Those of you who have been following me know this book tried (and succeeded multiple times) to kick my butt, but it’s now live! It won’t be in the ibookstore for a while yet, but you can grab your copy of Caleb and Haleigh’s story at all other ebook outlets (and yes, I will be a good author and give you links).
All Romance eBooks (epub, LIT, mobi)
Smashwords (all formats)
I’d love to say this is written as a stand-alone, and while it is (hopefully) enjoyable alone, it is best read in order as there are a lot of plot ties to FIGHT FOR ME. As always, reviews, likes and shares are very (very!) appreciated.
Now I have to get back to working on BURN, the first in the Aylesford Series!
CODA, Contemporary Romance, Fool's Gold, Kendal Flynn, kindle, LOOSE CANNON, military romantic suspense, ONLY MINE, PLAYING DIRTY, reading, Romantic Suspense, Sisterhood Diaries, Susan Andersen, Susan Mallery
It was a great week for reading since it’s been too damn hot to do much of anything else. So, aside from working, the normal family stuff, and attending the wedding of a good friend (and having weather-induced migraines), I’ve been reading. And, since I know you’re dying to know what I’ve been reading, I’ll tell you. (Hey, if you’re here, you must care at least a little bit ;P)
Tuesday was release day for two of my favorite authors, Susan Mallery and Susan Andersen. Both were pre-orders and series books (yeah, yeah, we all know about my addiction). The first one, ONLY MINE, is the fourth Fool’s Gold book by Susan Mallery (actually fifth if we count the novella Sister of the Bride). I love Fool’s Gold, and think I’ll have some fun the next few months with the Hendrix triplets. This book centers on Dakota Hendrix, who is reluctantly acting as liaison to a reality TV crew shooting a dating show in Fool’s Gold, and Finn Anderssen, an Alaskan pilot and incredibly overprotective big brother to his younger twin brothers. Everything here is character-driven, and some of the same plot devices are used as in some of the other Fool’s Gold books, but I’ll say I still very much enjoy this series and have the others pre-ordered, too.
PLAYING DIRTY is the third of Susan Andersen’s Sisterhood Diaries trilogy. Set in Seattle, this series is one I was hooked on from the beginning, and dearly love. What I love the most about this series is the interplay between the three women of the Sisterhood, probably because I can see some of myself and my own girlfriends in each of the three of them. If you haven’t read the first two, this book can stand alone, but you’re missing out on a lot of fun. The first one, CUTTING LOOSE centers on Jane, the second, BENDING THE RULES, centers on Poppy, and this one, PLAYING DIRTY, centers on Ava.
Ava was the “fat girl” back in high school and although she is a beautiful, curvy size 12/14 now, the self-esteem issues linger, as well as the betrayal she felt when she found out Cade had slept with her to win a bet. Now, 13 years later he wants to shoot a documentary in the mansion she inherited with her girlfriends Jane and Poppy, and he needs her and her concierge business to do it. Yes, yes, we have all read a bunch of contemporary romance, so we know where this is going, but Susan did a wonderful job with it and there was a lot of heat and emotion here. This was a great end to the series and Susan Andersen remains high on my “gotta buy it” list.
The next book I read was by a debut author, Kendal Flynn. LOOSE CANNON is the first of a series revolving around a shadowy government agency, CODA (Counterintelligence Defense Agency), an agency so secret it doesn’t officially exist. Here we have a total kickass heroine in Raeanne Springfield and a badass among badasses in her hero, Alex Dante.
Seven years ago Raeanne left CODA, and entered into civilian life believing she had been jilted by her lover, Alex. She became a bodyguard to a senator and had a son. Now, her son is kidnapped by a man she thought was dead, Alex is back in her life and everything goes to hell in a hand-basket real quick. You know how I feel about spoilers and recaps, so I can’t tell you much more than that. What I CAN tell you is I could hardly put this one down (I had to go to work and attend a wedding, but still finished it this morning when I started it yesterday). There were times I wanted to smack Alex, and there are a lot of unanswered questions- I so want the sequel right now!- but this was full of action, heat, intrigue, and emotion. I actually exchanged some messages with the author yesterday, since I was having so much fun with this book. Of course, we all know how I feel about romantic suspense, military romantic suspense and spies, so this was right up my alley.
So, now I’d better get some of my own writing done. I started something that just popped in my head this morning, and I’d like to flesh it out some more. I have no idea where it came from or if it connects to anything else, but I figure I’d better get it from the paper (I know! I actually wrote it out longhand!) into the computer. Wish me luck.
So, yeah, I was supposed to write this weekend. And, I have… some. Okay, so not as much as I had planned, and I had to work all day Saturday… And today I read two AMAZING books. Ummm…. I’m a bit of an addict.
First was Dark Enchantment by Anya Bast. I really, really love the worldbuilding Anya does. Her Elemental Witches series (Witch Fire, Witch Blood, Witch Heart, Witch Fury) is a series I go back and read every so often, allowing myself to be immersed in a world full of magick and demons. The Dark Magick world is based in fae magicks and the series (Wicked Enchantment, Cruel Enchantment, Dark Enchantment) is simply awesome. This is the third in the series (pre-ordered) and I ate it up. I mean, just clicked the next page button from beginning to end and didn’t even get back up to get coffee (which I adore and drink by the bucketful, if that tells you anything). The world is so real, and story so moving (yeah, yeah, so I cried a little) and I can’t say enough good things about it. Try it, you’ll like it.
Switching gears, I also read Kristan Higgins My One and Only. Kristan is one of the only authors I love who writes in first person, and there is good reason for that. She writes zany, screwed up heroines who literally speak to you as a reader. This one was no exception to that rule and holy testicle Tuesday, I cried at multiple places here. This is story of love- lost, found, lost, found (no, really)- along with family angst and wackiness thrown in for fun. You know how I hate to give a plot synopsis (that would be why I include the links, people!), but this was fabulous.
So, yeah, I spent almost an entire day with my Kindle. Sue me. It was worth it. Two *very* different books- one paranormal with great, hot, sex, one contemporary without the smexy parts explained in detail- but they were both- as I believe I said before- AMAZING. So, it may have been a day with my Kindle, but it was a perfect day.
Well….. I haven’t written all that much this weekend. Truth is, pre-order books arrived on my Kindle April 1st and I simply had to read them!
First, there was She Who Dares, Wins by Candace Havens. This is the second in the Stonegate Agency series and was super fun. I’m sorry I have to wait till May for the next one, Truth and Dare. If you haven’t read the first one, Take Me if You Dare, you should. The Stonegate Agency is a security agency with ties to the CIA and all that goes with it. Like I said, super fun.
The second book I read was The Sweetest Thing, by Jill Shalvis. Now, I will totally admit to being a Jill Shalvis fangirl. I’m not even sure how many of her books I own. This, too, is a second installment in a series. This series, Lucky Harbor, is emotional as all get out. Rarely am I moved to tears while I’m reading, but this one did that (also kept me up till nearly 3am!). There’s so much here I can’t really begin to explain without throwing a spoiler in there, so let’s just say you should read it. If you haven’t read the first one, Simply Irresistible, you should. I am kinda bummed I have to wait till December for the next one! Oh well, I’m sure I’ll love Head Over Heels when it arrives via pre-order too.
The next one (I know!) is by a facebook friend, Nicola Marsh. She’s an Australian writer and her book, Sex, Gossip and Rock & Roll, was thoroughly Australian. This was a story that did revolve around rock & roll… and sex and gossip. Two very damaged souls find each other and fight it every step of the way. If you haven’t read much by Australian and UK authors, I highly recommend it. I will admit I looked up a couple words that are not typical American words, but that’s how we build vocabulary, isn’t it?
And… I read a cute short, Wrong Number, Right Man by Darah Lace. This one was sizzling hot, and cute as hell. I love friends to lovers stories and this one didn’t disappoint.
So, other than reading this weekend, what did I do? Oh, um, not much 😉 I *did* make chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for brunch this morning, and I have actually written some more of Speeding today as well as some of Skylar’s story. For those of you who have been keeping up with my other stories, you may be surprised who shows up in Ashford and sweeps the delectable Sky off her feet. Stay tuned 🙂