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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Coming soon...

I am excited to announce I am interviewing my first author! Keep a look out and I promise to deliver the details as soon as I get them.

 X's and O's
-Seph

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks


I just finished Wildcat by Cheryl Brooks. It is the ninth book in the Cat Star Chronicles, a series about feline-like aliens called Zetithians. It is set in the future on various planets and in space. The books follow 10 (so far) Zetithians as they look for love and try to build a life after being nearly obliterated as a species. I toyed around with doing individual reviews for each book, but some of them were read long enough ago that I fear I would not do them justice. Instead, I give you a series overview.

Zetithians are a pretty awesome species. When it comes to sex, they got a serious advantage over the rest of us mere mortals. They need it because their own women are hard to please, so they say. Terran women (human women) are much easier to get along with and pretty appreciative of their talents. Zetithian men are sexy and they know it. They like to share the wealth and that my friends is where they got into trouble. Women may love them, but men tend to hate them. One jealous husband and next thing you know, your entire species is facing extinction. So much trouble over sex! Helen was the face that launched a thousand ships. Zetithians launched a galaxy war. Now, you are asking yourself "What makes them so darn special?" Allow me to enlighten you.

First of all, they all look like Adonis. Beautiful and built, they are pleasing to the eye of every species they meet. Second, the can smell you. This might sound like a con, but it is really a pro. You look at them and think "Wow, he is hot!" causing a pheromone reaction that he can smell. This smell is what sets him off. Third, is devotion. Once they meet their mate, they become the proverbial immovable object in your life. Last, but oh so not least is snard. What in the world is snard? Well, it is semen but not your average semen. Zetithian snard packs an orgasmic punch. Doesn't matter how it gets in the body, once it does we have lift off!

On a side note, I found the word snard, aka joy juice, to be delightfully funny. Every time I read it I cracked up.

I really did enjoy the series. I hope she writes me, but I hear she is working on a new series to debut in April.

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The books in order are:
  1. Slave
  2. Warrior
  3. Rogue
  4. Outcast
  5. Fugitive
  6. Hero
  7. Virgin 
  8. Stud
  9. Wildcat

Author links

Two places you can purchase the Cat Star Chronicles is Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Learn more about Cheryl on Facebook  and Goodreads. She also has a blog but you MUST BE OVER 18 to view as it does feature nudity.

A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf
-Love, Seph

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Exiled (Kindred Brides 7) by Evangeline Anderson


Lissa is a Priestess and a Touch Kindred. She has a serious thing for her Saber. It is a relationship that can never be. Among their people, they would be considered incestuous. They share no blood ties and were not raised from little kids together so there is not an ick factor. Their love is forbidden and Lissa fights her feelings for Saber daily. Saber is less inclined to let Lissa go. Now is not the time for them to hash out their issues, they have bigger fish to fry. Important historical documents have disappeared to Yonnie Six, a planet ruled by dominant women. Lissa will pose as a mistress, Saber her slave. BDSM is the name of the game on Yonnie Six with the women in the driver's seat. Saber and Lissa cannot ignore their desire when they are expected to act as if they know one another intimately. When the mission is over, will Lissa and Saber find a way to be together despite the odds against them? 

Trust is a major factor in BDSM. Comfort zones are pushed. The fine line between pleasure and pain is walked. I was most impressed with how Evangeline handled the complex emotions the H/H had. They are dealing with their own attraction, new sexual explorations, sticking to the mission, and their possible futures. I won't spoil anything, but there is a scene near the end that pushes serious limits for Lissa and Saber. Evangeline nailed it. A recent article I read in a medical journal outlined the conflicting feeling a person might feel after such an event. The questions they might ask and how that could translate to their relationship was right there in the book. 

Even better, the characters did not spend the next 5 chapters moping or bickering! Evangeline presents her story but does not dwell on particular aspects for the sole purpose of creating angst. These are adults, they should act like adults. If you have a problem, be smart enough to know a solution when you see it. Definitely a quality I admire in her writing. 

Now, I am DYING to see where we go from here. This was supposed to be the end of the Kindred Brides. The proposed next hero is already pulling at my heart strings. 


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Author links
You can learn more about Evangeline Anderson and her books at her website or her Facebook page as well as these sites
                              Goodreads
                       Smashwords
                       Dear Author

Buy her books at Amazon 
                                   Ellora's Cave
                          Kensington Publishing Corp
                          Barnes & Noble



A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf!
Love, Seph


*FTC Disclosure*


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Pursued (Kindred Brides 6) by Evangeline Anderson

Disclaimer: I rarely skip a book in a series. I admit that I did not read the two books before this one. *hangs head in shame* I do recommend reading the Kindred Bride series in order. Evangeline Anderson weaves a tale that is bet told chronologically and with all the information. Often, characters that will be in the forefront in future installations are in the background first. I did get through without too much difficulty but I know I missed out on some of the experience.

Elise suffered a trauma that we, the reader, are led to believe was sexual in nature. She has pushed the memory into the farthest recesses of her mind to cope. Merrick is a half-breed, part beast kindred and part tranq kindred. He is huge, fierce, and has a wicked facial scar that adds to his intimidation factor. Both of them have a hard time belonging, they go through the motions of life but are not living it. Our H/H are not getting a long at the start of the book despite their obvious connection. They have to put this aside when Elise becomes ill from her extended stay in stasis. Sort of like freezer burn for the soul. They share a bond but it is not stable, which makes it dangerous. To sever the bond they must retrieve a sacred plant from Rageron, the beast kindred planet. The mission is dangerous. Though Elise would prefer distance from Merrick, she must have him intimately near to survive the stasis sickness. On their journey they explore the depth of their feelings for one another and try to heal the hurts of the past.

I have to applaud Evangeline on her portrayal of a sexual assault survivor. The flashbacks Elise suffered were uncomfortable and intense. This is amazing considering she never gets very graphic with the imagery of the attacks. Merrick's patience with Elise over her past, his willingness to forgo his needs to meet hers proves the depths of his love for her. I was confused for a split second over how Elise could forget she had a fiancee, but stasis sickness and her defense mechanisms she uses for unpleasant memories makes it plausible. My own lover, Hades, cannot remember my birthday, our kids birthdays, or what he had for lunch an hour ago. He doesn't have a trauma to use an excuse, he just doesn't allocate space for non business related issues. He says that is why he has me.

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Author links
You can learn more about Evangeline Anderson and her books at her website or her Facebook page as well as these sites
                              Goodreads
                       Smashwords
                       Dear Author

Buy her books at Amazon 
                                   Ellora's Cave
                          Kensington Publishing Corp
                          Barnes & Noble



A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf!
Love, Seph


*FTC Disclosure*


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson


Delilah S. Dawson's first book in the Blud series, Wicked as They Come introduces a new world filled with dark carnivals, a whole new breed of vampire critters, and steam punk.

Tish Everett opens a locket and is transported to the land of Sang by Criminy Stain. Not having the best luck with men and love, Tish is reluctant to give in to Criminy. Not to worry, Criminy is no quitter. Sang is filled with Pinkies (humans) and Bludman, who you and I would call vampires  Criminy Stain is a bludmen. Forget what you know about vampires, it doesn't apply to bludmen.When Tish loses the locket to a nefarious man bent of returning to her world, She and Criminy have to put the relationship building on hold. Their search sends them off in the direction of crazy adventure and maybe love along the way.

Delilah had me hooked with evil little blud bunnies. They created a hilarious mental image that served to endear the hero, Criminy Stain, to my heart as he "beat back the bunny hordes." Criminy has a wicked sense of humor. One minute he has you in ear splitting grins, the next he says something to curl your toes in delicious delight. How do you deny the allure of a man who is utterly devoted to you and he has never even met you? Powerful stuff.
“Why, Criminy Stain," I said. "You're a romantic."
"Oh, no," he said with a grin. "I'm fiendish and unscrupulous, a vicious killer and a thief and a bloodthirsty monster. And maybe a little romantic. But don't tell anyone, or my reputation's shot.” 
Whether you prefer contemporary, paranormal, steam punk, or time travel  Wicked as They Come has something for everyone. I laughed quite a bit. The banter between Tish and Criminy is hilarious when it isn't steaming up the windows. There is a novella you can read while you wait for the next full length Blud title, The Mysterious Madame Morpho and The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance.

Wicked as They Come gets three kisses. I was thisclose to giving it four but I really wanted a smidge more closure. I wanted a more concrete HEA. I adored this book and very much plan to read the rest of her work. Wicked as They Come sits in my personal library on the "no you may not borrow it!" shelf.

The next book is Wicked as She Wants.

Forbidden Fruit Rating

  

Author links

Find Delilah on Goodreads and Facebook.

A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf!
- Seph

*FTC Disclosure*

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Author Spotlight: Lori Foster


Lori Foster is a best selling author from Ohio. I have read many, many of her titles but my three favorite series are SBC Fighters Series, Buckhorn Brothers Series, and the Law Duology.

SBC Fighters - You will notice a similarity to the popular UFC sport. I did not know much about UFC and actually learned a great deal from reading this series. The men are fighters with hearts of gold. They often help the heroine in the book without being the "swoop in an fix it" type. You see more of a beneficial partnership between the characters. I can easily see these couples being the ones that can go the distance in life because they compliment instead of conquer each other.

Buckhorn Brothers - Each book focuses on one of the brothers, later the sons. You have a small town feel to this series that I enjoy, being from a small town myself. Unlike the SBC series that can jump around in locations, this series is all in the same place which gives a solid continuity to the series. The brothers are all very different in personality. The heroines tend to turn their world upside down unexpectantly. I found this to be humorous. It is also nice to see the men putting in the effort to really win the women.

Law Duology - There are only two books in this series to date. I want more! The guys are a bit more flawed here. Not flawed in the big time "this guy is a total waste of skin" but used to getting their way, don't take no for a answer. This makes for a better personal growth story, in my opinion. They have to step away from themselves and see someone else. Forget their immediate needs, and accommodate the one they love.

If you follow her on facebook you will quickly learn she has a huge heart to go along with her talent. She often posts about her children (one of whom is a real life hero though he is very humble about the experience and another who just got married in Korea! Congrats!), super adorable grandchildren, and many furry babies. Ms Foster has an army of outdoor kitties ;0)


This really is just scraping the surface of who Lori Foster is and the books she has written. I encourage you to explore what she has to offer. She has a series/book to meet just about anyone's taste.

Author links

Learn more!
Facebook
Goodreads

Buy them!
Amazon
Barnes& Noble


A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf!
Love, Seph

*FTC Disclosure*

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Crimson Debt by Evangeline Anderson Review

I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Crimson Debt, the first book in the new Born to Darkness series, by Evangeline Anderson. I was ridiculously overjoyed by my free ebook. I have been reading  Ms. Anderson's work since sometime around 2005. One thing in particular I find fascinating about her work is that she always draws me in. I have looked at the back blurb on certain books and thought, "Nah. I think I might pass on this one until a rainy day." I eventually read it and am hooked for the whole book. There are scenes I might have liked to go differently but the way she writes them are actually the best way for the characters. But I digress...

Crimson Debt

Our hero, Alec Corbin, is a four star (400 years old) master vampire. He owns the premiere sex-glam (blood for mind sex) club Under the Fang in Tampa, Florida. He is sex on a stick handsome with eyes that are to die for. The occasional Gaelic burr would make me swoon. Alas, he wouldn't be interested in me because he has a thing for Addison Godwin, the vampire auditor. Addison, like all auditors, is glam proof. She keeps those naughty vampires in line, or executes them. seeing the worst of them every day, she doesn't really like vampires. Except Taylor, her best friend who was turned against her will by mega skank Celeste. When Celeste gives Taylor to a sadistic visiting dignitary, Addison is forced to ask Corbin for help. Nothing comes for free, especially not when it comes to vampires. Addison is thrust into a world she only thought she knew. Will she learn to see Corbin as a man and not a monster? Can they save Taylor and themselves? Or will someone have to pay the ultimate price, the crimson debt?


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Evangeline Anderson is a terrific world builder. I had no trouble trying to "see" it as I read. She took the vampire lore and made it her own. It was not too far from what we are used to in vampire fiction but still different enough to feel fresh. I look forward to more Born to Darkness books. I am especially eager to see a certain werewolf ;0p 

Liked Crimson Debt? Check out her Kindred Brides Series. Two words, hot aliens. 

Author links
You can learn more about Evangeline Anderson and her books at her website or her Facebook page as well as these sites
                              Goodreads
                       Smashwords
                       Dear Author

Buy her books at Amazon 
                                   Ellora's Cave
                          Kensington Publishing Corp
                          Barnes & Noble



A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf!
Love, Seph

*FTC Disclosure*


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

The blurb on the back of the books says:


"It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve    Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion. When a senator's daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome... and the leading suspect in the investigation."

What I liked

Well, it was written in a language I could read. That is always a plus. There was a cat. Points in favor because I am an animal lover. Anything I am forgetting? hmmm.....nope. That is all. 

What I did not like. 

I rarely out and out hate a book. I pride myself on finding merit somewhere. This book just did nothing for me. Eve Dallas has personality disorder. The author could not make up her mind who this woman was. Is she a tough cop or a push over? 

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The future Eve Dallas lives in has legalized prostitution. No information is given on how long this law has been in effect, but I thought it seemed like an older law. Eve probably grew up with it in place. So why was she so flippant about the deaths of the prostitutes? I got the feeling that she cared less about their deaths and the very violent way they died because she disapproved of the lifestyle. I found this hypocritical of a woman who was willing to be sleep with a murder suspect days after meeting him. Especially since she is the cop investigating him. 

Roarke was not a good love interest. He "wooed" Eve rather forcefully. He even broke into her apartment. He ordered her around, was mildly violent (pushed her down), and not at all charming. Other than being rich and handsome, he had nothing going for him. Eve is alpha female until Roarke is in the vicinity. Then she becomes spineless and submissive. Pick a personality!

I gave this book one broken heart because I really did not like it. This book was a chore to get through. 












A book in the hand is better than two on the shelf!
Love, Seph

*FTC Disclosure*

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”