Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Muddle: I Hate Winter

Seriously, I'm done with winter. Every day I report to work in long sleeves and pants, my hoodie, and my robe on top of that. When my feet turn to ice in their thick socks, I add another blanket. I live in the South. How effed up is this? I see notes in my social feeds from relatives enjoying the Florida and SoCal sunshine and I just want to &$%(#^@^$@(@!!!

To keep my mind off the miserable weather and to keep my fingers warm, I'm preparing to pull another trigger. I've finished a 5K-plus word submission to an anthology call. It is M/M fantasy, a slow but satisfying smolder, and purposefully funny. I hope for acceptance, but if not I have a Plan B for it. Crossed fingers appreciated.

If you're wondering why I'm working on so many anthology calls lately, I'll label it as therapy. I could ramble on for pages about my feelings and anxieties, but really I want to laugh again. There's some real-world sh!t that could prevent that for a while, but I won't say anything just yet. I'll say right now that I'm in a rebuilding phase at the moment. I want to have fun because I need it front and center. The idea of short fiction keeps my brain functioning, but at the same time I set aside a block to work on something longer.

My previous submission hasn't been decided yet - that call will close soon, so it could be a few weeks.

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I finally finished Unfaded Glory by Sara Arden (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO). Here's what I wrote in my RN Goodreads account:

Wavering between 3 and 3.5 stars on the follow-up to Return to Glory. Where Return well blended the feel of a small-town contemporary romance with the inner conflict of war-disabled hero, Unfaded reads more like an action adventure with bit of small-town sewn in. I have to admit I wasn't expecting to read a story like this. Byron has suffered emotional and physical trauma after a mission with his Ranger team, yet he's duty-bound to serve his country once more by rescuing the princess of a small, Mediterranean nation in the throes of political unrest. Reluctantly he enters a government-arranged marriage of convenience to protect Damara and eventually help her establish democracy in her homeland.

About a third or so of the story actually takes in Glory, AK, with the couple jetting from Damara's homeland to Spain and back again. It's well-written and Byron and Damara make for an engaging couple when not battling over love versus lust in their situation. I think the heaviness of the story caught me a bit off guard, but if you liked the first book in the series it's worth a read.


When I picked up the first book, what caught my eye was the heroine's profession, a baker. I like a nice small-town contemporary set near a diner or bakery or similar focal point. It wasn't the focus of the story, though. Unfaded's cover has the look of a quiet small town romance but you get an action adventure. Not a bad book, but not what I had expected.

During the Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event at Katiebabs's blog, Paisley Smith wrote a nice piece on female soldiers in the US Civil War. I found it timely because I had started High Hearts by Rita Mae Brown (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO), a novel tackling that exact topic. This is one of the few remaining non-mysteries of Rita's I have read, one that I DNF'd in college. I had been reluctant to pick it up again since some of Rita's more recent efforts disappointed me. However, I chose to include this into my 2015 reading challenges, and I'm glad I did. 

High Hearts is classic-era Rita, a great story with moments of conflict and humor, tragedy and hope. I'm encouraged to pick up her Dolley now, though I'm still burned out on mysteries in general so we'll see about those.


Presently, I'm into The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO). I've only read one of Mallery's Fool's Gold books, but this is something different. It's more general fiction than romance, though the triad-plot has elements of romance threaded into it. The "girls" represent a specific decade and marital situation (thirties and struggling in marriage; forties and dating; fifties and facing the future), and it's engrossing so far.

While this is all going on, I have a novella to write for an imprint invitation. More on that later.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Muddle: Sexy To Go

First up, my post at the Lesbian Appreciation Event 2015 at Katiebabs's blog is now live.

Starting in February, you can get some Sexy To Go - hot, erotic reads for your on the go lifestyle. Volume One is coming soon to Kindle, NOOK, All Romance, and everywhere Excessica Publishing titles are sold. Here's the first lickable cover:



My contribution to the first box set is an extension of a short written for last year's Sci Spanks event. Skin is a futuristic romp with spanking elements, MF pairing and happy for now. No cliffhanger, though the ending might seem left open for future romps. To be honest I won't rule it out. I had written Skin specifically for the Sci Spanks thing and never intended to revisit it, but when Eva Lefoy offered to bring authors together for regular releases of these collections I revisited the story and realized one could have more fun with it. I have ideas set for future Sexy To Go volumes, and I wouldn't mind another trip with Andromeda and her DILF of a Captain.

As I understand it, the Sexy To Go series will feature any number of authors. Some may appear in every set, some may take a month off to regroup and write more. Luckily I do have some content to go for a while and I am chiseling away at other projects. I like the idea of a regular series like Sexy To Go because it puts focus on a deadline to meet, a challenge to conquer. A few months I was a bit down, but when I work I don't have time to let the blue drag me.

For Volume Two I am thinking of a follow-up to ...And Lily Makes Three, which appeared in Coming Together: Through the Storm. That is also MF, but the following story would go in a very different direction, so while I ponder that I'm well into a submission WIP for an anthology call. Also, I've received an invitation to write a novella for a LGBT imprint coming this summer. More on that when it's official.

Turns out I'm busier than planned this winter. Back to chiseling.

Friday, January 16, 2015

TGIF: Time to Read Part VI - The Undiscovered Country

Lately I've become more dependent on my CVS-bought reading glasses. It may be time for an eye exam to determine if glasses become a permanent fixture in my future. If yes, so be it, as long as I have a way to read. It's not that I don't enjoy audio books, but it's difficult to listen to one unless I am completely alone. Earbuds go in, husband starts talking, and I can't enjoy having a book read to me. Add the jet noise from the nearby base, and it's a wonder I haven't blown my ears out yet.

When I set out to try the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I expected to stray from the list I initially set. Some books there don't come out until the summer, and in the meantime I'll read books that qualify for various categories. It doesn't mean I won't read the books chosen first, just that I'll be reading more than anticipated. Case in point, I had wanted to read Brown Girl Dreaming as my YA choice, but I couldn't wait and finished it before January, when the challenge began. Not to worry, R.J. Palacio's Wonder (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO) happened to come up for sale on Kindle and I grabbed it. I'd only heard good things about the book and I wasn't disappointed by readability and story. Yeah, you could argue it's more an MG than a YA, but the market is younger readers so I'm counting it. I'm sure I'll have read another YA by year's end.

I finished Sherryl Woods's Dogwood Hill (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO)  and enjoyed it. It's a sweeter romance than others I've read of late, and as I haven't read the other eleven books in the series I can't speak for heat levels on others. I'm on the fence over whether or not to backtrack. Eleven books is asking a bit, especially when my TBR is already sliding to the floor. I may seek out one or two as the synopses grab me.

I'll give Woods credit, I didn't feel lost going into a series this far. It's not written as a serial where you're expected to remember past events and character quirks. On a similar train of thought, I'm reluctant to look into Marissa Meyer's Cress though I loved the first two books in her Lunar Chronicles, mainly because I fear running into trouble following the story. Of course, this could me unfounded worry. I may start Cress and have things come back to me. Anyway...


Also on my Book Riot list is "book published originally in another language." My original choice is not yet available in the US on Kindle, so I moved my original choice for "book written by author under 25" to this slot. Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen (AMZ / BN) is short and I expect to finish it this weekend.

After this I'm prepping for another box set release, but more on that Monday.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Muddle: Who Do We Appreciate?

For the fourth consecutive year, I have contributed a piece to KT Grant's Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event. For 2015, I talk about some of the books I consider my personal gateways into works on the pairing. Not all are romance or erotica, but some present a romantic sensuality that I recall even after twenty years. You might have a guess as to which books I picked, but some titles might surprise you. See for yourself in a week or so.

Speaking of F/F, I've received three calls for shorts that I intend to fulfill in the next few months. Right now, I'm about to send in an extended version of my story, "Skin" to a new anthology tentatively called Sexy To Go, Vol. 1. This is an M/F futuristic with BDSM elements. After that, I have two more stories in the works for future volumes if I'm asked back. One is a first person POV. I've written first person for a few mysteries under my other name, and I'm thinking I might do more with it. Some people like it, some don't, but I find I'm comfortable with it if it suits the story.

All the while I'm still waiting to hear about another submission. Been waiting for a number of things lately, and it's been quiet. I am thinking I may experiment with new writing space next week by logging an hour a day at a nearby library. They have a quiet room which is really nice, and the jet noise isn't as prominent as it is in my home.

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I started Unfaded Glory (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO) last night and am already a third of the way through. I am enjoying it so far, though I'll say the story isn't quite what I expected having read book one. The cover implies a small-town contemporary romance, and it gets there, but the first third of the book is more action/adventure and romantic suspense. I put the book down for bed right when the story changed gears, so we'll see how the rest of the story play out. I had enjoy the first story, Return to Glory, and that book is quite different. For one, Return is set almost entirely in Glory, Kansas, but I see a recurring theme in Unfaded (i.e. damaged military hero).

I also started one by Sherryl Woods, Dogwood Hill (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO), which is the twelfth Chesapeake Shores novel. I hadn't realized the series went that long - this is actually my first Woods read. I picked it up mainly because of the setting. I've toyed with the idea of writing a Chesapeake Bay set story because I live in the area, and from what I've read so far this town has the feel of a place I'd visit on the Eastern Shore. Bit early to tell for me how I'll like this book, but it's reading quickly.

After this, I have a few reading challenge books I want to finish, perhaps a sci-fi.







Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Muddle: Tick-Tock

I have a few weeks to complete a short piece for the upcoming Love Spanks event. I'll be honest, I haven't started yet. Typically when I volunteer for things like this I get things done ASAP so I don't have to worry. Lately, though, my head's a mess. Today everybody finally goes back to school/work after a lengthy holiday, and I'm hoping the fog lifts soon. I haven't written anything beyond blog posts and book reviews in the last month.

It's not unusual for me to go on a writing hiatus - sometimes I do it after I've finished a long work. This time, though, the inner demons have tempted me to go longer. It's not that I don't have any ideas, I have plenty. I'm compelled, though, to want to write them all at once. You can imagine what happens - you get confused and frustrated, and you find it's easier to not write at all. I fear often that will happen to me, that I'll lose the joy of writing. However, the pain that comes from not writing overwhelms me, too.

If this doesn't make sense, sorry about that. It's not my nature to come off like a whiner. I'm just tired, but I don't worry. I'll get the Love Spanks piece done - it isn't supposed to be more than a few thousand words. I don't want to recycle something from a current or abandoned WIP, either. I need to write original to stay fresh. I'll do this while I await news of a submission sent to Coming Together. I've decided if it doesn't make the cut, I'll write a follow-up to the story and self-pub both together. I've also found a call for F/F erotica for another anthology, so I'm cooking up ideas for that as well.

Onto reading now.

I squealed when I saw A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott (ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO) on NetGalley, louder so when I got cleared to read it. This is from the review on my real-name account at GR:

Stardust doesn't focus on just one conflict, and anybody up on their GWTW history knows the making of the film alone could fill many books. Author Kate Alcott balances the tensions behind filming the American Civil War with the looming war in Europe, which filmmakers are discouraged from touching. As Carole's assistant, Julie deals with scandalous Gable/Lombard publicity while diving headfirst into a relationship with an older, Jewish man determined to do his part for the cause.

Each of the stories (the movie, the relationships, the struggle to work in film) overlap and fit like a secure braid. I enjoyed Stardust, especially when Carole Lombard had control. If you're a fan, you'll enjoy the story. If you've not heard of her, Stardust may make you a fan.

As part of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I chose Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (AMZ / BN) as my graphic novel. Finished it last night. You might know Alison's name from the Bechdel Test of movies. Home is a graphic novel memoir, specifically about Bechdel's relationship with her father. I liked it, but as I'd read her strip Dykes to Watch Out For for years I find I enjoyed her fiction comics more.

I'm down to three books in the NetGalley queue, and after that I'll concentrate on some books I purchased over the holiday. With the house back in my possession, though, it's time to write again.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: An American Duchess by Sharon Page

An American Duchess
Sharon Page
Harlequin
September, 2014
Buy: AReAMZ / BN / KOBO

Rating: 2.5-3/5

About the Book

Set on a crumbling English manor estate during the height of the Roaring Twenties, an American duchess must decide how much she's willing to risk for the life she truly desires…

It's 1922, and New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father's will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor.

Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian's older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family's ancestral estate. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he's fighting against.

When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?

Review

I've been on a "books similar to Downton Abbey" bend of late. I've enjoyed a few recent offerings from Deanna Raybourn, but those books aren't all set in England, and An American Duchess had the estate setting I've wanted to read.

Zoe comes off as a wild and carefree flapper type, but we see she knows when to pull back when it comes to emotion. She needs a marriage to secure her wealth, but her plans to marry the second son of a titled family fizzle when her intended wants more out of the deal. During her visit to Brideswell, she catches the eye of the brother, a reluctant Nigel - scarred from Great War physically and psychologically. Amid wagging tongues they marry and make a go of a life together.

I had looked forward to this story - the time and setting, and the imperfections of the H/H provided a nice bonus. I felt, though, the story might have been too long as it seemed to drag in places. Nigel's cold exterior paired with Zoe's headstrong attitude became trying, to the point of aggravation. Through the second half of the book they become exaggerations of their respective characters - the flapper who feels she has to shove everybody into the new century, hesitation be damned, and the old world duke who scoffs at everything.

Plotlines involving minor characters - the Duke's sisters, each of whom have goals that don't fit the societal norms - resolve too quickly, and not quite to my satisfaction, which makes me wonder if a follow-up story is planned.

I didn't hate it, but wasn't wowed. If you enjoy 1920s set romance, though, you may wish to try it.

Rating 2 1/2 to 3 stars

Leigh Ellwood is the author of "Love's Dominion" in the WTRAFSOG 9 box set (AMZ ~ BN ~ Kobo) and "A Different Class" in the Box of 1Night Stands, Vol. 2 (ARe ~ Kindle ~ NOOK).

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Muddle: Go Gaily Forward


I'm not making any New Year's resolutions for 2015. I never keep them. Diet? Riiiight. I'm equal parts German and Italian. Food love is in my DNA, try and block me from that buffet. Write more? That should be a given, not a resolution. Anything else will have to wait until I've made enough bank.

I have made a pledge, though, to write another novel, no matter how long it takes. It may come under another name or this one, haven't decided yet. That, and a series of shorter works to distribute over time. But I've been saying that for a while. Time for action.

I will read more this year, or at least as much as I did in 2014. I'll watch Twitter and the book sites for recs, provided they aren't pure spam. I find the word of another reader carries more weight. It's how I discovered a number of books this year.

I may, too, distribute a novella I pulled from YKW Publisher for free on a platform. Wattpad? Maybe. I never cared for their structure, but it's a popular site. Change the names to 1D band member to get some attention. Heh.

Anyway, I came home to a pile of mail and a full inbox, so it's off to whittle both to nothing.



Friday, December 26, 2014

TGIF: Time to Read Part V - The Final Frontier

Kobo is having a Boxing Day sale today through the 5th. Use DECEMBER35 to get 35% off eligible books. I have several titles that take the code, including the WTRAFSOG box set. That's a great deal to get today.

Hope everybody had a safe and restful holiday, able to enjoy what they like. I don't receive many gifts anymore since it all goes to the little one, but I did get a fair amount of gift book credit. I'll bide my time with the book search because there are a few 2015 titles I want to read.

Speaking of, I find it difficult to not read the books I've earmarked for my 2015 reading challenge. I have a book in hand, I want to read it right there. Since Christmas is a day off for me, I spent it reading...when I wasn't gasping in a food coma.

I finished The Tudor Bride by Joanna Hickson (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO) on Christmas Eve. Historical fiction is my crack. From my real-name GR account:

The Tudor Bride is the story of Catherine of Valois, who married Henry V but sadly became a widow too soon into their marriage. Her French heritage and potential influence on the young Henry VI keep her from court, and while it's expected for queen dowagers to live out their years like nuns Catherine is still vital and of a marriageable (and child-bearing) age.

Catherine's story is told through the POV of her faithful Mette, her mistress of the robes during Henry V's regency and later a confidante. I find sometimes that stories told in this bystander POV take away from the main characters. We never really get into Catherine's head but we understand Mette's devotion to her. Her narrative seeks to protect her as she's done for all the queen's life.


After that I picked up a short novel I got with my OmniLit Bucks: Shmucks by Seymour Blickers (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO). The premise got me to click, but I hadn't realized it was a reprint of a book published 40+ years ago. A Romanian cab driver, fed up because he can't make a quick buck, and a real estate developer/super, fed up because he can't get laid, drive head-on to face each other in an alley. Neither one budges and we get to watch the ensuing stand-off, ridiculous and pathetic at the same time. 

The story plays out like a Seinfeld episode (like the one where George won't relinquish a parking space), and it's quiet amusing.

Presently I'm reading An American Duchess by Sharon Page (ARe /
AMZ / BN / KOBO), picked up during a search for "books like Downton Abbey." Well, it's not quite like that, but it is post-WWI UK set and while it's not really an original storyline (heiress needs to marry to access $$, engaged to man but interested in his brother the Duke) it's nonetheless engaged me so far. There are fascinating twists to the tropes, however, including a PTSD hero and subplots with the Duke's family.

I suppose next week I will begin my 2015 reading challenges in earnest. There are a few books I should weed off the TBR first. I still have Tarkin and Unfaded Glory to get to, so maybe after New Year's.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Unexpected Daddy by Brenna Lyons

Unexpected Daddy
Brenna Lyons
Phaze Books
December, 2014

Buy: AMZ / ARE / BN

Rating: 3/5

About the Book

When twenty-six-year-old Joey Beirs is summoned to the emergency room one evening, the last thing he expects to find is that his twin brother and Jeremy's wife have both been killed in a car accident, leaving him an unexpected daddy to his newborn niece, Abby. Closing in on the end of his leave from work, Joey has to find suitable childcare for Abby. After yet another interview turns south, Joey is accosted by homophobic bigots and saved by Geoff Allread. 

Geoff is in his forties, an out-of-work carpenter whose unemployment is running out, soon to be faced with working in fast food or retail to keep food on the table in the recession. He's also late to come out of the closet, a wounded man who has lost everything by admitting what he is... including his daughter from his ill-fated marriage. Geoff is good with kids and adores Abby. It's a match made in heaven. At forty-three, Geoff needs a job that doesn't mean asking if someone wants fries, and Joey needs someone who's good with Abby.

But can both of them overcome their hurts and accept that the age difference doesn't matter as much as finding what they've both lost... a stable family?

Review

Following a tragic accident, Joey assumes guardianship of his infant niece. A fruitless search for daycare leads him to Geoff, an unemployed blue-collar man who appears gruff yet has a soft spot for children. The arrangement, first borne out of necessity on both parts (one needs a sitter, one needs a job) grows into a relationship one tries to fight but cannot.


Daddy is short, just under 15,000 and offers a peek into a sweet, budding relationship between a man unexpectedly in charge of a family and another mourning the loss of his due to divorce. I would like to have seen it lengthened with a deeper exploration of the two heroes - particularly Geoff. I haven't read many M/M stories featuring older men, particularly those acknowledging their sexuality later in life. Daddy is a nice diversion, nonetheless, if you want a lunch hour read.

3 Stars

Leigh Ellwood is the author of "Love's Dominion" in the WTRAFSOG 9 box set (AMZ ~ BN ~ Kobo) and "A Different Class" in the Box of 1Night Stands, Vol. 2 (All Romance ~ Kindle ~ NOOK).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Muddle: Merry Christmas

I don't expect to get anything done this week. Christmas Week is always nutty, and never peaceful. Everybody's off school/work, and the house population doubles with relatives. It's cold as hell and football 24/7. I can't retreat into another room without people muttering, "Why is she in there?" I love my family, but I love peace and quiet and I don't expect it this week.

Also, the annual cold. I'm spitting up more slime than you'd see in the first Ghostbusters film. I still have a few days of work ahead of me, but I intend to take Christmas Day off to read and maybe reflect on the year. The in-laws are a dry household, so that's about as zany as it gets around here.

All in all, not a bad year: inclusion in three box sets and two Spank anthologies, two Coming Together anthologies, and three original stories released. No novel length works, but I'd like to change that in 2015. The goals include a set of novella (which will be written in advance before they are submitted) and one book. I'll pick an idea out of the hat and get to work.

As for reading, I picked up an ARC of The Tudor Bride (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO) by Joanna Hickson. It is second in a series, but appears to stand alone. It is a fictionalized account of the life of Catherine of Valois, wife of Henry V, so we're talking the beginning of what becomes the Tudor empire. I haven't read a Henry V fiction beyond the play, so I keep picturing Branagh and Thompson while I'm reading this. It's pretty good so far - I'm about a fifth of the way in, and since Henry V's reign wasn't very long it will be interesting to see how the rest of the story unfolds.

One disadvantage to having studied English history is that you are somewhat spoiled, because you know the outcome. I guess that's why I liked the alternate history of Laura Andersen's Boleyn King trilogy. Still I remain fixated on Tudor era fiction, if only to enjoy different authors' interpretations of the legends and history.

I had pledged to read Brown Girl Dreaming (ARe / AMZ / BN / KOBO) as part of a 2015 reading challenge, but I got the book early and am already half finished. I'm enjoying it very much - it's a patient and vivid read. I do admire authors who can evoke bright imagery with few words. I'm a believer in economy when it comes to writing. I don't always practice it, though...

Back to Dreaming - it's a life story told in a series of freestyle verse about a young black girl coming of age in the 1960s - in the south and in New York City. If I can get some quiet this week I hope to finish.

After this...well, I packed a bunch of Harlequin paperbacks. Might choose one from random.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn

Night of a Thousand Stars
Deanna Raybourn
MIRA
September, 2014

Buy: ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO

Rating: 4/5

About the Book

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems. 

With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear. 

My Review

I don't have many auto-buy authors, but with her recent historical novels Deanna Raybourn may soon be added to the list. Night of a Thousand Stars begins with a runaway bride who quickly puts a grand distance between herself and the altar...all the way to Damascus. With the intent of tracking down the man who assisted her getaway, Penelope "Poppy" March becomes embroiled in a dangerous hunt for treasure and discovers she can't tell the good guys from bad in her adventure.

Raybourn has a series of novels featuring a character Lady Julia, none of which I've read yet, but Stars alludes to the character, as well as Evie Stark in City of Jasmine - so Night is the book that links all of the author's worlds. If you've read her prior works you may appreciate the references, but it's not really necessary to have read City of Jasmine first. 

I enjoyed this story - the intrigue and the settings, and another delightful Raybourn heroine.

4 Stars

ARC received via NetGalley

Leigh Ellwood is the author of "Love's Dominion" in the WTRAFSOG 9 box set (AMZ ~ BN ~ Kobo) and "A Different Class" in the Box of 1Night Stands, Vol. 2 (All Romance ~ Kindle ~ NOOK).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two New Box Sets, 99 Cents Each!

Box sets are awesome, especially if you're able to put away several books in a week. This week two of my works are included in new box set releases. The first is the second collection of Decadent Publishing 1Night Stands. Seventeen stories from some of the top Decadent authors, and you'll find A Different Class in there! This set is 99 cents and available for a limited time so don't wait!

Buy Now! Decadent / AMZ / ARe 




The second set is Vol. 9 of What To Read After Fifty Shades of Grey. My contribution is a tweaked version of "Love's Dominion", a fantasy romance with some light kink. It is also 99 cents for a limited time. Over 1500 pages of sexy romance in this one!

Buy Now! AMZ / BN / Kobo