Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Spotlight for Pack of Lies by Lucy Felthouse

As a fan of the paranormal I'm excited to introduce you to a sexy new shifter romance.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Pack of Lies by Lucy Felthouse and then add it to your bookshelf.....

Werewolf brothers Matthew and Isaac have lived in the peaceful village of Eyam all their lives. The villagers know what happens every full moon, and are happy to keep their secret. But their privacy comes at a cost—neither brother has taken a lover in almost four hundred years.
Then at the full moon, a sheep is slaughtered on Eyam Moor, by what could only be an animal. A large, vicious animal. Even the brothers’ staunchest supporters begin to have their doubts. Meanwhile Isaac is smitten by a handsome newcomer to the village, while a vivacious visitor is happy to offer Matthew her all.
As they indulge their lust, they must clear their names and convince their neighbours that they aren’t also letting their baser instincts out to play.
EXCERPT:
As Matthew and Isaac Adams opened the front door to their house, the telephone started ringing. Matthew sighed. “Typical. No rest for the wicked. I’ll answer it, you go and get ready for work.”
Isaac nodded and headed off to do as his brother advised. Matthew, the older of the two, walked toward the ringing phone and snatched it off the hook. Then, remembering that the person on the other end of the line would have no idea what a rough night he’d just had, he made the effort to inject some politeness into his tone.
“Hello? Adams residence.” Isaac had told him time and time again that the last part about the residence was old-fashioned, that people didn’t say that anymore, but Matthew couldn’t seem to shake it.
“Hello, Matthew? It’s Richard.” The village vicar’s voice, even though he’d only spoken four words, sounded strained, almost panicked. “You boys just get back?”
“Yeah, a moment ago. Why, what’s up?”
“I, uh… I got a call. A dead sheep has been found up on the moor. Not just dead. Mutilated. Like a wild animal attack.”
An unpleasant feeling wormed its way under Matthew’s skin and his stomach flipped. “Oh?” He paused, then figured he had nothing to gain by not saying the next words he wanted to. “You don’t think it was us?”
The vicar’s gasp was instant, one of genuine surprise. “Lord, no! Absolutely not. I just phoned to let you know and I was wondering if you’d come up there with me and take a look. You and Isaac are probably more qualified than anyone else in the village to tell what did this.”
“Isaac has to work, he just went to get ready. But yes, I’ll come up. I’ll let my brother know where I’m going, then I’ll be straight over. Are you at the rectory?”
“Yes. Okay, I’ll see you soon. Thanks, Matthew. Bye.”
“Goodbye.”
Matthew hung up the phone with another sigh. The horrible feeling that had crept under his skin and taken over his gut seemed as if it was there to stay, and it was never a good sign. The vicar’s news was surprising, yes, but he also had an inkling that it was going to spell trouble, or at the very least inconvenience, for him and his brother.
Pulling in a deep breath in an attempt to calm his jangling nerves, Matthew walked upstairs and toward his brother’s bedroom. The door was closed. He knocked. “You decent?”
“Yeah,” Isaac replied, “close enough.”
Stepping into the room, Matthew looked at his brother. He was half-dressed, ready for his shift at the doctor’s surgery, where he was a general practitioner. “Sorry to interrupt, mate, but that was Richard on the phone. They’ve found a mutilated sheep up on the moor, and he’s asked me to go with him to check it out.”
Isaac paused with one arm pushed into his shirtsleeve. “He doesn’t think—”
Matthew cut him off. “No. He was quite adamant about that. He just thought we’d be able to help figure out what did it. I explained that you’ve got to go to work, though. I’m going to head across there now and go up with him.”
“I could phone in, let them know I’ll be late.”
Matthew held up his hand. “There’s no need, brother. Relax. Just go to work and help the sick people. I’ll let you know what—if anything—I find out.”
Opening his mouth, then closing it again, Isaac seemed to have thought better of whatever he was going to say. He continued to dress. “All right, I will. But make sure you let me know what happens. Send me a text or something, and I’ll phone you as soon as I have a gap in between patients.”
Matthew grimaced. He hated texting. Hated mobile phones, actually. Technology was one of the things he disliked most about modern-day life, though he realized it was a necessary evil. It solved as many problems for him and his brother as it created, so he dealt with it as best he could. Fortunately, Isaac had always had an affinity with computers and phones, so he tutored his older brother.
“Yeah, all right. I’d better go and find my phone first then, eh?”
Smirking at his brother’s rolled eyes, he left the room and headed for his own bedroom, where he thought he’d left the device the previous night, before he and Isaac had headed for the caves. Immediately spotting the mobile phone—which Isaac often made a point of telling him was akin to a brick—he grabbed it and stuffed it into his pocket and made his way downstairs.
Retrieving his keys from the hook by the front door, he called up to his brother. “I’m going now, Isaac. I’ll see you after my shift at the pub. I’m working until closing time.”
“Okay. Don’t forget to keep me posted!”
“I won’t.” As if he could forget. The dead sheep was going to be a big thing, he just knew it. The vicar might not think he and his brother had anything to do with it, but some of the other villagers might. When there was no proof either way, just his and Isaac’s word, it was understandable, really. Since he and his brother changed into wolves every full moon, it was a natural conclusion to draw. Particularly since normal wolves had been extinct in England for over five hundred years.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Tour for Intoxicated by Jeana E. Mann (Review & GIVEAWAY)


When a good girl decides to go bad it makes for one heckuva sexy journey in Intoxicated by Jeana E. Mann.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this story, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about it by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  You'll also learn from Ms. Mann herself on why readers love bad boys.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $40 Amazon GC too!

Why do readers love bad boys?
Nothing makes a romance novel hot like a bad boy. The badder, the better in my opinion. Bad boys are taboo – everything that our daddies warned us against, and that makes them all the more appealing.  The best bad boys are handsome, reckless, and a little bit heartless where anything or anyone but their heroines are concerned. Sometimes they ride motorcycles and sport tattoos. Other times they wear a business suit and spend their time making millions. No matter what their profession, they are always appealing.
As a reader, I think bad boys make great romantic leads because they have so far to travel in their character development. It is interesting to discover all the events that drive the bad boy to mend his evil bad boy ways. When a bad boy shows tenderness for his love interest, my heart beats a little faster. When he has to choose between his old life and a new life with his girl, I suffer through the decision with him. And that’s what makes a bad boy great. If the author has done a good job with the story, the reader will feel all of the bad boy’s pain and indecision as he becomes more human and vulnerable.
Some of my favorite bad boys are Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell), Ghost from Leave Me Breathless (Cherrie Lynn), and most recently Nate from Before Jamaica Lane (Samantha Young). All of these bad boys are flawed but have a vulnerability and tenderness that melts my heart. Who is your favorite bad boy?

Love is intoxicating, but the hangover can be agony...
Conservative, straight-laced Ally Taylor has the perfect life – successful fiancé, beautiful home, great career – until she catches her fiancé and best friend in bed. Desperate to shake off the sting of rejection, Ally heads to Felony, a notorious heavy metal club on the bad side of town. Even more dangerous than the bar is Jack Jameson, the hunky alpha male bartender whose smoldering dark eyes and dimpled smile turns her common sense to mush and her knees to noodles. After eight long years in a failed romance, the last thing Ally wants is to hook up with someone like Jack, but she can’t help wondering if he’s really as good in bed as his reputation suggests.
Jack Jameson has had his eye on Ally for months, drawn to her smart mouth and tightly wound self-control. When Jack finds Ally sitting on a barstool in his club, heartbroken and miserable, he’s more than happy to offer a little heat between the sheets to distract her. Too bad Ally’s not interested in his “hit-it-and-quit-it” philosophy. If only Jack could convince Ally that he’s tired of the endless parade of girls through his bedroom, she might see him in a different light.
When Jack and Ally get together, everything goes wrong and it’s more than either of them bargained for. Ally’s got serious trust issues and a need for control that makes Jack crazy. Jack’s got more baggage than an airline carousel; the constant stream of women from his past stirs up all of Ally’s insecurities. Can Ally overlook Jack’s womanizing past and learn to trust him? Will Jack be able to commit to just one woman or will a secret from his past ruin everything?

EXCERPT:

Her cell phone rang and like an automaton, she answered it.  
“Popsicle?” The voice on the other end of the call was deep and masculine, slightly rough, like gravel underneath silk.
“Jack?” Dismay gave way to pleasure at the sound of his voice, followed by a fluttering between her legs.
He chuckled, the sound warming her numb body. “Hi, baby. I missed having lunch with you today.”
“Look –– it’s really not a good time, Jack.”
“Why not?” He paused and she could picture the unlit cigarette dangling from his lips as he spoke, a gleam in his dark eyes. “What are you doing?”
Oh, hell, she thought. Why fight it? She felt like a salmon swimming upstream only to be pushed back time and time again. The strength to resist had ebbed away with her latest disappointment.  
“Uh, well, I’m sitting in a parking garage staring at the wall.”
“Bad day, baby?” His voice lowered to a caress that raised goose bumps on her arms. For some reason, the compassion in his voice brought tears to her eyes.
“Yes,” she whispered. “I’m having a bad day.”
“Come and see me,” he said. “I can make you forget all about it.” Like a lamb being lured to slaughter, she was powerless to resist him when he spoke in that tone.
“I’m not sure you can,” she replied as she traced the curve of the steering wheel with a finger.
“Such a pessimist. Come and see me,” he repeated, his voice turned seductive. “And take your panties off before you get here.”

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

I love when a debut author jumps right out of the gate with such a memorable and entertaining story as Intoxicated is by Ms. Mann.  From start to finish I found myself fully immersed in the main character's sweet and sexy relationship, the immensely likable hero's friend, and the intense emotional baggage both of the lead characters carry that makes them easy to relate to.  In fact, I'm already anticipating the next installment in this series and I just finished this one!

From an early age Ally has always felt lacking.  From her average size to her serious nature she's always tried to be the good girl so that she'll be successful in someone's eyes.  After discovering her fiancée of eight years cheating on her she decides she's had enough of being good as it's left her nothing but lonely with self-esteem issues brought on by her recent ex.  Taking a walk on the wild side leads her to the grungy bar Felony and the super sexy and charming bad boy Jack.  From the moment they meet the sexual tension between them crackles and a fun-filled and sexy journey commences where he teaches her to enjoy life instead of hiding from it.  It's not an easy journey though as his past is full of emotional clutter and her self-esteem issues have her doubting Jack's every word and deed.  Ally is a strong-willed woman wound very tightly and I enjoyed Jack's attempts at getting her to lighten up.  She's charmed by him but not naive of his past of one-night stands.  I enjoyed seeing her evolution of empowerment at the hands of Jack but wish she hadn't been so forgiving of her mother's early acts as they set Ally on her path of low self-esteem.

Jack is the kind of man you can't help but be drawn to despite his lack of commitment.  He's sexy, charming, and tells it like it is.  Until recently he's been content with his one-night stands but now his life feels lacking and he's tired of meaningless encounters with women who offer no challenge.  Seeing Ally pushes all his buttons though and he makes it his mission to claim her and show her all the pleasures of life.  He's drawn to her as she makes him work to spend time with her, he's drawn to her honesty and her inner strength and the journey he undertakes to win her is both sweet and sexy.  He says all the naughty things she longs to her which had me enjoying their interludes immensely.  He has emotional baggage too though and a past of drugs and a manipulative ex who constantly invades his life stirring up trouble manipulating him for money and attempting to drag him back into the past.  With such a confident nature I hated seeing him manipulated by his ex and found her presence a huge intrusion.  Ultimately Jack is a good man at heart who's finally matured and knows that he wants someone of substance and his interactions with Ally were a delight to see.

This was an entertaining start to the Felony series revolving around a grungy bar and the people who work there.  This story nicely balanced the romance and intense emotions to allow for character growth.  The sexual interludes were flirty and sexy both in and out of the bedroom to satisfy fans of the erotic.  One or two events felt a bit disjointed amongst the overall storyline and felt a bit overly melodramatic late in the story but the connection between Jack and Ally kept me fully immersed in the story.  With the glimpses we got of Jack's friend Randy I'm greatly anticipating the next installment as his gruff yet sexy exterior completely won me over.  Those looking for a story of decadent delights will find themselves intoxicated by Ms. Mann's series starter.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Jeana Mann is the author of sizzling hot contemporary romance. Her debut release Intoxicated was a First Place Winner of the 2013 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest and a finalist for the 2014 Carolyn Readers Choice Award.
Jeana was born and raised in Indiana where she lives today with her two crazy rat terriers Mildred and Mabel. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Speech and Hearing, something totally unrelated to writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up steamy romance novels, she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Over the years she climbed the ruins of Chichen Iza in Mexico, snorkeled along the shores of Hawaii, sailed around Jamaica, ate gelato on the steps of the Pantheon in Rome, and explored the ancient city of Pompeii. More important than the places she’s been are the people she has met along the way.
Be sure to connect with Jeana on Facebook or follow along on Twitter for the latest news regarding her upcoming releases.

WEBSITE:  http://JeanaEMann.net
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/JeanaEMann
TWITTER:   https://twitter.com/JeanaEMann (@JeanaEMann)
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  http://www.amazon.com/Jeana-E.-Mann

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Book Tour for Forever Man by A.J. DeWall (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of the m/m genre I found myself drawn to this sentimental story involving music about ignoring what's right in front of you.  Keep reading to get a sexy and heartwarming taste of Forever Man by A.J. DeWall, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about this book by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  You'll also hear from the author as to why readers are drawn to books set in the world of music.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 BN GC and an eBook from Interlude Press or an author/book swag pack too!

What a fun question! Readers are drawn to rock star stories for three reasons: rock stars are sexy, we all love the idea of being someone’s muse, and there’s a wannabe rock star in all of us.
Have you ever noticed how even people who may otherwise be considered average looking suddenly seem sexy when they’re commanding a stage? There’s something about musicians—it’s their art, and their presence, and their bravado. It’s a heady combination, in any genre. Even more so with artists who rock, because rock and roll is super sexy. Old torch songs and rock and roll are the sexiest musical genres, in my opinion, which is why I included both in Forever Man.
Most of us have fantasized about meeting rock stars, the men and women in the posters that adorned our walls when we we’re teenagers. Part of that fantasy is being loved by that artist, and to make an impact on that artist and inspire a song… or an entire album! To be someone’s muse is a powerful thing, and I think we’d all like to experience that at least once in our lives. What could be more romantic than having a love song written about you?
I really do believe there is a rock star inside everyone.Whether it’s singing in the car, dancing around the house using a hairbrush for a microphone, showing up to karaoke every Saturday night, or playing in a band with your old college buddies, the desire to make music and perform is in all of us. This is why shows like American Idol and The Voice are so popular. People love those shows because “ordinary” people are getting a chance to do that big, crazy, impossible thing we’d all like at least one chance to try.
In Forever Man, Cole is a reluctant rock-star-in-the-making. Part of his journey with Ren is waking up to his destiny, to his dormant dreams, the dreams he put down when he believed he would never have the man he loved. Love changes people. It inspires them to believe in themselves, and to take chances, and to share their voice with the world.

A bond forged in Catholic school, an unspoken attraction that outlasts years of separation and other relationships.
Ren and Cole never acted on that thing that always bubbled beneath the surface of their friendship, not until a chance encounter in a Santa Fe bar and a song that would tip the scales forced them to confront their feelings. Will the influence of a music superstar, a New York socialite and a mystical property manager finally bring them together, or will a history of missed opportunities, their own fears and an impending wedding keep them apart? Can they just have one night, and then walk away?
Forever Man is a story of the consequences of the choices we make, and how the courage to change can last a lifetime.

EXCERPT:

Ren turns to see Cole standing not five feet away, a bit out of breath.
"Did you mean it?" Ren asks.​
"Yes."​
"You're in love with me?"
"Yes."​
Ren doubles over again, trying to catch his breath. Cole crosses to him, rubbing his back but saying nothing. After a moment, Ren straightens out and asks, "How long?"
"I want us to be together—”
"No. How long have you been in love with me?"
The answer to this one question is all Ren needs to know. Because this man, this friend, this lover of his has always given in to whims and drama and intensity, and Ren has to be sure that he is not that. He has to be sure that this is not new.
Cole steps into Ren's space, tilts his chin up and kisses him. The kiss is firm, an answer, a promise.
"I can't remember a time when I wasn't in love with you."

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Whoever said you can't combine steamy interludes with deep emotions hasn't yet read Forever Man and its heartwarming tale of missed opportunities.  Readers are put through the emotional wringer just as much as the main characters watching their lives devolve into the mundane, settling for others when it's only in each other's arms that they are truly alive.

Ever since Catholic school Cole and Ren have had a connection, been each other's support, but for various reasons never fully committed.  Fate constantly threw roadblocks in their way and kept them apart to where only friendship remained, but it's a friendship that's deep-seated and immensely important to both of them and it's something they don't want to jeopardize.  Given the opportunity of a lifetime away from their significant others they finally indulge in their life-long fantasies with the clock ticking until they return to their ordinary lives.  They indulge in steamy encounters and heartfelt truths that will either bind them together permanently or drive a wedge between them forever.

Cole is a funny and charming guy who knows he's not with the man he should be with.  He knows he's settling but scared to ruin what Ren and he already have.  Ren too feels as if he's adrift.  His partner doesn't excite him and things have grown too comfortable.  Being with Cole is exhilarating with chronic sexual tension that makes him feel alive.  Only when they decide to give in to their sexual frustration do you sense a weight's been lifted off them.  Their scenes together crackle with sensuality and energy and their banter brought a smile to my face.  Their time together isn't without guilt though as the men they've left behind are clueless as to the sexual indulgences between Cole and Ren and the author doesn't ignore this issue.  It's dealt with in a believable way that fully immerses readers in their journey to acceptance of what they truly want and need.  Throw in numerous steamy interludes and readers are left parched and with their stomach in knots hoping for them to finally commit and live the life they were meant to.  The secondary characters are equally strong and say what Cole and Ren have always thought, thus forcing them to finally embrace the truth of their connection in this m/m story that is both nostalgically heartwarming and heartbreaking.  Readers will be pulled along in their rocky journey to happiness and fulfillment in this richly rewarding story set on the outskirts of the music world.  This may have been my first book by this author but it definitely won't be the last!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

A professional writer for more than 20 years, A.J. DeWall began her career as a playwright. She is the ghostwriter behind dozens of nonfiction books, including several award-winning bestsellers. As a writer of fan fiction, her online titles have hundreds of thousands of reads. Forever Man is her first novel. She lives in New York with her wife and son.

WEBSITE:  http://ajdewall.com/
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/AJDeWall

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Tour for Bliss by Lisa Henry & Heidi Belleau (Review & GIVEAWAY)


I'm honored to bring back the dynamic duo of Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau today with their futuristic thought-provoking m/m read, Bliss.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about it by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to leave a comment about why you read m/m-themed books for the chance to win a copy of their previous collaboration, King of Dublin, too!

Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau, authors of Bliss.  We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our writing process, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at our book, and even a sneak peek or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? We’re giving away a copy of the first novel we wrote together: King of Dublin!

They're always happy.
Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it.
So is Tate Patterson. He’s from Tophet, too, but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief. A city without crime seems like an easy score, until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen. Instead of jail, Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program. By living with and serving his victim for seven years, Tate will learn the human face of his crimes.
If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. Tate is fitted with a behavior-modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders, no matter how dehumanizing. Worse, the chip prevents him from telling Rory, the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him, the truth: in a country without prisons, Tate is locked inside his own mind.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Who wouldn't want to live in a town where there's no crime and everyone seems happy all the time.  I know I would, but unfortunately beyond this apparent Eden lies Hell.....at least for some.  It's this intriguing juxtaposition presented to us that drives Bliss and kept me riveted as we descended into some very dark thoughts and actions.

Everyone wants to live in the city of Beulah as it's safe, clean, and full of joy.  Not everyone gets invited though which leaves some desperate to find a way in.  For Rory and Tate, the two male leads in the story who show us the truths behind the curtain, both are looking for a better life than what they had in the dark and dangerous Tophet.  Rory comes to work as a law clerk and Tate comes to steal to make money for his daughter so they can escape Tophet.  Things don't go as planned for either of them once they enter town though and they soon find themselves bound to each other with a burgeoning relationship that gets put through the wringer and brings out the dark side within everyone.  For his crime Tate has a chip put in his head that leaves him completely at the mercy of others for the next seven years.  He's to perform any acts that his guardian wants which immediately set me on edge and was the first sign that all is not as it seems in Beulah.  From there things took an even darker turn as moral corruption reared its ugly head as those in power felt justified in committing any acts against their rehabilitating criminals.  All the while these individuals were left with a smile on their face as all their control was taken from them.  Having to endure any and all acts seemed like a worse penalty than jail could ever be and I felt sympathetic towards Tate the entire story despite his criminal past.  Rory was a fairly kind keeper who took awhile to wake up to the truth of Beulah but once he did it made for an exciting race to reform.  I felt I got to know Rory well from the start with his idyllic ideas and dreams and was sad for him as suspicion and doubt slowly overtook him, his dream of a better life shattered.  Because of his chip it took awhile to discover the real Tate but once he emerged I found a strong-willed man who cares deeply for his daughter and would sacrifice all for a better life for her.  I liked both of them together but am left wondering about their true feelings for each other due to the chip's influences early on.

This isn't an easy read with its dark thoughts and thought-provoking ideas.  There are clear-cut good guys and bad guys and readers are left wondering just how much they'd sacrifice for Eden.  Freedom is never free though but as humans there has to be justice tempered with compassion and in Beulah that's what's missing.  It's easy to get immersed in this story with its vivid worldbuilding and intense emotions.  The romance is on the lighter side but the HEA is immensely satisfying as Rory and Tate went through great struggles to get there.  I'm once again impressed by the talent and creativity of these two authors and look forward to their next collaboration.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the authors for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
You can visit Lisa at her website, at Goodreads, and on Facebook or Twitter.
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Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write.
Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms.
When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her daughter or sipping a drink at her favourite coffee shop.
She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.
Chat with her on Twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.
Browse her website at HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com.
Check out her books on Goodreads.
Follow her Facebook and Tumblr accounts.
Or contact her using good old-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau@gmail.com

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Thanks for following our tour!  To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a copy of our first joint release -- King of Dublin. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post about why you read m/m-themed books along with your email addy (NO EMAIL ADDY=NO ENTRY)!  On September 1, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments made throughout the tour.  Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the greater your chances of winning the prize!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Tour for Guarding Poppy by Christine Wenrick (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the paranormal will be drawn to this story of powerful men and women fighting evil who find love at the most unexpected of times.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Guarding Poppy by Christine Wenrick, along with my review of it, and learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  You'll also learn about creating a book series as well as having the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and autographed copies of Someone Else's Skye and Guarding Poppy.

For just about any writer, no matter your level of experience, developing a multi-book series can feel daunting when looked at as a whole. There can be dozens of characters to keep straight and clearly define with the reader, while at the same time creating interests in their story.
A tricky prospect.
So why take on such a herculean task?
Because in a series a writer has the space and time to make the characters, and their stories, that much richer. I love doing series because I love introducing new characters several books ahead. This gives the reader an opportunity to want to know that character’s full story. Who doesn’t love the idea of the flawed second cousin who seemed to have that extra spark with the heroine’s blind sister? You get the idea.
But before you put fingers to keyboard to start your first epic series, two major points must be addressed. One, there has to be a uniting theme, purpose or event that becomes that connecting thread for the series. And two, you should have storylines that relate but feel individually fresh from one story to the other.
In the case of my Men of Brahm Hill, I chose an enormous battle scene at the end of my first series to be the catalyst for the new one. To be fair, I had seen this second series coming for quite some time because I had fallen in love with the Brethren heroes introduced in my very first book,The Charmed. They were gifted, strong and determined, balanced with the right amount of humor and sarcasm. What woman doesn’t melt for that combination?
I then simply let my mind wander about all the possibilities and results that battle could bring. Having a single event to link my characters together was the key. If I ever felt blocked during the writing process, I simply return to that battle scene, the single life-altering event that ties these men, their lives, and their purpose, together.
The second part of the equation is a little trickier. As an author it can be easy to fall into familiar patterns where you find yourself penning virtually the same story as the one three books ago. So what’s the secret? Focus on what makes this Hero and Heroine unique. If you can’t figure out how they are different from every other character you’ve ever written then how can you expect them to have a different story? Their differences are the key to leading them down their ownunique path.
And don’t forget to throw a twist or two in there that the reader doesn’t see coming. You know . . . the kind that makes them want to throw the book to the end of the sofa and just stare at it for a while before they dare pick it up again. That’s always good.
Now you’re ready to tackle your first series. Knock ’em dead! (Sorry, bad paranormal humor.)

One night . . . one violent, supernatural battle . . . and five stories of the men whose lives will be changed by it.
Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.
Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector. The real problem, though . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.
Will Alec find his way out of the darkness and surrender to his feelings for Poppy before the warlock chasing her catches up to them both?


EXCERPT:

“Why. Am. I. On. A. Plane?” Poppy emphasized each word as her hands gripped at the luxurious sofa arm beside her. But the modern jet seemed determined to bounce all of them out of their seats as the cabin continued to jostle about angrily. They were definitely in the middle of some mean turbulence, which was to be expected of anyone fool enough to be flying in a small plane in winter conditions.  
“Because it’s the most efficient way to get someone across an ocean,” Alec answered. “We still have about an hour or so before we land. So you’re going to have to let me know if you’re going to panic on me.”
Her gaze narrowed on him angrily as she pushed her next breath through her nostrils. “Can I just hit you instead and we’ll call it even?!”
His brow lifted as if he found that comment interesting.
Poppy leapt to her feet inside the small cabin and she noticed Alec braced his hands against his chair arm as if to steady himself. Surely he didn’t think she was really going to hit him? “You’re not going to trip again, are you?” he asked her.
Poppy glared at him and then down at herself. She was looking for any reasonable explanation to defend the innate clumsiness he’d gotten to experience firsthand within the first minute of meeting her in Joseph’s study. “These are very challenging heels!”
Yep. That was the best she could come up with.
The Elder smiled. No, it was definitely more of a smirk. “I’m sure they are,” he replied. “Now, will you please sit down before you get bounced off your feet? The turbulence may get worse before it gets better.”
Worse?” Poppy squeaked. She might very well end up back in his lap if this turbulence got any worse. She didn’t like to think of herself as a coward, but when it came to flying she definitely was, even more so than her irrational fear of spiders. They just had too many legs. “Look—you need to understand. I don’t fly! Ever . . .! You need to find a way to land this plane, right now!”
“I can’t do that. As I explained, we’re over a lake.”
“Well get un-over the lake!”
The Elder didn’t say anything in response, just seemed to contemplate that. He removed the reading glasses that were a dead giveaway that he was human, though, he looked fit enough to give even one of his Dhampir guards a run for their money. He’d certainly felt fit enough when she had crash-landed into his chest in Joseph’s study . . . which had been utterly embarrassing. One moment, she’d been fully prepared to burst in and make her case to Joseph about why she needed to stay at The Hallow, and the next, the tip of her shoe had caught on the carpet and she was flying forward straight into a complete stranger.
“In an effort to have us all on the ground safely as soon as possible, I do not recommend suddenly veering off course to get ‘un-over’ a lake. We will be starting our descent shortly.”
“Oh God, descent . . .,” she mumbled to herself as she rubbed her hands over her face. “This is not good. This is not good.”
“It will be all—”
“Where are we landing . . . Elder Lambert?” she added awkwardly, realizing they had not actually exchanged first names.  
He returned his glasses to the bridge of his nose and went back to looking at his tablet. “You may call me Alec. I much prefer it to Elder Lambert. We’ll be landing in Alberta at The Oracle, The Brethren site I’m in charge of. After discussing it, Joseph and I felt this would be the best place for you to stay.”
“Well, isn’t that nice,” she answered him flippantly. “You discussed it. By any chance—in any of this heavy dialogue—did anyone consider asking me if I wanted to go to Canada?”
Alec just sighed in that ‘you’re going to cause me a lot of trouble, aren’t you’ sort of way.

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Not having read the first book in the Men of Brahm Hill series I didn't know what to expect.  It was easy to get caught up in this world and what I ultimately got was an exciting read with enticing characters and an intriguing hierarchy of paranormal creatures.  From start to finish I was caught up in the heartbreak of a leader carrying around unrelenting guilt and the unexpected woman who brings joy to his life while dealing with her own issues.

Alec has been in a fog of duty since his uncle went to the dark side helming an army against him and killing his best friend.  He's closed off his heart and devotes himself to work so others won't get hurt, but the strain is starting to show.  When another Elder asks him to protect the young woman he considers a daughter though life will never be the same for him again.  He longs to protect her and keep her safe and enjoys their verbal sparring that brings excitement to his life.  He learns to care again about the living and the future as opposed to dwelling on the past.  Just when their HEA looks to be within reach fate steps in in a game-changing moment and turns him into something more than human and spells big change for the series.  Alec is a super sexy alpha male who kept his true feelings buried behind a facade of seriousness.  Being around Poppy showed a super sexy carefree man with the weight of the world not as burdening as before and had me drooling over him from start to finish.

Poppy has lived a life on the run with a witch of intense evil constantly on her trail.  It made for a solitary existence with very few relationships.  After watching everyone she cared about be hurt she became convinced she was cursed which is further demonstrated by her unrelenting clumsiness.  This led to many humorous moments but also frustration in her beliefs that made her seem immature.  As a Dhamphir I had hoped for a powerful heroine, but it's not until halfway through the book that she starts embracing her paranormal half through training.  Though the sexual tension is obvious between her and Alec from the very beginning theirs is a rocky relationship where she wants feelings and he just wants sex.  The longer they're together though the more his barriers come down, but just when they're at their happiest Poppy's single act changes everything and puts her on a collision course with the witch wanting her dead.  Poppy's a likable character for the most part and it was a satisfying journey watching her come out of her shell.  She luckily had a great support system that made her battle with destiny an exciting one.

The relationship between Alec and Poppy evolved quickly but was full of sexual tension and a sensual tug of war as Alec was hard to resist.  There were numerous hot and heavy sexual encounters which fans of erotic reads will enjoy and that were nicely spaced throughout the story.  Along with a strong main couple there were a slew of immensely likable secondary characters that caught my attention.  The sweet yet lonely Maya who still pines for her lost love Phinneas made my heart ache and the hope presented to her throughout this story also points to intrigue for the next installment.  Readers get reintroduced to the powerful and sexy shifter Kane who can be counted on to bring humor to the scene and surprising support for someone who appears so flippant.  Issues involving soldiers created through nefarious means also left me intrigued as their story promises heartbreak as well.  All in all these facets combined to make for an intriguing and steamy read.  Though the story went on a bit too long, and much of the action in the latter half of the story revolved around characters from previous books, I was still enthralled by the action, romance, and promise of what's yet to come and recommend this to all fans of the paranormal.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her writing. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

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The path to HEA never goes smoothly and with this third installment in the Indecent series emotions are running high.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of the just-released An Indecent Affair Part III by Stephanie Julian, as well as the previous installments, and then add it to your bookshelf.......

Letting her insecurities get the better of her, Katrina pushed Adam away after another amazing night in bed between him and Tristan. In the light of day, she realizes she needs to apologize. She only hopes Adam will listen.
After walking out on Katrina, Adam believes the only way Tristan can have a shot at a relationship with her is for Adam to step aside. He’s not the kind of man she needs in her life and Tristan has wanted her for too long to give up now.
Or course, passion has a way of derailing the best of intentions…

EXCERPT:

Adam’s masterful kiss made her feel as if she was drowning in lust. His lips moved over hers with a purpose that had her pressing closer, rubbing against him.
Tilting her pelvis into his, she tried to get closer, her body moving instinctively. The hard ridge of his erection nudging against her clit made her moan. Made her want more. Harder.Faster.
How did he do it? How did he turn her into this crazy, impossibly horny person she didn’t recognize?
Simply by kissing her?
But it wasn’t just the way he kissed. It was the way he used his hands. The way he held her tight but didn’t make her feel threatened or dominated. The way he kissed her with complete concentration yet still managed to stroke her body into utter surrender.
She wanted him to stroke every inch of her skin with his hands. Wanted to get her hands on him. Just thinking about it made her moan into his mouth.
Adam groaned and pulled away from her mouth but not from her body. “Jesus, Kat.” He put his mouth against her neck and sucked on her neck hard enough to make it sting. “This isn’t smart.”
No, it really wasn’t. She tried to pull away, wanted to see his expression, but he wouldn’t let her move far enough away. He kept her tight against him, his erection pressing against her stomach, making her want to slip her hands into his jeans and stroke him.
This wasn’t why she’d come here.
Wasn’t it?
She tried but couldn’t catch her breath. His scent surrounded her, making her thighs clench and her sex moisten. She didn’t want to stop.
She didn’t want to be smart. She wanted to be naked and have Adam pound into her, make her scream his name.
Turning her head, she bit his neck. Not hard, just enough to make him shudder against her.
“Fuck.”
In the next second, he laced one hand through her hair and tugged. Her head tilted back and he sealed their lips together again.
This time, he demanded so much more. And she was more than willing to give it to him.
She returned his fast-building intensity with her own, her hands working under his shirt until she felt warm skin. Flattening her hands on his back, she pressed him closer, moaning when he settled his hand on her ass and ground his cock against her.
God yes.
The desire to wrap her legs around his waist and rock against him made her frantic. Her fingers dug into his back and she rose onto her toes, trying to make up the height difference. Her breasts felt tender and swollen, aching for his hands to cover them. Or his mouth. His teeth.
Gasping into his mouth as he lifted her off the floor, she wrapped one arm around his shoulders to stabilize herself but had no fear he’d drop her. The arm around her waist felt strong as steel, and the hand on her back made it clear she wasn’t going anywhere.
But he was moving and she was pretty sure she knew where he was taking her.
Still kissing her, he carried her to the stairs, navigating as sure-footed as a cat. Every movement rubbed her pelvis against his and finally, she had to break the kiss to catch her breath. Every nerve in her body was energized, every cell straining for something she was fast becoming addicted to.
That should scare the shit out of her. And somewhere inside her brain, it did. But that part of her brain had been hijacked by the unfamiliar sensation of wanting so badly and having what she wanted within her reach.
When they reached the top of the stairs, Adam stopped, and sudden fear swept through her. She didn’t want him to put her down and tell her to think about what she was doing. That he was going to ask her if she was sure and she was going to say no, she wasn’t, because that’s what he expected to hear.
“One question. Do you want me to stop?”
That had an easy answer. “No.”
Leaning close, he spoke directly into her ear. “Good. Because we’re about to cross a few lines, and I can’t even force myself to care. All I want is you naked and under me.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

I'm a reformed reporter who enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life.
In sixth grade, I found my mother's stash of romance novels hidden under her bed and realized they were much more interesting than the books in the school library. I devoured Rosemary Rogers, Bertrice Small and, most especially, Kathleen Woodiwiss.
In college, I majored in English and continued to expand my favorites list. Shakespeare, the Canterbury Tales, the Bronte sisters, Mary Shelley. Then I graduated and discovered there wasn't much I could do with an English degree.
That's when I found out they would pay me to write for a living at a newspaper. Want to learn how to write tight and clean? Work for a daily local and condense a three-hour meeting with an angry mob of residents upset about a sewer system overhaul into 15 inches in 20 minutes.
After my sons were born, I freelanced, working at home in my drafty attic office, and developed a two-book-a-day Harlequin habit that turned into a writing habit. My first attempts at romance were firmly rooted in the Harlequin tradition and I sold my first two romances to Avalon Books under the name Stephanie Scott.
But writing sweet romances was not what I'd had in mind. I wanted to write books where people actually got to have sex. I contracted my first erotic romance to Ellora's Cave and never looked back.
I write sexy series that combine heat with heart. Four are linked by Etruscan Magic: Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, Forgotten Goddesses and Darkly Enchanted. I also write the silly-funny, super-sexy Lovers on the Fringe series and the straight contemporary DeMarco Investigations series. I'm also writing the serial menage, INDECENT.
BY PRIVATE INVITATION, NO RESERVATIONS and OVER EXPOSED comprise the contemporary erotic romance series, Salon Games.
I'm happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and I'm the mother of two sons who introduced me to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.