Thursday, November 27, 2014

Book Blast: Kiss My Ash by Renee George

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Today we welcome Renee George and

Kiss My Ash




Blurb:


A werewolf who’s hairless in full shift.
A water sprite who can’t hold his shape at the slightest touch of water.
An ash-tree nymph with a black thumb who kills every bit of flora in her vicinity.
That’s Fortunate, Missouri, in a nutshell—the town for abnormal paranormals.
Nymph Romy, however, can one-up them all—her particular flaw is killing her. But thanks to a possible love spell, the wolf and the water sprite could be Romy’s key to cheating death. And the three misfits may find that even imperfect creatures can still create a sexy, loving, perfect union.



Inside Scoop: Sol, Romy and Lucien love each other—emotionally, spiritually and physically. Which means both ménage and male/male action. You lucky reader, you.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave


Excerpt:


Mathias was a korrigan, a fairy dwarf, and to his detriment, he’d been born male. An abomination amongst the korrigans, who were always female. Even his own mother had wanted him dead, but you can’t kill an immortal.

When he finally strolled out from behind the counter, his height no more than four feet, he held a red clay pot filled to the brim with a dark, loamy soil. Carefully, he handed it to Romy. “Here.”

She stepped away. “And what the hell am I supposed to do with dirt?” Maybe Mathias was tired of her bringing back dead plant after dead plant. It didn’t matter how much she watered the damn things, fed them, or even talked to them—none survived. She’d stopped giving them names after a while, awash with guilt and shame over each death.

His red eyes sparkled with excitement. “In this soil, there is a very special seed, my girl. Very rare and unique. I’m entrusting you with its care.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me. There is no way in hell I’m taking on a ‘rare and unique’ plant. No. No. No. Give me a hardy shrub or weed. Better yet, maybe a cabbage. I won’t feel so bad about a cabbage when it croaks.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Author Of The Month - Kade Boehme - Grand Finale



Welcome to our Finale for 



Today's post concludes our month-long celebrations, with more info about Kade's books, and another chance to win!!



Let's start with Trouble (and the Wallflower, that is)...




Trouble & the Wallflower
Blurb:

Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper’s social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker’s eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin’s number every time he offers it.

When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.


Sandra's review:





"Turns out I love trouble."

Character growth? Check.
Excellent, multi-dimensional characters? Check.
Sweet romance? Check.
Hot boysecksing? Check.
And lessons to be learned? Check that too.

I really enjoyed this book. Lots to like inside, with strong, well-developed characters, excellent character growth and nicely explored themes of friendship, hiding behind facades, family, and what it truly means to love someone.

It's a credit to the author that he could make me care about Gavin. Even if I disliked that character immensely upon first meeting him. His cocky attitude and manwhore ways turned me off from the start, and for a long time while reading, I kept hoping that someone better, someone nicer would come along and sweep Davy off his feet. And then Kade Boehme changed the game on me and let Gavin grow into someone I could like. Someone I could believe when he said what he said and did what he did.

Loved Davy. Adored him. His social skills were almost non-existent, and I believed his fears and his anger and his pain. He made me want to hug him and tell him everything would be okay, but I could also see the strength inside him, the determination and the backbone.

The supporting cast was also well done, from Gavin's grandfather to his friends, all nicely fleshed out and not one-dimensional. I could even understand the reaction of Gavin's friend, who had a crush on him and lashed out at Davy for getting what he wanted. He felt realistic, even if he was painted as a bit of a villain in this book.

But what I liked the most was the honesty that Gavin initially hid behind the cocky mask, and his perseverance, as annoying as it may have been to Davy at first. There's a lot of hurt boy behind the mask, and I sniffled a few times when Gavin talks about his childhood.

Both of these men had something to hide and something to fight for, both hindered by their own fears and feelings of unworthiness. While their reasons for feeling that way may have been different, I could see how they both struggled with them. I really liked how Kade made them struggle, made them fight for what they wanted, and made them communicate honestly and openly once we got past Gavin's stupidity and obliviousness. Davy is no pushover either, and he doesn't let Gavin run roughshod all over him.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guest Review: Out Of Blackness by Carter Quinn - review by Todd

Out of the Blackness
Blurb:

A childhood of abuse has left Avery so physically and emotionally scarred he believes he shouldn't be alive. His only sanctuary has been his relationship with his older foster brother Sam. Avery finally lets Sam convince him to start therapy to help overcome his crippling anxiety, but even that can't prepare him for the upheaval caused by meeting Noah Yates.

Noah is everything Avery fears. He's large and physically powerful—and undeniably capable of destroying Avery's hard-earned progress. Although Noah seems to have a tender streak when it comes to him, Avery is terrified of being victimized again. But no matter how many times he tries to push him away, Noah never goes far.

Noah wants to save Avery, but can he be the catalyst Avery needs to begin the journey out of the blackness?


Todd's rating:






For this read to be about overcoming child abuse and severe bullying, I personally found myself smiling a lot after the first few obligatory, but necessary 'downer' chapters. To me, shortly into the book, Avery just came across as really quirky versus being too damaged to function.

It's absolutely adorable and comical the way that Avery squeaks and runs away in fear of Noah, all while the guy makes him grin inside. Avery sort of reminds me of Tweak from South Park, who's always waaaaaay too hopped up on caffeine.

In addition to Avery and Noah, the book had several characters that I loved. Avery's unofficially-adoptive big brother, Sam, is kind of awesome. And so is Kaleb, another brother-like friend with ab-so-freaking-lutely zero filter on his flirty mouth.

The book also contained a few nuggets of comic gold, as seen in this few examples:

-- Avery's initial thoughts on Noah's persistent attempts at courting: "The man’s like a bad rash or a dandelion -- he just keeps popping up again and again."

-- Sam's girlfriend's thoughts on Noah's baking: “These [cookies] are the most amazing things I’ve ever put in my mouth.” Kira shoots a look at Sam. “No offense, honey.”

My only real criticism is that as everyone spent the entire story walking on egg shells around Avery, afraid to scare him off or freak him out, there really weren't that many exciting twists and turns in the plot.

Blogtour: Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt

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Today we welcome Jane Davitt's 


Lucky Strike





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Blurb:

Death’s a heartbeat away, but love is even closer.


Flying a traveler to Leap celebrations on the luxury planet Crestal is no problem for intrepid partners Jake and Rill, even if they have to navigate a deadly meteor shower to get there. But their fresh-faced, privileged passenger is carrying more than Leap gifts: Lian has a message to deliver, treachery and murder to avenge, and a killer close on his heels.

Lian thought he was ready for independence from his overbearing extended family, but his first solo trip off-planet has landed him in a nightmare of deadly intrigue. Though he’s devastated by betrayal, and no longer able to tell friend from foe, he’s fascinated by the gruff pilot and scorchingly handsome first mate who’ve become his reluctant rescuers.

With a dazzling fortune at stake and the fate of the United Protectorate of Planets in their hands, there’s no time for the three men to fall in love. But with their future measured in hours, crew and passenger may have just enough time to discover that three can become one, and that together they are strong enough to beat any odds.


Jane Davitt talks about the dedication page of her book:

Dedicated


When I’m itching to start a book, I skip through all the blank pages at the start, the list of chapters, the previous works, the title page…then I get to the dedication and pause.

It’s in a book. It’s not private. I’m not snooping in a way no true lady would. When Scarlett reads Ashley’s love letters to Melanie, she knows her mother would rather have seen Scarlett ‘dead than guilty of such dishonour’. Even Ellen wouldn’t consider this a breach of etiquette.

And yet… There’s something so deliciously intriguing about them. “To E.D. in memory of that night,” or “To the one who was always there for me.”

What night? What did they do? I want to know! It’s a cryptic puzzle and a challenge.

Now that I’m an author, I get to write them too. Sometimes I don’t. I won’t say they’re as difficult as the blurb, but they can be equally challenging from the other side. I’ve dedicated books to family members, friends, readers, and my cats. I’ve run out of ideas.

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