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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fallen Angel (Tales Of The Sweet Magnolia Series Book #2) By Amanda McIntyre


FALLEN ANGEL By AMANDA MCINTYRE

Fallen Angel 

Welcome to Day 4 of the Holiday Blog Hop celebrating the release of Fallen Angel (Tales Of The Sweet Magnolia Series Book #2) By Amanda McIntryre. Please leave a meaningful comment for a chance at winning a SURPRISE!!!!

To find true love...you only have to travel through time!
FALLEN ANGEL, Book II in the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia series by Amanda McIntyre

A hunger gnaws at Angel Marie Sutter to find the man behind the soulful music she heard played on piano at the Sweet Magnolia. Following her heart, desire takes her on a fantastic journey. When she becomes a witness to murder, she finds herself under the forced protection of a scarred detective. Her gentle healing brings the past to his present in timeless passion, but will she be able to hold onto this precious gift, or will a killer take it all away?

Shado Jackson is a lone wolf undercover cop carrying guilt over the death of his brother. When a mysterious, beautiful woman becomes eyewitness to a murder, his job is to protect, not fall in love. But when his brother’s killer again threatens to take what’s precious from him, Shado must find him before time runs out

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Amanda McIntyre Bio:

Amanda’s father was in the publishing business. From her early days reading of Vampirella and Alfred Hitchcock, to writing a Fine Arts column supporting music education, her quirky zest for experiencing life has provided fertile ground for her creative story ideas. These have transpired into a number of published works in contemporary, paranormal and historical women's fiction, as well as non-fiction books. She is published internationally and in both eBook and audio formats. Readers describe her work  as "superbly sensual, powerful, and character-driven."  She enjoys taking readers on a ride, with a few twists and turns along the way, with the belief that life and love is messy, but overcoming the obstacles makes the HEA even more sweet. She loves to challenge her characters and readers to look beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary, where anything is possible! Besides loving to travel, watching BBC, she has an avid fascination of the Great Lakes and its lighthouses, and a penchant for walking in old cemeteries and abandoned houses!  My website is www.amandamcintyre.net and I love to hear from readers at amandamcintyre.author@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

SOUND By Shelley Workinger Giveaway Game Release Event

To celebrate the release of the 3rd book of the SOLID series,
Shelley Workinger has put together a giveaway game!
EVERY ENTRANT who COMPLETES the task will win
ebooks of BOTH “Solid” (Solid #1) AND “Settling” (Solid #2).
The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win SIGNED COPIES of ALL 3 BOOKS,
 including “Sound” (Solid #3) just as it hits the shelves on Nov. 1st!

The rules are simple:

1. Visit each blog on the list
2. Leave a quick comment to show you were there
3. Copy the image fragment and paste it into a Word .doc
There are 18 stops to visit, comment on, and collect pieces from;
once you’ve hit all 18 stops and assembled* all of the pieces to complete the image,
email your entry to the author at: SolidNovel@gmail.com.
4. Visit the author’s blog: But What Are They Eating?
and leave a comment letting her know you’ve sent in your completed entry.
ALL 4 STEPS are important because she will choose the Grand Prize Winner
from her blog comments (using Random.org) and then check her email to verify the entry.
*Don’t worry; the pieces are in order, so if you follow the list, it’ll be easy. :)

The Game runs from Oct. 25th through Oct. 31st;
last day to enter is Oct. 31st and winner will be chosen Nov. 1st.

                                          Good luck and get gathering!
                                          Here’s my piece:

                                         And the rest of the stops:

1. Books Devoured
2. I’d So Rather Be Reading
3. Paromantasy
4. Book Lovers Inc.
5. Magic of Reading
6. Paranormal Indulgence
7. Katie’s Book Blog
8. One Book at a Time
9. To Read or Not To Read
10. Wanted Readers
11. The Itzel Library
12. My Reading Room
13. Reading Teen
14. Confessions of a Bookaholic
15. Royal Reviews
16. Books with Bite
17. Skyla 11377
18. Me, My Shelf & I
                                        
                                         THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review Of Fever (Phoenix Rising Series Book #1) By Joan Swan

Fever
Fever (Phoenix Rising Series Book #1) By Joan Swan

Paperback: 354 pages
Publisher: Brava; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758266383
ISBN-13: 978-0758266385
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Amazon.Com.

Blurb:


When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom. But because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.


Fever was my must have read for 2012. I have said this to Joan and I have tweeted and said this to everyone and believe me it lived up to my hype (in my opinion). Teague Creek was such a great character. He was a bad boy (seeing as he was in prison and all....lol) but I kept getting glimpses of his good heart/nature. Teague straddled the line between doing what he had to do to stay alive in prison and keeping to his true nature. Joan showed me that, with her male hero, you really had to look beyond his physical appearance to get to his true nature. Now with Alyssa, I got to see a work driven woman whose career means everything to her. She struggled to climb the work ladder to be the best in her field. Putting Teague in Alyssa's path gave me a new side to her character. I got to see her actually throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall were they lay.

Dr. Alyssa Foster never planned to be taken hostage by prison inmate Teague Crrek but since that is exactly what happened I got to go on one heck of an action packed ride towards redemption and true love. All Alyssa can think about is trying to escape and get back to practicing medicine but all Teague is doing is trying to prove his innocence by any means necessary. Ever since Teague was caught in a warehouse fire his life has been turned upside down. Now he is desperate to clear his name and reclaim his life. While on the run he realizes there is more than one person he wants to build a better life for but he doesn't quite know how to go about it. Alyssa realizes that her career is not the only thing there is in life. She learns that falling in love can be more satisfying than an all consuming job.


I really loved the interaction between Alyssa and Teague. I kept hoping he would realize what her and he had was worth fighting for. This book had everything I could hope for and more. There was TONS of action, as well as, a heart tugging love story. Joan has a hit on her hands with Fever, and if Blaze (Phoenix Rising Series Book #2) is anything like this one then she will have a FANTASTIC series that everyone must read. On a scale from 1-10 I give Fever a HUGE 10. I think everyone adult 18+ should run out and pick up this book. Let Teague and Alyssa's story consume you and leave you breathless.



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Friday, October 12, 2012

Review Of Sound (Solid Series Book #3) By Shelley Workinger

Sound (Solid, #3)
Sound (Solid Series Book #3) By Shelley Workinger

Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478377003
ISBN-13: 978-1478377009
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Amazon.Com 

 Blurb:

Clio Kaid's had one crazy summer. After learning she was one of a hundred teens who were genetically modified before birth, she and the others departed for "camp" at a classified military site. Besides discovering her own special ability, uncovering a conspiracy, and capturing a killer, she's also forged new friendships, found love, and managed to lose them both. With no answers and the end of summer closing in, Clio's terrified of going home more lost than when she arrived. Will she finally find everything she's been looking for? Find out in this exciting conclusion to the Solid trilogy.

I must say Shelley wrote one heck of a series. I devoured each book and longed for more. Sound is a great ending to her series and she has made a fan out of me for life. Sound, like the rest of the series, was so hard to put down. Her characters are so relatable and full of layers.

Clio is living with the consequence of her actions from book two at the start of Sound. Her friendships have become fractured and she doesn't know how to fix it. Rae, Xavier, and Alexis are her only source of comfort. Bliss, Miranda, and Garrett have yet to forgive her while Jack doesn't even remember much of anything. But, like any great friendship, the gang slowly comes around and reunites. To celebrate the end of summer and the up coming school year the military tells the whole "camp" that they get to pick one of four outings. They can choose from a baseball game, a Broadway play, a concert, or the Planetarium. But when you are a kid with super-human abilities nothing ever goes according to plan. All four outings have a similar event happen which kicks them into action. Once back a "camp' Clio seems to be the only one truly concerned about what has happened which starts Clio on her "Harriet The Spy" mission. 

I can't really say much more without ruining the story for everybody. Even though Sound is the end to the Solid Trilogy, I can't help feeling that Shelley left the door open a crack to possibly a book 4 or a spin-off series (which in my opinion would be AWESOME). On a scale from 1-10 I give Sound a 10. It is a great ending to a series while leaving just enough room for possibly more. If you loved Solid and/or Settling then you really need to pick up a copy of Solid. If you haven't read either than you really need to get moving and buy all three books in the Solid Trilogy. Delve right into the world of C9X and the Military cover up that follows. Let Clio show you how to disappear into her world.

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http://www.solidnovel.com/
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Interview And Giveaway With Author Beth Williamson/Emma Lang

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing author Beth Williamson (who also writes under the name of Emma Lang). She is so nice and giving of her time and a paperback copy of her book Brody (Circle Eight Series Book #2). I have read it and LOVED it (review coming soon). To get your hands on your very own copy of Brody all you need to do is leave a meaningful comment with your e-mail address. Giveaway is US only and ends August 22,2012 at 11:59 PM EST.


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

I've always been a writer. Realization came in third grade when my teacher told my mom I wrote "lovely poetry" - that was when I knew I wanted to write. I have been involved with many different types of writing from being a newspaper reporter, a poet, a technical writer (my current full-time career), and a novelist.

2) How did you come up with your Circle Eight series and can you tell us a little bit about your new book Brody?

I love to write series about a family, traditional or non-traditional. I wanted to create a new family series in a timeframe. I decided on the Republic of Texas, an important time in Texas history and one that required you to be as tough as the land itself.

Brody Armstrong first appeared in the Circle Eight: Matthew as the investigator for the crimes committed against the Graham family. Black hair, ice blue eyes and an attitude to match, Brody was a mysterious force who needed to return for his own story, The Circle Eight: Brody. He wears a black hat and is hard as the land he protects. Fortunately for him, Olivia Graham is just as tough and stubborn as Brody. Clash of the Titans, y'all. :)

BRODY is a rough, sexy, intense and violent story. Quite different from MATTHEW in that it’s a road romance and there is plenty of guns and blood. The story almost told itself – the touch Texas Ranger and the outspoken Olivia Graham. It is super hot in terms of the heat level but that’s how the characters wanted it. ;)

3) Your Circle Eight series you chose to write as Emma Lang. How is that different compared to your writing as Beth Williamson?

It's not multiple personalities, I swear! LOL. The truth is rather boring - I write under two different names due to a publisher request. My writing style is the same, regardless of the pen name, and the books are generally in the same genre - historical western. I try to make it as seamless as possible - with one website etc.

4) What do you find most challenging about writing?

Finding the balance between my writing and real life. I have a full-time job, a husband, a house (and mortgage), two kids (20 and 16) and a family to spend time with. I feel gobs of guilt for not spending more time on family stuff. It's been a couple months since I saw my sister and she lives 30 miles from me! LOL. I have to find that balance and be diligent about keeping it.

5) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?

Ooh, I like this question! I want to visit Australia and New Zealand - DH and I have had a dream trip in mind since we got married 22 years ago. And now I have plenty of peeps to visit while I'm there. :)

6) Are there any writers/authors who have inspired you and what author's do you like to read?

Some of my all-time favorite authors - Stephen King, Anne Rice (who was at RT and I missed her!), Elizabeth Lowell, Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts and Kathleen Woodiwiss (I'm so sad I never got to meet her). I read all kinds of books and genres - my favorite genre is historical romance but I will try anything!

7) If you were to throw a dinner party for anyone living or dead who would you invite and why?

This is a tough one! I think I'd invite women authors from the 19th century, like the Bronte sisters, Emily Dickinson, Mary Shelley, Louisa May Alcott and George Eliot. What a time we'd have comparing notes on publishing then and now. :)

8) I am a huge music fanatic, and some authors are now including playlist at the back of their books that helped inspire their stories so, my question for you is do you have a playlist that helps inspire you or is there any other thing that helps to set your writing mood?

I don't necessarily have a playlist but music plays an important part of my creative process. I *love* music, all genres - I have a very eclectic mix of MP3s. :) When I write, I listen to the style of music that lends itself to the type of scene I'm writing. For example, I like to listen to AC/DC when I write sex scenes. Hee!

9) What do you hope people take away from your Circle Eight Series?

I hope people come away feeling hope, love and with that catharsis that can only come from finishing a good story. I also hope they get involved with the family, come to love them as much I do and wait for each book in the series with a smile and anticipation.

10) What do you have coming up next (i.e. another book, or perhaps a book signings)?

Let's see, I'll be at Authors After Dark in New Orleans in August and Lora Leigh's Reader Appreciation weekend (RAW) in September.

For everyone who has read BRODY, stay tuned for CALEB, the next book in the series, due in 2013 (no publication date yet but very soon!). It’s written and ready to roll!

I have two more books I'm waiting for dates on in 2013 - stay tuned!
Brody (Circle Eight Series #2)
Brody (Circle Eight Series Book #2) By Emma Lang

Blurb:

A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested…

Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her family at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. Liv can’t shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere.


Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their case for months, and now he has a promising lead.


As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she’ll begin to find the answers she needs—as Brody finds a passion he didn’t know he wanted…


Don't forget to enter all you have to do is leave a meaningful comment with your e-mail address and your entered. Giveaway is US only and ends August 22,2012 at 11:59 PM EST.


Links:
http://www.bethwilliamson.com/
Twitter: Here
GoodReads: Here

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review Of Angelina's Secret By Lisa J. Rogers Blog Tour Stop

Welcome everyone to my stop on the Angelina's Secret Blog Tour. When Wanda asked me if I would be part of the tour I was thrilled because I love a good ghost type story and from hearing how she felt about this book I just had to read it for myself. So thank you Wanda and thank you so much Lisa for giving me this opportunity to read this really kool book.

Angelina's Secret
Angelina's Secret By Lisa Rogers

File Size: 358 KB
Print Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (January 25, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B00725BW1W
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:


As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.

Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.

When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.



I really enjoyed reading Angelina's Secret. It was an enjoyable ghost story without being predictable. The book had a great flow to it and it held my attention the whole time.


When Angelina (Angel) was a child she thought she had an imaginary friend by the name of Josie but when Angel is 17 she comes to find out that Josie is actually a ghost and she tells Angel that she has a gift and that is why she can see and hear her. Pining for her old "friend" Angel welcomes Josie back with open arms but in doing so she causes her mother (who refuses to believe her daughter can see ghosts) to seek help from a shrink that Angel knows all to well from her childhood. In between all of that Angel is trying to make it through high school, being a cheerleader, a recent breakup with her boyfriend, and a new girl in school by the name of Kobi.


Dr. Bowman convinces Angel's parents to evaluate/commit her in the hopes of curing her of believing she can see and talk to Josie. While being hospitalized, Angel finds some unlikely allies to help her hold on to her sanity and figure a way out of her nightmare.


I loved the fact that Angel, much to her detriment, refused to let her mother suffer thinking her "condition" was her fault just so she could go home free. Most teenagers would rather let their parents take the blame if it would mean they could leave an insane asylum. Angelina held her ground and refused to take the easy way out, just so she could go home. On a scale from 1-10 I give Angelina's Secret a 10. It was a refreshingly different ghost story with a steadfast female character. If you are looking for a great ghost story, unlikely allies, true friendship, or are just looking for a great story that flows well and fast then Angelina's Secret is the book for you. Pick up a copy for yourself and let Angelina's Secret make a believer out of you.


Next stop on the blog tour is at Book Reaper


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review Of Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno Series Book #2) By Sylvain Reynard

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I be beyond thrilled to be taking part in Sylvain's book tour to promote Gabriel's Rapture book 2 in the continuing saga of Gabriel and Julianne (Gabriel's Inferno Book 1). I am so excited to be on this phenomenal book tour. I just want to thank Sylvain and KLB for inviting me back for book 2. Opening up the last tour for Gabriel's Inferno was an honor and now that I am one blog stop away from ending this blog tour for Gabriel's Rapture it is bittersweet. It's bitter because the tour is just about over and it is sweet because I got to spend more time with the AMAZING characters that Sylvain has created. I hope you LOVE Gabriel's Rapture as much as I do. There are some tastefully done sex scenes in this book so I should say this book is more for 18+ (possibly a mature 17 year old). Being a mom, I had to throw that out there....^_^.

Gabriel's Rapture
Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno Series Book #2) By Sylvain Reynard

Pub. Date: May 22,2012
Format: Paperback, eBook, ePack
ISBN: 978-1-936305-52-0
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Omnific Publishing (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE), Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:


Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?


In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.


When I read Gabriel's Inferno I thought wow, how is Sylvain going to write a sequel equally compelling, if not, better than the first book. I should have know better. Sylvain is a genius and Gabriel's Rapture is just so SENSATIONAL. From page 146 til the end I literally got no sleep whatsoever. I finished it at 6:30am and had to be up by 7:00am to get my kids ready for school. I was wonky all day but it was so worth it. Gabriel and Julianne's story had me so hooked I couldn't pull myself away.


Gabriel's Rapture is the continuing saga of Professor Gabriel Emerson and his former student Julianne (Julia) Mitchell. This book starts off where Gabriel's Inferno ended. This story takes us through the "honeymoon" period of their new found relationship and into the reality of a teacher dating a student (former or otherwise). We also get to witness Gabriel experience jealousy for the first time.


I love the range of emotions these two characters took this time around. We see Gabriel and Julia at their highest and we get to experience their lowest point. If I had a paperback copy and not an ebook I think I would have thrown this book a couple of times because I got so sucked into their emotions and I could almost feel their pain at times. We also get to see how their lives get effected by their relationship and how they deal with it individually.


Anything more I could say would so ruin this book for everyone. I can't sing the praises of this book enough. This book was extraordinary and I am so thankful I got to read it. Sylvain's writing style is unparalleled. I would never on my own read about Dante or Beatrice but now I have a new appreciation for them. On a scale from 1-10 Gabriel's Rapture gets a 20. Just like Gabriel's Inferno got a 20 I had to give the same to book 2 because it was just as wonderful, if not, more so than book 1. If you are looking for an intense love, tortured souls, scandalous actions, and just a outstanding Contemporary Romance than Gabriel's Rapture is so the book for you. Everyone 18+ should run and pick up a copy and if you haven't read Gabriel's Inferno (my review Here) you should pick that one up too. Let Gabriel and Julia's journey bring you your own rapture.


The next stop on the tour will be tomorrow on JJ iReads


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Winner Of King Of Swords By Bianca D'Arc Is....

King of Swords
I want to thank everyone who stopped by and entered. The lucky winner of King Of Swords By Bianca D'Arc is....


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Again, thanks to all who came by and entered. Make sure to keep coming back to my blog because you never know when I might have another great author/giveaway coming....^_^.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Donna Grant Virtual Book Signing For Midnight's Lover

Midnight's Lover
Midnight's Lover By Donna Grant


Donna Grant is having a virtual book signing for her book Midnight's Lover. Here is your chance to get a book signed by this amazing author. *Virtual signing orders will be accepted between Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 8:00am EST (Eastern Standard Time) through Tuesday, June 05, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST, or until the first 300 copies have been sold.* To buy your book and get it signed go Here.


*Taken from Donna Grant's ordering guidelines.
Midnight's Lover
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 26, 2012)
Sold by: Macmillan
Language: English
ASIN: B007CJ8DCE
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

Blurb:


Driven by the fierce god within him, highlander Ian Kerr is sworn to fight for the land he loves—and the brother he lost. But when he’s transported four centuries into the future, he finds himself fighting his own desires—for a beautiful, bewitching woman who could hold a warrior spellbound…


Danielle Buchanan has heard the legends. She has felt the power of Druid blood in her veins. But she has never known a man as fearsome—or as haunted—as the warrior Ian. With her magic, Dani must help him fight an ancient evil. With her heart, she must join him in his quest. But only with her soul can she free him from his curse…and seal their fates together.


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review Of Playing Easy To Get By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, And Kresley Cole

Playing Easy to Get (Includes: B.A.D. Series, #1.5; Vikings Underground, #3; Immortals After Dark, #1)
Playing Easy To Get By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, And Kresley Cole

Series: Includes: B.A.D. Series, #1.5; Vikings Underground, #3; Immortals After Dark, #1
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (February 7, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416510877
ISBN-13: 978-1416510871
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE) and GoodReads
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Amazon.Com or GoodReads.Com.

Blurb:


New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and rising stars Jaid Black and Kresley Cole unlock the pleasures and perils of embracing the boldest and most powerful of lovers -- 100% alpha males -- in three sensually erotic tales. Discover the physical rapture of his muscular arms.... Become a prisoner of passion, swept away by an encounter with his primal side.... And get lost in the all-consuming thrill of white-hot pursuit by a relentless stranger who may be your most dangerous foe, the best lover you've ever had -- or both. Let your fantasies run wild with these unforgettable novellas where bigger is most definitely better -- and playing easy-to-get is the only way to go!


I have had this book since 2009. I hadn't had the chance to read it because I had so many other books I wanted to read plus I was in the midst of getting my blog off the ground. Recently I have been so consumed with trying to read all the books I had been given by some amazing authors that I haven't had time to stop and smell the roses so to speak. I had just finished reading an e-book for review on my PC, when out of the corner of my eye I spied Playing Easy To Get. I was tired of having to read e-books on my PC (my awesome e-reader is broken so I am stuck reading my e-books on my PC) and I just wanted to be able to hold a book in my hand and leave my room at the same time. That's when I thought I would take a teeny tiny break from my author requested reads and just read for the pure pleasure of it. Don't get me wrong I love the books I am asked to review but sometimes you just need a "for me" book. I am so glad I did because this book was AWESOME. I was able to sample three authors in one book. I have like 2 books from Sherrilyn Kenyon but haven't read them and I have never read anything by Jaid Black or Kresley Cole. This book, in my opinion, was a great introduction to their writing styles. Each novella gives you a glimpse into 3 amazing series, which I have in turn add to my to be read pile. You have Kresley Cole's Immortal's After Dark Series #1, Sherrilyn Kenyon's B.A.D. Series #1.5, and Jaid Black's Vikings Underground Series #3.


Sherrilyn Kenyon has her heroine into a particular romance novel and debating on whether to enter a dream of a lifetime sweepstakes while her hero is on the run from some shady guys hiding out and trying to maintain a low profile.


Jaid Black has her heroine grieving the loss of her brother and bemoaning her lonely life while her hero is an old school Viking who lives underground and follows some very ancient teachings of his people.


Kresley Cole has her heroine as a very scheming Valkyrie who will stop at nothing to punish any man who is deserving while her hero is a 300 or so year old Vampire who was made because he was a warrior but not really accepted because he was not born into the supernatural world.


Each story has something for everyone and the hot hook-ups are a nice added touch. The work with the story and are not just added to fill up space. On a scale from 1-10 I give Playing Hard To Get a great BIG 10. If you enjoy a good with characters you can enjoy and possible relate to then Playing Easy To Get is the book for you. Everyone 18+ should pick up a copy and enjoy where the stories take them.


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Review Of Shut Up And Kiss Me By Mahalia Levey

Shut Up And Kiss Me
Shut Up And Kiss Me By Mahalia Levey

Publication date: 4/2/2012
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 583,709
File size: 237 KB
BN ID: 2940014189996
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Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Barnes And Noble.


Blurb:


Brought up in a traditional family Carrie Stevens fights the bounds of propriety and flaunts her deviance with no regard to personal consequences. With one exception…her big brother’s wishes where his band is concerned. The sparks that fly when she’s around the one taboo she’d love to date are only a tempting siren’s song, until she sees there’s more to Shea than she’d originally thought. The sexy drummer might just make her lose her heart, if he can put her past to rest.


Shea McNamara has been in love with Carrie Stevens for years. Running in the same circle as her isn't easy. Her choice in men irks him but she's in his blood as much as the drums he loves to beat. All he has to do is convince her there’s more to life than the fast lane. With her flirty attitude he refuses to allow her to call the shots.


Nice to know my request has been granted....lol. Not only did I get to reacquaint myself with Garrick and Neveah from Rhapsody but I got to meet Garrick's sister Carrie and his band mate Shea. Shut Up And Kiss Me is a great follow-up to Rhapsody. Not only do I get an update on my favorite characters but I get a new juicy story to boot.


From the beginning you can feel the sexual tension between Carrie and Shea. They hold themselves in check because Carrie has sworn off musicians and he is in her brothers band. Shea, although he has wanted Carrie for a long time now, denies himself because Garrick is her brother and he doesn't want to ruin their friendship. One drunken slip of the tongue by Carrie starts these two characters down a path that forever changes them.


I have loved every book of Mahalia's I have read but this one really just struck a cord in me. There was just something about these two characters that had me rooting for them from the very beginning. As always, Mahalia writes a HOT story but that was just the cherry topping to an already extremely satisfying story of two people who truly belong together. I look forward to Kiss Me Like You Mean It, the next installment in this wonderful series. On a scale from 1-10 I give Shut Up And Kiss Me A HUGE 10 and encourage everyone 18+ to read it. This is a great story with characters worth rooting for. If forbidden romance intrigues you or you just love a great story then this one is definitely for you.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Interview And e-Book Giveaway With Author Bianca D'Arc

Today on my blog I have the pleasure of interviewing author Bianca D'Arc. Not only is she a brilliant author but she is also very giving. Not only do I get to pick her brain about being a writer but she is giving away an e-book copy of King Of Swords (Arcana Series Book #1). To enter just leave a meaningful comment with your e-mail address and your entered. Giveaway ends May 7,2012 at 11:59 PM EST.


1) How did you come up with the idea for your Brotherhood Of Blood Series and could you tell me a little bit about it?


Way back in 2005, a now-defunct publisher was holding a contest for vampire romance short stories. The prize was a publishing contract. I wrote One & Only for the contest. It was released by that first publisher in the Spring of 2006. When that publisher went out of business, the opportunity arose to move all my vampire short stories over to Samhain and the rest, as they say, is history.


So that's the genesis. As for the books themselves - I decided early on to set my vampires apart just a tiny bit by the idea that they can still drink wine. It is their last link to the sun and it has healing properties for them. That's my tiny little twist on a genre that's chock full of different takes on the traditional vampire. My werecreatures come in all types - though mostly they are predators. I write werewolves, big cat shifters, even a werebear on occasion, and depending on the type of creature they turn into, each has a slightly different social structure.


The actual Brotherhood of Blood stories are all linked by the fact that the heroines were all once members of the same college study group. They've stayed friends all this time and one by one, they pair off with vampires - except for the last one, Sally, who gets her very own Alpha werewolf in my newest book, Wolf Hills.


2) Are any of the characters from your Brotherhood Of Blood Series based on real people or are they all completely from your imagination?


I don't write real people. Occasionally, as a nod to a friend, I might use their first name or something, but the characters always come directly from my little mind.


3) Music, for me, is a big part of my life, So I was wondering what type of music do you listen to and is music a must when you are writing?


Believe it or not, at one time I contemplated a career as a professional musician. When I gave up that dream, a lot of the music went out of my life, but to this day, I can't just listen to music. If I listen, I listen with my whole being and immerse myself in the experience. So writing with music is not a good combo for me unless it's something I can mostly tune out like New Age space music or something.


4) 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've never co-written, but it's something I've contemplated. I'm not quite sure how it would work, but a few of my author friends and I have tossed around the idea. We just haven't acted on it. I'm not going to name names just yet, because it's still very nebulous and I don't want to jinx it! ;-)


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


I've written for my own enjoyment from about the age of 15 or so, but I didn't really consider it as a career until after 9/11. I'm a native NY'er and I worked on Wall Street until about 2 weeks before the towers came down in 2001. That single event had a very marked effect on my life and my career path. Eventually, I came to realize I should do the things I love to do - like writing. I started pursuing publication seriously in November of 2005 and my first book came out on Valentine's Day of 2006.


6) Are there any writers/authors who have inspired you and what author's do you like to read?


I'd say my biggest inspiration to try the small press route to publishing was Lora Leigh. I saw what she was doing in 2005, when I first discovered ebooks, and I thought maybe I could break into the business, writing the kinds of stories I loved, but that weren't exactly commercially viable for the old-school traditional publishers. I can't argue with the results and I'm still thankful to Lora Leigh to this day, for leading the way for so many of us.


As for what I read - it's an ecclectic mix. My comfort reads are still the oldies-but-goodies: Linda Howard, Rachel Lee, Diana Palmer, Suzanne Brockmann, Merline Lovelace, and a few others. I grab anything Viola Grace puts out because I LOVE space opera!!! As far as non-romance, I re-read all of Elizabeth Moon's space opera at least once a year. And every few years, I go back and re-read all of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series. I loved it when I was a kid and I still love it now. :)


7) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?


I'd love to fly in a private jet. Why? Because I think they're cool and I'd feel super rich! LOL! I missed out on flying on the Concorde, but a nice, luxurious, private jet isn't a bad replacement. ;-)


8) What do you hope people can take away from reading one of your novels?


An adventurous escape into a fantastical world where love conquers all and the good guys always win.


9) Is there any genre you would like to try your hand at writing but just haven't had the chance to write?


I want to try my hand at straight contemporary - meaning no paranormal elements - but somehow a creature or two always butts in. ;-)


10) What is coming up next for you book wise (i.e. next book, book signings, blog tour, etc)?


I'm spending the rest of the year focused on writing. I really need to get more new material out there. I just finished a new Dragon Knights book that we'll be editing in the coming months. I also wrote a short story for the upcoming Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance. I'll be putting out another installment in my Arcana series in June or July, called King of Clubs, and then probably the final story in the Kings later this year, called King of Stars. I expect to attend a convention or two in the Fall, but mostly I'm going to be writing, writing, writing!


Thanks for having me. These questions were a blast! :)
King of Swords (Arcana, #1)
King Of Swords (Arcana Series Book #1) By Bianca D'Arc

Blurb:


David is a newly retired special ops soldier, looking to find his way in the unfamiliar civilian world. His first step is to visit an old friend, the owner of a bar called The Rabbit Hole on a distant space station. While there, he meets an intriguing woman who holds the keys to his future


Adele has a special ability, handed down through her mother's line. Adele can sometimes see the future. She doesn't know exactly why she's been drawn to the space station where her aunt deals cards in a bar that caters to station workers and ex-military. She only knows that she needs to be there. When she meets David, sparks of desire fly between them and she begins to suspect that he is part of the reason she traveled halfway across the galaxy.


Pirates gas the inhabitants of the station while Adele and David are safe inside a transport tube and it's up to them to repell the invaders. But what good can one retired soldier and a civilian do against a ship full of alien pirates? Both will discover there's more to each other than meets the eye as they do their best to overcome the alien threat and retake the station.


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review Of White Lace & Promises (Carte Blanche Series Book #2) By Natasha Blackthorne

White Lace and Promises (Carte Blanche, #2)
White Lace & Promises (Carte Blanche Series Book #2) By Natasha Blackthorne


File Size: 508 KB
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (December 26, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B007O7VRKY
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Total-E-Bound (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Amazon.Com. This story also contains scenes with anal sex.

Blurb:


Book two in the Carte Blanche Series


Beth and Grey’s passionate battle of wills continues...


New York Merchant Prince Grey Sexton loves the audacious, spirited young temptress who seduced him in a Philadelphia bookseller’s and made passionate love to him in his carriage. Her fiery nature broke through his cold self-protection. But in a time of war and trade disruption, he cannot allow himself to be distracted. He vows to put business above all else in his life, including his bride.


Shocked and hurt by Grey's distance, Beth wonders whether he truly returns the burning love she feels for him. Beth demands that Grey prove he can truly change once and for all or else she will not start a family with him. But will the dark, sensual secrets she yet keeps repel this arrogant, self-controlled gentleman she has married?


The continuing saga of Grey and Beth did not disappoint. Natasha had me hooked from beginning to end. She knows how to set a scene and get the blood pumping. This erotic Historical has a little bit for everyone. Oh, and did I mention there was some very EROTIC, very HOT sex going on in this book.


In this sequel we get to see Grey and Beth formally announce their engagement, as well as, meet Dr. Joshua Wade a man from Beth's past who ends up causing a domino effect in Beth and Grey's lives. Although Grey and Beth love each other fiercely they seem to have some communication issues which are exacerbated  by Grey's need to focus solely on Sexton Shipping and nothing else. We also get to meet Grey's son Jan. He is a kid who is constantly seeking some form of acceptance and love from his father.


Beth and Grey are constantly coming together only to be ripped apart. Beth has so many revelations dropped on her doorstep throughout this book. We she her emotional journey and we also see a different side to Grey that is most unappealing to Beth. throughout the story we hear tidbits of what happened in Grey's former marriage. Towards the end all is revealed and the story comes full circle. There is SO MUCH I want to talk about but in doing so I raise the risk of ruining this awesome sequel for somebody.


If I had a paperback copy of this book I think I would have thrown it a time or two (thank goodness I was reading it on my laptop and knew better....lol) but that is because of Natasha expertise in writing such a wonderful book. It stirred such emotions in me. So many times I wanted to shake Grey and tell him to get his act together and other times I wanted to tell Beth to wake up and not be so blind to others actions towards her. On a scale from 1-10 I give White Lace & Promises a 10. I am so looking forward to reading book 3 in the series Alex's Angel. If you are looking for an erotic read, a great love story, loads of drama, and tons of buried secrets than this book is so for you. I encourage everyone adult 18+ to pick up a copy of White Lace & Promises and let Beth and Grey's love story fill you with hope and promises.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review Of A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor Book #4) By Lori Foster

 A Perfect Storm
A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor Book #4) By Lori Foster

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037377656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776566
  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
  • Age: Adult 18+*

*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Amazon.Com.

Blurb:

He never saw her coming…


Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.


Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero….


I loved reading A Perfect Storm. The characters were great with their own distinct personalities. It was awesome to have such a bad a$$ female heroine, as well as, a tough male hero. I feel they balanced each other out.


Arizona Storm is no shrinking violet. True, she was dealt a bad hand in life, but she tries not to let that define her as a victim. She wants no ones pity and she always feels she needs to prove herself to people. Because of her past Arizona has major trust issues even with those people closest to her. She doesn't allow herself to set down roots because she always feels she doesn't fit in and doesn't deserve to be cared for.


Spencer Lark is a Bounty Hunter who is great at what he does. From the moment his path crossed Arizona's he has felt this need to try and "fix" what he feels may be broken with her. Since the death of his wife Spencer hasn't let himself get close to a woman emotionally. He feels he can love no other woman the way he loved his deceased wife. Unbeknownst to him, he starts to fall a$$ over tea kettle in love with Arizona. He has always believed that she was too young for him, but the more time he spends with her the more he doesn't want to let her go and age becomes nothing but a number..


In between this great love story you get a glimpse of the dark and sinister world of human trafficking. Arizona makes it her personal mission to rid the world of those vile people. Spencer wants to help put those guys out of business for good but he doesn't agree with using Arizona as bait to do it. That causes some tension between Arizona and her surrogate family.


I actually had a "damn" moment towards the end of this book. A Perfect Storm had some other really great things happening but I don't want to ruin the story for anyone. The only thing that had me going huh, was that when I started reading this book I had no idea that this was book 4 in a series. When I first started reading this book a few times I kept feeling like I was missing something when it came to the characters camaraderie. It wasn't enough of a factor to change my opinion of this book. On a scale from 1-10 I give A Perfect Storm a 10. It was a great story with strong characters. If you are looking for great kick a$$ characters, scummy lowlifes, undeniably chemistry, and just a great story then A Perfect Storm is the book for you. Everyone adult 18+ needs to run out and pick themselves up a copy. While you are picking up A Perfect Storm, if you don't already have them, you should also pick up When You Dare (book #1), Trace Of Fever (book 2), Savor The Danger (book 3), and The Guy Next Door (which has book 0.5 in it). Let Spencer and Arizona guide you through their Perfect Storm.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review Of Eternity's Mark By Maeve Greyson

Eternity's Mark
Eternity's Mark By Maeve Greyson

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Brava (February 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758273398
ISBN-13: 978-0758273390
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*


*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by Amazon.Com.

Blurb:

A sexy Scot. A mystical inheritance. What could go wrong?


Veterinarian Hannah MacPherson knows better than to believe in love at first--or any--sight. True, being swept away by Taggart de Gaelson to the vast Scottish castle she's mysteriously inherited is uber-romantic. The legacy is totally legitimate, and its messenger is big, broad-shouldered, and smokin' in more ways than one . . .


Too bad Taggart forgot to mention that Hannah's also a Guardian of magical dragons called the Draecna. And as Hannah's sworn otherworldly protector, Taggart is honor-bound not to lay a hand on her, no matter how close he gets. . .


But turning duty into pleasure is just too tempting. And for Hannah, mastering her powers and saving two worlds from evil will be way easier than showing one hardheaded warrior that breaking all the rules means they are eternally made for each other . . .


I totally got sucked into Maeve's book Eternity's Mark. It was a unique story with very likable characters. The way she sets a scene and her attention to detail is amazing. This book was so hard to put down. It had my attention from beginning to end.


Hannah McPherson is a very strong woman. She is a grieving widow who doesn't feel she will ever be at a place where she can ever love another man again. Taggart de Gaelson comes to Jasper Mills to persuade Hannah to come with him to see a castle in Scotland that she has inherited. Did I mention that Taggart hasn't told Hannah yet that she is the sacred Guardian to magical dragons called Draecna.


Once Hannah and Taggart get to Scotland I love how the whole story unfolds. From how Hannah reacts to the news about being a Guardian to how quickly she finds herself in love with Taggart. There is never a dull moment. Did I also forget to mention that Taggart harbors a very personal secret. A secret that could change the very foundation of his relationship with Hannah. Can you say oh my goodness (insert any g word you prefer....lol)! I would say more but I really don't want to ruin this story for anyone.


Maeve does a phenomenal job telling her story. My new mission is to get my hands on her book The Highlanders's Fury. I am so a fan of hers now. I feel Eternity's Mark has something for everyone. On a scale from 1-10 I give Eternity's Mark a big 10. If you are a fan of true love, mythical creatures, adventure, and an all out great story than this book is for you. Everyone adult 18+ or even a mature 17 year old (just because there is some hot sex in this book....^_^) must pick up a copy of Eternity's Mark. Let Hannah and Taggart's story transport you to Scotland through their love.

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