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Author Showcase – Phoenix Johnson

 

Angie and her vampire sisters are happy, making their lives in the modern world after escaping from their abusive Creator, Vitalis. Jake is a mortal man who has fallen hard for Angie, unaware of her secret and just how it affects his own life. Their lives, however, are about to be thrown into chaos.

Has Vitalis really found the sisters after all these years, just as Angie finds love?

Preparing to battle for their freedom and the life of their sister, Angie must ready herself. Not only must she take on the father she once loved, but she also must choose between the mortal life she wanted with Jake, or to protect vampires and humans alike from an unknown, ancient threat.

The Return of Their Master is the first taste of a dark world held in check by a covenant that Angie believed was a myth. She is the only thing standing between the world of humanity and utter chaos, but will she sacrifice her chance at a normal life with the man she loves?

 

He cupped my cheek and I leaned into his large hand. “From now on, no more secrets, right?”

I nodded. “Right. But my Creator –”

“Isn’t here right now. I want to show you how much I love you. You can get to filling me in on the rest later.” I opened my mouth to talk only for him to cover my lips with his own. Instead of words, my mouth was now filled with his tongue brushing against mine. I gave into the kiss and pressed myself against him.

I lost myself in his embrace, in his warmth, and in our passion. We had shared kisses, but nothing like this. This was a lust-filled kiss that would lead to sex if I allowed it, and I wanted to allow it. I had been too afraid of giving myself over to the lust, knowing I would want to feed at the height of ecstasy, knowing it would freak him out. Now he knew what I was and what he was, I didn’t have to be afraid.

I threw my leg over both of his so I now straddled his lap. I started to grind my pelvic bone against him, and felt a twitch as his erection grew. I ached for him, needed to have him right then and there. Not only would it satisfy the lust I’d been feeling since first meeting Jake last year, but it would seal the bond as Creator and Created. My fangs throbbed, eager to taste his blood again, hot against my tongue as I rode him to climax. I couldn’t fathom just how much I needed him in every way.

 
 
 
 
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Twitter: @Phoenix_Johnson

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Review of “The King” – J.R. Ward

Long live the King
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them. The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

Review~

How I love thee, let me count the ways….

1)I always adore reading the sections involving Lassiter, the angel. Again, his scenes were full of hilarity. Him, decked out in an Elvis costume, performing the marriage ceremony for Beth and Wrath was one for the comedic books. He had me rolling. Funniest ceremony EVER! 

2)iAm – That sexy beast needs a book. I was intrigued by him before and now, I’m dying to hear his story. The bombshell he dropped on Beth shocked the hell out of me. (Not elaborating) 

3) Trez and Selena – He needs her and she needs him. They are opposites but are perfect for one another. They complete each other. Ward, yup, I want more of them too. I think we all want their happily ever after.

4) I was also engrossed in the lives of the bad guys – routing for them and their soul mates. For that to happen, you know a writer is good at her craft. 

J.R., girl, you are one helluva of a writer and you seem to get better with each installment. Not an easy feat! 



Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤

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Author Showcase & GIVEAWAY CONTEST – Dina Redmon

Welcome, Dina Redmon!

1.  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?
(Dina) Hi! I don’t know if I can stop at a little about myself, but
I’ll try. 🙂 How
about we start with a quick rundown of the basics? I’m 43 years old, live in
the fingers lake region of upstate New York, have 108 tattoos currently and
counting, have traveled all over the U.S. and then some, was a foster mom for
years, former art and life skills teacher, owned my own tattoo studio for a
while, crochet, sculpt, draw, paint (heck, anything to do with art), bake,
cook, sew… I think you see where I am going with this. I am passionate about
art in all of its many forms. As far as my start in writing? I needed to heal.
I actually wrote my first book, “To Speak of it Again” (soon to be released
through Beau Coup Publishing) as a cathartic purging and never thought anyone
would read it other than my close circle of friends. Through their encouragement,
I decided to keep going. It’s highly based on my life story and that of those
around me. When I finished, I cried. Not because of the release of the painful
memories or the reliving of the happier ones, but because I felt as though I
found my true calling in life. I haven’t stopped writing since. I mean,
honestly, I need to write like people need to breathe. I’m usually working on
three or more writing projects at one time and drive my family insane with
reading aloud to them as I go. Aww smack… there I go again, getting all wordy
and stuff. *wink*
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(Dina) I hold no fear. Gosh, that sounds so silly, but I truly
don’t when it comes to writer’s block. As I said, I have more than one project
going at a time, so should the block hit me in the head, I simply switch up the
project I’m working on. Sometimes, I push the laptop aside for a while and just
crochet. It’s one of my favorite past times and I make a lot of my own swag
packs and thank you gifts with it.
(KAM) That’s pretty amazing. My mom tried to teach me once, twice….okay a hundred times but all I could make was a rope. 🙂
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
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?
(Dina) *puts gum in my mouth and blows a new bubble* Oh, not me. My
life is full of glitz and glamour! 🙂 Why, just yesterday I was rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s finest, and of
course, I did it in the perfect designer gown and shoes with diamonds dripping
from my neck and ears. Then I woke up and folded a pile of laundry that was
sitting in a basket waiting for my attention for over a week. Stupid wrinkled
clothes! Why couldn’t they just fold themselves? *giggle* I’m just the average
chick when it comes to everyday life. I put off the cooking and cleaning as
long as I can while I mess around on the internet, draw tattoo designs or go
comatose in front of the television while watching a movie. Right before it
absolutely has to be done, I jump up, soak the dishes in the sink, wipe down
the bathroom, wash the dishes, vacuum all of the floors (Yes, even the hardwood
ones) and spray some air freshener so it smells like I spent all day cleaning.
Oh, and if I remember, I make the bed because my grandmother used to say, “No
matter how messy your room is, if your bed is made, it’ll look clean.” Thanks
grandma!
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?
(Dina) Oh yeah, they know I write. LOL! I read to them ALL THE
TIME! You can actually hear their eyes rolling when I stop and say, “Hey,
listen to this!” and just start reading aloud to them. My mom is my biggest fan
and she always loves listening to me… even when she doesn’t want to. I love you
Mom!!! <3
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.
(Dina) I must start with Nathaniel Hawthorne. I read “The Scarlet
Letter” at a very young age and it stuck with me my entire life. I have owned
multiple copies of it because it falls apart from reading it so much. I still
have my first one though. Um, wow… ten? Okay fine *pouts* I guess I would have
to say next would be Margaret Mitchell. I mean really, is there a person alive
that didn’t love “Gone with the Wind”? Swoon inducing romance at its finest! I love
all of the classics. Sandra Love and Liberty Blake are two of my favorite romance
authors. They are both truly talented and their passion for the written word
shines through in their work. Sable Hunter is phenomenal as well. Her stories
suck you right in and hold you there. Be warned… It’s hard to put her books
down once you pick them up! Robyn Peterman Zahn will make you laugh so hard
you’ll wet your pants! Her style is the definition of unique and one cannot
help but wonder if she sold her soul to the devil in return for her writing
abilities. OH! Mike Faricy! His crime fiction novels, starring the very sexy
Dev Haskell, will make you laugh and swoon at the same time! Yes, definitely
check him out! Want pure romance? Read Melody Anne’s works! I promise you won’t
be disappointed. SC Cluff is an extremely talented and imaginative author and
his writing is geared toward middle school aged children and adults alike. His
book, Newt Newsberry, Black Ops Campaign, had me rolling in the aisles with
laughter and at the same time, made me feel for the “underdog”. Oh no, last
one? Eeek! SO hard to choose! Um… OMG! Alicia Sparks! Who else could mix
zombies and romance together so well and come up with a novel that will blow
your mind? Well, there it is- my list of ten.
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?
(Dina) Time for a moment of selfishness. I would choose my own book
“To Speak of it Again.” 
Casting? WOW! Haven’t even thought about that. (Why are
you making me think so much? LOL!) The role of Maggie Reed, the main character,
is screaming to be played by Channing Tatum in drag! Naw, I’m just kidding… but
think about that one. *wink and giggle* Rachel McAdams would have to play grown
up Maggie. She is such a talented and passionate actress, plus, I just want to
meet her.
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.
(Dina) *Whispers* I’m working on the sequel to “Chasing
Circumstance”, but Ssh, don’t tell anyone, okay? Stop, wait, hold up- I take
that back. Please, tell everyone so they’ll read it! Oh yeah, and the sequel to
“To Speak of it Again” and also the first book in a twelve book
paranormal/romance series. You will have to turn on brighter lights and shine
them in my face if you want any more information than that. Hey! I was just
kidding! Turn off those lights! They’re burning my retinas!
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?
(Dina) I can be found on Amazon. And yes, since I only have one
book out at the moment, “Chasing Circumstance”, you should start there 🙂
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
(Dina) Let’s start with my website… www.DinaRedmon.com
And then there is Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDinaRedmon1
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Dina) *steps into the spotlight* “Hey, could you cut that spot to
a blue one please? It’s better for my complexion. Thanks. I would make the
world a better place by…” HA! You didn’t really think I was going there, did
you?
Well, actually – maybe just a bit.
I am a social media junkie! If I’m awake, my social media
sites are on, at least in the background. I adore meeting new people, chatting
and sharing stories. Virtual friendships, at least in my not so humbled
opinion, can be just as strong as face to face ones. Know what I mean?
With that said, I’ve been seeing a trend lately that irks me to my core. Yes, I said irks. Why are authors and artists being
bullied? I mean really. Aren’t we supposed to be supporting one another? We are
a community and it doesn’t build anyone up to tear someone down. I wonder what
these bullies get out of sitting behind their computers and picking on someone
until they chase them away or make them cry. Does it make you feel better to
hurt someone? Does your lack of self control make you a happier person? You
obviously don’t feel very good about yourself if you feel the need to say such
hurtful things to someone you don’t even know. What the hell is wrong with you?
I pity you because you must not know what it is to love. If you did, you
wouldn’t hate so easily. I mean really, why all the hate? Don’t you think our
world has enough of that going on without you adding more to it? Please, stop.
It really is that simple. If you didn’t like a book, that’s fine. Leave a
constructive critique. It’s not that difficult, or… just don’t say anything.
You know the old adage, if you can’t say something nice… shut the #%@$ up!
Okay, that might not be exactly the phrase, but you get my meaning. How can you
read about romance and love and still be so hateful? It boggles my mind.
Please, don’t make me virtually slap you. *Okay, steps down from her soapbox.*
This was a blast and I look forward to getting to know each
and every one of you. Hit me up, let’s chat sometime. I’ll even make coffee and
homemade goodies. Don’t forget… In everything you do, love yourself so you may
love others and watch as the world benefits from it. Ciao Bellas.

 This week, I’m thrilled to announce we have multiple prizes to give to you courtesy of Dina. 

Before I show you the goodies, let me state the rules for any newbies. 

The contest will run from now until Saturday, midnight (central time). 

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below. 

Pretty damn simple. 🙂


Sometime Sunday, Dina will select a winner, comment below on this posting and be in touch. 


Good luck!!

Prize One – Swag Pack!!

The winner will be able to chose the color of the prize! Pretty sweet deal, huh! 

Prize Two – Free ebook! 

Chasing Circumstance [Kindle Edition] Purchase Link

What happens when you reach your breaking point?

Amia Durant was trying to figure that out.
At forty years old, Amia had it all. She worked for Millian’s, the third highest ranking ad agency in the world, and though her career was her life, she felt incomplete.
Turning to the internet for companionship, she meets Stuart Cairns. They laugh together over shared stories and help heal one another from mutual pains.

After months of communication, Stuart asked Amia to be his. Doubt filled her mind, but she knew she had to try. There was only one problem. He lived in Scotland and she in New York.
An unexpected opportunity delivers Amia to Scotland and she finds herself falling in love with him after spending a blissful weekend together before she returned stateside.

Will this fairy tale continue or will it fizzle out in the waters of the ocean between them?

Two of my very favorite things in the whole world are hot cocoa and biscotti. When combined, the experience of dipping the cookies in the thick, warm chocolate and munching on them relaxes me. And today – I needed to relax. Taking my cup to the desk, I settled myself in the chair and opened my laptop. Since my relationship with Stuart had ended, the computer had been something I avoided. I connected it with him, I guess. But no more – it was time to take the next step in my life.

So, I set up an online dating profile on Sizzling Singles to find what I needed. Most of the men on these sites only wanted one thing anyway, and since I was looking for the same thing, what did it matter where they came from?

Pushing a lock of hair from my eyes, I got down to business. “Let’s see, Amia Durant, forty years old, five foot six inches tall, red hair, green eyes and a professional career. There, that should do it.” I posted my picture and waited anxiously for the responses to start coming in.

During the evening, I made myself comfortable, watching a little TV and reading a romance on my e-reader. No matter how involved I was in my book or a show, I kept one ear open for that ‘ding’ which would tell me someone had taken notice of my post. It didn’t take long before I received my first reply. A smile crossed my face as I leapt from the couch, went to my desk, and pulled up the man’s profile to scan it. I thought it would be a good idea to take a test drive before I jumped into a caravan of conquests. Gary Morgan looked to be the perfect crash test dummy. He was forty-four years old, good looking without being playboy handsome, and had been on the site for over a year. I knew that would make him a bit desperate. I stared at his photo. He reminded me of an older Tony Danza with his graying temples, soulful brown eyes and those attractive dimples that framed his smile.

Retrieving my laptop, I nestled down in the couch and tucked my feet up under me. This was going to be fun. “Hey, Amia, I was perusing the new members and came across your picture and profile. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but you’re beautiful. If you’re interested in chatting, please feel free to message me back.” Gary’s message was so stereotypical I could’ve almost read it with my eyes closed.

“Well, hello there, Gary. I hadn’t expected a response to my profile so quickly. Thank you for your interest. Please, call me and let’s get to know each other. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.” I typed in my phone number, hit the send button, sat back and waited for the phone to ring. I know it was a bit reckless for me to give out my phone number so early, but I was ready to do this. Besides, I’d had enough of this online crap to last me a lifetime, and cell phone numbers were easy enough to change if necessary.

3… 2… 1…ring. As if it were a scene written in a screenplay, the phone rang on cue. This was going to be easy. We chatted for a bit and made plans to meet at a restaurant near his office for dinner the following night.

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Review of “Hope Ignites” – Jaci Burton

When a movie crew asks to film on his cattle ranch, Logan McCormack doesn’t expect Desiree Jenkins, the young, sought-after star, to be so open, so down-to-earth, or so intimately interested in him. But the last thing a loner like Logan needs is a distraction like Des, who wouldn’t understand what it’s like to live peacefully off the land.

But it’s Logan who doesn’t understand. What Des wants is an escape from paparazzi and gossip columns, and she’s found it at Logan’s ranch. Now it’s up to her to prove that she’s like any other girl looking to be accepted for who she is. And she’s hoping that it’s by this real life cowboy who has everything it takes—and more—to give her the kind of happily ever after that can’t be found in the movies.

~ Review ~
Do you love cowboys?
Do you love when a woman takes charge and speaks her desires?
Oh yeah, I do too. 
I loved how Des flirted with Logan. Literally came out and said she wanted him in her bed. That is hot! 
Colt, her best friend and movie co-star, oh he was quite dreamy too. I hope him and his boyfriend Tony make appearances in future releases because I believe their story has just begun.

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤


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