Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Dusty Pages Review: Touched

I read the first book in this series which I enjoyed so I bought the second, and finally it rose to the top of the TBR pile. I have to say that I enjoyed this book more than the first. The intense love scenes were delicious and steamy which is what I want from a romance of this type. I find the interplay between Aiden and Aria very enjoyable.

Now what I am about to say can be taken with a pinch of salt, but it started to feel like an adult Twilight. They constant on off state of their relationship, the male best friend Kellan that she won't kick out of her life despite his open attraction to her which makes Aiden irrational possessive and jealous and then the development at the end. Don't get me wrong, if its following that sort of formula, its way better than when fifty shades tried it.

I landed on this theory because of the ending, without giving anything away, I new it was coming the minute Aiden revealed everything about his relationship with his ex - Nadia, the girl his family had chosen for him. It was further confirmed by her sudden quitting and running off to live in Belize. No body runs that far without having something to hide.

Over all very enjoyable and I will be purchasing the third in the series

I give this

Monday, 27 June 2016

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Melissa Dickerson

1. Why did you want to write this book?

I had a picture in my head of a girl in a prison-type cell, wearing a hospital gown, with slitted pupils, covered in blood. I had to write the story to find out why and what happened next. I’m horribly curious.

2. If you were asked to review a fellow author/friends book would you be honest?

I actually took a class to learn how to effectively critique! I absolutely would be honest, but I’d be kind while I did it. Being constructively critical can be a huge challenge, but for a beginning writer, it’s absolutely needed. Letting someone read your fledgling novel is a gesture of trust. Honesty is required.

3. How do you think the self-publishing boom has effected the book industry?

I think it has really opened up the playing field. Publishers aren’t the gatekeepers of content anymore – now it’s up to the masses to decide what’s good and what’s not. There are benefits and drawbacks, of course.

4. Is there one area of your writing that you’ve always wanted to improve upon?

Organization. I write in spurts, and not all in order. It makes things stressful and difficult. I envy people who can outline out the story and the write to the outline. I can’t outline until I’m halfway done!

5. If all the worlds a stage, where does the audience sit?

In the balcony?

6. What was the last picture you took with your phone?

Cat photo. One of my cats is extremely camera-shy, and I’m always trying to get a shot to prove how adorable he is.

7. What is your perfect pizza?

Pepperoni, black olives, and extra cheese.

8. Ugly and live forever or attractive and die within a year?

Ugly and live forever. I can’t wait to see what the future holds, and then I’d be one heck of a writer from all that practice!

9. Do you have anyone you go to for advice? In person or Online?

My best friend Cherie. She gives great advice.

10. What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break?

Being bashful about letting people read my work. How exactly did I expect to be a bestselling author if I couldn’t let people read it without feeling awkward? I have no idea. But then doubts are so rarely logical.

11. Are you still learning who you are?

Absolutely. I think we’re always learning who we are; once you stop, you get boring.

12. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, what would it be?

Super embarrassing, but Pretty Little Liars. They have the best wardrobes I’ve ever seen on teenagers and their lives are never boring.

13. If you had the chance for a do over in life, what would you do differently?

I’d study abroad. I always thought there would be time later, and there still is, but now it’s my own money I’m spending!

14. Why did you choose to be a writer?

I don’t think I chose so much as it was an obsession. I was always writing and telling stories growing up; now I just do it a lot better.

15. If you got a (new) tattoo what would it be of?

Cherry blossoms! I’m obsessed. They represent the sacred feminine, which is really something I’m trying to celebrate in myself.


What happens when you cure a zombie?

Emma tended to act first and think later. But then the world went sideways, she was bitten by her zombified sister, and ended up being poked and prodded like a rat in a government lab.

And then, miraculously, she was cured.

Well, mostly.

Trapped between two worlds and belonging to neither, Emma must now curb her curiosity if she hopes to ever fit in. But she can't help noticing that the soldiers running Camp Kennan are hiding some serious secrets… like who’s really to blame for the zombie apocalypse.
Get a sneak peek here


About Melissa

Melissa has a terrible Hello Kitty addiction, uses obscure words in everyday conversation and loves libraries even though she is incapable of returning books on time. She may or may not have a plan in place for the coming zombie apocalypse. She lives in Southern California with her husband and way too many pets.
    Twitter: @mdickerson42
    Instagram: @mdickersonauthor

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sunday Showcase

Every action has a reaction. Every reaction has a consequence.

Every consequence creates a memory.

Having overcome the impossibility of time travel, Kenneth Ramsayer and his best friend exist to relive past rock 'n' roll gigs. Everything is going well; they've become heroes, they've discovered love, they had the world by the tail, and then they ruined everything.

Based on what is left of their ruined music collections, it appears that rock 'n' roll died in 1984.

Their unassailable knowledge of music, leads the boys to recall that in 1984 an unknown patron made a bootleg recording of a Replacements gig. This cassette was recovered and became the live album "The Shit Hits The Fans." The history of rock 'n' roll was forever changed. Now a viciously evil plot has absconded with the recording.

But what if the death of rock 'n' roll isn't connected to the missing cassette? Seeking help from unlikely sources and following fading memories, the boys travel across America in a bid to save rock 'n' roll.

Read an extract here

Duncan Milne is a practicing lawyer in search of a forum where prose doesn’t include the terms “notwithstanding” or “but for.” He has a passion and insatiable appetite for music, art, and literature. His debut novel, The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Impossibility of Time Travel and Other Lies is the first in a four part series, with the second book anticipated June 2015.

Relocated to New Zealand with his wife and daughter, Milne is fortunate to be married to someone whose career facilitates travel abroad.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Dusty Pages Review: Vampire: Desire of Blood

Royce Bellamy is over one thousand years old. He’s a vampire. He’s also part of an elite force with the New York City Police Department and he’s faced with a dilemma. His current lover is pushing him to turn her, she’s one of the cities’ top ADA’s.
Royce already has three vampire beauties running around the world, who owe their immortality to him, did he need another?
His current human lover, Beth Ann has taken hold of him in a way he never expected. Vampires weren’t supposed to fall in love. But was it love? He’d find out soon enough.
Meet Lucinda, Magenta and Dahlia his three children. Royce has released them; it is after all the twenty-first century. One will fall in love with a warlock, one a jackal and one with a shape-shifter. Will any of them find redemption? Or will their desire always be of blood

I've not read anything from this author before. It was a very short novella taking me less than a half hours to read. I started off liking Royce but by the end I'd lost my interest in him. The whole book seems like a series of flash backs to introduce the stars of the next couple of books - all of which I found I couldn't care less about.

Nothing really happens in the book. The main conflict is between Royce and his new lover Beth Ann who wants to be a vampire. The ending was a bit of a forced HEA - as after being adamant that he doesn't want to turn her, he caves betraying his stance far too easily for my liking.

There are some love scenes in this book. Although they are tactfully done, they seem a little formulaic to me. They go - head for him, he returns the favour and then they have sex. And of course all male vampires have to come twice in order to be fully sated in this universe (for the ladies pleasure) -rolls my eyes- I won't be reading the next ones because as I said there wasn't anything about his children that really made me want to know more about them.

I give this

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Release Party Giveaway

To celebrate Saturday's release of the long awaited sequel to Mistakenly Mated - Magically Mated - I am holding a competition to win PDF copies of both books. One lucky winner will be picked at random.

Mistakenly Mated

Curiosity only kills cats, right? Kerry never expected to have a mate among her own kind. White werewolves, like her, are considered cursed. When curiosity gets the better of Kerry, she becomes the mate of the handsome Caleb and her future takes a dramatic turn. They crave each other through a bond that after a month will be unbreakable and they have till then to get to know each other. Surviving that month is the only problem! Someone is out to kill Kerry, but who and why?

Magically Mated

With his ex girlfriend happily mated to one of her own kind, Dick escapes from Georgia to England. He hopes that staying with his friend Bethany will help with his recent heartbreak. However the minute he meets her, there is an instant attraction he can’t resist.

When her father is murdered, a hunt begins for his grimoire – a book containing his darkest spells. Magic that in the wrong hands could be devastating to Dick and Bethany’s budding relationship. That is if her secrets don’t tear them apart first.

If you would like to be in with the chance to win both of these titles, just follow the instructions on the raffle-copter below

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Dusty Pages Review: Married for Christmas

After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them.

They can get married. They can be build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all

I loved this book. The premise was a wonderful draw and the story didn't let it down. The romance building and the feelings were so raw at points that I got teary eyed.

Daniel and Jessica are a great couple. However because the book is primarily a romance, you only learn things about their relationship and I felt there was some detail lacking for them as individuals. The few bits you get however made them extremely likeable and had me routing for them to work out. I believed them both to be genuinely good people who deserved to have a HEA. I'd like to know more about them and what their future holds but the next book seems to focus on Daniel's brother Micha - which is a very popular thing in the romance genre. I will probably read it and who knows, I might get a little insight if they are still bobbing around in the background.

I give this

Monday, 13 June 2016

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Laura Lee McKellips

1. Tell me about your book
Lily and where you got your inspiration for it?

Lily was originally called The Event Specialist. I renamed the book and split it into a duet about sorority sisters. Courtney is the first book in the duet. Lily came to me when I was driving home one day and Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone came on. I pictured Lily and Eric (my main couple) dancing to the song. It wasn’t a normal dance since they were bickering. The story bloomed from there with Lily planning Eric’s sister’s (Courtney) wedding.

2. Why did you want to write this book?

Lily is such a sassy character. Eric is overprotective. I wanted to see how these two came together for the wedding.

3. If you were asked to review a fellow author/friends book would you be honest?

Yes, because I know how effective a review can be for an author.

4. What do you plan to do next?

I’m working on my 5th book. It is post-Civil War set in my hometown, which is close to Shiloh Battlefield.

5. How do you motivate yourself to keep writing?

I keep a notebook with me and write scenes as they come to me. It helps when I sit down in front of my computer. It helps when I don’t feel like writing because I know I need to type up the new scene.

6. What was the last picture you took with your phone?

A headband with red and white roses hot glued on it. The headband is for a Queen of Hearts birthday party.

7. What is your perfect pizza?

Cheese! I don’t like anything else on my pizza.

8. Ugly and live forever or attractive and die within a year?

Ugly, because think of what I would see especially if I lived forever.

9. If you could spend the day with any character from fiction who would it be?


10. Which of the four seasons do you like the most?

Summer, I hate being cold.

11. Why did you choose to be a writer?

I had a story to tell that I wanted others to read.

12. How would your friends describe you?

Sweet, funny, and talks too much

13. What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

14. Where is your favourite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

Shiloh National Military Park, it’s my happy place

15. If you were forced to open a bakery, what would you name it?

Mellark Bakery, a tribute to one of my favorite bakers.

Lily Baron’s best friend is getting married. She is the owner of Lilian’s Occasions, one of the best event planning firms in Atlanta. It’s her job to make sure Courtney gets everything she wants to ensure her wedding day is special. There is only one problem, Courtney’s older brother.

Eric Worth’s baby sister is getting married to his best friend. Due to their mother’s lack of enthusiasm, he is paying for the wedding. He wants to make sure everything is perfect for Courtney. He’s upset when Courtney informs him she’s already hired Lily as her wedding planner without his help. Attraction flares between them as they debate over wedding details. 

If they are to make Courtney’s wedding one-of-a kind, Lily and Eric will have to join forces. Will these two independent people come together to create Courtney’s dream wedding? Or will they explode before she walks down the aisle?

About Laura Lee

Self-proclaimed history bluff, Laura Lee McKellips writes romance novels laced with history as well as modern-day trials. She likes to write smart and funny heroines and equally strong and funny heroes.
After reading a self-published book in 2013, Laura Lee decided to type out one of the stories floating around in her head. Since then she has written Cursed Soldier, The Woman Behind the Letters, Sorority Sisters Duet (Courtney and Lily). She is currently working on another historic novel based in her hometown.