Released – Kerrigan Byrne

So it’s not often that I seriously pimp out an Indy author or even a fairly new author so when I find one that I ADORE, I have no qualms in putting on my Pimp Hat and going to work.  So last year Dawn and I found Kerrigan Byrne and ever since we haven’t been able to get enough. Kerrigan had a title that was a freebie on Amazon that promised me a berserker and I am a SUCKER for a berserker.  So I downloaded it and LOVED it so much I immediately went to dawn and raved about it! Which in turn got Dawn hooked!

Byrne writes historical novels with a paranormal twist. She writes of epic love that can rival a berserkers strength. She writes of magic and Celtic fairytales.  Her writing pulls you in and is so rich you can all but picture the scenes as they unfold. Her stories while not long (All novellas to date) they leave you with an impression, they have impact. She is a great new talent that is on my auto-buy list!

So this is her newest release!

 

Kerrigan Byrne - Released

RELEASED

She’s become a Banshee, screaming for vengeance…

The last thing Katriona remembers about her life is her violent death. Now, in order to rest, she must avenge her family, which means eliminating the last of the corrupt MacKay Lairds. But her Banshee scream doesn’t kill him, and the more she tries, the harder it becomes to resist the wicked temptation he poses.

He’s cursed for the crimes of another…

None of the many sins staining Laird Rory MacKay’s soul warrant the wailing Banshee in his bedroom. With a clan divided, an impending marriage, and whispers of a dark curse threatening the livelihood of his people, Rory doesn’t have the time – or the heart – to face the specter of the one woman he’s spent the last year trying to forget.

 

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UNLEASED (The Highland Historical Trillogy)

 

Kerrigan Byrne - Unleashed

Meet the MacLauchlan Berserkers…


Roderick
He’s death for hire, cursed by a malicious enemy who left him unable to speak.

She’s a refugee with a dangerous secret that could cost her life.
Outnumbered by thousands, he’s fated to die in battle like so many Berserkers before him. Could the strength of their love defy destiny?

Connor
He’s a mercenary Laird who fears nothing but the darkness inside him.

She’s a noble beauty, sold to the highest bidder.
He mistakenly rescues her from a fate worse than death, but now she’s his captive.
They must battle their pride and their explosive attraction to each other in order to defeat a common enemy who threatens the clan’s survival.

Finn
He’s a nameless bastard, stalking the Highlands bent on revenge and murder when he stumbles on an infant deserted in the snow.

She’s a desperate woman who’s lost everything, including her dignity.
They are three of the world’s Unwanted. On a snowy Solstice night, their tale becomes one of blood and vengeance, of love, redemption, and forging the bonds that make a family.

 

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The Author:

 

Website: http://www.kerriganbyrne.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kerriganbyrneauthor

Kerrigans Celts Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/411232902263893/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter: @Kerrigan_Byrne

 

 

 

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Review: Jessica Sorensen – The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

The Coincidence Series:

Book 1:

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden: Kayden Owens and Callie Lawrence

 

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

 

Purchase on Amazon:  Jessica Sorensen – The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

Review:

So, I’ll start with saying that New Adult is not my favorite genre, I find it a confusing and find the main characters fairly annoying. That being said Jessica Sorensen is a breath of fresh air to this genre. Her characters while have the typical angst they aren’t drowning in their circumstances. I find that they are genuinely trying to overcome them. Callie and Kayden are two people just trying to live their lives as the best as they can. They have known each other their entire lives but have never been friends or in each other’s radars. All of that changes when a twist of fate occurs and Callie is there when Kayden needs it the most, right after their high school graduation. Kayden knows that if Callie hadn’t been there that night there is a good chance that he would have died that night. He spends all summer thinking hat he has to talk to Callie and thank her for his life, but she’s gone.

Callie has spent every day since she turned 12 doing everything she could to not be noticed, to blend into the background. That night is burned into her memory for all time but she left for college the next day and hasn’t spoken to Kayden since. Callie arrives at college early for the summer semester and finally she feels like she can breathe. She makes her first friend, kindred soul in Seth. Together they make a pack to try something that they never would have tried before, pulling them out of their comfort zone. When the official semester starts Callie is a bit stronger, she is starting to find who she is outside of her small town and a house that holds the memories of her 12th birthday. She is truly trying to recover to become more of a normal young woman to not be ruled by her past. It is on the first day of the official semester that this is tested when she is trampled by Kayden.

Together these two forge a friendship that is outside all their old norms. Together they find that maybe they can help heal each other. Kayden doesn’t feel like he has to hide anything from Callie, like he does everyone else. She already knows. Callie, experiences new things with Kayden that she never thought she would be able to experience with a male. Little by little these two learn that they can lean on each other, that they are not their pasts and that they might be able to make something of their future. They remind me a bit of Eva and Gideon from the Sylvia Day Crossfire series. Two incredibly messed up individuals that are victims of their past trying to create something beautiful together. Now these two are not so chaotic in their relationship as Gideon and Eva, they do have moments of freak out, but they handle it much better for two so young. Their demons are not so bad when they are together. But each is keeping a secret from the other, something that they are not proud of but has been their way of coping for so long that they don’t know how to stop. Callie and Kayden are so good for each other, it’s kind of beautiful. At one point Callie has me in tears when she is telling Kayden something fully expecting him to decide he is better off without her, but he just holds on to her. He does the best thing he probably could do in the circumstances and I adored him for it. Everything these two build over the course of a semester can come crumbling down around them the moment they step foot back into the town they were raised. The ending of this book is on one hell of a cliffhanger. I mean damn, it’s a cliffhanger! And on top of that the next book doesn’t look like it’s slated to be released until 2014, which just completely sucks. I really hate when an author leaves you hanging for over a year for a book especially when they left you on a cliffhanger. This is a total bummer, because I really really want to read book two, since this book was one of my favorite of 2012.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Review: Kelsie Leverich – The Valentine’s Arrangement

Hero for the Holidays Series:

Book 1:

The Valentine’s Arrangement: Ronnie Clark and Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson

The Valentine's Arrangement

Purchase on Amazon: The Valentine’s Arrangement: (InterMix)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

“I didn’t want the line to get blurry, and I sure as hell didn’t want you to cross it.”

Ronnie Clark, an edgy tattoo artist with hopes of high tailing it out of the forsaken Military town she followed her now ex-fiancé to, is counting down the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. After her fiancé slept with a female solider while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his deployment to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. The last thing he wants is a relationship, but casual sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets the renowned tattoo artist Ronnie Clark, a snarky, blunt, takes no prisoners kind of woman, that seems to be all he can think about.

But when Kale realizes he has met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And if it’s not, will he be able to convince Ronnie that the proverbial hearts and flowers aren’t so bad after all, even if he is a soldier?

“You changed something inside me, something I didn’t ever think I would want, or feel—but you did, and now I can’t go back”

This book contains explicit sex scenes and is recommended for readers 18+

Review:

I really quite enjoyed this book! It was hot and sexy from beginning to end. Ronnie’s snarky bad attitude made for a fun, interesting heroine. I don’t typically like heroines that don’t have a little bite to them, so Ronnie was right up my alley. I also like that she was the one that was the tattoo artist (think Kat Von D). I’ve read a few books where one of the main characters is a tattoo artist, but usually it’s the male so I like the role reversal. Ronnie was a tough, thick skinned chica, with a bad attitude and no room for love in her life. Her ex-fiancé had done a real number on her and she certainly wasn’t ready to trust her hear to another, especially another military man. To her they are a heart ache waiting to happen. When Kale walks through the door in her tattoo shop she throws the bad attitude to its full extent because she had never been so intensely attracted to another man before and it scared the shit out of her.  But her bad attitude may be no match for a determined solider!

Kale takes one look at Ronnie and knows he wants her even with all the bad attitude she throws his way. He knows she wants him just as badly as he wants her, so he’ll gladly take the bad attitude if it gets her where he wants her. I just adored Kale, due he took everything Ronnie threw at him and just kept smiling with cute dimples (I’m a sucker for dimples!) all the way to the bedroom. Kale only does one type of relationship, the type the ends when he leaves and no one has any hard feelings, so he isn’t sure why he’s so bummed when Ronnie offers him just that. His life is the military and that’s how he likes it, he lives and breathes the military lifestyle. His men are the most important to him and no woman has ever threatened that before, until Ronnie. Kale is the type of man, which every woman wishes she could find: loyal, committed, funny, steadfast and an all-around good guy. So why is Ronnie still pushing him away? He’s got a week to convince this reluctant woman that she is meant to be his and to take a risk on him.

I really liked how Kelsie Leverich approaches the military life style at least how it is for the woman left behind. I felt it was a pretty accurate to how it really is. I have a couple of friends that are military wives so I know how it is for them as the one that is left behind and has to keep on trucking as their men are risking their lives every day. The news becomes a nightmare every time there is a bombing in the area that her man is fighting in. They go into birth on their own, raise kids on their own as the man she loves comes in and out of her life. Ms. Leverich does not shy away from this and addresses these issues in her book. Ronnie is reluctant to enter into this type of lifestyle again and hell there is no way I can blame it. I’m not sure I could ever do it, so for me it is a special tough sort of woman that can. I can see how some who read this book may see Ronnie as a total bitch for not immediately taking on Kale, because, let’s face it, he is a catch, but I am not one of them. I have seen what this kind of life is like and it’s not for everyone, if anything I admire Ronnie for not jumping right into it.

Overall, this was a great read, it was quick, fast paced and sexy as all get out. Ronnie and Kale made the characters come to life and I was not a bit disappointed with this title. I would definitely recommend it to readers and am looking forward to any future titles from this author.

*I received this copy through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Rating: 4 Romaticals

 

Quickie Reviews/Novellas and Shorts


FoxFire by Dawn Montgomery and Ditter
4 Romanticals

This was my first book by Dawn and Ditter. I enjoyed this book and there were a few times that I was so engrossed in the story that I forgot everything else around me.
The storyline and characters were very intriguing. I really enjoyed the whole “Clue” theme with the magic and paranormal twist brought into it. This series has a lot of potential.

Alaya, a beautiful woman who is allergic to magic. She is a magic null. A knock at the door changes her life. She will soon find out just how much.

Shad, a handsome mysterious Kitsune, fox shifter who is imprisoned magically. He doesn’t know it yet but he soon finds out that not everything and everyone is who and what they seem.

When Shad and Alaya meet the magical journey begins. Shad and Alaya had an instant attraction. You could feel their passion. They fit perfectly together. The secondary characters in this book stand out making them unforgettable. You will want to read their stories.
All in all this story was great. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series progresses. There are some things I am hoping the authors expand on. I am hoping in the next book we get more of this magikal world Ditter and Dawn created together.
This book is filled with mystery, death, action, lust, passion, and sizzling sex scenes.


Weekend Lover by Melissa Blue
4 Romanticals

My first book by Melissa Blue. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. Loved the whole idea of a one night stand turning into a weekend of lots of loving. I liked the reality of it and also the fantasy of it. The characters had chemistry and the passion was sizzling. The sex scenes were smoking hot.

This short story fulfilled my need for an escape and some quick excitement. The ending was surprising.


Down with Cupid by Melissa Blue
4 Romanticals

I was surprised to find out that there was another short that continued on with Nicole and Sebastian. I was really happy to find this out. I thought it would be over after the way the first one ended. The ending was surprising so I was excited to read more about these 2 characters and their story.

In this short story Melissa Blue gives us more depth to each character. We are given just enough background on Nicole and Sebastian to make them even more interesting and help understand who they are and why they do the things they do.

Their relationship evolved in this short story. The story flowed without rush. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed reading more of their story. I loved seeing how their relationship evolved. Melissa did a great job showing the passion and emotion in each character. It was a great read.


After The Storm by Claudy Conn
5 Romanticals

Okay wow!!! Totally adored this book with a passion. I devoured it.. I couldn’t put it down. The whole storyline was great. I enjoyed it. The mystery and suspense kept me glued to my kindle.
This book had it all. Lots of action, emotion, laughs and sizzling passion.

The characters in Claudy’s books always stand out. This book was no different.

Jenny is a precious beauty who is in grieving for her lost love. She really doesn’t understand what she is feeling when this new man shows up in her life.

Justin is a handsome man looking for marriage and when he meets Jenny he decides she is the one for him.

Justin was soo sweet. Jenny was sassy and funny. Both of them fit perfectly together. This story had everything you could possibly want.

Claudy knows how to deliver and she continues to do so with all of her amazing books. I am a die hard fan!! I just can’t get enough.


Wildfire Kiss by Claudy Conn
4 Romanticals

First off I have to say that I LOVED the Author’s note! It was really great!

Another fantastic love tale by Claudy Conn. I enjoyed this regency romance. This book was filled with details and events that often go on in society during those times. They are intriguing and I love how Claudy writes about them. She adds the special twist to them making it so much better.

Her characters are always realistic and they always standout. The secondary characters always shine as well.

In this book there was a lot going on but I found it very easy to follow along. A lot of relationships and events happening but it all flowed perfectly together easily capturing your attention to the very end.

I loved Babs character. She shined brightly through the whole book. She was sassy and her antics were too funny. Nick was just the man she needed.

This book was filled with mystery, suspense, action, emotion and oh so much passion. Everything you could possibly want. A must read!


Taffeta & Hotspur by Claudy Conn
4 Romanticals

Claudy Conn’s regency tales are always refreshing reads. You can always expect your needs fulfilled.

This one was very enjoyable. I love regency-historical romances with a paranormal twist to them.

Claudy always manages to capture the time period so well you get transported back in time. The clothes, events, details and manners always amaze me. I find it all very exciting. Its one of my all time favorite genres and that is why I enjoy Claudy’s books with a passion.

This storyline was so realistic. The mystery and suspense really keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next.

I can’t get enough of Claudy’s characters. The are unforgettable and stay with me. This story line flowed perfectly.

Taffata and Tarrant suited each other. The emotion and passion they shared makes this love story a keeper. Its a must read!


Venice Vampyr (Novella #1) By Tina Folsom
5 Romanticals

This novella was smoking and sizzling. I thought my kindle was going to melt. The storyline flowed perfectly for a novella. It wasn’t rushed at all. The details were just right.

The time period made this novella even better for me. I enjoyed how Tina brings historical and paranormal together in this novella. It made for an interesting and very fun story, one that kept me turning the pages till the very end and wanting more.

This novella was very erotic. I didn’t feel like the story was rushed. It felt new and refreshing. I really thought the pictures in between chapters added to the story. The pictures made Tina’s details pop even more.

Raphael and Isabella’s story was great! The mystery and suspense kept me guessing and engrossed in this world Tina created.


Venice Vampyr: Final Affair (Novella #2) By Tina Folsom
5 Romanticals

Wow!! So very erotic. Loved this! I find a lot of the times with Erotic romance books that the storyline is rushed and it really doesn’t deliver but not with Tina’s. Tina’s erotic romances deliver with a bang always!

This story line is great and flows so perfectly. I was caught in the story from the very first page until the last not wanting it to end.

The whole idea of Viola having a brain tumor and getting only 3 months to live making her want to fulfill her fantasy and not wanting to die a virgin was intriguing and very interesting. I really loved seeing how she went about getting what she wanted.

Dante a handsome vampyr, a play boy who loved the ladies was caught by surprise after meeting Viola.

Viola a beautiful but sick woman decides she is going to try to take what she wants before its too late for her. Well she gets that and a lot more.

Tina does an amazing job giving the characters background. She gives you enough detail. You don’t get bored reading this novella at all. I really like how with each novella you learn more and more of this vampyr world she created. This story is based in Venice Italy in the 1800’s I love the historical paranormal twist she includes. The pictures she adds gives the details in the story more for your imagination. They bring you into that world and time. Its a must read!


Venice Vampyr: Sinful Treasure (Novella #3) By Tina Folsom
5 Romanticals

Tina Folsom masters the art of erotica romance. This novella was scorching hot, burning up my kindle and my panties 🙂

Her vampyrs are to die for and the stories are so enjoyable..

I wanted to read Lorenzo’s story since first meeting him. Tina delivered with his story for sure. This novella brings us more into the Venice vampyr world Tina created. We get more detail on the Guardians of the Holy Waters. We also get introduced to more of the vampyrs. I really hope this series will continue. I love it.

I found it very refreshing that Tina wrote a character like Bianca. Bianca wasn’t all perfect. She had flaws and that is what connected me to her. Even know Lorenzo knew about her past he didn’t judge her. I really thought that was amazing. This novella was filled with so much passion and emotion. The story easily pulls you in transporting you into the Venice vampyr world. I loved the ending to this novella it was sooo very special. It is a must read for all historical paranormal lovers!

Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop

Hey Romanticals!

We’re doing a giveaway for the “Love is in the Air” Giveaway Hop hosted by Under the Covers Book Blog .

The Hop is running from February 7th – February 14th. You can win some stuff for Valentines Day, so if your single or your man didn’t get you want you really wanted you have a chance to some else!

Personally my favorite valentines day themed book is Rachel Gibson’s “The Trouble with Valentines Day”.

The Trouble With Valentine's Day (Chinooks Hockey Team, #3)

So we are going to giveaway one eBook copy of Rachel Gibson’s TROUBLE WITH VALENTINES DAY as one prize to one winner  as well as a $10.00 Amazon or Barnes and Nobles Gift Card to another lucky winner.

So how does this work? This giveaway is open to US residents as well as Canada if you have a Kindle that accepts US books from amazon.com . You just have to fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Want to hop around to have a chance at winning more stuff?! Click on the Linky below to get to the other blogs participating in this giveaway!

Interview: Olivia Cunning

Hey everyone!

We have had the good fortune to be able to ask Olivia Cunning some questions, to get a quick peek into her mind! So here are the questions! Enjoy

Hot Ticket

Dawns Questions:

What inspired you to write your first book?

When I was sixteen, I kept having the same dream over and over again and each morning I’d lie in bed and allow my imagination to take the story a little farther. I became so enthralled in the “story” I decided to write it down. It escalated from there and I haven’t stopped writing since. I still do the lie in bed and let my imagination wander. I’m amazed with some of the things my brain comes up with when I give it free rein.

What are your current projects?

Hot Ticket from my Sinners on Tour series just released yesterday. I’m very excited about it! There’s one more book to be released in the series. Wicked Beat is coming out this August. I also have a serial series I publish called “One Night with Sole Regret”, which is a bit atypical in that the stories of all five characters intertwine and the thing is told one night at a time. Also, I will soon be working on the spin-off series to the Sinners series, which follows the band Exodus End. So I’ll be writing rock stars for a while longer. Not that I’m complaining. I do write other books, but they’re not nearly as popular as the rock star ones.

What motivates you to write?

Lots of things. I want to know what happens to these fictional people in my head. Fans constantly ask for more books. Oh and now that I’ve quit my day job, I have to support myself financially. My favorite motivation is that it’s fun!

What books/authors have most influenced your life?

I’d say Rosemary Rogers, as she was the first romance author whose work I fell in love with. I read THE WANTON in high school and I was hooked. And also Nora Roberts. I read a book of hers when I was nineteen (it was a Silhouette Desire that came out early in her career) and loved her voice so much I wanted to write just like her. I think I kind of strayed from that goal a bit. I still love how she writes though.

Who are your favorite authors?

I adore J.K. Rowling. Sidney Sheldon is another favorite. Dean Koontz and Stephen King’s early work. I like fast-paced books that never let up. So even though these authors don’t write in my genre, they all write in a similar style that keeps me turning pages until the wee hours of the night.

Amandas Questions:

If you were stranded on a deserted island for one week with only one of your guys from either: The Sinners, Sole Regret or Exodus End, who would you pick?

Steve, the drummer of Exodus End. Why? Because he’s the outdoorsy type and has excellent survival skills! Now if I was trapped on an island at a romantic resort with all the comforts of home, my answer would be different. *ornery grin*

Jace’s character is so heartbreaking, did you cry for him at any point while writing HOT TICKET?

I cried for him constantly when writing that book. And I still tear up when I read it now. Even though I know he’s happy now. I made sure he was happy. It’s what he deserves.

You are an avid fan of music; do you play any instruments or write any music?

I played flute and piccolo in junior high. I was really good at it and then I discovered boys—well, a boy. Band geek and bad boy collided and I dropped out of band. In retrospect, I should have chosen the flute. I did write some lyrics in Sed’s book. Yeah, I’m not very good at it.

Just thinking about HOT TICKET makes me want to re-read it, because it was that good. Do you ever re-read your own books just for the fun of it?

I reread them so many times when I’m writing and editing them, I’m sick of them by the time they go to print. I think once Eric’s book, Wicked Beat, is released in August I’ll sit down and read the entire Sinners series from beginning to end. See what all the fuss is about.

In HOT TICKET Aggie makes beautiful custom corsets, have you ever worn one? If yes, what were your thoughts on wearing a corset?

I haven’t ever worn a corset. I do think they’re beautiful and sexy. I wouldn’t mind donning one for a special occasion, but I wouldn’t want to wear one every day. I’m too fond of slouching. I also can’t sew worth beans, so I admire Aggie’s talent with a needle. The corsets I picture her making are truly breathtaking. Works of art. I love that her grandmother taught her embroidery and she uses it on something that more closely fits her personality.

Thanks for having me on your blog!