Review: It’s A Vampire Christmas by Lia Davis

Title:  It’s A Vampire Christmas

Author:  Lia Davis

Series:  Vampire Lords #1

Genre:  Parnormal Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: December 2, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 72

Published by: Fated Desires Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

Synopsis:

The hunt for the past will set their future…

Alasdair Morgan, vampire lord of the south Atlantic region of the United States, and his mate, Gideon, are on the search for an ancient journal. The secrets the book holds within its leather binding can be used to destroy their race’s queen, Lilith. When they finally find the journal, they discover it has been sold to an antique store. However, a female with her own agenda has her sights set on possessing the book.

Some gifts come in twos…

Being a half-breed living among humans, Rhianna Howell knows the importance of secrecy all too well. When she discovers one of the lost vampire artifacts, she doesn’t waste time in collecting it before it falls into the wrong hands. But keeping the journal safe from evil will put her in the seductive path of two vampires who claim to be her mates.

The days and nights heat up this Christmas as she discovers a fiery passion she can’t deny or run from.

Review:

As soon as I heard that Ms. Davis was going to be writing a story set around Christmas with paranormal creatures including vampires I knew I had to have this book in my hot little hands as soon as was humanly possible.  The additional bonus is that this is a menage story which have steadily moved up my favorite genre list.  And as is typical Ms. Davis takes the story and the reader on an epic tale of love, intrigue and villainous characters.

Our heroes have been hunting for a lost artifact and have stumbled upon its acquisition at an antique story.  But these two men’s quest has included the addition of a female mate to solidify and strengthen their bond.   Fortunately both quests may very well be accomplished with one trip to New York City.  These two men are so different in character but after reading this book an additional time this weekend you really see the complexity of not just their individuality but what makes their relationship so unique.  Both men are strong and yet have true ‘human’ failings that really speaks to the soul of their combined complexity as a pair.

And the spunkiness and grit of the heroine is what truly encapsulates this story.  She is a woman that refuses to be placed to the side and has the ability to ‘play ball’ with two vampires that might otherwise be able to overpower or intimidate her.  She isn’t afraid to tell both of these men exactly what she wants and that they are wrong.

The addition of magic, demons and a few other paranormal creatures to this world make it a true delight to read.  There are many ways this world can be shaped and I will look forward in the months/years to come to see how it is fleshed out.

Looking for passion between the three characters?  Check.  Looking for a romance that will make you wish you could live in this world full time?  Check.  Want a story set at Christmas time with a little more bang for your buck?  Double Check.

Final Thoughts:  This is a wonderful start to a new series by Ms. Davis that I will pick up as soon as they are released and I strongly encourage you to do the same.

Vampire Lords Series

Will you continue with the series: Yes

Will you read something by this author again: Of course!

As an added bonus I’m holding a giveaway for another of Lia Davis’ book, A Tiger’s Claim that she has graciously signed.  This giveaway is for US/Canadian residents only but if you are looking to try out another of Ms. Davis books this is a great one to start with because it includes Winter’s Eve (Ashwood Falls series #0.5) & A Tiger’s Claim (Ashwood Falls series #1).

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Fated Desire Publishing provided me with a copy of It’s A Vampire Christmas but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Year in the Life of a Romance Reviewer/Blogger-December

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You may remember that I mentioned that I would be participating in National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo for the entire month of November, whose sole purpose is to encourage aspiring authors to sit down and write 50,000 words during the month of November.  It has been a truly eye opening experience for me and has lead me to write this post.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a burning desire to write my own romance novel but for one silly reason or excuse I’ve chickened out every single time.  However after spending the majority of my time this past month grabbing an hour here and two hours there, I’ve discovered that not only do I have 50,060 words written for my first novel but I’m hankering to get back to it after giving myself the entire Thanksgiving holiday off with no words written at all.  In fact even writing this post means I’m not wrapped up in my sci-fi world trying to figure out who the spy is in my work in progress.  Or how I’m going to make this menage I’ve been convinced by two charming and charasmastic twins work with a heroine that is a bit gun shy and not sure whether she believes what she is feeling is real or just having a wonderful dream that she will wake up from and feel devastated to return to the real world.

So I will continue to write reviews as the urge hits me and for all those I’ve already received I will still review those but I will be very selective from here on out because this is not my focus anymore.  All new review will take the form of my Short & Sweet reviews and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy working on them.

However, I want to thank everyone in the romance community that I have met over the past two years.  In many ways each and everyone of you has lead to this new chapter in my life and I’m so thrilled to be start focusing on what I feel I was born to do.

In case you were wondering this blog is not going to disappear.  I hope to use it as a stepping tool to keep you updated on the trials, tribulations and hopefully success as I finish this book and seek to get it published.  And on to the next book and so on.

I will be using a pen name for my new career as a romance author and I’ll let you know once it has been nailed down.

As always please feel free to contact me via Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook or through the contact form below if you have questions.

My other posts for a Year in the Life of a Romance Review can be found at the following places:

January- My 5 stars books from 2012

February- How I came to be a review in the first place

March- 5 tips I use to write reviews

April- 5 lessons I’ve learned as a review/blogger

May- Time to check out Audiobooks

June- 5 top reasons to attend a book convention

July-5 things to do following convention or signing

August-5 reasons to say No

September- Making Time for Life

October – DNF Guilt

November – NaNoWriMo Here I Come

Cover Reveal: Free Fall by Kailin Gow

 

Release Date: December 15th

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Although Summer has made her choice, the danger is far from over. In order to protect everyone he loves. Nat must continue living with his new identity for however long it takes, even if that means several years later.

Would the love he feels for Summer still lasts, even when he is no longer the Nat Donovan he used to be?

 

Haven’t started reading The Loving Summer series yet?

 

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Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt’s beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans – her best friend Rachel and Rachel’s brothers Nathaniel, and Drew. Here at Aunt Sookie’s beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel’s friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did…and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.

 

 

About Kailin Gow

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

Giveaway: A Tiger’s Claim by Lia Davis

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I want to thank you all for checking out my little blog.  I have been so wrapped up in writing and relaxing this past weekend that I completely lost track and forgot to post a review this week.

As an apology, I have a signed copy of Lia Davis’ book, A Tiger’s Claim.  This book also includes Winter Eve.  And if you haven’t tried out this series, Ashwood Falls then this is the perfect place to start.  This is for US & Canadians only.

Tiger's Claim Lia Davis

And you are looking for a little bit of Vampire goodness for the Holiday season, then check out Lia Davis’ new book, It’s a Vampire Christmas.  Up for pre-order right now for $0.99.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Its a Vampire Christmas Lia Davis

The hunt for the past will set their future…

Alasdair Morgan, vampire lord of the south Atlantic region of the United States, and his mate, Gideon, are on the search for an ancient journal. The secrets the book holds within its leather binding can be used to destroy their race’s queen, Lilith. When they finally find the journal, they discover it has been sold to an antique store. However, a female with her own agenda has her sights set on possessing the book.

Some gifts come in twos…

Being a half-breed living among humans, Rhianna Howell knows the importance of secrecy all too well. When she discovers one of the lost vampire artifacts, she doesn’t waste time in collecting it before it falls into the wrong hands. But keeping the journal safe from evil will put her in the seductive path of two vampires who claim to be her mates.

The days and nights heat up this Christmas as she discovers a fiery passion she can’t deny or run from.

 

 

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /iTunes

 

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This is for US & Canadians only.

Review: Wolf’s Salvation by Cam Cassidy & Ruelle Channing

Title:  Wolf’s Salvation

Author:  Cam Cassidy & Ruelle Channing

Series:  Wolfpack Delta #2

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating:  2 Stars

Publication Date: November  4, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 250

Published by: Fated Desires Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

Synopsis:

JT Howard’s heart had hardened over the years as he struggled with the demons of his past. Once he became the Alpha of Wolfpack Delta, he gave it up for a life of quiet solitude. JT’s solitude is shattered as he finds his pack embroiled in a war. When he dives into active duty, he will do whatever it takes to protect what is his.

Lou Piacella life has been filled with struggles, each one overcome, but leaving behind a scar that she’s hid behind a smart mouth and cocky attitude. A tech at MedVision Genetics lab, she finds herself an unwilling ally to the Wolfpack Delta. Finally released, she thought her life could return to normal. How could she have been so wrong?

Thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, JT and Lou will be forced to face the demons of their pasts as they struggle to stay one step ahead of MedVision. Can two people broken over time come together and find salvation one another?

Review:

There was so much going for this novel including a world that was well thought out and carefully crafted, unique characters that you had grown to love in Wolf’s Heart, book 1 in this series and a plot based on more than finding their mates to make this shifter series start out ahead of the pack.

Unfortunately this second book seems to have skidded off the rails.  I tried to like our primary hero JT but he just fell flat especially after what can only be described as a “fuck and run” routine with Lou.  There are many things I’m willing to give heroes a pass on but this is just not something that works for me.  After that moment, he lost all credibility as a hero that any woman, much less Lou, should want in her life.  Yes I get that he has a troubled past and is struggling within himself but this act of selfishness continues to plague him throughout this book.  So JT in my opinion has to be one of the worst non-dark anti-heroes I have come across this year.

And the character flaws with Lou are minor in comparison.  She is definitely a woman of strength and character with a tragic history but to be honest I preferred her attitude in Wolf’s Heart.  The version we get in Wolf’s Salvation is all over the place.  Angry enough to murder one second to scheming to get access to locked locations to being able to “beat” a truth serum to being madly in love.  I’m sorry I just didn’t buy it and didn’t like her in the overall scheme of this book.

Sometimes a book can be saved through unique storytelling like changing a point of view and getting a new perspective on events.  However when it is done poorly you end up with a jumbled mess and that is what occurs in this book.  Every time we got a new perspective I became more and more annoyed.  It was as if the authors couldn’t decide which voice was more relevant so I started to hear them instead of their characters.  You want to enjoy the book but not see the “sausage being made.”

You may have noticed that I said “primary hero” earlier in this review.  This is a result of the main characters from Wolf’s Heart being thrown into this mix.  Was there not enough plot that JT & Lou could hold their own?  Apparently not because every time I thought we might be getting somewhere with them Ryden & Carlee take center stage again.  I’m all for keeping an over arching plot going but you take out their portion of this story and you will lose approximately 1/3 of this book.

Final Thoughts:  I had such high hopes for this book which unfortunately were not meet.  If you are looking for a good shifter book may I recommend Wolf’s Heart which is book 1 in this series instead.

Wolfpack Delta Series:

1. Wolf’s Heart

2. Wolf’s Salvation

Fated Desire Publishing provided me with a copy of Wolf’s Salvation but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Year in the Life of a Romance Reviewer/Blogger-November

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Bloggers are authors that have yet to take the plunge writing their own novel.  This statement for many is true including myself.  I have wanted to write my novel for the majority of my adult life.  In fact I had a bet going with a family member to see who would get published first.  Admittedly he won and has written three books which he has self published.  But I am now making the time and the effort to write my own novel.  In fact I started a book prior to Authors After Dark 2014 but realized that it was just not up to the level that I wanted it to be before I continued to take that idea to completion.

But since I’ve taken some time for myself after a traumatic couple of months, I  had an idea come to me that refuses to be silent.  Then I realized that we were nearly at NaNoWriMo time again and I’ve signed up.  So for November you will be seeing my Short & Sweet Reviews with a few longer form reviews thrown in.  Otherwise I will be pushing for around 1,500 words each day in November.

Do you have an idea that has been percolating in your mind for months?  Have you always wanted to write a book but never had the motivation or encouragement?  Well join us as we go on this amazing adventure.  I’m determined to be a NaNoWriMo Winner by completing a 50,000 word novel in November.

 

Please feel free to contact me via Twitter, Goodreads or through the contact form below if you have questions.

 

My other posts for a Year in the Life of a Romance Review can be found at the following places:

January- My 5 stars books from 2012

February- How I came to be a review in the first place

March- 5 tips I use to write reviews

April- 5 lessons I’ve learned as a review/blogger

May- Time to check out Audiobooks

June- 5 top reasons to attend a book convention

July-5 things to do following convention or signing

August-5 reasons to say No

September- Making Time for Life

October – DNF Guilt

Alyssa Day’s Halloween in Atlantis Blog Tour

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NYT Bestselling Author Alyssa Day has a Halloween “treat” for fans of her The Warriors of Poseidon series. HALLOWEEN IN ATLANTIS, a novelette addition to the series, releases on October 29th!

HalloweenInAtlantis_AlyssaDay_finalNow that Atlantis has finally risen to take its place on the world stage, the Atlantean warriors are having to face some new and interesting dangers — like Halloween parties.

Arrogant warrior Liam doesn’t understand the beautiful, bubbly human whose entire function in life appears to be to plan parties, but he can’t seem to keep away from her, either. Jamie, who considers herself to be completely unflappable–the hallmark of a great event planner–doesn’t understand why the far-too-serious Atlantean manages to get under her skin with every single encounter. Even if he is the sexiest man she has ever seen.

When the two of them are thrown together to solve a mystery surrounding the queen’s missing jewels, sparks fly, secrets are revealed, and Halloween has never been hotter.

This novelette (longer than a short story, shorter than a novella) is perfect for reading on a coffee break – or in between handing out candy to trick-or treaters.

Check your favorite online retailer for HALLOWEEN IN ATLANTIS, releasing October 29th.

Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of RITA award-winning author Alesia Holliday. As Alyssa, she writes the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Warriors of Poseidon, League of the Black Swan, and Cardinal Witches series, and won RT BookClub’s Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012. She graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School and practiced as a trial lawyer in multi-million dollar litigation for several years before coming to her senses and letting the voices in her head loose on paper. Please visit Alyssa at www.AlyssaDay.com.

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Each blog on the release tour for HALLOWEEN IN ATLANTIS, has treats for it’s readers! Check out each stop for promotional info, guest posts, interviews, excerpts, and chances to win a $5 online giftcard and a copy of Alyssa’s ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS. (Contests open INT)

Wednesday, October 29th

Thursday, October 30th

Friday, October 31st

 

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Short & Sweet Review: Brides of the Kindred Volume 1 by Evangeline Anderson

Title:  Brides of the Kindred Volume 1

Author:  Evangeline Anderson

Series:  Brides of the Kindred #1-4

Genre:  Science Fiction Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: May 23, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 1,529

Published by: Smashwords

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

 

This series has become my addiction.  Found had me up until nearly midnight last night because I had to know how everything was going to pan out for the main characters.  If you are looking for a science fiction romance then I HIGHLY recommend this entire series.  And don’t be worried these are full length novels which  range from 329 to 466 pages long.

 

Brides of the Kindred Series

Will you continue with the series: Yes, I’m buying book 5, Revealed, right now.

Will you read something by this author again: Heck Yes

I purchased Brides of the Kindred Volume 1 and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Short & Sweet Review: Imperfect Mate by Lia Davis

Title:  Imperfect Mate

Author:  Lia Davis

Series:  Harmony Springs #1

Genre:  Parnormal New Adult Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: October 20, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 62

Published by: Decadent Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

 

If you look up New Adult Paranormal romance book this book cover could be cited as the perfect example of this genre.  And if you haven’t taken the plunge with either a new paranormal series or Lia Davis, then this is a wonderful addition to both.  Ms Davis just knocked this one out of the park with her first foray into the New Adult genre.  Well Done.  Now I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book.

 

Harmony Springs Series

Will you continue with the series: Yes

Will you read something by this author again: Of course!

I purchased Imperfect Mate and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Short & Sweet Review: My Wicked Masters by Ann Mayburn

Title:  My Wicked Masters

Author:  Ann Mayburn

Series:  Club Wicked #4

Genre:  Contemporary MMF Menage Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 295

Published by: Loose ID LLC

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

 

Final Thoughts:  This series is an immediate 1 click buy for me.  I love the setting, characters and the world that has been so richly created.  Can’t wait for a new installment.

 

Club Wicked Series

Will you continue with the series: Yes

I purchased My Wicked Masters and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.