Archive | November 10, 2013

Review- Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series) by Robyn Peterman

Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.

At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?

Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.

To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.

Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

“Uproariously witty, deliciously provocative, and just plain fun! No one delivers side-splitting humor and mouth-watering sensuality like Robyn Peterman. This is entertainment at its absolute finest!” ~ Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Charley Davidson Series


Allyson’s review
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. I was completely enthralled turning page after page to find out what would happen next. I am dying for the continuation or the next book to find out more.

Astrid thought she was mortal till she decided she needed to quit smoking by being hypnotized, only after being hypnotized she woke up a vampire. Her life had changed dramatically in past few months, from losing her beloved Nana, whom raised her, to being a vampire. Astrid was funny, caring, kind, considerate, strong but had an attitude.

She was sent an angel and fairy, whom were both very powerful, to train and guide her for what was to come. I loved Pam, she was an angel with an attitude but also powerful, strong, funny, loving and motherly. The Kev was an extremely powerful fairy, but was kind, understanding, caring and fun.

When trying to adapt to being a Vampire, she was introduced to numerous vampires and joined a house of vampires that protected the king and his families. I just loved the Prince vampire, he was sexy, strong, stubborn, powerful, protective, charming, loyal, caring and passionate.
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SSLY recommended read

Review- California Homecoming – Casey Dawes


Pregnant and alone, Sarah Ladina wants to regain her independence and do what’s best for her soon-to-be-born baby, but buying a run-down Victorian for an inn wasn’t her brightest idea. An inability to cook or fix a leaky faucet will make the job even harder. When a friendly golden retriever, disabled vet, and potential cook show up on the first day, she knows her life is going to get a lot more complicated. When her ex tries to get back into her life and her doctor orders modified bed rest, Sarah wonders if she’ll ever be able to stand on her own.

After returning from duty in the Middle East wounded in both body and spirit, Hunter Evans is in search of employment and a home. Finding a job has been tough and housing doesn’t come cheap in Costanoa, the town that he loves most on the California coast. His prosthetic leg allows him to run, but keeps him from his childhood passion, surfing. With a low-level job and a transient motel for a home, Hunter isn’t sure life is worth living.

But spring is coming in Costanoa and love is in the air. With the help of good friends, Sarah and Hunter may be able to get beyond the painful past and complicated present to find the love and respect they want and deserve.

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Allyson’s Review
Wow, This was a powerful book. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. California Homecoming was truly a touching, heartwarming book. Hunter was a solider whom lost a leg in the war and had PTSD. My heart went out to him, he was struggling to find his way in society, he didn’t have the best childhood plus had to deal with his mother’s cancer diagnosis. There were numerous times he had suicide thoughts because it was just too much. But he had so much potential, he was kind, caring, giving, protective, strong, determined, loyal and supportive.

Once released from therapy he tried to buy his childhood home but just missed the sale. Sarah had bought it to turn into an inn. The chemistry between the two was powerful from the beginning. Sarah had just broken up with her boyfriend because she accidentally got pregnant. If she didn’t terminate the pregnancy he wanted no part of her or the baby, because it messed up his plans. Sarah was strong, determined, caring, liked being self-efficient and stubborn.

Once Hunter and Sarah met, they both had to make some tough decisions and learn how to heal. This was truly a wonderful book that tugged at your heartstrings. I highly recommend this book. I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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SSLY recommended read

Boroughs Publishing Group ~ Meeting Katy Regnery ~ By Proxy

katy-regneryBeverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Katy. Let’s get down to it shall we?

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

Seltzer. Preferably Orange-Vanilla flavored.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I started writing short stories as part of a local continuing education class in January 2012.

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

A total devotion to the woman he loves – against his will, against his better judgment – because he can’t do a thing about it except surrender to it.

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

I love the alpha male heroes in Lisa Kleypas’s books. Derek Craven is a real favorite. He’s brooding and sexy and feels unworthy of goodness or love in his life. But when it finds him, after a lot of protest, he accepts defeat and it’s heavenly to watch him stop struggling and lean into love.

I don’t know how I come up with them. They sort of come to me. I don’t work hard sketching them before writing.

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

Sex used to be harder (no pun intended) but like anything you do a lot, it’s gotten easier. I think informational scenes and bridge scenes are tough. Sometimes you need to give the reader information, but I’m always scared too much exposition will be boring.

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

When I get bogged down in dialogue cues, I remember Vonnegut and Hemingway and force myself to keep it tight and sharp.

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

Hmm. I don’t know. I’ve never thought about it before! Maybe Noah from “The Notebook” – he was a forever and ever kind of guy.

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

Oh, for heaven’s sake! You two are naughty!! Well…it included a rental car on a public road in the daylight. Other than that, my lips are sealed.

Beverly: Oh I can hear the sirens now… 😀

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 sensitive, bright, thoughtful women who use their brains to solve problems.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

My aunt set me up with this doctor in New York City. He told me to meet him at The Pierre for lunch and I was really excited because that’s one of the nicest hotels in New York, and I had wild imaginings about a romantic lunch that would last for hours and we’d go stroll in Central Park and as the sun set, we’d… When I got there, he snuck me into a doctor’s convention that had a free buffet lunch. He proceeded to chat with his friends at our table for the ensuing hour and then returned to the convention. It was pretty awkward.

Tamara: What a bum! 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) I’m assuming no doctor – at least not that one!

A fully loaded Kindle. My family. A down duvet.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Chocolate chip scones with Café Americana.

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

Writing a bestseller.

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

I have a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old. Embarrassing moments are rampant at this point in my life. Everyone at my son’s school knows I am a romance writer. That’s earning me some interesting look lately. LOL!

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

Yellow, I guess. Like sunshine. I try to be a glass-half-full sort of gal.

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

My parents. They’ve been married forever. They definitely didn’t think of marriage as having any sort of “out” clause. Theirs is an absolute sort of love, and it’s what I wanted in my life too. Happily, it’s what I found.

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

My husband. My kids. My parents. My friends and extended family. Hopefully my readers too.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Coffee (decaf)
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Blond and buff
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet
Fast or slow? Fast
Public or private? Hmm….
Top or bottom? It depends….

book-by-proxyBy Proxy
by Katy Regnery

Stubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding—misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.

Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.

When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love.

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