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Nov
4

Review & Giveaway: Bound by Wish and Mistletoe by Kat Bastion

Review & Giveaway: Bound by Wish and Mistletoe by Kat Bastion Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Author: Kat Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+, 5 Stars What I’m Talking About: Kat Bastion has done it again!  Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, a follow-up holiday novella to her fabulous first title in her Highland Legends series, Forged in Dreams and Magick, offers the reader more insight to the wonderful world created.  And more of Iain and Isabel! I don’t think I’ve read a heroine as sassy as Susanna MacEalan in a long time.  To say that she begins as a reluctant participant in the ‘couple’ is an understatement.  With physical agility as well as tenacity to be free, she definitely was no wallflower in her battle of independence.  As Susanna grew as a character and learned to trust, she did have roadblocks to hurdle.  It wasn’t easy for her.  Learning to love – and BE loved – was probably the most difficult task she’d ever undertaken. Watching her build friendships with Isa and Iain’s sister was parallel to watching a newborn colt gain its legs.  As feisty as Susanna was, I think she found her match in Robert. Head of Iain’s guard, Robert had sworn-off women.  They’re all more trouble than they’re worth.  Always trying to manipulate him into a marriage proposal or some sort of commitment.  I found it fascinating that Robert just knew that Susanna was the one for him.  His inner voice telling him resistance was futile.  How he knew he’d win her over eventually.  How that big lug of a man went to the mat for this woman that he innately knew he loved, but merely wished would be able to one day love him back.  I was rooting for Robert from the first moment he saw Susanna. Over-all, this was a great way for me to catch another glimpse at Iain and pregnant-with-twins Isa.  I missed them.  Stoic Robert gets his HEA… and Isabel gets Christmas.  What a wonderful magick that is!  Excellent holiday novella, perfect for a cup of cocoa and snuggling under the blanket in front of the fireplace this holiday season! 5 stars: Personal favorite – a must read (A+) About the Book: Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever. Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever. When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas...
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Oct
22

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau Today I’m pleased to introduce to you m/m romance author Heidi Belleau. Her latest title, Wallflower is out and available for purchase. Please welcome Heidi to That’s What I’m Talking About. Hello hello! I’m Heidi Belleau, and all week I’m touring the interwebs promoting my new novel Wallflower, which is book two of my New Adult m/m series Rear Entrance Video, all about a group of roommates working at a seedy porn store. Every day this week I’ll be stopping by different blogs with new tidbits, behind-the-scenes info, and of course a contest! Read on! Five Questions from Sam Schooler Today on the tour, my friend and co-writer Sam Schooler, who was my genderqueer beta-reader on this book, sits me down for an interview! 1. Rob’s main challenge throughout Wallflower is his gender identity. In a binary world, he struggles to find a way to ride the line between genders. What made you decide to write a book about a non-binary trans* character? Well, partially it was because I hadn’t done it before and wanted to try. Partially because having a genderqueer character in this setting allowed me to write stuff I wouldn’t have been able to do with a cis guy. Namely, when I initially came up with REV, it was out of this desire to take my experiences working in a porn store and make a funny book out of them. And then I realized . . . shit, a lot of the funniest stuff that happened to me would never have happened if I wasn’t a woman. But more than just writing a story about a woman working in a porn store, I thought having Rob being genderqueer and going between both gender presentations (and passing) would really drive home the difference between how a man and a woman would experience the same job. So that’s a part of Rob’s journey: discovering that though presenting as a girl is deeply rewarding and fulfilling for him, it also comes with some weird, unexpected side effects. 2. While all the other REV employees are male, Rob presents as female when he’s working there. I know you worked in a porn store, so were any of the customer interactions he had with customers based on interactions of your own? Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. I changed names, of course, but definitely I wrote from experience.  We really did have a customer named Charlie VIP who frequented our store, who really did ask us...
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Oct
17

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Gate by KT Grant

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Gate by KT Grant Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a little about a new book from KT Grant. The Gate (October 12, 2013, self-published) is the exciting story about a chance encounter between a successful author and a billionaire owner of an underground BDSM club, which leads to the most pivotal relationship of their lives…  Keep reading for an exclusive excerpt and chance to win a copy of The Gate. About the book: Erika Walsh has carried a torch for Christopher Milton, heir to her father’s publishing empire for years. After one steamy make out session she begins to wonder if it might develop into something more. But when M.L. Crawford, better known as Max, her father’s publishing rival, seeks her out at a society event, she’s drawn to his magnetic charisma and powerful demeanor. Their verbal bantering and innuendo laced overtones stir feelings she never knew existed, and soon Erika is consumed with knowing the real man under Max’s restrained public façade. Erika’s sweet nature and naivety excites Max to near madness. He wants to train her in the art of seduction and make her succumb to his every wish and command… as his perfect submissive. Yet, Christopher is determined to keep Erika from becoming the latest victim of Max’s sinister sexual hungers. He knows all too well what Max hides in his black soul and will stop at nothing to reveal all of Max’s secrets in order to protect the one thing he holds dear above all else- Erika. Max’s dark desires scare yet arouse Erika, as he opens her eyes to a new bold world full of passion and ecstasy she never imagined until him. But the biggest question remains: Is Erika’s craving for Max just an illusion that transpires behind the walls of The Gate? Buy Links: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble/ Kobo/ All Romance Ebooks/ Smashwords About the Author: KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well-known book  blogger who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and writes Gay, Lesbian and Straight romance. KT has been a top ten best-selling author at Amazon, as well as being a multiple All Romance Ebooks best seller and a Night Owl Reviews Top Author Pick. KT loves to hear from readers. You can drop KT an email...
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Oct
16

Review & Giveaway: Someone Else’s Skye by Christine Wenrick

Review & Giveaway: Someone Else’s Skye by Christine Wenrick Someone Else’s Skye Author: Christine Wenrick  Reviewer: Nima Rating: A, 4.5 stars What I’m Talking About: “One night . . . one violent, supernatural battle . . . and five stories of the men whose lives will be changed by it.” Someone Else’s Skye is the first book in the Brahm Hill Series.  It follows Wenrick’s Charmed Trilogy which ended in the battle of Brahm Hill.  I felt the actual battle was a little anti-climatic in book three, but it set us up for this series.  I recommend reading the Charmed Trilogy first so that you are familiar with the characters and their back-stories as Wenrick does minimal recapping here. Sticking with what I felt was a successful format in her previous series, the storyline of Someone Else’s Skye keeps a tight focus on the two main characters, Skye Matthews, and Kane, a rare, natural shape-shifter.  Kane is not a bad boy, he’s a naughty boy, a playboy that we’ve secretly adored throughout the Charmed Trilogy.  In this first book of the Brahm Hill Series, it’s fun to see him want something, or more specifically someone, that he can’t have.  In the past he would have moved on, but there’s just something different about Skye and he can’t walk away; he can’t just leave it alone.  Skye is a new character (or is she?) who also introduces us to a new species of supernaturals that we were unaware of in previous books.  I like that Wenrick is continuing to expand the possibilities in her alternate world while keeping the individual stories tight enough to understand and integrate into the broad picture. This might have been just a four star read for me because it is a slow burn, at times just slightly overdone or repetitive.  I’ve bumped it up to four and a half because it explodes in a twist that I did not see coming.  I knew something was up, I had my guesses, but I was wrong.  I like it when I’m wrong. I like it when the author has me convinced it’s going to go one way and then justifies it going another.  Can’t wait for the next one! 4.5 stars: Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A) About the Book: Kane, Brethren Guardian and one of the few Natural Shape-Shifters left in existence, survives the bloody battle of Brahm Hill but loses two of his closest friends. For all of his good-natured sarcasm and eye-popping good looks,...
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Oct
6

Winner: My Lady Quicksilver

Winner: My Lady Quicksilver Thanks to everyone who entered to win My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster. The winner of the giveaway is: a Rafflecopter giveaway A special thank you to the Sourcebook Publishing for donating the book to...
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Oct
5

Winners: Teresa D’Amario Celebration

Winners: Teresa D’Amario Celebration Thanks to everyone who stopped by to celebrate the release of Visions of Fire and Ice by Teresa D’Amario. The winners of the giveaway are: a Rafflecopter giveaway A special thank you to the participating blogs: The Book Nympho Books Make Me Happy Little Read Riding Hood Literary Escapism That’s What I’m Talking...
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Sep
30

Review & Giveaway: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

Review & Giveaway: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster My Lady Quicksilver Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Twimom Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Picking up shortly after the explosive conclusion of Heart of Iron, My Lady Quicksilver focuses on the search for the humanist leader, Mercury, by Sir Jasper Lynch, the commander of the Nighthawks (the blue blood police force). Lynch is determined to capture him, for crimes against the Echelon, including the bombing at the Ivory Tower, the seat of the ruling Echelon’s power. Rosalind is Mercury. Trained as an assassin, Rosalind picked up the humanist cause after her husband’s death. She and her two brothers, Jack and Jeremy, have lead the humanists for several years. However, after the mechs mutinied against her leadership (Book #2) taking Jeremy with them, Rosalind’s focus is no longer with the humanist cause – instead centering most of her energy on finding her younger brother that she raised as her own. You know those series that you just seem to fall more in love with after each successive story? The London Steampunk series is that way for me. Ms. McMaster weaves a wonderful romance in and among an interesting political climate founded on a unique vampire mythology. While one could definitely read My Lady Quicksilver as a stand alone, I recommend starting with the first book so that you get a full grasp of the world. It took me that whole first book to understand the intricacies of the Echelon, blue bloods, vampires, rogues, mechs, humans, and all of the other bits and pieces. Ms. McMaster’s world is complex and so very fascinating. As Mercury, Rosa and Lynch share a healthy respect based in a deep rivalry, which plays out like a game of cat and mouse. They are each drawn to the other, which surprises them both. And after sharing a kiss, neither can forget the other. I love the tension created between the two; however, it is clear that their “relationship” is doomed. A man of the law and a revolutionary leader cannot have an HEA. This adds an element of intrigue for me, as I was constantly trying to figure out HOW things could possible work out for the pair. Now enter Mrs. Rosa Marberry, Lynch’s newly hired secretary. Rosa takes the job in disguise in an effort to learn the whereabouts of her missing brother. Mrs. Marberry represents everything Lynch wanted in his life – a life he will never have. The pair match words...
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Sep
27

Book Release Party & Giveaway: Visions of Fire and Ice by Teresa D’Amario

Book Release Party & Giveaway: Visions of Fire and Ice by Teresa D’Amario Today we are celebrating the release of the first-in-a-new-series title by Teresa D’Amario. Visions of Fire and Ice is the exciting new tale about an ancient race of aliens, Egyptian mythology, and true love. About the Book: Trapped on a planet not their own, the Petiri spend their lives hiding the natural gifts that set them apart from the world. They live long and unfulfilled lives, unable to find their soul mates on this backward planet known as Earth. That is until the night Ramose comes face to face with Tamara, a woman whose gifts rival his own. Determined to find why this human is in possession of an ancient magical Petiri relic, he arranges a meeting. But Tamara, embittered from past events, is wary despite lifelong dreams of Ramose and a sure knowledge he is her soul mate. Before long the couple find themselves ensnared in a battle that has raged for millennia in Egypt’s desert. Set, Egyptian God of Chaos, is determined to take his just due: the throne of Osiris. The only way to stop him is for Ramose to put his trust in Tamara, but, first, he must gain the same from her. The ensuing sensual relationship is filled with romance, lust and love. Their relationship is tested by an unnatural evil. Will her powers over fire, combined with his ice be enough to win the day? Or will the ancient gods and goddesses of Egypt destroy more than just their love? Publisher: Freya’s Bower Release Date: September 18, 2013 Series: Petiri Books Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Pages: 359 pages Purchase Info: Freya’s Bower GIVEAWAY: In celebration of Teresa’s new release, we are hosting a FABULOUS book giveaway with three (3) great prizes. First prize includes: Brand new – Author’s After Dark 2013 Vampire ball Bag! One Autographed copy of Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W. Hill One Autographed copy of Tigress By the Tail by Teresa D’Amario, as Published by Tease Publishing. One Autographed copy of Vampire Bites from AAD 2013 One $20 gift card for Shutterfly One free e-book from Jade Lee. One Free e-book from Heather Long, Into The Spotlight One downloadable copy of Malcolm by Eliza Gayle One downloadable copy of Bound to Seduction by Elisabeth Naughton Plus book swag! Second prize includes: One Freya’s Bower Bag One copy of Release Me by J. Kenner One copy of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter One copy of Vampire Bites, from AAD 2013. One copy of Second...
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Sep
25

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Andrea Speed

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Andrea Speed Andrea Speed joins me today at That’s What I’m Talking About to tell us about her new title, Strange Angels. She is also giving away a digital copy of Prey (Infected #1) to one lucky commenter. Keep reading for details, and please help me welcome Andrea… The next in my series of interviews with characters in my latest book, Strange Angels, I talk with Balor, a Celtic death god. He’s … unusual. I can’t stress that enough. Andrea: Thanks for talking with me. Balor: I have no idea why you want to talk to me. I don’t really play much of a part in this story. Andrea: Wow. You’re so wrong. You play a big part in it. Balor: Well, maybe by accident. Not deliberately. Andrea: That’s debatable. So what would you like to tell readers about yourself? Balor: Um … well, I’m a death god, but I’m retired. Andrea: What does that mean? Balor: I don’t really have any truck with the dead anymore. There’s lots of other death gods, so no one really noticed when I hung it up. Andrea: You can just stop being a death god? Balor: Sure. I mean, the powers don’t go away, but you can set aside the trappings of god-dom and do other things. I did. Andrea: Yes, your realm is .. interesting. Without spoiling anything, why do you exist in that realm? Balor: Sometimes a world just reflects your emotional state. Andrea: Umm, that really doesn’t explain it at all. Balor: How familiar with my story are you? Andrea: Not very. Balor: Well, Human myths have it that my own grandson killed me and plucked out my death eye, but that isn’t true. I kinda wish it were true, ’cause the reality is horrible. Andrea: What actually happened? Balor: (sighs) Please keep in mind I was kind of a dick back then. What happened is, I opened my eye on him. Andrea: Your death eye? Balor: It’s the only eye I have. Andrea: And he died? Balor: He was disintigrated, as are most things when I open the eye. It’s called a death eye for lack of a better term, but it can shred everything, breaking it down to constituate atoms. I can rip holes in the space-time continuum if I want. It’s why I rarely open my eye. Andrea: But how do you see? Balor: Oh, I can’t see out of my death eye. Andrea: What? Balor: It’s only...
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Sep
19

Winner: Vengeance Borne by Amanda Bonilla

Winner: Vengeance Borne by Amanda Bonilla Thank you all for stopping by to hear about Amanda Bonilla’s fun from Authors After Dark 2013. And thank you to Amanda for offering a digital copy of her latest release, Vengeance Borne. The winner of the contest is: Nikki Hayes (comment #1) Please email me at twimom227 at gmail dot com by the end of the day September 27, 2013 to claim your...
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