Queen of Song and Souls by C.L. Wilson

Queen of Song and Souls: Fourth Book in the Tarien Soul Series

By C L Wilson

ISBN-13: 978-0843960600

Leisure Books

[rating=4]

After reading an excerpt in the back of one of Christine Feehan’s books, I rushed out and bought the first two books : Lord of the Fading Lands and Lady of Light and Shadows, then left them sitting in the “To Be Read” pile as I was afraid that the books would let me down.  Boy, I could kick myself for waiting so long.  From then on, I got wrapped up in these books.  I have read them numerous times and when you consider I write reviews and don’t often have time to re-read books. For me to find the time to re-read these books should be a testament to how good they really are. 

Ms Wilson’s world building is reminiscent of one of my all time favourite authors Anne McCaffrey and it was no surprise to find that Ms Wilson names Ms McCaffrey as a favourite author of hers.  The attention to detail, of what to me, appears to be a complex and complicated world is nothing short of inspiring.  I have read bad reviews about this book where people have complained that there is no HEA in it; however this book is a fantasy. I didn’t know that a HEA is a must have for a fantasy book.  It’s a sweeping love story people, get over it.  I personally would rather have a suggestive read (which this book and the others in the series are in spades) than perhaps the loss of world building and detail that rushing to a HEA might bring about. 

As an avid fan, I already knew that this book wasn’t the completion and that there is another book to come.  It gives more of Ellie and Rain’s back stories, and makes both of them well rounded characters.  It also highlights just how far Rain has come from when he scorched the world.  There is a mellowing of Rain even whilst he struggles with what he knows is to come. The tension is rising now and after reading this book, my mind was racing for days. I couldn’t pick up another because my mind was just too caught up in the possibilities about what can be in book five.

All in all, I loved learning more about the Elves and I can’t wait to see what Ms Wilson throws into the mix next.  I’ll come right out and admit it, I cried when reading a certain part of this book.  Who am I kidding? I cried more than once and I’m not ashamed.  There are not many books that bring me to tears but this shows just how deeply connected I am to the characters and the story.  I loved this book and all the other books Ms Wilson has written. Bring on Book 5, Tarien Soul. Mei’felani. Bei’santi. Nehtah, bas desrali!

 

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To Steampunk or not to Steampunk a costume?

Okay I have thought long and hard on what to wear for the Romanctic Times Convention Costume parties.

  • Vampire Ball
  • Faery Ball ( elemental faeries)

If you guys have any ideas of what I should wear let me know because I have no clue. Well that is a lie, I do but again I can’t make up my mind.

So I was thinking (I know bad habit), that I could go as a Steampunk Vampire or an Elizabeth Bathory type character. You know the one that bathed in the blood of virgins to stay young. Yeah that scary lady.

And as for the faery thing I really don’t know. I haven’t the faintest idea on how to make wings or where to get them. So I may end up not doing that costume.

Any suggestions?

Pure Sin by Rynne Raines

Pure Sin

By Rynne Raines

The Wild Rose Press

[rating=4]

 

Whips. Blindfolds. Restraints. And a man rumored to be the most skilled Dom in the city…

As the BDSM instructor at the hottest fetish club in Los Angeles, Bianca Alexander prides herself on being open, honest, and informative with her clientele when it comes to kink. The fact that she hasn’t knelt before a master of her own in four long years doesn’t affect her ability to teach, though a part of her longs to be back in her Dom’s arms. But when her boss hires Cade Sinclair–her primary rival from a competing club–to assist teaching her classes, Bianca’s comfortable solo act becomes a sinful duet drenched in Pure Sin.

I read this book in one sitting. It was like a digital chocolate coated wet dream for the kink in me. The only part I didn’t like about the book is the mysterious event that cemented her decision about Cade the first time they were together. I really would have liked more information on that. It seemed like that was a good bit of juicy gossip. 

The great part about this story is was all about the nookie…well no that is a lie. I was all about Cade and Bianca trying to get back together all the while lots of NOOKIE. And what great sex it was. Rynne can most definitely write some hot scenes that are part of the story not the entire thing. I liked this read it. A lot.

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Captive Sin by Anna Campbell

Captive of Sin

Anna Campbell

Avon

November 2009

ISBN: 978-0-06-168428-9

[rating=3]

Sir Gideon Trevithick spent a year in the torture pit of a Nawab in India.  The horrors he experienced there have crippled him mentally and physically.

 Lady Charis Weston is England’s wealthiest heiress.  Her stepbrothers want her money and will do whatever they need, to get it.

 Gideon finds Charis huddled in his horse’s stall, he whisks her away with the intent of saving her.  When her stepbrothers find her, the only answer is marriage.  But, how will that work with Gideon’s fears ruling his life?

 For me this book was a slow read.  And that means it took me a couple of days to read it.  To give credit where credit is due, this was during the Super Bowl and also a family trip to a professional basketball game.  I was, to say the least, a little distracted.   I did enjoy the book; In fact it was really good.  Deep, maybe that is why the slowness.  There is a lot of emotion in this story.  Gideon and Charis are extremely likable; I fell in love with them right away.  There are some very steamy scenes, and some serious chemistry between Charis and Gideon. They have to go through a lot to come out the other side. 

Gideon’s experiences in India threaten to undermine their relationship from the very beginning.   Fear of Charis’ stepbrother’s violence direct their every move.   Gideon takes drastic measures to insure Charis’ safety, but can he do enough?  A marriage of convenience is his answer, but Charis refuses to settle for less than love and happily ever after.  With Gideon’s demons hounding him there can’t be a happily ever after.

Getaway Girl by Lisabet Sarai

Getaway Girl

By Lisabet Sarai

ISBN# 978-1-907010-27-9

Reviewed by Nancy

[rating=3]

Blurb:

All that Peg wants is a break, a bit of adventure, a relief from her mundane existence in the bucolic but     boring Yorkshire hamlet of Kirkby Malzeard. When dashing, sophisticated journalist Lionel Hayes saunters into the pub where she’s tending bar, Peg suspects that he was just the sort of man to fulfill her fantasies of escape. The seductive Lionel, however, is not what he seems. Before she knows it, Peg is a hostage, roped and gagged, speeding away from the scene of a daring crime. Lionel is armed and dangerous, but somehow Peg still wants him—regardless of the consequences.

This is an interesting story, but less than I was hoping for. The suspense would have been much more effective had Ms. Sarai stretched it out a bit more. I enjoyed the story, and found the characters realistic and engaging. Peg wants more than here life is providing, but I did find it a stretch that she would completely forget about her younger sister for however long it was. I did like the solution Peg came up with to keep Lionel from taking the fall for the crime and helping Lionel get his house in order, so to speak. I would say this is for those readers who want a short, hot read, one that satisfies quickly.

Maggie's Menage by Lacey Thorn

Maggie’s Menage

by Lacey Thorn

[rating=4]

Blurb:
Maggie had spent a lifetime trying to win the love and affection of her father, but nothing seemed to work. Now he was asking her to seduce and marry one of two men that he had selected for her…for the good of the family name and company. But Maggie has other plans. Plans that will leave both men thinking of her as something other than a wife, and leave her father’s plans for marriage in ashes.

Alex and Patrick were there to investigate Dom Houston and through the carelessness of his assistant managed to get in to see the man himself. But it was the blonde haired beauty that commanded their attention from the get go. And when she arrived at their hotel room later in the day, neither was willing to walk away. If Maggie wanted a ménage then they were more than willing to give it to her.

But for two of them it would be more than they could have ever imagined.

For a short story this was very very WOW. It has two sex scenes that are blistering hot. Each oozed sexiness and sensuality. Hands touching sweat glistening and lips moaning OH MY!
So I established that the sex was great, now the story; which was okay. It had some plot issues and not a lot of build up and ended rather abruptly. I would have prefered a little more interaction with the vilian, her father and these mysterious two men.

5 Minutes with Jeaniene Frost and First Drop of Crimson contest

5 Minutes with the Jeaniene Frost. She is a wonderful author that I/ We go stalkerina for all the time, here at Naughty Editions. I absolutley love her books and her characters. They are very sassy and hot and I just love, love, LOVE the men. *le sigh* So yeah back to the interview. So a little about Jeaniene Frost well, she is the creator and writer of the Vampire Huntress series. Matchmaker to one of our favorite paranormal couples Cat and Bones. She has a new book coming out today First Drop of Crimison. She is also working on more Cat and Bones stories. Squeee! She is just awesome. We will be giving away a TWO copies of First Drop of Crimson this week. So please give her a huge Naughty Welcome.  

So Jeaniene, what project are you currently working on?  

Right now I’m working on two things: Cat and Bones book five, plus a short story set in a completely different world (not a vampire to be found!). I’m having a lot of 

fun doing both of those. When I get blocked with one, I just switch to the other. 

***Note to self bug Jeaniene for more gossip later*** 

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

Hmm. I might choose to be Denise, the heroine of my upcoming spin-off novel. Readers who’ve gotten an early look at FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON could guess why. I love my heroine Cat, but her life is just…exhausting. I wouldn’t be up for that, even with Bones as my rewardJ. 

Girl how you could give up that fine piece of undead meat, I will never understand. Personally, I think the perks out way the exhaustion. -Rayna 

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

I’ll go onto iTunes and search through music for hours until I find songs that get more into a creative mood. Readers have been great in helping me out with music recommendations, too. A good CD can make a day at the keyboard go a lot more smoothly. 

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

My favorite is usually whatever book I’m working on at the moment. I get very plugged into my characters and stories. I’m sure HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE will always have a special place in my heart, though, since it’s not only the first novel I had published, it’s the first novel I ever completed. 

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

I’d love to say Kira, because she’s far more well-balanced and rational, but Cat and I share a bad temper, a penchant for profanity, wariness about letting people close emotionally, and a deep anger at injustice. But, Cat also has a lot of personality traits that I don’t share and vice versa. I don’t think any of my characters are close reflections of who I am, even if some of them have a few of my tendencies. 

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

I’m nervous every time. I love my stories and I hope readers love the time they spend with them, too. But I know it’s not possible that my books will please all readers. Reading is subjective and one person’s perfume is another person’s poison. That’s a good thing, because variety in reader opinion means more selection on the shelves. But while those diverse opinions are what keep fiction fresh, it’s never fun when the inevitable happens and a reader was disappointed in my book. 

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

It’s important, as I detailed above, but at the end of the day I write the stories as I see them in my head. Not necessarily the stories that I think will be the trendiest. Then once those stories are released, I cross my fingers and hope that others will like them, too. I’m thrilled when readers love the world/characters I’ve created, bummed when some don’t, and then move on to write the next story churning away in my mind.  

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? 

I’ll say ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS because that’s the book where I can actually answer the question “who would I cast”? Cat and Bones would be too hard for me to pick actors/actresses on, and Spade and Denise’s story would be hard to translate onto screen. So, my picks for a movie would be ETERNAL and the actors I’d pick would be Oded Fehr for Mencheres and Charlize Theron for Kira, if I could wave the Magic Movie Wand. 

Oh my goodness *fans self* he is a hot one there. I think I should be there for the casting on that one. As a second opinion. –Rayna 

Who is your perfect hero?  And why? 

First, I’ll assume you mean fictional hero. I like Alpha heros, but to a point. For example, if the heroine says “no” and the hero takes that as “try harder”, I’m done with that hero (and usually that book, too).  It’s one thing for a hero to be tough, determined, and even a little dangerous – hey, that’s my favorite fictional combination – but there’s still a line of respect that should never be crossed. For me, a truly tough Alpha male doesn’t need to push around the heroine to show that he’s a bad ass. He shows that by pushing around the villain – or helping the heroine take down the villain. 

Sweet candy corn! Don’t we all need an alpha male. Especially if he thinks “no” means  “harder”. –Rayna 

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

I have a long-standing love of horror novels. One day my dream is to write one. I would still want to keep writing in my genre, too, but the chance to also play in that darker, scarier sandbox appeals to the kid in me who could never watch enough horror movies, heh. 

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

I do a lot of research, actually. I’m not the well-traveled person, so every time I start a novel, I have to research where my characters live. Can’t just have each book stay in the same place; some of my characters are vampires who are centuries old (or older!) and they’re been everywhere. Or the plot takes the book all over the nation, or even all over the world. Take my upcoming novel, FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON. It opens in Texas, but by the end, my characters have travelled to St Louis, New York, England, Las Vegas, Monaco, Bucharest, and Marseille. Each location had to be researched, down to the details of hotel room in Vegas. 

Then any other pertinent details needed research, too. There’s a scene where my characters are on a boat. I had to look up boats to find one that was big enough and fast enough for what happens in that scene, but also within the range of what my characters could have feasibly rented. With my vampires, I do a lot of historical research to relay authenticity when telling their backstory, plus know the type of culture they would have grown up in, because that would have a big effect on their personality. 

Do I like the research? Most of the time, but sometimes, when I’m under a tight deadline and spending two hours looking up details for what I know will only equate to one sentence of description, it can be a little daunting. 

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 satellite phone, GPS locator, crate of bottled water, powerbars, and a tent. Call me practical – – and in a hurry to get back to civilization! 

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

This will sound cheesy, but my husband. He’s the only one who would be able to keep me sane. And, you know, who wouldn’t kill me for all the bitching and complaining I’d do if I were handcuffed against my will like that. 

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

Watch TV. It sets my mind on auto-pilot and just lets me relax. Even the very plot-challenged movies on SyFy every Saturday night amuse me, because they’re so outlandish they’re brain candy. I also like watching stand-up comedians to unwind. Laughter cures a lot of mental stresses. 

Have you ever faked sick? 

Uh, I went to middle and high school, so yeah. Quite a few times J. I haven’t faked sick since I began writing full time, though. Oddly enough, I’m harder on myself than a normal boss probably would be. 

Do you believe in love at first sight? 

Yes, because people have claimed it’s happened to them, and who am I to call them liars? It’s never happened to me, though, so I don’t have any firsthand experience with it. 

What is your perfect pizza? 

Thin crust, well done on the bottom, with cheese, mushroom, onion, and pineapple. Yes, I said pineapple. I love it on pizza. Call me freaky. 

What is your favorite snack? 

Hmm. Toss up between Fritos and Pringles. Note that both are salty, deep fried, and unhealthy as hell. That’s why I love them, lol. 

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

Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but I actually love vanilla more. If you offered me a chocolate soufflé or vanilla crème Brule, I’d take the crème Brule every time. And I love vanilla cakes and vanilla cookies with a mad, mad love. 

What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? 

Besides yellow? *grin* I don’t really like yellow, so that’s an easy question. Blue. 

Damn Dakota has turned another one. 

Red Pill or Blue Pill? 

Red pill. I’m all about wanting to know what’s REALLY around me. And truth is usually stranger than fiction, so bring it on! 

 Thank you so very much for taking the time out to do this for us Jeaniene. WE are you minions if you ever need anything I can send Dave to do all the heavy lifting. LOL. So now that you’ve read the interview now lets get to the contest. 

Newest Release and the object of much desire: 

First Drop of Crimson 

Released Tuesday Feb 9th 2010 

Blurb: 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire. 

The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her. 

 Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost. 

 He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . . 

All you have to do it tell me 1. Who would you rather be handcuffed to or a day OR 2. What 5 things/people would you have to have with you on a deserted island. See easy, no sweat. 

Contest Rules:

1 Comment your answer to one of the questions 

And any of these others. 

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+2 to followe her on Twitter  

+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  

***DON’T FORGET TO LET US KNOW YOU DID. **** 

As with all our 5 Minute spots, they run for a week Febuary 13th at 11:59 EST, actually. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. Never miss a prize again.  Good Luck!  

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Amanda Feral Books by Mark Henry

Road Trip of the Living Dead

Blurb:

With a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a cadre of wayward psychics, and a masochist named Fishhook, celebrity party girl Amanda Feral, her zombie pal Wendy, and vampy gay sidekick Gil avoid a dangerous detour while crossing state lines to visit Amanda’s sick mother.

Happy Hour of the Damned

Blurb:

Amanda Feral, a newly turned zombie trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene while satisfying her craving for human flesh, discovers that someone or something is determined to turn the underworld into a place of true terror.

Review:

The Amanda Feral series, Happy Hour of the Damned and Road Trip of the Living Dead, by Mark Henry, get the two highest praises that an author can receive: I couldn’t put them down, and I immediately went out and bought the next book in the series.  Amanda is a snarky, vain, socialite that just happens to be a zombie.  With her clique of soul-mate ghoul friend, and flamboyantly gay vampire, she chews up the Seattle nightlife, sometimes literally.  Each chapter is annotated by Amanda herself, and comes with sidebars on how to make a green demon cocktail or the DJ’s set list at the club she’s gracing with her presence.  In between obsessing over shoes or wardrobe, she works to foil a corporate coffee conglomerate’s bid to take over the world.  (Yes, that one.)  She breathes new life into a sometimes stale genre of urban fantasy.  I’m just dying to get my hands on his third book in the series, Battle of the Network Zombies.  If it’s like these past two books,  it will be something to really sink your teeth into.

Battle of the Network Zombies

Blurb:

In desperate need of money, Amanda Feral agrees to appear on a new reality show called American Minions, but when the show’s host, a lecherous wood nymph, is found incinerated in a locked room, Amanda must figure out which inhabitant of “Minion’s Mansion” is responsible.

Check out our contest for this book February 22, 2010

Sex and Chocolate Valentine’s Day Contest

Valentine’s Day Contest

Finish this letter to your lover and the sexiest, and the naughtiest will be picked and awarded the grand prize of a Naughty Basket of Dark Chocolate Tim Tams, candles, bath salts and books. Not just any books, but My Zombie Valentine and a Red Hot Valentine’s Day. Both are anthologies.  This contest is open to US residents only please.

So FILL IN THE BLANKSand email me the result of your MAD Lib or add the words to the comment section, if your not too embarrassed. To Rayna@naughtyeditions.com SUBJECT:  Valentine’s Day contest All must be received by February 12th at 11:59 pm.

You need 7 Nouns 3 Verbs and 1 Adjective.

A Letter to Your Lover

Darling,

I’ve been thinking about you all day and about how much I love your (Noun 1). I can’t get it out of my head. I love the way it feels in my (Noun 2). Just thinking about it there makes my (Noun 3) (Adjective 1). I wish you were here right now so that I could run my (noun 4) up and down your (noun 5). No one’s (noun 6) has ever affected me the way yours does. The way you (verb 1) me with it makes me want to scream with delight. My (noun 7) is (verb 2)-ing just imagining you (verb 3)-ing me.

Come and get me, Darling. My (noun 8) is your (noun 9).

Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day.
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UPDATE WINNERS
We had a heck of a time choosing the winner. So we settled on Two winners. A grand prize winner and a runner up. The runner up will get a copy of My zombie Valentine and Chocolate Tim Tams.
Grand prize goes to
Lisa E
Runner up is
Kimberly Light
Ladies, congratulations please email me with your address information.  Thank you all for participating.

Blurbs:

My Zombie Valentine

This deliciously wicked collection of zombie romances, filled with men who love to share a nice meal, includes Katie MacAlister’s “Bring Out Your Dead,” Angie Fox’s “Gentleman Prefer Voodoo,” Marianne Mancusi’s “Zombiewood Confidential,” and Lisa Cach’s “Every Part of You.”

a Red HotValentine’s Day

Cupid is hot to trot!

One fateful weekend at a country estate, a beautiful, well-bred widow is caught between a rock and a very hard place when she must choose between two deliciously irresistible lovers…in Lacy Danes’s seductive tale of courtship à la mode, Torn Desires.

Long-distance lovers Edie and Ty are counting the hours until their scorching Valentine’s Day reunion, each titillating the other with steamy letters describing their erotic journeys. And getting there is definitely half the fun in Megan Hart’s wickedly wild Get There.

Eternal damnation has its perks—especially for a voluptuous succubus who is about to receive a very special, very hot Valentine’s Day “gift” from her demon lover…in Jackie Kessler’s ode to paranormal passion, Hell Is Where the Heart Is.

London’s most irresistible rake has one week to prevent the woman he loves from marrying another. And he plans to do so by adeptly employing his most well-practiced arts—seduction…sensation…and erotic love—in Jess Michaels’s sumptuous feast of juicy Regency romance, By Valentine’s Day.

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