Friday, July 23, 2010

Interview with Alexis Morgan

Today we have with us paranormal romance author Alexis Morgan.  Alexis, thanks so much for stopping by to chat.  Your latest book in the Talions series, Dark Warrior Untamed, hits the shelves on July 27th.  Can you tell us a little bit about what the book's about?

Dark Warrior Untamed is the third book in the Talion series.  Grey Danby has just been appointed as the top Talion, the warrior class of the Kyth people.  An outsider, he’s working hard to earn the trust of the Grand Dame while he protects her from a series of vicious attacks.  His efforts are complicated when he falls in love with the Dame’s lovely assistant, who has her own secrets to protect.

What or who was the inspiration for your decision to write?

I met my first author, Janice Kay Johnson, over twenty years ago.  As our friendship grew, I became fascinated by what she was doing.  She encouraged me to try my own hand at writing and held my hand while I took those first tentative steps toward writing my first book.  We’re still great friends and often brainstorm together when one of us has a new project to work on.

Just out of curiosity, how long did it take you to get published?

My first manuscript never sold, but my second one did.  Although it didn’t take me long to sell that first book, the company went out of business right before the release of my second book.  It was seven years between my first sale and the next new project.  Seven l-o-n-g years. My first two stories were short contemporary romances, and I had to change genres before I could finally sell a new book.  I wrote about ten American West historicals before switching directions again to write paranormals.

What's your favorite thing about writing?  Your least favorite thing?

I love brainstorming new ideas and seeing them take shape as the characters become real to me.  My least favorite part is the frustration when a story goes off track and I can’t quite put my finger on why.  That’s when I call a friend to bat around ideas.  Often just talking the problem out provides the solution.

What do you think is one of the most common mistakes beginning writers make?

I think the hardest thing to learn is how to set goals that will get you where you want to go and working to achieve those goals.  Part of that is learning discipline about getting the pages written on a consistent basis.

Are you planning on writing any more in your Paladins of Darkness series?

Thanks for asking! I have three Paladin stories coming out next year.  Two are being released in back-to-back months early in the summer.  The third is a novella in an anthology with Susan Sizemore.  I’m really excited about that.  I also just wrote a proposal for what would be the tenth book in the series.

Again, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us. I wish you lots of success, and I hope you'll continue to write about the characters and worlds we've all grown to love.   To learn more about Alexis and her books you can find her at http://www.alexismorgan.com/

And I don't know about you all, but I've already got my copy of Dark Warrior Untamed on order with the bookstore.  ;)

Now for a special announcement Alexis has kindly offered an autographed copy of one of her books for one lucky winner.  Leave a comment and get a chance to win a book.

Paladins of Darkness
Series




Talions Series

Silhouette Nocturne

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Living Proof by J.L. Wilson

Living Proof
New Human Intercession #2
by: J.L. Wilson
ISBN#1601547072
$6.25 e-book
Wild Rose Press
Sci-Fi Romance
Released: July 2010




Dru and Jak are co-leaders on their planet. When Jak announces he wants to make an excursion to one of the uncharted northern regions, Dru decides to tag along, not trusting Jak's motives. But while watching him, she realizes he's smart, strong, and compassionate—all the things she's not. She's drawn to him on a level she can't understand, and is afraid to think about why.

Jak admires Dru's strength and leadership capabilities, and wants to get to know the woman hiding behind the political mask. But that will have to wait, because friends are becoming enemies, enemies are becoming friends, and the future of everything they've worked for is about to collapse around them. Can they overcome the obstacles thrown at them to have a future together?



This book is about political intrigue, betrayal, hope, and love. Dru has a hard time trusting people, and although she's physically attracted to Jak, she's afraid to let herself open up for fear of being hurt. Jak has lusted after Dru, but he's wary of her because of her distrust of his family clan. When the opportunity to chart a northern region arises, he jumps on it, and Dru tags along. They don't trust each other, but there are enemies out there determined to take them down.  There were a lot of names thrown around in this book that got me a bit confused, and I had a hard time with the layers of political intrigue. Other than that, I enjoyed reading the book.

Carla gives this book a

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: Dark Side of Dreaming by Ann Bruce

Dark Side of Dreaming
by: Ann Bruce
ISBN#9781419928406
$5.20 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotica
Released: July 2010





Cleo Moran retired thief has one more job to do what she didn’t plan on was being knocked out and finding herself waking up tied to her captors bed. Let alone the fact that he is very handsome and sexy.

Alexander (Sasha) Michaels needs Cleo to help find a statue that was stolen from him. Of course he did not expect the thief to be beautiful and everything he has ever looked for in a woman.

When Cleo is attacked Sasha leaves her little room to breathe as he does all he can to protect the woman who he finds himself drawn to more and more but can he convince her that her life of solitude is not what she truly wants.

As they continue to search for the man who wants Cleo and the remaining statue as well as keep their secrets from each other can they ever have any future together or will they lose everything?



DARK SIDE OF DREAMING is one very hot story with a plot. The chemistry between Cleo and Sasha is sexy, steamy and electric. The battle of wills between them kept me turning the pages to see who would win the round I kept waiting to hear the bell ring to begin the next round in the ring.

Annette rates this book


Review: Hunters by Michelle Marquis & Lindsey Bayer

Hunters
by: Michelle Marquis and Lindsey Bayer
ISBN#9781426890222
$4.99 e-book
Carina Press
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: June 2010





After spending a year in jail for breaking a planet's law while tracking a bounty, Harmony is finally free to continue her hunt. Determined to catch her prey and get her perfect record back, she's dismayed to find her ship is out of commission. She grudgingly turns to Tanner, a fellow bounty hunter for help. Although the sight of his chiseled, scarred body makes her mouth water, she can't stand him, but knows she must work with him if she wants to catch her bounty.

Tanner reluctantly agrees to help Harmony, although her obsessive ways make him want to bang his head against the nearest bulkhead. After spending time with her, though, he begins to see the vulnerable woman buried under her tough as nails exterior. Suddenly nothing is more important to him than stripping away the last of her defenses, as well as her clothes.

Now Tanner must learn to work with Harmony in order to catch her bounty, as well as her heart.



This book was...awesome! I loved it. The characters jumped out of the page at me, and I was able to see the scenes playing out in my head in HD while I read. I loved the quips thrown back and forth between the two.  Harmony is almost obsessive-compulsive in her single-minded determination to catch her bounty, and because of that, she's got a near perfect record. She's only been unable to capture one bounty, and that's because she was thrown in jail before she could. Once she's released, she's determined to catch him, but becomes too emotionally attached to the job because of it. Tanner thinks she's too uptight, but agrees to help her, mainly because he's lusted after her for a while.  The chemistry between the two characters is smokin' hot, and I can't wait to read more by these talented authors.

Carla gives this book a

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review: Antaren Affair by Erica Anderson

The Antaren Affair
by: Erica Anderson
ISBN#9781419929373
$5.20 ebook
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: July 2010





Colonel Avar has been sent to the planet Antares to negotiate a treaty with the planet's inhabitants. Once there, he's given a unique gift—a kebara, a sexual slave trained to satisfy his every desire. But one taste of this exotic beauty, and he knows it will never be enough to whet his appetite for her.

Meraya is terrified when she learns she's been given to the alien Colonel, but knows she has no choice in the matter. It doesn't take her long to realize he's far better than any man she's ever known, and begins to fall head over heels for him.

There are those among the Antarens who don't want to see the treaty completed, and will do anything to stop it, include using Meraya. As the passion between the two ignites, they both must choose what's more important to them—their duties, or each other.



Erica Anderson did a great job with not only her world building, but the people that inhabit the world. In this world, the men have all the power, and the women are reduced to little more than living, breathing sex dolls. Colonel Avar learns this when Meraya is presented to him as a gift, and she has no say in the matter. He's instantly drawn to her. By treating her as a person instead of an object, he begins to draw her out of her shell, and learns things about the Antarens that is crucial to his role in forming a treaty. He's outraged at her treatment, and vows to help her in any way he can. But there are those that disagree with him, and are determined to get rid of the threat—namely, Meraya.

It's a great love story, an instantaneous clashing of souls that leaves the rest of the world in shatters at their feet. The story proves that love does conquer all, even the barriers of race and rank. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction, and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

Carla gives this book a

Friday, July 16, 2010

Review: Tempt Me With Darkness by Shayla Black

Tempt Me With Darkness
Doomsday Brethren #1
by: Shayla Black
ISBN#9781416558583
$7.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: August 2008




Marrok has endured centuries of anguish because of a curse from Morganna.  And when he sees Olivia, a descendant of the hateful Morganna, he's overcome with rage.  He abducts her and tries to force her to undo the curse, only to find it's not hate he feels for her at all, but an all-consuming lust. 

One look at the mighty warrior brings Olivia to her knees.  The passion between them is undeniable, but she knows if she's not careful, Marrok will leave her heart in tatters.

For there's a book, one that holds the power to end the world if it falls into the wrong hands.  The book also holds the curse that binds Marrok to his immortal life.  It's a race against time to break the curse, for an ancient evil has arisen, one intent on harnessing the power of the book for his own.  If he succeeds, then all will die.



Carla says:

This book took me a bit to get into, but once I did, that was it.  I had to force myself to put the book down to sleep, and now that I've finished, I can't wait to read the next one in the series.  About the only thing that bothered me what the characters would overlook something important that was said, only to react to it in a later scene.  Kind of took the shock value out of what was being revealed. 
Other than that, I enjoyed the story, and I can't wait to find out what the villian has in store for them next.

Carla gives this book a





Annette says:

I was not sure what to expect with this book since I have not read many books with magic involved.  But once I started I had to finish it and bought book two before I even finished this one.  The passion between Marrock and Olivia is so powerful and shows that love can overcome anything even a curse.  Wonderfully written and of course leaves you needing to know what happens next.  I have become a fan of Shayla Black.

Annette gives this book a

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Review: Serenity's Dream by Brita Addams

Serenity's Dream
by: Brita Addams
ISBN#9781605921235
$5.50 ebook
Noble Romance Publishing
Historical Romance
Released: July 2010





Lucien arrives home after a night at his sex club to discover the wife he has not seen since after their wedding night ten years ago sitting in his library. When Serenity informs him that she is ready to be a real wife to him Lucien knows she is hiding something but his body is not willing to listen to his head.

Serenity is on the run and the only place she feels no one will look for her is with her husband Lucien. Now she has to convince him that she is there because she wants to be with him and that she can be everything he needs in a wife.

As they both soon learn people can change over time and it becomes a complete surprise to Lucien when Serenity wants to learn all there is about how to please her husband in bed. So, Lucien does what he does best and takes her to his club of every sexual fantasy and shows her what he wants from her.

When Serenity’s reason for hiding shows up can she save her marriage and keep the man she has learned to love again or will she lose Lucien forever this time?



Brita Addams SERENITY’S DREAM is a wonderful tale of love, trust and steamy love scenes. It is a wonderful historical romance with some erotica thrown in but not overdone. This is a story I could read over and over again.

Annette rates this book

Review: Mate Hunger by Marisa Chenery


Mate Hunger
Ra's Chosen #2
by: Marisa Chenery
ISBN#9781419928932
$5.20 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Paranormal Erotica
Released: June 2010

 
Selected by Ra as a warrior Set as second-in-command has too much to do keeping up with protecting the mortals from the undead he has no time to deal with a human woman who may be his mate. But when he is seen killing an undead and unable to erase the memories of the woman he knows he has no choice she is his mate and he must do everything he can to convince her that their future is together.

Desiree has watched Set from a distance at the bar she works at and has been secretly attracted to the man and admits maybe even already in love with him. One night of seeing something she should not have is about to change her life forever. Now feeling trapped as a captive at Set’s headquarters along with all the other warriors she is determined to escape from the crazy people who believe they are immortal and regardless how sexy and hot Set is she is not prepared to give him her blood.

Will Set be able to convince Desiree of whom and what he is before it is too late for him as he now needs her blood to survive no other will do. Will Desiree give in to her desires and her feelings and stay with Set and give him what he needs.



Marisa Chenery has a hit series with her Ra’s Chosen MATE HUNGER is the second book in the series and it can be described in one word “HOT”. Set is tall, dark and handsome what more could a woman want. Desiree is the skeptic regardless of what she saw with her own eyes she cannot bring herself to believe that there are such things in the world. Their constant battles are full of emotion and heat.

Another nice thing about this series is you do not have to read the first book to follow the second. I am thoroughly looking forward to the next book in this series.

Annette rates this book with

Review: Hunter's Need by Shiloh Walker

Hunter's Need
part of the Hunters series
by: Shiloh Walker
ISBN#9780425231500
$7.99 mass market paperback
Berkley Sensation
Paranormal Romance
Released: December 2009




Analise is a psychic, and years ago betrayed a man she cared for. Years later, she's still trying to make amends. Moving away from Duke was hard, but she knew it was for the best, since her betrayal left only resentment and hatred between them.

But now, restless spirits have come to Ana, begging for her help in finding their murderer. For he's killing innocent woman, and Ana is the only one able to find him.

Knowing she can't do it alone, she calls for a Hunter, and Duke is sent. The attraction between them is instant and potent. As they work together to find the killer before he claims another life, the walls they've both erected around theirs hearts begin to crumble. But they must fully let go of the past if they hope to have a future together.



It's been a couple years since I read one of Shiloh Walker's other Hunters books, so it took me a bit to get into it and remember the story and the world. After a couple chapters, the story started to pick up the pace and sweep me away. The ending was one I never saw coming, which is always a welcome surprise.  Ana's guilt has been eating her up since she betrayed Duke all those years ago, but at the time, she didn't have a choice. Her attraction to him haunts her, since she knows he hates her for what she did. Duke resents her for her weakness and the part she played in his betrayal, but he can't seem to repress the bone deep ache he feels for her.  It's always fun to read stories about characters that have so much baggage they should be buried under it, yet find the strength to overcome it.

Carla gives this book a

Sharon Ashwood Contest Winner

Our random number selector has selected our winner in the Sharon Ashwood contest and the winner is:

Cathy M.

Congrats Cathy.  Please send an email to Sharon at sharon@sharonashwood.com and let her know which book you selected,  Ravenous or Scorched.  Again congrats Cathy!!!

Also, a huge Thank You to Sharon for her time we enjoyed your interview and we hope you will join us again you're awesome!!


~Annette~

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review: Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter

Seduce the Darkness
Alien Huntress #6
by: Gena Showalter
ISBN# 9781416531647
$7.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Star Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: June 2009




Bride is the only vampire she knows of. Desperate to find answers about her kind, her path crosses with Devyn, who claims to have the answers she needs. His price? One night of unadulterated sex. She refuses him, knowing the knowledge she craves isn't worth the heartache he'll cause.

Devyn makes no secret of his womanizing ways, and has never had a problem bedding a woman. Until now. He's floored when Bride refuses him, and is determined to change her mind. But while he tries to woo her out of her pants, other emotions he'd thought he locked away surface, making him rethink everything he once knew.

Bride's blood has the power to stop the alien virus killing people. As the stakes escalate, so does the passion burning between her and Devyn. She wants to do the right thing, but giving up her blood will mean giving up her freedom, as well as the conceited alien who's managed to worm his way into her heart.



Three books in this series, three days. Tell you anything? I've said it before, I'll say it again—Gena Showalter's books rock.  I loved the arrogance of Devyn. Just because women threw themselves at his feet in the past, he expects Bride to do the same. Boy, he was in for a shock when she refused him. That just made him more determined, but he never expected to develop feelings for her. Feelings, to him, were a waste of time and energy, and nothing good could come from them. As the story progresses, he realizes how wrong he is, and when she's ripped from his side, it almost destroys him.  I'm devastated I have to wait until the end of October for the newest book in this series. But that's okay, because I've got two more to read by her. So off I go to curl up on the couch with my cats and another book I know I'll love.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Savor Me Slowly by Gena Showalter

Savor Me Slowly
Alien Huntress #5
by: Gena Showalter
ISBN#9781439168806
$4.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Star Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: August 2009




Mishka was created to be the perfect killing machine. Half woman, half cyborg, she's powerless against those that control her, often being forced to do things she'd rather forget. She resigned herself to her fate until the day she was sent to rescue Jaxon from imprisonment. One look at him and senses she never knew she had spring to life. But what she wants is not to be...

After being rescued by a beautiful cyborg, Jaxon can't seem to get Mishka off his mind. She arouses passion in him unlike anything he's ever known before, and he wants nothing more than to claim her for his own.

A deadly virus has been brought to earth. Mishka's owner wants the means to control it, and isn't above using her to achieve his own ends, even if it means pitting her against the one person who's ever treated her like a human...and the only human she's ever loved.



I did a bit of jumping in this series, skipping books 2-4, mainly because they weren't in mass market format. (Side note: I realized books 2-4 are Young Adult, that's why I skipped them.)  After reading this series though, I might just break my no-buying-trade-paperback rule. I've read nearly all of Gena Showalter's books, and she just gets better and better.  The idea of a woman who's been mechanically enhanced, but treated like a thing her whole life, is heartbreaking. Mishka never got to experience a hug as a child, nor affection as an adult. But Jaxon sees the lonely, insecure woman lurking beneath the metal and circuitry, and attempts to draw her out. She doesn't know what to think or how to act, and is afraid to let down her guard. She knows at any moment she could be ordered to kill the one man who she's come to love, and knows it would break her heart. She tries to distance her heart from him. But Jaxon is nothing if not determined, and in Mishka sees a happiness he's long denied himself.  To sum it up, this books rocks.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

Awaken Me Darkly
Alien Huntress #1
by: Gena Showalter
ISBN#97814165817177
$7.99 mass market paperback
Downtown Press
Paranormal Romance
Released: February 2006




In a world where aliens are now legal citizens, Mia works for the Alien Investigation and Removal Unit, and her job is to keep the city safe from the aliens who harm earthlings. She's tough as nails and one of the best at her job. Being the only female member, she has to be. But all that changes when she's assigned to work a case, and the suspect is an alien, one with a scorching gaze and a body to die for. When her partner is nearly killed, this alien holds the power to heal her partner. But his help comes at a price...a price she might not be willing to pay.

Kyrin's sister has been locked up after being falsely accused of murder. He singles Mia out, thinking she can help him save his sister. After kidnapping Mia, he's drawn to her on a level he can't understand, but knows will only end in disaster. For Mia's bosses are determined to pin a murder charge on him, which will result in a death sentence. His only hope lies in convincing Mia to help him. Or maybe strip off her clothes, first...

But passion will have to be put on hold, for there's a dark power rising up, intent on devouring everything in its path. It's got a grudge against Mia, and won't rest until she's dead. As Kyrin and Mia race against time to stop the madman before more innocent lives are lost, they must confront their feelings for each other. For it's forbidden to be with an alien, and Mia is forced to choose between her duty...and the alien she's come to love.



I've been putting off reading this series, and after reading it...I don't know what I was thinking. This book sucked me in from the first page and wouldn't let me go. I wouldn't even let myself write this review until I'd finished the others in the series. Anything with aliens in it, I'm there. The world Gena Showalter has woven is a new spin on a old classic.

In her world, there are hundreds of alien breeds that live and work among us. It wasn't that easy, though. A war between humans and aliens nearly destroyed Earth, turning it into a near-inhospitable place, where water is scare, and chocolate is (gulp) nearly extinct. The Alien Investigation and Removal Unit keeps the bad aliens from preying on the humans, and kills those that step over the line.

This series rocks, and anything Gena Showalter writes is an automatic read for me.

Carla gives this book a

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review: Forsaken Desire by Aubrey Ross

Forsaken Desire
Intimate Invasion #2
by: Aubrey Ross
ISBN#9781419928642
$5.20 e-book
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Sci-Fi Erotica

Released: June 2010




Princess Adara spent time as a captive by a ruthless race known as the Setti. Now safe at home, the only thing that keeps the nightmares at bay is the thought of her former cellmate, Rhys. Although it's been a year since she's seen him last, she can't get him out of her thoughts.

Since his rescue from the Setti prison, Rhys has thrown himself into his work with the Resistance, leaving no time for a social life. Worried, his father asks Adara for help, knowing she's the one person able to break through the shields he's erected.

The two have only just begun the exploration of their rekindled passion when another participant is accidentally dragged into the fold by Adara. Javier is being held captive by the Setti. Because of the genetic mutation forced on him, he's formed a telepathic link to Adara, and thinks she's his mate.

As the search for Javier begins, Rhys must confront his feelings towards Adara, or risk losing her...to another man.



I was very impressed with the writing on Forsaken Desire. It flowed beautifully, and while I had a bit of a problem trying to keep everyone's names straight, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The story has three central characters—Adara, Rhys, and Javier—and Aubrey Ross did a great job switching between the point of view and keeping the emotions of the characters separated and believable.

I was disappointed when it ended, but not for the reasons you'd think. Since Forsaken Desire is a short story, it ended much too soon for my liking. I would have loved to see more, but for as short as it was (and it was still a little over a hundred pages) the story had a great wrap up at the end. I look forward to reading more from Aubrey.

Carla gives this a


Monday, July 5, 2010

Review: Melting Iron by Laurann Dohner

Melting Iron
Cyborg Seduction #3
by: Laurann Dohner
ISBN#9781419928130
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: June 2010




A mechanic working on a deep space rig, Dawn's ship is taken captive by a group of cyborgs. After an effort to escape goes horribly wrong, she's blackmailed into becoming a slave to one of the gray skinned bastards. One glimpse at Iron's chiseled body, however, has her thinking that life as a slave may not be all bad...

Iron's used to being in control of his life, but one look at his fiery redheaded slave and he knows life will never be simple again.

She might surrender to his expert caresses, but she refuses to be controlled. As she's sucked deeper and deeper into his world, she realizes there's nowhere else she'd rather be. She's determined to make him see that loving a human isn't the taboo he once thought, and there are plenty of ways for her to prove it. Maybe if she starts with her tongue...



Any book with the word “space” in in is guaranteed to peak my interest, and I was delighted when this book held my attention through the end. The love scenes were steamy and believable, without being overdone. I was intrigued by the concept of a cyborg with the ability to feel human emotions, and Laurann Dohner did a great job blending the concept into a believable love story.

The lengths Dawn was willing to go to in order to stay with Iron pulled on your heartstrings. True love is about overcoming any obstacles to stay with the one you care about, and Dawn did an amazing job proving her love for Iron. And it took Iron a bit to warm up to her, but as a cyborg who'd been loathed and treated like an object his whole life, it wasn't much of a surprise. But Dawn proved that not only was there was a heart in the cyborg, after all, but that happily ever afters do exist.

Carla gives this book a

Interview with Sharon Ashwood

Today we have with us the author of the Dark Forgotten Series Sharon Ashwood.

Welcome to RomFan Reviews, Sharon. It is a great pleasure to have you with us today and congratulations on the nomination RAVENOUS has received for Booksellers Best Award for paranormal.

This first question is kind of two parts. First, what made you decide to start writing and second, how did you get your start writing?

I’ve always written stories and finished my first novel when I was sixteen (it was terrible, by the way). I wrote about four more (also barf-worthy) in fits and starts while I was doing the usual stuff—going to university, getting into the work world, figuring out who I was as an independent adult. This took me a while as I am apparently a slow learner. Then I got back into writing by freelancing for various papers.

One of the stories I covered was for a conference put on by a local chapter of the Romance Writers of America. That exposed me to the business of writing, which was the piece of the puzzle I’d always been missing. I mean, I had no problem sitting down and scribbling hundreds of pages, but then what? What do you do next? How does your work get launched into the marketplace?

So I joined the chapter and was fortunate enough to A) start writing better books and B) meet the superb historical romance author Jo Beverley, who offered a huge amount of practical advice. I can safely say that I owe her my start in the business.

Tell us a little about your new release UNCHAINED, which will be on bookshelves tomorrow.

UNCHAINED is the story of Ashe Carver, slayer extraordinaire, mom, librarian, and ex-witch. She’s tough with a mother’s tender side and is very prepared to lay waste to anyone who threatens her family circle. She’s especially protective of her ten-year-old daughter, Eden.

It’s also the story of Reynard, captain of the guards in a prison for the supernatural. He’s been trapped there for centuries, but is given permission to leave when a thief steals his soul. He goes to Ashe for help because he doesn’t know the modern world. When he was last free, he was an eighteenth-century soldier, gambler and ladies’ man.

Ashe is quite a different kind of woman than what he’s used to, but she has the slayer’s skills he needs. If he doesn’t get his soul back fast, he’s going to die.

She has to pick up her stakes and ride to the rescue, risking the “normal” existence she’s trying to build for herself and her daughter. Worst of all, she has to confront all the failures of her life. She and Reynard are falling fast and hard for each other, but there are a thousand ways it could all go wrong. If they find the thief and retrieve Reynard’s soul, he has to go back to the prison forever. If they fail, he can stay free but he’ll die.

Check out the book video as it does a really good job setting up the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbExjMvR8-0

Will we be seeing more of Ashe Carver in the near future?

All my characters have a way of worming themselves into future books. She’s not in Book IV—which is all about the hellhounds—but we’ll definitely see her again.

I know it seems these two questions are always asked but readers and future writers like to know. What do you like most about writing?  What do you dislike about it?

I love telling stories. I love connecting with readers. When I know I’ve touched someone with my books, it’s the best feeling under the stars. What I dislike is the schedule. I work full time, so I don’t get to linger over projects the way I’d like to.

I will mention that between UNCHAINED and book IV, I managed to squeeze in a short story that will appear in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE 2. That anthology will be out in the fall.

When you get some down time, which I know doesn’t happen often, what would we catch you doing?

Usually I get outdoors. I’m a big fan of long walks and the city where I live, Victoria, is lovely. I’ve got mountain views, beach, and the graveyard down the block—all great scenery within a five minute stroll. Or I collapse on the couch and watch vampire movies. Downtime comes for me in snatches, so I don’t make big plans. My holiday this year is a working vacation in Orlando, where the Romance Writers are having their big conference at the end of July. There is a signing with hundreds of authors that’s open to the public, so check it out if you’re in the area!

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?

Right now I’m reading Jessa Slade, Vicki Pettersson, and I just finished WILD RIDE by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, which I just loved. I tend to read books with action. I love a good explosion. I never fight with guys about what movie to see—I’ll take Jason Bourne over THE NOTEBOOK any day of the week (but I still like Harry Potter best).

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?

I’ve been using this phrase lately: dream big, work hard. Don’t be afraid of your creativity, but work your tail off perfecting your craft. The best way to do that is to write lots and get your writing critiqued by respectful, knowledgeable people.

Joining an organization like the RWA is really useful. I also got a huge amount of good advice from Kelley Armstrong’s on-line writing group (I found it via her web site). Of the group who started off at the same time I did, quite a few are now published.

Thank you so much Sharon for spending some time with us. It was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again real soon.  To learn more about Sharon and her books you can find her at http://www.sharonashwood.com/

And now for one lucky commenter Sharon has graciously offered the winner a choice of a copy of Ravenous or Scorched.  We will select one name randomly on Sunday July 11th. 



The Dark Forgotten Series
by Sharon Ashwood

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Review: Dark Side of Dawn by Kathryn Smith

Dark Side of Dawn
Nightmare Chronicles #2
by: Kathryn Smith
ISBN#9780061632716
$6.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: November 2009




Dawn has everything she's dreamed of. A successful practice, and a hotter than hot boyfriend who doesn't care that she's a freak from two worlds. She's even made peace with herself.

She knew it was too good to last.

Another enemy has emerged from the realm of Dreaming, determined to see her destroyed no matter the cost. Now she must fight not only those who would see her destroyed, but her own family.

As if being the daughter of the King of Dreams wasn't hard enough...



This is the second book of the series, and as such I had high hopes for the book. I wasn't disappointed. Kathryn Smith has an amazing wit and a way to write the characters that just sucks you in against your will. I found myself chuckling out loud a few times. The world building is totally believable, and I found I had a hard time putting this down. I hope she writes more in the series, because the ending leaves you hanging.

Carla gives this a