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I'm a total bookworm and a romantic at heart. I'm also a little bit of a paranormal nerd so I absolutely love books that are about creatures of the night and allow me to submerge myself into a world of fantasy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dev Peltier thought he knew it all. But one night when not just a Dark-Hunter, but an official member of the Dogs of War sashays into his bar, he realizes that he might have met his match.

Sam was one the fiercest Amazon warrior in her tribe. But when an act of brutal betrayal made her a Dark-Hunter, she's been pissed ever since.

Life fast, fight hard and enjoy the night. That's her credo. But as old enemies and new move into New Orleans, she realizes that Dev just might be the only hope she and mankind have to save the world.


I'm so excited about this book! Dev has always been one of my favorite were characters, I can't wait to read his story. The release date for No Mercy is April 4.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Teaser for this week is form Street Game by Christine Feehan. Here it is: :)

"The newspapers had reported that Dr. Peter Whitney, the brains behind the GhostWalker experiments, had been murdered, yet she'd had contact with him after that time. She had a high security clearance and had continued to help analyze information."

Rules:
1) Grab your current read
2) Open to a random page
3) Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4) BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday's are brought to us by: Should Be Reading

Monday, February 15, 2010

Synopsis:

You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong, Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle yet.

You'd think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we're enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don't get me wrong, Joe Public isn't exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven't stormed the castle yet.

But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person's consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn't make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.

So now my "master," the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn't want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.

Review:

Friday Night Bites was a very enjoyable and wonderfully detailed book. I loved that I could almost see the story playing out in my head, as if the characters and world we real lol. The only issue I had was that I felt that the pace of the fist half of the book could have been faster.


It was so interesting to see how Merit evolved from the beginning of the first book, Some Girls Bite, thru the second. Going from Grad student to vampire to Sentinel of the house couldn't have been easy. I really appreciated that Neill didn't make it seem like a walk in the park, which I thought made Merit easier to relate too. Merit really struggles with her new life and new responsibilities throughout Some Girls Bites and continues learning how to deal in book two. Merit seems to be fighting a whirlwind of emotions in Friday Night Bites. She is forced to return to a family she doesn't consider herself to be apart of, trying to remain somewhat human, and above all doing everything that she can to ignore her feeling for her master, Ethan. Except disdain.

Merit and Ethan's relationship runs very hot and cold one minute they can barley tolerate being in the same room, almost to the point of convincing the reader that perhaps they really do loath one another, and then the next scene it's hot an steamy. There were many times in the book where I became more than a little frustrated with Merit for deluding herself that she doesn't care for Ethan while at the same time shes alienating everyone that cares for her to make Ethan happy. It'll be very interesting to see how their "relationship" will play out in the third book Twice Bitten.

Neill's writing style does a great job of keeping me turning the page. The world that she has created as well as her portrayal of vampires is a wonderfully new and creative outlook and I can't wait to read book three as her series of the Chicagoland Vampires continues.

Cover: 3.5

Plot: 4

Characters: 3.8

Writing: 4.5

Overall: 4

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ravenous Romance and Home Shopping Network

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Voyage to a distant land where fantasy and passion ignite. The Escape with Romance Exclusive 6-Book Collection is a fascinating compilation of stories filled with infatuation, excitement and of course, love. These tales will evoke the internal fires that burn deep within us all. Choose from the 3 collections; the romantically nostalgic Historical genre, the futuristic and supernatural of the Paranormal genre, or the modern-day heroines of the Contemporary genre. Plus, if you can't decide choose the Sampler, which includes 2 books from every genre, so you can get a little bit of it all. Suddenly, reading just got a lot more interesting.

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Escape with Romance Exclusive 6-Book Collection Features:

Historical Genre:

  • "Land of Falling Stars" by Keta Diablo; 192 pages
  • "Force My Hand" by Em Brown; 192 pages
  • "Kiss of Scandal" by Isabel Roman; 192 pages
  • "The Mercenary Bride" by Jamaica Layne; 192 pages
  • "Dark Desires of the Druids #1" by Isabel Roman; 192 pages
  • "The American Heiress" by Roxanne Dent; 191 pages

Contemporary Genre:

  • "Ripping the Bodice" by Inara LaVey; 192 pages
  • "Nashville Heat" by Bethany Michaels; 192 pages
  • "Hot on Her Heels" by Monica Newcomb; 192 pages
  • "The Lady's Choice" by Trudy Doyle; 191 pages
  • "Once an Obsession" by Bella French; 192 pages
  • "Vital Signs" by Jamica Lane; 192 pages

Paranormal Genre:

  • "The Wolfpact" by Jo Atkinson; 191 pages
  • "Stilettos, Inc." by Lexi Ryan; 192 pages
  • "Twilights Edge" by Jo Atkinson; 208 pages
  • "Love in Space" by Lisa Lane; 192 pages
  • "Haunted Seduction" by Morgan James; 192 pages
  • "Loving Daylight" by Malia Sutton; 192 pages

Sampler:

  • "Land of Falling Stars" by Keta Diablo; 192 pages
  • "Kiss of Scandal" by Isabel Roman; 192 pages
  • "Stilettos, Inc." by Lexi Ryan; 192 pages
  • "Twilights Edge" by Jo Atkinson; 208 pages
  • "Ripping the Bodice" by Inara Lavey; 191 pages
  • "Nashville Heat" by Bethany Michaels; 192 pages

Reader reviews from the Home Shopping Network Site:

“I found these books to be well written and recommend them to anyone who loves romance.” Joan, Kentucky

“These books kept me up at night! I bought the Paranormal series and I loved them.” Karen, New York

“Some of the best romance books I've ever read! Every one is a page-turner.” Nightchick, California

“Historicals are my favorite genre. When a friend who frequents HSN told me about this, I had to order them.” Christinereader, New Jersey

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Force My Hand by Em Brown

Independent and always in command, Miss Darcy Sherwood holds her own among the cads and rakes that frequent the dubious gaming hall where she works. When she has the opportunity to exact revenge upon the man who wronged her sister, she intends to provide the arrogant Baron Broadmoor the biggest set-down of his life…by requiring him to be her suitor.

But when the Baron begins to play his role too well, can Darcy resist falling for the man she’s supposed to hate above all others?

Radcliff Barrington, Baron Broadmoor, has no intention of quietly submitting to Miss Sherwood – even if she does hold the deed that could ruin his family. He intends to turn the tables on Miss Sherwood. She must surrender the deed or surrender herself…

Passions flare to erotic heights as Darcy and Radcliff struggle to see who will submit to whom. And all bets are off as to who will win…

Dear Readers,

I'm thrilled to be able to share this story with you. I had a lot of fun writing it and hope you have fun reading it. My inspiration for Force My Hand was the lighthearted Regency era stories of Georgette Heyer (though the hero in my story is a little darker along the lines of a Bronte). If you're not a fan of historicals I hope you might give Force My Hand a try anyway. There's plenty of tension and steamy sex scenes for the adventurous, modern woman. And feel free to leave comments at my website,

Happy reading, Em Brown,

http://www.em-brown.com


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Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo

“If you haven’t read Keta Diablo you haven’t lived!”—Crave More Romance

Diablo has penned a beautiful, haunting love story full of passion, deception, and danger that will leave you breathless and longing for more!—Night Owl Romance

About Land of Falling Stars:

Penniless, her parents and brother dead, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved childhood home during the Civil War. Another bluecoat staggers down the hill, but before Sophia allows him to rob and pilfer like the others, she shoots him. How was she to know it was Gavin, the dark knight of her youth, carrying secrets too horrific to imagine and a passion that ignites her deepest desires?

Greetings friends,

I can’t tell you how honored I am that Land of Falling Stars was selected to participate in ESCAPE WITH ROMANCE through the Home Shopping Network. Here’s wishing each and every one of you a blessed Holiday season. May all your dreams for 2010 come true.

Namaste, Keta Diablo

http://ketadiablo.blogspot.com

Love in Space by Lisa Lane

"Lisa Lane delivers a wonderfully intriguing, suspenseful and highly erotic romance novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more even after the novel ends." Talk About My Favorite Authors (5 stars)

"Ms. Lane embraced all that we love about sci-fi fantasy and heated it up to super-nova proportions. My question for Ms. Lane is, is this a long-term mission? If so, I'm applying for a boarding pass."Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews (4.5 "cherries" and Best Book of the Week pick)

About Love in Space:

Captain Nora Bradley has full intentions of keeping her relationship with former classmate, and now First Officer, Robert Smith, purely professional when she hires him. Things begin to change, however, after bodiless invaders seduce the crew in their dreams, the entire ship becomes infected with a space flu that leads to orgiastic frenzy, and encounters with new alien races challenge all they know about sexual identity and social ideals.

As the crew endures, Nora can't help but profess her feelings for Robert… but can their love endure a mix-up with shape-shifters, the unexpected takeover of their ship, and intergalactic war?

Greetings! I’m so glad you could stop by. My most sincere thanks to those who have taken the time—blog hosts, peers, and readers alike—to support so graciously Love in Space and its fellow HSN releases. Love in Space is a sweet, highly romantic sci-fi space adventure, one I feel honored and privileged to be able to share with all of you. I am an avid fan of pulp science fiction, as well as the episodic space adventure (i.e. Star Trek and Red Dwarf), and it is with great pleasure that I come today to share my tiny contribution to these genres with all of you.

Lisa Lane

http://www.cerebralwriter.com/index.html

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Ripping the Bodice by Inara LaVey

"This pleasing story bears some resemblance to Northanger Abbey, with the heroine’s love of bodice rippers paralleling Austen’s heroine’s love of gothic literature."-- Romantic Times

"If you're looking for a big dose of fun to go along with your romance, look no farther than Inara Lavey's Ripping the Bodice. This story positively sparkles with wit and humor...Along with that humor, Ms. Lavey has given us an absolutely addictive cast of characters who are colorful and well-developed and almost larger than life."--Bookwenches.com

About Ripping the Bodice:

Got sex and romance on the brain? So does Cassandra Devon. She also has hard-boiled
private eyes, dashing pirates, jet-setting super spies and other sexy rogues entertaining her in her surprisingly explicit subconscious. All these erotic daydreams make it hard to stay focused on Cassandra's current dilemma: namely, rebuffing the advances of Connor, a wild Irish rascal who wants to play the starring role in her fantasies. Cassandra is only interested in getting together with Raphael, the tall, dark and handsome man of her dreams. May the best romance hero win!


Hi, all! Ripping the Bodice was originally written as a screenplay back when my best friend and I thought we could make our own movie. Years later, I have three video tapes of footage and my book to show for it! I was (and still am) absolutely delighted to have Ripping the Bodice as part of Ravenous Romance's HSN ESCAPE TO ROMANCE collection. Watching Holly and the HSN hostess/product demonstrator holding up my book during one of the promotional spots is a definite high point for my year! I hope you enjoy all of the books in the collections, as well as the rest of Ravenous Romance's extensive and diverse collection of spicy romances for sale on the website!

Please come visit me at my website and blog at www.danafredsti.com.

Happy reading! Inara LaVey

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Nashville Heat by Bethany Michaels

"The heroine of this superb story leaps off the page with intelligence, drive and a full range of emotions. Michaels has a wonderful ear for dialogue, a knack for writing her heroine into slyly clever predicaments and an equally apparent talent for writing some of the most arousing sex scenes you'll ever read." Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)

"Ms. Michaels' talent as a writer amazed me and had me so enthralled, I could not put this book down. If I could give this novel a higher rating than 5 cups, I would; it will just blow you away! The romance is hot, the sex is sizzling, and the overall storyline is a must-read, cannot-miss story for everyone!" Coffee Time Romance (5-cup review)

About Nashville Heat:

When Sydney Stratton moved to Nashville to follow her dream of making it big in the country music business, she never counted on meeting Dex Wilder, Music City's bad boy country star, let alone hooking up with him!

But just as lust begins to turn into something deeper and Sydney gets to know the man behind the tabloids, revealing photos and a devastating secret surface, threatening any future Sydney and Dex might have together.

Greetings! When I moved to Nashville three years ago, I discovered that it is a city of contrasts. It has a load of old-fashioned Southern charm in the form of honky-talks and Civil War battlefields, yet supports a thriving art and music scene with a metropolitan sophistication. It's down-home friendly, yet diverse in its population. It's a tourist destination, yet a place where people immediately feel at home. I've tried to share some of the places and things that make Nashville such a unique city in Nashville Heat and hope ya'll will be coming to Nashville in 2010 when we host RWA's national convention!

Bethany Michaels
www.bethanymichaels.com

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Dark Desires of the Druids (Murder and Magick) by Isabel Roman


The characters in this book have very strong wills and it was difficult for them to acknowledge the desire for each other's help in the time of need....I am looking forward to reading the next book in this seri
es.- Literary Nymphs

About Dark Desires of the Druids I: Murder and Magick:


Raven Drake wants the freedom to explore all that is restricted to a Victorian lady. Malcolm, Lord Preston, desires her from the moment he sees her, and doesn't allow society's rules to stand in his way. Their tryst is a welcome distraction from witch hunters and political maneuverings. But can it overcome the weight of another man's ring on her finger?


About Kiss of Scandal:

Countess Katria Markova finds her perfectly ordered life, irrevocably altered when a dear friend is murdered. Count Nikolai Orlov will do anything to clear his brother's name, except put Katria in harm's way. From the snowy streets of St. Petersburg to the River Neva's icy depths, they search for the answers to clear Nikolai. But in their search, will they lose each other?

Being a part of the Home Shopping Network's Escape with Romance has been absolutely wonderful! I'm so happy and thankful to have this opportunity.

Isabel Roman

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Loving Daylight by Malia Sutton

Dearcritique says:

"...a great, enjoyable read.... Malia writes with a simple style that keeps the story moving fast and the reader interested in what's coming next.” -- Dear Critique

About Loving Daylight:

Vampire Avenir LaFramboise is over one hundred years old, but he still carries a torch for his first love. When he travels back to Mt. Desert Island, Maine, to meet her descendant, he is swept away by the stunning Sienna. But Sienna's family hides a chilling secret, and if Avenir wants to win her heart, he must help her discover the truth...

Greetings Friends,

Being part of The Home Shopping Network's ESCAPE WITH ROMANCE adventure with all the other talented writers at ravenousromance.com, has been the experience of a lifetime for me. I'd like to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous holiday season and all the best in the coming New Year.

Malia Sutton

http://maliasutton.blogspot.com


As mentioned yesterday escape with romance will be GIVING AWAY FOUR BOOKS (of the seven reviewed by the home shopping network) To participate in this great opportunity to receive one all you have to do is leave a comment about the blitz along with your email address. I would like to give a special thanks to Keta for making this blitz possible. Come back tomorrow to here about her book, Land of Falling Stars!!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Hey everyone sorry I've been MIA for awhile been dealing with some personal issues regarding the opposite sex, which hasn't really put me in a romantic mood lol. But I'm back now!! An to kick it off tomorrow I'm hosting a blog blitz with Escape with Romance through the Home Shopping Network! They will be giving away four books for those who comment on the blitz tomorrow, so please stop by and check it out, following the blitz (on Sunday) I will be posting a review of Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Chloe Neill is the author of the Chicagoland Vampire series. I recently read Some Girls Bite and was very impressed, I can't wait to read Friday Night Bites.

RH: How did you come up with the story Some Girls Bite?

CN: I knew that I wanted to write an urban fantasy series starring a female vampire--which, at the time, seemed like a new concept. I wanted to write about the kind of heroine I might want to be, and I was also really interested in exploring the vampire House structure, and all the rules and regulations that entails.


RH:How many books do you plan to write for this series?

CN: I have about eight planned, and there are four currently under contract.

RH:Do you already have the series planned out?

CN: I have the general arcs for the growth of the characters mapped out. I know where Merit starts, and where I'd like her to begin. Ditto for most of the other secondary characters.

RH:What made you decide to have different houses for the vampires?

CN: Because vampires had been assimilated with humans for so long, I figured they'd have organized themselves into some kind of secret society. I also wanted my vampires to have an allegiance to something--allegiances that could be beneficial or negative, and which would be tested along the way. Houses seemed like a logical way to meld the two ideas.

RH: Will Merit always be the main character? If so, will it always be told from her point of view?

CN: Yes. Merit will always be the main character of the CV novels, although I have considered novellas and short stories featuring other characters.

RH: Are we ever going to find out Merit's first name?

CN: Yes. And that's all I can say about that. :)

RH: Why was it that all the girls who were attacked looked somewhat alike?

CN: Sorry--I can't answer that one. ;)

RH:When vampires commit a crime against humans, like murder, do they just get a slap on the wrist or are more severe measures ever taken?

CN: It depends on the vampire and their relationship with the Greenwich Presidium, the governing counsel for North American and Western European vampires. We learn more about that process in FRIDAY NIGHT BITES.

RH: Why is not drinking, or drinking, from humans considered such a big deal now that vampires no longer have to worry about keeping their existence a secret?

CN: Because some vampires believe that their safety is dependent upon humans not being afraid of them. And vampires figure that humans are less likely to be afraid of beings that are like them. Thus, vampires fear that if all vampires drank, they'd be seen as monsters, and would not be safe from attack (or research...or internment) by humans.

RH: Is every house required to have a sentinel, if not then why have one all of the sudden?

CN:Each House must have a Master; without a Master, there would be no House. But other than that, the Master can decide how to organize his or her House as he or she pleases. Sentinel was an historic position, generally seen not to be necessary during the modern age. Ethan, however, figured that he might as well use Merit's "fame" as a Merit to his advantage...

RH: Which character was the most fun to write about?

CN: Mallory! Her dialogue is so fun to write.

RH: Can anyone be turned into a vampire?

CN: Theoretically, any human can be made a vampire, assuming they can find a vampire willing to convert them (or a House willing to convert and Commend them).

RH: Can anyone be born a vampire?

CN: Sorry--that one's a bit of a spoiler, too. (But it's addressed in FRIDAY NIGHT BITES).

RH: Which male character did you fall in love with?

CN: Oh, definitely not touching that one. :)

RH: About how long did it take you to write the story?

CN: Some Girls Bite, Friday Night Bites and Twice Bitten probably each took about four to six months of writing, although the most intense writing was conducted during the last two months of those periods.

RH: What type of environment do you enjoy most for writing?

CN: On the couch, laptop in my lap, NCIS on television. Or bad scifi movies if it's a weekend, maybe with a little rain outside. Bad weather = better writing.

RH: Did you always want to be a writer?

CN: Not even slightly. I used to hate writing, and wrote my first novel in 2005. Some Girls Bite was my second manuscript.

RH: Do you plan to do any signings in Georgia soon? I'd love to get my book signed. :)

CN: I don't have anything planned at the moment, but feel free to talk to your local bookstores and see if they'd be interested in having me! :)

Thank you Chloe so much for the interview!!