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5 Minutes with Monica Burns and Contest

In 5 Minutes, contests, Monica Burns on January 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking. And as with all of our 5 minutes we have a contest to honor our writers. Stay tuned at the end to find out how to enter. Kismet is Monica newest release. Here is a little bit about it.

Kismet Penguin/Berkley
ISBN 978-0-42523-215-6 
 

It was a gamble she was born to make… 

Raised in a brothel at a young age, Allegra Synnford quickly learned that survival meant taking charge of her destiny. Now, a renowned courtesan skilled in the pleasures of the flesh, she chooses her lovers carefully—vowing never to be vulnerable to any one man. Until a mesmerizing Sheikh strips that control from her…  

With a man who wasn’t used to losing. 

Sheikh Shaheen of the Amazigh has been hiding from his past for a long time, but not enough to forget how another courtesan made him abandon his life as the Viscount Newcastle. It’s why the yearnings this dangerous temptress ignites within him are so troubling. Worse, thoughts of Allegra pervade every fantasy, threatening to undermine his cover. With old enemies circling, experience tells him he must resist her charms at all cost. In fact, he’s betting on it. That’s a risky wager when it comes to a woman of pleasure. But Allegra has her own reasons for playing games…with a man who can’t afford to lose.  

What happens between them is Kismet… 

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Now let’s give a Naughty Chick welcome to Monica Burns. And as always there is a free book giveaway at the end of this interview. 

What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!) 

I’m working on a historical about a courtesan and a virgin hero who happens to be younger than the courtesan. *grin* 

What is your favorite snack? 

Snack…hmm…Ahh! Nope, not that…yep this is the one! White corn chips and a whole jar of salsa. I love that the salsa is so low in calories and so tasteful…but…yep you guessed it, those white corn chips are fattening when you need almost a whole bag to go with the salsa. But it’s still my fave snack. 

I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?  

I like most chocolate, but I wouldn’t call it a staple. Not unless you happen to show up at my door with a bag of milk chocolate maple creams. They’re specialty chocolates that I will NOT share with family or anyone unless pressured to do so. LOL 

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback? 

I think they’re going to coexist for quite some time. Eventually though eBooks will dominate, just like DVD took over VHS and VHS beat out beta.  But print books won’t ever go the way of wind. There’s something about the feel of a book that’s wonderful. OTOH, I can’t wait for some extra money to get me an eReader. Font size increases and no need to hold in my hand (I’ll lay it on my knee) will mean a lot to me. I have fibromyalgia and it makes it hard to hold a paperback. Hardbacks? Not anymore for this gal. 

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why? 

Phaedra from my Sep 2010 release. Because she gets hooked up with Lysander. *sigh* One of my favorite heroes who is totally 2Die4 

Who or what influences you when you write? 

The fact that I’m not happy if I’m not writing. It drives me. 

 When you have writer’s block how do you break free? 

Generally, when I have writer’s block, it’s because I backed myself (my characters) into a corner. So I go do something else. Walking or taking a shower are a great way to have a breakthrough when I’m stumped on something. 

 Who is your perfect hero?  And why? 

Thomas Jefferson. Suave, debonair, super intelligent, a terrific architect and builder, a good lover (per sources), a lover of books, nature, art. A Renaissance man. Oh, yeah and he was a rebel despite his quiet nature. 

What do you do for inspiration? 

Watch TV, read a book, play a video game. It depends on what I’m in the mood for. Of course, inspiration comes to me when I’m NOT looking for it. I like it best that way. 

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet? 

Yes, romantic comedy and mainstream fiction, something along the DaVinci Code type of writing. 

What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?  

Research is an addiction for me. I sometimes get so caught up in the learning process when I’m researching something I forget that I’m supposed to be writing. So yes, I love it. Research I do is pretty extensive. I consult the web, read books on top, query experts about the research topic in question. You name it. I’ll hunt it down. 

What is your favorite movie of all time?  The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time? 

It’s a tie. Dead Again with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson and Henry V with Branagh. Every time Branagh gives that St. Crispin Day speech in Henry V, I’m ready to pick up a sword and charge into hell with the man. Brilliant acting. Dead Again because it’s a reincarnation theme and I love those! (See Sep 2010 release Assassin’s Heart) 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins* 

  • A lifetime supply of soap. I can’t stand to get sweaty and then not get clean.
  • An eReader that runs off a nuclear battery with five thousand books on it, give or take a few
  • Bug spray
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Something to write on and something to write with – Once I finish reading, I’ll need to write more.

  

Who would you want to be tied to for 24hours? 

The idea of being tied to someone for that long a period is horrifying to me!! LOL I like my freedom. Although I guess I could stand it if it was Patrick Stewart and he read Shakespeare to me for the entire time. LOVE his voice. Makes my toes curl. 

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing? 

Playing on the Internet, playing a game with my youngest daughter, watch my favorite TV shows, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Modern Family, Sanctuary and Numbers 

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why? 

The late 1800s; because it was a time of great change, of invention and discovery.  And DAMN the women had clothes that made them look elegant and yet incredibly sexy. 

Have you ever faked sick? 

Hmm, sick or sick not. There is no fake. (Sorry Yoda) 

Do you believe in love at first sight? 

Yes, but I believe it is rare. 

What is your perfect pizza? 

Pizza Hut Supreme Pizza, but with lots of cut up veggies. They way they used to make them years ago before they started making the veggie chunks larger. 

Do you have a celebrity crush? 

LOTS!  Patrick Stewart, Eric Bana, Johnny Depp, Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman , Daniel Craig, Ray Stevenson, and James Purefoy – He was incredible in Rome  (HBO) 

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? 

The real question is WANT. Would I want to change my name? Answer – no. I picked my pen name out at the age of 9. I strayed from that name when I returned to writing eight years ago. I picked a really pretty, nondescript name. Nothing happened, until one day I remembered my childhood pen name, decided to give it a shot, and in six months I had my first ePub contract and an agent and I finaled in the RWA Golden Heart. That nine-year-old kid knew what she was doing. 

   

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?  If not, then which one is closest to?  

Asking an author to pick a favorite book is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. *grin* I can tell you that Kismet is a very special book to me for deeply personal reasons. The initial draft of Kismet was written to try and capitalize on a trend I’d seen discussed on blogs. In the process of trying to write a book with a forced seduction scene, I wound up opening up some really deep and ugly wounds. It wasn’t pretty, it was a horrible first draft that disappointed my agent and threw me into a deep, dark depression. I put the book aside for a long time, but eventually went back to the first draft because I couldn’t let go of the characters. I knew how wonderful their HEA was, but I just had to get them there. It was a difficult and cathartic journey, but the book and I are better for it. 

  What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality? 

None and all. I don’t try to write characters like me. I write characters that I would like to be like and would like to know. Is there some of me in them? Bits and pieces, good and bad. 

Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out? 

This is a trick question, right? LOL I’m always nervous about how a book will be received. Like everyone, I want my work to be good enough for reader appreciation. 

How much does reader response mean to you over your books? 

I write for me AND the reader. The reader is my best friend because without a reader, I’m only a writer. I need readers to be an author. 

 What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them? 

An escape for a few hours; a little bit of fantasy, maybe learn a little history or something about the area where the story is set. But mainly, just to have a good time and the pleasure of enjoying a HEA, or what I call the Ahh…Sensation 

   

  If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h? 

My September book, Assassin’s Heart; Hero – Daniel Craig    Heroine – Kate Beckinsale 

  Who is your favorite author? 

Loretta Chase – Your Scandalous Ways LOVED IT! 

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books? 

It wasn’t a reviewer; it was a reader who thought I only wrote Middle Eastern books, which isn’t the case. Although I can see where they might think that since my last two books have been desert books. LOL 

What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books? 

I’ve been really lucky in that I’ve only had one bad review from an actual reviewer and only a couple of bad comments from readers. Thus, it’s tough to pick out one single comment. However, this one from Kerin at TwoLips Reviews was her take on Kismet. It said she totally “got” the book. 

“After reading the bio posted on her website, I was afforded a deeper understanding into the wealth of emotions she poured into Kismet. Tenacious, sassy heroines and strong, sexy heroes are her signature style and she’s boldly penned one of the best books I’ve read in years.”  

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it? 

It’s in my head. A-Going to Italy B-Gaining access to the private vaults under the Vatican 

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? 

Green 

Boxers or briefs? 

Boxers – and I hope you mean what do I like to see on a guy! LOL 

Red Pill or Blue Pill? 

I take so many now it doesn’t matter!! LOL 

Great Questions and thanks for inviting me along to answer them. Thanyou for being here Monica. I am really happy to have you. I love you books.

Recent Book list:

Assassin’s Heart

Book 2 in The Order of the Sicari series
Penguin/Berkley
ISBN – TBD  (Print 

Assassin’s Honor

Book 1 in The Order of the Sicari series (coming June 2010)
Penguin/Berkley
ISBN – 978-0-425-23416-7
 

Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches ancient relics. It’s how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins—the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an ancient artifact she doesn’t have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who’s every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her heart. 

Ares DeLuca comes from an ancient Roman bloodline of telekinetic assassins. A Sicari, he’s honor bound to kill only in the name of justice. But when the woman he loved was murdered, Ares broke the Sicari code and used his sword for revenge. Love cost him dearly once before, and he’s not willing to pay the price again. At least not until hot, sweet, delectable Emma walked into his life. Not only does she hold the key to a valuable Sicari relic, she might just hold the key to his heart. 

Dangerous

Samhain Publishing
ISBN 1-59998-882-8 (eFormat)
ISBN 978-1-60504-121-6  (Print) 

Constance Athelson, Viscountess Westbury has a gift she can’t reveal. She sees things others can’t, including the dead. The only thing she can’t see is into the heart of Lucien Blakemore, Earl of Lyndham. After one blissful night in his arms, she knows if she’s ever to win his heart, she must free him from his tortured past. 

Lucien Blakemore met the Egyptian goddess Isis at a masked ball, but she vanished into the night before he could learn her real name. It’s just as well, since the Blakemore Curse makes love a dangerous and deadly emotion for him. But the erotic night he spent with his mysterious lover makes him want to throw caution aside-if only for one more night with his masked goddess. 

 

Mirage 

A man without a country…
Half Bedouin, half English, the Viscount Blakeney has always been Sheikh Altair Mazir in his heart. A victim of prejudice from both cultures, he’s learned to trust no one. But a feisty American archeologist and the heat she ignites in him is about to change all that. And more. 

An independent woman hunting for a Pharaoh’s treasure…
Alexandra Talbot is used to men questioning her intelligence simply because of her sex. But the mysterious Viscount isn’t like other men. He never questions her ability to find the lost city of Ramesses II, only her resistance to the sinful pleasure of his touch. 

An ancient prophecy…
Bound by a Pharaoh’s prophecy, desire flares between them beneath the desert stars. But murder and betrayal turn their quest into a deadly game, pushing their fragile trust to the breaking point. Their survival hinges on rebuilding that trust. 

  

Where you can find Monica Burns: 

The Gab Wagon 

Monica Burns 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Wicket Writers Yahoo Group 

 Contest Details: 

First, spread the word and second, comment. But I will tell you, A:  We ask that comments be respectful and not hateful.  B:  And absolutely no spamming your own stuff on someone else’s post. I hate that and you would too if it was your post.  If you want to have some time with us on a post or a guest blog contact us via email not on a post.  Contest Ends Febuary 3rd at 11:59pm EST. Now there are two ways to enter in to the contest: 

+1 Comment. 

+2 Follow Monica on her Facebook 

+2 to followe her on Twitter 

+2 sign up for her Newsletter 

+5 Join the Wicked Writers yahoo Group  

+2  Add us to your Facebook ,and/or re-post 

+2 Add us to your Twitter and re-tweet 

+5 To post th is on your own blog if you have one 

***Good for an extra entry on top of your comment. DON’T FORGET TO LET US KNOW YOU DID. In twitter when you re-tweet keep our name in. 

As with all our 5 Minute spots, they run for a week Febuary 3rd at 11:59 EST, actually. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. Never miss a prize again.  Good Luck! 

 

 

**********************************Update the winner of this post is SPAVE05***************************************

Review: Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur

In Keri Arthur, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy on January 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Bound to Shadows

By Keri Arthur

ISBN: 9780553591163

Released 10/27/2009

In the darkness, demons come out to play . . .
and someone must bring their sins to light.

Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.

For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . .

Review:[Rating:5/5]

Ok so you all know I’m Australian and I love to tout Australian authors and their books.  The author who started the how paranormal/Urban fantasy for me is MS Arthur and I’m proud that she’s Australian.

I’ve been hanging out for this book because the series has been building and building to the finale.  One page in and I was sucked right back into the Riley universe.  In this book we see a more mature Riley who has reached a point where she is finally coming to terms with her dual natures.  She is in a settled relationship and is more able to concentrate on her work without being side tracked.  As we discovered in the last instalment, Riley has found her wolf soul mate and I really enjoyed that the conflict in the book was part of her work which her soul mate just happened to be front and centre of.

It’s hard to not give out spoilers but this next little bit might have one.  You know what; I really think the way Kye was portrayed was right.  I have had heated discussions with friends about this but, c’mon people, he’s an enforcer of types. He’s not going to be Mr New Age Man, Mr Sensitive and Sweet.  He is going to be seriously cold and calculating.  He is going to try and take advantage whenever and where ever he can. I would have been disappointed if he was suddenly transformed into a likeable character.

The ending sucker punched me and yes there was tear or ten but I have to give props to Ms Arthur for not being afraid to kill off a likeable semi main character.

There is no stagnation of the series even though it is now into book eight.  There are other authors out there who seem to putter and die around this point but Ms Arthur constantly raises the bar with each book.  While I know the next book, Moon Sworn is the final one, I feel happy and safe in the knowledge that Ms Arthur has other series on the boil. I am a diehard Keri Arthur fan, to the point I have at least two copies of every book just so I don’t run short when I lend one out to a friend, and can’t wait to see what she writes next.

***Spoilers Ahead***

***Spoilers Ahead***

Moon Sworn will be released 5/25/2010. Blurbs has spoilers in it from Bound by Shadows. ****So if you haven’t read BBS DON’T READ AHEAD…STOP****

Some nights never end.

Some desires never die. . . .

She ventures where no one else dares—into realms of peril and pleasure. But will this next journey be her last?

Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death–causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead–and at Riley’s own hands.  Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley–including her job at the Directorate.

Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up.  Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings.  For a vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother–and even her own identity.  Can Riley survive this ultimate assault?  All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever…

Mercy Burns will be released 12/28/2010. We can’t wait.

Steamed Goodies Newsletter from Katie MacAlister

In General on January 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm
     

 

 ARE YOU READY FOR STEAMED?

The release of Steamed is a little more than a week away! Since Steamed is my first foray into the world of steampunk, I commissioned some fun things that will hopefully get you up to speed and in the steampunk mood.

 

 

If you want more information about Steamed, feel free to pop over to the Steamed page, or swing by the new Katie Mac Community where there are discussions of all sorts, freebies that are available on the Community before they are released into the wild, and all the latest KatieCon news.

With steamy good wishes,

Katie

www.katiemacalister.com

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5 Minutes with Caridad Pineiro & Contest

In 5 Minutes, Caridad Pineiro on January 23, 2010 at 9:12 am

I would like to introduce to you Caridad Pineiro. She has written a few books you might have read FURY CALLS,  a silouette Nocture;  and Sins of the Flesh
her newest release in November 2009. For more see her booklist.

BIO:

Caridad Piñeiro is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project – to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since. In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors.

Caridad’s eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list and #123 on the USA TODAY Bestseller List. HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, a paranormal anthology with Maureen Child, made the BookScan Top 100 Adult Fiction list.

In 2009, Caridad will debut a new paranormal romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing. The first novel in the series, SINS OF THE FLESH, will be released in November 2009.

I have to tell you I have read Sins of the Flesh
, and I love every minute of it.  It was sexy and action-packed. I look forward to her next book. Now lets give a heartfelt Naughty Welcome to Caridad Pineiro.

What project are you currently working on? 

I have just finished up STRONGER THAN SIN, the second book in the SINS series.  It’s a sexy story about a football quarterback whose lost himself in fame and glory.  When a metabolic bone disease strips him of the sport he loves, he risks a radical gene therapy to return to the game, but finds nothing but pain and deceit – until he comes into contact with a doctor attempting to cure him of the strange side effects of the gene therapy.  STRONGER THAN SIN will be out in October 2010.(C’mon give us a hint!)

Place you most want to visit.

I would love to visit Australia one day.  It seems like such a unique and interesting place.

Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback? 

I think that we may encounter a day where books will be primarily delivered electronically and then people will have to pay for a print on demand edition.  It would be a greener alternative while still allowing people to have the humble paperbacks we all love.

If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why? 

I would love to be Diana Reyes.  She’s so complex and kick ass and I think I would enjoy being an FBI Agent and solving all kinds of crimes.

Who or what influences you when you write? 

I watch videos and listen to music to help me get in the mood for what I am writing.

When you have writer’s block how do you break free? 

When I have writer’s block, I either take a long walk and think about the book or a long shower.  Both seem to recharge me creatively.

Who is your perfect hero?  And why? 

My perfect hero is an imperfect hero!  I love seeing people redeemed by the power of love and so the best ones are those that I think people wonder why you would love them.  They make for the most interesting heroes.

What do you do for inspiration? 

For inspiration I read J.D. Robb.  I want to grow up to be her some day. LOL!

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet? 

Not yet.  I think I’ve found where my voice is strongest – paranormals and romantic suspense – and I truly enjoy writing them.

 What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process? 

I go on the web and to the library to get information on the subjects for the books.  I also try to visit the locales where the books are set.  That lets me put real life experiences as to the sensual aspects of the place into the scenes.

What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time? 

That’s a tough one!  How about favorite television show – that would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I could watch that over and over (oh, wait, I have!)

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins*

DVD player and Buffy DVDs(see earlier question), champagne, cheese, books (lots and lots of books), laptop (because I couldn’t imagine not writing every day!)

What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing? 

Favorite way to relax is by taking a walk along the boardwalk.  The ocean is so invigorating.

What is the one era you would love to go visit and why? 

I’d love to go to the future instead and see what the world looks like 100 years from now.

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart? 

My favorite one is DARKNESS CALLS since it pushed me to challenge myself as a writer and introduced me to the voice that I love the best.

What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality? 

I think that Caterina Shaw from Sins of the Flesh
is the character most like me.  Creative and strong.  Compassionate and loving.

 Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book come out?

I am nervous every single time that a book comes out.

How much does reader response mean to you over your books? 

Reader response means a lot to me since my goal when I write is to create something that readers like.  If they don’t, it means I failed in what I had hoped to accomplish.

What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them? 

I think they find new friends in the characters I create.  I try to bring to life interesting people with whom you get emotionally involved and I think I’ve managed to do that since readers regularly ask what’s up with certain characters.

If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast as the h/h. 

I would love to see Sins of the Flesh
come to the screen.  I’d cast either Kate Beckinsale or Evangeline Lilly as Caterina and maybe Galen Gering as Mick.

What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books? 

I can’t really think of any weird things.  Most have been pretty logical reviews.

 What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books? 

That’s a hard one as well.  In general, reviewers have been so wonderfully accepting of all the different things I’ve tried.  I think the most flattering reviews have compared me to Anne Rice.  That’s quite a compliment and I really appreciated it.

Today’s contest is for a copy of Sins of the Flesh.

Terminal illness leads gifted musician Caterina Shaw to seek radical treatment that turns her superhuman in this uneven romantic suspense from paranormal and category romance author Piñeiro (Honor Calls). Dr. Raymond Edwards saves Caterina’s life but then traps her and continues experimenting on her with genes and hallucinogens. Out of control and desperate, Caterina escapes, only to fall into the arms of Mick Carerra, an attractive Mexican mercenary hired to find and dispose of her. Her beauty awakens his long-throttled emotions, and instead of collecting the bounty, Mick defies Edwards while his sister provides the medical treatment Caterina needs to detox and his affectionate family helps to heal her heart. The premise is intriguing, but Piñeiro never fully develops it, and too many inconsistencies distract the reader from both romance and science.

 

Caridad Pineiro can be found at her website Caridad.com.

Okay contest rules:

First, spread the word and second, comment. But I will tell you, A: We ask that comments be respectful and not hateful.  B:  And absolutely no spamming your own stuff on someone else’s post. I hate that and you would too if it was your post.  If you want to have some time with us on a post or a guest blog contact us via email not on a post.  Contest Ends January 29th at 11:59pm EST. Now there are two ways to enter in to the contest:

1. Comment. If you comment you get 1 entries.
OR
2. Add us to your Facebook , Twitter or your own blog if you have one, and re-tweet and/or re-post will be eligible for the drawing.
***Good for an extra entry on top of your comment. DON’T FORGET TO LET US KNOW YOU DID. In twitter when you re-tweet keep our name in.

As with all our 5 Minute spots, they run for a week, but this week all these contest will go to the end of the month: January 29th at 11:59 EST, Actually.Don’t forget to signup for our newsletter to see if you won.  Good Luck!

S.A. Price's Entwined By Fate Reviewed

In Other Shifters, Paranormal Romance, S.A. Price on January 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Entwined By Fate

by S.A. Price

ISBN # 978-1-60767-077-3

Reviewed by Nancy

Blurb:

Thirty females of the Ophidian race have gone missing, most from the transient nest of Las Vegas, a rogue and unofficial nest run by the Saint, John Merrick. Believed to be dead by every Archon in the states, Merrick leads a quiet and unassuming life, saving those of his race that are lost and need it most. It’s a solitary existence, one that he hates every day. He yearns for his mate, the woman he left over a decade before, and the woman who thinks him dead to this day.

When Elise Rizdon gets the official invitation to the Archon meeting in Ohio by the leader of a new Midwestern nest, she never expected to see the love of her life at the woman’s side, a man she was told was dead and buried. She lost him once upon a time, and she never fully recovered. Focusing on the issues, and not the man that has always made her body burn is not going to be easy. A disturbing event is on the horizon, one that threatens all Ophidian’s and their way of life. In order to survive they will have to work together, give up old grudges and take chances on the things that matter most. Love, life and the continuation of their race.

This is a different look at Shifters. I love shifters, especially the unusual ones. After all, anyone can come up with wolf/dog shifters or big cat shifters, right? But this one is Snakes!! To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could get into a story where the folks turned into slithering, scaly reptiles. But let me say this-there is nothing cold blooded about these reptiles. There is a main thread in this about missing girls, but there are several sub plots winding throughout that make it even more interesting. And hot guys abound here.  One of the really hot guys is also a bit of comic relief as well. Imagine a pyromaniac snake shifter with a fear of….snakes! How great is that. There’s the mystery of the missing girls to solve, the return of the long thought dead Merrick and his thread to get Elise back, the squabbles over territory, and many side trips to episodes of blazing hot sex. The scene between Aiden and Myra in the room by the control  center is so hot, it smokes.

Review: Understood by Maya Banks

In Maya Banks on January 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

Understood

By Maya Banks

Novella

eBook from Samhain Publishing

ISBN: 159-9983028
[Rating:4/5]

Blurb:

When she breaks free from the bondage of her past, he’ll be waiting.

Jake made the ultimate mistake—falling in love with Ellie, his best friend’s wife. Distance was the only solution, but it prevented him from seeing what a bastard his friend turned out to be. Now Ellie is free from the bondage of her past, and Jake waits. Needing, wanting, and ready for her when she spreads her wings.

I read this book in one sitting. I was so saddened by the abuse Ellie endured and the blame she had for herself. As a survivor of an abusive father I can understand all the feelings she had running through her. I just never thought to see them on paper, or a computer screen. Ellie reminded me of the legend of the Phoenix, rising from the ashes stronger and better for it. Ms. Banks wrote about a horrible situation that happens to a lot of women. Some don’t have happy ending, but this one did. And I loved it. Jake was just the man she needed and she got the closure. Great story.

Understood by Maya Banks

In Maya Banks on January 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

Understood

By Maya Banks

Novella

eBook from Samhain Publishing

ISBN: 159-9983028
[Rating:4/5]

Blurb:

When she breaks free from the bondage of her past, he’ll be waiting.

Jake made the ultimate mistake—falling in love with Ellie, his best friend’s wife. Distance was the only solution, but it prevented him from seeing what a bastard his friend turned out to be. Now Ellie is free from the bondage of her past, and Jake waits. Needing, wanting, and ready for her when she spreads her wings.

I read this book in one sitting. I was so saddened by the abuse Ellie endured and the blame she had for herself. As a survivor of an abusive father I can understand all the feelings she had running through her. I just never thought to see them on paper, or a computer screen. Ellie reminded me of the legend of the Phoenix, rising from the ashes stronger and better for it. Ms. Banks wrote about a horrible situation that happens to a lot of women. Some don’t have happy ending, but this one did. And I loved it. Jake was just the man she needed and she got the closure. Great story.

5 Minutes with Michele Bardsley & Contest

In 5 Minutes, contests, Michele Bardsley, Paranormal Romance, Vampires on January 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

Hello and welcome to another installment of “5 minutes with…”this week we have Michele Bardsley author of the popular bestselling paranormal, the Broken Heart series:

I met Michele at, I think it was the Pittsburgh RT 2008, she was pretty nice. And she still is pretty nice that is. I hate to say this, but I had no clue who she was. I had bumped in to her and Dakota Cassidy, and MaryJanice Davidsonon accident. Back then I was afraid to talk to people. Pfft, I know me not talk, right. Well you can blame them for getting me out of my shell, and I haven’t shut up since. Then they introduced me to Mark Henry the following year at RT 2009 Orlando. Note to self: Don’t drink around Mark when he is telling stories, major spew alert. I also think that I may have given Michele a really nice pair of shoes the night of the Fairy Ball, they were killing my feet. Evidently the price of beauty was too high and I was too intoxicated to walk in them. LOL. Anyways, my pal Michele has a new book out, Come Hell or High Water, Book 6 in the Broken Heart series. So let’s give her a big Naughty Welcome.

Hi Michele thanks for taking the time out of your uber busy schedule to answer a few questions:

 So Michele what are you currently working on?   

I’m working the edits for CROSS YOUR HEART, which is Book 7 in the Broken Heart series. It hits shelves in September 2010.

 Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?

I doubt it. Just like paperbacks didn’t replace hard covers. Digital books are the equivalent Gutenberg Press of our era. Not everyone was thrilled with the invention of a printing press, much less those “dime novels,” but eventually the paperback won out. I imagine e-books will experience a huge growth in its market share as technology changes and makes it more convenient for readers to enjoy e-books.

 If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?

Jessica Matthews from I’m the Vampire, That’s Why. I love her. I wish I had her courage, and wouldn’t even mind the fact she doesn’t have an off switch when it comes to her mouth. LOL.

 Who or what influences you when you write?

I just write. Great books and great movies can be wonderful inspirations, but I don’t listen to music or meditate or converse with my muse. I just sit down and start typing.

 When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I don’t want to disparage those creative souls who’ve felt too stifled to pursue their art, but … I think you sit down and write. It might be crap, but it’s a start. It’s like Nora Roberts said: I can’t fix a bad page, but not a blank one.

 Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

I’d love to write a mystery novel one day.

 What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

If I need to know something, I Google it. I usually research while I’m writing as opposed to trying to figure out things before I start the book. I never really know what I need to know until I get to that part.

 What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

While You Were Sleeping

 If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins*

Laptop with Internet access, my puppies, my e-reader filled with books, a magical device that would let me stay in touch with my children (tropical island + children = no fun LOLOL), and chocolate.

 What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

Playing Rock Band or reading, but mostly playing Rock Band.

 What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

The future, just to see all the cool stuff we’ll have.

 Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart?

I have to say it’s I’m the Vampire, That’s Why since it was the novel that started what turned out to be a long-term series. A close second is Over My Dead Body.

 What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Probably Jessica—I poured a lot of my internal dialogue into her. I wouldn’t say half of what she does, but I think it. She’s got that Okie spirit, the grit-your-teeth-and-do-what-you-have-to-even-though-it-sucks spirit.

 Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?

I did when the first couple of books came out. Sales are a big deal—the more readers buy; the more secure your job as a writer. I still get a little nervous during book release week; however, I’m usually on another deadline for the next book so that helps.

 How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Writers want to be loved, of course. I really enjoy getting emails and notes from readers who enjoy my series, and identify with my characters. It’s okay if people hate my books, but I’ve learned not to engage those who generate negativity to create drama. I don’t read Amazon reviews because a few have driven me insane. I’m human, after all. Like I said, it’s just better not to pay attention. My goal: Write the next book, and the next one, and don’t worry about the rest.

 If you make a movie of any of your books, which one would you pick and who would you cast as hero and heroine?

I got to go with I’m the Vampire, That’s Why. I would love Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in the title roles. They’ve done two really great movies together (The Lake House … happy romantic sigh), and I think a love story about a widow with two kids and a bad attitude and a sexy Irish vampire would make a great third film for them. Plus, I love me some Keanu.

 Michele I want to thank you for being with us this week here at Naughty Editions. Hey did you ladies and gents know Michele had a book just released January 5? Come Hell or High Water, book 6 of the Broken Heart series.

Along with the book series she also has the Broken Heart Banner a local newsletter for Broken Heart Oklahoma residents. Get an inside peek at the goings-on in Oklahoma’s only paranormal community with an electronic subscription to The Broken Heart Banner. Each issue is filled with articles from your favorite residents of Broken Heart as well as exclusive excerpts, interviews, and features from guest columnists such as Amanda Feral from Road Trip of the Living Dead and Delaney Markham from KISS & HELL. Banner Website.

 Other books include her eBook releases from Changeling Press and Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

Contest Details:

First, spread the word and second, comment. But I will tell you, A:  We ask that comments be respectful and not hateful.  B:  And absolutely no spamming your own stuff on someone else’s post. I hate that and you would too if it was your post.  If you want to have some time with us on a post or a guest blog contact us via email not on a post.  Contest Ends January 24th at 11:59pm EST. Now there are two ways to enter in to the contest:

1. Comment. If you comment you get 1 entry.
2. Follow Michele on her Facebook or Twitter for an extra entry.
3. Add us to your Facebook , Twitter or your own blog if you have one, and re-tweet and/or re-post will be eligible for the drawing. And get an extra entry per social media.
***Good for an extra entry on top of your comment. DON’T FORGET TO LET US KNOW YOU DID. In twitter when you re-tweet keep our name in.

As with all our 5 Minute spots, they run for a week January 24th at 11:59 EST, actually. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. Never miss a prize again.  Good Luck!

Come Hell or High Water by Michele Bardsley

In Michele Bardsley, Paranormal Romance on January 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Come Hell or High Water

by Michele Bardsley

ISBN: 9780451228789

Paperback
[Rating:5/5]

Buy here for 25% off.

The newest paranormal romance in the national bestselling broken heart series

Everybody makes mistakes-and my first one was named Connor, a heart- stealing Scottish hottie. I thought our night together was the beautiful beginning to a love story, which turned out to be my second mistake. I, Phoebe Allen, lifelong Broken Heart resident and vampire, am now mated to a half-demon.

Thankfully Phoebe’s four-year-old son Danny is safely away at Disneyworld with his human father. Because Phoebe’s right in the middle of major paranormal drama, helping Connor and his rag-tag group of friends retrieve part of an ancient talisman in order to ward off Connor’s vicious stepmother, an uber-demon named Lilith. Phoebe swears she isn’t falling for any of Connor’s demon charm. But still, he’s willing to do anything to protect her and prevent demons from storming into Broken Heart. And her undead heart can’t resist a bad boy with identity issues…

What I liked about this book?

What isn’t to NOT like about this book. WOW, is all I have to say. A demon eating Chihuahua. (That is AWESOME!! I so want one.) A hawt half-demon. And one really crazy chick. Well two crazy chicks but one really, really crazy chick. The sex is hot, action was great and the death dealing was harsh. I love Michele’s books they are funny, sexy and damned great books.  

What I didnt like about this book?

Uh DUH nothing. Well maybe that it was not long enough. I would have liked a little more “interaction” with Connor before the whole vampire-demon home invasion. But eh.

Heart Bond by Gwendolyn Cease

In Gwendelyn Cease, Vampires on January 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Heart Bond

By Gwendolyn Cease

ISBN# 978-1-907280-36-8

Reviewed by Nancy

Blurb:

Jaz Maloney is the scion to a wealthy Vitala family and all he wants to do is have fun. Especially if it involves Jin, a tall, dark, handsome stranger who totally rocks his world. But the fun ends when an older male Vitala puts a claim on Jaz and attempts to force him under his control. When Jaz refuses the male goes before the senate and, using old Vitala law, destroys Jaz’s family. Devastated, Jaz sees no other option, but to do what this male wants until Master Ryujin steps forward to defend him.

Master Ryujin is only in the city for a brief visit, when he steps in to stop what he sees as a miscarriage of justice. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the male he’s protecting is the same one that caught his attention at a club. But he’s certainly not looking for a life partner.

Ryujin and Jaz have nothing in common, but when the heart speaks, these two men can do nothing but answer.

This was an interesting story, although because it is the first by this author that I have read, I felt that I was missing something. That didn’t keep me from enjoying it, but some history on the Vitala might have been helpful. Jaz is like no other vampire I’ve ever encountered (in books of course) He is the overtly gay social butterfly, rich, spoiled and headstrong, and always seeking attention. If he weren’t from a rich family, he probably wouldn’t have survived as long as he has. Nobody knows there is another, more creative side to Jaz Maloney, and that is the artist Jazon, whose paintings are sold worldwide. That is where Jaz shines: in his art. Unfortunately, he catches the wrong eye and when he repeatedly refuses to be the toy of Andrew Robertson, it leads to tragedy. Jaz has a best friend ands she offers to kill Robertson for Jaz, but he knows that won’t really solve anything. When Jaz meets Ryujin at a club, he falls, hard, but is sure that Ryujin isn’t interested in him. The troubles that ensue because of Robertson’s obsession with Jaz turn the rest of his family against him, even as Ryujin saves him. The passion between these two men is scorching hot, and could just burn your fingers. I only recently began reading m/m romance, and I’m glad I didn’t miss this one. Ms Cease does the sex scenes with taste, and with passion too. There is no “in your face” blatant sex for sex sake. What she shows is love and caring, and yes, screaming hot sex between two people who care about each other. There can never be too much love, right?