Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Interview with Linda LaRoque and Giveaway!

First, let me just say that I am a HUGE fan of Linda LaRoque's work! During this interview with Linda, you'll learn more about her book "A Marshal of Her Own" and of course the wonderful writer behind the fabulous book. So without Delay, let's get started shall we?

Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.

A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

My part of the blog tour centers around Women of Controversy .... Ohhhhh yeah baby! You know you love reading about the controversial women.

Women of Controversy in Waco, Texas

My time travel romance, My Heart Will Find Yours, is set in 1880s Waco, Texas. Located on the Brazos River, in its early history, Waco was known as Six-Shooter Junction. Trail drives herded their cattle across the Brazos in Waco and the cowboys usually spent time in the bawdy houses of the Reservation or Two Street as the red-light district was known. Drinking in the multitude of saloons and card games sometimes led to fights, often involving the use of firearms.

When the suspension bridge opened in 1870, and the railroad arrived in 1871, business in Waco thrived. Trail drives repeatedly lost cattle when herding their livestock across the Brazos. It wasn’t uncommon for a man to be caught in the undertow and drown. Cattle bosses were willing to pay the 50 cents per animal to get their cattle across safely.

In her book, A Spirit So Rare, Patricia Ward Wallace broaches the topic of how women forged a path in the early history of Waco. Her chapter on prostitutes is titled Women of Controversy. Since prostitution plays a minor role in my western time travel romance, I’d like to borrow her title and share some of what I learned.

The first noted record of prostitution in Waco is documented in an 1876 city directory. Matilda Davis of 76 N. Fourth St. is listed as a madam with 10 occupants in her house. The women listed their occupation as actress. Waco had no playhouse at the time. In 1879, the city issued the first license for a bawdy house for an annual fee of $200 and a good behavior bond of $500.

Waco officials legalized prostitution within the Reservation in 1889 making Waco the first town in Texas and the second in the United States to condone a controlled red-light district. Madams paid a yearly fee of $12.50 for each bedroom and $10.00 for each bawd. Prostitutes paid an additional $10.00 license fee and paid the city physician $2.00 twice a month for a medical exam. This guaranteed they didn’t ply their trade outside their designated territory and were disease free. The city prohibited drinking within the area. Fines for violators ranged between $50 and $100. With the large number of prostitutes it’s easy to see the city benefited from trade within the Reservation.

Prostitutes were prohibited from being seen on the streets outside the Reservation yet they were allowed to trade with local businesses. No more than two at a time could travel via a city hack to the stores. Usually tradesmen sent clerks to the curb with merchandise. Some store owners required the prostitutes to stop at the back door.

Life was hard for these working girls. Violence abounded in the bordellos as did drug and alcohol use and abuse. Though licensed, the police had little to do with the establishments. The madams disciplined the women in their houses and maintained order among their clientele. On occasion the police were called when robberies or assaults occurred.

Waco’s most famous madam was Mollie Adams. She had worked in another house but in 1890 opened her own three-room operation. By 1893 she had a seven-room establishment. In 1910 she’d obtained enough wealth to commission a house to be built by the same firm that built the First Baptist Church of Waco and the building now the Dr. Pepper Museum. Her home at 408 N. Second St., had indoor plumbing, electric fixtures, two parlors, a dance hall, and a bell system wired to every room. Her portrait, included here, hung over the fireplace. Though wealthy at this point in her life, she died in an indigent home in 1944. Lorna Lane, the madam in Madison Cooper’s epic novel, Sironia, is supposedly modeled after Mollie Adams.

In 1917, the US Government ordered cities with military bases to shut down red light districts to protect the health of America’s soldiers. Not wanting to lose Camp MacArthur and its 36,000 troops, the city shut down the Reservation in August of 1917. It is rumored some bawdy houses managed to continue business through the 1920s.
References:
Wallace, P. W., A Spirit So Rare, pp. 148-156.
http://wacohistoryproject.org/Places/reservation.htm


Now, let's check out "A Marshal of Her Own" .....

Blurb:
Despite rumors of “strange doings” at a cabin in Fredericksburg, investigative reporter Dessa Wade books the cottage from which lawyer, Charity Dawson, disappeared in 2008. Dessa is intent on solving the mystery. Instead, she is caught in the mystery that surrounds the cabin and finds herself in 1890 in a shootout between the Faraday Gang and a US Marshal.
Marshal Cole Jeffers doesn’t believe Miss Wade is a time traveler. He admits she’s innocent of being an outlaw, but thinks she knows more about the gang than she’s telling. When she’s kidnapped by Zeke Faraday, Cole is determined to rescue her. He’s longed for a woman of his own, and Dessa Wade just might be the one—if she’ll commit to the past.

Sounds good right? Well check out this excerpt!

Dessa stood still and watched as they conversed. Something stank to high heaven about this entire situation. Why were the cops chasing robbers on horseback? It’s not like Fredericksburg was that isolated. She glanced at the captured men. The boy moaned, and she made a step to go over and help him. The Marshal spun, and the expression in his eye froze her in place.
“He needs first aid.”
“He’s fine. The Doc will tend to him when we get to the jail.”
“You could at least call 911 and let them patch him up for you.” She nodded to the man lying so still with his eyes closed. “Your other prisoner doesn’t look so good. He’s going to die on you if you don’t start CPR or get him some help.”
“Lady, no one is going to hear a yell from out here. Never heard of any 911 or CPR.” He propped the hand not holding the shotgun on his hip and threw her a disgusted look. “Are you blind? That man is dead, shot through the heart.”
Her head swam for a moment, and she struggled not to give in to the sensation and faint. She drew in deep gulps of air. “Well...well..., what about the coroner and the meat wagon, not to mention the CSI folks? If you don’t get them to record the scene, how are you going to cover your butt? The authorities might say you shot him in cold blood.”
He looked at her like she’d sprouted an extra head. “I don’t know what the hell you are talking about woman. No one will question my authority. I’m the law in this county. Now, be quiet, or I’m going to gag you.”

So Linda, where can we find A Marshal of Her Own and is it a part of a series?

A Marshal of Her Own will be available now at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and other online book stores. It is the sequel to A Law of Her Own available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.com and other online book stores. I’m awaiting a release date for A Love of His Own, the third story in the Prairie, Texas series.

Yesssssssss! I am such a series lover! I hear you have some awesome contests going on connected to the release of your new book. We can't wait to hear the details, so please ... do tell!

My release contest for A Marshal of Her Own began November 9th. I’ll be giving away this vintage rhinestone typewriter pin. To enter the drawing, go to my website or blog and sign up for my newsletter. Don’t forget to verify your email address. If you already receive it, email me at linda@lindalaroque.com with A Marshal of Her Own contest in the subject line. Contest ends December 15, 2011.

Leave me a comment or ask a question today and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Law of Her Own.

Also, today’s blog post is part of 2 blog tours—this one for A Marshal of Her Own and starting December 4th, one for Born in Ice. Follow along each day and leave a comment to be entered into the grand prize drawing and learn about my Born in Ice contest.
The Blog Tour schedule will be posted on my blog and website. It will last 25 days and the Grand Prize is a Kindle. Leave a comment each day and your name will be entered 25 times. Pretty good odds, huh?
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Val!

Tomorrow, Dec. 2, I’ll be on Jill James’ blog talking about Courting in the Old West.
Happy Reading and Writing!
Linda LaRoque
Writing Romance With a Twist in Time

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Linda, I want to thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I love your writing and think you are one of the most talented writers I know. So people, what are you waiting for? Leave a question or comment for Linda for a chance to win your very own copy of A Marshal of Her Own! And don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour! Good luck to everyone!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Coming in January ... Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas


You guys know I have your back when I find all the "can't miss" books right? Well get ready because Rainshadow Road is coming in January! I know, I can't wait either! Squeeee! OK, OK, calm down for a minute and listen. I've got the blurb! Squeeeee all over again!


Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancĂ© Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy's bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.


There's MORE! I know, besides holding the book in my hand, how could I possibly have more for you right? Well, I do! Click on this sentence to be taken to an excerpt from the book. I know you guys are going to fall in love with this talented writer as well as her new book. Oh hey, while you're there, subscribe to her newsletter so you can get all the latest and greatest from Lisa!

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Christmas in High Heels by Gemma Halliday



Blurb:
Fashion designer turned amateur sleuth Maddie Springer can’t wait to spend the holidays with her boyfriend, LAPD Detective Jack Ramirez. It’s their first Christmas together, and Maddie wants it to be perfect. But between her zany family and wacky friends, Maddie’s having a hard time finding alone time with her man. But come Christmas morning, this is one holiday she’ll be sure remember… naughty or nice!

Review:
I always love me some Maddie and Jack! I just have to chuckle at this short story. Maddie and Jack have always been my favorite characters and we get a short glimpse into their rather odd Christmas Eve. One unique and colorful character after another interrupts their romantic night alone and poor Maddie and Jack, they just want a night alone. Is that too much to ask for? Well of course it is if Gemma Halliday is writing you as a character in another laugh out loud story. I had to laugh at Mrs. Rosenblatt, she has to be my favorite secondary character of all. If you're looking for zany, mischievous, quirky and fun, look no further. This short story is all that and more,

I've always been a fan of Gemma Halliday's since the first book I read from her. Yes, this is a quick and fun read but if you read some of the other books that involve Maddie and Jack, it makes Christmas in High Heels that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend you buy this book and while you're at it buy one of the previous books with Maddie and Jack and you'll see I'm telling the truth. It makes this book just that much more fun. Great job Ms. Halliday. I know when I pick up one of your books it's going to be a laugh until I cry. It's always a fun time!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dana Marton

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on a new book that is being released this month. I have not read it yet, so I can't post a review but you should hear the buzz around this book! Here is a glimpse into this incredible romantic suspense book. Warrior Agent by Dana Marton.

Blurb
Troy Hill has been tirelessly working for months to bring down a corrupt congressman. When the man’s goons capture him and lock him up, he knows they can’t afford to leave him alive. His only chance at escape is the congressman’s new security guard, Claire Montgomery. He expects he’ll have to either manipulate her into setting him free or kill her. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with her.

You can buy Warrior Agent here

As if that weren't enough, this story is part of a SERIES! Yes people, Warrior Agent is part of the Agents Under Fire series. I'm a total series hog! I devour them and then hurry up and wait on the next book. Here is a list of the books in the series. Just click on the title and it will take you to the buy link.


Guardian Agent


Avenging Agent


Warrior Agent










To read more about Dana Marton's books, click here to go to her Author Website

Secrets and Lies by Jamie Hill



Blurb:
Natalie Jameson has a handsome husband, three wonderful children, and one very big secret. She's managed to keep it under wraps for over twenty years, but recent events lead her to decide she has no choice but to reveal the terrible truth. 

Alex Jameson has had one goal in life since the minute he met Natalie on their college campus. Do whatever it takes to make this woman happy. When circumstances threaten to unravel the web of secrets and lies they've built around themselves, will their love be strong enough to survive?

Review:
Natalie and Alex are the couple everyone strives to be. They adore each other and their children. Everything is perfect in their lives until one day when everything is changed. It makes me wonder how I would have reacted. The way that Natalie felt about having children made me laugh, I've been her. Poor Alex, I felt for him and had to laugh each time Natalie said "Honey, I want to have another baby." Through their fights, laughs, and struggles with their own feelings, I found Natalie and Alex to be a perfectly imperfect couple. The daughter Gillian had me balling my fists in frustration from time to time and simply because I have daughters that would react as she did. I wish I could say more about this book but it would give away the story, so on that front, I'm zipping the lip.

Seldom does a short book deserve the highest rating from me, but Secrets and Lies moved me more than I expected. Since it is a short read, the excitement is in finding out what actually happened twenty years ago. I must say that this was a very touching story that at times made me want to cry. Yes, this is a very heavy topic but Ms. Hill has done an outstanding job of weaving her way through the story in a manner that does not bring the reader down. The characters throughout the story were so realistic and the topic is something that I am sure many people have faced in real life. Ms. Hill nailed the relationship between a husband and a wife. Yes, they fight but how they deal with their arguments is so like a normal couple that I couldn't help but to draw from my past experiences. Relatable, memorable characters along with an amazing plot line make Secrets and Lies a story that you simply cannot miss.

Buy Secrets and Lies here

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Life As A Dog by Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga


Blurb:
Drake Martin is a unique shape shifter. Instead of transforming into a ferocious animal, he morphs into an eight pound Yorkshire terrier. Six year old Kady Hartley rescued him from an animal shelter. As "Precious" he was her "bestest friend" for twelve years, leaving when she started college. Ten years later they cross paths.
He’s a PI; she’s FBI. Continuing to keep his abilities secret from her, he follows Kady as she pursues a case. Accompany them on an odyssey to New Orleans investigating human traffickers and watch the fur fly. To protect Kady, Drake remains in the shadows. For her sake he puts aside his loner life and accepts protection and assistance of the local shifter pack under its leader, the Sufi. The pack and Drake soon discover they have a common cause, leading to a bloody confrontation with the Russian human traffickers.

During the adventure, will Drake and Kady rekindle their loving friendship or will it become much more?

Review:
After reading the very last sentence on the very last page, my first reaction is WOW. I say this for a couple of reasons. First, I am not ordinarily a shifter reader and second, how in the world can a shifter who turns into a Yorkie be sexy? This is where the "wow" factor comes in. Never have I read a book that has thrown my preconceptions out the window as this book has. Very early in the book, the first shifter scene actually, it is evident how being able to turn into a cute little dog works to Drake's advantage. His reaction to what he turns into was priceless and made me laugh out loud. A very important part of the book is the beginning. Although the pacing does seem a little slow at first, this is where the foundation lies for the rest of the book. No worries though, when the book does pick up, it is a very fast paced action packed book.

Drake Martin and Kady Harley have a relationship like none I've ever read before. It was fascinating how Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga have developed these two characters in such a tender way. They are able to bond in a way a normal couple never can. The loyalty that Drake shows toward Kady touched my heart and made me just want to say awwwww. As the book develops, so does the relationship between these two exciting and funny characters. The heat level between Drake and Kady soars and I'm more than surprised that my book didn't spontaneously combust! I am a die hard romantic suspense reader who loves humor sprinkled throughout the pages of whatever it may be that I am reading. My Life as a Dog had me laughing out loud at moments and holding my breath at others. This is, hands down, a book that captured my attention and kept it there.

I would like to tell Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga BRAVO! It is not very often that I can say a book changed my opinion about an entire genre. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in paranormal romance. Please keep in mind that some scenes are very erotic and may offend those who aren't interested in erotic. Otherwise, I suggest you run out and buy this book. Read at your leisure because you don't want to miss one thing. I enjoyed my time spent reading My Life as a Dog and look forward to reading more from these authors.

Buy My Life As A Dog here

Charity by Anne Holly


Blurb:
Charity Miller has spent her whole life in an urban island surrounded by the wilds of Montana where she’s never ventured too far from her plans. But when she heads into the Big Snowy Mountains to square a land deal one chilly November, her normally-professional self fades away. Maybe it’s the mountain air or finally quitting her diet. Or maybe it’s “real-live-cowboy” Joshua Rollings and his many attractions that has her off balance.

Whatever it is, this Thanksgiving could give her a reason to be thankful for the rest of her life.

Review:
What do you get when you combine a tall cowboy with to die for good looks and one very independent real estate agent? Hotness that's what! I instantly fell in love with Charity's character. She was the city girl with a no nonsense attitude. Joshua was the type of character I love to read about. The tall brooding cowboy with a sentimental streak won me over the moment I was introduced to him. The pull between Joshua and Charity was intense with sparks flying between the two the entire story. If I set aside the fact that these two characters lit the pages on fire, one element that impressed me was the medical angle. I don't want to give away that part of the story but by addressing the medical issues surrounding Joshua's mother, another layer was subtly added to the story.

What a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. With compelling characters and steamy love scenes, I found Charity to be a page turner. I have never read anything by Ms. Holly in the past and thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. I would have loved to see Charity in full novel length. If you are looking for a fun filled novella to read on your lunch break, I highly recommend buying this book. It will definitely put you in the Thanksgiving mood! This author has now become an automatic add to my "to be read" list.

Buy Charity here

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Twist of Fate by Sandy James


Blurb:
What happens when happily ever after meets reality? Susan and James Williams are drifting apart. After a devastating loss, their lives are thrown into further turmoil when a mysterious stone at a museum hurtles them back to the Old West. Their supernatural experience only intensifies the chasm between them, and when James realizes where they are, in a moment of anger, he pronounces that they were never married.  

They go their separate ways, unsure of what this new world holds in store. James settles into a job as bartender. Befriended by local rancher Daniel Miller, Susan soon develops feelings for him. She's torn between starting a new life in a new time and healing her marriage and returning to the twenty-first century.  

Will the miraculous journey back in time help Susan and James reconcile, or has destiny set new roads for them to travel that lead them away from each other?  


Review:
Little House on the Prairie, watch out, you have competition!  Nelly has nothing on Caroline (from Twist of Fate) and Daniel is the new Charles.  Let's start with James and Susan shall we?  It's obvious these two are head over heels in love with each other but over time have forgotten the qualities that once took each other's breath away.  The qualities that once endeared them to one another are now viewed as annoyances. The sensual tension between these two was electrifying.  Abigail is the good daughter who wants the best for her father Daniel.  Daniel, having lost his wife a couple of years earlier, had lost the spark in his life.  That is, until he meets Susan.  There are other quirky characters in the book but I have to say my favorite was Caroline.  She was full of manipulation and games yet such a child, a fun character indeed. 

On to the plot line.  I love this particular story for several reasons.  Not only is this not like the other books in the Damaged Heroes series because of the time travel aspect, it is also not your typical romance book.  Normally, it's the beautiful young heroine and the devastatingly handsome hero.  In Twist of Fate, it's about real people.  People who have self-esteem issues, ego issues and control issues.  It's about making a decision that will affect the future of many people, not just those involved.  It makes you think about the paradox.  If you do something in an era gone by, would it affect the future?  Who will Susan pick, the man who is everything she could possibly want?  Or will she choose the one man that she has always loved that may not love her back? 

Twist of Fate is certainly a book that will stay with me for a long time.  In fact, when I am driving and every song I hear reminds me of the book, I know that book is going to be a winner.  I wish each book had a soundtrack to it, because I heard some perfect songs for it on the way home.  It must be said that I have loved every one of the Damaged Heroes books and all for different reasons.  Each book can be read as a stand alone book.  The one constant is the talent with which Ms. James writes.  In my opinion, a talented writer is one who can evoke almost every emotion you possess and still leave you wanting more.  Ms. James is most certainly one of the top authors on my list to highly recommend to others.  To Ms. James, I would like to say "Job well done and I can't wait to read more."  To the potential buyer of this book, BUY IT!  You will not be disappointed.  If you love Twist of Fate, here is a list of the other books in the series.  They are all books you just GOTTA read! 

Buy Twist of Fate here

Murphy's Law (Damaged Heroes Book 1) 

Free Falling (Damaged Heroes Book 2) 

All the right Reasons (Damaged Heroes Book 3) 

Faith of the Heart (Damaged Heroes Book 4) 

Saturday, September 03, 2011

T-R-O-U-B-L-E by Sable Hunter


Blurb:
Trouble comes calling on Kyler Landon. He falls hard and fast for his beautiful, mysterious neighbor after she saves him from a rattlesnake attack. The sexual tension mounts between them with each sensual encounter, but he soon reaizes that Cooper has been hurt and is leery of men. So he sets out to teach her that a real man can be gentle, loving, and sexy as hell.

Trouble seems to follow Cooper, and Ky makes it his mission to protect her from her past. Kyler would move heaven and earth to keep her in his bed and in his life.

Review:
Oh my goodness go check out that yummy cover. Not to worry, I'll wait here ......
You're back? Oh good, now let's talk about this gem of a book. Yes, like you, I had a hard time getting past the cover of this book but when I did, I laughed so hard sometimes I thought I might cry. Kyler Landon is one of those types of dream characters you look for in a hero. He is gorgeous, caring, funny, down to earth and protective of his lady. Oh and did I mention that he loves animals and volunteers his time for good causes? *dreamy sigh* Cooper is a woman that is about to turn into the woman she was always meant to be. She's gorgeous, straightforward and just a sweetheart. She has a lot of obstacles to overcome and a lot to learn about herself. The first time she meets Ky, is action packed and a perfect start to the story. Cooper can handle her own and that's why I took an instant liking to this exciting character.

Now for the plot. I can't say enough about the plot. It took my breath away. There are moments when Ky is faced with the fact that he might lose Cooper and Ms. Hunter writes with such flair that I felt his desperation and it broke my heart. Another was toward the end (I can't give away spoilers) when Cooper was confronted with something from her past. I could feel the terror she felt. I love it when an author can actually draw me so far into a book that I forget my surroundings. T-R-O-U-B-L-E was one of those books for me.

It has to be noted that Ms. Hunter has taken the subject of domestic abuse and simply nailed it. The feelings that a battered wife might feel is exactly what was portrayed in Cooper's character. How a future partner should handle a problem such as this was just the way that Ky did. This is an important subject that needs to be graphic in order for the reader to get into the character's mind and understand the urgency of the situation. OUTSTANDING job Ms. Hunter.

So all in all, Trouble was one sensational read filled with action, suspense and humor. I simply can't say enough about this book. At the end of the book, it states that T-R-O-U-B-L-E is the first book in the series. YES, can you believe this is a series book? It just keeps getting better. After you read Ky's story, I know you'll want to read his twin brother Ty's story in My Aliyah which comes out in January 2012. They are all part of the Texas Heat Series. Ty's story is not out yet but you can bet that I'll be first in line when it releases. So hurry and buy T-R-O-U-B-L-E, you're gonna love it!


Buy T-R-O-U-B-L-E here

Monday, August 08, 2011

This Time Forever by Linda Swift


Blurb:
The Civil War brought casualties beyond the bloody battlefields as North fought South. Philip Burke, against his family's wishes, volunteered to defend the Union and became a prisoner of war who bartered his medical expertise to remain out of prison. When the Union Army invaded Tennessee, Clarissa Wakefield's antebellum mansion became a Confederate hospital. Philip was placed in charge and against propriety, she volunteered to stay on and help nurse the wounded. Clarissa's husband was a Confederate soldier and Philip's fiancee waited for him in Oswego but the fire between them soon raged out of control. As the opposing armies fought for possession of Chattanooga, Clarissa and Philip faced their own battle. Caught in the passions of war and love, with hurt inevitable either way, would they be faithful to their vows or listen to their hearts? 

Review:
If you are looking for a fascinating read that will keep you on your toes, look not further as Ms. Swift has just provided you with this very book. My first thought when I finished the last sentence on the very last page was "Wow, just wow". No matter how good of a review I give this book, it can not adequately describe my feelings and how much I fell in love with this book.

The depth of the characters is a vital element in this story. If this book had not delved into each character as much as it did, I believe it might not have been as captivating. Yet with just the right amount of background information and character development, I felt myself completely immersed in the story line.

Clarissa's character is a strong young woman who holds fast in her convictions. Not above putting herself in a position where gossip and rumor might surround her, Clarissa takes on the duty of being a nurse. Here she meets Phillip, an integral part of this book. Clarissa's life will never again remain the same. With full bodied characters, I could not help but feel connected to each and every character. Even the villain in the story held credibility and at times I felt almost sympathetic towards him.

This Time Forever is set amidst the tragedy that we call The Civil War. Rich in heartfelt emotion, be prepared to be swept away with compelling characters as well as an intriguing plot line. Ms. Swift has captured the essence of this time period in the little details of the characters behavior, their dress and even down to the way they speak. I was fascinated with the interaction through letters between those in the battlefield and their loved ones.

This Time Forever will captivate you through the heartbreaking and graphic details of a time when war bred hate between states as well as brother against brother. The twists throughout the story stole my breath and left me surprised but eager to read on as I just had to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a captivating romance. Although I am a huge fan of Ms. Swift, I have to say that this is the one book that stands out from the rest and is my personal favorite.

Buy This Time Forever here

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Interview with Susan Mallery & Her Cheerleaders



Tell us about ONLY MINE.

Each book in the Fool’s Gold series is a standalone novel, meaning that you won’t get lost if you read them out of order. Fool’s Gold is a town facing a serious (and seriously funny) problem – the 2010 census revealed that the town is suffering from a man shortage. Fool’s Gold has become the punch line of countless jokes on TV talk shows, which makes the strong, independent women in town pretty darn crabby... and which attracts the attention of a sleazy TV producer.

In ONLY MINE, it’s Dakota Hendrix’s job to interview potential contestants. After she recommends two handsome young twins for the show, the twins’ gorgeous, stern older brother demands that she declare them unfit. Finn Anderson wants his brothers to return to college. Finn has raised the boys since their parents died, and he won’t consider his duty done until they graduate. While Finn does everything he can to strong-arm or coerce his brothers back to Alaska, Dakota is struggling with a problem of her own, a problem so big that it will change the course of her life.

You can read free excerpts here. You’ll find lots of freebies and fun bonus content there, too!


How did you come up with your Fool's Gold series?

I knew I wanted to create a series based on a place. In the past, I’d written series based on a family, so once I ran out of siblings, I ran out of stories. Readers kept asking me for more in every series. They loved that sense of connection, and they wanted it to go on. Debbie Macomber was the one who suggested I stop writing about families and start writing about a place. With a place, the story possibilities are infinite. (Debbie Macomber is like my Mayor Marsha – I never say no to Debbie! She’s a genius.)

The place itself needed to have a strong identity. As I was brainstorming the series, I heard a story about the then-upcoming 2010 census, about everything a town can discover about itself from census results. I wondered, “What if there was a man shortage?”

So Fool’s Gold was born… the town with the man shortage. But instead of making the women eager to get more men to town, I tweaked reader expectations and made the women strong, self-sufficient, and kind of crabby that anyone would think they need more men. They can run the town just fine without men. Which means that any men who do move to Fool’s Gold have to earn the right to live there . . . and they have to earn the hearts of the women they love.

www.FoolsGoldCA.com is my gift to readers who have been so loyal to me. I wanted to create an experience for readers that goes beyond the books. On FoolsGoldCA.com, readers will find amazing bonus content such as between-the-books updates, stories and pictures from the characters’ weddings, Fool’s Gold magazines, a map of town, and funny ads from local businesses… I could keep going, but the truth is, you have to see it to get it. Fool’s Gold is the Land of Happy Endings!

What draws Dakota and Finn to each other?

At their core, Finn and Dakota both value their families more than anything. Finn thinks he wants to be done with his familial duty. He wants to get his brothers through college so he can return to his days as a carefree bachelor, but he will learn that he’s not that guy anymore. Somewhere along 
the way, he grew up. At heart, he’s a family man.

You love to write about families, such as the Hendrix triplets. Why?

I was an only child, so I love writing about the big, boisterous family that I never had. Triplets are an extension of that – three sisters who have been together since birth. Each of the triplets has her own personality, but the experiences these three women have shared throughout their lives make them as close as it’s possible to be.

You’re known for both the depth of your characters and for your humor. Do both come naturally to you?

I think men and women falling in love with each other is inherently hysterical. Who came up with that bright idea?! Men do everything they can to avoid emotion, and yet they’re irresistibly drawn to women, who overflow with emotion. When I get teary-eyed over a commercial, my husband looks at me like I’m completely nuts. There’s this constant push-pull between men and women that never really goes away, and it will always be funny to me.

Most of my storylines are not funny in and of themselves. My characters deal with some very serious issues in their lives, but their ability to find the humor says a lot about their resilience. I like people in real life who can laugh at themselves, and I like that in characters, too.

Do you plot your books before writing?

I do a lot of plotting in advance, which means I can write the story quickly, which further means that I don’t lose interest. For me, the creative rush is highest during the plotting process, and the actual writing of the book is more about getting the story down on paper. I’ve tried 
writing without a plot, and it just doesn’t work for me. I enjoy the aspect of surprise, but I dread revisions. Even when a book is thoroughly plotted, though, the characters can sometimes surprise me. I was sweetly surprised by a secondary romance in ONLY MINE.

How many more Fool’s Gold books will you write?

There will be at least seven more books after this year’s. In 2012, three delicious cowboy brothers and their younger sister will move to Fool’s Gold. And in 2013, I think I’m going to establish a bodyguard academy on the edge of town. After that, who knows? If readers clamor for more from Fool’s Gold, anything’s possible. (You can let me know you want more by writing to me at 
www.facebook.com/susanmallery, www.twitter.com/susanmallery, or www.goodreads.com/susanmallery.)

Are you working on anything new outside of Fool's Gold?

BAREFOOT SEASON, my next women’s fiction novel, will be out in April 2012 and will launch a new series set on quaint Blackberry Island. The story is about two former best friends who form a turbulent truce to save the inn they both love.

The recent Buzz has been that you have your own team of Cheerleaders for the release of Only Mine and the books to follow.  How did the idea come about?  What is their purpose?  How did you choose the squad?


Often, I hear from excited fans who discovered me because someone put one of my books in their hands and said, "You have to read this!" It moves me. And this year, it inspired me to create the Fool's Gold Varsity Cheerleading Squad. I decided to form a team of avid readers to share with the world their love of Fool's Gold, the Land of Happy Endings. (Fool's Gold is the setting of my ongoing series of romance novels. It's a quirky small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fool's Gold is dealing with a man shortage. This year's stories center around the Hendrix triplets. They are ONLY MINE, ONLY YOURS, and ONLY HIS.) The cheerleaders will earn lots of prizes along the way for doing what they love - talking about books - and I will dedicate a book next year to the grand prize winner.

I invited my fans to "try out" for the team by sharing three creative ideas for spreading the word about Fool's Gold. I was overwhelmed by the response! More than 500 fans tried out in the first few days, with some pretty amazing ideas. As I read through their applications, their enthusiasm brought a lump to my throat. I wish I could have accepted every one of them and had a cheerleading battalion that could take over the country. Unfortunately, I 
only had 25 advanced copies of ONLY MINE to give away. Selecting the final 25 was a daunting task. I wanted to get a good mixture of people who emphasized online ideas and those who emphasized in-person ideas, such as standing in front of a bookstore on release day, wearing a sandwich board, ringing a bell like the Salvation Army. (Yes, she got picked. Hi, Stacey!) I also wanted cheerleaders from all across the U.S., so geography played a 
role.

I don't know if it was pure luck or my discerning genius, but I am thrilled with the cheerleaders who made the team! They've handed out bookmarks, talked to people at the bookstore, called long distance friends. And now they're doing a blog tour to tell the world how much they love Fool's Gold!

Where can readers meet the squad?
The cheerleaders are pictured on my Facebook page: 
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/SusanMallery?closeTheater=1. You can also join my Goodreads fan page and my goodreads group to discover other readers who love my books! (Including 
the cheerleaders!)
Will your squad answer some questions? 
They would love too!!  Readers please meet the squad…


Why did you try out for the squad?

Angela: Honestly? Because I thought it would be fun. I LOVE Susan's books... I've been a fan of hers for years. I've met some really great people through FB author pages and knew I'd enjoy meeting and working with a crew who enjoyed her books. It's hasn't really felt like a competition.... more like a group of women with similar interests. Already, I've met more people than I imagined and it's only been going on for a week!

Marilyn: Because I missed the last try out!

What is your favorite Fool’s Gold title?

Kelly: Sister of the Bride, which was part of the Summer Brides anthology. I could relate to Kate being a complete tomboy and sportswriter myself.

What's your favorite book by Susan?

Beccie: My favorite book of Susan's would have to be from her Buchanan Family series, "Sizzling".  I love Reid's character and how he falls in love with the smart and understated Lori.  I guess I see myself in Lori and that's why I love it.

Marilyn: Accidentally Yours and Sunset Bay

How did you discover Susan for the 1st time?

Stacey: I am an avid reader of the Harlequin Desire line and found Susan that way.  Her “Millionaire” series was my favorite.

Jen: My Aunt had given me a stack of books & Susan’s was included…I can’t remember the title now (of course), but it was with the ex football player & a bakery.

What made you an avid fan of Susan's books?

Heidi: Susan's writing made me an avid fan!  I love the way her writing can pull me into a story, make me feel part of a small town, and fall in love with the characters.  As I began to research her list of back-list, trying to find more to read, I found that Susan is a very fun and out-going person.  The creativity behind Fool's Gold website is brilliant and has me wanting more and more from this small community of people.  I love how Susan tries to connect with her readers through her website and blog...the videos, yummy recipes, and I love the fun stories and pictures of her dog, NIKKI.  

Jennifer: Her writing is humorous with a great story...she is a one of a kind author.

What's it like to be on the squad?

Charlotte: To be on the Varsity Cheerleading squad with the 24 other women who love Susan as I do is AWESOME, we all share a love for Susan and her novels.  We sit and wait with baited breath for the next installment.

Marilyn: Fantastic


Have you read only mine yet?  What do you think?
Angela: Yes! LOL... and I loved it!! My daughter adopted a child just this year. She has 2 children, but we nearly lost both of them with her second child. Her husband refused to let her bear any more children, so they decided to adopt. The months and months of filling out paperwork, and it happened just as suddenly for her as it did for Dakota. I really liked how strong Dakota was--she never whined or complained about the hand that Life dealt her. Finn was a hero who was easy to respect. Even though he comes off strong in the beginning, you know WHY he's the way he is. He's like the parent, but not. And so close to feeling like he could do "his" thing.

Why should readers buy this book?

Kelly: Because it will make you smile. This is the perfect escape from reality with some wonderful characters read.

Marilyn: Why not?

Any favorite quotes from the book?

Angela: "You're not funny," her mother snapped. "If you think this is humorous, you're wrong. I'm in crisis here. A really, really big crisis. I feel sick to my stomach, my head hurts, I'm retaining enough water to sink a battleship. I'm a woman on the edge. You need to respect that."

Charlotte: "Mom I'm pregnant!"  bhahahah I would have been killed but her mom embraced her and wanted to share in her love.

Be honest... What's Susan really like?

Jennifer: She is humble and an absolute doll!!

Jen: She’s amazing!  I never thought she would be as involved with our squad as she has been.  Everyone and I feel I need to keep up & stay on top of those.

Tiffany: Supportive, Caring, Giving, Friendly, Creative, and a great author! She is someone you would want as a friend in good times and bad. She really has been so kind and supportive of all of us even when it has nothing to do with her or her books! She just cares.

*New York Times* bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. *Publisher’s Weekly* calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and *Booklist* says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather. Visit Susan online at www.susanmallery.com and www.facebook.com/susanmallery.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Deadly Reflection by Nancy Kay


Blurb:
Philly Detective Nick McGraw's much needed vacation comes to a halt following his encounter with upscale spa proprietress Cassi Burke. Instincts tell the seasoned homicide cop Cassi didn’t kill the dead man at her feet. But Nick’s duty bound to deliver her to local police, never suspecting Cassi's brief moment of fame will make her the target of a psychotic stalker. Though intrigued by Cassi, Nick is not looking for forever, and he senses Cassi is a forever kind of girl. Attraction escalates, putting their feelings for one another, the silent threat to Cassi's life, and Nick's involvement in the unsolved murder case on a collision course.

Review:
Seriously, the first line goes like this ... "Not bothering to shave, Nick McGraw pulled on shorts and yanked on a tee shirt." If there ever were a first sentence to grab my attention, that was it. Nick's character was oh so yummy and I just couldn't get enough of him. Cassi is a fiercely independent woman with an inner strength which are must have qualities to me in a leading lady. There are several examples I could give but all would give away a part of the book. I can say, however, the sensual tension between Nick and Cassi is electric. Sparks fly off one another when they are in close proximity. I held my breath during each encounter they had with each other and continued to want more throughout the book.

There was a remarkable plot twist in the story that was very unexpected. I found this twist to be fantastically planned out. The villain was dark, twisted, demented and a character I loved to hate. The stalker's voice throughout the scenes was very prominent and dark. A vast difference from Cassi's, which made all of the scenes with the stalker so believable and edgy.

Deadly Reflection is the type of book I couldn't put down. My favorite elements of this book were the progression of drama and the increasing suspense. Nancy Kay set the perfect pace, included characters that I became personally invested in and blew my mind with the ending. What more could a girl ask for? This particular author has a fantastic ability to weave a story in such a way that I hated to see it end. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised that Deadly Reflection is book one in the Deadly Triad series. Yessssss! Look for book two: Deadly Revenge to hit shelves on February 1, 2012. Highly recommended seems like such a cliche' label when giving my opinion of this book. My opinion is so much higher. Deadly Reflection is a book that you just can't miss. I absolutely loved this multi-faceted story. Anything Nancy Kay writes from now on will be an automatic add to my "have to have" books.

Buy Deadly Reflection here

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spring Into Summer blog hop - WINNER

Congratulations to Irene from the UK who, thanks to Random.com, just won a copy of the book of her choice. To those who didn't win, don't give up. Be sure to watch this blog for giveaways throughout the summer! Thank you all for playing and I hope to see you again very soon!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spring Into Summer blog hop!

First, let's give a round of applause to Coffee & Romance along with Release Notes for co-hosting this slammin' party! I'm sure you're going to find some super fun books to sizzle up your summer. This giveaway hop will run from 12:00 a.m. on June 17 through 11:59 p.m. on June 21.

OK, first the rules. Just follow me through GFC and leave a comment. It doesn't have to be an elaborate comment or anything, even just hi with your email address is fine. Which brings me to DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so I can contact you when you win.

So here are the books I have up for grabs ..... Click on the link beneath the picture for more details.


Heart in Chains by Sable Hunter




Don't forget to continue the blog hop at these locations


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Together Again by Mimi Barbour


Blurb:
Traveling forward in time, Dani Howard's spirit becomes magically united with reporter, Troy Brennan. He's everything a girl could want in a man, and during their time together, she falls deeply in love. Though she must return to her own body, she gains his promise to come to her birthday party in seven days time where they will meet in person and continue their romance.

Troy can't believe he's fallen for a sixteen-year-old spirit invader. He's so infatuated that when renowned author, beautiful Ellie Ward, comes on to him, as attractive as he finds her, he's honor bound to stay true to his young love—or is he?

Review:
I don't think I've ever read a spirit traveling book until now and I must say I think this is a fascinating subject. What was most intriguing was how the author accounted for every question I could possibly have pertaining to this particular time travel. As much as I loved the plot line in the book, what I will forever remember about this book is it made me laugh. Not just a little bit, but with Mrs. Dorn's shenanigans I laughed out loud constantly.

Dani's character, although only 16 "going on 17" , is far too grown up for her own good. She is witty, intelligent and speaks from her heart. Having to put up with a mother that is hard to please and controlling, Dani finds refuge with her uncle. The one man in her life that brings sunshine to her rainy days. Troy is a handsome investigative reporter who has honed his ability to retrieve the information he needs from those who may be less than willing. He's charming, dedicated to his job and is a softy on the inside no matter what he might portray on the outside.

There is no doubt as to the chemistry between Dani and Troy. However, the one thing that impressed me the most was these two were able to nurture a spiritual bond (since Troy was not able to physically see Dani) rather than the physical "love at first sight" element that is often found in romance books. As their affection for one another increased, so did the humor of their situation. Dani was that voice inside Troy's head that just would not shut up. I often wondered if he slipped from time to time and argued with Dani out loud while there were people around. It was often that Troy was left at a loss for words because Dani was not like any other woman he had ever had the pleasure of keeping company with.

So much happens throughout the story that I just can't touch on for the simple fact that it would spoil it for you. Humor, heartbreak, silliness and sensual tension made this a book that will most certainly be staying on my "to be read again" shelf. Together Again is part of a series but having not read any of the previous books, this book can certainly stand on it's own. Ms. Barbour gives just a hint of the books before (and a possible book in the future) which was enough to tantalize me into reading the entire series. I am a series kind of girl, so this book is just the beginning for me. I would like to take this moment to congratulate Ms. Barbour on a job well done. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. This is definitely a book that I highly recommend.

She's Me Book 1
He's Her Book 2
We're One Book 3
Together again Book 4
If you would like to read the first three books in one, which is very convenient I might add, you can buy The Vicarage Bench here

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster



Blurb
Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.
With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

Review
Is it possible for me to love two men? Yes, it is. I thought Dare from When You Dare was my favorite hero of all time but now I am torn. Trace is a to die for hottie with a very edgy side until he meets Priss and then all bets are off. My favorite parts of the book are when he can no longer contain himself with Priss. Trace is the kind of guy who is prepared NO MATTER WHAT, yet finds himself injured by little bitty Priss. I don't mean emotionally injured, I mean physically. That scene had me giggling.

If there is one heroine that I do not want to mess with, it's Priss. When she has a goal in mind, don't try to stop her just move out of the way. She is a strong character with a gritty past, which actually serves her purpose throughout the story. I wish I could state examples here of the plot line but there are so many twists and turns that it might give it away. I just cannot bring myself to do that.

I enjoyed being able to revisit Dare, Molly, Chris, the dogs and LOVED Matt's character. Affectionately known as "Hairdresser", he made me laugh so hard. Trace of Fever deals with heavy subject matter that I think a lot of other authors just couldn't pull off. Ms Foster is one of the best. Sexual tension is laced throughout this book and very often I might add. This one element alone had me captivated. I was up all night reading Trace of Fever and I hated to see it end. In the epilogue (I am a lover of epilogues) we are introduced to Jackson in more depth. He gets his own book Savor the Danger which comes out toward the end of June I believe. Savor the Danger is already on my list to buy and I can't wait until it comes out. You really do have to read this entire series. Romantic suspense at it's finest, there is never a dull moment. I highly recommend this entire series to those who love a juicy story line with some breathtaking characters.

Buy Trace of Fever here

Friday, June 03, 2011

When You Dare by Lori Foster


Blurb:
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all

Review:
I think I'm in love. I first fell in love with the cover. I don't think it can get hotter, can it? Then when I met Dare (I even love the name), I fell in love with his don't mess with me attitude, all the while showing his tender side with Molly. Being a reviewer, I fell in love with the edge of your seat plot line and suspense. And finally when I was finished with the book, I fell in love all over again with the back cover. :)

The characters throughout the book were incredible. I kept thinking, "now this is what a well developed character looks like". Molly was the character that I feel every woman would like to be. She was strong yet showed tenderness. She was smart yet kept an open mind. Yet throughout all her strengths, she was pure woman and had doubts about herself. This one trait made her character so relatable. I was tickled at Molly's occupation as I could relate very well to when she spoke of how you can't please all readers. I must confess that I felt a tiny bit of connection to Lori Foster through Molly's occupation. I kept wondering if Ms. Foster ever had to deal with crazy fans like that.

Now may I talk about the yummiest character in the book? Honestly, you have got to read the book to appreciate all that Dare has to offer. He's like the mercenary I want to wake up to every day. What made him different is yes, he protected Molly, but he was fiercely loyal and protective of his friends as well. He had no problem telling his best friend Chris that he loved him in a macho man sort of way. And speaking of Chris, where can I order one of him? Pretty much Dare's right hand man, he kept every detail of Dare's life in order. His wit and humor had me chuckling throughout the book.

Although this book was 448 pages, it was the perfect length. When You Dare is one of those books that you think about while you're doing your everyday chores. You hurry to finish so you can get back to the book. The attention to the most minute detail just kept me flipping the pages just as fast as I could. I don't want to give any of the book away because it's such an outstanding piece of work and you must read each page yourself. I did not think the suspect would turn out to be who it actually did. To know When You Dare is only the first book in the series had me scrambling to find out what the other books were and when they would be released. The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series will be a keeper on my shelves. I can't wait to read the second book, Trace of Fever. Ms. Foster is one of the most talented romantic suspense writers of our time. She certainly has outdone herself with this addicting series.

Buy When You Dare here

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spring into Summer Blog Hop Giveaway

Watch this blog for the Super exciting Spring into Summer Blog Hop Giveaway!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Marooned by Elizabeth Raines



Blurb:
Marooned on a tropical moon with two handsome men—one her Earth Bureau of Investigation partner—Betinsa Nungio faces the comchi, the time in her species’ lives when they must take mates or risk death.

Agent Matt Newton has hidden his attraction to his partner. Now, he has the opportunity to explore his feelings. Can he find the courage to share her with another man, one she needs to complete her transition?

Ambassador Drake Keller faces a dilemma—he’s supposed to observe other cultures, not participate in them. Yet Betinsa needs him—as she needs Matt—and the more time Drake spends with her, the more his passion grows. How can he possibly leave her behind when they are rescued?

As the trio explores their growing bond, they stumble across a terrorist group plotting to destroy Betinsa’s planet and must work together to try and save her world.

A Siren Erotic Romance

Review:
Whew, this was one hot book. Marooned is book two in the Wicked Missions series and I must say I am loving this series. I never thought I would be the type of person that fell in love with something Sci Fi but this story is more about the relationships between Matt, Drake and Betinsa than it is dealing with otherworldly characters. Don't get me wrong this story does not lack action in any way. In fact, get ready to go on a fast paced action filled ride because this book has it all.

Betinsa's character was one of my favorites because she is taken right out of her comfort zone and delves head first in one hot and steamy romance between two men. I enjoyed Matt's character in Locked In (book one) and was so glad to see that he got his own romance and with the lovely Betinsa. Matt made me laugh with the little jokes he would crack and no one would think it was funny. Don't worry Matt, I thought you were funny and laughed at every single joke. Drake's character was the typical alpha male. The tall good looking man that was hard as nails on the outside but all soft and mushy inside once it came to Betinsa. *dreamy sigh* I love Drake.

The plot line was fantastic and filled with action. Betinsa is from a culture where the woman is essentially the bread winner in the family. Her culture also expects each female to have two male soul mates, which works out fabulously for Matt, Drake and Betinsa. I can't give away too much of the action scenes but let me just say you don't want to miss the middle of the book and the furry little rat looking creatures. Especially Matt's reaction to them.

Like I said before, I really love this Wicked Missions series and can't wait to read Bounty which is book three. Luckily there are seven books so far in the series so I will always have another book to look forward to. I highly recommend Marooned even if you aren't a fan of alien beings. A fascinating read, Marooned will keep you on the edge of your seat and will certainly leave you satisfied.

Buy Marooned here

Click on the name of the book to buy the other books in the series

Locked In - Book One

Marooned - Book Two

Bounty - Book Three

Sold - Book Four Coming June 20th

Hunted - Book Five Coming Soon

Captivated - Book Six Coming Soon

Covert - Book Seven Coming Soon

Saturday, May 14, 2011

True Colors by Joyce Lamb



First off, I'm just going to say that this series is definitely one of my favorites of the year. Joyce Lamb is an author whose books are on my automatic "to be read". I don't care what genre she writes, I will be a lifelong fan. I can identify with the characters, the writing style blows me away in every book and I always find myself thinking of her books long after they have been read.

Alex's character appealed to me immediately with her love of abused animals. It takes a special woman to be able to take care of rescue animals and the fact that she could relate better to the animals than to people, piqued my interest.

John Logan's character was oh so dreamy. Who wouldn't love a detective who is not afraid to put his life on the line for the woman he loves? Fighting his own demons, John has to find a way to come to terms with Alex's psychic ability.

Butch McGee was one insanely creepy character. A character I loved to hate. I found myself holding my breath through the scenes with this deranged killer. His character made this book a superb read as the entire time, I was trying to figure out his angle.

I love Anna Coreen, the lady with psychic abilities that helps the sisters through their self discovery moments. She has a strong presence through out the True books and it wouldn't be the same without her.

The plot in True Colors is gripping, hair- raising and I loved every minute of it. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. A compelling page turner, this book has perfect pacing. The characters are meticulously developed and are easy to bond with. Each chapter leaves you hanging and I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning just trying to see what happened next. I HIGHLY recommend True Colors to anyone who loves a solid, strong romantic suspense/thriller. Ms. Lamb is an outstanding writer and I am anxiously looking forward to reading True Shot, Sam's story.

If you would like to read the books in order, here they are:
True Vision - Charlie's story. You can buy True Vision here
True Colors - Alex's story. You can buy True Colors here
True Shot - Sam's story (out in December)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Locked In - Wicked Missions 1 by Elizabeth Raines




Blurb:
Leesa Bouchard hires pilots and fellow wranglers Cain Hammel and Geoff Adams to share her lucrative mission—to bring the Dreaming Death virus from the barren planet of Charos in the war torn Rhotan System to Virus Initiative Corporation on Earth.

On their return flight, they’re arrested for smuggling an “illegal” virus, despite their insistence they were hired for the job. The sentence? Quarantine—thirty days for Leesa to spend with the two men she’s fantasized about for the entire mission. As they explore their mutual attraction and nurture their growing affection, she finds herself the target of a government investigation into who contracted her to collect the deadly virus. Evidence points to terrorists from the Rhotan System who might be targeting Earth.

Can Cain and Geoff help Leesa clear her name and protect her when a government agent wants to use her as bait to capture the terrorists?

A Siren Erotic Romance

Review:
Can a futuristic Sci-Fi with one head strong woman and two drool worthy men get any hotter than this? Personally, I'm not one to get into Sci-Fi's but I have to say, this is one series that I will follow closely. Loved it. The descriptions of the surroundings throughout the book helped me to paint a vivid picture of what life was like in the world of Leesa, Cain and Geoff. Leesa's character was a favorite of mine. She is everything I look for in a leading lady. She's independent, passionate and extremely stubborn. You know when you combine those three elements, there's going to be fireworks somewhere. I instantly fell in love with both Cain and Geoff. Each was vastly different from the other and together, they made one powerful team, both in and out of the bedroom. (My personal favorite was Cain, but shhhhh don't tell, I'm not supposed to play favorites). When Cain and Geoff let their feelings for Leesa be known, the heat level goes through the roof.

A fast paced, exciting plot kept me wondering what would happen next. I can't give away anything more than what was in the blurb but you will definitely want to see what happens beyond the blurb. A captivating read, I found I couldn't put this book down. I love a good mystery and although this is a shorter novel, I found it to be highly addictive. I read Locked In in a matter of hours which is the perfect length of book for me personally. Locked In is book one in the Wicked Missions series but can also be read as a standalone. I look forward to reading more from this author and especially this series. Now excuse me while I go read Marooned, book two.

You can buy LOCKED IN here

Monday, May 02, 2011

Spring Fever Giveaway and Blog Hop - WINNER

Thank you to all who entered the contest. I appreciate all the new followers and keep your eye on this blog because in the summer, we will have a HUGE blog hop with tons of prizes. I will also be holding a lot of giveaways throughout the summer. So again, thank you and for the moment you have been waiting for, the winner is (thanks to Random.org because I wanted to give everyone a prize but was unable to) .......


Jennifer@The Book Nympho said...
I totally agree about the drool worthy pic. YUMMY.
Anyway I'm a new follower and a fellow Hopper.



Congrats Jennifer and I will be contacting you shortly.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sites to Stalk

I'm going to be starting a new section of this blog dealing with sites I highly recommend. Since I am a reviewer, I get to see so many sites that keep the reader in mind. Places you can find everything your little heart desires. So first up, let me introduce you to The Romance Reviews.

The Romance Reviews

The Romance Reviews is one of the most fun places to be online, and they've just had their grand opening not too long ago. You get to check out all the yummy goodness on their pages like covers, every sub-genre of romance you can think of , spectacular reviews (honestly these people can write a review like nobody's business!), contests, chats and from time to time, voting. It's just an all around fun place to be. So check it out. Don't forget to stalk them on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and just so you know they even have a lounge people!

So just click on the little banner up there and go get lost in the newest books out there. If you're interested, they even accept reviewers. Have fun!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring Fever Giveaway and Blog Hop



Lord help me, I'm having a hard time getting past this GORGEOUS pic, courtesy of Badabingnow.net!

***Thanks BadaBing and DemonLover's books & more for sponsoring this blog hop.***

Okay, things you need to know ... the Blog Hop will begin on Monday, April 25th at 12:01am EST and end on April 30th at Midnight. So to answer the question you're dying to ask, the prize will be a $10 Amazon Gift Card. You MUST be a GFC follower of my blog. In the comments section, please leave me your follower name as well as an email so that I may contact you should you be the lucky winner.

Are you now ready to go enjoy all the yummy hotness? Here is the list to the sites participating ...

Ok, ready ..... set ...... GO!


Good Luck everyone!

Friday, April 22, 2011

True Vision by Joyce Lamb


Blurb:
Newspaper reporter Charlie Trudeau is living an ordinary life, until witnessing a fatal hit-and-run accident gives her an intense psychic power she has no clue how to handle—and brings a Chicago police detective to her doorstep...

Noah Lassiter wants nothing more than to find the driver who killed his good friend. But his only lead is the beautiful Charlie Trudeau, who gets prickly when he starts nosing around town. Charlie’s clearly hiding something, but Noah needs her help unraveling the mystery of his friend’s death—even if the electricity between them complicates things.

But the more Noah and Charlie uncover, the more they realize they’re looking for a desperate killer—and the more danger they’re in. And if Charlie can’t gain control over her psychic powers, they may not survive long enough to explore the full sizzling potential of their desire…

Review
You know when you love a book so much, you just can't find the right words to do it justice? Well, that's exactly how I feel right now. It doesn't matter what I say about it, you just have to read it to enjoy it as much as I did.

The first book in the True trilogy starts out with some high powered action. Charlie was a character I fell in love with. She's smart, adventurous and not one to just stand aside when she sees something going wrong around her. Noah is that oh so sexy cop (although out of his jurisdiction) that is bound and determined to find the killer of his friend. All roads lead to Charlie when he finds out details of the hit and run but what neither is ready for is the instant chemistry. And my my my do these two spark when they are together.

True Vision is an extremely fast paced book that keeps you on the edge of your seat with an intense and gripping plot line. There is always something going on and when you throw in the paranormal element, this book just keeps getting hotter. The paranormal element Charlie acquires really makes you think about how she's going to get around it. I don't want to give away what it is because that was a really fun part to find out. As for secondary characters, some made me laugh and some made me want to hit the wall but all were essential to True Vision. The action scenes will blow your mind, and watch out for the more intimate scenes, there is an apparent upside to what's going on with Charlie you will enjoy. And I promise, you will LOVE it.

The second book in the series is True Colors and is Alex's story (available now) and finally the third book in the series is True Shot which is Sam's story and is coming in December. You bet I'd be willing to stand in line a really long time for this final story.

Joyce Lamb is one of those authors who is just blessed with the talent of writing an intriguing romantic suspense book. I don't think she could write a book I didn't like if she tried. I was first introduced to her through Cold Midnight and fell in love with her writing style. In my opinion, Ms. Lamb has raised the bar when it comes to True Vision. This is one exceptional read you don't want to miss, I highly recommend it. I am now addicted to anything Joyce Lamb!

Buy True Vision here

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride by Sarah J. McNeal



I often sit here and think how I would handle living in a different time period. When Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride fell into my hands, I instantly fell in love with the book. I was able to take a trip through time which I will remember for a long time to come. As with any time travel book, I usually always ask myself if something from the past could hinder something in future. I feel as though I need to pay close attention and try to keep up with what is about to happen. This book was the polar opposite for me. I was so engrossed in the book, I didn't have think about what may happen, I simply sat back and let this book sweep me away.

Lola is a feisty woman who is hell bent on proving to herself and others that she will not end up like her mother. As an independent woman living in the 21st century, Lola has goals to become a lawyer so people will look up to her and is finally on her way to making her dreams come true. Joe lives in the 20th century, faces turmoil of his own and feels as though he needs to live a solitary life. Now imagine how you would react to being transported from the 21st to the 20th century without an inkling of how it happened. On top of that, you find yourself in the middle of your own marriage to a man you don't even know. This is exactly what happened to Lola. From the moment Lola and Joe lay eyes on one another the sparks fly in more ways than one. Each is drawn to the other but at the same time are exasperated with one another. Their relationship throughout the book is enchanting, humorous, spicy and genuine. These two really touched my heart.

Solid secondary characters like Banjo (a young man who has been on his own since he was about ten) and Argos (Joe's faithful canine) really brought a strong familial feel to the book. Each played an important part as a protector who would lay down their lives for those they held close.

Ms. McNeal is a new author to me and I found Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride to be a deeply sensual yet very touching read. I instantly fell in love with the writing style and I just have to say Ms. McNeal has a gift of writing with great humor, witty dialogue and superb imagery.

This book has become a new favorite of mine and I know you will fall in love with it as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves time travel, suspense, romance and steamy love scenes. You don't want to miss this book.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Deliberation Plantation by Destiny Blaine



Buy Deliberation Plantation here

Blurb:
Marcy Mahoney is opening the hottest BDSM club in the South. She places a want-ad for cowboys and soon her farm is swarming with bachelors, men certain to ease their way into a woman’s wet dream.

After the cowboys arrive, Marcy cuts some of them loose. Those remaining know what’s expected and their new careers allow them the opportunity to go deep undercover.

Four men are hiding in plain sight until trouble follows them from the city. To make matters worse, they’ve fallen for the employer they first intended to use.

Unbeknown to Marcy, the cowboys didn’t come to Deliberation Plantation for the benefits and personal perks. And while Marcy is unaware of any existing threat, she’s falling hopelessly in love— with men who have sworn to protect her from a dangerous present, a past they can’t escape and a future with the ability to destroy them all.


Review:
Oh my, it is definitely hot in here. Whew hold on (turning the A/C on). Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Destiny Blaine's writing. Just about every book I've reviewed for her has absolutely floored me because it is better than the one before it. Deliberation Plantation is no different. In this book, Ms. Blaine has kicked the erotica up not just one notch but two! This is definitely one steaming hot book with a strong reliance on sex BUT the part that gets me every time is that the heroine is never the person you think would be good in a relationship. She's always the one who has made it through life just coping and making the best of her situations. The hero's? They just keep getting hotter. They are men with a past. Hard bodied and hardened by society, these men, in one way or another, make a connection to the heroine. I don't mean just a casual connection, I mean the sweep you off your feet and steal your heart kind of romance we all want.

Let's get to the characters shall we? Our heroine, Marcy, is one tough cookie used to calling the shots. Blindsided by the fact that these men are not men to be told what to do but rather expect the opposite, Marcy is forced to face her fears of becoming a sub. She's a strong character both intellectually and emotionally. She faces the moment of do or die. Which will she choose? Cort (who is my personal favorite), Landon, Mason and Kemper all have different qualities and when combined, present everything Marcy could ever want. Not that one man alone isn't enough, but every girl needs four men adoring her 24/7 right?

The suspense throughout the story kept me on my toes and I simply fell in love with it and couldn't put this book down. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that the action is dangerous and dramatic. The plot is realistic and you feel as though you are one of the characters in the book.

Destiny Blaine writes what most of us fantasize about and weaves it with thrilling suspense like no other. As an added bonus, I'll tell you that this book is a part of a series. The first book, Domination Plantation is just as hot as Deliberation Plantation. This is one series that will leave you breathless.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Trust in the Lawe by Stacey Joy Netzel


Blurb:
Kendra Zelner has three brothers: Eight-year old Noah she's determined to protect, Joel who has no clue she exists, and Robert who wants her dead.

With reason to be distrustful of cops, she takes Noah and flees their Manhattan home for Joel's ranch in Colorado. Under the pretense of needing a job, she plans to hide out until her twenty-fifth birthday, when she'll inherit her trust fund and legally gain custody of Noah away from Robert's greedy hands. Unfortunately, her brother's sexy, infuriating ranch manager insists on demolishing her defenses and digging into her past.

Colton Lawe has good reason to suspect Joel's beautiful, long-lost sister isn't what she seems—the little liar stole from him! He silently vows to expose her secrets, but long hours together on the ranch fosters a closeness and fiery attraction neither of them expects. Can Kendra trust Colton with the full truth before Robert finds them?

Review:
I can't say enough about these characters. Colton Lawe is just "to die for"! With lethal good looks and a high regard for the relationships of his friends and family, Colton is everything I could ever ask for in a hero. He's tall, gorgeous and just all around yummy. Kendra's character was very intriguing and anything but typical. She's rich but finds that money alone can not make her happy, she needs to contribute to society in some way. She is fiercely loyal of her little brother Noah. She's petite, beautiful, and is just an all around caring woman. Put these two together and you have sparks flying all over the place. The way Kenra and Colton play off each other made me laugh, cry and sometimes both at the same time! The added characters of Brittany, Joel and Noah really tied the bonds of family into this book in a fascinating and believeable way.

Trust in the Lawe was truly one of the best books I have read this year. It's fun, suspenseful, filled with misunderstanding and characters that you will fall in love with. The plot line was tight, very well crafted and every question I may have had throughout the book was answered. Ms. Netzel really brought the playful side of Colton out when Noah and his cousin tried to play pranks on him. Colton is never the one to run from a prank.

I have a great respect for Stacey Joy Netzel and the way she can write a romantic story with sizzle and spice that kept me absolutely addicted. I had never read any of Stacy Joy Netzel's work before but was very intrigued by the blurb of this book. From the moment I started reading, it was as though my real life just floated away and I was drawn into Trust in the Lawe. Honestly, you won't be able to put this book down. If you are not a Stacey Joy Netzel fan yet, just pick up this book and you will find you want to read all of her books. To sum it all up, Outstanding book, not to be missed. I HIGHLY recommend this book.