Friday, November 30, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Reviving Bloom by Michelle Turner


Thanks to Juniper Grove Book Solutions for hosting this blog tour. I've had the pleasure of reading Reviving Bloom and really enjoyed it. Here's my review of the lovely story!

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Recap:

Bloom has spent a year mourning her father alone, having never known her mother. She fears she may never heal, but then she finds a wounded dog in the woods one night never imagining that he could be so much more to her. Pike took off running after succeeding his father as pack alpha, and runs right into his mate. Pike and Bloom venture forth to find out more about Bloom’s heritage, as well as exploring their bond that being mates has ignited in them.

Title:  Reviving Bloom
Series:  Bloom Daniels
Book #: 1
Author:  Michelle Turner
Approximate Book Length:  207 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

The beginning is really sad as both characters struggle with guilt and grief, but it just sets the stage. Once they meet, the contrast between before and after is very heartwarming. The plot is fast, grabbing your attention and keeping it.

The usual aggression you find in many werewolf stories these days was not present, which was refreshing and, coupled with short distinct chapters, makes for a quick and pleasant read. The plot is fairly predictable, but enjoyable none the less, especially since Bloom is adorable and you can’t help but fall for Pike.

The family dynamics, and pack ones too for that matter, added depth to both the plot and the characters and I really loved some of those characters almost as much as the main ones! There are some outside sources of action and suspense, but most of the conflict in this book comes from internal struggles as Pike and Bloom learn each other and their new roles together.

As far as the writing goes, I think there’s room for growth, particularly in the grammar department, but nothing took away my enjoyment at all. There’s plenty of room for sequels and I’m really looking forward to the next installment – especially since the ending is more of a lead-in than and ending. The best part is that it left me wanting more without being a cliffhanger!

In Conclusion:

Reviving Bloom is a very sweet werewolf tale that had me enthralled from the very first page. I was so engrossed in it that I stayed up half the night to finish it! It’s a story about life and its hardships as well as love and adventure. Can’t wait for more!

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About the Author
Michelle is a 28 year old native Ohioan. Go Buckeyes! She lives with her husband and son. When she isn't spending time with her family or working you can find her with her nose stuck in a good book. On October 3, 2012 she released her first book as an independent author, Reviving Bloom.

Find Michelle on Facebook and GoodReads.


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Bloom was abandoned by her mother at birth, but thanks to her dad she never once felt unloved. When he is killed in a car wreck, leaving her without any close family, she spends a year mourning him. Her heart has been cut out of her chest and nothing is left but an empty hole that she doesn’t think will ever heal. Then one night after work she finds a wounded dog in the woods behind her house and takes him in, not realizing he’s more than just some stray dog but a wolf shifter, who happens to be her mate.

Pike is getting over the loss of his father by running full force away from his responsibilities. He’s getting ready to go back to face his new position as the Alpha of his pack when he catches the scent that can only belong to his mate.

When Bloom finds out she may not be the normal human she always thought herself to be, she’s forced to search out the woman who abandoned her at birth.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

GUEST POST: Sandra Bunino

Here today to talk about love scenes and share a bit about her upcoming work is the lovely Sandra Bunino! She's a wonderful author and I am very much looking forward to her free serial! Happy reading :D

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Hi BK! Thanks for having me to your virtual home again. *mwah*

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

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

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

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

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

5. Lastly, the ending scene of An Officer and A Gentleman (1982) where Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of the factory in his uniform makes me cry.

Ever since Tom Cruise and Rebecca DeMornay’s sexy as sin train scene in the 1980’s classic Risky Business, I’ve been a fan of sexy train scenes. So it didn’t take me long to decide to write a smoking hot short story about a man, a woman, and a steamy train ride for my holiday blog serial series beginning on my site tomorrow.

Grab your ticket and board the sexy train! Here’s a little sneak-peek excerpt from The Train Ride, a five part holiday free read blog serial:


The racing train matched the uptick of his heartbeat as she walked up the aisle, her eyes never wavered from his. She continued her slow procession to the back of the train until she was directly next to his row.

“Is that seat taken?” she asked and nodded her head once to the unoccupied seat to his right.

“I don’t believe it is,” he said after clearing his throat.

He detected a slight smile from her full lips as she swung the leather briefcase that was hanging from her arm up and slid it into the overhead compartment. A wave of heat hit his cheek and his eyes flicked to the side to appreciate the strip of warm skin peeking from the top of her skirt’s waistband and the bottom of her untucked blouse as she stretched to adjust her stowed case.

A deep inhale was rewarded by the heady combination of lavender mixed with cinnamon.

“May I?” she whispered.

The breathy request pulled at the muscles in his stomach. He carefully folded the newspaper in his hand and tucked it into the seat in front of him. His gaze blazed a trail up her body as he stood. She squared her shoulders remained within an intimate distance while he stepped around her body to allow her access into the row.


Want more of The Train Ride? Join me on my blog every Friday from November 30th through December 28th for a wild ride.

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About the Author
Sandra Bunino began a love of romance stories while penning a creative writing assignment in high school. The story ended with the heroine receiving a long stemmed red rose in her locker on Valentine’s Day. Since then, all of her stories feature the hero presenting the heroine with roses. Sandra is constantly searching for different ways to achieve a heart-pumping, stomach-flipping, breath-catching reaction from her readers.

Contact her via the following:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon

Her books include:
Marooned in Miami
Lusted in Las Vegas
Sara's Smile
The Satin Rose Experience
Mia's Submission
Brooke's Wish


Saturday, November 24, 2012

REVIEW: Fade by Lisa McMann

Recap:

Life is tougher than dreams for Janie and Cabel, as they just want to spend some time together, but can’t. Disturbing things are happening at the high school, but no one’s talking, and it’s up to Janie to solve the mystery. She taps into a classmate’s nightmares and gets some major leads, but getting the proof drops Janie in way over her head pushing Cabel to behave so shockingly it brings down grave consequences effecting them both. The cherry on top is learning the truth about what lies ahead in Janie’s future as her ability come at a high cost.

Title:  Fade
Series:  Wake
Book #: 2
Author:  Lisa McMann
Approximate Book Length:  260 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

Lisa McMann does it again! This time the stakes are higher as Cabel deals with the risks Janie has to take and Janie copes with just how hard things get with her ability. To say Janie gets in over her head is an understatement as she nearly falls victim to one of the worst kinds of evil in humanity. Cabel struggles to let Janie do what she needs to, knowing what could happen, and despite the new steps they take in their relationship, it stresses their bond until it nearly breaks.

What I liked about this book was that teenage high school seniors are portrayed pretty realistically. Even the topic of safe sex is addressed, and teenagers partying too hard and dangerously. What I didn’t like about this book is that I have a hard time believing that Janie would be allowed to get so deep in a mission as to be as in danger as she ends up. Then again, I know nothing about teenage NARCs.

In Conclusion:

Ultimately, Fade is a really great sequel that serves to only get readers further invested in Janie’s life. This story is a true emotional rollercoaster that takes you places you wouldn’t normally dare go.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

BLOG TOUR: A Man to Trust by Cheryl Yeko


Thanks to Book Trailer Showcase for hosting this blurb blitz. Here's a peek at Cheryl Yeko's A Man to Trust.

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



~EXCERPT~

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

What am I doing? Angela raced to the refrigerator and opened the door to test the firmness of the dough, taking time to clear her mind from the sensual daze induced by Jake’s kisses.

Heat scorched her cheeks. If the timer hadn’t gone off, would she have let him take her right there on the table? She sprinkled flour onto the counter and placed the dough on it, forming it into a square.

“Can I help?” Jake’s husky voice drifted over her sensitive nerves as he came up behind her and heat radiated from him as he positioned himself at her back.

She pushed hair from her face and reached for the rolling pin, not looking at him. She felt like a gazelle being stalked by a lion.

“No, I’ve got it, thanks.” She rolled the dough into a rectangle, before folding the short ends over the middle to make three layers. Turning the dough a quarter turn she rolled it away from her into another large rectangle.

“That looks complicated.” Jake placed an arm at each side of her, then gripped the counter and peered over her shoulder. Effectively caging her in, his warm, minty, breath feathered across her face. “Explain to me what you’re doing. I might like to make it for my son sometime.”

Her hands trembled when she folded the short ends over the middle again to make another three layers. Normally, she’d place the dough back in the refrigerator at this point for another twenty minutes, but if she worked fast enough she could skip that step. And she wanted to get this done as soon as possible and put some space between her and Jake. Afraid she would throw herself back into his arms.

She glanced over her shoulder and met his heated gaze. His eyes smoldered with banked lust. “Seriously?”

He nodded, watching her with a predatory gleam in his eyes.

She took another shaky breath and glanced back down. “Okay. It—it’s a simple recipe really. I’m making dough for Pear-Hazelnut Tarts. I’ll write it down for you.”

“That’d be great.” His body pressed up against her.

Angela gulped. “Well—well, first you prepare the dough, then you need to wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about half an hour.”

“Uh huh.” He leaned in and nuzzled her ear. “Refrigerate the dough. Got it.”

Her mind went into lockdown. Nothing but silence and sexual tension filled the room.

“I’m listening,” Jake brushed his thumb across her cheek. “Flour,” he murmured, nuzzling her neck.

“Oh.” Her body was wound tight and desire pooled in her belly, and her breasts felt heavy and aching with the need to be touched. A tremor ran through her.

She gave the dough another turn and again folded the ends over. “After you remove the dough from the refrigerator, you need to roll it flat, and shape it into a large rectangle, then fold the short ends over the middle so that it makes three layers.” She demonstrated it for him, although she didn’t really think he was paying attention.

“Right. Three layers,” he repeated. One hand slid to her stomach, tugging her closer.

Angela’s pulse raced. “Umm. Repeat this four times,” she managed to say. “The dough needs to remain firm, if not . . . if not, put it back in the refrigerator for another fifteen minutes before continuing.”

“Mmm, sounds like a lot of work.”

She gave her shoulders a little shrug to loosen his arms from around her. “Some space here, please,” she said, breathlessly.

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About the Author
Cheryl Yeko lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick. She loves to read, write, play piano and spend time with her grandchildren.

Although she has spent most of her professional life as a legal assistant, she can also include realtor, small business owner, and virtual assistant/mobile notary to her varied background. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin Chapter.

Cheryl is thrilled to be able to add author to her resume and would love to hear comments from readers.

Find out more about Cheryl on her Website, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or friend her on GoodReads.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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

Recap:

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








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

Thoughts:

This time around, there were a couple stories where the authors decided to pick a topic and both write a story around it. The first was fireflies. Fireflies by Jen Wylie surrounds the magic you feel when catching fireflies. Security by Sean Hayden is about how catching fireflies can have grave consequences. These stories are both a little weird, but in vastly different ways. Just a Bear by Jen Wylie is about how sinister or safe a stuffed bear can be, and really made me appreciate the old stuffed animals that reside in my closet. Mr. McClunkin by Sean Hayden is a steampunk story (which I’m not usually very fond of) and walks a delicate balance between heartwarming and scary. It’s really neat to see how both can take a subject and go in vastly different directions.

There were several stories revolving around zombies. The Zombie Apocalypse, Blue Moon, and Duck Hunting by Jen Wylie all have an undead aspect. The first is a new take on how it could happen; the second is about a deliciously vengeful witch, and the third is what happens when a writer is woken up from her beauty sleep by duck hunting season. The Zombie Dialogues is the only zombie related story that Sean Hayden contributed, and it was freaking hilarious. I would love to see more of the two characters he showed us.

Pumpkin Carver, GTMV-219, Bubba Fangs, and In Hell are Sean Hayden’s other stories. The first is both heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time as he writes from his heart; the second is a dark and twisted story about a virus and how it helps a young man get the upper hand; the third is a crazy combination of gross and hilarious as a “Walmartian” meets a vampire while on duty; and finally there’s a story that makes you think about your beliefs in a funny way without getting all religious on you.

Jen Wylie’s other inclusions are Little Devil, Whisperings, and Shadow of Innocence. The first is a devious twist on what it’s like to raise a son by showing how some days are better than others; the second truly disturbed me as someone who frequently doesn’t get enough sleep myself and is just really creeptastic; and the last is a fantasy about the darker, yet still noble, side of unicorns.

In Conclusion:

Incredibly well-written collection of short stories, Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales 2 is just as fascinating, spooky, and funny as the first – maybe even more so. Like before, there’s a little bit of everything for all reading tastes. There’s a little science fiction, some steam punk, same fantasy, some paranormal, and even a hint of contemporary. Be ready to sit and read it all because infused with humor and/or horror, every story will hold you breathless with anticipation.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Passion Creek by Avery Flynn


Big thanks to Bewitching Blog Tours for this blog tour. Today I'm sharing a bit about Avery Flynn's Passion Creek, which promises to be an exciting and steamy read!

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Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.

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




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Wind whipped at Josie's hair, its cold fingers digging underneath her collar despite her coat being zipped up to her neck.

McPherson's Bluff loomed above them looking like a huge, solid, snow-covered brick. It rose nearly a mile from the flat prairie that reached out in every direction from its base. Off to the left a gnarled path of sunken ravines snaked out toward the horizon. A wide path had been cut down the center of the monument and a modern road weaved its way up the pine tree speckled bluff. Josie couldn't help but admire its fierce, solitary and utterly unwelcoming beauty.

"Wow."

Sam chuckled. "Imagine seeing that from the front seat of a wagon after you've abandoned your old life to create a new one in a place you've never seen and with people you've never met. What kind of person would risk everything to travel through hostile territory for a slim chance at a better life?"

"You sound like you wish you were that kind of person."

"No." He slammed the car door shut and stormed over to her, stopping inches from the tips of her black boots. "I'm not that kind of person. I like order and I like certainty. I like standing in the back of the room away from the attention and the talk. I want steak on Friday nights and pancakes every Sunday morning. I like going to my office at the same time every day and having the same roast beef sandwich for lunch Monday through Friday."

He moved in close enough for her to feel the heat pulsing off of his flushed cheeks. Or maybe it was the heat moving up from her wet pussy that caused the breathless jittering in her stomach. Her entire being focused on him as her nipples hardened in anticipation of the electric flash that would explode inside her the moment they touched. She should say something, do something but the golden flecks in his hazel eyes held her mesmerized. Josie hung on the edge of a sheer cliff of need—not wanting to pull back, but unable to take that final step forward into the oblivion of passion.

"I have a boring life in a small town where nothing ever happens. My plans for the future involve putting fifteen percent of my salary into my 401K and publishing papers in dry history journals that no one reads. There is no room on my calendar for adventure or treasure hunting with a woman who stands out in the room like a shiny new penny."

His lips were only millimeters from hers, his breath pushing against her parted lips like a heated caress. Josie's body vibrated from toes to eyebrows. If he didn't touch her soon she would have to pounce on him.

"You probably don't even eat leftovers," he grumbled.

"No."

"Or drive the exact same route to work every day." He drew a gloved finger down the zipper of her leather coat, frustratingly close to her breasts but not touching them.

"Uh-uh." So much of her brain had evaporated she couldn't even form words any more.

"We're nothing alike." He grabbed her shoulders, squeezing the tender flesh. "I am content with my routine. I don't want to change anything about it. Do you understand me?"

Josie could only blink in response to his growled pronouncement as her heart raced and her body cried out for him.

Sam dropped his hands from her as if she'd burnt him and stepped back. "So why do you make me think that I'm missing out on something extraordinary?"

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About the Author
Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

Find out more about Avery on her Website, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or friend her on Facebook. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

REVIEW: Wake by Lisa McMann

Recap:

Janie has a problem. She gets sucked into other people’s dreams, and she’s seen enough to last a lifetime. Since she can’t tell anyone without ending up in a padded room, she lives her life of solitude, trying to cope with a curse she hates and can’t control. But when she falls into a nightmare that chills her to the bone, she has nowhere to turn as she finds herself in a new role…a participant.

Title:  Wake
Series:  Wake
Book #: 1
Author:  Lisa McMann
Approximate Book Length:  225 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I read the blurb for this book and thought it was interesting, so I picked it up. It took me a little while to start it, but once I did, I was hooked! It’s a fast and easy read, though structured in a slightly different way than I’ve ever seen a book. It’s written in segments with time stamp headings. It actually demonstrates the time that passes while she is trapped in a dream, as well as how long it takes her to recover. Frankly I didn’t much pay attention to the headings; everything you really need to know is in the text.

It starts out just following an ordinary girl who has a few extraordinary experiences, but then she falls into a dream where she’s an active participant rather than just an observer, and things change. She finds an unlikely friend who becomes so much more, and finds a new way to go about her life and put her “curse” to good use, but it takes a heavy toll.

Lisa McMann paints Janie in such a light that she seems like a normal teenager, and yet so different at the same time. Her relationships feel real, her plight totally believable, and you can’t help but feel for her. The things she gets involved in and the ending are just “holy crap” worthy.

In Conclusion:

Wake is a very different and unique young adult story that introduces you to a character you’ll feel so invested in, you’ll want to read the whole trilogy straight through back to back. It’s a wild ride through the life and mind of a girl as she truly comes to terms with herself and her gift.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

GUEST POST: Emma Meade

Fellow reviewer, writer, and of course Buffy fan (woot!), Emma Meade found me and wanted to share her views on strong female characters. Obviously, I love strong female characters in my reading, in all the versions they appear (willful, kick ass, courageous, enduring, etc) so I jumped at the chance to have her here today. Happy reading!

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Strong Female Characters

I adore strong female characters in fiction. I became hooked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the age of 14, having randomly stumbled upon the first episode when I was flicking through the TV channels one night. Unlike other blonde, high school girls from horror movies and books at the time, Buffy could handle herself. She was tough, feisty and independent, and a fighter both physically and mentally. This sixteen year old had the weight of the world on her shoulders and managed such a great burden with a maturity beyond her years. She was a superhero, and a girl. No wonder people sat up and took notice.

Most teenage girls do not have Buffy's physical strength. They may not be able to take out a vampire with their bare hands or battle daily on an evil hellmouth, but they have an inner strength. This is what I look for in female characters in the books I read. I like to see girls with spirit, fighting for what they believe in and standing up to those who try to tear them down. Their hellmouth is the school hallway where they may face bullies on a daily basis, a home with an alcoholic parent or an uncertain, murky future.

Erin, in Under the Desert Moon is an independent girl. Her mother is dead and her father is an alcoholic, unable to look after Erin or Nick, her twin brother. She's had no choice but to look after her own wellbeing and ensure she and her brother break free of the suffocating small town of Copperfield, Arizona. She needs a scholarship if she has any hope of going to college. Erin works at the local cinema to bring some money into the house and spends her free time working on her photography, hoping this will secure her entry to an art school in New York after graduation.

She lands a job on the set of Kiss of the Vampire, a small budget, horror production being shot in town and falls for the star, James Linkin, the bad boy who swaggers into Copperfield and enjoys the attention of everyone in town, particularly the women. But Erin doesn't lose her sense of self. She retains her independence and grows in confidence each day, refusing to give up her future and her own hopes and dreams for anyone else. Erin is her own woman and I admire her very much.

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About the Author
My name’s Emma Meade. I live in rainy Ireland, and I’m currently swimming the murky depths of self-publishing versus traditional publishing.

I love vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track).

Growing up, L.J. Smith was one of my favourite authors. To this day I adore her trilogy The Forbidden Game. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve read Stephen King’s epic novel, The Stand. I also love anything written by Irish legend Marian Keyes.

Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in my home, and I collect all the Point Horror books I can get my hands on. I am not ashamed to admit that Dirty Dancing and Twilight make my top ten movie list but I would like to point out that The Last of the Mohicans, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society, Stand by Me and The Goonies are in there too.

Writing supernatural short stories, watching marathon re-runs of Buffy and attempting to complete novels are some of my favourite ways of escaping reality.

Find me here.


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17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever. Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?


Thursday, November 15, 2012

BLOG TOUR: The Wild Ones by M. Leighton


Thank you to AToMR Tours for having me participate in this blog tour for The Wild Ones by M. Leighton. I love her and enjoy her work so I'm happy to share my review of her first New Adult novel!

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Recap:

Cami is the only daughter of a champion thoroughbred horse breeder, and for the most part, she thought she was happy with her life and her future. Then she met Trick. He’s considered off limits according to her father, but he makes her face what she wants to do versus what she should do. They can’t help how much they’re drawn to each other, but will a note from Trick’s father revealing devastating secrets ruin everything they’ve built?

Title:  The Wild Ones
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  M. Leighton
Approximate Book Length:  327 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This is a contemporary story that has no elaborate sinister plot of someone running from killers or anything of the sort. That being said, I found it to be totally engrossing and powerful. I love how the author has portrayed the bonds of family and friendship, and the chemistry between Trick and Cami is sizzling. I especially appreciated that sense of responsibility that both characters showed despite the powerful and all consuming attraction they feel.

I thought the ending conflict was a little drawn out, but it worked well to build anticipation; I was heartbroken and I cried. I felt that occasionally Cami in particular was a little melodramatic, but not so much as to draw any enjoyment away from the story. I wanted to see a little more from the ending, but it was still an intensely satisfying one none the less.

In Conclusion:

A very fun and emotional story, The Wild Ones will enthrall you to the very last page. Much more sensual than any of her previous works, M Leighton delivers a page-turner without that extra political intrigue or paranormal drama, and will leave you swooning and anxious for more.

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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

Find her in the following places:
Website
Facebook
Twitter


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Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.

Camille "Cami" Hines is the darling daughter of the South's champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father's best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.

But that was before she met Patrick Henley.

"Trick" blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He's considered the "help," which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.

The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.

When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there's more to Trick's presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

GUEST POST: Tara Lain

I have Tara Lain here today to shed some light on her latest release, just in time for the holiday season, Be Bad, for Goodness Sake. Enjoy!

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

Surprisingly, writing this book was not all that different from writing my usual genre. I think it’s because this is a romance with a difference -- the main character is the hero! That’s pretty unusual in traditional romance. He’s a young metrosexual named Kitt who has a passion for his older boss. She’s actually the CEO of the company and he works in her marketing department. Since he’s so good at design and party planning, she asks him to organize a company party at her house. He’s excited because he thinks this might throw them together. Then he discovers that she has a boyfriend who’s an important CEO like she is. And Kitt finds out that she thinks he is gay! While he doesn’t usually mind when people think he’s gay, he’s disappointed in this case. But there’s a very good reason he can’t tell her the truth! Her boyfriend walked in when she was having dinner with our hero wearing bathrobes. I won’t tell you anymore. But I think you can figure out that this is a Tara Lain story.

Here’s a bit more of the story to entice you. : )


Christopher “Kit” Merchant is a flaming -- metrosexual. Though he’s great at his job in product marketing for a high tech firm, he loves fashion, grooming, design and planning parties. Sadly, he also loves the CEO of his company, Elizabeth “Bett” Harding, who is ten years older, ten times richer, and has a successful CEO as a boyfriend. When Bett asks Kitt to plan the big company holiday party at her house, he’s thrilled. Maybe she’ll come to see him as eligible. But when Bett’s boyfriend finds them together in bathrobes sipping wine, Kit discovers Bett thinks he’s gay. On top of that, the boyfriend is trying to take over Bett’s position as CEO “for her own good”. Santa Claus is going to have to work hard to make Kit’s wishes come true. Will Kit and Bett ever get the chance to be bad, for goodness sake?

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Excerpt: Be Bad, for Goodness Sake by Tara Lain; MF Holiday Romance

Oh God of lucky metrosexuals, Kit was about to go swimming with Bett Harding. Yes, she had a boyfriend. But she loved Kit’s furniture and she wanted him to pick out her clothes and, oh yeah, he got to eat dinner with her. He sighed. A lot of things were going right.

He hurried into the indoor swim area and found the dressing room. Stripped down to his black boxer briefs, he grabbed a couple of towels that he dropped on a chaise, took two big steps and dove into the pool. The water was Caribbean warm. He loved to swim. Swimming, tai chi, and karate were his favorite forms of exercise. He fell into a slow crawl that took him under the glass wall that separated the indoor from the outdoor areas of the pool. The cold air hit his back and he shivered, but just kept swimming. At the end, he did a racing turn and crawled his way back into the indoors. Arm raised, head to the side, breath, stroke, stroke, arm up, head to the side… Holy shit! He sucked water, coughed, and dunked himself, struggled to get upright, and finally sputtered his way into the air.

“Are you okay?” Bett bent over the side of the pool, still wearing the two pieces of devastating, ought-to-be-a-law-against-them strips of fabric covering only the essentials of a body so perfect, lean, and toned she would have done justice to the cover of Sports Illustrated. Clearly, she had no idea why he’d almost drowned looking at her. She seemed no more self-conscious in her two-piece than she was in her serviceable slacks and shirts.

“I’m fine. Sorry. You just startled me.”

“Good.” She did a crisp, shallow dive and came up a few feet past him. She fell into a slow crawl. He pushed off and swam up beside her. In a minute, their arm motions synchronized, their legs kicked in unison. It was like a time in tai chi class where all the people practicing had suddenly breathed as one and he’d known the meaning of harmony. Stroke, stroke, their ripples flowed together creating one wake between then, one movement, one heartbeat. No need to ever stop.

Minutes, hours. Maybe days. How long did they swim feeling so at peace? Finally she came to the end of the pool and stopped. He grasped the side.

She gave him a gentle smile, water dripping from her dark hair slicked back on her head. “Thank you. That was…nice.”

“You hungry? I put some water on to boil earlier and I can have the pasta made in a few minutes.”

She pressed her hands over her board flat stomach. “I just realized I’m starving. I don’t remember if I ate lunch.”

“We’ll take care of that.”

“Hang on. I’ll grab you a robe.” She jumped out. Okay, he was staring. That cute round butt filled out the suit bottom with a little extra to enjoy, flexing as she walked. She stepped inside the dressing room and emerged cuddled in a fluffy terrycloth robe and carrying another one. She set it on a chaise. “Here. I’ll meet you in the kitchen.”

He waited for her to leave the pool area before he jumped out. Seeing him in clinging cotton might not be the best under any circumstances, but with a full erection? No way.

He wrapped himself in the terrycloth, pulled off the soaked briefs and hung them over the back of a lounge chair. Time to eat.

A half hour later, Christmas carols played on the MP3, she’d served up salads and he put the finishing touches on a tomato and broccoli sauce for their pasta.

She pulled a couple of place mats from a drawer. “Let’s eat by the fire. That way I can lean against my new couch.”

By the fire? Wow. “Sure. Lead on.”

She set up the mats on the low, modern coffee table. By the time he had the plates in place, she brought a bottle of wine and two glasses. This was quite a celebration. She handed him the corkscrew and he opened the chilled white with a soft pop and poured two glasses. He scooched under the coffee table beside her.

She raised her wine glass. “To a wonderful holiday party. And my wonderful new furniture.”

They both drank and she dug into her pasta. She pressed a hand to her full mouth. “You are kidding me. This is like gourmet. It’s delicious.”

“Thank you.”

She swallowed. “What don’t you do well?”

He grinned. “I’d make a lousy linebacker.”

“I consider that a major failing.”

They settled down to serious eating. He’d missed lunch too, so he fed the fiery stomach.

When they slowed down to drink the wine, she leaned her head back on her new couch. Her soft hair was nearly dry and looked pretty against the deep plum color of the cushion.

“Tell me something.”

“Sure.”

“How could you possibly get me so completely when you barely know me?”

“Do I get you?”

She raised her head. “Yes. I mean the couch, the party plans, this food. It’s like you read my diary—if I kept one, that is.”

“I guess we’re just compatible. Plus, I’ve made a study of Bett Harding.” Damn, maybe he shouldn’t have said that.

She raised her eyebrows. “What do you mean?”

“Not stalker or anything. I work for you in marketing. I have to understand how you like things, how you want things that represent you to look.”

She gave a small smile. “No one else seems to understand that.”

“For most people, their own ideas get between them and the person they want to please so they end up pleasing themselves.”

Her blue eyes seemed to darken. “Do you want to please me?”

He smiled. “Very much.”

“What the fuck is going on here?”

Kit’s head snapped up at the voice that thundered from behind them. Bett looked back too.

“Ollie. What are you doing here?”

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About the Author
Tara Lain’s first erotic romance novel was published in January of 2011. She’s now on book 16. Her novels have garnered awards for Best Series of 2011, Best Contemporary Romance, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences , Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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REVIEW: Be Bad, for Goodness Sake by Tara Lain

Recap:

Kit is a metrosexual guy; he’s good at his marketing job as well as loving fashion, design, and planning parties. He adores his boss, Bett, so when she asks him to plan a big party at her house, he jumps at the opportunity. He reminds himself that she’s older, richer, and has a big CEO boyfriend, but it’s when he discovers she thinks he’s gay that really dashes his hopes. Finding some unflattering things out about her boyfriend, Kit knows he needs to do something, but what? With a little holiday magic, will Kit and Bett get their chance to be bad, for goodness sake?

Title:  Be Bad, for Goodness Sake
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  18 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

While it’s Tara Lain’s first story about a male and female couple, it’s still very much her style. It’s got some quirky flare and her laugh out loud humor with chemistry and a villain you’ll love to hate. The biggest difference about this book compared to her other works is that this is not an erotic romance; it’s more sensual. Is there sex, yes, but it’s not conveyed in such a way as to make you blush and go “so this is an alone time story”.

I will say that while I enjoyed this story, there were a few cliché moments that don’t really hurt it, but overall it just doesn’t quite have the same magic that Tara Lain’s other works do. I think the biggest factor in that is the fact that this is one of her shortest tales. I really think it would have benefitted more from being a little longer. The character development is good, and the tension between Bett and Kit is too, but I wanted more closure than the end provided. I guess ultimately I just wanted more.

In Conclusion:

A great read for a little Christmas cheer, Be Bad, for Goodness Sake is a sweet romantic tale that will have you tagging along for the ride as two people realize that what they always wanted, whether they knew it or not, is right before them for the taking.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

REVIEW: Stories by Dirk Tyler and Kameron Brook

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

Thoughts:

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

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

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

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Title:  Girls' Night Out
Author:  Kameron Brook
Approximate Book Length:  16 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

A girl’s getting ready to go out to a movie with her friend, stressing over her crush on said friend having no idea that the night might hold the very ending of which she’s dreaming.

This time frame spans only one night, but more than a single heated scene. You’ll find some shower action, a daring public display of affection, and a very sexy interlude that is only the beginning for them both.

I was actually really into this story, more than I thought I’d be. It was very sensual, and the entire tone of the story had a softer tone than your normal erotic romance stories. I guess that’s the point of loving a woman though, the softer feel. The story is truly endearing and hot and definitely left me wanting more.

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Title:  Voyeur
Author:  Dirk Tyler
Approximate Book Length:  15 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

A man is out of town and is missing his wife when a man hits on him in the hotel bar. He and his wife have an agreement regarding bringing someone into their bed, so they devise a devious plan to make sure no one is left out.

Wicked fun is the first phrase that comes to mind while reading this story. Sinfully erotic and even sweet to balance out, you’ll be left grinning and wanting more…and possibly a cold shower (unless you have better options *wink*) by the time you finish reading about the night these characters share.

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Title:  New Beginnings
Author:  Dirk Tyler & Kameron Brook
Approximate Book Length:  22 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

A married couple decide they want to spice up their love life by trying swinging and their journey to finding just the right couple ends with a meeting that takes a rather delicious turn to a happy ending.

I LOVED this story. The married dynamic is relatable and I appreciated the teasing and sharing of fantasies and even histories. The couple is very bold and their experiences throughout the pages are oh so hot (seriously!). I can’t even decide what else to share without ruining the pleasure of reading it, so I will just say that my only disappointment was that it ended when it did; I wanted more!

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In Conclusion:

Overall, every story held me riveted and wishing for more. I was enthralled and absolutely look forward to more from both of these authors! Whether it spans one night or hits the highlights over time and regardless of lover combination (ménage, gay/lesbian, or traditional m/f) I know that I’m sure to enjoy the characters and their exploits one way or another.

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