Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Sexy Saturday: You're So Sexy

http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.com It's time for another My Sexy Saturday blog hop. This week's theme is "You're So Sexy" and while I'm not sure I found a snippet that fits that theme I do think it'll work. Don't forget to check out all the other great authors in the blog hop by surfing through the links at the end of the post.

This bit is from a work in progress, Fire Hunt. Our leading lady is dancing at a family member's wedding and our hero can't seem to take his eyes off her. Enjoy!

 Fire Hunt peek:

Back at the front of the fire, Michel took a long braided cord and tied the couple's hands together. “Turn and face the world with renewed strength and support,” Michel said and quickly followed it with, “Don't forget to kiss her.”

A roaring cheer went up from the crowd as the couple move towards the tables and chairs setup along the edge of the clearing. The audience moved with them, opening up a space that quickly filled with a steady drum beat. The crowd turned and instantly a blue swirl of satin soft silk stole his attention from everything else. 
 
Julia twirled into the clearing along with two other woman Edmund didn't bother to recognize. His mind zeroed in on the gold and blue that hugged Julia's body. The costume wasn't the skimpy belly dancer dress. This more traditional gypsy dress hugged just the right spots, fit loosely enough in others and allowed just a peek-a-boo of Julia's mid-drift to show. Golden coins jingled around her wrists and ankles. As she spun, dipped and stretched Edmund saw the value of leaving somethings to one's imagination. 
 
The dance was a blessing from the Great Mother on the new marriage. If the dancers faltered in their steps the couple were fated to part, but as Julia dipped low, reaching her fingertips to her bare toes, Edmund knew the dance was perfect. The bright smile on her face seemed to fill her with brilliant new light. He could tell she was home.

When the dancers circled and came closer to him, Edmund's eyes fell to the roll of her hips and the graceful bump of her behind. What he wouldn't give to come home to that smile everyday and crawl into bed with those hips every night. Julia was perhaps the perfect woman.

The dance ended in a flourish and Julia, along with the other dancers, disappeared in the crowd. Edmund looked for the glint of gold on her costume as he moved passed the people. A few smiled, shook his hand and welcomed him home. All the while a strip of blue or a peek of blonde teasing him through the crowd. His heart picked up a beat when a whiff of her perfume drifted by.

Edmund saw her stop and smile at an older woman. Hurrying over, he just barely caught her before she began to walk away again. When he managed to capture her hand new music had hummed to life. Edmund pulled Julia back, causing her to spin around. As her skirt twisted around, Edmund smiled at her surprised look. “Dance?” he asked, pulling her further into the crowd that had already started moving with the music.


That's all for this sexy addition of My Sexy Saturday. I hope you liked it and don't forget to support your local starving authors!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: Kade's Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso

Before we get the ball rolling I'd like to just say, normally I wouldn't be writing a review of this book. I don't normally write reviews of books I didn't enjoy, but as this was the first book I read in 2015 I feel the need to comment on it. That said, the book may not have worked for me but I'm sure there are readers out there that would enjoy this style.

13564666Kade's Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso

 After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him.

Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.


The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?


The Review

I picked this book up as a freebie and thought it would make a great first read for the year. It took me weeks to finish it and honestly I won't be reading the other books in the set. There were some really nice points to the book so I'm going with the tried and true pros and cons review style.

Pros

I loved the idea of the villain. Love love love the idea of this bad-ass VooDoo vampire out for revenge villain. I've never seen a magic wielding vampire before and the idea is awesome. I wish I had seen more of her. Side characters were well placed and plotted to a point. Through out the book I wanted to know more about the side characters, which are featured in other books by Kym Grosso.

Cons

I had little to no interest in the main couple mid way through the first half. I was skimming pages during most their interactions by this point. By the time I reached half way a lot of their personal interacts seemed like repeats. I love a good kick butt ask questions later leading lady. This type of heroine is one of my favorites, but Sydney was missing something. I get emotional conflict and all that are part of a good plot, but Sydney's  conflicts really seemed out of character in a way that made me want to reach into the book and smack her in the back of the head. Kade, our leading vampire hero, is your classic sexy as all get out leading man. He read flat. Kade is over baring and while not handling the issues between him and Sydney is part of the story it really did make the story less enjoyable for me.

To be honest I was more interested in the relationship between Sydney and Tristan, a side character who is an alpha werewolf in Philly. I get that they were just "friends" but I really liked the way she turned to him even if it was just for sex and I was disappointed when they didn't have any more romance development.

While I loved the villain I was upset that I didn't see more of the crime case the couple were working on. I think the story would have been better if it focused a little less on the possessive nature of the hero and independent confusion of the heroine and more on the crime.


If you like the classic alpha vampire and the confused bad-ass chick you might enjoy Kade's Dark Embrace. Not every book is going to be right for every reader. It did get lots of great reviews from other folks and a number of review sites really liked it.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Full Moon New Releases (Jan 2015)









It's time for the first Full Moon Releases of 2015. Sit back with a nice cip of hot coco and stay warm with these hot new reads.


Heart of the Serpent by N.J. Walters

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Serpent-Hades-Carnival-Walters-ebook/dp/B00NW6FVE4
Just when you thought the Devil had gotten his due, he’s back for more.

Hades’ Carnival, Book 5

Now that the five-thousand-year curse that kept him and his fellow shapeshifting warriors trapped in animal form has been lifted, Mordecai doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. He is free—in theory.

Hell left its stain on his soul, and his relationship with the warriors who once trusted him is uneasy. The only bright spot in his life is Jessica, whose shining innocence he dare not taint with his inner darkness. But it’s getting harder and harder to stay away from her.

Jessica longs for the days she and Mordecai shared an easy friendship. Now he seems as distant as the stars. He denies there’s a problem, but she’s determined to penetrate his shields.

Hades has been plotting his revenge from his prison. He can’t harm Mordecai without harming himself. But there’s nothing to stop him from wreaking havoc by hurting the one woman Mordecai would give his life to protect—Jessica.

Warning: Vengeance, hot steamy sex and heart-melting romance.

Coming Jan 13th from  Samhain Publishing, Ltd


Shostly Liaison by Stacy McKitrick

http://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Liaison-Stacy-McKitrick-ebook/dp/B00OZUMI7EYou can move in, but you can never leave…

Avoiding love is hard. Catching a killer can be fatal…

When Rob’s sister passed away, she left him her dog and her house. He can handle the dog part, but he doesn’t need another home. Especially a fixer-upper the neighbor swears is haunted. Then he meets Bridget, who’s working on getting her life back together after a car accident left her scarred in more ways than one. She can’t pass up Rob’s offer of free lodging, regardless of the shape it’s in. Or the roommate that’s part of the package. She’s never believed in ghosts, but now she’s living with one who wants Bridget’s help in catching a killer. There’s only one problem: the killer has unfinished business…

Coming Jan 19th from Lyrical Press.


Hungry Like The Wolf by Paige Tyler

http://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Like-Wolf-Paige-Tyler-ebook/dp/B00MX629CGThey're tight They're on target They're as alpha as men can get

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret...they're a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive-and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something...and she's determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth-and perilously close to his heart...

 Coming Jan 6th from Sourcebooks Casablanca




Dreamers Daughter by Lynn Kurland
 
http://www.amazon.com/Dreamers-Daughter-Novel-Nine-Kingdoms/dp/0425262847
Aisling of Bruadair’s quest to restore her country’s rightful rulers to their throne has been long and difficult. Now, after a lifetime of lies, she’s confronted with an unexpected truth:  Bruadair’s salvation may lie within her. But the path to harnessing her newly discovered magical gifts threatens to lead her back through a past that may well spell her death.

With his own magic restored, Rùnach of Ceangail has come to terms with the fact that the simple life he once coveted is no longer an option. Instead, he is determined to help Aisling fulfill her quest, even if his part of the bargain includes facing evil mages with power far greater than his own.

But once they reach Bruadair, Rùnach and Aisling discover that nothing is as it seems, and not only must they accept their past, they must also embrace their destiny—before the enemies drawing near succeed in extinguishing all the light in the world…

Coming Jan 6th from Berkley Trade




That's it for this month. I hope everyone finds something great to read and remember if you're an author who'd like to have your new release listed on the Full Moon Post drop by the Author's Love page and send me a message.

Peace and Love!




Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Wrap Up

 

It's that time again. We're bidding a fond farewell to 2014 and welcoming in a new year. With traditions for New Year's Resolutions and the New Year's kiss I couldn't help myself from looking back at this year and thinking about all the things I've accomplished and all the things I didn't quite get done. 

I'm sorry to say I wasn't able to meet Parajunkee's Shifter Reading Challenge. I didn't manage to read and review five shifter books, but that was only half the total I should have read to complete the challenge. If you'd like to see some of the great reviews other readers put out on shifter fiction this year hop on over to Parajunkee's Shifter Challenge page.

If you missed my shifter review jump on back through the blog and check 'em out!

http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00NAJ9R3E/ref=la_B00L048SZO_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411645598&sr=1-1I did manage to get Fox Hunt published this year. As the second novel in the Saving Grace Saga (I even named the series :) Fox Hunt was an important publication for me. It meant I got to jump ahead with the third and final book in the set, Fire Hunt. I'm finishing up the final draft of Fire Hunt as I type this, and I'm feeling pretty good about how it's going. I know first thing in 2015 I'm going to be revising and editing, but that can be fun too.

CampNaNoWriMo wasn't too much of a success for me. This past July I attempted to write 30k words for my sci-fi romance novel, but barely hit the 10k mark. It was a sad moment realizing the story just wasn't ready to progress to a full time writing project. While I know a novel written in such a short time will need a lot of work, I was looking forward to handling those characters again. They are all still in my heart and from time to time I still jot down notes and short scenes.

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A happy thought for the end of the year is that I managed to take a step further into the world of marketing. I wasn't very comfortable marketing my own stuff when Witch Hunt was published, but finding the MySexySaturday blog hop and some other great blogs to work with I really enjoyed it in this past year. A shout out to Sharon Clare at Romance and Beyond for the chance to interview my character, Mike. That was so much fun and offered a great deal of inspiration.

It doesn't seem like a lot, but that was my 2014. My plans for 2015 are still forming, but I know if nothing else it's going to be a year filled with adventure packed romance and great new experiences.

Happy New Year and as always Peace and Love



Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Sexy Morning


Time for My Sexy Saturday blog hop again. For those readers new to this hop, writers post excerpt of 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs based on the weekly theme or something the readers would just love.  This week the theme was A Sexy Morning and I've picked a morning scene from my first novel, Witch Hunt.


"She felt so warm and inviting under him. Aidan had never known a woman who could make him want her so much. Rei was practically quivering beneath him, and he felt a bristle of pride that she would only ever feel it for him. Aidan felt Rei’s fingers drag down his back and grip his butt in a tight hold. He was about to adjust their position so that he could bury himself into her when an odd sound reached his ears.

Aidan stiffened above Rei and lifted up from her neck. The sound of a car door slamming closed outside made his eyes shift to the bedroom door."

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Full Moon New Releases (Dec 2014)











This month I'm listing a few new releases in the Christmas spirit. Some may have come out at the end of November but will still make great holiday reads!

 It's a Vampire Christmas by Lia Davis

Its a Vampire Christmas Cover vFinal 72dpi v2The hunt for the past will set their future…

Alasdair Morgan, vampire lord of the south Atlantic region of the United States, and his mate, Gideon, are on the search for an ancient journal. The secrets the book holds within its leather binding can be used to destroy their race’s queen, Lilith. When they finally find the journal, they discover it is in the humans’ hands and being sold at a Christmas charity auction. However, a female with her own agenda has her sights set on possessing the book.

Some gifts come in twos…

Being a half-breed living among humans, Rhianna Howell knows the importance of secrecy all too well. When she discovers one of the lost vampire artifacts, she doesn’t waste time in collecting it before it falls into the wrong hands. But keeping the journal safe from evil will put her in the seductive path of two vampires who claim to be her mates.

The days and nights heat up this Christmas as she discovers a fiery passion she can’t deny or run from.

Released Dec. 2nd by After Glows.

Christmas at Thorncliff Towers by Marina Myles


23155799Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…


 Released Nov 24th by eKensington.


 Ghosts of Christmas Past by Corrina Lawson

81bAme4SJ2L._SL1500_As Christmas approaches in crumbling Charlton City, Detective Aloysius James and his partner, Noir, are at a crossroads. Figuring out how to reconcile their careers with their relationship is harder than catching the bad guys.

Now that Noir has learned to control her invisibility and is making a name for herself among the city’s artist collective, Al senses there’s something she’s keeping from him. And he doesn’t know how long they can remain partners. Or even lovers.

Noir isn’t sure how Al would take it if he knew how deeply he has touched her artistic soul, or how he could react if he saw the secret drawings that have helped heal the wounds of her past.

When a murder lands them on opposite sides—Al ready to arrest a suspect Noir insists in innocent—they’re going to need to unwrap all the ghosts of their pasts to make this Christmas the first of many. Or it could be their last.

Warning: Contains explicit, desperate make-up sex. Also, pie.

 Released Nove. 25th by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.


That's it for this month. Happy reading and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Sexy Saturdeay : A Sexy First



It's that time again. I try to do one of these at least once a month, because they're just so much fun. This My Sexy Saturday theme is A Sexy First. I've chosen seven sexy sentences from the first face to face meeting between Rei and Aidan from my first novel, Witch Hunt, for this one. I hope you enjoy and remember to to check out of the other great blogs for more sexy excepts.




Witch Hunt Except:


When he found her scent again, he burst forward, slamming through the underbrush and found his wolf self thrust directly in her path.
 
Standing in front of her, Aidan felt a need to relieve some of her fear. He felt the wolf withdrawal as he transformed back into his human self. Once he was human again, he had been about to speak when he was suddenly captivated by the sight of her. Kneeling in front of him, he saw a young woman now filled with shock more than fear.

As Aidan had just begun admiring the bright moonglow of her skin, the Wild Hunt had chased her down and slammed into her. Wild energy ricocheted itself throughout her entire body and drove her down to one knee.



That's it for now. I hope you enjoyed. You can get you're own copy of Witch Hunt at:

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And don't forget the other great authors in the hop!