Archive | May 15, 2014

Review- Sons of Heaven: Unexpected Mates by Brenna Lyons

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Meredith has been advocating for foster children for her entire career, so when the courts and child services conspire to remove an Earth-born Sakk child’s wings, she’ll risk jail to keep that from happening. She goes to the Sakk consulate seeking asylum for Alice and finds herself partaking of the same.

Hayley and Holly are as different as night and day, but the sisters have never been apart. When Hayley decides to indulge one of her younger sister’s flights of fancy, little does she know they are going to become the belles of the Sakk ball.

When Beldon and Jannie return to Sakk, Sakkra (the younger Sakk prince) becomes emissary to the humans. Little does he know how difficult the job will be. Between armed attacks and political nightmares, it seems the prince can’t even eat a meal without interruption. Enter Amy. She doesn’t want to test as a match; she’s happily engaged and happily human. She’s only at the consulate to offer support to a friend who is testing, but when her friend turns out to be very human and Amy turns out not to be, her life falls apart.

When Amy’s other cousins tested as too human to be matches, Jolene didn’t bother. A one-night stand with Rietin (a wingless Sakk tracker and Amy’s personal guard) ends with an unexpected pregnancy, but can Jo overcome her belief that Sakk men see all women as alike and find happiness with him?

Sandy has had a lousy year. Her POS boyfriend dumped her when she got pregnant. Her step-father kicked her out of the house, leaving her homeless. The shelter has only let her stay as long as she has, because she’s pregnant. And now…the final straw. Her sonogram shows the baby she’s carrying has wings. Her last chance for safety and stability is finding a home with the Sakk.

 

Cara’s Review

This is a great compilation of stories, each one telling the story of a seperate couple, with some constants throughout.  This is the first Sakk novel I have read, and I fully enjoyed it.  The alien culture is fascinating, and a fresh twist on the “males outnumber the females significantly” alien story.  Apparently, Earth is already home to the descendents of the Sakk people.

There is some hot love scenes (always a plus) but more than that, a general feeling of love forms between characters- though, in some cases rather quickly.  However, working within the confines of short stories, it fits.

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking to meet some handsome alien hunks, learn about an alien culture, and crave HEA.  This book will not disappoint!

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YEARNING: A BLOOD REBORN NOVEL (The Progeny Series #4.5)
“Destiny will not be denied.”

Like their siblings, Katy McCutchin—a powerful double Wiccan with otherworldly powers—and Gabe Rousseau—a full-blooded vampire—are destined. They’ve conquered many obstacles to be together. With their relationship at a crossroads and chaos erupting all around them, it’s time to take the steps that will finally link them for eternity.

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Ashlynne Layne is an award winning songwriter, poet, and author of erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. She’s always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing night stalkers of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny.

Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books six and seven of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Alterity Series, and a novella spin off. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon.

She lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son.

More About Ashlynne
Zodiac: Leo
Favorite Music Genres: Alt Rock, 90’s Grunge, Pop
Favorite Musical Acts: Maroon 5, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Adele, Rob Zombie, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Drake, Justin Timberlake
Favorite Movie Genre: Horror
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice
Foods: Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Chicken Alfredo

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At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen.

The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this vampire clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that have existed for ages.

This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults and contains strong sexual content, adult sensuality, language and themes.

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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?
Hi guys. I’m thrilled to be here with you today. My name is Ashlynne Laynne. I live in the southern United States with my wonderful husband of eleven years and my son. I write Erotic, IR Paranormal Romance.

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

The first thing I HAVE to have when I write is chapstick. I’m addicted to the stuff and have a tube in every room of my house. The second thing is music. I’ve heard of authors who only write in silence, but I need some background noise to keep my brain going.

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

I’ve been writing since the age of eight. In my teen years, I wrote poetry as a sort of therapy. In my early twenties, I delved into songwriting and placed in a couple of Music Festivals. The Progeny was born back in 2010 when I dreamed of my hero, Ascher. I had absolutely no idea who the gorgeous guy was or what I should do about the dream, but I immediately started sketching the amulet around his neck. Now, my husband and fan artist are the only people to ever see that hideous sketch, but that was the genesis of my novel writing career. If I had to choose one author who encouraged me to write, it would have to be Anne Rice. I think of her as the mother of the modern day vampire. She has done so much for the genre. Plus, she is just an awesome person. Period.

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

For me, I love a hero with obvious strength, but who is not afraid to show a sensitive side.

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

Shauna, my heroine in the Progeny Series, is my favorite character. She’s beautiful, powerful, and has a strong sense of who she is. She doesn’t need Ascher to be a whole person, but his love has made her a better person. I think that’s important in any relationship. Your mate should be the other half of your soul, the missing part that completes you. My characters, for the most part, come to me in dreams.

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

For me, action scenes are the toughest to write because you have to constantly be mindful of where arms and legs are. They also move fairly fast, which can make pacing difficult.

Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?
I think my favorite book so far was Blood Promise. It was the third book in my Progeny Series. My favorite scene from that book was an exhibitionistic naughty scene in a nightclub suite, between my hero and heroine.

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

I am a recent Black Dagger Brotherhood reader. I started reading them a month ago (I’m late I know). I am in love with Zsadist from that series.

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 think a heroine should be a little of both. A man needs to be needed. I love a woman who can have her man’s back, but is secure enough in her strength to let him rescue her sometimes, too.

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)
A kindle full of books. My hubby to service me. A TV.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
My guilty pleasure is watching Investigation Discovery and Lifetime Network in my jammies.

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

In writing, my goal is to one day hit the New York Times Bestseller list.

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

In junior high school, I got into a stupid fight with a girl over an ex that I didn’t even want anymore. To this day, anyone who knew me back then doesn’t remember that I was a good student. The only thing they remember about me was that damned fight. Then again, I suppose two girls fighting, in skirts that are split up their backs and up to their waists exposing their naughty bits, would be memorable.

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

I would be black, because I have a dark sense of humor, but I tend to get along with most temperaments.

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

In the case of my husband, I knew he was the one when he was so kind and accepting of my son. My son is mentally handicapped and requires a lot of care and attention. My husband was a young bachelor with no children. But something just seemed to click in him when he met my son, and my son really blossomed when Mark came into our lives. He was like this missing piece in our lives.

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

My husband, Mark, has to love me to put up with my volatile mood swings. My son loves me. I’m also hoping that somewhere around this world, a couple of fans love my work and characters. 

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Sexy briefs. Yummmm…
Coffee or Tea? Coffee and lots of it!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome.
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla.
Kinky or Sweet? Kinky baby!!!!!!!!!
Fast or slow? Depends on my mood *wink*.
Public or private? Private.
Top or bottom? Top.

 

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