Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ARC Review: Malcom by (The Alpha #1) Jessica Cage



Malcom had much to live for including being second in command of his wolf pack and a future match with the leader’s sister. But, of course, love said no way and he fell for a human. Punished and sentenced to exile by the vindictive leader of the pack, Malcom heads out alone. Living a solitary life until he finds comfort in a family owned bed and breakfast, his exile comes to a quick end when he seeks out revenge for their death and on the request of someone from his past.

Malcom heads out to find the vampire he once saved and had a steamy, forbidden night with. Thus begins the love hexagon. Mwaha! In between Malcom getting involved with trying to save his previous pack and prevent an all out war between wolves, vampires, and wolves against their own kind, Malcom leaves a string of panting female hearts. Vampire, human, wolf…

Malcom is one tough, yet compassionate cookie with a lot of baggage. Malcom is confronted with the insane Vincent, death, and his past. And having sexy time… lots of sexy time… with different people. Like I said, there is a love hexagon, but it meshes with the story and doesn’t detract from the story. Malcom is an easily likeable hero and the storyline and paranormal world building create a nice back drop. I did eventually shake my fist at Malcom, ready for him to finally choose SOMEONE and stop messing around, and he did. A nice surprise, though daunting task for our hairy hero to complete ties up the story.


I am a young mother who at one point gave up on my dream to be a writer because everyone told me there was nothing in it for me. After having my son, I questioned, how can I inspire him to follow his dreams, reach for the stars, if I do not do it myself. Yes I have made some mistakes, slip ups and all, (some very embarrassing), but instead of tucking my tail between my legs and running away to hide, I stepped back a bit, cleaned up my act and now I am hitting the pavement hard. I am inviting all who are interested to come along with me on my journey as I seek to grow and improve as a woman, a mother, and a writer.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Saints in the Shadows (The Madame Budska Series) by Alana Cash

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22369358Title: Saints in the Shadows (The Madame Budska Series)
Published: May 26, 2014
Pages: 210
Format: eBook
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Set between New Orleans, Manhattan, the dream state, and memory, SAINTS IN THE SHADOWS begins with Maud Strand sleepwalking from her apartment in Manhattan to the Chinatown police station in February in her bare feet and pajamas. She's had prophetic dreams since she was a child and now they've started again in Manhattan.
Maud Strand, a New Orleans to New York transplant, is mourning the loss of the her father in a car accident. Maud has a secret from that day, a secret buried so deep in her psyche that she can't even remember it, but it's running her life. She's drifting in New York when she meets Lina Sandor aka Madame Budska a physicist turned psychic-to-the-elite. Madame Budska's clients are a billionaire hedge fund manager, a political kingmaker, a TV celebrity, and a crazy Princeton professor. Is she a "real" psychic or a charlatan? Actually, she's a bit of both, and she's also very kind.
After a few months' acquaintance, Lina asks Maud to take over the Madame Budska business while Lina goes off for what she calls "the big reveal." She trains Maud to "listen until you hear", "look until you see." It's the acts of listening and watching, and the dreams she has from those experiences, that help Maud unlock her mind and remember the secret that has kept her adrift in grief.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Review: Everything is Everything by Pepper Pace from the Scandalous Heroes Box Set

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Scandalous Heroes Box Set
Sienna Mynx, Yvette Hines, Bridget Midway, Aliyah Burke, Pepper Pace, Tiana Laveen,
Erosa Knowles, Serenity King, Latrivia Nelson

ALPHAS, SHIFTERS, DOMS, BILLIONAIRES, BLUE COLLAR HUNKS AND URBAN HEROES: 9 BEST SELLING AUTHORS OF SENSUAL ROMANCE. SCANDALOUS HEROES COLLECTION GIVES READER THE KIND OF BAD BOYS WOMEN LOVE—This collection includes best sellers of USA Today and Amazon Top 100 Authors whose stories reflect the diversity of romance such as contemporary, mafia drama, urban lit, BDSM to paranormal and sci-fi. These authors have taken the time to pen new full length and original stories for the readers only found in this collection for a limited time. Collection stats: 1,857 pages/485,737 word count. Total retail value: $35.91! LADIES COME GET YOUR MEN! 18+



I reviewed "Everything is Everything" by Pepper Pace from the "Scandalous Heroes Box Set."

** Four Stars **

I'm not usually one for stories set in the recent past. This novel takes place in the 1970s-1980s in the poor section of time, or the "ghetto" as noted by the book. The first part takes place in Vanessa's early teens, living on the upper side with her mother who works two jobs. She has her school, homework, best friend who's her cousin, and a gang of girls to hang/protect her. She meets and crushes on the only white fella, Scotty, whose hard core older half brother runs the drug trade. It follows their ups and downs in the crazy hard, but sometimes sweet life in their neighborhood.
Second part covers the later teens to early adulthood of Vanessa turning 18. Living with another relative due to a past tragedy, her life has been completely separate from those she grew with. Attending an arts school, having an amazing voice and an amazing future don't stop Vanessa and Scotty's love from happening all over again.
Seriously sad, true, and no holds on the reality, I surprising could not put this book down. It's a definite portrayal of what it must of have been to live in the neighborhood, trying to get out from a cycle of poverty, and loving someone who is outside the norm. Vanessa’s innocent and gentle spirit shine through the book as a backdrop to Scotty’s desperate survival for goodness. Reader, if you like reality and don't mind learning how "everything is everything" for real, pick up this novel!


Scandalous Heroes Box Set
Sienna Mynx, Yvette Hines, Bridget Midway, Aliyah Burke, Pepper Pace, Tiana Laveen,
Erosa Knowles, Serenity King, Latrivia Nelson


RALLENTI ~ Sienna Mynx (Amazon Bestseller)

“One word. You must learn it, before we begin,” he traced his finger now across

the outline of her lip. “Say it with me. Rallenti.” – Renaldo Cracchiolo

The year is 1993. Life as an enforcer for one of the most notorious crime bosses

in Italy isn’t easy. Renaldo Cracchiolo is a Sicilian who takes pride in the oaths of

omerta to honor and obey the wishes of his Don. It’s the reason why he was

chosen to cross the Atlantic to New York City. However, the woman he meets and

the time they share changes his heart and destiny.

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SEIGED BY RYM ~ Yvette Hines (USA Today Bestseller)

They picked the wrong warrior cat to abduct. Rym never liked being ordered

about so when he discovers his freedom is weighed against his agreement to

breed with Krysteena, he practically purrs at the chance to prove to the beauty

who’s truly in charge and escape.


RAW EXPOSURE ~ Aliyah Burke (USA Today Bestseller)

A wealthy playboy and a down-to-earth freelance photographer, will they ever

see eye to eye?

 Reeve Leighton has just met the one woman who isn't the least bit impressed by

his money. Affrica O'Shea can't ignore how he turns her head but she has no use

for a man who lives like he does. Reeve is used to getting what he wants. He

wants her and not even her Navy SEAL brother—or his—will keep them apart.

Vasily’s Revenge ~ Latrivia Nelson (National Bestseller)

Vasily’s Revenge Synopsis Vasily Kavlov is head of security for the most feared

and revered Russian mafia organization in the free world, The Medlov Crime

Family. A quiet henchmen with no family, no love life and unyielding loyalty to

his bosses, the thirties something bad boy is all work and no play. However, his

past quickly comes back to haunt him, when the woman he nearly gave his life

for ten years ago is threatened once again by an old enemy. Going to Lilly

Rasputin’s aid won’t just be a journey down memory lane, it’s also a jolt to the

system when he learns that he’s the father to her child.

Will changing everything in his life, give him new lust for it? And can he trust a

woman who was the cause of his near death before?


DOUBLE TROUBLE- Men of 3X CONStruction~ Erosa Knowles (Amazon Bestseller)

Blaine and Donald had no idea they have not one, but two sons from Belinda, the

one woman who ever came between them. Seeing her again test family ties as

they fight to rescue their son and reclaim the only woman they ever loved.


TATTOOED MOON ~ Tiana Laveen (Amazon Bestselling)

Julian Savant is a gifted tattoo artist, free spirit and business owner, who has set

his keen eye upon conservative accountant, Milan Parker. When the two meet

during a dark time in Milan’s life, they begin to draw from one another, painting

their mutual attraction and desires cerebrally and in the flesh. Little does Milan

know, Julian draws more than just her attention and skilled designs upon her
body. As his needle works its way into both their hearts, they find fulfillment and

healing in ways neither of them imagined.


EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING ~ Pepper Pace (Amazon Bestseller, Top 100 

Fiction Author)

In1977 Vanessa is 12 years old and lives just out of reach of the projects that

both scare and entice her. It’s the year that she meets Scotty Tremont; 14 and

one of the few white boys to live in the ghetto. Initially afraid that Scotty intends

to beat her up because her cousin called him white trash, Vanessa soon learns

that although Scotty is a ‘Trick Baby’ and will probably be a dope boy just like his

brother, he’s somehow managed to be compassionate. Scotty is learning

something as well; that his path has not been laid out before him and that

Everything isn’t necessarily Everything. This 2 part series begins in the 70s where

it explores the music, the style, the ghetto and Pepper Pace’s own twist on life

and love.


LAST CALL ~Bridget Midway (Amazon Bestseller)

Eminence Dutton has to make some crucial decisions about work, her struggling

love life, and an invitation from a former friend. The only thing that would

complicate her life more would be to see her old high school boyfriend.

 Keys “Tank” Tanksley thought he had gotten Eminence Dutton out of his system.

Now a BDSM Dom, this man does not plan on letting this woman go without

being heard or without her experiencing the sting of his whip.

 When Tank tries to rekindle the relationship with Eminence, she has to wonder

what’s important: her dream or her heart


The Wrath of Michael ~ Serenity King

Michael Alesi is not looking for anything other than a good time. He works hard and plays even harder. But

after being summoned to the home of his cousin, Michael is blindsided by the feisty, Kendra Washington.

Kendra is beautiful and sassy, and she seems to want nothing to do with Michael. That is fine with Michael—

he doesn’t do relationships and he has plenty of business and social opportunities to keep him busy. Then he

witnesses Kendra’s life being put in danger by a nasty crime. He comes to her rescue and, as he gets to

know her, he decides that maybe a committed relationship isn’t so bad after all.

Just as they are feeling their way toward a relationship, a whirlwind of deadly events sends life spiraling out

of control for both Michael and Kendra. Will they be able to find shelter in each other’s arms, or will the

demons of both the past and the present keep them apart forever?


Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Title: Breaking Nova
by Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #1
Also by this author: Shattered Promises
Published by Forever on September 3rd 2013
Genres: contemporary, new adult, romance
Pages: 224
Format: eBook

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?


I don’t even know where to start….this books started off strong with a really sad premise. What I thought would be a book about their self-discovery and finding happiness turned out to be a really fricking annoying wahhhh woe is me story. More like self-loathing. I get it. You had some bad ish happen to you, and it was tragic, but when the hell are you going to get over it? It was a little excessive. Like 75% of the book excessive. Let me play you the worlds smallest violin. I’m all about character growth. If it’s that slow going I get annoyed. I want to love it, I really do. I’ve heard great things about it but it’s just not working out for me.

Let me start with the subject matter….death and drugs. My heart was gutted from the get go. I hated that these two had to go through such heartbreak at a young age. Two tragedies and completely different outcomes. I kept waiting for a plot twist that never came. For me, the content of the book doesn’t seem like something out of the norm for me but would probably be more interesting to someone that hasn’t lived that way. Maybe I’m desensitized to it and that’s why I didn’t find it as enjoyable. It was predictable.

I have a love-hate relationship with the end of this book, but I don’t think it could have saved my overall opinion of the book. Honestly, I hated most of it. Like I said, the beginning started off strong, then it was a suck fest, and the ending was awesome. Fucking cliffhangers! I normally do not oppose them but I was kinda hoping something really shitty would happen. I guess if it went where my mind wanted to there wouldn’t be a Saving Quinton. Don’t judge me. Obviously I liked it enough to continue reading the whole thing. I just kept hoping it would get better but I was left feeling disappointed. I want to read the next book just to find out what happens.

Jessica Sorensen is the author of The New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, The Secret of Ella and Micha, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, and Breaking Nova, which are New Adult Contemporary novels. She also writes Paranormal series, including the Fallen Star Series, Shattered Promises, Darkness Falls, and the Death Collectors. She loves writing and reading and is an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and Modern Family. An immense music lover, Jessica immerses herself in her music as she writes. She has a broad taste in music, and a list of favorite songs that goes on for miles! A few of her current favorite bands are Chevelle, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Flight 409, and Nirvana. Some of Jessica’s favorite “watch it over, and over again” movies include Anywhere but Here, Juno, Pride and Prejudice, The Hangover, and Bad Teacher.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: The Replacement by Rachael Wade

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Title: The Replacement
by Rachael Wade
Series: The Replacement #1
Also in this series: The Prisoner
Also by this author: Declaration, The Prisoner
Published by Rabbit Hole Press on January 27th 2014
Genres: adult, contemporary, new adult, romance
Pages: 344
Format: eBook

*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.

Well….here we are. I’ve attempted to read this book 3 times now. This being the third. I cried the first two times any only got to 25%. This may be the hardest review I’ve ever written. I can’t go into it without giving away something personal from myself. Very rarely does a book have content that hits a little too close to home for me. I started it around the time when I was most vulnerable and it gutted me. I didn’t want to read it. I didn’t want this character that behaved the way she did to get her happy ending. I wouldn’t even stick around to see if that happened. Yes, I know it’s fiction but it’s the principle. I just picked the book back up…picking up right where I left off. I thought it would be time for me to face my fears. The sadness is gone but now I feel anger.

Misplaced feelings….it’s a goddamn book! I just made it through! I finished it! I may not have conquered my fears but my head and heart feel so much lighter. I think I needed this book. It put things into perspective for me. This character had a reason for doing what she did, and I accept that. Once I got over my own feelings I was able to enjoy this book and even like this character that my mind says I should hate. I’m glad she got her HEA. The more I think about it, everyone deserves their HEA, even people that do crappy things. We’ve all been there but it’s like I always say “different strokes for different folks.” People do bad things but you never know what their story is. I can’t go and spoil the story but their is a point at the end that made it all make sense. This was more cathartic than anything else for me. I appreciate it more than the author will ever know.

I started off hating Elise Duchamp…. I wanted to go into the book and rip her blonde hair off. Again with my misplaced anger. I was more mad at her than the guys she was sleeping with. Once I got to about 40% I was loving it. She was changing and that Ryder is goddamn scrumptious! I remember the exact moment that made it a wrap for me….this line from Ryder. “You’re still a little piece of heaven, baby,” he pants against my mouth, “even if your halo’s broken.” Yup….dead. I love these two together. It wasn’t all lovey dovey either…. It was raw and intense. I’m really excited to read the novella from this series, The Prisoner, which releases this week!


Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at and, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Evolution: Hex by S.A. Huchton

Title: Evolution: Hex
Author: S.A. Huchton
Series: The Evolution Series (#3)
Genre: Adult Superhero Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 6 2014
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print

A lie is a prison without bars.
A captive of the enemy, Candace is forced to confront mistakes and regrets from both sides of the battlefield, including her own. Nothing is simple, and lines in the sand that were once clear have become blurred and indistinguishable. Even the unlikely love she found teeters on the edge of uncertainty.
The truth is not always what it seems, and can be a prison of its own.
Alone, she must decide where she stands. Alone, she must decide who to trust.
When the smoke clears, what’s left might not be much…
But it might be enough.

 S.A. Huchton brings the modern super hero to life in “Evolution: HEX”! In book #3 of the series, we meet up with Candace after the last battle the team faced against HEX. In the end of the last battle Candy was kidnapped by HEX operatives, and taken back and held captive in their holding cell. Originally, she was held against her will and drugged, in an attempt to subdue her and get answers, but then is later released when she agrees to help. Candy agrees to help because she soon realizes all that she has seen and known isn’t the way she wants her life to be. Candy always believed that super heroes were meant to help protect the innocent and not to be created for selfish purposes. In this book we finally meet Dr. Ferdinand, and her original motive for capturing Candace. She is using Candace to find her son. Apparently, Dr. Ferdinand’s son is being held in the Angel facility some where deep underground and is used as a practice “dummy” for the gauntlet, but Candace sees that weather or not a person’s transformation works they are still human and should not be miss treated. In this action packed super hero love story, your mind and spirit become enthralled with the characters and their attempts to make being a super hero a way of life and living. I recommend this whole series to anyone that enjoys a good romance, or super hero story. I truly enjoyed the series and hope to read more books by the author. I give it 5 stars out of 5.

A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Uninhibited by Melody Grace

I received this book for free from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Title: Uninhibited
by Melody Grace
Series: Beachwood Bay #4
Published by Melody Grace on July 21st 2014
Genres: adult, contemporary, new adult, romance
Format: eBook
Source: Mark My Words Book Publicity

He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…

Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…

She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion…

Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction -- and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.

Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…

No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?

Melody Grace returns with her sexiest book yet!

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

UNINHIBITED is part of the Beachwood Bay series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

First impression- OH GOD YES! Give me more! I usually complain when a books starts off hot and heavy but it worked for this one. That first chapter was DAYUMMMMM. It’s like “hook, line and sinker.” I can always appreciate a book that has me hypnotized from the very first chapter. I went on thinking I was going to get more of the same, only to be met with an ice cold shower. But that didn’t last long either. It was an introduction of sorts…what went on to get where they are today.

Alicia is pretty much in love with her best friend since college. I cant say what happened but that whole situation is a train wreck waiting to happen. I feel like coming. I’m reading on waiting for the proverbial “shit to hit the fan.” Where’s the popcorn? I need some. Moving along…. This incredibly hot rock star that we had the pleasure of drooling over meeting in chapter one offers Alicia a way out. Stay with him for a week and forget about her friend. Oh what a wonderful week it will be! Their chemistry is WOWZA and HOT DAMN! Just when things are peaking, here comes that bucket of ice water. I’m actually laughing about it. But not because it’s funny. It’s like the equivalent of blue balls.

So the much anticipated scene has just come up and I’m feeling several things…. hurt, love, loss, and sorrow. Holy crap! That’s all I’m gonna say there. I just finished the book!!! Geez, I’m all filled with sunshine and butterflies. It’s disgusting but I love it! Uninhibited is like having the best lay of your life followed by a cigarette kinda good…nice and sated. Lots of smexy stuff going on there! People, this is a must read!!!

Melody Grace is a small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover. After spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Second Chance at Forever by Mary A. Wasowski



I thought I would try something different with this review. My memory is so shoddy and I'm always left with lack luster reviews since I forget half the crap I wanted to say. This book deserves every glorifying moment and I hope I do it some justice. I finished book one on Monday and felt this overwhelming NEED to read this one as soon as possible. I'm not normally a marathon reader but Reese and Walker's story touched my soul so deeply that I had to have it. I was prepared to beg for it and was so thankful to have it sitting in my mailbox yesterday morning.

After the last book left me emotionally crippled, I look forward to seeing what was in store for these two. The bonus prologue fast forwarded 17 years. 17!!! I couldn't wrap my brain around that. I felt this empty sadness for the two of them. I wanted to know why they didn't go after each other, not knowing my questions would soon be answered. How much heartbreak and these two endure? I'm not even 15% through and I'm hit with two more zingers. I don't think my heart can handle this. I'm sitting here anxiously waiting for the moment these two are going to meet again. The turn of events that lead up to their chance encounter are astounding! It felt like coming home. I'm so giddy I'm like a happy clapping seal!

At this point I'm still recovering from the whiplash from book one. Emotions are running high in this book. I'm so happy for the chance for these two to get their happily ever after but at what cost? You know doesn't matter. I will root for these two any day. I just finished the book about 5 minutes ago and for the second time this week I'm crying my eyes out. At least my heart is not shattered this time around. I didn't think there was any way to top the emotions I felt in book one. Damn, I'm crying again. GOD what can I say about Walker? He's so frickin perfect. Can I just grab him out of the pages and keep him forever?

I have to share these quotes from the book because I'm a sucker for Walker. And might I add that I NEVER highlight as many passages as I have with this one. Oh boy! Here you go:
"Keep the stilettos on and your eyes open. I want you to watch me make you come"

WHAAAAAT I just about creamed myself. Excuse me while I make myself putty in your hands.
"I knew I could never be without her again. Reese was my drug, and I will always crave her."

Seriously? Can this man get any sexier? I'm prepared to beat you all off of him with a bat.


Mary Wasowski is the queen of mastering many tasks. I call New Jersey my home where I share my life with my husband, and our three amazing sons. Writing was my way of expressing my words that sometimes I couldn't say. My journals were filled with the rants of a teenager finding her way, and eventually they turned into poems, and short stories. Joining the indie community of so many talented writers has been a wonderful experience. I am so thankful for all of the love and support I have received.

Life can take you down many different roads, but I truly believe this is where I am supposed to be now. I want to inspire my boys to never give up on your dreams. I never did, and here I am. I am officially an Author.

Write what you love. Love what you write. Believe in your story. You have many chapters to write on your journey...


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ren's Hottie Author List: Third Time's a Charm

Welcome to my third Hottie Author List! If you haven't had the viewing pleasure of stalking seeing the first two lists, you can access them here

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2) by Christine Amsden



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“Secret and Lies” introduces readers to a more mature, but slightly bitter Cassie. After being cast aside for her family for some pretty shoddy reasons and bound to a powerful, broody dude (Evan) by a life debt… well, she has plenty of reasons to be a little prickly. Out of a job and living with a friend, Cassie eventually tries out a waitress gig while supporting her buddies through some rather surprising news, and trying to avoid Evan. So, maybe waitressing isn’t our unmagical heroine’s cup of tea, but she is suddenly thrust into a magical underground world of women from magical bloodlines sold and traded like chattel.

Hired by Evan to help him find a teenage family member who disappeared with a buddy at summer camp, Cassie and Evan are constantly fighting for their lives and their hots for each other. Explosive events of the magical and personal kind keep the fire sizzling between the pair, but a foretold heart breaking event is just on the horizon. Family pasts and secrets will be exposed.

The story revolves mostly around Cassie, her family, and Evan, but touches on supporting characters and their struggles and lives.

A fun paranormal mystery. From book one to book two, I felt the author's style of writing and her characters themselves matured. The multiple story lines might be a little distracting sometimes and rabbit trail from the original story, but that might lead to some side stories in this series. Easy read for a summer afternoon. I listened to the audio book kindly provided by the author for review and the narrator was excellent.



Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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