Archive | May 7, 2014

Book Spotlight on A Saint’s Salvation by Beverly Ovalle

Book Spotlight on A Saint’s Salvation by Beverly Ovalle.

Review- The Secret Dead by SW Fairbrother

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Vivia Brisk knows about the dead. She should. She’s died enough times.

Vivia is a hag – or death witch – one of the last of her race, and can die, visit the underworld and return at will. As a consultant with charity The Lipscombe Trust, she has a job she loves – helping London’s most vulnerable supernaturals, even if her colleague Malcolm drives her round the bend on a daily basis.

Vivia thinks she’s got Malcolm’s measure – sexist, not too bright and generally a pain in the ass, but then Malcolm zombifies and, along with his fourteen year old son Ben, flees the police.

With a zombie on the loose, London goes into lock down and Vivia is roped in into find them. After all, Malcolm can only keep control so long without fresh flesh, and the risk of the zompocalypse increases the longer he’s on the lam.

 

Cara’s Review

This book is absolutely AMAZING.  In the saturated paranormal field, it is a bit difficult to come up with something completely new, but Fairbrother managed it.  Well written, with a fantastic cast of characters, The Secret Dead takes place in an alternate of our world, with shifters, witches, fae, and all sorts of other creatures exist.  Vivia Brisk is the main character and a death hag- definitely not you picture perfect heroine, but there she is, warts and all (literally).

In a case which, I admit, is somewhat confusing, Vivia assist the police in searching for her now zombified ex-coworker and his missing son.  Things become more and more confusing.complicated once old secrets come to light, but Vivia bravely wanders through it all,  Never mind that she really doesn’t know how to be a death hag, or the limits and extent of her powers.  Brisk’s character isn’t a superhero, she’s just a girl (who happens to be able to die and come back to life) barely scrapping by, taking care of her invalid sister, never aging step-father, and ignoring her mothers corpse in the attic.

I can’t even say enough good things about this book.  It’s not perfect, but it is such a unique and different story, I feel like giving it less than four stars would be short-changing it.  If you are looking for a good paranormal mystery, one where you won’t be able to guess on page three who-dun-it, this should be in your “to read” pile.  I can’t recommend this book enough!  Please, do yourself a favor, and buy this book.  Fair warning though: it ends with a huge cliffhanger.  When you are finished, you can join me in a letter writing campaign to Fairbrother so that she hurries up and publishes the next book!

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SSLY recommended read

At first what happened seems simple, but then the police find decades-old corpses hidden near Malcolm’s house, and Vivia begins to realise Malcolm’s missing son is in a lot more danger than from just a single zombie on the loose…

Character Interview ~ Dan McVeigh ~ Desires by Holly J. Gill

Introduce yourself. What book are you from? Are you the hero, heroine, villain?

Hello ladies! I am Dan McVeigh and I am the hero of the Desires series and the hero in the fifth book, and may I take this opportunity to thank the wonderful Holly J. Gill for writing our story. (Wink, wink)

What is your nickname?

Dan the man!

How did you come to your author’s attention?

Honestly, I think I drove her mental, I kept whispering at her for a few years and telling her to write mine and Stacie’s story, as Holly had been routing to write about a sex club, and well she couldn’t resist my charm, or is that my body? (Grins and wags his brows) Anyway, much to my annoyance she chose to write the book from Stacie’s POV and left mine to the end… I mean come on! What was she thinking?

Maybe she was saving the best to last?

Ah, now I like your thinking. (Grins and lifts his brow) I think the truth be known she gave in and felt she was left with no choice.

Did you give your author a hard time when she was writing your story?

Who me? I would never think about giving Holly a “hard” time at all, (grins cheekily)

Tell us a little bit about Desires?

Desires is an exclusive sex club, where anything goes. A place for you to retreat and act your fantasies alone or with your preference and whatever your kink, there is no judgment, just enjoy.

How did you meet Stacie?

Stacie was a client attending Desires searching for herself and to re-gain her confidence after an abusive relationship with her NOW ex-husband, who had mentally and physically abused her and I was her tutor in helping her re-build her life and get her life back on track.

What did you teach her?

Well, I decided to step very carefully with her not wishing to frighten her off. So, I started Stacie from the beginning in self-touching, getting to know her own body once again and gradually worked her to intimacy.

And Stacie was a paying guest?

Yes, yes she was. She arrived for her first session a one off booked appointment, which I had her touching herself getting to know her sensitive spots, and caressing her chest, and then, much to my shock the following day she had booked a full day with me and well, the session progressed and it became my mission to encourage her to come back and (wags his brows) I wanted to see her again.

You fell in love with her?

I dare not say. (wink)

What do you do for a living?

I will confess at the beginning of the series I worked for a company as a computer geek. And then ended up self-employed with my own computer business, but my recent occupation you need to read the series.

Who is the love of your life?

Stacie Clifford. Never loved anyone else, well apart from my mum. (he chuckles)

What was the first thing you noticed about him/her?

Oh god! Her stunning hazel eyes and then her beautiful lips. She is just breathtaking and I cannot imagine her not being in my life.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is losing Stacie especially through the vindictiveness of Angel and her capabilities of trying to break me and Stacie up, she is a woman scorned and I wish she would learn to back off. That woman is evil and never considers other people’s feelings.

What’s your motto in life?

Enjoy life and be who you want to be.

How do the other characters in your book view you?

The guy next door.

What do you think reader will find interesting about you?

I think the reader will like the way I grew from a boy into a man and how on meeting Stacie I changed, not only that, but I am very charming and have a way with women! But please don’t tell Stacie that. (laughs, adding a wink)

What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?

Are you kidding me? You need to read the books! And even then there were many things I won’t tell Holly! (chuckles)

Will we be seeing you in future books?

You never know what the future holds. (wags his brows)

What makes you happy?

I love being with my family, with Stacie whispering sweet nothings to me, watching Stacie sleeping, looking at peace and so beautiful, she takes my breath away!

What makes you mad?

Men who think its ok to mentally and physically abuse a woman. Oh, and selfishness.

Who wears the trousers in your relationship?

(Dan glances over his right shoulder then left, to then lean forward to silently answer) Me, but Stacie will argue.

Aren’t you much younger than Stacie?

I sure am, yep she bagged a toyboy, but then what is age? It’s only a number. (Winks)

Well, Dan, it’s been a delight talking to you!

Well, thank you very much I had great fun.

DesiresDesires blurb:

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?

Excerpt:

Angel opened the door for her then called, “Dan.”

“Hello,” Stacie heard a male voice answer. His voice sounded sweet, not too deep.

“Dan, I would like you to meet your new client, Stacie,” Angel said.

Stacie moved closer to the door as it opened wider from the inside. The most beautiful, for there was no other word for him, and so very young man stood before her, with a smile so sweet and gentle her knees crumbled. Her body quivered at the sight of him. She felt embarrassed that she had worried about what he might look like, her embarrassment quickly replaced with worry over what he might think of her. What would such a stunning young Adonis think of having to service a distinctly average and ordinary woman like her whose bits had already started to head south?

Stacie tried to return Dan’s welcoming smile, but she knew it lacked conviction.

Angel continued the introduction. “Stacie, this is Dan, your tutor. I think you’ll be happy, but if you have any concerns, you know where I am.” Stacie only vaguely registered Angel’s words. She was lost in Dan’s eyes.

Stacie entered the room, holding her head low. She felt like such a fool. What had she been thinking?

Angel left the room without another word. The door closed quietly behind her. Stacie tried to

look anywhere except at Dan.

“Hi,” he said easily. She glanced at him, making eye contact for as brief a moment as possible.

He was perfect in every way possible. He wore black jeans and an open-necked purple shirt. His hair was such a dark brown as to be almost black. It had a little unruly curl to it, making Stacie went to wind those silky curls round her fingers. He had warm brown eyes, and pouty, sexy lips. He was lean in build, about eleven stone and about six foot tall.

Stacie couldn’t believe her luck. However, the memory that this angelic-looking young man had to teach her how to masturbate elbowed its way back into her conscious mind. Her face felt as if someone were blasting a blowtorch at her and she turned away to hide her cherry-red cheeks.

A few seconds went by and in the utter silence that fell between them, she heard the faint sound of him moving toward her. She kept her eyes downturned and shivered when she realised he was so close she could almost feel his body heat. He’d come round to face her—she could see his feet. She forced herself to look up at him, seeing only happy welcome in his gentle smile, not a trace of the half-hidden disappointment, resignation, or even revulsion she had feared she would see. He was a very good actor. Then she braced for impact as he came toward her and landed a gentle kiss on first one cheek, then the other. He smelled of chocolate and spices.

“It’s fantastic to meet you.”

 

Buy Links:

Secret Cravings publishers

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

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Smashwords

All Romance

 

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Author Biography

A wife and mother of three, Holly J. Gill is a romance writer whose favorite genre is erotica. She has three books published with Secret Cravings called the Desires series about a sex club and how two people go through the trials of falling in love. In Holly’s spare time she loves spending time with her family, friends, listen to music, watch movies, and travel around England enjoying the beautiful countryside.