Today I have a fantastic surprise for you all. I had a unique chance to be the guest reviewer on Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine.  With this I was able to do a one question interview with an author of my choice.  I have been so lucky to interview author Tara Sivec.  Here books make you laugh out loud and crush on her hunky heroes.  Here is the link to my review spot.  Below you can read my interview and get to know the fantastic Tara Sivec and her newest book, Burned.  Enjoy my surprise to all of my fantastic readers.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books and characters?

My inspiration comes from so many different places that it’s sometimes hard to shut down my brain! So many things can be the basis for a new story idea like music, real life events, etc.  A lot of my ideas come from dreams. I make sure to keep the notepad app on my iPad open and next to my bed at all times!

TS_Burned_Cover_Final_JWEndorsment_800x1200_Revised-200x300Book Blurb:

Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.
Book 2 in the Ignite series – Branded is expected to release in September 2014


Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

Tara Sivec
I’d like to thank the wonderful Tara Sivec for stopping by and giving us some insight into her inspiration.  If you haven’t checked out her books I highly recommend any of her books.  Her talent crosses genres and continues to grow with each of her new books. 

Fresh Face Friday: Fool’s Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you all have had a great week and will get to spend tonight or this weekend with the one your heart belongs.  I know some of you like me are digging out of yet another snowstorm and spring can’t come quick enough.  I definitely won’t be missing the snow once its gone.  Today I am bringing to you a historical romance set in Alaska during the gold rush.  But, you will be happy it is set during the summer so no snow.  This is a delightful story that will have you rooting for the hero to capture the heroine’s heart.  Be sure to read the rest of my review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a good weekend and for those of you with lots of sunshine keep us with the snow in mind.  🙂

18949504Book Blurb:

Alaska’s gold rush is no place for a lady, but that doesn’t scare Ellie Webster. Ellie travels with her younger brother to the wilds of the Klondike gold rush to save the family farm. She’s prepared for hardship on the trail, but not for the sparkling blue eyes of Duke Masterson, a charming saloonkeeper. And Duke is surprised to find that Ellie and her apple pies are more valuable to him than all the gold nuggets in Skagway, Alaska. Now if he could only overcome Ellie’s fear of losing her newly-found independence and win her heart. Together they must defeat the conman corrupting the town and make their fortunes before the last steamship of the season heads South


Ellie is travelling to Alaska to find her fortune in the Alaska gold rush.  With her brother she plans to take the summer and strike it rich or just enough to pay off the family farm back home.  On her way to Alaska she meets Duke who is also looking to make his fortune only instead of the gold fields he wants to run his own saloon.  Duke doesn’t make a good impression and Ellie hopes to avoid him when they get to their destination.  When Ellie and her brother arrive to Skagway, Alaska they have a short stay before taking the arduous journey on foot into the hills for the gold.  Unfortunately,  fortune is not on their side and their trek in the Alaskan wilderness is cut short and they are forced to return to Skagway.  After returning,  Ellie finds herself pouring her heart out to Duke and with a little help from his partner they manage to set Ellie and her brother up to make money selling pies.  Ellie’s pie stand quickly becomes very successful and she soon becomes the target of the town con man.  Duke continues to be a part of Ellie’s life even when she doesn’t want him to be.  Even as Ellie fights her attraction to Duke she can’t help but begin to care for him, but she is scared of a commitment that would take away her independence.  Ellie has a choice to make stay alone and nothing changes or follow her heart and possibly lose everything including her independence.

I love historical romances.  This one was a really great story in this genre.  The characters were very well-developed and vivid.  You could really see those around you.  The story is also fantastic.  It brings you in and makes you a part of it.  By the end you feel like you have had a piece of Ellie’s pies and you have had a drink in Duke’s saloon.  The atmosphere of the time was so thoroughly done that you stop reading and are watching it like a movie in your mind.  The love story in this romance is so very believable.  Duke tries to woo the very independent Ellie with no avail until he finally starts writing her love letters.  These letters are one of the best parts of this book.  I fell in love with Duke with these letters.  They are so heartfelt and honest that you can understand how Ellie falls for Duke finally.  Overall, this is a great story and anyone who loves historical fiction will not be disappointed.

Author Bio:

7429330Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and hitting targets with a cowboy action shooting club. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at You can also find her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Fresh Face Friday: Permanent by Kim Carmichael

Happy Friday!  Today I have an awesome new read for you guys.  Kim Carmichael’s Permanent is now one of my new favorite series’.  It’s a wonderful first book in a series that has a lot of potential.  All I have to say is hot tattooed guys.  That sums it up but yet there is so much more to this group.  Be sure to check out my full review after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend and I know I will be watching a bit of the Olympics between reading.  🙂

18658846Book Blurb:

What is Permanent?

Always on the outside looking in, accountant, Lindsay Stevens, has calculated her transformation from a small town, nerdy bookkeeper to a sleek, high-powered accountant down to the last penny. With all her checks finally in balance, she moves to California to start a new life free of her embarrassing past she never wants revealed.

As Hollywood’s hottest tattoo artist, Shane Elliott thrives on standing out. Charismatic and free of commitments, he travels through life with a wink and a smile, hiding the letters he receives from the IRS as if they don’t exist. Now with bills to pay and tax collectors breathing down his back, for the first time in his life Shane can’t charm his way out of his situation. However, when his new neighbor literally falls into his life, he knows he has struck gold once again.

Though Lindsay tries to keep her distance, she suddenly finds herself trying to hide her true self as she thrust into a world she doesn’t think she belongs, but can’t resist. In his good-time life, Shane must discover there is more to life than a party if he wants something more.

With their lives intertwined, the two must learn accept each other, themselves and their love.

Worlds collide as they decide what is truly permanent.

Permanent is the first book in the Indelibly Marked Series that follows the lives and loves of those surrounding Permanent Tattoo


When we first meet Lindsey she is lying on her back, bleeding and staring up at a tattooed, mohawked knight in shining armor.  When Shane bursts into Lindsey’s apartment he fully expects a little old lady with lots of cats.  He is surprised to find a beautiful accountant.  Shane soon realizes Lindsey could be his salvation with the IRS and inserts himself into Lindsey’s life.  Lindsey tries to guard herself against Shane’s charms.  She’s been along this road with guys who only want her brains.  But, Shane seems different and that isn’t just the artwork on his arms talking.  Can Lindsey let herself open up to Shane or will he prove to be just like all the others?

I fell in love with this book and all the characters.  I couldn’t put this down and even had dreams about meeting my own tattooed, mowhawked, knight in shining armor.  Shane and his gang area all wonderfully unique and very fun characters.  They really bring the story to colorful life.  It’s almost as if the characters themselves are tattooed into the story.  They are permanent and colorful works of art.  Kim Carmichael weaves an opposites attract story like no other.  Lindsey and Shane couldn’t be more different but by the end you see how similar they are.  The love story set in the tattoo parlor and accounting offices is definitely a new take.  I loved every bit of this story and can’t wait for book two.  Kim has a wonderful gem in this first book that will bring anyone who picks it up on to the side of hot bad boys with awesome tattoos.  Overall, I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book and Kim Carmichael.  When you pick this up (because I know you will) you will be like me and unable to put it down and waiting anxiously for book two!.

Author Bio:

6524806Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.  She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running.  When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

Fresh Face Friday: The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have had a good week and like me are looking forward to a nice weekend.   To start your weekend off right I am spotlighting a wonderful historical romance by Nancy Jardine called The Beltane Choice. This story set in a time of turbulance between Celtic clans and the threat of Roman invasions fosters a wonderful Romeo and Juliet like story that will capture all readers.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend and if your stuck in snow keep warm and if its sunny in warm keep me in mind cause I’m freezing my butt off up here!  🙂

15731436Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

AD 71.

Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.

As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.

When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?


When The Beltane Choice begins we find, Nara, Princess of the Selgovae, stuck up a tree threatened by a wild boar.  As she cries out for help,  an unknown rescuer comes to her aid and kills the boar.  When Nara sees that her rescuer is actually a warrior from a rival clan she resists but is drawn to him in ways no other man has ever drawn her.  Lorcan, Prince of the Brigantes, sees the beautiful mysterious Nara and realizes he can’t let her go like he should.  Lorcan takes Nara prisoner and drags her back to his settlement.  During their journey home they learn and grow closer even while Nara tries to escape every chance she gets and Lorcan fights himself from taking Nara the way he really wants to take her.  Through their journey they realize their affection for each other lies deeper than they both know.  At last back at the settlement, Lorcan proposes a viable way for a truce between Nara’s father and his own people.  Unfortunately, things don’t go as smooth as Nara and Lorcan would like.  The invasion of the Romans, Nara’s father’s ridiculous stipulations and the love they have looks as though it will be swiftly taken from them.  But, when Beltane comes around Nara must choose who she will love forever and who she will live her life with.  For some this means two different people, but for Nara her choice is made for her or so she thinks.  In a time of turbulence and strife can two rival clans get passed their difference and find a lasting love or will circumstances end the star-crossed lovers forcing them apart?

As I wrote the synopsis for this book, it really hit me how much of this story can be compared to Romeo and Juliet.  Most readers love a good will they or won’t they story and this one set in the early dawns of AD definitely will entice readers.  Nara and Lorcan’s love story is one for the ages.  I adored their chemistry, but with Nara’s fiestiness and Lorcan’s obstenance they are wonderful.  It’s not just Nara and Lorcan though.  Their story would be mundane if it wasn’t for the historical elements of Roman invaders and rival clans.  I think Nancy Jardine did an excellent job in illustrating the historical climate of the time and also adding in the additional socioeconomic customs of the clans.  Things would be very different for both Nara and Lorcan if they weren’t born to who they were born.   Overall, this is a great historical romance that will captivate the reader.  I can’t wait to pick up Nancy Jardine’s  next novel.  I’m sure it will be equally romantic and historically captivating.

Author Bio:

(courtesy of

3528770A big  hello from me. If I’m not found typing away at my desk then the remainder of my week tends to be spent between working in my large garden, which often gets very neglected, and childminding my energetic granddaughter who is now 2 years old.

I’m still writing in different sub- genres of fiction and like the challenge of switching from contemporary to historical. My curent project is my family saga which begins around the 1850s and will likely be concluded around 1930s. Three books are planned, but who knows? 

I also have ideas for a fourth Celtic/ Roman Britain historical and would love to find the time to add another book as a follow up to my time travel adventure for early teens.

Sounds like a lot of plans for the remainder of 2013.

My personal novel/fiction reading has been very limited since I’ve been too easily sidetracked with my non-fiction researches into Roman Britain. I’m now spending time on Victorian Scotland and I’m really enjoying that!

Fresh Face Friday: Cryptid Girl by J.R Mallette

***Sorry guys didn’t realize this didn’t post yesterday***

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  Today I am spotlighting Cryptid Girl by J.R Mallette.  This is a good urban fantasy novel that brings in the mythology of the Chupacabra and puts it in a novel that captivates you from the beginning.  This is definitely a must read if your interested in those unexplained myths like Bigfoot, Yeti and Lochness Monster.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb. I hope you all have a great weekend and pick up a good book if your snowed in.

18652242Book Blurb: (courtesy of Goodreads)

A traumatic spelunking experience leaves Lorna McHaley haunted by disquieting nightmares regarding the deaths of people close to her. They disrupt every aspect of her life, especially her relationship with her best friend, Paige. One by one Lorna’s nightmares come true; each victim is killed by a terrible monster she claims attacked her in the cave. Lorna struggles between her own possible madness and the belief that the creature truly exists. With Lorna on the verge of a breakdown, Paige must uncover the secret of the mysterious cryptid. When she does, it will mean betraying Lorna and sending her into ruin


Lorna goes astray from the spelunking party after getting sidetracked by the sights.  When she tries finding the party she ends up having a horrible experience and is attacked by an animal she had never seen before.  After her horrible incident she returns to her life with horrible nightmares of the creature she was attacked by attacking people she knew.  When Lorna confides in her friend Paige about the creature that those in Mexico called El Chupacabra, Paige is skeptical until Paige witnesses something that confirms Lorna’s worries.  With Lorna’s familial link to mental illness everyone she confides, in except for Paige,  think she has finally succumbed to her mother’s schizophrenia.  Paige does all she can to help Lorna until helping Lorna threatens Paige and her loved ones.  Will Paige be able to save Lorna before more people die or will Paige herself meet the Chupacabra?

This was a great paranormal suspense novel.  It really had a great subject in the mythological Chupacabra.  This story takes you on a ride where it keeps you wondering what is really going on with Lorna.  J.R Mallette does a great job bringing you into the story.  You really can feel for Paige and what she goes through.  This story may start by focusing on Lorna’s story but in the middle it really flips to Paige and she becomes more relatable than Lorna.  Your heart will break at points but there are bits that really make up for the heart-break.  Overall, this is a short well written novel with a full story and developed characters.  This is a great story for those interested in mythological creatures wrapped in a suspenseful plot.

Author Bio: (courtesy of Goodreads)

I grew up in northeast Nebraska in a town with fewer than 600 people. There wasn’t much to distract my over-active imagination, so at age ten I started putting short stories down on paper. The idea of writing a full blown novel didn’t manifest until I was twenty-two and a senior in college. I never thought much of my writing and neither did anyone else until I was required to take an advanced writing course the second semester of my senior year. The professor took each student aside at the beginning of the semester and asked us about our inhibitions regarding her class. I told her that I just didn’t feel like I was that great of a writer. I’ll never forget the words the professor, Patricia Trautrimas, spoke to me after I aced our final project: “See, you really CAN write!” That birthed the mindset that I was more than capable of putting together a solid, well-built novel

Surprise on a Saturday with The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power

Hey Everyone! Today is actually going to be my Fresh Face Friday post. I haven’t been feeling well lately and didn’t get a chance to post yesterday. So, better late than never I am featuring Henriette Lazaridis Power’s book, The Clover House.  This is a great mix of contemporary and historical fiction.  It blends the history of a country and the history of a family in with today’s world.  It’s a wonderful mystery that you can’t wait to find out the truth.  For my whole review be sure to check it out after the book blurb.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

15798318Book Blurb:

A phone call from her cousin sends Calliope Notaris Brown from Boston to the Greek city of Patras to sort through an inheritance from her uncle. She arrives during the wild abandon of Carnival, when the world is turned upside down and things are not as they seem. Digging through the keepsakes her uncle has left, Callie stumbles upon clues to the wartime disappearance of the family’s fortune and to the mystery of her estranged mother’s chronic unhappiness. As she pieces together family secrets that stretch back to the Italian occupation of Greece during World War II, Callie’s relationship with her fiancé, her mother, and her mother’s two sisters will change irrevocably


In The Clover House, Callie is made to come back to Greece after her cousin calls to inform her that her favorite uncle has died.  This is unwelcome news on all fronts.  She has not returned to Greece since she had a falling out with her mother five years prior.  But, Callie feels the pull of familial obligation and of mystery.  Her mother has always been cold to her but she is especially acting strange now that her uncle has left Callie all of his belongings.  Callie is unsure about all this but to top things off she is having her own problems with her fiancée.  Choosing to flee to Greece to uncover what her uncle wants her to she is also running from her problems at home.   Upon her arriving she finds herself immersed in lives that have long passed and the stories she has always known are marred with truths long since past.  Callie takes it upon herself to unravel these mysteries that may give her some understanding as to why her mother is the way she is and why she also is the way she is.  What Callie discovers along the way will change not only her but her family.

This was a highly enjoyable read.  I loved the mystery and the history of the book.  Most of all I enjoyed the truth Callie finds then reading the real unmarred truth.  The history of the Greek involvement in WWII and occupation through the eyes of a family that was impacted to severely was phenomenal.  I am a huge history buff and to read a story such as this is wonderful.  In a story such as this it was masterfully done to show that even during war children and teenagers still make mistakes.  Only during this time they have much more far-reaching consequences.  It wasn’t just the history of this story though.  It was the cultural and familial structure that is shown so well.  Clio and Callie’s relationship was still quite unknown by the end of the book, but I feel with the discoveries that Callie had she understood why she was the way she was.  Her mother was always spoiled but she hid such darkened depths that only one other person knew.  It is the complexities of family and how they mold your life that is very much illustrated.  You can see that with Callie’s decisions with her own life and how her mother’s negligence disguised as leniency allowed Callie to be reckless.  Overall, this is a fantastic book and if you like history, not only world but personal you will love The Clover House.

Author Bio:

6459197Henriette Lazaridis Power is a first-generation Greek American who has degrees in English literature from Middlebury College; Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at Harvard for ten years, serving as an academic dean for four of those. She is the founding editor of The Drum, a literary magazine publishing exclusively in audio form. A competitive rower, Power trains regularly on the Charles River in Boston.

Fresh Face Friday: Draw of the Bane by Amy Bol

Sorry this post is so late today, but I figure better late than never for our first Fresh Face Friday of the year.  I am spotlighting Amy Bol’s Draw of the Bane.  It’s a short paranormal romance that definitely has the potential to be a wonderful series.  For more of my review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the year and be sure to keep coming back to see all the wonderful books I’ll be spotlighting this year.

18278296Book Blurb:

Wolves are born to breed. And Mila’s blood was some of the rarest and most coveted, the most arousing, regal…powerful. Yet, she lives alone; hiding in America since childhood as a refugee of a great den war, having already watched everyone she’s ever cared about die around her. She refuses to give into the urges of her wolf blood and allow herself to change, especially as she would then become a beacon to the wolf that, years ago as a child, marked her against her will. And worse, she would want to be found. Becoming the wolf could mean losing the will of her own heart. Still, she is done running and ready to take a stand.

When Landon wanders onto her property hunting the wolves responsible for his parents’ death, she allows the wounded human to recover in her home against her better judgment. They soon discover they share a common enemy, and an attraction unlike anything the strong, stubborn and powerful young blueblood has ever experienced. But when the looming battle descends upon them, they must both learn to trust each other if they want to survive.


Mila has been running since before she can remember.  Hoping to avoid those coming for her she lives in a desolate area of woods.  She feels safe until Landon wanders onto her property hunting wolves.  Landon is wounded and Mila takes him in to heal.  She plans to only allow him to stay until he is healed.  This changes as her feelings toward the charming former soldier.  As they get closer they realize they are about to fight the same people.  When Landon discovers Mila’s secret he is at first very angry and betrayed.  But, he soon realizes that Mila is different from the wolves that injured his family.  Can Mila and Landon work together to defeat a foe that threatens them both and still maintain the feelings growing between them or will things fall apart and Mila’s greatest fear become reality?

I really enjoyed this first book in Amy Bol’s  The Blueblood Legacies series.  I really enjoyed Mila and Landon’s characters.  At the beginning they both felt wooden but as the novel goes they really become real.  Both characters grow as the story progresses.  I loved their little love story but I wonder how their love will continue into the next book.  With things we learn in the first book it makes it almost feel like their love story maybe a bit fatalistic though I personally am rooting for them.  The story itself is quite unique and a different take on the werewolf mythology.  I like a lot of paranormal romance and this is definitely one I can’t wait to continue.  I am eagerly waiting for the next book.  If you like a good werewolf story and want to start an intriguing new series then definitely get your hands on Draw of the Bane.

7107674Author Bio:

I have always loved to write. My first book, a novella of short stories titled “Complements of a Dying Man” about losing my young husband to cancer, was a test to learn how to upload my work into Amazon. I was touched by the feedback and positive reviews which describe it as both humorous and heartfelt.

But my real love is writing adult, paranormal romance. My first novel in The Blueblood Legacies series, Draw of the Bane, is out now. I’m currently writing the sequel, Rise of the Red Wolf.

I live with one hot fiancée and two stubborn little girls who take after their mother (I know, pray for the man of the house).  I have a serious addiction to coffee & diet coke, which I have no plans to stop, eat chocolate like they’re going to quit making it, and treat April Fools Day as if it were a serious holiday, because, it is. You’ve been warned.

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