Wednesday, April 30, 2014

0 Review: Just A Kiss

Title: Just A Kiss (It's In His Kiss #1)
Author: Ally Broadfield
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Published: April 28, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9781622663828
Genre: Historcial Romance
Source: Netgalley


Goodreads Summary:
Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she'll be forced to marry her guardian's loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn't have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title. Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can't refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

My thoughts:
Just A Kiss by Ally Broadfield is the first novella in the new series, It's In His Kiss. The story centers aroud Charlotte Lightwood. She has one season to find a husband, or she'll be forced to marry the cousin of her guardian. And he's a really loathsome choice. Think Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice but more skeevy. So she embarks on her journey to find a husband, but she's at a sheer disadvantage. She's virtually penniless with not much to recommend her. Though she is a beauty. She catches the eye of Sebastian, the Earl of Marley. He, too, has to find someone to marry this season. Though he doesn't plan to marry Charlotte. He knows he has to marry someone who would make a great wife for an Earl. 

Charlotte invokes Sebastian's sympathy when he overhears her being laughed at among her peers. So he makes it his mission to find a suitable husband for Charlotte. And the more time they spend together, the more he finds Charlotte irresistible.  

At around 100 pages, this was an enjoyable novella. Broadfield managed to lure you in hook, line, and sinker. Charlotte and Sebastian have great chemistry together. I loved  their banter and their flirting. My only complaint is that it was over rather quickly. Just when the story climaxed, it was brought to an abrupt halt.Without giving away any spoilers,  I felt like the story could have used about 20 more pages to make the story perfect. I wanted to know more about the fates of the characters.  This is the first in a series, so there may be more to this story-line in the next book. Only time will tell.




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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

0 Interview with Nathaniel Sewell

1.   Bobby's Socks deals with the traumatic issue of sexual assault of a child. How tough was it to write this story?

“This goes back several years; I was sitting in my office searching the web for information about a medical malpractice insurance client. I noticed an article about a theorized ‘suicide gene’. At McGill University researchers had taken samples from a brain bank, short and sweet, they had discovered from the tissue samples suicide victims with a history of Child Sex Abuse had a common gene instruction that the control groups did not have. It might be said they all had a common thread, a genetic link like the helical shaped DNA molecules that are strung together to create life. In part, this is the reason the book is titled, Bobby’s Socks, it is in the possessive because the socks are interwoven, like our bodies, and each pair are slightly different from the others except for the ‘happy heart’ symbol that links them together. But the ‘suicide gene instruction’ got me motivated because I understood what it felt like to have those thoughts.

“Obviously, I had a rather unfortunate childhood. I am a text book case. But I did not want the novel to be about me. So I researched the subject, learned about abuse victims, outcomes and typical predator profiles. The book being fictionalized gave me some emotional distance to write the story. But I felt convicted to help someone I’ll never meet to understand their partner, father, mother, sibling or friend. So with constant encouragement from my wife, RD, I took in a deep breath, and I pressed on and got the book published. “

“But I think your question is about the writing craft, and tapping into the readers emotions. I will admit that there was one chapter in the book that was real. I really went to a movie with my fourteen year old friend, I literally (excuse the pun) closed my eyes, and took my mind back to the exact moments; the place, the weather, what she was wearing, and I could even remember the smells. It was a raw emotional moment for me that I then wrote into the story. It took a while for that pain, that childhood scar, to subside and heal. If you want to write, and share, I think you are cheating the reader if you don’t go all in, to those raw emotions, inhabit the characters, and then put it all on the page. I think it is about respecting the reader and the journey you want to take them on, and the places and feeling you want to share.”

2. Tell our readers about Bobby's Socks Foundation Mission.

“We are in the process of building the idea out. By nature I am rather suspicious of people waltzing into my office with their hands out asking for a donation. So we don’t want to ask anybody for money, but instead we are in the planning phase to build a sock company. My thought experiment created the vision that if we manufactured colorful woven socks with the happy heart symbol on them, we would be offering a quality product in exchange for someone’s hard earned resources. We would then be able to use the profits to focus on another goal. “

“It will take some time, but imagine a high school, college football, basketball game and each team wore the socks the students designed and created and then they exchanged them with the opposing team. I think that would create a fertile ground for teachers to teach about the subject, and perhaps get a young person to ‘talk’. As in they might ask, “Hey dude, what’s up with your socks?”






“If you get them to talk, you can save a life. We have the idea to have the socks available for trauma and crisis centers to add to the intakes bag of goodies. Imagine a young child that has been attacked putting on a pair of colorful warm socks, just before the professional has to interview them?”

3. Your other book, Fishing For Light, is a satire. What inspired you to write this book?

“My wife, RD. She challenged me to let my creativity go wild. So I let my inner Lewis Carroll run free. And my love of Steve Martin, and his movie, The Jerk, and Monty Python, and the movies that Terry Gilliam has created, the one in particular I would point to was, Brazil. I watched it when I was a freshman in college, I was hooked. But in Fishing for Light, instead of a bureaucrat trying to correct an administrative mistake, we have government scientist, Professor Quan trying to correct a genetic creation that he accidentally helped create, Ms. Prosperina that intends to control humanity.”

“It is a satire that examined 21st century life, but the themes are quite serious, and each character represented something specific. The main character, Eddie, had a life trauma; the death of his father. From the trauma the Epi genetic effect altered his gene instructions, and swerved him off his destiny that Professor Quan had created for him. (If you observe someone who had gotten lost into depression, you would understand the character and the Epi genetic outcome.) But further, Eddie represented the current 20 something’s that have lost hope, and are in large part completely unaware of the nasty social, political and religious forces that swirl around them, forces that attempt to control their lives and force them to get in line with everybody else. And the reason Professor Quan and Captain Lovins stole the real Hope Diamond. I had to add that element.”

“Ms. Prosperina was the hidden conspiratorial force; IT – because a Chimera is not a HE or a SHE, but an IT, was inspired from my interest in Greek/Roman mythology, and Chimeric genetics. If you read the book pitch that the kind folks at Standout Books helped me with, “How do you take your coffee?” It is not by mistake that Ms. Prosperina has a red eye and a black eye, was created from Professor Quan’s genetic starter that had some Nazi DNA samples mixed in, and was the specter behind the Starry Eyed Coffee Hut Company. And I was inspired to use Nashville as the story setting because they have an exact replica of the Parthenon and a re-created 42 foot high statue of Athena. And yes, I created a scene for Ms. Prosperina to visit the Parthenon and examined the statue. I loved writing that scene.”

4. What are you working on now?

“My current project is titled, Fifth and Hope. It is a story about a highly successful business man that learned from his mother he was a mistake, but after her death he discovered his grandfather’s diaries which headed him on a life journey to truly understand his grandfather and himself. “

“The book title comes from the fact my maternal grandparents really did meet each other for the first time at the intersection of 5th Street and Hope Street near downtown Los Angeles, California in 1926. The spot is directly behind the side entrance to the LA County Library. And I really have my grandfather’s diary, but the story is fiction. “

5. I love that you wear a bowtie. Bowties are cool. That's not really a question, but it needs to be said. Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know about you?

“I really do love to wear bowties. And I do wear colorful woven socks because they are comfortable, and they are hidden unless I cross my legs. I think the combination stirs people to smile, to laugh which is what I prefer to do and cause. And I write poetry, I share them occasionally on my websites blog. My poems are written to tell a story, and I don’t write anything overly esoteric. My favorite book is ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein. “

“I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky but most of my adult life I lived in Florida. And my professional career has been in the medical malpractice insurance business. Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve been in parts of Eastern Kentucky, thanks to my missionary grandparents that if you shut your eyes, we stopped the car and got out and you opened your eyes you would swear we were located in a third world country. I don’t like any politicians. I do believe in God. And I use a pen name because I did not want my nephews and nieces to be aware I wrote Bobby’s Socks. I was not channeling my inner Mark Twain. And I can do impressions, and tell a good joke if encouraged by an adult beverage.”

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Monday, April 28, 2014

0 Review: Solsbury Hill: A Novel of Wuthering Heights

Title: Solsbury Hill: A Novel of Wuthering Heights
Author: Susan M. Wyler
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: April 1, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ASIN: B00GAH3TIM
Genre: Contemporary; Mystery
Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Summary:
The windswept moors of England, a grand rustic estate, and a love story of one woman caught between two men who love her powerfully—all inspired by Emily Bronte’s beloved classic, Wuthering Heights. Solsbury Hill brings the legend of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that of their mysterious creator herself, into a contemporary love story that unlocks the past.

When a surprise call from a dying aunt brings twenty-something New Yorker Eleanor Abbott to the Yorkshire moors, and the family estate she is about to inherit, she finds a world beyond anything she might have expected. Having left behind an American fiance, here Eleanor meets Meadowscarp MacLeod—a young man who challenges and changes her. Here too she encounters the presence of Bronte herself and discovers a family legacy they may share.

With winds powerful enough to carve stone and bend trees, the moors are another world where time and space work differently. Remanants of the past are just around a craggy, windswept corner. For Eleanor, this means ancestors and a devastating romantic history that bears on her own life, on the history of the novel Wuthering Heights, and on the destinies of all who live in its shadow.


My thoughts:
Susan M. Wyler had me at A Novel of Wuthering Heights. Solsbury Hill has many of the same elements that Wuthering Heights had, though I don't think it as dark. It does take place on the lovely, lovely moors, and I really liked that aspect of the book alone.

Eleanor receives a call one night that her aunt is gravely ill and she must travel to England immediately. Once in England, the mystery of her past begins to unfold. Long unanswered questions seem to hover around her as new information about her family comes to light. Not only that, but Eleanor is visited by ghost-like figures both day and night. And there's also the handsome man that she can't stop thinking about-Meadowscarp MacLeod. Could he be the Heathcliff to her Catherine?

Solsbury Hill has a gothic feel that will capture your interest. Eleanor is fragile in some ways, but she finds strength she didn't know she had. This book is really about Eleanor finding out who she is by finding out the secrets of the past. It's also about the choices that are made and the consequences that follow. With the help of Emily Bronte, the moors, and Mead, she finds courage and love. This book is a compelling read that I enjoyed cover to cover. Wyler did a fantastic job of creating or recreating the gothic presence of Wuthering Heights. It's a must-read for fans of this gothic-era.


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

0 Reverse-Engineering YA Success: by Aaron Galvin, author of Salted

Reverse-Engineering YA Success: by Aaron Galvin, author of Salted

Industry professionals advise aspiring authors not to attempt predicting the next trend. After all, trends are here and gone before you know it.
While I believe that a fair assessment, I also feel there is something to be said for reverse-engineering success. With all the options available to readers, what are the necessary ingredients for a successful YA and/or MG series?
That’s the question I asked myself when beginning my Salt series, just as I’m certain countless other authors, publishers, and other industry professionals have done before me and many ask themselves now.
Rowling and her school of witchcraft and wizardry, I’d think. Is it not similar to T.H. White’s ‘The Once and Future King’? Both Harry and the Wart are more powerful and important than they realize. Each also trains under a kindly, elder wizard with lovable but odd peculiarities.
Meanwhile, I also marveled at the genius of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. She essentially took the core of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None mystery and blended it with the idea of Roman tributes and gladiatorial fare.
Ugh! Why didn’t I think of that? I’m such an idiot!
Even Stephenie Meyer. Oh, yes, I’m bringing up the sparkly vampires. Much as I might regret this admission, I read all four books. What can I say? She had success. I needed to understand how and why. Many argue she’s not in the same class as the previous authors I mentioned. While I don’t necessarily disagree, I will say I’ve learned much from Ms. Meyer. Vampires were a hot ticket before she came along, thanks to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, so what did Meyer do to set her series apart from others?
I puzzled over how each of these authors earned their success many a night. (Notice I used the word earned, not lucky, nor a phrase like lightning in a bottle. Doing so demeans both the talents and efforts of the aforementioned authors).
In the end, the answer I arrived at was simple: each story offered a unique take/twist.
Not only is Rowling’s prose updated for a new generation of readers, her witch and wizard universe is both grander and more fun than T.H. White’s, (whose work I also love).
Collins modernized her story with themes representative of a reality show audiences could relate to, Survivor. Even better, she amazed yet again by making her sequel a collection of all-stars, just like the show did with the return of veteran players.
And Meyer? She made daywalkers out of vampires. While I prefer mine to be night stalkers and decidedly less romantic, I applaud her fresh take.
So there we have it, fellow newbies. Create a different take/twist on former classics and you’re off to the races. Easy, right?
Schyeah. That’s why we’re all bestsellers.
Most of us have heard this phrase: There are no new stories, only retellings. While I believe the heart of it is correct, I also disagree. If you’re a new reader, perhaps brought to books on the success of those three wonderful storytellers, chances are you’d never heard about the other novels I related above. In that case, the things Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and even Bella Swan experience is new.
You’re on a ride through uncharted waters, experiencing said storylines with fresh eyes. Even those of us who might see the similarities can’t deny following the new tellings with excitement.
Creativity aside, there’s also something to be said for the business side of it: Find a need. Fill it.
These three have done that as well. Rowling made even adults believe in magic again. Meyer, AKA Ms. Love-Triangle, told girls they had the power of choice rather than hoping a guy would choose them. Seeing as Bella Swan pretty much had the damsel in distress thing down, Katniss Everdeen came around to remind girls they could kick some tail and choose which guy they wanted.
All of which begs the question: what does a male author who enjoys writing about mermaids and selkies do?
Simple.
New take/twist: Hmmm. What would happen if I changed mermaids from having the traditional fishtail, commonly painted as glittery and scaled, to a different sort of tail? Ooh, and maybe mine aren’t so concerned with romance. Maybe they’re dangerous and can morph their tail into legs at will. And what if selkies weren’t prey to some fishermen looking for a wife…what if they came ashore to hunt?
Find a need: YA male readership is in stark decline. Seriously. It’s like they’re expected to go from Rick Riordan and jump to George R.R. Martin. There’s practically no in-between series an average male teen that only reads books already adapted to film could tell you about.
Clearly I’m onto something, right?
Schyeah. That’s why I’m a bestseller.
Except not…yet.



SALTED Blurb

Life isn’t better under the sea.

Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives.

But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences?

How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.


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Find out more about Aaron and Salted

Website/Blog: www.aarongalvin.com
Goodreads: http://goo.gl/TGUOoi


Salted is Aaron Galvin's debut novel. He first cut his chops writing original stand-up comedy routines at age thirteen. His early works paid off years later when he co-wrote and executive produced the 2013 award-winning indie feature film, Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells.

He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in Hollywood blockbusters, (Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers), and starred in dozens of indie films.

Aaron is a proud member of SCBWI. He lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.





Early Praise

It's always hard to find a unique novel on mermaids. I've seen a spin or two from time to time, but nothing really original, and certainly nothing I'd really describe as 'cool'. That was until I got the chance to read Salted.                         

I totally bought into the Salted world Galvin created. Not an easy read but a unique one, I would recommend Salted by Aaron Galvin for people who are looking for something beyond the typical mermaid and selkie tales.    

Salted was an intriguing read that kept me hooked. It is a different spin on the underwater world and creatures, which I found brought quite a bit of originality to the genre.    

Salted is sure to grab your interest at the onset.


Friday, April 25, 2014

0 Q&A with David Monette

1. Tell us a little about your book.

My book is about a zombie apocalypse. Yeah, yeah, I know, I know- you’ve heard that before. Some sort of ill-defined contagion sweeps across the planet, transforming the populace into the shambling blood-mad undead. Old news, right? Well, yes and no. The yes part includes the aforementioned shambling blood-mad undead. And the no part? That is the rest. See, instead of an ill-defined contagion that causes the zombie outbreak, I employ a powerful alien force that arrives on our doorstep from deep space and, using a slew of corrupted people known as Necromancers, raises the dead. Sound fun? It is. The story then follows the lives of three people as they attempt to navigate through the chaos of this new world. There is Virgil, a silent ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, Derek, a commanding martial arts instructor, and Sasha, a nurse struggling through an abusive marriage. It’s a pretty character-driven story with enough action to satisfy the most adrenalin starved folks out there.

2. Who would you want on your zombie apocalypse team?

Wow. That’s such a great question. I guess the people I would want on my team would be the

folks I sit around with, drinking beer and talking about our various zombie plans. These are friends that I’ve had for most of my life, guys I trust the most with that life. So, yeah, I’d want them. At the very least, they would be good folks to die with.

3. You illustrate this book as well. What challenges did you face during that process?

You know, it’s funny, when I had self-published the book, I couldn’t decide on where I wanted to go with the cover- should it be action packed, should it hit on the more supernatural aspects? I came down on the supernatural side (you can see the results on my websitehttp://davidmonette.com/portfolio/classic.html ), but when Severed Press picked up the book, they wanted a more action-oriented scene. Oh, well.

4. Who inspires you as an author?


This is a hard one. There are so many, for so many different reasons. I guess if I had to pick only one, I’d chose Cormac McCarthy, his prose is like poetry to me. But right now I’m on a John Updike kick, and before him, it was James Agee and Faulkner and Hemingway, all these writers inspire me for different reasons.


5. Where can people learn more about you and your books?

Folks can check out my work at: http://davidmonette.com/home.html
And my blog at: http://davidmonette.blogspot.com/ Or you can hit the Facebook page for the book at: https://www.facebook.com/zombieaxiom , Twitter:https://twitter.com/PaintWriteDave , Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7334521.David_Monette
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLnc5iH4YIC_L2TioEjt1w
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/David-Monette/e/B00FMX73DM

Instagram: http://instagram.com/paintwritedave Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/davidmonette/ Is that enough? That’s enough for me. And thanks for the interview! It was fun.



Thursday, April 24, 2014

0 Review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1)

Title: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1)
Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Publisher: Vintage
Published: March 25, 2014
Paperback, 324 pages
ISBN: 978-0-804-17070-3
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher


Goodreads Summary:
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.


My thoughts:
First let me fill you in on my history with Veronica Mars. Many years ago, I stumbled across Veronica Mars on television. I was instantly taken with the show, but all too soon it ended. Then one day a friend loaned me all three seasons on DVD. And I stayed up night and day until I watched all of them.

Then the show came to an end. And like many fans I was devastated. So fast forward a few years to the movie coming out. I was so excited, I wanted to neglect everything and watch it immediately. I loved seeing all the characters again, but far too soon, the movie was over. I wanted more. I needed more. I had to get my VM  fix. And this brings you up to date with my obsession with Veronica Mars.

I stumbled across the book accidentally, but I like to call it fate. Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham have come out with a new Veronica Mars book series. Yes, you heard right: series!
For all the marshmallows out there this is the perfect solution to our VM withdrawals. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I strongly recommend that you do before reading this book.

It's no coincidence that this book was released around the movie's release because it takes place immediately after the movie ends. Logan is off on his military mission, Keith is still recovering from his accident, and Veronica has taken up with her true calling: private investigator. With the help of Wallace and Mac, she gets back into the groove of things.

Mars Investigations isn't doing too well financially. They desperately need a client with deep pockets. And that's just what they get when two spring-breakers disappear. This puts Neptune under heavy watch, and the city council is desperate to improve the town's image. So Veronica is on the case! But things aren't as straightforward as they seem. For one, Veronica's mom is back. She's the step mom to one of the missing girls. This brings up a whole lot of issues for V. Another is V's dad doesn't want her to be a PI. He's dead-set against it. And she has to work with the Sheriff. Which is a big suck-fest in itself.

I was a little worried that this book wouldn't live up to my expectations. But it did! Reading this book was like watching an episode of VM. Thomas and Graham captured the essence of the characters and it translated well into the written word. I was totally taken in by the plot and couldn't rest until I knew everything. My only complaint: not enough Logan. But it did have an appearance by Dick. And that's Dick Casablanca for all you dirty minded folks out there. I think this is going to be a great series that all the Marshmallows out there will love! 

The second book comes out later this year. It's expected publication is November 2014. It doesn't have a title, yet, but I'll keep you updated. 

My rating:


0 Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set



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This ebook boxed set of eight hot paranormal romances by eight New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance authors features powerful alpha male bad boys who will satisfy your darkest, most deadliest desires.

Here’s more about this fantastic eight book boxed set, including an excerpt from one of the stories.

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  


Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance
By Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak and Caris Roane
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters--having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day
He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness. 

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

TRAPPED by Caris Roane
Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

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EXCERPT FROM ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS BY ALYSSA DAY
Rose stalked back into the house, very deliberately not slamming the door behind her. Arrogant, pompous, sexist excuse for a law enforcement officer. Although, from what she’d seen in her very limited experience, those qualities were the norm, not the exception, in men carrying badges and guns. Look at the stupid sheriff.

She calmed down inside the kitchen, and her innate sense of fairness started to kick in. The officers who’d come to the house and told them about Daddy’s car accident couldn’t have been nicer or more considerate. One of the men--Officer Engel, she’d always remember his name, though she’d only been twelve at the time--he’d sat and held her mother’s hand while she cried.

Okay. Fine. Then only Alejandro and the Garden City sheriff were arrogant asses. Although, speaking of asses, Alejandro’s was really something to behold. Not that she’d looked on purpose, but it had been hard to miss when he ran outside to find his partner.

“Why am I even thinking about this, Bob?” she rhetorically asked her stone cat, who didn’t answer.

She didn’t need him to answer, though. Agent Tall, Dark, and Dangerously Hot was too sexy for his own good—and far too sexy for her equilibrium to remain steady. He was ridiculously good looking, as if Hollywood had cast him in the role of action hero. Muscled in all the right places, silky black hair that was just a hint too long, and dark eyes that looked at her as if she were an especially juicy piece of fruit he’d like to suck between those sexy lips.

Rose stumbled over her own feet when a surge of heat whipped through her at the thought of him sucking on any juicy parts of hers.

“Oh, goddess, I’m in trouble here. Focus, Rose,” she whispered to the empty room, more proof that she was losing it, as if she’d needed evidence.

Focus. Right. She crossed to the refrigerator and retrieved another vial. At this rate, if they didn’t get rid of the basilisks soon, she’d have to make another batch. Not to mention she didn’t know if the potion was strong enough to rescue a grown man. The paperboy had been a close one, not that she’d admitted it to anyone. He’d taken longer to transform back from stone to human than she’d hoped.

Plus, he’d refused to deliver their paper ever again. Ungrateful little monster.

Alejandro walked in the door, and the air in the room changed and grew heated; charged as if the electric potential of a summer storm had centered itself over her kitchen counter. The skin on the back of her neck tingled with a delicious feeling of anticipation.

Stupid neck.


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

0 Q&A with Jason J. Sergi

1. Tell our readers about your latest book.

The Forvian Sphere is a science-fiction story--the first of a projected seven--with a mix of various elements: dystopia, steampunk, hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, and even a touch of military sci-fi. Its centered around the main character, Jacint Gallo, told from his point-of-view as he sets out to find the mythical Saviors (those prophesied to save the world) after the cataclysmic event--known as The Incident--struck his world, nearly destroying it.

But as his quest to find The Saviors unfolds, so do the countless mysteries of the world, a world he thought he knew quite well, but turns out to be nothing like he thought it was.

And all the while, forces beyond his control and imagination are bent on destroying that very world, and every living thing within.


2. What is it about Speculative Fiction that appeals to you?

The ability to answer or attempt to answer the “What ifs?” What if there was a such thing as limitless magic? Parallel worlds? Flying car? Alien visitors? Mind uploads? Rampaging zombies? And the main appeal of that is: there are no wrong answers. So its a win-win for readers and authors alike.


3. What do you think Jacint Gallo would say to you, given the chance?

He would probably say “Why me?” followed by some name calling and a few choice threats. And I wouldn't blame him a bit. His existence isn't exactly a joyful one and I'm pretty much the catalyst to that.


4. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When I'm not writing I enjoy hanging out with my son as much as possible; if I'm not doing that, I'm probably writing.


5. Where can people find out more about your books?

My Blog: Jason J Sergi Amazon: The Forvian SphereThe Divine Plan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

0 Review: Sex and the Single Vamp

Title: Sex and the Single Vamp
Author: Robin Convington
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Published: March 24, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9781622664856
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Publisher





Goodreads Summary:
Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the "Others") at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still-beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.


Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.


Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?


My thoughts: 
Poor Cici and Deacon. Their whole relationship is one big misunderstanding. Seriously, from the very beginning. But then fast forward two hundred plus years and the misunderstandings are still in play. 

Cici now runs a dating site for supernaturals. She turns to Deacon for help when she's being targeted by an ancient foe. Deacon seizes his chance to finally straighten things out between the two of them, even though he's been stalking her for the last two hundred years. Yes, he promised her father he'd watch out for her, but come on! 

Anyway, things get heated up between the two love birds and just when things are getting good, BAM she gets turned human again. Now Deacon is distant and Cici can't understand why. And now even more misunderstandings get piled on top of the ones that already exist.

Bottom line is Deacon and Cici need to have a conversation where they actually talk about more than the weather. They don't actually talk about the weather, but you know what I mean. I just wanted to slap both characters at times. 

Overall this is a good story with frustrating characters. The ending of the book saved it for me, though I won't give you any specifics. 


My rating:
I'd give this book a 2.5 but I'll round to 3


1 The Soul of the Sun Feature and Giveaway


Title: The Soul of the Sun

Genre:
Paranormal/Young Adult

Author: Genevieve Crownson

Publisher: Genevieve Crownson

Pages: 348

Format: Paperback; Kindle


Purchase at AMAZON



“The hands of time turn on the face of the sun. Only you can
move them. If the Watcher controls the hands of the clock he can go anywhere,
past or future-- and destroy our planet.”
 



Since the days of ancient
Greece, the Argos dynasty has
kept a secret, a mystery passed down through their descendants from generation
to generation, in the hopes that the forces of good can stop the evil
destruction of planet Earth.
 



Margaret Ingall is harboring that secret. Time
is running out for the descendants of the
Argos. They know a
great healer and time traveler will be born of their blood. But the only person
that knows whom they will call “the soul of the sun” is Margaret’s sister,
Abigail. Before she can reveal the healer’s identity, disaster strikes…
 



Evil stalks them, watching and waiting to find
out which member of her family has the ultimate power. Is it Margaret’s own
child? Or her beloved granddaughter? Or even herself? Their only clue is a
powerful protective amulet that will lead them all in a cat-and-mouse game to
discover secrets as ancient as time.
 



If the Watcher discovers the truth before they
do, all will be lost.
 



Fate, time and love weave together in their
struggle to fulfill their destiny. Will Margaret’s fears sabotage her family’s
protection? Can the healer accept her gifts in time? And once the soul of the
sun is finally revealed, will it be too late?
 



Her power is incredible. The sacrifices required
of her are immense.
 



Will it be enough to stop the Watcher?
 

Excerpt:

The rain fell in
sheets around me, it was gloomy and depressing, but I didn’t feel a drop. I was
completely encased in light; I was a moving, breathing, flaming yellow orb that
no one could penetrate. I watched in amazement as my broken leg instantly
healed and the torn pajama fabric cinched itself back together. My jaw pain
ceased. I closed my hands over the amulet, now humming with intensity. In a
split second, I was vibrating with the same power. The wind picked up and the
sky loomed black. The moon lay dark behind an inky sky and somehow strange
chanting words flowed out of me. Lava hot and fraught with meaning, they rose
to a fever pitch. Every word was a part of me, part of my being. Words from
another time, Tanga’s time, slipped from my lips as though it were my native
tongue. It was the inscription on the amulet, of that much I was sure.

I stretched my
glowing hands out to Thomas.

I call on you Lady Isis.

Protect Me.

For I am the one, the Soul of the Sun.

I plead with you and your son Horus to give
refuge.

Patroness of Nature and Magic bring all my
power and your power together to glorify
what is right and true in this world.

Honor your name and those we safeguard from
harm. Let time be taken from no man.

Amen.”

He was laughing at
me.

“You stupid little
twit, did you honestly think that would work? You think that I can’t take
what’s mine?”

As he spoke, I
chanted the same words, repeating them over and over. I saw fear cross his face
just for a moment when he realized I was using the amulet’s power. A brilliant
beam of light continued to radiate from my core. It was strange, the light now
shone gold instead of blue. It must have changed when it sealed together. I
continued to watch and to my astonishment, he became transparent and, with a
puff of smoke, evaporated into the heavens. I could hear his heart-rending
screams echoing through the ocean’s storm. Drained completely of energy, I
crumpled, exhausted, onto the sand.

About the Author:



Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of
Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The
Soul of the Sun
. This is book one in her highly anticipated
trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful
Charleston, SC with her family and
beloved four-legged friends.

You can find her at www.genevievecrownson.com.

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