Archive | July 31, 2013

Cara’s Review ~ Fairy Dust

Fairy DustFairy Dust
by Carol Shenold

Half fae/half witch, Ande Ryan’s deepest desires are simple: a stress-free, fun evening with a nice guy, to earn the respect of her peers in the Paranormal Investigation Unit, and at long last, learn to use her Goddess given fae magic.

Instead, she fights a demon, gets mugged by a pixie, meets her soul mate and oh yeah, has to try and defeat a wizard with the help of a six-foot elf and a wolf—Cal Masterson.

Cal had no idea that his first encounter with Ande Ryan would include a fight with a demon or an intense attraction to the red-haired fairy who displays as much courage and determination as any wolf in his pack. Will Cal overcome his need to protect her as they both fight the odds and allow her fulfill her destiny?

Buy Link:
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Cara’s Review:
Could you find new love and save the world in less than sixty pages? Ande Ryan did, and surprisingly, she did it well. As the book states it is part of a series, we shall learn more about this (slightly inept) magic wielding fairy. Ande is a teeny tiny bit of a woman- half Witch and half Fae. I always love the hybrids- they are either hated or revered, have stunning powers or are a bit lacking in control of the powers. Ande is part of the Paranormal Investigation Unit- the “brush under the rug” unit, in charge of catching out of control pixies and the like. In one afternoon, she finds out someone wants the Titania Amulet her father left behind, and is attacked by murderous flowers, ghouls, trolls, and an angry pixie tribe.

Way to lead up to a blind date, right? Cal, a shifter, happened to come across the fight between Ande and the ghoul, and they are both surprised at the restaurant afterwards. At least that makes an interesting blind date icebreaker!

Finally, we find out how evil politicians really can be, as we follow Ande, Cal, and friends on a quick journey to save the world. I really liked the characters of this book, and can’t wait to learn more about all of them. Though short, this novella managed to pack a successful punch – not often done in short stories.

Bottom line: You will hopefully be as entranced as I am at a world where magic exists, but people happily ignore it. Ande has a powerful full name, and lives up to it! She is a butt-kicker, and I can’t wait to see what future hijinks she manages to find herself in. Would recommend this book as a quick action fantasy read.

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Wicked Wild Wednesday ~ Silk and Scandal ~ Cassandra Dean ~ Interview

Beverly and Tamara: Cassandra, welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today! So first, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for having me, Beverly and Tamara!
Hi all! I’m Cassandra Dean and I write historical romance ranging from sweet to steamy. I also play about in the eras, roaming from Ancient Rome to Victorian to the Old West and beyond. My books take readers on an emotional rollercoaster, from the lowest of lows to the joyous of highs. And, of course, my characters fall into the forever kind of love.
I’m from Adelaide, South Australia (yep, Down Under), have an unhealthy obsession with Camper shoes and cameras, and am CANNOT WAIT until Game of Thrones returns to our screens.

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

My brain helps. If it’s switched into gear and not daydreaming about Nathan Fillion, things usually go much better 😉
Apart from that, not much. I’m very aware that writing is a profession, like any other, and as such you need to be prepared to do it anywhere.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

When I first learnt how to hold a pen! Seriously, I’ve always made up stories, so once I learnt how to record my stories on a page, I’ve never looked back!

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

A hero, in story terms, is someone who has something to learn, a need to be filled. Thus, you can tell who the hero is of each story by observing who has the most to learn.
Thus, each hero and heroine in a romance must be lacking something and through the process of the story, they learn and grow and the lack is filled. In a romance, the thing lacking is a person to love, and that person must compliment the other perfectly. They don’t have to be perfect themselves – in fact, it makes for a pretty boring story if they are perfect – but their flaws combine into an awesome Voltron-like being.
Voltron. Mmm. Sexy.

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

Oh man, I love all my characters! However, I think Elizabeth and Malvern from TEACH ME are my favorites. That story was such a joy to write, and I enjoyed the time I spent with them immensely.

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

I find action scenes hard to write. They just doesn’t seem to flow naturally from my pen. However, I’ve worked hard to try and make any action scene I do write dynamic and interesting. I’ve taken a leaf out of the writing team of the TV show Angel’s book and referred to Stephen S. DeKnight. That guy writes KILLER action scenes. Seriously, have you seen Spartacus? Awesome Sauce!

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

Joss Whedon. Def. LOVE him, love his work, love his advice. The man is a legend.
Loretta Chase. She’s so effortlessly humourous, and then turns on a dime to absolutely decimate your heart.
Lucy Clark. My F4E and my critique partner. Without her support and advice, I would not be published today.

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

Inigo Montoya, from The Princess Bride (book) by William Goldman, just so I can introduce him to people – “Hello. This is Inigo Montoya. You killed his father? Prepare to die.”

Beverly: LOL! Love it! What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

I crimped my hair once. That was pretty kinky 😉

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 love well written, strong characters, no matter their ‘type’. A damsel in distress can be super cool, if she’s written well. A heroine who kicks butt and takes name can be equally awesome, again if she’s written well. As long as the characters are three-dimensional, which goals, motivations and conflicts that make sense for that character, I love them all.
That being said, I do like characters who save themselves. Others might help them realize they need saving, but ultimately it’s a decision they make and execute.
The Calvary always arrives late for a reason.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

2 Januray 1992. That was pretty horrendous 😉

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)

MacGyver.
A stick of gum.
A Cessna162 Skycatcher twin-engine aircraft with a pilot and a pitcher of cocktails to make the flight smoother.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Potato Gems and cocktail frankfurts (In the US, I think they’re called tater tots and, um, I’ve no idea!). So, so bad but so, so delicious.

Beverly: Cocktail weenies. @.@ Frankfurts sounds so much better!

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

I would REALLY like to see a book I wrote on a bookshelf. I’m predominantly ebook published, and while I have one book in print, it’s not in wide enough distribution to have reached the bookshops in dear old Adelaide. One day, though!

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

I have a horrible feeling it’s still to come…

Tamara: *snorts with laughter* If you were a color what would you be and why?

Yellow-orange, like a sunset. It’s such a beautiful time of day, what they call “Magic Hour” on film sets. You always get the best photos at that time of day.

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

The world in general. We see love on display every day, as was so ably demonstrated by the movie Love Actually. Richard Curtis came up with that whole idea while at the arrivals terminal of an airport. How people choose to display their affection, from the tiniest to the grandest of gestures, influences me every day.

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

My mum!

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs?
Both have their place. Oh yes. *drooooooooool*
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee mostly, although a good cup of tea never goes astray. In fact, I might have one now…
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
Tall, dark and handsome, def.
Hairy chest or smooth?
Both have their place, much like boxers and briefs 😉
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, yum!
Kinky or Sweet?
Both. I know, such a fence sitter.
Fast or slow?
It depends. Am I driving a red car? Cos red cars always go faster…I don’t think they have a slow setting

SilkAndScandal_450x300THE SILK SERIES, BOOK 1

Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.

All things end.

When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.

But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her.

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writershandCassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.

Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.

So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels.

The love affair exists to this very day.

Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

You can find Cassandra at:

CassandraDean.com ~ Cassandra and Lucy ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
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Book Tour ~ Captured Lies

Captured Lies Tour
Captured Lies

By Maggie Thom

Publication Date- October 17th, 2012

Captured LiesBlurb-
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it….

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

Excerpt:

Turning, she faced him. “Yeah. Like where we lived. I learned to connect where we were at, to a date. It gave me something to do. It kept me from thinking about what was going on in my life.” She twisted her hands together. “Every time we moved. Every time we screwed someone

over. Every time we did something that made my stomach feel like it was full of battery acid, I can tell you the date. Ask me to remember when something good happened and I… don’t know. Sad eh?”

“It had to be tough being on the go all the time.” Guy restrained himself from reaching out to touch her, knowing she needed to keep talking and any sympathy on his part would shut her up.

“You have no idea. But at some point it became an expectation. You never really unpack. Never get too excited. Too attached. Because it will all change.” She knocked her knuckles together. “Okay, enough about me. Tell me something about you. Did you move around a lot?”

He couldn’t look away from her questioning gaze. He shifted several times in his seat.

“Ants in the pants? Guess I hit a nerve. Easy to talk about me but don’t share with the pathetic life story of the girl if you can’t beat it. Hhmm?”

“No, I probably can’t beat your story but mine’s not so pretty either. Let’s just say I was the result of a bad situation.”

He ignored her arched eyebrow for a moment before giving in. “My mother was a maid for a wealthy family, she was said to have been raped. It was hushed up. She was given the boot. Until I was nine I lived with my mother and grandmother. Then my mom was killed in a car accident. My grandmother was a bit nuts and devious. She was blackmailing the rich family, telling lies and slandering them. She wanted money. My step grandmother, who had become the head of the mansion, basically bought me. She paid the old woman and next thing I knew was that I got to grow up in a beautiful old monstrosity of a house, where I was treated like gold.”

“So your real grandmother didn’t want you and figured you were a good way to get rich? How long did you live with her?”

“A few days.”

“Your step grandmother put up money right away for you, even though you weren’t related?”

“Uh. No.”

“Okay, I’m confused.”

He met her compelling gaze. He’d never told anyone about his upbringing before. “The day after my mom died, my real grandmother put me in the foster care system. It took my step grandmother over a year to find me and to stop the old bat from screwing with my life.”

Links-

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16069470-captured-lies
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Captured Lies MaggieAbout The Author-

Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket,

she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies) available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine

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