28 September 2012

Blogfest Partay!!

What is it? BlogFest is a blog run of sorts. A list of participating blogs will be provided on September 28, each offering a fantastic giveaway for readers to enter. Each blog will link to another, pulling readers through the fantastic party we'll have set up for them!

Grand giveaway: For the past two years, we have picked one blog visitor that won a great big box of fun prizes. This year, every blog that you mark on the tracking site earns you one entry. Each participating blog also gets to choose one visitor and that person earns 10 entries. One winner is chosen to win the box of awesomeness.

Click here for a full list of the partcipants.

Michelle Santiago
Sharon Hamilton Author 
Jennifer DeLucy's Blog
Can We Talk About... 
J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer 

I love participating in the Blogfest. Each year I have a topic I want to share with you next to giving away the good stuff! This year I want to share a bit of my bday bash with you all. Even if it’s a month ago I have pics I thought would be fun to share. You see, each year I have a few gals over who love to read just as much as I do. We always give each other books and this was my book haul this year:

My Giveaway *CLOSED*:
(due to flu winnners will be picked later this week)
* One $20,- Gift Certificate of your choice (and where I can pay with CC)

* One book of your choice up til the amount of $7,99 (and where I can pay with CC)

* Two chances to win a handcrafted, silver bookmarker.

All you have to do is leave a comment what's on YOUR bday wishlist! Oh, and leave a way for me to get back to you!! That's very important if you win ;) Winners will be contacted and have to reply within 72 hours.

27 September 2012

Review: Laura Wright - Eternal Beast

Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Signet Eclipse
ISBN 0451237722 (ISBN13: 9780451237729)
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Title: Eternal Beast Series: Mark of the Vampire #4
Characters: Gray Donohue, Dillon
Received ARC from publisher via NetGalley.

Summary (Goodreads)
A Taste of Blood 
Ever since his abduction by the Eternal Order of Vampires, Gray Donohue has finally found his true calling: vengeance. He will stop at nothing to bring his fellow Impure vampires the freedom they deserve. Now if he could just release his primal need for the beautiful vampire who saved his life—and rules his thoughts and desires…

After nearly killing the senator she was assigned to protect, Dillon is now in mortal danger. The jaguar within her has been unleashed, and she can no longer control it. Sex is the only thing that can tame her shift. And Gray is the only man who can make her surrender to a passion strong enough to overpower her inner beast. But she doesn’t want to surrender—she wants her life back. Because she is determined never to belong to anyone, especially not Gray—the male whom destiny claims is her mate…

Ever since the first novel in the Mark Of The Vampire series, Laura Wright has been able to draw me in to an exciting world populated with a multidimensional cast of characters. From the first moment Dillon and Gray made their entry in to this series they pulled at my heartstrings. Their turmoil, their life force, their attitude, it all appealed to me. Gray and Dillon have their premise told during the first four books and it contained a promise for their own story. While Eternal Beast can be read on its own, as always, I feel the story will be that much richer if you’ve read the previous entries in this series. Not only for the romance but also for the ongoing plot.

Every time, Laura Wright puts two strong minded characters together the developing feelings go with challenges, fierceness, sharp-edged dialogues and full-blown passion. Gray and Dillon gave all that and more! The source of Dillon’s emotional damage is evil to the core and instantly triggers the desire for revenge. I wanted lots of pain for the villains to match their heinous acts! While Dillon was a victim she got out of it stronger, a warrior woman and I liked her barbed personality. She doesn’t allow people to get close to her but some of them eventually just do. Gray is gruff and has a single-minded focus on leading the Impures to freedom. His attraction to Dillon has been palpable from the moment they met. Even though it seems impossible for them to fall in love it is in each encounter the attraction is like a live wire of fierce emotions connecting them together.

The romance development is spectacular. So are the erotic scenes! The whirlwind of feelings, the slowly earning of trust, the chemistry ablaze with sexual energy, it drew me in and kept me anchored in the story. In Eternal Beast they put it all out there for the reader. Layer by layer got peeled away for me to see inside their hearts and I loved the connection it forged with me. Dillon and Gray have some of the hottest dialogues to draw each other out and to acknowledge what is between them. They both have their journey which made me flip the pages as fast as I could, wondering where it would lead to. Difficult characters such as them don’t “do” instant love. Through all the difficulties in both romance as well as the plot a love is forged so strong, so deep, that when they finally get to that high-stake moment of surrender, it becomes a toe-curling and utterly satisfying moment for the reader. Just the way I like it!

The plot was gradual, but this is something I came to expect from Laura Wright. She builds the tension to a height with explosive action scenes, obstacles to overcome and mystery. Sometimes the suspension subsides in favor of the romance but by the last third of the novel I was riveted. As the reader I knew much, how key characters were involved and what their plans were. However, it was a puzzle to solve how things were to play out, keeping me on the edge of my seat. Again, just the way I like it!

By now, in the fifth story, there is a rich cast of characters with the Roman brothers and their beloved wives, the Mutores, the vampire race and its Order. I’m especially liking the Mutores, shapeshifters whom never meant to be but with larger than life personalities. The taunting banter between them and the Roman brothers made me smile. Egos can clash but at the end of the day, they got each other’s back.

In Eternal Beast there is a riveting plot, steeped with a scorching sexual tension between star-crossed lovers who are guaranteed to capture the heart from the start. Another winner in this series!

4.5 stars

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26 September 2012

ARC Review: Tiffany Reisz - The Angel

Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published: September 25th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA
ISBN 0778313999 (ISBN13: 9780778313991)
Language: English
Genre: Erotica
Series: The Original Sinners #2
ARC recieved from publisher via NetGalley.

Summary (Goodreads)
No safe word can protect the heart.
Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury. Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends. But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering.

To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.

If there is one author this year whom has made an indelible impression on me then it is Tiffany Reisz. I consider myself a high maintenance, erotic romance reader. I want the complex rather than the fluffy. I want authors to seek out my boundaries rather than play it safe. I want characters to make thought provoking decisions or actions rather than be vanilla. Tiffany Reisz fits the needs for the extraordinary to a tee with her stellar writing skills and enigmatic characters.

The Angel is the sequel to The Siren and superseded my ever expectation. The sheer excellence in every aspect of the storytelling seeped in to my imagination and took me on a great journey. The deviant sexual tension and play between Nora, Søren, Griffin and Michael was arousing to read. The array of emotions and the character development made me laugh one moment, read breathlessly the next and cry in other moments. The layered characterization is stellar, each character was three dimensional in their personality and they became real to me. The past of Søren broke my heart yet at the same time forged a bond between the both of us and I didn’t resist the magnetic pull he had. He is intriguing, complex and somewhat disturbing but I came to love every aspect of him! Nora is diabolic humor, love and wickedness wrapped up in such a strong personality. I admire her, her outlook on life, who she is and the deep, abiding love she feels. Kingsley still has so much mystery surrounding him but I loved him for it. I love a good puzzle and this man definitely is one! I also got to meet Michael; his growth in ‘The Angel’ was amazing to witness and touched me in so many ways. His budding strength and sense of self endeared me. And then there’s Griffin, for all his sexy joker ways there is depth in his heart and soul. By the end of the story he had me wrapped up in his charismatic ways.

Each of these character claimed a part of me in a way where it leaves me changed as a reader. The writing style of Tiffany Reisz flows very well, is also evocative and draws you in from the very first chapter. And what a beginning it was. The secrets of Nora, Kingsley and Søren are a lure all on their own! In ‘The Siren’ there were hints but in ‘The Angel’ secrets are revealed which are bloodcurdling dark, intense and just very sad. I loved Tiffany Reisz for it. For giving me the truth, painstakingly real and once revealed, right in my face for me to deal with on my own terms. It connected me to Søren and Kingsley in a way ‘The Siren’ could not. The way, Tiffany Reisz advanced and explored their past was just a breath away from mind blowing fantastic! If, Tiffany Reisz didn’t already owned me as a reader, she does now. There are lots of story twists many readers will love.

One of those story twists is, Suzanne, the reporter who wanted to reveal all. Suzanne’s actions had quite an effect on me. At one moment I hated her, the next I sympathized with her and at the end I kind of liked her. The plot twist she fuels embarks the core cast on a journey, one I couldn’t get enough of. Nora spends lots of time with Michael and Griffin. The carnal pleasures are titillating and various descriptive scenarios I read was like it got plugged right in to my senses. Chills, thrills, hot flashes and squirming in seat as a result. The eroticism read sophisticated sexy yet tapped in to all the dark desires of the characters and they owned it. Which was another reason for me to love them something fierce.

2012 is the year of Tiffany Reisz with ‘The Original Sinners’ series which will seek out and perhaps step over your boundaries, aim for your heart and will give you new characters to fall madly in love with! The Angel claimed me from start to finish and marked me as a reader.

5 stars

Quotes: This whole book is quote worthy - the dialogues, OMG, so good!

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07 September 2012

Dear LoveLetter Magazine

Dear LoveLetter Magazine,

This year’s LLC experience has been one of my highlights in 2012 and I want to thank you for all your passion and the effort it takes to organize such an event. It was beyond my wildest dreams. When one of your organizers and I had a conversation I was encouraged to leave a card on the board with authors I would love to see in the future. I know I wrote down a few but when I got home I stood in front of my bookcases and I cursed my faltering memory because I forgot some of my most beloved authors.

I got in to a conversation with one of my friends, Pearl, about which authors I would love to see at the next LLC and that’s when it hit me. Instead of sending you an e-mail I thought it would be nice to send you a letter in which I could convey my author wishlist. God knows, I'm not a person who ever does short and to the point!

I will personally bake you all triple chocolate brownies if one or more...prefably more *wink* of these authors show up next year;

Kresley Cole – do I need to explain it? The Wroth brothers, hawt Lykea, humorous and fierce Valkyrie, wicked witches, Nucking Futs Nïx. If you can get her over to Germany a squee around the world will be heard originating from my little town!

C.L. Wilson – This woman’s imagination rocked the world of many a reader, including mine. She gave us; ’ Ver reisa ku’chae. Kem surah, shei’tani.’ And from there she took ‘epic romance’ to a whole other level with Rain Tairen Soul and Ellysetta Baristani. If this doesn’t convince you…she gave us spirit smexing!! I rest my case!

Anne Bishop - Like, C.L. Wilson this author effortless draws you into a world where characters touched my heart. I would be shocked if she wasn’t translated in German. Shocked, I tell ya!!! I would go weak in the knees to meet the woman who gave voice to Daemon and Jaenelle along with Saetan and Lucivar.

Tiffany Reisz – Please, PLEASE, tell me this author is on the translation list for this year?! This author needs to come to the LLC. Not only is she an intriguing author but let me introduce you to the awe-to-the-some Nora. Her leading lady in ‘The Original Sinners’ series. She rocks the sexy with confidence and attitude!! And we must talk Søren. He will rock your world with his edgy persona!

Delilah Marvelle – This author made me want a grandmother who was a courtesan too! I mean, a school of seduction for gentlemen. Yeah this pitch hooked me and I love the way she brings me to another time! She also has a sex thru history blog. Who said history was boring. Not me ;) Wouldn’t it be fantastic if she did a panel on sex thru history? Who wants to attend that, say I *grin*

Joey W Hill – The BDSM this author gives the reader is full of emotion and dark passions. Her vampires, angels and mermaids are characters whom explode of the pages and never left my reading loving heart. You want erotic romance authors at the LLC next year, she is one of the mistresses to go to!! I can’t even describe my anticipated reaction if I get to meet her. She has touched my heart in the most personal of ways.

Karen Marie Moning – She was one of my first loves as I began reading in English. The MacKeltars and Barrons…do I need to tell you ladies anything else? We could perhaps have a highlander in kilt walking around at the LLC. For promotional purposes of course. I personally wouldn’t have any problems with that *wink*

Lauren Dane – Aahhhh, the Brown Siblings. The wicked sexy this author gives with her heartwarming characters *dreamy sigh* Since erotic romance is conquering Euopre as well. This author should get an invite. Just saying *smiles*

Elizabeth Vaughan – I’ve read Warprize, Warlord and Warsworn years ago but to this day it still remains as one of my favorite romance fantasy trilogies. I think it would be fantastic if C.L. Wilson, Anne Bishop and Elizabeth Vaughan could do a world building panel. *Dream come true*

Shiloh Walker – I *love* the romantic suspense of this author…and her tortured heroes. Dear lawd does she do tortured! I will be utter fangurl waiting on my copy of BROKEN to be signed!!

And last but not least;

Laura Wright - The vampire world she created reignited my love for the vamps in the PNR genre. The vampires *rawr* very primal and toe curling sexay, the world is refreshing and starting this series (Mark Of The Vampire) only gives you a hunger for more ;)

I think, re-reading my letter, there's a lot of sexy going on in the descriptions LOL If you, who will or want to attend #LLC2013, have authors you want to meet, just comment with the names and let the LLC peeps know!

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