#FBF, Flash Book Friday, is a sporadic (told y’all it’s sporadic!) meme in which I will share and discuss with you books that I’ve read in the past (pre-blog) that has made an impression on me. Yup, because I really need more reasons to talk about books.
Release Date: June 7, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Erotica | Romantic Suspense | BDSM
From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, an Inside Out series e-short told from Mark’s point of view, as he battles his all-consuming desire for Crystal.
Devastated by Rebecca’s death, Mark is facing the chaos of the press and the police investigation alone, his reputation, his business, and even his freedom under threat. When a family emergency sends him back east to New York, he puts Crystal—who’s as capable as she is challenging—in charge of his San Francisco art gallery. A Master, all about control, right now he feels that he has none. With his secret sex club and his relationships of the past in the spotlight, Mark finds sanctuary in the one place he promised he would never be again—but cannot seem to resist. Crystal’s arms.
But this woman, she sees too much. She makes me do things I don’t do, and desire things I don’t want to.
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: New Adult | Urban Fantasy
Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.
Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Book #4 of the Consequences series:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes the thrilling conclusion of a powerful series about secrets and deception, passion and love, and choices and consequences.
The unexpected fourth novel of the Consequences series, REVEALED: The Missing Years is…
“The captivating missing piece that completes one of the most intricate, enthralling, and suspenseful stories I’ve ever read.” – Vilma’s Book Blog
Readers saw what happened on that fateful afternoon at the Rawlings Estate and heard about the aftermath. This fourth novel of the series is told through the men in Claire Nichols’ life and fills in the gap of time that was only previously mentioned. Like dominoes falling in a line, REVEALED allows readers to experience the shocking repercussions one by one, and witness their effect on everyone in the game.
“REVEALED: The Missing Years fills in more blanks than you could have imagined.”- Schmexy Girl Book Blog
Share the struggle as Anthony Rawlings fights for what is his as the crashing consequences of his past threatens to change his world forever. Join Harrison Baldwin as he discovers the truth that threatens his beliefs, and John Vandersol as he come to terms with his revelations. Witness as Phillip Roach decides with whom his loyalties lie, and Brent Simmons demonstrates the meaning of friendship—no matter the cost.
Readers of this series survived the Consequences, learned the Truth, and know who was Convicted, but that is not all. Do not assume that Tony and Claire’s story is complete, because beyond the conclusion of Convicted there is more to be REVEALED!
“Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.” –James Allen
Format: Print ARC
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Source: Grace of Books of Love
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
In the beginning, there was him.
Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.
But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.
Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.
Your nightmare might turn into your best dream someday.
BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news.
BB&B is an homage Barron’s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s smash hit series, Fever.
Last Week’s Reviews
- Kraken King VII & VIII by Meljean Brook (Steampunk)
- The Saint by Tiffany Reisz (Erotica)
- Captivating Bridge by Michelle Mankin (New Adult)
- Revealed: The Missing Years by Aleatha Romig (Contemporary)
- Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro (Supernatural Mystery)
As unrest in the Underworld threatens, seven immortal warriors descended from the greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece may just be mankind’s last hope.
Eternal Guardians Is…
Eternal Guardians 1: MARKED
Eternal Guardians 2: ENTWINED
Zander is the only immortal Guardian and a descendant of Achilles. At 829 years, he’s served with most of his current Guardian’s fathers, and has grown tired of the fight. Cursed by Achilles’s legacy of rage, and a soul mate he once loved and lost, he’s continually searching for his weakness—that element that will save him from a life of immortality and send him to the afterlife.
Eternal Guardians 3: TEMPTED
Demetrius is the largest and darkest Guardian, and a descendant of the famed hero Jason. A fierce fighter, he hides a dangerous secret, and most of the other Guardians steer clear of him. When he’s trapped on a mysterious island with the princess of the realm, his secrets threaten more than just her safety. They threaten the very fabric of the world the Guardians protect.
Eternal Guardians 4: ENRAPTURED
When his Guardian brother was enslaved, Orpheus, a major thorn in the Guardians side, is suddenly chosen by the Fates to take his brother’s spot in the order. A descendant of Perseus and half witch who hides a secret even his brother doesn’t know, Orpheus could care less about duty and honor to a group that overlooked him. He has only one goal: to find and free his brother from his prison in the Underworld. He sets out on his quest, only to be interrupted by a Siren—one of Zeus’s elite warriors—who has her own agenda.
Eternal Guardians 5: ENSLAVED
Enslavement in the Underworld changed Gryphon forever. A descendant of Perseus, he now battles a dark voice, pushing him toward a fate he can’t seem to change. Not wanting to hurt his Guardian brothers, he escapes from their compound with only one goal: to find and kill the person who imprisoned him. But to get away from his friends who will never let him leave on his own, he takes one woman hostage—a refugee herself: Maelea, the daughter of Zeus and Persephone. A a woman whose allegiance is unknown and whose destiny could change the direction of the war between the Guardians and the gods.
Eternal Guardians 6: BOUND
Titus, a descendant of Odysseus, is the thinker of the group. He’s also the only one who can read minds. A gift that has turned into a curse when combined with his ability to feel the emotions of those he touches. When a mysterious redhead enters the Guardians world, Titus is tasked with finding her and uncovering her agenda. He just never expects to be drawn into the fight between gods – Titans vs Olympians — or how his fate will be inexplicably tied to it from here on out.
Eternal Guardians 7: TWISTED
Nick is the leader of the half breeds. While not a Guardian of the order, Nick sports the Guardian markings, directed but the Fates, and he has become an unlikely ally to the Guardians in their fight to protect the human realm. But when he trades his life to Hades to save that of his soul mate—and his brother Demetrius’s soul mate—Nick’s life is forever changed. Imprisonment in the Prince of Darkness’s lair will test him not just physically, but emotionally when he meets a woman who will change the fate of the war.
I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.
Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.
My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.
Fan Girls & Boys Welcome
Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.
TRUST: PANDORA’S BOX, the last installment of the TRUST TRILOGY, follows Ethan, Alistair and Sophia as each one of them strives to live happily ever after. But a greedy man, who has uncovered the many secrets and wrong deeds committed by Ethan, Alistair and Sophia, realizes they could be worth millions. Many are invited to join his team. Each one has an agenda. Each one has a target. Things get out of control when Pandora’s Box is opened and the demons are let loose. With so many enemies out for revenge, what will the future bring to Ethan, Alistair and Sophia? Eventually, wishes and nightmares come true… Will hope survive? This book is the last installment of the TRUST TRILOGY and contains graphic sex scenes and mild violence. Indicated for mature audiences.
Every time I read one of Cristiane Serruya’s TRUST TRILOGY books, I feel like I’m taken on a food trip. Her heroine, Sophia Leibowitz, is such a big foodie her palate adventures always make my mouth water.
So I have to ask Cristiane to share a recipe, something simple that maybe you and I can try at home. Something that is decadent and delectable that it’ll feel we’re trying a special dish at a 5-star restaurant.
“I have one great love: sweets,” said Sophia. “Oh, of course, first comes Gabriela, my gorgeous, sexy Alistair Connor and my family! But I’m assuming this everyone knows.
But it’s not every sweet I love. To be on the top of my list it has to be something really special, softy, smoothly and tasty. Mmmm! And with creamy sauce preferably.
So, today, I’ll tell you about a recipe I learned from my grandmother, Angelica. It can be found on every corner and it turned out to be as ‘common place’. Seems nothing special, then. What is it? A kind of cheesecake with guava creamy sauce over it.
Fruit jellies or sauces have this innate ability to make my mouth water and I lick my lips with just one glance. Cheeseis sinful, lusty and an excess that would make god Bacchus even more proud of his excesses. The curious thing ischeese is nothing more than milk!
Nonetheless, when it’s mixed with guava sauce, it is luscious, creamy and fragrant.
Guava hard pasta and Minas cheese is a traditional combination in Brazil. We call it Goiabada com queijo! Cheesecake is an American staple. So this “marriage” of flavors works, again, very well for Brazilians, Americans and, oh! for everyone!
But how could I make it even better, easier to do and lighterso I can eat it and still keep fit? Simple: All I had to do was to take away the carbohydrates and the fat! Because we all know that calories count!
I am in love with my Cheese mousse with Guava sauce, so let’s do it:
Ingredients for the sauce:
3 red guavas
½ spoons of sweetener
½ cup of water
Ingredients for the mousse:
1 ½ cup (10 ounces) of ricotta cheese – skim or light!
1 shallow spoon of sweetener
½ glass of skim milk
1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin, without sugar
⅓ cup of water
“First, we will need to cool our silicone or ceramic pan. How to do it? Easy. Put water inside it and wet it all over very well, throw the water away and put it still wet in the freezer.
Clean the guavas very well and, if needed, peel them. Cut them in four halves and put them in a pan with the water and the sweetener. Let them cook for 15 minutes but don’t let them become too soft. Let them chill.
In a blender, mix the ricotta, the skim milk and the shallow spoon of sweetener. Process until it becomes a smooth mixture. This takes around 1 minute.
In a ceramic cup, mix the gelatin and the water. Cook it in water-bath for 30 seconds max. Be careful: the gelatin must not boil, just heat it a bit. Mix the gelatin with the cheese cream.
Take out your pan from the freezer; it’s already cold at the touch. Pour the cheese mixture into it. Put it back in thefreezer for 40 minutes.
While we wait— Hey!”
Alistair has sneaked behind Sophia’s back and tried to reach the pan with the guavas. She slapped his hand right on time.
“Alistair Connor! Don’t dare put your finger in this. Out of this kitchen. Right now!”
“Sophia, this smell came waffling through the house and my nose brought me here. I’m salivating!” Alistair flashed her a crooked smile. “Please?”
How cute! “It’s still hot, Handsome! You are going to burn your tongue.” She winked playfully at him. “I can’t stand you having your tongue burnt.”
“Then give me a kiss.” His smile grew naughtily as he bent to take her lips in a passionate kiss.
A loud ahem made Alistair and Sophia spring apart.
“Ooops, sorry, Supies and Braine! You know how I forget every thing when Alistair Connor kisses me,” she said, blushing. And pushed a pouting Alistair out of the kitchen.
“Hmmm… Right. Separate the seeds for their guavas’ outer parts and reserve the seeds for a sauce, it’s not everyone that likes them. Blend the hard parts until they become a delicious, smooth sauce. Let’s put both sauces in the refrigerator to chill.
After forty minutes, take the pan out the refrigerator and carefully run a knife around its edge. Put your serving plate upside down and turn it. If it doesn’t drop instantly, shake it gently. It will come down and won’t break.
Now, we can just turn the sauce over it and decorate it with mint leaves and voilà! in less than an hour we have done a delicious and light dessert.
“The only thing better than this is Sophia’s sinful kiss,” said Alistair Connor. “Now, if you excuse us, she is going to feed me this delicacy!”
“Bye, girls! I hope you have enjoyed it!” Sophia exclaimed, chasing Alistair who had fled the kitchen with the dessert.
I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband and two daughters. I’m a lawyer, who specializes in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women. I also have a Masters in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts.I’ve always loved to read, write and listen to music. I lived and studied in England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Traveling is one of my passions – as is keeping fit and healthy.After twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And – amazingly – it was just the piece that was missing in my life.Stalk Cristiane
Shane Quesada, a four-century old vampire sentry, is known for cold, unemotional precision when hunting rogue vampires.Maya Robertson is a youngling vampire who will not be controlled—and to prove it, she rejects Shane’s protection—only to find herself in over her head with an alpha werewolf.Soon, a war between the coven and the werewolf clan ignites, and Maya and Shane flee to Louisiana, where their passion for each other grows—as does Maya’s power. When she finds herself at the center of the conflict, will she finally trust Shane with her life—and her heart?
Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters.
Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys.