Monday, 22 January 2018

Daughter of the Goddess by Rita Webb

Title: Daughter of the Goddess
Author: Rita Webb
Publication date: November 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

The wind calls her to play.
Will she listen?

I was a nameless child abandoned on the temple doorsteps.

Soul, the gods called me. So they named me Nephecia.

My plans don’t include marriage to some silly nobleman. When I come of age, I will take vows and devote my life to serving the goddess of Light. As a priestess, a daughter of the goddess, I’ll make the world a better place.

The summer before my eighteenth birthday, an oracle arrives with word from the gods: I must leave the only home, the only family, I’ve ever known, to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

There must be some mistake.

If I follow my own plans, I’ll disobey the very goddess I want to serve. But how can I trust the gods have my best interest at heart?


Daughter of the Goddess is a Young Adult Fairy Tale retelling of the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, set in a fantasy world.

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Author Bio:

Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.

Guest Post by Rita Webb :

Chaos of a writer without enough time in the day!

A typical day as a writing mom with full-time job:

6:20 AM  The alarm goes off and I mumble into my pillow, “Alexa, stop.” But she doesn’t hear my sleep-raddled voice and keeps beeping.

6:40 AM The second alarm goes off and I tell Alexa to shut up without even waking up.

7:45 AM I wake up suddenly, realize I’m late, jump in the shower, grab breakfast, run out the door with my hair still wet … kids say, “Mom, I need another hug!” Hugs and kisses all around and out the door again. Panic, panic, panic! I’m going to be late.

(So much for the plan to get up early and exercise. I’ll do it when I get home.)

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Get to work late (hope I don’t have a 9 o’clock meeting) and be a good employee. Write and run test cases, attend meetings, make phone calls, wish I could be writing.

5:00 PM  Too tired to exercise (again), I promise myself that tonight I’ll finally go to bed early and get the exercise first thing in the morning. But now is for spending time with my girls and my hubby TJ.

6:00 PM Dinner.

6:30 PM Add notes to our outline-in-progress. Work on the book blitz preparations. Check with my husband on the graphics he’s creating for me. Review marketing efforts and business plans and to-do lists and see what tasks I need to do next for promoting whatever needs promoting. Brainstorm chapter we’re working on and the goals and thwarts needed to make it exciting. Write a few words …

9:45 PM The Alexa alarm goes off to remind me to wrap things up before putting kids to bed. I squeeze in a few more words.

10:15 PM The Alexa alarm goes off again to remind me to tuck the girls in. I squeeze in a few more words.

10:30 PM “Mom, are you going to put us to bed?” Yes, just a few more minutes. We homeschool, so a few extra minutes means they just get up a little late, right?

10:45 PM Daughter #2 asks to get her hair braided for bed. Now I realize I’m seriously late for bedtime and need to get myself moving. I braid hair, tuck everyone in, deliver water bottles, brush my teeth, and come back to write a few more words. Just a few more.

MIDNIGHT I should be in bed. But I’m writing, checking email, going over my to-do lists …

12:30 AM My husband (business and writing partner) heads to bed.

I call after him, “I’ll be there in a moment! I promise!”

1:00 AM Crawl into bed. “Alexa, set the alarm for 6:20 a.m. Alexa, cancel alarm. Alexa, set the alarm for 7:40 a.m.”

7:40 AM *whimper* Crash and burn.

The Moral of the Story:  Work / Life Balance is important, even when pursuing your dreams. Slow and steady wins the race, and writing (like any art) is fueled by your soul. If your soul is burned out and your mind is too tired and your body isn’t taken care of, you’ll crash before you meet your goal.

This is a lesson I have had to learn again and again and again. Some things are more important than making your dreams come true:  life, love, family …

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mjolnir by Brian James

Title: Mjolnir
Author: Brian James
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The Viking gods have been banished from Asgard by Odin. Today they make the best of life on Earth. Thor is a professional athlete, Freya a prostitute, and Loki sells cheap products on QVC. Lurking in the background of their lives is a prophecy; one that declares that their time is at an end. Ragnarok is about to throw the gods into a state of civil war and the one who controls the hammer of Thor may be able to change the arc of destiny.

About the Author:

Brian makes his home in Michigan safely out of bullet range of Detroit. His work has appeared in the Detroit Free Press, World Poker Tour magazine, Classic Rock magazine, and too many websites to list without petitioning the good people at Amazon to expand the biography word count limits.

Brian often brings his love of mythology into his writing. He enjoys the act of taking characters created during the "Bring out your dead", plague ridden days of the dark ages and placing them in our modern world.

Q&A'S with Brian James:

Q: What is something unique/quirky about you?
A: I’m a political libertarian who doesn’t smoke or do drugs. I will only drink alcohol if it comes with a little umbrella in the glass. Also, I am looking forward to the day when I am old enough to scream at kids to get off my lawn with the sort of curmudgeon credibility that only comes with an AARP card.

Q: What kind of world ruler would you be?
A: A terrible one. I would fall into the category of Frisky Despot. I’m not quite sure if the blood of the martyrs would be running through the streets, but I would have a chariot pulled by several hundred of those creepy hairless cats. I would also replace President’s Day with a Stan Lee Day and have David Hasselhoff declared Burgermeister Meisterburger of the Western Hemispere.

 Q: Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
A: Great White Buffalo (Really White)

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Mjolnir?
A: The characters in Mjolnir are all gods from Norse myths. Just about anyone who has ever picked up a comic book will recognize them. Unlike their comic book doppelgangers, the versions in Mjolnir stay true to their mythological roots. For example, I have written Freya as a stripper and a high-class escort. I didn’t do this because she the Norse pantheon’s the goddess of love. I did this because in the myths she attained her most prized possession, the Necklace of the Brisings, by trading sex for jewelry with three dwarves. This trait would translate to the modern world as well. All the characters are still their mythological selves, applying those personality traits to contemporary times.

Q: Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
A: Let’s start with Thor. He is a worship junkie. Being adored is his crack. He’s also now an atheist thanks to the death of his wife, Sif. He reasoned that if a goddess can die, is she really a god? He still demands worship though, so he now plays professional football.
Odin lives his life looking down the barrel of a gun called the Ragnarok prophecy. According to this foretelling he will die in the final war of Ragnarok. His entire existence revolves around avoiding this fate.
Freya is just trying to get by in life as comfortably as possible without having to associate with other gods at all.
Loki, like Odin, has an eye towards Ragnarok. He engages in moves and countermoves in an attempt to be one up on his former blood brother, Odin. Survival is not his motivation though. He is looking for complete victory over the Odin and the other gods.

Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
A: A wise man once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think his name was Larry. Anyway, I approach research and writing with the same enthusiasm that kids run to a bouncy or singles download Tinder. I enjoy the whole thing. If I had to choose a single aspect that was my favorite it would be creating little unexpected twists that change the direction of the story.

Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: My next project is Romans Vs. Zombies. Most people don’t know that the ancient Romans once invaded Denmark. This was back in the days before the Roman Senate used Ginsu products to express their displeasure with Caesar. My next book builds on the factual events of the Roman incursion into Scandinavia and introduces the ancient world’s finest military force to draugrs, mythology’s first zombies.  

 Q: What book do you think everyone should read?
A: This is obviously a subjective question and I’m sure depending upon who is asked the answers will range from books about Traveling Pants and Horse Whisperers to novels about sad old fishermen. Personally, I think The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a book everyone should read. Its smart, funny, and has characters that you get immediately attached to. In fact, the entire series qualifies as a “must read”. With the exception of the very last book. After Douglas Adams passed away, his publisher tried to squeeze one last nickel out of the franchise. The last book was written by someone who was “almost, but not quite, entirely unlike” Mr. Adams. Those of us who read that last book (I think there were three of us) will only be able to get the memory of that novel out of our heads with a shotgun.  

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax?
A: I build models, play board games, and find plot holes in popular movies. I also have a decades long search for the most epically horrible Hawaiian shirts that could be burped up from the seventh circle of hell.

Q: If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
A: Screwing around with models. Not the kind with silicone in their chests, but the type that require glue and meticulous airbrushing. Of course, that could be the other kind as well, but not in this case. I have a backlog of models I haven’t had time to build yet. If I knew I was going to die, I would have to finish one or two, if for no other reason to satisfy my OCD leanings.

Q: Who is your hero and why?
A: I’m not sure I have a hero. Whoever performs Hafthor Bjornsson’s prostate exam would probably have to make the list. This is based on nothing more than his heroic lack of self-preservation instincts. But I can’t think of one person who stands out as a hero. There is more of a particular trait in some people that I find extremely heroic. I hate to quote a cartoon, but in MegaMind there is the line “The Megamind I know would never run from a fight even if he knew he had no chance of winning! It was your best quality.” It’s a rather silly example (especially considering that MegaMind is voiced by Will Ferrell) but the Spartans of Thermopylae, the British at the Battle of Rorke's Drift, Stephen in front of the Sanhedrin, and The Scottish under Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn. They all exhibited this quality. I find it to be admirable.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Alien Alphas: Novella Collection

Title: Alien Alphas: Twenty-Three Naughty Sci-Fi Romance Novellas
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Fierce warriors. Savage barbarians. Powerful warlords.
All ready to claim their mates.

Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone  novellasfull of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that's sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night.

Featured authors: Cari Silverwood, Cynthia Sax, Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Addison Cain, Kallista Dane, Maren Smith, Ava Sinclair, Sue Lyndon, Emily Tilton, Ashe Barker, Korey Mae Johnson, Grace Goodwin, Ivy Barrett, Jane Henry, Jaye Peaches, Katie Douglas, Lili Zander, Loki Renard, Maria Monroe, Megan Michaels, Myra Danvers, Sara Fields, and Sophie Kisker

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Fated Possession by Cari Silverwood
While on a chaste pilgrimage to the Chasm, Sassik buys Blue to save her from violation. Yes, he will train the stubborn human and punish her when needed, but when Blue opens her legs for him, he understands the depths of his twisted desires. Selling her can be his only option.

Dark Warlord by Cynthia Sax
If the Barbarian Warlord defeats her in the fighting ring, he will own her body, her mind, and her soul… forever. A standalone story set in the dark, gritty world of the Dark Thoughts series.

Their Zandian Mate by Renee Rose
Three Zandian warriors. One female assigned to them for reconditioning. A Zandian Masters reverse harem bonus story!

Draekon Rescue by Lee Savino and Lili Zander
Abducted by aliens. Locked in their lab. Only two sexy dragon shifters can make my bad day better.

Strangeways by Addison Cain
Their invasion of our world was nonviolent, seamless. But they have come to conquer and take who they will. We don’t have a choice. They can make us like it. They can make us desire them. They can make us do anything they want.

Her Savage Mate by Kallista Dane
Sacred monkeys. Forbidden fruit. The planet I crash-landed on was a primitive paradise, complete with a hunky seven-foot-tall bronze-skinned alien who found me. The High Priest gave me a choice—mate with my rescuer or be put to death. It was a no-brainer. Too bad my jungle prince wanted nothing to do with me.

Her Consort by Maren Smith
She was a salvage operator, patrolling the depths of deep space. He was a professional consort to royalty, built like a Neanderthal. Twice her width and twice her weight. His six-pack abs had six-pack abs. She knew, because she’d seen them. The only two people on a ship the size of a city… it really was kind of too bad they didn’t get along.

Vanquished Mate by Ava Sinclair
Anya Givens only wanted to document an alien mating ritual. She never intended to be part of one. Now she’s been claimed by the dominant Ythilian warrior, Kohn, and he’s not about to let her go.

Promised to the Alien by Sue Lyndon
He’s the biggest, sexiest, and sternest Tar-quan male she’s ever met—and he happens to be the very stranger to whom she’s been betrothed.

The Warrior’s Pleasure-Girl by Emily Tilton
The He’Ban long ago gave up bodily reproduction between their very-differently-evolved sexes, but He’Ban warriors have a weakness for the human girls who seem designed by DNA to excite their lust. Can human Tera find love with the captain of the deadliest ship in the He’Ban fleet before another, crueler He’Ban warrior claims her as his prize?

The Enforcer by Ashe Barker
He is hers. Her prisoner, her responsibility. Convicted felon Xyker Ramone is not absconding, not on her watch. Erin Stein pursues her quarry with single-minded intent, but Xyker has no intention of returning to the penal colony. Erin is stunned to find herself his captive and law enforcement takes on a whole new dimension.

Conquering Kayla by Korey Mae Johnson
As the twelfth child of a royal household, Kayla is used to being overlooked, but that changes when her planet is conquered by aliens. Claimed by two stern, handsome brothers, she is soon getting plenty of attention as she is shared, enjoyed, and thoroughly mastered by her new mates.

Claiming Their Virgin by Grace Goodwin
They’re matched. They’re marked mates. She’s his. An Interstellar Brides: The Virgins prequel!

Becoming a Private Pet by Ivy Barrett
Kidnapped from Earth, Kate Deacon is now the property of Exotic Pets, Inc. Jexton Farr’s job is to train the beautiful little human, rewarding her when she is obedient and punishing her sternly when she is not. But when the time comes for her to be sold, will he be able to give her up?

Finding Sitra by Jane Henry
When Sargothian native Cy Brak returns to his home planet seeking solace in a brothel, he is furious to find himself paired with his best friend’s sister. She begs to be tied up and dominated, but her fantasies may not align with the punishment he has in mind. A surprise alien attack—leaving them alone and stranded—ups the stakes.

Under Contract by Jaye Peaches
Brax’s contract is simple. Find, extract, and rehabilitate an absconded human female. Kleo’s attempt at escaping an arranged mating has failed and she is now under the firm control of Brax, an enhanced alien from Helle, who must return her home to await her fate. But will Brax stick to the contract?

Her Biker from Mars by Katie Douglas
Hot Martian biker Sy just wants a snow cone. Instead, he has twenty-four hours to save a slave girl in a life-or-death situation, and the trade-off is that Sy has to assassinate the president of Earth. Can he do it?

Doubly Dominant by Loki Renard
Trissa Teovy is a college dropout hitching her way across the galaxy when she’s caught by a seven-foot-tall Kilvoy lawman named Kero. He sets out to teach her a lesson that’s long overdue, but taming Trissa won’t be easy. The feisty little human is too much for any one man to handle, but fortunately for Kero, there’s two of him.

His Human Bride by Maria Monroe
In a war-torn galaxy, arrogant Prince Zor Maxis’ marriage to a princess from Ostara will create an essential alliance between the two planets. But what happens when he chooses the only human around?

Dravven’s Submissive by Megan Michaels
She committed a crime. She has a six-month sentence—marry the Prince and become a submissive on the Dominant, alpha male ruled planet. Seems simple. But is it?

Swallowed by Darkness by Myra Danvers
Imprisoned. Starved. Weak. He’s a warrior caged in the armpit of the universe, a man of worth who owns nothing but his pride and a thirst for vengeance. So why had they sent her? A human. A pathetic, fragile creature full of madness and lies, burdened with an impossible ultimatum—contend with a monster, or die.

Sold to the Enemy by Sara Fields
Captured by enemy forces, Commander Aubrie Kent is imprisoned, sold at auction, and purchased as a slave by the leader of the very planet she was sent to attack. He vows to break her and claim her as his own, but can he command her heart? Will she let him?

The Ghost in the Stars by Sophie Kisker
Siridin is on the run after killing his brother’s murderer. Keelie was kidnapped to satisfy an addiction Anterins have for human women. Each sees the other as the source of their troubles, and the dominant ship captain refuses to believe the nectar slave’s stories of whispers in the night.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Aftermath by E.A. Copen

Soldier. Traitor. Savior.

In an empire where political power is everything, Captain Timothy Val wants one thing: to serve his empire with honor and distinction. But after a mission to quell a revolt goes terribly wrong, Timothy is branded a traitor and barely escapes with his life. His only hope of regaining his lost honor and clearing his family name rests in the hands of a senator planning to use him as the face of a revolution.

With an intergalactic war looming and civil unrest spreading through the empire, Timothy must tread carefully. Assassins wait around every corner, and his new allies have made him powerful enemies, enemies that may not be entirely Human.

To save the empire, Timothy will have to betray every oath he’s ever taken.

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Aftermath: Chapter One excerpt:

Fire swallowed the shuttle behind Epsilon One, sending twisted shards of metal into the Olarian atmosphere. The blast was close enough that an impact warning appeared on the visor screen inside Captain Timothy Val’s helmet. Timothy tapped the side of his helmet to silence the alarm and flexed his gloved fingers. He turned away from the blue hue of the shuttle’s kinetic barrier flickering in the window and ground his teeth. The sensation made him cringe.

Another blast exploded, and the blue hue turned to static for a second. The metal plating groaned. The shields will hold until we hit the ground. Timothy grimaced. They have to.

He stood. An explosion rocked the shuttle and sent him scrambling for one of the handholds in the ceiling. Hands shot out to steady him from both sides. When the shuttle stabilized again, he acknowledged the gesture with a bob of his head and gripped the next handhold tight, working his way down the line of men toward the exit hatch.

He stopped by Private Malor, the newest member of their team. The man sat with his head bowed, one thumb against the bridge of his nose. His gun rested against one leg. He whispered a hurried prayer and passed the circle of beads between a thumb and forefinger.

“Put those away,” Timothy ordered, and shoved the assault rifle back into the private’s hands. The prayer beads clattered to the floor. “You’ll do more damage with this.”

Malor let the gun fall into his lap, staring at it with reddened, droopy eyelids. “Is it true what they’re saying?”

“Is what true?” Timothy snapped.

“That half of the 51st battalion got wiped out by rebels at Den-Mak. Here at Olarin, they’re supposed to be even better armed.”

Timothy frowned behind his helmet. “The fifty-first did their job, Private, and shot rebel supply lines to hell. The people at Olarin haven’t seen a supply truck in weeks.”

The man next to Malor shifted and leaned forward. “Don’t matter how many guns they’ve got if they’re too weak from hunger to aim.”

Malor lowered his gaze to the string of prayer beads on the floor and shook his head. “Why in the hell are we even here? Since when do we put down our own people? It’s not right, Captain. I’ll burn for this. We all will.”

Timothy knelt and picked up the prayer beads. “We’re here because the empire demands it. We go where the crown commands.” He tucked the prayer beads into Malor’s pocket.

“It’s not right,” Malor repeated. “This is their home. They’ve got a right to defend it. They’ve got a right to choose to be part of the empire or not. Don’t they?”

The captain picked the gun up and forced it into Malor’s arms. “A soldier’s job isn’t to question, Private. It’s to point and shoot…

About the Author:

E.A. Copen is a prolific speculative fiction author living in beautiful Southeast Ohio with her three kids, three cats, a dog, and a husband. She writes everything from space opera to weird west and all the strange genre mashups in between. When she’s not chained to her keyboard working on her next novel, she enjoys exploring old graveyards and other creepy places. On weekends, you can find her time traveling with her SCA friends, at least until she saves up enough money to leave the Shire and become a Jedi.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Shadow Weave by Annette Marie

Title: The Shadow Weave
Series: Spell Weaver #2
Author: Annette Marie
Publication date: January 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.

But she is not in love with an incubus.

Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he's the only reason she survived her recent Underworld "vacation." He's also the sexiest thing she's ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic—a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost—before his family gets their hands on it. And that means fighting alongside him in a desperate attempt to avert complete disaster.

But she is definitely not in love with him. At least, she's pretty sure she's not.

Mostly sure. Maybe sure? ...Crap.


As though summoned by her thoughts, the sex fiend himself breezed into the room. Hair damp and tousled, the kind of face that made women’s hearts skip, broad shoulders that tapered to a toned torso. His tattered clothes should have ruined the look, but they added an extra edge—dangerous and exotic.

The others in the kitchen noticed his arrival, but they dismissed him just as quickly. Unlike most daemons, incubi were easy to recognize even in glamour. No other caste possessed that stunning combination of golds—white-gold hair, warm golden skin, vibrant irises like a dark patina over rich yellow gold.

Yes, they recognized him as an incubus—and they didn’t bother to hide their curling lips and wrinkling noses. Lyre either didn’t notice or didn’t care as he swept over to her, his expression brightening for the first time in two days.

“Clio,” he purred, voice too low for even keen-eared strangers to hear, “your powers of seduction would put any succubus to shame.”

She blinked at him, the bowl of whisked eggs in her hands and a hot pan sizzling in front of her. His mood was so different from earlier that she couldn’t quite grasp it.

“Huh?” she managed. How articulate.

“This is entirely unfair. I have no power to resist such tactics.” He waited a beat. “Are you planning to do something with those eggs?”

She blinked again, trying to unscramble her brain. Scramble. Right, the eggs. She dumped the mixture into the hot pan. “What are you going on about, Lyre?”

“Bacon,” he sighed dreamily. “Pancakes. Scrambled eggs. You slay me, my love.”

On the words “my love,” her heart screeched to a stop so fast it might have left skid marks on her ribs. It kicked back into gear at three times its previous speed and she concentrated so hard on the spatula that she almost went cross-eyed. “You—you can’t be that excited about my cooking. You don’t even know if it’s any good.”

“I can tell already. It’ll be delicious.”

She shivered. The way he said that word should be illegal. As she hurriedly stirred the eggs with a spatula, he stood so close he was almost touching her, his body angled toward her as though she held his entire attention. But his gaze, sliding coolly from one watching daemon to another, was distinctly unfriendly.

She scraped the eggs off the pan, then rescued the bacon from the oven—triggering a stir among the waiting daemons. With her bottom lip caught between her teeth, she pulled a plate from the cupboard, loaded it with food, and held it out to Lyre. She’d cooked an elaborate late-night breakfast to cheer him up, but now second thoughts were crowding her brain. Too late to change her plan now.

His smile only fueled her blush as he fished a fork out of a nearby drawer, loaded it with eggs, and scooped them into his mouth. She held her breath. The entire room went silent.

His eyes rolled back in ecstasy. “So good,” he moaned.


She jerked around. The female daemon had dropped her heavy book on the floor. As everyone looked over at her, pink tinged the woman’s cheeks. She snatched up her book and beat a hasty retreat out of the room.

Clio swallowed hard, envious of the woman’s ability to flee. Lyre’s moan had been so sensual it had been downright scandalous, and if Clio didn’t put space between them soon, she was going to start swooning like a complete fool.

Previous book in the series:

(Spell Weaver Book 1)

Author Bio:

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat— Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Unbound by Kimberly Derting

Title: Unbound
Series: The Men of West Beach, #2
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication date: February 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Emerson Monroe McLean is a true Texan through and through. But she’s never wanted to be like the other girls she grew up with, the ones who view debutante balls and sororities as stepping-stones to landing the perfect husband.

Yet everyone underestimates Em. When they look at the leggy blonde, all they see is a serial-dater who leaves a string of broken hearts in her wake. What people don’t realize is that keeping guys at arms length is more than just about having a good time; it’s a deep-rooted defense mechanism.

Lucas Harper is California born and bred. The product of his wealthy upbringing and an overbearing mother, Lucas has always been told where to be and when to be there. But after his older brother’s death, Lucas is tired of being a puppet.

Taking a break to figure out what he wants out of life, he moves to West Beach to spend the summer surfing. It’s there that he meets Emerson McLean, the free-spirited beauty who lures him into her bed. Refusing to be tied down, she’s unlike any girl he’s every known.

Their chemistry is undeniable. There’s only one hitch: Lucas already has a fiancĂ©e. And when she lands on his doorstep, Emerson realizes that for the first time in her life, she has genuine feelings for a guy.

With her heart on the line, Emerson discovers that, win or lose, she isn’t the kind of girl to play by the rules.

Author Bio:

Kimberly has been in love with LOVE since the first grade, when she would make “boyfriends” hold her hand during recess . . . whether they wanted to or not. In high school, she discovered romance novels and she’s been hooked ever since!

She is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED (her first book in The Men Of West Beach series). She's also co-written the soon-to-be-released picture books about a girl who loves science! Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.

These days, she spends entirely too much time ordering stuff off the Internet, binge-watching Netflix, and holding hands with a guy who doesn’t have to be forced (her husband).

Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts

A quick and quirky read from Bena Roberts.

I rarely read romance books, but the author says this is “not the usual sappy romance”, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did!

Meet Helen, she’s middle-aged and recently single after a long and boring marriage. Join her on her journey to re-invent herself, with the help of online dating, as seen through her eyes, her sister’s eyes and those of her ‘dates’.

Six Tinder Weeks is not a soppy romance, it’s a humorous, saucy, entertaining and enjoyable read.


Forty-something scientist Helen leaves her husband after twenty uninspired years of marriage. Plagued with making the wrong decisions she looks towards holistic therapy and the universe to guide her choices. She meets hairdresser Alex and takes his advice to download the dating app SPRK.

Helen embarks on a voyage of self-discovery, paganism, hedonism and desire. What could go wrong? Well for one secret agent CJ is convinced that Helen is part of a notorious Romanian smuggling gang.

Six Tinder weeks is not the usual romantic novel; it is realistic fiction full of twists, turns that will make you laugh out loud. If you like something different, then you will enjoy this Pandora’s box of love, action and the unexpected.

The Author:

Bena is an expat British woman living with her family in Germany. She was a journalist, blogger and analyst as well as CEO of quite a few geeky companies. She is a bookworm, gym bunny and partial to dry Italian red wine.

Bena’s passion for writing began as a child in the cosy corner of her parent’s bookshop in London. She grew up reading Sidney Sheldon, Judy Blume, S.E. Hinton and Marian Keyes. Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel and is realistic fiction that will appeal to women, mums and especially those just divorced.