Book Review: Naughty Reunions Collection by Naughty Literati

Naughty Reunions
Return to Romance
Available September 25th
by Alexa Silver, Berengaria Brown, Charlotte
Boyett-Compo, Francesca Hawley, Katherine Kingston, Marianne Stephens, Nicole
Austin, Regina Kammer, Suz deMello
Genres: Action / Adventure, Boxed Set, Contemporary,
Dark, Erotic, Fantasy,Fiction, Humor, M/M, New Adult, Paranormal, Regency, Romance

 

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I’m a little late to this review, but these are great for a hot holiday read!  One of the great things about collections is that there’s always something for everyone. If you like a particular type of kink – there’s something for you. If you like a little romance – there’s something for you. 

The heat factor of these short stories is definitely high level, so be warned. Find a quiet spot this holiday season, and escape into the world of Naughty Reunions. 

Including BBW, Contemporary, F/F, M/M, New Adult,
Paranormal, Regency, Shape-shifter & Speculative Fiction from Amazon bestselling authors!
Silent Sky ~ Regina Kammer
 I watched in horror as the twin towers collapsed, trying to remember if I’d told Scott I loved him before he left for New York.
 
Heartsong ~ Terry Rissen
Homeward Bound ~ Alexa Silver
 Bry intends to come out with a splash. How will the public handle their favorite movie actor coming out of the closet. And how will the stresses impact Bry’s relationship with Kell?
Lady Esther’s Lesbian Lover ~ Berengaria Brown
 Lady Esther’s London season failed to find her a husband. She’d rather find a woman to love. But that’s impossible in Regency England. Or is it?
Renovating the Relationship ~ Katherine Kingston
 Dani and Brad’s relationship ended years ago when he couldn’t give her what she needed. This time Brad thinks he’s found a way to provide it, but Dani might not agree when she realizes what he plans.
The WyndMaster’s Homecoming ~ Charlotte Boyett-Compo
 Maj. Marisol Diaz journeyed to hell to bring home her wayward lover. Keeping him alive was going to be harder than she thought.
Back in Your Arms ~ Marianne Stephens
 Liz blames Brian’s family for the loss of her family’s Inn. Seeking revenge, she contacts  Brian to restore it. Will rekindled love spark between them?
My Cups Runneth Over ~ Francesca Hawley
 Five years ago, Brook’s tarot reading and dream premonition predicted his lover’s death so he left to protect her. On the morning of his cousin’s wedding, Delia and Brook meet again. Will their reunion bring love or danger?
Ocean Dreams ~ Suz deMello
 Marine biologist Jill has never forgotten Blue, the baby dolphin with whom she bonded. Reunited with him years later, she discovers he’s a shapeshifter in the sexiest possible way.
Hybrid Mates 5: Take Me Home ~ Nicole Austin 
 Going home  isn’t easy, but my new stepbrother has me aching for the kind of love my sister’s have found. Can I really have it all?
 
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Book Review: The Butterfly Effect by Renea Porter

Genre: New Adult / Paranormal Romance

Riley and her best friend Bea are starting their freshman year of college. Away from home and on their own the two witches are still learning what capabilities they have.

Nathan is the most powerful witch, known as the wizard. Over the centuries he’s managed to keep a low profile. That is, until Riley walks into his class.

While trying to manage her magic, Riley’s attraction to Nathan intensifies. Riley also befriends Ace, a frat boy Bear shape shifter that feels protective over her for a number of reasons.

Not everything is as it seems. But the one thing that remains is her fate, as it hangs in the balance.

Does Riley’s fate lie with Nathan or Ace?

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91c22-7b92e-210f2-add-to-goodreads-button3SGMyReviewThis is a truly new adult paranormal story. It follows a young witch who is coming into her powers and discovering what that means in her life. The prologue really sets up the story of what will happen, and how Riley will deal with all the power she possesses.Whilst I felt that at times there was a lot more that the story could have been expanded on, maybe fleshed out and explained a bit, I still enjoyed reading it. I wanted a little more between Ace and Riley, but in the end I felt this wasn’t a love triangle book. It’s a book about a young girl finding her love, and through confusion, betrayal, and magical intervention, fights for what is right and what she wants. The Butterfly Effect (as in, the actual butterfly tattoo Riley possesses, is really cool!) If you like reading in the new adult paranormal fantasy genre, I can recommend this book. It’s a great one for mature young adult readers as well (due to some mature sexual content, I would recommend readers over 16).

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Sunday Spotlight: Authors On Show – Michelle Irwin

I thought we’d try something a little different around here and start a weekly post called Sunday Spotlight – Authors on Show.  A place to showcase some authors and see what book or books they have out all in one post! I may not have read the books posted, so please know that this is all about sharing the love and discovering new authors, together. Kicking off the inaugural Sunday post is……

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About the Author

Michelle Irwin BioMichelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

Michelle’s Books

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Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Evie Meyers’ life is one spent on the run. Every minute of every day, her life is in danger if anyone should suspect the truth about her ancestry. Her father was willing to risk everything to keep the truth hidden, even from her, but the lies he fabricated were exposed when her high school crush, Clay Jacobs, inadvertently stumbled upon her secret. His discovery puts Evie at risk from a secret organization tasked with washing the world clean of nonhumans—and Clay is one of its deadliest soldiers. Forced into a war she doesn’t understand, all because of what she is, Evie is left with no choice but to flee with her father to escape persecution.Magnolia Teaser

When Clay reappears in her life, battle scarred and mysterious, Evie is unprepared and terrified as he forces his way back into her heart. When the battle catches up with her, and a tragic accident tears apart the peace she discovered, she finds herself alone and without the protection of her father, or her lover. Now, she needs to keep her secrets hidden and learn to survive on her own in a world that wants her dead, all while searching for the missing piece of her heart.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy.

Evan is a reluctant cupid.

Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and Happierrelishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.Roses

It’s all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.

For a cupid, falling in love is against the rules.

Isn’t it?

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Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Clay Jacobs is a soldier. His family—elite members of a secret organization—are tasked with washing the world clean of all supernatural threats. Each new day brings the opportunity to fight at their side for a cause that he’s never doubted is just.‏

But Clay harbors a dangerous secret. The object of his teenage obsession was not human, and he failed to detect the truth until it was too late to destroy her. Even after she fled, he couldn’t bring himself to report her. Now, the memory of the one who got away not only haunts him, it holds him captive and assaults him nightly. Unable to escape her hold on his mind, he races across the country to locate her and restore his sanity. Only instead of the monster he expects, he finds a woman who ensnares him with her charms. In her embrace, Clay dares to imagine a different life.

When his family discovers his betrayal, and threaten to destroy his dreams in the worst way imaginable, Clay has no option but to return to their side and convince them he’s back on the right track. Will he be able to play his part convincingly when the cause he’s spent most of his life fighting for is the very thing that will end his lover’s life?

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Besieged by Rain FB Banner 2Each week the authors will answer the same questions..it’s what I like to call a Sunday Quickie!

QandA

1. How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?
I don’t know about fun analogies, but the best description is different to what I expected but somehow exactly what I expected. Actually, I have an analogy but not sure if it’s “fun.” Writing to publishing is like having a baby (stay with me):
Step 1 is the learning how-to – this is the sex ed part of writing. You don’t have to do it, but you know a hell of a lot more if you do.
Step 2 is the fun part 😉 – the actual sitting and writing. This can be painful, can be brilliant. You sometimes do it when you’re not in the mood but when you are right into it everything is just flowing (*snorts* unintended pun, but leaving it there for comedic value)
Step 3 is the editing – this is a bit like antenatal classes and labor all rolled into one. It’s also sometimes painful, but it’s necessary. It helps you to understand what is happening a little better. It is where things go from being a theoretical maybe in the future to the “holy crap this is happening right now.”
Step 4 is bringing the baby home and showing it off. There’s a certain amount of trepidation of have you done everything you can to make the baby (book) the best it can be. You worry when it goes off to meet friends and strangers. You are left just hoping that you’ve done what you can do to make sure it has every possible success but ultimately it’s out of your hands.

2. Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?
I usually start out with an idea and a very loose plot. I don’t sit and plot that out further. I spend the time getting to know the characters instead. Usually when I sit to write, they look at my loose plot points, laugh, and then wander off to do their own thing. So I guess that makes me a pantser.


3. Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?
“Who turned out the lights?” Sorry, whovian joke 😉 To answer the question: music. Always. I’m the sort of person who can’t sit in a silent room without getting an irresistible urge to chuckle, which was obviously not great for exams. The right song at the right time though can get things moving in unimaginable directions. My first proper writing session after I’ve allowed myself to concede that yes this idea is going to be a book, is usually spent setting up a playlist.

4. You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?
I always cheat when this is asked, because one choice would be my Lord of the Rings book, which is actually all 3 of the LoTRs books in one deliciously bound book. I can read this over and over again so it’s a must. The 2nd would probably be Red Dwarf omnibus, again a great book that is actually three books all in one. And lastly hmmm it’s a hard choice, but probably the complete works of William Shakespeare. I love his plays and really between those books I’ll have hours & hours of reading before I have to repeat 😉

Thank you so much for answering my questions and letting us get to know you a little better!
If you’d like to connect with the author check out the following links:
Pinterest: @writeonshell
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Instagram: @writeonshell
I hope you have enjoyed this Sunday Spotlight.  Look out for every Sunday for a new author to discover.  Read On!

Book Release & Review – Winter Wolf by Rachel Raithby

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Genre: Young Adult. Paranormal Romance. 
Katalina Winter has been living for eighteen years, with a secret hidden inside of her, a secret not even she knew.
With this secret comes consequences, expectations, one’s she’s not willing to fulfill; she’ll give her heart to whom she wishes, even if he is, a Dark Shadow wolf…
Join Katalina as she navigates her way through this world at war, where the alpha is law, and only the strong survive. You will see the power of true love, and the length’s people will go to destroy it.
**Please note this is a YA Stand alone novel, no cliffhangers**
 

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 REVIEW:

The first three chapters of this book is a whirlwind of action as the book is set up in a paranormal world of wolves and packs at war. Be sure to read them for free, I’m fairly certain you’ll want to grab the whole book to see what happens!

This young adult paranormal romance was captivating, and really sucked me in. The author has a great style of writing, and I often forgot I was reading a “young adult/teen” genre. The prose was well developed, and the story line was captivating and had me up until the early hours of the morning. Katalina has many struggles to face all of a sudden, and the way she handles them is up to the help of a wolf from the rival pack. Their story and the relationships in the book are well-developed. The supporting characters were a valuable asset to the storyline, and I enjoyed the set up of pack relations, politics, actions, and resolution. Reading this book will leave you satisfied, as the author does a wonderful job of creating a story arc that loops around and finishes without any cliff-hangers. Also – LOVE the cover!!!!

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I’ve being reading books for as long as I can remember but I never thought about writing until I read Nalini Singh – Slave to sensation which is the first book in her psy-changling series.
At first I just wrote fan fiction until one morning I woke up with a story of my own. Lincoln and Lexia were born! I spent 6 solid months writing and re-writing and now their story is out in the world and I am currently working on the final book Holocaust due 2015.
After the birth of my 3rd child I wrote Winter Wolf a YA Paranormal Novel which is due for Release in November.
I have lived in England, New Zealand and currently live in QLD Australia but to me England will always be home.
I’ve been a dish washer, Admin assistant, horse groom and now spend my days looking after my 3 children and writing as often as I can.
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Blog Tour – Through The Fire by Michelle Irwin

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I’m very excited to be apart of the blog tour for Michelle’s debut novel.

You might remember I reviewed the book HERE. If you haven’t seen the review, go and check it out! Michelle very graciously answered some questions for me!

Author Interview

In Through the Fire you’ve made the characters quite young, was there a particular reason for that?

In the original version that was submitted to Bottom Drawer Publications, the story focused a little more on what happens next—in fact, a significant portion of that manuscript now resides in book two. During very early discussions, we agreed that the history of “how they got here” needed a little more exploring. An origins story if you will. The encounters and events in Through the Fire are such defining moments in Evie’s life that they were worth revisiting and exploring in more detail.

Part of that exploration was a focus on the pressures on a young couple in love. Personally, I was very lucky and found my wonderful husband quite young (even younger than Evie and Clay are when they first meet), but not all stories of teen love have the same happy ending. Life and responsibility start to interfere, and it’s often hard to find a way to reconcile who you are alone, and who you are together, with who the world expects you to be. If part of that pressure involves destroying the very thing that you love, the pressure is even more intense.

This is part of what I wanted to explore in Through the Fire. The Romeo and Juliette aspect I guess you could call it. Can a couple come together despite all the odds being stacked against them, or is their relationship doomed before it even begins?

Do you find picspiration for your characters before you write them, during, or after?

A little of both. For some characters, what they look like comes through so crystal clear that I can write chapters before I need to find a reference photo or picspiration, and usually then it’s more for showing to my beta as comparison. The bulk of the cast in Through the Fire were like that. Some were based off real actors. For example: David, Evie’s father, is based off David Tennant.

Sometimes though, it works the other way around. For example: Aiden exists as he is solely because I found the perfect picspiration. In the original drafts of the first book, he didn’t really exist in the same capacity as he does now. A particular picture of Nicholas Hoult and his blue, blue eyes sparked something and then Aiden arrived on the scene, grabbed me by the hand and led me (and the other characters) on a brand new adventure.

Without spoiling the book, Evie manages to grow quite considerably through the book, how was it writing her growth, without rushing through?

Firstly, I would like to say thank you for the massive compliment. I never really intended to set out to make the story one about her personal growth. When I first started writing the very first draft of Through the Fire, it certainly wasn’t the focus. I was much more interested in exploring the interactions between two characters who could be perfect for each other, if only they weren’t mortal enemies. Over multiple drafts and reshuffling, that became more of a close examination on how fear and prejudice can drastically alter the course of someone’s life. Much of the book is about Evie learning how to exist in the wider world outside of the safe harbour she had for so long. Hopefully that growth will continue to be evident in the rest of the books; although I should add a caveat on that: like everyone, she has her good days and her bad days. Sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back.

I really enjoyed the fae aspect in the book – What type of research did you do into the fae, and paranormal worlds?

Research . . . so much research. It was good fun though, especially learning about different beliefs and fae culture. Just for the fae court section, I researched aura colours and meaning, different beliefs about the fae from around the world, about the seelie and unseelie courts and their typical hierarchies (for example, most courts are matriarchies), and research into different types of butterflies.

I’ve done research on much more than just the fae and their world though, I have researched wendigos, banshees, black annis, and a whole raft of other paranormal creatures for upcoming books in the series. Outside of the research, I’ve done a bit of world-building too, taking bits and pieces of the “real” lore and twisting and shaping it into something that is right for this world of Evie and Clay.

 What got you into the paranormal romance genre?

I’ve always been a massive fan of fantasy, ever since the very first books I read. I can still remember the adventures Enid Blyton took me on with magic chairs and far-away trees. Then I stepped into Narnia and fell deeper in love with the fantasy genre. The idea that there could be a whole world buried just beneath our own, if only you know what you’re looking for, is just fascinating. As I’ve got older, I fell in love with, well, love.

There are so many books, TV shows, and movies which all contributed to that love. Charmed, Twilight, Supernatural (okay, so not so much romance there, but the urban fantasy side), Just Like Heaven, and so many more.

Do you write a book from start – to – finish, or out of order?

Both. Generally I try to write in a lineal fashion, but occasionally there will be one scene that just demands to be written. When that happens, I tend to jump forward and write it. As I mentioned above, Through the Fire went through a bit of a restructure, so in reality it was written way out of order to how it now is.

Have you already written the next books, or are you in progress? (No pressure, but HURRY UP! hahaha)

The easiest answer to this question is yes. At least, mostly. The more elaborate answer is that I have written all of Evie’s side of the story, I know how and where it ends and all the twists and turns that the road takes along the way.

There will also be a series of four books from Clay’s point of view as well. I know the go-to assumption when people see two books of the same events from two different people’s perspectives is that it is unnecessary and a little pointless, and to be honest, I completely agree. The same timeline, yes, and there is naturally some cross-over, but each of these characters has a vastly different story to tell. However, and it’s a big however, the majority of these two series do not cover the exact same events. It’s hard to explain more without spoilering the story, but those who have read it will no doubt understand exactly what I mean. Basically it eventuated when Clay niggled and nudged until I relented and started to write what I thought might end up as a one-book supplement to Evie’s side of the story. But wow, the things that boy told me! Three out of four of his are all written too.

The first of Clay’s books will actually be the next one released through Bottom Drawer Publications, and is slated for February 2015. Then the books will alternate between Evie’s side and Clay’s side every four months.

Thanks for answering my Q’s

Thank you for having me.

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About the Author

Michelle Irwin

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

Find Michelle at:

http://blog.michelle-irwin.com/

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New Release & Review – Through The Fire by Michelle Irwin

BDP BADGE 1Bottom Drawer Publications is proud to present Through the Fire, book one in the New Adult Paranormal series Daughter of Fire, by Michelle Irwin

Ever since Clay, a soldier for an organization tasked with ridding the world of non-humans, stumbled upon the secret of her birth, Evie’s been on the run. Now he’s back, and she’s unprepared as he forces his way into her heart.

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 Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Evie Meyers’ life is one spent on the run. Every minute of every day, her life is in danger if anyone should suspect the truth about her ancestry. Her father was willing to risk everything to keep the truth hidden, even from her, but the lies he fabricated were exposed when her high school crush, Clay Jacobs, inadvertently stumbled upon her secret. His discovery puts Evie at risk from a secret organization tasked with washing the world clean of nonhumans—and Clay is one of its deadliest soldiers. Forced into a war she doesn’t understand, all because of what she is, Evie is left with no choice but to flee with her father to escape persecution.

When Clay reappears in her life, battle scarred and mysterious, Evie is unprepared and terrified as he forces his way back into her heart. When the battle catches up with her, and a tragic accident tears apart the peace she discovered, she finds herself alone and without the protection of her father, or her lover. Now, she needs to keep her secrets hidden and learn to survive on her own in a world that wants her dead, all while searching for the missing piece of her heart.

I have to say, I have been anticipating this book for awhile now. I knew it was being written, but didn’t quite understand what it would be about! For a first time author, Michelle has proved to herself, and her readers, that she is a force to be reckoned with.

Through the Fire is the first in a series, and although I’m not a huge fan of starting a series knowing that other books aren’t complete, or have a set release, this was an exciting book on my to be read list! It’s set in a paranormal world, which in my opinion can be a tricky thing to do. Being the first in a series, there are snippets of characters introduced, that I am very keen to understand further in future books, I certainly hoped they’re developed further! I also think the interactions between the “Rain family” was too brief, but I’m sure that’s coming… Paranormal worlds can often come off as being a bit complicated and messy, however, Michelle has managed to create a world the reader can immerse themselves into, without confusion.

She weaves in the legends of the old-timers, such as the fae, that we all know, as well as creating her own world, involving non-humans, with the ability to create fire (You’ll get it once you start reading), and an elite group of people, known as “The Rain” who hunt down all the paranormal creatures of the world, believing they are all evil. The heart of the book is the Romeo and Juliet relationship between Evie (a phoenix) and Clay (The Rain). They meet as teens, but then, we don’t see any interaction until they are older, Evie having fled under instructions from her protective father. Their relationship starts where they left off, however a tragedy soon tears them apart. Throughout their time apart, instead of thriving, we see the main character struggle with her identity, ability to develop relationships, and life-as something other than ‘normal’. I really appreciated the fact that the author showed these struggles and lead the reader through a timeline that wasn’t hurried, nor too slow. clay1

The author has blended in enough action, romance, and mystery to make this a brilliant read. The push and pull of the relationship between the main characters, along with the timeline of events, is cleverly composed and smoothly executed. Warning – the ending “may” cause you to throw the book and cuss the author…but in a really good way! GO, read it and tell me what you think!

Read this book if you’re after a new world to immerse yourself into. A story of a girl who’s lost and struggling with a power inside her, and of a boy who could be her saviour, if only he wasn’t her sworn enemy.

I can’t wait to read the next installment.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery Bio Pic - Michelle Irwinmountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

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