Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review The Magic of Lavender by Cate Masters

Title: The Magic of Lavender (The Goddess Connection #1)
Author: Cate Masters
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 377 pgs
Release Date: May 22, 2011
Author Website

The Magic of Lavender Book Cover

Book One of the Goddess Connection. Every woman should embrace her inner goddess. What’s your connection?
Jocelyn Gibson forgot about the realm of magic. But it never forgot her. Gram always told her: don’t ignore your magical gifts, it will insult the family. But Joss didn’t realize her gifts included channeling the energy of powerful ley lines. Or that her family included a goddess. Family connections come in handy when the Lord of the Underworld kidnaps local vet Eric Hendricks. He’s an amazing lover, but Joss didn’t know she loved him until too late. With a little help from the Goddess Iris, Joss defends the new life she’s forged, and helps save the town of Boiling Springs from destruction. Once Eric escapes Hell, can she stop loving him to keep him safe?

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Rating -
one good howl

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My Review:

This is the first in Masters' The Goddess Connection series. With fae, demons, goddesses, a visit to hell, a battle between the "forces of darkness and light", ordinary humans and an undeniable romance and love, this is a paranormal romance that has evil coming to the little town of Boiling Springs.

Jocelyn, a widow, buys an old B&B which unbeknownst to her lays over a ley line. When she hosts a costume Halloween debut party, both she and her aunt feel vibrations radiating up from the ground in the B&B. Her aunt warns, "The energy is palpable... But you must be careful. Others will be drawn here seeking to tap into its force too." When the fae visit the party just before Eric does and he notices them, both Joss and her aunt know he is different. When he locks eyes with Joss "heat twined through her like a wisp of smoke above smoldering embers crackling to life." Her Gran shows up to warn her she is in danger and that her father and husband's death weren't accidents, they were murdered because she is related to a goddess, and the fae are trying to protect her. She has unwittingly broken a truce between darkness and light by buying and running her B&B over the ley line and the battle is on.

Eric, a grieving widower with an veterinary practice down the road, gets caught in the crossfire. Without planning to, finds himself at Joss' party. He finds himself tantalized by her even though it has been 5 yrs since he's even talked to a woman outside of his practice. He is stunned when Joss' aunt does a tarot reading for him at the party and tells him he is about to find his "true soul mate". He can't leave the party fast enough.

Joss develops a major case of martyr syndrome - she can't give into her love and desire for Eric in order to protect him. Bah! While trying to stay away from him, they engage in some Thanksgiving nookie in kitchen, in the vet's waiting room, a few days later in an exam room in his clinic and then later in a field of lavender.

This has a very good plot and the characters are believable. The only thing that kept me from rating this 4 or 5 stars was Joss' overly drawn out, needless angst about protecting Eric. I just wanted to put my hand in the computer and shake her out of her insanity. {Grin} But this also means I was so into the story that I cared enough about the characters to be aggravated.

While this story does have some fantasy elements, I wouldn't classify it as such but I think that fantasy romance fans as well as paranormal romance fans can enjoy this.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!!
Joss finally is able to make it so there can be a HEA ending. Joss is luckly Eric is so persistent because it could have easily turned into a tragic story.


Bitten's She-Wolf Pack Thursday Review for June - SAMSON'S LOVELY MORTAL (Scanguards Vampires, #1) by Tina Folsom

Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires, #1)
Tina Folsom
Originally published May 25, 2010
Novel length; Erotic Paranormal Romance
Available in paperback and digital forms
Book was purchased or available as free download
Tina Folsom Website

Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics ... However, trying to hide the fact he's a vampire is all of a sudden not his only problem, because when compromising documents are found in Delilah's possession, Samson wonders whether she's the one who has more to hide than he does.



WildAboutBones' Review:

Rating:  4  - A Pack Howl
Sexual:  4 - Four Alarm Fire

This first in Folsom's Scanguards Vampires series is set in San Francisco and has an opening line that certainly grabs your attention: "Let me suck your cock." This paranormal romance comes complete with vampires, embezzling, betrayal, a mortal love, romance, a little humor and a precious gift.

Folsom has created some very believable characters - both primary and secondary ones, even if she uses much of the traditional vampire lore with only a few twists. The story line is somewhat inventive although it is fairly similar to Lynsay Sands' A Bite To Remember Argeneau series story.

Sexy, 6 ft. tall Samson, the male lead, is a vampire having an impotence issue (which is virtually unheard of in a vampire) until he mistakes Delilah for the vamp stripper his friends hired for his birthday party. When she leaves so does his erection.

Delilah, a human forensic accountant and the female lead, is having the nightmares again and then suddenly finds herself in the nightmare in reality. When Samson mistakes her for the stripper and kisses her, she has a "severe attack of lust" and she hasn't felt aroused in a long time.

The story has some great humorous lines in it such as:
"Great, a shrink operating from a dungeon and a Barbie doll as the gatekeeper!"
"Coffins were out. Tempur-Pedic mattresses were in."

Sexually, I rate this as a 3.5 out of 4. There is sensual teasing in a theater and lobby, hot petting in a limo, sexy lovemaking on the rug in front of a fireplace and a very provocative shower scene, not to mention an entire night spent having sex in bed. There is also an angry spanking and anal sex scene that takes place on the couch between secondary characters which is the reason this doesn't have a 3 rating.

This was a very quick read for me - a single afternoon - which I enjoyed. I look forward to reading the other books in this series to see what mischief the secondary characters get into. Paranormal romance and vampire fans should thoroughly enjoy this book.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This comes complete with an HEA.

Cynthia’s Review:

Ratings:  4 - A Pack Howl
Sexual:  4 - Four Alarm Fire

A love story of Samson and Delilah. I know, it sounds corny, but it works.

Samson believes the woman in distress that shows up on his doorstep is his “surprise” birthday gift stripper from his friends. This case of mistaken identity leads to a passion that can’t be denied, secrets revealed and deception from unexpected sources. An original storyline that includes a powerful vampire with ED and several vampires who visit a psychiatrist on a regular basis. If the opening sentence of this novel doesn’t grab your attention, then someone needs to check your pulse – STAT! Oh, and yeah, it’s a dead giveaway of more to come…..

Although the plotline was thin and I could see where the story was going, it was fun getting there. Samson was a bit “over-the-top” at times and it took Delilah F-O-R-E-V-E-R to grow a backbone. The cast of characters are intriguing and the humor sprinkled throughout the story didn’t detract from it. I sure would like to be a fly on the wall when Amaury has his sessions with Dr. Drake. *giggle* (Sorry, Girls, I keep thinking of Rick Springfield!) Ms. Folsom puts a different spin on her vampire lore; it’s a breath of fresh air.

Laurie (Bitten By Paranormal Romance) Review:

Rating:  5 - An Alpha Howl
Sexual:  4 - Four Alarm Fire

Date Read: August 30 to September 01, 2010

I do believe I have found my favorite erotic book for this year and it also has my favorite genre paranormal. This book is romantic, witty and pure down right hot. The author does a wonderful job in how she brings this erotic romance together. I was floored as I keep reading and the story keeps getting deeper. It has humor, twist and turns, surprise’s danger, villains, an excellent cast of vampire male characters the author can run on and OMG the sex is amazing there is a little spanking and rear door. This is not a short Novella it has over 300 pgs.

Samson is owner of Scanguards, (in other words he is filthy rich) he has a mishap that leaves him impotent. He tries everything even goes to a shrink. When his birthday come his friends let him know there is a stripper on the way. So his day is getting worse he can’t get it up and now he has to have a stripper there needless to say he is not a happy camper. Until someone comes crashing in his door.

Delilah lives in New York and works for Scanguards and is sent to California to help audit at the office there. Little does she know on her way home one night after getting take out she is walking in the pouring down rain and some man tries to hurt her. She runs to the closet house and asks for help. Little did she know the owner would think she is the stripper.

Things I loved.
I loved how the author takes you into the hero and heroine past and helps them overcome their issues together; it just makes for a better romance for me. I also loved how the author introduces you to the next character in this book, so you already know him and what he’s like. The book reads more like a paranormal romance added with the erotic, it’s something I've been looking for.

Ollie’s Review:

Rating:  5 - An Alpha Howl
Sexual: 4 - Four Alarm Fire

Date Read: December 25, 2010 to January 07, 2011

Paranormal Romance/Erotica writer Tina Folsom has the reader panting and craving more with Samsom's Lovely Mortal. If you love a hot and passionate paranormal romance then you are going to LOVE Samson's Lovely Mortal. This is one book where I do not want to give too much information away because I want the reader to experience and savor every page-turning moment. What I will tell you is the lead character, Samson, is the owner of Scanguard Enterprises and who happens to be a gorgeous vampire with a slight problem. Delilah is a mortal woman who literally falls into his world and stirs feelings and emotions that he has never felt before. What ensues is a passionate romance that not only includes very hot, intense sex scenes but the development of a truly loving relationship. There was one point in the book where the emotional build up was so intense that you could feel the character's heartache and pain that I broke down crying and had to put the book down several times to compose myself to continue on. I really enjoyed how Tina developed the mythology surrounding vampires with a very interesting one that will definitely put a smile on your face. I'm a big romantic thus the development of the relationship and the many hot sex scenes had me glued to the pages.

5 Stars for an intense book that will leave you needing a long cold shower or perhaps several.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Interview Author Anna Keraleigh

Please welcome romance author Anna Keraleigh

For those readers who aren’t familiar with your work would you share a bit about yourself?

Hi there, thanks for having me.

I have two erotic fantasy novels published with Evernight Publishing. Why fairies you ask? I love everything about Ireland including its unique folklore. I also fell in love with the erotica genre the moment I read my first naughty novel. I invite you into my fantasy world where muscle men with delicate wings fight for their kingdom (in loincloths).

What is your writing schedule like?  Do you have a special place where you write filled with stardust and moonbeams?  And what about a playlist?  I can only imagine the tunes needed to generate fairies!

I often write on the deck when weather permits. There’s something magical about the fresh air, the sky overheard and the sound of wildlife. I actually came up with my idea for the giant sunflowers because of my garden. I have an area in my yard where I plant a variety of flowers. When I first planted sunflowers they grew huge! I’m talking over 6 feet tall which is inches taller than me. Staring at those beautiful, awkward flowers started the writing juice flowing.

As for tunes, I have different mixes for different scenes. Sad scenes are usually accompanied by new age/classical music especially Celtic or Irish music. For action scenes, I listen to my Rock mix. That would be Rob Zombie, Nickleback, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Zebrahead and anything that has a good beat. Then there are the sex scenes. Yes, I have a mix for that too! For your entertainment by Adam Lambert, Dirt by Depeche Mode, Lick by Joi, and several others with a sensual vibe.

Other than writing, what else do you love to do?

I love traveling. My brain goes on imagination overload when I’m riding in a car staring at the world as it passes. I’m an animal lover and often times I read with my cat on the deck. Or researching new Irish folklore, it’s become a hobby of mine.

Anna, please tell us about your latest book in your Fairy Series, THE RAVAGED FAIRY released May 25, 2011, by Evernight Publishing.

The Ravaged Fairy is all about Thame, the golden warrior fairy. He’s captured and his wings cut off at the end of the first book. This is his story. He’s stranded without wings on The Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland. Breena finds him and saves him from certain death. She treats his back but can she heal his ravaged heart?

Find out in The Ravaged Fairy.

Can you give us a glimpse of what you are working on next?

I just finished and was accepted into a story for an anthology at Evernight Publishing. ‘Midnight Seductions’ will be released around October of 2011.

I also started Keyn’s story, Fairy Unbroken. This will be book 3 in The Fairy Series and yes, each of them can be read as stand-alone. He’s a human hater, tortured by them when he was a child. What happens when the human hater meets his human mate? So far, it looks to be quite a wild adventure.

Stay Naughty,
Anna Keraleigh

Anna Keraleigh's Website

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review A Wedding Wager by Jane Feather

Title: A Wedding Wager (Blackwater Brides #2)
Author: Jane Feather
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 447 pgs
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Author Website

A Wedding Wager Book Cover

New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather again delights with her new book in this entrancing Georgian trilogy featuring three noble brothers who are offered a preposterous opportunity to restore their family’s mortgaged lands. An eccentric uncle promises a lavish inheritance, but only if each marries—thus redeeming—a fallen woman. And if even one brother fails to fulfill the old man’s decree, none will gain the windfall.

Lady Serena Grantley was born to the nobility, but fortune's whim placed her in control of her gamester stepfather, who uses her beauty to lure young men to his gambling tables. Serena even dismissed her first love, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, at her stepfather's command. But when he attempts to force her into a liaison with a dissolute earl, Serena resolves to do his bidding no more. Sebastian is the only man who ever captured her heart, and it is to him she turns. . . .

Torn between family loyalty and the woman he loves, Sebastian faces a devilish dilemma. His uncle is ailing, and time is running short. Desperate to find a solution, Sebastian conceives a dangerous plan—a wager that could bring him and Serena happiness at last . . . or separate them forever.

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a pack howl

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My Review:

Set in 1762 London, nothing is predictable about this second novel in Feather's Blackwater Brides historical romance series. Serena and Sebastian find themselves mixed up with a will containing stipulations which must be fulfilled before the death, a wicked greedy stepfather full of nefarious plots, a love denied, two loves found and a sword fight.

Three years ago, Serena's stepfather forced her to break the heart of her true love, 24 year old Sebastian, by telling him she didn't love him, that he had just been a dalliance. Her stepfather promptly whisked her off to Brussels that very afternoon. Today, Serena is not happy to see Sebastian because she still loves him. But she is now an independent, strong woman and she will deal with the situation as best she can.

When 27 year old Sebastian visits the new gaming house, he is stunned to see Serena, to realize that he is not only still furious at her treatment of him, but he is also still deeply in love with her after all this time. His twin and older brother are disturbed to learn she is back; they remember what he was like when she left him.

Neither has any idea what meeting 16 year old Abigail will have on their lost relationship.

I don't typically read this genre because the story seems to get lost in all the historical aspects - descriptions of scenery, buildings, political atmosphere, etc. This was pleasantly devoid of those. The historical clothing, mode of transportation and slang are used as the background of the story and don't take it over; well done, Ms. Feather.

This is a good sexy romance with another romance between young friends thrown in for good measure. Had I not known before reading that this was part of a series, I wouldn't have suspected it. It is a stand-alone story with minor mentions of things that occurred in the past and a little bit of foreshadowing of something that may happen in the future with Perry, Sebastian's twin.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This does have a HEA ending


ARC review giveaway Delicate Freakn' Flower by Eve Langlais

Title: Delicate Freakn' Flower
Author: Eve Langlais
Source: Requested review
Genre: Erotic paranormal romance with a m/f/m menage
Length: Novel
Authors website
Release date July 7th 2011

Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakin’ flower? 

Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case. 

When fate—with a snicker—makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf—and her body—demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass—totally hot and muscled—lacrosse players. 

Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns—and her passion?  

Warning: this is a hot threesome story where all the focus is on her with pleasurable consequences.


This Delicate Freakin’ Flower, gets not only one shifter but two and one of them the bear, let me tell you he is packing something huge. LOL. Oh my, this story takes you down Naomi’s path of wanting a non-chaos world. She want to mate with a human, so when she finds her shifter mate by surprise it freaks her out. Then she finds she has not only one but two shifter mates, well needless to say she leads these two hot shape shifters down a wicked path because she wants no part of it. The thing she didn’t bank on is they are not going to give up no matter how delicate she wasn’t to be treated. Don’t let Naomi fool you she’s not as delicate as she says because she can take down the best of them especially when she has a threat against her and it brings her family into the scenario. This is another fun and sexy hot story with some added suspense by Eve, that takes you into a Ménage with anal sex so hot you may have to take a cold shower after reading LOL. 

This story is not a novella it’s a full novel, so for those who likes to get a little more into the mind of the characters more here you a book from Eve to try. 

I recommend this novel to anyone how loves a fun erotic paranormal romance.

“Are you always this irritable?” asked the cat. 
Naomi shot him a glare. “Gee, let me see. My friend dragged me to a lacrosse game, which, I might add, is not my idea of a good time in the first place, where some clumsy bear missed a ball causing me to get injured. That same bear and his alley cat then show up and try to claim me as their mate even though I don’t want one. I think I’ve earned the right to be annoyed.” 
“I told you we should have brought more flowers,” Ethan grumbled.

Eve is giving away one eBook copy of Delicate Freakin' Flower to one lucky commenter. 

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Monday, June 27, 2011

interview and giveaway with paranormal romance author Caris Roane

Please welcome one of my favorite fast growing authors in the PNR world Caris Roane!!

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a fulltime writer, which means I have the best job in the world. I have two children, grown. I live in Arizona with my hubby and two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy. Before I wrote paranormal romance, I wrote Regencies for Kensington, but that market all but disappeared in 2005. Having included vampires in one of the Regencies, it just wasn’t a stretch for me to embrace the extraordinary and exciting paranormal market. In fact, some of my earliest Regencies even had characters from Greek mythology; Eros, Psyche, Anteros, Aphrodite and Artemis!

Do you have a process in your writing routine?
Since all my writing time is consumed with my Guardians of Ascension series, I’ll take you through that process, which is awesome, because it all starts with focusing on my hero—and I’m sorry, but what can possibly be better than that?!? In this case, for instance, I’m writing Thorne’s book so let me tell you I carry that man around in my heart right now. He’s just awesome (besides being totally gorgeous)! From there, I bring the heroine into sharper focus, deepen her, asking questions like, why is she worthy of Thorne? In this case—and this is for fans of the series—Thorne knows extraordinary things about Marguerite that nobody knows. But getting to that point, of knowing Thorne and knowing his woman, is a challenge. I have to think and ponder and question. A lot!
At the same time, I work on structuring the plot. Where plot is concerned, I map all the events out based on the hero’s journey. I’m a huge fan of this particular concept which involves, in a nutshell, character growth. Essentially, the plot must show how these two characters grow: in this case, Thorne and his woman. It’s a difficult challenge but soooo rewarding when it all comes together!

What are some of your favorite author’s and books you’ve read?
Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorite authors and so is Laurell K. Hamilton. Now let me tell you what I think they did that I still find mind-boggling; both of these authors made me fall in love with their leading men. I’m still amazed by that. I can remember the exact scene in which Ash came into supremely sharp focus for me (Zarek’s book). And I’ve been a devotee of Jean-Claude’s from the moment he stepped on the stage. I still have a fantasy that Laurell will start a new series from Jean-Claude’s point-of-view! I think I would turn serious groupy for that one!

Would you tell those who haven’t heard of your The World of Ascension series a little about it?
Well, it’s easiest to begin this way. When I really looked at the Greek mythological scope of the Dark Hunter series, I thought, “I want a world as big as that one, so that if I fall in love with my characters, I can write many, many books based on that world.” From there, I thought, why not create a world of ascending dimensions, in which the inhabitants of each dimension, as they develop new preternatural power, find themselves in the midst of a call to ascension and therefore a call to a new world and a new state of being. Second Earth, for instance, is the world of the vampire. In fact, all the ascending kingdoms are inhabited by vampires. But it’s very possible that Third Earth will have greater evolutions, shifters maybe, I’m not sure yet. The possibilities are endless and that was the goal. If Sherrilyn wanted to, she could explore a hundred different aspects of Greek mythology and keep building and expanding her world forever.

I have seen quite a few reviews where people said your book Ascension reads like other PNR author series. I am not naming the author because I am sure you know. In your own words would you tell what sets your series is apart? 
I know what you’re getting at and though I was surprised at these reviews, I think any writer who attempts a brotherhood series, and there have been many before me and will be many after, will find comparisons inevitable. But in this case, what sets this series apart from my point of view, is that each of the women in my world, as novel builds on novel, develops extraordinary emerging powers that shape the course of the world. But to be a true brotherhood book, I also worked hard to build up each of the men, as well as how they relate to each other and to their peace-keeping job generally. Beyond that, my vampires have wings, which means that flight is a huge part of the series. And as I said before, the world is enormous, with six ascending dimensions!

How in the world do you come up with different powers for the heroines?
I have to say this is one of the most fun parts of this series for me, perhaps because it’s mostly an organic process! I don’t just sit down and assign a power. Instead, what happens in my creative process is that I put the heroine into a certain situation, a certain problem or difficulty, then I watch what emerges. It’s been an amazing ride so far.

Will you write a book for Endelle?
Endelle! Don’t you LOVE her? I recently posted on Facebook that she’s the woman I would want to be if I didn’t have a conscience, if I had no sense of propriety, and if I didn’t have to get along with others at all! But YES, she gets a book and it’s the climax book of this part of the series, book #10! So, not only does all this grief with Commander Greaves draw to a conclusion, but Endelle finds love as well…and maybe a slight softening of her spirit (but not too soft)!

You have so many different wings, how do you come up with them all?
The wings! That was an organic process as well and started to really take shape in the first book when Warrior Medichi notices that Warrior Marcus’s wings have a light green banding on them! Then Medichi says, “The same color as Havily’s eyes.” So, there you go! From that moment, wing coloration would relate to some other aspect of the story, the setting, or the romance. In the fourth book, BORN OF ASHES, the heroine’s wing coloration has to do with an emerging preternatural power, but I won’t say anything more! (But it’s awesome!)

Anything else about your series you like to add?
Only that I see this first part of the series as consisting of 10 books total, and that all ten books are building to a terrible war in book #10 (as well as love finding Endelle!) It’s a huge challenge to carry around ten books in my head, so before I begin the next book of the series, I reread everything I’ve written before and I take notes. My sincerest hope is that when all ten are completed, the whole group will read as one complete story, just broken up ten times…or something like that!

Would you tell us a little of what you’re working on next?
I’m writing Thorne’s book right now, OBSIDIAN FLAME! This is the book that many fans have posted about—when will it be Thorne’s turn? Of course, he’s the man, the one in charge, the one who’s carried the load for two thousand years, so yeah, we want him to find love and peace and finally get some rest while he continues to soldier on as the leader of the Warriors of the Blood. This book will release in May of 2012. (Jean-Pierre’s book, BORN OF ASHES, releases in January of 2012.)

Fun questions
What your favorite color?
Hands down, green, especially on the mossy side. Next in line is dusty rose.

Do you have any pets?
I love animals. At one time, I had three goldfish, very big, fat, and spoiled, which lived for ten years. I also had four cats and two cocker spaniels. But life took it’s course and now I have only two kitties with me. I’m hoping to get a dog in the next year. I miss my cockers!

What your favorite movie and TV show?
I think “The Good Wife” is one of the best shows on TV and I also adore “Castle”. When “American Idol” rolls around, I never miss an episode. I also can’t get enough right now of the houses that Sarah Richardson renovates…HGTV! Go figure!

Do you have a favorite food or place to eat?
I LOVE Mexican food and we have several restaurants in the Phoenix area that do the cuisine proud!

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Brief Bio

Caris Roane has published over fifty Regency romance novels and novellas under the pen name, Valerie King.  In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.  Having had a long-time love affair with vampires, Caris tackled the paranormal genre, building a world based on ascending dimensional earths.  The first novel of the series, Ascension, was released December 28, 2010.  Burning Skies, the second book in the series, hit the shelves in May.  And the third novel, Wings of Fire, is a September release.
Caris lives in Buckeye, Arizona with her two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy.

 Caris is giving away a signed copy of BURNING SKIES. Please leave a comment or question for Caris to enter. Open to US and International.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jeweled & Jaded2

Review of JABRIL, Vampires in America #2, by D. B. Reynolds

JABRIL, Vampires in America #2
D. B. Reynolds
ImaJinn Books
Published July 15, 2009
ISBN: 9781933417875
Genre: Paranormal romance
Length: ebook, 252 pages
Author Requested Review
D. B. Reynolds Website

Houston, Texas—Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right?

Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way.

Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power.

Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.

My Ratings


JABRIL doesn’t skip a beat and picks up right where RAPHAEL ended. Cyn, suffering from a broken heart and wanting to put distance between herself and Raphael, heads to Houston, Texas, when she is offered a job from the powerful Vampire Lord, Jabril Karim. Unfortunately, when she meets Jabril, she is disturbed at what she finds.

Lord Jabril hires Cyn to find his runaway “ward”, Elizabeth. He is also aware of Cyn’s connection with Raphael. Jabril is a sleaze. He is cruel and uses his minions and blood slaves for his nefarious, selfish purposes. Cyn accepts the assignment to find “Liz” and secretly decides to get Liz’s sister, Mirabelle away from Jabril.

Liz and Mirabelle have been under Jabril’s care since the death of their parents many years ago. Mirabelle was turned into a vampire by Jabril, but Liz was not. He needs both sisters for one thing: their inheritance aka money. These sisters are as different as night and day. Liz has a strong backbone, learns to take care of herself, and has managed to stay away from Jabril for the most part. Whereas, Mirabelle has become sacred and cowed, submissive to a point of slavery.

Cyn is ever the badass heroine with a heart of gold. She does get Mirabelle away from Jabril and back to LA at the peril of her own safety and heart. She has to call on Raphael for his protection for Mirabelle, and Mirabelle must formally ask Raphael’s permission to live in his territory. The reconnection of Cyn and Raphael begins (read “hot and bothered”). As Raphael opens up to Cyn and reveals a bit of his past, he makes a confession. It is a tender and moving moment when Cyn realizes just how vulnerable love has made Raphael.

“So, having at last met a foe I could not defeat, I fled,” he said in disgust. “Rather than face you in my weakness, I thought to leave you behind, to forget about you, which I thought was surely possible. After all, how could one human overwhelm me with feelings in such a short period of time?”

JABRIL is captivating with the evolution of Mirabelle and the development of Cyn and Raphael. But the shit hits the fan when Jabril decides to intercede and make his play. That is when the action really starts and our girl Cyn comes to life. Beware: bloody, gory vamp violence with a bit of good ‘ole human know-how mixed in to even the odds. I expect nothing less from Ms. Reynolds! JABRIL ends with a superb twist I sure didn’t see coming!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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Review Snow’s Heat by Nicole Hicks

Title:Snow’s Heat
Author: Nicole Hicks
Source: Requested review
Genre: Paranormal romance - shapeshifter
Length: Novella
Format: Ebook

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When your husband declares you aren’t enough after ten years, don’t get mad… Get a Bic and start a bonfire!
When Sabrina’s husband decides to move on to greener, and freer pastures, she knows she has to move on herself. Wounded and alone, she escapes to a friend’s cabin to think about her future…and burn her past. Literally.
Can she rise from the ashes of her marriage a new woman, or did she lose too much trying to salvage an illusion? Dealing with the heartache of her new reality, she meets a mystery man in the backwoods. One that makes her burn with desire.
Once just a soldier, now Travis is something…more. His last tour changed him in more ways than one. Can he come to terms with what he is, while dealing with the mixture of lust and possessiveness Bree brings out in him? Or is her past too much for him to handle?



Snow's Heat is Nicole Hicks' s debut novella. I enjoy read this novella, it’s fun, sexy and sensual. Yet, I feel the story is too short, and just a few development for Sabrina, or Bree and Travis’s relationship. It’s like “Bree deal with her ex-husband” part is too long, and I think it will be good, if they focus at Travis and Bree instead. One thing that make me a little irritated is, Bree called Travis, who 10 years younger than her, as “kid”. I think she can call him “boy” or “young man”. It more suitable than “kid”. Another is, when Bree know Travis real identity, her reaction is not what I think, and too easy. Maybe because this is a novella, so Nicole Hicks try to wrap story in with a quick way. Anyway, I still reccomended Snow’s Heat if you love paranormal story with changeling (or shape-shifter), with a witty and strong heroine, and a sexy hero (yum, I want Travis!) I hope Nicole Hicks will continue their story at the future.

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Review Devil Without a Cause (The Devil's Bargain #1) by Terri Garey

Title:  Devil Without a Cause (The Devil's Bargain #1) 
Author: Terri Garey
Source: Requested review
Genre: Paranormal romance
Format: Mass paperback by Avon
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Idle hands are the devil's workshop
Temptation and seduction are the tricks of the Devil's trade, and when offered the chance to regain his wings by playing guardian angel, he's hell-bent on doing things his way . . .
Faith McFarland is in need of a miracle. So desperate to save her sick child, she's willing to make a deal with the Devil: steal a ring worn by Finn Payne, the bad-boy rockstar who long ago sold his soul for rock 'n roll. Temptation and seduction become necessary evils, yet Faith's salvation means Finn's damnation . . . because the ring is all that stands between him and Hell. Falling in love was never part of the bargain, but now that they've tasted heaven in each other's arms, can they convince the Devil to give up his due?



Wow! Devil without a Cause left me wanting more. This book is a very good start to a new hot paranormal romance series. I would have never dreamed I would like this book, but with the storyline and seduction I found I couldn’t put it down. This is a very quick and well explained read that no PNR reader should go without. 

Who would have ever thought the devil could be sexy and have just a bit of compassion? Not me, but then this authors imagination is very vivid and different. 

The blurb tells you about one storyline. But it doesn’t go into the devils storyline. Yep, there are two different stories in this book that flows together. The Devil and Gabriel has to work together to help one little boy and in the process they help one couple to find love. The devil has a lot of issues to take care of. You’ll have to read to find out more about his issues. I myself can’t wait for the next book to see what all he gets into. 

Faiths son doesn’t get into the way of the storyline as a matter of fact, he adds to it. I enjoyed Faith and Finn. Finn is supper hot and Faith needs a little pick me up, so when the devil sends Faith to seduce Finn sparks fly and they find they can’t get enough of each other, so they have to work together to save all of their lives. 

This is a spin off from Terri Nicki Styx series, but you don’t have to read it to start this series. I highly recommend this series to any paranormal romance reader

Review of SEDUCTION & SCANDAL by Charlotte Featherstone

SEDUCTION & SCANDAL, Book One of the Brethren Guardians
Charlotte Featherstone
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN Books4
Date: June 2011
ISBN: 9780373775873
Historical romance
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His love could save her…
In more ways than one.

With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black…whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black. Yet as he pursues her, with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb.

If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real, and treacherous, thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most…

My Ratings


The first novel in a new, historical series from Ms. Featherstone offers an extraordinary tale of extreme passion, mystery and intrigue. Here, the passion of Isabella and Black is fundamentally entwined with the mystery and magic of the Brethren Guardian storyline. SEDUCTION AND SCANDAL harkens back to the days of the gothic romance. The opening lines of the novel are a good example.


Isabella’s mother passes away and “Issy” is sent to live with her cousin. But before Issy leaves, she commits an act so horrendous and shameful, that she will do anything to keep it hidden. Issy feels that it was passion and lust that killed her mother; she is determined not to let that happen to her. Instead, Issy lets her passion flow through the hidden novels she pens and settles into marrying a dull, boring man.

Lord Black has watched Issy from afar and he can no longer keep his distance. His possessiveness of Issy is almost, almost overwhelming. When these two are together, you can feel the sizzle and burn. The story gets even better when secrets of her past start to emerge and danger from Black’s Brethren Guardians raises its ugly head.

I must mention Issy’s cousin, Lucy. She is the complete opposite of Isabella. She has known love and passion, and lost them both. On the outside, she is the life of the party; never wanting to disappoint. But secretly, she will do anything, going as far as the occult to find the love she lost.

In SEDUCTION AND SCANDAL, Ms. Featherstone has a bit of the Templar legend, some occult, a little magic and the beguilement of Death. She is adept at taking the hunger and passion of romance to a benchmark level.