I loved a book with bad reviews!

This should be a lesson to authors who toil over bad reviews.

I just finished Scott Weiland’s Biography. I absolutely loved it.

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The book has some…not so kind reviews, including some 1-star bashing. I, however, really enjoyed it. It was a great insight into a life of stardom, struggling with addiction, even as a child, as well as his struggles in love.

Sure, this doesn’t give every secret, every detail, but really, I couldn’t put it down. And if  I can’t put it down, then I count that as a great read.

Yes, it was sad. I’m reading about how he was enjoying his sobriety, taking it serious, feeling better. Yet, he’s dead. From chasing the dragon. So yeah, that sucked.

But if you are an STP fan, I suggest giving this a read.

Gone before Goodbye

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The police are stumped. Was she a runaway careening toward disaster or the victim of a predator preying on teenage girls?

When rebellious seventeen-year-old Lisa Grant vanishes from her New Hampshire home, her guardian, Teagan Raynes, becomes ensnared in the frantic hunt to find her. Search dogs lose the girl’s scent at Pretty Park, where another teenager disappeared three months ago. Law enforcement fears a stalker is using the park to abduct young girls. Desperate, Teagan, reluctantly puts her faith in the lead detective, the notorious Noah Cassidy.

Hot-headed, Noah Cassidy’s reputation and job are on the line. Rumors that he attempted to kill the man found guilty of destroying his family in a boating accident have tainted him. To prove his worth, Noah devotes every minute to the case and realizes he’s up against a cunning adversary. Worse, he finds himself distracted by feelings for the attractive, gutsy Teagan. To erase her doubts about him, he must earn back his reputation and let go of his past. He knows what he has to do. He must bring Lisa home and take down the monster who is hunting the girls of Pretty Park before it’s too late.

Review: 3.5 Stars

The plot line was tightly woven and characters were developed relatively well. The story revolves around Lisa, a girl who’s gone missing, and the question of what happened to her, be it a runaway situation, or a serial killer.

The victim’s character reacts a bit strangely during one section of the book, reducing believability for me.

Overall it’s not a bad book. It just didn’t excite me.

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nora grew up in rural New Hampshire, picking blueberries in her backyard and wandering the woods with her brothers. Now that she’s older, she still lives in rural New Hampshire and enjoys writing stories. She was first published in 2000 and has written historical romances, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and mystery. She is a co-founder of the New Hampshire Romance Writers chapter, which meets monthly at the Bow Library. Here she enjoys great speakers and the company of fabulous authors.

When not writing, Nora spends time with her family, sews quilts, gardens and takes road trips to anywhere fun.

Visit her website: noraleduc.com, Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/57070.Nora_LeDuc, Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Before-Goodbye-Mystery-6-oh-3-ebook/dp/B00OTWAGHC and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nora.leduc.

#Interview with @HoustonHavens

It’s no secret that Houston Havens and I are friends. We support each other online and comment on each other’s blogs, guest spots, and so on. A little history, Houston and I started off in the same (publishing) house. She was looking for reviews and a guest spot. I accepted and by the time I finished Sinful Surrender, I had to know this woman. Book 1 Syn Website Cover

She’s not only a phenomenal writer; she’s been a great friend and colleague. It’s rare that an author will reciprocate with marketing and such. Her sweet and naughty personality attracted me like a magnet. Now, she’ll never get rid of me. So yeah, what you’re about to read is a biased interview. I hope you enjoy!

 

Anita Cox: Houston, I’ve been pretty vocal about my obsession with your Psychic Ménage series. You hooked me with Sinful Surrender. I gobbled up Phantom Desire like a starving wild beast and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Exposed Ecstasy. I would apologize for pushing you so hard for Book 4 in your series, except I’m not sorry that I love this series.

BOOK 2 KINDLEBut I noticed not just a fantastic plot in each book, but an overall plot. Can you give my readers an idea of the overall theme and plot to this series?

Houston Havens: OMG Anita … with an introduction like that… I’m a little nervous now! Everyone will be expecting some fabulous woman with entertaining answers! *gulp* ….ok, here we go, but I have to address that awesome intro’ first! You’re right, it’s no secret you and I fit together as friends and authors like peanut butter and chocolate! The blend is YUMMY! And NEWS FLASH…I don’t want to ever ‘get rid’ of you! I adore you!

The overall theme of the series is based on technology that is in existence today. HAARP, Orgone, and Torsion Fields are all real…and there are rumors of not just the United States but other countries that have built underground cities for the elite to go to when predictions of our end; manmade or otherwise, come upon us. I took that knowledge and created the Psychic Ménage series.

I’m a TRUTH SEEKER at heart and I guess I should have been a book 3hardcore news reporter, but as we all know…news only come in the form of entertainment these days…with the real news being swept under the carpet.

So, I felt the only way to inform the public on what was really going on in our world was to blend reality into a form of fantasy. I did that by filling a gap I discovered in the erotic/erotica genre.

I found a lot of erotica was missing a basic PLOT. So, I mixed my love for romance and storytelling with my need to make people aware of the world around us with sex…sex sells and it sells well when it’s accompanied with a well told plot. I wanted to capture male readers as well as female…and I think I have by giving them a story with their sex. This is a series a wife can read to her husband and create a few hot night of her own! *wink*

HOWEVER, you know I can’t just be normal…in my storytelling…I love to braid my stories, so there are layers and layers to intrigue my readers. I have a series plot of the war between the Airbornes and the Dirt Dwellers that will find its conclusion in book seven, while each book has its own character relationships and sizzling sex plotlines. Each book finds its HEA at the end of the ‘book’s’ story.

Anita Cox: So let’s get into the nuts and bolts. How long did it take for your series plot to come together? Tell us how it came together.

Houston Havens: Believe it or not, I’d written a straight romance that dealt with this topic. So, a lot of it was already in my mind when I sat down to write this erotic-romance series. Each of the books in this series was written in 30 days…then I spent another six weeks or so polishing each book, fine-tuning the plots and characters. But, my books run about 100,000 words.

Anita Cox: Do you have any habits or rituals when you write? Me, I like to have a good strong cup of coffee.

Houston Havens: Of heavens…coffee’s a necessity isn’t’ it? Can’t imagine sitting down without that. My main habit is I have to get up and get dressed, just like those who go into an office everyday…yes, I dress for work. I’m not an author who works in a nightgown or sweats.

Anita Cox: Today’s market can make it a challenge for authors to stand out in a sea of other authors. How do you manage?

Houston Havens: OMG as best as I can…it’s all a guessing game, but in the end I feel like it all falls back on how well you as an author can show and tell your stories…all the best advertising in the world won’t help if you can’t show and tell an entertaining tale. So, newbies don’t rush your book to market until you hear your voice or you could be dumping your career as a bestselling author into the trash before you get started.

Anita Cox: You do such a fantastic job getting your reader emotionally invested in the characters, which is probably the seed to my obsession. Are there any tips you can give other writers as far as pulling in their reader?

Houston Havens: Deep POV… meaning you have to go into the head of your Point of View character and show and tell the readers what’s going on inside of him/her…aim for that exposure about every two sentences and in fact you’ll probably get an emotion out once or twice in a paragraph.

Anita Cox: Whose story are we going to see in Book 4 and have you picked a title? I’ll refrain from begging for a blurb as I know you’re still working on the book and that would be completely greedy of me.

Houston Havens: LOL – I can’t give you a blurb yet, but the title of book four is INTIMATE BETRAYAL. The story characters are Kindise, Jaden, and Sori…who the readers have met in the first three books.

Anita Cox: Okay, now the really good stuff. You’re going to be stranded on a desert island for a week with a hotty of your choice. Who do you take? (No, not your husband. We know he must be awesome to snag a model and author.)

HosutonHavensHouston Havens: LOL! Okay…so someone other than me hubby….I’d take Drakker from book one Sinful Surrender, or Nikias from book two Phantom Desire, or Faerydae from Expose Ecstasy…or Jaden from Intimate Betrayal.

Movie Star wise, Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, or Sean Connery!

Anita Cox: For one day, you can have whatever you want, regardless of dietary needs, allergies, fat to the thighs…like risk free anything for a day. What does Houston indulge in?

Houston Havens: I don’t indulge, but if I did, it would be Swiss & Brie cheese on crackers with mimosa!

Anita Cox: I’m interested to know what your favorite book was PRIOR to you becoming an author. Or, in the alternative, who was your favorite author?

Houston Havens: I LOVED Red October by Tom Clancy – Romance wise – I loved Johanna Lindsey

Anita Cox: Is that still your favorite? Why or why not?

Houston Havens: Yes…I love both those authors because they are awesome storytellers.

Anita Cox: Okay girl, I’ll let you get back to writing. Thank you for answering my insane questions. Please let my readers know where they can find you below:

Houston Havens: You can find me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and the new Tsu.

Here are all of my links

Website: http://houstonhavensauthor.wix.com/houstonhavens

Blog: http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HoustonHavens

Tsu:  https://www.tsu.co/HoustonHavens

Newsletter signup:http://wordpress.us3.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=62596b320d3ea4fb2a2f476c9&id=7c4395ff3f

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonHavens

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104340584560714468515/posts

Tumblr: http://houstonhavens.tumblr.com

Booklikes: http://authorhoustonhavens.booklikes.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/24819699-houston-havens

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/houstonhavens/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuOpU6OsngnhTac_JvTLItQ

Review of @HoustonHaven ‘s Exposed Ecstasy

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First, the blurb:

Daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler; Tessla Reto attempts to escape the Underworld after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend. She knows her untimely death is also near if her father, Landen Reto discovers her part in forming the rebels to fight against him. The two men sent to help her get away are killed and she’s rescued by a handsome stranger…or is she?

Faerydae returns to Earth in search of an inner peace his soul can’t find after the death of his friend Chandra Lamar. Instead, he finds himself in an unplanned rescue of a woman that stirs everything he’s fought a lifetime to deny. Can Faerydae stay focused on his goal to expose his past and true Fae bloodline, or will destiny play her hand?

Shomar’s uncomplicated world is tossed asunder when his best friend, Faerydae, shows up with a stray puppy and a woman who steals the heart of his soul the moment he looks at her. Only to discover Faerydae and the woman claim they can’t stand each other, yet his intuition tells him otherwise. Will Shomar be able to win the woman of his dreams or will Faerydae always have her heart?

Will Tessla find her freedom? Will Faerydae keep his, or will Shomar succeed in his plan to expose them to their hidden ecstasy?

Links to all retailers for all of her books can be found on her publisher’s site, http://www.synpublishing.com/houston-havens.html

My Review: 5 STEAMY FUCKING STARS! (Review cleaned up and posted to Amazon.)

Sinful Surrender started me on this journey by introducing me to Fae and the polyandrous society Havens created. It was hot, erotic and left me begging for Book 2.

Haven’s Phantom Desire was a follow up with Chandra, Fae’s friend, and her three lovers. My heart melted, ached and boomed as I read this story.

But then…Exposed Ecstasy was finished. She gave it to me as an ARC. Holy shit…I didn’t think it could get any hotter. I’m a fan of irony and the fact that Book 3 took us from 3 men down to 2 made me giggle. Houston Havens wound this story with precision.  She also made me feel bi-polar. First, I wanted to kick Faerydae square in the balls, then I wanted him all to myself. Shomar I absolutely loved from the very beginning.

Tessla is stuck in an impossible situation and finds herself seeking refuge with a very unlikely hero who saved her from her father’s psychotic attempt on her life. She’s thrown into a world she doesn’t understand. To top it off, she thinks love is a myth.

I don’t want to add any spoilers but Tessla is in for a surprise and the ride of her life.

I really didn’t feel like I read a nearly 100k word novel. It went by very quickly as I raced to the next page. When I was done I needed a shower and a smoke.

Havens does it again and I’m already itching for Book 4 in this awesome series!

 

It takes thick skin to survive the vipers

I always look forward to opening my private messages on facebook, which are usually full of dudes with horrid pickup lines. Today, I found this little gem by Von’te Banks.

UntitledReally? Shoot your fucking self? I don’t think I need to go into how repulsive this is since suicide and depression are real problems for real people…and that families suffer.

Wait, it gets better.

So I clicked over to Amazon to find (s)he left 1star reviews on Books 2 & 3 but no review on Book 1. First, they aren’t verified purchases, so I’d like to know (if (s)he actually read the books) how she got his/her nasty little hands on my books. Second, (s)he’s only ever left two reviews – only on my books. I went ahead and took a screen shot just in case my little vixen decided to correct that error.

stacy cNow everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion and if you hate a book so much as to leave a 1-star review, that is your prerogative. However, his/her motives are unclear but her goal was clear.

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Does this bother me? Hell no.  Clearly, this person has some issues. Telling someone to kill themselves is as low as it gets. Because these aren’t verified purchases and due to the fact that she forgot to blast Book 1.

But instead of being an asshat, (s)he just looks like (s)he has his/her own head up said ass. There’s no reason to speak to someone this way. There’s no reason to send an author a private message telling them to commit suicide. This is the lowest form of low.

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If it’s publicity (s)he wants, I’ve just given it to him/her. If it’s an attitude adjustment (s)he needs well…

This doesn’t bother me because professional reviewers have given me 4 & 5 star reviews. This doesn’t bother me because I know my self-worth and some chicken-shit that sends me a nastygram then blocks me so I cannot reply is not the type of thing to break me.

It’s given me a good laugh Von’te Banks, (whose looking for a good cover artist for her own books.) I’m not going to get twisted in knots over your malicious private message. I’m not going to cry because of your malevolent words on Amazon. I’m going to wish you the best instead. I’m going to congratulate you on your attempt to publish a novel.Then I’m going to sit back and….

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Review of Sealed in Blood by Jenna Fox @JennaFoxRox

Cover art Sealed in Blood J FoxSealed in Blood by Jenna Fox

109 pages

Published: 2014

Genre: Erotic suspense

Blurb:

**Contains sexually graphic descriptions and is intended for readers aged 18 and up**Determined to forget her ex-fiancé, and gather the remains of her betrayed heart, Charisma Claiborne scrapes together her hard earned pennies for a dream trip to Las Vegas. On her first day in town, she has an accident with an eccentric casino owner. Enthralled by his good looks, she falls into his bed for a steamy one night stand.

But Hunt Blackwater is more than a mysterious, gorgeous casino owner. Rumors of a Native American curse and a string of inexplicable deaths follow in his wake. But the most terrifying is his ability to reach right into Charisma’s soul and make her want the things she’s convinced herself she can do without.

Unwilling to get in over her head, Charisma cuts her trip short and returns home, but trouble seems to follow her. With remembered whispers of curses in her ears, and the lingering smell of death in her nose, she wonders if she is his next victim. Things go from puzzling to harrowing as Charisma comes face to face with the greatest betrayal she could ever imagine.


Review – 4 stars!

I was introduced to Jenna during an event on-line. It was her dynamic personality that enticed me to purchase this book. I don’t regret spending one penny on this wonderful steamy novel.

Her female lead, Charisma doesn’t trust men except for her bible-thumping daddy. Rich Conway has a sick and twisted infatuation with her, and a dark plan.

Hunt is everything we look for in a hero, tall, dark and handsome. When Hunt and Charisma meet, the heat nearly burned my kindle. The pull between them is unworldly.

This was a well written erotic piece, the first I’ve read from this author. I’ll definitely buy more of her books. She does a nice job writing heat into her sex scenes while keeping them from crossing the line into vulgar.

I’ll tell you this much – I need a smoke!

Buy Links:

Amazon

Smashwords

Where to find Jenna:

Twitter  Facebook

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Anita Cox & Houston Havens #takeover WordSexy #Radio

Tuesday, August 12 at 8pm CST Houston Havens and I will be interviewed by Red Snapper on WordSexy Radio.  I’ve listened to Red’s shows and let me tell you–he is a handful!  I’m looking forward to this type of interaction.

Red gets right down to business talking about the writing, the characters and up and coming news. This is blended nicely with his very fun witty banter.  As the name indicates, it’s WordSexy meaning 18+ please.

We will be discussing our erotic novels so adult content is an obvious warning. But that’s okay with me!200 (3)

Release Day Blitz Escaping Reality

 

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Escaping Reality

 

The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Series

 

Book One

 

Lisa Renee Jones 

 

Genre: New Adult Romance

 

Print Length: 204 pages

 

Publisher: Gallery Books

 

June 17, 2014

 

ASIN: B00L01GHBY

 

Book Description:

 

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

 

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loved to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten—even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets her guard down, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

 

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give?

 

Available at Amazon  Add it to your Goodreads Shelf

 

Read an excerpt here

 

Infinite Possibilities

 

The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Series

 

Book Two

 

Lisa Renee Jones

 

Print Length: 208 pages

 

Publisher: Gallery Books

 

June 17, 2014

 

ASIN: B00L01GHHS

 

They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But she is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him.

 

Available at Amazon  Add it to your Goodreads Shelf

 

Quotes from the Series:

 

“You are my other half, Amy. I have to protect you.”

 

― Lisa Renee Jones, Infinite Possibilities

 

“Hope is my enemy. It’s worse than lies. It promises and it takes back. It teases and it rips my heart out.”

 

― Lisa Renee Jones, Infinite Possibilities

 

“When I want something, I go after it. And baby, I want you, and all I can say is you might be smart to run before I get any more into you, but please don’t.”

 

― Lisa Renee Jones, Escaping Reality

 

“If you’re worried I’ll bite, I promise to tell you first.”

 

― Lisa Renee Jones, Escaping Reality

 

“Then let me be more clear.” His cheek slides over mine, his whiskers scraping erotically over my delicate skin, his lips pressing to my ear. “You’re a beautiful woman who deserves to be properly fucked, which I conclude from both your actions and answers to my questions, that you have not been. I want to be the man to remedy that. I want it very much.”

 

About the Author:

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

 

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

 

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

 

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at http://www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

 

Website –  http://lisareneejones.com

 

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones

 

Twitter- http://twitter.com/lisareneejones

 

Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/lisareneejones

 

Instagram- http://instagram.com/lisareneejones

 

GoodReads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/73977.Lisa_Renee_Jones

 

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AuthorLisaReneeJones

 

Sulia: http://sulia.com/lisareneejones/

 

 

Vanilla on Top – CJ Ellisson

I am a complete and total jackass! I missed posting for this author and let me tell you, I received her books to read and damn it! You don’t want to miss out on this stuff!!!

I was fanning myself while reading. CJ Ellison has the stuff writers are made of. And I’m not saying that because I missed posting on my scheduled tour date. I swear – you MUST READ her book. I bragged about it on Facebook. It was a fantastic read.

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 The Review

She definitely gets 5-stars from me, and I rarely give a book 5 stars. This book has everything that makes a 5-star erotic read. At no time does the novel become vulgar. There’s heat, steam, romance, internal conflict and PLOT! I wanted to be Heather (the main character.)

Heather is easy to relate to as she doesn’t really think she’s “all that and a bag of chips.” But when she runs into Tony Carmine, she decides on a whim to take control of the playboy. You might need a cool cloth after reading their first encounter! The book heats up from there and I hate spoilers, so I won’t go on.

The Book

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Publisher: Entangled

Date of Publication: Jan 2013

ISBN:  9781622667987

ASIN: B00BFQEFPY

Number of pages: 260

Word Count: 65k

Buy Links: Amazon US     Amazon Canada     Amazon UK  Kobo    Apple    BN

Book Description:

Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event . . . and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered-until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.

But wait! There’s more!

She has more books available and I’ve added them all to my TBR list.

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To Bewitching Tours – I’m sorry I failed getting this up. This author definitely deserved the most I had to offer. Please offer her my apologies!