Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Withstanding Me by Crystal Spears



While the chaos and bloodshed have slowed for a short period, life is never quiet in the world of Breakneck. The club is taking time to regroup from internal betrayal and the changing of the guard in a rival group.
Zig Zag became a father at the age of thirteen. While raising a child has never been easy, now his eighteen year old daughter Tatiana makes his life downright hard. She has caught the eye of Travis, the new President of the rival MC Gunners, but all she really wants is Shadow, the newest addition to the Breakneck family. When Shadow’s rejection sends Tatiana running from the only family, home, and safety she’s ever known, ZZ is crazy with worry. The distraction caused by Tatiana’s disappearance could prove to be Zig Zag’s downfall.

If that isn’t enough, ZZ finds himself rampantly attracted to the one and only Storm. She’s beautiful, quick and witty. Their friendship is the one thing that keeps him from growing crazy, and Storm stands by ZZ through all the turmoil. Zig Zag is not accustomed to hearing the word no, so Storm’s constant withstanding just draws him in deeper. Their friendship is one thing keeping him from going crazy, until one night…

The club is regrouping and rebuilding from the mayhem known as the Russian Mafia. A hit is ordered on Tatiana, Storm, Winter, and Piper.

Tatiana’s egg donor reveals secrets that a thirteen year old Zig Zag was too young to understand.

Braxxon is out of reach while he helps Greg Cage deal with some dirty business.

Bloodshed… Secrets… Betrayal… Trauma… Welcome back to the Breakneck world.



RomFan Reviews has gotten a chance to read the book, and here's what we have to say:

The multiple points of view kept us in touch with old character and glimpses of new.  I loved that you meet certain characters and become intrigued with them, and then jump up and down when they get their own book.  The Breaker’s are a not bullsh*tten MC, but when it comes to their loved ones you had better back off or feel their power of family justice.  They love fiercely and protect aggressively.  So come read Withstanding Me and pick your favorite.

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About the Author:

Crystal resides in Indiana with her family, her dog Dozer and two fancy rats. She enjoys the outdoors and in the summer you will rarely catch her at home. Her other passions aside from writing are dancing and photography. She is a retired blogger and professional book reviewer.

She is the Bestselling Author of Seize Me. She is currently working on the second novel in her “Breakneck Series”.
  

Review: Withstanding Me by Crystal Spears

Withstanding Me
Breakneck #2

by: Crystal Spears
ASIN#B00EYE9A2W
$2.99 eBook
Self Published
Contemporary Erotica
Released: September 2013





Withstanding me continues on as Braxxon and Winter continue to grow together, but we get to spend more time with ZZ and Storm.  Storm was rescued from a human trafficking raid.  After losing Lana, Winter spends a lot of time with Storm as she heals physically and emotionally.  Storm finds her niche at Winter’s club where she shares playful banter with ZZ and finds herself attracted to him.  She wants more than just a one night stand, but ZZ doesn’t feel that he can. 

Raising Tatiana alone with his mother from such an early age, has left him with a jaded view of women, but he just can’t fight his attraction to her.  They develop a friendship first, but with the shroud of the rival MC and Russian attacks looming there is enough action to keep you glued to every page.   At the end of Seize Me, Tatiana’s mother return and is not welcomed with open arms by ZZ or his daughter.  She walked away 18years prior without her daughter, so what does she want now?  



The multiple points of view kept us in touch with old character and glimpses of new.  I loved that you meet certain characters and become intrigued with them, and then jump up and down when they get their own book.  The Breaker’s are a not bullsh*tten MC, but when it comes to their loved ones you had better back off or feel their power of family justice.  They love fiercely and protect aggressively.  So come read Withstanding Me and pick your favorite.

Michele gives this book a








Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

My Lady Quicksilver
London Steampunk #3
by: Bec McMaster
ISBN#9781402270338
$7.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical Romance / Steampunk / Vampires
Released: October 2013




Leading the resistance against the Echelon isn't easy, and doesn't leave much time for family.  When Rosalind's younger brother goes missing during a failed bombing, she's frantic to find him, refusing to believe him dead.  The quickest way to do that is to hunt down Sir Jasper Lynch, the leader of the infamous Nighthawks.  Not only is he brilliant at tracking people down, but he's the first man to make her pulse flutter madly since her husband died.  Only problem?  He's one of them, one of the blue bloods she despises.  Still, beggars can't be choosers.  She poses as his secretary, determined to find her brother's whereabouts then get out before she's discovered.  But getting to know the man behind the myth makes her begin to doubt her hatred, and in knowing him learns that not all blue bloods are created equal.  Now the ideals she's clung desperately to all these years are being called into question.  It doesn't help that every heated glance, every brush against her glove makes her long for things she can never have.  And it's not all one sided, either.  Now she will learn the full extent of a Nighthawk's determination in hunting down their prey, and she'll learn just how far he's willing to go to claim her as his own.



This a continuation of the world where the Echelon (aristocratic vampires) rule with an iron fist, and the rest of humanity who try not to attract attention to themselves.  This can be read as a stand alone novel.  I love the world Bec McMaster's created, full of danger, passion, mystery, and automatons.  Lynch is a delicious enigma, and we're teased by him throughout the book as he makes himself known to us.  Rosalind is doing the best she can, trying to carry on her dead husband's legacy.  In the end, she's just trying to keep what's left of her family together, and is willing to go to any lengths to make that happen.  The two collide in a whirlwind in a passion so bright it lights up the pages.  This is one of my favorite steampunk series, and I'm anxiously awaiting the (hopefully) next installment of the series.

Carla gives this book a






Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

A Study in Silks
Baskerville Affair #1
by: Emma Jane Holloway
ISBN#9780345537188
$7.99 mass market paperback
Del Ray Spectra Books
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: October 2013





On the cusp of her first Season, Evelina must not only navigate balls and drawing rooms, but secrets that, if exposed, will see her cast out and possibly executed.  For her blood harbors magic, which is illegal to wield.  The ruthless Steam Barons rule all of London with an iron fist, and won't allow anything to get in the way of their profits. 

Staying with a childhood friend, Evelina is shocked to come across a specter of her past, a man she grew up with and loved as a child, but was forced to turn away from in order to keep him safe.  On the heels of her turbulent emotional reunion is a murder most foul--a servant found dead in the house.  While the family rushes to keep the news from spreading, Evelina jumps at the chance to put her detective skills to the test.  She is the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, after all.  But there are those that don't want the murder solved, nor do they want to run the risk of the great detective himself joining the case.  Joining forces with her friend's older brother, together they search for clues to solve this heinous crime, all the while denying the feelings that are starting to bloom between them. 

What's a young lady to do but follow her instincts, and hope her heart will make the right choice between the two men who both mean the world to her.



I would have to say that if anyone is wanting to dabble in the steampunk genre, this book would be an excellent place to start.  It embraces the spirit of steampunk without overwhelming the reader with too many fancy new terms.  This book is more to do with solving mysteries and navigating the choppy waters that a Season in London entails.  I found myself swept into the story from the very beginning, and sailed with Evelina through the preparations for her first Season.  It gave me a better idea of what young women went through.  But that's not all this book was about, not by a long shot.  There's also a beautifully woven intricate web of treachery, betrayal and murder that puts Evelina's detective skills to the test.  I loved seeing her uncle, Sherlock Holmes, as a secondary character in this book.  It was fun to see his deduction skills in action.  All in all, this was a wonderful first book to what I'm pretty sure will be an amazing series, full of twists and turns and surprises I never saw coming. 

Carla gives this book a





Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog Tour: A Perfect Solution by A.E. Lawless

 
River is the charismatic lead singer of Caged Hearts and it's an open secret that the vibrant energy he displays on stage doesn't bleed away as soon as he's out from under the lights. That sometimes causes considerable friction with his bandmates.
 
Jeff is the guitarist for Caged Hearts, but he's not your typical party-hard rockstar. He's far more focused on taking care of everyone in his band--especially River.
 
An offhand comment from Jeff inadvertently helps River discover his submissive side, and he asks Jeff to help him continue to explore those desires. While Jeff is turned on by the idea, he's also reluctant. There's no telling what it could do to the band and his friendship with River. Especially when Jeff wants so much more than just sex.
 
 
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Prize Info:

The Grand Prize winner for the tour-wide contest is a $30 Gift Card to Loose ID. 

Additionally, A.E. is offering an eBook of A Perfect Solution to one person who leaves their name and email address in the comment section by October 4.  Good luck!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Baby series by Andrea Smith

 
 
 
 
 
MAYBE BABY LITE - BOOK 1

This anniversary edition of 'Maybe Baby’ has been condensed from the original book to accommodate those readers who prefer a shorter read. Since the original book was released without fanfare, many readers weren't aware of this wonderful story and the continuation of it in the rest of the Baby Series Lite!

When college student Tylar Preston goes to work for the wealthy Sinclair family stables the summer of her senior year, she quickly meets with unexpected events and the disturbing unraveling of her past. Is her past destined to taint her future?

Pulling Tylar from unspeakable danger, Trey Sinclair, an arrogant high-powered attorney makes it his mission to protect the innocent and unworldly young woman from the dreams that haunt her. Spirited and independent, Tylar proves to be a challenge to the stubborn and unyielding young lawyer. Together their often bumpy journey weaves itself mysteriously, comically, passionately and erotically down a path that promises to engage and move the reader in this emotionally stirring story.

For anyone who has ever been in love or in lust, 'Maybe Baby Lite' will stir those forgotten feelings of passion and emotion within you; making you ageless as you travel the romantic and erotic journey with Tylar and Trey unraveling the secrets of their past.


RomFan Reviews got a chance to read this, and here's what we had to say:

WOW….I had no idea what lie between the pages as I started this book and let’s just say that I was not disappointed.  Trey and Tylar put me through an emotional vortex.  Highs and lows swirled together with passion and anger. Be prepared to hang on every page as you witness the growing relationship of these two hard headed individuals as they fight against opposing forces who want to destroy them. 

To read the full review, click here.

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BABY LOVE LITE - BOOK 2

Baby Series Lite is the anniversary edition of last summer’s Baby Series. These Lite editions have been condensed from the originals to accommodate those readers who prefer a shorter read. The essence of the story is the same, but its length has been edited and bonus chapters added on Book 2 and 3!

'Baby Love Lite' is the sequel to 'Maybe Baby Lite' and follows the twists and turns in the lives of the handsome young attorney Trey Sinclair and Tylar Preston.
This second volume in the series finds Trey and Tylar the proud parents of a child.  They are in love and their relationship is blossoming, but soon Tylar discovers that her nightmarish past will continue to haunt and threaten her new found happiness with her family. She fears for the safety of her baby and the sanity of herself.

There are many surprises in store not only for Trey and Tylar; but for Gina (Ty’s friend) and Tristan (Trey’s brother) as well. Will the love and intimacy they share be enough to bond them even closer or will their pasts tear them apart?

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BE MY BABY LITE - BOOK 3

Baby Series Lite is the anniversary edition of last summer’s Baby Series. These Lite editions have been condensed from the originals to accommodate those readers who prefer a shorter read. The essence of the story is the same, but its length has been edited and bonus chapters added on Book 2 and 3!

‘Be My Baby Lite’ is the third installment in the 'Baby Series Lite'.  It’s the continuation of Trey and Tylar Sinclair's poignant story of love and passion.

It has been a mostly bumpy road thus far, but they have always managed to find the strength they needed in each other…  however, their relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test.

Trey and Tylar will discover that there are those who are willing to destroy the loving relationship they have by death or at the very least, infidelity. Their love and commitment to each other is put to a tragic test. Will they be able to survive the unexpected hardship that befalls them? Will the strength of their love, the depth of their commitment to each other and the ability to forgive draw them ever closer or break them apart forever?

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BABY COME BACK LITE - BOOK 3.5

Baby Series Lite is the anniversary edition of last summer’s Baby Series. These Lite editions have been condensed from the originals to accommodate those readers who prefer a shorter read. The essence of the story is the same, but its length has been edited and bonus chapters added on Book 2 and 3!

‘Baby Come Back Lite’ is the final installment in the 'Baby Series Lite'. This novella follows Trey’s brother Tristan and Ty’s best friend Gina.  It is written from Gina's point of view, providing insight into her past and secrets that she has shared with no one.

Unfortunately, events unfold which force Gina to come to terms with unresolved issues from her past that have hindered her ability to love and trust unconditionally. Tristan also has something to share with Gina as their relationship reaches a new level.

This story overlaps with ‘Baby Love Lite’ (book 2) and ‘Be My Baby Lite’ (book 3).  It mainly focuses on the events of Gina and Tristan, but manages to shed light and further clarify Trey and Ty’s story, wrapping up the series about the Sinclair’s.
 
 
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BABY SERIES LITE - BOOK 1-3.5

Baby Series Lite is the anniversary edition of last summer’s Baby Series. These Lite editions have been condensed from the originals to accommodate those readers who prefer a shorter read.

Book 1-3: Trey and Tylar’s story

When college student Tylar Preston goes to work for the wealthy Sinclair family the summer of her senior year, she quickly meets with unexpected events and the disturbing unraveling of her past.

Trey Sinclair, an arrogant high-powered attorney makes it his mission to protect the innocent and unworldly young woman from the dreams that haunt her. As their relationship blossoms they'll discover there are those who want to destroy their relationship. Together their often bumpy journey weaves itself mysteriously, comically, passionately and erotically down a path that promises to engage and move the reader in this emotionally stirring story.


Book 3.5: Tristan and Gina’s story

This novella follows Trey’s brother Tristan and Ty’s best friend Gina.  It is written from Gina's point of view, providing insight into her past and secrets that she's shared with no one. The story overlaps with Book 2 and Book 3, mainly focusing on the events of Gina and Tristan, but manages to shed light and further clarify Trey and Ty’s story, wrapping up the series about the Sinclair’s.

These books are intended for mature audiences.


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BOOK 1-3: Trey & Ty
HERO
Name:         Trey (Michael) Sinclair
Aka:
Age:            30 years (book 1) /30-33 years (series)
Profession:   Attorney
Hair color:    Dark brown
Eye color:     Blue
Other:          Youngest son of the Sinclair’s, owners of Sinclair Stables


HEROINE
Name:          Tylar Jamie Preston
Aka:             Ty
Age:             20 years (book 1) /20-23 years (series)
Profession:    Student (majoring in Equine studies)
                    Horse stable employee (and jockey)
Hair color:     Brown
Eye color:      Amber
Other:


BOOK 3.5: Tristan & Gina

HERO
Name:         Tristan James Sinclair
Aka:
Age:            43 years
Profession:  Vineyard owner /Club owner
Hair color:   Dark brown
Eye color:    Green
Other:          Trey’s older brother


HEROINE
Name:        Gina Marie (Valenti) Hatton
Aka:
Age:            31 years
Profession:  Club owner
Hair color:  Strawberry blond (colors her hair)
Eye color:   Brown
Other:         Ty’s best friend, married in book 1




Andrea Smith is an Ohio native, currently residing in southern Ohio.  Ms. Smith is the mother of two grown sons; grandmother of four.  The 'Baby Series' trilogy is Ms. Smith's first self-published work.  Having previously been employed as an executive for a global corporation, Ms. Smith decided to leave the corporate world and pursue her life-long dream of writing fiction.





Favorite Quote:
"You'll have to forgive me for speaking my mind, but I happen to believe that's what it's for."
~Lauren Bacall

Favorite Author(s):
Harper Lee, Kathleen Woodiwiss, E.L. James, Daphne du Maurier, Emily Bronte, Betty Smith, William Inge

Favorite Classics:
To Kill a Mockingbird; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; My Cousin Rachel; Wuthering Heights, Splendor in the Grass

Favorite Historical Romances:
The Flame and the Flower; The Wolf and the Dove; Shanna; Ashes in the Wind. [Woodiwiss]
 
Favorite Current Day Fiction:
The Twilight Series, Fifty Shades Trilogy, Wallbanger
 
All Time Favorite HR Hero:
Ruark Beauchamp in 'Shanna' (Kathleen Woodiwiss)
 
All Time Favorite Alpha Male:
Wulfgar of Normandy in 'The Wolf and the Dove' (Kathleen Woodiwiss)
 
Favorite Books without a 'HEA':
Gone with the Wind; The Way we Were; Splendor in the Grass


Author Links:http://www.facebook.com/AndreaSmithAuthor http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869343.Andrea_Smith
http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Smith/e/B00A1MLQGY

 






 

Review: Maybe Baby Lite by Andrea Smith

Maybe Baby Lite
Baby LITE #1
by: Andrea Smith
ISBN#9780989825000
$0.99 eBook
Meatball Taster Publishing
Contemporary Romance
Released: August 2013






WOW….I had no idea what lie between the pages as I started this book and let’s just say that I was not disappointed.  Trey and Tylar put me through an emotional vortex.  Highs and lows swirled together with passion and anger. Be prepared to hang on every page as you witness the growing relationship of these two hard headed individuals as they fight against opposing forces who want to destroy them. 

Trey and Tylar meet while she is working at his family’s horse farm during her summer break.  When an accident forces Trey to save her, their romance grows despite the evil lurking waiting to pounce.  As a high powered attorney, Trey easily slips into “protector” mode,  however she does not like to be told what to do. 

When they finally give in to their emotions, HOT sex ensues.  Tylar’s past has left deep scars on her perception of love and they clash over and over again, but Trey has been hurt as well. Trey’s jealousy and Tylar’s own insecurity’s made me want to scream at them both, but you can’t help and love them.  Fate has a way of rewarding those who deserve to be loved and give love.

The author yanked on every heartstring of mine.  From beginning to end, I was hooked on these two characters.  I loved seeing strong individuals rise from the ashes of their past and succeed! The ending left me stunned and anxious to dive into the next.  Some demons just won’t die!

Michele gives this book a

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Author Ashlyn Chase




RomFan Reviews would like to welcome Ashlyn Chase! Thank you for stopping by, Ashlyn.
Ashlyn: I always enjoy meeting new readers, so thanks for having me!

Tell us a little about your newest release How to Date a Dragon. Love the title by the way.
Ashlyn: We can thank my editor for the titles. I was calling each book in the series: Flirting with… Then fill in the species. Werewolves, Dragons, and Vampires. LOL. The series is called Flirting with Fangs, and book 1 became Flirting Under a Full Moon, book 2 is How to Date a Dragon and book 3 (coming in March) is Kissing with Fangs.

How to Date a Dragon is about Drake Cameron, a dragon shifter who, because he’s fireproof, makes an excellent firefighter. He just has to hide his shifts and make it look like he’s not taking stupid chances…like the stupid chance he took when he went back into a fully engulfed apartment building to grab Bliss Russo’s computer. The beautiful brunette begged, because she is in a TV design competition and all of her designs are on her computer. When she looked like she might cry, he ran back in—a stunt that got him suspended.  

What can we see coming from you in the future, will it be Anthony’s story by chance?
Ashlyn: Yes. Good guess! Readers accuse me of always saving the best for last. Well, it’s just worked out that the vampires have had their stories come last in the trilogies. It wasn’t on purpose, I swear! And ‘best’ is a relative term. It all depends on a reader’s individual taste. Some prefer wolves. I trust some will like dragons best. Personally, I love this story…and it’s my editor’s favorite.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Ashlyn: This one seemed to flow right out of my brain and onto the page. I love it when that happens. The hard part came when I found out I had been writing the wrong story for four months! Apparently the marketing department had the vampire story slated for October. I was so happy that I was ahead of deadline. Can you imagine finding out you wrote the wrong book and had a month to get the right one done? It all worked out. They accepted the dragon story—and it’s coming out a month early, because it wasn’t about a vampire (which has taken a top spot in Halloween lore, apparently.)

How would your friends describe you?
Ashlyn: Quirky, funny, friendly, and lord knows where they get this from…classy! I guess as long as I keep my mouth shut, I can pass for normal.

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
Ashlyn: I’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity. Comedy often springs from tragedy. I don’t talk about that, because I believe it’s important to stay upbeat. My job is, after all, to lift people’s spirits and entertain them…help them escape from their own tough times. It helps me rise above them too.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?
Ashlyn: According to my mother, my first aspiration was to become a telephone operator. I used to pinch my nose and practice saying, “Number please…” Unfortunately, I’m really dating myself by admitting that. Instead, I became the Lily Tomlin of paranormal romance.

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Ashlyn: I refuse to give into it. I write every day. If a story isn’t flowing, I write something else and let the story percolate. There’s a reason it’s refusing to go where I want it to. Often, it takes another direction completely and I need to let it.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
Ashlyn: I try not to be too weird when I ask people to help me make my books more realistic. Recently, I toured a homeless shelter and interviewed a case worker. That’s only weird because I used to work in one myself! I didn’t tell him that. It was a different type of shelter with different rules. I learned a lot.

If you could be a paranormal creature, which one would you be?
Ashlyn: Probably a fairy. They get to fly, use magic, and wear pretty things.

What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Ashlyn: Reading romance novels, of course! And good coffee. And occasional sugar-free chocolate. I’ve given up every other vice I ever had—and I had a lot of them!

What is sexier boxer or briefs?
Ashlyn: Commando…or the combo of boxer-briefs. Nice outline. No speedos with beer guts, thank you. 

Who’s more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?
Ashlyn: Fun? Bad boys, of course. Who would I trust with my purse and my person? A gentleman, only. My heroes are a combination of both. Charming and light-hearted, but slow to anger and dependable.

HOW TO DATE A DRAGON BY ASHLYN CHASE – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2013

Let the Sparks Fly…
Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she'll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up...if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.

Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He's met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he'll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she's about to get herself into...

“[Ashlyn Chase] entertains with a voice that makes reading her stories pure pleasure. It’s like spending time with your favorite friends. Reviewer Top Pick”Night Owl Reviews on How to Date a Dragon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar.  A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience. 
She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross.  She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity.  She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.
She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who’d look like Hugh Jackman if you dyed his hair, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.  For more information, please visit
www.ashlynchase.com, follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessAsh, and like her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase.

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