Saturday, September 29, 2012

REVIEW: Lean On Me by Tori Scott

Recap:

When Hunter’s son Jason storms out of the house and jumps into the SUV, he has no idea that his life is about to drastically change forever. Sandy’s four-year-old daughter is riding her tricycle down the sidewalk when the SUV hits her. Sandy is frantic, and Hunter makes it his mission to make it up to her, and fix the mess he’s made of Jason’s life. Their lives are forever intertwined when a teenager with an attitude and a little girl who steals people’s hearts team up to make a better life.

Title:  Lean On Me
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Tori Scott
Approximate Book Length:  166 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

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

I’ve read a few stories by Tori Scott, and what they’ve all had in common is a strong emotional investment and that “sugar and spice” dynamic and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. The romance is sexy without being blunt, and the overall story is just so endearing as the whole family falls in love with each other, but face old fears and hurts to overcome.

In Conclusion:

Lean On Me is hands down one of the most heartwarming contemporary romance stories I’ve ever read. It shows love, family, loyalty, and honor in many forms. It’s an awesome quick read for whenever you just need a little pick me up. This will without a doubt bring a smile to your face!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

INTERVIEW: Michel Prince

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


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

What inspired the Chrysalis series?
I don’t want to give all the credit to Twilight, but Stephanie Meyers was giving an interview talking about how she wrote down a dream and kept writing. I’d written a prolog a dozen times when I was bored at work or sitting around. I didn’t know why I wrote it and never wrote past the prolog, but one day I wrote it out again. It’s always the same or similar to the first one I wrote and out came Chrysalis.

Do you have plans on how many books there will be?
Four books have been written. I haven’t decided if I wanted to do more from other character’s perspectives.

You've written more than just this series. Do you have a favorite book, or one you're most proud of?
Yes. I’m serial writer I think. I have an adult paranormal series called The Frozen with book 1 that came out in July. I also have a few other series started.

And I have an adult contemporary one called The Guardian’s Heart that is also being turned into a series. What can I say once I meet my characters and side characters I want to know what happens in their lives.

Chrysalis is my baby but The Guardian’s Heart is one that I’m most proud of for many reasons, technical and story wise.

Do you prefer writing in contemporary, paranormal, or the YA genre, or do all feel equally comfortable to write for?
I’m most comfortable in the adult genre. Whether it’s contemporary or paranormal. The Chrysalis series is YA but it’s a mature YA because it actually started out as an adult book where I “flashed back” to when Oscar and Ellie met. That budding love story turned into it’s own book. That’s why the whole Chrysalis series is considered a cross over series, because it follows them to adulthood and no not to age 18 or 19 but into having a family of their own and fighting these demons while trying to have a career.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a plotter that is a pantser. I have ideas of where the book will go, but it always takes on a life of it’s own.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?
You’re going to screw up. A lot. And at the end of the day if your story is good it won’t matter.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read? Who's your favorite author?
I read it all actually. I love historical, thrillers, romance in most genres, paranormal and chick lit.

I love J.R. Ward’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. I love Sherryln Kenyon and she writes so many types I can find anything good with her. My favorite author changes by my mood. If I’m in the mood for a little mystery I love Sidney Sheldon.

Completely unrelated to reading or writing, what’s your favorite activity or way to relax?
I cross stitch.

Name 5 facts about yourself that we may not already know.
I was the head cheerleader in high school for a few years.

I have an unnatural attraction to John Malkovich.

I believe that Tom Baker was THE hand’s down best Dr. Who.-Yes I’m a geek.

I can quote movies lines with the best of them…in fact I have Blazing Saddles-the most quotable movie ever-practically memorized.

I have certificate to coach for football, volleyball and track.



Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling "It's my turn damn it!!!" She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, cat and new puppy.

Find out more, here.


Chrysalis Available Now!

In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the 'pretty one'. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will?

Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who's trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can't see that.

Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she'll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.

And Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you're worth more.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flash Fiction - Weekly Ideas

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

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


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Lissa Matthews

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

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

I'm the first to admit I'm not the greatest at these types of books. I'm not the greatest world builder. I have a ton to learn for follow up books. But it's fun learning and that's what trying something new is all about. Having fun along the way. Even when it's trying a new type of writing...moving from contemporary to paranormal and back again.

Artic Shift


I've grown in my enjoyment of paranormal reading. It remains in the erotic realm. Its rarely ever the best sellers or books that everyone is talking about that draws my interest. I look beyond what everyone is saying and recommending. I find what works for me. As I do in all my book choices. I want the character interaction, not a huge plot that overshadows the primal need of the characters to mate, to connect, to fall in love. I'm not big on suspense plots, but I am BIG on character.

The point is, though, I had to be open to change in my reading style and my writing style. I don't read to the market and I don't write to it. I write what I want to read if I can't find it anywhere. And the way I approach the paranormals I write is that I want to read it...

I appreciate the gals having me here, a primarily contemporary writer. I was unsure I'd fit but was thrilled to be invited. Thank you.



If you want to read either my bear shifter, Arctic Shift or my demon/angel book, The Demon is an Angel, leave me a comment and tell me what draws you to paranormal romance and we'll pick a winner...

~lissa

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About the Author
Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, writes contemporary erotic romances with Southern ties, delicious food, copious amounts of coffee, and spankings for those who are extra naughty.

To learn more please visit her Website, Blog, Twitter, or Facebook page. You can also sign up for her newsletter via her website homepage or blog. She loves to hear from readers so please feel free to contact her.


Arctic Shift

Unlike her adventurous sister, Ruby is perfectly content to let her mind be the wanderlust while her body stays safely in Chicago. Melanie wouldn’t be out of touch this long without a damned good reason, though. Which means it’s time for a giant step outside her comfort zone.

While Denali National Park is like another planet, the myths and legends that saturate this wild land are right up her alley. The wilderness guide waiting for her—naked in her bed—looks about as safe as a polar bear.

Carson’s people are kin to the great beast, right down to the white hair. Before Ruby ever set foot in Alaska, his inner bear knew that Melanie’s little sister was his mate. He’s doing his level best not to let his primal needs scare her, but everything about her sends his urge to possess her into overdrive.

To his surprise, revealing he’s a shifter only stimulates her innate curiosity. Warming her with the perfect fire of their lovemaking, easy. Convincing her that real love isn’t a myth—and making her want to stay in his home, his bed, his heart—now, that’s a problem…

The Demon is an Angel

When ex-government assassin Delan is kidnapped by Riko, a sex demon, he’s taken care of and sexually serviced in any manner he desires by Riko’s personal sex slaves. And while not one to bemoan his good fortune, Delan is a man of action and in need of a mission. He’s about to be given one by the name of Angel.Riko’s half-sister Angel is just that, an angel. Not just any kind of angel though, she’s a hybrid being—sex demon and sex angel. And she’s in need of being tamed. Barred by Riko from having sex with her fellow sex demons, she’s forced to suffer the inadequate fumbling of humans, both male and female.When Delan and Angel meet, sparks fly. She’s defiant and he’s determined, but the lust and hunger hit them both between the eyes and below the belt. Sex is hard and hot, a little kinky and a whole lot naughty. But Delan needs to find something more than sex to rein her in, or she’ll destroy it all.


Monday, September 24, 2012

REVIEW: Golden Dancer by Tara Lain

Recap:

Mac is obsessed with a story he’s working on gathering evidence for, accusing billionaire Daniel Terrebone of stealing a priceless statue. It would be the breakout point for his career. Then he meets ballet star Trelain Medveyev and he finds he’s not as straight as he thought. When Trelain gets mixed up with Daniel, Mac rushes in to rescue him, finding a passion between the three of them that surprises them all instead. Mac struggles with guilt over his story when he loves the man he’s about to ruin. How can he choose between the story of his career, and the loves of his life?

Title:  Golden Dancer
Series:  Dangerous Dancers
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  189 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I had a little trouble keeping up with who’s who (mostly surrounding Mac’s story on the theft of the statue), but that clears up pretty quickly. Once that’s worked out, you realize the kind of dilemma that Mac faces as this new relationship gathers momentum, making for heaving emotional investment. It also keeps you guessing about what really happened and how they’re all going to get out of the mess they created. Tara Lain always weaves a strong story among a steamy romance, but this one definitely feels the darkest in terms of conflict and the most intricate with several players to keep track of.

I think the best part of this story – besides the growing relationship between Mac, Trelain, and Daniel – is Mac’s sexual exploration. He’s always been straight, so this foray into the world of gay relationships is completely new to him. It’s all the sweeter watching him lose his “gay virginity” as they put it, because Trelain and Daniel are so careful yet encouraging with him. The three of them are just so cute together! They’re best when facing the parents though *grin*.

In Conclusion:

Golden Dancer is a tale of intrigue, exploration, friendship, and family. You’ll laugh out loud (a lot), you’ll cry, and you’ll swoon, especially at the grand ending. If you’re a fan of Tara’s work, this will easily climb to your top five favorites!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

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

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

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

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Ah the brilliant warmth and satisfaction of sunlight.  While in its rays, the hunger ebbs and we are content.  We are less content than usual though, for things are changing and fear has settled within us.  The humans that came here have destroyed the nests of wasps, they chase away the hornets, and the bees go elsewhere now.  So few come near us anymore.  There is a buzz over in the grass across the way.  Just yesterday, a human walked back and forth in front of the house talking to itself.  It kept looking at something in its hands and speaking aloud.  Something about being just as unhappy with the pathetic job as everyone else seemed to be for the human, but that it paid the bills?  It sounded funny, discontent, when it ended with “Love: Your Son, the Wrapper”.  We did not understand, for every job is important.  Our job is to look and smell pretty, and we do our very best, and it’s the job of the wasps and hornets to protect us from the herbivores that devour us, and the bees’ job is to carry our pollen away so more of us can grow and prosper.  But now, there are bees hovering around the very piece of paper the human dropped to the ground yesterday that now held something inside its crumpled edges that was so sickly sweet smelling that ants covered it.  Our seeds go nowhere, and some of us have been torn up by the grasshoppers and caterpillars that are no longer chased away and kept at bay by our protectors.  It’s getting colder now, and soon we will wither away.  If seeds are not spread, we will die out, become extinct!  As our panic grows, we hear the loveliest sound of a buzzing bee.  It came to one of us on the edge, and we were all happy to see it.  Maybe we aren’t doomed after all!  A human came out of the house we are rooted next to and walked to the contraption that made a loud noise and spewed foul smelling smoke.  Before it got in, it looked at the bee and took something rolled up and swatted at it, causing it to flee.  It mumbled something to itself, while we despaired.  Our future looked bleak.  What are we flowers to do without the help and security of our cherished friends…


Saturday, September 22, 2012

REVIEW: Chrysalis by Michel Prince

Recap:

Ellie struggles to overcome the family tradition of a truly sucky path in life. She meets Oscar, who struggles to recover from his own sordid past, and discovers a whole new set of obstacles and challenges to beat. Social, familial, internal, and altogether unbelievable conflicts come together to put them both through the ringer, but if they hold on to each other, they just might make it through.

Title:  Chrysalis
Series:  Chrysalis
Book #: 1
Author:  Michel Prince
Approximate Book Length:  285 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

In most of my reviews, I try to start and end on a good note and bury the iffiness in the middle somewhere. However, this time I’m going to come right out with the bad news. The passage of time threw me a bit. When it felt like a few weeks had passed, it turns out a couple months have gone by, and vice versa. Thankfully, some landmarks are thrown in there, such as homecoming, Christmas, etc. Also, there was a severe lack of editing (words missing, repeated, etc), but I’m hoping that was simply due to reading an ARC.

This book is considered YA romance, but other than being set in high school, it doesn’t feel at all YA. The couple more often than not behave like adults and Oscar especially has a very adult past. Maybe I was sheltered as a teen, but I can’t imagine having had that kind of sexual history by 17. The biggest problem I had faced was that I was reading a YA novel, but at times felt like I was reading low level erotica. At first I thought it just felt very realistic in terms of being a hormone riddled teenager, but as I got further in the book, things only got more graphic.

Now with that said, I have to say that I loved the love story! They were very good together, and often pretty adorable. I enjoyed watching them deal with adversity and their own as well as each other’s inner demons. It made for a very emotional journey. Seriously, I cried several times while reading this book. The neat thing was that I honestly was expecting a contemporary story, but there’s a paranormal angle that sneaks up on you! I thought Kelly and Max were cool and like their backstory too, very creative. The best part is the message about what real love is and how it ought to be shared.

In Conclusion:

Packed with emotional turmoil and a few surprises, Chrysalis is a story of triumph over adversity in many forms. This story is not for the faint of heart. Check this one out, have tissues and be prepared for a not so young adult love story!

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Friday, September 21, 2012

INTERVIEW: Joey from Long Time Coming by Jennifer James

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


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

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

I've tried to ask for things with other guys, but you have to really trust someone to be that open with them. And I never trusted someone like I do him. Plus, other guys I've been with didn't take the lead like he does.

Was Rob everything you'd always dreamed he'd be in bed?
*grinning* What do you think?

We're getting together again real soon. He's amazing, even better than I fantasized.

Oh, crap. I hope he doesn't see this and get a big head.

Did you honestly intend to spend a wild weekend with him, then go your separate ways and leave it at that?
Well, yeah. I mean, we both work a ton of hours and relationships get sticky. It's not like we'd never see each other again. We're always together for the holidays. I thought if things worked out I'd get to drag him off for a quickie at Thanksgiving or whatever. We've been friends for years, who else to get wild with than a really hot friend?

Of course, he had to go and be a fantastic partner, so I have to get some more. *smiles*

Why random places? Do you do it just for yourself or to keep your guy guessing?
Time was of the essence! And after the first time I wanted more, and so I decided to try and cram as much into the weekend and the little bit of time I could get him alone as possible. You have seen him, haven't you? I mean, come on, who wouldn't let their hormones run the show?

The random public places were a side benefit. A little danger of being caught just adds to the spice.

Had you ever been interested in anal sex before Rob? Were you scared?
Not really. But I trust him, you know? I was more scared of something embarrassing happening (and I'm not even going into the possibilities for that, you can do the math yourself) than anything else. I knew if I didn't like it or it hurt he'd stop. I can trust Rob.

And afterward, well, let's just say I'll do it again with him. It was way better than I'd have ever thought.

Do you honestly want a future with Rob? Beyond the promise of a weekend here and there?
We'll have to see. I think we're both happy with our arrangement for now. Keeping it casual. Taking it as things come. But I'm definitely looking forward to spending more time with him. (And not just for the sex.) He's a lot of fun to be around, he's got something up his sleeve for a month from now...we're going to spend a weekend together again, this time without having to dodge family.

And my job has finally settled down some, I'm not traveling as much. The hours are long, but I'm only obligated to fly out twice a year now instead of every month.

Quite an adventurous weekend! Are you always that wild when you get the chance, or does Rob just bring it out in you?
I think I've always been the type of woman who asks for what she wants in bed, but Rob's the first man to ever take it a step further and push me to new heights of...let's call it unexplored territory.

He surprised me in the best way possible. I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next. It tends to inspire me to be even naughtier than usual.



Jennifer James is a very busy writer, goof ball geek girl, and shepherdess of two tiny divas. She loves to read PNR/UF, high fantasy, horror, graphic novels, and the occasional bodice ripper. She also loves bad Sci-Fi movies and the Chiller channel. Because she is one of those scatter brained artistic types, you can often find her staring into the distance daydreaming up scenarios for her own stories. Find her here.


Long Time Coming Now Available!

One scorching weekend of no-strings sex? Or the first two days of something special…

Going home for his older sister's wedding has been a real pain. Unable to get a room at a local hotel, he's stuck in his parents’ spare bedroom, in a twin bed too short for his six-four frame, with nothing to do but fantasize about his sister’s maid of honor and her little purple bikini. Joey Sanchez: the woman he’s had a crush on for the last ten years. All grown up in all the right places.

And it just so happens she’s had a crush on him too.

Lucky for him, Joey knows what she wants. In the pool, in the movie theater, with some very hot text messages, she quenches his desire and demands no promises. She’s married to her career, and that’s the way she likes it. But with the weekend winding down, Rob realizes she’s only left him wanting more. And he doesn’t want to spend the next ten years without her…


Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Ray of Sunshine

Sometimes, it's the little things in life.

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

Sometimes it's the little things in life that make us smile, or laugh, or just plain fascinate us.  Sometimes it can be a simple gesture that can just make our day.  Some of you may know from Facebook that I walk about four miles six days a week.  Well now that school has started up again, there's a lot more people around the neighborhood at bus stops and crossing guards stationed at the busier intersections.  I travel the same route every day, and it appears that people are beginning to recognize me.  One of the crossing guards will usually hold traffic for me at the busiest intersection if she sees me coming and is already out in the middle of the street.  Today she was at the corner on the sidewalk and when I got up to her I smiled my normal friendly smile that I always give her, but while she smiled back, she also spoke.

She told me that she sees me every day come from one direction, turn, and then circuit back around the long way, so she can figure that I take the long way around a park at the end of one street and into the next block to circle around her way as my route.  But it was these words that stuck out, "You're doing good!".  Exercise has always been a hardship for me, because it's hard to stay motivated, so I've been pretty proud that I have kept up my walking, even if I'm not losing much (if any) weight in the process due to building muscle in my legs instead.  It really just warmed my heart to hear her say that.  We don't know each other's names, or anything about each other's lives, but she smiled at me and gave me encouragement and an all around positive vibe.  I smiled the whole way through the end of my walk.  She'd totally made my day.  

It made me think.  Sometimes it's the little things in life... I want to be the kind of person that does simple things that can make a person smile, not because I think they deserve it because they accomplished something or did something good, or because I might get something out of it, but because they're another human being and maybe they need even a little smile to get through the day.  So I try to do just that.  I will smile at anyone I meet, even if they might creep me out a little or outright scare me, because it's only right to pay a little spark of happiness forward.  So yeah, just thought I'd share my little ray of sunshine today :-)


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

REVIEW: Sweet Caroline by Lissa Matthews

Recap:

Buck owns a contracting company, but after meeting a woman in a home improvement store, he becomes a simple handyman. Caroline is declaring her independence after a messy divorce, and part of that is fixing up her house to sell it. As Caroline and Buck work closely, they discover they have more in common than they thought and eventually they are helpless against the attraction that rages through them both. They “play” and with many toys, but will their playtime be enough to overcome the past and change their plans for the future?

Title:  Sweet Caroline
Series:  Blue Jeans and Hard Hats
Book #: 1
Author:  Lissa Matthews
Approximate Book Length:  90 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

This was a really hot book. Hell, it opens up in an adult toy store! There was only one time that I had trouble other than a few editing issues, and that was picturing a particular sex scene. Beyond that, I loved this story, mostly because it felt so authentic and Lissa Matthews paints such a vivid picture that you feel like you could put yourself in the characters’ shoes.

I really enjoyed the playful exploration they endeavor and the way they discover more and more about each other in all aspects of their lives as they push to let the attraction and new respect and just everything blossom. I really felt so much for both characters. I hurt with Caroline, I blushed with, and as for Buck…he’s so caring and compassionate that it’s hard not to fall for him (not that you’d want to fight it anyway).

Another thing I appreciated was the demonstration of the age difference. I’m one of those that doesn’t care about age, and often in stories, even if there is an age difference, it’s not addressed much. Lissa doesn’t shy away from it, but shows you how the characters think of it and why it does or doesn’t matter to them. She also shows that you don’t have to be a perfect size 8 to be sexy, beautiful, and loved. Ultimately, just a really well written and great sexy story!

In Conclusion:

If you’re looking for some kink with your romance, look no further. Sweet Caroline is riveting from beginning to end you will be so engrossed that you won’t be able to put it down! Excellent novella!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GUEST POST: Olivia Hardin

I found Olivia's book, Witch Way Bends, through a book recommendation (from whom, I can no longer remember lol) and really enjoyed it. I eventually found her on Facebook and everything after that and found that she's such a nice person. She's part of a writer's group that is all about supporting budding authors. I love seeing that kind of support from authors in general. I am very happy to welcome her to my blog today and hope you'll give her a warm welcome too!

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Triumph in Destiny

To anyone who ever thought they were just a supporting character in life – we each have a destiny… All of it fits...

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

When I was writing book one, a very bubbly, smart-mouthed gal appeared out of the blue. Jill Prescott was Devan’s BFF from college; she was also a vampire. Even though her part in that first book was small, Jill’s impact was big. It would take all of book two to convince even her of that.

It’s a common enough story, but it obviously touches our heartstrings because it resonates with many of us. A person who cannot for the world fathom the impact that their small life might have on the bigger picture. Still, we all have a destiny.

A few weeks ago I was asked who inspired Jill’s character. No one, I responded. Jill was just a figment of my imagination.

Well, that wasn’t quite true. It took me a while to realize it, but Jill is someone very close to me, yet worlds apart from me. For the purposes of this blog, we’ll call my true-life friend, Amy.

Amy’s beauty is striking. It always has been. She glows, she shines. Guys follow after her. I always envied her those things. She and I were very close at one time. Still, Amy fails to recognize the beauty inside instead of what is on the outside. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s loving and kind-hearted. The outside is just a wrapper.

Jill is all that I wish Amy could see. She’s overcome the utmost darkness and in the end realized… All of it fits… I’m honored that on the pages of Bitten Shame I’ve conveyed the triumph of that journey though the darkness. As one reviewer wrote, “…it’s a battle she almost loses, in more than one way. We all struggle with darkness, just in different ways.”

~ Olivia

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About the Author
Olivia Hardin always realized how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.

Find her here.


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Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape… Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…


Monday, September 17, 2012

Flash Fiction Ideas - New Inspiration

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

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

REVIEW: Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Recap:

Mark is a housekeeper for a resort and his motto in life is to have low expectations, be invisible, and work your butt off. Being gay hasn’t made life easy for Mark, but he’s doing whatever he has to in order to follow his dream of being a fashion designer. Ash is in desperate need of a bride so he can get his inheritance, but things get complicated when he meets Mark and is helpless to resist him. Carstairs Pennymaker is a meddling little elf of a man, and he sees potential where others seem blind, and works to pulls the puppet strings to arrange a happy ending. But will everyone behave accordingly to achieve such an ending?

Title:  Sinders and Ash
Series:  Pennymaker Tales
Book #: 1
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  140 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Tara Lain has taken a classic fairytale and put a more modern twist on it. Mark was kicked out at 16 and has led a tough life full of hard work. Ash is a rich boy with no work experience. They say opposites attract and that must be right, because boy is it a fierce attraction between these two. Better than that though, is how Mark makes Ash want to be a better man and Ash inspires Mark to fight for what he wants.

All of Tara’s books are great, I love the personal conflicts and watching the heroes step up and be better people and earn their happy ending. Sinders and Ash was no different, however it was a little awkward in places. I have zero problems with M/M romance, in fact I enjoy them immensely, but this had a Mrs. Doubtfire kind of awkwardness to it without all the funny. Mark ends up having to dress up, literally, at times and while I totally get it, the circumstances just made it pretty awkward.

What’s cool in the book is that there’s sort of a mini story within a story. Ronnie is Ash’s right hand “man” and she gets a surprise ending herself, as does Ash’s leading bridal candidate, Bitsy. Both conclusions leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a grin. The ending is satisfying and fun, but leaves you wanting at least a little more.

In Conclusion:

Your typical Cinderella story with contemporary twist, Sinders and Ash is a fun story about believing in yourself and working for your dreams. It’s light hearted and exciting and has a romance that’s both sweet and steamy. Don’t miss this new take on an age-old tale!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

FLASH FICTION: Contemporary - Self

So I spent a couple days visiting with my family this week, which prevented me from reading, writing, reviewing, and outlining my flash fiction. This is why I'm late, but hey it's done! It happened to work out pretty well that I could pull from that trip and still include all the words with minimal bending of actual events. Here's a glimpse into my life...

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I’m twenty-five years old, coming up to my next birthday, and I’m married to my high school sweetheart. I live only an hour away from pretty much my entire family, so I try to make a trip up to see them about once a month. This gets messy though, because like every other person on the planet, they have busy lives and scheduling time to see everyone for more than a few minutes each can be nerve racking.

I love my family, but we can often be a very text book definition of dysfunctional. Sometimes though, spending time with them, particularly when it’s quality individual time separately, can be that comfortable experience you expect when around loved ones that are supposed to love and accept you no matter what.

My mother is naturally the focus of my visits, and as an only child, there is no escaping that daughterly duty to spend time with her. All her attention and affection funnels down to me, so I end up coddled every time I’m at her house. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s kind of nice, not having to worry about if it’s my turn to cook! It can just be a little suffocating at times.

However, my latest trip was actually pretty laid back and low key. I saw everybody for a good few hours each and there were no arguments, no interventions, just talking and hanging out. One of my better visits, I must say!

My time with my mom was probably the funniest. My mom taught me to play cards when I was young, but my husband and friends don’t play with me…because I always win. I have now gotten to the point where I always win against my mom too, but at least she still plays with me. So that’s our thing, we play cards.

We’ll turn the TV on, generally to something we don’t have to pay close attention to, and we play. We’ve had games of Rummy that have gone into the thousands in points. So that’s exactly what we did.

We flipped through the channels to see if there were any movies on that we liked that would be good background noise, but mostly just passed some weird stuff, including something with a monkey eating an apple. Whatever. We ended up just turning on cartoons. Yes, cartoons!

I actually loved this, because it’s not like I watch cartoons much these days. There were a couple episodes of Scooby-Doo, one of which was the zodiac one where they talk about constellations and stuff, but the other was a more typical one, where a seeweedy monster was coming out of the blue lagoon or black lagoon or whatever. Scooby used to be one of my faves growing up.

The rest of the day was spent on looney tunes. We saw Bugs tickle Elmer Fudd, he produced many a limerick, there was an episode with a cherub fluttering about, he outsmarted Marvin the Martian, and it was just a surprisingly fun day.

The best part might have been the cards though. I beat my mom at Rummy by nearly a thousand points, so we switched to a game I’d learned recently called Castle. A friend showed it to me recently and the best part about it is that it’s based more on luck than strategy, so I can’t ALWAYS win…my husband still won’t play it with me though *sigh*.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

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

Recap:

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



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

Thoughts:

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

That being said, I’ll touch on the actual stories, and I’ll start with Sean Hayden’s. Some of his contributions were a little spooky, but mostly they were funny! They’ll start off feeling normal with very authentic characters, and then take a wild turn to somewhere you didn’t expect to at all. Zombies at the Meat Market, Every Time I Walk into the Room, Why You Should Always Wear Clean Underwear, The Day I Got Caught, It’s Too Friggin’ Hot For This, The Headless Norseman, And You Think Your Job Sucks, and The Punkin King are all of his works included. The Headless Norseman was probably my least favorite because it just had such a different feel from the others; The Punkin King was the creepiest, and all the others are tied for funniest whether it be because of content or inspiration. So great!

Jen Wylie’s works all have a different tone by comparison. Hers are more paranormal and out of the blue different. Her stories are mysterious, fascinating, and beautifully strange at times. I don’t know how many people could write from the point of view of a cricket and make it interesting, but she did. She makes me want to go and check out all her works to further experience some of her characters. The Sweetest Vampire: A Sappy Story, The Sweetest Vampire: Bittersweet Memories, Echoes of Darkness, An Unexpected Echo, The Smallest Maestro, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, and Forgettable: the Beginning are her contributions to the anthology, and they just make you want more!

In Conclusion:

A different kind of anthology that will make you laugh, make you sad, and maybe even spook you, Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales will leave you craving more from Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie and, if you’re a writer, inspire you to write more and in newer, fun, different ways just to see what you’re capable of!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

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

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

INTERVIEW: Lucy Felthouse


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


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

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

You write in a variety of genres, but is there one that you feel is your strongest?
I don't know, to be honest. I probably get the most compliments about my lesbian stuff, so I'll say that.

You’re a prolific author. Do you have a favorite story that you've written, or one you're most proud of?
I'm very proud of Off the Shelf, an m/f erotic romance published by Xcite Books because it was my first novella, and the longest piece I'd written. At the time of me filling in this interview, it's still the longest piece I've written, but I'm currently working on a novel which I hope will have overtaken the novella by the time this is published!

I also really like my lesbian erotic romance, Finally Found, which appears in Evernight Publishing's Lover Unexpected: Sappho Edition anthology because it's a fun romance with lots of real life stuff thrown in.

Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you outline plots for your books or just write as it comes to you?
Since most of my stuff is short stories, I'm mainly a pantser. An idea will come to me and I'll just write it. But with my novella, and especially with my novel, I have chapter by chapter outlines to help me stay focused. But if the final thing changes from the plan, it doesn't matter – what will matter is the fact I've finished. Fingers crossed!

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 always have a drink beside me when I'm working. Sometimes I have music, other times I don't, it just depends how I'm feeling at the time. The ideal atmosphere is no outside noise, i.e. neighbours or people in the street because it's very distracting. Sometimes I'll even shut the blinds to stop me looking out of the window. Unless it's raining. I like to watch the rain. It inspires me.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read? Who's your favorite author?
I read all sorts of things. I review books as well as write them, so I get sent lots of erotica and erotic romance to read, so that's the stuff I read the most. But I like to take a break from it by reading thrillers, paranormal romance, chick lit and horrors. As for my favourite author, there are so many that I couldn't choose just one.

Do you have any advice for aspiring romance authors?
Yes – read lots in your chosen genre, learn to edit your own work, and never give up!

Can you share a few random facts about yourself unrelated to writing?
I love Supernatural. I'm a Sam girl, though I certainly wouldn't say no to Dean.
Jeremy Renner is my current celebrity crush.
I have a loony dog called Scamp.
I love historical places like houses, stone circles, churches, etc.



Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story - so she did. It went down a storm and she's never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, Decadent Publishing, Ellora's Cave, Evernight Publishing, House of Erotica, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City.

Find out more at her website, join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter.


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REVIEW: Off the Shelf by Lucy Felthouse

Recap:

Annalise is tired of hearing her mother tell her she’s stuck “on the shelf”. A busy travel writer, she doesn’t have time to date and her one night stands she occasionally finds along her way certainly don’t lead to anything more. She wants a man that can satisfy her mind as well as her body, but fears she’ll never find him. At the bookstore she frequents, she meets Damien – a smart and gorgeous booklover and sweet tooth. Annalise fears rejection, and Damien’s shy, so despite their immediate chemistry, they seem to be doomed to remain forever on the shelf.

Title:  Off the Shelf
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Lucy Felthouse
Approximate Book Length:  65 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I actually kind of loved this story, and I loved that a bookstore was Annalise’s stress relief (I can sympathize). Damien seems like such a sweet, sexy book nerd and Annalise seems half her age when faced with him. They best part is that they seem so normal. He’s not some ripped romance novel cover model, and she’s not some stick thing supermodel either.

The genuine attraction between them is innocent and builds periodically rather than being an instant shared lust. It’s a slow, sweet, realistic progression that had me swooning. I didn’t like Annalise’s attitude of just wanting to get laid while away regardless of her affection for someone else, but thankfully she gets over that quickly, and I grinned like a fool at the same time Annalise lets out a girly squeal as a simple message from Damien sowed the seeds of potential between them.

The bottom line here is that it’s a very relatable book. Two people meet, feel an instant chemistry as they find common interests, and decide to see where it can lead, despite their fears of screwing it up! Haven’t we all been there?

In Conclusion:

This was an adorably journey of two people exploring an attraction that could mean so much more for them. It’s like reliving your first love as a teenager, but with an adult edge. It’s a sweet, sizzlingly sexy, and thoroughly enjoyable read!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

18 & Over Giveaway Hop


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

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

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

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REVIEW: Witch Way Bends by Olivia Hardin

Recap:

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



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

Thoughts:

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

As for the story, it grips you from the beginning by throwing you directly into the middle of a mission that Devan, Kent, and crew are on. It adds mystery by being vague and not telling you anything about what’s going on. My only problem with this was the fact that it stayed that way for the first few chapters before slowly beginning to give you some insight into what’s going on, and it take quite a while before revealing the larger, overall conflict in the big picture. This also made the validity of some of their plans come into question, because without knowing the truth, you can’t understand how a certain strategy could ever be viable.

Moving on to the characters, I like Devan and Kent, was suspicious of Roon at first, but ultimately I think Langston (aka Andre – read to find out why, you’ll love the reference!) was my favorite. The connection and chemistry between the characters was very believable and often made for some funny moments. Let’s face it, no one is truly comfortable with someone, even your best friend, knowing what you’ve been up to for…hours upon hours *wink*.

My favorite part of the whole thing though was the world. It was complex, it includes different species, and the potential for so much more. The possibilities of what to expect are truly endless in both the plot and the magic.

In Conclusion:

Mysterious, exciting, and mesmerizing, Witch Way Bends will take you on a magical journey where everything is possible and you should be ready for anything. Don’t miss this great start to a series with so much potential!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GUEST POST: Casea Major

I found Casea Major by reviewing Night with a Dom for The Forbidden Bookshelf. We got to talking and now I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing her other works, One Knight in Brooklyn and Pinocchio Syndrome, and more importantly, finding a new author I'm happy to call a friend. Please help me welcome her here today as she talks about her roots in romance. *cheers*

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My Romantic Roots – 1980’s Soap Operas

Buffy, thank you so much for giving me time and space. I’m excited to be here.

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

When I was a girl, my sister and I spent summers as latch-key kids. We woke each weekday morning at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. (How we slept that late I’ll never know.) The first thing we did was turn on the TV with a press of a button on the actual television set and tune in to The Young and the Restless at 11:00, followed by All My Children at 12:00, Days of Our Lives at 12:30, One Life to Live 1:00, Another World 1:30 and General Hospital at 2:00. At 3:01 p.m. we would scramble like hell to clean the house and do our chores before Mom and Dad came in from work at 5:00.

All day long we engrossed ourselves in soap operas. Some of which overlapped. Without the benefit of Tivo or even a video recorder in the early days, it could be a true dilemma with far reaching consequences to decide which show to watch. What if Hope had gotten shot the day before on Days of Our Lives but Jessie was professing his love to Angie on All My Children. How could you choose?

These were the glory days of daytime television with an abundance of heroes to go around.

Does anyone remember Rick Springfield as Dr. Noah Drake, or Michael Damian as Danny Romalotti? What about Jack Wagner as Frisco Jones, John Stamos, Peter Reckell, Peter Bergman…etc.?

These guys were my first introduction to romance, and they were excellent teachers. In fact, now when I need a great hero name or a mental picture of a character, I check the ranks of daytime television. Not always the best actors but certainly some of the prettiest. I still smile when I think of Steve “Patch” Johnson calling Kayla “Sweetness” or a leather-clad Bo Brady with Hope in a wedding dress on the back of his motorcycle after saving her from marriage to the evil Larry.

Sadly, the daytime serials of years past are fading away as reality has set into the minds of the American population. Fantasy and romance are no longer in vogue. Snooky and The Situation take focus over The Quartermain and Horton Clans. My beloved soap operas are a dying art form. Many have been cancelled and more are in jeopardy.

In truth, I haven’t watched soaps for decades, but I do revisit those tantalizing nineteen eighties hay-day plotlines for inspiration. I fondly reminisce over favorite couples and kisses, and revel in the unbelievable twisting plotlines that stretch the suspension of logic passed imagination. I mean how many long lost kids, mothers, sisters, lovers, brothers can one person have? Stefano DiMera has died and been resurrected so many times he makes Jason from the Friday the 13th franchise and Michael Myers of Halloween fame look like lightweights.

But the true staple of these stories was the romance—the heart-pounding, knuckle-biting, will-he-kiss-her suspense that is the essence of our addiction. The soap opera more than any other medium had the ability to capture epic romance that literally spans decades. This addictive romantic core is what enthralls and drives us romance lovers to read, watch, and write new stories.

Thank you, daytime TV, for the hours of guilty entertainment and education in the art of romance. May my own work strike as definitive a chord with others as yours has with me.

So tell me – Where are your romantic roots?

All my stories can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and All Romance e-books.
Pinocchio Syndrome - My irreverent, erotic retelling of the Italian Fairytale, Pinocchio. Is FREE right now on Barnes and Noble!

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About the Author


I am a full-time writer living in the Texas heat. Heat is good inspiration for what I write. I love a good romance but I want to feel satisfied when I’m finished reading. Happy endings are a given but there’s nothing I love more than a hot love scene. I don’t need bodily fluids gushing or running down anything –YUCK but I love to feel the rush of a good old-fashioned sex scene. You know the kind they used to show on Daytime television — naked between the sheets, in the tub of never ending bubbles or on a beach. Where the woman finally finds her voice and says “Make love to me.” and the man obligingly fulfills her request.

That’s what I’m talking about. If you like that too then chances are you’ll like my stories. Take look and let me know what you think.

You can find me at my blog, or any of the following places: Facebook, Goodreads, The Romance Reviews, Manic Readers, or Amazon Profile.


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Wiseguy Chio Pino is assigned to protect the mob boss’ daughter, but she wants more than his protection. With her cleaver-wielding father on his ass, Chio’s problems are growing like his dick when he lies. Can he resist her advances, or will he lose his man part and his heart?


Monday, September 10, 2012

Flash Fiction - Weekly Reset

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

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


REVIEW: Beach Balls by Tara Lain

Recap:

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

Title:  Beach Balls
Series:  Balls to the Wall
Book #: 3
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  106 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Sexy, sexy! The instant chemistry is blazing, and the initial anonymity adds a naughty feeling just as it adds mystery and suspense. I love the fun parts from Sky’s grand entrance on the beach to the teasing Adam gets from his friend. I was smiling and laughing right along with the characters.

When they meet again, discovering just who the other is, I was already so attached to “them” that my heart broke at the anger and distrust that evolved in that instant. Their struggle through the conflict, and of course the resolution, is oh so satisfying both for Adam’s heart and Sky’s cause. My favorite part might just be the final reunion scene, underwater fun followed by a very different take on the phrase “sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat” *grin*.

In Conclusion:

Another steamy installment in the Balls to the Wall series, Beach Balls is again story of sticking to your beliefs and being proud of who you are. Tara Lain never fails to deliver delicious M/M romance, and this time she’s done so with a sexy lawyer and a bold environmental activist. It’s worth adding to your TBR list; you won’t be disappointed!

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