Friday, October 30, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Girl Divided Two by Suzie T Roos

Thanks to Barclay Publicity for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Suzie T. Roos's Girl Divided Two today. Happy reading!


Life was supposed to get easier for Tatum Duncan after she started dating Zach Bertano, but when Zach’s overbearing family starts trying to control her, Tatum finds herself pressured to “speak for” Zach. Worse, new guy Nigel is proving to be more tempting than Tatum wishes. One guy feels right … but the other makes her heart race! Which will Tatum give in to?

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One of the attorneys turned around and stopped the media from following farther. The reporter shoved a microphone in his face.

“Does Mr. Bertano have connections to Switzerland?” one newswoman asked.

“What evidence do they have against your client?” another reporter shouted out.

That got the lawyer’s attention. “None. They have no evidence against Mr. Bertano. He has not been arrested, nor has he been charged. Now . . . if you could give Mr. Bertano the courtesy of not being treated like a criminal, we’d appreciate it. Thank you.” He walked off, even more pissed.

The camera cut back to the first reporter. “Reporting live from the federal courts downtown, I’m Laurie Summers. John, Spencer . . . back to you in the newsroom.”

“Thanks, Laurie.” The camera focused on one guy behind the desk. “We’ll keep you posted on any development in that story.”

They moved on to weather.

What a relief Zach wasn’t there. If he had been, I hadn’t seen him in the dark.

“Tatum, we should talk,” my dad said.

“About what?” I replied, still not taking my eyes off the TV. For some reason, my imagination was scanning all of Sergio’s features.

Mother let out an obnoxious huff. “About your boyfriend. Now, he wasn’t on TV, but that appeared to be his family. Tatum, we do not need to get wrapped—”

“We don’t know who that was.” I jerked my head toward her. I felt my nostrils flaring as I continued to yell, “Bottom line. Did you see Zach? No.”

“Tate, calm down. What your mother is trying to say—”

“I heard what she said.” I damn near snapped my neck by whipping my head from side to side so fast. “She’s going to make me break up with him because that may—or may not—have been his uncle. So what if it was? What if he never talks to him? You and Mom both have family you don’t talk to. So don’t—” “Tatum. Calm down. And stop yelling at us.” My dad took a deep breath and relaxed his shoulders. “Look . . . find out what’s going on. I’m pretty sure that’s an uncle of Zach’s. What they’re taking him in for is very serious, Tate. Very serious. But you know that.”

“I know.” Another hushed response.

“Have you even considered how this affects you?”

“Me? No. What do you mean?” I wasn’t sure what Dad was getting at, but by his heavy breathing and sighing, his patience was wavering.

“Since you’re dating one of them, the police could pull you in for questioning. That’s how they work. They question everyone in the suspect’s circle.”

“I don’t know anything. I’ve never even met them.” My heart pounded so fast it hurt my chest. The police? Questioning? My thoughts went straight to a small, dreary-looking room with a one-way mirror.


About the Author
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.

She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, CA. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.

Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.

She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

REVIEW: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Title:  Twilight
Series:  Twilight Saga
Book #: 1
Author:  Stephenie Meyer
Approximate Book Length:  513 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  13+
Sexual Content:  Mild


This is a case where I saw the movie long before I read the book. At the time, I hadn’t even known it was based on a book. I was intrigued enough to continue, then after the third movie released was I introduced to the books. I liked book one a lot. As usual, largely because of the detail and the little things left out of the movie, it was ten times better than the film.

There were more characters, a few more dynamics between familiar characters, and much more interesting interactions. I also get why Bella fell for Edward thanks to the book. They spend a lot of time talking, and once they get past all the secrecy and this-is-a-bad-idea stuff, they work really well as a couple despite their differences.

Some people say that Bella and Edward are an example of an abusive relationship, and I can where they get that, but I disagree. I can see where Edward is coming from when he does the things he does and Bella doesn’t let him just walk all over her when she’s determined.

Some people also rail about the writing, but frankly I’m pretty into it. I appreciated that every scene had a purpose, big or small, so there was nothing superfluous. I also liked the level of detail about the setting and everything. What I love is how vivid and multidimensional the characters were. Bella in particular was relatable, which is probably the most important thing, especially since the whole story is told from her point of view.

I like Jacob and of the Cullens, I adore everyone but Jasper and Rosalie. Even though he’s the dad, I loved Charlie as well. Angela is my favorite of Bella’s friends, and Bella’s situation with the boys is hilarious, especially at the end (which is not in the movie by the way).

I think what I didn’t like was really some of the cheesy parts. Sparkling vampires is a pretty tough pill to swallow. Vampires repeatedly attending high school is also pretty weird. I get they need to pass the time, but there are better ways. But then, how would Edward have met Bella, right?

Bottom Line:

Twilight is a love story about two people from very different worlds that form a seemingly impossible relationship. If you’re looking for unlikely romance and loveable well developed characters, pick this one up!



Monday, October 26, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Driven Snow by Tara Lain

Driven Snow
(The Pennymaker Tales, #2)
by Tara Lain

Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires, Riley Prince, championship quarterback.

 When Riley needs a physics’ tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up—but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater—literally. In a car!

Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.

Release Date: 
November 25, 2015

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Snow nodded. “Now, this is pretty basic, but we can get a lot more sophisticated.” He scratched out a slightly more complex set of calculations, and Riley seemed absorbed.

“Man, this is so dope.”

“Glad you like it.”

“Wish Jenkins could make physics so interesting.”

“You have to create the excitement for yourself. See the potential.”

Riley looked up. “You make it exciting.” He smiled slowly. “You make everything exciting.”

“M-me?” Snow’s brain froze.

“Yeah. Why do you think I come see you play all the time? It’s like plugging into the solar system and catching the stars in my hand.”

“S-stars are gas.”

“The planets, then. I’ve wanted to tell you this for a while. I think you’re—”

The sound of a key in the lock brought both their heads up.


Like some cosmic joke, the apartment door opened and beautiful, perky, perfect Courtney Taylor walked in. “Oh, hi. Are you two still studying? Oh my gosh, Snow, you must be magic or something. No one could ever get him to study physics before. I told him, ‘You have to do it, baby. The team can’t do without you. Find a way to learn this shit.’ And what do you know? He found you. Amazing.” She walked over, pushed Riley’s head back, kissed him on the lips, and plopped down in his lap. “Did you learn a lot, baby?”

Her knee bumped Snow’s thigh, and he leaped up like he’d been shot. “Oh gosh, look at the time. Better get back to work myself. Have to study for the tournament and all.” Sweet God, he had to get out of there.

Riley stood Courtney on her feet and stepped over beside Snow. “When can you help me again? I’ve only got two weeks. I made so much progress today. I know you’re busy, and I hate to ask, but could you please—”

“Yes, of course. Just text me, okay?” He ripped out the pages they’d been working on, shoved the notebooks into his backpack, and headed for the door. He seemed to be running from everyone these days. “Bye. Bye, uh, Courtney.”

Outside the door, he clambered down the steep staircase and stopped at the bottom just to breathe.

What were you thinking, you idiot? That somehow his girlfriend had magically transformed into a teapot?

He started to tell me something. He said he’s wanted to tell me for a long time.

What are you dreaming? That he suddenly quit being straight and is attracted to a wimpy little queen like you? Spare me.

Okay. Okay.

The door to Eudora’s apartment flew open, and a hand emerged, holding a glass. “Hey, cutie. Have some water.”

Like it was perfectly normal to accept water while standing in hallways, he grasped the glass and drank the liquid down. Amazing how much better he felt.

She took the empty glass. “Lessons for the day. Don’t sell yourself short. And don’t believe everything you see. Got it?”

“I… I guess so.”

“Good.” She patted his cheek, and then the door closed behind her. If a caterpillar suddenly appeared saying “Who are you?”, he wouldn’t be even slightly surprised.

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, 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. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. 

She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog 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”!

You can find Tara at


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR: At Water's Edge by S McPherson

At Water's Edge by S. McPherson:

S. McPherson
Publisher: by S. McPherson Books (November 10,  2015)
Category: Romance/Fantasy
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-993360503
Available in: Print & ebook,  347 Pages

‘At Water’s Edge’, tells the tale of two lovers trapped in two different worlds. One world is Earth, and the other is Coldivor; a dimension full of magic and danger. When Dezaray Storm is mistaken for the most powerful sorceress of this other realm her life changes forever. She finds love in the arms of Milo Thor, but this love can also lead to her death and the destruction of seven empires.

‘At Water’s Edge’ is book one in the ‘Water Rushes’ series.


It’s bloody freezing in the cell they throw me into and they seem in no hurry to bring me that extra blanket I’d asked for. It seems Tinfoil was right. Last night I was free, tonight I am caged. What’s worse, they’ve tossed me into the same cell as some kooky old lady who keeps eyeballing me from her corner.

‘Can I help you?’ I ask impatiently.

‘Come into the light,’ she croaks. That’s a laugh. There’s hardly any light in this place.

‘I’m quite comfortable here thanks.’

‘Come into the light,’ she croaks a little more loudly, causing her to cough. Not wanting her to suffer a heart attack on my account, I reluctantly stroll over to the bars of the cell to be nearer the flickering florescent lights in the corridor

‘Lexovia?’ she says. ‘You are the Elentrice, Lexovia.’

‘No.’ Poor old lady. ‘I am Dezaray Storm.’

She chuckles. ‘You were always such a kidder. You are going to be in a world of trouble once they find you missing from Coldivor. Best you get back to the portal.’

I am about to disagree with this senile old woman but the mention of the portal captures my attention.

‘I am honestly not Lexovino, or whoever you think I am,’ I state, braving a few steps towards her, ‘but perhaps you can tell me more about her, Coldivor and this,’ I shrug, ‘this portal?’

Praise for Chapters One-Three of 'At Water's Edge' by S. McPherson:

"Loved the teaser! It pulled me in and made me want to read more. Your writing style is clean, uncluttered and brimming with tension. Well done!"

"You got a lovely and interesting story,  hope to read more from you."

"I liked it a lot! While I was reading it, I was able to be drawn into the story easily by your words. A stormy night like you were describing sets the perfect scene for a suspenseful fantasy novel."

"I really enjoyed reading your first chapter. It was gripping. The descriptions are well written."

About S. McPherson:S. McPerson

S. McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) teacher. When she was younger S. McPherson travelled a lot with her family, though, no matter how often her surroundings changed, one thing never did. And this was her love of writing and dreaming up the impossible. After combining her two loves of teaching children and writing, S. McPherson self-published her first book; a rhyming verse children’s story titled ‘Shania Streep wanted to Sleep’. Thus fuelling her love of seeing her work in print and sharing her stories. This is S. McPherson's first novel.


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Tome Tender Oct 13 Review & Giveaway
Binding Addiction Oct 15 Excerpt
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Books, Authors, Blogs Oct 26 Review
What U Talking Bout Willis? Oct 27 Guest post & Excerpt
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The Writing Desk Oct 30 Guest Post
Little Read Riding Hood Nov 2 Review, Excerpt  & Giveaway
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Deal Sharing Aunt Nov 11 Review
Avenue Books Nov 12 Interview
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Alpha Book Club Nov 23 Spotlight
Teatime and Books Nov 24 Interview
A Room Without Books is Empty Nov 25 Review
Self-Taught Cook Nov 27 Excerpt
Universal Creativity Inc. Nov 30  Interview

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Upcoming Reviews

Adjusting to life with two children, one being a cranky two year old and the other being a newborn, is...hard.  I'm a little behind on a lot of things I wanted to do, but most importantly (at least of the things relevant to the blog), I'm behind on reviews I wanted to post.  So, as filler, I'm hoping to get some reviews up on books I've already read in the past.  The reason I'm mentioning it ahead of time is because they're books that have already come and gone in terms of hype.  For instance, I plan on sharing my thoughts on Twilight and its sequels, JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and maybe even the Harry Potter series.  Oh and can't forget Hunger Games.  So yeah, that ought to keep y'all entertained while I try to catch up on some reading (which is a ton harder to do than ever before)!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Sinders and Ash by Tara Lain

Sinders and Ash
(The Pennymaker Tales Series)
by Tara Lain

Housekeeper Mark Sintorella (Sinders) works diligently at a resort hotel while designing clothes anonymously, hoping to get into fashion school. Then his carefully planned life is upended with the arrival of Ashford Armitage, son of the fifth richest man in America—and the most beautiful guy Mark has ever seen. Ash must find a wife or he’ll lose his grandfather’s inheritance, and he settles on Bitsy Fanderel. But secretly Ash is gay, and the guy who cleans the fireplaces sets his heart ablaze.

Further stirring the pot is the little elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, who has Mark wearing his own designs and masquerading as a girl to impress the fashion investors in the hotel. When the clock strikes twelve, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding—but one isn’t a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.

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His heart hammered. He cradled Mark’s face, his fingers overlapping the knit of the cap. Mark’s breath smelled like coconut, and his lips looked more delicious than the crème brûlée. Okay, be gentle. Don’t scare him. Gently he laid his lips against Mark’s. One second. Sweet. Two seconds. Exploration. Three seconds. Hot! Oh God, heat crept from that soft contact up to Ash’s head and straight down to his cock. Whoa. Down, boy. He pulled back. Needed more control.
Before he got an inch away, Mark grabbed his head and pulled him back until his tongue pressed like a hot intruder into Ash’s mouth. Oh yeah. Ash slid his hands down Mark’s round butt and tugged him close. Hmmm. Got a nice moan on that one. Mark ate at Ash’s mouth, sucking in his lips. His tongue pressed deep. Wow. This guy was not kidding. Had Ash just thought he should go easy?
Mark pulled back a little and sipped at Ash’s lips, then ran his tongue over the bottom one. First outside and then… oh God, he slipped his tongue inside Ash’s lip and caressed that soft, sensitive skin.
Sweet Jesus, he couldn’t stand up. Ash leaned back hard against the counter, but he knew his knees were crumpling. Strong hands reached around and smoothed over his ass, and then a finger pressed against the crack of his butt like Mark was tracing the seam of the denim—up and down. Jesus, Ash’s cock throbbed. Too much blood in there. Too long since that cock had any exercise. He wanted to rip his pants down and let that finger do its business where it belonged.
Like Mark had read his mind, one hand moved to the front and began to unfasten the buttons on Ash’s fly. Shit, he couldn’t help it. His hips pushed forward, forcing his cock against that hand like a puppy looking for milk.
Mark murmured, “Yessss.” He undid the last button, slipped his hand into the top of Ash’s boxer briefs, and found the promised land. Hand met cock. Why had Ash ever thought this guy was shy and virginal? Dear God, he was hot!
Mark’s fingers were callused, a little scratchy, but so nice. The slight abrasion on his sensitive cockhead about sent Ash into the sink in a good way. “Oh God.”
There was a smile in Mark’s voice. Ash couldn’t quite open his eyes to see it. “You want more?”
Ash nodded. Nothing happened. “Yes. Yes, I want more.” That gasping was not cool. He didn’t care. This was too good.
His jeans began to move down his hips, to his thighs, and then they fell to his knees. The boxers got ripped down after.
“Hmmmm.” The sound came from around his knees.
Shit, what did that mean? Hmmmm bad or hmmmm good?
“Is it okay to suck without latex? Am I safe?”

Suck. God, he was going to get sucked. “Oh, uh, yes. I’ve been ridiculously careful. Part of my paranoia, and actually I haven’t had very many partners.”
Ohhhhh God! No prelim. Just cock into hot mouth in one delicious, fantastic, mind-bending swallow. Every nerve flashed hot. He giggled. “I almost came.”
Mark popped the cock from his mouth. “Wanted to be sure you were awake.”

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, 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. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. 

She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog 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”!

You can find Tara at



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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

REVIEW: Phoenix Child by Alica Mckenna Johnson


Sara is just another group home kid. She’s given up on being part of a family and has planned out her life as a child of the system.

Then she wakes on her fifteenth birthday, with ruby red streaks through her now midnight black hair and strange powers she did not know she possessed.

Enrolling in classes at the San Francisco Center for the Circus Arts, she meets strangers with frightening powers who say they are family, with a four thousand year old god as a common ancestor.

As Sara struggles with powers that overwhelm her, she must decide whether to turn her back on this new life or embrace her identity as Sapphire the Phoenix Child. The lives of hundreds of magical creatures rest on her decision.

Sometimes great things are thrust upon a girl. Sara wishes hers didn’t include a new name, unicorns, and fire.

Title:  Phoenix Child
Series:  Phoenix Child
Book #: 1
Author:  Alica Mckenna Johnson
Approximate Book Length:  298 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  13+
Sexual Content:  Mild


This was a pretty neat read. I loved the characters! The magic and everything was cool. There was no romance that I could detect, though maybe a hint of possibility in the future near the end, which was refreshing. I liked the lessons from Sara’s mom, but they started to get pretty tedious in the second half of the book. I’ll admit that I can’t really comment much on the few times we get the villain’s POV because I skip them – I’ve always kind of hated them in any book. The ending is no cliffhanger, but something does happen to pique your interest for book 2. There were a few minor gaps and plot holes, but nothing major enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Bottom Line:

Phoenix Child is a compelling coming of age read. Don’t miss out on this magical and emotional start to a new YA paranormal series!



Monday, October 12, 2015



Today’s my birthday, so I thought it fitting that I post this today. WARNING: I will hold nothing back in this story, so it’ll be graphic.

Oh the agony…of WAITING! My daughter came at 37 weeks and 6 days after my water broke. There was no question that the baby was coming.

This was not the case with my son.

I’d had contractions on and off for weeks – WEEKS! At one point, we were worried that he’d come before September even started, then nothing. He was due on September 22nd and my mother in law was staying with us to watch my daughter during the event from August 29th to September 26th. When nothing happened by a few days before the 26th, she changed her flight to October 2nd.

On September 27th (40 weeks and 5 days), I felt a little nauseated during the afternoon, but otherwise completely normal. Miserable and anxious as hell (hoping I wouldn’t need to be induced). I was out with Tara conversing with neighbors and joking about how long the little guy was taking to meet the world.

A little after 8pm that night, I felt some diarrhea cramps and proceeded to be uncomfortable in the bathroom. I then got Tara ready for bed and went to do my Sunday evening chores. Taking the trash to the curb was one of those and I got another wave of “cramps”, but they were intense enough to make me stop and breathe. It finally occurred to me that these were not just cramps, but contractions and maybe I should time them.

I started timing when I went back inside and loaded the dishwasher. I had to stop again and hang over the sink breathing deeply. By this time, they’re approximately 4 minutes apart and I’m in the bathroom about every two contractions. I still wasn’t sure it was labor vs just a serious case of diarrhea.

I went to take a shower and continued to have contractions. When I got out, I admitted to Greg that I was having some intense ones and that it “might” be it. We weren’t sure, thought at worst it was in fact early labor, and didn’t want to overreact or rush off to the birth center. We went downstairs to watch South Park.

I watched the first maybe five minutes before needing to go to the bathroom (again!) and Greg helped me time contractions. They were down to 2 minutes apart and I couldn’t talk or move through them at all anymore.

I finally started making calls. My doula was the first call and she agreed it was time to call the midwife. The midwife listened to me breathe through two contractions and said to meet up in an hour at the birth center. She asked how I felt because sometimes second time moms just have a feeling. I said I just didn’t know because we’d had so many false alarms and things were so different this time.

The biggest thing was that my water hadn’t broken and I had NO vaginal discharge of any kind throughout all this. With Tara my water had broken first and I had a thin mucusy blood streaked discharge all through labor.

However, I did say that I remembered getting really shaky late in labor with Tara and that I’d started to shake while on the phone. After getting off, I got really uncomfortable so I went to try to get comfy in bed. Once there, I rolled around almost continually and started feeling like it was just one big contraction.

I thought to myself “fuck this! Take me to the hospital and get me a c-section – I can’t do this!” On the heels of that thought was “I feel like I might throw up…oh shit.”

I went to sit on the toilet (yes again) and pulled the bag out of the trash can next to it. On the first heave into the bag, my mucus plug (which I’d previously lost THREE times in the past month and a half) shot out like a cork.

When I stood up there was some blood (normal as long as there’s not gushing blood or anything – this would be the “bloody show”). I put a pad on, grabbed my iPad and phone because I only knew they were planned to come with me not thinking of how useless they’d be under the circumstances.

I went downstairs as fast, but calmly and safely as possible. I only told Greg “we need to leave. Now. Also I just threw up in our bathroom trash.” I told his mom that it was official, we were definitely having a baby that night.

We got in the car and even Greg’s mom was looking worried and said “take care of yourself”. I nodded, Greg stayed calm and cool throughout. I saw the first minute and a half of the drive before the real fun began.

The contractions (I’m told – I was focused internally) came less than a minute apart and I was vocalizing in low tones like my life depended on it. Frankly, my son’s kind of did. I didn’t think “don’t push”, I simply tried to not think of pushing at all in any way. I was officially scared of delivering in the car.

I braced a hand on the middle console and the door handle and was literally lifting my butt up off the seat with every contraction. Greg was even encouraging me and just all around amazing, particularly with the staying cool in a potentially frightening situation.

I opened my eyes three times and was thankful every time with the kind of progress we’d made on the drive. By the time we were pulling in at the birth center at 11:20pm, I was finally thinking “oh God, don’t push”. I got out and didn’t even talk to the midwife as I walked past her. She said my room was the first on the left.

I walked in, walked into the private bathroom thinking I needed to poop again. Did nothing, wiped out of habit, and still saw a little blood. I went to flush, but couldn’t stand to take the time so I honestly just walked away. It’d been like a minute since I walked in, maybe two.

I walked the three steps toward the bed where I saw a chux pad, stripped my pants off, laid down, and started pushing. They tried to look for his heartbeat, but either only found mine or got worried about his because it was only about 70. They gave me an oxygen mask because I was struggling to not hyperventilate with how fast it was all happening. They checked me and found the baby pretty much right there.

They said forget finding the heartbeat and even told the nurse on the phone (who was on her way) that we were just going because I was already like crowning, encouraged me to push in earnest, and…on the first push, his head was on the verge of out, but the contraction didn’t last quite long enough and his head popped back in – barely. One the second push, out popped his head, along with my water evidently. On the third push, out popped his shoulders with a shriek from me.

Suddenly, at 11:27pm, I had a baby laid on my chest.

He was beautiful and frankly I was pretty shocked. It took several minutes for the afterbirth to follow and it honestly hurt a little this time because it was bigger than Tara’s was. When they examined me and said that I had a first degree tear and that if I was good to myself and didn’t do too many stairs or anything like that, they wouldn’t even give me any stitches (and was even less sore the next day than I remember being with Tara days later).

When they weighed him, they asked if Greg or I had any guesses. Greg was 7lbs 14oz when he was born. I was 7lbs 7oz. Tara was 7lbs 4oz. This little boy was late and I had a feeling he’d be bigger than Tara because of being in the womb longer and just feeling big while in there, so I said “a high 8”.

I kid you not, the midwife laughed and said “try a high 9”. He was 9lbs 12oz and 21in long. Monster baby! He even had a nice big round head, because he wasn’t in the birth canal long enough to get a cone head.

So yeah, the second time was so different from the first, but just as amazing. We went home a couple hours later, so Tara never even knew we left. She went to sleep an only child and woke up a big sister. I got called a rock star for how I handled everything. Most importantly, I have my wonderful little sweetheart, Vincent.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

REVIEW: Windburn by Juliette Cross


In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

Title:  Windburn
Series:  Nightwing
Book #: 2
Author:  Juliette Cross
Approximate Book Length:  132 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


This was a pretty well-paced read, and it kept me guessing. It had a darker tone than book one, but that only made it more riveting. Sorcha was very stubborn and delightfully sassy while Lorian was a little overbearing and serious. Strangely I actually liked him even more than his brother. The supporting characters were interesting and fun making me hope to see more of them in future books (either in this series or its spinoff, Vale of Stars). I definitely look forward to more in this world.

Bottom Line:

Windburn is an awesome, sexy, suspenseful read that I recommend to any fan of alpha males and paranormal romance.