Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reviews posted



          
     Better late than never....

Here are the list of October 2013 reviews       
                                       
Anthologies/Collections
AN AMISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS - Charlotte Hubbard and Naomi King - 10/2013 - Diana - Inspriational
MIRROR, MIRROR - J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, R.C. Ryan - 10/2013 - Jennifer B. Paranormal

Contemporary Fiction
ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM - Debbie Macomber - Rose Harbor Inn Series, Book 2 - 8/2013 - Diana

Contemporary Romance
ALWAYS ON MY MIND - Jill Shalvis- A Lucky Harbor Novel - A Perfect 10 - 10/2013 - Patti
ANYTHING BUT LOVE - Beth Ciotta - Cupcake Lovers, Book 3 - 10/2013 - Patti
GETTING ROWDY - Lori Foster - Love Undercover, Book 3 - 10/2013 - Patti
HOW TO TAME A WILD FIREMAN - Jennifer Bernard - A Bachelor Firemen Novel, Book 4 - 10/2013 -Carolyn
MATCHPOINT - Elise Sax - The Matchmaker Series, Book 2 - 8/2013 - Diana
A MILLION DIRTY SECRETS - C.L. Parker - Million Dollar Duet, Book 1 - 9/2013 - Holly - Erotic
THE NAUGHTY CORNER - Jasmine Hayes -The Let's Misbehave Series, Book 1- 10/2013 - Holly - Erotic
RUN TO YOU - Rachel Gibson - 10/2013 - Patti
TORN - K.A. Robinson - The Torn Series, Book 1- 9/2013 - Jennifer B. - New Adult
THE TRAINING - Tara Sue Me - The Submissive Trilogy, Book 3 - 10/2013 - Jennifer B. - Erotic
WILD CARDS - Simone Elkeles - Wild Card Serires, Book 1 - 10/2013 - Jennifer - New Adult
WHEN I'M WITH YOU - Beth Kery - Because You Are Mine Series - 9/2013 - Jennifer - Erotic

Historical Romance
DESTINY'S SURRENDER - Beverly Jenkins - 10/2013 - Robin
HOW TO ENTICE AND ENCHANTRESS - Karen Hawkins -The Duchess Diaries, Book 3 - 10/2013 -Jane
IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER - Maggie Robinson - A Ladies Unlaced Novel - 10/2013 - Jani
LAIRD OF BALLANCLAIRE - Jackie Ivie - 10/2013 - Jani
SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE - Valerie Bowman - Secret Brides Trilogy, Book 3 - A Perfect 10 - 10/2013 -Jane

Inspriataional
WINTER OF WISHES - Charlotte Hubbard - Seasons of the Heart, Book 3 - 10/2013 - Diana

Mystery
DEATH, TAXES, AND GREEN TEA ICE CREAM - Diane Kelly - A Tara Holloway Novel, 10/2013 - Patti
INHERIT THE DEAD - Jonathan Santofer, et al - 10/2013- Robin -Mystery

Paranormal Fiction
DEATH AND THE GIRL HE LOVES - Darynda Jones - 10/2013 - Astrid - Young Adult

Paranormal Romance
AUTUMN WHISPERS - Yasmine Galenorn - Otherworld Series, Book 14 -10/2013 - Jennifer B.
SOUL SURVIVOR - Katana Collins - Soul Stripper, Book 2 - 10/2013 - Jennifer B.- Erotic

Romantic Suspense
FATAL STRIKE - Shannon McKenna - McClouds and Friends - A Perfect 10 - 10/2013 -Carolyn
GOOD TO HER - Enid Harlow - 4/2013 - Diana
MIDNIGHT LIES - Ella Grace - Wildfire Series, Book 2 of the Midnight Trilogy - 10/2013 - Jane

Series Romance
A BEAUTY UNCOVERED - Andrea Laurence - Secrets of Eden, Book 2 - A Perfect 10 - 10/2013 - HD #2259 - Patti
THE BRIDESMAID'S BEST MAN - Susanna Carr - 10/2013 - HB #769 - Patti
COMMAND PERFORMANCE - Sara Jane Stone - Uniformly Hot! Series - 10/2013 - Patti - HB#770
COUNTERING HIS CLAIM - Rachel Bailey - 10/2013 - HD #2262 - Patti
A COWBOY'S TEMPATION - Barbara Dunlop - Colorado Cattle Barons - 10/2013 - HD #2261 - Diana
THE LONE STAR CINDERELLA - Maureen Child - Texas Cattleman's Club: The Missing Mogul, Book 4 - 10/2013 - HD #2258 - Patti
LYING IN YOUR ARMS - Leslie Kelly - 10/2013 - HB #767 - Patti
SINGLE DAD'S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE - Susan Meier - 10/2013 - HR #4395 - Diana
A WOLFF AT HEART - Janice Maynard - The Men of Wolff Mountain, Book 7 - 10/2013 - HD #2260 - Patti
YULETIDE BABY SURPRISE -Catherine Mann - Billionaires and Babies - 10/2013 - HD #2257 - Patti

Suspense
SILENCING EVE - Iris Johansen - Eve Duncan, Book 15 (#3 in new Trilogy) - 10/2013 - Diana

Urban Fantasy
FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT - Darynda Jones - Charley Davidson Series, Book 5 - 7/2013 - Amy

Happy Halloween Winner!!!

Happy Halloween!!!!

Today is the day to announce the winner of the $15 Amazon gift card. The winner is..........commenter #3... patoct!!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Chat Wed night with Anne Barton!

Historical Romance Author Anne Barton joins us to discuss her book, ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED. 

Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED!

Moderated by CrazyMo

When? Wed night at 9:00PM Eastern time

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to www.romrevtoday.com and click on RRT CHAT. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Note: please make sure your java is up to date as some have had problems getting into the room due to java issues.

Hope to see you there!


Mo


Author's website:   http://annebarton.com/

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spotlight Review:

DECEPTION COVE – Jayne Castle 
A Rainshadow Novel 
Jove 
ISBN: 978-0-515-15285-2 
September 2013 
Paranormal Romance 

The World of Harmony – Sometime in the Future 

Alice North is a light-talent, but one with the unique ability to disappear and make things around her invisible too. As an orphan, she grew up not knowing family or having anyone to rely on, so she's grown accustomed to taking care of herself. And now, more than ever, she is in dire need of getting away from the torment of her ex mother-in-law who has blamed Alice for her husband's death. The fact that they were only in an MC (marriage of convenience) doesn't matter to the woman, all she knows is that she must make Alice pay. So, for the past year Alice has been living hand to mouth, and lately using her unusual skills to entertain as a magician along with her dust bunny, Houdini. But this night, as she skillfully takes on two more of her mother-in-law's hired thugs by disappearing, she is joined by another strong psi person who takes care of the villains. 

Day blind since a deliberate “accident” caused by his deranged ex-girlfriend, Dr. Zara Tucker, Drake Sebastian is very much attracted to the feisty Alice. And that's not all. He needs her help on Rainshadow Island, where Dr. Tucker has caused a dangerous psi storm that threatens to blow up the entire island. Drake convinces Alice to go through an MC in order to discourage her former mother-in-law from pursuing her further, and then they proceed to the island. Drake is certain that Alice's talent can help find Dr. Tucker and the Old World crystals that are causing so many problems on the island. Alice isn't sure why she's agreed to all of this, but it's nice having someone to protect her for a change. 

Things go from bad to worse on Rainshadow Island after a harrowing crossing. Drake's brother, who lives on the island, is missing along with another man when they went to rescue a group of demonstrators who disappeared into the dense fog caused by Dr. Tucker's experiment. When they get to the small village and find the remaining inhabitants huddling inside the local restaurant, Alice and Drake realize that everything hinges on their being able to find Dr. Tucker and to stop her from blowing up the island. Their growing attraction for each other only seems to be helping matters, too, as they work well as a team. 

Book Two in the Rainshadow series, DECEPTION COVE is filled with adventure, excitement, danger, and a bit of romance. Alice is a tough young woman who has struggled through life, but doesn't dwell on the negative. She's ready and willing to use her talents and intelligence to help Drake once they get to the island. Drake is the vulnerable one in this story. He truly admires Alice's bravery, and then some, and hints to her of his seriousness towards her. But Alice isn't about to believe him, and instead focuses on the task ahead. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure/romance, and loved the dust bunnies! Don't miss this entertaining book and series. 

Jani Brooks

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Q & A with Lauren Linwood!




Tell us about your newest release.

Outlaw Muse brings Daman Rutledge and Serena Sullivan together on the Great Plains in the 1870s. Daman is an English playwright who’s lost his muse and beloved brother to untimely deaths and is struggling–not only in getting words down for a new play but simply in wanting to live. His step-brother, the family earl, has invested in American cattle and wants to add land there to his holdings, which many English and Scots noblemen did after the Civil War. He sends Daman to the American West to shake him up and give him a new purpose in life. Daman, who hates to ride, winds up going on a cattle drive and arrives in Abilene, Kansas, a famous railhead.

When he arrives, he witnesses a woman about to be executed (for a murder she didn’t commit) and does the unthinkable! He rescues the beautiful stranger and they take off with a crooked sheriff  in hot pursuit. A schoolmarm, Serena came out west on the Orphan Trains and was separated from her twin brother at one of the selection stops. She’s never given up on finding him one day. As they try to escape the long arm of the law, Daman seeks to prove Serena’s innocence before it’s too late. They find love—and the truth—on a journey that changes their lives.


Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

Picking a favorite scene is like picking a favorite child! Several I enjoy would actually give away some key ingredients that factor into the end of the book, so I’ll go with an earlier scene. Daman wants to throw the authorities off their trail, so he instructs Serena to buy a ticket on a train. Once it leaves the station, he wants her to jump from it and double back to where he’ll be waiting for her. She thinks he’s insane to have her attempt to do something so crazy, and their ensuing conversation is very interesting.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was an only child for almost six years before my sister and brother came along, and I entertained myself by making up stories for my dolls and stuffed animals to act out. When I finally learned to read and write, I wanted to capture those stories on paper.

What is a typical writing day like?
Lauren Linwood

Typical means there’s no routine! Some days I might write for twenty minutes; other days when I’m in the groove I might look up and see I’ve been cranking things out for four hours. I do have a typical pattern for starting a book, though. My first goal is to hit upon the perfect names for my hero and heroine. Once I have these, I begin to see them physically and then I create a character sketch, which has their personality traits and background and back story.

After I know my characters well, I think of situations and eras to place them in. What follows is a brief outline (and I do mean brief, so I-and my characters-have lots of flexibility!) to give me some direction of the plot.

Do you have an interesting writing habit or quirk?

I love to chew gum when I write. I don’t know if it stimulates my thought process, but when I really get involved in a scene and I’m banging away on the computer keys, I’ve caught myself chomping away, chewing faster and faster as I write. Other than that, I simply like to have my laptop while seated in my Writing Chair (with an optional afghan if the weather’s cold). Music distracts me from my characters, but I do put on a noise machine every now and then and write to waves coming in and out or an afternoon shower coming down.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?

The biggest surprise is how much time the business end takes away from the creative writing process. I thought landing a contract and beginning to publish would be my focus, yet suddenly social media is something that eats up too much time. I found it was a necessity in this day and age for an author to have a website, to blog (which is really pretty fun), a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. All this makes my head spin! My web designer put my Twitter box on my author site and told me to start tweeting so he could see if it was working. I told him I wasn’t interesting enough to tweet! He insisted, so I gave in and actually do tweet. And Facebook. And blog…sigh…

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I always enjoyed reading romances, but especially ones by historical authors such as Amanda Quick, Julie Garwood, and Mary Jo Putney. Those authors told such great stories with interesting characters against varying historical backdrops. When the burning desire to write and become published became overwhelming, I know those women and the standard they set were in the back of my mind. I also give credit to Stephen King. I think he creates such believable characters. He puts them in extraordinary circumstances, but his readers buy into the plot because the characters are so relatable.

My biggest influence has been my incredible critique group. They are my writing partners and my dear friends.  I can’t give enough thanks and praise to Lynn McKade and Aven Ellis and their insight over the past few years. We meet twice a month, and these ladies have been my cheerleaders as well as the sources of great advice as far as where I’m taking my characters and what I need to do to make my writing sing.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

They are so supportive and truly happy for me. They know I’ve wanted to share the stories in my head and my incredible people for a long time. I couldn’t ask for a better fan base than my family.

Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Like every writer, I’m also a voracious reader. Some of my favorite authors include Victoria Thompson, Steve Berry, Brad Meltzer, and Karen Robards. I walk four to five miles every morning. It not only allows me to indulge in Mexican food and ice cream, but I love being outside and doing something healthy that helps stress melt away. I’m an avid moviegoer, sports fan, and I can’t get enough of House Hunters or MasterChef (although Jr. MasterChef is quickly becoming my new fav).

Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

A Game of Chance will be released January 8. It’s a fun western historical romance that’s full of twin separated at birth and mistaken identities that lead to some interesting twists. It’s not a typical western in that it takes place in the very cosmopolitan city of San Francisco, which rivaled European cities at that time with its culture. A Change of Plans will be released next, and it’s the story of Maggie Rutherford, who writes dime novels under a man’s pen name. She leaves New York City and heads west to experience firsthand what she’s been writing about. Of course, she meets a cowboy (who’s really a gambler running from a vengeful gunslinger) and love blossoms. And yes, she even gets a new book out of the adventure!

How can readers connect with you online?

I can be found at:





Saturday, October 26, 2013

Win a $15 Gift Card!!!


Halloween is coming up this week. 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Guest Jacob Z. Flores on Chasing the Sun



Hi, everyone! I’m Jacob Z. Flores, and I’m thrilled to be back here at Romance Reviews Today. The last time I was here, I sat down for an interview, which is always fun. Today, though, I get to actually share a blog with all you fine readers. How awesome is that? Well, for someone who loves to write, it’s pretty darn awesome.

So what will I be blogging about today? Well, first off, I’m here on my blog tour promoting my latest release from Dreamspinner Press, Chasing the Sun. It’s the second book of the Provincetown Series and a novella spin-off of the first book When Love Takes Over. 

Chasing the Sun is about Gil Kelly. He’s the father of Zach, one of the main characters from When Love Takes Over. As you might have learned from the first book, Gil and Zach have a rather complicated relationship, and a part of the book is devoted to exploring that relationship and figuring out why the Kelly men seem to constantly be in conflict.

Gil and Zach were not the first men in the Kelly clan to clash. Gil also had an extremely tense relationship with his father. So since the book deals with difficult father and son relationships, I thought I’d write about fathers and sons.

Family relationships can often be difficult, especially between a father and his son. Fathers want their sons to be independent, successful, and strong men. Why? Well, because it shows the world that the father was a good father.

To me, that may be the crux of many troubled father-son relationships.

As a son, those are high expectations to live up to. As a father, those are high expectations to get a son to reach.

How then does this conflict get resolved or are fathers and sons doomed to struggle?

To me, the answer is really simple. The conflict can be resolved as long as the father does a few simple things.

A father must make his son feel important. The only way to do that is to invest in his life. A father must take interest in his son’s hobbies, schooling, and personal relationships. The son must know that his father is there to offer advice or a strong shoulder in times of distress. How else is a son supposed to learn to be independent if he can’t depend on his father? Fathers are the training wheels for their sons through life. They guide and protect their sons. They keep them stable and from falling down. Only after pedaling through life for a few years with that guiding force will the son be able to take off those training wheels and ride through life on his own.

A father must express pride for his son. In order for a son to grow into a successful man, he must know that his father sees him as a success. No matter what. Everyone fails, but those failures cannot be held against the young man. His father must pick him up, dust him off, and say how proud he was of the son’s first attempt. When fathers express that pride, the son learns that he has the unflagging support of the man he is desperately trying to emulate. When that unwavering support is absent, that is when conflict can arise.

A father must show his love for his son. To me, this is the most crucial aspect. Fathers often show little to no affection for their sons. They fear it might make their sons weak, but love is the strongest force in the universe. Love cannot weaken; it strengthens. Does that mean fathers should hug and kiss their boys? Yes. Just as they should tell their sons daily how much they love them. Sons need to feel loved, and they need to hear that they are loved. With love, anything is possible, and that’s where true strength lies.

These are all lessons that Gil Kelly must learn in Chasing the Sun and learning these lessons might not only rebuild his shattered family, but he might also find the love he’s searched his entire life to find.

Before I go, I want to thank everyone who joined me here today. I have included a blurb and an excerpt below. Also, as part of my blog tour I’m holding a contest. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post, and your name is entered to win a free copy of Chasing the Sun. If a reader happens to follow all my blog stops, then she or he can leave a comment at the other sites a well. At the end of the tour, a winner will be chosen and announced.

Blurb:

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.

Spin off of When Love Takes Over (1st Provincetown Series book)

Excerpt:

“Is that why you still live here?” Tom asked, looking around. “I figured after the divorce, you would’ve moved away, but if you feel staying here somehow punishes you for what you did, I guess I can see that.”
Damn. How did Tom know him so well? No one had ever understood him like that. “I did stay as penance. This place reminds me of what I did. How my being gay and my affairs destroyed my wife and my kids.”
A shiver fluttered down his spine as the ghosts of a once-happy family floated around him. Every square inch housed a memory, and like vengeful phantoms they terrorized him daily.
“Do you plan on punishing yourself forever?”
“Maybe I’ll let myself off the hook when I turn eighty.” Gil attempted a smile, but it faltered on his lips.
Tom put his glass down on the table and closed the distance between them. He patted Gil’s left shoulder. Tom’s warm touch caused a fire to spread down Gil’s arm until it fully ignited in his groin.
He wanted to withdraw before Tom glanced down to see the growing hardness in his tan pants, but Tom’s gaze held him fast. Gil couldn’t move or even conceal his obvious erection.
As Gil stared back, he noted a change in Tom’s eye-color. No longer their usual light brown, his eyes turned dark, mirroring the severity that replaced Tom’s usually cheerful demeanor.
“You can’t do that to yourself,” Tom said. “You did hurt your wife and kids, but it wasn’t done maliciously.”
“That’s not what Donna thinks,” Gil added. “Or Zach.”
Tom rubbed Gil’s shoulder, as if trying to massage the tension out of his body, but only succeeded in making Gil’s cock fully engorge.
“I think you’d be surprised by how much Zach’s grown in the last few years.”
“You’re right, I would be surprised, since we don’t speak to each other,” Gil admitted.
“Communication is a two-way street, you know?”
“I tried. For years, I tried. But he’d never meet me halfway.”
Tom drew closer. A hint of amber and patchouli lingered in the air between them. The musky, earthen scent caused Gil’s cock to jump in his pants.
This shouldn’t be happening. Tom was trying to console him, and he was standing there sporting wood. Could he be anymore pathetic?
“Here’s some truth for you,” Tom said, finally breaking the silence. “If your child doesn’t meet you halfway, then you go all the way to him. You are the parent, right?”
Tom then withdrew and crossed back to where his glass of wine awaited his return. As Tom drank, Gil pondered his words. If there was something wrong between him and his son, the burden of responsibility to fix it rested upon his shoulders.

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Blurb:


Chasing the Sun

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.

Spin off of When Love Takes Over (1st Provincetown Series book)
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