Friday, October 31, 2008

Northern Lights ~ Christie Cole

I can’t see that the author has a webpage yet, but you can buy her book here

Northern Lights

When Judith Caldwell leaves urban Washington, DC to accept a teaching position in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, is she hoping to recapture an idealized memory of summer vacations spent in that beautiful wilderness, or is she defying her fiancĂ©, Kent, who has put their wedding on hold?

The moment Judith sets foot in Michigan, a hotel fire destroys her possessions. Instead of teaching high school, she is assigned to an elementary school where she must learn to relate to young children. The Andersons, with whom she will be living, are no longer the happy family she remembers, and most disturbing of all… her old playmate Paul has matured into a ruggedly handsome and strangely secretive ladies’ man who seems determined to upset Judith’s equilibrium.

The attraction between Judith and Paul is immediate and powerful, but each comes to the relationship with hidden scars and insecurities. Both have lost fathers, and Paul’s hero, his older brother, has died in a freak mine accident. Commitment seems impossible because Judith is engaged to another, while Paul is hiding an indiscretion from his past so dark that no one speaks of it.

As the year unfolds, the couple confronts many challenges, including a near brush with death as history tries to repeat itself. In spite of the obstacles, Judith and Paul’s forbidden passion heats up the northern nights and leads to a surprising conclusion.

 I was hooked from the moment I started reading this debut novel of Christie Cole’s.  Not being a first person POV hater like a lot of people, I was eager to dive right in.  It didn’t take me long to discover that Christie Cole has a very unique manner of presenting first person.  First, the narrator almost seems to be looking back on the story as opposed to telling it as it’s happening.  I know that sounds odd, but if you read it, you’ll understand.  Also, several times throughout the story, you are treated to Paul’s point of view on what’s going on.  This is a nice change of pace.  You just start to think, “I wonder what Paul thinks about this?” and viola!  You find out.  However, she doesn’t overuse this option either.

The story is packed full of action, tension, growing, learning, and lots of goof-ups on EVERYONE’S part.  Very well-written and I’m certainly looking forward to more stories by this author.

~TCBL

Imperative: Missing You ~ Belinda McBride

Okay, as you all know, I’m all for supporting my favorite authors!  And well, Belinda’s not just a great author, she’s a great person as well.  So, when I saw she’d posted a book trailer for the first book in her Imperative series, I knew I had to share with you.

 

All I can say is that Mother Nature doesn’t play nice. LOL  The premise behind this series is so different from anything else I’ve ever read that I couldn’t help but buy Missing You.  I was immediately hooked.  I currently have Always You, book #2 in this series, sitting on my desktop just BEGGING to be read.

So, go forth and buy books!  You can find Belinda hereMissing You  and Always You are available through Changeling Press.

~The Crazy Book Whoring Promo Ho Lady

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fool Moon ~ Jim Butcher

Book 2 in The Dresden Files

Available at all major book stores.

Picking up a few months after where Storm Front left off, Fool Moon puts poor Harry Dresden smack dab in the middle of hell right from the start. 

Karrin Murphy, head of Chicago’s Special Investigations force, is ticked at Harry for not giving her full disclosure in the events of the previous spring.  Feeling as if she can no longer trust him, she refrains from calling him in on any cases to consult.  Therefore, Harry suffers.

Until a brutally murdered corpse shows up and Murphy knows she needs Harry to stop this mysterious killer before he kills again.  Even more intense and action packed than the first in the series, Fool Moon doesn’t stop once it’s started.  Harry Dresden and anyone within a ten-foot radius is taken on the wildest ride of their lives.

Jim Butcher, while impressive with his first novel in the series, has grown by leaps and bounds in this, the second Dresden Files novel.  Outside sources keep telling me that they get better and better every novel, and I’m beginning to believe them.  So happy to know that I have book 3, Grave Peril, tucked into my desk here, just waiting on me…

~TCL

Monday, October 27, 2008

Better Than Chocolate ~ Lacey Savage

Okay, there.  I’ve said it.  If there IS anything ‘Better than Chocolate’ it was certainly this story!

And before I go any further, let me first say this: I am a total Lacey fangirl.  And sadly, poor Lacey knows it.  The first novel of hers that I read was Elves Gone Wild and let me tell you – it had me running for a Popsicle!

Now, the important stuff:

www.laceysavage.com

Buy here.

Silvana McCurdy is losing her mind. She hasn't had a good night's sleep in six weeks, all because of a dream lover who insists on playing out every one of her sexual fantasies -- even the kinky, bold, and disturbing ones. If only he was real... she could figure out a way to deal with him then.

But he is real. And when Silvana meets Rafael, she's shocked by the tumultuous effect he has on her. Just by touching her, he threatens to unleash the dragon that lies dormant inside her soul. And that's a risk she's not willing to take. So she runs away from the man who's slowly ruining her life and takes shelter inside Madame Periwinkle's Erotic Delights shop.

Yet the surprises don't stop there. Madam Periwinkle offers Silvana a solution in the shape of a perfectly crafted chocolate dildo. Too bad magical dildos don't come with instructions. Silvana has no idea whether she should she eat it, insert it, or dangle it in a circular pattern before her eyes like she's seen hypnotists do on TV. Still, she's willing to try anything, even if it means she has to risk exposing her deepest secrets... and her heart.

I will never cease to be amazed at how an author can not just give you a complete story in so few pages, but also draw you in, capture your imagination and give you such well-developed characters.  Lacey excels in this area.  You go in feeling like you know most of her characters. 

Better than Chocolate is no exception.  She takes the idea of a lonely shape-shifting dragon and runs from there.  After a confrontation with the man from her dreams – in real life on the subway -  Silvana rushes into the safety of an erotic toy store.  Little does she know, that chance encounter with Madam Periwinkle would change everything.

Steamy even by Lacey’s standards, Better than Chocolate is an exciting romp with fun, intriguing characters.  Love the idea of the dragon shifter (soooo bored with your usual sifters thank you and yeah, I know, I’ll be shot at dawn for that comment…) and the problems that she has make things so much more interesting.  And *cough* seriously, how can you pass up the idea of a chocolate dildo?

~TCBL, suddenly craving a Hershey bar…  

Sunday, October 26, 2008

When the Past Came Back - Carol Braswell

Yeah, I know... shocking I found time to read something other than slash fanfic, huh?  LOL

http://www.carolbraswell.com/

Buy here.

A successful attorney, Danielle Ward, is kidnapped by her ex-fiancé, Dakota Davis and whisked away to a secluded island, somewhere in the Caribbean. She encounters a web of secret government agencies that are pursuing a high-powered drug cartel in South America. This headstrong woman is determined to find the underlying reason why her ex betrayed her then eighteen months later suddenly re-enters her life. In order to learn the truth, she must take on a very evil drug dealer and his army of assassins.

Enter the world of a suspenseful, action packed adventure with love thrown in as a motivating factor.

Now, being an admitted one-time romance novel avoider, I still tend to avoid contemporary romances.  Why?  I have no idea.  Probably because the things that hooked me on reading in the first place were horror and fantasy - escapism to the max.  Contemporary romance to me just seemed... pointless.  However, after such books like Beth Kery's Gateway to Heaven, I came to realize that there are some amazingly well-written and intriguing contemporary stories out there.

When the Past Came Back is one such story.  Packed full of action, surprises, twists and turns, you never know what is coming next.  And honestly?  You're not ever left waiting for long either.  Dani is conflicted and confused, she feels betrayed, and yet, despite her fears, she gives Cody a chance.  She does hold him at arm's length, but he at least has the opportunity to make things right again.  Cody, on the other hand, is calm, cool, and in charge.  He is the alpha male minus the alpha, if that's possible.  He takes charge, but never becomes domineering or overbearing.

Embarrassing fact about me: I HATE, LOATHE, and DESPISE alpha males.  I wanna smack the crap out of them most times.  I mean, hello!  While I'm not the kind of woman who has to be in control 24/7, I do not like being bossed and or ordered around.  So, why would I want to read about a man who is a control freak?  LOL  That's why I like Dakota Davis so much - he has that strong, alpha male potential, but he never crosses that line.

So, now that I've gabbed your eyeballs blurry, go buy this book.  It was well-written and kept you wanting to find out 'what next'!  I loved the surprises and even the 'I saw that coming' moments wound up surprising you just a bit. 

Okay... and next up is Lacey Savage's Madame Periwinkle's Erotic Delights: Better Than Chocolate.  How can you resist a story that involves a chocolate dildo?  I mean, come on!  And damn, me without my Popsicles... Lacey would be so disappointed...

~TCBL