Thursday, 2 July 2015

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Review: The Lightning Prophesy by Emily Cyr #ParanormalRomance

Happy summer everyone. That means people are on vacation either chasing their children or reading. Maybe something in between is going on, too. 

This month we got into a paranormal romance. I hope you’ll take a moment to head over to Constantine and then Baryeh’s blogs after you finish with my review.
 The Blurb

Delaney Hagen’s power to control lightning is unique, even among witches. That uniqueness has caused her to run and hide from her kind - and the other supernatural beings in the world. Finally, after years of running, she feels safe enough to settle down. But her life’s calm is completely destroyed when her best friend is murdered. Delaney teams up with the mysterious and sexy Reid Jamison to figure out just what is going down in her world. Delaney will have to make a choice between her life and love. Will she be the product of a prophecy or will her fate be changed?Reid Jamison knew this case wouldn't be easy. But, with the money the Coven was throwing at him, how could he say no? When he met Delaney Hagen, his whole world began to unravel. Faced with a prophecy, murders, love and betrayal, will Reid be able to hang on to this new world? Or will it slip away?

My Review
The story is wonderful.  A witch with little control over her powers meets and falls in love with a werewolf as they attempt to find who’s killing witches on the East Coast.  The heroine, Delaney, had me laughing with her flippant comments and the situations she got herself into, especially with her friend Troy who was a hoot and a half.

Reid had me fanning myself with his hotness. And I adored the way Reid and Delaney’s romance combusted, from the moment they met, to… I don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to read and find out for yourself.

As I mentioned I really liked the story, but found it could do with some more editing. I found the plot to be intriguing and had difficulty putting it down once I started it so I would’ve given it a higher rating if all had been well with the editing, but it wasn’t. That’s what dragged my rating down.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. You can purchase it from Amazon (where I cashed in my gift book) if you so desire.

This is not a stand alone novel.

I give this book three and a half lightning shaped chocolate bars.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Review: Scarred (A Damaged Souls Novel) by Twyla Turner

Prelude to a review: I was introduced to this book when I read a review of it on Book Swagger. The way she raved about this book had me wanting to order it right away, but I hesitated. Only because I’m a romance junky, and its rare that I ever want anything gritty to get in the way of my romance. Rape is gritty. 

After reading a reply response to a comment I left on Book Swagger, I decided to go for it. This book has been on my mind ever since I ordered it last month. When I finally read it took me two days to read it. I’m a slow reader so two days means I spent most of the night awake reading it.

The Blurb

Alexis Bolden has seen her fair share of tragedy and experienced enough abuse to last a lifetime. Witnessing the double murder-suicide of her parents and dealing with a string of abusive losers, Lexi often found comfort in the brutal ritual of 'cutting'. And now, narrowly escaping with her life after the last episode of abuse, Lexi finally finds the courage to press charges and start a new life. 

Meanwhile, Sloan Stryker, a war veteran suffering from the physical and internal scars of war and bouts of PTSD, has found himself estranged from his disapproving parents, no job and homeless. 

Through a chance meeting and dramatic rescue, an unusual friendship develops between these two wounded people. Can they work past their damaged souls to finally come together? Find out in Twyla Turner's new erotic romance, Scarred...accompanied by a sensual auditory journey.

My Review
Unsure about how I’d be able to handle the harsher aspects of this book, I took the recommendation of a book blogger and dove in. Scarred is an amazing story. The words: Real, honest, and beautiful came to mind as I read it. From the first wince inducing scene to the last, there’s something about this book that had me not wanting to put the book down.

As indicated by the title, both the heroine and hero go through life changing issues that leave them with scars. As always with destiny, they find themselves in the most natural of ways and with their encounter healing begins.

Alexis is a spectacularly generous woman and she's strong in her own way. I really appreciated this about her. She’s a survivor. So is Sloan. A man who started out strong and then ended up low only to be helped up so he could revive again.

I can’t stress enough just how beautiful the story was. The grittier aspects of the story added to its wonderfulness without drawing away from the romance.

I’d give this story a five, but I had a little difficulty with the editing aspect of it which sometimes drew me out.
I purchased this book from Amazon.

I give this story four out of five house shaped chocolate bars.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

And the Winner of the $5 Amazon gift card is....

I love announcing winners. Giving makes me happy and this Favorite Heroine's Blog Hop Giveaway has opened my eyes to a whole new set of heroines.

And the winner of the $5 Amazon gift card as chosen by for the Favorite Heroine's Blog Hope Giveaway is:

Kim Talbot

Congratulations Kim. A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by my blog.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Guestpost: Writers Read What? by Jami Gray #UrbanFantasy #Free

I'm hyper excited today because Jami Gray, author of my beloved Kyn series here to let us know a little about what happens to her when she read and writes at the same time. 

You lucky readers get to read her first novel for FREE when you order it from Amazon. I highly recommend it and all the other books in the series.

Confession: I’m a writer, and I can’t read in the genre I'm writing in, until my story is done. Weird, right? Maybe.

Writers are told, if you write, you must read. And read I do. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest blessing of having an e-reader is that it doesn't take up as much space in my purse/backpack/luggage as paperbacks, nor does it encourage my Igor impression since one e-reader weighs weigh less than five to six paperbacks.

I'm a huge reader of a wide variety of genres because, if the story's good, I'm there. Those characters and worlds that suck you right in and haunt your every waking moment are like boxes of the finest chocolate for me. So, imagine my surprise when, early on in my writing career, I discovered what I read impacted what I wrote.

Now, I wasn't going around repeating word for word what I read, but my developmental process on story arc or character motivation would take turns that weren't true to my story. For a bit, I worried perhaps I'd lost my writing mojo or my Muse had decided to go into the witness protection program. Then, one day as Raine and I were discussing a potential situation, I realized why her voice sounded...well, off.  Somehow, she was channeling the heroine of the book I was currently reading.

Horrified, I immediately cut of all communication with Raine and sent her far, far away.  Then I quickly finished up the book I was reading (because you do not quit half way through a damn good book, ever), took a deep breath, and began examining the puzzle pieces of my creative process.

When I identified the exact moment, the actual decision Raine made that was completely foreign to her nature, I was then able to correct it, and get my story back on track.

Phew, crisis averted. I then had to deal with the very real withdrawal effects of not reading for the next few months as I finished my story. No way did I want to fall into that sneaky little trap again.

Of course, after the words THE END were typed, I engaged in a reading binge to end all reading binges. When I finally surfaced, I realized that because my creative process is a constant spinning mess in the back of my mind 24/7, I needed to keep a clear line between my current works in progress and what I read when working on them.

When I work with Raine, Xander, and Natasha, I suddenly devour romantic suspense or non-fiction pieces. When Cyn took up residence, I went right back to my first love, Urban Fantasy and Fantasy. So long as I can stay away from the same genre I'm writing in, I'm okay, and my story lines tend not to tangle. Plus, I find some really cool books out there. (THE HERETIC by Joseph Nassise is awaiting my dining pleasure).

Right now, I’m in-between projects, and am pondering a new series. I’m indulging in the finest selection of chocolates books—offerings by Joseph Nassise, Christine Feehan, Jennifer Ashley/Jennifer Lyon, Suzanne Johnson, Cristin Harber, John Patrick Kennedy, and oh so many more.

However, I'm not starving, because as soon as those are gone, I have a very long list to pick my next entrée from. So long as I don’t eat what I write, I should be good to go.

Since I know I'm not the only one out there, here's a question:

Readers--do you tend to stick to one genre at a time or do you mix it up?

Writers--what do you find yourself reading when you're in the midst of writing?

Pick up SHADOW’S EDGE for FREE for a limited time and dive into the shadows of the Kyn…

SHADOW’S EDGE, Kyn Kronicles #1

Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially the monsters…

When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to partner with the sexy Gavin Durand.

As the trail leads to the foundation haunting Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.

Shadow’s Edge: Bk 1 of Kyn Kronicles



Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with the voices in her head.

PSY-IV Teams (Paranormal Romantic Suspense series w/MuseIt Up Publishing)

Sometimes death is the only way to out run the past…

Changing the past is impossible, a fact ex-marine, Cynthia Arden, understands all too well. Struggling with the aftermath of a botched mission, a panicked phone call brings her home to face a killer’s game. Unfortunately, the distracting Kayden Shaw returns as well, the one man she thought would stand by her, until he chose his job over her.
To survive, will Cyn risk her heart or lose the man she loves and her life?

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Review: London Calling by Nana Malone

The Blurb
But then, for photographer, Xander Chase, most things came easy…except love. His portraits are renowned for revealing the heart and soul of his subjects, yet, he keeps his own heart hidden behind a playboy facade. All he cares about is revenge, and for that, he needs a stand-in girlfriend for a weekend fling.

Struggling actress, Imani Brooks, has been offered the coveted role of a lifetime…playing the part of an escort in a renowned play. When Xander proposes a weekend of research in Paris, she jumps at the chance. Their pretend relationship is the perfect way to dig into her role. She just has to remember that what they have is only for show. Xander is not the kind of man to fall in love. 

Love is harder that it looks…

Everything goes as planned until passion erupts and blurs the line between fiction and reality. Can Imani get past the walls Xander’s built around his heart and find the real man hidden behind the camera lens? Or will Xander’s hunt for revenge leave her heart in shreds?

My review
As soon as I read the last pages of London Bound about Alexi and Abena's romance, I wanted to read Xander’s story right then and there. What type of woman would the complicated man end up with?

Imani was a perfect match for Xander. Someone confident who took no nonsense and knew how to handle both herself and him. Their attraction still has me smiling.

The thing I liked most was the depth of the romance. Onion layers were peeled while reading it and it progressed smoothly with all facets of emotions getting involved.

A wonderful series that I hope doesn’t end. There are some characters that I’d really like to see get hooked up.

I give this book five out of five Great Britain shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Friday, 19 June 2015

TRR Sizzling Summer Reads- $5 Amazon gift card giveaway

 Hi Everyone. It's question and answer time for today only at The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Party. Head on over and answer my question and enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card. I promise it's not a difficult question.

But don't just stop at my question. There are lots of other prizes to be won. 

Remember that Destiny Mine is also on sale for 99 cents, but only for a limited time (I'm talking two more days) at Amazon.

The Blurb

Extraordinary midwife, Esi Darfour, is looking to get married. She’s a master matchmaker but has no luck when it comes to her love life and has yet to find a man worthy of her. Until she has to deal with gorgeous Dr. Adam Quarshie outside of work.

Adam is a player who refuses to get married—ever. His interest lies more in getting her into bed than in having any kind of committed relationship. Esi’s matchmaker instincts warn her to run in the other direction as quickly as possible, but her heart insists she stay…get closer…and see if what they feel for each other can change his mind.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G. A. Aiken

The Blurb
Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. But I thought I was finished with the one dragon I'd have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.

So if Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn't need it--namely me--I'll let him. Because while I'm trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I'm going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat...

My review
I’ve been waiting for this romance to set off ever since Izzy and Eibhear first met. I love their relationship. I got to see them grow from teenagers (a little higher in number for the dragon but same mentality) and mature into fierce warriors. And I’m not going to get started on their passion because I’d never stop.

After Annwyl and Feargus’ story I have to say this is my second favorite (might I add that the others were fabulous). I think I fell so in love with their story because I already knew and liked these two characters and wanted them to be together from the beginning. Amazing writing that made me laugh, gasp and cheer.

Do yourself a favor and get hooked on this series, you won’t regret it.

I give this five out five battle ax shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon as a book bundle.