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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.

Dancing (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #21.5) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Dancing - Laurell K. Hamilton

I really glad I didn't pay the $2.99 for this ebook. It is extremely short. I've read many stories from authors at the same level for only $0.99 and would've paid that for this book. I learned my lesson after the last ebook that was put out for $3 and only 33 pages. Luckily, I was able to get this from my library.

 

I was looking forward to this story because of Zerbrowski and his wife. They both have very little page time, even though the story takes place at their house. The entire story read as Anita explaining polyamory lifestyle to Zerbrowski. Then they go on to explain the double standard of how people look at men and women. Plus how people look at Nathaniel as a stripper.

 

While I was reading, I felt like my morals were being judged. I felt like maybe I needed therapy or that maybe this was part of a therapy session.

Audiobook Giveaway

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Mary Burton is doing a giveaway starting today and ending Monday, 11/24. She's giving away the audio edition of THE SEVENTH VICTIM, the first of her Texas Rangers novels set in Austin. 

 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 388 out of 790 pages.

Night Shift - Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane

I love Jim and Dali

Reading progress update: I've read 82%.

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

Gene would have killed them.

Because he was sweet and protective that way.

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A Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay - Hunter Fox

I saw that Chuck Wendig's tweet about this book.  I had to read the reviews.  The comments on the first review are great too.  I had to add my own comment. :-)  I highly recommend checking this out.

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MCVVH6G/  

 

Reading progress update: I've read 77%.

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

I so love this series.  "Evil bunnies attack. Did they smack you in the shins with their big, floppy ears?"

Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas - Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway


Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

Warning: This work has erotic content and is intended for a mature, adult audience.




 

I will start off saying that this is not a romance novel. If you've never read anything from this author, she writes some really dark stories. They are the type of stories you will either enjoy or you won't. When I read other people's reviews of this author, they either love her writing or think she's nuts, I don't think I've ever seen anyone say she is just okay. She does push a lot of boundaries, that's what I love about her work.

 

This story starts with a married couple who are going through the motions of marriage. The husband makes a ton of money and the wife stays home, gets manicures and reads fashion magazines. She does take care of the house and cooks only because "maids are nosey". Sex has become a part of the relationship that is something to check off the to-do list.

 

The book opens to a very poor sex scene, where the wife, Vivian, is counting the seconds for her husband, Michael, to finish and leave her alone. I'm sure there are many marriages in real life like this one. Michael and Vivian have a fight and he decides she needs to see a therapist, Dr. Lindsay Smith. He pretty much forces her to go to the sex therapist.

 

Well, Dr. Lindsay Smith is a male and this makes Vivian extremely uncomfortable. He recommends that she get a massage to relax her and make her more comfortable in her own body. This is where things take a twisted turn. Through a series of blackmail, the massage therapist, Anton, starts to do more and more with Vivian where she is getting happy endings with her massages. But it won't end there.

 

This story is filled with hot men, some intense sex scenes and BDSM. Ms Thomas pushes the envelope on many things with this book. There is coercion, kidnapping and Vivian is blackmailed into doing things that she wouldn't have done on her own. If you like dark stories with a Master/slave relationship, this is a great book for you.

 

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

 

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Coming December 23rd, the much anticipated sequel to Guilty Pleasures...

 


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Check out Kitty's blog for more details and to watch the Broken Dolls Book Trailer.

 


Kitty Thomas writes dark literary erotica that explores dominance and submission. Not really classed as romance, though some readers see it that way. It's a case of your mileage may vary. Romance genre conventions and rules are not usually followed but some books could easily be classed as "erotic romance" such as Mafia Captive or Tender Mercies.

Her latest work, Broken Dolls, is now available for pre-order. Official Release Date: December 23, 2014

This work is fiction and meant for an adult audience. The author does not endorse or condone any of the behavior carried out by characters in her stories

If you like Kitty's work and would be interested in hearing about new releases, you can subscribe via the Contact Form on her website.

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

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

Great book and ending to this series.  There were a lot of surprises.  Full review to come.

Reading progress update: I've listened 230 out of 671 minutes.

Ecstasy Untamed - Pamela Palmer

This is one of the darkest things I've ever read/listened to. At least the scene that just happened really made me gringe, which is saying something. 

Happy Release Day: Polar Bared (Kodiak Point #3) by Eve Langlais

What's a bear to do when a human has a polar-izing effect? Gene only has one thing on his mind, vengeance, until Vicky crashes into his life. When Vicky accidentally slides into the side of a polar bear, she doesn't expect to fall in love. Eaten yes, perhaps used as a chew toy, but become the object of a bear's affection and lust? Crazy! Almost as crazy as the fact the polar bear turns out to be a man. A sexy man. A man who growls, and roars and does everything he can to chase her away. Only to come back. Poor Gene. After the pain and betrayal he suffered in the war all he wants is vengeance against the brothers who left him behind. But he's confused when instead of wanting to punish him for his evil acts, they offer him forgiveness. As if that weren't annoying enough, the cutest geek he ever met—with caramel kissed skin covering a lush, rounded figure and wearing the sexiest dark rimmed glasses—won't leave him alone. Or more like, he can't seem to stop following her.

 

And it isn't just because someone is out to hurt her. He wants her. But does he want her more than vengeance?

 

Excerpt:

With a growl, he shifted shapes and stood, hands on his hips, glaring down at her.

 

"What am I going to do with you?" he muttered aloud.

 

She would, of course, take that moment to flutter her eyes open, blink, take in his appearance, and then, instead of screaming as expected, replied, in a slurred voice, "Wow. Can I suggest you do me?"

 

Well, that was unexpected. He surely misunderstood. "What the fuck did you say?"

 

She squinted, her glasses lost or tucked away. "You are naked."

 

"Very."

 

"Why?"

 

"Why what?"

 

"Why are you naked? It's cold out here." As if to make that point clear, she shivered. "So cold."

 

He held in yet another sigh. "You need to get somewhere warm before you die."

 

"You mean I'm not dead yet?"

 

"Emphasis on the yet," he grumbled.

 

"Oh. I guess I'm close then. That would explain why I'm hallucinating a giant naked man is talking to me."

 

She thought him a hallucination? That might actually work in his favor.

 

"This is all a dream."

 

A sigh escaped her. "Figures. I never have good ones. Why can't I have one where I'm on a warm beach? With you naked still of course." She smiled and giggled.

 

Gene frowned. Someone was feeling the effects of being out in the cold for too long. It happened. Something about the air, and other mumbo jumbo shit he didn't pay much attention to. As a shifter he didn't suffer from normal human frailties.

 

But she apparently did.

 

"Do you have a name?" he asked as he bent down to pick her up.

 

"Victoria, but people usually call me Vicky. Or Trippy. I'm a little clumsy," she said in an almost whisper, as if confiding in him.

 

Clumsy was understating it from what he'd seen so far. With her in his arms, he faced the dilemma of how to climb the hill. He solved it the same way he had in the desert with one of his fallen mates. "I'm going to put you on my back. I need you to hold tight around my neck and wrap your legs around my waist."

 

"You want me to piggyback you?"

 

"Yes," he said, shifting her around his torso.

 

She clung to him, her chin resting on his shoulder, her limbs snug around him. It warmed him more than it should have.

 

"Don't let go,' he warned as he began to climb.

 

"I won't. I can do anything in a dream," she announced. "I can pretend I'm skinny and beautiful. I can meet strange naked men. I can even kiss them."

 

And she did. She planted a sloppy smooch on his neck, and he almost lost his footing.

 

"What the hell was that for?" he barked.

 

"A thank you?" she said in a meek voice.

 

"You don't need to thank me. This is a dream, remember?" He practically growled the words at her but couldn't erase the sizzling heat of her embrace.

 

~ A New York Times & USA Today Bestseller ~ #1 Amazon Paranormal Romance Bestselling Author ~ Top 10 AllRomance Bestselling Author 2013

Hello, my name is Eve. I'm a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write really raunchy stuff–usually with werewolves lol.

 

 

I am a bestselling Amazon author, ranking often in their top 100 romance authors. But I'm not just popular with Kindle readers. I was one of the top ten selling authors on AllRomance for 2013 and have had numerous of my books hit the top 20 books over all on Barnes & Nobles as well.

 

 

I am the first person to admit I am totally boring and lead a mundane life. Seriously. My idea of fun is shopping at our local Walmart lol. I like to play video games, cook, and read. My inspiration, hmm, I guess you could say hubby as he is a total alpha male which means I often want to club him over head with a frying pan. But, despite his ornery, ‘I-am-man' nature, I love him dearly.

 

I'm writing romance, my way. I do have a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I like strong alpha males, naked chests and werewolves. Lots of werewolves. In fact, you'll notice most of my multi partner stories revolve around great, big, overprotective Lycans who just want to please their woman. I am also extremely partial to aliens, you know the kind who abduct their woman and then drive them insane…with pleasure of course.

 

 

My heroines, they kind of run the gamut. I have some that are shy and soft spoken, others that will kick a man in the balls and laugh. Many of them are chubby, because in my world, girls with curves ROCK! Oh and some of my heroines are a teeny tiny bit evil, but in their defense, they need love too.

 

Some of my work does push boundaries and cross lines. Good and evil aren't always clear in my tales, and in some cases, I've stomped on well known religious ideologies. Have I mentioned my imagination is a tad bit warped?

 

I tend to have a lot of sexual tension in my tales because I think all torrid love affairs start with a tingle in our tummies. And when my characters do finally give in to the needs of their flesh? Well, let's just say, you shouldn't be reading my stuff at work. The door is wide open, explicit and hot. Really, really hot.

 

I love to write, and while I don't always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.

 

Purchase links:

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Happy Halloween and have fun trick or treating/partying with hundreds of strangers! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have no clue how true this is, but I found it hilarious.  I sometimes worry about myself.  

November #BookBlogWalkers Challenge

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Here's to a good month!

 

October Numbers

Total of 296,851 steps for an average of 9,576 steps/day

Total of 129.8 miles for an average of 4.187 miles/day

 

November Month-to-Date Numbers

Total of 182,209 steps for an average of 9,110 steps/day

Total of 80.05 miles for an average of 4.00 miles/day

 

  1. 5,369 steps - 2.3 miles
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The Gifted Dead (Gifted, #1) by Jenna Black

The Gifted Dead - Jenna Black

I was so excited for a chance to review this book for Jenna Black.  I've read most of her books and enjoyed all of them.  I even enjoyed her young adult Faeriewalker series, and I'm not a huge fan of the young adult genre.

 

I will start off saying that I had a hard time with this book at the beginning, but that could've been me.  I was reading for twenty minutes here and thirty minutes there. So I had a hard time getting into the characters and who was who, etc. However, once I sat down and got to read for extended periods of time, I devoured this book.

 

This book is a combination of political twist and corruption, but with a twist of magic. I've even seen it compared with House of Cards, which I can see if you just add magic.  For years, the Gifted have been the lesser of the two and were treated as witches and the like.  Now, the Gifted and UnGifted live in an unsteady peace.  The Gifted have their own ruling council, but they no longer have the power that they once did, since they now have to follow UnGifted laws, just like everyone else.

 

People are given gifts that the Anima feels that person will need at some point in their life.  The Anima is almost like the Force (from Star Wars, not the best description, but that is the closest analogy I could think of), but with more sentience to it.  It is composed of the spirits of those deemed worthy of consecration.  If you are deemed unworthy, you are cremated. The problem is, that someone is going around and digging up consecrated graves and burning the bodies with his Gift.  This would remove that spirit from the Anima, and that spirit would no longer be available as a Spirit Guide to the living Gifted.

 

Gifts are given to people as they complete a quest.  The number of quests that a person gets is, once again determined by the Anima. The quest that is required is also determined by the Anima. Everything is done for a reason.  Gifted trust when the Anima send them on a quest, they generally do it without hesitation.  It is a religion to the Gifted.  If the Anima, tells you to kill someone, you do it and you will be rewarded with a new Gift.

 

This book has a lot of well-developed characters.  It is hard to keep some of them straight.  There are of family ties between different people and who has more power in the family.  The plot was very suspenseful with a lot of plot twists.  The story also takes place in several different parts of the world.

 

I can't wait to see where this story goes in the next book.  There is a small thread that is left open for book two.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries with political machinations with a paranormal twist.



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

Guest Blog with PNR Author Zoe Winters

Saying Goodbye To Characters As New Readers Discover Them

 

I haven't done a guest blog in so long, I honestly have no idea what I'm doing.

 

I started writing a series eight years ago and decided that I didn't need no stinkin' publisher, and I was going to publish it myself. (This was before doing that became remotely cool.)

 

It didn't start out as a series. I wrote the second book first. Then I put it on a shelf. Then I wrote a novella that didn't seem related. But eventually these disparate threads came together to create a world and characters that I've loved now for nearly a decade.

 

And also I can't believe that Anthony (if you've read the series, you know him), has ended up being the sort of de facto main character of the back story. He's in all but one book, usually driving the plot in a villainous way. ;)

 

I woke up about a week ago and realized... holy crap, this is the last book. I mean, I knew it was the last book, but since my next project (a dark paranormal serial) occurs kind of in the same world, I thought if characters made the occasional cameo appearance or got mentioned that it would be the same.

 

But it wouldn't be the whole gang getting together like they had before. And I realized that it was like all my friends were moving away. (Cue the tiny violins.)

 

Completing a series is both very sad and elating. It's a goodbye, but it's also the accomplishment of completing a very long journey and proving to yourself that once you start something, you can and will finish it. It's also a trust-building exercise with readers. I've heard from a lot of readers that they won't start reading a series until at least three or four books are out. This was disheartening when I started, but I understand now. (Also, I want to say... "Hey guys? Done now. You can start reading!")

 

It's hard to fall in love with characters and a series only to see it abandoned by the author or publisher or both. But completion let's readers know they can trust you, and I hope that those who have traveled much of this journey with me consider me to have earned their trust.

 

As the series developed, the theme began to emerge: "Everyone is the hero of his own story (and the villain of somebody else's)"

 

A hero in one book often is a villain in another because they all have disparate goals and interests in a paranormal world unsettled by power struggles and the threat of the humans.

 

Technically, the books can be read in any order since they focus on different couples, so if you're knew to me, you can jump in with the new book, since it's on sale.

 

I've looked forward to writing Unleash The Moon for a long time. It's the son and daughter of two other couples in the series and occurs 26 years in the future. Actually, let me just do the big book description thing... because I'll just ramble if I try to explain it on the fly...

 

Unleash the Moon

 

... Can two souls trapped in separate cages ever find each other?

 

Twenty-six years have passed since the link between heaven and earth was severed and all hell broke loose. The fighting raged until the human magic users took over the cities, driving most of the preternaturals into hiding.

 

This is the world Sydney Burgess has grown up in, locked inside her father's compound. As the daughter of a human mother and a vampire king, she has all the weaknesses of a vampire but none of their strengths. Anthony keeps her on a tight leash, ever-vigilant against the constant imagined threats to her safety. But all she wants is to break free and start a real life.

 

Noah Riley has lived in captivity for the past twenty years, so long he barely knows how to be a werewolf anymore. Even with a photographic memory, most of his past before the facility feels fuzzy at best. His strongest memories are of the little girl he protected during his childhood: Sydney. When he reaches his full power on his twenty-eighth birth moon, he'll have a chance to break free to find her and finally reunite with his family.

 

But vampires and werewolves are mortal enemies. Even if Sydney is Noah's true mate, the vampire king would kill him before he ever let a filthy werewolf near her, especially one of questionable sanity.

 

 

Unleash The Moon is now available on pre-order.  http://zoewintersbooks.com/2014/10/16/unleash-the-moon-now-available-for-pre-order-intro-pre-order-price-2-99/

 

The regular retail price for my novel-length work is $4.95, but now through release day (November 5th), the book will be $2.99. If it looks interesting to you, you might want to lock it in at the sale price!

 

 

If you are interested in learning about the rest of the series, reading order, as well as retailers for my work, can be found here: http://zoewintersbooks.com/books-in-the-preternaturals-series/

 

And now that I've been all blah blah blah me me me buy my book... I would like to do a giveaway. Two giveaways, actually, to commenters in the comment section:

 

First, I'd like to give a signed print copy of Unleash The Moon to a fan of my series. (To be determined by any question in the comments that makes it clear you've read the books. Please put SPOILERS if your question contains any spoilers and I will put SPOILERS ahead of any answer.)

 

Then I'd also like to give a signed print copy of Blood Lust (the first book in the series) to someone who is new to me. You can make any comment in the comments section to indicate interest in that.

 

Thank you for reading and supporting my work!

 

Here are some places you can find me online: http://zoewintersbooks.com/about-the-author-2/

Sector Four is On Sale for a limited time!

★★★ LIMITED TIME SALE: Two books for 99 cents! ★★★

With BEYOND POSSESSION just around the corner, it seems like a great time for a sale! Through the end of October, you can get BEYOND SHAME for free and BEYOND CONTROL for just 99 cents.

Broken Circle VIPs, spread the word to anyone who needs some Dallas, Lex, Jas & Noelle in their lives, because it won't get cheaper than this.  Read more about the books from the author's website.

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If you purchase this ebook for $0.99 from Amazon, you can then go to Audible to get the audio for an additional $2.99: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Beyond-Control-Audiobook/B00I5QGTMO/ 

Outfoxed by Love (Kodiak Point #2) by Eve Langlais

Outfoxed by Love (Kodiak Point Book 2) - Eve Langlais

This book was even better than book one.  This series takes place in Alaska in the town of Kodiak Point, which is inhabited mostly by shifters.  The hero of the first novel is the alpha of all species of shifter and is a Kodiak bear who mates a human turned polar bear.

 

In this book, it actually starts with an event that happens about three-quarters of the way through book one.  Jan, our heroine of this book and an Arctic fox, and book one's heroine crash the truck.  Jan is on the run from the enemy and has shifted to escape better on foot.  She is not a girly girl at all, even though everyone seems to think she is.  Her father taught her how to hunt, not just as a fox, but with guns.  She is as wily as her shifter beast would suggest.

 

Boris, is the right hand of our alpha.  They met in military.  Oh, and Boris is a moose.  Don't let the fact that he is an herbivore make you think he isn't an alpha.  He is totally an alpha.

 

This is a great shifter PNR story.  It has suspense, humor and sexiness. Langlais does a great job with not only the main characters, but the side characters, as in the families are hilarious.  I highly recommend this series to all shifter fans. I would also recommend that you start with book one of the series.



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