Friday, June 28, 2013

Interview: J.K. Beck, author of the Shadow Keepers series

Below you'll find another interview I've conducted for the blog tour I'm a member of. J.K. Beck was very friendly and although I gave her such notice, she was kind enough to take the time to answer my questions. You can check out the first book in the Shadow Keepers series on GoodReads.


Title: When Blood Calls
Author: BJ.K. Beck
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 388
Series: Shadow Keepers #1
Format: Turkish copy
Source: Turkish publisher

Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.

THE INTERVIEW:


You've practiced law, you've worked in the media, and you've mentioned that "novels are where your heart is." What makes writing novels better than writing for the screen or news?

Great question!  I thoroughly enjoy doing screenwriting and journalism (and writing legal briefs), too.  But with journalism and the law, you have to stick with what is real--either the reporting of facts or the applying of facts to the law.  That's the nature of the beast.  The creative aspect comes in the how of telling, but the what is limited by reality.  (At least if you want to avoid being a subject of the news yourself … because you were caught making up the news!)

As for screenwriting, I love it, too.  But the two things that I find so rewarding about writing novels are getting into the characters heads (i.e., internal dialogue) and the near-absolute creative control.  Neither of those really apply to screenplays.  In screenwriting, you really need to be able to translate what is on the page to action or dialogue.  So there is no need (and it's the sign of an amateur) to include a character's internals.  Even more so, though, a screenplay isn't a finished product like a novel.  There are a lot of hands stirring the pot, and by the time it gets translated to the screen, the product may have changed substantially.  That isn't the case with novels.

You've worked in law, and Sara is an attorney. Are your characters based on your and/or people you know?

Not directly, no.  I suppose that every author pulls from people they know, but I couldn't point to a specific person and say "oh, they are Character X"

You write in different genres, which I think is fantastic. Do you have a favorite?

Not really.  I love variety, which is why I write in so many genres.  Right now, I'm writing erotica, and I am loving how much that genre is conducive to getting really in depth with the characters and how they relate to each other on so many levels.

Where does your interest in the paranormal genres come from?

I think probably from television.  I was more or less weaned on I Dream Of Jeannie and Bewitched.  And the books I read as a kid tended toward the paranormal (Half-Magic, Wrinkle in Time).  There's something about the idea of a "bigger" world that appeals to me!

Especially for non-Americans, "California" is a magical word. Has living there inspired your writing? And how about Texas?

I love big cities, so to that extent, California (particularly Los Angeles) is inspirational. That and all of the opportunities across so many careers.  And, of course, you can do so much with the locations -- California is so diverse!

I confess that Texas doesn't do a lot for me.  I may have been raised here, but I'm not interested in writing about cowboys or oil or some of the stereotypical Texas stuff.  To me, Texas is Austin and Houston and Dallas.  In other words, eclectic and funky, or large and cultured!

I read that you've wanted to be a writer ever since you were a child. What made you decide to really focus on it and write full-time?

I didn't quit to write full-time until it was financially viable.  So I'm fortunate that it worked out that way!  The turning point was when Carpe Demon was optioned for film.  That was the year when I was able to run the numbers and say that, yes, I could quit practicing law and we could still eat and put gas in the cars!

My family was suspicious that I could write to buy food, as you put it. How did your family react to it when you announced them you were going to study journalism?

Oh, I think they suspected that.  I edited my high school paper throughout all of high school, and getting on staff at a newspaper or radio/tv station wasn't really scary.  The idea of being a novelist, though … that scared me.  

How does your family react to your work?

They think it's great … except when I'm on deadline and completely disappear!

How do you juggle writing and family?

Honestly, it can be difficult, particularly as I homeschool (through this year; next year, both kids will be in public school).  It's so easy to stay buried in work when you work at home, so it's important to carve out time to do family stuff.

Some of our readers will be meeting you and your work for the first time. What will they find in "When Blood Calls"?

Hopefully they'll find a story they love and characters that truly compel them!  When Blood Calls is near and dear to my heart.  It's sort of a paranormal law and order, but the characters have their own distinct moral compass.  

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read a lot!  And write a lot! The more you write, the more you learn about and develop your own voice!

Do you have a message for your Turkish readers?

Thank you so much for your support, and I hope you e

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review The Kindling by: Braden Bell

Title: The Kindling
Author: Braden Bell
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pages: 304
Series: Middle School Magic #1
Format: ebook
Source: Book Tour

Description:

All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens, but when a run-in with the school bully ignites strange powers inside him, Connor's normal teenage life goes up in flames. 

Now he'll need his new powers to defeat the Darkness that's coming for him. Fast-paced and original, this book's guaranteed to keep you guessing!

My Thoughts: 

What an incredible story of Connor, his sister Lexa and their friend Melanie.  When strange things are happening around town the three kids quickly find out what is going they are kindling and becoming Magi a group of people who are light and fighting evil forces.

I found this to be up there with Harry Potter type books on a different level the school isn't magi the teachers and three kids are magi.  Which is a spin on most magical based stories.  It was very action and adventure are rolled together!  I enjoyed the ride and can't wait to read the next one!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review Midnight Promises by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Midnight Promises
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Series: The Sweet Magnolias #8
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen's strength—physical and emotional—and to charm her children.Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them them apart. Elliott's desire to finance the business opportunity of a lifetime with their hard-earned "baby money" stirs Karen's deep-rooted financial insecurities. It's the discovery that their brother-in-law is cheating on Elliott's sister—and thinks it's justified—that puts their irreconcilable differences into perspective. 

Will their own loving fidelity be a bond so strong they can triumph against all odds?

My Thoughts: 

Unlike most Sweet Magnolias this one takes place a bit after the wedding when Elliot Cruz and Karen Cruz are having the big old communication issues and having trouble juggling married life and finding time for each other.

Elliott is working on building a gym like The Corner Spa but for men, unfortunately Erik let's it slip to an unknown Karen who flips out.  Not wanting secrets and throughout this book it became a repetitive issue keeping secrets.  Karen is always afraid that the money is going to run out and the debts will build up while Elliott tries to reassure her that isn't going to happen.

Also we meet Elliott's sister who is having marital issues of her own.  Unfortunately in the Cruz family you don't get a divorce and this becomes an issue many of Elliott's family had trouble welcoming Karen due to her divorce.  Even harder when Elliott married the divorced Karen.  So when Elliot's sister has issues all Karen does is lend an ear if his sister should ever need it.

Karen seems to have a lot of compassion to those who haven't treated her the best but she still seems to be able to accept others regardless.

What a great story with some mini stories intertwined.  Definitely a great addition to the series!

Book Spotlight Champions of Power by: Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power (SYNOPSIS)
Genre: Science Fiction (Space Opera)

The Blessed Galaxy has no other name. After being gifted with the Auras—five great powerhouses of celestial creation—the title was a suitable fit. For millennia, the governing bodies have ruled their respective reaches of the Galaxy while harnessing the might of the Auras. But now they face the threat of a calamity, from an unlikely source, that could shake the lives of all. Lowen Sars, a devout man of science, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people once he learns of the calamity. But he soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him, even with his sudden promotion. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy, but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura. Read more behind the story! http://ageoftheaura.com/universe/ Download Phase I for FREE on Amazon! (June 24th-28th ONLY!) http://amzn.to/M8k1vf Enter to Win a Physical Copy of Phase I on GOODREADS!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Champions of Power by Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Champions of Power

by Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Giveaway ends July 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Watch the Book Trailer!

Book Reviews for Phase I:

 The Indie Book Review 
 A Book So Fathomless - "3.5 out of 5" 
 Beth Art From the Heart - "4 out of 5" 
 Voracious Reader - "3 out of 5" 
 Sadie S Forsythe - "3 out of 5" 
 Nik's Picks - "4 out of 5" 
Dee's Reads - "3 out of 5" 
My Cozie Corner - "5 out of 5"
 Confuzzled Books - "4 out of 5" 
 Cheryl's Book Nook - "4 out of 5" 
The Guide to Good Books - "5 out of 5"
Paranormal Sisters - "3.5 out of 5"
Books With Leti Del Mar - "3 out of 5"

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: Honeysuckle Summer

Title: Honeysuckle Summer
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Series: The Sweet Magnolia's #7
Format: ebook
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:


Her devastating marriage behind her, Raylene Hammond is truly thankful for her best friends, the Sweet Magnolias. They’ve taken her in, shielding her from the world. Then she meets sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins, and suddenly Raylene’s haven no longer feels quite so safe.

Carter understands why Raylene is trapped inside. He’s even taken to bringing the outside world to her. But with two kid sisters to raise, just how much time can he devote to this woman who’s stolen his heart?

Raylene knows Carter is a man worth loving, but she may never be strong enough to accept what he’s offering. How long can she ask him to wait? Maybe they’ll never have more than this one sweet summer!

My Thoughts: 

This was a great book that Sherryl Woods dealt with domestic violence takes on many faces and have the victim Raylene having dealt with so much abuse by her ex-husband.  Which unfortunately has left her shut in at Sarah's house.  Raylene can't seem to go outside without a huge panic attack.  While watching Sarah's kids Tommy the older of the two takes off and is picked by an officer while Raylene is outside freaking out about not being able to find him.

Carter Rollins learns early that there is more to know about Raylene Hammond that she has some issues that prevent her from doing certain things.  Carter is also raising his two sisters after their parents died.  Which creates alot of teen angst.

The lengths Carter goes to for love of Raylene is so romantic trying to protect her and not smother her.  To watch their relationship grow even with the panic attacks and family drama they both suffer.  What an incredible moving story.

Review - Onyx by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 366
Series: Lux Series #2
Format: Turkish paperback copy
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:


Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


My thoughts:

Well, in the second installment of the Lux series, Kitten a.k.a. Katy is trying to fool herself thinking he can actually manage to stay away from Daemon. I'm not buying it!

It's been quite a while since I've finished this book, so I'd be lying if I said I remember all the details. But there's Daemon, the dimwitted type of man and alien kind. It doesn't matter whether he's being sweet or annoying or trying to be annoying or purpose, he makes you wanna go, "stop it and let's make out!"

In the previous book, Obsidian, Katy had come face-to-face with death, and there's the "bizarro connection" between her and Daemon since he saved her life. She thinks his attraction to her is due to this connection only. There's also a new boy in town, Blake, and Daemon's jealousy outbursts become more often than before. Of course, even this doesn't help Katy understand that he's so fallen for her. Sometimes I wanna yell in her face, "you're the main female character, he's the main male character; who else is he supposed to fall in love with?!"


I really like that the action apart from the lovey-dovey stuff is good in this series as well. Otherwise, it's total falling-in-love overload and doesn't sit well with me. In Onyx, a change kicks off in Katy. Her fear of being discovered increases, and they dig more into what might have happened to Daemon's brother, Dawson. 

Of course, in the end you'll find yourself like this:




Book Spotlight: A Wife for Stephen by: Valcine Brown

A Wife for Stephen
Valcine Brown



About the Author:

Valcine has always loved reading romantic fiction, mythical fiction, science fiction, classic literature, and poetry. She graduated from California State University of San Bernardino with her BA in English Literature and obtained a single subject teacher credential to teach Secondary English Language Arts. Valcine started LaChrisAnd Productions in 2004 with the intent to publish her own books and eventually expand to helping other authors achieve their goals of sharing their literary talents. She lives in Coachella Valley California with her three children after whom she named her publishing company.





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Title: A Wife for Stephen 
Genre: Christian Romance
Publisher: LaChrisAnd Productions
Release Date: June 25, 2013

Synopsis:

Do you believe that when you meet your future spouse that you will know it, instantly? 
Stephen does. He can’t explain it but he has always known that when he meets his intended 
bride that he will be able to proceed with confidence. What he hadn’t counted on is that his intended bride might not have the same revelation. Will his faith and belief in love win Celeste over? Will she even give him the time of day? After Celeste’s initial rebuff of Stephen’s attempt to get to know her, he’s not so sure. "Faith like a mustard seed,” Stephen reminds himself.Celeste had never given consideration to happily ever after or eternal love. Outside of the love she experiences from her Heavenly Father, she gives love no second thoughts. When smooth, suave, and handsome Stephen enters into Celeste’s life, without batting an eyelash or giving him a second thought, Celeste dismisses him as a philandering womanizer and refuses to be the next notch in his bedpost. Is Celeste wrong? Has she completely misjudged Stephen? Even worst, has she allowed her parent’s divorce to askew her psychology of relationships? 

Will Stephen get the girl? Will Celeste run faster than Stephen can chase? Will there be A Wife 
for Stephen?

Sneak Peek:

Celeste decides to ask him question in order to make the time fly by faster and get her 
mind of the fact that they slow dancing together. “So,” Celeste begins but falters because she 
doesn’t know what to ask. Quickly she thinks of something, “What are your long term plans? I 
mean, do you want to perform all of your life or do you want to get more into producing?”

“To tell you the truth,” Stephen begins, weighing his words very carefully. “Actually, I 
want to be a family man. Of course, I always want to be a part of the music industry. I actually 
want to start a Christian music label, but having a family is something that is very important to 
me. You know, a wife, a few kids, maybe even a dog.”

“So, you want to get married?”

“Well, that is not how I planned for the question to be asked because I wanted to be the 
one to ask you in a romantic, more traditional way. But, since the offer has been placed on the 
table… I accept.”

Celeste can’t help but smile and laugh. What a very good way to lighten the mood, with 
laughter, she thinks to herself. She gives him credit for that one.

“I’m serious. I want to marry you,” Stephen says as he brings the dancing to halt but 
continues to hold Celeste very closely.

Well, should I tell him that I know what kind of game he is playing and that I am not 
buying it one bit? Or I can play along allowing him to think that I am falling for it and torpedo his 
load of bologna when I leave this club alone. Smiling the grin of the Cheshire cat who has just 
ate the fattest canary she has ever seen in her entire life, she opts for the latter, “Of course I’ll 
marry you, Stephen." What date would be good for you?”

“How about this week? I have it free and clear. We’re not touring and I planned on 
visiting my family back in Philadelphia but I’m sure that Mom won’t mind me bringing along my 
beautiful new wife and the future mother of my children. So, how about it?”
Man, he is good, mentioning his mother and all. Did the women he usually met actually 
fall for this kind of malarkey? Well, I’ll show him. Smiling up at him she says, “That’ll be great. Of 
course I don’t have the week off from work but I am sure that my boss would not dream of 
interfering with the wedding plans of the future Mrs. Stephen Haul.”

Clearly, she thinks that I am joking, are Stephen’s thoughts to himself, for it’s written all 
over her face. I don’t blame her. We have only met a few hours ago. But I know with every fiber 
of my being that she is the one that God has intended for me. And I’m sure that given a little 
time, Celeste will come to know just how right we are for one another. 

Stephen can’t actually believe that he just proposed marriage to Celeste on one of the 
dance floors of Four Aces. However, now that the words are out he feels that they make perfect 
since so he runs with it. “Why don’t we go to your house, pack some clothes, and head for Las 
Vegas tonight? I admit, I never would have imagined getting married in Vegas. As I am equally 
sure that is not what you had in mind for yourself either. The only thing I want to do is make you 
my wife as soon as possible. If you like, we can have a second wedding with all the trimmings, 
family, friends, flower girls, you name, and it will all be yours. For now, I just want you.”

“All right, Stephen. I’ve had enough,” Celeste begins, as she disentangles her arms from 
about Stephen’s neck. “Did you really think that I was falling for that line of bologna you were 
trying to feed me?” Celeste asks. Not giving him a chance to finish she rushes on, “You 
probably do. I can’t believe that actually works on women. But I guess some women will fall for 
anything, or any body, with enough money.”

Trailer: 



Book Spotlight Champions of Power by: Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power (SYNOPSIS)
Genre: Science Fiction (Space Opera)

The Blessed Galaxy has no other name. After being gifted with the Auras—five great powerhouses of celestial creation—the title was a suitable fit. For millennia, the governing bodies have ruled their respective reaches of the Galaxy while harnessing the might of the Auras. But now they face the threat of a calamity, from an unlikely source, that could shake the lives of all. Lowen Sars, a devout man of science, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people once he learns of the calamity. But he soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him, even with his sudden promotion. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy, but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura. Read more behind the story! http://ageoftheaura.com/universe/ Download Phase I for FREE on Amazon! (June 24th-28th ONLY!) http://amzn.to/M8k1vf Enter to Win a Physical Copy of Phase I on GOODREADS!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Champions of Power by Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Champions of Power

by Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Giveaway ends July 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Watch the Book Trailer!

Book Reviews for Phase I:

 The Indie Book Review 
 A Book So Fathomless - "3.5 out of 5" 
 Beth Art From the Heart - "4 out of 5" 
 Voracious Reader - "3 out of 5" 
 Sadie S Forsythe - "3 out of 5" 
 Nik's Picks - "4 out of 5" 
Dee's Reads - "3 out of 5" 
My Cozie Corner - "5 out of 5"
 Confuzzled Books - "4 out of 5" 
 Cheryl's Book Nook - "4 out of 5" 
The Guide to Good Books - "5 out of 5"
Paranormal Sisters - "3.5 out of 5"
Books With Leti Del Mar - "3 out of 5"

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review Sweet Tea At Sunrise by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Sweet Tea At Sunrise
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 400
Series: The Sweet Magnolias #6
Format: ebook
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:


Emotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina, for a fresh start. With support from her two best friends—the newest generation of the Sweet Magnolias—she can face any crisis.But sometimes a woman needs more than even treasured friends can provide. Sexy Travis McDonald may be exactly what Sarah's battered self-confidence requires. The newcomer is intent on getting Sarah to work at his fledgling radio station…and maybe into his bed, as well.


Sarah has learned not to trust sweet words. She'll measure the man by his actions. Is Travis the one to heal her heart? Or will he break it again?

My Thoughts: 

Sarah Price was brought in during Home In Carolina where she got sent to Serenity to fix herself her husband Walter and his parents were quiet a pair.  We find out now that Sarah's divorced and raising her two kids, when a stranger shows up in Wharton's a local diner.  Sarah can't quite figure him out!

Travis the ex-ballplayer is looking for something to do to improve the community that his cousin Tom live in and decides to rebuild a radio station in town to bring music and news to the town.  He also has his eyes set on Sarah who he thinks is beautiful regardless of what her jerk of an ex-husband thinks.  But unfortunately in a place like Serenity the mouths wag very quickly!

Sarah also has to come to terms with the fact that her ex-husband caused her lots of psychological abuse he may not hit her but insults work just as hard and she has a hard time believing what Travis tells her even though deep down she knows he's right, she's just scared. 

This is what I enjoy about this series the things the women overcome to move past the problems in their life and head towards a positive direction with the men they love.  It's a refreshing change to see women dealing with real changes and how they handle them.



Review Home In Carolina by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Home in Carolina
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Series: The Sweet Magnolias #5
Format: ebook
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:


There's no place like home, especially if it's Serenity, South Carolina. For Annie Sullivan, though, the homecoming is bittersweet. She'd always envisioned a life there with her childhood best friend, Tyler Townsend. But Ty's betrayal has cost her the family and the future they'd once planned. For Ty, losing Annie was heartbreaking. Still, he can't imagine life without the three-year-old son whose mother left him for Ty to raise. Ty wants it all—Annie, his child and the future he'd dreamed about—and he's back home in Serenity to fight for it. 

But getting Annie to forgive and forget may be the hardest challenge he's ever faced. With the stakes so high, this is one game he can't afford to lose.

My Thoughts: 

This book is the story of Annie Sullivan and Tyler Townsend who have fallen apart relationship wise after Ty had an affair with Dee-Dee and they had a child together, but Dee-Dee is gone and left her son with Ty.  Ty goes home to Serenity after an injury determined to get back with Annie Sullivan.  What he doesn't know is Dee-Dee is quite gone enough.

When Dee-Dee shows up it's like adding salt to a wound to Annie and she wonders if her and Ty will ever get back what they had.  We also meet Annie's friends Raylene and Sarah who are both a mess of bad marriages.

This was a great journey back to Serenity and see how everyone is doing and see the development of the new generation of Sweet Magnolias, I really enjoyed it!

Author Interview: Olivia Cunning

For the 11th Turkish blog tour of the group I belong to, I've interviewed Olivia Cunning, the author of the Sinners on Tour series. I've only read the first book, Backstage Pass so far, and I will say it's not everyone's cup of tea. But it was a fun read and definitely for readers 18+; maybe 21+. Below you'll find the interview...


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in the United States, but I did live in Germany for five years. I've never been to Turkey, but would love to visit. I currently live near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. I've always wanted to live near the beach, so I love it here on Galveston Island. I used to teach college science classes, but recently became a full-time author. I mostly write sexy stories about rock stars, because I'm a HUGE music fan. I have one son, one ex-husband, one dog and one cat. I like to keep things symmetrical.

Why study biology instead of writing?
Because I found English classes to be boring and I found science (Biology, in particular) utterly enthralling. Science is still interesting to me. I learn something new about the world every day. I can study writing on my own. Not much new and exciting to discover in the field of writing or English.

How did you end up at a Styx concert when you were six years old?
My dad was a huge fan of Styx and instead of leaving me with a babysitter, my parents took me with them to the concert. I didn't ask to go, but am glad they took me. It was a very exciting experience. That concert took place in Germany actually. The crowd was enormous!

How did your family react to their teenage daughter drooling over rock musicians?
Well, my Mom took me to a Motley Crue and Whitesnake concert when I was a teen, so she didn't protest much. I think she enjoyed it. Both of my parents are rock fans, especially my Dad. He still listens to rock music every day. I'm not sure how they felt about all the posters of hair band dudes taped to my bedroom walls. It was like a wallpaper collage of rock stars.

Did you date any musicians?
No. But not because I didn't want to.

Can you name some of your favorite rock bands?
I have so many. Let's see. I'll limit myself to ten. All that Remains, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed,  Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Tantric and dozens more...

If you could go on tour with any rock band you want right this minute, which one would you choose?
This is actually a hard question for me. I'll say Metallica, because I still haven't seen them live and I've been a fan of theirs for over 20 years. And I hope Avenged Sevenfold is opening for them, because those guys look like they'd be a lot of fun, plus they're all sexy as hell.

What's the furthest you've traveled to see a rock show? How was it?
I took a very long road trip (over a thousand miles round-trip) to see Tool in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since we were driving, I decided it would be a good time to see the sights in the center of the US, so we headed from Nebraska to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, then Idaho and Utah to watch the concert, then we drove all around the Rocky Mountains in Colorado before heading home. The real reason for that long drive was going to see Tool (we lucked into tickets) and the show was amazing! I'm so glad we went. The road trip rocked too. Excellent scenery. If you ever visit the U.S., be sure to check out Yellowstone. Very cool! Or hot, I suppose with all those steaming vents and geysers.

Did you get to meet any of the bands you're a fan of? If yes, can you tell us about the experience…
I am super shy in person, so when I get near musicians I freeze up and can't even approach them. I wish the truth were more exciting. I've seen many musicians up close, but I've never spoken to them. I mostly just gawk.

Which bands inspired the Sinners men? How did you come up with their names?
I got the original idea for my first book, Backstage Pass, while at an Avenged Sevenfold concert, so they were the greatest inspiration for the Sinners' characters. And I thank A7X for being inspiring. Once I got writing, the characters really took on a life of their own. I don't remember how I came up with their names. Usually characters name themselves. I think where Brian's name came from is pretty obvious (check into Avenged Sevenfold's lead guitarist, if you're curious, and I'm pretty sure I subconsciously named the band Sinners after the same real life rock star *cough*). I liked the name Cedric in the Harry Potter books, so that's where I think Sedric came from. Jace, Eric and Trey? I have no clue. Usually, I just start writing and I picture the character in my head and their name magically appears on the page. It's sort of weird. I know a lot of authors put a lot of thought into the meaning of their characters' names, but I just use what sounds right.

Why do you think women are crazy about rock stars? Is it the talent? Is it the careless attitude?
Talent, yes. Self-confidence, definitely. There is something untouchable about a man on stage that just makes you want to touch him.

What were some of the romance books that inspired you to start writing your own?
The Wanton by Rosemary Rogers (first hot romance book I ever read), The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure (first erotica I ever read), and some book by Nora Roberts. I can't remember the name of it, but it was before she became a romance writer superstar. The woman could always write one heck of a good romance.

"Mentally dating a musician" has been a thing for as long as I can remember. You bring this to life with the Sinners series. Tell us about what we should expect from Backstage Pass…
Backstage Pass is the first book in my Sinners on Tour series. The lead guitarist, Brian Sinclair, has been in a bit of a rut, both musically and romantically. Enter sexy psychology professor, Myrna Evans, who is suffering from her own professional and romantic ruts. They hook-up for a weekend of hot, no-strings attached, kinky sex, but Brian is completely smitten with relationship-shy Myrna. She eventually joins him on tour to do research on groupie psychology and though she tries to resist the sweet charm, amazing talent, and bedroom mastery that is the lead guitarist of Sinners, he slowly lowers her defenses to make her his. There is a whole lot of hot sex in this book. Beware of steam burns.

Do you have a message for your Turkish readers?
Welcome to the Sinners' family! Enjoy the ride.

Review Mercy Row by: Harry Hallman

Title: Mercy Row
Author: Harry Hallman
Publisher: Octane Interactive
Pages: 200
Format: ebook
Source: Book Tour
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Description:

Mercy Row is a novel set in 1920's and 1930's Philadelphia. It's the story of the rise of a North Philadelphia crime family who was also responsible for building the homes and factories that make up this blue collar area of the city. Despite the violent trials and tribulations caused by rival gangs from South Philadelphia and Chicago Jacob Byrne and Franklin Garrett, with the help of the Irish immigrants that settled the Kensington area, build a formidable Irish mob.

This legal and criminal enterprise kept North Philadelphia free from the Mafia for two generations. Jacob's and Franklin's organization was built on the blood of those who opposed them, the sweat of the laborers who built North Philly and the tears of the wives and mothers whose loved ones were lost in the struggle.

My Thoughts: 

This was a great book which felt like being in the Godfather so to speak when Jacob Byrne and Franklin Garret run their gang and clean up the smaller gangs in Philidelphia so that the Irish Mob is the big thing and the other gang is the Italian Mob.  

We meet some great characters in this book and experience love, lossing ones to murder and payback from murder.  This was a great book that shows insight into the lifestyle of mob's in the 20's 30's.  I really enjoyed this and my only wish was that the book was longer.  I think anyone who loves mob stories or gangster books will love this book.  I can't wait to see what Mr. Hallman does next!

Book Spotlight Champions of Power by: Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power (SYNOPSIS)
Genre: Science Fiction (Space Opera)

The Blessed Galaxy has no other name. After being gifted with the Auras—five great powerhouses of celestial creation—the title was a suitable fit. For millennia, the governing bodies have ruled their respective reaches of the Galaxy while harnessing the might of the Auras. But now they face the threat of a calamity, from an unlikely source, that could shake the lives of all. Lowen Sars, a devout man of science, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people once he learns of the calamity. But he soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him, even with his sudden promotion. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy, but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura. Read more behind the story! http://ageoftheaura.com/universe/ Download Phase I for FREE on Amazon! (June 24th-28th ONLY!) http://amzn.to/M8k1vf Enter to Win a Physical Copy of Phase I on GOODREADS!


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 Beth Art From the Heart - "4 out of 5" 
 Voracious Reader - "3 out of 5" 
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review Wedding Belles by: Beth Albright

Title: Wedding Belles
Author: Beth Albright
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 336
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:


The Sassy Belles are back

and this time, wedding bells are ringing!

Seven months pregnant and head over heels in love, Vivi Ann McFadden is busy pulling together the final details for her wedding to Lewis Heart, famous play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide. But with two wedding-planners-gone-wild, a psychic giving her advice, and the ceremony happening on the same day as the wildly popular Crimson Tide kickoff game, chaos reigns supreme. Luckily, maid of honor Blake O'Hara Heart is on the job. She'll tackle this wedding if it's the last thing she does!

But not everyone is cheering for the happy couple. News of the upcoming nuptials has brought Lewis's old flame back to Tuscaloosa and she's got a secret that could mean the end of Lewis's marriage before it even begins.

Sexy Southern fun with a hint of magnolia!

My Thoughts: 

Vivi McFadden is getting ready to get married and have her first baby with her fiance Lewis Heart, but what she doesn't know is that he's already married.  Part of some hazing in college he got roped into a "fake wedding" but what he doesn't realize is how real it was.

Also Blake O'Hara who's all but divorced her no good jerky husband except he's running for office and now she has to play the happy wife who isn't stepping out on her no good jerk of a husband with Sonny a chief homicide detective.  A man she loved since she was a young belle.

Also while all this is going on Blake is also working on a murder case of her client's family of Walter Aaron's who are fighting with insurance company to get his death benefits.  Which opens all sorts of issues as to who would want to kill him?  Or why he got a secret marriage all of the sudden and then died.  And who is the mysterious bride Mrs. Tamlyn H. Hartman Aaron?

This book was so much fun I felt like I was reading similar books I've read by Sherryl Woods her magnolia series, I would definitely put this book in with those.  I love southern women stories, they have such character, dedication and lots of love to share!  Definitely my new go to author for southern books and fun characters!  Can't wait to see what happens next!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review Crossing by: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Title: Crossing
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:


He stole her lipstick…and her heart.


Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.



When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed this book which started out with Dani Walker who's the girl that never seems to get the "IT" guy the popular, attractive guy that the popular girls get.  When she meets Liam Garrett she wonders why he's picking her out of all the girls at school to hook up with.

What Dani learns are the secrets of Liam and why he's not just with any girl.  It was such a great love story, showing diversity and acceptance.  Learning to love and accept what you may not know about some people their hidden secrets and such.  

I think everyone young adult around the 18 year mark should check out this book and learn the valuable lessons Dani learns it's such a great romantic story!