Saturday, September 28, 2019

A Few Author Updates ~ September Days

Today is my day at the Sweet 'N Sexy Divas! I'd love if you'd hop over there to check out the post where I'm revealing the book cover for newest romance, Ice Princess. Go ahead. Check it out!

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, I'm a featured author in the September issue of Uncaged Book Reviews. You can check out my interview as well as interviews with the other amazing authors included in this month's issue. Find some new books to read!

I have some exciting news about a paranormal shifter romance that I've been working on for the last several months. It's taken some time, but I've finally finished Loving Boone which will be the first book in a were-cougar shifter series. I'm working with a close friend who is walking me through the process of self-publishing.

Yes, you read that right. I've been talking about it for a while. I'm finally going to self-publish a book. I'll be honest, it's a bit nerve-wracking! And exciting! I'm taking this plunge with the hopes that I might reach some new readers and to have more creative control over the books that I write.

As I'm learning the in's and out's of indie publishing, I'm also writing book 2 and book 3 in the Cougar Shifter series. I have a strong suspicion there will probably be a book 4 or maybe a novella included in the series. I've fallen so in love with these characters, I can see the possibility of many more stories in the future. Or maybe a spin-off series. I'll have to see how readers respond to see if they want to read more. 

I'll post updates as we get closer to release day. There's no date set, yet, but I seriously couldn't wait to tell you about it!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Authors I Wish More People Knew About - Long and Short Reviews Blog Challenge

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

Today's topic: Authors I Wish More People Knew About

As an ex-bookseller at Waldenbooks, I had the opportunity to meet many readers who were eager to recommend new authors to me. There are so many great authors out there and this is a list of the ones that I think everyone should read!

Ash Krafton
USA Today best-selling author Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings... Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong. 

She's the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. Krafton has also published a New Adult historical fantasy, THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, under then pen name AJ Krafton. She also writes short fiction and poetry, for which she's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Contact Ash through her website:
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Gayle Wilson
Gayle Wilson is a two-time RITA Award winner and has also won both a Daphne du Maurier Award and a Dorothy Parker International Reviewer's Choice Award. Beyond those honours, her books have garnered over fifty other awards and nominations. As a former high school history and English teacher she taught everything from remedial reading to Shakespeare - and loved every minute she spent in the classroom. Gayle loves to hear from readers! 

Visit her website at:


Deborah Simmons
USA Today bestselling author Deborah Simmons began her career as a journalist, but left nonfiction for the world of happily ever afters. She’s written historical romances originally published by Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as an indie romantic comedy. Two of her titles were finalists in Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA competition, while two other releases were up for RWA’s Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for Mystery/Suspense. She likes strong heroines, wry humor, a touch of mystery, and love that can’t be denied. Friend her at or visit her at

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Elizabeth Thornton
Elizabeth Thornton was born Mary Forrest in Aberdeen, Scotland on January 24, 1940. She was an elementary school teacher before establishing the St. Swithin Street Nursery School in 1967. In 1969, she and her family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, where she continued her teaching career. In 1977, she was appointed as a Pastoral Assistant of a Presbyterian Church. In 1985, she received an honors degree in Classical Greek from the University of Winnipeg. Her first book, Bluestocking Bride, was published in 1987. She wrote over 30 romance novels during her lifetime including Scarlet Angel, Strangers at Dawn, Princess Charming, The Perfect Princess, Shady Lady, The Marriage Trap, and The Bachelor Trap. She received numerous awards including the Romantic Times Trophy Award for the best New Historical Regency Author and Best Historical Regency. She died on July 12, 2010.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

#BookReview ~ On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt #gothic #suspense #romance


On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For generations, Victoria Holt has dazzled and entertained millions of readers with her spine-tingling novels of romantic suspense. On the Night of the Seventh Moon is one of her most evocative, magical, and chilling. Come take a journey into a dark and shadowy forest where nothing is as it seems…

On the night of the seventh moon, according to ancient Black Forest legend, Loke, the god of mischief, is abroad in the world. It is a night for singing and dancing. And it is a night for love.

Helena Trant was enchanted by everything she found in the Black Forest—its people, its mysterious castles, its legends and lore. Especially its legends of love. Until the day she started to live one of them and the enchantment turned suddenly into a terrifying nightmare….

My Review

This was an unusual story that surprised me. The story about Helena Trant and written in her point of view. One day after getting separated from her classmates, she finds a man walking in the misty forest of Germany. The meeting is memorable and she doesn't forget him even after she travels back to England to live with her two aunts. When she's visited by some relatives on her mother's side, they invite her back to Germany to stay with them. During a festival on the night of the seventh moon, she meets the man again. His name is Maximilian. They discover since the first night they met, they've fallen in love with each other. This is insta-love at its finest. They marry and spend a few glorious days together. Eventually, Maximilian has to go back to his father to explain their situation. Helena's relatives come to get her and the next morning she awakes to fina a doctor explaining that she's been viciously attacked and has been given treatment that's basically caused her to live in a dreamworld for a few days. Her relatives and the doctor try to convince her that she was never married, there is no Maximilian and everything that she has experienced recently has all been a dream to protect her sanity from the horrible truth.

It was an unusual story. But told very well. As the reader, even I was confused as to what was real and what wasn't. Was Maximilian real or merely a figment of Helena's imagination? The story progresses, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. She goes back to live with her aunts, trying to go on with her life. There are many twists and turns that eventually lead her back to Germany to discover the truth.

It was a gripping and suspenseful tale that left me turning the pages to discover the truth of Helena's story. The mystery of those few days haunted her for several years. I was so happy when she finally discovered the truth and everything was revealed! The story was well-written and satisfying. Although it was more mystery than romance, I enjoyed every moment of it. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read gothic romantic mysteries.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Die For You by Michele Mills #BookReview

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Die For You by Michele  Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love, in a hopeless place.

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can't-believe-we're-alive post-apocolyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel's fragility, inexperience-and much younger age-hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit-strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam's world, bringing him to his knees-which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

WARNING: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m menage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.

My Review
The blurb to this novel is astounding! It totally grabbed me and I had to immediately read the first three sample chapters, which also hooked me. I bought the book with high expectations. It fell a little flat after that. I guess I was expecting the story to go in one direction and the author chose another. No big deal. It was still a really good story, just not what I was expecting.

Weirdly, I enjoyed the overuse of the bad language. It made the story more realistic with the f-bombs constantly thrown around. If a virus wiped out 75% of the population, I'm pretty sure those who were left would be cussing up a storm.

I think I would have liked this story to be more of a slow burn romance. It was basically insta-love, which works great for a lot of readers. I really enjoyed Adam and Rachel's emotional attachment to each other, but to me it felt rushed. The connection that the two characters felt for each other was passionate and well written.

The characters were believable. Adam is a Marine, an Alpha male with a past relationship that has left him wounded. He's passionate and protective of what's his. Rachel is a young girl, fresh out of high school, currently attending college until the outbreak, clearly inexperienced in the reality of life and love. Both of these characters grow throughout the book as the new world they are forced to survive in changes them forever.

The steamy sex scenes were definitely worth the price of the book. There were plenty of them and quite enjoyable.

Now that I know what I'm getting into with this author's writing style, I'm interested to read the rest of the series. There are two more books in the series, one of which is Trevor's story which I'm eager to read.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Featured Author @UncagedBookRev #bookreview #authorinterview

Here's a quick post to let you know that I was interviewed at Uncaged Book Reviews. If you're a book lover and unfamiliar with Uncaged, then I urge you to take a look. I love reading magazines focused on books. It's one of the best ways in my opinion to find new-to-me authors and new books to read. This lovely e-zine has interviews with authors, book reviews from book bloggers, and a new section with authors and their pets. You can see photos of my fur babies, Oscar, Cassius and Harley! And find out a little about me and the other amazing authors in these interviews! Hope you enjoy! Happy Reading!

Don't forget to Pre-Order Fire & Ice!
Coming October 2019!

Fire and Ice… they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it’s unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver.
When put together, you’ll find a force that is stronger than anything you’ll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can’t get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you’re sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt #BookReview


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Favel Farrington meets Roc Pendorric on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Capri, where she was raised and lives with her father. Roc sweeps her off her feet, taking her from her home by an emerald sea to the ancient family home of the Pendorrics, in Cornwall. His sister and her family await them with open arms, welcoming young Favel. She is the much anticipated Bride of Pendorric, a name that amuses and flatters her.

The castle is beautiful in its way, but the atmosphere is foreboding. Roc's twin nieces begin watching her carefully; even the stones in the courtyard seem to have eyes. On the walls hang portraits of two other Brides of Pendorric--one of them Roc's mother--who died both young and tragically. Favel's fear increases as Roc seems to be growing more and more distant. Has her courtship and marriage been just a deception?

Soon Favel can no longer dismiss as accidents the strange things happening to her. Someone is trying to kill her and she must confront the very real dangers that surround her.

My Review
I think this might be one of my favorite Victoria Holt novels. Bride of Pendorric is a gripping romantic suspense. Favel Farrington falls hopelessly in love with Roc Pendorric when he arrives for a visit on her Mediterranean island home. It is a compulsive and quick courtship, but Favel knows he is the one for her and they marry. Shortly after, tragedy strikes, but Roc whisks Favel away to his home in Cornwall where he introduces his new Bride of Pendorric to his family.

Meeting the family, the neighbors and the villagers would be overwhelming enough, but Favel is still coming to understand her new life as a married woman to a man who is still mostly a stranger to her. As she learns about her husband and the legends surrounding her new home, she begins to wonder if she made a mistake. Is Roc the man she fell in love with or did he have ulterior motives to marrying her?

With each page, the danger escalates as it becomes increasingly evident that Favel's life is in danger. Is it the ghost that is said to haunt the house or is it someone much more closer to her?

There is so much in this story that I don't want to give away any spoilers. The author wove the elements of this gothic mystery superbly. It had everything necessary to instill a sense of foreboding and fear within the reader. I had to turn the pages faster to find out what happened next. And by the climax, I had a list of suspects, each with a clear motive, but I was completely surprised by the ending. The book was a pleasure to read! I can see why other readers have referred to this as a timeless classic.

If you like books like Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, then you'll be sure to enjoy Bride of Pendorric.

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