Friday, November 30, 2012

Review: Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1)
by: Lindsay J. Pryor
ISBN#9781909490000
$6.99 ebook
ISBN#9781909490017
$15.99 trade paperback
Bookouture Publishing
Paranormal Romance
November 14, 2012

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Caitlin has worked hard to become one of the best agents in the Vampire Control Unit.  A Shadow Reader, she has the ability to read the innermost secrets of vampires and shifters, which makes her a rare and valuable member of the team.  Her obsession is Kane, a sexy but deadly master vampire several others before her have unsuccessfully tried to bring down in the past.  A monster he may be, but Caitlin has a second reason for tracking him down--he may be the last hope she has of staying alive.  Her parents died seven years apart to the day, and she knows whatever killed them is coming for her next.  To survive, she must make a deal with Kane, one that goes against everything she believes in.  If she doesn't, she won't be alive long enough to regret her mistake.


I loved this book.  I couldn't believe the emotional depths both Caitlin and Kane went through.  The book mostly follows Caitlin, and I found myself hating Kane along with her in the beginning, but eventually agreeing with her that maybe he's not so bad, and maybe the other agents have made him sound worse than he is.  I got sucked so deep into this story, I was unable to surface until I got to the end.  And of course, I immediately wanted more.  This book was a delight to read, and I look forward to reading much more from this talented author.

Carla gives this book a

Review: How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren

How Beauty Met the Beast (Underlight #1)
by: Jax Garren
ISBN#9781426894664
$1.99 ebook
Carina Press
Paranormal Romance
Released: November 19, 2012


 



In defiance of her father, Jolie is living on her own, and working towards her Masters degree.  By day, anyway.  By night, she's able to put her dance training to good use on the burlesque stage.  After the show, she's confronted by a strange man with a sexy voice.  While unable to see his face, she still has the most intense sexual encounter of her life.  When he walks away, she knows she'll never see him again.  When thugs attack her later that night, she's saved by a horribly scarred man she's never seen before, although his voice sounds familiar.  He saves her, and together the two must work together to rescue Jolie's young niece from a powerful secret organization, one whose power and influence control the world. 

Scarred and maimed from his time in the military, Hauk knows his chances of finding a woman strong enough to look past the surface are slim to none.  When he meets Jolie, he finds himself wishing for something that can never come to pass.  Not only because of his looks, but he's a wanted man, constantly on the run from an organization out to silence him forever.  Somehow though, sweet Jolie is caught up in his war, and he must now work with her to save an innocent child.  And once he gets to know her, he starts to hope for something that can never be.



This truly is a Beauty and the Beast story.  I thought it was a steampunk story when I read the publisher's blurb, but it's actually a contemporary romance with hints of secret world organizations thrown in.  Jolie is a sweet girl who is thrown into an impossible situation, and keeps getting hit with one horrible revelation after another.  Yet despite all this, she still manages to keep her head above water, and see the good in people.  Hauk has made peace with his looks, but still wishes for a woman willing to see past all that.  He hopes he's found it in Jolie, but is afraid to risk his heart.  It was a touching love story, with plenty of action, adventure, mystery and suspense thrown in to keep the story plowing along.  I enjoyed this book, and I'm interested to see where book two will take these two heroes next.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Shadow Cave by Angie West

Shadow Cave
by: Angie West
ISBN#9781938961502
$10.99 trade paperback
ISBN#9781938961519 ebook
World Castle Publishing
Fantasy
Released: November 2012


 


When Claire's brother came to her a few months ago, rambling on about a secret world connected to their own, she thought he was nuts.  Now that he's gone missing and people are coming after her to get to him, she's starting to believe.  Now she must follow the clues her brother's left behind if she has any hope of seeing him again, all while dodging the assassins sent to kill her.  But the real danger has only begun, for when she finds this mysterious world, she learns there's an evil there that will stop at nothing to kill her, and get back the key she used to get there.


What follows is a nonstop thrill ride of danger, intrigue, suspense, action, mystery, and love.  This book took off running at page one and didn't stop till the end, which I loved.  The idea of another world connected to ours was great, and I was proud of how determined Claire was to do whatever it took to find her brother, despite the odds stacked against her.  I think Angie West did a great job with this story.

Carla gives this book a

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: Deliver Me from Temptation by Tes Hilaire

Deliver Me from Temptation (Paladin Warriors #2)
by: Tes Hilaire
ISBN#9781402264375
$6.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paranormal Romance
Released: December 2012




When Jessica sees a group of men chasing after a helpless female, she does what any good cop would do--tries to stop them.  But that's not a helpless female, and those droolworthy men are unlike anything she's ever seen before.  Suddenly, she's thrust into a world of angels and demons, where beauty can hide evil intentions and the powerful prey on the weak.  For someone who's long ago sworn off God, she has a hard time wrapping her mind around this.  Unfortunately, she doesn't have much of a choice, for she's now neck-deep and sinking fast.  Her only hope is to trust in Logan, a self proclaimed Paladin--and the only chance she has of getting through the upcoming battle alive.



I like stories of angels and demons, but I'm pretty picky about what I read.  Lucky for me, this was a great representation of both.  The Paladin warriors are protectors of mankind, and contantly battle from the shadows to keep evil at bay and humanity safe.  This story takes Logan, the future leader of the Paladins, and Jessica, a self-proclaimed Athiest, and thrusts them together into a nonstop thrill ride of danger, deceit and lust, where the stakes are not only their lives, but also their hearts.  It is book 2, and I'd recommend reading book 1 first, since there are a lot of references to book 1 that made me wish I'd read it first.  Other than that, it was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more in this series.

Carla gives this book a





Chloe's Double Draw Release Day Blitz & Contest

To celebrate Chloe's Double Draw Release Day author Fiona Archer is giving away a $10 B&N or Amazon gift card at the end of the Blitz. 

Blurb:
Chloe Morgan fled to King’s Bluff, Wyoming, to start a new life. With a past that haunts her, the shy schoolteacher must make a choice. She can hide away and protect her secrets or embrace the acceptance of the small community. 

Noah King and Flynn Taylor have traveled the world as members of Australia’s elite SAS. They’ve earned scars, both inside and out. Now powerful influencers in King’s Bluff, a town founded by Noah’s ancestors, the men have made a haven from the ranch Noah inherited. 

One look at Chloe convinces Noah and Flynn she’s worth pursuing. Introducing her to BDSM and the ménage lifestyle accepted by the town will be a hard sell. She’s scared, skittish, and refusing their advances. 

As the two Doms fight to gain her trust, Chloe’s past crashes in on them, threatening their futures. When a man obsessed with her tracks down his prey, nobody could have imagined how high the stakes would go.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Romance author Elisabeth Naughton



Enslaved is the latest book in the Eternal Guardians series. What inspired you to write about the Argonauts?
EN: I’ve always loved Greek mythology, but the idea for the Eternal Guardians series came about while I was doing research for my debut book, Stolen Fury, a treasure hunt romantic suspense. In Stolen Fury, the two main characters are searching for relics of the three Furies from Greek mythology. I was so immersed in the research for that book, I knew I wanted to write a series that had something to do with the ancient stories. At the same time I also had an idea for a paranormal about a warrior in search of a human woman who will fulfill a prophecy that will save his world. And one day I realized…the two ideas were meant to go together. The Eternal Guardians series blossomed from there.

The hero and heroine go on a treacherous journey, but find the time to fall in love along the way. What draws them together?
EN: Gryphon is originally drawn to Maelea because being in her presence calms him. He doesn’t hear the menacing voice in his head when she’s close. He doesn’t know why she affects him this way, but he quickly realizes when she’s close, he can think straight, and he needs that if he’s going to ever find the goddess who cursed him.

For Maelea, being with Gryphon is a risk. She senses darkness in him and knows he was tortured in the Underworld. Because of her own link to the Underworld, she finds herself attracted to the darkness inside him—darkness she’s been trying to deny her whole life. She’s intent on getting away from Gryphon, but he’s determined to keep her with him.

Soon, of course, each realizes the other is not what they initially thought, and the romance develops from there. 

What’s one of your favorite scenes in this book, and why?
EN: This question is so hard to answer without giving too much away!

My favorite scene in the book comes about halfway through. Gryphon thinks he’s done something completely awful to Maelea. His memories are sketchy, but when he wakes in the morning he’s riddled with guilt. There’s a scene between the two of them where he’s trying to apologize—although knows he can never make up for what he did—and Maelea’s looking at him like he’s nuts. What follows is a major turning point in their relationship that makes me smile every time.

Tell us something readers don’t know about your hero, Gryphon.
EN: Gryphon was always the easy-going Argonaut. Fun loving, easy to get along with, everyone’s friend. He was also quite a playboy before being sent to the Underworld, and he had a reputation as a real ladies man. What readers don’t know about Gryphon until they read Enslaved is that secretly, he’s always just wanted to find someone who cares about him because of who he is inside, not because of his title or status or his work as an Argonaut.

What do you think Malea’s best trait is? Her worst?
EN: Maelea is a survivor. And she doesn’t give up when she puts her mind to something. She also has a soft heart, which is what ultimately makes her the perfect match for Gryphon.

Her worst trait is that she doesn’t easily trust. She’s lived so long she knows that everyone has their own agenda. She’s skeptical and withdrawn and she’d rather live her life alone than open herself up to someone who could hurt her.

What is your average “writing” day like? Fill us in on all the “glamourous” details!
EN: Ah, the glamour!

A typical day for me usually starts with a workout to clear my head (I run and go to a weight lifting class to keep my shoulders loose – all that computer work makes me sore). After that, I come home, spend the morning checking email and doing promo work, and typically write in the afternoon. Depending on what’s happening at my house, I either work in my office, my bedroom, or I head to the coffee shop. After that, I head home, herd my kids and think about my book in the evening before I start all over the next day.

Glamorous, eh?

What is your most memorable Thanksgiving memory?
EN: We usually go to my mom’s house for T’giving dinner. A few years ago she decided to forego the turkey and serve lobsters instead. (I don’t like turkey so I was thrilled with this idea!) However, she made the mistake of buying live lobsters, and my husband and younger brother were goofing around in the kitchen with them before the cooking. Yep, you guessed it. They wound up in a lobster fight. Now, this is something I’d expect young boys to do, not grown men, but what do I know? At one point I remember yelling, “Do not take those rubber bands off the claws!” but no one listened to me. My younger brother ended up with a nasty lobster bite on the back of his arm, my mom was frantically trying to clean up his blood, which was dripping all over the kitchen floor, and I then had to explain to my children why dueling with lobsters was not something they should ever do.

Ah, family…good times.

Pick one (or all): favorite movie, book or author and tell us why!
EN: Favorite Movie(s) – I have two! The Lord of the Rings and Gladiator (my hubby is so sick of these movies but I watch them regularly.) I love the fantasy and friendship elements in The Lord of the Rings and Gladiator is an underdog story that always leaves me feeling as if anything is possible.

Favorite book – Perfect by Judith McNaught. A deep, emotional love story I reread at least once per year because I love the characters so much.

Favorite author – oh, that’s so hard! I honestly don’t have one. I like so many different authors in a variety of genres. The great part about books is you have many unique voices to choose from.

If I wasn’t an author my dream job would be.....
EN: I would probably own a used bookstore with comfy couches and a coffee bar where people could hang out, read and chat about books.

Please tell us what you have coming out next!
EN:
Right now I’m working on Eternal Guardians book 6, which is Titus’s book (tentatively titled Scorched). It will release in early 2013. I’m also working on the sequel to Wait for Me (which is still untitled), and I’m in the process of putting together an all-new romantic suspense series loosely connected to a novella I wrote in the Bodyguards in Bed anthology, titled “Acapulco Heat.” 2013 will be a busy writing year for me, but I’m excited about giving my readers new stories and new characters they can get lost in.


ENSLAVED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012
“Do not miss this series.”—New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can't ignore.

She calls to him. Come to me. You can't resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there's only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can't be sure what's real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she's near. And he's determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she's a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld...or free him from his chains for good.

Praise for Elisabeth Naughton:
“Entertaining and smoldering.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Tempted

“Creative worldbuilding and ever-present danger pull the reader into this mesmerizing tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ star review of Enraptured

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the RWA RITA© Award, the NJ RWA Golden Leaf, and the RWA Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com and follow her on Twitter, @ElisNaughton.



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Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview with author Ethan Stone




We would like to welcome to RomFan author Ethan Stone.  Please make yourself comfortable and we will jump right in since I know how busy you are.

Tell us a little about your book Subject 13.

It’s a book about redemption, second chances and government conspiracy. Luke Kincaid comes to town to stop his boyfriend from getting married. He ends up in a NSA (No Strings Attached) relationship with one man and a renewed friendship with another one. Luke has to come terms with the loss of his old love, his feelings for a new man and repressed memories returning.

What can we see coming from you in the future?

I have several WIP’s at the moment. Right now I’m working on a book set in a maximum security prison. For readers who don’t know, I work at a max prison in real life. I’m trying to make it as realistic as possible and the protag is about as close to the real me as any of my other characters. I also have a story Past Tense which is about halfway done. It’s a story about a young man and his connection to a dangerous mobster and the PI the young man turns to for help. I also have another Cristian Flesh story about a quarter done. And I’ve agreed to co-write a Zombie story with Daniel Kaine that will be part of an anthology with stories by Eric Arvin and TJ Klune and Ethan Day and Geoff Knight.

What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?

I only read m/m or comic books and I love it when the two genres combine. I love mystery and thrillers. I do some beta reading for some great authors including Lara Brukz, Marie Sexton, KC Wells and Carter Quinn.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Finding time to get it done. I have a 14 year old son who is thankfully an easy going young man, but he still insists on things like eating. Additionally, my daughter and her young kids now live in the same town as me. She, her new husband, and the kids visit often and even if I wanted to write when they’re over it’s just not a possibility.

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

I like to have Mt. Dew when I’m writing. I also like to have something to snack on close by. Beef jerky or chips and dip usually and sometimes candy. Which is not good for my attempt at losing weight.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Total pantser. I usually know where I want to go by the end of the book and just write my way there. It’s like a crazy ass maze and sometimes I go down the wrong path and have to backtrack. I’ve tried to plot and usually can’t do it. I do like to brainstorm with friends. I like having them throw out ideas and see what sticks. They hate it because I reject most of what they offer but for me it’s about figuring out what doesn’t work before figuring out what does work.

How would your friends describe you?

Friends? Do I have any of those? My BFF Lara calls me a dork all the time. I think I’m funny but she doesn’t always get my sense of humor. I’d also like to think I’m honest and loyal and caring. But honestly, I don’t know why my friends stick around or how I end up making new friends.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task? 

Up until just recently I only worked on one project at a time. But lately I’ve ended up with three WIPs. I started the Flesh story over a year ago and then stalled on it. Then I started Past Tense and it took me approximately six months to write 25 K. I have lots of excuses as to why that happened, but I won’t go there. I’ll paraphrase what a reader jokingly said at GRL in Albuquerque. “I’m sorry you’ve had problems in your personal life, but get over it and write!” That could be about the best advice I’ve ever had.

What song would best describe your life?

Michael Jackson’s Beat It. Everyone Has a Dark side by Kelly Clarkson. Shiny Happy People by REM.

What sound drives you crazy?

Loud beeping. Big trucks backing up, fryers at McDonalds, smoke alarms when the batteries are low. It’s like fingernails on a chalk board for me.

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

I’m on Facebook ALL the time and I love it when readers PM me http://www.facebook.com/ethan.stone.54?ref=ts&fref=ts. My website is www.ethanjstone.com or they can email me at ethanstone.nv@gmail.com.

About the author:

Below is my official bio with Dreamspinner Press, but I wanted to do something a little more personal. Ethan Stone is not my real name, I use it because I am not out of the closet, though my family and close friends know I am gay. However, due to the community I live in and the job I have, hiding my sexuality is a necessity at this point in my life.
I am a single father with a wonderful and aggravating teenage son. I also have two cats who think it’s their job to cover my house with their hair and a Pomeranian who thinks he’s a Pitbull.
I’ve always loved to write and one point thought journalism was my dream career. I eventually accepted that writing because I had  to was nowhere near as much fun doing it because I want to.
Stories starring gay men have always been in my head but thought they would always be relegated to erotica websites.  And then I discovered the wonderful world of M/M publishing.
Relationship info: Stay tuned…
Feel free to ask me any questions. Either here or through my email: ethanstone.nv@gmail.com. If its a question I can’t or won’t answer I’ll let you know, but I’m not easily offended.
Thanks for being here and thanks for reading my stories.
–Ethan

Ethan Stone lives in Nevada. But not Reno or Las Vegas. There are other cities there, you know. Where he lives, gambling isn’t on every block, just every other block. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan has a day job that pays the bills. He wears a uniform to work and he looks damn sexy in it.

Follow Ethan on his tour and learn even more about the man and his book Subject 13

Publisher Amber Quill
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-268-3 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-919-4 (Paperback)
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Mystery / Detective / Suspense / Thriller
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novel (70k words / 208 paperback pages)

Luke Kincaid's life is exploding all around him. First his lover leaves him to marry a woman, then childhood nightmares return with a vengeance.
Luke’s friendship with Ben Skinner and relationship with Kyle Morgan helps him heal his broken heart, but the nightmares, which are actually repressed memories, threaten to destroy the peace he has found.

Soon, Luke’s investigation into his past puts his life—and the lives of the people he cares about—in danger. But he refuses to give up, not even when he finds out he is connected to a massive government cover-up...
 
Contest:
Ethan is giving away an eBook copy of Subject 13 to one lucky person.  Leave a comment along with your email address to be entered, contest ends 11/29.