Category Archives: Reviews & Interviews

Wednesday Guest: C. M. Torrens

Voirey Linger Interviewed me today on her blog: Wednesday Guest: C. M. Torrens. I’ll be giving away a book there, so stop on by and leave a comment for a chance to win. Comments are open until Friday.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reviews & Interviews

Interview & Giveaway with Debut M/M Author, Sasha Devlin

I’m very excited. Today I have a very special guest, Ms. Sasha Devlin. A fantastic writer who I’ve known a couple of years now. She recently won Tawny Taylor’s, SOME LIKE IT HOT Contest and her debut book, In the Light of Day came out March 23rd . She’s been kind enough to sit down with me for a small chat, mostly because she likes me and she knows I’d pout if she refused.

Hehe, I’m happy to say I got a sneak peek at this and, seriously, this is a great story. She’ll be giving away a free ebook to one lucky person. All you have to do is comment to win. 🙂 You have until Sunday at Midnight EST. Winner will be announced Monday morning.

CM: Thanks for sitting down to talk to me, Hon. You look fantastic. Is that a glow I see in your eyes? Is that excitement or the near insanity of an over-stress author?

SD: Thanks! Let’s say it’s a little from column A, a little from column B.  Though those who know me well would say I’m never that far from insanity…..

CM: This is your first book. That has got to be exciting. How’s does it feel to be able to say to all your friends that you’re a published author?

SD: It’s still very surreal.  All the way up until the book went live on the “New Releases” page, I was still expecting to get a message that it had all been some unfortunate typo.  It helps that my friends kept forcing reality at me.

CM: So, now that you’re going to be rich and famous, how about treating me to lunch sometime? On your dime, of course. lol

SD: Sure! I’ll even let you Super Size it. 😉

CM: LOL, I can spring for the Super Size.

CM: Your men are quite an intense couple. Confused and scared for different reasons, which gave the story a wonderful tension throughout. Which character was the most difficult to write, and why?

SD: Cooper.  Definitely Cooper.  He kept saying and doing these little things and I nearly bashed my brains in trying to figure out what his damage was.  In the end, it was worth it.  It made him someone that Jaren (and hopefully readers) could love.

CM: Pimp yourself, hon. Tell us all about this delicious book of yours. Two hot men, in a dangerous situation, alone, in a cabin… oh wait. I was supposed to let you do that. Go ahead. I was drooling, don’t mind me.

SD: LOL.  But you were doing such a fine job!  In the Light of Day is a tale of two very sexy, very troubled men whose past together might be more dangerous than the killer stalking them in the night.  It’s sexy and suspenseful with a generous side of angst.

CM: Thanks so much for your time, Sasha. You’ve been great. Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

SD: For those who are strictly readers, I hope you enjoy my complicated guys.  I wasn’t sure I could write them, and now that the story is over, I’m sad to see them go.

For those of you who are also writers, I encourage you to keep at it.  You just never know when you’ll have the right story at the right time.

CM: And just for future reference,it’s in the friend contract (see the fine print). I reserve the right to interview you at will and torture you with more questions. lol.

Congratulations on your first book, my friend, and thanks for stopping by. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more from you in the future.

In the Light of Day, by Sasha Devlin.

Jaren’s birthday weekend isn’t going as planned. Instead of being in the arms of the man he fell hard for, he’s alone at his lake cabin. With a bottle of wine. When Cooper shows up on his doorstep, all appears right with the world. Until Jaren realizes the real reason Cooper is there.

Cooper didn’t mean to fall for someone he was working a case with. And certainly not a man. Cooper always thought he was straight, but posing as gay lovers to infiltrate a pornography ring had felt all too real. Now he has feelings for the sexy younger man. Strong ones. Just as he’s prepared to drive to the cabin and give Jaren a birthday in bed he’ll never forget, Cooper gets word the criminal they put away has escaped—and is coming after Jaren.

Jaren finally has the man of his dreams where he wants him, but for all the wrong reasons. He can trust Cooper to guard his body, but what about his heart?

Buy it today at Ellora’s Cave, or comment to win a free ebook in the available format of your choice.

*Comments are now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.

24 Comments

Filed under Reviews & Interviews

Interview: Author Lexie Donovan

Today I’m happy to interview Lexie Donovan about her first release, In The Park. A fun and hot little read worth picking up. She also happens to be a friend of mine, who I’m especially happy to see finally took the step to become a published author.

CM: Hi Lexie, thanks for joining us today. So, you got your cherry popped in the publishing world. Did it hurt as much as you thought it would?

LD: Thank you for having me! To be honest the actual popping was easier than I thought as I was in the right place at the right time with the right idea, but it’s been a long hard journey to get here. I’ve been writing for several years already and learning the craft so it was by no means an overnight success.

CM: This is your very first published story, is there any advice you’d like to give to others aspiring authors?

LD: Keep trying. I tried to give up so many times but my friends always pushed me on and I’m glad they did. All it takes is one yes.

CM: Hehe, pimp yourself, Babe. Tell us all about your new story.

LD: My story is a kinky adventure in a park. It’s full of the danger of being caught outside and sexual tension and fustration. There’s a sweet little twist at the end too.

CM: So, what’s next for you? Do you have anything specific that your working on?

LD: I’m working on another short erotic at the moment which I hope to finish soon. I’m also reworking a novel I started a few  years back now that I have more knowledge of writing and how I work as a writer.

 

CM: I can’t wait to see more from you. Thanks for taking the time to let me interview you. You’ve been great. Is there anything you’d like to share?

LD: It’s been great to be here!

Dirty Bit: In the Park by Lexie Donovan

All the email said was, “No looking, no touching and no underwear. See you at the park.” It was going to be a wild night….

If you like my story, please check out the other works in the Dirty Bits line here.

CM: Thanks again for stopping by, and congratulations again on your first published work.

*The Winner of Lexie Donovan’s book is Christina Wolfer. Congratulations!*

11 Comments

Filed under Reviews & Interviews

Interview: Author Kim Knox, Magnetism is Sexy!

I’m on a roll this month. Two of my friends have books coming out and both agreed to an interview. They must like me.

For those unfamiliar with Ms. Knox work, you’re really missing out. Her stuff is hot, sexy, and sci-fi. Plus, out of all my writing friends, Kim writes sexual tension like nobody’s business. One of these day, I’m really going to have to pick her brain, but today is all about her newest book, Magnetism, the first in her Planetary Bodies series.

CM: Hey Kim, so glad you agreed to chat with me. Sci-fi seems to be your first love. What is it about the genre that draws you?

KK: Thanks for asking me 😀

I think SF pulls me because you can do anything you want…and not have to worry about anachronisms!  I discovered the joy of SF after writing fantasy for a good while.  It was completely freeing.  No worry about a word sounding out of place or off.  And then there are the guns and the spaceships and the hot SF men… *happy sigh*.  Which brings me to the embarrassing fact that I had a big problem adding romance to my stories. I was set in my fantasy ways.  Though I broke that personal writing taboo too. Oh and sex.  Sex took me an age to work into the ideas running through my head.  Sex in SF came easily.  Yes, I will go there with the punning…

With SFR I get to play the endless permutations of explosions, mayhem, advanced tech, hot men and heroines who love to get dirty with them.  And did I mention the hot SF men??

CM: Orlen Sol is the main character in Magnetism. What made her and her hero Dareh Andersen, stand out as must-write characters?

KK: I was reading Mining the Sky – I’m a science book reference junkie – and the scenario of sending ships out to mine Uranus for its helium and hydrogen simply hit me.  I scribbled notes and worked out who I had to play with.  Orlena and Dareh jumped out first.  Orlena was fairly new to the ship and didn’t know all the myths that surround the atmos.miners.  I needed her lack of knowledge to start the series.  Sounds very clinical, doesn’t it?  Should I throw all that out and say that the thought of Dareh Andersen confused and very naked in a corridor started the whole thing…?

CM: So, Magnetism is the first in a series. How many do you plan and will you be using the same characters throughout?

KK: Not all the same, no.  It’s the first time I’ve ever written a series and I have 5 books planned. There’s a crew of six on the CMC Theseus and they were all aboard when the…event…happened. Writing different, but linked characters, gives me a chance to move around life on the Uranian moons and explore different aspects. It’s fun.

CM: I just read the excerpt and it sounds great. Seems to me like you’ll be playing with reality and dreams a bit. Sounds like great fun. Did you have trouble keeping the reader grounded or did you play up the uncertainty and take the reader along for the ride?

KK: Wow, that question’s got me thinking! I think you struck a theme 😀 I often like to explore the idea of what a character can’t have, what they want and what is tantalisingly just out of reach.  Am I SF to the core wanting to play with reality?

CM: You are awesome on a stick! Go ahead and pimp yourself, Babe.

KK: lol thanks 🙂

Here’s the blurb for Magnetism: Book one in the Planetary Bodies series.

Orlena Sol is not meant to be in her room, naked…with her superior officer.

The crew of the CMC Theseus doesn’t have sex. At least not with each other. But there’s a new hunger in Dareh Andersen and he’s looking at Orlena as if she’s all too edible. He’s ready to fulfill her fantasies, which makes no sense. He’s always wanted anyone but her.

Orlena is convinced there’s more to his sudden interest. She fears his desire is simply a dream, a lie. Something other, something outside and beyond them is at work…but it’s a force she doesn’t want to fight.

You can can buy Magnetism here http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9115-magnetism.aspx and read the excerpt CM mentioned here http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9115-magnetism.aspx

CM: And because I’m greedy like that, can you give us a little hint as what’s to come in the Planetary Bodies Series?

KK: All the books are named after terms in physics.  I never gave the science credit for being quite so lewd.  Magnetism, Friction, Current, Fusion and Frequency.

Friction – Book 2 of the series – has already been contracted by Ellora’s Cave. I got to hang out with a very deliciously wicked hero.  Who says writing isn’t fun sometimes?

Here’s the unofficial blurb for Friction and a snippet.

A deal is a deal.

But when that deal is to appear in Tomas Thorne’s office ready to offer herself for his…consumption, Shan Rayner runs, hides and has no intention of going through with it.  That is until she’s hit by sheen, a turbulent force from the Uranian lower atmosphere.  A force that brings her darkest desires to the surface.

Need swamps her and she finds herself outside his office and all too ready to agree to anything he wants. Absolutely anything.

Unedited snippet:

She couldn’t help her sour laugh.  “Do you ever give a straight answer?”

Thorne teased his thumb across her bottom lip, light and tantalising.  “Would you want that, Shankara?  For me to be just like every other man?  One cowed by you?”  His mouth hovered over hers, his breath warm and sweet, the promise of his kiss so close her hearth thudded and the quick push of need low in her belly tightened her flesh.  “Or would you prefer me as I am?”

Arrogant beyond measure?”

Shankara…”

She couldn’t help it, she closed her eyes, the dark pleasure of his voice sinking deep.  “Why, Thorne?”

Business after, pleasure first.”  He took her hand and guided it to his waist.  The satin warmth of firm muscle caught her breath and she brushed her mouth all too briefly against his.  His order was just as firm.  “Get me naked.”

CM: Ooh great blurb and snippet! You’re spoiling me!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Oh, and I am serious about picking your brain. You’re just too sexy to let go now that I have my claws into you. 😀

KK: Thanks for having me 🙂

And claws… *sigh*

You had to remind me of my obsession with Wolverine, didn’t you? When I was weening myself off him and everything.  *Fires up pics of naked Logan*  Sorry, I may be some time…

CM: Just because I love you, here are some images to drool over. Hugh Jackman anyone?


You can find Kim Knox’s newest book here: Buy Magnetism.

Or browse some of her other amazing books at her website: More Kim Knox Books

3 Comments

Filed under Reviews & Interviews

Interview: Author Voirey Linger, Angels and more.

Hello my all too kind readers, today I give you a very special treat. My friend, Voirey Linger has agreed to let me interview her. She must really like me because in the world of blogs I’m a boring blogger. lol

CM: Hi Hon. So, how does it feel to be able to say you’ve sold yourself twice? Er, I mean, sold two books, of course.

VL: What they say is true… It doesn’t hurt as much the second time. The thrill of that first sale was special, but I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, so there was a lot of floundering. This time I’m able to enjoy it a little more.

CM: What’s been your favorite part of the publishing process?

VL: I think my favorite part will always be the writing. Having the story come to me, getting to know the characters, that first trip down the story pathway…it’s a rush and I love it.

CM: Man, that cover is SMOKIN’ hot. I’m in love. Is that how you see Ren, your main character in Forsaking Eternity?

VL: It’s very close. Syneca has been my cover artist for both books and I think she’s done an excellent job of bringing my angels to life.

CM: Both of your books feature angelic heroes. Out of Ren and Dom which of them did you enjoy writing the most? Who was the most challenging character to write?

VL: Wow… I’m not sure that’s a fair question. When I was writing Dom, I loved him. When I was writing Ren, I loved him. I have to love my heros to write them, have to be wholly invested in that one couple to bring them to life. Once I’m done with a book, that fades, I move on to the next book, the next couple and all that love moves on, too. I can’t say I really enjoy one story more than another, because they are all a part of me.

 

As for challenging, Meela is becoming the challenging one. She hasn’t had a chance to show it yet, but she’s got a lot of depth and is provng to be a very interesting character.

CM: Just because I’m curious, how much world building did you do before you wrote Dom’s story, Risking Eternity, or did the world sort of build itself while you wrote it?

VL: I always have the world before I write. Worldbuilding and plotting are in place before I tackle a story of any length. Sometimes I’ll write a random scene to help with character building, but as far as actual story goes, not until I know how everything works.

 

For the angels, worldbuilding felt very natural. I didn’t have to debate too many questions. I knew I wanted to make my angels the kind of angels I’d grown up with. Being a pastor’s kid, this meant a very Biblical basis for them, so I relied on Judeo-Christian myth and tradition as well as actual Biblical reference. Since I was brought up on this stuff, the wor;d was already in my head. It had been taught and nurtured from childhood.

 

There were two points where I strayed from my childhood teachings, and I did so very deliberately. The first was what classified as a sin worthy of Hell. I had to relax that boundary to keep maggie alive long enough to have a story. The other was angel sexuality. I needed angels to be sexual beings, and it didn’t strike me as realistic that an angel who had been alive since before time would suddenly discover sexuality. They needed to be sexual creatures.

CM: Angels are hot and juicy, you have me addicted. Do you plan any others angel novels or novellas?

VL: I do, actually. And no, I’m not telling. Okay, just a hint of an idea… a question really: Can a demon find forgiveness and redemption?

CM: Forsaking Eternity was your first m/m story. What did you find was the most challenging part of writing m/m?

Everything? LOL . M/m was never my thing. I didn’t read it, didn’t write it, wasn’t interested in it. When i finished RE, I was asked if I was going to write Ren and I said no, because I knew that Ren would have a guy and I didn’t do m/m. But I’ve always said that no matter what, when a story comes to me I have to be true to it and write it as it needs to be written, not as I want it to be.Ren’s story came to me so I read some m/m, got familiar with the genre, and I wrote.

I’m not going to say it was an easy transition. Mechanics didn’t flow as easily and I have a lot of scene fails in my trash bin. This one relatively short book took me close to a year to write. But once I got things sorted in my head, it all flowed.

CM: As a huge fan of m/m, could I convince you (I will toss in free chocolate if I must) to write another m/m story?

VL: Did someone say chocolate?

CM: Okay, so tell us all about your newest novel. Pimp yourself, Babe. 😉

VL: Forsaking Eternity is about an angel with a serious case of bi-curiosity. After being kissed by another male, he realized that it turned him on a whole lot more than the females he’d been with. Homosexuality is a social sin in Heaven, so he takes his experimenting to earth, planning nothing more than a one-time fling with an interested man. When he meets Adam, the attraction is instantaneous. He wants more than a fling but he knows nothing can come of the relationship. To complicate matters further, he’s assigned the job of finding a lost Law scroll, and the Law on it could transform his growing love for Adam from a social sin to a sin in truth.

CM: I really love how Ren became such a full and fleshed out character in Forsaking Eternity after being such a dick in the first book. Did you know all this about his character while writing book one?

VL: Actually I did. While he came across as a dick in RE, in reality he was just trying to save his best friend and do what was right. He has a very strict idea of right and wrong. There is no gray area in his mind. In FE I wanted to challenge that sense of black and white legality a little bit, make him have to make some choices. I think those challenges to his personal morality really formed the backbone of this book.

CM: I think I’ve bugged you enough. I have to let you get back to writing more deliciously juicy novellas for me to devour. If you’re taking requests, more angels and m/m would be nice. 😕 Oh, did I say that out loud?

VL: You did, but you’ll have to wait. I have another trick up my sleeve, coming soon to an e-reader near you…

CM: LOL Thanks again for your time, Hon.

Forsaking Eternity by Voirey Linger

Sequel to Risking Eternity.

Voirey Linger's Forsaking EternityThere are some things an angel shouldn’t do…

Renatus is a legalist and knows the rules better than most. But knowing the Law doesn’t stop him from imagining the press of a hard, male body against his, or remembering one forbidden kiss that left him hungry for more. He leaves Heaven to mingle with mankind, hoping that satisfying curiosity will quell desire. He finds Adam, a college professor who has given up on love.

Adam once dreamed of finding the perfect man and settling down. His dreams and trust were shattered when he found out the truth about his ex. Meeting Renatus seduces Adam into taking another chance on love. But Ren is keeping secrets, and the only promise he will make is that he will leave.

Now the Most High has commanded Renatus to retrieve the Law of Men and Angels, and a vengeful demon is circling, waiting for her opportunity to strike. Staying is impossible, leaving unbearable, and Ren wants to succumb to temptation, forsaking eternity for a life on Earth with this man.

Buy Forsaking Eternity today! You can find Voirey Linger’s other books on her site, including some amazing free reads at VoireyLinger.com .

7 Comments

Filed under Reviews & Interviews

Sweet As Sin by Inez Kelley

A quick review of Inez Kelley’s newest book, Sweet as Sin.

For those who have not read this author you are in for a real treat. Inez Kelley is a fantastic writer of several genre, including fantasy, contemporary and erotica.

Now, I’m not a contemporary reader usually, but this one is dark enough to capture my interest and hold it. I love the characters and Oh. My. God. The heat between these two characters is fantastic. A definite must read!

Rank: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley

She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he’s driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won’t lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she’s as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

Carina Press or Amazon or All Romance ebooks


http://www.youtube.com/v/9uCG3n7yOMY?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&hd=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b

Leave a comment

Filed under Reviews & Interviews

Review: Demonic Attraction by Kim Knox

I won a book yesterday and thought I’d give it some hype.

Demonic Attraction by Kim Knox

Demonic Attraction Blurb:

(Taken from her site, Kim Knox …Darkness and Romance)

She’s alone, working on an array orbiting a distant moon, the isolation seriously cramping her access to sex. Until her remaining thirteen days are up, her own fingers will have to do—or so she thinks.

The Damianos have other plans. A race of pure energy, the Damianos seek pleasure in flesh and have an unusual talent. They can fracture into as many lovers as Anya needs. She is a rare find, and they intend to enjoy her, love her every chance and every way they can. But to keep her they need an anchor, another body to fix them in her dimension.

And a prime candidate is on his way.

Okay, the blurb doesn’t begin to cover the hotness of this book. Anya, our heroine, has been on a science monitoring station for a long time. Too damn long. The poor thing. With 13 days left of her rotation to go, she’s more than a little eager for someone, or something, to remind her of all the pleasures of the flesh.

This Quickie starts off hot and only gets better. The only thing bad I can say about this is that I wanted more. And that’s a good thing. I devoured the book with delicious glee and a bit sad to see the end. *sigh* But all good things must come to an end at some point, right?

I must say I’m a fan of Ms.Knox. The writing is clean and her characters very inventive. I give this little Quickie 4 hearts. She does an awful lot in a short period time, and man, this one steaming.

Rank: ♥ ♥ ♥

Leave a comment

Filed under Reviews & Interviews