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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review Of The Wedding Gift By Kathleen McKenna

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The Wedding Gift By Kathleen McKenna

Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611940524
ISBN-13: 978-1611940527
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.


Leann wasn't good enough for her upper-crust in-laws, so they gave her the mansion none of them wanted. Years ago, something or someone in the house killed Leann's brother. Will its violent secrets kill her next?

I so LOVED Kathleen's writing style. They way this story is told is through Leann starting a journal and telling us first hand about her life and all the things that have happened to her through her association with George Willets Junior and his family.

When the story starts Leann is a high school senior. She doesn't have a lick of sense but she is a local beauty. She comes from a poor family but they have made a decent life for themselves. Leann also has a best friend Jessie, who like Leann, is dumber than a box of rocks (these kind of phrases are all through out the book....lol). Did I also mention that Leann is engaged to marry George Willets Junior (whom by the way is 26 years old) when this story starts. One last juicy nugget at the start of this story is that Leann is also pregnant. I know right, what a way to start a book.

When Leann and George Junior marry it is understood that, as a wedding gift, they will be receiving Willets House for their very own. This house has been in the family for many years BUT it is also were a whole family was murdered, as well as, Leann's brother Charlie years later. George Junior's uncle Roger along with this five children are murdered supposedly by Roger's wife Robina (who is also the children's mother) before she kills herself. No one in Dalton, OK (where this story takes place) talk about what happened in that house nor do they discuss what really happened to Charlie Worthier (Leann's brother) and his best friend Donny Readle on that dark night. The only living survivor, Donny, NEVER talks about what happens but remains a close family friend to this day.

What you should also know is that Leann has LOVED Donny since she was about seven years old and her love for him has never died even though he marries someone else just as she has married another man. This added element is just another thorn in Leann's side to deal with along with the murderous ghost of Robina Willets. For all of Leann's faults I found her a very likable character. She may be misguided at times, but she truly doesn't mean anyone any harm with the things that she does.

This story was so compelling it had me hooked from the first sentence. The story was fantastic and it flowed beautifully. The mystery surrounding Robina was gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering just what exactly happened in that house all those years ago and what part does Leann play in it today. I really and truly had a hard time putting this book down. On A scale from 1-10 I give The Wedding Gift a humongous 10. If you are looking for a great thrilling murder mystery, true love, a psychotic ghost, and an all around phenomenally told story than The Wedding Gift is the book for you. I encourage everyone adult 18+ to pick up a copy of this book and find out why Robina is on a murderous rampage.


Riptide Publishing Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing

Once A Marine By Cat Grant

Welcome to Cat Grant's stop on Riptide Publishing's Blog Tour. I love getting to know the authors from Riptide. Cat Grant has stopped by today to grant me an interview which comes with a great blurb of her book Once A Marine. Cat is so giving today because she is offering one lucky person (18+ or older) who comments with their e-mail address over at Sinfully Tasty Reads their choice of Allegro Vivace, Sonata Appassionata, The First Real Thing (Icon Men #1), Appearing Nightly (Icon Men #2), A Fool For You (Icon Men #3), or Entangled Trio. So many awesome choices to choose from. Now, it's time to sit down with Cat and get to know her better.

Who are your latest crushes (celebrity, book character, or otherwise)? 

Oh, God! Did you see the new X-Men movie last June? I’ve seen it, like, FOUR TIMES. I’ve been obsessed with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender ever since. I’m also a huge Glee and True Blood fan. Darren Criss is ADORABLE, and Alexander Skarsgard turns me to jelly.

Do you ever keep those people in your mind when writing your own works? 

Rachel Haimowitz and I are currently brainstorming a project with McAvoy and Fassbender-shaped characters. It’s gonna be hawwwt!

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who
would it be?

Actually, I sent my cover artist photos of Darren Criss and Alexander Skarsgard
and asked her to find models that resembled them. She did a pretty damn good job!

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing? 

Listening to music, reading, TV & movies.

Do you own an e-reader?

I have an iPad. Best purchase I’ve ever made!

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you've written?

Eric Courtland, from my Courtland Chronicles series.

Why is he your favorite?

Probably because he’s not afraid to be an unrepentant bastard when he needs to be. He’s also fiercely loyal to his partners Nick and Allison, and will go to any lengths to protect them. In other words, your typical alpha male – although I usually hate to use that term.

Where can your readers find you? 

Oh, I’m not hard to find! You can catch me on 

Facebook: Here
Twitter: Here
Goodreads: Here
My website: Here

What’s your current book list and where can we buy them?

Check out my Amazon author page
Or my book list over on ARe:

Here's the blurb for my new Riptide release, Once a Marine:

Love is a battlefield.

Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.

Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.

But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

You can read an excerpt and purchase Once a Marine by clicking here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review Of Sweet Ophelia (A Romantic Comedy) By Kenneth Rosenberg

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Sweet Ophelia (A Romantic Comedy) By Kenneth Rosenberg

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
  • Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)


Warren August is down and out in Hollywood, flat broke and living on the streets. When he stumbles onto a movie set in search of food, he sets in motion a chain of events that could finally turn his life around. He might even have a chance to win back his beloved Ophelia. Sweet, sweet Ophelia, who broke his heart three years before. But can he hold it together long enough to redeem himself? And will she ever take him back?

This novel is an offbeat clean romance about discovering what true love really means.

Formerly titled "Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues."

When I received this book for review it was first entitled Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues and not what it is now, which is just Sweet Ophelia and it also had a totally different cover, which was amazing by the way, and not the one we see today. With that being said, the changes don't really matter so much as the story, which I might add, was incredible. Upon first inspection I wasn't really sure what to make of this story but once I started I was amazed at how badly I was hooked to it. This isn't my first rodeo with an indie author so I know they can surprise you most of the time but what I got from this story I was so not ready for. I wasn't ready for how strongly I would feel about Warren and Bridget. I 'm sure you thought I was going to say Ophelia didn't you? Ophelia, in my opinion, is just a red herring made to seem more important than the real issue which is, it is never too late to turn your life around and find true happiness and/or bliss. When the story starts Warren is down on his luck and homeless. Never sure if he will be sleeping in a shelter or out on the street. Then shortly thereafter we meet Bridget an actress hoping for the next big break. A girl from a somewhat small town who is being swallowed up by the bright lights of L.A. and just not catching the "big" break she needs to succeed. As the story progresses Warren and Bridget's lives begin to intersect and entwine in an unexpected and amusing way. Warren's luck begins to turn around while Bridget's is at a sort of stand still. Warren goes from being homeless with few friends to a productive member of society trying to re-find his place in the world and having a hard time trying to merge his two different lives he's been leading. While on this new journey Warren and Bridget, at times, get their wires crossed, which in turn, makes them seem to doubt their budding feelings for each other. This story is a sort of comedy of errors which I totally loved. It also had me so rooting for this unlikely couple while hanging on to the edge of my seat. There is so much more I want to say but it would so ruin the end and that is something you really need to uncover for yourself. I was totally invested in the outcome of this story and this couple. I really can't sing the praises of this book enough. It truly was an amazing ride and I am so glad I had a ticket. On a scale from 1-10 I give Sweet Ophelia a 20. Yes, yes I know off the scale and all but Sweet Ophelia is truly one of those stories that everyone really needs to read for themselves and spread the word about. If you believe in true love, redemption, finding oneself, and comedic twists then Sweet Ophelia is the book for you. I really do encourage EVERYONE to pick up a copy and discover how addictive Sweet Ophelia can be.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Riptide Publishing Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing

A Chip In His Shoulder By L.A. Witt

Welcome To L.A. Witt's stop on Riptide's Publishing Blog Tour. I love getting to meet the authors from Riptide. I think you are all in for a treat. Today's stop focus' on L.A. Witt, who has stopped by today for me to interview. Along with that you will get a blurb from her book A Chip In His Shoulder. BUT it doesn't stop there L.A. is offering to one lucky person (18+ or older) who comments with their e-mail address over at Sinfully Tasty Reads a backlist book of their choice. I know right, how awesome is that. Now without further ado I present my interview.

What draws you to romance? 

Relationships. I just find the dynamics fascinating, not to
mention endless. Some people have these super sweet relationships that just have me
swooning, while others seem to be madly in love in spite of being a walking disaster. It’s fun
to throw two (or three, in some cases) people together and watch the sparks fly.

Do you prefer alpha/omega relationships in stories, or alpha/alpha relationships, and why? 

I’m hesitant to say I like alpha relationships simply because of how “alpha” has come to be
portrayed in romance, particularly on the hetero side. A true Dom can make me weak in
the knees, but the “alpha males” often shown in romance just piss me the hell off. I like a
guy who’s strong, dominant if that makes him a good match with the other person, and
doesn’t take crap from anyone, but I don’t want an asshole.

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to? 

I actually started in epic fantasy, but wound up writing romance. I fully intend to branch out as I go
along. Romance is my main genre, but I’ve been dipping into numerous subgenres lately –
steampunk, cyberpunk, vamp/were – so it’s only a matter of time before I go traipsing into
a completely separate genre. In fact, I have a zombie thriller in progress, and at least two
or three fantasy novels. One of these days, I’ll finish them. In short, I write mostly
romance, but I don’t limit myself if a story piques my interest.

What’s the sexiest feature on a man to you? And on a woman? Why? 

On a man, shoulders. On a woman, hips/waist. Why? I have no idea. All I know is, a guy with a gorgeous set of shoulders or a woman with that perfect waist-hip curve can make me trip over my own feet.

What’s your earliest childhood memory? 

Standing on a ferry dock in Kingston, WA, waiting for the ferry while we ate ice cream that was melting so fast it was dripping on our toes. I think I was two, maybe three. It was vanilla soft serve and I was wearing red flip flops.
Yes, I remember it that clearly.

Who are your latest crushes (celebrity, book character, or otherwise)? 

No one who’s ever been to my blog or website will probably be surprised when I say all current members of 30 Seconds to Mars, not to mention Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr, Olivia Wilde, James Purefoy, and James McAvoy. My crushes, they are many.

Do you ever keep those people in your mind when writing your own works? 

I’ll occasionally use one just to put a face with a character, but I use generic pictures for that too. I just need to have a face as a visual, whether it’s a celebrity crush or not.

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would
it be? 

I wouldn’t be upset if a Leto ever graced the cover of one of my books.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing? 


Do you own an e-reader? 

I have a Sony Touch.


Because my eyes get tired reading PDFs on my computer. That, and I’m at my
computer 8+ hours a day. Sometimes I just need to move.

Are you a book hoarder? 

I suppose I could be accused of that. At last count, I had about 4,000 books (excluding ebooks). Now? I don’t even know how many. And I was heartbroken when I had to leave ¾ of them in storage when I moved to Japan.

What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?

The one that isn’t “Oh, my God, you write gay sex? Doesn’t that gross you out?” Sigh.

Here's the blurb from my Ripide release, A Chip in His Shoulder?

“Contract killer” is a fitting job for a vampire, and it suits Liam just fine. Cast down from
the wealth and status of the Sky for taking a human lover, Liam lurks in the poor and
pollution-choked Gutter, killing to survive. Between his natural strengths and his
Cybernetix mods, no mark has ever escaped him.

Liam’s ex-lover Daniel is the heir to Cybernetix—and its greatest threat. Horrified by
people less man than machine and the exploitation of Gutter factory workers, he’d rather
destroy Cybernetix than inherit it . . . if his father doesn’t destroy him first.

Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. When Liam is hired
to slaughter a man in his glass Sky tower, he walks right into a Daniel-shaped trap.
Daniel’s father has betrayed them both, and only by working together can Daniel and
Liam survive the coming day. They have no reason to trust each other, but as the dawn
looms, a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love
they once shared. Can they find each other again, or will the Cybernetix assassins find
them first?

To read an excerpt and to purchase A Chip in His Shoulder, please click here.

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Email address: thethinker42@gmail.com
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Destined Blog Tour: Giveaway And Review Of Destined By Jessie Harrell

Welcome to my stop on the Destined Blog Tour. My stop is a review of Destined but with a giveaway. Jessie will be giving away 1 e-book copy of Destined to 1 lucky person who comments about the review and leaves their e-mail address. 
Destined By Jessie Harrell

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mae Day Publishing (November 17, 2011)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615500951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615500959
  • Source And Purchase: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)


"As he approached, I heard the flapping of wings, like an overgrown eagle. The sound dissolved when he landed at the edge of the open window. A rush of wind flew past me and extinguished the flames in the fireplace. Stars glimmered behind him but his body was encircled in black."

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell.

If you are a fan of Greek Mythology then Jessie Harrell's debut novel is just the book for you. It is a retelling (of sorts) of the love between Psyche and Eros (a.k.a. Cupid). It is a little more modernized in some of the things Psyche may say but not enough to take you out of the ancient Greek setting that is so beautifully set before us. I have always loved Greek Mythology and find this a nice take on a classic tale. Kudos to Jessie for making this version a young adult novel so young readers can appreciate a Greek myth without the coarseness of the original. I also love that love conquers all aspect. Psyche goes to hell, or really in her case Hades, and back to be with the man (God) she loves and that is a very commendable attribute. Now a days not too many people can say they would do that to be with the man that they love. It was also nice to read a story were the main characters don't fall instantly in love. I like that they learn to love each other which is a refreshing change of pace. Don't get me wrong it can be nice to read a book where the characters seem to almost instantly fall in love, I just mean it is nice every one in a while, for a couple to have friction in the beginning. It makes the story more interesting and makes you wonder what is it going to take for these two people to fall in love. On a scale from 1-10 I give Destined an 8. The story over all was good but at times it did take me a bit to get into it. If you are a fan of true love and Greek Mythology you need to pick yourself up a copy of Destined and let their magical story take your breath away. Don't forget if you leave your e-mail address in the comments, you'll be automatically entered to win an e-book copy Of Destined. The contest will stay open for 48 hours after this post goes live, and then Jessie will use random.org to select a winner. Available formats include .mobu, .epub, and .pdf. And please be sure to visit the other stops on Destined's official blog tour for chances to win copies of Destined and other goodies.

Author Jessie Harrell

Blog: Here
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Next stop on the tour is tomorrow at
Dark Readers Review Blog. The FULL list of dates and bloggers participating can be found Here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween Booktacular Winners

I extended my giveaway til November 4,2011 so sorry if you feel this post is late....^_^. I had so much fun during this event and I got to hang out with some great authors whom I just go fangirl over....lol. Each author has something different to bring to the table which makes them phenomenal writers. Make sure to check them out further. I can pretty much guarantee you will find a story from them you will just flip for.

The winner of an ebook copy of King Of The Unblessed By Michelle M. Pillow is:


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The winner of an ebook copy of All Bets Are Off (Short Story) By Mahalia Levey is:


Thanks to everyone who stopped by and entered. Winners e-mails will be passed on to the authors and they will be e-mailing you your ebooks....^_^.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mind Reader Blog

Over at Mind Reader Blog Franny is having a nice chat with Demon Trappers author Jana Oliver. To go along with this chat Jana is giving away a really sensational swag bag with a Demon Trappers Guild patch, Demon Trappers Logo sticker, Demon Trappers t-shirt, and a signed copy of either Forsaken or Forbidden. If that isn't enough to make you drool I am not sure what will. To enter this oh so AWESOME giveaway head on over to Mind Reader Blog: Here to enter using Rafflecopter form. I know I entered so make sure you do too....^_^.


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