Guest Post and Review: Shades of Blood by L.M Pruitt

Happy Halloween everyone!  To ring in Halloween I am hosting L.M Pruitt.  She is here promoting the third book in her Jude Magdalyn series, Shades of Blood.  Please give L.M Pruitt an awesome welcome.  She is talking about the three kinds of men in the world.  So here’s L.M Pruitt.

The Three Men in the World

Anybody ever see Heartbreakers? It’s ok if you didn’t, I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t – I have a penchant for little known or ill received movies. Anyway, at what might be considered the low point of the movie, when it looks like true love will fail, one character says to another, “There is only one man in the world.” It took me a while to figure out what she meant (hey, sometimes I’m not great at subtlety) and I’d love to agree. Except she’s wrong.

I’d say there are three men in the world. The Alpha, the Beta, and the Gamma.

When I say Alpha, I’m pretty sure everyone has an image that pops in their heads. Strong, uber masculine – the protector, the provider. Barrons from the Fever series is a perfect example, as is Eric from True Blood. You can depend on these men to step up in a time of crisis, to handle danger, and then turn around and slam you up against a wall and… well, you get the picture. There’s something about the Alpha that draws women in, probably some leftover hardwiring from pre-historic times when the strong survive. It could be an excess of testosterone, which just makes women gooey.

Or it could be the fact that Alphas tend to be super sexy.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have the Beta. Think someone like Hoyt from True Blood. For some reason, people equate Betas with being weaker, which I find funny. To me, it takes a man just as strong as an Alpha to be able to diffuse a situation with words instead of fists. Lord knows if we went around beating the crap out of everyone instead of being diplomatic once in a while UN beatings would be more interesting even if nothing got accomplished. The Beta will be more likely to make you laugh then drive you crazy with sheer stubbornness. When they kiss you the first time, they won’t try and devour you – they’ll worm their way through your defenses until you give in, until you want them as desperately as they want you.

A Beta can be a very good thing to experience.

And somewhere in the middle, you have the Gamma male. Some have defined the Gamma as a self-hating, effeminate, waste of space individual. I’d like to beat them in their heads with a little of that Alpha violence. When I think of a Gamma male, I think of someone with a mixture of Alpha and Beta traits. Instead of being comprised of extremes, the Gamma male is harmonious. They may be more likely to use diplomacy to get what they want, but they have no problem pulling you in a darkened room and using the door as a bed. They’ll hold you while you cry and then try and put their fist through the person or thing that made you cry.

Given a choice, which depending on your views of Fate and destiny one may or may not have, I’d choose a Gamma. The Alpha would drive me to commit homicide. The Beta would make me feel like a bitch. A Gamma can, and would, go toe to toe with me –and then convince me to have amazing make-up sex.

What kind of man do you choose?

Shades of Blood

Book 3

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Felipe, one of New Orleans’s most infamous—and crazy–vampires is back in town. And to say he’s unhappy is an understatement.

Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil–otherwise known as St. Germaine–and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.

The more things change….

Review:

Shades of Blood is the third book in L.M Pruitt’s Jude Magdalyn series.  I have totally fallen in love with this series and this book is no exception.  In Shades of Blood, we finally get some answers that have been perpetuated through the series, but like any good writer of a series she still left us with a whole lot of questions.  I still love the love triangle of Williams, Jude and Theo.  Even though by the end of the book it is kinda resolved, but I think like the Twilight love triangle it will always be there.  The other big love issue of Rian and Elizabeth finally gets resolved.  With a big FINALLY from both me and the characters in the book.  🙂

The characters aren’t the only great thing about this series.  The stories and the new challenges that come Jude’s way are very interconnected and not even close to being resolved.  This helps to really propel the stories. When you throw in the twins and the comical style of Judes leadership, personality and way of dealing with people it makes the story go so fast that before you know it you are at the end saying to yourself “When is the next one coming out”.  I really was heartbroken with some of the different twists that have begun to take place and how the young Celia who is already old for her age is having an almost torturous time right now.  Overall, I loved this book just like the two before and would recommend you start reading this series immediately.  L.M Pruitt has outdone herself with this one and I cannot wait for the next in Jude’s series.

I’d like to thank L.M Pruitt for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host this stop.  For more information about L.M Pruitt and her other books you can click on her links below.  For more information about Shades of Blood and the Jude Magdalyn Series you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

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Guest Blog: Vristen Pierce

Today I am handing over my blog to Vristen Pierce.  She is one of the authors in the Halloween Heat V erotic anthology.  Be sure you check out my review that was posted on October 18th.

Halloween is upon us and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Costumes, tricks, treats… There’s no better time to participate in a little mischief, no matter your age. Whether you plan to party like it’s 1999, complete with a disguise, or your night will be more low-key, what’s on your agenda? It will be an excellent night to indulge in some extra gory horror films, a bunch of junk food you know you shouldn’t, or both! Hey, it’s Halloween; you have to live a little.

I love having the opportunity to play an extreme version of dress up. Slipping on the role of a character, if only physically, can provide a nice—albeit very brief—break from what may otherwise be an unexciting routine. Books offer the same welcome escape, which is why it’s so cool to be part of an anthology of stories centered around Halloween. Double the escape, double the fun! This year, I haven’t yet decided if I’ll throw on a costume and live it up or stay in and keep things more laid-back. In any case, I’m sure I’ll find some way to celebrate.

If you’re feeling extra mischievous and daring this year, maybe you’ll find a particularly thrilling way to spend the night. You may discover that once you open yourself up to the endless possibilities, you just might have the night of your life. So slip into the role of one of the Halloween Heat V characters by making the night one you won’t soon forget.

Blurb:
Erotic Contemporary Ménage

Five scorching contemporary erotic tales of ménage love to heat even the coldest Halloween night.

“Thrills and Chills” by Alyssa Turner
“Deployment Gifts” by Jennifer James
“Phantom Pleasure” by Eden Summers
“Taking Candy” by Vristen Pierce
“Trick or Treat” by Ana Maria Pasión

Review: The Witch’s Dream by Victoria Danann

Today’s review is The Witch’s Dream by Victoria Danann.  It is the second book in The Order of the Black Swan Series.  All I can say is I can’t wait for Book 3!

Title: The Witch’s Dream

Series: The Order of the Black Swan, Book 2

Author: Victoria Danann

Genre: Paranormal Romance,

Publisher: 7th House

Ebook/Paperback

Pages: 280

Release Date: October 14th, 2012

Book Description:

He was left behind when Elora Laiken made her choice. Now he’s had it with love, but a transplanted witch who happens to be the world’s best tracker hopes she can change his mind.

The Witch’s Dream begins with B Team on loan for temporary assignment to Black Swan headquarters in Edinburgh where they are supposed to fill in for stretched-thin resources and assist with a werewolf issue. They’ve been given permission to stop in Ireland for a few days and help Ram and Elora celebrate their handfasting at the palace in Derry.

When they reach Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding quickly turns all business. A missing person report turns into a demon abduction. A simple werewolf sanction becomes a diplomatic issue requiring the one thing Elora is no longer willing to give – finesse.

From New York to Ireland to Edinburgh to Siena to the Texas Hill Country to Napa Valley. From promises to rages to hunts to epiphanies, emotions intersect to prove that true love can find you when you’re least expecting it – even when you’re far, far from home.

Erotic quotient: Some steamy scenes. No ménage. No BDSM.

Review:

The Witch’s Dream is the second book in Victoria Danann’s The Order of the Black Swan series.  This was an awesome follow-up to My Familiar Stranger.  I think this book was done the way a lot of other follow-ups should be done.  It takes place right after the first book.  Its like the story didn’t have any kind of pause.  This story does focus more on Storm and his HEA with Litha.  Storm’s heartache over Elora and Ram’s handfasting soon ebbs after meeting Litha.  I loved Litha’s character.  She was very determined and definitely the perfect fit for Storm. Even though it focuses on Storm and Litha, Elora and Ram still have very prominent parts.  Though the focus of the main story shifts we are still getting concurrent and continuing story of Elora and Ram.  This is rarely done and I loved this tremendously.   I also enjoyed the addition of other outside characters like Ram’s sister Alesong and Kay’s sisters.  It felt like love was in the air with this book.  I was hoping for HEA everywhere.  Not to mention one of the first steamy sex scenes takes place completely in a dream.  Overall, this was an awesome second book and I can’t wait for the next one.  I whole-heartedly recommend reading this book, but I would suggest reading My Familiar Stranger first.

I’d like to thank Victoria Danann for giving me the chance to review this book and ABG Reads Book Tours for scheduling me this stop.  For more information about The Order of the Black Swan Trilogy/My Familiar Stranger/The Witch’s Dream you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Authors Bio:

Though works of fiction are a departure for me, I have had this series simmering on the back burner of my mind for a few years. In addition to authoring and illustrating Seasons of the Witch (for the past thirteen years) I play Classic Rock music and manage one of Houston’s premier R&B bands.

This series includes some of my education in the paranormal and fictionalized anecdotes from my journals during the years when I was a practicing “metaphysician”, but, of course, most of the material is fantasy. All of the books will feature strong female leads with strong male support.

Guest Post and Review: Hyde by Lauren Stewart

I’d like to welcome Lauren Stewart today.  She is here taking over my blog and promoting her new book Hyde.  Its a fantastic Urban Fantasy with a different take on the Jekyll and Hyde idea.  Be sure to check out my review after Lauren’s awesome take over.  Lauren is also giving away one free ebook copy of Hyde.  To enter just answer her question after her blog.  So now I turn the wheel over to Lauren Stewart.

The Thrill of a Great Read

I write what I want to read. My novel, Hyde, an Urban Fantasy is the book I wanted to read—tortured hero, spunky-but-confused heroine, mystery, humor, suspense, paranormal. Oh, and some really hot sex scenes. But one thing it’s important for an author to accept is that readers are incredibly diverse. And that’s actually a really wonderful thing.

I’m a picky reader. Like, really, really picky. Writing kind of does that to you. It makes it difficult to simply enjoy a book without thinking: I would do this differently, or That just ain’t right. Honestly, for me that is probably the only negative part of writing. But then, when I do find a book that makes me forget I’m reading and not actually living inside the story, that sucks me in on the first page and doesn’t let go until I reach the end, it makes the read all the more enjoyable.

Because…

  • Who doesn’t love that tightness in your chest as you read an incredible action or love scene?
  • Who hasn’t had to take deep, calming breaths for the entire anxious ride home that seems three times as long as it did yesterday because all you want to do is get home and finish the book?
  • Who hasn’t cursed their own awkwardness and inability to carry a hardcover down the hallway because there was no way in hell you were going to stop reading just to do a silly little thing like go to the bathroom?
  • Who hasn’t wanted to put a hole in their television set because their significant other or their children won’t lower the volume enough so they can just focus on a few more pages?
  • Who doesn’t enjoy the day after ‘coming down’ from a great read and, in every part of your life, see random reminders of the story that no one else who hasn’t read the book would notice?

Some people love cliffhangers, others hate them. Some people need a happy ending, others want the sexual tension to extend into multiple books. All of this goes to show that every reader is different. Every reader wants different things in a book.

What kind of reader are you? What do you need a book to offer to be truly mesmerized?

Hyde

Book 1

Lauren Stewart

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing

ISBN: 9780988170100

ASIN: B008IVT0W2

Number of pages: 389

Word Count: 105,000

Book Description:

To survive, they must embrace what they most despise . . . in themselves and each other.

Mitch Turner is everything women want most in a man—charismatic, successful, drop-dead gorgeous. Except he’s not a man—he’s a monster.

The only way Mitch can protect others from his monstrous side is to stop them from getting too close…that and a 7×7 foot cage. Isolated by his genetic curse, he spends his life hurting people emotionally, driving them away before Hyde can harm them physically. But, after a night of the best sex Mitch has ever had, he realizes that might be impossible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn’t remember any of it.

Eden Colfax is everything men want most, men other than Mitch, that is. She’s kind, honest to a fault and sickeningly sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn’t lie, doesn’t curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers’ beds…until the day she does.

Then the flashbacks start—places she’s never been, people she’s never met, blood she’s never spilled. She discovers she’s split into two parts—the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again.

What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected.

Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can’t even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for.

*** This novel is intended for adults only, as it includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and themes similar to those in Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from which this story was inspired.

Review: 

Hyde is a awesome new take on the Jekyll and Hyde story.  Lauren Stewart takes two people with the same “problem”  and have them fall in love.  Neither one really fully understands what is really happening.  I truly loved the characters of both Eden and Mitch.  I loved seeing both develop from where the book began.  The emotions that Mitchell develops and the strong personality that comes out from Eden enhances the story in so many ways.  I also enjoyed the little snippets of “The Clinic”‘s emails.  I liked the insight but also it really propelled the book in a unique way.  I was quite impressed to read a book that had taken a story that most people don’t think can be altered and make it unique unto there own.  I completely recommend this book.  You definitely won’t be disappointed!

I’d like to thank Lauren Stewart for stopping by today and Bewitching Book tours for giving me this opportunity to host this stop.  Be sure to enter the giveaway by commenting on Lauren Stewart’s question below.  Also, if you’d like to learn more about Lauren Stewart just click the links below.  To learn more about Hyde you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author

After earning degrees in Fine Arts and English, Lauren Stewart wanted to see the world. A lack of funds meant that she didn’t get far. She spent two years traveling around Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada—first as a choreographer and then as an English teacher—meeting folks from all the places she couldn’t afford to go to. But that time was highly useful—she learned about herself, other people, and how insane life actually is.

Lauren reads in almost every genre. So naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us, should make us laugh.

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Review: The Green-Eyed Doll by Jerrie Alexander

I am reviewing Jerrie Alexander’s new book, The Green-Eyed Doll.  This is a contemporary romance with a thriller twist.

Blurb: 

Catherine McCoy is running from her past. She’s been on the move for a year, hiding the secret and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought lost forever.

Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed.
Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms—until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken.

When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim. But will her determination be enough?***Blurb provided from Goodreads.

Review:

The Green-Eyed Doll is a romantic thrill ride.  Jerrie Alexander manages to keep you guessing about the killer and build a heart stopping love story.  The characters of Matt and Catherine are so beautifully written I could read their love story over and over.  The added excitement of the killer and Matt and Catherine’s problematic histories just enhanced the emotions of the book.  With Matt and Catherine’s happily ever after all I could hope for was that a few of the other characters got their own books so that they can have a happily ever after too.  I hope for Ash to find that right woman to saddle him and make him into a better man just like Catherine did Matt.  Overall, I would completely recommend this book and suggest you have the time to read it in one sitting because you are not going to want to put this book down.

The Green-Eyed Doll will be published December 7th.  Be sure to stop Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer to pick up this exciting read!

Promo and Review: Dante’s Awakening by Devon Marshall

I’d like to welcome Devon Marshall to the blog today.  She is promoting her new book, Dante’s Awakening.  Be sure to check out my review after the awesome excerpt.

Dante’s Awakening

Vampires of Hollywood #1

Devon Marshall

Genre: LGBT Paranormal/ Lesbian Vampire

Publisher: Untreed Reads

ASIN: B00824CMFW

Number of pages: 194

Word Count: 65,898

Cover Artist: Ginny Glass & Untreed Reads

Book Description:

Dante Sonnier is a successful Hollywood agent. She is also a friend to the secret community of vampires living in Los Angeles, and occasionally she assists them when they have a problem that requires a human to handle it. The vampires are led by Voshki Kevorkian, a gorgeous, sexy female vampire, who has made it clear that she would like Dante to be her human. Dante, although attracted to Voshki, is wary of the possessiveness and jealousy involved in being a vampire’s chosen human lover and resists.

When the Children of Judas, a two-thousand-year-old sect of murderous, rebel vampires shunned by the main community, rise up under a new leader and threaten to topple Voshki’s leadership and expose the whole community, the vampires turn to Dante for help. Dante travels to a small town in upstate California where the Children seem to be active, in the company of Ellis Kovacs, another vampire sired by Voshki, and Voshki’s “right-hand woman.”

There, whilst investigating the Children and their leader Robin Shepherd, Dante succumbs to being seduced by the alluring Ellis. When Dante is kidnapped by the Children, Voshki decides it’s time to take matters into her own hands.

Hell hath no fury like a vampire scorned.

Excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

My name is Dante Sonnier and I am not a movie star. I’m an agent. I’m not paranoid, I don’t think the entire world revolves around me, and I know my clients are too savvy to their own careers to even think about stalking me. Therefore I don’t live behind high fences and locked gates. Most of the time I don’t even bother to close the gates to my Hollywood Hills property. There are, however, certain events that could make me rethink this open-living policy, such as being dragged out of bed by a vampire at six o’clock in the morning. Don’t get me wrong—waking up to Ellis Kovacs is not entirely unpleasant either, since she is rather attractive. For the Undead, I mean. I’m just so not a morning person that having anyone—even the gorgeous vampire Ellis—drag me out of my bed at six a.m. is annoying. The reason for the disruption of my (much needed) beauty sleep was Voshki Kevorkian. Voshki is the vampire community leader. She wanted a meeting with me.

“At six a.m.?” I demanded.

Ellis shrugged. “It’s important.”

It had better be. There I was, attired in boxer shorts and a scruffy NYU t-shirt that some ex or other had left in my closet maybe a million years ago, my hair going every which way to Sunday, trying to claw the sleep from my brain and make sense of what was going on, and what wisdom does Ellis impart to me?

That my t-shirt has seen better days.

Well, shit, hold the front page. I shook my head at her crap and wandered off toward the bathroom. Over my shoulder I yelled, “I’m taking a shower! I don’t care if Vosh has to wait an extra fucking five minutes! Am I making myself clear?”

“Crystal,” Ellis replied dryly.

I stood under the hot jets of water, letting them massage my body and brain into wakefulness, and rested my forehead against the cool wall tiles, all the while trying to ignore the fact there were two vampires making themselves at home in my house. Ellis had brought Samson with her, Voshki’s driver and occasional enforcer. Or something. There are vampire affairs into which even a curious person like me just will not poke her nose. Slowly I felt myself come to resemble something actually belonging to the human race and not the Undead, and at that point I turned the water cold on and let that shock the last dregs of nighttime from my system. A cup of extremely strong black coffee and I’d be good to go.

As I stepped out of the shower, eyes closed because my hair was running rivulets of water down my face, I put out my hand to grab my towel only to have it thrust into my groping fingers. My eyelids flew open. Water blurred my vision and I swiped the towel across my face. Then remembered I was naked. I hastily wrapped the towel around me, fumbling because my fingers had become as useful as bananas.

“For Chrissakes, haven’t you guys heard of knocking?” I demanded.

Ellis gave me a devastatingly sexy smile that also somehow contrived to be innocent. It made me want to run away and throw myself at her feet, both at the same time. I’ve known Ellis for a while, and the whole time I have noticed that her smile can make my knees turn to water. And I hate her for that. Vampires confuse me much of the time. “Sorry,” she said, sounding like she really wasn’t. She jerked her chin toward the open bathroom door and the upstairs hallway beyond. “Samson is in the kitchen. He’s making up some juice for you. And there’s a pot ofcoffee on.”

I raised an eyebrow. “No bagels?”

“Get dressed, Dante. We don’t want to keep Vosh waiting that long,” Ellis told me.

No. That would never do.

* * *

I should explain. First of all, yes, vampires do exist. Secondly, no, I don’t know whether this means other supernatural creatures also exist. I certainly never have met anything remotely resembling a werewolf or a fairy or a troll, although how would I know, right? The vampires don’t look like vampires, and they have been living amongst humans undetected for millennia, so there should be no reason a werewolf or a fairy or a troll ought not be able to do the same. If the vampires know about any supernatural cousins, they are keeping it under their collective hats. And thirdly, I don’t really care if the world is teeming with werewolves, fairies and trolls—I had a hard enough time just wrapping my head around the fact that vampires are real when I found that out. Occasionally I still have trouble with it.

Vampires are very little like their media portrayals. Sorry, but the fiction-mongers have been way off for decades. All of that not being able to go out in sunlight, being allergic to garlic and crosses and running water, being able to turn into bats—it’s all moonshine. Most of it perpetrated by the vampires themselves. The very reason they have been able to coexist with humans unnoticed for thousands of years has been a fortuitous mix of their own ability to adapt and blend in, and the limitless capacity of we humans to be deluded. Of course, there have always been some humans in the know, since the vampires do need us for things beyond the obvious feeding requirements. A vampire’s genetic makeup is somewhat different to that of a human—shocker, huh? Having people in strategic places to keep things like this from coming to light is a necessary evil for them. They are choosy about who they let in on their existence. I suppose I am honored then—not that it often feels much like an honor.

As for feeding, they drink human blood from willing human donors. Not victims, donors. Vampires can also go out in daylight just fine—they would hardly have lasted as a race if they could not go out in daylight—although they must take certain precautions if they are going to be in direct sunlight for a prolonged time. A very strong sun block and very dark sunglasses will suffice. In fact, once you really start to think about most of the “vampire legends,” you also start to realize that they, like most legends, just don’t stand up to close scrutiny. I know about vampires because I belong to a family made up of the kind of people whom they have always found helpful. I mentioned before that I’m an agent. An entertainment agent. I reside in LA, in Hollywood.

I’m very successful. Why be falsely modest about it? I can get my A-list clients an audience with Stephen Spielberg just by lifting the phone. My father is a criminal lawyer who switched to entertainment law, and I’ll leave it to your imagination the ways in which he has often found himself mixing those two disciplines on behalf of both his actors and vampire clients. My mother was a movie producer. I say “was” because she retired from doing much of anything some years ago. Her heyday was during the 1970s and 1980s. Throughout those decades, trying to avoid drugs in Hollywood was a bit like trying not to get sunstroke walking naked across the Sahara, and my mother was spectacularly unsuccessful at avoiding anything she could swallow, inhale, or smoke. The years of drug and alcohol abuse have fried her brain. Before that, however, she was a close friend and respected colleague of many top movie people, including Spielberg. Which is how I can command a personal audience with the man so easily.

So that’s how I got involved with the vampires.

Review:

This was my first foray into reading F/F fiction.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I was impressed.  It was a very good story with an ending leading you to believe there will be more coming.  The love triangle between Dante, Ellis and Voshki was portrayed very well.  The incorporation of vampires into Hollywood was done as easy as if it were true.  The characters and the story were very well done, but I do wish that there had been a bit more to it.  I kinda felt it was a bit rushed and a few of the questions could have been answered in this story if it had been a bit longer.  Overall, I enjoyed my first F/F paranormal romance was a good story and highly enjoyable.

I’d like to thank Devon Marshall for stopping by today and promoting Dante’s Awakening.  I would also like to thank Bewitching Book tours for letting me host a stop on this tour.  For more information about Devon Marshall click on her links below.  For more information about Dante’s Awakening you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

Devon discovered at an early age that she had a fertile imagination and a profound love for words which together led to her writing stories. She has published numerous short stories and articles in the LGBT and mainstream small presses.

Dante’s Awakening is her first published full-length novel and spent a week in the Amazon Top 100 in Lesbian Fiction #58

Her second novel, ‘Voodoo Woman’ is available in PB and on Kindle, and the novella ‘The Lives and Loves of The Modern Goddess’ is also available on Kindle.

Devon lives on a windswept and remote Scottish island where the ‘rat race’ is an event at the annual County Fair and the daily view includes boats, birds, and the occasional bottlenose dolphin.  When she isn’t writing, Devon enjoys reading, watching TV, and spending as much time as possible with her dog. She is currently working on the next book in the Vampires of Hollywood saga and a stand-alone horror novel.

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Guest Post: Author Jennifer James

Today I am welcoming Jennifer James.  She is one of the authors in the Halloween Heat V.  A very steamy read.  Be sure to check out my review that was posted on October 18th.

Hi! Thanks so much for hosting me today on Book Maven! Jackie has been so generous giving myself and the other authors of Halloween Heat V multiple dates here to chat and share time with her audience.

A few weeks ago I told a real life ghost story over on Book Lovin’ Mamas. If you’re curious you can hop over there and read it. But for today, I thought I’d tell another one. J What can I say, I’m in the mood to tell spooky stories.

I lived in a haunted house from the time I was 12 until I was 18. The lady ghost really didn’t like me. When I got married, I was very young and very broke. So, being crafty, I elected to make my own wedding flowers. Bouquets, corsages, the whole bit. They really didn’t turn out that bad. In fact, I’m rather proud of them still. But anyway, onto the ghost.

Oh, wait, I have to give you a little background. My grandmother lived downstairs in an in-law suite. She was getting older, but still loved to cook and would often fall asleep while cooking. So, the smell of burning food generally meant one of us had to go downstairs, get pots and pans off the stove, and open windows.

This particular night, a bunch of the girls in the wedding party and I were in the living room working on all those flowers. The faint smell of something burning grew stronger and stronger until everyone was walking around looking for the source of the smell. We opened the windows and my brother went downstairs to see what Grandma was burning.

Grandma wasn’t cooking. She was fast asleep in her favorite arm chair with the TV blasting.

Eventually the smell went away (after giving everyone a good sized headache).

Three days later my brother confessed that as soon as he left the living room the smell was no longer distinguishable. Only the living room smelled as though something was on fire.

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Blurb:

Erotic Contemporary Ménage

Five scorching contemporary erotic tales of ménage love to heat even the coldest Halloween night.

“Thrills and Chills” by Alyssa Turner
“Deployment Gifts” by Jennifer James
“Phantom Pleasure” by Eden Summers
“Taking Candy” by Vristen Pierce
“Trick or Treat” by Ana Maria Pasión

 

Interview and Review: Shades of Desire by L.M Pruitt

I’d like to welcome L.M Pruitt today.  She is promoting the second book in her Jude Magdalyn series, Shades of Desire.  This second installment is such a great addition to this series.  Be sure to check out my review after the awesome interview from L.M Pruitt.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed Shades of Desire and I adore the Jude Magdalyn Series.

How did you come up with the idea Covenant?

I wanted a group that would be open to different kinds of magic, to different ways of interacting with supernatural elements. I’ve read a lot of books where a main character was either this or that, a group was either this or that. I wanted there to be a blending, a flexibility to allow for different situations.

I loved both Williams and Theo.  Was it a difficult choice for you between the two for who Jude would fall for?

Initially, yes. I didn’t anticipate it to happen quite so soon, I thought the relationships would play out over more books. But in the end, it was the right choice.

I know this is only book two in your series, but will we see Jude grow even more powerful and develop more powers?

Possibly. Maybe. We’ll have to see, lol.

I love the angst between Rian and Elizabeth.  Will we finally get a resolution with them?   And will the yellow dress finally be clarified for the two of them?

Yes and yes. And I can tell you to read Shades of Blood—all will be revealed, lol.

I know you may not be able to tell me this but with the appearance of Dani at the end of the book and dhampir’s come to light will there be any question about the bumps’ daddy?

Yes. And again, all will be revealed in Shades of Blood, lol.

Out of all the awesome characters in your two Jude Magdalyn books who would you say is your favorite and who is your least favorite?

Wow. I can honestly say I have no idea. I really do enjoy all of my characters even the bad guys. If I had to pick, I would say favorite is Jude (obviously). Least favorite? Maybe Rosalind.

Do you fashion your writing after any particular authors? If so, what attracts you to those authors?

No. When I first started writing, I tried to imitate the voice of chick lit and romance writers and found it didn’t work for me at all. So when I switched to urban fantasy/paranormal romance, I said, “Screw it, I’m going to write how I write.” So far it seems to be working out, lol.

Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Ice cream. Popsicles. Taylor Swift’s music.

Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you?

I fell off my bed until I was 20. I have also fallen up flights of stairs, not down. And I’m terrified of heights.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

To be able to support myself while sharing my stories with the world.

Do you do anything unique while writing?

No, not really. Sometimes I sing to whatever song is playing on my iTunes DJ, but that’s about it.

Finally,  If you could meet one fictional character whether from your series or another author’s books who would that be and why?  

Ryodan from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. And I’m not telling you why, lol.

Thank you again for stopping by and I really look forward to reading Shades of Blood.

Shades of Desire

By L.M. Pruitt

Blurb

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job.

Did I forget to mention that I’ve also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?

Peace and quiet? Out the window.

 –Jude Magdalyn Henries

Review: 

This was a phenomenal follow-up to Shades of Gray.  I am growing more and more attached to this group of characters.  The story is a great continuation of the first in the series.  Jude and her whole crew are unique but also very relatable.  There were even parts of this book that I laughed out loud.  The interactions between the adults and the slew of teenagers was also so realistic I could actually place myself there. I loved the on going drama between Rian and Elizabeth was so good I can’t wait to find out if they will finally end up together.  Overall the story, characters and dialogue have grown and draw you in even more to see what will happen next.  I can’t wait to read the next in her series, Shades of Blood.

I’d like to thank L.M Pruitt for stopping by today and Bewitching book tours for giving me this opportunity to host this tour stop.  If you would like to learn more information about Shades of Desire and the Jude Magdalyn series in general you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

 

Excerpt and Review: Featured Author Eden Summers

Today I am welcoming Eden Summers.  She is one of the featured authors in Halloween Heat V.  Be sure to check out my review after the awesome excerpt from her story featured in Halloween Heat V.

Phantom Pleasure

Eden Summers

Emma stood by herself in the opulent foyer of a Victorian Mansion on the outskirts of town.

People mingled in every direction; coming in and out of adjoining doorways, down the wide curved staircase hugging the wall and more entering through the ornate front doors. She still had no clue why her husband Tim insisted she arrive at the Halloween party without him. With each step she took across the marble tile, her pulse raced faster, and she wondered when he would rescue her from the mass of strangers.

At least her costume wasn’t out of place. She currently resembled an angel from prostitution central. Tim had been eager to organize her outfit. He’d left it spread across their bed when she’d arrived home from work—white platform stilettos and a white halter-neck dress that clung to her curves tighter than plastic wrap. The dress had tiny bows at the hips and a hem of feathers that matched the gorgeous wings on her back. Her chest stretched the limits of her favorite push-up bra, making her C-cup breasts look as though she’d arrived to audition for the latest porn flick. And then there were the panties. The lily white, crotchless panties. Really Tim?

On any other night she’d resemble a deranged hooker searching for an easy score. Tonight however, her costume matched the other women attending the party, all of them scantily dressed in different outfits.

How the hell was she going to find Tim? Most of the men wore masks, some partially covering their features, others their entire face, and for the life of her, Emma didn’t know where to start looking.

She pulled out her cell phone and dialed his number. No answer.

His text message arrived before she had a chance to type her own.

Are you here?

Yes. Where are you?

He should have met her at the door, seeing as he’d insisted she arrive alone. She didn’t even know what he was wearing.

Ballroom.

Emma took a glass of champagne from the tray of a vampiric waiter standing against the wall and asked for directions. Two minutes later she stood in the ballroom, mesmerized by the chandeliers that hung from the ceiling, their warm glow filling the packed room. Laughter and boisterous chatter echoed off the walls, and she stretched her neck, hoping to find Tim.

Still nothing.

Growling under her breath, Emma downed the liquid in her glass, placed the champagne flute on the closest table, and retrieved her phone.

What are you dressed as?

Phantom. Black hooded cloak.

Her toes throbbed as she searched the crowd. Then she found him, dressed in a full-length cloak, the hood raised to cover his head as he stood at the bar, his back to her. She smiled, eager to get into the security of his arms and torture him with her poor excuse for underwear.

Before she took the first step, her gaze drifted to the other end of the bar, to another figure dressed in the same black cloak.

Damn it! Her fingers danced over the phone keys.

Which one are you?!?

She tapped her foot, her impatience no longer contained, while she waited for a reply.

I’m looking at you.

Her head jerked up, and her heart missed a beat. Both cloaked figures had turned her way, both staring in her direction, both holding phones in their hand. Each wore a plain white mask covering the top half of their face. Even though their lips and jaw were visible, at this distance she still couldn’t recognize her husband.

Emma adjusted her dress, pulling down the feathered hem, and glanced around the room, looking for an answer, an escape route, a reason to leave. Why was he playing with her? She was all alone in a house she’d never seen before, dressed like a heavenly whore, and he wanted to play games.

Her phone buzzed and she glanced down with a huff to read the message.

Meet me upstairs. The room with your name on it.

Upstairs? Why didn’t he just come and get her so they could go up together? Her gaze drifted back to the bar, hoping she could relay her frustration, but both phantoms were gone. She glanced from one end of the bar to the other, then did an entire turn, scoping the room. Nothing. No cloaked men in sight.

They had both disappeared.

***Book Cover Attached***

Blurb:
Erotic Contemporary Ménage

Five scorching contemporary erotic tales of ménage love to heat even the coldest Halloween night.

“Thrills and Chills” by Alyssa Turner
“Deployment Gifts” by Jennifer James
“Phantom Pleasure” by Eden Summers
“Taking Candy” by Vristen Pierce
“Trick or Treat” by Ana Maria Pasión

 

Review: 

This was definitely a steamy read.  I loved all five of these stories.  All of these stories revolved around menage a toi’s on Halloween.  I never really read much erotica, but these stories had me craving more.  I wanted to read more about each of these characters and definitely wanted more of the steamy sex scenes.  I thought the variety was a good mix of sexual exploration and fantasies come true through  the use of a menage.  My only wish for this book was that the stories were longer or I could read more about the characters in the different stories.  I would recommend this if you want a steamy romp with your book.  🙂

I’d like to thank Eden Summers for giving us an excerpt from her featured story in Halloween Heat V.  For more information about Halloween Heat V you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.  You can learn more about the authors in this steamy book just click on the links below.

Connect with us

Alyssa Turner
www.alyssaturnerwrites.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/alyssaturnerwrites

Jennifer James
http://www.authorjenniferjames.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-James/212335188856799

Eden Summers
www.edensummers.com
https://www.facebook.com/authoredensummers

Vristen Pierce
http://vristenpierce.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/vristenpierce

Ana Maria Pasion
https://www.facebook.com/AnaMariaPasion

Big Bad Competition Starts TODAY!!!

Hey Everyone this is gonna be short but sweet.  Today is the first day of the Big Bad Competition.  I picked the baddest of the bad villains out of some of my favorite series’.  The competition is super easy just stop by click on the Big Bad Competition tab and vote.  Then go and enter the giveaway for some really awesome prizes!  If you want to know when your favorite villain is up I have the schedule for the first round up under the competition page.  I will also be posting on my Facebook page everyday which villains are up.  So stop on by.

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