Sunday, March 31, 2013

Heads Up: Week of 3/31/13

There's a lot going on this week!!

On April 1st, we have three giveaways!
There's The Guardians cover reveal, the Blooming Love Blog Hop, and the Cautious cover reveal, so that's three giveaways in one day!!

April 5th, we have a book tour for By the Light of the Moon, which also hosts a giveaway of its own!

That means there's four giveaways in one week, and more than four prizes! Make sure to come back here tomorrow and Friday for a chance to win awesome prizes!


Friday, March 29, 2013

Follow on Bloglovin'

Ever since Google Reader disappeared, I've been hearing of this new way of following called Bloglovin'. This means you can follow my blog on Bloglovin' now!! Just click below and you'll be doing it!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Book Tour: I Kissed A Dog (Giveaway)

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Welcome to the I Kissed A Dog book tour! I Kissed A Dog is a Paranormal Romance / Fantasy book that was released in October 2012!

I Kissed A Dog by Carol Van Atta
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out.
 Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence. 
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract. 
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe. 
This book is the first of the Werewolves of the West series.
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 3.5 stars
I wasn't sure about this book. I mean, it's about werewolves and fantasy, which is a surefire way to gain my attention, but the cover really didn't appeal to me and I wasn't so sure about the plot. But the beginning definitely caught my attention and it remained caught from there.
Chloe is an independent and bull-headed woman who can sometimes have crazy outbursts that make no sense. But she's strong and tries to help in any way possible.
Sometimes I felt like Chloe would make a scene out of nothing, especially in one occasion when Zane tried to pay the bill and Chloe went off on a rant about how he thought her incapable of paying and whatnot. I really, really wanted to slap her in the face and tell her that she was being irrational, especially when Zane was only trying to help and be nice.
Zane is an alpha male type, and he's a sexy one at that. It's obvious that he likes Chloe and tries to protect her, though that doesn't always work out well.
The writing style of the author was a bit strange, and sometimes threw me off. There were flashbacks in the middle of a rant and it cut off my train of thought. There were pauses in the writing and sentence structure wasn't the best. It was a little confusing and would make me pause, but the plot of the story (and my curiosity of what was going to happen) kept me going.
There were some things in the story where I felt like things occurred too quickly or too abruptly, but it wasn't much and it went with the story.
And the cliffhanger. What a cliffhanger! It definitely left me curious about what was going to happen in the next book in the series!
I recommend this book to people who like fantasy and werewolves, and lots and lots of drama.

A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads * Kindle * Amazon Paperback * B&N * Nook * Kobo
Get the book at a discount at: Werewolves and Vampires ... Why? Oh my!

About the Author

Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12. (somewhat frightening illustrations included), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she’s an ex-80’s rocker chick.
 She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetlands of Oregon with one terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered two suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.

Tour Wide Giveaway
2 ebook copies (INT)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review on Echo

Back in December, I reviewed Fated, the first book in this series. So when I saw Echo at Barnes and Noble, I immediately picked it up and bought it. I didn't let it go (just ask my mom) and kept it in my purse until I finished. And now I'm super excited to present...

Echo by Alyson Noël
 She inherited a magical destiny—and a mission to stop a powerful family of dark sorcerers. She never expected to fall in love with one of them.

There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself.  As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace.  But when she learns that his connection to the evil Richter family goes far deeper than she ever imagined, she begins to question if love really can conquer all.

Dace is painfully aware that he wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the Richters’ dark magic—and now his brother Cade is determined to use his love for Daire against him.  Dace is willing to sacrifice anything to protect the girl he loves —including his own life.  But will Daire allow it?  And what if defeating Cade costs not only his life, but his soul too?
This is the second book of the Soul Seekers series.
Age: 12 years and up
Review: 5 stars
Oh my God. Oh my God. That was literally the only thing running through my head when I finished the book. If you thought that this book was going to answer all of the questions Fated left, you were wrong. It answers a lot of those questions, but leaves countless others in its wake.
Daire is still stubborn and thick-headed, but everything she does is with good intentions. Dace does everything with good intentions too, but most of the times I wanted to beat his head and tell him that he was wrong!
In Fated, most of the time it was Daire's head I wanted to beat for all of the choices she made, but in Echo it was obvious she grew and matured. Her choices were better and she had a better grasp on her powers and purpose.
On the other hand, Dace seemed to make more mistakes and choose the worst option, and one of his choices specifically left me screaming at him NOT TO DO IT. Did he listen? Of course not, he's a character in a book. But still, I wanted him to see the mistake he was making and not make it.
Cade is still a complete and total jerk, but we see more of him here and more of his motives, etc. He's the antagonist and I hate him, especially for what Dace decided to do because of him.
There's a lot in this book, just like with Fated, that confuses you until the last second. That's great, because it left me turning the page to figure out what the heck it meant, but it was also frustrating because it kept me turning the page to figure out what the heck it meant.
And the ending. OH MY GOD, the ending. What? What?!?! I am impatiently waiting for the third and final book in the series, Mystic, to see what's going to happen. Because, seriously. The ending is going to shock the pants off of you.
I recommend this for people who enjoyed Fated (duh) and who love strong-willed heroines and love that you just can't help put your faith in. Oh, and evil and action and magic and a bunch of other stuff that leaves you with your mouth hanging open and shut like a fish.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

FFT: Spring

So spring is here!! This means long dresses or t-shirts and shorts, right?

Over here, where I'm living, it's freezing cold temperature. This time last year we were in record-breaking highs, and now? Now I'm freezing my butt off.

Thanks, Mother Nature.

So here I am, hoping really, really hard that spring will come quickly. I'm not talking about the season, cuz that's here. I want the weather.

The weather that allows you to only have to take a sweater and not a long-sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, and a coat just to get to your car.

I want the warm spring breeze that shows us that summer is coming; that allows us to smile and breathe in the fresh air.

Not breathe in the freezing air that makes your lungs feel cold.

So please, Mother Nature? How about some warm weather?

So what about you? How's the weather where you live? Do you want spring weather to catch up with spring?


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Promo Tour: Deadly Deception (Giveaway)

Welcome to the one-day promo blitz for CBL Book Tours!! Deadly Deception is a romantic suspense that came out November 4th, 2012. It is book 1 in the Deadly series and the second book, Deadly Redemption, will be out in the beginning of April 2013.
Don't forget the giveaway all the way at the bottom!

Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck
Dr. Anne Jamison, brilliant neuropsychiatrist , living the concrete jungle life in Minneapolis with her fiancé, prominent attorney, Adam Whitney. The mysterious death of Carter Leeds, her former boyfriend, haunts her to this day. After three years of unanswered questions, a secretive note finds its way to Anne, revealing the possibility that Carter may in fact be alive, and that her very own fiancé may have had a hand in his attempted demise.

Who really is Adam Whitney? Can Anne trust the man she pledged forever with? As deadly secrets begin to unravel, so does her trust. A dark, twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, who will run out of lives and who will walk away, to only be deceived, once again.
This book is the first in the Deadly series.
Age: 18 years and up


Anne stretched her neck muscles as they tightened at just the thought of Victoria. Her attempts to shake the green-eyed monster were ineffective, so she turned her attention to the mystery envelope waving its secretive arms, enticing her to open it. She picked it up and walked over to her mission-style desk to locate an envelope opener. Anne took the silver blade and ran it through the glued seal. The contents trickled out and onto her desk. Colored photographs fanned out in front of her and a white note with red hue writing stared at her.

For My Anneliese


She gasped, feeling her hands begin to numb. Her veins were flooded with fresh fretful blood that burned her chest and pulsated into her ears as the thumping of her heart pounded deep within her. The one person in the entire universe who ever called her by her given birth name was Carter. The room was losing all focus and was quickly becoming dim. But then Carter’s face became clearer, like a luminous apparition pulling her subconscious in deeper. 

About the Author

I think I came out of the womb writing. I published my first poem when I was in elementary school and my first short story was not too far after that. When I had my son, I wrote for various publications about his birth, what we went through as a family and when he was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum I shared his story with others who were going through the same scary process as we had.

Before my thirtieth birthday, I vowed to write and complete a full length book, which I did. I finished two weeks before my birthday. After a couple of frustrating contract negotiations, I decided to take a time out. Earlier this year, I made the decision to get my baby (Deadly Deception) published. With another frustrating contract deal down the drain, I decided that self-publication was my destiny.
Between homeschool awesomeness, domestic goddess duties, city upheaval, extra-curricular craziness, it has been a challenge to tidy the book up and slap a red bow on it. With the help of some amazing editors it's ready with a red bow on top.

Tour Wide Giveaway
Signed paperback (US Only) / eBook (INT)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Tour: The Undesirable (Giveaway)

Welcome to The Undesirable book tour! The Undesirable is the first Mature YA / New Adult book that I've read! And I'm quite happy that it was a good one!

The Undesirable by S. Celi
The Undesirable (Undesirable, #1)
What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie?
Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart.
Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters.
As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker.
While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected.
What Charlotte finds out changes everything.
THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view.
It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war.
Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?
Series: Undesirable, #1
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 4 stars
The Undesirable is a futuristic (no space ships or anything) novel that takes place in the United States. Honestly, it's kind of like a light version of "post-apocalyptic" novels. No apocalypse has happened, but there's a dictator and everything is monitored. Movies, TV stations, everything. The reason behind this is that the government doesn't want people knowing too much.
Charlotte is an independent, 18-year-old girl who's mother doesn't care about her. She's been taking care of herself for a long time now—after all, her mother doesn't—and is all alone.
Then there's Fostino, a 19-year-old boy in the Homeland Guard. Charlotte describes him as having exotic looks, and has a crush on him. He always comes across as being a "true believer," or someone who believes in what the Party (the dictator's government) does.
The first chapter is more of a prologue, giving us a view in what's happening at the moment. And then the second chapter and onwards describes how it all started. From then on, we start understanding what's happening more and more. Through each chapter, we see what led Charlotte to make the choices we see in the first chapter. This goes on until the end of Part One, where we catch up to right before the events of the first chapter.
Right around the middle of the book there's Part Two, that starts where the first chapter left off. From then on we know the whole background and everything, and that's where the real action begins. Not that there isn't action during Part One—there is—but since there doesn't have to be much explaining about history and how things got as bad as they did, there's more room for action.
I really liked the set up. The author gave us a tease in the first chapter that keeps us wanting to read more. Charlotte was a strong character who questioned why they were doing what they were doing. The beginning of Part One was a little slow at times, mostly because the author was explaining the history and the goings-on of the time period. And that's understandable. It is, after all, the year 2072.
The book is mostly action, but the author manages to have some romance in there. Fostino and Charlotte fall in love with each other, but Charlotte doesn't know if she can fully trust him. At times I felt as if Fostino and Charlotte's romance happened really quickly, since it kind of escalated rather quickly.
There were also some inconsistencies in the book. They were minor, but they still distracted me a little. There's a few occurrences where I was left wondering if I had read something right and, going back and re-reading, wondering why it said something different later on. One specific example is that in the beginning, Charlotte describes that she often caught Fostino looking at her, sometimes even catching his eye when she was laughing with her friends. However, a little while later, Charlotte says she doesn't have any friends and that she grew up alone.

Even with the minor inconsistencies, this book kept me interested enough to keep turning the pages and wanting to know what Charlotte was going to do and how the book was going to end.
The book, being part of a series, ends with some problems resolved and some bigger ones ready for resolving in the next book of the series.
I recommend this book for people who like light versions of post-apocalypse novels (Post-Apocalypse Lite? :D) with action and some romance sprinkled in.

A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Trailer

About the Author

New Orleans born Sara Celi has lived all over the United States. She calls the Greater Cincinnati area and the Queen City home.
She’s currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City, and has spent more than a decade working in journalism. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004.
Celi is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive.
The Undesirable is her debut novel.
In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, write, travel, run long distances, volunteer with the Junior League, and fundraise for Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan kids.
Website * Twitter

Tour Wide Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tour Schedule:

March 13th:
Simply Sensational Book Fanatics - Promo
Confessions of a Book Addict - Promo
Paperback Princess - Promo
Just Reading For Fun - Promo
Heather's Book Chatter - Promo
Italian's Brat Obsessions - Promo
CBL Reviews - Review

March 14th:
Charlie, Coffee and a Good Book - Review
Book Treasures - Review

March 15th:
Sincerely Steph - Review
The Fantastical World of Wonders - Promo
Mod City Mag - Review
My Secret Book Obsession - Review

March 16th:
Books4Tomorrow - Promo
Characterized - Promo
Romance Addict Book Blog - Promo

March 17th:
Turner's Antics - Review

March 18th:
The Broke Book Bank - Promo
The Book Cafe - Review
Dawson - Promo
Lily Pond Reads - Promo
Teen Blurb - Review
Magic World of Books - Review
Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After - Promo
The Book Whisperer - Promo  



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Lash

I'm excited to present the cover reveal for Lash! Lash is new adult paranormal romance and is scheduled to be released June 24, 2013.
Lash (Broken Angel #1) by L.G. Castillo
Decades after being banished from Heaven for saving a life he shouldn’t have, seraph Lash is given a chance to redeem himself. His mission: protect Naomi Duran, a young woman who has lost her faith. The assignment proves to be anything but simple when his superiors, the Archangels, withhold key information about Naomi and refuse to restore Lash’s powers. When an unexpected source reveals centuries-old secrets, his trust is shaken to the core, and he begins to doubt those whom he had once considered to be his greatest allies.

Determined to avoid anything that would risk his chances of returning to Heaven, Lash struggles with the greatest obstacle of all—his growing feelings for Naomi. But when her life is threatened by an unknown source, Lash questions the wisdom of the Archangels and his ability to keep her safe.

Soon, Lash will have to choose where to place his faith—in the home he has fought so hard to regain or in the forbidden love he can’t bear to lose. 
Age: 14 years and up

• This Will Be a Trilogy
TBN (Broken Angel #2)
Release Date: Fall 2013
TBN (Broken Angel #3)
Release Date: Spring 2014

About the Author

L.G. (Linda) Castillo wrote her first story when she was ten and has been writing ever since. She took a break from writing fiction and poetry to focus on obtaining her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is now a licensed psychologist and currently works as a professor at a Texas university. Although she has published her psychological research in several professional journals and books, her dream is to publish a novel.

It wasn’t until she found the world of fanfiction that she became inspired to write stories again. She uploaded her first fanfiction novel under the pen name Lacrimosa Moon. With the support and encouragement of her readers (and lots and lots of caffeine), she wrote the first book of the Broken Angel trilogy, Lash, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo 2012).

When she’s not writing, she scours the Internet collecting frequent flyer miles and uses them to travel with her husband throughout Europe. 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Tour: Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body (Giveaway)

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Hello and welcome to the second day of the tour! Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body is romantic comedy mystery as well as humorous women's fiction.
Sunny’s not sure she’s even looking for Mr. Maybe, when her friends decide to find her Mr. Right. Sunny Vale considers herself a dog-loving, romance-reading, homebody. But her life goes from dull to deadly when her book club fires her from her own love life and sets her up on six blind dates- one of whom might be with a murderer. More trouble arrives in the dead of night, in the form of Jake Landon, a mysterious stranger, who breaks into her neighbor’s house and possibly her heart. But Jake is packing more than a loaded gun in his well-fitting Levi’s. 
He brings an arsenal of secrets and plenty of heat to Sunny’s ho-hum summer. Jake Landon finds himself caught up in the capers of the sexy blonde in the house next door. But he has his own agenda which doesn’t involve playing hero to a curvy second-grade teacher and babysitting her panty-puking puppy. He's got other problems like fiery explosions, a missing person...and a parade of jerks Sunny insists on dating. 
Could Sunny’s Mr. Right be right under her nose? Even though Jake is gorgeous, likes her dog, and has abs she can crack an egg on, can she really go out with him if he’s just murdered her next door neighbor? Women of all ages will enjoy this tale of humorous, women's fiction, that also has a touch of cozy mystery in this small town love story.
Age: 18 years and up

About the Author

Jennie Marts has been dreaming about writing a novel since she was in fifth grade and self-published her first Nancy Drew style mystery to a small readership of family, teachers, and two friends.

She lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. Tucker, her golden retriever, was the inspiration for the dog, Beau, in this story.
Jennie enjoys being a member of (RWA) Romance Writers of America, the Pikes Peak Chapter of RWA, and Pikes Peak Writers.

Jennie spends her spare time playing volleyball and reading and believes you can't have too many books, shoes or friends.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Visit her website at or follow her on Facebook.
Tour Wide Giveaway

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Promo Tour: Drama Queens With Love Scenes (Giveaway)

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Welcome to the one-day promo tour for Drama Queens With Love Scenes! This book is speculative fiction and gay romance, and came out December 21, 2012.

Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They're not crazy about the idea so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.

They are soon drawn into the world of theatre - Afterlife style, with all the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego usually associated with the mortal world.

Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.

Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.
Age: 18 years and up
Add this book on Goodreads

Book Trailer



The music had become upbeat since we entered. Nellie gently swung her hips while one hand snapped in rhythm to the beatnik-like tune. The drummer and the guitarist played it hip in dark sunglasses, as if posing for a fashion shoot. The spiky haired bass player soulfully strummed his instrument like it was an extension of himself. I wanted to be his groupie ready to take on his deep throbbing melody.
Around us, groovy patrons found their swing. With arms waving and bodies gyrating, they crowded the floor.
“Is this jazz feel too cool for you, Guy?” I asked.
He propped his chin on both hands, staring at us through blurry eyes and gesturing more gracelessly as the orange liqueur took hold.
“In this state,” he mumbled without moving his jaw, “I could even listen to Barry Manilow.”
He downed his drink as if it was water waiting for a marathon runner.
“Come on guys,” I said. “There’s a party in full swing. Why aren’t we dancing?”
I shuffled my feet into the crowd, holding hands with my drinking companions. We oozed into the jumbled rhythmic pulse of the bodies twisting and spinning around us. There was no Warwick or Pedro here to make me sad, just a group of friendly strangers sharing the beat.
Guy created his own tempo as his hands clapped out of synch. Even his wings got into the act, making him look like a seagull caught in a fishing net. Maudi’s upper half gyrated back and forth, yet still poised like the cultivated lass she was.
I danced with them but somehow in my own space, wanting to shed my skin and take the joy of this party home with me, albeit with just the bass player. The primal pulse of his talents would inject the same life into me as he was to his instrument. We’d come alive, sweaty, breathless, ecstatic!
“Allan, darling,” said Maudi. She leaned over to my ear like Mata Hari about to share a password. “That bass player is sober. You are drunk.”
“So if you approach him you’ll look like a sleazy rogue.”
“How did you know I was interested in him?”
“Sweetheart, nobody here can miss your unsavory curiosity. You’re slobbering over him like he’s a juicy peach.”
“And how I’d love to nibble on that peach. And that banana as well.”
“Dear, take the matter in your own hand. No one will get hurt.”
“What about friction rash?”
She shook her head. As she pulled away, Guy gazed at me, clawing his hand and purring like a tiger. Was he sending me up or saying he was horny as well? I considered it. My sex life was on life support, but would I go to hell for sleeping with an angel?
From that moment on, the rest of the soirée was a bit of a blur. I recall being chatted up by a sexy bald headed gent in a white safari suit, or at least I’d like to think he was chatting me up. Guy danced on one of the tables to a jazz version of “Shaft.” Hearing Nellie croon “Shaft” was equally bizarre. A dreamy guy was sung “Happy Birthday” while blowing out candles on a cake.  Some poor elder tripped backward onto the cake. I think a group of girls helped him scrape the baked delights from his shirt, but they seemed a little anorexic so perhaps they were just hungry. I believe a man was dancing in white boxers, or maybe he was a stripper?
“Here, try this.”
While my head was filled with delightfully twisted fantasies of me and the bass player, the birthday boy sidled up and shoved his finger in my mouth. Rich gooey white chocolate melted down my throat.
“Is that the sample pack?”
“If you play your cards right. Besides, I have a mad desire to show off my birthday suit.”
“Do I get to blow out the candle?”
He grabbed the back of my head and pulled my mouth to his moist lips. Our tongues swam, locking us to each other. An addiction I didn’t want to break. I could hear the bass urging me to take this man home. Its sensual strum wouldn’t lead me astray. But this man would, with all the right moves.

About the Author 

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. 

His longest running passion is a weekly radio program he produces with Warren for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander station, Koori Radio. Since 2004 they have been discovering music, both new and old, and interviewing local artists and community leaders. Every Friday night, The Rhythm Divine is heard across Sydney and via the world wide web.

Tour Wide Giveaway (International)
Either a Kindle, Nook, or Paperback, winner's choice.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Review on Playing The Maestro

I received this book from the publisher (via NetGalley) for an honest review. I thought it was a short fun read, and I was not disappointed.

Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne
Playing the Maestro
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.
Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?
Age: 16 years and up
Review: 4 stars
We start out with Melody Mires, a professional flutist for the Easthampton Civic Symphony. She’s been through some tough dates with musicians and swears not to date a musician ever again. But then she sees the symphony’s new director: Wolfgang Braun. Named after the amazing Wolfgang Mozart, this man is well-toned and sexy as well as brooding.
Some circumstances push them together (quite hilariously at times) and they fall in love. There were some parts where I did feel like they rushed into the romance, especially since they both didn’t really want to get into a relationship at the time.
Nevertheless, I really liked Wolfgang—or Wolf, for short—and loved the type of person he was. He loves music (he is a conductor, after all) and was incredibly nice and loving. He was involved in many charities as well, and every time he did something sweet I just wanted to hug him and never let go.
Melody was a strong character, and I always like strong female characters. Melody was smart but also listened to her heart. She was sweet and caring—the perfect match for Wolf.
I would have liked to know more about Blake and why he did what he did. It felt as if the book glossed over that a bit. Blake did some bad things, but when he got in trouble for them, there wasn’t really a solid explanation for it. I kept waiting for some piece of information to come out explaining why he did what he did.
One thing that I especially loved was the music interwoven with the story. It was obvious to me when I started reading the book that the author had a large knowledge of music as well as orchestral life (turns out she’s a professional flutist, just like Melody!). There was some terminology there that, had I not been in an orchestra myself, would have confused me. Even so, the author’s passion for music and orchestra shone through this book. It reminded me how much I love music and was a great part of the book.
This was a short and sweet type of book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a little music with their romance—and a sexy German man to go with it.

A free copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cover Reveal: Vertical Drop

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Presenting the cover for Vertical Drop, an erotic novella set to release in May!

Vertical Drop by L.J. Anderson
It's their last summer before college and best friends, Nola and Kelly, plan on spending their days by the pool reading, swimming, and soaking up the sun.
Unfortunately, Nola's hopes of enjoying a peaceful summer go up in smoke when her punk ass brother, Parker, returns home from a two year stint in reform school.
It isn't until Kelly begins dating Parker, that Nola realizes her stepbrother isn't the same asshole he used to be. He's changed for the better, and now he's damn near irresistible.
How long can Nola hide her feelings when the one person she can't have is the one she desires the most?

 Expected Book Release: May 2013
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations

About the Author

L.J. Anderson is an American author, and child of the eighties living in Alabama with her supportive husband. She is an avid reader of Erotica, Romance, and Dystopian fiction, and enjoys dabbling in graphic design and photography when she isn’t peddling smut.

Writing was never something she imagined herself doing when she graduated high school in 2002 with the aspirations to become a world class chef. Though L.J. never made it to culinary school, she pushed forward, working various jobs while using her free time to indulge in more creative exploits. She still enjoys cooking, but writing has become her true passion.

Her recent releases include Sophie’s Sweet Temptation—the first in the Sweet Temptations Series, Tied to You—a bondage and dominance tale, and her most recent is Their Little Girl—a M/F/M Menage. Her next release will be book two in the Sweet Temptations Series—Sophie’s Sweet Surprise, followed by Sophie’s Sweet Seduction and many more to come.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review on Behind Palace Doors

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Welcome to the release day of Behind Palace Doors! When Jules Bennett's assistant, Jill Wymer, asked me to review this book, I was incredibly thrilled! I love Jules Bennett and have read Caught in the Spotlight, the first of this series and it was amazing. Without further ado, here it is:

Behind Palace Doors by Jules Bennett
Behind Palace Doors
"I have a proposition for you."
Their marriage has all the makings of a great romantic movie: a beautiful Mediterranean setting, a handsome prince and fantastic sex. Too bad it's not real. When Prince Stefan Alexander weds Victoria Dane, the agreement between friends is supposed to be in name only to secure his crown. But it doesn't take long for buried passion to erupt....
Victoria gave up a lot for this seemingly fairy-tale life with Stefan, but all too soon she discovers she's fallen in love with the "Playboy Prince." Now Victoria must fight for what really matters. Because the one thing she can't give up is him.
Book 3 of the Hollywood series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 4.5 stars
Stefan and Victoria have known each other since their teens, and they’ve been best friends for all that time. Stefan is a prince of Galini Isle and in order to become king, he needs to be married. The only person he can think of to ask this is Victoria, since he doesn’t want a clingy wife.
Victoria is a strong woman who has been burned by love before. I really liked her and her loyalty to Stefan. She dropped everything to help him with his problems and even agreed to marry Stefan in order for him to get the crown. Who doesn’t admire a girl like that?
Stefan is a renowned playboy who only loves his family. He doesn’t want love in his marriage because he feels love ruins everything that loyalty has to offer. I really liked Stefan (I mean, who doesn’t love those flirty, sexy bad boys?) and I loved his and Victoria’s relationship.
There was one part when I felt like Victoria overreacted to something Stefan did, but it was necessary to the plot and I understood where she was coming from.
I loved their flirty banter and I loved watching their relationship grow from friends to lovers. It was such a sweet story and I was rooting for them the whole time. Even though it could be considered short (my version was 196 pages), I felt it was the perfect length for such an amazing story. It didn’t feel rushed and there were no loose ends. Everything was covered and I almost cheered out loud when everything worked out.
I strongly recommend this story for people who love sexy princes, strong women, and an amazingly sweet story.

A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.