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review 2016-01-04 21:32
When it Raynes by CD Cain

Rayne Amber Storm is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s in biology, on a summer break at home in Louisiana before starting medical school. She spends her days with her beloved Meemaw while dodging her mother’s schemes to marry her off. Throughout the narrative, Rayne is struggling with her self-identity and how she fits in the world, but nothing seems to ever grow from that, and a satisfactory resolution to these issues is missing. She’s questioning her sexuality and relationships, but she’s passive in how she handles both. The secondary characters are poorly developed, Grant in particular. He serves as a one-dimensional obstacle without the benefit of interesting characteristics. In addition, Rayne seems to have trouble communicating her feelings, which stagnated many of the interactions in the book for me. However, I liked Meemaw the most (even with her inconsistent dialogue).

Overall, the writing itself is problematic, particularly in the overly flowery language that lacks execution and comes across as nonsensical metaphors.

If you want to read my full review, feel free to head over to C-Spot Reviews

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review 2015-10-08 14:55
Euphoria Dysphoria
Euphoria/Dysphoria - Michelle Browne,Nic Wilson

I'm a bit torn about the review of this book, as I couldn't motivate myself to finish it. The circumstances the main characters find themselves in, running for their lives, through tangled streets, in a futuristic landscape, was exciting and pulled me right in. The world-building was stunning from the start, and the characterizations were mysterious enough to keep me wanting more.


However, approximately halfway through the narrative the tone of the story completely shifted. It was almost as though I started reading a completely different book and I just couldn't wrap my head around it. The character voices sounded different, their reactions were unfamiliar, and I ceased wanting to find out what happened with them. 

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review 2015-10-08 14:19
Thrall by Barbara Ann Wright at Curve Magazine
Thrall: Beyond Gold and Glory - Barbara Ann Wright

Lady Vikings, monsters and magic. What’s not to like?


I don't often go for fantasy novels, but I'm certainly glad I gave this one a shot. Wright did a phenomenal job with her world-building and character development, even if towards the end the massive amount of conflict became a bit jumbled and overwhelming.


My favorite part of the book was the blood witch Laret, whose soul didn’t match the body she was given at birth. She was complicated and conflicted and I wanted more of her. This is a story of finding one’s path where you would least expect it, with alliances being forged and broken. Also there are cool monsters and blood-thirsty battles, which are always nice.


Calling all lovers of lady Vikings!


Click the title to head over to Curve Magazine for the comprehensive review


Copy provided by Net Galley


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text 2014-01-11 16:00
Saturday Deals

Every week I get in touch with a few authors that are having a deal on their book. Who doesn't love a good book for cheap right? 


This week is no different. 



Full Novels

Tangerine Twist


 By Suzie Carr $2.99 * at time of posting *


Becca James wants to make it big. And she will, as soon as the idea of performing doesn’t scare the voice out of her. Until then she orchestrates another life…predictable, responsible, and dull. Then Kara walks on stage, a flirty goddess with long, wavy hair and sultry caramel-flecked eyes that drip with sex appeal. Inhibitions and commitments fall like shattered glass, as the duo form a musical sensation. Becca is big! But can self indulgence substitute for self respect? Can a wild ride stop at happiness? In this fast paced, sexy novel, finding out what really matters in life doesn’t always mean you get it. Or does it?


Short Stories  

Captive Pleasures



By Olivia Starke only $1.49  *at time of posting*


Jessica is desperate for some excitement. When she stumbles upon a spam message containing a love spell, what does she have to lose?

Toni’s SUV breaks down outside Hide Away Cabins. She’s on the lookout for some distraction and Jessica would be one hell of a tasty little distraction.

A game of Truth or Dare brings out Jessica’s adventurous side. Being bound and spanked is just the start to a night of incredible sex.

Inside Scoop: The magic contained in this love spell leads to these two lesbians exploring...



My Happy Ever After


by D.K. Linda $2.99 *at time of posting*


Talia and Michele met and fell into perfect love, just like in the romance novels that inspired it all for them. There would never be enough time with each other. How do you go on when you lose the love of your life?


The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus


The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus by Anastasia Vitsky


By Anastsia Vitsky  $1.99 * at time of posting


In some countries, turning 21 means gaining the right to vote and drink alcoholic beverages. For Claire Labraun, the Christmas after her 21st birthday would be beyond her wildest imagination.

Minelle and Matthew Labraun believed in a traditional marriage. Matthew was head of their household, and Minelle was his helpmeet. When it came to raising their headstrong 21-year-old daughter, however, they found themselves at a loss.

Minelle had always taught Claire to do the right thing for right's sake. Claire, however, had different ideas. She rebelled against their rules, flaunted authority, and connived to get things she wanted.

She had never been spanked in her life; Matthew and Minelle kept that adult privilege strictly between themselves. But this year, a visit from Santa plus Claire's newly adult status would change her idea of Christmas forever.


Small Town Trouble



By Jean Erhardt   $2.99 at time of posting


Meet Kim Claypoole, restaurateur, reluctant heroine and amateur sleuth with moxie galore. "I'd had a feeling all along that this wasn't going to be my day. But I hadn't been prepared for things to go this badly..."

In Small Town Trouble, the first in a series from mystery writer Jean Erhardt, we get acquainted with Kim Claypoole's irreverent and witty ways of dealing with the peculiar characters and events that she finds in her life.

Claypoole's adventure begins as she leaves her home in the Smoky Mountains to help save her kooky mother Evelyn from financial disaster. Setting off to assist Evelyn (i.e., "the other Scarlett O'Hara") with her newest personal crisis, Claypoole leaves in her wake her Gatlinburg doublewide, her restaurant, The Little Pigeon and her restaurant partner and sometimes best friend Mad Ted Weber as well as a budding secret love affair that's hotter than an Eskimo in July.

Claypoole's savior complex leads to more trouble when she bumps into an old flame in her hometown who asks for her help clearing her hapless brother of murder charges. In true Claypoole fashion, she gets more than she bargained for when she gets dragged into a complicated quest to find the true killer complete with topless tavern dancers, small town cops, a stream of backwater characters-even a meeting with the Grim Reaper. Can Claypoole muddle her way through the murky depths of this bizarre murder mystery before it's too late?

With biting humor and wit, Small Town Trouble will leave you guessing what's around the next corner in the quirky life of Kim Claypoole.


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text 2014-01-09 19:42
Cover Reveal & Interview with: Justine Saracen
Waiting for the Violins - Justine Saracen

Cover Reveal



Waiting for the Violins


 Antonia Forrester, an English nurse, is nearly killed while trying to save soldiers fleeing at Dunkirk. Embittered, she returns to occupied Brussels as a British spy to foment resistance to the Nazi presence. She works with partisans who sabotage deportation efforts and murder collaborators, before résistant leader Sandrine Toussaint accepts her into an operation to rescue downed Allied pilots. Captured by the Gestapo, they escape and join the maquis in the Ardenne Forest preparing for D-Day. Passion is a tiny glowing ember amidst the carnage of war, where the brave are consumed and collaborators thrive. But finally, when the terror seems unendurable, BBC radio transmits the code phrase “the long sobs of the violins” signaling that the Allied Invasion is about to begin

Author interview with….

Justine Saracen

Of course we with any season we all start out talking about the weather, this day was no different. It is is quite cold out where I am this day it is -5 when we started talking which made the time great because I love to be in the warm house when it is that cold.

Me: How is the weather there?


Justine: Raining. The French say "comme la vache qui pisse'  (translated: to rain like a pissing cow)


Me: haha, I so wish I could have taken french in school. That is like a dream of mine! What other hobbies do you have?


Justine: The big one is scuba diving. Since I am over 60, this is a significant achievement. I can barely walk with the wetsuit, air cylinder and weights, but as soon as I get in the water, I'm in heaven. The diving here in Belgium is nothing, but I go every year to the Red Sea.


Me: Oh wow! That sounds exciting! Have you ever found anything cool? A Ship or a Mermaid?


Justine: Well, no mermaids, but I have been down to several wrecks. The most famous one is the Thistegorme about 100 feet down and chocablock full of war material. Tanks, trucks, airplane parts, unexploded munitions. You really feel like Jacques Coustea.


Me: How do you get so deep lol, I feel as if I want to cry when I am swimming in a pool and try to go to 12 feet. Do you train?


Justine: Well, you DO have to overcome a natural claustrophobia, but that is what training is all about. Plus, you come to trust your equipment and your safety training and,most important, your colleagues.


Me:I was a lifeguard lol.. I think I am more of a saver not a go under person ;) lol.

But it does sound amazing and probably the closest I'd ever come to a mermaid


Justine: Good for you. We need savers too.


Me: Tell me about your writing. What started your love for writing?


Justine:I don't suppose I’m much different from most other published writers. I wrote always.


Me: What was your first story about? * not book just story* that you can remember?


Justine: After seeing a movie about Hannibal (with Esther Williams as the love interest) I wrote a cartoon book with a similar story, only the woman was the heroine.

And I started lots of little stories throughout childhood. I grew up in the tenements of NYC and lived in my imagination.

But I am not so vain that I think my life was exceptional. I think most people who end up as writers (and who keep on writing) also live and lived a great deal in the mind.


Me: What was your first book? And what did you feel when you finished it?


Justine: I was a prof of literature for about 17 years, and had to write to keep my job. My first book was a scholarly treatise called "Salvation in the Secular." A dreary analysis is modern German literature that was read by perhaps 20 graduate students. But writing it DID teach me how to discipline my thinking. So, 30 years later, when I wrote The 100th Generation, I knew how to put down a string of ideas and scenes and keep the reader's attention.

Keeping the reader's attention is sort of what popular fiction writing is all about.

It's entertainment, pure and simple. It can be simple and trashy, or a bit more elaborate and thoughtful, but still a bit trashy.It MUST entertain, or you're out of the business.


Me: How do you feel about your latest book?

Do you feel everything went the way you wanted it to go or will there be a squeal?


Justine: That one was an emotional one. It was based on the actual tragedies of the relatives (parents in one case, aunt in the other) during the Belgian resistance in WWII. I set about fictionalizing the events while keeping as close as possible to the real story and using real names. No, I don't want to write a sequel, but my current work (since the Resistance book is with the printer now) is about women in the Soviet Air Force. Another kind of Resistance, of course although I should add, both books have lesbian romances as subplots.


Me: What are you currently working on and when can we expect it out?


Justine: I hope people will first pay attention to "Waiting for the Violins" which is due out in March. That is the one about the Belgian resistance fighters. I've only recently started doing research and rough scribbling on the next one, called "The Witch of Stalingrad" about an American journalist going to Russia and falling in love with a Soviet Pilot (based on Liliia Litviak, a real heroine pilot in WWII) The research is riveting and I have just spent all of today reading about my own father who was a radio operator in the Merchant Marines during WWII.


Me:What is your new book about and when/where can we buy it?


Justine: All my books are available through Bold Strokes Books or through my website.


Thank you Justine for taking the time to chat with me. It was a great experience to learn about your books. I am looking forward to picking up your book coming out in March.

Find Justine here: http://justinesaracen.com/

Check out her Awesome books here: http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Author-Justine-Saracen.html


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