Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: Taming Tara by Kelly Jamieson

Taming Tara
by: Kelly Jamieson
ISBN#9781419931475
$6.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotica / BDSM
Released: November 2010





Tara is a strong independent woman who has worked really hard to run the family business of olive farming. All of her hard work doesn't seem to mean much to Grandpa, who is old fashioned and thinks that a man should be in charge of the business and so he hires Joe to help Tara run things. Tara is angry at both her Grandpa and Joe for different reason and isn't discrete about it but she and Joe have to work together. Joe sees that Tara likes to go with her gut feelings about things without doing the research to see if it would be a good business decision and when Joe calls her out on it she blew up and picked a fight with him.

Little do they know that they would both end up at Le Chateau,the BDSM club to blow off some steam. Tara goes there to feel like she is still in control she gets all dressed up in her Dominatrix clothes and looks for some sub to dominate. She sees a couple of guys that she has worked with before and sets up a "play date", while she is waiting for the "play date" Joe walks in the club and spots her immediately. Being a Dom himself Joe knows that Tara is no Dom, she just plays one. He wants to find a way to make her submit, and oh what fun is that going to be for him. Joe loves a good challenge and looks like Tara is just what he needs.

Will Joe be able to get Tara to submit willingly? Will Tara be able to trust someone so completely to give up her control? Only the two of them will find out, if they are willing.



I liked this book but it could have been two stories. The main one of course is about Joe and Tara and the second involved Joe's friend, Nick and Tara's sister, Sasha. I didn't mention them in my review, however I would like for them to get their own book and see how things turn out between them.

I give this book a 3.5 only because I would have liked to see more in the ending with Joe and Tara and the fact that it seemed to have more than one story going on in the book.

Sarah gives this book a





Review: No Laughing Matter by Michelle Marquis

No Laughing Matter
Werewolf Mafia #1
by: Michelle Marquis
ISBN#9781603139496
$5.99 ebook
Whiskey Creek Press
Paranormal Erotica
Released: January 2011





Violet Malone loved undercover police work so when the Vampire High King Victor asked her to do a job that required her to go undercover she was totally on board. When she found out that the assignment involved infiltrating the Werewolf Mafia in order to find out what the alpha, Jesse James was up to she was scared at first but she put on her "big girl panties" and went forth with the assignment.

Black Jack Heckle, one of Jesse's enforcers wants out of the life. Jesse talked/paid Jack into this new "change" that required him to take a serum that the Zombie King Seth and his mad scientists created as the closest thing to being free from the mafia. Unaware that the "change" took away the ability to shift into werewolf form Jack took the serum. Now he can shift into something far scarier.

Victor suggests that Violet gets close to Jack and ask him for his help in infiltrating the Werewolf Mafia. After explaining some things to Jack he finally but reluctantly agrees to help her out and takes her to see his alpha.

As the investigation got more and more in depth things heated up between Jack and Violet. Eventually Violet and Jack find out what the alpha Jesse James is planning to attack the vampires and start a new war. So Jack and Violet try to prevent it from happening by going to some of the other shifters like Jack who are a key part of Jesse's plan and tells them to choose a side.

In the end Jack has a choice to make either return to his pack life or accept who and what he is now. The only thing Jack knew no matter the choice is that he wants Violet to be by his side.



I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to the next installment. It had action, drama and romance. Job well done Ms. Michelle Marquis I only have one request please hurry up with the next installment.

Sarah gives this book a





Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review: Demon's Kiss by V.J. Devereaux

Demon's Kiss
Demon Allure #1
by: V.J. Devereaux
ISBN#9781419931239
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Paranormal Erotica
Released: January 2011




 
Gabriel has been kidnapped from her home and brought to a large underground chamber. She's not sure why she's been kidnapped, but once she sees the creature in chains in the middle of the room, she understands. The magnificent black and red skinned demon who stands before her radiates pure sexual need, and her body's quick to respond.

Asmodeus is a sexual demon, needing to feed off of sex and blood to retain his power. One whiff of the delicate human brought as a sacrifice to him and he knows he'll never let her go. Although the lust and passion between them is undeniable, there's something else that draws him to this woman, something he's not sure he can put a name to.

The men who hold Asmodeus captive only brought Gabriel to him so he could keep up his strength, but they should have thought about what a pissed-off demon with his full powers is truly capable of...



This short story focused more about the sex and emotions of the characters than the plot, but it was written in such a way that neither the characters nor the sex got old. The author did an amazing job portraying the emotions of both Gabriel and Asmodeus, and the descriptions made you think you were actually locked up in the room with them. It was a quick, enjoyable read. It does have sex scenes with him in his demon form, including a tail...so if anyone might take offense at that, I'd say don't bother. Other than that, give her a try.

Carla gives this book a




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Review: Rebel by Aubrey Ross

Rebel
Enemy Embrace #1
by: Aubrey Ross
ISBN#9781419931796
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: January 2011





As a leader of the resistance, Corry has vowed to do what it takes to make the government see reason, including the kidnapping of the rulers' children.  Too bad one of the prisoners gives her nothing but trouble.  From the moment she lays eyes on Ashton, she knows she'll have her hands full.  If only she could have her hands full of something else...but no.  No matter how sexy and tempting he is, she must remember that he's nothing more than a prisoner of war.  And when the tides turn, she must pray that he shows her the leniency she refused to show him...

Corry's brother Korbin is determined to make the goverment see the sad plight of their people, and knows that kidnapping their children is the only way to make that happen.  He knows he can't let the prisoners see him, but he's drawn to Danette, a shy beauty who's meek demeanor begs him to dominate her, in every sense of the word.  She brings out a side of him that's long been buried, and makes him wonder if it's really her who has him enslaved...



This book is neat because it has two different stories with two different couples, yet both stories follow the same plot.  It starts out from Corry's point of view as they take the captives, and follows her and Ashton for a little over half the book.  Then it switches back to nearly the beginning of the story from Korbin's point of view, and uses his story to tie up any loose ends and blend the story together, plus it goes past where the first story left off and finishes the tale.  It was like having two books for the price of one.  Aubrey Ross did an amazing job keeping the two sets of characters unique and interesting, and I found myself dragged along for the ride.

Anyone who enjoys a good sci fi book about rebels and spies and really good sex scenes should give this book a try.

Carla gives this book a





Review: Dragon's Prey by Tielle St. Clare

Dragon's Prey
Shadow of the Dragon #4
by: Tielle St. Clare
ISBN#9781419909399
$6.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Fantasy Erotica / Shifter
Released: November 2009





Kayla is a princess who happens to have a dragon cohabiting her body.  So when she gets captured, she figures her dragon's strength will make it easy to escape, right?  Wrong.  Her dragon is looking for its mate, and having had no luck in Kayla's kingdom, views this enslavement as a chance to scour the new area for her mate. 

As punishment for not meekly becoming a sex slave, Kayla is given to Sixx, the Captain of a mercenary group.  To make matters worse, her dragon takes one whiff of him and gleefully exclaims him to be her mate.  But that can't be right, because Sixx is everything she doesn't look for in a man-bossy, stubborn, pigheaded and arrogant. 

Despite all that, she can't help but be drawn to him.  As the days drag on, her passion for the mercenary grows, but she knows she can never tell him about her dragon half.  And the gods save him if her father ever finds out about this...



This is book 4 in the series, but can be read as a stand alone.  Kayla has been taken prisoner and her captors tried to sell her as a sex slave.  When the bodies started to pile up, they gave up on their idea of selling her and instead gave her to Sixx, a mercenary captain.  But Sixx has no idea what to do with a slave, and he really doesn't have time for one.  His rule is being challenged by some upstart soldier, and he's also trying to get past the witch's curse that was cast on him.  That curse that will spell the end of his career if any of his men find out.  But the sparks between the two are instant and exposive, and they can no more stay apart than refuse to breathe.  Kayla's worried about his reaction if he learns she's a dragon, and for good reason-he claims to want nothing to do with dragons, and thinks anyone who does is a fool.  Puts a bit of pressure on the relationship, such as it is. 

This book has great bantering, character depth and interaction, and I will definitely look for more from Tielle St. Clare, because this is the fourth book I've read of hers, and I'm hooked.

Carla gives this book a



 

Review: Alien Games by Claudia Rose

Alien Games
by: Claudia Rose
ISBN#9781843600411
$1.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica / Aliens
Released: Jul 2002





Jenna is a professional athlete, and the number of first place trophies in her house are testamount to that.  She's focused and driven, and doesn't let anything like emotions or relationships get in the way of her success.  Most people are smart enough to take the hint, but not Bruce, a fellow athlete who's been pursuing her for years.  Sure he's hot, but her training doesn't allow her time for any kind of romantic entanglements.

Bruce has both admired and lusted after Jenna for years.  Even her cold attitude doesn't deter him; it just makes the chase more of a challenge. 

But all that changes when the two are abducted by aliens.  Now Jenna and Bruce are the only humans on a ship full of strange aliens.  Their captors inform them they must undergo a series of sexual tests, but that's not the worst part.  No, the worst part is the three other alien couples held captive as well.  They're told they must mate with these other aliens, and because of the neural implants in their brains, they won't have a choice.

Suddenly Jenna realizes that everything she worked so hard for is pointless, and that Bruce is her only link to their planet, one that looks like they'll never see again...




This one has been given an extreme rating on the website, and I will agree with it.  There are several sex scenes between humans on aliens, so those that are squeamish or easily offended should not read this book.

That being said, it was a story about how one woman spends her whole life working towards a goal, only to realize that the emotional isolation she's put herself through is pointless when faced with the threat of death.  When the stakes are raised, she realizes that human comfort isn't bad, and can actually help to mend a traumatized soul. 

The sex scenes are a bit bizarre, but I knew that going in, so it wasn't much of a surprise.  Anyone who likes a bit of the exotic, extreme and flat out strange might like this book.

Carla gives this book a






Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Adrian Phoenix Contest Winners!!!

We have randomly drawn our winners for the two great prizes from our interview with Adrian Phoenix and the winners are:

Connery has won the complete signed set of The Makers Song Series

Moriah has won a signed copy of Etched in Bone

Congrats to our two winners please email me at annette@romfanreviews.com with your snail mail within the next 48 hours or I will have to draw a new winner in your place so don't miss out on your great gifts.

Again a huge thank you to Adrian, Dante, Heather, Von, Lucien, Annie, Silver and The Morningstar for a wonderful time and stop over anytime for a visit you're always welcome. 

~Annette~

Interview with author Christopher Craven

Today we have with us author Christopher Craven. Christopher, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with us. I see you've got a book that just released on January 11th called October Sun, and another coming out on February 13th called An Executive Affair. Can you tell us a little bit about both books?



October Sun is about a lawyer, Miles Turner and his lover, Landon Black. Miles takes on a difficult case as a high profile defense attorney and also finds out that he has terminal cancer. The couple has just been invited to Landon’s family reunion in the snow capped mountains of Colorado where there are a few family members not quite accepting of their relationship nor sexual preference. With twists and turns of the case Miles is working on and a less than favorable client who is just not gonna be the most cooperative with Miles, he finds out that he has not long to live unless he undergoes aggressive chemo treatment. This is a story of discovering love and finding out what it takes to save it before it might be too late.


An Executive Affair is about an advertising exec, Jason Hughes, who finally achieves partner status of his firm when he has a newfound attraction to his secretary, Jon. Unaware completely of the can of worms he’s about to open up, Jason is still haunted by his past lover who committed suicide in their midtown apartment while just starting his career at Hanson Smith. When he’s invited to a Valentine’s Day dinner at his boss’s house to gain a new high dollar client, Jason encounters more than he may have bargained for.


What made you decide to start writing m/m romantic suspense?


I wanted to bring a new spectrum to the romance world that isn’t as common as generic male/male romance. I feel that romantic suspense offers a taste of the real life, since all humans are flawed and broken, fallen people. It’s human nature and far from perfect. If you ask me, it’s an honest look into the life of gay individuals that battle common day problems like you or I.


Have you had any problems writing in a field that is mostly dominated by female authors?


To be honest, I can’t say that I have encountered any problems as all of us have a slightly different story to tell and it’s what makes the romance world much more diverse.


What sort of books would we find on your bookshelves?


My bookshelves consist of anything from a rocky Nicholas Sparks read to the master of suspense himself, Mr. Dean Koontz. I read inside my genre as well, however most in the m/m world are e books. Within my virtual shelves you will find a range of Josh Lanyon LGBT mysteries to sweet sizzling tales penned by AJ Llewellyn.


What's your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?


I tend to find that I am a bit less detailed than my cohorts. But I wouldn’t consider descriptivenes my least favorite. Hands down, my favorite part of writing is the final edits. There’s no greater feeling in the world (okay maybe not the world) than seeing the recent accomplishment on your screen waiting to be tuned. After all, it’s finished it just needs a bit of what my editors call ‘nip/tuck.’


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?


Hmmm. Advice, this is a pretty common question Carla. To answer your question a bit differently than say other writers would give would have to be not to ever give up. It can take anywhere from a half month to a good year to produce a fabulous manuscript and in between then everyone will encounter writer’s block. Don’t let anyone tell you different, because it’s probably about as common as the need for drinking water.


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


I encourage anyone interested in any of my works to visit my site at: http://cravenheat.blogspot.com/ or you can find most everything on the Amazon kindle store as well as All romance e books, Book Strand and Barnes & Noble for those of you Nook users.


Christopher, thank you so much for stopping by to chat with us today. We wish you the best of luck with your new titles!


Thank you, Carla. I enjoyed stopping by today and look forward to serving your readers with a new title or two to enjoy.

And now for one lucky person who leaves a comment between now and Sunday, February 27th, Christopher has offered to give away a gifted copy of October Sun or a copy of his short story An Executive Affair sent to your email via Amazon Kindle or All Romance e-books.  Good luck!

To read my review of October Sun, click here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interview with Author Adrian Phoenix and Special Guests!!!

RomFan would like to welcome critically acclaimed author and my friend Adrian Phoenix who has brought with her some special guests with her today. Welcome Adrian, Dante, Heather, Von, Lucien, Silver, and Annie.



Adrian: Thanks so much for having us, Annette. It’s a real pleasure to be here and to meet your readers.


Heather: Yes, thanks! It isn’t easy to get Dante out to interviews. *looks at Dante and laughs when he rolls his eyes* But when I told him it was for you, he said—


Dante: For Annette, d’accord, I’ll go. Hey, chère. Comment ça va? *gives you a warm hug and a kiss on the lips*


Annette: *Swoons*


Von: *snorts* Sure, but I still had to drag his ass out the door when it came time to go—for three reasons: 1. Boy can never keep track of frigging time. 2. Boy was busy throwing himself off the roof, practicing using his wings and trying to learn to land without looking like a drunk sailor. Or Captain Jack Sparrow strolling a dock. 3. Boy REFUSES to keep track of frigging time.


Dante: *rubs the side of his nose with an extended middle finger*


Von: You’re welcome. *gives you a bear hug, then plants a kiss on your lips.* How you doin’, doll?


Annette: *Fanning face* Doing much better now thank you for asking babe.


Lucien: *lifts your hand to his lips and kisses it* A true pleasure, m’selle.


Silver: Never done an interview before. Thanks for inviting me. This is kinda cool. *looks at a glowering and slouching Annie* But it looks like you don’t agree . . .?


Annie: Nah, it’s cool as shit, this is just my punk frontwoman game-face. Sod off, you shites.


Silver: *cocks a dubious eyebrow* And when exactly were you a British punk frontwoman? In Seattle?


Annie: Shut up. You’re ruining my Sid Vicious moment.


Silver: Guess that makes me Nancy. As long as I don’t hafta have a Nancy-dead-in-the-motel-room-because-of-Sid-and-his-knife-moment, I’m cool with it.


Annie: You’d heal, you big baby. *tries to hide a smile underneath a scowl*


Adrian: Okay, then . . .Let’s steer this out of dark and violent fantasyland and back on its proper course.


And I must say first congratulations Adrian on getting signed for books 5 and 6 in The Makers Song Series I know it made you happy but imagine how excited your fans are.


Adrian: Thanks, Annette! I’m very excited about the sale. I hope the series continues to do well enough in today’s market so that I can continue with it beyond books 5 and 6. And keep making fans of the series very happy.


Everyone please have a seat there is plenty of….*ugh* room, Von I didn’t mean on your lap, a little difficult to do an interview from here, who the hell am I kidding just stop bouncing me on your knee like a three year old.


Von: I think you in my lap is the perfect place to do the interview, darlin’. *gives you a wolfish grin and a wink and snakes an arm around your waist* There. Let’s get you all comfy. And I’ll stop bouncing you. If you insist. *winks again*


Adrian for those who have been hiding in a hole somewhere and have not picked up your books can you give them some insight into what the Makers Song Series is about?


Adrian: You bet! It’s a complex tapestry of betrayal, violence, government conspiracies, love and loss, redemption and sacrifice, a fast-paced, breath-stealing tale of vampires, mortals, and fallen angels and unstoppable destiny.


It begins with A Rush of Wings when FBI agent Heather Wallace traveling to New Orleans hot on the trail of a sadistic serial killer known as the Cross-Country Killer. The killer’s path leads her to Club Hell and to Dante, frontman for Inferno, and Heather becomes convinced that Dante is the CCK’s next target. Heather must unravel the truth about Dante—who she realizes is what he claims to be, vampire—in order to protect him and bring the killer to justice. But what she doesn’t know, and what she and Dante learn the hard way, is that his past holds a shocking and dangerous secret, and once it’s revealed not even she will be able to protect him from his destiny.



Adrian can you tell us a little about your new release Etched in Bone which is due in stores on February 22?


Adrian: Yup, Etched in Bone is the fourth book in The Maker’s Song series and it takes up where Beneath the Skin leaves off with Dante and Heather in Gehenna confronting the Fallen and freeing his father Lucien from the pit.


In this book, Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side—to start a life together. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and swallows him. But soon an unexpected enemy rises from within Heather’s family, an enemy who could shatter Dante’s hopes and put him on the path to becoming the Great Destroyer. As the tagline from the book cover states: Son of a fallen angel. Forged in vampire’s blood. Sworn to a mortal woman. If Dante falls, the world falls with him.



Von watch the hands!! You are going to be trouble aren’t ya?


Von: Trouble ain’t even my middle name, doll. It’s my first. *winks* By the way, I am watching the hands, doll. Yes, indeed. *wicked grin*


Annette: *Wiggles around a little to get comfortable* Oops sorry Von what the hell you got a weapon in your pocket? *laughs* don’t answer that.


Dante: Bet it’s a Pez dispenser.


*Von and Dante exchange another round of extended middle fingers.*


Dante how does it feel to finally grace a cover with your wonderful presence?


Dante: *laughs* Ain’t often I get called wonderful. More like f**king a**hole.


Von: *nods* True enough and no mystery why.


*Dante and Von exchange a quick flurry of raised middle fingers*


Dante: I really prefer having just sexy Heather on the cover.


Heather: Aw, thanks Baptiste. But I’m happier with you on there too. In fact, I’d like to see just you on the cover or you and Von and Lucien. Time for the guys of The Maker’s Song to grace the covers. Am I right?


Annette: I can see the poster now *sighs and gets that dreamy look*


Annie: Naked, right?


Heather: That’s a whole different cover, sis. *grins thinking about it*


Von you have such a fan following do you think we will see a spin-off and you get your own story? Of course some of your fans may not like the idea of you finding love unless it is one of them that is.


Von: *buffs his nails against his shirt* A best-seller, definitely. Hah. My fans—you ladies and gents know who you are—are the goddamned greatest. I’m sure they wouldn’t deny me some lovin’. *cocks an eyebrow* Wouldja?


Adrian: I’d love to do a book about Von, about how he was turned and what his llygad training was like, his adventures while mortal and afterward. Right now, the projects I have lined up may not make it a possibility right away. So I’m hoping to write some short stories about Von and his adventures and post them on my website.


Adrian will we see a crossover between Dante’s world and Kallie’s (Black Dust Mambo) since they both live in New Orleans? Dante & Heather what do you think of meeting Kallie?


Adrian: Yes, I definitely see that as a possibility. I can picture Kallie and Belladonna at Club Hell and I can picture Dante and Heather escaping to the bayou—an meeting all kinds of interesting personalities. And gators.


Dante: I’m willing to meet Kallie and her friends—as long as no one lays a hex on the club. I’m curious about the magic they work.


Heather: I’ve never met a hoodoo or root doctor before or even a voodooienne like Belladonna. I’m curious too.


Lucien if you knew now how things would have turned out would you have told Dante sooner he was your son?


Lucien: *looks at Dante for a moment before answering* I would, yes. I would’ve told him the first time I saw him when I found him on that wharf in pain, his nose bleeding, his creawdwr gifts wreaking havoc with his stability.


Lucien: *looks at Dante again and holds his gaze this time, speaking to him* One of the reasons I kept the fact that you were my son a secret was because I feared that your power had already tipped your sanity and that I would be forced to kill you. Even so, I should’ve told you.


Dante: *a muscle jumps in his jaw, but he nods* Even an ugly truth is a helluva lot better than a lie.


I decided to do something different this time around I asked my fellow Club Hell members for those questions that they have been burning to ask so I thank all of those who gave such wonderful questions when I was drawing a blank *sigh* hate when that happens. So is everyone ready?


From Conn - I'm gonna pick on Adrian and ask...when the heck are we gonna get the rest of Silver's story!??!? *grins* i know, someone has to ask it...


Adrian: *laughs* Hi Conn! I know, right? Now that I’m finally writing fulltime, I plan to finish that short story about Silver and Dante. First though, I plan to put up online the short novel about the delusional dog-catcher and his shapeshifting buddies, then I’ll finish up Silver’s story.


Annette: Silver what do you think of having your story finally out there? If we convince our fearless leader to stop teasing us with snippets that is.


Silver: It’s weird, actually. I mean, yeah, I was telling the story, but to know people are reading it is just weird.


From Jozie - If you hit shuffle on your Ipod what are the first five songs that would come up? I bet Von listens to Miley...


Dante: Hey, Jozie. It’d be “Wish” by NIN, “The Space In Between” by How to Destroy Angels, “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse, “End of Days” by Saints of Ruin, and “Y’all’d Think She’d Be Good 2 Me” by C.C. Adcock.


Annette: Oh Von please tell me it’s not true?


Von: *snorts* What you got against Miley, woman? *wicked grin* No, I don’t listen to Miley Cyrus, Jozie. I also don’t listen to an iPod. But if I did, these are the first five songs that’d pop up: songs to get the juice flowing: “What I Like (Womens)” by C.C. Adcock, “Mother” by Danzig, “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake (close your jaw, woman), “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga (still need to close your jaw, doll), and “I Only Want You” by Eagles of Death Metal.


The following are all from Nate:


Hey Dante, how cool did it feel intimidating Gabriel? You gave him a peek at the blue fire just to make sure you two were clear then I believe you said "Now break that f@#*ing spell." ...And sure enough he did.


Dante: Hey, Nate. Good to hear from you again! LOL. Yeah, I think the f**ker got the message, for true. How did it feel? Righteous. Gabriel’s a pr*ck.


Heather: Without a doubt. Really seemed to have a stick up his a** where mortals are concerned.


*Lucien smiles*


Okay, since I asked that one...I have to ask Lucien, when you smelled burning
leaves then felt Dante's lips on your forehead. That moment when Dante came to finally bring you home. What was your first thought, and how did that feel?


Lucien: Once I realized that I wasn’t dreaming, it seemed as though everything that had ever come between us had been stripped away. Lies. Anger. Nightkind. Fallen. True Blood. Creawdwr. None of that mattered. All that remained was a father and an extraordinary son—my Genevieve’s final gift.


*Dante looks at Lucien, something close to regret on his face*


Von: And now Bachelor Number Three—where is your favorite spot to make whoopee?


Silver: That would be in your mama’s bed.


Dante and Von: (in admiring tones) Niiiice.


Silver: Thank you! I’ll be here all night.


Okay, this one's always kinda' been on my mind but I've never asked Dante before... Hey Dante, what does the blue flame feel like...What does using it feel like?


Dante: When it kicks in, it’s a physical tingle like electricity. But you’re talking about how it feels to use it, yeah? It’s a rush, bordering on sheer bliss. You know how you feel when you’re really into creating something—maybe writing a story or sketching or jamming on your guitar—that intense inward focus, totally caught up in the act of creation? Like that, times a million. It can be damned hard to switch it off, to let go of it. It’s like you’re caught inside a white-hot fire, but it rages around you and through you without burning you.


Annie: Sounds like one helluva high.


Dante: *shrugs* Oui, it can be. But I don’t like not being in control of it. Too f**king dangerous.


Oh, I've got another one...this ones for Von. Hey Von, I know sometimes you check people at the door before they can get into Club Hell. What's the strangest thing you've encountered while doing that? Crazies? Weapons?


Von: (to Annette) Here, darlin’, snuggle a little closer. There. That’s better. *winks* Ah, man, great question, Nate! Crazies, don’t phase me. They get too outta control, a tap to the temple puts ‘em out and makes ‘em real compliant, y’know? Of course, we’ve had all kinds. One gal thought Dante’s songs were all about her and were secret code, thought he was telling where she was supposed to meet him at so they could get married. *rolls eyes* Weapons ain’t a big deal either. But I think the strangest thing I stumbled across while patting someone down was a dildo. Now, why he had it on him and what—or who—he planned to do with it inside the club . . . *shakes head* No fricking clue. And, yup, I took it away from him, told him he could have it back when he left.


Von: And yup, he asked for it when he left. *laughs*


Oh hey, I've got another one. Hey Dante, what was the first show, or concert that you ever attended... I'd also like to ask Heather the same question, if she wouldn't mind.


Dante: You’re just full of it, ain’t cha, Nate? *wicked grin* Questions, that is. The first show I ever attended was a Rammstein revival gig in New Orleans. Those guys were ancient, but man, they could still stomp the piss outta ya with their music. Beaucoup bon.


Heather: Hi, Nate! Rammstein, huh? Kinda funny, but my first show was a Godsmack gig in Portland.


And to the Morningstar, you get out much over the years to see any of the classical era composers, or the birth or rock, the death of rock...The brief, but important period of Grunge...I suppose you could have seen it all if you wanted to...But then again, I'm pretty sure your voice can rival any musical movement eh? Me *points to self* personally I'm a Beatles/NIN kind of guy...


The Morningstar: *ignoring everyone’s watchful looks* I’ve enjoyed humanity’s little musical episodes, especially the classical, and yes, I’ve definitely seen it all. Rock and grunge both bored me and hurt my ears. So does jazz. But I love the blues. Beatles/NIN, eh? The Beatles, perhaps. NIN is noise. *grins when Dante flips him off* But when it comes to music, no one can begin to rival my golden tones.


Dante: *coughs the word “bullsh*t”*


Lucien: *rolls eyes* Yes, modesty suits him.


I would like to thank my fellow Club Hell members for coming up with some awesome questions you guys rock!!!


Adrian: Speaking for myself and everyone else, thanks to Conn, Nate, and Jozie for your questions.


Now Adrian for anyone interested in learning more about you and your books where can they find you?


Adrian: I can be found at my website http://www.adrianphoenix.com/ and on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Goodreads. Just drop by my blog for the links to each! www.adrianphoenix.com/blog


Any last words from the peanut gallery, yeah that is you Dante and Von. Heather, Silver and Lucien do you have anything else to add?


Lucien: Thank you, m’selle.


Heather: Thanks for having us here, Annette. Do you need help getting away from Von?


Von: *indignantly* No, she doesn’t, doll. I ain’t holding her hostage in my lap.


Dante: *laughs* Oh, man, you ought to hear how that sounds!


Annie: Maybe you should, Von. *wicked grin*


Annette: *Rolls eyes while flipping off Dante* I’m pretty comfy now I’m keeping him.


Dante: *laughs*


Von: *grins at you* Love me a sassy woman!


I had a wonderful time with all of you, thank you so much for spending time with us and I hope to chat with you all again soon *hugs everyone goodbye*.


Adrian: We all had a great time too, Annette. Again, thanks so much!


Dante: *gives you another tight hug and warm kiss* Soignez vous-autres, Annette! Catch you later, chère.


Von: *placing you on your feet, then planting another kiss on your lips* Good hanging with you, darlin’.


Adrian: See you again soon!


Now for the surprise I have been keeping secret!!!  Adrian is giving away two great prizes to two lucky people.  Leave a comment and be entered to win (1) Signed copies of all four books in The Makers Song Series (2) Signed copy of her new book being released February 22nd ETCHED IN BONE.  US and Canada residents only please.  Drawing will be held in Tuesday, February 22nd.

Review: Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix

Etched in Bone
Maker's Song #4
by: Adrian Phoenix
ISBN#9781439137307
$7.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: February 2011





Dante is the son of a Fallen Angel as well as a born vampire making him someone that everyone wants to control, the vampires want him, the fallen want him and the Shadow Branch wants him back as their weapon. But, Dante has his own plans and they don’t include any of them all he wants is to be with Heather the woman he loves and has bonded with unfortunately as usual in Dante’s life things never turn out the way he wants them to.

As Dante and Heather will soon discover not only is Dante in danger from the people who want to use him but from himself. Heather who is a FBI agent also has her fair share of trouble when the FBI turns on her and tries to drag her name through the mud in order to separate her from Dante, but as usual Heather is not giving up what she has with Dante and will find to the bitter end to hold on to him and help him overcome his own demons.

In a matter of days their world begins to crumble will they be able to hold on to each other and overcome the obstacles put in their way or will their enemies finally win and pull them apart?



ETCHED IN BONE is the fourth book in The Makers Song Series and I wasn’t sure how Adrian Pheonix could make it better but she pulls it off with style. You never know what is going to happen next the book is full of intrigue, humor and characters you love and hate. Ms. Phoenix takes you into another world that is full of thrills and will make you feel like you are really in New Orleans she defiantly does her homework when it comes to the locations of her books. I am going to try and patiently wait for book five (like I have a choice) but it is not going to be an easy task I thoroughly love this series and the characters just come to life and jump off the pages.

Annette gives this book




Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: Compromised Hearts by Hannah Howell

Compromised Hearts
by: Hannah Howell
ISBN#9781420104677
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Historical Romance / Western
Released: October 2010





Emily Brockinger soon finds herself in trouble when the wagon train she was traveling with is ambushed by Indians, leaving her and a small child the only survivors.  Who would have thought a trip west to her brother’s from Boston would turn out this way.

Cloud Ryder cannot believe his eyes when he sees a woman walking through Indian territory with a child, a mule and a makeshift wagon, and is that a parasol she is carrying...what is the woman thinking. With a plan in mind Cloud sets out to offer his assistance but will she be willing to pay the price.

Emily cannot believe Cloud wants her body for the duration of the trip to her brother's but what choice does she have if she wants to make it there alive so she agrees to his terms. What neither Emily nor Cloud is prepared for were the feelings that come along. Once they reach their destination Cloud promises to come back for her until her brother and sister-in-law make other plans for Emily and drive him away.


Annette says:
It has been awhile since I have read a western historical so when I seen this book it was my first choice for the discussion book and I’m glad it picked it. Gunfights, tough cowboys, romance and throw in some humor what more could you ask for. This brought me back to my roots when I first started reading historical romances and my love for the western theme thank you Ms. Howell for laughs and even a tear or two and reminding me why I fell in love with romance books in the first place.

Annette gives this book



Carla says:
I can see why Hannah Howell is such a popular author.  Her characters are well laid and believable, and the emotions sweep you away with the story.  There was enough action and violence to keep me entertained, and I found it to be a quick, easy read.  The one thing that bugged me was how predictable some parts of the story were.  If something bad happened, you knew they'd find a way out of it.  Other than that, it wasn't a bad read, just not my cup of tea.

Carla gives this book a


 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Dragon's Rise by Tielle St. Clare

Dragon's Rise
Shadow of the Dragon #3
by: Tielle St. Clare
ISBN#9781419900440
$6.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Fantasy Erotica / Shifter
Released: November 2009





Prince Bren has given up on finding a mate.  Even if Tynan, the dragon who cohabits his body, finds a mate, Bren refuses to bow to his dragon's wishes.  If he picks a woman, it will be because he chooses her, not the other way around.

But fate seems to have other ideas.  At a party, Bren is given a concubine for the night, and his dragon takes one sniff and declares her his mate.  The next night his dragon scents a totally different woman and declares her to be his mate.  When this happens a third time, Bren's struck speechless.  Such a thing should be impossible, but for some reason, Tynan has chosen three women to be his mate. 

What's even worse, although he vowed to never take a woman as a dragon's mate, his body burns with desire for all three women Tynan has claimed. 



This is the third book in the series, and while it's helpful to read them in order, it's not necessary.  This story is about Bren, the eldest son to the king, and part dragon.  He knows from watching his parents what can happen if a dragon thinks his mate is threatened, and doesn't want to go through the ordeal himself.  Instead he's devoted himself to helping his father run the kingdom.  All that changes one night while at a royal convention.  He's given a concubine for the night, and the dragon declares her his mate.  The lust between Bren and the woman is explosive and unavoidable, and he goes with it, but only for the night.  When his dragon claims two other women the next two nights, Bren has no idea what's going on, and vows to get to the bottom of it. 

Anyone who enjoys a hot steamy dragon shifter series should definitely give Tielle St. Clare a try.

Carla gives this book a





Thursday, February 3, 2011

Review: To Tempt a Rake by Cara Elliott

To Tempt a Rake
Circle of Sin #3
by: Cara Elliott
ISBN#9780446541305
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Historical Romance
Released: February 2011





Kate didn't have a proper English upbringing, rather spending her youth sailing the seas with her parents.  Along the way, she discovered an interest in botany, not to mention learning things a proper young lady should never know.  When her parents die, she's forced back into Society and into the home of her grandfather, the duke of Cluyne.  He doesn't know what to make of her less than ideal upbringing, and the tension becomes more than she can bear some days. 

As a self-proclaimed rake, Marco has spent his years drinking and enjoying the attentions of several women.  When he meets Kate, he instinctively knows she's different, and can handle his outrageous flirtations.  What he doesn't expect is the unwanted attraction he feels towards her.

Forced to put up with Marco at her grandfather's house party, a murder suddenly spirals everything out of control.  Now she must work with Marco to reveal the culprit, as well as ruthlessly ignore the spark of desire he ignites within her.  For there's more at stake than they realize, and it seems as if they are the only two with a chance to stop the murderer before it's too late.



Kate grew up as a pirate, so learning to navigate society comes to a bit of a shock.  She knows she's different, but refuses to give up her intellect and independence just so she can fit in and please her grandfather.  When Marco starts flirting with her, she knows she shouldn't be affected by his suggestions, but finds herself doing just that.  When a party guest is murdered, she can't help but investigate, even knowing how dangerous it could be.  She's surprised when Marco offers his assistance, but knows there's more than meets the eye with him. 

This story is a whirlwind of deception, political intrigue, seduction and murder, artfully wrapped within the cover of a book.  While this is book 3, it reads like a stand alone, which helped to keep the story flowing.  The bantering between Marco and Kate was wonderful, and as the dark secrets of both their pasts came to light, I found myself holding my breath, wondering what would happen next.  Anyone who enjoys a historical with a solid plot should give this book a try.

Carla gives this book a


 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Pale Demon
The Hollows #9
by: Kim Harrison
ISBN#9780061138065
$26.99 hardcover
Eos
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: February 2011




The worst has finally happened to Rachel - she's been Shunned.  Now the only way to get her Shunning rescinded is to travel across the country to the annual Witch's Convention and go before the Council.  But after she's denied passage at the airport, she doesn't see how she can possibly make it in time.

Enter Trent, who shows up and asks Rachel if she'll accompany him on a cross-county road trip.  He's got to be on the western seaboard in three days for a secret elf quest he's on, and he needs Rachel along as his bodyguard. 

Knowing the trouble she gets in every time Trent's involved, she's hesitant to accept his offer, but sees no other choice.  After all, how much trouble can she, Trent, Jenks, and Ivy get into in three days?



I absolutely love Kim Harrison's Hollows series.  After a mutated tomato wiped out most of the world's population, the paranormals came out of the closet, since most of them weren't affected by the epidemic.  After breaking away from her government job, Rachel started an investigative business with her friend Ivy (a living vampire) and Jenks (a fairy).  She's had several ups and downs, but being Shunned for using black magic is just the latest problem.  The witch council thinks Rachel's a demon, and is looking for any excuse they can to Shun her, which if convicted, means Rachel gets a lobotomy.  She needs to get across the country to try and get her Shunning rescinded, but doesn't want to travel with Trent, an elf who's given her nothing but problems for years.  But since she has no other choice, she heads off on what has to be the strangest road trip in history.  Along the way, Rachel and Trent form a tentative truce in order to stay alive long enough to get to their destinations.  Kim Harrison has only gotten better with each book, and she's in my top five favorite authors for paranormal fantasy.  All I can say is, read her for yourself and see what I mean.

Carla gives this book a