Archive | July 2, 2013

Blame the Wine by Imogene Nix – Review

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Blame the Wine
A review by Cara Davidson

While I enjoyed Dillon and Cara’s story, what made this book for me was Diocail. I want to know more! Who is he? Cupid? What is he atoning for? What does he have to do to be allowed back home? Where is home? What was he meant to do for the waitress? Who are his parents? Sure, I might be able to find some of these things out by Googling his name, but I think I’ll wait and hope for the next book in the series!

But, back to Dillon and Cara….For reasons of full disclosure, I must admit I started reading this book already liking it, because the main character had my name. Shallow of me, perhaps, but I always get a kick out of that. Luckily, the book did not disappoint. As the blurb says, mix one awkward nerdy guy with one bbw, sit back, and watch the good times roll. While this book could have certainly been longer, with more background information or interactions between the main characters, the story itself was well told. Having knowledge that their attraction was genuine, and not a result of Diocails manipulation was another plus. The sex scenes were graphic, without being overdone. Of course, all thought of safe sex goes out the window- a personal pet peeve of mine.

My only other bone of contention with this book was Cara’s seemingly link of attraction with the boss and her work position. She plans on leaving the company if she can’t get Dillon’s attention. I get the sense that Cara wants a boss to fall in love with, not the chance to succeed or be successful at her workplace- but that could just be my interpretation.

I would definitely recommend this novella for a quick pleasing read.

Bottom Line:

hearts 4
Flames 3

Interview & Review ~ Jennifer Faye ~ Rancher to the Rescue

Jennifer - Author PhotoBeverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Jennifer. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Hi. It’s so great to be here. Thank you for inviting me. I’m a debut author for Harlequin Romance, which is a lifelong dream come true for me. I’ve had a passion for reading and writing all of my life. But once I stumbled across a Harlequin when I was a teenager, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Tea. Black tea with a little cream and sweetener. I don’t think I could function without it.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

My first writing experience was as a little girl. I’d asked Santa for a typewriter. I was planning to write a book of poetry. You know, “Roses are red, violets are blue…” What can I say, I was just a little one at the time.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

I like my heroes to be strong, not just physically but internally as well. However, this makes it really hard to figure out what makes him tick, but he’s always well worth the effort.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

All of my characters are my favorites. 😉 I fall in love with every hero, even if they do frustrate me at times with their stubbornness.
Cash Sullivan is the hero in RANCHER TO THE RESCUE. He is gorgeous to look at with his tanned skin and his toned muscles that he developed during his career as a world champion steer wrestler. But there’s more to Cash than just his good looks. He’s been hurt a time or two in his life and the scars run deep. It’ll take just the right lady with enough spunk to open his eyes and show him what he’s missing in life.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Hmm…I guess I’d say the sex scenes. With Harlequin Romance, the writing is sensual. Though the hero and heroine may make love, only so much is shown on the page while the details are left to be filled in by the reader’s imagination.
I can tell you with Cash and Meg things do get steamed up in the kitchen and I’m not talking about what’s cooking on the stove. 😉

Beverly: Oh, a bit of spice! 😀 What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

I don’t think there’s any one writer that influenced me, but rather the writing community as a whole. I’ve learned so much not only from reading romance novels but also from talking with other very generous writers. The romance community is very large and very generous. I’ve been blessed to make numerous, wonderful friendships.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Boy, you don’t ask easy questions.  I think I fall in love to some extent with each hero. (sorry hubby 😉 )If I didn’t I wouldn’t have any reason to keep reading the book. After all, I do read romances.

One of the hero’s that sticks out in my mind is from Linda Warren’s book, THE TEXAN’S CHRISTMAS, Cisco “Kid” Hardin. He’ strong and determined, but able to accept his mistakes and try to make up for them. A man who can accept his faults and make amends makes me swoon.

Beverly: Don’t worry! We won’t tell him! 😉 What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Oh my! Hmm…I’m really a rather boring person. I live vicariously through my characters.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I think every woman is a mix of the two at some point in their lives. Sometimes they need saving and don’t even know it or are too stubborn to admit it. That’s why they need an equally strong man to give them a reality check when the need arises. But most times they do what needs to be done, even if their insides are a little on the shaky side. Doing something even though it scares you is real strength.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

This was a million years ago, but I remember being talked into going on a date with a guy that liked me but I only wanted to be friends. We went to the movies and everything was fine until the love scene came on screen. I wanted to fade into the shadows and disappear because that was the absolute last thing I wanted him to think about with me. Awkward!

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

A fully loaded Kindle because how is anyone to survive without something to read. 😉
Some sort of internet connection, otherwise I’d really miss all of you wonderful people.
And my husband. What’s a tropical island without a hero?

Tamara: That is so sweet! My DH is my hero too!

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Watching “Young and the Restless” during my lunch break. I used to watch it for years and years but then I wasn’t able to get it on my TV for the longest time. And recently I got high-speed internet so now I can get it on my laptop. Awesome!

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Oh my, I don’t know. I’m so busy enjoying the dream of being a Harlequin author that I haven’t been able to see past my debut.

Beverly: *nodding head* It’s awesome isn’t it? What was you most embarrassing moment?

I have embarrassing moments all of the time. LOL. I try my best to forget them as soon as they are over. 😉 You’d have to ask my family this question, I’m sure they’d have something embarrassing to share. On second thought, no, don’t ask them. *stands in the way with arms outstretched, blocking family from interview*

Tamara: LOL! If you were a color what would you be and why?

Pink. It’s romantic. Understanding. Nurturing. Really it is. I had to review the psychology of colors when I worked on my new website design. And the best part is the deeper the hue, the more passionate the color.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

Of course my husband has with his gentle and understanding nature, but there are so many others in my life that have shown me that love doesn’t come in one specific, uniform package. It can come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. All you have to do is be open for love and you’ll find it.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?

My darling husband who endures my hissy fits when the computer won’t work, picks up the slack when I’m on deadline and through it all never complains. That is love.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? boxers
Coffee or Tea? Definitely tea. Couldn’t write without it.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Umm…toss up.
Hairy chest or smooth? Definitely needs some hair.
Chocolate or Vanilla? I’m going to let my characters answer this one. 😉 And they definitely like a blend.
Kinky or Sweet? Hmm…another one I’m going to defer to my characters. The heroes and heroines I write about would be more on the sweet side but that doesn’t mean things don’t get steamed up.
Fast or slow? It all depends on the characters/situation. 😉
Public or private? I’m answering this from a writer stand point. Though things get all sorts of worked up in my books, when the characters make love it’s in private.
Top or bottom? Since my Harlequin Romances have the bedroom door closed, the reader gets to fill in the blank.

JPEG - Rancher to the Rescue
RANCHER TO THE RESCUE- AVAILABLE NOW in stores

And online at Amazon, Amazon-UK, Barnes & Noble, and other online outlets.

Damsel in a wedding dress!

Jilted at the altar, celebrity chef Meghan Finnegan flees the scene–and the baying press–only to run straight into the muscled torso of Cash Sullivan.

The former rodeo champion knows what it’s like to have your life crumble in the spotlight, so he offers Meghan a place to lie low at his ranch.

Fresh air, no paparazzi and the brooding rancher’s lazy smile are making Meghan not want to leave her sanctuary. But she and her unborn baby can’t stay here forever…can they?

Review:

Rancher to the Rescue
By Jennifer Faye

This is a tried and true premise. Runaway bride and strong silent type to the rescue and it works! I thoroughly enjoyed Rancher to the Rescue. The main characters are loveable and you know what motivates both of them throughout. Their initial meeting will give you a chuckle until you see what a pig the groom left behind at the altar really was. Without even meeting him, he is a villain to despise! Gram is the main supporting character, but you see her influence in the man Cash is without her being in the majority of the book.

Cash Sullivan the ‘Rancher’ has good reason to hate the media. They have torn his life apart and he has holed up on his ranch to gain peace and quiet. I just wanted to hug him and not let go! Meghan Finnegan is a local television celebrity who due to some unexpected news finds her life turned upside down and torn apart. Her sweetness shines through her every action. I loved both of these main characters in Rancher to the Rescue! Once Cash lets Meghan into his life he discovers how much he wants her there. Living with Cash, Meghan learns what a real man is like and doesn’t want to give him up. But if it was that easy there wouldn’t be a story!

I started reading and ended up staying awake until I finished it, around 2am!

hearts 4
A four heart

heart-on-fire 2

One flame review!

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Author info:

Jennifer Faye has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers–you can contact her via her website.

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