Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gilmore Girls: A year in the Life.....

Winter has finally decided to show up here in Western New York and that is when I get all my best reading and watching done.  I love when it snows for all of 3.2 seconds and then I retreat indoors with a glass of wine ( Chocolate Lab wine is the shit) or hot cocoa and curl up to binge watch stuff on TV or read.  I used Thanksgiving weekend to get started and the first thing I watched was the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.  I had a mild obsession with the Gilmore Girls back in the day. OK, so maybe I watched every single episode the same as I did with Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.   The UP network actually ran a marathon the whole week leading up to the premier on Netflix.  It was awesome! 24 hours of Rory and Lorelei.   I had forgotten just how many actors from that show went on to amazing careers ( Melissa McCarthy, Milo Ventimiglio, and let's not forget Jared Padelicki).

I loved that this revival became a thing.  I watched all the episodes ( 4 @ 90 minutes) and I was just left angry.  By now most people will be aware of the dirty trick played on us with the cliff hanger ending.  I am NOT a happy camper.  I also felt like the fact that Rory was in London the first 5 minutes of an episode then would 3 minutes later be walking into  Luke's Diner was very confusing.  I just felt like it was to much info to take in.  I really wish it had been like an entire season or at least maybe a couple more episodes.

My advice... watch because..hello it's still the freaking Gilmore Girls just don't say I didn't warn you.

What I watched over the extended Xmas weekend....

Hi there... I have been so busy with my job and holiday preparation that I have seriously been slacking on my posts so today's will be kind of all over the place.  My idea of relaxing usually involves a good movie, a good show to binge watch, a good book,  a good glass of wine, or hot cocoa. I did not get to partake in any festive drinking this past weekend because I ended up super sick.  I lived basically on pepto, water, and dry toast but....I did get to watch some pretty good stuff.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

Now this trailer is compliments of Warner Bros. UK but it still doesn't fully prepare the viewer for just how visually appealing this film really is.  I may be partial because of my love of all things J.K.Rowling but it surpassed my already high expectations.  The story of Newt  and his adventure to America to free one of his many "fantastic" friends is touching, funny, and full of excitement.  The cast was simply wonderful ( Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, and a small appearance by Johnny Depp). This is a perfect family movie for the season ...or anytime you want to get your magical fix on.

The Secret Life of Pets:

I was super excited to watch this film.  I  was positive that this would be pretty hysterical but ....it fell flat. I mean there were some entertaining scenes (like the rabbit voiced by Kevin Hart) but as a whole it just wasn't all that impressive.  The story is cute but I actually feel asleep while watching it. I would recommend this for a younger audience or a family with little ones for sure.

Honorable Mentions:

Mechanic : Resurrection ( Action, Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones....need I say more)

Ben-Hur (2016 edition)

Trailer Park Boys:Out of the Park (the boys set loose in Europe...hilarious)

Christmas Traditions that are always watched:

A Christmas Story (24 hour marathon is always on 1 of my TV's)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both versions)


Happy Holiday binge-watching!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Lost Healer by Rachel Robins

Genre:  Fantasy
By: Rachel Robins

Overview:  When raiders come to Daelfjord, Frida is taken away from her home and everyone she's ever known, doomed to a life of slavery. Although she belongs to Agnarr, lord of Groenthjal, she can't seem to escape the attention of Daegal, the town's resident magician. Sparks fly as their personalities clash, but it is eventually Daegal who helps her escape from the raiders. The magician has his own plans for Frida's newfound freedom, however, and it isn't for her to return home to Daelfjord. Instead, he is convinced that her very existence was prophecized and that she will be instrumental in battling the evil forces coming from the Borderlands. All Frida wants is to return home, to her comfortable life of healing the sick and wounded, but it seems that fate has other plans for her. Will she eventually get what she wants? Or will she only trade Agnarr's slavery for Daegal's control?

My Thoughts:   This is Book 1 of what could turn out to be a very good series. I love reading fantasy/sci-fi type books that involve magic and healers.  This one even has clans of barbarians. Frida is a young healer who has always longed for adventure and yet knows her place is to heal others using various methods her grandmother taught her. She has been treated as a sort of outcast and just wants to be accepted for who she is....once she figures out who that truly is.

She pretends to be a man when her village is invaded and along the way meets a unique priest who can tell there is much more to Frida than meets the eye.
I really enjoyed this story and would very much like to read more about these characters. The only major issue that I had with this book was that it almost moved too fast and the romance portion of the story could have used more build up.  I would give this 4 stars.

If you are interested you can find it on Amazon for $8.36 plus $3.99 for shipping.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne

Genre:  Romance


My Thoughts:      

I was not disappointed in the least with this book.  It was full of love and Christmas cheer.  This is part of the Cowboys of Cold Creek series and sadly I have not read most of the others but I will make the time for them.  I love that Faith and Chase have been best friends forever and he has always wished for more.  The story was a fast read but there were also real life scenarios going on that added a realism to it ( blended families, difficult pregnancy, second chance at love). I even laughed a little at how ridiculous Faith was being when she tried hooking Chase up with another woman all so she didn't ruin their friendship. This was a perfect read for this time of year.  Did I mention there is a Christmas ranch? Who doesn't love that!

Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis by Amelia Grey

Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis
by Amelia Grey
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance


The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside.  In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.

Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.  

My Review:

***I received an advanced reader copy of this in exchange for my honest review.***

I have not read the other books in this series but I plan to now.  I love Christmas settings for romances.  It just makes it that much more romantic.  Lillian is exactly what I like in a heroine.  She is beautiful inside and out as well as full of fire and spunk.  The Marquis is devastatingly handsome and, of course he is arrogant.  The chemistry and word play between these two make this quick paced story so much fun to read.  I love the nephews and there excess amounts of energy.  Overall it was just a great book.

I have already recommended it to several friends and will be giving it 5 stars on Goodreads.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books Amelia Grey read her first romance when she was thirteen.  She’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. 
Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.
She is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award, and she has also won the Aspen Gold, and Golden Quill awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award.  Amelia’s books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.  Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.
Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis is a spinoff Christmas novella from her widely acclaimed “Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels” Series.  Coming March of 2017 Amelia starts a new series, The Rakes of St. James with the first book of the trilogy, Last Night with the Duke.
You can email Amelia at AmeliaGrey@comcast.net
Follow her on FaceBook at FaceBook.com/AmeliaGreybooks, or visit her website at AmeliaGrey.com

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Daring Proposition by Casey Hagen

I loved Emberly and Seth! They had such a great chemistry.  She is a photographer noted for her boudoir sessions and he is a security systems guru.  Em does a photo shoot for Seth to try and capture the successful, confident man he has become not the insecure chubby nerd he was in high school.  The sparks start flying and before they know it...they have agreed to spend  weekends together "helping" each other out with social obligations.  It is pretty predictable as far as stories go but still so worth the read if for nothing else than to enjoy the snarky conversations.  Thank you NK Blog tours for the ARC.

Mary and Vincent Price's Come into the Kitchen Cook Book

I love learning new recipes and if they happen to be from celebrities that is even better.  Vincent Price was an amazing actor and clearly a pretty awesome cook. He and his wife Mary looked forward to cooking for family and friends and considering the recipes in this book, I'd say they were pretty popular.  I love that the introduction is by their daughter Victoria. The dishes come from all different eras in American cuisine.  My Grandmother had this book when it originally was released in the 60's and I always remember trying to take it off her shelf and look at it but it was like a prized possession. The recipes are delicious and this new updated intro gives the reader a peek into what it was like growing up with celebrity parents at that time.  There are pictures not only of the food but also of different kitchens in different eras.  This cookbook isn't just meant to sit on the counter, it's meant to be a conversation starter.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Offical Chase 'N Yur Face Cookbook Review

This particular book holds a special place in my heart.  I was given the chance to review this amazing new cookbook by NetGalley and I couldn't be happier. I first was lured in by the cover. Superficial of me...maybe but I like what I like. Just look at how bright and colorful the cover is. I took one look at that smiling teen cook and all that glorious food and I was intrigued.  I then read the book blurb and I was curious. Don't believe me read it for yourself ( this came straight from the book):

Inspired by his journey with autism and overcoming food aversions, Chase Bailey's The Official Chase 'N Yur Face Cookbook entices people of all ages to experience familiar dishes done in different ways; and to discover new things about food while celebrating life and ourselves. Combining delightful recipes, uplifting anecdotes, fun facts, delectable photographs, and humorous animations, Chase teaches home-cooks to prepare a wonderful array of dishes under fun chapter titles: Get Up & Go; Feed the Beast; Pick-Me-Ups; Let's Feast; Life Is Sweet; and Cool Breezes & a Santa Ana Wind. Chase's cookbook includes omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes.

Then I read the author bio and was completely and utterly inspired.  This young man is simply fantastic.  He has overcome so much in his young life and taken the opportunity to reach out and help others. I have been following Chase on YouTube and watching his videos and to see him in action is wildly entertaining in the best possible way. I love the way he interacts with the viewers and the guests.  His personality really shines throughout this cookbook just as well.

This is a cookbook that will be used over and over again. The pages are bright and colorful.  He has found a way to include "Fun Facts" that help link the recipe to culture and history.  I learned quite a few facts while reading it.  The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are easy to follow even for the younger chefs in your house. I mean with recipes like Barnyard Breakfast Muffins, Pigs in a Waffle, Stuffed Hash Potato, and Hearty Chicken and Lemon Verbena Soup...how could you not want to try the dishes?

Here is the author bio that hooked me:  

About the Author: Chase Bailey is the host and co-creator of the YouTube cooking show Chase 'N Yur Face. He also happens to be an African-American teenager with autism, whose mother was told when Chase was a toddler that he might not be able to speak or take care of himself. But Chase is proving the nay-sayers wrong! Not only is Chase hosting his own cooking show with prominent chefs and celebrity foodies as his guests, he has also been featured in GE's Our American Kitchen series and a GE commercial; appeared in magazines and local, national, and international newspapers; and made TV appearances on The Chew, and The Meredith Vieira Show. Some of the chefs he has cooked with include Roy Choi, Mario Batali, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Fenigar, Becky Reams, and Choc-Chick Founder, Galia Orme. He's also cooked with such celebrity foodies as actress Fuschia Sumner, as well as Anne Scioscia, wife of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Manager, Mike Scioscia. In addition to pursuing his ambitions in the culinary and entertainment industries, it is especially important to Chase that he inspire and tangibly support others who need help achieving their own dreams. So Chase's endeavors also include establishing his Chase Yur Dreams Foundation (CYDF), to provide resources and opportunities for those on the autism spectrum who are working toward independent living. With this goal in mind, Chase is donating a portion of all proceeds from his cookbook to CYDF. Chase believes that, ''We're ALL doing life with a little bit of help. We all have dreams, and need help fulfilling those dreams. And when you have a dream in your heart, you must chase it!''

I have included all the various sites that you can purchase this cookbook at as well as where you can follow Chase Bailey . I have rated this 5 out of 5 on Amazon and Goodreads and part of the proceeds go to his foundation.  Good food+good cause=great purchase....I'm just saying.








Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

I have found another new favorite author!  I love all kinds of books but romance always seems to be the genre I keep coming back to.  It is a pretty serious love/hate relationship.  I love the idea of a good LOVE story but I HATE when it's not entertaining. Hot and steamy or sad yet beautiful stories are wonderful but the best kind are the ones that make me laugh.  This book had me spitting my soda everywhere ( sorry to my friend who lent me the book....I may owe you a new one).  I love Alice Clayton and Carly Phillips because no matter what the story is about you are guaranteed to love it and laugh a bit.  Ms. Chase does not disappoint at all.

This is essentially a Cinderella-type story but not like anything else I ever read.  Nicholas Arthur Fredrick Edward Pembroke is the Crowned Prince of Wessco.  His fans call him "His Royal Hotness" ( see pic above as it is spot on accurate to the description in the book).  He is gorgeous, intelligent, witty, pervy, and a bit of a jerk.  He is perfect!  His grandmother, The Queen, has decided it is time to unify the country and boost moral and the best way to do that is a royal wedding, naturally.  She gives Nicholas 5 months to find a suitable bride and then sends him to NYC to find his little brother and bring him home to deal with the fallout from all his current partying.  Nicholas and his best friend wander into a coffee shop and stumble upon Olivia Hammond.  It doesn't take long for the first of many indecent proposals and witty banter to appear.

Oliva Hammond has been living a very uneventful and stressful life.  Her mother passed away unexpectedly years before and left Livvy to finish raising her little sister Ellie, taking care of their Dad and keeping the family coffee shop afloat.  She is so focused on taking care of everyone else that she forgot she deserves to be taken care of too.  The night Nicholas walks in changes her entire life, even before she knows he is royalty.   She just sees the man behind the image and responsibilities. She loves what she sees.

The story is told from both POV.  Sometimes this just gets confusing but not in this book. The individual voices of each character are so clear that I swear I could hear them in my head like I was watching a movie. Complete with their respective accents.  I was hooked from page one.  One of my favorite banter scenes.....
"What's your name? I don't know if I asked before?"
"You didn't.  And it's Liv."
"That'a an odd name. Were you ill as a baby? I mean, is live what your parents were hoping you'd do or did they just not like you?"

This is book 1 in a new series with the 2nd and 3rd scheduled for release in February and June.  Who is gonna preorder?  Oh yes, this girl right here.  FYI: I totally gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan is a must read

I was looking for something new to read and I was browsing through NetGalley and came across this book. The first thing that caught my eye was the cover. It is very pretty.  I then read the overview of the story and knew I had to read it!  

Lily is one of the top vintage fashion bloggers in the UK when she suddenly loses her grandfather.  She tries to put herself back together after his passing and stumbles upon a picture of a dress from the 50's that she has been using as inspiration. She suddenly realizes she may be related the woman wearing it and begins trying to find out as much as she can about the dress, woman, and the great uncle she never knew existed.  The book is actually two stories that run parallel to each other. One story is all about Lily recreating The Dress and getting her life together while solving old family mysteries and the second story is all about Francis Fitzgerald ( Lily's unknown great uncle) and how he rose out of poverty to become one of the richest men in America and his young wife Joy, who became the inspiration for The Dress. 

I truly enjoyed this story more than I expected to.  The characters were interesting and the story just kind of grabbed me from page 1 and held on tight. I had to finish it in 2 nights because I couldn't wait to see what was happening.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves fashion, family mysteries, or just a plan great read. You can find it on Amazon in multiple formats.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fourth Down #4 in the Game On series by Desiree Holt

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This was such a great read. I only gave it 4 stars but that is because I actually thought the best friends of both Holly and Chase were really annoying. They meant well but I just felt like they were too pushy. I love the chemistry between the main characters and the fact that they were both dominant personalities. Holly is a female firefighter and seriously...how cool is that?! Her dream job has cost her a long term relationship and strained her family ties. Chase is in the Coast Guard and an ex-football hero with abandonment issues. I love the way Desiree Holt has brought these characters to life and made them so easy to relate too. This was an excellent read that I will be recommending to others for sure.

My Thoughts on Big Package by Opal Carew

I voluntarily reviewed this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I chose this particular book because I have a few friends who are Opal Carew junkies. They are forever reading her stuff and telling me how much I will love her books. Well....I gave it a try. The book was OK...just OK for me. I love romance stories with a smutty edge to them. I like hot and steamy just as much as the next reader but there are a few deal breakers for me and this book had them all. I hate the use of certain words when describing female parts and I am not a fan of "dirty talk" that gets too explicit. I know that seems odd considering I do like erotic fiction but, for me, I feel like it distracts from the scene. These personal issues aside the story itself is actually pretty cute. Holly Benson recently broke up with her asshole ex and is on her way to visit her sister and brother-in-law for Christmas. Jim, the ex, decides to extend a olive branch in order to try and make a horrible break-up somewhat more civil by offering to take Holly to the bus station. He is not a nice person and what he does to her was meant to be embarrassing. I won't give any spoilers away here but he is an asshat. She ends up missing the last bus out and with a storm coming it looks like she will be missing Christmas. Surprise, surprise she runs into her high school crush, Kalen Wells. Kalen has just put his own sister on a bus back to Florida after his family celebrated early. He doesn't recognize Holly right away but he is drawn to her. Holly reminds him they went to school together and he remembers just how much he always had a secret crush on her too. This is super cute. I mean who hasn't had a secret crush that they wanted to reconnect with? Kalen offers to drive Holly to her family since he leaves in the same town they do. They spend a cozy car ride reconnecting only to get stuck in the storm. Lucky for these two, Holly's sister happens to own a cabin not far from where the road has been closed that they can stay overnight in. The overnight becomes a weekend and the chemistry between these two is off the charts. The title it turns out is EXACTLY what it sounds like. They have a "large" issue to work around but all ends well in the physical department. The rest of the book revolves around issues like insecurity and infidelity. I love that the characters go through personal growth to overcome these issues but I feel like it wasn't shown to the reader as much. Holly has this whole outlook change and it all happens behind the scenes so that kind of killed it for me. It is a fast paced read that at sometimes seems too fast but still a cute story. My friends that love this author will not be disappointed I am sure.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review on The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

I was recently on a site that I use to find prospective companies or authors looking for honest opinions and stumbled upon an intriguing book.  The cover attracted me to the book because it has a spooky, supernatural vibe to it.  I had never heard of this author before but the description of the book finished luring me in.

Julie and Brad Evans are a young married couple who met at a singles mixer. Julie is driven and somewhat impulsive.  Brad is retired from the military and after 2 tours in Afghanistan thinks he has seen it all and just wants a nice, quiet, life with his wife.   They begin flipping houses with the intention that Julie can eventually quit her job and devote themselves to flipping houses as a career. They seem to be progressing at a nice speed until they purchase the house on Bedlam St.  All of a sudden everything seems to change.  The house itself is a huge Victorian mansion with a lot of history and comes with some unexpected guests.

Tessa and Gerald have been dancing around each other for what seems like forever.  Gerald has been waiting for what seems like forever for Tessa to realize how much she needs him but she just wants everyone else.  Once she sets her sights on Brad things take a turn for the worse.  She starts trying to find ways to get rid of Julie and get Brad to notice her.  This would be much easier for her if she was not as ghost.

I am not going to give away too much of the plot but this book had me hooked from the prologue.  It was easy to read and very engaging.  I really liked the way the story unfolded.  Even better when I  got this book I also got a second one by the Author ( see pic below) and can not wait to get started on it.  I just can't say enough about how great this book was! 


Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Devil's Bedpost--Review

He had it all… 
Good looks. Thriving business. Beautiful fiancée. Life for casino owner David Carrone and his sweetheart Athena Lewis is at its peak—until a scandal of lies, a secret from his past, and an unspeakable tragedy tears a wide rift between them. 

He lost it all… 
With his reputation in question, his business in ruins, and his world crumbling around him, David struggles to protect all he holds dear. But when the most important person in his life is met with danger, he can no longer play by the rules. 

He risked it all… 
Desperate to get back the woman he loves, David recruits the help of some unlikely allies—and become the monster many believe him to be. Because when risking it all for the one you love, sometimes you have to face the devil with a demon... 

Disclaimer: this story includes explicit sex, violence, strong language, and sensitive topics. For mature audiences.

A little while back I was given an advanced reader copy of a book by Lena Hart in exchange for an honest review.  I had never heard of the author and the book was part 3 of her Queens Quartette series.  I loved it! I not only was able to read it as a standalone book but I was hooked from the first page. So naturally when option to review this newest book came up I leaped at the chance.  This is actually the final chapter in a trilogy featuring David Carrone  and Athena Lewis. I, once again have not read the first 2 books, but I was aware of the characters since they were carried over from the other series I read.  

Let's just talk about the cover for a minute.....if the model on the front doesn't catch your eye then I don't know what will. He is beautiful!  I hate when you read a book and form a picture in your mind of what the characters look like and then the actual cover ( or movie version sometimes) has a completely different image.  This was not the case here. Mr. "Dark, Broody, and Italian" fit the bill perfectly.

The story had me from page 1. Yes, it is packed full of steamy, sexy bits but even if you stripped all of those parts out the plot would still have held my attention.  This has a lot of tough issues that are tackled (note the disclaimer up above in the description) and some readers may not be comfortable with them.  There are some pretty violent scenes but they come with the organized crime sort of life that lies beneath the surface of this love story. I actually yelled at the couple (aka my kindle) during one particular fight they were having about being "open and honest" because they were both lying.  That is when I knew this would be a 5 star review on Goodreads and Amazon.

I am now and forever a fan of Ms. Hart's writing. I will include all the links to learn more about her below.  Random side note....Here characters in this and other books tend to be interracial couples which resonates with me on a personal level.  The best part about it is the simple fact that it is a background theme, never the focus, in her stories.  The books are about the quality of the characters not the superficial outward appearance differences.  The guys are hot and all alpha-like, the women are all smart, tough, and gorgeous, and the stories are captivating.

Author Info:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6154731.Lena_Hart

Twitter: @LenaHartWrites

Website: www.lenahartsite.com

Monday, October 3, 2016

Root: Band Nerd 2


Band Nerd 2
Danica Avet
Genre: New Adult/College Romance
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Until I joined the Marching 300 at Sauvage State University, I was just too-tall, tuba-playing Lena Leblanc. But college changes everything. Suddenly I have friends, and they won't let me dodge the attraction I have for hulking, Viking-like football player Anders De Groot. He makes me feel; makes me believe that I'm more than a burden to others. That I'm more than just Lena. And for a girl whose mother checked out years ago, that's the scariest feeling of all. 

Before I met Lena, all I had was school and football; study and stadiums full of spectators cheering for "Root!" Now, I can't get her out of my head. She's everything I could possibly want in a woman and I need to prove to her how good we'll be together. I need to show her that, no matter what, she's perfection. My perfection. And I'll stand my ground to make sure nothing ever hurts her. Not even her family.

See what I mean? How can he even be real? So impossibly sweet and hot? But with my stepfather threatening us, I'll have to learn how to step up and fight for what I want. Otherwise I'll lose the greatest thing to ever happen to me.


Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing. 

Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. They speak to her constantly wanting their stories told and she does her best to accommodate them.When she isn’t writing, working, or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Regency Romp Review

Regency Romps: Rogues, Spies and Lords of Honor, Books 1, 2, 3 by [DeLand, Cerise]
I love Cerise DeLand's writing.  I really do.  She was awesome enough to send me this box set as an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.  So to her I say thank you very much!

First of all I think the cover is simply stunning. I also love that all the stories are connected.  Don't get me wrong, they are all stand alone stories but it is nice that some of the characters carry over. I actually read Masquerade with a Marquess several months ago and I read it again as part of this set.  Each story has such memorable characters and scenarios. My favorite is Rendezvous with a Duke.
The only thing that I didn't care for so much was the first story in the set.  Lady Varney's Risque Business is a great story but I felt like it got a little too "intimate" right away. I like a good steamy novel as well as anyone but it just felt a bit rushed for my liking.  However, it has such a great ending and the characters have such a great chemistry that I couldn't help but keep reading.

This is hands down one of the BEST box sets I have read in a long time and I recommend anyone who loves a good regency romance to buy it.  https://www.amazon.com/Regency-Romps-Rogues-Spies-Lords-ebook

I have included some blurbs for each of the books below.

Lady Varney’s Risqué Business, Book 1
When Lady Varney, a proper lady of the ton, takes on a new client in her matchmaking business, she discovers he has one risqué demand. Spend the night with him! If she refuses, then she must stand aside and watch the only man she’s ever adored marry another woman. Can she surrender to one night's temptation—and if she does, how can she live without him?

Rendezvous with a Duke, Book 2
Anna Fournier secludes herself, scandal staining her family name and all her prospects for anonymity, employment and even love. But one afternoon she plays her newest composition in a piano shop—and one man hears her and decides to right the wrong done her years ago. In the process, he learns to love her. Can this honorable duke—a man who fought for his country—neglect his duty, ignore his family’s wishes and marry a woman whose reputation is tarnished by the worst crime against the land he loves?

Masquerade with a Marquess, Book 3
Sophia di Contini sailed to England with one burning objective—to find her family’s precious art stolen by the Bonapartes. When Victor Cameron discovers her sneaking into his study, he's shocked at her appearance and silently curses his undying desire for her. But he cannot refuse her his help. Together, they learn that the past can be forgiven and that love is the most priceless treasure of all.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Unwrapping a Marriage...Author Interview


Unwrapping a Marriage
by Reana Malori & Michel Prince
Genre: Interracial Romance, BMWW


A collaboration from two of your favorite Multicultural / Interracial Authors. Just in time for the holiday season.**

What do you do when the love that once set you free, feels like it’s holding you prisoner?

Sterling and Elizabeth Jackson have built a life most would envy. A beautiful home, two wonderful children and a very comfortable lifestyle. Yet something is tearing them apart. With divorce looming, they are trying to make it through the holiday season for their family.

With clashing schedules, demands from employers and two busy kids, the former lovers have managed to stay out of each other’s orbit, at least for a while. But Fate, or maybe their well-meaning family, has set them up on a collision course.

Past memories bubble up to the surface and there’s nothing to stem the flow. What once was amazing has turned hurtful and full of pain. But is that the real story? Is it too late for a couple who once lived and breathed for each other to find their way back?

There’s a thin line between love and hate. Will Sterling and Elizabeth be able to mend a love that seems broken and lost, or will the final pull on the holiday ribbon unwrap their last chance to save their marriage.

The Interview:

I was lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions of these amazing authors and I just want tosay thank you ladies for taking time out of your busy schedules to indulge me.

1) What made you both decide to write a story together?

Michel Prince and I often remark that she’s the yin to my yang. Our stories, and our lives, are practically mirror images. It seemed a very natural thing for the two of us to partner together and write a story. While I typically write stories featuring black women and white men, which Michel more often writes black men and white women. After attending a book conference together, we both came upon the idea. It was perfect. We have very different writing styles – she’s the queen of the sarcastic dialogue and I’m the one who brings the internal thoughts and struggles. Writing a story together brought the best of both us to the table and it’s been an amazing experience.

2) How did you decide what elements to the story you were each going to contribute?

Honestly, we winged it to some degree. While we did plot out the story, characters and premise of the story, we both knew that we would have to play to our strengths. Ultimately, we used a divide and conquer approach, splitting the story into reasonable chunks. And as we wrote our section, the other would go back and add their special sauce, i.e., Michel would add dialogue to make the character interaction stronger and I would add internal thoughts to give the reader a sense of the personal struggle. Again, our yin-yang approach helped us along the way.

3) What made you decide on a struggling marriage plot?

We wanted to answer the question, “What happens when the fairytale ends?” Both of us write stories that feature romance and happily-ever-after scenarios. But life doesn’t end after the book is finished. Life goes on and love can be challenged. The person you love the most, the one that you feel is the answer to your dreams, is not perfect. They make mistakes. Life gets in the way. The romance can fizzle when faced with the details of life. This story was created to highlight that next step in life. When things aren’t going well. It was such a challenge to show the cracks in a marriage, but also get across that love can still be strong. The saying, “It’s a thin line between love and hate”, was definitely prevalent in this story. Unwrapping a Marriage is a very unique story, but it’s filled with love and redemption and second chances.

4) If you could be any character in any book...who would you be?

Michel Prince - Gabbie Thomas, from The Guardian's Heart. She has little she regrets and is a strong person with best friends that would kill for her.

Reana MaloriFaith Douglas, from Finding Faith. She was honest, true to herself, confident, and loyal. Faith had a lot more strength than even she realized.

5) Do you find yourselves incorporating elements from your lives into your stories?

Yes, Definitely! Both of us have used snippets of our life, people we’ve come in contact with, scenarios we’ve seen and experienced to enhance our stories. Some of our best stories include things that we’ve incorporated that are based on our regular lives, because it’s what our readers can connect to the best.


Reana's stories focus on multicultural / interracial romance. A firm believer that LOVE in all its forms should be celebrated, her goal is to weave a story that pulls the reader into her world and share in her universe, even if only for a short time. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, and has two very handsome sons. You can most often find her enjoying a good book, as she is first and foremost a reader. And she loves a good romance. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest or you can send her an email at reanamalori.author@gmail.com.


Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.