Book Review and #Giveaway: KISS ME IN PARIS by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov

September 13, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 2

Welcome to the Kiss Me in Paris Book Tour! Read my review and more, and enter to win a $50 Gift Card, a signed copy of the book, or an ebook!

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Love is the cornerstone of the human experience.”

Le sigh… What a great read! A lovely romance that spans continents and emotions: a satisfying combination of both heartbreaking moments and moments that made me laugh out loud.

Cade and Winter didn’t initially seem like the perfect couple to me, but there’s certainly a connection from their first meeting. The relationship has its ups and downs, but they are able to find common ground in their difficult pasts. It didn’t take me long to realize that this couple DOES belong together and I was rooting for them through all of their obstacles and triumphs. Cade and Winter are both strong passionate characters, and in steamy moments, their passion really heats up the pages.

Kiss me in Paris is a story about risking your heart to for love, and risking everything to truly become who you want to be. Engaging and descriptive prose transports the reader to the romantic city of Paris, and into the hearts and lives of two characters you are sure to fall in love with.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About Kiss Me in Paris

Kiss Me in Paris by Karpov KinradeNo one knows my secret. Ever since high school, ever since I started living in fear, no one has known the true me. But then I met him, and I couldn’t hide anymore.

He became my hero, saving me from the villain of my past. He became my friend, his smile a blanket of warmth. And he scared me. Because he, this beautiful man, he might become more. Then he’d see the real me, and I couldn’t let that happen.

My name is Winter, and what I desire most I can’t have.

Flashes of the night I was drugged rush back to me. His strong arms carrying me through the streets of Paris. The feel of his heart beating as my head rested against his chest. The soft press of his lips against my forehead when he thought I was asleep.

Oh shit. I’m falling for the cowboy. Cade.

But we can’t be anything more. He has his own secrets. His own darkness he keeps hidden, like the letter he keeps with him everywhere he goes.

The letter he refuses to open.

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Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Full length novel: 87, 000 words

Kiss Me in Paris is a standalone novel in the Kiss Me Series. Travel the world with the Deveaux sisters as they find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

Kiss Me in Paris is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. Add it your Goodreads to-read shelf here!

 

If reviewers can be believed—and OF COURSE they can be—then Kiss Me in Paris is an epic tale of love, romance, family, friendship and forgiveness. For those of you who might think this book is just another insipid romance, not so my friend.

Not so.

You will pee your pants laughing and cry your eyes out weeping. You will become so angry you might need to punch something, and you will sigh in pure happiness. One reviewer even left part of her soul IN THE WORDS OF OUR BOOK.

Yes, this is the power of Kiss Me in Paris. It’s SOUL STEALING, and we are not going to apologize for that.

You see, we are the authors, and we are married, living our own epic romance. So epic we even had a fan-following during the early days of our courtship. So we know love.

And we know you will love Kiss Me in Paris!

Here’s the part where we tell you about the book, but it’s really not enough to do it justice. So let us first say that there is just so much in Kiss Me in Paris. Layered themes and a sexy cowboy studying to be an architect, and a girl who’s a dreamer with a dark past, and gargoyles and Notre Dame and mazes designed by futuristic architects (because that’s an actual thing, and the sexy cowboy will tell you what that means), and heartbreak and love and happy endings and evil and just SO MUCH.

But here’s the ‘official’ blurb about Kiss Me in Paris:

No one knows my secret. Ever since high school, ever since I started living in fear, no one has known the true me. But then I met him, and I couldn’t hide anymore.

He became my hero, saving me from the villain of my past. He became my friend, his smile a blanket of warmth. And he scared me. Because he, this beautiful man, he might become more. Then he’d see the real me, and I couldn’t let that happen.

My name is Winter, and what I desire most I can’t have.

Flashes of the night I was drugged rush back to me. His strong arms carrying me through the streets of Paris. The feel of his heart beating as my head rested against his chest. The soft press of his lips against my forehead when he thought I was asleep.

Oh shit. I’m falling for the cowboy. Cade.

But we can’t be anything more. He has his own secrets. His own darkness he keeps hidden, like the letter he keeps with him everywhere he goes.

The letter he refuses to open.

 

Here’s what reviewers are saying about Kiss Me in Paris

5 stars “I experienced every emotion as each character felt it. Every tear, every laugh, all of the fear, anxiety, and stress, I experienced every last bit of it. And even though this is a romance, there are tears. I cried more times reading Kiss Me in Paris than I did watching Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song. Kiss Me in Paris left me hollow when I finally finished it. I feel as if a piece of me was left in the words as I read. And for once, I have a book to call my favorite.” ~Merumei on Amazon

5 stars “A timeless and beautiful love story that will sweep you off your feet, but it’s also much more than that.” ~Amy Conley, Amazon

5 stars “Beautifully drawn characters and stunning pallets that bring you in to Paris itself.” ~Stormy, Amazon

Here are some of our favorite quotes from Kiss Me in Paris

  • “One star breaks off from the others, shooting across the sky, a bright light trailing behind it, and I finally understand why people wish on dying stars. Because something always has to die for life to give birth to a new dream. “
  • “Paris is pregnant with layers of history, colored with the ink of artists who dared to dream of a world only they could see.”
  • “It’s like I’m giving birth from my mouth.” [You’ll understand this when you get to chapter 5. Then you’ll pee your pants laughing.]
  • “It’s the nature of being human that, in our own blindness, we lash out and blind others.”
  • “I think of Winter, of her smile, her eyes, her arms wrapped around me, and I know where home is. It’s wherever she is, and right now she is too far away. My heart has escaped my body and is walking Paris without me.”
  • “She opened herself to him, and, in that moment, she opened herself to the world. Let it hurt her. Let it burn her veins, boil her blood and scorch her heart. For where there could be pain, there could be pleasure and love. She would be cold no longer. She would melt the hearts of others, and in turn, they would melt hers. She would feel the full spectrum of emotions and cry. She would be human. And she would be happy.”

And this is just a SAMPLE. It’s like hearing an inside joke if you weren’t at the party. So go to the party, and by this stretched metaphor we mean READ THE BOOK. Then you can laugh and *le sigh* and cry and be a part of the cool crowd.

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About Karpov Kinrade

Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry KarpovKarpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of bestselling, award-winning authors Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov.

Together, they write fantasy, paranormal, mystery, contemporary and romance and hook readers into new and exciting worlds that will leave you laughing your ass off, crying your heart out and falling in love.

Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in the Kiss Me series, Seduced Saga, the Forbidden Trilogy and more coming soon.

They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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Book Review and Excerpt: NEVER GONNA DESERT YOU (The Underground Series) by Jessica E. Subject (@jsubject)

September 12, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Novella/Short Story, Sci-Fi 1

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The Underground

Never Gonna Desert You

by Jessica E. Subject

Determined to find and bring back her girlfriend, Brook enlists in the next mission to the foreign planet, Airondelle. But the deception at Planet Core continues, and Brook doesn’t realize the depth of her father’s involvement until he orders her terminated. Struggling to stay alive, she quickly learns nothing is as she believed.

Will she ever find Melina? Or will Brook be stuck light years from home, alone, and with a fierce predator hunting her down?

 

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What Readers are saying:

“I loved reading Brook and Melina’s story. Just be prepared that this is a very quick read but has an well developed plot that will keep you interested in the book.” Regina Ross

 “Their sensual interludes are HOT and nicely paced alongside intriguing sci-fi elements.” – J. Faltys

 

My Review

My Rating: 4 Stars

A short, sexy, and exciting read, Never Gonna Desert You combines f/f romance and science fiction. Brook and Melina’s love for each other is forbidden by Planet Core, but they will do anything and everything to be together, and it may cost them their lives.

Even with it’s short length, I found myself very invested in this story and he characters. The political intrigue of a corrupt dystopian society provides the backdrop for the spicy romance between the two women. Sizzling, stolen moments between the couple mix with scenes where they must run and fight for survival and a nearly impossible love. The plot has some twists and turns and quite a few surprises.

A fun, quick read for romance, sci-fi, or dystopian fans alike, Never Gonna Desert You has the right mix of world-buliding and spicy romance. Though Brook and Melina’s story reaches a satisfying conclusion, the intrigue and action of The Underground is just beginning: I’m eagerly anticipating the continuation of this series.

” ‘I love you. I always have. And I promise you, I will never desert you again. I will be glued to your side for the rest of my life.’ “

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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“Let’s go, Malock.” Jager raised his eyebrows. “Or did you change your mind?”

She stood and released a deep breath. Even with her trepidation, she refused to back out now. Melina waited for her. “No, I’m looking forward to seeing Airondelle for myself.”

Brook spun away and rushed to catch up with her comrades. If she revealed her plans, she’d be stopped before she could find her lover. She would have to hide Melina right under their noses to bring her home. She pushed her shoulders back. I can do this. I have to.

The all-terrain vehicles sat loaded with equipment for the mission in front of the swirling mass of the portal. Her father certainly wasn’t wasting any time getting a team back to Airondelle. Crewmembers already filled the first vehicle, so she hopped into the back of the second.

Jager passed around everyone’s mission directives then shoved in on her left. Thank goodness he was the last to load. With his bulk, he occupied both of the remaining seats.

Before she had time to read her personal orders, they proceeded into the portal. She passed through the spinning matter, her body pulled and stretched in every direction. Unknown forces pushed on her chest, making it difficult to breathe. She gripped the seat, hoping she wouldn’t get pulled out. But the awkwardness didn’t last long. The transporter room light years away, clean, fresh air poured into her lungs. The alien vegetation of the foreign planet lined the rough dirt road they traveled. She yearned to explore the flora and fauna on a more intimate level. And she would, after setting up camp.

She opened the folder with her mission directive inside. Instead of the stack of papers detailing what Planet Core expected of her, she found a single sheet.

Her father’s handwriting scrawled across the page. You can never know the truth.

Hard, cold steel pressed against her temple. A gun. Her breath caught. What the hell is going on? She grabbed her knapsack and launched out of the vehicle.

 

About the Author

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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Book Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway: THE SHADOW OF MUDFLAP by Christi Snow and M.F. Smith

September 11, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 4

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Welcome to The Shadow of Mudflap Book Tour! Read my review an excerpt from the book and enter to win a choice of an iPad Mini or a Kindle Fire HD!  *All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Lubbock Red Cross*.

 

About the Book

 

The Shadow of Mudflap

A Foxtrot Team Novel

By: Christi Snow & M.F. Smith

All the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Lubbock Red Cross.

Release Date: August 19th, 2013

 

To us, first responders are heroes. But for them, risking their lives is a normal, everyday thing.

Mudflap:

Born the baby of the family, Mudflap has always had something to prove to emerge out of the shadows of his older siblings. He spent eight years as a Special Ops elite sniper and is now a firefighter. But at his heart, he’s just a normal West Texas good old boy who loves his beer, women and football, until the Department of Defense calls him up to say they need his skills again.

Shanae:

Shanae is a first responder of a different sort. She’s a trauma nurse who works on a medical evacuation helicopter team. But while she lives a life full of adrenaline every day, it’s just a cover for her real life, where she hides in the shadows and is secret agent, Shadowfox for the Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT). She’s living the kind of life that most people think exists only in movies and books.

Working for two different branches of the government, Mudflap and Shanae are in a race against time and the terrorists who threaten the very heart of West Texas life, football. They’re working toward the same goal, but find themselves in a confrontation against each other and the lies they’ve each had to hide behind. Can love win out in the end or will the cost be each other and their very lives?

First responders are heroes every day, but this story tells the tale of when they become even more and find love along the way. The key is for them to stay alive so that they can complete their mission and just maybe live happily ever after.

On an ordinary day, they save lives. On an extraordinary day, they save the country.

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

I had an absolute blast reading this book, and for several reasons. I’m thrilled to be involved in helping to spread the word about this book: all proceeds and from sale of this book go to the Lubbock Red Cross. AND, the book is just plain fun to read! The story is sexy and exciting, just like it’s lovable hero and heroine. Mystery, humor, and great big dash of Texas charm round out this entertaining read.

There’s multiple layers to this fast-paced and action packed story. There’s romance, intrigue, and a football championship that hangs in the balance. I’m a football fan, so this added a fun angle to the story, but if you’re not, don’t be put off, it doesn’t overwhelm the plot. The plot has tons of twists and turns; I was constantly surprised and kept guessing by this engaging story filled with secret military ops and potential terrorist plots.

I was totally taken in by Mudflap and Shanae’s romance. They are both fantastic characters: funny and bad-ass, both are hard-working first responders, and he’s a military sniper and she’s a secret agent! Together, their chemistry sizzles. Their relationship is hot, fun, flirty, and potentially dangerous for them both. But, this meant to be couple just can’t stay away from each other, and I didn’t want them to.

I highly recommend this fantastic read that has excitement and intrigue, romance and heat. It’s a must read for fans of contemporary romance with elements of suspense, strong heroines, and sweet, sexy, charming alpha-male heroes.

“Brushing a tight kiss across the top of her head, he whispered, ‘Trust me.’

Butterflies danced down her spine at the whisper of his breath on her forehead. Just that slight glance of his lips and she was ready to melt in a puddle at his feet. Even though her highly trained head told her to be on alert, her heart already trusted him completely. Not a good position for a spy to find herself in.”

 

Excerpt

 

She took a sip of her wine and looked at him appraisingly. “Okay, now it’s your turn to share. Tell me how in the world you got the name Mudflap. It has to be a nickname, right?”

He chuckled mockingly. “Unfortunately, no. It’s the name that my parents gave me on my birth certificate.”

“Why? And please tell me you’re an only child or that they didn’t do the same thing to your brothers and sisters.”

His eyes sparkled with amusement although he tried to sound annoyed.  “Are you making fun of my name?”

She worked to straighten her grin. “No sir, I would never make fun of a highbrow name like Mudflap.” She giggled. “Come on. You have to tell me the story.”

He sighed deeply before launching into the story. “I have a brother who’s seven years older than me and then twin sisters who are five years older.”

“Ooh, twins run in your family, too. That settles it. We’re never allowed to procreate. We’d end up having a litter,” she teased.

His eyes darkened for a moment as he considered her. A shiver of awareness rolled up her spine, but then he continued. “I wasn’t planned. My mom never forgave my dad for getting her pregnant. To add insult to injury, my dad was out hunting when mom went into labor. I’m not sure what the story is, but mom swears the night I was conceived dad was so horny, he got turned on by a mudflap girl. Obviously, that’s not even possible, but I honestly don’t really want to know what the whole story is. All I know is that mom was hormonal and ticked at dad and I paid for it with my name. She’s since forgiven me for being born, but I’m stuck with the name.”

Shanae snickered. “That is so wrong.” But her lips continued to twitch.

“Tell me about it. I’m the one who’s had to live with the name my whole life.”

“Have you ever considered changing it?”

“Yeah, it’s crossed my mind a time or two or hell, one hundred times, but I figure it’s a good reminder to always use birth control.”

She full-out guffawed at that. “Oh my God.” The snorting continued. “That’s absolutely priceless.” She giggled into her hand.

“Oh yeah, just continue to laugh it up. I see how you are.”

“I’m sorry, but it really is a great story.”

 

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About the Authors

 

Christi Snow

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But…she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.

When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she’d written over 150,000 words and hasn’t stopped since.

She’s found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She’s truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.

Her tagline is… Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She’s loving this adventure!

Christi Snow

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M.F. Smith

Mudflap is a morning show personality for 96.3 KLLL in Lubbock, TX. He’s been on the morning show for seven years and in radio for over ten years. He’s entertained people all over the world, and has helped raise money for many non-profit agencies and charities.

Mudflap loves to see people smile and believes everyone deserves a hug.

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5 Star Book Review: LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Scarlet Chastain (@ScarletChastain)

September 8, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Favorite Books, Novella/Short Story 1

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Title: Little Black Dress

Author: Scarlet Chastain

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Publication Date: August 31, 2013

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book

Never underestimate the power of the little black dress…

Paris: The romance and fashion capital of the world. So what the hell makes Jamie Scotts, an IT geek from New York, think the city of lights holds the answers? Driven by need for change, she lies to her boss about her fluency in French and becomes the company’s first international sales person. Fluent? She can barely ask for directions to the ladies’ room.

Jamie’s a duck out of water with her low maintenance style and New York accent. Her unsuccessful sales pitch almost sends her home, until she meets the epitome of elegance, Giselle Bianchi. An unlikely relationship blossoms as the dress designer takes Jamie under her wing. Giselle’s guidance not only reveals Jamie’s missing je ne sais quoi, but also unlocks repressed passion with the help of a little black dress.

 

My Review

” ‘Show me what a real kiss feels like,’ Jamie whispered. She’d made a transformation over the past month, both physically and emotionally. She was ready to let the old Jamie go, spread her wings and allow the person she was becoming to soar free. Starting with this first kiss.”

Another great story from Scarlet Chastain for readers, like me, who enjoy a book girlfriend just as much as their book boyfriends. A sweet and sexy romance set in Paris, a city thought to be one of the most romantic cities on earth, Little Black Dress had me sighing and smiling, and even a tiny bit tearful.

I love the easy, believable comfort between Jamie and Giselle: the way their romance stems from a genuine friendship. And let’s face it, Giselle’s character, the beautiful, graceful, generous blond with the french accent, is one anyone could have a girl crush on, even if that’s not really your thing. I’m not sure if everyone does this, but I give characters voices in my head and Giselle’s french accent got my heart all fluttery. There’s a lovely chemistry between the two main characters, a building sexual tension, and a little conflict to make the story a little exciting and really get the reader engaged in this relationship.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brief and sexy European vacay, complete with a very well done f/f sex scene. The tentative Jamie finds herself and her true home, and two beautiful women find love and romance in The City of Light.

“Home doesn’t have to be a physical place. Think about it. Home is a place where you feel comfortable.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Book Review and #Giveaway: CITY OF THE FALLEN (Dark Tides #1) by Diana Bocco

September 4, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 8

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Welcome to the City of the Fallen by Diana Bocco Book Tour! Read my review and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a signed copy of the book and swag!

 

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City of the Fallen

Dark Tides #1

By: Diana Bocco

Five years ago, vampires came out of hiding and took over the world. It was meant to be a quick enslavement but it turned into a bloody battle that brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Isabelle Bryant is one of the “lucky” survivors, now living in hiding, scavenging for food through deserted towns.

And she’s tired of it.

So she’s devised a plan: find the king of the vampires and drive a stake through his heart.

Except that wickedly sensual king Marcus is nothing like the monster she expected. And while landing on his bed was part of the plan all along, discovering that he might hold the key to humanity’s survival certainly wasn’t. The catch? Saving humanity also means ensuring vampire survival. It means giving up hope for a return to a human-ruled world.

As sparks fly and hate becomes heat, Isabelle must pick a side — before the darkness devours them all.

 

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Funny how things could change so quickly in a question of days. Funny how your heart could change sides before you even realized it had happened.”

I truly enjoyed reading this fast-paced, exciting, and sexy book. It’s a HOT vampire romance with a post-apocalyptic spin, an action-packed plot, and plenty of twists, turns, and surprises.

I am a definite fan of a sexy, dangerous vampire as a lead, and Marcus (the king of the vampires) does not disappoint! The author does an excellent job of creating a monster with a heart, a terrifying vampire with a thoughtful humanity and a soft spot for Isabelle. He is full of contradictions but with her he does not waver: she will be his. Their instant connection heats up the pages and together they are ON FIRE! Be prepared for some sizzling sex! And as the story moves forward it becomes increasingly clear that their feelings are more than sexual, and that their potential partnership will affect the future of the world’s populations, both human and vampire. Together, they may be able to save what is left of a crumbling world, but just when they truly realize how much they mean to each other, it seems time is running out.

This is a fantastic first book in a series. I am intensely invested in the main characters and their uncertain future. Many questions are answered and many more are raised. What will happen to Marcus, Isabelle, and to humanity in general? A dramatic conclusion left me breathless and the fates hanging in the balance, and I’m desperate to read the next book in this very promising series.

“She exhaled, her soul surrendering. It was a lost battle, trying to deny how she felt. It had been a lost battle for a long time- maybe from the time he touched her. She had been denying her feelings because they seemed like a betrayal to the entire human race, but denying them was a betrayal to her own soul.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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I’ve been a fan of all kinds of dark creatures since I was a kid (even before I discovered Stephen King at the age of 10). If it crawls in the night and tugs at your covers while you’re sleeping, chances are I’ve written about it. It’s probably no surprise that I’m a big fan of old buildings, urban exploring and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and Halloween, of course — but that should go without saying.

Growing up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I ended up not pursuing a degree in Archaeology (although I toyed with the idea for a while) but I did become a huge lover of travel and history. Aside from traveling to all corners of the world, I’ve also lived in five countries in three continents — including three years in Siberia and two in Vietnam. I’m currently living in Thailand.

I have a soft spot for animals (which is why you can be sure that in my stories, the dog will always make it) and right now have three wonderful — but slightly crazy — dogs in my life. And yes, they move with me from country to country. Too bad dogs can’t accumulate frequent flyer miles!

In my other life, I also write nonfiction: articles, books, and even quizzes for the Discovery Channel website. I really can’t help it — I’m a nerd at heart and love research and discovering new things. Could be the Indiana Jones in me pushing me along.

When it comes to life, I’m pretty fearless. I figure life is too short to live it too safely — so I take risks and I try to have fun, whether that means snowshoeing in the middle of Siberia or going ghost-hunting in an abandoned asylum. And yes, I’ve done both.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: LITTLE RED by Trista Jaszczak (@TristaJaszczak)

September 2, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 4

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Welcome to the Little Red by Trista Jaszczak Book Tour! Today I have my review and a *huge* Tour-wide Giveaway*!

 

*Giveaway Details:

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Little Red
Believe Series, Book One

Trista Jaszczak

Genre: romance/fantasy

Publisher: Front Porch Romance

eBook released June 18, 2013 and paperback fall 2013

Number of pages: 207 estimated eBook

Word Count: 62,921

Cover Artist: Charisma Knight: Designs by Charisma

 

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/WW-os9YuHx8

 

 

Book Description

Follow Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past, where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker.

When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his six older brothers, Sam finds her life changing in ways that she never imagined. Filled with feuding families and a little old bayou magic, can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers that their lives and their love possess.

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

” ‘Can two people really meet and decide after on e night they need to be together?’

‘Of course they can.’ I tell her. 

‘I don’t believe in fairytales, though.’

‘When you’re talking to one of the big bad wolves, I think it’s okay to believe in fairy tales.’ “

Little Red is a good read for anyone who enjoys a creative twist on familiar fairy tales.

When Sam’s motorcycle runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere Louisiana, she’s rescued by the sexy and handsome Ethan Parker. An intense attraction brings them in to each other’s arms before Ethan is able to share a very important and dangerous secret. But the wheels of fate are already in motion, and these two lives will be forever connected.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the cast of lovable characters. Of course there’s Ethan, our troubled, sexy hero, who is fighting to be the good man he so desperately wants to be. He (and Sam, or “Red” as she comes to be called) are surrounded by his brothers: funny, protective, loving, and caring; the family Sam never had but wanted more than anything. Sam’s character is a little weak for my tastes but she does show strength when necessary, and she provides a good balance for Ethan.

The story tumbles along, there’s some action and secrets unravel. Red leaves Ethan after their initial meeting, and he must find her and rescue her, and they begin to work on making this strange, unplanned relationship work. There’s some ups and downs, but I was definitely rooting for this couple. The book has a slight lull in the middle, the action wanes and situations become a bit repetitive, but the story picks up in the end. The reader is rewarded with a heart-pounding climax and a lovely, emotional conclusion: a happily ever after befitting this romantic, sometimes dark, but ultimately hopeful fairy tale.

“Things might be a little crazy, things might be a little unconventional but being together seems right , no matter what the circumstances are.”

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Trista Jaszczak (pronounced Jazz-ick) is a writer, military spouse and a mother. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the military sends her and her family, which is currently Anchorage, Alaska. She has a great love for writing, the outdoors, fitness, guitar and the arts.

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5 Star Book Review: VAIN by Fisher Amelie (@FisherAmelie)

August 26, 2013 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult 0

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Title: Vain (The Seven Deadly #1)

Author: Fisher Amelie

Publication Date: (3rd Edition) August 16, 2013

 

My Rating: 5++ Stars

 

About the Book

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah…then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

 

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My Review

“I was also, simultaneously, recognizing something in myself I didn’t know could exist.

I was worth more than the sex I had defined myself with.”

So much more than a beautiful, touching romance: a gripping story portraying the stunning and inspirational transformation of a sad, selfish young woman. When Sophie Price is sentenced to six months working in a Ugandan orphanage, she can hardly imagine anything worse. She is faced with caring for and teaching children orphaned by unspeakable violence and tragedy. What she doesn’t realize is that it will be the best thing to ever happen to her.

I suppose that in the beginning, Sophie was a character that I should “love to hate”. But that wasn’t the case at all; I felt sorry for her. She seemed so lonely, so empty. She was starved for real affection, which she had never received from her parents. She was cold, shallow, and infinitely lost. The book chronicles, with an emotional intensity, Sophie’s powerful transformation. It is a gradual shift, but she slowly gains confidence, empathy, and empowerment. She recognizes her self worth, she learns to accept her mistakes and learns from them. She learns to care for others more than she cares for herself, so much that she would die for them. On a daily basis, the orphaned children and the orphanage’s staff face extreme difficulties: they overcome lack of resources, a beautiful but harsh environment, attacks from LRA soldiers, and the threat of deadly diseases all with hope, optimism, bravery, and just plain hard work.

Adding another layer to the story is the romance between Sophie and the *extremely sexy* Ian (Dingane). He’s strong and intense, but with a humor and lightness about him. He has found who he is, but Sophie causes him to realize that he want, no needs, something more: her. The sexual tension between these two is fantastically intense, made more so by the circumstances: many of their moments are stolen between other important events in the story. The author has achieved the perfect, delicate balance between a beautiful, sometimes challenging romance between two people with similar backgrounds that face an undeniable connection and a story that encompasses a much larger human picture. I rooted for this couple from their first moments together, loved each moment as they grew closer; I cried through their tragedies and hardships, and was ecstatic for their ultimate happiness.

I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. It’s darkness, loneliness, tragedy, and violence overcome with hope, faith, love, innocence, and perseverance. It is stunningly beautiful and powerfully emotional. I cried so many tears but at the end was left with a feeling of lightness. I highly recommend this amazing, unexpected treasure.

“I’d come to Uganda to fulfill a mandatory sentence but was being fulfilled in a completely unexpected manner and happily, with my full consent. I’d come to help teach these children but instead they were teaching me.”

 

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Book Review: JACK STONE- WILD JUSTICE (The Dark Master Series #1) by Vivien Sparx

August 22, 2013 Adult, BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Romantic Suspense 0

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Title: Jack Stone- Wild Justice (Dark Master Series #1)

Author: Vivien Sparx

Publication Date: June 28, 2013

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

About the Book

Jack Stone is the Dark Master.
A tough man. A hard man – and he is sexy as all hell.
When Jack Stone arrives in the small town of Windswept, Arizona all he wants is answers. What he finds is a sexy woman with a lust for BDSM and a secret the locals will kill to keep.

 

 

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A take no prisoners story with a take no prisoners hero. Jack Stone is on a mission. His sister disappeared and he has made it his sole purpose in life to find her. He suspects she has been kidnapped and is tracked in the underground world of sex slave trafficking. His quest for his sister leads him to Windswept, Arizona, a nowhere town where Jack suspect trafficking activity goes on. He blows into town and determined to get to the bottom of things, and potentially rescue two more kidnapped girls.

Fast paced, violent, exciting, and shamelessly sexy, I was glued to the pages of Wild Justice, needing to know what happened next. Jack Stone is a sexy force to be reckoned with, both in and out of the bedroom. He forges an unlikely partnership with local diner owner Lilley Pond, and their chemistry heats up the pages. She also shows herself to be an essential ally when Jack needs it the most.

The story itself is engaging and action packed, and I couldn’t wait to find if and how Jack would save the day, solve the mystery, and rescue the kidnapped girls. When his time in Windswept is over, the strong, solitary Jack Stone leaves the way he came, and leaves the reader wanting more of Jack and his quest for justice.

“She had never known a man like this, he filled her with a sense of awe. It was not only the physical strength of him, nor was it the steady confidence of him. She broke the kiss at last, her eyes wide and fathomless as she explored the the details of his face from the hard, uncompromising jaw line, to the tiny creases and marks of life that had chiseled into features around his eyes and the corners of his mouth that all seemed to heighten the effect of power an strength and determination; the face of a man who lived by his own rules, dictated his own terms to life.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Called to California Stone discovers the sordid secrets of Heston’s Cove and the dangerous man who deals in women, sex and slavery.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: COLLARED FOR A NIGHT by Susan Arden

August 16, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Favorite Books, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 3

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Title: Collared for a Night

Author:  Susan Arden

Genre: Erotic Paranormal

Publication Date:  July 22, 103

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About the Book

All it takes is one mistake to be marked. One bite, she crosses a line…into forever.

Diana Hambre’s body is blazing. For days this leopardess shifter has spun through a body-searing heat cycle. Alone. Her senses reel when Shawn Barclay, her boss, walks into her reserved room at the Downtown Den, a stud club for shifters. He gives Diana a choice: spend the evening with him, give into his every desire, and she’ll find out what it means to quench her heat-crazed thirst—or try her luck with a stranger, one of the club bangers.

Shawn hates when his back is against the wall. One sip of Diana’s pheromone-laced scent is enough to force his alpha hand. The tables have turned and it’s Diana’s back he wants up against a wall, or any other surface for that matter.

As the moon rises toward midnight, Shawn and Diana come to understand the difference between sex and bonding. For a night, neither of them resist their primal instincts, blindly giving into carnal desire. Her wild nature fights being subdued and she risks spontaneously shifting without warning.

Now, bearing Shawn’s bite marks, she can’t simply walk away from him; not when he has the means to teach her to harness her leopardess nature. Shawn accepts the challenge of training Diana to control her untamed cravings. Employing every method available in and out of the bedroom, he discovers he’s on the verge of ensnaring himself in the process.

Warning: Erotic scenes hot enough to peel paint.

 

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My Rating: 5 Big Stars!

” ‘You’re right about this being about sex. But sex is power, make no mistake.’ “

From the intense and sexually charged first pages, to the romantic finale, I LOVED THIS BOOK. It is scorchingly HOT: a fantastic mix of shifters, human emotion, fantastically written sex scenes, all darkly tinged with power, dominance, and submission.

What should have been one night becomes so much more; it becomes everything. Before we even even meet Shawn, the sexual tension in Diana’s first scenes is positively sizzling, and when Shawn enters, the real fireworks start. This book is filled with fantastic sex scenes: at times sensual, and other times edgy and gritty, but always mind-blowing.

I enjoyed every bit of this book, not just the sex. The shifter storyline was woven seamlessly through the human storyline and I soon forgot this was a “shifter book”. Diana and Shawn must face their pasts in order to be together. They must accept their true selves and find a way for two very strong personalities to mesh, despite uncertainties and misgivings. I am crazy about Shawn’s sexy, dominate, protectiveness. He is an extremely strong character; he has to be, if he has any chance at taming the nearly equally strong-willed and powerful Diane.

This book as a whole: sex, plot, action, and romance is intense to say the least. I was captivated from beginning to end. Already a fan of this author, I love how I’m once again impressed by her ability to draw the reader completely in to whichever amazing, unique story she chooses to create for us.

” ‘Your first mistake was believing I’d be fair. When it comes to having you… baby, I’m not playing some game. If there are rules, I’ll break every one of them to get to you. That’s my promise. I get you in the end. I’ll destroy anything -anyone- that stands in my way.’

No more words. Syllables spoken were useless. He kissed her in a way that left them both breathless. He kissed her to remember. He kissed her to make sure she’d find her way back. He kissed hello, not goodbye.”

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“I love to laugh. More than anything in the world, humor is food for the spirit.”

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. Previously, a teacher in the field of special education and biology, now Susan pursues her dream of writing fiction with several releases this year. Crafting sweet and spicy tales, she writes hot love stories across romance genres including contemporary erotic, Western, and fantasy/paranormal. Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.

Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: ABERRANT by Ruth Silver

August 12, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Dystopian/ Post-Apocalyptic, New Adult, Past Giveaways 22

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Welcome to the Aberrant by Ruth Silver Book Tour! Read my review and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card and signed copy of Aberrant!

 

 

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In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence.

Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system. With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

 

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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of Aberrant. The Young Adult/New Adult Romantic Dystopian Adventure, Aberrant is the first in a trilogy, released April 17th, 2013. Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA/NA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She also enjoys photography, traveling and of most of all writing.

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