Archive | March 2014

Review- Wary Were- Celia Kyle


Being a cat isn’t easy. Neither is being a wolf. Being both is damn near impossible, but Christian does his best to cope. Life isn’t made any easier due to the fact that his inner feline is a Rag Doll, and goes limp at the lightest touch.

An innocent night on the town gone awry has Christian on the wrong side of a sexually charged mob of men. Taking some much needed time to lick his wounds, he heads straight to Greer, North Carolina. A sanctuary for shape shifters and the like. He’s welcomed with open arms by the townspeople and with open doors by two of the hottest and sweetest men Christian has ever met. Problem is they’ve already got each other, so why would they need him?

Jarek and Ethan can’t wait to show their new guest exactly why their duo should become a trio. The sooner the better. The question is… Will the evil that’s stalking Christian end the threesome’s chance at a relationship before it even has a chance to begin?

Please Note: This title contains erotic content and is intended for individuals over the age of eighteen.

Author’s Note: If you enjoyed the fun in Greer, North Carolina, be sure to check out the happenings in nearby Ridgeville, in the Ridgeville series.

Publisher’s Note: This title has been previously released with another publisher.

Tamara’s Review

I really enjoyed this MMM menage. Jerek is a growly wolf who is sweet to the the core and Ethan is a Labrador shifter who is all puppy who never seemed to grow up. Ethan was absolutely hilarious, with his runaway mouth and over abundance of energy. I could just see him bouncing around and it made me smile. He was just what the damaged Christian needed to heal, that and the security of a the strong and loving Jerek.

I thought the love scenes were handled well, in dealing with Christian’s past trauma and the two men’s acceptance of his past and insecurities. You don’t often find MM’s that lean to the sweet side, and while Wary Were had some hot love scenes, it was also very sweet.

I love the idea of Geer, a place for misfit shifters to feel safe and secure and look forward to hopefully seeing more of this community in the future.

There was just enough mystery and intrigue in Wary Were to keep the story moving, without taking away from the love story. All in all, a great quick read for a rainy afternoon.

I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Happy Birthday Baby! ~ Tory Richards

Happy Birthday Baby 


Happy Birthday Baby!


Tory Richards


Everyone has a birthday, right? I mean, if you don’t, then you’re probably six-feet under. Personally I like growing older. Age has always just been a number to me. Unlike my sister, who’s only a year younger, who celebrated her 29th birthday for several years. She was in denial. How we celebrate our birthdays vary depending on  budget, culture, location, and many other things. Some people don’t acknowledge their birthdays at all, while others may only celebrate reaching certain milestones.

Lordy, lordy looks who’s forty. My gosh, I can still remember that day as my co-workers decorated my office with black streamers, balloons, and confetti. I had a screen protector over my computer and one clown slipped black paper between it and the monitor so that when I turned it on all I saw was black. Thinking something was wrong with my computer I called IT and spent several minutes on the phone with them before figuring out what the problem was. I found confetti in my desk drawers for months after my birthday.

In Happy Birthday Baby! our heroine is celebrating the milestone of turning fifty, and her friends planned something special for her after a day of pampering.  Below is a blurb and excerpt. Enjoy!

Blurb What better way to spend your fiftieth birthday than with the hot male stripper you’ve been coveting for months! Proving you can have fun at any age, Happy Birthday Baby! from author Tory Richards is a celebration of life you won’t soon forget.

Excerpt – Joe seemed to reach us in record time. He pulled the man away from me. While they were exchanging heated words, I casually slipped away and headed for the door, praying that Helen and Sandy had taken care of the bill before they left. I didn’t stop until I was outside. At the same time, it dawned on me that I didn’t have a ride home. Damn! There was no way I was going back inside, so I headed toward the street where I would be able to see beneath the light to make a call.

“Lana, wait.” I heard Joe’s voice and picked up my step, which was hard to do on gravel while wearing heels. He caught up with me in no time, gently taking hold of my arm and drawing me to a halt. “Are you okay?”

I knew we were looking at each other, but it was too dark to see his expression. “Yes. I just need some light to call a cab.”

“You’ve changed your mind about coming home with me?”

“I’m sure you can find a replacement,” I said, thinking about the waitress inside.

“What the fuck is that supposed to mean?” he asked angrily. “What did that asshole tell you?”

“Enough to know you won’t be lonely. I only hope my friends didn’t pay you too much to sleep with me.” The hand on my arm tightened, revealing either I’d hit a nerve, or he was growing angrier. “I’m okay with it, Joe, really. I should have known a man like you would have to be paid for a little, ah, extra special attention.”

“A man like me?” His tone was low and gravelly, and I didn’t need any light to know he was clenching his teeth. “Well, let’s go then. I want to make sure I give you their monies worth.”

Surprisingly, I wasn’t frightened of Joe. He brought out other emotions in me. So when he began pulling me behind him I didn’t protest. He was just too damned sexy, and arousal still hummed through my body. I knew that with his talents he’d have me eating out of his hand in seconds. He was a tall man, his steps much wider than mine, and it was inevitable that I’d stumble. When I did, he caught me, and pulled me up into his arms without breaking stride.

“This isn’t necessary.” A thrill shot through me in spite of my mild protest. I couldn’t recall the last time a man carried me.

He just grunted. When we reached his car, he dropped me to my feet at the passenger’s side door. I barely had time to notice it was a Corvette before he crushed me against the door and kissed me roughly. Caught totally by surprise, at first, I stiffened, but within seconds, I melted against him like ice cream on a hot sidewalk. Oh my God, the man knew how to kiss! When he reined in his aggressive attack, his mouth turned soft and coaxing, dragging me into a realm of endless erotic possibilities.

I moaned beneath his mouth, and opened my lips inviting his tongue inside. As we explored each other’s mouths, I was aware his hands had moved from my shoulders down my back to my hips. My body started to move in a writhing, sensuous dance against his, letting him know that I was turned on. The movement of his cock against my lower belly sent my senses spinning out of control. I fought the urge to reach down and touch him. As if guessing what was going through my mind, he reached for my hand and brought it to his zipper. The length and hardness of his shaft caused a stream of volcanic heat to flow through my blood, and that’s how I felt, as if I was going to erupt.

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Priscilla Shay ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest authors I know!

Priscilla Shay

Happy Birthday Priscilla

So far I haven’t even managed to corrupt this young lady and you all know how hard I try! LOL

So go show Priscilla Shay some love and wish her HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Have you read her entertaining Historical Romance?

I have and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast paced and witty, don’t miss:


Returning The Favor

Cat James fell out of a tree and into Colin Barringer’s heart. Now the viscount must make her fall again—for him.

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Here’s to You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst

Here's to You Zeb PikeHere’s to You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst

I’ve done a lot of interviews about the book Here’s to You, Zeb Pike where people have asked me who I think would play the main characters, Emmitt and Dusty, if the book ever became a film. In other words: who would be my dream cast?

And I usually try to get out of answering the question.

It’s strange. Very often when I write, I have an exact picture in my mind of who would play a specific character if the book ever became a movie. But for this book, Emmitt and Dusty have always been a little bit ambiguous in my mind. I know their specifications. Dusty is 14, with shaggy brown hair and blue eyes. He’s average height and a little on the thinner side. He’s a skateboarder, and he dresses as casually as possible. Emmitt’s 16, with dirty blond hair and green eyes. He’s tall, fit, and athletic. He’s more apt to wear khakis and a button-up shirt.

I can just never seem to match any current actors on the scene with either of these descriptions. No one seems to fit perfectly. Today I even lost my mind and attempted a little Googling to figure this out. And you know what? All it did was lead to some weird (and frankly, a little creepy) Google searches. Anyone ever looking at my computer’s history could have a lot of questions about why I was Googling “teen actor blue eyes brown hair.”

So I’m still pretty lost. But I finally came up with a few ideas. (Thanks, Google.)

For Dusty: I’m thinking maybe Josh Hutcherson, from Hunger Games fame. They eye color’s wrong, but we could get him some contacts. Right?


Now, for Emmitt! According to the internets, Freddie Stroma could play the part. Not gonna lie: I had no idea who Freddie was before all this Googling starting (despite having seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). But he does seem to look the part.


Weigh in with your votes! Who should play Dusty and Emmitt in the film version of Here’s to You, Zeb Pike?

Blurb for Here’s to You, Zeb Pike

Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.

That’s the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn’t long before social services figures out that Dusty’s parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off to live in Vermont with an uncle and aunt they’ve never met.

Dusty’s new life is a struggle. His brother and sister don’t seem to need him anymore, and he can’t stand his aunt and uncle. At school, one hockey player develops a personal vendetta against him, while Emmitt, another hockey player, is making it hard for Dusty to keep pretending he’s straight. Problem is, he’s pretty sure Emmitt’s not gay. Then, just when Dusty thinks things can’t get any worse, his mother reappears, looking for a second chance to be a part of his life.

Somehow Zebulon Pike still got the mountain named after him, so Dusty’s determined to persevere—but at what point in life do you keep climbing, and when do you give up and turn back?

Author Bio

Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.       

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Interview- Lynn Crandall

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

Lynn- Thank you for hosting me today! I live in the Midwest and began writing as a journalist a number of years ago. I continue to write for magazines, but also a number of years ago I began writing romance novels. I love words and using them in writing. I also enjoy exploring relationships and love happy endings, so romance is truly my thing.

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

Lynn- That’s easy. Coffee. Coffee is a reason to get up in the morning. Coffee is a reason to have afternoons. And of course I need my laptop.

Beverly: When did you start to write, who influenced you?

Lynn- I had a happy accident about 15 years ago when I read On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner. It really resonated with me and I realized I had found what I wanted to do when I grew up. I enjoy reading Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, and Jim Butcher, so I would say they influence my creativity but I don’t pretend to be them or emulate them with my writing.

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

Lynn- In my books, I try to make the hero hunky, “manly,” and sensitive. He is there for the heroine when she needs him, but in a way that allows her the space to be herself. I think that is truly heroic and loving.

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

Lynn- I love both the heroes and heroines in my books. Since I’m a pantser I do character sketches but I learn about them intimately as I write. They astound me with their insights. In books I’ve read, I love probably all the women in the Otherworld books by Kelley Armstrong, and the Harper Blaine heroine is fascinating to me. These women are strong and talented and yet soft and needy at times.

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

Lynn- No question, sex scenes. I have to be in the mood to go there and thankfully I can do that. Again, the characters have something to say about the intimate moments that surprise me. I’m in control, but they add input.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?

Lynn- Are talking about my books or others? I love the scene in Always and Forever Love when Lacey faces her inner turmoil. It brings her down low, but it is the place where she can find healing if she’s ready. In Armstrong’s Personal Demon, I love the scenes, plural, during which heroine Hope Adams tries to work with her special power that perceives as dangerous, and discovers it’s just a part of her she can use for good.

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

Lynn- No question, that would be Clay Danvers in Armstrong’s Bitten. He is a bit wild and wooly, but he can get the job done when it comes to protecting heroine Elana Michaels and his pack of werewolves.

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

Lynn- Honestly, I’m not sure I’m a kinky sort of person. I will admit to swimming nude with my husband in Lake Michigan a few times. It felt pretty good and definitely made a memory.

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

Lynn- I think heroines are typically in some sort of distress, but they don’t need saving. They save themselves in books I write and in books I read.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Lynn- I had one date with a man who asked me if since I was newly divorced, did I like to have sex all the time? Sitting across a table from me, he asked with a straight face. I was glad I had driven to meet him, not gotten a ride.

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)

Lynn- Coffee. My laptop. A romance novel.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Lynn- Cupcakes. I hardly ever eat them anymore, but I love them.

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

Lynn- I just got a new dream to write a series of paranormal romances.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!

Lynn- I have crazy moments all the time. It’s hard to pick one. One time I came home and couldn’t find my sons. I walked into the hallway and hiding in the corner stood my youngest. I immediately started to scream because he startled me. He started screaming, too, because my screaming scared him. I think trying to make friends with feral cats and get them in a home is pretty crazy. It takes time, but it’s worth it.

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

Lynn- I love pink. It makes me feel happy. But blue is contender, because it is soothing.

Beverly: How do you know you’re in love?

Lynn- It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been married to my husband, I am happy to see him every day. We are very different but we share a relationship that has substance and sparkles. J The love, along with coffee, makes life worth living.

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

Lynn- My husband, my kids, my cats.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxers!!

Coffee or Tea? You have to ask? Coffee.

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Either one. Kindness, intellect, and humor are more important to me. But good looking is nice.

Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla covered chocolate, or vice versa, if you’re talking candy. A man, either one.

Kinky or Sweet? I have to choose?

Fast or slow? Both.

Public or private? Private. I’ve done near public, but it was a little tense.

Top or bottom? Both are nice places to be.

Bio: Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down. She hopes that readers discover, over and over, stories of ordinary people who face ordinary life challenges and are transformed by extraordinary love.







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New Release ~ Blood is Thicker ~ Suz deMello

Blood is ThickerBlood is Thicker a   short story
(previously Immortal Hunters)

Genre: Paranormal action-adventure.

A century-old vampire, Rama is used to shadows and   loneliness.
She uses the name Hestia White and lives in a coastal town working as a   private investigator. If some bad guys disappear on her shift, no one   cares…until John van Helsing shows up. Bearing the name of the vamps’   greatest foe, he interferes in her case and in her life.

Friend, lover or enemy?

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SuzBest-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or           two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

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Review- Faking It- Lydia Michaels

faking itSheilagh McCullough has been pretending to be someone else her entire life. When she takes her rebellious act too far, her overbearing brothers decide it’s time for her to grow up and face her future. After six years of procrastination and parties, Sheilagh is finally going to college.

Dr. Alec Devereux is an ethical man, but when Sheilagh McCullough enrolls in his class, his morals as a professor are put to the test. Brilliant, tenacious, and a contradiction to herself in so many ways, Alec is enchanted by his new student and unable to resist temptation. Persistent and logical, Alec unravels the mysterious woman who has captured his heart only to discover the greatest threat to their future might be her past.

A courageous journey of the soul that confronts one woman’s fears of love and embraces the truth in her heart




Tamara’s Review

I wish I could roam around in Lydia Michaels’ mind for a day. What a talent this woman has. She takes hard issues that some of us face in life and weaves them seamlessly into beautiful romantic tales. As  woman who has dealt with depression for over thirty years, it was wonderful to see a heroine with depression portrayed accurately.

One of the things I love about Lydia’s books is the attention to detail she takes in defining her characters and Faking It is another hit in my opinion. I loved the characters and absolutely couldn’t put it down. I stayed up all night to finish, telling myself, “just one more chapter” until the sun was rising and Sheleigh and Alec found their happily ever after.

Since we are down to only 2 McCollough left without a mate I’m hoping maybe Lydia will keep the series going, I think Wesley could use a lovely lady to loosen him up! hint hint Ms Michaels!

If you like stories with heart, hope, love, family and hot hot loving the McCollough Mountain series is a don’t miss read!

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SSLY recommended read