Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!


Valentine's day is such a special day, isn't it? Flowers, and jewels, and candies, oh my. There are kisses and hugs and treats - and fights, if your significant other screws up! And even if you're single on this Valentine's day, you can snuggle up with an entirely different kind of love - the love of love.

The love of sweet romances, sexy stories, and hot, Hot HUNKS.

This year, there are a number of TNVAE authors who are celebrating this holiday by showing you some love, in the form of a major sale! Check out the listings below, and simply click any title that strikes your fancy. The links will take you directly to the book's amazon page, where you can one-click your heart's desire.

But don't forget to save a few pennies for me! You'll find links to two of my books at the bottom of the list.

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Alice Montalvo-Tribue -- Translation of Love / Desperation of Love
Andrea Smith -- Maybe Baby Lite / Diamond Girl
Ashley Piscitelli -- Surrender to Me
B. N. Toler -- Healer
Bayli Lane -- Becoming More
Brooke Cumberland -- Kitchen Promises
Casey Peeler -- No Turning Back
Chandin Whitten -- Beautiful Goodbye / Beautiful Misery
Christy Dilg -- Forbidden Forever
Crystal Spears -- Seize Me / Withstanding Me
Dulaney Glen -- Unexpected
Elizabeth Lee -- Give Me Something
Emily Minton -- Windows
Felicia Lynn -- Tied Up in Heartstrings
Felicia Tatum -- Mangled Hearts
Faith S. Lynn -- From Lies to Promises
Fran Veal -- Finding My Escape
Harper Sloan -- Axel / Cage / Beck
Hilary Storm -- In a Heartbeat
Ilsa Madden-Mills -- Very Bad Things
Janae Mitchell -- For Always
Jessica Ingro -- Love Square / His Ever After
Juli Alexander -- Valentine's Day Sucks / Text Me (boxed set)
K. Langston -- Because You're Mine
Kimberley Lauren -- Beautiful Broken Mess
Lindsay Page -- Don't Panic / Sweetness
Lindsay Paige with Mary Smith -- Breakaway
M. S. Brannon -- Scarred Love
Marissa Carmel -- Strip Me Bare
Meg Collett -- The Hunted One
Melanie Codina - Love Realized / Love Resisted
Mia Mitchell -- Rose of Thorne / Thorneless
Michelle A Valentine -- The Black Falcon Series
Morgan Wylie -- Veiled Shadows
S. Q. Williams -- Who He Is / Who We Are
Sarah Ashley Jones -- More Than a Promise
Sarah Goodman -- Life's Next Chapter
Tiffany Aleman -- Luck of Love / Serenity Falls
Wendy Owens -- Only In Dreams / Stubborn Love
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And last but not least -- at least, I hope not:

The first books in both my series':

So go on, get your one-clicker to clicking while these deals last!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: 'Eternal Island' by K. S. Haigwood and Ella Medler

*About The Book*
A place where vampires rule, witches play, danger lurks and dreams really do come true.

Eternal Island is a paranormal suspense novel, deeply rooted in myth. Vampires and magic for a unique backdrop to a love story with long reaching consequences. Human girl Ariana Lochalan finds herself transported from the relative calm of her "Nowhere, Arkansas" life into a diametrically opposite existence when she discovers she is a powerful witch and meant to wed High Vampire of Eternal Island, Abe Cambridge. Despite first-sight magnetism, the two protagonists are being pushed apart, obstacles tripping them at every step, outside forces interfering and threatening their peace, and ultimately their lives. A world rich in magic and intrigue, Eternal Island is the first installment of a saga which has love at its core and delves through the mire that is human nature in a turmoil of feeling and emotion.

Would courage, resilience and love be enough to bring together two soul mates?

How much would you sacrifice to save the one who owns your heart?

*My Review*
*I absolutely have to say that I do not feel that the blurb matches the book. At all.*

In Eternal Island, K. S. Haigwood's first novel (co-written by Ella Medler), we're introduced to an entirely new concept. It's common in most literature for humans and vampires to be painted as enemies, and generally, the predator/prey relationship is respected and feared, even with the common idea that it is an erotic and somewhat pleasant experience to be fed on by a vampire - fearsome though they are. However in Eternal Island, our authors have taken a sharp turn from the old ways and painted the vampire species as hardly more than a different race of humans.

Sure, they possess the power, speed, and bloodlust of the typical vampire, but the vampires of Eternal Island also possess a Cullen-esque desire to live in peace with humans, to interact in harmony. This is achieved through the use of "meekers," humans who willingly serve their veins to vampires, in exchange for ... well those particular details probably vary by transaction.

Anyway, the story starts out with Abe, the leader, the King of Eternal Island, speaking with his psychic, who is breaking the news that he's about to meet the love of his life - after a nearly 950-year existence, during which Abe has come to the mistaken conclusion that love is simply not in the cards for him. Through some plotting and devious twists in the story, Abe is forced to fight for Ariana again and again - while Ariana is busy learning that she's stronger than she ever imagined.

As I said before, the concept of the story is clever and creative, but the execution and the editing leave something to be desired. This is clearly Haigwood's first effort (especially when compared to her other works) and doesn't truly showcase her ability - but then, having read many of her other books, I can testify personally to her growth as an author, as well as to her increased dedication to more thorough editing. With a determined effort to re-edit this book for punctuation and pronoun usage, it would garner at least four stars for creative zeal and an interesting cast of characters, though I would have enjoyed them better had they been more thoroughly developed. As it stands now, the errors left in the book, combined with the lack of more meaty character development, leave the book with a "so-so" rating.

Still, I do plan to continue with the next book in the Eternal Series, Eternal Immortality.
In the meantime, 3 stars for Eternal Island.
Want to give this book a shot? One-click it easily on Amazon.

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#Freebie.

For the last few days, I've been having fun watching Fighting For Freedom climb the bestseller lists on Amazon! I've even spent some time sitting next to the talented Marie Force in the top twenty in this subcategory:

Kindle Store > Kindle Ebooks > Literature and Fiction > Women's Fiction > Romance

Want a chance to get this triumphant story of "victim to victorious"?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New Swag. New Slogan.

I've been thinking about the importance of "company branding" lately. You know, the value of a logo, a slogan, a look. If you're reading this blog by coming to the webpage, or if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you may have noticed some of the recent changes.

But the new designs I've added to Facebook and my other social media sites aren't the only changes. I'm also clearing out lots of older swag designs, hoping to make way for a new, streamlined set of goodies, just in time for my appearance in the Tennessee Valley Author Event.

In addition to the new designs, I thought, "You know what? Maybe I need a little slogan. A little motto of some sort. Something cute and catchy." You may have noticed it in a few places already, such as the banner at the top of this blog, the button in the sidebar, and even a few other spots.

But just in case you haven't noticed ... Let me just share a few images with you.

Cute little swirly-ball, right? I love it! This is what my shipping labels look like. I've adjusted the font sizes and arrangement of this design to create my sidebar button (also shown below), which you can feel welcome to copy/paste onto your own site if you'd like to spread the word about my books.


 Pretty new rack cards, with lots of room on the back for signing. These are what I call my "4x8 oversized bookmarks," because I love the way they fit the size of my paperbacks. Which is why every signed book order comes with one already in the book for easy use.


The above images are the front and back of a 2x8 inch bookmark, with signing space on the back. They haven't arrived yet, but I am already dying to give some away!!

That's all the new designs that I'm prepared to share with you just yet ... but I'd also like to specify that attendees of the Tennessee Valley Author Event are in for a major treat, with the swag packs and lots of other freebies that I've planned!

In the meantime, as I mentioned already, I'm clearing out some of my older swag designs, so watch for giveaways, beginning with the huge prize pack in the rafflecopter below. Don't forget to check the entries ... some of them can be done multiple times! For images of the older swag designs, check below the rafflecopter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


 These are the 1st edition rack card designs that are still available. The far left and right images are fronts, and they each have the center image as the back.


The above and below images are the 2x6 bookmarks listed in the rafflecopter prize pack.
The Kingsley one is identical on front and back, and so is the Selkie one.


And below, the front of the contact card, which lists all of my relevant sites.
These will all be signed and are, obviously, for the winner to share with friends.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: 'Tangled Beauty' by K L Middleton

*About The Book*
Sinclair Jeffries thought she knew what she was getting into when her zany gay friend, Jesse Eddington, talked her into portraying his girlfriend during his parent's anniversary party on Huntington Beach. That is, until she met Reed, Jesse's sexy as hell older brother, and ends up getting much more than what she'd bargained for.

Reed Eddington assumed his future was settled when he met Sinclair, his brother's so-called "girlfriend", but the raw sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. As he watches their ruse from the sidelines, he finds himself wanting to uncover more than just their amazing little facade.

Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 18+

*My Review*
Let me start with the story itself. I loved this book. I LOVED the easy friendship between Jesse and Sinclair. It was easy to hate Sela and Jack, and maybe even Mimi, and it was easy to love Reed, especially after getting to know Sela. Michael was an interesting twist to the story, especially toward the end of the book when I just knew everyone was being too naive if they believed that little sub-plot was really finished. I'm curious to see if it is continued in any way in the sequel to this book (Tangled Mess).

As for my thoughts on the writing and the quality of the book? As mentioned in several other reviews I've read, there were a few errors in it that were missed in editing, and there were a few bits of the plot that I didn't entirely agree with (there is a running thread of infidelity through the different storylines), but the overall story was cute and the attraction between Reed and Sinclair was entirely believable.

The dialogue between the various characters felt real and natural, and I found myself laughing out loud even during the more suspenseful parts of the story. Clearly, Ms. Middleton has a fun and perky sense of humor, which comes through in the writing and the characters. I found this book to be refreshing, entertaining, and a pleasure to read. Not to mention ... the sexy scenes? S to the EXY, you guys. Seriously. That scene in the back hallway off the kitchen? Woah.

I'm giving this book an easy 5 stars, and I've added the sequel to my wish list / purchase queue.

Like my review and want to check this book out for yourself?
You can one-click Tangled Beauty easily on Amazon, and the best part? It's FREE!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: 'Good Side of Sin' by K. S. Haigwood

*About The Book*
Josselyn has just spent the last three months in intense Line of Defense training so she could join Malcolm's search party. Little did she know the archangels had no intention of letting her bring back into Heaven an angel who had opened a portal between Heaven and Hell, at least not before saving God's creation from the tight grasp of Lucifer first.

Three months have passed since the angel Rhyan released nine repented demons from Hell, and now innocent people are dying, but their souls are not going to Heaven. Josselyn's mission is to find the demon responsible for stealing the souls and bring it to justice before Lucifer gains enough power to rise and claim Heaven and earth as his own.

Her whole world is shaken when she discovers what tool Lucifer is using to track down the one key to the release of his eternal damnation. Thoros is one half-souled immortal she prayed she would never see again. The ex-Prince of Lust had stolen her heart and crushed it with a cheeky smile. Now, not only is she being forced to put her damaged ego aside and face the only man that has ever hurt her, but she has to work with him in order to complete her assignment.

Is she strong enough to keep from falling in love with him again? Or is their love the only thing that can keep Lucifer from getting the one thing he wants most? Heaven.

*My Review*
In this third book in the 'Save My Soul' series, like in the second book, there is a healthy balance between revisiting old characters and getting to know new ones. Josselyn is hell-bent on getting assigned to the rescue group searching for Malcolm, and has done everything that's been asked of her. Faced with the idea that she's done it all for nothing and the growing seriousness of the corruption of Heaven, Josselyn sets out on a mission of her own -- to save two of her most precious friends from certain damnation.

But she wasn't counting on the surprise mission she's sent on bringing her back into direct contact with Thoros, the half-souled ex-Prince of Lust. But something is going on, and she's the only one who has what it takes to get to the bottom of it, so she grits her teeth and does the best she can, fighting a certain pull on her heart all the way.

Along her journey, Josselyn soars with the giddy high of complete happiness and you watch her finally learn to trust and embrace the possibility of love. She also plummets to the soul-shaking depth of heartbreak, and you want to cry with her, you want to shake her out of her self-protection and encourage her to keep going. In the end, she's stronger than anyone gave her credit for, and I was glad to see her so handsomely rewarded for her willingness to push on.

This book is in keeping with the conversational style of the series, and though it's a little too casual for me, I have to admit that I am completely in love with the concept of the story and the symbolism craftily woven between the threads of the storyline. I like that the series doesn't actually have to be read all at once, or even in order -- but I do recommend reading them in order for maximum enjoyment. All in all, K. S. Haigwood has written a sweet love story with a lot of deeper hidden meaning and symbolism that really enrich everything that's going on in her world. I'll be looking forward to the fourth book in the series, and you should, too.

4 stars.
If you've taken me up on my recommendation to read books one (Save My Soul, see my review here), and two (Hell's Gift, see my review here) and now you'd like to read the third book in K. S. Haigwood's 'Save My Soul' series, you can one-click it easily on Amazon.

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