Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coffin Nails and Other Beasts: A Micro Anthology by Angela Kulig Review

Title: Coffin Nails and Other Beasts
Author: Angela Kulig
Genre: Horror
Pages: 29
Price: FREE
Thoughts: A great collection.

Book Synopsis:

One part literary fiction, one part horror, and all Angela Kulig. Darkness drips from every page, and just when you think you're having a good time, you find out someone's died, someone's been dead, and someone is about to rob your grave.

In Coffin Nails, Angela Kulig weaves the sort of tales we all hoped she didn't have in her. Frightening and often crass fantasy mingles with the paranormal and surreal in this swift anthology.

If it was any longer, we'd all have nightmares.

Review:

~shivers~ Angela Kulig saved the best for last in this awesome anthology. The Last Christmas was the best in the collection, but all the stories were good. I also really enjoyed Prick. I can't wait to read more of this author. I loved her style and the darkness of her writing. I highly recommend this collection.

Gods Gone Wild by Ashlyn Chase, Dalton Diaz, and Terry Spear Review

Title: Gods Gone Wild
Authors: Ashlyn Chase, Dalton Diaz, and Terry Spear
Genre: Erotica
Pages: 170
Price: $2.99
Thoughts: The perfect title!

Book Synopsis:

Gods Gone Wild

Ashlyn Chase
Dalton Diaz
Bonus story from USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear

Two Gods are in big trouble with Zeus. Gods will be gods and when these two taunt Pele for their own entertainment, she erupts, literally, creating a whole new Hawaiian island. But Zeus is not amused and must teach them a lesson they won't forget. Who knew their punishment would lead to finding the loves of their lives?

Great Zeus! (Dalton Diaz)

Epimetheus knows he screwed up. Well, he knows it since Zeus pointed it out with a lightning bolt or two. He’s willing to take his punishment like a Titan, but all bets are off when his beloved dead wife Pandora shows up. Pandy has no memory of him. Epimetheus has no powers, and no forethought. What could possibly go wrong?


Oh My God (Ashlyn Chase) Rewritten and expanded version of 2009 Eppie nominee, same title

The Greek God of wine, women, and party, falls off a balcony during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Now he has amnesia. All he knows is that they call him 'Big D', and he drinks too much and ought to give up alcohol for Lent.

Mandy and Brenda flashed Dionysus right before he fell. They're nice enough to take him to an AA meeting, and then back to their homes until he recovers his memory. Fortunately, they're not too nice to be naughty.

Bonus Story: Goddess in Training (Terry Spear) Previously published 2010 Indie, same title

In a game of the gods, librarian Lisandra, who has never been loved, is chosen to be the goddess of fertility. The demi-god of pleasure, Assarian is ordered by Zeus to train her in the hallowed halls of Mount Olympus to prove to his wife, Hera, goddess of marriage, mortals and immortals alike only need be physically satisfied to find fulfillment, to which Hera disagrees—all creatures must have love to be whole.

Review:

What a fun, sexy, and funny read. Gods Gone Wild is a great collection of three stories that put a unique spin on the Greek gods. Those that love Greek mythology are going to love this book. It's got some amazing authors, is well-written, and did I mention sexy?

Naked in the Winter Wind (The Fairies Saga Book 1) by Dani Haviland Review

Title: Naked in the Winter Wind
Series: The Fairies Saga, Book 1
Author: Dani Haviland
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Time Travel Romance
Pages: 552
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: A great beginning!

Book Synopsis:

***WARNING: BOOK CONTAINS LUSTY AND VIOLENT SCENES****

(This is the complete version of the previously released 3 part series of Naked in the Winter Wind (AMNESIA, ABANDONED, and ADOPTIONS)

Imagine falling right into the middle of your favorite historical romance story...and getting a thinner, rejuvenated body at the same time. That might sound ideal, but dealing with cougars, creeps, and kidnappers isn't.
Join 20th century-born Evie as she deals with the hardships of living in the backwoods or Revolutionary War era North Carolina while dealing with a severe case of AMNESIA, being ABANDONED by the man who claimed her as his wife, and ADOPTIONS, using nothing but her wit and grit, give or take a knife or two...and the smartphone that hitched a ride with her from the 21st century!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE COMPLETE EDITION OF THE THREE PREVIOUSLY RELEASED 'PARTS' OF NAKED IN THE WINTER WIND:
AMNESIA: part one
ABANDONED: part two
ADOPTIONS: part three

Review:

This is a book that will immediately capture your attention. I found it impossible to put down and a very relaxing read. I loved the characters and found that it was a great beginning to the series. I can't wait to read more!

a Touch of Revenge by L.j. Charles Review

Title: a Touch of Revenge
Series: The Everly Gray Adventures, Book 6
Author: L.j. Charles
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 232
Price: $3.99
Thoughts: A great character!

Book Synopsis:

Revenge is sweet. Or is it?

When Everly Gray learns who killed her parents, she's ready to take revenge, but has nowhere to start. Frustrated, she makes an unplanned detour to search her murdered husband's study. When she discovers a possible location for the person behind the assassination, Everly follows that lead to the English Riviera. Things go sideways, however, when she learns someone has been stalking her and collecting surreptitious photographs since she was a baby.

In a surprising role reversal, Tynan Pierce has agreed to be Everly's backup. He gives her control over the investigation and, with complete trust, over her subsequent revenge. But something isn't right with him. Complications escalate when the investigation leads them to Ireland and to Pierce's childhood home.

Everly's feelings for Tynan, a man she's had a long-standing hands-off attraction with, throw one more snag into her mission. Revenge is finally at her ESP fingertips, but at what cost to Pierce and his family? …and to her?

Review:

This was the first book I'd read from the series and I was easily able to get brought up to speed and get caught up in the book. I really liked Everly Gray and will definitely go back and read the earlier books in the series. I highly recommend this book to those that love a good mystery.

Primary Research; Experience Counts, by Patricia Green

I've written articles on historical research before, and for that an author relies on secondary research—unless she has a time-travel machine, that is. But today, I want to mention primary research, the research that takes place when an author actually does the act he wants to write about, or explores the object or process he's describing. 

So, for example, let's say Jane is writing a murder-mystery or a spy adventure. Maybe one of the characters uses a Glock gun. Jane might have picked a Glock because she owns one (safely kept in a gun safe or stored with a trigger lock, of course), or she knows someone who has one. But if she doesn't, she can also handle the weapon at a gun store or a gun show. She feels it in her hand. Perhaps she loads it to feel the difference in weight. If she can, she might shoot it at a shooting range and feel the recoil and hear the sound of the shell casings being ejected. Maybe she learns that those shell casings are hot because she picks one up within seconds of firing the weapon. In other words, she applies her own senses to test the object and action she wants to write about. I've handled guns of various sorts and mentally recorded the details. When I wrote about a hero using a gun in Spanking Her Highness and Eddie, My Love, I used those remembered sensations and movements to make the story more realistic.

Another example might be for a horror novel set in the back country of Utah. Maybe Joe is writing a story where the protagonists are camping when something scary happens. Many of us have been camping, but how many of us have engaged our senses as Joe-the-writer ought to do? The smell of the campfire with a particular kind of wood, the sound of the crackling flames, the pattern of the smoke all are great fodder for description, and Joe is right there to record those sensations for use in his novel.

Romance isn't different. Experience counts. When we're discussing erotic romance, of course, we don't expect it to be written by virgins. There are certain aspects of sex that need to be experienced first-hand before one can write about them. There are smells, touches, sounds, and even physical movements that require a certain amount of primary research. Few of us complain about this, by the way. But sweet romances don't require the same kind of sensory experience. They can be written by virgins and more experienced persons alike. The vast majority of people know the feeling of falling in love, the sound of a welcome footstep, the touch of a first kiss, or the verbal interplay of two people just getting to know each other. These can all be recorded.

Let's look at something I've become an expert with: spanking romance. Many people who write in this sub-genre go to the trouble of experiencing the sensations and studying the tools that get used for writing these novels and novellas. So maybe a writer gets spanked or instigates a spanking. Perhaps he or she watches one in person and interviews the parties. Perhaps he goes to a spanking club and has an opportunity to examine a spanking strap, paddle or other implement. I won't go into much detail here, but I did want to find out what it all felt like for use in Discipline Down Under (my most recent release) and at least a dozen more of my books.

What about places? In my lifetime, I've been to many places, lived in many cities and experienced many cultures. Using the small details I learned about when being in these places adds realism to my stories, and this would work for any writer. Imagination is great, but you can't beat primary research. If I hadn't lived in Texas for five years, I don't think I'd have been able to give my Journey family authentic-sounding drawls in that series of books. If I hadn't been to Las Vegas and rural Nevada, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to describe the surrounding desert or the local people in Strong, Silent Type or Handling Stormy. If I hadn't met Native Americans who lived there, I wouldn't have been able to convey the nuances of their culture. 

Primary research can be fun for a writer, and it's virtually always rewarding, even if it's only used for fleshing out character backstory that never gets used in the final manuscript. While it's delightful to go to the library or surf the internet looking for facts, figures and details, there is nothing so effective as doing primary research. Just don't shoot yourself in the foot to find out what it feels like, okay?

Author Bio:

Bestselling author, Patricia Green, is a full-time fiction writer specializing in erotic romance. She provides the reader with love stories that emphasize fun characters with quirky personalities. Patricia is the author of more than 20 published novels and novellas as well as an ever-growing collection of short stories.

In her personal life, Patricia is married and the mother of twins. When she’s not being the angel of domestic harmony and a semi-crazed creator of fictional friends, she loves to read, crochet, knit and watch hockey and baseball.

You can reach Patricia Green in the following ways:

Email: pig (at) patriciagreenbooks (dot) com
Twitter: @PatriciaIGreen


Stealing the Shadow of Death (The Shadow Saga Book 2) by Merrie P Wycoff

Stealing the Shadow of Death (The Shadow Saga Book 2) by Merrie P Wycoff
FREE

Murder...Mystery...Mummies...Magic...

When Queen Nefertiti's oldest daughter, Merit-Aten, discovers that black sorcerers have murdered her grandmother and plan to mummify her in direct violation of spiritual and civil law, she vows to do whatever it takes to bring her grandmother's body home and lay her to rest under the loving rays of the Aten. But in order for her to do so--and to save her beloved grandmother's soul--she must face her deepest and deadliest fears...even though that means she must pass perilous initiations, compete against a powerful family member in a wild chariot race, witness an evil deviation of a sacred ritual, confront the Shadow People, and eventually unearth a terrible secret that shatters her illusion of death.



In the second book of The Shadow Saga, Pharaoh Akhenten’s noble and radical experiment has flourished in his new city of Akhet-Aten for three years. However, not all is as blissful as it seems. The banished priests of the dark god Amun have patiently bided their time, eager to take back their lost power.

The new battle between light and dark begins with the murder of the Queen Mother at the hands of the Amun Black Sorcerers. If the demands of the murderers are not met, they vow–in direct violation of civil and spiritual law–to mummify the Queen.

Merit-Aten, the grief-stricken daughter of the Pharaoh, is determined to bring her grandmother’s body from Thebes and lay her to rest under the loving rays of the Aten. But first she must face her own fears and undergo a series of grueling initiations that could put her life in danger.

She vows to do whatever it takes to bring her grandmother home, even if it means facing horrors far worse than she could imagine when she witnesses a distorted ritual, and unearths a terrible secret that makes her fear not only for her grandmother’s body but also for her grandmother’s soul.

Her mission takes on a new urgency. Merit-Aten must prevent her grandmother from joining the ranks of the Shadow People who now haunt her. But is she strong enough to undertake the dangerous journey into the den of the Amunites? In the end, it is up to Merit-Aten alone; if she fails, her grandmother’s soul will be condemned to walk with the Shadow People for all eternity

My Dream Man by Marie Solka - $0.99 Goodie!

My Dream Man by Marie Solka
$0.99 or FREE for Prime Members

When Samantha, a home health nurse, has her first orgasm after waking from an erotic dream about Greg, a scientist and son of her newest patient, she’s both captivated and confused.

Greg’s the opposite of her type, but Samantha feels compelled to get to know the eccentric workaholic, and she soon discovers it’s futile to fight chemistry.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**