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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Welcome to Small Business Saturday/Week


This is the 2nd year that I've done participated/held Small Business Saturday/Week and I'm hoping it'll be even more of a success. Yet this year it'll be a bit different because I've recently moved and to tell you the truth I haven't found any non-commercial/local stores that I have fallen in love with yet. Therefore, as today is Small Business Saturday I thought another way for me to support "small businesses" in a sense would be to support some INDIE AUTHORS and host some giveaways for YOU!

The giveaway items this year all vary ....
  • Indie Authors/Publishers Donated Items --- from great novels/novellas to greeting cards
  • Recommended Books --- these are books by Indie Authors that I have read this year and gave 5 out of 5 stars too

I hope everyone will be nice enough to support your local businesses today, this weekend and throughout the holiday season!!

Also -- I'd like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of the authors who were willing to donate a book or item for a giveaway. Plus, a SPECIAL THANKS to Jenna Bennett, Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar for wanting to do some guest posts for this event!!

I hope everyone will have a wonderful SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!! And be sure to sign up for the GREAT Giveaways today and throughout this week!!

Best regards, Jess

The Giveaways!! :

This giveaway ends December 7, 2013 at midnight.

[Click the book titles to find out info about them or to read my review about them]
  • A Smashwords ebook copy of "Picture Perfect" by Ella Fox to two randomly drawn people from Rafflecopter
  • An Ebook copy--winner's choice from Jodi Redford's backlist to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Catching the Bad Guy" by Marie Astor to three randomly drawn people from Rafflecopter
  • "The North Poe" Christmas Boxed Cards from Jenna Bennett to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • Winner's Choice :: two books (total) from Kristine Cayne and/or Dana Delamar or 10% off any service from By Your Side Self-Publishing from Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Every Night Forever" by R. E. Butler to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Playing Games" by Jessica Clare to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Indelible" by Bethany Lopez to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Battlescars" by Sophie Monroe to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Drive Me Crazy" by Marquita Valentine to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Desire By Blood" by Melissa Schroeder to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Darkness Awakened" by Katie Reus to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter



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Guest Post :: By Your Side Self-Publishing by Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar | Small Business Saturday

In honor of Small Business Saturday (today--November 30th) I'm hosting guest posts from authors who were interested in helping out! So, here is a post by Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar, authors & owners of By Your Side Self-Publishing, talking about their business!!




Hello, everyone! Welcome to Small Business week. We are Kristine Cayne and Dana Delamar, and we’d like to tell you about By Your Side Self-Publishing. We are a small business run by writers, for writers. All our services are pay as you go. You keep all your royalties and your rights. We're here to help you publish yourself, not to publish you ourselves.

Whether you need a hand with editing, formatting or with promotion and marketing, we’ve got your back. We provide services to support you from the beginning of your journey to the end. Being self-published authors ourselves, we know the ins and outs of the industry. We know the pitfalls and tricks, and we want to share them with you.

So, whether you are a new author who has never been published or an experienced traditionally published author who wants to step into the world of self-publishing, we have services to suit your specific needs.

Would you like the slides to Dana and Kristine’s workshop entitled: "Self-Publishing: What to Expect the First Year?" Simply subscribe to the By Your Side Self-Publishing newsletter and it’s yours! -- http://www.byyoursideselfpub.com/newsletter.html

For more information about By Your Side Self-Publishing and our services, please visit our website -- http://www.byyoursideselfpub.com

We are also on Facebook, where we post articles of interest to self-publishers -- https://www.facebook.com/ByYourSideSelfPub



About the Owners :

We're Dana Delamar and Kristine Cayne, self-published romance authors. We've been at this business for two years now, and we've recognized a growing need for author services for self-publishers who are just getting started and don't know where to turn.

Dana has over 20 years editing experience and has worked with everyone from newbie writers who've just finished their first novel to experienced pros.

Kristine has over 20 years experience with technology and loves learning new tools and playing with gadgets. If you want to get the most out of your social media, she's your gal!


My Previous Interview(s) with Kristine Cayne : November 2012

My Previous Review(s) for Kristine Cayne : Aftershocks

My Previous Mention(s) of Kristine Cayne's Books/Characters : Spreading the Word: Deadly Obsession | Spreading the Word: Deadly Addiction | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013



"By Your Side Self-Publishing" Winner's Choice Prize :

Sign-up in the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to WIN ....
Winner’s choice : 10% discount on a By Your Side Self-Publishing service OR an ecopy of two self-published books from each us, so you can have a sample of our work

Kristine Cayne’s Books

Dana Delamar’s Books



The Giveaways!! :

This giveaway ends December 7, 2013 at midnight.

[Click the book titles to find out info about them or to read my review about them]
  • A Smashwords ebook copy of "Picture Perfect" by Ella Fox to two randomly drawn people from Rafflecopter
  • An Ebook copy--winner's choice from Jodi Redford's backlist to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Catching the Bad Guy" by Marie Astor to three randomly drawn people from Rafflecopter
  • "The North Poe" Christmas Boxed Cards from Jenna Bennett to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • Winner's Choice :: two books (total) from Kristine Cayne and/or Dana Delamar or 10% off any service from By Your Side Self-Publishing from Kristine Cayne to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Every Night Forever" by R. E. Butler to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Playing Games" by Jessica Clare to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Indelible" by Bethany Lopez to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Battlescars" by Sophie Monroe to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Drive Me Crazy" by Marquita Valentine to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Desire By Blood" by Melissa Schroeder to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Darkness Awakened" by Katie Reus to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter



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Guest Post :: Self-Publishing – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Jenna Bennett | Small Business Saturday

In honor of Small Business Saturday (today--November 30th) I'm hosting guest posts from authors who were interested in helping out! So, here is a post by Jenna Bennett, author of "Tall, Dark, and Divine" & "Fortune's Hero," about what it's like to be a self-published author!!



Self-Publishing – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Once upon a time, in the dark ages of 2006, when I’d just written THE END on the last page of my first completed manuscript and had to decide what to do with it, there was really only one option open to me: Query, find an agent, and if you’re lucky, sell it to a publisher.

If you’re unlucky, write another and repeat the process.

At that point, self-publishing was for the people who hadn’t been able to snag the attention of an agent and/or an editor.

If you were good enough, the wisdom went, you’d get a traditional publishing contract. If you weren’t... well, only people who weren’t good enough, self-published.

By 2011, when I got the rights to that first book back, the publishing landscape had changed. Self-publishing was no longer only for the rejected, the down at heel. It was the ‘in’ thing. Everyone was doing it, and people were getting filthy rich, which made more people want to do it. Suddenly, self-pub had gone from being the anti-Christ to the second coming.

So I gave it a try. I had a book that had been published, where the publisher had returned the rights to me after declining to publish the rest of the series. I had three books written and edited, one book written but not edited, and another halfway done. Over the course of six or eight months that year, I published all of them.

And sat back and waited for the money to start rolling in.

And waited.

And waited some more.

Believe it or not, the money didn’t roll in. It trickled, though. Slowly. Three years later, I still haven’t sold a million copies of my books, although I’ve published more of them since. And I’m making a living, which is a big deal to many writers.

Turns out, self-publishing is just another way to get content to readers. It’s neither the anti-Christ nor the second coming. It isn’t a miracle cure or a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s just another aspect of the publishing game. And the things that work in traditional publishing, tend to work in self-publishing as well, now that things have settled down into a more steady groove.

The more books you have available, the more money you’ll make.

Put out a professional product, and people will buy it.

Cream does rise to the top.

I’m a hybrid author these days. I do some traditional publishing and some self-publishing. There’s more self-pub, but only because it’s faster to get the books out when I can do it myself. There’s no one else’s production time to take into account. When you publish with a publishing house, there’s the editor’s time, and the copy-editor’s time, and the proof-reader’s time, and the cover designer’s time, and the sales team’s time to consider in addition to your own. When you’re all of those, you’re doing all the work, but you control the timing. So for every trad book I put out, I manage two, maybe even three, self-published books.

Not because they’re of inferior quality, though. Coming from a traditional publishing background is a real bonus in the self-publishing game. When you’ve been through the process a few times, and you see just how much goes into a publisher’s putting out a professional and polished product, and how many eyes are on that manuscript before it’s deemed polished enough, you realize just how much work you have to do to put out a comparable product on your own.

And that’s what you have to do. Because if self-publishing is just another way to get content to readers, then your self-published book is going to have to compete in the same marketplace as the traditionally published books from Random Penguin, and Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins, and Harlequin. And while you may feel that the traditionally published books out there are not up to the snuff they ought to be, they’re usually professionally edited, copy-edited, proof-read and packaged. However you may feel about the writing or the story, the product – with a very few exceptions – is a professional one.

So while signing with a publisher will get you an editor who works with you on story structure and characterization and sometimes grammar, and a copy-editor who checks all your facts and figures and makes sure you’re not messing up your history, and a proof-reader who makes sure (after you do) that you haven’t left any errors, and a cover artist, and a cover designer, and an interior designer and formatter, all of whom make sure your book looks as lovely as it can possibly look, not to mention a sales and/or marketing department whose job it is to get your book into the public eye, where it can be seen and bought – because nobody can buy it if they don’t know it’s there... when you’re self-publishing, you have to do all those things yourself, or hire someone to do them for you.

It isn’t for the faint of heart.

If you don’t get off on the control, it’s probably not for you.

If your heart doesn’t beat a little faster at the thought of being the master of your own fate, you’re probably better off with a publisher.

And if you just want to write, and you don’t want to deal with the cover design, or the marketing, or the whole career-building bit, do yourself a favor and go the traditional route.

You’ll be happier, trust me.

It isn’t for everyone.

And that’s fine. Not being a self-publisher doesn’t make you a failure, any more than not being able to sell a book to traditional publishing ten years ago made you a failure. It made you not a good fit. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Because if self-pub is just another way of getting product to market, it’s not better or worse than any other way of getting product to market.

It’s neither the anti-Christ nor the second coming. It’s a direction you can choose to take your career, if you think it’s something you’ll enjoy. Or it’s a direction you can choose to ignore, if you think you won’t. Trad publishing isn’t going anywhere, in spite of what the first wave of self-publishers claimed five years ago. 70% of all books sold in the U.S. every year are still print books, and getting print books into stores is something you still can’t do on your own. Whether seeing your book on the self at Barnes & Noble or your local indie bookstore is important to you, is something only you can answer for yourself.

There’s good and bad in every aspect of publishing. There’s even a little bit of ugly once in a while. And we all have to choose for ourselves what our priorities are, and where we fit in the scheme of things.

It’s a great time to be a writer. The opportunities are practically endless. And that’s a very good thing!



About the Author :

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace. For more information. please visit her website, www.jennabennett.com.

My Previous Interview(s) with this Author : August 2012

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : Mysteries and More - November 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tall, Dark, and Divine | Fortune's Hero

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Tall, Dark, and Divine | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | Blog Tour - Covet Promo Reveal Blast Materials‏



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The Giveaways!! :

This giveaway ends December 7, 2013 at midnight.

[Click the book titles to find out info about them or to read my review about them]
  • A Smashwords ebook copy of "Picture Perfect" by Ella Fox to two randomly drawn people from Rafflecopter
  • An Ebook copy--winner's choice from Jodi Redford's backlist to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Catching the Bad Guy" by Marie Astor to three randomly drawn people from Rafflecopter
  • "The North Poe" Christmas Boxed Cards from Jenna Bennett to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • Winner's Choice :: two books (total) from Kristine Cayne and/or Dana Delamar or 10% off any service from By Your Side Self-Publishing from Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Every Night Forever" by R. E. Butler to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Playing Games" by Jessica Clare to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Indelible" by Bethany Lopez to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Battlescars" by Sophie Monroe to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Drive Me Crazy" by Marquita Valentine to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Desire By Blood" by Melissa Schroeder to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
  • A Kindle ebook copy of "Darkness Awakened" by Katie Reus to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter



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Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Extravaganza & Spreading the Word: Lichgates


Giveaways!! :

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ALSO -- Be sure to check out this event's Facebook Party going on today from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm!!




"Lichgates" [The Grimoire Saga Series, Book 1] by S. M. Boyce

Imprint : Caffeinated Books Publishing
Audience : NA
Novel length : 334 pages / 639 KB
Format : Paperback / Kindle Edition
Expected Publication Released Date : October 15, 2011

Author's Book Cover :

Author's Book Description :
    Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea. Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing. For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire. Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!

In tradition (well mine at least) of today being Thanksgiving Day, here is a list of ALL the books I've read thus far this year (and have given my highest ratings to), which means I'm Thankful VERY for finding/reading them!! So, here you go (listed in the order of when I read them this year):
  1. "Every Night Forever" [Hyena Heat Series, Book 1] by R. E. Butler: 5 out of 5 stars! In this novel, you'll find that Dante, Cairo, and Mason (originally from "The Wolf’s Mate Book 4: Michael & Shyne") aren't "bad guys," they are just misunderstood. I loved the compelling plot, the relationships that are between the brothers and the relationships that they grow between themselves and Alyssa! It's a very sweet novel; about three guys proving themselves to a woman who deserves their love. [Read more of Jess' Review and 3 Teasers for this book HERE]
  2. "Hooked" [Hooked Series, Book 1] by Liz Fichera: 5 out of 5 stars!! This novel HOOKED me from the very beginning!! I loved the characters!! Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed the back-and-forth POV chapters, like it is in Ms. Barnholdt's "Two-way Street," Ms. Crane's "Stupid and Contagious," & Ms. Elkeles' "Perfect Chemistry" especially since this novel seems to be a unique mix of all three of these books too!

    Ryan & Fred are great together! Their banter and their growing respect for each other make it so that no matter what really happens between them they can never fully dislike the other. Only two things I wish would have happened for me to enjoy this novel even more... [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  3. "How Beauty Saved the Beast" [Tales of the Underlight Series, Book 2] by Jax Garren (aka Jennifer Hinson): 5 out of 5 stars!! Now that "Beauty" has met the "Beast," it is time to save him! This is one vivacious novel that I did not want to put down! Jolie & Hauk are so similar it was like they were made for each other! I could not get enough of these two and their cast of colorful friends!

    Plus, if you were like me and ended up skipping (aka not reading) "How Beauty Met the Beast," book 1 in this series, than never fear! [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  4. "Sexting While Working" by Morgan Marek: 5 out of 5 stars! Two co-workers find out that they are each others secret sexting partner while in a boardroom conference together. This hot, steamy, and racy novella it one that keeps you entertained! It also helps that it has a great plot line, along with exciting characters!

    I highly recommend this novella to anyone looking for a quick erotic read that has the potential for romance! [Read more of Jess' Review and a Teaser for this book HERE]
  5. "Swept Away" [Trouble in Texas Series, Book 1] by Mary Connealy: 5 out of 5 stars!! This witty, funny, adventurous novel keeps you on your toes with it's no nonsense style group of men, who are as close as brothers, trying to bring law and order to a wayward town. I was very surprised with some of the twists that came up! Also--even though it never happened--am still waiting for one of Ruthy's "family" to show up from the dead just to cause even more trouble. =0)

    Luke's friends were wonderful characters! [Read more of Jess' Review and 3 Teasers for this book HERE]
  6. "Wildcat" [The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 9] by Cheryl Brooks (aka Samantha R. Michaels): 5 out of 5 stars!! This is the best novel of Ms. Brooks' Cat Star Chronicles thus far!! I could not get enough of Sara and Jerden!! Reading about their personal tragedies and how they worked together to get over their fears was heartwarming and very erotic. =0)

    Yet, the novel's plot flowed wonderfully from beginning to end. Very well written. Plus, I enjoyed getting updates on Tarq, Lucy, Jack, Cat, Bonnie, Lynx, Dax, Ava, and all of their families!! [Read more of Jess' Review and 3 Teasers for this book HERE]
  7. "The Boys of Summer" [Summer Series, Book 1] by C. J. Duggan: 5 out of 5 stars--a teenage girl grows up and comes into her own during the summer before her Year Twelve begins because of good friends, forbidden love, and a whole lot of fun late night activities!

    I fell in love with this novel, mostly because of how Tess blooms throughout it and because of her unique and growing relationship with Toby. They were so sweet together. Plus, I loved how she seemed to make him a better version of himself too.

    The Onslow Boys, especially Sean & Toby, along with Adam & Chris were a fun bunch to read about! [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  8. "Rush Me" by Allison Parr: 5 out of 5 stars!! Two supposed opposites meet unexpectedly and get into a relationship that neither of them are used to but both want desperately to keep! I could not get enough of Ryan & Rachael!! They were snarky, fun, and brought positive changes into each other’s lives while they fumbled through their feelings for each other.

    This intense novel keeps you on your toes with its romantic twists and laughing with its great cast of secondary characters! Rachael, at times, is so snarky and independent that I would think, "why is she doing that," but then I'd realize that I act the same way at times too which made me sympathize with her more then I expected too. [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  9. "A Night Like This" [The Smythe-Smith Quartet Series, Book 2] by Julia Quinn (aka JQ): 5 out of 5 stars! This is hilariously energetic novel keeps you on your toes while encouraging you to fall in love with its compelling cast of characters! I loved Daniel & Anne! Their story was one I did not completely expect yet it kept me riveted the whole way through. If only there was more! =0)

    And the secondary characters! Good god! They made this novel full of twists I never saw coming, and so very fun to read! [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  10. "How Beauty Loved the Beast" [Tales of the Underlight Series, Book 3] by Jax Garren (aka Jennifer Hinson): 5 out of 5 stars, two friends and "soul mates" fight the biggest battle of their lives in order to win each other's heart, as well as, to defeat their enemy. This was an epic ending to a delightfully fun series! I love how strong willed and determined Jolie throughout this novel! Also, I just could NOT get enough of Jolie & Hauk they are the perfect "Beauty & the Beast" couple!!

    It will be interesting to see how Ms. Garren will expand on this series once she switches to Book 4 making Brayden the hero and Ashley (oh, how I hope Ms. Garren makes her likeable somehow) the heroine. [Read more of Jess' Review and a Teaser for this book HERE]
  11. "Witch Bound" [Twilight of the Gods Series, Book 2] by Eleri Stone: 5 out of 5 stars!! This is a romance about a girl who is still coming into her own while being thrown into situation after situation she never expected to be in, especially when one of those situations happens to be falling for her groom's best man!

    I could not get enough of this story, mostly because of how Rocky and Fen's relationship comes together! Fen & Rocky have this instant attraction that neither (at first) wants to mess with--because of what it would do to Rocky's family, the groom/Fen's best friend, and Fen & Christian's clan--but as everything grows between them, once they start up a friendship, by the end of the book it's hard for them to stay apart no matter what their original plans were. =0) [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  12. "Playing Games" [Games Series, Book 2] by Jessica Clare (aka Jill Myles): 5 out of 5 stars!!!! This is one feisty, fun, adventurous, steamy, erotic, sweet novel that I didn't want to have end or put down! Liam and Katy are quite a pair! Both seem to be complete opposites but soon learn there is more to each of them then what they appear. In addition, they also find out that they are better suited as partners then who they were originally partnered too.

    Liam just has this way about him, that pierces Katy's heart in all of the right places!! [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  13. "Heavy Metal" [Goddesses Rising Series, Book 2] by Natalie J. Dramschroder: 5 out of 5 stars, this novel takes up where "Under the Moon" left off and throws you into a world of intrigue, suspicion, romance, passion, and a whole lot of suspense! I loved Riley as a character. She is smart, brave, courageous, and wise beyond her years. Then add Sam with her and I could not get enough of this novel or it's duo!

    In addition, if you are like me and haven't read the first novel in this series, DON'T WORRY because you don't need to have read it for you understand the plot or to like the characters!! [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  14. "Indelible" by Bethany Lopez: 5 out of 5 stars!! Love finds you in unexpected places and people. Judd and Sam have had to deal with hard circumstances in their lives that have made them grow up more then the typical college student would have had to put up with. Together these two made a great team, one hot couple, and a fun duo to read about! I loved this novel and I didn't want it to end, even though I was very happy with how it wrapped up!

    I recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary new adult romances! [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  15. "Battlescars" [Battlescars Series, Book 1] by Sophie Monroe: 5 out of 5 stars!! Charming, thrilling, and sarcastic the whole way through, this is one rock & roll fairy tale that is hard not to love! Aubrey and Jake are a perfect pair, from their humorous antics to Jake's self-deprecating ways to how they come to fight for each other as best they can. I loved their whirlwind romance; especially how Jake goes about trying to win Aubrey over it was all very gentlemanly.

    In addition, Jake's band mates were an entertaining bunch all on their own. [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  16. "Drive Me Crazy" [Holland Springs Series, Book 1] by Marquita Valentine: 5 out of 5 stars!! Follow this sweet and spicy romance between a girl who has been in love with her best friend's older brother for just about all of her life and see if it's truly unrequited love or not. It's hard not to get wrapped up in this love story; the main characters are just that captivating. Plus, the sex scenes were a fun and entertaining inclusions too.

    Carter & Melanie were one couple that I loved reading about and couldn't get enough of, so I hope they'll be secondary characters in the other books within this series. [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  17. "Desire By Blood" [By Blood Series, Book 1] by Melissa Schroeder (aka Kiera West): 5 out of 5 stars!! Thrust into a marriage neither ever expected, this couple finds ways to overcome their fears and follow their hearts when everything is put on the line...

    I loved this dynamic duo! Cordelia with her sass and Nico with his passion made me fly through this novel trying to read more, more, more about them!! This novel got me into vampire romances again! I especially loved that it was based in a historical setting because it gave you a whole new idea of that time period. [Read more of Jess' Review and 2 Teasers for this book HERE]
  18. "Beloved" [Where the Heart Lives Series, Book 3] by Robin Lee Hatcher: 5 out of 5 stars! This fast paced, heart wrenching, historical romance is one that I had a hard time putting down I liked it so much! All of the characters have so much dimension and emotional growth to them throughout this novel that it was hard not to like each of them in some way, well except for Brook of course. With the way this novel is laid out, I believe Diana and Tyson needed their time apart to grow and become the wonderful people they turned out to be, since when they both first got together they weren't a good match up because of how they both were hoping for different things. [Read more of Jess' Review and a Teaser for this book HERE]
  19. "Darkness Awakened" [Darkness Series, Book 1] by Katie Reus (aka Savannah Stuart): 5 out of 5 stars! This fast-paced, action-packed, paranormal romance is one that will hold your attention and wish you could keep on reading even past the ending!!

    Finn and Lyra are an unstoppable duo! They also, complete each other in a way that even though they've been separated for about seventeen years their relationship quickly picks up where they left off. It was fun to read about how Finn's pack would accept Lyra and how Lyra was able to hold her own against, almost, everything that came her way. [Read more of Jess' Review and a Teaser for this book HERE]
Goodness! I didn't realize that I LOVED so many novels/novellas (thus far) THIS YEAR!! It's far more then I typically love per year! I hope after reading my reviews and teasers you'll be interested in a few of them too.

It's an eclectic mix of paranormal, contemporary, erotic, Christian, and historical romances! =0)

Anyway ....

Best wishes to you and yours on this day! I hope every one of you will have a WONDERFUL, YUMMY, & HAPPY Thanksgiving! Please stop back on my blog this Saturday because starting that day (November 30th) until December 6th I'm putting together a couple of giveaway contests and hosting a few guest posts all surrounding Small Business Saturday/Week!! Also -- stop by for tomorrow's Black Friday Extravaganza Giveaway and Facebook Party!!! Thanks!!

Take care, Jess

Monday, November 25, 2013

Made the Grade: Holland Springs Series, Book 4

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 792 KB | Release Date: August 7, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com | Originally Found Out About @ Marquita Valentine's Facebook Post

"Just Desserts" [Holland Springs Series, Book 4] by Marquita Valentine

Author's Book Description : What an earl wants isn’t always what he gets...

British billionaire and modern day Earl of Spenserfield, Sebastian Romanov only wants one thing in life: to reclaim his position as president of Romanov Industries. But in order to do that he must convince Holland Springs' favorite caterer, Daisy Barnes, to become his fake fiancée. As Sebastian and Daisy spend more time together, neither can tell where the fake romance ends and true love begins...

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this romance is between a man who isn't used to falling in love--yet tries his hardest to brake out of his shell just for the woman he's fallen for--and a woman who's life is falling in shambles around her--yet isn't willing to have a broody knight come sweep her off her feet to take care of her...or is she?

I enjoyed this novel and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the main characters, along with their backgrounds. Sebastian & Daisy are a unique couple, in the sense that once all of their cards are on the table both still want to make the other happy or due whatever is best for them, even if that means making sacrifices for one another. Plus, they have an unusual relationship; in the sense of how they became a couple that was fun to read about!

The only thing that I didn't like was how slow this novel's beginning was, which could have been because it was mostly about previous main characters that I haven't read about. Yet, it took a while for their romance to become something more then just rude remarks and lust to/for each other making it drag a bit.

Overall, though, I do recommend this novel to those who are fans of Ms. Valentine and this series. In addition, this novel is for those who love broody English heroes and stubborn, smart-mouthed, sweet-hearted heroines.

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My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

Author's Series Extras : Holland Springs Series - Overview | Holland Springs Series Reading Order | First Book in Holland Springs Series only 99 PENNIES!! | Pre-order NOW- All For You (Boys of the South #2.5) and Not Over You (Holland Springs #5) | Not Over You- Holland Springs #5, coming December 9th!

Book Teaser(s) :
“One cupcake again, Jules?” Daisy stared at the order for a moment, then rechecked the on-line form. One red velvet cupcake to be sent to a Mr. Jules Westmoreland in Surrey, England. One cupcake a week. Just like every order he’d made for the last three months. This was getting ridiculous, not to mention she felt guilty as heck that she’d let it go on as long as she had.
She tapped out a tune on her keyboard with the tips of her fingers.
So far, she’d shipped each one via FedEx per his request at the tune of over a hundred and fifty bucks just for shipping. It would be cheaper for him if he’d just order all four at once, and she really should let Jules know.
Brow scrunching, she began to type:

Dear Jules,
How is your dad doing? Has he stopped being a difficult patient yet? When my mother was convalescing at home, there were days I wanted to pull my hair out, because she was so darn stubborn and didn’t want my help. If you have to, leave the room for a minute, or hire someone to help him.
Be strong!
I also wanted to let you know that you could save a lot of money by ordering and having me ship all four cupcakes (baked however you want and whatever flavor icing you want) at once. Please don’t mistake my email as a complaint—I truly want to do what’s best for my customers (and my friends, no matter how recently made) and that includes pointing out where they could save some money.
Let me know if you’d like to change your order.
Smiles,
Daisy


Mr. Westmoreland’s response came faster than she expected. Heck, it was almost nine at night and there was a five-hour time difference.

Daisy,
He remains the same—arrogant, bad-tempered and non-cooperative—and that’s on his good days. Thanks for asking. How goes negotiations with the insurance company? Still insisting the procedures weren’t covered?
I rather like the arrangement we have, but if you feel it would be best to change, I suppose I could order four a week (and run the ten extra miles it would require to eat them).
Make it so.
Your servant,
Jules


She let her head fall against her palm. That’s not what she meant at all. And had he really just quote Captain Picard from Star Trek? She laughed.

J.
Let me know how everything works out. You know you can email me anytime if you need to!
Ugh. Not going there with the insurance. At this rate, I’ll have to sell the house and move in with my best friend, then Glen and I’ll never be able to afford to get married. :}
BTW, I didn’t mean you had to order four cupcakes every week, you goose! I meant you could order all four at the beginning of the month, and I would mail all of them to you at the same time, then all you would have to do is follow my instructions for keeping them fresh.
So sorry for the misunderstanding. I apologize.
Ten points deducted from Hufflepuff.
D.
~ within Chapter 4
It was nearly midnight when Sebastian arrived home. He trudged up the stairs, rubbing the back of his neck. For the time being, everything was going according to plan. Liang Technology wanted to do business with Romanov Industries. The details merely had to be worked out. But the devil usually cropped up in those, so he had to be wary and hire his own translators to make sure the agreement would be profitable for both companies.
He blinked, his jaw cracking on a yawn. He needed to sleep and check on Daisy. The report from Ivan said they’d visited the Palace today and the Tower. Though he hadn’t needed one from his bodyguard.
Oh no.
Daisy had texted him at every opportunity, usually with a picture attached. His favorite was of The Tower, her standing beside it and holding a sign that read, Vacancy. Earls Only.
God love her.
A grin kicked up the corners of his mouth as he made his way down the hall to his room. Perhaps he could find a way to have breakfast with her in the morning. ~ within Chapter 17
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Marquita, then please check out her website.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Made the Grade: Foreign Affairs Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 246 KB | Release Date: June 20, 2012 | Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing | Obtained: Amazon.com | Originally Found Out About @ N. J. Walters' Facebook Post

"Misplaced Princess" [Foreign Affairs Series, Book 1] by Mari Carr & Lexxie Couper

Authors' Book Description : Annie Prince has impetuously flown halfway ’round the world to visit a sexy cowboy she met online—only to find herself stranded in Sydney. Seems she and Dylan crossed wires, and he’s on his way to New York. His twin, Hunter, saves the day and whisks her back to the family cattle station. Hunter’s as easy on the eyes as Dylan, and even easier to talk to. Annie might have flown to Oz to meet one brother, but soon sparks are flying with the other.

Hunter considered Dylan a dumb arse for jetting off to America for some stranger—until he met Annie. Turns out the New Yorker is a smart, funny, hard-working jillaroo...and hotter than the Aussie desert. Hunter’s not normally one to poach his brother’s women, but he can’t keep his hands, lips, tongue and other body parts off this sexy city girl.

When raging lust leads to emotional attachment, where does that leave Annie and Hunter when her vacation comes to an end—or when Dylan finds out?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this is a really cute and spicy novel! It’s about two people from opposite ends of the world meeting online who, after a while of talking/skyping each other, decide to meet in person. Nevertheless, while they talk about seeing each other they get their wires crossed and end up both finding out that they traveled to the others hometown ... and get their lives turned upside down. Annabel (Annie) finds herself quickly falling into lust with Dylan's twin brother Hunter while she spends two weeks on their station (ranch) in Australia .... maybe their feelings will turn into something more during their time together.

Hunter & Annie are a perfect match of opposites! Yet, they quickly find themselves fighting their growing passion for each other until they both become swept away in something neither wants to give up.

My only wish is that I was more captivated by this novel then I was. The plot was hot. The characters were sweet and funny. Yet, whenever I set the novel down to go about my day I didn't feel that rush to get back to reading it like I typically do. =0/

I recommend it to those who like contemporary erotic romances!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

My Previous Review(s) for Mari : Tequila Truth | Northern Exposure

Authors' Novel Extras : Misplaced Princess - Overview & Excerpt | Crossed Wires | Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop! | Misplaced Princess | The Language Barrier | Misplaced Princess: The Beginning of a Beautiful Foreign Affair... | Misplaced Princess | Saturday Snippet | The Foreign Affairs Contest – Week One | Cooking with Heat | The Foreign Affairs Contest – Week One | Free Read

Authors' Series Extras : Foreign Affairs Series - Overview | Misplaced Cowboy - Overview & Excerpt | Misplaced Lessons - Overview & Excerpt | Misplaced Lessons - Overview & Excerpt | Wednesday’s WIP – Misplaced Cowboy | Six Sentence Sunday – Misplaced Cowboy | Cover Reveal Time – Misplaced Princess AND Misplaced Cowboy | Everything I Learnt About America... | The Language Barrier (You Really Say It That Way??) | Teasing Tuesday – Misplaced Cowboy | Misplaced Cowboy AVAILABLE NOW! | Misplaced Cowboy | 2012: A retrospective | Misplaced Lessons | Lesson Time! Misplaced Lessons OUT NOW! | Foreign Affairs Contest! | Audible!

Book Teaser(s) :
“What’s the deal with the paparazzi? You an actress or something?”
“Dylan didn’t tell you about my family?”
Hunter shook his head. “Nope. Dylan didn’t share much about you at all. Showed me a photo of you a few weeks ago. Besides that and the fact you don’t read your emails carefully, I don’t know a thing about you.” Hunter didn’t mention the soul mate comment.
“I’m a journalist. I work for a magazine in New York.”
“Didn’t realize journalists were so popular in the States.”
She flashed him a dirty look. “It’s not my job that interests the press, it’s my name. I’m Annie Prince.”
He shook his head. “I’m still not following you.”
“Prince Incorporated?”
Hunter recognized that name even less. “Nope. Haven’t got a bloody clue what you’re talking about.”
“I guess Monet was right. She said there had to be somewhere on the planet where I could live incognito. Go Australia.” She raised one fist in a cheer for his country.
“I don’t know who this Monet is, but that’s not exactly true. You’re in Sydney and there are cameramen following you.”
She blew out a long, frustrated breath. “Yeah. My family owns and operates a huge conglomeration of newspapers, magazines, hotels and other properties. Our net worth is in the billions. For some insane reason, this makes us interesting to people. Not to mention the fact my dad is a bit of a glory hound, constantly doing stuff to draw attention to himself. My two sisters have followed in his footsteps and now star on the most inane, idiotic reality series ever to air on television. And I suppose everyone expects me to be the same, to want the same spotlight cast on my life.”
“But you don’t?”
God no. Did you see me pose for photos? Your ranch in the middle of the desert actually sounds like paradise.”
Hunter scoffed. “I think you’re the first woman, besides my mother, to ever feel that way. And it’s not a ranch. It’s a station.”
Annie ignored his correction. Maybe she was used to it. He’d heard Dylan tell her a time or two when he’d accidentally eavesdropped on their chats. She let out a wobbly sigh. “What the hell am I going to do now?”
Hunter studied her desolate face and was sorry Dylan hadn’t invited her for a visit. The idea of Annie spending a week or two on their family’s cattle station was very appealing. ~ within Chapter 1
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Mari and/or Lexxie, then please check out their websites: Mari's website & Lexxie's website.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Feasted On: Half-Breed Shifter Series, Book 4

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 2912 KB | Release Date: September 19, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Body to Barter" [Half-Breed Shifter Series, Book 4] by Miranda Stowe (aka Linda Kage)

My Book Summary : Picking up right where "Mates Since Birth" left off, we meet Brynn & Gannon.

Brynn is Dane's sister--a half-breed jaguar shifter--who gets separated from her family during a raid by the Muhlikari pack--a pack of absolute pure-blooded wolves that have no tolerance for half-breeds and humans--and almost dies until her mate finds her. However, her mate turns out to be Gannon--the Muhlikari pack Alpha's son--who is enraptured by Brynn and is having a hard time, at first, to find out that everything his known has been wrong or a lie in some way. Quickly they both embrace the gift of finding their fated mate while dealing with the consequences that come along with it and other surprises along the way!

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, mates find each other in the middle of a battle then discover that there is more to learn about one-another then what they've been told and what meets their eyes. I loved reading about the instant chemistry and passion that Brynn & Gannon share. They were a unique pairing that was fun to read about! Plus, their sex scenes were hot Hot HOT!! =0)

I especially liked how this one ended, by bringing all of the past characters together and wrapping up Brynn & Gannon's story while including a little intrigue as to where this series is heading!

I recommend it to anyone who are fans Ms. Stowe and fans of this series! In addition, because of how this novella is written out--as a stand alone--anyone who likes paranormal erotic romances should like this too!

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My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 3

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Winter Themed Books To Warm You Up During the 2011 Holiday Season

Author's Novel Extras : Body to Barter - Overview | BODY TO BARTER Update | Body to Barter - Now Available!

Author's Series Extras : Caught in Heat - Overview & Excerpt | Dreams of Wolf - Overview & Excerpt | Mates Since Birth - Overview & Excerpt | The Half-Breed Series - Promotional Campaign | December Updates | Release Day - Interview with a Killer!!! | Sold a Book! | New Book Covers and Release Dates! | MATES SINCE BIRTH Blog Tour | Mates Since Birth - Republished

Book Teaser(s) :
He’d never taken a female face to face before. He liked this. It was intimate, bonding. He liked being able to look up into her eyes and see her shock and pleasure. Meeting his gaze, she bit her bottom lip and offered him a shy smile. “You feel so good,” she panted.
The urge to do that mouth thing again—kissing—filled him. He smashed his lips to hers with no finesse whatsoever. But she didn’t seem to mind his lack of skill. She kissed him back hotly, opening up to let him in. When her tongue tangled with his, he decided kissing was the absolute bomb. ~ within Chapter 5
“But I want to like you,” she cried in exasperation. “Or whoever I mate with. And I want him to like me, like being with me.”
“Oh, I like being with you,” he said, his eyes lightening with sexual hunger as he drew his finger down over her breast to make her nipple bead. “There’s no doubt about that. I think we’re very compatible together.”
“In bed,” she muttered, and slapped his hand away.
“That’s a very important place to be compatible.”
“But...don’t you want more?”
“Yes,” he said, coming in for a kiss. “And that’s why I intend to take more.”
She jerked away, refusing him her lips so she could groan and bury her face in her hands. “Oh, my God. You’re impossible to reason with.”
He gave a sudden grin. “See, you’re already learning me well. Impossible and controlling. Those are my leading traits.”
Her mouth fell open. His smile fried a couple of her brain cells; she could do nothing but gape at him. But, damn, he was gorgeous when he smiled. And the fact that he could smile warmed her. Then there was the teasing. Thank God, he’d teased and made a joke about himself. She had worried he wouldn’t have a sense of humor at all.
No way in hell would she want to be tethered to some dull, domineering man wolf for the rest of her life who didn’t even know how to smile and laugh.
“Brynn,” he murmured, and cupped her face. She liked the tender way he touched her, as if her feelings actually mattered to him. Looking up, she prayed he’d say something to make her want to stay with him, because, strangely she wanted to want to stay with him. ~ within Chapter 7
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Miranda, then please check out her website.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Made the Grade: Untamed: An Alpha's Kiss by Evelyn Glass

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 1283 KB | Release Date: November 6, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Untamed: An Alpha's Kiss" by Evelyn Glass

Author's Book Description : When Charmaine Vella rescues her friend Scottie from bullies of the Kreuger pack at a party hosted by the rival pack, she had expected nothing else to come of it. She certainly didn't expect Parker, the son of the Kreuger Alpha to come looking for her. She certainly didn't expect him to be handsome. And she most certainly didn't expect her own desire to burn so fiercely when Parker came closer.

But there was a problem: the Vella and Kreuger packs hate each other and have hated each other for centuries.

An unexpected kiss will propel Charmaine and Parker down a grim-fated path. Can they keep their love a secret from their respective families and can they bear the consequences if it's discovered?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Two enemies find themselves in unusual territory when they learn they are each other's mates, now they'll have to fend off both their packs, friends, and family's until everything settles with hopes that everything will work out for the best...

I really liked the premise of this novella; it was kind of like Romeo and Juliet only with a paranormal twist and not as dramatic. It had a great build up to how this series, if it gets turned into one, will play out especially with it's slight plot cliffhangers to make you wonder as to where it'll go.

Plus, it helped that the sex scenes to very steamy while Charmaine and Parker were truly a couple that complete each other really well, even though they still have issues to work out.

I recommend it to anyone who likes paranormal romances and those who don't mind slight cliffhangers.

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Book Teaser(s) :
She and Parker were connected. Bonded. They belonged with one another.
Only that was impossible, because he was a Kreuger and she was a Vella.
She raged at a universe that would make this kind of thing possible. She cursed the stupid treaty and the Council she'd never get to be a part of and every heavenly and earthly thing that stood between her and what she wanted. Tears scalded her face as she drove, her foot pressing furiously on the gas pedal, as if she could outrun all of it if she just drove fast enough.
And where did he get off telling her things would be okay? He had no idea that things would be okay. Things weren't even remotely okay; they were crashing down around her head even as she drove. She had no options that she could conceive of that would get her out of this.
Mom, Pop, I've got something to tell you. You know how you're always after me to find my Mate? Well, I found him. He's tall and good-looking and he cooks one mean steak. You should see his house, it's amazing. Oh, and did I tell you he's successful? Yep, he's the rising pack Alpha. You should see him hunt. And he's so protective, Pop, you'd love it. But there's just one little catch...
It was madness. ~ within Chapter 18
"I never thought I'd want this," she said softly. "I didn't even really believe it could happen. This, what you and I have. It's like you're right here with me, living the same life. You're in me, and I'm in you. I thought it was all some made-up thing."
"A conspiracy theory," he joked, smoothing back her hair and kissing her forehead.
"Kind of. I was convinced they all made it up to keep us breeding." Her eyes were rimmed with pink, but she smiled a genuine smile through her drying tears.
He laughed. "My dad would love that. He's all about tradition, the old order, keeping the lineage going." ~ within Chapter 24
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Evelyn, then please check out her on the Goodreads' website.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Made the Grade: Shifters, Inc. Series, Book 3

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 1435 KB | Release Date: November 7, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"His Purrfect Mate" [Shifters, Inc. Series, Book 3] by Georgette St. Clair

Author's Book Description : Chloe Novak may be the world’s clumsiest cat shifter; in fact, she’s the only panther she’s ever heard of that doesn’t land on its feet. She may hide her looks behind her glasses, lumpy cardigans, and stacks of books. However, she’s got her beautifully creaky old house and her university job, and she’s content...until billionaire panther shifter Kenneth Chamberlin strides through her office door with an offer she literally can’t refuse, if she ever wants to see her grandmother alive again. The problem is, the Chamberlin family are the ones who ruined her family’s life and reputation – and the sinfully handsome Kenneth makes her tingle in all the right places. How can she work with him in close quarters and keep her heart and her sanity intact?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, one clumsy cat shifter falls right into one fifty-year-old mystery that hits closer to home then she would have expected while loosing her heart to her biggest enemy in the process....

This was the first time I've read a novel from this author and series, however even though it was written as a stand-alone novel so I could understand everything that was going on, I just wished that I liked it better. The plot was good and there were some really cute/funny parts to it. Yet, I would have enjoyed this novel more if the main characters, Chloe and Kenneth, were the major focus instead of the secondary characters. I mean I understand it's a series and that means you read more about previous main characters in the series but there wasn't enough scenes between Chloe and Kenneth to make you really like them as characters, even though it was obvious that they made a good match up. If I read any more from this series I hope those novels will have the plot be more involved with it's main characters instead of the other way around. With that being said though, I did like the secondary characters a lot ... it'll be interesting to see where this series will go next.

I recommend this novel to those who are fans of Ms. St. Clair and this series!

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Author's Novel Extras : My latest Paranormal Romance, His Purrfect Mate – Cover Reveal! | His Purrfect Mate is now live!

Author's Series Extras : My BBW Shifter Romance, The Alpha Claims A Mate, is published on Amazon! | My BBW werewolf romance is selling like gangbusters! | Saving this for posterity! | The Alpha Meets His Match is done! | Quick update here | I’m polishing up the rough draft of the upcoming Shifters Inc.! | I’m polishing up the rough draft of the upcoming Shifters Inc.!

Book Teaser(s) :
“Looking for someone?” Kenneth said from right behind her, making her jump and spill half her drink down the front of her dress. He was wearing a shiny black tuxedo with a perfectly knotted blue silk bowtie, and clinging to his arm was a slender platinum blonde with huge blue eyes. She had a tiny button nose and a mouth shaped like a glossy pink heart. She wore a dress that looked as if it were made of black liquid silk, fitting her as if it had been poured over her slim body, rippling and flowing like a river.
Looking at her clinging to Kenneth gave Chloe an odd, sickly feeling in her stomach which she had never experienced before.
Chloe glanced down at her dress. It was loose in the bust, and tight in the hips , and now there was a stain on the front that was shaped like a chicken, and she was regretting her decision to carry her sweater slung over her arm. She should have handed it in at the coat check.
High society and Chloe didn’t mix.
“I’m looking for my boyfriend,” she said desperately. “We’re practically engaged, actually.” Where the hell was Henry?
“Is that a sweater?” the blonde asked her incredulously, eyes widening.
“What does your boyfriend look like?” Kenneth asked politely, but she could sense the skepticism in his smile. “Let me help you find him.”
“He’s got bleached blond hair, he’s wearing a plaid jacket...”
“That man over there?” He inclined his head at Henry, who was standing in a corner making out with the waiter. The waiter was still holding the tray in his left hand, and people were walking by, grabbing canapés off of it.
Tarts. Riiight. He’d gone to seek out tarts. She mentally added a new item to her to-do list for tomorrow: stab Henry through the heart with a fountain pen.
“No, no...ah...another blond guy in a plaid jacket.” Right. Because the room was crawling with them. ~ within Chapter 3
“I swear, it is unbelievable how many outfits I go through,” Bobbi said, fishing through a bag of spare clothing she’d bought with her.
“It must get expensive,” Pixie observed, as Mayameen weaved around potholes and chunks of asphalt.
“If I were an entrepreneur, I’d design a line of clothing for shifters,” she said. “Clothing that wouldn’t shred to pieces every damned time I shift. I’m tired of flashing my boobs all over town.”
“That could work. Shifters are what, ten percent of the overall population in the U.S.? Forty percent in some areas? You’d have a big customer base. Me, I’m sticking with my amusement park idea. It’ll make millions.”
“No, it won’t, because half of the amusement park patrons will be dead. Live ammunition? Seriously.”
“Dreamkiller,” Pixie muttered. “The cars would all be bulletproof.”
They arrived at the El-Debar’s ten minutes later, still arguing over Pixie’s amusement park idea. ~ within Chapter 8
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Georgette, then please check out her website.
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