ARC Review: “Chained by Night” by Larissa Ione

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(Moonbound Clan Vampires #2)

Author: Larissa Ione

Publishing Date: September 30, 2014

Publisher: Pocket Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Source: Publisher

THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE
Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL
But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

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Fractured Lines by Jen McLaughlin (Coming in 2 weeks) (Excerpt) + #Giveaway

Fractured Lines by Jen McLaughlin will be releasing October 14th, but first we have some exclusive content to share. Each week, FINNClub team members will be sharing special details from the book, and series, in order to share their excitement for the new novel.
Today we have an excerpt from FRACTURED LINES! Watch out, it’s spicy!

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Yasmine Galenorn’s “Priestess Dreaming” Blog Tour (Guest Post)

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Thanks for joining us for our stop on the PRIESTESS DREAMING blog tour!! Yasmine Galenorn “creates a world I never want to leave”, according to Sherrilyn Kenyon… and this is the next adventure in that world. The amount of world building, character development, and GREAT STORYTELLING in the Otherworld series is why it’s lasted so long, and why readers keep coming back.

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I never sure what people want to read in these blog posts. I could tell you about the book, but the blurb already does that. I could talk about writing the book but I think that may bore people who aren’t writers themselves. So what I will do is give you a top 10 list of the things I love most about writing the Otherworld series.

  1. I get to play in a world that feels far larger than the one in which I live.
  2. Each one of the D’Artigo sisters represents a part of myself, though they all have their own traits that I don’t share.
  3. I love writing urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and this combines the best of both genres for me.
  4. I love complex, long story arcs and my Otherworld series definitely has that.
  5. It’s fun to see just how close to danger the characters can get without being seriously injured. Oh my characters to get hurt — and some die, but as a writer, I walk a fine line in that arena. Logic says I cannot kill off my main characters, otherwise the series would take a drastic nosedive and my readers would hate me and everything would stop being quite so fun. I have also given Maggie the gargoyle a free pass to ease my readers worries about her. Everybody else is fair game, but even then, I can’t just randomly pick off characters. When I do kill or hurt a character, it’s because logic says it has to happen.
  6. It’s always fun to think up new villains — and see what my twisted little mind can come up with. Without the villains, there would be no conflict, therefore no story.
  7. I love watching the storylines of my main characters evolve. Every time I start another Otherworld book it’s like coming home to a dysfunctional, wonderful, exciting, and irritating family.
  8. I am about three quarters of the way through this series — and as I get closer to the end, I get both teary and hopeful. I intend to close it out with each sister exactly where she needs to be. Choreographing this is not easy, but I don’t like leaving things unfinished.
  9. I love that my readers are still enthusiastic about Otherworld. I love creating a world that people want to live in. When people tell me that the books are real to them, I feel that I have done my job.
  10. From the very first, when Camille Delilah and Menolly dove into my mind and introduced themselves, I knew I was in for quite the adventure. I didn’t expect it to be this long or complex. But I’m so glad it has been, because by the time I come to the end on this series I know that it will have formed an amazing chapter in my life.

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Happy Release Day to Rhonda Helms!!! (Interview) + #Giveaway

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Happy Release Day to Rhonda Helms!!!  Scratch is officially out TODAY!!!

Interview

Rhonda1) Music is a strong running element in SCRATCH, which even includes a playlist at the end. How has music factored in your own life?

I started in music when I was 9—I played clarinet. Stayed involved in band through high school and college. I sang in a jazz ensemble, was a singer in a cover band, and I even DJ’d for a while. In short, music was a huge part of my life for a long time. I miss performing and have even been considering getting involved in it again!

2) Where did you get the idea for SCRATCH?

Part of it came from a real-life incident I’d heard that had stuck with me for many years. I always wondered what had happened to the girl who’d gone through such a traumatic event. How did she cope? How did she move on to love and trust again? This book was my exploration of how a woman who’d gone through hell could move forward and find real happiness.

3) Which scene in SCRATCH was the hardest for you to write?

Oh, it had to be the scene where Casey confesses to Daniel about her past. Finally opens up and divulges the painful truth. I sobbed as I wrote it—her pain was so vivid to me that I couldn’t shake it off for a while afterward. That was actually one of the hardest scenes I’ve ever written in my whole publishing career.

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Cynthia Eden’s “Mine To Have” Blog Tour (Excerpt) + #Giveaway

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Welcome to Book Lovin’ Mamas virtual stop on Cynthia Eden’s Mine To Have Blog Tour brought to you by Enchantress of Books Blog Tours.

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Mine To Have

(Mine #5)

Author: Cynthia Eden

Publishing Date: September 15, 2014

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden continues her sexy “Mine” romantic suspense series with…MINE TO HAVE.

Is he a hero…or the villain?

When Elizabeth Ward sees Saxon Black rushing into the backroom of The Blade—a low end bar in Miami—she isn’t sure if he’s there to save the day…or just to raise some hell. But she’s being held hostage, and he’s her best hope of survival. Within minutes, she’s away from the jerks with the guns and riding fast and hard on the back of Saxon’s motorcycle.

Death stalks them.

Saxon has been working undercover for far too long. When he finds sexy Elizabeth—with a gun to her head—he knows he will do anything to keep her safe. But once he gets her away from her abductors, the threat to her isn’t over. Someone has put a price on Elizabeth’s head, and if Saxon can’t keep her safe from the danger stalking her, then she’ll be dead.

Their lives are both on the line.

As their enemies close in, Elizabeth and Saxon must go on the run. And the longer they are together, the hotter their attraction for one another seems to burn. Saxon vows not to let anyone hurt her, no matter what he has to do, because he’s falling fast for Elizabeth. He’ll stop the killers on her trail, and then he’ll have her. Forever.

MINE TO HAVE.

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Mina Carter’s “Dead Reaper Walking” Book Blast & #Giveaway

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Welcome to Book Lovin’ Mamas virtual stop on Mina Carter’s Dead Reaper Walking Book Blast & Giveaway brought to you by Book Monster Promotions.

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Dead Reaper Walking

(Liberty, Oakwood #2)

Author: Mina Carter

Publishing Date: September 9, 2014

Publisher: Blue Hedgehog Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Underage witches, a breakout from demon prison and a new hellgate… What could go wrong?

Reaper extraordinaire, Laney Larson, is stuck in Liberty, Oakwood of all places, for two reasons. One, there’s way more paranormal activity going on than normal for a little town like Liberty. And two, a sexy as hell cop called Troy.

So when the proverbial hits the fan and they get wind of a demon break-out from the third hell, a prison even the demon king himself won’t set foot in, what’s a reaper to do but strap on her blades and help track the escapee down? But then the creature takes her man, and all bets are off.

A reaper, a demon and a cop…will Death claim them all, or just one?

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Interview + #Giveaway with Bec McMaster

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Welcome to Book Lovin’ Mamas virtual stop on Bec McMaster’s Forged by Desire blog tour brought to you by Sourcebooks.

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1. Describe yourself in five words.

Geeky, addicted-to-travel, adventurous, bookworm/dreamer.

2. Tell us a little bit about Forged by Desire and why readers should definitely check it out?

Forged By Desire features best friends, Perry Lowell, and her rakish-but-charming Nighthawk partner, Garrett Reed. They work together to apprehend murderers and thieves in an alternate Victorian-era London, and both are afflicted with the craving virus that makes them a little more than human. Perry’s always been the awkward girl who never fit in, and she’s been in love with Garrett for years, knowing that he’s never seen her as a woman. Then one night she has to go undercover at the opera in a gorgeous red dress and Garrett actually laughs – he doesn’t think she can pull it off. After all, breeches-clad Perry, in a dress? Well, let’s just say that’s like waving a red flag before a bull. She’ll show him! Why should readers check it out? Imagine a charming, everything-always-goes-his-way hero who suddenly has the rug pulled out from under him. Suddenly he’s very-much-aware that his partner is a woman. An attractive woman. And this is a huge problem, because he can’t have what he usually gets from women – because he likes Perry, she’s his best friend, and to sleep with her would cross a lot of boundaries between them… Oh, the dilemma. What could be more fun than that? Plus there is the fact that someone else saw Perry at the opera and recognized her… And suddenly her past is returning to play havoc, just as they accept a dangerous new case.

3. What was your favorite scene to write in Forged by Desire? (of course without giving too much away)

I have two. The first is a certain scene in the rain where all of their problems come to a head, and they end up giving into forbidden desires. Sexy wet shirts, wet kisses, wet… ahem… It was really fun, because every bottled up emotion comes exploding out between them.

The second is the duel scene. Perry kicks butt – because I love it when a heroine handles her own problems.

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