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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Review Of Moon Rising By Laurie Bowler

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Moon Rising (Moon Rising Book #1) By Laurie Bowler
  • Pub. Date: August 2010
  • Publisher: Bowler, Laurie
  • Sold By: SMASHWORDS - EBKS
  • Format: NOOKbook (eBook)
  • File Size: 302 KB
  • ISBN-13: 2940011105777
  • ISBN: 0011105771
  • Available: Only in the U.S.
  • Source: Barnes and Noble (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:

Marinette (Nessy) is half vampire and half human. She flees her maker, Hervidor, the strongest of their kind and the ruler of the underworld of vampires, who has kept Nessy locked away for centuries. Nessy flees to be able to live her life as she chooses where she meets and quickly falls in love with Charles. With the threat of Hervidor constantly at her heels, Nessy tries to make the final decision to stand and face him in the fight that will decide her fate.

When I first read the blurb on this book I thought kool a new Vampire book I can read. But when I started getting into Marinette's (a.k.a.Nessy) story I found it to be that was hard to put down. Nessy isn't like regular Vampires because she has never drank human blood nor has she taken a human life. You see, if Nessy can keep that up and her maker gets destroyed, she can return to being a human again which she wants more than anything after centuries of suffering her Vampiric fate. All that seems to be changing when Nessy meets Charles a full blooded Vampire whom she is instantly drawn to. She can't explain how she feels she just knows that she wants to be with Charles. We also get introduced to Hera, who is a Gulon (which is a large cat), and are sworn to protect humans from the brutal Vampires of the world. Only this Gulon is a friend to Nessy and has allowed her to see his human form. Nessy is on the run from her maker Hervidor and feels no where is safe. Now that she has met Charles she doesn't want anything to happen to him nor Hera so Nessy is in a constant state of fight or flight. Through out this story Nessy comes into her own and realizes she is stronger than she ever thought she could be. She learns that she can't keep running her whole life. I found her to be a very empowering character. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a 10. The ending had me going omg and running straight to Sunrise To Sunset (Moon Rising Book #2) because I just needed to know what came next. If you love Vampires like I do, you should definitely pick up a copy of Moon Rising and discover the world in which Nessy inhabits.

Link:

http://lauriebowler.com/

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flashback Friday


This is a Meme, created by me, to highlight a book every Friday that I have read in the past up to December 31,2009.

Today's Flashback Friday Feature is Vampire Academy By Richelle Mead. This book is a start to a MUST READ series.
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Vampire Academy (The Vampire Academy Series Book #1) By Richelle Mead
  • Pub. Date: August 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Paperback , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 810
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Lexile: 640L What’s This?

Blurb:

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's—the very place where they're most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

I just have to say how AWEASOME this book and the subsequent series is. This book is mainly about Rose Hathaway, Dimitri Belikov, Lissa Dragomir. Right away you can feel the bonds of friendship from Rose and Lissa. When this book starts you find these two teens on the run. We learn that Lissa is a Moroi Vampire and that Rose is a Dhampir training to be a Moroi Guardian. A short time later we are introduced to the HOTTEST Russian Guardian this side of forever by the name of Dimitri. Dimitri is there to take the girls back to St. Vladimir's Academy were the girls ran from. At first I wasn't sure if this Academy or Dimitri were on the side of good but you soon realize it wasn't the academy the girls were running away from as much as it was a feeling of danger that Rose got. She felt she had to take Lissa away from the academy to keep her safe. For being away so long Rose ends up being behind in some of her training therefore she needs a mentor to help her catch up and here enters Dimitri once again. From this point on you can feel a pull between Rose and Dimitri. This sets the stage for the rest of this series. To me Rose and Dimitri make this series. Don't get me wrong I love Lissa and the rest of the gang that come along but Dimitri and Rose rock my socks off. Everyone MUST READ this series. Trust me, you can not go wrong reading this series. Also makes a great Christmas present....^_^.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Interview And Giveaway With The Lovely Mahalia Levey Author Of Demonic Persuasion

I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Mahalia Levey recently and let me tell you she is just as nice as I hoped she would be. Mahalia was also nice enough to agree to an interview and she also gave me an excerpt that she rarely lets anyone see (I was floored by that honor alone....^_^). This is not your ordinary short interview by the way. Mahalia welcomed any questioned I had for her and by the time I was done I had 20. Let's see she answered 20 questions, gave 2 excerpts (1 being way HOT*), as if that wasn't awesome enough she has also decided to give away a copy of her book Demonic Persuasion to one lucky blog follower who leaves a comment. Did I not tell you she was so nice....^_^.

*Just keep in mind that excerpt number 2 contains ADULT CONTENT and is not for everyone....^_^.

1) Can you tell us a little bit about Demonic Persuasion?

Sure! Demonic Persuasion is the first story in my trilogy Prophesies Implied. It begins with Fatal being brought to her rightful birthplace where her parents and sibling are anxiously waiting to meet her again. Fatal's mother Nahale fell in love with a Demonic Prince, in her culture it was unacceptable. She was no longer welcome home but with Fatal's birth the Dine Gods deemed that Fatal be left with them for proper training as a Navajo Healer. With a mentor she was to stay for a short time period and then be allowed back with her parents. This story includes a realm build, species of demons, demonic law, basically a demonic society much like Earths.

To me the reasons are clear although there is Dine God Politics and Demonic Politics involved. Two warring cultures at polor opposites, a heavy dose of fear of the unknown, moral and familial values and intense emotions.

The beginning story is just that the beginning, what leads the heroine home and how she learns to embrace parts of herself, parts that don't evolve until she's left tribal lands.

2) What inspired you to write Demonic Persuasion?

I had a thought for a Skinwalker character in my head and a thought to link it to the demonic realm. Then I decided skin walker didn't quite fit with her so I began exploring other types of healing. In the second story we'll see some more navajo ways. Sand divination and healing by artistic tapestries etc. I plan on exploring more and really delving into the Dine side.

3) Did you always want to be a writer or did you see yourself taking a different career path?

I used to play around with writing as a kid. FanFic on Bay Watch and some of the other shows....Don't laugh. I think I even had sex however once I returned home from the military, none of it was there. Mama found the emo dark teen angst driven poetry too :)

4) What are 5 things that you can't write without?

Avenged Sevenfold Playing
Zingers
Coffee
MP4 player
Television on but muted

5) Were Fatal and Orobus based on anyone you know, or for that matter, were any of the characters?

No but there are a lot of character traits in Fatal that I see in myself.

6) How much of yourself, if any, did you put into your characters?

I'd say a lot. They'd say they're their own people. I think it depends. I like to get in deep with them, show how deep their traits go, reasons for their characteristics, how they become who they are. Then they pretty much write themselves.

7) If you were stuck on a deserted island what 5 things would be a must?

Lifetime of pomagranate body wash
Endless supply of books
toilet
A hawt blow up man with a nice *coughs* for those lonely nights
How to survive the wild deserted island handbook

8) What do you find most challenging about writing?

That it is constantly evolving, that I'm constantly learning something new and finding something I thought I'd mastered but not so much so.

9) Is there any genre you would like to try your hand at writing?

I want to do a medical suspense or a profile story without romance aspects in it. Or at least romance not the core plotting.

10) What do you do for fun?

I read to relax. Iceskating, ROCK CONCERTS! I love festivals. RockFest was great this year and I have pics up on my fb page. I go canoeing every summer with my sister and a large group of girlfriends. We have game night at home once a week where I get to be the scrabble dictionary. My fiance and I go to the movies a lot! For Free :) Other than that I like our little date nights where we disappear to go out to eat.


Demonic Persuasion By Mahalia Levey

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 207 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (November 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G08WDW
  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE) and GoodReads (link HERE)
  • Purchase: Liquid Silver Books (link to purchase HERE)
  • Age: 18+
  • My Review: HERE


  • Blurb:

    Born of a Navajo healer and a high-level prince of Hell, The Dine Gods demanded Fatal be turned over to her mother's tribe to learn their healing arts and kept away from demon hands. But with her tutelage came cruel segregation and disrespect because of her father's heritage. Not knowing why her life has suddenly come under demon attack, Fatal sets out, armed with her knowledge and her fighting skills, to take out any evil that gets in her way.

    As prince of a lower level of Hell, Orobus signed a contract in blood that he be betrothed to Fatal, the high prince of Hell’s half-breed daughter. Oracle by birth, he isn’t privy to complete visions with regard to himself. Having forgotten the fateful night he signed the agreement, he’s thrust into the fight of his life—the fight to claim his woman! Come Hell or high water, he will take care of what is rightfully his, even if it means making her face both sides of her heritage and teaching her there is no shame.

    Tag- A woman born half Navajo, half demon, must overcome her lifetime of separation from her demon family with the help of her demon mate.

    Excerpt #1:

    Exiled. From the only home she’d ever known. After the first set of demons came to Fatal’s tribal lands, Sani, her grandfather and the Dine God of the Navajo, ordered her to leave permanently. Head held high, she packed her few belongings and left, determined to live her life on her own terms.

    New experiences would be good for her, Fatal told herself while barhopping from Broadway to Westport Road, hoping to find the perfect atmosphere. A niggling itch under her skin kept her alert for possible trouble lurking in the shadows, but the cool metal caressing the inside of her thighs reminded her protection lay within arm’s reach. She never knew when a new set of demons would pop into her life and resented the intrusion she was forced to endure.

    As she ambled down the darkened streets, she moved with a sense of ease, gaining blatant glances or admiring stares. She knew she was breathtaking, however bad omens had few friends, no dates, and no boyfriends. People in her hometown hadn’t hesitated to ask her for advice, or to chant with them when it suited their needs. She lived in solitude, with the exception of her occasional visits from her grandfather Sani, and Taima her mentor. She pushed her musings aside and moved through an alleyway that broke off to the next major street.

    Silence surrounded her. She turned to head south when something caught her eye. Intrigued, she meandered down a side street and came to a demonic-looking, gargoyle-protected, granite structure. An eerie blood-red sign hung above thick vault doors with the words "Demonic Persuasion" in black paint. She’d heard of the club that catered to just about anyone’s needs and decided to get in line. Reaching the final steps to the entrance of the club, Fatal flashed a smile at the doorman and waited for him to move.

    "The fee’s ten bucks."

    Digging in her boot, her gaze strayed to the bunched biceps peaking out of his black tee-shirt, roving over his cut physique. Slapping cash into his hand, she smiled. "Happy now?"

    "I’ll be when you check your weapons, if it's even possible for you to have any hidden underneath your black corset and micro miniskirt."

    "Oh, you’d be surprised what one can hide against near-naked skin. My name’s Ackchetta, most call me Fatal." She smirked and hiked up her skirt. Buried between her thighs were two small blades. Thin metal stars she'd hidden on her hipbones slid into her palms without effort. Flashing an annoyed expression, she dropped them in his outstretched hand. "There you go. I want them back, though."

    "The one behind your back too, sweet stuff."

    His droll expression did nothing to alleviate the feeling of nakedness without her weaponry. "Aren't you going to be polite and tell me your name?"

    "No."

    Anger set in. She smoothed her hands over her short skirt and adjusted her scant top. Her hackles rose when he spun her around and tapped the slender blade. "No one said you could touch!" She let out a growl and removed the extra-slim blade hidden under her corset top.

    "My club, my rules. No fighting, no weapons, and no magic, if--you know any."

    "Since you’re scared of a small thing like me, I think I can behave myself for a few hours."

    He sent a dazzling smile her way and then turned to a young woman. Dropping her weapons into an outstretched hand, he whispered into the sleek brunette woman’s ear.

    Fatal narrowed her eyes. "It's rude to whisper."

    "Follow Marzena, she'll take you to the weaponry hold and issue you a ticket."

    "I still didn’t catch your name."

    "I know."

    Rude and hot. About to turn away, her breath hitched when the shimmering tattoos sprang to life on his skin. From head to toe he was a sight to behold. Long black hair touched his shoulders. His blue eyes sparkled when he smiled. Thick muscles bunched with every movement. Long legs encased in black trousers, muscular thighs brought a silent moan of want to her lips. She’d never wanted like this. She stole a look at his goatee and wondered how it’d feel scraping across her face, his breath on her mouth before he kissed her with the same intensity he stared at her with. She’d do anything to feel those lips on hers, to touch the once-broken, too-many-times-healed nose.


    11) Is there an author and/or author's who have inspired or influenced you in any way?

    Yes! So many have. I joined a forum for fun that was a fan base for Sherrilyn Kenyon. I learned fan fic wasn't for me. That my charac's like their own story and setting, not borrowing or building onto something not theirs. Kate Douglas was the first erotic author I read. Wolf Tales *sighs* I've loved Harelquin since I was a teen sneaking grandmas books. As a child I was a huge reader. I read the classics before before highschool fell in love with Scarlet O'Hara. Pined for the heroines of Shakespheare. I wanted to be Helen of Troy....before Brad Pitt and the movie was made. I fancied being a impish fairey or the wench....yes I did say that. I wanted to be a pirates wench. I wanted that bad boy! Still do :) I could go on for hours on my favorite teenage reads.

    Karen Marie Moning's Highlanders won me over. Lydsay Sands Vampires make me melt. I could go on forever!

    To make it shorter... I'd say I've always had a high affinity for how words are strung together to form a vivid picture. Word weaving! I also love history more so I'm enamored with reading about all the wars that have transpired over time. In highschool I was all about the Mob, College more about Spartans, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and I used to quote the Art of War and shhhh. Marcus Aurelius.

    12) Where is your favorite place to write?

    In the summer on the deck in my back yard.

    13) Where would your ultimate getaway destination be?

    I fancy Egypt.


    14) I know most author's don't have a say on what their book cover looks like, so I am wondering, is that the same for you or do you get to tell them what you want your cover to look like?

    I think that that depends on the publisher. There's a huge form all pubs send out for authors to fill in vivid detail. The more detail of what you want don't want the more it might turn out the way you envision. Realisticly some of the poses of favored models may not fit, there might not be a god tattooed the way it's portrayed in the story. It's a give and take. I try to be as thorough as I can. I have had the option of saying yay or nay and I've been told it stands as is. It just depends.

    15) On average how long does it take you to write one of your novels?

    Depends on real life. I have teenagers and a sister who's been in and out of the heart institute for the last two yrs. When she's re admitted I lose time writing. I flip between 40 thousand words to 20 thousand or less. I like to do a mixture of short and long to have something fresh. The quick reads do well to give my brain time to rest and think up the next long novel. I am working on a 55thousand word novel currently.

    16) There are some author's who write books together like P.C. Cast And Kristin Cast of The House Of Night Series, so my question to you is, if you could Who would you like to write a book with?


    I'd love to write a story with Kate Douglas, she brought me into this world so it'd be amazing. I don't know I know so many fantastic authors. I do have a co-writer named Mercury Sexton we'll be having a fun short read titled "Cherry Flavored Sex" coming out summer of next year.

    17) How long does it take you to read a book for fun?

    That depends. I can read a 300 page book in a few hours, but It can also take a shorter novella the same amount of time based on depth of plot and how many characters are involved.

    18) What is your favorite time period to write?

    I'm branching out. I've done current and early 1900's. I'd say current because it's easier :)

    As a note I do write a handful of different genres. I enjoy the paranormal and sci fi genre because it widens my scope of imagination. I building piece by piece worlds and all that involves them. I enjoy contemporary because it feels fresh to me and a variety of cultural stories or Interracial couples because we live in a mixed society and rarely see happy endings.


    19) What do you hope people can take away from your story when they finish it?

    I hope they get the underlying meaning of the plot.

    20) What do you have coming up next (i.e. another book or perhaps a book signing)?

    I'm working on a few projects right now. Her Safe Haven is probably going to be my next finished novella,a paranormal menage.

    Excerpt #2:

    Orobus pulled Fatal after him until they turned down the main pathway toward the third level in Hell. He took in her slumped form, her dejected gaze, and his anger dissipated. "The chip on your shoulder is weighing you down?"

    "Fuck you, I told you I wasn't ready."

    He knew she burned hot with anger. He wasn’t prepared to feel her rage, or for her to unleash her fury on him. Being fist-planted in the mouth by a too-hot-to-handle mate caught him off guard. He didn’t have time to recoil and block her fast jab, or her second. The more he moved, the quicker her punches landed dead on, his mouth, nose, throat and ear before he grappled with her and took control. "Damn it, woman, you don’t want to fight me."

    "Yes, I do." She screamed as if the torment came from her soul.

    He should hire her as a bodyguard, fucking spider-monkey. She climbed all over him, hit all the right pressure points to take him down. The demon inside him growled to be released. Past the boiling point, he hit the roof. His body changed from dark brooding man to menacing beast. He couldn’t stop the horns from protruding from his head. Sulfur coated his grey flesh and permeated the air around them. Orobus hissed, and his forked tongue flicked out, catching a drop of blood on her exotic skin. He wrapped a hand around her delicate neck in a vice grip. With gritted teeth, he ignored the urge to snap her spine and shot her a glare instead. Peels of smoke enveloped them, leaving clouds of ash raining down on the scorched spot left in their wake.

    Smoke still unfurled around them as they arrived at his home. Orobus gave Fatal one final chance to calm down. He snorted and trapped her delectable, angry body between his powerful thighs and fought the urge to throttle her. She continued the endless struggle of fighting him tooth and nail. Whatever small remnants of patience remained in him, left. The smoke cleared with his long strides. He snarled low, a sound sure to knock fear of the unknown into her.

    Too enraged to open the door, he grasped the iron knob and pulled it off the hinge, paying little heed to the crashing sound of the door hitting the floor. Enraged, he slammed her against the wall. "No one ever told you pissing off a demon is bad sport? Angering your mate is even worse." He growled and ripped her clothing from her body, enabling him to plow into her unhindered by cloth. Her wet sheath meet him, he felt the need to work off the excess energy she exhibited. Her bucking body changed to pliancy, and she shifted beneath him.

    "Fuck me hard," she moaned.

    He knew she needed it hard and fast. Her hunger spoke volumes. "Hard and fast."

    He lifted her from the crater hole in the wall and carried her into the kitchen. With one long swipe, dishes and clutter on his table crashed to the floor before he laid her across the surface. The wood under them cracked and splintered, but held strong against their combined weight.

    He shook off the slivers of wood under his skin and held fast to her body. Wet and hot, she clung to him like a fine glove, pulling him deeper into her core. The lovely vision of her demonic form made him want her more—magenta with blue eyes, a definite exotic beauty. Her nails ripped into him. His actions had her bucking off the table, writhing under him in pleasure. Her ardor, her scent of arousal assailed his nostrils, had him salivating to possess and own every inch of her strong-willed body. "I will break you of this senseless need to self-destruct, and let yourself be loved." He spoke each syllable as he surged in and out of her welcoming body.

    "In a pig’s eye," she spat.

    "Don't tempt me, sweetheart, to act my worst." His lips crushed hers. He thrust his tongue into her mouth, taking advantage of her parted lips poised to retort. Fueled, he licked the very recesses of her mouth, drawing her within him, pounding with savage thrusts. One hand anchored her hip, giving her no reprieve to move back or gyrate against him. He planned to fuck the rage out of them both. Sweat-drenched, he plunged time and again into her sweet pussy.

    She took the brutality well. Her nails dug into him, encouraging his worst. He noticed her flushed form, her trembling body, her legs tense around his hips. He pinned her with a steely gaze, plunged one last time into her fruitful body and released his seed.

    "Orobus," she cried.

    Spent and calm, he shifted and picked her up. Her lids drooped and her body shifted from exhaustion. He brushed the wood chips and splinters off her skin and carried her into their room. Once he got the sheets pulled down, he lowered her onto her side and took great pains not to jar her exhausted form.

    After he covered her, he stood there for many minutes. His mind swam. What in the heck am I gonna do with her?

    While sleeping, she held the look of an angel. Awake was another matter entirely. "Give her time," he mumbled to himself, and climbed into bed beside her. One arm slid under her body. He pressed up behind her, his body spooned with hers. I’m not the spooning type. The last thought entering his brain bothered him.

    You can find my buttons on my website. I have a yahoo loop. If any one would like to be included on my newsletter list I'd be happy to add them. Right now it's a pdf I send occasionally. I'd like to get to a point where I'm sending one bi-monthly

    Thank you so much for having me! I've enjoyed being here.

    It was such a pleasure having you Mahalia. I know everyone wants to know about the giveaway but before I do that there is just one more treat which is Demonic Persuasion's book trailer.

    Mahalia Levey's Links:
    http://www.hales3000.multiply.com/

    www.mahalialevey.com

    http://quackersandtease.blogspot.com/

    http://novelsisterhood.blogspot.com/

    Demonic Persuasion Book Trailer


    YouTube Link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk-977EstUM

    Now, on to the giveaway. Mahalia is giving away an eBook of her book Demonic Persuasion to 1 lucky blog follower who leaves a meaningful comment. Giveaway ends December 20,2010 at midnight. It is also International (as long as you are able to accept eBooks).

    RULES:

    1) Must be 18+

    2) Must be a blog follower through Google Friend Connect.

    3) Must leave a meaningful comment.

    4) Must leave your e-mail address in your comment.

    5) I reserve the right to alter this giveaway, if need be, at anytime.

    6) Just have fun.

    Monday, December 13, 2010

    Review Of Demonic Persuasion By Mahalia Levey


    Demonic Persuasion By Mahalia Levey

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 207 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (November 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G08WDW
  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE) and GoodReads (link HERE)
  • Purchase: Liquid Silver Books (link to purchase HERE)
  • Age: 18+


  • Blurb:

    Born of a Navajo healer and a high-level prince of Hell, The Dine Gods demanded Fatal be turned over to her mother's tribe to learn their healing arts and kept away from demon hands. But with her tutelage came cruel segregation and disrespect because of her father's heritage. Not knowing why her life has suddenly come under demon attack, Fatal sets out, armed with her knowledge and her fighting skills, to take out any evil that gets in her way.

    As prince of a lower level of Hell, Orobus signed a contract in blood that he be betrothed to Fatal, the high prince of Hell’s half-breed daughter. Oracle by birth, he isn’t privy to complete visions with regard to himself. Having forgotten the fateful night he signed the agreement, he’s thrust into the fight of his life—the fight to claim his woman! Come Hell or high water, he will take care of what is rightfully his, even if it means making her face both sides of her heritage and teaching her there is no shame.

    When I got this book, I only had the blurb to go by so I wasn't sure what to truly expect. Let me tell you I so need to read book #2. Ackchetta a.k.a. Fatal and Orobus are the main characters in this book. Fatal is half demon/half human (Navajo) and a healer while Orobus is an oracle and has these visions, that when it comes to himself, are not complete. He is also a lower level demon prince who serves his master Azazel. While Fatal is on the run from her father whom, she feels abandoned her at birth, she ends up at the club Demonic Persuasion owned and operated by Orobus. That is when this story starts to kick up into high gear (in more ways than one). Did I mention this book is white HOT!!!! The scenes when Fatal and Orobus get together are always intense and yet you can always see there is more to them then just the heavy sex they have. You see a girl starved for love and acceptance and a man who actually learns to care for someone other than himself. For him it is normal to not feel things, being the demon that he is, but with Fatal all that changes. You would think that this would be enough of a good story but wait Mahalia throws in an underhanded plot devised by someone you wouldn't expect. This book had me captivated as well as blushing....lmao. I have never read a book that centered exclusively on demons and I found it to be an unexpected thrill. Mahalia sure knows how to make a demon sound sexy. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a 10. If you are 18+ and truly looking for your not so typical demon story were love and trust can make a difference without coming off as corny than you really need to get a copy of Demonic Persuasion. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this story but I am proud to say I really loved it. I can't wait til book #2.

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    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Flashback Friday


    This is a Meme, created by me, to highlight a book every Friday that I have read in the past up to December 31,2009.

    Today's Flashback Friday Feature is King Of The Unblessed By Michelle M. Pillow. This was my first book by Michelle and I LOVED it.
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    King Of The Unblessed (Realm Immortal Series Book #1) By Michelle M. Pillow
    • Pub. Date: January 2010
    • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Limited
    • Format: Paperback , 240pp
    • Sales Rank: 512,012

    Blurb:

    Merrick, dark elfin King of Valdis, had once been heir to all that was good—happiness and pleasure his domain. Now, trapped as the ruler of mischief, king of necessary evil, he stands on a precipice of choice. On one side, his estranged brother, now ruler of what should have been Merrick’s and, on the other, King Lucien of the Damned. Both would sway him. Damnation is winning.

    Lady Juliana of Bellemare is from a human family, protected by the Blessed, coveted by the Damned. Betrothed to an old friend of her father’s, Juliana is living out her days close to her childhood home, longing for an adventure. When her fiancĂ© is murdered and the children of Bellemare are stolen, Juliana is sent on a quest in a strange realm where appearances are deceiving.

    Merrick brings more adventure and passion than any woman could want. Can she withstand the temptations? The spell she weaves over him is more than he can resist, Merrick offers her a choice; either come with him until he tires of her…or die.

    King Of The Unblessed was such a great story. I literally could not put this book down. As soon as I finished it I went on line and bought Faery Queen book #2 and Stone Queen #3 in the trilogy. It was really that good. There was just something about Merrick and Juliana's story that was just so amazing. Juliana longs for some sort of adventure in her life and Merrick is just existing in his life with no direction and no hope. When these two people get together all that changes. Juliana brings love and warmth back to Merrick's life. Merrick gives Juliana the greatest adventure of her life while showing her how she taught him to love. What woman doesn't love a man with a tortured soul that they feel they can help fix. Did I mention that Merrick is smoking HOT and all I can say is yummy with a spoon. This is definitely a re-read kind of book in my opinion. Everyone 18+ should really check this book out and see for themselves. Then when your done check out books 2 and 3. This trilogy is so worth it.

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    Thursday, December 9, 2010

    Review Of Wild Souls By Jocelyn Devon

    Wild Souls
    Wild Souls By Jocelyn Devon

    Erotic: Paranormal
    ISBN: 978-1-60435-757-8
    Cover Artist: Ash Roland
    Editor: Pam
    Line Editor: Red Rose™ Publishing
    Word Count: 8,252
    Release Date: August 12, 2010
    Source: Red Rose Publishing (link to purchase
    HERE)
    Age: 18+

    Blurb:

    Can Eliza’s and Hank’s marriage be saved or is it already too late after his affair with town tart Sylvia? Her home wrecking ways threaten to end all three of their lives. HIV, looms over then like a dark shroud. Can any be saved? Sterling an ancient vampire mourns the loss of his beloved Alana. He never thought he’d find another woman to take her place. Yet, he finds hope in Eliza. Will Eliza accept his dark gift before it’s too late? Can she find it within herself to love a creature of the night? Is it possible his love can cure her?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read which normally I am not crazy about but even though this story was fast paced it didn't feel rushed. Eliza and Sterling are the unlikely couple in this story. Hank being the cheating husband in this story is easy to dislike. He just seems the type of guy who always gets what he wants no matter whom it might hurt. Eliza seems the type who wants to put a band-aid on the problem and move on. Sterling seems to be the brooding Vampire whom just gets a raw deal out of life or in this case his afterlife. Three people dealing with very different issues are placed in a no win situation or so it may seem....^_^. I would love to see this story written in novel form if that makes sense. What I am trying to say is I would love for this story to be at least 300 plus pages so I can get a more in depth back story and more of the budding romance between the two characters. Eliza and Sterling's story is really good. Jocelyn's story telling is something I believe I will have to experience again. On a scale of 1-10 I give this story a 10. Although I do wish this story was longer I did enjoy it and I knew it was a short story from the start. I think anyone 18+ for is looking for a nice short story or just a quick read should check out this book.

    Link:
    http://writerjocelyndevon.blogspot.com/

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    For your chance to win this book head on over to
    Seductive Musings Blog by clicking the link below for all the details and extra ways to enter.

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    Friday, December 3, 2010

    Flashback Friday


    This is a Meme, created by me, to highlight a book every Friday that I have read in the past up to December 31,2009.

    Today's Flashback Friday Feature is Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampire Series Book #1) By Rachel Caine. I read this book I back in 2008 and I am still addicted to the series....^_^.
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    Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampire Series Book #1) By Rachel Caine
    • Pub. Date: October 2006
    • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
    • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 256pp
    • Sales Rank: 14,995
    • Age Range: Young Adult
    • Lexile: HL650L What’s This?

    Blurb:

    College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

    Glass Houses is the start to a great vampire series entitled The Morganville Vampire Series. Claire Danvers is in a new state (Texas) and is a freshman at Texas Prairie University. When life on campus becomes life or death Claire decides to find of campus housing. That is how we are introduced to Shane Collins, Eve Rosser, and Michael Glass. Claire goes to "The Glass House" to interview as a potential roommate. From that point on Claire's world is turned upside down. Her life is constantly in danger and you find that Morganville has a deadly secret and could just be the end of Claire and her new friends. This is a quick read and very enjoyable. I LOVED this book and the whole series. Yes, there is danger in this series but there is also humor. Rachel finds a great balance between both without taking away from the story. If you enjoy vampires this is a book you really need to read and please don't stop there because the whole series is just a good.

    If you want to join me in my Flashback Friday just make a post and link it here though my Linky Tools.

    Link:

    www.rachelcaine.com/



    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Dangerous Love Blog Tour Stop With Margie Church Featuring An Interview And Giveaway

    Can I just start off by saying Margie is such a nice person. She is very easy to sit down and have a conversation with. Recently, I had that very great pleasure of getting to interview the lovely Margie Church. She answered all my questions and as a bonus she is offer to give away a copy of her latest release Dangerous Love to one luck person. Margie is such a giver that not only is someone winner a copy of her book but she is giving us a mouth watering excerpt* to drool over. In the words of Rachael Ray....Yum-O.

    *Just keep in mind the excerpt contains ADULT CONTENT and is not for everyone....^_^.



    Thank you for inviting me to your cool blog, Skyla! I'm looking forward to getting to know your followers. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1) Can you tell me a little bit about your Love Bites Series and your latest release Dangerous Love?

    Love Bites is a very unique vampire series. You're not going to find men or women fawning over each other, begging to be turned because that would be sexy and wonderful. In my opinion, that would not be either of those things. LOL So, we have vampires living peacefully among us humans and the agony begins when Wade Kairos, who is a vampire, falls in love with an American woman named Jui Fabrice. Love Bites is all about the buildup of their relationship. They go through a tremendous amount of agony trying to be together and still deny each other. Theirs is the epitome of forbidden love. Creatures from the afterlife are working hard to make sure Jui and Wade don't get together and when they do (of course they do, it's a ROMANCE), Wade is going to pay – big time.

    Dangerous Love picks up with Wade and Jui together but in such a precarious state. The leader of the vampire nation, Ladislav Husek, doesn't like to fail and Wade falling in love – and having Jui return his love – is counted as a failure. He's coming after both of them with a vengeance. He enlists the Master Prophet, Dirk, to help punish the lovers.

    The plot in both novels is woven with suspense and surprise. Expect in-your-face characters that will stay with you long after the stories end and explicit love scenes. You won't be disappointed.

    A third book, Love Bites III: Redemptive Love is planned for 2011.

    (Content alert: vampires, shape shifters, m/f, m/m, bondage, anal sex, oral sex)


    2) What are one or two things that you might have on your bucket list?

    I want to go to Tuscany and Australia for an extended visit. I also would love to get all dressed up in a black, off-the-shoulder gown and go to a ball. I think hoping that I could actually dance with a modicum of grace would be asking too much. LOL


    3) What authors, if any, have influenced you and possibly your writing?

    I can't say reading any particular author has influenced my writing as much as the authors themselves. I've been a professional writer for more than 20 years. I've learned all kinds of writing styles during this time and fiction writing is just the newest. I will say it's the most challenging and if I hadn't had all this previous writing experience, I don't know if I could have picked it up as quickly as I have. I don't mean that to sound arrogant, but fiction writing is very complicated. So, having said that, several authors have encouraged me and pointed me in the right direction to improve. My publisher, Noble Romance has very high standards for their books and provides its authors with some great writing resources to use.


    4) If you were to throw a party which five people would be on the guest list (living or dead)?

    Oh geez….President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton (people say I look like her), Tiger Woods, James Scott, and Pope John Paul II.


    5) What does the future hold for you book wise (i.e. another book, or perhaps a book signings)?

    I'm finishing a m/m novella, titled Hard as Teak. I want to finish that by early December. After that, I'll begin working on Love Bites III: Redemptive Love. I'm also really busy with the Red Lipstick Journals (www.redlipstickjournals.blogspot.com), of which I am a part owner. This site is dedicated to those who enjoy sophisticated erotica. By summer 2011, I'll have seven books in print and am planning a few signings around the July 4 holiday. The best place to catch me is via my website and blog: Romance with SASS.

    Please friend/follow/hang out with me! I love meeting new people and I want to hear from you!




    Blurb Dangerous Love

    Wade Kairos faces deadly consequences for defying the leader of the vampire nation. Ladislav Husek partners with Master Prophet Dirk, to prove Wade can run but he can't hide. And neither can Jui Fabrice, the woman Wade loves. Every bit of his ingenuity is needed to protect her from being turned into a vampire or a prophet.

    If that's not enough trouble for him, another vampire from Wade's past comes forward and makes it abundantly clear that what used to be hers is still up for grabs.

    Someone will pay with their life in Dangerous Love.

    Adult Excerpt

    Dangerous Love

    By Margie Church

    "Take off your shirt," she said while tearing open the foil package. His hard shaft jutted proudly in front of his body and Jui knelt, unable to resist sucking his gorgeous cock. She cupped his smooth balls as her lips and teeth moved up his length to the crown. She tickled the tip and let the long string of pre-cum cling to her tongue as she drew back. She smiled up at him before swallowing as much of his dick as she could. Her throat strained as she sucked him, and Wade's fingers digging into her shoulders told her how much he loved every second in her mouth.

    When the ache in her body became irresistible, Jui pulled the condom out of its wrapper and began the tight journey over Wade's shaft. Then she bent over the couch and presented her glistening pussy to him. "Now it's my turn."

    He pushed aside the thin strap of her thong and entered her. The pressure, the fullness of his shaft moving in her body, drove her crazy. She pumped hard against his hips, needing the glorious pain of release.

    "Minx, slow down. I want to make this last."

    She heard the words but couldn't obey. "We'll do it again. Make me come."

    His teeth found a resting spot on her shoulder muscle. He reached around and slapped her clit.

    She whimpered. "Yeah, again." The sting of his slap made her vaginal muscles tense with each tap, building the mindless need stemming from her pussy.

    "Baby, you're out of control," Wade said. "Right now you just need to come. Let me give it all to you."

    Wade pressed her hard against the back of the couch and drilled his cock into her pussy. Jui screamed with pleasure and encouragement. His finger teased her tight asshole and slowly entered. Her moans sounded loud and achy. She burned with lust. All she knew was his finger and cock were moving simultaneously in her, hard and fast and it . . .was . . . making . . . her come. She howled as her orgasm arrived, gripping his cock with her pussy, gushing slick juices around him.

    His grunts grew louder and his thrusts slowed. "That's it. God you feel good, even with this nasty thing on my dick." He stiffened, and an extended groan filled the room. Suddenly, he pulled out, yanked off the condom, and spilled his cum on Jui's ass. "I'm going back in," he said in a raspy tone. "I have to feel you."

    "Wade . . . ." Her sentence finished in a pleasurable groan as his wet shaft slid deep inside her.


    Margie's website and blog: Romance with SASS

    Twitter: @MargaretRChurch

    Facebook: Margie Church

    Red Lipstick Journals

    Contest: Margie is giving away a copy of Dangerous Love to Skyla's blog followers! Tell me this: if you could write any story or book you wanted, what would it be like?

    I want to thank Margie for stopping by my blog and letting me (and hopefully all of you....lol) a chance to get to know her better. Margie Church is giving away an eBook copy of Dangerous Love to one lucky person. So make sure to answer Margie's question (posted slightly above this) in our comments section and also show Margie some love as well.

    This giveaway ends December 4th at 11:59 P.M. and Margie will be picking a winner and posting on December 5th in the comments section so make sure to check back and see if you are the winner. Did I also mention this giveaway is international (as long as you are able to accept eBooks). Play your cards right and who knows you could be getting some Dangerous Love soon....LOL.

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Flashback Friday



    This is a Meme, created by me, to highlight a book every Friday that I have read in the past up to December 31,2009.

    Today's Flashback Friday Feature is Misery By Stephen King. I read this book back in 89'/90 just before it came out in the movie theatre's. This is the original book cover I had.
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    Misery By Stephen King
    • Pub. Date: November 2009
    • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
    • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp
    • Sales Rank: 19,545

    Blurb:

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Unfortunately for Sheldon, Annie is mad; mad that he killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain, in his latest book; mad that he wants to escape; and of course, mad in the most extreme clinical sense of the word.

    To set the world straight, Annie buys Sheldon a typewriter and some paper, drugs him, locks him in a room, and forces him to bring Misery back to life in a novel dedicated to her. Fear of physical torture is Sheldon's greatest motivation. One wrong sentence and she is likely to smash his legs with a sledgehammer, cut his thumbs off with a hacksaw, or much, much worse. But writers have weapons too. . . .

    Misery was my very first Stephen King book. It was so suspenseful I just couldn't put it down. Annie Wilkes and Paul Sheldon were such great characters. At first you think Annie is there to help Paul and soon we come to realize just how crazy and delusional she is. Poor Paul is simply at Annie's mercy and must do what ever it takes to survive. This book is the reason i am such a big Stephan King fan. When the movie came out I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was identical to the book with only a real minor difference at the end. It is VERY RARE to watch a movie adapted from a book to so completely resemble the book. I found the same thin happen in Stephen King's book The Dark Half. The movie once again was almost identical to the book. If you like suspensefull books you really need to check out Misery. It truly was an AWESOME read and by far my favorite of all his books.

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    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    The Bookaholics Blog

    Giveaway: Signed Copy of Afterlight by Elle Jasper

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    The Bookaholics Blog
    and Elle Jasper are offering a signed copy of Afterlight (The Dark Ink Chronicles, #1) to one lucky winner.

    This giveaway is for age 18+ only, is international, and ends on November 30,2010 at 6 p.m. Malaysian time.

    If you would like to win a signed copy of Afterlight you must head on over to
    The Bookaholics Blog by clicking the link below for all the details on how to enter.

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    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Review Of Crossroads (Southern Arcana Series #2) By Moira Rogers

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    Crossroads (Southern Arcana Series #2) By Moira Rogers
    • Pub. Date: November 2010
    • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Limited
    • Format: Paperback , 272pp
    • Sales Rank: 111,731

    Blurb:

    He’s the last man she should ever want. She’s the last woman he can ever have.

    Southern Arcana, Book 2

    Coming from a family with psychic gifts, Derek Gabriel was aware of but separate from the dangers of the supernatural world, until a rogue wolf shifter stripped away his humanity. The change he barely survived didn’t drive him insane, but the cultural bias against him as an inferior transformed wolf might. And it doesn’t help that he’s fallen for the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.

    Almost from the moment she was born, Nicole Peyton started planning her escape from the strict confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued only for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans she has a bar she loves, friends in decidedly low places, and a smoldering sensual tension with an incredibly attractive and deliciously unsuitable man.

    Their forbidden longing erupts into unbridled need—until Nick’s sister burns into town with a strike team hard on her heels. Saving her means Nick has to play by the Conclave’s rules…and give up the man she is growing to love.

    Unless Derek does something completely crazy—issue a challenge that could shake the foundations of their world.

    Moira has done it again. I loved this book. Crossroads was such a fast paced read, which fit perfect for this next installment. I think if Moira took her time with this story I would be banging my head against the wall because there is such intensity in this story that if I had to wait too long for all the events to unfold I would go nuts....lol. Nicole (Nick) Peyton and Derek Gabriel are such a perfect couple. Nicole's father is know as the Alpha/leader of their kind which sort of makes Nicole a princess in their world and Derek is considered a "mutt" because he was turned (2 years ago) into a wolf and not born one. For a little over two years these two people have had an attraction to each other but never had the means or courage to act on it. But when a birthday party for Derek's cousin Kat gives them an excuse to sort of lay their cards on the table they take a leap in their relationship which I was so excited about. Then Moira throws us a curve ball in the form of Nick's twin sister Michelle and her "bodyguard" Aaron. The events that unfold test the newly formed bond between Derek and Nick. This story made me cry which I wasn't expecting to do. I literally had to force myself to go to bed at 2 A.M. this morning with only 30 pages left til the end because I couldn't put this book down but I so needed to be up in the morning to get me kids off to school. Moira made that very hard for me to do which I need to thank her for....^_^. To me, a book that keeps me wanting to read it even though I shouldn't makes it a book worth reading. Learning about Moira's world of shape shifters and magic has been such an incredible experience for me. Like I have said in the past I have not read too many shifter stories but Moira makes it so I feel I really need to make a place in my life for more shifter stories. I am finding it harder and harder to just be a HARDCORE Vampire fan. On a scale of 1-10 I again have to give one of Moira's books a 20 because it is so much more than a story. It is like a thrill ride that you just don't want to end EVER. I encourage everyone 18+ to pick up Moira's Southern Arcana Series, especially Crossroads, and read it for themselves and tell me this is not a great series. I am anxious to read more. The rest of the Southern Arcana Series Deadlock book #3 (Available January 4,2011), and Cipher book #4 (Available September 2011).

    Link:

    http://www.moirarogers.com/

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    Flashback Friday


    This is a Meme, created by me, to highlight a book every Friday that I have read in the past up to December 31,2009.

    Today's Flashback Friday feature is The Princess Bride By William Goldman. I read this book right when the movie The Princess Bride came out but this was not my book cover but I do love it so I just had to use it....^_^.


    The Princess Bride By William Goldman

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156035219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156035217
  • Source: Amazon.com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Barnes And Nobel (link to purchase HERE)

  • Blurb:

    The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."

    Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, abridged the book as he read it to his son. Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.

    Is The Princess Bride a critique of classics like Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers, that smother a ripping yarn under elaborate prose? A wry look at the differences between fairy tales and real life? Simply a funny, frenetic adventure? No matter how you read it, you'll put it on your "keeper" shelf. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    I loved reading this book. When I first saw the movie I knew I had to read this book. In the movie they make reference to an abridged version of the story so I made it my mission to find out were to get the "full" version. Back in the late 80's I didn't have Google.Com to help me so I never found it. It was only years later I learned that their was no abridged version and no S. Morgenstern. It was all just a little "story" that William Goldman used as sort of a clever way to make you believe his book was actually all the "good stuff" from the S. Morgenstern book without the "supposed" extra pages of details and such. The story of Wesley and Buttercup was so fun and exciting that it had something for everyone. Fencing, sword fighting, pirates, robbers, torture, wizards, giant rats, a hero, a princess, and evil prince, an evil "sheriff", and so much more. If you have only seen this movie you really should pick up this book and give it a read and if you have read this book in the past you should pick it up again and re-read Buttercup and Wesley's journey to true love.

    If you want to join me in my Flashback Friday just make a post and link it here though my Linky Tools.

    Link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Goldman


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