Archive | January, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: From the Bloody Archives #sixsunday

29 Jan

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my first publication credit, Blood and Fire, which was originally published in the Sinisterotica anthology, and what, if anything, I would do with the story when rights revert to me in April. Anyway, I’m still “thinking” on all that, but for now, here is a little taste from the archive — a snipit from Blood and Fire.

Would that have been me if Bartholomew hadn’t chosen me tonight?

Matt sat in a heap on the bloody floor beside them. Rocking back and forth, he stared at nothing and muttered to himself while his index finger dipped into the black pool of his mistresses blood.

My breath hitched when he lifted the wet finger and traced scarlet circles around each of his nipples.

Frozen dread had seized me by the time Bartholomew laid me on the satin sheets with gentleness. His gossamer wings blocked my view of the carnage, the truth he’d allowed me to see.

That bit still gives me the shivers. :) Thanks for stopping in. As usual, feel free to drop a comment if you are inclined. If you click the banner at the top of this post, you can visit with the other authors offering excerpts this week.

See ya! :P

Cover Reveal: Tidal Whispers Anthology

26 Jan

Today’s cover reveal is for an ocean themed anthology being published by J. Taylor Publishing with a release date of June 3, 2012. The anthology contains ocean themed stories by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, and Kelly Said.

I am quite looking forward to this one.

From the Back Cover:

Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece

After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.

The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian

Under Poseiden’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.

Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.

Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said

Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.

The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams

Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.

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Cover Reveal: Crux by Julie Reece

24 Jan

This is a busy week at the Book Nook, as I have another cover reveal to share with you all today.  Sweet, right?

Today’s reveal features the cover for the YA Paranormal Romance, CRUX by Julie Reece. Ms. Reece is also an author with J. Taylor Publishing, and this particular book is a personal favorite of mine, as my 17 year old daughter had the opportunity to Beta read this novel for Ms. Reece and absolutely LOVED IT. 

Without further ado, here is the fantastic cover for CRUX, set for release on July 9, 2012.

From the Back of the Book:

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league, Grey Mathews, wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

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Cover Reveal: Oracle by J.C. Martin

23 Jan

I’ve managed to fenagle another cover reveal for all you lovely readers out there. This one is for J.C. Martin’s debut novel, a thriller titled, ORACLE (published by J.Taylor Publishing). I am not sure who does the cover art for J. Taylor, but I have yet to see one come out of that publishing house that wasn’t knockout gorgeous and eye catching. This one is no exception.

From the Back Cover:

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

You can learn more about this and J. Taylor Publishing’s other releases at their website:

Six Sentence Sunday: I Love a Man Who Knows What He Wants #sixsunday

22 Jan

For this week’s sample, I decided to go with something that gets my motor running. A man who takes control. *licks lips* Tasty. Even if it is a little sinful for a Sunday post. These six are from my erotic short, Routine Maintenance.


Without making a sound, Jacob was behind her, his calloused hands sliding along her smooth skin, along the curve of her hips, up to cup her breasts. His breath fanned her cheek while his fingers pinched her taut nipples, sending shockwaves of pleasure through Kara’s limbs.

She arched her back, leaning her head against his chest. Her hands gripped his thighs as she succumbed to her need, lips parting to release a sigh.

“That’s my girl,” Jacob whispered against her ear. “Let go of your fear. Give yourself to me.”

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Book Review: The P.U.R.E. by Claire Gillian

21 Jan

The P.U.R.E.
The P.U.R.E. by Claire Gillian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never been much of a fan of the contemporary romances or any type of Mystery/suspense, so I wasn’t entirely sure how much I would enjoy this debut novel when I received the Advance Copy in my review email. As an avid reader of historicals and fantasy novels, I was curious to see if this one would really hold my interest in the same way as those types of stories generally do.

I was pleasantly surprised by The P.U.R.E. Not only did I enjoy the book a lot more than I had expected, I actually finished the novel in a day. That is how good it was. I couldn’t tell you the last time I have done that — even with a fantasy novel.

Ms. Gillian does a stellar job of drawing the reader in from the first page and keeping them hooked throughout the story. The main character, Gayle Lindley is smart and sassy, definitely not a simpering sort by any stretch, and I just loved that about her. Her love interest in the novel, her co-worker, Jon Cripps is the perfect blend of mysterious and sexy.

The best thing about this novel for me, was the fact that the mystery was so well written. I didn’t know who the bad guy really was until the last chapter, despite “thinking” I knew far before that. Some great twists and turns in this one.

Even with all that suspense and mystery, Ms Gillian still finds the time to woo us with some steamy hot love scenes and fabulous descriptive writing.

A must read for anyone who enjoys suspense peppered with a hearty helping of romance.

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Book Review: Becoming: The Life and Musings of a Girl Poet

18 Jan

Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet
Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet by Nadia Janice Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time I have read a book of poetry cover to cover, and the first time I have reviewed poetry. In general, it tends to not be “my thing”, but I have to admit I really enjoyed many of the poems included in the book. There is a nice mix of the personal, the general and the spiritual in BECOMING — something for everyone from a poetry perspective. Many of the pieces have a definite female take, but I am one, so that didn’t bother me. :)

I also liked that I never felt “out of the loop” when reading these poems. I had no trouble following the language or understanding the symbolism being used, which can sometimes be a problem with the poets I have read previously.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry.

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Cover Reveal: Eternal by J.A. Belfield

17 Jan

You know your review site is starting to grow when you get the opportunity to participate in your first cover reveal. Rather than talk your ears off with this one, I will let the fantastic cover for J.A. Belfield’s new Paranormal Romance, ETERNAL speak for itself.


ETERNAL by J.A. Belfield

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds hearsay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.

It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

Her mother.

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Six Sentence Sunday: Is it Hot in Here? #sixsunday #Felttips

15 Jan

Always one to keep with a theme, today’s six naughty sentences are brought to you by my recently completed short story, Routine Maintenance. Assuming, Ms. Reisz finds it acceptable, it will be included in the erotica charity anthology, FELT TIPS. This one is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

Your comments are always welcome.

Hands shaking, Kara unfastened the buttons of her blouse. Her pulse raced as she slipped the material from her shoulders and shrugged it off. She draped the shirt over the counter beside the copy machine.

“The bra, too. I want to see all of you,” Jacob instructed.

The quiet command in voice tightened her stomach into a smoldering knot of desire.

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Happy Sunday!

Book Review: Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance

12 Jan

Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance by Emma Calin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ve not read this type of contemporary police drama/romance before, so I was interested to see if this was something I would enjoy or not. Unfortunately, I had a hard time really getting into this one. The writing, though clear enough, really didn’t engage me or draw me in as a reader. I never truly felt invested in the story, and the passive voice writing and backstory elements in the beginning really made the read hard for me.

I prefer a story to grab hold of me as a reader, and not let go till the last page — with loads of active voice, strong dialog and action. This story didn’t do that for me. I don’t really like writing unfavorable reviews, but I really just didn’t get into this at all. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really enjoy it either.

I think I made it to about Chapter 4 before I decided to put it away and read something that I would find more engaging.

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