Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Interview with Author Anne Holly

Today we have with us contemporary, paranormal and erotic author Anne Holly.


Welcome to RomFan Reviews Anne it is a great pleasure to have you with us today.

Thanks for having me!

Tell us a little about your upcoming book V-Day

V-Day is an erotic romantic-comedy, centered around the quest of one sweet little band nerd trying to finally break the curse of being alone on Valentine’s Day – and trying to lose (or, rather, give) his virginity to the woman next door, who he’s loved for ages.

Earlier this month you also had another book released Bubbly, can you tell us what that one is all about?  

That one was the New Years Eve installment of the same series as V-Day – it’s erotic contemporary romance, but much more glamorous. It’s about a socialite who runs away from her own party with the bartender. 

All of those holiday stories feature mismatched couples, but in different kinds of stories – V-Day’s a comedy, Bubbly is a glam romance a la Danielle Steele, Charity (Thanksgiving) is a cowboy romance, Good for the Goose (Christmas) is a cougar romance, Like Magic (Halloween) is somewhat paranormal (no vampires, but it does have a witch).

Is there anything that you do to get in the mood to write?

Not really. I have a three year old son and a career, so I write whenever I can. Quiet is nice, especially at night or early in the morning. Coffee is a must. I don’t listen to music with lyrics while writing, as I find it confuses my brain, but I do enjoy listening to classical. Actually, V-Day was inspired by one of my favourite pieces, Beethoven’s Romance No 2, which plays a key role in the book. Daniel is a violin prodigy, so it seemed only right to give him such a wonderful piece of music.

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

I love… hm. Pretty much everything, really. It doesn’t pay anything much at all at my level, so I’d glad for that! I love getting to see my characters form, and I love crafting lines. I like editing and smoothing, and I really love getting new covers. I like the fact that when I’m through, there’s something there that wasn’t before! And, of course, I love it when I hear that someone has read and enjoyed something I made.

Dislike. Many things, at times. It’s hard, hard work. Sometimes, I get so exhausted I could chuck the whole business, just so I can sleep. I get frustrated when the words aren’t working for me, and I get discouraged when I feel like I’ll never sell a copy. I’ve had a few rejections, which are disappointing. Sometimes, the writing work, and the promo work, makes me feel like I am letting other things in life slide, which can be depressing.

However, Charlotte Bronte once said that she wrote because she couldn’t help it, and I can dig that. The positives certainly out-weigh the negatives for me, because I am compelled to write, and I do love it. I’ve been writing in some form forever, so I’d miss it if I stopped. Publishing, I feel less compulsion, but there just came a time where I wanted to share what I created.

If you were not an author what else would you be?

When I am not a writer, I’m a mother and a teacher, so I’d keep up with that. Though, it’s possible that if I weren’t a writer I’d be locked up, since my imagination needs some place to go!

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

Reading, watching movies, even sleeping occasionally. I spend a lot of time walking. I bake sometimes, though not as often as I’d like to. I love to sit with my cat, and just look at the window.

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?

I read a lot of non-fiction, as well as fiction, and I naturally love romance for my R&R time. LaVyrle Spencer is likely my favourite, along with the classics – the Brontes and Austen, of course. Mostly, though, I read whatever paperbacks my mum cycles to me, which she gets from her sister and other readers. The second hand paperback romance readers’ networks have always been the lifeblood of our community – it’s the only way most of us can afford to support our voracious habits!

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?

Basic advice for pre-publishing: Spend more time actually writing than talking about being a writer – just bum in chair and do it. Write a dozen novels for practice before you even publish anything, and give yourself time to get seasoned. It’s work, so treat it like work.

For publishing: Always listen to your editors very carefully, and never react in knee-jerk anger. Editors are not always infallible, but you can learn a lot from them if you can keep your ego in check. They’ll make your writing better. However, at the same time, know when a book is done, and let it go – don’t go on tweaking forever, because there is such a thing as over-editing. Most of all, understand that if you are asking someone to spend their hard earned money on your book, make sure it’s always your best effort.

Finally, I’d also tell any new writer that if they don’t love it enough to stick it out through some rough, boring, frustrating, depressing patches, then they shouldn’t count on the millions of dollars in advances sustaining their interest, because those breaks are a lot rarer than the rough bits.

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

I have a blog, a couple of websites, a newsletter, a FB fan page (and a regular one), and Twitter. I am also a devotee of GoodReads, if you want to know what I read.

And here’s my nice, official bio, with links:

Anne Holly is a Canadian writer of romance and erotic-romance, as well as a mother and teacher. She is the author of the novel Strings Attached, which was described by The Romance Reviews as “a classic contemporary romance.” She has been published by Wild Horse Press, Decadent Publishing and Rebel Ink Press, and soon to be published (2012) by Pink Petal Books. Anne’s work is characterized by its unusual heroes, sweet/spicy balance, witty dialogue, responsible citizenship, and its positive, optimistic nature. She has found a particular niche in holiday romance. You may visit Anne at her blog or website, or find her on GoodReads,  Facebook and Twitter  (@anneholly2010). Sign up for her newsletter here. You can email her at anneholly2010@gmail.com – she loves to hear from readers and writers!

Thank you Anne it was great to have you with us and hope you come back again soon.

Thanks for having me! It’s been a pleasure, and I appreciate the chance to share my books with your readers.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Dark Night of the Moon by Keta Diablo

Review: Dark Night of the Moon
Author: Keta Diablo
Publisher: Indie
Genre: Historical/Paranormal
Format: E-Book
Price: $3.99

Creed returns home to find almost all his family killed his brother Brand is missing and presumed dead.  And then there is Lauren the woman he loves who is now married to Brand.  Creed realizes that the only way to keep his hands off Lauren is to leave and move on with his life.

Lauren refuses to believe her husband is dead but her heart and her body still responds just as strongly as it always has when Creed is around.  She will do all that she can to try and protect her heart.

Sage has found her sister Lauren but has also lost many of the people she has loved.  With the war between the whites and the Indians she soon finds her life in turmoil and wonders if she will ever be the same again.

Brand finds his way home and back to Lauren but discovers that if he wishes to keep the people he loves most happy he must confess to them the truth.  He can only hope he has the chance to fix the wrongs.

Dark Night of the Moon is the sequel to Keta Diablo’s Holding on to Heaven where we first meet the characters.  Although labeled as a Paranormal it is not your typical Paranormal but more of the beliefs of the Native American Indians.  You will discover yourself on an emotional ride, I found myself with tears one minute and the next I just wanted to smack Creed and Lauren.  I felt like I was an observer standing there watching this touching and scorching story unfold.  You are never sure how this story will end and you may even be surprised.  Keta Diablo is an amazing story teller and Dark Night of the Moon is a keeper.

Annette gives this book

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Interview with Best-Selling Author Patricia Rice

We have with us today best-selling author Patricia Rice.

Welcome to RomFan Reviews Patricia it is a great honor to have you with us today. 

Tell us a little about your new release The Lure of Song and Magic.

PR: Thanks so much for letting me stop by!  Lure is about TV producer Dylan Ives (Oz) Oswin, who believes former singing sensation Pippa Syrene Malcolm holds the clue to finding his kidnapped son. Abandoned as a child, Syrene cares about the missing boy despite obnoxious Oz’s refusal to take no for an answer. But she refuses to unleash her dangerous siren's voice, even for a man who is impossible to deny... She’s already driven one man to his death with her voice, she can’t bear to do so again. The story tells how Oz lures Pippa from her hermit life into the real world again, teaching her that passion isn’t always bad, and her strange gift can help as well as hurt.

What can we see next from you?

PR: I’m working on a sequel, of course. I’m also releasing more of my backlist digitally through Book View CafĂ© http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Patricia-Rice/ and Sourcebooks is publishing two more of my Magic classic historicals this year. But my next new release will be an urban fantasy under a pseudonym.

How do you come up with your titles?

PR: Me? Come up with titles? Is to laugh! My working title for this one was Syrene and Oz. My editor is the title genius.

What is your favorite thing about writing romance?

PR: Besides wearing my jammies all day? The camaraderie, the readers, the sense of fellowship among people who love romance.

What authors would we find on your bookshelf?

PR: Every wall in my house is lined with books. You’d find everyone from Austen to Joan Wolf and Ruth Wind. And yes, they’re alphabetized by category and that’s just the historicals.

Is there anything special you do to get in the mood to write?

PR: Routine. I sit my Muse in the chair every morning and say “Go, Girl!” 

What was the hardest part of writing a book?

PR: It’s all hard, but perhaps for me, the most difficult is really focusing on details after that first rush of creativity creates the first draft. Tightening and strengthening plot and characters and emotion is tough work.

Following are just some fun fact questions which could be just one word answers or more:

What sounds drive you crazy? 

PR: oddly enough, people reading aloud

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would be the most essential for you?

PR: food, water, books

What is the perfect romantic evening?

PR: sunset over the ocean, good wine and food, live musicians

How can readers contact you and learn more about your books?

PR: easiest is to go to my website at http://www.patriciarice.com and choose your favorite method. I’m everywhere!

Thank you so much Patricia for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back.

PR: It’s been a pleasure!


Her voice was a curse…
When Dylan “Oz” Oswin’s son is kidnapped, the high-powered producer will do anything to get him back. Desperately following an anonymous tip, he seeks help from a former child singing sensation called Syrene, only to find she’s vowed never to sing again. Immune to her voice but not her charm, Oz is convinced she holds the key to his son’s disappearance—and he’ll stop at nothing to make her break her vow.

Only he can make her sing…
She knows the devastation her talent can bring. There’s more than a child’s life at stake, but Syrene cannot unleash her dangerous siren’s voice upon the world, even for a man who is impossible to deny…


With five million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists under her belt, Patricia Rice’s emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards and have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. A former CPA, Patricia Rice currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please visit http://www.patriciarice.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @Patricia_Rice.

Paricia is offering an awesome giveaway 2 copies of The Lure of Song and Magic. 2 winners, US and Canada only, leave a comment along with your email address to be entered to win.  Contest ends January 15 at 11:59 PM EST

Friday, January 6, 2012

Interview with author Mia Marlowe

We have with us today award-winning historical romance author Mia Marlowe.

Welcome to RomFan Reviews Mia it is a great honor to have you with us today.  

      Tell us a little about your new release with Connie Mason Sins of the Highlander.
MM: Thanks so much for having me! I’m so excited about Sins of the Highlander. It’s the story of Rob MacLaren, a man bent on taking revenge for the death of his beloved wife. Unfortunately, kidnapping his enemy’s bride at the altar didn’t work out the way in which he expected. Our heroine Elspeth is a strong woman who’s easily his match. She has the gift of Sight, but she can’t control it. The visions come when they will and she doesn’t always understand what she sees. If you’d like a taste, here’s a link to an excerpt: http://miamarlowe.com/books/sins.php#excerpt Rob’s pain in this opening always makes me want to cry. 

      You and Connie team up again for another release Lord of Fire and Ice which will come out in August can you give us a sneak peak of what it is about?
MM: Oh, this was such fun! As you probably know, Connie’s fans expect her to take them to unexpected times and places, so this story is set in Medieval Scandinavia. Our hero Brandr is returning home from Byzantium where he mastered his unusual gift. He’s a fire mage in a culture where anything that smacks of magic is suspect. Brandr is taken as a thrall at the beginning of the story and given to Katla, a woman whose husband was killed by Brandr’s father. Her temper is as black as her hair but Brandr’s just the man to thaw her icy heart. 

      Besides Lord of Fire and Ice what is next for you?
MM: Besides my collaborations with Connie Mason for Sourcebooks, I also write for Kensington. On February 28th, Touch of a Rogue will hit the bookstore shelves and next summer the 3rd book in the Touch of Seduction series, Touch of a Scoundrel will be released.
Connie and I are working on a new Regency series called The Royal Rakes. In Waking Up with a Rake, the royal dukes are going courting. Only the young, fertile and chaste need apply for the role of princess. Rhys Warrington must thwart the Duke of Clarence’s pursuit of heiress Olivia Symon by making sure she doesn’t meet the last qualification. ;-)
I’m also working on another novel set in Scotland for Kensington due to come out December 2013. If you’d like updates when my next book is out, please sign up for my newsletter at http://www.miamarlowe.com If you enter my website contest, you’ll be eligible for the drawing for a new KINDLE as well as be signed up for my newsletter.

      Prior to writing you graced the stages as an opera singer, do you still perform?
MM: Singing at that level requires a huge time commitment for daily rehearsal, so no, I don’t sing opera any more. However, I do sing in my church choir and still love pouring my soul out in song.

     What inspired you to begin writing?
MM: I met another romance writer, multi-cultural author Eboni Snoe. She and I became friends since our husbands worked together and she encouraged me to give writing a shot. I’d been an avid reader all my life and thought it would be easy. I think the Greeks call that “hubris!” Learning to write a novel was a steep learning curve for me. Four years and two manuscripts later, my third story sold. Thanks for the encouragement, Eboni!

      How exciting is it to find your books published internationally?
MM: It’s so thrilling. My work has been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Thai. I love hearing from readers all over the world. When my DH had to travel to Amsterdam for business, I tagged along for pleasure and one of the highlights of the trip was meeting one of my international readers there for lunch.

      With all that you have going on do you find time to sit down and read if so what are you reading now?
MM: I’ve always got a finger in several books at once. For research, I’m reading Kloester’s Georgette Heyer’s Regency World. My book club is working through Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. It focuses on Renoir’s painting by the same name. And Madeline Hunter’s Ravishing in Red is on my bedside table right now.

      Is there any advice you would give to those who are looking to write their own books?
MM: Join your local RWA chapter. I learned to write from the generous authors in Eastside RWA in Seattle. You’ll receive instruction in the writer’s craft, encouragement from others who are also working on bringing the stories in their head to life and you might just make a few friends!

      How can readers contact you and learn more about your books?
MM: http://www.miamarlowe is my cyber-home and I’d love to see you at my blog sometime. I’m also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MiaMarloweFanPage and Twitter: http://twitter.com/mia_marlowe .

Thank you so much Mia for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back.


Never had Elspeth Stewart imagined her wedding would be interrupted by a dark-haired stranger  charging in on a black stallion, scooping her into his arms, and carrying her off across the wild Scottish highlands. Pressed against his hard chest and nestled between his strong thighs, she ought to have feared for her life. But her captor silenced all protests with a soul-searing kiss, giving Elspeth a glimpse of the pain behind his passion—a pain only she could ease.

“Mad Rob” MacLaren thought stealing his rival’s bride-to-be was the perfect revenge. But Rob never reckoned that this beautiful, innocent lass would awaken the part of him he thought dead and buried with his wife. Against all reason, he longed to introduce the luscious Elspeth to the pleasures of the flesh, to make her his, and only his, forever.

With two clans against them burning for battle, they must find a way to join together—body, breath and soul. Or both will be made to pay for the Sins of the Highlander.

Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She was named Storyteller of the Year in 1990 and received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994. She currently lives in Florida. Mia Marlowe is a highly acclaimed new voice in romance whose debut novel released in Spring 2011 from Kensington. She lives in Boston, MA. Together, they are working on a new Regency romance series for Sourcebooks Casablanca, the first of which will be in stores in Fall 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.conniemason.com/, http://miamarlowe.com/ and follow Mia on Twitter @Mia_Marlowe.

Now for two lucky people Mia is giving away copies of Sins of the Highlander so leave a comment along with your email address to be entered.  Contest ends Wednesday, January 11th at 11:59 PM EST and is open to US and Canada only.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Interview with author Claire Ashgrove

We have with us today romance author Claire Ashgrove.

Welcome back to RomFan Reviews Claire it is a great honor to have you with us today.  

Tell us a little about your new release Immortal Hope.

Immortal Hope is the first book in my dark, paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars.    It marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy, Azazel. In it, you’ll find a touch of chivalry long-forgotten and the resounding theme of love having the ultimate power.


Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever-closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation – the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold. 

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache, he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she's destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

What can we see next from you?

That’s kinda complicated!  I have a variety of projects going on right now, and I write under two pen-names.  

So, let’s see… as Claire, immediately forthcoming, is the continuation of my paranormal short story series, Inherited Damnation, about eight children from the ancient Selgovae Celt tribe, and the cursed placed upon them by their incubus father, which promises they will kill the one they fall in love with.  The series runs parallel with the Pagan holidays, which puts book four coming in early Feb.

Also as Claire, book two in The Curse of the Templars, IMMORTAL SURRENDER, will come out later this year.  Watch the blog tour for an announcement on the release date!

Then, as my alter-ego, Tori St. Claire, my debut erotic romantic suspense, STRIPPED released concurrently with IMMORTAL HOPE.  It’s out now!  The second book in that series, will also release this year.

What got you started in writing?

I’ve always written.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t.  As to pursuing publication?  In 2008 I was home with my infant son and bored when he was sleeping.  I wasn’t working and figured I didn’t have anything to lose by working at it.  So I joined RWA, and three local chapters – which gave me a chance to get out of the house – and delved in all the way.  My first book was contracted in December of the same year.

What is your favorite thing about writing romance?

I like the emotional journey.  Interpersonal relationships, and intimate relationships are such a part of our lives.  Romance is the only genre that allows an author to really dig into those aspects.  You’ll find a touch of romance in almost any genre, but in the romance genre, there’s so much more depth.  That depth and those emotional journeys are so enjoyable to write about, and very satisfying as well.

What books or authors have inspired you?

Johanna Lindsey inspired me initially, back when I was a teen and writing stories about my rock band.  Hee!  But I honestly have to say that the authors who have inspired me the most aren’t in the romance genre.  They are the Masters – Faulkner in particular, and Steinbeck.  And then there are a lot of fantasy authors who’ve inspired me, Salvatore, Paolini, Tolkien (of course!) and Terry Brooks.

In fact, my first romance writing was/is a fantasy series, which I hope to revisit in short time.

Is there anything special you do to get in the mood to write?

Wait for the house to get quiet J  But no, it’s pretty much like a job.  I sit down and write, daily.  Some days it’s pulling teeth to get the words on the paper.  Some days things flow like water.  I have a time I start, a time I finish, and snacks on the table to keep me going.  Otherwise, it’s all pretty routine.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Layering all the elements for the entire series appropriately, so that there wasn’t too much presented, but enough to add an element of intrigue.  I’ll be honest, The Curse of the Templars is very intricate.  The subplot even more so, and there are a lot of forthcoming twists and turns that I didn’t want anticipated.  Putting in just enough to ground those twists, without revealing them, was a bit challenging.

Following are just some fun fact questions which could be just one word answers or more:

What song would best describe your life?

Is there a song about chaos?  My life is ordered chaos.  Between critters, kids, and a multitude of writing projects, it’s not unreasonable for me to lose a day (or two!), and I’m pretty sure I’d forget my head if it weren’t attached.  Which is so odd compared to my writing – it’s obscenely organized. 

What’s a guilty pleasure you have?

Chocolate and wine.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

See above – CHAOS AHEAD!

How can readers contact you and learn more about your books?

I write under two pen names, Claire Ashgrove and Tori St. Claire, and I have websites and blogsites for both:

On Twitter, you can find me as @ClaireAshgrove

You can email me through the websites, and I’d love to hear from you all!

Thank you so much Claire for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back.

Thank you, as well!  It’s been great fun, and I hope to see you again.

I’ve included a short excerpt from Immortal Hope:

“Merrick, wait,” she called softly.

“Nay,” he answered on a hard swallow. “Nay, Anne. If I stay another moment, I will have you in that bed.” He shoved a hand through his hair and reached for the doorknob.

“But that’s where I want you,” she whispered.

He nodded once, a sharp dip of his chin. Pulling the door open, he answered, “I know.” Another protest, and he would turn right back to her waiting arms, cart her off to that oversized bed. When he finished with her, he would hate himself.

He entered the hall and shut the door.

Determination narrowed his gaze as he descended the stairs. He trained his thoughts to his cousin, focused on the oath he swore to Fulk. The very moment Anne discovered her intended, he vowed to leave. No sacred nail, no protected relic, no other oath would he honor until he fulfilled the promise to his kin. In so doing, he would free himself from this torment and lift his blade in Azazel’s name. It was a price he no longer feared to pay.

Claire will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a second $25.00 Amazon.com gift certificate to a second randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour.  Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Click the Blog Tour badge for a complete list of blog stops.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Saving Lady Ilsa by Crystal Kauffman

Review: Saving Lady Ilsa
By: Crystal Kauffman
ISBN: 9781419930904
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Format: E-book
Genre: Historical Romance, M/F/M
Price: $5.95

I truly enjoyed reading Saving Lady Ilsa by Crystal Kauffman. A historial romance placed in London 1859. Lord Bradford Stratton swoops in and plucks Ilsa Kilgard from a life of neglect and abuse with a promise of marriage and safety. Little did she know that there was more to Lord Stratton than met the eye, but it was a risk she was willing to take.

At the urging of his father, Bradford needed to take a wife, except, there was already someone in his life, Frederick. A silent understanding of his place in Bradford's life didn't relieve the pressure for him to marry. Ilsa isn't the only one bringing baggage to the table. Her life was not an easy one at the hands of her brother in law.

Follow them on their journey through, acceptance, love and trust as they fight to save Ilsa from her past as her past won't let her be.

I loved this story. The author wonderfully depicted the different types of love that can be shared in polyamorous relationships. Two glorious men in love who wanted to share their love with a woman that controlled their hearts. The author integrated M/M and M/F and M/F/M love seamlessly as Ilsa was taught what love really was. The sex was of the swoon-worthy! The men are delicious! 

Michele gives this book

Review: Roped Emotions by Elise Hepner

Review: Roped Emotions
By: Elise Hepner
ISBN: 9781419935848
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Erotica, Bondage
Format: E-book
Price: $4.45

Roped Emotions is a wicked spin on the childhood fable of Rapunzel. The story is told from her point of few as she navigates through her secret sexual relationship with Samuel. On a specific day, Rapunzel takes their sexual awakening on a path of bondage and domination.

In this short story, the majority revolves around one specific encounter in general as she processes the freedom she has with Samuel. Lacking physical freedom, Rapunzel controls the one thing she can.....Samuel, which he willingly hands over. She allowed Samuel to control their sexuality initially, but discovered that freedom could be obtained within her prison. Thus, allowing Rapunzel to accept her imprisonment a little easier with Samuel's daily visits. The sex was hot and spelled out in raw detail letting the reader conjure spectacular mental pictures.

Michele gives this book

Review: Needing Harte by Marilu Mann

Review: Needing Harte
By: Marilu Mann
ISBN: 9781419930584
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Erotica,M/M
Format: E-book
Price: $4.45

Detective Harte Donovan was not expecting the immediate attraction he felt when he walked into the strip club while investigating a murder. Harte had not openly recognized his homosexuality to his co-workers for fear of how the force would respond. Ramey Nichols sensed that there was more to Harte than met the eye. Gay...yes. Dom...definitely had the potential.

As part of the "1-800-DOM-help" series, the passion quickly ignites between Harte and Ramey. Sensing Harte's floundering, Jason Winters, the owner of Pulse and Ramey's friend, invites Harte for coffee to discuss the murder of his friend. Harte's first reaction to Jason as he begins talking of sexual dominance is one of denial. As their conversation ends, Jason hands him a white business card with black script...."1-800-DOM-help". Denying the help, the card is left behind only to be discovered on Hartes' counter when he returns home. Totally confused about finding the card and curious about what he may learn, he makes the call. 

Reluctantly, he makes the call that will forever change him. Spending hours upon hours talking with Master Thomas, Harte has a better understanding of the BDSM lifestyle and that he might have a place in it after all. Ramey, the gentle soul that he is, helps Harte discover his true nature.

Let’s not forget that there is a murderer on the loose. Who do you think the hero will be?

The sex was ...... like a raging inferno, consuming everyone and everything. The BDSM of this story fairly light and easy to follow. As Harte was learning, the reader was also privy to the explanations that were given. I enjoyed this story as it was a quick read and moved right along. The "1-800-DOM-help" series is a great compilation of stories by a variety of authors giving variability to the series and worth checking out.

Michele gives this book

Review: Graphic Passions by Megan Hussey

Review: Graphic Passions: O-Zone Adventures, Volume Two
By: Megan Hussey
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Erotica
Format: Ebook
Price: $3.99

The O-Zone is an intergalactic world ruled by Princess Andala, a self absorbed sex fiend who has recently lost her two primary sexual servants, Omni and Noble. Laryn, her new attendant/submissive is left unsatisfied with their relationship. As the princess is not an emotional woman, Laryn is left wanting more. He daydreams of a world where he would give and receive love.

Amelia Mayfield is an avid reader of the adult graphic novel, O-Zone, and attends the annual comic convention with her best friend, Kasey. Since the unusual departure of two of the main characters, she has set her eyes on the gorgeous new attendant to the princess, Laryn. A call from her friend alerting her to the news that the author of O-Zone had a booth at the convention, she holds up in her hotel room until the festivities start the next morning. After accepting an offer to meet an old friend of Kasey, Amelia opens the door to be greeted by a man in a G-string pretending to be a man of O-Zone and spends a night of intense pleasure together.

Approaching the author of O-Zone, Amelia asks the question that many fans had wondered the answer....."Did Noble leave the comic to live on earth and Omni followed because he too had fallen for and Earth woman?" Never getting a straight answer, she learns that her man from the night prior was a male escort and not an O-Zone character. Angry and hurt, she packs and leaves the convention. Amelia distances herself from the world of O-Zone the best she can, but at night her dreams focus on Laryn, her favorite character.

Late one night Amelia awakens and finds herself in the embrace of a beautiful man that strongly resembles Laryn when he tries to convince her that he truly is by seducing her, Amelia is not going to fall for another impersonator again. Laryn attempts to please Amelia go unreciprocated initially.

Graphic Passions was light on the BDSM angle and heavy on the confusing as some events in the story were left unanswered. 

Michele gives this book