Tuesday, September 30, 2014

She-Wolf by Elizabeth Morgan

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I was given this book for and honest review by Manic Readers

Owen MacLaren is shocked find out that Clare is back in town and no one told him. He finds her working in a strip club while having a night out with the guys. Between protecting his pack from psycho rogues and trying to woo a woman who is resisting his charms, Owen has his work cut out for him.

Clare Walker loves dancing and Owen MacLaren although she wishes she didn't love the later especially when memories of him are so painful. So when he walks into the club she works at and makes a move and she is having a hard time fighting herself and her wolf to resist him.

The simple honest truth of the matter was I didn't finish this book; I can't even in good consciences count this book as read for my book challenge. I tried several times since receiving this book to complete it, I skipped pages but I was skipping so much that I hit the end of it before I knew it. I think a lot of it has to do with the story being told in the first person perspective of the two main characters and those are not my favorite s. From what I did read I found the characters to be well written but I was turned off at the strip club. I didn't find any editing errors; which was a nice change from the last few books I had read and shows that the author took the time and care to show her pride in her work. And I wish that this was my type of book so that I could do it justice in this review but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Book's Cover Rating
I did like the cover but thought that since there are two shifters in this story that two wolves should be on it. But the cover did entice me to explore the book further.

Book's Blurb Rating
The blurb could use a little editing but was otherwise and good selling point to again get me to explore the book further.  

Book's Blurb:
Dealing with the Rogue Werewolves terrorizing his Pack? Simple. 
Trying to convince his mate he does want to be with her? Bloody impossible.

Owen MacLaren is the Alpha's son and the Pack's second, and he has never been one to let anything get to him. So when a bunch of Rogues begin purposely dumping mutilated bodies around the Pack Keep, he is more than ready to deal with the Werewolves responsible.

But one night off and a trip to a local strip joint for a colleague's stag night changes things, and Owen soon discovers he isn't immune to everything . . . .

Being an independent Loup and travelling the world? Easy. 
Having to come home and face the Werewolf who broke her young heart? Challenging.

After five years away, Clare Walker finds herself back home in Scotland, working in a strip club. The tips are decent, and she gets to dance, but it isn't a place she thought she would ever be, let alone Owen, her Pack second and the mate she has always desired.

Although Owen is determined to prove he wants to be with Clare, things can't go smoothly between them, not when they have past issues to sort out and a bunch of unusual 'Rogues' to deal with.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne Duvall

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Sarah Bingham is a teacher on a break and all she want to do at the moment is plant her vegetable garden. She ran over by what she thinks is the world fastest bear until she hears noises that sound more human than animal. Her life changes for ever when she goes to investigate.

Roland Warbrook is an Immortal Guardian whose only goals in life are to left alone and kill lots of vampires to protect the innocent. He has no interest in forming lasting relationships since he has been betrayed one too many times. Those that love him most tease him about being 'antisocial' and go out of their way to bring him out of his shell.  All that changes when a set up leads him to being rescued by Sarah Bingham.

Seth is the leader of the Immortal Guardians tries his best to look out for all those he holds dear, the Immortals and the Gifted Ones and the innocents but has recently learned that he is not infallible. I mention him because he should be mentioned and he is my favorite character.

Sebastian 'Bastian' Marston is the misguided vampire who has a serious need for revenge against Roland but keeps missing his target.

I was supposed to be reading Dianne Duvall's to latest books that I got through NetGalley and somehow ended up reading this book again (3rd time). So, Dianne, I apologize for going back to the beginning but I just couldn't help myself because once I started reading this book I was hard pressed to stop reading. I will get to those other books though, I promise.

There were so many parts of this book that I really enjoyed and I would tell you about all of them but then you wouldn't want to read the book because I would have basically recited the whole book. The characters grab you from the beginning and keep you glued to every page so recommend finding a locked room in an empty house to reduce the aggravation of being interrupted while reading this book.

Favorite Quote (Haven't had any of those in a while):

“It was unintentional and he regrets it. He expected her to come along docilely, not shoot him in the hamstrings and stab him in the ass.”--Seth 

Book's Cover Rating
I have to say that it was the cover the caught my eye and go me to even explore this because I almost past on this book because the title sounded kind of boring and uninteresting.

Book's Blurb Rating
The Blurb is a great teaser for a well written sneak peak of this book and the finale selling point for me.

Book's Blurb:
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . . 

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control. . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible--when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. . .

Friday, September 5, 2014

V. R. Avent

Our Special Guest Today V. R. Avent, Author the Dark Paradise Series

Wow, this is so exciting, my very first blog interview, and I get to interview V.R. Avent. When I told her I was going to figure out how the blog interviews were done, she told me to let her know if she could help in anyway, and here she is, granting me an interview. V.R. was the author, who suggested that I add a calendar with book release dates to my blog and she was so right about it adding something to the blog. Thank You, V.R., for your feedback, encouragement and for this interview.

V. R. Avent is the author of the Dark Paradise series, which is the story of Abigail and Zach. They both had very traumatic incidents in their pasts that are affecting their relationship with each other and the people who love them.

(L) Hello V. R., thank you visiting my blog.

 (V. R.) First of all, Laura, let me just say how pleased I am to do this interview with you and answer any questions you and your followers have. So ask away.

(L) I read your bio and it sounds like you have a very busy life. Is there anything else you want your readers to know about you?
(V. R.) Yes, I do have a very busy life, working a full-time job and caring for my amazing daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at fifteen months. When I'm not working or writing, I'm usually watching some kind of comedy, listening to music, or online playing WordTornado, a scrabble-like board game on GamePoint. And before you ask, no, I'm not that great at Scrabble or any Scrabble-like board games, but I will give you a run for your points. Hahaha! Oh, I play BINGO there also—and I'm still waiting for the day that I win just one line of SuperBingo. So, GP, how about you swing a SB my way? 

(L) Any time you want to play Words with Friends let me know. Scrabble has always been one of my favorites.

(V. R) I will certainly do that…just don’t kick my butt too bad. In fact, just take easy on me. Ha-ha!

(L) No worries there I am not very good at the game as my brother and cousin will attest to (brats) hehehe.

(L) What got you started writing? 

(V. R.) I always loved creative and expressive writing. I initially wanted to write for TV and film, but decided to hold off on pursuing those dreams, suppressing the millions of characters, plots, and story lines living in my mind in the process. However, many years later, it was all resurrected when I was sitting in my office one day, on hold forever with an insurance carrier, their music playing in the background, and typing another appeal letter to another carrier (multitasking) who bogusly denied one of my medical claims. Without even blinking or giving it any thought, I yelled over to my friend, Amy, and said, "Amy, I'm going to write a book." And I did. That book was Lured In (Dark Paradise, #1).

So, for me, I guess the music in the background and me writing at the same time sparked my interest for writing again, and I'm so thankful for that defining moment. 

(L) When you are at work do you find yourself writing notes for your books during your spare moments?

(V. R.) Absolutely, Laura. My notepad in my smartphone is filled with notes.

(L) Do you think that you will ever quit your day job to be a full time writer?

(V. R.) If I ever become one of the fortunate authors who could make a comfortable living selling novels, I can’t honestly say I see myself tendering my resignation to my employer, who I’ve been with since 2001. I love my job and my co-workers…I will miss them and my patients dearly, and the fun and jokes we share. I will probably continue working there but only as a part-time employee. But if I had to part ways, I will do so knowing that I created beautiful and fun memories with them…the good, bad, and ugly times. 

(L) How long have you been writing?

(V. R.) I've been writing since Thursday, September 06, 2012, the very same day I told my friend I would write a book.

(L) What is your favorite thing about being a writer? 

(V. R.) HaHa! That's easy. My favorite thing about being a writer is that I get to justify my insanity by calling it "creativity" and "using my imagination." Hehe.  But seriously, it has to be the fact that I get to explore my creativity and challenge myself to push the limits more. Like with the erotic lovemaking scenes for example—I never give any thought to what I'm typing. I simply let everything flow from my mind, no matter how smutty it is, and then polish it after I'm done with the entire lovemaking scene. And nine times out of ten, the scene stays in the story line, just as I typed it, which had a lot to do with the fact that it made me blushed like crazy. 

(L) What is your least favorite thing about writing?

(V. R.) Ooh, my least favorite, huh? Let's see. What is my least favorite thing about writing? Okay, I got it. Well, it's not really a least favorite but rather the annoying beauty of an author's impressive mind, which is the ability to handle multiple stories and characters swarming around in my head at once. This isn't entirely a bad thing, but it does happen to me all too often. I could be in the middle of typing a scene about Abi or Zach, and unexpectedly, inspiration forces me to stop and type about another character in one of the other books on which I am currently working. 

Though I love and can manage it very well, it could also become problematic because I find myself putting Abi and Zach's amazing story on the back burning for a day or two while I give voice to the other characters living in my crazy (in a good way) brain, shouting and demanding me to focus on them too. But, I do manage, as I previously stated, and have now grown used to having five or six Microsoft Word windows opened at a time so that I could easily switch between stories. So far, I haven't gotten any characters mixed-up and put them in the wrong story.

(L) I have very much enjoyed reading all three of your books in the Dark Paradise series, what inspired you to write it?

(V. R.) The Dark Paradise Series is a beautiful and amazing story about discovering light (love, peace, joy, and happiness) in the darkest of dark (unjust, hurt, pain, betrayal, anger, and loneliness) and overcoming the trauma of and domino effect associated with adolescent violation.  

Though I'm not an actual victim, the issue of adolescent violation, including from within one's own family, happens more than often. Moreover, at a high and alarming rate, it's ignored, mishandled, misguided, overlooked, not discussed or brought to light out of fear that no one will listen or believe it, and almost always, swept under the rug, causing more grief and trauma to the victim.  

Learning of this issue, I felt obligated to try to raise awareness of this practice and decided to write a story around it in hope that many people will open their eyes, and victims; their mouths, to this unjust situation so that the number of victims could drastically decrease.   

(L) How many more books will be in the series?

(V. R.) Just one more, which is Sunrise and Moonlight in Paradise.

(L) I will be sorry to see the series end, but I do look forward to reading more of your books as well.

(V. R.) While the Dark Paradise Series eventually has to come to an end, I could assure you more stories, just as good as Abi and Zach’s, will follow. As I mentioned, I have five or six MS Word windows opened, all containing new plots, new story lines, and interesting and intriguing characters. Three of those stories already have titles, and they are: Bad Apple, Blake O’Shea, and Treading Fire.

(L)  Do you have a favorite book or part in the series?

(V. R.) What's Lost in the Dark is my ultimate favorite saga of this series because all the emotions and drama unfolds, and we can't forget the hot, erotic lovemaking. In this book, Abigail finds the will to fight and live pass her dark past, allowing her to confront her parents and family for not believing her claims of being violated. Also, Zach peels away at his layers, revealing an amazing man...who still have secrets.

(L) Was there any part of the series that you really didn't want to write but you knew you just had too?

(V. R.) No. I wrote everything as planned, except for the lovemaking scenes where I just let everything flow freely, without any consideration. I knew what the plots and subplots were going to be from day one when I started writing the series and didn’t stray away from that, nor did I add to it.

(L) The dishes described in the Dark Paradise series sound really good, are these dishes that you created or dishes that you have ordered in restaurants?

(V. R.) They are actually meals that I created in my kitchen. I absolutely love cooking and experimenting with different foods. Hey, who knows, if I’m lucky maybe one day I can host a podcast where I’m cooking scrumptious meals and, with live guests, discuss books, wine, cocktails, or whatever else that comes to mind…like a dinner party.

(L) Who is your favorite Author? What is the best book you have ever read?

(V. R.) I actually have two favorite authors I love equally. They are Anne Rice and Sylvain Reynard. Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty Series is the best thing I ever read.

(L) Will your next book be released soon? Are there any hints about what happens in it that you want to share?

(V. R.) The final book of the series has a release date of April 2015, and it's going to be a great end to a great series. 
 What I can tell you is that Abi and Zach will definitely have a HEA, but not before Abi finds herself struggling with depression. Zach beats the hell out of one of McConnallay Enterprises's security guards and later discovers chilling documents at Dr. Epps's house, which forces Marietta, Zach's mom and Dr. Epps's ex-wife, to confront Epps. 

(L) Wow that sounds intense, which is one of the things I have notice about this series. You have successively maintained that level of intensity through the whole series, and I am guessing that can't be easy.

(V. R.) Actually, it hasn’t been hard at all. As I mentioned before, I didn’t stray away from or add to the storyline, which allowed me to easily write Abi and Zach’s story. So this is how I’ve been able to maintain the same level of intensity, tone, and consistency throughout the whole series.

Thank you so much V. R. for giving this interview, you are an amazing writer and I really look forward to reading more of your books.

Thank you, Laura.