Tuesday, January 31, 2017


STORMCHASER SUMMARY: 

No one charters the depths of passion on the high seas like New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair 

DESIRE RUNS DEEP 

Somewhere off the coast of Greece, a king’s ransom in gold, emeralds, and silver coins lies waiting at the bottom of the sea. Finding this ancient treasure would be a dream come true for marine archeologist Calista West. But that’s not why she’s here. She didn’t climb aboard Jonah Cutter’s magnificent yacht seeking fortune or fame. She’s come for revenge—against the sexiest, most seductive, modern-day pirate she’s ever encountered… 

Like his famous half brothers, Jonah is a master of salvaging ships—and driving women mad with his movie-star looks and raw animal magnetism. Tall, dark, and devastating, he manages to make Callie forget her mission. Every moment they share under the hot Mediterranean sun is an erotically-charged adventure neither can resist. But when Callie discovers what he’s really after—the lost city of Atlantis—is it too late to change the course of her heart…or go all in with the lover of her dreams? 

The Cutter Cay series is: 

"Action-packed drama." —Fresh Fiction 

"Sizzlingly sexy." —Booklist 

"Enticing." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

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AUTHOR BIO: 
Cherry Adair has garnered numerous awards for her innovative action-adventure novels, which include White Heat, Hot Ice, On Thin Ice, Out of Sight, In Too Deep, Hide and Seek, and Kiss and Tell, as well as her thrilling Cutter Cay series for St. Martin's Press. A favorite of reviewers and fans alike, she lives in the Pacific Northwest. 

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HURRICANE SUMMARY: 

Rydell Case’s ship is his home, his heart, and his reason for being. After his ex-wife left him—taking his brand-new megayacht, Tesoro Mio with her—she sailed off with a royal billionaire and out of his life forever. Now Ry spends his days searching for treasure—until his ship is hijacked. With the prospect of his salvage business tanking, he needs both the ship and his ex back—if only she didn’t despise him more than any man on earth. . .When Addison D’Marco boards Tesoro Mio to find her ex-husband in her cabin, she’s furious. Ry is more handsome, more annoying, and more determined than ever. Addy can’t believe he has the nerve to demand the ship back after the way he broke her heart. With her fiancĂ© about to board, she doesn’t want Ry back in her life to ignite painful memories and never- forgotten desires. But could it be that, amid troubled waters, Addy and Ry can salvage what they once had and have a second chance at love. . .or does fate have something else in store? 

Hurricane by Cherry Adair is part of her Cutter Cay series.



Review: Hooked by Christina Phillips




Zach…

I like my sex dirty and disposable. I'm not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last.

Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it's crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we're all alone and I can't get enough of her.

I don't do forever, but she's hooked me so bad I don't ever want to let her go. Except there's no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won't live in hers...

So this book had plot and it had heat but for me it had too much heat.  I thought it could have done with a lot less.  I like books that are subtle in their sexiness and the language department.  However, shockingly enough for this being a MC romance it didn't have that much language in it.  For that, I gave it 4 stars.  So plot, heat and the language wasn't that bad.  If the sex had been used a little less and the plot a little more....this would have been a really good read. However, it was labeled Erotica so I knew going in what it was.  I didn't have my eyes closed and that's another reason for the rating.  I think the author did a good job at conveying her characters flaws, warts and all.  This was a good read for me.

I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.






Monday, January 30, 2017

The Bigger the Book, the Better it is.... : Layla Reyne Single Malt Book Promotion

The Bigger the Book, the Better it is.... : Layla Reyne Single Malt Book Promotion: SINGLE MALT (Agents Irish & Whiskey) by Layla Reyne  The heart’s a resilient beast…   Widower Aidan Talley refuses to love a...

Layla Reyne Single Malt Book Promotion


SINGLE MALT (Agents Irish & Whiskey) by Layla Reyne 

The heart’s a resilient beast… 

Widower Aidan Talley refuses to love again. Enter handsome younger cyberagent, Jameson Walker. As they investigate cybercrimes and his late husband’s murder, Aidan falls hard for Jamie, putting their jobs, lives and hearts on the line. SINGLE MALT is perfect for fans of Mr. & Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon and the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. 

 Advanced praise for Single Malt: 

A sexy, action-packed read that had me wanting the next book! --HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. & Mr. Smith 

 With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I've been waiting for. - Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series


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About SINGLE MALT: 

Title: Single Malt 
Author: Layla Reyne 
Series: Agents Irish & Whiskey 
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: February 27, 2017 
Publisher: Carina Press 

Synopsis: 

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he's not—Jamie is off-limits. Jamie's lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco's top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie's skills invaluable. Jamie's talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security bio-containment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They'll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Interview with the Funny Gina Maxwell


Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.  When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.
First of all, thank you so much for taking time out to answer some questions today. Let's jump right in and get started:

1. I'm very interested in what motivates you to write the characters that you do...For example, do you have any experience in martial arts?   

Hi, Christa! I’m so thrilled to be here. No experience personally, although I did have an MMA fighter as a personal trainer for a couple of months as research. I just really love the sport and watch the UFC all the time.

2. I've always wondered if authors do their research online or hands on...I know all the women would prefer hands on after reading your books.  

I’d prefer it, too! LOL But no, aside from the above-mentioned personal training stint, I do all of my research online or by asking questions. I have several people I’ve contacted, sometimes just for a question or two, and in some cases I have people I call “consultants.” I can contact them anytime I have a question and then I’ll often send them pieces of my book as I’m writing to make sure I get it right. This happens the most with my upcoming firefighter series, Boston Heat. (​Hot for the Fireman ​ releases March 27​th​!) The heroes are ex-Army Rangers, current firefighters, and obviously in Boston. Those are three areas I know nothing about! So I have a Boston native, an army sergeant, and a firefighter (three separate people) who help me ​immensely ​ in the areas of their expertise. I wouldn’t be able to write those books without them.

3. What's your motivation when you're researching a book idea and do you ever go "out of the office" for it?  

Uhhhh…so I’m the kind of person who does everything back-asswards. Like, ​everything ​ . I don’t do research for a book before I start writing it. I do it ​while ​ I’m writing it. So it’s sporadic and last-minute at best. The motivation is always, “Oh crap, now I need to know about this. Guess I’d better go learn about it!” And no, I don’t ever go out of the living room—I mean, office.  

4. Where did you get the idea for your current book that's going to be releasing on January 30th?  Are they based on people you know? Where did you get your inspiration for your new book called Ruthless releasing at the end of January?

When my publisher said they were opening an erotica line (yes!) and wanted me to write a series for it, I jumped at the chance. It would give me the opportunity to spread my wings and try something new (writing in 1​st​ person-present tense) and I could write the sex as hot as I wanted (again, YES!). So I tried to think of the sexiest, near-taboo premise I could come up with and settled on male strippers. Kind of like Magic Mike—normal, everyday guys with regular daytime jobs—but instead of working in a club, these are the kind who show up to your bachelorette party or can be hired out for one-on-one jobs. The heroes aren’t based on anyone I know personally, but that’s where I rely on my writer’s imagination to fill in all the blanks. ;)  

5. Do you find it difficult to have the discipline to sit down and write when there are so many other things you could be doing? For example, if you love to read - there are so many good books out there, how do you not say I'll write later? 

For me, the work-life balance is a ​constant struggle. Yes, I love reading, and I love watching movies and my favorite TV shows. I love writing, too, but because it’s my job now (before I was published I did for the love of it when I had time with no deadlines looming) it takes some of the shine off of it. I know I ​should be sitting down to write my 2K words…but look at the pretty book! And my dozen or so shows waiting for me on my DVR! But alas, I have to do the work before I can have the fun.  

6. How do you juggle family commitments and everyday life with squeezing in the commitment and discipline it takes to write?   

Oh, um…see #5. I don’t juggle well. LOL I have severe ADD and I can’t stay on task for more than a few minutes without moving onto the next thing I need to do, then chastising myself for jumping around before going back to the first thing and then getting distracted by that other thing soon after. Plus keeping track of my husband and two teenagers and our 3 pets and I’m frazzled more often than not. LOL

7. If there was one thing you could impart on someone who wanted to write, what would it be?  

Learn, learn, learn, ask for help…and then learn some more. What I mean by that is, there are always ways we can improve. Things we can do better. Even authors who have an entire backlist behind them learn how to write even better than they did before. The first book I wrote was something I worked on as I learned how to write better fiction. I was great with candid, story-telling, journal entry type stuff. But fiction is an entirely different animal. So I read every article and blog post I could find that taught me how to write better. Then I’d hand over my writing to my CPs or betas, and they’d give me suggestions on how to make it even better, and I’d go back and fix things. Then I’d do the process all over again. It took me three years and fourteen major rewrites (and probably over a hundred minor revisions) before I got it to the point where it was good enough to pitch to agents and publishers. It was hard, and often frustrating, but it was so worth it in the end, so don’t give up.

8. How long does it normally take you, from start to finish to complete a book? 

If we’re speaking first draft only… My shortest ever was ​Shameless (book 1 in the Playboys in Love series) which I wrote in less than 3 weeks. That was crazy-pants, though, and I never want to do that again. It made the editing process much more difficult for me, which I didn’t like. Normally, I’m a very clean drafter, which means there’s less to fix in edits. Other authors write very quick, messy drafts because they prefer to spend more time fixing it up later. There’s no one way that’s the “right” way, it’s all on what works best for us. But right now I think I’m averaging about 2-3 months per book, though I’m trying to get it down to about 6 weeks. I’m trying to get better at my “process.”

9. Last question and thank you so much for answering these. This is for everyone out there who really wants to know about the men on your covers: If you could pick one "it" guy to be on the cover of one of your books, who would it be?  

I absolutely love choosing the perfect person for hero inspiration, and three of the models I’ve chosen have appeared on four of my covers, which is the best thing ever. Oh my gosh, you know this is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, right? LOL Okay, despite not having any future heroes with long hair, the sexiest man on the planet (in my humble opinion) is Jason Momoa. That man just does it for me on every level. If I thought I could have him on a cover, I would ​write a hero based on his perfect features. *swoony sigh* Thank you so much for having me, Christa! I hope you and your readers will love Roman and Addison from ​Ruthless as much as I do. Ciao!  

Please check out the Links below to order the upcoming release of Ruthless by Gina Maxwell. I've also included the Goodreads Link, so you can add it to your shelf. I have read this book and will have my review up as soon as possible, if it's not already up.

​Ruthless Releases January 30th 2017!

The Bigger the Book, the Better it is.... : Interview with the Funny Gina Maxwell

The Bigger the Book, the Better it is.... : Interview with the Funny Gina Maxwell: Gina L. Maxwell  is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weathe...



So I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Gina Maxwell and some of her answers were something I would have written.  I admit that sometimes in my life...okay every day in my life I'm ADD.  I'm not ADHD, I'm just ADD - unmedicated.  I like to move stuff around and not pick it up, I like to buy stuff and not ever use it, I like to take up hobbies that I'll never master.  Like that time I decided that I would be a great artist with expensive as heck coloring pencils.  For $200 you too can color like a master!! I think that everyone can color like a master for two hundred dollars.  We all do crazy crap like this I'm sure and if you don't then you really shouldn't get started because you'll be in the poorhouse before you know it.  I got on a kick recently where I couldn't buy one Kristen Ashley paperback book (because that makes too much sense) I had to buy 11!! But it's because I got 20 percent off if I bought 10 or more and I wasn't buying them brand new or anything...they were gently used.  I'm not rich or looking to sell a kidney because that's how much it is for her books, but gosh it's worth it.  This all ties in to the ADD because I started to think that I'm really like that and can't focus sometimes and it's a curse but it can also be a gift.  Like doing what I love.  I get to work with people that have ADD and ADHD in my full-time job and part-time I get to read and write.  To me, there is nothing better than doing that.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: The Protector

The Protector The Protector by Donna Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

EVERYTHING’S HOTTER IN TEXAS

When Marine Force Recon captain Cullen Loughman learns that his father’s been kidnapped, he will do whatever it takes to find him. In order to achieve his mission, Cullen will need to team up with the best of the best—someone who just happens to be the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on…

This isn’t the first rodeo for ex--Air Force pilot Mia Carter. Still, Cullen’s bad-boy good looks and charm are distracting her from duty. . .and it appears that the feeling is mutual. As Mia and Cullen make their descent into a dark, dangerous world, their attraction reaches the boiling point. But is their desire worth the risk when a ruthless enemy is waiting in the wings—or will their Lone Star love conquer all, in The Protector, the next Sons of Texas novel by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

Can you say lots of action? I loved this book from page 1! It has characters from the first book and I had to go back and read it first before I picked this one up to start it and I wasn't disappointed I did that. I loved all the characters that were revisited in this book. I enjoyed the pace and the plot. At no point did it get boring, which is a big draw for me when reading a book. I'd say that Donna Grant is a definite buy for me in the future. I had her first book and didn't know it and hadn't read it but I'm sure glad I did because it helped when reading this book. However, you don't have to read book 1 but it helps because book 2 picks up where book 1 leaves off. If you're like me, then you like to read your series in order and I'm orderly like that..

There was a whole lot of information in this book and a lot of action. The romance was really kind of forced and secondary to me. I kind of thought that it could have been a longer book to be honest. It's one of those books where you really don't have to have a romance at all and it's still a really good book. Nothing is really resolved in this book, so it's going to continue into the third book - which I will buy!! It's that good. I love a good suspense, espionage book that leaves you hanging.

If you're looking for a book that is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish with non-stop action, then this is your book!!

I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: The Devil's Daughter

The Devil's Daughter The Devil's Daughter by Katee Robert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Growing up in a small town isn’t easy, especially when you’re the daughter of a local cult leader. Ten years ago, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana, and never once looked back. But when the bodies of murdered young women surface, their corpses violated and marked with tattoos worn by her mother’s followers, Eden, now an FBI agent, can’t turn a blind eye. To catch the killer, she’s going to have to return to the fold.

Sheriff Zach Owens isn’t comfortable putting Eden in danger, even if she is an elite agent. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to her. As calm and cool as she appears, he knows this can’t be a happy homecoming. Zach wants to protect her—from her mother, the cult, and the evil that lurks behind its locked gates. But Eden is his only key to the tight-lipped group, and she may just be closer to the killer than either one of them suspects…

I would put this at the top of the books I've read so far in 2017. It starts off slow for me but then it gets going and I really enjoyed it. I read about 9 books this weekend and this by far was the top 5. I love Zach. He had protector written all over him. He's not backing down and he's not giving up. I love heroes who are just that. They aren't wishy washy and they just have masculine feel to them. I loved his stubborness. I love suspense and mystery and this book had it. Did I know who it was from the beginning? Not right away. Did I have an inkling of who it could be? Yes I did. However, a good mystery is one that takes you in multiple directions and I like that. It takes you down many roads and it tells many stories. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic suspense novel.

I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.

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Review: Making Faces

Making Faces Making Faces by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl.

This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.


I dropped all other books when this showed up on my shelf. I've read this book three times and every time I'm a snotted mess at about 72 percent until the end of the book. This book is one that resonates in your soul and doesn't let go. It hangs on, it's one that you recommend to your friends, family and everyone in-between. I love it and hate it at the same time because I know I won't be able to breathe the next day. Amy Harmon has done something that not many authors do - she tells a story without explicit sex or language. She tells a story and keeps it going til the very last page and you're sitting there with a feeling of loss, strength, hope and love. I bought this book for my mother when it came out to read. My mother is someone who only reads Christian books but yet I wanted her to read this so bad. This book has some Christian scripture and references, it does have some language but not a lot. I bought it in hope that she would see past it and boy did she. She loved this book and for my mother to give her stamp of approval on a book, it means the world. I read this book in about 5 hours and didn't stop. That means radio silence for everyone and I was on-call.

This book is about Fern, Ambrose and Bailey (Oh Bailey, how I love you!!) and it goes back and forth through their childhood. I loved all these characters, there wasn't one of the main characters that I could say I didn't like. I loved Brosey's (Ambrose's) friends, even Beans. This book was a tearjerker. It was heartbreaking and tore at your heartstrings. Bailey has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and it can't be cured and the first time he finds out he's going to die, I thought I was going to go through a whole box of Kleenex so I cut up an old t-shirt and used it instead. To listen to Fern tell him she might die first by getting hit by a car while walking down the road to make him feel better is so real to life. She starts listing all the ways she might die first to make him feel better. How we all need a Fern!! She is his person. She's his helper but also his cousin who I honestly believe God sent to him and you find out at the end of the story that her father always believed that once Bailey was gone God would take Fern soon after because of it. It's a sad thought to think that God would do that and he's a pastor but he does. Fern always has Bailey's best interests at heart and always helps him and he is one of those characters you can't help but love. He's all about wrestling and wanting to wrestle but he's also all about Ambrose and helping him become a better person and wrestler. Bailey is really the hero in this story. Hands down, this book wouldn't be what it is if not for Bailey.

Fern is an ugly-duckling and she's never the one that the boys look at. She writes letter to Ambrose for her friend Rita who's beautiful, even though she's always been in love with him. Ever since he helped her bury BS "Beautiful Spider" and sang the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" at it's funeral when they were ten. She's a deep character who writes the most eloquent poetry that says:

If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?
Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?
Does he curl the hair upon my head 'til it rebels in wild defiance?
Does he close the ears of the deaf man to make him more reliant?
Is the way I look coincidence or just a twist of fate?
If he made me this way, is it okay to blame him for the things I hate?
For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,
For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear?
Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can't see?
If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?

How many times have we all looked in the mirror and thought this? It's like the author reached inside my very soul and knew what I felt and how long I'd been feeling it. Those words I will have written on a plaque and framed, so I can read them everyday and know that I'm more than a face. This book just has all the feels!!

There's a scene in the book that I love where Fern refers to Bailey as BS like the spider but calls him "Beautiful Sheen, Beautiful Bailey Sheen" and it's at a part in the book that I'm not going to give away but I had to get up and take the dogs out...at 4 a.m. because I couldn't breathe from crying. I literally was like "NOPE...can't handle no more snot, gotta get up and find something cause I'm dying here." And then I went right back to the book of the best night of my weekend.

You come to love all the characters in this book but one. Ambrose's friends: Beans, Paulie, Grant and Jesse - You love them all in their differences. It's not an easy story to read about them. It's about September 11th, the fallout afterward and 5 boys who join up to make a difference not knowing that the difference will be made in 4 families and a whole town.

There was a lot going on in this book but I didn't feel at any time that I didn't know what was going on. I always felt like everything was explained. There were some really hard topics in this book: War, domestic abuse, dying, peer pressure, ugliness of the world and of oneself, terrorism. It's all in there and it's dealt with appropriately.

Buy this book, buy it for your friends, family and gift it to people you love. It's an awesome book and has made me read all of the authors books since. You will not be disappointed you read it and if you are, then you're not human...you just can't be!! I will guarantee that a part of this book will resonate with you somewhere unless you're a sociopath and then it probably won't!

I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interview with the Amazing 
Tawna Fenske

First of all, thank you so much for taking time out to answer some questions today. Let's jump right in and get started. I'm very interested in what motivates you to write the characters that you do? What's your motivation when you're researching a book idea?

Thanks so much for inviting me. You’ve asked some awesome questions!

I’ve had several reviewers describe me as writing “smart girl romance” (which I think is meant as a compliment, though it makes me wonder who’s writing the dumb girl romance).

But it’s true that I tend to write characters who are exceptionally bright with a quick, clever sense of humor. Cassie in The List has a PhD in Crop and Soil Science, while Simon is a Stanford graduate and successful entrepreneur. They’re bright, witty, and oozing with sexual chemistry (which sounds like the symptom of a venereal disease, but I digress).

As far as research goes, my love of trying new things often motivates me. For the record, you really can buy a $6 Wartenberg Wheel on Amazon, and there really is a vegan strip club in PortlandOregon where you’re greeted at the door with the offer of a $4 motorboat.

Where did you get the idea for your current book that's releasing January 30th? 


It started with this mental picture I had of a woman doing the walk of shame with her wine-soaked laptop and something super-incriminating frozen on the monitor. It evolved from there, and the story just started flowing.

I’m a pretty fast writer under normal circumstances, but this book came to me so quickly that I found myself typing at warp speed just to keep up with the characters’ dialogue. I finished the book in roughly half my normal time.

How do you come up with the names for your characters? Are they based on people you know?

I’m pretty uncreative with character names, and often find myself scrolling through my Facebook feed in search of names that click. Other times I’ll steal a name from a friend or neighbor or co-worker. Sometimes I put the question out on Facebook and let readers suggest ideas based on a few tidbits I provide about the characters.

Do you get your inspiration from what you read, see on TV or do the characters and storyline just come to you at random times? Do you find it difficult to have the discipline to sit down and write when there are so many other things you could be doing? For example, if you love to read - there are so many good books out there, how do you not say I'll write later? How do you juggle family commitments?

If you asked people who know me well to describe me in one word, I’m guessing at least half of them would choose either “tenacious” or “driven.” Okay, some of them would choose “wildly inappropriate,” but that doesn’t count because it’s two words.

But suffice it to say, I’m pretty focused on my goals, but I do find I have to be very careful about budgeting my time. A couple years ago I started using an Erin Condren Life Planner to map out my writing time, day job time, and family time. I’ve found it makes a HUGE difference in my ability to manage my schedule and see how my three lives overlap.

And speaking of time, one of the biggest reasons I’m able to crank out books at a pretty fast clip is that I very rarely watch movies or TV. I don’t mean that in a “only a couple hours a night” kinda way. I mean that although there is a television in my home, I have no idea how to operate it. It’s actually not a huge sacrifice to give that up, since screen time isn’t something I enjoy. Reading, on the other hand…I love that, and sometimes struggle to make time for it. It’s actually one of my New Year’s resolutions to carve out more downtime for pleasure reading.

If there was one thing you could impart on someone who wanted to write, what would it be? 

READ. Read fiction and non-fiction, magazines and novellas, even the back of the air freshener can in your bathroom. Read CONSTANTLY. It’s the best way I can think of to study the flow of words and get your brain thinking about the best ways to describe actions and people and places. Plus it’s fun!

How long does it normally take you, from start to finish to complete a book?

It depends on the book. I average between 4,000-5,000 written words per “author day” (I’ll get to what I mean by that in a second), though sometimes if I’m really cranking I can do 8,000-10,000 words a day.

The shorter, saucier romantic comedies I write for Entangled Publishing, like my new release, The List) are usually around 55,000 words, while the longer, meatier romantic comedies I write for Montlake are closer to 90,000 words.

As for what I mean by “author day,” most people are surprised to learn I still have a part-time day job. While the author gig is my primary source of income, I’ve found I’m infinitely more productive and centered if I have a reason to get out of the house three days a week to interact with humans. (Bonus: I have the coolest day job on the planet as the PR & Communications Manager for my city’s tourism bureau, which means I get paid to take journalists snowshoeing or to write about who has the city’s best mac & cheese).

The team at my day job is amazing, so there’s a lot of flexibility if I need to break up my workday for a call with my agent or shuffle my schedule to accommodate a deadline. My normal author days are Mondays and Fridays, and occasionally weekends if I have a deadline breathing down my neck.

Last question and thank you so much for answering these. This is for everyone out there who really wants to know about eyecandy: If you could pick one guy to be on the cover of one of your books, who would it be?

My husband. Those blue eyes and hands the size of dinner plates make me swoon every time!

I would personally like to thank you, Ms. Tawna Fenske for allowing me to ask these questions that I've always wondered but never been able to ask. You've always been one of my one-click authors no matter what you write and an absolute inspiration.  May you have a blessed 2017 and many a book release ahead!!

Awww, thank you so much! I appreciate you having me here and posing such fun questions!

Please check out the Links below to order the upcoming release of The List by Tawna Fenske. I've also included the Goodreads Link, so you can add it to your shelf. I have read this book and it is totally awesome!!! I will have my review up very soon...It is absolutely another fiver for me.  I will be buying it for my girl posse as soon as it's out, let me tell you!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: Chasing Dust Clouds by Lilliana Rose

Chasing Dust Clouds Chasing Dust Clouds by Lilliana Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sent to the country to visit rural clients accountant Blaise Johns doesn’t know what to do when he meets a mob of sheep on the road. He accidently runs over one of Dusty Miller’s ewes and his cool crisp competitive demeanour is dented as he tries to figure out how to make amends with a woman who is intent on busting his balls. Then there’s the competition, Aaron, who isn’t going to be pushed aside. As the out-of-towner will Blaise step up to country life for Dusty? Dusty is furious at Blaise, but the man won’t go away and leave her to run her farm. A sassy self-sufficient young woman, Dusty struggles to let Blaise who is clueless about the life she lives, in to her heart. When two worlds, country and city come together, an explosion of differences rocks the foundation of two peoples lives, forcing them to face the future in unplanned ways, and to give each other another chance.

I loved this book!!! I love Lilliana Rose anyway so it wasn't a chore to read this. I laughed out loud so many times during this book that I had my family looking at me kind of funny. I also had to buy the book for my mother because she insisted that I do that after hearing me from the living room. If a book can take me away from a hockey game then you know you've hit the puck out of the net. This was one of those books.

First of all, it didn't have the instalove, sex so much it makes you flip the pages at a clip faster than a car on a highway and foul language. It built up to a relationship which made me enjoy this all the more. I like romances that have a slow build and then go from there. Would I read a second book? Heck yes. It took maybe 5 hours to finish this book but I was also doing things in between and I'm a speedreader. Others, it might take a lot longer. The descriptions in the book were like you were right there and I loved that.

I received this book for free from ReadforReview in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Review: Wet by Ashley Bostock

Wet Wet by Ashley Bostock
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.

But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.

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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.

I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.

Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.

OMG this book and not in a good way people!!! Okay, so I like to think I can't be shocked...well that's not true anymore book peeps!!! THIS book shocked me. It wasn't that it didn't have a good synopsis or that it wouldn't have been a good read if it didn't have so much sex. I know what you're thinking - What? That's a good thing! But I have to tell you that it made my eyes and ears cry. If your having sex 2 cabins down from your 13 or so age siblings (meaning you kicked them out of the cabin to have sex) you have a problem. If your sexy talk is "oh you're so wet, blah, blah, blah" over and over the same thing...you've got a problem or you need to seek medical attention immediately! I'm not a prude but this bordered on x-rated and should come with some kind of warning. If your Alpha treats you like a ho, you need to bail...like you're in jail! No lie, I felt like this dude needed to take some etiquette lessons. I read some other reviews saying to trudge through it's worth it - I sadly did not find this the case. I have not found 2 characters that I found so dislikable in...well ever. That's saying a lot. I will say that it was well written and there were no grammar issues I could find with the ARC version. It just took me forever to actually read this book because I was too busy putting it down to read others and a really good book doesn't let you do that. It grips you and doesn't let go...this book sadly didn't do that.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Lord Sebastian's Secret by Jane Ashford

Lord Sebastian's Secret Lord Sebastian's Secret by Jane Ashford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

He's hidden this shameful secret all his life...

Lord Sebastian Gresham is a battle tested soldier and brilliant strategist. Yet all his life he's had to hide his complete failure to decipher letters. In his own mind, he's just stupid. What a miracle it is that he's found the perfect bride. Lady Georgina Stane is beautiful, witty, and brilliantly intelligent. Sebastian is head over heels in love, proud as a peacock, and terrified. If she finds out, he'll lose her love forever.

This book was a tough read for me. I kept putting it down and picking up another book for inspiration to finish this one. The sex scenes were hard to read and not because they were steamy and inviting. It's because they're just so odd....like the author has never had sex. For example: A country upbringing had shown her a bit about mating. She could see clear evidence of Sebastian's unsated arousal. "I should do something for you," she said. She had some ideas on that score. She reached up.

A country upbringing? Like watching cows mate? Really? I hate giving criticism on a book because I know how much time and effort goes into it but that's just wrong on so many counts. Also, the formatting is a tiny bit distracting for me especially with all the paragraphs.
There are so many different characters in this book that you really need to keep a journal. There's an Indian, a priest, an eastern magician, a couple dogs, a couple brothers, some sisters in law. I expect that there's going to be a clown at some point. I mean I keep waiting for this guy to grow a pair and he doesn't, he's stuck on his big secret.

At one point, I almost thought the author took a vacation and let a ghostwriter finish a couple chapters. The heroines (Georgina) father was eccentric and over the top and now he's a major bully. I won't let any spoilers go as to what he's taunting the hero about but it's a total DNF move. I would put the book down if I wasn't writing a review. I didn't really like Sebastian's one brother and I'm not sure I'd even read his book. I did like Randolph. I just didn't see the big deal with the humongous "secret" and I wouldn't have spent almost 400 pages keeping it a secret. I'd say at 25% it would have been great to just reveal it. All the drama of keeping the secret was enough to make me have heartburn and take some tums. I read to relax and this book made me take 2 Xanax and follow it up with chocolate. I'm gonna have to hit the gym after this book.

There are a few grammatical errors with sentence structure. For example: "Well, if we want run papa through with a saber, that might be helpful," There should be a "to" in there.
The book had some funny parts because it seems like all the people are crazy...Seriously, all of them are crazy. There's not a sane one in the lot.

Would I read this again? Or gift it to my friends? No, I don't think so. For the price of this book, I'd say save your money and buy a Lisa Kleypas or Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel and save your Xanax for another day.

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Review: Jester by Lilly Atlas

Jester Jester by Lilly Atlas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thrust into a world of danger and fear, first grade teacher, Emily, is forced to comply with a terrifying MC president’s demands in order to save her brother’s life. Her only port in the storm is Jester, a member of a rival MC she’s supposed to use and betray. Jester proves to be the opposite of everything Emily expects, and before long she’s in his bed, and he’s in her heart.

Jester would give life and limb for the No Prisoners Motorcycle Club. His sole focus needs to be on the impending attack against their enemies, the Grimm Brothers. Meeting sweet and innocent Emily wasn’t part of his plan, and falling for her is out of the question.

Can Emily save her brother’s life without destroying the man who opens her eyes and heart to an amazing world of pleasure? She’ll do anything in her power to help her brother while protecting Jester, but when Jester finds out she was sent by his enemy, she may lose everything she’s trying to preserve.

I really LOVE anything by Lilly Atlas!!! I will walk through the desert just to read one of her books. I waited on pins and needles for this and it didn't disappoint. Was it as good as Striker? I don't think it was. However, it was still a 5-star read! It had twist and turns and it had violence and sex. It had everything that we have come to know and love with Lilly. I'm not giving any spoilers for those who haven't read it but I will say that she rocks when it comes to her editing style. She goes over her books with a fine tooth comb and makes sure that there isn't any mistakes and I love that. There isn't anything more distracting than bad grammar, sentence structure and out of place comma's.

This isn't what you would call your "hard-core" MC romance. I'd say it's more of your romance with the MC vibe thrown in and I like that. I don't like the brains flying everywhere and sex galore. Sometimes classy is better and Lilly pulls it off outstandingly. We see our characters from the previous books and some setup to the book coming up. I think this is going to be a series that will stick around for awhile.

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Review: Bully

Bully Bully by Penelope Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book!! Part of me wanted to smack Jared, while the other part of me wanted to hug him for what he went through. I'm glad that he and Tate worked through their issues and found their way back to each other in the end. At many points in the books I found grammatical errors, words spelled incorrectly and it did detract from the story somewhat. I found myself reading back over it and trying to understand what the author meant but in the end, I understood it. I thought the characters were well-thought out and I believed in the love they had for each other. This is my go to book when I want to read something and escape. I've read the series probably twice since it came out and I recommend it to everyone who wants something that is detailed, heartwarming and about childhood love.

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Review: Wild Kisses

Wild Kisses Wild Kisses by Skye Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wild Kisses
by Skye Jordan

Description
Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s business. Despite being an ex-con, Trace Hutton is irresistible. Too bad he’d never go for someone as inexperienced as Avery.

Trace needs to focus on the job at hand, not daydream about smearing icing all over the sexy baker…and licking it off. This job is the key to getting his construction company back on its feet after his time in prison. Besides, no one deserves a fresh start more than Avery, and she certainly won’t get that with him.

After a delectable night of passion (and pie), Trace craves something more. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let his checkered past crush her dreams. And as Avery starts to realize how Trace fulfills more than just her physical needs, she struggles with whether to let her history decide her future, or explore the wild new possibilities of forever…

Skye Jordan is a must read for me. I absolutely love her Hockey series and this series is no exception. I fell in book boyfriend love with Trace. He's got issues and insecurities and that just makes him all the more attractive in my opinion. He's been to jail and served his time but the townspeople will not let him forget that. He's paying his penance and trying to make it in this world when he falls for Avery. Avery is the BEST heroine ever!!! She's kind to everyone and you just fall in love with her. She's been hurt by everybody. Everybody's left her at one time or another. Her ex-husband, her sisters, her mother, her father and she's tired of having that happen. Now she just wants to have a fling with Trace. She's opening a bakery and he's helping her renovate it and get everything ready to get it open. I was rooting for this couple at about 20% and I read it in one sitting. I loved the secondary characters and was glad we got to see them again. They were awesome. I'm gonna have to go back and read it again. I fell in love with Zach, Traces brother and you get to see that it's not Trace that was the wildchild but Zach. I won't give spoilers but Trace and Zach's dad is just sad and it breaks your heart when you find out what Trace gave up.

I did not like Austin who is one of the cops...he was such a little abusive snots. He gives all cops a bad name and I was so hoping that he would get his in the end. Then there was J.T., the guy that Trace knew in prison. I know that books have to have a bad guy but this guy made me want to shank him. That makes for a great book!! When you feel so much that you want to beat your Kindle just hoping it reaches your bad guy...you've read a great book from a great writer.

I didn't find alot of grammar issues and I didn't have any paragraph problems. It was refreshing. Her editor obviously does her job and does it well.

Now, my one critical issue was the language...it's not for the faint of heart. You can't let your teenager read this. There were so many GD'S that I lost count and felt it unnecessary and Jesus' name in vain that it was redundant. The sex scenes were also abundant and left absolutely NOTHING to the imagination...and I mean nothing. Sometimes, I thought it was over the top. Like, having sex on the counter with acidic mango juice and then using it as lubricate? Everyone knows that this will cause some irritation or a yeast infection. No one wants that!!! Plus, I imagine it would burn a little.

Overall, I will definitely put this on my "I will read this again shelf." I found it to be heartbreaking at times and I felt what Ms. Jordan was trying to convey to the bottom of my soul. I will be gifting this to my friends when it comes out.

I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions.



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