Archive | July 22, 2013

Review ~ Before the After

Before the AfterBefore the After by Janie Emaus

Like every goal-oriented twenty-something, Jessica Singleton, an aspiring filmmaker, is obsessed with finding her future as quickly as possible. Tick Tock. What she doesn’t know is that the future is obsessed with finding her, too.

Renn Porter, an agent with Time Traveling Matchmaker’s Inc., blasts back in time—and into her life—in order to transport Jessica to the soul mate who has paid for this service…in the future. But things turn dangerous when it’s revealed that Renn has been sent after his own soul mate.

Jessica wants nothing to do with this strange guy and his crazy romantic notions. Who has time for a soul mate anyway? But tell that to her heart.

Caught between two times, Jessica and Renn must struggle to stay alive. Falling in love is the biggest risk either of them has ever taken—because, as they are destined to learn, the very existence of Time Traveling Matchmakers, Inc. rests in Jessica’s hands.

Buy Link: Amazon

A review by Cara Davidson

Note: This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

While mildly disjointed in places, I really enjoyed the premise of this story. So, why the lower star? Well, I felt as though there was almost too many subplots placed into this book- each of which deserved to be much more fleshed out. However, if taking just the story of Jessica and Renn (don’t you love that name?), I would have given it a higher rating, four stars.

An interesting premise- yesterday, today, and tomorrow seem to collide in this book- offering a tantalizing exploration of how the future influences the here and now, the past effected the future, etc. The mind boggles at all the potential danger of paradoxes- all in the name of the ultimate goal: true love. What greater goal is there?

Bottom line: I would recommend this book, with the following caveat: be mindful of the fact that there are backstories and character relationships you will yearn to know more about.

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Interviewing Casey Keen ~ I’ll Be Damned

Casey Keen
Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Casey. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Casey Keen and I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.” I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the continuation of the Anna Wolfe Series.

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

Quiet & coffee… lots of both!

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I started writing my novel two years ago, but I’ve always written poetry.

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

A few important qualities that stick out in my mind when I think of a hero are accountability, selflessness and courage.

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

My favorite character in I’ll Be Damned is Martello. He is fabulous, straight forward, and humorously witty. When I write, I let the characters define themselves. I start with my lead and then ask myself who would he/she surround themselves with? How would I want my supporting characters to influence her?

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

The most challenging scenes are the sexual ones. I’m not a prude, but putting passion on paper is a very tough feat and I applaud the hardcore romance writers!

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

H.P. Mallory’s Dulcie O’Neil series influenced how I write. I love her entertaining storylines and characters.

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

Knight from the Dulcie O’Neil series by H.P. Mallory. She did an excellent job of conjuring up the perfect fantasy man who is strong, loyal and ridiculously hot (at least I think ha ha)!!

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 like a mixture of both. I can’t stand when a heroine is whiney or emotionally unavailable. I like the writer to portray her as a strong woman, capable of experiencing “normal” thought processes and emotions us mundane folks go through. I think this healthy personality mix makes the heroine more relatable to the readers and might even inspire them in some small way.

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 boat, coffee and ice cold beers.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Bravo TV (*cringe*)! I know it sounds horrible, but some of the shows are so addicting!

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

Yellow, because it’s a happy color and it also happens to be my favorite!

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

My mother – she has shown me the meaning of unconditional love no matter what happens in both of our lives.

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

The people currently in my life (and those who have passed) including – my mother, family, friends, my fiancée and last, but certainly not least, my adorable pug Gia!

Beverly: Oh I adore pugs!

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Definitely Briefs!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, hands down!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome!
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Kinky or Sweet? Kinky!
Fast or slow? Fast!
Public or private? Private!
Top or bottom? Both!

CK-05I’ll Be Damned

Blurb:

A sister kidnapped.

An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.

A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.

The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.

Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.

As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld.

Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is – a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.

goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17693317-i-ll-be-damned

Buy Links:

Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”

I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.

Author Links:

http://www.caseykeen.com
https://twitter.com/AnnaWolfeSeries
https://www.facebook.com/authorcasey.keen
http://www.amazon.com/Damned-Anna-Wolfe-Series-ebook/dp/B00C0UM3HG
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ill-be-damned-casey-keen/1114910833?ean=2940016303505