Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Wet Heat by Jan Springer

Title: Wet Heat
Author: Jan Springer
 Publisher: Ellora's Cave
 Genre: Vampire, Erotic Romance,
 ISBN: 9781419933516
 Format: E-Book

 Matilda Smith, was a vampire blood slave and held in captivity by an evil man.  One night as he lay asleep, Mati escaped. Near death, she was found by the gate to beautiful Italian manor that was owned by Paola and Gio and loved them, but feared her captors will seek out their property at all costs. She ran again into the human world and created a safe haven for female vampires where sex was taboo.

During her time with Gio and Paolo, the three of them developed a deep psychological link.  When that link is reconnected, Mati's sexuality is reawakened forcing her to break rule number one....no sex. Seeking entrance to a bordello to satisfy her need, she is given to two men who ravish her body and soul. However, something seemed a little to familiar to Mati about her two male servants.

As John and Paul watch Mati wander about the room through a one way mirror, they are reminded of the woman that they loved and lost so many years ago.  You see, they have a secret of their own.

Wet Heat was a quick read (60 pages) and able to complete it in a couple hours.  The sex was steamy, but even better with two. Gio and Paolo were very attentive lovers, taking and giving pleasure. The story was simple in theory, yet different than other vampire stories that I have read.

Michele gives this book

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guest Blog: What Happened When the Monsters of My Youth Turned into Heroes by Rebecca York

What Happened When the Monsters of My Youth Turned into Heroes

by: Rebecca York

I love writing about sexy vampires, werewolves, and dragon-shifters. But I wasn’t always so comfortable with the world of dark fantasy creatures. Not when I was a kid with a vivid imagination.

At the age of four, I moved with my family to an apartment building with an elevator that broke down periodically, trapping tenants for hours. I was terrified to ride that elevator by myself, so I’d dash up or down five flights of stairs to our apartment. Unfortunately, I’d also learned about vampires, and they’d be right behind me in the dark stairwell, their cold breath chilling the back of my neck.

When I was eight, we moved into a house, where the kid up the street had a gruesome collection of Tales from the Crypt comic books that gave me nightmares. Why didn’t I stop reading them? Probably only a psychoanalyst can give you the answer.

I graduated from comic books to scary novels and short stories. Dracula was my next vampire. I read Bram Stoker’s classic when I was 15, and the count scared me spitless.

But everything changed later that year when I stumbled on DARKER THAN YOU THINK, by Jack Williamson. It was about a guy named Will Barbee (of all things) being turned on to his werewolf heritage by a sexy woman named April Bell. Williamson wrote it so well that he made me want to BE a werewolf.

Okay, maybe these creatures of the night aren’t so bad. Especially when the writer makes them sympathetic. And you can identify with them.

My early reading was mostly fantasy and science fiction. I’d never read a romance until a friend asked me if I wanted to write one. When she brought over several bags of romance paperbacks, I loved them. And I realized I’d always looked for a romance subplot in the fiction I read. Like the relationship between Will and April in DARKER THAN YOU THINK.

That story stuck with me for years. And another werewolf, Michael Gallatin in THE WOLF’S HOUR, captured my imagination later. Those books made me want to write my own werewolf story. And I finally took the plunge with KILLING MOON. The hero is Ross Marshall, the head of my Marshall werewolf pack. A private detective who uses his wolf senses to solve crimes, he’s brought his clan into the 21st century.

I love my sexy werewolf guys, alpha males who are tortured by their heritage yet search for the one special woman who will renew their bond with humanity. The latest is Cole Marshall in DARK MOON, available as an e-book on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, and other online outlets.

He works for a new detective agency I’ve created, Decorah Security. When he and fellow Decorah operative, Emma Richards, are sent to rescue a kidnap victim on a cruise ship that’s been converted to an S&M playground, their relationship heats up as the web of danger around them tightens. It’s my kind of book, where the intensity of the peril heightens the development of the love story. And Cole’s werewolf traits are a key factor in saving their lives.

Do you like guys who are more than human in the books you read? If so, which are your favorites?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Terry Spear Contest Winners

We have randomly selected our two winners from our interview with Terry Spear and the winners are:

Congratulations to our two winners.  More chances coming up with future interviews.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Romance author Terry Spear

Today we have with us Paranormal Romance author Terry Spear.

Welcome back to RomFan Reviews, Terry, and thank you for being here! It is always a pleasure to have you with us.

Tell us a little about the latest in your Wolf Series A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing?
TS: Before I write a book, I usually have several more already contracted and in progress. So when I wrote To Tempt the Wolf and my editor said I ought to make Hunter’s SEAL team a whole wolf team, that got me to thinking. Then after the book’s release, numerous fans told me they wanted to see Hunter’s wayward twin sister’s story.  But I was already working on Legend of the White Wolf and fans were clamoring for Leidolf’s story in Seduced by the Wolf, and my editor wanted me to do something different, so I started the Highland wolf series, Heart of the Highland Wolf. And fans wanted me to write Carol’s story from Destiny of the Wolf pack, so Wolf Fever was born. And also from the Silver wolf pack, Destiny of the Wolf, the Silver brothers’ stories, so Jake’s story, Dreaming of the Wolf was next. So you see? It takes a long time to get back to a wolf pack sometimes. I still needed to write Tom’s story from the Silver wolf pack and am working on it right now. But I had to revisit the Oregon Coast wolf pack, and that meant finding Meara the perfect mate. Finn Emerson, one of Hunter’s SEAL team members, is not him. No way. Not in a million years. He’s only on the Oregon Coast to protect her…yet his interest in her and her corresponding interest in him sizzles. But he’s too busy saving the world to settle down. Which means she’s looking for a mate—and it’s not going to be him.

And now fans of the book are already telling me that they want to see more of some of the new characters I’ve introduced in the book. A couple of other hot undercover operatives. Which means? I may very well have to revisit the Oregon Coast wolf pack again!

What can readers expect next?
TS: Right now I’m working on the third book in the Highland Wolf series, Heart of the Highland Wolf. The second is A Howl for the Highlander, Duncan’s story as he goes after the clan/pack’s money tied up in the Grand Cayman Islands. He’s not in the least bit interested in having fun in the sun, but when the dark warrior sees a she-wolf all by herself at the airport wearing the Rampant Lion shirt and silver sandals and belt, the sassy wolf catches his attention. Of course he’s thinking she needs protection—she’s alone and he’s a braw Highland warrior. When all he should be thinking about is getting their money back, but the she-wolf is way too distracting.

So I’m now working on the next Highland wolf story, A Highland Wolf Wedding, featuring the brother, Cearnach. And I’m working on Tom’s story from the Destiny of Wolf pack. I’ve finished my first book in the jaguar shifter series, Savage Hunger, which will be out in October.  Connor has a sister that wants them both to find mates, but discovering jaguar shifters is hard to do. Jaguars themselves are rare enough. And most shifters don’t run in packs like wolves do. But Maya creates all kinds of havoc when a woman shows up in the Amazon, looking to thank Connor for saving her life. In the 2nd book, that I’m working on now, Maya will have her chance to find a mate. But advertising on Facebook and Twitter has some unexpected consequences. 

What is your favorite thing about writing?
TS: Getting into the characters’ heads and trying to help them get out of the mess they get themselves into. It’s not MY fault they take all the wrong turns in their journey. But I’m always trying to assist them to find that happily ever after.

What is your biggest challenge when writing?
TS: Finding the uninterrupted time to write. I work full time and teach online writing classes, give workshop presentations, and do a lot of other promotions, writing for newsletters, etc. So concentrating on the writing can be a challenge sometimes. I get really antsy when I haven’t written something on a story for a day or two.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
TS: A teacher. I was in Teachers of Tomorrow when I was in elementary school! I’ve developed my own writing workshops and love helping others to learn how to write better. I homeschooled my son and daughter. So I’ve fulfilled my dream in conjunction with loving to create stories that I also did from when I was a child.

How long have you been writing?
TS: Forever. I’ve been creating stories since I was little. My girlfriend from Florida when I was young mentioned the other day how she remembers me telling stories one Halloween under the ping-pong table late that night after we went trick-or-treating, wearing second-hand ball gowns as fairy princesses. We had covered the table with a blanket and used flashlights, and pretended to be camping out. Perfect for fairy princesses, you know. No bugs. Carpeted floor. Air conditioned. Not outdoors in the Florida muggy heat. Perfect for telling stories. :)

Now for a couple just for fun questions:
If you could be a superhero for a day what super power would you have?
TS: I was discussing this with a library coworker the other day and she said she would like to be able to eat anything she wanted and never gain weight. I was thinking about time travelling, but not to an old world time. More of a skip back to an earlier place in our lives where we could make a different choice in life. Kind of like playing a video game and one path got us killed or in a really bad fix, so we go back to an earlier saved game and take another path. But you know the problem with that? We wouldn’t be who we are today. I read a story once where a hero had a time travel fix-it for all the heroine’s sufferings—the loss of her mother and her father—and it ruined the story. Her growth was from dealing with all that she had. But I digress. If I had a superhero power for the day I think I’d give it a rest. You never know what a mess you could get into by using such a dangerous thing (no matter what it was) on the unsuspecting.

Bad boy or real gentleman?
TS: A real gentleman, of course. You’ve probably heard of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and see, that’s the problem! If you pick up a bad boy and he continues to be a bad boy, which they invariably do, you’d be tired of it after a while. So give me a real gentleman any day. :)

If someone were to write a book about you what would the title be?
TS: Wilde and Woolly. That’s the name of my teddy bear creations, my maiden name, and well, woolly also kind of refers to my wolf books. So Wilde and Woolly seems to be just right!

Thank you so much Terry for spending some time with us again and we hope you will come back and visit us again soon.


Her instincts tell her he's dangerous...
While her overprotective brother's away, Meara Greymere's planning to play—and it wouldn't hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she's ever seen...

His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist...
Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He's a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet...

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself...

Experience the sensual, action-packed, critically acclaimed world of Terry Spear, author of a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year…

Terry Spear has written over a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com.

For two lucky people Terry will be giving away copies of A Seal in Wolf's Clothing.  Leave a comment along with your email address contest ends Sunday, March 11 at 11:59pm EST.  You MUST include your email address to be entered in the contest.  Contest open to US and Canada residents. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Review: Synthetic Dreams by Kim Knox

Synthetic Dreams
by: Kim Knox
$3.99 e-book
Carina Press
Sci-Fi / Romance
Released: February 2012

The Corporation controls all.  No one knows this better than Vyn.  An encounter with the Corporation as a child has left her entire body scarred.  Now an adult forced into living with the dregs of human society, Vyn makes her money creating illegal glamours used by rich people while visiting the Corporation-controlled virtual worlds.  The punishment if caught is execution, but Vyn figures they can't possibly do any more to her to hurt her.  When a Corporation enforcer hunts her down, though, she finds out how wrong she is. 

Paul is a top level enforcer for the Corporation, but ever since they took his brother and replaced him with a copy, Paul's had it out for them.  To break his brother out of the virtual prison he's enslaved in, Paul must enlist the help of Vyn, for only she has the know-how necessary to break through the firewalls and free his brother.  And although passion between them ignites hot and bright, he's not sure if he should trust the bitter woman the Corporation's turned her into.  Too bad he doesn't have a choice.

Carla says:

I've read several of Kim Knox's books, and this was the first one that was more romance than erotica, and it kinda threw me.  This is the story of a tyrannical Corporation that controls their area with an iron fist.  For those who can afford it, there is plenty of debauchary and sin to be found in the virtual worlds, where there's no such thing as the word no.  For everyone else, you must tread lightly so as not to bring down the wrath of those watching you.  Vyn's been so scarred inside and out from what they did to her as a child, she never thought she'd find someone she'd be willing to get close to.  Yet she finds that in Paul, someone she should loathe, but can't help but be attracted to.  Paul plays by the rules, but only to further his goal of busting his brother out of jail.  And after observing Vyn for so long, he's developed feelings for her.  This book was a good look into the dangers of virtual reality, and what happens when corporations think they have the right to rule everyone's lives.  I did find it a bit confusing at first, because I didn't catch on to the virtual reality thing for a couple chapters.  I hate to say it, but this is the first book of Kim's I haven't instantly fallen in love with.  It's a good story, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't instantly fall in love with good.

Carla gives this book a