Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cover Reveal, Giveaway: SCORCH by Clarissa Wild

SCORCH - The final book in the Delirious Series

by USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild
Release Date: March 2015
Genre: Dark Erotica

Sweet revenge keeps her alive … and drives her to kill.

I am the forgotten one, the girl who was left for dead.
In this mental hospital I call prison I plot my revenge.
I remember everything.
Their faces. Their touch. Even their smell.
What they did to me was beyond cruel. I’m going to return the favor.
In here I survive by using someone just as they used me. One of them wants to claim me as his own. A man without mercy, without a conscience, craving the wickedness inside me. But I won’t be a puppet for his desires. I will play his strings like a puppeteer and use him to escape.
And when I do … I will kill them all.

This is Ashley's story and the final book in the Delirious Series. This is a full-length novel. These books should be read in order.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, strong language, dubious consent, and graphic violence.


If you haven't started reading this series yet, now is a good time to catch up:

Signed paperbacks will be available too via this link:
(Delivery will take a few weeks, as I'm awaiting shipment, so be patient)
UPCOMING RELEASESStalker (Stand Alone Dark Erotica)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Spotlight, Giveaway: Double Betrayal by Ada Frost

"I'm breaking my promise not to let another man into my life.
For one night, I belonged to someone."

Title: Double Betrayal
Author: Ada Frost
Series: Surviving Series, Book 3
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29th, 2015
Cover Designer: Ada Frost, Kage Cover Designs
Editor: Hot Tree Editing

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Emily’s life had three basic rules, love her family fiercely. Never expect forever and most importantly, shield her heart from pain. At a tender age she learnt love is not forever, sex destroys and if you don’t invest your heart, it can never be broken. She played life safe. 

All it takes though, is one moment, a defining light in the perpetual darkness to bring life into your heart. For Emily, it was a night she would never forget, an ordinary evening of dancing, drinking and if she was in the mood, a brief one night stand. But then he beguiled her. His emerald eyes captivated and enslaved her to him. 

What Emily didn’t anticipate was the mysterious giant to sit beside her and rock her foundations. His dirty mouth and sexy innuendos intrigued her. The green eyed Adonis took her for the ride of her life, on his motorbike. One she would never forget. He intertwined himself into her life and captured her soul.

But the illusion of beauty can hide a broken past. And as the lovers fall deeper, the darkness leeches into the light, suffocating and destroying all within its path. Until there is nothing left but betrayal and shattered hearts. 

*This is the third in the series but intended as a standalone. 
**Due to sexual content, it may not be suitable for readers under the age of 18 years of age. 

He didn’t ascend the two steps up to the raised floor I was on, so we were now more or less of similar height. It was a little disconcerting he was still taller, even at my advantage.
“Did you just tattletale like a little bitch?”
“He was touching your ass.”
“And if you want me to be your bitch, I can do that.” The grin that spread across his handsome face showcased a sexy line of white teeth. He had a very small slit in his lip, as if he suffered from dry lips. Without thought, I leaned forward and sucked his bottom lip into my mouth. He tasted like beer and delicious man. I knew I was risking the giant’s bollocks kissing him in front of my brothers, but I couldn’t stand more time passing without having a little taste.
I pulled away, slowly releasing his lip with a nip of my teeth. He didn’t make any move to touch me, or kiss me back. He simply stared at me with shining eyes and a hot smirk.
“Dance with me.” It wasn’t a question; I wanted to feel his body against mine.
“Can I touch your ass?”
I didn’t answer; I simply sauntered back onto the dance floor. I glanced over my shoulder and offered him a coy smile. Acis had scared the poor young guy away.
I started the slow sway of my hips, keeping my eyes pinned to my avid admirer. His eyes tracked my movements. The sway of my hips, the bend of my knee, the curve of my waist. Slowly, he walked toward me with the prowl of a dangerous animal ready to capture his prey. I expected him to wrap his arm around my body and pull me against him, but instead, he lifted his hand and hooked his finger under my chin and ran his thumb over my bottom lip.
“You’re a dangerous woman, pixie-girl.”
I didn’t speak; I simply stared into his eyes and wrapped my lips around his thumb and sucked it into my mouth, licking the pad before slowly releasing it. His eyes flared and his extremely long lashes battered against his cheeks like butterflies trying to escape.  Finally, his thick arm banded around my back and lifted me up against him, my feet dangled near his shins. There was no finesse in the way I crashed against him—as I said, I was clumsy. But the heat of his skin burned against me, igniting a desperate need inside me. I pressed my hands against his chest and curled my fingers into the fabric, anchoring myself to him as he pressed his hips against mine and started a slow sensuous rocking. With each wave of movement, my stomach tightened as his hips and hard-on pressed perfectly against me. I parted my legs slightly, allowing him to slide his thigh between my legs. His hand caressed my waist as it slid down my side, over the small of my back, to cup my arse. He pressed against me, bringing me tightly against his hardness. I closed my eyes and a small moan escaped me as electric pulses throbbed through me.
The scratch of stubble against my cheek and the hot warmth of his breath made me shiver violently.
“I want to feel, touch, and taste your skin, Pix,” he whispered against my ear, the seductive baritone of his voice shattering any protests I may have had. Which I didn’t. I tightened my fist in his shirt, certain I was nipping his flesh.
“I want you to watch as my tongue licks every inch of this perfect body. Starting with your tight nipples.” He took my earlobe into his mouth and nipped with his teeth. I melted against him. The only support for my weakened body was my grip on his shirt and his hands on my arse.
“I—” I said breathlessly as he licked a warm path down my neck to cover my throbbing pulse with his mouth, sucking hard against my heated flesh.
“Either way, babe, I need you naked.”

Other Books in the Surviving Series

Elemental Fear
(Book 1)

Available HERE

Surviving Love
(Book 2)

Available HERE

Hi! What to say about myself...I don't really have anything interesting to offer other than I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true. 

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any genre really, but it has to have a beautiful romance. I also demand a HEA, even if it takes two or three books to get there. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: Workman's Complication by Rich Leder

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Workman's Complication
Rich Leder
Genre: Mystery
Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigation business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.
A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding and can never work—or dance—again, and then sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.
Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.
But not as much trouble as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.
Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

My Rating:

4.5 Stars

Favorite Quotes:

 “But the acting career path I was planning took a sharp left turn when I got pregnant at sixteen and gave birth to a boy, Matthew, exactly on my seventeenth birthday.  The young man who assisted in getting me pregnant left immediately for San Francisco to be, among other things, gay.”

“She was a person who deserved an adjective at all times, at least in the privacy of my own mind.”

“From Jimmy, I had inherited some distinctly Irish DNA that had compelled me since childhood to do precisely whatever I was forbidden to do.”

“Warren wasn’t a particularly nice man either.  Forty-five years of opening doors for people who wouldn’t give him the time of day if they were wearing two watches had worn his patience and self-esteem thin.”

My Review:

This cleverly written and highly entertaining book is difficult for me to classify.  It was at times raucous, a smartly written comedy that is shrewdly funny, but is also an intriguing mystery, a romance, a family drama, and an addicting tale.  I was already chuckling and snorting in merriment during the first chapter.   I enjoyed all the quirky characters but my favorite has to be the large Chinese handyman name Fu, who verbalizes only five different English words through most of the story.  The writing is crisp, fast paced, smartly humorous and richly detailed.  I could almost smell the descriptions.  I derived a great deal of enjoyment in the main character’s repurposing of the clothing and costumes for her undercover work, that had been acquired and amassed throughout her acting career as wardrobe, while also describing the bizarre or eccentric role, production, or character she had previously portrayed while using the garments.  After years of off - off Broadway, she continues to describe herself as an “aspiring actor” with a long list of other jobs she has held at various times… although after nearly thirty years and now at age forty-five, her adult son believes she should be well past the aspiring phase and on to a more stable and down to earth profession.  In attempting to solve her father’s murder, she miraculously stumbles through several dangerous encounters and whacky plot twists, including a high speed car chase, car theft, breaking and entering, computer hacking, marijuana growing, fraud, impersonating a police officer, hand to hand combat, boxing, shooting a dead man, ballroom dancing, and musical theater.  Like I said, hard to classify, but extremely easy to appreciate.  I would love to read more of these adventures in subsequent volumes.
Empress DJ

Book Review, Giveaway: Becoming Us by Amy Daws

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Author, Amy Daws released A Broken Us last September, but now she's re-wound the clock to go back to where it all began...

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College love never hurt so good.

The dreaded friend-zone... The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae. I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls. What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking? When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can't feel any lower...Brody stumbles into my path—barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh air. The feelings this man gives me are like nothing I've ever experienced. But Brody has a past. A past that makes it nearly impossible for him to trust me and let us become us in whatever capacity that may be. Just when Brody and I truly connect, just when I think that finding my soul-mate in college isn't a total joke, Jake comes back into my life…and messes things up…possibly for good.


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I look back out the window and am floored when I see Brody standing there with a big goofy grin on his face. I stand up in shock and walk through a row of computers closer to the window to figure out what’s going on. 

 He smiles even bigger as I approach, then holds up a finger, indicating to wait one minute. 

 He fumbles in his backpack lying on the ground next to him, and presses a white sheet of paper up against the window. I squint to read it. 


 I laugh out loud at his message, to which Parni and a few other students look up at me and train their eyes on the Brody Spectacle as well. I run back to my desk, grab a notebook, and quickly write my number down. I return to Brody’s eager eyes and hold my paper up. We’re now separated by two feet and one pane of glass. 

 He smiles, then quickly grabs his phone out of his pocket and enters my digits. 

He holds up one finger again, and reaches into his bag and presses another sign against the window. 


 I laugh out loud again. 

 “Oh for the love of God!” Parni reprimands, but I ignore her and nod enthusiastically to Brody’s dark blue eyes. He reaches into his bag and pulls out another piece of paper. 


 I continue shamelessly beaming back at him, and he swaps his paper with another. 


 I furrow my brow and shrug my shoulders, unsure how to answer that. 


 He shakes his head and gives me a look that he’s disgusted. I laugh out loud at his adorably comedic expression. 


 Before I can even get a chance to laugh again he presses another sign up against the window. 


 I give him my best impressed look. 


 I bite my lip and nod, returning his wave goodbye. I turn on my heel and my Brody-buzz is pummeled at the sight of Jake standing in the doorway with a brown bag of food in hand, looking visibly shaken. We lock eyes and my smile fades instantly at his somber expression.


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

“This silent game of flirting we’ve been playing for nearly a month now is the epitome of the word bittersweet.  Bitter because we don’t speak – sweet because I don’t ever want it to stop.”

“Now I, on the other hand, am going to end up married to a gay man.  My vajayjay will shrivel up and die because it won’t be properly serviced.  I’ll die alone with my fifty cats, my sewing machine, and one fiercely designed moo-moo.”

“’Was that a Dexter reference?’ he asks, with a deadly serious expression.  ‘Or do you simply know what a dark passenger is because you are truly possessed?’”

“Okay, he hasn’t said a word to me since you guys went into the other room.  Now first thing he says is that I’m a beautiful eater.  Honestly, Fin, if Brody is this weird, I have serious fears for your taste in men.”

“I don’t need you to be perfect.  I just need you to be mine.  It’s okay for us not to be perfect.”

“There is always time for makeup sex.  You make time for makeup sex.  It says so in the title.”

My Review:

I had highlighted so many cleverly written passages as favorites, it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to a half dozen.  Amy Daws has mad skills.  Her humor is smart, and used in an agile manner.  Her writing is entertaining, absorbing, smooth, and addictive.  I could not willingly stop reading, and woke this morning with my kindle on my chest.  She
 aptly captured the feel, thrall, obsession, and devastation of college crushes and early love.  And her sensual scenes – smokin’ hawt.  Oh to be young and besotted again… how I miss those salad days!

Empress DJ

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*If you're new to Amy Daws...we recommend reading this new release, Becoming Us, first and, A Broken Us, second! Though they can be read in any order. :)

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Amy lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. Amy’s contemporary romance books are a part of the The London Lover Series and currently have two installments out with more to come. Amy’s inspiration for writing is and always will be her six precious angel babies and her daughter. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their 
little miracle.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Commitment Test by Amanda Aksel

The Commitment Test

The Commitment Test
(The Marin Test Series: Book Two)
By: Amanda Aksel
Release Date: February 4th, 2015
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction

When a Valentine’s Day proposal doesn’t come with an engagement ring, Marin Johns begins to wonder if she and James will ever get married. As her closest friends begin to move forward with their lives, she refuses to be left behind.

Hope is restored as she devises a plan to get James down on one knee by becoming the ideal mate. Everything seems to fall into place until her college boyfriend resurfaces after a decade with his own ideas about their future. Will Marin be forced to choose between the man of her dreams and the diamond ring she’s always dreamed of?

Amanda Aksel Bio

Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couples therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. Now she plans to solve love’s most complicated quandaries one novel at a time. 

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Twitter: @amandaaksel

Link to buy Amanda's first novel The Man Test (The Marin Test Series: Book One