Thursday, 26 March 2015

Interracial Romance guest post on ARe today

Ever wonder why people are drawn to interracial romance? I'll give my reason today as I guest post on ARe. Stop over and tell me if I'm way off base or right on point (I promise I didn't use a whole lot of cliches in the post).

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review: Hong Kong Heat by Raven McAllan #EroticRomance #Giveaway

Hong Kong Heat by +Raven McAllan 
Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Debra Scotburn never thought of herself as a cougar, until she fell in lust at first sight with a much younger man.

Daniel Van Meister, a trouble-shooter for the Simply Five Star Hotel chain doesn't do commitment, until the older, curvy, vivacious brunette robs him off his ability to control a certain body part.

Unable to keep their hands off each other, they embark on a passion-filled holiday fling.

Surely that is all it can ever be? Daniel's work takes him all around the world at a moment's notice, and Debra is on the last leg of her middle-aged-crisis induced gap year.

When misunderstandings tear them apart, can they both admit their love and find the trust needed to make this more than just a fling?

Available for early download via Totally Bound
Out on general release on eBook and Print: March 27th

My Review
I just took a lovely tour of Hong Kong intermixed with loads of sex. The author did a good job of involving an actual story where I got to know the characters in this erotic romance. The dialogue was filled with light witty banter, but I’ll admit that being more of an American based girl, I didn’t get all of the references or jokes.

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

"You're trespassing. You shouldn't be up here at night."

She stared up at him and grinned. The moon appeared from behind a cloud and his pulse jumped like a flea in a circus. It was her. His mystery lady.

“So I am, or should that be am not?” She swirled her arms and the moonlight caught the ripples and sent tiny moonbeams dancing over the surface of the pool. “Which means unless you’re the night watchman…?” Her voice trailed off mid sentence, on a querying note.

Braam shook his head.

“Then neither should you. So why don’t you join me? Or is jogging the only exercise you do?” She tilted her head to one side and swam in lazy circles around the island in the centre of the pool.
Does she know there’s innuendo in that statement?

“Come on, live dangerously. You know you shouldn’t swim alone at night.” She laughed. “So in actual fact, we’ll be helping each other.”

Why not? Braam pushed the sides of his trousers apart and kicked them off his legs with scant care to creases. The suit needed to go to the cleaners anyway. An over anxious sous chef had made sure of that when Braam had checked the buffet earlier.

He left his boxers on—after all there was such a thing as over-familiarity—and dived in.
The water closed over his head and he pushed to the surface. It was like swimming in a Jacuzzi without the bubbles. The warmth surrounded him as he swam towards the woman leaning against the edge of the pool with her arms stretched out to hold her in place.

“So, hello, Ms Intruder. We meet again.” He trod water and moved his arms and hands to stay in front of her and not move into her personal space. As much as he’d have liked to crowd her, demand who she was and why she was there, he knew better.

“It seems we do. Nothing more mysterious than the ways of the world, eh?” She chuckled and splashed water with her legs. “Is this where I say fancy meeting you here? Or we must quit meeting like this, people will talk?”

There was no doubt about that, especially if the night manager turned the security cameras on. Braam angled his body then swam around the island so that if that did happen, his face wouldn’t be seen. There was one spot where the cameras didn’t reach, but was visible to the lifeguards when they were on duty. As he hoped, the lady swam after him, until they reached what he termed the safe area.
“Are we playing tag?” Her voice was husky and it lifted his libido and his cock by several notches. In fact, his cock was pressing against his boxers and even the water couldn’t   come to his aid so he didn't get harder by the minute. This woman intrigued him.

“I can think of better things to play.”

Her eyes widened and the laugh she gave went straight to his dick and hinted at all things erotic.

“Such as? Ludo? Scrabble, or, I know, Hotel?” She ran her tongue around her lips in an unconscious invitation to plunder and Braam was hard pressed not to groan.

“You show me yours and I’ll show you mine…” Braam paused. “Hotel, I mean, what else?”
She giggled. It wasn’t the silly sound a young girl would make, but a deep, sexy noise. “How about Kiss Chase?”

I'm growing old disgracefully and loving it.
Dh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and rattle around in a house much too big for us.
Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak.
I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I'm often seen procrastinating, by checking out the wild life, looking—only looking—at the ironing basket and assuring tourists that indeed, I'm not the bed and breakfast. That would mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks, and disturbing the dust bunnies as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.
Being able to do what I love, and knowing people get pleasure from my writing is fantastic. Long may it last.        (my page)            (author page)

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My Book Reviews: I don't have to explain, but I will #amreading #amwriting

If you look at a history of my book reviews you'll notice that I've never rated a book less than a three. There are reasons for that and of course here they are in list form:

1. I like buying books. And just like with any other purchase, I'm very careful about selecting the best. My progression of analysis for book buying (don't I sound intelligent?) is to look at the cover, then read the blurb, and then if I don't know the author I'll read some of the free excerpt. This saves me from choosing books which I'll regret having spent time reading. It's like I'm a book buying genius. I went through a couple of month last year where I read all 5's. Best months ever!

2. I rarely have people send me their books. I'd rather buy them myself so that if I don't feel like reading it or if I start it and don't like it, then I don't owe anyone anything (not that I do anyway, though). I have exceptions to this rule. There are some authors who can send me their books and I'll gobble it down within the next couple of weeks. This throws my TBR list all out of sync.

3. If I rate a book a three I'll contact the author and let them read my review. If they want me to post it then I will. A three is not a bad review, it means I liked it, so most of them tell me to go ahead. Some authors ask me what I found wrong with the book and I let them know. These are the kind of authors I like best, always learning.

4. I hate wasting time. If a book isn't good. Then I won't spend my brain power writing a review about it and then posting it. I have too many other books to read.

What's your book review policy?

Monday, 23 March 2015

Review: Shadow’s Curse by Jami Gray #Paranormal

The Blurb
As the leader of the Amanusa, Natasha Bertoi thrives on chaos, but when tragedy strikes the Northwest Kyn, leaving bodies and betrayal in its wake, not even she is prepared for the fallout. With Northwest houses in an uproar and the Wraiths hungry for blood, all her carefully laid plans are put to the test as she wards off the greedy clutches of the ruling Kyn Council. Her plans and pawns are moving along nicely, until he joins the game.

Whispers of treachery draw Darius Abazi to the Northwest in search of justice honed with vengeance. After years of protecting the Council and its secrets he harbors no illusions on how lies can be twisted into truth. As death stalks the Northwest Kyn, he faces off with the beautiful, but manipulative Natasha to uncover the mastermind behind it all.

A dangerous attraction lures the two predators into a deadly game, where one wrong move could destroy all that Natasha holds dear. 

My Review
I have no idea how Ms. Gray does it, but every single book in this series is AMAZING.

I had my doubts about Natasha. From the beginning I knew her to be a, well, let’s just say, not so nice person. It didn’t help that she’s a demon (the most ruthless of the Kyn). But darn it, Ms. Gray made me like her so much that I supported and rooted for her to kick ass (which she did very well).

As for Darius (delicious in both forms), Ms. Gray ensured at the start of the book that the reader didn’t know where he stood or how he worked into the Kyn system. By the end of the book I was in love with another Kyn.

Although all of the characters in this series are dynamic, my favorite continues to be Raine and I got a big enough dose of her to make me even happier with the story.

If you were waiting for more books of the series to be released before delving in then wait no more. Four of these novels will keep you occupied and happy for a while. As for me, I have a fan letter to write to Ms. Gray instructing her to get her behind in gear with book five.

I give this book five out of five mixed white and dark chocolate bars.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Review: Who Am I? How my daughter taught me to let go and live again by Megan Cyrulewski

The Blurb
Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact-and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.

My Review
Every once in a while I have to shake things up in my reading life and throw in a non-fiction book. I chose this one because it seemed like something different and interesting to read. I was correct. This book chronicles the abusive relationship Megan fell into with her husband and how it lead to the gift of her daughter and the heartache and stress that followed afterwards.

I learned quite a bit about the law, postpartum depression, and a couple of psychological conditions. I applaud Ms. Cyrulewski’s direct telling of her story and the strength it took to share it with the world.

I give this book four out of five chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Review: The Wrong Man by Delaney Diamond #InterracialRomance

The Blurb
They have nothing in common. So why can’t they stay away from each other?

Construction foreman Tomas Molina has no desire to settle down. He enjoys the single life too much, with all the choices of women available to him. But when ad executive Talia Jackson becomes single again, they start an affair that has him questioning his beliefs about relationships. And the next thing he knows, he’s the one demanding exclusivity.

Talia Jackson has always done what’s right. Gone to the right schools, worn the right clothes, and married the right man. Seeking a boost when her marriage ends in divorce, she finds comfort in the arms of Tomas Molina, a man who makes her feel alive in a way she never has before. Then an unexpected result of their affair forces her to make a tough decision—stay in the world she’s known all her life, or make a future with the man she’s grown to love.

My Review
This book was amazing. It moved at a pace that got me into the lives of both Tomas and Talia without bogging me down with too much back story. Although their attraction wasn’t instantaneous, having known each other for years before the start of the book, when it did spark it was an inferno.

Tomas’ confidence could’ve been a turn off if it didn’t match Talia’s so well. Both of them set each other off in a teasing manner from the beginning of the book.  I loved the concept of a confirmed bachelor having his head turned around unexpectedly by the woman meant for him. Only neither of them know they are meant to be together.

Ms. Diamond threw in a couple of curve balls to the relationship that had me raising my eyebrows in interest.  Not including the “unexpected result of their affair.”

I give this book five out of five chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

How do you learn about the books you buy? #bookbuying

I'm curious. Not only because I want to sell more books, but because I just want to know. Where do you find the books you buy?

  • Blog sites
  • Friend recommendations
  • NYT best seller list
  • If you are a review blogger do you only read what is requested of you?
  • Do you scroll through the top 100 lists of Amazon or other book sellers
  • From promotion companies?
  • BookBub
  • Fussy Librarian
  • Amazon's recommendations (although they like to recommend my book to me a lot)
  • Books from your publisher
  • Goodreads
  • Facebook
  • Google plus
  • Pinterest


For me if I see a book that I like on a blog site, I'll buy it, especially if the review was good. I also belong to a couple of promotion groups and occasionally I'll review for a blog tour. 

Constantine, my fabulous co-book review is great at finding books for us to read for our monthly posts.

What about you?