14 March 2014

Blogtour; LLC fun & giveaway

In a little over two months it’s party time again at the LLC 2014. How quickly a year flies by *gasp* The organizers of the LLC have a great set of books for you to win by some amazing authors. Al you have to do here is; Send us your best pictures of you with an author from the LLC or another event. link to picture in your comment.

See at the other blogs what you have to do there to have more chances at winning these books;

Jude Deveraux - True Love (signed, English, HC)
Cherry Adair - Pakt der Leidenschaft (signed, German)
Cherry Adair - Heißkalte Begierde (signed, German)
Nalini Singh - Engelsblut (signed, German)
Jeanine Krock - Flügelschlag ( German)
2 Buttons fromNalini Singh (I Heart Judd & Judd is my Boyfriend)

 - Day 1, 03.10 – Desiree from Romantic Bookfan

- Day 2, 03.11 - Ramona from Kielfeder

 - Day 3, 03.12. - Franziska from AefKaey

- Day 4, 03.13. - Julia from Tealicious Books

- Tag 5, 03.14. - Leontine from Leontine`s book Realm
 
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05 February 2014

Love Letter Convention interview; Samantha Young

It's official; Samantha Young is coming to the Love letter Convention 2014! Who is excited? She's from Scotland so I vote for her to read something from On Dublin Street!! *grin*

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty five countries. For more info on Samantha's adult fiction visit http://www.ondublinstreet.com




It's probably a challenge but could you describe yourself in six words?

It’s always difficult to answer these kinds of questions, so I cheated and asked a friend to describe me! She was kind :p

Open-minded, geeky, creative, determined, intuitive, true.

To us newbie Samantha Young readers, could you introduce us to some of your characters?

Jocelyn Butler and Braden Carmichael are my readers’ favourite couple from the Dublin Street series. Jocelyn is an American with dual citizenship living in Scotland. She suffered the loss of her entire family when she was fourteen so Joss has a lot of issues—especially when it comes to letting people in. However once she starts living with her new roommate, Ellie Carmichael, she meets Braden and a whole host of characters that turn her world upside down. From there the Dublin Street characters have grown. In the next book in the series London Road, readers get to know Joss’s good friend and colleague Johanna. Jo comes from a difficult family situation and has been left to raise her teenage brother singlehandedly. After years of emotional abuse, Jo has little self-worth, and uses her good looks to capture the attention of men who can provide her and her brother with some financial security. That is until she meets bartender/graphic designer Cameron McCabe, a man who values her for who she is and determinedly takes his time to make her see that her beauty is more than skin deep.

In the upcoming release Jamaica Lane, readers will get to know Cameron’s best friend Nate and Jo’s friend Olivia. Olivia is an American who moves to Scotland to start over with her father, and Nate is the ultimate player with a tragic past. When Liv and Nate grow as close as best friends, Liv turns to Nate for advice on how to get back into the dating pool and his advice becomes lessons and those lessons become much, much more…

What reward do you absolutely love about writing and what is your absolute challenge in it?

The biggest reward I get from writing is reader reaction. It’s very humbling to have readers write to me and tell me how much they related to a story or to a character, and how emotionally involved they got. When I’m writing I fully immerse myself in the world and characters, and so it’s incredible when readers tell me they felt everything I felt when writing it.

The biggest challenge for me is character development. It’s my favourite part of writing but it’s the greatest challenge to create characters that feel so real you miss them when you finish the book.

If you would be snowed in, what would you do to pass time until you're rescued?

Read. I take my kindle and a paperback everywhere with me. I used to read constantly but I don’t have the same time to read since I started writing full time. That means I try to sneak it in whenever I can.

Could you give us a quote which inspired you, made you laugh or fan yourself while writing it?
 
One of the lines I had fun writing was a quote from Braden in Dublin Street.

“Lingerie is for seducing a man. I’m already fucking seduced.”

 


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31 October 2013

Love Letter Convention; Blogger introduction tour

The official bloggers for the Love Letter Convention are on tour to introduce themselves. I have Desiree from Romantic Book Fan here today so she can tell a bit more about herself! She is from Germany but has graciously agreed to give her answers in English.

Tuesday, 29. October 2013AefKaeys World of Books
Wednesday, 30. October 2013Kielfeder
Thursday, 31. October 2013Leontine’s Book Realm
Friday, 01. November 2013Romantic Book Fan
Saturday, 02. November 2013 - tealicious books



1)      Why did you start blogging. What do you enjoy the most?

I started my blog Romantic Book fan in July 2012. I always read very much, normally 20 till 30 books a month. And I liked reading other book blogs so I started thinking about my own blog, where I can publish my reviews. I want to recommend books that I like very much and give my readers ideas what they could read. I enjoy it very much when I get a feedback to a review or an article at my blog.

2)      What is your favorite genre right now and has it changed over the years?

I think my favorite genre is the romantic fantasy genre but unfortunately the German publishers actually don`t translate as much books of this genre as they did a few years ago. I also liked the genre romantic thrillers and erotic romances, like Syliva Day with her Crossfire-series. Sometimes I read historical romances, I like Julia Quinn and Teresa Medeiros very much.

3)      Tell us about your most cherished authors and their books?

I love the Psy Changeling series of Nalini Singh and the Midnight Breed series of Lara Adrian. But it depends of the genre. In each genre I have a favorite author.

4)      When did you attend the LLC for the first time? What was your best experience?

I visited the Love Letter Convention in 2012 when it first took place in Berlin. It was wonderful to meet all the readers that love books as much as I love them. And it was fantastic to get to know all the authors like Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione and the German authors like Michelle Raven, Stefanie Ross and Kristina Günak. The best experience was a photo with Nalini Singh and me. I also spoke a little bit with Nalinis mother, she was very nice.

5)      Which author would you love to meet at the LLC and what would you do or say?

I would enjoy meeting Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian again. But I also want to meet Sylvia Day because I like her Crossfire series very much. I would ask her everything about the series and I would want to know how the series will continue.

6)      why did you apply to become a LLC official blogger?
I liked the LLC 2012 very much and I loved the idea of the event.

It gives readers the golden opportunity to meet their favorite authors in a familiar environment. I think there´s nothing better than to publish news of this wonderful event and to let other people know of it.

7)      what does it mean to you becoming an LLC blogger and do you have any plans?

I'm very honored to be one of only 5 LLC bloggers and I´m very happy that I was chosen to report news about the event.

8) Which event do you like to attend at the LLC 2014?

When I'm lucky I will have a meet & great with someone like Syliva Day or Lara Adrian. I also like Tina Folsom and her Scanguards series very much and would be happy to learn something about her future plans.


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01 October 2013

Guestpost; Katie Porter talks Sexuality in Vegas Top Guns

Sexuality in Vegas Top Guns
By Katie Porter

Bare Knuckle is the last of our debut Katie Porter series, “Vegas Top Guns”. Since the initial release of the first title, Double Down, we’ve been asked many questions about the sexual fetishes we’ve presenting across the five books. From roleplaying to femdom, we’ve touched on a bit of everything, while focusing on dovetailing the romance that makes for a satisfying happily ever after.

Bare Knuckle is no different. Fighter pilot Eric “Kisser” Donaghue is the survivor of a plane crash, which was revealed at the end of book four, Hard Way. He’s scarred and surly, with a life goal that belies the personality we presented him with in previous installments. He has a brother in rehab, a side career in off-Strip boxing, and a surprisingly artistic side as a photographer. The only subject of his photographs is women.

He’s a voyeur.

The trick with creating a voyeur hero—and frankly, the trick with imbuing any of our characters with fetishes some readers may not relate to—was to make him accessible. When people think voyeur, they make thinking creepy peeping toms who watch women through parted curtains. For Eric, he keeps his fetish in his bedroom/studio alone.

As with all the fetishes we’ve written about for our daring fighter pilots, we were intent on pairing personality with sexuality. Sure Eric has been scarred, but his voyeurism is not new. Handsome and gruff, from a bad background, he grew up wanting two things: beauty and truth. Sure, a lot of women are beautiful, but how many of them are willing to bare everything, not just their bodies? How many are willing to open up so vulnerably that his photographs reveal the real essence of their true selves?

In asking those questions, he has to confront one unexpected event. He meets Trish Monroe, a Vegas showgirl—and an exhibitionist whose need to be admired makes the perfect subject for his photographs…and for his appetites. They combust. But as with all our “Vegas Top Guns” protagonists, the conflict comes from admitting that yes, the fetish is not only all right, but exactly right for them both.

Kisser is a stubborn guy. Trish is even more stubborn. And she won’t let this series we’ve adored end with anything less than a fairy tale ending. We hope you’ll enjoy our peek into yet another sexual subculture that may be a little out of the way, but defines our ideal romance: two people who are utterly suited to each other...forever.

We'd like to give away a copy of BARE KNUCKLE in any digital format. Just answer the question: In future Katie Porter books, which fetish would you like to read about?

What the critics are saying:
“The duo behind Katie Porter goes out with a bang in the last of their phenomenal ‘Vegas Top Guns’ series.” ~ RT Book Reviews 4½ Stars  
“It’s deliciously explicit details is guaranteed to ignite the fire within readers.” ~ Fresh Fiction  
“These characters have depth, the sex scenes are hot, and the reader will root for this pair.” – Library Journal
For more about Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, visit their website at KatiePorterBooks.com!

Thanks again to leontine’s Book Realm for featuring Katie Porter and Bare Knuckle!

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30 September 2013

ARC Review; Kresley Cole - Endless Knight

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,br />
Original title; Endless Knight
ASIN; B00BAWBLLY
Language; English
Series; The Arcana Chronicles #2
Characters; Evie Greene, Jackson Deveaux

Goodreads Summary

In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Review; !!Can contain some minor spoilers!!

ENDLESS KNIGHT picks up right after the events in POISON PRINCESS and I quickly connected again with Evie, Jack, Selena, Finneas and Matthew. From the first page the tension between the characters is tangible and the foes that lurk in every dark corner are very dangerous.

I am not a zombie fan. I don’t watch The Walking Dead as I can hardly stomach all the gore. However, I was drawn in by the high octane suspense of Gunthrie and his flesh eating followers. The allies and adversaries of Evie, and the battle that is played between the Arcana cards, is providing a page turner of a story! The reader is pulled in to the battle by Kresley Cole’s imaginative writing style and appealing characters. The threat, which lies everywhere, hums throughout the pages and kept me on my toes. The love I have for this series lies not only in the fact that the world building is detailed but also that I have no clue what’s coming. Every chapter reveals new information or thrusts the characters in to new dangers to overcome, surprising me at every turn. It brings new light or deepens the interpersonal relationships between the main characters; Evie, Jackson, Death, Selena, Finneas and Matthew.

The plot twists made me gasp, there were layers upon layers to unravel with each character and I couldn’t get enough of it. Why did Evie and Jack ‘do it’? I expected slow burn kisses, taking it step by step but emotions combined with their attraction were an explosive combination and they were going for it. All.The.Way!! It baffled me a bit but as I read the chapters away a game changer was revealed that connected the dots for me. It put a new perspective on everything. The connections Kresley Cole is weaving between the characters, both allies and adversaries, is formidable.

Evie’s life and emotions are in turmoil. After the Flash its survival of the canniest and the strongest. Evie’s still discovering her powers as The Empress as she needs to fight off many enemies like the Bagman, an army and other Arcana. I love the complexity of her external circumstances. Everything she does, every decision she makes and all she feels is portrayed for the reader to absorb.

Selena is still tough-as-nails. Matthew is vague as ever. Finn is still a charmer and Jackson is still the coolest guy on the block. Changes are coming for all of them and some changes reeled me on my axes. New characters also come in to play. Like Lark, quirky but with a certain humor, I enjoyed her role in Endless Knight. Death however rocked me to my core. He is the enemy, the one to defeat. Evil to the core and scheming every minute of the day. Or so I thought in Poison Princess.

Kresley Cole equals formidable characters, they brim the story with their electric personalities, as did Death. Kresley Cole hit my weakness for bad-boys with heart. Death is still dangerous to the core but I was shown a side to him that surprised me. An even greater surprise was that in the end I liked him, a lot!! Perhaps some readers might think; Oh no, what the hell?! But I was all; Oh yes!! Give me more!!

The story contains pulls pounding action scenes but also takes time to unfold background stories of various characters. Main and supporting characters weren’t just there on paper, they came alive in my mind, keeping my attention at an all-time high. It was no surprise that I read this book cover to cover in one day. This is something only a story can do if I’m fully emotional invested. Something Kresley Cole can do like no other!

Kresley Cole set the bar real high with POISON PRINCESS but she shattered it for me with ENDLESS KNIGHT. It is all there; edge of your seat suspense, characters to connect and root for, game changing plot twists and a breathtaking love. I will never look at my Tarot cards the same! The Arcana Chronicles is a Young Adult series to savor, page by page.

5 stars

With a shrug, I reached for my jeans. “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the cabin.” He swallowed audibly. “Brûlant.” Sizzling hot. “And believe me, cher, I plan to take that heat.”

You likin’ ole Jack now?” “I never stopped liking you. Even when you were warding me away with the power of Catholicism.” “Can’t help the way I was raised—anything supernatural is supposed to be either a miracle or satanic.” I rolled my eyes. “And you’re still trying to figure out which I am?” “Non. I’m trying to figure out if I’m still Catholic.” He grinned that heart-stopping grin.

There was French kissing, and then there was Cajun French kissing. Spicier, harder, wilder. That’s how it was with Jackson. Burning out of control. Probably just as destructive as an inferno. And I didn’t care.

If Jack had awakened my desire, Death was enlivening my mind, attracting me in a way I’d never experienced before.


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