Dark Incarnate: Roman’s Redemption (Review/Interview)

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Romans Redemption eCover“I have become pure evil.” Roman’s Redemption is book two in the Roman Series by Best Selling Author Kimber S. Dawn. Darkness incarnate, Kimber takes you on a mind trip that will have you guessing, crying, cringing and smiling. My relationship with Roman is a lot like what I imagine Stockholm syndrome might feel like. Roman captured me in book 1, and hasn’t let me go since. He feeds me, bathes and cares for me, but he tortures me, shreds me to pieces and then puts me back together.

Heather’s traumatic transition to Mac/Mace is so vivid, it leaves you stunned, and yet somehow relieved that she’s found some way to cope.

The imagery, the sweetness, the terrifying details all come together in a masterpiece of darkness that will leave readers reeling long after the last page is finished. Redemption finally answers some of the questions left in Roman, but if you’re anything like, the percent remaining on your Kindle had you power reading in hopes that it wasn’t going to end.

When I finished Redemption, my first thought was- How would this play out on the big screen? Of course, I had to ask Kimber what she thought. So, before you start reading, cue up Buckcherry’s Crazy Bit*h. This is your opening soundtrack.

Now, picture Joe Manganiello, our favorite True Blood hottie Alcide, alcide-1-8playing the sadistic, twisted and sometimes sweet as hell Roman Payne.
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Heather, and her twisted alter ego Mac/Mace is played by the stunning Sienna Miller.

Close your eyes and picture the scariest movie you’ve ever seen. Combine that with the image of the hottest movie you’ve ever seen, and then imagine Kimber, sitting in the director’s chair, a “what the hell are you planning now” smile on her face. You still wouldn’t come close to what these books would actually look like on the big screen. And the ending credits??? Have a listen to Kimber’s choice now:

“Ivy’s book is next,” Kimber assured me, “it will pick up when she is 15 or 16.” When asked what else she had up her sleeve, I got one of those smiles and three very intriguing words- “My funny book.”

Grab Roman’s Redemption NOW and be prepared to take a terrifying stroll down the darkest path you’ve ever walked. This is not a standalone, so make sure you read Roman first!

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Review: Inferno SKALS Book 4 by Adriana Noir

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It’s 2:50 in the morning. I got this book 8 hours ago. I am sitting on the floor in my kitchen with a box of Kleenex and an empty bottle of Chianti. Both were full when I started this book, neither were strong enough to see me through it’s pages without ripping my heart out and feeding it to me.

This is the last installment in the SKALS series. This review is probably the hardest I will ever write. It’s an ending. A last goodbye to a series that has literally changed my perspective on a great many things.

When Sebastian flashed his badge and demanded my attention in Sinister Kisses, I wanted to hate him. I tried to hate him. And Taylor…she knocked the women’s lib movement back a hundred years. But as I turned the last page of Inferno, I realized that this author has achieved the impossible. She gave the most cynical, jaded reader on the planet a series that made her FEEL. From the first page of the first book to the last page of the last book, I felt every single word. I laughed, I cried, I freaked out, I got scared, nervous, anxious. I got mad.

I fell in love with a character whose very nature was abhorrent to me.

I have NEVER, in all my extensive years of reading, connected with characters like this before. Watching Sebastian and Taylor grow together was like watching the spark of a match slowly becoming a beautiful, raging fire.

Inferno far surpassed any expectations I may have had. It ended in a way that was so far from predictable that when I shut off my Kindle, I realized it is as it should be. This was by far the most gripping, emotional and painful book in the series. I’m not an hour out of reading it and I am already feeling the full effects of what is sure to be THE biggest book hangover I will ever experience.

There aren’t enough words in the English language to convey all of my thoughts on this book, and, indeed the series. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience it for yourself.

I don’t know what Adri has in store next, but I can’t wait to find out xoxo

ARC Review: Eternal Echoes (Sisters of the Divine book 1) by Anastasia Virgas

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*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and honestly….HOLY CRAP!!!*

Eternal Echoes is this first book in the awesome new series “Sisters of the Divine” by Anastasia Virgas (a.k.a Stella Price.) It is scheduled for release on October 8th, 2013.

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I have to start by saying this cover is one of the best I have ever seen! Talk about eye     candy!!! I’d definitely brake for those tentacles! The model image was provided by the extremely talented and lovely Jenn LeBlanc. Girl, my lens envies your lens. The actual cover design was created by my Chick Crush of the Century Stella Price, proving once again that this woman’s talents reach far beyond the written word. I can’t wait to see this book in print. I already have a spot picked out on the very top of my overflowing bookshelf for it 🙂

Synopsis

Ariston Dago is a sentry, a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he’s compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate, the first human to ever mate a Dagonite.

Teagan Moss is the kind of woman to shoot first and then question the body later. When she wakes with a Hydro bomb strapped to her body, she knows someone is going to pay for trying to kill her, and that she is going to need the help of the sexy exotic Dagonite to find out who exactly needs that bullet in their brain. What she doesn’t count on, is the scorching attraction she feels for the male who is so certain she is his.

Thrust into solving the mystery surrounding the attempt on his mate’s life, Ari and Teagan uncover more than the answers they are looking for, and the truths they unearth could send the world into another war

My Review

Never in my wildest imaginings would I have thought up an Octopus Shifter. I mean really? I’m Scots Irish so of course I’ve heard of Selkies, but beyond that my idea of shifters has always been land dwelling predators. When Anastasia first started talking about this series, I scrambled to conjure up an image of Dagonites. My mind’s eye was woefully inadequate. These shifters are HOT!!!

Eternal Echoes opens in a post-apocalyptic Earth. During the midst of the Great Cataclysm (year 2020) the gods of old reemerge to restore balance and peace. Dagonites are the children of Dagon, the Octopus God. Ariston Dago is a Warrior Dagonite and great, great grandson of Dagon.

Teagan Moss is an ambassador for human/shifter relations. She’s also human and a veritable bad ass. When she is tossed into the sea with a deadly hydro bomb strapped to her chest, it is up to Ariston to save her. Together, they will have to find out who wants Teagan dead and why if they hope to preserve the delicate peace that has been established between the various shifter nations.

The world building in this book is AMAZING!! It’s very detailed, easily understandable and it does not overwhelm you with a bunch of rules and “if/thens.” The glossary in the back of the book was also a nice detail to have.

I love Ariston! He’s funny, kind of a smart ass, definitely an Alpha and oh so sexy. I love a man in a kilt and those tentacles…Well, you’ll just have to read the book now won’t you!?!

Teagan is pretty much “Every Bad Ass Girl- USA.” Self-sufficient, smart, strong and just a tiny bit vulnerable. She’s what I look for in the perfect heroine.

The chemistry between Ariston and Teagan sparks the second they make contact and becomes a roaring inferno as the pages turn. Again…those tentacles…

I really can’t recommend this book enough. Eternal Echoes is a genre breaking, sexy, adventurous romp into a brand new world.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Want to win a free digital copy of Eternal Echoes on Release Day?!?!? Just head on over to my Facebook Page and enter through the Rafflecopter post pinned to the top of the page. And because I’m such a Stella Junkie, I’m going throw in a free copy of another one of my favorites- Giving Up the Ghost!!

Don’t forget to grab your limited edition “I Brake for Tentacles” hoodie too! 

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ARC Review: Desires of a Dark Lord by Jae Lynne Davies w/excerpt + BIG Giveaway!

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Desires of a Dark Lord by Jae Lynne Davies is expected to be released this Friday, June 7th. BUT!! I got my hot little hands on an ARC and…..HOLY DEMON HOTNESS!!! Jae was kind enough to supply us with an excerpt from this deliciously intoxicating read and is also giving away an eBook copy to one lucky reader. And because I am such a Jae fan girl, I am also going to hook you up with an eBook copy of my two favorite Davies titles- Mythic and Blood Moon. But first!! Here’s a little something something about Desires of a Dark Lord

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ordered to claim the soul of a particular human woman, rare incubus demon, Ronan accepts the challenge with the promise of power and freedom.

He meets his target—curvaceous attorney, Ginevra Gimes and vows to deliver her every desire so long as she promises her soul in return. But when the two connect on a level neither one expects, Ginevra and Ronan succumb to mutual passion.

While an undeniable bond exists between them, can he surrender her to another or will he risk eternal slavery to claim her for himself

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The elusive depths of Ronan’s eyes glistened with concealed intent. “My species thrives on sex and seduction, Ginevra. We crave it, thrive on it for nourishment, strength, satisfaction. Humans tend to cooperate with any desire when my kind is involved. Even now, as much as you resist, you want to give in. With my assistance, my den master is guaranteed success. I’m insurance. The ultimate weapon.”

He said it directly, but there was an unmistakable swell of pride to it as well, power. Ronan stood a force to be reckoned with, and he chafed at the chains holding him. It didn’t matter what other feelings he had about the matter. She was a means to an end.

She pushed the thought away. “You still haven’t narrowed down the specifics. How do you acquire my soul?”

He laughed wickedly. “Simple. I bed you three times. After our third time together, your soul is transported to hell and will be at Braddock’s command. Then he’ll grant my freedom.”

“I’m going to give away my soul to sleep with you?” Ginevra stared at him, then burst out in a fit of harsh laughter. “Seriously? I mean, I know you’re an incubus, but you must have one hell of an ego if you believe something like that.”

Ronan went still. In the space of an indrawn breath, she was enveloped by his heat, that intense spice scent. Though most of the kitchen separated them, it felt as though his body was pressed against hers, his mouth covering every inch of her skin, her body writhing, begging for his touch and her soul screaming for him.

His powerful display was a ruthless takeover of her senses, and when he pulled it back, she was gripping the counter to remain upright. Her gaze snapped to his face, and she saw she’d insulted him in a way he’d never known.

“You doubt my ability, Ginevra? I’d bet my freedom that in another moment, I’d find the skin of your nipples puckered so tight, the mere touch of your clothing would be blissfully painful. Just like my mouth against that same hardened flesh, the heat of my breath, my tongue covering that very place, would make you scream in ecstasy. Care to test my theory?” he said with a flick of his tongue across his lower lip.

Ronan Brimstone was devastatingly handsome and he made her ache with a need so profound, some might kill for the release he could bring. But she wasn’t ready to pay the price for a fleeting moment of pleasure. But those lips…full lips she’d never grow tired of nibbling on. She shook her head free of fantasy. “You need to go, Ronan,” she said, catching her breath.

His expression softened. “I’m sorry, love. But I can’t leave until my task is complete.” Angered by her body’s betrayal, a fuse snapped deep inside, in a place where she didn’t know fear and gave the term toe-to-toe a literal meaning when she kicked the tip of his designer shoe with her flip flop.

“You should leave of your own accord before you grow tired of rejection, Ronan. Go back to your master and tell him to find another human. This one will fight you to the last breath. You. Will. Fail.”

She said it with an upward tilt of her chin and a determined gaze. In answer, his amused gaze swept her sparkling flip-flop and then he dipped his head, lips hovering dangerously close to hers.

“As I stated previously, I can’t leave. You spoke the words of your own free will and invited me in, which means I’m bonded to you until my task is complete. I will tempt you night, day and in your dreams, to a point that you’ll want me with such a maddening need, you’ll beg for my touch before the end.” He caressed her lower lip with his thumb. “I do enjoy a challenge almost as much as I enjoy sex. That said, consider yours…accepted.”

My Review

The Jack Ass Hero- every good book has one. You know- he’s the egotistical, self-serving….Jackass. He’s flawed in half a dozen ways and the hope string is holding on by a single thread. What separates the goods from the greats is how they are redeemed. Jae Lynne Davies is a master at Jackass Hero redemption. She writes characters you want to hate and then makes you fall head-over-heels in love with them. There’s none of that hokey pokey turn around business. Issues are faced head on. Real and raw. You’re not going to know how it ends until it does. You’re going to hate him, love him and hate him some more.

Ronan Brimstone is a special kind of Jackass Hero. Seriously, you’d have to buy an extra seat on the flight just to fit his ego. But he’s also got some major hang-ups. You see, Ronan is a rare incubus demon bound to service and trapped in hell. He wants out. He doesn’t care how he goes about it, he just wants out. When opportunity strikes, he’s more than willing to put his powers to work to get what he wants, even if it isn’t ‘exactly’ what he wants.

Enter Ginevra Gimes, the curvaceous family law attorney fighting to protect children. Her pure soul is Ronan’s chance.

Honesty is law in demon relations and Ronan makes no qualms about why he’s here. He needs her soul and she is going to give it to him of her own free will.

Or is she? Ginevra may have some of her own hang-ups, but she’s also a fighter. Strong willed, resilient and ready to go to bat for what she believes, Ginevra won’t go down without a damn good fight.

Go back to your master and tell him to find another human. This one will fight you to the last breath. You. Will. Fail.”

And just like every Alpha demon in the world, Ronan sees it for what it is- a challenge. “Accepted.”

From the moment Ronan and Ginevra meet, the sparks literally fly off the pages. I kept thinking “train wreck!! Look away. No. Don’t look away. Gaaaaa” See, there’s a little catch to this bargain Ronan made with his den master. Once he secures her soul, she no longer belongs to Ronan. Is he willing to risk deeper imprisonment to keep her, or can he let her go, condemn her pure soul to hell so he can move up in the ranks?

I was turning pages as fast as my more poor abused Kindle could handle waiting to see how this one would end. Can Jae pull it off? Can she fix this mess they’re in? You’ll have to read Desires of a Dark Lord to find out!

Stalker Time!! Find Jae on Facebook  The Web  Twitter  GoodReads

There is also a fantastic post by Jae on Romancing the Book featuring a playlist and giveaway, so check it out!

*******GIVEAWAY TIME*******

Jae is offering up a copy of Desires of a Dark Lord on publication date. All you have to do to be entered to win is comment on this post!

And because I feel that the very best of things are meant to be shared, I am giving away my two favorite Jae Lynne Davies books- Mythic and Blood Moon. All you have to do to win this is like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter, then come back here and comment JAE ROCKS!!! There is also a contest going on my Facebook page for a $5 Amazon gift card, so make sure you enter that!

Inescapable Desire Blog Tour: Interview with author Danielle Jamie

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***GIVEAWAYS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE***

Synopsis

Savannah and Kayden’s relationship is full of passion; the chemistry between them is undeniable, but will their relationship be strong enough to withstand jealous exes and an unexpected tragedy that threatens to tear them apart.

After giving up on love, Savannah built a fortress around her heart; until Kayden storms into her life breaking through her resolve and the walls she built around her heart. Savannah took a huge leap of faith deciding to move from Los Angeles to Galveston Texas. She wants to be closer to Kayden and away from the insanity of L.A. Being the daughter of Country Music’s Hottest Duo and having a very public break up has made life in Los Angeles almost unbearable.

As soon as Savannah begins to feel like her life is finally piecing back together, men from her past come back into her life causing strain on her very new relationship with Kayden. Just when she thinks things cannot get any worse tragedy strikes; sending Savannah’s world crashing back down around her. Will her relationship with Kayden, be strong enough to with stand the new obstacles thrown at them? Or will it tear them apart forever?

My Review

Before you read Inescapable Desire, you MUST read Irresistible Desire. Make sure you have plenty of time because you are not going to want to put either one down until you’re finished. And please, do not throw your Kindle 😉

Inescapable Desire was an emotional roller-coaster. I fell in love with sexy country boy badass Kayden all over again. Any man willing to fight for his woman is definitely swoon worthy. Danielle Jamie’s story telling is so raw, so deep, that you experience it all for yourself. You’ll get mad, You’ll feel heartbroken. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll even blush.

The strength of Kayden and Savannah’s love is so absolute they can overcome anything. They will face a great deal of challenges in this book and at times I wondered how they would make it through.

There IS a huge, shocking cliff hanger at the end of Inescapable Desire (hence the warning about not throwing your Kindle) that will leave you reeling. Kayden’s POV completely broke my heart.

I will be sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what happens in the next book! A job well done Ms. Jamie!!!

My Interview with author Danielle Jamie

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About the Book:
Where did the idea for this delightful little series come from?
I love country music and southern boys ha! So new I wanted to write a story combining the two. I’ve loved the name Savannah since I was pregnant for both daughters. Never used it so thought well now I get to! Same with Kayden lol.

I’ve always loved the State of Texas since I was a child, and wanted to write a story with a Sexy Oil Tycoon who had many layers to him. To everyone looking from the outside in they would see him as just one dimensional, but once you get to know him you see he’s really sweet and romantic. He just puts on this bad boy persona to protect himself.

With Savannah I wanted to write about a daughter to a country music duo who loves music, but not into the business herself. She has the talent to be but chose a different path in her life. I loved the idea of showing her with someone else and making us watch and root for her and Kayden to come together, not just rush it in beginning and not let fans connect or feel everything between them.

TEXAS ROCKS!!

Are any of the characters based on real life people?
Savannah in looks and personality is based off of me, just a little taller, b/c I’m 4’11 seriously, it SUCKS so I lived vicariously through her. Getting to be taller, bigger boobs haaa and live somewhere you don’t get 3 feet of snow in the winter! lol

What has been the hardest part of writing this book and this series?
My self doubting would be the hardest thing and my worst demon. There are sooo many great books out there I have to compete with. To top it off there has been a huge jump I’ve noticed in love stories similar to what I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I was afraid it would seem familiar to other books. I was really worried people wouldn’t like it.

If your book was made into a move, who would play who?
I would love to play Savannah, but if not I would like to be a waitress at Drip!

What are your plans for future installments in this series?
Right now I just finished writing the notes for Book 3. It’s sad to think it’s the last story, but I’m excited to write their HEA.  I am currently writing POV’s for Kayden from Book 1 & 2 and putting them on my blog. A little treat for the fans to hold them over until Book 3.

About the Author:
Where/when do you do your best writing?
At night when kids are in bed I write a lot. I also try to write early in the morning when Finn’s sleeping and the girls are off to school. I run a boutique so time management is important. I write one of those 2-3x a day in between making bows LOL

Are you a word counter or a story flows kind of writer?
I don’t pay attention to word count until the very end. The way I do it is I set out what I want to cover in the book. Book 1 it was 18 chapters and I got everything in it I wanted. Book 2 was 20 chapters but then a Bonus 17 pages from Kayden’s POV because I wanted to get everything into the book I had set out to write. Book 3 I predict will be longer because there is a lot to cover.

On a scale of 1-10, how nervous were you when you clicked ‘submit’ on your first book? OMG 11 haaaa!!! I was almost in a full on panic attack. My friends all read and loved it but I said you are my friends so you could say it just to be polite ha. When the first few reviews and blogs said they love it, I about fell outta my chair!

How did you overcome your nerves?
I set a goal in high school that I would be a famous author one day. But then kids came and life happened. I didn’t think it was realistic and gave up on it. Then I started hearing about all the options to self publish. I said i gotta take the leap, push aside my fears and just go for it! If everyone hates it I can at least say I did it.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never think any dream is to big. You dream it hard enough it will turn into a reality. Best thing is get good Beta Readers who will give good feedback. Book 1 would have been totally different if it wasn’t for my friend Victoria Murphy. She said show Logan more, let characters get to know him so when he cheats we all feel it. It was the best advice I ever got. It paid off because fans LOVED IT.

About The Woman:
Favorite Color?
Hot Pink

Favorite Love Song?
All time Favorite is Tonic- If You Could Only See. But a close second is Blake & Miranda’s God Gave me You.

What do you listen to when your working out?
Right now my favorite work out song is Thrift Shop by Macklemore. It has such a great beat and just gets you pumped up!

Tea or Coffee?
Coffee during the day a MUST have! But I enjoy tea at night with honey.

What is your biggest fear?
Well one of my biggest is spiders. Living with a husband who refuses to go near them I’ve had to conquer that fear. So now I am the only spider killer in this house. My other is heights. I am so bad I can’t even climb monkey bars LMAO

Tell me something nobody else knows about you
That is so hard. I keep getting this questions and never know what to answer. I’m a pretty open book. But I guess the only thing is- everyone in my town see’s me as this little quiet thing. My close friends know truth is that if I’m comfortable around you I will talk your ear off. My childhood nickname was Mouth (lmao) because I talked SO MUCH! Another would be that I have a very sexy/kinky imagination, haaa. No one knew until I wrote Irresistible Desire

Giveaway Time!!!

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Danielle is giving away this lovely bracelet to one lucky fan! Click on the picture to enter.

I am also doing a giveaway. All you have to do is like my Facebook page, then comment here and you are entered to win an eBook copy of Inescapable Desire! The link to my page is HERE. I will choose a winner for the the eBook on Friday June 7. You can also enter to win an Amazon gift card on my Facebook page. Just click on the Giveaway tab.

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