Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake

Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild #1)
by: Kris DeLake
$6.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Sci-Fi / Romance
Released: March 2012

Rikki is an assassin who prefers to work alone.  She's never understood the need to belong to a group, and has vowed to never join the Assassin's Guild.  So when by the books Misha shows up to try and pursuade her otherwise, she's a bit miffed.  Although with a body like his, it's hard to stay mad at him for long.

Misha is determined to bring Rikki into the Assassin's Guild.  She's too much of a wild cannon to be allowed out unsupervised, and since she's laid the blame for more than one of her jobs at his feet, he's taking it personally.  He just never expected her sweet curves could sway him from his mission.

When things explode both in the bedroom and out, will these two assassins on opposite teams be able to put aside their differences to stay alive, or will pride be the downfall to both of them?

Carla says:

I have a thing for assassins.  Don't know why, either, but I do.  This story was not only assassins, but space assassins, so it was a double bonus for me.  I enjoyed the banter between Misha and Rikki, and the sex scenes weren't too bad, either.  It was fun to watch them figure out that sometimes being the lone gunman isn't all it's cracked up to be, and golly gee, maybe having someone to watch your back isn't a bad thing after all.  It was a quick, fun read, and anyone who has a strange obsession with assassins like I do should definitely give this book a try.  Hoping there will be a second one, too.

Carla gives this book a

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review & Contest: Vampires in America: The Vignettes by D.B. Reynolds

Review: Vampires in America:The Vignettes-Volume 1
Author: D.B. Reynolds
ISBN: 978-1469978215
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: E-Book and Paperback
Price: .99 E-Book $5.89 Paperback

Revisit the vampires and their mates that have made this series popular with nine short stories.  It all starts of course with Raphael and Cyn and ends with the wedding of Rajmund and Sarah.  In between we travel to Montreal to check in on Sophia and Colin, we also go to D.C. to see what Duncan and Emma are up too and then the big event that brings them all together.

Of course it is not all easy going when Cyn and Sarah find themselves kidnapped while celebrating Sarah’s last night single.  It is up to the women to get themselves out of the mess they are in before Raphael and Raj come looking for them and all hell breaks lose.

D.B. Reynolds started the Vignettes for her readers going in between books who kept asking for more so she wrote them and posted them on her website for her faithful followers.  Now in their own book they have become a big hit.  It was wonderful to be able to read what the characters have been up to since their stories ended, of course I don’t think all their stories are over, we will see plenty of them through out the rest of the series I am sure.  These short stories are non-stop page turners full of extremely steamy and erotic love scenes.  All I can say is thank you Ms. Reynolds for giving us our much needed fix of such wonderful characters and bring on Lucas.

Annette gives this book


D.B. is giving away a copy of the book, either print or e-version, winner’s choice so leave a comment along with your email address. Contest is open until March 4th at 11:59 pm EST. You Must include your email address to be eligible.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Ravished by Moonbeam by Cynthia Sax

Ravished by Moonbeam
by: Cynthia Sax
$5.60 ebook
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Erotica / Sci-Fi
Released: January 2012

Officer Danielle is shocked to find out the serial killer she's chasing is actually a black and green skinned alien.  As if that wasn't bad enough, the overpowering lust she feels upon first seeing him is both unwelcome and darkly thrilling at the same time.  When he comes towards her, claiming she belongs to him, she shoots him, never figuring that would be his version of foreplay.

Krol has come to Earth to claim Danielle, the human mate for him.  He doubts she can handle his sexual appetite, but knows she's the only chance at continuing his species.  He never expects to find all that fire and passion inside her.  And when she shoots him, well, he thinks he may have met his perfect match after all.

This was a quick sci-fi story about an alien and the woman destined to be his.  The story starts out with them meeting, then him hunting her through the woods before they have crazy alien sex on the ground.  I had issues with the way Danielle's emotions were written during that scene, because it was dangerously close to sounding like he was raping her, regardless of her body's reactions.  As the book progresses, that issue disappears, and the two start to follow the usual patterns of two people getting to know one another.  It was a quick read, and despite the choppy start, I didn't mind it.

Carla gives this book a

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guest Blog by Author Brita Addams

Writing the bones, then putting meat on them
Brita Addams

The one fallacy many writers have when they first start writing, is in the thinking that they have to write the entire the story in one go. Oh, how difficult that is, even in the second or third go.

Building a story is difficult work. Each scene builds toward the next, and sometimes the story veers off into directions unforeseen. For me, it is very difficult to plot a story in its entirety. The fundamentals, yes, the general direction, even an idea as to how it ends, but the meat of the story is something that takes shape as I go along.

Characters tend to have ideas of their own and to steadfastly ignore their pleadings is to sacrifice the story they want for the one I can't quite see yet.

I've discovered that I can write very quickly if I don't stop to flesh out the thoughts or actions on the first go-round. It is good for me to get the thoughts down, sometimes with notes about further researching a particular point. The story flows nicely if I don't fill in every detail, every description. 

Much like a woman dressing for a ball, stories are written in layers. 
Underclothes first, or in the story sense, the setting down of the conceptual ideas. The slip and corset comes next, and with it, the eventual shape of the woman (or story) takes form. Then the lovely dress is slipped over her head, the buttons fastened (edited) and the entire picture (story) comes into view.

There are as many different habits in writing as there are writers. Plotter or pantser (writing by the seat of your pants) is a very common question. I always answer that I'm a bit of both. I write down the beginning, usually starting with a scene that has haunted me. I create the main characters, set down their features, their manner, their social positions—all this is done before I start to write. 

I get the basic goal of the story set, that's pretty easy usually, pretty elementary – the getting together of the two main characters. I don't write anything but happy endings. J The story lies in how that goal is accomplished, what will keep them apart, what angst the characters have, enemies that step into the breach they've cause, oh, my there are thousands of ways to get to the goal.

Sometimes, well, okay, most of the time, my characters take me for a ride and that's the story that is the most fun to write. I love being taken on an unexpected journey, having the story unfold in ways I didn't expect, things happen that I never saw coming.

One quick story—when I starting writing Lord Decadent's Obsession, my hero, Prentice Hyde, was in possession of a nagging mother. She'd made it her life's work to remind Prentice that he, as a Marquis, was obligated to marry and soon. There was one particular scene where Mama Hyde and her daughter had destroyed a perfectly nice evening. On the way home that evening, the dear older woman met her demise. I'd had something entirely different planned for her, having her as the bane of Prentice's existence throughout the book, but I was led to something completely different.

That's a minor example, but it illustrates the point. 

The length of the book is also something that I never can determine until it's written. I never force the story to be any particular length. Overwriting is always a bad idea. It often leads to meandering plots, filler characters or side stories that don't have anything to do with the main story. 

Too many stories within a book gets confusing, gives the reader too much to sort out and keep straight. It's also the cause of the dreaded "sagging middle," the place where the writer has to write something, but the story doesn't have enough fuel to see its way through to a longer book.

I learned early on, that if a paragraph or even a scene can be cut and it doesn't harm the story, they aren't needed. That only means that it didn't advance the story in any way. It was great advice.

Writing is great fun, a wonderful creative outlet. To be a published author is a great honor, and to have readers who wait for your next book to be release, now that's priceless.

Here's the blurb from my new release, Demands of the Heart:

In 1807, idealistic Richard Fanshaw and Victoria Bramhill are consumed with each other, their young love blooming amidst a series of carefree soirees and stolen moments. 

But jealousy and greed turn what they have into something ugly and twisted. They're wrenched apart amid vile lies and deceit when Victoria's freedom is bought to pay her father's debts. 

Six years later, Victoria is widowed and a cynical Richard has just returned to England after years in India.  Having been given the impression that Victoria's marriage was a happy one, a chance meeting renews Richard's anger over Victoria's betrayal and sets in motion a plan for revenge. 

One must answer the demands of the heart.

To read an excerpt and purchase, click here: Demands of the Heart

I'd love to hear from you. You can find me at any of these places:

Email address:

Twitter: @britaaddams


20% off To celebrate the release of Demand's of the Heart, Noble Romance Publishing is offering my entire backlist at 20% off. This is for sales on the Noble Romance Publishing site only and only my titles.

There's no limit. Buy one book, or all seven, you'll get 20% off your purchase. The eligible titles are: Serenity's Dream; Lord Decadent's Obsession; Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess; The Rogue's Salvation; A Minute After Midnight; An Evening at the Starlight, and the book I wrote under the name Tina Ordone, Her Timeless Obsession.

The price you'll see is the reduced price.

The sale will run from midnight, Pacific time, February 20 to 11:59 pm Pacific time, March 2.

This is a backlist sale, so it doesn't include Demands of the Heart.

I have several contests running during the book tour, ending at midnight, March 2.

Contest #1:

I'll choose a daily winner from the commenters. I'll will be giving away an ebook from my backlist at each stop. The only exclusion is Demands of the Heart. One book per commenter, please.

Contest #2:

Demands of the Heart T-Shirt Contest:

If you answer the three questions correctly, you could be one of four winners. The prize will be a T-Shirt with the cover of the book on it. The shirt also says that the cover is model, Jimmy Thomas's 1500th cover. There will be four winners, each winning a T-Shirt and other swag.

All answers are found on Brita's website.

Please do NOT put the answers in the comments section of this blog or on Brita's site. Email them to Brita, with T-Shirt Answers in the subject line.

1.      What book did I write under another name?

2.      Who is the character, Lucien Damrill, patterned after?

3.      Describe the signature brandy snifter at the Sapphire Club.

Contest #3: GRAND PRIZE

This contest is about Demands of the Heart. Of course, you're under no obligation to buy or read the book, but if you choose to, this contest is for you.

I've put three questions up on my website, all relating to my book, Demands of the Heart. Answer the questions and EMAIL me, with the answers, at  Be sure to put GRAND PRIZE in the subject line.

You must have all three questions answered correctly to be entered into the drawing.

The Grand Prize is the entire Sapphire Club series in print, signed by the author. I'll also include some other signed swag.

Good luck and I hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you Annette, for having me. I truly appreciate it.

You can read my five hunk review here

Review: Demands of the Heart by Brita Addams

Review: Demands of the Heart
Author: Brita Addams
ISBN: 978-1-60592-445-8
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: E-Book
Price: $5.95

In 1807, idealistic Richard Fanshaw and Victoria Bramhill are consumed with each other, their young love blooming amidst a series of carefree soirees and stolen moments.

But jealousy and greed turn what they have into something ugly and twisted. They're wrenched apart by vile lies and deceit when Victoria's freedom is sold to pay her father's debts.

Six years later, Victoria is a widowed and a cynical Richard has just returned to England after years in India. Having been given the impression that Victoria's marriage was a happy one, a chance meeting renews Richard's anger over Victoria's betrayal and sets in motion his plan for revenge.

Demands of the Heart jut became one of my favorite stories written by Brita Addams.  The love Richard has for Victoria and then to feel betrayed by her was so emotional and the pain Victoria felt was heart wrenching.  Two people so in love torn apart and then come together years later one bent on revenge the other needing to survive.  The story had all the elements needed to make it complete romance, humor and anger.  I am always looking forward to what Ms. Addams comes up with next a wonderful storyteller. 

Annette gives this  book

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Costa Rican Heat by Bobbi Brattz

Review: Costa Rican Heat
Author: Bobbi Brattz
ISBN: 978-1-4543-0097-7
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Erotic Ménage
Format: E-Book
Price: $2.99

When Jada McKenzie meets her internet pal for the first time, she is swept off her feet and whisked away to Costa Rica but has no idea she will be the dessert on the menu for two. Her greatest experience with sex is from watching adult videos, which leaves a lot to be desired, in her opinion.                        
Though Jada does her best to escape Tait Bennett and Mike Turner when she finds out what they have in store for her, they soon show her what amazing sex in a ménage a trois is all about. With the belief she’ll go to hell for it, she decides to accept their offer of total ecstasy and dares to be decadent.
After two weeks of bliss, she falls for them both yet must decide if she wants to stay with them forever more, or go back to her humdrum life in Toronto. Dare she live life to the fullest and be mistress for two, or will love find its way into each of their hearts and make three into one?
This is the debut book for Bobbi Brattz and it is a great beginning, I see a lot of potential for her in the erotic world.  The chemistry between Jada, Tait and Mike is scorching.  With some humor thrown in to the mix you will keep the pages turning and wish it never ends.  I look forward to reading more of Ms. Brattz work in the future.

Annette gives this book

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review: Three to Get Ready by Tere Michaels

Three to Get Ready
By: Tere Michaels
ISBN: 9781419934872
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Romance, M/M/F, D/s
Format: E-Book
Price: $5.95

Nick and Riley had been friends and roommates for years. As Riley prepares for his upcoming wedding with Lily, he grapples with his divided love....Lily and Nick. Both men suppress their feelings thinking the other would deny the love. Lily, being the headstrong woman that she is, rules Riley mind, body and soul...right down to the strap on she uses to give Riley what he needs.

Lily...strong, beautiful and ever insightful. Seeing right through the two most important men in her life, she sets the wheel in motion that will bring these three together. As Lily and Nick danced at her wedding, she draws his attention to the fact that Riley watches with hunger filled eyes. Lily draws herself up under Nick's chin and whispers words of secret desires. Nick, however, is not sure what how to interpret the feelings that she stirs deep within. Could it be that secretly Riley has harbored feelings for him as well?

While on their honeymoon, Riley and Lily decide to explore Nick’s feelings. However, while they are away Nick struggles with his own feelings of abandonment now that his two dear friends are married and starting a new life together....without him. Nick returns to the private club for some play time, but his heart just isn't in it. As he is leaving, he bumps into a former play partner, Steven, who won't take no for an answer and continues to press for a deeper relationship.

Weeks have passed since Riley and Lily have returned from their honeymoon and not a word from them. However, he was not far from their minds. They developed a play to integrate Nick into their new life. With an invitation for dinner, Nick goes to their new house with beer in hand unsure of what the night will bring. After dinner and some liquid courage, Lily makes her move and initiates the plan they hatched. Initially, Riley plays off that it is more for Lily, but secretly wanting it for himself too.

I absolutely loved this story. Watching their love triangle grow with each contributing something the others needed. Then the author throws in the drama with Steven and his stalking of Nick, Riley and Lily. The reality of the blackmail that could happen in the real world that happens to people who work and try to hide their true selves. The love between these three....emotional and physical was off the charts. Intimacy to a whole new level, Lily loving Riley and knowing what he needed and willingly embrace it. Truly understanding Nick's struggle with his feelings of "out man out" in a friendship with a married couple. I just can't say how much I love this story. 

Michele gives this book

Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars Book 1) By Claire Ashgrove

Review: Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars Book 1)
Author: Claire Ashgrove
ISBN: 978-0-7653-6758-7
Publisher: Tor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99

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.
Immortal Hope had me hooked from page one all the way to the end.  Riveting and intriguing twist on the Templar knights Claire Ashgrove has a new fan.  I loved the detail to the history of the Templar and the chemistry between Anne and Merrick.  You could almost feel Merrick’s frustration at his attraction to Anne whom he thought was meant for one of the other men.  Then there is Anne who can see what is going to happen but yet she still wants Merrick she just has to make sure he doesn’t find out the truth of which man she truly belongs to.  I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series and they have a reserved spot on the keeper shelf.  

Annette gives this book

Review: Silver-Tongued Devil by Jennifer Blake

Review: Silver-Tongued Devil
Author: Jennifer Blake
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3085-5
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Price: $12.99

Angelica Carew is involved in a boating accident and when she awakens finds that she is married to the man who rescued her.  Although he is a stranger to her she falls in love with him.

Renold Harden has a plan to get his families plantation back from the cheating gambler who won it in a game of chance with his step-father.  The best way to get it back and also seek revenge against the man who destroyed his family is to marry his daughter.

When Angelica discovers the truth she now must make a choice between the man she loves or returning to the life she knew before Renold.

Jennifer Blake has taken us on a journey that starts on the river and ends in Louisiana and delivers a pleasurable and awe-inspiring story.  The chemistry between Angelica and Renold was a passionate love that took them both by surprise.  I will admit there were parts of the book that I felt were slow and I had a hard time getting through them.  But, I have always been a reader of Ms. Blake’s and will continue to read her books for the great adventures she takes her readers on.

Annette gives this book

Review: Sins of the Highlander by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe

Review: Sins of the Highlander
Author: Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6182-4
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99

Never in her life did Elspeth believe she would be kidnapped from her own wedding, but when a man comes through the doors while still on his horse and pulls her onto his horse she finds herself in the hands of the man called Mad Rob.

Rob has been set on revenge for the death of his wife and now he is able to extract that revenge when his enemy is about to marry.  What he did not plan on is the sweet woman he has taken.

With her intended and father on their trail with their clansmen it becomes a adventure in trust, love and truth.  Is it possible for Mad Rob to actually still have a heart and able to feel and will he be able to protect Elspeth from a life of misery and keep her with him.

Connie Mason has always been a master at writing a story that takes you back to a time gone by and full of romance, but when you add Mia Marlowe to the mix you end up with an amazing tale of discovery and love. I could almost envision the scenes as they played out they were so detailed and well written.  And who doesn’t love a man who can be ruthless when he needs to and in the next moment show his emotions of heartbreak.  Both Ms. Mason and Ms. Marlowe grace my bookshelf and they will continue with stories like this one.

Annette gives this book

Review: A Demon Does It Better by Linda Wisdom

Review: A Demon Does It Better
Author: Linda Wisdom
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3672-3
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99

Doctor Lili Carter is not just a doctor but also a witch healer.  She returns to Crying Souls Hospital in search of her friend who has disappeared and soon discovers things are not right at the hospital. Lili is soon invited by the head of the hospital Dr. Mortimer into his research area where she encounters shadow demon Jared. 

Branded as dangerous Jared as the ability to use the shadows to get away from his prison at the hospital for short periods of time and what better place to go to then the new doctors.

Lili and Jared are soon in a race to find out what is happening at the hospital and what Dr. Mortimer is up to or will they end in failure and be torn apart forever.

A Demon Does It Better is the sequel to Linda Wisdom’s Demon’s Are A Girls Best Friend but I discovered it is a stand alone book and can be read separate from the first.  I felt it was a little predictable as I figured out what was going to happen before I turned the next page with the exception of what was truly happening to all of the staff that came up missing and what Dr. Mortimer was up to.  I found Jared so easy to fall for no matter which form he was in and Lili proved to be a strong independent woman who could go toe to toe with Jared.  It was fun reading about Jared and Lili and their thrilling and electric story.

Annette gives this book

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Promo: Keta Diablo

Keta has been busy the last two weeks doing a blog tour promoting her new release Dark Night of the Moon.  You can read my review here

Dark Night of the Moon
Keta Diablo
A paranormal wolf shifter

Read more here: Amazon Author Page

Dark Night of the Moon is the second book in the series and the sequel to Holding on to Heaven.

Creed Gatlin flees to Arizona intent on eradicating the haunting memories of his brother’s wife. His brother Brand, presumed dead, resurfaces after a long absence and with his re-emergence, the destinies of those he loves is altered forever.

In a land rife with war and danger, Sage must travel to the village of her husband’s People. There, she is reunited with Crooked Back, the ancient healer. One the long trek back to Full Circle, devious plots are underfoot and peril lurks around every corner for Sage, Lauren and Peter Pa.

Dark Night of the Moon will take you on an unforgettable journey of war, violence, overwhelming grief, and finally, compassion and love. 

You can now get your copy of Dark Night of the Moon from Amazon

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment and tell me what paranormal genre you read most. Two winners will be selected by the blog host and the winners will be notified by e-mail. You must be following KETA'S KEEP to be eligible. You can follow my blog here: 

Good luck, and don't forget to leave your email address in the comment section in case you win!

Keta's Bio 

Keta is a multi-published author of paranormal and historical romance and gay fiction. In 2009, her erotic romance Decadent Deceptions was a finalist in the RWA Molly contest. In 2010, Keta's entry Phoenix Rising finaled in the Scarlet Boa contest and in 2011 Keta's acclaimed paranormal shifter, Where The Rain is Made, was nominated by Authors After Dark for a Bookie Award and by Deep In The Heart of Romance for Best Romance of the Year.

Many of her books, including her gay fiction series CROSSROADS, have won numerous awards: Top Reviewer's Pick, Recommended Read and Best Book of the Month.

If you'd like to know more about Keta and her latest releases, she haunts the Net here:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: The One by Lora Leigh

The One
By: Lora Leigh
ISBN: 9781419934414
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $4.45

Brenna Laine grew up in Samuels Creek, Texas with her mother, step father and Jase, her by all intense and purposes her step brother. Poppa Jason raised Bren, as he so lovingly referred to her as, after her mother died on his bull ranch. She secretly hid her feelings for Jase all these years. Now, grown adults, Bren still pines for the dark and sexy Jase, and he still considers her the little sister that needs protecting. Poppa Jason sees right through both of them though.

Returning home to celebrate Jase's birthday, Bren struggles with her feeling as she watches him with his personal assistant getting closer as the party draws on. She is unable to endure watching this woman get what she has wanted...Jase. Even after Poppa Jason's prompting, Bren decides to leave the ranch knowing that Jase and his assistant will end up in his bed having mind-blowing sex. She has heard all the stories of him and his women, and knowing how great of a lover he is.

Bren quickly escapes to her room to pack and leave without saying good-bye to Jase. However, a little birdie told him she was not feeling well and retired early to her room. Concerned, Jase seeks her out. Following the advice of Poppa Jason, she takes advantage of the opportunity and kisses Jase and when he responds her fire is ignited with intimate touches and passionate kisses, but then is quickly extinguished. He blames his behavior on alcohol as she confesses his feelings, but rejection is all she felt. She left the ranch that night and went back to New York and school.

Tragedy brings Bren back to the ranch...Poppa Jason has died and his will left very specific wishes to be carried out. Bren must live on the ranch for three months with Jase and not disclose the details of Poppa's wishes and if she doesn't then Jase will lose the ranch. So, Bren returns to the ranch with the memories of their time together fresh in her mind.

Their time together reveals true emotions. Blazing hot sex and honest confessions allow Bren and Jase to view each other with untainted eyes.

The author did a phenomenal job in just 77 pages. She built them up, tore them down and created a new love. These characters knew each other and their desires burned slowly over the years as they denied themselves each other. I loved Bren's innocence and open-hearted love that she has for Jase. And Jase, well he was built for sex....dark hair, broad shoulders, the body that screams that he knew his way around a bull ranch. He demanded control and Bren easily handed it over.

Michele gives this book