Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Wonder Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Wonder Blog hop!

I love the Christmas season, but to be honest gifts do not interest me these days. I have enough things, too many things, and in 2015 I have my eye on paring down things I haven't used in years. If I want to listen to music, I go online. Same with movies and books. I read digitally, so that means fewer books stacked on the floor.

Oh, I still have books, but as I move forward I find that I prefer to go green. My library got a workout this year.

This year, my husband and I will do as last year: share the experience of a gift. For my little one, I might look into activities she can do with her Scout troop or plan a trip. She's still in the toy stage, and I suspect soon she'll want for bigger ticket items - the phone, the tablet. For me twenty-odd years ago it was the boom box. Can you still buy one of those?

What do you most look forward to during the season? Comment below and I will pick three random winners to receive two eBooks from my backlist. Age 18+, please, no purchase necessary to win.

Don't forget the big giveaway below. Good luck!



Friday, November 28, 2014

TGIF: Time to Read PT. III - The Search For Spock

Warning: book spoilers below.

I am full of food and by virtue of working today (even eTailers have a Black Friday) I'm missing out on being pushed and shoved in a mall. I spent my Thanksgiving alternating between eating and reading. It's something I hope everybody can do on a holiday. We all work hard, and we deserve it.

A few self-serving plugs first: All Romance's annual #AREBLAST sale is back. A Different Class is 50% off one day only there.  All my Phaze titles there are 35% off. You can also shop and get 35% off my eBooks and print books by using the code BLACK at checkout. I don't know what other sales are happening elsewhere. Kobo is having a sale. There's a chance some of my stuff is marked down, but who knows?

Unfortunately, the short I submitted for a certain anthology was rejected, but it's okay. I received good feedback, and I agree with their assessment that it wasn't romantic enough. I believe for my next WIP I will focus more on intimacy than the money shot. I think I've forgotten how to do that over the years, when erotica was huge. Not to say that hot sex is not good, but there must be a balance, and clearly I'm toppling. I intend to see my next anthology submission through (that one called for erotica, not necessarily romance), and after that I will take the R and retool it into a longer work built off one of my current releases.


Just Finished

The Immortals by Michael Korda - At long last, I'm a step closer to completing the Sideboob Hour Reading Challenge, now a year old. Yeah, these books take time, and to be honest I had expected more boob in a book like The Immortals. I don't have to tell you what it's about - I mean, just look at the cover. I can't explain my fascination with Marilyn fiction; just this year I read The Blonde by Anna Godberson (a similar story) but I didn't enjoy that one as much as Korda's book. Godberson twisted the JFK/Marilyn legend to introduce Soviet involvement and to portray MM as a spy. Immortals is flat out Hollywood and gossip and the Mafia - James Ellroy lite.

There's sex in the book, most of it summarized, but you definitely know at least Kennedy men have a reason to grin silly. The story switches POV to suit the story's progression, with the only first person view belonging to the fictional David Lehman, a PR expert supposedly with many clients in different industries, yet he only seems to work for Joe Kennedy, Sr. and his boys. He's kind of like Nick Carraway in Gatsby, always around and witnessing everything. He's the fixer, arranging meetings and liaisons and tête-à-têtes and...well, you get it. Immortals covers the era from the mid-50s (Marilyn films Seven Year Itch and is married to DiMaggio) to her death in 1962. Korda doesn't stray too far from the standard picture of Marilyn, presenting her as perpetually drinking, drugging, and befuddled. The Kennedys are horny yet cold, ambitious yet at the same time tired of paying the price of power. Toward the end you genuinely feel sorry for the lady.

I think the only things I didn't like about the book were the ending and how Korda downplayed Monroe's relationship with Frank Sinatra. The story doesn't really end until all three are gone, and there are scenes where villainous forces plot JFK's assassination. Korda could at least have seen the readers through that. Anyway, I've read so many Marilyn books that make her story look boring - this one kept me up at night. Three 1/2 stars.


Now Reading

Normal by Graeme Cameron - Kind of a mesh of Hannibal and The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. It's a MIRA offering, but not like one from them I've read before.


Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno - Still plugging away at this one. Trying to get back to it ASAP.


Stripped Bare by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin - Gay BDSM romance novella. About halfway finished, shouldn't take too long to finish.


Last year I set the goal to read 125 books. Thinking of upping the ante for 2015, but 150 might seem like too many. Maybe play it safe and even it to 130.

Cornelia Amiri: Valkyrie Vampire Ball + Giveaway

There is a secret to my Dancing Vampire series. My vampires aren’t really vampires. They are baobhan sith (bah vawn shee) vampiric fey, who roam the Scottish highlands. All of them are women, no men. They are voluptuous and enticing beauties always garbed in green dresses. Also, they have talons, no fangs. Like other vampires, they drink human blood and they fry in the sunlight. Many call them dancing vampires as they look for young men coming from the pub at night. The baobhan sith dance with them until the men are exhausted then they transform their nails to talons. 
The dancing grows rough as the baobhan sith rake their nails across their dance partner’s back. They claw at the men’s skin, draining their blood, so they can drink it.

My Dancing Vampire series is a modern take on the baobhan sith. Follow these dark fey as they discover the wild delights of romance with the men of their dreams. The books in the series are Dance Of The Vampires, Vampire Highland Fling, Ever So Bonnie A Vampire, and One Dance With A Vampire.  Valkyrie Vampire Ball , the 5th novella in my Dancing Vampire series comes out November 28th. As the dark fey, the dancing vampires, are an aspect of the Celtic War and fertility goddess, Morrigan, I use her as a secondary character throughout the books. I find it interesting how much the Norse War and Fertility goddess, Freya is similar to Morrigan.  I realized that the Valkyrie are also a lot like the baobhan sith. I have always been intrigued by the Viking roots of the Scottish Clan Gunn. So in Valkyrie Vampire Ball, the hero, Tor, is a Gunn. Both the valkyrie and the baobhan sith are after Tor as his ancient genealogy is both Scottish and Norse. I was able to have Morrigan and Freya face off against each other. This was a super fun book to write. I think the readers will find it a lot of fun and hot hot, hot.

Valkyrie Vampire Ball [Ebook]
ISBN - 9781419942785
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.

The baobhan sith—vampiric fey—Mordak and her sisters search the highlands for men to dance with and drink from. The moment Mordak spots Tor, she burns for his touch and yearns for the taste of his lips in a lingering kiss. Before she can sway her hips in a seductive dance to enchant Tor, three Valkyrie land in front of him. Mordak is not about to let the Norse blondes fly off with the man she chose.

Tor never expected to run into six gorgeous women on his way to the pub. It’s the redhead, Mordak, who catches his eye. When she fights the Valkyrie and saves his life, he knows she’s the woman for him. But Mordak lives in the fey realm where he can’t go and she promised her sisters she’d never fall in love with a human. Can he escape the Valkyrie who want to slay him and win Mordak’s love even though he’s only human?

The last book in the series, Some Vampires Shimmy will be coming soon.

To celebrate the new release, I’m giving away the first three eBooks of the series, Dance Of The Vampires, Vampire Highland Fling, and Ever So Bonnie A Vampire along with a deck of EC 2014 Hoedown  Showdown playing cards. Please comment below to enter the contest and leave your email so I can reach you if you win.

Cornelia Amiri, who also writes under the name of Maeve Alpin, is the author of 24 Celtic and Steampunk romance books. She lives in Houston Texas as does her son and granddaughter and her cat, Severus. Severus is a writer's cat, he loves books. He likes to knock them off the bookshelf, sit on them, and sniff the open pages. He also uses the computer, he sits on it, lays on top of it, and walks across the key board almost constantly. You can visit Cornelia at her web site: and FB page:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Muddle: Pre-Turkey Coma

I don't expect to get anything done this week. Hubby has the week off, little one gets half the week off, and we're traveling for the holiday. The next four days will consist of me trying to work as people hover over me and ask, "What are you doing?"

I'm working. I have a job. Some days it seems as though I'm the only person in the family with one. The prospect of getting any writing done during a holiday shrinks to nil as well. My life takes on a sitcom motif where every time I sit down to continue a story a host of wacky characters interrupt. I'll get one sentence written and along come Lenny, Squiggy, Kramer, Urkel, etc. with some batshit crazy scheme. So I just write off the week and read.

If you're the same, there's good news. A CLASS ACT (ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO) is for sale if you enjoy M/M. A NOOK reader enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars (and I thank you). Also, you can read the revised version of "Jack" in COMING TOGETHER PRO BONO (AMZ / BN / SMASH).

Next up for me: more M/M goodness. There's another anthology submission on my radar, a possible charity collection, and good news involving another story. I'm taking notes for something to do with my other writing name, and still a pile of books to read and review. I'm thankful I don't have to cook this year. As for shopping...I hope to finish it all online. Not as much free cash this year because of the Sicily trip, but I don't need for much this Christmas so I'll spend it on others.

Guest Post: Tara Quan - Frosty Relations

Welcome, Tara Quan! Tara's holding a giveaway below, deadline December 15 to enter.

With the holidays upon us there are troves of books to curl up with by the fireplace. My paranormal romantic comedy goes great with mulled wine and cinnamon cookies. Part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand line, Frosty Relations features a young college graduate facing the complicated world of adulthood and confronting the frost mage she’s had a crush on for most of her life. Add some Christmas magic and Madame Eve’s renowned matchmaking service, and we’ve got the beginnings of an icy-hot love story. Those who’ve read my Halloween release Flirting with Fire already know Jack, this tale’s hunk. In keeping with the holiday spirit I’m giving away a $15 gift card. To enter, leave a comment here and drop your details in the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. [or replace with: at my website:]
Frosty Relations (A Witch’s Night Out, 2)
Attorney Jack Frost never understood why holidays did weird things to people. His secretary went on vacation, his best friend ditched their annual Aspen trip, and the law firm’s stubborn human resources assistant refuses his clerical support request. What’s a warlock to do on Christmas Eve but go on a 1-Night Stand? But when an oddly familiar empath shows up as his date, this ice mage has a hard time denying the magic of the winter solstice.
Faced with an anemic employment market and financial woes, college graduate and former witch Mina Mao lands an HR assistant job at Frost and Sons. Having spent her day saving Christmas from Frost Junior’s Grinch-like behavior, she accepts the gift of Madame Eve’s service and heads over to the Castillo Capital. When her date turns out to be her childhood crush and workplace nemesis, she braces herself for the sexiest icy ride of her life.  
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural
Buy Links: Amazon | AllRomance | B&N | Decadent | GoodReads

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Curious, she pulled up the accounting module and groaned when she read the current tally. “Please tell me mini-Frost already left.”

“No such luck.” Angela looked over her shoulder. “The invoices I turned in put Leo’s billings above his by a hair, so the Space Cadet is on a warpath. He’s marching down the hallway as we speak. By the way, what possessed you to let Beth take his overflow work this week?”
Mina furrowed her brows. “Why? She’s new, but I’ve heard she’s good.”
Angela rolled her eyes. “That girl spends half her day on the phone and makes careless mistakes. If she wasn’t tall, blonde, and busty, she’d never have gotten through probation. With the testosterone crowd, all she needs to do is bend at the waist and elbow-squeeze her boobs whenever she drops off a document.”
Sighing, Mina filed the information away and clung to a ray of hope. “Jack is young, male, and single. Maybe it’ll work on him, too?”
Angela snorted. “He grew up with us as babysitters, and we call him the Space Cadet for a reason. Do you know what that brat cares about more than womanizing?”
Mina shook her head.
“Proper usage of spaces, periods, apostrophes, and commas.”

About Tara Quan
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her characters, armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall

Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall
Publication date: February 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Hitchhiking is a bad idea but Caden is desperate.

When she accepts a ride from the first car to come by she meets Gabriel. He’s her age, hot, and the closest thing she has to a savior. Problem is, he is a total jerk. With nowhere to go, Caden convinces Gabriel to let her stay with him for one night. He reluctantly lends a couch.
That night Caden wakes up to strange noises. Concerned, she rushes into Gabriel’s room, already anticipating his bad temper. Instead, he’s kind, sweet, and suspiciously harmless—nothing like the man who gave her a ride. He seems like a different person altogether, and claims he is. By night he is Tom, and by day he is Gabriel. Caden finds herself drawn to the mysteries hidden in his eyes.

For Gabriel, Caden is an annoying mistake. One night turns into many, and despite all his anger towards her, she stays. She even seems to accept him and his flaws, but he still doesn’t trust her—is she staying for him, or has she already discovered more than he’s willing to share?


I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.

Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.

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Cranberries & Spice Blog Hop

Visit all the participating blogs in the Cranberries & Spice Blog Hop! Comment below to win an eBook from my backlist.

Hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving! Every year at this time I can't help but think of George Carlin's joke: "You ever notice nobody seems to get laid much on Thanksgiving? Must be all the coats on the bed." I've written a few holiday-themed romances, but not Thanksgiving.

My most recent holiday story is part of the Hot Holiday Treats box set. "Holiday Bliss" is part of my Love is Bliss series, which is set in a town full of shifters. It's set in a post-Hurricane Sandy town with the community rebuilding in time for Christmas. The matriarch of an affluent panther shifter family catches the eye of a younger, blue collar hottie. The weather may be cool, but they find ways to stay warm.

I wrote "Holiday Bliss" specifically for the box set. All the authors involved are part of the Silken Sheets and Seduction group, and we had so much fun putting it together. As I understand, sales have been good, and I'm happy for that. The book set is just 99 cents, so I hope you'll check it out.

About the Book

An ARe Bestseller!
An Amazon Category Bestseller!

8 Sexy Holiday Stories to keep you warm on cold winter nights!

Cozy up with eight complete novellas full of love, lust, and winter magic by award winners and the ladies of Silken Sheets & Seduction. From cowboys to demons, we’ve got hot holiday treats to warm you up.

A Cowboy’s Christmas Wish by Sorcha Mowbray

When rancher Ford Grayson saunters out of Melissa Adams’ past and into her bar, she’s determined to take him for a ride and kick him to the curb. Payback’s a bitch. But, the cowboy is determined to make his very own Christmas wish come true.

Just’s Desserts by Rachel Kenley

Dessert as foreplay? Justine saves her passion for the desserts she creates. Adam pours his focus into work. Together, something is going to melt.

A Demon’s Gift by Jocelyn Dex

Cordelia, a demon hunter trainee who daydreams of Christmas, fights to resist Argoth, the sex demon, who inflames her desire and reveals a truth that turns her world upside down.

Furry Christmas by Sotia Lazu

Alice’s lonely holidays take an interesting turn when a stray dog walks into her life. Little does she know he could be her Prince Charming, if only she believed in magic.

Holiday Bliss by Leigh Ellwood

Two years after Hurricane Sandy, panther shifter Sheila Houlihan has finally rebuilt her home in the shore town of Bliss, New Jersey. She looks forward to her first Christmas there, if only Jonah will finish with the interior painting. Jonah, however, is interested in being more than Sheila’s handyman.

To Capture a Yeti by Eva Lefoy

An ambitious reporter is determined to prove to the world Yetis exist, even at the cost of her life. But when she’s confronted with the truth, will she choose fame and fortune or keep the secret and the man she desires all to herself?

Longest Night Loving by Daisy Banks

Cursed elf Miles has waited for centuries in the hope a woman will free him from the curse binding him to this house. Will his beautiful visitor pass the test and prove she is the one who he can love?

Caging the Wolf by Sofia Grey

Jessie has fallen in love with the perfect guy, Levi, but there’s one tiny problem. The blue-eyed hunk only exists in her dreams.

Friday, November 21, 2014

TGIF: Time to Read Pt. II - The Wrath of Khan

Spoilers for Stephen King below.

Before I get down to the weekly survey of books, I wanted to acknowledge that Leslie Feinberg passed away this week. I became aware of Feinberg's work (and transgender issues in general) about twenty years ago when I picked up a copy of Stone Butch Blues as part of an online reading group devoted to feminist and gender studies. At the time I worked in a college library, having dropped out of grad school, and I was looking into a few certificate programs. After getting sucked into numerous feminist listservs I found the book club but missed the first discussion.

Like most online gatherings in which I participated, the group fizzled out mid-discussion, which is a shame because I loved the book. I've read so many books in my life, and most of them fade into ether with the passage of time, but Stone Butch Blues stayed with me. I couldn't give justice to the book, so I'll just say if you can find a copy read it. I understand it's out of print, but maybe it will see the light again as an eBook.


Okay, reading time.

Just Finished

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King - I'm giving this one 3 stars. It's not a horror in the paranormal sense, but a thriller with a rather horrific villain. One thing I've liked about King, regardless of what I thought of a specific book, is that he creates vivid characters. They aren't two-dimensional, and he has the ability to make us feel as though any ordinary person could be a homicidal maniac. Here, the maniac is a local geek with a fatal flaw - he has to take credit for work, and he's let his next target get under his skin.

In Mercedes, the maniac in question might remind you of a mega-disturbed Howard Wolowitz given his techno-savvy and odd relationship with his mother. Retired detective Bill Hodges is one click from ending it all, when "Mr. Mercedes" resurfaces after committing the crime Hodges hadn't solved on the clock. It's a fascinating cat and mouse game that builds toward the promise of a tense climax, but abruptly jerks in another direction. I see why now - King plans two more Hodges books. Whether this story will bleed into Book 2 I don't know, but at least I wasn't put off by this book. So the rest of the trilogy is on my radar, for now.


Now Reading

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann - Reeallly slow buildup to any murder action happening. There's more emphasis on Adolph Zukor and his problems than William Desmond Taylor, about whom I thought there'd be more focus.


Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno - Still plugging away at this one. Trying to get back to it ASAP.


The Immortals by Michael Korda - Finally, one for the Sideboob list. As far as Marilyn/JFK pr0n goes, it's more explicit than other stories I've read. Will go more into detail when I'm done.


On the Radar

Little bit of everything:
  • Play On by Mick Fleetwood
  • Unfaded Glory by Sara Arden
  • The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery
  • Normal by Graeme Cameron
  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
I finished a submission for an anthology call this week, starting a new one. Tomorrow is reading day, though, so more on that Monday.

Book Blast: December Rain by A.L. Goulden

Now Available: December Rain by A.L. Goulden
(August Fog #2)
Publication date: November 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance


Monica and Alex Waters have spent that last few months working to repair a broken marriage and rekindle their passion. Just as they start finding their spark, Quinn Matthews and his escalating career resurfaces, but this time Alex makes the decision to let Monica go.

The devastation of losing her high school sweetheart, her home, and even her dog twists Monica down a destructive path that alienates her from her closest friends and lands her on Quinn’s couch. Despite her efforts to resist jumping into his arms again, the spark between them reignites and sweeps her away on a whirlwind holiday adventure. She finds that falling in love with Quinn’s family and lifestyle is as easy as falling for his ocean colored eyes. The problem is that it’s all too easy, and when she sees that Quinn’s reinvented life has completely shifted towards her dreams, she starts to question whether he’s too good to be true.

Quinn has a secret that was never meant to be kept this long, but will Monica be able to trust another man who’s lied? And now that Quinn’s got his happily ever after in sight, he’s not about to let her go or share her with another man.



I'm a designer, author, wife and dog-lover living in the South Pasadena area of California. I got my BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but my love of a good story came way before college. I remember writing my first full story in fifth grade on a typewriter. I cut and pasted it into a book, complete with cardboard cover and taped binding. Things have changed a lot since then. With the magnificent digital age I can produce books and give them to the world without a sticky mess. In college numerous instructors and peers praised my dialogue pushed me to hone my storytelling skills. Of course the need to cut and paste was still there, so I went into the world of Production Design and Art Direction for films and television. It gave me the ability to connect design to storytelling in a way that no other career can. The past 18 years have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together. Now I'm shifting focus on the driving force that brought me here... stories. I hope that I can share a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit in all of the above.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Muddle: Muddling Through

I finished Mr. Mercedes last night. Like, not a love, not enough to cause another author breakup. So, Revival goes on the TBR but I won't get to it immediately. I have Mick Fleetwood's memoir to read, but early buzz is less than enthusiastic about it. Forcing myself through Tarkin and Tinseltown, so I might take a break from both and start on another book. In the meantime, I have a nice bag of finished books to take to the security guard at my husband's work. He'll read anything, and I've given him mystery and sci fi and romance. I like that I can give a book to somebody and know they will pick it up just because.


I used to acquire stories for a small publisher, and throughout a year we'd hold several special calls for shorts. It's fun to make up themes for these calls, and a challenge to do something another publisher hasn't done. Ten years ago everybody had a Zodiac and/or Tarot line - it was insane. One thing I found amusing about calls was the last minute slide under the door, when authors submitted stories almost at midnight of the deadline.

I'm about to commit that last-minute slide myself. I'm looking into anthologies that want shorts of about 5k (if you've followed new of another publisher, it's related to that). There's a deadline this Friday and I'm almost done with an MM short to send. If I don't make that book, I plan to use it toward another Coming Together contribution.

Coming Together has a line called "Treasures" which takes all the contributed shorts from one author into a collection benefitting charity. I have two MM stories out soon which total about 15K. I'd need 20K minimum for digital, 50K for print. Print's not a concern for me these days, but a large collection would be nice, so I plan to write a bit to make this happen. Only thing left is to decide on a charity.

We donate often to cancer-related organizations, and to homeless shelters. Because a collection would be all MM, perhaps an LGBT-centric charity would work, too. I suppose I can muddle that while I write. Suggestions welcome.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Guest Blog: Tara Andrews - Her Everything

Please welcome Tara Andrews!

Thank you, Leigh, for having me here today! My latest release, Her Everything, has been out since September 26th, so I don’t think I can call it a “New Release” but I still get excited about it. This story has a couple of my own personal favorite things to read about - besides a hot rock star hero. :) Wishes coming true and family.

In, Her Everything, the fan-girl gets the guy! Who hasn’t ever imagined that scenario! Not only did Rachel’s deepest wish come true, but her sister’s involved in the story as well. Having two sisters and a brother of my own, the scenes between Rachel and her sister, Sasha, were so much fun to write.

Here’s a little about Her Everything…

Title: Her Everything
Author: Tara Andrews
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Friday, November 14, 2014

TGIF: Time to Read

I would work twenty-four hours a day if I didn't have access to a clock. The inbox is always full and the task list never dwindles. I cross off one job, I add two more. That's how it goes here. I'll be buried sitting upright with my fingers on ASDFJKL;

I'm getting better, though. I purposely take Saturdays off. Call it a Sabbath, lost time, whatev. I do nothing work-related on that day unless something is on fire. Saturdays I mostly read. I don't know if I read like other people - I'll have several books open at a time, and I grab the one that entices me the most. Right now I have a few open, one closed, and many many more in the queue.

On Fridays, I'll share what's on the virtual nightstand. Some may get more detailed reviews here as I go on.

Just Finished

Perfidia by James Ellroy: (from my real-name Goodreads review) I have so few auto-buy authors these days. I used to have many, but one by one I drop them when the stories turn predictable and the writing stale. One actually died, but anyway...

Ellroy is heavy reading, and his dirty staccato style is what makes the scenery come alive. If you've glommed the rest of his catalog you know several players here - Perfidia is a prequel of sorts to his other series. It begins just before the attack on Pearl Harbor with the murder of a Japanese family in LA. Throughout the investigation the story peels away layers to reveal corruption within the police force, sympathies for opposing forces, and a lot of bad language. Ellroy doesn't write rainbows and unicorns.

The only problem I have with Ellroy's books is I have to go back and read the others again to jar my memory. One day I'll sit and have a good binge.


Now Reading

Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno - I went to grade school and college with a guy who digs Star Wars. He's in a cosplay group and for a time he used a screen name derived from Tarkin. He's only in the first (fourth?) film, but I always wondered about him. Did he have a family, a lady on another planet? Peter Cushing made him so sinister, and when I saw this book I grabbed it - though I haven't read tie-ins in a while. So far it's quite interesting - it goes back and forth between Tarkin's youth and his time before boarding the Death Star.


Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann - I love the old Hollywood stories, really got into that Hollywood Babylon stuff and studio-squelched scandals. The stuff Perez blogs can't hold a candle to it. Tinseltown goes way back to early talkie era with a history of one of the biggest murder mysteries of the day. It's rather dry with the exposition so far, but hoping it picks up.


Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King - I break up with Stephen King more often than Taylor Swift breaks up with anybody. I came back after a friend recommended 11/22/63 and stayed through Doctor Sleep, so I put this on hold at the library. More mystery than mysterious paranormal, Mercedes is reading like a dual character study - retired cop with something to prove versus bored spawn of Satan. It's moving slowly but I'm only a fifth of the way in.


On the Radar

Little bit of everything:

  • Unfaded Glory by Sara Arden
  • The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery
  • Normal by Graeme Cameron
  • The Immortals by Michael Korda (Sideboob TBR)
  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
While I'm waiting, I have to finish a short for an anthology call, then begin another anthology call, then check up on a few box set invites. Busy busy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Blast: A Summer's Enchantment by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Congratulations to Kathleen on her new release!


Cassandra Wales, an independent and determined registered nurse, finds her plans for the future shattered when her boyfriend dumps her. Her witchcraft made him squirm but she wasn’t about to change for him. The move into her new home keeps her distracted, but she’ll be sure to keep an eye out for red flags next time. She never expected to find an elderly woman, accompanied by her hot and sexy grandson Jake, at her doorstep with an odd request. Sparks sizzle between Cassandra and Jake. Bad timing for sure. Will she be able to trust a man who has women begging for his attention? 

Jake Hill is an ambitious, up and coming lead singer in a rock band. When his grandmother asks him to take her over to her first home, he doesn’t question her motives. Instead, he meets the woman of his dreams. But will she stick around while he climbs the ladder in the exciting world of rock and roll? 

How will Jake find the time to nurture a relationship when his music takes top billing? Can the passion between them be enough to lead the way, or will fear of failure take control of their destiny?


The DJ played ‘Always’ by Bon Jovi. “I love this song. It’s one of my favorites."

“Let’s dance.” Jake took her by the hand. He led Cassandra to the dance floor, and they found a spot in the far corner, away from the crowd. With their bodies close, they moved as if they’d danced together before. Each movement was slow and seductive. She placed her head on his shoulder, ran her hand across his chest and down to his arm. His breathing sped up as she snuggled up against his cheek.

“You’re driving me crazy.” Jake whispered in her ear.

Her fingertips were bursting with desire as she caressed his back, making her delirious with longing. Lost in his tender embrace, she felt the warmth emerge between her legs. It felt like they were alone on a desert island, and she wanted nothing more but to rip his clothes off. It was the most sensual dance she’d ever experience. If a slow dance was this good, the sex would be unbelievable. She secretly imagined his lips trailing down her chest to her breasts. His moans tantalized her. Jake buried his face in her neck and she responded with uninhibited whimpers. He sang the song nuzzled up against her ear, making her lightheaded. It didn’t scare her; it felt wonderful. When the song ended, they remained enveloped in each other’s arms. Jake pulled back, but kept his arms around her waist.

“You’re amazing. I’m happy I gave my grandmother a ride the other day. Thank God for her dream about my grandfather.”

“Speaking about your grandfather, I think he’s come back to his old house for a visit.”

“What do you mean? Come on, let’s sit a minute.” He took her by the hand and guided her back to the table. He moved close to her.

“Now, what were you saying?”

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About the Author

Kathleen lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two dogs. She’s a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. Writing has been her passion since she was a young girl. Contemporary and paranormal romance are her favorites. She has three adult children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat, sipping on an iced tea, dreaming up her next romance novel.

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