Review: Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

grand centralReviewed by Karin

Blurb

A war bride awaits the arrival of her GI husband at the platform…

A Holocaust survivor works at the Oyster Bar, where a customer reminds him of his late mother…

A Hollywood hopeful anticipates her first screen test and a chance at stardom in the Kissing Room…

On any particular day, thousands upon thousands of people pass through New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, through the whispering gallery, beneath the ceiling of stars, and past the information booth and its beckoning four-faced clock, to whatever destination is calling them. It is a place where people come to say hello and good-bye. And each person has a story to tell.

Now, ten bestselling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal….

Very touching and evocative. This book features original stories by best selling authors. Much of it has to do with Jewish refugees — and also Jews who had left Europe for America, at least one had been in concentration camps. It gives a glimpse into what it must have been like to live those early years post war.

My father served in the air force in Europe, so it holds a special poignancy for me.

While there are possibilities — and even love — it is not an easy life or an easy read. It is a world very far removed from where we are now, but not far enough to be in the way distant past. It holds too many memories.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

Scarlett Legacy by Shelli Rosewarne

Hi all.

It’s wonderful to be here today with my new release, Scarlett Legacy. It’s a paranormal romance, inspired by the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood – but this one is definitely not for children! Now, my Big Bad Wolf is bad in a whole different way, so I thought I would share a few mini excerpts, as well as my top ten reasons why the poor wolf is just misunderstood, and is actually much more fun than Prince Charming any day!

  1. Wolves can play the hero too. Well, sort of!

She was lost, he realized. Well, that was just perfect. His teeth bared in a wicked smile, he could go and “rescue” her. She would think he was Prince Charming when actually he was the big bad wolf.

  1. You can still get the honest-to-goodness castle (come on, be honest, wasn’t that half the Prince Charming appeal?). This Big Bad Wolf has obviously moved up in the world!

Grey stone rose up from the thick trees, topped with actual turrets and what looked like a round tower on one side. The tower and roofs were a reddish slate and the only windows she could see on the upper levels were narrow slits. It was incredible, like something out of a fairytale, or a gothic novel, and for a long moment Natalia simply gaped at in surprise and amazement. Wow.

  1. If you’ve ever loved wolves, you get to go up-close-and-personal with your own one. Cool, if a little scary? Besides, it’s like getting a two in one deal – who doesn’t love a bargain?

Eventually she had to shift, her cramped muscles protesting at her, and he shook himself like a dog and jumped to his feet. Natalia couldn’t stop staring at him in wonder. It was just so unreal. She had always adored wolves at the zoo and on television, so in one way it was crazy to be so close to one, and then even crazier to think it was actually a person. She shook her head. This had to be one of the oddest nights of her life.

  1. No one messes with his woman. Who doesn’t go gooey for a bit of alpha male?

Damian slowly crouched down next to the man, aware that the village street had gone eerily still. Any number of wolves would back him in an instant but it wasn’t needed. Kevin’s crisp shirt was muddied, his immaculate hair mussed, and the man looked ridiculously pathetic as he sat gasping in the dirt. Damian calmly let the wolf rise, let the other man see the animal lurking behind his eyes, and when Kevin cringed back in fear, Damian spoke, “That was for cheating on Natalia. If you ever hurt her again, I will kill you. Do you understand?”

  1. He can still be a big softie at times (just don’t tell anyone!).

“You’re actually here,” she whispered, complete disbelief in her voice. “You came.”

“I said I would,” he replied and, because he couldn’t stop himself from touching her, ran his finger down the petal soft skin of her cheek. Lightly tucking a stray strand of hair behind her ear, he looked down at her. Her eyes closed a moment, and when she opened them again, they were watery.

“Why would you do that?”

He was surprised she’d asked why rather than how, but he answered her as honestly as he could. “Because I couldn’t not do.”

  1. What a deep voice you have! The better to greet you with.

His voice was deep, rich, with a slight accent running through it. She could feel it rubbing down her spine like velvet.

I am a total sucker for a deep voice, throw in the accent too and I’m a puddle on the floor.

  1. What big eyes you have. The better to see you with.

He was tall, taller than her, which was a rarity. Kevin had always complained that she towered over him when she wore heels, but this man had a good foot on her! He obviously worked out; camouflage combat pants encased long legs and a knitted sweater clung to broad shoulders and what she could tell was a defined chest even through the layers. Jet black hair hung in surprisingly shaggy locks to his shoulders, but it suited him, framing a rugged face with chiseled features and the strangest eyes she’d ever seen—a deep amber color that seemed to hold her mesmerized.

Hmm, yes please! Now, what was I saying?

  1. What big hands you have! The better to grab you with.

Now, even putting aside the theory about big hands, who doesn’t want to be grabbed by a rather yummy wolf.

            He returned her kiss with equal fervor and lifted her out of the folds of her dress and flipped her onto her stomach over a nearby tree trunk. For a moment, she squeaked in protest and then he pushed down on her back with one large hand, while with the other he slid two fingers deep inside her slick center.

  1. What a big mouth/teeth you have! The better to eat you with.

*ahem* yeah, I’m not going there! Use your imagination.

Now, you may have noticed I’ve only got to number nine there – so help me out! What do you think would be the best thing about the Big Bad Wolf. Bonus points if you can sneak a bad pun in there J Or if you can’t think of one, just share with me your favourite fairytale and what you like about it.

Thanks loads for having me today – and I really hope I’ve converted you a little to the benefits of my wolves! If you want to catch up with me elsewhere, I’m on:

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Blog – http://shellirosewarne.wordpress.com

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ScarlettLegacy_200x300Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

When Natalia rents a holiday cottage she is looking for peace and quiet. A place to reassess her life and recover from her failed relationship. Instead, she finds a man who turns her world upside down.

However, people and things are not as they seem, and Natalia begins to discover that legends are real and fairy tales have a basis in reality. As she grows closer to the enigmatic Damian, she finds herself tested as danger and passion go in hand in hand, and everything she thought she knew about the world will be questioned.

After years of waiting Damian had given up hope that he would ever meet his destined mate, and he certainly never expected her to be a sassy American who had no idea that his world even existed. Can he convince Natalia to believe in the impossible, and more importantly, can he protect her from those who seek to destroy his people?

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Excerpt

Natalia eyed the shining water with fresh appreciation. She had to admit it would be nice to do something to take her mind away from all the crap.

“I didn’t bring a suit,” she murmured, a bit regretfully.

His grin turned wicked. “You don’t need one. There’s no one around.”

She glared at him. “You’re around!”

“I won’t look.” His eyes were teasing.

Yeah, right! She snorted. “I don’t believe you!”

“Okay, how about this. I may look, but I promise I won’t touch. Unless you ask me to, of course.”

Natalia burst out laughing, surprising herself. Ten minutes ago, she’d been sobbing her eyes out.

His gaze softened. “Come on, you could do with it.”

The water did look calm, she thought as she eyed it up. “You’re sure it’s safe for swimming?”

“Sure, I used to come here as a kid.”

She shot him a quick glance at that. It was hard to imagine him as an innocent child. He grinned back at her as though he knew exactly what she thinking—which, quite frankly, shouldn’t surprise her after today, but she wasn’t going to go there right now.

“Look, if you’re that bothered leave your underwear on. It’s such a warm day you’ll dry out afterward.”

Really, it wasn’t much different than a bikini, was it? She found herself nodding before she thought better of it and he reached a hand down to tug her to her feet. A half smile tugged at her lips. It might be a bit old-fashioned, but she liked the little gestures he made like that. Then he pulled his shirt over his head and she stopped breathing.

His body was like something out of a magazine, or like the Greek statues at the museums she’d been to for tedious fundraisers. Bronzed skin covered sculpted muscles with a dusting of hair leading down into his pants—which, oh Christ, were coming off as well! She closed her eyes a moment, and then couldn’t help herself and had to peek. So much for wondering whether he was going to keep on his underwear as he wasn’t wearing any. He seemed completely comfortable in his nakedness, and when he bent over to neatly place his clothes on the rock she had to clench her hands to restrain from reaching out to that tight ass. Jeez, you could market that! He turned back to meet her gaze and her cheeks flamed at the knowing amusement in his eyes. Before her fuddled brain could even start to think of something to say, he leaned forward and brushed a quick, hard kiss across her lips.

“Don’t worry. You have the exact same effect on me,” he whispered to her and then stepped back. “See you in there,” he told her with a grin, before turning and jumping off the rock straight into the shining water.

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Review: Blood Deep (Blackthorn, Book 4) by Lindsay J. Pryor

blood deepReviewed by Sharon S.

Blurb: Blood Deep (Blackthorn #4) by Lindsay J. Pryor

Bad can feel good, Jessie. Bad can feel as good as it can get.

The tattoos covering Eden Reece’s arm tell the tale of a con with an appetite for danger. Even so, arriving at The Circus – the criminal heart of Blackthorn – and demanding an audience with the notorious Pummel, is the sign of a death wish.

Jessie knows that Eden is trouble. Serious trouble. Held captive by Pummel, despite her powers, she also knows how dangerous a game Eden is playing. Yet she can’t ignore a connection far deeper than the physical spark between them – because Jessie has seen Eden before…

Jessie is the only one who can help Eden save those he loves. But as he uncovers her secrets one by one, he can’t ignore the emotions she stirs in him – feelings neither of them dare face. He risks death. If she trusts him, she risks a fate far worse.

As Pummel’s twisted plans become clear, there’s no doubt all hell risks breaking out in Blackthorn. With time running out, together Jessie and Eden might be the only ones that can stop it.

In a thrillingly sensual novel, the stakes in the dark world of Blackthorn just got higher.

I picked this series up at book #3 and was surprised by the emotional intensity and sexual tension, along with some fabulous world building set in a dark world. I was expecting the same type of read with book four Blood Deep. I was disappointed to find the first ¾ of the book was only about the romance between Jessie and Eden. I like a good PNR with a sexy alpha, but it went a little overboard with the back and forth internal lamenting about how they shouldn’t get involved. The last ¼ of the book was exactly what I was looking for, with all the world building and series story arc progress. I was glued to this part.

This book would have been a 4 star read for me if the series story arc had been evenly distributed throughout the whole book instead of crammed into the end. The romance would have been more tolerable for me if it was diluted out a bit. I liked Jessie’s character and the fact her species of “other” was unknown to the reader and hero until near the end. Her presence adds a whole new twist to the world Pryor has created.

I’m torn about how to rate this book because my problem with it was distribution of the story elements. If you are following this series then you will want to read this book for the great story twists. If you love heavy romance in your urban fantasy then you will also enjoy this. I’m going to give this a solid 3 because the ending was strong.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Buy: Blood Deep (Blackthorn Book 4)

Review: A Vampire’s Passion (A Romance In Central City, Book 3) by Jordan K. Rose

a vampire's passionReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Brandt is aware of homeless going missing and an evil army vowing to take control of the city, but if he has anything to do with it, they won’t get the chance. Brandt has enough trouble on a reconnaissance mission to find out more on Menhadens, a restaurant in Central City. There he meets Rachel a waitress working there who takes his fancy almost in an instant with her amazing blue eyes.

Review: We first meet Brandt when he’s busy scoping Menhadens for the kind of people who enter the establishment. Brandt doesn’t like having a sidekick, and certainly not one he labels as the world’s most irritating vampire, Garrison. After being on Earth for a hundred years, he still can’t get on with people the way he hopes. He always gets ribbed about being anti-social by his sidekick and anyone else who knows him. When he meets Rachel she’s the most stubborn woman he has ever met, but there is something about her he can’t resist, even being a vampire.

He and Garrison are looking into the dangerous and cruel experiments that Panthera Laboratories are getting up to, and he is afraid that Rachel might also be getting caught up in them. Raymond Tyrone is the kingpin and things could get bad if anyone finds out. Rachel might have an attitude that offends the ones who eat at Menhadens, yet out of work she’s a caring person who feeds a street guy affectionately called “Hank.” She remembers growing up poor as a kid, and doesn’t mind sneaking food out of the work’s kitchens if it means saving someone from starving. Brandt begins to question his standing as a vampire when she has the ability to resist him, even though he is more than interested in her being the one for him. Rachel compliments Brandt’s lack of human warmth toward the men he works with, as she is compassionate even if she is stubborn.

Good Bits:

  • The humour that runs through the whole novel.
  • Brandt is a very well thought out character and proves it.
  • A place called Crap Alley and who coined the name.

Summary: This is a vampire cop mystery that will interest those interested in supernatural romance, and though it might seem that Brandt and Rachel aren’t made for each other, it could be said readers might change their minds half way through.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: A Vampire’s Passion: A Romance In Central City, Novella Three

What I Look for in a Publisher

Pippa Jay Author PicHi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. Die-hard Whovian, Scaper, and Sith-in-training, and mum to three redhaired little monsters. I’ve not been published three years yet, but I’ve learnt a lot in that time – some of it the hard way, lol. One thing I have is a list of things I hope for from a publisher, and I thought I’d share some of the reasons I choose a particular publisher to submit to.

  1. Covers. Some might think going for a publisher with pretty covers is shallow. WRONG! As authors we know how important that cover is. It’s the first impression a potential reader gets. It’s the first thing to catch their eye. There are over 10 million books on Amazon, and more published every day. If you don’t have a cover that grabs a reader on a casual glance while browsing (and you may well be competing against favourites that reader already has), you’ve probably lost that person before you’ve had any chance to hook them. So if an author’s book or a publisher’s website full of covers grabs your attention, that’s a good start.
  2. Social media presence. I like to see that a publisher has one, and relatively active. Most publishers will expect their authors to do so – I expect the same from a publisher. Twitter is my favourite platform (BTW, that’s the best place to find me if you want to chat and hang out) so I’ll often find and follow a publisher there, and any links they post will lead me elsewhere. An active blog and FB presence is also good, plus engagement with their readers. It shows they’re committed to promoting their books and their authors.
  3. A good sales site. Something that not only looks good but is easy to use. These days people want gratification of some kind straight away, so being able to find and buy what they want with a click or two is necessary.
  4. Editing. All authors need editing, no matter how good they are. As an author I take great care in putting out the absolutely best book that I can, and a publisher that provides a good level of editing is essential. It also shows they’re just as committed to putting out a polished project as the author. I’d also advise reading a few books by a publisher that you’re interested in to get a feel for what they’re looking for and what their work is like after publication.
  5. Happy authors. You can check out Absolute Write and Preditors and Editors for any warnings or happenings with publishers, but it doesn’t hurt to talk to a few of the authors too (I know for a fact that one disgruntled author can make a publisher look bad when the other 99% of the authors are very happy there, and that ‘bad’ publishers may not get a mention on either site). Most authors will be willing to answer your questions if you approach them politely, or you can get involved with a few author groups where they discuss the publishing industry.
  6. Clear guidelines. Always, always read the guidelines carefully and follow them, otherwise you’re wasting your time and theirs. Most will answer questions if something isn’t clear, but I avoid publishers where the guidelines leave me with more questions than answers.

I look for all of these things before I submit, and I tend to follow a publisher and some of its authors around for a while beforehand. Like everything else, ALWAYS do your research! Do you have anything else you look for from a publisher?

Website: http://pippajay.co.uk

Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk

NOANGEL_200x300Blurb:

How far would you fall for love?

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted.

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

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Excerpt:

A new burning consumed his body. He wanted to reach out and hold her. Wrap his arms around her, and drown in her kiss. But even as he took one shaky step toward her, the light and goodness within her scorched him and he staggered back a step, one arm thrown up to shield himself.

“Lucien.” Her voice washed over him like a sweetly scented summer breeze. He dared to drop his arm and look at her again.

“Miranda.” Her name came out as a growl, and he cursed himself for it.

Her frown deepened. “Lucien, what’s happened to you?” She took a step closer and he shied away. No matter how she’d come to him, welcomed him, her angelic powers could still be deadly. “Oh, my love, what have you become?”

My love. The words cut him as deeply as the priest’s forgiveness. The pain stirred his resentment. She had been the cause of his fall. The reason for his torment. And now she was scolding him for it?

“What I am is what you helped turn me in to.” He raised his head, glared at her. “What I am is because of you.”

She shook her head. “Is that really what you think? That it’s all my fault?” Tears glimmered in her eyes. “I’ve watched you for a long time now. Waiting for the right time to come to you. I’ve seen how your existence has come to trouble you more in the last decades. How the tasks set to you have crushed what remains of your soul.”

Lucien snorted. “My soul? I lost that with my heart. And my wings.”

“No. You didn’t. You hate what you do. You sealed your heart in stone to protect yourself, but you can’t bring yourself to fully give into the darkness, no matter what.”

Lucien shuddered. “You’re wrong.”

“You know I’m not.” She took another step toward him, and though he tried to back away he found himself trapped against the brick wall. She put up her hand, palm outward, as if to touch him. His breath stalled in his chest and his whole body might just as well have become stone. He couldn’t move.

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Glorious Covers, How I Love Thee!

Guest blog by Susan Rodgers, author of A Song For Josh

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Hi! I’m Susan, and I bring greetings from the east coast of Canada – Prince Edward Island! P.E.I. is known as the land of the bright red mud, or, if you prefer, the land of sprightly, freckled Anne of Green Gables, the world’s most famous orphan. My island is surrounded by gorgeous white sand beaches where, in summer, I love to dream up stories while sunbathing with iPhone earbuds stuck in my ears.

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I write in the Romance genre. My first book, A Song For Josh, was a 2014 RONE Award winner for Best Contemporary Cover Design. I’ve been very blessed by the universe on this writing journey. This is how I found my cover designer – my son just happened to play snare drum in a Scottish Pipe Band. Well, in the drum line he stood next to a cute blonde, Alanna Munro, who was studying Design at Emily Carr in Vancouver (I lived there for a year while attending film school). Lo and behold, out of their friendship I got to know her as well, and as a result (‘cuz she is such a nice person) Alanna has taken on the challenge of designing all of my book covers. They’re gorgeous! A Song For Josh was her first cover. What can I say, the gal is a patient and talented designer, and an outstanding drummer, as well. Multi-talented! She rocks!

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What I love best about Alanna’s cover for A Song For Josh is that it superbly captures the essence of the Drifters books’ token sad gal, Jessie Wheeler. Jessie is haunted by the loss of her father, who died in a car crash on her twelfth birthday. After running away from home, she falls victim to a horrific crime that almost destroys her, and which leaves Jessie haunted and struggling to pull some kind of meaningful life together. She clings to music for its power to both connect her with the old daddy she loves and desperately misses, and for music’s simple soothing escape.

I found it interesting that this book won the RONE Award, because A Song For Josh doesn’t feature your typical six-pack male model on the cover. I’ve asked Alanna how she feels about featuring ‘Josh’ on one of the covers, and her reply was to let the readers sort Josh out for themselves. In the end I agreed, partly because her covers are gorgeous works of art in themselves despite the lack of hunky men on the covers, and partly because I like the idea of readers creating their own Josh based on the information I’ve given them – white T-shirt, faded jeans, vintage leather jacket, square-toed boots, longish hair with a rogue piece that drives Jessie nuts ‘cuz she always wants to tuck it behind his ear…you get the drift!

Promises, book two in the series, is adorned with cherry blossoms, which represent short, quick bursts of life and sudden, powerful deaths (yup, can you picture escalating crime? Jessie has a stalker, hmmm…). The third book, No Greater Love (my personal fave), features Jessie’s car, a 1966 cherry red Mustang, which speaks to her independent rogue personality. The car also plays a pivotal part in the book’s climax. Also, I may as well add, it’s my dream car! (It’s a blast to look at my books and see many of my own dreams encompassed in the covers). Book four, Riptide, is set almost entirely on my little island, with its white sandy beaches and red clay cliffs. I suggested to Alanna that she design a cover using a tempestuous ocean and a sandcastle. I give her credit for including a crumbling sandcastle – of course, I pictured the perfect kind that I aspire to mold on the beach myself – which works as a perfect metaphor for Josh and Jessie’s story and their painful attempt to heal past hurts.

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More than once, I’ve found myself flinging my arms out to the universe with thanks for bringing Alanna to me (so, she’s the reason I paid for all those drumming lessons for my son! Life works in mysterious ways – suddenly all of the puzzle pieces are coming together). The owner of a bookstore which features my print books told me recently that Alanna was smart to use lighter colors in the background. Most books are dark, so the color palette helps the Drifters series stand out. Her use of negative space and whimsical font underlies the love story, and her composition and images bring the series together beautifully, so they look gorgeous gracing my readers’ coffee tables! Best of all, they look awesome featured on Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo, etc., too!

Now that contests featuring Best Cover Designs are on the go here, there and everywhere, I believe more authors are paying closer attention to their covers. Yes, the writer still must captivate readers with awesome storytelling, but chances are that books won’t catch too many eyes without eye-catching art and appealing composition. I made the mistake of hiring a different cover designer when my second book was ready to hit the online retailers, at a time when Alanna was too busy at school to start the design. The result? Well, I didn’t mind the cover a whole lot (although my son hated it), but it didn’t match book one and it didn’t have Alanna’s graceful panache. I replaced the cover with Alanna’s work the first chance I got. Phew, what a good decision that was, and it’s even more profound now that books three and four have joined the ranks.

I can hardly wait to see what the amazing Mizzz Munro dreams up for the next few books. All told, there are seven in the series. I’ve finished the fifth and have plotted the sixth and seventh, so Alanna will soon be busy designing for me again.

My advice to you? Spend the extra few dollars on someone you trust who understands design. I’ve learned so much about what works and what doesn’t. I trust Alanna – she has four years of design school under her belt. Beautiful covers are worth the extra money.

I have a lot more to thank the universe for. So many amazing signs have been coming to me lately, which constantly give me the reassurance that, as a writer, I am on the right path. Living in the home province that Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery loved is a blessing in itself. Her writing is descriptive, mellifluous and original. Her love of nature (she named her favorite trees!) reminds me to look around at the ‘place’ where I get to write, and to appreciate it. Sometimes this means taking walks in the middle of the day and watching squirrels munch on sunflower seeds, or sticking my toes in the sand and sucking in the salt tang of vibrant ocean air.

Listen to the universe. It may bring you peace, or it may bring you, well, an amazing cover designer. At the very least, I have a feeling it will show you the way home.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how the universe is helping you out along your writing journey. How are things going with your own cover designs? How does your home environment inspire and inform your writing?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

- Susan

Buy: A Song For Josh (Drifters Book 1)

Bio Life in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, became infinitely more interesting when Susan Rodgers finally took the plunge and left full time employment to pursue her creative passions. Susan’s journey into writing started with a box of wartime letters discovered in the attic of the historic house where she worked, which launched her first half hour screenplay and then filmed drama, Bobby’s Peace. When a period television series, Emily of New Moon, came to town, Susan had to become involved. She started as a stand-in and double before joining the wardrobe department to help monitor on-set continuity (Eg. removing modern watches from the wrists of forgetful actors). When the series ended, Susan went back to full time museum work, but alas, so many stories cried out for release. Eventually the call to try storytelling in film was so strong that she had no choice but to pack herself and her seventeen-year-old son, Christopher, into a tiny Pontiac Sunfire and drive across Canada to Vancouver, where she studied film for a year. A number of projects resulted, including the web series A Time To Drum, period short film Dreamers, short comedy The New Neighbours, music video for Christopher’s haunting song Silence, Bloodhound (YouTube), and many client documentary-style films. Susan then journeyed into writing novels, which evolved from the need to focus on storytelling in a simpler form. The Drifters books (A Song For Josh, Promises, No Greater Love
, Riptide
) have been defined as a cross between the genres of women’s literature and romance. Susan was a Finalist in the 2011 Atlantic Writing Awards for her as yet unpublished first novel, A Certain Kind of Freedom. A well received excerpt has been re-worked as a short story and featured in an anthology produced by The Writers’ Drawer. Novels Seasmoke and Whispers of Home are well underway. Susan also recently completed her first Feature Documentary film The Healing Place, and plans to produce a Feature Drama within the next few years are percolating as well. And, most fun of all? Susan finally tried acting, and just finished a run as Elizabeth Caulder in the James McLure play Laundry & Bourbon. Life is short!

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Review: Must Love Breeches (Must Love, Book 1) by Angela Quarles

22664678Heroine: Isabelle Rochon thought this reenactment ball would be spectacular. She did the research, came dressed in a period-correct gown, and finds the evening less than enchanting. The women are dressed slutty, the dancing is a boor, the lights too bright, and her coworker crush turns out to be an ass. Where’s the magic? Clearly her expectation for the evening were to high, but wouldn’t this ball have been just the thing in the past? Sigh.

Hero: Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount, espies the lovely Isabelle Rochon in her exquisitely French and modish attire and is intrigued. He’s in luck that she’s talking to his cousin so he can finagle an introduction. She’s a delightful distraction and he rues his growing reputation because he feels it precludes him from pursuing her… but then he strikes on just the thing… she can be part of his scheme for revenge on the men involved in his sister’s ruination.

Review: Lord Montagu is the kind of perfectly charming and sincere man Isabelle has been looking for – but when she finally realizes what happened and that she’s back in time she’s heartbroken because she can’t have him. She takes his cousin in her confidence and shows off her phone (and calculator app) to prove her story… but alas the battery dies before she can show him (when she’s ready to trust him… after all Bedlam is not a nice place she hears).

Pro: A focus on the progress of the times – it wasn’t all balls and parades in the park, there was also science and differential engines, and flying mechanical horses (that didn’t work).

Con: The heroine was too hesitant to snap the hero up… Lord Montagu would have been whisked off his feet before he had a chance to rise up from his bow. ;)

One of the best time travel romances I’ve read. Definitely recommend.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Fetish Transcendence by Billie Rosie

Fetish TranscendenceReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: In Fetish Worship, Billie Rosie’s first collection of short, extremely erotic stories, she showed her diversity of themes and does it again with this set of twelve tales that tell the story of the darker side of humanity ant ides desire of the explicit. In the same way that there were dominant partners and their submissive lovers, this bunch of stories explores that even more, but as well as the dark, debauched desires being revisited, there is a good deal of fantasy elements in this that keep it feeling original. There are twelve in all; Security, Winnat’s Pass, Fruits De Mer, Sherlock Holmes & The Curse of the Moonstone, Dirty Phone Call, Body Swap, Retribution, Sanctity, La Frotteuse, A Holiday Romance, The Diary and Anastasia.

Review: In Security, Freddie, a security guard at a popular department store has been looking for a thief called “The Shadow,” for a long time and when he catches her, she might be in trouble of a different kind. Winnat’s Pass sees readers drift back into the past of the 14th century with Allen taking his woman, Clara through to their destination after being ambushed and nearly killed, but when his Clara could be a vampire, there could be problems. Fruits De Mer has Josiah’s love of moules lead to a love of women’s vaginas, and every part has to be worshipped by him. Sherlock Holmes & The Curse of the Moonstone delves into the lesbian world of Holmes and Watson when they investigate the case of a man stealing a diamond from a Hindu deities forehead. As well as this being the best story in the whole book, Rosie keeps us waiting for the inevitable pay-off of what Holmes can do with a champagne bottle. In Dirty Phone Call, a woman doesn’t take to being the part of some guy’s perverted fun during a routine phone conversation, but she soon gets into the swing of it. Body Swap is another tale with a man infatuated with a beautiful vampire who wants to sap his essence. Simon enjoys his time with her, and remembers how he would let his spirit free from his body to roam the house, watching every lewd and debauched thing that went on. In Retribution a woman gets her revenge on the man who had called the wrong number and gave her a dirty phone call that resulted in the best orgasm ever! Dare I say this is one of the funniest too as the conversation takes a dominating, if light-hearted tone part of the way through. After such an erotic story, Sanctity would seem like a breeze, yet when an aroused woman visits her local priest, he doesn’t know how much she wants to bed him. La Frotteuse sees Julia needing some time alone at a pirate convention, until the pirate of her dreams comes to her. A Holiday Romance gives Adam and Lilith the chance to have some holiday fun where Lilith binds and blindfolds her slave and asks him some very probing questions, ones we really want to hear. The Diary and Anastasia are just too good to miss too.

Good Bits:

  • A lesbian story with Holmes and Watson – well, we saw it coming!
  • How Freddie the security guard teaches shoplifters a valuable sexy lesson
  • Two vampire stories that really hit the spot
  • Never call a wrong number – unless you want to pay the price

Summary: Billie Rosie doesn’t seem to hold back with any of her stories and it’s not surprising that some have been published. The stories are erotically brought out and are the stuff that wet dreams are made of, at least between these pages, and digital ones too. Some will have their favourites, I did, while others focus on submission and a twist or two in the tale. What is important is that they are enjoyable, and they are that with fun characters and interesting scenarios to keep you wanting more from this delicious author.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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