Monday, December 31, 2012
You can choose from one of the Keatyn Chronicles: STALK ME or KISS ME. Or maybe you prefer one of the titles in the That Boy series: THAT BOY or THAT WEDDING. All books are New Adult contemporary romance.
But no way could I have ever scripted this.
My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.
All because of a stalker.
I’m at a boarding school where I have to lie about who I am.
I can’t see my family.
I’m tutoring a Hottie God that tortures me with his smile.
The most popular girl already hates me.
But there’s this boy.
This hot, sweet, sexy boy.
So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.
Because who knows how long I have left.
Title: Stalk Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles: Book One
Genre: Romance, Mature Young Adult
Release Date: September, 2012
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.
She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam.
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to.
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.
An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together.
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony.
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.
She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Can a fanged fashionista take out a deadly Salem spirit?
Being on the lam from the Feds and the vampire council with no money is not as glamorous as it sounds, especially when I, Gina Covello, fashion queen of the undead, am forced to abandon my wardrobe. Salem, Massachusetts, seems like a great place to hide our supernatural gang. But who knew the city would be crawling with ghosts? The nasty spirit of George Corwin, infamous sheriff from the witch trial days, is on a killing spree. It's up to us to take down the breath-stealing phantom-without blowing our cover.
This was the first book in the series that I have read so I had a little trouble figuring everything out at first. I would have liked to have had a bit more back story in the beginning.
This book follows Gina the vampire. She and her friends are on the run from the Feds. I have no idea why but they decide the best place to hide out is in Salem were everyone is used to the supernatural occurrences.
While in Salem they discover that there is a very real and every evil ghost that is not just haunting the people of Salem but actually killing them.
The group decides to try and solve the case all while trying to stay under the radar of not only the Feds but a Ghost Hunter TV crew that showed up to film haunted Salem.
I loved the rich history of Salem that we get to lean about. Vampires in Salem fighting angry Ghosts was a ton of fun. I am going to have to read the first few books and then maybe all the relationships will make more sense but I loved this book and cant wait to see what happens next!
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Monday, December 24, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Lena Dunkirk is a practicing witch, Ryan McNally a wealthy playboy. Logic says mismatch, yet from the first they share a passion that defies reason, as if they know each other from another place, another time. Then Lena gets pregnant and runs for the safety of home.
Months later, when Ryan appears at her door looking to help raise their child, Lena doesn’t know whom to trust–particularly now that “guru to the stars” Bahru has taken an interest in her baby, offering gifts forged of magic.
Soon she and Ryan are sharing eerie dreams of ancient lands, while a vengeful demon plots to take possession of their child. As the moment of birth approaches, the demon’s power rises, forcing the hand of love to wield the blade that will decide the fate of a child’s soul–and the future of the world.
Daughter of the Spellcaster is the second installment in The Portal Series trilogy. This has been my favorite so far. I was swept away by this story of pregnant witch Lena and her wealthy playboy boyfriend who just happens to be the prince from her childhood fantasies.
Lena doesn't know that she has been reincarnated from ancient Babylon times. The release of memories come so much easier for Lena than they did for Indira in the first book. I think it's because she is pregnat.
Lena has more of an emotional journey. She has to overcome several emotions including resentment and trust but most of all, love!
Ryan is Lena's true love and by far my favorite character in this book. He is so devoted to Lena and the baby. He tries to show his love for her on every single page. Even when he is tested by evil he still loves her. He is truly a wonderful man.
Each book in this series can stand alone but together they are simply magical. I am already halfway through the third and final book. That review will be up soon. Don't hesitate to give this series a try. I think it has something for everyone.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
This is the final installment in the Hush, Hush series and I found that I was extremely sad to let this world go. I have really gotten attached to Patch and Nora.
This time around we find Nora and Patch finally working together. The whole world thinks they have split up and it shakes everything up on both sides of the war. No one knows what is going to happen if Nora cant change the course of things.
There is a ton of action in this book. Even the romantic stuff has you wondering what is going to happen next. We get a good dose of fighting and confrontations too and a huge betrayal that you wont see coming. This is one of those books where you might not be sitting on the edge of your seat but you are trying to figure out the mystery the entire book. Nothing is revealed until the perfect moment.
In the end Patch and Nora sacrifice everything for each other. It truly is a romantic love story of forbidden love and overcoming all odds for true love. Its about learning that the small moments are the ones that will last you to the very end.
If you are a fan of fallen angels and epic battles then this one is for you!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Iced was a great book however to me it read a bit more like a young adult than I was expecting. Dani is a 14 year old girl who has made it her priority to save her beloved city of Dublin after the walls fell that kept our world and Faerie apart.
Dani finds herself in the middle of an investigation to find out what is causing places to get iced around her city. She finds tons of action and fun but mostly trouble this time around.
And oh my gosh I had forgotten how much this author loves cliffhangers. If you want this book to end with a satisfying ending then stop right before the final chapter.
I can not wait to read the next book in the Fever series. I think we will be seeing a lot more of Mac and Barrons in the next book.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tales of Goldstone Wood #4
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Bethany House
When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps the lovely Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission...and a race against his rival for Gleamdren's favor. Intent upon his quest, the last thing the immortal Faerie needs is to become mixed up with the troubles of an insignificant mortal.
But when he stumbles upon a maiden trapped in an enchanted sleep, he cannot leave her alone in the dangerous Wood Between. One waking kiss later, Eanrin suddenly finds his story entangled with that of young Starflower. A strange link exists between this mortal girl and the dragon-witch. Will Starflower prove the key to Lady Gleamdren's rescue? Or will the dark power from which she flees destroy both her and her rescuer?
I have never fallen in love with a story so completely before. This has to be one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time. Starflower has a place in history next to classics like Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Alice in Wonderland.
Starflower to me tells the story of what it means to love. It is about love in every form.
First you have the Dragonwitch. She is a cursed woman who has been betrayed by love and even though she has such a fiery anger in her you know that to have hate you have to love as well. I look forward to seeing the rest of her story.
Then you have Lady Gleamdren who is in love with herself so much that she allows herself to be kidnapped just to receive attention. She is quite self absorbed but she does provide several laughs.
Glomar is such an honorable man. He loves Lady Gleamdren even from afar. His is a story of longing for love.
Eanrin has not yet learned what love truly is but his journey is incredible. I loved seeing him going from crowd pleasing poet to kick ass hero. Not to mention that he is incredibly sexy!
However this story is all about Imraldera. She is a cursed woman who has been through too much heartache and tragedy in her short life Her ability to survive that kind of pain but still love the unlovable is commendable. I found I could relate to her from the very beginning. She is an amazing woman who I think given time could change all of Faerie. I hope to some day love the way she does.
Anne Elisabeth Stengl has just made my top three favorite authors and I can not wait to see where this story continues. If you have not yet read her book please give it a try. It just doesn't get any better than a story about the simplicity of love!
About the Author:
Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of HEARTLESS, VEILED ROSE, MOONBLOOD, and STARFLOWER, with DRAGONWITCH due to release in 2013. HEARTLESS and VEILED ROSE have each been honored with a Christy Award.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Thank you Alicia! I’m very excited to be here.
I love your blog’s name. . .and I agree.
I sincerely enjoy the contemporaries, which are mostly funny, because I like to make readers laugh. Plus, I wanted to show that sexy relationships can be terrific at any age and I have done that with my older characters. I had to self-publish my contemporaries because no traditional house thought they could sell them. My rejections were kind, but hinted frequently that my sex was too hot for people over 40. None of my readers think that is the case-lol. The five books of the Never Too Late series are my best selling titles at the moment.
My other favorite character is the ship’s second in command, Commander Gwen Jet, who is the only Earthling (well half anyway) on the ship. She is 35 when the series opens and quite the warrior. Nasty temper, but loyal with the heart of a great leader. In ways, she is more a true leader than her captain. Her mate is Lieutenant Dorian Zade, the sexy Siren counselor onboard. My all time favorite moment in the series is a fight that happens between Gwen and Dorian in Book Two. I had a writer’s Zen moment of knowing it was great and perfect for the story.
If I ever meet her, I will kiss the feet of Dara England of LFD Designs for Authors. Her work for me is amazing and I am grateful every day. Dara has done all of my covers. I think she reads minds. The Siren’s Call (Gwen and Dorian) and The Healer’s kiss (Boca and Chiang) are my first “couples covers”. I did help with those by picking out couples I liked that fit my characters. But my favorite cover of the Forced To Serve series is Book Two, The Demon Master’s Wife. You would not believe the magic Dara did with that one. I love it. It suits Ania’s character perfectly. I just got the cover for Book 5 a week ago. It is equally good.
You are one of the attending authors at the Indie Romance Convention next year. What are you looking forward to the most about this convention? Do you have anything special planned for us?