Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Original Nana - Favorite Characters

My niece is one of my
favorite people. 
As an author I know we aren’t supposed to have a favorite character, but as a human how can we not? In real life I don’t like all people the same. Heck there are some I don’t care for at all. I don’t like all the characters in my book. These tend to be the secondary characters, never the hero or heroine.

Do I have a favorite character? Absolutely. Am I going to tell you who it is? Nope. Why? Because who I like most in my books is irrelevant. Who you like in my books is more important.

I write characters people can relate to and enjoy because they’re seen as real and engaging people.

I appreciate when I see a bit of myself in a character, even better when the character holds qualities I’d love to have, and could attain if I worked at it (I so wish this was true for paranormal books – mind reading and time transport would rock the world to have).

That’s what I want for my readers. To fall in love with my characters and have all of them be their favorites, except for the highly annoying ones- you don’t have to like them at all, unless you do.

Do you have a favorite character?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Spotlight and #Giveaway: Demon Cursed by Karilyn Bentley

Karilyn Bentley will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE:   urban fantasy


Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, just wants to enjoy a football game, but finds herself hunting a serial killer minion instead. When his victims turn out to be the local football star’s female fans, she must determine if the player has joined forces with the minion, but her efforts lead her deeper into danger. When her mentor, Aidan Smythe, is attacked, Gin resolves to go to any lengths to save him, even if it exposes her most tightly held secret. Minions and demons, however, aren't the only terrors she faces. Will she realize the greatest danger lies within—before it's too late?


I shake my head at him before straightening my shoulders. And slapping a hand over my mouth and nose. Yuck. Hours-old death in humid Texas weather makes for a smelly situation. At least I’m not the only one with their hand, or handkerchief, over their mouths.

“What happened?” Smythe meets the gaze of each guard and the hyperventilating janitorial women who clearly found the body.

One of the women points to where the body lies in front of the Dumpster, flat on her back, hands resting in classic death pose on her bloody stabbed chest, a red rose clasped in her fingers. Her open eyes stare into the night, her mouth curled into a grimace of pain and death. Her clothes look like she came from a club: tight, short, and low-cut, with spiky heels. At one time, I would’ve been jealous of her hot-to-trot figure. Now all I notice is the pain and terror stamped on her face and the unfurling anger deep in my core.

Effing murderers. I might be a fancy-assed demon huntress, but I destroy minions, not human killers. Lucky for me, I can tell which type of kill this scene belongs to with little effort.

Closing my eyes, I start to take a deep calming breath, think better of it, and focus on activating my minion sensors. Tapping into the power of the entity lying along my nerves, I open my eyes to a tactical grid display of reds and oranges, a clear indication of a minion’s presence at the scene.

Looks like I’ll get my wish to annihilate the bastard who killed this poor woman.

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Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, a crazy dog nicknamed The Kraken, a silly puppy, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Review: Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson 10) by Patricia Briggs

 In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

My Review
I’m going to start with the end of the story because Ms. Briggs blew me away. I did not expect the surprise ending at all, but I was very happy about it. I might have to reread it again to see how I got blindsided, but I knew something was up at one point, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Mercy and Adam- I can’t love their romance any more than I do. Their relationship isn’t perfect, but their love is. This is one of the best series I have ever read. The only thing that disappointed me about the book is that there isn’t another story for me to read right away. An amazing read.

I give this book  five out of five airplane shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spotlight and Give away: Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson #HistoricalRomance

 Jessica will be awarding a $25 and a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?


“Are you accusing Kitty of going after your brother for his money?”

“She wouldn’t be the first.”

Willie set her jaw firmly, just as she always had when she was angry. “A decade later and you’re still following your father’s example. You still think the worst of women, don’t you?”

“I’m simply waiting to be proven wrong.”

“You were,” she said quietly, almost too low for him to hear.

“Once, Willie, and even that’s debatable. Every woman after you has fulfilled my lowest expectations.”

She looked away, a pale blush spread across the creamy pale skin of her chest. “Mrs. Turner,” she reminded him, facing him once again. “Kitty’s not like that. She doesn’t need his money.”

“Both your parents are gone and last time I knew, you hadn’t a penny to your name. How can she not need my brother’s money?”

“Because I make sure she’s taken care of. I’d do anything for that girl, no matter how silly or na├»ve she is. She’s still mine to take care of.” She jutted her chin proudly, just as she always had. George had to remind himself that this was no longer the stubborn, hopeful young woman he once knew, but a strong, experienced widow standing before him.

“Mr. Turner left you comfortable then?”

“My finances are none of your concern. We are doing quite well considering our circumstance.”

He found that hard to believe. “Beg your pardon, Mrs. Turner, but a vicar and a viscount are two very different things. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ll need to get on the road soon. I heard mention that there might be a great deal of rain coming, possibly snow, and I doubt the weather will hold off much longer.” He turned his back to her and continued gathering the necessary items from around the study.

“I can’t allow you to go by yourself,” Wilhelmina protested, ignoring his less than subtle hint that their discussion had ended. “There’s no way I could possibly trust you to address this situation fairly after the unwarranted judgement you’ve already made regarding Kitty’s character.”

“It’s only unwarranted if it’s not true and that remains to be seen, now doesn’t it?”

“I won’t let you do it, George.”

The use of his given name stopped him cold. He took a deep breath, then turned to her, arms folded across his chest. “What exactly do you propose I do then, Mrs. Turner?”

“Take me with you.”

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.

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http://www.JessicaJefferson.com and http://www.embracingromance.com

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Original Nana - A Yearbook Blooper

Do you remember back in high school when we used to sign each other’s yearbooks? For the people we hung out with we founds something clever to say because we knew them. For the others it was something like, “Have a great summer.” And if it was our senior year and they were nice, they’d say something like “Stay the same.” (That used to annoy the heck out of me because even back then I knew that life was all about change, but this post isn’t about that).

I will admit to my weirdness. I don’t always flow in the same direction as others, and for the most part whatever is in my head comes out, especially when I’m writing. If I had gotten into writing novels back then I would’ve known I was a pantser.

For one yearbook entry I wish I’d been a planner.

“You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss.” Why I wrote this in my friend Mary's yearbook will forever stump me. When she asked me why I wrote it, I shrugged my shoulders and told her I had no idea. We had never kissed. I'd never even thought of kissing her or any female for that matter (Chuck on the other hand was a different story).

Maybe the movie Casablanca came into my head or just the song did. Who knows?

Do you have any yearbook bloopers you'd like to share?


Friday, 17 March 2017

Review: Breathless (Old West 2) by Beverly Jenkins #AARomance

The Blurb
A strong-willed beauty finds herself in the arms of the handsome drifter from her past, in this second book in the sizzling series set in the Old West, from USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

My Review
Oh my goodness, this was a fan yourself kind of story. As Ms. Jenkin’s books tend to be, it was steeped in history, this time about women’s suffrage so learning took place while I became enamored with Portia and Kent. They were spectacular, each possessed a strength of will and an ability to bend and grow. The heat between them sparked immediately, but there was a slow build to the blaze. A perfect romance between two remarkable characters.

I give this book five out of five horse shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review: Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constantine

The Blurb
Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties. A musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures. Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and where young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.

Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.

With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood. 

My Review
I didn’t grow up in the sixties, but this book opened my eyes to what it may have been like. It was a time of free love and life, but not everything was “groovy” especially for the heroine. I liked the way Mary transitioned and grew during this book. From being a follower to becoming comfortable with who she was and what she needed to make her happy. She epitomized a strong heroine, and she still has years to grow and discover more about herself.

I know this novel is more of a coming of age story, but I’m a huge romance fan and Ms. Constantine put just enough in it to keep me satisfied. Although Michael was "too old" (by way of his life experiences) for Mary’s innocent nature, he was perfect for her. Michael had had a rough few years which had made him grow up faster than he should’ve. And yet when it came to dealing with Mary he didn’t take advantage of her, on the contrary he protected her. It was such a sweet story.

From its psychedelic beginning to its sweet, poignant ending I loved this story.

I give this book five out of five beer can shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from Amazon.