Quick Hits: Disobedience by Alvania Scarborough + Edge S2P1 by Jamie Magee

Series: Harker’s Hell 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Silver Harbor Press
Source: Author
Recommended By: Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Genre: Western Historical | Fantasy

Harker’s Hell. Early settlers thought they’d found a western re-creationist’s heaven. Instead, the new world is a hellish version of the Old West. Now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life.

Dissonance Walker believed she’d seen the worst life had to offer, only to find she’s dead wrong. Sold to a secret organization by her parents for the price of a new stove, her ability to disobey is ripped away by a brutal experiment. Determined to find the key to restore her freedom, she manages to escape her captors, only to end up in the worst place for a woman that can’t say no—on a saloon stage, ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he needs to attend a little unfinished business. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed, isn’t on the list. It’s bad enough he has to go through the fuss of rescuing her, now he discovers the only way to grant her freedom is to marry her. This is why he never plays the hero—no good deed goes unpunished.

Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the sins of the past have returned, ready to collect their dues. Only trust can save Dissonance and Bram from a shocking evil… but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.

A western sci-fi romantic fantasy. This criss-cross of genre is what lured me to read Alvania Scarborough’s DISOBEDIENCE. Bounty hunters, outlaws, and gun slingers ruling this frontier, it’s sure to be one wild ride. I love the old Western feel of the novel, after watching Hell on Wheels, I could clearly imagine Harker’s Hell, tumbleweeds, horse manure, and all. I also liked the hidden treasure theory and the whole search for it as well as the crazy scientists who are after Dissonance. Exciting madcap of events towards the end there.
Dissonance Walker and Bram Spencer. These two were on fire! Kimberly, I didn’t know you read super sexy reads like this!! You little sneak! Anyway, I’m surprised these two didn’t start a fire with all the friction they’ve created in the bedroom. Whew! 
DISOBEDIENCE, though tagged Sci-Fi/Western Fantasy felt more like Western Historical romance for me. Not that it’s bad, I was just expecting something like Cowboys and Aliens, with maybe some small nuances that would notate that this isn’t exactly the Wild West. Also, Dissonance supposedly has a chip that compels her to obey a command. Fascinating premise but it’s either the chip is flawed or Dissonance’s will is stronger because the lady didn’t have much problem disobeying IMO. Girl’s sassy, not that it’s bad, it just didn’t match the premise. 
I recommend DISOBEDIENCE if you love Western Historical romances though. Just don’t expect too much on the fantasy aspect.
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Series: Edge Season 2 Part 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 18, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult | Fantasy
Immortals never resolve conflict with lovers or enemies. They either entomb the turmoil, literally, or shroud it in their past, never expecting to face the fight once more. Knowing if they ever did, for better or worse, life would never be the same again.

Five years ago life was good at the Boneyard. The Sons, led by Reveca Beauregard, were unstoppable. Judge was in love. For the first time in his existence, he’d found acceptance, balance, and a rush in a lover. He found it within the soul of Adair Vallet, a mortal. In one beat, the unthinkable befell the Sons. One of their own turned on them, forcing a divide. A Son had to die. A lover had to be let go. And for Judge, life stopped.
Today, Adair Vallet is oblivious of the man’s heart she still holds, yet she mourns the emptiness she feels within. Her life explodes into action when the dead rise and she’s forced into the clutches of the Pentacle Sons. Quickly she finds herself twisted into a malevolent past thick with betrayal, mysticism, and passion. Edge is a novella series in a Paranormal Biker Romance, set in the great city of New Orleans. Rich with action, mystery, romance, and mysticism.
DISCLAIMER: Edge is a serial and each “episode” has 4 chapters. The season 1 omnibus is already out. Season 2 just started, this is the first part. 
EDGE season 2, episode 1 was a little heartbreaking for me. We got a little peak into the Pentacle Sons’ past and it wasn’t a pretty backstory. Betrayals, deaths, sacrifices, love lost, gah! It’s so hard when one of your own does the betraying. Also, I didn’t really pay much attention to Adair in the previous episoded, that’s all changed now for sure! I’m just not certain where this puts her in the whole scheme of things. Unless I got it wrong, I get the feeling that she’s not necessarily Team Reveca right now…
Speaking of. Queen Bee, Reveca Beauregard, is sick and tired of all the bullshit that’s going on around her. So what does she do? She frickin’ moves an entire house, more like a mansion, using magic. Damn, can she do that for me too?! Anyway,  obviously, Reveca can’t handle the pressure of her love life currently. King’s pull is just too much and Talon is like the Tasmanial Devil, spinning little angry twisters and Reveca just needs a break from all of it! Good call, girl! Give the boys time out.

Speaking of Judge. Oh my, I think I got a crush on him. He went all Alpha here but Adair is so dense! With all that power and magic, why can’t she figure out the obvious?! 

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Loved It: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle

Series: Stand-alone (?)
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal

Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up – desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain – her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful interests. Petra’s father wasn’t the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.

Eerie and definitely speculative. That’s DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle in so few words. This title has been on my reading calendar for twoo weeks and I kept on moving it around no thanks to my reading rut. Finally I managed to crawl out of my oubilette and indulged in some good paranormal story. 
I love small town reads because the characters are often quirky and the scenery feels like home. Temperance, Wyoming loosely fit that category, however I wouldn’t want to get lost in this town much less visit it. It’s creepy and depressing. Interesting is the kindest way to describe it’s residents: ranch hands that don’t talk, a “drug” ring led by an Alchemist, the town drunk who’s a s/male, a coyote that wants to be someone’s pet, talking skeletons. The list of unnatural occurrences goes on which made DARK ALCHEMY the book you should pick up when you want to read something… uncomfortable.
LBickle is brilliant in writing these disturbing atmospheric reads. I love Petra Dee, I love her name and she reminds me of Dr. John Dee, an Elizabethan cultist. DARK ALCHEMY is motivated by Petra looking for her long lost father whom she thinks is somehwere in Temperance, Wyoming. Under the guise of geological research, Petra poked around town, asking questions and filing a missing person report. Meanwhile, she keeps on getting anonymous calls from whom she suspects is her father, asking her to leave the town. Yyyeah, as if that would work! One thing led to another and she accidentally unraveled the town by unveiling its secrets. Immortality and transmutation isn’t all its cracked up to be, not in this case anyway, it’s disgusting and wretched, I don’t want to live for eternity the same way some of the characters do. 
DARK ALCHEMY is one strange cookie and I hope there’s a sequel in the works. This is just under 300 pages, and because the novel is fast paced, it’s also a quick read. And perhaps the biggest perk of all is this little gem is only $2.99 (ebook) as of this writing. That’s a big bang for your buck so if you’re looking for something different, please check out DARK ALCHEMY, it just might be the one for you.

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Loved It: A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes

Series: Ghostly Southern Mystery 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books | Witness
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal – Humorous

There’s a ghost on the loose—and a fox in the henhouse

Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken’s been pestering her to figure out who killed him.

With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken’s widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something’s definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it’s not her luck.

Tonya Kappes’ A GHOSTLY UNDERTAKING is the perfect cozy weekend read. At least for me it was. I mean it was difficult to hold in guffaws and giggle snorts when Emma Lee Raines is investigating the wrongful death of a chicken… errr… I mean a dude named, Colonel Chicken Teater. Who is crazy obsessed with his prize winning hen. Who paid more attention to Lady Cluckington (hen) than his pageant Queen and certified cougar, Marla Maria Teater?! I know it’s a lame rhetoric, but I’m sure you get my drift. 
Add Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky’s crazy gossip mongers to the mix led by Emma Lee’s own Granny, a hen pageant, some yoga poses and ripped eyebrows, a hearty rendition of Old McDonald, and you have a laugh out loud paranormal cozy mystery that’s BEGGING not to be taken seriously. There’s an abundance of snark, romantic tension, and hilarious anecdotes to keep you flipping/swiping the pages to the left. 
What I’m most pleased about is Emma Lee’s noticeable character development compared to the previous book, A Ghostly Undertaking. I liked her there, but I felt the secondary characters led the story and she was just hosting the gig for us. I’m so happy that we get to see more of Emma Lee’s colorful personality here. Funeral Trauma nonewithstanding, our heroine is very clever in terms of getting herself out of sticky situations, and has a sharp tongue hidden underneath all of that Southern Belle charm. 
A GHOSTLY GRAVE is a strong sequel to the series. It will definitely get you hooked on Ghostly Southern Mysteries in case you needed more convincing after the first one. I also think you can get away reading A GHOSTLY GRAVE as standalone or the series in reverse order, because TKappes gave quick recap of highlights that happened in A Ghostly Undertaking so you can get in the know of things. Ultimately if you love cozy mysteries, ridiculous ghost hauntings, and plain laughing in general, make sure you pick up Ghostly Southern Mysteries, you’ll devour it in one sitting.

Loved It: Keep Me Safe & In His Keeping by Maya Banks + Series Giveaway

 
Slow Burn 1 & 2
Maya Banks
10.7.14 | 1.27.15
William Morrow Paperbacks
Romantic Suspense | Psych-Thriller
KEEP ME SAFE: I love a good thriller especially if it involves serial killers with a para-psych twist. Slow Burn 1 started real good and the whole plot of the book is amazing. An empath, Ramie, is telephatically connected to this serial killer who’s hunting her. Enter Caleb Devereuax, the kinght in shining armor whose sister, Tori, Ramie saved from his abductor.

I wanted a good cat and mouse chase but I didn’t get enough facetime with the killer to make the threat more invasive. Also a few parts in the climax and resolution were glossed over so it dulled the impact of finally catching the bad guy for me. Lastly I did not like the romance here at all. It felt a lot like insta-love and was brought up prematurely in the story.

IN HIS KEEPING: Big improvement from the first one. There’s still some insta-love but since this has paranormal elements, I’ll give it a pass plus Maya Banks drew the romance out a little bit, giving this a slow burn feel. The plot is really good, it has a foreboding start so the anticipation is high from the beginning. The action is solid, I do love a good chase and MBanks dealt it in spades. The conflict is great too, a science experiment gone wrong and deadly and the resolution was well executed. What I loved most about IN HIS KEEPING is the family dynamic between the Deveroux brothers and Ari’s family. Ari’s dad, Gerald, is my favorite character, he’s the most compelling and his love for his daughter Ari and his wife, Ginger, is very touching. 

SLOW BURN: I didn’t like MBanks’ Surrender trilogy so I was careful not to expect too much when I started this series. I thought the books were romantic suspense so I was delighted to discover that this was a para-psychological thriller featuring telekinetics, empaths, and the like. Now even if I like this series enough, MBanks’ brand of romance isn’t exactly my cup of tea, she likes insta-love and you know that’s my book pet peeve. Still I can tolerate the love stories because in fairness, the smex is hot and the other aspects of the series are so good, love at first sight is a small price to pay for an action-suspense packed series. Plus these are quick reads too and KEEP ME SAFE and IN HIS KEEPING has a great balance of contemporary romance and paranormal elements so it’s one of those genre crossing series we all love.

My name is Maya Banks and I live in Texas with my husband and three children and our assortment of pets. I’m more of a cat person, but my daughter became convinced she NEEDED a dog. So convinced in fact that it became her mission to convince her father and me. She prepared a two page handwritten proposal that detailed WHY she needed a dog, and well, after I sent her to her father (I knew he wouldn’t tell her no) we embarked on the search for the perfect dog. The journey that was two hours away and that I got pulled over for speeding while I was on the phone with my agent who had an offer from a publisher for one of my books… The officer wasn’t impressed. He wrote me a ticket anyway. Thus, I now tell my daughter that her dog turned into one very expensive concession! But isn’t he cute?

When I’m not writing, I love to hunt and fish with my family. We all love the outdoorsMaya’s Dog and go on family hunting trips every year. We also love to travel. One of our more recent trips was to Scotland, which was every bit as comical as National Lampoon’s European Vacation. You know the part about “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament” as they went round and round the roundabouts? Yeah, that was us, only we couldn’t even get out of the airport in Glasgow without hitting three of those suckers.

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a writing career is getting to meet so many wonderful readers. There’s nothing better than dishing books with someone who loves the romance genre as much as I do. Romance readers are passionate and vocal. We love our books, love our happily ever afters, and we love to spend time talking to others about our favorites. THIS is why I love my job so much, and I’m so grateful to readers who gave ME a chance when I began my career. So thank you.

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Loved It: Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn + 7 Things & Giveaway

Series: TBA

Format: eGalley
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Historical | Mystery | Paranormal

Postbellum America makes for a haunting backdrop in this historical and supernatural tale of moonlit cemeteries, masked balls, cunning mediums, and terrifying secrets waiting to be unearthed by an intrepid crime reporter.

The year is 1869, and the Civil War haunts the city of Philadelphia like a stubborn ghost. Mothers in black continue to mourn their lost sons. Photographs of the dead adorn dim sitting rooms. Maimed and broken men roam the streets. One of those men is Edward Clark, who is still tormented by what he saw during the war. Also constantly in his thoughts is another, more distant tragedy–the murder of his mother at the hands of his father, the famed magician Magellan Holmes…a crime that Edward witnessed when he was only ten.

Now a crime reporter for one of the city’s largest newspapers, Edward is asked to use his knowledge of illusions and visual trickery to expose the influx of mediums that descended on Philadelphia in the wake of the war. His first target is Mrs. Lucy Collins, a young widow who uses old-fashioned sleight of hand to prey on grieving families. Soon, Edward and Lucy become entwined in the murder of Lenora Grimes Pastor, the city’s most highly regarded–and by all accounts, legitimate–medium, who dies mid-seance. With their reputations and livelihoods at risk, Edward and Lucy set out to find the real killer, and in the process unearth a terrifying hive of secrets that reaches well beyond Mrs. Pastor.

Blending historical detail with flights of fancy, “Things Half in Shadow” is a riveting thriller where “Medium” and “The Sixth Sense” meet “The Alienist”–and where nothing is quite as it seems.

When I picked up THINGS HALF IN SHADOW by Alan Finn, I expected it to be dark, sinister, totally creeptastic, something I wouldn’t dare read before bed lest I risk getting nightmares. I’m mortally afraid of ghosts and reading/watching ghostly novels is a no-no for me unless I plan on staying up all night. Things might not have been as dark as I wanted it to be still I got what I came for and then some.
The case that was Edward Clark and Lucy Collins started as a battle of wit and cunning and though theirs isn’t a classic romance or even an HEA story, the tension between them is palpable and one can’t help but root for these two to become a couple. You can tell from all their bickering and their chemistry that they’re very much attracted to each other however there are some complications that must be entangled first before they can even entertain the notion. Now despite the impending romance involving Edward and Lucy, THINGS HALF IN SHADOW is romantically light as it focused more on the other aspects of the story. Now I don’t know if there’s a book 2 (I hope there is!) and if in case it’s in the works, I’m sure things between our main characters are going to develop and heat up.

As individual characters, Lucy is very feisty, witty, and such a go-getter, a truly likable character. How she landed as a medium was quite a tale, it was tragic and her gumption was what saved her so to speak. I’m just not sure how long she can keep running from her past though considering the can of worms that was opened here. As for Edward, I don’t know what to make of him. He’s not necessarily my type of hero, he blushes and faints, his methods in terms getting a story wasn’t impressive to me, he’s not swoony yet I found him rather entertaining. His backstory is heartbreaking, see his dad is in prison for murdering his mother and naturally Edward condemned his old man but there’s some new evidence that came to light that may or may not exonerate his father. After 15 years of not speaking, Edward finally came to see his dad and my heart just clenched in sadness because of how desperate his father is and how Edward is so bitter and angry about the whole affair. Yet another reason why a sequel is needed, I sure would like to see father and son reunite and get closure.

My favorite thing about this novel is how atmospheric it was. You can tell that AFinn did his research in painting an authentic backdrop for THINGS HALF IN SHADOW not just in terms of scenery but in the feeling it wanted to convey. I felt like there’s a gray cloud covering Philadelphia from the grief that’s stemmed from the war and the devastation it caused. Everyone was affected and everyone’s looking for some sort of comfort from their loss even if it means embracing unconventional ways such as seances and the like, anything to get them reconnected and reunited with their dearly departed. The plot down to the personal stories of each character were well told, carefully fleshed, and empathetic. It was easy to understand why these people went to such great lengths, pay these mediums ridiculous amounts of money, they would do and trade anything just to have another moment with their loved one. The mystery was cleverly planned covered in layers of spirtualism and murder, it was quite the guesswork trying to figure out who killed Mrs. Pastor. The revelation was quite the production, it sure gave me goosebumps and it was done so perfectly and very reflective of the plot.

If you’re a fan of Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties, or Jamie Lee Moyer’s Delia Martin, our you just enjoy ghost stories, I highly recommend you read THINGS HALF IN SHADOW.

7 Things You Should Know About 

THINGS HALF IN SHADOW

  1. It takes place in Philadelphia in 1869. I picked that as the setting and time period because Philadelphia is chock full of history and seemed the best place to set a tale about mediums and murder.
  2. The book contains several séances. Some are real. Some are fake. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two.
  3. A few of the tricks and illusions used during the fake séances in the book really were employed by sham mediums in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Others, however, were made up to suit my story. I’ll never tell which is which.
  4. Although there are spirits in the book, THINGS HALF IN SHADOW isn’t really about ghosts. At least, not quite.
  5. P.T. Barnum, the famous showman, is a minor character in the book. He throws a masked ball, which was perhaps the single most fun thing I’ve ever written.
  6. Many of the Philadelphia locations found in the book still exist today. The most interesting is Eastern State Penitentiary, which is said to be haunted.
  7. The title THINGS HALF IN SHADOW came from a song in the movie “Mary Poppins.” I was watching the movie during the early stages of writing, when I was struggling to come up with a title. Then Bert the chimney sweep sang, “There’s things half in shadow, and halfway in light.” Bingo! I knew right then and there that it would be my title.

Alan Finn is the pen name of an acclaimed author of mysteries. He has worked as a writer, editor, journalist and ghost writer. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is hard at work on his next novel.

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Liked It: Minstrel’s Serenade by Aubrie Dionne + Giveaway

Series: Chronicles of Ebonvale 1

Format: Mobi
Release Date: July 21, 2014 
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: via Tour Organizer
Recommended By: Candace’s Book Blog
Genre: Paranormal

He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?

Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.

As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.

It’s been a looong time since I’ve read epic fantasy so when the virtual book tour for MINSTREL’S SERENADE by Aubrie Dionne landed on my email I just have to sign up. Part of me was excited while another part of me was wary because of the length. I mean an epic fantasy that’s under 300 pages? It’s gotta be a prequel right? 
Well MINSTREL’S SERENADE isn’t a prequel but the first novel of Chronicles of Ebonvale. I wasn’t blown away by the story, it has great bones with princesses, knights, and a war against an army of fire breathing wyverns. Kingdoms and peoples from all over the land are rallying against the onslaught and the fate of humankind lies on Princess Danika. The novel has that medieval and conquest feel to it, the world building isn’t as complicated as other epic fantasies but still managed to hold its own despite its simplicity. The cast of characters isn’t too long either so it was fairly easy to remember who’s who and what and acclimate to the world ADionne created and get into the story. The word index isn’t that complicated too, no unusual nouns and words plus the story was more character driven than plot making it a quick and easy read. 
Given all those good points I still didn’t find MINSTREL’S SERENADE as epic as I hoped it would be. Inasmuch as it has a sound foundation for epicness, it didn’t give me that 360 degree view we often find in epic fantasies. I didn’t get a good feel of the land and the turmoil its in and aside from Dannika, I’m barely acquainted with the rest of the key players in this story. Speaking of which, a POV from the Queen of wyverns would’ve been good since they’re part of the cast. I sure would like to know if there are other motives behind their impending attack besides the usual siege and conquer. Lastly as this is called MINSTREL’S SERENADE I was expecting a big myth behind the minstrels and why they’re so special. Let’s just say they’re more Pied Piper than demi godlike to me at this point.
I liked where MINSTREL’S SERENADE ended though and I sure would like to know how the battle is going to go down. There’s also a bit of a romance, it’s a clean one btw, and it’s the kind that’s “frowned” upon because the Princess is in love with a man below her class. But war make heroes out of ordinary folk so who knows, maybe on the second book said lad would be more than worthy to take Dannika’s hand.

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

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Suped Feature: No Grits No Glory by Elaine Calloway + Giveaway

No Grits No Glory
Southern Ghosts 1
Elaine Calloway
The Writer’s Canvas
Paranormal
October 1, 2014
Brianna fled to Savannah to escape the voices of the dead. Just when she thought she’d left all paranormal things behind, she discovers her house is haunted. Not just haunted, but haunted by Southern ghosts. These persistent beings not only hide her white shoes after Labor Day, but they leave grits-caked dishes in the sink, and swear to wreak havoc on her life – – unless she helps them.
Steven put Savannah in his rearview mirror years ago to follow his passion for music. When his band splits up and he can’t reach his little sister for weeks, he races home—only to learn his whole family died in a mysterious house fire. The house Brianna now lives in.
Together, Brianna and Steven learn who murdered Steven’s family and become caught in a web of intrigue that will risk their careers, their homes–but especially their lives.
5 Facts You Need to Know About Elaine Calloway’s No Grits No Glory

1. No Gits No Glory is…

Ever have one of those days? The kind where you wake up and try to find your white shoes for work, but the Southern ghosts in your house have hidden them because people aren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day?

Yeah, that was only the start to my adventure in the South.

Admittedly, the ghosts are nice. Nice as they can be to a Yankee from Boston, I suppose. But they insist I bring their murderer to justice, which gets complicated in oh so many ways. I might lose my job, my home, even my life if I don’t play things just right.

Enter the distraction: the ghosts’ oldest son, a rebellious musician, who is still alive and wondering what I’m doing living in his family’s home. What am I supposed to do? It’s not like I can tell him I see and talk to dead people. Based on experience, that’s not the best way to get dates.

If I can only help these ghosts and not lose everything in the process, I might have a chance at the life I want…

2. My name is…

Hi, I’m Brianna. You met me in Question #1. To say I had a strange childhood would be an understatement. My parents ran a mortuary, so my days were surrounded by dead bodies while most children were surrounded by dolls and video games. I tried to move past my strange upbringing when I moved to Savannah. Never thought I’d run right into the ghosts and voices I’d been trying to avoid.

Being a longer, I work as a cosmetologist in a funeral home. Strange, I know. But you should’ve seen the woman who worked on my big brother. The caring, the empathy she had—not only for him, but for our family—well, let’s just say she was my ideal.

Most of the time, I keep my “gift” of being able to see and talk to the dead tucked away. People can’t seem to handle it. But I might need to tell Steven, since his dead family are the ghosts in my house, and I could help him move past his grief.

If he doesn’t turn me away for being crazy…

Hey everyone. I’m Steven. I bolted out of the South as soon as I could, joined up with a rock band in California and for years I lived the life of a king. Parties, clubs, you name it…but all good things come to an end. So when I did meander back home to check on my family, imagine my surprise to find a stranger—quite a beautiful one, actually—living in my family’s home.

I’m not going to let my family’s death be in vain. I will find out who killed them and why, and bring the person responsible to justice—even if it’s the last thing I do.


3. You know I’m bad

My name’s Sam Begley, and I own this town. Oh, it may not be official yet, but trust me, my name’s going to appear on every document come Hell or high water. Even if I have to inflict both on people who get in my way.

It’s just good business, and I won’t let a great city like Savannah be without the best leadership and ownership that it deserves.


4. Conflict

Brianna and Steven are forced to come together and work towards a common goal: bringing the villain to justice and finding peace for Steven’s family. In the process, they go up against a web of intrigue that could cost them their jobs, their homes, and their lives.


5. See yah!

No Grits No Glory has some humor, suspense and intrigue, with some seasonings of romance. The ghosts in this tale are benign, not fierce, though one would argue that some of the annoyances the ghosts create could rival any horror movie.

Expect to enjoy the setting of Savannah, be caught up in the intrigue with Steven and Brianna, and cheer them on through the dark times.

Don’t expect this to be a story where a human and a ghost have a love relationship. Some books are based on that; this is not one of them. The ghosts in this book are related to and have interest in the main two characters, which adds a unique twist to the story.


Elaine Calloway is the Amazon.com bestselling author of paranormal and fantasy novels with elements of romance and desire. Her “tales of the living, the dead and the eerie in between” include the Elemental Clans Series, the Southern Ghosts Series and several short stories. A New Orleans native, Elaine grew up with a love of all things supernatural and enjoys visiting the “Crescent City.” She currently lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Loved It: Undead &… Underwater, Unsure, & Unwary by Mary Janice Davidson

Undead And Underwater | Undead 11.5 | Paranormal-Humorous
March 5, 2013 | Berkley | Hardcover won from Goldilox & the Three Weres
UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER may be entertaining and funny even but a big bulk of it are long conversations about shoes, mermaids, and fashion, peppered with lots of snark over smoothies. Oh yeah, and there’s this weird old dude who wants to annihilate Undersea Folk for the death of his wife and child. 
UNDEAD AND UNDERWATER is a crossover novella of two of Mary Janice Davidson’s series but the story leans more towards Fred the Mermaid than Undead. Betsy, for a change, took the backseat here but she’s still as annoying, overbearing, and shoeaholic as always. This novella doesn’t impact the series as a whole but still is worth reading even if it’s just for the purpose of being entertained for a while.


Undead And Unsure | Undead 12 | Paranormal-Humorous
August 6, 2013 | Berkley | Hardcover won from Goldilox & the Three Weres

Snarky, snappy, and a genius ditz, that is my summation of UNDEAD AND UNSURE. I have to be honest though, I had a hard time getting through the first half because Betsy’s incessant babble about shoes, non-stop whining combined with her trademark sarcastic opinion about the most trivial and oftentimes useless things slowly made my head ache. Fun fact, when I read my mind shapes the characters in my head, their appearances might be blurry but their voices are loud and clear. And Betsy Taylor’s voice can be grating and hard to minimize! So I took my time and paused UNDEAD AND UNSURE a few times otherwise I’ll go crazy.
UNDEAD AND UNSURE is less paranormal and more relationship centric: sibling, parental, and friendship. 3/4 into the story I was so sure that I will not like this installment at all because of all the insipid conversations between Betsy and the other characters. I was starting to feel the bite of Mary Janice Davidson’s sarcasm and was slowly forming the opinion that it’s grossly overused here. 
Well MJDavidson and the rest of the Undead cast sure has a way of embarrassing presumptive readers like me. This series didn’t get the “genius ditz” tag for nothing! The reset that the series got from the previous two books or so is paying off because, OMG, the twist! So I’ll just leave you with this cryptic quote from Eric Sinclair:

May He shelter you from your most dread desire. may He save you from what you will bring to pass. You shall have what you want, and it shall be the end of you.”

BOOM!

P.S. Jessica is finally done gestating!!

Undead And Unwary | Undead 13 | | Paranormal-Humorous
October 7, 2014 | Berkley | Hardcover from the Publisher
And the dramedy continues at the Taylor-Sinclair abode! Between recreating Hell and keeping up with the happenings in her mansion, Betsy is a little frazzled around the edges. Armed to the teeth with her trademark snarkasm and easy going attitude, our ditzy blonde seems to be coping well with her recreated timeline, sans Louboutins… whose absence she’s still mourning. Yeah, Betsy’s meddling with time accidentally voided the existence of one Christian Louboutin. Tsk tsk tsk!
I love how UNDEAD AND UNWARY‘s focal points are still about family and friendship as Betsy slowly sort and settle the changes in this timeline. Although as a side note, I’m wondering if there’s more to the Undead vampires than the little Betsy, Sinclair, and Tina trinity, I sure would like Betsy’s reign as Queen to be explored more. 
Anyway, if you cut the comedic reliefs and funny comebacks, Betsy is in a very  interesting position right now. The people who she thought has her back betrayed her and the one person she hated most in the world seems to sincerely care for her. What I’m excited about is this: the Undead series never really had a villain, it had strong antagonists, yes, but no formidable enemy to challenge Betsy. Sure Satan was in the frames previously but she was more of an instigator than the Devil if you know what I mean. That said, I think Undead will have it’s own villain soon and this potential nemesis is going to be an interesting character in that said person is deluded and perceives itself as “good”. 
Another exciting addition are Jessica’s twins! I’m not sure if they will play a bigger role in the coming books but they. Are. Adorable! It’s a long story but the short of it is the twins are some sort of supernatural beings in that they can jump through time. Undead is familiar with time traveling so it won’t come as a surprise if MJDavidson uses this device again in the future. 
So UNDEAD AND UNWARY is a fun volume and Betsy’s take on Hell is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Mall of America as the Underworld? I’d like to see! Now I had my doubts about the staying power of this series, the arc of the middle books being my least favorite, but the reboot two books previous was a great move. The Undead I fell in love with is back and it’s stronger IMO. I’m looking forward to more substantial plots in the coming books now that Betsy’s personal life is sort of set, I’d like to see more of Queen Betsy vs Normal Betsy. 

That’s how you know the people who love you, I think. When they know helping you is a terrible idea, and they want to do it anyway.

Loved It: Her Loving Husband’s Curse by Meredith Allard + Giveaway & Interview

Series: Loving Husband Trilogy 2

Format: Paperback
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Release Date: April 25, 2012
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Source: Author
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Paranormal

https://www.goodreads.com/series/63134-fifty-shades And then, as if he could read her mind, he said, “We’ll be all right, Sarah. Just the two of us. I’ll never leave you ever.”

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.

Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

When you have a story to tell, you must tell it. No matter how you are laughed at, belittled, berated and mocked — you must tell that story or else always wonder what could have been.

The events that took shape in HER LOVING HUSBAND’S CURSE have escalated exponentially after Kenneth Hempel went on a press tour insisting vampires do exist. Of course he was mocked at first until this lowly blogger was martyred and slowly vampires started coming out of the woodwork thinking that this is their chance to not live in the shadows anymore. Unfortunately, humans being humans, fearing things they don’t understand, decided that vampires are a menace and they should be detained and segregated until scientists have studied their make-up and can verify through research that said vampires are not a threat to the society. And it all started to unravel because of one relentless BLOGGER
Once more, James and Sarah/Elizabeth Wentworth’s love is tested. Meredith Allard, why do you have to make it so?! Just when James and Sarah are finally realizing their destiny as a fated couple, you have to let the government take James away?! Why didn’t you come up with powerful magic to stop this?! LOL
Okay I’ll stop my gripes, it’s just that I was so carried away by this tragedy between James and Sarah. Just a recap, these two became a couple back in the Salem Witch Trials so yes, there’s a reincarnation theme going on here. Sarah, who was Elizabeth back then, was accused of being a witch and eventually was hanged. Since her death, James has grieved her absence until she was reincarnated as Sarah. As I am a hopeless romantic I naturally find this concept lovely and gush-worthy. But it seems these two aren’t done being tested because now Sarah has to sort of go through what her loving husband experienced when she was taken away from him all those centuries ago. The pain of unrequited love especially when it’s Fate that dealt it and not your lover feels like a punishment. Oh the anguish! *insert swoon*
So that is the emotional hook of HER LOVING HUSBAND’S CURSE and MAllard laid it out so beautifully and so sweeping I felt my heart break a little. The tone of Loving Husband Trilogy is more literary fiction than high velocity paranormal suspense, it’s poignant, quiet but told in such a powerful and loving voice it’s old school romance through and through. The fantasy aspect is non-threatening at all and non political where vamps are advocating their rights or anything like that. Her vampires are the calm, reclusive ones, preferring to stay hidden in the shadows, coexisting peacefully with humans and not these Alpha males we’re used to reading. James is an English and Literature professor for chrissakes and the feral threat he poses are along the lines of pop quizzes and 2k word essays! And as the trilogy is set in Salem, Massachusetts, expect a coven of witches but no bolts of lightning or balls of energy coming our of their fingertips. There’s a lone werewolf too and he’s as threatening as a cute and cuddly Labrador! And that rounds up the otherwordly. 
What I love best about Loving Husband Trilogy is how MAllard wrote her story with not only the Salem Witch Trials as the backdrop, she also wove it alongside the Native American legends and the tragic Trail of Tears. I’m no history person but I did cross heck some of the events she mentioned and though MAllard made a few creative tweaks to accommodate her story, most of what she shared are real events. So it added another layer of melancholia and a sense of urgency in James and Sarah’s love story and I can’t help but root for them. Present day events also feel dystopian with the government rounding up vampires and taking them someplace to be observed and studied. There is an air of doom lent due to this plot development which makes for an exciting resolution in the third book.
My only comment is with regards to editing. Not that there are any errors in the book but like what I mentioned in the first volume, I wish the flashbacks and news reports and articles were “broken” from the story via chapter breaks or italicized and not incorporated into the conversation. The long flashbacks where James was telling Sarah how he met of the vampires were a bit lengthy and the double quotes made it confusing mid-reminisce.
Loving Husband Trilogy is more of a romance than anything and similar to Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy so I think even non-paranormal readers would be able to appreciate the books. The predominant themes are forbidden love and because MAllard didn’t really highlight James’ vampire habits as threatening, one can compare his and Sarah’s relationship to that of an interracial couple or even a partnership that has conflicting political/cultural/religious views. Very contemporary if you ask me. What resonated most to me was the concept of destiny and the romantic notion of soulmates and reincarnation. I know it sounds fantastical but how can anyone not like a love story built on that premise? 

But we’ll survive. We’ll survive, we’ll heal and we’ll rebuild. We’re immortal and we’re strong, Sarah. Don’t ever forget that.


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BRAINE: Hi Meredith! Thanks for coming back to Talk Supe, just so you know, your last guest post was a HUGE hit with my Supies so THANK YOU for giving me one on such short notice.


Meredith Allard: I’m thrilled to be back on Talk Supe. Thanks for having me again!


BRAINE: For those who are new to the series, what is Loving Husband about?

Meredith Allard: The easiest way to describe the Loving Husband Trilogy is to say it’s about eternal love. James Wentworth has been in love with his wife for over three hundred years (he’s a vampire so he’s been around a while), and as we follow their story we see how they struggle to stay united despite the many obstacles thrown their way. The story goes back and forth between the past and the present. In Book One in the series, Her Dear & Loving Husband, the story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts both during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 and in the present day. In Book Two in the series, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, the story takes place in present day Massachusetts and Maine, and the historical period is the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.The historical period helps to illuminate the struggles James and Sarah face in the present day.


BRAINE: I love the Cherokee history and back story btw and the Salem Witch Trials with that space where the captive can’t sit, kneel or lay down… horrendous!

Let’s talk about James Wentworth, he is such a romantic character and I mean that in a literary sense. Now that I’ve been watching the TV Series, Sleepy Hollow, I now relate James to the dude playing Ichabod Crane. Who and/or what is behind his character?

Meredith Allard: I haven’t seen Sleepy Hollow, but now I have to check it out.

BRAINE: Oh you must! It’s so good!

Meredith Allard: There’s an episode early in the first season of True Blood (I think it’s episode four, but don’t quote me) where vampire Bill is giving a talk at Sookie’s grandmother’s church. Someone shows Bill a picture of his family from his human days before the American Civil War, and Bill becomes so emotional at the remembrance of them. That’s what clicked my brain into gear. Here’s this vampire who has everything humans only dream of—extraordinary strength, immortal life—and yet he becomes so emotional at the sight of the ones he loved as a human. That episode of True Blood aired somewhere around October 2008 (at least I think that’s when I saw it; again, don’t quote me). So thank you, Stephen Moyer.

After that episode, I started wondering… What would happen to a vampire who lives forever? Obviously, the humans he loved would have died at some point. Would he forget about them and go on? Would he have trouble moving on? What if he fell in love again? What would that look like, and who would that be with? If he was so in love with his wife, could he ever love anyone else? And so the romantic James Wentworth was born.


BRAINE: Thank you vampire, Bill! HER LOVING HUSBAND’S CURSE, the title and blurb, hints on Sarah’s character being tested. I mean James is an awesome guide and protector but Sarah is new to his world. What’s sort of character development are we going to see from both characters here?

Meredith Allard: You hit on exactly the right word—tested. In fact, it’s both James and Sarah who are tested. Everything they have come to believe in is slowly stripped away from them. Kenneth, Hempel, the reporter who caused such havoc for James in Her Dear & Loving Husband, is back, and he’s causing more problems than ever. James’s fears about what would happen if humans discovered that vampires are fact become more real as the story progresses. James and Sarah are as strong as ever in their love for each other, but they can’t control everything that happens around them, which is a lesson they learned during the Salem Witch Trials. Both James and Sarah have a choice. They can allow the madness to consume them, or they can survive. It’s like that old saying—if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger. We have to read the story to discover how the adversity affects the Wentworths.


BRAINE: I love how Loving Husband is more romantic than adventure. I love the genteel but passionate romance between Sarah and James. Can you share with us your top 5 favorite literary couples and why they made the cut?

Meredith Allard: The first two couples will be pretty obvious since if I hadn’t read Twilight I wouldn’t have started watching True Blood. If I hadn’t started watching True Blood, James and Sarah Wentworth wouldn’t exist. So of course a shout out for Edward and Bella and Bill and Sookie.

My all time favorite literary couple is Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of my favorite books. Jane Austen hit every note right in that novel as far as I’m concerned. I love how Austen carefully weaved together the romance between Elizabeth and Darcy, I love her humor, and I love how Elizabeth and Darcy wind up together in the end.


Another favorite couple is Henry and Clare in The Time Traveler’s Wife. I read this book a few years ago and I loved how it represented the idea of eternal love. It may have been an inspiration for the Loving Husband Trilogy.

I absolutely love Rudy and Liesel from Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. This isn’t a traditional romantic couple since they first know each other as children. It’s more about how sometimes out of nowhere the last person you expect is the one who touches your heart the most.


BRAINE: I can see the influences of these books and couples have on Loving Husband especially Mr. Darcy, I see a lot of him and Austen in James. What project are you currently working on right now?

Meredith Allard: My newest novel, That You Are Here, has just been released. It’s a very different style of story for me. No vampires in that one. It’s a love story, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to readers of The Loving Husband Trilogy, but it’s set completely in the present day, which is different for me.

Now that That You Are Here is out in the world, I’m focusing on my next novel, which is a combination of my love for Dickens, my interest in Victorian London, and my fascination with Downton Abbey. No vampires in that one either. At least I don’t think so.

BRAINE: Oooh, I love Downton Abbey! I will sure wait for that one.

Last book read & how did you rate it: I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, and I gave it a five star review. I love how she talks about accepting our vulnerability instead of hiding it away or rejecting it. As a writer, I know all about vulnerability!


Book you’re most looking forward to reading this year: Okay, this is going to sound writer-geeky, but I’ve been wanting for years to read this nonfiction book called What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England. My next novel is set in 19th century England, and while it will serve as research, I’m just dorky enough to enjoy books like that as fun reading.



Book that surprised you the most: I’ve only recently read The Book Thief, and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it earlier. I don’t know how I missed it since it has everything I love in a novel—history, strong characters that you root for, humor, descriptive, poetic writing. Markus Zusak is a master of the written word, and I can’t believe I hadn’t read him before.


Currently reading: Right now I’m rereading Bleak House by Dickens. No great surprise, right? Like with What Jane Austen Ate, I’m going to beusing it as research for my next novel. When I’m in research mode, all of my reading time goes into reading for research.


Book you wouldn’t recommend to your kids, friends and family: The Fifty Shades Trilogy. I liked it well enough, but I wouldn’t recommend it to my mother!


Meredith Allard has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Wild Mind, Moondance, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer’s Weekly, and ViewsHound. She is the author of the Loving Husband Trilogy, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press). She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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If you’re name is drawn, you may choose a copy of either
HER DEAR AND LOVING HUSBAND or HER LOVING HUSBAND’S CURSE.

If you live in the US or Canada, you may get a paperback copy or an ebook, all the rest get an ebook… sorry guys, postage is getting expensive but it’s the story the counts and it won’t change regardless of the format.

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Braine Reviews: Sweetly Bad (Curve Appeal) by Anya Breton + Character Interview

Series: Haizea Brood 2
Format: eGalley
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Release Date: September 4, 2013

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal – Romantica
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Ellora’s Cave 

The stand-alone sequel to Wickedly Good

Drew couldn’t imagine anything worse than being stranded in a two-cellular-bar town with a broken-down Ferrari…until his mother—his own mother!—marked him as a rogue Air witch and canceled all his credit cards. Now he’s kill-on-sight in the Underground, and the only person willing to help him is the curvy human mechanic who towed his car. A strangely delectable curvy human mechanic.

The last thing Erica needs is a yuppie playboy freeloading in her garage. Still, she can’t bring herself to turn Drew out into the sultry heat, even if he is a bit of an ass. A gorgeous, incorrigible, everything-your-mother-warned-you-against ass. Soon the heat isn’t the only thing sultry in the garage and self-control is the last thing on her mind. They agree to a one-night stand, but Drew’s magical secrets are dangerous—and catching up to him fast.
Inside Scoop: Hot and explicit sex with the right (plus-sized) woman just might redeem this bad boy hero.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Unlike the other reader’s who’ve rated and reviewed SWEETLY BAD by Anya Breton in Goodreads, I had some inside scoop on this sequel to Wickedly Good before I started reading. When my pal Melissa at Lily Element interviewed ABreton a while back, Anya mentioned the thought process behind SWEETLY BAD and I knew then that this is something I will enjoy. 
So Drew sucked in bed and couldn’t kiss. How could he be an affluent, playboy Air witch if he had no money, couldn’t kiss and was currently marked as a rogue witch? 
He couldn’t. 
Everything that defined him had been stripped away in a single day.
The heroine, Erica, is a plus sized mechanic who’s too nice and compassionate for her own good while Drew Haizea is a pretty boy, overindulged jackass who is in need of a good shake. I like these two together, they’re not a pair one usually reads on romance novels and that’s precisely the reason why I enjoyed this very much. I found it daring that ABreton gave us something unexpected but with the same amount of passion one finds in books like these. Chubby chasers and big girls need some loving too! But my favorite part is really Drew’s “punishment”, this boy’s got it coming for him and I truly enjoyed his karmic tale. 
However I do feel that SWEETLY BAD could be longer or has an epilogue or something to tie up some loose ends. The paranormal element is very small so it didn’t really bother me that the myth behind these witches wasn’t given as the story is centric to Drew marked as a rogue and not his coven. However I do want to know what happened to Erica’s ex, Jared, he’s an annoying cockroach that needs to be served some cold justice. I also wanted to see Erica put her opportunistic and selfish sister, Tina, in her proper place. Tina always puts Erica down and I would’ve loved to see Tina’s jaw drop upon seeing her “overweight” sister hook up with a gorgeous guy like Drew. That would’ve been priceless!
On a side-note, I think what threw off readers about SWEETLY BAD is it’s a little chick lit-ish for Ellora’s Cave. EC is known for panty melting stories with unbelievably perfect people with just the right amount of flaws to be considered human. Don’t get me wrong, SWEETLY BAD is sexy but it’s light and not as sexually and emotionally intense as one expects from an EC book. Haizea Brood 2 is more romcom than erotica so I think BoB users didn’t get much material from here which disappointed them. Eep! As for me, I found SWEETLY BAD to be a funny and enjoyable read, I wanted something light with a bit of spunk and that’s exactly what I got. Expectations met.

BRAINE: Hi guys! Thanks for dropping by today to gossip with us. So Anya took the liberty of sharing your love story with us, how do you feel about SWEETLY BAD?

Drew: It’s pretty accurate, except the not-well-endowed comment.
Erica: *snickers quietly*
Drew: *glances over* What?
Erica: Oh, nothing.
Drew: I don’t recall hearing you complain.
Erica: *smiles and focuses on Braine* How do I feel about SWEETLY BAD? Well, it’s always nerve-wracking when your inner most thoughts are published but overall it’s a cute story, and it’s ours.



BRAINE: Glad you guys approve. What’s your favorite part in the book?

Drew: the frantic sex in the garage. Every time I think about that I end up hunting her down and recreating the scene.
Erica: *laughs* Figures. The whole thing is dear to me. But I’d say getting into Drew’s head is the best parts for me.

BRAINE: Drew, I understand you’re a witch, what is an air witch exactly?

Drew: I can control the Air school of magic. That’s anything from adding body to my hair 
Erica: So that’s why it always looks perfect. 
Drew: To creating a hurricane. But I’d likely be marked rogue, again, or outright executed if I did anything that massive.


BRAINE: And we don’t want that, we know what happened the last time you were tagged “rogue”. Have you tried putting a spell on Erica?

Drew: Only when she asks. She likes when we fly places.
Erica: You do that talking-in-my-head thing when my sister’s kids are in the room and you want to talk dirty to me.
Drew: *grins* I suppose I don’t ask for permission on that…


BRAINE: Erica, what are the perks of dating a witch, or should I say warlock? I don’t know what the proper label is, sorry 😀

Erica: He’s part Superman…you know in the able-to-leap-tall-buildings-in-a-single-bound kind of way. That’s seriously hot.


BRAINE: What are your first impressions of each other?


Erica: I thought he was a hot yuppie who was way out of my league.
Drew: And I thought she was a curvy grease monkey. But I recall thinking she was a knockout. She’s got a nice face.


BRAINE: What’s your favorite part about each other?

Erica: His ability to go from zero to hero was amazing. He’s definitely my hero.
Drew: I admire everything about her. If I had to pick one, it would be her bravery…fighting for something she believes in. Yeah, that’s sexy.


BRAINE: Was it awkward reading our intimate scenes knowing that other people are reading very private moments?


Erica: Oh, sure. But there are bits we didn’t share with Anya.
Drew: Plus we didn’t start the really kinky shit until later.
Erica: *laughs and blushes* Shhh.


BRAINE: Well this is awkward… but more power on your explorations…Erica, I find your job interesting. I’m sure you’ve met a lot of men but what makes Drew special considering he can be a jackass?

Erica: At first I was entirely shallow. He’s a pretty man and I hadn’t been with anyone since my ex. But the special thing about Drew was that he didn’t just take, take, take. He tried to help me as much as I’d helped him. Most of the jackasses I know don’t give back. And he genuinely wants to become the best version of himself. I admire that.

BRAINE: My next question is a little awkward but Drew, there’s been some speculation about your ummm boy parts. Care to address that?

Erica: Let me speak on this one. So I initially gave Drew a hard time because he’s no bigger than my ex. And when he’d turned up in town he was calling like twenty girls looking for a hook-up. I figured a playboy like that had to have a schlong the size of King Kong. But to be honest, my ex was big—
Drew: Yeah, your ex is a big dick for sure.
Erica: *laughs* Anyway Drew isn’t small. He’s the perfect size for me.
Drew: Awww. You’re such a sweetie.


BRAINE: Erica, what’s inside your beauty bag? I know Anya’s into vanity products, care to share your favorites and some tips and tricks to our Supies?

Erica: I keep it light at the shop because it tends to get hot and I don’t need eyeliner or mascara dripping into my eyes while I’m working on someone’s engine. My one beauty tip is that I moisturize with CeraVe. 


BRAINE: Simple. On retrospect, I think I should’ve asked Drew what’s in his beauty bag! Lastly, what’s next for you two?


Drew: *glances at Erica* I’m trying to apprentice with a few chefs. Ultimately I’d like to open a restaurant.
Erica: He’s using me as his guinea pig for his recipes. I swear I’m going to pack on twenty pounds.
Drew: You’ll still be the hottest woman in New Hampshire.
Erica: You’d better not fatten me up and then leave me.
Drew: Not a chance. I’m not going anywhere.


BRAINE: Food! Hopefully you’ll come back and share that next chapter in your lives. Good luck, guys and thanks again for chatting with me 🙂

 

Anya Breton is a web monkey, Apple fan girl and crazy cat lady who is mildly obsessed with rubber chickens and wholly believes that Peeps are evil (yes, the marshmallow candy). She was born in New England into a family of weirdoes. Being an only child, she quickly learned to amuse herself with quirky pastimes. It was inevitable that she’d turn to reading and writing. After writing fanciful (and sickeningly sweet) love stories, Anya branched out into erotica, paranormal romance, young adult and urban fantasy. She currently resides in the American Midwest with her cats and a good man!

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