Showing posts from March, 2012

Toni's Review for Kiss Me Crazy by E.B. Walters ***5 Stars***

She's used to putting everyone first—her sister, her friends, her boss. It’s now her turn... 
Art conservator, Kara Michaels has decided it’s time to chase her dream—start her own business restoring and framing works of art. She has the skills, the nose for business, and the pent-up frustration from being invisible to the man she wants but can’t have—her boss.

He’s a meticulous planner whose rule book is about to be tossed out the window... 
Baron Fitzgerald, a successful art dealer and Kara’s boss, believes in having a strategy and following it without deviation. So when Kara tenders her resignation, he sets out to convince her to stay.Baron soon realizes that falling in love cannot be planned, but the insight comes a little too late for him and Kara.

There is something special about this family. The Fitzgerald’s are vibrant, fun loving and loyal. I would be more than happy to call any one of them my friend, well maybe not Aunt Viv. Kiss Me Crazy is book thre…

Toni's Review of Fever by Joan Swan ***4.5 Stars***

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever...

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I’m going to start this review a bit differently. A lot of people don’t give this book a chance because of racial slurs and downright ugly language. Yes, this book has those factors in it, but it is not the book. The individual who talks like that doesn’t last long. This is NOT his story. It’s an unpleasant reality that there are people out there that still think and …

Toni's Review of My Lord Vampire by Alexandra Ivy ***3.5 Stars***


In the first of a mesmerizing trilogy, Alexandra Ivy, author of the Guardians of Eternity series, introduces the Immortal Rogues—three vampires duty-bound to protect their own kind even as they fall prey to mortal desires. . .
Centuries have passed since Gideon Ravel dwelled among humans. Now he must infiltrate the cream of London society to earn the trust of one woman. Simone, Lady Gilbert, possesses an amulet of unimaginable power, and no concept of the threat that surrounds her. The ton's gossip prepared him for her beauty and wit. But he is blindsided by her barely disguised sensuality and his growing need to possess her. . . 
None of the idle aristocrats who vie for Simone's attentions know about her past. To them, she is the sophisticated, worldly widow known as the "Wicked Temptress." The truth would ruin her, and she has never been tempted to reveal it until now. Yet beneath Gideon's…

Toni's Review of Curses! A F**ked Up Fairy Tale by JA Kazimer ***5 Stars***

I’m no hero. In fact, up until a couple of days ago, I was the villain. Kidnapped maidens, scared kids, stole magic tchotchkes—until I got into a little scrape with the union. Now I’m cursed with the worst fate in New Never City—no matter what I do, I gotta be nice.

So when a head-case princess named Asia barges into my apartment and asks me to find out who whacked her stepsister, Cinderella, I have no choice but to help her. And I’m more than willing to head back to her parents’ castle and do some investigating if it means I can get into her black leather cat suit. Except this twisted sister has a family nutty enough to send the Biggest Baddest Wolf running for the hills—and a freaky little curse of her own...


First off you really need to watch this skit from Saturday Night Live - The Real Housewives of Disney.  I got this clip off Kazimer's website and let me just say that it really sums up this tale and what you can look forward to with this series.

Also there …

Toni's Review of Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck ***3.5 Stars***

He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights…

Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl “hires” him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him—and barely escapes a vampire ambush. Now he’s got a way-inexperienced newbie hunter to protect and everything from bloodsuckers to cursed immortals on his trail. There’s also a malevolent force controlling the living and the undead, hellbent on turning Deacon’s greatest loss into the one weapon that could destroy him…

Monsters need not apply!  Deacon Chalk lost everything the night his entire family was killed by your kind.  Now with nothing left to lose, he lives to hunt you.  He is a bounty hunter with a little extra, and that little ex…

One Leg In and One Leg Out... Guest Author Christine Warner!!!

Please Welcome Author Christine Warner!!!

One Leg In and One Leg Out
I believe every writer has their own pattern or set of ‘writing rules’ they follow as they create. Some are Plotters. In the beginning process this type of writer will plot detailed outlines. They’ll make charts with sticky notes, a dry erase board or recipe cards they can rearrange as they write and their story characters, actions or motivations change. Very detailed, they not only know their characters inside and out, they know each scene and have it planned to the most minor detail.
Others just sit down and write. These are the Pantsers. They have a basic concept, but prefer to have the story come to them as they write. The story takes the lead and they follow with the click of their keyboard. They write and write and write without stopping, getting as many words on paper—or electronic paper—as possible. Then, when they feel the story is complete, they go back over it and tweak it. Deepen the POV, fill in description …

3 1/2 STARS Melt into You by Lisa Plumley

A sexy chocolatier and his under-appreciated assistant discover you can't have too much of a good thing in USA Today bestselling author Lisa Plumley’s delectable new novel. Because with a little chocolate in the mix, life is sweeter than ever… 
After ten years of saving her boss's (admittedly gorgeous) butt, stifling her crush, and being endlessly inconvenienced, administrative assistant Natasha Jennings has had enough. True, chocolatier Damon Torrance is every bit as irresistible as the confections created by Torrance Chocolates. The man is sex on a stick dipped in 70% Tanzanian Cacao. But for the sake of her career, her sanity, and possibly her heart, Natasha has to go. 
Money, success, women…everything comes easily to Damon. Until Natasha hands in her notice. He needs to get her, and his mojo, back—fast. But from the moment Damon rings Natasha's doorbell and steps into her personal life, he starts feeling things he never has before. For once, the notorious playboy wants t…

5 STARS For Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle

Adams Grove is mourning the loss of Pearl Clemmons, known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and the best unsolicited advice in the county.
When Jill returns to settle her grandmother's estate, she's greeted by a Clydesdale-sized guardian dog who doesn't seem to be earning his stripes (although he drools on them pretty well), and Garrett Malloy, the ex-fiance she left behind a year ago.
Jill insists on staying at Pearl's amidst a string of break-ins that have sleepy Adams Grove wide awake and locking its doors. Jill's past with Garrett becomes the least of her worries when she learns that their lives are in danger. She is the only person standing between a desperate conman and a secret from Pearl's past.
Will Pearl's past kill any chance of Jill and Garrett's future together?
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read.  The book begins with Jill driving to Adams Grove to celebrate her beloved Grandmother's…

Make up Look, Purple! Making any Eye Colour POP!

Hey all!  I decided to do another makeup look, yes I know it's been a long time since my last one. I have been super busy with life, but decided to take a time out today and do some makeup.
Here's a look that will make any eye colour pop.  It's a Smoky Purple and Grey.  On the inner corner of the eye I used white, middle it a shiny grape colour and on the outer corner blended up is a shiny black turned grey.  I then lined my eyes with a shimmery purple pencil (waterline and all)  then on top I lined it with some black shadow (not the waterline).  I then added some blue black mascara to finish it off. My cheeks and lips just have a bit of pink :D

Of course the colours on camera never turn out the same because of the lighting and I'm no professional photographer lol.  Hope you like my latest makeup look!  If you ever have questions.... Don't hesitate to ask!

My Review of Trinity by Deena Remiel, Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

Happy Birthday to Trinity! Please be sure to visit  Deena Remiel's Place

One way or another, terror will reign tonight...

School teacher and single mom, Emma Livingston, has been through hell—and back so she thinks. While dealing with the night terrors and active imagination of her five-year old daughter, Hannah, she attempts to lead a normal life. That is, until the demon from those nightmares pays her a visit, too, and threatens both of their lives. Desperate, she reaches out for help—and finds Michael waiting.

Michael D’Angelo is known to everyone in Prophet’s Point, Arizona, as their loving elementary school principal. But to The Brethren, he is the most powerful Protector. Immortal and angelic does not mean he’s without doubts or fears, as protecting Emma and Hannah from Evil tests his ability to fight his tortured past.

As the Trinity is formed, ancient secrets are revealed and faith is tested. When a prophecy is exposed, Hannah becomes the main target and Emma wonders if a nor…

The World of Alice Wade, be the one to explore it!

Please Welcome Alice Wade, Eternal Press Author to  Books Read 'N' Makeup Done

Synopsis: Talon (Release date April 7, 2012)

Vampires only fear one name -- Talon. The elven prince and his mate, Kailani, have made it their mission to hunt down the violent vampire covens that have been destroying hundreds of innocent lives in their pursuit of selfish and depraved entertainment. Their strategy would have been fool-proof, except for one problem: Talon and Kailani are vampires too.

But when they enter a castle overrun, they realize they are out of their league. The vampire leader has stolen elven magic, something Talon takes personally and can’t fight alone. This sets them on a path of redemption, destruction and closure. Along the way, they pair up with two humans who are destined to become the family Talon craves.

Is this your typical vampire story?

NO! I don’t do anything in my writing that is ‘typical’ and love to stretch my mind beyond the norm. Talon is a uniquely blended novel that…

Toni's Review of Night Games by Crystal Jordan ***4.5 Stars***

Over time, the Magickals have learned to live in the company of humans and keep their extraordinary abilities a secret. But despite their vigilance, one lurks among them who will stop at nothing to obtain his dark desire. . .

A cop with the Seattle P.D., Selina Grayson is committed to both her job and her privacy. Few know that she's a centuries' old elf with a tragic past that continues to haunt her. Yet her body still craves the exquisite ecstasy of sex that is her birthright--and a night of complete sensual abandon is just what she needs. . .

A Special Agent with the FBI Magickal Crimes Unit, Jack Laramie is one of the few Normals who know Magickals exist. He's wary of their power, but one touch from Selina ignites a fire within his blood. Hot with desire, he's ready to succumb to her erotic spell. But working a serial killer case together isn't quite as pleasurable--especially when the killer has a taste for humans like Jack. Now one wrong move could put out thei…

5 Stars for Storm (The Elemental Series) by Brigid Kemmerer

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death. 

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca. 

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all. 

The storm is coming . . .
Becca is a typical teenager and is being bullied at school  but she's a strong girl and shows a strong front at school and then there is Chris.  Chris is one of the schools heart throbs…

4 Stars for Breathless by Scott Prussing!

College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old. That’s when her mom started acting weird, refusing to go outside during the day and insisting the sunlight hurt her skin because she had been bitten by a one-fanged vampire… 

But fascinated doesn’t mean Leesa believes—any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. When her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to confront all these and more.

I really enjoyed this book, it had quite the twist on what we understand vampires to be and the way they live. I like also like the hunters and how the Author made them different from any others I've read about. I found the story to be intriguing enough to keep me interested to the very end.  I'm not a big reader of YA Novels because I find them a little tame for my tastes. However, in this book there is a normal amount of teenage lust. …

Emily Cale's Guest Post When Characters Misbehave!

When Characters Misbehave

Characters always drive my writing. It's usually a specific character that sticks out in mind when I start thinking about a story. It's a certain piece of them that inspires me to actually sit down and work on writing a book. Typically, I'm what we call a pantser, meaning I have no idea what's going to happen in the story, but I start writing and eventually find out. My experience writing Getting Ahead was completely different.
For months, I'd been thinking about the plot in my head, but I'd been wrapped up in other projects and unable to start on it. When I finally got the time, I realized I had a story, but no characters. Of course, I started writing anyway. I wrote, rewrote, and rewrote some more, but couldn't quite figure out how to get beyond the first chapter, even though I already knew everything that happened in the book. On probably the eighth version of the first chapter, it came to me. Or rather, Amber came to me. She wasn…