I’m Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Is a Scam?

Reblogged from E.:

Found this article on Facebook (thanks, Domoni), and I thought, in the effort to remain informed and unbiased, I would share with everyone else. I did not join to make money, but to find another social media platform like Facebook without the constant stream of content I have no interest in. So far, I have not seen the deluge of ads that I normally see on Facebook, and Tsu doesn't hide posts based on follower count. I have "made" a penny since joining, but I won't be able to cash out until I reach $100. Do I think I'll ever hit that amount? Probably not. But, like I said, in an effort to remain unbiased, I am sharing this article. Decide for yourself whether or not is for you.

His for Christmas by Skye Warren

His for Christmas - Skye Warren

A very quick holiday read. I think I read it in under two hours.

Angel Cole is fresh out of prison. She is searching separately for a job. She finds a temp job to be a secretary for "The Big Bad Billionaire" while his has some unexpected issue that came up over the holidays. Gage Thompson walks in and sees a woman in his office. He thinks this is the woman that he asks to be sent over for his "use". Needless to say, he forces himself on Angel and it isn't until things have gone way too far that he figures out that she was not meant to be used for sex.

While the book is short, I thought the characters we developed very well. The story has that feel good HEA of Pretty Woman (though Angel isn't a prostitute, she was still a woman down on her luck who runs into a billionaire). It is not your typical Christmas story, but if you've read Skye Warren before, she is anything but typical. Truthfully, this book was pretty tame by her measures, but still a great quick read.

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

Have You Heard About Tsu?


This new social media site reminds me a lot of Facebook back when you saw the posts of pages you followed.  There are tons of book bloggers and authors already there.  You "can make money" for posting, but I wouldn't join for that reason.  I would join because it a place to find authors and and actually see the post.  Click the image to check out my profile and join.

2015 Audiobook Challenge

Hot Listens/2015 Audiobook Challenge

The Audiobook Challenge is back for 2015! Join The Book Nympho and Hot Listens for the 3rd year of great audio books.

Audiobooks are great for those times you want to read but can’t for some reason like driving, doing chores, working out, or if you’re one of the lucky ones like me, listen to them at work.

I hope all those new and old junkies can join us once again for The 2015 Audiobook Challenge.
Listening is never been better, thanks to the popularity of Audiobooks just about everything is being published on audio…YAY!

There has never been a better time for reading with our ears :)



Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2015 than you did in 2014.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.



  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+ - My choice


Audio Resources

Ambling Books


Free Resources

Overdrive - through your local library

Audiobook Jukebox - audios for review


My Audiobooks for 2015

  1. Night's Honor (Elder Races, #7) by Thea Harrison
  2. Otherworld Nights (Otherworld Stories #3) by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Chained by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires, #2) by Larissa Ione
  4. The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld, #11) by Gena Showalter
  5. Sweet Revenge (Sin Brothers, #2) by Rebecca Zanetti
  6. Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews
  7. Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  8. The Master (The Game Maker, #2) by Kresley Cole
  9. Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4) by Patricia Briggs
  10. Vision in Silver (The Others, #3) by Anne Bishop
  11. A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half Moon Hollow, #2) by Molly Harper
  12. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) by Molly Harper
  13. Grave Visions (Alex Craft, #4) by Kalayna Price
  14. The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13) by J.R. Ward
  15. Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) by Darynda Jones
  16. Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  17. Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin, #13) by Jennifer Estep
  18. Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews
  19. Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3) by Jeaniene Frost
  20. Blind Faith (Sin Brothers, #3) by Rebecca Zanetti
  21. Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #7) by Diana Rowland
  22. Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
  23. Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole
  24. Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles, #3) by Kresley Cole
  25. Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher
  26. Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4) by Jim Butcher
  27. Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5) by Jim Butcher
  28. Untitled (Immortals After Dark #15) by Kresley Cole
  29. Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts
  30. Beast Behaving Badly (Pride #5) by Shelly Laurenston
  31. Big Bad Best (Pride #6) by Shelly Laurenston
  32. Christine by Stephen King (narrated by Holter Graham)
  33. The Cypress House by Michael Koryta (narrated by Robert Petkoff)
  34. Off the Edge (Undercover Associates #2) by Carolyn Crane
  35. A Love Untamed (Feral Warriors #7) by Pamela Palmer
  36. Wulfe Untamed (Feral Warriors #8) by Pamela Palmer


These are books that I'm planning on listening to this year.  There will be more that come up throughout the year. This list is in no particular order. There is no guarantee that I will listen to a book just because I list it as a possibility.

Caribou’s Gift (Kodiak Point Series - Holiday Story) by Eve Langlais

Caribou's Gift (Kodiak Point) - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at


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I'm not usually a big fan of Christmas stories, but if it is part of series that I'm already reading, I'll usually read it. In this case, just reading the blurb would've gotten me to read. I mean, trying to get former military caribou shifter to play Rudolf in a Christmas parade, how funny is that?


That's not it, there is a story outside of the funny. Crystal is running from a controlling, stalker ex-boyfriend. She moved to Kodiak Point to hide from Malcom along with her young daughter, Gigi. Crystal is a cougar shifter and took on the job of putting together the Christmas parade. A few days before, one of the reindeer dies and they are down to only 8. Her daughter really wants to see Rudolf and Crystal is willing to do anything to make her daughter happy.


Kyle is former military. He is also the town's player. He has a smile that gets all the women's attention. He is very prideful and is willing to be punished by his alpha to avoid playing to be dumb animal. That is until he finds a scare little girl hiding in the barn. Oh, and this little girl belongs to the hot new cat in town that is the only woman who won't give him the time of day.


The romance is a little fast, especially considering that both Kyle and Crystal have issues. But this is novella, 100 pages, so you have to expect that. The story is really cute. Kyle's relationship with Gigi is great. The story also shows issues that happens with women and single mothers all the time. I had fun reading it.


While I love this series and highly recommend every book in this funny sexy shifter series, this book can be read as a stand alone. If you haven't started the series, feel free to read this Christmas story during the holidays, then go back and read the rest of the series.



Felicity Heaton's Cover Reveal for Next FOUR books in Eternal Mates series.

Felicity Heaton has a cover reveal with a difference this time. She’s revealing the covers for the next FOUR books in her Eternal Mates paranormal romance series at once. These novels will all be coming out between January 6th and March 10th next year, and every single of one of them are shape-shifter romances.


If you haven’t had a chance to step into this passionate and action-packed world of dark elves, fae, demons, vampires, shifters and hunters, then you can take the leap with the first book in the series, Kissed by a Dark Prince, which is only 99c / 99p until January 15th as part of her fantastic Winter Warmers special deals. Find all the deals and links to your favourite retailers at:


Back to the reveal… here are the covers for the next four books in the series and more about them.


Hunted by a Jaguar

Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 4)

Felicity Heaton

A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.


Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate.


Can Iolanthe resist Kyter’s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?

Read a first chapter preview of Hunted by a Jaguar at:


Hunted by a Jaguar is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 6th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.


Craved by an Alpha

Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 5)

Felicity Heaton

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.


Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.


Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.


Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

Discover more about Craved by an Alpha at:


Craved by an Alpha is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 27th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.


Bitten by a Hellcat

Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 6)

Felicity Heaton

The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful a rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.


Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar, and who has spent her life avoiding relationship and is intent on remaining free. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.


Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

Discover more about Bitten by a Hellcat at:


Bitten by a Hellcat is due for release in ebook and paperback on February 17th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.


Taken by a Dragon

Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 7)

Felicity Heaton

Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she’s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy—she might be his fated female.


Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her—to stop her from dying.


Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?

Discover more about Taken by a Dragon at:


Taken by a Dragon is due for release in ebook and paperback on March 10th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.


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Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

About Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.


If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.


If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places: | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

The Winter Prince (The Lion Hunters, #1) by Elizabeth Wein

The Winter Prince - Elizabeth Wein

I'm DNF at 33%.  I'm having a hard time staying focused and I just got a review arc that I really want to read which is making it harder.  I might revisit at some point.

#FitReaders 2015



I'm joining #FitReaders that is hosted by The Geeky Blogger and That's What I'm Talking About.  I'll probably stick with mostly walking, but I might add some ab exercises too. Click the image to go to the sign up page.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Caribou's Gift (Kodiak Point) - Eve Langlais

Very cute. Caribou shifter gets talked into play Rudolph in the Christmas parade to make one little girl happy. Full review will come. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Poison Princess - Kresley Cole

I'm not normally a fan of YA, but I'll admit that I really enjoyed this story and want to dive right in to book two.

This Weakness For You (Taming the Pack #2) by Wendy Sparrow

This Weakness For You (Entangled Select Otherworld) (Taming the Pack) - Wendy Sparrow

Review originally posted at





I found this author earlier this  year when I read the first book to this series, Past My Defenses.  I saw someone tweet about this author writing about a werewolf that had massive allergies to everything under the sun.  I bought and read that book and really enjoyed it.  I mean, how can you not love a story about a potential alpha werewolf who can be taken out by a house cat or marshmallows? So I jumped at the chance to review book two in this series.


We’ve already met our main characters in the first book, even if their roles weren’t large roles.  Crista is the sister of Dane, book one hero.  She owns the house cat that I previously mentioned.  The cat’s name is Lucifer.  Crista is a very strong individual.  She is a human who knows nothing about werewolves.  She also has MS, multiple sclerosis.  If you are not familiar  with this disease, that can really take a lot out of a person.


Jordan is the alpha of the pack.  He is also the only Lycan in his family.  While both of his parents are full Lycans, neither of his brothers ever shifted.  Then not only is is a Lycan, but he becomes alpha of a pack.  This made for a lot of struggles between him and his brothers.


In this world, a couple will scent match, meaning that they know their mate at first smell.  Jordan fights the scent match because he has not had much luck with women.  He has had several girlfriends who were crazy. So when he scent matches with Crista, he is extremely hesitant.


There is suspense in this story as Jordan helps some former packmates to track some poachers. Poachers are humans who hunt and kill Lycans to sell their organs on the black market.


I really enjoyed this story.  I didn’t find it nearly as humorous as the first book in the series, but this one did have it’s moments.  This is a book that you could read without reading the first book in the series.  But, saying that, I liked book one a lot more, so I would recommend reading it just because it is a great read.



Ecstasy Untamed (Feral Warriors #6) by Pamela Palmer

Ecstasy Untamed - Pamela Palmer

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


In this sixth installment of Palmer's Feral Warriors series, we have Hawke is recovering from the events that take place in the previous book.  He isn't doing well with his animal, but then he has never really trusted the Hawke inside him.


Faith is a Therian, but she has live among humans for most of her life.  She moves all around Europe helping street kids get their lives together.  While out and about she stumbles upon Maxim, a newly marked Feral Warrior, and there is an instant connection between the two.  They both feel it and assume that they are mates.  Faith is then, some what reluctantly, forced to accompany Maxim to the US to join the Feral Warriors.


Once the pair arrives at Feral House, there is also an instant attraction between Hawke and Faith, but she is with Maxim, even if it has only been for a day.  This makes things very difficult for the three of them.  Maxim is an arrogant, douchebag who thinks he should be living as a king.  He complains constantly about the lack of formality, the size of his room, and is extremely jealous of Hawke's attention to Faith.  Hawke is doing his absolute best to be a gentleman and just be nice to Faith and not do anything to even attempt to poach from another warrior, no matter what he wants, but Maxim still can't keep his jealously under control.


This story is the darkest story that I've read by Palmer.  If you've read her Vamp City novels, you know that is really saying something.  I was amazed at how far she took things in this book.  The torture that she forces her immortal, quickly healing characters made my jaw drop.


Feral House is full of testosterone and some mistrust between the Ferals.  There are a bunch of new characters that show up at Feral House.  Some are better than others.  There is a ton of action, especially in the second half of the book.  There are some things that happened that I was not expecting.



The issue that I had with Shapiro's narration in the previous book, was not an issue with this one.  In the previous book, he lowered his voice so much for the women that I couldn't hear what they were saying.  I don't know why he did that with that book, because he hadn't done it with the previous books and didn't with this one. He really brought out the darkest that was in Maxim and really helped me to feel what an evil bastard that guy was.


I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


December #BookBlogWalkers Challenge

Book Blog Walkers 2014 #BookBlogWalkers


Here's to a good month!


November Month-to-Date Numbers

Total of 239,441 for an average of 7,981 steps/day

Total of 104.93 miles for an average of 3.50 miles/day


  1. 12,096 steps - 5.48 miles
  2. 11,012 steps - 5 miles
  3. 13,873 steps - 6.1 miles
  4. 10,032 steps - 4.37 miles


I ended November badly, so I'm trying really hard to get a good start on December.

Reading progress update: I've read 17%.

Wolf's Fall: An Alpha Pack Novel - J.D. Tyler

I love that Marguerite Gavin is reading this.  Kirsten Potter wasn't bad, but Gavin is one of my favorites.

Polar Bared (Kodiak Point #3) by Eve Langlais

Polar Bared  (Kodiak Point) (Volume 3) - Eve Langlais

Review orginally posted at


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Polar Bared is book three in a humorous paranormal romance shifter series by Canadian author Eve Langlais.  In this book, we have an anti-hero Gene, a polar bear and former military guy suffering from PTSD.  He blames his military unit for his capture and inability to rescue him.  He is set on vengeance.


Vicky is a heavier woman who had recently lost her husband.  She is independently wealthy, so she doesn't really need to work.  She decides to go do research on polar bears up in northern Canada.  She isn't quite the adventurous type.  She wears glasses, is clumsy and overweight, which doesn't make things easy for her in the Arctic.  Oh, and she faints a lot.  This doesn't bode well for her when she slips and slides down the ice right into the side of a scared, grouchy polar bear.


This is a series that is funny, sexy, suspenseful, action packed and did I mention funny.  I mean you have a gruff, sexy, scared old polar bear chasing after a geeky, overweight, clumsy heiress.  They are running from some really bad guys chasing them.  The bad guys came at them with were-rabbits.

"Evil bunnies attack. Did they smack you in the shins with their big, floppy ears?"
"Not to mention, a rabid rabbit bit my leg. A wolf, that's respectable. A caribou gore, a fine battle wound, but getting chewed on by a bloody bunny, I won't have it."

This is a third book in the series and while you would probably be okay if you read the series out of order, I think you would get a lot more from reading them in order.  They are all great books.  Book two even has a moose shifter for the hero, so you'll want to check that out.


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Unleash The Moon (Preternaturals #6) by Zoe Winters

Unleash The Moon (The Preternaturals Book 6) - Zoe Winters

Review orginally posted at


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This is the sixth book in the Preternaturals series by Zoe Winters. However, this book could be read as a stand alone without issue. It takes place twenty six years into the future and features characters that we meet as children in previous books in the series. They are all grown up and the world has changed since we last visited. It almost has a bit of a dystopian feel to it.


Vampires and shifters are hiding from the human magic users. Vampires who once lead all of the supernatural, are now hiding and feeding from the humans who are kicked out of their cities for whatever law that they broke. Shifters have it a little easier, because they can live if the wilderness and hunt for their food as their animals.


Sydney is the daughter of the former vampire king and his human mate. She got the worst of both worlds. She lives off blood, has sensitivity to sunlight, but as fragile as a human. They aren't even sure if she is aging like a human or not. She barely remembers a time before she forced to move with her family into the underground compound. She feels pretty much like prisoner in a gilded cage.


Noah is a werewolf who was born in his fur. That makes him more powerful than a standard shifter. He was captured when he was still really young by some magic users. Shifter blood and hair are used in magic and potions. But since Noah is more powerful than others, he is a real prize to the magic users. They have kept him a in a glass cell for most of his life.


Werewolves and vampires are mortal enemies, though these two played together when they were young because their human mothers were friends. They were separated really young first because of their father's hatred of each other and then because of Noah's capture.


This is a great story of how love can overcome impossible fates and prejudice. Their families also have to come to terms as they both just want what is best for these two lovebirds. We see pretty much all the characters from the previous books, so series lovers have something to look forward to.


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