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Review of “Heart of Darkness” – Lauren Dane

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Book Summary:
Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.
Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel—night after explosive night—is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.

After hearing about Lauren’s tale-weaving skills for some time now, I decided to give the author’s creations a look. I selected the Bound By Magick series because I’m a fan of paranormal romance novels. This story certainly didn’t lack in the romance department. Meriel and Dominic couldn’t keep their hands off one another. But besides their physical attraction, they connected mentally and magically too which made them a perfect match. 
My only complaint about the story – at times I felt like certain sections were rushed. Example, the showdown with Dom’s mom. I expected a surprise or two thrown at us, but it never happened. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t written poorly at all. I was simply waiting for the “Holy Hell” moment. 
With that said, I will check out the rest of the series.
CHAOS BURNING – Bound By Magick, Book 2

GOING UNDER – Bound By Magick, Book 3

WILD DARKNESS Bound By Magick, Book 4 (Coming November 2013)

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Author Showcase – Zara Stoneley

(Good Enough, Part 1) by Zara Stoneley
An erotic contemporary romance, including menage, F/M/F, M/F/M and sex outdoors.
One Christmas, four friends – will they still be together by New Year?
Divorce wasn’t part of the plan for Holly,
but then again nor was spending the festive period with two sexy men and
Santa’s little helper! With a disastrous marriage behind her, and three good
friends who are willing to share, moving on could be fun – if only she can
accept that sometimes her heart is wiser than her head.
Dane doesn’t do commitment, which suits
Holly just fine. But when things heat up between the four friends, he’s forced
to face up to his past. Will realising he’s good enough mean he no longer wants
to share…?
Laid back Charlie knows that if his best
friend becomes his lover he could end up losing big time. But can he resist?
And when the girl he once loved comes back, who will he decide to spend the New
Year with?
…And Sophie just wants to have fun. She’s
got the answers to everyone’s problems, except her own …. is she the one who
needs good friends most of all?
Will a caring, sharing, lust and love filled Christmas lead to the happy ever
after they all desire?

If you enjoy ‘Good Enough to Share, then keep an eye
out for Book 2 in the series, ‘Good Enough to Trust’ which will be released
next week – for more details, and to see the sexy cover check out my

‘It is beautifully written and raw….  a book about 4 friends searching for the answer that everyone has…are we
good enough?’ Read the review
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Zara Stoneley has been writing stories for as long as she’s been reading them.
She submitted her first novel, a thriller, to a UK publisher when she was
twelve years old.
After moving on to romance, she started off
writing contemporary romance with a bit of sizzle, and then discovered she
liked hot and erotic too. Her erotic work has been published by Xcite Books and
Breathless Press. She also writes contemporary romance under the name Susie
Medwell, and her latest romance will be released by Lyrical Press on 6th May
Zara loves her family, sunshine, wine, good
food, caffeine, cats, music, writing and reading – but not necessarily in that


Twitter – @zarastoneley

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Interview with D.R. Racey

1. Welcome,
D.R. Racey. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear
and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the
writing business?
(D.R.) I
have been on active duty in the U.S. Military since 1998 and I am married with
three children. I started writing as a hobby in 2008 as a way to spend my free
time while off from work. My hobby of writing finally came to fruition in 2012
when I finally published Conflagration, the first book in The Phoenix Blade
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(D.R.)  I don’t fear the writers block too much. What I do fear is
the wife block. My wife lets me know when I start writing a little too often.
Don’t get me wrong though. My wife completely supports my writing and has
edited one of my novels for me.
I guess the best way to beat the “block” is to make sure you
have several works in progress so you can transition between them if you hit a
slow spell on the novel you are currently engaged in.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a writer’s
life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that
bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(D.R.)  I spend most of my time when I am not writing at work. When
I am off work I am either writing or marketing my books using social media.
Social media marketing is a beast to try and handle, but it helps get the word
out about my novels. Other than writing and marketing, I spend a lot of my time
at home with family. I am also always turning over stories in my head to come
up with my next big book.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
(D.R.) Many of my co-workers know I write and some have even
purchased some of my novels. I do have one set of books that I write under a
pen name that only my wife knows the name of. My typical books are in the
fantasy, paranormal, and historical fiction genres. The book under my alternate
pen name is definitely erotic so I keep that separate so kids don’t pick up the
book and read something they shouldn’t be reading. It is my way of separating
my two styles of writing.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(D.R.) My list isn’t that long actually. My favorite author is R.A.
Salvatore and is closely followed by Terry Brooks. I am a lover of fantasy
novels so if it has elves, dwarves, dragons, or anything that could pop up in a
D&D game then I will read it.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?

(D.R.) See this is harder to decide but I could see Blood Rites as
a movie. It is a paranormal action thriller set in the mountains of North
Wow that is kind of hard to answer. There are so many actors and
actresses that could play the roles of Daniel, Sara, Makareus, Dana, and
For Daniel I would say Bradley Cooper. He would make a kick ass
werewolf, but still be normal enough to play an average guy during the day as a
lumber mill worker.
Sara is the beauty of the bunch though and Daniel’s girlfriend. So
many visions go through my mind of what she should look like and it becomes a
blur. I would have to suggest Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel. Have you
seen Candice’s eyes? They pull you in like she has put you into a trance. I
would like to see her with blonde hair for the movie though.
Makareus would be portrayed by Gerald Butler. He has adapted to so
many roles that he could easily portray the role of the lycan pack leader.
Dana is Sara’s friend from Nashville and is kind of flirty and likes
to have fun. Dana would be played by Alexandra Daddario from “Percy Jackson and
the Olympians” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D”.
Jennifer is Makareus’ newly turned mate and is beautiful but deadly
along with having a knack for wrath and vengeance. Let me not forget the fact
that as a newer werewolf she desperately craves the taste of fresh flesh and
blood. She could only be portrayed correctly by Amanda Seyfried from the movie
“In Time”. She seemed innocent but she definitely had a mean streak in her.
The cast would be rounded out with Sara’s parents, Allen and
Loraine. Allen would be played by Paul Bettany and Loraine would be portrayed
by Kate Beckinsale. I know neither one of them is very old, but Hollywood could
make them look a little older and you would still have two super hot stars for
Allen and Loraine.
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.

(D.R.) I am currently working on a novel titled Impasse. Impasse is
book three in The Phoenix Blade Trilogy. I can’t give any more detail than that
though without spoiling the first two books. Let’s just say that some of the
supporting characters in the first two books will have a bigger role.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?

(D.R.) For the fantasy lovers you want to read The Phoenix Blade
Trilogy. Conflagration is book one in the series and takes you into the Realm
of Clendorin. Lineage is book two in the series and takes place twenty years
after the first book. I wont give any spoilers away here, but there are many
characters from the first book in the second book of the series.
For paranormal readers you want to get Blood Rites. As for
historical fiction lovers then you want to read the novella War – 8000 Miles
From Home.
All of my books can be found on Amazon worldwide in ebook
and paperback formats. The ebook versions can also be found on Barnes and Noble
and Smashwords. The only exception is Blood Rites where there ebook version is
only available from Amazon.
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?

(D.R.) My fans can connect to me on Twitter at @drraceybooks on
Facebook at
They can also follow my blogs at Goodreads and WordPress.
My official author page is
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(D.R.) My vision is to write books that people want to read. I will
continue to write books in multiple genres to focus on readers or all ages and
taste. Reading is something the world needs, but without writers we won’t have
anything to read. I urge readers of all ages to support authors in their quest
to write the perfect novel for their fans.
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank D.R.
Racey for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and chat.

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Review of “Conflagration” – D.R. Racey

Conflagration is a family friendly fantasy novel for readers of all ages. Though specifically written for the young adult, even those much older will enjoy this journey through the Realm of Clendorin and the search for The Phoenix Blade. Conflagration is the first book in the trilogy and the sequel Lineage is also available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

The Phoenix Blade, a mystical blade of power, has been stolen while the city of Danlor slept. Valus must go in search of the mystical Phoenix Blade which has been taken to the far reaches of the Realm of Clendorin.
The Warlock Junai threatens all of the free races and only with the aid of the sword can they defeat him and his wicked army.
Join Valus and his friends as they challenge the dangers of the Eclipse Mountains, the perils of the Drimm Mire, and the evil lurking within the Banewood.
Can they retrieve the sword in time? Or will the realm fall to the vile warlock.

Elves, dwarves, warlocks, necromancers, and dragons, what more can you ask for in Young Adult fantasy?

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As I read this story, the first thing that popped into my head was the “Lord of the Rings” triology. No readers, that is not a bad thing at all. I personally loved that series as millions of others.

I found D.R. Racey to be an extremely talented artist. I say artist because he painted a mental image of each beast, character, and setting flawlessly which isn’t an easy task.  I highly recommend reading Conflagration and look forward to reading your thoughts on it as well. 

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Score: ❤❤❤❤


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Review of “Riding Tall series” – Cheyenne McCray

Megan Wilder doesn’t think there’s a man in this world who could love her just the way she is. After meeting sexy Ryan McBride, she suspects he might just be the one to change her mind.

With her family in danger of losing their restaurant and their home, a sudden illness has everything Megan thought was sure in her life crashing down around her. Finding out Ryan is the one responsible for threatening foreclosure shakes her very foundation.

Can Ryan and Megan succeed in overcoming their obstacles and fight for a love that was meant to be?

Quick thoughts: 

How could you not fall in love with Ryan’s character. He was so charming, caring, and sweet to everyone. Lets not forgot sexy and those love scenes….whoa momma! 
Megan, she had the girl next door appeal which I found irresistible, just like Ryan.
These two together… electric! 

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The Cat Hayden returning to her childhood home after nineteen years is a different person, and a tragic accident has left her insecure about her appearance. But her heart is still filled with memories of the love she left behind… Blake McBride.

Blake recognizes Cat with his heart, a heart that never stopped loving her. But that heart was broken when she left so long ago. Can he trust her again and rekindle that flame that burned so strong?

A champion barrel racer before the accident, Cat finds herself instructing Blake’s talented yet temperamental fourteen-year-old daughter, Demi. Demi is determined to see her divorced parents find happiness together and Cat, great coach or not, doesn’t fit in the picture.

During a bitter legal battle with his ex-wife, Blake stands to lose custody of his daughter. Cat stands by her man but can he fight for his daughter and keep the woman he loves or will shattering events tear them apart…. Permanently.


Quick thoughts: 

 A love like Blake and Cat’s is rare. What’s even rarer is finding it again after life has pulled a couple in two different directions. 
I truly believe this story will touch many reader’s hearts. 
Some will relate to a “lost love”. 
Many have dealt with an ex, like Blake has, who is battling or battled a drug/alcohol addiction. 
Countless people have or are in the middle of a divorce with a child involved. 
But this story has what we all want in life…… A HAPPY ENDING. 🙂

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Tess Grady doesn’t do playboy cowboys and as far as she’s concerned that’s exactly what Gage McBride is. Tess wants steady, stable, and secure in a man and Gage seems to be the farthest thing from that. When women come up to a man in a bar and slap him, that’s got to be a good sign that he’s not the one for her, or a suitable male role model for her young daughter. After losing her husband in a car accident, Tess isn’t even sure she can love again.

Gage has been waiting for the right woman, and he’s sure Tess is the one. The problem is that she believes the reputation he has somehow earned after being betrayed by the one woman he ever loved. He’s not the “cowboy with a woman in every town” that Tess believes he is and he intends to prove it to her.

Tess starts to fall for the sexy cowboy when things go desperately wrong. Harvey Norton, a man from Gage’s past is seeking revenge. Not only did Gage help to put Harvey behind bars for embezzling, but Tess, the woman Harvey is attracted to, seems to be falling for Gage.

Gage’s life is in danger and soon Tess’s is, too. Gage must save Tess while at the same time trying to stay alive.


Quick thoughts: 

A cowboy, love scenes including one with bondage, a crazed stalker, and several sweet/tender moments…. Yes, this story was spicy and suspenseful which kept this reader hooked from page one to the final word. 








Jo Burke hasn’t had it easy in life and that includes her history with men. She’s resigned herself to the fact that she really knows how to choose ’em. Not. So when Tate McBride comes around, she doesn’t trust her instincts for a minute because those same instincts have proven faulty time and again. He can’t be nearly as great a guy as he appears to be on the surface.

Tate McBride enjoys being around the feisty redheaded but can’t quite get her to trust him. He’s not worried, though, because one way or another he’s going to win her over.
When Jo’s life is in danger, Tate comes face to face with the possibility of losing the woman he loves. He’s not about to let that happen.

Quick thoughts: 

Just like Jo, I had a feeling David was a no good scoundrel but I had no clue how evil the man would become. Jo lucked out and managed to evade death not once, but three times courtesy of David’s scheming ways. I’m sure it’ll be no surprise to the readers to see good overcame evil. It usually does in romance stories and that’s what we all want to see happen. 🙂


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Heart rating system 
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Overall Score for the entire series: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Author Showcase – Sara Jay

Genres: Razor’s Edge Press, Dark Fantasy, Hot Flashes
Themes: Menage, Elves, Dragons & Magical Creatures
Fae law prevents Sinn from mating, but the bikers have rules of their own — nobody rides for free.

In a world where Fae desires overrule those of mere humans, Sinn is consumed with desire for her soulmate, Daka. However, Daka refuses to break the Fae law that prevents them from having sex without the queen’s permission. Sinn finds a way to sate her sexual hunger in the company of three bikers.

They’ll make a good tribute to the queen’s appetites, too…


“Come on,” said the blond cowboy, smiling at her charmingly. “You can’t stay out here alone. It’s dangerous! Coyotes and bears and stuff.”

She didn’t tell the idiot that such animals would never come within a mile of her out of fear. They faced the direction she was going — and besides, she could make them go any way she wanted if they chose to divert from her path. She simply simpered, “Well, all right, gentlemen.”

She walked over to them, wondering which one she should straddle first.

Where had that come from?

Green Eyes spoke up for the first time, and his voice — though still notably human — slid over her like a dark whisper across stone. “Nobody rides for free.”

“What was that?” Sinn asked, perplexed. Surely they didn’t expect tribute from her as the queen did? Humans didn’t even know of such things.

“You heard him, darlin’,” said Cowboy, his accent more annoying now. “Ass, gas, or grass — nobody rides for free.”

“I see,” she replied. She should just go ahead and kill them. But then she’d have to drag all three bikes herself, which, though not impossible, wouldn’t be easy with the queen’s insistence of non-flight transportation. “Of course. I can buy your gas at the next station.”

Green Eyes snorted, as if he felt her no longer worth transporting. The other two seemed like they were still game.

“Okay, little lady, hop on,” said Cowboy, and he presented her with a clunky old helmet.

She almost laughed at the thought of falling off the motorcycle and hurting herself. She’d flutter to the ground and watch them die without much interest, then lug them all to the shrine with her. 
Instead, she maintained her human cover, adjusting the helmet over her long black curls, and got behind Cowboy.

As soon as he revved his engine up, she felt desire stirring again. Her breasts, pressed against the back of his leather jacket — something that might normally make her gag — began to tingle, and she could feel the rough texture against her nipples through her silken shift.
What trickery was this? No human had ever made her feel so — so lustful! Only Daka could do that.

Daka… Just thinking about him made her even more aroused. The vibration of the bike between her legs made her imagine being beneath him. His slick green skin would bob over hers, his spiraled tattoos rendering her dizzy as he dipped himself into her body over and over again…

Oh, Daka! She could feel her release building and Cowboy must have sensed it because he laughed a little and grabbed her knee. “We’ll get some ass out of you yet, princess,” he drawled.

Though she knew he assumed she couldn’t hear him over the roar of the engine, her Faery ears made out his words perfectly. Indeed, Cowboy? We shall see about that.

But as they traveled into the night, she began to think about his words. They wanted ass from her, did they? She, too, wanted some relief, after all. They were not of the Fae. They wouldn’t break her contract.

What of Daka, though? What would he think? He considered humans nothing more than toys as well, and her playing with them would likely not upset him. Especially if she managed to help him play with a human or two of his own later.

She felt a real smile return to her face. She was going to play with some humans tonight.



Sara Jay won the Spring Fling Contest at Changeling Press this past spring. Woo-hoo! Be sure to send your congrats her way! Here is an excerpt from her winning story, Nobody Rides for Free.

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