Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Jason

Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake's best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She's accomplished, beautiful, and she's crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?

J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can't meet that need, just like she can't meet Jason's need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn't understand why Jason isn't content to go elsewhere for a need she can't fulfil, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.

This novella is pretty much all about the sex. It's good sex so you're in for a treat, especially as I finally get to see my favourite werewolf back in the picture. However I feared when I began reading it that it was in fact a fond farewell to this character. His own book to send him off. Although the story hints that his departure may be on the cards, it does not in fact confirm that. However reading the next book will tell.

Anita is forced to deal with some real issues in this short. I think if this had been included as part of another story it would have bogged it down, so its good that the author decided to do it separately. Its like a little outtake between books. Until I read the next book in the series, I can't say for sure whether or not this story is important, or whether or not it could potentially be skipped and not effect the continuity line of the following book. There may be something here that people won't feel comfortable reading, most likely if you read Anita Blake for the men.

I still give it

Monday, 28 August 2017

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Jen Ponce

1. Tell me about your book Burning the Devil and where you got your inspiration for it?

The first idea for the story came from a very intense dream I had, so intense that I spent three days writing 300 pages of that dream. I put it away and let it simmer for a long time before coming back to it last year. After extensive rewrites, I finally finished Gwen’s story, which is all about relationships and how we can be lured into dangerous situations without even realizing it.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

I would love to see Eliza Dushku as Gwen and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Neo.

3. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?

a. Les Liaisons Dangereuses

b. Violence: A Writer’s Guide (I’ve read it before but I’m re-reading it because it’s good.)

c. Impractical Magic

4. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

Currently, I’ve written over 700 days in a row, thanks to the Magic Spreadsheet. The longest I’ve gone without writing would be a few months

5. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?

Hard work and genes that conform to society’s expectations.

6. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

I’ve been kidnapped by Sherlock (played by Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (played by Lucy Liu.) I’m in good hands and they will help absolve me of whatever crime I’m falsely accused of … or save my life, one of the two.

7. If you could live in a book, TV show or Movie, what would it be?

It would be a zombie show or movie of some sort. Probably the Walking Dead if I had to pick one. I love survival stories that involve the undead. I’m a sucker for anything zombie related, really. Weird that I haven’t written about zombies yet … okay, that’s a lie. Weird that I haven’t published anything about zombies … yet!

8. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

I would go to the future. I mean, I haven’t found a vampire yet who could give me immortality. Perhaps there’s tech in the future that will give me a cyborg body and a super brain.

9. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?

I like to think I would kick ass in the zombie apocalypse. While other people would still be asking, “Is this real?” I’d be storing food, holing up, stockpiling ammo, and killing zombies.

10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

I write fantasy and horror because magic makes the world tolerable and exploring how people act when faced with danger fascinates me.

11. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

Yes. I try to write at least 2000 words a day. I’m a fast typist, so really it shouldn’t take me more than half an hour to get my quota (that’s with thinking time.) There are days, though, when it takes even longer to get the words out and days when I can write 10,000 words with no problem.

12. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I work as an advocate for people who have experienced or been affected by sexual and domestic violence. I also do a lot of presentations to high schoolers and adult groups about healthy relationships, healthy boundaries, healthy sexuality, domestic and dating violence, sexual violence, etc …


To get the good, you’ve got to pay.

Mechanic Gwen Colburn knows this better than most, so when charismatic megastar Neo Tucker walks into her life, she doesn’t trust the glitter of admiration in his eyes or the sweet words on his lips. It’s only when a demonic killer from her past begins to stalk her and the bodies pile up that she realizes he’s the only sane thing left for her to hold onto.

Rumors of supernatural murders have dogged Neo ever since he became famous but it wasn’t until he met Gwen that it mattered. She’s the one he’s been waiting for all his life and all he has to do is help her learn to trust him. Too bad someone close to him wants to make sure he never gets the chance to find out just how perfect she is.

Gwen and Neo must fight to get what they desire most. The only question is whether either of them will live long enough to enjoy it.


About Jen

Jen's love for reading came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) Writing is necessary, like breathing or double chocolate chip cookies and perfectly salted potato chips.
Reading is not a lost pastime and Jen refuses to believe that something so magical could ever go away. Even during the zombie apocalypse, she will be reading. She will just have to learn how to wield an ax in one hand while holding her book in the other. Jen lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with her boys, her cats, her pleco Mali and a large supply of books that help insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Double Down and Dirty

Grayson and Remington Mann. Fraternal twins. CEOs of Black Diamond Records. Dominants in the BDSM lifestyle who enjoy sharing the same woman.
Abigail Turner. The Mann brother’s personal secretary. An innocent woman who is off limits. Or is she? Come meet the Doms of The Covenant and the submissives who bring them to their knees.

This is a spin off from Samantha A Coles Trident Security Series, the first of which I've read but none of the others so I don't know if these guys made a cameo in that before getting their very own book. However when I read the premise of this book I couldn't help but pick it up and read it.

The story was good and because I had read the first in the parent series I was able to keep up with some of what was going on and the references made - however if this was someone first look I think it might have been a little confusing, especially towards the end.

It was very steamy and sexy. It actually left me wanting either to read more about these doms or return to the parent series to continue reading it and find out more about the series.

I give it

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Dancing

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn't exactly plain vanilla - and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won't be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice ...

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn't take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her ...

This is a really cute story about Zebrowski's summer barbecue and what happens when she brings both Nathaniel and Micah as her plus one. Also tagging along is Matthew - Monica Vespucci's child with the vampire Robert(deceased) - whose age I am not entirely sure of. I'm not sure if everyone at the party is aware that the child isn't theirs but all of them together are the picture of a modern family.

Anita likes the little boy and is protective of him to a degree but is still adamant that she is not wanting children of her own, though Nathaniel - her ultimate domestic goddess or should that be god - does. So barring accidents I don't think we are going to be hearing the pitter patter of little Anita's any time soon. I just hope that it won't become a problem in their relationship because I think losing Nathaniel, even if not in a forever way (ie dead) would break something in Anita. I know it'd break something in me the reader.

Its a short, sweet, no nookie e-special that is definitely worth the price I paid for it, which wasn't very much.

I give it

Monday, 14 August 2017

Meet a Writer Monday Presents...

... Ally Robertson

1. Tell me about your book Epic Crazy Love and where you got your inspiration for it?

Honestly, I had a crush on a man who was unavailable to me and I used him as a muse for the hero of the story. I wrote the happy ending I would have liked.
Here is my book trailer so your readers can see what the story is about.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

For the hero I think Kit Harrington fits Cassidy’s description perfectly, but he would need blue contacts for the role. As for Caprice... hmmm Drew Barrymore would be awesome.

3. Mountains or the beach?

Mountains. I live in beautiful British Columbia Canada. I have many mountains to choose from and it is the location of my story.

4. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

General Martok, son of Urthog. A recurring character in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I am sure to be saved. It will be a glorious battle! Qapla'

5. What is your best childhood memory?

My Dad took me for a ride on the mini-bike when I was around 5 years old. He sat me on the gas tank and drove through a huge puddle. But we hit a rock under the water and it ejected us both face down into the mud. My dad quickly got up on his arms to stop from crushing and drowning me in the muck. We both has mud in our teeth and everywhere and I kept squealing... “Lets do it again Daddy”.

6. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up and why?

Touch. If I lost my sense of touch I would feel less pain from my fibromyalgia. As an artist losing my sight and hearing would be too sad. As a foodie losing smell and taste would also be devastating.

7. If you could get away with a crime, would you? If yes, what would it be?

Rob some rich dude who doesn’t deserve his money.

8. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?

I’m a Trekkie, gotta explore space and planets! It has always been my dream to go to space, one I will never realize, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming.

9. What makes you cry?

Too many things. I am very sensitive and empathic. I try to avoid the news cause it often makes me bawl.

10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

Romance. I am drawn by my desires to have a love so strong it can stand the test of trauma and strife.

11. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I believe so. As a consumer it is the cover that 1st pulls me in and tempts me to read the blurb or an excerpt. From there I decide if its worthy or compelling.

12. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews should be honest and reflect the readers rating. They can both make or break sales. However in this day and age of internet trolls you can’t always trust reviews.

13. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Nobody holds the reigns. The story and plot is intense and chaotic. There are many trials the two protagonists have to face. Just when you think things are going smoothly BOOM, the rug is pulled out from under them and they are fighting to persevere yet again. It is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. So buckle up, because it’s a runaway train and no one is in control.

14. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Some of it began as real, most of the characters are someone in my real life as well, but they bare no resemblance to the people they once represented. This story took on it’s own life and my imagination went into overdrive. There are many twists and turns.

15. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I am a digital artist and photographer. My website is


Can two reunited soul mates conquer deceit, begrudged malice, extortion, multiple mental and physical traumas and maintain an intense, lasting, abiding love?

What lengths would you go to protecting those you love? ‘Epic Crazy Love’ Is a harrowing journey following two reunited soul mates, both are empathically connected artists who struggle with mental illness. Cassidy and Caprice will find their strength and courage tested most severely among the wilds of the Cornwall Ranch, in the beautiful British Columbian mountains. Where survival is a struggle. Where evil men do evil deeds.


About Ally

Ally is a writer and multi-talented artist living near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Disabled from fibromyalgia, she uses digital art and photography as her medium to stay focused and to bring her joy and purpose.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Two Brutes, One Barista

J.D.’s got a problem. He’s an MMA fighter who’s lost his belt, his honor, the mobility in his shoulder, and the sexist pigs he’s been mooching off of have just gone insane… but, that’s not the problem. The problem is about five foot five, with big brown eyes, and serves coffee next door. The problem talks sh*t when they play video games, and is at least an 8/10 on the Hot Crazy Matrix… but is no unicorn (the problem believes in Bigfoot). Further frustrating our hapless hero, the problem wants to run her hands allll over him, but doesn’t believe in happy endings. Follow along as J.D. tackles his problem, sees it tied to a tree, and gets busy trying to nail down a solution in a boat, and with a goat, here, there, and frankly, everywhere. The biggest barrier to J.D. licking his problem on a more permanent basis? His jackass siblings just drove him to buy a ticket home…

Monday, 7 August 2017

July Sales

Its that time again when I am going to talk about my sales. However this month there isn't an awful lot to talk about.

As you can see I had very small sales this past month, in fact August is already better than this. I've always heard rumour that Summer is absolutely the worst time of year for book sales. However try telling that to the clerk at Waterstones last week when I purchased five new books - when I really shouldn't have. I have enough books in my TBR to make my own Eiffel Tower. However I digress.

KENP reads however this month are up. I only have one title running under this particular programme and that's the revised edition of Triton Rising. I talked last month about how the free for a week promotion had got me a lot of downloads of the title - making believe that the sad truth is people seem to want something for nothing - and wonder if this is now those people reading the book they downloaded.

Of course not being entirely sure how Kindle Unlimited actually works, these could be people who have downloaded it as part of their subscription and I could potentially be seeing money from the over all fund. Don't know how much that would be, nothing shows on my royalties right now, so it is possible that I won't be seeing a penny. However I am hoping that I will soon start seeing reviews.