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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review Of Spellbound: The Awakening of Aislin Collins (Spellbound Series) By Margeaux Laurent

Spellbound: The Awakening of Aislin Collins (Spellbound Series)
Spellbound: The Awakening of Aislin Collins (Spellbound Series) By Margeaux Laurent

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 433 KB
Publisher: Amazon.com (May 22, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B003NSBQLS
Source: Amazon (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:

"I have many secrets, but the one I must hide at all costs is the one that keeps threatening to surface. I turned from the woman’s screams as the flames licked at her feet. I started to run, but I was stopped by a booming voice, “Witch!” the man roared as he pointed at . . . ME? I was terror-struck, completely powerless against the witch hunter." 

The witch hunter’s eyes locked onto mine and time suspended. In that moment, my life was forever changed. As an evil force overtook me, I was carried away, protected by a mysterious stranger who disappeared as quickly as he arrived. Now, the witch hunter haunts my every step, and my protector appears in my every dream. I am undeniably in love, but mother is suspicious. Rumors have spread through town. Something evil has settled here. It lurks in the woods, cloaked by dark magic. Animals have been found mutilated, and men patrol the forest to hunt this unknown malice. They will not find the creature, it is not interested in them. It is after me. I am a witch, and the creature is the servant of the witch hunter. I am their prey.

I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. When I was asked to read this story I didn't have much to go on. I knew it was about witches and that was pretty much it. I actually had trouble putting this book down. I was up til 2:30 A.M. this morning (I had to be up at 7 A.M. today) just because I didn't want to go to bed with less than 100 pages left....lol. Spellbound is set in 1734-1735 but since I grew up on historical romances this was so not an issue for me. The only parts that were hard to read were when it came to the slaves/slaveholders and the persecution of witches. I was brought up in such a way that I barely even register a persons skin color. It is the persons character that determines my feelings towards them. But to read about people owning slaves like it was a given right did not sit well with me at all. Also it was hard to hear about how people were basically easily manipulated into thinking one way or another. To actually accuse people of being a witch just because they were different or didn't conform to their way of thinking was appalling. Margeaux did great research in this area to make it all seem so vividly real. The heart of this book is actually a love story that transcends time. It also brings up the old debate about everyone having a soul mate. This has always been a debatable topic with no true cut answer. I like to believe we have a soul mate out there. Someone whom is meant just for one specific person and your heart knows them in an instance. Spellbound had so many wonderful layers that just when you think you have it all figured out there is always another layer that still needs to be uncovered. I am dying to get my hands on book 2 in this series. I just really need to know what happens next. If you are looking for a great period piece read this book it is for you. If you are looking for a great book about witches and witch craft, again, this book is for you. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a 10. It was an unexpected gem and one I am so glad I got the chance to read. In my opinion everyone should pick up this book and learn about The Awakening of Aislin Collins.

Link:
http://margeauxlaurent.com/

Friday, June 17, 2011

Review Of Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #2) By Ednah Walters


Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #2) By Ednah Walters

Pub. Date: August 2011
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Format: Paperback
Sales Rank: 800,490
Age Range: Young Adult
ISBN-13: 9780983429739
ISBN: 0983429731
Source And Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

*Blurb:

Lil has come to terms with her life as a Guardian/demon hunter and the wielder of the Nephilim most powerful weapon. But trouble looms in the Guardian enclave. Bran is pulling away from her and her best human friend is in trouble, and it's all Lil's fault.


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I was floored by how amazing this book was. I finished it yesterday and so wished there was more. I am basically going crazy waiting for book 3 now. I didn't think it was possible but I LOVE Bran and Lil even more. The title Betrayed really fits this book to a tee. In this book Lil's left to wonder just who she can trust and just who might be out to destroy her and her Guardian friends. Also Lil and Bran's relationship is put to the test when Bran starts keeping things from Lil and pulling away from her just when she needs him the most. Betrayed also lets us get to know Bran's sister Celeste. We get to see how she is adjusting to life away from Coronis' Island. Remy, Sykes, Izzy, And Kim also play a big part in this book and there witty banter is just as engaging as in Awakened (The Guardian Legacy Series Book #1). Lil also gets a dose of her daddy dearest Valafar. Not only does Lil's demonic father try to put doubts in her head about those she knows and trust but he uses her late mother as a guise for his truer purpose. This book kept me glued from beginning to end. Is it wrong to find Angels/
Nephilim's HOT? Bran is even HOTTER (in my opinion) in this sequel. So if you are looking for an action packed, Angels verse Demons, soul mates, and a Mortal Combat then Betrayed is the book for you. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a resounding 10. I have the same feeling about this book as I did with the first one. It is still a series that I can read over and over again. The characters were just so vibrant and incredibly real for me. Ednah, I am now salivating for the next book in this AMAZINGLY FANTASTIC series. Everyone one, in my opinion, NEEDS to pick up a copy of Betrayed. If you haven't read Awakened yet then you should pick up a copy of that book as well.


Link:

http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Good Choice Reading Blog


Good Choice Reading Blog is giving away a SIGNED copy of Passion by Lauren Kate book 3 in the Fallen Series (book 1 is Fallen and book 2 is Torment).

Giveaway is open to US and Canada ONLY. Winners will be Chosen by
Random.org and ENDS JUNE 21st.

If you would like a chance to get your hands on this awesome book (I know I do) then head on over to
Good Choice Reading Blog for all the details on how to enter and extra ways to enter.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Release Day Madness And Guest Post With The Phenomenal Author Brita Addams


Blurb:

Dr. Bryan Newcastle needs a respite from his grueling medical practice. He's looking for someone to free his mind and his body, to take him to unexplored sexual heights. So on impulse, he plunks down his credit card and commits himself to a Gay BDSM cruise he hopes will answer his prayers.

Dom Phil Sanderson is looking for a vacation sub. With a keycard slid across the lunch table, Bryan is plunged into Phil's decadent world, where sexual submission is only the beginning. Phil brings his willing sub to new heights, but soon realizes seven days just isn't enough for either of them.

Will Bryan and Phil be able to return to their former lives, or has the journey to Bryan's sexual freedom only begun?

Welcome back to day 2 of Release Day madness with the phenomenal author Brita Addams. Today we are giving much over due love to Brita's Sunday (6/5/11) Release Free Me. Brita has been so kind as to stop by yet again today to guest post for everyone. After her post there will be a nice excerpt (intended for only readers who are 18+ years of age) for all you naughty boys and girls....*wink*. Brita you know have the floor, the bed, the chair, or the wall, whatever tickles your fancy....lol.


As anyone who has read a Brita Addams book knows, contemporary settings have never figured into my writing. That's why Free Me is such a thrill for me and the writing of it was surprisingly liberating.

Amber Quill Press, an invitation only publishing house, had a special submissions call under its GLBT brand, Amber Allure. I was encouraged to submit a story for the Postcards From Paradise series. The premise was that the characters wouldn't have met had it not been for the vacation they went on.

Cruising happens to be our favorite kind of vacation and we've gone on many over the years, so it seemed a natural to set my story on a cruise ship.

To write using current language was a treat, though I confess I love archaic English. Cell phones, television, take-out, well all the modern stuff let me come forth with some humor and sayings I don't normally use.

Bryan is sexually repressed and though he knows there's more to be had, he's only allowed himself to glimpse at it, by going to a modern day Sapphire Club, named for the legendary club in England in the early 19th century. I try to slip in mention of my fictional club in every book, and I couldn't let this one go by without it.

Phil is on the gay BDSM cruise for fun – he wants to find a vacation sub. Phil isn't the normal Dom, as I don't truly understand the master/slave dynamic. Phil is an erotic Dom, a seductive guy who enjoys topping. I tried to portray him completely differently from other characters I've read, where the guy is a real hard ass. Phil isn't that way. This isn't a lifestyle necessarily for him, but rather sexual games.
I hope you enjoy the excerpt and then the book. Please let me know.

Hugs,

Brita

Free Me Excerpt:

...Bryan paced and made to leave several times as he waited. He’d touched nothing in Phil’s cabin; instead, he’d spent most of his time staring out the porthole at the sparkling water under a full, golden moon and wondered if he was doing the wise thing.

When he heard the lock engage in the door, he turned toward the sound. Phil strode into the room and took Bryan’s breath away. The man was beautiful. There was promise in his smile. He could only imagine giving himself over to this man, as he relinquished his will and allowed someone else to think for him. The idea sounded like heaven, at least, in the short term.

Phil stood in the middle of the room, his legs braced, his arms down at his sides. Bryan wasn’t sure if he should speak, so chose silence. He trusted Phil would guide him through this initial awkwardness. The first order came almost as the decision to be silent was made.

“Come, stand before me.” Phil’s voice was low, but demanding.

Without hesitation, Bryan said, “Yes, sir.”

“You must always lower your gaze in my presence, unless I give you permission to the contrary.”

Bryan did as instructed. He could smell the wine on Phil’s breath and he had an inexplicable urge to kiss the taste off Phil’s lips.

The thought, however, was erased with Phil’s stern words. “Raise your arms above your head.”

As though of their own accord, Bryan’s arms rose and his fingers locked, making him feel more vulnerable than he’d expected.

Phil placed a warm hand on Bryan’s cheek and traced his cheekbone with his thumb. Bryan resisted the temptation to lean into the touch or even close his eyes, but it felt so good to receive the intimacy.

“What is it you expect of me, Bryan?”

The question came out of left field and it rocked him. Of all he’d thought about since he’d last seen Phil, he’d not once thought of what he expected. Rather, he’d wondered what Phil would expect of him and had long since concluded he’d gladly give the man whatever he wanted.

Again, gently, Phil said, “Tell me.”

Bryan’s mind stumbled across words like “fuck” and “suck” and “spank,” but somehow he couldn’t say them. Finally, he settled on, “I want whatever it is you expect of me.”

Phil leaned in and his warm breath bathed Bryan’s ear as he whispered, “Good answer. If you remember that, we’ll get along nicely.”

Phil stepped behind him, his hands never leaving Bryan’s body as he touched, rubbed and glided over his ass clad in imported cotton, and then stopped. Only when he was sure Phil couldn’t see his face did Bryan dare close his eyes.

His cock hardened and his mind raced with any number of suggestions as to what Phil could do with those hands, yet he sensed Phil had the situation well under control.

Phil snaked his arms around Bryan’s body and undid his belt. As the leather slid through the loops, Bryan’s imagination went wild. Soon, he heard a crack and wondered if Phil had actually doubled his belt and snapped it.

“Unfasten your pants and let them drop to the floor.”

Bryan’s arms felt heavy as he lowered them and unbuttoned his white Ralph Lauren’s. He struggled to control his breathing, as he felt himself being ensnared in Phil’s web of seduction. As he nudged his pants over his hips, he felt the leather of what he assumed was his own belt on his ass—his naked ass, as he abhorred wearing underwear of any kind.

His cock was rock hard, angled, straight, and ready for action. Phil drew the belt up the length of Bryan’s crack, and Bryan feared losing what control he’d managed to exert. He’d never been seduced with such care, with such mystery, and it felt damn good. Then everything seemed to stop. Bryan felt Phil’s absence, as he was left standing, untouched, his pants at his ankles. He heard a noise. Something heavy being dragged, but he didn’t dare turn to look...

My, my, my that was a rather HOT tasty tidbit. I want to thank Brita so much for spending these two days at my blog and treating all my readers to some amazing treats. Seeing as Brita is such a giver, if you have read her
Facebook page you will surely know that she is having a book giveaway on my blog. Make sure you
say hello, by leaving a comment or even a question for Brita. Commenters qualify for a book giveaway so you might want to comment away here and/or yesterdays post....^_^.

Link:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Release Day Of The Rogue's Salvation And Interview With It's Wonderful Author Brita Addams


Blurb: 

Thomasine Littlebury is a spoiled, young girl, until the death of someone close pitches her headlong into adulthood. As she struggles to manage her life with little money and less social prestige, she's struck down, leaving her scarred, alone and in the hands of a handsome man with a huge secret.


Myles Cunningham is a rogue of the first water, who answers every call to pleasure and decadence without a second thought. During one such foray, the fates conspire to throw Myles and Thomasine together, in a most unfortunate way.

Acting as the Good Samaritan, Myles sees to the young woman's recovery and finds himself attracted to her strength and beauty.

As their relationship progresses, circumstances conspire to force them to marry to preserve Thomasine's honor. He fears the discovery of his secret might destroy their fragile rapport, yet he desperately needs Thomasine, for he's convinced she, above all others, is the rogue's salvation.

OMG is this not a HOT, HOT, HOT cover. Not to mention hello it has Jimmy Thomas on the cover. Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing the AMAZING Brita Addams who stopped by for The Rogues Salvation's Release Day. Brita also released Free Me yesterday, which by the way, has another great cover. Tomorrow I will be showing Free Me some love with a Guest Post by none other than Brita herself. So that is two fun packed days with Brita Addams and some RED HOT MEN. So sit back relax and enjoy my interview with the incomparable Brita Addams.


1) How do you come up with all your great story ideas and characters. Is it just your imagination or things that happen in your life for example?


I wish there was a magical answer to this, but the truth is the stories are all figments of my
imagination. Surely, I take tidbits from experiences, but with the historicals, that's not the
case. I recently wrote a novella that will be out in November, loosely based on the love
between my great aunt and uncle.

Sometimes a character will have a trait or two of someone I know or knew, but most of the
time they are unto themselves.


2) What is your favorite time period to write about?

I love history, any history. I write stories that take place in the Regency Era, which lasted only
nine years in the early 19th century. The 19th century is my favorite, maybe because I've always
believed I was born in the wrong century. I have an old soul. I do favor modern conveniences,
air conditioning, and the computer amongst my very favorites.

I love period piece movies and read almost exclusively, historical romance, favoring m/m
these days, though a good hot romance will do the trick too.

I did learn that I enjoy writing contemporary, when I wrote Free Me and In His Arms, a
male/male series I've written for Amber Allure. It was liberating in a way to use modern day
English, but I'll never give up my historicals.


3) What are one or two things you would like to check off your bucket list?

Great question! I want to go to England, probably more than any other trip I want to take. And
I'd like to ride in a helicopter. Two disparate wants, but there they are.


I've ridden in a hot air balloon and I loved it, but a helicopter has a fear factor involved, which
makes it almost mandatory I do it.


4) If your life was made into a movie who would you want to portray you?

Oh, my. I'm afraid a movie about my life would be a huge yawn. I'm really quite ordinary, as I
believe most writers are. I'm a wife, a mom, a house cleaner and laundress. No real glamour
here for sure. I'm not sure there's anyone ordinary enough to play me.


5) How much time do you put into researching for your stories (i.e. places, clothing, people,
mannerisms?


I love this question! I spend an extraordinary amount of time researching – work I love, though
it does eat up a lot of writing time. I have tons of books on English history and I have websites
I visit for specific facts. I also watch a ton of period movies, to get the feel for the spoken
word, the clothes and mannerisms. I no longer watch movies for entertainment, but for little
tidbits of information I can glean or a certain look or flick of the wrist.


I firmly believe that if one writes an historical piece, it should reflect the period and not just be
a costume drama. I recently spent several hours researching pain relief and muscle relaxation
methods in 1820. All that for a one sentence mention in a book I'm writing. BUT, they didn't
take aspirin in those days.


Research is probably the most important thing I do while writing. For instance, I rarely use
words that weren't used during the time period. Now, on occasion, I do, for example in The
Rogue's Salvation, I used the word angst, which didn't come into the verbal lexicon until 1840.
However, the word fit better than any I could think of and I used it.


Contractions were rarely used until later in the century, save for shouldn't, couldn't and
wouldn't. I do use them though, mostly in narrative, sometimes in dialogue, depending upon
who's speaking.


I study hairstyles, fashion, what the parks might have looked like at the time, social mores and
all other things that will help to make my stories as authentic as I can. Thankfully, I love
research, but it does take an inordinate amount of time to get it right.


6) What advice can you give to other aspiring writers?

Write and study your craft. That is advice every writer will give and live by themselves. Writing
is a fluid pursuit, ever changing and evolving. I learn something new with every edit, I try new
things and I'm always asking questions. I love learning. The other bit of advice – read, read,
read. So much is learned from reading other authors, those you admire. Be open to advice,
critique and helpful hints.


7
) What do you have coming up this year (i.e. books, appearances, signings, blog chats)?

Lots of new works in progress. I have the sequel to Free Me, my first male/male contemporary,
called In His Arms, coming out at Amber Allure on August 7th. Then the paperback of both stories combined will be out in mid-September.


With my friend and co-writer, Bryl R. Tyne, I'm writing the Johan's Quest series and the first book, The Soulless Man, will be out in the fall. We have at least three books planned for that series, which is neo-noir. I love noir and so does Bryl, so we've created Johan in that vein. The first book takes place in 1968 New Orleans. Something very different from anything either of us has written before.

I've just submitted Demands of the Heart, which is contracted, but I don't have a release date as
yet. I'm assuming sometime in the fall as well.


Then the piece I mentioned before based on the love between my great aunt and uncle. That piece is called An Evening at the Starlight. It's told in first person and recalls the 1940's, WWII and a bit of a lesson for a young couple with problems. The novella is part of the November Noble Authors Timeless Desire Blog Tour. I have another piece to write for the tour, which is based on the premise of timeless desire. Each story from our six (I believe there are six) authors will standalone and be combined in an anthology, from what I understand.
Then I have several works in progress, including another Sapphire Club installment, but no time frame on that right now.

From October 13-16, I'll be in New Orleans at the Gay Lit Retreat. There will be a book signing, I believe on the 15th aboard a steam-driven paddlewheeler. I'm looking forward to that a lot.
The November Noble Authors Blog Tour is November 8-29. I'll have a schedule on my site for all the stops. There are many.

Thank you Raquel for having me. I always love visiting with you.

I love to entertain, so stop by my website at www.britaaddams.com and say hi. You can also find
me on
Facebook and Twitter.


I
f you'd like to read an excerpt from my two newest releases, here's where you can find them:

Free Me:
http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/FreeMe.html

The Rogue's Salvation:
https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/297


I want to thank Brita so much for stopping by and allowing me to interview her and letting me drool allover her book cover with Jimmy Thomas....lol. Make sure you come by tomorrow for more Brita and some Free Me love....*wink*.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review Of Settling By Shelley Workinger

Settling (Solid #2)
Settling By Shelley Workinger

Paperback, First Edition, 242 pages
Expected publication: July 4th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published 2011)
ISBN: 1460981723
ISBN13: 9781460981726
primary language: English
series: Solid #2
Source: GoodReads HERE
Blurb:

At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…

Soon after learning they were the products of a secret genetic experiment, the teens began developing super-abilities ranging from bounding lightness to blocking heaviness; blinding brilliance and the ability to vanish. These same gifts made them targets of a psychopath in officer’s clothing, and they found themselves fighting for their lives.

Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.

Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…


Shelley does it again. Settling was an awesome addition to her Solid Series. I couldn't put the book down. I loved getting reacquainted with the old characters and then getting to meet some new ones. Lieutenant Graham a.k.a. Ford, Xavier Wittman, and Rae Mahoney bring a new dynamic to Settling's motley crew of characters. I like the fact that Ford is closer in age to the kids in this story because it gives the kids a more approachable person to turn to. This story has some great OMG moments which blew me away. There are so MANY things I want to say but it would so be giving things away....yikes. Clio is a great character with more teen angst than you can shake a stick at and that's what keeps me reading. If this book was all hearts and flowers, sure it would be good, but it wouldn't be what we have come to expect from Shelley and her wonderfully crafted characters. On a scale from 1-10 I give Settling a HUGE 10. I thought Shelley did a great job of continueing her sage of her characters search for answers when it comes to C9x. Who doesn't love a good military cover up....lol. If you liked Solid you need to read Settling. If you haven't read Solid pick up both Solid and Settling and join the rest of us searching for answers and unmasking a very clever killer.

Link:
solidnovel.com
facebook.com/solidnovel
twitter.com/solidnovel
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