Archive | October 27, 2013

Review ~ Body to Barter by Miranda Stowe

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by Miranda Stowe
Publisher: Self Published


Brynn Griffin has always known the Muhlikari pack of absolute pure-blooded wolves has no tolerance for her kind. They kill half-breed shifters without mercy. So, when she’s captured by one of them, she’s willing to do anything to stay alive, even grant her captor sexual favors. But she never counted on being enthralled so completely.

Gannon recognized Brynn as his mate the moment he smelled her. After she’s injured, he secretes her back to his den to heal her. But to keep her safe within his pack, he must pretend she’s his pet and lock her in a cage. If anyone found out she was his life partner, they’d kill him and her both without a moment’s pause.

Love and passion collide with danger and savagery the moment these two meet. But to stay together, they’re willing to risk bringing down the wrath of both of their worlds and fight for a new way of life.

Available at Amazon

Cara’s Review:
I’ve read some of the other books in Ms. Stowe’s series, Half-Breed Shifter, but not all of them. I can assure you, you don’t have to read them in any sort of order, as the ones I have read seem to be stand alone. However, I plan to rectify the “not reading all of them” part pretty quickly. This book is great!

Brynn is one of a group of triplets (I’ve also read Roland’s story, which is also a good read); who finds herself in the arms of the enemy after a raid on her town. The Muhlikari wolves are purebreds, hating any half-shifters. Their main goal seems to be annihilation of any shifter that is less than 100% pure, and in their minds, ought to be thanked for doing so. So, imagine Gannon’s surprise when he discovers his mate, a half-breed.

While some might criticize Gannon’s quick departure from all the mores and prejudice he’s had pounded into him his entire life, remember the power of mate-hood. One of the most amazing things in paranormal books, something I think we all secretly crave, is the strong instantaneous bond that appears between fated mates. Sure, it is sometimes fought against, but here’s a man who’s willing to acknowledge what his soul knows. Sigh….

Why are you still reading this review? Go buy the book, right now. I’d recommend this novella, obviously to fans of Ms. Stowe, but also to fans of the paranormal, hot shifters, and romance genres. It’s a quick read, and well worth the price!

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SSLY recommended read

Review ~ Polanski Brothers: Home of Eternal Rest by Dakota Cassidy

AUT_CassidyDakota_PolanskiBrothersHomeofEternalRestBook Title: Polanski Brothers: Home of Eternal Rest
by Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Changeling Press

Welcome to Polanski Brothers: Home of Eternal Rest…where the dead aren’t really dead and necking has a whole new meaning. Who would have thought owning a funeral parlor could be so much fun?

Joy is a vampire who works in the family-owned funeral parlor, and she’s got a bit of a problem. Detective Larkin McBride is Joy’s problem and it isn’t just because he’s big and hot. Well, that doesn’t help matters, but it’s because curiously, he can read Joy’s every thought. So what will Larkin do when Joy’s thinking about all these dead bodies showing up and the possibility that they were murdered?

So won’t you come plan your walk through eternity with us? All forms of payment welcome. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, but A-B negative and O positive preferred…

Available at Changeling Press

Cara’s Review:
Fun! Fun! Fun! Oh, and sexy! I’ve read a couple of Ms. Cassidy’s books, and enjoyed them all. The Polanski Brothers contains her normal sassy sense of humor, strange occurrences, vampires, and hot love scenes. Joy Polanski and Larkin McBride are two firecrackers, and what a show they put on! Wow. I found this book to be both incredibly funny, and sexy- something that many authors try for, but is actually quite difficult to achieve.

Joy, a vampire with no sense of smell, works at the family funeral home, and appears quite genuinely happy with her job. She’s compassionate and caring, someone you’d like to have as a friend. Larkin, a Police Detective, rolls into town to attend the funeral of a friend, which happens to be occurring at the Polanski Brothers Funeral Parlor. The two meet, and the good detective finds himself smack dab in the land of paranorms.

The ongoing mysterious deaths isn’t the greatest introduction for Larkin into Joy’s world, but they manage to muddle through it. I really wish we get to see a bit more of these two characters, because I not only enjoyed their story, I genuinely liked them both. I would recommend this book to any fan of Ms. Cassidy, lovers of the paranormal/vampires, and fans of romance. This dark romantic comedy is definitely worth the read!

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SSLY recommended read

Review ~ SOLAR SLICK (CREATURE WORLDS 1) by Juliet Cardin

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by Juliet Cardin
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

Seeking a diversion to her troubles, Minka meets Tigg at a bar on Planet Treox. She envisions a night spent wrapped in the exotic alien’s arms with no thought to the future. Tigg, however, is looking for a mate. In the throes of passion he impregnates his lover and informs her of his deed. Infuriated, Minka lashes out, only to have her night made more unfortunate by the unexpected arrival of her thwarted lover, and co-conspirator, Clay. Involved in illicit deeds, the ill-used Minka is horrified when Clay asks her to commit one more criminal act for him—one that he assures her will set her free of him.

Thus sets the stage for an adventure across the galaxy seeing Minka and Tigg flee from world to world. While their escapade puts the pair at great risk, Minka fears the greatest risk of all…losing her heart to her irresistible lover.

Available at Amazon

Cara’s Review:
You gotta love it when cultures collide. That’s what happens in Solar Slick when Minka’s planned one night stand turns into a marriage. Unfortunately, she is on the run from her past, and a fabulous loser named Clay who wants to use her to his own ends. Tigg is an awesome mate to Minka, even if he does bite now and again. The love that develops between them occurs quickly, but it’s a short book, so it has to, doesn’t it? Still, it feels true to character, and not much of a stretch. There must be some heady hormones going on with all that sex!

Minka and Tigg seem to keep jumping from the pot into the fire at every turn. Their adventure leading them all across the galaxy and back again. The mind boggles trying to keep up with all the intrigue, and what can one do, when the only person to trust is their mate? Throughout there are very sexy scenes, though not overly explicit, and in some cases more is implied than described. As I said before, Minka and Tigg have a believable relationship, and great chemistry. I can’t imagine their future will be all roses, as there is a lot of goings on in the galaxy, but I’m sure they will meet whatever comes together.

I would recommend this novella to those who enjoy sci-fi erotica/romance. It’s an enjoyable read, which is highly entertaining and full of intrigue. More books are sure to be in the future, and I for one am looking forward to them!

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Review ~ Vampires Among Us by Alice Brown

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by Alice Brown
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing

Erica Harper is a human trapped in an abusive marriage with a rogue vampire. Trusting the only friend she has, she runs to him to escape the wrath of her husband. Unbeknownst to her, she runs straight into the arms of another vampire. Kevin O’Rourke is the leader of the VCTF (Vampire Crime Task Force) and a prominent figure within the vampire society. When he discovers his true mate is being abused by a rogue vampire, he must protect her and convince her that they are meant to be together. As Erica begins to heal both emotionally and physically, she realizes that not all vampires are evil creatures. It is during this time that it is discovered she holds a few secrets of her own. But will that be enough to overcome her fear? Can she let go of her past long enough to embrace her future within a society of vampires?

Available at Amazon

Crystal’s Review:
I wanted to read this book just because of the title and the cover of the book. It just looked like something I would love to read.

Erica has been married to Shawn for several years. If only he had shown his true character before she said the words “I do.” She lives everyday wondering is she will die or be alive for another day. She’s in a very abusive relationship with a rogue vampire. She doesn’t know that other vampires are not like Shawn. The only outlet she has is college and her friend Kevin.

Kevin knows what Erica is going through but he can’t do anything to Shawn until Erica leaves him. What Erica doesn’t know is that Kevin and his family are vampires. Kevin runs a place called VCTF (Vampire Crime Task Force). This means he has the means to keep Erica safe. The other secret he is hiding is that she is his mate.

I loved this book. It made me love vampires even more. Kevin is the kind of vampire I would love to be with. Yes he blows up and can get angry but he is very patient and considerate of those he loves. He needs it all for Erica, who has a lot to get through. More than he knew to begin with. The author did a wonderful job bringing out the personalities of her characters. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series. I don’t know who they are about but I know I will love them.

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SSLY recommended read

Review ~ Succubus Lost by Tiffany Allee

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Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Someone is kidnapping and incinerating otherworlders beyond recognition, and detective Marisol Whitman, a succubus, races to find the murderer before he claims another victim. But her pursuit is derailed when her responsible younger sister vanishes. Marisol suspects foul play and enlists support from an unlikely source: an agent from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, Valerio Costa.

When the trail pointing to everyone from vampires to witches dries up, Agent Costa admits to knowing more than he’s shared. Marisol’s sister’s kidnapper harnesses more magic than she can imagine–and they’re running out of time. To find her sister before her powers are drained and twisted beyond recognition, Marisol must connect the dots between cases and put her trust in Costa, a salamander who may burn her before she can solve either case.


Cara’s Review:
Hmm….A Succubus and a Salamander? Sounds like we’re in for hot loving.

Another good read…I enjoy the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency Series, and have my fingers crossed hoping there are many more to come. Filled with drama, mystery, kidnapping, and devious evil plots Succubus Lost is a win!

Marisol, an Agent of the OEA, a Succubus, becomes quite concerned when her younger sister, Elaine, doesn’t come home after a study date. Knowing Elaine’s history, she pushes the OEA to start looking for her now, rather than wait the requisite time to declare a missing person. Costa comes onto the scene to assist with the investigation, and Marisol learns that this is more than a one off case. Costa has him own prejudices and issues with Succubi due to a past incident, and their interactions and attraction are full of delicious tension.

I really enjoyed the end, and was a bit surprised by the outcomes….honestly, I was unsure of the villain. I can imagine plenty of explosives in Costa and Marisol’s future, and I look forward to getting more glimpses of them in future books. Would definitely recommend to those who read the first book, Banshee Charmer (these books are stand alone, so don’t worry if you haven’t, though I may I suggest you read it at your first opportunity!)

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Review ~ Elanessë by Julie A. D’Arcy

Julie A. D’Arcy

A world is ravaged by a war of demons and sorcery that no human can combat. Rastehm is on the verge of destruction.

Elanessë, daughter of Mikkasah, born to the magic.

Mikkasah, King of Rastehm is forced to send his only living child into the unknown future of the 20th century Australia, where she grows and moves to London with her adopted parents. She has no knowledge of her origins nor that she holds the key to the safety or destruction of both her new world and her old, until one night, she is stalked by a lion and a griffin, and cast into an adventure that will change her life

A dark knight becomes her savior.

Faren Malaan, Knight of Paladia, is sent forward in time to track and retrieve the Crystal Pyramid. The king’s astronomers have learned that the pyramid, which shifts through the portals of time, is cracked. And, if not restored, the sorcerer, Isanti’s demons will escape.

Through sheer luck, Istani was not imprisoned by the Goddess, when she created the Crystal Pyramid to banish him and his demon minions. Istani travels through time, taking over the bodies of innocents and casting them aside when he has done with them. But this time he is trapped in the sickly weak body of Peter Waymer. His only escape from the cancer eating away at him is to find the Pyramid, release his demons and have them in turn heal him. With one thought in mind after his release from the body, to wreak destruction upon mankind.

Romance, lust, and Adventure!

The fate of two worlds rests in the hands of a banished Princess of Rastehm and a Knight of Paladia who combats his own personal demons. They must join forces with three friends to restore the Crystal Pyramid to Deharna, and battle the tormented mind of Iraj who will stop at nothing to gain his prize.

Available at Amazon and Secret Cravings Publishing
Beverly’s Review:
Elanessë was told that she had been illegally adopted by her parent’s before they died in a horrific murder. It changes her whole view of her life. In all actuality her real parent’s were forced to give her up because she carried magic within her. Her father the king had made these laws to protect their land from the ravages and wars that magic had caused in his kingdom. He didn’t know it would force him to give up his daughter, making his queen turn from him. And that is only the beginning!

Elanessë is an epic romantic fantasy. I’m an avid reader of fantasy and D’Arcy’s writing and style brought to mind the writings of David Eddings for me. A fantastical engrossing romance, Elanessë brought to life the world described in her novel. I dove in and didn’t come up for air until I was done.

The romance weaved amongst the fantasy world was wonderful. Reluctantly Elanessë acknowledged there was more to the world than she knew. Immersed in the past, working for the London Museum Elanessë is fascinated by an ancient tome. Little did she realize that is was really about her home world, an alternate dimension, a world she visits in her dreams. Meeting Faren a Paladian Knight sends Elanessë into shock from an attack and instant lust once she gets a good look at him.

Faren, Knight to her father, knows he is not good enough for the Princess Elanessë. Lucky for Faren she disagrees! Then she sets out to prove it to him.

The fantasy spun is just as good as the romance. To me, Elanessë’s world, current and original invited me in. The romance is just the topping on this wonderful tale. Julie A. D’Arcy is a wonderful storyteller! Re-reading (oh yes I did!) even just sections of this, brought it all back in vivid detail, the mark of a truly great tale.

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SSLY recommended read

Interviewing ~ Lindsay Downs ~ Don’t Cross the Countess

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

Lindsay: I guess the easiest way to answer this is to let you read my bio-
What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
For me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.
I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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

Lindsay: I need to have the TV on mostly for background noise than anything. Of course my choices of shows are Castle and NCIS, obviously in reruns. I can listen to whats going on without needing to watch.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

Lindsay: I’ve been writing off and on for years but it wasn’t until 2006 when I realized the vampire books I was reading all sounded the same. It was this which encouraged me to try my hand at writing. Never did I think it would lead to being a fulltime job.

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

Lindsay: My heroes aren’t perfect which I feel helps to make them more human. They also need to have moral values and conform to societies rules and guidelines. Don’t forget I’m talking about my regency heroes here.

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

Lindsay: For me it’s hard to pick one character out of them all which is my favorite.

Tamara: Who is you ideal woman, real or fictionary?

Lindsay: Having been married twice and now a widower I’ll go with fictionary since I can create the ideal woman the way I want her. And of course I do in my books.

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

Lindsay: No comment but it had to do with a hot tub.

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

Lindsay: In my contemporary suspense, A Jessica Sales Novel series, she’s kick-ass. However, in my regencies the heroine is strong and while still relying on the hero at times.

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)

Lindsay: Pen and paper so I can write. Assuming the island is in the tropics-suntan lotion. A way to get off if when I want to leave.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Lindsay: Starbucks coffee.

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

Lindsay: Being a USA Today and or NYT bestselling author.

Beverly: Okay, you’re a guy. What is the dumbest dare you’ve ever done?

Lindsay: To write a book in the one genre I swore I’d never write-regency. Turns out I love writing it.

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

Lindsay: Gold. It’s the stripe which designates the soldier is in the cavalry.

Beverly: What is your dream car and why? What color? Me, I desperately want a Metropolitan Nash, hot pink and white. LOL! My own Barbie car!

Lindsay: Jeep Wrangler 2-door in silver.

Tamara: What can we expect for you in 2013-2014?

Lindsay: Releasing in December White Queen, the third book in the Jessica Sales series. Coming in January another regency, Saved by a Maid. It’s the sequel to Don’t Cross the Countess, Book One in the Countess for the Crown series. I’m also writing several more regencies which I’m hoping to have released in 2014. These will either be new series or part of the Countess for the Crown series along with three more Jessica Sales books. Along with all of these I write a sweet serialized series for Sweet Cravings Publishing titled The Viscount and The Governess. New episodes come out every Wednesday.

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

Lindsay: You do, my publisher and most importantly my readers.

Now for some quick fun questions:
Bikini’s or thong?-If she’s blond a bikini. If a brunette a thong.
Coffee or Tea?- Coffee
Blonde, brunette or red-head?- Yes
Tits or ass?- Yes
Chocolate or Vanilla?- Vanilla
Kinky or Sweet?- Yes
Fast or slow?- Yes
Public or private?- Yes
Top or bottom?- I’m not fussy.
Beverly: *psst whispers to Tamara* I didn’t think, men want it all! We might have to come up with something else! Lol!

DontCrosstheCountess_MEDDon’t Cross the Countess

When someone tries to kill Lady Sophia Gardner, Countess of Modbury, James becomes her appointed protector. Little does she realize he’s not who he says he is.
After they find evidence of something sinister they realize the answer can only be found in London. Once there, events became even more complicated as James’ true identity is made known.
When several more attempts to kill Sophia fail they return to Modbury, later to slip back into London. Hidden but in plain sight they ferret out who and why someone wants her dead. What they learn and the individuals involved turns out to be more than expected.
Once the information is uncover they realize it could shake the foundation of the Crown to its core. First though, it has to be put into the proper hands.
Risking everything Sophia rescues James while bringing the persons involved to justice.

In there were several rounds of venison, beef and even two pheasants of which she took one off the hook. That along with some fresh vegetables from the garden, which she’d collect next, and baked potatoes would make a marvelous and simple meal for them.
Stepping out she noticed he cocked his head to the side, raised brows telling her he wondered about the bird she had.
“Oh good. You get to clean the bird then I can finish preparing it for dinner,” she said, handing over the fowl to him.
“What? You don’t have someone cook for you?”
“Heaven’s no. Why should I? I’m perfectly capable of preparing a meal or two. Now, I’d suggest you do it outside in the backyard while I heat water for tea, which I’ll bring out when it’s ready along with some shortbreads.”
“Sophia, you continue to amaze and astound me,” he said before exiting to the rear of the house with the bird in hand.
Twenty minutes later she stepped out, tea tray in hand, and set it on the wrought iron table. Glancing around she saw James sitting cross-legged on the ground resting against an oak. On his lap was a plucked pheasant.
“Ready for tea?” she called out.
“Yes. Perfect timing as I only finished defeathering the fowl,” he answered as she watched him rise easily to his feet, pinfeathers fluttering everywhere.
“Good, would you put it in the sink so I can finish preparing it for dinner?”
A minute later he returned to a cup of tea and several biscuits.
“What else will we be dining on this evening? I did notice a nice little kitchen garden with several different vegetables along with tomatoes and lettuce.”
“Yes, thank you. When I’m not in town Mrs. Sullivan maintains it for me. In return she gets to keep what she wants for herself and the staff. Anyway, I thought baked potatoes and then I’ll see what looks best. I’m hoping there are enough green beans? One thing I like to do is barely cook them then make a simple dressing to go over them.”
“And the pheasant? I’m guessing you’ll roast it.”
“Yes but first I’ll stuff it with lemons and oranges to give a sweet and savory flavor to the meat. I’ll then slide some rosemary under the skin to act as a balance.”
“Again I must say, you amaze and astound me. I wonder what the ladies of the ton would say if they knew you cooked a meal for a Marquess.”
“Kind sir, if I was to hazard a guess, to a lady they’d faint and for your information I’m doing it for the man I love, who with me will defeat the traitors to the Crown.”
“Then, shall we finish our tea so I can assist you in preparing dinner as the hour is getting late. I also look forward to beating you in a game of chess.”
“Never,” she said, collecting the cups and with the tray in hand returned inside.
Together they worked in harmony on the preparation of the meal and cleaning up. Later they tied two games apiece in chess before fatigue overtook them and they retired to bed. This time sleep was somewhat foremost on both their minds as the morrow would and could set unexpected dangers on them.

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