Teaser Tuesday!!! And Boy is this a Doozy!!!!

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Street Team

 

I love…no that’s not a strong enough word.

I ADORE!!! I WORSHIP!!! Adriana Noir. The SKALS series has been THE BEST series I have EVER read. If ever there was a series worthy of The New York Times Bestsellers List AND Hollywood, This. Is. It.

Adri recently celebrated a birthday. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!!! :* As a gift to her, I decided to make a teaser video that quickly morphed into a book trailer that some have even affectionately referred to as “A Book Movie”.

Watch this video then go grab the books!!! And be prepared for the world’s biggest book hangover! In fact, if you haven’t read the entire series, leave a comment on the blog. I will randomly draw a winner to receive a copy of one of the books from the series on Friday.

Buy Links:

Sinister Kisses
Bound by Vengeance
Edge of Obsession

Review and Interview: A Woman Gone Mad by Kimber Dawn

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Image***Warning: This is not a shy and tender fairy-tale love story. It’s a raw, tragic, and gritty story inspired by true events. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic language, sex, violence, and drug use. MATURE Audiences Only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

*Rubs hands together* YES PLEASE!!! I love books with bold, glaring disclaimers. It lets me know my cozy little fiction bubble is about to get popped. A Woman Gone Mad didn’t just pop it. No. Kimber Dawn loaded that thing up with C4 and blew it to a new dimension.

Before I share my review, I want to share a little story about how I came to find A Woman Gone Mad, and the amazing author behind it.

I was scrolling through Facebook one day and came across a post that three of my favorite author friends commented on. Naturally, if it gets my girls talking, I want to know about it. So I read it, and decided- I like this chick. I’m going to message her. Within just a few short minutes, two things became very clear to me- 1. This chick is legit and 2. She is absolutely passionate about her work. Now in my mind, those two ingredients make for one very potent literary cocktail. I mean, she hadn’t even hit “publish” yet, and the girl already had haters! This book was going to be a good one and I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on it.

Synopsis

Forget everything you know about fairytales. There comes a point in a woman’s life when she realizes not everyone gets a happy ending.
And no one knows this better than Lillian Shaw.
The safety of a small southern upbringing and a happy normal family couldn’t keep life from chipping away at her.
And nothing leaves its mark like the bite of a broken heart.
Blow after blow, Lillian tries to stay optimistic, but when faced with a choice that could destroy her future, she gives in to the temptation.
When your first true love comes crashing into your happily ever after, you’re supposed to walk away. Not fall back in love.
But saying no to Leo was something Lillian could never do…
Once lines are crossed is there any going back?
Or is the risk that Lillian Shaw takes going to leave her broken again…
And this time be enough to make her A Woman Gone Mad?

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Review

A Woman Gone Mad is a beautiful tragedy. It reached out from the pages and pulled me right in to the story. I laughed. I hollered (think “Are you effing kidding me?!?!” “What the hell?!?!?” “Seriously”). I cried.

No, that’s not right. That implies I shed a few tears. What I really did was ugly bawl…mascara running down, tissues all over the place, an empty bottle of wine and two boxes of chocolate…

I wanted to throw my Kindle a few times. I wanted to grab Lil and shake her. I wanted to take a long good look in the mirror and analyze myself. The emotions in this book were so raw that, at times I felt like I’d been dragged through a pit of broken glass then dipped in a vat of salt water.

The tragedy of choice, experience and consequence is captured beautifully. You grieve, you fear, you rejoice. And you hope.

A Woman Gone Mad gave me pause. It showed me that no matter how many different, ugly things life throws at me, there is always another option. There is always another way. There will always be someone somewhere rooting for me. Even if I can’t see them.

Interview

Kimber S. Dawn

“I’ve never done a single thing in my life half way, I always go all in.”

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The Book
Where did the inspiration for AWGM come from?
“From a combination of things. The main inspiration came from my own life’s feats and failures. It also came from the realization that being a grown up fucking sucks. I’d waited my whole life to grow up and it wasn’t any where near what I’d always imagined. I wanted to go back, take back some of the things I’d done. Mainly the chance to keep the love of my life… that I just let slip through my hands, not knowing that it was my last chance. Every day I look around at my life and still wonder how in the fuck I got to where I’m at, however it’s a double-edged sword… I wouldn’t have the accomplishments or blessings that I have in my life if it would have turned out any other way.”

At what point did you realize “I have GOT to write this story!”
“The premises of the story had been crawling around in my head for over ten years. I am a very impatient person, when I make a decision I go all in, I want it done now and I want it done my way. ‘Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi’ meaning If I cannot find a way, I will make my own. In October I decided to write AWGM, four weeks later I hit publish on Amazon ;)”

If AWGM was a song, what would it be?
“Say Something by A Great Big World”

You deal with a lot of very deep issues in AWGM. What would you say to readers who can relate in some way to Lil?
“Honestly? Thanks for relatin’ and not hatin’, lol.
~No, seriously anyone that can relate to Lil, anyone that loved, hated, wanted to hold, or wanted to bitch slap Lil I want you to know that I fucking love you, and you’re the ONLY reason I wrote AWGM.”

The Woman
Who are your literary inspirations?
• Francette Phal
• J.B. Salsbury
• Madeline Sheehan
• C.M. Stunich
• And most recently… M.S. Willis

Are you a plotter or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
“I just write what the voices in my head tell me to write.”

Where do you draw inspiration from for your characters and novels?
“The main characters are from my life, the secondary characters honestly just walk inside my head while I’m typing.”

Free time? Whatcha doin’?
“Lmfao, what fucking free time? I have three children. I’m a labor unit RN on a high risk labor unit. I run LipSmackin’ GoodBooks & LipSmackin’ Promotions… Oh and apparently I’m an author as well, lol, I don’t feel like an author though, I’m still in fan girl mode and trying to figure out why AWGM is as successful as it is.”

Whiskey or Wine?
“Depends on the night, weeknights wine. Weekends Jack & Diet Coke ;)”

Whats Next for Kimber?
“Who the hell knows? Lol, I guess it depends on my next decision.”

What are you working on right now?
“Leo’s story, Holding Her in Madness”

Release Date?
“I’m shootin’ for the first of April”

Future book plans?
“I have several that have reared their head and started telling me their story. The main one, and this is never before documented shit here, is Wes’s story. When he walked into AWGM he was PISSED when I cut him short and he hasn’t stopped bitching since. It will be a dual POV story with both Wes and the main female character, Brie. Brie is just as strong minded and ballsy as Lil, except her past is so fucked up that it makes Lil’s seem like child play.”

Appearances?
“I’ll be at Wicked Book Weekend in Ft. Lauderdale March 7th-9th

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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! 

I Brake for Tentacles

A Day in the Life of Natasha Boyd

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Natasha Boyd is a writer with a background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry, complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny birds.  She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna.  Eversea is her first full-length novel. 

Stalker Links: Web  GoodReads  Twitter  Facebook

 

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A Day in the Life of Bethany Lopez

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Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Stalker Links: Goodreads  Amazon  IAN  Webpage  Twitter  Facebook  Pinterest

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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

Excerpt

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!

Exciting Things Coming VERY Soon!!

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The lovely Ms. Jae Lynne Davies (who I happen to have a major girl crush on) has a brand spanking new book coming out very soon. I managed to get my hot little hands on an ARC of Desires of a Dark Lord and let me just tell you….HOT doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface on Desires of a Dark Lordthis one! I will be posting my review of this in the next few days so make sure you check back. I will also be giving away an ebook copy of Mythic and Blood Moon (two of my all time favorite books) with my review, so make sure you get in on that. You’re gonna love these books I promise 🙂

Check out Jae’s website HERE
and find her on Facebook HERE

I am super excited to announce I will be participating in the Inescapable Desire blog tour for author Danielle Jamie.

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I will posting an interview with the author as well as my review and a chance to win some goodies, so hop back over here for a complete list of tour dates and locations!

You can find Danielle’s Facebook Page HERE

And Finally!!!

My website was launched a few weeks ago but it wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be. Its ready now so go check it out!! http://www.DLKANE.com

I’ve also decided to join the wonderful world of social networking. You can find me on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE. I’m a Twitter Newbie, so hang in there while I figure this out 😉