Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair

I am on the third book in this series and I am greatly enjoying it.  Based in a Bondage club called the Shadowlands each book follows various characters from the club as they find the woman that will satisfy them as a sub.  Now that description is so not going to get you to read the book is it?  All I can say is I love how the book begins with Master Z, the owner, and intorduces us in a subtle way to various characters that show up in future books.  I love the caring way the characters interact and especially love when the author gives the characters a chance to be themselves outside of the club and meet on common ground.  Although each story is similar they each hold a unique past for the MC that makes you understand why they are at the club in the first place.  These are quick reads and since it is summer I highly suggest them as a beach read.  I enjoy her writing and look forward to reading more.  Four stars for sure.


Book Info-

Title-Going Home
Series-Green Bayou Book #1
By-Rhonda R. Dennis
Publication Date-August 3, 2011

Paramedic Emily Boudreaux believes New Orleans is the perfect place for a young trauma junkie to see some action. Things start out fine enough, but years pass, and the job brings nothing but strife. Emily decides to make a fresh start by returning to her roots. She moves to the small town of Green Bayou, Louisiana. Thinking she will find peace and tranquility, Emily quickly learns that her imagination steered her wrong. Small town life offers far more tumult than she remembered! Mystery, excitement, deceit, and passion run rampant along the murky waters of Bayou Assumption. She struggles with the decision of which man to love: her amazing, new Paramedic partner, Jacob Templet or her handsome, former high school sweetheart, Deputy Pete Bergeron. Her ultimate struggle won't involve the decision of which man to be with. It is a quest for her personal survival! Praying to get out of a disastrous situation alive, Emily hopes that going home won't be the wrong decision.

Author Info-
Rhonda Dennis is proud to be born and raised in South Louisiana. Her enthusiasm for the uniqueness of Louisiana’s culture is evident in her writing. Even though she loved writing, she put it on hold to work in the medical field.

After starting a family, she went back to college where her passion was reignited and Rhonda wrote her first novel, Going Home, Book One of the Green Bayou Novel Series. Rhonda lives in a small town in South Louisiana with her husband, Doyle, and her son, Sean. She appreciates the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and loves cooking.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review Of STRINGS by Kendall Grey

I was recommended this book by Jessa on Goodreads and have to thank here for this pick me up.  STRINGS comes with a WARNING and it is a serious warning.  Some might think oh!  Ha! Ha unny warning but take it serious.  From the get go Kendall grabs you by the throat and jams vulgarity at you. I personally loved it.  The intent of the book, I didn't think, was to shock. It was to put humor in the form of locker room fodder in between the covers of a book.  The variety of terms she uses is amazing and so incredible funny.  The story moves along quickly and the quick dialogue is something I am always a sucker for.  Kendall got a lot of flack, and in the last month a lot of negative comments from readers and I think we should ban together as adult authors and say HEY!  Genres vary so we can find what interests us.  Maybe I might read a sappy romance and not like it.  Doesn't mean I should stalk the author and crucify her.  If you like grit and a few moments of Oh my GOODNESS then pick up this read. If you want serious and romantic gestures....sip it.  I personally am giving it five stars and will be waiting on the edge of my recliner for the second book.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review of Entwined with You By Sylvia Day

I have to say I am a huge fan of Sylvia Day and this series and have been finding it difficult to find a good romance to get me through the beginning summer months so was TOTALLY EXCITED when I saw the release date for this one.  That said it definitely is not a stand alone book and kind of felt like it had turned into a ebook series instead of an actual cover to cover book.  I will be interested in how reviews go at the bookstores.  This book picks up right after the last one where some pretty intense decisions had been made in order to protect Eva.  Although I love the characters and wouldn't have wanted to miss the happenings in this book, as I believe they are necessary to move forward, I felt like it was getting all the characters in their pasts together for a show down.  Everyone was coming back with their drama and everyone that is already their is bringing in bigger drama.  The intense reliance of Gideon on Eva gets a bit much and I see a fall out coming, not only because life does that but Eva continuously says a fall out is coming.  I see the place for this book in the story of their lives but it lacked the ability to really grab me.  I am still a die hard fan and wish the next book was already out so I could get past the building of the story to more interesting story.
Three stars.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Great Summer Read

The Best Man Twitter Contest. #TheBestMan @ana_blaze


I'll be hosting a special Twitter Contest on June 7th and 8th!

The Prize?

A FREE e-copy of The Best Man!

Beth Chase is too busy planning perfect weddings to worry about the lack of action in her own love life. But if she was looking for a man, she wouldn’t be looking at Colin Pratt. Her boss swears that Best Man Colin is a quiet scholar and science fiction writer who couldn’t possibly cause a fuss at his own brother’s wedding. He’s clearly never met the man in question.

 Snarky, sexy and more than a little inebriated, Colin is the final obstacle between Beth and the last perfect wedding she needs to make partner. Of course, when she helps him into a taxi at the end of the night she has no idea that he’s only just begun to poke holes in her professional exterior. Colin might have the skills to seduce a romance professional, but can he convince her that he’s the best man to share her happy ever after


Check out The Best Man's tab to see watch a trailer or read an extended excerpt!

How to Enter!

Entering is easy. Just tweet the hashtag #TheBestMan  and end with my handle @ana_blaze between midnight EST on June 7, 2013 and 11:59 p.m. EST on June 8, 2013!

For example, you could tweet:

 I married #TheBestMan I know. @ana_blaze 

  #TheBestMan is on my must read list. @ana_blaze

 #TheBestMan made me breakfast in bed.@ana_blaze

 I love sexy nerds. #TheBestMan @ana_blaze

 I wish Beth would plan my wedding. #TheBestMan @ana_blaze

Being #TheBestMan is tough, but someone's gotta do it. @ana_blaze

or even just:

  I want to read #TheBestMan!@ana_blaze

You get the idea. Twitter rules ask that we don't have too many duplicate tweets, so it's best (and frankly way more cool) if you come up with your own tweet. I'm really looking forward to seeing what folks come up with. I'm hoping for some tweets about how to be #TheBestMan. It's also best if you are following me on twitter. Apparently that's the only way to guarantee that your tweet shows up in my search.

You're welcome to tweet (and enter) more than once, but please not more than once an hour. Let's not annoy the Twitter-folk too much.

Follow me on Twitter.:) 

This contest is open internationally. 

Void where prohibited. :( 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Get ready to Write!!!

The 2013 Baker's Dozen Earliest Info Ever

Six months may SEEM like a long time, but...we'll blink and it'll be September, right?

So for those of you who are already counting the days, and for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, I give you THE 2013 BAKER'S DOZEN EARLIEST INFO EVER!


October 29 and 31 -- Adult fiction (all genres except erotica and erotic romance)*

November 5 and 7 -- Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction (all genres)


Now, there will be lots of other dates nestled in there as well, such as our logline critique rounds (3 of them), winner notification dates, and so on.  But the above dates are THE BIG ONES.  So mark your calendars!


The Baker's Dozen Agent Auction is MSFV's biggest event of the year. 60 250-word entries, hand-picked by Jodi Meadows and Authoress, will be placed on the auction block for agents to bid on (with requests for pages, up to a full manuscript request). It bears the name "Baker's Dozen" because the original auction in 2010 included 13 agents--a baker's dozen.

(Well, it deserved a bigger font, right?)

Here's the thing:  Though participation was comparable last year (as in, actual number of entrants), our audience on the actual day of the auction was slightly smaller than the previous year.  I COULD NOT ACCOUNT FOR THIS.

So do this, if you will:  Take a moment to share this link on your blog.  Or swipe the info and include a link back here.  If we're going to do this thing, we want people to KNOW, right?  The bidding is always fast and furious (I seriously have to clear my calendar that morning); too much fun to risk missing.

If you're new to the Baker's Dozen, you can learn more by perusing past contests.  Just click on the "Baker's Dozen" tag in the archives (on the side bar).

Oh, and now's your chance to ask questions and get generally chatty in the comment box.  No question is too stupid (well, unless 5 people have already asked the same thing, in which case it's a matter of YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION), so ask away.

* I've been asked about the inclusion of NA fiction.  Please know that the genres represented reflect the tastes of the agents who agree to participate.  If there is a fair showing of agents who accept NA, I will include it with the adult submissions (because NA is not children's literature).