So Far Gone Reveal

A Tuesday Book Talk Special, on a Thursday!

so-far-gone-e-reader-copyIt’s my pleasure to help Avril Ashton reveal her latest cover. Congrats Avril, the cover is delicious :)

So Far Gone

Jacob Donnelly wants something new. Something different. Which is why he’s got a one-way ticket to New York and his bags packed. One last night out to the bar finds him in a sexy stranger’s bed, giving in to an explosive chemistry Jacob had been searching for, but never found. Until now. It’s too bad he’s leaving town, although once he finds out his one night stand’s true identity, Jacob can’t get away fast enough.

Cash Warner made a mistake. It doesn’t matter that he’d never felt anything like the fire generated between him and Jacob. He doesn’t plan to ever see his one-night hookup ever again. Except he does. When the reality of what they’d done fully sets in, Jacob flees, leaving Cash struggling with how to deal with the bitter taste of betrayal he can’t escape. Because even with Jacob gone for years, Cash can’t stop wanting more of that one night. Fate conspires against them once again, bringing Jacob home after tragedy strikes, and they’ll find it near impossible to keep their distance despite being committed to other people.

So Far Gone is releasing August 1st.

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BIO:

A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Stone Mountain, GA., with a tolerant spousal equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing the plot points of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother.

Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.

Addicted to cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Erotic and GLBT Romance for Ellora’s Cave, Evernight Publishing, eXtasy Books, Secret Cravings Publishing and Total-e-Bound.

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Just Read

I finally sat down and read this one.
Pagan Fire by Teri Barnett

Why I picked it up: The title actually drew me in on this one. Then the back blurb hooked me.

What I liked: I predicted I’d enjoy the Celtic mythology which I did. The story intrigued me from page one and moved forward with a steady pace. The brutality of the time period wasn’t shied away from nor was it graphically in your face which I appreciated. The author obviously did a lot of research and it didn’t come out as info dumps. And while I wasn’t expecting a HEA the author delivered one for me :)

What I disliked: I predicted being worried about the mixed reviews which were founded. The narration, at best, is omnipresent and, at worst, a bundle of head hopping, neither of which I have much patience for.

Just Read

Because, once again, I’m between books at the moment.

Master of the Opera by Jeffe Kennedy (click on the covers to go to Amazon)

Why I picked it up: Phantom of the Opera, duh. Don’t those covers just draw you in…?

What I liked: This was a nice twist on the Phantom. Set in New Mexico, with Native American themes running through it, and modern day; we have Christine arriving as a prop apprentice, Roman (Raul) as her childhood sweetheart, and the Master (Phantom). The author wove a wonderful who-done-it tale with my beloved POTO story. We have the tragic hero in the Master. I wanted him to win just as much as I have ever wanted Eric to. Christine isn’t quite as naive as her namesake, though she has her moments. 5 stars all the way.

What I disliked: I’m not a fan of the serial, so waited until all the parts were published. I wish this was available in a single eBook for my keeper file :)

SPOILER: This had the HEA I’ve always wished for Eric to find. Thank you Jeffe!

Just Read

Because, once again, I’m between books at the moment. Yeah, I’m sounding like a broken record.
Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Why I picked this up: I honestly don’t remember. It was sitting on my eReader for some time before I clicked it open. I’m guessing the blurb caught my eye.

What I liked: I was pleasantly surprised by this tale. It reads like you’ve picked up someone’s diary and it works really well for this story. The main character is Vida and she’s been dying her whole life. There’s quite the emotional ride as we follow Vida and her quest for life and discovery of self. Which is all I’m going to say because I don’t want to ruin the tale for you. This rates one of my rare 5 stars.

What I disliked: I can’t say there was anything I disliked. I will say those who don’t hold with cellular memory will likely find a lot of this story requires the reader to suspend belief.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

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Just Read

Relentless, Pieces of You, and Bring Me Home by Cassia Leo

Why I picked it up: The first one was a freebie from somewhere and I was sucked in enough to grab up the other two. The first one can stand alone to a degree but the others don’t, at least for me. (Note: there’s a fourth book, Abandon, featuring secondary characters.)

What I liked: This one falls under the Young Adult genre and I think it delivers nicely. The characters are all late teens/early twenties when the story opens. There’s not much I can say about this trilogy without spoilers. The story centers around Claire. Claire has been dealt a crappy hand. She has two men who save her in different ways. It tugs at all the right heartstrings for me.

What I disliked: While I understand the need for multiple POV characters, especially in the third book, I felt it drew away from the central arc of the story a bit. I would have preferred the POV limited to Claire, Chris, and Adam.

Just Read (because I’m in between books at the time of posting this)

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Why I picked it up: Moning is an auto buy for me. This is the first of the Fever series spin-off featuring Dani O’Malley, the spunkiest 14 to ever walk the fictional universe.

What I liked: It had everything I expected from Moning and the Fever world. Dani is a breath of fresh air character, though I suspect I’d be grayer, and probably bald, if I was her parent. We see poor Christian again, even get his POV, and I want to root for him because of who he is. The mysterious Ryodan is back and simply because of his relationship with Barrons I want to root for him. And we get to know Dancer who is so good for Dani you can’t help but hope he comes out on top. All in all, an awesome addition the series/world.

What I disliked: Moning is notorious for her cliff-hanger endings in the Fever series and this was no different. With Moning’s firm one book per year stance, I waited as long as I could to read this. (Book 2, Burned, is available for pre-order, coming out January 2015.) I will say there’s a bit of an ick factor in Ryodan and Christian’s fixation on Dani (IE: Adults lusting after a teen), but I trust Moning.

Will Read

Pagan Fire by Teri Barnett

Why I picked this up: The title actually drew me in on this one. Then the back blurb hooked me.

What I expect to like: The Celtic mythology.

What I expect to dislike: I’m a little worried about the mixed reviews I’ve seen, after I picked it up. Probably why this wasn’t the next thing I read back in December.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

A to Z of Authors

2011bookstoreadApril is the A to Z Challenge … for those who dare.

I don’t dare, LOL.

Instead, I’ll share an A to Z list of authors!

  • Ann Mayburn
  • Angela Brown
  • Ciara Knight
  • Diana Castle
  • Eve Berlin/Eden Bradley
  • Liz Fichera
  • Stacy Green
  • Heather Blackwood
  • Larissa Ione
  • Joely Sue Burkhart
  • Kelly Jamieson
  • Lindsay Buroker
  • Melanie Macek
  • Kait Nolan
  • Olga Bicos
  • Kate Poole
  • Susan Kaye Quinn *
  • Jodi Redford
  • Sloan Parker
  • Tracy Cooper-Posey
  • Ursula Sinclair *
  • Viola Rivard *
  • Angela Wallace
  • Xondra Day
  • Samantha Young *
  • Maria Zannini

* I haven’t actually read these authors…yet.

How many of these authors have you read?

Have you done an A to Z reading challenge?

Ten on Tuesday: the Book Edition

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is the last ten books read. :snicker: Like THAT is a hard one. They also asked for reviews…hmm, we’ll see what happens as I list them.

Fasten your seat belts, here we go.

  1. Somebody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters, I’m actually reading this one now. The continuation of Marc and Angelina’s story, too many dragons to slay in one book :) Ms. Masters has completely sucked me into this series/saga. Recommend the entire series. I understand she’s working on the next book, Nobody’s Dream, now. Write fast, dear author, write fast.
  2. Nobody’s Perfect by Kallypso Masters. Damian and Savi’s story, well deserved HEA.
  3. Nobody’s Hero by Kallypso Masters. Adam and Karla’s story, nice HEA.
  4. Nobody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters. The start of Marc and Angelina’s story, HFN.
  5. Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters. The Prequel to the Rescue Me series, came with Nobody’s Angel, where we meet the main three men and how they ended up on an rooftop in Fallujah. BDSM, Wounded Warriors.
  6. Highlander’s Curse by Melissa Mayhue. Colin and Abby’s tale, HEA. I adore this Daughters of the Glen series. Recommend the entire series. (Highly recommend to readers of Karen Marie Moning.) Fae. Time-travel. Soul-mates.
  7. Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) by Laura E Harner. Cass and Tyler’s story, HEA. This is the first book of a series and, while I enjoyed the story, I doubt I’ll continue the series. Recommend to readers of the genre. GLBTQ. Cowboys. Wounded Warriors.
  8. Unexpected Dad by Trina Solet. Tyler and Jake’s story, HEA. I enjoyed the tale but not the execution, which isn’t to say it was badly done. Recommend. GLBTQ. Friends to Lovers.
  9. Penance by Ann Mayburn. This is the second book about Wyatt and Michelle, wrapping up their story – I believe – HEA. When I read Still (the first book) last year I was definitely left with a HEA feeling at the end. Then came the teaser chapter for Penance and holy cow but I needed to get my hands on Penance. It delivered too, though the editing felt a bit rushed compared to Still. Michelle saves Wyatt in Still and Wyatt saves Michelle in Penance. Highly recommend. BDSM. FemDom. Wounded Warriors.
  10. Dreamlander by KM Weiland. Chris and Allara’s story, a hinted HEA. Chris crosses over to an alternate world in his dreams where it is Allara’s job to train and guide him. This is a hard one to sum up without spoilers. Recommend. Fantasy.

What was the last book you read?

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Just Read

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Why I picked it up: It came up in relation to something else but I can’t remember the details. The time-travel definitely sold me on it.

What I liked: I did enjoy the story. It was almost like two stories. The first half had the hero coming forward, which I thoroughly enjoyed. While the second half had the heroine going backward. The characters were well developed with hints of reincarnation. The heroine starts out a bit whiny, almost to the point of too stupid to live, until the reader realizes she’s been sucked into an additive relationship and has no self-confidence. Deveraux’s intensive research is clear and she blended it seamlessly into the tale.

What I disliked: The style didn’t agree with me, probably due to this being an older book with a different writing/editing style then I’ve become used to. It felt like omnipresent trying to be deep POV which didn’t work for me. In fact, there were a number of spots I’d have called the author on head-hopping had I been beta reading this.

Reading

Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance by Shelly Thacker

Why I picked it up: Time-travel plus it was (and still is) free. I believe it’s the first in the Stolen Brides Series, and yes, I’ll be checking the rest of the series out.

What I like: This has the deep POV the previous book did not. There’s great sexual tension between the hero and heroine. The reasons they can’t be together are compelling. The historical details are woven nicely.

What I dislike: Nothing so far.

Will Read

Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland

Why I picked this up: I’ve been following this author, writers’ guru, for years.

What I expect to like: The writing style, the depth of the characters, and the visceral descriptions.

What I expect to dislike: I can’t think of anything.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

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2014, Enter Stage Left

ROW80LogoYep, it’s that time again. Round One of ROW80, the writing challenge that knows you have a life, starts tomorrow. Thus today is goal day.

I have a lot of goals for 2014, most of which I won’t list here for various reasons. 2014 needs to be a year of accomplishments. I have big dreams :D

In trying to pin down my goals for this year I’ve taken notes from fellow ROWer Shan Jeniah which worked great for the big picture. However, since I try to maintain the wee beasties and That Man’s privacy, it isn’t a format for the ol’ blog. Then there’s ROWer Julie Glover who keeps things short and sweet. I was tempted to follow her lead. In the end, I decided to change things up by following Nicole of Book-Wyrm Knits.

Year Long Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said.

Quarter Long (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft and Edit the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title.
        Rough goal of drafting 6 chapters per week in January.
        Rough goal of editing 6 chapters per week in February.
        With an aim to get out to Beta Readers in March.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Quiet computer geek, Brie, has spent her entire life living in her outgoing twin sister’s shadow. When a vortex dumps Brie on a world where men are property and she’s saddled with a “love slave” the Sovereign ordered her to choose, she learns just how similar she is to her twin after all. Brie teams up with Claude to free the men. Brie’s just worried she’ll lose her heart in the process.

    Claude has managed to avoid the final step of the Sovereign’s call the two decades he’s been eligible. On the eve of his fortieth birthday, the day that would have freed him for the rest of his life, he finds himself lined up and chosen. Claude can’t help but wonder if his support of men’s rights tipped the scales of chance against him. His new master, an other-worlder, isn’t what Claude expected but rather a kindred supporter of equality. Could she be who he’s dreamed of?

  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected.
  • At least, one date night with That Man.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs.
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads.
  • Exercise 3 times per week.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

What are you looking forward to this first quarter of 2014?

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