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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WoW [118] - The Beautiful Ashes

The Beautiful Ashes - Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: August 26th 2014

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between...
Why I am waiting:
Eek!! I've been waiting on this one for awhile now but it's almost out! Can't wait to see what happens. JFrost is an instant buy for me. She won me over with her Night Huntress series.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Drea's Review: A Demon in Love

Title: A Demon in Love
Author: Holley Trent
Series: Sons of Gulielmus, #2
Format: ebook
Source: Author
Release Date: May 5th 2014
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Drea's Review:
I received this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.

Half incubus Charles has found his soul mate and she happens to be the woman he’s been sent to find and protect against his demon father Gulielmus. Marion knows nothing of the supernatural, least of all that she’s got demons hunting for her thanks to her parents’ transgressions. She does know she doesn’t want to get tied down to any man. In stalks Charles. A harmless fling sounds like a good idea with this hottie. But harmless has a tendency to turn to harm when demons are involved, even half demons.

Yes, another Holley Trent book. This one started off really well. I instantly loved Marion and the interplay between the heroine and hero. Marion is one of Ms. Trent’s trademark snarky heroines. I love that her chicks take no crap from anyone (even demons). And Charles is a great hero: big, strong, charming…everything you want in a fictional crush.

The problem I had with the story was that the pair spent so very much of the story bickering…and not in a fun, snark kind of way. They were apart more than they were together, some of it because of hiding things from each other and miscommunication. When they were together there was much sniping, but not in the way that amused me as I usually find in Ms. Trent's books. I wanted to smack both characters several times for the things they kept from each other and how dang long it took to iron it all out. They do get their happily ever after, finally, and that was nice.

In terms of the series, this is the second book in the Sons of Gulielmus (and there’s a novella in between, too). There is a bit that you miss out on by not reading the others—key characters we meet in the other book(s). You could get away with jumping in with this one, but I’d suggest trying A Demon In Waiting first.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Spotlight & Giveaway: Try Me On for Size

Grab your e-reader and enjoy Try Me On for Size and many more e-books this summer. Wherever you go, Pocket Star-E Nights are guaranteed to make your evenings shine!

Title: Try Me On for Size
Author: Stephanie Haefner
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Pages: 288
Publisher: Pocket Star

A sexy, laugh-out-loud love story about a woman trying to save her failing lingerie business with a new product—“personal massagers” made to the specs of the spokesman of her choice! But when she falls for the first model she meets, how can she prove she’s his perfect fit?

With their business in trouble, Mia and Bryn must pull out all the stops to save their shop. Things get sticky when Mia, owner of Classy ‘n’ Sassy Lingerie, has to go on five blind “dates” to find the right model for the big marketing plan that will save the store. But they aren’t your ordinary blind dates. Mia has to test out the “goods” to find the perfect spokespenis—the model for Classy ‘n’ Sassy’s newest line of lifelike dildos.

Not realizing Mia is on a mission, Oliver Christensen approaches her in a bar and Mia mistakes him for model #1. Oliver decides to play along. But just how far is he willing to take this charade in order to get closer to Mia? And what happens if Mia’s Blind Date #1 turns out to be The One?
Buy links: AmazonBN

Excerpt:
 “We need a new product,” Bryn said, finally adding to the conversation. “Something different.”

“Different how? Like shapers or something? Those are all the rage.”

“No. I mean really different.” Bryn stood. “We built this business by catering to two kinds of women and their significant others. The ones who like simple and classic bras and panties, and the ones who want something sexier, edgier. We have something to spark the interest of every lover, no matter what his or her tastes are, from beige cotton to red lace. But what about the women who don’t have a man? Or don’t want one?”

“Uh, you kinda lost me,” Mia said.

“Look, I no longer have a husband. And at this point in my life, I honestly have no desire to replace him. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss a certain part of his anatomy every so often, if you know what I mean. Without giving all the dirty details, I have, on occasion, partaken in some . . . selfpleasuring. And so far it hasn’t been all that orgasmic. It’s hard as hell ordering things online. The products are never how they’re described. And it’s not like people love going to their local porn shop. So why don’t we give our customers the opportunity to shop for these beloved intimate accessories in a friendly, comfortable environment?”'

“You want to sell vibrators?” Penny asked.

“Well, yes. And other things. But I only want to carry products we know are good.”

“You volunteering to test them out before stocking them?” Mia asked.

“Why not? Our customers have always come to us for quality products and solid advice. That’s what sets us apart! And for this new venture, I want our customers to trust us in helping them satisfy this . . . need.”

Penny jumped in with her thoughts. “We can throw a launch party for the line. Keeping it classy, of course, and show women it’s okay to own these types of things.”

The wheels in Mia’s head began spinning, too. They needed something big if they were going to survive. A line of tried-and-true toys wasn’t enough. They had to offer their customers something exclusive.

“We need something special. Something women can’t get everywhere else.”

“Like what?”

Mia remembered an ad she’d seen in the back of a lingerie catalog. A do-it-yourself dildo mold. Any woman could make a rubber replica of her man’s junk to use when he was away.

“How about selling those custom dildo-making kits? Couples can take them home and make it together.”

“That’s good. I think you’re on the right track.” Bryn’s brow furrowed as she walked to the window. “But how many women out there are like me and don’t have a model at home to mold?”

“So, maybe we can find guys to mold. Like have a catalogue of penises or something?”

Bryn spun around, smile wide, eyes all glittery like the new bra-and-panty sets that came in the week before. “No. Just one penis. One guy to be our signature penis. A spokespenis!”

“Oh, I like it!” Penny said. “He can make appearances at the store. Women can buy his replica and get his autograph.”

“Yes. Exactly! A hot guy women can meet and have a face to take home with the toy. They can chat with him, flirt, take pictures.”

“I don’t know,” Mia said, needing to add her thoughts to the conversation. “Is this really what we want for the store? I don’t want to change the reputation we’ve built. We shouldn’t cheapen it, ya know?”

Bryn shook her head. “No. I think women will love it. And if you ask me, it’s time for a change. We need something big if we’re gonna survive. Yeah, it’s a risk, but anything we do now is a risk, including sticking to the same formula we’ve used for eight years.”

She had a point. “Okay. It’s worth a shot. But if we’re gonna do this, we do it right. And by that I mean interviewing legitimate models. I don’t want some random guy who’ll get off on having his penis cloned.”

“No. We’ll have a strict screening process, including references, drug testing . . . STD testing.”

“Yep. All that.” Mia made some notes on her pad. Whoa. Back up. “STD testing? Why would we need that?”

“Well, like I said. We need to test the toys before we sell them. And I’m not going to mold random penises that aren’t any good.”

“How are we gonna test that?”

Mia knew that glint in Bryn’s eyes. And she was not going to like the answer.

“By using it before it’s molded.”

No. No, she couldn’t mean that.

“Someone needs to have sex with the models to make sure their member is adequate.”

“Why? Can’t we tell that just by looking at it?”

“No. Different girths and lengths have different feels. You can’t know how it will feel by just looking, or even touching them with your hand. Only a real live vagina can get the data we need to do this right. We need someone who can do this objectively and make an informed decision. And
since Penny is married and Grant can’t do it, that only leaves . . .”

Bryn eyed Mia, the mischievous grin back.

“Oh, no. What about you, Miss Sassy? You’re the one who said the penises need to be tested.”

“I can test the already-made toys. I can’t test the models.”

“Sure you can.”

The smile faded from Bryn’s face. “You know I’m not ready.”

“Well, I am not having sex with random strangers.”

“They wouldn’t be random. They’d be thoroughly screened. I can call legitimate modeling agencies and tell them what we’re looking for. We’ll send them for full health screenings. We’ll select guys for the final round and then you’ll have sex with them. But not real sex. Just test it out and see how it feels from different angles. Make sure it’s thick enough, long enough. Not bent or anything funky.”

“Are we seriously having this conversation?”

Penny sat there, giggling. “I think it’s brilliant.”

“No. I’m not doing it. End of discussion. There has to be another way.”

But it wasn’t the end of the discussion. And there wasn’t another way that would get them the exact data they needed.


This venture couldn’t fail. It had to be done without error.

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New Releases 08/19/14

Hard to Hold On To - Laura Kaye
Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Seducing Lauren - Kristen Proby
In the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this USA TODAY bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.

Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

Visions - Kelley Armstrong
Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

Flight From Hell - Yasmine Galenorn
When the half-demon Carter approaches Menolly and her sisters desperately asking for their help, they think he's just had a tiff with Shimmer, his blue dragon girlfriend.

But after talking to Alex Radcliffe, the owner of the Fly By Night Magical Investigations Agency where Shimmer works, they suspect that she has been kidnapped by an old enemy of Alex's.

Now, Alex must join forces with the D'Artigo sisters in a desperate race to find Shimmer before Julian, a powerful vampire from Alex's past with a grudge to settle, can use the dragon to wreak havoc on Seattle as revenge.

The Ripper Affair - Lilith Saintcrow
Sorcery. Treason. Madness. And, of course, murder most foul...

Archibald Clare, mentath in the service of Britannia, is about his usual business--solving crimes and restoring public order until a shattering accident places him in the care of Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime, who once served...and now simply remains at home, tending her solarium in reasonably quiet contentment. What Clare needs now is time to recover, and not so incidentally, a measure of calm to repair his faculties of Logic and Reason. Without them, he is not his best. One could even say that without them, he is not even properly a mentath at all.

Unfortunately, calm and rest will not be found. There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steam-hells of Londinium, stalking the Eastron End and unseaming poor women of a certain reputation. A handful of drabs murdered on cold autumn nights would make no difference...but the killings echo in the highest circles possible, and threaten to bring the entire edifice of Empire down in smoking ruins.

Now Emma Bannon, once more, is pressed into service and Archibald Clare, once more, is determined to aid her. The secrets between these two old friends may give an ambitious sorcerer the means to bring down the Crown. And there is still no way to reliably find a hansom when one needs it most.

Britannia is threatened. Londinium quakes. Sorcery births an unholy monster.

The game is afoot...

Ever After - Kate Serine
To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Dexter Down Under - Jeff Lindsay
Dexter returns in an all-new, all-Australian, blood-soaked adventure written by his creator, Jeff Lindsay! Dexter Morgan isn't just Miami's #1 forensic blood splatter expert...he's also a serial killer who targets other serial killers! But when Dexter travels down under, he quickly discovers that sharks aren't Australia's only deadly predator! Who is setting up illegal hunting safaris in the Outback - and are humans in the crosshairs? Dexter investigates as only he can, and that means only one thing: blood will flow. Under the hot Australian sun, Dexter's Dark Passenger is given free rein...and the guilty will not go unpunished!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Review: Night's Vision

Title: Night's Vision
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN


Night's Vision is book four in the Indigo Court series. This is a dark Urban Fantasy series, that I highly enjoy. There is always a ton of fighting, and the villains are truly wicked, they're fae vampires. The book's main character is Cicely, she's a owl shifter that also controls wind. In this book, Cicely and her cousin Rhiannon are finally crowned the Fae Queens of Winter and Summer. Every Queen needs their King, so they are also marrying their loves since childhood. Most of the book is showing Cicely learning how to be Queen and making decisions on how best to protect her people.

Nothing is that easy though, there are always challenges for the main characters in YGalenorn's books. Myst, the Queen of the Indigo Court is out to get Cicely, but while she doesn't play a huge part in this book the threat is still there. This time around the major case of cat and mouse is with the vampires that Cicely has dealt with in the past. Geoffrey and Leo free an insane vampire that is older than dirt and they wreak havoc in the city. Leo kidnaps Rhiannon, the Fae Queen of Summer, which lead to several quite dark scenes.

The Indigo Court series is a darker Urban Fantasy that revolves around the fae and also includes some of the many types of paranormal characters we love. As I mentioned above, there are fae, shifters, vampires and witches, so pretty much a bit of everything you could ask for. YGalenorn's world building is always excellent, and Night's Vision gives more depth in the changes the series is taking. I'll be reviewing Night's End, the last book in the series very soon and suggest the Indigo Court series if you're looking for a dark Urban Fantasy.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [73]

FREE
Lucky's Charms - Various

$0.99
Inhale Exhale - Sarah M Ross
I Put A Spell On You - Bronwyn Green
Gunning Down Romance - C. L. Raven
Love is... - Various

$1.99
Ten Reasons to Stay - Sabrina Jeffries
Bodyguard - Jennifer Ashley
Carniepunk - Various

$2.51
The Amazon's Curse - Gena Showalter
The Darkest Prison - Gena Showalter
The Darkest Fire - Gena Showalter

$2.99
Alpha & Omega - Patricia Briggs
A Rogue By Any Other Name - Sarah MacLean
A Night to Surrender - Tessa Dare
Cloak & Silence - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dragonswan - Sherrilyn Kenyon

$3.71 - $3.99
Father Mine - JR Ward
Lord of the Vampires - Gena Showalter
Who Needs Enemies - Keri Arthur
Faking It - Cora Carmack
The Raven Prince - Elizabeth Hoyt
Kiss of the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Styxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Embrace - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Time Untime - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dance With the Devil - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Play - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Seize the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Acheron - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Retribution - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sins of the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon
No Mercy - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Unleash the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Devil May Cry - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark Side of the Moon - Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Guardian - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Bad Moon Rising - Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Dream-Hunter - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dream Warrior - Sherrilyn Kenyon
One Silent Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dream Chaser - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Upon The Midnight Clear - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WoW [117] - Visions

Visions - Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: August 19th 2014

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.
Why I am waiting:
It's been awhile since I've read a KArmstrong book, but I love her writing style!

Whay book are you waiting on this week?