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review 2018-01-16 01:25
Lover's Interview - Ako Kaneko

Per me... è NO! Un manga diviso in One shot, puramente smut, pwp e caratterizzate dal "simpatico" Non-Con, un elemento che ahimè rovina completamente l'atmosfera erotica delle storie rendendole ai miei occhi tristi e squallide. A parte lo stile del disegno, abbastanza curato e gradevole, non ho apprezzato NULLA, la dinamica delle One Shot è pressoché identica in ogni storia presente nel manga. Troviamo lo stronzo arrogante di turno (che può essere un miliardario, un medico o un semplice studente) che attiva la modalità maniaco/stupratore facendo finire nelle sue grinfie il povero uke di turno, lo sfigato che non ha alcuna colpa se non quella di essere gentile, debole o semplicemente disperato e... via di stupri e violenze unite a quel magico momento wtf caratterizzato da confessioni deliranti degne di una yandere del tipo "Ti amo e voglio che tu scopi, guardi, annusi, sogni, mangi e pensi solo a meeeeee!! Io devo essere il centro del tuo universo perchè TU MI AMI anche se ti ho violentato, tu mi ami perchè gli abusi sono belli e simbolo di amore universale <3 Anastasio Steel AMAMI E SPOSAMI ORA!!" momenti creepy degni del peggio horror psicologico e che mettono nel lettore un senso di orrore e angoscia. Un manga insomma a mio avviso pessimo, consigliato solo agli amanti dello smut puro e semplice (senza trama o personaggi decenti) e che non si fanno fermare o turbare da violenze non consensuali. In caso contrario... statene alla larga che è meglio!

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Interview with debut YA author Heather Christie + "What the Valley Knows" Giveaway

 

Heather Christie is the author of a debut novel, What the Valley Knows, due to be released on January 25, 2018. This will be the first installment in a very interesting series! Heather is already working on the second book.

 

Read our BookLikes interview to get to know this exciting new author, and enter our giveaway contest to win a paperback copy of the book!

 

YA Giveaway: Jan. 12 - Feb. 2 2018

Request your signed ARC

 

 

Let's start with a few questions about writing itself, and your book. How often do you write and how long at one time? What does your writing schedule look like, if you have one? And, finally, how do you manage to juggle family life, a full-time career in real estate, and writing (not to mention your MFA in Creative Writing studies, now complete)?

 

Generally, I try to block a couple hours to write in the afternoons, after I’ve attended to my “real job” tasks as real estate agent and before my “mommy” duties start in the evening. If I don’t have real estate appointments at night, I will often revisit what I wrote earlier in the day. My home office serves as my writing space, but I do keep a pen and notepad by my bedside for those middle of the night ideas.

 

 

What The Valley Knows - Heather ChristieHave you written one book so far, What The Valley Knows (which will be released in paperback on January 25), or have you written more that are waiting to be published?

 

What The Valley Knows is my first book. I am currently at work on the second book in the series And The Valley Wept.

 

 

Do you have writing goals - as in a certain number of books to publish per year, or in total?

 

My immediate goal for 2018 is to complete several drafts of And The Valley Wept and have it ready to go out on submission by the third quarter. In a perfect world I'd like to write one book per year.

 

Watch the book trailer of What the Valley Knows:


 

When you write, do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you write the book?

 

I try to map the plot and the characters in advance of the actual writing. However, I've found that occasionally a new character will find its way onto the page organically, growing out of the circumstances at hand.

 

 

Tell us about your characters. Are they completely fictional, or are you inspired by people and stories you know?

 

What The Valley Knows is narrated by three alternating points of view. The main character is seventeen-year-old Molly Hanover who has reluctantly moved to Millington Valley at the start of her senior year. She’s smart, pretty, terribly shy, and plays the sousaphone in the marching band. Molly soon attracts the attention of the football team’s star, Wade Thornton, a good guy with a bad drinking problem. The third voice belongs to Molly’s mother, Ann Hanover, who is struggling as a single mother, working two jobs: one as a paralegal during the day and another as a bartender in the evenings at the local legion. There are kernels of real people in my characters, but certain aspects of their personalities and mannerisms are completely fabricated.

 

 

 

Who designed your book cover? Were you very involved in choosing the cover, and, if so, how involved?

 

My publisher, Black Rose Writing, has a cover designer on staff. At the beginning of the publication process, I was asked to complete a questionnaire about the vision for my cover and submit inspirational photos. From what I sent, the designer created a mock-up and we went back and forth for several weeks until we settled on a cover that suited everyone.

 

 

Let's move away from your writing and talk about literature and reading in general. Who are your favorite writers, who do you admire, look up to? Any contemporary writers you are fond of? Any favorite books you'd like to tell us about?

 

Heather Christie’s Top 10 Authors

Stephen King—for his incredible characters (The Stand)

Anne Lamott—for her no nonsense advice (Bird By Bird)

Colum McCann—for his beautifully structured sentences (Let The Great World Spin)

John Steinbeck—for his sweeping narrative arcs (East of Eden)

David Sedaris—for his ability to make me laugh (Me Talk Pretty One Day)

Fredrik Backman—for his heartwarming storylines (My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry)

Celeste Ng—for her expert use of the omniscient narrator (Little Fires Everywhere)

Liane Moriarty—for her compelling plots (Big Little Lies)

Khaled Hosseni—for his raw depiction of humanity (A Thousand Splendid Suns)

Emily St. John Mandel—for her world building (Station Eleven)

 

 

Heather Christie’s MUST READ reading list 

The Stand - Stephen KingBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott

Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCannEast of Eden - John SteinbeckMe Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik BackmanLittle Fires Everywhere - Celeste NgBig Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled HosseiniStation Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

 

 

To sum up this interview let's introduce a little bit of magic and move away from the real world for a moment. If you could choose one character from a favorite book to have dinner with, or spend a day with, who would that be? What would you ask that person?

 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne LamottThis is a tough question and I might be cheating with my answer because I'd chose the narrator of the non-fiction book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anne Lamott is the author/narrator/main character and she's funny, brilliant, and inspiring. I would love to spend the day with Anne and ask her what the most important tasks a young writer should aim to master.

 

 

Heather Christie's books on BookLikes

(click the cover to add the books to your bookshelf):

What The Valley Knows - Heather ChristieAnd The Valley Wept - Heather Christie

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Interview: Dani Harper (Storm Crossed) ~ Giveaway

 

Hello and Welcome All!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Dani Harper, author of Storm Crossed.

 

Hi Angela! Thanks for the warm welcome, especially in such freezing weather! Brrrrr! I’m just going to wrap up in an afghan here while we talk, and I brought hot coffee and fresh cinnamon buns to share.

 

Please share a few reasons why someone should try the Grim Series…

 

I love to write about romance mixed with magic in a contemporary setting, especially if there’s a myth or legend involved. I love to place ordinary people face to face with the extraordinary and the impossible, and see how they react – and how they grow and change in order to accept this new reality. I want there to be high stakes, action, and danger. But I need some humorous moments mixed in, as well as romantic and sexy ones.

 

If that’s the kind of story you like to read, then maybe Storm Crossed is for you. Oh, and don’t worry about getting lost. Even though this is Book 4 of the series, every story is a standalone.

 

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

 

The concept of the Grim Series sprang out of my lifelong fascination with mythology and folklore – and fond memories of my Welsh gramma! Each book has its beginning in Wales, where legends claim that faery realms were once hidden far below the human world, in a place where time did not exist.

 

I couldn’t help but wonder what would it be like if the fae still lived? And what if they were no longer content to remain in their own kingdom? Especially when the faeries of the old stories are nothing like Tinkerbell! They are not cute. They are not little. And they are certainly not nice. The real fae are cunning, powerful and often cruel. The most beautiful among them are often the most deadly.

 

What would happen if these ancient beings came to modern-day America? How would people react? How would the fae respond?

 

Storm Crossed gave me an opportunity to explore a whole new aspect of the world I’ve created. Love is so rare among the fae that most do not believe it exists. Could a faery truly fall in love with a modern mortal? And what would be the cost?

 

Please share a few lines from Storm Crossed….

“What are you doing here?” demanded a new voice, a rich, masculine voice, and every one of her friends fell silent.

 

Oh, great, we’ve attracted a park ranger, thought Lissy as she turned to face this new issue. How are we going to explain—

 

It was no ranger. The first thing her eyes took in was a heavy black cloak, thrown back to reveal strange leather clothing. Ornately tooled and trimmed with silver, it hugged a lean frame.

 

No, some instinct decided, not lean but lithe. Lithe like a big cat, all coiled agility and snake-strike muscle in a deceptively relaxed package. She was forced to tilt her head to see the strong jaw that underscored the man’s angular face—and beneath it, the silvery scar that ran diagonally across his throat from beneath his left ear until it disappeared into the right side of his collar. Far from being a blemish, however, the scar only added interest to otherwise perfect features. Less obvious was a strange otherness to his appearance that she felt rather than saw. Human, yet decidedly not. And no human she knew boasted hair like that. Pulled into a thick braid that fell halfway down his back, it was white in the way that snow was white—not a single shade but many.

 

She had to remind herself to breathe. This was no lost cosplay enthusiast or a Lord of the Rings extra but an actual living, breathing member of the faery race. Somewhere in the back of her mind, a faint thought protested that such a thing was completely impossible. It wasn’t very convincing, however, with a flesh-and-blood dog the size of a goddamn Volkswagen already in front of her.

 

The man’s pale hair glowed in the fire’s light. A fistful of loose strands fell across his face, and beneath them his eyes were watchful, alert. A panther scanning for prey.

 

And he had found her.

Tell us all about your main characters — Who are they? What makes them tick?

 

Trahern is a powerful fae sorcerer who has left his title and his wealth behind, and chosen to ride with the Wild Hunt. He can’t accept that love even exists, never mind consider that he might be susceptible to it. And as for mortals? He barely notices them.

 

Lissy is an independent human woman with a lot on her plate. She believes in love but between her career as a university professor and her responsibilities as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s, she doesn’t have time for it.

 

These two people could not be less alike on the surface. And what will they do when they discover they have more in common than either of them ever dreamed? Can mortal love survive fae magic?

 

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

 

Contrary to popular belief, the writer isn’t really in charge of the story. So, the best part for me is the sheer surprise of what my characters come up with. I love to see how they grow and develop, and the story of Trahern and Lissy is one of my most satisfying works to date. I’m so proud of both of them!

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

Thank you so much for inviting me today! I’m looking forward to visiting with your readers in the comment section.

 

 
Storm Crossed
 

Grim Series

Book 4

Dani Harper

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance

ISBN-10: 1503948943

ISBN-13: 978-1503948945

 

Book Description:

 

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

 

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

 

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

 

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

 

 

Amazon 

 

 

Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

 

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

 

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

 

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

 

For more, visit her websiteAmazon Author Page,  FacebookTwitter or @Dani_Harper

 

 

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/01/interview-dani-harper-storm-crossed-giveaway
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text 2018-01-10 11:00
Facts About Me: Interview

What can you tell me about yourself?

I'm an author and reader equally, because I'm a firm believer in that you can't be an author if you don't read. I always find that I'm inspired by the most surprising things, so I love to keep all avenues open, when it comes to being creative.

I'm a geek, with a fandom and book obsession and a mild collector's problem. I am not a hoarder, though I'm pretty sure I would be if I had the money to afford it. Books don't count.

I've got an addiction personality, so when I write then I usually write a lot. When I edit, I edit a few books in a row and, similarly, when I read, I tend to read for about two weeks straight. It's the way I function; I get in the mood for something and just keep following that mood until it breaks.

 

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Hopefully still writing. Maybe a little fitter and slimmer? That would be great. Being disabled means that it's hard to beat the medication-induced weight, and being a writer who sits for 90% of my day really doesn't help. I'm trying to break some bad habits this year, so my hope is that they're completely broken 5 years from now. I should, at least, have made a decent headway into getting more books published and more books off my TBR. Right now, like every other day, reading and writing is my main priority.

 

What are you working on at the minute?

I've got a lot of projects on the go, right now, but I'm currently writing an enemies to lovers story.

Blurb: "Dante was raised in a gang environment. He was raised with expectations of taking over the gang, just as soon as he turned of age. But he didn't want to live his life by the gun, fighting over egos and territory.

At the age of eighteen, he escaped into the army, with the help of the one man who should have been his enemy...Cassius. Leader of a rival gang, he shouldn't be the only friend Dante has. He shouldn't be his first crush. He shouldn't be anything to him, much less the architect of his escape.

So when his military career crashes after two years, Dante is forced to return home to the same pressures, the same expectations and the same dangers he thought he'd left behind. And the only person who can save him from his family legacy is the one man who is more dangerous than all the rest. To Dante's life...and his heart."

 

 

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I'm a weird writer. I don't seem to fit any of the stereotypes or 'styles' that others do. After a book is completed, I let it sit for a few weeks or months then come back to edit it, then leave it for a few more months before editing it again and again and again. I like to do about 10 edits before I submit it to any publishers, just because I know I struggle with editing and want it to be perfect. But when it comes to writing a book, there are times when I hit a block and reading back what I've already written is the only way to keep going, but there are also times when I zip straight through from page one to The End without stopping and don't edit it for months. I especially like to do this if I'm going to be writing a series one after the other. Then I'll stop at the end or when I get stuck, to go back and refresh what's happened before.

 

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?

Definitely e-books. I have weak muscles and nerves in my hands/wrists/arms, so holding a paperback or hardback can be far too painful to do it too often. I'm a sucker for a good bargain, though, so if I can get a paperback or hardback cheaper than the e-book, to suit my budget, I'll definitely not hesitate to buy it. It just means that I have to plan my reading of that book for when I know I won't be doing much else.

 

Pen or typewriter or computer?

Oh God! Computer! Definitely. For the same reasons as above, a pen or typewriter would kill me! Sometimes a laptop is just as bad, but I've really fallen in love with my new one, the Samsung Tab Pro S. It's smaller than I'm used to, but that means the keys are a little closer together, leaving me to do much less stretching across the board to reach the keys I want. Even if I keep missing the 'k' for no reason I can fathom.

 

Do you write Alone or in public?

Alone. I can write with just one or two people in the room, but it generally has to be really quite for me to work. I don't like music or noise when I'm writing, since I usually end up distracted and sing along more than I write. In the right atmosphere – my comfy chair, feet up, food/drink nearby, the dog settled, no noise and alone in the house – I can get chapters and chapters written in a day. Or spend it on Facebook. Either way, it's how I function best.

 

Goals of certain # of words a week or when inspiration strikes?

Oh, nope. I could never constrict myself to a set number of words. It would drive me insane. Although I plan the vague outline of my plot – the who, the why, the how and the when – as well as a few specific conversations/events I want to happen, I'm a pantser. I can either write thousands of words a day or two sentences. Either way, I believe in following the muse and never putting shackles on her. I would either be constantly kicking myself for not meeting a deadline word count or I'd get too confident about over-reaching it.

 

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Interview with Kaylin McFarren, author of Twisted Threads + Giveaway

Kaylin McFarren is the author of several novels, most recently the fourth title in the Threads series. Read our BookLikes interview and get to know the author!

 

Kaylin has been very generous to BookLikes readers and offered SIX (!!) ebooks of her new book Twisted Threads! Enter our giveaway contest to win!

 

 

Giveaway: Jan. 03, 2018 - Jan. 25, 2018

Win this splendid thriller story!

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Let's start with a few questions about writing itself, and your books. How often do you write and how long at one time? What does your writing schedule look like, if you have one? And, finally, how do you manage to juggle family life, helping in your community, and writing?

 

I begin my day at 7:30 a.m. on a daily basis by taking my two high-maintenance puppies outside, sipping a hot cup of Chai tea, reviewing and answering dozens of emails, and posting comments and photos on my social media sites. By 9 a.m., I’m ready to rock. I review previous chapters, send my husband off to work, and orchestrate new developments in the story I’m currently working on. This can involve 4-5 hours before I take a break, stretch, and then put my energies toward a non-profit event that takes nine months to organize. After sending out dozens of letters to sponsors, music and restaurant event coordinators, I call family members and set aside a few hours every week for family-only time. Its truly a challenge with traveling so much and participating in social engagements.

 

 

Your most recent book, Twisted Threads (book 4 in the series) was released quite recently, in November. Have you written more books that are waiting to be published, or will you start working on a new one now?

 

I’m currently working on my next book, titled High Flying, which involves a time travel story resulting from a near-miss plane accident.

 

 

Do you have writing goals - as in a certain number of books to publish per year, or in total?

 

I try to write one book each year, as it takes time not only to write the story I’d like to tell but also to edit it thoroughly and to publish it in a timely manner.

 

 

When you write, especially in the case of a series, do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you write the book?

 

When I began writing the Threads series, I had characters in mind and actually wrote detailed descriptions of each one in a notebook for easy reference. As the series progressed, I became more acquainted with them and knew how my characters would react to various circumstances, which made it easier to continue their stories.

 

 

 

Tell us about your characters. Are they completely fictional, or are you inspired by people and stories you know?

 

I tend to base my characters partly on my own characteristics, and partly on the various people I’ve met over the years. I like them to be flawed, damaged, and filled with doubt, which makes their transitions into stronger, more caring individuals believable and more rewarding for readers.

 

 

Who designed your book covers? Were you very involved in choosing the covers, and, if so, how involved?

 

My youngest daughter, Amanda Tomo Yoshida, is an incredible, talented artist. She listens to my storyline and is quick to understand the message and thread I want to convey to readers when they ultimately see my covers. Although they all look like photographs, my covers are truly original designs, and they help me to translate my ideas into a real story while Im still writing it.

 

 

Let's move away from your writing and talk about literature and reading in general. Who are your favorite writers, who do you admire, look up to? Any contemporary writers you are fond of? Any favorite books you'd like to tell us about?

 

I read dozens of books every month and have hundreds of authors I love. The ones that influenced me the most are Jodi Picoult - for her internal conflicts, personal interactions, and controversial current events - and Lisa Jackson - for her graphic descriptions, believable dialogue, page-turning murder mysteries and horror stories. I greatly admire both of these writers and continue to strive to be like them even today.

 

 

To sum up this interview let's introduce a little bit of magic and move away from the real world for a moment. If you could choose one character from a favorite book to have dinner with, or spend a day with, who would that be? What would you ask that person?

 

I would have to say Jane Austen's Emma mainly because she is so human. She is always plunging into such embarrassing mistakes, and yet they're the mistakes one longs to make oneself...like telling the tediously garrulous Miss Bates to shut up. And, bless her, she is truly ashamed when she does, because she is actually very nice. I guess I’d want to know why she believes herself incapable of truly loving someone and believing someone would love her completely.

 

 

Follow Kaylin McFarren's blog on BookLikes: http://4kaylin.booklikes.com/

 

Kaylin McFarren's books on BookLikes (click the book covers to add the books to your bookshelf):

 

Severed Threads - Kaylin McFarrenBuried Threads - Kaylin McFarrenBanished Threads - McFarren Kaylin,Yoshida Amanda Tomo

Twisted Threads - Kaylin McFarrenFlaherty's Crossing - Kaylin McFarren

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