Archive | October 28, 2013

Review ~ Woman Bewitched by Tianna Xander

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by Tianna Xander
Publisher: eXtasy Books

Blurb:
When Marti ran from her captors, she never thought someone would kidnap her again mid-escape. When faced with a lunatic who insists she’s been living on the wrong world all her life, she refuses to believe him. It’s crazy!

Yet, when Garrick the Gatekeeper uses the device that he calls a thread locator to drop her on another world, she finds her brother married and showing some long-lost emotion. She can’t deny something is definitely up. Have The Fates truly found the one man for her and should she believe that they’ve gotten things right this time or is the drop-dead gorgeous defender, Kylar, just another one of their mistakes?

Available at Amazon

Cara’s Review:
This is the second of the Gate to Fate series by Ms. Xander, the first book is Woman Beware. I would recommend reading the books in order, so please take a moment to check out Woman Beware first. It’s not absolutely necessary, but you’ll have a much better understanding of what the Fates and Garrick are trying to achieve.

I really enjoy Ms. Xander’s books in general, and this was no disappointment. She weaves wonderful tales full of romance, heroes and heroines, and in this case, alien worlds. The Fates will work throughout this series to bring life mates separated by space, dimensions, or time together, for the betterment of the Universe (not too much pressure on a relationship!). Here, Marteeka (Marti) is rescued from the world of slavery that she was abducted into five years earlier. You’ll laugh at her interaction with Garrick, it’s pretty priceless. Kylar is another Defender, as is Marti’s brother, Artu and his wife, Lena (the main characters in Woman Beware). Kyl and the other Defenders come together to discuss the women who keep turning up missing on their worlds.

The passion is HOT in this book. Definitely five out of five flames for hotness! When you know the Fates are behind a match, you know things are going to click pretty quickly, as they do here. I’m left to wonder which of the Defenders will be stars of the next book, as I am pretty sure the women chosen by the Fates will all by mates to the Defenders.

I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who enjoy reading romance books set in other worlds, with alien species, filled with different cultures. It’s a quick read, but will not disappoint Ms. Xander’s fans, or those readers wanting to try something a little different.

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Review – Coyote in Provence – Diane Harman

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COYOTE IN PROVENCE (A COZY MYSTERY)

>>>>>What happens when the very beautiful and sexy Maria Brooks, now Elena Johnson, a woman hiding out in Provence, France, from the California legal authorities, meets Jordan Kramer, a handsome art theft detective from Los Angeles?

>>>>>He’s looking for stolen California paintings reportedly for sale in Provence. She’s trying to stay under the radar. Both share a love of food and wine. Will Jordan find Pierre, the French chef who’s suspected of being the art theft? And who are those young Afghan girls hiding out in his parents’ home?

>>>>>If you liked Dianne Harman’s award-winning novel, Blue Coyote Motel, you don’t want to miss Coyote in Provence. Great food, art, and Romantic Suspense at its best!

>>>>>Blue Coyote Motel, the first book in the Coyote Series, was a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, a Goodreads Psychological Thriller Book of the Month, and an e-thriller Book of the Month. Coyote in Provence continues the story of Maria, the captivating character in the trilogy

Allyson’s Review
Coyote in Provence was a great read, it kept my on the edge my seat dying to know what would happen next. This was the perfect example of how things are not always black and white and that judgement can’t be made until you have the entire picture.

This story took place in Provence, France. Elena was their to escape bad memories and the death of her husband from California. Cooking was her passion and went to work at local restaurant. My heart went out to her because she really had a hard time. But she was so kind, caring, giving, compassionate and strong.

Jordan came to Provence because he was a detective investigating stolen art, stolen from California. As soon as Elena and Jordan met the chemistry was strong. But Jordan was sexy, fun, caring, loyal, honest, supportive and understanding, making him hard to resist. Elena knew the last person she she be involved with was a cop, especially from California. They quickly learned things aren’t always what them seem and have to make difficult decisions that could change their life.

This was an excellent read, that tugged at numerous emotions. I laughed and cried, but this book was truly touching and heartwarming. I highly recommend this book. I was given an ARC copy of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review, All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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SSLY recommended read

New Release ~ An Ice Princess Heart (A Shard of Ice Novella) ~ Alivia Anders

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Title: An Ice Princess Heart ( A Shard of Ice Novella)
Author: Alivia Anders
When a string of men vanish without a trace along the coast of France, Lilix Morgan seeks to uncover the source of the mysterious deaths. Aided by four other immortal Originals, they comb the coast, only to find out the horrible dark truth; one of them is the culprit.
An Ice Princess Heart is the first book in a novella series leading up to the release of A Shard of Ice on April 14, 2014.
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THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENED.

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

THEIR POWER, UNMATCHED.

 A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.

THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNING.

 With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?


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About Alivia Anders

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Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the ‘back door’ into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.

Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn’t so intolerant to dairy she’d live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.

 

Review – Desires- Holly J Gill and Nicki Blaise

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Desires—a place where fantasies are made flesh and dreams become real. From BDSM to being a dog, Desires can provide it with bells on, if that’s your kink.

Stacie Clifford’s only desire is to regain her sexual confidence after her recent escape from an abusive marriage. She joins Desires looking for re-education in the joys of her body. There is only one condition; her contract states emotional attraction between tutor and student is forbidden. Stacie is fine with that; her heart is so battered she has no desire to give it to anyone else.

Then she meets her instructor, Dan. Instantly attracted, at first Stacie thinks it will help to make her sexually comfortable with him. But when she realises she is falling in love, she can’t tear herself away, contract or no. Stacie knows that, no matter how kind and caring Dan appears, he’s just doing his job. Can Stacie overcome her own Desires and walk away?

Tamara’s Review
Desires is the first book in the new series by the same name, by Holly J Gill and Nickie Blaise. While you could classify Desires as an erotic romance, because it does center (mostly) on a single couples courtship and does provide a satisfactory Happily Ever After. The abundance of sex scenes and their explicitly puts it in more the erotica category in my opinion.

I was a bit confused when I started reading Desires. When Stacie is “filling out her contract” at the club I was under the impression it was for sex therapy. I expected a licensed sex therapist to help her with her sexual confidence and personal growth. However, once past the initial scene it becomes obvious that Desires is a club just for that… Desires. A place where men and women can go to fulfill their sexual desires, whatever they may be. And where the “client” pays for the privilege of having sex with a “tutor”.

I liked Stacie and Dan, and many of the supporting characters, like Chrissy and Bailey. But, I would have liked to have a seen some of story from Dan’s perspective. I really wanted to know what was going on in his head.

I liked Desires as a whole. But, in all honesty the preponderance of sex scenes got to be a bit redundant for me and I skimmed several of them toward the end, waiting to get back to the story. That’s not to say the sex scenes weren’t well written or interesting, just that I was more interested in Dan and Stacie’s story then their sex life.
I would give Desires a solid 3 to 3 ½ stars. A good premise, LOTS of hot sex, just a little drawn out, in my opinion.
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Essenced (The Division Chronicles: Book One) ~ Free until November 6

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by Connie L. Smith

Blurb:
Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power.

Now, centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities…

AJ went to bed Sunday night an average teenage girl, clumsy and athletically lacking. So when she wakes up Monday morning with super-strength, she does what any rational person would do: She goes into denial. When a smoking hot guy in a suit shows up, rambling about the end of the war and demons spilling through some kind of rift, she refuses to listen, telling herself he’s insane. Except weird things just won’t quit happening, and the guy keeps popping up in her life, trying to explain the changes suddenly happening within her. Is she crazy, or is this guy… not so crazy after all?

Available:
Amazon

Author bio:
Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and will be forever sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. When she isn’t reading or writing, there’s a good chance she’s goofing off with her amazing, wonderful, incredible, fabulous nieces and nephew, or listening to music that is severely outdated. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either) and likes to snap photos. Oh, and she likes apples a whole big bunch.

Spotlight – SIMPLE MAN by Lydia Michaels

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Months after Shane Martin’s sister vanishes, life crashes down and he finds himself the guardian of a nephew he never knew existed. Blissfully ignorant, Shane trades in his musician status, full of late nights and fast women, for midnight feedings and lullabies. But when Kate McAlister, his prissy, stuck up caseworker, arrives unexpectedly, he realizes he could lose everything.
Kate isn’t impressed by Shane’s messy bachelor pad, rocker image, or sexy tattoos. As a matter of fact she finds it all very sophomoric. The sooner she’s off the case the better. Everything from his long hair to his sarcastic attitude threatens her professionalism. But when he lowers his guard and asks for help, she discovers a side to this tattooed musician she can’t resist. Behind this simple man is an unsung hero.

Book Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwSnY5u_sak

Simple Man is told strictly from the male hero’s POV and takes readers on a comical and heartwarming journey.
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When Duce left, Shane sifted through the bag. There were tiny diapers, wipes, some sort of yoga mat thing, a bunch of creams. He laughed when he saw something called Butt Paste. That was self-explanatory.
There was something resembling a miniature turkey baster. He found clothes, itty-bitty socks, a knit cap, a few rattles, two containers of formula, some bottles, and a small booklet with doctor’s visits listed in it. He recognized the writing as his sister’s and a strange, sad nostalgia settled over him.
Was she here watching him now? “He’s beautiful, Noel,” he whispered. “I’m gonna do this. Don’t worry. I’ll figure it out and I’ll take good care of him for you. You’ll see.”
By the time Duce returned Shane was reading the bottle of formula. “What’s that?” his friend asked as he plopped down the paper takeout bag of food.
“Formula. I didn’t find any food. Do you think I should wake him to eat?”
“Uh, isn’t there some rule about never waking a sleeping baby?”
Shane shrugged. “Maybe I should make up a bottle so it’s ready when he does wake. He’s been sleeping for two hours. He’s gotta be hungry.”
Shane wished he had Internet. He wasn’t really computer savvy, but people were always talking about finding shit online. Duce was staring at him with a peculiar look. “What?”
“I think you should give him back.”
“Give him back? There is no back. I’m it.”
“He’s just all perfect and small. What if you fuck him up?”
“Hey, don’t curse in front of him. And I’m not going to mess him up. I just need some practice. I’ll figure it out.”
“Maybe you should ask someone who has kids what to do.”
Shane reached for an egg roll. “I don’t know anyone with kids. I have to take a class and I have a crap load of reading material.”
“When do you take the class? Maybe that was something you should have done beforehand.”
“It starts tomorrow night. I’ll be fine.”
They ate and zoned out to some reality TV. Baby Shane was so quiet they’d almost forgotten about him. Then Duce’s face began to twitch. “Dude, what’s that smell?”
Shane sniffed and choked. Whatever it was, it was powerful enough to make his eyes water. “Aw man, did you fart?”
“Wasn’t me.”
In unison, they slowly turned to the baby who still slept soundly. He leaned over and sniffed, almost gagging as he jerked back. “Holy crap! How could something so pintsize smell that bad?”
Duce covered his mouth and went to the window, quickly opening it to let some air in. The little guy made a tiny nook-nook sound and his miniature fist curled up by his chin in a dainty stretch. He looked like the fighting Irish.
“It’s moving,” Duce whispered as though the baby were a bomb about to detonate. And suddenly an explosion happened.
Baby Shane’s face screwed up tight, turning an unnatural shade of red. His mouth opened wide, showing nothing but pink gums, and an unholy squawk roared out of him.
They jumped and stared as the baby screamed, his little chest working in quick breaths as he drew in only enough air to force out another shrill, squawking cry.
“Do something!” Duce demanded.
Shane panicked. He reached for the book and began to thumb through, not sure what he was looking for.
“Don’t fucking read! Pick it up!” Duce snapped.
Shane tossed the book on the couch and quickly kneeled in front of the angry baby. He wailed and Shane began to freak. Was he in pain? Ugh, the smell coming off of him was burning the back of his throat. “Sweet Jesus, he stinks!”
He quickly removed the soft blanket. Shane was strapped down with some sort of five-point harness a person needed a degree in engineering to figure out. He pressed buttons and undid latches, shaking with the urgent need to make him stop screaming.
Sweat seeped through the baby’s tiny cotton jumper. The closer he got the worse the stench became.
“I thought babies were supposed to smell good?” Duce said, fanning the front door to let some air in.
“So did I. I can’t figure out how to unbuckle him!”
“Hit the red buttons on the side. You gotta get the handle out of the way.”
Sweat trickled into his eyes as he tried to dismantle the carrier. Finally he had the harness undone. “Now what?”
“Pick it up!”
“He stinks!”
Duce scowled. “So, my ear drums are about to burst. You gotta get in there. Tough it out. Take one for the team!”
Shane carefully picked up the screaming baby. He held him in front of his chest like a potted plant. He was so incredibly light. “What now?”
“I don’t know. You’re the one who’s supposed to be Mr. Mom. Comfort it. Pat its back. Sing or something!”
Shane stood and awkwardly turned, swaying slightly. He didn’t want to shake him and break him. He sang the first song that came to his mind, wincing at the lyrics about loaded guns.
Duce’s mouth fell open. “Teen Spirit? Really? How about Rock-a-bye Baby?”
“I don’t know Rock-a-bye Baby. Nirvana’s the first thing that popped into my head.”
“It’s not really appropriate, Shane,” Duce said coolly as if he were suddenly more qualified than him with babies.
“You wanna try?”
“No, I’m set.”
He continued to sing Teen Spirit and eventually Baby Shane quieted. Blue eyes stared back at him and slowly the world began to settle.
Shane was sweating and Duce looked petrified.
“Hi,” Shane said. The baby blinked. “I’m your Uncle Shane.”
“I don’t think he can talk.”
“No shit, Sherlock.”

Buy Links:
www.LydiaMichaels.org
http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=736&zenid=3a35226c8c546aac1f9dc4ba86c933a0

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Award winning author, Lydia Michaels, writes all forms of hot romance. She presses the bounds of love and surprises readers just when they assume they have her stories figured out. From Amish vampyres, to wild Irishmen, to broken heroes, and heroines no man can match, Lydia takes readers on an emotional journey of the heart, mind, and soul with every story she pens. Her books are intellectual, erotic, haunting, always centered on love. Lydia Michaels loves to here from readers! She can be found of Facebook or contacted by email at Lydia@LydiaMichaels.org

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LydiaMichaels
Other Titles by Lydia Michaels
FALLING IN
BREAKING OUT
COMING HOME
WHITE CHOCOLATE
ALL 4 YOU
TO CATCH A WOLFE
CHASING FEATHERS
BREAKING PERFECT
SIMPLE MAN
CALLED TO ORDER
CALLING FOR A MIRACLE
CALL HER MINE
SACRED WATERS
SKIN

Crash and Burn ~ Chelsea Camaron

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(Daddy’s Girls 0.5)
By Chelsea Camaron

Released Sept 28, 2013

Blurb:
Crash…..a crash ended it all and started it all. Dina Fowler is attending college with her long time best friend Maggie Lawson. Life is good and carefree. Until the crash that changed it all. Her freshman year ends with the loss of her parents in a car accident, spiraling Dina into a deep depression. Secluding herself as she picks up the pieces to her life, slowly she finds the only person she has left is Maggie.
Chance encounters sometimes make the most incredible moments, other times they crash and burn. A chance encounter brings Michael barreling into a lost and vulnerable Dina’s life. Playing on every weakness she has, he weasels his way into her heart. Slow build up to the hell that was soon to become Dina’s daily nightmare. Her parents are gone. She wants out but has no idea how to escape her new reality.
Can she find her way out? Or will she be lost completely burning in her own personal hell?

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18590493-crash-and-burn

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Crash-Burn-Daddys-Girls-ebook/dp/B00FICOGZK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380428681&sr=8-1&keywords=crash+and+burn+by+chelsea+camaron

About the Author:
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice. Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works. When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

Connections:
Email chelseacamaron@gmail.com
Twitter @chelseacamaron
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/authorchelseacamaron
Website http://www.authorchelseacamaron.com
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6980925.Chelsea_Camaron
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Chelsea-Camaron/e/B00BM8FRJS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1378850688&sr=8-2-ent