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Blood Chord Series #2- Bite Me – Available for Pre-order

Just wanted to swing by and let everyone know that the second book in the Blood Chord series has been opened up for pre-order on Amazon!

Bite Me (Blood Chord #2)

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SJXNUE8

Blurb:

After the disastrous business trip that ended her mortal life, all Claire wants to do is get her freakish talents and blood-lust (and let’s be honest, regular ol’ lust too) under control, so that she can be a good mom, hide her fangs and maybe try to coax her stripper-turned-nanny into wearing some actual clothes that won’t make the local biddies fire up the gossip chain.

Thanks to her Vampire Disability Fund, Claire just might get the boring life of her dreams after all. So what if two brothers (one hot, one decidedly jerkish) have moved into the only other house in her remote neck of the woods? And so what if she hasn’t heard a peep out of her maker Bette or the other two members of The Triad? No news is good news, right?

Oh, how wrong she is…

Bite Me (approx. 65,000 words) is the second release in the wicked Blood Chord Series. It contains a fair amount of music, magic, fangs and freaks, along with adult situations– you’ve been warned!

Snag your copy for almost half-price now! Once the book goes live, the price will go back up to $4.99!

P.S: If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Kill Me, here’s your chance. For five days, Jan. 25th through the 29th (2015) you can pick up an ebook copy for free! Snag #1 and preorder #2 — that’s less than three bucks for two books. You can’t even get a latte for that price anymore 🙂

Kill Me (Blood Chord #1 ) Free on Amazon for five days only! (It’s been more than a year since it was last on sale to boot!) Click to get your copy today: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007UPOLR6

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Blurb:

Three days ago, Claire was a wife, a mother, and very much alive… then the music called for her.

Claire has one goal for the conference— to land a few big clients so that her boss will give her a raise.  Bette is at the conference on a mission—to find a human with untapped talents that she can mold and control. Bette lures Claire in with a haunting violin solo, unraveling Claire’s life as her new talents emerge. To make matters worse, Claire is attracted to two unlikely people— both can light Claire’s fire, but is either of them the only one?

Quickie Book Review – Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Well, there were parts of this book that I really, really, liked. And others not-so-much. Hayden was done very well and he was definitely my favorite part of the book. There was a time or two where I thought he did or said something a little out of character, but overall I found him swoon-worthy and found myself longing to be under his (tattoo) gun. (insert eyebrow wiggle here)

Tenley, I didn’t like as much. I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t connect with her as much as I would have liked. I can’t put my finger on why that is, though. Perhaps it’s the way she reacts/handles her creepy Adviser or her over-bearing brother-in-law.

Together the couple is good, and I love how the tattoo/ deviant behavior/ pain-linked thing is worked into the story line. The other characters in the book are interesting and colorful, and the writing itself is superb. More than once I wished I was reading a dead-tree book so that I could circle a particularly good line or passage.

My biggest -thumbs-down-dislike was the ending. I mean…holy-cliffhanger. In all fairness, that wasn’t even a cliffhanger in the typical sense. There was no tying-up of issues, no warning whatsoever. I went to turn the page, only there were no more pages. It was like someone left off the last chapter (or several) and because of that the book didn’t feel complete at all. Usually, I don’t mind a cliff-hanger, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

**I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley for review purposes.

Quickie Book Review – Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine

Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches, #1)Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, love, loved this book. I’ve read other kick-ass books by Reine in the past and I do think this one might just be my favorite so far.

The setting is so well done, I could practically feel the gritty desolation on my skin. And the cast of characters are imperfect, flawed, scarred and utterly believable. The plot itself is full of tension, intrigue and the feeling that something-magical is afoot. Of course, as the first book in the series not all was resolved… but I didn’t feel like I was left hanging by the ending.

And last, but not least, was the blazing hot romance buried within the story. It was as hot as a Harley sitting in the noon-day sun and pushed just enough boundaries to make the moments unforgettable 🙂

Read it, seriously!

***I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes.

Quickie Book Review – Fix You by Christine Bell (Bash and Olivia Series)

Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One (The McDaniels Brothers, #1)Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One by Christine Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fix You is an intriguing start to a series, and I’m anxious to read the next book in line. I love the idea of a girl who starts the book as somewhat of a victim (even if she doesn’t fully realize it at the time)and takes steps to become a victim-no-more. Bonus points when the path to personal power involves a hunky fighter with a heart of gold.

The characters are interesting, the plot is well done and seems to have layers that are yet to be revealed, and the ending had me looking for book two as soon as I had a moment. Thumbs up!

Quickie Book Review – Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson

Vampire Vacation (The V V Inn, #1)Vampire Vacation by C.J. Ellisson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this, so much so that I forced my co-worker to get it immediately, since we have similar tastes in books. The plot/ world-building in this novel was inventive and original, the characters were fresh and complex, and I can definitely see myself reading more of this series, and by Ellisson in general!

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New Release – Random by Emma Shane (Erotic Romance Novella)

Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know about Emma’s new release! Check it out!

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Random by Emma Shane

Olivia “boring” Ireland has had a rough year. She walked in on her fiancé banging his secretary and fell into a dark place– only to bottom out following the sudden death of her brother. When she learns that she’s inherited her late brother’s company, Olivia decides to make a fresh start and dive head-first into her new job in a new city.

Only she’s slightly out of her element at Random, the elite hook-up service her brother founded. Taking a hands-on approach to mastering the business, Olivia sets up her first Random date and quickly learns that finding the man of her wicked dreams is as easy as ordering takeout.

Random is an erotic romance novella of approximately 16,000 words and is meant for mature readers over 18 years old, as it contains adult situations. (M/F)

Random cover (april 2014) stars

Available exclusively at Amazon!

Quickie Book Review: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of BloodThe Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. It’s tragic and dark, completely captivating, and full of deep, dark twists. The power of family and betrayal. Of uncovering secrets long buried.

It’s a haunting read, and one that I fell into whole-heartedly, sucked into the story by the finessed prose and swirling ether of tragedy a’coming.

After reading the last line, I laid down my ereader and let the book replay through my mind like a silent film. Dreamed about it again that night. And still, days later the story has stuck with me, which is always a hallmark of a great book.

***PS – Today is the release day for this book, so check it out!

Quickie Book Review – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulously creepy and morose. Bits of this novel remind me of one of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King) because it’s similar in tone, creep-factor and historical aspects. So, that alone should tell you to read this, or course.

The story spans decades and involved a host of characters who all end up connected in one way or another by the end. I don’t want to give too much away, but the legend and lore involved in this was pitch-perfect and I loved how the mood built over the course of the story. McMahon may have just become one of my favorite contemporary authors with this one. It’s not to be missed!

***This book is being release today! Hurry, go get it!

Quickie Book Review – The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

The Undiscovered GoddessThe Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A novel that reads like a funny, inspiring memoir — I was a tad confused in the beginning, but once I stopped questioning if this book was fiction or not, and just got into it, I really enjoyed it. One might say that I was inspired to make a few changes in my life as well. Though I won’t be doing any fruit cleanses any time soon though! (Once you read the book, you’ll understand that reference 🙂

At times hold-your-belly funny, at others poignant and contemplative, this book is recommended for anyone that feels like her life might be ready for an upheaval of sorts!

Quickie Book Review – Two to Tango by Mimi Strong

Two to TangoTwo to Tango by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s beginning to become a pattern… Ms. Strong writes book after book that I just fall into and love. This one was no different. Her characters are complex and uber-well done. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about the stories Strong concocts. Her cast, her peeps– they feel so *real*. In fact, she tends to give them at least one skeleton-in-the-closet, which makes for very memorable moments and people.

I adore Strong’s humor and biting wit, and that gal can sure turn out a five-alarm steamy scene like no one’s business. If you like your heroine’s imperfect & witty , you’re love stories blazing, and the hunks complex and surprising, then any of Ms. Strong’s books will fit the bill perfectly. You can always start with Tango… it won’t disappoint!

Quickie Book Review – Forewarning by Kate Wyland

ForewarningForewarning by Kate Wyland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a long-time horse fanatic, I was pleased to read a book in which the author is just as knowledgeable about horses (and didn’t just do a lot of research). Aside from the great horsey-backdrop, Forewarning is a complex, well-written mystery with plenty of richly layered characters, each with their own emotional baggage. And then there is the healing aspect, which I found quite interesting and unique.

Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who like their mysteries with a bit of romance, complex human emotions, and on-the-edge of your seat finales. The horses and healing are free of charge 🙂

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Quickie Book Review – Tragic by J.A. Huss

Tragic (Rook and Ronin, #1)Tragic by J.A. Huss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this novel and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. The main characters are complex and cloaked in a bit of personal back-story, some of which should make for interesting moments in future books. Tragic is well-written, pitch-perfect and an indulgent diversion from everyday life.

The Tragic girl, who’s just trying to survive, the Playboy with secrets of his own, the smoldering hot campaign that brings them together. The heat level smolders through out the book, building up to some very satisfying moments later on. Now, on to Book Two (and Sturgis, I presume?).

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Quickie Book Review – Starfire by Mimi Strong (Peaches Monroe series #3)

Starfire (Peaches Monroe, #3)Starfire by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, love, love this series… and even though this last book brought things to an end, I can’t think of a better close-of-a-series. The heat level is right up there with solar flares and nuclear explosions, the dialog is always pitch perfect, and the supporting cast of characters are my kind of people.

Ms. Strong is one helluva writer and this is her best series of books yet.

So, what did I love about the main character, Peaches? Her wit, her snark, her laugh-your-pants-till-you-pee take on life and love(s). If Peaches Monroe were a real person, I’d be some sort of stalker-fangirl. With that said, if Ms. Strong writes any more books that are as stellar, blazing-hot and fabulous as the Peaches Monroe series, I can see her gaining (more) stalker-fangirl’s in the very near future. (The quiet, non-threatening kind, of course.)

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