never got around to telling her the details before they died, and now she’s on her own when a mysterious stranger arrives in her life and turns it upside down. Leander and Jenna could be each other’s condemnation or salvation, if they’re brave enough to explore their connection.

Title:  Shadow's Edge
Series:  Night Prowler
Book #: 1
Author:  JT Geissinger
Approximate Book Length:  359 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I really, really enjoyed this story! The mythology is unique and creative, and the characters are compelling. Leander is a devoted leader and more sentimental than I would’ve guessed. Jenna is intelligent and is stronger than she first appears. All the characters have such depth, you find yourself so invested that while you’re rooting for the hero and heroine, you want to cry for some of the secondary characters knowing what kind of toll everything is taking on them too.

My only complaints are that I would’ve liked to see more panther-shifted time, but maybe that’s just my cat-lover showing, and that Leander and Jenna are both so connected, yet conflicted and they get too stubborn for their own good on occasion. Then again, what romance book couple doesn’t? Truth be told, there’s no real complaint from me. The book is well written, well paced, and has me anxious to know if/when there will be another installment. The writing style reminds me of Jacqueline Frank, so I think any fan of her work will enjoy JT Geissinger’s!

In Conclusion:

Shadow’s Edge is a mesmerizing debut novel for JT Geissinger. Mystical and exciting, it will keep you up all night, unable to put it down until you read the final page. Then it will leave you wanting even more! Any paranormal romance or urban fantasy fan will love this book!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

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

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




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Thursday, July 12, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Berengaria Brown


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

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

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


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

What inspires your work?
Anything, everything. A dream, a snippet of conversation, something I see someone do…

You write gay, lesbian, ménage, and traditional stories of the paranormal, contemporary, futuristic, and more. What made you decide to write in so many subgenres?
I like to read widely. I read everything from sweet to extremely kinky. So that’s the way I write. I believe everyone deserves a happily ever after, and the characters tell me who their special person or people are. So that’s the way the book goes.

You’re a prolific author. Do you have a favorite story that you've written, or one you're most proud of?
A good Momma doesn’t have a favorite child, but you never forget your first. My very first published book was Intensity. I thought I was writing a straight MMF ménage, then a ghost appeared and took over the story.

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you outline plots for your books or just write as it comes to you?
A mixture of both. I don’t start writing until I have a beginning and an end, and a few points I want to hit on the way through. But apart from that anything goes.

What is the atmosphere like when you sit down to write? Do you have music playing? Perhaps a drink and a bowl of M&Ms or something?
I’m addicted to chocolate, but when I’m writing I’m oblivious to what’s happening around me. I’m totally focused on the screen and what’s going on in my head.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read? Who's your favorite author?
I have dozens of favorite authors. I always keep about twenty books on my laptop so I can pick whatever I feel like reading at a given time. Georgette Heyer got me started reading romance, especially historical romance. I dedicated my Regency historicals to her. Other authors I’ve dedicated my books to include Ellis Peters, Alan Adale, Howard Pyle, Amarinda Jones, Anny Cook, Elizabeth Lapthorne, Sue Grafton, Nevil Shute, Cindy Spencer Pape, and Mary Stewart.

Do you have any advice for aspiring romance authors?
Never give up. Keep reading, keep writing, keep polishing, keep submitting.

Can you share a few random facts about yourself unrelated to writing?
I adore chocolate.
I have a day job that I enjoy, but it sure cuts into my reading and writing time!
I love hot weather, sunshine, beaches, and walking in national parks.



Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (ghosts, vampires, fairies, and werewolves) and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man…. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

Find out more about her books at her website. Keep up with what's going on at her blog and on Twitter. You can also keep up with her and get to know her better by friending her on Facebook.



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More than fifty years ago, wicked winds, carrying deadly diseases, swept across the land, and their ancestors fled to a protected valley. But now the easy-to-gather food and fuel are used up, and the people struggle to feed themselves. The goods their ancestors had brought with them are worn out, and life is hard trying to feed and provide for themselves. Zuri, Udo, and Tau love each other, but have to meet in the forest to make love. The people decide to go to the city to look for food and fuel. It’s Zuri who finds the ancestors’ truck and asks for a gift in return—that she, Tau, and Udo could be together. Their request is granted. Then everyone plans for the trip to the city. It’ll be very dangerous, but the three of them will be together. But will they find any food? Will they even survive?


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REVIEW: Dragons' Bond by Berengaria Brown

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Mallory works in an old museum and she’s utterly fascinated by the three large dragon statues -- Mark, William, and Angus -- she’s been working on cleaning and cataloguing. One night they shapeshift into their human forms and make her fantasy a reality. Now that she knows about them, she learns she’s in real danger from the man that owns the museum, and the four of them will have to work together to prevent him from ruining her – during the day. The nighttime hours are for exploring pleasure and building a relationship. Then things get really interesting…

Title:  Dragons' Bond
Series:  Dragon Lovers
Book #: 1
Author:  Berengaria Brown
Approximate Book Length:  64 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I love ménage stories, and I love the paranormal. Put the two together and I’m a happy reader! While I once read a story about stone gargoyles that come alive at night making it similar to this one, this still very much counts as my first dragon shifter story. I look forward to more! The conflict seems a tad on the thin side, which was a little disappointing, but it’s not enough to keep you from turning the pages.

Now for the best part. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Holy scorch marks Batman! The sex scenes are smokin’ hot. The romance is sizzling with an open minded and very willing female and three virile men. They’re strong and protective over her, and have a soft side for being such big bad dragon shifters. I mean, who doesn’t love a man, let alone at least two, that can cook?!

What I found really neat is the Celtic background thrown in. I love pretty much anything Irish, so I geeked out a little bit at that. From the names, to the lore, there are some strong references in there, and I look forward to reading the conclusion to the story, Dragons Redeemed!

In Conclusion:

A blazing erotic ménage story, Dragons' Bond is a nice introduction to a world of dragon shifters and a bit of magic. If you’re looking for a sexy paranormal novella about three guys and a girl to read before bed, or even for some leisure reading, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

REVIEW: Of Darkness and Light by Lily Crussell

Recap:

Strange things begin happening to Elora. She gets the feeling she’s being followed all the time, she’s feinting in the school hallways, the lights keep going out around her, and always accompanied by the sound of wings. But it’s got to be paranoia, because if you can’t see it, it’s not real, right? She thinks she’s losing her mind and that feeling only increases when a handsome stranger saves her from an assailant she can actually see, but she can’t help but think he might be in on it. Who can she trust when she doesn’t even trust her own perceptions?

Title:  Of Darkness and Light
Series:  Shadow of the Nephilim
Book #: 1
Author:  Lily Crussell
Approximate Book Length:  292 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

The book starts off with a bang, throwing Elora right into the fray as the weird stuff starts happening. Then we watch as she meets Raziel and things continue to get weirder. Once he starts hanging around more often, things get safer, but not more normal as he comes clean about himself and everything Elora believed in gets tossed out the window.

The best thing I can say about this book is the character relationships. Elora and Raziel’s love story is incredibly sweet and totally swoon worthy, her friendship with Thomas is adorable, and the relationship that’s created between her and Barachiel and her and Lucifer are both pretty fun actually. However, there’s also a lot I didn’t much like about the book. I like that there’s mystery that keeps you guessing pretty much right up until the end, but it got really frustrating at times and turned out really confusing more often than not. There’s also a LOT of philosophical musing throughout, putting a very religious undertone to it that made me personally slightly uncomfortable (but that’s just me).

There’s also a lot of down time in the book, spent waiting and going through the motions. One thing that really bothered me is how often Elora put herself down. I understand the instances where it was the “angels are superior and awesome” etc etc, but still it was really brought up too often and made you want to start slapping some people around, including Elora. That being said, the overall story is still exciting and intriguing and the book is worth checking out!

In Conclusion:

Shrouded in mystery, Of Darkness and Light plunges you into a world full of angels and mythology that will have you questioning what to believe right up to the last page. Go check it out!

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