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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Raven's Blood by Cassandra Lawson Review by Tonya

Ravens Blood ~ By Cassandra Lawson

5 (Unexpected) Stars
When I was asked to read and review Raven’s Blood – a Paranormal Romance, I was a little skeptical at first but wanted to give it an honest shot. I mean don’t get me wrong, I loved Twilight (Team Edward) and I am huge fan of The Southern Vampire Mysteries  by Charlaine Harris, but I have mostly been into reading NA romance, erotic, suspense novels. I am so glad I gave it a go, I loved Raven’s Blood. I read this book in one day because it was so addicting.
The story is about the rise of a vampire breed who are created by a crazed man that wanted to rid the country of all the poor people. He and his trusted council come up with a vaccination for a flu virus (which is actually a lethal injection) to distribute and euthanize the unsuspecting people. Something goes wrong in this process and the vaccination ends up turning those infected into vampires. 
Years later the story picks up with Connor, leader of a vampire settlement of “born” vampires, he and his friends try to live peacefully (for the most part) in their own settlement with a select few humans. When Connor and his friends come upon some humans that were stealing medicine from their settlement, instead of killing them, he ends up bargaining with the leader and taking her as his captive in exchange for the freedom of her human friends. And, oh ya…. Raven is a wood nymph. Things get strange, hot, and vicious as the two learn to trust in each other in their situation, especially with all the twists and turns.
I love Connor and Raven, they are both very strong willed and loyal characters. Connor is a fair but tough vampire; he doesn’t hurt humans to be cruel only in necessity. Raven is so fierce; her hatred for vampires runs deep and it is awesome to see her evolve while being surrounded by Connor and his “born” vampires friends. The beautiful thing about this book is it gives you just enough back story and explanation to keep you interested, but no overwhelm you, especially being a paranormal romance. If you have never read paranormal, I would suggest this one, it was a very well written story. There is danger, fighting, betrayal, love, and sex… everything I love in my romance novels, just with some paranormal characters to add a twist.

**Excerpt**

“Don’t run, Raven,” he rasped out. “I’m a predator and in my current frame of mind, I can guarantee that you won’t like the end result if you run.” Raven tried to keep her voice calm, “You would really chase after me? That seems a little barbaric, even for you.” 

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3/25/14 Cover Reveal: RENEGADE REJECT (Renegade Sons MC #2) Emily Minton

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Emily Minton and Dawn Martens' newest book,

Renegade Reject(Renegade Sons MC #2),

which is releasing MAY 13th!!


Blakely Bennett Release Blitz

Click on the banner to follow the blitz and read the first THREE chapters of Stuck In Between by Blakely Bennett!

Title: Stuck In Between
Author: Blakely Bennett
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2014
Cover Designer: Yocla Designs
Editing: Read Owl

Please come celebrate the release of Stuck In Between, the first novel in the Bound by Your Love Series! There will be games and giveaways. Join us for a chance to win free copies of Blakely's books and many more prizes.




Jacqs is a twenty-eight year old woman caught up in an on again, off again relationship with Bond, who is her best friend and the one who causes her the most heartache. She succumbs, yet again, to his powerful charisma, but vows not make it into more than it is, a great night of sex.

Bond, too sexy for his own good, wants Jacqs for himself as he “dates” his way through the female population of South Florida. He selfishly doesn’t see the conflict of interest.

Red, Bond’s best friend, has watched Bond take Jacqs for granted for way too long and soon stakes his own claim on her.

Will Red and Jacqs budding relationship pull apart their tight-knit group of friends and will Jacqs survive being Stuck In Between.


CHAPTER ONE


Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.


Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain.

Stuck In Between (erotic romance) is her 5th novel. She is also the author of the dark erotic suspense, My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) & My Body-Mine) and co-authored the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack with her husband, Dana Bennett.

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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN RELEASE DAY BLITZ- 3/25/14






Title: When The Sun Goes Down
Author: Erin Noelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: 25th March, 2014





Trina is a quiet, reserved music teacher at an inner-city elementary school. Because of the traumatic events of her childhood, she’s skittish of people in general, but men especially frighten her. However, when Lucca Ellis appears in her life, he refuses to take no for an answer. Will he be able to help her overcome the past that has kept her a prisoner for over eight years?

Kat is a woman scorned and out for revenge. Wronged by the men in her life, she thrives on belittling and dominating all men that she comes in contact with. Her end goal is to make the one man, the one who stole her life away as a child, pay for his actions, and she doesn’t care who she has to destroy to get there.

These two lives that both thrive on control, were never supposed to overlap, but anything can happen… When the Sun Goes Down.



Excerpt:
When the Sun Goes Down

~ Trina ~

“A sexy woman, eh?” I close my eyes as that deep, male voice that has been playing in my mind for the last four days calls out to me from the doorway.
I pivot on my heel to see Lucca leaning against my door frame with a smirk spread across his face. He’s wearing dark jeans and a plaid button down shirt with the sleeves loosely rolled up to just below his elbow. He causes the strangest feeling inside of me when he looks at me; I hate it and like it all at the same time. I really don’t have time for this distraction in my life.
“I have no idea what my dear friend is talking about,” I say, acting aloof. “She’s desperately trying to make my life exciting, and unfortunately, that’s just not happening.”
He wanders into the room, my body temperature rising with each step that he takes closer to me. “So if you don’t like sexy women, then men are your thing?”
Rolling my eyes, I sigh overdramatically. “People aren’t my thing. I’m fine by myself, thank you.” I move around him to rearrange the instruments that really don’t need rit.
“I don’t buy that, Miss Foster. Everybody wants to feel wanted.” His eyes follow me around the room, the heat from his stare causing my entire body to flame.
Standing upright, I turn to face him as his words slice to my core. “I know what it’s like to feel wanted, Mr. Ellis, and believe me, that’s not what I want. Feeling wanted and being loved are two completely different things.” I stop before I say anything else to reveal information that I don’t want anyone else to know, especially the guy that enlivens things inside of me I didn’t even know existed. “My students will be back from lunch soon, so please excuse me as I set up.”
“You’ll never know what being loved feels like if you don’t allow anyone to get close to you, Miss Foster.” Running his fingers through his messy hair, he walks out of the room. “I’ll see you around.” His voice is calm and collected, and the words he speaks are true. I’m just not ready for anyone to be close to me. I know if I let someone in, they’d run away scared once they found out who I really am, and my heart would break all over again. I just can’t.


Playlist





When the Sun Goes Down Playlist

Mysterious Ways ~ U2
The Only Time ~ Nine Inch Nails
In the Fade ~ Queens of the Stone Age
Destrokk ~ MGMT
My Same ~ Adele
Ain’t No Sunshine ~ Bill Withers
Addicted to Love ~ Skylar Grey
Sail ~ AWOLNATION
Can’t Get You off My Mind ~ Lenny Kravitz
Better Living Through Chemistry ~ Queens of the Stone Age
Head Full of Doubt/ Road Full of Promise ~ The Avett Brothers
Been Caught Stealing ~ Jane’s Addiction
Calm Like a Bomb ~ Rage Against the Machine
S&M ~ Rihanna
Glad You Came ~ The Wanted
November Rain ~ Guns & Roses
The Woman in You ~ Ben Harper
Never Say Never ~ The Fray
Chances ~ Five for Fighting
Secret ~ Maroon 5
Fix You ~ Coldplay
Enjoy the Silence ~ Breaking Benjamin
Breathe Me ~ Sia
Goodbye My Lover ~ James Blunt
Bleeding Out ~ Imagine Dragons
Dreaming with a Broken Heart ~ John Mayer
Soldier ~ Gavin DeGraw
Patient Love ~ Passenger
Secrets ~ One Republic
My Body is a Cage ~ Arcade Fire
Arms ~ Christina Perri
All These Things That I’ve Done ~ The Killers
River of Deceit ~ Mad Season
Happy ~ Pharell Williams
Fireflies ~ Ron Pope
You Found Me ~The Fray
Kiss Me ~Ed Sheeran
Never Stop ~ SafetySuit
Time of Our Lives ~ Tyrone Wells
Forever and Always ~ Parachute
























Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, and Euphoria. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and/ or the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.    You can follow her on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/erin.noelle.98, her blog @ www.erinnoelleauthor.com, and on Twitter @authorenoelle.






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