Cover Reveal: Artemis’s Hunt by Lia Davis

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Artemis’s Hunt

~Sons of War novella 2.5~

By Lia Davis

Deception broke her heart. The truth fuels her hunt.

Release Day:

September 2, 2014

Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has lived with heartache for the last fifteen hundred years, believing her only love is dead. That’s what her father—Zeus, king of the gods—told her. After recent events brought the truth to light, Artemis must gather the courage to face her lost love again.

Evangelos, former god of messengers, was content living in the mortal world until he discovered he has a daughter and her mother is Artemis. When the goddess shows up at his place of employment with tales of renewing his god status, he’s skeptical. Zeus wouldn’t reverse the curse out of the goodness of his heart. There is always a catch. The god king wants something in return.

When Artemis explains she has to hunt down her stepmother, Hera, in order to get Evan back into Zeus’s good graces, Evan demands to accompany her. However, the journey turns out to be a test that could bring them closer together or tear them apart forever.

 

Two day reveal giveaway:

Lia will be giving away FIVE eCopies of book one of the series, War’s Passion.  Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter.  Good Luck!

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About the Author:

Lia Davis is the author of the bestselling shifter series, Ashwood Falls, a mother to two young adults and three kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

Author’s website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Tumbler | Pinterest | Amazon Author Page | About.Me | eBook signed at Authorgraph

Other books by Lia Davis:

Sons of War:

#1 ~ War’s Passion
#2 ~ Ashes of War
#2.5 ~ Artemis’s Hunt
#3 ~ Chaotic War (Coming soon)

Ashwood Falls Pack:

#.5 ~ Winter Eve
#1 ~ A Tiger’s Claim
#2 ~ A Mating Dance
Ashwood Falls Volume 1 Book 0.5, 1 & 2
#3 ~ Surrendering to the Alpha
#3.5 ~ A Rebel’s Heart
Ever After Book 3.5
#4 ~ Divided Loyalties
#5 ~ A Leopard’s Path (Coming Soon)

Pleasures of the Heart:

#1 ~ Business Pleasures

The Divinities:

#1 ~ Forgotten Visions
#2 ~ Death’s Storm
#3 ~ The Dark Divine (Coming in 2015)

Stand Alones

Ravished Before Sunrise

Review: Exquisite Trouble by Ann Mayburn

Author:  Ann Mayburn

Series:  Iron Horse MC #1

Genre:  Motorcycle Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Published byFated Desires Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 324

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Before I met Smoke I’d never been kissed, really kissed, by a man, let alone a biker sex god bent on taking my virginity and my heart.

I got dragged into the deadly world of the Iron Horse MC by my crazy twin sister who is engaged to the club’s President and even crazier mom who only cares about herself. Smoke has been assigned by the club to keep me safe even though he’s everything that I should be afraid of. He’s the kind of man who lives by his own rules and does whatever he wants whenever he wants, but he treats me like I’m something rare and precious, not a socially dysfunctional basket case who has no idea how to love, but needs him more than her next breath.

Not that my feelings matter, because if we don’t find my mother soon, the only thing I’ll have to be worried about is who is going to kill me first.

NOTE- This is Part One of a Two Part book with a ‘Happy for Now’ ending. Book Two, Exquisite Danger’(the final book in Swan and Smoke’s story) will be out this fall. :)

 

Review:

Confession time from yours truly.  I didn’t get what all the hoopla was about regarding motorcycle heroes.  I could see a glimmer of the appeal but I just didn’t get it.  Then I read Exquisite Trouble.  I now get it entirely.

If you are looking for an uber Alpha male with one heck of a dirty mouth and loyalty to anything he considers his then Smoke aka Miguel is the hero for you.  This character was so well layered it was like an onion.  Every time I thought I’d gotten to the last layer there was yet another one that I uncovered.  Smoke just gripped me from the very first paragraph and wouldn’t let go.  And what a ride it was.

Now Swan or Sue Wanda Anderson is such an intriguing heroine.  She has so many character quirks and yet they are all believable and add weight to her behavior through out the entire story.  The fact that she can’t be touched without feeling like her skin is crawling with insects was an interesting way of clearly demonstrating her growing trust in individuals that appear through out this story.  Her reactions to being kidnapped by singing Britney Spears poorly is such an odd ball thing to do but easily demonstrates that she prefers to face challenges head on rather than sit and be rescued.

There are so many different stories being told in this book that there were moments I was lost in Ms. Mayburns’ world so deeply that I was startled out of it abruptly when a motorcycle roared in my neighborhood.   But I longed to know more not just about Smoke and Swan but a number of the other characters from the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club.  I’m hopeful we shall see additional stories regarding Hustler or Vance eventually.

Suspense is a key ingredient in this story and Ms. Mayburn wields it like a true master.  Weaving just enough action through out the story to keep the blood pumping but never enough to make me put the book down in order to calm down.  Every thing from experiences Swan lived through as a child to current events surrounding her birth mother and sister play a staring role in the amazing back story to this unique character.

I am pleased beyond belief that we will be on the receiving end of more of this story in the fall because I was a smidge stunned when I turned the final page and realized that there was no more story.  This is Part One of a Two Part book but you will get what Ms. Mayburn describes as a “Happy for Now” ending which is very true but I just wanted more.

Now some of you may not enjoy a BDSM romance book, so please be aware that there are definitely elements of that in this book but it truly adds dimension and realness to the entire story.  Plus the addition makes this book a perfect book to read with a  great glass of wine or while you are relaxing on a much deserved holiday.  I would be very cautious if you try to read this one during your lunch hour.  You might not want to go back to work.  You have been warned. *grins*

Final Thoughts:  I recently said on social media that Katy Evan’s Remy changed my mind about Fighters making amazing heroes and Smoke has made me a believer in motorcycle heroes too.  Plus if you have tried out other work by Ms. Mayburn, you know she has a real gift of storytelling and this is a great example of her work.  This is a great addition to some other amazing books out this year.  Well worth the 5 stars I’m giving it.

 

Fated Desires Publishing provided me with a copy of Exquisite Trouble but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

 

Jenna Jacob’s Embracing My Submission Tour

Jenna Jacob’s
Embracing My Submission
is on SALE
Haunted for years by dreams of a savage, amber eyed Dominant with lips so enticing my soul ached in frustration and lust. None of the Dominants at Genesis, my local BDSM club ever stirred me in such blistering ways. While I tried to fill my submissive desires vicariously through interactions at the club, I attempted to convince myself it was enough. But it wasn’t. My dream Dom made certain I hungered for more. 

Forced beyond what I could bear, my passion and frustration exploded. I threw in the towel, determined to stop chasing a dream and gave up completely on finding submissive surrender. But fate intervened when two gunshots split the night. Forced to confront my desires and insecurities, I was shocked to realize that my dreams may have held a deeper meaning. Were they compelling me to finally embrace my submission?


Embracing My Submission

Book 1 is ON SALE for $0.99

LIMITED TIME ONLY

 

About the Author:

Jenna Jacob is married and lives in Kansas. A lover of music, cooking, camping, and riding Harleys on the open country roads. When she was thirteen she began writing–and not on a stone tablet, as her youngest son often teases. There is always a plot bubbling inside her head that has to be written.

With four grown children, she finally has time to paint the pictures of her twisted mind with words. Outgoing with a sassy sense of humor, she’s never once been accused of being shy. With nearly twenty years of experience in the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, she strives to portray Dominance and submission with a passionate and comprehensive voice.Author Links:

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Review: Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo

Author:  Toni Aleo

Series:  N/A

Genre:  Contemporary New Adult

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: July 14, 2014

Published by:  Toni Aleo

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 255

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads

Synopsis:

Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

 

Review:

 

If you are looking to find a book that is a prime example of New Adult fiction done right then Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo is the book. Ms. Aleo’s world is full of everything from leaving home for the first time, career choices, new relationships and even the angst with a dose of heart break to leave you losing yourself in this world and only coming up for air when you must.

The cover is a great example of how simple and yet heartfelt this book is from cover to cover. Make sure you really take a look because you might miss some of the things that are pivotal to the entire book. And if you love book covers like I do this is one that may very well become the new trend in book covers like the single items that are on most of Sylvia Day’s books.

So hopefully you did take a minute to really look at the cover but what you want to know is what about the story? This is a book I will definitely return to over and over. There are so many layers and subtle story telling devices used that I am still in awe over this story. The over arching plot revolves around Amberlyn Reilly making a huge life altering move after the loss of her mother. The depth and scope of the grief that Ms. Aleo packs into Amberlyn still resounds with me and I’m sure with anyone who has lost a loved one will also feel this impact very strongly.

Meanwhile Declan O’Callaghan is born and raised in Ireland with the expectation of taking over the family whiskey business once he comes of age and marries. The exchanges between Declan and his family are told with care. We see a family struggling with tradition but a resolve to see it carried onto the next generation but a desire to ensure that all the key ingredients are included like a marriage for love and not one of convenience or position.

And if you missed it, the majority of this book is set in Ireland and that means amazing accents. In fact I’m hopeful that this book will be converted into an Audiobook and have a male narrator that embodies the Irish accent. Here is hoping!

The secondary characters include Declan’s best friend, Kane, and Amberlyn’s cousin, Fiona, really encourage the story along and help to fuel and fix some of the roadblocks that come between Declan and Amberlyn.

But I’m sure you are wondering about the chemistry between our main characters: a page turner. The first kiss between these two was stellar. The entire sequence had me completely riveted and I forgot that I had to wash laundry and cook dinner. Well done, Ms. Aleo.

Now I’m hoping you will go out and grab a copy of this book ASAP but I do have one minor caveat, this book is in 3rd person and switches from Declan to Amberlyn and back through out the book. And I know that some people don’t like that style of writing but I was never once lost and loved that I got a look at both of their reactions to events through out the entire book.

Final Thoughts: Buy this book immediately. This is the 1st New Adult book to make my Best of 2014 list and I’m thrilled to include it. I’m hopeful that there will be additional books in this world, Ms. Aleo. Not to mention, can we have this on audio pretty please with cherries on top?

Toni Aleo provided me with a copy of Whiskey Prince but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

 

Author Spotlight – Morgan Black

Ablaze by Morgan Black

Erotic Romance Novella

Book 1 – Fireside

What if love was like gasoline? Light a match and become engulfed in it’s flame.

Cheyenne is attempting to run into the arm’s of her betrothed Collin, when fate intervenes and she becomes trapped at her family’s cabin with another man. Luke, a ranch hand at her father’s farm, makes her heart race. When the lights go out, she finds herself falling into his arms, and into his bed.

This is a serialized set of erotic romance titles. Ablaze is the first installment and it is novella length.

*This book is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.*

 

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About Morgan Black

Morgan Black is a hair stylist by day and hottie writer by night. She walks her dogs in high heels and never leaves the house without red lipstick. She firmly believes in the power of Zen, and does Yoga freely in her backyard, in her favorite set of pumps.
Morgan Black also writes hot vampire erom under M. Black.

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Ashes of War Blog Tour

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Ashes of War
Sons of War, Book 2
By Lia Davis

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis

Ashlynn Blake, minor goddess of the hunt—lethal, beautiful, and able to connect with animals on a psychic level—is the perfect person to place judgment upon an accused dragon. But first she has to prove to the gods that Ty Sullivan is innocent of his crimes. If she fails, she’s doomed to lose her heart along with him forever.

Ty’s been beaten, scarred, and betrayed by females. He doesn’t trust them, can’t stand being around them for longer than he or his dragon needs to be. Yet, when he meets Ashlynn, his dragon is ready to mate, but the man believes she’s no different than the others.

The Fates have thrown them together, forcing secrets to be told and igniting a passion so fierce it may destroy both of them.

Excerpt:

A twig snapped and he whirled to face the intruder. As soon as the redheaded goddess came into to full view, he froze and his heart pounded. Her hair hung in silky waves around her shoulders and her green eyes sparkled like emeralds. He let his gaze travel down her body. A tight black V-neck sweater and black jeans clung to her modest curves and his palms itched to touch her, to see if she was real.

“Are you going to stand there and stare at me all day?” Ashlynn stepped toward him, her expression a mysterious blend of coyness and invitation.

The dragon snapped his teeth and paced beneath his skin. A hot, dizzying rush of desire filled him. Ashlynn’s strawberry scent called to the beast, stirring a fiery need only she could calm. Every day and night she’d been gone, the dragon grew more impatient. Seeing her, being close enough they could touch in two long strides didn’t ease some of the darkness he succumbed to over the past weeks. No, being close to her raised a need within him that drove his dragon insane with lust.

The man had no intentions on claiming the female. Not yet, anyway. How did he know she could be trusted?

With a low growl to warn the dragon to back the fuck off, Ty watched her pass him to stare at the ruins. “Where have you been?” he gritted out.

She took a deep breath before answering. “At my mother’s. Healing.”

“Sounds like she lives nearby.”

She turned to look at him, brows raised. “What if she did?”

He growled and took one step forward, wrapped an arm around her waist to jerk her against him. Her body meshed into his, electrifying each nerve ending, and he tried to ignore how perfectly she fit against him. “Don’t play with me, female.”

A sensual smile lifted her full, kissable lips. “Oh, believe me, I haven’t begun to play. Yet.”

 

Tour-wide Giveaway:
Lia is giving away an Ashes of War fleece blanket and a swag bag pack full of goodies. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter. Good luck!

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About the Author:

Lia Davis is the author of the bestselling shifter series, Ashwood Falls, a mother to two young adults and three kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

Author’s website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Tumbler | Pinterest | Amazon Author Page | About.Me | eBook signed at Authorgraph

Other books by Lia Davis:

Sons of War:

#1 ~ War’s Passion
#2 ~ Ashes of War
#2.5 ~ Artemis’s Hunt
#3 ~ Chaotic War

Ashwood Falls Pack:

#.5 ~ Winter Eve
#1 ~ A Tiger’s Claim
#2 ~ A Mating Dance
Ashwood Falls Volume 1 Book 0.5, 1 & 2
#3 ~ Surrendering to the Alpha
#3.5 ~ A Rebel’s Heart
Ever After Book 3.5
#4 ~ Divided Loyalties
#5 ~ A Leopard’s Path (Coming Soon)

Pleasures of the Heart:

#1 ~ Business Pleasures

The Divinities:

#1 ~ Forgotten Visions
#2 ~ Death’s Storm
#3 ~ The Dark Divine (Coming in 2015)

Stand Alones

Ravished Before Sunrise

Author Spotlight – Heather Hildenbrand

About the Author

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my DVR player!

Books by Heather Hildenbrand:
Dirty Blood series:
#1 ~ Dirty Blood
#2 ~ Cold Blood
#3 ~ Blood Bond
#4 ~ Blood Rule
Dirty Blood Omnibus Book 1, 2, & 3
Clone Chronicles series
#1 ~ Imitation
#2 ~ Deviation
The Special series
#1 ~ DreamKiller, The Longest Day
#2 ~ Fight or Flight
#3 ~The Summoning
Stand Alone

Review: Ashes of War by Lia Davis

AshesofWarTitle:  Ashes of War

Author:  Lia Davis

Series:  Sons of War #2

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Published byFated Desires Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 115

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Ashlynn Blake, minor goddess of the hunt—lethal, beautiful, and able to connect with animals on a psychic level—is the perfect person to place judgment upon an accused dragon. But first she has to prove to the gods that Ty Sullivan is innocent of his crimes. If she fails, she’s doomed to lose her heart along with him forever.

Ty’s been beaten, scarred, and betrayed by females. He doesn’t trust them, can’t stand being around them for longer than he or his dragon needs to be. Yet, when he meets Ashlynn, his dragon is ready to mate, but the man believes she’s no different than the others.
The Fates have thrown them together, forcing secrets to be told and igniting a passion so fierce it may destroy both of them.

 

Review:

If you have been following this blog at all you will know of my adoration of Lia Davis’ War’s Passion, which is book 1 in this series. In fact it was the first book I was compelled to add to my Best of 2014 list. So it was with great trepidation and patience I waited for this book to be released. I’m thrilled that I was given a review copy early and this is one of the books that I actually read on my way to RomCon. And it was worth the wait, let me tell you.

You know the author has you in good hands when you want to shout on a plane, “No she DIDN’T.” And I nearly did because Ms. Davis took this story to a level that I hoped she would. At this junction, let me say you need to go read War’s Passion to get the complete scope of this book’s uniqueness. There are so many insights and gems that are scattered throughout the book that you will not be fully cognizant of unless you have the back story.

Ty’s story is of a man that has suffered in many ways including physical and emotional torture at the hands of a woman he thought cared for him. To make the matter worse he has lost all memory of the events during his time he was captured and brutalized. Unfortunately, he is accused of killing this woman that just so happens to be one of the Goddesses during this time and truly has nothing to say in his defense.

But thankfully Ashlynn Blake has been given the task of discovering Ty’s guilt or innocence regarding the murder by fair means or foul. Ash isn’t above using every tool in her arsenal to ensure that Ty is found to be innocent because she knows that he is the one for her.

There is something refreshing about seeing a story where it is the guilt/innocence of the male character being questioned. More often then not it is the role that the female plays whether this is in regards to her virtue or a petty crime that she has been accused of and very often by the actual villain. The fact that Ash has real gift of seeing a person’s true heart and intentions was a welcome part of this story.

And Ty’s anguish and mistrust of woman as a whole is well founded and not something that he casually gets over when he falls in love with Ash. There is a true feeling of the journey that he undergoes during this story. And I must admit that I’m a little in love with Ty now when I wasn’t before.

Now the elephant in the room is the chemistry between these two amazing characters, well I can safely say you will need a nice glass of wine or in my case, because I was reading this 30,000 feet in the air, a ginger ale. These two together are why we come back to romance books time and time again. Just amazing.

Final Thoughts: Grab this book and if you haven’t grabbed War’s Passion, then what are you waiting for. The links for both are below and I truly believe you will not be disappointed in the continuing story of these dragon shifters.

 

As a special incentive I’m doing a giveaway.  I have finally managed to unpack part of my RomCon bag and found some goodies.  This includes a bag with all sorts of bath items from Lia Davis and book 1 of War’s Passion that has been signed by the author.  The items are pictured below.

Lia Davis Giveaway

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Sons of War Series:

1.  War’s Passion

2.  Ashes of War

Fated Desire Publishing provided me with a copy of Ashes of War but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

 

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

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Wow did July just arrive unexpectedly for any one else?  The last two weeks have been so busy between preparing and then attending RomCon2014 and then returning and attending BookBash Orlando last weekend.  I’m beat.  But this is the perfect opportunity to talk about my top 5 things to consider or do once you return from convention or signings:

1.  Make sure once you return to re-stock your business cards or any other swag you handed out while away.  For me personally I’m going to be re-designing my cards in part to help authors and readers recognize me when they see me but also for safety sake.  When I first organized my business cards I had a friend design them and we put on them all the things you expect on a business card but a friend mentioned that I was too easy to “find.”  It made me re-evaluate what is on my cards, so in the next month I am going to have a logo created in the hopes of branding myself more effectively across social media like Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads, etc.  But I will also be removing some information which in the scheme of things makes me feel more secure.

2.  Look at your calendar and make sure you don’t miss any reviews post convention.  I don’t know how I did it but following RomCon I had three, count them 3, reviews that needed to be posted that week.  Some of you may have seen my set-up in the hotel where I wrote Ann Mayburn’s review.  That was a great experience and I’m glad to know that if I need to I can write on the go.  Then I had to write an additional two upon my return when I was worn out and on my 40th birthday.  Not ideal but I love doing this so I did just that.  For future events I’m going to ensure that I don’t have multiple reviews that I need to prep and post directly following convention.  So I’m clearing my schedule for Authors After Dark because I have been roped into going.  In fact I will be making this my first road trip for book convention which will make this even more of an event.Review Setup on the Go

3.  If an author contacts you following an event and offers to give you her/his latest book, make sure you contact the author as soon as possible.  This is part of the impression you made at convention and you want the goodwill to carry through.  I’m honest enough to say that I have already heard from one author that has graciously provided me with two of her books.  I’m looking forward to reading them and you will be seeing a review coming up for them both.

4.  Try to return to your normal pattern of posting on your site.  I try to post at least 1 review a week and these typically post on Sunday/Monday depending on release schedule or Saturday if the book is not a new release.  It is very easy to get out of the habit of preparing and then posting, if you put your feet up and relax after an amazing event but then the week slips by and before you know it it is the following weekend.  So stick to a schedule if at all possible.

5.  Go through all of your swag and organize a giveaway from your “haul”.  I’ve failed here but then it isn’t typical to have a book event two weekends in a row.  And in fact I have yet to unpack my box of books from RomCon2014.  However all the swag is presently sitting on my table waiting for me to go through it and make up a good present for you all.  So that is what I will be doing this weekend.  So keep an eye out for a giveaway post this weekend.

Anyone else having any helpful tips upon returning from a book convention or signing, I would love to hear about them.  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

Review: Past My Defense by Wendy Sparrow

Author:  Wendy Sparrow

Series:  Taming the Pack #1

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: June 23, 2014

Published byEntangled Ignite Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 271

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads

Synopsis:

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.

They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

Review:

New authors are given two things simultaneously when I read their work.  Firstly the opportunity to stumble or lose track of a world.  And more often than not this pass is readily applied to a first book.  The second and harder to achieve is the chance to just blow me away.  Well, Ms. Sparrow blew me away with this book.

There is something truly charming, witty and knee slapping hilarious when a shifter is allergic to EVERYTHING!  Every time I thought I couldn’t be more amused I was hit with another allergy that could not only take a wolf down but could kill it.  And the first thing is the cat.  I mean a house cat, not a tiger shifter or a cougar shifter but a run of the mill stay at home cat.  I was in stitches and literally had to put my Kindle down because I was laughing so hard I was crying.  And yes, I know how dangerous allergies are I have a weird one myself that causes me to get migraines.  Not to mention a parent that can go into anaphylaxis by just smelling cooking onions.  So I get the serious nature but this was handled in such a way that made it humorous and true delight to read rather than the horror of watching a loved one struggle for breathe because of onions being cooked on an open grill.

But back to the story, the story was well told.  There was a true mystery that was solved.  And to be perfectly honest, I had no idea who did it until the great reveal.  So well played Ms. Sparrow.  But then again it might also be partly due to the fact that the other portions of the book were so engrossing I was not trying to figure out the “Whodunit” so much as being swept away by the story.

Now our poor allergic heroine, Vanessa first meeting Dane Hansen, the new park ranger, after being attacked by a house cat and the cat winning.  I love the fact that when Vanessa finally comes to in human form she mutters, “Oh, hell no,” after seeing the cat in the same room with her.  I’m still chuckling about that because I too am a cat magnet and I’m violently allergic to them as well.  The fact that she not only evaluates the situation, grabs medication to calm the attack down and crashes is something I can completely not only say is true but I’ve experienced it myself.  So for realism it is spot on.  Well done, Ms. Sparrow.

Now our poor confused and curious hero, Dane, knows he caged a wolf and yet she never admits that this is the case.  However he acts as a gentleman removes the cat, finds medication for Vanessa and a clean room where she can crash to sleep the whole event away.

However the stick in the situation is that Vanessa is “in heat” and not only does it impact Vanessa but Dane is also drawn to her as well.  And she wakes to not only finding her mate but discovering it is the man that rescued her the night before eg Dane.

She should really open her eyes.

This was momentous.

She’d found her mate.

Open your eyes, Vanessa.

She opend her eyes and tipped her head back, and the memory of the cat and the cage and the man-sweet heaven on two legs-all rushed back in an awful, grim reel of a “he’s a human” horror flick.  Dane.  The guy she’d been planning to convince that he was crazy today.  The guy with that cat.

“Oh, hell no.”

How can you not love an introduction that has everything wrong with it.  This is another reason this book just worked for me.  I just loved this sense of playfulness and willingness to say what we would be thinking if we were in that situation.  So thank you, Ms. Sparrow for keeping it real but Hilarious!

But what you really want to know is what about Vanessa and Dane together.  Best word to describe these two is Flammable.  Neither of them want to give into the attraction or mating but they continue to pull towards each other through out the book.  It was a true delight and joy to watch these two dance around each other and the obstacles that they had to overcome in order to sort out the mystery and find the killer.

Final Thoughts:  If you enjoy a great sense of humor and are looking for something in the same vein as Darynda Jones or Molly Harper books then I would say that this book will fit the bill.  And both of these authors are some of my personal favorites.  Ms. Sparrow has huge shoes to fill when it comes to writing another book in this series but I’m hopeful that will she be able to make another couple as interesting and unique as Dane and Vanessa.  This book is joining my Must Reads of 2014 list because it is a work that deserves to be seen by as many romance fans as possible.  Well done, Ms. Sparrow.  I greatly anticipate book 2.

Taming the Pack Series:

1.   Past My Defenses

 

Entangled Publishing Ignite provided me with a gifted copy of Past My Defenses but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.