Archive | November 9, 2013

Review- Mirror Mirror – Marie Harte

Every Halloween, Grandmother Rovela flees her house in fear of a ghost trapped in a cursed mirror. According to superstition, only on Halloween can the ghost be freed.

For years Linc Barron’s tried to avoid his attraction to his smart-mouthed friend Mandy Rovela, to no avail. He wants her, but more, he’s in love with her. And it’s high time he does something about it. So he makes a wager she can’t resist: twenty-four hours with him at her beck and call, if she’ll spend the night with him in her grandmother’s house. And ghost or no ghost, he plans to have Mandy.

Mandy has had the hots for Linc for years, but there’s no way she’s becoming another notch on his bedpost. So she agrees to his stupid wager – though no other Rovela would ever consider it – for a chance to win his heart.

But the ghost is not only real, it’s also far more than a trapped spirit. Dominic de Sange, the man in the mirror, is an earth mage who needs sex to gain power. And he’ll use everything Linc and Mandy have to push him back into the spirit realm where he belongs.

15412 word short story

Allyson’s review

I love Marie Harte’ s books and this was no exception. It was hot and steamy and full of romance. Linc and Mandy had been life long friends, both wanting more but not admitting it. When Halloween rolls around they make a bet about staying in Mandy’ s grandmother’s haunted house. I loved Linc’ s character, he was charming, sexy, a firefighter, protective, passionate, caring, strong and witty. Mandy called it like she saw it, and would quickly but Linc in his place. The banner between the two was great not to mention the chemistry.

Dom was trapped in a mirror but needed strength to go to the next realm. He gained strength through sex. Dom was powerful, demanding, arrogant, with an cocky attitude.

This was a great short steamy read. I look forward to more books by Marie. I highly recommend any of her books.
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SSLY recommended read

Review- Lovers and Liars- Jean Joachim

Alone in the world, Erica Wheeler needed a job or face eviction. The aspiring actress harbored a lifelong dream of movie stardom. She knew she had the talent, all she needed was a chance. Her roommate, Amy, plotted revenge on her former boss, sexy, bad-boy producer, Gunther Quill, for firing her. Together she and Erica bent the truth like a pretzel to get her a job working for Quill. He surprised her. Was he the same mean man Amy described or was he simply a smart, ambitious man on his way to the top?

One thing Gunther Quill hated was a liar. Hard, tough, seductive and brilliant, he prided himself on being truthful. With his sharp, new assistant, Erica Wheeler, he’d soon be the most powerful producer of musicals in Hollywood and on Broadway. Nothing could get in his way, except maybe, falling in love. Can liars become lovers?


Allyson’s Review
I absolutely love Jean Joachim’ s books and Lovers and Liars did not disappoint. This was Gunther’ s Story. He was most definitely not my favorite character in previous books, but he completely redeemed himself in this book. Gunther was still cocky, strong, powerful and full of himself for the most part but we got to see his insecurities, his protective natural as well as being kind, supportive, caring, loving, generous, attentive and charming. He was easy to fall in love with.

Gunther had hired a new assistant, Erica. In Erica’ s resume she lied about what school she went too and about being an aspiring actress. I liked Erica’ s character from the beginning, she had a rough childhood but was determined, hardworking, dedicated, strong, brave, compassionate, understanding, considerate, friendly and truly kind. She would also stand up to Gunther and the chemistry between the two was extremely strong.

I have loved every one of the Hollywood Hearts books but this one is my new favorite. It was funny, touching, romantic but also hot and steamy! I highly recommend this series
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SSLY recommended read

SCP Veteran’s Day Blog Hop!


I am so proud to be a part of this blog hop. Veteran’s are the backbone of every country. They give their all so that we can live in peace and freedom. My father served in the Navy during the Korean War, thankfully he was stationed in the Mediterranean and not involved in the actual conflict. My father-in-law served in the Army at the tale end of World War II. He was 16 years old and used a fake ID to join up. So great was his desire to serve.
Most of you who follow the blog know that Beverly is former Navy. So is her husband Ed, and her son, Nick is now a Marine. (and one handsome looking boy in blue!)
Please take a moment to remember all of our veterans. Today and everyday. The fallen and those who live on and continue to serve.

For my prize in this hop I am giving away an e-copy of my new release, hot off the presses, it releases on Veteran’s DAY!

A Special Kind of Love
Through Fights and Fire, Prejudice and Passion, Burns A Special Kind of Love

A Special Kind of Love
A divorced school teacher, estranged from her family, wants to start over. Sharon Daily moves to Gaines, Wyoming with her ten year old autistic son, Aaron. She hoped to find kindness and acceptance in this small town. She wasn’t looking for love…

Tanner West, the Fire Chief of Gaines, seems to have it all. Great job, loving family, and any woman he wants to warm his bed at night. But, Tanner has suffered too. A Native American in a white world, he longs to find love and acceptance. He is ready for more than someone to share his bed. He wants someone to share his life. And Sharon really lights his fire.

Making a life with Sharon will require A Special Kind of Love.

My hero is not a military man. But, a public servant none-the-less. Fire Chief of Gaines, Wyoming. I hope you will enjoy meeting this amazing hero!

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I’ve got to add my two cents in too! I’m a proud veteran of this country and my husband is also (as Tamara said!). Both of us served in the US Navy. It was a privilege and a wonderful experience that I will never forget. Even *cough* twenty plus years later I have stayed in touch with my shipmates.

Serving in the military creates a bond that only another service member can share. When you fight live sleep eat and breathe together you will never be the same on your own. As Veterans we tend to come together to make sure that those that follow us will also remember their service time with pride. Many service members have parents that served, but not always. My great grandfather served in WWI as a bugler. My husbands father was in the Army in WWII. Following in the proud tradition is our son who is starting his second enlistment as a US Marine.

Thank you to all who have and are serving our country. Thank you for the blank check you signed for your lives. I hope it is never cashed. Thank you to all the parents, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers and lovers, without your support being deployed would be a much harder and colder place.

Beverly Ovalle
GMG2 (Gunners Mate Guns, Petty Officer 2nd class)

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My recent release by Secret Craving Publishing Lightning Strike is a story about an Army Veteran. Hope you enjoy!

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