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review 2017-02-12 15:00
Once Upon a Banana
Once Upon a Banana - Jennifer Armstrong,David Small

Once Upon a Banana is a silly story about a monkey that causes a lot of chaos in one small town. The book has very little text aside from street signs, so the story is very picture heavy. The text that is there received a 1.9 on the Gunning-Fog readability scale and should be easy for first and second graders to read. The book heavily relies on pictures however, so it can easily be understood regardless of reading level. After my second read through, I noticed that the signs are introduced in a rhyming order, which would be great to point out to students. This book would also be great to teach cause and effect as every action leads to a crazier and sillier new action. Inference can also be taught with this book as there is no text to explicitly say what is happening. 

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text 2015-04-14 15:58
Class Differences in Paranormal Romance
Soul Kissed - Erin Kellison
Troll-y Yours - Sheri Fredricks
Heart Change - Robin D. Owens
Wolf Who Rules - Wen Spencer
Lothaire (Immortals After Dark, #12) - Kresley Cole
Justin - Allyson James, Jennifer Ashley
No Words Alone - Autumn Dawn
Big Bad Beast - Shelly Laurenston
Born - Jenna McCormick
Would-Be Witch - Kimberly Frost

I actually perfer my Romance with more internal than external conflict. When the conflict stems from who the characters are rather than some outside force, it means they have to resolve the conflict. I get way more couple time this way. 


Social class difference between the couple sets up an especially dynamic and interesting internal conflict. World views clash and shift.  Good stuff.


In Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance Class difference can be a great plot point as the whole world has been created. 


Here are some wonderful Paranormal Romances that deal with social class difference between the leads. 


To see and vote on the whole list, visit my Goodreads list: Class Differences in Paranormal Romance


My lists are never in any particular order.


1. Soul Kissed by Erin Kellison


While the world slumbers in Shadow, a fatal plague has swept through magekind. No one is immune to its ravages, and now that her father is dead, Cari Dolan must wield the fearful magic of her House to save innocent lives.

"The sexual tension is palpable. A stand-out page turner." --RT Book Reviews on Fire Kissed

At the mage Council's bidding, dangerous outsider Mason Stray joins forces with Cari to hunt down the fiend responsible. But can he trust the daughter of wealth and privilege, especially when his own son is at risk?


2. Troll-y Yours by Sheri Fredricks



Determined to forge a better life, Ella launches her new business with high hopes—until a sexy Centaur bumps into her and throws her life off course forever. Voted “Most Eligible Bachelor in Boronda”, Aleksander shakes up her world and tilts her in more ways than one.


Years of warfare and countless bedroom encounters have stolen Kempor Aleksander’s luster for life. He never expects to rediscover his zeal in the small, redheaded form of Ella the Troll, who fires his blood hotter than the deepest caverns in the forest.


But as trouble lingers in their midst—and edges ever closer—Alek and Ella spiral into troubled terrain. Turning to each other, the pair face down dangers that run impenetrably deep in their mythological world. But will the two lovers discover a passion that runs even deeper?


3. Heart Change by Robin D. Owens


Signet D?Marigold?s lonely life is shaken when a prophet reveals she is a catalyst for change. But to accept her new life?and the charge of the noble child Avellana?means embracing a danger that may be fatal for them both. Especially when Signet?s attraction to her new bodyguard signals a secret enemy sworn to destroy them.


4. Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer

Tinker: just a quick-witted girl from Pittsburgh - who happens to be responsible for depositing high elves and her hometown humans into a melting pot of magic. Now the draconian oni seek to destroy the elves by breeding human git to do their evil bidding. But half-breeds who are half-human may not be the slaves the oni imagined. The revolt is on! Its leader A certain newly-minted elven princess from Pittsburgh, PA, by the name of Tinker.


5. Lothaire by Kresley Cole



Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.


Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.


Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past…or risk everything for a future with her?


6. Justin by Allyson James


Welcome to the Tales of the Shareem--men created solely for women's pleasure. Shareem come in three levels: Pure sensuality; Fun and games; and the Ultimate experience.

Outlawed now, Shareem eke out a living in the back streets of their city, restricted by rules that keep them near-prisoners, each searching for the one woman who will fulfill his long-denied need for love.

Justin has spent much of his life as a free citizen, but he returns home to search for the daughter he was forbidden to have. But the fiesty female patroller following him around is getting in his way, especially when she keeps shooting him in the backside.

Justin needs to protect his secrets, but he decides that the patroller is worth a second look, and maybe some instruction in level-two games. He sets out to seduce, but discovers that Deanna, his pretty patroller, has a few surprises in store for him.

Deanna can't understand why the exasperating Justin won't follow the rules, considering the trouble he keeps getting himself into. She also can't understand why he excites her so much--patrollers are supposed to tame Shareem, not fall for them. But as Deanna uncovers his secrets, she learns exactly what Justin has given up, and what kind of courageous man lies behind the façade of the pleasure slave.


7. No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn


Stranded on a hostile alien planet, a beautiful young translator is forced to choose between trusting her own crewmates or the noble commander of the very alien race that shot down her spacecraft.


8.  Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston


Ric Van Holtz is more than he seems, nothing you expect--and everything you want. . .

When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group will do anything to prove one of her own kind is having hybrids captured for dogfights. Trouble is, her too-cute, rich-boy boss Ric Van Holtz is making it real hard for Dee to keep her heart safe. He's wanted the fiercely independent she-wolf from day one, but he never expected their teamwork to be so explosive. Now is his last chance to show Dee what she needs isn't some in-your-face Alpha male--but a wily, resourceful wolf who'll always have her back in a fight. . .and between the sheets.


9. B Cubed Book One: Born by Jenna McCormick


Born: Natural born humans are precious few and dwell in darkness.

Bred: Genetically engineered slaves who are the protectors of the Born.

Borg: The cybernetically enhanced enclave that split from the Born humans.

B Cubed: These three factions are all that remains of the human race after the world stopped turning. Scavenging in the darkness for what little is left, the war between them rages on though few know why. It begins with a child's prophesy and can only end when they unite.

Or die.


10. Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost


In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing that causes more trouble than gossip is magic.
The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.
After a few bad experiences with her magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers, but the locket isn’t the only thing passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons


Got more? Gimme! 

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review 2014-01-28 13:56
No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn
No Words Alone - Autumn Dawn

First let me say this -  I was born in 1972. I grew up with Star Trek, Dune, Star Wars,  and all the other sci-fi odd movies, & Tv shows.

I needed to tell you that because I'm pretty sure that's effected how I felt about the book.

The author has named one of the bad guys..Khan. Some of you may not know who Khan is, but to some one from my generation. This is all we see in our head when we read the word "Khan"

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or for the newer fans...

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Seriously, I could not get either of those images out of my head.


Other things she's included in this book 




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A Sandworm

(yes picture Kyle MacLachlan riding one here)



I kinda felt like this could have been a historical novel , you know minus the "aliens".





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text 2013-11-10 22:58
Flyboys and Flygirls: Air Force Heroines and Heroes of Romance
No Words Alone - Autumn Dawn
Ryder's Wife - Sharon Sala
Once A Pirate - Susan Grant
A Perfect Stranger - Gina Wilkins
Renegade - Catherine Mann
True Valor - Dee Henderson
Deadly Descent - Kaylea Cross
Mackenzie's Legacy: Mackenzie's MountainMackenzie's Mission (Mackenzie Family, #1-2) - Linda Howard
Top-Secret Rendezvous - Linda Hudson-Smith
A Soft Place to Fall (Simpliciter Paratus - Air Force PJ Romance) (Volume 1) - Jaxine Daniels

Happy Veteran's Day Weekend here in the States! 


Continuing my salute to those military heroes and heroines of Romanceland as well as their real life counterparts, I gather those fine men and women of the Air Force that are romantic leads. 


This was actually the hardest list to put together. I have only found 10 books by different authors that feature the Air Force and I have only read four of them myself. 


1. No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn, a great Science Fiction Romance

2. MacKenzie's Legacy by Linda Howard, part of the wonderful MacKenzie Series

3. Ryder's Wife by Sharon Sala, a lovely category romance. 

4. Once a Pirate by Susan Grant, a 5 star time travel romance 


Some other good reads I found to add to the list..


1. Catherine Mann's Renegade comes from a well loved series featuring Air Force heroes and heroines.  

2. Kaylea Cross's Deadly Intent

3. Jaxine Daniel's A Soft Place to Fall

4. Dee Henderson's True Valor

5. Gina Wilkin's A Perfect Strange

6. Linda Hudson-Smith's Top-Secret Rendezvous 


If you have any good recommendations  please let me know! If you would like to vote for the best of best go to the Goodreads list: Flyboys and Flygirls: Air Force Heroines and Heroes of Romance.


Here are the blogs for Marines and Navy


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text 2013-09-26 17:19
Species Conversion: Really Changing for Your Love
Stone and Earth - Cindy Spencer Pape
Gabriel's Mate - Tina Folsom
MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #13) - Kresley Cole
Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward
Impure - Viola Grace
No Words Alone - Autumn Dawn
Omega Mine - Aline Hunter
Archangel's Kiss - Nalini Singh
Howling Moon - C.T. Adams,Cathy Clamp
Love Bites - Lynsay Sands

They say you should never change for another person but no body ever seemed to tell the couples in Romance land that!


If your love is immortal, an angel, a shapeshifter, or vampire, in all likelihood you are going to need to change in order to have your happily ever after. 


Sometimes, the changes is forced on you by a brutal attack.


In my Goodreads List, Species Conversion: Really Changing for Your Love, I recommend  my 3 star and above Parnormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Urban Fantasy Romances  book reads where in order to be with the love of their life they Convert...Species. I have listed some of my top choices above. 


There are also some Opps I am something New! romances as well. 


The species conversation theme is a fun conflict that adds spice to these romance novels. 


I would love to add your recommendations to the pile.   Vote for your favorites. 

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