Archive | August 2017

Review: Dorothy Must Die: Short Stories

I’m starting Dorothy Must Die as a group read for September, so I thought I should read these prequel novellas since they were on Overdrive!

Title: No Place Like Oz

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Mini Review: Dorothy is on her second trip back to Oz, and she does not want to return to Kansas ever again. Her aunt and uncle journey with her, and the demise of Dorothy was excellent! 5 stars!

Title: The Witch Must Burn

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Mini Review: Loved, loved, loved this one! I really like Jellia and Knox. I want to read more about Knox! Glinda is also a real piece of work. 5 stars!

Title: The Wizard Returns

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Mini Review: I normally hate the Wizard. I just have never liked his character, and James Franco made it worse in his adaptation and douche bag of a character. After reading this, my opinion has not changed of the Wizard, only intensified. He’s an idiot! However, the story was excellent. He never went away in his balloon. Instead, he lost his memory, and we learn more about him along the way. Very interesting! 5 stars!

Title: Heart of Tin

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Mini Review: I actually started with this one since the Tin Man is my favorite. Well, he was an odd one here. He lets his actions be overpowered by his obsession with Dorothy. It was dark and showed just what obsession can do to a person. 5 stars!

Title: The Straw King

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Mini Review: I was hoping that this one was going to be dark like Heart of Tin, but it was actually more about some history of OZ. It was still great, but I really wanted to see the demise of the Scarecrow! I definitely do not like Glinda! 4 stars!

Title: Ruler of Beasts

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Mini Review: I really loved this one! Return to Oz is one of my favorite movies ever, so Nome King, yes! I liked the Ozma/Lion team. I thought they worked great together! But as again, Glinda needs to get out of here! 5 stars!

Title: Order of the Wicked

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Mini Review: This one was really good! This one was very character driven, which was pretty awesome to get me so invested in a novella! I hope to see a lot more of these characters in the series! 5 stars!

Title: Dark Side of the Rainbow

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Mini Review: I absolutely love the cover on this one! There was more of Dorothy in this, and I really liked the main character Polly. I did find Polly to be naive at times, but it was just how she was. The world in this one was magnificent! 4 stars!

Title: The Queen of Oz

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Mini Review: Again, back to Return to Oz (the movie), which I loved Mombi in it. Collecting heads? Awesome! That doesn’t happen here, though. Anyway, I’m going off course here. But I love the character, Mombi, and this novella did not let me down. It is told between two parts, Mombi and Pete. And it was pretty darn interesting uncovering things about these characters! 5 stars!


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Review: Odd & True

Title: Odd & True

Author: Cat Winters

Date of Publication: September 12th, 2017

Goodreads Summary:

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

My Review:

This book isn’t what I expected it to be, but that doesn’t mean it was bad. I loved it! It was very character driven, especially with Tru and Od. Tru’s chapters were set in the present while Od’s chapters were set in the past.

There was a lot of sadness in this book, especially during Od’s chapters, but she is a fierce and likable character. However, Tru was my favorite. Even though she can’t walk well after an incident with Polio when she was younger, she is still strong and brave. The sisterly bond between her and Od was the real heart of this book.

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The writing was captivating, and the atmosphere was perfect. Throughout the book, I didn’t know if monsters really did exist or if it was just fabrication. You have to partake on this incredible journey to find out!

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Zero Repeat Forever: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

 

I am so
excited that ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle
Prendergast is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Gabrielle Prendergast, be
sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed hardcover of the book courtesy of Gabrielle and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:
Title:

 ZERO
REPEAT FOREVER

Pub. Date: August 29,
2017
Publisher: Simon &
Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook, audiobook
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He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the
details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx
invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in
the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from
the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven
doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel
only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit,
their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… 

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About Gabrielle: 

Gabrielle
is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  You
can read about her books here.
She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
In 2014 she
was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated
for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In
2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has
also been nominated for the White
Pine Award
and the CLA
Award
.
Gabrielle
won the Westchester
Award 
for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You
Proud to be Canadian.
 A poem from Capricious was
chosen for the 2014 Poetry
in Transit 
Program. Pandas
on the East Side
 was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet
for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the
Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the
Myrca Award.
Giveaway Details:


(1) winner
will receive a signed finished copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only &
Canada.

(3) winners will
receive signed postcards and bookmarks ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only &
Canada.

Ends on September
19th at Midnight EST!

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Alexa Whitewolf: Author Interview + Excerpt

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Summary:

“It was impossible they had met before – of that she was certain. Yet his hold on her was undisputable, an irrational pull to the utmost recesses of her soul.”

Vivienne du Lac has everything she could wish for – a normal, peaceful life, a good job, cushy nest egg, and a semi-social nightlife. The only problem? She’s clueless to being the reincarnation of the Lady of the Lake, Merlin’s apprentice.

Sebastien Dubois is the bad boy you wouldn’t take home to mom and dad – quite the opposite. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling from the start – but there’s more to the tall, dark and handsome stranger. When a magical past tumbles into her orderly reality, he is Vivienne’s only hope at survival.

Caught between darkness and light, a battle she has no intention to fight – let alone the knowledge to win – Vivienne quickly finds out not even closest allies can be trusted.

Can she look within and become the enchantress Merlin meant her to be… Or will she lose it all over love, for Sebastien’s salvation? This is a battle between good and evil you don’t want to miss.

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Excerpt from Avalon Wishes

As he walked down the stairs in the tower, Merlin glanced out to the forest, before continuing on his journey.

He passed through the last of the barriers, and out the servants’ exit, finally entering the peace and quiet of the gardens. They were rectangular, about the size of his room, with flowers of every type sparsely across. An oak tree, older than the castle itself, stood in the middle.

It was towards it that Merlin headed, his hands tingling at the prospect of touching magic again. In these three days, he had not had as much time as he wanted, and it was akin to breathing: a need, potent and inquisitive.

He took a seat by the oak, hidden in the tree’s shadow, and pressed both hands to the earth by his side. Imbued by the power of the nature surrounding him, Merlin breathed in deeply. On his second exhale, his hands began glowing, and a faint vibration animated them.

Soon, Merlin was lost in the magic, the back and forth between him and the earth. It felt as though his entire body was re-energizing, replenishing with an elixir far more potent than any human beverage.

He could feel himself reverting back to primal needs, carnal desires, to a part of himself that wished to be freed.

“You must be the new advisor.”

The soft, melodic voice penetrated Merlin’s haze, and he blinked. As he came to, her scent assaulted his senses: sweet, almost overtly so, like a nectar he craved to sample.

Merlin caught the woman’s presence out of the corner of his eyes, and turned his head slowly to the side.

Morgana.

She had not introduced herself, but every fiber of his being felt it. Her alabaster skin was almost translucent in the early morning. Long, straight black hair fell to her waist, cinched by a belt. Her soft blue gown did little to hide the curves of her body, something his eyes lingered on.

“I did not mean to interrupt,” Morgana spoke again, and his eyes settled on her rosebud mouth, and the lips moving ever so softly.

Merlin gulped, then looked away. He could not, would not. A promise had been made, one he had to keep. Something within was emphasizing that he really needed to uphold it.

“You did not interrupt,” he replied hoarsely. His throat felt as though it had been force-fed sand.

Extinguishing the magic, Merlin reluctantly let go of the earth and stood. He had no choice, now, but to turn towards Morgana.

The princess moved a few steps closer, as though pulled closer by the same force he was fighting against. This is not good.Merlin could sense the unseen atmosphere literally yanking him forward, like a magnet unwilling to let go.

Their eyes met – and held – cerulean blue to silver. Then Morgana’s gaze roamed over the wizard in a way that did nothing to appease his unsettled body.

What is this!? Merlin fumed internally.

Such weakness had never struck him around a woman – especially not one as young as her. For though Morgana was very much of age at her two decades of life, there was an innocence still within her eyes that drew him in like a moth to a flame.

“I am Merlin,” he cleared his throat, bowing in greeting. “The new advisor, you are correct. And I presume you are Lady Morgana?”

There was a brief hesitation, as though she wanted to try lying, then Morgana inclined her head in assent. “I am.”

Their gazes locked again and Merlin cursed the fates for putting him on the path of this temptress. Her eyes were not so innocent now. Instead, a burning look shone within, one he very well recognized, for it was surely the same one reflected in his own.

Lust, pure and simple.

“I was surprised,” Morgana spoke again, drawing his gaze to hers, “to hear my father sought you out. Apparently, tales of your exploits reached him from afar.”

Merlin was silent, unsure of how to answer. Morgana peered at him for a few moments longer, before smiling briefly. “At ease, Merlin. I shall leave you to your secrets.”

As she turned to leave, the mage could not help his eyes from roaming her form. He turned away, cursing against his own impulses.

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Author Interview:

What made you want to become a writer?

Growing up, I didn’t have the easiest childhood. I think we all struggle with issues with at least one parent, and for me that was my dad. Writing was a way of escaping the limits he imposed on my life. At the time, everything I was reading in young adult had heroines that always needed saving. I came up with my own, women that are proud, and strong and yes incredibly stubborn, but there is more to them than simply falling in love and living happily ever after (not that there’s anything wrong with that! I love HEAs ). What I mean is, writing started as an escape, maybe even a form of therapy, but it became a lot more. The fact that after years of taking a break from it, and moving forward in my life, I rediscovered the passion for words was enough to decide me that I wanted to make my passion my life’s work. That’s when I truly decided to become a writer.

What do you find the hardest about being an author?

Shutting up the characters in my head? Oops, that wasn’t meant to be a question. But seriously, it’s hard sometimes. Like now, I’m technically done writing for the year. So I should be focusing on marketing, networking, etc. But instead I go and start writing again, because the characters won’t leave me alone. They’re not all like that, honest. Mainly Alistair and Merlin, they bicker a lot… Sorry, rambling probably wasn’t part of this, eh? Marketing! My final answer.

What is your favorite character you have written and why?

That’s HARD. And I mean trying to push a Transformer out of way with puny human hands, hard.

My husband would disagree, but up until recently I would have said my version of Merlin from Avalon Wishes. There’s something about writing him as a younger Mage, and all the crap he gets into… Too much fun. Of course, half the fun of it is Alistair, I mean they’re really two peas in a pod!

But currently, I would have to say Freya, my young heroine from The Sage’s Legacy series. There’s a lot of the younger me in her, and as I re-edited the second novel in the series, I found myself bonding with her all over again.

What is your favorite color?

Green! Not neon, but emerald like the beautiful Ireland I’m about to visit in less than 2 weeks!!! 

What is your writing process?

It’s a mess. And I mean, no heads or tails kind of mess… I get an idea, write it down. It’s usually a sentence or two. At some point, a scene will pop in my head. It could be the beginning, middle or end of the novel, and I write it down. Then keep writing from there. I end up with scenes all over the place, notebooks, napkins, you name it…. Then finally type it all up into a semblance of a rough. That’s when the fun really begins! I dig into the meat of the story, fill in plot holes, dialogue, descriptions. Go through five or six edits, then send to my beta, make changes, and after send to my editor.

What book are you currently reading?

Singularity, by Eldon Farrell.

What’s your favorite book genre?

Thriller. I’m a huge James Patterson and James Rollins fan! 

What kind of scenes do you find hardest to write?

Love scenes? I always wonder if my mom will end up reading them

What are you writing next?

I have Avalon Nightmares and Relics of the Underworld (the last instalments of my two series Avalon Chronicles and Sage’s Legacy) planned for release early 2018, so those are my major projects.

But lately (last 2 weeks) I’ve gotten annoyingly distracted by working on a standalone novel (at least I hope it will be!), hesitantly titled “Blazing in a Storm of Ashes”.

Here’s a little excerpt from the young heroine, Corinna:

“I’m not crazy. But when I start getting these bloody migraines and hearing voices, I’m fairly certain I lost it.

And then they turn out to be two hot-as-hell guardians, here to guide me on my quest to purge the world of evil. Because apparently, that’s my job.

I guess it’s just as well I’m willing to play into their delusional game. Until, of course, I find out it’s no delusion at all.

It’s all the more real, and the Phoenix in me rises to the surface, unbidden, unchallenged… And un-allied with either Light or Darkness.

Like I said, I’m not crazy. But read if you dare, and you can judge for yourself.”

What message do you have for future authors?

Never stop writing. If it makes you happy, do it. But don’t write into the genre and way you think your audience will like. Write what you are passionate about, and the rest will follow!

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About Alexa Whitewolf:

I was born in Romania originally, moved to Canada in my teens and then pretty much all over the place in this vast country. Growing up, writing was an escape, a fun way to get away from the reality of the world around me. I always felt different, and though I fit in almost everywhere, I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere.

That changed when I moved to Ottawa for university, at least for a while. But writing was my constant, my always-there escape.

I started writing around 14, The Sage’s Legacy series. I had both book I and II finished by the time I was 16. With university and life getting in the way, I took a break from writing, only dabbling in the occasional contract or fun short stories for my own amusement. It wasn’t until my then-fiancé, now-husband, found one of my notebooks scribbled with scenes from a story, that I got back into it. Avalon Dreams was the product of that long year, followed by its sequel Avalon Wishes this year. My two series, The Avalon Chronicles and The Sage’s Legacy both have strong, stubborn heroines.

Though so far I’ve been writing mainly fantasy/romance/adventure mixes, I have a few projects that will dabble in the paranormal and pure romance coming up J

When I’m not writing, I’m at home with my pups, Zeus and Achilles, out hiking with my husband, or just at my local Starbucks sipping that godly caramel macchiato!

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Website: https://www.alexawhitewolf.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexa_whitewolf

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/alexawhitewolf/

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Characters: The Bride of Glass + Free Book

First off since The Bride of Glass is coming out Friday, you can download the first book, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, for FREE today on Amazon. If you’ve read it? Still download it! If it’s not something you would normally read? Still download it! http://a.co/g4F99TS

Next, I had put up all these on my Facebook and Twitter, but thought I would share it all at one time. If you have read Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, then you should know these characters. If you haven’t read it, then that means you should read it! Again Quinsey is FREEEEEEEEEEE right now!

If I had the time, I would have found people that I feel like actually match up to the characters, but what google mainly provides is a bunch of model type poses!

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Perrie Madeline AKA The Bride

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Ben Johnston AKA Billy

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Josselyn Shaw AKA Katrina

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Officer Elise Rodriguez AKA Catherine

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Fannie AKA Jackie

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Neven Lee AKA F.M.

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Maisie Jaser AKA Snow (Yes, I added the pitiful eye patch & eye color)

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Seduction en Pointe: Excerpt + Author Interview + Giveaway

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Blurb: When successful TV star of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Nicco Castillo, finds his boyfriend in bed with another man, he goes full-on Hollywood trainwreck that lands him in ER. Next thing he knows, the producers are shipping him off to Paris to shape up and learn to dance for the next season’s story arc. But his incredibly tempting Parisian ballet instructor, Isabelle La Croix, makes that all too difficult, especially when he learns about her decadent desires–desires Nicco is all too pleased to indulge in. Against the ballet barre, the balcon railing, and wherever and for however long Isabelle is willing to have him.

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Excerpt: 
 

And walking through the door to his producer’s office, he stopped dead. In that moment he absolutely believed that everything happened for a reason.

She faced away from him, but even at a distance he could see the smooth curve of her neck, the beautiful line of her back, arching against the chair. She was a small woman, but a shadow of muscles adorned her shoulders and upper arms where they weren’t hidden behind the waves of white-blonde hair pulled into a tight ponytail. She was something from an erotic fairy tale, all subtle power and ephemeral beauty.

And it wasn’t just that—though there was plenty of that. But it was the way she held herself, too, full of strength and self-possession and confidence. This woman knew exactly who she was in a way that Nicco envied and respected all at the same time.

He schooled his features and checked in with the receptionist for his appointment with the French production team before turning around to face her. If he’d thought her beautiful from the back, he hadn’t been prepared for her face, for the expression in her pale-blue eyes, for the softest, sweetest curve of dusky-rose lips as they parted slightly.

She read a magazine, and Niccolo cursed himself for having let his written French lapse, because he didn’t have a clue which glossy it was.

Still, never hurt to try, and something about this unknown woman made it impossible for him to walk away or pick one of the seats at the far end of the waiting room. She called to him, a modern-day siren, all enticing and impossible to ignore. So he sat beside her, catching a hint of her scent. She smelled like lemons, sweet and fresh, and that seemed to fit her, as did the pointed sharpness of her neck, which grew considerably more rigid once she realized he planned on talking to her.

“What is it you’re reading?” he asked, thickening his Spanish accent. As long as he’d been chasing lovers, the Spanish charm had always worked wonders. Hell, it did wonders for getting him starring roles too.

“Who wants to know?” Her accent was light, as though she’d learned English alongside her French, studied in Sweden or London or New York City. But for all of the softness that came spilling out of those pale-rose lips, there was a steel core that told Nicco she wasn’t having any of his charm. Her words came out strong, self-possessed, and confident, and they made him curious about the woman below the slight frame. Despite appearing so soft, she held her head at a tilt that signified power, kept her neck straight, her shoulders arched. Everything about her stance told Nicco exactly how she felt at his intrusion into her space. Normally, he took his cues and left the obviously uninterested alone, but this woman was enchanting and mysterious, and Nicco found he couldn’t quite look away from her, even as he knew that he tempted the serpent, perhaps because he did.

“Niccolo.” He extended his hand. “Here for a meeting with Monsieur La Montagne.” According to the terms Parker had laid out, Nicco would be working alongside La Montagne’s office on a PR tour of Paris while he took his dance classes, giving a few interviews here and there, a signing or two, onward and upward.

The woman beside him, however, appeared abjectly unimpressed. He liked that, liked that she didn’t buy into his bullshit the way everyone else did, the way he’d been doing for so long.

“That is a remarkable coincidence,” she replied, her eyes taking on a sardonic glint he knew came at his expense, “given that you are in his office, after all.” Feisty, this one. She obviously enjoyed goading him, and Nicco felt a wash of something dangerous at the thought that men probably attempted to charm her quite often. For some reason, his visceral reaction to this strange, nymph-like woman grew stronger each time she stabbed him with her barbed tongue. That was inconvenient, to be certain, but it didn’t stop him from wanting more.

But there was something about his—well, he wouldn’t necessarily call it just an attraction—to this woman that went deeper than lust. Nicco had had lovers, more than his fair share of them since everything with Antonio had gone so royally tits up, and he’d never lacked for a partner if he wanted one. No, whatever had him suddenly desperate to learn more about this mysterious woman went deeper than that, to some fundamental part of himself that might even long for redemption.

“I’d heard about the French,” he said. He should just turn around and leave her to her magazine, but he just couldn’t seem to do so. “Seems the rumors about witches and the smell of cheese aren’t so terribly off.”

She raised an eyebrow, and he took some satisfaction in the small quirk at the corner of her mouth that told of a repressed smile. He’d bet a week’s pay that her smile would light up the city, and he promised himself that at some point, he would be the cause of it. He didn’t know how or why, just that it would happen one way or the other.

“American, is it?” she asked, ignoring his slight.

“Mostly,” he replied. “Spanish sometimes. Occasionally English.”

From her confused expression, Nicco wondered if he had been spending too much time in California. Normally, folks didn’t question his various origins. Of course, the French were reputedly distrusting of anyone who wasn’t French. Still, he had to admit that there was something simple and altogether enjoyable about flirting with a woman who didn’t want to sleep with him just because he was a celebrity or because she angled to get her face in the papers. It felt good to just be himself for what seemed like the first time in a very long time.

“Of course,” she replied, breaking his train of thought. “All that ego can’t be exclusively American, can it?”

Nicco almost laughed out loud.

“You already know me so well,” he said. “Would you care to know me better? Dinner, perhaps?” It was bold, and the moment the words were out of his mouth, Nicco knew it had been too audacious. Something flitted across her eyes, and he could almost see her folding into herself. No, he didn’t like that, didn’t enjoy seeing this confident person turn into something else so quickly. He might be an ass about recognizing the signs in his own life, but someone or something had clearly hurt her—recently, if the ache across those beautiful pale-blue eyes was anything to go by.

“No smart remark,” he commented, hoping to bring back some of the devil he’d seen in her expression. “I’m surprised.”

She squared her jaw, and Nicco found himself happy to see even a little of the fight fill her eyes, even if it was at his expense. And, as he had anticipated, she turned a cold tongue in his direction, murmuring low under her breath.

“You don’t know the first thing about me, so I’ll ask you kindly to take a walk.” Fury, for all it was leashed and low in her whisper. And it made him ache, made him feel some of the hurt in his own chest, because the first week after he’d discovered Tony with his lover, Nicco had lashed out at everyone and everything, taking the whole wide world down to his level of hurt and sadness.

He didn’t doubt that he was nothing more than the proxy for her fury, and it made him feel bad, made him ache for her and for himself a little too.

“Miss La Croix?”

Before she could say anything that might cut him to the quick—would most definitely cut him to the quick—the woman beside him nodded in answer to the receptionist and stood without another word. If he had thought the slope of her neck enticing, he wasn’t prepared for the way her long, powerful legs, visible below her light-blue dress, mesmerized him. She didn’t so much walk down the hall as glide, her body so completely under her command that it made him wonder about putting his body in her hands too. She didn’t give him a second look as she slipped away, and that made Nicco’s heart ache in a way he didn’t want to analyze.

Her magazine still sat on the corner of the table, one of the pages bookmarked with a thick, folded corner, as if she planned on going back to it. Thinking quickly, he pulled out a pen and scribbled a note down on the back cover.

If you ever need a stranger for a friend, give me a call. There are some things we don’t heal from so easily.

Below that, he jotted his e-mail address and then took a short jog down the hallway to catch up with her. The simple note, just like the few extra moments he had spent with his fans outside, felt like color returning to the black-and-white version of himself. He still couldn’t see the full picture, not yet, but just being out of LA helped him focus.

She looked surprised and not all that happy when he drew level with her.

“You left this,” he said, handing her the magazine but not letting go.

She pursed her lips. “And what do you want in exchange for it?” Her tone sounded almost resigned. Bored, almost. He knew better, though. Her expression had a fire—blue and burning—and he rather enjoyed inspiring a reaction in her, whatever it was.

“What’s your name?” he asked her, suddenly desperate to know. By the smallest amount, her expression softened, and Nicco had to wonder what she had expected him to ask. He’d never push a person to do anything they didn’t want to do. He had retained some standards over the last few months of going full-on Hollywood.

“The catch?” she asked, her lips still pointedly pursed in his direction. And what lips they were.

Nicco shook his head. “No catch. I just want to know your name.” He really, really did. She sighed and nodded, sending the white-blonde ponytail swishing across her shoulder. Then she squared her jaw and lifted her chin.

“Isabelle La Croix.” She offered nothing else.

“Isabelle,” he repeated, because he couldn’t seem to stop himself from doing so. “A pleasure.” He handed her the magazine with his note facing down and watched as she gave a sharp nod and continued down the hallway, watched her far after there was nothing left to watch. What about this woman set his body to flame and his mind to far more carnal images than would ever be appropriate for a chance encounter in a producer’s waiting room and so, so much more?

Something hidden that came in bursts of emotion across her pale-blue eyes, something that came in the cut of her shoulders and the grace of her walk.

Miss La Croix. It fit her. She was so utterly French, petite, graceful, sharp around the edges and beautiful beyond the pale. Nicco trod in dangerous waters. He had only just left California behind, and already he panted after a woman he would never see again, unless her facade cracked and she actually decided to contact him. He could hope, kind of had to hope, because there was something about her that was so unlike anyone he had ever met. She had a self-possession, a self-awareness that almost made him envious, would have, if it hadn’t impressed him so.

The whole thing made him…a little relieved. He’d had lovers since Antonio, of course, men and women to waste the lonely nights with, to party with and get drunk with. But to actually find himself feeling a deep, intense connection—and with a person he had only just met—it gave him hope that he might not be on his own forever. Maybe Tony’s infidelities hadn’t completely destroyed who Nicco had been before, after all.

Author Interview:

What made you want to be a writer?

Writing has always been a part of who I am and what I do. I love the idea of storytelling and creating characters from nothing, real emotions from words. I guess I decided to become a working author toward the end of college, because I just realized I couldn’t live without it.

What are you currently reading?

I’m on book 10 of Maya Banks’s KGI series, and listening to The Glass Sword, in the Red Queen Series, also going between Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters, Jill Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism and Hidden Figures.

What do you find to be the biggest challenge when writing?

I usually say that marketing is the hardest part of being an author, but when it comes to actual writing, I have the tendency to try and herd stories in one direction, while they’re making it clear to me that’s not the way to go. I tend toward hyper-organized and Type A, and with writing, sometimes the trick is listening to the story. Also, making major changes on a book that’s already done, like character arc or huge plot alterations, that’s always tricky.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

In Seduction en Pointe, I have to admit that Nicco is my favorite. I love Isabelle, don’t get me wrong, but I think Nicco’s struggle is a little more subtle and human. He’s been hurt, yes, but he’s also grappling with a sense is identity and trying to figure out who he is, and I think that’s something every person in the world go through. Plus, hottie McPirate alert.

What is your favorite color?

Blue! Earth tones all the way, baby. If there’s yellow in it, I look like I have the flu, so I mostly wear blues and greys and I love the calmness of blue hues.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Just keep writing. There will be days you want to quit, it’s inevitable. Sometimes it’s after a rejection, sometimes it’s just because there haven’t been any new sales or reviews on your books in awhile. Whatever the reason, put your fingers to the keyboard and write. Every. Single. Day. The same goes for reading. You can’t write if you don’t read.

When writing, do you do an outline or just write?

To go back to the whole Type A, Ravenclaw thing, I need an outline. I tend to write quickly, and if I don’t have an idea of where the story is going then I can guarantee it’ll end up being 60,000 words of fluffy nonsense. I also like having a really solid grip on my characters before I start playing puppet master.

What are you working on next?

The first book in The Triple Diamond series, The Lovin’ Is Easy, comes out September 29th! It’s my first Montana ranch series and I just had a ton of fun working on the world-building and characters. Since it’s a ménage relationship, as are all the books in the series, I faced some unique challenges, and I’m excited about how it all came together! I also have a new historical BDSM short story series coming up.

Tell us a little about your book.

Seduction en Pointe was a really challenging book for me to write. I originally based it on characters in a short story, and never intended for the book to be full length. But the press that had my short went out of business and I realized that I had a much bigger story in me, so I rewrote it, about four times in full, and now that it’s finished, I thank goodness I did.

Though it was challenging, I had a really great time writing this book. Setting a story in Paris is a dream come true, especially since both Isabelle and Nicco are involved in art and dance, so I really got to emphasize the theater and beautiful culture of the city and fashion and cars. I have a background in art history, so that added a little to the fun discovery of it all. I also had a lot of fun working in the vouyerism and exhibitonism. When I first started the book, I didn’t have a genuine reason why they were both attracted to that sort of lifestyle, but the deeper I delved into their characters, the more I realized it was related to the need to perform and be seen. That was a really cool thing to discover.

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As a thank you to everyone who checked out Seduction en Pointe, I’m raffling off a stack of fantastic romance novels, bookmarks and other fun treats – and it’s super easy to enter! 

All you have to do is send confirmation of purchase for Seduction en Pointe to GemmaSnowRomance@gmail.com with the subject line Raffle Entry, before11:59 p.m EST on August 31st! It’s that simple! 

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Author Bio: 

Gemma Snow is the author of several works of erotic and romantic fiction in both the contemporary and historical genres, and enjoys pushing the limits of freedom, feminism, and fun in her stories.  She has been an avid writer for many years, and recently moved back to her home state of New Jersey from Boston, after completing her education in journalism and creative writing.
 
In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent a semester abroad living in a 14th century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers. 
 
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Review: Tarnished Crown

Title: Tarnished Crown

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The Gideon & Savannah Story. Takes place after Twisted Palace.
Weekly release until August via Erin Watt’s newsletter and, one week later, on their website and Wattpad.

My Review:

So, I love the Royals series. I automatically was not that interested in Gideon’s story to begin with. I think it kind of gave me a creepy feeling when I knew Sabrina was 15 when they got together, and he was 18. I have a daughter, so if she brings home an 18 year old boyfriend when she’s 15, I’ll tell him to get his butt outta here! I pushed my feelings aside and was hoping for it to be as good as Paper Princess with twists and turns.

This one was just kind of okay, and I did like Gideon and Savannah. But there wasn’t a lot that really happened, and even the moments between Gid and Sav, I was just like where is the magical spark????

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I can’t be too upset about the book because it was free through Erin Watt’s newsletter, but you can also read it here on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/105101503-tarnished-crown

Overall, it is still worth a read before Easton’s book which my review was posted earlier for that book! And yes that one was awesome!

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Have you read Paper Princess?