A Fun Personal Ad for HoHo Honeybun

hohohoneybun-500Guest blog by Sam Cheever, author of HOHO Honeybun (Honeybun Fever, Book 5)

Today, I thought it would be fun to share the personal ads for the H/H in my brand new Christmas release, HoHo Honeybun. Knowing Blaise and Dolfe the way I do, I’m thinking this should be interesting!

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Fun Loving Party Girl Seeks Exuberant, Merrymaking Male

I’m 27 years old and love to party. Life is too short and I want to enjoy it while I’m still young and beautiful! I’m a gorgeous 5’11” black woman and I’m allergic to being serious, so I want a man with a great sense of humor.

Being a rabid night owl, I don’t DO mornings. Let me repeat…you really DON’T WANT to be around me if I have to get up before noon on the weekends. How bad can it be you ask? Think Walking Dead. Not the hot, slightly sweaty and unkempt heroes who lop off zombie heads…the other guys. That’s me the morning after a night at the club. It’s not pretty. Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had three or four cups of coffee, then approach very slowly, gaze averted, and in a slightly slumped posture. If you do that I might not eat you.

When I’m not partying I’m usually shopping. I adore clothes and other girly stuff…mostly shoes. Jimmy Choos are my absolute favorite and I favor the ones with four-inch-tall spike heels. So I need a man who is really tall.

I waitress and tend bar for a living and make really ridiculous tips. Men love me and I’m really good with them, so they tip me handsomely…sometimes even more than their drinks cost. Thus the ability to buy Jimmy Choos. <grin> What this means is that my perfect match isn’t jealous, but allows me to use my charms at my place of work…and my place of play…and pretty much anywhere else…without getting all possessive and cavemanish. I don’t need a man to take care of me. I can do it myself. I’ve been known to deck men who come on too strong and still leave them panting for more!

Looks? I’d love if you had a piercing gaze that made me go all melty inside, and I’ve already given you the height requirement. A nice six pack would be a serious bonus. But if you can stand up to me at a club, with moves like you’re trying out for Dancing with the Stars, and have nice hands, I’ll give you a look. I’m not too picky. <grin>

If you meet all of these criteria I’d love to take you for a test run at my favorite club next weekend. PM me!

Serious, Protective Male Looking for Down-to Earth, Nurturing Female

I have no idea how to do this. I’m just gonna wing it, okay? Hopefully I’ll get it right.

I’m a Private Investigator who’s looking for someone I can have a normal, traditional relationship with. I want a woman who’s careful and considerate…one who doesn’t take unnecessary risks. I’ve walked the seedier side of life long enough to know how much trouble you can get into if you’re not careful. I’m looking for a woman who’s soft and sweet, and who appreciates having a strong man around to take care of her.

I’m 32 years old and 6’5” tall. I have longish, wavy blond hair and green eyes. I like cooking for my date and spending time cuddling on the couch. My day starts really early, so once I get home at night I rarely go out again. I work long hours, risk my life on a regular basis, and deal mostly with human debris.

I like a night out at a good restaurant and keeping my woman close and safe. I open doors for ladies, scare disrespectful punks away with a single glare (I’ve been told my glare is kind of intense), and believe that all woman deserve to be loved and coddled.

My ideal woman is petite and softly attractive. I don’t expect physical perfection, but a kind heart and gentle disposition are critical. She doesn’t need to be able to cook but she’ll have to live with a lot of takeout and the three dishes I can cook if she doesn’t. I’m the king of take-out food and have just about every decent restaurant within a 20 block radius of my apartment on speed dial.

In the interests of full disclosure, my dad’s a US Senator, so occasionally I have to deal with the Secret Service hanging around. That sucks, but it just goes with the territory, I guess. So any woman I’m with has to deal with it too. I apologize for that in advance.

If you fit my needs and I fit yours, I’d love to meet you for coffee somewhere you’ll feel safe. Text me?

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So…how do you think Blaise and Dolfe are gonna get along? LOL Exactly. And that’s what makes them so darn much fun!

 Blurb:

He just wants her to take life a little more seriously. She’s decided he could have a point. Especially now that somebody wants her dead.

Dolfe Honeybun broke up with Blaise Runa because her party girl ways were driving him to distraction. Unfortunately, out of sight does NOT mean out of mind. And when his favorite party girl sees something she shouldn’t and finds herself being chased by a cold blooded killer… reason shuts down and Dolfe’s heart takes over. If only he can get to her in time!

Buy: HOHO Honeybun (Honeybun Fever, Book 5)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.

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Self-publishing: Have a Game Plan

Alejandro 500x750 Guest blog by K. Victoria Chase, author of Alejandro

When I was ready to publish my fifth novel, I knew I had to do it myself. There are a host of reasons why authors should self-publish, but many still believe it’s an impossible undertaking. Let me make a molehill out of that mountain.

As with just about anything, especially major decisions, you need to have a game plan; and self-publishing is a major decision. You’re offering your work to the praise and derision of the world. This shouldn’t be taken lightly.

But the weight of the decision can be lightened by knowing exactly what steps to take next. So, after writing that epic book, you need to do a few things before the world is ready for it’s awesomeness. Now, plans can vary, but this is essentially what I’ve learned (and followed) from indie author pioneers.

1. Hire and editor. ‘Nuff said.

2. Hire a formatter. Unless you want to do it yourself. I can tell you from experience (formatting for print using Createspace) the money I spent on both the ebook and print formats was well worth it. Plus, you’ll receive several formats to upload to a variety of places.

3. Hire a cover artist. Why, oh why do people create their own covers? Unless you do it for a living, spare us the cut and paste/drawings/sketches/whatever and let us want to buy your book because of the great cover you’ll be hiring someone to do.

4. Copyright. You don’t have to do this right away, but at least you’ll be covered if ever you need to prove you’re the original creator of that masterpiece.

5. Buy ISBNs. Again, this is optional as many distribution sites allow you to buy/use their free ISBNs (Smashwords, Amazon…)

6. Open Accounts with Distributors. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords (which will populate a host of others), All Romance Ebooks, etc. Unless you’re participating in Amazon’s KDP Select program, where your book will be sold by Amazon exclusively, have your work sold everywhere so people don’t have to search for it.

Don’t forget to set a price for success=sales. Too high (regardless of what you believe it’s worth) won’t generate sales and too low won’t attract the readers who’ll remember you and buy your next book.

After you upload your edited, formatted, brilliantly-covered, copyrighted, ISBN-tagged work, press publish! You’re officially an indie author. Congratulations. Now, the hard part begins: marketing. But that’s another post.

7. Start writing the next book!

My first self-published title:

Buy: Alejandro (The Santiago Brothers Book Two)

orig_41406_026gtAbout the Author: From childhood, K. Victoria Chase enjoyed writing stories and plays and reading Christian romance. She received degrees in Criminal Justice and Diplomacy and worked as a federal law enforcement officer for several years before deciding to try her hand at writing a complete novel. Today, K. Victoria Chase is an Amazon bestselling author both in the US and the UK. She writes both clean and Christian interracial romance.

Visit K. Victoria Chase at http://www.kvictoriachase.com

Buy: Alejandro

Review: O, Come by Bridget Midway

O Come by Bridget MidwayReview by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Christmas is a time for joy, fun and pleasure – it is also a time for seeing your family, but for Cynda Richmond it’s a time for going to a Village Resort in Colorado run by her family. She did have other plans to go to Greece, but has something else she wants to take care of, a certain man, Reid Weller, a childhood companion who just happens to be the lodge’s general manager and someone who has never seen her as a grown up person.

Reid Weller on the other hand wants nothing more than to help his guests at the lodge have a great Christmas stay there without the hassle normally associated with the festive season. Reid has no problem with the guests as he ensures the smooth running of the place, but when Cynda comes to stay there, he feels she will unleash a whole load of trouble just like she used to do when he knew her. These were her younger days and his too, but despite her best intentions, he can’t get beyond the fact she might cause trouble for their family again.

Review: Cynda is someone from Reid’s past, when he was younger and more reckless. He remembers making love to her when he first got the job at Village Resorts and even though they had split up, he still thinks about her and the way she was back then. He has dreamt of her ever since the split, and hurts inside as he knows he will never find another girl like her. The problem is he knew she wasn’t any good for him, yet the memory of her still haunts him. The story mainly reads from Reid’s perspective of how he feels and how much he wants to make a second go of him and Cynda’s relationship. He is a different person now, a high-flyer, but he still loves the only woman who first kissed him.

Juicy bits: Reid finding a naked Cynda on his bed when he walks in! Cynda being caught naked and causing a scandal at Planet Hollywood’s Hotel’s pool and Reid thinking naughty thoughts about Cynda’s luscious lips being somewhere they shouldn’t.

Is it any good? It has a lot of feeling, Bridget knows how to put serious emotion into her novels and that’s why they work.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: O,Come

Review: Xavier’s Loving Arms by K T Grant

Xavier's Loving ArmsReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Xavier Marks was hoping his lover would be with him always, after all that’s what he thought she wanted the day he was bound to her, but all that has changed now, and he finds that she doesn’t care for him the way she used to. He doesn’t know why she gives him his marching orders at first, but in time he knows all too well – she’s got another man in her life and doesn’t want him hanging around her like a wet blanket.

At a Halloween Gala wearing nothing but a toga, he notices while the other men get their women all hot under the collar and ready to go home to a night of unadulterated passion, he is the only one going home alone, and for him it’s a pretty sad prospect.

Xavier is used to going to soirées at night, and not thinking about the vast amount of money he has in reserve, but women have always eluded him, from his former girlfriend who had cheated on him to others who have been one night stands, he has somehow never found one that would stay with him or love him for who he is. All that though is about to change as he meets a woman from a recent night out who also works at the coffee shop he frequents.

Becca Price on the other hand doesn’t have it easy, she has a sick grandmother to deal with, a house she is on the brink of losing, and less money than she would like – and knowing her only hope is a man who is obsessed to be with her is not the greatest of prospects, yet she is considering him if she can’t get out of this fix she is in.

Becca likes Xavier, but finds it hard to believe he is really interested in her, even after a hard day at work. She sees him as a millionaire Playboy who flaunts his money in everyone’s faces, and thinks he can have any woman he wants, yet he is so different from that. When she finds out he actually cares and isn’t as lucky with the women as she thought, she begins to understand that money can’t buy the woman of his dreams, it can only make things worse from her perspective.

Xavier thinks that a man from her past might have been responsible for her not liking his attention toward her, but is it so easy to assume that on his part? He doesn’t know, yet I felt that he found out her reasoning later when he hears of her obsessive ex who is trying so hard to get back into her life.

The story brings together the attitudes of two opposing people and their seemingly different lives, one rich the other apparently poor and on the brink of losing everything she owns. When she is faced with a rich man, she can only berate him for his good fortune, yet he himself admits he has worked hard to get the amount of money he has to live the life he has grown accustomed to. Maybe he can make her see his point of view, but it will be a hard slog for him to get her to see reason – even when she can’t stand Playboy types.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Xavier’s Loving Arms

Review: The Bride of Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula Book 3) by Marta Acosta

In the third installment of the Casa Dracula series, Milagro finds out that marrying into a vampire family isn’t nearly as glamorous or easy as one might think. The Council has a bunch of hoops she has to jump through and the more she learns about them the less appealing it becomes and the more estranged she and Oswald are.

It should have been as easy as signing some papers and all the extra security Oswald wanted her to have would have been bestowed. Instead they want her to renounce her American citizenship for Vampiric citizenship and abstain from sex with her fiancé until after the wedding. What business is it of theirs anyhow? If that wasn’t enough they stick her with a vampire wedding coordinator for the family side of the ceremonies! Can you guess who they got? Cornelia, Corny, Ducharme.

Corny claims to be on Milagro’s side but she’s sticking Millie with all sorts of unpleasant tasks – creating a vampire fruitcake and sewing wedding clothes for herself and Oswald. Then while borrowing Cornelia’s car to run wedding errands the car quits and Millie nearly dies. Police get involved and Oswald doesn’t believe her when she says she’s not acting paranoid… but it’s not paranoia if everyone seems to be out to get you.

One of the things Millie is most concerned about is the bloodletting that Oswald seems to expect once they get married. She hasn’t been able to stand getting cut up and licked since Ian saved her with is blood. She’s also not interested in cutting Oswald and half the time she doesn’t realize her own strength and hurts him. When she runs into Ian she tries to deal with her issues and get him out of her system at the same time – it leads to an unexpected revelation – that Ian has a heart and Milagro can indeed break it.

Outside of wedding plans, Millie is ghostwriting for Don Pedro. While the job is about her writing his memoir, she’s fabricating everything. Joseph Alfred Joseph, someone she met while setting up the deal with Pedro, comes to visit and gets involved with Corny. Oswald wants to hire a new partner and expand his business, something that really bothers Milagro and the two fight over it among other things.

At every turn, instead of bringing them together, the wedding seems to be breaking them up and worse Millie’s confused about her feelings for Ian and Oswald’s parents dislike her with a burning passion. What’s a girl to do?

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Buy: The Bride of Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, Book 3)

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Review: Haunted Honeymoon (Casa Dracula Book 4) by Marta Acosta

Head’s up there are some spoilers in this review. Ye be warned.

In the final installment of the Casa Dracula series, Milagro must make the toughest choice of all and that’s following her heart. She’s with Ian currently, but every time she thinks of Oswald, her heart aches. The idea of leaving Ian though causing just as much heartache which confuses her because she swears her hormones hijack her brain whenever he’s around.

When Ian hires thralls, Milagro is severely tested, but Ian confronts her about the issue. Then she sees him snacking on their next door neighbor, Christine (Cricket) Poindexter, and while the woman seems to be enjoying it a little too much, it’s the last straw for Millie. Of course with Ian, Milagro is always looking to find fault so she can run from him. He poses too much of a threat to her heart compared to the safe and fascinating Oswald.

A torrid fling in England and finalizing a second contract with Don Pedro is just the thing she needs to distance herself from all she’s feeling. Ian is none too pleased and they have another confrontation. When Wilcox Spiggot comes to America to continue the affair, he’s killed and left to decompose on Milagro’s bed in her loft.

She assumes it was Ian but his thralls say he wasn’t in the country. Leaving, she stumbles across a scene at the neighbors. Cricket in an attempt to win Ian has been draining her blood in doses and saving it for him, this time she accidentally cut an artery and bled to death. Her husband freaks out, slips on the blood and goes down hard on the floor cracking his head.

Cue a super secret special force team that hauls Milagro away. This is where the opening prologue and the story realign. Book four of Casa Dracula is noticeably darker in theme than the previous while still keeping the ongoing humor element. The one thing I will tell you about the dark portion is that it’s not very long and there’s no rape. Milagro uses her wits and escapes going to Mercedes and then onto the ranch looking for help.

Oswald is not happy and a series of events occurs that results in Milagro having amnesia. At first nobody believes her but it soon becomes apparent Millie is indeed suffering some trauma. The Grant family calls in a shrink who comes to the ranch to help her out while they petition for recovery time from the Council who wants to investigate and interrogate Milagro.

Is this the second chance Milagro needs to turn things around with Oswald or will she realize her heart belongs to Lord Ian?

When she asks for the reasons both men claim to love her is very eye opening set of moments for her and some of my favorite moments in the series.

If you haven’t yet tried the Casa Dracula series, and you love vampires or comedy romances, you need to snatch up these novels immediately!

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Haunted Honeymoon (Casa Dracula, Book 4)

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Review: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula Book 1) by Marta Acosta

In the first installment of Casa Dracula, Milagro De Los Santos, Miracle of the Saints, reluctantly goes to her college boyfriend’s party celebrating his huge success as a newly published author. She thinks his novel is garbage, but the critics love it. She also thinks he’s a superficial stuck-up snob and isn’t proven wrong.

At the party she runs into Oswald Grant, a handsome man who asks her to join him for drinks at his hotel. Never one to deny herself a good time, Millie follows him back. Just when she thinks all he’s interested in is Sebastian Beckett-Witherspoon, Oswald kisses her and so exuberant are they that they accidentally nick each other and swap a little blood.

She thinks she’s been drugged but little does Milagro know she just traded smoochies with a certified vampire, even though he and his family will go to the ends of the earth to claim that all they have is genetic autosomal recessive disorder.

Her reckless behavior attracts Sebastian’s attention, but he’s not what he seems. As a card carrying member of CACA or Corporate Americans for the Conservation of America, Sebastian’s main goal is to eradicate the threat of vampires and use their blood to serve a higher financial purpose.

Gabriel, a gay bodyguard from the Grant family, rescues her and brings her to the ranch where Milagro finds out that Oswald is engaged. The more she hangs out with Winnifred (Winsome) Jardine, the more she likes her and the more despicable Oswald’s behavior seems… when Winnifred’s cousins Ian and Cornelia (Corny) Ducharme show up she latches onto the group.

Hot wild sex with Ian blows her mind, but Ian is much darker and more dangerous than a sincere and serious girl should want and so when she finds out the reasons behind Oswald’s indiscretion she bumps uglies with him. Then Winnie shows up pregnant and Millie can’t hardly stand herself and runs away… and right into disaster with CACA and her ex.

It ends happy, and Milagro gets her man, but did she get the right one? The love triangle theme continues in the next three books and explores this theme along with others like classism, racism, and finding personal happiness. Keep an eye out for those reviews!

For a fun time with a heroine who’s smart, sassy, and funny and just a little naïve who stumbles from one disaster into the next, you should try the Casa Dracula series, a perfect blend of the supernatural and comedy of manners. Acosta will leave you in stitches from laughing so hard while at the same time craving the next bite.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Buy: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

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Review: Midnight Brunch (Casa Dracula Book 2) by Marta Acosta

In the second installment of the Casa Dracula series, Milagro meets many more vampires as they come to celebrate the naming ceremony of Sam and Winnie’s baby, an event she just so happens to be excluded from which irks her to no end. Why must Oswald and the Grants always keep her out of the loop?

When Oswald takes off to perform cosmetic surgery for underprivileged children with clef palates, Milagro attends Nancy’s wedding to Toad Todd. She asks Ian to be her escort so she won’t be ignored the whole evening and together they end up hijacking the attentions of society queen Gigi Barton of Barton’s facial tissues (It’s nothing to sneeze at if it isn’t Barton’s!)

The evening ends in disaster when Milagro saves Ian from a faceless thug and is slashed deeply through an arm. The blood loss is devastating and Ian acts quickly transfusing some of his blood with hers and giving Milagro the vampire infection for the second time. It heals her but also brings about some dire consequences. Every time she touches somebody, be they vampire or human, she gets bloody and gory visions of their insides and the urge to attack (and drink) overwhelms her.

Not willing to put the baby or anyone else at risk from the ranch, Millie takes up a job offer from a Fancy University acquaintance, Skip Taylor, in the desert to rewrite the script Teeth of Sharpness. When famous Thomas Cook, a Latino actor, takes over her room and blackmails her into being his assistant, Milagro folds like a deck of cards. It doesn’t hurt that Thomas seems to be the only one who doesn’t bring about the scary visions.

When tabloid writer for the Weekly Exposition, Bernie, tries to tell her that the hotel Paragon has some sneaky and suspicious dealings, Milagro laughs him off. Then he leaks pictures and a story about her and Thomas and a flying goat eating monkey, irking Milagro to know end, but she has to admit the flying monkey is suspicious and so is the hotel’s Diamond Club members… and the crazy vampire Silas and his New Vampire Century who might be behind her hiring for script rewriting.

Concerned about Milagro, Edna shows up at the Paragon Hotel demanding answers and even Oswald cuts his trip and humanitarian efforts short. He’s determined to get to the bottom of Milagro’s behavior and she’s equally determined to figure out what’s going on in La Garbage, California.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Buy: Midnight Brunch (Casa Dracula Series, Book 2)

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