Friday, September 30, 2011

Fiendish Friday's


Hidden Depths 

James and Olivia Forster have been happily married for many years. A harmless kink here or there spices up their love life, but they can’t imagine the kinks they’ll encounter while sneaking off to their beach house for a long hot weekend.
Anso Vitul has ruled the wereseals for one short month. He hardly needs his authority questioned because he’s going crazy from mating heat. Anso’s best friend and male lover Ty volunteers to help him find the human mate his genes are seeking. To Ty’s amazement, Anso’s quest leads him claim not one partner but a pair. Ty would object, except he too finds the Forsters hopelessly attractive. 

This was a truly fantastic read!  Ms. Holly will turn the shape-shifting world on their respective ears!  I read this book in one sitting, and girls, I am here to tell you that this book is smokin', HAWT!  You are going to need a very large glass of water while reading this one, just to put out the enter fires!  Ms. Holly's characters are mature adults that are comfortable with their sexuality and not shy about asking and getting what they want.  I loved Olivia, her character seemed like a very nurturing and positive force, she kept the scales balanced between her needs and that of her "men".  James, Olivia's husband was almost to good to be true, and seemed to take a backseat in the story.  Anso, was very charismatic  and charming, but the stand out in this book for me was Ty!  In the end I was rooting for his happiness in a cast of forceful personalities,  I loved the twist and turns during this book and kept my interest throughout, and I loved her world building!  Ms. Holly has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I always relish one of books coming out and they are always on my TBR list!  If you enjoy Emma Holly's Demon world, you'll love this book!    I give it 5 of 5 stars! For more on this or anything that Ms. Holly writes, please visit her web site for more info!  Happy reading! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Jessa Slade Interview and Giveaway!

Book 3 of the Marked Souls

The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle. Now two lost souls will tip the precarious balance…
Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary man, he endures immortality with nothing but a body for battle and a bent for retribution. But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman.
Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can’t believe her wanton ways as “the Naughty Nymphette” enthralled a demon…and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn’t deserve deliverance. But the touch of this good man’s hand holds an unholy allure–and she’s never been any good at resisting temptation.
As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters in one last assault.  But first they must put aside their doubts and disbeliefs and let their passion for each other burn through the shadows to ignite their furious power…

    Forged Of Shadows
    Book 2 of the Marked Souls

  When Sera Littlejohn meets a violet-eyed stranger, he reveals a supernatural battle veiled in the shadows, and Sera is tempted to the edge of madness by a dangerous desire. Ferris Archer takes Sera under his wing, now that she is a talyan - possessed by a repentant demon with hellish powers. Archer's league of warriors have never fought beside a female before, and never in all his centuries has Archer found a woman who captivates him like Sera.

With the balance shifting between good and evil, passion and possession, Sera and Archer must defy the darkness and dare to embrace a love that will mark them forever.

           Seduced By Shadows
            Book 1 of the Marked Souls
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, but now evil is winning, and The Marked Souls are caught in the middle.

Liam Niall never wanted to be a leader, but after surviving the horrors of the Irish potato famine, he found himself possessed by a demon in search of redemption. Now, he heads the Chicago talyan in their fight against evil, though he grows weary and plagued by self-doubt. Then he meets Jilly Chan. She's a mentor to local homeless youth and waging a one-woman war against the drug-dealing slime that preys upon her charges. She's already half-taken by a demon, so Liam reluctantly tries to guide her into full power. Even as the proudly independent Jilly struggles to remain true to her own soul, Liam's fiercely passionate touch soon leaves a mark of desire on her flesh as enduring as her new demon tattoo.

First of all I want to take the time to thank the League to be with us today! *SQUEE*  I am thrilled to pieces to have the League of repentant demon-possessed -- aka the talyan -- here today to do an interview!  I know that you guys are very busy hunting down TENEBRAE!  So from myself and all my readers Thank you soooo much!  Welcome guys!  I must say, if you don't mind, what a hawt, umm, handsome group of men you guys are?

* Males shuffle uneasily and Jonah might be blushing. *

Liam: “Thank you for letting us visit with you. Taking even an hour away from battling evil feels almost decadent.”
  • This question is for Liam:   What is your take, as the league’s leader, on being in charge of these guys?
* Archer and Jonah narrow their eyes slightly. “In charge?” Archer rumbles under his breath. Liam waves them down. *

Liam: “You know that phrase ‘like herding cats’? Guiding a league of demon-possessed alpha male warriors is like herding lions and tigers and leopards and a couple bad-tempered bobcats. HUNGRY bobcats. I didn’t even get a whip and chair when I inherited the position.”

Wow! Cats?  Meow!
  • This Question is for Archer:   What was your first reaction to the first female talya?
Liam: (Sotto voce) “Watch what you say, Archer. You know Sera will find this online.”
Archer: “I think it’s no surprise to say I was, uh, surprised.”
Jonah: (Aside to Liam) “I bet there was cursing.”
Archer: “We knew a repentant teshuva demon was loose in Chicago, seeking a host. But the teshuva have always chosen males. Or so we thought. I followed the unbound demon’s trail through the darkness, and I saw Sera crossing the bridge. Under the street light, her blond hair was shining as if she was still standing in the sun….”
Jonah: “I think there was cursing AND he fell in love.”
* Archer shoots hard look at Jonah. *
And love conquers all, *sigh*
  • This question is for Jonah:     Did part of you believe that losing your hand was justice for past deeds or that it was a new challenge to overcome?
Archer: (Leaning back) “Ooh, ouch. Tough question.”

Jonah: (Rotates his right arm so the wicked hook in place of his hand might just sort of look like it is flipping Archer off.) “I lost my hand in a fight against evil. There is honor, if not justice, in that.”

Liam: (Very seriously) “And you saved Jilly’s life. By doing so, you saved MY life.”

Jonah: “I thought losing my sword hand made me less of a warrior, less of a man. But if I’d been still on the same path of blindly fighting, would I have been ready when my Nim appeared? I think not.”

You are my HERO and 100 % grade "A" male, yum!
  • This question is for all three:   Do you guys feel as if the female talyan help you guys to be more centered and help your repentant demons to feel like that some divine BEING is finely taking some mercy on you guys?
* Moment of stunned silence followed by raucous laughter. *

Jonah: (Sputtering) “Mercy?!”

Archer: “If God wanted to have mercy on us, He would have sent a twelve-pack of decent microbrew, not a three-pack of untrained warrior women.”

Liam: “All of us were vulnerable to our demons because of damage done to our souls. Finding the other halves of our souls in Jilly, Sera and Nim... Well, that makes the fight worth winning.”

Yes, and humanity thanks you!
  • This question is for all three:   Is it hard to get the ichor stains left behind by the tenebrae?  Does it make you all feel dirty to clean up after them?
Archer: (Eyes misty) “I had a very good dry cleaner once. They never said a word about the stinking black stains, even sewed up the sulfur burn holes in my leather jacket. But when the battles got worse, the big tips I left couldn’t justify the remnants of violence. I couldn’t let them see, not when we’re here to save them.”

Jonah: “Wrestling with evil does worse than make your skin crawl. Your soul is soiled. But I find that long hot showers with Nim are quite reinvigorating.”

* Liam and Archer swivel, eyes agog, to stare at Jonah. *

TNI, Jonah, TMI!
  • This question is for Liam:    Do you feel as though the league is growing because the threat of the tenebrae are growing their numbers?
Liam: (Settling back) “Interesting question. The tenebrae feed off the negative emanations of the city’s residents. I like to think the league is expanding because more people -- consciously or unconsciously -- are fighting the evil too.”

Archer: “Dream on. If there are more of us, it’s because this is our last shot. It’s all or nothing. And I mean if we lose, it will literally be nothingness.” 

The stakes are high and success IS the only option... 
  • This question is for Archer:   Do you ever go out on a hunt and feel like it will be you last?  Being a warrior and fighting for a just cause that could end your existence has to take its toll on even the strongest person, how do you cope?
Archer: “For a long time -- a very long time -- I didn’t cope. I just killed. Didn’t care whether I was living or dying. Then Sera came, and she reminded me there is a difference. That’s what I fight for now.”

Behind every good man is a fantastic woman!
  • This question is for Jonah:   Being a missionary and man of God, it must be almost impossible to accept that you are housing a repentant demon!  Do you still feel like you do good things in this world to help balance all of it out?
Jonah: “Certain rude bastards --” (rolls eyes toward Archer) “-- tease me about Nim having been a stripper. But her love of dancing, her joy in her body and her art, taught me a lot about balance.”
Archer: “Probably also taught you a lot about the missionary posi -- Hey, watch that damn hook, man of God.”
Jonah: “Apparently I am still not the good man I want to be.”
 I am VERY sure that Nim would disagree!

  • This question is for all three:  Could you tell our readers what you believe your purpose for your repentant demons is?
* Males exchange glances. *

Archer: “To fight.”

Jonah: “To save.”

Liam: “To win. And I do believe the light side will win. Someday.”

Rock and Roll guys!
  • This question is for all three:    This is the fun part!  If you were stranded on a deserted island, What 3 modern conveniences would you like to have with you?  What is your favorite color?  Favorite Curse word?  Favorite food? 
Jonah: “I have a boat so we wouldn’t actually be stranded.”

Liam: “Good, because a vacation would be nice, but there ain’t no rest for the wicked. Or for the repentant.”

Archer: “No people means no evil tenebrae. I could get on board with that.”

Jonah: “You’re getting on board only if you bring the beer.”

Archer: “Fuck that.” (Ducks Jonah’s hook.) “I just meant that’s my favorite curse.”

Liam: “I think blue is my favorite color. Jilly dyes blue streaks in her hair sometimes.”

Jonah: “I never curse. Nim handles that for me.”

Archer: “Like she handles your --”

Jonah: “Fuck you.”

Liam: “Favorite food? There’s a Chinese tea that Jilly’s former landlady -- a witch -- gave me once. It was an aphrodisiac, allegedly. I liked that. Liked it a lot.”

Archer: “Jonah, I’m shocked. You said you didn’t swear.”

Jonah: “Nim is teaching me. I might have started practicing when she got me a bottle opener prosthetic for my birthday.”

Archer: “Fine, I guess I’ll bring the beer then.”

Liam: (Sighing.) “Did I mention herding cats?”

*CLAPPING*  That was an awesome interview, we will diffidently have to set down and do this again!  You are my heroes and it was a pleasure for me to have you guys here!  I can't  wait to have you sexy men back!

 Jessa Slade has graciously consistent to this awesome Giveaway!  Many goodies such as  
 a giveaway of VOWED IN SHADOWS with a set of romance trading cards, a free-read booklet of the villain's story "Blackbird Born," and a music download card that includes the Seduced By Shadows theme song. Internationally!  Winner will receive an email from me and will have 48 hour to get back to me or another winner will be chosen at that time, and please just drop down the page to fill out the entry form!  Good Luck to one and all!  Contest begins 9/25/11 until 10/2/11 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time! If you don't see the form below, click on the READ MORE!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Winner Announced!

Hi everyone! 
     I have the winners to announce, but before that I wanted to thank everyone that participated!  You guys ROCK!  I loved everyone's feedback as well!  In the coming months I have some VERY exciting things happening and I can't wait to share them with you!  But, that will come at a later date, so stay tuned!  Now to announce the winners!
     Anne acm05 wins the copy of " A Perfect Darkness"
     June M manning_j2004 wins the copy of "Passion Untamed"
     Lindsey babydoll82959307 wins the copy of "Immortal Warrior"
Congrats to all the winners!  you have 48 hours to get back to me with your snail mail!  Winners have all been notified via email!  In the event that I don't hear back form the winners, another will be chosen! And once again a big huge thank you to all that participated! 
        see ya soon!  Cindy

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost/ Review spoiler free

     Well folks, this was worth the wait!  Cat and Bones have a new adventure to share with everyone, and as usual, nothing is quite what it seems...
     Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?
     As always I enjoy being along for the ride with Cat and Bones!  It rocks, and it seemed only fair that Fabian got his own story, it was about time that Fabian got his sidekick! Fabian and Elizabeth made an awesome team for Cat and Bones!  It seemed wonderful to have the gang all back, including Ian. (still hoping for a story about Ian...)
     Cat and bones faces an unbelievable challenge (who am I kidding, in their world everything is believable!) of taking on an incorporeal ghost with death on his mind.  I have always been interested in the Salem witch trials, and the devastation that they caused.  It seems that evil existed long before we did, and it makes me glad that people *seem* to be better informed in the 21st century, although prejudice is still alive and well!  There are still unanswered questions by the end of this book, ones that I hope will be addressed in a later book, and hopefully Ian's story, as I am looking forward to!  Cat and Bones have really worked hard to have the relationship that seems exciting, yet comfortable...the kind of relationship that everyone dreams of, where when one thought leaves off, the other one picks up and seamless unity!  To see the evolution of how it all begin to now, is a thrill ride and a true love story for the ages!
     All in all it was a very good read, and anyone that has kept up with this series will love this book, and for those of you that haven't, I highly recommend that you start now!  Here are a few web sites where you can find  Jeaniene Frost:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Blogaversary Giveaway

Hi to all my followers!
     I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day!  Funny how they call it "Labor" when most people are off work! lol  Anyhoo, I owe you guys another apology!  I have been remiss in my posting, due to family problems and a vacation (pictures to follow)  I missed my own blogaversary amd I aim to rectify that today!  :-)
     I Have three books to give to 3 different commentators!  The first thing that I would like to learn about our readers is what would you all like to see on this blog, as in more/less of reviews, Fiendish Fridays, etc...I honestly want to know!  How do you feel about the new layout?  I would really like to see this blog grow, and by this time next year have 500 followers, but first I need to hear from you, the reader, to improve this blogs layout, postings, giveaways, etc... so without further ado....
Rules: You must fill out my new contest form and leave a meaningful comment on or about this blog!
This contest is open to the continental Untied States only!
Extra entries will be awarded for spreading the news of the contest!
Contest begins 9/8/11 and will be ending on 9/11/11 @ 11;59 PM.
I wish everyone good luck!  Can't wait to read your comments!
Extra entries can be added if you spread the word on Tweeter, Facebook, your own blog or whatever, just paste the site where the word was spread!  Winners will be notified by E-mail and will have 48 hour to get back to me with their snail mail or another winner will be chosen!  YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG, I do check and it is required!