Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review - Prince of Shadows by Tes Hilaire

Prince of Shadows
Tes Hilaire
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

Valin a Paladin warrior and Gabriella, a part-succubus part-vampire make an unusual couple. Valin whose gift of manipulating shadows causes him to not quite fit in with his fellow warriors of Light. Gabriella, given by her own succubus mother to the vampire who destroyed the goodness in her, seeks nothing more than vengeance against the dark forces that surround her.

Valin discovered Gabriella as he tried to rescue Karissa (book 1) but an explosion of Light causes him to lose her. However, he remains convinced that she survived - he just doesn't know where. Then he discovers her again. Only this time she's different. Older. Darker. And definitely his true mate. He resolves to get to her before one of his Paladin brothers catch and kill her because she's a vampire.

Gabriella, guides a group of gifted humans in warfare against the demons and vampires that prey on humans. She knows she's being hunted but she wants nothing to do with the sexy, dark Valin. She simply wants to kill her vampire maker for destroying her chance at a life in the Light. She refuses to take blood because she wants nothing to do with being a vampire…even if it means she'll die.

The characters were well-developed and worked well together. My heart ached for Gabriella and the hurt she felt at her mother's betrayal. Valin, while super hot and sexy, seemed more self-centered at first but he rapidly won me over as I grew to know him. I wanted both of these characters to have their happy ending but confess that I had no idea how Ms Hilaire would accomplish that.

Overall, it was enjoyable, exciting read with plenty of action, emotionally charged and hot scenes between Gabriella and Valin. I look forward to the next book  this series. This is definitely a recommended read.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest - Sara Humphreys

Good morning! This will be our last guest post for the year so it's terrific to have author Sara Humphreys come visit us. Grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and a plate of cookies, then pull up a comfy chair. Oh and before I forget, Sara's publicist, the lovely Danielle, is offering 1 copy of Unclaimed to one reader (US and Canada only). All you have to do is send me an email with Unclaimed in the subject line and your name and address in the body. Send it to Lynda@LyndaKScott.com. On Friday, I'll have my alien kitten Wookie select a winner. Good luck and Enjoy today's interview!


Have you ever wept over a character?
Sara: Yes. I can’t say exactly what happened in that scene because I don’t want there to be any spoilers but it involved Steven. He’s a supporting character in UNCLAIMED but the poor guy gets put through the ringer.

Have you ever had to kill off a character? How did you make that choice? Or was that choice taken from you by the story/characters?
Sara: I haven’t killed off any main characters or former heros/heroines but the opposite happened. I was going to kill off Steven but then I decided that I liked him too much and now he’s become a fan favorite. Readers are clamoring for his book and I hope to give it to them soon.

Have you fought with your characters? Who usually wins?
Sara: Yes, and they do. The characters drive the story and if I don’t listen to them then things come to a screeching halt.

What genres (or sub-genres) have your explored? Which do you find the most challenging? Why?
Sara: I’m about to dive into my first contemporary romance series, The McGuire Brothers and while I’m really excited, I’m also kind of nervous because all of my other books are paranormal. The luxury when writing PNR is that I get to create the entire world and make all the rules—which is really liberating. There are no limits in paranormal romance other than the rules that I create but with contemporary romance, I have to work within the rules of the real world.

Which sub-genre of Romance do you feel the most comfortable writing in? Why?
Sara:  Paranormal because I love building the world and making the rules up for my characters. It’s such a blast!

How do you know when you’ve hit your zone?
Sara: I block out everything else and it’s kind of like being in a time warp or being abducted by aliens. If I’m in the zone then I can write for four or five hours straight and when I look at the clock, it’s shocking to see how much time went by.

Do you have a daily writing ritual?
Sara: Coffee. Writing. Repeat. Oh, and laundry is usually sprinkled in throughout the day. I have four boys, so there’s LOTS of laundry.

Thanks so much for having me here today!


Tatiana Winters loves the freedom of her life as a veterinarian in Oregon. It's only reluctantly that she agrees to help cure a mysterious illness among the horses on a Montana ranch—the ranch of the Amoveo Prince. Tatiana is no ordinary vet—she's a hybrid from the Timber Wolf Clan, but she wants nothing to do with the world of the Amoveo shifters.

But There's No Escaping Destiny…

Dominic Trejada serves as a Guardian, one of the elite protectors of the Prince's Montana ranch. As a dedicated Amoveo warrior, he is desperate to find his mate, and time is running out. He knows Tatiana is the one—but if he can't convince her, he may not be able to protect her from the evil that's rapidly closing in... 

About The Author
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com, follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara, and find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Sara-Humphreys/343671709071178.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Guest - Isabel Cooper

Good morning! It's chilly here in SE Michigan but any day you can hear the birds sing the sun up is a good day ;-) We have peppermint coffee and triple chocolate coffee cake on the table. So help yourself and grab a seat for a special author today - Isabel Cooper. We also have a giveaway of one (1) copy of her latest book, Legend of the Highland Dragon for one reader (US or Canada only). Simply send an email to me Lynda@LyndaKScott.com with Dragon in the subject line and your snail mail addy in the body. On Friday, Wookie, my alien kitten, will choose a winner.

Good luck and enjoy!


What draws you to romance?
Isabel:  A couple things. One is that each book is pretty self-contained. I carry a couple of elements over into sequels, but generally speaking, I write a story and I’m done: there’s no need to come up with a ten-book Epic Quest. (I love The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Tower, and I think A Song of Ice and Fire is very well-written, but at this point in my life, I’d much rather finish a book and go on to the next thing.) I’m also crazy about the variety you can get with romance. You can have a million different character dynamics and complications, and romance blends really easily with other genres, so it’s a lot of fun to mess around with combinations. 

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?
Isabel: I actually got my start in fantasy and horror, and wrote almost entirely in those genres, albeit generally with strong romantic subplots, up until No Proper Lady, the first actual romance novel I wrote. I still do write straight fantasy on occasion, as one-off projects: I occasionally post snippets on my blog.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Isabel: That’s a hard one! I *think* it’s of being upset at a party when I was very young. I remember wearing patent leather shoes, and screaming a lot, and having my grandmother try to calm me down.  Some variety of plaid taffeta party dress figures into it too.  Anyhow, I was clearly troublesome from the start, and am amazed I survived to adulthood. :)

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?
Isabel:  Chris Hemsworth. He’d need darker hair and eyes, but we have the technology. That said, I’m really very fond of the cover: cannot go wrong with a shirtless guy, for the right variety of guy.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing?
Isabel:  Roleplaying—tabletop and live-action—and video games, because I’m actually an enormous nerd. I also read a lot, of course, and I take the occasional ballroom dancing class. I used to take martial arts as well, but got all slackertastic about it a few years ago.

How do you spend a typical writing day?
Isabel: At my day job! Generally speaking, I’ll have an hour-or-so lull sometime in the afternoon, when I’m waiting for replies to all the email I sent in the morning. I try and write a thousand words or so then. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll go home and do my thousand words while I’m waiting for the rice cooker to beep. It’s all about flexibility for me.

Have you ever experienced a paranormal event in your life?
Isabel: Nothing that I could really put my finger on, or through. There have been a few very odd moments, and I’m not discounting any explanation for those, but I wouldn’t go on the Discovery Channel with any of them either.


He Guards a Ferocious Secret…

In Victorian England, gossip is often as precious as gold. But the Highlanders are a more mysterious bunch. And if anyone found out that Stephen MacAlasdair really was, he'd be hunted down, murdered, his clan wiped out. As he's called to London on business, he'll have to be extra vigilant—especially between sunset and the appearance of the first evening star.

Mina just wanted to find out more about the arrogant man who showed up in her employer's office. Some might say it was part of her job. She never thought the stranger would turn into a dragon right in front of her. Or that he'd then offer her an outrageous sum of money to serve as his personal secretary. Working together night and day to track a dangerous enemy, Mina comes to see a man in love is more powerful and determined than any dragon.

Isabel Cooper is the author paranormal historical romances No Proper Lady, a Publishers Weekly and a Library Journal book of the year in 2011, and Lessons After Dark. Both titles were also nominated in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards. During the day, Isabel maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing outside of Boston. For more, visit www.isabelcooper.org.

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Review - Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper

Legend of the Highland Dragon
Isabel Cooper
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

In LEGEND OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON, Lord Stephen MacAlasdair is hunting for  an old enemy who has returned to England with diabolical magical powers. His first stop takes him to an old friend Professor Carter but Carter employs Cerberus as the guardian of his door. Actually, Cerberus, while apt in some ways, doesn't describe Miss Mina Seymour, Carter's secretary.

Mina has taken it upon herself to improve her diction, her knowledge and her ability to be a good secretary. So when Lord MacAlasdair comes demanding access to Carter, she understandably wants to protect her employer from the mysterious but handsome Scottish Lord. To find out more about MacAlasdair, she goes to his home to take tea with his cook. And that sets the plot into motion leading to paranormal entities, Lord MacAlasdair's secret and a love that grows from interest to blazing passion.

This is my first Isabel Cooper book and I fell in love with the characters and the story almost from the very first page. There's a droll humor and witty repartee that I love and the mix of adventure and romance is just perfectly entertaining.

Yes, there are tiny quibbles but nothing that stopped me from enjoying the story. For example, it seemed implausible to me that Mina would take tea with Stephen's cook so that she could get more information about him. This is explained, quite well, in the story but still…for me it was a stretch. Nevertheless, I was able to read on with barely a break in my attention.

I recommend Legend of the Highland Dragon. It's definitely worth a read or three and I look forward to the next book in the series (possibly Stephen's brother.)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Guest - Kathryne Kennedy

Good morning! Did you do well at the Black Friday sales or did you barely survive? I don't do the Friday sales anymore but I can scorch the Internet with my speed and clickability on Cyber Monday :-) But enough of that, there's chocolate hazelnut coffee and raspberry scones on the table. We have a great interview with author Kathryne Kennedy today.

Oh and by the way, her lovely publicist, Danielle, is offering one copy of Kathryne's latest book, Everlasting Enchantment, to one reader (US and Canada only). Simply email me at Lynda@lyndakscott.com with Enchantment in the Subject line and your Name and address in the body. My alien kitten, Wookie, will pick a winner on Friday. 



What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer? How would you answer it?
Kathryne: My favorite question is: “Where can I buy your books?” And my answer is, “At your favorite online and brick-and-mortar bookstore…or you can visit my website at www.kathrynekennedy.com.” I know that the person is truly interested in my writing when they ask that question. :}

If you were doomed to spend the rest of your life on an island with only one book, one person, one food (coconuts and fish aside), and one object from the modern world (computer, deodorant, etc.), what would they be?
Kathryne: Hmm. Bible, My Husband, chocolate, and my computer, given that is has an internet connection…and a really good battery.

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written? If so, who is it and why is s/he your favorite?
Kathryne: My favorite characters are always the ones I just finish writing about, because I am still in their hearts and heads…until I start my next book. So it would have to be Gareth, the knight who’s been trapped in one of Merlin’s relics for centuries. He has that code of ethics and morals from the dark ages, and a bit of that romanticism. And then there’s my heroine, Millicent. Such a strong person, and yet vulnerable in so many ways.

Describe your writing process.
Kathryne: My writing space must be neat and tidy, nothing to distract me from my work. I have to fix the setting and characters in my imagination, and tell my readers what I see, what evolves from that point.

Do you use current events to help create plots? If yes, describe some you've used. If no, describe how you get/create plot ideas.
Kathryne: As far as items from the news, I haven’t used any that I can recall. I do lean heavily on old myths and legends, as evidenced from the Relics series, where I borrow the Merlin character. I have also been inspired by characters from The Lord of the Rings, a springboard for my Elven Lords series. Tolkien leaned heavily on the old myths of the Sidhe…so I guess art inspires art.

What draws you to write paranormal?
Kathryne: My love of mystery, of creating new worlds and letting them unfold to my reader bit by bit. The first book I remember reading was a collection of fairy tales, and I guess that first love never died.


Powerful Magic is Afoot
Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man—a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn.

And So the Hunt Begins
Millicent's search leads her to one of Merlin's legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He's looking for the one who can break the enchantment—but in this world, there is no love without betrayal...

Kathryne Kennedy is a critically acclaimed, bestselling, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Glendale, Arizona. For more information and ongoing contests, please visit www.kathrynekennedy.com.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Review - Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy

Everlasting Enchantment
Kathryne Kennedy
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

Millicent Pantere, a citizen of the dark and notorious London Underground, isn't used to the glittery magic and bright lights of above ground. And she certainly isn't used to the intrigues of a society filled with magic. That's the reason Millicent finds herself on the arm of the Duke of Ghoulston…to find out what's causing the unusual behavior of certain ladies of society. Ghoulston is convinced the effect is due to one of Merlin's relics, magical devices created by the master himself. But Millicent, part panther and part human, is immune to magic and should be able to pass herself off as a lady long enough to find the relic.

Then she's given a special bracelet to wear with the instructions to return it the next day. Millicent tries to leave the soiree but discovers she's being pursued by the Baronets whose duty it is to capture all of Merlin's Relics. She escapes to safety but doesn't expect the bracelet to work - to bring the world's greatest lover to her bed until the sun rises. She's immune to that sort of thing after all. Imagine her surprise when Sir Gareth, a medieval knight appears.

Long, long ago, Sir Gareth made the mistake of loving the wrong woman and as punishment was imprisoned inside the bracelet. What he finds is a beautiful woman who refuses to sleep with him. He's never been rejected and Millicent becomes, not a conquest, but a friend. He's been trying to determine how to end his curse hundreds of years. Is Millicent the answer? She can't remove the bracelet so there's something there, something in the magic that recognizes Millicent but what?

Friend or lover, Millicent is the answer to his curse. But convincing her will be the hardest quest he's ever taken. And without her, his curse will be worse than it ever was.

I LOVE this series and LOVE the concept behind it. It's completely fresh and original in a way I haven't seen in a long while. The characters are intriguing and enthralling. The plot is fresh and exciting. Love scenes? Oh yes, hot and steamy and they add so much to the characterization and plot.. Definitely worth a second or third read!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review - Unclaimed by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
December 2013

Tatiana Winters is the Dr. Doolittle of veterinarians. No, she doesn't speak to her patients but she can read their physical or emotional states. She believes it's because she's a hybrid Amoveo but,  other than that, she wants nothing to do with her heritage. She doesn't want to be hunted by the purists or the Caedo and she certainly doesn't want any part of the 'fated' mates she's heard about. She wants the love of her life to be…well, the love of her life not the fellow that destiny chooses for her. The best way, she thinks, to accomplish this is to stay as far away from anything Amoveo as possible. Then she's approached to help the dying horses on the Amoveo Prince's Montana ranch. She can't ignore it and let the animals die even if she's more than reluctant to go.

Dominic Trejada is the chief Guardian, one of the elite protectors of the Prince's Montana ranch. He is desperate to find his mate before he loses his Amoveo powers but when he does find her, he finds a hybrid who wants nothing to do with him or his people. As he comes to know Tatiana, he discovers that there's more to this 'fated' mate legend than he ever expected.

I enjoyed this book very much. The first meet between Tatiana and Dominic was cute…in a deadly sort of way (you'll have to read the story (which you should do) to find out what I mean). In fact, big, bad Dominic who I thought would be a simple Me-Alpha-Male-You-Puny-Female type turned out to be a complex and multi-faceted character. Yes, he was still Alpha but he was no caveman. Tatiana, too, was an interesting character though for me she was harder to understand. She had issues with the Amoveo, true, but were they enough to create her aversion to the species that she was part of? You'll have to decide for yourself. 

As their relationship grew, I could see Tatiana hesitating to accept her heritage but becoming brave enough to do so. But then treachery steps in and sends Tatiana running for cover again. Dominic was Alpha steady, focused on his mate and his role as a Guardian. That is...until he realizes he might have to choose who to protect...Tatiana or the Prince.

There's a great action plot, very interesting characters and hot and tingly sex scenes. What more can you ask? All in all, this is a terrific read and will make a nice gift for yourself or the reader on your list. 

Review - A SEAL Wolf Christmas

A Seal Wolf Christmas
Terry Spear
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
October 2013

Navy SEAL Bjornolf (Byee-or-nulf) Jorgenson has ghosted many SEAL teams in the past, saving lives without any recognition. But when he has the chance to ghost Hunter Greymere's team to rescue a kidnapped family deep in the jungle, he jumps at the chance. Not that he's interested in she-wolf Anna Johnson, an adept operative almost as skilled as he is but she intrigues him on every level. It's understandable why he'd volunteer to do a covert Christmas mission with her…even if it means trying to parent a teen-aged wolf through the season.

Christmas isn't Anna's favorite holiday. But to make it worse, she has to pose as Bjornolf's wife while trying to act like a mother to an orphaned teen-ager. But with a mysterious murder at a nearby Christmas tree farm, Anna is resolved to find the killer and get the mission over with. She's not interested in the sexy wolf SEAL she's been partnered with even if the chemistry between them is volatile.

I am so addicted to Terry Spear shifters (wolf or jaguar) that I had to read this book multiple times just because I could. In true Terry Spear fashion, there's adventure, mystery, love and personal pasts to overcome. Bjornolf is one of my favorite wolf shifters (I may say that about each one of Spear's shifters) but that's understandable. He's strong and handsome, gentle when he needs to be and ruthless when the situation requires it. Plus he can shift into a wolf! Anna is no slouch either. Her painful past digs and worms its way in tendrils throughout the story and when it's finally revealed the reader can feel her pain and grief. That's brilliant.

My recommendation … get yourself a copy of A SEAL Wolf Christmas and when your shopping is done, put your feet up with your favorite beverage beside you and enjoy yourself.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Guest - Bec McMaster

Good morning all! I've got a terrific interview with Bec McMaster, author of the steamy London Steampunk series that started with Kiss of Steel. Grab a seat on any of our loungers; we have mocha lattes and cinnamon cookies. We have a giveaway of one copy of My Lady Quicksilver to one winner (US or Canada only) Check below for details.


Which sub-genre of Romance do you feel the most comfortable writing in? Why?
I have to say that I swing between steampunk and paranormal. I find both very similar though in terms of world-building; that's the focus (as well as characters, it's ALWAYS about the characters), so fleshing out a world in either sub-gene feels the same, you're simply working on different elements.

How do you know when you’ve hit your zone?
I stop staring out the window *grins*. Usually I hit my stride around 2pm. I'm a night owl by nature, but unfortunately I'd never see my boyfriend if I stayed up late and got up late, so I try and swing back to early starts/early to bed. It does mean I have trouble focusing in the mornings though.

Do you have a daily writing ritual?
I get up around 6:30, walk the dog, go for a run, have breakfast whilst I'm checking emails or social media, then settle down and get into it. I tend to have a weekly word count goal I try to hit, so I break it up into days that I'm working at home and go for it. Boyfriend comes home about 7pm; I realize I haven't started dinner, done the washing etc. I also try to fit a bit of reading in there too, but it depends on how the day's word count is going.

Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a hybrid?
Pantser by nature, hybrid by necessity. Editors seem to want these pesky little things called synopses nowadays. Having said that, I have a very clear direction in where the London Steampunk is going - I knew more about book five than any other in the series going in - but it's the journey that is a little more fluid.

When you feel a moment of indecision or self-doubt, what have you found to be the best method or trick to get out of that nasty funk?
I don't tend to dwell on things too much. My main focus is on the writing and simply getting the words down, so that I can come back later and 'fix' them, so I don't tend to have too many moments of doubt. The only time I've ever really had that is when a new book releases and you hope it's as well received as the previous ones. When Heart of Iron came out, all I could do was hope people liked it as much as Kiss of Steel, the first book in the series.

What is your favorite part about developing your characters? Why?
Working on characterization is the best part of writing. I'm always fascinated by the relationships between characters - and not just the hero and heroine. In real life everyone has friends and family, and sometimes they get along with them and sometimes they don't. In Kiss of Steel and Heart of Iron, the heroine's are sisters. At the start of Kiss of Steel they're facing dire circumstances (starvation, the appalling life of the rookeries in Victorian England) and it felt so unrealistic that tensions wouldn't be stretched to breaking point. I know when I'm hungry I turn into that guy off the Snickers ad, so imagine if you were starving? And life has changed and you want to blame someone but who...? All of that comes into play between the sisters. Saying that, it's the type of relationship where they'll both have each other's back. They love each other, but sometimes they say things they don't mean. Also, I love writing about consequences, especially those that spillover from book to book in the series. In My Lady Quicksilver (my latest release), the heroine, Rosalind, is dealing with some of the consequences that occurred in Heart of Iron. Her brother is missing after a major event at the conclusion of Heart of Iron and she's left wondering if her focus on her humanist cause is the reason for that. There's a lot of guilt for her to work through in My Lady Quicksilver and that was fun.

For series writers, pick a first book to one of your series. When did you get that hunch that told you these characters would continue on in another book or that their story wasn’t entirely done? Did you choose the same main characters or did you explore some supporting characters’ lives?
Kiss of Steel was the first book and I loved writing every second of it. The words just flowed and right from the outset I knew that this world was different. There were so many competing characters that needed their own stories, especially Will Carver and Lena, from Heart of Iron. In My Lady Quicksilver we're veering away from the rookeries where the first two books were set and only one of the previous heroes/heroines makes an appearance. The choice of couples is deliberate. I'm telling a story that spans over five books and each book (and couple) is a step in that direction. I need certain things to happen, which is why certain couples get airspace at this time.

Do you ever take yourself too seriously? When that happens, what type of book do you read or music do you listen to in order to get out of that mindset?
Sometimes I get a little too focused on the computer screen, but my friends, family and boyfriend are very good at reminding me I haven't fed the dog today or seen my nieces and nephews for a week. As for reading, I love anything Urban Fantasy or paranormal or steampunk or YA or fantasy... You get the point. I've just had Written in Red by Anne Bishop delivered today and I can't wait to get into it. Once I've finished today's word count!

You’ve got a pen and paper in hand, but no story. At that moment, do you free-write or doodle?
If someone's talking to me or I'm on the phone, I doodle. If I'm alone, I'm free-writing. Maybe staring out the window or at a wall for a while. I do a lot of my finest work staring at nothing.

Tell me about your book. Why did you write this particular story? Was it simmering peacefully on the back burner or did it startle you like a kitchen flash fire?
My Lady Quicksilver is an enemies-to-lovers type of book. Featuring the implacable Sir Jasper Lynch, Master of the Nighthawks (a kind of vampiric Scotland Yard) and the revolutionary leader he's been tasked to bring in, it's the third book in my London Steampunk series. My Lady Quicksilver is steamy (and I'm not talking about the automatons), fast-paced, full of danger, lies and the realization that what you thought you hated and feared, might not be so despicable after all. There are also buttons. Of which my heroine bets my hero. Want to see who loses the most buttons? *grins*


He will find her no matter what. As a blue-blooded captain of the Nighthawk Guard, his senses are keener than most. Some think he’s indestructible. But once he finds the elusive Mercury, what will he do with her? 

It’s his duty to turn her in—she’s a notorious spy and traitor. But after one stolen moment, he can’t forget the feel of her in his arms, the taste of her, or the sharp sting of betrayal as she slipped off into the night. Little does Mercury know, no one hunts better than the Nighthawk. And his greatest revenge will be to leave her begging for his touch…

Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter, @BecMcMaster.

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Review - My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

My Lady Quicksilver
Bec McMaster
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
October 2013

Sir Jasper Lynch is TheNighthawk. As an outcast blueblood, a rogue, it was his idea to take other rogues and give them a purpose and a place in the extremely hierarchical society of London. But since the bombing a month earlier, Lynch's main job is to capture Mercury per the Prince Consort's orders. It's Mercury's head or his. But the woman is an intriguing creature whose mere presence creates more conflicts than Sir Jasper has ever experienced. He's always been the cold, analytical, driven man but Mercury brings out his baser instincts. But, then, so does his new secretary, Rosalind Marberry, who delights in tormenting him in small flirtatious ways, thus creating new levels of conflict.

But the love interest between Lynch and Rosa isn't the only plot line. Rosa is searching for her younger brother, Jeremy, who helped deliver the bomb that set into motion the Prince Consort's ultimatum to Lynch. There's a minor line about the humanists wanting to get some basic rights with the Echelon as well. Plus there's a line that pertains to the mechs in the humanist movement who also have wants and needs.

Bec McMaster's Steampunk series has become one of my favorites. The men are pure alphas - strong and confident, intense and sexy even if they're just standing still. They never lose sight of their goals…and, in My Lady Quicksilver, that creates some amusing scenes with Rosa/Mercury becoming jealous of herself and with Lynch condemning himself for not being true to Rosa. Or Mercury. I particularly liked the Strip Chess playing scene. That's not something you find every day. Of course, the chess got left behind for a game of Twenty Questions but the result - the Strip - created a steamy level 'Reach for your ice water' .

All in all, this is a terrific book, worthy of multiple reads. Treat yourself to a copy.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Guest - Ashlyn Chase

Good morning! Join me on the cozy couch and assorted comfy chairs as I welcome author Ashlyn Chase. Ashlyn has a new book out 'How To Date A Dragon' that you'll love. Check my review  here. Plus, her publicist is giving away 1 copy of the book preceding this one - Flirting Under A Full Moon.  Leave a comment with your email addy, so I can contact you, by Friday to be entered in the drawing.

Now...for the interview!


1.            How do you know when you’ve hit your zone?
AC: When the words just flow. The characters are talking to each other and I can barely keep up with them. (I’m not a fast typist.)

2.            Do you have a daily writing ritual?
AC: I answer email first. Then check Facebook. I try not to get sucked into social media so I can get writing by at least 9 a.m. Most of the time, I’m successful.

3.            Are you superstitious about your work? Explain a bit about that. I’m curious!
AC: Hmmm…sort of. I don’t like anyone to see my first draft before my critique partner does. That’s not really superstitious. She catches the really stupid boo boos and keeps the egg off my face.

4.            Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a hybrid?
AC: Definite hybrid. I usually write about 3 chapters without much plotting. I just want to know what the characters are like and how they need to grow organically. Then I plot more conflicts, and eventually get them to grow to the point where they can succeed in their quest, whatever it may be.

5.            Do you prefer to write novellas, short stories, or full-length books? Which do you prefer to reading?
AC: I like fast paced stories, so I’m actually a novella girl. I can write short novels without much trouble, but you have no idea how I sweat the big stuff! Trying to keep up that pace for 350 pages is crazy.

6.            Who have been your greatest influences? Your biggest obstacles (you don’t need to name names, just generalizing is fine)? How have you seen these shape you as a writer?
AC: My mother was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. One of her favorite sayings (and she had a lot of them) was “Nothing ventured; nothing gained.” She instilled a sense of adventure and courage that has helped me overcome some outrageous misfortune. My biggest obstacles without naming names? Anyone who tried to hurt my self-esteem. Unfortunately there are a lot of people in this world who think they’re doing you a favor by “taking you down a peg.” A kind word of advice would work better than a nasty remark, but very few people seem to understand that. 

7.            When you feel a moment of indecision or self-doubt, what have you found to be the best method or trick to get out of that nasty funk?
AC: Doing something nice for someone else. I’ve had some seriously low ‘funks’ to get out of, and something as simple as bringing flowers to someone not expecting them helps me as much as them.

8.            If you write paranormal or thriller, have you ever scared yourself? Was it late at night? What happened!? (Hey, once I scared myself so badly, I had to stay awake most of the night!)
AC: I don’t read or write thrillers for a reason. I’m pretty sensitive. My husband has learned not to lurk around corners and jump out at me. I’ve fainted! I write light paranormals and include a lot of humor. I have made myself cry, however. I hate to break up my lovers, but sometimes it has to happen for them to grow past a hang-up, etc.  

9.            What is your favorite part about developing your characters? Why?
AC: As you can probably tell from my previous answers, I love to see them grow. I always give them some flaw to overcome. It makes them “human,” even if they aren’t.

10.          For series writers, pick a first book to one of your series. When did you get that hunch that told you these characters would continue on in another book or that their story wasn’t entirely done? Did you choose the same main characters or did you explore some supporting characters’ lives?
AC: Strange Neighbors was my first real series. I had a sequel or two starring secondary characters in my erotic romances, but my mainstream novels include a whole cast of interesting characters. I’ve had fans write and beg me to write a book for their favorite secondary characters. I’m usually working on their story as they speak! We seem to have the same favorites. When Strange Neighbors ended, I wrote a spin-off series. (The one coming out now.) There are visits from some of the Strange Neighbors gang so we can check in and see how they’re doing.

11.          Have you been published in small press, big press, as an indie, or a combination? Why did you make this decision? If you chose indie, what was the ‘turning point’ for you?
AC: I started publishing with small presses. Now I’m with the big guys, and I feel very fortunate to have landed these contracts. They’ve introduced me to a whole new group of readers by putting my books on the shelves at stores like Barnes and Noble. I have an self-published title coming out in the future. No release date yet, but we’re hoping for some time around Christmas 2013. Yes, I said ‘we.’ It’s 3 related stories by Dalton Diaz (with whom I have 2 published stories already) and our headliner is the incomparable, bestseller, Michele Bardsley! She wrote books like “I’m the Vampire. That’s Why” and “Because your Vampire Said So.” We’re planning to deliver a fun and flirty hot paranormal anthology starring three Greek Gods.

12.          Tell me about your book, How to Date a Dragon. Why did you write this particular story? Was it simmering peacefully on the back burner or did it startle you like a kitchen flash fire?
AC: LOL. Funny you should mention fire. One of my biggest fans has become a dear friend. She has “a thing” for firemen. So, I wrote a story for her and channeled her sense of humor into my heroine. It was one of the easiest books to write. It flowed, had awesome characters, and I was able to check my research with her firefighter boyfriend. I loved my editor’s comment. She said, “You nailed it!”


Let the Sparks Fly…
Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she'll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up...if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.

Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He's met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he'll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she's about to get herself into...

“[Ashlyn Chase] entertains with a voice that makes reading her stories pure pleasure. It’s like spending time with your favorite friends. Reviewer Top Pick” —Night Owl Reviews on How to Date a Dragon

Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar.  A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience. 

She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross.  She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity.  She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.

She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who’d look like Hugh Jackman if you dyed his hair, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.  For more information, please visit www.ashlynchase.com, follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/GoddessAsh, and like her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynChase.

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Review - How To Date A Dragon by Ashlyn Chase

How To Date A Dragon
Ashlyn Chase
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
September 2012

How To Date A Dragon is the 2nd book in the `Flirting With Fangs' series. How To Date A Dragon stands alone quite nicely but I'd recommend reading the first book in the series just because that's the kind of OC person I am. Flirting Under A Full Moon, the first book, is being offered as a giveaway this week on Star-Crossed Romance.

Bliss Russo has just returned from a destination wedding and falls asleep fully dressed as soon as she reaches the comfort of her apartment. She's determined to catch up on her rest so she can continue working on her greeting card competition entries. But when her apartment catches fire and the next thing she knows she's stumbling down the hallway and headbutts fireman, Drake Cameron. He gets her safely outside before she remembers her laptop and the competition and her designs and implores him to rescue the laptop too.

Drake, the last dragon shifter in Boston, maybe the entire eastern part of the US, knows he shouldn't try to save a laptop. But the look in the lovely girl's face has him going back inside the inferno. When he comes back out, the kiss she gives him is boggling. Right up until his boss reams him out for risking his life, again, by going back inside a burning building.

It takes a while for Drake to reconnect with Bliss. He hadn't caught her name or a way to contact her. But that kiss underscored the state of his love life...empty. He tries a dating service with rather horrendous results. 

I have to admit I loved Drake. He's a dragon. He's hot. And he's got some vulnerability that keeps him from being a total alpha jerk. But Bliss...not so much. She just didn't make a lot of sense to me regarding her computer back ups or her attitude toward her mother. That's probably just me (having worked on computers FOREVER, lol). Still, the story was lively, the passion hot and the read entertaining. What more can you ask for? Definitely a great read for a cool, Fall day.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Guest - Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Good morning! Grab a seat and help yourself to some caramel flavored Roobios tea and chocolate cookies. We've got one of our favorite authors visiting today - Linda Thomas-Sundstrom. So sit back and enjoy!


PARANORMAL FOREPLAY . . . It’s what we crave.

Hi everyone - I'm Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales for Kensington Brava, Dorchester, Amazon Montlake, and Harlequin Nocturne . . . and I'm here to chat briefly with you about "paranormal foreplay" in the books we love. I'd be really interested to hear your take on this, as I confess my own thoughts on the matter.

What's so freaking cool about the romance in it?
What is it about a paranormal or fantasy story that turns you on, as a reader?

I have my own ideas, of course. The first one revolves around the phrase "Forbidden fruit." The "guys" we, as um... good girls... aren't supposed to give the time of day to, yet curl up with at night with when the lights are low and we have time to indulge in our bookish fantasies. You know what I mean. “Others.” These guys are still leading the best-seller lists all over the place, and for good reason. They can tantalize with their eyes, they have bodies to die for, and most of them have traits we somehow can relate to, even if we aren’t “Other.”

The second concept is a major one on many levels. "Foreplay.” And not necessarily the meaning of the word that initially comes to your mind. Because much more than just jumping into bed happens in a well-written novel when a vampire or a werewolf or one of the long-lost Fey seduces a woman properly. In a well-written paranormal (or any other genre, for that matter) foreplay equals seduction. And who doesn’t prefer a long seduction to a quickie? A slow build of literary foreplay carries readers through the book as a lead-up to a great and satisfying culmination of two souls finally merging.

This kind of “foreplay” concept is crucial in writing any kind of romance.
Most of those "guys" of whatever species we prefer, are of the tall, dark, and dangerous persuasion. So what makes one character stand out over others? What makes one story stand out above others? What keeps us turning the pages?

Here’s the answer: It’s the way an author crafts the seduction of the characters through words on the pages.

The way a vampire seduces. The process of a good alpha Were seduction. Dangerous, sure, but oh-so-sensual. So sexy. So very special if it’s drawn out and done well. Here, foreplay means the sighting, the chase, the intimate and immediate knowledge of another being “the one,” and then having to convince another character of it through actions, plot, dialogue, and sexual tension.

Whether you’re writing or reading, try to notice the story in terms of this take on “foreplay,” and see if this rings true in the books you love. I’m pretty sure you’ll find that it does.

I write both dark paranormals (Wolf Moons series, Vampire Moons series. etc) and light paranormals (Barbie and the Beast, Veronica and the Vampire), and have found that as a writer, paying strict attention to the concept of “foreplay” in terms of character seduction mixed with action and dialogue helps to pace a novel or novella, no matter the intensity level of the story. Paying strict attention to how the seduction is molded is an absolute necessity, just as that other kind of foreplay is. (wink)

Just me:
I keep this concept fresh for myself by playing with the further concepts of dark vs. light. Writing both dark and lighthearted PNR stories keeps my toes, expands my love of the genre, and helps me stay sane (though some might say I’m already over the edge – LOL). I usually write a dark and a light story at the same time, and switch back and forth. And so far, my Muse likes to sing. I’m working on my 17th book now and am loving every minute of it.

In summation: For a paranormal story to really grip me and suck me in, I, as a reader and writer, need to be seduced by the words on the page, and seduced by the characters on those pages. I want to feel the foreplay right along with them. Don’t you?

Writing: I’m working on two new novels for Harlequin Nocturne right now, and am releasing a new series of urban fantasy novellas under the heading of Dark vs, Light. Urban fantasy has different rules. The story itself can seduce, rather than the characters. Yum. A blissful rearranging of above. The first urban fantasy is out now, as of September 1, and titled “Trapped in Stone.” Here’s a brief blurb of the kind of thing that rocks my creativity:

“Trapped In Stone” – The forces of Dark and Light are fighting for the soul of one man op top of Notre Dame Cathedral, and the woman who loves him has vowed to change his fate.

I’ve attached a sneak peek snippet of “Trapped In Stone” below.
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Happy September 4th to you all.
Cheers from

Trapped in Stone
Tristan hadn’t seen this coming. Not this part. The winged devil with the blood-colored eyes must have been a diversion. A good one, Tristan thought as he was broadsided by a body that hurtled in his direction with the speed and force of a runaway boulder.

The fact that he and Izzy had fallen for the black devil’s antics was a kink in the plans, but he couldn’t concentrate on that now. Izzy had transformed right in front of his eyes, and he knew this was the true Izzy, at last.

She was glorious, sublime, wild, and outrageously seductive.

She had wings.

Row after row of iridescent, jet black feathers the same color as her sleek, waist-length hair formed fascinating patterns across a huge wingspan. In stunning contrast, her pale skin was completely colorless. The whitest of white. Nearly transparent.

In brief glimpses of her face, Tristan saw features that were extremely thin, with sharp cheekbones and deep-set eyes. Her skin was luminous. Her dark hair flew around her like an aura, like some kind of living shadow. Dangerous, yes. Magnificent for sure. In reality, Izzy was as perfect as all of her former disguises, only more so by a factor of ten.

Buy Link: Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Stone-Dark-Light-ebook/dp/B00EWSHN88/ref=la_B002BMBNS8_1_25?

The second in the series releases in November, and is a much quirkier. “Hot Holiday” – The Dark Side has put a hit out on Santa Claus, and send a Recruiter named Wanda to do the deed. But Wanda has to get past Santa’s unexpectedly hot heavenly bodyguard.

-- Lynda Again
    Great post! And I love the concepts behind these books! Okay, readers, do you agree with Linda about foreplay? Let us know!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review - Jaguar Fever by Terry Spear

Terry Spear
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
August 2013

 JAGUAR FEVER is the second story in the Heart of the Jaguar series by Terry Spear. Although it is the second book, it can be read as a standalone without difficulty. This story focuses on Maya Anderson and Wade Patterson who were introduced in book one-Savage Hunter.

 A month or so earlier, Wade Patterson secretly protected Connor and Maya Anderson while they roamed the jungle in their jaguar coats. When he saw Connor with another woman, he was incensed on Maya's behalf. Because of his job, he couldn't pursue Maya or defend her against a 'philandering' husband but when he's sitting in a shifter nightclub looking for clues on another case imagine his surprise when Maya walks in.

 Maya just wants to have fun which is why she agreed to meet some newfound cousins at the shifter club…which she'd never known existed. But with her brother Connor and his mate, Kat, already gone on their last vacation before Kat's babies are born, Maya is ripe to discover her family and her breed.

 Wade wastes no time making a move on the lovely Maya when he discovers that Connor is her brother. But duty interferes and he's called outside to get important information about men hunting jaguars both in the jungle and in Texas.

 Ms Terry Spear writes an adventurous and exotic story about illegal hunting and trapping of the big South American cats and introduces this new breed's hierarchies here in the States. I enjoy the way she combines environmental issues with her romance plots. Her ability to bring the jungle scenery to life is fantastical and immediate. Just as she brings real characters to the stage and gives them action and romance packed storylines.

 Jaguar Fever will sizzle across the pages and make you reach for the fancy umbrella drink. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Guest - Sascha Illyvich

Good morning! We've got a great guest today - author Sascha Illyvich! So join me on our comfy couch, there's Green tea in the pots and blueberry shortbread on the plates. Enjoy! 


Heroes on a Mission

 One of the things I've repeatedly said about paranormal romances was how I could dig deeper with the emotional levels and play harder, heavier with angst, love and everything in between.  I think as a reader first, I like to experience books like roller coasters.  Even as I write this blog, I'm listening to dark, angry Djent-metal so I can stay in the mood I'm trying to set while I talk about four heroes from three books.  We'll start darkest to lightest so we end on a happy note, just like a good set of romance stories should.

In my upcoming Red Sage release ENDANGERED (Nights of Lust book 1) Joséf Staganov is an angry man.  Fed up with the world, dismayed by his peers on the police force, and now hooked on the smack he was trying to get off the streets, he's a bitter man with one goal.  Do one last good deed before he's killed.  Only, when Livía and her lover Isabella interfere with his desires to die, does he stop for a moment to examine his true motives.  When they begin to interfere and reveal to him his true destiny, it does nothing to undermine the real mission Joséf embarked upon when he joined the police force, but only by walking through the fires of hell will he be able to succeed. 

Kerian from Torn to Pieces has a mission too, only it's not as finite on the same level as Joséf's.  He yearns for love, desires a life with his lovely witch.  Only, she's looking into a ménage, which he's fine with, but the ultimate truth slaps him in the face when he realizes who her other partner is.  The heaviness of her actions weigh on his shoulders like a ton of bricks, as her other lover turns out to be his former lover Jackob, another pack Alpha.  Standing accused of thievery, Jackob must remain focused on the goal he and Iolite set about, helping the dying wolves in New Mexico find a cure for the sickness that plagues them.  Yet, the trouble arises when Keriann tries to point out the truth to Iolite and confront Jackob  His heart becomes cluttered with the emotion of love even while his mind screams of betrayal, yet he's never loved any other wolf like Jackob, nor any witch like Iolite.

Finally, we've come to Derrick.  Reluctant hero, former spy and unlike my previous heroes, puma shifter, not wolf.  He spent time in a three letter organization until the nightmares and life of a spook grated on him and tore him down.  After he retired, a friend came to him asking for a favor, altering his main mission of relaxing and staying off the grid.  Only for love, will he be able to change, grow, and address some of the issues plaguing him, but he remains unaware until a few chance encounters with a beautiful witch with a deadly voice crosses his path.

The elements of paranormal romance have allowed me to dig deeper, hit the animalistic urges not often realized in contemporary romances OR in humans outside the kink scene.  Each of the stories takes a look at those darker elements and allow the heroines to do what I believe a romance heroine should be allowed to do:  Stand firm yet give just enough to let the hero grow on his own.  As a reader drawn to the likes of JR Ward, Lora Leigh and Christina Dodd's para-rom, I've taken great pains to ensure I've learned the lessons from those wonderful authors and made my stories my own, yet peppered them properly so you the reader will enjoy them and beg for more.

After all, I am the bad boy of romance.

Torn to Pieces:  (A USA TODAY recommended erotic romance!)
BUY LINK:  http://www.amazon.com/Torn-To-Pieces-ebook/dp/B00DMKT8SK/r
Iolite is a witch in love with two wolves, wanting, needing both to fulfill her life. Both of them are two halves of the same being who she loves. Jackob and Kerian are former lovers turned enemies by pack law, but without the witch’s solution for the disease ravaging the wolves, both packs will certainly die. Both want Iolite, both want to love again but are uncertain of the consequences. Can Jackob and Kerian get past their emotional baggage to help heal Iolite’s broken heart as well as their own in order to save their packs?

 ENDANGERED: (Out Summer/Fall 2014 from RED SAGE)
Livía Ilona, vampire queen of San Francisco, and her lover Isabella, have kept The Syndicate and their drugs out of their territory until recently when a new boss stepped in and started making strict demands.  Tiring of their threats, Livía strikes a deal with The Syndicate's leader to keep out of Nob Hill.  All she has to do is kill the one man who happens to be causing problems—Joséf Staganov.  Except he's not just a troublemaking ex-cop, he's the key to returning Livía's human soul.

Rogue cop turned vigilante, Joséf Staganov fights to keep The Syndicate and their drugs off the streets of San Francisco, using whatever means necessary.  Aware that his life is on a short leash, he trusts only himself until even that trust is betrayed by an operation gone bad.  Now hooked on the drugs he's trying to eradicate, Joséf vows to take as much of the criminal organization down as possible before he dies.  Except during a fight, the Queen of the Night comes with her lover to his rescue and to abduct him.

Capture quickly turns to seduction until Joséf learns the real reason for his kidnapping:  Recover Isabella's boy.  The human in him still sees the good of his act, yet the beast Livía accidentally unleashes presents an all new threat.  Can the threesome recover Isabella's son, topple the Syndicate and stop the threats on their lives?

-- Lynda Again
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