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Reading off the page

October 24, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday


Earlier this year Rain Girl caught my interest. The literary thriller was well-crafted and engaging enough to keep me reading, but left me unsatisfied.

Real life has all the reality I need. When I read for entertainment I want a happily-ever-after. The book led me to enroll in Kindle first, which offers me a chance to read titles a month before their official release at a reduced price. An appealing proposition for an addicted reader.

Although I wasn’t coerced or even asked, the arrangement makes me feel obligated to read my selection within the month and to post a review. Disappointed in my first choice, I chose Crazy For Her, a romantic suspense title for August.

The ex-SEAL turned private security consultant romance is the first in a planned series. I adored Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series and love Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight men, so I’m predisposed to love a new group of dangerous heroes. Crazy For Her’s hero had a lot of holes on the inside. I’m good with moody, tortured heroes, but he went from hot to cold often and without sufficient cause to make him credible or sympathetic. The heroine stayed reasonable and patient long after I wanted to shake her. That said, I loved the concept, found the prose easy to read, and wanted to like it more. I may well give the next book in the series a try in hope the author develops more confidence.

Read any good books lately?

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Fifty Shades of Grey

August 29, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday

Somehow I think I’m going to like the movie even better than the book…

Even if you’re not a huge fan of E.L. James, at the very least, isn’t it awesome to have romance centered stories dominating the media?

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Marie Force Is My Latest Fan Girl Crush

August 1, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday

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I’ve been reading Marie Force for a while now and I can’t pick a favorite. For me she’s an autobuy.

If you like romantic suspense then I suggest starting with Fatal Affair

If contemporary romance is more your thing check out Maid for love , which is free!

Her single titles are equally delightful, in fact I haven’t read anything by Ms. Force that failed to charm me, even when I’m blinking back tears.

For fans, the bundled titles are a super deal. Bundle:Line of Scrimmage, Love at First Flight, and Everyone Loves a Hero.

Read any good books lately?

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Writing From the Middle

July 25, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday


Last month I picked up Writing From the Middle based on Andrea DePasture’s recommendation. It really is changing the way I write! I should mention this is the second craft book I’ve purchased from James Scott Bell, Plot and Structure was the first and well worth reading if you haven’t already done so.

Do you have favorite writing craft books? Please share!

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Favorite review sites

May 9, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday


Just in case you’re searching for something good to read, here ( in no particular order) are some of my favorite reviewers:

Queen Tutt’s World of Escapism
Bitten By Romance
The Romance Studios
The Jeep Diva
Long and Short Erotic Romance Reviews
And of course, Goodreads

Do you have go-to review sites?

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Erotic Romance Boom Revisited

May 2, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday


After viewing an interview with Desiree Holt an amazingly prolific Ellora’s Cave author last year I talked about my mixed reaction to the surge in popularity of erotic romance here.

That particular post continues to get daily traffic. Sales of digital titles continue to climb, but the exponential leap the romance industry experienced during the past few years seems to have leveled off. Fifty Shades of Grey set fire to readers imaginations and introduced a new generation of readers to erotic romance, a genre that’s been around for ages.

Since you’re reading this post I assume you’re a fan of erotic romance. What was the first title that seduced you to the dark side?

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Fan Girl Friday

April 18, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday


After burning through Maya Banks’ KGI series and mourning the next title doesn’t release until June, I looked around for another new-to-me romantic suspense author and discovered Lisa Marie Rice! Delicious alpha male heroes, spine chilling suspense and hot sexing. Better yet, she has a substantial backlist. I’ve barely scratched the surface…

Read any good books lately?

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Fan Girl Friday

April 11, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday


The only downside to reading thrillers is the lack of romance.

I haven’t read romantic suspense in a long time having run through my old favorites and been disappointed too often to try new voices.

The craving for a good blend of the two genres grew until I succumbed and took a chance on Maya Banks’ KGI series. Many delightful hours were spent with the Kelly guys, starting with The Darkest Hour. Now I have to wait for Swanny’s story. :sad:

Read any good books lately?

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Runner by Patrick Lee

March 21, 2014 | Fan Girl Friday

While indulging in the reading spree I mentioned earlier, I treated myself to a new-to-me author. In this instance I’m very glad I did. This thriller was the best book I’ve read in months. The plot moved seamlessly at a breakneck pace, the characters had depth and credibility that had me rooting for them within the first few pages.

Have you read any exciting books lately?

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First Sneak peek at A Scarlet Past

October 11, 2013 | Fan Girl Friday

From the story’s beginning:

The Thunder moon rode low in the western sky. Ominous black–bottomed clouds streamed past the pocked lunar face, masking the glow of moonlight. The scent of a coming storm scoured the muggy summer air clean. Fergus sniffed appreciatively and strode deeper into Central Park.

If tonight’s meeting with the local Alpha leader went well, he’d have new identity papers, reenlist, and be back killing Germans in a few weeks. It couldn’t happen soon enough for him.

Too many of the vampire Nazis had gone crazier than usual with blood lust. Battlefield violence broke the minds of the German bloodsuckers in frightening numbers. Tales of their horrific rampages surfaced, threatening human discovery of the monsters in their ranks.

Scarier for the packs, werewolves were turning rogue—a dangerous mutation of Alpha males—at an unprecedented rate. The mysterious phenomena cracked the link to their humanity, changing them into mindless beasts with an insatiable hunger for terror and death. No one completely understood what broke an Alpha, but stress was a big factor. The horrors of the Second World War stripped the humanity from both the best and the worst of far too many of their most powerful males with ruthless equality.

An icy awareness of just how close he’d come to madness shuddered through him. The memory gave him a case of the heebie-jeebies and sent an unwelcome jolt to his still-aching wound. He locked his jaw and leaned more heavily on his cane. Goddess damn all SS bloodsuckers and the mortar round that blew off his rear leg. The wound put him out of the fighting and got him a one-way ticket back to the States. He’d been forced to leave the VA hospital against medical advice to conceal his nonhuman rate of healing. A few nights holed up at the Plaza in fur accelerated his recovery.

Now the cursed regrowing limb, near full size, was still weak and hurt with hell’s own fire. He refused to give in to the pain. Sheer orneriness made him push harder.

Gasoline fumes blended with rotting meat—the stench of rogues—seared his keen nostrils. The sounds of scuffling, snarling, and snapping confirmed the ugly news of a fight in progress.

Back with another excerpt next Friday!

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