Friday, March 30, 2012

Review for The Sin Eaters Prince by Keta Diablo 4.5 Stars

This love story is Electric!!

Title: The Sin Eaters Prince
Author: Keta Diablo
Release Date: 02/14/11
Genre: GLBT Paranormal
Pages: 140
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: n/a
Format: Kindle
Posted: March 22, 2012
Reviewer: Barb
Rating: 4.5 (Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award)
Heat Level: II


Owen Rhys, the sin eater, has been shunned by the local villagers all his life--except for Andras Maddock, the local physician. In love with the one man he believes will never return that love, Owen is shocked when Andras saves him from death at the hands of a vampire.

Dagan, Dark Lord of the Underworld, vows to avenge his father’s death and obtain the Prince of Wales’s mystic sword from Andras. The claymore’s power holds an immunity the vampires have coveted for centuries.

Star-crossed love, sorcery, and bloodlust collide on a vengeful path where only one side will remain victorious.


The Sin Eaters Prince by Keta Diablo takes place in Pembrokeshire, Southwest Wales in 1842--a time seeped in superstition. This story captivated me right away. Diablo gives her readers time to first meet all the characters, main and secondary, because they all hold vital parts as the story unfolds. As subplots intertwine, the story dives deeper into both Owen and Andra's past, and the heart of the tale becomes more intriguing. I was hooked. Because it became clear this tale was leading to something bigger. And I was right. Especially where it comes to Owen Rhys--the town's Sin Eater.

The one gifted with magic, able to absorb the sins of a dying person so that person's soul is free to go devoid of sin to heaven, there was more to this character then just being a sin eater. Much more. And I had to find out. Alone, now, since Owen’s father died, he has only one friend, Carys whose employed by the town's physician, the handsome Andras Maddock. Andras is the man that Owen can’t help but have such deep intense affection for. And with each passing day
gets harder and harder to repress. But when Owen learns that Andras feels the same way for him…I wish I could describe the emotions the moment when these two men unleash their passion for each other. It took my breath away.

Even though Andras is a vampire and Owen being a sin eater and shunned by everyone, it doesn’t matter to either of them. I was also awestruck how beautifully Owen and Andras attraction for each other just would not be denied. But now that they have found each other, there is someone who wants to take it away.

Dagan, a vampire and a long-time enemy of Andras, is their enemy. But the stakes are higher now because Andreas has done the impossible and killed Dagan’s father. ??Dagan seeks to avenge his father's death by destroying Andras and everyone he holds dear. But first, he must get one thing from Andras--an ancient weapon so powerful it will give vampires the power to walk in the sun. And he has found just how to do that through Andras' weakness. Owen.

This love story is electric. The story is full of ancient folk lore, as well as werewolves and even dragons! And every factor is essential to the plot. As I was nearing the story's end, a part of me was melancholic in my feelings. I’d gotten so involved in Owen and Andras' story that my thoughts were pensive as I turned that last page

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Tara would like to say thank you to those who took the time to leave a comment on her two day visit, by graciously offering two e-copies!

There will be a question at the end that Tara needs your help with. Give it your best shot at helping her and Tara  has graciously offered two e-copies as rewards for helping her. THAT’S RIGHT TWO E-BOOKS! Of Tara’s newest work, Just Shadows or Wicked Christmas Wishes, her latest romance/erotic work One e-copy will be rewarded to one winner for each day!  .

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A Brief Bio by Tara Fox Hall

I'm an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. My writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. My first full length paranormal suspense, Lash, will be published in April 2012 from Bradley Publishing. My first vampire romance novel, Promise Me, will be published in June 2012, with the sequel, Broken Promise, to follow in Fall 2012 from Melange Books. I also coauthored (with Eric Dietrich) the essay "The Allure of the Serial Killer," published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). I divide my free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, target practice, and contemplating—though not committing—murder for hire.

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We challenged Author of  Horror/Suspense, as well as Romance and Erotica Tara Fox Hall  to answer this question.

The pleasures and pitfalls of simultaneously authoring both romance and horror under the same name?

Tara was up for the challenge and gave us an interesting insight on the pro's and con's of being just such an author. And how she solved the conundrum of keeping all of her work separate without using a pseudonym. It's quite interesting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you Tara excepting our challenge and writing such an insightful acticle. Welcome!


It’s said that if you author more than one genre, that you should use different pen names. In my wisdom—and perhaps ill-thought out bravado—I elected to keep one name for all genres, my own: Tara Fox Hall. I was already being pushed to my limits to remember everything in this new career; I knew I would not be able to keep another name straight, much less multiple names. To give myself a banner to include all my work, I came up with the slogan " – Where Romance and Horror Come Together." So far, it’s working out. I have a page on my website devoted to just horror and suspense stories, and another devoted to romance works. I have fans that just like the scary tales, and others that just want the romance, with the majority in between. But….how long will it work?

I admit my chief fear is that my fans will be upset, should they encounter books that are not genres they like, and buy them, thinking my name signifies a particular genre. I certainly don’t want that to happen.

I know the limitations of blurbs and other labels on books, having been in that same position myself with other authors, like John Sandford. I loved all his Prey novels, but couldn’t get into his Kidd novels. I fully expect that to happen with my own works, that all readers won’t like everything I write, just because they liked some of my works. My action adventure is graphic at times, with very little romance. My romances have elements of suspense, but they are primarily centered on the relationships between characters. My horror focuses on scares and suspense. And now, mix in also the nonfiction nature stories, which have nothing in common with any of the above, and also the children’s stories, soon to publish online at a free read site. How will this all fit together?

Perhaps I’m being too pessimistic, though, as well as not giving my fans enough credit. While it’s true a blurb for a action/adventure work might be construed as a horror work, it likely wouldn’t be thought a romance. There is so much information online on any given published work that the genre of that work is easily determined with a few clicks. In addition, one of the best selling works I was featured in to date was Spellbound 2011, a mix of scary tales and romantic stories.

Authoring multiple genres under one name is also very rewarding. It’s easier to promote your name and get noticed when you write in multiple genres. Many review or blog sites want only novels, or short stories, or flash fiction, or romance, or erotica, or horror. As I write in all of these genres and lengths, I can usually find something that a given site is willing to either review or let me blog about to promote my work. While different genres are also promoted different ways, most all of them can be and are regularly blogged about.

Also, writing in multiple genres releases my writing from all boundaries. I never have to worry if my story goes someplace I hadn’t planned on going. For example, Return To Me, a paranormal romance, was supposed to be a scary story, if not chilling horror. Instead, I ended up with a ghostly paranormal romance. If I didn’t also write romance stories, I would have needed to alter the story to make it turn back into horror. The resulting story would not have been as good as Return To Me turned out to be. This starting out with an idea in mind and then having the story morph into something else happens about half the time I sit down at my computer to create a new story. It is not always about genre, either; I have had a story I thought would be a few pages turn into a hundred. It’s a big relief to me that I can let the story go where it wants to, and focus instead on making it as good as story as possible.

On the horizon, a new project of horror and romance is also emerging. I am partnering with Jenny Twist, an esteemed colleague, to create a jointly written anthology of scary, suspenseful tales, and short romances. We are both excited about the project, and working hard to get it ready for an October release. Our biggest snag with the work so far is not the cover, for which we already have some great ideas. It’s not the content, as we plan to put some of our best received work in along with a few new stories. No, it’s the title. Jenny and I have sat on opposite sides of the Atlantic, racking our brains for a great title than brings to mind both horror and romance. I have come up with dozens of suggestions and none of them are any good. Jenny has come up with a very nice title----Just a Bedtime Tale---but we may not be able to use it, as there is worry that this might lead readers to mistake the anthology for a single story, something I have encountered with my own anthology, Just Shadows. We have also thrown around the title Bedtime Tales. So I close with this question: Bedtime Tales, Just a Tale at Bedtime, or what? Help us, dear readers, to make horror and romance come together.


Now that's where you, the readers come in. You heard Tara she needs help with the title for her new project, "Help us, dear readers, to make horror and romance come together".  Yes she's talking to YOU. Give us your ideas/suggestions on how to help Tara and Jenny's

What a great article Tara. Wow, I really enjoyed reading your insight on The pleasures and pitfalls of simultaneously authoring both romance and horror under the same name?

Tara, thank you so much for being here. I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review of The Feral Series by Skhye Moncrief

There is nothing tiring about Skhye Moncrief, Feral Series.

Publisher: New Concept Publisher
Series: The Feral Series
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 3


The Feral Series by Skhye Moncrief

I’ve never done a review for a whole series before; there might be cause to do that with so many authors writing them now. I may just have to begin a new category for just such things. I like series and I especially like when the author brings with each book new and exciting characters with each one.

This series has something for everyone. Well that’s if you’re like me and like to read about hunk-a-lious dangerously handsome men and about strong willed women that captivate them body and soul. And If you like stories that make you dream of impossible things. Then yes, this is a series I think you will enjoy very much.

Did I mention some of the characters might not always be human or come from earth? What are they? Well how do you feel about Shape-shifters, Vampires and Cybrogs, (That’s right I said Cybrogs) or psychic mercenaries or aliens with blue hair…oh my!! As to where they come from…look up, and then hold on. Oh and you might want to get that telescope out of attic and dust it off. Why? Because after reading this series you are going to be looking at the stars in a whole new way!!

The scenes pop off the pages and are as alive as the characters. You can hear every sound as if you actually there. Feel the caress of a breeze as it crosses your face. Colors are so vividly captured you’d swear Vincent van Gogh himself painted them.


Vincent van Gogh: Starry Night

There is nothing tiring about Skhye Moncrief, Feral Series. Each story is sensual and riveting. As well as unique and captivating its own right as are the characters within them. In other words each story has a beginning middle and an end.

There is depth and texture and sub-plots that lead back to the main plot. The main characters are well developed with secondary characters that add depth to each story which also add multiple points of view. This series touch a chord of subjects such as irony, prejudices, fears even religious conviction. And yes they are hot. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention they are smoking hot…xxxx hot!! Ok I think you got it.

The Feral Series by Skhye Moncrief is exotic, eccentric and enriching and will touch everyone in a different way. But most importantly each story in this series will capture your heart and not let go until the end.

About the Author

There has been a lot of talk about what genre Skhye Moncrief writes. Is it Mainstream Sci-Fi? Erotica? Ménage? Paranormal Romance? As a reviewer this is at time a real conundrum to answer, because authors cross into so many genres with their writing. And really it’s very frustrating when I have to put any author into any "one" category. It really seems so unfair. That’s why I like to actually categorize by sub-genres, because isn’t everything Mainstream something?

In Moncrief’s case I’d say she writes Mainstream Oh Mama with the sub-genre’s of erotically delicious. Yep, I think if I have to, that is the best way to sum it up.

So bottom line, does she write Ménage? Sci-fi? Paranormal Romances? Are they
sensual? Sexy? Are the any stories good?

Oh you betcha!!

With a vivid imagination Moncrief writings travel vast expanses, universes and galaxies. And just when you think there is nothing more to discover in these universes, another star suddenly begins to shine. And when you think you have figured out what Skhye Moncrief is all about, she whisks off once again to some distance place of discovery and adventure. Only this time the star that shines anew is Skhye Moncrief.

So as you hitch a ride and travel though space and time remember, all you had to do to enjoy this ride was turn the page. ;)


Originally Posted on Risque Reviews Website: November 21 2011
Reviewer: Barb

The Feral Series in Reading Order: Click on any of the pictures below to find out more about each of the books in this series!!

Book 1
Genre:Werewolf, Erotica
Format: Print/Ebook
Book 2
Genre: Futurisitic, Paranormal, Erotica
Format Print/Ebook

Book 3
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic, Erotica
Format: Print/Ebook
Book 3.5
Genre: Parnormal, Futuristic, Erotica
Format: 2K Word Free Read


Book 4
Genre: Multiple Sex Partners
Format: Ebook

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review Dark Night of the Moon by Keta Diablo

An on-the-edge-of-your-seat-bite-your-nails story...

Title: Dark Night of the Moon
Author: Keta Diablo
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Genre: Historial/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 396
Publisher: Keta Diablo
Format: Kindle
Posted: March 2012
Reviewer: Christina B.
Rating: 4
Heat Level: I


In this sequel to Holding On To Heaven, Creed struggles with the decision that Lauren makes of staying faithful to her presumed dead husband, even though her heart beats for Creed. He escapes to Arizona to escape her beauty and the strong love he feels for her.

Lauren mourns for her husband and the missing knowledge of his destiny as she feels the loss of her true desire and love. She focuses on her sister’s quest to return Sage’s deceased husband to his people where they can properly mourn his departure. Sage soon realizes the dangerous road they travel to free her husband’s spirit and how strong their love was when he remains ever the watchful eye of her journey through the eyes of his animal totem.

Destiny intertwines and weaves a sorrowful path for them to follow as they experience more loss and heartache. Will the strength of love push them forward to the end of their journey and to a fulfilling happiness and newfound love? Will Lauren find the answer to her husband’s fate?

Review:Keta Diablo has managed to wow me again with Dark Night of the Moon and the continued journey and struggle her characters Lauren, Creed, and Sage face with their strength and love. I couldn’t put the book down because of my eagerness’s to learn what happened to Brand and whether he would make his way back to Lauren. Deep inside, I hoped he would not find his way back to her so that Creed and Lauren could burst beyond their walls of stubbornness and succumb to their strong love and desire. Yet, I found myself brushing away tears as I experienced the sadness they felt when tragedy returned to dance upon their lives, creating even more sorrow and sadness. This was an on-the-edge-of-your-seat-bite-your-nails story. The only disappointment I have in this one of Keta Diablo’s sequels is that the ending for Sage and her deceased husband didn’t follow the path I had eagerly anticipated. 

I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history, romance, and an open mind for Native-American mythology with a splash of paranormal.

Originally Posted on Risqué Reviews Website

Reviewed by Christina B.

Friday, March 16, 2012

“The Immortal Warrior” Washed up hero or just an old idea with a new twist?

As the first months of the spring draws closer everyone’s thinking of a fresh start, new beginnings, right? Well, I for one think sometimes the idea of "new" can be overrated and not everything it’s cracked up to be. Maybe a better approach is thinking of better ways to keep the old ideas fresh and exciting instead of simply dismissing them all together.

This brings me to my blog topic: "The Immortal Warrior". Washed up hero or just an old idea with a new twist?

Is the immortal warrior theme starting to get redundant? I mean, you have to admit there is a great deal of books out there containing a lot of immortal warriors. Truthfully, how many times can the world get saved by these dashingly daring men before someone begins to notice all that yummy testosterone?

Actually, that question got me thinking about how much I like pizza... [Now hold on I’m actually going somewhere with this]. Even though where I live wouldn’t be considered a big town there are dozens of pizza places. There’s nothing new about pizza. So what is it about a flat round piece of bread dough topped with cheese and tomato sauce that makes it so special? The answer is because pizza is good, that’s why! Add to the fact there is no limit or rule as to what goes on a pizza or how it’s prepared makes the possibilities endless. So even though each pizza place is serving essentially the same thing each brings its own new way in which it’s prepared, and no matter what, you can always find a pizza for everyone. What’s key to this equation isn’t how many ways you can change it, but whether or not you want to. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say "well that’s certainly a redundant choice of taste in pizza’s you have". So who cares if you happen to like your pizza the old fashioned way or topped with pineapples? It’s still a pizza. Hence an old idea with a new twist and in the end it’s what YOU like that really count.

How ya doing, still with me?

You might ask what determines ‘good’. You’ve all seen the new reality cooking shows…. ["OMG, what’s with this chick and food"? I’m Italian, we relate everything to food] I think you already know that no matter how good the recipe or how fresh the ingredients, it’s the person making it that’s truly important as to whether the quality will be good or bad.

The same thing is true with the paranormal romance and those delicious immortal warriors. It’s not the form, but the author creating them that will determine how satisfying the outcome is. Each author is just like all those pizza places, each one adds their own certain flare to the recipe/story; some good some not so good. Sometimes you have to weed through a lot of different authors to find the one that’s right for you.

So how do you find the right author for you? Paranormal or not, at the heart of them all, they are first and foremost romances. Therefore the first question you have to ask is, "How hot do you want the romance to be"? Are you looking for a bit of slap and tickle or full out ride ‘em ‘til it hurts? That’s where reviews come in to play. Read them! A good reviewer will tell you if there is a lot of sex or just a nibble. Some may even have a warning as to just how far the author takes their characters. For me it’s not just how much sex is in the book, or how often, but how effective it is in regards to the story as well as the characters. Does it add to the story or just distract? Romances, whether paranormal, contemporary or historical all come in a vast array of levels when it comes to the sexual content. If you can’t find an answer from reading the reviews, try going to the publisher’s site. At the publisher’s site you can usually find a heat level there if you aren’t sure. If the publisher’s site isn’t enough go to the authors website.

For me, I happen to like when there’s ardent sexual chemistry bouncing all over the place between the hero and heroine the more the chemistry the better. Notice I didn’t say a lot of sex scenes just that the chemistry is there so if and when a love scene happens, it’s explosive. Also, I like a lot of hair raising action that stirs the reader with exciting subplots that keeps the pages turning and the reader guessing.

For instance, the hero and heroine may be the main focus, but if the author forgets secondary plots and characters it makes for a very dull book. The next important factor is how well the author brings the story to life. Does the author capture the reader’s imagination as well as their senses? Do you see as well as feel the scene the author is describing. Can you smell the musk of the hero as he draws closer; feel the caress as their fingers accidently brush against each other? Are you anticipating that first kiss, the meeting of their lips, with bated breath? And last, but not least, there has to be a happy ending. There’s just too much unhappiness in the everyday world… I do not want it in my fantasy world. Fantasy being the key word here.

Immortal warriors can be very enticing fantasies. Especially today in a world that is filled with so much uncertainty. Each time we turn the T.V on there is something else that brings us this sense of impending doom. It’s disheartening and now with all the different facets to stream information in real time, there is no escaping the mayhem.

That’s when I pick up one of my books, sit back, and for a few hundred pages I’m able to forget the chaos. I need a place where heroes win and where love is fervent and forever.

I think Robin Williams put it best when he said, "Reality, what a concept".

Hero’s are needed no matter what form they happen to be in. Just like the many movie heroes of yesteryear such as, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas, all of whom came to the rescue during times of trouble. Were they really saving the world? No, of course not, but for audience those few moments sweep them away and it felt good. Is that really so bad? That’s what romances are for me, my escape from the turmoil of today’s woes. To be honest, movies just can’t do better than my own imagination, even with all of today’s technology and special effects. Let’s face it, movies certainly can’t take the love scenes to the point in the same detail that authors and your imagination can. They would all be rated X or considered porn.

However these heroes are served; in whatever fashion the author decides to bring them to us. I think there is enough variation out there to satisfy everyone’s taste. So the next time you order that unique pizza, made just the way you like, that has your mouthwatering; don’t forget to also include that unique paperback with a hero that can sweep you off into the sunset.

Too mushy for all you "I’m all that and more ladies of the boardroom types?" Ladies, don’t forget it’s not a bad thing being a woman, and it wouldn’t hurt to put some satin and lace under that suit to remind you of that fact. Remember, part of the art of being a woman is knowing when not to be too much of a lady. Also, having a warm hard body next to you at night doesn’t mean surrender [um…that is unless of course that’s your thing…let’s say we just keep that subject for another blog shall we?]. Remember you may not "need" a man, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have one on your side who has your back.

For this reason [in case you still haven’t guessed] I can never get enough stories where the good guys always win and the splendors are endless. Of course it goes without mention the smokin’ hot sex scenes with dreamy lick-a-lious alpha studs steaming up the pages don’t hurt the fantasy either! [I guess it did need mentioning] *snort*

So with that said, what better way to end then with the video for "I Need a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, enjoy!!

Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review for Lady of the Drake by J.V. Altharas

The writing was Great and Original

Title: Lady of the Drake
Author: J.V. Altharas
Release Date: Oct 26, 2011
Genre: Paranormal, fantasy, erotica,
MF with ménage sex scenes FFM, MFM, MFFM, some bondage
Pages: 167
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Series: N/a
Format: pdf
ISBN: 9781607774549
Posted: November 22 2011
Reviewer: Mary NW
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 2

Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award


Lana's village is being destroyed by a devastating plague, and she's determined to find the cure. But on her way through the forest she finds a fantastic world of dragons, magic, and the seductive Alaron, keeper of the forest.
But as she revels in pleasure and magic, her world is dying- and there may be no one to save it!


Lady of the Drake by J.V Altharas is a MF story with FF, FFM and MFM sex scenes. I must say that I was not expecting the surprise ending. I did indeed find my happy ending but not the ménage I was hoping for in this story. However, the more I read, the more points the story gained.

Dragons! I like dragons’ stories. The market is not oversaturated with dragons as it is with werewolves. I had never read J.V Altharas so I read with a fresh open mind and was half surprised to discover that J.V. Altharas is a male. I wonder if the initials are a voluntary choice since 99% of erotica authors are women. But once I knew, I understood why I could not give this book 5 stars. But not because Altharas is a man. Men do write erotica differently and generally there is something missing. I liked this story a lot. In fact, I really started to lose myself in the middle of the story. The first chapters were a bit boring for me. The human, Lana, meets a stranger in the woods who turns out to be the dragon, Alaron. Alaron wants her as his mate who is not sure if she can leave her human life behind because she loves her best friend, Darus, enough to have sex with him, but not enough to marry him. Yep. Déjà vu.

But then, I started to appreciate little details. Lana is not a virgin. She loves sex, but will not commit if she does not love with all her heart. The decision to leave her human life is not immediate but takes a couple of months which is somehow credible from my point of view, paranormal story or not. The stranger is not an arrogant alpha. The transition from Dark Ages fantasy world into a paranormal fantasy world is believable. Maybe because Dragons have always been associated with knights and Dark Ages? Most likely.

I was a bit upset at first that the expected ménage MFM did not happen, but I kept reading the story because the plot kept me curious and the writing was good. Then the multiple partners showed up: MFF, FF, MFM, MFFM. And this is where I find the difference between a female and male writing erotica. The details are different. The way the sex scenes are described is different. A male is more general when describing sex scenes versus a woman who concentrates more on details and sensations. Maybe it has nothing to do with genre. J.V. Altharas wrote another erotica called Sugar and Spice a FF story. It seems Altharas is more interested in FF and would rather not add a M in the mix. 

I was not moved by the FFM or the sex scenes in general. They simply were not burning hot for me. However, besides the sex scenes, the writing was great and original. 

There is hope however for my MFM story in book 2. There is an obvious opening for a series with thirteen brother dragons. But the best friend, Darus, who I thought would be part of a happy ménage ending with Lana has too large of a role in the story for Altharas to refuse him his own book.

Originally Posted at Risqué Reviews Website on November 11, 2012

Reviewed by Mary NW

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review for The One by Lora Leigh

A story full of desperation and passion, like the sinful temptation of chocolate cake on a strict diet.        

Title: The One
Author: Lora Leigh
Release Date: 6/29/11
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Pages: 73
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Series: N/A
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781419934414
Posted: March 11, 2012
Reviewer: Monica
Rating: 4 stars
Heat Level: I


Ever since Brenna was 10 years old and her mother remarried, she has loved her 18 year old stepbrother, Jace. Thirteen years later, on the night of his birthday, they engage in some hot and heavy petting but don’t complete the act since Jace puts a stop to it, admitting he has only ever thought of her as his sister. He states that it wasn’t meant to go that far, though Brenna confesses her intention was to get him to bed. She leaves for New York
immediately after the rejection. A year later, Brenna returns to Texas. Her stepfather has passed away and left a will that dictates that she spend three months at the ranch or Jace will lose his share of it. Things get pretty interesting between Jace and Brenna now that they’re going to spend time together and Jace is forced to acknowledge his feelings for Brenna.


One of the things I love about Lora Leigh’s stories is her ability to combine drama,sensuality, and tenderness so well. One can truly feel the emotions of the characters. This story is no different. Since the death of his mother, Jace has feared attachment and relationships like the plague. He thinks it is far safer to never fully and wholeheartedly care about someone than to care deeply and lose them. While his reasons for pushing her away are understandable, it is frustrating at times, although you can forgive him at the end. Brenna, to her credit, continues to love him in her calm and sensible way, even though she has realized and accepted that he might never love her back.

The attraction between the characters feels desperate and passionate. Imagine you’re on a strict diet and then you’re faced with the sight of a sweet and moist chocolate cake. Both Jace and Brenna cared about the other, though Jace denies it, thankfully not until his dying breath. The characters endeared themselves to me- one who loves and the other who fears the loss of it after experiencing its headiness. I empathize with Jace, perhaps because I have been in his situation and truly understand how terrifying the thought of loss is and the extent one is willing to suffer to protect one’s heart.

Despite the fact that the story is not a full length novel, The One captures the passion and sweetness characteristic of Lora Leigh. I highly recommend it for a quick and satisfying read.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Bound by the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill

Top Pick Award

Title: Bound by the Vampire Queen (Book VIII)
Author: Joey W. Hill
Release Date: December 2011
Genre: Erotic/BDSM Paranormal Romance
Pages: 464
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: Book 8/Vampire Queen
Format: Print
ISBN: 978-0425243442
Posted: February 2012
Reviewer: Barb
Rating: 5 Stars
Heat Level: III

Blurb from: Bound by the Vampire Queen
(I couldn’t have written a better blurb if I tried)

Sworn to obedience, compelled by loyalty, and threatened with damnation for betrayal, Jacob entered Lady Lyssa’s servitude as a human servant. Now he is a vampire, but still bound to Lyssa, who has found herself struggling with capricious powers that have come alive in her paternal Fae blood-and challenged by two enemies…

While the Vampire Council threatens to take away Lyssa and Jacob’s newborn son, the Fae Queen has ordered Lyssa to appear before the Otherworld court to face inescapable charges. The Fae have nothing but contempt for vampire, but to serve her, protect her, nourish her, and pleasure her, Jacob will follow his lady into hell itself. No one-neither Fae nor vampire-will compel him to break the oath he made to serve a vampire queen forever.

*Please Note: Bound  by the Vampire Queen is the 8th book in the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill. But it is the third book to feature Jacob and Lyssa as the hero and heroine. While some of the books in this series can be read as standalone, I recommend that you read the first two books in the series before reading this one.

Book I Vampire Queen’s Servant, which began not only the series, is where we were first introduced to Lyssa and Jacob and their story. And it was so compelling it needed a second book to continue on in Book II, The Mark of a Vampire Queen.

And now Jacob and Lyssa are back, and in order to fully comprehend Bound by the Vampire Queen, Jacob and Lyssa's relationship, you will need to understand what brought them here to this point. Don't worry. You won’t be disappointed. 

Actually if you haven’t read any of the books in this series you are really missing out…


Hill has certainly thrown a curve ball into her Vampire Queen series with Bound  by the Vampire Queen. And bang, just like that, it’s a whole new ball game! It is such an emotionally-charged tale and so unique in the Vampire Queen series that I read it twice. To truly “get” to the heart of this story, I felt I needed to go back and revisit it. And I was right.

Bound by the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill is about a complex set of events and circumstances, involving Lyssa and Jacob as well as their newborn son. This sets into motion, though separate, an interface between their two enemies the Fae and the Vampire Council. But this book is unique (dare I say almost... evolving) from the rest of the series.

The story's premise is breaking down torturous boundaries--basically setting wrongs right once again in all things. The clinical attitude the Vampire Council has when it comes to the vampire/servant relationship, among other things, as well as breaking down the boundary that has separated the Vampires from the Fae world for too long. With so many titillating influences thrown throughout and shifting things up, this is definitely a challenge only Jacob and Lyssa are suited to face.

If they aren’t killed first…

As Lyssa and Jacob step into uncertain situations, readers will become spellbound as they are taken deeper into this gripping tale one page at a time. This is truly a wondrous adventure in both depth and texture, and is driven by a multitude of sub-plots, consecutively bringing turbulent twists and turns while subtly leading all roads back to the main plot. And the reader will never even feel a bump or a moment of distraction.

As always the main characters are well developed, but it’s the secondary characters that add a great deal of intrigue to this story. With their multiple points of view, these secondary characters bring interesting challenges and interactions to the plot. And don't forget the scenes…Bound by the Vampire Queen's scenes can only be described as kaleidoscopic. They are provocative, stimulating, at times even whimsical and capricious, and so vividly captivating you’ll find yourself thinking “How is it that even the scenes seem to have their own personalities?”

Bound by the Vampire Queen touched a chord of subjects and emotions such as irony, prejudice, fear, self-doubt, and even devotion and duty. I’d be remiss if I failed to mention trust and hope. It even touches on the sensitive subject one might see as conflict (based on ones inner conviction) when it comes to the sexual behavior of a certain higher deity.

Look no further if you're searching for arousing. Bound by the Vampire Queen has no lack of riveting sex scenes. You won’t find any hidden innuendos in reference to sexual situations. There is, of course, the classic dinner scene where the vampire servants “entertain” their Masters and Mistresses that will have you biting your nails to the quick…Oh yes, it’s that good!

Hill explores so many avenues throughout Bound by the Vampire Queen. And combined with fire rocketed mesmerizing sex scenes that are exotically inspiring sexually, this truly is a wondrous adventure.

But more importantly Hill has set into motion an enriching air of magical augmentation to this series. I am looking forward to reading Hill’s next endeavor, as she continues to enthrall and surprise me.

Reviewed by Barb
Originally posted on Risqué Reviews Website December 2011

Vampire Queen Series in Reading Order:

Vampire Queen's Servant

 The Mark of the Vampire Queen

 A Vampire's Claim (can be read as standalone) (Read Review)

 Beloved Vampire (can be read as standalone) (Read Review)

 Vampire Mistress (can be read as standalone)

 Vampire Trinity (Read Review)

 Vampire Instinct  (Read Review)

 Bound by the Vampire Queen


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What is it we love about the paranormal and all the creatures that haunt these worlds?

Help me welcome My Guest Author Keta Diablo as she tries to help us understand what it is about the world of paranormal and the creatures that dwell there…

In part, I think the possibility they might exist or at one time existed fascinates us. It's more interesting to read about creatures/humans with supernatural powers than it is to read about the common, mundane man. The supernatural/paranormal are also fascinating to research, create and write.

When I wrote The Sin Eater's Prince, I loved exploring the ancient myths and lore enveloping Wales. There are many paranormal aspects and characters in The Sin Eater's Prince, but I've chosen only a few here to tell you about. That means, if you want to know more about the others, you'll have to read the book. Clever of me, don't you think? You can buy the book on Kindle, or if you're a Prime member, you can get it for FREE through the lending program here:

Tylwyth Teg, Faeries/The Fair Folk

Welsh faeries that are good, dance & kidnap children with long golden hair. They possess glamour and can change into goats, dogs, cats and foxes. They live underground in mountains and caves. The way to their wooded country the Land of Enchantment with meadows of bright flowers is underneath hollow banks that overhang the deepest parts of lakes, or the deepest pools in rivers. Mortals can not follow them further than the water.

The Tylwyth Teg are dark-haired, one to three feet tall, wear birch leaf coats, moss breeches & gorse flower hats. They are associated with poisonous foxgloves which are called petticoats. They use glow worms for torches. They ride white horses and the women have bright dresses of red, white, pink, blue and green on Mayday. The Fair Folk play harp and violin music; feast on wine in golden cups.

Their sacred well which humans cannot drink from is full of fish of every color and also golden fish. Their lake is populated by herons, geese, cormorants, eels, leeches, water-hens, water-lilies, rushes & sedges. On nights when the moon is full the Tylwyth Teg celebrate a merry night. At midnight they rise out of the ground in every combe and valley, join hands, form circles, and sing and dance until cock-crows. Then they vanish like the mist.

Knackers/Knockers, Mischievous elf-like creatures that haunt the mines of Wales

The Knocker, Knacker, (Welsh) or Tommyknocker (US) is a mythical creature in Welsh folklore. They are the equivalent of Irish leprechauns and English and Scottish brownies. About two feet tall and grizzled, but not misshapen, they live beneath the ground. Here they wear tiny versions of standard miner's garb and commit random mischief, such as stealing miner's unattended tools and food.

Their name comes from the knocking on the mine walls that happens just before cave-ins – actually the creaking of earth and timbers before giving way. To some of the miners, the knockers were malevolent spirits and the knocking was the sound of them hammering at walls and supports to cause the cave-in. To others, who saw them as essentially well-meaning practical jokers, the knocking was their way of warning the miners that a life-threatening collapse was imminent.

According to some Welsh folklore, the Knockers were the helpful spirits of people who had died in previous accidents in the many tin mines in the county, warning the miners of impending danger. To give thanks for the warnings, and to avoid future peril the miners cast the last bite of their tasty pasties into the mines for the Knockers.

Dyn Hysbys, Welsh Wizard

Dyn hysbys is a title rather than a name, the most common term in Wales for a wizard. The soul of the druid, too imperfect for Christian heaven and too good for hell, inhabits the body of the dyn hysbys. Among the powers of the dyn hysbys is the ability to know and reveal the unknown, especially events in the future pertaining to love and death. Such powers might also be applied to commonplaces, like finding money that has been lost or helping a Welshman to escape from an English gaol. He is said to possess the power of breaking spells by undoing the evil perpetrated by witches and others.

A dyn hysbys might also undertake to heal an animal or human by using charms and incantations. His powers are especially potent on the days when the world of the spirits is thought to come closer to that of humans, such as May Day, St John's Day, and the eve of winter. There are three kinds of dyn hysbys: clerics, men who had learned their craft from esoteric books, and those who had inherited the power from their families. Other Welsh terms for wizard are: conjurer, magician, and charmer. The names of many dyn hysbys survive, and some were renowned beyond their time and place.

Note: In The Sin Eater's Prince, Owen Rhys, the sin eater is discovered to be a dyn hysbys, his powers passed down through the generations.

Gwrach y Rhibyn, Hag of the Mist

The Welsh "Hag of the Dribble" or "Hag of the Mist" may suddenly leap out of a water channel, but otherwise she’ll invisibly stalk her victims until they pass a crossroads or stream. Here she’ll become all too visible and audible, for in both instances her cries, like those of the Banshee are harrowing. If the person thus doomed to die (either the observer or someone they know) is a man the The Hag will holler "Fy ngwr! Fy ngwr!" ("My Husband! My Husband!") but if a youth is to succumb, then she’ll cry "Fy mlentyn! Fy mlentyn bach!" ("My child! My little child!")

She is a hideous sight to behold, with her crooked back, hooked nose, long filthy hair and manic eyes. She is pinched and scrawny, yet her superficial mass likely betrays her true strength and vigor. The most frightfully inhuman of all her features, however, are her long thin arms, for not only do they end in dreadful talon-like hands, but black scaly wings also hang from these extremities. These bat-like appendages are thought capable of flight. Her negligible clothing is black and ragged.

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us Keta, it’s always fun when you stop by, and today was just another example of why.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Interview with Ménage Erotica author Bianca Sommmerland and Give@away

Bianca Sommerland

was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. When not reading neurotically or writing as though the fate of the world rests on her keyboard, she is either watching hockey or teaching her daughters the beauty of a classic, steel pony while reminiscing about her days in Auto Body Mechanics.

Her time is balanced with utmost care between normal family life, and the internal paranormal realm where her characters reside. For the most part, she succeeds.

From a very young age when she would bring her grandmother, in the hope for extra cookies for being quiet for awhile, barely legible pages filled with tales of evil unicorns, her work lean towards the dark side. Now she has agreed to let us get to know her and see what makes her tick.

I must warn you…If you are like me and like the titillating dangerous and descendant side of erotic then you’ve come to the right place. Have fun!!

Before we begin this interview Bianca just informed me she would like say thank you to those that stop by. She will be giving away a copy of Game Misconduct to one lucky person. So be sure to leave a comment with contact info for a chance to be that lucky person!! You only have a few days so don’t wait...

Let’s give Bianca Summerland a warm welcome for joining us. And I’d like thank her for sharing a copy of Game Misconduct to one of lucky reader!!

Let’s begin...

Q.  Let’s get right to the good stuff shall we? Your latest release Game Misconduct features a ménage theme and all of your books feature stellar love scenes. Do you ever fear you may be going too far with a particular love scene and if so, how do you rein the scene in?

Too far? You've lost me… ;)

In all seriousness, when it comes to sex, I don't believe in too far. However, there are things I don't find sexy when I'm reading, or, well, ever. Cum, for example. I don't play around with it a lot. There's cum in every sex scene, naturally, but I try to avoid getting it all over everyone. **snicker**

My characters have different kinks than I do which I always take into account when writing, and I rarely deny them anything. Sex scenes just happen the way they're meant to happen and I kind of standby with a pen and some paper and take down notes.

Q. Tell us about Game Misconduct. What inspired you to write this story?

My muse handles the inspiration side of things. He throws really odd ideas at me sometimes, but since this involved hockey, ménage, and BDSM—three of my favorite things—I immediately set everything else aside and let the characters take over. Sometimes, when they wouldn't speak to me, I'd watch old NHL games to immerse myself in their world again, so I guess, when it comes down to it, I was inspired by the game.



Game Misconduct

The game has always cast a shadow over Oriana Delgado's life. She should hate the game. But she doesn't. The passion and the energy of the sport is part of her. But so is the urge to drop the role of the Dartmouth Cobra owner's 'good daughter' and find a less...conventional one.

Playmaker, Max Perron, never expected a woman to accept him and his twisted desires. Oriana came close, but he wasn't surprised when she walked away. A girl like her needs normal. Which he can't give her. He's too much of a team player, and not just on the ice.

But then Oriana's father goes too far in trying to control her and she decides to use exposure as blackmail. Just the implication of her spending the night with the Cobra's finest should get her father to back off.

Turns out a team player is exactly what she needs.

Warning: This ebook contains material not suitable for readers under 18. In also contains scenes that some may find objectionable, including BDSM, ménage sex, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, double penetration, voyeurism, edge play, and hockey equipment being used inappropriately.

To read an excerpt from Game Misconduct, scroll to the end of the interview.

Q. Does it take the reader into the scope of not only the physical but also the psychological aspect of the Ménage life? Can you tell us a bit about that?

I write a lot of ménage and I always go beyond the physical, because to me, a ménage relationship isn't just a regular relationship with a spare—or two—it's several relationships intertwined. I like to show how you can love more than one person; love each one differently, without having to love any partner less.

Q. When you completed your novels do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

A little of both, but it doesn't last because I tend to write series. Reaching the finish line feels good, but I imagine saying goodbye to characters once and for all would be horrible. I'll let you know after I finished the Deadly Captive trilogy.

Q. Why did you begin writing? And can you tell why you write the type of genres you do?

I've been writing for as long as I know. For the longest time I only wrote fantasies, but as I matured as an author I branched out. I enjoy creative freedom so if an idea comes to me, no matter what genres it's in, I'll write it.

Q. How difficult is it to separate the author from the person?

Honestly, I don't think I separate myself . . . I have enough voices in my head without adding another! Lol!

The only time I've ever had trouble being seen as an author is at book signings. People get excited about meeting you in person and I'm never sure how to react. I'm sure I'm not at all what they expect! <g>

Q. Would you say your stories are character or plot driven? Can you have one without the other?

Definitely character driven. IMO, you always need some kind of plot, but the characters won't develop as well if they're cages by it. I prefer to give my characters room to be themselves and react to whatever I throw at them in their own way. There's nothing better than being surprised by a character in your own story.

Q. How do you come up with the names for your leading characters?

Depends on the story. Sometimes names have special meaning, and sometimes I'm looking for names that would fit into a very ordinary situation. Most of the time I hunt online and in books until one just fits.

Q.  How do you keep the sex fresh? How do you keep it from feeling repetitive from story to story?

I let the characters deal with that. They're different people, so their sex will be different according to whom they are. One thing that helps is where the sex takes place. And positions. My heroes are pretty creative with stuff like that.

Q. How difficult is it for you to put your characters into situations that will hurt them?

It's very hard, but there's nothing I can do about it! **dramatic sob** My muse is a sadist!

Q. When do you think the magnetism should begin between the hero and the heroine?

Definitely before they start banging like bunnies ;)

Q.  Your book Deadly Captive explores the realm of BDSM. What do you think is more acceptable to readers, emotional domination or physical pain when writing BDSM?

In Deadly Captive, I think the head games make the pain seem a lot more acceptable. So I guess it would depend on the book and how the BDSM is being portrayed.

Q. Your writing seems to gradually become more and more “risqué” – what kinds of future naughtiness can your readers expect?

I like to keep my readers on their toes, so I don't want to spoil anything, but fans of Deadly Captive and Collateral Damage can expect Cyrus to push them even further than before. Game Misconduct is more mainstream, so it won't leave readers traumatized, but the sequel may leave readers wanting to find a big patch of ice to roll around on! 

Q. How do you decide on what qualities you give your hero? Your heroine?

They come to me pretty much fully formed, so I don't have to worry about giving them any. I just have to make sure to get to know them well enough to find likeable things about them. Joe, from Deadly Captive, for example, was hard to work with at first because he's so closed off and sometimes downright cruel. But once I got to know him a bit better I saw part of him that only those he lets beyond the walls he's put up to survive ever see. I slowly got to know a man a woman like Lydia could grow to love.

Q. Writers paint with words, but smell/scent also plays an important factor in books, why do you think that is?

The reader shouldn't be sitting in their bodies at the other side of the page. They should be experiencing the story with the characters. The characters are using all their senses so it's only natural that the reader would be doing so as well.

Q. It’s been a long week of writing, editing and coming up with new ideas. Now the weekend is here and you can actually relax, how would you spend the next 24
hours? One restriction, it can’t have anything to be with writing, editing or
books whatsoever...GO!


Okay, since we're pretending that would actually happen, I'd like to play out my ideal day. Starting early in the morning with a hammer and some sheet metal. I was in auto body mechanics for awhile and I miss making replacement parts and taking out dents, so I would enjoy spending an entire day working on a beater under the hot sun, inhaling metal and oil as sweat trickles down my back and my muscles burn. After that I'd take a nice long shower and dress up in something nice—just to get away from my work uniform of baggy jogging pants and tank tops—throw on my hockey jersey and head downtown for a couple of beers before the game.

Let’s close our Interview with something amusing…

Q. If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be?

Can I be a jedi? <g> My superhuman power would be the force. That counts as one, right?

LOL yes it does Bianca!!! Oh yeah and ‘May the Force be with you’.

Thank you so much Bianca for taking the time to join us and letting us get to know you. I hope you had fun. I certainly enjoyed getting to know you.

To find out more about Bianca Sommerland you can go to her website or if you like Bianca loves to hear from her fans you can email her at

Excerpt: Game Misconduct

Blood rushed to his groin. He looked down at the woman in his arms, a woman he'd willingly have waited a lifetime for, and imagined sharing her with one of his closest friends. Or both. Or several.

He groaned as Oriana's hand glided over his stomach, then down to cover his stiff erection. Without his jeans to muffle the sensation, he would have come right then. Rein it in a little, Perron.

Ice, helmets, smelly gloves, ugly guys with no teeth—there, he'd regained control of his body. He traced a finger along Oriana's hip bone, dipped under the elastic of her panties, touched her silken folds.

Which weren't as moist as he'd expected.
"You not into this, babe?" He kept his tone neutral so she wouldn't think he was upset. Not that she'd been explicit, but he'd known she and Paul had problems with sex. 'Course, he'd blamed Paul—and still did—but maybe there was more to it.

"I'm into it, I just—" Her hips wiggled, and she tried to clamp her legs shut as he lightly tapped his fingertip on her clit. "I keep wondering what you're thinking about. Just me? Or me with the men?"

A half-truth, but he'd go along with it. "Honestly?"
She nodded.

"I was thinking about you and Mason, about how beautifully submissive you were." At that her breath hitched, and she grew nice and slick around his fingertips. He dipped two fingers inside her and smiled as her eyes glazed with pleasure. "And then with Callahan—" Her hot, tight pussy squeezed his fingers. "You seemed a little scared, but there was a dark passion in your eyes."

Her lips formed silent words before she whispered. "Max . . . ."
In this perfect setting, the two of them under the moonlight, with only sleepy plants watching, they could give each other some satisfaction. But how shallow would it be? He withdrew his fingers and caught her elbow with a hand when she swayed.

"No!" She held on to him, her eyes wide. "I want you!"

"Do you now?" He cupped her breasts and grazed his thumbs in slow circles around her nipples. His gentle ministrations had her bucking her hips and moaning out loud. "Tell me who you're thinking of, love. Just me, or more?"
* * * *

"More!" Oriana gasped as he rolled the jersey up to her throat and bent down to kiss the swell of her breasts."Oh!"

Without a moment's pause, he bared her breasts and began suckling the taut flesh of one, then the other. The sensation coiled around her clit, and her insides clamped down on nothingness, aching to be filled.

"Please." She pressed against him, her hips seeking his with aimless forward thrusts. "Max, please!"

"This will be enough, darlin'." His tongue traced the edges of her areola, coming closer and closer to her nipple. He let the moisture left behind cool while he brought his lips to hers and stole her breath with a fierce kiss. His palms covered her breasts, molding them gently, leaving her nipples untouched. "I never would have asked you to be with the men. I would have done everything in my power to be the man you needed, but you want them, don't you?"

"Mmm." She threw her head back as he lightly brushed his fingertips over her nipples, and every nerve in the tiny nubs greedily absorbed the sensation. Being neglected had made them hypersensitive. She almost wanted to pull away, it was almost too much, but his words had her ready to come apart. Visions of hot hands and mouths all over her made her knees lock and her core clench convulsively.

"Tell me. Tell me exactly what you want us to do to you." He caught her nipples between his fingers and thumbs, rolling them, tugging lightly before lowering his mouth to flick each with his tongue. "Don't come until you answer me, Oriana."

"Ah!" Her eyes teared as she fought the urge to surrender to the building climax. "Everything! Anything! Just . . . just . . . ."
His tongue fluttered over the tip of her nipple, faster and faster. He sucked the nipple, playing it carefully between his teeth, then resumed the fluttering. "Very good. You may come now, sugar."

At another flick, pleasure burst from her breasts and flared out from her cunt. She cried out as the sensations came together and ignited from everywhere at once. Her
knees gave out, and Max held her tight as she rode the violent orgasm until she was deliciously spent.

Supporting her with an arm around her waist, Max straightened her bra, then her jersey. Her skin tingled as the material touched her, and she whimpered, suddenly, desperately needy. She wanted to strip and beg him to take her again and again.
"Don't give me that look." He palmed her cheek and kissed her. "It's getting cold. We'll head back to my place and get you warmed up. See where your head's at."

"Where my head's at?" She blinked at him as he draped his jacket over her shoulder. "But you said—"

"A bit of mental stimulation, Oriana." He glanced down at her bare feet and shook his head, cursing under his breath. "Mason would kick my ass if he knew I had you out here like this."

He shook his head again and she groaned. No more talking. He obviously wanted her to make her decisions with a clear head.
But exactly what would clear-headed Oriana decide?
To tell the truth, she had no idea.

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