Friday, October 31, 2014

Interview with author Houston Havens

Today we get to know author Houston Havens just a little bit better!

It’s awesome to be here with you on your blog today. Thank you for having me. I hope to entertain and intrigue your viewers with my latest book in the Psychic Ménage Series.

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A ~ I’m a tenacious Irish lass. I’m obsessed with uncovering and exposing the truth…I should have been an old time reporter.

Q ~ What’s something that you never leave home without?

A ~ LOL My hubby.

Q ~ What is your favourite genre to read?

A ~ New age

Q ~To write?

A ~ Erotic - Romance

Q ~ Can you tell me about your ideal reader?

A ~ Anyone who enjoys my work. Anyone who loves my attention to details, looks for the mystery clues I leave for them in the stories and anyone who loves sizzling sex scenes…Any reader who wants a fabulous plot story with their HOT erotic tales.

Q ~ How did you begin writing? Was there a single catalyst or a series of events?

A ~ A life change experience that said life was to short to waste, and life here was given to each of us to ‘make’ things happen. Don’t be afraid of change…so I made a big change in my life and writing is part of it.

Q ~ Who are your biggest supporters?

A ~ My hubby and my three BFF’s!

Q ~ When you write, do you lay out a solid outline before beginning, or start writing and iron out the kinks later?

A ~ I plot the basic structure of the story and then as I write the characters start to talk and become real…they fill in all the little details and such.

Q ~ Do you have any writing rituals that you follow?

A ~ No, other than up everyday by 5 to grab a cup of Java and get to work.

Q ~ What is your go-to snack while writing?

A ~ I don’t snack while writing…I hardly have time to eat. If no one is around to remind me to have some lunch or dinner, I don’t. I do drink a lot of White Chocolate Caramel coffee.

Q ~ Can you tell us a little bit about your Psychic Menage series?

A ~ Oh gosh girl, I thought you’d never ask…yes, I can talk about it forever! The Psychic Ménage Series is a 7 book miniseries that weaves over 10 genres together. It’s a series that will intrigue most readers…there’s a little something for everyone…for men as well as women.

Psychic Ménage is a series that takes you into a futuristic world…a very possible futuristic world. I based this reality on the high-tec technology that is in existence today and blended in odd facts on beings (Faeries, Giants, Aliens, and Shifters just to name a few) we think of as myths.

The reality of these characters and their lives seems real to my readers because as the series unfolds, so does the very real, very logical possibilities of these beings being real in our historical past….It makes my readers wonder ‘IF’ there is some hidden past and a real hidden future…visit my Pinterest and SEE why my world seems so real.

Come enjoy my fantasy…you just might be surprised.

Book one Sinful Surrender has 18 ~ 5 Star reviews and hit the best sellers list at Amazon in the US and UK…and the best sellers list at Are.

Book two Phantom Desire has had only 5 stars reviews! There is a total of 12 so far and the book has only been out for 28 days.

Q ~ What is your favourite part or scene in one of the novels?

A ~ In Sinful Surrender it is the interrogation scene between Fay and Drakker.

In Phantom Desire it is the painting scene between Chandra and Nikias

Q ~ Of the works you’ve written, which is your favourite?

A ~ I have written 12 books…this Psychic Ménage series is my favourite

Q ~ Is there also a character that holds a special place in your heart?

A ~ OMG each of them touch me in a special way because they are all so different. Each has their personal flaws, yet they have something so endearing about them…and each carry a burden that I empathize with. They are real to me, and I love them all for who they are.

Q ~ Do you have anything in the works at the moment? Care to give us a hint about it?

A ~ Besides finishing this series…Yes, I’m plotting out the sequel (spin-off) of this series with one that will follow it…the next series will take you into the Fae World and many of the characters in this series will show up there along with a whole new cast of beings….and troubles. I can’t wait to share this fabulous world with me readers!

Q ~ If you could give aspiring authors one piece of advice, what would it be?

A ~ Write five complete books (single title length) and shelve them…by book six you will find your voice (trust me…you’ll know when you find it) and that will be the book to submit…Do not rush your work to market…that can hurt your career…so take your time and write the best damn book you can!

Thank you for having me here today. I hope your followers enjoyed the interview and will give my books a try.

Bio:

Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.

Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series and numerous articles in literary magazines.

Stop by for a visit and leave a comment at her Blog.

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Watch for my reviews of the 1st 2 novels in Houston Havens' Pyschic Menage series coming soon!

Phantom Desire, 
Psychic Ménage Series: Book 2

A multi-genre story: Erotic Romance, Ménage (MFMM), Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Light BDSM, and Psychics.
Release Date: Sept 1, 2014
Published with: H.A.W.K. PUBLISHING – hawkpublishing.wix.com/hawkpublishing

Tag Line: I can have sex with any woman I want. But I can love only one…that one is you.

Blurb

Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?


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Christmas on 4th Street: Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery

Title:  Christmas on 4th Street
Series:  Fool's Gold 12.5
Author:  Susan Mallery
Published:  October 28/14 by Harlequin HQN (First published September 24/13)
Length:  336pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped…

Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of it. That's why she's opening her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugarplums, thanks to his drill sergeant father. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from an injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.

Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

My Review:

With every one of these stories that I read I fall further and further in love with Susan Mallery & Fool’s Gold. Mallery’s intricately crafted storyline along with her fantastically captivating storytelling will keep you hooked for the long run. I read this novel in little more than a single sitting. The breathtaking yet down to earth descriptions paint a fantastic picture of this loveable town while her inviting narrative draws you further in.

And if the story itself wasn’t enough, the characters are absolutely fantastic. Both of the main characters have such intense histories that shaped them and their beliefs. This doesn’t make me pity them, but rather allows you to identify with them and make you love them all the more. They are also well developed, well rounded individuals who are genuinely good people. It was such a fantastic feeling to see them coming together. Having them surrounded the other residents of Fool’s Gold just made the story all the more real. The sense of community and family that pervades the story is astounding. And I mean really… What’s Fool’s Gold without meddling Mayor Marsha, or Eddie and Gladys?

As a whole, this was a fantastic novel that really kept me captivated, both emotionally and intellectually. It was a fantastic addition to the series, or something easily read as a standalone, and will most definitely become dog-eared in short order.

And for a little something special today… A secret hidden review for the lovely Fool’s Gold novella at the end of the reissue of Christmas on 4th street.

Title:  Yours for Christmas
Series:  Fool's Gold #15.5
Author:  Susan Mallery
Published:  October 28/14 by Harlequin
Length:  98pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  bought & Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Step out of the winter chill and into the warmth of Fool's Gold, California, the charming small-town setting for a new holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

Famous former NFL stars don't date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She'll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott's muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he's not just hot…he's also generous, funny, nice. The whole package—tantalizingly out of reach.

The ache of past loss reminds Kenny why he needs to avoid getting too close to anyone. Especially to a gorgeous redhead and her adorable little girl. Mess it up, and he'd lose them both. Yet Kenny can only resist Bailey for so long. And as festive spirit spreads throughout the town, he's all wrapped up in Bailey's sweet, sexy kisses and determined to make this the first of many Christmases together… 

My Review:

A bit of a disclaimer before I start this review. I’ve been dying for this story since Bailey and Kenny first met (hence the fact that I already have 2 copies). The chemistry and actual caring between the two has been building for the last few novels in the series. That said, this one can easily be read as a brilliant standalone that brings out the Christmas spirit as well as the best in all of us. Mallery’s usual well written, easy to love writing style shines through this unique and remarkable story.

The characters are fantastic. I fell in love with them all over again in this one. As much as I loved Kenny walking into this one, knowing his full story makes me love him all the more. Bailey’s strength and heart shine through, creating a captivating individual that you can’t help but love. Even in this shorter page count her characters shine through with remarkable clarity and individuality. This doesn’t stop with the main characters, the supporting cast shines as well. The feeling of love between them all is simply amazing.

This is definitely one that will bring out the Christmas spirit in all of us. It was a fantastic, quick read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guest Post with author Emerald O'Brien

Today I'm handing you all over to the ever-capable hands of author Emerald O'Brien.  Enjoy yourselves!


When it comes to movies most people fall on either side of the fence.

Side A: They love scary movies, and watch them often.

Side B:
They hate scary movies, and you couldn't pay them to watch one.


Sure, there are some fence sitters who will watch one the odd time, but generally, these people are forced into it by a friend from Side A. One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is something Side A would probably enjoy. Getting together with friends, or with my husband, gathering some snacks, and watching scary movies. They can be horror, suspense, thrillers, or a combination. I love 'em all!

I put together a small list of some of my favourites that I'll be watching around Halloween this year. I also included a Scare-O-Meter rating, to help both lovers and fence sitters decide what they can handle. I hope to give you some ideas, and that you include some of your favourites as well in a scary movie marathon this season.

Emerald's Scary Movie Marathon List

Scare-O-Meter Ranking from 1 (not scary at all) to 10 (nightmares might ensue)

*Everyone has their own idea of what is scary and what's not, but this is my personal opinion based on a wide variety of experience with the genre.

Coming in with the lowest Scare-O-Meter rating of 1: Flatliners (1990)
With an amazing cast (Julia Roberts, Keifer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon. Directed by Joel Schumacher). Just a great horror/sci-fi movie about near death experiences. The subject matter is what drew me in while watching, and although it gives a creepy feel, I wasn't scared at any point while watching this.

Rated 2: Zombieland
This is a fun flick, mostly humorous, and filled with awesome actors. The only reason I give it a 2 is...clowns. If you are scared of clowns, you might jump at this one.

With a rating of 3: Scream (and all the movies that followed it in the franchise)
This is a classic franchise that mixes scares with humor. It's cheesy fun, with characters your root for, and one of the most famous survivors of the horror genre. Sydney Prescott.

Rated 4 on my scale: Urban Legend (1998)
This is a teen classic that I remember watching with friends when I was probably too young. It was scary for me then, but I've watched it since, and it's not so bad. It wraps several urban legends into one, and keeps you guessing who the killer is. I love books and movies that keep you on your toes, and this one delivers.

Rated right in the middle with 5: Ginger Snaps
This was a low budget, teen horror flick, and it was totally different from other movies of it's time. Great actors, unique story line. Again, one I watched when I was younger, that was scarier at the time.

Just a little scarier than a 5: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Some of the best acting of any scary movie I have ever seen. The characters are my favourite part of this movie, but the whole premise is pretty great too. Intelligently filmed and executed.

6 on the Scare-O-Meter: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
It's fun, it's scary, and it's smart. I would expect nothing less from Joss Whedon. Something different, which is hard to do nowadays. Might be a little scary, but most of the shocking parts are actually funny.

Rated 7: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Trying to survive while the zombie population grows, and realizing the people you're fighting with might be more dangerous than the zombies you're fighting against. I love everything about this movie, and it's a remake of a classic that's awesome too. Here's where things start getting scary...and gory.

Reaching to almost 8 on the meter: Stakeland
I wasn't sure I would like it at the beginning, and it's not a well known movie, but it proved to be more than just another vampire story. It had heart, good acting, and a great story line. Very original.

Depending on which installment you choose I give this one 7-9: Halloween
Just the best. I love every single movie made in this franchise. I love the original (1979), I love the other instalments, I love Rob Zombie's versions. I love the actors, and while things can appear a bit cheesy/campy, it's a classic. The only thing I don't love about this movie is Michael Myers, but he is still my favourite movie villain of all time.

Finally, the highest rated with a 10: The Ring
This was one of the first horror movies I watched where I was actually scared as an adult. Like, cover your eyes and ears kind of scared. I enjoyed the first and the sequel almost equally, which rarely happens for me. Awesome unique premise.


And now, enter this awesome giveaway with author Emerald O'Brien.

Prize 1 - $10 Gift card & an ecopy of Darkness Follows & Shadows Remain by Emerald O'Brien
Prize 2 - an ecopy of Darkness Follows & Shadows Remain by Emerald O'Brien
Prize 3 - Winner's choice of book 1 or 2

Entries are open until 11:59pmEST Nov 4/14
Winners will be announced Nov 5/14
Winners have 72h to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn

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The Donor by Nikki Rae

Title:  The Donor
Series:  The Donor parts 1-3
Author:  Nikki Rae
Published:  October 30/14
Length:  115pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.
They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.

Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.

All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.

My Review:

Rae’s take on online dating is priceless. She launches you right into the main character’s life and you’re off for one very unique ride. You simultaneously find out what she’s doing & how she got there. Rae subtly develops her characters. By the end of this first instalment you get an idea of who the female lead is and how she got where she is. The male lead remains a bit of a mystery which adds an extra layer of complexity to this short story.

The story is intensely emotional. Rae deals with the very real and difficult decisions her characters have to make, while allowing us to get to know them a bit better. I love how you really get in close with the characters and where they both come from. At the same time, you also get to understand where they’re both coming from. It is an intensely emotional ride, even considering the short page length. This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long, long while.

The main characters are quite well developed in this story. We really get to know a lot about their pasts and present. The future is also laid out before the audience, however bleak it may seem. Readers also get a peak at Casey’s parents. I find them to be just as aggravating as they were originally, but knowing them goes a long way to explain Casey’s approach to life.

Rae shredded me with the ending of the story. I was completely immersed throughout, not so much as looking up from the book once. Rae’s immaculate writing shines through her tough and hard hitting storyline to draw you in and keep you hooked.

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About the author:

Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seducing the Dragon Part 1 by Jessie Donovan

Title:  Seducing the Dragon part 1
Series:   Stonefire Dragons #5
Author:  Jessie Donovan
Published:  October 28/14
Length:  55pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

On her first visit to Clan Stonefire, Department of Dragon Affairs inspector Evie Marshall has an ulterior motive—she needs to seduce its clan leader. If she can’t seduce him and become his mate, the dragon hunters will kill her. Of course, Evie doesn’t know the first thing about seducing a man, let alone a dragon-shifter, but with her life on the line, she’s going to have to become a fast learner or die trying.

Bram Moore-Llewellyn has a track record of scaring off DDA inspectors, but when the latest inspector shows up wearing tight clothes and sexy smile, his inner dragon takes notice. While battling his attraction to the human, he soon finds himself with an impossible choice: he can either break the law to mate the female and risk a backlash from both the dragon hunters and the British government, or he can turn her away and let her die at the hands of the hunters.

NOTE: This is Part One only and it ends on a cliffhanger.

Seducing the Dragon: Part One is 14,600 words long and is the first installment in the BBW/Dragon-shifter Seducing serial. It is NOT a complete book, and the story will unfold over four or five parts. It contains explicit language and lots of steam. For 18+. Please read these installments in order! Thank you!

My Review:

Wow! This is even hotter than the 1st serial in the series. Donovan is off and running with a story that isn’t only original & hot, but also quite emotionally charged. Donovan allows readers to begin their journey with these new characters in a very unique and extremely rewarding manner. Her vivid descriptions bring the world of Stonefire to life in a very big and real way, allowing her readers to visit while becoming irrevocably entrenched in this captivating story.

Donovan has created some insightful characters that I really found myself wanting to know. There is tension, animosity and lots of heat between the characters in this story. I loved seeing the chemistry between the characters that was tempered by what they could do for one another. Also, the dragon-shifter dynamic between the human and dragon half becomes vividly clear. It’s addictive and really makes the interactions between the characters all the more enjoyable.

This was definitely a brilliant introduction to the newest couple at Stonefire. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

Title:  His Majesty's Hope
Series:  A Maggie Hope Mystery #3
Author:  Susan Elia MacNeal
Published:  May 14/13 by Books On Tape (1st published January 1/13)
Length:  334pgs
Format:   audio book
Genre:  historical suspense
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.

World War II has finally came home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive--a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad--and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war--and of her own past.

My Review:

This was a very thought provoking and hard hitting novel. It was intensely emotional and wildly revealing. MacNeal didn’t mince words when it came to the atrocities committed, nor about the consequences faced by those who opposed. This is all wrapped up in a very unique and captivating package. MacNeal’s story is exciting and suspenseful, while raw, real, and completely honest.

I loved the main cast of this novel. Not only were they well developed and easy to like, but they stood for what they believed in against all odds. Although this is the 3rd novel in the series, MacNeal develops the characters in such a way that you get to know them in and of this novel itself.

This was my first novel by this author, and by default, my first in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and will be looking further into her work in the future.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just In Time For Christmas by Kim Boykin

Title:  Just In Time For Christmas
Series:  Southern Born Christmas #2
Author:  Kim Boykin
Published:  October 27/14 by Tule Publishing Group
Length:  113pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Nobody does Christmas like Miranda Hamilton, and now that she finally has her chance to chair Magnolia Bay's tree lighting and the cotillion, which benefits her late mother’s breast cancer foundation, this Christmas is shaping up to be the best ever. That is until her childhood nemesis Logan Mauldin buys his way on her committee and starts making plans of his own.

Logan Mauldin loves to get under Miranda's very sexy skin, and it's only fair. She's been getting under his since long before their first kiss at 13. Logan’s the last man interested in co-chairing a Christmas committee or participating in a sexy bachelor auction, but since that night he interrupted Miranda on a date and cornered her under the mistletoe, he can't stop thinking about her. Or vying for her attention and bugging the hell out of her.

Christmas cheer isn’t the only thing that heats up between the Miranda and Logan, but, thanks to a lie that is as much her fault as it is his, he loses the woman he’s loved since forever. Logan will need a Christmas miracle for Miranda to forgive him. A grand gesture to melt her heart and win her back just in time for Christmas.

My Review:

This was a lovely Christmas story. Romance and the spirit of the holidays float through the novel, creating the perfect setting for Boykin’s captivating story. I love the history and Christmas traditions of this town. It was so much fun! It added to the charm and aura of the story. This novella was absolutely hilarious at times. The contrast between the characters’ thoughts and their actions and reactions was quite refreshing. Wrap this all up in Boykin’s well written, captivating style and vivid descriptions and you have a winner.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. The sneak peeks at the history between the characters is charmingly enlightening. It builds the story from the inside out. I also appreciated how we got to know them not only as individuals coming together as a couple, but also in the context of family & of the town as a whole. Not only does this give readers a broader picture of who they are, but it also makes it very easy to connect with them.

This was an absolutely brilliant story, perfect for Christmas or any other time of the year. It was my first novel by this author, but definitely won’t be my last.

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Fate~Fire~Shifter~Dragon

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