Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo Contest

November 30th marks the last day of the NaNoWriMo Challenge.  Some of you may be furiously trying to hit that seemingly impossible 50,000 word deadline.  Others have already hit it, and are sitting back and giving their poor brains and fingers a break. 

But for everyone who participated this year, I say to you, congratulations!  Even if you don't hit the 50,000 word mark, you can be proud of everything you've accomplished.  Trying to fit time in to write around your busy schedules isn't easy, and there have been several things you've had to do without (like sleep) to get that 1,667 a day word count in.

This was my first year participating, and I'm happy to say I finished on the 28th, sliding across the finish line with a total word count of 50,161.  I've had my ups and downs, and there have been times where I've wanted to throw my computer across the room.

Thankfully, I didn't.

I know that I'll spend way more time preparing for next year.  I ended up scrapping my hastily thrown together outline within the first week, mostly because my characters were starting to mutiny against me.  They've fought me every step of the way, and have (unfortunately) spent more time in the hospital than I'd planned because of it. 

I've heard that the second week is the hardest, and I have to agree.  Once you get your initial ideas written, you end up going, "Now what?  Where am I supposed to go now?"  For me, that's usually when the fight scenes got added. 

When in doubt, beat someone up.

I can say with all sincerity I'm so glad it's over, and I can finally start getting to sleep before 2am.  Will I do it next year?  Absolutely.  But for now, I don't plan on writing anything longer than a review for the next week or two.

At the beginning of the month, we mentioned a contest for anyone who participated in this year's NaNo Challenge.  A quick recap:

We're going to give away 5 gift baskets to the first five people who send in proof that they participated.  We're not looking for strictly winners, but anyone who tried (and wrote more than 5 words). 

To be eligible, please send an email to romfanreviews@gmail.com with
  • A link to your NaNoWriMo site page.  Mine is http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/699884.  (To access, on your main page where it shows your total, just copy and paste the address on the top.)
  • Your total word count, effective midnight on November 30th.
That's pretty much it.  If you've won, we'll write you back and get your mailing address. 

This contest will run until we hit five confirmed winners.  Once we hit five winners, we'll post something telling everyone the contest is closed, along with the winner's names (or screen names).

Good luck!


Last chance Karen Hawkins Winners

I still have not heard from two of our winners from our interview with Karen Hawkins please email me your snail mail by the end of the day today annette@romfanreviews.com or I will have to pick two new winners.  I still need to hear from

Please don't lose your chance for a free autographed copy of Karen's book Mcuh Ado About Marriage.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Wolf Fever by Terry Spear

Wolf Fever
Heart of the Wolf #6
by: Terry Spear
$7.99 mass market paperback
Paranormal Romance / Shapeshifter
Released: December 2010

Carol Woods was turned into a wolf against her will now she fights every day to prevent the turn as she feels she will never change back. As she can see what will happen to the pack in the future she is bound to make sure to retain her humanity at all cost. What she did not plan for was the sexy gray from another pack making her feel things she does not want to feel.

Ryan McKinley knew the first time he ever saw Carol that there was more to their relationship then he wanted to admit for one thing he did not believe she could see the future and he is going to do all he can to prove her to be the fraud he knows her to be.

When a virus breaks out affecting the pack Carol and Ryan race against time and their growing lust to find a cure before it is too late. It soon becomes apparent to Ryan that Carol is not the fraud he believed her to be but unless she accepts the fact that she is now a wolf and everything it entails he is afraid they can never truly be together. Will Carol give in to the moon and accept who and what she is or lose Ryan forever.

Book six in her Werewolf Series Terry Spear delivers another smash hit again. Ryan had been burned before by someone saying they could see the future so determined to prove Carol a fraud he is afraid to admit the truth that he is wrong (typical man). Carol is strong and able to prevent the change something no turned werewolf has been able to do she has no idea how unique she is. The chemistry between Carol and Ryan is sizzling this book is a must read and for those who have not had the pleasure of Ms. Spears wolves don’t worry they can be read as stand alones even though some secondary characters have their own stories not necessary to read them first

Annette gives this book

Review: Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain

Devil’s Desire
by: Laurie McBain
$9.99 trade paperback
Historical Romance
Released: November 2010 (reissue)

Elysia Demarice has been left in the hands of her aunt that for some reason enjoys making Elysia’s life miserable but with nowhere to go she must endure and deal as best she can. When she decides she would be better off on her own she heads for London and all her troubles begin.

Lord Alex Trevegne is in need of escape so he leaves for his country estate when he stops for the night at an inn he finds even bigger problems when he awakens with a beautiful woman in his bed and not just any woman but an innocent one. He does the only thing he can he marries her.

Elysia gradually finds herself falling in love with her husband but when rumors begin to find their way back to her that he still has a mistress what is she to believe. It soon becomes apparent to her that there are people who want to destroy what they have together and now she must convince Alex that they belong together and can be happy but will it all fall apart before she has a chance to prove her love.

Originally written in 1975 DEVIL’S DESIRE is still a book for the ages. Although there were times when I would find I was not overly thrilled with Alex and his treatment of Elysia I would not change a thing about the book, it kept me turning the pages to see if Alex would ever realize how much he had going for him and that he had the unconditional love of a wonderful woman.

Annette gives this book

Review: Sex on the Slopes by Susan Lyons

Sex on the Slopes
by: Susan Lyons
Publisher: Berkley Heat
$15.00 trade paperback
Contemporary Erotica
Released: December 2010

Three love stories within the pages of one book.

Andi is in Whistler for one thing to make sure the couple who hired her to plan their wedding get married with no problems. Unfortunately Andi finds herself running out of the hotel in just her pajamas when a fire starts and soon finds herself in the arms of handsome firefighter Jared. Can she manage to keep to her job and avoid Jared or will she cave and find a man who can make all her dreams come true.

Brianna has come to the wedding as a guest of the groom and maybe find a good story for her TV show. When she encounters the sexy and younger ski instructor with an awesome accent can she keep her mind on business or will she succumb to a torrid affair with a younger man.

Maddie was in love with Logan as a young girl so when he shows up for her brother’s wedding ten years later she is bound to win him over and prove she is no longer a little girl. While Logan hid his feelings for Maddie all those years ago can he avoid her to protect her from danger now or will he give in to her and let nature take its course.

I loved this book for many reasons one you got to see six different people coming together and falling in love and all that the characters went through to achieve their goals. It was like three short stories that all came together in one ending. Another reason hot, hot, hot the stories kept me intrigued and the romance were burning up the pages. Ms. Lyons is an amazing storyteller and I cannot wait to read her next book.

Annette gives this book

Review: Burn for Me by Jan Springer

Burn for Me
by: Jan Springer
$4.45 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotica / Suspense
Released: November 2010

Overcome by grief with the death of her son, Avery is hell bent on her revenge. Nothing is going to get in her way or so she thought. Until her ex-husband, Mason shows up on the day she is supposed to marry the twin brother of the man she holds responsible for her sons death. Mason sees that Avery has let her need for revenge consume her and he is determined to not let her end up in prison, even if it means he has to break the law and kidnap her.

They both have been dealing with the death of their son, David but they were not able to help each other with the grief at the time which resulted in divorce. Now four years later Mason has kidnapped Avery and took her back to the cabin they honeymooned at in order to talk her out of her revenge. Little do they know that each other still loves the other and the fire that consumes them once again.

After a couple of days with Mason, Avery realizes that she has to let go of her revenge and let the cops get the guy responsible for their sons death. While Avery was out walking to the graveyard, she finds herself in danger. The guy she was so hell bent on getting her revenge on has caught up with her, and he knows that she has been with Mason. Avery's only hope is that everything will turn out the way it should.

For such a short book, I really enjoyed it. It had a good background into the characters and I like how everything turned out in the end. I would recommend this book for a quick read.

Sarah gives this book

Review: Jordan Tamed by Ava McKnight

Jordan Tamed
by: Ava McKnight
$4.45 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotica
Released: November 2010

Well known playboy Jordan Cooper has watched his two best friends, Sam and Sophie, fall in love. When super sexy Bridget, also a well-known player, declares eternal sexual and romantic bliss only a delusion, Jordan pulls out all the stops to prove her wrong.

Unknown to Jordan, Bridget was hurt at the tender age of eighteen when she found out the love of her life was married. Since then she has taken pleasure and gifts from men, but kept her heart safe. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Can Jordan change her mind and get her to take the ultimate gift of love and devotion?


"What if we’re two people who thought we could only have a wild and wicked time and find satisfaction by playing the field, when in fact, all we really needed was to find the one person whose passion and sex drive matched our own?"

With quotes like the one above, you can see how this one keeps you reading. Once I started, I just had to keep reading. Ava McKnight weaves a great story and you find yourself falling in love right along with Bridget!

Belinda gives this book

Congrats to Carla and Donna

I would like to congratulate Carla and my cyber buddy Donna who both completed the NaNo task of 50,000 words by the end of the month with time to spare.  Of course I knew you could do it.


Review: Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy

Beneath the Thirteen Moons
by: Kathryne Kennedy
Sourcebooks Casablanca
$7.99 mass market paperback
Fantasy Romance
Released: December 2010

For thousands of years, the people of Sea Forest have been classified into two groups—royalty and commoners. The rulers have kept most knowledge, and the highly sought after zabba root to themselves.

Marhi has spent most of her life living among the roots of the trees and eking out a living smuggling zabba root. When her village becomes sick with a deadly disease, she must risk capture to abduct a healer, one with the knowledge necessary to save her family and friends.

Korl is a prince in every sense of the word—arrogant and haughty. When he's kidnapped out of his bed by a beautiful but lowly commoner, he doesn't know what to think, only that every time he looks at her he can't help the longing that washes over him.

The prince reluctantly agrees to help her people, but it comes with a steep price...one Marhi might not be willing to pay.

First off, the world building in the book was incredible, amazing, fantastic. It was so good, I couldn't pick one word to describe it, so I had to use three. Kathryne Kennedy has done an amazing job with her world, and with the book in general. This had a fairy princess, long ago and far away feel to it, with a fantasy twist and love story powerful enough to suck you in and not release you until the last page. I can't wait to see more from this incredibly talented author.

Carla gives this book a

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Karen Hawkins Interview Winners!!!!

We have randomly drawn our four winners of Karen Hawkin's Much Ado About Marriage and the winners are:


Congrats to our winners!!!!  If you could please email me at annette@romfanreviews with your snail mail I will forward the information on to Karen.  Please respond within the next 48 hours or I will have to pick a new winner.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Interview with author Karen Hawkins

Welcome to RomFan Reviews New York Times and US Today Best-selling author Karen Hawkins, thank you Karen so much for taking time from your busy schedule to join us today.

1. Tell us a little about your new release ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND available November 23rd?

ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND is the story of Mary Hurst (her sisters were the heroines of the final two MacLean Curse books, SLEEPLESS IN SCOTLAND and THE LAIRD WHO LOVED ME) and her travails in Scotland where she’s gone in an attempt to regain possession of an ancient Egyptian artifact that her brother, who is being held for ransom, left in the care of a business associate. The man, the dark and mysterious Earl of Erroll, is a recluse and was scarred by the loss of his wife years earlier in a horrible fire. When Mary arrives at the earl’s castle, Erroll not only doesn’t believe her story that she’s come to take the artifact to gain her brother’s release, but thinks she’s a thief come to steal the artifact away.

Unwilling to let Mary just leave until he discovers who sent her on her ‘mission,’ Erroll locks Mary in the turret of his castle until he can either prove or disprove her story. But locking up a Hurst is never as easy as one might think and Mary quickly proves her mettle, much to Erroll’s surprise!

2. The series started with a prequel called MUCH ADO ABOUT MARRIAGE which ties your MacLean Curse Series and the Hurst Amulet Series together how many books will see in the Hurst Amulet Series?

The Hurst Amulet Series will be four books in total. The first one is ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND, coming this week, followed May 31st by SCANDAL IN SCOTLAND. The third book in the series is scheduled for late September.

3. You write both historical and contemporary do you find one easier than the other?

Not at all! I read both so it’s very easy for me to slip back and forth. I’ve always read contemporary romances while I’m writing my historicals, so now I read historicals while I’m writing the contemporaries. I love doing both!

4. You have this amazing sense of humor what else should readers know about Karen Hawkins?

Thank you! I just love to laugh and I come from a family that prizes humor. When I was growing up, there were a number of long running family jokes that went on. My dad used to sneak out in the middle of the night where he’d sit in his truck down the road from his sister’s house and use his own garage door opener to open and close her garage door over and over. She was sure it happened every time a plane flew overhead and even called the airport repeatedly to complain while my dad would snicker in the background. He finally told her the truth and she threw a pillow at him … after she stopped laughing.

There are many other examples, but living with such joy made me value a good laugh.

5. When you take a break from writing what are some of the things you enjoy doing?

I’m a history buff, so I read a ton of biographies and historical books. I also enjoy making stained glass pieces, which I wrote about in one of my older books, And the Bride Wore Plaid. I also have two children, both in college now, and a newish husband, whom I call Hot Cop because I met him while interviewing cops for my first contemporary, TALK OF THE TOWN.

6. Who or what inspired you to start writing?

I began to write because I took a turn in my life where I lost my reading time. In 1996, I began working on my PhD in political science and between taking classes, working full time, and raising two small children, I didn’t have time to read my beloved romance novels. So I decided that though I couldn’t READ an entire novel in a week any more (I was reading two or three before that), I could at least WRITE one chapter a week.

And so I did.

Along the way I heard about a writer’s group (the Georgia chapter of Romance Writer’s of America, GRW) and joined them and learned so much – it’s an amazing group. I became truly fascinated with the process and realized that, hey, I love doing this! When I got the offer for my first book in 1998, I quit the PhD program and worked on growing my writing skills and audience so that I could write full time, which I do now. It took me a while, though – almost five years, but I did it!

I’ve never been happier. You might say it was love at first type.

7. Any advice you would like to give to future authors trying to get their start?

Never quit and never stop learning. Between the two of those, you’ll make it.

8. Where can readers find out more about your books and contact you?

On my website, http://www.karenhawkins.com/ -- be sure you sign up for the newsletter! – and on facebook, where (by the way) author Sabrina Jeffries and I are giving away a multitude of prizes in the month of December, including a $50 gift certificate and BOTH a Kindle and a Nook to people who are fans of BOTH of our pages!

Thank you Karen for being with us today it was an honor and a pleasure to have you and we hope we can do this again. 

Thank you! So do I! :)

Now for some good news not just for one person but four!!! Karen has offered to give away four copies of the first book in the series MUCH ADO ABOUT MARRIAGE. All you have to do is leave a comment and your email address, that is it! Winners will be randomly selected on Sunday, November 28th.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review: Hungry for You by Lynsay Sands

Hungry for You
Argeneau #14
by: Lynsay Sands
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: November 2010

After two thousand years of being alone, Cale has pretty much given up any hope of finding his lifemate.  His family hasn't, though, and are determined to find him a woman he can spend the rest of his life with.

Humoring his family, he goes to meet with Alex, the woman his family is sure will be the one for him.  So not only is he shocked when he can't read her, but to make matters worse he's introduced as a chef, and a famous one at that.  But how is he, who hasn't eaten food in two thousand years, expected to cook meals, when the mere scent of food makes him sick?

Alex has been having a string of bad luck, and the latest is her head chef walking out on her.  So when Cale is introduced as a world renouned chef, she's doubtful, but sees no other choice.

Although Cale's hot, things quickly spiral out of control when she learns he's not a chef.  Can the feelings she's developed for him let her get over this betrayal, or will it keep her away from him forever?

Lynsay Sands has done it again.  I've been a rabid fan of her novels since book 1, and I've followed them ever since.  She's created such a creative version of the traditional vampire novel, and the scary thing is, I can totally believe it.

Basically, her vampires are decended from ancient Atlanteans.  They'd created nanotechnology that got injected into the body and cured disease.  They were supposed to destroy themselves when the damage was fixed (cancer, disease, etc.) but due to normal human ailments, age, the sun, the nanos were constantly repairing them.  They used blood to operate, more blood than the human body can produce.  Transfusions were used until Atlantis fell.  To adapt, the nanos created fangs so they could get the blood they needed.

This is a variation of the speech I give people at the bookstore when I'm recommending it as a new author.  I'll tell you the same thing I tell them-buy the books.  All of them.  The series is addicting, the family's meddlesome nature is hilarious, and the bickering and barbs have made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.  Lynsay Sands is an auto-buy for me, and once you read her books, they will be for you too.

Carla gives this book (no surprise) a

Review: In the Arms of A Stranger by Mary Eason

In the Arms Of A Stranger
by: Mary Eason
$4.50 ebook
New Concepts Publishing
Contemporary Romance
Released: September 2010

Honesty is the best policy in any relationship yet some people have a hard time grasping this concept. When swept off her feet by a shopper in her bookstore, Kate Edwards falls hard and fast in love though she soon finds that there’s more than meets the eye to Alex Bradshaw.

For ten years, Alex has sought revenge for the death of his estranged wife in a car accident, focusing his anger on one man, Robert Edwards. When Alex decides to get to the man through his daughter, he’s unable to go through with it the moment he meets her.

Kate finds out more than she can handle the day after their honeymoon and leaves Alex…many times. Each time he tracks her down, she runs away. Tearful, fearful, and angry, the woman won’t give him the chance to explain.

Alex turns to her father and they soon become fast friends, yet still, Alex resorts to devious methods to bring her back into his life, widening the gap between them further each time.

The story was well done, yet the heroine was oversensitive and never gives the hero a chance to talk. Even her poor cousin gets a tongue lashing from her numerous times. It would have been great to have a little more emotional interaction between the husband and wife rather than the cat chasing the mouse all the time.

Franny rates this book

Review: Warflesh by Kim Knox

by: Kim Knox
ISBN# 9781419923999
$4.45 e-book
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica / Menage
Released: November 2009

Fina is warflesh, a genetically enhanced human diplomat that works for the government.  When normal negotiations fail, she steps into to achieve a more, sensual, solution.

When she's assigned the task of negotiating a trade agreement with Kian, leader of the Tir, she doesn't think anything of it.  Then she learns she must work with Jonathon, the man she's lusted after for years, but knew she could never have.

The Tir have a special spice water that the emperor wants.  Their price?  For Fina to participate in the Tir's erotic spring ceremony.  Jonathon's job is to protect Fina, but there's an ultimate reason he's there, one Fina doubts he'll enjoy, but knows she will.

This was a hot, quick sci fi story about a woman who's essentially a government prostitute.  Kim Knox has a great knack for taking a character, and by the end of the thirty pages or so, you feel like you know them.  The character interaction is amazing, and the world building was great, considering the time constrictions. 

This is my third Kim Knox book, and I plan on reading everything else she's written.  She's quickly climbing the ranks of my favorite sci fi romance authors.

Carla gives this book a

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Winner for the Linnea Sinclair Contest

Since we never heard back from the first two winners for the Linnea Sinclair contest, we've picked a new winner.

Marie Andreas, congratulations! 

If you could email me at carla@romfanreviews, I'll get your info forwarded to Linnea. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Winner of the Linnea Sinclair Contest

Sadly, we never heard back from our first winner, so we've drawn a new one for the Linnea Sinclair Contest.  And the winner is...

Admiral Mikey!

Congratulations!  If you could contact me in the next 48 hours at carla@romfanreviews.com, we'll get you taken care of.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review: Sweet Charity by Belle Sloane

Sweet Charity
by: Belle Sloane
$3.50 ebook
Red Sage Publishing
Historical Erotica
Released: September 2010

Charity Blythe has done what she thought was expected of her but when she cannot manage to please her fiancé in bed she begins to wonder what is wrong with her. If it were possible she would break the engagement but in order to inherit what her parents left her she must do as her aunt and guardian tell her and that means marrying Edwin.

Doctor Dillon Ramsey is asked by Edwin to find out what is wrong with Charity since the problem has to be her and not Edwin and after a thorough examination he finds there is nothing wrong with Charity medically but that her issues are more emotional. Can he let her marry a man that doesn’t deserve her?

As Charity and Dillon begin to draw closer to each other Charity soon begins to be the woman she was with more confidence and strength to the point of breaking her engagement to Edwin. But, things are not happily ever after for Charity and Dillon when things go awry for them.


SWEET CHARITY is a perfect title for this book as it was sweet and romantic with one very sexy doctor and an innocent but strong woman who have their ups and downs that keeps the reader entertained. I look forward to what Ms. Sloane brings us next.

Annette gives this book

Winner of the Linnea Sinclair Contest

We still haven't heard back from our Linnea Sinclair contest winner.  Mystwood, if you could contact me at carla@romfanreviews.com by Wednesday morning, we'll get you taken care of.

Review: Running in Fear: Abandoned by Trinity Blacio

Running in Fear: Abandoned
by: Trinity Blacio
$4.99 ebook
Ravenous Romance
Paranormal Erotica / Menage / Shapeshifter
Released: October 2010

Jaycee Manz has accepted the fact that she is mated to three wonderful men what she cannot accept is the way they tend to treat her. If she is to be a part of their lives and a part of the pack they need to let her have some say in what is going on.

Remi, Dane, and Mark love Jaycee but they feel that she has a bad habit of not knowing her place and it is up to them to show her what is required of her. They are about to find out how far they can push their mate and they may not like how it all ends.

RUNNING IN FEAR: ABANDONED is the follow up to Trinity Blacio’s RUNNING IN FEAR: ESCAPED where we first met Jaycee and her mates. I was looking forward to finding out how things turned out between Jaycee and her men and was not disappointed well except a couple spots where I wanted to hit Remi and Dane upside the head really hard. I hope to have the opportunity to read more from this wonderful author who managed to get just about every emotion possible out of me with this wonderful story.

Annette gives this book

Review: Tempted by Fate by Kate Perry

Tempted by Fate
Guardians of Destiny #3
by: Kate Perry
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal Romance
Released: December 2010

Willow Tarata became the Guardian of an ancient Chinese scroll after her mother’s death, determined to find who killed her mother. She soon finds herself being set-up for the recent murders happening so now she has to deal with a killer and the sexy detective who I out to prove her guilt.

Rick Ramirez is a by the book cop so when he tracks down the woman he suspects is the murderer in his cases he refuses to break those rules he lives by, ok maybe he will bend them just a little.

While Willow works on convincing Rick she is not the one out there killing people she also is fighting the growing attraction between them, there is no room in her life for a man. At least not until she finds out who is setting her up and tracks down the person responsible for her mothers death. Of course things never work the way you plan them to as both Willow and Rick are about to discover will they survive or will they lose each other before they have a chance together.

Book three in The Guardians of Destiny Series is a hit. I was engrossed in this book from the very first sentence. One nice thing even though characters from the previous books make appearances you do not need to read the others to know what is going on they are their own individual stories. I will definitely be going out and buying the first two and TEMPTED BY FATE will be going on the keeper shelf.

Annette gives this book

Review: Unmasked by Paige Tyler

by: Paige Tyler
$2.49 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotica
Released: October 2010

Well spank me silly and call me a cab! My own butt cheeks hurt after the sassy, sexy, swatting in this stupendous story. Whew! I thought I was going through menopause…on my buttocks. Hot, hot, hot!

When Tabitha Buckley goes hunting her hunk from afar at a Halloween party and finds herself in the middle of a spankfest, she soon realizes she’ll have her pick of the litter when three men are dressed in the same costume and she can’t tell which one he is. Her solution? Let them all spank her.

Mysterious, sexy as can be, and able to dole out the greatest spanking she’d ever had, it turns out her new lover isn’t the man she’d hoped he was…but way, way, way better. Not only does he prove himself capable of paddling in the best way, makes love with pure blissful brilliance and could charm the socks off a snake, but he stands up for her too and unmasks the man she thought she knew.

Honey? I want to lie across your lap. SCHPANK ME SCHWEETHEART!

Awesome story Paige Tyler. Call me next time you are going to a party. WHEW!

Franny gives this book a

Monday, November 15, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update

Hello all.  As some of you know, today marks the halfway point in the 2010 NaNoWriMo Challenge.  A week before it started, I decided to take a crack at it.  After all, I've already written three books, with a fourth on the way.  Piece of cake, right?

Yeah, about that...

I actually did okay until November 10th, when a sudden bout of the flu put me down for two days.  So after playing catch up in my life, I ended up four days total behind on my writing. 

That's about 6,700 words I was behind.

After the panic attack subsided, I realized I've done binge writing sessions before.  On Sunday, I sat down and knocked out about 4,500 words.  I still didn't get caught up, but I'm now only two days behind, as opposed to four.

Hooray me!

This has been an interesting challenge for me.  Because I only had a week to prepare, I went into this story blind.  Sure, I'd thrown a six page outline together, but you know how many pages of that I ended up using?  Three.  Three pages before the rest became garbage and I had to throw it out.  The characters and I have also been butting heads, because I have no set background or history for them, so we're all going into this blind. 

But I know that in the end, I shall perservere.  After my Sunday madness, the story is really starting to pick up steam, and the characters are starting to reveal themselves to me, which allows me to write their story better.

To those of you who were also crazy enough to take on the challenge, I say, kudos to you.  Just keep going, and remember, your book doesn't have to be perfect.  In fact, I'm planning on cutting out half the scenes I've already written, but that's the fun of it.  This challenge is all about letting go, and seeing where fate decides to take you. 

Review: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Sirantha Jax #1
by: Ann Aguirre
$7.99 mass market paperback
Ace Books
Science Fiction
Released: February 2008

Sirantha is a jumper, one of only a handful that possess the necessary gene to safely jump ships through grimspace.  When a mission to carry dignitaries goes horribly wrong, she finds herself the sole survivor of the crash, with no recollection of what happened.

Imprisoned and tortured, Sirantha is rescued by a mysterious man, one who claims he needs her help.  His ragtag group is trying to end the tryrannical rule of the current government, and needs her help tracking down others like her.

But with every jump, she gets sucked deeper and deeper into the lure of grimspace, and she fears the next jump will be her last.  And when the end of the line looms in sight, you might as well have a little fun before you reach the end...

Carla says:

When I started this book, I wasn't too sure about it, since it's written in the present tense, and as a rule, I shy away from stories written like that.  But after a few chapters, it ceased to matter.  The character of Sirantha is written in such a bold, humorous voice that the present tense ceased to exist, and the only thing that mattered was the story.  It was a bit difficult to get into the world, mostly because of the tech-lingo.  Once you figure out what the words mean, though, you're golden. (Hint: grimspace is like hyperspeed through wormholes, and it can only be accomplished by a person navigating a ship through it)  This is the first time I've seen it pulled off so well, and I find myself mad because I have to wait for payday before I can get the other three novels in the series.

Carla gives this book a

Annette says:

I had a difficult time getting into this book and it has nothing to do with the story except the fact it is Sci-Fi I have never been able to get into the genre.  With that said once I started to ignore some of the terminology and started paying more attention to the characters it made it much easier for me to read. 

I found myself laughing once in awhile at the interaction between Sirantha and March and discovered they both have sense of humors.  When they find themselves connecting to each other it begins to show a vulnerable side to Sirantha.

Will I read the others maybe just to find out where things go for Sirantha and March but they are not on my must read list.  If you enjoy Sci-Fi with some romance thrown in then I would say go get the books.

Annette gives this book

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winner of the Linnea Sinclair contest

Thank you everyone who stopped by to read our interview with Linnea Sinclair.  The contest for her giveaway is now closed, and we've drawn a winner.

Mystwood, congratulations!  You're our lucky winner!  Please contact me at carla@romfanreviews.com within 48 hours with your contact info and email, and I'll get that sent to Linnea right away.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Interview with author Linnea Sinclair

Today we have joining us science fiction romance writer Linnea Sinclair. Linnea, thanks so much for stopping by to chat today. I see there's an anthology being released into hardcover on November 16th, called Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Love and Death. Your story is called Courting Trouble. Can you tell us what the story's about, and is it part of your Dock Five Universe?

--“Courting Trouble” is totally new characters and a totally new ‘universe,’ though it’s more in line with the action in FINDERS KEEPERS (though not that ‘world’ or its characters):

Stuck on Jabo Station, and facing the impounding of her starfreighter and the loss of her cargo, Captain Serenity Beck thinks things can’t get any worse. Until Nicandro Talligar—her EX-fiance’s best friend—shows up at her hatchway. She doesn’t believe his tale about being an undercover DIA agent nor his promise to help. But armed thugs and a corrupt stationmaster leave her no choice.

For Nic, finding Serri again is as if he’s been given a second chance to rectify the mistakes he made six years ago. But asking her to trust him now puts not only his career in jeopardy but also his heart. He knows he’s courting trouble—big trouble—this time. He only hopes he’ll live long enough to tell her how he really feels.

You can see a mini story-trailer for “Courting Trouble” on my website: http://www.linneasinclair.com/songs.html#trailer

The fourth book in the Dock Five Universe, called Rebels and Lovers, was released back in March. Do you have plans to write any more in the series? *fingers crossed, here's hoping*

--The Dock Five Universe books are a lot of fun. They started with GABRIEL’S GHOST—which was the beginning of Chaz’s and Sully’s story. Their story continued with SHADES OF DARK. Then I branched out to other characters’ stories in HOPE’S FOLLY and REBELS AND LOVERS. It appears, though, that REBELS will be the end of the series. My publisher isn’t interested in any more books in that universe, or books with those characters, at this time.

I’ll miss Chaz, Sully, Philip, Dorsie, and the gang, and hope I can return to them someday.

What made you decide to start writing professionally? And tying into this question, how long did it take you to land your first contract?

--One of my college degrees is in Journalism, so I’ve been writing professionally for a good bit of time, though not in fiction. I became involved in Star Trek fan fiction right after college, and continued to dabble in that all through my twenties and thirties, even while writing as a news reporter.

I sold my first commercial genre fiction novel to a Canadian small press in 2000, signed on with my agent in 2004 and she sold three of my science fiction romance novels to Bantam a few months later.

What is your favorite thing about writing? What is one thing about it you could live without?

--My favorite thing about writing? That I get paid to make stuff up? Probably something like that. The creative angle, the sheer fun of being able to invent worlds and people and situations, and then “play” with them.

The thing I could live without would be the business end, the promotional end, the making sure the world is informed that XYZ book is releasing on XYZ date, or that I’ll be doing a book signing here or there. The business part of my brain is totally different from the creative part of my brain, and I can’t do both at once. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself!

If we were able to sneak a peek at your bookshelves, what would we find?

--My middle bookshelf—the one directly over my computer, is full of reference books and craft-of-writing books. Things like Jack Bickham’s THE 38 MOST COMMON FICTION WRITING MISTAKES and Dr. Jeanne Cavelos’ THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS.

The other two bookshelves on either side of my desk are a combo of pleasure reading—Robin D Owens, Lisa Shearin, Sara Creasey, Susan Grant, David Weber, Elizabeth Moon—and reference books (Air Force Officer’s Guide and Black’s Law Dictionary). In between all that are lots of cat figurines, my big honking gold RITA® award statue, and various crystal awards like the Prism, EPPIE, etc..

Pleasure books on the bookshelf have been reducing in number due to I’m a “Nookie” now. I read mostly on my Nook—and love it!

What would we catch you doing in your free time?

--I have free time? It’s been a while but going on a cruise with my husband. We used to do two a year but the past two to three years we’ve not been able to do so, due to my writing schedule and, as well, family issues. I really can’t write a book on a cruise but I have edited my books while cruising! Both FINDERS KEEPERS and GAMES OF COMMAND went through edits in the middle of the Caribbean.

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

--They can find me at several places.

My website --

My Facebook fan page--

My Goodreads page --

And my fan group on Yahoo--

I also tend to hang out at The Galaxy Express and the SFR Brigade blogs.

Linnea, I would like to thank you so much for taking time out to talk to us today. We wish you the best of luck (and I'll try to be patient and wait for your next book to come out).

Although I've read all of Linnea's books, I don't have any reviews posted, since I read the books months before we started the review site. Let me sum her books up: Go to the store, buy them, read them, and love them like I do. Her books are an excellent blend of science fiction and romance, leaving you red-eyed at four a.m. because you had to stay up to find out what happened. She's a master at her craft, and she's in my top two favorite sci-fi romance authors.

And now, Linnea has offered to give away an item from her Intergalactic Bar and Grille shop (http://www.cafepress.com/intergalactic).  Anyone who leaves a comment between now and Sunday, November 14th will be entered into the contest.  Good luck, and happy reading!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

RT Awards Nominations

We thought we would let our readers know that Romantic Times has announced their nominations for this years RT Awards.  I was pretty excited when I seen a few of my favorite authors on the list including my girl DB Reynolds, Elizabeth Amber, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Hawkins and Lora Leigh.  The list is quite extensive so I cannot put everyone who is nominated on here so anyone interested the link is:


Winner of the Lori Handeland Contest

Good morning all.  The contest for the Lori Handeland giveaway is now closed, and the winner is...

Jolene Allcock and Family!


If you could contact me within the next 48 hours at carla@romfanreviews.com with your snail mail address, we'll get you taken care of.

Again, congratulations!

Round Table Discussion Winner

Since we did not recieve a response to our posts or email we have drawn another winner's name from the comments of our round table discussion and the winner is:

Cathy M.

Congrats Cathy you just won signed copy of Black Dust Mambo and A Rush of Wings from author Adrian Pheonix.  If you could please send your snail mail to annette@romfanreviews.com within the next 48 hours and I will forward to Adrian.

Again congrats!!!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Last Call for Round Table Winner

We have not heard yet from the winner of our round table discussion contest  please notify me at annette@romfanreviews.com within the next 24 hours or I will have to select another winner.  Don't miss out on your chance to receive signed copies of Black Dust Mambo and A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix.
The winner of the contest was
Paranormal Bites

Monday, November 1, 2010

Interview with author Lori Handeland

Today we have with us the author of the Nightcreature novels, Lori Handeland.  Welcome to RomFan Reviews, Lori.  It is a great pleasure to have you with us today.

Happy to be here. Thanks for asking me.

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 always wanted to be a writer. Even when I was a kid and other kids would say they were going to be a nurse or a grocery store clerk, I'd say I was going to be a writer. Then they'd all look at me like I was a weird little kid. Which I guess I was.

However, when college time came I went to school to become a teacher since I'd been informed by everyone in authority that writers can't make a living. I needed a back up plan.

Of course once I got in the classroom I realized I'd rather wait tables than teach high school, so that's what I did. And I started writing a book.

I was lucky enough for that first book to be published, and I've been writing for a living ever since.

Tell us a little about your new book in the series, Marked by the Moon, which will be on bookshelves tomorrow.

MARKED BY THE MOON is the 9th book in my NIghtcreature Novel series, although each book can be read as a stand alone novel.

In it, tough as nails Alexandra Trevalyn does what most people can’t: She kills werewolves. Once part of the Jager-Suchers, an elite group of monster hunters, she’s going rogue these days, though she is no less determined to rid the world of bloodthirsty beasts…once and for all. That’s why Alex had no choice but to kill Julian Barlow’s wife—and will have to pay the price.

Julian’s brand of vengeance is downright devious, and now he’s turned Alex into a member of his pack. It’s only a matter of time before she falls under his spell. With the wild freedom of the wolf in her veins, Alex can’t deny that Julian wakes her most primal passions…and draws her that much closer to the moon’s call, where evil lies in wait.

You have two more books in the series scheduled to be released in 2011.  Will we see more?

Yes, MOON CURSED, my take on the Loch Ness Monster, will be released in March, with CRAVE THE MOON to follow in July. I hope to do more Nightcreature Novels after that as well.

Another series you write is the Phoenix Chronicles series.  Can you tell us a little about this series?

The Phoenix Chronicles is my urban fantasy series, which began with ANY GIVEN DOOMSDAY.

I’d long been fascinated by the tale of the Fallen Angels, or Grigori. How they came to earth to watch the humans, then mated with the daughters of men and produced a supernatural race known as the Nephilim. In the world of The Phoenix Chronicles, the Nephilim have been here since the beginning of time, wearing human faces, but beneath they are the monsters of legend—vampires, shape shifters and more.

The heroine, Elizabeth Phoenix, discovers there is a secret society that fights these supernatural creatures, and she’s just been put in charge of the ground troops. One little problem—the end of the world has been set in motion—doomsday is right around the corner—and she has no idea what she’s doing. Luckily she gets a little help from the two men in her life--her childhood love, Jimmy Sanducci, and her mentor, the Navajo witch, Sawyer.

You have written in several different genres.  Do you have a preference and is there one easier to write than another?

I'm usually writing in a particular genre because I was possessed by a particular storyline, which makes that genre my favorite of the moment. I've never found any one particular genre easier or harder than another.

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?

My favorite thing about writing is the wonder of it. Every day there is something new, someone new, some twist I didn't expect.

What I dislike most is that the writing's always there. You never get a break. There is no "off" day, no true vacation. Someone's always whispering--tell MY story next. Tell it NOW.

When you get some down time what would you be doing?

I am usually watching the myriad shows I've DVRd and never seem to catch up on, while I crochet. I also like to read whenever I get a chance. I don't get as much time to read as I used to and I miss it.

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?

Janet Evanovich, JD Robb, Susan Elizabeth Philips.

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?

The only way to fail is to quit. Keep at it.

Where can readers go to find out more about you and your books?


Thank you so much Lori for spending some time with us.  It was a pleasure having you here, and we hope you come back again real soon.

Anytime! Thanks for having me.

And now, Lori has offered to give away a signed copy of Marked by the Moon to one person who leaves a comment on this interview by Saturday, November 6th.  Good luck!