Friday, 23 October 2015

#FosterAnAuthor - Nicole Storey with Ladies Living in Bookland

#FosterAnAuthor Week - week commencing 19th October 2015 
Our week with Nicole Storey

With the help of the brilliant JoandIsalovesbooks the #FosterAnAuthor idea was put into place and those lovely ladies pulled off a massive (and we think bloody brilliant!) idea!

A blog is randomly selected an author to promote, however they choose.
Ladies Living in Bookland were the proud foster blog to Nicole Storey!

We have done a spotlight of all her books on our Facebook page, an author bio and also an interview to get to know the lovely lady herself...

Here's how it went:

INTERVIEW - with Nicole Storey 

1.  Hi Nicole, thank you for being our Fostered Author for Ladies Living in Bookland! So excited to have met you and you're a new author to us, so could you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you're from?

Thanks so much for adopting me this week. I'm honored to be hosted on your amazing blog!
I'm from a small, armpit-of-nowhere town in Georgia in the US. I'm the mother of two amazing kids (one with autism and Tourette's) and wife to a wonderful hubby. :) When I'm not writing, I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and I celebrate Halloween all year long. LOL!   

2.  What genre of books do you write and why did you decide to go into that particular genre?

I write middle-grade fantasy and young adult urban fantasy. All of my books have a supernatural feel to them. I guess the reason why is because I've always been fascinated by things that can't be explained or go bump in the night. My favorite past time when I was young was reading, so I try to write books I think kids will enjoy without talking down to them. I tackle tough questions and topics I think young adults today deal with, but may be too afraid to voice. 

3.  How many books do you have published and when did you first release your first book?

I have five books published. My first book was released by a small press "publisher" (and I use that word lightly) in 2011. I republished in 2013.

4.  Which author(s) do you aspire to be as good as or gave you the inspiration to get into the author world?

Wow, tough question. There are many Indie authors I've had the honor to befriend who take me on beautiful adventures with every book they write. Laurie Boris, Leland Dirks, Fred Limberg ... I could go on for hours. If I become half the author they are, I think I could finally be content with my writing.

5.  What is your favourite book of all time? I know it's a mean question! Pick a few if you like!

The first book I ever fell in love with was The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. My second favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I've read those books so many times I can recite entire passages. 

6.  Do you currently have any works in progress or new releases coming up? Can you tell us about them? 

I'm working on the fourth book in my Grimsley Hollow series, The Longest Days of Night. A reader once described this series as the only one where being autistic makes you a hero. The main character was fashioned 
from my son. It's about a young, autistic boy who discovers a magical, Halloween-type world that's in peril. His autism gives him special powers, and because of this, he is the only one who can save Grimsley Hollow.

7.  For fun! Tell us something no one else knows...it can be completely crazy or random.

At night, when I'm lying in bed, I tell myself what I'm going to dream about. LOL! Sometimes, it even works.

8.  What is the most difficult/emotional scene you've ever had to write?

The most difficult scene I've taken on was a semi-sexual scene in Refracted (The CeladonCircle Book 2). I don't read a lot of romance, and have always imagined anything I attempted to write in the romantic sense would read like a SNL skit.
After the release of Blind Sight, readers begged me for a bit of love between my characters, and I always aim to please – within limits. I don't think I did too poorly. At least, no one's complained yet. :)

The most emotional scene I've written was the death of one of my characters from the same book. It's amazing how attached we become to those who live in between pages.

9.  Off topic for a moment....Who is your man crush?

Jensen Ackles from the t.v. show, Supernatural. He's the only man I'd leave my husband for! Ha-ha! 

10.  Lastly, have you ever attended any signings or do you plan to this year or next?! Can any of our fans keep a watchful eye out for you anywhere?

I do plan on setting up a few signings in the coming year. I announce all information on my website/blog, including cool contests, giveaways, discounted prices, promos, and new releases. I'd love to have readers sign up! Here's the link for anyone interested:
http://www.nicolestoreyauthor.com/


Can I just take a minute to thank JoandIsalovesbooks for all the hard work and time put into this huge event and generally tell them how brilliant a job they have done whilst dealing with so many authors and bloggers. You girls rock!! 

Also to our fostered author, Nicole Storey for bearing with me on the lead up to this as I think we were both finding our feet a little (but we made it!) and you have been a pleasure to work with and an honour to meet - thank you!  


Lastly - check out the giveaway which includes an Amazon Giftcard, signed paperbacks and ebooks! 


Author links:

Nicole’s Amazon Author Page: http://viewauthor.at/NicoleStorey

Nicole’s Website and Blog: http://bit.ly/15oJb2y

Nicole’s Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/vdebQE

Nicole on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1593v8d

Sunday, 18 October 2015

C J Fallowfield - The Domville 5

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

The Domville 5
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors


The Shrewsbury Domville sits proudly in the middle of the rolling Shropshire hills. Affluent tourists converge on the hotel in peak season, looking to explore the historic town and breath-taking countryside and experience gastronomic delights in nearby Ludlow. The last thing you’d expect to find in this quintessential British setting, was the home for the largest monthly swinger’s meeting in England. Couples and singles alike descend on the sleepy town for the first weekend in every month, looking for new sexual experiences or companions. When Anthony and Tracy Hodgins hear of this and decide to spice up their routine sex life, everything changes.

But was it for better, or worse?

The Domville 5 is the fifth in a series of self-contained hot erotic reads, set in the exclusive six star hotel chain.

Warning – This is an erotica series. If you’re after a happy ever after, then I’d suggest trying one of my erotic romance novels instead.

This novella contains explicit adult sexual content and is suitable only for those aged 18 and over.


Tracy and Anthony...married for fifteen years, together for twenty. Two teenage children. Needless to say, the spark for the pair has long since fizzled out, emotionally and sexually.  

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We’d been so in love, I thought we were still in love, in spite of the day to day irritation of living with each other’s unchangeable habits and no longer making an effort when it came to romance...
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But as I think any woman does, Tracy being a housewife, with no career and a hardworking husband who works tirelessly to provide for his family and lifestyle, can't possibly cover all bases.  

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At thirty nine years of age, fast approaching my fortieth, I needed to feel desirable and wanted again.
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She missed that feeling of love, passion and sexual heat that they had been missing. But all that would change when their anniversary approached and fantasies would be explored....naturally, at the Domville! 

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I marvelled at the difference in us in the space of two weeks. All it had taken was a slight amount of effort on both our parts and it was like the early days of our relationship, like we were seeing each other through new eyes. Randy and horny as hell new eyes. 
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But with the prospect of fantasies being taken forward, jealousy, self doubt and nerves would all play a part...but would the marriage survive multiple partners? Would deceptions break the pair?

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The excitement I felt at finally getting to watch and live out my deep rooted fantasy was unbearable.
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Another sexy as hell, fantasy filled erotic super story from CJ Fallowfield! 

You can keep up with CJ and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of The Domville 5 here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Mia Sheridan - Grayson's Vow

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey

A full-length, standalone romance from the New York Timesbestselling author of Archer's Voice.

Kira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet. 

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse. 

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they'll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY LIBRA. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


Being a lover of Mia Sheridan's books I went into this story expecting great things - and tears. What I got though was different to my expectations.

As usual this was a beautiful love story though it wasn't as passionate as the others, it was more humorous, but not a bad thing as Mia still managed to make the love shine through the pages; she never fails as her words are so beautiful and meaningful.

Grayson is an empty soul and thinks of Kira as a spoilt rich girl, only out for her own benefit. I could tell from the beginning that they were both going to fall for each other even though they were both as stubborn as each other, though playful with it and I loved that as it is so different to Mia's other characters. They have so much more in common than they both think and are truly made for each other.

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"I find," I said softly, moving my hand slowly across the table to lie on top of his, "that sometimes the best thing you can do is smile."
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There are many situations sent to test them throughout this book and though Kira manages to fight through them, she has to be the one holding poor lost Grayson up too as he has given up the fight (oh I bloody love him). I adore Charlotte & Walter too (Grayson's housekeepers) who have grown to love Grayson as their own, with their own sad story behind them.



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"...the problem is, you can't shut off one emotion without shutting off all your emotions. You have to feel the pain if you're going to feel the joy. It's just the way it works."


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"there's nothing on earth like the feel of someone who loves you grasping your hand in the dark when you're lost and afraid."

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There was sex in this book but not as much as I've previously read from Mia (though still passionate when there was), which I think makes it stand out more that this whole story is such a beautiful one of building relationships, discovering ourselves, trust, loss and fighting for what we believe in. I had many shouty moments and more than enough tears throughout. As I said at the beginning of this review, Mia's words throughout were so beautiful and there are so many more excerpts I highlighted that I could share with you, but you will have to read it for yourself! ;) Yet again another 5* read from Mia.



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"...you'll find, that where there is real love, there is always real hope."

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You can keep in touch with Mia and new about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Grayson's Vow here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.


Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

C J Fallowfield - The Domville 4

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

The Domville 4
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors

Out on 18th September 2015 ~ Pre-order links:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0100WUH28
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0100WUH28

Charles Ponsonby III has lineage that dates back to the War of the Roses. A successful merchant banker, he works in the Far East, securing and managing high net worth clients for his prestigious firm. Moving from one Domville hotel to another, rarely returning home to England, he seeks his pleasure where he can find it. He has resolved to keep his sexual encounters casual in each city. While in Hong Kong, his self-control is tested by a stunning maid assigned to his suite, who plays hard to get. By the time he gets her between his sheets, he’s fallen for her harder than he ever expected. But are her feelings for him genuine, or does she simply see him as her golden ticket to a future in England?

When hidden truths are finally revealed it changes everything for him.

The Domville 4 is the fourth in a series of self-contained hot erotic reads, set in the exclusive six star hotel chain.

Warning – This is an erotica series. If you’re after a happy ever after, then I’d suggest trying one of my erotic romance novels instead.

This novella contains explicit adult sexual content and is suitable only for those aged 18 and over.

Where do I start?! Charles Ponsonby, a successful, attractive, wealthy and self-confident, if not cocky man. Devilishly handsome, and devilish with the ladies too!  

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The fact that God, and genetics, had seen fit to bless me with my title of Charles Ponsonby III, baby faced good looks and a ripped physique, only added extra gravitas to my persona.  
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But working in the Far East and staying in the Singapore Domville...he had his fair share of women. Between the office, the housekeeper, the woman back in England! He was a womaniser, that's for sure! 

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I didn't usually dip my pen in the office ink, but Sai had been too tempting to refuse.  
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But there was a beating heart in that man...somewhere. A trip to Hong Kong to close a massive business deal would lead him to someone he never expected.  

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I don't care who you were yesterday, I care who you are today and who you'll be moving forwards.
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Alana, a kind hearted soul, who kept her distance as best she could, couldn't deny the feelings or effort that Charles made to make her feel desired and wanted. Everything a girl wants!  
But both have secrets...but in a moment of honesty, could she forgive his history?! Would she risk everything to be with him?  

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It is customary for a Thai lady to be on her best behaviour and to make sure her man is happy and well cared for...
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Alana's lack of judgement, selflessness and readiness to accept Charles into her heart was something I only wished he had given this brave woman...but instead left her, reeling and distraught because of his own small minded attitude.  

But after a run in with his soon to be Exes after a journey back to Singapore he truly would learn the meaning of respect. Zara his assistant and close friend would tell him a few home truths and give him the kick up the backside he needed, once and for all.

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Love is unconditional and it comes in many forms. No one should judge anyone for where they find it...
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But what a journey! The plot turn I had NO clue this book was going to take both filled me with tremendous respect for CJ Fallowfield but also had me roaring in laughter at the antics of poor Charles and the revenge sought upon him from the previous women in his life. 

The tears from hilarity blinding me, makes this the easiest five star ever.  
But don't be fooled! The serious element of this story will leave you speechless and amazed. It did me!

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'Unconventional love'

Love did come in many different forms...I was in love with the person standing right in front of me.
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You can keep up with CJ and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of The Domville 4 here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.