Wednesday 30 November 2011

Bestseller For A Day - Soul Search

Soul Search by Amber Scott is Bestseller For A Day!

What is it about:
Three years ago, one horrific night changed his life forever. And now the wolf soul that was invoked to save him is taking over his body, day by day.

Can he master his animal instincts in time to discover who is stealing children's souls before the delicate balance we all depend upon is shattered?

Or will he reject the one woman who can help heal his body and his soul?


Read Voodoo Bride's review of this suspenseful and romantic story here


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Tuesday 29 November 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - The Zombie Survival Guide

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The siege has commenced. Zombies swarm around your home, incessantly attacking but unable to enter. At this point, your worries are far from over.
(page 72, The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks)

Monday 28 November 2011

Trance - Book Review

Trance (MetaWars #1)
by Kelly Meding

What is it about:
Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her.

Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.

What did I think of it:
This is a very cool read.

Trance was only a kid when all Rangers lost their superpowers and the world suddenly was without its super heroes and super villains. Now she's an adult and just as suddenly she has superpowers again.

I love the above set up, it lends itself perfectly for an action packed adventure. The world Meding creates is intriguing and really cool. Meding really thought about how super heroes and villains would influence society and added this into the story in a natural way.

The lead characters are well defined and life-like and I rooted for Trance from the start. The problems she faces feel real and add tension to the story. Some of the other characters feel a bit one dimensional though and either my villain detector was spot on or the villains of this story are a bit too obvious.

Those two things aside I really enjoyed this story. It's well written and very entertaining. I will keep an eye out for the next book in this series.

Why should you read it:
It's got cool action and super heroes.

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Friday 25 November 2011

Hotter Than Hell - Book Review

Hotter than Hell
by Jemma Chase

ebook, short story

What is it about:
It’s summertime in Phoenix, Arizona, meaning it’s hotter than hell. So when Ruby Prince walks into the Private Investigator Nicholas Masters’ offices bundled up like she’s in Nome, Alaska, Nick thinks she’s crazy. But what Ruby wants is to find someplace truly hotter than Hell, and what Nick discovers changes his life…forever.

What did I think of it:
Short and Sweet!

This is an enjoyable short read. It reads like a Detective Noir story, but it's not grim like those stories usually are. Instead it's a very sweet, romantic story that, although predictable, is fun to read.

With this story Gini Koch - this time writing as Jemma Chase - explores another style of writing than her usual snark and wit and proves she doesn't need them to keep this reader interested.

Why should you read it:
It's a sweet, romantic short story

Buy from Musa Publishing

Thursday 24 November 2011

Tiger's Curse - Book Review

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1)
by Colleen Houck

What is it about:
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

What did I think about it:
This book was a huge disappointment.

It started out really interesting and for a large part this book was a great read. Ok, there were some small things that annoyed me: awkward dialogues, ancient prophesies that when hastily translated, rhymed in English, but that is all small stuff. I'd have been willing to let those things slide if that was all that was wrong with this book because until a certain point in this book I was totally engrossed in the story, the characters and their developing relationship.

But then this book suddenly derailed for me. Near the end of the book the lead character Kelsey suddenly turns from a level headed person into a pms-ing dramaqueen and starts angsting and bitching in such ways I totally lost all sympathy for her. If she had been mauled by Ren or any other animal I would have cheered I will confess.

I did finish the book, but that's only because after having really enjoyed the first part of the book I was hoping that maybe things would turn back to before the character switch, but that was an idle hope.

I'm particularly disappointed in this book as it could have been a very enjoyable story if not for Kelsey's teenage drama fest. I will most certainly not continue reading this series.

Why should you read it:
It's a very intruiging and enjoyable story if you don't mind lots of angst and teenage drama.

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Wednesday 23 November 2011

The Goblin King - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

The Goblin King (Shadowlands #1)
by Shona Husk

What is it about:
Once Upon A Time...

A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with a cold limp of gold. In legends, he became know as The Goblin King.

For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled.

A Willing Queen.

But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also destroy forever his chance at a Happily Ever After.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
When first hearing about this book I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a Goblin king as a romantic lead. (Yes, the movie Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies, I will confess.)

Then I read the free prequel story The Summons and I knew I had to read The Goblin King.

I love this book!

It's well written, it has goblins, awful men who get what they deserve, a handsome goblin king, intense and hot romance. What's not to love?

The Shadowlands are very intriguing and I hope that Husk will expand on them in the next books in this series. The characters are also very interesting and the romance was very satisfying to read.

Ok, I will admit that Eliza frustrated me from time to time by her actions and her misplaced loyalty to someone I'd have kicked to the curb a long time ago, but apart from that this is a wonderfully romantic read with a hero that had me swooning and almost wishing he would come take me away.

Instead I'll be impatiently waiting for the next book in this series and reread The Goblin King often (and rewatch Labyrinth while I'm at it as well ;-)

Why should you read it:
It's a wonderful Paranormal Romance with goblins!

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Tuesday 22 November 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - Poison Study

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Raising his own goblet, he made a toast. "To Yelena, our newest food taster. May you last longer than your predecessor."
(page 18, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder)

Monday 21 November 2011

Demon Bait - Early Book Review

Demon Bait (Children of the Undying #1)
by Moira Rogers

ebook, novella

What is it about:
Fifty years after a demon apocalypse devastated the world, summoners still bear the bulk of the blame. Marci lives in secret, hiding the gifts that could cost her a secure spot in one of humanity’s underground cities, and access to their virtual world. After all, her chances of avoiding the genetic-testing lotto are better than her chances of surviving topside.

The bastard son of a terrifying incubus, lust heats Gabe’s blood and sex fuels his magic. Innate charm and charisma help him navigate the cultural gap between the outcast town he calls home and the human settlements he infiltrates for trade. His latest mission nets him an unexpected asset–a summoner strong enough to soothe his darkest needs.

Trust a half demon, especially one who uses a lockdown to trap them together? Not in this lifetime. Yet Marci can’t resist Gabe’s offer to see her safely to a selective outcast settlement where she can live without fear. The journey alone is as dangerous as the way Gabe makes her heart race, but it could be her one hope of a real life.

If only she could be sure Gabe’s telling her the whole truth…

What did I think of it:
This is a very enjoyable romance set in an awesomely cool post-apocalyptic world.

The underground city where Marci lives is intriguing, claustrophobic and utterly cool. I will confess I was a bit disappointed when Marci and Gabe left this city, because I wanted to know more about it, but then they came topside and I forgot all about the city as there were so many new cool things to learn more about.

The romantic tension between Gabe and Marci is well written and believable. I liked Marci from the start and wanted her to not only find a better place to live, but to find love and her place in life. Gabe too is someone I could relate with and I cheered him and Marci on to reach their happy end.

I will most certainly read the next book in this series and I hope there will be many more books after that one, because I want to read lots and lots more about this cool post-apocalyptic world and the creatures that inhabit it.

Why should you read it:
It's paranormal romance with demons in a post-apocalyptic world!

Buy from Samhain
Publication Date: November 29th 2011

Friday 18 November 2011

Straight to Hell - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

Straight to Hell (Lilith Straight #1)
by Michelle Scott


What is it about:
The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This story is much more grim than I'd expected after reading the blurb.

Lilith is a nice and fun person, but the things thrown at her are not only dragging her down, they are also changing her, although she tries really hard to fight it. I was rooting for her to stand her ground and to find a way to turn her life around for the better, but time and time again things turned out wrong.

The tension between Lilith and the Incubus, William, is delicious to read I will say and brings a bit of light in an otherwise dark story.

What keeps this story from becoming depressing is Lilith's defiance and her strong will to not become what the Devil wants her to. It's this that kept me reading to see Lilith succeed and overcome her problems.

To know if Lilith will succeed in finding happiness I will have to read the next book in this series though, as this first book ends with lots of things still unresolved.

Why should you read it:
It's an intense and grim paranormal romance

Buy it from Amazon

Thursday 17 November 2011

Viper Moon - Book Review

Viper Moon (Earth Witches #1)
by Lee Roland

What is it about:
Cassandra Archer is the Huntress. She has faithfully served the Earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters-both human and supernatural-dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Now Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town...

What did I think of it:
This was a fun read with lots of cool action and even cooler characters.

The setting and world building are awesome.
The Barrows District is a dark, dangerous place ruled by evil and it is hidden by magic from the normal people. Cassandra is one of the few who go into the Barrows to try and do good. When the sister of a Police Detective and the son of a gangster get kidnapped Cassandra teams up with the two men to find the two teens. They also get help from the charasmatic owner of a gym/spa that's right on the edge of the Barrows.

Next to some cool action, explosions and icky monsters, there's a romantic storyline with a bit of a love triangle going on and I must say I liked the guy on the losing corner or the love triangle the most, but as the other guy was cool as well, I could live with it.

I did get annoyed from time to time by the fact everyone kept dallying at moments I thought they should actually do something. If not for the fact the bad guys needed to wait for the dark moon they could have succeeded ten times over before Cass had even a clue where to find them.

That point of critique aside I really enjoyed this book. It's fun, entertaining and the setting is really cool. I will certainly give the next book in this series a try once it is released.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun story with a great setting.

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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Daybreak - Early Book Review

Daybreak (Dark Age Dawning #3)
by Ellen Connor

What is it about:
It's been twelve years since the Change, and Penelope Sheehan is one of the few still practicing magic for the good of humanity in this dark, dangerous world. But she needs the help of a shapeshifter named Tru, whom she knew when he was a troubled boy. But Tru is a creature of instinct and impulse, living only to satisfy his senses- ignoring the scarred heart nobody has ever reached. Fighting alongside the last holdouts of humanity, they will unleash a passion that tempts them to risk everything for love. But if they succeed, Tru and Pen hold the power to brighten the Dark Age for all time.

What did I think of it:
An awesome conclusion of a brilliant trilogy.

I thought Tru (one of the lead characters) was one of the coolest side characters in Nightfall, the first book in the trilogy, so I've really been looking forward to this book and it sure was worth the wait.

Tru is an amazingly cool character. He's disillusioned, brutal and selfish at first, but the inner growth he goes through in this book is believable and great to read and I liked how this doesn't mean he goes all soft, but still keeps his lethal edge.

Penny was a more difficult character for me to connect with. She's all set on doing good in a way that would make her vulnerable and easy prey if she didn't have her magical powers to protect her. Her character really showed her youth and it was good to see how she toughened up.

The romance between them was intense and they really are a good match as both had character traits the other could learn from.

The story was less gritty and grim than the previous two, but just as exciting. The setting and world are awesome, although there seemed to be less world building, but that's probably because I'm already familiar with the world after reading the first two books, so any world building that was done didn't give me anything new.

I will confess I'm totally bummed out this is the last book in this trilogy, because I could have read many more books set in this totally awesome post-apocalyptic setting. So I'm hoping Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty decide to write more books together.

Why should you read it:
It's the best post-apocalyptic PNR series I've ever come across.

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Expected publication: December 6th 2011

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - Heart of Steel

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He was treading close to the unforgivable, he realised. His captain possessed a heart of steel, but he'd managed to wound her pride.
God help him when that bracelet came off.
(page 71, Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook)

Monday 14 November 2011

Bayou Moon - Book Review

Bayou Moon (The Edge #2)
by Ilona Andrews

What is it about:
Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

What did I think of it:
I didn't much like or trust William in On The Edge, the first book in this series, but because I really enjoyed On The Edge and because Bayou Moon sounded like an even cooler story than the first I decided to give it a try.

And I'm glad I did.

This story is indeed even cooler than On The Edge!

The world building is really intriguing and awesome. I love the weird, grim world that's created in this book and the mood this world sets for the story. There's lots of weird creatures and monsters and the magic that's used is very original and cool.

I still found William a difficult character, but he was more likeable than in the first book and his difficult character even added to the story. Cerise is one tough cookie, but at least she wasn't as quick to jump to conclusions as the heroine in On The Edge, so I liked her from the start. There were the occasional moments where I wanted to knock their heads together, but all in all I enjoyed the romance between William and Cerise.

All in all I liked this book even more than the first and I'm definitely going to read book three in this series once it's released.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable PNR in a really cool setting.

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Friday 11 November 2011

Blog Tour de Troops - Promo

Did you know that over 300 overseas US troops have requested books?

And the Indie Book Collective is going to make sure they get them.

This Veteran's Day weekend, November 11th-14th, any reader can participate in the charity that gives back to the troops!

Over 50 authors will be giving away free eBooks, one for each person who leaves a comment on their blog and one for a soldier or veteran.

The purpose: To give away as many books as possible to the soldiers and veterans who request them.

Just visit the Indie Book Collective blog from November 11th-14th to see each day's authors and join in on the blog hop. You're guaranteed to get tons of books and so will the brave men and women who serve their country with honor!

Thursday 10 November 2011

Serpent's Kiss - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races #3)
by Thea Harrison

What is it about:
Recently, Vampire Queen Carling's power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee. Wyr sentinel Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help find a cure for the serpent's kiss-the vampyric disease that's killing her. With their desire for each other escalating they will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss...

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
Another great addition to a wonderful series.

I did have some trouble getting into the story at first, because both Carling and Rune are very difficult persons, but once I got to know them I was hooked. Carling and Rune might both be stubborn and foolish at times, but they're a great match for each other and the romance was both sweet and intense.

The story itself if very different from the first two books, more a personal journey to self discovery than an action filled adventure, but no less compelling than the other books.

I also loved getting introduced to the main characters of book 4, Oracle's Moon and it made me even more eager to get my hands on it when it gets released.

So far Storm's Heart is still my favorite in this series (Tiago is so cool!), but Serpent's Kiss will definitely join its two predecessors on my keeper shelves.

Why should you read it:
It's an intense paranormal romance with two strong and stubborn leads.

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Wednesday 9 November 2011

Wishlist Wednesday - Precinct 13

I know almost nothing about this book, but I'm a sucker for a cool title and tagline and this sure caught my attention.

The dead have tales to tell.
Sometimes they just won't shut up.

expected release date: August 7th 2012

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - Trance

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Just started this one. These first two sentences alone would have me intrigued even if I knew nothing of the story I'll confess.

The bronze man's head was melting. It oozed fat splats of liquid metal and swirled down the front of his oldfashioned suit jacket to puddle at his feet.
(page 1, Trance by Kelly Meding)

Monday 7 November 2011

Queenie's Brigade - Book Review

Queenie's Brigade
by Heather Massey


What is it about:
Captain Michael Drake desperately needs an army to save Earth after a crushing defeat by alien invaders. When his damaged starship docks at a remote prison colony, he discovers Earth’s last best hope—an army to replace the one he lost.

But, Queenie, the feral goddess ruling the prison, has other plans for the rugged star ship captain. After imprisoning Drake and seizing his ship, she prepares to lead her blood-thirsty band to freedom before the invaders track them down.

Despite her intentions, Queenie secretly falls for the sexy, hotshot captain. Drake makes it plain he wants to win back Earth with her by his side. But is following her heart worth betraying her people?

What did I think of it:
This is an entertaining SciFi Romance adventure in a grim setting.

I liked Captain Drake, even though he was a bit too unconcerned at times about the predicaments he finds himself in. I also had an immediate connection with his crew and after a bumpy start even with Queenie. I really enjoyed the developing romance between Drake and Queenie.

What I did miss was a connection with Queenie's people, I'm not sure if it was the writing or if it is my personal likes and dislikes that were to blame for this though.

The story itself was intense and full of action. I liked the world building and the setting which gave a grim mood to the story, although it never felt truly desparate.

Overall this was an enjoyable read and the story lends itself for a sequel which I would certainly give a try.

Why should you read it:
It's a very entertaining SciFi Romance in a grim and intriguing setting.

Buy from Amazon

Sunday 6 November 2011

Land of Falling Stars giveaway winner!

Demented Wench was the only one who entered the giveaway, so that means she's the winner of the giveaway!

Demented Wench, I'll send your emailaddy to Keta Diablo so she can send you a copy of Land of Falling Stars.

Friday 4 November 2011

Antique Charming - Book Review

Antique Charming
by Natalie-Nicole Bates

ebook/short story

What is it about:
Third-generation funeral director Lizzie Morton is about to have her dream realized. She has purchased the long abandoned Nichols Funeral Home and its upstairs flat, determined to restore the funeral home to its once former glory. But a strange, late night visitor, Adam Nichols, claims the funeral home still belongs to him.

What did I think of it:
A short and sweet paranormal story.

Bates manages to set up and deliver a mysterious and intriguing story in just seven pages. I liked how she leaves things open for interpretation without giving the story an unfinished feeling. The writing is pleasant. The characters could have been more fleshed out, but that's difficult to do in such a short story and they're rounded enough to relate to them. I hope Bates will either write more short stories and publish an anthology or better yet: write a novel sized story, because I'd love to read more.

Why should you read it:
It's a fast, intriguing read


Buy from Amazon

Thursday 3 November 2011

Demonsoul - Promo and Giveaway

The Misadventures of Daria Pigwidgeon
By Amy Lunderman
Genre: Paranormal YA

What is the book about:
The people I call family (and I use that term loosely by the way) aren’t the Walton’s by any means. For starters the whole lot of them are demons. Myself included. Who knew right? It’s so bizarre I don’t even believe it. Or want to believe it.

Except, I don’t have a choice.

And I haven’t since the day I was plucked from my mother’s loins. I remember everything as if it was yesterday, and I wish I didn’t. Let’s call it a gift of sorts, my memory, because it’s the only that has kept me alive all this time. Why you ask?

I have a soul.

That’s right, yours truly, Daria Pigwidgeon (a name I gave myself at an early age from a show on MTV my brothers used to watch. And it’s much preferred over scum, which was used often by my parents. Scum Pigwidgeon, not very catchy) is a proud member of her very own soul. And with that came many years of taking care of myself.

Unlike the filthy bottom feeders that are my family, I’m the first one born with a clean viable human soul. The first in generations really. You’d think it’d be a good thing, something to treasure even. Only it’s something that has left me cursed.

And very far from treasured.


The first book in a young adult urban paranormal fantasy trilogy begins when Daria decides to flee her home in Bakersfield, California. With no clear plan she picks a random place, and heads for the cooler climate of upstate New York. Feeling like she finally has a fresh start she takes her life into her own hands, free of threats. Her first adventure, is in high school, as the new girl.

Making friends and vying for normalcy while staying true to herself to NOT use her demon gifted abilities, life is harder than ever. Just when she thinks she might be finding an unexpected love in the boy next door, new comers arrive in town.

Her family. The ones she ran away from in the first place.

Now she must face what it means to be what she is. A demon with a soul. Except, she's not the only one keeping secrets. And it'll shock her to her core when she finds out who and why.

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About Author:
Amy Lunderman is a stay at home mom, with a passion to write paranormal romantic thriller's whether they be adult or young adult. She lives in Rhode Island with her fiancé and their beautiful daughter. She enjoys writing, reading, being a mom, watching movies and television, having dance party, youtube, and status updates on facebook.



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Wednesday 2 November 2011

Sapphire - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

Sapphire by Jeffe Kennedy

What is it about:
A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht.

Taylor writes off the adventure as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterward, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally.

Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her—and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This is a seriously hot BDSM romance for adult readers.
Taylor is someone who taught herself that being strong means not feeling anything and always being in control. Luckily Adam Kirliss is able to see beyond the mask Taylor has donned and he takes it upon himself to show Taylor what she is missing by hiding behind her iron clad facade.

The BDSM scenes are delicious and steaming hot. I love Adam Kirliss: he's one hunky alpha hero who knows what he wants and doesn't shy away from using extreme measures to get it (although he makes sure not to cross boundaries that shouldn't be crossed without permission).

Next to this story being an intense and sizzling erotic fantasy for those who love forced seduction and BDSM, this story is about what strength really is. I loved this deeper layer to the story and cheered Taylor on to give in to her deepest desires and to let go of her fears and truly become a strong person.

All in all this is a very intense and satisfying read and I can't wait for Kennedy's next story.

Why should you read it:
It's a delicious and sizzling hot BDSM romance

Buy from Amazon

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Author Interview - Jeffe Kennedy

Today we have one of Voodoo Bride's favorite authors here on our blog:
Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe is a fun and cool person who writes extremely hot BDSM erotica. Her newest book 'Sapphire' released on October 24. She was kind enough to sit down with us and answer some questions.

Check the links at the end of this post for Voodoo Bride's reviews of Petals & Thorns (a BDSM retelling of Beauty and the Beast) and Feeding the Vampire (post-apocalyptic vampire erotica). And check back tomorrow for her review of Sapphire.


Voodoo Bride: Jeffe, welcome to Pearls Cast Before a McPig. We’re thrilled to have you here.

- I’m thrilled to be here! As you know, I’m a long-time reader and fan of the pig and the bride.

Voodoo Bride: I absolutely love Petals and Thorns. Finally a version of my favourite fairytale where Beast is actually behaving according to his nature. Do you have any other fairytale retellings planned? If you need any suggestions: Bluebeard is screaming for a hot retelling in my opinion.

- I’ve thought about Bluebeard, but there’s so much scary to that one, I’m not sure how to make it sexy! I do have an idea for Rapunzel – all that hair. I’m also toying with a new idea about a woman torn between two men, one who treats her like an angel and the other who has darker desires. Could be very fun! I’ve noticed, though, that fairytale elements make it into most of my stories. In my novel, Obsidian, which comes out in June, my heroine is a neuroscientist who ends up in Faerie, though it’s not strictly a fairytale retelling.

Sullivan: I’d like a retelling of Three Little Pigs.
Voodoo Bride: You don’t even read erotica!
Sullivan: It could be a zombie retelling!

- Zombie pigs? Now THAT is horrifying! Harder to make sexy than Bluebeard!

Voodoo Bride: I’ve heard you are thinking of writing more stories set in the same world as Feeding the Vampire. Will they feature the same characters or will they be stand alones? And any chance one of them will be novel sized?
Sullivan: And will they feature zombies?

- I do want to write more in that world and all my ideas for it are novel-length. I think Ivan and Misty would be characters, but not the main ones. I’m really interested in what smart women would do in a post-apocalyptic world. Most stories seem to have them being subject to the brutality of men. I can see that strength would win out to an extent, but then there’s always some weak but super smart guy who has all the brutes working for him. Why wouldn’t women do this? I have in mind a woman who’s been a university president who starts a community of women – where men are allowed access under strictly controlled conditions. Vampires, too. And Sullivan, I would add in zombies, just for you.

Sullivan: Yay! You are the best!

Voodoo Bride: How did you come up with the setting of Feeding the Vampire anyway?

- Feeding the Vampire came from a dream. So in the dream, I knew it was a church basement and that the world was in chaos. All the people there were gathered to deal with the aftermath of a great disaster. I had to figure out what I thought had happened, to fit the details of the dream. Earthquakes fit for me. Plus there’s been a lot of thinking about earthquakes this year and how we’re dealing with them worldwide. Very few places aren’t affected by at least the secondary effects.

Voodoo Bride: We’re both big fans of Word-Whores, the blog that you keep with six other authors. How did the seven of you get together and how do you come up with your weekly topic?

- It is kind of interesting how the seven of us came together. I knew Allison, Marcella and KAK through FF&P (the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal online chapter of RWA). I also knew Laura through the chapter, though not as well. At the RWA conference in Orlando in 2010, Allison, Linda and Laura were all at the party for Pocket authors. Allison and Laura knew each other from FFP and Linda hung with them because she and Laura had been in a writer’s group in Ohio together for many years. After the Pocket party, Allison introduced them to me and the four of us spent much of the rest of the conference hanging in the bar together. Allison proposed the idea of the Word-Whores group blog. I suggested roping Marcella and KAK into it. Allison and I both knew Kerry from Twitter, so we invited her to round out our seven days of the week. When we started, we each proposed 8-10 topics and then we all voted on them and took the top 52 for our topics for 2011. KAK made the calendar, so she decided the order.

Voodoo Bride: What can you tell us about your newest release Sapphire? Is it a stand alone or will there be more books?

- Sapphire is different for me in that it’s a contemporary erotic story with no paranormal elements. I don’t know if Kirliss and Taylor will get more stories or not. I might have to let them work out the rest of their relationship in private.

Voodoo Bride: Any other projects you’re working on and can tell us about?

- I already mentioned that Obsidian will be out in June. I’m about to start on a sequel to it, that I’m calling Aquamarine. (They’re totally unrelated to Sapphire – I have no idea what’s up with me and the one-word jewel titles.) I am shopping another novel, The Body Gift, right now. Sullivan would like it – there’s a character with a boar spirit. It’s a contemporary fantasy with shamanistic magic, so all the characters have animal spirits. And I’m almost done writing The Middle Princess, which pulls a lot from fairytales. You know the stories of the three princesses, each more beautiful than the last? Well this is about the middle one – not the heir, not the beauty.

Um, no zombie books, Sullivan. Sorry!

Voodoo Bride: Oh, the Middle Princess sounds intriguing.
Sullivan: I’m more interested in that boar spirit! If I can’t have zombies, a boar spirit is a great alternative.

Voodoo Bride: Jeffe, thank you for answering my questions and for putting up with my zombie-obsessed friend.


Read Voodoo Bride's reviews:
Petals and Thorns
Feeding the Vampire

And check back tomorrow for Voodoo Bride's review of Sapphire, Jeffe's newest release.