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Scams and Hams: Winabook.com what happened?

In General on October 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I recently came across what I think is a data mining scam. A website called winabook.com has been up for almost two years. They have a Twitter account and a Facebook account. They have only made post referring you to there website. This website says they are still under construction but I think differently.  I made a new email up and added to the site and never used it anywhere else.

Now I await for it to send my all the junk mail I feel is coming. But if not, what the hell happened. Winabook, seemed like a great idea but never came to fruition. Any body have an idea of what happened to Winabook.com.

 

Review: Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance

In Karen Chance, Urban Fantasy on October 31, 2011 at 1:27 am

Curse the Dawn
by Karen Chance
ISBN: 9780451412706
Released: April 2009
Mass Paperback

I was introduced to Karen Chance in line at the grocery store.  I had not even thought to buy the book but in the span of ten minutes I was hooked.  Here’s the blurb:

Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.

But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator once and for all.

Well in my experience as a reader, I like to think I am an intelligent woman, with periods of bitchiness so incomprehensible so one would dare mock me.  Well when I sat down to enjoy this book, I hadn’t planned on divorcing my family for nearly 6 hours, I hadn’t planned on missing my online chat time with Bek. No no, I had planned to be a very nice and productive person. But instead my family got EB 2.0 and they just put food under the door to my office and left me alone.

This series it self is very addictive.  I loved to watch the growth of Cassie’s and Mircea’s relationship.  Cassie thinks like a real woman and has the same doubts that we all do.  I like that the main characters in fiction have flaws and problems that are normal even though they themselves may not be.  It also helps the reader relate to them. All the better to suck you in to the story and forget you own troubles just for a little while.  Now I do have to say that all that time traveling does put a little stress on your brain, but after the second book you start to get used to it.  And you find you start to like all the weird eccentric characters that turn up to help Cassie when she most needs it.

I recommend this book to anyone who needs a laugh and wants to good storyline with romance.

Websites and Links:
Curse the Dawn Sample Chapters Links to Karen’s Website
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Sunday Free Reads: All Romance and OmniLit

In FREE READS on October 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Some awesome free ebooks at OmniLit.com and Allromanceebooks.com

 

Review: Soulbound by Mahalia Levey

In Erotica, Mahalia Levey, review on October 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

Soulbound

by Mahalia Levey

***Note: This book is not available for purchase anywhere at this time. When it’s up for re release again with a new publisher and cover, we will put a note on the website.

Upon finishing the first semester of college three child hood friends meet up again at their familiar haunting ground. Fantasies never acted out, have the chance to happen for one night. Addie, Galen and Teagan find in each other’s arms an affinity for each other that has never evaporated but grown stronger during the length of their long lived friendship.

Returning to the town she grew up in Addison Westley wonders if the boys she grew up with have grown or changed as much as she has.  Addie also wonders if her boys, Teagan and Galen, have feeling for her like she does for them.  Ready to explore Addie hopes that the boys are ready for the challenge she wants to put in front of them.  She also hopes that the fact that she and Galen used to be lovers doesn’t come between them.

The story does have its erotic moments and tries to have some plot, which is good because reading a story without any plot is frustrating, and not in a good way.  The character of Addie, however, starts out strong and then seems to get lost after the first chapter.  I would have preferred it if she had stayed the main narrator, and if she had stayed strong because after the first chapter she seems to become a meek little girl unsure of what or who she really wants.

The book then becomes more about the relationship between Galen and Teagan and the reader just totally loses who the narrator is.  This at times is frustrating only because there were times when I wasn’t sure who was even talking.  This was evident in some of the odd transitions which actually jarred me out of the story and made me wonder what the heck was going on.  The most evident example was when Teagan began thinking about an incident that happened in the past…as the reader I didn’t know who was thinking or what was going on as it appeared very suddenly in the story.

As erotica this novella has the wording right, but the story and the narration is too distracting and draws the reader away from the sexy desire that should be building up in the readers loins and just ends up leaving them frustrated with no real orgasm.

Review: Demon King and I by Candace Havens

In Candace Havens, Paranormal Romance, review on October 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

The Demon King and I is the first book to be released in the Guardian series,from Candace Havens, the author of the Charmed books. It’s a terrificly witty new series featuring wealthy party girls with an interesting side job of being Guardians of portal to other worlds.

The Caruthers sisters are heiresses with privilege, wealth, beauty, and brains. But these party girls have something extra. As the Guardian Keys, possessors of an ancient family secret, they hold the fate of the world in their hands.

Gillian, the eldest, is a sensation in the art world– this world, that is. In her other world, she’s the Assassin, a knockout who snuffs out dimension-jumpers who foul up her personal space. She never expected to join forces with one. But when a plague of murderous demons plunges the earth in darkness, she has no choice but to get a little help from a being who knows his stuff.

I really liked this book. It was funny in all the right places, it had spunk and it inspired an emotional connection as you get to know the characters. And I only have three words for Candace Haven, YOU. ARE. AWESOME. I an now a gun toting, yellow Jimi Choo show wearing fan of her’s. Well maybe not really but if I could afford it. I recommend it to anyone to read this one. Its light on the sex, heavy on the action and reaction. It is an absolute treat. If you liked this one you will love her next one called Dragons Prefer Blondes, which releases July 7, 2009.

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Random Postcards- 10/28/11

In contests, Promo on October 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm


 

A Random Postcard/bookmarks- I pick a five (5) random postcards that I receive from authors to promo on Fridays. I will pick a random winner from ALL of the Friday postcard comments on the posts at the end of the month, every month. That person gets a $10 Gift Card to Amazon.

Steamlust

Steampunk Erotic Romance

Cleis Press

October 2011

978-1573447218

Victorian Elegance Meets Steamy Exploration

Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet, mechanical inventions and romantic conventions, sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. This unique collection includes tales of adventure and intrigue, enhanced by imaginative gadgets and clever automatons, populated by the passionate, free-spirited rebels and dreamers steampunk is known for. In Nikki Magennis’s “Make Your Own Miracles,” a lust-filled lady orders a machine to relieve the agony of her longing; while a brilliant inventor and a wanton engineer collaborate with ecstatic results in Saskia Walker’s “Hearts of the Daedalus.” In Lynn Townsend’s “Golden Moment,” an invention leads the heroine to exactly the right lover at precisely the right time. And the time bandits of Vida Bailey’s “Undergrounded” indulge their desires, just one step ahead of the law. Tantalizing steam engine dreams and clockwork visions await!

Shadow of the Wolf

Dana Marie Bell

Paranormal Romance

Liquid Silver Books

978-1595786418

Christopher Beckett is tired of being alone. His wolf is howling for his mate, and Chris knows it is only a matter of time
before his needs override everything else in his life. He casts the spell all the Becketts have used to call their mates to
them. What he wants is a woman of an older lineage, of power to equal his own. And she has to accept the one aspect
that sets him apart from almost every other wizard: his wolf.

What Chris gets is Alannah Evans, a powerful witch of the Evans Coven. The petite, dark haired woman has no problems
with the wolf. What she does have a problem with is the fact that Chris is a wizard. Since wizards and witches don’t get
along very well, neither should they, but the sparks flying between them can’t be denied. Chris isn’t taking no for an
answer. When it becomes clear that an old enemy has targeted them both Chris will wind up engaging his enemy in a
duel that could cost him his life.

Or worse: Lana.

Unfortunately, I just read that this awesome book is not for sale anymore. I hope Ms. Bell will soon re-release it.

Reignited

an interracial erotic anthology

Aliyah Burke, Yvette Hines, and Bridget Midway

Whispers Publishing

9780983419891

Three women-one chance to rekindle a love they thought they’d lost forever.The Spark…Remember that first crush? The first guy you kissed, the lover that took your breath away, and the one that got away? When the same gorgeous guy is a part of all of these sexy experiences and more, he becomes Mr. Unforgettable. When the old flame becomes the thing of the past, life still goes on, especially for Tiffie, Eminence, and Chelsi. They have been managing just fine without these sexy distractions or so it seems. The Flame…Then Jesse, Keys, and Vincent walk back into these women’s lives, and the house of cards around their hearts comes tumbling down. Even though the desire between them and their men still exist and engulfs them in a blaze of passion, can they trust that this time is meant to be? That happily ever after is within reach?The Burn…The Right To Love by Aliyah Burke — Jesse’s badge cost him Tiffie, the love of his life. When they’re reunited, can he convince her to give them a second chance?Designed for Love by Yvette Hines — Chelsi doesn’t have time for reunions in her life, but Vincent has designed a different plan, one that includes him in her life. Last Call by Bridget Midway — Can Eminence Dutton let go of the past to see a future with former love Keys Tanksley?

Only Tyler

Book one in the Circle of Friends Series

Jess Dee

Samhain Publishing

9781605043623

Love…or friendship? Does she really have to choose? Circle of Friends, Book 1 Katelyn Rosewood is facing a moral dilemma, one that’s six-foot-two, sexy as sin-and her fianc’s best friend. Katie spent a lot of time getting over Tyler Bonnard, but now that he’s back in Sydney, he’s turning her carefully reconstructed world upside down. Her relationship with Steve Sommers may be short on heat and desire, but after Tyler left her two years before, she’ll take security and solid friendship over wild passion any day. Except Tyler seems to have a good-if outrageous-explanation for why he’s returned. After a tragic family secret tore him out of Katie’s life, Tyler is glad to be back with his two best friends. But one thing is out of place: Katie’s in the wrong man’s arms. And if her reaction to his return is any indication, she’s not quite over him. Which could mean hope for Tyler, heartbreak for Steve… And another devastating loss for Katie, who must choose between the man to whom she’s committed her future, and the man who still holds her heart. Warning: Keep a tissue or two handy while reading this book. While it does contain a few steamy love scenes, the rest of the story might just make you cry.

 

Never Again 

Wizards of Nevermore

Michele Bardsley

March 2011

9780451232755

Welcome to Nevermore, Texas, population 503, where witches and wizards live side by side with humans. Small towns like Nevermore are vanishing in America-and in this case, that could be the work of a freelancing witch. . . .CURSED AND DOUBLE CURSEDLUCINDA RACKMORE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT DEAD in a town like Nevermore. of course, that was before the ‘great reckoning’ drained the family finances and her former lover, ruthless master wizard Bernard Franco, snuffed out Lucy’s magical abilities.But can Lucy rally expect protection from the Guardian of Nevermore, her ex-brother-in-law, Gray Calhoun? Gray wants nothing to do with her-and Lucy can’t blame him. Not after her sister sacrificed him to a demon lord. Still, with everyone in town looking to settle a score with the Rackmores and Bernard bent on dragging Lucy back into his clutches, Gray might be her only hope for survival . . .Praise for MICHELLE BARDSLEY’Wouldn’t let me go.’ MaryJanice Davidson’All I can say is WOW!’ the Best Reviews’Hot, hilarious, one helluva ride.’ L.A. Banks

Review: Green-eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

In Jaye Wells, Paranormal Romance, review on October 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

Green Eyed Demon

Third book in the Sabina Kane series

Jaye Wells

The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. She has to save her sister from her mysterious captors. And in order to do that, she has to broker a deal between the mages and the vampires before all hell breaks loose.

But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won’t be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about, she’s got to save herself from the ghosts of her past. Because the past is haunting her. Literally

 

When Ms Wells handed me one of her books at RT, I was gob smacked.  Here’s this amazingly funny, extremely snarky, very much reluctant adult author (seriously I need to borrow you to come to Australia) handing a book to little ole me.  Now before any of you out there get jealous a word to the wise.  It’s a huge responsibility to be handed a book by the author to review.  Seriously HUGE.  I got to know Ms Wells before reading her books and man did I feel the pressure wanting to review her babies in a good light.

I don’t know what I was worried about.  I have to say it was the best new to me series I started last now and I hunger for more.  The series stared with Red Headed Step Child, there was a short prequel Vampsploitation in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance vol 2 then The Mage in Black.  Once I finished Mage, I found myself hungering for more.  I started looking at my cat and wondering if by sheer dint of will I can transform her into my own Giguhl (note while said cat hasn’t morphed into a demon, I can say she has morphed into the demon cat lol) I pouted when I read that Green Eyed Demon wouldn’t be out until March 2011 then,,,, I was lucky to get a copy to review.  That squeee you heard two nights ago was me.  I promptly cleared my review schedule, tasked my husband and son to fend for themselves and dove right in.

 

Ms Wells has the same sort of snarky humor that I do and I knew I was in for a treat.  This book didn’t disappoint.  I do have to drop a tiny spoiler but a line on page 40 jumped out at me and had hubby yelling from the bedroom “SHUT UP ITS 1AM!!”  The line is about Hollywood and their take on vampires… “Hollywood has been getting vampires wrong for decades. Don’t get me started on the soulless undead thing….or the godsdamned sparkling”

 

For those of you who have read the earlier books and fallen for Giguhl (see above) you are going to love the amount of page time he has in this book.  This book is not really about growth of an individual character even though there is some of it happening but more about the revelations and realizations that characters have about themselves.

 

The fight scenes are intense and action packed and as a reader you are never quite sure of the outcome.  The suspense builds gradually and makes you sit forward on your chair, bite your nails and clench your butt cheeks while not once becoming so overpowering that you want to skip to the end to see how it all works out

 

We are introduced to some great new characters such as Brookes aka PW and Zen but I won’t say anything more because I want to you go out and buy this book yourself.  More branches of magic users come to light and you begin to see that magic isn’t good or bad, or black and white.  Its more the intent of the user that makes it one or the other.  There are heart stuttering moments when I found myself debating about turning the page because I was unsure of the outcome but I just had to turn them.

All in all this is a great book.  The ending………… well let’s just say “Ms Wells you are EVIL I say EVILL!!!!!  Look out for the next book in this series Silver Tongued Devil due out hopefully the end of this year

 

Review: Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day

In review, S.J. Day, Urban Fantasy on October 27, 2011 at 1:21 am

Eve of Darkness

by S. J. Day

1st of the Marked Series

Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel… All in a day’s work.

For Evangeline Hollis, a long ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.

Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted into service to kill demons, Eve’s learning curve is short. A longtime agnostic, she begrudgingly maneuvers through a celestial bureaucracy where she is a valuable but ill-treated pawn. She’s also become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history…

But she’ll worry about all that later. Right now she’s more concerned with learning to kill while staying alive. And saving the soul she’d never believed she had.

Eve is an interesting character in a subgenre where heroines often seem to be all cut from the same cloth only with an interchangeable name. Just like most of us out there she has a strained relationship with her parents. But she has a good friend in her next door neighbor who is a widowed older lady.  She has a career she loves and the only thing missing is a man.  Unfortunately all the men she has met have failed to capture her heart like the one who left her ten years earlier without a word.

Eve had an experience ten years prior to the start of this book which started a chain of events that culminates in a tryst in a stairwell and becoming marked with the “Mark of Cain”.  Coming from the chosen life on an agnostic, she is suddenly right in the middle of the battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, angel’s and demons.  Everything she has believed is turned on its head.  What is up could be down or could be sideways or even back to front.  One minute she is an up and coming designer the next she is learning that the things that go bump in the night are out there and she is tasked with the charge of working off her penance by hunting down the bad guys and removing them.

A major point of difference with this book as opposed to most other books in the paranormal/urban fantasy area is that this book is about angels.  After reaching a near saturation level of vampires, werewolves and demons it’s great to see this branching out. The twist on the biblical story of Cain and Abel makes us challenge the knowledge we grew up with and as a reader you begin to question if the Bible is the equivalent of today’s modern media.  It’s also good to see that with this series, S J Day has got the jump on one of the stars of the paranormal world, JR Ward whose angel series doesn’t come out until later this year.

This book is the first in the trilogy with Eve of Destruction released  June 2nd 2009 and Eve of Chaos to be released on June 30th 209

Review: Lessons from a Courtesan by Jenna Petersen

In Historical, Jenna Petersen, review on October 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Lessons from a Courtesan

by Jenna Petersen

Lesson #1: Every man loves a mystery.

A scandalous siren called “Ria” has electrified the ton. Every gentleman in London desires her; every woman envies her. And they are all desperate to know the secrets of the tantalizing, seductively beautiful courtesan. All except Justin, the Earl of Baybary. He knows all about Ria. He learned every inch of her tender skin, every taste of her luscious lips . . . on their wedding night.

Lesson #2: No man can make you lose control . . . unless you let him.

Though theirs was an arranged marrige, still Victoria surrendered to passion and gave herself to Justin completely. When he left her alone the next morning, she swore she would never again let him into her bed. Now, though she has other reasons for returning to the city, she enjoys tormenting Justin, letting him see the way other men lust for her. But keeping herself from him is such exquisite torture . . . and forgiveness will lead to an ecstasy unbelievably divine.

The twenty-two lessons from the book Lessons from a Courtesan are actually as relevant for today’s society as they were in the 1800’s. I found myself studying each chapter heading and realizing the common sense significance of each lesson.

I was torn between rooting for the heroine to reunite with her husband and wanting her to diss him as badly has he had done her three years prior. It’s an emotional roller coaster story of highs and lows.

Jenna Petersen has a vivid way of writing that is insightful as well as entertaining. I will definitely look for more of her books to read.

Review: Marianne! by Simon Lowrie

In Erotica, review, Simon Lowrie on October 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

Marianne!: A Journey Round A Golden Sun

by Simon Lowrie

ISBN:9781449521479


Marianne and Simon have been more than friends since they were kids, but when she meets Mark, her whole life changes. It’s not easy being spanked when you’re not used to it, but although the two men in her life are rivals, the one thing they firmly agree on is Marianne needs her wild side tamed. Once she’s had a taste of that kind of life, she’s not sure she wants to argue. She loves them both, but Mark is not the kind of man to share. When he breaks the triangle, he makes her choose, at a cost to everyone. Can Sophie, the quiet girl who accepts Simon’s discipline with absolute humility and never one word of complaint, save the day? She isn’t beautiful and dazzling like Marianne, and the special qualities she has aren’t on the surface, but her love for Simon goes past all limits. Shy and gentle though she is, perhaps Sophie’s resolve to heal two broken hearts will prove to be more powerful than all Mark’s dominance and strength…

Marianne! is a interesting read. Mr. Lowrie paints a picture of the perfect woman … as long as she keeps her mouth shut. When I first read this book I was kinda put off by the arrogant, vain, selfish little twit named Marianne. She was in essence a spoiled child, but an adult. I could not see what Simon, her male best friend saw in her. I still don’t see her qualities expect she is pretty. On the other hand, Sophie, a co-worker of Simon’s, is a great girl. She does everything to her best and is nice and friendly. She is a complete opposite of Marianne. In the first chapter I was itching to spank Marianne. All I could think of was SHUT UP YOU DISRESPECTFUL BITCH!

Yeah well as you can see I kept reading. I wanted to know what the hell where Simon and now Mark, the new boyfriend, going to do about her behavior. What ever it was it needed to be painful for her to really get it.